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Charles Kelley Sets Course for “The Driver”

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Revealing official details on Good Morning America yesterday morning, GRAMMY award-winning singer/songwriter Charles Kelley sends “The Driver” to Country radio as the debut single from his forthcoming solo project on Capitol Records Nashville.

Written by Kelley, Eric Paslay and Abe Stoklasa and born in a ratty studio in the back of producer Paul Worley’s offices, Kelley explores new territory with a raw sound that pushes his vocals into a lower, grittier key than what listeners have been hearing from him in a group setting. His unmatched perspective of hours spent on the road pursuing a life-long dream is present through his impeccable voice, along with special guests Dierks Bentley and Paslay.

“The perspective seemed like a Crosby, Stills, and Nash story song,” Kelley says of the lyrics. “We went in the studio to record it with no agenda. I thought maybe it’ll be the start of the next Lady Antebellum record, maybe we’ll scrap it, maybe I’ll pitch the song to other singers.”

“Having Hillary and Dave’s support means a lot to me,” adds Kelley. “We love each other and we’re having a blast. This was just a pure musical detour, to take myself out of my own head and off the treadmill for a minute. I hope and think it can bring in a fresh perspective when we go back in to make the next Lady Antebellum record.”

Fans can listen to “The Driver” here:

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Craig Morgan Gets Some Help from His Famous Friends for 9th Annual Charity Event

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Country music entertainer, military veteran, award-winning TV host and philanthropist Craig Morgan is putting the finishing touches on his 9th Annual Charity Event benefiting the Dickson County Craig Morgan Foundation and many of his famous friends are joining in on the festivities!

Taking place October 17 in Dickson, Tennessee, the morning will start with a golf tournament at Greystone Golf Course. MMA champion Dan Henderson and motocross pro Kevin Windham will be hitting the green with Morgan.  Gates will open at 2:30pm for the family-friendly music festival taking place at Dickson’s War Memorial Lawn with artists including former American Idol contestant Janelle Arthur, celebrated songwriter and Sirius XM Highway Find artist Adam Sanders and Kentucky rockers Halfway To Hazard entertaining the crowds before Craig’s full-band headlining set at 7pm. In between performances attendees can bid on exclusive items at the silent auction, shop for artist merchandise and dine with area food trucks.

Concert Festival Performance Schedule
3:00pm           Casi Joy
3:30pm           Aly
4:00pm           Janelle  Arthur
4:30pm           Adam Sanders
5:30pm           Halfway to Hazard
7:00pm           Craig Morgan

Tickets for the festival and golf tournament team registrations are available at and Event Brite.

All proceeds from Craig Morgan’s golf tournament and festival will benefit the Dickson County Craig Morgan Foundation, supporting foster children in Dickson County and throughout Middle Tennessee. The organization’s primary goal is to assist foster children in Dickson County and throughout Middle Tennessee.

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LoCash Announce the Release of New EP “I Love This Life”


Village Voice calls them “seasoned songwriters in detailing the carefree Southern lifestyle,” and Entrepreneur Magazine writes, “They bring to the stage an amazing and sincere energy unlike anything [we’ve] ever seen at a concert before.” Sure enough, the rising duo LOCASH has wowed critics and crowds nationwide on their I Love This Life Tour, and catapulted the radio charts with the highest charting single of their career, “I Love This Life,” coming in at No. 23 on the Country Billboard radio charts this week and surpassing 100,000 downloads. Now, on the heels of it all, LOCASH announces the release of their new six-track E.P., I Love This Life, on Friday, October 30 featuring the hit radio single, as well as fan-favorites like “Shipwrecked” and “I Know Somebody.”

The I Love This Life E.P. will be released on Reviver Records and was produced by Lindsay Rimes and David Ross. It will be available at the end of the month as a digital download nationwide on iTunes, Amazon and other online retailers.

“I cannot wait for the current and future LOCASH fans to hear what we have been working so hard on. It’s a new and established sound for us. Something fresh, with the LOCASH flavor and the roots of country music,” said the duo’s Chris Lucas.

Preston Brust added, “This new project captures real feelings mixed with melodies we hope everyone can relate and sing along to. We are in a really great place in life and I think these songs are windows into our lives right now. I couldn’t be more excited or more proud of it!”

The track listing for I Love This Life includes:
1.) “I Love This Life” (P. Brust, C. Janson, C. Lucas, D. Myrick)
2.) “I Know Somebody” (R. Copperman, J. Stover, R. Akins)
3.) “Shipwrecked” (P. Brust, M. Tyler, L. Rimes)
4.) “Aint Startin Tonight” (P. Brust, J. Boyer, M. Tyler)
5.) “Drunk Drunk” (P. Brust, C. Lucas, B. Niemi, S. Stokes)
6.) “Till The Wheels Fall Off” (P. Brust, J. Boyer, M. Bronleewe)

Five out of the six songs on the new E.P. were penned by Brust, Lucas or both. Stand-out track, “Shipwrecked,”– the song which influenced the name of their signature wine line developed in partnership with Stonum Vineyards — particularly presents a new musical dimension to LOCASH.

“I had been listening to a lot of John Legend at the time, so I wanted a song that sounded like John Legend, with some guitar in it, but I wanted the lyrics to be really honest,” the duo’s Preston Brust told The Boot. “A lot of people, when they’re interviewing us, they’ll ask a fun question and it’s always the same: ‘If you’re shipwrecked on an island, what’s the one thing you have to have?’ And so, I sat down at the piano, and I said [to myself] ‘You know what, here’s what I’ve got to have.’ You’ve got to hear the song to find out, but it’s really cool. It’s a really cool song,” he added.

LOCASH also recently premiered the new music video for “I Love This Life” on all CMT platforms including CMT Pure, CMT Artists App, and social media sites on August 26. Produced by Channel Greatness with direction by Stokes Nielson, the video is a montage of the duo in the stunning red rocks of Garden Of The Gods, Colorado, pieced with documentary-style footage of life on the road with fans.

I Love This Life is LOCASH’s first new album release since their self-titled debut in 2013. As songwriters, they’ve celebrated a pair of hit singles with “You Gonna Fly” (by Keith Urban), which topped the charts, and the Top 10 “Truck Yeah” (by Tim McGraw), among others for artists like Joe Nichols, Parmalee and Scotty McCreery. Get the duo’s full career backstory in their new EPK.

LOCASH is currently out on the road across the nation on their I Love This Life Tour. Click READ MORE for dates:

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You DO NOT WANT TO MISS the Opening of “The 49th Annual CMA Awards”

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Kick off Country Music’s Biggest Night™ with a not-to-be-missed, world premiere musical collaboration and opening monologue during “The 49th Annual CMA Awards,” airing live Wednesday, Nov. 4 (8:00-11 PM/ET) from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on the ABC Television Network.

The three-hour gala kicks off in high gear with one of the night’s top nominees Eric Church with iconic Country rocker Hank Williams, Jr. for a world premiere of Williams’ new Nash Icon release; followed by critically-acclaimed CMA Awards hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and their highly-anticipated opening monologue. And that is just the first 15 minutes.

“If you don’t see the first 15 minutes of the CMA Awards live, you will be grasping for straws at the proverbial watercooler the next morning,” said CMA Chief Executive Officer Sarah Trahern. “It is that good and it is just the beginning of a great night of entertainment.”

Church’s nominations include Entertainer (his first nomination in the category); Male Vocalist; Single of the Year for “Talladega,” which was produced by Jay Joyce and Arturo Buenahora, Jr.;  Song of the Year for “Like A Wrecking Ball,” which he wrote with Casey Beathard; and Musical Event of the Year for “Raise ‘Em Up” with Keith Urban. He will be performing “Are You Ready For the Country” with Williams – himself a two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year (1987, 1988).

The song, which was written and recorded by Neil Young and later recorded by Waylon Jennings, “is the perfect narrative for the night,” said CMA Awards Executive Producer Robert Deaton. “It sets up musically everything that is going to happen for the rest of the show.”

Paisley and Underwood have undeniable chemistry, humor, and the admiration of the music industry, and they bring it all to the stage. Viewers and the industry audience have come to expect musical parody, wry topical humor, and colorful commentary on pop culture.

With all of that going for them, it’s easy to forget they are world-class entertainers and in addition to hosting duties both will also have performances during the broadcast.

“They have impeccable timing as hosts and then in the next segment you see them with their bands blowing the roof off the arena with an amazing performance,” said Deaton. “They are the whole package.”

Click here to see a video montage of their hosting highlights from previous CMA Awards.

Winners of “The 49th Annual CMA Awards” will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible voting members of the Country Music Association. CMA Awards balloting is tabulated by the international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP. The third and final ballot will be emailed to CMA members Thursday, Oct. 8. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends Tuesday, Oct. 27 (6:00 PM/CT).

Fans can get more information on “The 49th Annual CMA Awards” and sign up for CMA emails and exclusives by visiting

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