Brooks & Dunn, Florida Georgia Line, Blake Shelton Power Faster Horses 2018 Lineup

Brooks & Dunn, Florida Georgia Line, Blake Shelton, Brantley Gilbert and more will take to the stage for the Faster Horses Festival in Brooklyn, Michigan, from July 20-22. Now in its sixth year, the three-day festival will also feature appearances by Cam, Billy Currington, Tyler Farr, Chris Janson, Walker Hayes, LOCASH, Dustin Lynch, Midland, Ashley McBryde, Parmalee, RaeLynn, Morgan Wallen and more. 

Fans descend on Michigan International Speedway each year for the sleepover festival, enjoying amazing music as well as the unique fringe activities offered including the annual “Campsite Contest,” “Faster Humans Fun Run” and first-class vendors.

Passes will go on sale Feb. 9 at 10 a.m. EST at

New Jason Aldean Album, ‘Rearview Town,’ Due Out This Spring

Jason Aldean is releasing a brand new single Friday (Jan. 26), “You Make It Easy,” from his upcoming new album, Rearview Town, which is due out April 13 on Broken Bow Records. He’ll debut the new song next week on both The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday (Jan. 29) and TODAY on Tuesday (Jan. 30).

“Growing up in Macon, Georgia, I had a chance to learn about so many different styles of music,” Aldean explains. “Looking back on first playing in bands as a teenager, I was just soaking everything up. A lot of that comes out on this record…where I’ve been, and who I am now.”

The latest project follows his last three albums, which each bowed at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. All seven of Aldean’s previous albums have achieved Platinum or Multiplatinum status, tallying more than 15 million in total album sales and 19 No. 1 hits.

Aldean will be taking the new music to fans all across the country this Spring and Summer when he kicks off his just-announced 34-city High Noon Neon Tour, which will hit Atlanta, Dallas, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Toronto, Sacramento, and more through the end of September.


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Industry Pics: BMI, Don McLean, Warner Music Nashville, BMLG, Big Loud

BMI Honors Don McLean With Million-Air Certifications

Pictured (L-R): BMI’s Josh Tomlinson, Mason Hunter, Don McLean, BMI’s Jody Williams, MaryAnn Keen, and Leslie Roberts.

Don McLean was recently honored with two awards from BMI, recognizing his long-standing career and outstanding contributions to the music industry through the iconic hits “American Pie” and “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night).” Among the honors he received were five million certified airplays for “American Pie” and three million certified airplays for “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night).”

Don was presented with his Million-Air certifications at the BMI offices in Nashville, Tennessee and accepted the coveted awards from BMI executives Jody Williams, (VP, Creative) and Mason Hunter (Assistant VP, Creative). A Million-Air Award is given to songwriters, composers, and publishers whose songs accumulate over one million U.S. broadcast performances. The acknowledgement is a mark of praise. The two tracks honored, played back-to-back, would total nearly 56 years of continuous airplay.


Warner Music Nashville’s John Esposito Showcases Michael Ray Music

Photo ID (L to R): Shane Tarleton (SVP Artist Development, WMN); Scott Hendricks (EVP A&R, WMN); Lon Helton (Publisher/CEO, Country Aircheck); RJ Curtis (Country Editor, All Access); Clint Higham (President, Morris Higham Management); Sally Williams (SVP Programming & Artist Relations, Opry Entertainment + GM, Grand Ole Opry); Shanna Strassberg (Talent Executive); Michael Ray, John Esposito (Chairman & CEO, WMN); Robert Deaton (Co-Owner, Deaton Flanigen Productions); Rachel Whitney (Head of Country Programming, Pandora); Steve Buchanon (President, Opry Entertainment); Ann Powers (Critic + Correspondent, NPR Music); Beville Dunkerley (Industry Relations Director, Pandora); Buffy Cooper (VP Radio & Marketing, Morris Higham Management); Peter Cooper (Senior Director, Producer and Writer, Country Music Hall of Fame); Cris Lacy (SVP A&R, WMN); Sherod Robertson (Owner/Publisher, MusicRow Magazine)

Warner Music Nashville Chairman & CEO John Esposito hosted the inaugural installment of his new quarterly event series #LiveFromEspo’s last night at his home in Nashville. WMN executives and industry leaders came together to enjoy a 30-minute set from upcoming CRS New Faces artist Michael Ray, who treated the intimate crowd to a preview of his new album, due later this spring.


BMLG Records, Big Loud Celebrate Florida Georgia Line/Bebe Rexha Hit

Pictured (L-R): BMLG Records SVP of Promotion Matthew Hargis, BMLG Records President/BMLG EVP Jimmy Harnen, FGL’s Brian Kelley, BMLG President/CEO Scott Borchetta, Big Loud Partners Kevin ‘Chief’ Zaruk and Seth England, FGL’s Tyler Hubbard

Florida Georgia Line celebrates eight weeks running atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for their collaboration “Meant to Be” with Bebe Rexha. The group was joined by their BMLG Records and Big Loud management family following a performance yesterday on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.



Michael W. Smith Slates Surrounded By A Million Lights World Tour

Michael W. Smith will launch the first leg of his Surrounded By A Million Lights World Tour on March 8 in Rochester, Minnesota. The tour will visit 18-plus cities through mid-May before wrapping in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

The tour will feature guest Nathan Tasker.

Smith’s tour will feature performances from his two upcoming albums, including the studio album A Million Lights (releasing Feb. 16) and the live worship album Surrounded (Feb. 23).

Tickets for the Surrounded By A Million Lights World Tour go on sale Jan. 31 in most markets along with special VIP packages featuring early entry (for general admission shows) or premium seating (for reserved shows) and a Q&A session with Michael.

Michael W. Smith, “Surrounded By A Million Lights World Tour” dates/cities follow:
March 8 – Rochester, MN
March 9 – Fargo, ND
March 10 – Aberdeen, SD
March 11 – Bismarck, ND
March 15 – Bloomington, MN
March 16 – Davenport, IA
March 17 – Kearney, NE
March 18 – Quincy, IL
March 23 – Daytona Beach, FL
March 24 – College Dale, TN
March 25 – Destin, FL
April 6 – Port St. Lucie, FL
April 26 – Blakely, PA
April 27 – Elkhart, IN
April 28 – Hales Corner, WI
April 29 – Detroit, MI
May 4 – Anderson, IN
May 5 – Lancaster, PA
* All dates are subject to change without notice, and additional dates may be added.

Charles Kelley, Darius Rucker Team For ACM Lifting Lives Topgolf Tee-Off

Charles Kelley of trio Lady Antebellum will join Darius Rucker to host the first ACM Lifting Lives Topgolf Tee-Off on Saturday, April 14. The event updates the annual ACM Lifting Lives Golf Classic and will take place at Topgolf Las Vegas at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino during the sixth annual ACM Party for a Cause.

The event will provide fans a unique opportunity to take in live performances from the hottest new talent in country music, while artists compete in a tournament of golf skills. Fans can reserve premium Topgolf bays with stage views, food and beverage, and compete in their own competition to win various prizes, including an artist meet & greet. For non-golfers, general admission tickets are available for fans to hangout and enjoy the show. Performers will be announced in the coming weeks.

The ACM Lifting Lives Topgolf Tee-Off will raise funds and awareness for the ACM Lifting Lives Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund. Established in 2007 by former Academy of Country Music and ACM Lifting Lives Board Chair Gayle Holcomb, in honor of her mother, the Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund responds quickly to unforeseen, immediate financial needs of music related organizations and individuals.

The ACM Lifting Lives Topgolf Tee-Off is part of the 6th Annual ACM Party for a Cause® festivities set to take over the Las Vegas Strip April 12-15, 2018 leading up to and immediately following the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards™, Country Music’s Party of the Year®, which will broadcast LIVE from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 8:00 PM ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

Craig Morgan And Family Star In New UP TV Show, ‘Morgan Family Strong’

Craig Morgan and his family will be the center of a new series on UP TV, Morgan Family Strong, which will premiere March 1 on the network. The series will follow Morgan and his close-knit family, wife Karen, daughter Alexandra, and sons Kyle and Wyatt, at home and on tour as they come together following the loss of their son and brother, Jerry, in a tragic accident. Part of the family’s healing process has been to launch a passion project, titled Morgan Farms.

This season on Morgan Family Strong, viewers will see the Morgans juggling life at home and on the road including opening a family store, The Gallery at Morgan Farms, and Craig writing new songs for an upcoming album. The family will also explore the Alaskan wilderness on vacation, take the stage at the Grand Ole Opry, and celebrate birthdays and other milestones along the way.

“Craig and his family are so genuine, real and authentic that we immediately fell in love with them and knew that their story was a perfect fit for UP and our viewers,” said Timothy Kuryak, SVP unscripted development and production, UP. “They are such a fun and loving family, yet in the face of a terrible tragedy, they have turned to one another and grown stronger.”

In 2017 Morgan debuted The Gallery at Morgan Farms, a family-owned and operated farm-to-home business in his hometown of Dickson, Tennessee. The store features a variety of artisan items handmade by Craig and his family and shoppers can also order his custom blended Old Tattoo Cabernet Sauvignon, in partnership with

Watch: Justin Timberlake, Chris Stapleton Team For “Say Something”

Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton perform during the Country Music Association Awards. Photo: CMA/Instagram

Justin Timberlake teased that country star Chris Stapleton will be featured on Timberlake’s upcoming album, Man Of The Woods and on Thursday (Jan. 25), the pair confirmed the appearance with the release the official video for the track “Say Something.” The song—reportedly co-written by Stapleton, Timberlake, Larrance Dopson, James Fauntleroy, Floyd Nathaniel Hills and Timothy Mosley—is the third track previewed from the album, following “Filthy” and “Supplies.” The video, directed by Arturo Perez Jr., is a one-take video, with live vocals including a multi-tiered chorus appearance at one point. An album version of the track is available on streaming partners and digital stores.

Timberlake and Stapleton previously teamed up during the 2015 CMA Awards for a mashup of “Tennessee Whiskey” and “Drink You Away.” Stapleton also appeared during Timberlake’s set at  last year’s Pilgrimage Music Festival in Franklin, Tennessee.

Man of the Woods releases Feb. 2, two days before Timberlake plays the Super Bowl halftime show Feb. 4.

Watch the video for “Say Something” below:

DISClaimer: Ashley McBryde, Maren Morris Get Feisty And Fiery On New Tracks

It’s Ladies Day here at DISClaimer.

Get set to play the dickens out of the new platters by Maren Morris and Ashley McBryde. They are sharing the Disc of the Day prize.

Cash Creek, Locash and Zac Brown continue their winning ways, so pay heed to those releases as well.

NASCAR driver Tyler Williams earns this week’s DisCovery Award.

CASH CREEK/Make Your Mama Proud
Writers: none listed; Producers: none listed; Publishers: none listed; Heartland
– Jaunty, light-hearted and highly enjoyable. The message is a winner, too: Don’t try to be what you’re not or chase after what’s not important. Just be yourself, shine in your own space and live with honor. Love it.

KID ROCK/American Rock ‘n’ Roll
Writers: none listed; Producer: none listed; Publishers: none listed; BMG (download)
– I dislike pretty much everything about this artist. His rapping. His looks. His attitude. His genre hopping. And today, his singing this bogus anthem.

AARON WATSON/Run Wild Horses
Writers: none listed; Producers: Aaron Watson/Marshall Altman; Publishers: none listed; Big Label (track)
– This atmospheric, steady thumper has very groovy guitar licks. The lyric compares the rush of romantic passion with an out-of-control mustang. Watson is a highly successful, d.i.y. artist with a dozen albums and a string of sold-out concerts. This nicely produced track is drawn from his 2017 CD Vaquero.


Writers: none listed; Producer: none listed; Publishers: none listed
-This is from the soundtrack of the Chris Hemsworth movie 12 Strong. But it stands on its own as a soaring sentiment about enduring devotion. The orchestral accompaniment as it builds in intensity is superbly arranged. Sir Rosevelt is a trio that is Zac’s side project, but he will also continue to make music with his band.

Writers: none listed; Producers: Jonathan Roye; Publishers: none listed; Eight Seven (track)
– This guy is a champion NASCAR driver who sings in a solid, confident way about weathering a failed relationship. The swirling track supports him at every turn. Williams is also a motivational speaker and the author of an inspirational-style book titled I Have a Voice.

Writers: Maren Morris/Jessie Jo Dillon/Laura Veltz; Producers: busbee/Maren Morris; Publishers: none listed, BMI; Columbia Nashville
– This bopping tune has been delighting her audiences for months. Feisty and frothy, it’s about a no-good guy she keeps returning to. If she had a dollar for every time she was right about what a bum he is……

GREG HUDIK/She Loves Kissing Girls
Writers: Hudik; Producer: Hudik; Publishers: none listed; Platinum
– His vocal has a muffled audio quality and is somewhat buried in the mix. Which is probably okay, since he doesn’t sing all that well to start with.

ASHLEY McBRYDE/American Scandal
Writers: none listed; Producer: none listed; Publishers: none listed; Warner Bros.
– She sings the fire outta this. The song is torrid enough with its lyric of forbidden love (”love me like Kennedy and Monroe”). Her performance of it burns the house down. I absolutely cannot wait for the album by my newcomer-of-the-year.


LINDI ORTEGA/The Comeback Kid
Writers: Ortega/Skylar Wilson; Producer: Skylar Wilson; Publishers: Last Gang/Ole Media Management/Catpad, SOCAN/SESAC; Shadowbox (track)
– I am a fan of this quirky Canadian singer-songwriter. On this oddball ballad, she sings in a wispy soprano in an echo chamber. The haunting lyric seems to be about someone who was killed, but didn’t really die or somehow returned from beyond the grave. It is the lead single from her CD titled Liberty, due in six weeks.

LOCASH/Don’t Get Better Than That
Writers: none listed; Producer: none listed; Publishers: none listed; Reviver (download)
– It has a certain nervous energy that is infectious. The double-time rhythm track is the star here, but the top-down, head-to-the-sky, soaring vocals will grab ya, too.

Patrick Menton Named VP/Talent & Production For dick clark productions

dick clark productions has named Patrick Menton Vice President of Talent & Production for the company. In his new role, Menton will oversee talent logistics and continue to further develop relationships with key talent management and record labels for the company’s roster of shows including the American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, the Academy of Country Music Awards and a variety of other properties.

Prior to joining dcp, Menton freelanced in talent management on the American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, Grammy Awards, The X Factor, Fashion Rocks and helped produce the annual Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Gala. His experience also extends into numerous charitable benefits including Water Now and most recently, the Hand in Hand Hurricane Relief telethon which raised over $55 million. Menton graduated with a Bachelor’s in Music from New York University’s Music Business Program. In 2003, Patrick joined RCA records and spent seven years working on global marketing and publicity campaigns for Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson, Rod Stewart, Luther Vandross, Ke$ha, Jamie Foxx, Carrie Underwood, Eddie Vedder, Whitney Houston and Jennifer Hudson, among others.

Menton will report to dick clark productions’ COO & CFO Amy Thurlow and EVP of Programming & Development Mark Bracco and will also work closely with Head of Talent Mark Shimmel.

“Patrick brings more than 15 years of expertise in music, television and events, which makes him the perfect candidate for this role,” said Thurlow. “As the entertainment business continues to evolve, his perspective and innovative ideas align perfectly with the growth of dcp. We are thrilled to have him join the team.”

“I am honored to work for a company with such legendary archives,” said Menton. “These were the shows that I watched as a child that first ignited my dream to be a part of this business. I am thrilled to be joining the dcp family!”