The online and social response from the fans to Lady A’s a cappella contest has been so fantastic! The Top Five finalists, Breath of Soul, Rubyfruit, OSA Vocal Rush, Shot in the Dark and Acappella, have rallied around their performances and received some incredible support from the online community. Charles, Hillary and Dave have been watching the progress of this contest and couldn’t be more excited about how it has all come together. So much so, that they will be announcing the winning a cappella group, along with the special event they will be a part of in Nashville on Friday, October 19th!
The votes, Tweets, Facebook posts, and online shout outs have been so helpful to Lady A throughout this contest, and Charles, Hillary and Dave are set to choose the winner.
Check out the five finalists here!
Lady Antebellum are ready to release their much-anticipated Christmas album, On This Winter’s Night, Monday (October 22nd). The trio, who co-produced the album with Paul Worley, wrote the title track and arranged two other tracks – “The First Noel” and “Silent Night (Lord of My Life).”
Lady A’s Charles Kelley says his perfect “winter’s night” would be to have his family all together. “As you get a little older and everybody has their jobs and then families and kids, it definitely becomes a harder and harder thing to get everybody together at once,” says Charles. “I think that’s one thing that I kind of yearn for is a time to get all the family together at one time…it would be pretty special to have everybody in the room and almost kind of get back to where we were as kids — all waking up at Christmas morning and walking down and having that tradition.”
The 12-song collection also features such classics as “A Holly Jolly Christmas,” “Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home),” “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “This Christmas,” “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Blue Christmas” and “Silver Bells.”
Lady A are set to perform during the ABC-TV special, CMA Country Christmas, when it tapes Saturday, November 3rd at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.
AUDIO: Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley describes his perfect winter’s night.
Lady A (Perfect Winter’s Night-Charles) OC: …that tradition. :48
“The perfect winter’s night for me would be just all the family together. As you get a little older harder thing to get everybody together at once…I think that’s one thing that I kind of yearn for is a time to get all the family together at one time. We always have about half of them, and it’s all a matter of just getting everybody down at the same time. But it would be pretty special to have everybody in the room and almost kind of get back to where we were as kids, you know, all waking up at Christmas morning and walking down and having that tradition.”
Three-time CMA Award nominee and Platinum-selling group Little Big Town has topped the Billboard Country Albums chart for the fifth consecutive week with their critically-acclaimed new album Tornado. The album features the two-week #1 smash “Pontoon,” as well as their current single “Tornado.” After just 3 weeks at country radio, “Tornado” is already #32 on the BDS/Billboard AirPlay chart and is their fastest rising single to date.
Little Big Town is set to perform on LIVE With Kelly And Michael on October 24th and ABC’s Dancing With The Stars on October 29th. As previously announced, the band will also perform on the 46th Annual CMA Awards on November 1st, where they are nominated for three awards – Vocal Group Of The Year, Single Of The Year and Video Of The Year for their two-week #1 hit “Pontoon.”
Luke Bryan headlined the fifth annual Capitol Street Party on Wednesday night (October 17th), playing a free concert for the massive crowd gathered on Lower Broadway in Nashville. Luke surprised the audience with an appearance by pal Dierks Bentley, and the pair covered Brooks & Dunn’s “My Next Broken Heart.” Luke also performed numerous hits, including “Rain is a Good Thing,” “Do I,” “All My Friends Say,” “Drunk on You,” “I Don’t Want This Night to End” and “Country Girl (Shake It For Me).”
Labelmates Kelleigh Bannen and Jon Pardi roped in some new fans as they kicked off the night with their own spectacular performances. Different reports have the crowd estimated at between 20-25,000 people strong, taking up nearly three city blocks, rooftops and restaurants. Seen in the crowd were Kip Moore (“Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck,” “Beer Money”) and Dustin Lynch (“Cowboys & Angels”).
Confetti cannons and a huge fireworks display lighting up the night signaled the end to the show…and just in time, too, since a huge storm, featuring gusty winds, rain and possible threat of tornados, blew in town after the show was over.
AUDIO: Prior to Wednesday night’s Capitol Street Party, Luke Bryan said he’s thrilled to be able to make music in Nashville.
Luke Bryan (headlining street party) OC: …it’s fun. :19
“I moved to Nashville, rode [the] 4-40 loop looking at the skyline years ago and dreamed of making a difference in this town. To be in the heart of it bringing music to Music City and making it a fun experience for tourists and people in Nashville, that are always like, ‘We want more country shows in Nashville,’ so it’s fun.”
In DBTV Episode 82, Dierks Bentley pulls together a last minute show for fans who stuck it out for the Miles & Music for Kids event although it was cancelled by storms. Thanks to some great friends like Sheryl Crow and the steadfast support of all of you, we were still able to raise some money to support Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.
Lady Antebellum‘s On This Winter’s Night will be available on Monday (October 22nd), so Charles and Dave wanted to share two of their very special I’ll Be Home For Christmas memories in today’s webisode. Check out what they had to say below.
BTW, Lady A will surely perform a selection or two from their Christmas album during the ABC-TV holiday special, CMA Country Christmas, set to tape Saturday, November 3rd at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. The airdate for the show, which will also feature Little Big Town, Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Scotty McCreery and many others, has yet to be revealed.
Little Big Town’s Tornado is spending its fifth straight week at the top of the country albums chart. The collection sold another 23,000 copies to remain at No. 1 on the country chart. Luke Bryan’s tailgates & tanlines holds steady at No. 3 on the chart, followed by Eric Church’s Chief at No. 4.
Little Big Town had a new producer at the helm for their latest album – Jay Joyce (Eric Church, Cage the Elephant). While they had met him previously when he played guitar on their album, The Reason Why, they felt a musical connection and comfort when considering him as a producer. “When we first met with Jay, there was instant kind of camaraderie. We got each other,” says LBT’s Phillip Sweet. “There’s just a confidence coming from him.”
They’re currently taking the country charts by storm with their latest single, “Tornado.”
AUDIO: Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman and Jimi Westbrook say they worked out songs at Jay Joyce’s kitchen table before going into the studio downstairs.
LBT (figuring out songs in studio) OC: (Jimi) …great experience. :55
KIMBERLY: “We sat at his kitchen table in his house upstairs from his studio and figured out what this record was going to be with that list of 26 songs or whatever it was, and experimented here and there and figured it out. Really, we did that every day that we rehearsed, we sat up there every day and figured out what was going to become of that very day.” JIMI: “And talked about the day before, like ‘Well, that one felt really good yesterday, didn’t it? That feels good, and that one didn’t feel so good.’ We started talking about, ‘I’m not sure that one’s gonna come together.’ Even that part of it, the whittling of it, wasn’t forced. It’s almost as if it revealed itself of what was supposed to be together. These songs feel like they belong together, and that kind of just happened. None of that was forced either, which is nice. It was a really great experience.”
AUDIO: Little Big Town’s Phillip Sweet talks about Tornado producer Jay Joyce.
LBT (Jay Joyce) OC: …from him. :30
“When we first met with Jay, there was instant kind of camaraderie. We got each other. I think he got us, and we really, from meeting him previously – he had worked on The Reason Why playing some guitar – so we had met him and had worked with him on Jack Ingram’s record. [We] just liked being around the guy, and I think that trust was part of the letting go. It was kind of an instant, you felt good with him behind the control board. There’s just a confidence coming from him.”
Jon Pardi is having quite the week. First, he hits the main stage during the Capitol Street Party on Wednesday (October 17th), and that leads into his debut on the Grand Ole Opry stage on Friday (October 19th). The “Missin’ You Crazy” singer is thrilled to play the historic stage for the first time. “When I step onstage on the Grand Ole Opry for the first time, I’m just looking forward to turning that corner and walking out onstage and soaking it all in right there, ‘cause I never even thought I’d ever play the Opry,” says Jon.
His mother and sister, plus numerous friends, are making the trek to Nashville to catch both performances this week, because they know it’s a huge week for the young star.
Jon is on the Tie One On Tour with Frankie Ballard and Miss Willie Brown. The next date is November 2nd in Auburn Hills, Michigan.
AUDIO: Jon Pardi looks forward to making his debut on the Grand Ole Opry.
Jon Pardi (Opry debut) 1 OC: …be awesome. :20
“When I step onstage on the Grand Ole Opry for the first time, I’m just looking forward to turning that corner and walking out onstage and soaking it all in right there, ‘cause I never even thought I’d ever play the Opry. It’s one of those things that, ‘Wow!’ You get the call that you’re going to play the Opry and you’re like, ‘Wow! I’m gonna play the Grand Ole Opry.’ So, it’s kind of, it’s crazy. It’s amazing. I mean, it’s going to be awesome.”
Darius Rucker became the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry Tuesday night (October 16th). He performed a pair of his No. 1 hits, including “Alright” and “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It” before Opry General Manager Pete Fisher and Opry member Vince Gill helped present Darius with his Opry award, a 14-inch bronze replica of the Grand Ole Opry microphone stand. Vince told Darius that the award is probably the most proud thing he has because of what it represents. “It represents the entire history of this music,” said Vince. “I don’t think there’s a more beloved guy in our music than you. I think everyone adores you…before you even open your mouth and sing.” Vince then thanked him for wanting to be a country music singer.”
After a standing ovation, an emotional Darius said, “This is a labor of love for me. I love country music!” Darius thanked the Opry, the fans, his label, his producer and his wife and children. A tearful Rucker responded to Gill’s words and a standing ovation from the audience, saying, “Thank you very much. … I was sitting in here at rehearsals today, and there was nobody in here, and I looked up in the stands. I thought to myself, ‘Somewhere in those stands right now my mom is looking at me.’ And it just blew me away to be here today. …This means more to me than I could ever say to you.”
His labelmate and most recent Opry member, Keith Urban, videotaped a message to Darius welcoming him into the family, before he walked out to surprise him live on stage.
Another friend there to celebrate with Darius was football icon and former Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino was in the wings with his wife to cheer him on. He wrapped up the live GAC-TV coverage of his induction with his latest smash, “True Believers,” which he dedicated to the football hero.
It was just two weeks ago to the day when Brad Paisley had the idea for the fake Question and Answer segment in an effort to issue the invitation to Darius, who said earlier in the day that the honor was still “surreal.”
“It meant so much to me ‘cause I knew if I ever could be a member then there’s no more conversation about being accepted or anything. I’m in,” said Darius. “You look at the names of the people that have been inducted, and they’re legends. They’re legends. They’re modern day legends and old-time legends. And for me to now be right next to them, shoulder-to-shoulder to them, that was something I dreamt about and now it’s a dream come true.”
Jason Aldean, Radney Foster, Tiger Woods, Ricky Skaggs and Brad Paisley videotaped congratulatory messages to the latest member of the Grand Ole Opry.
The induction will re-air Wednesday (October 17th) on GAC-TV at 10:00 a.m., and 7:00 p.m. Eastern.
Darius Rucker (induction) 1 OC: …dream come true. :32
“There aren’t many genres of music that have their church. The church of country music is the Grand Ole Opry. It meant so much to me ‘cause I knew if I ever could be a member then there’s no more conversation about being accepted or anything. I’m in. You look at the names of the people that have been inducted, and they’re legends. They’re legends. They’re modern day legends and old-time legends. And for me to now be right next to them, shoulder-to-shoulder to them, that was something I dreamt about and now it’s a dream come true.”
AUDIO: Darius Rucker already plays the Grand Ole Opry a lot during the year, but now that he’s a member, he expects to be playing even more.
Darius Rucker (induction) 2 OC: …back home. :12
“I play the Opry a lot now, but I like playing the Opry. It’s easy. I live in South Carolina. It’s easy to get into the bus, drive overnight, play golf all day, play the Opry and drive back home.”