Next year, to mark their 50th anniversary, the Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards will leave their longtime Las Vegas home and relocate to Dallas, where the televised award ceremony and performances will be held at AT&T Stadium. And you’ll be hard-pressed to find a bigger supporter of the idea – beyond Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, perhaps – than the one-and-only George Strait, who wrapped his Cowboy Rides Away Tour at the massive venue on June 7th. “I don’t think they’re going to have a problem there,” the always under-stated George says. “If you haven’t been there, you’ve got to go. It’s amazing.” The King is excited to see what happens next spring, too – “I’m looking forward to being there. Hopefully I can be a part of it.”

AUDIO:George Strait (ACMs in Dallas)
AUDIO: George Strait is looking forward to seeing next year’s ACM Awards take place at Dallas’ AT&T Stadium. 

George Strait (ACMs in Dallas) OC: …fun night. :22
“I don’t think they’re going to have a problem there, you know? It’s a great venue. If you haven’t been there, you’ve got to go. It’s amazing. I think the ACMs is going to be great there. It’s going to…I mean, those big screens are just…they’re just incredible. I’m looking forward to being there. Hopefully I can be a part of it. It’s going to be a fun night.”

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Music can be a strangely powerful thing – you never know what melody, what lyric, what recording may hit you “just right” and become the song you’ll spend the rest of your life humming, singing along to in the car, or thrilled to see and hear in concert. And Keith Urban recognizes that – maybe better than most. Making that connection “feels like the purpose of music for me,” he says. For Keith, it’s almost like a function of nature – “It’s like some kind of bird call in the jungle, in the wild. And certain people respond to the call.” Those who respond? “They’re the ones that come to the concerts,” he says. And even if it’s the first time, Keith’s ready for them – “They hopefully connect and ‘plug in’…and feel something.”

Keith’s Raise ‘Em Up Tour heads to the Midwest this week, hitting Cincinnati, St. Louis and Indianapolis, then swings back to the East Coast next week.

Keith is climbing the charts with “Somewhere in My Car,” his latest hit from Fuse.

AUDIO:Keith Urban (call of the wild)
AUDIO: Keith Urban offers one of the best explanations we’ve ever heard of why music strikes different chords with different people. 

Keith Urban (call of the wild) OC: …feel something. :29
“It feels like the purpose of music for me. It’s trying to make a connection. It’s funny. I mean, it’s just…music is like a – it’s like some kind of bird call in the jungle, in the wild. And certain people respond to the call. And those are the people – hopefully – they’re the ones that come to the concerts. And a lot of people that have never seen us play, they hopefully connect and ‘plug in’…and feel something.” 


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Jon Pardi has announced he’ll be headlining the Up All Night Tour 2014, which will take place this fall through the winter months. His opening act will be Capitol’s Joey Hyde. The trek unofficially kicks off Friday (August 1st) in Sacramento, which is a special hometown show at the popular club Ace of Spades. The official tour kicks off October 10th in Lincoln, Nebraska and currently runs through December 20th in Columbus, Ohio. Additional dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

Jon is climbing the country charts with his latest single, “What I Can’t Put Down,” from his debut album, Up All Night.

Up All Night Tour Dates:

Oct 10 Lincoln, NE

Oct 11 Omaha, NE

Oct 24 Boston, MA

Oct 25 Portland, ME

Oct 26 Uncasville, CT

Oct 30 San Jose, CA

Oct 31 Salt Lake City, UT

Nov 12 Overland Park, KS

Nov 13 Columbia, MO

Nov 14 Chicago, IL

Dec 12 Denver, CO

Dec 20 Columbus, OH

AUDIO:Jon Pardi (club tour)
AUDIO: Jon Pardi is excited about his first headlining club trek, the Up All Night Tour 2014.

Jon Pardi (club tour) OC: …Whoo! :57
“Headlining my first club tour with an opening act is gonna be awesome. I’m really excited about it. It’s awesome to get to the stage where we can go out and play the clubs that we were being introduced [in] and then come back and have a crowd show up and they know all the songs and have a good time. And we’ve got an opening act coming out 0-0 Mr. Joey Hyde! He’s a great singer. He’s got some good songs. He’s a really nice guy, and I’m looking forward to getting to know him a lot better on the road, ‘cause you always make more friends on the road because you spend so much time together…looking forward to that and just looking forward to getting out and playing a long set and having a good time and meeting fans. It’s gonna be a good time, and it’s the Up All Night Tour. Hopefully, I don’t stay up all night every night after the show, but it’s gonna be a lot of fun. I’m really excited, and thanks to all the fans and country radio for helping me out and being supportive of it. I’ll see you soon – Up All Night Tour 2014! Whoo!”


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Keith Urban wrote an Op-Ed piece for Nashville's Tennessean newspaper about keeping the history of Music Row alive. Check it out below, or click here.

By Keith Urban - August, 1 2014

I made my first trip to Nashville from Australia in the summer of 1989. I checked
into the Shoney’s Inn on Demonbreun, then headed straight into the legendary
Music Row.

It was instantly magical being among rows of the most charming cottages and
simple buildings that were housing the global center of country music. I knew
instantly that this was where I belonged, and I became a Nashville resident in
1992. From that moment on, I would drive to the Row almost daily in my rented
crap car to write, record demos and generally hang around, meeting all kinds of people. Music Row became my center, because Music Row IS a center.

Evolution is a constant part of music and life, but for me what’s always been at
the heart of country music is simplicity and community. Music Row is where the
past, present and future meet, and that’s a vital part of keeping balance. You can feel it as you drive along 16th and 17th avenues and see so many original
buildings, including RCA’s Studios A and B; the house where Warner Brothers
first opened their doors; Quad Studios, where Neil Young recorded “Harvest”;
and Hillbilly Central, where Waylon Jennings and the boys transformed the status quo by revolutionizing the way artists could take creative control. ... Not to mention the countless publishing houses where classic songs were and are
written, pitched and demoed.

The past, present and the future are ALL still here — but the Row is currently
under threat from developers. Nashville has exploded as a music town, and not
just country music. Musicians from all genres, all over the world are making the
pilgrimage here to immerse themselves in the kind of creative center that so
many other cities have lost but that Nashville still maintains.

Nashville’s growth is exciting, but not at the risk of losing the creative epicenter
that is Music Row and that truly makes Nashville Music City.

I sincerely hope that those who have made Nashville their home over the years, and those who have recently discovered our fair city, will come together as a united front and continue to be vocal about preserving and fortifying our beloved Music Row.

Keith Urban is a multiplatinum-selling artist who lives and records in Nashville.

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NEWS AND NOTES: Luke, Dierks, Scotty, Jon, Kacey    8/1/14

Luke Bryan, Lee Brice and Cole Swindell take over Lon Helton’s Country Countdown USA this weekend. They’re on the road together on Luke’s That’s My Kind of Night Tour, and are giving fans a preview of their chemistry backstage. You’ll learn what happens behind-the-scenes of the tour, plus find out who got locked in Lee’s bus moments before their stadium show in Pittsburgh.

Dierks Bentley
 is set to headline the post-race concert at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 20th. His show will immediately follow the Bush’s Beans 150 Whelen Modified race and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 200. Part of Dierks’ performance will be filmed by CMT for their upcoming Mountain Dew CMT Summer Concert finale. Fans who purchase a $30 ticket will have access to both races and the Dierks Bentley concert on August 20th.

Scotty McCreery visited patients and performed at Nashville's Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt Tuesday.

Jon Pardi is scheduled to perform on the BMI Stage at the Austin City Limits Festival in Texas October 3rd.

Kacey Musgraves will play the historic Gruene Hall in New Braunfels, Texas, on October 23rd.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Thursday, July 31, 2014) – Country artist Sam Hunt is responding to the overwhelming fan demand for new music by releasing X2C to all digital partners on August 12.  X2C, a four-track preview to his major label album debut due out October 27 on MCA Records Nashville, includes Hunt’s current Top 25 and climbing single, “Leave The Night On.” 

“I’m can’t wait to share a few early tracks from the album,” explains Hunt. “We’ve been having so much fun with the music out on the road and I’m excited to get this music out to our fans.”

Since the June release of “Leave The Night On” to country radio and digital partners, the single has sold over 197,000 tracks and has consistently been Spotify’s No. 1-streamed country artist in the U.S. and a Top 30-streamed artist across all genres.

Hunt, recently named one of Rolling Stone’s “10 New Artists You Need to Know: Summer 2014,” has earned recognition as a songwriter with credits including Kenny Chesney’s No. 1 smash “Come Over,” Keith Urban’s Top 10 single “Cop Car” and Billy Currington’s latest Top 5 hit “We Are Tonight.”  Continuing to build a name for himself as a songwriter, Hunt co-wrote all of the tracks on X2C and the upcoming album which was produced by Zach Crowell (Keith Urban) and Shane McAnally (Kacey Musgraves).

X2C Track List:

1. Leave The Night On (Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne)

2. Ex To See (Sam Hunt, Josh Osborne, Matt Ramsey)

3. House Party (Sam Hunt, Zach Crowell, Jerry Flowers)

4. Breakup In A Small Town (Sam Hunt, Zach Crowell, Shane McAnally)

Hunt has shared the stage with country stars including David Nail and Little Big Town and this fall, joins Kip Moore and Charlie Worsham on
CMT On Tour: Kip Moore Up In Smoke, a 21-market run kicking off in New York City September 25th.

For additional information, music, images, tour dates and more, please visit


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NASHVILLE -  (July 28, 2014) – For the sixth consecutive year country superstar Luke Bryan will launch a series of fall concerts this October known as the Farm Tour.  This year’s Farm Tour adds stops in Knoxville, Tennessee and Gainesville, Florida and is scheduled to begin on October 1 in Knoxville, Tennessee and will continue through October 11 in Macon, Georgia.  
Last year Luke performed for over 115,000 fans in eight Farm Tour towns breaking the previous year’s record.  A portion of the proceeds are granted for local college scholarships (“Luke Bryan Farm Tour Scholarship”) to students from a farming family within the communities the tour plays.
Farm Tour 2014
October 1         Knoxville, Tennessee              Maple Lane Farms
October 2         Auburn, Alabama                    Ingram Farms
October 3         Tallahassee, Florida                 Cross Creek Place
October 4         Gainesville, Florida                  Whitehurst Cattle Farm
October 8         Statesboro, Georgia                  Perry Field
October 9         Athens, Georgia                       Meldon Farm
October 10       Columbia, South Carolina        Culler Farms
October 11       Macon, Georgia                        Midway at Central City Park
(dates & cities subject to change)
The Farm Tour ticket presale will begin for Luke Bryan’s Fan Club, the Nut House, on July 29 at 10AM local time for Knoxville, Gainesville, Auburn and Statesboro.  The public on sale for those shows begin at 10AM on August 1.  The Nut House ticket presale for Macon, Columbia, Athens and Tallahassee will launch on August 5 at 10AM local time with the public on sale beginning at 10AM local time on August 8. 
Special VIP experiences will be available for Farm Tour 2014.  The "Harvest Time VIP Experience" includes a general admission ticket that comes with an exclusive VIP viewing area with premium view of the stage, a parking pass, access to VIP only restrooms, limited edition Farm Tour poster, private cash bar and more.  Find out more information from Luke's official VIP partner, CID Entertainment at:
For additional Farm Tour 2014 information, including where to get tickets, stay tuned 
Go to to view an LBTV episode from the 2013 Farm Tour.
About Luke Bryan
Superstar Luke Bryan has quickly become one of Nashville’s most sought after entertainers.  His “That’s My Kind of Night Tour” is currently playing across the US and Canada, selling out all concerts to date.  This summer the tour will feature Luke’s first-ever stadium shows in four cities- Pittsburgh, Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia.  His previous tour performed for 1.3 million fans in 2013.  The two-time ACM co-host, who received the 2013 ACM Entertainer of The Year honor, recently celebrated the No. 1 debut of his digital EP Spring Break 6…Like We Ain’t Ever.  Combined, Luke’s six Spring Break series releases have sold nearly 900,000 copies.  
Since the debut of his first album in 2007, Luke has sold 6.4 million albums, 24.9 million digital tracks from his four studio albums and placed 10 singles at No. 1.  Luke’s current single “Roller Coaster” is the from his Crash My Party album, which has sold two million copies and was the best-selling country album in 2013.  The album contains four back-to-back No. 1 hits including “That’s My Kind of Night,” “Crash My Party,” “Drink A Beer,” and "Play It Again.”
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PHOTO: Dierks Bentley (Riser Tour photo)

Nashville, TN – July 28, 2014 – Country Music Star Dierks Bentley made an unforgettable run of 2014 RISER TOUR dates across the west coast this weekend, beginning with a capacity crowd at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheater on 7/23. The tour’s biggest weekend yet also included full houses at Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre and San Diego's Sleep Train Amphitheatre.  The highlight for the weekend, however, was the Grammy nominated singer's return to his hometown of Phoenix to perform for more than 17,000 fans at the Ak-Chin Pavilion.   

In total disbelief, Bentley told the enthusiastic hometown crowd, "For those of you who don't know me, you're participating in the best night of my life right now."  Bentley went on to humbly dedicate both of his GOLD certified No. one hits "I Hold On" and "Home" to his friends in the Valley and to the families of the fallen Granite Mountain Hot Shots, who perished a year ago in the Yarnell Hill Fires.

Music critics echoed the fan enthusiasm over the weekend, declaring Bentley "rose to the occasion like a pro, as though headlining Ak-Chin Pavilion is what the man was born to do.”   - Arizona Republic

"Bentley stormed the stage…his red solo cup and lively stage presence reverberated off the rocks in perfect
melody.”   - Denver Post

“High-energy and emotion-packed” - San Diego Union-Tribune

Bentley has the undeniable radio hit of the summer with "Drunk On A Plane," flying up the Top Five at radio now and continuing to sell an average of over 65,000 singles a week.  So far, his critically acclaimed and commercially successful new album RISER counts more than 1.5 million digital track sales. The 2014 RISER TOUR continues this week with upcoming stops in Mountain View, CA (7/31) and Sixes, OR (8/3). For a full list of upcoming tour dates, visit

Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes


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“Love You Like That” is more than the title of the new single from singer-songwriter Canaan Smith – it’s also a collection of four words he lives by! You see, Canaan popped the question earlier this year…and he makes a point of guaranteeing that fiancee’ Christy feels loved and wanted. “I’m definitely a romantic guy,” Canaan reveals. “I have no problem buying her flowers and stuff like that, but I’d rather show her I love her [by] taking her out on a cool date somewhere, being creative.” With the growing demands of his career – which often means time on the road, away from Christy – Canaan knows that’s important. “She’s the inspiration for a lot of my songs,” he says. “I try to make sure I’m coming home as the man that she needs.”

Canaan, who first hit the charts a couple of years ago with a song called “We Got Us,” debuted this week with his new single, “Love You Like That.”

AUDIO:Canaan Smith (real romance)
AUDIO: Canaan Smith admits he can be a real romantic.

Canaan Smith (real romance) OC: ...she needs. :21

“Oh, I’m definitely a romantic guy. I just, I have no problem buying her flowers and stuff like that, but I’d rather show her I love her just with taking her out on a cool date somewhere, being creative like that and…even though she’s the inspiration for a lot of my songs, I don’t get cheesy with it, you know what I’m saying? I try to make sure I’m coming home as the man that she needs.”


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While many of us are enjoying a sunny, sultry summer, Eric Church has his eyes set on the fall, when he hits the road to play songs like “Cold One” with his band on his new The Outsiders World Tour. “I’ve never been five months out from a tour and had the anticipation that I have for this one,” Eric tells us. Part of the reason for that – Eric’s really excited to be bringing Dwight Yoakam on tour with him! “I’m a huge Dwight Yoakam fan. I grew up listening to Dwight’s music,” Eric admits. “I wish it was September right now!”

Brothers Osborne, the duo that you know from their new hit. “Rum,” will also be along for the ride this fall.

The Outsiders World Tour kicks off September 11th in Bossier City, Louisiana. It’s currently slated to run through year’s end, wrapping in mid-December in Birmingham, Alabama.

AUDIO:Eric Church (anticipating new tour)
AUDIO: Eric Church shares his excitement about hitting the road this fall with Dwight Yoakam and Brothers Osborne along for the ride. 

Eric Church (anticipating new tour) OC: …right now! :21
“This time we’re…you know, I’m bringing Dwight Yoakam, you know, back with me. I’m a huge Dwight Yoakam fan. I grew up listening to Dwight’s music. And Brothers Osborne, a new band that’s out right now that I like a lot. So…[I’m] bringing both those guys with me. And, you know, it’s going to be – I can look forward to it, you know? I’ve never…I’ve never been five months out from a tour and had the anticipation that I have for this one. I wish it was September right now!”


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Keith Urban kicked off his Raise 'Em Up Tour last week, and on Saturday night (July 26th), he played Boston, Mass. The "Somewhere in My Car" singer sends his love and gratitude to all who came to the show!

VIDEO:Urban Chat: Video 91: Goodnight from Massachusetts!
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PHOTO: David Nail

Nashville, TN – This morning Rolling Stone Country announced MCA Recording and GRAMMY-nominated artist David Nail’s upcoming Fall tour titled the I’m A Fire Tour. The I’m A Fire Tour, aptly named after the Missouri native’s third studio album released earlier this year, will take the singer/songwriter to 20+ cities including New York, Boston, Denver, New Orleans and Cleveland. Tickets for the I’m A Fire Tour go on sale August 1. Visit Nail’s website for more details on points of purchase. Opening for the I’m A Fire Tour is Show Dog-Universal Music country duo Native Run.

No stranger to the road, Nail has toured non-stop for the past year. In the fall of 2013 Nail took to the road on an extensive 30+ city headlining tour to try out his new songs that would eventually make up his 2014 album
I’m A Fire. Upon the release of I’m A Fire in March; Nail went back out with his own headlining dates of 15+ cities with additional shows with Darius Rucker (True Believers Tour) and Lady Antebellum (Take Me Downtown Tour).

"It's so much fun to open up for big acts and know that there's going to be 5, 10, or even 15,000 people out there when you play, but it's always difficult to only play for 35 minutes," Nail tells Rolling Stone Country. "I've always felt like we benefit so much more when we can really lay back and play an entire 75 to 90 minute show. We can show the range of the past three records."

VIDEO:David Nail - "I'm A Fire Tour" Igniting This Fall

              CITY                           VENUE                                                   
9/11               Oxford, MS                 The Lyric Oxford                                          

9/12               New Orleans, LA        House of Blues                                             

9/24               Athens, GA                 Georgia Theatre                                           

9/26               Tallahassee, FL          The Moon                                                     

9/27               Orlando, FL                House of Blues                                             

10/9               Wichita, KS                 The Cotillion                                                 

10/10             Denver, CO                 Grizzly Rose                                                  

10/16             Tuscaloosa, AL          Jupiter Bar                                                    

10/17             Jacksonville, FL          Maverick’s                                                     

10/24             Columbia, MO            9th Street Summerfest                                  

10/26             Cincinnati, OH            Bogart’s                                                         

10/29             Springfield, MO          Gillioz Theatre                                              

10/30             Tulsa, OK                    Cain’s Ballroom                                            

10/31             San Antonio, TX         Aztec Theatre                                                           

11/6               Rocky Mount, VA       Harvester Performance Center                  

11/7               Sayreville, NJ              Starland Ballroom                                        

11/8               Boston, MA                House of Blues                                             

11/9               New York, NY            Irving Plaza                                                   

11/11             London, ON                London Concert Theater                            

11/13             Cleveland, OH            House of Blues                                             

11/14             Grand Rapids, MI      The Intersection                                           

11/15             Green Bay, WI           Meyer Theatre                             

More dates to be announced soon

In March, Nail released his third and most personal album to date titled
I’m A Fire. I’m A Fire, an album that Billboard calls “fiery” was produced by Frank Liddell, Chuck Ainlay and Glenn Worf and spawned the No. 1 massive hit and PLATINUM certified “Whatever She’s Got.” Nail’s follow-up to the hit is his current radio single, “Kiss You Tonight.”

Follow @DavidNail on Twitter: #ImAFire
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Photographer Credit – Jim Wright

PHOTO: I'm a Fire Tour poster

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