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Tim McGraw Unleashes Promotional Whirlwind to Promote New Sundown Heaven Town Album, Available Today

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Today is the day Tim McGraw fans can finally get their hands on his new album, Sundown Heaven Town, featuring his songs “Lookin’ for That Girl,” “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s,” and his current single, “Shotgun Rider.”  The regular version of the album features 13 songs, and Tim says, “I think it’s a good microcosm of what my 20 years in music has been in a lot of ways, so I think that you can certainly hear parts of my career through all these songs.”

 

Tim also says it’s probably the most country album he’s done in a while, although he clarifies, “It’s a country album because I’m singing it, but if you want to say, ‘Is it a traditional country (album)?’ It’s not a traditional country album, but I think it’s very encompassing of everything that I’ve done in my career.”

 

Tim is releasing a deluxe version of Sundown Heaven Town, which features five additional songs, including a duet with Kid Rock called “Lincoln Continentals and Cadillacs.”

 

He’ll have a busy day promoting the album release, beginning with a performance this morning on Good Morning America.  Then tonight he will be playing an American Express Unstaged Concert at New York’s historic Hammerstein Ballroom, which will be streamed live on American Express’ YouTube page at 9pm ET.  Tomorrow, Tim will continue his media whirlwind with a visit to The View, followed by a performance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

 

Tim has also teamed up with Southwest Airlines for another cool way to promote the release of Sundown Heaven Town.  Today passengers on select Southwest flights will have access to free Wi-Fi powered by Tim’s new music, and they will be featuring exclusive content via Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards network.  Tim has also been chosen by ESPN as their Artist of the Month.

 

Sundown Heaven Town track listing:

  1. Overrated (Josh Osborne, Shane McAnally, Rivers Rutherford)
  2. City Lights (Jonathan Singleton, Deric Ruttan)
  3. Shotgun Rider (Hillary Lindsey, Marv Green, Troy Verges)
  4. Dust (Rhett Akins, Rodney Clawson, Ben Hayslip)Tim McGraw SUNDOWN HEAVEN TOWN Audio Tool Kit
  5. Diamond Rings and Old Barstools (w/ Catherine Dunn) (Luke Laird, Barry Dean,

Jonathan Singleton)

  1. Words Are Medicine (Tom Douglas, Dave Hodges, Zac Maloy)
  2. Sick Of Me (Jonathan Singleton, Andrew Dorff)
  3. Meanwhile Back At Mama’s (ft. Faith Hill) (Jaren Johnston, Tom Douglas, Jeffrey

Steele)

  1. Keep On Truckin’ (Brad Warren, Brett Warren, Blair Daly, Tim McGraw)
  2. Last Turn Home (Eric Arjes, Ryan Hurd, Maren Morris)
  3. Portland, Maine (Abe Stoklasa, Donovan Woods)
  4. Lookin’ For That Girl (James Slater, Chris Tompkins, Mark Irwin)
  5. Still On The Line (Jon Nite, Bob DiPiero, Steven McMorran)
  6. Lincoln Continentals and Cadillacs (duet w/ Kid Rock) (Rodney Clawson, Luke

Laird)

  1. Kids Today (Brad Warren, Brett Warren, Blair Daly)
  2. I’m Feelin’ You (Brad Warren, Brett Warren, Lance Miller, Derek George)
  3. The View (Andreas Schuller, Eric Frederic, Tom Peyton, Crista Russo, John Ryan,

Joe Spargur)

  1. Black Jacket (Brad Warren, Brett Warren, Blair Daly)

 

Darius Rucker Reveals Details of His Upcoming Christmas Album

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We told you yesterday that Sheryl Crow let the cat out of the bag that Darius Rucker was releasing a Christmas album this year, and now he has filled in the blanks with all the details. The 12-song album will be called Home for the Holidays and will be available on October 27th.  It will feature holiday classics like “White Christmas,” “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow” and “Winter Wonderland,” plus two original songs that Darius helped write called “Candy Cane Christmas” and “What God Wants for Christmas.”

 

As she revealed on Facebook, Sheryl Crow will be a guest on the album. She and Darius teamed up to cover the classic, “Baby It’s Cold Outside.”

 

“I am so excited to finally make a Christmas album,” says Darius. “This has been a lifelong dream and I hope my fans enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed making it.”

 

Home for the Holidays will be released next month, and then Darius’ fourth solo country album, featuring his new single, “Homegrown Honey,” will be released in early 2015.

 

Home For The Holidays track listing:

  1. I’ll Be Home For Christmas
  2. White Christmas
  3. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
  4. Winter Wonderland
  5. Please Come Home For Christmas
  6. What God Wants For Christmas written by Darius Rucker, Frank Rogers and Monty Criswell
  7. Baby, It’s Cold Outside (featuring Sheryl Crow)
  8. O Come, All Ye Faithful
  9. You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch
  10. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  11. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  12. Candy Cane Christmas written by Darius Rucker, Frank Rogers and Steve Leslie

Note: Sequence is not final.

 

Kenny Chesney Laid Some Ground Rules for Himself Before Recording His New Album

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Kenny Chesney took all of 2014 off from touring to make his new album, The Big Revival, which he’ll release next week and he says the time off was crucial in order to make the quality of music he wanted to make.  “People do care about the music and they care about how those songs make them feel,” says Kenny.  “They want to be talked to.  I still believe that we’re in a genre where people care about songs.  They want you to talk to them and remind them of their life.  That’s why I’m proud of the time we took to make this record.”

 

When he began writing songs for the album, Kenny had two rules he lived by. First, he didn’t want to repeat the music he had done in the past.  “I couldn’t go out there and record ‘No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems’ again and ‘Big Star,’” says Kenny.  “I couldn’t do it.  I didn’t wanna.”  But it was also important for him not to try to follow the trend of country music and make songs that sounded like so many others on the radio.  “That was the parameters and I was not going to waver from it,” says Kenny. “And that meant changing a few things creatively and it meant that the process was a little longer and a little more frustrating but twice as rewarding.”

 

In the end, he created an album that he is so proud of and so excited to play live. In fact, Kenny says, “New Music is always great, but new music that sounds fresh, especially when you’ve been doing it like I have for a while, and didn’t repeat yourself, I can’t wait to play these songs.  I will probably do more songs off The Big Revival in concert than any album I’ve done since The Road and the Radio, just because of the raw natural energy that it’s going to bring to our stage.”

The Big Revival will be available next Tuesday, September 23rd, featuring Kenny’s latest single, “American Kids.”

Brett Eldredge Says the Shower Scene in His New Video Isn’t as Risqué as it Sounds

Brett Eldredge

Brett Eldredge

Brett Eldredge recently filmed the video for his new song, “Mean to Me” in Chicago, and taking a cue from the song’s romantic feel, Brett filmed the entire video in black and white. “There’s something innocent and romantic about black and white movies that I think works great with this video,” said Brett.

 

Brett does appear in the video in a fresh-out-of-the-shower scene wearing just a towel, but he says, “It sounds way more risqué than what it really is. But there is a shower scene and that’s probably the reason why I behaved on tour a lot, because I had to work out a lot and look good in a coming out of the shower scene.”

 

Overall, Brett says, “I felt like it went well and it’s a sexy video. It’s a special moment.  I can’t wait for people to see it.”

 

Brett co-wrote “Mean to Me” because he says he “wanted to have a song that you think of when you fall in love.” He also told People magazine, “’Mean To Me,’ really puts a girl on a pedestal that she deserves.  Any girl that can deal with the craziness that men are deserves the world.”

 

Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton and Keith Urban to Perform on CMA Awards

Luke Bryan (Photo Credit: Donn Jones / CMA)

Luke Bryan (Photo Credit: Donn Jones / CMA)

 

The first round of performers have been announced for the 48th Annual CMA Awards, and they include Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton and Keith Urban.   More performers and presenters will be announced as the date of the show gets closer.  The CMA Awards will be co-hosted for a seventh consecutive year by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, and will air live from Nashville on November 5th on CBS.