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Restless Heart to Celebrate the Holidays at Opryland!

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Country music powerhouse group Restless Heart is bringing its rich, soaring harmonies to Gaylord Opryland’s A Country Christmas with the all-new A Season of Harmony Dinner Show. Known for chart-toppers like “The Bluest Eyes in Texas,” “I’ll Still Be Loving You,” “Why Does It Have to Be (Wrong or Right)” and “When She Cries,” the band—celebrating 30 years with its five original members—will perform holiday classics and original songs from its new Christmas album, A Season of Harmony, as well as favorite hits.

“We are really looking forward to keeping it close to home this Christmas,” says Restless Heart lead singer Larry Stewart. “We’re thankful for this wonderful opportunity and we hope all of our fans will come spend Christmas with us at at Gaylord Opryland!”

Gaylord Opryland’s A Country Christmas kicks off mid-November with Restless Heart performing nearly 30 live A Season of Harmony Dinner Shows leading up to Christmas. Held in the iconic 2,882-room hotel’s Tennessee Ballroom, each show will include a four-course meal prepared by Gaylord Opryland’s award-winning chefs.

Tickets go on-sale this Friday, July 18 and may be purchased online at www.christmasatopryland.com.

Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean Are Running Country Music Record Sales

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It might not have reached #1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart, but “That’s My Kind of Night” was certainly one of the biggest releases of Luke Bryan’s career.

Still a reasonably hot seller on iTunes, the song officially crossed the 2 million sales mark. It follows “Tailgates and Tanlines” singles “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” (3,089,000), “Drunk On You” (2,847,000) and “I Don’t Want This Night To End” (2,552,000) to become the fourth Luke Bryan song to achieve the feat.

Jason Aldean is the only other solo male country artist to cross the two million mark with four songs. He reached the milestone via “She’s Country,” “Big Green Tractor,” “Don’t You Wanna Stay (with Kelly Clarkson)” and “Dirt Road Anthem.”

While “That’s My Kind of Night” reached #1 on the current iteration of Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, it settled for a #2 peak on the Airplay chart. Since the Country Airplay chart launched in 2012, all of Luke Bryan’s other four releases (“Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye,” “Crash My Party,” “Drink a Beer” and “Play it Again”) hit #1.

 

 

Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Ashley Monroe and More to Recreate “Bristol Sessions”

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Dolly Parton, Vince Gill and Emmylou Harris are among the musicians who will recreate the recordings credited with launching country music. “Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited” also features Marty Stuart, Steve Martin and Ashley Monroe.

They will recreate 16 songs from the original sessions, which showcased Jimmy Rodgers and the Carter Family. Johnny Cash once called the sessions “the single most important event in the history of country music.” The album comes out in October. The Smithsonian Institution will also open The Birthplace of Country Music Museum in the twin cities of Bristol, Tennessee and Bristol, Virginia, on August 2.

Vince Gill Doesn’t Want to Be Country Music’s ‘Mouth Piece’

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Vince Gill has been around a long time. He’s a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and he’s collaborated with just about everyone you can imagine. As a guy who’s been around the likes of Merle Haggard and Dolly Parton, the current state of country music must seem a bit “much” for him. But unlike some artists, Vince doesn’t choose to be the guy to tear down the current state of country music. Instead, he tells RollingStone Country that he’s a cheerleader.

I don’t want to be that guy. I’ll do it with what I choose to do, but I don’t need to be the mouthpiece. In saying that, all I know is that historically, if you look at [country] throughout its entirety, this has always been going on. It always strays away and then comes back, strays away, comes back. There’s no rule to how it has to be, how it should be.

It is ironic though that its lyrical message is beating you about [how country it is], but its musical message is nothing related to it at all. To me, it’s a mixed message. I feel like it’s fair to have an opinion, it’s fair to like what you like. The weird thing is if you make a comment like that, I think that the young generation takes it as criticism. And it doesn’t have an ounce of criticism intended. You’ll meet some of these kids and you’ll think, “This is the greatest guy in the world. How can you not like this guy?” You may not be crazy about his music, and that’s fair, but it doesn’t need to be personal.

I think any time somebody is not nuts about what you do, it’s critical, and I get that. But at the same time, I just want to go, ‘I’m not being critical, it’s just not for me. It is for you, and I’m cheering you on.’ I want these kids to live their dreams, want them to be musical, to do what’s in their hearts. I don’t have anything but a cheerleader brain for young people. I understand how evolution works, how this business works, how it’s always worked. And that’s the way it’s supposed to happen.”

And although Vince isn’t a fan of the “bro-country” phenomenon, he thinks there’s something truly special about the guys behind it, and he doesn’t blame them for the popularity of the stereotyped music.

I don’t think it does anybody any good to bash anything that is going on. That doesn’t serve much of a purpose. I had a visit with an executive who runs a record company. He was bemoaning yadda yadda, and I looked at him and said, “Don’t you get it? It’s your fault.” He said, “What do you mean?” “Everything you’re saying you don’t like, you’re signing, you’re recording. Just do your part.” If you don’t like it, quit jumping on the apple cart because you think it will work.

But you know what I do like about that generation? How much they like each other. How much camaraderie they have. My generation didn’t have it. Their compatibility, their willingness to embrace each other, be friends, all of that stuff. They’re very inclusive of all things and everything. And I admire the hell out of that. I wish my generation had more of that. But of the people who were really knocking it out of the park, it didn’t. If you want to take that core of artists throughout the Eighties and Nineties, do I go pal around with Garth or Alan or George? No. But the generation before me, Jimmy Dickens was going fishing with Porter Wagoner, and Mel Tillis was taking so and so… They had that.

You can read more from Vince on RollingStone Country including his take on the viral video of him confronting Westboro Church protestors here.

Mötley Crüe Tribute Album is a Little Bit Country and a Little Bit Rock ‘n’ Roll

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If you’re a little bit country and a little bit rock ‘n’ roll, you’ll be excited for Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Mötley Crüe. The album comes out July 8 and features 15 of the rock band’s biggest hits covered by Florida Georgia Line, Justin Moore, Big & Rich, LeAnn Rimes, Gretchen Wilson, Darius Rucker, Rascal Flatts and more.

“People will be surprised how these artists made these songs their own and we couldn’t be happier with how the album turned out,” says MC bassist Nikki Sixx. “It’s been an amazing, positive experience and, as a lot of things we’ve done, a first in our career.”

See the full list of artists involved, watch their “Crüe Stories” and pre-order the album here.

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