All posts in June 2015

Brantley Gilbert Marries Amber Cochran

Brantley Gilbert has married Amber Cochran, a spokesperson for the singer confirmed to CMT. The ceremony reportedly took place Sunday (June 28) at Gilbert’s home in Georgia. Gilbert first met the school teacher about 10 years ago in church. During a recent media gathering, Gilbert told reporters his wife was planning most of the activities... Read more »

Zane Williams Keeps It Simple for “She Is” Lyric Video

Native Texan Zane Williams has attempted to distill the many facets of women down to a hook-filled three minutes with his romantic new single, “She Is.” The lyric video is premiering below.

In “She Is,” which Zane wrote about his wife, Jody, he professes his devotion and explains that everything is better where she is. The lyric video focuses on a mysterious but approachable lady who spends part of the clip in her vehicle.

The song arrives as part of a partnership that Zane has put together with Greater Texas Ford Dealerships, and will be featured in the company’s commercials during the month of July.

Check out the lyric video, and grab a copy of Zane’s album Texas Like That.

 

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Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley and Others Bring Country to New York at FarmBorough Festival

If there was ever any doubt that country music is alive and well in New York City, all of those fears were put to rest over the weekend as 40,000 fans descended upon New York’s Randall Island for FarmBorough, the city’s first-ever country music festival.

The three-day, two-stage nonstop party, headlined by Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley and Luke Bryan, kicked off by taking over Central Park on Friday morning for Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series, with a performance by Dierks and guests Kip Moore, Maddie & Tae and Canaan Smith.

“I love New York and I love playing here,” said Dierks. “There are so many country fans in New York and it just feels like there is so much electricity in the city. I think the fans are really excited to have a festival in their own backyard. I’m ready to party and I know they are, too.”

Kip Moore
photo by Debby Wong/Corbis

“It’s historic,” said Tae Dye of Maddie & Tae. “It’s the first time country music has made a mark festival-wise in New York City. We are just thrilled to be a part of it.”

Maddie & Tae, RaeLynn, Canaan, Joe Nichols and Kip performed on the main stage throughout the day on Friday, while The Cadillac Three, Chris Stapleton and Jon Pardi took over the Next From Nashville stage.

A man of his word, Dierks rocked his 90-minute set that night with hits like “Drunk on a Plane” and “What Was I Thinkin’”—squeezing in a beer-chugging contest with a fan—as well as a cover of Taylor Swift’s “Welcome to New York.” In the spirit of collaboration, a theme that would continue throughout the weekend, Kip joined Dierks for “Lot of Leavin’ Left to Do,” while Maddie & Tae and Canaan hopped onto the stage for “Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go).”

The festival was in full swing by Saturday with a burger cook-off at the Budweiser Bud & Burger’s Championship and an epic beer pong competition compete with life-size Solo cups in the Pepsi tent—our personal favorite. As thunderstorms rolled in, thousands of fans refused to leave while artists like Mickey Guyton, Brandy Clark, Justin Moore, Dwight Yoakam, Striking Matches and Sturgill Simpson performed.  

Brad Paisley
photo by Debby Wong/Corbis

“New York is such a fun place to play,” said Brandy. “The people here are just ravenous for country music.”

Mickey, whose bus broke down on the way to FarmBorough, agreed. “Even in the rain,” she said, “people are standing out there waiting to hear great music. It has been amazing.”

By the time Brad took the stage, sheets of rain were pouring down on the field and stage, but the fans didn’t care and neither did he. Brad jokingly told the crowd, "What’s really nice is I had to be here. You didn’t. You know, in the rest of the country there’s this thing going on called summer. It’s really cool."

Complete with a bar onstage that select fans could watch the show from, Brad proved that the party wasn’t going to stop for a little bit of rain. Hits like “Perfect Storm”, “Mud on the Tires” and “Alcohol” provided an all-out singalong for the entirety of his set. Mickey joined Brad for a hauntingly beautiful rendition of “Whiskey Lullaby”.

By Sunday the rain had cleared, giving fans the opportunity to enjoy the festival’s multiple onsite activities like a giant inflatable slide and the Skyhawk Swing, while Cassadee Pope, Lindsay Ell, Dustin Lynch, Randy Houser and others took the stage.

With a hit-filled set that included “I Don’t Want This Night to End” and “Country Girl (Shake It for Me),” Luke closed out the weekend and had the crowd on their feet, shaking their hips and singing every word to every song.

“It is really fun bringing country to the city like this,” Luke said. “I’m honored to close it out. This is my fifth show in a row, so we’ve had a busy week, but I wouldn’t want to close it out anywhere else. The vibe backstage is really fun and we are just ready to have a great time.”

(From left) Dustin Lynch, Luke Bryan and Randy Houser
photo by Rahav Segev/Corbis

He took shots of tequila with Randy Houser and Dustin Lynch before the three of them covered Maroon 5’s “Sugar” and performed on top of a truck that he brought onto the stage for “That’s My Kind of Night.” Arguably the most moving moment of the weekend came when Luke brought out two fans carrying American flags and led the crowd in “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the entire crowd erupted in applause chanting, “U.S.A.” 

FarmBorough closed with a massive fireworks display and left us wanting to relive the weekend over and over again.

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The 411 on Luke Bryan’s Farm Tour

Luke Bryan‘s spring break concerts may be behind him, but just in the nick of time, he has announced another in his series of Farm tours. It will be his seventh annual trip back to rural areas for eight shows this fall. And he’s added four new cities, so the fans in Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi... Read more »

Kip Moore Admits Scrapping Entire Album for New Songs …

Kip Moore explains the long wait for his 'Wild Ones' album, admitting he scrapped a lot of its original songs.

Jake Owen Gets Real: Eating at McDonald’s, Shopping at TJ Maxx and Cruising the Cumberland River

It was a beautiful day to be on the lake with Jake Owen and Discover Boating. The weather was warm, but a cool breeze wafted across the water, bags of gummy Life Savers were passed around and bottles of Gatorade were cracked open as the sun rose a little higher in the sky.

To any observer, it was just a bunch of friends hanging out on a couple of great boats on a day off. And that’s exactly the way Jake likes it. He wants his fans to know he’s a real guy and doesn’t think of himself as anything else, as his latest single, “Real Life,” asserts.

“I go to McDonald’s,” he told Nash Country Weekly. “I had the number-two meal, large, with a Coke. My daughter had Chicken McNuggets and French fries.” Jake shakes his head and laughs. “She’s blowing my mind with everything that she’s saying,” he continues. “When we went yesterday, I make her tell them what she wants and she says, ‘French fries.’ And the lady said, ‘OK, I’ll get you some French fries.’ And without missing a beat, she said, ‘Ma’am, do you have ketchup, too?’ I didn’t tell her that. I tell her sometimes to say ‘please’ and ‘yes, sir,’ but I’ve never told her to start a conversation by saying, ‘Ma’am, do you have this or that?’ It was cool to hear her say that. But yes, going to McDonald’s, that’s real. Before we went to McDonald’s, I picked her up from school like a normal dad does, and she was covered in dirt. That’s pretty real. So I went to TJ Maxx, because I knew that I could go there and get some cheap clothes, because I know she’s going to get dirty again anyway, and McDonald’s is right outside TJ Maxx and I knew she was hungry, so let’s hit up McDonald’s.”

Jake also admitted that when he arrived at the Commodore Yacht Club to meet us for a day on the lake, he changed into his board shorts in the car—like any guy would—and before he came, he shaved and didn’t clean the sink. “I thought, ‘I’ll be home later. I’ll wash it down then.’”

Sounds like any guy, right?

“I work hard to let people know I’m no different than they are. That’s why I bring people on the boat, like fans and stuff, because I think if they can just get an hour out here with me and realize I’m just like them, I don’t know, like, I can drive the boat of them and teach them how to do this. I’m trying to get more centered in life anyways, to show people that what I do is the same thing they do. I go through issues they go through.”

With that, it was time for Jake to hit the lake and show off his breathtaking wake-surfing skills before heading back to the marina to pick up some fans who were ready to enjoy the sunshine with the “Real Life” singer.

Thanks again to Discover Boating, the Commodore Yacht Club and, of course, to Jake, who truly defines “keeping it real.”

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Luke Bryan Announces Farm Tour Dates

Luke Bryan will be warming up the fall season and doing his part for local communities with his seventh annual Farm Tour. Luke has just announced the dates for this year’s eight-city series, billed as Bayer Presents Luke Bryan Farm Tour 2015, set to kick off Sept. 30 in Fort Wayne, Ind.

The Farm Tour was started by Luke as a way of helping young people receive a college education. A portion of the ticket proceeds are granted for local college scholarships to students from a farming family within the communities the tour plays.

The tour is also sponsored by Red Gold, Cabela’s, Citi, Miller Lite and ATG. Fans will have the chance to purchase the special Harvest Time VIP Experience package, which includes a general admission ticket with access to an exclusive VIP viewing area, parking pass and other cool perks. And you can arrive early if you so desire and enjoy the Red Gold Tailgate Party.

Here are the dates and cities for Bayer Presents Luke Bryan Farm Tour 2015:

  • Sept. 30 – Fort Wayne, Ind. _ M&J Farms
  • Oct. 1 – Lexington, Ky. – Talon Farm & Winery
  • Oct. 2 – Knoxville, Tenn. – Maple Lane Farms
  • Oct. 3 – Columbia, S.C. – Culler Farms
  • Oct. 7 – Starkville, Miss. – Holtzcamp Farms
  • Oct. 8 – Tuscaloosa, Ala. – Twin Creeks Farm
  • Oct. 9 – Macon, Ga. – Midway at Central City Park
  • Oct. 10 – Valdosta, Ga. – MJ Taylor Farms

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Carrie Underwood Prepares “Most Amazingest Album”

Well, this is going to pique the interest of pretty much anyone who has ever loved Carrie Underwood‘s music. In a call with country station WMZQ-FM/Washington, D.C., Underwood gave a full report on the status of her upcoming album. She jokingly called it “the most amazingest album ever.” And not only that, she also said... Read more »

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Tuesday’s Summerfest Country Pick: Kip Moore

A daily pick of the best country music at Summerfest Kip Moore - 10 p.m. Tuesday, June 30 at the Miller Lite Oasis Some artists are just a perfect fit for Summerfest. Kip Moore is one of those, and it is his high-energy live show that has made him a yearly headliner that always creates a perfect party atmosphere for revelers down on the lake front. But, Moore is more than just a mere...