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“CMT Storytellers: Darius Rucker” to premiere Wednesday, August 31st at 10pm
countrymusicnewsblog.com Thursday, 11 August 2022 21:38:19
CMT today announced three-time GRAMMY® award-winning singer-songwriter Darius Rucker is set to headline the second installment of the recently revived iconic music series “CMT Storytellers,” premiering on Wednesday, August 31st at 10pm ET/PT on CMT. Additional encores to air on CMT on Wednesday, August 31 at 11p/10c and Sunday, September 4 at 12p/11c and on CMT Music on Friday, September 9 at 8p/7c and Saturday, September 10 at 10a/9c and 6p/5c. The one-hour “CMT Storytellers: Darius Rucker” special concert event will feature performances and never-before-heard stories about how the country icon’s smash hits came to be in front of an intimate audience. The night is set to feature music from Rucker’s robust solo career, in addition to his time as front-man of the Diamond-certified band Hootie & The Blowfish, giving an insider’s look at Rucker’s songwriting process, life in the industry, and career. “There have been so many nights when someone comes up to me after a show and tells me what a song means to them, when they first heard it or how it became a song at a pivotal moment in their life, played at a wedding or even a memorial,” offers Rucker. “The way music connects and how the story evolves for each person differently is perhaps the coolest aspect of music, which is what makes a show like CMT Storytellers so special as I think we can always use more moments of connection.” “CMT Storytellers” gives fans a front row seat with behind-the-scenes access to their favorite artists and music. Legendary duo Brooks & Dunn kicked off the series revival this spring, performing their hits including “Neon Moon,” “Red Dirt Road” and “Boot Scootin Boogie.” The Storytellers franchise originally aired on VH1 from 1996-2015 and quickly became a cultural touchstone, featuring some of the biggest names in music including Garth Brooks, The Chicks, Pearl Jam, Elton John, Ed Sheeran, Bruce Springsteen and Taylor Swift, among others. “CMT Storytellers” is executive produced by CMT’s Margaret Comeaux, Switched On Entertainment’s John Hamlin and Ladypants Productions’ Patrizia DiMaria. Jackie Barba and Heather D. Graffagnino serve as Executives in Charge of Production. Leslie Fram is Executive in Charge of Talent; Shanna Strassberg is Talent Producer. Directed by Lauren Quinn. About Darius Rucker:Rucker first achieved multi-Platinum status in the music industry as lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the GRAMMY Award-winning band Hootie & the Blowfish, who have sold more than 25 million albums worldwide including their Diamond-certified debut Cracked Rear View, which remains among the Top 10 best-selling studio albums of all time. Since releasing his first Country album in 2008, Rucker has earned a whole new legion of fans with four No. 1 albums on the Billboard Country chart, including RIAA Platinum-certified Learn to Live and True Believers, plus 10 No. 1 singles at Country radio and 11 Gold, Platinum or multi-Platinum certified hits. Rucker was inducted as a Grand Ole Opry member in 2012 and in 2014 he won his third career GRAMMY Award for Best Solo Country Performance with his 9x Platinum version of Old Crow Continue reading “CMT Storytellers: Darius Rucker” to premiere Wednesday, August 31st at 10pm→
“CMT GIANTS: VINCE GILL,” premiering Friday, September 16th at 9p/8c
countrymusicnewsblog.com Thursday, 11 August 2022 21:35:41
“CMT GIANTS: Vince Gill,” an all-new 90-minute special celebrating the extraordinary career and music of country music titan Vince Gill. The star-packed event premieres Friday, September 16th at 9p/8c exclusively on CMT. Gill’s tourmate and vocalist Wendy Moten first revealed the news last night onstage in front of a sold-out crowd at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium during night one of his four-night residency. “CMT GIANTS: Vince Gill” brings together Gill’s superstar friends, collaborators and some of the biggest names in music to honor him with performances of his most legendary hits, including Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton, Cody Johnson, Luke Combs, Maren Morris and Ricky Skaggs, with more to be announced. Emmylou Harris, Keith Urban, Reba McEntire, Rodney Crowell and Sting will also appear as special guests to share personal stories, reflect on their time working with Gill and speak to his forever impact on country music. The special will additionally feature an all-new sit down interview with Gill as he reflects personally on his career, his classic songwriting, musical influences and his future plans, all blended alongside rare photos, performance footage and interviews from the vault. “From his timeless song catalog, numerous awards and unmatched musicianship, to the respect and camaraderie cultivated among his fellow musicians, and of course, his signature sense of humor, we can all agree Vince is a true titan in country music,” shared Margaret Comeaux, CMT’s Senior Vice President of Production, Music & Events. “He is a true ‘artist’s artist’ who has touched fans worldwide with his music and songwriting, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to bestow him with our most esteemed ‘CMT Giants’ distinction.” CMT’s new music special will mark the first-ever televised performance from Belmont University’s new Fisher Center for the Performing Arts in Nashville. Gill has a celebrated history with CMT including his collaboration with Sting for an episode of the iconic music franchise “CMT Crossroads” in 2011. He also appeared alongside Alison Krauss for the “CMT Cross Country” series in 2006. Most recently, he appeared at the 2019 “CMT Artists of the Year” ceremony to present friend Reba McEntire with her special “Artist of a Lifetime” honor. Launched in 2006, the CMT GIANTS franchise is CMT’s elite honor celebrating the careers of country music’s most legendary artists: Reba McEntire (2006), Hank Williams, Jr. (2007), Alan Jackson (2008), Kenny Rogers (2020) and Charley Pride (2021). Stars that have previously taken part in past specials include Alan Jackson, Buddy Guy, Darius Rucker, Dolly Parton, Faith Hill, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Gladys Knight, Gretchen Wilson, Jennifer Nettles, Kelly Clarkson, LeAnn Rimes, Lionel Richie, Luke Combs, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Martina McBride, Megan Mullally, Michael McDonald, Rascal Flatts, Steven Tyler, Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Toby Keith, Trisha Yearwood and Wynonna, to name a few. “CMT GIANTS: Vince Gill ” is executive produced by CMT’s Margaret Comeaux and Taillight’s Tom Forrest. Executives in Charge of Production are Jackie Barba and Heather D. Graffagnino. Leslie Fram is Executive in Charge of Talent; Shanna Strassberg is Talent Producer.
ACM Honors to Air on FOX
countrymusicnewsblog.com Thursday, 11 August 2022 21:18:23
The 15th Annual ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC (ACM) HONORS show will televised on FOX for the first time this year. The show, taking place at NASHVILLE’s RYMAN AUDITORIUM on AUGUST 24th, will be filmed to air on the network on SEPTEMBER 13th from 8-10p (ET/PT). Hosted by CARLY PEARCE, the show will feature tributes to honorees MIRANDA LAMBERT, CHRIS STAPLETON, SHANIA TWAIN, MORGAN WALLEN and PARAMOUNT+ series “Yellowstone,” among others. Performers will include PEARCE, WALLEN, KELSEA BALLERINI, DIERKS BENTLEY, BROOKS & DUNN, THE WARREN BROTHERS, DAN + SHAY, JORDAN DAVIS, ERNEST, VINCE GILL, HARDY, WYNONNA JUDD, AVRIL LAVIGNE, LITTLE BIG TOWN, LAINEY WILSON, MICKEY GUYTON and TRACE ADKINS, who stars in the FOX drama “Monarch,” debuting on SEPTEMBER 11th. Songwriters JESSE FRASURE and ASHLEY GORLEY are also scheduled to perform. “We are thrilled to bring one of our industry’s favorite and most poignant nights back to primetime television and to kick off our first-ever ACM partnership with FOX,” said ACM CEO DAMON WHITESIDE. “Being our 15th anniversary show makes the return to television even more special and a great opportunity to bring ACM HONORS to the fans to experience the admiration and respect that our Country community has for its own through emotional tributes and unique performances.” Tickets for ACM HONORS are currently on sale to the general public at AXS.
Luke Bryan Announced to host 2023 CMA Awards Live with Peyton Manning
countrymusicnewsblog.com Tuesday, 2 August 2022 02:30:52
Luke Bryan To Return To ‘American Idol’ For Season Six
countrymusicnewsblog.com Friday, 29 July 2022 23:46:30
ABC has announced that LUKE BRYAN, KATY PERRY, LIONEL RICHIE and RYAN SEACREST will all return to AMERICAN IDOL for its sixth season on ABC, debuting next spring. Along with the announcement comes the news that BRYAN will guest host LIVE WITH KELLY & RYAN alongside SEACREST next MONDAY, AUGUST 1st. Continue reading Luke Bryan To Return To ‘American Idol’ For Season Six→
Listen Now: Little Big Town “Rich Man”
countrymusicnewsblog.com Friday, 29 July 2022 00:21:23
On the heels of announcing their 10th studio album Mr. Sun this week, ACM, CMA and GRAMMY-winning band Little Big Town has released the latest glimpse into the new record with “Rich Man” – available everywhere now. LBT’s Jimi Westbrook, who wrote the track, began toying with the idea of “Rich Man” more than a decade ago, with the concept growing more robust as time passed and life experiences happened. After years of the song never leaving the back of his mind and constantly adding to it as life shifted, Mr. Sun became the perfect landing spot for a song that reflects what genuine wealth means to the band. “‘Rich Man’ has a special place in my heart, and it feels like the most honest me song I’ve ever written,” Westbrook shares. “It is about my love of family and their role in laying the foundation that anchors me.” The track’s accompanying lyric video, released today, is a further reflection of that, filled to the brim with personal footage of the band and their kids throughout the years. Mr. Sun is set for release on September 16, 2022. Physical pre-orders of Mr. Sun are available now, including two hand-signed options from the band – a limited edition, web-store edition tangerine vinyl that includes an 11×11” art card, and a CD that includes a 4×4” art card – in addition to a baby blue vinyl edition of the record. A sky blue vinyl of Mr. Sun will be available exclusively through Barnes & Noble.
Out Now: “Not Just A Girl” Shania Twain Documentary on Netflix
countrymusicnewsblog.com Friday, 29 July 2022 00:02:38
Global Icon Shania Twain’s Not Just A Girl, a brand new, career-spanning documentary produced by Mercury Studios and directed by Joss Crowley, will be available Tuesday, July 26 on Netflix. Since the ’90s, Shania has led the way as a genre-defying, iconic, and empowered female, who has smashed records, amassed an enormous international fanbase, and generated a catalog of some of the biggest hits that have stood the test of time. Continue reading Out Now: “Not Just A Girl” Shania Twain Documentary on Netflix→
The 2023 ACM Awards Will Again Stream EXCLUSIVELY on Amazon Prime.
countrymusicnewsblog.com Wednesday, 20 July 2022 21:48:35
countrymusicnewsblog.com Monday, 18 July 2022 23:03:33
Country Artist/Songwriter Matt Jordan releases the Official Music Video for his new single “Your Town,” a continuation of his fan-favorite single “Cold in California” The video premiered on Taste of Country yesterday and will be available on CMT.com on 7/22. The single was written by Matt Jordan and Jarret Hartness, produced by Grammy-Award nominated producer, Sal Oliveri, and the music video was shot and produced by Frankie Zarantonello of Butter Creations. Matt Jordan grew up in Eureka, MO, a small town just outside of St. Louis, where they decided to film the music video to give it an authentic feeling. “I think ‘Your Town’ is a song a lot of people can relate to — the idea of a lingering, lost love that has moved away while you’re still in the same place,” said Matt Jordan. “Jarrett Hartness (co-writer) and I really wanted it to feel like a conversation between the characters to try and make it more personal and more nostalgic.” In the story-behind-the song, Jordan explains the idea behind the single that showcases the rising star’s gritty vocals and country/rock influences, drawing comparisons to the likes of artists such as Bruce Springsteen and Eric Church while showcasing his artistry as a songwriter. This is Jordan’s follow up to his popular singles “Boulder,” “The Good Fight” and “Heart of the Heartland” as well as his debut EP Middle of Everything (October 2021), all produced by Grammy-Award nominated producer, Sal Oliveri (P!nk, Chris Stapleton, Sheryl Crow). Matt Jordan is currently working on new music that will be released throughout 2022. “Your Town” is available now on Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music and anywhere you stream music. The Lyric Video for “Your Town,” which follows Jordan driving through the streets of his hometown, is also available on his YouTube Channel. For more information, visit www.mattjordansongwriter.com.
Watch Now: Brian Kelley celebrates his “American Spirit” in new video!
countrymusicnewsblog.com Monday, 18 July 2022 22:58:23
DIAMOND-selling superstar Brian Kelley brings the tried-and-true heart of patriotic pride in his “American Spirit” music video – watch here. Director Ben Christensen captured freedom-flying clips during the annual Grayton Beach Parade in Florida with many celebrating the red, white, and blue on Independence Day. “We wanted to capture the energy and spirit of Fourth of July at home in Florida. The parade grows every year in Grayton Beach, and the celebration on the beach gets even more fun!” shares Kelley. “Our friends always set up a huge flag in front of their driveway, so during the afternoon when everyone was at the beach, we did one quick performance shot for this music video to tie it all in with the great footage we captured of families and friends celebrating, soaking up the Florida sun, and giving thanks to our service members. I just love our town – good times, good vibez, and good people.” From the American flag-filled beaches to the star-spangled parade, the hometown footage brings Kelley’s lyrics to life as “That American spirit runs in our blood.” Kelley and Jake Rose produced his first solo release for Big Machine Records, which they co-wrote alongside Blake Redferrin and Canaan Smith. Mixing Kelley’s signature easygoing style with a genuine admiration for the nation he loves while respecting those who protect it, “American Spirit” serves as a timely salute to the ideals of freedom, bravery, and honor – especially everyone who joins the hitmaker in holding them dear. Further embracing his community, Kelley’s been hosting his first-ever Surf Post Sessions live from the backyard of the Tribe Kelley Surf Post in Grayton Beach. Sponsored by local veteran-owned small business 30A Blaze, he just added a fifth SOLD-OUT show this Sunday (7/17) due to high-demand, as every show so far this month has reached capacity including tonight’s (7/15) event. The Tribe Kelley Surf Post is run by Kelley and his wife Brittney, which is fully stocked with Tribe Kelley brand items. Next Friday (7/22), the former college baseball player will jet to Atlanta, GA, to headline the CMT Hot Prospects summer concert series at The Battery Atlanta. Playing a FREE pregame concert for fans of the 2021 World Series champions, Kelley will perform on the Georgia Power Pavilion stage ahead of a Los Angeles Angels vs. Atlanta Braves game. He’ll also reprise his appearance at the top of the game inside Truist Park. Tickets and additional details can be found here.