CMA, ASCAP Showcase Songwriters At Sundance Film Festival

Pictured (L-R): Tenille Townes, Steven Lee Olsen, Jillian Jacqueline and Jordan Davis perform during CMA Songwriters Series Thursday, Jan. 25 at the 2018 Sundance ASCAP Music Café. Photo: Fred Hayes/Sundance

The CMA Songwriters Series made a stop at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on Jan. 25-26, where songwriters Jordan Davis, Jillian Jacqueline, Steven Lee Olsen and Tenille Townes performed as part of the special 2018 Sundance ASCAP Music Café.

Currently in its 14th season, CMA Songwriters Series has presented more than 100 shows in 17 cities. Artists and writers who have participated in the series include Jessi Alexander, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Brandy Clark, Tom Douglas, Brett Eldredge, Miranda Lambert, Hilary Lindsey, Little Big Town, Shane McAnally, Lori McKenna, Kacey Musgraves, Tim Nichols, Liz Rose, Darius Rucker, Carrie Underwood, Craig Wiseman, Chris Young, and more.

Luke Bryan Welcomes Sam Hunt, Jon Pardi, Morgan Wallen, Carly Pearce For Stadium Tour

Luke Bryan will bring his What Makes You Country Tour to 13 stadiums this year, and he will bring along Sam Hunt, Jon Pardi, Morgan Wallen and Carly Pearce for select dates.

Bryan’s tour will include the first-ever country show at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, set for July 28. Bryan will also visit New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium (June 2), Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park (June 16), Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium (June 23), Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field (June 30), Boston’s Fenway Park (July 5/6), Minneapolis’s Target Field (July 21), Denver’s Mile High Stadium (Aug. 4),  St. Louis’ Busch Stadium (Aug. 25), Chicago’s Wrigley Field (Sept. 1), Vancouver’s BC Place Stadium (Oct. 13) and Detroit’s Ford Field (Oct. 26).

The stadium portion of the tour will launch May 31 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada.

Bryan made the announcements today at The Steps at WME in Nashville, and brought his tourmates for a Q&A session to preview the tour.

“I think at one point, I think Pardi and Sam had the one and two biggest song of last year, and to be a new artist and come out like Carly did…I just love hearing fans singing these big hits they hear on the radio…”

“I’ve been trying to play Farm Tour for six years,” Pardi quipped.

“That’s the beauty of Nashville,” Bryan said. “Sam’s also out headlining his own stuff, but the fact that we can all come out and create a fun package for fans, at the end of the day I get so excited to put these guys in the best scenario possible, to showcase what they are and where they are going and what they are going to be.”

Bryan recalled his own first experience with stadium shows, opening for Kenny Chesney. “That’s the beauty of Kenny, how he leads by example. I never will forget, we were in Columbia, South Carolina at the Gamecocks Stadium and my bus was parked by the main entrance and I never will forget. I think the doors opened at 3 p.m. or 4 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 9 o’clock, I watched a line of people, 30 people wide and as far as you could see, file into a stadium and I truly learned the enormity of putting 70,000 people in a college stadium like Kenny was doing. The way Kenny just made you feel at home, it made a lasting impression on me, and it was the best experience to walk in to.”

Sam Hunt revealed that fans can expect new music on the tour.

“I’ve finally gotten my life more organized than I have in years,” said a newly-clean shaven Hunt during the press conference. “Getting married helped a lot in that department. I had planned on having music out before then…I do have some songs. I’m going in February, through March and April, and I plan on having new music out before we strike out on the road, when I may not have as much time to write.”


Brantley Gilbert To Play Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater With Classical Orchestra

For Brantley Gilbert‘s Nashville tour spot on May 4, the hard-hitting Georgia boy will be joined by conductor Jim Gray and classical orchestration from The Ones That Like Me Orchestra.

The orchestra has bolstered everyone from Imagine Dragons, Patti LaBelle, Ben Folds, Flaming Lips, Miranda Lambert, and Barbara Streisand. In addition, Gray has worked with jazz legends Branford Marsalis and Diane Krall, as well as the Los Angeles, Cleveland, Oklahoma City, Atlanta, San Diego, Charlotte Symphonies and Boston Pops.

Staind’s Aaron Lewis and Josh Phillips will join as special guests.

“There are so many great songwriters in Nashville, I think it’s easy to get caught up in what an artist stands for – and maybe lose what those songs are,” Gilbert says. “Every song I write is a piece of my life, and over time, I’ve learned a lot of other people’s lives, too. That’s special, and this seemed like a very special – and different – way to present these songs…It’s the last thing people expect, I know. But I think when folks hear how these songs fill out with the classic instruments, they’re going to be surprised at what’s there.

“There are some things we all really like,” Gilbert continues, “like a lot of loud guitars, drums that punch you in the stomach, and that can really kick you into another gear, especially in the winter. But to me, it’s when you strip songs down and put’ em back together, that’s when it gets interesting. I know Aaron and I are going to kill it out there, and I can only imagine how awesome hearing these songs a whole new way is going to be!”

Tickets for Nashville’s show will be available to members of the BG Nation in a pre-sale starting on Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 10 a.m. CT and will be available to the public on Friday, Feb. 2 at 10 a.m. CT.

Stars Of ‘Nashville’ To Play Final Concert Celebration In Music City

Stars of CMT’s hit television series Nashville will celebrate the city that they dramatically have brought to life and their home for six seasons with the NASHVILLE In Concert: Final Season Celebration at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, on March 25.

“The cast of NASHVILLE are incredibly excited to play what is surprisingly their first true ‘hometown’ concert,” said Steve Buchanan president, Opry Entertainment.  “It will be a bittersweet farewell to a city they love as production will soon wrap for the final season currently airing on CMT.”

CMT’s NASHVILLE In Concert: Final Season Celebration will feature cast members Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio, Lennon Stella, Maisy Stella as well as Rainee Blake, Kaitlin Doubleday, Jake Etheridge and Nic Luken.

Tickets and VIP Packages for NASHVILLE In Concert: Final Season Celebration at the Grand Ole Opry House will go on sale February 2 at 10 am at

Cast members Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson and Sam Palladio will head to the UK and Ireland in April for the NASHVILLE Farewell Tour as well. The shows will feature songs from the series as well as artists’ original material, and tour stops include Birmingham, Leeds, Glasgow, Manchester, Cardiff, London, Dublin and Belfast. Due to exceptional fan demand of the shows in the UK and Ireland, additional seating had to be opened up for the London O2 show on April 21 and shows were added in Dublin and Belfast for April 23 and 24 respectively.

March 25        Nashville, TN (USA)               Grand Ole Opry House
April 14          Birmingham                             Genting Arena
April 15           Leeds                                        First Direct Arena
April 17           Glasgow                                   SSE Hydro
April 18           Manchester                             Manchester Arena
April 20           Cardiff                                     Motorpoint Arena
April 21           London                                    O2 Arena
April 23           Dublin                                      3 Arena
April 24           Belfast                                     SSE Arena

Kip Moore Announces Second Set Of Plead The Fifth Tour Dates

Kip Moore

Kip Moore announced the second leg of his headlining Plead The Fifth Tour today (Jan. 30), kicking off in Kingston, Ontario on March 22. The new dates follow the fall leg of the tour which wrapped with a sold-out stint.

Moore has invited Drake White to rejoin him on the trek following a fun-filled fall run, and has also enlisted Fairground Saints to join. Tickets will go on sale on Feb. 2 at 10 a.m. CT.

New Plead The Fifth Tour Dates:

3/22 Kingston, ON Rogers K-Rock Centre
3/23 Barrie, ON Mavericks Music Hall
3/24 Toronto, ON Danforth Music Hall
3/25 Toronto, ON Danforth Music Hall
3/27 Sault Ste Marie The Machine Shop
3/29 Ottawa, ON Algonquin Commons
3/30 London, ON London Music Hall
4/5 Charlotte, NC Fillmore
4/6 Myrte Beach, SC House of Blues
5/10 Vancouver, BC Vogue Theater
5/11 Vancouver, BC Vogue Theater
5/12 Penticton, BC South Okanagan Events Centre
5/14 Medicine Hat, AB Esplanade Theatre
5/15 Prince Albert, SK EA Rawlinson Centre for the Arts
5/17 Winnipeg, MB Club Regent Event Centre

CMA Songwriters Series Hosts London Show During C2C Festival

The CMA Songwriters Series is returning to London’s indigo at The O2 Thursday, March 8 as part of the sixth annual Country 2 Country festival. Hosted by songwriter Brett James, the sold-out show will also feature performances by Luke Combs, Nicolle Galyon, Natalie Hemby and Kip Moore. This marks the fifth London appearance for the Country Music Association’s critically-acclaimed CMA Songwriters Series.

Currently in its 14th season, CMA Songwriters Series has presented more than 100 shows in 18 cities including Austin, Belfast, Chicago, Dublin, London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Park City (at Sundance), Phoenix, Toronto and Washington, D.C. at the renowned Library of Congress and John F. Kennedy Center. Artists and songwriters who have participated in the series include Jessi Alexander, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Brandy Clark, Tom Douglas, Brett Eldredge, Miranda Lambert, Hilary Lindsey, Little Big Town, Shane McAnally, Lori McKenna, Kacey Musgraves, Tim Nichols, Liz Rose, Darius Rucker, Carrie Underwood, Craig Wiseman, Chris Young, and more.

Marty Stuart To Join Chris Stapleton Tour

Marty Stuart

Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives will join Chris Stapleton for 36 stops on Stapleton’s All-American Road Show as it runs throughout 2018. Stuart and his band will serve as direct support on shows in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York City, St. Louis and more.

This Wednesday, Jan. 31, a press conference and musical performance will be held at the Mississippi State Capitol to announce Marty Stuart’s Congress of Country Music. The new facility, which incorporates the historic Ellis Theater, is equal parts concert venue, museum, and educational center. With over 20,000 invaluable items, Stuart’s collection of country music artifacts is the largest private collection of its kind in the world. Included in the new development is the Marty Stuart Center, an inviting setting where students can learn about the spectrum of careers available within the music industry. Endorsed by the GRAMMY Museum, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, and the Library of Congress, the Center will focus on using music to inspire learning, critical thinking, and self-expression.

Recently, Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives debuted their cover of the classic Jimmy Martin song “Homesick” via Guitar World, who praised the “tasteful, bluesy, reverb-laden guitar playing we’ve come to expect from Stuart and Kenny Vaughan.” The track is part of Amazon Music’s “Love Me” and “Love Me Not” playlists which will be released on February 9th in honor of Valentine’s Day. Listen to “Homesick” via Guitar World here.

Marty Stuart Tour Dates as part of Chris Stapleton’s All-American Road Show include:

June 16 ­­­­­­­/// Brandon, MS /// Brandon Amphitheater
June 22 /// Rogers, AR /// Walmart AMP
June 28 /// Darien Center, NY /// Darien Lake Amphitheater
June 29 /// Philadelphia, PA /// BB&T Pavilion
June 30 /// Mansfield, MA /// Xfinity Center
July 13 /// St. Louis, MO /// Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
July 19 /// Spokane, WA /// Spokane Arena
July 20 /// Portland, OR /// Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
July 21 /// Seattle, WA /// White River Amphitheatre
July 26 /// South Lake Tahoe, NV /// Harveys Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena
July 27 /// Sacramento, CA /// Toyota Amphitheatre
July 28 /// Mountain View, CA /// Shoreline Amphitheatre
August 2 /// Billings, MT /// Rimrock Auto Arena
August 3 /// Missoula, MT /// Adams Center
August 4 /// Boise, ID /// Ford Idaho Center
August 9 /// Albuquerque, NM /// Isleta Amphitheater
August 10 /// Denver, CO /// Pepsi Center
August 11 /// Salt Lake City, UT /// USANA Amphitheatre
August 16 /// San Diego, CA /// Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
August 17 /// Anaheim, CA /// Honda Center
August 18 /// Los Angeles, CA /// The Forum
August 23 /// Saratoga Springs, NY /// Saratoga Performing Arts Center
August 24 /// Gilford, NH /// Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
October 4 /// Cincinnati, OH /// Riverbend Music Center
October 5 /// Indianapolis, IN/// Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
October 6 /// Chicago, IL /// Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
October 11 /// Charlotte, NC /// PNC Music Pavilion
October 12 /// Raleigh, NC /// Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
October 13 /// Bristow, VA /// Jiffy Lube Live
October 19 /// Alpharetta, GA /// Verizon Amphitheatre
October 20 /// Atlanta, GA /// Lakewood Amphitheater
October 25 /// Columbia, SC /// Colonial Life Arena
October 26 /// Knoxville, TN /// Thompson Boling Arena
October 27 /// Lexington, KY /// Rupp Arena
November 2 /// New York, NY /// Madison Square Garden
November 3 /// Charlottesville, VA /// John Paul Jones Arena

Kenny Chesney Adds Intimate Amphitheater Shows To 2018 Tour

Kenny Chesney is mixing it up a little this year on his new tour, peppering in some amphitheater shows along with his usual super-sized stadium experience. The tour will kick off April 21 at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium, but throughout the tour he will also play more intimate venues like May 10 at Virginia Beach’s Farm Bureau Live, May 11 at Charlotte’s PNC Music Pavilion and May 12 at Raleigh’s Coastal Credit Union Music Park. Old Dominion will join Chesney on his 21 amphitheater shows.

The 2018 Trip Around the Sun Tour will thread massive stadium shows and the more streamlined concerts together throughout the summer and provide fans with two totally different types of concert experiences.

“Nothing’s like the energy of a stadium show,” Chesney admits. “But there’s also something about the amphitheaters, where the people are all so close. It’s like being with your friends somewhere back home, singing songs and hanging out, and having the best party of the year. For us, it feels like the people are so right there, and the songs are driving the night. It’s an experience we know No Shoes Nation loves and misses when we don’t do it, so this year, we’re going to make sure there are plenty of opportunities to see us under the pavilion or out on the lawn.”

Trip Around the Sun Tour dates:
Friday, March 16 — Las Vegas, Nevada, The Joint
Saturday, March 17 – Las Vegas, Nevada, The Joint
Saturday, April 21, Tampa, Florida, Raymond James Stadium
Saturday, April 28, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Miller Park
Saturday, May 5, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. Bank Stadium
Thursday, May 10, Virginia Beach, Virginia, Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
Friday, May 11, Charlotte, North Carolina, PNC Music Pavilion
Saturday, May 12, Raleigh, North Carolina, Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
Wednesday, May 16, Del Valle, Texas, Austin360 Amphitheater
Thursday, May 17, The Woodlands, Texas, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Saturday, May 19, Arlington, Texas, AT&T Stadium
Thursday, May 24, West Palm Beach, Florida, Coral Sky Amphitheatre
Saturday, May 26, Atlanta, Georgia, Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Thursday, May 31, Noblesville, Indiana, The Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
Saturday, June 2, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Heinz Field
Wednesday, June 6, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Blossom Music Center
Thursday, June 7, Syracuse, New York, Lakeview Amphitheater
Saturday, June 9, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Lincoln Financial Field
Friday, June 15, Bristow, Virginia, Jiffy Lube Live
Saturday, June 16, Columbus, Ohio, MAPFRE Stadium
Wednesday, June 20, Mountain View, California, Shoreline Amphitheatre
Thursday, June 21, Chula Vista, California, Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
Saturday, June 23, Phoenix, Arizona, Chase Field
Thursday, June 28, West Valley City, Utah, USANA Amphitheatre
Saturday, June 30, Denver, Colorado, Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Tuesday, July 3, Stateline, Nevada, Harveys Lake Tahoe Casino
Thursday, July 5, Nampa, Idaho, Ford Idaho Center
Saturday, July 7, Seattle, Washington, CenturyLink Field
Thursday, July 12, Rogers, Arkansas, Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion
Saturday, July 14, Kansas City, Missouri, Arrowhead Stadium
Thursday, July 19, Southaven, Mississippi, BankPlus Amphitheater
Saturday, July 21, St. Louis, Missouri, Busch Stadium
Thursday, July 26, Cincinnati, Ohio, Riverbend Music Center
Saturday, July 28, Chicago, Illinois, Soldier Field
Thursday, August 2, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Saturday, August 4, Detroit, Michigan, Ford Field
Saturday, August 11, Nashville, Tennessee, Nissan Stadium
Thursday, August 16, Bangor, Maine, Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
Saturday, August 18, East Rutherford, New Jersey, MetLife Stadium
Wednesday, August 22, Columbia, Maryland, Merriweather Post Pavilion
Friday, August 24, Foxborough, Massachusetts, Gillette Stadium
Saturday, August 25, Foxborough, Massachusetts, Gillette, Stadium

ole Extends Deal With Chris Janson

Chris Janson. Photo: Brenton Giesey

On Jan. 29, ole announced it has concluded an exclusive deal with singer/songwriter Chris Janson. The deal includes the purchase of Janson’s publishing share of his existing catalogue (including his most recent album, Everybody), and extends ole’s existing publishing agreement with Janson for future albums.

“I’m proud to extend my partnership with ole. I am proud to be a songwriter, and thankful for the success it has brought my family and I,” commented Janson. “I’m passionate about songwriting and look forward to the future with the ole team.”

John Ozier, ole’s Vice President, Creative, added, “We’re incredibly proud to have extended our deal with Chris Janson. Not only is Chris an amazing artist and performer, Chris is a prolific songwriter. We look forward to building on the success and momentum that we have and cannot wait to see what this year brings for Chris and ole.”

Janson’s most recent album, Everybody, was released in September 2017, led by the single, “Fix A Drink.” The second single, “Drunk Girl,” published by ole and co-written by Janson, Tom Douglas and Scooter Carusoe, is currently climbing its way up the airplay charts. Earning widespread praise from critics, “Drunk Girl” was named one of Rolling Stone’s “25 Best Country Songs of 2017”.

Janson previously hit No. 1 with “Buy Me A Boat” in late 2015. In addition to his self-recorded tracks, Janson has also written more than 25 songs for a long list of country stars, including Tim McGraw (“Truck Yeah” & “How I’ll Always Be”), Locash (“I Love This Life”), and Randy Houser (“Song Number 7”).

Luke Laird Signs Publishing Deal With Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Creative Nation

Front row (L-R): Hannah Williams, Sony/ATV Nashville Creative Manager; Josh Van Valkenburg, Sony/ATV Nashville SVP, Creative; Luke Laird; Troy Tomlinson, Sony/ATV Nashville President/CEO. Back row (L-R): Terry Wakefield, Sony/ATV Nashville SVP, Creative; Dustin Kovacic, Dickinson Wright PLLC; Tom Luteran, Sony/ATV Nashville VP, Creative; Austen Adams, Dickinson Wright PLLC; Stephen Denninger, Sony/ATV Nashville A&R Coordinator; Dane Schmidt, Sony/ATV Nashville Director, Creative

Grammy award-winning songwriter and producer Luke Laird has signed a worldwide publishing agreement with Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Creative Nation.

As a songwriter, Laird has had 46 radio singles – 23 of which were Billboard No. 1 hits and four of which were in the Billboard top five. His #1 hits include: “Fast” and “I See You” (Luke Bryan); “Head Over Boots” (Jon Pardi); “T-Shirt” (Thomas Rhett); “Gonna” and “Hillbilly Bone” (Blake Shelton); “Talladega,” “Give Me Back My Hometown,” and “Drink In My Hand” (Eric Church); “American Kids” (Kenny Chesney); “Sunshine & Whiskey” (Frankie Ballard); “One of Those Nights” (Tim McGraw); “Downtown” (Lady Antebellum); “Somebody’s Heartbreak” (Hunter Hayes); “Beat This Summer” (Brad Paisley); “Pontoon” (Little Big Town); “You” (Chris Young); “A Little Bit Stronger” (Sara Evans); “Take A Back Road” (Rodney Atkins); and “Temporary Home,” “Undo It,” “So Small,” and “Last Name” (Carrie Underwood).

The Country Music Association has recognized Laird on six occasions with the coveted Triple Play Award, signifying three No. 1 singles within a 12-month period. Laird co-produced the album Same Trailer Different Park by Kacey Musgraves, which received both Grammy and ACM awards for Album of the Year. He has also received two of BMI’s most respected honors: Songwriter of the Year and Song of the Year, and Academy of Country Music’s Songwriter of the Year.

Sony/ATV Nashville President/CEO Troy Tomlinson said: “It’s a rare occasion when a publisher is able to secure both the hit-driven catalog and the futures of a writer the quality of Luke Laird. We are grateful that he is entrusting his body of work with us and look forward to continuing success.”

Laird said, “I’m looking forward to working with Troy, Josh Van Valkenburg and the entire Sony/ATV team. They have a great history of working with songwriters who are heroes of mine and they will be the perfect complement to my team at Creative Nation.”