LUKE BRYAN ANNOUNCES SPECIAL GUESTS FOR HIS SIXTH ANNUAL FARM TOUR. (AUDIO)    9/18/14

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Luke Bryan is bringing some of his talented friends to perform on his sixth annual Farm Tour shows this fall.  Cole Swindell, The Peach Pickers (Dallas Davidson, Rhett Akins and Ben Hayslip), Chancie Neal and DJ Rock will join the tour as it stops in eight southern towns beginning October 1st in Knoxville. 

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)

All Farm Tour dates are currently on sale with tickets available at www.lukebryan.com.  VIP experiences are also available through the website and a special “Harvest Time VIP Experience" includes a general admission ticket that comes with an exclusive VIP viewing area with a 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: http://www.cidentertainment.com/events/luke-bryan-farm-tour-2014/ .

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 is sponsored by Texaco, Cabela’s, Miller Lite, and AT&T U-verse® .

AUDIO:Luke Bryan (Farm Tour 2014) 1
AUDIO: Luke Bryan enjoys putting on his annual Farm Tour, and enjoys helping out local communities.

Luke Bryan (Farm Tour 2014) 1 OC: …for the fans. :59
“Farm Tour is just fun to me, and it’s something that anytime you can start something that starts small and grow it. We never want to make it this really ginormous thing that we can’t control, but we want to make sure it’s on our terms and we love doing it. And then we want to make sure that the communities that we partner up with from the sheriff’s office to the highway patrol guys to the colleges to the college kids, we want to make sure it’s a positive thing  at the end of the day for the communities. Therefore, that’s why we do the scholarships and we hope that we leave these places better than we found ‘em, and we hope people continue to want us back. And we hope we feel like we’re a positive thing for the local economies for these small towns, which wouldn’t necessarily have 15, 20-thousand people converging on ‘em. I hope it’s a positive thing for ‘em and not a negative. I enjoy being out there [performing in] the field and playing for the fans.”

 

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CANAAN SMITH WRITES ON HIS OWN TIME. (AUDIO)    9/18/14

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Canaan Smith is on the country charts with his single, “Love You Like That,” but he’s also had other songs on the charts, including “Runaway” for Love & Theft. He co-wrote his current single with Brett and Jim Beavers, but he was probably at home in Nashville when he did, since he doesn’t particularly like writing on the road for himself.

“It’s a tiring enough thing [to perform on the road], and it’s so much about the music and performing that I like to kind of just, when I have my downtime, I like to get on a bike and ride around the city or something like that – just get out and breathe some fresh air,” says Canaan. “Every now and then, I’ll pick up a guitar, but most of the time, I’ll get on somebody else’s bus and help them write a song.”

He just released the video for “Love You Like That,” which features his new bride, Christy.

AUDIO:Canaan Smith (writing on the road)
AUDIO: Canaan Smith doesn’t like to write on the road when it’s for himself.

Canaan Smith (writing on the road) OC: …write a song. :22
“I like to write on the road for other artists. I don’t like writing on the road for myself. It’s a tiring enough thing, and it’s so much about the music and performing that I like to kind of just, when I have my downtime, I like to get on a bike and ride around the city and something like that – just get out and breathe some fresh air. Every now and then, I’ll pick up a guitar, but most of the time, I’ll get on somebody else’s bus and help them write a song.”

VIDEO:Canaan Smith - Love You Like That
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SAM HUNT GOES GOLD. (PRESS RELEASE)    9/18/14

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Nashville, Tenn. (Thursday, September 18, 2014) – MCA recording artist and hit songwriter Sam Hunt received surprise news at his album listening party Tuesday night - track sales for his hit single “Leave The Night On” have surpassed 500,000, making the song Hunt’s first RIAA-certified GOLD record as an artist.

 “[‘Leave The Night On’] is a song I’m excited about that represents what’s to come with the album in a lot of ways,” shares Hunt. “It’s a good sign because people are reacting to ‘Leave The Night On’ and giving us such a great response that it really excites me about the music to come.”

 “Leave The Night On” is the lead single off Hunt’s upcoming major label album debut, MONTEVALLO, due out Oct. 27.  Hunt will make his national TV debut on NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers” on Sept. 24 and kick off the CMT ON TOUR: UP IN SMOKE Tour with Kip Moore and Charlie Worsham in New York City on Sept. 25.

 PHOTO CAPTION: Sam Hunt surprised by Mike Dungan, UMG Nashville Chairman & CEO, with a plaque celebrating RIAA GOLD certification for “Leave The Night On,” the hit lead single off his debut album Montevallo, at the preview listening party on Tuesday in Nashville.

 PHOTO ID: L-R: Mike Dungan, UMG Nashville Chairman & CEO, MCA Nashville’s Sam Hunt

 PHOTO CREDIT: Alan Poizner

* High Resolution Image Available Upon Request

For additional information, music and a full list of tour dates, please visit www.SamHunt.com

 

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SAM HUNT HOISTS SOME HEAVY METAL. (AUDIO)    9/17/14

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At a party to celebrate the upcoming release of his album, Montevallo, in Nashville Tuesday night (September 16th), Sam Hunt was presented with a gold plaque signifying 500-thousand digital downloads sold for his debut hit, "Leave the Night On." The song is poised to enter the Top 10 on the country charts, and Sam is overwhelmed with how his music is connecting with people.

“It’s a song I’m excited about that represents what’s to come with the album in a lot of ways,” says Sam. “It’s a good sign because people are reacting to ‘Leave the Night On’ and giving us such a great response that it really excites me about the music to come, because I know taste-wise if they’re enjoying this song that they’re going to enjoy hopefully the record and the songs that come behind it.”

Make sure to tune in to NBC next Wednesday (September 24th), when Sam makes his national television debut on Late Night with Seth Meyers. Sam will be performing the gold-certified "Leave The Night On."

Montevallo is due in stores and online October 27th.

AUDIO:Sam Hunt (going gold)
AUDIO: Sam Hunt is excited about the reaction to his debut single, “Leave the Night On,” and is hopeful that it’s a sign of things to come.

Sam Hunt (going gold) OC: …behind it. :56
“I’m kind of unaware of the fact that people know me or my music or anything about what’s going on, because I sort of feel like I’ve kind of been under a rock for the last several months working so hard on this music and this album. But fortunately, people are sharing the music and the word on what they think about what I’m doing in the music. It’s really cool to get out here at some of the shows and see folks out in the crowd that aren’t my friends or family singing some of the songs back. ‘Leave the Night On’ right now is the song that’s sort of at the front of the boat for the whole project. It’s a song I’m excited about that represents what’s to come with the album in a lot of ways. It’s a good sign because people are reacting to ‘Leave the Night On’ and giving us such a great response that it really excites me about the music to come, because I know taste-wise if they’re enjoying this song that they’re going to enjoy hopefully the record and the songs that come behind it.”

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ALAN JACKSON WILL RE-RELEASE 'LET IT BE CHRISTMAS' ALBUM. (PRESS RELEASE)    9/17/14
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NASHVILLE, Tenn.  – Sept 17, 2014 - Country music superstar Alan Jackson’s 25th Anniversary celebration continues as he rings in the holiday season a little early with the re-release of his popular Christmas classics album Let It Be Christmason October 27. Let It Be Christmas was produced by Jackson’s long-time producer and friend, Keith Stegall; the album will be re-released by ACR (Alan’s Country Records) and EMI Records Nashville and will be available at all digital retailers.  
Upon the original release of Let It Be ChristmasRolling Stone told readers, “It’s a treat to hear Jackson add some brass to ‘Jingle Bells’ and swing through ‘Winter Wonderland’,” adding, “Jackson warms up eight other chestnuts with his voice, warm hot chocolate with the comfortable touch of twang, and even the one original (the title track) dances along with life.”Entertainment Weekly noted, “…the arrangements suit Jackson’s baritone and style….” while Country Weekly offered, “When Alan lets loose his smoothly commanding voice on these songs, you may feel as if you’re hearing them for the first time.”  
Let It Be Christmas will be released on the heels of his two record-breaking sold out Artist-In-Residence shows at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum (Oct 8 and Oct 22); the events coincide with his new exhibition Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin’ It Country, which runs through March 2015 at the facility. The Grammy-winning Grand Ole Opry and Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame member will roll out of the Christmas holidays and into 2015 with a 25-city 25th Anniversary tour to kick off the new year.  
Track listing for Let It Be Christmas
  1. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  2. Winter Wonderland
  3. O Come, All Ye Faithful
  4. Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town
  5. The Christmas Song
  6. Silent Night
  7. Let It Be Christmas
  8. Jingle Bells
  9. White Christmas
  10. Silver Bells
  11. Away In A Manger
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.  

 

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ERIC CHURCH PARTNERS WITH LUCCHESE TO DEVELOP A LINE OF 'THESE BOOTS.' (PRESS RELEASE AND VIDEO)    9/16/14

Eric Church and Lucchese have teamed up to create an exclusive line of boots called These Boots by Lucchese that will be available for purchase exclusively on The Outsiders World Tour!

To create These Boots by Lucchese, Eric visited bootmakers and designers at the Lucchese factory in El Paso and brain stormed alongside the best in the bootmaking industry. Together, they devised three women’s styles: The Carolina, The Hell On The Heart and The Wrecking Ball and three men’s styles: The Sinner, The Talladega and The Outsiderreplete with interesting studding, stitching, exotic skins and top of the line quality leather.

“Lucchese approaches boot making the same way we approach our music. Handcrafted, from the heart, built with passion, one soul at a time. I've waited a long time for a boot that was worthy of the stories our fan's lives have to tell. 'These Boots' are those boots!” – Eric Church

For a behind the scenes look at the production process, view the video below of Eric in the Lucchese factory and stay tuned for photos of the full release. Lastly, don’t forget to pick up a VIP ticket for the tour stop in your town, as the VIP lounge will be the only place to get your hands on Eric’s piece of Lucchese history. If you already have a ticket to the show, VIP upgrades are also available.

 

VIDEO:Eric Church - Behind The Scenes at the Lucchese Factory
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LITTLE BIG TOWN WILL CELEBRATE THE RELEASE OF THEIR NEW ALBUM, PAIN KILLER, WITH A PRE-TOUR CONCERT IN NYC. (PRESS RELEASE)    9/16/14

NEW YORK NY (September 15, 2014) – Prior to embarking on The Pain Killer Tour in support of their new album, GRAMMY award-winning country group Little Big TownKaren Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook, Phillip Sweet and Kimberly Schlapman—will be celebrating with a pre-tour concert at NYC’s Best Buy Theater when Pain Killer releases on Tuesday, October 21st.  Pain Killer is Little Big Town’s sixth studio release and features the current hit single, “Day Drinking.”

The pre-tour concert on October 21st will be Little Big Town’s last show before The Pain Killer Tour launches on November 8 at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown, OH.  For more information on Little Big Town and The Pain Killer Tour please visit www.littlebigtown.com.

Tickets for Little Big Town’s Pain Killer album release concert go on sale Friday, September 19th at 12pm ET and will be available at www.AXS.com, 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849), and at the Best Buy Theater box office (no service charge) located at 1515 Broadway at W. 44th Street, 212-930-1950.  

 

 

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GEORGE STRAIT RELEASES LIVE FROM AT&T STADIUM. (AUDIO)    9/15/14

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George Strait hits stores with The Cowboy Rides Away: Live from AT&T Stadium Tuesday (September 16th). The show, which also featured special guests Eric Church, Alan Jackson, Vince Gill, Jason Aldean, Ray Benson, Kenny Chesney, Sheryl Crow, Faith Hill, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride and Asleep at the Wheel’s Ray Benson, was performed in front of nearly 105,000 folks.

Eric Church not only performed in Dallas for the final show, but he opened up for King George a few times during the tour, and the Country Music Hall of Famer was very impressed with how he held the crowd in his hands. “Eric Church is just a great artist. He’s a great songwriter. He’s a really great performer and great songwriter. He’s got the total package,” says George. “When we did our shows together during the tour he came out and well he said I’m just going to do – I’m not going to bring my band. I’m just going to do a set just me and my guitar. And I’m going well alright. If that what he wants to do that’s fine. That’s going to be a little difficult I think to pull off because you’ve got 20,000 people there and you’re doing an hour or whatever it was he was going to do just him and his guitar. And not too many people could pull that off but he did. He pulled it off and the crowd loved it.”

However, all doesn’t seem bright and rosy between the two. The Country Music Hall of Famer is taking issue with how Eric and his wife, Catherine, bonded with his dog Jammer, and he’s not giving up the details.

“I really got to know him when we worked together and we spent some time together on the bus after those two nights. We had some drinks together, and his wife and he got involved with my dog and that’s another story,” he laughs. “We won’t go into that, but my dog is safe now. I have him home, and he’s doing alright, but he’s had to see some people, but anyway. (laughs)”

The Cowboy Rides Away: Live from AT&T Stadium features such hits as “Check Yes or No,” “The Love Bug,” “Cowboys Like Us,” “Marina Del Ray,” “Here for a Good Time,” “Murder on Music Row,” “The Chair,” “Give It All We Got Tonight” and “Ocean Front Property.”

AUDIO:George Strait (Eric Church)
AUDIO: George Strait talks about performing with Eric Church during his Cowboy Rides Away Tour, and apparently something happened on the road with his dog, Jammer, that King George would rather not talk about.

George Strait (Eric Church) OC: …good one. 1:36
“Well, Eric Church is just a great artist. He’s a great songwriter. He’s a really great performer and great songwriter. He’s got the total package. When we did our shows together during the tour he came out and well he said I’m just going to do – I’m not going to bring my band. I’m just going to do a set just me and my guitar. And I’m going well alright. If that what he wants to do that’s fine. That’s going to be a little difficult I think to pull off because you’ve got 20,000 people there and you’re doing an hour or whatever it was he was going to do just him and his guitar. And not too many people could pull that off but he did. He pulled it off and the crowd loved it. And so I didn’t know Eric very well until, I don’t know, maybe – I had heard his music for sure but I really got to know him when we worked together and we spent some time together on the bus after those two nights. We had some drinks together, and his wife and he got involved with my dog and that’s another story. (laughs) We won’t go into that, but my dog is safe now. I have him home, and he’s doing alright, but he’s had to see some people, but anyway. (laughs) So anyway, again, he’s a great artist and when he agreed to do the Dallas show, so just check that off, another good one.”

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DARIUS RUCKER WILL RELEASE HIS FIRST CHRISTMAS ALBUM, HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, OCTOBER 27TH. (AUDIO AND PRESS RELEASE)    9/15/14

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Nashville, Tenn. – Capitol Records Nashville’s Darius Rucker will release his first Christmas album, Home For The Holidays, on October 27th.  The twelve track album will include holiday classics as well as two Rucker originals, “Candy Cane Christmas” and “What God Wants For Christmas.” Also, special guest Sheryl Crow joins Darius on the holiday standard “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” Darius worked with producer Frank Rogers, who produced his three solo country albums, on Home For The Holidays

 
"I am so excited to finally make a Christmas album,” shares Darius. “This has been a lifelong dream and I hope my fans enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed making it."
 
In addition to recording his Christmas album, Darius has been working on his fourth solo county album to be released in early 2015.  The album’s debut single “Homegrown Honey” has just been released to Country radio and is climbing the charts.
 
Home For The Holidays Track Listing:
1.  I’ll Be Home For Christmas
2.  White Christmas
3.  Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
4.  Winter Wonderland
5.  Please Come Home For Christmas
6.  What God Wants For Christmas written by Darius Rucker, Frank Rogers and Monty Criswell
7.  Baby, It’s Cold Outside (featuring Sheryl Crow)
8.  O Come, All Ye Faithful
9.  You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch
10. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
11. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
12. Candy Cane Christmas written by Darius Rucker, Frank Rogers and Steve Leslie
Note: Sequence is not final.
 
For more information, please visit www.dariusrucker.com.

AUDIO:Darius Rucker (Christmas album)
AUDIO: Darius Rucker talks about recording a Christmas album in the middle of summer.

Darius Rucker (Christmas album) OC: ...in December. :34
"We wrote this great song -- me, Frank Rogers and Monty Powell wrote this song called 'What God Wants for Christmas,' and that instantly got me in the mood. I mean, it was one of those things that after we wrote it, I thought, 'That's Christmas to me' -- I wonder 'What God Wants for Christmas.'  So, once you put the headphones on...like the other day, I was doing 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' with Sheryl Crow -- we did that together -- and it was so easy to get in the Christmas spirit, because you start hearing those songs, the music, and you're in December."

 

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LUKE BRYAN TAKES OVER NEW YORK AND ADDS ANOTHER L.A. SHOW. (PRESS RELEASE)    9/15/14

  Nashville - (September 15, 2014) – Country superstar Luke Bryan took his “That’s My Kind of Night Tour” to New York this past weekend, making his second appearance this year in Manhattan’s iconic Madison Square Garden on Friday night and Brooklyn’s Barclays Arena last night, selling out both concert stops.  Luke also played shows in Connecticut and New Hampshire, selling out both of those dates as well.
 
A second concert in Los Angeles was just added to the calendar at the Forum on Oct. 26, which now closes out for the tour for 2014.  Luke plays the Hollywood Bowl, for his first time, on Oct. 25.
 
During the Madison Square Garden show on Sept. 12 Luke paid homage to Sept. 11, 2001 performing an impromptu “Star-Spangled Banner” with opener Lee Brice.  The rendition left the crowd speechless through the song but chanting “U.S.A.,” “U.S.A.” when it ended.  Luke also thanked the audience, “It’s awesome to come to this amazing city and do my music.  Thank-you, New York City!”
 
Luke’s “That’s My Kind of Night Tour” continues this week with shows in San Antonio, Houston and Dallas, Texas.
 
Earlier this month Luke garnered three CMA Award nominations as Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist and Album for Crash My Party, which has sold over 2 million copies and 7.8 million digital tracks.  The “48th Annual CMA Awards” airs Nov. 5 from Nashville on ABC.
 
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
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
10-26   Los Angeles, CA          The Forum
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 orwww.livenation.com.

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KEITH URBAN JOINS THE LIST OF PERFORMERS AT THIS YEAR'S CMA AWARDS.    9/15/14

Keith Urban has been added the list of performers for this year’s CMA Awards. He’s joined by Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, along with Luke Bryan, who was previously announced as a performer on the show.

Keith is up for four trophies, including Album of the Year for Fuse and Entertainer of the Year

The 48th Annual CMA Awards will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena November 5th on ABC.

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LADY ANTEBELLUM RELEASE THE LYRIC VIDEO FOR I DID WITH YOU. (VIDEO)    9/15/14

Lady Antebellum have released the lyric video for "I Did With You," the song they wrote and recorded for the soundtrack to the Nicholas Sparks' film, The Best of Me. The movie hits theaters nationwide October 17th, while the soundtrack, which also features songs by David Nail, Eric Paslay, Kip Moore, Kacey Musgraves, Hunter Hayes, Thompson Square and Colbie Caillat, among others, is released October 7th.

Lady A's forthcoming album, 747, is due out September 30th. It features their recent two-week No. 1 single, "Bartender."

VIDEO:Lady Antebellum lyric video I Did With You
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