Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Garth Brooks celebrates 7 Diamond Awards with thousands of fans in Nashville!

Garth Brooks Celebrates Unprecedented
Seven Diamond Album Certifications With An
Unforgettable Night In Tennessee

Cma "Entertainer Of The Year" Nominee Joined By Thousands Of Fans Along With Jason Aldean, Kelly Clarkson, Reba Mcentire, Chris Young, Steve Wariner and wife Trisha Yearwood for “One Of A Kind” surprise performances

Photo credit: Ben Kerns 

Fans Can Exclusively Preview Previously Unreleased Songs From
Garth Brooks: The Ultimate Collection On USA Today's "Listening Room” Now

Nashville, TN - Oct. 25, 2016
CMA "Entertainer Of The Year" Nominee Garth Brooks marked the unrivaled achievement of becoming the first recording artist in the history of music to earn Seven Diamond Album Certifications from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) last night, as thousands of fans filled every inch of Ascend Amphitheater and descended on the surrounding streets of downtown Nashville, TN to celebrate the monumental milestone.

Photo credit: Ben Kerns | Reba & Garth 

The atmosphere was palpable, as the festivities commenced with Governor of Tennessee, Bill Haslam welcoming the high-energy crowd by presenting Brooks with a congratulatory custom belt buckle with seven diamonds to highlight each of the awarded albums. 
The evening continued as Brooks hosted a diverse group of surprise guests, including Jason Aldean, Kelly Clarkson, Reba McEntire, Chris Young, Steve Wariner and wife Trisha Yearwood

Photo credit: Ben Kerns | Trisha & Garth embrace 

The hand-picked selection of long-time friends and peers, as well as country music's superstars, brightest stars and icons, took the stage for a set of spine tingling performances. The revered guests all relished the unique opportunity to sing their chosen personal favorite songs from one of Brooks' Diamond Certified albums: Garth Brooks, No Fences, Ropin’ The Wind, The Hits, Double-Live, Sevens and The Ultimate Hits, all of which were recorded in the state of Tennessee.

With the audience in the palm of his hand, Brooks sustained the hit-filled set with seven more songs taken from his Diamond Certified albums, each one crescendoing into a city-wide singalong.  In a special moment, RIAA Gold & Platinum Program and Communications Director, Liz Kennedy Holman, then presented Brooks with his record-setting seventh Diamond Award. The unforgettable night's curtain call was marked by a rousing rendition of Brooks' infamous worldwide smash-hit "Friends In Low Places," for which he was joined back on stage by his earlier special guests, capped off by a breathtaking firework-filled finale.

A stacked-day of landmark events, Brooks also announced yesterday the official track-listing for his much-coveted GARTH BROOKS: THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION, a 10-disc boxed set available at Target, featuring Brooks’ upcoming studio album GUNSLINGER and nine discs of curated music from his unrivaled catalog. The collection features 18 previously unreleased tracks, and last night backstage at the show, during his weekly "Inside Studio G" Facebook series, Brooks revealed that fans can exclusively preview a selection of songs, as well as their all-time favorites included in the upcoming boxed set exclusively on USA Today's "Listening Room" at

GARTH BROOKS: THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION, will be released on Nov. 11, two weeks prior to Brooks’ upcoming album’s, GUNSLINGER, national standalone street date on Nov. 25. for Pearl Records, Inc.  The first single taken from GUNSLINGER, "Baby, Let's Lay Down And Dance," has instantly captivated country radio and critics with Rolling Stone praising that "the upbeat country tune with Southern rock-inspired guitar riffs has a timeless sound." During the pre-order for the upcoming boxed set, which began yesterday on, fans can purchase a limited-release holiday bundle – the 10-disc collection and CHRISTMAS TOGETHER, the first-ever duets album with Brooks and wife Trisha Yearwood.

Garth Brooks has received seven Diamond awards for seven individual albums from the RIAA for selling over ten million units each, a feat only he can claim, and is the No. 1 selling solo artist in U.S. history certified by the RIAA with over 138 million album sales. Throughout his illustrious career he has won the Billboard Music Artist Achievement Award, NACCP Image Award and has been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the International Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York. Garth also just received his 11th nomination for Entertainer of the Year from the CMA Awards.

Jason Aldean's "Concert for the Cure" hits $3.3 Million Raised

Left Photo (L-R): 
Nashville-Based Survivor Pam Martin, Komen Central Tennessee Executive Director Patty Harman, President and CEO Susan G. Komen Dr. Judy Salerno, 
Aldean's daughters Keeley and Kendyl, Aldean's wife Brittany Aldean, Jason Aldean
Photo Credit: Chris Hollo for the Grand Ole Opry

Aldean’s 11th Annual Event Benefitting Susan G. Komen
Returned To Nashville As Part of “Opry Goes Pink”

NASHVILLE, TN - Oct. 25, 2016
RIAA’s top digital country male artist of all time Jason Aldean continues to donate a portion of each ticket sale throughout the year at his annual “Concert for the Cure” benefitting the Susan G. Komen Foundation, with this year's contribution taking the grand total to over 3.3 million dollars for the fight against breast cancer. The recent "More Than Pink Hero" recipient celebrated the mile-marker in Nashville tonight (10/25) with partner The Grand Ole Opry in conjunction with their eighth annual “Opry Goes Pink."

It was a pretty full-circle moment for me to be able to bring this show back to Nashville where it got started as we go over the three million dollar mark,” said Aldean. “I could see a lot of family and friends out in the audience this year, which is a big reminder that we still have to keep fighting this disease." 

“Through the generosity of Jason Aldean and his devoted fans, we have the opportunity to increase our support for critical breast cancer research along with education, screening, and treatment programs for millions of women, men and families in Nashville and all over the world,” says Dr. Judy Salerno, President & CEO of Susan G. Komen. “His commitment to this cause has been unwavering and through his support, we’re one step closer to our vision of a world without breast cancer.”

In addition to performing, the multi-platinum superstar flipped the switch on the Opry’s signature barn backdrop, turning it pink for the Grand Ole Opry’s two shows. This year’s ACM Entertainer of the Year has been an avid supporter towards the fight against breast cancer since 2004, after losing a dear friend to the disease. The Susan G. Komen Foundation recently named Aldean one of their “More Than Pink” Heroes for his impact in the fight against breast cancer.

About Jason Aldean
Jason Aldean has "earned his spot at the top of Country music over 11 years of hard touring and hard rocking” (Rolling Stone), as his new album THEY DON'T KNOW follows on the heels of each album release earning PLATINUM certification or better, tallying more than 14 million total album sales and 17 No. one hits. His "ever-rising stardom” (Billboard) reaches new heights as he debuted at the No. One position on Billboard’s all-genre Top 200 Album chart for the third consecutive time with his seventh studio album, which includes his latest single “A Little More Summertime." Aldean recently wrapped his 2016 SIX STRING CIRCUS TOUR hosting sold-out crowds throughout the country's biggest venues.
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Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $889 million in research and provided $1.95 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in more than 30 countries worldwide. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. Visit or call 1-877 GO KOMEN. Connect with us on social at

John Berry brings Christmas to the masses with new Album & Tour

All-new Holiday Album Set for November 18 National Release;
 Pre-sale Orders available now at

Berry's 20th Annual "O Holy Night" Christmas Tour Kicks-off November 18

Nashville, Tenn. (October 25, 2016) - Grammy Award-winning country star John Berry will soon hit the road on his 20th Annual "O Holy Night" Tour and in celebration, he will be releasing a new holiday album.

The 10 track album, Christmas (Sony RED), will be available in select retail stores as well as digitally (iTunes,, Google Play and on Friday, November 18

"Celebrating Christmas with my family and friends are some of my favorite memories in my life," says Berry. "Maybe it's why I dearly love the sounds of the season. My new music from Christmas is full of songs that celebrate all the things I hold near and dear to my heart… Jesus, family, and friends."

The 10-track album includes new songs as well as holiday classics like, "Blue Christmas," "Mary Did You Know," and Berry's personal favorite, "O Holy Night."

"It was especially meaningful to re-record 'O Holy Night' in the studio for the first time in 23 years," adds Berry.  "My hope is that this album fills the hearts and homes of families for many years to come."

Christmas pre-sale orders are available now at Fans attending Berry's Christmas shows will be able to purchase the album at the merchandise stand.  The new music will be available along with a complete line of specially designed, limited edition 20th anniversary merchandise.  The 19-city tour kicks off in Marietta, Georgia on November 18 and wraps on December 21 in Dothan, Alabama.  
For a full schedule of tour dates, click HERE.

Christmas Track Listing:

1. Let Us Be
2. This Christmas Night
3. Blue Christmas
4. Do Not Be Afraid
5. My Heart Is Bethlehem
6. You Raise Me Up
7. I Don't Wanna Rush This Christmas
8. Mary Did You Know
9.  Joseph's Lullaby
10. O Holy Night

About John Berry
Grammy Award-winning country star John Berry has placed 20 singles on the county hit parade charts, six of which went Top 5 as well as a #1 on the Billboard and Radio & Records country charts. He has earned numerous Gold and Platinum records. Berry's co-written "A Mind Of Her Own" and "Kiss Me In The Car" introduced him to radio audiences in 1993. Then, "Your Love Amazes Me," "What's In It For Me" and "You And Only You" thrust him to stardom in 1994. "Standing On The Edge Of Goodbye," "I Think About It All The Time," and "If I Had Any Pride Left At All" were all major hits the following year. "Your Love Amazes Me" earned Berry a 1995 Grammy nomination. Berry took "Change My Mind" into the country music Top 5 in 1996. "She's Taken A Shine" became an even bigger hit in 1997. That same year, he was nominated for CMA Vocal Event of the Year for "Long Haired Country Boy" with Charlie Daniels and Hal Ketchum. Both fans and the media took note when "There He Goes" was released as a 1999 duet with Patsy Cline. 

Eric Church to release Mr. Misunderstood On the Rocks Live & (Mostly) Unplugged

Exclusively with Walmart Nov. 4, 2016
Anniversary of his fifth studio album, Mr. Misunderstood, commemorated with 
live album recorded at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Eric Church is deep in planning and rehearsals for his Holdin’ My Own Tour that kicks-off in January, however until fans get their fix in-person, Eric Church is answering their demand with a new release, Mr. Misunderstood On the Rocks Live & (Mostly) Unplugged.
 The collection features seven songs, six from Mr. Misunderstood, recorded at the Red Rocks Amphitheater is Morrison, Colo. Church commemorates the surprise release of Mr. Misunderstood on its one-year anniversary when he dropped it unannounced during the 49th CMA Awards after sending over 80,000 copies directly to his fans— with the release of the live album that features incredible raw versions of songs that insist “music is fuel for love, for anguish and, naturally, for other music” (New York Times).

True to his fans-first approach, Church invited those at home to partake in his two-night concert as he broadcast not only part of his show, but also his announcement of his 60+ city 2017 Holdin’ My Own Tour from Facebook Live. Mr. Misunderstood On the Rocks Live, Church’s first live album since 2013’s Caught in the Act: Live, captures this special collection of performances including a Red Rocks Medley of “Mistress Named Music” and a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” in which Rolling Stone said Church “delivered his soul-bearing rendition in tender, fragile style, quietly picking a hollow-bodied electric guitar and singing softly, as if he were alone in a giant natural cathedral.”

The release of the Red Rocks album where Church’s “songs posit music as a magical sun shower to bathe in blissfully,” [New York Times] comes as the seven-time GRAMMY nominee celebrates his second single off Mr. Misunderstood, “Record Year” hitting the top of the charts. Fans can enjoy the live recording of the three-time CMA Awards and five-time ACM Awards Winner’s recently-released, pertinent current single, “Kill a Word” that “unpacks a mighty image” [AXS] on On the Rocks Live available at Walmart retailers country-wide Nov. 4. 

“Live On The Rocks" is be accompanied by a Vinyl release on Record Store Day (Nov 25), the final chosen artwork of the vinyl album cover was shot by CMA official photographer Anthony D’Angio (aka Flex The Frog | who struck a deal with UMG Nashville through Eric’s management to shoot the shows with the understanding that they were looking for a cover shot for the CD and also a cover shot for the vinyl.

Mr. Misunderstood On the Rocks Live & (Mostly) Unplugged Track Listing:

1. “Mistress Named Music - Red Rocks Medley”
Eric Church (Vocals, Acoustic guitar), Driver Williams (Electric guitar), Jeff Cease (12 String guitar), Jeff Hyde (Acoustic guitar)
Lee Hendricks (Bass guitar), Craig Wright (Drums), Joanna Cotton (background vocals)

2. “Chattanooga Lucy”
Eric Church (Acoustic Guitar, Vocals), Jeff Hyde (Acoustic Guitar), Jeff Cease (12 String acoustic), Lee Hendricks (Bass), Driver Williams (Electric guitar), Craig Wright (Drums), Joanna Cotten (Back-up vocals, tambourine)

3. “Mixed Drinks About Feelings”
Eric Church (Acoustic Guitar, vocals), Jeff Cease (Piano), Joanna Cotten  (Backup vocals)

4. “Knives of New Orleans”
Eric Church (Acoustic Guitar, vocals)

5. “Kill a Word”
Eric Church (Acoustic guitar, vocals), Jeff Hyde (Acoustic guitar), Jeff Cease (Dobro), Craig Wright (Drums), Driver Williams (Electric Guitar), Lee Hendricks (Bass), Joanna Cotton (Backup vocals)

6. “Record Year”
Eric Church (Acoustic guitar, vocals), Jeff Cease (Electric Guitar), Lee Hendricks (Piano)

7. “Hallelujah”
Eric Church  (Electric guitar, vocals)

Order the
 Mr. Misunderstood On the Rocks Live & Mostly Unplugged here.
Church will set out on his two-set, three-hour-show Holdin’ My Own Tour Sans-opener Jan. 13, 2017 in Lincoln, Neb. and will wrap in May with a two-night stint in Nashville, Tenn. 

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Country Billboard Chart News October 24, 2016


Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Old Dominion packs Playstation Theater on Meat And Candy Headlining Tour

In one year’s time, five-piece band goes from selling out Joe’s Pub to PlayStation Theater as single “Song For Another Time” crests Top 10
Old Dominion: PlayStation Theater
Credit: Tommy Garris

Monday, Oct. 24, 2016
NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. – Less than a year since their last headlining show in New York at Joe’s Pub (capacity 250), Old Dominion returned to a sold-out crowd of more than 2,000 fans at PlayStation Theater in Manhattan on Saturday, Oct. 22. The road-built band Miranda Lamberthas tapped to join her on tour early next year, is currently criss-crossing the country on their own headlining tour which includes upcoming sold-out shows in Asbury Park, N.J., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver and a two-night show in Chicago that follows the recent at-capacity shows in Philadelphia and New York City, plus multiple other major market sell-outs.
“Simply put, I have never seen an artist grow from Joe’s Pub to a sold-out PlayStation Theater in just a year,” AEG Live’s Adam Weiser said of the band Vice predicted is “on the cusp of superstardom." “It's amazing to watch and to know that the best has yet to come.”

Old Dominion’s 90-minute energetic set included “Nowhere Fast” and “Said Nobody” from their debut album, Meat and Candy, as well as the two-week No. 1 “Break Up With Him,” their Top 5 “Snapback” and their current single, “Song For Another Time,” which is Top 10 and climbing. 

With dozens of songwriting credits to their name, the night’s set list spanned some of today’s biggest songs with the crowd at times so loud the band had to step away from their microphones to take it all in. 

Last night in Philly. ❤❤ #olddominion #odarmy #meatandcandytour 📷: Lisa.lent
“We’re just starting our headlining tour, it’s called the Meat and Candy Tour,” Ramsey addressed the crowd during their set on Saturday night after finishing “Til It’s Over” saying,We’ve only played a couple of shows, but the thing that’s sticking out is … you guys sing songs like that, that have never been played on the radio before. And it makes us really proud of the album we made.” 
Old Dominion: PlayStation Theater
Credit: Tommy Garris

In 2016, Old Dominion has seen wins at the ACM, Music Row, ACCA and AIMP Awards and is currently nominated for two CMA awards at the upcoming 50th CMA Awards in November for Vocal Group of the Year and Best New Artist. Old Dominion has also been nominated for their first American Music Award for Favorite Duo or Group – Country.
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Travis Tritt to release A MAN AND HIS GUITAR 2-DISC CD set and DVD


(October 24, 2016 – Nashville, Tenn.) –  Multi-award winning artist and country music hit-maker Travis Tritt will release a special live 2-disc CD and DVD, titled A Man and His Guitar – Live From The Franklin Theatre, ‪on Nov. 18.  

The much-anticipated release, shot and recorded at the historic Franklin Theatre in Franklin, Tenn., spotlights Tritt’s distinctively soulful voice and his exceptional guitar prowess in an intimate theater setting.  

The project features Tritt at his best; performing an unplugged solo concert that gives fans the rare opportunity to hear a fresh take on some of Tritt’s biggest hits, including “Help Me Hold On,” “Anymore,” and “Best of Intentions,” in a stripped down, pure form. Previously unreleased renditions of “Come And Go Blues” and “Pickin’ At It" are also included in the program. 

Tritt’s discovery that an audience loved to hear him perform songs accompanied only by his guitar served as the inspiration behind the project. In this concert, Tritt acknowledges and pays tribute to artists he grew up admiring and those that were influential to him as he punctuates the release with personal stories and anecdotes from his long career.   Select acoustic numbers and humorous moments between Tritt and his guests, Marty Stuart and James Otto, are also highlighted. 

More than 25-years after he launched his music career, the Southern-rock influenced artist continues to stay true and relevant to Country music fans across the globe. Last year, Tritt's compilation album, The Very Best of ‪Travis Tritt, continued a trend that started in 2014 by topping the SoundScan Top 200 Catalog Country Albums chart for 50 consecutive weeks with 15 weeks spent at No. 1 and 33 weeks notched in the Top Five. 

Over the course of his career, Tritt has produced over 25 million in album sales, two Grammy award wins and multiple No. 1 singles on the country radio charts, including “Help Me Hold On,” “Can I Trust You With My Heart” and “Foolish Pride.” Tritt was dubbed one of “The Class of ‘89,” which included country music superstars Garth Brooks, ‪Clint Black and ‪Alan Jackson, all whom dominated the charts in the 1990s and beyond.  Among his eleven studio albums and numerous charted singles are nineteen Top 10 hits including “Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde,” “Here’s A Quarter” and “It’s A Great Day To Be Alive.” 

The 2-disc CD set, A Man and His Guitar – Live From The Franklin Theatre, will be available for purchase through major digital retailers, and at various stops throughout Tritt’s tour. 
The DVD will only be available at and on tour. For a list of forthcoming tour stops, please visit

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Disc 1
1. “It’s All About The Money” (Donny Kees, Jody Harris)
2. “Where Corn Don’t Grow” (Mark Alan Springer, Roger Murrah)
3. “The Pressure Is On” (Hank Williams, Jr.)
4. “I’m Gonna Be Somebody” (Jill Colucci, Stewart Harris)
5. “Lord Have Mercy On The Working Man” [with James Otto] (Kostas)
6. “Country Club” (Catesby Jones, Dennis Lord)
7. “Country Ain’t Country” (Carson Chamberlain, Casey Beatherd, Teresa Boaz)
8. “500 Miles Away From Home” (Bobby Bare, Charles Williams, Hedy West)
9. “Here’s A Quarter” (Travis Tritt)
10. “Best of Intentions” (Travis Tritt)
11. “Drift Off To Dream” (Travis Tritt, Stewart Harris)
12. “Help Me Hold On” (Travis Tritt, Pat Terry) 

Disc 2
1. “Whiskey Ain’t Workin’” [with Marty Stuart] (Ronny Scaife, Marty Stuart)
2. “Pickin’ At It” [with Marty Stuart] (Travis Tritt)
3. “Come And Go Blues” (Gregg Allman)
4. “Anymore” (Travis Tritt, Jill Colucci)
5. “I Walk the Line” (Johnny Cash)
6. “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way” (Waylon Jennings)
7. “A Long Time Ago” (Waylon Jennings, Shel Silverstein)
8. “Mama’s Don’t Let Your Babies Grown Up To Be Cowboys” (Patsy Bruce, Ed Bruce)
9. “Lone Wolf” (Hank Williams, Jr.)
10. “It’s A Great Day To Be Alive” (Darrell Scott)
11. “T-R-O-U-B-L-E” (Jerry Chestnut)
12. “Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde” (Walt Aldridge, James LeBlanc)