Chase Rice Ignites the Country Albums Chart

Image Courtesy Columbia NashvilleNewcomer Chase Rice is currently savoring the success of his first major release, Ignite the Night, as it debuts at the top of Billboard‘s Top Country Albums chart, selling 44,000 copies in its first week. He finds it particularly satisfying, since along the way he’s been an NFL hopeful, a contestant on Survivor, and a member of a NASCAR pit crew.

“We’ve built things a little bit differently, starting with live shows and building up our fan base through touring,” Chase says. “Now people are showing up night after night to sing these songs right along with me, and to do it the way we’ve done it and have the No. 1 country album in the nation this week is unbelievable. It’s surreal.”

Chase wrote twelve of the fifteen songs on Ignite the Night, with his current single “Ready Set Roll” having already gone gold before the CD even came out. He kicks off the Ignite the Night Tour September 5 in Denver.


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Tracks from Swon Brothers Debut Album Streaming Online

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The Swon Brothers‘ self-titled debut album won’t be out until October 14, but you don’t have to wait that long to hear some of it. From now through the Labor Day weekend, fans can stream four songs at People.com:  “95,” “Pretty Beautiful,” “Pray for You” and “This Side of Heaven.”

The album also features Zach and Colton’s first top twenty hit, “Later On.” The Oklahoma natives debuted the song as part of Team Blake on season 4 of The Voice. They co-produced the record with Mark Bright, who’s known for his work with Carrie Underwood and Sara Evans.

 
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George Strait and Garth Brooks Named America’s Favorite Country Musicians

Photo Credit: Art StreiberGeorge Strait is America’s favorite country musician, according to an unscientific Harris Poll conducted in July. King George comes in at number five on the overall list, with only Led Zepplin, Beyonce, Elvis and the Beatles outranking him in popularity. Garth Brooks is the only other country artist in the top ten, tying the Eagles and Neil Diamond for the number seven spot.

Several country artists dropped off the yearly poll, including Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts and Alan Jackson. When the Harris Poll broke down their data by demographics, seniors routinely named Willie Nelson as their favorite musician.

The results come from an online poll of 2306 Americans.


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Naomi Judd Ready to Auction Off Her Treasures

M2M PRIf you’ve ever wanted to raid Naomi Judd‘s closets, now is your chance. The Beverly Hills auction firm Julien’s will help the “mother” half of the legendary Judds part with some of her treasures in November.

The collection includes many of Naomi’s custom stage clothes, including the ensemble she wore in the video for the Judds’ 1985 hit, “Love is Alive,” with the centerpiece being the vintage 1920′s radio she and Wynonna and Ashley used to listen to before they were famous. The auction also includes a signature red, white and blue guitar given to her by Buck Owens, as well as some Elvis items from her husband, Larry Strickland, who used to work with the King.

The items will be on display at Julien’s Auctions Beverly Hills from November 3-7, before bidding starts both online and in person on November 7&8. Naomi will donate part of the proceeds to Tuckers House, a charity that helps families with children with disabilities.


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Lee Brice Says Terminally Ill Girl Changed His Performances of “I Drive Your Truck”

Image Courtesy Curb RecordsLee Brice‘s latest chart-topper, “I Don’t Dance,” had some pretty big shoes to fill, coming after ACM Song of the Year winner “I Drive Your Truck.”  And although of course Lee is proud of his latest hit, which is self-penned, “I Drive Your Truck,” which he didn’t write, remains a life-changing song for him. 

“I mean, it’s obviously, a defining thing in my career, and it will always be,” he reflects. “And obviously, I hear stories all the time from other folks and how it impacts their life. And I’ve heard so many of those, and they’ve meant so much to me.”

Lee says it was actually an adolescent fan who really brought the meaning of the song home for him.

“I met this little girl, and she was 12 or 13, and she was, like, terminally ill. And it just hit me really, really on a very real level,” he remembers. “I guess, maybe it’s because I got kids.  If you close your eyes — I just started to try to do this — put yourself in her shoes or put yourself in her parents’ shoes, and how does it make you really feel? And, like, imagine that.”

The little girl’s situation touched Lee so much, it made it hard for him to sing his hit.

“I think about her, and I’m like, ‘Oh God, how do you do that?’ It made a positive impact on my life to make me appreciate every day that I got, every minute I got with my family, ’cause that’s why I’m enjoying it so much,” he says. “That’s why I’m happier than I’ve ever been.”

Lee’s new album, I Don’t Dance , arrives September 9.

 
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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich country comedienne predicted Craig Morgan would be a star after hearing him sing the national anthem at age 10? ANSWER:  Sarah Cannon, a.k.a, Minnie Pearl.



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The Big Revival Paves the Way for “Another Ride” for Kenny Chesney Fans

Allister AnnWhen Kenny Chesney‘s new album comes out next month, it’ll be the end of a chapter the superstar devoted solely to recording new music. He admits not touring this summer did make him feel a little isolated.

 “I’ve felt like I’ve been a cocoon in the studio since last October,” he confesses. “I mean, I’ve traveled some, and I’ve gotten away from music for a little while, but my focus and my vision has been on making music that I think that we can go out there on the road next year and really put the pedal down to.”

With the album now finished, Kenny says it won’t be long until he turns his attention to next summer’s tour.

“I’ve been so busy in the studio really working hard on this music, that I haven’t had a lot of time. I can’t believe it’s this far into 2014, and it’s not gonna be that long until we start rehearsals, until we start dialing in what we’re gonna do and how we’re gonna present ourselves next summer.  But we had to get the music right first, ” he says.

When The Big Revival comes out September 23, Kenny promises it’s just the beginning of “another ride” he’s looking forward to taking his fans on.

 
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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockWaylon Jennings‘ widow Jessi Colter will host an auction of more than two thousand pieces of memorabilia from the legendary country outlaw, ranging from a motorcycle that originally belonged to Buddy Holly to a pair of boots made by iconic designer Nudie for Hank Williams, Sr.  The auction will be held October 5 at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix.

Dustin Lynch fans who pre-order his new CD on iTunes will be able to download three of the songs instantly: his hit “Where It’s At,” plus “Mind Reader” and “Your Daddy’s Boots.” The album, also titled Where It’s At, comes out September 9.



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Chris Young Sees “Lonely Eyes” Play Out at His Favorite Bar

RCA NashvilleEven though Chris Young didn’t write his latest single, “Lonely Eyes,” he says the barroom scene he describes in the tune could’ve been inspired by one of his favorite hangouts in midtown Nashville, not far from Music Row.

“Yeah, I’ve spent my fair share of time at Losers [Bar & Grill],” he laughs. “I’ve seen moments like what I sing about in ‘Lonely Eyes’ go down all the time. I’ve always said the best song wins, and the soaring melody and smart lyrics of this song grabbed me from the first time I heard it.”

Written by Johnny Bulford, Jason Matthews and Laura Veltz, “Lonely Eyes” is the third single from Chris’s fourth album, A.M. His last release, “Who I Am with You,” went all the way to number one.

 

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Darius Rucker, Little Big Town to Reveal CMA Nominees on Good Morning America

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We already knew Darius Rucker will unveil his new song, “Homegrown Honey,” next Wednesday on Good Morning America. Now there’s more news: after his performance, Little Big Town will join Darius to reveal the nominees in the five major CMA Awards categories, live on GMA during the 8:30 half-hour.

After the live announcement, Darius and LBT will travel to the Best Buy Theater in Times Square to announce the rest of the contenders. While it won’t be televised, you can stream it live at CMAawards.com starting at 10 a.m. ET.

Darius co-wrote “Homegrown Honey,” the first single from his upcoming fourth solo album, with Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley and their producer, Nathan Chapman.  Look for that CD early next year.

The 48th Annual CMA Awards airs Wednesday, November 5 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.


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