SCOTTY McCREERY IS 'PACKING' THEM IN TO HIS SHOW!    8/22/14

Scotty McCreery will headline the annual Packapalooza – the largest of North Carolina State’s Wolfpack Welcome Week events – on Saturday (August 23rd). More than 45,000 people are expected to attend the event at Hillsborough Street in Raleigh, which welcomes students back to school. With a ton of activities and vendors, students will also have the opportunity to see what the university has to offer and to explore groups and organizations.

Scotty took to his Facebook page to announce the event – “I started classes this week, too. We're gonna light up our bell tower RED! Got some special music planned. You REALLY don't want to miss this! GO PACK!”

Scotty is currently climbing the country charts with his latest hit, "Feelin' It."


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LABOR DAY LINERS: Billy, Brothers Osborne, Canaan, Darius, David, Church, Paslay, Jon, Kacey, Keith, Kelleigh, LBT, Luke, Sam (AUDIO LINERS)    8/22/14

AUDIO:LINER Billy Currington (Labor Day)
LINER Billy Currington (Labor Day)
Hey y’all! It’s Billy Currington, wishing you a very happy Labor Day weekend.

AUDIO:LINERS Brothers Osborne (Labor Day)
LINER Brothers Osborne (Labor Day)

This is TJ, and I’m John, and we are Brothers Osborne, wishing you a happy and work-free Labor Day weekend.

AUDIO:LINER Canaan Smith (Labor Day)
LINER Canaan Smith (Labor Day)
Hey! What’s up, guys? I’m Canaan Smith. Have a great and work-free Labor Day weekend.

AUDIO:LINER Darius Rucker (Labor Day)
LINER Darius Rucker (Labor Day)
Hey! It’s Darius Rucker, and I hope you have a have a happy work-free Labor Day weekend.

AUDIO:LINER David Nail (Labor Day)
LINER David Nail (Labor Day)

Hey guys! It’s David Nail, wishing you a very happy Labor Day weekend.

AUDIO:LINER Eric Church (Labor Day weekend)
LINER Eric Church (Labor Day)
Hey! It’s Eric Church, and I hope you have a have a happy Labor Day weekend.

AUDIO:LINER Eric Paslay (Labor Day)
LINER Eric Paslay (Labor Day)
Hey! It’s Eric Paslay, and I hope you have a happy and work-free Labor Day weekend.

AUDIO:LINER Jon Pardi (Labor Day weekend)
LINER Jon Pardi (Labor Day weekend)

Hey! It’s Jon Pardi, and I hope you have a happy and work-free Labor Day weekend.

AUDIO:LINER Kacey Musgraves (Labor Day)
LINER Kacey Musgraves (Labor Day weekend)

Hey! It’s Kacey Musgraves, hoping you have a happy Labor Day weekend.

AUDIO:LINER Keith Urban (Labor Day)
LINER Keith Urban (Labor Day weekend)

Hi everybody! This is Keith Urban, wishing you a very happy Labor Day weekend.

AUDIO:LINER Kelleigh Bannen (Labor Day)
LINER Kelleigh Bannen (Labor Day)

Hi! I’m Kelleigh Bannen, and I hope you have a happy Labor Day weekend.

AUDIO:LINER LBT (Labor Day)
LINER LBT (Labor Day)

Hi! We’re Little Big Town, hoping you have a work-free Labor Day weekend.

AUDIO:LINER Luke Bryan (Labor Day)
LINER Luke Bryan (Labor Day)
Hey! It’s Luke Bryan, and I hope you have a have a happy Labor Day weekend.

AUDIO:LINER Sam Hunt (Labor Day)
LINER Sam Hunt (Labor Day)
Hey everybody! I’m Sam Hunt. Have a great and work-free Labor Day weekend.

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LABOR DAY AUDIO: AJ, Billy, Darius, David, Dierks, Church, Paslay, Jon, Keith, Kip, Lady A, Luke (AUDIO)    8/22/14

For many decades, Labor Day was seen as a day for workers to voice their complaints and discuss better working conditions and pay.

It's been 120 years since the U.S. Congress declared Labor Day a national holiday, and on Monday, September 2nd, we will once again celebrate the people in every occupation whose work and dedication make this nation great. 

Labor Day weekend also signals the unofficial end to summer, and many of the hottest country stars are taking a look back at some of the toughest jobs they had prior to making their mark in music or their dream job now.

AUDIO:AJ (working people songs)
AUDIO: Alan Jackson says that working man values have always been a part of his music.

AJ (working people songs) OC: … appreciate that. :28
“I’ve always written songs and recorded songs, other people’s songs, about workin’ people, and workin’, the workin’ life ’cause I mean, that’s where I’m from. I mean, I worked…I’d already had jobs and worked as a grown person before I ever even thought about bein’ in the music business, so I come from that background, and…although I hadn’t had a job in a long time (laughs), I still remember a lot about it, you know, and I remember what the lifestyle is, and I still appreciate that.”

AUDIO:Billy Currington (Labor Day)
AUDIO: Billy Currington recalls some of the jobs he had before landing his record deal in 2003.

Billy Currington (Labor Day) OC: …record deal. :40
“I started working like at [age] 12, landscaping. This was summer, every summers, and roofing. I started when I was about 16 roofing houses, and that was probably one of my toughest jobs because down there in south Georgia, it gets hot, so doing that every day all summer long. The pawn shop when I moved to Nashville was one of my favorites, even though it was one of my least favorites. The concrete job was my least favorite of all – six years of that, and I couldn’t take it no more. After that job, that was my turning point. Either I’m going to do something else for a living [laughs] or quit and try to really focus on music and get this record deal.”

AUDIO:Darius Rucker (Labor Day)
AUDIO: Darius Rucker recalls one of his worst jobs before turning to music.


Darius Rucker (Labor Day) OC: …pizza. :15
“I was fifteen, and I worked at a pizza place, and the guy decided that at fifteen, that I could not only clean the floors and wash the dishes, but I also had to make pizza. So, for two months, he taught me how to make pizza.”

AUDIO:David Nail (Labor Day)
AUDIO: David Nail recalls his first job at Dairy Queen.


David Nail (Labor Day) OC: …Dilly Bar. :32
“The first job that I ever had was working at Dairy Queen. One of my very best friends in the world’s mother purchased a franchise, so it was kinda a cool place to work. You put me in an ice cream place, it’s a recipe for disaster. So, Kathy Jeffers, her mother tends to tell people it was a ‘mutual separation,’ but I can vividly remember her saying that they were going to lose money if they continued to let me work, because I was eating more food than I was selling. But, it was a great two days that I spent there, and I had many a Dilly Bar."

AUDIO:Dierks Bentley (Labor Day)
AUDIO: Dierks Bentley makes a living performing for his fans, and he can’t say enough about them.


Dierks Bentley (Labor Day) OC: …generosity. :26
“Personally, the fans give me amazement. That’s the only word to really sum it up. I look out in the crowd, you know, usually see a lot of faces and fans are cheering. I know each one of these like from the road-the signs are from California…Michelle and Kayla live up in the Ohio area. They’re all, I just see them, and I’m like, ‘Wow!,’ they’re all from different regions. You know when you’re in a different region of the country and you just see certain fans. These people are way more hard core than I am, and I’m just amazed by their generosity.”

AUDIO:Eric Church (Labor Day-odd job)
AUDIO: Eric Church talks about one of his worst job.


Eric Church (Labor Day-odd jobs) OC: …bought at 2am. 1:27

“I had an awful job. I’ve had a lot of awful jobs…my worst one was when I first came to Nashville. I got a job at the Shop at Home Network. I worked midnight, graveyard, midnight to eight. That was bad enough but then I would work all night, go home, shower and then I had writing appointments all day because I was trying to get a career started. I’d go write songs and get meetings just trying to get signed. And end up getting done at 3 of 4 with all of that, I’d go home, take a shower or sleep for a little bit and then I had to be at work again at midnight. So the schedule was bad enough, however, what I had to do at the job…I sold knives from midnight to 7 or 8am. And, anytime somebody calls you at 3 or 4am and needs 200 knives for $19.95, it’s automatically an alarming situation. And I just, I was young and I’d been in a lot of these people’s shoes, I had done this…I knew they were drunk. I knew what they had done. They’d just come home from the bar, flipped on Shop at Home and said, ‘You know what? I need that.’ So the reason the job didn’t last long for me is that I was maybe the worst salesmen in history because I ended up talking a lot of these people out of it, I’d say, ‘I’ll tell you what man, go to bed, call me, I’ll be here in the morning. If you get up in the morning and want these knives you call me back.’ Because I knew what was going to happen, you know. They bought 200 knives for $19.95…first of all some of these people you didn’t know whether you should call the cops. What do you need 200 knives for? Even though I’m selling them…what do you need them for? So, it was awful doing that job. And then they got rid of me because, they were like, ‘You’re the worst. I can’t believe you’re talking people out of it.’ I was like, ‘Man I know…I’ve been there.’ [laughs] I’d want some to talk me out of buying some of the stuff I’ve bought at 2am.”

AUDIO:Eric Paslay (Labor Day)
AUDIO: Eric Paslay talks about his first job…printing logos on fanny packs.

Eric Paslay (Labor Day) OC: …could print. :34
“My first official job was working at a screen printing place in Texas during the summer in a metal building that had no AC. We printed on fanny packs – really cool -- and these other little bags. And it was eye doctors that, some company if you bought supplies through them, they’d put your logo on fanny packs for your customers to put in a drawer somewhere. Fanny packs are cool, if you like ‘em. You know, we’d like time ourselves to see how many fanny packs you could print.”

AUDIO:Jon Pardi (Labor Day)
AUDIO: Jon Pardi talks about his worst job, which was at a grocery store.

Jon Pardi (Labor Day) OC: …so bored! :17
“The worst job I ever had was at Hometown Grocery Store. I didn’t want to work, I was 15, and I did not want to work at the grocery store. Bagging was fun, but they sent me down the aisles to pull up cans and turn ‘em around and face ‘em, and I would just get so bored!”

AUDIO:Keith Urban (Labor Day)
AUDIO: Keith Urban once had a short stint as a telemarketer -- his only non-music gig. However, he loves his “job,” which has him on stage entertaining fans, and he says watching them connect to his songs is an amazing feeling.

Keith Urban (Labor Day) OC: …great feeling. :24
“Seeing people connect to the music is the absolute, hands down, the biggest reward for me. Especially when you go to a place you’ve never been to before, and there’s all these people. I mean lots of people out there that you’ve never met a single one of them, and they’re singing to every word, and you realize that it’s not just a pretty melody, they get your songs. It’s amazing. It’s a great feeling.”  

AUDIO:Kip Moore (Labor Day-worst job)
AUDIO: Kip Moore recalls his worst job...ever.


Kip Moore (Labor Day-worst job) OC: …than that. :21
“I’d have to say my worst job ever was laying sod in the south Georgia heat. There’s nothing than that, especially when somebody would think that you’re waiting for the next sod patch to be thrown to you and you got your back turned, and all of a sudden, that big ole piece of sod hits you right on the back. You got nowhere to clean up, and you’re just stuck with dirt on your back for the rest of the day. It doesn’t get any worse than that.”

AUDIO:Lady A (Labor Day)
AUDIO: Charles Kelley
 of Lady Antebellum tells us what he used to do to make a buck before finding success as a musician.

Lady A (Labor Day) OC: …I had a lot of crummy jobs. :31

CK “I used to…” HS: “… knock out asbestos walls.” CK: “I did that for a long time. But even before that, I used to do lawn care every summer. Oh, man, I do not miss that. Just glad those days are over. I get out here and play music for a living. It’s a lot more fun. But yeah, I used to do that, and I used to work as a bag boy at a golf course once. I did that for a couple of summers. I had a lot of crummy jobs.”

AUDIO:Luke Bryan (Labor Day)
AUDIO: Luke Bryan talks about the different jobs he worked in and around Leesburg, Georgia, before heading to Nashville to pursue a career in music.


Luke Bryan (Labor Day-jobs) OC: …Nashville… 1:07
“At age 12 thru 13, I worked at Rubos IGA Supermarket in Leesburg, GA. I worked during the summers on Monday and Tuesday. I stocked and cleaned up the produce.  They paid me under the table…I peeled off all of the brown lettuce. Let’s see, when I was 15, I was a cashier at K-Mart for two months. I worked at K-Mart for two months, and then I reverted back to Rubos because it didn’t really make sense for me to drive all the way into Albany and work for K-Mart. The benefits were great though-you’d get an hour-long on the blue light special. So I started back at Rubos, and then I quit Rubos and worked for my Dad-just awful just driving tractors through cotton all day, and spraying pesticides that eventually would turn your hair green. And then at some point, I started playing guitar. And well, after college I went back and worked for my dad and continued to spray and haul fertilizer around. And then I moved to Nashville…”

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CANAAN SMITH IS AN OUTDOORSY GUY. (AUDIO)    8/21/14

Canaan Smith is an outdoorsy kind of guy, which is perfect for the summer fairs and festivals circuit, which has him playing to crowds in outside venues. Growing up in Virginia, he would rather be outdoors, especially in the summer.  

“I love being outside, whether it be the mountains or the beach. I spent most of my summers on Virginia Beach, ‘cause I’m from Williamsburg, Virginia. It has a wide enough boardwalk so we could skateboard and get into some trouble, sneaking off and smoking cigarettes. So, that was what I would do when I was a kid,” says Canaan. “I’d take my shirt off every chance I’d get and get out in the sun.”

Canaan says he probably got his love from the outdoors from his father. “We used to call my dad ‘Turtle Man,’ ‘cause he’d just be standing in the parking lot, and if it was a sunny day, he’d just put his face to the sky and stand there and forget about what’s going on around him. [laughs] I guess I got that from him.”

Canaan is on the airwaves with his single, “Love You Like That,” which sold more than 21,000 copies in just the first week of release.

[[1]]AUDIO: Canaan Smith talks about growing up in Virginia and the summers he spent at Virginia Beach.

Canaan Smith (summer fun) OC: …from him. :29
“I’m an outdoors guy. I love being outside, whether it be the mountains or the beach. I spent most of my summers on Virginia Beach, ‘cause I’m from Williamsburg, Virginia. It has a wide enough boardwalk so we could skateboard and get into some trouble, sneaking off and smoking cigarettes. So, that was what I would do when I was a kid. I’d take my shirt off every chance I’d get and get out in the sun. We used to call my dad ‘Turtle Man,’ ‘cause he’d just be standing in the parking lot, and if it was a sunny day, he’d just put his face to the sky and stand there and forget about what’s going on around him. [laughs] I guess I got that from him.”

 

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JOEY HYDE IS UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH HIS FAVORITES. (VIDEO)    8/21/14

That Joey Hyde -- the one whose debut single "Get It On" is climbing the country charts -- is a funny feller. In a video featuring his favorites, the Michigan native showcases a little bit of his personal favorites.

VIDEO:Rapid Fire With Joey
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KEITH URBAN DRIVES HIS MUSIC UP THE CHARTS. (AUDIO)    8/21/14

Cars figure heavily in Keith Urban’s music, including his latest single, “Somewhere in My Car,” which is featured on his current album, Fuse. The album also features a few other songs with a car in the title – “Cop Car” and “Red Camaro,” among them. His videos for “Sweet Thing,” “Days Go By,” “It’s a Love Thing,” “Where the Blacktop Ends” and even in the video for “Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me,” he’s riding a motorcycle in one set of scenes and in another, wearing a T-shirt that says “My other shirt is a Trans Am.”

“The car theme figures heavily in a lot of my songs, ‘cause I love cars and I love listening to music in cars, and I love all of the moments – all kinds of moments that we humans experience only in cars,” says Keith. “As couples and arguments and makeup sessions and make-out sessions and everything, I just love everything to do with cars.”

Keith is crisscrossing the country on his Raise ‘Em Up Tour, and his next stop is Friday night (August 22nd) in Charlotte, North Carolina, followed by shows in Birmingham (August 23rd) and Atlanta (August 24th).

AUDIO:Keith Urban (car theme)
AUDIO: Keith Urban talks about how the car theme figures prominently in his songs.

Keith Urban (car theme) OC: …do with cars. :25
“The car theme figures heavily in a lot of my songs, ‘cause I love cars and I love listening to music in cars, and I love all of the moments – all kinds of moments that we humans experience only in cars, you know? As couples and arguments and makeup sessions and make-out sessions and everything, I just love everything to do with cars.”

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GEORGE STRAIT GETS THE 'ICY' TREATMENT IN HIS ALS ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE. (VIDEO)    8/20/14

George Strait was nominated by both Eric Church and Ronnie Dunn for the ALS ice bucket challenge. At home in a T-shirt and shorts, King George took it like a man, and called out Martina McBride, among others. Check the video out below.

VIDEO:George Strait ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
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LUKE BRYAN TAKES ANOTHER BIG BUCKET OF ICE COLD WATER. (VIDEO)    8/19/14

Luke Bryan was dared by tour opener and friend Cole Swindell to douse himself in ice water for the ALS #icebucketchallenge. He accomplished it at his recent Boston stadium show. Luke was also challenged by Darius Rucker and the entire St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, so he decided to do it again, but this time with a bigger "bucket." He says it pretty much wipes the slate clean as far his challenges.

Luke is currently charging up the country charts with his latest single, "Roller Coaster." 

VIDEO:Strike Out ALS #IceBucketChallenge - Take 2!
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LUKE BRYAN SELLS OUT STADIUM IN PHILADELPHIA. (PRESS RELEASE)    8/18/14

Nashville - (August 18, 2014) – Superstar Luke Bryan’s concert at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field was his third consecutive stadium sellout this summer with 50,000 fans attending Friday night’s concert.  The show also featured special guests Brantley Gilbert, Lee Brice and Cole Swindell.
 
Luke’s “That’s My Kind of Night Tour” will continue through the end of October with the final stadium show happening on August 31 at Chicago’s Soldier Field.  In addition, the tour will stop in New York City for its second sold-out show at Madison Square Garden on September 12 and he’ll be the first country concert to play Brooklyn’s Barclay’s Center on September 14.  
 
Also recently announced is Luke’s Crash My Playa musical destination concert event happening in Riviera Maya, Mexico January 23-27, 2015.  Luke Bryan fan club presale packages and Citi presale packages begin Tuesday, August 19 at 10am EST.  Packages go on sale to the public on Friday, August 22 at 10am EST.  Go to www.crashmyplaya.com to learn more.
 
Since the debut of his first album in 2007, Luke has sold nearly 6.2 million albums, 23.1 million digital tracks from his four studio albums and placed 10 singles at No. 1.  Luke made recent Billboard chart history when he reached the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart with “Play It Again” and “This Is How We Roll” with Florida Georgia Line claiming the No. 2 spot.  Luke becomes the first artist to ever hold the two top positions since the chart began in 1990. 
 
Live Nation is the national tour promoter for the “That’s My Kind of Night Tour.”  Miller Lite, Texaco and Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, are sponsors of the tour. 
 
Citi is the official credit card of the “That’s My Kind of Night Tour” and the Crash My Playa destination concert event with Citi cardmembers having access to presale tickets through Citi’s Private Pass Program.  
 
2014 “That’s My Kind of Night Tour” and “Farm Tour
8-16     Darien Center, NY       Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
8-17     Saratoga Springs, NY   Saratoga Performing Arts Center
8-21     Cleveland, OH             Blossom Music Center
8-22     Cleveland, OH             Blossom Music Center
8-23     Cincinnati, OH             Riverbend Music Center
8-24     Cincinnati, OH             Riverbend Music Center
8-29     Indianapolis, IN           Klipsch Music Center
8-30     Indianapolis, IN           Klipsch Music Center
8-31     Chicago, IL                 Soldier Field                (Dierks Bentley special guest)
9-11     Manchester, NH           Verizon Wireless Arena
9-12     New York City, NY     Madison Square Garden
9-13     Hartford, CT                XFINITY Theater
9-14     Brooklyn, NY              Barclay’s Center
9-18     San Antonio, TX          AT&T Center
9-19     Houston, TX                Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
9-20     Dallas, TX                   Gexa Energy Pavilion
9-25     Tampa, FL                   MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
9-26     Tampa, FL                   MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
9-27     West Palm Beach, FL   Cruzan Amphitheatre
10-1     Knoxville, TN              Maple Lane Farms                   FARM TOUR
10-2     Auburn AL                  Ingram Farms                           FARM TOUR
10-3     Tallahassee, FL           Cross Creek Place                    FARM TOUR
10-4     Gainesville, FL           Whitehurst Cattle Farm            FARM TOUR
10-8     Statesboro, GA             Perry Field                               FARM TOUR
10-9     Athens, GA                  Meldon Farm                           FARM TOUR
10-10   Columbia, SC              Culler Farms                            FARM TOUR
10-11   Macon, GA                  Midway at Central City Park    FARM TOUR
10-16   Sacramento, CA           Sacramento Valley Amphitheatre
10-17   Concord, CA               Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord
10-18   Mountain View, CA     Shoreline Amphitheatre
10-23   Phoenix, AZ                Ak-Chin Pavilion
10-25   Los Angeles, CA          Hollywood Bowl
1-23/27 Riviera Maya, Mexico Crash My Playa Destination Concert Event
 
For up to date information on Luke, the tour and tickets go to www.lukebryan.com or www.livenation.com.  

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GEORGE STRAIT WILL RELEASE A 20-TRACK LIVE ALBUM NEXT MONTH. (PRESS RELEASE)    8/19/14

PHOTO: Strait Live

(Monday, August 18, 2014) – Country icon 
George Strait is offering fans a 20-track live album recorded at his momentous The Cowboy Rides Away Tour finale at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas. The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium commemorates a night of celebration for one of the most influential figures in country music. Due in stores Sep. 16, the MCA Nashville release contains hits from throughout Strait’s remarkable 30+ year career, features special guests Jason Aldean, Ray Benson, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert and Martina McBride, and introduces George “Bubba” Strait, Jr. 
 
The undisputed “King of Country Music” and reigning ACM and CMA Entertainer of the Year performed for over 1 million fans during his two-year, record-breaking, final U.S. tour. The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadiumepitomizes the energy and shared emotion largely thanks to a Texas-sized crowd of nearly 105,000.  Equally prevalent on the album is Strait’s sentimentality and immense gratitude for his legion of fans.
 
As previously announced, Strait fans have an opportunity to relive the June 7, 2014 The Cowboy Rides Away Tour Dallas date with a two-hour “George Strait: The Cowboy Rides Away” concert special airing Aug. 29 exclusively on CMT (check local listings).
 
The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium Track Listing:
1.  Check Yes Or No
2.  The Love Bug (with Vince Gill)
3.  Fool Hearted Memory (with Jason Aldean)
4.  Arkansas Dave (with Bubba Strait)
5.  Cowboys Like Us (with Eric Church)
6.  That’s What Breaking Hearts Do
7.  Marina Del Rey
8.  Here For A Good Time (with Sheryl Crow)
9.  I Can Still Make Cheyenne
10. Jackson (with Martina McBride)
11. A Showman’s Life (with Faith Hill)
12. Murder On Music Row (with Alan Jackson)
13. The Chair
14. Give It All We Got Tonight
15. Run (with Miranda Lambert)
16. I'll Always Remember You
17. Ocean Front Property (with Kenny Chesney)
18. Troubadour
19. All My Ex’s Live In Texas (with Jason Aldean, Ray Benson, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow,
Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride)
20. The Cowboy Rides Away
 
Produced by Chuck Ainlay and George Strait for George Strait Productions
 
High Resolution Art Available Upon Request
 
About George Strait:
George Strait is the undeniable “King of Country Music.”  His music career spans more than 30 years; includes 60 No. 1 singles, more than any other artist in any genre; and boasts 33 platinum or multi-platinum-selling albums, more than any country artist and third across all genres behind only The Beatles and Elvis Presley.  Strait is the only act in history to have a Top 10 hit every single year for over three decades.  Strait has sold more than 68.5 million albums and has earned more than 60 major entertainment industry awards including his most recent Entertainer of the Year sweep at both the Country Music Association Awards (Nov. 2013) and the Academy of Country Music Awards (Apr. 2014). 
 
Strait, whose name has become synonymous with “real country” since his 1981 debut, was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006.  He has since released four more albums, including the GRAMMY Award-winning Troubadour.  In 2013, Strait set out on The Cowboy Rides Away Tour, selling over 1,000,000 tickets to the record-breaking, two-year, cross-country final concert tour. Strait shattered the North American indoor concert attendance record by drawing 104,793 concert-goers to his June 7, 2014 tour finale at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas.
 
Strait continues to record new music for longtime label home, MCA Records Nashville.

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DIERKS BENTLEY FLIES HIGH WITH NO. 1 SINGLE, DRUNK ON A PLANE. (PRESS RELEASE AND VIDEO)    8/18/14

Nashville, TN – August 18, 2014 – Multi-Platinum singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley has landed at the No. one spot on both the Billboard Country Airplay and Mediabase radio charts this week with country music's biggest summer hit “Drunk On A Plane.” It is the second consecutive No. 1 hit off his critically acclaimed album RISER on Capitol Records Nashville and the 12th of his career as both a singer and a songwriter.

“I think I knew even back when we were in the studio making this album that we were on to something special, but once you let it fly out into the world, you just never know what will happen,” said Bentley. "First, 'I Hold On' came out and really hit people in an emotional, personal way, and I was totally blown away by all the stories I heard and how impactful some of those lyrics were for a lot of people. And now, the reaction to 'Drunk' has just been crazy…two VERY different songs that the fans have taken and made their own. I'm just trying to live in every minute and soak it all in.  In the few quiet minutes I've got, I spend a lot of time thinking about how grateful I am to be here doing this and how many people have supported me and my music. The guys in radio are first on that list…I'm beyond thankful for those relationships. 12 No. ones…crazy!"
 

Rolling Stone
 also recently included the track as one of the "10 Best Country Songs of 2014 So Far,” calling it the “best sing-along of summer.”  And E! handpicked Bentley’s infectious track to represent country music on their "2014 Official Songs of Summer" list alongside hits by Beyonce, Sam Smith and Ariana Grande.  Since takeoff, the track's hilarious music video debuted on FUNNY OR DIE and went on to score the most votes for "funny" of any music video in the web site's history.

After a summer of capacity crowds in amphitheaters across the country, Bentley will wrap the first leg of his headlining 2014 RISER TOUR in Nashville, TN with his ninth annual "Miles & Music for Kids” on Sept. 28. The tour has now officially been extended with an additional 20-plus dates through the end of the year.  For ticket information and a full list of upcoming tour dates, please visit 
www.dierks.com.

VIDEO:Dierks & Capt. Johnson No. 1

Drunk On A Plane #1 from Dierks Bentley on Vimeo.

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KACEY MUSGRAVES PRESENTED WITH SOME HEAVY METAL ARTWORK. (PRESS RELEASE AND PHOTO)    8/18/14

PHOTO: Kacey Musgraves surprised with plaques

Nashville, TN – Immediately following her set Saturday night on the Katy Perry 
Prismatic World Tour, GRAMMY Award-winning Texas singer-songwriter, Kacey Musgraves, received plaques celebrating two RIAA GOLD certifications and one PLATINUM from her label, Mercury Nashville, backstage at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, KY.
 
Musgraves’ debut album Same Trailer Different Park and critically acclaimed song “Follow Your Arrow” both recently reached GOLD status by the RIAA. In addition, the debut single from Same Trailer Different Park, “Merry Go ‘Round,” has also reached PLATINUM status by the RIAA.
 
Kacey is the only female country artist in EIGHT years to have her debut album reach GOLD and the first female artist in EIGHT years to have multiple RIAA certified singles on her debut album.
 
PHOTO CAPTION: Kacey Musgraves surprised by label with plaques commemorating two RIAA GOLD certifications and one PLATINUM to celebrate the success of her debut album Same Trailer Different Park and songs “Merry Go ‘Round” and “Follow Your Arrow” backstage on the Katy Perry Prismatic World Tour in Louisville, KY on Saturday night.
 
APPEARING IN THE PHOTO: (L-R) Brian Wright (UMG Nashville SVP, A&R), Cindy Mabe (UMG Nashville President), Shane McAnnally (Album co-producer and co-writer of “Merry Go ‘Round” and “Follow Your Arrow”), Kacey Musgraves, Jason Owen (Sandbox Entertainment owner)
 
PHOTO CREDIT: Jessica Wardwell

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