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Who is Orville Peck?

Orville Peck is a country musician based in Canada. He wears a fringed mask and has never shown his face. He released his debut album Pony in 2019, followed by the EP Show Pony the next year.

Peck performed “Dead of Night” on Jimmy Kimmel Live on January 29, 2020. He also announced a tour of selected cities in the United States, including performances at the Coachella and Stagecoach festivals.

In May 2020, Peck announced the follow-up to his debut album, an EP titled Show Pony, with a release date of June 12, 2020. In July, 2020, Peck announced the delayed release of Show Pony until August 14, 2020 in recognition of the Black Lives Matter movement and the ongoing protests against police brutality in the United States.

Peck recorded a cover of “Smalltown Boy” for the 2020 Pride edition of the Spotify Singles series. The song was released exclusively on Spotify on June 29, 2020 and everywhere else on July 31, 2020.

Watch the breakout star perform “Dead of Night” Live on the Honda Stage here.


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Learn the Lyrics: Here and Now by Kenny Chesney

“Here and Now” is a song recorded by American country music singer Kenny Chesney. It is the second single and title track from his nineteenth studio album Here and Now. The song was written by Craig Wiseman, David Lee Murphy and David Garcia.

Chesney told The Boot that “The chorus is everything I feel about my time on stage… the rush of it absolutely being the best place, best moment in the entire world. There’s no rush like it…It says everything about how we all put off living our lives because there’s so much other stuff to do.” It has a central theme about “living in the moment”.

Brian Mansfield, writing for Variety, said that “With a guitar intro that recalls the Doobie Brothers’ ‘China Grove’, the bracing title track marries Chesney’s classic-rock-infused country with his in-the-moment philosophy..Instead of ringing hollow, it might be the perfect motivational song for quarantine days — a high-energy number that doesn’t necessarily try to get you to do anything, except maybe to make the most of doing nothing.”

Check out the lyrics to the chart topping track below:

Seen the skyline of New York City
Fireflies in Tennessee
Sipped a little shine from a paper sack that’ll
Knock the horns off a Cadillac
I must’ve sat on a dozen islands
Watched the sun sink into the sea
Been there, done that, got the T-shirt and hat
But my favorite place to be is

Here and now
Nowhere else in this world enough
You and me, ain’t it good to be alive?
Ain’t no better place, ain’t no better time
Than here and now
Everybody’s waiting, but they’re waiting on what?
Better get to living ’cause all we’ve got is here and now

Think I fell in love for the first time
With a girl from Mexico
Thought I found a true love in Malibu, but
That water was a little too cold
Yeah, I left a few tears in the rearview
One or two that were hard to forget
Why you think we call the present the present?
‘Cause there ain’t no better gift than

Nowhere else in this world enough
You and me, ain’t it good to be alive?
Ain’t no better place, ain’t no better time
Than here and now
Everybody’s waiting, but they’re waiting on what?
Better get to living ’cause all we’ve got is here and now

A lotta people dreaming ’bout one-day-some-days
Waiting just around the bend (Waiting just around the bend)
I used to be one wonderin’ when they’d come
But now I’m livin’ in (But now I’m livin’ in)
Here and now
Yeah, I’m livin’ in the

Here and now
Nowhere else in this world enough
You and me, ain’t it good to be alive?
Ain’t no better place, ain’t no better time
Than here and now
Everybody’s waiting, but they’re waiting on what?
Better get to living ’cause all we’ve got is here and now\


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Behind the Band: Midland

Midland is an American country music group formed in 2016 in Dripping Springs, Texas. The band members are Mark Wystrach (lead vocals, guitar), Jess Carson (guitar, vocals), and Cameron Duddy (bass guitar, vocals). Through Big Machine Records, the band has released a self-titled EP and two studio albums, On the Rocks and Let It Roll, which have accounted for four charted singles on the Billboard country chart: “Drinkin’ Problem”, “Make a Little”, “Burn Out”, and “Mr. Lonely”. Midland’s musical styles are defined by neotraditional country and country rock influences.

Midland was nominated for two Grammy Awards in 2018: Grammy Award for Best Country Song and Grammy Award for Best Country Duo/Group Performance, both for “Drinkin’ Problem”. Midland released the single “Mr. Lonely” in February 2019 as the leadoff single to a second album. Midland released “Cheatin’ Songs” in February of 2020 as the second single to the album. The album, Let It Roll, was released on August 23, 2019. The band began a tour in June to support the album.

Listen to their chart topping track, Cheatin’ Songs, here.


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FGL Teases Life after Covid with Latest Performance

Despite covid cases going down in the United States, we still can’t enjoy live music in person. Thankfully live performances are holding us over till that sweet day comes.

On Tuesday night, February 16th, that’s exactly what Florida Georgia Line did on Jimmy Kimmel Live. The country band held us over with a live performance of the new song “Long Live,” lifted from their latest album Life Rolls On.

Life Rolls On dropped last Friday, February 12th. The record is the followup to 2019’s Can’t Say I Ain’t Country, which peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Watch the performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live here.


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Learn the Lyrics to Be A Light by Thomas Rhett

“Be a Light” is a song recorded by American country music singer Thomas Rhett and featuring guest vocals from Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott, Chris Tomlin, and Keith Urban. The track was released on March 30th, 2020.

Rhett said that he wrote the song in 2019, but chose to release it because he thought its message would be well-received in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. He told a publication that the song “was really just about being a light in a dark place; being an encouragement to people.” He co-wrote the song with Matt Dragstrem, Josh Thompson, and Josh Miller.

“In a world full of hate, be a light
When you do somebody wrong, make it right
Don’t hide in the dark, you were born to shine
In a world full of hate, be a light
(La-la-la, la, la, la, la)
In a place that needs change, make a difference
In a time full of noise, just listen
‘Cause life is but a breeze, better live it
In a place that needs a change, make a difference”

The song was sent to country radio on March 30, 2020. On April 5, 2020, he performed it on ACM Presents: Our Country, a television special put on by the Academy of Country Music. Rhett also announced that proceeds from the song will be donated to the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund.

Listen to the chart topping track below:


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