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ORVILLE PECK – SUMMERTIME

Today, country artist Orville Peck has shared his new, self-produced track “Summertime” via Columbia Records. In tandem with the new song, Orville has also released the official video for “Summertime.” Directed by Drew Kirsch (Taylor Swift, John Legend) the video finds Orville, keeping within the cowboy way of life, traveling the distance, alone in a vast landscape. Listen to the song here and watch the video here

Says Orville, “I wrote this song a long time ago and to me, Summertime has a few different meanings. Summertime can be a season, a person, or a memory of a happier time that can be difficult to visit. We also wanted the video to focus around the idea of how we treat nature. Ultimately this is a song about biding your time and staying hopeful – even if it means missing something or someone.”
 
Orville first performed “Summertime” to an intimate, sold out crowd during a special, one-night only event at the Museum of Modern Art and again at a few tour dates before the tour was postponed. Orville then performed it for a larger audience on his livestreamed, at home concerts. Watch the livestreams here and here.
 
“Summertime” is the first new music Orville has shared since the release of his self-produced debut album, Pony, in March 2019. Ponyreleased to both fan and critical support alike, with positive reviews from The New Yorker, Billboard, Rolling Stone Country, The FADER, NPR and many more. Known for not only his musicianship but also his visuals and live show, Orville toured Ponyfor nearly a year. Although his current tour is postponed, Orville is slated to perform at Coachella and Stagecoach this fall, as well as open for Harry Styles at his “Harryween” MSG shows this Halloween, pending future outcome.   
 
More new music and visuals will be released in the coming weeks; fans should visit his official website and socials for updates. 

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Nashville Plays On: New Documentary Film, Live Streams, Virtual Experiences

Nashville Keeps the Music Playing with Online Concerts, Digital Archives, and more.

NASHVILLE – As Music City follows the guidance of government and health officials, attractions have closed their doors to visitors and shifted to offer online experiences. The Grand Ole Opry is available for live streaming on Saturday evening, and two Nashville documentaries are online for viewing. Music City favorites can still be enjoyed from the comfort of your own home.

For those missing the sound of Music City, Nashville’s newest documentary, It All Begins With a Song: The Story of the Nashville Songwriter, is now available for purchase and streaming on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, and more. The film tells the story of the Nashville Songwriter, from heartbreak to triumph and all the steps in between. Enjoy an inside look into Music Row, and the daily life of a songwriter. Start watching here: www.visitmusiccity.com/itallbeginswithasong

If you missed Nashville’s first documentary, For the Love of Music: The Story of Nashville now is a great time to catch up. Telling the story of Nashville became Music City, the full film is available for viewing online now:

On March 16, the Grand Ole Opry paused all shows with a live audience,

but vowed to continue its nearly 95-year radio broadcast history with

acoustic performances from some Opry favorites and minimal crew. Almost

half a million fans streamed or listened to the show, helping the Opry

continue its streak as the world’s longest running radio show. That

will continue this Saturday, March 21, when Circle, Opry’s television

network, will again bring the Opry show to country music fans in their

own homes. Check your local listings, Facebook, and YouTube for more information and help keep the tradition alive by tuning in.

The music never stops in Nashville, and that is still the case. Many Nashville artists are sharing their talents with the world via social media and live streaming apps. Tune in to an upcoming show, or catch one you might have missed. Hear the music here.

Looking for more of Nashville? The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has an archived database of photos, sound recordings, printed materials, and objects of their collection available for online browsing 24/7, free of charge. Viewers can also enjoy pre-recorded live performances, interviews, and songwriter sessions from Bill Anderson,Rodney Clawson, Eric Paslay, and more. Find out more here.

Additionally, the Tennessee State Museum has an online database enabling visitors to search for and read about artifacts in the Museum’s Collection, along with an extensive blog featuring topics on Tennessee history and more. Video archives of lectures, panel discussions, and lunch & learns are also available. Find out more:http://www.tnmuseum.org

Adventure Science Center, Cheekwood Estate & Gardens, Frist Art Museum, Nashville Zoo, Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, and more local attractions are all offering virtual experiences via their website and social media channels. Refer to this page, which will continually be updated:

www.visitmusiccity.com/virtualattractions.
The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp The mission of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp is to maximize the economic contribution of the convention and tourism industry to the community by developing and marketing Nashville as a premier destination. Visit the NCVC’s website at www.visitmusiccity.com and follow us on social media: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.  

Sturgill Simpson x North American Tour

Today, GRAMMY® Award winner Sturgill Simpson shares the music video for “A Good Look,” a standout track from his critically acclaimed fourth full-length album – available HERE via Elektra Records – and Netflix Original anime film of the same name, “SOUND & FURY.” Watch the “A Good Look” official music video HERE.

Featuring high-octane animated footage from the “SOUND & FURY” film, the visual captures the breakneck action, frenetic pace, and intensity of the artist’s immersive vision set to psychedelic disco breaks, ripping guitars, and stadium-size hooks. The video was directed by Simpson’s “SOUND & FURY” collaborator, founder of influential animation studio Kamikaze Douga, and sought-after filmmaker Jumpei Mizusaki.

Next up, Simpson kicks off his much-anticipated “Sturgill Simpson: A Good Look’n Tour” on February 21 in Birmingham, AL. Meeting widespread demand from audiences everywhere, it visits over 40 cities with two-night stands scheduled for Asheville, NC, Detroit, MI, Minneapolis, MN, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, CA, and Nashville, TN. Numerous dates have already sold out in advance. Presented by AEG Presents, the tour features special guest and acclaimed country breakout star Tyler Childers. Simpson has also partnered with CID Entertainment to offer travel packages with all net proceeds benefitting the Special Forces Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides immediate and ongoing support to the Special Forces community and their families. $1 from each ticket sold for the Sturgill Simpson: A Good Look’n Tour will also be donated to benefit the Special Forces Foundation.  Tickets and more information on the exclusive travel offers can be found HERE. Check out the confirmed itinerary below.

Anointed a critical favorite for its uncompromising scope, endless attitude, and flawless execution, “SOUND & FURY” closed out 2019 as a fixture on numerous year end lists, including those by Rolling Stone, Billboard, NPR, Vulture, Esquire, Noisey, and more. Simpson’s live performances and album have been met with fan and critical praise alike: 

“A PROUDLY REBELLIOUS RECORD.” – Los Angeles Times

“Sound and Fury begins much in the same way as Simpson’s recent live set: with AN EXPLORATORY PSYCH-BLUES JAM …As a guitarist, Simpson is uninterested in conventional guitar god shredding; his playing is CURIOUS, FLUID AND FULL OF WONDER.” – Rolling Stone

“…he can glide between synth-rock, glam, dancefloor-fillers; songwriting is king in his world. It doesn’t matter if he’s playing a dreamy campfire song or a two-minute instrumental stomper. Simpson is the one dictating his sound…” – Pitchfork

“Anyone who says guitar music is dead hasn’t listened to the new Sturgill Simpson record.” – Entertainment Weekly

“Sound & Fury is the best case for musicians using Netflix in wild ways…..THE YEAR’S MOST HYPNOTIZING LONGFORM MUSIC VIDEO.” – Indiewire

“The Sound & Fury closer is the BEST THING SIMPSON HAS EVER DONE …It’s hard to imagine any other rock ’n’ roll show achieving anything like the same visceral power.” – Billboard

“POWERHOUSE PERFORMANCE … Simpson was here, in a cozy punk club, seeking a real connection, making a real change in the world.” – The Washington Post

About Sturgill Simpson:

A true iconoclast, GRAMMY® Award-winning singer and songwriter Sturgill Simpson has quietly, yet irrevocably disrupted country, rock, and culture at large since his 2013 independent debut High Top Mountain. In 2014, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music garnered his first GRAMMY® Award nod and claimed spots on Rolling Stone’s “50 Best Albums of 2014” and NPR’s “50 Favorite Albums of 2014.” 2016 saw him reach a pivotal turning point on A Sailor’s Guide To Earth. It would be honored with the GRAMMY® Award for “Best Country Album.” Like only he can, Simpson threw the rulebook out the window and flipped everything upside down on 2019’s “SOUND & FURY.” Produced by Simpson, the bulk of the album was recorded primarily at the McGuire Motor Inn in Waterford, Michigan, with his bandmates Bobby Emmett, Chuck Bartels, Miles Miller, who all serve as co-producers along with GRAMMY nominee John Hill (Cage The Elephant, Portugal.The Man, Bleachers). It lived up to his pledge to deliver as “a sleazy, steamy rock n roll record” and was accompanied by a Netflix anime film of the same name, which merged American rock music with Japanese animation in a revolutionary new way. Last year, he also contributed “The Dead Don’t Die” as the original theme song for writer and director Jim Jamursch’s acclaimed The Dead Don’t Die film. Additionally, he remains committed to philanthropy supporting non-profit organizations such as the Special Forces Foundation.

STURGILL SIMPSON: A GOOD LOOK’N TOUR WITH VERY SPECIAL GUEST TYLER CHILDERS

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES

FEB 21, 2020 LEGACY ARENA AT THE BJCC BIRMINGHAM, AL

FEB 22, 2020 U.S. CELLULAR CENTER ASHEVILLE, NC Sold Out

FEB 23, 2020 U.S. CELLULAR CENTER ASHEVILLE, NC Sold Out

FEB 25, 2020 KNOXVILLE CIVIC COLISEUM KNOXVILLE, TN

FEB 26, 2020 KNOXVILLE CIVIC COLISEUM KNOXVILLE, TN

FEB 28, 2020 RUPP ARENA LEXINGTON, KY

FEB 29, 2020 MASONIC TEMPLE DETROIT, MI Sold Out

MAR 1, 2020 MASONIC TEMPLE DETROIT, MI

MAR 4, 2020 PETERSEN EVENTS CENTER PITTSBURGH, PA

MAR 6, 2020 SPECTRUM CENTER CHARLOTTE, NC

MAR 7, 2020 INFINITE ENERGY CENTER ATLANTA, GA Sold Out

MAR 10, 2020 NORTH CHARLESTON COLISEUM NORTH CHARLESTON, SC

MAR 13, 2020 HAMPTON COLISEUM HAMPTON, VA

MAR 14, 2020 THE MET PHILADELPHIA, PA

MAR 15, 2020 THE ANTHEM WASHINGTON, DC Sold Out

MAR 16, 2020 THE ANTHEM WASHINGTON, DC

MAR 18, 2020 COCA-COLA COLISEUM TORONTO, ON

MAR 20, 2020 NATIONWIDE ARENA COLUMBUS, OH

MAR 21, 2020 CHAIFETZ ARENA ST. LOUIS, MO

MAR 22, 2020 LANDERS CENTER SOUTHAVEN, MS

MAR 27, 2020 AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER DALLAS, TX

MAR 28, 2020 FRANK ERWIN CENTER AUSTIN, TX

MAR 29, 2020 SMART FINANCIAL CENTRE SUGAR LAND, TX

APR 1, 2020 SILVERSTEIN EYE CENTERS ARENA INDEPENDENCE, MO

APR 3, 2020 UNITED CENTER CHICAGO, IL

APR 4, 2020 THE ARMORY MINNEAPOLIS, MN Sold Out

APR 5, 2020 THE ARMORY MINNEAPOLIS, MN

APR 9, 2020 BAXTER ARENA OMAHA, NE

APR 10, 2020 ALLIANT ENERGY CENTER MADISON, WI

APR 23, 2020 BOK CENTER TULSA, OK

APR 25, 2020 PEPSI CENTER DENVER, CO

APR 28, 2020 MAVERIK CENTER SALT LAKE CITY, UT

APR 29, 2020 ADAMS CENTER MISSOULA, MT

MAY 1, 2020 VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM PORTLAND, OR

MAY 2, 2020 THE GORGE AMPHITHEATRE GEORGE, WA

MAY 5, 2020 BILL GRAHAM CIVIC AUDITORIUM SAN FRANCISCO, CA Sold Out

MAY 6, 2020 BILL GRAHAM CIVIC AUDITORIUM SAN FRANCISCO, CA

MAY 8, 2020 THE FORUM INGLEWOOD, CA

MAY 15, 2020 TD GARDEN BOSTON, MA

MAY 16, 2020 MADISON SQUARE GARDEN NEW YORK, NY

MAY 21, 2020 BRIDGESTONE ARENA NASHVILLE, TN

MAY 22, 2020 BRIDGESTONE ARENA NASHVILLE, TN Sold Out

MAY 24, 2020 KFC YUM! CENTER LOUISVILLE, KY

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President Obama Lists Old Town Road

Former President Barack Obama ranked Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road (Billy Ray Cyrus Remix),” a song also included on his Summer Playlist, as one of his favorite songs of the year.

“I stand here with the most humble heart that Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ featuring BRC is still on Former President Barack Obama’s official playlist of 2019. What a way to cap off the year,” said Billy Ray Cyrus.

Old Town Road (Billy Ray Cyrus Remix)” continues touching audiences and all ages worldwide as the pair are up for 3 nominations at the 62nd Annual GRAMMY®Awards in the all genre Record Of The Year and Best Music Video categories, as well as Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, which air January 26 on CBS. These latest nominations brings Cyrus’ total GRAMMY® nods to 7 over the course of his impressive career. 

The GRAMMY® nominations follow Cyrus and Lil Nas X’s win at the American Music Awards for Favorite Song Hip-Hop/Rap and the Country Music Association Awards for Musical Event of the Year. In addition, Cyrus and Lil Nas X took home two MTV VMA Moonmen for Song of the Year and Best Direction, as well as two trophies at the BET Hip Hop Awards for Best Collab, Duo or Group and Single of the Year.

This is all on the on the heels of the song being certified diamond by the RIAA. Not only is “Old Town Road (Billy Ray Cyrus remix)” the first song of 2019 to gain the diamond recognition, it is the first in the RIAA’s history to meet the minimum requirement of 10,000,000 units sold so quickly.

About Billy Ray Cyrus:
Billy Ray Cyrus became a household name over the course of his unprecedented career which spans across music, television and theater. Throughout his nearly three decade career, Cyrus has achieved worldwide success as a singer, songwriter, actor and producer. The Flatwoods, KY native exploded onto the music scene when his first album, Some Gave All, debuted on the all-genre Billboard album chart at No. 1 and stayed there for a record-breaking 17 weeks in 1992. The lead single, “Achy Breaky Heart,” became a phenomenon as the single went multi-platinum. After “Achy Breaky Heart,” Cyrus followed up with back to back hits “It Could’ve Been Me,” “She’s Not Crying Anymore,” “Wher’m I Gonna Live When I Get Home?” and the anthemic “Some Gave All.” Cyrus knocked himself out of the top Billboard position with the his second No. 1 album, It Won’t Be The Last, featuring smash hits “In the Heart of a Woman,” “Words By Heart” and “Somebody New.” Cyrus followed up with dozens more that defined country music. “To me, my most defining moment in country was being joined by George Jones and Loretta Lynn on my self-penned ‘Country Music Has the Blues,’” said Cyrus. He also enjoyed a successful career as an actor in “Doc” and “Still The King,” as well as the Disney series “Hannah Montana” with his daughter Miley. Recently, Cyrus has shattered records with Lil Nas X with the global smash, “Old Town Road,” which remained No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 19 consecutive weeks.

*Photo credit: Derrek Kupish

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Billy Ray Cyrus × Lil Nas X

Billy Ray Cyrus continues touching audiences and all ages worldwide with the success of “Old Town Road (Billy Ray Cyrus Remix)” with Lil Nas X as the pair are honored with an American Music Award for Favorite Song Hip-Hop/Rap. Winners are voted on entirely by fans.

Cyrus and Lil Nas X are closing out the year with 3 nominations at the 62nd Annual GRAMMY® Awards for “Old Town Road (Billy Ray Cyrus Remix)” in the all genre Record Of The Year and Best Music Video categories, as well as Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, which air January 26 on CBS. These latest nominations brings Cyrus’ total GRAMMY® nods to 7 over the course of his impressive career. 

The GRAMMY® nominations follow Cyrus and Lil Nas X’s win at the Country Music Association Awards for Musical Event of the Year. Already this year, Cyrus and Lil Nas X took home two MTV VMA Moonmen for Song of the Year and Best Direction, as well as two trophies at the BET Hip Hop Awards for Best Collab, Duo or Group and Single of the Year.

This is all on the on the heels of the song being certified diamond by the RIAA. Not only is “Old Town Road (Billy Ray Cyrus remix)” the first song of 2019 to gain the diamond recognition, it is the first in the RIAA’s history to meet the minimum requirement of 10,000,000 units sold so quickly.

About Billy Ray Cyrus:
Billy Ray Cyrus became a household name over the course of his unprecedented career which spans across music, television and theater. Throughout his nearly three decade career, Cyrus has achieved worldwide success as a singer, songwriter, actor and producer. The Flatwoods, KY native exploded onto the music scene when his first album, Some Gave All, debuted on the all-genre Billboard album chart at No. 1 and stayed there for a record-breaking 17 weeks in 1992. The lead single, “Achy Breaky Heart,” became a phenomenon as the single went multi-platinum. After “Achy Breaky Heart,” Cyrus followed up with back to back hits “It Could’ve Been Me,” “She’s Not Crying Anymore,” “Wher’m I Gonna Live When I Get Home?” and the anthemic “Some Gave All.” Cyrus knocked himself out of the top Billboard position with the his second No. 1 album, It Won’t Be The Last, featuring smash hits “In the Heart of a Woman,” “Words By Heart” and “Somebody New.” Cyrus followed up with dozens more that defined country music. “To me, my most defining moment in country was being joined by George Jones and Loretta Lynn on my self-penned ‘Country Music Has the Blues,’” said Cyrus. He also enjoyed a successful career as an actor in “Doc” and “Still The King,” as well as the Disney series “Hannah Montana” with his daughter Miley. Recently, Cyrus has shattered records with Lil Nas X with the global smash, “Old Town Road,” which remained No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 19 consecutive weeks.

*Photo by Derrek Kupish

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BILLY RAY CYRUS
AND LIL NAS X WIN BET HIP HOP AWARDS

Billy Ray Cyrus is making room on the trophy shelf again as the BET Hip Hop Awards honors the Flatwoods, Kentucky singer-songwriter with two trophies for Best Collab, Duo or Group and Single of the Year with Lil Nas X on the record shattering 19-week No. 1 “Old Town Road” (remix, featuring Cyrus).

“Thank you to the BET Hip Hop Awards and hip hop/rap community for the Best Collab and Single of the Year wins. You kept OTR at No. 1 for 19 consecutive weeks. More importantly, you made me feel welcomed into your home and world. I’m dedicating these wins to Mr. Nipsey Hussle – a legend gone way too soon,” Cyrus shared.

Recently, Cyrus learned he was nominated in the Musical Event of the Year category with Lil Nas X during the 53rd CMA Awards after taking home two MTV VMA Moonmen for Song of the Year and Best Direction for Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road (Remix, featuring Cyrus).”

About Billy Ray Cyrus:
Billy Ray Cyrus became a household name over the course of his unprecedented career which spans across music, television and theater. Throughout his nearly three decade career, Cyrus has achieved worldwide success as a singer, songwriter, actor and producer. The Flatwoods, KY native exploded onto the music scene when his first album, Some Gave All, debuted on the all-genre Billboard album chart at No. 1 and stayed there for a record-breaking 17 weeks in 1992. The lead single, “Achy Breaky Heart,” became a phenomenon as the single went multi-platinum. After “Achy Breaky Heart,” Cyrus followed up with back to back hits “It Could’ve Been Me,” “She’s Not Crying Anymore,” “Wher’m I Gonna Live When I Get Home?” and the anthemic “Some Gave All.” Cyrus knocked himself out of the top Billboard position with the his second No. 1 album, It Won’t Be The Last, featuring smash hits “In the Heart of a Woman,” “Words By Heart” and “Somebody New.” Cyrus followed up with dozens more that defined country music. “To me, my most defining moment in country was being joined by George Jones and Loretta Lynn on my self-penned ‘Country Music Has the Blues,’” said Cyrus. He also enjoyed a successful career as an actor in “Doc” and “Still The King,” as well as the Disney series “Hannah Montana” with his daughter Miley. Recently, Cyrus has shattered records with Lil Nas X with the global smash, “Old Town Road,” which has remained No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 19 consecutive weeks. Returning to his Kentucky roots, BBR Music Group/BMG released Cyrus’s new single on July 19 with emerging artist Johnny McGuire titled, “Chevys and Fords,” which Rolling Stone Country proclaimed is “a gently rocking country tune brimming with Springsteen-inspired, vehicle-based nostalgia…finds the two vocalists singing about how they come from a long line of Chevys and Fords.’
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Taylor Swift, 360 MAGAZINE

Taylor Swift’s Lover

Taylor Swift’s top selling album of the year, Lover [Republic Records], officially crosses 1 million in U.S. consumption in under two weeks and sold more albums in 48 hours than any album this year. 

Cementing Lover’s status as a worldwide critical phenomenon, Taylor captures #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Songwriters Chart for the third consecutive week, anchored by “Lover,” “You Need To Calm Down” and “ME!” featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco. Additionally, she remains the #1 most-streamed female artist globally on Spotify this week.

On Monday, she delivered a powerhouse performance for the Lenovo Presents: The City of Lover Concert at The L’Olympia Theater in Paris, France. For the first time ever, she performed new music from Lover live in front of fans hailing from over 37 countries.

Check out video HERE and what critics had to say about it below. 
“She shows that she is a songwriter in the lineage of Emmylou Harris, Judy Collins or Joan Baez.” – Paris Match

“An icon of America, the number one pop star” – Le Parisien

“Proves to us that she is a true musician and an excellent singer and that her songs go the extra mile without artifice.” – Le Parisien
“Both a thank you to her fanbase and a celebration of how far Swift has come since releasing her debut album over a decade ago, The City of Lover concert was a triumph.” – NME (5 Star Review)

“The real success of the concert, however, came from Swift’s faith in her music. There was no big light show, no pyrotechnics, just a basic band, four backing singers and Swift herself, bringing to life songs that captured in a straightforward way everyday aspects of life and love.” – The Times (5 Star Review)

“Taylor made a triumphant return to the stage…” – The Sun 

“Her performance confirmed her status as the consummate modern pop superstar” – The Sun 

“Tay­lor Swift woos a petit Parisian crowd” – The Face

“For a while, Swift could be back in Nashville’s Bluebird Café as she sits on a stool and strums her way beatifically through Death By A Thousand Cuts, Cornelia Street and The Man, attacking her guitar on the latter as if it were the patriachy itself. She then switches to piano (and, by the way, only Swift’s audience could be sent into raptures by someone wheeling on a baby grand) for a heart-wrenching, ebb-and-flow segue between All Too Well, Red and the new album’s Daylight, songcraft and showmanship in perfect harmony.”  – Music Week

“The emotional intelligence and precision in her lyrics, and adept ability to move between instruments, are Swift’s greatest strengths. Still, her voice is lovely, particularly on the tender “Lover”.” – The i 

“This intimate night proved superstars still conjure unexpected magic and mystery of their own.”– The i 


“Professionalism of the entertainer shines with her assets – flawless precision, a relentless stream of instant melodies celebrated by fans singing in unison, a luminous bracelet at the wrist – interspersed with pure emotions and choreographic stillness…” –  Le Monde

“Only on the guitar and then on the piano, Taylor Swift shows (to those who still doubted it), that she is above all a musician, author and composer… and its magical.” – Tele Loisirs

“A simple and emotional concert, which reveals a new and even more fascinating artist” – Rolling Stone Italy

She accelerated the sales of Lover to historic heights by not only delivering the highest-selling album of 2019, but also achieving “the biggest first-week total for any album since her own Reputation in 2017,” according to Billboard. Accumulating number ones in over 100 countries, the record is also China’s most consumed full-length international album of 2019, besting the previous record holder by double. Total global streams are over 2.5 billion to date.

Lover is the ten-time GRAMMY® Award-winning, record-breaking superstar’s seventh album. Taylor‘s juggernaut arrives as a fan favorite and currently ranks as her highest rated critically acclaimed album on Metacritic.

Memphis, Tennessee, Vaughn Lowery, 360 MAGAZINE

Memphis × West Tennessee

By Shelby Barbour × Vaughn Lowery

The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development held the Memphis and West Tennessee Media tour March 19th-23rd. This trip was filled with amazing food, noteworthy experiences and monumental moments.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 journalists arrived bright and early at the Memphis International Airport and were met by Geiger & Associate staff, and were shortly off to lunch. Lunch was held at The Beauty Shop, which is a hip spot located at the center of the Cooper-Young Entertainment District. The name of the restaurant is the theme. 1940’s beauty dryers are scattered around the salon. Along with this old-fashioned décor, the trendy restaurant also serves amazing, American cuisine. Grilled peaches with blue cheese and balsamic vinegar, herb-crusted trout, cheese grits, and succotash are just a few of the delicious bites they have. After breakfast, the groups split for afternoon activities. The journalists were able to choose between three different activities.

First day activities include taking a tour of Graceland – Home of Elvis Presley, visiting Cooper-Young Entertainment District and Overton Square, and taking a tour of the Memphis Botanic Garden.

Dinner was held at Blues City Café, located on Beale Street. Their ribs have been featured on many food channels and in Bon Appetit’s barbeque issue. Then after, having the options to go out for the night.

The following days were very similar to this one. Starting the day with a delicious breakfast, then continuing to do some fun activity. A lot of the activities include touring Memphis’ popular attractions like The Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, the Blues Hall of Fame, Shelby Farms Park, the National Civil Rights Museum, and the Peabody Hotel; just to name a few.

Beale street is known for its music, and soul so it’s no doubt that was a must-see on this trip.

This trip was full of opportunity. Tennessee has so much culture, soul, and influence that it’s a no brainer why people fall in love with it. Although the trip mainly focused on food and sight-seeing, some history was thrown in there as well. Tours of the National Civil Rights Museum were given. The museum was established in 1991 and is located at the former Lorraine Motel, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. This museum offered the visitors a full immersion experience through the American civil rights movement.

When exploring Tennessee, it’s hard to not eat everything that comes into view. Luckily on this trip, it offered multiple foods. This trip was all about the food and travel destinations, so without a doubt, there was going to be some great food options. Food varied from fried chicken sandwiches to impossible burgers which are made from plant-based meats and even deep-fried oysters.

What’s a good trip, without good alcohol? Wine tasting, beer tasting, any alcohol tasting you can think of, Tennessee has it. Century Farm Winery is a family-owned and operated winery that is located right on a working farm. Journalists were able to tour the winery and enjoy a selection of handcrafted and award-winning wines. The wine wasn’t the only alcohol being tasted, good olé’ moonshine was available for taste as well. Samuel T. Bryant Distillery was a hot stop on this tour as well. Just like with the Winery, the journalist was able to have a tasting and tour at the Distillery. Samuel T Bryant Distillery tries its hardest to use locally grown produce in their products. The berries in the Blueberry Moonshine and the Blackberry Moonshine come from local farms and the corn they use comes from Madison County farms. They even use local Sorghum Molasses to make a very unique rum product.

The Memphis and West Tennessee Media Tour was filled with so much culture, inspiration, passion, and warmth. Journalists were able to put their creative skills to the test; write and visit places they’ve never been before. When traveling it’s important to try new things and always think outside the box. New foods, drinks, experiences, and great times are what make a trip unforgettable.

Memphis is definitely a place that needs to be on everyone’s travel list. It’s full of so much culture, experiences and food. Memphis is the definition of an affordable visit, foodie town with tons of music history.

Lil Nas X & Billy Ray Cyrus ‘Old Town Road’ Remix

LIL NAS X ENLISTS BILLY RAY CYRUS FOR ‘OLD TOWN ROAD’ REMIX

Always one to be inspired by originality, Billy Ray Cyrus is lending his distinctive vocal style and clever lyrics to Lil Nas X’s already viral sensation, “Old Town Road.” In a just-released remix, Cyrus adds ‘a throaty verse that emphasizes the triumphant aspects of Lil Nas X’s hit: fancy jewelry, expensive cars and living a stress-free life (Rolling Stone).’

CLICK HERE to listen to “Old Town Road.”

“I loved the song the first time I heard it. Country music fans decide what they like. Not critics or anyone else. Waylon Jennings once told me every once in a while the industry outlaws someone because they’re different. Country music fans don’t need to be defined by critics. I’ve always said, don’t think inside the box, don’t think outside the box. Think like there is no box. So, I’m honored to collaborate with Lil Nas X on Old Town Road,” said Cyrus.

The song featuring Cyrus is available on all streaming services now. As Rolling Stone notes, “Cyrus announces himself immediately by singing the first hook: “I’m gonna take my horse to the old town road/ I’m gonna ride ’til I can’t no more.” He shows up again towards the end of the banjo-heavy hip-pop single.”

The multi-media entertainment icon will release his own studio album, The SnakeDoctor Circus, via BMG this spring (release date to be announced soon).

About Billy Ray Cyrus

Billy Ray Cyrus became a household name over the course of his unprecedented career which spans across music, television and theater. Throughout his nearly three decade career, Cyrus has achieved worldwide success as a singer, songwriter, actor and producer. The Flatwoods, KY native exploded onto the music scene when his first album, Some Gave All, debuted on the all-genre Billboard album chart at No. 1 and stayed there for a record-breaking 17 weeks in 1992. The lead single, “Achy Breaky Heart,” became a phenomenon as the single went multi-platinum. After “Achy Breaky Heart,” Cyrus followed up with back to back hits “It Could’ve Been Me,” “She’s Not Crying Anymore,” “Wher’m I Gonna Live When I Get Home?” and the anthemic “Some Gave All.” Cyrus knocked himself out of the top Billboard position with the his second No. 1 album, It Won’t Be The Last, featuring smash hits “In the Heart of a Woman,” “Words By Heart” and “Somebody New.” Cyrus followed up with dozens more that defined country music. “To me, my most defining moment in country was being joined by George Jones and Loretta Lynn on my self-penned ‘Country Music Has the Blues,’” said Cyrus. He also enjoyed a successful career as an actor in “Doc” and “Still The King,” as well as the Disney series “Hannah Montana” with his daughter Miley Cyrus.

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Hometown Rising Country Music & Bourbon Festival

TRACE ADKINS, DILLON CARMICHAEL AND THE SISTERHOOD BAND ADDED TO HOMETOWN RISING COUNTRY MUSIC & BOURBON FESTIVAL SEPTEMBER 14 & 15, 2019 IN LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY

Country music icon Trace Adkins, independent rising country music artist Dillon Carmichael, and country rock duo The Sisterhood Band have been added to the incredible music lineup for Hometown Rising, the first-ever Country Music & Bourbon Festival, which debuts Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 15 at Highland Festival Grounds at KY Expo Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

Hometown Rising combines two of Louisville’s cultural cornerstones—great music and incredible bourbon—and is the newest addition to the Louisville fall festival series from premier independent festival producer Danny Wimmer Presents.

Hometown Rising’s music lineup will be led by country heavyweights including Tim McGraw, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan and Keith Urban with additional appearances from Dwight Yoakam, Trace Adkins, Brett Young, Jake Owen, Bret Michaels, Frankie Ballard, and many more. In total, more than 30 artists will play on three stages, including two side-by-side main stages, over the course of the weekend.

The current music lineup for Hometown Rising is as follows (subject to change):

Saturday, September 14:

Tim McGraw, Little Big Town, Dwight Yoakam, Trace Adkins, Frankie Ballard, The Cadillac Three, Jimmie Allen, Lindsay Ell, The Steel Woods, Clare Dunn, Noah Guthrie, Kassi Ashton, J.D. Shelburne, The Sisterhood Band, Raelyn Nelson Band, Alice Wallace, Imaj

Sunday, September 15:

Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Brett Young, Jake Owen, Bret Michaels, Lauren Alaina, LOCASH, Drake White and The Big Fire, The Wild Feathers, Mason Ramsey, Gabby Barrett, Dillon Carmichael, Everette, Lauren Jenkins, Jeffrey East, Hannah Ellis, Kendall Shaffer

Festival doors open at 11:00 AM daily.

Hometown Rising exclusive VIP packages, General Admission tickets, camping and hotel packages, as well as special event tickets are on sale now at HometownRising.com.

With three back-to-back festival weekends in Louisville in 2019, Danny Wimmer Presents wants to ensure all fans have the chance to enjoy multiple events with an affordable and convenient ticketing option. New this year, fans can purchase a special “Trifesta” Pass for the discounted rate of only $229.00 plus fees. The pass allows General Admission weekend access to all three DWP fall festivals in Louisville—Hometown Rising (September 14 & 15), Bourbon & Beyond (September 20-22) and Louder Than Life (September 27-29). Check out trifestapass.com for more information.

Hometown Rising sponsors include: Kentucky Department of Tourism, Louisville Tourism, Fxck Cancer / Dyin 2 Live Dreams Program, Jack Daniel’s, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, The Music Experience, Zyn, Take Me Home, and more.

The Highland Festival Grounds at KY Expo Center are located at 937 Phillips Lane in Louisville, Kentucky.

Hometown Rising is produced by Los Angeles-based Danny Wimmer Presents, one of the largest independent producers of destination rock music festivals in America. DWP events include Aftershock Festival, Bourbon & Beyond, Chicago Open Air, Epicenter Festival, Hometown Rising, Louder Than Life, Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival, and Welcome To Rockville.

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About Danny Wimmer Presents

Since 1993, music industry veteran Danny Wimmer has been producing concerts and festivals, both large and small. In 2011, he formed Danny Wimmer Presents, which now produces several of the largest rock and alternative festivals in the U.S. By combining A-list talent with local cuisine and culture, DWP has become recognized within the industry for delivering the highest-quality entertainment experiences to fans, artists, sponsors, partners and host cities. DWP creates memorable and all-encompassing festival experiences, leaving both consumers and partners with lasting and meaningful impressions. DWP will continue to add new music festivals to its already stellar portfolio, which currently includes Aftershock Festival, Bourbon & Beyond, Chicago Open Air, Epicenter Festival, Hometown Rising, Louder Than Life, Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival, and Welcome To Rockville. Previous DWP festivals include Rock On The Range, Carolina Rebellion, Northern Invasion and more. www.DannyWimmerPresents.com