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Eli Young Band Performs “Dust” on ‘Late Night’

On Tuesday night, The Eli Young Band stopped by The Late Show with David Letterman to perform their new single, “Dust.” Check it out!

Zac Brown Band Release Music Video for “All Right”

Check out Zac Brown Band‘s new music video for “All Right.” The single is a little different for the band. What do you think?

Kristian Bush Makes Solo Grand Ole Opry Debut

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Kristian Bush made his solo debut at the Grand Ole Opry on Friday night (7/18). The country singer, also known as one-half of Platinum-selling duo Sugarland, stepped up to the microphone and took the opportunity to introduce his voice and new material to the live audience.

“I feel so grateful, to the Opry for inviting me, to the audience who heard me use my voice, and to my brother for joining me in both writing this song and performing it on such a hallowed stage. It was an amazing experience, like a roller coaster I want to get back on,” said Bush.

Bush performed his new single “Trailer Hitch,” an infectious song that carries the underlying message of enjoying the gift of giving back over the desire for material things. Already available for pre-order on iTunes, “Trailer Hitch” is set to hit Country radio nationwide on July 28. He also treated the packed crowd to the tune “Southern Gravity,” his own love song to the South. Both songs will be featured on Bush’s upcoming debut solo album for which he is collaborating with longtime producer Byron Gallimore to be released on Streamsound Records.

Bush has been leaving his mark on music for more than two decades. The singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist started his career with folk rock duo Billy Pilgrim in the early ’90s, releasing a much-lauded pair of albums for Atlantic Records (self-titled debut and BLOOM). In 2004, he exploded onto the country music scene with Sugarland, surpassing sales of over 22 million albums worldwide, achieving five No. 1 singles and winning numerous awards, including Grammys, AMAs, ACMs, CMT Music Awards and CMAs. To date, Bush garnered six BMI Awards for his songwriting, and in 2011 founded the music publishing company and songwriting collective Songs of the Architect. Recent producing/songwriting collaborations include Mike Elizondo, Rita Wilson, Dia Frampton, Ellis Paul, Matt Nathanson, the dB’s, Martin Johnson of Boys Like Girls, Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale, and up-and-comers including Larkin Poe, Natalie Stovall, Canaan Smith, Jaida Dreyer, Alana Springsteen, and The Voice contestant Savannah Berry.

Craig Morgan Charity Event Raises $60,000

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Craig Morgan had a hugely successful weekend as his 8th Annual Charity event raised a staggering $60,000 while fans enjoyed the beautiful middle Tennessee weather, a hair-raising motocross exhibition and some great musical moments!

The event took place on Sunday, July 20th in Morgan’s hometown of Dickson, TN. All proceeds benefit the Dickson County Craig Morgan Foundation. The organization’s primary goal is to assist foster children in Dickson County and throughout Middle Tennessee.

The day kicked off with a motocross exhibition and group trail ride, including motocross celebrities Fred Andrews, Randy Hawkins and Kevin Windham. Fellow country stars Tracy Lawrence and Chuck Wicks also joined Morgan to test their skills on the wooded course.

Later that night, fans were treated to a hit-packed concert on the Dickson War Memorial Lawn. Chuck Wicks and Tracy Lawrence joined Morgan onstage for acoustic performances, including the Black River Entertainment singer’s latest hit “We’ll Come Back Around,” praised by USA Today as “one of Morgan’s finest singles.” The night also featured a live auction, with a FLY racing helmet hand-painted by Joshua Gray and a 2010 Kia Soul donated by Universal KIA, raising nearly $10,000 toward the total, with all proceeds going to the Dickson County Craig Morgan Foundation.

In addition to last weekend’s events, the Dickson County Craig Morgan Foundation has expanded its fundraising efforts in 2014 with an inaugural 5k race held in March and a Sporting Clay Event planned for October.

Casting Crowns and For King & Country Fans Brave the Cold Rain for Incredible Show

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Casting Crowns took their “Thrive Tour” through Kettering, Oh. with a stop at the Fraze Pavilion on Friday, July 18th.  Although rain dampened the evening fans started lining up for their seats hours before the show was set to start.

I know we normally stick strictly to country music here on CMTT but with so many lines being lifted through genre crossing these days I felt it was my duty to share with you the amazingness of Casting Crowns.

The band has been making Christian music together for 10 years. The group originally came together at a Daytona Beach, Fla., church where lead singer, Mark Hall, was a youth pastor. The group later moved to Eagle’s Landing First Baptist Church in the Atlanta suburb of McDonough, Ga., and the band grew.  Since being discovered through recordings they made to share in church the award winning music stars, Mark and the members of Casting Crowns have worked to maintain their ministry at Eagle’s Landing.   Mark is the Student Pastor at the church and the band arranges tours so they will be at church on Sundays.

One of the things that first drew me to country music was it’s realness. Real people writing real music about life and performing it live.   This is exactly what Casting Crowns music is.  It’s real, it’s glorifying and it raises it’s hands to our creator.

Friday’s show was certainly a wet one.  The rain started hours before the show started and didn’t stop, but it didn’t keep the fans away.  Thousands  showed up for the outside concert in their ponchos and rain coats and you just knew from the energy in the air it was going to be an incredible show.

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for King and Country, the Dove Awards 2013 New Artist of the Year,  opened the night with a 25 minute set that didn’t disappoint.  My 7 and 8 year old sat straight up in their seats when they heard the beating of the drums start.    The Australian rockers brought high-energy, hard-driving rhythms and even strapped on their drums and joined the crowd in the rain!  They were jumping off the stage, singing at the end of rows and running through the venue all while playing and not missing a beat in the pouring down rain.   Keep an eye out for their sophomore album Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong out everywhere September 16.

Casting Crowns took the stage after a very quick set change and welcomed the wet crowd with a set list that included their greatest hits as well as brand new music from their Thrive album.  My favorite of the evening was the ever appropriate “Praise You in This Storm.”  The band also shared several acoustic versions of their songs that were real crowd pleasers.

There are very few concerts that you can take your children to and see fans of literally all ages come together and relate to the music and melodies.  The atmosphere of the show was uplifting, energetic and most of all fun!  With screens on the stage that had the lyrics to each of the songs it allowed everyone to sing along and really connect with every song that was performed.

If country music is your thing….and I think it is since you are reading Country Music Tattle Tale….then I urge you to branch out just a little bit and check out Casting Crowns.  There is a fiddle player….and these days not even all of our main stream country music has one of those! I promise there is a lot of country in this Christian band.

You can find out more about Casting Crowns online at: or follow them on Twitter @castingcrowns.

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