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12/17/2018
By: @KurtBardella from Arlington, VA 

CHEERS

Happy Birthweek (was yesterday) to Frankie Ballard & UMG's Jordan BenHanania. Happy Birthday to Warner Chappell's Ben Vaughn & BMLG's Brooke Nixon

TOP SHELF

Great night last night in Baltimore as WPOC hosted a Christmas show benefit headlined by Midland with Carly Pearce & Carlton Anderson to benefit St. Jude's. This is probably the last show I'll go to in 2018 and can't think of a better group to see and cause to support than this one. I think I've seen Midland perform three times in the last two months but their brand of country music never gets old to me, nor to the fans. They're living proof that just a few guys with guitars can still be a very entertaining experience. Have to say they have this album cut called "Check Cashin' Country" that has quickly become one of my favorite songs. All-in-all it was a great night for an absolutely worthy cause and I'm so glad Mike Preston & Alex Valentine had me out to be a part of it! Also, Happy Birthday to Midland's front-man Mark!

SOUND-CHECK

  • Keep an eye out for Reba in ABC’s “The Year in Memoriam 2018,” hosted by Robin Roberts, airing tonight at 10 p.m. EST
  • Lucas Hoge will be on Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family tomorrow at 10a/9c
  • Cole Swindell's performance from Jimmy Kimmel Live! re-airs on Friday 
  • Martin McBride appears on the Christmas Eve edition of Live with Kelly & Ryan and Brett Eldredge's appearance re-airs on Christmas Day
  • Speaking of Brett, he performs "Do You Hear What I Hear" as part of the “Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade” special airing Christmas morning on ABC
  • Jimmie Allen returns to the TODAY Show on December 27th to perform "Make Me Want To" & take part in the "Guys Tell All" panel
  • Ellen re-airs Blake Shelton's hilarious appearance on December 27th
  • Kelsea Ballerini, Lauren Alaina, Kane Brown, Maren Morris, FGL & Dan + Shay will ring in the New Year by performing on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2019" West Coast edition with The Chainsmokers from the Hollywood Party beginning at 8/7c on ABC
  • NBC's NYE coverage which will include performances from Brett Young & Keith Urban from Nashville & Blake Shelton from NYC

WITH YOUR HAIR-OF-THE-DOG

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ON THE JUKEBOX

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HOUSE PLAYLIST

One of my favorite parts of country music is how it draws in so many diverse talents to produce some of music's most memorable songs. That's why I've created this new Morning Hangover #MixedDrinks Playlist on Spotify to celebrate some of my favorite collaborations and country music duets including: Brantley Gilbert & Lindsay Ell, FGL & Nelly, Bebe Rexha, Jason DeRulo & the Backstreet Boys, Thomas Rhett + Maren Morris, Kenny Chesney with Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley teaming-up with Carrie Underwood, Mick Jagger, Alabama & Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert with TI, Jason Aldean and Ludacris, Blake Shelton feat Trace Adkins, Kelsea Ballerini and The Chainsmokers, Chris Lane + Tori Kelly and so much more. 
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ON THE KARAOKE MACHINE

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FRONT OF THE HOUSE

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TAILGATE WATCH

First of all, how about that sweater! Secondly, I think Carly Pearce is going to have an electrifying 2019. I think I've seen her perform 4 of 5 times in 2018 and I continue to see something really special about her. Her new single "Closer To You" plays really well live and is indicative of the strides she's about to take next year with new music. Some real game-changers ahead for Carly! This was my first time seeing Carlton Anderson perform live - something about him reminds me a bit of Easton Corbin.

AT THE BAR

L - R: Spotify's Aaron Melaragno, Eric Swenson, Blaike Ford, Brittany Schaffer, Laura Ohls, Ryan Lassi & Kane Brown

Spotify held their very special Fans First event with Kane Brown at Moonlight Studios in Chicago to celebrate the release of his latest album, Experiment. There, 200 of Kane Brown's top fans were treated to an intimate performance, a photo opp recreating his video for "Lose It," temporary tattoos inspired by Kane's actual tattoos, and an "Experiment" cocktail bar that featured experimental cocktails named after songs from the album. Fans First is Spotify's global fan reward program that celebrates and rewards artists' biggest fans with exclusive offers and invites. 

BAR TALK

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ON THE BAR WALL

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BAR BITES

My country music experience wouldn't be half as much fun as it is if I didn't have some great friends to come along with me for the ride. So much fun to close out 2018 with two of my best buds - Marcie & Reedy!

CRUSHIN IT

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BUZZIN

As a big Drake White and The Big Fire fan, I can tell you it is impossible to appreciate his talent until you experience him live ... so glad he's putting up these live performance tracks of great songs like "All Would Be Right with the World"
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NEAT

MIXED DRINKS

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ALL ACCESS

(L-R): Frank Simonetti (Co-Founder and CEO, Sweety High), Shane Tarleton (SVP Artist Development, WMN), John Esposito (Chairman and CEO, WMN), Tegan Marie, Scott Hendricks (EVP A&R, WMN), Veronica Zelle (Co-Founder and CCO, Sweety High)

Warner Music Nashville and Sweety High Country sensation TEGAN MARIE made her theatrical debut in the Lythgoe Family Panto PETER PAN AND TINKERBELL: A PIRATE’S CHRISTMAS at Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) as Wendy alongside Seinfeld’s John O’Hurley (Captain Hook) and Disney Channel’s Garrett Clayton (Peter Pan). 

BACKSTAGE PASS

UMG Nashville has promoted Rob Femie to SVP/Business & Legal Affairs and Dawn Gates to SVP/Digital Business & Creative Development. 

AFTER PARTY

Performing for a SOLD-OUT crowd at New York City’s Irving Plaza, Big Loud Records’ CHRIS LANE was surprised on stage by label President Clay Hunnicutt with news that his smash single “Take Back Home Girl” is officially certified PLATINUM by the RIAA for exceeding 1 million equivalent sales in the U.S. Marking his first-ever PLATINUM hit, Chris was presented a plaque to commemorate the milestone moment.

SHOT

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LAST CALL

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