Keith Urban photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.
Keith Urban is among the first performers announced for “The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles” concert special. John Mayer will join Keith for his performance. Also scheduled to perform are Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart reuniting as the Eurythmics for one night, Alicia Keys with John Legend and Maroon 5. The show will tape on January 27, the day after the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards, and air on CBS on February 9 at 8/7c, exactly 50 years to the day, date, and time that the Beatles came to America.
“The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles” will celebrate the legacy of the group and commemorate the 50th anniversary of their groundbreaking first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. Artists will cover songs performed by the Beatles throughout the night. The show also will include footage from the Beatles appearance as well as other archival material. Continue Reading
Lee Ann Womack photo courtesy of UMG Nashville.
Reviver Records will release Let Us In Americana, the second album from its Let Us In series, on June 25. The album follows 2011’s Let Us In Nashville and features Steve Earle, The Wood Brothers, Buddy Miller, Lee Ann Womack, Will Hoge and more performing songs written by Sir Paul McCartney and John Lennon.
Each artist featured on the project chose a song to record and the proceeds will go to the Women And Cancer Fund, established in the memory of the late Linda McCartney. The project includes sixteen tracks. Continue Reading
NASHVILLE, TN – SEPTEMBER 26: Country Superstar George Strait announces The Cowboy Rides Away 2012-2014 final tour on September 26, 2012 at The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum/Ford Theater in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for George Strait)
George Strait will receive the 2013 CRB Career Achievement Award at the Country Radio Hall of Fame Induction on Tuesday, February 26. The award is presented to an artist or act that has made a significant contribution to the development and promotion of country music and country radio through creativity, vision, performance or leadership. George’s career in country music spans more than 30 years.
“It’s been a great career and I think one of the reasons is I’ve always been fortunate enough to have good people around me and good people to work with,” George said. “Very loyal people that I get good advice from and bounce ideas off of and know that I can count on. You know you can’t do it by yourself. You can do a lot, but you can’t do it all.” Continue Reading
Jerrod Niemann's 2012 CD, Free The Music. Photo courtesy of Essential Broadcast Media.
It’s a wild musical exploration when Jerrod Niemann gets behind the controls. Blurring genres and leaping boundaries, Jerrod is set to release his sophomore album, Free The Music, on October 2. As the follow-up to his 2010 breakthrough, Judge Jerrod & the Hung Jury, the new 12-song collection takes its title seriously with an envelope-pushing brand of country that mixes up a concoction of sound that includes honky tonk, pop, psychedelia and reggae – all with a 3-piece horn section.
Jerrod seems to delight in keeping the listener off balance. On Free The Music, arrangements burst with creativity, as songs like “Shinin’ On Me” and “Honky Tonk Fever” constantly shift underneath his voice. The former, which serves as the project’s lead single, subtly focuses on different instruments as dobro, organ and horns take turns supporting Jerrod’s easygoing and sunny delivery. The standout track “Honky Tonk Fever,” which plays like a long lost psychedelic country session from The Beatles, uses an unorthodox mix of tempos and ascending/descending guitars to assert its own independence. I could lose a day or two with the hippies out West or the Cajuns in the bayou, he sings before a New Orleans jam takes the song on home.
George Strait photo courtesy of UMG Nashville.
George Strait recently celebrated his 58th No. 1 single with “Here For A Good Time.” George co-wrote the song with his son, Bubba Strait, and songwriter Dean Dillon. This is George’s first No. 1 as a songwriter, an accomplishment he shares with Bubba.
King George has the most No. 1 singles of any artist in history, including Elvis Presley. Of his radio singles, 84 out of 89 have charted in the Top 10, 73 of them being Top 5 hits. He has sold nearly 69 million albums and has the most RIAA platinum certifications in country music and the third in all genres, behind The Beatles and Elvis. Continue Reading