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Kelsea Ballerini Embarks on First Arena Tour With Support From Brett Young: “I Feel Like We’re a Good Dynamic Duo”

5 hours 13 min ago

Kelsea Ballerini has had an action-packed week.

Not only did the Tennessee native get inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on April 16, but Kelsea also embarked on her first headlining arena tour, which kicked off on April 11 with support from Brett Young.

“I grew up going to arena shows, and I feel like that’s always kind of been where I want to live and work up to—and create that world for people to step into for a couple of hours,” says Kelsea. “Brett Young is out with me, and I keep saying, ‘The girls are gonna come for him and stay for me, hopefully.’ I feel like we’re a good dynamic duo.”

The “dynamic duo” got to know each other as openers on Lady Antebellum’s You Look Good Tour in 2017.

“We did something like 56 dates on Lady Antebellum’s tour, and so we got to spend a lot of time together and really hit it off,” says Brett. “She’s just such a great person, such a great artist, and now to have the opportunity to go out together, I think it’s a great, great match-up. I think we have a lot of similar fans and we just enjoy each other’s company, and so I’m a big fan of hers and am looking forward to spending the time.”

Miss Me More Tour

  • April 18 | Knoxville Civic Coliseum | Knoxville, TN
  • April 25 | Hertz Arena | Estero, FL
  • April 26 | Saint Augustine Amphitheatre | St. Augustine, FL
  • April 27 | James Brown Arena | Augusta, GA
  • May 2 | Rushmore Plaza Civic Center | Rapid City, SD
  • May 3 | Bismarck Event Center | Bismarck, ND
  • May 4 | Tyson Events Center | Sioux City, IA
  • May 9 | AMSOIL Arena | Duluth, MN
  • May 10 | U.S. Cellular Center | Cedar Rapids, IA
  • May 11 | Scheels Arena | Fargo, ND

photos: Kelsea Ballerini by Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com; Brett Young by NCD

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Watch Jake Owen’s Acoustic Performance of New Song, “In It,” for Vevo Live Series

6 hours 46 min ago

Jake Owen released a live acoustic performance of his new song, “In It,” via Vevo.

Penned by Jimmy Robbins, Josh Thompson and Laura Veltz, “In It” is featured on Jake’s recent album, Greetings From . . . Jake, which has already spawned No. 1 hit, “I Was Jack (You Were Diane),” and Top 10 hit, “Down to the Honkytonk.” The new album reunited Jake with producer Joey Moi, who helmed some of his biggest hits, including “Barefoot Blue Jean Night,” “Beachin'” and “Alone With You.”

Watch Jake’s performance of “In It” below.

 

photo by O’Connor, AFF-USA.com

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Count On Chuck

7 hours 11 min ago

Our buddy Chuck Wicks is filling in for a vacationing Kix Brooks on American Country Countdown this weekend. Guests include Jason Aldean, Michael Ray and Florida Georgia Line.

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Garth Brooks Announces Another Stadium Tour Date

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 11:25

Garth Brooks is bringing his Stadium Tour to Autzen Stadium at the University of Oregon in Eugene on June 29. The upcoming stop marks Garth’s first performance in Eugene.

Garth’s Stadium Tour, which features in-the-round staging, has already visited St. Louis and Glendale, with upcoming stops in Gainesville (April 20), Minneapolis (May 3 and 4), Pittsburgh (May 18) and Denver (June 8).

Tickets for the show in Eugene will go on sale on April 26 at 10 a.m. PT. for $94.95.

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photo by NCD

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Tim McGraw Announces New Book Tour With Performances

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 09:58

Tim McGraw teamed with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham to pen a new book, Songs of America: Patriotism, Protest and the Music That Made a Nation, which will be released on June 11. According to the book description, “Jon and Tim take readers on a moving and insightful journey through eras in American history and the songs and performers that inspired us. Jon chronicles our history, exploring the stories behind the songs, and Tim reflects on them as an artist and performer.”

In conjunction with the book’s release, Tim and Jon will be hitting the road for a seven-date book tour, which kicks off on June 10 in New York and makes additional stops in Washington, D.C., Atlanta and more.

During the tour, Tim and Jon will give a behind-the-scenes look at what went into creating the book and their friendship, as they combined their individual perspectives as writer and artist. The tour will also include Tim performing songs featured in the book.

Songs of America explores both famous songs and lesser-known ones, including “My Country, ’Tis of Thee,” “God Bless America,” “Over There,” “We Shall Overcome” and “Blowin’ in the Wind.”

Every tour ticket purchased includes a copy of Songs of America.

Songs of America Book Tour

  • June 10 | Beacon Theatre | New York
  • June 11 | Charleston Gaillard Center | Charleston, S.C.
  • June 12 | The Anthem | Washington, D.C.
  • June 21 | Magnolia Market at the Silos | Waco, Texas
  • June 22 | Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre | Atlanta
  • June 23 | Belt Theater | Charlotte, N.C.
  • June 24 | Raleigh Memorial Auditorium | Raleigh, N.C
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photo by Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com

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Sheryl Crow to Release New Johnny Cash Duet, “Redemption Day”

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 09:15

Sheryl Crow is bringing Johnny Cash back to radio airwaves on April 19 with a little editing ingenuity. Sheryl will release a re-booted version of her song, “Redemption Day,” in the form of a duet with the Man in Black.

After touring war-torn Bosnia with First Lady Hillary Clinton in 1996, Sheryl penned “Redemption Day” and included it on her self-titled album that same year. Johnny recorded the song shortly before he died 2003, and it was featured on his posthumously released 2010 album, American VI: Ain’t No Grave.

With the blessing of Johnny’s estate, Sheryl re-recorded “Redemption Day” and added Johnny’s vocals to the new arrangement for her upcoming album of collaborations.

“Johnny Cash recorded it [in 2003] and felt like it would be the cornerstone of his record,” says Sheryl. “He was adamant about knowing what every lyric meant and he really delivered the song in a way that felt like for him it would be the most important song on his record . . . but two months later he passed, so cut to now and I’m making a record of collaborations and I asked the family if they would give me their blessing in letting me use his vocal. I feel like the song has finally found its moment. I re-recorded it, rearranged it, and Johnny and I are both singing the song. I hope he would be proud of what we’ve done and feel like it has met its moment.”

The video for “Redemption Day,” directed by Shaun Silva, incorporates footage of Johnny next to scenes of a young child watching history unfold, in all of its tragedy and triumph.

“As a mom of two young kids,” says Sheryl, “I see that our kids watch what we do on their behalf and how we shape their future. They’re privy to everything visual, especially now, and there’s no way to shield your child from the roughness of reality. If we could see the world through a child’s eyes, we would make different decisions.”

Check back on April 19 for the new video.

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photo by Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com

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Watch Carrie Underwood Induct Kelsea Ballerini Into the Grand Ole Opry

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 08:27

After Little Big Town invited Kelsea Ballerini to join the Grand Ole Opry on March 5, Carrie Underwood inducted the Tennessee native on April 16 in front of a packed Opry House.

Carrie presented Kelsea with her Opry trophy, saying, in part, “The Grand Ole Opry is the heart and soul of country music.”

After recounting her first visit to the Opry as a fan, her 2015 Opry debut and subsequent Opry appearances, Kelsea held her award close and said, “Grand Ole Opry, thanks for seeing something in me and for believing that I’ll always love you like I do because I do, and I will.”

Kelsea and Carrie then teamed up for a duet of Trisha Yearwood’s 1992 hit, “Walkaway Joe.”

Earlier in the night, Keith Urban made a surprise appearance to deliver congratulations to Kelesea and to perform “Blue Ain’t Your Color.” Later in the show, Vince Gill surprised the audience yet again by joining Del McCoury Band during the group’s portion of the show.

Watch Carrie induct Kelsea below.

Watch ⁦@carrieunderwood⁩ induct ⁦@KelseaBallerini⁩ into the ⁦@opry⁩, saying “The Opry is the heart and soul of country music…” pic.twitter.com/N2zMARhBYG

— Nash Country Daily (@NashCntryDaily) April 17, 2019

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photo by Chris Hollo/Grand Ole Opry

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Kristian Bush & Rita Wilson Plan Co-Headlining Tour

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 07:47

Musical collaborators and good friends, Kristian Bush and Rita Wilson will embark on a co-headlining tour this summer.

Kicking off on June 5 in Atlanta, the tour will make additional stops in Nashville, New York, Boston and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Rita Wilson & Kristian Bush Tour

  • June 5 | Center Stage Theater | Atlanta
  • June 9 | City Winery | Nashville
  • June 11 | City Winery | Washington, D.C.
  • June 12 | City Winery | New York
  • June 14 | The Paramount | Huntington, NY
  • June 15 | The Welmont Theater | Montclair, NJ
  • June 17 | City Winery | Boston
  • June 19 | Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall | Munhall, Pa.
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photo by Curtis Hilbun, AFF-USA.com

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Aaron Watson Announces New Headlining Tour

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 13:24

Aaron Watson will hit the road this summer for The Red Bandana Tour, which takes its moniker from the Texan’s upcoming album of the same name (June 21).

Kicking off on June 28 in Abilene, Texas, the tour will make additional stops in Houston, Cincinnati, Kansas City and more.

“I am so excited to announce the new tour this summer with the release of my new album, Red Bandana,” says Aaron. “Of course, kicking it off in my hometown of Abilene means the world to me. Touring is what we do, it’s how we built the business and met so many amazing fans over the years. I can assure everyone that we plan on coming to your market over the course of this record with a brand-new stage and production as well as set list. We’ll be playing the old favorites and a lot of new songs from Red Bandana.”

Tickets are on sale now. More dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Red Bandanna Tour

  • June 28 | Taylor County Expo Center | Abilene, TX
  • June 29 | White Oak Music Hall (Outdoors) | Houston, TX
  • July 6 | Big Lake Festival | Big Lake, TX
  • July 11 | Hodag Country Festival | Rhinelander, WI
  • July 12 | Riverfront Live | Cincinnati, OH
  • July 13 | Jam In The Valley | Varysburg, NY
  • July 18 | Adams County Fair | Hastings, NE
  • July 19 | Lazy Gators | Lake Of The Ozarks, MO
  • July 26 | A Night In The Country | Yerington, NV
  • Aug. 10 | Ford Park Arena | Beaumont, TX
  • Aug. 15 | Power & Lights District | Kansas City, MO
  • Aug. 23 | Colorado State Fair | Pueblo, CO
  • Sept. 5 | Washington State Fair | Puyallup, WA
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photo by Curtis Hilbun, AFF-USA.com

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Marty Stuart Named 16th Artist-in-Residence at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 10:40

Following in the footsteps of country music luminaries like Kris Kristofferson, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Rosanne Cash and more, Marty Stuart will be the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s 16th artist-in-residence

Marty will perform three themed shows in the museum’s CMA Theater on Sept. 11 (The Pilgrim), Sept. 18 (Psychedelic Jam-Bo-Ree) and Sept. 25 (Songs That Tell a Story).

Ticket pre-sale starts on April 17 at 10 a.m. CT and ends on April 18 at 10 p.m. CT. Public on-sale begins on April 19 at 10 a.m. CT.

Established in 2003, the museum’s artist-in-residence series honors a musical master who has contributed a large and significant body of work to the canon of American popular music. The artist-in-residence is invited to use the museum’s performance venues to create unique musical experiences. Marty joins a prestigious group of past honorees that includes Cowboy Jack Clement, Earl Scruggs, Tom T. Hall, Guy Clark, Kris Kristofferson, Jerry Douglas, Vince Gill, Buddy Miller, Connie Smith, Kenny Rogers, Ricky Skaggs, Alan Jackson, Rosanne Cash, Jason Isbell and Miranda Lambert.

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photo by Curtis Hilbun, AFF-USA.com

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Cody Johnson, Lindsay Ell, Brett Young, Ashley McBryde & More Added to Nightly Concerts at Ascend Amphitheater During CMA Fest

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 10:22

Nightly concerts will return to Ascend Amphitheater for three star-studded showcases on June 6–8 during Nashville’s CMA Fest.

June 6: Chase Rice will headline with support from Jimmie Allen, Blanco Brown, Adam Craig, Lindsay Ell, Tyler Farr, King Calaway, Locash and Runaway June.

June 7: Brett Young will headline with support from Bailey Bryan, Jordan Davis, Adam Hambrick, Caylee Hammack, Jillian Jacqueline and Mitchell Tenpenny.

June 8: Hunter Hayes and Cody Johnson will co-headline with support from Ingrid Andress, Tucker Beathard and Ashley McBryde.

Concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are required for entry: three-day reserved tickets ($66), single-day reserved ($25 each night) and single-day lawn ($10 each night), plus taxes and fees. Pre-sale begins on April 17 at 10 a.m. CT and closes on April 18 at 5 p.m. CT, with public on-sale opening April 19 at 10 a.m. CT.

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photos by Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com

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Elaina Smith Wins Gracie Award for “Women Want to Hear Women” Podcast

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 07:13

The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation announced the winners for the 44th annual Gracie Awards, which recognize exemplary programming in media created by women.

Honorees for 2019 include Sandra Oh, Leah Remini, Connie Britton, Rachel Maddow, Robin Roberts and more . . . as well as our very own Elaina Smith, who is being recognized in the Interactive Media category as Podcast Host of Women Want to Hear Women.

Since launching the WWTHW podcast—in partnership with Nash Country Daily—in June 2018, Elaina has focused on reclaiming the narrative that “women don’t want to hear women” on country radio, a phrase she has commonly heard over her decade-plus-career in media.

“This podcast is about highlighting strong, talented female artists and giving them the attention and love they deserve,” says Elaina. “Female artists have an underrepresented voice in our industry—their messages and representations are important to me, and hopefully you.”

Elaina Smith

Over the course of 25 Women Want to Hear Women episodes in Season 1, Elaina championed her weekly guests to use their voices and influence to facilitate real change, from the genre’s biggest names like Carrie Underwood and Maren Morris to rising stars like Carly Pearce and RaeLynn to up-and-comers like Abby Anderson and Tegan Marie.

“Women Want to Hear Women was a passion project born from a night of frustrated conversation over drinks with NCD editor in chief Jim Casey,” says Elaina. “I’ve been told to my face for years that ‘women don’t want to hear women’ on country radio. This podcast is about changing that narrative in country music. This extends to female personalities in radio and beyond. I am so honored by the recognition, and it’s just fuel to keep this conversation going! Thank you to all the guests that helped to make Season 1 a Gracie Award-winner. I can’t wait to kick off Season 2 soon.”

Since 2014, Elaina has co-hosted nationally syndicated radio show Nash Nights Live, which is broadcast to more that 100 stations each night. In 2019, she launched her own two-hour weekend show, With Elaina. The country music insider can also be found working the red carpet at awards shows and emceeing events. In 2018, Elaina became the first woman to tackle live voiceover duties for the ACM Awards, a role she reprised in 2019.

A specials thanks to all of the WWTHW guests from Season 1:

  1. Kacey Musgraves
  2. Dolly Parton
  3. Carly Pearce
  4. Shawna Thompson of Thompson Square
  5. Tegan Marie
  6. Clare Dunn
  7. Stephanie Quayle 
  8. Sarah Darling
  9. Rachel Reinert
  10. Carrie Underwood
  11. Abby Anderson
  12. Runaway June
  13. Kalie Shorr
  14. Rachel Wammack
  15. Jessie Chris
  16. Tenille Townes
  17. Delta Rae
  18. Logan Brill
  19. Maren Morris
  20. RaeLynn
  21. Heather Morgan
  22. Leah Turner
  23. Danielle Bradbery
  24. Season 1 Review
  25. Cam
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Riley Green’s “There Was a Girl” Reaches No. 1 on Mediabase Chart

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 10:54

After 40 weeks at country radio, Riley Green’s debut single, “There Was a Girl,” has reached No. 1 on the Mediabase chart.

Co-penned by Riley and Erik Dylan, “There Was a Girl” is featured on Riley’s major-label debut EP, In a Truck Right Now, which was released in June 2018 by Big Machine. Every track on the four-song EP, which Dan Huff produced, was co-penned by Riley.

“I just want to thank everyone for the last year of my life,” says Riley. “To go from framing houses back home to having the number one song in country music is pretty amazing. Huge shoutout to country radio for playing my song, BMLG for believing in a kid from Alabama and Erik Dylan for writing this song with me. And I can’t thank my fans enough for supporting me from day one—hope to see you all on the road soon.”

photo by Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com

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Still Rings True

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 09:30

Keith Whitley’s new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame will open on May 3. Photo courtesy Jim Shea/CMHOF

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Brantley Gilbert Announces “2019 Not Like Us Tour” With Michael Ray & Lindsay Ell

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 09:11

Brantley Gilbert announced he will hit the road this summer for his headlining 2019 Not Like Us Tour.

The tour will kick off on June 20 in Cincinnati, with future stops in Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Tampa and more. Additional dates will be announced soon.

Michael Ray and Lindsay Ell will serve as support on the tour.

“I’m trying to open things up, but keep bringing the intensity,” says Brantley. “I think Michael really gets how guys feel, and rolls into a sound that’s all his own, and Lindsay, man, the only thing better than the way she sings is the way she plays that guitar! I am really fired up to be bringing both these folks out on the road this fall, because I know they’re gonna give the BG Nation something that’s gonna lift em up, throw em down, and make them glad they got there early.”

2019 Not Like Us Tour

June 20 | Riverbend Music Center | Cincinnati, Ohio*
Aug. 22 | Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion | Bangor, Maine
Aug. 23 | Bank of New Hampshire Amp. | Gilford, New Hampshire
Aug. 24 | Xfinity Theater | Hartford, Connecticut*
Aug. 30 | Darien Lake Amphitheater | Darien Center, New York
Aug. 31 | KeyBank Pavilion | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Sept.r 20 | Hollywood Casino Amphitheater | St. Louis, Missouri
Sept. 21 | Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center | Indianapolis, Indiana*
Sept. 27 | Daily’s Place | Jacksonville, Florida*
Sept. 28 | MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amp. | Tampa, Florida
Oct. 10 | Ameris Bank Amphitheater | Alpharetta, Georgia
Oct. 11 | PNC Music Pavilion | Charlotte, NC*

*on sale soon

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photo by Curtis Hilbun, AFF-USA.com

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Hal Ketchum Suffering From Alzheimer’s Disease

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 08:49

Hal Ketchum is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease/dementia, according to a post made by his wife Andrea on Hal’s official Facebook page.

Hal, 66, had a string of hits in the 1990s, including “Small Town Saturday Night,” “Sure Love,” “Hearts Are Gonna Roll” and more.

Andrea shared the news via Facebook to quell speculation related to Hal’s lack of future tour dates.

“Unfortunately, Hal is suffering from Alzheimer’s/ Dementia,” said Andrea, in part. “He has been battling this for some time now, but because of his love for his fans, he continued performing as long as it was possible. Dementia is an exhausting and confusing illness and now it’s time for Hal to stay home with loved ones. Hal is otherwise healthy and happy, enjoying time with his family and friends.”

You can read Andrea’s full post below.

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photo by Curtis Hilbun, AFF-USA.com

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Brooks & Dunn Score Seventh No. 1 Album With “Reboot”

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 07:33

Brooks & Dunn are riding high with the release of their new album, Reboot, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.

The album moved 31,000 equivalent units in its first week, according to Nielsen Music. Reboot is Brooks & Dunn’s seventh No. 1 album—their first since 2009’s #1s…And Then Some.

Reboot features an all-star cast of artists performing duets with country’s greatest duo, including Kacey Musgraves, Kane Brown, Thomas Rhett, Brett Young, Lanco, Ashley McBryde, Midland, Luke Combs, Brothers Osborne, Cody Johnson, Jon Pardi and Tyler Booth.

“This whole experience has been humbling to say the least,” says Ronnie Dunn. “What a cool rush to hear somebody do one of your tunes in a unique way, and it still holds up. That’s the greatest compliment you can get as an artist. People used to ask us all the time about the legacy we wanted to leave, and it’s honestly just that—you hope the music stands up over time.”

“They’re making their own music,” says Kix Brooks about the Reboot guest list. “But just like we did, they still remember and respect the music they grew up with. It makes you feel good that these acts were inspired by us in some small way.”

Reboot Track List
1. Brand New Man (with Luke Combs)
2. Ain’t Nothing ‘Bout You (with Brett Young)
3. My Next Broken Heart (with Jon Pardi)
4. Neon Moon (with Kacey Musgraves)*
5. Lost and Found (with Tyler Booth)
6. Hard Workin’ Man (with Brothers Osborne)
7. You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone (with Ashley McBryde)
8. My Maria (with Thomas Rhett)
9. Red Dirt Road (with Cody Johnson)
10. Boot Scootin’ Boogie (with Midland)
11. Mama Don’t Get Dressed Up For Nothing (with LANCO)
12. Believe (with Kane Brown)
Produced by Dann Huff
*Produced by Dann Huff and Kacey Musgraves

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photo by Arroyo/O’Connor, AFF-USA.com

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Keith Urban Shares the Story Behind Recording “Burden” & Working With Producer Dave Cobb for the First Time

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 10:40

In a new video, Keith Urban shared the intimate story behind recording “Burden,” the tune he performed at the ACM Awards on April 7.

Penned by Irish singer/songwriter Foy Vance, “Burden” had a profound impact on Keith when he heard it for the first time in March.

“We played at the 02 in London and Ed [Sheeran] came out to see us play,” says Keith in the new video. “We talked about Foy [Vance], who’s an incredible musician and songwriter. The next day, I had a day off in London, so I got on my bike and put my headphones on and road around London for like two hours listening to Foy nonstop.

“And when I got back to Nashville, I realized that I had never seen him play live—he must be fantastic—so I jumped on YouTube and heard this song ‘Burden’ and just fell in love with him. I thought, ‘I’d love to be able to do a version of the song—the way that I was feeling it in my heart.’”

Keith contacted producer Dave Cobb, who he had never worked with, and recorded the song in Nashville.

“It’s just a song that moved me,” says Keith.

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Watch Dierks Bentley & 5-Year-Old Son Live Life to the Fullest in New “Living” Video

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 08:54

Dierks Bentley released an uplifting new video for his latest single, “Living.”

The new clip, which was directed by longtime collaborator Wes Edwards (“Drunk on a Plane,” “Riser”), stars Dierks’ five-year-old son, Knox. The father-son tandem do a lot of “living” in the new video, including spending time at the water park, playing in the backyard, singing karaoke, jamming on guitars and much more.

“‘Living’ certainly celebrates life’s big moments and adventures, but for me it’s even more about being intentional and present in everyday moments,” said Dierks. “Knox is at that age where he can still find the biggest joy in the smallest things, and that childlike appreciation for life is the spirit I wanted to bring to this video to remind us of difference between just being alive and actually ‘living.’”

Penned by Dierks, Ross Copperman, Ashley Gorley and Jon Nite, “Living” is the third single from Dierks’ 2018 album, Mountain, following back-to-back No. 1 singles “Woman, Amen” and “Burning Man.”

Watch the new video for “Living.”

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Earl Thomas Conley’s 1998 Interview in “Country Weekly” Magazine: “Life Is a Spiritual Experience, Music Is the Heart of That”

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 10:30

Earl Thomas Conley passed away at age 77 on April 10.

Earl was known for blending different musical styles with deep, intelligent lyrics into what was called “thinking-man’s country,” often bending the rules of what was considered traditional country. Earl recorded 18 No. 1 hits in the 1980s, including “Fire and Smoke,” “Somewhere Between Right and Wrong,” “Right From the Start,” “Love Out Loud” and more.

NCD combed its archives and found an interview with Earl from the April 7, 1998, issue of Country Weekly magazine, penned by Wendy Newcomer with photos by Tim Campbell.

“I think all of life is a spiritual experience. Music is the heart of that to me.” —Earl Thomas Conley

To learn a little more about Earl, including some of the hardships he overcame, check out the article below.

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photos by Tim Cambell/NCD

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