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Sam Hunt Rocks the Carnival Live Stage With a Crazy Fun and High Energy Performance


CMTT set sail with #CarnivalLive last week for the Sam Hunt concert that took place in their Spectacular Theater on board Carnival Splendor.  As we have told you in the past (here and here), there is nothing better than seeing your favorite artists in an up close and intimate setting like a cruise ship can give you!  There is not a bad seat in the house and Sam gave fans one of the best and definitely most fun stage performances I have seen from him yet.

Sam was obviously in vacation mode right along with his fans.  He was very laid back shining his bright smile at us constantly as he brought high energy from the moment he stepped on stage.  Sam entertained fans with all of their favorites like “Leave the Light On,” “Take Your Time” and “Break up in a Small Town.”  But a great surprise happened when he and his band treated us to a great medley of songs by other country artists that included Merle Haggard’s “Mama Tried,” Maren Morris’ “My Church” Thomas Rhett’s “T-shirt” and Old Dominions’ “Snapback.”


Fans got up close and personal with the star as he walked the isles of the cruise ship theater handing out high fives.

Before the show Sam sat down with media for a quick Q&A session.  The question at the top of everyone’s list was, WHEN ARE WE GOING TO GET NEW MUSIC?????  Sam was happy to answer admitting “I do feel pressure internally and externally to put out music.”   But he also admitted that was exciting to him!

 “I love song writing and this brings me back to why I got into music in the first place so I am excited about that.”

Although we did not get an exact date for a new album Sam did say he is currently working on new music adding,

“I’m trying to figure out how to be efficient as a songwriter with the new obligations and a new lifestyle that prevents me from being as free to write.  I am sort of figuring that all out but it’s coming along.  I don’t want to rush it.”

Sam also told us that he would love to write all of the songs on the upcoming album.

“I plan on writing everything.  My hope is that the next record, I wanna be even more vulnerable and more honest than I was on the first record.   That is going to obviously require me to write the songs if I am going to tap into my own life and really if I want that record to reflect real experiences in my life.  That is something that I want to do.”

I really admired how personal Sam talked about the music he writes.  You can tell when he speaks he wants it to mean something and he made that clear when he talked about the pressure to put out a new music,

“There is some pressure from the label, I feel like maybe I’m putting it on myself.  But that is part of their job, they have a business that they run and it’s based off of putting music out and making money so I get that.   But I won’t ever let that influence the way I go about creating the music.”

Sam Hunt fans everywhere can get excited because Sam also hinted that we may get new music before the album is ready for release.

“I’m just going to up to put music out when I feel like it ready.  I’ve got a few songs that I’m excited about that I’m going to put out even if that is a long time before the next record comes out.”

My favorite part of the Q&A session with Sam was when he happily answered two very important questions from my kids.  My daughter wanted to know what is favorite color is.  Instead of just answering with a quick answer he explained why he liked his favorite color,

“My favorite color is red.  I am from GA, we’ve got the Bulldogs so I think it probably comes from that but also my high school mascot were the Bulldogs so we were red and black as well.  And it’s a good strong color.  I’m a big fan of red.”

And when my son wanted to know what is favorite food is he answered with a giggle,

“My favorite food, if I had to pick just one food item to have all the time I think it would be peanut butter.  I don’t know why.  It’s just my go to and the one thing that will satisfy my hunger no matter what.  I am never not in the mood for peanut butter.”

You can SEE ALL OF CMTT’s PHOTOS from Sam Hunt’s Carnival Live Concert here.

Carnival Cruise Line has already announced its initial 2017 Carnival LIVE lineup featuring country music stars Tim McGraw and Little Big Town along with comedians Jay Leno and Jeff Foxworthy who will perform on seven different ships departing from five convenient U.S. homeports.

Carnival LIVE is a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience that brings the best in live music and comedy to the seas, providing guests an opportunity to enjoy captivating performances by top artists in a unique and memorable setting where there’s never a bad seat in the house.  Performances are held in the ships’ main show lounges which range in capacity from 900 to 1,300 – giving shows a more intimate and personal feel.

Carnival LIVE tickets for Tim McGraw, Little Big Town, Jeff Foxworthy and Jay Leno range in price from $30 to $80 for general admission, significantly less than land-based venues.  VIP tickets are available for $100 to $300 and include seating in the first five rows, a photo opportunity with the artist and a commemorative concert pass.

A full listing of all Carnival LIVE performances is available at For additional information and reservations, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit

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High Valley Returns to the Grand Ole Opry Stage

Photo courtesy: Monarch Publicity

Photo courtesy: Monarch Publicity

It has been three long and amazing years since rising country duo High Valley — brothers Brad and Curtis Rempel — made their debut on the Grand Ole Opry. Last night, they graced country music’s most famous stage again when they stepped back inside the sacred circle for the first time as an Atlantic / Warner Music Nashville duo.

“While we have been on that stage before, it was really special and felt like the first time in many ways,” said High Valley’s Brad Rempel.  “It was so much fun to see a packed house and have everyone singing and clapping along,” replied High Valley’s Curtis Rempel.

The appearance was made even sweeter performing their top 30 and climbing lead single “Make You Mine” and “I Be U Be” from their upcoming November 18th album release, DEAR LIFE, available for pre-order now


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Bobby Bones Visits MusiCares to Celebrate #PIMPINJOY Donation

Photo L-R: Bobby Bones, Debbie Carroll - Senior Executive Director of MusiCares®, Christina Scholz - MusiCares® Administrative Assistant

Photo L-R: Bobby Bones, Debbie Carroll – Senior Executive Director of MusiCares®, Christina Scholz – MusiCares® Administrative Assistant

Bobby Bones, host of iHeartMedia’s The Bobby Bones Show, visited MusiCares® at the Nashville Chapter of The Recording Academy® last week to deliver a check to the organization for $32,000.  In partnership with The Bobby Bones Show and, Bones helped raise the donation by dedicating all proceeds from the sale of #PIMPINJOY apparel in September to the MusiCares Foundation®, which provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need.

#PIMPINJOY is a movement created by The Bobby Bones Show to celebrate people who may be going through a rough time, but choose to spread joy in their daily lives. It was first launched to honor Bones’ co-host Amy and her mother Judy, who had been battling, and unfortunately lost, her battle with cancer, but it never diminished her spirit.  Throughout their struggle, both women made a conscious effort to not let hardship or difficulty cause them to lose hope or positivity in their lives – instead, they chose to be happy, pass on joy, and influence others to do the same. The movement inspired a line of apparel with proceeds benefiting various charities, as well as an annual “Joy Week” celebration marked by superstar appearances on the show.

With an affinity for wanting to help others, Bobby Bones recently released THE RAGING KIDIOTS: KIDDY UP! on Black River Entertainment, a project with the aim of informing, educating and entertaining the younger set. The album debuted this month as the top downloaded children’s album, as Sounds Like Nashville declared that the 12-track disc, co-written by Bobby Bones, showcases his ability to “fill lyrics with important lessons and a catchy tune that is guaranteed to get stuck in your head and remember what you learned, no matter how old you are.”

Bobby Bones, who was heralded by New York Times as “the biggest thing in country radio,” has proven to be one of the genre’s most influential tastemakers, breaking some of country music’s freshest talent. The host of iHeartMedia’s The Bobby Bones Show, the show reaches millions of listeners on nearly 100 stations. Bobby Bones’ BARES BONES: I’M NOT LONELY IF YOU’RE READING THIS BOOK (Dey Street Books) spent four weeks on New York Times Bestsellers List following an overwhelming debut that saw the memoir claim the No. One spot on multiple lists including USA Today and Wall Street Journal. The release of his memoir came hot on the heels of the Black River artists’ No. One debut EP THE RAGING IDIOTS PRESENTS – THE RAGING KIDIOTS, as well as their No. One comedy album THE CRITICS GIVE IT 5 STARS. For more information visit

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Mark Chesnutt Premieres Exclusive Merle Haggard Tribute Video


Country traditionalist Mark Chesnutt cites several of country’s most loved legends as influences on his successful career, and Merle Haggard is at the top of that list. To pay tribute to Haggard’s life and music, Chesnutt has released an emotionally charged tribute video, available exclusively on Rolling Stone Country.

The video features Chesnutt’s rendition of Haggard’s “There Won’t Be Another Now,” from the 1978 album I’m Always On A Mountain When I Fall. Featured as a bonus track on Chesnutt’s brand new project, Tradition Lives, “There Won’t Be Another Now” also doubles as a nod to songwriter Red Lane, who passed away in 2015.

Produced by Jimmy Ritchey and released by ROW Entertainment, Tradition Lives is Chesnutt’s first album of all-new material since 2008. The aptly-titled project further establishes Chesnutt as a torch-carrier for traditional country music, as he strives to stay true to country’s roots in a time of great change the genre.

Fans who are interested in hearing the platinum-selling country sensation perform his biggest hits and new material can catch Chesnutt live on the Tradition Lives Tour, which has recently been extended into 2017. Tradition Lives is available on iTunes, Amazon and at


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