Wednesday 27 June 2018

Keith Urban’s “Graffiti U World Tour 2018” Underway…



The Graffiti U World Tour is Keith’s 12th headlining concert tour in support of his eleventh studio album Graffiti U (2018).
It began on 15 June 2018, in Maryland Heights, Missouri and is scheduled to end on 3 November 2018, in Dallas, Texas.
LEG 1: The North American leg (United States + 9 shows in Canada) comprises 63 shows.

Coming Up:
27 June 2018 - Saratoga Springs (Saratoga Performing Arts Center)                   
29 June 2018 & 30 June 2018 –  Toronto, Canada (Budweiser Stage)                
5 & 6 July 2018 – Gilford, United States (Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion)                     
8 July 2018 – Hopewell (CMAC)            
13 July 2018 - West Valley City (USANA Amphitheatre)              
14 July 2018 - Greenwood Village (Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre )          
15 July 2018 – Albuquerque, Isleta Amphitheater                       
20 July 2018 - Mountain View, Shoreline Amphitheatre               
21 & 22 July 2018 - Lake Tahoe, Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena                  
27 July 2018 – Raleigh (Coastal Credit Union Music Park)                      
28 July 2018 - Charlotte (PNC Music Pavilion)                
29 July 2018 – Alpharetta (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park)
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Never Comin Down, Coming Home, Somewhere in My Car, Days Go By
Parallel Line, Long Hot Summer, My Wave, You Gonna Fly, Somebody Like You
Texas Time, Where the Blacktop Ends, Blue Ain't Your Color, Drop Top
Cop Car, The Fighter (Keith moved to his B stage)
Kiss a Girl / Who Wouldn't Want to be me / You Look Good In My Shirt (on Keith’s B stage)
Gone Tomorrow (Here Today), Little Bit of Everything, John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16
Wasted Time
Encores: But for the Grace of God, Horses

Tour buses and GRAFFITI U wrapped trailers, twenty-two in all, and a crew of ninety-three have hit the road, hauling enough cable to carry electricity from Nashville to St. Louis and nearly forty guitars for the launch of Keith Urban’s “GRAFFITI U WORLD TOUR 2018.” 
A 23-song, two-hour plus set, marks the four-time GRAMMY Award winner’s first world tour in more than two years. 

After only a few shows, fans have been treated to Urban’s now expected unexpected. His fast-paced party-like performances reveal an unrivalled triple threat entertainer.  Vocalist, virtuoso guitarist and ever the showman, Urban’s connection to his fans always features spontaneous moments and “GRAFFITI U WORLD TOUR 2018” has been no exception.

He revealed that his opening night featured guests, the innovative blues, Americana and rock duoLarkin Poe, will accompany him on the tour through August, performing “Where the Blacktop Ends.”   In addition, Urban has not only made a phone call to a fan’s friend (from the stage), he’s given an onstage pre-wedding first dance performance of “Making Memories of Us” to a Detroit couple.
It should come as no surprise that critics are raving.  Of his show in Indianapolis the Star said, “Urban reached an undeniable peak of energy exchange between performer and audience. He had the crowd hanging on every line…you’d be in decent shape if you wagered on Urban in a guitar duel against any living player.”

The “GRAFFITI U WORLD TOUR 2018” debut in St. Louis led their Post-Dispatch to proclaim that, “Urban has made (his show) memorable from opening to closing.”  And Pittsburgh’s Post-Gazette states that “(Urban) maintains a special inexplicable quality seen in few musicians.”
The 58-city, 63 show North American leg of his “GRAFFITI U WORLD TOUR 2018,” features GRAMMY Nominee Kelsea Ballerini, who will accompany Urban on the U.S. leg as his supporting act and Lindsay Ell, who will accompany Urban on shows north of the border (not including June 29 and 30 in Toronto).
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Australia & UK Bound?

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Garth Brooks drops Summer anthem "All Day Long” on Amazon Music & most Added at Country Radio

The Infectious New Track Is The First Single 
From Brooks’ Upcoming Studio Album - Available To Pre-Order.

Nashville, TN - Reigning CMA “Entertainer Of The Year” Garth Brooks released brand new music, much to the delight of his fans. Brooks’ new single “All Day Long” is available to stream on Amazon Music and at Country Radio.  
With its instant feel-good vibe, it's set to be the song of the summer. Co-written by Brooks, the infectious track evokes signature Brooks sing-a-longs, tailor-made for his ground-breaking live show and follows the momentum of his recent No. One “Ask Me How I Know.” 

You can Listen All Day Long!: Hear the new single with Garth's radio liners: 

All Day Long” is the most-added song at Country Radio this week and also claims the biggest add date since August 2015. The track debuted at No.21 (14.5 million in audience) on Billboard Country Airplay (110 ADDS) and No.28 on Mediabase chart (135 ADDS).  On Hot Country Songs, it opens at No.42. It received hourly plays on participating iHeartMedia stations beginning at 6 a.m. on June 19.

"Somebody's gotta play that Country that ain't ever comin' back." Well, I've got some news for you -- it's back, and Garth is the one bringing it back. Radio programmers have commented on social media that this is the Garth song they've been waiting for -- the rowdy, honky-tonk, boot-stompin', raucous jam of a song that made Garth a radio and stage icon. Tempo, tempo, tempo is the name of the game here, along with the flavor of the "90s Country sound" for which many have become nostalgic. Don't be mistaken, however; this is current Garth in his current glory, with a full-bodied vocal and a renewed energy that has come from sell-out crowd spanning his recent three-year-long sell-out tour. "All Day Long" is sticky in the best of ways with instant familiarity and a sing-along sensibility:  "Somebody's gotta feed that jukebox / Somebody's gotta drink that beer / Somebody's gotta get all rowdy and raise some hell in here / Somebody's gotta dance with the women / Spin 'em to a Country song / I can do this night life all day long." And, boy, can he.

USA Today declares “Brooks’ distinct voice is instantly recognizable then bolstered by the familiar combination of fiddle, steel and electric guitar - the song a fresh, but welcome rewind to the hard-driving, blue-collar country Brooks popularized in the 90’s.” Co-written by Brooks with Bryan Kennedy and Mitch Rossell.

“All Day Long” is the first track taken from Brooks’ upcoming studio album to be released next year. 

Fans can pre-order the highly-anticipated release (available at a limited time only price of $10) and will receive the new single immediately, as well as an exclusive bonus track, "The Road I'm On," which will be the opening song of Brooks’ imminent tour.  

Brooks shared details of the new single with fans last night via “Inside Studio G,” his weekly interactive Facebook Live series, available to watch here

We're celebrating #AllDayLong! #StudioG goes fireside at 7:30am CT! Who's in? love, g
Posted by Garth Brooks on Monday, 18 June 2018
"From the very first lick, this song is a party," said Brooks.  "Country radio, uptempo honky-tonk and summer go soooooooo good together!"

Garth Brooks is the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year, having now been awarded this honor six times, a first for any artist. He is also the first artist in history to receive 7 Diamond awards for the now seven albums certified by the RIAA at over 10 million album sales each and remains the #1-selling solo artist in U.S. history certified by the RIAA with over 148 million album sales. He has received every accolade the recording industry can bestow on an artist. Garth has been inducted into the International Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Country Music Hall of Fame and most recently, the Musicians Hall of Fame. Garth just finished the three and a half year long, Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood. Forbes said of the tour, "Garth Brooks' World Tour Solidifies His Status As The Best Arena Act Alive." The tour smashed records previously held by such acts as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and even Garth Brooks. The tour played 79 cities, 390 concerts with over 100,000 tickets sold in over 20 cities. The tour sold over 6.3 million tickets, making it the biggest North American tour in history and the biggest American tour in the world. Garth also has Inside Studio G, a weekly Facebook Live series. It airs every Monday on Garth's Facebook page at 7:00 PM EST. 

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American Young return to the UK. London show SOLD OUT!

(FFO: The Shires, Ward Thomas, Catherine McGrath)

Having already enjoyed success in the UK with their debut album (they currently have over 15 million Spotify Streams), the duo are excited to be writing for their sophomore record - which they hope to deliver next year.

American Young has written numerous songs for other artist including Kenny Chesney, Lee Brice, Joe & Rory, Jerrod Niemann, Blake Shelton and Rascal Flats to name a few.
American Young has opened for Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line, Kenny Chesney, Lady A, Sugarland, Lee Brice and many others

“We are so fortunate and blessed to have the opportunity travel around the world doing what we love.  The UK has been a home away from home, and our fans have embraced AY.  We are so thankful to our friends that come out and support live music and share it with others.”

American Young Live UK Dates

Weds June 27, 2018 - Pizza Express, London (99 High Holborn WC1V 6LF) ** SOLD OUT ** £17 Event with Kate Ellis. Nashville Meets London presents a new monthly country music residency at PizzaExpress Live Holborn to showcase the best emerging artists from both the USA and UK. Featuring two acts per night, one from each country, and hosted by radio presenter Baylen Leonard
Thurs June 28, 2018 - Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes (59 Stratford Road Wolverton MK12 5LT) Event £10 + Holloway Road
Friday June 29, 2018 - Tuned In Arts Centre, Middlesborough (Tuned In, Majuba Road, Redcar TS10 5BJ) support from Simon James & Josh Newell-Brown Tickets £11 and available from the box office at Tuned In! or online at eventbrite (£12.45)
Fri 7 September 2018 – The Long Road Festival, Stanford Hall See BLOG POST Tickets from  Ticketmaster UK and
9 September 2018 – Millport Country Festival, Millport  (See BLOG | Artist Line Ups)

Curb Records’ recording duo, American Young have returned to the UK for a series of shows, following their nomination for Best International Touring Act last year British Country Music Awards. Having proved a phenomenal hit on their eleven-date European tour, the couple’s third, the duo was thrilled to solidify their reciprocal love of the UK audiences.

“We are always very excited to experience the European audiences, we connect with them in such a special way, it’s hard to describe,” comments Jon Stone, “The energy, the enthusiasm—It’s so much fun to be able to bring our passion to Europe, and the fans be so welcoming.”

Comprised of songwriter/musician, Kristy Osmunson, and songwriter/producer, Jon Stone, American Young released their debut album in late 2016. Penning 11 of the 12 tracks, showcasing Osmunson and Stone’s natural song writing abilities, the record features their first single, “Love is War,” along with tracks such as “God Sends a Train,” which speaks of the real-life devastation Osmunson endured when her mother was hit by a train but lived and eventually walked again, “Be Here,” which pleads for a moment of peace without the distractions of today’s world, and “Something to You,” which Osmunson fought back tears to record in the studio.

With the duo currently writing their sophomore album, American Young will be teasing new material and playing fan favourites from their debut during their upcoming trip to the UK, which includes a sold out London show.

A flawless example of their inimitable chemistry and radio friendly sound, which has found a home on the BBC and Bauer networks, alongside Chris Country, 2 Country, CMR Nashville and London Live.
With the duo able to count Bob Harris, Baylen Leonard, Ricky Ross and Claire Balding amongst their UK champions, they couldn’t wait to return to the UK for these dates.

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'Sights and Sounds of Tennessee' at London Waterloo June 4 – 17, 2018


Tennessee Invites UK Travellers to Experience the Soundtrack of America: performers included Gill Landry, Yola Carter, Kasheena Sampson & Robert Vincent

The beckon call of live music, complimentary Jack Daniel’s and an immersive multisensory experience enticed Waterloo Station travellers to delay their evening commutes and take a brief holiday in Tennessee at a special exhibit entitled “The Sights & Sounds of Tennessee” from 4th-17th June 2018 (Watch HQ video on via Press Release).

CLICK to Enlarge Credit: Tennessee Department of Tourism Development 
Nashville singer-songwriter Kashena Sampson performs for Waterloo commuters on
 June 5 at the ‘Sights & Sounds of Tennessee” exhibit.

A special kick-off event, featuring Nashville recording artist Gill Landry, formerly of Old Crow Medicine Show, and AMA UK Artist of the Year Yola Carter, took place at the exhibit on Monday, 4 June from 2 p.m. and included remarks by a Tennessee Department of Tourist Development representative.

Photo (LEFT):
Brian Wagner Assistant Commissioner Marketing
Tennnessee Department of Tourist Development


Listen to edited interviews by Lee Williams (CEO CMR Nashville “Europe’s No1 Country Station) with Brian Wagner (Assistant Commissioner Marketing-Tennessee Department of Tourist Development) and singer-songwriters Gill Landry and Yola Carter conducted at Waterloo Station on June 4, 2018.

Listen to full music and interview with Yola Carter her on and with Gill Landry

The exhibit was part of a month-long campaign featuring the Tennessee destinations of Nashville, Memphis and Knoxville that follows British Airways’ introduction of its five-days-per-week nonstop service from London Heathrow to Nashville, the capital city and centre to the state.
Gill Landry at Sights and Sounds of Tennessee June 4, 2018
Credit: Tennessee Department of Tourism Development

The Sounds of Tennessee exhibit at Waterloo and digital boards throughout London asked the question 'Where will your music take you?' and featured custom Spotify playlists that served as a formal invitation to British holidaymakers to visit Tennessee, one of the world’s top travel destinations for music lovers.
Fans can also visit to connect their Spotify account, create a custom Tennessee holiday itinerary and a chance to win a free trip to Tennessee!

Yola Carter at The Sounds of Tennessee 
Credit: Tennessee Department of Tourism Development

Following the successful launch event on Monday 4 June 2018, and Kashena Sampson taking the stage on June 5, the Sights and Sounds of Tennessee (#SoundsOfTennessee) exhibit at London Waterloo station continued with music from Robert Vincent (June 6; from 2pm) and ran through until Sunday 17th June with live music and a Jack Daniel's happy hour every week day! Below are some images from the launch, which featured Yola Carter & Gill Landry, and a surprise appearance from 'the King' himself...:

Credit: Tennessee Department of Tourism Development

Before Danni Nichols second set on Thursday June 7, Sebastian Coe (Lord Coe) President of the International Association of Athletics Federations was seen walking past the exhibit but did not stop or give it a second glance instead hurrying himself towards and across the concourse heading towards the Underground!


Live music was held at the exhibit weekdays from 2 - 4pm featuring acts curated by the UK Americana Music Association (AMA UK); followed by a Jack Daniel’s 'Happy Hour' from 4 - 6pm with complimentary drinks.
Credit: Tennessee Department of Tourism Development

Danni Nicholls at The Sounds of Tennessee Thurs June 7, 2018

Danni Nicholls at The Sounds of Tennessee Thurs June 7, 2018

Danni Nicholls at The Sounds of Tennessee Thurs June 7, 2018

Artists who appeared were:
Kashena Sampson, Tues 5 June
Robert Vincent, Weds 6 June
Danni Nicholls, Thurs 7 June
The Luck, Fri 8 June
Bennett Wilson Poole, Monday 11 June
Jake Morrell, Tuesday 12 June
Worry Dolls, Weds 13 June
Flickr Photos (Credit Kevin Oakhill)
Rob Heron, Thurs 14 June
Martin Harley, Fri 15 June

Tennessee, located in the Southeastern United States, is the birthplace of seven different forms of popular music—blues, bluegrass, country, gospel, soul, rockabilly, and rock ‘n’ roll—and has more musicians per capita than any other place in the world. Tennessee is also home to world-renowned music attractions including Beale Street, Bijou Theatre, Bluebird Cafe, Blues Hall of Fame, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Graceland, Grand Ole Opry, Sun Studio, Ryman Auditorium and Tennessee Theatre.

Spotify enables Londoners to scan a special code posted to outdoor boards and immediately listen to Tennessee music playlists created especially for Memphis, Knoxville and Nashville. 
Credit: Tennessee Department of Tourism Development

Sights & Sounds of Tennessee’ visitors could stand atop a map of Tennessee and use headphones to listen to music recordings and other sounds one can only experience in Tennessee. Corresponding websites, accessible via mobile devices, enabled visitors to virtually transport themselves to Tennessee destinations with 360-degree videos including a scenic vista overlooking the Great Smoky Mountains or one of the many blues clubs lining Memphis’ famous Beale Street.

“The UK is home to the world’s greatest travellers, many of whom have been coming to Tennessee for years to experience The Soundtrack of America and enjoy our southern hospitality, great cities, rich history and beautiful outdoors,” said Kevin Triplett, Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development. “The new nonstop service aboard British Airways makes reaching Tennessee easier than ever, and we look forward to welcoming even more of our friends from across the Atlantic in the years to come.”

On 4th May, the first new LHR - BNA flight (British Airways Flight 223; a Boeing 787-7 Dreamliner carrying 200 passengers) left London’s Heathrow Airport (LHR) at 1545 local time and touched down at Nashville International Airport (BNA) eight-and-a-half hours later, initiating a five-days-a-week nonstop service from the United Kingdom to Tennessee’s capital city.
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Landing of first ever flight from London to Nashville. British Airways 787-8 Dreamliner:

The flag carrier is the only European airline to fly direct to Nashville, one of the fastest growing cities Stateside.
Few native Nashvilleans remain in the Music City making room for more than 100 people a day moving to the capital of Tennessee. There are plenty of Brits among them including the son of a Yorkshire rag and bone man, Andrew Clancey.
His edgy boutique - Any Old Iron - has caught the eye of superstars including Beyoncé and Lady Gaga.
Andrew said he’s delighted with the introduction of the new direct route. Nine hours out from London Heathrow and only around seven back to the capital. Not only does it make the return journey easier to Yorkshire, the five days a week route also brings plenty of curious travellers right to the heart of the city.

‘The Sights & Sounds of Tennessee’ exhibit was a joint effort led by the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, working in partnership with BrandUSA, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp., Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau and Knoxville Convention & Visitors Bureau, to formerly introduce Tennessee to Londoners through an interactive sight and sound experience in London’s Waterloo Station.

About the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development:
The mission of the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development is to motivate travel to and within Tennessee by inspiring enjoyment, creating memories, producing a desire to return, and establishing key long-term relationships that result in visitors becoming residents. Tennessee’s tourism industry generates $19.3 billion annually in economic impact, more than $1.7 billion in state and local sales tax revenue and more than 176,500 tourism-related jobs. The promise of Tennessee—the home of the blues, bluegrass, country, gospel, soul, rockabilly, and rock ‘n’ roll—is to be the global music destination of choice. To deliver an unparalleled experience of beauty, history, and family adventure, infused with music that creates a vacation that is the “The Soundtrack of America. Made in Tennessee.”

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