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Dierks Bentley Surprises Sold Out Crowd at Red Rocks

Photo Credit: Ryan Silver

Photo Credit: Ryan Silver

Current four-time CMA nominee Dierks Bentley embarked on the first of two sold-out nights at Red Rocks Amphitheatre tonight playing off the landmark’s three iconic walls, boldly opening with his bluegrass-inspired “Up On The Ridge.”  As family, friends and long-time supporters lined side-stage, Bentley wove seamlessly between his biggest party anthems like “What Was I Thinkin,’” “Drunk On A Plane” and “Somewhere On A Beach” and his weightier hits including “Riser,” “I Hold On” and “Different For Girls.”

“We’re all trying to hold it together here,” Bentley told the crowd. “This is my fifth time playing Red Rocks, but it gets more crazy and crazy every time. It’s not every night you get to play here, so I texted a friend to see if she could be part of tonight. She’s got one of the best voices in Country music and came all the way from Boston to be here tonight…Maren Morris y’all!”

Photo Credit: Ryan Silver

Photo Credit: Ryan Silver

Mid-way through the epic night, Bentley invited surprise guest Maren Morris to the stage for their haunting duet “I’ll Be The Moon” off his critically-acclaimed No. one album BLACK. The two harmonized on Morris’ “My Church” before Randy Houser joined to swap vices on “Bad Angel.” As the night rolled through Bentley’s jam-packed set and the capacity crowd sang back to hit after hit, fans ultimately demanded an extended set causing Bentley to break curfew.

“I’ve been waiting so long for this show and trying to think of ways to surprise you,” Bentley continued from stage. “I’ve told you about my friends and family who are here tonight, but I’m here for you fans.”

Photo Credit: Ryan Silver

Photo Credit: Ryan Silver

Known for “traveling his own path…Country music’s most relatable star” (Esquire) shows his depth and diversity as an artist with four CMA nominations in the Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of The Year, Vocal Event of the Year and Video of the Year categories. Bentley will bring the “foot-stomping, fist-pumping good time” (Arizona Republic) of his 2016 SOMEWHERE ON A BEACH TOUR to Denver again tomorrow (9/27) before stops in the Midwest next week on the newly extended leg of the tour. For more information and a full list of tour dates, visit www.dierks.com.

Keith Urban to Headline Australian “Super Bowl”

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As prestigious as the Super Bowl halftime show is in the United States is the National Rugby League (NRL) Telstra Premiership Grand Final in Australia, which multiple Grammy Award (and ARIA Award) winner Keith Urban will headline.  The final match will take place at the ANZ Stadium on Sunday, October 2nd in front of nearly 100,000 fans.  The appearance will feature songs from Urban’s #1 CMA nominated Album of the Year RIPCORD (an award that Urban has never won).

In Australia RIPCORD has exploded.  It debuted at #1 on the ARIA Album chart and the gold certified album remained in the Top 10 for 15 weeks, setting a new record for Urban for the number of weeks an album has remained in the Top 10 on release.  After 18 weeks the album still is in the Top 20.

During his trip to Australia, Urban will also perform at 2Day FM’s ‘World Famous Rooftop’ in Sydney.

Before it concludes Urban’s “ripCORD WORLD TOUR 2016” will have visited four countries including the U.S., Canada, Australia and for the first time ever Urban will perform in New Zealand at Westpac Stadium, Wellington. The tour’s arena leg began this month in Canada and will move to the U.S. in October.

Late last month Urban was nominated for four CMA Awards including the coveted Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist, Best Vocal Event (with Carrie Underwood for “The Fighter”), as well as the previously mentioned Album of the Year.

Jennifer Nettles to Celebrate Christmas in October

Cover Art Courtesy of Big Machine Records

Cover Art Courtesy of Big Machine Records

GRAMMY® Award-winning singer/songwriter Jennifer Nettles is prepping for the season early with the release of her first holiday album, TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS, due out October 28 on Big Machine Records (through Universal Music). As “a veteran in the world of holiday music” (Wide Open Country), the 10-track collection highlights Jennifer’s signature Country twang while her enthusiastic spirit illuminates the mix of festive anthems and traditional standards.

To Celebrate Christmas is available for pre-order now from here.

Wrapping each track with care, GRAMMY® Award-winning producer Julian Raymond joined Jennifer in the studio. The project shines with star-studded collaborations, including dynamic harmonies with Tony Award-winner Idina Menzel on “Little Drummer Boy,” and the Jazz-influenced melody alongside American-soul sensation Andra Day on “God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman.” Friend and mentor – angelic icon Dolly Parton – penned “Circle Of Love” and teased the news of TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS. Jennifer will also star in the NBC television special based on Dolly’s life this December called Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love, a holiday-themed sequel to the rating success Coat of Many Colors.

TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS TRACK LIST:

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Miranda Lambert Announces Opening of Pink Pistol in Lindale, TX

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Pinktoberfest is going to be bigger and pinker than ever before! Celebrating the grand opening of Miranda Lambert’s brand new Pink Pistol location as well as the barbeque and music joint, Love and War in Texas, there’s going to be something for everyone at The Cannery in Lindale on October 22nd, with this Texas-size block party set to kick off at 10:00AM

Miranda’s experiential shopping lifestyle boutique, The Pink Pistol (hours for October 22 – 11am-8pm) will have a larger inventory than previous locations, more “Miranda’ize” merchandise, and unique shopping opportunities for her fans. In addition to the old fashioned soda fountain that will be open all day, there will be interactive opportunities with three photo booths and a big screen slideshow.

As Miranda expressed in the spring, “It feels full circle to have everything under one ‘roof’ basically where it all began in my hometown of Lindale.”

Everyone is encouraged to come dressed as pink as possible to win prizes for the Pretty in Pink contest for people and pets. There will be a performance by the Lindale High School Cheerleaders and Star Steppers. Also, in addition to the official Terlingua North Chill Cook-off benefitting Susan G. Komen (judging at 2pm), there will be a very special Pink Pistol Pink Chili Competition (also judging at 2pm). And, there will be wine tastings all day long in the Red 55 Hemingway Room.

Visitors can enjoy live Texas music and authentic Texas food all day and night at Love and War in Texas (open 11:00AM-2:00AM). Charlie Robison (who served as a judge on “Nashville Star”) will be performing in the evening. And for those brave enough, there will be a habanero pepper eating contest (2:00PM).

The very special, Miranda Lambert Rose, will be on display at the event. Sales of the rose help support Miranda’s MuttNation Foundation, which will be holding an adoption drive from 11:00AM-1:00PM. MuttNation co-founder, Bev Lambert, explains, “Pinktoberfest is a wonderful opportunity to adopt a pet in need of a forever home. We are so excited to be a part of this event. Whatever else Miranda does, her passion for the animals is always a constant and guiding force, one that started right here in Lindale.” Tours of the MuttNation Foundation mobile unit will also be available.

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