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Kenny Chesney Kicks-off CMT Instant Jam with Surprise Gig at Georgia Theater

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An evening most University of Georgia of students will be talking about for years –  Kenny Chesney took the stage last night at Athens’ Georgia Theatre, where he performed a surprise pop-up concert for an extremely small crowd of around 500 fans. The concert is the first installment of CMT’s new INSTANT JAM series and premieres Saturday, September 27th at 10:00 p.m., ET/PT. Each episode of INSTANT JAM features live performances, and captures all the excitement and energy as artists reveal to fans how to score tickets to an exclusive show in their area, while giving a behind-the-scenes look at the hours leading up to their concert.

With a handful of posters going up in the late morning and flyers distributed in downtown Athens yesterday, there was a frenzy to score one of the 500 wristbands allotted for the show, which went on for over two hours. With distribution at the University of Georgia’s Phi Mu sorority house, they were gone in less than 8 minutes. Chesney performed 23 songs, some he’s not played in years, hits people expected and a pair of songs from his Sept. 23 release The Big Revival, including his Top 5 “American Kids.” Throwing out the setlist, Chesney even covered Hank Williams Sr’s “Kaw Liga” and George Strait’s “Carried Away,” while Face Timing Strait on stage as he and the entire audience sang along.

For more information on INSTANT JAM: KENNY CHESNEY, visit, download the CMT App for exclusive footage, like CMT on Facebook, follow @CMT on Twitter and Instagram and use hashtag #CMTINSTANTJAM.

The Marshall Tucker Band Unearths Vintage Live Concert Recordings

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This fall, the legendary Marshall Tucker Band (MTB) will release live recordings from its historic 1977 Englishtown, New Jersey concert that reportedly drew more than 150,000 fans.  LIVE FROM ENGLISHTOWN is set to hit the marketplace on September 30, 2014 via the band’s Ramblin’ Records and will be distributed nationally through RED Distribution.

MTB lead singer and founding member Doug Gray notes,

“The 1977 Englishtown concert was one of the largest shows in the history of The Marshall Tucker Band.  This album was made from a copy of the original 37-year-old recording and although the audio quality is not perfect, we wanted to make it commercially available to our fans.  Our best efforts were used to make this live concert sound as good as we possibly could with the source we had on-hand. This concert is a historic event, attended by tens of thousands of fans.  These recordings will give fans and those who attended a chance to relive that special day by hearing the original MTB lineup in its prime.”

The 70-minute concert originally recorded on September 3, 1977 features the original band performing their biggest hits including, “Can’t You See,” “Heard It In A Love Song,” “Fire On The Mountain,” “24 Hours At A Time,” and “Searchin’ For A Rainbow,” among others.

Gray adds, “Looking back, this concert was just unbelievable.  It was one of the most moving experiences in the history of The Marshall Tucker Band.”

For more information on The Marshall Tucker Band, visit or the group’s official Facebook Page.

Kip Moore Releases Song and Contest Dedicated to Construction Industry

Country music star Kip Moore debuted a new video yesterday to the hard-working men and women of the construction industry. The song, “On the Case”, is a personal homage to his fanbase and the hardworking people that have inspired and supported him throughout his career. The song and video are also being released in coordination with the beginning of the Labor Day weekend.

“These folks come out to my shows after working long shifts, 50-60 hour weeks, and I never forget that,” says Moore. “They take extreme pride in the work they do. It inspires me to put on the best show I can every night, and I wanted to thank them and honor their work and commitment with something they can relate to. The lyrics for ‘On the Case’ were written to do that.”

In conjunction with promotional partner CASE Construction Equipment, fans will be able to submit photos of themselves, their crew or their equipment at work helping to build the community for a chance to appear in a second fan cut of the “On the Case” music video. Fans who submit photos will also be entered to win concert tickets for the upcoming “CMT ON TOUR 2014: UP IN SMOKE” tour. Photo submissions will be accepted through November 20, 2014.

For more information, and to enter the contest, visit

Jake Owen Shows Off His Wakeboard Moves

Photo Credit: Danny Clinch

Photo Credit: Danny Clinch

Known for his laid-back beach vibe and infectious summertime anthems, country star Jake Owen will be taking to the lake this Labor Day weekend on his new, shiny purple boat with family and friends.

Getting in gear, the “Beachin’” singer recently took a test drive at Center Hill Lake in Nashville, TN, and showed off his polished wakeboard skills with a smoothly nailed 360°. Watch the video below!

Growing up on the water in Vero Beach, FL, it’s no surprise that when Jake is not out on the road or in the studio, he is on the water.

Jake is currently on his major nationwide headlining run – DAYS OF GOLD TOUR 2014 presented by Discover Boating – which delivers the party atmosphere to 75-plus cities with a stage set designed to resemble his hometown Riverside Café, including tiki bars, nautical ropes and palm trees.

Touring in support of his latest album DAYS OF GOLD, featuring the PLATINUM-certified, #1 smash “Beachin’” and emotional new single “What We Ain’t Got,” the RCA Nashville project is the follow up to the GOLD-certified BAREFOOT BLUE JEAN NIGHT album, which has sold wellover 5 million tracks to date.

Previously taking home ACA and ACM Awards, Jake has ascended to one of Country music’s leading male vocalists with five #1 smashes – GOLD-certified hits “The One That Got Away,” “Anywhere with You,” PLATINUM-certified “Alone with You,” “Beachin’” and 2X PLATINUM “Barefoot Blue Jean Night.”

Jake’s DAYS OF GOLD is available now HERE.

For tour dates and more, visit, on Facebook at, and follow him on Twitter @jakeowen.

Sam Hunt vs. Taylor Swift: Please Explain Why This is Country Music…And Why This is Not

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I am going to try to ask this question in a different way this time.  The question has been asked many, many times over the last few years.  What makes a song “country?”  The answers always vary depending on who you talk to and almost always ends up in some sort of an argument.

So let’s promise to play nice,  be respectful and really explain your side of how this question should be answered.

I have been listening to iTunes Radio a lot over the past few weeks.  One of my favorite channels is the iTunes Weekly Top 50 – Country.  I play it while I’m cleaning, while I’m in the shower and when I’m running.  I noticed that they have streamed 3 of the 4 songs from Sam Hunt’s album preview X2C.   And country radio here in Nashville has been playing the heck out of his lead single, “Leave the Night On.” Now before all of the Sam Hunt fans jump all over my butt let me tell you, I love him!  I have bragged about him a few times on our Twitter page.   His voice is beautiful, and ladies let’s be honest so is he!  But here is my real question:

Please Explain Why This is Country Music:

and why this is not:  Taylor Swift:  Shake it Off

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