Keith Urban is back as a judge for his third season of American Idol, which begins airing after the first of the year. He, along with Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Ryan Seacrest (as host), are currently crisscrossing the country for the audition process. Last year’s judges’ panel seemed to really click and they all became friends, and Keith says it feels like no time has passed since they were behind the desks. The “Somewhere in My Car” singer has also noticed some great talent coming through this year.

“This season, I think we’re finding some really strong talent,” says Keith. “It’s all [in] the journey. You find these diamonds in the rough, or sometimes you just find straight-out [snaps] diamonds, and I love watching the journey of them.”

Keith is nominated for four CMA Awards this year, including Entertainer, Male Vocalist, Album of the Year for Fuse and Musical Event of the Year for “We Were Us” with Miranda Lambert. The 48th Annual CMA Awards will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena November 4th at 8pm ET

AUDIO:Keith Urban (American Idol auditions 2014)
AUDIO: Keith Urban gives us an update on this year’s talent that is coming through the audition process of American Idol.

Keith Urban (American Idol auditions 2014) OC: …great moments. :39
“Well, it felt like we never stopped. I think when we first met here in Nashville, and I hadn’t seen Harry or Jen and Ryan for a month, I guess. It felt like no time had passed at all, and boom, we’re back behind the desk and people are singing in front of us, and it was like, ‘Whoa! What the…’ It’s so fluid working with them, working with all of them. And this season, I think we’re finding some really strong talent. So, I think it’s, it’s all [in] the journey. You find these diamonds-in-the-rough, or sometimes you just find straight-out [snaps] diamonds, and I love watching the journey of them, and then looking their audition tapes a few months down the track, going, ‘What the hell was I wearing? What was I thinking?’ Those are great moments.”

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NASHVILLE, TN - October 20, 2014 - CMA "New Artist Of The Year" nominee Kip Moore's CMT On Tour: Up In Smoke lit up a packed house at the historic Ryman Auditorium this past Friday.  With fans and industry in attendance, Moore thrilled the audience playing a searing set list that included "a slew of hits" (Tennessean) and a rousing encore with surprise guest Jewel capping off the night.

The show was one of three sold-out dates this weekend including stops in Chattanooga, TN and Charlotte, NC.  As Moore continues "carving his own niche in country music..." (Chicago Sun Times), the tour will pick back up this weekend with stops in Tulsa, OK (10/23), Ft Worth, TX (10/24) and Helotes, TX (10/25.)  For a full list of dates and ticket information, please visit
Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes


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NASHVILLE – “The 48th Annual CMA Awards” will present genre-crossing duet performances by Ariana Grande and Meghan Trainor who will perform with Little Big Town and Miranda Lambert respectively. “Pretty Little Liars” actress and DMG Nashville recording artist Lucy Hale will be joining the evening as a presenter live, Wednesday, Nov. 5 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on the ABC Television Network.

Hosted for the seventh consecutive year by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, Country Music’s Biggest Night™ will also feature superstar performances by Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw, Kacey Musgraves, Paisley, Blake Shelton, The Band Perry, Underwood, and Keith Urban.

Grande will be joining two-time CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town for an on-air collaboration. Within less than a year, Grande captured No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 twice—first with her Republic Records debut Yours Truly and also with its 2014 follow-up My Everything.

Trainor will team up with nine-time nominee and reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Lambert. This dynamic duo’s performance of Trainor’s “All About That Bass” is sure to be a must see moment. Singer/songwriter Trainor has written songs for such stars as Rascal Flatts before skyrocketing to success with her international hit “All About That Bass,” which has topped the Billboard Hot 100 for the past six weeks.

While Hale made her mark early on as an actress, best known for her role on the hit ABC Family drama "Pretty Little Liars," music was always her first love. The Memphis born and bred singer’s debut album, Road Between, was released by DMG Nashville on June 3 and features her brand new single, "Lie A Little Better." Hale will also be performing on “CMA Country Christmas,” a two-hour special airing Monday, Dec. 1 (8:00-10:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Winners of “The 48th Annual CMA Awards” will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible voting members of the Country Music Association. CMA Awards balloting is officiated by the international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends Monday, Oct. 27 (5:00 PM/CT).


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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 20, 2014) Country superstar Alan Jackson rings in 2015 with the continuation of the multi-faceted 25th anniversary celebration and the launch of his 25th Anniversary KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY TOUR. Sponsored by Kubota Tractor Corporation, the tour kicks off in Fort Myers (Estero), FL on January 8 and will culminate at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver (Morrison), CO on May 17, 2015. Joining Jackson on his KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY TOUR will be Capitol Records Nashville’s Jon Pardi and Grammy/CMA/ACM nominated hit singer/songwriter Brandy Clark.

Alan Jackson’s 25th Anniversary KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY TOUR will be a memorable celebration for his longtime fans as well as legions of new fans who are discovering his music through the many songs that have withstood the test of time and influenced many new artists of today like the tour’s special guests Jon Pardi and Brandy Clark. Fans will hear the songs they love from the man who wrote them and made them famous including his massive debut hit, “Here In The Real World” to “Chattahoochee,” “Drive,” “Gone Country,” the summertime party-anthems “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” and “Good Time,” and many, many more.

Alan Jackson’s 25th Anniversary KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY TOUR:

JAN 08           Fort Myers (Estero), FL                   Germain Arena

JAN 09           Tampa, FL                                        USF Sun Dome

FEB 20           San Diego, CA                                 Valley View Casino Center

FEB 21           Laughlin, NV                                     Laughlin Events Center

FEB 27           Los Angeles, CA                              Nokia Theatre LA Live

FEB 28           Phoenix, AZ                                       Ak-Chin Pavilion

MAR 06          Dallas (Grand Prairie), TX              Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie

MAR 27          Augusta, GA                                      James Brown Arena

MAR 28          Greenville, SC                                    Bon Secours Wellness Arena

APR 09          Wilmington, NC                                   Cape Fear Community College

APR 17          Kansas City (Independence), MO    Independence Events Center

APR 18          Enid, OK                                                Enid Event Center

APR 24          Roanoke, VA                                       Civic Center Auditorium

MAY 01           Sioux City, IA                                      Tyson Events Center

MAY 02           Brookings, SD                                     Swiftel Center

MAY 08           Green Bay, WI                                     Resch Center

MAY 09           Bloomington, IL                                    US Cellular Coliseum

MAY 16           Salt Lake City (West Valley City), UT        USANA Amphitheatre

MAY 17           Denver (Morrison), CO                               Red Rocks Amphitheatre


More dates may be added soon.

Jackson’s tour is an extension of the already year-long 25th anniversary celebration which kicked off this summer with the opening of his exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin’ It Country, which will run through March 2015. This month the multi-platinum selling Grammy winner is also playing two record-breaking sold out shows at the Country Music Hall of Fame’s CMA Theater making him the first simultaneous artist-in-residence and major museum exhibit subject.

Tickets and information for all KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY TOUR dates will be available via local outlets and by visiting, where you can find information about Alan, his tour schedule, music and more

About Alan Jackson

In his 25-year career, Jackson has been steadfast in his love for traditional music while enjoying major chart success.  Since signing his record deal in June 1989, he has sold nearly 60 million albums worldwide and ranks as one of the 10 best-selling country artists of all-time. He has released more than 60 singles—registering 50 Top Ten hits and 35 #1s (including 26 Billboard #1s).  He has earned more than 150 music industry awards—including 18 Academy of Country Music Awards, 16 Country Music Association Awards, a pair of Grammys and ASCAP’s Founders and Golden Note Awards.  He is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry.

Alan Jackson is one of the most successful and respected singer-songwriters in music.  He is in the elite company of Paul McCartney and John Lennon among songwriters who’ve written more than 20 songs that they’ve recorded and taken to the top of the charts.  Jackson is one of the best-selling artists since the inception of SoundScan, ranking alongside the likes of Eminem and Metallica.  

About Jon Pardi

California native and Capitol Records Nashville rising country star Jon Pardi released his debut album, Write You A Song, on Jan. 14, 2014.  The Los Angeles Times calls Write You A Song “one of the year's best country albums.” The release features his Gold-certified Top 10 tune “Up All Night,” along with hits “What I Can’t Put Down,” “Missin’ You Crazy” and his brand new “When I’ve Been Drinkin.’” Pardi has a laid back, fun-loving approach towards life and it comes through in his music and his raucous live show. His charisma and authenticity strike a chord with county audiences, as he wins over fans one-by-one and show-by-show.

Pardi’s sound is undeniably country — paying homage to some of his musical heroes such as Dwight Yoakam, George Strait and Alan Jackson.  Discovering his ability for performance back at the tender age of three when he sang ALABAMA, Alan Jackson and Hank Williams, Jr. karaoke with his grandmother, Pardi has since shared the stage with Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church and many more of today’s hottest country artists.  For additional information, visit

About Brandy Clark

Brandy Clark’s debut album, 12 Stories, was named the best album of 2013 in any genre by New York Magazine’s Jody Rosen, New York Post’s Michaelangelo Matos, NPR’s Ann Powers, Slate, and Boston Globe’s Sarah Rodman. The album was the No. 2 record for Fresh Air’s Ken Tucker and a top 10 choice for Los Angeles Times’ Randall Roberts and The New Yorker’s Sasha Frere-Jones, among many others. She earned two 2014 CMA nominations (one for New Artist of the Year, the other for Song of the Year for co-writing Kacey Musgraves’ hit “Follow Your Arrow” with Musgraves and Shane McAnally), won the 2014 Music Row Breakthrough Artist Award, and toured with Eric Church and Jennifer Nettles. She also opened for Loretta Lynn at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. When reviewing 12 Stories, Randy Lewis of the Los Angeles Times wrote, “This is the country debut of the year.” Rolling Stone’s Will Hermes noted, “Her debut is all airtight craftsmanship, sly wit and precise detailing that treats mainstream style like artisanal fast food.” New York Magazine’s Rosen remarked, “She’s a brisk, vivid, witty storyteller; her tunes unfold in old-fashioned weepers and chugging honkytonk, with fiddles, pedal steel, and vocal harmonies driving home the punch lines and pathos,” while NPR’s Powers called her “A storyteller of the highest caliber.” Hitfix’s Melinda Newman wrote that Clark was “the best new artist country radio isn’t playing” and that 12 Stories “made almost every music critics’ best of 2013 list for its heart, wit, smart wordplay, and Clark’s expressive vocals.”

Clark was nominated for her first GRAMMY Award earlier this year for Best Country Song for “Mama’s Broken Heart,” (a song she co-wrote with McAnally and Musgraves) which Miranda Lambert took to No. 1. That song also earned Clark her first CMA and ACM nominations, both for Song of the Year. She also wrote The Band Perry’s No. 1 hit “Better Dig Two” with McAnally and Trevor Rosen. Other artists to record her songs include Sheryl Crow, Reba McEntire, Kacey Musgraves, LeAnn Rimes, Darius Rucker, Keith Urban, Gretchen Wilson, and more. For more information visit

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AUDIO: Jon Pardi is so excited about joining Alan Jackson on the road, as is his mother, Shelly.

Jon Pardi (AJ tour) 1 OC: …Chattahoochie, I mean. 1:03
“When I found out that I was going to be on tour with Alan and on the middle slot – which is a huge deal for us because we’ve always been the 20 minute guys; like, ‘Alright-see you later. We played five songs, and we’re out.’ So, that’s really my first middle slot – when you have an opener, then you got the middle and you have the headliner. My manager was totally egging it on, like, ‘Oh yeah. We got a middle slot.’ I was like, ‘With who?’ He said, ‘Are you ready?’ He was like, ‘Alan Jackson.’ I was like, ‘ALAN JACKSON? Are you serious? You’re joking, right? There’s no way. I mean, it’s Alan Jackson!’ And then it dawns on you. You’re so excited and you’re jumping up and down, you can’t tell everybody. I called my mom, of course. She started ccrying. ‘Alan Jackson! You don’t know how much we listen to Alan Jackson! I love Alan Jackson!’ She started going off, and any time she thinks of a George Strait or Alan Jackson, she thinks of my grandmother that we all [loved]. She influenced me, and she was always singing for all of my family, you know, ‘Don’t Rock the Jukebox’ or Chattahoochee,’ I mean.” 



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NASHVILLE TN (MONDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2014) – Newest inducted members of the Grand Ole Opry, Little Big Town, prepares for what will be a busy release schedule for their sixth studio album Pain Killer, in stores Oct. 21. The foursome will wrap up their mentoring session with good friend Blake Shelton on “The Voice” (10/20, 10/21); stop by “Good Morning America” (10/21) for a live performance; broadcast live (8pm eastern) from the iHeart Radio Theatre in New York for iHeart Radio Country Live! (10/22),  “The View” (10/23), and will wrap up by making a stop on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (10/30) for an exciting performance with The Roots.  

In addition to the heavy TV schedule, Little Big Town will be performing an album release concert in NYC the night of Oct. 21 at the Best Buy Theater. Fans can expect a full run-through of Pain Killer and also fan favorites such as “Boondocks,” “Pontoon,” and “Tornado.” 

Early buzz surrounding the release of Pain Killer includes rave reviews from Rolling Stone Country calling it “…perhaps the best album the group has released…” and “ABC News Radio” who says “The material is daring, and Little Big Town’s vocal performances remain unmatched…destined to be a favorite…” To pre-order Pain Killer click here:  

Little Big Town will launch The Pain Killer Tour on November 8th in Youngstown, OH with openers Brett Eldredge and Brothers Osborne.  For more information on tour dates and album release activity visit

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Sam Hunt’s debut single, “Leave the Night On,” has climbed into the Top 3 and poised to hit the top of the charts, and it couldn’t be better timing with the release of his debut album, Montevallo, next week (October 27th). Sam explains “Leave the Night On” is a good representation of the album.

“‘Leave the Night On’ is a song that sort of represents the album as a whole,” says Sam. “I feel like it captures all of the elements in one song. As far as a song that could represent what the whole album is about, I think that’s just a good choice.”

Sam is on the road with Kip Moore and Charlie Worsham on the CMT On Tour: Up in Smoke. Their next stop is Thursday (October 23rd).

AUDIO:Sam Hunt (Leave the Night On represents album)
AUDIO: Sam Hunt says his debut single, “Leave the Night On,” is a good representation of the rest of his album.

Sam Hunt (Leave the Night On represents album) OC: …the project. :15
“‘Leave the Night On’ is a song that sort of represents the album as a whole. I feel like it captures all of the elements in one song. As far as a song that could represent what the whole album is about, I think that’s just a good choice. It’s a good front of the boat for the project.”

VIDEO:Sam Hunt - Leave The Night On
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - (Oct. 17, 2014) – The critically acclaimed Grammy®-winning vocal group Little Big Town (Karen Fairchild, Phillip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman and Jimi Westbrook) were formally inducted into the Grand Ole Opry this evening by Opry members Little Jimmy Dickens and Vince Gill. The group had been invited to join the Opry on October 3rd by Opry member and friend Reba McEntire. The night marked a major milestone for the group whose first-ever public performance together was on the Opry in 1999.

The group opened its set with a performance of its hit “Bring it On Home,” hearkening back to its Opry debut. On that night, as the members recalled backstage, they had been accompanied by only a borrowed guitar. After the group’s performance of the smash “Boondocks,” Dickens and Gill took the stage along with Opry Vice President and General Manager Pete Fisher to present the group with its Opry Member Award.

“The word ‘family’ really means something out here. It really does,” Gill said to the group. “You’ll make friends like I have with this man right here,” he continued, nodding to Dickens. “You’ll be so be blessed by the friends you’ll make out here, and they’ll last your entire life. Welcome to the family, and remember to come here as often as you can.”

After the group shared its thanks to the Opry, family members, friends, and others who’d helped make its Opry dream come true, the members invited Gill to join them on their final song of the night, the Kris Kristofferson classic “Why Me.” “Welcome them home!” Gill cheered before a standing ovation sold out audience.


Backstage, group members reflected on having grown up with the Opry and on its importance to their music. “This feels like the biggest moment of our lives and our career,” Schlapman said.

“I’m so excited about sharing this moment with the band,” Fairchild added. “We’ve been through the highest of highs together, and this is sure to be the highest. This is as good as it gets.”

Sweet reflected on everyone at the Opry having embraced the group over the years. “It feels like home,” he said. “It’s family.”

“There’s nothing like walking those halls backstage,” added Westbrook, later sharing amazement with the other members that the group’s name would be added to the Opry Member Gallery at the Opry House backstage entrance.

About Little Big Town
Critically acclaimed Country group, Little Big Town – consisting of members Karen Fairchild, Phillip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman, and Jimi Westbrook – first entered the music scene more than 15 years ago with hits such as “Boondocks,” “Bring It On Home,” “Good As Gone” and Grammy-nominated single “Little White Church.”  The quartet’s fifth studio album Tornado was released on September 11, 2012 and debuted at the top of the Billboard Country Chart where it stayed for five consecutive weeks.  The album has been certified Platinum with sales of more than 1 million copies and features #1 hits “Pontoon” and “Tornado.”

Collectively, the group has earned more than 25 award show nominations and has taken home the award for ACM Top New Vocal Group, CMA Single of the Year (“Pontoon”), CMA Vocal Group of the Year (2012 and 2013), ACM Vocal Group of the Year, ACM Video of the Year (“Tornado”), a Grammy Award for Best Country Group/Duo Performance (“Pontoon”) and an Emmy award (Outstanding Original Song-“Good Afternoon”).

Little Big Town recently completed their sixth studio album working again with producer Jay Joyce. The first single off of the new album entitled “Day Drinking” is quickly climbing the Country radio charts.  The album, entitled Pain Killer, is set for release on October 21.

For more information on Little Big Town please visit

About the Grand Ole Opry
The Grand Ole Opry® is presented by Humana®.  Opry performances are held every Friday and Saturday of the year, and the Tuesday Night Opry continues through December 16.  To plan an Opry visit, call (800) SEE-OPRY or visit The Opry presents the best in country music live every week from Nashville, Tenn.  Celebrating nearly nine decades of entertainment, the Opry can be heard at and, Opry and WSM mobile apps, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and its flagship home, 650 AM-WSM. The Grand Ole Opry is owned by Ryman Hospitality Properties (NYSE: RHP).  For more information, visit

AUDIO:LBT (becoming Opry members)
AUDIO: Little Big Town describe what it means to be members of the Grand Ole Opry.

LBT (becoming Opry members) OC: …way, you know? :54
PHILLIP: “My first feeling is it just feels like a family, and I feel like we’re being welcomed into a small family. It’s not like everyone’s invited as members of the Opry. It’s a small group of people, and it’s such an honor. I have such good warm feelings when I think about coming to play the Opry. It feels like home. It’s like family when you come here. It’s heartwarming.” JIMI: “It is. There’s nothing like walking these halls through here. From the very first time we ever came in here, it’s magical. You walk through and see all those pictures and the history and the tradition.” KAREN: “We feel a responsibility for that, to keep it going.” JIMI: “It means something. It really does.” KAREN: “And to preserve that reverence. I think it’s serious, you know? And we feel a great responsibility to carry on the tradition. It feels super serious in the most amazing way, you know?”

AUDIO:LBT (full circle moment)
AUDIO: Little Big Town’s first public performance was at the Grand Ole Opry May 1999, and they explain how it is a full circle moment.

LBT (full circle moment) OC: (Phillip) …borrowed guitar. :14
PHILLIP: “This is so full circle for us. This was the first place that we ever played in front of human beings in a public way. We didn’t have a band. We didn’t have any musicians, just us, and here we are tonight.” JIMI: “And one borrowed guitar.” [laughs] PHILLIP: “Yes! One borrowed guitar.”

AUDIO:LBT (Opry best night)
AUDIO: Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild says through all of their ups and downs

LBT (Opry best night) OC: ...for sure. :31
"It's incredible that a band that stepped on this stage for the first time and then got a record deal then lost a record deal, then got a record deal, then lost a record deal,  and then had a great record and then the label folded, and then made another record. It's such a crazy story. We've had babies together and all these incredible moments. So, standing up here tonight, I know we're gonna look down at each other and it's gonna be as good as it gets, for sure."


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Eric Church is climbing the country charts with his latest single, “Talladega,” which is from his CMA-nominated album, The Outsiders.

The song, while making reference to the famed NASCAR track, isn’t about car racing, but about life itself and some golden care-free moments that you had and still look back at with joy and wistfulness.

“When you see the [title of] the song, you think it’s about racing, but it’s not,” says Eric. “It’s about guys having an experience built around a town. When I hear the song in my head, I see that. I can envision that movie is playing in my head when I hear that song.”

Eric is nominated for four CMA Awards, including Male Vocalist, Album (for The Outsiders) and Single and Song of the Year for “Give Me Back My Hometown,” which he wrote with Luke Laird (also the co-writer on “Talladega”). Eric won his first CMA Award in 2012 for Album of the Year for Chief. The 48th Annual CMA Awards will be broadcast live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena November 5th at 8pm on ABC.

AUDIO:Eric Church (Talladega)
AUDIO: Eric Church talks about the song, “Talladega,” from his new album, The Outsiders.

Eric Church (Talladega) OC: …hear that song. :13
“When you see the [title of] the song, you think it’s about racing, but it’s not. It’s about guys having an experience built around a town. When I hear the song in my head, I see that. I can envision that movie is playing in my head when I hear that song.”

AUDIO:LINER Eric Church (Talladega)
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The release of Little Big Town’s latest album, Pain Killer, is just days away, and the band just hopes that folks love it as much as they do.

“I love this record so much. It is more than I could have ever hoped or dreamed,” says LBT’s Karen Fairchild. “When we started, it was a painful process this time. I don’t know why…. it was a good process. It just wasn’t as easy as the other one.”

Bandmate Jimi Westbrook agrees. “We had to work on it. Put in the time and the work and the effort,” he says. “It’s always good, and it makes you appreciate it on the other side a lot. I’m with her. I just hope people love it and embrace it because I feel really good about it.

The album, which features their latest hit “Day Drinking,” follows up their platinum album, Tornado, which yielded the band awards and their first two No. 1 songs.

Little Big Town, who will become members of the Grand Ole Opry on Friday (October 16th), are set to release Pain Killer on Tuesday (October 21st).

AUDIO:LBT (hopes for Pain Killer)
AUDIO: The members of Little Big Town talk about their hopes for their new album, Pain Killer.

LBT (hopes for Pain Killer) OC: (JIMI) …good about it. 1:00

KAREN: “I just hope people love it as much as we do because we love it. I love this record so much. It is more than I could have ever hoped or dreamed. When we started it was a painful process this time. I don’t know why. It has its own personality, busyness.” PHILLIP: It was a transformational kind of record because we went through that and we went through that midway through little transformation and kind of came out the other side. I think after ‘Tumble and Fall,’ it started feeling differently.” KAREN: “It’s true. It was good – it was a good process. It just wasn’t as easy as the other one.JIMI: We had to work on it. Put in the time and the work and the effort. It’s always good, and it makes you appreciate it on the other side a lot. I’m with her. I just hope people love it and embrace it because I feel really good about it.

AUDIO:LBT (hopes for Pain Killer) 2
AUDIO: CUT 30: Little Big Town’s Phillip Sweet talks about his hopes for Pain Killer.

LBT (hopes for Pain Killer) 2 OC: …test of time. :24

PHILLIP: “Winning awards and having success, commercial success with Tornado, I think, gave us a bigger platform, and for me, I hope that platform – I’m really proud that we made Painkiller, because it’s the best thing we’ve ever done and that we have a platform to share it on is amazing. So, I think we wanted to step up to the challenge and know there’s a great platform here, what are we going to put on it? And we wanted something to stand the test of time.”

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VIDEO:Eric Church Talladega on Tonight Show
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Billy Currington and Sam Hunt celebrated the No. 1 success of the song “We Are Tonight” at a party in Nashville on Wednesday (October 15th). Billy recorded the tune, which was written by Sam Hunt, who is also enjoying success on the charts with “Leave the Night On.”

Before Luke Bryan was a household name, he wrote the No. 1 hit, “Good Directions,” also recorded by Billy, who seems to have a knack for finding talented singer-songwriters.

“It’s really nice first of all to connect with the new writers and new artists in Nashville,” says Billy. “I’ve been here quite a few years now and when I hear great voices like Luke Bryan and Sam [Hunt], I never can believe that they never keep the song.” Billy also got his start writing songs for other people, such as George Strait, Tracy Byrd and Marty Raybon.

Billy is getting ready to hit the airwaves with his new single, “Don’t It.”

AUDIO:Billy Currington (finding talented singer songwriters)
AUDIO: Prior to the No. 1 party for “We Are Tonight,” Billy Currington, who cut the Luke Bryan-penned “Good Directions,” talks about finding talented writers/artists, such as Sam Hunt.

Billy Currington (finding talented singer-songwriters) OC: …very special. :
“I mean, it’s really nice first of all to connect with the new writers and new artists in Nashville, I mean, I’ve been here quite a few years now and when I hear great voices like Luke Bryan and Sam [Hunt], I always question, I never can believe that they never keep the song. But then I revert back to the time when I first moved to town, and all I ever wanted to do was sing. It wasn’t too much about writing, but just started writing a lot and fell into it. Got into a position to where do I keep these songs for another five years until I get a record deal or start pitching them? So, I decided to start pitching them, and started getting cuts. I don’t know, just the relationships I gained with the artists that cut my song(s). It was very special.”

AUDIO:Sam Hunt (writing We Are Tonight)
AUDIO: Sam Hunt talks about writing “We Are Tonight.”

Sam Hunt (writing We Are Tonight) OC: …kept going. :20
“We were writing a different song, and then took a little break and came back and I remember singing the little ‘Whoa/Whoa part,’ and I think, Josh, started chanting the ‘We Are Tonight’ part, and that was inspiring enough to know just that little piece combined that we were onto something, so we just sort of kept going.”

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