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“I remember telling my sister when I was very young, ‘I either want to be like Alvin and the Chipmunks or Garth Brooks.’”
That is my favorite quote from my interview with Brent Rupard.
Brent is a proud Kentuckian who took the leap of faith and headed to Nashville in 2010 to pursue his dream and passion – music.
Rupard (pronounced Rooperd he jokingly noted) is from the small town of Shepherdsville, Kentucky. He took a liking to music early in his childhood. After his dad taught him his first guitar chord at age 10, an artist was born as they say and he started writing songs a few years later.
After he made the move to Nashville to pursue his dream career, he soon found a home for his songwriting. With the help of Leann Phelan (ASCAP), he signed a publishing deal with Sea Gayle Music Publishing which is owned by Brad Paisley, Chris DuBois and Frank Rogers.
After about a year of focusing on his writing, he started and is currently working on his debut album. He is hoping for it to be released sometime this year. When asked about his album, he says: “Working on this record has been the highlight of my life. This is a record I’ve always wanted to make. I’ve been fortunate to work on this album with Bryan Simpson and Justin Niebank producing. This record will have the elements of a “rootsy” back porch style with a big ol’ slice of Rock n’ Roll. According to my producer Bryan Simpson, ‘It’s kind of like Garth Brooks meets Levon Helm.’ I have really poured my soul into this project and I hope people get a clear picture of who Brent Rupard is from this debut album.”
Congratulations to Brad Paisley and the entire team at Arista Nashville! The country superstar has gone double platinum with his hit duet “Remind Me” with Carrie Underwood. It has been officially certified double platinum by the RIAA for selling more than two million copies digitally since its release.
The single, from Brad’s 2011 “This is Country Music,” was released in February 2011, and was a co-write by Brad with Chris DuBois and Kelley Lovelace. It was a number one Billboard single for the pair.
Brad is out on the road for his “Beat This Summer” tour in support of his brand new album “Wheelhouse.” So far, he’s already played to over 423,000 fans on the tour – with plenty more dates to go! Are you going to be seeing Brad on tour this year?
Country’s own superstar Brad Paisley is turning into quite an author lately. The “This Is Country Music” singer will be releasing an iBook titled “Building a Wheelhouse” on April 9th. The iBook will feature interviews, pictures, videos, and interactive information on the making of his brand new studio album “Wheelhouse” – which will be released on the same day.
Both “Wheelhouse” and “Wheelhouse (Deluxe Edition)” are both available for pre-order right now on iTunes. Brad’s eighth studio album, which is being released on Arista Nashville, features his current single “Beat This Summer” and “Southern Comfort Zone.” “Beat This Summer,” co-written by Brad, Chris DuBois and Luke Laird, is the second single from the soon-to-be-released Wheelhouse album. The lead single, “Southern Comfort Zone,” recently became the entertainer’s 21st #1 hit.
Will you be picking up Brad’s interactive book or album on April 9th?
Country superstar Brad Paisley garners his 21st No. 1 single with “Southern Comfort Zone,” and today confirms the track listing for his 8th regular studio album, Wheelhouse, set for release on Arista Nashville on Tuesday, April 9.
Beginning today, fans will be able to participate in an interactive reveal of the Wheelhouse and Wheelhouse (Deluxe Version) album covers at bradpaisley.com .
The layered reveal experience includes a fan mosaic, hidden icons that unlock special items, an exclusive Brad Paisley making-of-the-album interview and information on how to enter a national sweepstakes.
Produced by Paisley, the 14 songs and 3 interstitials, along with the songwriters and any special guest collaborations, are indicated below. Paisley wrote or co-wrote all of the complete songs featured on Wheelhouse, including the lead hit, “Southern Comfort Zone.”
1. “Bon Voyage”
2. “Southern Comfort Zone” [Brad Paisley/Chris DuBois/Kelley Lovelace]
3. “Beat This Summer” [Brad Paisley/Chris DuBois/Luke Laird]
4. “Outstanding In Our Field” (Featuring Dierks Bentley and Roger Miller with Hunter Hayes on guitar) [Brad Paisley/Mike Dean/Chris DuBois/Lee Thomas Miller/Roger Miller]
5. “Pressing On A Bruise” (Featuring Mat Kearney) [Brad Paisley/Mat Kearney/Kelley
6. “I Can’t Change The World” [Brad Paisley/Chris DuBois/Kelley Lovelace]
7. “幽 女” [Brad Paisley/Justin Williamson/Randle Currie]
8. “Karate” (Featuring Charlie Daniels) [Brad Paisley/Chris DuBois/Kelley Lovelace]
9. “Death of a Married Man” (Featuring Eric Idle) [Brad Paisley]
10. “Harvey Bodine” [Brad Paisley/Chris DuBois/Kelley Lovelace]
11. “Tin Can On A String” [Brad Paisley/Ashley Gorley/Kelley Lovelace]
12. “Death Of A Single Man” [Brad Paisley/Kelley Lovelace/Lee Thomas Miller]
13. “The Mona Lisa” [Brad Paisley/Chris DuBois]
14. “Accidental Racist” (Featuring LL Cool J) [Brad Paisley/Lee Thomas Miller/LL
15. “Runaway Train” [Brad Paisley/Chris DuBois/Kelley Lovelace]
16. “Those Crazy Christians” [Brad Paisley/Kelley Lovelace]
17. “Officially Alive” [Brad Paisley]
Four additional tracks will be included on the Wheelhouse (Deluxe Version). Fans can preorder Wheelhouse and Wheelhouse (Deluxe Version) now on Amazon.com.
Maybe Brad Paisley was feeling a little homesick while in Europe on his latest World Tour when he came up with the idea of his new single. “Southern Comfort Zone” was sent out to country radio last night, and will be on his upcoming brand new album due out April 9th. It will be available at digital music retailers on October 2nd.
The song is a co-write by Brad with Chris DuBois and Kelley Lovelace – the same team behind his number one hits “Online,” “Remind Me,” and “Water.” Check out the behind-the-scenes footage below of the recording of the single and let us know if you’ve heard it on your station:
Trace Adkins‘ latest anthem “Tough People Do” has been rushed out to all digital retailers over the holiday weekend after his performance of the single at a charity concert in Tampa, Florida. He introduced the song as one “for all of us” and is his latest American anthemic tune to hit airwaves – on talk radio! The single has drummed up debate on if it was an American anthem or a political one.
Trace explained what the song meant to him in an interview with ABC radio:
“I’m just really proud of the song, and to me, the song just says — sometimes we need to be reminded of who we are, where we come from and what our history is. We’ve made it through tougher times than this.”
The song was a co-write by Chris DuBois, Jason Matthews and Joel Shewmake and will appear on Trace’s upcoming album. There’s no title or release date yet for his new album which will once again be on Show Dog-Universal Records.
“My grandma was the toughest old woman I ever saw in my life,” Trace told Mansfield. “She’d still work in the garden with an old push-plow until her late 70s. Just the toughest old woman I ever knew and, at the same time, the godliest creature that I ever knew. That’s the point of this song. That’s what we have in our DNA. That’s what we come from.”
Check out the lyric video of Trace’s new message. Do you agree with the song?
Arista Records artist Brent Anderson will make his Grand Ole Opry debut Saturday night at the historic Ryman Auditorium. He’ll be performing his debut single “Amy’s Song,” which he co-wr0te with Craig Fuller (founding member of the group Pure Prairie League), and Chris DuBois (writer of Brad Paisley‘s “Remind Me” and “Old Alabama”). Fuller and one-time Pure Prairie League lead singer Vince Gill sing backing vocals on the track.
“To get the chance to play it now, especially while the Opry is back home at The Ryman, is an incredible feeling. I feel so lucky and blessed for the opportunity. I can’t imagine what it will feel like to stand on that stage, but I’m excited to find out.”
The Mississippi native co-wrote all the songs on his upcoming album, produced by Frank Rogers (Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker). Watch Brent perform his debut performance in the live video below:
As Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood prepare to host the CMA Awards for the fourth consecutive year, they’ve learned to expect the unexpected.
“You just keep it moving and you always have a job to do no matter what happens,” said Underwood.
The longtime friends, who scored a No. 1 hit this year with the duet “Remind Me” (written by Paisley, Chris DuBois and Kelley Lovelace), have learned to roll with the punches in juggling their hosting duties. They’ve also both become more acutely aware of the ticking of the clock.
“I had 40 seconds to change my entire outfit,” Underwood recalled of one particularly tight wardrobe change during the 2010 CMA Awards.
“She didn’t make it in rehearsal,” Paisley interjected. “She was a minute late.”
“My zipper busted in rehearsal,” Underwood explained. “I was like, ‘Don’t worry. I’ll make it work. I’ll make it.’”
And she did. She substituted another dress and the millions watching the ABC live telecast would never have known a stressful rehearsal had preceded the flawless live show.
As the three-hour broadcast neared its end, Underwood and Paisley experienced a new challenge, rarely heard of during an awards show. “We were two minutes under going into Entertainer of the Year,” Paisley said of the unexpected surplus on the clock.
“That part is scary,” admitted Underwood. “That never happens. You’re never under. You’re always over.”
Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, and songwriters John Bettis, Thom Schuyler, and Allen Shamblin were the five inductees into the Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame last night at the 41st anniversary of the Hall Of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony. The event was held at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel.
Garth was inducted by manager Bob Doyle and Hall of Fame songwriter and producer Allen Reynolds. Five of Garth’s songwriting buddies performed a medley of his hits including “The Thunder Rolls,” If Tomorrow Never Comes,” “We Shall Be Free,” “The River,” and, “When You Come Back To Me Again.”
Alan was inducted by Capitol Nashville boss Mike Dungan. The Wrights performed a medley of Alan’s greatest hits including “Good Time,” “Remember When,” “Chattahoochie,” “Don’t Rock The Jukebox,” and, “Here In The Real World.” Taylor Swift then took the stage to perform “Where Were You.”
John Bettis was inducted by songwriter Michael Clarke, with Brett James and Wayne Kirkpatrick performing a medley of his hit songs. Lynn Anderson joined the set with a performance of “Top Of The World.” Thom Schuyler was inducted by Don Schultz. Fred Knoblich, Tony Arata, and Jelly Roll Johnson performed Thom’s songs including “16th Avenue” performed by Lacy J Dalton. Allen Shamblin was inducted by songwriter Mike Reed, with Lionel Cartright performing a mix of Allen’s songs. Wynonna came onstage for the finale performance of the medley for Allen with “I Can’t Make You Love Me.”
The Band Perry’s “If I Die Young” also received recognition at the ceremony, winning “Song Of The Year” honors for lead singer, and songwriter, Kimberly Perry. Chris DuBois was once again named “Songwriter of the year,” and Taylor Swift won “Songwriter/Artist Of The Year” for the fourth straight year.
The NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International) also named its “10 songs I wish I had written” at the ceremony. Check them out below:
Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood’s “Remind Me” has just gone platinum. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has certified the single for reaching sale million digital downloads. The song was co-written by Brad, Chris DuBois, and Kelly Lovelace. Brad and Carrie will perform the single live at the CMA Awards next month on ABC, which they are co-hosting together.
Congratulations Brad, Carrie and the team! We’ll have your chance to win an autographed copy of the “This Is Country Music” album at the end of next week, thanks to the team at Arista Nashville!