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CMA New Artist of the Year Nominee Brett Young released “Hell Yeah, Damn Right (Ole Miss Tribute)” across all digital platforms today, paying homage to his alma mater University Of Mississippi, where Young pitched for the Rebels’ baseball team. Inspired by the school’s popular game-day chant, the upbeat, anthemic track captures the electrifying spirit of an Ole Miss game day. The song was originally played on campus and around the town of Oxford, MS, but due to high demand, Young decided to make it available to fans everywhere via iTunes.


“My time at Ole Miss was so much fun and so impactful,” Young said. “I wanted to write a song to commemorate the game day experience in Oxford and in The Grove.”


The “Ace Songwriter” (Entertainment Weekly) is set to launch his debut headlining CALIVILLE tour this weekend, October 14 in Charlottesville, VA with breakout female vocalist Carly Pearce following his run on Lady Antebellum’s YOU LOOK GOOD WORLD TOUR.
“Destined For Mass Appeal” (Rolling Stone Country) Brett Young’s GOLD-certified self-titled debut (BMLG Records) continues to make a big impression. His latest offering “Like I Loved You” is skyrocketing up the radio charts as it recently entered the Top 25 on the Billboard and Mediabase Country Airplay charts. The single follows back-to-back No. 1 smashes, including the PLATINUM-certified “Sleep Without You” and 2X PLATINUM “In Case You Didn’t Know,” 

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The Rest of Our Life



GRAMMY-winning superstars Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, will release their first album together THE REST OF OUR LIFE on November 17th.  The 11-song collection will be released by Sony Music Entertainment Australia under the Arista Nashville/McGraw Music imprint on the heels of the title-track & second single, penned by Ed Sheeran, Amy Wadge, Johnny McDaid, and Steve Mac.


Watch the stunning new music video for ‘The Rest of Our Life,’ directed by Grant Singer,


The album features the CMA Award-nominated first single, ‘Speak to a Girl’and is available for pre-order at here, with the track ‘The Rest of Our Life’ available instantly with digital pre-orders and to listen on all streaming services.

Teaming with two of Nashville’s most accomplished producers, Hill andMcGraw produced nine of the new album’s 11 songs with Byron Gallimore, and two tracks with Dann Huff.


The track listing and writer credits for The Rest of Our Life are as follows:

  1. The Rest of Our Life (Ed Sheeran/Amy Wadge/Johnny McDaid/Steve Mac)
  2. Telluride (Jon Randall/Jessi Alexander)
  3. The Bed We Made (Lori McKenna/Liz Rose/Hillary Lindsey)
  4. Cowboy Lullaby (Brett James/Brett Beavers)
  5. Break First (Emily Weisband/Ashley Gorley/Jerry Flowers)
  6. Love Me to Lie (Hayley Warner/Maureen McDonald/Nathan Chapman)
  7. Sleeping in the Stars (Jaida Dreyer/Mark Irwin/Gareth Dunlop)
  8. Damn Good at Holding On (Lori McKenna/Barry Dean)
  9. Devil Callin’ Me Back (Jesse Frasure/Ben Caver/Nolan Sipe)
  10. Speak to a Girl (Shy Carter/Dave Gibson/Joe Spargur)
  11. Roll the Dice (Shy Carter/Bobby Hammrick/James LeBlanc/Meghan Trainor)


Tim McGraw has sold more than 50 million records and dominated the charts with 43 worldwide #1 singles.  He’s won 3 Grammy Awards, 16 Academy of Country Music Awards, 14 Country Music Association Awards, 11 American Music Awards, 3 People’s Choice Awards and numerous other honours.McGraw starred in and narrated the hit movie “The Shack”, to add to such other film credits as “Friday Night Lights” and “The Blind Side”.


Faith Hill is one of the top-selling and most-awarded female artists of all time with 5 Grammy Awards, 12 Academy of Country Music Awards, 3 Country Music Association Awards, 4 Billboard Music Awards, 4 American Music Awardsand 4 People’s Choice Awards. She has consistently broken chart records with her #1 singles and has had major crossover success with the hits ‘This Kiss’,‘Breathe’, ‘The Way You Love Me,’ ‘Cry’ and ‘There You’ll Be’.


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Think I have found the reason why Kip Moore is not returning to Australia for the 2018 CMC Rocks Festival …

Though he has since said he said there is something in the works for April.


Anywho …

Moore Will Also Return Next Spring As Part Of Europe’s Esteemed Country To Country Festival

Multi-PLATINUM singer/songwriter Kip Moore is continuing to build a fervent following across the pond, returning this past week for a headlining sold-out stint kicking off in Birmingham, UK on 10/2, also stopping in Manchester, UK (10/3), Glasgow, UK (10/4) and London, UK (10/6). Playing to capacity crowds each night, Moore treated audiences to songs from his “strongest, most artistic album” (Forbes), the recently released and critically acclaimed SLOWHEART, as CMT declares “it’s the way he expresses what’s on his mind that draws sold-out audiences around the world.”
The triumphant run culminated in a special show on Friday night (10/6) as part of Country Music Week in London, UK at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, with Entertainment Focus noting the “rapturous reception from the audience…Throughout the set Kip mixed in songs from all three of his albums, with highlights including a raucous rendition of ‘Beer Money’, the high energy of ‘The Bull’, and the sing-along ‘Heart’s Desire’ and the rocky ‘Bittersweet Company.’” Moore, who first made an impression overseas at Europe’s Country To Country Festival in 2015, will return to the festival in 2018 for the annual festival taking place March 9-11 in London, UK, Glasgow, UK, and Dublin, I.E.
Moore has hit his stride with SLOWHEART, and his current Top 5 single “More Girls Like You,” is the fastest rising single of his career and is receiving praise from critics such as Entertainment Weekly declaring he “has made a name for himself weaving vignettes of Southern, blue-collar life and love into rollicking country anthems.” SLOWHEART follows the acclaim that surrounded his sophomore album WILD ONES heralded as “an impressively singular release from Music Row” by The Guardian. Moore first turned heads with his debut album UP ALL NIGHT which was recently certified Double-PLATINUM by the RIAA and spawned three No. One hit singles including GOLD certified “Beer Money,” PLATINUM certified “Hey Pretty Girl,” and the DOUBLE PLATINUM breakout hit “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck. Moore, who has trail-blazed his own path with his reputation-making live show recently announced his headlining PLEAD THE FIFTH TOUR kicking off on 10/19. For more information and a full list of tour dates visit

Shania Twain is “Still the One” Topping Global Charts with NOW

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Reigning Queen of Country Pop Debuts at No. 1 in Australia, Canada, UK and US

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Monday, October 9, 2017) – With over 137,000 units sold, superstar Shania Twain’s NOW debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 albums making it the first female country release in over three years to summit the all-genre chart. Earning Platinum in her home country of Canada and additionally landing at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country albums chart, Now also took the No. 1 spot in Australia, Canada, the U.K. and Zimbabwe, as well as Top 5 in Ireland and New Zealand. The global icon’s first album in nearly 15 years is one of Shania’s most personal to date as she singlehandedly wrote every song on the 16-track collection.

“This is an emotional day as I take in the great news that my new album has come in at No. 1,” shares Shania. “I am deeply moved to have your support and soon we will be singing the songs together in concert on my upcoming tour where I will have the chance to celebrate with you in person. Can’t wait!”

Shania co-produced the album, working with Matthew Koma, Ron Aniello (Bruce Springsteen, Gavin DeGraw), Jake Gosling (Ed Sheeran, Shawn Mendes) and Jacquire King (Kings of Leon) on the critically-acclaimed NOW.

“Dramatic and diverse, it’s an album about rebuilding a career and a broken heart, shot through with girl power, showbiz schmaltz and rare vulnerability.” – Rolling Stone

Shania is a five-time GRAMMY Award-winner and the reigning Queen of Country Pop. With more than 75 million albums sold worldwide and U.S. sales topping 34.5 million, Shania remains the top-selling female country artist of all time. Shania’s albums include her Platinum-selling 1993 debut, SHANIA TWAIN; the GRAMMY Award-winning, Double Diamond-selling 1995 release, THE WOMAN IN ME; COME ON OVER, the best-selling studio album in Soundscan history by a female artist in any genre and the best-selling country album of all time with over 40 million units sold worldwide; and UP!, Shania’s third consecutive Diamond-selling album release.

Recognizing her indelible impact and achievements in music, Shania is the first and only female artist to receive CMT’s Artist of a Lifetime Award and the Country Music Hall of Fame recently opened the Shania Twain: Rock This Country exhibit. Shania was also honored with the Icon Award at Billboard’s Women in Music ceremony. Shania’s hits include “Any Man of Mine,” “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” “You’re Still the One,” and “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!”.

Jasmine Rae Joins Skipi TV to Host ‘LIVE ON THE LOT’

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Multi-award winning singer/songwriter, actor and entertainer Jasmine Rae is the new host for a series of Live On The Lot’ specials on fledgling Australian culture-orientated VOD service, SKIPI TV.

Based at FOX Studios in Sydney, SKIPI TV features original video content from the worlds of music, film, television, fashion, gaming, politics and sport. It launched in January 2017 with The Right Note, a music news and reviews show hosted by top entertainment journalists Rod Yates, Lindsay McDougall, Danielle McGrane and Bernard Zuel which has featured performances by some of the country’s best artists including Amy Shark and Phil Jamieson.

It has followed that with ‘#Unfiltered’, a weekly sports program hosted by Willie Mason, Reni Maitua and Iain Byrne, news program ‘The Third Rail’, gaming show ‘Invert Aim’ and movie and television focused show, ‘Watch This’ and live music program ‘Live On The Lot.’ 

“I’m fascinated by people and their stories and when that’s wrapped up in the form of a song – It takes it to a whole other level for me. As a writer and recording artist myself, I love hearing about how songs come about and the creative process,” says Jasmine Rae.

Her first interviews on Live On The Lot’ feature Australian rock-goddess Sarah McLeod, who also performs songs from her new album Rocky’s Diner, Kiwi soul sensation Tami Neilson and country artist Christie Lamb.

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CMC Rocks 2018 Line Up Announced

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Australia’s premiere country and roots festival, CMC ROCKS QLD, today reveals an epic artist lineup for it’s 2018 event, which is set to return to Willowbank, Ipswich from Thursday 15* – Sunday 18 March.

The most anticipated event on the country music calendar, and following this year’s phenomenal sell-out 10th Anniversary event, CMC Rocks once again delivers a second-to-none line-up jam-packed with the biggest and best local and international artists the genre has to offer.

Two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year and country music megastar LUKE BRYAN leads the charge, making his Australian debut at CMC Rocks QLD 2018 to overwhelming demand. He’s sold over 10 million albums, 40 million tracks worldwide and has chalked up 3 billion streams, and with current single ‘Light It Up’ currently making waves at country radio worldwide, Luke is a bonafide superstar. Luke has just been confirmed as a judge on the new season of ABC’s American Idol, he performed the US National Anthem at this year’s Super Bowl and consistently sells out stadiums across the US, from Chicago’s Soldier Field to Cleveland’s First Energy Stadium, performing to over 5.6 million fans over the last three years. Known for his explosive live performances, Willowbank better prepare to see Luke blow up the CMC Rocks Main Stage next year!

Multiple Grammy Award-winner, DARIUS RUCKER, will land in Willowbank for his first ever-Australian performance at CMC Rocks QLD 2018. With eight #1 Billboard Country Singles under his belt, including ‘Homegrown Honey’, co-written with label-mate Charles Kelley (Lady Antebellum), and ‘If I Told You’, the lead single from his forthcoming fifth studio album out October 20, Rucker (former lead singer with Hootie & The Blowfish) will have some fresh new cuts to unleash on CMC Rocks audiences when he lands down under in March.

Country’s hottest female artist KELSEA BALLERINI returns to the CMC Rocks stage a fully fledged star, last year creating history as the first ever female artist to achieve three consecutive #1 US Billboard hits with ‘Love Me Like You Mean It’, ‘Peter Pan’ and ‘Dibs’. Since then, she has sold out two national headline tours across North America as well as her own headline shows in the UK, garnered a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist, supported the likes of Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum, Thomas Rhett and Carrie Underwood, and has performed live on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. With a brand new album Unapologetically due for release next month, Kelsea is one of the most exciting artists on the world music stage.

Fresh from supporting Sir Elton John on his recent Australian dates, Rockhampton duo BUSBY MAROU are well-versed on the live stage and are one of Australia’s best-loved roots acts, making their CMC festival debut in 2010. Cutting their teeth gigging around QLD before nabbing support slots for Dolly Parton and James Blunt, they now have an APRA Award for Blues & Roots Work of the Year, and an ARIA chart-topping album, Postcards from The Shell House, to their name.

Joining Luke Bryan (USA), Darius Rucker (USA), Kelsea Ballerini (USA) and Busby Marou on the A List line-up for 2018 are Dustin Lynch (USA) and Randy Houser (USA), who have both opened for Luke Bryan across North America, along with Old Dominion (USA), Dan + Shay (USA), Dean Brody (CAN), Brett Young (USA), Brothers Osborne (USA), Luke Combs (USA), Gord Bamford (CAN), Steve Forde, Travis Collins, The Sunny Cowgirls,  Russell Dickerson (USA), Ryan Follese (USA), Davisson Brothers Band (USA) and High Valley (CAN).

A dazzlling array of local favourites and rising stars join the fold, from Troy Kemp, Jody Direen (NZ), Christie Lamb, Kaylee Bell (NZ), Melanie Dyer, Missy Lancaster, Baylou, Mustered Courage, The Viper Creek Band, Jayne Denham, Casey Barnes, Route 33 and Rachael Fahim.

CMC Rocks will be the only chance for Queenslanders to catch these sensational international artists live in action in 2018!

CMC Rocks QLD returns with an extended festival program due to overwhelming demand and exclusively for campers in 2018, with the Jack Daniel’s White Rabbit Saloon hosting live music from 1pm on Thursday 15 March right through to 2am the next morning. On Friday 16 March, performers will kick off at 10:15am with gates opening at 9:15am, providing more live music action than ever before!

With huge demand for on-site camping each year, event organisers have secured an additional paddock ** for 2018.

Completely selling out for the past two consecutive years, the festival attracts crowds of more than 15,000 music lovers daily, coming from as far as North America, Sweden, Singapore, Germany, Austria and a big contingent from New Zealand, injecting more than $6.1 million into the local Ipswich economy.

The southern hemisphere’s biggest country and roots event, CMC Rocks has over the years hosted world-class sets from international music icons like Tim McGraw, Toby Keith and Alan Jackson to Lady Antebellum, Faith Hill, Taylor Swift, Dixie Chicks and Little Big Town. Complemented each year by an array of Australia’s most prolific stars and exciting up-and-comers, including Lee Kernaghan, Troy Cassar-Daley, Kasey Chambers, Morgan Evans, Caitlyn Shadbolt and more, CMC Rocks never fails to deliver the very best of country music to local music fans.

The Queensland Government is proud to support CMC Rocks QLD through Tourism and Events Queensland as part of the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar, showcasing Australia’s best live events in Australia’s best destinations.

2018 is sure to pack a punch for CMC Rocks festival-goers, showcasing the best that country and roots music has to offer, in a unique second-to-none festival setting. Tickets are sure to go fast, so don’t delay – Make sure you get your tickets as soon as they go on sale to the general public at 9am AEST QLD (10am AEDT) on Monday 9th October.

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Jason Aldean cancel’s this weekends concert after Las Vegas shooting

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In a statement released from Jason Aldean, he has canceled this weekend’s shows in order to pay respect to victims, their families and fans. Loving fans and friends have showered the multi-award winning country music super-star since the incident at the Harvest Festival where was on stage at the time the gun shots started. Jason’s heavily pregnant wife was backstage. We send our love to all affected by this horrid event.
As a result of what happened in Las Vegas this week, we have decided to cancel this coming weekend’s shows. I feel like out of respect for the victims, their families and our fans, it is the right thing to do. It has been an emotional time for everyone involved this week, so we plan to take some time to mourn the ones we have lost and be close with our family and friends. Our plan is to resume the tour the following week in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Our first time back onstage will be a very tough and emotional thing for us, but we will all get through it together and honor the people we lost by doing the only thing we know how to do – play our songs for them. I hope everyone understands why we can’t play this weekend and I’m sorry if anyone is disappointed.
I want to say thank you for the outpouring of love from my friends and fans we have received over the last couple days. You guys have no idea how much you have helped get us through this tough time.
Thank You and God Bless. 
This weekend’s dates for the Jason Aldean THEY DON’T KNOW TOUR have been cancelled in Los Angeles, CA; San Diego, CA and Anaheim, CA.  The tour will resume on Oct. 12 in Tulsa, OK.  Refunds are available at point of purchase

Reba’s new collection of Western Footwear

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Iconic western bootmaker, Justin® Boot Company, a division of H.H. Brown Shoe Company, is pleased to announce a partnership with multi-media superstar, Reba McEntire. The premiere REBA by Justin™ collection launches Holiday 2017 at select retailers nationwide.

The new line features Reba’s take on classic western boots, booties and casuals, drawing inspiration from pieces of the Grammy Award winner’s life story. Each style captures a moment from Reba’s daily routine; from everyday wardrobe essentials to her show-stopping performance boots. Built on comfort, using the finest leathers, refined details and the craftsmanship that Justin® Boot Company is known for, this collection presents a truly unique offering.

“Justin Boots have been a staple in my closet since my barrel racing years in Oklahoma,” Reba shares. “I’m thrilled to add my personal touch to a brand that is known for quality craftsmanship and timeless style.”

The two powerhouses joined forces to create the ultimate assortment for loyal fans of both brands and those coveting Reba’s fashion philosophy and penchant for making a statement on and off the stage.

“This collection is for all those strong, spirited women and cowgirls at heart who have followed my journey throughout the years,” said Reba. “This opportunity couldn’t have been a more natural fit and creating the line has been too much fun!”

“Teaming up with Reba is the perfect partnership for Justin Boots. Her ability to inspire multiple generations, not only with her musical talent, but also with her countless interests, makes her a force to be reckoned with. The passion and effort she has put into making this collaboration her own parallels the hard work and dedication the Justin team has shown in creating the collection. It has truly been an honor to work hand-in-hand with Reba on a collection we can all be proud of,” said Jim Issler, President and CEO of H.H. Brown Shoe Company.

The Justin® Boot Company team is proud to welcome Reba into the Justin family and looks forward to a long lasting relationship with the iconic entertainer and entrepreneur.


Kenny Chesney Delay’s Announcement

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Yesterday Kenny Chesney emailed the “No Shoes Nation” with an announcement to be happening Tuesday the 3rd of October.

Mark Your Calendars No Shoes Nation Members! Kenny has a big announcement coming Tuesday, October 3rd at 7am est/6cst.


Just over 24 hours later, due to the horror shooting incident in Las Vegas. Kenny’s team sent a respectful update that the announcement would not be happening, instead fans were encouraged to “tell someone you love how much you care today”.

From Kenny Chesney:

In light of, and out of deepest sympathy and respect for those affected by the events in Las Vegas, there will be no announcement taking place tomorrow, Tuesday October 3rd, as previously mentioned. It is with heavy hearts that we send this message and hope everyone in the No Shoes Nation understands.

Tell someone you love how much you care today.

2017 Deni Ute Muster wrap up

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The 19th Deni Ute Muster, the original Australian country life themed music festival, was held this weekend in Deniliquin in southern NSW.

Over 15,500 people converged on the Riverina town for two days of family entertainment and ute focused activities together with a who’s who of Australian country music.

The music got under way on Friday with Jetty Road and Hurricane Fall followed by one of Australia’s most loved singer-songwriters, Sara Storer. The Davidson Brothers, one of Australia’s hottest bluegrass acts, were up next followed by Beccy Cole and her band playing all of her hits, interspersed with her trademark cheeky repartee with the crowd.

James Blundell and Brewn took the stage before the man in the black hat, Lee Kernaghan, closed out Friday night with an almost two hour set that had the whole arena singing along.

Saturday afternoon saw the arena filled yellow and black and red, gold and navy to watch a nail biting AFL Grand Final with Richmond fans screaming for joy as the team broke their 37-year drought.  After the game, the music once again began as the sun set with the Adam Eckersley Band and rising country star Caitlyn Shadbolt before The McClymonts set the stage alight.

Drew McAlister and crowd favourite, Shannon Noll, were up next before The Wolfe Brothers closed the weekend with a bang.

The Deni Ute Muster is a celebration of contemporary Australian rural life where the ute is king. The Deni Ute Muster isn’t just about the music – it’s an all Aussie extravaganza including wood chopping and whip cracking demonstrations, Coates Hire Show ‘n Shine, Noah’s Thoroughbred Racing Pigs, the Bull Ride Spectacular, the Brophy Bros Circus, Matt Falloon and His Trained Balloons, Matt Mingay and Madzy Evel’s Off Road Show, the Reptile Awareness Display, camel rides and Circlework, Barrel Race and Go to Wo competitions all on the entertainment menu.

This year’s Tradie Challenge was won by Melbourne’s Brad Rossetto and Paul Riley taking out first prize and a cool, $1,000 cash for their clock.

With temperatures in the low 20’s and the sun out all weekend, there was plenty of reminiscing about last year’s #MuddyMuster which saw the cancellation of the world record ute count, and barely a puddle in sight. The Ute Count was back this year with 6,313 utes confirmed on site.

The world record blue singlet attempt fell short, but still impressive, with 1,941 musterers of all ages gathered for the count. The GME Australian National Circle Work Championships saw Stanhope’s Zac Turner take first prize in his 2004 Ford Falcon XR8 with New South Welshmen Ryan White and Robert Welch taking 2nd and 3rd prizes.

The Go to Wo was won by Benjamin Gehan from Stawell in Victoria with Karlia Woods from Dungog in NSW coming in 2nd. 1st and 2nd places in the Barrel Race were taken by Bob Waldner from Lavington in NSW and Josh Turnbull from Wedderburn respectively. The Coates Hire Show ‘n Shine Ute of the Year, and the $4,000 prize money, was awarded to Darryl Miles from Gledswood Hills in NSW for his 1978 Holden HZ 1 Tonner.

Deni Ute Muster General Manager, Vicky Lowry, said “Before we knew it our 19th year of celebrating the Deni Ute Muster was over. Each year memories are created, for me 2017 was the year that the crowd both young and old dressed in their blue singlets at front of main stage joined in true Aussie spirit singing Waltzing Matilda and Advance Australia Fair. To our loyal and new Muster patrons, thank you for making this another successful year. See you all in 2018 for our 20th year!”

“I’d also like to acknowledge our Strategic Partner, Destination NSW, our Event Partners, Edward River Council and our major sponsors Bundaberg, Decentralised Demountables, Deniliquin Freighters, Purtills, IGA and Lion.  It’s thanks to their continued support, as well as our friends at Isuzu and Sunrice, that we’re able to grow the event each year”.

The 2017 Deni Ute Muster was proudly supported by the NSW Governmentthrough its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.


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Country music singer, songwriter, co-host of nationally-syndicated show, “Pickler & Ben Show,” and star of CMT’s “I Love Kellie Pickler” continues her streak of new milestones with her most personal release yet, “If It Wasn’t For A Woman.” Pickler co-wrote with her husband Kyle Jacobs and songwriter Brian Bunn. The song was inspired by and written in tribute to Pickler’s late grandmother, Faye Pickler, the woman who raised her and continues to serve as one of the most important inspirations in Pickler’s life. Pickler notably debuted the song with Jacobs accompanying her on piano during a performance at this year’s CMA Music Festival. The song is available now for download and streaming and currently climbing the iTunes Country chart.

“This song is so incredibly special to me…it means a lot to me to be able to spotlight the love of the woman who helped shape me into the woman I am today,” the country music darling shares of her grandmother Faye, who passed away from lung cancer in 2002, “One of the most beautiful things about this song is that this is real life in a song. I think so many people will identify with this sweet story.”

Kellie Pickler’s CMT docu-comedy series “I Love Kellie Pickler,” is about to wrap it’s third-season, with her and her husband’s “sweet and silly shenanigans” (Entertainment Tonight) continuing the show’s successful streak of high ratings. The hit television series follows a “hilarious and so vivacious” (Hollywood Life) Pickler and her husband songwriter/producer Kyle Jacobs, and debuted in November 2015, propelling the network to its highest premiere with adults since 2012 and women since 2008. “I Love Kellie Pickler” returned for its third season in August of 2017.

Pickler also recently debuted as the host of new Nashville-based daytime talk show “Pickler & Ben”co-hosted by media personality Ben Aaron. The show, directed by the award-winning Joe Terry (“The Oprah Winfrey Show”) launched nationally on September 18 to milestone ratings and ranking No. 1 in the time slot in the Nashville market. “Pickler & Ben” is produced by Grammy Award-winning superstar Faith Hill, co-founder of Happy Street Entertainment, Lisa Erspamer, and president and CEO of Sandbox Entertainment Jason Owen in partnership with The E.W. Scripps Company.

Kellie Pickler first gained fame at the age of 19 as a contestant on the fifth season of “American Idol.” She has gone on to release four critically acclaimed albums, including her Gold-certified debut Small Town Girl as well as 100 Proof, which Rolling Stone named the Best Country Album of 2011. In spring of 2013, Pickler won the Mirror Ball Trophy on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” and also released her fourth album, The Woman I Am, with Black River Entertainment, which featured three songs co-written by Pickler including the title cut. She launched her home goods line, “Selma Drye by Kellie Pickler,” named after her grandmother in collaboration with the Opry Stores ( in 2015.  Pickler is an avid supporter of the U.S. military, having completed 11 USO Tours to-date.


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Canadian Buzz and New Single For Kirsty Lee Akers

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Canadian Buzz and New Single For Kirsty Lee Akers

It’s been a whirlwind trip for Kirsty Lee Akers since departing Sydney on September 1 as her ‘Nashville to the Top End’ Tour heads to the USA for Americana Fest, but not before a little stopover in Canada.

During the last Tamworth Country Music Festival, fate brought Kirsty and Canadian artist Amy Nelson together. The two struck up a friendship that with Amy’s support landed Akers a bunch of performances at the Canadian Country Music Association’s Annual Showcase event in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (September 7 – 10, 2017).

What Akers didn’t expect was the acceptance and welcome she received from the time she arrived in Canada. Within the first 4 days she was invited to perform on 4 separate television shows and 2 radio stations, which was overwhelming to say the least.

“I was incredibly thankful that the media welcomed me with such open arms in Canada. It was awesome knowing my music was going out to thousands of people who had never heard it before. All of the presenters who interviewed me were very interested in my music, my story as an artist and where I was heading. It was a great feeling going into a foreign place and feeling that kind of love.” – Kirsty Lee Akers

Akers went on to perform at numerous showcases during the week, with a highlight being the ‘Rise N Shine’ Breakfast show at the Radisson in Saskatoon, celebrating female artists in Country Music. She now moves onto Nashville for the next run of performances culminating in her first ever US performance on the world renowned Americana show ‘Music City Roots’ on September 27.

To coincide with her return to Americana Fest in Nashville, Akers has released the 6th single off her career-defining album BURN BABY BURN. The album was released in April 2016 and has now produced a staggering five number 1 singles.

The new single ‘Take Me Back’ is one of the most personal songs ever written by the Golden Guitar winning singer-songwriter. It details a heartfelt account of her family journey, from the moment her mother delivered her into the world in her teens and the toll that took on the family, through to the ultimate breakdown of her parents marriage and the challenges placed on her upbringing as she took her place as an adult role model to her siblings well before she would have expected. The song asks the question “what if?” as Akers recalls age milestones and life experiences that may have been different had fate not intervened.

Adding to the depth and theatre of this journey is the accompanying music video that depicts the star as an elderly version of herself, reminicing about what might have been. The effects makeup took 5 hours to fully apply, but the results have turned out to be well worth that investment.

Akers will continue her ‘Nashville to the Top End’ tour through to June 2018 with Americana Fest in Nashville next up. Latest details are on her Facebook page at