Tearin’ It Up: Your Weekly Country Music Round Up – February 9th

Lots of C2C announcements and extra shows this week which, by our reckoning, finishes off the announcements for another year. Kristin Bush, Ashley McBryde and Midland are amongst the acts playing dates around England in the week after the festival. Check their website for further details.

 

Chris Janson‘s headlining debut at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on Monday night (Feb. 5) was just a few blocks away from his first Nashville home.

Thirteen years ago, Janson had arrived on Lower Broadway, and within an hour, his Monte Carlo got booted. Parked behind what is now Honky Tonk Central, the back seat would be Janson’s home for the next three weeks while he performed in downtown honky-tonks.

Keith Urban said he had known Janson for at least that long when he surprised Janson with an invitation join the Grand Ole Opry during Janson’s concert. The invite came after their surprise collaboration on John Michael Montgomery’s “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident).”

“To see this guy come through that,” Urban said, “slugging it out in the clubs playing night after night, the real deal, 24-7, to have a sold-out show at the Ryman, Chris … first of all, it’s one of my favorite places in the world; somebody once said it’s like playing inside an acoustic guitar. And it is, of course, one of the many homes of the Grand Ole Opry, which I’m a member of the Grand Ole Opry, and I remember the night I got invited. It was an incredible feeling, and I think it was about time you were invited.”

 

Garth Brooks hit the stage of a tiny Nashville club on Monday night (Feb. 5), performing an intimate set of hits that was one-of-a-kind.

The country icon brought a six-piece band to the stage at Layla’s on Broadway at an invitation-only gig for about 200 radio programmers as part of the annual Country Radio Seminar in Nashville. The setting was so intimate that Brooks started taking requests, Billboard reports, inviting the audience of music business insiders to ask for their favorites and share how his songs have impacted their lives over the years.

Brooks’ set kicked off with “Two of a Kind (Workin’ on a Full House)” and ran through “Calling Baton Rouge,” “Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old),” “To Make You Feel My Love,” “If Tomorrow Never Comes,” “That Summer,” “Shameless,” “Standing Outside the Fire” and more, including his most recent No. 1 hit, “Ask Me How I Know.” He closed with “Friends in Low Places,” placing his hand over his heart at the end of his set and thanking the radio people by saying, “Thank you for my life”

 

Advertisers aren’t the only ones that can get a huge sales bump via their Super Bowl spots—artists Carrie Underwood and halftime performer Justin Timberlake got a boost on Super Bowl Sunday, too.

Justin performed a medley of some of his biggest hits, including “Cry Me a River” and “Rock Your Body.” Justin’s song catalog copped a sales bump of 36,100 downloads compared to totals from the previous day, according to Nielsen Music. Justin’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling” had the biggest surge, moving nearly 8,000 units more on Super Bowl Sunday than the previous day.

Carrie, on the other hand, kicked off the Super Bowl TV broadcast with the debut of her new video for “The Champion,” which featured Ludacris.

After earning nearly 2,900 downloads on Saturday, Feb. 3, “The Champion” netted 16,000 downloads on Super Bowl Sunday, up 444 percent from the previous day.

The television sales bump could continue for Carrie—NBC will also incorporate “The Champion” into its coverage of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, which begin on Feb. 9.

Watch the video for “The Champion” below.

 

Whitney Rose goes full-on Sixties go-go dancer in the new music video for her soulful throwback single “Can’t Stop Shakin’,” from the 2017 LP Rule 62.

The Canadian singer-songwriter, who now calls Texas home, cut the song almost exactly one year ago on Inauguration Day. Its swinging, horn-laden groove features an appropriate mix of emotions, doubling as a love song and political commentary. The new video leans into the undeniable shake appeal of the track, which was co-produced by Mavericks front man Raul Malo and Neil Young collaborator Niko Bolas.

 

In November, two months after Troy Gentry‘s death in a Sept. 8 helicopter crash, Eddie Montgomery announced via Twitter that new music would be coming soon from Montgomery Gentry: “I know it’s been a while, but it has been an emotional time,” he wrote. “Our new music is coming out, and I hope you’ll give it a listen. Me and T-Roy were very proud of this CD.”

That album, Here’s to You, was finally released on Friday (Feb. 2). The duo finished recording the project shortly before Gentry’s death and had, Montgomery says, planned on releasing the disc in February all along.

“There’s a million thoughts that go through your mind after [something like that],” Montgomery tells The Boot. “What’s so weird and wild about the whole thing is that we actually finished up our vocal parts two days before the horrific accident.”

While Montgomery had doubts during parts of his grieving process about whether or not he could release the music, he knows that Gentry would have been furious if Here’s to You never saw the light of day.

“He’d be freaking out if we weren’t releasing this CD — he’s half of it,” Montgomery explains. “Matter of fact, he’d probably be right here going, ‘How come that CD ain’t out yet?'”

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