SAM HUNT HUNTS FOR GHOSTS. (VIDEO)    10/31/14
VIDEO:Sam Hunt // Out In It // Ghost Hunters
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CMA AWARDS 2014: Luke Bryan (AUDIO)    10/31/14

Luke Bryan has three nominations, including Entertainer, Male Vocalist and Album of the Year for Crash My Party, going into Wednesday night’s CMA Awards. Just a few years ago, he was chomping at the bit to be able to even perform on the show, and this year, he was the first one to be asked to participate.

“I just truly love going to awards shows, having the opportunity to perform and be on TV and having nominations. What an honor. What an amazing situation, and to be asked. You know, not long ago, I would’ve chopped my leg off to be performing on these awards shows, and now I’m in the situation where I’m one of the first artists that gets asked to perform, and I’m so proud of that spot in my career.”

Luke will release his new single, “I See You,” on Monday (November 3rd).

AUDIO:Luke Bryan (CMA Awards 2014)
AUDIO: Luke Bryan talks about how flattered he is to be nominated in three categories at this year’s CMA Awards.

Luke Bryan (CMA 2014) OC: …It’s fun. :48
“For me to get nominations is very flattering and amazing and to be up for Album and Male Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year – I love it. I don’t take it for granted. I just truly love going to awards shows, having the opportunity to perform and be on TV and having nominations. What an honor. What an amazing situation, and to be asked. You know, not long ago, I would’ve chopped my leg off to be performing on these awards shows, and now I’m in the situation where I’m one of the first artists that gets asked to perform, and I’m so proud of that spot in my career. It’s fun.”

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CMA AWARDS 2014: Lady Antebellum (AUDIO)    10/31/14

The members of Lady Antebellum really want to win the CMA Award for Group of the Year on Wednesday (November 5th). “This could be another big pat on the back if we could win that award again,” says Lady A’s Charles Kelley. “We’ve worked really hard, and we really did have to push the reset button, and we worked as hard as we have in years on this record, and writing. I think if we were able to win that, it’s going to feel really sweet.”

“I just think it’s such an iconic show that that performance of ‘Love Don’t Live Here Anymore’ for us was such a pivotal moment for us as a band early on,” says Dave Haywood. “We thought that was one of the big, when you ask one of those moments when you felt like you made it, performing ‘Love Don’t Live Here’ on the CMAs for the very first time, felt like this moment of like, ‘Wow!’”

Lady Antebellum are also up for Music Video of the Year for “Bartender.”

The CMA Awards will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena 7 p.m. Wednesday on ABC.

AUDIO: Lady Antebellum won the CMA Vocal Group of the Year award 2009, 2010 and 2011 hope to pick up that award again.

Lady Antebellum (CMA hopes) OC: …try to. :38
“This could be another big pat on the back if we could win that award again We’ve worked really hard, and we really did have to push the reset button, and we worked as hard as we have in years on this record, and writing. I think if we were able to win that, it’s going to feel really sweet. I think we talked about this before, there at the beginning everything was just coming and happening. Every time you turned around, it was crazy, another award. So, to have a little time with not winning that award, it’s gonna feel sweet if we can get that again. But we’re going to focus on performing like we always try to.”

AUDIO:Lady A (CMA hopes)
AUDIO: Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood recall the band’s most memorable CMA Awards moment.

Lady A (most memorable CMA) OC: …on the show. :54
“For me, one of the most memorable was when we performed ‘Love Don’t Live Here [Anymore]’ for the first time. I remember like it was yesterday being so nervous. It was such a huge moment for us, ‘cause we’d attended the ACMs and actually won an award before we’d ever performed on any awards stage, which was so beyond what we’d ever imagined. So, to be able to actually step up there and perform was amazing.” DAVE: “It’s a massive show. I just think it’s such an iconic show that that performance of ‘Love Don’t Live Here Anymore’ for us was such a pivotal moment for us as a band early on. We thought that was one of the big, when you ask one of those moments when you felt like you made it, performing ‘Love Don’t Live Here’ on the CMAs for the very first time, felt like this moment of like, ‘Wow!’ It’s a global show. People all around the world watch it and tune in and listen and follow it. It’s a large stage to be on, and we’re honored to get to play ‘Bartender’ on the show.”

AUDIO:Lady A (CMA Group 2014)
AUDIO: Lady Antebellum
’s Charles Kelley talks about their CMA nomination for Vocal Group of the Year. The band is also nominated for Music Video of the Year for “Bartender.”

Lady A (CMA Group 2014) OC: …fingers crossed. :53
“For the Group of the Year, it’s just become so competitive. As the years keep going, you have all these great groups coming in like The Band Perry and Eli Young Band, just absolutely making big splashes. So, I think for us now that we’ve been here, in the genre, seven, eight years now, to still be considered kind of fresh and part of these big groups means a lot. We try not to take it for granted, because we know it’s tough to kind of stay, I guess, on top in this genre right now. So, just to be considered one of those groups still means a lot. We want to always be in there. We’re hoping, got our fingers crossed this year, we’re just excited that with ‘Bartender’ having so much success, maybe there’s a chance that we can win this year and kind of take the award back, which would mean a lot. So, I don’t know. We’ll see. Fingers crossed.”
 

 

AUDIO:Lady A (most memorable CMA)
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EASTON CORBIN'S LATEST SINGLE IS CONTAGIOUS! (AUDIO)    10/31/14

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Easton Corbin is climbing the country charts with his latest single, “Baby Be My Love Song,” which is from his forthcoming album due out next year. “It was one of those songs that I kept listening to it, and I kept on wanting to listen to it,” says Easton. “I love great melodies, and I think this song has such a contagious melody that it does make you want to hear it over and over again. I feel like there’s such a thing as a melodic hook, and I think this song really has that.”

Easton will take “Baby Be My Love Song” to the fans next November 14th in San Antonio, Texas.

AUDIO:Easton Corbin (Baby Be My Love Song)
AUDIO: Easton Corbin says one of the main reasons he wanted to record “Baby Be My Love Song” is because of its contagious melody.

Easton Corbin (Baby Be My Love Song) OC: …that, for sure. :26
“Well, ‘Baby Be My Love Song’ – when I first heard it – it was one of those songs that I kept listening to it, and I kept on wanting to listen to it. I love great melodies, and I think this song has such a contagious melody that it does make you want to hear it over and over again. I feel like there’s such a thing as a melodic hook, and I think this song really has that. And also on top of that, it’s such a positive song, and I feel like any girl would probably want to feel like that, for sure.”

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SAM HUNT LEAVES THE NIGHT ON AT KELLY AND MICHAEL. (VIDEO)    10/31/14

Sam Hunt performs his hit debut single, "Leave the Night On," during his appearance on ABC's Kelly and Michael on Thursday (October 30th). Check out his performance below.

VIDEO:Sam Hunt LTNO Kelly and Michael
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LADY ANTEBELLUM ARE 'FRONT AND CENTER.' (VIDEO)    10/30/14

Lady Antebellum share stories behind many of their hits, including “Need You Now” and  “Downtown,” and songs from their recent studio album 747, in an exclusive acoustic performance at Nashville’s Marathon Music Works for the PBS Front and Center special. The performance includes first-time onstage collaborations with songwriters Rodney Clawson, Tom Douglas, Josh Kear, Luke Laird and Abe Stoklasa.

“Our Front and Center taping with the CMA’s was such a fun chance for us to honor the songwriters and songs that usually don’t get the recognition they deserve,” said Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott. “It was a great night with some of our favorite songwriters who were kind enough to jump up to share the stage with us. We’re thrilled to be the first country artists to be part of Front and Center and hope it helps give all music fans a glimpse into what makes the Nashville community so special.”

Air times will vary. Please check local times and stations.

VIDEO:Lady Antebellum- Front And Center - "Need You Now" Live Video
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LADY ANTEBELLUM GO A LITTLE 'FREESTYLE' ON KIMMEL. (VIDEO)    10/31/14

Lady Antebellum performed their latest single, "Freestyle," on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live this week. Check out their performance below.

VIDEO:Lady Antebellum Performs "Freestyle"
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SAM HUNT HEADS HOME FOR QUICK FIX. (VIDEO)    10/31/14
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LITTLE BIG TOWN PERFORMS ON TONIGHT SHOW. (VIDEO)    10/31/14

Little Big Town performed the song "Stay All Night" with The Roots when they appeared on NBC's Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday night (October 30th). "Stay All Night" is from Little Big Town's new album, Pain Killer.

VIDEO:Little Big Town Stay All Night on Tonight Show
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CANAAN SMITH SHOOTS STRAIGHT ON WHAT HE WANTS IN HIS LATEST SINGLE. (AUDIO)    10/30/14

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Canaan Smith is a guy’s guy, but one who crafts beautiful songs about life, loss and love. When it’s his latest single, “Love You Like That,” the message is also literal and straight-forward, which women find very sexy.

“I just love how the song is about loving your woman long and strong,” says Canaan. “It’s kind of a tough guy’s perspective on how he’s gonna love his woman and treat her.”

Canaan is currently putting the finishing touches on his album, due out next year.

AUDIO:Canaan Smith (Love You Like That) 2
AUDIO: Canaan Smith says he loves the message of his current single, “Love You Like That.”

Canaan Smith (Love You Like That) 2 OC: …let’s do this. :16
“I just love how the song is about loving your woman long and strong. It’s kind of a tough guy’s perspective on how he’s gonna love his woman and treat her. It’s more of like, take you out in the country. I’m a man. You’re my woman. Let’s do this.”

AUDIO:LINER Canaan Smith (Love You Like That)
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SAM HUNT CAREFULLY CHOSE SONGS FOR DEBUT ALBUM, MONTEVALLO. (AUDIO)    10/30/14

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Sam Hunt released his debut album, Montevallo, this week, and he chose the songs on it very carefully as it related to his life, and how they were slightly different from each other.

“These 10 songs were the songs that I absolutely HAD to put on the record. I didn’t want to overwhelm people with a ton of songs. I wanted them to really digest these songs,” says Sam. “You only get one first album, and these are the songs I feel like best represented the era of writing my first album. Every song is a little bit different. The other songs that I have would have been a slight version of something that’s already on the record, so I wanted to keep it unique in that way.”

The first single from Montevallo, “Leave the Night On,” is poised to top the country charts next week.

AUDIO:Sam Hunt (song choices)
AUDIO: Sam Hunt talks about his song choices for his debut album, Montevallo.

Sam Hunt (song choices) OC: …in that way. :52
“I had about 14 or 15 songs ready when I went to make the record. I couldn’t decide, after the first 10, I couldn’t decide what to pick. So, at the end of the day, these 10 songs were the songs that I absolutely HAD to put on the record. I didn’t want to overwhelm people with a ton of songs. I wanted them to really digest these songs especially. So, I just stuck with 10. I don’t know what plans will be in the future as far as putting out new music, but hopefully I’ll be able to put out music sooner than later, because I want to continue to write and I do have songs that folks haven’t heard. You only get one first album, and these are the songs I feel like best represented the era of writing my first album. Every song is a little bit different. The other songs that I have would have been a slight version of something that’s already on the record, so I wanted to keep it unique in that way.”

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KEITH URBAN WILL PERFORM ON GOOD MORNING AMERICA NEXT WEDNESDAY. (NEWS)    10/30/14

Keith Urban will perform a free concert in Nashville next week as part of ABC’s Good Morning America. The free show will take place on the plaza at Bridgestone Arena Wednesday (November 5th). The appearance is part of the celebration leading up to the 48th Annual CMA Awards.

Keith, whose single “Somewhere in My Car” is scaling the country charts, is nominated for several awards, including Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year, as well as Album of the Year for Fuse and Music Event of the Year for “We Were Us” with Miranda Lambert.

The 48th Annual CMA Awards will be broadcast live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena next Wednesday (November 5th) at 8pm ET on ABC.

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