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Miranda Lambert Drops New Track ‘Tequila Does’

On Wednesday, October 9th, Miranda Lambert threw one back with the release of “Tequila Does”.

The project combines two time signatures that channel elements of a two-step and a waltz, Lambert’s yearning vocals are at the forefront alongside wavering steel guitar, a driving beat and delicate plucks of an acoustic guitar.

“Tequila Does” was written with longtime collaborators and fellow Texans Jack Ingram and Jon Randall. It is the latest preview off her upcoming Jay Joyce-produced album Wildcard, out Nov. 1.

“‘Tequila Does’ is country. And country music makes me happy,” Lambert said of the track. “No matter how rock or edgy or scorned you can get, when you come back to a country song with a steel guitar, it makes my soul feel like it’s on fire.”

Listen to Miranda Lambert’s new track here.

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Sam Hunt’s New Single is Here

On Thursday, October 10th, country star Sam Hunt finally dropped his highly anticipated new single, ‘Kinfolks’.

In a recent interview regarding the track,  Hunt explained how he uses the phrase in terms of introducing a girl to his family and friends back home. “It’s my buddies who’ve been a part of my story from the beginning,” he said. “I’ve made a lot of new friends and met a lot of new people who are important to me since I’ve moved away, but that core group is still my core group. It’s like that old saying, ‘you can’t make old friends.’”

Hunt left his fans waiting 18 months for new content from him, and it’s definitely been worth the wait. The song was written with frequent collaborators Zach Crowell, Jerry Flowers and Josh Osborne. It’s the first taste of new music from his forthcoming sophomore album, expected for an early 2020 release.

Listen to Sam Hunt’s brand new song here.

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Luke Combs Drops New Track

We all have our calendars marked for November 8th,  for when Luke Combs’ forthcoming album is released. But until then, the country star dropped a new track.

“I’m a puzzle/ I’m a walking contradiction/ Far from mint condition/ ‘Cause there’s pieces I can’t find,” he sings on the song’s first verse. Later, he admits, “I’m an easy read but I ain’t no open book/ Got a knack for making things harder than they look.”

Combs admits that “What You See Is What You Get” that he’s a “constant work-in-progress” alongside a driving beat, powerful belt and memorable storyline

Listen to “What You See Is What You Get” here.

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Brothers Osborne To Be Honored At 57th Annual ASCAP Country Music Awards

ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, will present Grammy-nominated songwriters and three-time CMA Vocal Duo of the Year Brothers Osborne with the ASCAP Vanguard Award at the 57th annual ASCAP Country Music Awards. The awards celebration, which honors the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP’s most performed country songs of 2018, will take place in downtown Nashville on November 11.

“John and TJ Osborne successfully honor the past and the future with their passionate country rock sound,” said ASCAP Chairman of the Board and President Paul Williams. “Together with John’s masterful guitar picking and TJ’s pitch-perfect baritone, they offer a fresh take on the modern country duo. We are thrilled to honor them with the ASCAP Vanguard Award.”

The Vanguard Award recognizes ASCAP members whose innovative work is helping to shape the future of music. Previous recipients include Chris Stapleton, Kelsea Ballerini, St. Vincent, Third Day, Band of Horses, Sara Bareilles and more.

John and TJ Osborne grew up in a small fishing town in Maryland where they began writing and playing songs for friends and family in their father’s shed. John was the first to move to Nashville and when TJ followed two years later, they formed Brothers Osborne as a duo that blended equal parts country and rock into one of the most identifiable sounds to come out of Nashville in recent years.

Brothers Osborne’s debut album, Pawn Shop, was released January 2016 and has been certified gold by the RIAA. Pawn Shop features three Grammy-nominated tracks including the platinum certified Top 10 hit “It Ain’t My Fault,” platinum certified #1 smash hit “Stay a Little Longer,” and the top 25 hit, “21 Summer.” Their sophomore album, Port Saint Joe, was nominated for Best Country Album at this year’s Grammy Awards and features the top 40 singles “Shoot Me Straight” and “I Don’t Remember Me (Before You).”

The duo just wrapped their headlining world tour which hit over 40 markets including London, Toronto, New York and Los Angeles. The tour also included three sold-out nights at the famed Ryman Auditorium in Nashville which were recorded for a new album, Live at The Ryman, set to be released October 11. Brothers Osborne are currently on tour with Chris Stapleton as part of the “All American Road Show Tour.”

Brothers Osborne reigns as CMA Vocal Duo of the Year and are nominated again at this year’s CMA Awards (November 13). In addition, they are nominated for Single of the Year and Music Video of the Year for their collaboration with Dierks Bentley on the reflective rocker “Burning Man” as well as Musical Event of the Year for “All My Favorite People” with Maren Morris. Overall, Brothers Osborne have collected four CMA, five ACM trophies and stand as five-time Grammy nominees.

As previously announced, the 57th annual ASCAP Country Music Awards will include the presentation of the prestigious ASCAP Founders Award to Randy Travis, as well as the ASCAP Country Music Songwriter of the Year, Songwriter/Artist of the Year, Song of the Year and Publisher of the Year. Making the evening extra special will be select performances of ASCAP’s most performed songs by the award-winning songwriters and/or the artists who recorded them.

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Dan + Shay Announce Arena Tour for 2020

On the heels of releasing their single “10,000 Hours” with pal Justin Bieber,cintry superstars Dan + Shay have a lot to celebrate this week.

On Monday, October 7th, the Grammy-winning country duo revealed the dates for their first-ever headlining arena tour.

Tickets for the 37-date tour will go on sale to the general public on Friday, October 11th at 10 a.m. local time here. American Express card members can purchase tickets before the public on-sale beginning today at 12 p.m. ET through Thursday, October 10th at 10 p.m. local time.

The AEG Presents-promoted trek will kick off the tour on March 6, 2020, at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville and wrap things up with a Halloween show on Oct. 31 at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington.

Check out the dates for the tour below.

March 6 — Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena

March 12 — Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center

March 13 — Charlottesville, VA @ John Paul Jones Arena

March 14 — Greenville, SC @ Bon Secours Wellness Arena

March 19 — San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center

March 20 — Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center

March 21 — Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center

March 26 — Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena

March 27 — Louisville, KY @ KFC YUM! Center

March 28 — Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum

April 9 — Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center

April 10 — Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center

April 11 — Milwaukee, WI @ Fiserv Forum

April 16 — Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse

April 17 — Chicago, IL @ United Center

April 18 — Omaha, NE @ CHI Health Center

Sept. 17 — North Little Rock, AR @ Simmons Bank Arena

Sept. 18 — St. Louis, MO @ Enterprise Center

Sept. 19 — Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena

Sept. 24 — Washington, DC @ Capital One Arena

Sept. 25 — New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden

Sept. 26 — Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena

Oct. 1 — Orlando, FL @ Amway Center

Oct. 2 — Atlanta, GA @ State Farm Arena

Oct. 3 — New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center

Oct. 9 — Boston, MA @ TD Garden

Oct. 10 — Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena

Oct. 11 — Hershey, PA @ Giant Center

Oct. 15 — Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center

Oct. 16 — Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena

Oct. 17 — Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena

Oct. 21 — Glendale, AZ @ Gila River Arena

Oct. 23 — San Francisco, CA @ Chase Center

Oct. 24 — Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center

Oct. 29 — Boise, ID @ ExtraMile Arena

Oct. 30 — Portland, OR @ Moda Center

Oct. 31 — Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome

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