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It’s no secret to country fans that Jason Aldean’s new album, Night Train, hit stores today. However, fans may be surprised to learn that one of the album’s tracks “Black Tears” was penned by Mercury singer/songwriter Canaan Smith and Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard.
“I wrote this song with Tyler one day back in college at Belmont,” Smith says. “I never thought it would be cut by someone as great as Jason Aldean.” He adds “I think he did a killer job. I respect Jason’s ability to stretch himself and push the envelope as far as songs and production go.”
The love-fest was mutual. In an interview for Billboard magazine, Aldean praised the track, saying, “Honestly, I think it’s one of the most well-written songs on the record. Like ‘Dirt Road Anthem’ and songs like that, it allows us to branch off in a different direction and try something new.”
Make sure to grab this track and the rest of Night Train, available everywhere today!
We’re getting closer and closer to this year’s CMA Music Festival and GAC has just announced who will be signing at their booth this year! Check out who you can have a chance to meet below.
Thursday, June 7:
Please remember that autograph guidelines have changed for this year’s CMA Fest. Here is a highlight of how the new procedure works:
Fans will now enter a random drawing for the opportunity to meet various artists appearing in the Fan Fair Exhibit Hall. You will be able to enter the drawing at CMAfest.com. between May 14 (starting at 10:00 AM/CT) and May 28 (ending at 5:00 PM/CT). You will enter in your contact information and then select from the list of participating artists singing autographs in the Hall. You may select as many or as few artists as you’d like to meet. Once you submit your entry, you will not be allowed to go back in and change it so choose carefully! Duplicate entries will not be considered and all winners will be notified by Friday, June 1 via email.
CMA will also have a limited number of tickets on-site at the Festival for those who can’t get to a computer to register ahead of time. For more information on this, please see the Fan Fair Hall page at CMAfest.com.
Not every artist participating in the Fan Fair Hall will be part of the autograph drawing. There will be many opportunities for patrons to obtain multiple autographs from artists by just walking around the Fan Fair Hall. So don’t lose hope if you don’t get picked!
Kristian Bush, one half of country duo Sugarland, joined newcomer Canaan Smith at his Grand Ole Opry performance on Friday night. It was Canaan’s fourth performance at the historic venue, and he invited his friend Kristian on-stage for his single “We Got Us.” It was a big deal for the new singer on the block, who looks up to his label mate.
“Friday night was my fourth performance on the Grand Ole Opry and I gotta say it was the most exciting for me.” Canaan says. “Being on that legendary stage with someone as influential and talented as Kristian Bush was overwhelming. That moment will be hard to top.”
Check out the pictures from their special performance below. Canaan is currently on-tour with Sugarland on the highly interactive “In Your Hands” tour. Their next stop in May 22nd at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles.
Radio station WQYK in Tampa Bay, Florida announced their lineup for their annual Fun N’ Sun Toyota Country Concert series, which is returning to Coachman Park on Sunday, April 22nd. Headlining the free concert is Ronnie Dunn, with two stages featuring acts like J.T. Hodges, THE FARM, Andy Gibson, Chris Cagle, Suite Caroline, Greg Bates, and Canaan Smith all day. Both Canaan and Greg will perform on the side stage at the event in an acoustic setting.
While the concert is free and open to the public, there are reserved seating tickets available for only $20 each to get fans closer to the main stage. WQYK will be giving away VIP passes and tickets to listeners leading up to the event. Reserved seating goes on-sale on Monday on ticketmaster.com.
Reigning CMA and ACM Vocal Duo of the Year Sugarland has just announced their sixth consecutive headlining tour entitled “In the Hands of the Fans” which hits the road this April. The tour will rely solely on fan interaction and requests to determine the set list played in each city. Specific guidelines and instructions will be posted soon on www.sugarlandmusic.com. Pretty cool, huh?
“This year’s tour is based around the concept of putting the show into the hands of the fans,” said Nettles. “THEY will make the requests that will help form the set list and guide the show. Through texts, handwritten signs, the Internet (Twitter, Facebook, etc) phone calls made during the show and selections directly from the stage, the fans will become the conductors as well as the audience. If it’s on one of our records or if we’ve played it on a stage it is fair game.”
The “In the Hands of the Fans” Tour dates are listed below: