Nashville Love

Welcome to Nashville Love - Your inside track to all the latest in Country Music news!


Luke Bryan, Little Big Town & Keith Urban Among First Performers Announced For 2013 CMA Awards

Posted by Administrator on October 8, 2013 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

“Country Music’s Biggest Night™” is bringing together the biggest names in Country Music with today’s announcement of performers for “The 47th Annual CMA Awards.”


Three-time nominee this year Jason Aldean, three-time nominee this year Luke Bryan, reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Miranda Lambert, reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town, former CMA Entertainer of the Year Tim McGraw, reigning CMA Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year Blake Shelton, two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year Taylor Swift, and former CMA Entertainer of the Year Keith Urbanare all scheduled to perform.


Hosted for the sixth consecutive year by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, “The 47th Annual CMA Awards” will air live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Wednesday, Nov. 6 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.


Nominated this year for Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year, and Musical Event of the Year for “The Only Way I Know” with Aldean and Church, Bryan has seven career CMA Awards nominations. He was first nominated in 2010 for New Artist of the Year and has been a presence at the CMA Awards every year since. This marks his first nomination for the night’s highest honor, CMA Entertainer of the Year.


Reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town is nominated in that category again, as well as for Album of the Year for Tornado, and Music Video of the Year for the album’s title track. In addition to their win last year for Vocal Group of the Year, their song “Pontoon” was named Single of the Year.


Male Vocalist of the Year nominee Urban is also nominated for Single, Musical Event, and Music Video of the Year for “Highway Don’t Care” with McGraw and Swift. Urban has been named Male Vocalist of the Year three times (2004-2006) and is a six-time CMA Award winner with 29 career CMA Awards nominations.


Winners of “The 47th Annual CMA Awards” will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible voting members of the Country Music Association. CMA Awards balloting is officiated by the international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP. The third and final ballot will be emailed to CMA members Thursday. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends Monday, Oct. 28 (5:00 PM/CT).



Little Big Town's 'Tornado' Certified Platinum

Posted by Administrator on July 18, 2013 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Reigning ACM and CMA Vocal Group of the Year, Little Big Town have had their current album 'Tornado' certified Platinum by the RIAA in recognition of one million units sold.  'Tornado', which was released in September 2012 debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart and went on to remain at the top of the chart for five consecutive weeks. Produced by Jay Joyce, the album includes back-to-back #1 singles “Pontoon” and “Tornado,” as well as the current single, “Your Side of the Bed.”

The debut single from 'Tornado', “Pontoon” spent two weeks at the top of the country radio chart and was the 2012 CMA Single of the Year. The double Platinum single also earned the band a Grammy award for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “Pontoon.”

The album’s title track, “Tornado,” also peaked at #1 on the country radio chart and currently exceeds sales of over 800,000. The official video, which has been viewed over 4 million times, recently won the ACM award for “Video of the Year.”

You need Adobe Flash Player to view this content.

Current single, “Your Side of the Bed” was written by Little Big Town and Lori McKenna and has been described by USA Today as “stunning” and “ unusually subtle power ballad.” Billboard magazine writes, “Little Big Town’s compelling new ballad boasts all the ingredients of a country classic…the cut sizzles with emotional tension.” The official music video quickly garnered over one million views since its debut on ABC’s Good Morning America and current digital sales of the track exceed 173,000.

Little Big Town will join Keith Urban on his Light the Fuse Tour starting this summer. Earlier this year, they headlined the sold-out Tornado Tour which visited over 25 cities nationwide.

Nashville Artists Win Daytime Emmy Awards

Posted by Administrator on June 18, 2013 at 12:10 PM Comments comments (0)


Country music artists were among those who were honored during the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, which broadcast Sunday from Los Angeles on HLN. The awards were presented in a ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. The Daytime Emmys recognize network and syndicated programming.


Little Big Town won an Emmy for Outstanding Original Song for “Good Afternoon,” written by Little Big Town with The Warren Brothers. Little Big Town performed the tune as the theme song for Good Afternoon America. The song’s competition was “This Day,” the theme song for ABC’s "Katie."



Trisha Yearwood‘s Trisha’s Southern Kitchen tied with "Best Thing I Ever Made" for the honor of Outstanding Culinary Program. Yearwood’s competition also included three other Food Network shows – “Best Thing I Ever Made,” “Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction,” and “Giada at Home” – and the syndicated series “Recipe Rehab.”


Little Big Town Announced As Hosts For This Year's "CMA Music Fest: Country's Night To Rock"

Posted by Administrator on May 24, 2013 at 1:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Little Big Town will serve as hosts for this year’s CMA Music Fest: Country’s Night to Rock, a CMA Music Fest-centric television special that will air Monday, Aug. 12 on ABC, beginning at 8 p.m. ET.


“When we found out we were just thrilled,” says LBT’s Karen Fairchild. The group’s first CMA Music Fest was in 1999. The group recalled that first two-song performance at CMA Music Fest, where they were backed only by an acoustic guitar. “We’ve been playing CMA Fest ever since that two-song debut, so the chance to host it is just incredible,” says Fairchild.


Little Big Town & Hunter Hayes to Headline Blue Ridge Music Festival June 1 in Salem, VA

Posted by Administrator on March 5, 2013 at 12:25 PM Comments comments (0)

On Saturday, June 1, CMA and Grammy award winners Little Big Town and CMA award winner and Grammy nominee Hunter Hayes will headline the star-studded Blue Ridge Music Festival at Salem Stadium in Salem, Va. Charles Esten, Deacon Claybourne on ABC’s hit show “Nashville,” Gloriana, Colt Ford, Greg Bates, Will Hoge and Virginia’s own legendary party band, The Skip Castro Band, round out the lineup of this day-long event.


Tickets are currently on sale at the Salem Civic Center box office, all Ticketmaster locations and charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000. General admission field tickets and reserved stadium seats are $35.00 plus additional fees. There will also be a very limited number of VIP tickets available for $99.50 plus additional fees that will include:

•Preferred reserved seating or general admission tickets

•Preferred parking

•VIP express entry

•Exclusive invitation to festival after-party

•Private bathrooms

•Private cash bar (beer & wine only)

•Complimentary boxed lunch

•Commemorative Blue Ridge Music Festival poster

“We are very pleased to be partnering with Mike Smardak and the fine people at Outback Concerts on this event and hope to make the Blue Ridge Music Festival an annual event in Salem Stadium,” says Carey Harveycutter, Salem’s Director of Civic Facilities.


“We’re excited for this event,” states Mike Smardak, President of Outback Concerts.


Salem has played host to a number of major stars for stadium shows in the past decade. In 2005, Salem Memorial Ballpark welcomed Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson to the stage, in 2006, Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert headlined the festival and in 2011, the Zac Brown Band performed at Salem Stadium.


Tune In Alert: Little Big Town On The Late Show With David Letterman TONIGHT

Posted by Administrator on February 12, 2013 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

GRAMMY Award winners and CMA Vocal Group of the Year, Little Big Town will perform their Top 10 single “Tornado” on CBS’ The Late Show with David Letterman TONIGHT, February 12. The single is the title track from their critically-acclaimed album Tornado which held the #1 spot on Billboard’s Country Albums Chart for five consecutive weeks and has exceeded sales of 680,000 in just five months. The band celebrated their first GRAMMY Award win Sunday night for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “Pontoon.”


“Tornado” follows the two-week #1 single “Pontoon” which has sold over 2 million downloads. The band recently kicked off their Tornado Tour and will be on the road with Keith Urban this summer.

The Academy of Country Music To Announce Nominees For 48th Annual ACM Awards During Digital Press Conference February 13th

Posted by Administrator on February 6, 2013 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

The Academy of Country Music will announce the nominees for the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards during a digital press conference on Wednesday, February 13 at 6:30 am PST.


The Band Perry, “2 Broke Girls” star Beth Behrs, Little Big Town, Scotty McCreery, Ryan Seacrest, “Entertainment Tonight” hosts Rob Marciano and Nancy O’Dell and more surprise guests will announce categories via videos posted in real time to fans and media simultaneously. The press conference will culminate with country music FANS announcing the nominees for Entertainer of the Year.


Fans are invited to visit the ACM YouTube Channel to learn how to post videos announcing the name of the artist they would like to see receive an Entertainer of the Year nomination. On Wednesday, February 13th during the real-time digital press conference fans can watch to see if their video submission is used to announce their pick for the Academy’s biggest prize.


48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, hosted by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan, will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.