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Tune In Alert: CMT Campfire Sessions feat. Brett Eldredge TONIGHT
countrymusicnewsblog.com Friday, 12 August 2022 22:47:07
Singer-songwriter Brett Eldredge stars in the latest episode of fan-favorite summertime series “CMT Campfire Sessions,” premiering tomorrow, Friday, August 12th at 10p/9c exclusively on CMT. Eldredge is joined fireside by his bandmates and longtime co-writers as they swap stories and share stripped back versions of some of his #1 hits – including “Beat of the Music” and “The Long Way” – plus new songs from his latest albums, Songs About You and Sunday Drive. Eldredge’s full acoustic set list includes: “Beat of the Music” “Gabrielle” “Hideaway” “Holy Water” “I Feel Fine” “Love Someone” “Songs About You” “The Long Way” “Where The Light Meets The Sea” Encores of this week’s episode will air Sunday, August 21st at 11a/10c (CMT), Friday, August 26th at 8p/7c (CMT Music) and Saturday, August 27th at 10a/9c and 6p/5c (CMT Music). “CMT Campfire Sessions” brings together a star-packed lineup of music’s biggest names as they strip down hits new and share stories with friends fireside for an intimate night of music each week, with upcoming episodes from Old Crow Medicine Show (August 19) and Jon Pardi (August 26), a re-air of Little Big Town (September 2) which aired as part of the first-ever 2022 CMT MUSIC AWARDS WEEK and an all-star “Covers” finale special (September 9). Season Two of CMT’s beloved summer series kicked off last month with hitmaker Jason Aldean (watch here & here), acclaimed singer-songwriter Brandy Clark (watch here & here), country icons Clay Walker & Tracy Lawrence (watch here & here), and most recently, Old Dominion (watch here and here). Shot on location in Tennessee, “CMT Campfire Sessions” is executive produced by CMT’s Margaret Comeaux and Taillight’s Tom Forrest. MTV Entertainment Group’s Jackie Barba serves as SVP, Head of Physical Production Music Series & Specials, Heather D. Graffagnino is Executive in Charge of Production. Leslie Fram is Executive in Charge of Talent and Shanna Strassberg is Talent Producer. For more information, visit CMT.com, follow @CMT on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and TikTok.
Little Big Town Debuts New Track “Better Love” From Upcoming Album Mr. Sun
countrymusicnewsblog.com Friday, 12 August 2022 22:43:57
LISTEN TO “BETTER LOVE” HERE | WATCH THE LYRIC VIDEO HERE ALBUM DIGITAL PRE-ORDER LIVE NOW PERFORMANCES OF NEW MUSIC FEATURED IN PREMIERE EPISODE OF “CMT SUMMER CAMP,” AIRING TONIGHT AT 9/8c ON CMT With their 10th studio album Mr. Sun just over a month away, ACM, CMA and GRAMMY-winning band Little Big Town debuts the brand new song “Better Love” – available everywhere now. The track’s release coincides with the launch of the digital pre-order for Mr Sun. The band also revealed the lyric video for “Better Love” – watch here. LBT’s Karen Fairchild and Jimi Westbrook wrote the confidently clever track alongside Tofer Brown and Audra Mae. “The attitude of this song is mischievous and lands squarely in Karen’s wheelhouse. It’s fun to sing, too,” Westbrook notes. Fans will get another sneak peek of the new record when Little Big Town kicks off the brand-new series “CMT Summer Camp” with the premiere episode airing tonight at 9p/8c on CMT. The exclusive one-hour special will include performances of new music – including “Better Love” – and some of LBT’s greatest hits for a night of summertime fun. Mr. Sun is set for release on September 16, 2022. To celebrate the album’s release, the band will perform on the 2022 Citi Concert Series on TODAY that morning from Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. Previously released tracks from Mr. Sun include “Rich Man,” “All Summer,” and lead single “Hell Yeah”, which has amassed more than 30 million global streams since its release. Physical pre-orders of Mr. Sun are also available, 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. The genesis of Mr. Sun was unlike any of their previous albums. Due to the pandemic, the band found themselves off the road and apart for the first time ever throughout their 20-year journey. The resilience and creativity born from those months unearthed a deep appreciation for both one another, and the privilege of making music – ultimately inspiring the self-produced Mr. Sun, which packs both the sparkle of storytelling and the heat of truth-telling in a way only Little Big Town can. “Mr. Sun is intentionally an emotional record that holds hands well with our last album Nightfall,” LBT’s Karen Fairchild shares. “Mr. Sun is focused on better days ahead, the value of friendships and family; it touches on heartbreak and letting go, but it’s full of sunshine and joy.”
Kane Brown To Become First Male Country Artist To Play The MTV Video Music Awards
countrymusicnewsblog.com Friday, 12 August 2022 22:38:49
2022 “VMAs” announce Kane Brown as Toyota Stage headlinerwith first-of-its-kind Mixed Reality activation from The Famous Group Brown makes history as the first male country artist to perform on the show Global entertainer Kane Brown is set to make an epic “VMAs” debut from the Toyota Stage with a first-time TV performance of “Grand,” the new single from his highly-anticipated third album Different Man, dropping September 9th. Brown continues to make “VMAs” history as the first male country artist to perform on the iconic show. Last year, he was the only country artist to receive a 2021 nomination (“Video for Good” for his emotionally charged single “Worldwide Beautiful”). This marks Toyota’s fourth year as exclusive sponsor of “VMAs” remote performances, continuing its tradition of partnering with MTV to activate innovative in-show moments, this year using cutting-edge Mixed Reality technology, powered by The Famous Group – the creative technology company behind high-profile mixed reality activations in the Super Bowl, MLB All-Star Game, and NFL Wild Card Slime Game on Nickelodeon. Fans will be treated on a musical journey from NYC to New Jersey in the stylish and versatile Toyota Corolla Cross with Kane Brown’s hit “Be Like That” serving as the soundtrack for the trip, leading into his performance on the Toyota Stage. “Creating unforgettable cultural moments that weave our partners into the fabric of our award shows by leveraging innovation is Velocity’s gold standard, and this year’s remote performance at the VMAs will be no exception,” said Dario Spina, CMO, Velocity, Paramount. “Toyota continues to be an incredible partner and we’re excited for The Famous Group’s creative excellence in mixed reality to help MTV send Kane Brown’s historic performance into the stratosphere.” “Toyota joins forces with the MTV VMAs for the fourth year in a row to bring a show-stopping remote performance to the Toyota Stage,” said Jessamine Merrill, general manager, media and digital engagement, Toyota Motor North America. “This exclusive collaboration showcases the all-new Corolla Cross and a first-ever mixed reality technology, in partnership with The Famous Group, creating an added performance element to Kane Brown’s exciting VMAs debut.” “This creative partnership with Velocity marks a unique opportunity for our team,” says Erik Beaumont, Head of Mixed Reality, The Famous Group. “We have a track record of creating dynamic experiences for teams and organizations primarily in the sports world. Now, we look forward to expanding into a new and exciting vertical – music. We are ecstatic to collaborate with MTV and Toyota to create a captivating activation at a world-renowned event.”
“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→