Republic NashvilleOne of the perks of being in a band versus being a solo artist is the ability to divide up the workload among all the band members. Eli Young Band frontman Mike Eli learned to delegate some of the band’s big business tasks — like keeping up with the money — to band mate Jon Jones early on in their career.
He says, “At the time I was managing us, booking us, and the deposits weren’t always correct ’cause maybe I wasn’t getting enough sleep. So, Jon kinda came in and started helping me with that.”
Now that Eli Young Band is one of country’s top bands, they have managers, accountants and record label staff helping them keep everything straight. Still, their hectic schedule of playing shows, recording albums, writing songs, shooting videos and giving interviews can still be overwhelming. That’s why drummer Chris Thompson is thankful they have each other to take up the slack when one of them is falling behind.
Says Chris, “The really great thing is when one of us is really off and not having a good day or whatever, there’s three other people to kind of pick it up and to figure out where — to kind of fill in that space that needs to be filled in.”
Eli Young Band kicks off their CMA Music Festival week Monday night with a performance at Darius Rucker‘s Darius and Friends benefit concert at Nashville’s Wildhorse Saloon. Thompson Square, David Nail, Kenny Rogers and Clint Black are also on the bill. Proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Capitol NashvilleDierks Bentley has plenty of experience living out the title of his latest single, “Drunk on a Plane.” Though he’s sure to stay sober while piloting his own plane to and from concerts, Dierks and his band and crew have been known to imbibe while flying the friendly skies.
“I’m pretty proud of the fact that my band, just my band alone, and the crew had some help too. We have drunk a Southwest plane completely dry of alcohol,” Dierks says. “I mean, just, halfway into the flight, you know, it’s just like, ‘We have no more booze thanks to you guys. Your band has completely decimated our supply.’”
Dierks recruited several band members to play some of the rowdy passengers in his “Drunk on a Plane” video. They’ll perform it at the CMA Music Festival at LP Field Thursday night in Nashville.
ABC/Chris HolloTaylor Swift has raised the expectations for her next album quite a bit. She recently met with reporters in Shanghai, China, during her ongoing Asian leg of her RED tour, and addressed the project.
Taylor noted that with her RED tour soon coming to an end, she can focus more on the album. She added, “I’ve already been working very hard on it and it’s already my favorite thing that I’ve ever created.”
Chances are strong that she’ll continue to write songs that draw from her personal experiences — something she said she’s done since she was a pre-teen. She has a good reason for doing so. She told reporters, “I think I really just love the unity that it brings me and the audience because chances are they’ve felt exactly the same way I felt when I wrote the song and I think it kind of reminds everyone — and it reminds me — that the human experience isn’t so lonely. It doesn’t have to be so lonely.”
The RED tour is scheduled to conclude in Singapore on June 12.
EB Media PREricChurch had the biggest first-week sales of any country artist so far this year when his album The Outsiders came out in February. He credits that success with staying true to his art no matter what’s happening on the country charts at the moment.
Eric tells the San Francisco Examiner, “Any decision we make, we just try and be artistic. Because essentially that’s what we’re all supposed to be doing — making art and not worrying, ‘Is this going to commercially work?’”
Eric is now climbing the chart with his funky, new single, “Cold One” — the third release from The Outsiders.
Warner Music NashvilleCole Swindell and Frankie Ballard will perform the CMT Awards Official Fan After Party at aVenue next Wednesday, June 4. Their record label, Warner Music Nashville, has taken over that downtown Nashville venue again this year for the Warner Sound Event during CMA Music Festival, too.
On June 5, Cole, Jana Kramer and Gloriana will hold fan events at aVenue, with Charlie Worsham, Brett Eldredge and Dan + Shay following suit on June 6. For details, go to WarnerMusicNashville.com/MusicFest.
CMAFloridaGeorgia Line teased a lyric from their upcoming sophomore album via Twitter on Friday. It reads, “You ain’t gotta say it girl I know what you like…we do it #everynight.” The tweet also included the hashtag, “#awwwwebouttochangeitupagain.”
For now, Florida Georgia Line is enjoying a big hit with Luke Bryan on “This Is How We Roll.” Look for them to perform on the 2014 CMT Music Awards Wednesday night.
Sony Music NashvilleMirandaLambert has lined up several big TV appearances to promote her new album, Platinum, due out Tuesday, June 3. She’ll be featured in an in-depth profile from her home in Tishomingo, OK on CBS Sunday Morning this weekend. On Monday night, Miranda performs “Automatic” on NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Then she’ll be up early on Tuesday for an appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America.
Following her performance of “Somethin’ Bad” with Carrie Underwood on the 2014 CMT Music Awards Wednesday night, Miranda heads back to ABC’s The View on Friday, June 6, for another performance of “Automatic.”
Fans who pick up a copy of Platinum next week will hear Miranda’s most personal album to date. “I feel I have a responsibility as a female artist, songwriter and musician to keep reinventing myself and stay fresh,” she says. “I didn’t know exactly what that was going to be but I didn’t want a concrete plan that we were locked into. So I actually felt pretty vulnerable writing this album and picking songs, and I think you can hear that on the record.”
Platinum also includes guest vocals from Little Big Town on the standout track, “Smokin’ and Drinkin’.”