This summer, people are getting to know Sam Hunt thanks to the success of his debut hit, “Leave the Night On”…but the fact is, you likely already know Sam from his songwriting. Sam has co-written some of the biggest hits of the last couple of years, including Keith Urban’s “Cop Car,” Billy Currington’s latest, “We Are Tonight” and Kenny Chesney’s “Come Over." The Georgia native tells us his songwriting began after he bought and began teaching himself how to play guitar. “I started learning a few chords…learned a few country songs that I’d grown up listening to, and…then from there learned a few more chords,” Sam recalls. “From there, the progression simply continued – [I] expanded the songs that I knew how to play, and started singing. And then, as I learned a few songs and learned a few chords, from there I started writing.”
These days, you can find Sam headed for the Top 10…singing his own song, which he co-wrote.
AUDIO: Sam Hunt recalls learning to play guitar…and how that led him to singing and, eventually, songwriting.
Sam Hunt (learning to play guitar) OC: ...started writing. :22
"Well, I got a guitar and immediately went home and learned – started learning – a few chords. [I] took that little bit of knowledge of the guitar that I had and went and learned, you know, a few country songs that I’d grown up listening to, and…then from there learned a few more chords…and sort of expanded the songs that I knew how to play, and…started singing. And then, as I learned a few songs and learned a few chords, from there I started writing.”
Have you heard newcomer Joey Hyde’s debut hit, “Get It On”? If you haven’t, well, you need to check it out. And don’t let the title give you any preconceived ideas – Joey’s the first to admit, the song comes with no pretense. “There’s no metaphors in it. We’re not hiding anything,” he says with a laugh. “This song’s about getting your friends together and drinking in the backyard.” Joey, who grew up in Michigan and moved to Nashville several years ago, wrote the song with a couple of his friends…and it sounds like he’s lived the lyrics. As he explains, it’s a simple as, “Back porch…fill up the cooler…when it’s gone, you go to bed.” Sounds like a good summertime strategy to us!
Joey’s currently working on his debut album; “Get It On” is the first release from that upcoming project.
AUDIO: Newcomer Joey Hyde talks about his debut hit, “Get It On.”
Joey Hyde (Get It On) OC: ...go to bed. [laughs] :13
“There’s no metaphors in it. We’re not hiding anything. This song’s about getting your friends together and drinking in the backyard. It’s pretty cut, pretty clear. Back porch…fill up the cooler…when it’s gone, you go to bed [laughs].”
Lady Antebellum’s latest hit, “Bartender,” is definitely striking a chord with fans – it’s already reached the Top 10 and is still climbing. You can count Lady A’s Hillary Scott among those who really like what the song is all about. “I love the fact that she (the woman in the song) is…taking control of her heartbreak,” Hillary says. “She’s going to go out with her friends and just have a night to just forget about what this dude just did to her…taking the reins a little bit of the situation, and just kind of getting over it.” Hillary had a hand is telling this story even before you heard it – she co-wrote “Bartender” along with bandmates Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood and songwriter Rodney Clawson.
“Bartender” is the first sample of what’s to come on Lady A’s new album, 747, which is being released on September 30th.
Lady A (Hillary on Bartender) OC: …fun way :29
“I love the fact that she’s not just…it’s not this song about her just…‘My heart’s been ripped out. I’m so sad. He broke my heart, He did me wrong.’ It’s like she’s taking control of her heartbreak and is, like…going out, going with her friends. It’s not about going and rebounding with some other guy. It’s like she’s going to go out with her friends and just have a night to just forget about what this dude just did to her. And I just – I love that, as a woman, kind of taking the reins of the situation, and just kind of getting over it. In a fun way.” AUDIO: Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott talks about the group’s latest hit, “Bartender.”
Dierks Bentley has spent his share of time on the road – whether “on a plane” or a tour bus. And after all these years of being a road warrior, he’s managed to boil down his absolute “must have” items to a pretty concise list. “You’ve got to have cold beer,” he says, and that means “You’ve got to have ice [and] you’ve got to have a red solo cup.” The rest of Dierks’ list is pretty basic – sunglasses and a trucker’s cap. Equipped with all that, he’s “good-to-go” and ready to bring his Riser Tour to a city near you!
Dierks’ latest hit from his Riser album – “Drunk On a Plane” – is rising toward the top of the charts, continuing its climb through the top 10 this week.
AUDIO: Dierks Bentley runs down a list of “must haves” that he can’t hit the road without.
Dierks Bentley (must haves on the road) OC: …all I need. :09
“I’ve got some pretty normal ‘must haves.’ I mean, you’ve got to have cold beer…which means you’ve got to have ice. You’ve got to have a red solo cup. Sunglasses are good. Trucker hat. That’s all I need.”
LAS VEGAS (July 21, 2014) – Not many performers have impacted Las Vegas quite like Shania Twain, including a ride down the famed Las Vegas Strip with a stampede of horses to bringing her legendary country-glamour to fans around the world, but today Shania announced the end of her two-year residency SHANIA: STILL THE ONE at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace with the final show set for Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014.
In addition to the just-announced final 16 performances, fans can catch SHANIA: STILL THE ONE at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace now through July 26, 2014.
“At the beginning of this amazing journey, through the rediscovery for my love of performing, I knew the stage would feel like home, but it turned out that Las Vegas itself became ‘home’," said Shania. “Performing for fans who come from all over the world to see the show night-after-night warms my heart. I started the first international Shania Kids Can clubhouse in Las Vegas because I love this city, and my time here has given me more than anyone can ever know. I can’t thank Las Vegas enough.”
Shania will have performed close to 110 shows during the course of her two years at The Colosseum which began on Dec. 1, 2012. Shania was also recently named “Best Resident Performer” in the Las Vegas Weekly’s annual “Best of Vegas 2014” issue.
“Shania Twain truly is Still the One. Her greatest-hits show is glitz and glamor and heavily incorporates the audience. She’s active in the community... She’s everything one could ask for in a Strip headliner.” – Las Vegas Weekly
SHANIA: STILL THE ONE is a concert celebration that takes fans on a spectacular journey through the various stages of Shania's life and career in an unforgettable evening filled with music, multi-sensory experiences, fashion and a few unexpected surprises. Produced by AEG Live and directed by Raj Kapoor, the show also features creative expertise from Production Designer Michael Cotten, Costumier Marc Bouwer and Lighting Designer Peter Morse.
The spectacular, high-energy production is a compilation of Shania’s most celebrated hits including “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!,” “You’re Still The One,” and “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” and features a 13-piece band and six male dancers. The high-tech production incorporates some unexpected surprises including multi-scent show projectors, a new 4D multisensory technology that has never been used before in a concert setting.
Tickets for Oct. 8 through Dec. 13, 2014 are on sale now and include:
Oct.: 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18, 21, 24, 25
Dec.: 6, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13
Tickets are currently on-sale for the below July performances: July: 22, 23, 25, 26
Prices range from $55 to $250, plus applicable fees, and may be purchased by calling 1-888-9-AXS-TIX (1-888-929-7849), online at www.thecolosseum.com
, keyword “Shania Twain” and in person at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Box Office, open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. PT. For groups of 10 or more, call 1-866-574-3851. For additional show and ticket information, visit www.shaniainvegas.com
or follow updates from The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Twitter @Colosseum@CP.
Joey Hyde just released his debut single, "Get It On," and he's traveling around the country performing it, along with several songs that will be included on his first Capitol Records album, due out next year. In the latest video installment of his get-to-know-Joey series, he gives you a little insight into his personality. Check it out below.
Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum and Eric Church with special guest Lzzy Hale, have been added to the list of performers for this year’s CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock television special. They’re joined by Blake Shelton with Gwen Sebastian, Florida Georgia Line and Brantley Gilbert for the show, airing August 5th at 8pm ET on ABC.
Hosted for the second year by reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town, the special was filmed during the sold-out CMA Music Festival in June. The annual conclave is a four-day party celebrating America’s music in the epicenter of the format, Nashville.
Previously announced performers include Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban, Jason Aldean, Hunter Hayes, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell, The Band Perry and Carrie Underwood.
Ever wonder how a song originated? Luke Bryan takes you behind-the-scenes of how Michael Carter and Cole Swindell came up with the idea of "Roller Coaster" in the latest episode of LBTV.
Keith Urban fans in Australia are able to catch him performing his latest single, “Somewhere in My Car,” while he’s on tour in the States on his Raise ‘Em Up Tour. It’s part of a virtual hologram tour Down Under and is set to travel to various cities over the next few weeks.
Little Big Town will join The Voice this season as battle round advisors for Blake Shelton, according to NBC.
Stevie Nicks will advise Adam Levine’s team, while Gavin Rossdale will be assigned to his wife, Gwen Stefani’s team. The advisor for Pharrell Williams has yet to be announced.
Season 7 of The Voice will premiere September 22nd at 8pm ET on NBC.
Little Big Town’s latest single, “Day Drinking,” is making its way up the charts. It’s the first release from the band’s forthcoming album, Pain Killer, which arrives in stores October 21st.
In a last minute decision, Lauren Alaina decides she wants to go skydiving! She went for the first time with a tandem instructor from the Chattanooga Skydiving Company. Check it all out in the video below.
Brothers Osborne released their first ever music video for their single, “Rum,” which was directed by Peter Zavadil (Eric Church, Kip Moore, Lady Antebellum, Justin Moore). The brothers returned to their hometown of Deale, Maryland to film the music video, which also featured their family members and longtime friends.
“’Rum’ is about being in paradise no matter where you are,” says John Osborne. “And to us, Deale was our own little blue collar paradise.”
The Brothers, TJ and John, wrote “Rum” with fellow Nashville songwriter Barry Dean. Rolling Stone also listed Brothers Osborne as one of 10 Artists You Need To Know.
Brothers Osborne will be on tour with Eric Church this fall on Church’s The Outsiders World Tour. Dates listed below.
Sept. 11 Bossier City, LA CenturyLink Center
Sept. 13 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center
Sept. 16 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
Sept. 17 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena
Sept. 18 Omaha, NB CenturyLink Center
Sept. 25 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
Sept. 26 Charleston, WV Charleston Civic Center
Sept. 27 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
Oct. 9 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
Oct. 10 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
Oct. 11 Pittsburgh, PA Consol Energy Center
For a full list of Brothers Osborne tour dates and appearances, visit Brothers Osborne’s website.
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AUDIO: Brothers Osborne returned to their hometown of Deale, Maryland to shoot the video for their current single, “Rum.”
Bros. Osborne (Rum video) OC: …emulate that. :30
“We went back to our hometown of Deale, Maryland, just to kind of give people a little bird’s eye view of what it’s like where we come from. A lot of people are confused that we got into country music being from Maryland, and they don’t realize how country it is up there. So, we wanted people to kind of see that, and we also wanted people to realize what really the perspective of ‘Rum’ was, which wasn’t sitting on the beach. It was about really from the perspective of being in our hometown which is very blue collar, a lot of people who don’t have money to go to the beach, so they kind of make their own little moments and their own paradise. And so, we just really wanted to emulate that.”