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ACM 2020 Winners

The 55th Academy of Country Music Awards were held last night in Nashville, Tennessee. Hosted by Keith Urban, the show was originally planned to air on April 5 of the same year in Las Vegas, Nevada, but was postponed and relocated due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In Nashville it ran over three locations, Grand Ole Opry House, The Ryman Auditorium and The Bluebird Cafe.

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LOCASH’s “One Big Country Song” Is Now “No. 1 Country Song”

“One Big Country Song,” the unifying hit by the acclaimed duo LOCASH, is now the No.1 song on Country Radio in the US. Elated to return to the coveted No. 1 chart position, LOCASH put together a video thanking Country radio— view it here. This song also makes history as it marks Ashley Gorley’s 50th No. 1 record, making him the first songwriter of any genre with 50 No. 1 hits and LOCASH’s first No. 1 in Canada.

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ERIC CHURCH SNARLS IN NEW SINGLE: “STICK THAT IN YOUR COUNTRY SONG”

 Praised by the Los Angeles Times as a “forthright truth-teller” in Country music, Eric Church shared earlier this year that new music was coming. Writing and recording in a rural cabin in North Carolina, the current ACM Entertainer of the Year nominee has had his eagerly-anticipated new single hinted and speculated at throughout recent performances on ACM Presents: Our Country (“Never Break Heart”), Stagecouch (“Jenny”) and in a defiant spoken-word recording, “Through My Ray Bans.” Set for a world premiere with iHeart, Cox and Country radio nationwide locked for this Thursday, June 25, at 6 a.m. ET ahead of its release Today, Monday June 29 add date at Country radio, the new single is “Stick That In Your Country Song.”

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OFFICIAL RE-ISSUE OF 2014 ALBUM, ‘THE OUTSIDERS’ SET FOR JUNE 12th RELEASE

THIS LANDMARK, CHART-TOPPING STATEMENT COMES WITH 
BONUS TRACKS & SPECIAL PACKAGING

The most successful country album of 2014, ‘The Outsiders’ is a true
statement of intent, defining the North Carolina story-teller’s view that song-writing shouldn’t be restrained by convention or by style.

There’s a lot of current talk about the crossover between country and rock, which makes now the perfect time for this ground-breaking outing to be getting an official June 12th re-issue via Snakefarm Records across CD, double gatefold vinyl & digital, complete with special packaging and extra tracks – including a bonus CD of live material with the LP.

Pre-order the album HERE.

Simply, ‘The Outsiders’ was boldly blurring those rock / country lines back in 2014, with tracks such as ‘That’s Damn Rock & Roll’ and the title song showing that Eric and his band needed no encouragement to move into the rock ‘n’ roll fast lane; elsewhere, numbers such as ‘A Man Who Was Gonna Die Young’ and ‘Talladega’ show the artist in a more vulnerable, retrospective light, but every number is bound together by the same consuming desire to follow the natural flow of the music and to keep things real.

These recordings, over-seen as usual by producer Jay Joyce, weren’t going to be judged on how perfect they were; the litmus test was simply ‘how does it feel?’, both for listener and performer – which is why the aforementioned ‘A Man Who Was Gonna Die Young’ is essentially a microphone check that turned into a spontaneous performance. and why the spoken word intro to ‘Devil, Devil’ (‘Princess Of Darkness’) was recorded on Eric‘s phone in the Opry Mills mall parking lot in Nashville!

Now at double platinum status in the US, ‘The Outsiders’ stands for all of those values most closely associated with Eric Church – creativity over commerce, “front row over Music Row”, remembering earlier, tougher times, and thinking well outside of the box… in fact, reducing that box to matchwood.

In those earlier times, Eric saw something in the crowd that struck a chord. He felt they needed a voice – a cause, not just to rally behind but to be a key part of; and with ‘The Outsiders’, studio album Number 4, artist and audience came together to make a collective fist.

‘WALK, RIDE, RODEO’ NETFLIX PARTY & INSTAGRAM LIVE Q&A TO BE HOSTED BY DUO HALEY & MICHAELS AND AMBERLEY SNYDER

Nashville duo Haley & Michaels have today announced that they will be hosting a Netflix Party with Amberley Snyder, to join fans for an online viewing of the 2019 film inspired by her inspirational story, ‘Walk, Ride, Rodeo’, on Thursday June 25th at 7pm BST / 1pm CST. To get involved, download the Netflix Party extension for Chrome and follow the duo on social media (Instagram / Facebook / Twitter) to get the link on the day.

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