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Luke Combs Is Dominating And We’re Not Complaining

Luke is easily one of the biggest stars in country music and we’re not talking about Luke Bryan. Luke Combs, ladies and gentlemen, has become one of the fastest rising artists in country music and seeing his growth in just a few years has been nothing short of beautiful crazy- pun intended. He is dominating it in the country music world and we’re loving it.

Back in 2016, we had the opportunity to chat with Luke backstage at Mohegan Sun when he was opening for Brantley Gilbert. This was before his smash debut single, ‘Hurricane,’ even touched the charts. And since then, Luke’s career and place in country music has truly skyrocketed.

His debut album, ‘This One’s For You,’ hit the top of the country albums charts. It’s also been certified Double Platinum by the RIAA and the success led to him even releasing a deluxe version. His first 5 singles released from that album have all been Number Ones. And all of them have been certified at least Platinum with ‘Beautiful Crazy’ being 2x Platinum and ‘Hurricane’ and ‘When It Rains It Pours’ being 3x Platinum. His latest single, ‘Beautiful Crazy,’ has been sitting at the top of the charts for the last 6 weeks- an unbelievable run!

Luke also has a couple awards already under his belt. He won the iHeartRadio Music Award for New Country Artist of the Year and the CMA for New Artist of the Year in 2018. A few weeks ago, he took home the iHeartRadio Music Award as Country Artist of the Year, beating out Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Thomas Rhett. He has also already announced as an ACM Award winner for New Male Artist of the Year. He is also nominated for the Male Artist of the Year this weekend, which we wouldn’t be surprised if he won.

And the dude is absolutely killing it on the road. Sold out show after sold out show. His tickets do not last. Tickets for his show at Mohegan Sun later this year sold out this morning in minutes. And he’s not just playing small venues that are easy sell outs. We’re talking about arenas of 10,000+, that’s no small feat. Especially for an artist who is considered as ‘new’ by the major award voting houses.

Luke is an absolute rockstar. He puts out great music. He puts on a great show. And fans recognize it. He’s the hottest name in country music and the hottest ticket in town!

So going back to our interview in 2016, where Luke told us…

“It’s been great, the live shows have been awesome and to me that’s what is most important, going out and being able to deliver a good live show is so important, and I think that the more we play, the more the people hear the music, the more requests we get, the more singing we see in the audience is just super cool to see.”

Yeah, it’s been pretty damn cool to see.

Luke has 2 shows in New England this year, 1 in Gilford, NH in June and another in Uncasville, CT in the fall. Both are SOLD OUT!

In case you haven’t seen, we’re giving away 2 tickets to his SOLD OUT show in New Hampshire PLUS 2 passes to go backstage and MEET Luke before the show at out ACM Awards Party this Sunday night! Tickets for the party can be purchased here.

Full List of Prizes: 2019 ACM Awards Party

We’re less than 2 weeks away from NECM’s 6th Annual ACM Awards Viewing Party! Join us at Loretta’s Last Call just steps outside Fenway Park for this event. The awards will be on all of the TVs including the big screen. DJ MikeyFletch will play music during commercial breaks. Partygoers will enjoy complimentary appetizers and sweets! And we will have a silent auction and raffle with all proceeds benefitting Boston Children’s Hospital. Below is the full list of prizes, including Meet and Greet passes with your favorite artists, concert tickets, autographed guitars and much more! We hope to see you there!

DOOR PRIZE: 2 tickets to see Luke Bryan at Gillette Stadium! Everyone at the party is automatically entered to win!

Kenny Chesney autographed guitar

Guitar signed by 2018 NECM Festival lineup

Guitar signed by Kane Brown, Brown and Gray, Cam, LANCO, Stephanie Quayle, Chase Rice, Frankie Ballard, Drake White, Mitchell Tenpenny, Devin Dawson, Brett Eldredge and Michael Tyler

Guitar signed by Kane Brown

2 tickets and 2 Meet and Greets with Luke Combs in Gilford, NH

2 tickets and 2 Meet and Greets with Luke Bryan in Foxborough, MA

2 tickets and 2 Meet and Greets with Thomas Rhett in Mansfield, MA

2 tickets and 2 Meet and Greets with Thomas Rhett in Bridgeport, CT

2 tickets and 2 Meet and Greets with Old Dominion in Portland, ME

2 tickets and 2 Meet and Greets with Old Dominion in Gilford, NH

2 tickets and 2 Meet and Greets with Chase Rice in Hampton, NH

2 tickets and 2 Meet and Greets with Chris Young in Mansfield, MA

2 tickets and 2 VIP Experiences with Jason Aldean in Mansfield, MA

2 tickets and 2 VIP Experiences with Dierks Bentley in Mansfield, MA

2 Meet and Greets with Brett Young in Foxborough, MA

4 Premium Tickets to a mutually agreed upon Red Sox game at Fenway Park with VIP tour of Fenway Park

2 tickets and 2 Meet and Greets with Josh Turner in E. Providence, RI

2 tickets and 2 Meet and Greets with Billy Currington in Boston, MA

Rob Gronkowski autographed football with Patriots items

2 tickets and 2 Meet and Greets with Little Big Town in Gilford, NH

2 tickets and 2 Meet and Greets with Justin Moore in Hampton, NH

2 tickets and 2 Meet and Greet passes with Michael Ray in Boston, MA

2 tickets and 2 Meet and Greet passes with Ryan Hurd in Boston, MA

Blue Chair Bay Rum Engel Cooler

Lee Brice autographed guitar

Chris Stapleton autographed vinyl

Autographed CDs: Kenny Chesney, Old Dominion, Maren Morris, LANCO, Tim + Faith, Kane Brown, Luke Combs, Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton and MORE!

2 tickets to see Luke Bryan in Bangor, ME

2 tickets to see Chris Stapleton in Bangor, ME

2 tickets to see George Strait and Blake Shelton in Foxborough, MA

Brothers Osborne signed poster

Jordan Davis package, including: autographed guitar, autographed hat, t-shirts, autographed album and vinyl

Warner Music Bundle, includes: Devin Dawson vinyl, Brett Eldredge bag, t-shirts, hats, mug, koozies.

Autographed ‘You Should Be Here’ lyrics, signed by Cole Swindell

2 tickets for Country 102.5 Street Party

2 tickets for Cat Country 98.1 Storyteller show featuring Kip Moore

Dierks Bentley Beer Pong Set

2 tickets for Country Night at Fenway Park (including 2 hats)

Yee Yee Package, includes autographed picture and CD by Granger Smith and autographed picture from Earl Dibbles Jr.

Dustin Lynch autographed NECM koozie

Carly Pearce package, includes autographed picture and CD, and t-shirt (XL)

Drumhead signed by 2017 NECM Festival Lineup

Hogwash ‘n Rhinestones Merch Pack

NECM Merch Pack

2 tickets to a mutually agreed upon show at the Cape Cod Melody Tent in 2019

2 tickets to a mutually agreed upon show at the South Shore Music Circus in 2019

Aaron Lewis ‘Making Country Great Again’ hat

Not a Public Figure Merch (2 winners)

TICKETS FOR THE PARTY ARE JUST $20 AND INCLUDE COMPLIMENTARY APPETIZERS, AND ENTRY INTO THE DOOR PRIZE! TICKET PRICES INCREASE TO $25 ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT. YOU CAN PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS HERE.

This list will be updated as more prizes come in!

54th Annual ACM Awards Nominations

The nominations for the 54th annual ACM Awards were announced on February 20th, and we could not be more excited for one of country music’s biggest nights! For the second year in a row Reba McEntire will host the awards, which will be broadcast live from Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7th at 8pm on CBS. This past year has been incredible for country music. Many new artists burst onto the scene with breakthrough singles, while current superstars continued to solidify their careers with more chart-topping hits. Chris Stapleton along with duo Dan + Shay lead the nominations racking up 6 apiece. Kacey Musgraves is the leading female nominee receiving 5 nominations.

Check out the full list of nominations and our predictions for who will win below.

Entertainer of the Year

• Jason Aldean

• Luke Bryan

• Kenny Chesney

• Chris Stapleton

• Keith Urban

Prediction: Keith Urban – This category is a toss up as all five of these artists are very deserving of the honor, but we’re going to give a slight edge to Keith Urban since he won Entertainer of the Year at the CMA Awards this past November.

Female Artist of the Year

• Miranda Lambert

• Ashley McBryde

• Maren Morris

• Kacey Musgraves

• Carrie Underwood

Prediction: Kacey Musgraves – In what should be another very close category, we’re giving the nod to Kacey Musgraves as she looks to build on the success of her big night at the Grammys.

Male Artist of the Year

• Dierks Bentley

• Luke Combs

• Thomas Rhett

• Chris Stapleton

• Keith Urban

Prediction: Chris Stapleton – Chris has won this award two out of the last three years and we think he’ll make it three out of four with another win this year.

Duo of the Year

• Brothers Osborne

• Dan + Shay

• Florida Georgia Line

• LOCASH

• Maddie & Tae

Prediction: Dan + Shay – Dan + Shay have arguably had the biggest year in country music out of anyone. They released two #1 singles (‘Tequila’ and ‘Speechless’) and a #1 album.

Group of the Year

• Lady Antebellum

• LANCO

• Little Big Town

• Midland

• Old Dominion

Prediction: Old Dominion – Old Dominion is quickly becoming one of country music’s hottest acts. Look for them to take home the award for Group of the Year for the second year in a row.

New Female Artist of the Year

• Danielle Bradbery

• Lindsay Ell

• Ashley McBryde

• Carly Pearce

Prediction: Ashley McBryde – Ashley’s album ‘Girl Going Nowhere’ made it into the Top 10 on the charts in 2018. You’ll soon be hearing a lot more from this rising star after she wins her first ACM award.

New Male Artist of the Year

• Jimmie Allen

• Luke Combs

• Jordan Davis

• Michael Ray

• Mitchell Tenpenny

Prediction: Luke Combs – We’re not sure how Luke Combs still qualifies as a new artist, but since he’s nominated he is our pick to win because he continues to release hit song after hit song.

New Duo or Group of the Year

• High Valley

• LANCO

• Runaway June

Prediction: LANCO – 2018 was a breakout year for LANCO as they released their debut album ‘Hallelujah Nights,’ which features the #1 single ‘Greatest Love Story.’

Album of the Year

• ‘Dan + Shay’ – Dan + Shay

o Producers: Scott Hendricks, Dan Smyers, Matt Dragstrem

o Record Label: Warner Music Nashville

• ‘Desperate Man’ – Eric Church

o Producers: Jay Joyce, Arturo Buenahora Jr.

o Record Label: EMI Records Nashville

• ‘From A Room: Volume 2’ – Chris Stapleton

o Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton

o Record Label: Mercury Nashville

• ‘Golden Hour’ – Kacey Musgraves

o Producers: Ian Fitchuk, Daniel Tashian, Kacey Musgraves

o Record Label: MCA Nashville

• ‘The Mountain’ – Dierks Bentley

o Producers: Ross Copperman, Jon Randall Stewart, Arturo Buenahora Jr.

o Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville

Prediction: ‘Golden Hour’ – It’s Kacey Musgraves’ year. After winning Album of the Year at both the Grammys and the CMA’s we’ll be quite surprised if ‘Golden Hour’ doesn’t receive the top honor again.

Single of the Year

• ‘Down to the Honky Tonk’ – Jake Owen

o Producer: Joey Moi

o Record Label: Big Loud Records

• ‘Heaven’ – Kane Brown

o Producers: Dann Huff, Polow Da Don

o Record Label: RCA Nashville

• ‘Meant To Be’ – Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line

o Producer: Wilshire for Rock The Soul Ent

o Record Label: Warner Bros. Records

• ‘Most People Are Good’ – Luke Bryan

o Producers: Jeff Stevens, Jody Stevens

o Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville

• ‘Tequila’ – Dan + Shay

o Producers: Scott Hendricks, Dan Smyers

o Record Label: Warner Music Nashville

Prediction: ‘Tequila’ – ‘Tequila’ was a career changing song for Dan + Shay, and they are certainly deserving of this award after many feel that they were snubbed at the CMA’s. One of the most played songs on country radio, ‘Tequila’ spent two weeks atop the charts last summer.

Song of the Year

• ‘Break Up In The End’ – Cole Swindell

o Writers: Jessie Jo Dillon, Chase McGill, Jon Nite

o Publishers: EMI April Music Inc. / Nite Writer Music (ASCAP) / Songs of Universal, Inc. / Plum Nelly (BMI) / Big Music Machine (BMI)/ Big Ass Pile Of Dimes Music (BMI)

• ‘Broken Halos’ – Chris Stapleton

o Writers: Mike Henderson, Chris Stapleton

o Publishers: WB Music Corp./House of Sea Gayle Music, admin. by ClearBox Rights/Spirit Catalog Holdings, S.a.r.l. admin. by Spirit Two Nashville (ASCAP); Straight Six Music (BMI)

• ‘Meant To Be’ – Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line

o Writers: David Garcia, Tyler Hubbard, Joshua Miller, Bebe Rexha

o Publishers: BMG Platinum Songs/Kiss Me If You Can Music (BMI) (all rights administered by BMG Rights Management (US) LLC) Big Loud Mountain (BMI) and T Hubb Publishing (BMI). All Rights Administered by Round Hill Works. Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. on behalf of itself and Songs of the Corn and Jack 10 Publishing. Universal Music – Brentwood Benson Publishing (ASCAP) D Soul Music (ASCAP) (adm. at CapitolCMGPublishing.com)

• ‘Space Cowboy’ – Kacey Musgraves

o Writers: Luke Laird, Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves

o Publishers: Smack Hits/Smack Songs, admin by Kobalt Music Group ltd. (GMR); Universal Music Works/We Are Creative NBaSmack Hits/Smack Songs, LLC, admin. by Kobalt Music Group Ltd. (GMR); Universal Music Works/We Are Creative Nation/Jake and Mack Music, admin. by Universal Music Works; Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp./351 Music (BMI)

• ‘Tequila’ – Dan + Shay

o Writers: Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds, Dan Smyers

o Publishers: Beats and Banjos (ASCAP), WB Music Corp. (ASCAP), A Girl Named Charlie (BMI) / Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI) / Buckeye26 (ASCAP) / Jreynmusic (ASCAP)

• ‘Yours’ – Russell Dickerson

o Writers: Casey Brown, Russell Dickerson, Parker Welling

o Publishers: BMG Platinum Songs/Kailey’s Dream / So Essential Tunes / Not Just Another Song Publishing / Hillbilly Science and Research Publishing/Trailerlily Music

Prediction: ‘Broken Halos’ – This is a closely contested category full of amazing songs. We’re picking Chris Stapleton’s ‘Broken Halos’ based on the fact that it also won for Song of the Year at the CMA’s.

Video of the Year

• ‘Babe’ – Sugarland featuring Taylor Swift

o Producer: Roger Hunt

o Director: Anthony Mandler

• ‘Burn Out’ – Midland

o Producer: Ben Skipworth

o Director: TK McKamy, Cameron Duddy

• ‘Burning Man’ – Dierks Bentley featuring Brothers Osborne

o Producer: Nate Eggert

o Director: Wes Edwards

• ‘Drunk Girl’ – Chris Janson

o Producer: Ben Skipworth

o Director: Jeff Venable

• ‘Shoot Me Straight’ – Brothers Osborne

o Producer: April Kimbrell

o Director: Wes Edwards, Ryan Silver

• ‘Tequila’ – Dan + Shay

o Producer: Christen Pinkston

o Director: Patrick Tracy

Prediction: ‘Tequila’ – The music video for ‘Tequila’ gave us all the feels. It has 62 million views on YouTube making it the most watched video out of any of the nominees.

Songwriter of the Year

• Ross Copperman

• Ashley Gorley

• Shane McAnally

• Chase McGill

• Josh Osborne

Prediction: Ross Copperman – Ross co-wrote two songs (Dierks Bentley’s ‘Woman, Amen’ and Kenny Chesney’s ‘Get Along’) that reached #1 in 2018. Other massive hits that he penned this past year include Eli Young Band’s ‘Love Ain’t’ and Brett Eldredge’s ‘Love Someone.’

Music Event of the Year

• ‘Burning Man’ – Dierks Bentley featuring Brothers Osborne

o Producers: Ross Copperman, Jon Randall Stewart, Arturo Buenahora Jr.

o Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville

• ‘Drowns the Whiskey’ – Jason Aldean featuring Miranda Lambert

o Producer: Michael Knox

o Record Labels: Macon Music, LLC; Broken Bow Records; BBR Music Group; BMG

• ‘Everything’s Gonna Be Alright’ – David Lee Murphy featuring Kenny Chesney

o Producers: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney, David Lee Murphy

o Record Label: Reviver Records

• ‘Keeping Score’ – Dan + Shay featuring Kelly Clarkson

o Producers: Scott Hendricks, Dan Smyers

o Record Label: Warner Music Nashville

• ‘Meant To Be’ – Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line

o Producer: Wilshire for Rock The Soul Ent

o Record Label: Warner Bros. Records

Prediction: ‘Everything’s Gonna Be Alright’ – This is such an uplifting, feel good song. We loved seeing Kenny and David Lee Murphy perform it together last year at Gillette Stadium.

Congratulations to all of the nominees! We’re looking forward to another awards show full of great performances and memorable moments.

You can watch the ACM Awards with us at our annual viewing party at Loretta’s Last Call in Boston on April 7th at 7:30pm. There will be a silent auction and a raffle for prizes like meet and greet passes, concert tickets, and autographed items. All of the proceeds benefit Boston Children’s Hospital. You can purchase tickets here.

Luke Bryan Adds Gillette Stadium Show to 2019 ‘Sunset Repeat Tour’

Four-time Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan today announced he is adding a stop on his “Sunset Repeat Tour” to visit New England country music fans with a show at Gillette Stadium on June 21. The concert will include special guests multi-platinum singer/songwriter Cole Swindell, 2018 Academy of Country Music New Male Vocalist of the Year Brett Young and EMI/32 Bridge Entertainment recording artist Jon LangstonDJ Rockwill also appear.

The June 21 show will be the third trip to Gillette Stadium for Bryan, who previously performed two shows in July 2016 as part of his “Kill The Lights Tour” and made his Foxborough debut in August 2014 in front of a sold out crowd on his “That’s My Kind Of Night Tour.”

Tickets to the June 21 show will go on sale to the public Friday, March 8, at 10 a.m. at www.ticketmaster.com. Kraft Sports + Entertainment is the official promoter of the “Sunset Repeat Tour” show at Gillette Stadium.

Citi is the official presale credit card of Luke Bryan’s “Sunset Repeat Tour at Gillette Stadium.” As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets beginning Monday, March 4 at 10 a.m. until Thursday, March 7 at 10 p.m. through Citi’s Private Pass Program­­­­­­­­. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.

In each of the last several years, Bryan’s headline tours have performed for 1.5 million fans or more. In 2018, Bryan played the most stadium dates in one year and has played 34 career stadium concerts to date.

Click HERE for Luke’s ‘Sunset Repeat Tour’ playlist.

About Luke Bryan

Luke is a two-time Academy of Country Music and a two-time Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year, a five-time host of the ACM Awards, a NSAI Artist/Songwriter of the Year and was named a CMT Artist of the Year six consecutive years. Luke has more certified digital singles than any other country artist with 46 million tracks and 12 million albums with four Billion music streams. Luke has placed 22 singles at #1, 12 of which he co-wrote. In each of the last several years, Luke’s headline tours have performed for 1.5 million fans or more and in 2018 he headlined the most stadium shows in one year of his career, now totaling 34 stadium concerts to date. Also in 2018 Luke opened Nashville’s only six-floor entertainment facility in the heart of Music City, LUKE’S 32 BRIDGE FOOD + DRINK. 

Visitwww.LukeBryan.com or follow Luke on Twitter at @LukeBryanOnlineInstagram and Facebook

About Cole Swindell

Cole Swindell, a Platinum-selling recording artist and 11-time No 1 singer/songwriter, released his third album, All of It, for Warner Bros. Records/Warner Music Nashville in 2018 and it debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country album chart and No. 7 on the Billboard Top 200. The first single “Break Up In The End” became his 8th No. 1 career single as a solo artist. “Break Up In The End” was recently nominated for a Grammy® forBest Country Song and was named one of the best country songs of 2018 by AmazonSpotifyBillboard, and You Tube among others. Swindell performed the hit single on last summer’s (2018) ABC Television special CMA Fest and when he headlined the NBC’s Citi Concert Series on TODAY(2018).  The Georgia native debuted his current single “Love You Too Late” LIVE on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars and in December performed it on Jimmy Kimmel Live! The song is included on YouTube’s Best Country Songs of 2018.

For more information please visit www.coleswindell.com and follow @coleswindell on Twitter, @coleswindell on Instagram and on Facebook.

About Brett Young

ACM New Male Vocalist of the Year Brett Young’s sophomore release TICKET TO L.A. (BMLG Records) debuted atop the Billboard Country Albums chart and features his current fast-rising single “Here Tonight.” The album follows his PLATINUM self-titled debut, which dominated the Top 20 on the Country Albums chart for 37 weeks. Delivering four consecutive No. 1 PLATINUM-certified hits, Young was named ASCAP’s 2018 Country Songwriter-Artist of the Year for his “melodic craftsmanship” (Billboard). He has also garnered nominations from ACM, Billboard, Teen Choice, CMT and CMA Awards as he continues to rack up nonstop hits as “one of country music’s most reliable new hitmakers” (Tennessean). Young has amassed more than 1.4 billion streams of his catalog globally. 

For additional information, visit BrettYoungMusic.com.

About Jon Langston   

Loganville, GA native, singer-songwriter Jon Langston grew up on music like his heroes Alan Jackson and the Eagles. And once multiple concussions ended his Division I football career, he worked to develop his own style and sound while drawing from that variety of influences. In 2013 with the release of his first song, “Forever Girl,” Jon’s live shows began to grow, and he found himself opening for Chase Rice at Georgia’s Kennesaw State University.  It was his first-ever full band show, and when the crowd sang “Forever Girl” along with him, Jon knew he wanted to pursue a career in music. Since then, the now 27-year-old Music City resident has not only signed a publishing deal with Sony ATV and is managed by KP Entertainment, but has fostered his own voice in country music and landed a record deal with Universal Music Group Nashville. The Georgia native is the first artist under Luke Bryan’s new label, 32 Bridge Entertainment, and will be worked in conjunction with EMI Records Nashville. He recently released his major label debut single “When It Comes To Loving You” which landed in the Top 5 of the all-genre iTunes Chart and has accumulated over 9 million streams.  

For more information please visit www.jonlangston.com and follow @jonTLangston on Twitter @jonlangston on Instagram and on Facebook

About DJ Rock

For the past 15 years, DJ Rock has performed for crowds in premiere venues throughout North America and Mexico. As an open format DJ he is well versed in all music formats, spinning everything from country to hip hop to rock to today’s top 40 hits. He’s worked alongside artists like Luke Bryan, Snoop Dogg, Florida Georgia Line, Gucci Man, John Legend, Jennifer Lopez, Blake Shelton and more. Rock has also appeared at some of the biggest-selling music festivals including Off The Rails, Rock The South, Route 91 and Tortuga. Rock last appeared on Luke Bryan’s “What Makes You Country Tour” in 2018.

About Gillette Stadium
Gillette Stadium, located in Foxborough, Mass., is New England’s premier sports and entertainment venue. The 65,878-seat stadium is the full-time home of the NFL’s six-time Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots, which has sold out every home game at Gillette Stadium since the venue opened in 2002. Gillette Stadium is also the home field of the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer and one of the world’s top grossing concert venues, according to Billboard and Pollstar. Other notable sporting events held at Gillette Stadium include the 2016 NHL Winter Classic, international soccer matches, NCAA athletics, professional lacrosse, motor sports and the Massachusetts high school football state championships. For more information, visit www.GilletteStadium.com or follow @GilletteStadium on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Cody Johnson: ‘Ain’t Nothin’ To It’ Album Review

Ain’t Nothin’ To It‘ may be Cody Johnson’s first studio album released, but the Texas native has proven himself a force to be reckoned with. Previously gaining much success as an independent artist, this album continued the trend hitting Number One on the Billboard Country Albums chart. The fifteen song album delivers a 90’s inspired traditional country sound that can stand up today. Cody presents a wide range of songs ranging from sexy to gospel and includes two live bonus tracks. Enlisting prominent songwriters including Chris Stapleton and John Osborne, the ex-rodeo pro turned prison guard delivers with authenticity, singing songs that suit his life journey.

1) ‘Ain’t Nothin’ To It’ – Written by David Lee and Leslie Satcher.
Impression: The album’s title track opens the record with traditional country sound and subject matter. Framed as a dad’s advice to his son, the song touches on how to have a lifetime of love and happiness in marriage.
Favorite Lyrics: Crawl up in that bed right next to her and listen, Instead of having all the answers…

2) ‘Noise’ – Written by Gordie Sampson, Jim McCormick, and Radney Foster.
Impression: Life is busy, full of distractions and things that can get you down, so we need coping methods. ‘Noise’ touches upon the way someone you love can be an oasis away from the stress of everyday life.
Favorite Lyrics: You’re my secret shelter when I can’t find peace. The way you touch, the way you whisper, Way you love and how it lingers, You can make it all go away…

3) ‘Fenceposts’ – Written by Benji Davis and Robert Arthur.
Impression: ‘Fenceposts’ takes a snapshot of a special moment in life and makes it a song. A couple looks at a parcel of land as they dream of building a home and starting their life together.
Favorite Lyrics: With that sun shinin’ through that crystal blue, Sure looks good on you…

4) ‘Understand Why’ – Written by Neil Medley and Randy Montana.
Impression: Cody Johnson explains his brokenhearted struggles in ‘Understand Why.’ Looking for an escape in outer space or through substance, Cody longs to move on from his crushed ‘small town dreams.’
Favorite Lyrics: I wish I had a third floor motel room, On the dark side of the moon, Up there with the satellites in the sky…

5) ‘Long Haired Country Boy’ (feat. The Rockin’ Cody Johnson Band) – Written by Charlie Daniels.
Impression: The Cody Johnson Band covers the iconic Charlie Daniels Band for ‘Long Haired Country Boy.’ Cody brings his own style to the cover, while still maintaining its traditional sound and message.
Favorite Lyrics: The drunkard wants another drink of wine, And the politician wants your vote, me, I don’t want much of nothin’ at all…

6) ‘Nothin’ On You’ – Written by Barrett Baber and Trent Wilmon.
Impression: ‘Nothin’ On You’ slows things down for a love song that passionately showcases Cody’s vocal range. Even when compared to a long list of beautiful destinations, Cody feels that he has the best view looking at his baby.
Favorite Lyrics: I wouldn’t trade places, Long as I’m here with you baby, I’ve got a room with a view…

7) ‘Honkey Tonk Mood’ – Written by Al Anderson and Chris Stapleton.
Impression: Song seven brings a high energy rocking country sound just as you’d expect from a song called ‘Honkey Tonk Mood.’ The lyrics, We’re playin’ here tonight, And then I’m playin’ here tomorrow, I got a whiskey and a tune, may be reminiscent of what it felt like playing bars in Texas, where Johnson got his start as an independent artist.
Favorite Lyrics: If I start to dancin’ ’round, Don’t try and pull me off the floor, I’m just a-kickin’ up my boots, I’m in a honky-tonk mood…

8) ‘Monday Morning Merle’ – Written by Bart Butler, Brad Warren, Brett Warren, and Lance Miller.
Impression: Heartache and country music often go together, but ‘Monday Morning Merle’ presents something unique. Giving a nod to many of his musical influences, Cody works toward getting over his broken heart with music each day of the week.
Favorite Lyrics: And the only way that he can get, Through the days and the regret, Is a song full of truth…

9) ‘Y’all People’ – Written by Chase McGill, John Osborne, and Laura Veltz.
Impression: Dedicated to the ‘CoJo Nation’, ‘Y’all People’ is a nod to Cody’s fan base. Mostly derived from his popularity in Texas as an independent artist, it is not surprising that track nine reminds him of his fans.
Favorite Lyrics: If there’s anybody I want out on the road, When I break down, If anybody’s got a string of, Christmas lights that they don’t take down…

10) ‘Where Cowboys Are King’ – Written by Brice Long, Carlton Anderson, and Wynn Varble.
Impression:Ain’t Nothin’ To It‘ is full of songs that sound genuine coming from Cody, and ‘Where Cowboys Are King’ is no different. It is easy to believe that this song describes home in Texas for the ex-rodeo star.
Favorite Lyrics: Spend a little time with some good old friends, Y’all make it so hard to leave…

11) ‘On My Way To You’ – Written by Brett James and Tony Lane.
Impression: In the first single from this album, Cody belts out the familiar theme: it is easy to see that life’s paths were all part of God’s plan in retrospect. He has finally reached his destiny and ended up with the love of his life.
Favorite Lyrics: Every fork in the road, It was all worth the while, When I finally saw your smile, Every highway, every heartbreak, Every mountain, every mile

12) ‘Doubt Me Now’ – Written by Casey Beathard and Mitch Oglesby.
Impression: A message for Cody’s haters, ‘Doubt Me Now’ begs for their negativity to help fuel Cody’s fire. Cody delivers with a style similar to Luke Combs, who he will be joining for select tour dates this summer.
Favorite Lyrics:People like you got nothin’ better to do, Than throw rocks at things that shine, Well, you oughta be chasin’ your own dreams, ‘Stead of shootin’ holes in mine…

13) ‘Dear Rodeo’ – Written by Cody Johnson and Dan Couch.
Impression: One of the few songs included on this album that Cody had a hand in writing, includes a heartfelt letter addressed to his past passion. Although he may be talking about being a rodeo star, the universality of the lyrics can be applied to almost anything that was loved and lost.
Favorite Lyrics: I’m jaded, Woah, how I hate it, But somehow the highs outweigh the lows, And I’ll do it all again even though we both know, I’d still have to let you go…

14) ‘Husbands and Wives’ – Live Bonus Track – Written by Roger Miller.
Impression: With just one repeated verse and a refrain ‘Husbands and Wives’ may be short, but its lyrics manage to make a big statement. The song originally released by Roger Miller in 1966 is just as relevant today as it was then.
Favorite Lyrics: The angry words spoken in haste, Such a waste of two lives, Oh, it’s my belief pride is the chief cause, In the decline of the number of husbands and wives…

15) ‘His Name Is Jesus’ – Live Bonus Track – Written by Cody Johnson.
Impression: ‘His Name Is Jesus’ completes ‘Ain’t Nothin’ To It‘ as the only song included with Cody Johnson is the sole writer. Cody celebrates his faith in this gospel song.
Favorite Lyrics: Most famous in history, Things he spoke, the whole world still reads…

Cody Johnson currently does not have any New England tour dates scheduled, but you can keep up with him on his Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Website.

Kacey Musgraves Has Her ‘Golden Hour’ at the GRAMMYS

Last Sunday, it was our New England Patriots who stole the show, beating the LA Rams in the Super Bowl. But last night, it was Kacey Musgraves who had quite the night in Los Angeles at the GRAMMYS… She won not one, not two, not three but FOUR GRAMMYS!

Before the show even started, it was announced that Kacey was the winner for Best Country Song for ‘Space Cowboy’ as well as the winner for Best Country Solo Performance for ‘Butterflies.’ She was then later announced, during the broadcast, as the winner for Best Country Album for her 2018 ‘Golden Hour‘ – which was also named Album of the Year at the 52nd Annual CMA Awards this past November. The GRAMMYS win came over great albums from Kacey’s peers… Kelsea Ballerini, Brothers Osborne, Ashley McByde, and Chris Stapleton.

But that wasn’t all! Kacey would also win the biggest honor… The GRAMMY for Album of the Year. ‘By The Way, I Forgive You’ by Brandi Carlile, ‘Scorpion’ by Drake, ‘H.E.R.’ by H.E.R., ‘Beerbongs & Bentleys’ by Post Malone, ‘Dirty Computer’ by Janelle Monáe and ‘Black Panther: The Album, Music From And Inspired By’ by Various Artists were the other category nominees. Quite the group of nominees, but Kacey prevailed taking home the honor. Prior to last night, in the history of the GRAMMYS, only 4 country albums had won Album of the Year. Kacey’s win is the first for country music in over a decade- since Taylor Swift took home the award for her ‘Fearless‘ album in 2009.

What. A. Night. for Kacey Musgraves. Big congratulations to Kacey and her team from all of us here at New England Country Music!

Super Bowl LIII Was The Perfect One for a Country Halftime Show…

We’re just days away from Super Bowl LIII. Our New England Patriots will be facing the Los Angeles Rams at the Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia on this coming Sunday evening. While I’ll be watching for the game, many others tune in for the commercials and many others tune in for the halftime concert. And this year will be no different. But the NFL had the chance to do something they hadn’t done before for a Super Bowl halftime show- country music.

There are very few NFL stadiums in the heart of American where country music lies supreme. Obviously, Nashville is number one. But behind Music City, Atlanta probably is next in line to be home to an NFL franchise AND have thick roots in country music. And Nashville will probably never host a Super Bowl. No offense to Maroon 5, Big Boi or Travis Scott, but c’mon NFL, pay homage to country music for once. Atlanta was the perfect Super Bowl host to do it- unless you decide to play with Mother Nature again and grant Nashville a Super Bowl- which is unlikely.

And who could the NFL have tapped from country to put on one helluva Super Bowl… Well, we’ve been lobbying for Kenny Chesney to play the Pepsi Halftime Show for years. He is one of the few artists of any genre who can headline and sell out NFL stadiums across the country every summer. And let’s face it, he may already have plans to be in the building as he has strong ties with Robert Kraft and the Patriots organization. He was seen in Mr. Kraft’s suite in past Super Bowls.

But there’s also a plethora of Georgia born and bred country artists that would put on a great show. Alan Jackson and Travis Tritt are two icons that come to mind. And we know the argument will be that traditional country would struggle on national television because a lot of people don’t like country. But guess, what!? A LOT OF PEOPLE DO LIKE COUNTRY.

And if that is the argument, we can all be real here. Country music as played on country radio today definitely straddles the genre lines with influences and sounds of pop, rock and hip hop. So why not take modern country artists who flirt with other genres!? Again, the list artists from Georgia who are ruling in the modern country world but can appease the masses is pretty long. Artists like Cole Swindell, Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett, Brantley Gilbert, Kane Brown, Kip Moore, Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan, to name a few. Hell, throw Florida GEORGIA Line out there with Bebe Rexha to perform their 2018 smash hit, ‘Meant To Be.’ Give us SOME country music.

The last time that the NFL had a halftime show that exclusively featured country artists, it was 1994. Yes, 25 years ago. Seems like long enough. That show featured Travis Tritt, Tanya Tucker, Clink Black and The Judds. And only fittingly, that Super Bowl was also in Atlanta! So 25 years later, we’re back in Atlanta for a Super Bowl…

Nearly every year, the NFL has pop stars playing the halftime show. Let’s change it up. If there was any Super Bowl to feature some of country’s biggest stars, it was this weekend. Here we are 25 years later, we’re back in Atlanta for a Super Bowl. What better year could it have been to have had a country halftime show.

The truth is… the NFL dropped the ball here. Pun intended.

Ryan Hurd: ‘To a T’ Single Review

If you didn’t know the name before, hopefully you do by now. 2019 will be an exciting year for one of our personal favorite singer songwriters, Ryan Hurd. This Michigan native kicked off 2019 with all of his current tour stops sold out and two new singles on the radio. We are waiting to see where else he will stop on his tour but in the meantime, we can’t stop listening to his most recent single to be released, ‘To a T.’

Hurd’s newly debuted ‘To a T’ was co-written with Laura Veltz and Nathan Spicer as a follow up to ‘Diamonds or Twine’ which was a wedding gift to his talented wife, Maren Morris. You can check out that review here.  Not only is Morris a muse for her husband but she sings the harmonies on his most recent track.

Hurd is pulling at our heart strings yet again with these intimate lyrics. Take off your makeup, nobody’s around it’s you and me, girl, just let your guard down starts off this sexy song. Stripped down to basics, a t-shirt, white sheets and red wine, how much more vulnerable can you get?

Hurd’s talking about how well he’s figured her out, he knows what she needs and how comfortable she must be to let her guard down and close her eyes. He declares his love with I got you down to a T.

We are impatiently waiting for Hurd’s highly anticipated debut album coming out this year. Stay tuned as you won’t want to miss this one.


Favorite Lyrics: Stay here ’til sunrise, I wanna know you like it’s the last time I’ll ever hold you

NECM’s WCW Spotlight: Carrie Underwood

We, at New England Country Music, want to bring on the new year with a fun series spotlighting women in country music. While the acronym WCW, standing for “Women Crush Wednesday,” is often used for physical attraction, that is not the case here. This series will feature talented women who are crushing it in the country music scene.

Let’s change things up a bit for this week and talk about one of the current powerhouse women in the country music scene, Carrie Underwood. Little did anyone know that the blonde-haired, farm girl from Checotah, Oklahoma was going to become a household name. Growing up in a religious home, Underwood began singing at church when she was quite young and continued singing in local talent shows in and around her home town. She was a well-rounded teenager, playing sports like softball and basketball, cheerleading for the blue and white Checotah High School Wildcats, and graduating as the salutatorian. After high school she attended Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK. Her academic success continued as she graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Mass Communications. Like many college students, she worked her tail off at various jobs including a zoo, a veterinary clinic, and a pizzeria. She could have never known back then that today, she would have over eleven million Facebook followers. How quickly life can change!

Underwood’s life changed completely in the spring of 2005, after winning the fourth season of American Idol. The soon to be thirty-six-year-old vegan is not only a super talented vocalist, she is also an accomplished songwriter and actress. Her very first single, ‘Inside Your Heaven,’ released in June 2005, was the only single by a solo country artist between 2000-2009 to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Five months later, she dropped her first full length album, ‘Some Hearts.’ It debuted as number one on Billboard Top Country Albums and went on to become the best-selling country album in the United States for 2006 and 2007. It is certified eight times platinum by the RIAA. Two years later, in 2007, Underwood released her second album, ‘Carnival Ride.’ It sold over half a million copies in its first week. It is certified four times multi-platinum. Another two years passed and then Underwood released her third album, ‘Play On,’ which sold over 300,000 copies in its first week. She went on to release her fourth album, ‘Blown Away’ in 2012, her fifth album, ‘Storyteller’ in 2015, and her sixth album, ‘Cry Pretty’ in 2018. Although music has been her predominant career, she has immersed herself in the world of acting. In February 2010, she performed a voice-over on PBS’s classic show Sesame Street. A couple months later, she took on her first major acting role as “Tiffany” on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother. Her first film role was in the 2011 movie Soul Surfer. And in 2013, Underwood appeared in NBC’s The Sound of Music Live as Maria von Trapp. With six albums under her belt and some time on the big screen, we’re confident that Carrie Underwood will continue to impress us.

Since she came into our lives, Carrie Underwood has sold sixty-five million records worldwide. She has had twenty-six number one singles, co-writing thirteen of them. She has won seven GRAMMY awards, ten Billboard Music Awards, fourteen ACM Awards, eighteen CMT Music Awards, and nine CMA Awards. She has been a member of the Grande Ole Opry for over ten years. Billboard referred to her as “the ultimate Idol success story.” Forbes mentioned that Underwood was “the most successful American Idol winner of all time, with more albums sold and more revenue generated than any of the other contestants in the show’s 15 seasons.” Though she may have had her start on Idol, there’s absolutely no stopping her now.

The happily married mom has two little ones. Isaiah will be turning four next month and Jacob was born just last week! I’m sure you didn’t miss Carrie’s social media pictures that were released shortly after giving birth to Jacob, gorgeous as ever and make-up free! We are so excited for her growing family and also for her Cry Pretty Tour which is set to start in May of 2019. Joining her on tour are two other groups of dynamic women in country music, Maddie and Tae and Runaway June. Be sure to catch them all when they stop in Boston, MA at the TD Garden on Thursday, October 10th.

Don’t forget to download one of our favorite Carrie Underwood songs, ‘Love Wins,’ from her album ‘Cry Pretty’ on iTunes here.

‘The Fighter,’ a collaboration with Keith Urban, can be found on his album ‘Ripcord.’ You can download it from iTunes here.

Stay connected with Carrie Underwood by following her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Be on the lookout for our next installment of WCW in country music. It is set to hit our page on Wednesday, February 13th.

The Country Megaticket is BACK in Hartford!

Live Nation Connecticut is proud to present The 2019 Country 92-5 Megaticket Presented by Pennzoil. 

This is your season ticket to four of the best country concerts this summer at XFINITY Theatre in Hartford.  You’ll see the biggest superstars in country music, plus the superstars of tomorrow! 

Your four shows in Hartford on the Megaticket are:
June 15th: Chris Young with Chris Janson and more!
July 19th: Florida Georgia Line with Dan + Shay, Morgan Wallen and Hardy
August 15th: Dierks Bentley with Jon Pardi and Tenille Townes
August 29th: Brad Paisley with Chris Lane and Riley Green

Ticket Types:

Gold Seat Ticket (Reserved)

  • One reserved ticket in the lower or mid pavilion for each of the four country shows for $599
    • The same seat for each show.
  • One Premier parking pass (for each pair of tickets) for each show.
  • Access to the 2020 Megaticket Presale.

Price per ticket: $599 plus applicable service charges

Silver Seat Ticket (Reserved)

  • One reserved ticket in the rear pavilion for each of the four country shows
    • The same seat for each show
  • Access to the 2020 Megaticket Presale
  • Skip The Line pass for each of the 4 shows

Price per ticket: $375 plus applicable service charges

Lawn Ticket

  • Spread out a blanket and enjoy each of the four country shows under the stars. 
  • Guaranteed lawn ticket for each show.  
  • Access to the 2020 Megaticket presale.
  • Skip the Line pass for each of the 4 shows

Price per ticket: $99 plus applicable service charges

Gold level packages include premier parking and Skip The Line privileges!

*Available while supplies last. No refunds, exchanges or transfers. All shows are performed rain or shine.  All acts are subject to change

Previous Buyers Pre-Sale: Tuesday, January 22 at 10am  –  Thursday, January 24 at 10pm

CITI Cardholder Members Pre-Sale: Wednesday, January 23 at 10am – Thursday, January 24 at 10pm

Live Nation/Radio/Ticketmaster Pre-Sale: Wednesday, January 23 at 10am – Thursday, January 24 at 10pm 

General Public On Sale: Friday, January 25 at 10am

PACKAGES WILL NOT BE SOLD AFTER MAY 30TH AT 4PM! DON’T MISS OUT!

The 2019 92-5 Country Megaticket is finally here! 4 great shows featuring Chris Young, Florida Georgia Line, Dierks…

Posted by XFINITY Theatre on Friday, January 18, 2019