Eric Church Had a Feeling His #1 Hit, “Talladega,” Would Resonate with the Fans

Image Courtesy CMAEric Church scores his second #1 hit from his album, The Outsiders, this week with “Talladega.” Since Eric took a lot of creative chances while making his latest album, he only had a few songs on the project he felt would work at country radio.

“‘Talladega’ was one of them, from a commercial standpoint, because I just knew it would strike a chord,” Eric explains. “I knew it was one that would just resonate with people. It did with me, so I knew if it resonated with me that it would probably resonate with other people.”

Since “Talladega” went to radio late last year, Eric has watched as his concert crowds sing along to the song and begin to associate the song’s nostalgic lyrics with their own lives.

Says Eric, “That’s what it’s all about, is getting them to attach their life to it.”

Eric is up for four trophies, including Best Country Song for his previous #1 hit “Give Me Back My Hometown”, at the Grammy Awards coming up Sunday, February 8 on CBS. He’s also slated to perform on the show, airing at 8 p.m. ET.

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Carrie Underwood Performing Special Opening Number for This Sunday’s Super Bowl

Image Courtesy NBCCarrie Underwood will perform the opening for NBC’s coverage of Super Bowl 49 this Sunday. The “Waiting All Day for a Super Bowl Fight” is a new version of Carrie’s Sunday Night Football opening, “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night.” The new elements include lyrics referring to the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks, too.

Carrie has been performing the opening for two seasons now, and she is proud of the hard work the crew and production staff puts into the opening.

Says Carrie, “They really put a lot of love into it, so I definitely try to do the same — everything from wardrobe and hair and make-up to tryin’ to work my way around the stage and interact with the audience, and I just love the way it turns out.”

Being a part of NBC’s Super Bowl coverage is the perfect marriage of two of Carrie’s loves — music and football.

“It was, I guess, only a matter of time before I got to do everything, all that, all at once,” Carrie says. “So, I definitely hope that’s something that I get to do for many years, ’cause it’s just so much fun.”

NBC’s Super Bowl coverage kicks off at noon ET this Sunday.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe nominations for the 50th Annual ACM Awards were to be announced Tuesday morning, but that announcement has been postponed until later this week due to the severe snowstorm in the Northeast.

Hunter Hayes, Brandy Clark, Taylor Swift and Lee Ann Womack were among the stars on hand for the annual Grammy Awards nominees party Monday night at Nashville’s Loews Vanderbilt Hotel. They’ll all be on hand for the actual Grammy Awards ceremony coming up February 8 on CBS.

Maddie & Tae gave a surprise performance of their new single, “Fly,” while in the air on a Southwest flight Monday as part of the airline’s Live at 35 series.

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Sam Hunt Gives Nashville a Sneak Peek at Lipstick Graffiti Tour

UMG NashvilleSam Hunt previewed his Lipstick Graffiti tour with a five-song performance at Nashville’s Rocketown Monday evening. The mini-concert was staged during Sam’s party celebrating his first #1 hit as an artist, “Leave the Night On.”

Sam’s set included that song as well as his latest single, “Take Your Time.”


I just wanna take your time… @samhuntmusic

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In keeping with the name of the tour, artists created graffiti paintings in the venue as Sam worked his way through the Montevallo album tracks “Speakers” and “Break Up in a Small Town.” Sam recruited four break dancers, including two very young dancers, to bust some moves in the crowd for his final song, “House Party.”


Baby break dancer at @samhuntmusic tour preview! #houseparty

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Sam’s Lipstick Graffiti tour kicks off Thursday night at The Troubador in Hollywood, California.

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Chase Bryant Launching Take It On Back Club Tour Friday in North Carolina

Image Courtesy Broken Bow Label GroupChase Bryant is heading out on a headlining club tour starting this Friday, January 30 in Wilmington, North Carolina. The Take It On Back Tour launches as Chase’s debut hit, also titled “Take It On Back,” hits the top 10 on the country chart. He’ll be on the road with Tim McGraw later this year, but Chase wanted to take this opportunity to connect with his fans in smaller venues.

In a message to his fans posted at, Chase says, “I wanted to bring the party to you guys and just kick it old school. We’re all fans. We’re all friends. The music is our connection. We’ll all get where we’re going together. That’s the beauty of music.”

Chase is bringing DJ Hish along as his opening act for the club tour.

Here are Chase Bryant’s Take It On Back Tour Dates:

1/30 — Wilmington, NC, Ziggy’s by the Sea
1/31 — Greenville, SC, Blind Horse Saloon
2/7 — Medina, OH, Thirsty Cowboys
2/12 — Columbus, OH, Newport Music Hall
2/13 — Springfield, IL, Boondocks
2/14 — Chicago, IL, Joe’s on Weed
3/5 — Greensboro, NC, Cone Denim Entertainment Center
3/6 — Myrtle Beach, SC, The Boathouse
3/7 — Charlotte, NC, Coyote Joe’s
3/19 — Dallas, TX, The Rustic
3/20 — New Braunfels, TX, Gruene Hall
3/21 — Oklahoma City, OK, Diamond Ballroom
3/26 — Nacogdoches, TX, Banita Creek Hall
3/27 — Baton Rouge, IL, Texas Club
4/3 — Indianapolis, IN, 8 Seconds Club

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Kenny Chesney and His Team Working to Accommodate Fans for Tour-Opening Nashville Dates

Image Courtesy Sony Music/Blue ChairTicket demand for Kenny Chesney‘s two-night stand in Nashville remains extremely high. That’s why Kenny and his team have opened up several hundred more seats for the sold-out Music City dates, coming up March 26 and 27. These shows mark the beginning of Kenny’s The Big Revival tour, and he’s very excited to see his fans grabbing up the concert tickets so fast.

Says Kenny, “To me, it’s about the passion the people who love this music bring. They give us the fuel to really push — and I promise we’re working on creating a really rocking show!”

The newly-released tickets are now on sale at Ticketmaster, but they aren’t expected to last long.

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Thomas Rhett Finds Worthy Competition in RaeLynn & The Cadillac Three

Image Courtesy CMAAs Thomas Rhett prepares to release his sophomore CD later this year, he says he’s happy to be competing with a group of new artists who are constantly upping the ante– among them, the trio of Music City natives known as The Cadillac Three.

“I’m obsessed with The Cadillac Three, I’m sure that everybody in Nashville is, but they are the funnest people in the world to watch, to me,” he confesses. “So, I wish the best for those guys. They inspire me. We’ve done shows with them a bunch and they — when you have somebody that opens for you that really like sets that bar, makes you appreciate somebody a whole lot. When somebody can get on stage before you and, you know, I’ve been in that spot. We’ve opened for people and we really just try to get out there and slaughter somebody. That’s just what you do.”

 At the end of the day, Thomas says all the competition is friendly.

“It’s fun to be in competition with each other and at the end of the day you’re all best friends and The Cadillac Three have done that for me. They’ve definitely made me step up my game a lot of nights and they’re super-talented and they do it with just three people, which blows my mind.”

When it comes to female artists, Thomas says he has his eye on former Voice contestant RaeLynn.

“I think that RaeLynn is super talented. I’ve written with RaeLynn and me and Rae have gotten to know, we’re on the same record label, and all that kinda stuff, and I’ve seen her play a bunch a little songwriters nights and stuff, and I just think that girl’s a superstar. I love her single ‘God Made Girls.’ I think she’s great.”

Right now, Thomas Rhett is on the Anything Goes tour with Florida Georgia Line and Frankie Ballard.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich Keith Urban hit was written by Sam Hunt? ANSWER:  “Cop Car.”

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Nashville Notes

Image Courtesy Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockSam Hunt celebrates the number one success of his hit “Leave the Night On” with a party Monday at Nashville’s Rocketown.

Scotty McCreery and his dad Mike were at Gillette Stadium last week to watch the controversial game that sent the New England Patriots to the Super Bowl.

Garth Brooks welcomed Lee Brice onstage Saturday night in Boston to perform “More Than a Memory.” Lee co-wrote the song, and Garth took it to #1 in 2007.

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Sam Hunt Admires the Evolution of Taylor Swift

Image Courtesy UMG NashvilleWhile some fans may have been disappointed at the lack of a country single on Taylor Swift’s latest album, newcomer Sam Hunt says he can’t help but admire her evolution as an artist.

“I can definitely relate to her progress,” he says. “She’s somebody who I’ve always had a whole lot of respect for. Even though I didn’t necessarily relate personally to her songs, always, I always had a huge respect for her songwriting.”

Taylor’s album has spent eight non-consecutive weeks at the top of the Billboard album chart, it’s currently #2, and Sam believes he understands her motivations.

“She doesn’t want to make the same record over and over again, and there’s an evolution. You know, she’s influenced by other genres of music. As much as, I’m sure, she loves country music, I’m sure that if she has the ability, she wants to continue to write things that inspire her, and I feel the same way.”

Even though Sam only has his debut album Montevallo under his belt, he hopes fans will notice similar progress from song to song.

“You can see that, not with multiple albums, but you can see that on this specific album. Over the course of a nine month period, I felt the same way. You know, every time I’d write a song, I’d want to push it a little more with the next one. There are several songs you can see the progression with.”

Sam is currently climbing the country charts with his latest single, “Take Your Time.”

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