Eric Church Opens Nashville’s New Ascend Amphitheater with First of Two Acoustic Shows

EB Media PREric Church opened Nashville’s brand-new Ascend Amphitheater Thursday night with a sold-out acoustic show. According to The Tennessean, Eric kicked off the show by playing “Smoke a Little Smoke” and “Talladega” alone on his guitar. An onstage bar gave band members a place to hang out until Eric called them up to join him throughout the night.

Since the show was acoustic, the audience often was louder than Eric’s singing, and that came in handy when Eric messed up the words to some of his more obscure songs.

Eric closed out the night with a brand-new song, “Three Year Olds,” inspired by his oldest son, Boone. Before playing the song, Eric told a story about Boone throwing a fishing rod and a tackle box into the water during a fishing trip. He told the crowd, “I am 38 years old and I did not know a fishing pole would sink faster than a tackle box. I also learned a garbage can is a good place to hide truck keys.”

The lyrics to “Three Year Olds” includes the lines, “Say I love you all day long/When you’re wrong you should just say so/I learned that from a three year old.”

Eric will wrap up his two-night stand at Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater with another sold-out acoustic show Friday night.

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Luke Bryan Premieres Lyric Video for “Kill The Lights” on Dating App Tinder

Capitol NashvilleIf you’re a married Luke Bryan fan, you now have the perfect excuse to check out the popular dating app Tinder. That’s because Luke has partnered with Tinder to debut “Kill the Lights,” the title cut from his upcoming album, due out Friday, August 7.

The song appears on the app along with a lyric video. Luke says, “I’m happily married and not on Tinder, but I hope my fans on Tinder enjoy the song — and if they’re not on Tinder, now’s the chance.”

Of course, if you think that even downloading the Tinder app would cause major problems in your relationship, you’ll be able to grab the track on iTunes this Tuesday.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockCarrie Underwood hails from which Oklahoma town? ANSWER: Checotah.

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Chris Young Taps into Universal Themes of Love and Desire on “I’m Comin’ Over”

Sony Music NashvilleIf you’ve ever gone through a breakup or gotten back together with an old flame, Chris Young thinks you’ll probably identify with the longing portrayed in his latest single, “I’m Comin’ Over.”

He says, “It’s all first person, so it’s not he or she. It’s just the side of, ‘I’m coming over. I’m running every red light. I’m just gonna get to you. To hell with trying to close this off.’ This is just, ‘I just need to be with you.'”

Of course, some listeners will be going through that kind of situation right now, but Chris is certain the song will strike a chord with listeners who have loved and lost before.

Chris adds, “Whether it’s girl, guy, in a serious relationship now, not in a serious relationship, I just think there’s something about this song that everybody can kind of put themselves in. You’ve probably been there before.”

“I’m Comin’ Over” is the lead single from Chris’s upcoming studio album. We’ll let you know when he announces the title and release date for that project.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockChris Young has signed on a title sponsor of the 29th Annual Music Row Ladies Golf Tournament coming up Monday, August 17 at Old Natchez Country Club in Franklin, Tennessee. Chris has served as a caddy at the event for the last several years. Proceeds go to the United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee.

Florida Georgia Line‘s Tyler Hubbard is clearly keeping up with his workout schedule while on the road. He posted a picture on Instagram showing his bulging bicep with his singing partner Brian Kelley pointing to the “gun show.” The caption reads, “Flex’n cause we can.”

 

Flex’n cause we can @treevibezmusic @tribekelley Thanks @justinmrusek for the pic

A photo posted by Tyler Hubbard (@thubbmusic) on Jul 30, 2015 at 10:51am PDT

 

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Carrie Underwood’s Post-Baby Return to the Stage Captured on ABC’s “CMA Music Festival” Special

Donn Jones/CMACarrie Underwood was anxious to get back in front of her fans at last month’s CMA Music Festival in Nashville. The performance at LP Field was one of Carrie’s first public appearances since giving birth to her son, Isaiah, earlier this year. If you couldn’t be there in person, Carrie’s set will be featured on ABC’s CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock coming up Tuesday, August 4 at 8 p.m. ET.

Before taking the stage for the massive crowd at the CMA Music Festival, Carrie said, “It has been a while. I’ve been very busy doing lots of other things. But the whole singing in front of people, I’m a little nervous, but I’m excited.”

Country artists always say they have the best fans in the world, but Carrie insists that cliché holds true. That’s why every artist who performs at the CMA Music Festival does so free of charge.

“I really do have the best fans,” she says. “I mean, there’s people that are in my fan club and everything that I have seen since day one. I know them. They know me. To have that support over the past 10 years has been really incredible.”

Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line and Brad Paisley are among the stars also performing on CMA Music Festival:  Country’s Night to Rock. Little Big Town hosts the special for the third year in a row.

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Kristian Bush Teaming Up with Rita Wilson for ACM Lifting Lives Benefit Show in West Hollywood

David McClister/Sweet Talk PRKristian Bush is teaming up with actress/singer Rita Wilson, the wife of Tom Hanks, for an Academy of Country Music benefit concert at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, California. The show will take place Thursday, August 27 with proceeds are going to ACM Lifting Lives, the ACM’s charity organization founded to help improve lives through music.

Tickets are now on sale at Troubadour.com.

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Keith Urban Gives Unprecedented Access to His Creative Process in New Documentary Short

CMAKeith Urban has released a new documentary short revealing how he created his new single, “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16.” In the feature, Keith can be seen working out the foundation of the track on acoustic guitar, bass and a drum track. The clip even shows Keith recording his vocals while playing bass on the song. It’s a must-see if you’re ever wondered how Keith keeps cranking out hit after hit.

Keith says, “We couldn’t recall a song-specific documentary short that really gave a feeling for how a song comes together. We’re usually filming anyway and the evolution of ‘John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16’ really did happen in the studio, so we thought why not share some of the fun (and creative angst) that we usually have in the studio with our fans!”

“John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” is the lead single from Keith’s upcoming studio album. We’ll let you know when he announces the title and release date for that project.

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Luke Bryan Announces “Kill the Lights” Album Launch Concert in New York City August 7

Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan is playing a show at Irving Plaza in New York City to celebrate his new album, Kill the Lights, on the project’s release date, August 7.

Luke says, “I am so excited to be getting this new music out to my fans and cannot wait to be on stage and enjoy the album release night with them!”

Tickets are on sale to Citi card holders only Wednesday, August 5. If you can’t make it to the show, you can stream the concert live that night at 9 ET on the Live National Channel at Yahoo. The concert will  also be available on the Yahoo Screen app on mobile devices or connected devices like XBox, Apple TV and Roku.

Kill the Lights features Luke’s latest hit, “Kick the Dust Up.”

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat did Brett Eldredge do to celebrate his first #1 single, “Don’t Ya?” ANSWER: Went skydiving.

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