Devin Dawson To Release Debut Album DARK HORSE January 19

One of country music’s most tender and articulate wordsmiths” (Tennessean) Devin Dawson announced via social media that his debut album Dark Horse will be available everywhere January 19 via Atlantic Records / Warner Music Nashville. American Songwriter also shared an exclusive acoustic video of Dawson performing the personal and vulnerable title track, noting the way it “shows off the classic country vocals and acoustic guitar prowess he has come to be known and loved for.”

Co-written by Dawson and Andy Albert, “Dark Horse” is one of four songs available as in instant download for fans who pre-order the album here.

“I’m beyond excited to FINALLY share the release date for my debut album,” said Dawson. “And when it came time to choose a title, nobody talked about other options – we knew immediately it should share the same name as ‘Dark Horse.’ Despite being written after the album was ‘finished,’ I felt it was absolutely necessary to include this song. ‘Dark House’ captures every corner of my heart, everything I am and everything I believe in.”

With a co-write credit on every track, Dark Horse further establishes Dawson as a standout singer/songwriter and storyteller and his talent has not gone unnoticed. He was recently hailed as “The Nashville Idol” by People Magazine, currently featuring him as the only male recording artist on their Ones to Watch list.

Earlier this year, Rolling Stone tapped Dawson as a New Country Artist You Need To Know declaring him “the complete package.” He was included as one of five new artists Breaking Big in Country by Entertainment Weekly and HITS Magazine predicts that he’s one of three Ones to Watch in Nashville.

Dawson was also recently honored by his alma mater Belmont University during the 10-year anniversary celebration of their pioneering songwriting major. Warner Music Nashville presented an endowed $25,000 scholarship in Dawson’s name and the university matched the contribution, creating a $50,000 endowed scholarship.

Having already toured with Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Maren Morris and Dan + Shay this year, the California native is on the road now bringing his “stare inducing stage presence” (ELLE) to label-mate Michael Ray’s “Get To You” tour. The iHeartRadio “On The Verge” artist is rapidly approaching Top 20 at country radio with his debut single “All On Me,” which he performed earlier this year on Late Night with Seth Meyers, tallying over 30 million on-demand streams to date.

Dark Horse Track Listing:
“Dip” (Devin Dawson/Barry Dean/Luke Laird)
“All On Me” (Devin Dawson/Jacob Durrett/Austin Smith)
“Asking For A Friend” (Devin Dawson/Connie Harrington/Brett Beavers)
“Second To Last” (Devin Dawson/Laura Veltz/Mark Trussell)
“Symptoms” (Devin Dawson/Austin Smith)
“I Don’t Care Who Sees” (Devin Dawson/Austin Smith/Jake Mitchell/Jacob Durrett)
“Secondhand Hurt” (Devin Dawson/Will Bowen)
“Placebo” (Devin Dawson/Jordan Reynolds/David Hodges)
“War Paint” (Devin Dawson/Clint Lagerberg/Chris DuBois)
“I Can’t Trust Myself” (Devin Dawson/Jillian Jacqueline/Brad Warren/Brett Warren)
“Prison” (Devin Dawson/Seth Ennis/Josh Kerr)
“Dark Horse” (Devin Dawson/Andy Albert)

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Chris Young Inducted Into the Grand Ole Opry

Grammy-nominated vocalist Chris Young was officially welcomed and inducted into the Grand Ole Opry family this evening by his friend, Opry member Brad Paisley. Backstage before taking the stage, Young recounted how he had begun listening to the Opry at around age four and first saw the show live at around age eight. “There is always such a respect for where we all come from here,” he said.

After Young had performed two of his hits and two of his favorite country classics for a sold-out audience, Paisley took the stage to present Young with the Opry Member Award presented to each official member of the Opry family.

“Just look where you are!” Paisley exclaimed, noting the pair’s presence in the Opry’s famed circle center stage. “When I was first made a member of this crazy family, I had no idea the actual way this is a family,” Paisley said. “I quickly was accepted and asked to be a part of so many things. Chris is one of those people that will make the most of this. … This is a great human being, and that’s what the Opry needs.”

After the Opry member award presentation, Young held his award and said, “The two best words I can think of are ‘thank you.’” The hit-maker then concluded his set in the night’s first show along with Cassadee Pope on the pair’s number one single “Think Of You.”

Growing up in nearby Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Young dreamt of one day taking the stage at the Opry, and his dream came true when he made his debut on June 15, 2006. His dreams grew after that night, and tonight another dream came true as he stood on the stage being welcomed as an official member of the Grand Ole Opry. It’s a big week for Young, as he also releases his 7th album, Losing Sleep, this Friday, Oct 20.

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Kenny Chesney Announces 2018 Trip Around The Sun Tour

With Live from No Shoes Nation, the 30-song live recording celebrating the heart and soul of the million+ fans who come out each summer to see Chesney live, hitting streets Oct. 27, Kenny Chesney’s ready to get back to the fans. After a few weeks’ progress working with various organizations to deal with the devastation in the Virgin Islands, the 8-time ACM and CMA Entertainer of the Year announces the stadium portion of his 2018 Trip Around The Sun Tour.

“Listening to all those tapes of all those shows led to Live in No Shoes Nation,” Chesney says. “And playing those two nights in Foxboro this year made me really want to get out there with all the people who LIVE this music. We have so much fun, so much life, so many memories – all tied up in these shows and these songs – I am ready to get out there and kick into another summer where we can all celebrate how lucky we are to love life and be able to come together.”

Kicking off April 21 at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium, the 2018 Trip Around the Sun Tour will gather up all that energy and all the new songs from The Big Revival and Cosmic Hallelujah, mix them with everyone’s favorites, add in a few wild cards and hit the road like only Chesney can.

Joining him for this year’s trip around the sun will be Academy of Country Music Male Vocalist and Country Music Association and ACM Single of the Year winner Thomas Rhett (“Die a Happy Man,” “It Goes Like This,” “Craving You (feat. Maren Morris)”), ACM Best New Group and CMA double nominee Old Dominion (“Break Up with Him,” “Song for Another Time”) and breaking through artist/songwriter Brandon Lay (“Speakers, Bleachers and Preachers”).

“There’s nothing like a stadium full of people coming together to remind you what life’s about,” Chesney says. “The energy, the moments, the fun. Every single one of these artists who’re coming out with us for Trip Around the Sun live their lives the exact same way: they work hard, they appreciate what they’re given and they love music every bit as much as they love life. I, personally, can’t wait to see this show hit the road.”

For Chesney, who’s been called “The King of the Road” by Wall Street Journal and “The People’s Superstar” by the The Los Angeles Times, there is nowhere he feels more alive than when he’s onstage. His stadium shows are a rite of summer for many, and the songwriter/superstar from East Tennessee has built his career by striving to give people a night that defines their summer.

Tickets for the Trip Around the Sun will be available at kennychesney.com/triparoundthesun.

Dates for Kenny Chesney’s 2018 Trip Around the Sun Tour

April 21                       Raymond James Stadium                                Tampa, FL
April 28                       Miller Park                                                      Milwaukee, WI
May 5                          US Bank Stadium                                           Minneapolis, MN
May 19                        AT&T Stadium                                               Arlington, TX
May 26                        Mercedes-Benz Stadium                                 Atlanta, GA
June 2                          Heinz Field                                                      Pittsburgh, PA
June 9                          Lincoln Financial Field                                    Philadelphia, PA
June 16                        Mapfre Stadium                                              Columbus, OH
June 23                        Chase Field                                                     Phoenix, AZ
June 30                        Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium Denver, CO
July 7                          Centurylink Field                                            Seattle, WA.
July 14                        Arrowhead Stadium                                        Kansas City, MO
July 21                        Busch Stadium                                                Saint Louis, MO
July 28                        Soldier Field                                                    Chicago, IL
August 4                     Ford Field                                                       Detroit, MI
August 11                   Nissan Stadium                                               Nashville, TN
August 18                   MetLife Stadium                                             East Rutherford, NJ
August 24                   Gillette Stadium                                               Foxboro, MA

(Gillette show will have Dierks Bentley, the Brothers Osborne + Brandon Lay)

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Chase Rice Premieres Music Video for Latest Single “Three Chords & The Truth”

On a front porch bolstered by cinder blocks and hope, North Carolina native Chase Rice gingerly demonstrated what a D-chord looks like to 8-year-old Nicholas Thompson. With crimped, tiny fingers and intense concentration, Thompson stared up at his musical mentor and smiled.

The interaction and the moment of discovery demonstrates the power of music to change lives; a theme which is woven throughout Rice’s latest music video for “Three Chords & The Truth.

“This is the greatest day of my life,” exclaimed Thompson. And you believe it.

Rice’s own music journey started with a $150 guitar, a family gift. “That cheap $150 guitar changed my life,” he shares. “There are people who love music and can’t afford a guitar. Music is everything for me. I can’t think of a better gift to give to someone else.”

The music video, which was directed by Brian Lazzaro, was shot around Rice’s current coast-to-coast Lambs and Lions Tour, with footage from the road, on the bus, and on stage. “Three Chords & The Truth” captures the power of following a dream to Nashville and name-checks legends including Johnny Cash, Steve Earle, Merle Haggard, and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

“I thought, we could do the same old crap that everybody’s doing, that I’ve done before, with this music video or we could do something bigger and more special and hopefully change a kid’s life and his family’s life, and that’s the route I wanted to go,” explains Rice of his decision to stray from the expected formula for the “Three Chords & The Truth” music video.

The accompanying narrative explains how access to music can make a difference and follows Rice’s search for a fan to receive a prized guitar, a step up from the one that fueled his musical talent. Rice first met Thompson at a backstage photo op. The boy is struggling to fight hemophilia with injections and frequent trips to see doctors. He finds comfort in a pair of mint green headphones and a country music playlist that includes Rice.

Rice has been one of country music’s most exciting figures since arriving in Nashville. He co-wrote Florida Georgia Line’s megahit Diamond certified “Cruise” and his 2014 major label debut album, Ignite the Night, opened at No. 1 and yielded two Top 5 hits with “Ready Set Roll” and “Gonna Wanna Tonight,” in addition to more than 900,000 in album sales.

The 32-year-old singer/songwriter has had eclectic life for inspiration, playing football at the University of North Carolina, serving as a NASCAR pit crew member, even a role on a season of “Survivor,” all before finding success as a singer/songwriter/entertainer. His unrivaled live show has led to numerous sold out tours, a slot performing on Kenny Chesney’s stadium tour stops in 2015, and to ESPN’s Marty Smith noting in that sense, “Rice is an anomaly.”

Rice may be a departure from the norm, but he isn’t alone in his quest to provide instruments to deserving children. The closing slate of the music video for “Three Chords & The Truth” is an invitation to find out more about music education programs at CMAfoundation.org, which is the charitable giving arm of the Country Music Association.

Lambs & Lions Tour is on sale now with dates announced through Feb. 10, 2018. For more information and tickets, visit chaserice.com.

Lambs & Lions track listing with songwriter credits, as follows:
“Lions” (Chris DeStefano, Ashley Gorley, Chase Rice)
“On Tonight” (Jessie Jo Dillon, Chase McGill, Jon Nite)
“Unforgettable” (Chase Rice, Josh Miller, Steven Lee Olson, David Garcia)
“Eyes On You” (Chris DeStefano, Ashley Gorley, Chase Rice)
“Saved Me” (MCV, Josh Hoge, Chase Rice)
“One Love, One Kiss, One Drink, One Song” (Jesse Rice, Chase Rice)
“Jack Daniel’s Showed Up” (Chris DeStefano, Ashley Gorley, Chase Rice)
“Three Chords & The Truth” (Chase Rice, Ross Copperman, Jon Nite)
“Amen” (Rodney Clawson, Jamie Moore)
“This Cowboy’s Hat” featuring Ned LeDoux (Jake Brooks)

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