Country guitarist-vocalist Frankie Ballard will perform his first #1 smash, “Helluva Life,” from his new album SUNSHINE & WHISKEY, this Wednesday, March 26th, on CONAN. The show airs on TBS at 11:00PM EST/10:00PM CST.
Dierks Bentley's personal "I Hold On" became his eleventh #1 today as the single hit the top of both the Mediabase and Billboard charts. Dierks sent out an emotional, genuine thank you to his fans, from the inside of Big White, that you can watch below. Congratulations Dierks!!!
Jake Owen threw the ultimate beach party last weekend with the kick off of his second major nationwide tour: The Days Of Gold Tour 2014. The chart-topping vocalist brought his high-energy show and the warm weather fun to packed arenas in Brookings, SD (3/20), Fargo, ND (3/21) and Bemidji, MN (3/22).
Igniting the feel-good atmosphere were tiki bars overflowing with fans flanking the stage and a nautical themed set. Following the tour’s opening night, The Brookings Register notes “he puts on one heck of a beach party.”
The huge party will continue as the 55-city plus tour goes through October and wraps in Jake’s hometown of Vero Beach, FL. The sizzling run also stars the Eli Young Band* along with Parmalee*, Thomas Rhett* and The Cadillac Three. (*select dates).
Jake’s current single “Beachin’” is quickly climbing the Country Radio charts and is from his latest RCA Nashville album DAYS OF GOLD. The party anthem is the follow-up to the vivacious “Days of Gold.”
Since releasing the chart-topping album, BAREFOOT BLUE JEAN NIGHT, Jake has emerged as one of country music’s leading vocalists. The gold-certified RCA Nashville project delivered four consecutive No. 1 hit singles, including the multi-week chart-toppers; the DOUBLE PLATINUM title track and PLATINUM “Alone with You,” and GOLD-certified hits “The One That Got Away” and “Anywhere with You.”
Jake’s DAYS OF GOLD is available now via this link: http://smarturl.it/daysofgoldalbum
For tour dates and more, visit www.jakeowen.net,
Find Jake on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jakeowen
Follow him on Twitter @jakeowen
Four-time Grammy Award winner Keith Urban and Country Music Hall of Fame member Vince Gill will return to Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday, May 6, for We’re All 4 the Hall, a concert to benefit the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. Reserved seating tickets, which are priced at $35 and $50 (does not include Ticketmaster surcharge), will go on sale April 4 at 10:00 a.m. CST and are available at ticketmaster.com, the Bridgestone Arena box office or by calling 800-745-3000. A limited number of VIP ticket packages will also go on sale on April 4 at Ticketmaster.com. (Complete ticket purchase information is below.)
This year’s All 4 the Hall theme, Songtellers (A LARGE Intimate Evening) will feature performances from Urban, Gill, Brantley Gilbert, Brett Eldredge, Carrie Underwood, David Nail, Deana Carter, Kacey Musgraves, Kip Moore, Lee Ann Womack with Buddy Miller, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Reba McEntire, and Ronnie Milsap. The concert’s theme will have each artist perform songs that they’ve recorded and/or written, or a classic...and they'll tell a story about the song. Why they wrote it. Why they recorded it and what it means to them.
“I think this is going to be an extremely unique and revealing night for everyone,” said Urban. “Not only are we going to see extraordinary 'one of a kind' performances, but we’re going to hear some stories that just may have us hearing these well known songs in a whole new way."
Funds raised through the All 4 the All concerts support of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s preservation efforts, exhibitions and educational programs that teach audiences about the enduring beauty and cultural importance of country music. In addition, Urban has teamed up again with Rally.org to help fans raise funds for the Country Music Hall of Fame and to compete for prizes including VIP tickets. For more information go to keithurban.net.
“The first four All 4 the Hall concerts have netted more than $2 million,” said Museum Director Kyle Young. “They continue to be our most successful fundraisers, with the proceeds helping to fund the care of our unrivaled collection, exhibitions, educational programs and more. The museum appreciates the generosity and unwavering support that Keith Urban and Vince Gill continue to display for our institution and for this genre of music. Fans eagerly anticipate this show, expecting, and getting, a unique, entertaining, and world-class line-up that only Keith and Vince can inspire. This year’s concert will not disappoint.”
Reserved Seating Tickets
Tickets ($35 and $50, plus a Ticketmaster surcharge and a facility fee) go on sale April 4 at 10:00 a.m. CST. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations, the Bridgestone Arena box office or by phone at (800) 745-3000. Phone, Internet and outlet orders are subject to a convenience fee. Museum members enjoy a special presale ticket opportunity for the event.
American Young's "Love Is War," Brad Paisley's "Southern Comfort Zone," and Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" were chosen from more than 33 million submissions to be sent into space on the Shenzou 10 Space Rocket. The three songs were the only American music chosen. Congratulations to the artists and songwriters on this honor!
The promotion was part of a 10-year cultural exchange program between the Beijing Harmony Culture Inheritance Foundation and On-Air Broadcasting's show Café Nashville.
The songs will be broadcast from the Chinese Space Station to schools in China.
Striking Matches, the duo comprised of Sarah Zimmerman and Justin Davis, joined the Capitol Records family upon signing a deal with I.R.S. Nashville yesterday (March 20th).
The duo released an EP in 2012 and have since gone on to write numerous songs that can be heard on the television show Nashville. They were named one of CMT's Listen Up Artists and perform regularly on the Grand Ole Opry. Additionally, they recently returned from England and Ireland where they played the C2C Festival.
“Dreams really do come true, y’all. Thank you to all of our fans, friends, family and team who have believed in us for so long…you mean the world!! Now we’re REALLY ready to make a record!!!!” they said on their Facebook page.
Reckless Kelly played NYC on February 28th as part of the Texas Tailgate. And, honestly, they stole the show! Thankfully, we don't have to wait too long for another chance to see them live. The band returns to the Northeast for five dates in May, with two dates nearby in CT (one is a free show!!) and one each in PA, DC and MA. For tickets and information visit their official website.
Watch "Real Cool Hand" from their most recent album Long Night Moon below.
Critically acclaimed recording artist, Clay Walker will host the fifth annual Chords of Hope Benefit Concert at 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville on Tuesday, June 3rd. The concert, presented by The Big 98 WSIX, sponsored by Pinnacle Financial Partners, and produced by Clay’s charity, Band Against MS (BAMS), will help raise money and awareness for multiple sclerosis (MS) research with proceeds going to the MS Center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Performers for the night include Montgomery Gentry and Dustin Lynch. Doors open at 6:00 PM and the concert begins at 7:00 PM. Buy tickets here!
"Chords of Hope is my chance to raise awareness of MS in the Nashville community and come together with amazing artists to put on a great show,” said Clay. “With Montgomery Gentry and Dustin Lynch's help, this is sure to be our best one yet!
The seventh annual Record Store Day, on April 19th, is under a month away. RSD is the opportunity to get exclusive vinyl editions of your favorite music, including country. Eric Church is releasing a 12" vinyl of The Outsiders that will come with two exclusive bonus tracks (including a cover of The Beatles "Come Together") and a poster. Other artists getting the vinyl treatment include The Civil Wars, Waylon Jennings, Shooter Jennings, Johnny Cash and more.
Releases are categorized three ways:
RECORD STORE DAY EXCLUSIVE RELEASES. Exclusively available on RSD at Record Store Day participating stores. Will not be available anywhere else in the same format.
RECORD STORE DAY LIMITED RUN/REGIONAL FOCUS RELEASES. Exclusively available on RSD at Record Store Day participating stores, but may not be distributed nationally, or the quantities of these titles are EXTREMELY limited. 1000 and under and WAY under 1000 in some cases.
‘RECORD STORE DAY FIRST’ RELEASE. These are titles that you can find on RSD at Record Store Day participating stores. So if you’re a fan of the artist, you get first listen. At some point in the future, generally four to six weeks, these titles will be available at other retailers.
For your reading pleasure, a complete list of available titles can be found here.
Merle Haggard will receive two tributes in April. Working Man's Poet: A Tribute to Merle Haggard is an album of his hits recorded by current country artists, such as Luke Bryan, Thompson Square and Randy Houser. The album will be available April 1st.
Secondly, during the ACM Awards on April 6th, which happens to be Haggard's 77th birthday, he will receive the ACM's Crystal Milestone Award honoring his 50th anniversary in country music.
Haggard topped the Billboard country singles chart thirty-eight times between 1967 and 1988. He won the ACM's first entertainer of the year award and was named top male vocalist a record-setting six times.
Working Man's Poet, on Broken Bow Records, will be available digitally through iTunes. Physical copies of the album, sold only at Walmart, will include Garth Brooks' version of Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down. The album also includes two songs recorded by Haggard's son, Ben, who plays guitar in his father's band.
Track Listing: Working Man's Poet: A Tribute to Merle Haggard: