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    Tidbits: September 23-29, 2013

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    Big Machine Records

    • Laura Bell Bundy joined Bobby Bones and his morning show crew last week to raise money for 30 Abes, a charity helping to feed people in Haiti. Together, the group raised over $80,000 in a "24-Hour Two Step" event in Nashville. The event was live-streamed, but in case you missed it, check out a recap video here.

    • Danielle Bradbery joined Brantley Gilbert as a performer at last weekend's Chicagoland NASCAR race. Hear her incredible performance of the National Anthem here. She also stopped by 102.5 The Bull in Birmingham this week to play an acoustic set, which you can hear here.

    • It has just been announced that Danielle Bradbery will join Brad Paisley has extended his Beat This Summer Tour well into the fall, with dates added right up to Thanksgiving. Chris Young and Lee Brice will continue as his openers through October, and then Danielle will take over Lee’s opening slot in November. The tour will take a two week break in late October and early November so that Brad can focus on preparing for his CMA co-hosting duties on November 6th. See a full list of tour dates here.



    The Valory Music Co. * Congratulations to Justin Moore, who had the #1 song in America this week with "Point At You." He also had the #1 Country album and the #2 album overall with his new release OFF THE BEATEN PATH! Get his new album here.

    Tidbits: September 23-29, 2013




    Republic Nashville

    • It’s been announced that The Band Perry and pop/rock group Fall Out Boy will team up for the next installment of CMT Crossroads. They’ll swap stories and vocals on one another’s songs in front of an invitation only audience in Nashville on October 2nd, and then the show will air at a later date on CMT.

    • Toby Keith will be making his first ever concert appearances in Australia in 2014 with his Hammer Down Under Tour. Along for the ride, he'll be taking Eli Young Band and Kellie Pickler as supporting acts. They’ll be playing massive arenas throughout March. See a full list of tour dates here.

    • Cassadee Pope's album FRAME BY FRAME will be available on October 8th. Industry and fans celebrated her upcoming release with an album premiere party and docuseries debut this past Wednesday (9/25). Hear Cassadee talk about her upcoming album in audio vignettes available to download here, here, and here.

    • The Grand Ole Opry is celebrating its birthday and country music month by spreading the sounds of country music to New York City, through a partnership with Southwest Airlines, called Nashville’s New Music in New York. Cassadee Pope is among the group of artists who will perform free acoustic sets at the Southwest Porch at Bryant Park, September 30th, October 3rd and October 7th, respectively. The events will be open to the public, and as part of the promotion, Southwest and the Opry will also be giving away a VIP trip to Nashville, including admission to numerous Nashville attractions, on Opry.com/NYC. The Opry will officially celebrate with its 88th Birthday Bash in Nashville on October 4th and 5th.

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    (AUDIO) Cassadee Pope Is A Melting Pot of Musical Sounds

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    Cassadee Pope grew up listening to country music, and then she was in a rock band for a little while before winning season three of The Voice and signing a country music deal with Republic Nashville. Her debut single, “Wasting All These Tears,” is a good indication of what fans can expect when she releases her debut album, Frame by Frame, on October 8th. But if she had to some up her sound for someone, Cassadee says, “I feel like I fit right in there with the country, pop, rock sound. I think if you put Hunter Hayes, Luke Bryan and Taylor Swift in a blender it would have me. And actually throw Avril Lavigne in there too. That’s a big influence for me.”



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    Cassadee Pope – her sound in country music :25

    “I am very, very excited that country music is expanding it’s horizons. It has been for a little while now so I feel like I fit right in there with the country, pop, rock sound. I think if you put Hunter Hayes, Luke Bryan and Taylor Swift in a blender it would have me. And actually throw Avril Lavigne in there too. That’s a big influence for me.”

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    (AUDIO) Florida Georgia Line Blown Away By Universal Appeal of Their Music

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    Brian and Tyler of Florida Georgia Line are sometimes blown away by how well their brand of country music has been received all over the country. They’ve scored the second most downloaded song in country music history with “Cruise,” plus all of their singles have been multi-week #1 songs so far. They just released their new single, “Stay,” and Brian Kelley says, “You dream and you think you’ve got what it takes and you work hard but this past year and a half -- it pretty much exploded. Kinda blown our minds. I think it’s definitely surprised us.” He remembers being in Lincoln City Oregon, which is pretty much on the opposite side of the map from where he grew up in Florida, and the fact that they were playing for a crowd of die-hard fans so far from where it all started, he says, “I think that’s just so cool. We get to travel and play our songs for people. And the passion of our fans, it’s something special right now.”



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    Florida Georgia Line – think music would be universal :27

    Brian – “You dream and you think you’ve got what it takes and you work hard but this past year and a half -- it pretty much exploded. Kinda blown our minds. I think it’s definitely surprised us. I mean, we were in Lincoln City, Oregon and that’s all the way in the west coast up top and I’m from all the way on the east coast, not on the bottom but it’s like all the way there and I think that’s just so cool. We get to travel and play our songs for people. And the passion of our fans, it’s something special right now.”

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    (AUDIO) Eli Young Band Practices Their Golf Swing On Tour

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    The Eli Young Band will kick off their new tour this coming Thursday, and with a lot of down time on the tour bus while they travel, James Young says, “We play video games on the bus sometimes and I think the favorites would probably be the sports games. I think we’re playing Tiger Woods Golf right now. We’ll go head to head with each other. It’s a great time killer.” The Drunk Last Night Tour, with special guest Eric Paslay, will kick off October 3rd in Kansas City and run through the fall and winter, wrapping up December 7th in Atlantic City.



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    Eli Young Band – favorite bus video games :15

    James Young – “We play video games on the bus sometimes and I think the favorites would probably be the sports games. I think we’re playing Tiger Woods Golf right now. We’ll go head to head with each other. It’s a great time killer.”

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    (AUDIO) Eli Young Band Practices Their Golf Swing On Tour

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    The Eli Young Band will kick off their new tour this coming Thursday, and with a lot of down time on the tour bus while they travel, James Young says, “We play video games on the bus sometimes and I think the favorites would probably be the sports games. I think we’re playing Tiger Woods Golf right now. We’ll go head to head with each other. It’s a great time killer.” The Drunk Last Night Tour, with special guest Eric Paslay, will kick off October 3rd in Kansas City and run through the fall and winter, wrapping up December 7th in Atlantic City.



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    Eli Young Band – favorite bus video games :15

    James Young – “We play video games on the bus sometimes and I think the favorites would probably be the sports games. I think we’re playing Tiger Woods Golf right now. We’ll go head to head with each other. It’s a great time killer.”

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    (AUDIO) The Band Perry Gets Vulnerable With Their Latest Single

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    The first two singles The Band Perry released off their Pioneer album, “Better Dig Two” and “DONE,” were pretty aggressive and full of attitude, but for their latest single, “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely,” they’ve softened things up a bit. “Well we couldn’t be all spit,” laughs Kimberly. “We had to show a little bit of, you know, show the vulnerability side of what we do.” She says the variation in their single choices is a great representation of the album as a whole. “We definitely have that sense of being the underdog of snapping our fingers but also, we really wore our hearts on our sleeve more than ever before. ‘Don’t Let Me Be Lonely’ has one of my favorite melodies on the whole project. It sounds big but the lyrics are so small in the sense that they’re so personal, so vulnerable.” And Kimberly says they love singing it in concert because, “It’s already a major moment live.”



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    The Band Perry – Don’t Let Me Be Lonely :30

    Kimberly - “Well we couldn’t be all spit. We had to show a little bit of, you know, show the vulnerability side of what we do.”

    Neil – “Hopeless romantics.”

    Kimberly – “And that’s what I’m so proud of on this album as a whole is that we definitely have that sense of being the underdog of snapping our fingers but also, we really wore our hearts on our sleeve more than ever before. ‘Don’t Let Me Be Lonely’ has one of my favorite melodies on the whole project. It sounds big but the lyrics are so small in the sense that they’re so personal, so vulnerable. It’s already a major moment live.”

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    (AUDIO) Thomas Rhett Makes History With His Dad Rhett Akins

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    Thomas Rhett and his dad, Rhett Akins, are both very successful songwriters, and just recently they accomplished something pretty special when five of the top ten songs on the country singles chart were either written, co-written or sung by them. “I remember walking into my publishing company over at Sony the other day and we pulled up the chart and I was asking them where one of my songs was,” says Thomas, “and he was like, ‘Well, this one is at eight. This one’s at seven.’ We started looking and that was when we noticed that there was five songs in the top ten that were either written or recorded by me or dad or both of us (including Thomas’ latest single, “It Goes Like This.”). As far as anyone knows, that’s the first time a father/son team has ever accomplished something like that. In fact, Thomas says when he told his dad Rhett, “He was looking on Google to see if Hank Williams, Senior and Junior had ever done it. As far as we know, until somebody tells us different, we might be the only father and son to accomplish that kind of thing. So it’s pretty wild.” When Thomas thinks about what an accomplishment that is he says, “There aren’t a whole lot of words to say how cool it is besides it’s just really freaking cool. But it’s just one of those things that will never been forgotten, especially by me and for sure by him. I guess we’ll try to get a plaque made or something for the both of us.”



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    Thomas Rhett – 5 of 10 songs with dad :50

    “I remember walking into my publishing company over at Sony the other day and we pulled up the chart and I was asking them where one of my songs was and he was like, “Well, this one is at eight. This one’s at seven.” We started looking and that was when we noticed that there was five songs in the top ten that were either written or recorded by me or dad or both of us. We told dad about it and he wasn’t convinced. He was looking on Google to see if Hank Williams, Senior and Junior had ever done it. As far as we know, until somebody tells us different, we might be the only father and son to accomplish that kind of thing. So it’s pretty wild. It really is. There aren’t a whole lot of words to say how cool it is besides it’s just really freaking cool. But it’s just one of those things that will never been forgotten, especially by me and for sure by him. I guess we’ll try to get a plaque made or something for the both of us.”

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    (AUDIO) Justin Moore Gets Good Career Advice From His Wife

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    Justin Moore just scored his fourth number one single with “Point at You,” and he gives a lot of credit to his wife Kate, who has been a great sounding board and great at picking his hits. “She’s great to bounce stuff off of because she has an uncalculated, unbiased opinion,” says Justin. “I think some of us in the business, myself included, we overanalyze everything; is it too long? Does it get to the hook fast enough? Does it sound like a hit? She just goes off her gut and what she likes. So she’s a great tool to use as far as that goes.” And Justin recognizes that Kate’s track record speaks for itself when it comes to picking a hit. “She’s been right more times than not. She’s picked our number ones and I ain’t picked one of ‘em. She’s doing better than I am.” “Point At You” is off of Justin’s brand new album, Off the Beaten Path, which just debuted at #1 on the Country Albums chart.



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    Justin Moore – consulting with wife while recording :36

    “She’s great to bounce stuff off of because she has an uncalculated, unbiased opinion. I think some of us in the business, myself included, we overanalyze everything; is it too long? Is it get to the hook fast enough? Does it sound like a hit? She just goes off her gut and what she likes. So she’s a great tool to use as far as that goes. She’s been right more times than not. She’s picked our number ones and I ain’t picked one of ‘em. She’s doing better than I am.”

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    (AUDIO) Danielle Bradbery Enjoys Being A Typical Teenager In Her Downtime

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    Free time is not something Danielle Bradbery has a whole lot of these days, since she’s promoting her debut single, “The Heart of Dixie,” and working on her debut album, but when she does have down time she likes to spend it like most 16 year olds do, “Just hanging out with my friends. Going to fast food places. Just that normal teenage stuff,” she says. One of her favorite places to spend time is at her best friend’s house. “Her house was a place that all my friends went to and we’d all hang out. She had a pool so we would go into the pool. I mean, we would just listen to music. I love going to her house.” Danielle says when she could, that’s usually where she would spend most of her free time.



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    Danielle Bradbery – how spend free time :34

    “To keep that sixteen year old in me, I always, before everything, would love to go to my best friend’s house. Her house was a place that all my friends went to and we’d all hang out. She had a pool so we would go into the pool. I mean, we would just listen to music. I love going to her house. That’s probably the most place you would see me. Just hanging out with my friends. Going to fast food places. Just that normal teenage stuff.”

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    (AUDIO) Laura Bell Bundy's Humor Is Homegrown

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    Laura Bell Bundy has a sharp sense of humor and great sense of comedic timing and she says a lot of it comes from her upbringing. “My dad has a great sense of humor. My grandfather is a whippersnapper. He’s always coming up with funny little quips. He loves innuendo. My family, we’re loud old people from Kentucky. I think I get it from them.” But also, the “Two Step” singer says her sense of humor comes from the way she chooses to approach life. “I don’t take a lot of things too seriously. I try to find the humor in life. And also I just grew up loving comedy. I think it helped me look at my life in a way that was light and fun.”



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    Laura Bell Bundy – where does comedic flair come from :28

    “I don’t take a lot of things too seriously. I try to find the humor in life. My dad has a great sense of humor. My grandfather is a whippersnapper. He’s always coming up with funny little quips. He loves innuendo. My family, we’re loud old people from Kentucky. I think I get it from them. And also I just grew up loving comedy. I think it helped me look at my life in a way that was light and fun.”

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    (AUDIO) Tim McGraw Offers Advice To Blake and Miranda For Touring As A Couple

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    Miranda Lambert has said she and Blake Shelton will definitely tour together in the future, but they want to wait until they can do it right because she feels like they have big shoes to fill, following in the footsteps of Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. So what advice would Tim give them for touring as a couple? “Oh gosh. I don’t know how I would give them any advice,” he says. “I mean, God, they’re great. They’re both individual artists.” If he could offer anything he says, “It’s just never lose sight of your individuality as an artist. Because I think that that’s the driving force of what – as artists makes us smart, is to not lose sight of that.” Tim is currently promoting his latest single, “Southern Girl,” and next month he will re-team with Faith Hill for a limited engagement of their Soul2Soul show at the Venetian in Las Vegas.



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    Tim McGraw – tour advice to Blake and Miranda :19

    “Oh gosh. I don’t know how I would give them any advice. I mean, God, they’re great. They’re both individual artists. I guess if there’s any advice to give it’s just never lose sight of your individuality as an artist. Because I think that that’s the driving force of what – as artists makes us smart, is to not lose sight of that.”

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    (AUDIO) Taylor Swift Is More Concerned With Emotions Than Tempo

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    A lot of times when an artist is putting together an album they want to make sure they have a good variety of tempo, but Taylor Swift says that’s not something she thinks about. “I don’t think too much about, “We need more down tempo. We need more uptempo. We need more mid-tempo on the record.” Because to me, that seems a little scientific. I just want to make an album that’s well rounded emotionally.” Taylor says for her it’s all about picking songs that fit the tone of the album and tell the stories she wants to share. “For me, the songs all have their own back story and when I’m performing them live, I pretty much relive what I was feeling when I wrote them.” In the case of her Red album she says, “It’s a mixture of all the emotions that go along with the ups and downs of a relationship.”



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    Taylor Swift – tempo not important :41

    “For me, the songs all have their own back story and when I’m performing them live, I pretty much relive what I was feeling when I wrote them. I don’t think too much about, “We need more down tempo. We need more uptempo. We need more mid-tempo on the record.” Because to me, that seems a little scientific. I just want to make an album that’s well rounded emotionally. Whatever that takes, whatever combination that is, determines the overall tone of the album. Is it a sad record? Is it a happy record? Is it a mixture of all emotions? Thankfully, I think that’s what this record is: it’s a mixture of all the emotions that go along with the ups and downs of a relationship.”

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