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Watch Luke Combs Close Nashville Show by Teaming With Keith Urban on “Hurricane”

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 09:09

Luke Combs headlined the first of his back-to-back shows at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Dec. 12.

Luke treated fans to a 20-plus-song set that featured his string of seven consecutive No. 1 hits, including “When It Rains It Pours,” “One Number Away,” “She Got the Best of Me” and more.

In addition to surprising fans by teaming with Thomas Rhett on “Lovin’ on You,” the North Carolina native closed the show by performing his first No. 1 hit, “Hurricane,” featuring special guest Keith Urban.

Watch Luke and Keith sing “Hurricane” below.

photos by Curtis Hilbun, AFF-USA.com; video by NCD/Lauren Smith

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Listen to Blake Shelton’s Dreamy New Duet With Gwen Stefani, “Nobody But You”

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 08:14

Blake Shelton dropped his new album, Fully Loaded: God’s Country, on Dec. 13.

The 12-song offering features five new tunes—including “God’s Country” and current single, “Hell Right”—with seven previously recorded hits, including “Came Here to Forget” and “I Lived It.” The upcoming album aligns titularly with past compilations, Loaded (2010) and Reloaded (2015).

One of the album’s new tracks, “Nobody But You,” is a duet with girlfriend Gwen Stefani. The new tune was penned by Ross Copperman, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne and Tommy Lee James.

“This was one of those songs where the more I heard it, the more I fell in love with it,” Blake says. “I also realized how important it is for me and where I am in my life, and I think that’s why Shane [McAnally] was trying to get it to me. It fits my story. I was about to go in and record when I decided that it needed Gwen on it—because it is our song. I think it’s magic.”

photo courtesy Warner Music Nashville

Fully Loaded: God’s Country Track List & Songwriters

1. God’s Country – Michael Hardy, Jordan Schmidt, Devin Dawson
2. Hell Right (feat. Trace Adkins) – David Garcia, Brett Tyler, Michael Hardy
3. Nobody But You (Duet with Gwen Stefani) – Ross Copperman, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne, Tommy Lee James
4. Came Here to Forget – Craig Wiseman, Deric Ruttan
5. She’s Got a Way with Words – Wyatt Earp, Andy Albert, Marc Beeson
6. A Guy With a Girl – Ashley Gorley, Bryan Simpson
7. Every Time I Hear That Song – Aimee Mayo, Chris Lindsey, Brad Warren, Brett Warren
8. I’ll Name the Dogs – Matt Dragstrem, Ben Hayslip, Josh Thompson
9. I Lived It – Ashley Gorley, Ben Hayslip, Rhett Akins, Ross Copperman
10. Turnin’ Me On – Blake Shelton, Jessi Alexander, Josh Osborne
11. Jesus Got a Tight Grip – Blake Shelton, Chase McGill, Jessi Alexander, Rhett Akins
12. Tequila Sheila – Mac Davis, Shel Silverstein

Listen to “Nobody But You” below.

photo by Chase Rollins, AFF-USA.com

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Watch Luke Combs’ New 360-Degree Video for “Beer Never Broke My Heart”

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 14:20

Luke Combs dropped a new 360-degree video for “Beer Never Broke My Heart.” The new clip, which was created by MelodyVR, was filmed during Luke’s recent tour stop in Tacoma, Wash.

Luke co-penned “Beer Never Broke My Heart,” which topped the charts in August, with Jonathan Singleton and Randy Montana while on the road for his Don’t Tempt Me With a Good Time Tour.

“We wrote ‘Beer Never Broke My Heart’ on the tour bus, actually, on my first headlining tour—the Don’t Tempt Me with a Good Time Tour,” says Luke. “I had my buddies Jonathan Singleton and Randy Montana out on the bus with me, and I had had this title on my phone for a long time and really wanted to save it for some guys that I thought would kind of understand and grasp what I was looking for out of the song. I went to soundcheck and I got back, and they had kind of been hammering away on this thing . . . we buttoned it up, and it’s just been a fan-favorite ever since then.”

Watch Luke’s new video below.

photo by Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com

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Dustin Lynch Opens Up About Model Girlfriend, Kelli Seymour

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 13:46

Dustin Lynch created a buzz during CMA Awards week in November as he attended industry events with his new girlfriend, Kelli Seymour.

Dustin recently sat down with the titular host of The Blair Garner Show to reveal a handful of details about his one-year relationship with Kelli, including how they met, their first date, going public with the relationship and more.

Southern Girl

“She models for a living [in California]. She’s from Mississippi. She’s a south Mississippi girl. I can’t wait to get back down there. She’s from the Biloxi [area], around the big city there.”

Instagram Connection

“I hit her up in the DMs on Instagram. I slid in. We had great chemistry just going back and forth, texting and FaceTime, like, ‘Man, we’ve got to meet,’ but I was on tour with Cole [Swindell] and Lauren Alaina [in 2018], and I just couldn’t find the time to fly out to meet her, you know?”

First Date

“We met at [one of my] shows in November of 2018. For a month or two we’d been talking, and then I was like, ‘Man, what if you come to a show?’ So it was a pretty easy playing field for me—I’m going to be onstage rocking out, hopefully impressing her. So it tricked her. It won her over. We ended up hitting it off. We had a great time. It was a great test for me too because I was really busy that night with different industry things and she had to be on her own and kind of just fend for herself amongst the band and the crew and different radio people that were there and she did great. I’m like, ‘Man, this girl’s got it going on.’”

Going Public

“Like you said, I’ve always been super private. I’m just to a point where I’m very comfortable with Kelli, and it’s like, ‘How do we roll this out [during CMA Awards week].’ I don’t know, it was just bizarre that it’s in the public eye. So yeah, we had to be as a team, just figure out what the best way to do that was, personally for me, as well as professionally.”

Special Girl

“Gosh, I mean, instantly for me it was like, ‘Wow, this is a special girl.’ I mean it was kind of just from day one.”

Dustin will release his upcoming fourth studio album, Tullahoma, on Jan. 17. The new project takes its name from Dustin’s Tennessee hometown, which is about 80 miles southeast of Nashville. The 11-song set will feature seven brand-new songs, including a collaboration with Lauren Alaina on “Thinking ’Bout You.” The new album also features three tunes—“Ridin’ Roads,” “Little Town Livin’” and “Red Dirt, Blue Eyes”—from his 2019 EP, Ridin’ Roads, and his 2018 standalone single, “Good Girl.”

Longtime friend and frequent co-writer Zach Crowell co-produced the album with Dustin. Songwriters include Rhett Akins, Matt Ramsey, Dallas Davidson, Luke Laird, busbee and more. Dustin co-wrote six songs on the new album.

photo by Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com

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Alan Jackson Adds Tenille Townes & More to 2020 Tour

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 09:36

Since dropping his debut studio album in 1990, Alan Jackson has been keeping it country—selling nearly 60 million albums worldwide and ranking as one of the 10 best-selling country artists of all-time. As you probably imagined, Alan will be keeping it country in 2020 during his 30th year in the biz with a new tour.

Kicking off on Jan. 10 in Cincinnati, the tour will make additional stops in Atlanta, Denver, Nashville, Detroit and more.

Alan announced that Tenille Townes will be joining him at more than a dozen shows next year, as well as Carolina Pine, Steel Blossoms and Cory Farley on select dates.

Alan Jackson 2020 Tour

  • Jan.10 | Cincinnati, OH | Heritage Bank Center ++
  • Jan. 11 | Columbia, SC | Colonial Life Arena ++
  • Feb. 14 | Atlanta, GA | State Farm Arena ^^
  • Feb.15 | New Orleans, LA | Smoothie King Center ^^
  • Feb. 21 | El Paso, TX | UTEP Don Haskins Center **
  • Feb. 22 | Fort Worth, TX | Dickies Arena **
  • March 26 | Tulsa, OK | BOK Center **
  • March 27 | Springfield, MO | JQH Arena **
  • April 25 | Glendale, AZ | Gila River Arena ##^^
  • April 26 | Indio, CA | Stagecoach Festival <>
  • July 9 | Ft. Loramie, OH | Country Concert <>
  • Aug. 7 | Nashville, TN | Bridgestone Arena
  • Aug. 14 | Cleveland, OH | Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse ##^^
  • Aug. 15 | Detroit, MI | Little Caesars Arena ##^^
  • Sept. 11 | Des Moines, IA | Wells Fargo Arena ##**
  • Sept. 12 | Milwaukee, WI | Fiserv Forum ##**
  • Oct. 2 | Salt Lake City, UT | Vivint Smart Home Arena ##++
  • Oct. 3 | Denver, CO | Pepsi Center ##++

Tenille Townes on all dates except April 25, Sept. 11 and Sept. 12

## Tickets on sale Dec. 13
++ featuring Steel Blossoms
^^ featuring Carolina Pine
** featuring Cory Farley
<>Festival event

photo by Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com

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Thomas Rhett Announces “Center Point Road Tour” With Cole Swindell & Hardy

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 08:46

Thomas Rhett will be staying busy this spring and summer on his headlining Center Point Road Tour, which takes its name from TR’s 2019 album.

The 26-date tour will kick off with back-to-back shows in Gilford, N.H., on May 29 and 30, making additional stops in Cincinnati, Boise, St. Louis, Philadelphia and more. Cole Swindell and Hardy will serve as support.

Tickets go on sale on Jan. 24 for select cities.

Center Point Road Tour

  • May 29 | Bank of NH Pavilion | Gilford, NH*
  • May 30 | Bank of NH Pavilion | Gilford, NH*
  • June 5 | Ruoff Music Center | Indianapolis, IN
  • June 6 | Blossom Music Center | Cuyahoga Falls, OH
  • June 7 | Riverbend Music Center | Cincinnati, OH
  • June 11 | St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview | Syracuse, NY
  • June 12 | KeyBank Pavilion | Burgettstown, PA
  • June 19 | MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre | Tampa, FL
  • June 20 | Coral Sky Amphitheater | West Palm Beach, FL
  • July 9 | PNC Music Pavilion | Charlotte, NC
  • July 10 | Coastal Credit Union Music Park @ Walnut Creek | Raleigh, NC
  • July 11 | PNC Bank Arts Center | Holmdel, NJ
  • July 16 | Oak Mountain Amphitheatre | Birmingham, AL
  • July 17 | Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre | St. Louis, MO
  • July 23 | USANA Amphitheater | Salt Lake City, UT
  • July 24 | Idaho Center Amphitheater | Boise, ID
  • July 30 | Toyota Amphitheatre | Sacramento, CA
  • July 31 |Shoreline Amphitheatre | Mtn. View, CA
  • Aug. 7 | Ak|Chin Pavilion | Phoenix, AZ
  • Aug. 8 | Isleta Amphitheater | Albuquerque, NM
  • Aug. 21 | Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion | Bangor, ME
  • Aug. 22 | Xfinity Theatre | Hartford, CT
  • Aug. 23 | CMAC | Canandaigua, NY
  • Aug. 27 | Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater | Wantagh, NY
  • Aug. 28 | BB&T Pavilion | Philadelphia, PA
  • Aug. 29 | Jiffy Lube Live | Bristow, VA

*Dates do not include Cole Swindell

photo by Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com

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Globetrotter Kip Moore Has the Cure for the World’s Divisiveness: “Travel”

Wed, 12/11/2019 - 14:04

From the mountains of Iceland to the surf of Costa Rica to the beaches of Australia, Kip Moore has spanned the globe. Take a quick scan through Kip’s Instagram, and you might end up with his viewpoint from Northern Ireland or Hawaii.

The native of south Georgia attributes his globetrotting with opening his mind. As Kip recently told the titular host of The Blair Garner Show, “travel” could be the cure to the world’s divisiveness.

“I think about how divisiveness this world is right now in every sense of the word, from being open to how you live your life, whether it be religions, politics, who you want to date, sexuality, everything,” says Kip. “Once you get out and you start to really travel, you realize how the same we all are, no matter our different preferences in life, and how most people just want to have joy and take care of each other. The people that are negative are the loud ones, so we hear their voices a lot, but for the most part, we’re all so similar. I’ll go and travel places where I can’t even speak the same language, but we can have a conversation without even speaking the same language and we’re having laughter . . . If we all got out and experienced the world for what it was, we’d all be so much more accepting of each other, and I think we’d be a lot less divisive.”

Kip recently gave fans their first taste of new music from his upcoming fourth studio album with the release of lead single “She’s Mine.” Kip produced the new single, which he co-penned with Dan Couch and Scott Stepakoff.

photo by NCD

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“The Ty Bentli Show” Collects More Than “100,000 Thank Yous” for U.S. Troops With Help From Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean & More

Wed, 12/11/2019 - 09:37

The Ty Bentli Show successfully complete its 3rd annual “100,000 Thank Yous” campaign this week, with a goal of collecting at least 100,000 thank-you cards for deployed members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Jason Aldean signs his personalize card for U.S. troops.

On Dec. 9, the titular host of the show—along with co-hosts Chuck Wicks and Tricia Jenkins—announced that that they had received 153,422 thank-you cards, exceeding their goal by more than 53,000 cards. The 153,422 well-wishes will be sent to U.S. troops via Operation Gratitude, a nonprofit that sends care packages to deployed troops. 

This year, a number of country stars stopped by The Ty Bentli Show to compose personal cards for the troops, including Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Justin Moore, Jason Aldean, Kane Brown, Old Dominion, Brad Paisley, Mitchell Tenpenny and more.

Since 2017, The Ty Bentli Show has collected more than 450,000 thank-you cards for deployed troops.

photos by NCD

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“Brad Paisley Thinks He’s Special” to Re-Air This Month After 6.3 Million Viewers Watch Debut Broadcast

Wed, 12/11/2019 - 08:42

Brad Paisley may have been absent from the CMA Awards this year, but he came back to prime time in a big way on Dec. 3 as host of his own variety TV special, Brad Paisley Thinks He’s Special.

The 60-minute special featured Brad—and a bevy of his famous friends—performing music and comedic numbers from Nashville’s iconic War Memorial Auditorium. Special guests included Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw, Darius Rucker, Kelsea Ballerini, Hootie & the Blowfish, Jonas Brothers, Chris Harrison, Peyton Manning and more.

Brad’s TV special netted 6.3 million viewers during its initial broadcast on Dec. 3, so ABC is re-airing the show on Dec. 28 at 8 p.m. ET.

Brad sat down with Kix Brooks of American Country Countdown to chat about his TV endeavor.

Q: How did the TV special come to fruition?

Brad: “I went to ABC and said this is an idea I have that I think is a niche that’s not being filled on prime-time television, and I would love to do this TV special that’s a really good example of the best scenario of people collaborating in music and trying to have a good time and telling some jokes and doing some funny skits and being a part of something that sort of shows that a lot of us [in entertainment] are friends.”

Q: How did you decide on the show’s name?

Brad: “One of the reasons we named it Brad Paisley Thinks He’s Special is because I felt like it would be a lot of fun to tear me down throughout this and that’s kinda the vehicle. I’m roasted the whole time. This doesn’t serve to elevate me in any way, really [laughing]. From the minute the show starts, Peyton Manning is telling me how I really should not even be doing this. And it gets worse after that.”

Q: What’s a quality your special guests have in common?

Brad: “People that are . . . willing to laugh at themselves are perfect for this. That’s where people like Peyton and Carrie and Tim McGraw—they’re just willing to joke about themselves, but at the same time, it gets easy when I tell them, ‘Look, it’s really about roasting me.’ They were all in on that.”

Q: Tell me about one of the night’s special performances.

Brad: “I had met this girl, Addie Pratt, at St. Jude Children’s Hospital, who’s now a proud [cancer] survivor—a great example of what that place can do. One of the things I said when ABC gave me this show was I would like to do something good with this as opposed to just making a show. Let’s do something that serves the higher good. I can’t think of a better example of what’s great about being alive right now than a place like St. Jude Children’s Hospital. I had this idea to have a survivor sing a line [from a new song], but I had no idea this survivor was like Beyoncé. She deserves a record deal. In the show you can image that moment is really—it was all I could do not to cry.”

photo by Curtis Hilbun, AFF-USA.com

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Reward Offered After Luke Bryan’s Pet Deer Illegally Shot & Killed

Tue, 12/10/2019 - 12:38

A red stag deer owned by Luke Bryan was shot and killed on his property in Maury County, Tennessee, which is approximately 45 miles southwest of Nashville.

According to a Facebook post by the Maury County Sheriff’s Department, the red stag was shot between Dec. 4 and Dec. 6. A $5,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible.

Wildlife Resources Agency spokesman Barry Cross told The Tennessean that the deer was likely shot from the road.

Red stags, which are a species of deer similar to an elk, are not native to Tennessee. They are typically found in Europe and Asia.

photo by NCD

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Tanya Tucker Reveals Dates for CMT Next Women of Country Tour With Brandy Clark, Aubrie Sellers & More

Tue, 12/10/2019 - 11:07

Tanya Tucker revealed the dates for her headlining 2020 CMT Next Women of Country Tour.

The 35-plus-date tour will kick off on Feb. 5 in Vienna, Va., making additional stops in Philadelphia, New York, Memphis, Houston, Boston, San Francisco and more. CMT Next Women of Country alum Aubrie Sellers, Brandy Clark, Erin Enderlin, Hailey Whitters, Madison Kozak and Walker County, as well as Shooter Jennings, will serve as support on select dates.

Tickets for the majority of the dates go on sale on Dec. 13 at 10 a.m. local time.

CMT Next Women of Country Tour

  • Feb. 5 | The Barns at Wolf Trap | Vienna, VA ~
  • Feb. 6 | World Cafe Live | Philadelphia, PA ~
  • Feb. 7 | Town Hall | New York, NY ~*
  • Feb. 20 | Graceland Soundstage | Memphis, TN ~
  • Feb. 21 | Gillioz Theatre | Springfield, MO ~
  • Feb. 22 | TempleLive | Wichita, KS ~
  • Feb. 24 | The Blue Note | Columbia, MO ~
  • Feb. 25 | Bourbon Theatre | Lincoln, NE ~
  • Feb. 27 | The District | Sioux Falls, SD ~
  • Feb. 28 | Fargo Theatre | Fargo, ND ~
  • Feb. 29 | Grand Casino Hinckley Event Center | Hinckley, MN
  • March 3 | River Run Centre | Guelph, ON ^
  • March 5 | FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre | St Catharines, ON ^
  • March 6 | Levon Helm Studios | Woodstock, NY ^
  • March 7 | Metropolitan Theatre | Morgantown, WV ^
  • March 26 | The Kessler Theater | Dallas, TX #
  • March 29 | The Heights Theater | Houston, TX  #
  • Apr 22 | The Fremont Theater | San Luis Obispo, CA +
  • Apr 29 | Bluebird Theater | Denver, CO
  • May 9 | Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center | Cherokee, NC
  • May 13 | Jefferson Center | Roanoke, VA >
  • May 15 | Royal Oak Music Theatre | Royal Oak, MI >
  • May 16 | Roxian Theatre | Pittsburgh, PA >
  • May 17 | The Wilbur Theatre | Boston, MA >
  • May 20 | House of Blues | Cleveland, OH >
  • May 21 | Danforth Music Hall | Toronto, ON >
  • May 22 | The Egg, Center for the Performing Arts | Albany, NY >
  • May 30 | Beaver Dam Amphitheater | Beaver Dam, KY &+
  • June 4 | The Fillmore | San Francisco, CA
  • June 5 | Crest Theatre | Sacramento, CA*
  • June 6 | Carson Valley Inn Casino | Minden, NV*
  • June 8 | State Theatre For The Arts | Red Bluff, CA*
  • June 10 | Crystal Ballroom | Portland, OR
  • June 12 | Vogue Theatre | Vancouver, BC*
  • June 13 | The Bing Crosby Theater | Spokane, WA*
  • June 14 | The Showbox | Seattle, WA

* Aubrie Sellers
~ Brandy Clark
# Erin Enderlin
+ Hailey Whitters
^ Madison Kozak
> Walker County
& Shooter Jennings

photo by Curtis Hilbun, AFF-USA.com

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Old Dominion Scores 8th No. 1 Hit With “One Man Band”

Tue, 12/10/2019 - 10:31

The guys from Old Dominion—Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen, Geoff Sprung, Brad Tursi and Whit Sellers—scored their eighth No. 1 single this week as “One Man Band” ascended to the top of both the Billboard Country Airplay chart and Mediabase chart.

Penned by Josh Osborne with Old Dominion’s Matthew, Trevor and Brad, “One Man Band” fits the OD playbook with its clever spin on the idea of committing to a relationship instead of the solitary life: “I don’t wanna be a one man band, I don’t wanna be a rolling stone alone / Putting miles on a rundown van, baby, we can take our own show on the road / I’ll lay down the beat, you carry the tune, we’ll get tattoos and we’ll trash hotel rooms / Baby, take my hand, ’cause I don’t wanna be a one man band.”

“We actually started writing ‘One Man Band’ immediately before we were supposed to be onstage one night,” says Matthew. “The intro music was playing—we had had the idea but it just kinda struck in that moment . . . we were supposed to be walking out onstage, but instead we were sitting there next to this big speaker singing [the chorus]. Then we came back to it later—I think probably a couple of weeks later—out on the road in a dressing room and we finished that song up. You never know when inspiration is going to hit.”

“One Man Band” is the second single from Old Dominion’s self-titled third album, which dropped in October.

photo by Curtis Hilbun, AFF-USA.com

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Dolly Parton’s New Hallmark Movie, “Christmas at Dollywood,” to Air Throughout December [Full Schedule]

Tue, 12/10/2019 - 06:29

Dolly Parton’s new Hallmark movie, Christmas at Dollywood, debuted on Dec. 8 as part of Hallmark’s 10th Countdown to Christmas campaign. If you missed the debut, you still have five more opportunities to tune in this month.

The movie stars Danica McKellar (The Wonder Years) as Rachel, a single mom and Broadway producer who returns to her hometown roots—after suffering financial difficulty—to co-helm a production at Dollywood with its entertainment director, Luke. It’s likely the duo will clash before discovering love. Dolly makes a special appearance in the film

“As the pair meets in the middle to please the boss, little do Rachel and Luke realize love lurks in all the unexpected places because this isn’t the Great White Way. Or Hollywood. This is Dollywood,” reads the official logline.

Christmas at Dollywood Showtimes

  • Dec. 13, 8 p.m. CT
  • Dec. 15, 2 p.m. CT
  • Dec. 19, 10 p.m. CT
  • Dec. 20, 6 p.m. CT
  • Dec. 25, 5 p.m. CT

photo by Curtis Hilbun/Hallmark/Crown Media

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Luke Bryan Excited to Return as “American Idol” Judge: “It’s About Watching Amazingly Talented Kids From Different Backgrounds”

Mon, 12/09/2019 - 15:09

Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie will return to the judging table for the third time during Season 18 of American Idol, which is slated to premiere on ABC on Feb. 16.

Over the last few months, the three judges have critiqued auditions by thousands of Idol hopefuls in more than 20 cities, including Nashville, New York, Las Vegas, Detroit, Chicago and more. During a break from auditions in November, Luke chatted with Nash Country Daily about what he’s looking forward to this season.

“It’s exciting,” says Luke. “It’s always about watching amazingly talented kids walk in the door from all these different backgrounds and knowing you can help facilitate their rise to stardom and their ability to get their music out there.”

Tune in to ABC in February to see Luke, Katy, Lionel and host Ryan Seacrest in action on American Idol.

photo by Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com

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CRS New Faces of Country Music Class of 2020 Features Runaway June, Morgan Evans, Mitchell Tenpenny & More

Mon, 12/09/2019 - 10:48

Up-and-comers know they’re on the right track when they’re invited to play the New Faces of Country Music show at Country Radio Seminar in Nashville. Only a handful of rising stars get the honor of performing before the industry crowd, which includes radio programmers, executives and members of the national media.

The 2020 New Faces class features Ingrid Andress, Morgan Evans, Riley Green, Runaway June and Mitchell Tenpenny. The new class will take the stage at the Omni Hotel for the 2020 New Faces show on Feb. 21.

This year’s class was narrowed down from a group of nominees that also included Hardy, Ryan Hurd, Tyler Rich and Matt Stell.

The New Faces of Country Music show can help artists reach the “next” level—just ask the 2014 class of Cam, Brothers Osborne, Kelsea Ballerini, Old Dominion and Chris Janson. The 2018 class featured Lauren Alaina, Luke Combs, Midland, Carly Pearce and Michael Ray. The 2019 class featured Dylan Scott, Jimmie Allen, Russell Dickerson, Lindsay Ell and LANCO.

photo by Arroyo/O’Connor, AFF-USA.com

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Exclusive Interview With Jason Aldean After Vegas Mini-Residency: “One of Those Things That I Never Forget”

Mon, 12/09/2019 - 10:26

Jason Aldean returned to Las Vegas for three shows on Dec. 6, 7 and 8 for his Ride All Night Vegas mini-residency at the 5,200-seat Park Theater in Park MGM.

The mini-residency marked Jason’s first headlining gigs in Vegas since the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting on Oct. 1, 2017, when a lone gunman opened fire on the crowd from an elevated position while Jason was performing onstage. The gunman’s assault killed 58 people and wounded more than 400.

One day after closing his residency, Jason called in to The Ty Bentili Show to talk with the titular host about the experience. The show’s co-host, Chuck Wicks, attended two of Jason’s shows in Vegas.

“We’ve had these [dates] earmarked on the calendar for a long time,” says Jason “It had been a couple of years, obliviously, since we’ve been out here to play a show. This just kinda seemed like the right time to come back and do a couple shows. It was a little bit smaller venue, so it was a little more intimate for fans. We knew there was gonna be a lot of people here from Route 91—and there was. It was a really cool few days, and I think it was something that was kind of a healing process for a lot of people, something that kinda closed the book for a lot of people, I think. It was really cool to come out here and experience it for the last few days.”

One of the residency’s highlights took place on Dec. 6 when a handful of attendees lifted a man in a wheelchair so he could crowd-surf while Jason played “Any Ol’ Barstool.”

“It’s pretty wild when you see the video,” says Jason. “The thing that a lot of people don’t realize is the song that I was playing [when the shooting began] was ‘Any Ol’ Barstool’ . . . so that was the song we were playing [on Dec. 6]. All of the sudden, this guy’s in a wheelchair, and the crowd just kinda lifts him up . . . you have to see the video. I’ve played what seems like a million shows over the years, and that’ll be one of those things that I never forget was that moment, that night.”

photo by Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com

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Jake Owen Announces 2020 Acoustic Tour: “Down to the Tiki Tonk Tour”

Mon, 12/09/2019 - 08:46

Jake Owen is stripping it back in 2020.

Jake announced he will headline an acoustic tour—dubbed the Down to the Tiki Tonk Tour—that kicks off on Feb. 14 in Des Moines, Iowa. The eight-date tour will make additional stops in Green Bay, Mobile and more.

Jake will perform acoustic renditions of songs from his recent album, Greetings From…Jake, including “Homemade,” “I Was Jack (You Were Diane)” and “Down To The Honkytonk.” Larry Fleet will serve as support. Tickets go on sale on Dec. 13.

“Sitting on a bar stool, just playing a guitar and singing songs is how I first started making music and is what first led me to fall in love with performing,” says Jake. “Over the years I’ve been lucky enough to have the venues get bigger, and to play for larger crowds on major headlining tours, but when I sat down to think about what was important to me this upcoming year, I really wanted the opportunity to go back to the beginning of it all. For me, it was that intimate connection with fans and the ability to really engage on a more personal level… it just takes me back to the real roots of where and why you started doing this in the first place. The strength of the songwriting and the magic of how that translates into a room with just a guitar and a song. I really can’t wait to play these rooms.”

Down to the Tiki Tonk Tour

Feb. 14 | Des Moines, IA | Hoyt Sherman Place
Feb. 15 | West Lafayette, IN | Elliott Hall of Music, Purdue University
Feb. 27 | Green Bay, WI | Meyer Theatre
Feb. 28 | Cedar Rapids, IA | Paramount Theatre
March 6 | Lancaster, PA | American Music Theater
March 7 | Wilkes|Barre, PA | The F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts
March 14 | Augusta, GA | Miller Theater | Brian J. Marks Hall
March 15 | Mobile, AL | Saenger Theater

 

photo by O’Connor, AFF-USA.com

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Luke Combs Drops New 3-Song EP, “The Writer’s Cut,” on Apple Music

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 13:30

Following the November release of his No. 1 album, What You See Is What You Get, Luke Combs has dropped a new three-song EP, Luke Combs: The Writer’s Cut, via Apple Music.

The three-song set features Luke and his songwriter companions, Drew Parker and Ray Fulcher, teaming up with producer Chip Matthews to revamp two of their original songs. “1, 2 Many” features Drew backing up Luke on vocals, while Ray joins in on the new track “Reasons.” In between, the troupe takes on Glen Sherley’s “Grewstone Chapel,” which Johnny Cash made famous on his album, At Folsom Prison.

“Songwriting . . . it’s always been a teamwork thing for me,” says Luke in Apple’s accompanying short film about the project. “I don’t really like writing by myself all that much.”

photo by Curtis Hilbun, AFF-USA.com

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Joe Diffie Talks New Vinyl Album, Signature Hit “John Deere Green,” Opry Anniversary & More

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 10:21

Jim Casey talks with Joe Diffie about:

  • attending this year’s CMA Awards
  • performing more than 100 shows in 2019
  • tearing his MCL while performing
  • topping the charts with “Pickup Man,” “Home” and more in the 1990s
  • his signature hit, “John Deere Green”
  • recording his new vinyl album, Joe, Joe, Joe Diffie, which features many of his past hits
  • recording Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Pride & Joy” on the new album, which features vocals from Marc Broussard
  • celebrating his 26th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry

Podcast Participants:

  • Joe Diffie
  • Jim Casey, NCD editor in chief

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Watch Brett Eldredge Close Christmas Concert at the Ryman With A Capella “The First Noel”

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 09:03

Brett Eldredge kicked off his 10-date holiday tour—dubbed The Glow Live Tour after his 2016 holiday album—with back-to-back shows at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on Dec. 4 and 5.

Brett treated fans to a number of yuletide tunes from the album, including “White Christmas,” “Silent Night,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Glow” and more.

“Since I was a kid, I’ve had the Christmas music spirit running heavily through my veins,” says Brett. “It’s my favorite thing in the world.”

Last year, Brett released a deluxe version of his 2016 holiday album, which featured 13 songs from the original album and five new tracks, including “Do You Hear What I Hear,” “Silver Bells,” “Sleigh Ride,” “A Holly Jolly Christmas” and “Christmas Time Is Here.”

Brett closed his Ryman show with an a cappella version of “The First Noel,” which you can watch below.

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photo & video by NCD/Bryan Webb

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