• Jon Pardi Ain;t Always the Cowboy
  • Parker McCollum Pretty Heart
  • Little Big Town Wine, Beer, Whiskey
  • Mickey Guyton Heaven Down Here
  • Luke Bryan Down to One
  • Gary Allan Waste of a Whiskey Drink
  • Dierks Bentley Gone
  • Darius Rucker Beers and Sunshine
  • Eric Church

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JON PARDI RELEASES A NEW EPISODE OF “PARDI TIME” AS HE’S NOW A MARRIED MAN; ALSO CAMPING WITH JEREMIAH.

Check out a new episode of “Pardi Time” with Jon Pardi, who is now a married man. In the show, he goes camping with his trusty sidekick, Jeremiah, and he goes beind-the-scenes of the Grand Ole Opry.

 

 

Jon is closing in on the top of the country charts with his latest hit single, “Ain’t Always the Cowboy.”

 

SAM HUNT RELEASES “BREAKING UP WAS EASY IN THE 90’s” MUSIC VIDEO.

Multi-Platinum-selling artist Sam Hunt releases today the music video for his current country radio hit, “Breaking Up Was Easy In The 90’s.” Directed by Justin Clough, the video offers an element of somber gravity as it follows the story of a man just released from prison still haunted by the past and unsure of the path forward.

 

 

“Breaking Up Was Easy in the 90’s,” written by Sam Hunt, Chris La Corte, Zach Crowell, Ernest K. Smith and Josh Osborne, is the follow up to back-to-back No. 1 hits “Hard To Forget” and “Kinfolks” off Hunt’s chart-topping album SOUTHSIDE.

SOUTHSIDE debuted to critical acclaim earlier this year with Rolling Stone calling Hunt “an innovator who has remade country in his own image and also figured out how to reclaim its past.” Stereogum notes, “Whether goofing off or pouring his heart out, he [Hunt] maintains an easy conversational presence, the confident charm of a former star quarterback matched with the skills of a classic country craftsman.” The album also earned praise from American Songwriter, Associated Press, Billboard¸ Entertainment Weekly, NPR, Pitchfork, Slate, The New York Times and more. Listen to SOUTHSIDE HERE

 

For information on Sam Hunt, visit www.SamHunt.com.

LITTLE BIG TOWN, ERIC CHURCH, VINCE GILL, BROTHERS OSBORNE AND MICKEY GUYTON EARN GRAMMY NODS.

The nominees for the 63rd annual Grammy Awards were announced this week, and several UMG Nashville artists are in the running. Little Big Town picked up two nods for Best Country Album for Nightfall, as well as one for Best Country Duo/Group for “Sugar Coat,” along with Brothers Osborne for “All Night.”

John and TJ Osborne earn their six Grammy nod and they say they’re still surprised.

Eric Church’s “Stick That in Your Country Song,” Vince Gill’s “When My Amy Prays” and Mickey Guyton’s “Black Like Me” are nominated for Best Country Solo Performance.

 

Of significant note, Taylor Swift earned six nominations. Folklore, a follow-up to her Lover album, was nominated for best pop vocal album. The album’s lead pop single, “Cardigan,” was also recognized in the overall Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance categories. Her collaboration with Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, “Exile,” received a nod in Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. If that wasn’t all, the “betty” artist earned a nomination for best song written for visual media for her collaboration with Andrew Lloyd Webber on Cats’ “Beautiful Ghosts.”

The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards will air live January 31st beginning at 8pm ET. The pre-telecast ceremony will take place earlier in the day via streaming starting at 3pm ET.

Best Country Album

Lady Like, Ingrid Andress
Your Life Is a Record, Brandy Clark
Wildcard, Miranda Lambert
Nightfall, Little Big Town
Never Will, Ashley McBryde

Best Country Solo Performance

“Stick That in Your Country Song,” Eric Church
“Who You Thought I Was,” Brandy Clark
“When My Amy Prays,” Vince Gill
“Black Like Me,” Mickey Guyton

“Bluebird,” Miranda Lambert

Best Country Duo / Group Performance

“All Night,” Brothers Osborne
“10,000 Hours,” Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber
“Ocean,” Lady A
“Sugar Coat,” Little Big Town
“Some People Do,” Old Dominion

TAYLOR SWIFT’S “folklore: the long pond studio sessions” TO PREMIERE EXCLUSIVELY ON DISNEY+ ON NOVEMBER 25th.

Taylor Swift, Aaron Dessner (The National), Jack Antonoff (Bleachers) and Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) created an album that crossed genres — a musical journey that allows us to cry and laugh, and during these trying times, makes us feel like we’re not quite so alone. They recorded “folklore” thousands of miles apart from each other and had never been in the same room together…

…until now

folklore: the long pond studio sessions was filmed in upstate New York in September 2020 and will premiere exclusively on Disney+ on Wednesday, November 25, at 12:01AM PT. Taylor, accompanied by co-producers Aaron Dessner and Jack Antonoff along with a guest appearance by Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), performs each song in order of her critically adored, five star album, “folklore” and for the very first time, reveals the stories and secrets behind all 17 songs.

 

“folklore: the long pond studio sessions” was directed by Taylor Swift and filmed on 6 x Lumix S1H mirrorless cameras with Leica lenses embedded in the studio, along with a one Alexa LF with an Angenieux 24-290 on a Furio robotic camera with 30+ feet of curved track.

 

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DIERKS BENTLEY PERFORMS “GONE” ON THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW TUESDAY.

Multi-Platinum singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley will take latest single “Gone,” to The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday (November 24th). With his highest debuting radio single to date, Bentley “strikes again” (Music Row) as the “layered, guitar-driven production suits the disarray playing out in a tarnished romance,” (Billboard). “Gone” is available at all digital retailers here.

Bentley continues to be a dominant voice for the genre with over 6.4 billion streams. Reaching a new creative high while “making music designed to challenge” (New York Times), Bentley co-wrote 10 of 13 tracks on his last album THE MOUNTAIN, which earned him the highest debut sales of his career and became his seventh chart-topping release. Bentley has amassed countless nominations from the ACMs, CMAs, Billboard Music Awards and more while also earning 14 GRAMMY  nominations. He just recently celebrated his 15 year anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry. For more information visit www.dierks.com

LAUREN ALAINA KICKS OFF HER HOLIDAY SEASON WITH A PERFORMANCE ON THE 94TH MACY’S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE.

Platinum-selling No. 1 singer-songwriter Lauren Alaina kicks off her holiday season with a performance on the 94th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade live from New York City on Thursday, November 26 at 9 am – 12 Noon on NBC and Telemundo. Alaina joins a list of superstar artists who are appearing on this year’s parade including Dolly Parton, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots, Patti Labelle, Bebe Rexha, Pentatonix, Santa Claus and more!

The Georgia native returns home to Nashville to perform in the 93rd Annual Nashville Christmas Parade benefiting the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. This year the parade will be aired virtually on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 9 a.m. on WKRN. Ch 2 (ABC). Also appearing in this year’s one-hour program include CeCe Winans, for King and Country, Jimmie Allen, Louis York and The Shindellas, Oak Ridge Boys, Mitchell Tenpenny, Sandi Patty and more.

Alaina will perform and host Musician on Call’s (MOC) “I’m On Call for Tennessee” virtual concert, which will include performances by Darius Rucker, Jon Pardi, Maddie & Tae, Priscilla Block and Kylie Morgan. The concert will be available to healthcare facilities statewide for patients and staff to enjoy throughout the month of December through MOC’s Virtual Bedside Performance Program. MOC is a non-profit that brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities.

The rising superstar was invited to perform the classic “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” on the upcoming Gaylord Hotels Christmas Special “SO. MUCH. CHRISTMAS.” airing in December on Circle TV. Check local listings for dates/times

Alaina continues as host of the new weekly Circle TV series, Jesus Calling: Stories of Faith, the inspirational series, based off the namesake book Jesus Calling ® (Thomas Nelson).

Alaina has been riding a career-high with not only the recent news her duet with friend and rising star Kane Brown, “What Ifs,” was certified for 6 million singles sold and her new Getting Over Him EP has garnered major national media exposure including a performance on Good Morning America as well as interview features on Entertainment TonightE! NewsPEOPLE Magazine (9/17 print issue), People.comPeople NowCMT Hot 20 (9/12), USA TODAY, American Songwriter, Tennessean, Hollywood Life, FoxNews.com, CMT.com, PopCulture.com, Nashville Lifestyles, Country Now, Sounds Like Nashville, Taste of Country, The Boot and more.

Additionally, just days after the EP release her duet “What Do You Think Of?” featuring international pop sensation Lukas Graham has shot up the iTunes chart hitting No. 1 on iTunes country and No. 4 on the all-genre chart. “What Do You Think Of?” is playing now on Sirius XM’s The Highway.

In the last several months, Alaina has most recently performed on the 40th annual broadcast of the top-rated PBS special “A Capitol Fourth performing “This Land Is My Land,” CMA Summer Stay-Cay livestream special where she performed “Two Pina Coladas” with Lindsay Ell and Cassadee Pope as well as “Say It With a Song” Game with Devin Dawson and HARDY as well as CMT’s Benefit Concert for Love & Acceptance and she and her friend Kane Brown performed their 6XPlatinum-selling “What Ifs” on the recent nationally-televised CMA Best of Fest on ABC.

About Lauren Alaina:
Multi-Platinum-selling singer/songwriter Lauren Alaina’s current EP, Getting Over Him, includes six songs that feature her signature powerhouse vocals including “Run,” which addresses the rat race of life we are all on, the feisty and clever “If I Was A Beer,” the emboldened “Bar Back,” the thought-provoking sentimental “Seen You In Your Hometown,” as well as, for the first time on one of her projects, two duets including the title track “Getting Over Him” featuring Jon Pardi and the emotionally difficult “What Do You Think Of?” featuring international pop sensation Lukas Graham, which American Songwriter raves as “stunning.”

Getting Over Him
 and the previous Getting Good EP (March 2020) are evidence of Lauren’s evolution as a songwriter and as an artist as she wrote each of the songs on both EPs. The pair of EPs follow her No. 1 smash “Road Less Traveled” from the 2017 most-streamed album of the year for a female country artist, Road Less Traveled. 

Lauren’s critically acclaimed sophomore album, Road Less Traveled, landed on multiple “Best Of” lists including BillboardRolling Stone and Amazon, and it became the top-streamed female country album release of 2017. Praised as “full of life lessons and uplift” (PEOPLE), the collection of 12 songs all written by the young star includes Lauren’s first No. 1 smash, “Road Less Traveled,” “Doin’ Fine,” and the inspiring, “Three.”

The “sassy Southerner with killer pipes” (PARADE) has shared the stage with superstars including Alan Jackson, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Martina McBride and Jason Aldean, and sold out her own, first-ever headlining, That Girl Was Me Tour.

Lauren has received multiple nominations for ACM Awards, CMA Awards, CMT Music Awards, Teen Choice Awards, Radio Disney Awards and Billboard Music Awards. Awards include 2017 ACM New Female Vocalist of the Year, CMT Breakthrough Video of the Year for her “Road Less Traveled,” and CMT Collaborative Video of the Year for “What Ifs,” the 6x Platinum-selling No. 1 hit with childhood friend, Kane Brown.

The Georgia native has played on some of the highest-profile stages in the world including national television performances on PBS’s A Capitol FourthDancing with the Stars, American Idol, TODAYABC’s Good Morning AmericaThe Ellen Degeneres Show, Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, ABC’s CMA Fest specials, CMA and ACM Awards and more including a performance at the White House for President Obama for a PBS special.

PRISCILLA BLOCK RELEASES THE MUSIC VIDEO FOR HER SINGLE, “JUST ABOUT OVER YOU.”

Rising country star Priscilla Block releases the official music video for “Just About Over You.” In the video, directed by Logen Christopher, Priscilla depicts the real-life scenario behind the heartbreak singalong she wrote with Emily Kroll and Sarah Jones after a late-night run in with her ex.

“It’s the whole idea when you think you’re over someone and you get to that point of ‘alright, I think I’m good,’” explains Priscilla. “And then, BAM!!! A train hits you and you’re like, ‘I thought I was good, but I’m not,’” she says with a laugh. “I hope people crank up the radio and scream out at their ex like, ‘why’d you have to do that – I was good until you messed it up!’”

 

 

Hosting live chats on TikTok and YouTube leading into tonight’s premiere, Priscilla was able to share her excitement and visit with all those who have been on this journey with her since day one. Before signing with Mercury Nashville, Priscilla released “Just About Over You” independently with only the support of her dedicated fanbase who rallied together to finance the recording after hearing Priscilla sing the song on her socials. “Just About Over You” shot to the top of the iTunes all genre song chart within 12 hours of its release and it is now her first ever country single nearing Top 40 on the airplay charts. Priscilla is currently working and recording new music for her debut project on Mercury Nashville / InDent Records.

Follow Priscilla on InstagramFacebookTwitter, and TikTok for more on her music journey.

CHRIS STAPLETON’S STARTING OVER DEBUTS AT #1 ON BILLBOARD COUNTRY CHART.

Chris Stapleton’s highly anticipated new album, Starting Over, debuts this week at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart and #3 on the Billboard 200 with over 102,733 units. The album also tops Billboard’s Americana/Folk Albums and Digital Albums charts and is #2 on Billboard’s Top Albums chart.

Out now on Mercury Records Nashville (stream/purchase here), Starting Over is an album of startling prescience, featuring fourteen tracks that examine life’s simplest joys and most serious struggles. Once again produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb, the record is already receiving overwhelming critical acclaim:

“Chris Stapleton may have the album of the year with Starting Over”—American Songwriter

“a sure-footed masterpiece…one of the year’s finest albums”—Associated Press

“Simply put, there are few recording artists in country operating at Stapleton’s level, and Starting Over keeps the bar very high.”—Billboard

“a dynamite and dynamic new album from the mighty-voiced Kentucky native…the singer-songwriter is hitting new heights, nailing the crossroads of country, rock, gospel, and pop across 14 tracks.”—Entertainment Weekly

“14 rich, intricately-wound odes to tiny admissions and big emotions”—Esquire

“He has nothing left to prove, but somehow, he just gets incrementally better…This is as good as any of his albums and maybe just a tad better.”—Glide

“mixes beautifully stark songwriting with blues, country, and rock melodies, allowing Stapleton’s sturdy, propulsive vocals to carry the show”—GQ

vividly exemplifies the complex emotional character of Stapleton’s best music. He’s burly but soft. Tough yet vulnerable. A protector of his loved ones and a man in perpetual search of shelter.”—Los Angeles Times 

“What makes Starting Over unique is its emotional center…Stapleton cuts through the tangled jungle of pre-COVID life like a machete, clearing a new path forward.”—Nashville Lifestyles

“Chris is at the top of his game with this record. It sounds like a record from a great.”
NPR Music

Starting Over may be Stapleton’s best album yet…every song on the album comes as a perfectly wrapped gift to the listener”—No Depression

“The chill Nashville trailblazer feels at home in songs that echo his pop songwriting and his country roots.”—Rolling Stone

“if Starting Over offers a statement of principles, it’s that Stapleton is going to make Stapleton music, equal parts country, Southern rock, raw sentimentality, and self-reflective singer-songwriter-ism.”—Slate

“It is easily one of the best records I’ve heard this year. It’s easily one of the best country records I’ve heard in a long time. And I have no doubt it’s going to be one of the best country records I’ve heard this decade once everything is said and done.”—The Needle Drop

“lands precisely where country meets Southern soul: with grit, details, clarity and ache.”
The New York Times

“the results are stunning…his most personal work yet.”—The Ringer

“expands a sonic identity and storytelling fervor that Stapleton established on his paramount debut, Traveller, and its two-part follow-up, From A Room Vol. 1 and Vol. 2.”—The Tennessean

He has [Willie] Nelson’s tender touch, but his bluesy side is much louder; his is a part-acoustic, part-stinging approach in which Nelson’s Trigger meets B.B. King’s Lucille.”—Variety

“It’s every bit the tour de force his breakthrough album was…Elegant writing and delicate musicianship combine in an album ranking among the year’s best.”—Vulture

In celebration of the release, Stapleton was recently a guest on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” performing the album’s title track and speaking with the host (watch the performance HERE and interview HERE). Additionally, Stapleton was also featured earlier this month on NBC’s “Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist,” NPR’s “Morning Edition” and performed an acoustic version of “Starting Over” at the 54th Annual CMA Awards.

Starting Over finds Stapleton back in his second home, Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A (with additional work done at Muscle Shoals Sound and Compass Sound Studio), surrounded by his trusted collaborators as well as some new faces. In addition to Cobb (acoustic guitar), the record features his beloved wife, Morgane Stapleton (vocals, tambourine), with J.T. Cure (bass) and Derek Mixon (drums). Special guests include legendary musicians Mike Campbell (electric guitar), Benmont Tench (Hammond B3 organ) and Paul Franklin (pedal steel) as well as the All Voices Choir who are featured on “Watch You Burn,” written by Stapleton and Campbell.

Kentucky-born Stapleton is a 5x Grammy, 10x CMA and 7x ACM Award-winner and one of the country’s most respected and beloved musicians. Following 2015’s quadruple platinum breakthrough solo debut album Traveller, Stapleton released two #1 albums in 2017. Both From A Room: Volume 1 (certified platinum) and From A Room: Volume 2 (certified gold) take their name from legendary RCA Studio A, where they were recorded with Cobb. Released to overwhelming critical acclaim, The Tennessean praises, “Both are rich with the textures of Stapleton’s vocals that make him one of country music’s most beloved artists, classic country sounds and thoughtful articulate lyrics about love, life and pain.” He was recently announced as the first-ever “Artist-Songwriter of the Decade” recipient by the Academy of Country Music and will resume his extensive “All-American Road Show” tour next year. Highlights include headline shows at Washington State’s Gorge Amphitheatre, Chicago’s Wrigley Field, New York’s Madison Square Garden and “A Concert for Kentucky”—a special performance benefitting his newly created Outlaw State of Kind Hometown Fund to be held at University of Kentucky’s Kroger Field onApril 24. Presented by Live Nation, the performance is the first concert ever held at UK’s Kroger Field and will feature very special guests Willie Nelson & Family, Sheryl Crow and Yola. 100% of the concert’s net proceeds will go toward Chris and Morgane Stapleton’s Outlaw State of Kind Hometown Fund. Established in partnership with the Blue Grass Community Foundation, the fund will specifically support local and national organizations directly impacting Kentucky, with initial grant distributions focusing on music and arts education. See below for complete itinerary.

 

STARTING OVER TRACK LIST:

1. Starting Over 

2. Devil Always Made Me Think Twice 

3. Cold 

4. When I’m With You 

5. Arkansas 

6. Joy Of My Life  

7. Hillbilly Blood 

8. Maggie’s Song 

9. Whiskey Sunrise 

10. Worry B Gone 

11. Old Friends 

12. Watch You Burn

13. You Should Probably Leave 

14. Nashville, TN

Audio / Chris Stapleton responds to a question about a theme in his new album, Starting Over."

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Chris Stapleton (theme of Starting Over album) OC: …as humans. :54
“I’ve never really looked at records necessarily as having a theme.  I’ve never made a record in that kind of a constraint necessarily. And there are a lot of great records that have this theme and this overlying thread that kind of runs through them.  Maybe the thread for me is just I’m singing. I wrote a bulk of the songs. It’s the same guys playing all the songs. If there’s a theme – if there’s a theme it’s hopefully there’s a theme of truth somewhere in it. And what I mean by that is hopefully we’re conveying in the songs some experiences that feel real and hopefully people can find themselves in those songs and in the album. And for me if I’m looking for a theme it’s that kind of, I don’t know, that thing that binds us all together as humans.”

TAYLOR SWIFT PICKED UP THREE AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS AND REVEALED SHE IS RE-RECORDING ALL OF HER OLDER SONGS.

Taylor Swift picked up three American Music Awards on Sunday night (November 22nd), including the overall “Favorite Artist” honor — and explaining her absence as due to being busy in the studio re-recording her entire old catalog of songs.

“The reason I’m not there tonight is I’m actually recording all of my old music in the studio where we originally recorded it,” she said in a recorded video. “So it’s been amazing and I can’t wait for you to hear it.”

With her three wins, Taylor broke her own record for the highest number of AMA wins, for a total of 32. The previous record-holder was Michael Jackson, with 24.

Taylor is currently making her way up the country charts with “Betty,” which is from her current folklore album.

JON PARDI TIES THE KNOT.

Jon Pardi married Summer Duncan in an intimate ceremony at Saddle Woods Farm in Murfreesboro, Tennessee Saturday night (November 21st). The two first planned to tie the knot over Memorial Day Weekend in Montana, but those plans were cancelled due to the global pandemic, COVID-19.

You can find all of the wedding details, plus the story behind their courtship, on People.com.

 

Jon is closing in on the top of the country charts with his latest hit, “Ain’t Always the Cowboy.”

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