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Many country artists have plunged into the Ice Bucket Challenge, raising money and awareness for ALS. Dustin Lynch challenged Little Big Town, The Bobby Bones Show and Keith Urban, who in turn threw it out to Eric Church and Tim McGraw. Rodney Atkins challenged Darius Rucker, who turned it around on Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley (who was also challenged by Luke Bryan). Jana Kramer was called out by WAR's Chris Palmer, and passed the fun along to Dan + Shay's Dan Smyers and Maggie Rose, who nominated Cassadee Pope. KNIX/Phoenix's Barrel Boy called out Florida Georgia Line, who turned it around to SiriusXM's Storme Warren, Garth Brooks and BMLG's Scott Borchetta.The chilly fun continues at #IceBucketChallenge. We've pulled together a bunch of the videos of some of your favorite country stars accepting the challenge and passing it on! Check out the videos below.
Florida Georgia Line
Carrie Underwood & Mike Fisher
Blake Shelton, Carson Daly & Adam Levine
Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum
The Band Perry
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Republic Nashville's Florida Georgia Line shared some big news about their sophomore disc on ABC-TV's Good Morning America yesterday (8/15).
‘Anything Goes,’ which will be Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard’s follow-up to their multi-platinum debut album, ‘Here’s to the Good Times,’ is set for release on Oct. 14.
“You know what, this whole album is just … it’s kind of like ['Here's to the Good Times'] was for us, it’s just where we are at this point,” Kelley said on ‘GMA.’ “So we’re excited, we’re trying to step up our game, and we’re eager for you guys to hear it.”
The duo has a lot to live up to: ‘Here’s to the Good Times’ included five No. 1 singles. But the new album’s first single, "Dirt", has already made waves, breaking Taylor Swift‘s record for the most-added song in a week.
“It’s been a hell of a ride. The past couple years, we’re able to start seeing them clearly now. It all happened so fast, and it’s cool to start reminiscing and looking back at some pictures,” Kelley says. “That’s also affected the album: reminiscing and looking at all the good times that ‘Here’s to the Good Times’ allowed us to have.”
Hubbard says ‘Anything Goes’ has plenty of potential hits on it too. “Honestly, it’s hard to pick one I’m more pumped about than the next,” he says. “All of them have their own flavor, their own taste, and all serve their purpose. They fit their slot on the record, and it’s fun to listen to all the songs and not want to skip one. That’s one of our goals when we’re recording — slam an album full of singles and make people want to listen to every song.”
Fans will have to wait a little longer to hear the new material, though. When Florida Georgia Line took the ‘GMA’ stage in Central Park, they performed "Dirt" as well as "This is How We Roll", "Cruise" and "Round Here".
“We’re trying to step our game up,” Kelley explains. “We’ve got a couple of awesome songs that we’re pumped about everybody hearing. Can’t wait to get the new stuff out. It’s definitely gonna have evolved from record one, but it’s still going to have that FGL feel, but we’re going to take some chances here and there.”
Watch the entire GMA performance here:
For the latest on Florida Georgia Line including tour dates visit their official website.
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Photo: Capitol Nashville
On Sept. 3 we'll find out who the final nominees are for The 48th Annual CMA Awards. Capitol's Darius Rucker will deliver the good news from New York City on ABC-TV's Good Morning America. In the 8:30am ET segment he'll share the nominees for five categories. At 10am ET Rucker will head over to the Best Buy Theater in Times Square to read the nominees for the remaining seven categories. He'll also disclose CMA Broadcast Awards for Personality and Radio Station of the Year in small, medium, large and major markets; and finalists for the CMA National Broadcast Personality of the Year.
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Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
Lee Brice is in the September issue of Redbook, on stands now. In it, he talks about the story behind his single "I Don't Dance," marrying wife Sara – and how she feels about the backwards baseball cap. Watch his acoustic performance from the magazine's office here.
Here's an excerpt from Redbook's interview with Brice. (Read the entire interview here)
REDBOOK: Your new hit "I Don't Dance" is the wedding song of the summer.
Well, it was made to be a wedding song. The whole time I was writing it, I was thinking, This is our first dance. I recorded a live acoustic version when I wrote it—that's what played at our wedding, and those vocals actually ended up on the record. It stayed personal.
RB: Your whole I Don't Dance album has so many songs about the different phases of love.
Look, I'm a party animal. I love to rock out on stage. But love songs are what come naturally to me. I have to work a lot harder at writing big-tempo, rocking songs.
RB: You've been touring with Luke Bryan. When you're back in Nashville, do you and Sara have date nights?
Our date is just being at home. I'm on the road a lot, and it makes us appreciate our time together. I think a lot of people lose that in everyday life—when you come home from work every day, maybe you take for granted the time you have with your family. We don't.
Brice's latest album, 'I Don't Dance', releases September 9.
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In anticiipation of the release of Joel Crouse’s 'Even The River Runs' CD this Tuesday, August 19, we are giving away an autographed CD and a pair of custom Joel Crouse sunglasses! To enter, just visit our Facebook and Twitter pages and share / re-tweet the contest. You can enter once a day on each page by sharing and re-tweeting! Contest ends on Friday, August 22 and we'll announce the winner shortly after! Must be a follower and like our page for the entry to count.
Crouse's debut studio ablum, 'Even The River Runs', spans the gamut of his musical lexicon, from thumping, honky-tonk barn-burners like "Don't Tell Me" (co-written by Crouse, James Dean Hicks and Jamie Houston and featured on the CW's Hart of Dixie), to the breakout bluesy-twang romper "If You Want Some" or Crouse's personal favorite, "Ruby Puts Her Red Dress On," which is anchored by a smooth vamp evoking his treasured classic rock influences. "It's about some friends deployed to Afghanistan," he recalls. "It's a story song, and one of the deepest on the record."
Crouse is also not shy about exposing his love life in song – though his tales of romance are certainly as rooted in honest experience as everything else on the record. Take "I Never Said I Was In Love," an emotive ballad built on a piano lick that evokes a southern-steeped Bryan Adams. "It's about my commitment issues," he says with a laugh. Others, like the mid-tempo groove of "You Could Break a Heart Like That" showcase his own vulnerable side – and his vocal range, which can go from sultry lows to a stunning falsetto in one fell swoop.
Another track, the fan favorite "Why God Makes Love Songs," is the perfect grooving, clapping ode to summertime love, and on moments like the title track, "Even The River Runs," all of his sides – vintage rock, modern country and dusty blues – come together in one perfect, rollicking ride that puts his guitar chops on full display.
For more on Joel Crouse including tour dates and pre-order information for 'Even The River Runs' visit his official website.
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In case you missed it, Luke Bryan performed yesterday on Good Morning America's Summer Concert Series in Central Park to over 5000 fans. You can watch the performace here and also see the interview.
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"First of all, we're musicians, so there's no 'routine.' All those years of three girls and their activities? Even with only one still at home, there are a million things going on every night." That's Trisha Yearwood, who covers the September issue of Woman's Day magazine. In the feature, she talks about curbing weeknight chaos and spending more time as a family eating healthy meals. She even shares some recipes. It'll be on stands Tuesday (8/12). More here.
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Photo ID (L to Right): Jonathan Lamy (Executive Vice President, Communications, RIAA), Cara Duckworth Weiblinger (Vice President, Communications, RIAA), Lee Adams (VP of National Promotion, Broken Bow Records), Benny Brown (President/CEO, Broken Bow Records), Jason Aldean, Liz Kennedy (Director, Communications and Gold & Platinum Program, RIAA), Rick Shedd (GM, Broken Bow Records) and Jon Loba (Executive Vice President, Broken Bow Records)
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has recognized Jason Aldean as the Top Male Country Artist in the history of RIAA’s Digital Gold & Platinum Awards, the music industry’s premier program for celebrating artistic achievement in the marketplace. To date, Aldean has tallied over 21.5 million cumulative RIAA Digital Single Certifications counting song downloads and on-demand streams.
“On behalf of myself and my RIAA colleagues, we are delighted to recognize Jason Aldean for this prestigious honor,” said RIAA Chairman and CEO Cary Sherman. “We congratulate Broken Bow Records and Jason on this singular achievement and look forward to many more years of great country music to come.”
"This is such a huge honor, and one that everyone on my team earned together," said Aldean. "I love country music, and I wouldn't want to be doing anything else…there was never a Plan B for me. I can't thank the RIAA or country music fans enough for helping us get to this level…it's unbelievable!"
Last week, Aldean’s smoking new single “Burnin’ It Down” ranked as the top selling single in the country in all genres and marked his biggest career debut ever at country radio. Aldean just rounded out a string of five massively successful BURN IT DOWN 2014 TOUR stadium dates, and the tour will continue on with notable upcoming stops including two sold out nights at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre. For more information and for a full list of tour dates, please visit www.jasonaldean.com.
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Photo: The Valory Music Co.
Labelmates on The Valory Music Co., Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett brought out the big guns, some ATVs and pretty ladies for their latest Top 15-and-rising collaboration. The rowdy “Small Town Throwdown” music video premiered and last weekou can watch it below. Award-winning director Shane Drake shot the dirt road party just outside of Nashville with the talented Country stars and a few hundred guests. Former UFC Champion Chuck Liddell, who may or may not get in a fight with one of the guys, swung by for an unexpected visit.
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Photo Credit: Kim Jordan
Set your DVR's! Luke Bryan will take over the "Big Apple" tomorrow morning! The superstar is heading to New York (Aug. 8), where he’ll perform on ‘Good Morning America’ and will also tape a scene for ABC’s ‘Nashville.’
Bryan will appear on the early morning show as part of their summer concert series. He’ll be performing in the heart of the city’s Central Park, playing several songs. At the end of his ‘GMA’ performance, the singer will be taping for ‘Nashville,’ joined by Connie Britton and Amy Robach. The special appearance by one of our favorite Georgia boys will air on Oct. 1.
This weekend Bryan takes his party to Gillette Stadium on Sunday (Aug. 10). This is only the second of four stadium shows that he will be playing this summer. For a full list of his tour dates, visit his official website.