Saturday, September 3, 2016

Country Music Countdown, News, & Sports...September 3, 2016



COUNTRY CHART Weekend of September 3-4:

1 DAN & SHAY From The Ground Up
2 SAM HUNT Make You Miss Me
4 JAKE OWEN American Country Love Song
5 JUSTIN MOORE You Look Like I Need A Drink
6 DIERKS BENTLEY w/ELLE KING Different For Girls
7 JON PARDI Head Over Boots
9 BLAKE SHELTON She’s Got a Way With Words
12 LoCASH I Know Somebody
13 BILLY CURRINGTON It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To
14 ZAC BROWN BAND Castaway
15 KENNY CHESNEY w/P!nk Setting The World On Fire
16 COLE SWINDELL Middle Of a Memory
17 KIP MOORE Running For You
19 BIG & RICH Lovin’ Lately
20 BRETT YOUNG Sleep Without You



Luke Bryan Reveals Farm Tour EP Details

Annual Farm Tour Starts Oct. 5 in South Carolina 

Luke Bryan will release his first Farm Tour — Here’s to the Farmer EP on Sept. 23.
Including the title song, Bryan co-wrote three of the collection’s five songs with Nashville hit-makers Michael Carter, Chase McGill, Rodney Clawson, Matt Dragstrem, Dallas Davidson and Ashley Gorley. The other song titles are “I Do All My Dreamin’ There,” “Love Me in a Field,” “You Look Like Rain” and “Southern Gentleman.”
The release coincides with the launch of his eighth annual Farm Tour 2016 which will hit eight cities starting Oct. 5 in Gaston, South Carolina.
A portion of the proceeds from the tour will fund college scholarships for students from a farming family or those pursuing agricultural degrees in each community the tour visits.
Here are a complete list of Farm Tour dates:
Oct. 5: Gaston, South Carolina
Oct. 6: Greenback, Tennessee
Oct. 7: Elizabethtown, Kentucky
Oct. 8: Monroeville, Indiana
Oct. 12: Batesville, Mississippi
Oct. 13: Prairie Grove, Arkansas
Oct. 14: Centralia, Missouri
Oct. 15: Effingham, Illinois


Blake Shelton Came There to Remember “Came Here to Forget”

Party Celebrates Songwriters Craig Wiseman and Deric Ruttan 
Music Row folk packed the capacious lobby of ASCAP’s Nashville headquarters Tuesday afternoon (Aug. 30) to celebrate the No. 1 status of Blake Shelton’s “Came Here to Forget” with the song’s writers, Craig Wiseman and Deric Ruttan.
Shelton was also on hand to enliven the festivities.
ASCAP’s Beth Brinker hosted the party and began by reciting some statistics. “Came Here to Forget” is, she noted, Shelton’s 27th No. 1 single and his 17th in a row. It is Ruttan’s second chart-topper among his 11 Top 10 singles, she added.
For Wiseman, who was ASCAP’s country songwriter of the century, this was his 26th No. 1. He was, Brinker pointed out, also co-writer of Tim McGraw’s massive hit, “Live Like You Were Dying,” which stayed at No. 1 for seven consecutive weeks in 2004 and won two Grammys.
Rusty Gaston, Ruttan’s publisher, was more philosophical than statistical. He said “Came Here to Forget” touches people in important emotional ways, like “the guy who’s had a hard day at work and is driving home to Goodlettsville [a Nashville suburb]” and finding comfort in the song.
John Esposito, Shelton’s label chief at Warner Music Nashville, predicted that Shelton’s 18th No. 1 single is only about five weeks away, a reference to the fast-rising “She’s Got a Way With Words.”
Peter Strickland, Warner’s vice president and general manager, presented Shelton with a gold album for If I’m Honest. He said it is the sixth bestselling album among all genres in 2016 and Shelton’s fastest-selling album to go gold.
Scott Hendricks, Shelton’s producer, told the crowd that Ruttan broke into tears when he told him that “Came Here to Forget” would be the first single off Shelton’s new album.
Admitting that he was an emotional type, Ruttan praised his chief inspiration, his wife.
“Every song I write is about her,” he said. Then, hurriedly correcting himself, he added, “Not this one,” apparently recalling that “Came Here to Forget” is principally about rebound sex.
He lauded Wiseman for taking the time to encourage and advise him shortly after he moved to Nashville, even though Wiseman was already a successful songwriter when they met.
Wiseman, who helms the annual food bank charity, Stars for Second Harvest, credited Shelton with saving the faltering 2016 edition by agreeing to headline it.
Known for his gag gifts at such events, Wiseman presented Shelton a T-shirt emblazoned with the slogan “I Like Beer” and containing a built-in beer opener.
“I don’t think I’ve ever had a more perfect song for me [than ‘Came Here to Forget’] at that time of my life,” Shelton said.


Rhiannon Giddens Joins CMT’s Nashville

Singer-Songwriter Is Co-Founder of Grammy-Winning Carolina Chocolate Drops 
 In the show’s fifth season, Giddens is cast as Hanna Lee “Hallie” Jordan, a young social worker who turns out to have the voice of an angel.
In addition to her role on vocals, banjo and fiddle in Carolina Chocolate Drops, Giddens gained additional acclaim with the release of her solo debut album, Tomorrow Is My Turn. She is working on a follow-up album to be released in 2017.
Nashville returns with a special two-hour premiere on Jan. 5 on CMT. Longtime SVOD partner Hulu will continue to bring fans new episodes of Nashville by making them available to stream the day after they air on CMT.


Jason Aldean: “I Trust My Instincts a Lot More”

CMT Concert of the Summer Airs Saturday at 8 p.m. ET/PT 
 Jason Aldean was talking about the pressures of releasing a new album as the ACM’s reigning entertainer of the year when Ashley Monroe’s “Like a Rose” randomly started playing on a greenroom media center, cutting short his answer.
But he didn’t mind because he’s a fan of the music she makes. Monroe and Brett James co-wrote Aldean’s fourth No. 1 single, the stirring ballad “The Truth,” and it’s a song he still loves.
But a few months ago, he had to make the tough call to pull it from his set on his Six String Circus tour.
Removing a hit from a set list is a tough decision every successful performer has to make at some point on the road as the number of singles and albums continues to grow. Right now Aldean is sitting on 17 No. 1s, including his latest chart-topper, “Lights Come On,” which will be featured on CMT Concert of the Summer: Jason Aldean & Friends Live at LakeShake, airing Saturday (Sept. 3) at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
“I try not to add anymore of that pressure than I need to,” he said picking up our interview where he left off. “I mean, there’s already enough pressure in the business, and I put a lot of that on myself early on in my career, just trying to make sure each record was better than the last and kept the momentum going.
“I trust my instincts a lot more,” he adds, “and I feel like I have a good idea of who I am as an artist and we’ve got a fan base out there that loves it. As long as I consistently keep doing my part, we’re going to be all right.”
Written by Florida Georgia Line, the Warren Brothers, Jordan Schmidt and Jimmy Robbins, “Lights Come On” is the first chart-topper from his seventh studio album They Don’t Know, which lands Sept. 9. The collection includes his latest single, “A Little More Summertime.” Fans can celebrate the unofficial end of summer over Labor Day weekend with Aldean, Thomas Rhett and A Thousand Horses when the inaugural CMT Concert of the Summer airs Saturday at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
The two-hour event will take fans inside the Six String Circus tour at Chicago’s Windy City LakeShake music festival with exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews and footage documenting one of the summer’s hottest events.

Luke Bryan on His 15th Nashversary

“You Never Forget Those Days” 
Fifteen years ago today, Luke Bryan moved to Nashville.
On September 1, 2001, he packed up his things and headed north out of Leesburg, Georgia.
So when he was in Chicago on Saturday (Aug. 27) about to play for roughly 40,000 people, I asked him to compare that kind of show to the ones in his early days.
“Every level of this business I’ve been in, I have really loved,” Bryan said.
“Like I think about the times I played Joe’s on Weed Street for less than 1,000 people and walked in through that back alley and had a blast in there. You never forget those days.
“I was doing it back then because I loved it. It was a blast, and it’s the same thing now.”
He said he is having just as much fun now as when he first took the smaller stages. And that’s how he expects it will always be … until it’s not.
“I mean, the day that I am up there and I am not the giddiest person in the room, it’s time for me to start slowing down,” he said.
Bryan says that for him, being the one onstage is really just like being the host of a party. A really, really big party.
“It’s like I’m hosting a fun night for people,” he said. “And that’s kind of how I grew up. When my dad was the host and he’d cook dinner for you, it’d be a 10-course meal. I love hosting these nights because I love watching people enjoy themselves.
“But nobody’s having more fun than me.”


Dale Earnhardt Jr. to miss rest of NASCAR season with concussion

NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. will miss the rest of the 2016 Sprint Cup Series season as he recovers from a concussion, Hendrick Motorsports announced.
Hendrick Motorsports says that Earnhardt Jr. has not been cleared medically by doctors and will continue to receive treatment.
“I wish I could return to the No. 88 team this season,” Earnhardt said in a statement. “To say I’m disappointed doesn’t begin to describe how I feel, but I know this is the right thing for my long-term health and career. I’m 100 percent focused on my recovery, and I will continue to follow everything the doctors tell me. They’re seeing good progress in my test results, and I’m feeling that progress physically. I plan to be healthy and ready to compete at Daytona in February. I’m working toward that." 

  • What: Sprint Cup circuit
  • Where: Darlington Raceway, Darlington, SC
  • When: Sep 4, 2016, 6:20 PM
  • Race Length: 501.00


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