Thursday, 25 August 2016

FESTIVAL REVIEW: Boots and Hearts 2016!

This year, Boots and Hearts Music Festival celebrated its 5th anniversary! 

Once again held at Burl's Creek Event Grounds in Oro-Medonte, the festival kicked off on a Thursday evening with a stellar line up for the kick off party. Usually reserved for Canadian talent, this year's kickoff party featured south-of-the-border headliner Jake Owen, who's currently tearing up the country charts with his latest hit, American Country Love Song. Not that Boots is forgetting about our homegrown heroes, Meghan Patrick, Tebey and Emerson Drive, followed by a late night dance party, also played the kick off party. The lineup for this year's kick off party was really impressive and set the tone of the entire weekend, solidifying Boots top spot of festival's of it's kind in Canada and giving just a taste of the excitement to come!
The 5th time must be a charm, because this year, Boots and Hearts had no interruptions  and curve balls thrown their way! The weather cooperated - I don't think we saw any rain over the entire weekend, which I'm pretty sure is a first for this festival. Rain gear stayed towed away in cars and none of the sets got postponed or canceled....a welcome surprise to both festival goers and organizers I'm sure! For the most part, festival goers seemed well behaved and lowkey this year. I didn't even see any penises peeing on fences - maybe our male concertgoers finally learned to use the portapotties...(and they say chivalry is dead!) and I didn't hear of any over the top antics this year either. It took us five years to get here, but it looks like we've learned to behave ourselves! A+ everyone!

The festival continued on Friday where the real star power shone bright. Early in the day, we saw the likes of Tebey, Cory Marquardt, Lindsay Broughton, David James, the Reklaws, Autumn Hill and Chase Bryant take the stage.
As the afternoon turned to evening, Tim Hicks took the main stage and Cam closed out the performances for the day on the Front Porch Stage. We have to note that we LOVED Cam. What a performer...she was amazing. This was our first time watching her, she sang effortlessly and honestly and really captured her audience. She is also seriously bubbly and adorable! Cam is definitely She's Gone Country approved. And if the crowd that gathered by the Front Porch Stage was any indication, Cam is also Boots and Hearts approved!


Next up was one of our old favourites (see, Faster Horses Festival 2014 and Boots and Hearts 2014), SAM HUNT! Sam was definitely our highlight of the weekend. Wow! He's amazing. We knew he had something special when we saw him back in 2014 playing side stages, and it's hard to imagine it's only been two short years since then. Sam Hunt took the main stage at 7pm on Friday and he seriously rocked the house. Most of the ladies attending the weekend's festivities made a point to get over to the main stage to watch Sam Hunt, and even losing a toenail couldn't stop his fans from smiling throughout his performance (For real, this really happened. We watched a girl walk with a bloodied flip flop to first aid to return 5 mins later with a bandaged big toe and a smile on her face ready to get back at it. Yikes!). He was my #1 pick of the weekend and I can't wait to see him again! Sam Hunt is an extremely energetic performer, constantly moving around on stage - at one point, Sam even braved the crowd, leaving the protected backstage area to run through the entire crowd (nervous security in tow!). Sam Hunt is truly adorable - totally handsome and charismatic, and he's not just a pretty face. He sang hit after hit and also did some amazing covers, showing off his songwriting chops (Keith Urban's Cop Car and Billy Currington's We Are Tonight are just a couple of the hits Hunt has written for others). Needless to say, it was great to see Sam Hunt return to the Boots and Hearts stage this year.

Dierks Bentley took the main stage to close out the evening on Friday, playing hits from his latest album, Black. Dierks is also a Boots and Hearts veteran, playing the festival back in 2013 when he was promoting his Riser album. Bentley made his time in Canada count - on a day off the night before, he played a surprise show at local country bar, Boots and Bourbon, with the James Barker Band, much to the delight of the fans in attendance (She's Gone Country was there!) It was a pretty neat experience for both fans and I'm sure Bentley himself, playing for a small intimate crowd of 100 to over 25,000 the next night!
Saturday afternoon got off to a slow start - the campers took a little while to emerge from their tents after what was probably a long night of partying on Friday! Kicking off the festivities on Saturday were the Boots and Hearts Emerging Artists Showcase, Madeline Merlo, JoJo Mason, Miss Boots and Hearts, Raquel Cole and Great Big Sea frontman Alan Doyle with his band the Beautiful Gypsies. A pretty solid afternoon lineup!
Rolling out the evening festivities was Aaron Pritchett, who closed out the Front Porch Stage performances on Saturday. Aaron Pritchett is also one of our faves - he is sweet, charming and funny...and has an impressive roster of hits he played for the crowed. We recently had the opportunity to interview Aaron Pritchett. Check it out here!
Up next on the main stage was Canadian talent, Dean Brody. It was interesting to see the crowds start arriving in thrones, finally mustering up the energy to get back at it again and venture out of the campgrounds by early evening!! Brody played all of his hits for the crowd before the evening's headliner, Blake Shelton took the stage. Shelton's career is on fire right now and many were hoping that his new girlfriend, Gwen Stefani might make an appearance. Stefani is also currently on tour and played a show in Toronto just a couple of days before! Alas, their schedules did not link up enough for the couple to sing their duet at Boots and Hearts! Blake Shelton is also a Boots and Hearts veteran, playing the festival back in 2014.
Sunday kicked off with performances from Jordan McIntosh, Jason Benoit, River Town Saints, Jason McCoy, Lindsay Ell, Dylan Scott, Jason Blaine and Diamond Rio.
Closing the festival was Chase Rice and 2012 Boots and Hearts veteran, Tim McGraw!
Hightlights: 
-Sweet Corn!! OMG this is my #1 highlight from the festival this year. Is that sad? It was so good I don't even care. Hope to see this back next year cause if so, you'll know where to find me!
-Freezies. Ok I'm beginnig to see a recurring theme here with my priorities. But come on.  25-30,000 people out in a big field in the sun for 5 days and see just how popular your freezie stand is. Whoever thought of this is a genius, especially at $3 a pop. 
- Line ups this year weren't an issue, at least for my Boots and Hearts experience. Easy in and out, no big lineups for any concessions. A win!
-The weather!! Organizers can't control mother nature, so we've gotta give her a big thumbs up for this one!
-Organization. This year, Boots and Hearts was pretty smooth sailing for us. YAY!
-Sam Hunt!
-Cam

Lowlights:
-The musical lineup. Other than a couple of standouts, the lineup was pretty repetitive with not as many big names this year. While we LOOOVE our Canadian musicians and all the love they got this year, we can usually count on Boots and Hearts to bring all the big names to Canada. Its usually a great balance between Canadian and American artists, and this year, was very heavily Canadian...not that we're complaining, but...you know.
-We missed the printed maps! It seems Republic Live decided to forgo printing the little Boots and Hearts booklets we've come to love in the past to drive more traffic to their app. We totally understand the reasons why they would do this, but nonetheless, I missed my souvenir map booklet!
-Cashless system. A pretty good idea, but we're putting this in lowlights due to the communication of this new feature, or lack thereof. This issue may not be the same for all festival-goers, I can really only speak for myself on this one, but I read through all materials sent to me to prep for the festival this year (ie: media packages), and was not aware that you couldn't use cash anywhere on site. This was slightly inconvenient as this miscommunication had us ping-ponging back and forth to load our wristbands after the fact. And when you really want a freezie and are about to get one, it's definitely disappointing to learn you have to leave empty handed, walk across the entire festival to the other side to get the finances sorted, then walk back. We'll definitely be better prepared for next year though!

Thanks to Boots and Hearts and Republic Live for having us once again!! We love our Boots and Hearts weekend and look forward to it every year!






More Boots & Hearts photos after the cut!!

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

INTERVIEW: Aaron Pritchett talks about his new album The Score & more!!


On a recent stop in Toronto, Aaron Pritchett joined us on the waterfront to take in some sunshine and talk about his new album The Score!! After 20 years in the business, Aaron talks about his love for country music, his song selection process and life on the road.


 Check out the interview below!!


Sunday, 21 August 2016

Doc Walker’s Echo Road -The Best of Doc Walker Tour 2016 Dates Released


Following the release of Doc Walker’s new single, “Heaven on Dirt”, the band has announced the new tour dates for their upcoming album Echo Road - The Best of Doc Walker, coming this Fall.

Doc Walker is one of the most recognized Canadian country acts of the past two decades, with over 20 Top 10 singles in total. The group has received multiple Canadian Country Music Awards, including Fans’ Choice, Group or Duo of the Year, CMT Video of the Year, Single of the Year, and Country Music Program or Special of the Year and the group has won a JUNO Award for the album Beautiful Life. The forthcoming album and fall tour indicate that the duo shows no sign of slowing down after a busy summer, performing at many music festivals across the country.

Fans will have the opportunity to hear original Doc Walker hits, as well as two new singles on the Echo Road – The Best of Doc Walker Tour 2016. “We write music from the heart, with our fans in mind,” said lead singer Chris Thorsteinson. “This record is unique in that it encapsulates where we are from and where we are going. We can’t wait for fans both new and old to hear it.”

Check out the tour dates below:
October
13 - Grand Theatre - Kingston, ON
14 - Nash - Georgetown, ON
15 - The Station Music Hall - Sarnia, ON
16 - Roxy - Barrie, ON
21 - Club Regent - Winnipeg, MB
27 - Great Northern Casino - Grande Praire, AB
29 - Canalta Room - Medicine Hat, AB

November
18 - Casino Regina - Regina, SK
19- Anselmo Hall- Mayerthorpe, AB
20- Glen Eagle - Calgary, AB
21- Festival Place- Sherwood Park, AB

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Thompson Square Release “Sh*t Thompson Square Says: The Baby Edition,”


Thompson Square really does know how to make it all ‘Look So Good.’  WhoSay exclusively premiered “Sh*t Thompson Square Says: The Baby Edition,” a hilariously endearing inside-look into life as new parents for the multi-platinum duo.

This candid glimpse into the chart-topping duo’s day-to-day life is a follow-up to their hugely popular “Sh*t Thompson Square Says” video that chronicled the life of a young married couple. However, this time around, diapers, towering cups of coffee and “did you smell that?” taglines are the relatable new norm.
Additionally, the two-time ACM and also CMA Award winning duo recently released its rollicking new single “You Make It Look So Good,” helmed by famed producer Nathan Chapman (Taylor Swift, Keith Urban and The Band Perry). 

“You Make It Look So Good” is available across all digital retailers and streaming partners now.

Thompson Square brings its energetic live show (and Sh*t They Say!) to fans this summer and fall, headlining dates from coast-to-coast including:
8/19 – Fort Wainwirght, AK
8/21 – Maui Arts & Cultural Center – Kahului, HI
8/23 – The Republik – Honolulu, HI
8/24 – Poipu Athletic Club – Kauai, HI
8/27 – Duquoin State Fair – Duquoin, IL
8/28 – St. Joseph County 4-H Fairgrounds – South Bend, IN
8/31 – Fraze Pavilion – Kettering, OH
9/2 – Wild Rose Casino & Resorts – Clinton, IA
9/3 – Wild Rose Casino – Jefferson, IA
9/9 – Washington State Fair – Puyallup, WA
9/10 – SBD Fest Air Show – San Bernardino, CA
9/15 – Boots N’ Buckles Saloon – Lakeland, FL
9/16 – Verizon Theatre – Grand Prairie, TX
9/17 – Bass Concert Hall – Austin, TX
9/21 – The Tobin Center for Performing Arts – San Antonio, TX
For a full list of concert dates visit: http://www.thompsonsquare.com/tour

COLE SWINDELL CELEBRATING “1 BILLION and 1 MILLION” MILESTONES WITH CAREER-DEFINING “YOU SHOULD BE HERE”


Platinum-selling recording artist and record-breaking five-time No. 1 hit maker Cole Swindell is celebrating again with the continued success and emotional impact of his fifth No. 1 hit “You Should Be Here.” His career-defining single just surpassed over 1 BILLION audience impressions (Mediabase audience: 979m, On-demand audio/video streams: 53m, digital track sales: 714,000+) including 25 million streams of the video on his own YouTube channel alone. The single has achieved more than 1 MILLION track equivalent sales. The Georgia native tops his own record with his multi-week No. 1 single “You Should Be Here” and becomes the only solo artist in the history of Country Aircheck/Mediabase to top the chart with his first FIVE singles.

As “You Should Be Here” continues to rack up sales, streaming numbers and overall impressions, Swindell already has a Top 20 and rising hit with the followup single “Middle of a Memory.”

Blake Shelton Added As Headliner for Luke Bryan’s Crash My Playa


] Four-time Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan, along with CID Presents, welcomes friend and his former ACM Awards co-host Blake Shelton as a headliner for the third year of Luke Bryan’s Crash My Playa, an all-inclusive concert vacation set for January 19-22, 2017 in Riviera Maya, Mexico. After two sold-out years, the hottest country music destination event keeps getting better and better. The Caribbean beach vacation will also feature Luke headlining two of the four nightly concerts. Additional performers to be announced soon.

“One thing Luke and I both know how to do is bring a good time," said Blake Shelton. "I’m excited to join him in bringing some country music to the beaches of Mexico.”

Crash My Playa has become one of my favorite times of the year and I couldn't be more fired up that one of my best buds is gonna join us in 2017,” said Luke Bryan.  “When the two of us are in the same place you never know what can happen but I can promise you it will be a fun time!”

Beginning today, Blake Shelton’s fan club members have access to an exclusive 48 hour pre-sale opportunity to purchase all-inclusive packages with tickets. Fan club members will receive a password today to unlock the pre-sale.

Fans can choose from eight tropical resorts including the newly added Dreams Tulum, Grand Velas and Secrets Akumal and enjoy royal treatment all weekend long – all-inclusive food and drink, 24-hour concierge service, daily onsite activities, offsite adventures like deep sea fishing, zip-lining, and ATV tours, excursions including day trips to Tulum, official Luke Bryan’s Crash My Playa merchandise package, and more. 




For more information about Luke Bryan’s Crash My Playa 2017, how to book four or five night all-inclusive packages, and details on new payment plans, please visit: www.crashmyplaya.com



Friday, 19 August 2016


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 Justin Moore took the party downtown with a triple shot of performances in Nashville to celebrate KINDA DON’T CARE (The Valory Music Co.), which continues to dominate the #1 spot on the iTunes Top Country Albums chart and took the #2 on the All Genre Albums chart upon release. Toasting with packed crowds at some of Music City’s famed honkytonks on Lower Broadway, he raised a glass to the new album at Honky Tonk Central, Rippy’s and Tootsies World Famous Orchid Lounge. Fans followed the “You Look Like I Need A Drink” singer as he made his way from one bar to the next, sharing drinks, stories and of course, new tunes. The hitmaker also served up previous #1 singles, including “Small Town USA,” “Point At You” and “Lettin’ The Night Roll.”

“We took three years to get this album just right and we’re so excited that it’s finally out,” shared Moore. “Thanks for coming out tonight Nashville!”

The string of stops moved to a local Waffle House, where select VIPs were treated to a late night meal and Moore hopping behind the counter to serve up signature noshes. KINDA DON’T CARE features his seventh Top 10 single “You Look Like I Need a Drink” and fresh songs like the title track and “More Middle Fingers” featuring Brantley Gilbert.
 

Multi-Grammy award winner and MCA Records Nashville recording artist Vince Gill celebrated his milestone 25thAnniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry® with two memorable shows ‪Saturday night, claiming “This is a pretty sweet night.” Gill, one of the Opry’s most beloved and frequent players, was inducted as an Opry member on August 10, 1991.

Gill celebrated the special night he claimed was “the best night ever” doing what he loves most- performing, collaborating and sharing the stage with family and close friends including Amy Grant, Rodney Crowell, Patty Loveless, The Time Jumpers, Ashley Monroe, Andrea Zonn, Bill Anderson, Jenny Gill, Paul Franklin, and Charlie Worsham. After opening the night with his classic hit “One More Last Chance,” an emotional Gill welcomed everyone saying, “This evening is filled with people I hold more than dear. They have made my entire life.” 

Gill and friends had so much fun reminiscing and playing music that the first show ran almost an hour over its two-hour schedule, treating the audience to almost three hours of music. “Sorry we made you late,” Gill said to a packed audience at the top of the night’s second show. “We were having a blast in here.” The fun included both Amy Grant and Rodney Crowell joining in the ‪Saturday night tradition of dancing with the Opry Square Dancers.

Throughout the night, Gill’s friends and family told stories and reminisced. Daughter Jenny Gill told the audience of the time when she was in first grade and her dad finally got the call he had been waiting for– the Grand Ole Opry calling to invite him to make his Opry debut. However, he had to decline the long-awaited opportunity, saying he was already booked. He had promised Jenny he would accompany her on guitar on “You Are My Sunshine” for her school’s talent show. She remarked, “It’s a great thing they called him back, don’t you think?”

Longtime friend Patty Loveless said before the two performed Gill's iconic classics “When I Call Your Name,” and “Go Rest High On That Mountain,” “It’s always been an honor to sing with Vince Gill.

“Vince has truly become family to all of us at the Opry,” said Pete Fisher, Vice President and General Manager, Opry. “Like Mr. Acuff before him, his dressing room door is always open, and he’s often ready to pick one backstage and catch up with friends in the wings as well as to collaborate with them musically on the Opry stage.”

“It is obvious in watching clips from Vince’s Opry induction 25 years ago that Opry patriarch Roy Acuff was a big Vince Gill fan and that he was hoping Vince would help carry on the magic of the Opry for future generations,” added Fisher. “Though Roy died the next year, there is no doubt he would be proud tonight of all that Vince has accomplished and everything he has meant to Mr. Roy’s beloved show.”

ERIC CHURCH REVEALS 2017 HOLDIN’ MY OWN TOUR MINUTES BEFORE TAKING RED ROCKS STAGE

 

With the camera lens so close it was reflected in his signature aviators, Eric Church spoke directly to his fans just minutes before taking the stage for his first of two solo shows at the majestic Red Rocks Amphitheater alerting the thousands watching via Facebook Live as well as the sold-out crowd of his plans to tour in 2017. He revealed that his North American 60+ city run, the aptly titled Holdin’ My Own Tour, will officially launch on Jan. 13, 2017 at Lincoln, Neb.’s Pinnacle Bank Arena and include stops in Chicago, Ill., Los Angeles, Calif., and will conclude with two nights at Nashville, Tenn.’s Bridgestone Arena in May.  For the first time ever, there will be no support act on this tour. Eric Church and the ECB will play two full sets with an intermission in between. In an effort to ensure his core fans get great tickets at face value, Church is revamping the pre-sale and on-sale process to eliminate scalpers from the equation.

“In this era where growing inequality seems to be the norm, we wanted to do everything within our power to put the advantage back in the hands of true fans rather than those that take advantage of the system, and by extension our people,” said John Peets, Church’s manager. “It was important to us to invest time into evaluating and redesigning the ticket buying process and build the technology to level the playing field.”

Church and his team have developed a new fan club pre-sale system that will allow them to remove scalpers from the pre-sale process before it even happens. Church Choir members will pre-register for the fan club pre-sale prior to it starting. Once verified, fan club members will receive buy links via text message when the pre-sale starts. Scalpers that are found to be gaming the system and posing as real fans won’t receive the buy link at all.

Church has secured a larger allotment of fan club tickets than in the past so Church Choir members will have much better success buying tickets in the pre-sale.  The Church Choir pre-sale will be the ONLY pre-sale. There will be no venue, credit card or radio pre-sales.

As on past tours, Church will continue to cancel any and all orders found to be made by scalpers.  New for the Holdin’ My Own Tour, Church commissioned a proprietary technology that scrubs ticket purchases using up to 10 different data points and automatically flags orders made by scalpers.  Orders may be cancelled at any time and without warning.  Church cautions fans to stay away from the secondary market because it’s likely that tickets found there will be invalid by the time the show happens.

Finally, delivery of all ticket orders will be delayed until the days leading up to each show.  Church hopes that this will make it impossible for scalpers to complete their transactions.

By doing this – investing time and energy to create a more efficient and balanced model – the Church team is not only communicating directly to the fans the best source for face value tickets, but also building a model that protects consumers and can be adopted by the industry as a whole.

“The way this album came together mandated we release it as a surprise, straight to our fans, as it was important for me to deliver the music the same way the creativity hit me—directly and swiftly. What I didn’t anticipate is that it left me scratching my head a little as this year was supposed to be spent writing.”
  Church continues, “What this year’s open schedule did afford us was time to think through the way the fans experience our music live, and it was important to us that we find a way to stick to these same principles when it came to approaching our shows, down to the way they go on sale.”
 
Church’s announcement comes on the heels of his single, “Record Year,” from his album Mr. Misunderstood, hitting No. 1 Aug. 1 and in the middle of his two-night, sold-out stint at Red Rocks, one of his few 2016 performances.

For further details on the ticketing system plus information on VIP packages, "These Boots by Lucchese" and Church's custom-designed Gibson Hummingbird Dark on tour, stay tuned to www.ericchurch.com.

2017 Holdin’ My Own Tour Dates are as follows:
Friday, January 13: Lincoln, Neb. Pinnacle Bank Arena
Saturday, January 14: Sioux Falls, S.D. Denny Sanford Premier Center
Sunday, January 15: Grand Forks, N.D. Ralph Engelstad Arena
Thursday, January 19: Des Moines, Iowa. Wells Fargo Center
Friday, January 20: Minneapolis, Minn. Target Center
Saturday, January 21: Green Bay, Wis. Resch Center
Wednesday, January 25: Philadelphia, Pa. Wells Fargo Arena
Friday, January 27: Brooklyn, N.Y. Barclays Center
Saturday, January 28: Boston, Mass. TD Garden
Tuesday, January 31: Kansas City Mo. Sprint Center
Thursday, February 2: Tulsa, Okla. BOK Center
Friday, February 3: Dallas, Texas. American Airlines Center
Thursday, February 16: Duluth, Ga. Infinite Energy Center
Friday, February 17:  Birmingham, Ala. Legacy Arena at BJCC
Thursday, February 23: Indianapolis, Ind. Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Friday, February 24: Cleveland, Ohio. Quicken Loans Arena
Saturday, February 25: Auburn Hills, Mich. The Palace at Auburn Hills
Tuesday, February 28: London, ONT Budweiser Gardens
Thursday, March 2: Toronto, ONT Air Canada Centre
Friday, March 3: Ottawa, ONT Canadian Tire Centre
Saturday, March 4: Montreal, QUE Bell Centre
Tuesday, March 7: Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
Thursday, March 9: Saskatoon, SK SaskTel Centre
Friday, March 10: Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
Saturday, March 11: Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome
Tuesday, March 14: Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
Thursday, March 16: Portland, Ore. Moda Center
Friday, March 17: Spokane, Wash. Spokane Arena
Saturday, March 18: Tacoma, Wash. Tacoma Dome
Wednesday, March 22: Bozeman, Mont. Brick Breeden Fieldhouse
Friday, March 24: Boise, Idaho. Taco Bell Arena
Saturday, March 25: Salt Lake City, Utah. Vivint Smart Home Arena
Tuesday, March 28: Phoenix, Ariz. Talking Sticks Resort Arena
Thursday, March 30: Sacramento, Calif. Golden 1 Center
Friday, March 31: Los Angeles, Calif. STAPLES Center
Tuesday, April 4: Casper, Wyo. Casper Events Center
Wednesday, April 5: Denver, Colo. Pepsi Center
Friday, April 7: Wichita, Kan. INTRUST Bank Arena
Saturday, April 8: Omaha, Neb. CenturyLink Center Omaha
Wednesday, April 12: Moline, Ill. iWireless Center
Thursday, April 13: Chicago, Ill. Allstate Arena
Friday, April 14: Milwaukee, Wis. BMO Harris Bradley Center
Thursday, April 20: Buffalo, N.Y. First Niagara Center
Friday, April 21: Pittsburgh, Pa. CONSOL Energy Center
Saturday, April 22: Cincinnati, Ohio. US Bank Arena
Thursday, April 27: Uncasville, Conn. Mohegan Sun Arena
Friday, April 28: Uncasville, Conn. Mohegan Sun Arena
Saturday, April 29: Manchester, N.H. Verizon Wireless Arena
Thursday, May 4: Tampa, Fla. Amalie Arena
Friday, May 5: Jacksonville, Fla. Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Thursday, May 11: Grand Rapids, Mich. Van Andel Arena
Friday, May 12: Peoria, Ill. Peoria Civic Center
Saturday, May 13: St. Louis, Mo. Scottrade Center
Thursday, May 18: Reading, Pa. Santander Arena
Friday, May 19: Washington, D.C. Verizon Center
Saturday, May 20: Greensboro, N.C. Greensboro Coliseum Complex
Friday, May 26: Nashville, Tenn. Bridgestone Arena
Saturday, May 27: Nashville, Tenn. Bridgestone Arena

Thursday, 18 August 2016

GORD BAMFORD, CHAD BROWNLEE, BRETT KISSEL AND SPECIAL GUEST KELSEA BALLERINI TO PERFORM ON THE 2016 CCMA AWARDS SHOW


The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®)
announced this morning that Gord Bamford, Chad Brownlee, and Brett Kissel joined by Carolyn Dawn Johnson will perform at the 2016 CCMA Awards Show on Sunday, September 11. The CCMA is pleased to welcome special guest Kelsea Ballerini, who will also perform. Being broadcast from London, ON and hosted by Canadian television personality Jessi Cruickshank, the 2016 CCMA Awards Show will air live on CBC at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT) with an encore airing on CMT (Canada) at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. Previously announced acts set to take the stage: Dean Brody, High Valley, Madeline Merlo and Jess Moskaluke.

Gord Bamford stands as one of the most decorated artists in Canadian country music with an impressive 20 CCMA Awards and multiple JUNO Award nominations. He’s also recognized stateside as one of only three Canadians, and the only two-time winner, of the Country Music Association’s 2013 and 2015 CMA Global Country Artist Award. It’s his distinctive sound and songwriting ability that defines Gord Bamford as one of country music’s best neotraditional artists. Bamford’s seventh studio album, Tin Roof, is nominated for the 2016 CCMA Award for Album of the Year.

With over one billion radio impressions to date, Chad Brownlee has seen his singles rapidly climb the country music charts, with multiple songs cracking the national Top 10, including his recent single “I Hate You For It”. Throughout his career, Brownlee has received critical acclaim and numerous accolades including a highly coveted 2013 JUNO Award nomination for Country Album of the Year, and most recently multiple 2016 CCMA Award nominations, including Album of the Year for Hearts on Fire, the fourth release in his discography.

Brett Kissel has now been nominated for a CCMA Award a total of 19 times in his young career. Apple Music Canada named his sophomore release Pick Me Up the best country album of 2015, CBC included it on their list of top Canadian albums and it earned Brett a JUNO Award nomination for Country Album of the Year. His latest single, "Cool With That", has become his eighth consecutive Top 10 radio hit – including a No. 1 single with “Airwaves.” Joining Kissel for his performance on the CCMA Awards Show is one of the top leading ladies in Canadian country music – 17-time CCMA Award winner and JUNO Award-winning Carolyn Dawn Johnson.

 
Kelsea Ballerini launched to stardom with two consecutive #1 smashes – PLATINUM-certified "Love Me Like You Mean It” and GOLD-certified follow-up “Dibs” – from her critically acclaimed debut album The First Time. Ballerini is the first solo female artist in 15 years to hit #1 with her first two country singles and one of only 11 women to have ever hit the top of the charts with a debut. Her latest GOLD-certified single, “Peter Pan” is flying up the country radio charts. Awarded Billboard’s Rising Star honor at the prestigious 2015 Women In Music event, Ballerini continues to rack up the accolades earning her first-ever ACM Award win for New Female Vocalist of the Year, the fan-voted Radio Disney Music Award for The Freshest - Best New Artist (all genre) and the American Country Countdown Award (ACCA) for Breakthrough Female of the Year. She’s thrilled to be performing on the 2016 CCMA Awards Show.
 
Eight CCMA Award
s will be presented on the 2016 CCMA Awards Show. The broadcast will feature a number of special performances and collaborations, and will include appearances by a collection of Canadian personalities and country music acts. Additional CCMA Awards Show performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.

A limited number of tickets for the 2016 CCMA Awards Show are still available and can be purchased online,  or by calling 1-866-455-2849, or by visiting the Budweiser Gardens Box Office (99 Dundas Street, London, ON)

For more information on the 2016 CCMA Awards Show or Country Music Week, visit ccma.org.

CHRIS YOUNG AND CASSADEE POPE CELEBRATE CHART-TOPPING TRACK “THINK OF YOU”


Nashville, TN — Duet partners Chris Young and Cassadee Pope teamed up again to celebrate the chart-topping success of their RIAA Gold certified single, “Think Of You,” during a No. 1 party from Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame. Hundreds of music industry fans joined the pair, along with Young’s (BMI) co-writers Corey Crowder (ASCAP) and Josh Hoge (SESAC). “Think Of You” marks Young’s eighth single to hit the top of the charts and Pope’s very first No. 1 single as an artist.

During the festivities, Young was also surprised with the news that his latest album, I’m Comin’ Over, featuring back-to-back seventh and eighth No. 1 singles “I’m Comin’ Over” and “Think Of You,” has achieved RIAA Gold certification. The accolade is made even more special in that Young took his first turn as co-producer on this latest album, alongside Corey Crowder.

“One of my favorite things about ‘Think Of You’ is having Cassadee Pope on it, this song would not be the same without her," said Young. He addressed the room sharing “from the bottom of my heart, for this song and everything that is going on in my career, you change our lives on a daily basis and I'm truly blessed to get to do what I do."

Young and Pope will team up again next month as they embark on the fall leg of his headlining tour. Chris Young’s “I’m Comin’ Over Tour” will span 25 shows running September through the end of the year. CASE Construction Equipment will join the tour as an official sponsor. Special guests joining Young on tour in September and October are Dan + Shay, with Dustin Lynch coming on board in November and December. Pope will return for all dates after providing direct support during the first leg of the tour. Tickets can be purchased at aeglive.com and ChrisYoungCountry.com.

“Thank you all for believing in me, the two of us as duet partners, and in ‘Think Of You,’” said Pope. “Chris, you have no idea what you’ve done for my career and for my spirit.” Her recently released Summer EP was also produced by Crowder.

 

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Luke Combs - Hurricane Lyric Video!


Luke Combs has released a lyric video for his latest single, Hurricane. Written by Combs along with Thomas Archer and Taylor Phillips and produced by Scott Moffatt. Check out the video below!

Carrie Underwood Announces Newest Single











Carrie Underwood celebrated her 23rd and 24th #1 singles, Heartbeat and Church Bells in Nashville recently and announced her newest single, Dirty Laundry.  Take a listen below - we think this will be #25!!

Sunday, 14 August 2016

TRIO (Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris) Debut Lyric Video for Alternate Version of “Wildflowers”


Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, and Emmylou Harris have premiered a new lyric video for an unreleased alternate version of “Wildflowers.” The Parton-penned track, which was originally released on their 1987 collaboration Trio, is featured on the upcoming three-CD set THE COMPLETE TRIO COLLECTION

Parton, Ronstadt, and Harris have three careers unparalleled in music history. Together they have sold over 200 million albums worldwide and performed for decades in front of countless fans around the globe. It’s no surprise that when their three voices united to release their debut collaboration, the results were remarkable. The threesome released two albums together, Trio (1987) and Trio II (1999), which have combined to sell more than five million copies worldwide and win three Grammy® Awards.


Both of these classic albums have been newly remastered for a three-CD collection packed with rare and unreleased music. Produced by Harris, THE COMPLETE TRIO COLLECTION will be available on September 9 for a list price of $29.98.

On the same date, a single-disc set will also be available entitled MY DEAR COMPANION: SELECTIONS FROM THE TRIO COLLECTION, featuring a mix of songs taken from the three-disc set, as will FARTHER ALONG, a double-LP set of all the bonus material from THE COMPLETE TRIO COLLECTION. Trio II will also be released on vinyl for the first time.

Even though Parton, Ronstadt, and Harris began recording together in the 1970s, a full album proved elusive. When the stars aligned and the friends were finally able to record a full album, a powerhouse sound of country and Americana was born. The results were remarkable. Trio arrived in 1987; sold more than four million copies; won two Grammy Awards; and topped the country album chart for five consecutive weeks. Among the standout tracks are “To Know Him Is to Love Him,” “Wildflowers,” and “Farther Along.”

It would be more than a decade before the group released a follow-up, but when Trio II arrived in 1999 it did not disappoint. The album won a Grammy Award and peaked in the Top Five of the country album chart. It sold more than one million copies worldwide on the strength of tracks like “Do I Ever Cross Your Mind?” the Carter family’s “Lover’s Return” and a cover of Neil Young’s “After The Gold Rush.”

The bonus disc is loaded with 20 songs, including alternate takes of album tracks like “I’ve Had Enough,” “Making Plans” and “My Dear Companion.” Also featured are 11 completely unreleased recordings from the trio spanning both album sessions including “Waltz Across Texas Tonight,” “Pleasant As May,” “Are You Tired of Me,” and the gospel standard “Softly And Tenderly.” Among the unreleased material is also an alternate version of “Do I Ever Cross Your Mind?” featuring Parton on lead vocals and a stunning acapella version of “Calling All My Children Home.”


THE COMPLETE TRIO COLLECTION
Track Listing

Disc One – Trio I
“The Pain of Loving You”
“Making Plans”
“To Know Him Is To Love Him”
“Hobo’s Meditation”
“Wildflowers”
“Telling Me Lies”
“My Dear Companion”
“Those Memories of You”
“I’ve Had Enough”
“Rosewood Casket”
“Farther Along”

Disc Two – Trio II
“Lover’s Return”
“High Sierra”
“Do I Ever Cross Your Mind”
“After the Gold Rush”
“The Blue Train”
“I Feel the Blues Movin’ In”
“You’ll Never Be The Sun”
“He Rode All The Way To Texas”
“Feels Like Home”
“When We’re Gone, Long Gone”

Disc Three – Bonus Material
“Wildflowers” (Alternate Take unreleased 1986)
“Waltz Across Texas Tonight” (Unreleased 1994)
“Lover’s Return” (Alternate Mix – Unreleased)
“Softly and Tenderly” (Unreleased 1994)
“Pleasant As May” (Unreleased 1986)
“My Dear Companion” (Alternate Take 1986)
“My Blue Tears” (Unreleased 1998)
“Making Plans” (Alternate Take 1986)
“I’ve Had Enough” (Alternate Mix 1986)
“Grey Funnel Line” (Unreleased 1986)
“You Don’t Knock” (Unreleased 1986)
“Where Will The Words Come From” (Unreleased 1985)
“Do I Ever Cross Your Mind” (Dolly Lead – Alternate Take 1994)
“Are You Tired of Me” (Unreleased 1986)
“Even Cowgirls Get The Blues”
“Mr. Sandman”
“Handful Of Dust” (Unreleased 1993)
“Calling My Children Home” (Unreleased Acapella Version 1986)
“White Snow” (Unreleased 1986)
“Farther Along” (Alternate Mix 1986)

MY DEAR COMPANION: SELECTIONS FROM THE TRIO COLLECTION
Track Listing
“The Pain Of Loving You”
“My Dear Companion”
“To Know Him Is To Love Him”
“Telling Me Lies”
“Farther Along”
“ Lover’s Return”
“After The Gold Rush”
“The Blue Train”
“You’ll Never Be The Sun”
“When We’re Gone, Long Gone”
“Waltz Across Texas Tonight” (Unreleased 1994)
“Do I Ever Cross Your Mind” (Dolly Lead – Alternate Take 1994)
“Wildflowers” (Alternate Take 1986)
“Calling My Children Home” (Unreleased Acapella Version 1986)


Saturday, 13 August 2016

Floating Americana Music Festival at Sea Cayamo Filled up in Record Time


A true musical paradise, the 10th Edition Cayamo Cruise – A Journey Through Song, brings together 2,200 passionate music lovers with over 20 all-star Americana singer-songwriters for seven days of rare artist collaborations, community and carefree Caribbean fun! Sailing February 19 – 26, 2017 aboard Norwegian Jade from Tampa to Cozumel, Mexico and Roatan, Honduras. The ship is already full but eager guests can still sign up for the wait list!

This year’s Cayamo lineup brings a mix of returning favorites and newcomers, a collection of some of the most influential and thought-provoking artists ever assembled on a music festival at sea. They include country-rock queen Emmylou Harris, Americana visionary Brandi Carlile, a never before seen configuration including all six members of The Wainwright Family, poetic roots chronicler Patty Griffin and English-folk legend Richard Thompson. Also performing are American roots encyclopedia Buddy Miller, master storyteller Rodney Crowell, fiery individualist Steve Earle and mainstream country’s counter-culture pageant girl, Kacey Musgraves.

They’ll be joined by Mississippi-born soul-rocker Paul Thorn, singer-songwriter Shawn Mullins, Americana favorite Jim Lauderdale, Grammy Award winning country artist Lee Ann Womack, fresh-faced blues and gospel shouter Parker Millsap, blood-harmony throwback duo The Secret Sisters, and second-generation Americana path-keeper Amy Helm, while others on the extensive lineup include pop country artist Maren Morris, the blues stylings of North Mississippi Allstars, and Kentucky-bred Pistol Annies member Angaleena Presley.

“We realize how special it is to reach the 10 year milestone and we hope to honor our journey by crystallizing the feel of family that the Cayamo community has fostered over the last decade,” says Sixthman Chairman, Andy Levine. “93% of our guests sailing this year have sailed with us before and they have high expectations. We plan to exceed them on and off the stage.“

Gliding through the gorgeous, blue-green waters of the Caribbean Sea from February 19-26, the 10th Edition Cayamo Cruise will feature more than five performance stages and countless hours of musical storytelling from some of the most gifted interpreters of song in American history, as well as special activities with the artists, meet-and-greets and the chance to witness a famous “Cayamo Moment” – unplanned artistic collaborations that provide truly once-in-a-lifetime memories.

A destination of her own, Norwegian Jade offers guests Norwegian Cruise Line’s signature freedom and flexibility to enjoy numerous onboard bars and lounges, 15 dining experiences, one outdoor pool, hot tubs, and a full menu of spa treatments. Guests can enjoy access to other entertainment on the ship as well, whether it’s a game of soccer or basketball on the sport court, a workout in the fitness center or tempting lady luck with a few hands in the casino, Norwegian Jade has you covered. Cayamo cruisers will make day-long stops in the tropical wonderlands of Cozumel, Mexico, and Roatan, Honduras, where stunning coral reefs, magnificent beaches and ancient ruins await exploration.


Double occupancy staterooms on the 10th Edition Cayamo Cruise begin at $1,445 per person, plus taxes and fees. For more information about joining the waiting list, visit us online at Cayamo.com, or call Sixthman directly at 877-379-9175 between the hours of 10AM EST and 6PM EST.

Friday, 12 August 2016

Jessica Mitchell's "Workin' on Whiskey" is #1 Most Added Song for Canadian Country Radio Stations


It all started at the CMAO Awards, when Jessica Mitchell performed her new song “Workin’ on Whiskey”. The crowd filled fans and industry types alike rewarded her chilling solo acoustic performance with a standing ovation. The song was quickly recorded for radio, and is now available for download on iTunes. In the few weeks since the release of the single, Mitchell has been nominated for a CCMA Award for Roots Artist of the Year.

“Workin’ on Whiskey” was the #1 Most Added single on Canadian Country Radio stations for the week of July 13, and has gained praise from media and icons alike, including country superstar Terri Clark. Here is a glimpse of what the industry is saying about Jessica Mitchell, her talent and “Workin on Whiskey”:

"At the CMAO Awards, Mitchell’s performance of Workin’ on Whiskey got the night’s only standing ovation. Country 104 in London played the single Wednesday in what could very well be the start of an amazing career; she has been called “Country’s Adele.”" - Chris Jancelewicz, Global News

"The song, “Workin’ on Whiskey,” is a bluesy country love ballad that showcases Mitchell’s powerful vocals." - Ryan Porter, Toronto Star

"Jessica Mitchell writes and sings with her heart on her sleeve, if Workin’ On Whiskey does not ignite your soul there’s something wrong with you." - Brad Gibb, Program Director, Country 104 London

"It’s been a long time since I’ve been so impressed by a new artist. If the sky’s the limit, Jessica’s going to need every inch." - Steve Kassay, VP, Programming/Operations, KX947 Hamilton & KX96 Oshawa.

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Thursday, 11 August 2016

The 2017 Country Music Cruise is Sold Out


The 2017 Country Music Cruise has sold out for the fourth year in a row - and six months in advance - making the superstar voyage a complete sellout every single year since StarVista LIVE launched the franchise in 2014. The Country Music Cruise will feature concerts by more than a dozen of country music’s biggest stars with over 400 hits between them as it sails through the Caribbean from January 27 through February 3, 2017. 

Vince Gill will make a special appearance in Key West on January 28th and Charley Pride, The Oak Ridge Boys, Brenda Lee, Lee Greenwood, Tanya Tucker, Moe Bandy & Joe Stampley’s Good Ole Boys Reunion, Dailey & Vincent, Jimmy Fortune of the Statler Brothers, Wade Hayes, Jo-El Sonnier, Sylvia, Deborah Allen and Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys will all perform onboard. The Country Music Cruise will be hosted by television personality Lorianne Crook aboard Holland America’s luxurious MS Oosterdam (known for its world class art and Waterford crystal sculptures) from Tampa, FL to Key West, Cozumel and Costa Maya. StarVista LIVE is currently planning the 2018 sailing of The Country Music Cruise and will announce the all-star lineup shortly.

“The Country Music Cruise sells out earlier and earlier each year,” said Mike Jason, Senior Vice President of Live Entertainment at StarVista LIVE. “There is no other vacation experience like this for real country music fans... We’ve got legends and fan favorites performing every day and night on the ship, unique events that bring fans up close and personal with the stars, theme parties that run the gamut of fun and fancy – it’s a non-stop, good time adventure.”

The 2017 Country Music Cruise will be highlighted by dozens of live performances, bring back some of the most popular onboard activities from the franchise’s previous sailings and add a wide array of new artist-based events. Select artists will make special appearances at the Gospel Hour, during songwriter workshops, guitar playing seminars, panel discussions, Q&A events, cooking exhibitions, album listening parties, autograph sessions and many others. Every person aboard The Country Music Cruise attends mainstage concerts, daily activities and gourmet meals, all included in the cabin price.

Canada's Best & Brightest Set to Appear at Country Music Week's Huron County Fanfest



WHAT:
Huron County FanFest

A marque event as part of Country Music Week, Huron County FanFest features back-to-back performances by ten of Canada’s brightest country stars, and gives country music fans the opportunity to meet, greet and have their photo taken with their favourite acts at the Huron County FanFest photo wall. Country Music Week and artist merchandise will be available onsite for purchase. Best of all – this is a FREE event.

The star-studded line-up of Huron County FanFest features many current CCMA Award nominees and past winners. Chad Brownlee, who is up for both Album of the Year and Video of the Year will perform, as will Female Artist of the Year nominee, Lindsay Ell. Nominee in the Interactive Artist of the Year category, Tim Hicks will take the stage; and Kira Isabella, who has a nomination in the category of Female Artist of the Year will also be there. Brett Kissel, who has an impressive five nominations for the 2016 CCMA Awards is part of the line-up, as is Wes Mack, who has two nods this year: Album of the Year and Interactive Artist of the Year. Rounding out the list of top country acts is Madeline Merlo, up for Female Artist of the Year; Jess Moskaluke, up for Female Artist of the Year, Video of the Year and Interactive Artist of the Year; The Road Hammers, who have a nomination for Group or Dup of the Year and Deric Ruttan, who is nominated in the category of Songwriter(s) of the Year for his smash hit “Came Here To Forget”.

WHO:
Huron County FanFest Performers
Please Note: schedule for performance times and photo wall to be announced closer to event date

Chad Brownlee
Lindsay Ell
Tim Hicks
Kira Isabella
Brett Kissel
Wes Mack
Madeline Merlo
Jess Moskaluke
The Road Hammers
Deric Ruttan

WHEN:
Saturday, September 10, 2016
Doors Open at 10AM
11AM – 3PM

WHERE:
Western Fair District
Metroland Media Agriplex
845 Florence Street
London, ON

N5W 6G6

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Chris Young & Case Construction Equipment Team up for 2016 Headlining Tour


Award-winning country music star Chris Young and CASE Construction Equipment are teaming up in 2016 for the fall run of Young’s “I’m Comin’ Over Tour.” The partnership will kick off September 5 with the “Labor Of Love” concert in Racine, WI. Proceeds from the concert, headlined by Young, will benefit Team Rubicon, a disaster response organization comprised of more than 36,000 veterans and first responders, with the goal of helping the organization expand its veteran’s skills training programs. Tickets to 2016’s “Labor of Love” concert with Chris Young can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com/laboroflove.

The partnership with CASE and Team Rubicon is a natural one for Young – his father works in construction and multiple family members, including his younger sister, are either in the Marines or are US military veterans.

“It’s going to be great having CASE out on tour with us,” said Young. “The work they do with connecting military veterans to job and training opportunities in the skilled trades is close to my heart, and I’m glad to have the opportunity to support those efforts.”

Chris Young’s “I’m Comin’ Over Tour” will span 25 shows running September through the end of the year. CASE Construction Equipment will join the tour as an official sponsor. Special guests joining Young on tour in September and October are Dan + Shay, with Dustin Lynch coming on board in November and December. Cassadee Pope, who provided direct support for the first leg of the tour, is returning for all Fall dates of Young’s “I’m Comin’ Over Tour.” Tickets can be purchased at aeglive.com and ChrisYoungCountry.com.

Chris Young “I’m Comin’ Over Tour” Dates*

Sept. 29 Rabobank Arena Bakersfield, CA~
Sept. 30 Grand Canyon University Arena Phoenix, AZ^
Oct. 6 United Supermarkets Arena Lubbock, TX~
Oct. 7 Pan American Center Las Cruces, NM~
Oct. 13 Spokane Arena Spokane, WA~
Oct. 14 Theater of the Clouds at Moda Center Portland, OR~
Oct. 15 Ford Idaho Center Nampa, ID~
Oct. 20 Hartman Arena Park City, KS~
Oct. 21 Viaero Event Center Kearney, NE~
Oct. 22 Swiftel Center Brookings, SD~
Oct. 27 Cambria County War Memorial Johnstown, PA~
Oct. 28 Memorial Coliseum Expo Center Ft. Wayne, IN~
Oct. 29 Dow Event Center Saginaw, MI~
Nov. 10 CFE Arena Orlando, FL^
Nov. 11 Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, FL+
Nov. 12 St. Augustine Amphitheatre St. Augustine, FL^
Nov. 17 Bob Carpenter Center Newark, DE^
Nov. 18 Wicomico Youth & Civic Center Salisbury, MD+
Nov. 19 Crown Coliseum Fayetteville, NC^
Dec. 1 Ryan Center Kingston, RI^
Dec. 2 Cross Insurance Arena Portland, ME+
Dec. 3 Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza Wilkes-Barre, PA+
Dec. 8 Show Me Center Cape Girardeau, MO+
Dec. 9 iWireless Center Moline, IL^
Dec. 10 Thompson-Boling Arena Knoxville, TN^

*Dates subject to change, please check chrisyoungcountry.com for the latest information
~ with special guest Dan + Shay and Cassadee Pope
^ with very special guest to be announced and Cassadee Pope
+with special guest Dustin Lynch and Cassadee Pope








Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Luke Combs Takes Country Radio by Storm with New Song “Hurricane”


Luke Combs is taking country radio by storm with his new song “Hurricane” hitting this week via River House/Thirty Tigers.  The powerful track, written by Combs along with Thomas Archer and Taylor Phillips and produced by Scott Moffatt [you can check out our interview with Scott & his brothers Bob & Clint from the band Endless Summer HERE and HERE], is now spinning on Sirius XM’s The Highway as an On The Horizon pick and is already getting early airplay at WWKA in Orlando.  “Hurricane” is available now for fans HERE.

The 26-year-old Asheville, North Carolina native has built an already enviable following of avid fans by playing his heart out on the road, booking over 200 shows per year. With nearly 150,000 followers on social media and 15,000,000 streams of his music thanks to support from services like Spotify, his hard work is paying off.


Having already been named one of Nash Country Daily, Sounds Like Nashville, and Wide Open Country’s top artists to watch, Combs is poised for the next level. His full-length album is due this fall and starting in September, the road warrior will join Corey Smith for the West Bound and Down Tour, playing more than fifteen shows in 30 days with stops in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Denver, Seattle, Portland, Ft. Worth and more!

To find out the latest information and get to know Luke Combs, visit LukeCombs.com.


David Nail Kicks Off Headlining “FIGHTER TOUR”


MCA Nashville and GRAMMY-nominated recording artist David Nail kicks off his headlining FIGHTER TOUR on September 7 in Madison, WI. Named after his just released critically-acclaimed album Fighter, Nail takes his “fight” directly to the fans on this tour. The Grammy-nominated recording artist will showcase not only his biggest hits like the Platinum certified #1 hit “Whatever She’s Got” as well as his signature hits “Red Light” and “Let It Rain,” but fans will get to hear live his most deeply personal and poignant songs from the new album which many are calling “his best yet.” Sounds Like Nashville says Nail is a “tour de force” on this album.

Additionally, Nail launches his fan club NAIL NATION today, in advance of the FIGHTER TOUR, giving his fans first access to ticket presale opportunities, meet & greet opportunities, fan club contests and discounts. Nail Nation members will have exclusive access to presale tickets and VIP packages beginning Tuesday, August 2. Tickets and VIP packages go onsale to the general public on Friday, August 5 at 10 AM local time. For more information on membership and benefits go to http://nailnation.DavidNail.com

The highly-anticipated FIGHTER TOUR follows his successful I’M A FIRE headlining tour which was named one of the “Must See Concert Tours” by Rolling Stone Country.

FIGHTER TOUR Schedule:

Sept 7 Madison, WI Majestic Theatre
Sept 8 Columbia, MO The Blue Note
Sept 10 Eau Claire, WI Carson Park
Sept 23 New York, NY Irving Plaza
Sept 24 Buffalo, NY University of Buffalo Stadium (free show)
Sept 29 Mescalero, NM Inn of the Mountain Gods
Sept 30 San Carlos, AZ Apache Gold Casino Resort
Oct 1 Oro Valley, AZ Vistoso Country Club
Oct 2 Las Vegas, NV Route 91 Festival
Oct 7 Gainesville, FL Cowboys Saloon
Oct 8 Vero Beach, FL Beach Town Festival
Oct 13 Rosemont, IL Joe’s Live
Oct 14 Springfield, MO Midnight Rodeo
Oct 15 El Dorado, AR Music Fest
Oct 28 Dubuque, IA Mystique Casino
Oct 29 Fort Wayne, IN Rusty Spur Saloon
Oct 30 Grand Rapids, MI Intersection
Nov 4 Nacogdoches, TX Stephen F. Austin University (free show)


Fighter is available now: http://umgn.us/fighter  

Monday, 8 August 2016

Dolly Parton Releases Brand New Lyrics Video for “Outside Your Door”


World-renowned singer/songwriter/entertainer Dolly Parton released a lyric video for "Outside Your Door," which premiered yesterday on One Country. "Outside Your Door" is available for instant download when you pre-order Dolly's upcoming album Pure & Simple, out August 19th on Dolly Records/RCA Nashville.

"Dolly, as a national treasure, is at her best on 'Outside Your Door'... the tune, musically, is simple in production terms and features that classic Dolly charm with the lyrics." - One Country

"I may not be pure, but I'm as simple as they come! This new 'Pure & Simple' project is really special to me because I'm taking my fans back to my roots," Dolly explained in a recent interview with Huffington Post. "I feel like these songs have a pure, tender side and we didn't go overboard with the arrangements. I'm so glad we've teamed up with our friends at Sony to get this album out to the fans."


Pure & Simple Track List
1. "Pure & Simple"
2. "Say Forever You'll Be Mine"
3. "Never Not Love You"
4. "Kiss It (And Make It All Better)"
5. "Can't Be That Wrong"
6. "Outside Your Door"
7. "Tomorrow Is Forever"
8. "I'm Sixteen"
9. "Head Over High Heels"
10. "Forever Love"

Pre-order Pure & Simple Now

Stream "Outside Your Door"
Apple Music (streaming): smarturl.it/applemusicdolly

DOLLY PARTON PURE & SIMPLE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR:
July 29 Sprint Center - Kansas City, Mo.
July 30 Scottrade Center - St. Louis, Mo.
Aug. 02 Celeste Center- Columbus, Ohio
Aug. 03 Allen County War Memorial Coliseum - Fort Wayne, Ind.
Aug. 04 The Colosseum at Caesar Windsor - Windsor, ON, Canada
Aug. 06 Van Andel Arena - Grand Rapids, Mich.
Aug. 07 Ravinia Festival - Highland Park, Ill.
Aug. 09 Norton Center for the Arts - Danville, Ky.
Aug. 10 Ford Center - Evansville, Ind.
Aug. 12 BOK Center - Tulsa, Okla.
Aug. 13 Verizon Arena - Little Rock, Ark.
Sept. 09 Molson Canadian Amphitheatre - Toronto, ON, Canada
Sept. 10 Essar Centre - Sault Sainte Marie, ON, Canada
Sept. 12 MTS Centre - Winnipeg, MB, Canada
Sept. 13 Mosaic Place - Moose Jaw, SK, Canada
Sept. 16 Scotiabank Saddledome - Calgary, AB, Canada
Sept. 17 Rogers Place - Edmonton, AB, Canada
Sept. 19 Rogers Arena - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Sept. 21 ShoWare Center - Kent, Wash. SOLD OUT
Sept. 22 Northern Quest Casino - Airway Heights, Wash.
Sept. 24 Shoreline Amphitheatre - Mountain View, Calif.
Sept. 25 Santa Barbara Bowl - Santa Barbara, Calif.
Sept. 27 Valley View Casino - San Diego, Calif.
Sept. 28 Vina Robles Amphitheatre - Paso Robles, Calif.
Sept. 30 Laughlin Amphitheatre - Laughlin, Nev.
Oct. 01 Hollywood Bowl - Los Angeles, Calif.
Oct. 02 Hollywood Bowl - Los Angeles, Calif.
Nov. 15 LeConte Center - Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Nov. 16 Von Braun Center Arena - Huntsville, AL
Nov. 18 North Charleston Coliseum - North Charleston S.C.
Nov. 26 Amalie Arena - Tampa FL
Nov. 27 BB&T Center - Sunrise, FL
Nov. 29 Pensacola Bay Center - Pensacola, FL
Nov. 30 Smoothie King Center - New Orleans, LA
Dec. 05 NRG Arena - Houston, TX
Dec. 06 Frank Erwin Center - Austin, TX
Dec. 09 Global Event Center at WinStar World Casino and Resort - Thackerville, Okla.
Dec. 10 Global Event Center at WinStar World Casino and Resort - Thackerville, Okla.