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The North American leg of Lady Antebellum‘s “Own The Night Tour” has officially come to an end. The tour, sponsored by GAC, featured special guests Darius Rucker and Thompson Square on the 85-city run across Canada and the United States. Lady A hit a milestone of playing to over one million fans on this tour, and they should be getting even more: they’re heading off to Europe and Australia for more Own The Night World Tour dates this Summer.
“I remember how exciting and special it was to hear we sold out the first weekend of the tour back in the Fall,” said Charles Kelley. ”I seriously had no idea that so many others would follow, especially places like LA and Chicago, or that we would be sitting here eight months later saying we played to a million fans. It doesn’t even register.”
For Hillary, the most important thing about the tour was the connection the group made with their fans:
“What I love is the connection we made with all of those fans,” added Hillary Scott. ”It truly felt like we got to know everyone in the arena every night, which was one of our biggest goals when we started brainstorming on a paper plate last summer in Lake Tahoe. We invited fans up on stage most nights and just tried to get as close as possible to them…it was one giant sing-along each night. As a songwriter, it’s so cool to hear the lyrics you wrote with your best friends in the back of a bus echoing back to you by so many people.”\
Newlywed Dave Haywood shares a little on their closeness as a group, and how they’re already going to be working on a new album together:
“We’ve definitely become closer as a band – musically and personally – over this tour too,” noted Dave Haywood. “We are really proud of our show and how much we’ve grown on stage. Moments like selling out two nights in our hometown of Augusta, GA with all our friends and family around are really going to make us miss being on the road this Fall, but we’re looking forward to working on new music and getting back into the studio.”\
The “Own The Night World Tour” had kicked off in Knoxville, Tennessee back on November 11th, 2011 with an entourage of over 100 people and 10 buses for the production of the highly interactive show, who traveled over 46,000 miles across North America just for this tour. They’re about to get even more mileage when the next leg of the tour visits the United Kingdom, (including a stop opening for Bruce Springsteen), Ireland, Denmark, Switzerland, Norway and Sweden before heading off to Australia in the Fall.
Some of country music’s biggest stars have provided autographed guitars, tour tickets, meet & greet packages, personal phone calls, and much more to support the ongoing mission of Musicians On Call (MOC) Nashville. A list of the items in the auction can be found at www.musiciansoncall.org/auction. All proceeds from the auction will benefit MOC Nashville.
Auction lots close throughout the day on Thursday, June 21, so interested buyers need to make a bid quickly to claim items from Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Billy Currington, Ronnie Dunn, Hunter Hays, Dolly Parton, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, and many more!
Visit www.musiciansoncall.org/auction to make your bid today!
Darius Rucker returned to the Wildhorse Saloon in downtown Nashville earlier this week for the third installment of his Darius & Friends concert and auction for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. With the golf tournament added to the event, Darius keeps the bar, and the donation total. This year, the donations for the charity topped $121,000
Friends participating in the events included Rodney Atkins, Clint Black, Susie Brown (The JaneDear Girls), Clay Cook (Zac Brown Band), Dallas Davidson, Charles Kelley (Lady Antebellum), Sunny Sweeney, Chuck Wicks, and many more.
Rucker is currently on tour and working on his third album, due out this fall. For more information, visit www.DariusRucker.com.
L to R: Sunny Sweeney, Chuck Wicks, Rodney Atkins, Darius Rucker, and Clint Black.
Photo Credit: Randi Radcliff
With only two days remaining until the 2012 CMT Music Awards, Nashville is brimming with excitement in anticipation of the big night.
Today, a list of presenters were announced for Wednesday’s show. The list includes: Jason Aldean, Sara Evans, Ronnie Dunn, Alan Jackson, Jake Owen, and Kellie Pickler. Previously-announced performers The Band Perry, Carrie Underwood and Luke Bryan will also be on hand to present awards.
Several other presenters comprise the list, such as American Idol finalists Colton Dixon and Skylar Laine, CMT hosts Tom Arnold and Steve Austin, 2012 Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti, Twilight star Ashley Greene, Tony Hawk, Denise Richards, Dax Shepard and Jordin Sparks.
The show will feature performances from some of the best in country music: Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley, Pistol Annies, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, Hank Williams Jr. and Zac Brown Band.
The show, hosted by Toby Keith and actress Kristen Bell, will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena June 6th at 8PM EST on CMT and CMT.com.
We will be at the show, so be sure to check back with us as Keepin’ It Country will be up-to-date on everything related to the Awards and CMA Fest!
The third annual Darius Rucker and Friends line-up has been announced, and Monday should be a great time! The event, which raises money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Nashville, includes a celebrity golf tournament and concert at the Wildhorse Saloon. Special guests expected to appear include Sunny Sweeney, Clint Black, Rodney Atkins, Chuck Wicks and a few more surprises. Doors open at 6 pm and the concert kicks off at 7:30 pm in downtown Nashville. Event posters and t-shirt sales from the night will directly benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital
“We’ve had so much fun the last two years with friends jamming on stage for a great cause,” says Rucker. “I’m excited to continue that tradition with this year’s event.”
The Hootie & The Blowfish frontman is working on his third solo country album with producer Frank Rogers. The record will serve as the follow-up to 2010′s “Charleston, SC 1966″ and his now-platinum “Learn To Live” from 2008.
A limited number of tickets still remain for Monday night’s concert, and fans can purchase tickets at the Wildhorse Saloon or by calling them directly at 615-902-8200.
Fans of Katie Armiger who haven’t had the opportunity to check her out on tour yet are in luck. The songstress has added over twenty-five new dates to her “Get Smart Tour,” which is sponsored by Great American Country (GAC). The tour will end up hitting over fifty major cities across the U.S. with a stop at the Bud Lught Stage at the Bridgestone Arena on June 8th for CMA Music Fest.
The tour began in March and will continue through November, and has already been a great experience for Armiger. “This tour has been incredible so far getting to meet and make new fans – and it only keeps getting better,” said Katie. “No artist can ask for a better outcome from a tour than for it to be a success that dates are continually being added. Thank you to everyone for all of your support, it’s because of all of you that this tour is what it is!”
The aptly named “Get Smart Tour” is Armiger’s first as a headliner and is hitting colleges, universities, fairs and festivals across the country. Armiger will be sure to play her hit songs including “Scream,” Kiss Me Now” and “Leaving Home,” while mixing in some new material that she’s been writing for her upcoming fourth album.
Amongst her repertoire as an acclaimed independent artist, Armiger was voted by fans as Country Weekly’s #1 hottest bachelorette. She has previously opened for the likes of Darius Rucker, Ronnie Dunn, Little Big Town, Kellie Pickler, and Luke Bryan.
For more information and a full list of tour dates, check out www.katiearmiger.com.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and John Rich have announced the return of the John Rich & Friends Concert. This year’s benefit show will take place on June 5th in Memphis, Tennessee’s Cannon Center. The line-up is a pretty big one, with expected guests Darius Rucker, Kellie Pickler, Big & Rich and Jeff Foxworthy. The event is the kick-off to 2012′s Fedex St. Jude Class golf tournament.
St. Jude is celebrating their fiftieth anniversary this year, and the hospital aims to provide exceptional health care to children who are fighting cancer. What makes St. Jude unique is that they believe that no child or family should have to pay for treatment while battling the disease. It’s something that John believes strongly in:
“St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital holds a very special place in my heart, that’s why I’m excited to kick off the Fedex St. Jude Classic with the John Rich & Friends concert. I don’t know how you could spend your time any better on this earth than to support something like St. Jude. It’s truly God’s work – taking care of them babies.”
St. Jude is planning an entire week of events during the golf classic to help support the hospital.
Platinum-selling country music artist Darius Rucker has announced plans to bring back his “Darius Rucker and Friends” for a third year this year. The benefit concert and tournament will once again be sponsored by GAC and will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. The celebrity golf tournament will take place on Monday, June 4th, 2012 and will raise funds to help get the best care possible for children with cancer and their families with no cost to the families.
Darius’ concerts alone have raised over $100,000 for St. Jude with support of his friends like Rodney Atkins, Easton Corbin, Radney Foster, Randy Houser, Jamey Johnson, Justin Moore, Jerrod Niemann, Jake Owen, and Kid Rock.
“This has become my favorite way to start off the week of CMA Fest – golf and music for a great cause. With the support of our friends at GAC, Gaylord Springs, and the Wildhorse Saloon, we’ll be able to raise even more for St. Jude. Ever since I made my first visit to the hospital,” Rucker continues, “I was so moved, I knew I needed to be part of it and support it in any way possible. These events allow me to honor the outstanding work of the researchers, doctors and staff at St. Jude and I’m honored to be able to help contribute to their efforts.”
Darius Rucker was honored last week by ASCAP and UMPG for his number one single “This” in Nashville. He’s in Nashville recording his third country studio album. He celebrated the night with song writers Kara DioGuardi and Frank Rogers.
“‘This’ was a special song for me because it was the first time I ever wrote a song on iChat,” Rucker shared with the intimate crowd. “Kara [DioGuardi], who had started writing the song with Frank [Rogers], was in Los Angeles and we were in Nashville! I just thought it was the perfect song to really bridge the gap from Learn to Live to this album.”
“I come from that ‘album age,’ so with this next record–while we’re writing a lot of material that’s different from Learn to Live and Charleston–we’re still focusing on creating an album fans will hopefully want to listen to from start to finish,” says Rucker.
Last Sunday Lady Antebellum’s “Own The Night” won the GRAMMY for “Best Country Album.” Today we learned the album returned to the top spot on the Billboard Country chart. The album has now been in the top spot for a total of 10 weeks since its release in September 2011.
Tonight Lady A brings their “On The Night World Tour” to Nashville, where more than 1,200 Country Radio Seminar attendees (including our boss lady!) were invited to the sold-out show.