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James Otto Returns With New Single “Somewhere Tonight”

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Two-time GRAMMY nominee James Otto is back with new music, a new sound and even a new team around him. The country crooner, known for his smash hit “Just Got Started Lovin’ You” and for co-writing the ACM and CMA Song of the Year, “In Color,” has returned to airwaves with new music. His new single “Somewhere Tonight,” written by Otto,  Corey Crowder,  Patrick Davis,  JT Hodges and James Slater can be heard exclusively on SiriusXM’s The Highway and is available for digital download on iTunes, here.

After taking a step back from the spotlight to focus on his family and hone his songwriting, Otto returned to the studio to record music that he feels reveals a renewed promise he made to himself long ago: to create his own distinctive sound in country music.

“Somewhere Tonight” is proof that his hiatus was worth the risk, with relatable and catchy lyrics that so easily paint the picture of crisp fall night with lines like “music’s playing, bonfires blazing like a Vegas sky.” Otto hopes that his fans will relate to the fact that,

“With all the things that happen in life, sometimes you just need to break out and that’s exactly what this song is about. It’s saying, ‘I just want to go somewhere tonight. I wanna forget about all the stress and pressure at work and the busy schedules. I just want to get out, and have some fun.’”

With a 2008 CMA award and a 2009 ACM award for Song of the Year for “In Color” (Jamey Johnson) as well as two GRAMMY nominations, Otto has earned himself the reputation of being one of Nashville’s most captivating songwriters.

Otto is excited to continue his acoustic tour; dates are below as follows:

Dec 11, 2014 | Kansas City, MO | Knuckelheads
Dec 12, 2014 | Columbia, MO | Snorty Horse Saloon
Jan 23, 2015 | Tampa, FL | The Round Up
Jan 24, 2015 | Augusta, GA| The Country Club Dance Hall & Saloon
Feb 1, 2015 | Fremont, CA | Saddle Rack
Feb 4, 2015 | San Diego, CA | Brick By Brick
Feb 5, 2015 | Tuolumne City, CA | Black Oak Casino
Feb 6, 2015 | Sacramento, CA | Goldfield Trading Post
Feb 7, 2015 | Big Bear Lake, CA | The Cave Big Bear

All additional information can be found at jamesotto.net. Follow James Otto on Twitter at @jamesotto and on Facebook at facebook.com/jamesotto.


Kenny Chesney Announces His Big Revival

Photo Credit: Jill Trunnell

Photo Credit: Jill Trunnell

After a year making The Big Revival, his 13th #1 Country Album debut, Kenny Chesney is ready to get back to the fans. With the multiple week #1 “American Kids” and “Til Its Gone” currently sitting at #18 on Billboard’s Country Singles chart, his new music has reinvigorated the No Shoes Nation.

Now Chesney returns to where he draws inspiration, energy and a reason to believe in the power of music: his 2015 tour! The man The Wall Street Journal deemed “The King of the Road” mixes it up playing arenas, amphitheaters and stadiums. He kicks off on March 26, his birthday in Nashville — and also teams with presenting sponsor Corona Light to do it.

“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate,” Chesney, who confirmed he’s bringing The Big Revival Tour to America today on ABC’s Good Morning America, says. “I’ve been ready to get out there for a long time. Now that we’re announced I’m fired up! This new music brings a new energy to the show, and it’s gonna take what we do to a whole other level.

Impressive considering each of his headlining tours since 2002 has sold over a million tickets– making him the only country act in Billboard’s Top 10 Touring Acts of the Past 25 Years. That’s a strong showing, given Chesney’s only been headlining half that time.

“We’re going to be mixing up the line-up, too: different markets will have different acts playing with us. A few will be on all the stadium shows, some doing pieces – but I promise everybody who’s coming out rocks hard, and understands turning a crowd on.”

Chesney knows how to pick’em. Over the years, Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood have supported Chesney’s full-tilt tours, as well as beyond genre artists Grace Potter and Uncle Kracker.

This is really about us and the fans… the fact that every year, so many people make their summer about coming to see us. I’ve missed that sense of community and that passion for the music. There’s gonna be some stuff from the new record and songs people haven’t heard in a while. There’s gonna be a whole lot of music and some surprises…

“I didn’t know if I could take the music as far as we were able with the album. That’s the beauty of giving things time to be what they’re meant to. We’re already working on next year’s video. I’ve seen the stage – and the lights. As the set list comes together, and we start locking down rehearsals, this is gonna be a wild night. I hope the fans are ready.”

Rolling Stone echoes that, saying The Big Revival “continuously brings a sense of musical energy and emotional urgency…” and Billboard raved it “captures the zeitgeist of American youth in a way that John Mellencamp once owned.” Look for this year’s tour to offer the same kind of energy, intensity and excitement.

“Because of the number of artists we’re pulling into this tour, the roll out is a little trickier, but I think it’s going to be worth the wait and the finding out. Rather than locking in one thing, I wanted to make each market the best it could be. People will be fired up when they see who’s playing where. That means, there’s more news to come… A lot of our favorite cities are on the list, so are some places we’ve never been. Get ready!”

Prayers for Troy Gentry’s Wife as She Begins Her Battle with Breast Cancer

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Our thoughts and prayers are with Troy Gentry’s wife Angie, who was diagnosed with breast cancer.

“As you know, we launched this Check Your Headlights campaign for breast cancer awareness in early October,” said Gentry in a message posted on his Facebook page Wednesday (10/22). “What you didn’t know is that right before we launched, my beautiful Angie got a diagnosis from her doctor that has rocked our world a bit over the last few weeks. She has breast cancer – and we wanted you to hear it from us first. She is currently going through chemo treatments and her prognosis is very good. We’d love for you to keep her in your prayers over the next few months.”

You can find out more about GhostTunes and Montgomery Gentry’s Check Your Headlights program here.

Lady Antebellum’s “All About That Beard (No Stubble)” Parody

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It’s that time of year again – time to put down your razors and help raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital!

Every year Country radio, artists and fans come together in hairy solidarity for this fundraiser. This year the No Shave November for St. Jude Kids Chairman of the Beard is Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood. Lady A have created a parody of Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” to get you ready to embrace the beard!

Donate to their team here and get more info on No Shave November here.

Little Big Town Celebrates ‘Pain Killer’ Release in NYC

Photo Credit: Katherine Tyler for iHeartRadio.

Photo Credit: Katherine Tyler for iHeartRadio.

Wednesday night iHeartMedia hosted a very special performance featuring Little Big Town as part of the iHeartRadio Country Live series, an iHeartMedia entertainment production that features performances from today’s top Country artists. Bobby Bones hosted the event, which included an intimate Q&A with Little Big Town to discuss their new album Pain Killer, which was released the previous day. The event broadcasted on-air as a 30-minute special on iHeartMedia Country radio stations, with a 60-minute video stream online across station websites and iHeartRadio.com.

Photo Credit: Katherine Tyler for iHeartRadio.

Photo Credit: Katherine Tyler for iHeartRadio.

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