Luke Bryan kicks off his annual FarmTour Thursday (September 29th) in Clemson, South Carolina. The trek, in-between dates on his CMT Tour, is scheduled to run through Friday, October 6th in Carrollton, Georgia. Proceeds from the shows will be made available as a scholarship for a student from a farming family attending a local college in each community where the shows are taking place.
- On Monday (September 26th), Luke will be seen on Access Hollywood Live, followed by his first-ever appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wednesday (September 28th).
- The Georgia native is scaling the country charts with his latest single, “I Don’t Want This Night to End,” from his new album, tailgates & tanlines.
- Luke is up for New Artist of the Year at this year’s CMA Awards, taking place live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena November 9th on ABC.
AUDIO: Luke Bryan talks about the production that goes into having his own headlining tour.
Luke Bryan (tour production) OC: …money’s worth. :38
“Talking about production, it’s nice to finally kind of plan up how you’re gonna have your show look and lots of lights around you, and being able to creat moments with lights, and have somebody on stage go and stand where the lights are doing this and that, and it’s nice to plan it all up. I mean, we’ve always, being an opener, you just go out there and the lights get turned on. But now, we can finally use all of our resources, all the people that are working so hard and make the lighting look even more special and make it look like a big show. And in the end, that kind of helps the overall aspect of fans really getting their money’s worth.”
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Lady Antebellum’s Own the Night has debuted at the top of the Billboard Top 200 with more than 347,000 copies sold, which is the biggest first week debut by a country artist this year. Own the Night also follows Lady A’s multi-platinum second album, Need You Now, which topped the Billboard 200 in February 2010. Lady A’s Dave Haywood, the album is a “call- to-action to tell people to get out there. ‘Let’s own this experience, own this evening, own what you’re going through, whatever it is in your life, own it and enjoy it,’ because life’s too short not to enjoy them.”
- The trio is currently in Canada promoting Own the Night before returning to the States to make their debut appearance on Saturday Night Live on October 1st.
- Next month, Lady A will travel to Europe for more appearances and fan events in the UK, France and Germany all before kicking off the first leg of their headlining Own the Night 2011 Tour beginning November 11th in Knoxville, Tennessee.
AUDIO: Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood describes Own The Night as a call-to-action.
Lady A (Own the Night) 092111 OC: …enjoy them. :50
“I mean, we wanted to have a call-to-action, so to speak. I think for us, this on a lot of different levels [that] Own the Night applies to us. One being that we want to own these experiences that we’re going through right now, and all the exciting things that we get the opportunity to do, and we want to enjoy them. We don’t want these just to pass on by and look back and wonder what happen. We want to live in each and every single moment and enjoy these. And as well, when fans come out to see us, which we hope that they do this fall, we want people to have that experience and hopefully have something that they can look back on, as well, that they enjoy. So, we want, it’s that call- to-action to tell people to get out there. ‘Let’s own this experience, own this evening, own what you’re going through, whatever it is in your life, own it and enjoy it,’ because life’s too short not to enjoy them.”
AUDIO: Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley explains why “We Owned the Night” is a perfect follow-up to their recent No. 1 single, “Just a Kiss.”
Lady A (We Owned the Night-different message) OC: …the live show. :44
“I think that’s one of the main reasons is the live feel to it, and it just had kind of an urgency to it and an excitement to it that we wanted to kind of represent this record. And ‘Just A Kiss’ is very Lady A, [while] ‘We Owned The Night’ is a little bit kind of more of a departure for us in a way, just the sound of it is very mandolin-heavy and it’s just got a lot of different organic elements, which is really exciting for us to kind of go down that road. But I think more than anything, the message of it, just owning the night, we thought it would just be a great, great thing to kind of just, you know…” HS: “Set the tone.” CK: “Set the tone for the record and the tour, and I’m loving the response so far. The fans are really gravitating towards it, and I think live, it’s just going to be a great cornerstone of the live show.”
Keith Urban has been tapped to perform on this year’s CMA Awards. The “Long Hot Summer” singer, who is currently touring North America on his Get Closer 2011 World Tour, is nominated for both Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year. Keith was named Entertainer in 2005 and picked up three Male Vocalist awards (2004-2006). While he is extremely honored to be nominated, he looks forward to performing on awards shows. “I look forward to being able to perform on awards shows,” says Keith. “That is absolute moment that matters most to me is getting to play, because the other stuff is – I don’t know about the other stuff. I know about playing, and that’s the only thing I know about.”
- The 45th Annual CMA Awards, which will also feature performances by Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton and Taylor Swift, will be broadcast live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena beginning at 8pm ET/PT November 9th on ABC.
AUDIO: Keith Urban, who is nominated for both CMA Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year awards, says he enjoys performing on awards shows.
Keith Urban (perf on awards shows) OC: …know about. :10
“I look forward to being able to perform on awards shows. That is absolute moment that matters most to me is getting to play, because the other stuff is – I don’t know about the other stuff. I know about playing, and that’s the only thing I know about.”
Early predictions from industry trades have Lady Antebellum’s latest album, Own the Night, debuting atop the Billboard Top 200 well past the 300,000 mark. The official totals will be released later this week. Songs on the trio’s third album seem to have different themes to them, however, they enjoy a collective them together. “The theme that I’ve kind of seen throughout it is a lot of these songs are about very specific moments in time,” muses Lady A’s Hillary Scott. “It’s not just an overall emotion or an overall feeling that’s portrayed in a song. It’s just very specific to moments that throughout your life end up defining who you are.” The second release from the album – “We Owned the Night” – is currently vaulting up the country charts.
- If you go to Lady A’s official website, you can find out more about downloading an acoustic version of their recent No. 1 hit, “Just a Kiss.”
- Catch Lady Antebellum performing on CBS Sunday Morning next Sunday (September 25th).
AUDIO: Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott discusses how Own The Night documents specific moments in life that shape one’s humanity.
Lady A (theme of OTN) OC: …who you are. :47
“The theme that I’ve kind of seen throughout it is a lot of these songs are about very specific moments in time. It’s not just an overall emotion or an overall feeling that’s portrayed in a song. It’s, I mean, even down to a song on the record called, ‘As You Turn Away,’ it’s literally about a 30-second window of time, saying goodbye to someone that you had been in a relationship with and knowing that things will never be the same in that you’ll never see them again. That’s literally about a 30-second window of time and an experience that happened, and then we wrote a four-minute song about it…and ‘Own The Night,’ it’s about one night. ‘Dancing Away With My Heart,’ it’s about one night. It’s just very specific to moments that throughout your life end up defining who you are.”
AUDIO: Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley says writing songs for their new album, Own the Night, took them back to the past and made them reflect on the path that led them to where they are now.
Lady A (Nostalgic Songs) OC: …who you are. :42
“We tended to write a lot of nostalgic songs on this record, and so it kind of made us go back and look back at the road that’s gotten us here. I don’t think that was something we went into it consciously trying to do, but it just naturally kind of started coming out. And we’d start writing a song about, called it ‘Dancing Away With My Heart,’ and started kind of each sharing stories of our high school sweethearts, or prom, or whatever it may be. And it was fun to kind of go back and see that and know where you’ve been that all kind of led you to where you are and so … So, yeah. It was an interesting journey. I think it helps you appreciate what this life’s all about. And it is, it’s about all those experiences, good and bad, that make you who you are.”
Luke Bryan goes north of the border to perform and present at this year’s CCMAs (Canadian Country Music Awards). Check out all the action on LBTV!
From a recent interview with TasteofCountry.com, Eric Church reveals he shot a performance video for his new single, “Drink in My Hand.” Check out the article below.
Eric Church has had quite the year so far. He kicked off 2011 with an ACM trophy for Top New Solo Vocalist of the Year, been touring with such artists as Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert and Toby Keith, AND he delivered his first “baby” in July. The baby we’re referring to his album, Chief, which debuted at the top of the overall Billboard album chart with nearly 145,000 copies sold.
Now, he and his wife, Katherine, are in the last remaining weeks before the birth of their first child – a boy. The parents-to-be have already been getting their unborn child used to traveling on a bus. “We’re gonna strap him up, give him some headphones, and we’re going on the road. We’ve been trying to get him used to the bus, even though we haven’t had him yet,” explains the singer-songwriter. “Katherine’s been riding the bus a lot and [getting him] used to the shaking and the movements, so. It’s funny now – he’s a bit of a kicker and a puncher, and he’s fine if she’s moving. If she stops moving, he starts kicking and punching, which is ironic ‘cause I punch on stage. So, we’ll see what happens with that in a few years.”
Since Eric and Katherine discovered the sex of the baby, folks have been asking them what they’ve decided on for a name. “We’ve got a few names,” he reveals. “I think you need to look at a boy before you name him, though. I think you need to step back and see which name they look like. So, we’re going to take a few names in to the hospital, and we’ll see which one comes out.”
- Eric is scaling the country charts with his latest single, “Drink in My Hand” – the second single from Chief.
- Eric is still on the Locked and Loaded Tour with Toby, and he’s scheduled for shows up until the baby’s due date, which is in the middle of October.
- Eric has earned a nomination for CMA New Artist of the Year. The awards will be handed out Wednesday, October 9th.
AUDIO: Eric Church talks about preparing his unborn child for life on the road.
Eric Church (baby stuff) OC: …in a few years. [laughs] :34
“I want to be the dad my dad was. I think I have a great father, and [he’s] always been supportive. We kind of joke with our lifestyle, you know what we do and touring 200 days a year. We’re not going to give him much leeway. We’re gonna strap him up, give him some headphones, and we’re going on the road. We’ve been trying to get him used to the bus, even though we haven’t had him yet. Katherine’s been riding the bus a lot and used to the shaking and the movements, so. It’s funny now – he’s a bit of a kicker and a puncher, and he’s fine if she’s moving. If she stops moving, he starts kicking and punching, which is ironic ‘cause I punch on stage. So, we’ll see what happens with that in a few years. [laughs]”
AUDIO: Eric Church says he and his wife Catherine haven’t fully decided on a name for their first child.
Eric Church (baby names) OC: …comes out. :13
“We’ve got a few names. I think you need to look at a boy before you name him, though. I think you need to step back and see which name they look like. So, we’re going to take a few names in to the hospital, and we’ll see which one comes out.”
Follow Lady Antebellum as they perform the National Anthem on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and for the day of their new album release on September 13th.