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Keith Urban Makes Sweet Music With Julia Michaels

Keith Makes Sweet Music With Julia Michaels In ‘Coming Home’

Urban hits the road June 15 for 62-city Graffiti U World Tour 2018.

Keith Urban is longing in his “Coming Home” video, waking up to a new ‘home’ with every passing day before finding his comfort zone — his “home” — alongside his collaborator at the end of the clip. “The concept for the video was really Andy Hines’ idea,” Urban explains, speaking of the director of the “Coming Home” video. “He suggested the heightened reality that we see in the video, which keeps it more like a dream — an idea, more than an actuality. It was also important to have Julia there — she’s great energy to be around and I love singing with her, so I wanted us to be on stage at the same time to capture that.”

The song itself serves as the newest single off off Urban’s album Graffiti U, which also features collaboration with country native newcomers Kassi Ashton and Lindsay Ell. “‘Coming Home started with an idea I had of using the intro of one of my favorite (Merle) Haggard songs ‘Mama Tried,'” Urban says. “Hearing that rolling Haggard guitar lick sparked memories of my childhood and my dream to come to America. I knew right then the story (of the song) was about the struggles of being in a city where your dreams have brought you, but far from your home — wherever, whomever and whatever that is for each of us.”

Urban hits the road on June 15 for the 62-city Graffiti U World Tour 2018.

 – TasteOfCountry

Tegan Marie shares message of empowerment in song

Tegan Marie Shares Message Of Empowerment With,”I Know How to Make a Boy Cry” 

Tegan penned many songs throughout her life, she considers this her first official one


Marie co-wrote the song in 2016 when she was just 12, holding her own alongside veteran writer Nathan Chapman. Marie only had three other professional co-writes before stepping in the room with Chapman, spending much of her childhood writing songs solo.

“I definitely felt the pressure,” she says of going into the studio and approaching the longtime writer with the idea for the song. “I definitely get very nervous, but you have to grow from that. You have to open yourself up to these people and tell them how you’re feeling, what you like, what you don’t, and I’ve learned a lot about being comfortable with other people.” A phrase that comes up more than once when talking to Marie is “girl power,” a message she hopes translates to her fanbase through the track that serves as her second single.

This sense of empowerment also stems from the mission of her management company Sweety High, which works to provide quality entertainment and develop a positive community among its young consumers.

“I wanted to write a song about girl power and sticking up for yourself and taking the high road and being the bigger person,” she says of the origin of her latest single. “My whole life I’ve grown up with a lot of different people and knowing that girls can basically do the same things as boys can. Being with Sweety High really made me think of girl power and empowerment and being true to yourself and being who you want to be.”

Though just 14, Marie exhibits a sincere sense of self-assurance in the song’s lyrics, knowing that she’s able to stand up for herself when someone betrays her trust. “Do what you gotta do / My mascara’s waterproof / Say what you gotta say / No black lines running down my face,” she proclaims in one of her favorite lines in the song, knowing her fans will connect with the message.

“Every single one of them, they’ll relate to this song in a bunch of different ways, ways that I wouldn’t even think of,” she says with confidence. “With my other songs, they’ve told me how much they love listening to it and how it makes them feel strong, so I’m excited for them to tell me how much they relate to this song.”

Marie plans to carry this confidence over into the music video, which serves as an homage to Elvis Presley, re-imagining the classic 1968 TV special Singer Presents…ELVIS. The singer’s manager Veronica Zelle calls her a “reincarnation” of the legendary star, saying they both embody a “life force” quality that make them ultimate entertainers.

“Elvis was the boy who made all the girls cry, so we’re going to flip the script and make it to where I’m the one making all the boys cry,” describes Marie, who will be donning a recreation of his signature white getup in the video. “The thing that I love about this is that it’s not about being mean, it’s not about hurting anybody. When you see her sing the song, it’s really just about lifting girls up,” says Zelle. “It’s more of a movement. “It’s powerful,” adds Marie. “It is a girl power anthem.”

– TasteOfCountry

Watch Willie Walk Off Stage Without Performing

Watch Willie Nelson Walk Off Stage Without Performing

There were some very disappointed fans in Charlotte, N.C., on Saturday night (May 26), after Willie Nelson left the stage without playing a single song and did not return.

The 85-year-old country music legend was scheduled to perform a headlining set as part of the Outlaw Music Festival Tour date at the PNC Music Pavilion. The fan-shot video above captures the moment that he enters the stage, walking gingerly and acknowledging the roar of the crowd with a wave.

He goes over to his guitar stand and gets his guitar strap, and then he picks up Trigger, his trademark battered guitar. But before he even straps the guitar around his shoulders, he sets it back in its stand, takes off his cowboy hat and throws it into the audience before departing the stage on the opposite side from where he entered. He can be seen exiting through the stage door as his confused band members remain on stage, wondering whether he will return or not.

The video’s caption explains that it was the second time Nelson had attempted to take the stage on Saturday night, then left without playing. The concert’s producers later turned to social media to announce that he was rescheduling the date:

mplained online that they had waited an hour or more after Nelson left the stage before the announcement came that he would not return to perform. To make matters worse, Brandi Carlile and Elvis Costello both canceled their scheduled performances before the show. According to the Charlotte Observer, Costello pulled out in April, citing “a non-life-threatening surgical procedure,” while Carlile canceled two weeks ago “due to unexpected family obligations overseas.”

Fans did get to see sets from Old Crow Medicine Show and Sturgill Simpson, as well as Wild Feathers and Mitchell Lee, but in the absence of several main draws, some fans turned to Twitter to ask about refunds for the festival.

Nelson has been battling emphysema and other health issues, and he’s canceled or rescheduled a number of shows over the course of the last year. Most recently, he was forced to cancel all of his February tour dates so he could recover from a terrible bout with the flu.

Nelson’s publicist tells The Music Universe that Nelson canceled his performance Saturday due to a stomach bug, but he is currently scheduled to go forward with his planned performance on Sunday (May 27) at the Anthem in Washington, D.C., with Sturgill Simpson.

 – TasteOfCountry

Alcohol affects more than just your liver

Alcohol affects more than just your liver

Excess drinking can affect your overall health and wellbeing the damage can be devastating


The downside of alcohol :

Alcohol is made when yeast is used to ferment carbohydrates, turning the sugars into energy and two waste products; ethanol and carbon dioxide. The fermented product is used in its whole form or distilled to produce spirits. It enters the bloodstream via the stomach and is distributed throughout the body, affecting the brain and other organs.

For chronic condition sufferers, the damage can be devastating.

If you’re diabetic, the high sugar content in drinks can spike your blood sugar levels. For those with liver disorders, heavy drinking can cause liver inflammation. Eventually, alcohol metabolism permanently changes the liver cell structure, damaging the liver’s ability to process fats. Alcohol intake can lead to high blood pressure and heart muscle damage, raising the risk of heart failure or stroke. Drinking can damage the stomach lining, causing gastritis and ulcers.

Other dangers include: 

Impaired immune system
Poor nutrition damages the body’s immune system, leaving it susceptible to infections.

Cognitive dysfunction
Alcohol abuse damages the brain and can result in cerebral atrophy (loss of brain cells), neuropathy (nerve diseases), dementia and memory disorders, dysfunctional brain chemistry and poor blood supply to the brain.

Fertility problems
Excess alcohol over years can cause erectile dysfunction, testicular atrophy and impotence. In women, it can interrupt menstruation.

Malnutrition and loss of nutrients
Alcohol leads to the elimination of important vitamins and minerals that your body needs to fight infection and handle stress.

Weight gain
Alcohol is often overlooked as a source of calories (one glass of wine/half a beer = five teaspoons of butter). It’s virtually impossible to try to lose weight while drinking. Alcohol disrupts the body’s balance of nutrients, fluids and hormones – and the vital body functions needed for fat loss. Alcohol blocks the body from burning fat and accessing fat for energy.

Are you drinking too much?  Ask yourself (CAGE questionnaire):

• Do I ever feel a need to Cut down on my drinking?
• Have people Annoyed me by criticising or showing concern about my drinking?
• Do I ever feel Guilty or bad about drinking?
• Do I have to drink Early in the morning (Eye-opener) to steady my nerves?

If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, you should think about cutting down or quitting. Treatment can  include A professional rehabilitation programme, with medical supervision and counselling, can help you tackle alcoholism.

Daily tips for staying healthy and sober:

  • Don’t be afraid to ask friends and family for support.
  • Eat a range of healthy food and get regular exercise to boost your endorphins.
  • Get enough sleep each night and do your best to manage stress.
  • Avoid people, places and activities that trigger a craving to drink.
  • Your doctor may recommend medication to help you stay sober.
  • Establish clear, realistic goals: decide how much you can drink, and when.
  • Remove alcohol from your home and workspace.
  • Drink slowly; pause between drinks. Drink non-alcoholic liquids and eat while taking in alcohol.

MCG: Personal Computer (PC)

MusicCityGhost: Personal Computer (PC)

Will The CellPhone Kill The Desk Top Computer

All of my friends are no longer using their computers for anything. They are paying their bills online with their cell phone.  They are answering their emails with their cell phone.  They are posting to FACEBOOK with their cell phone.  Every task that can be done on a computer including printing off documents can be done with a cell phone.

It is easy to see in just a short time that no one will replace their old worn out computer but rather they will invest in the newest and best smart phone instead.  I tried and tried to think of something to defend my use of my computer verses investing in a high dollar cell phone but came up with no list of things that can only be done on a computer.  Every day someone is inventing a new app for cell phones.

The other day I heard of a Disk Jockey that plays for private functions on the weekends who is now using his cell phone to play all the music.  Just a year ago he was hauling into the venue a computer to store all the songs.  His entire library is now accessible from his phone and it fits in his shirt pocket.

– The Music City Ghost [File#2018/07]


Dwight Yoakam’s New Tune ‘Then Here Came Monday’

Listen to Dwight Yoakam’s New Tune “Then Here Came Monday”

The release of the new music comes as Dwight gears up for his LSD Tour with Steve Earle and Lucinda Williams

In Dwight Yoakam’s 30-plus-year career as a high-grade, hardcore, honky-tonkin’, musical maverick, he hasn’t recorded too many songs he co-wrote with other artists. He’s covered a lot of songs other artists have written, but generally speaking, he wrote the majority of his singles by himself.

Of course there are exceptions, like “It Only Hurts When I Cry,” which he co-penned with Roger Miller, and cuts like “It’s Never Alright,” which he co-penned with Ashley Monroe. My point is, it’s big deal when Dwight co-writes with other artists, as least from a fan’s perspective—which I most certainly am.

Chris Stapleton can add his name to small list of artists Dwight has invited into his writing sanctuary. The pair co-penned “Then Here Came Monday,” which will be available for streaming on May 25, along with another new tune from Dwight, “Pretty Horses.”

The release of the new music comes as Dwight gears up for his LSD Tour with Steve Earle and Lucinda Williams. The 20-date tour kicks off on June 12 in Boston and makes stops in New York, L.A., Nashville and more.

Listen to “Then Here Came Monday” below.

 – NashCountryDaily

More Than 100 Performances Hits CMA Music Festival

CMA Announces More Than 100 Performances to Hit CMA Music Festival

The Madness of CMA Music Festival As the more Artists are Added to the Bill

The closer time gets to the madness of CMA Music Festival, the more artists are added to the bill with Country Music Association announcing more than 100 additional acts to perform at the four-day event. One of the beloved areas of CMA Fest lies in Xfinity Fan Fair X, where supporters can get up-and-close with some of their favorite stars in the genre.  From intimate performances to career chats, a number of artists make their way into the Music City Center-based location to experience country music on a deeper level.

“What makes CMA Fest unique from other music festivals are our one-of-a-kind fan experiences at Xfinity Fan Fair X,” said CMA Chief Marketing Officer Damon Whiteside. “For decades, Country Music fans have flocked to Nashville to attend the festival to get up close and personal with their favorite artists. We’re proud to continue that tradition year after year.”

Radio Disney Country always invites some of the rising stars of country to come in for brief appearances at Fan Fair X, and this year is no different. Artists scheduled to play live include Jimmie Allen, Abby Anderson, Cam, Jordan Davis, Devin Dawson, Russell Dickerson, Lindsay Ell, Trent Harmon, Walker Hayes, Jillian Jacqueline, LANCO, Maddie & Tae, Tegan Marie, Cassadee Pope, RaeLynn and Kalie Shorr, among others. Two more familiar faces were added to the night shows at Nissan Stadium, with Jake Owen scheduled for Friday night and Cole Swindell hitting the stage on Sunday. Fans can continue to stay tuned in for even more guests to drop by during the evening festivities. The 2018 CMA Music Festival will take place in downtown Nashville from June 7-10. Visitors can attend day shows at various venues around the city for free, with the nightly stadium shows open to ticketed festivalgoers.

Album Review: Jordan Davis’ ‘Home State’

Album Review: Jordan Davis’ ‘Home State’

Davis’s debut single “Singles You Up” showcases his undeniable country swagger

Jordan Davis proves his staying power on his memorable debut album, Home State, out March 23. The Shreveport, Louisiana, native worked with producer Paul DiGiovanni for the 12-song collection, which blends slick production and thoughtful lyrics for a diverse project. All 12 tracks on Home State are co-written by Davis and as a result, the listener gets to know the inner-workings of the singer. Standout ballads like “Slow Dance In a Parking Lot” and “Leaving New Orleans” highlight his sentimental side while “Take It From Me,” “More Than I Know” and debut single “Singles You Up” showcase his undeniable country swagger.

The album kicks off with the infectious “Take It From Me,” where Davis tells a girl they should ditch the after party and instead do their own thing. The polished production and rhythmic singing style featured on “Take It From Me” make it an instant party anthem. Later, on “Selfish,” he cleverly explains how he wants to stay in bed all day and keep his girl to himself despite her already made plans. His smooth singing style coupled with John Mayer-inspired guitar parts and seductive beats, further gets his point across.

The captivating beats continue on “More Than I Know,” penned by Davis, DiGiovanni and Blair Daly. With hand-clapped rhythms and Davis’ soulful vocals, the listener is immediately drawn in as he sings of a woman he just can’t get enough of. “When it comes to you, I don’t know what I got into / You love like a wildfire / Light me up like a live wire / But I can’t get enough / You kiss like a hurricane / Off the tracks like a runaway train / But I think I’ll try my luck,” he sings.

Relationships aren’t always easy and this struggle can be heard on “Tough to Tie Down” as Davis sings of a woman who’s “good at lovin’ and better at leavin’.” While he has a tough time getting the woman to commit, he sings of how he’ll keep pursuing and loving her “as long as this world keeps spinning ’round.” A sweet sentiment, he continues the thoughtfulness on the romantic “Slow Dance In a Parking Lot.” On the enchanting ballad, Davis’ vivid storytelling sets the scene as he spins his lady around by the Walmart sign in a deserted parking lot. As a rent-a-cop drives around, Garth Brooks’ “She’s Every Woman” plays from the car stereo speakers. “Making the most of whatever we’ve got / Even if it’s just a slow dance in a parking lot,” he sings.

While at times Davis’ rhythmic singing style brings to mind Sam Hunt, the Louisiana native sets himself apart within his standout songwriting and unique storytelling. This is perhaps best seen on album closer, “Leaving New Orleans,” with a picturesque description of the city that helped mold his diverse sound. As he sings of the need to leave New Orleans because everywhere he goes he’s reminded of his ex, Davis’ vivid details of the popular city put the listener in the song. Meanwhile, light horn accompaniment adequately pays tribute to The Big Easy. Overall a standout debut that highlights Davis’ ability as both a vocalist and a songwriter, Home Statemarries big sounds and production with the vulnerability of his lyrics for a truly enjoyable listen.


Is Luke Bryan’s ‘Sunrise Sunburn Sunset’ A Hit?

Is Luke Bryan’s ‘Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset’ A Hit? Listen And Sound Off

Luke Bryan quit making Spring Break EPs, but he’s certainly not done with warm, beachside memories. “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset” is a definitive piece of summer nostalgia. The song finds Bryan and a few buddies enjoying free lodging at a lake house when a girl rolls up with some friends and the group become better acquainted. There’s little to think about during this three-and-a-half-minute earworm — while the singer has never been one to wrap his intentions in layers of poetic metaphor, the action here is as clear as Where’s Spot? If great summer songs were meant to be easy, then Bryan’s “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset” will be an all-timer. The song’s chorus sticks like wet sand and each verse recalls one’s own dalliance with a less-than-hesitant lover. Expect this song to burn brightly this summer.

 – TasteOfCountry

Midland Channels ‘Urban Cowboy’ In ‘Burn Out’ Video

Midland Channels ‘Urban Cowboy’ In ‘Burn Out’ Video

Midland transport listeners back in time in the throwback video for their new single, “Burn Out.” Filmed in one take at Billy Bob’s in Forth Worth, Texas, “Burn Out” has the reigning ACM New Vocal Group of the Year performing in the middle of a dance floor at the famous honkytonk as a couple’s relationship dissolves around them.

The video for “Burn Out” is inspired in part by the 1980 film Urban Cowboy, which starred John Travolta as Bud and Debra Winger as Sissy. In “Burn Out,” a bartender is confronted by an ex who apologizes after cheating on her. Still not taking the hint that things are over, he continues to heckle her throughout her shift. All the while, Midland’s Mark Wystrach looks on.

“The scene is inspired by the movie,” Midland’s Jess Carson explains in a behind-the-scenes video. “There’s a bad guy and there’s a good guy. The good guy is Mark.”

The video was directed by TK McKamy and Midland’s Cameron Duddy. It was filmed in one continuous shot, showing Midland in the center of the dance floor as couples two-step around them. Mid-set, the bartender and her ex get into a fight on the dance floor and after the man is escorted out of the venue, Wystrach lightens the mood as he walks up to serenade her.

“Burn Out” was written by Midland with Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne. It is the group’s third single from their debut album, On the Rocks, released last year.

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