Dustin Lynch Gets a Big Career Boost with First #1 Hit, “Where It’s At”

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsDustin Lynch had a party in Nashville Monday night celebrating the first #1 hit of his career, “Where It’s At.” The song has elevated Dustin’s career to a new level on the road.

“It’s crazy to go in any town in the country and have that many faces looking back at you singing,” Dustin says. “Our audience has grown tremendously over the course of the summer as this song has grown in numbers and in just energy that they’re bringing to the show.”

When Dustin has a big hit song like “Where It’s At,” his band and road crew feel the effects, too.

He explains, “We rely on hit songs to make a living and to pay for diapers, too. A hit song definitely benefits a lot more people than just myself out there.”

Dustin’s mom and dad drove into Nashville from their hometown of Tullahoma, Tennessee, about an hour outside of Music City. Dustin’s sister, however, felt bad that she couldn’t get away for the party since she has two kids.

Dustin says, “Since Thanksgiving starts tomorrow, I’m gonna see them tomorrow, so I told them not to worry about it.”

Dustin has released the new song “Hell of a Night” as the follow up to “Where It’s At.” Both tracks are included on his sophomore album, Where It’s At, out now.


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Toby Keith and Lady Antebellum Playing College Football National Championship Concert Special

Image Courtesy Show Dog/UniversalToby Keith and Lady Antebellum will perform on CMT’s Ultimate Kickoff Party Live from the College Football Playoff National Championship special. The show airs Friday, January 9, 2015 at 9 p.m. ET from Dallas, in connection with the first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship.  That’s set for January 12, 2015 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX.

Big & Rich and Brett Eldredge will also perform on the 90-minute special. More acts will be announced soon.


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Little Big Town Strikes Gold with Latest #1 Hit, “Day Drinking”

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town has scored another chart topper with their latest single, “Day Drinking,” the lead single from their new album, Pain Killer. It’s the first time the group’s Karen Fairchild, Phillip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook have been co-writers on a #1 hit.

Jimi says, “This feeling will never get old. Thank you so much to the fans and country radio for making our first song from Pain Killer such a success.”

“Day Drinking” has also been certified gold for 500,000 downloads and streams. The next single from Pain Killer is “Girl Crush.” Listen for that track to hit the airwaves December 15.


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Brantley Gilbert Tying the Knot with Fiancée, Amber Cochran, in June 2015

Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert will tie the knot with his fiancée, Georgia school teacher Amber Cochran, at the end of June 2015. He revealed the date backstage at the American Music Awards Sunday night after winning Country Album of the Year for Just as I Am. Brantley and Amber met 10 years ago, and were together for five years before splitting up. They reconnected after Brantley got sober.

He says, “I had some things going on in my life that she wasn’t really willing to be a part of. I understand that completely now, and I’m so, so thankful that that was the way it was.”

Brantley has said Amber inspired several of his hit songs, including “More than Miles.” Amber was with Brantley at the AMAs Sunday night.


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Maddie & Tae Confess They’re Frugal, Domestic, Neat Freaks

New duo Maddie & Tae might take aim at some of the cliches about women in country music in their first top five hit, but the pair confess they are much more put together than any “Girl in a Country Song.” Furthermore, the duo is well-matched, since they’re both neat freaks.

“On the road, oh my gosh, it’s so awesome,” Maddie says.  “We both have our toiletry bag and then we’ve got our sections of PJs and jeans and…  it’s just really nice to not have clutter everywhere… We’re both kind of weird in that. We love, like, to be organized.”

Image Courtesy Big Machine Label GroupIt seems the term “domestic goddess” might also apply to the two.

“I like to cook. It’s one of my escapes. Like, working out, cooking, and this is weird, but cleaning really helps, too,” Maddie confesses. “Oh, cleaning. Organizing my closet is therapy,” Tae chimes in. “Like color-coordinating my clothes. Love it.”

And if you suspect that might mean they have expensive tastes, you’d be wrong.

“We’re both, like, really frugal and kind of bargain Betties. I got, like, a bunch of my clothes, that either I just don’t wear or don’t fit or whatever. And I went and sold them and made, like, 20 bucks,” Maddie brags.

So far, “Girl in a Country” song has been certified gold, selling half a million digital downloads.



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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat was Little Big Town‘s first appearance on the country charts? ANSWER:  The foursome went to #33 with “Don’t Waste My Time” in 2002.


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Josh Turner Adapts and Bends as He’s Finishing His Sixth Album

George HolzBy the time his new single “Lay Low” started climbing the charts several weeks ago, Josh Turner already had more than ten years of chart success under his belt. The 37-year-old believes he owes at least part of his good fortune to those who came before him.

“I feel like you can learn a lot from artists who have had a really long career and that have had a lot of longevity,” he says. “The reason they’ve had that longevity is that they’re willing to adapt and bend a little bit here and there, but at the same time, continue to make their music.”

Josh admits he’s been doing some bending and adapting himself, as he’s finishing up his forthcoming sixth studio album.

“Good music takes on a lot of different forms. So, I definitely pay attention to that and with Nashville and country radio being so song-driven, you know, I try to really just make sure that the songwriting and the pitch meetings and the listening and all that kind of stuff is a priority.”

Right now, Josh is already road-testing  four of the new tunes from the new CD, due out next year.


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Luke Bryan Named Favorite Male Country Artist at 2014 American Music Awards

ABCLuke Bryan was named Favorite Male Country Artist at the 2014 American Music Awards, which aired Sunday night on ABC from the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles.  Carrie Underwood was named Favorite Female Country Artist and Florida Georgia Line took home the trophy for Favorite Band, Duo or Group — Country.

Brantley Gilbert won for Favorite Country Album for Just As I Am.

The only country music performance came via satellite from Greensboro, North Carolina.  Garth Brooks was shown onstage live performing his new song “People Loving People.”


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American Music Awards Winners List

Dick Clark ProductionsHere are the winners at the 2014 American Music Awards, which aired Sunday night on ABC from the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles:

Artist of the Year
One Direction

New Artist of the Year Presented By Kohl’s
5 Seconds of Summer

Single of the Year
Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J, “Dark Horse”

Favorite Male Artist — Pop/Rock
Sam Smith

Favorite Female Artist — Pop/Rock

Katy Perry

Favorite Band, Duo or Group — Pop/Rock
One Direction

Favorite Album — Pop/Rock
One Direction, Midnight Memories

Favorite Male Artist — Country
Luke Bryan

Favorite Female Artist — Country
Carrie Underwood

Favorite Band, Duo or Group — Country  
Florida Georgia Line

Favorite Album — Country
Brantley Gilbert, Just As I Am

Favorite Artist — Rap/Hip-Hop
Iggy Azalea

Favorite Album Rap/Hip-Hop
Iggy Azalea, The New Classic

Favorite Male Artist Soul/R&B
John Legend

Favorite Female Artist Soul/R&B
Beyoncé

Favorite Album Soul/R&B
Beyoncé, Beyoncé

Favorite Artist Alternative Rock
Imagine Dragons

Favorite Artist Adult Contemporary
Katy Perry

Favorite Artist Latin
Enrique Iglesias

Favorite Artist Contemporary Inspirational
Casting Crowns

Favorite Artist Electronic Dance Music (EDM)
Calvin Harris

Top Soundtrack
Frozen

Dick Clark Award of Excellence
Taylor Swift



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Luke Bryan Takes on Beyonce and One Direction at the 2014 AMAs

Image Courtesy ABCWithout a doubt, Luke Bryan is the country torchbearer at this year’s American Music Awards, as the only artist from the genre nominated in the all-inclusive Artist of the Year category. Luke confesses it’s a little hard to believe he’s up against the likes of Beyonce and One Direction.

“Anytime I’m in the room with all of music, I get really, really inspired. I’m very flattered. I always think about representing country music in the best way I know,” he says. “I just love being in that room. It’s always fun going out to the AMAs and seeing all of the talent in the room. And knowing that this year I’m nominated in the category of overall artist is really, really hard for me to wrap my head around. It’s amazing.”

Even though he’s also competing against Jason Aldean and Blake Shelton for Favorite Male Artist in the country category, Luke vows he won’t let the pressure get to him.

“I just wanna go out there and enjoy it. I love meeting all of the people in all of music. At the end of the day, I think we’re all in there to make the art of music better. Hopefully, I can represent Nashville.”

On the female side, Carrie Underwood squares off against Miranda Lambert and Kacey Musgraves for Favorite Female Artist – Country. Carrie says the fan-voted awards remind her of the beginning of her career.

“I’m excited to be nominated for an AMA. I see every day on my Twitter feed, people have been retweeting and doing all that stuff, which is really cool. They’ve always had my back, and seeing their enthusiasm about voting for me is something that is really cool because that’s how I got here in the first place with American Idol,” she remembers. “So, it makes me feel good to know that there are still people out there that are voting their fingers off.”

Whether or not Florida Georgia Line is able to wrestle the country Band, Duo or Group trophy from Lady Antebellum and Eli Young Band, Tyler Hubbard thinks it’s just fun to get to rub elbows with artists from other kinds of music.

“It’s a huge honor, to be honest, to be a country artist and then to be able to be at an all-genre awards show feels great.  It’s definitely humbling, and so it’s cool,” he says. “And we’re excited. You get to see a lot of cool people and meet a lot of nice people and see a lot of different, basically, music cultures. It’s neat for us, you know. “

Garth Brooks, who’s up for country’s Favorite Album, is set to perform on the show, while his fellow nominee Brantley Gilbert will help hand out one of the trophies. You can find out who wins Sunday, November 23 at 8 p.m. E.T. on ABC.

The nominees in the country categories for the 2014 American Music Awards are:

Favorite Male Artist — Country
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Blake Shelton

Favorite Female Artist — Country
Miranda Lambert
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

Favorite Band, Duo or Group — Country  
Eli Young Band
Florida Georgia Line
Lady Antebellum

Favorite Album — Country
Garth Brooks, Blame It on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences
Eric Church, The Outsiders
Brantley Gilbert, Just as I Am


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