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Ten of Our Favorite Recent Country Music Duets

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Just this last year, so many country musicians have combined their talents into epic anthems, heartfelt songs, and straight-up jams. After the release of Brantley Gilbert and Lindsay Ell’s vocal collaboration in Gilbert’s new song, “What Happens in a Small Town,” we were inspired to compile a list of some of our favorite country duets over the last few years.

 

    1. “We Were Us”- Keith Urban & Miranda Lambert (2013)

    1. “Drowns the Whiskey”- Jason Aldean & Miranda Lambert (2018)

  1. “Somethin’ Bad”- Miranda Lambert & Carrie Underwood (2014)

  1. “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright”- David Lee Murphy & Kenny Chesney (2018)

  1. “Take Back Home Girl”- Chris Lane & Tori Kelly (2017)

  1. “What Ifs”- Kane Brown & Lauren Alaina (2017)

  1. “Goodbye Summer”- Danielle Bradbery & Thomas Rhett (2018)

  1. “The Fighter”- Keith Urban & Carrie Underwood (2017)

  1. “Dear Hate”- Maren Morris & Vince Gill (2017)

  1. “Craving You”- Thomas Rhett & Maren Morris (2017)

Although technically not a duet, we couldn’t leave Dierks Bentley and Brothers Osborne’s 2018 hit, “Burning Man” off our list, so consider it a bonus!

We look forward to the great country duets to come in 2019 and wonder who will collaborate next. To listen to the songs listed above, make sure to follow NYCountry Swag on our Spotify playlist.

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NYCountry Swag Recaps the 52nd Annual CMA Awards

 

52nd Annual CMA Awards

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Country music’s biggest night has rolled around yet again, bringing country music fans an incredible night filled with live music, laughs and career altering award wins. The 52nd Annual Country Music Association Awards aired live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee last night on ABC.

Six-time CMA Entertainer of the Year award-winning icon, Garth Brooks opened the show with a special tribute to the twelve victims of the horrific Thousand Oaks mass shooting that took place last week in California. Brooks began the evening by lovingly dedicating the award ceremony to each of the victims followed by leading a moment of silence while each of their names appeared on the screen.

52nd Annual CMA Awards

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Kicking off the many musical performances of the night, superstar Luke Bryan filled the room with positive energy as he was joined by New Artist of the Year winner Luke Combs, Cole Swindell, Jon Pardi, Lindsay Ell, Ashley McBryde and Chris Janson for an infectious performance of his latest single and every country music lover’s anthem, “What Makes You Country.”

Welcoming the audience, eleventh-time hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley took the stage to deliver a hilarious musical monologue loosely based off of the film A Star Is Born, calling out a few fellow country stars. Paisley even jokingly surprised Underwood with yodeling sensation Mason Ramsey, portraying her firstborn son. Speaking of sons, the queen of country music amusingly revealed the gender of the baby she is carrying. When Underwood was pregnant with her first son, Paisley accidentally revealed his gender live on the air during the 2014 CMAs. This time, Paisley pressed Underwood until she finally admitted she will be having another baby boy.  Later in the evening, the co-hosts took a moment to share their support and thanks to the firefighters battling the Woolsey wildfires in California.

52nd Annual CMA Awards

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There was a total of twenty-one outstanding performances throughout the night, but we’ve narrowed those down to some of our favorites. Music Video of the Year winner, Thomas Rhett, gave an extremely entertaining performance of his number one single “Life Changes,” which started out in a reimagined version of his college dorm room and progressed into the singer-songwriter performing all throughout the crowd with a full marching band. Rhett’s gorgeous wife, Lauren, planted a kiss on Rhett as he passed her on his way to the main stage.

52nd Annual CMA Awards

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Dan + Shay absolutely stunned with their vocals during their performance of “Tequila.” Fake snow was falling, to go along with the theme of the single’s official music video, as the duo gave fans goosebumps with their exceptional vocal range. Paying tribute to the late, great Dottie West, Lauren Alaina honored the recent Country Music Hall of Fame inductee by performing a rendition of the classic hit, “A Lesson In Leavin.’” Alaina’s vocals undoubtedly did the hit justice.  Fellow recent Country Music Hall of Fame member, Ricky Skaggs, gave a once in a lifetime performance of a mashup of a few of his hits, featuring an all-star guest list to celebrate his induction. Skaggs was joined by his band Kentucky Thunder to perform “Black Eyed Suzie,” along with John Osborne of Vocal Duo of the Year Brothers Osborne and Entertainer of the Year Keith Urban to perform “Highway 40 Blues” and closed out the performance with “Country Boy,” joined by Marty Stuart and co-host Paisley. Entertainer of the Year, Urban gave an epic performance of his current single “Never Comin Down” on top of the jumbo screens, featuring alluring visuals. The multi-platinum seller received a standing ovation, unquestionably proving why he was deserving of the biggest award of the night.

52nd Annual CMA Awards

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Brooks returned to the stage to debut a brand new song entitled “Stronger Than Me,” that he wrote for his wife, two-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year winner, Trisha Yearwood. The singer-songwriter performed solo with nothing but an acoustic guitar and his chilling vocals. The emotional lyrics brought Yearwood to tears as she watched her husband, front and center.
Maren Morris, Morgane Stapleton, Marty Stuart, Mavis Staples, and Chris Stapleton teamed up for an unbelievable mashup performance of Stapleton’s “Friendship” and Staples’ “I’ll Take You There.” The collaboration had everyone up on their feet, singing along.  Album of the Year winner, Kacey Musgraves showcased her angelic, silky smooth vocals while strumming along to her own acoustic guitar for a stunning performance of “Slow Burn” off of Golden Hour.

52nd Annual CMA Awards

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The most powerful performance of the night was delivered by co-host Underwood. She absolutely dazzled in a beautiful royal blue gown, blowing everyone away with her striking vocal range on her anthem, “Love Wins.” The Female Vocalist of the Year was joined by a full choir which helped to close the performance of the powerful song in the shape of a heart, surrounding Underwood. You could feel the palpable energy through your television screen.

Stapleton lead last night’s wins with Song of the Year, Single of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year. The singer-songwriter gave an emotional speech thanking his wife and children for allowing him to invest so much time into his career.

Musgraves was the only female artist in the Album of the Year category and deservingly won for her fourth studio album, Golden Hour, explaining during her acceptance speech that earlier in the day she had realized it had been 10 years to the day that she made her move to Nashville.

52nd Annual CMA Awards

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Luke Combs received the award for New Artist of the Year. He will kick off his first ever arena headlining tour this Winter.

Brothers Osborne took home Vocal Duo of the Year for the third consecutive year in a row, giving a hilarious yet thankful speech. Underwood reigns as the Country Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year for the fifth time. She “cried pretty” as she delivered a tearful speech, thanking God, country music and all of the many “families” in her life.

Closing out the memorable evening, Urban was not expecting his win for Entertainer of the Year. His fellow competitor Bryan, shot up right out of his seat in excitement as his friend’s name was announced. Urban tearfully accepted the award, thanking his wife, actress Nicole Kidman and their children, as well as his “phenomenal” fans. He also gave mention to his late father, “wishing he was alive to see this.” Watch his moving acceptance speech below.

The 2018 CMA Awards was another one for the books. Below is a full list of winners from the epic night.

Entertainer of the Year: Keith Urban
Female Vocalist of the Year: Carrie Underwood
Male Vocalist of the Year: Chris Stapleton
New Artist of the Year: Luke Combs
Vocal Group of the Year: Old Dominion
Vocal Duo of the Year: Brothers Osborne
Album of the Year: Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves
Song of the Year: “Broken Halos” – Chris Stapleton
Single of the Year: “Broken Halos” – Chris Stapleton
Music Video of the Year: “Marry Me” – Thomas Rhett
Musical Event of the Year: “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” – David Lee Murphy & Kenny Chesney
Musician of the Year: Mac McAnally – Guitar

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Keith Urban Returns to Brooklyn for ‘Graffiti U’ Tour

As the ‘Graffiti U’ tour comes to an end, New Yorkers were once again lucky enough to have 4-time Grammy award winner, Keith Urban, return to Brooklyn at the Barclays Center this past Saturday, October 27. This time around he shared the stage with one of his biggest fans and country-pop princess, Kelsea Ballerini.

Keith Urban Kelsea Ballerini Brooklyn

Kicking off the night Ballerini, opened the show with the title track from her sophomore album, “Unapologetically.” This was only the beginning of her 45-minute set featuring all her hit singles over the years, along with some fan favorites. One of her jobs of the night was to get everyone warmed up for Urban and that is exactly what she did. Before singing her hit song “Legends,” she spoke to the crowd telling everyone, “You know I put this next song out around this time last year and just to see the way you let it into your hearts, your lives, and your radios, it’s really changed the entire meaning of the song for me. Since I wrote it a couple of years ago, I learned that the word legend can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people but tonight I just want to dedicate this song to you, for changing my life in such a beautiful way, you’re the legends!” As she belted out the lyrics with everything she had, the crowd softly sang along, showing how meaningful this song really is to her.

As the night went on, Ballerini mentioned to the crowd, “You know I got to play New York quite a few times but this is the biggest room I ever got to play in New York! So thank you, Mr. Urban! So I’m very, very excited to be here tonight!” Throughout her set, Ballerini sang her singles, “Love Me Like You Mean It”, “Dibs”, “Yeah Boy”, “I Hate Love Songs”, and her newest single, “Miss Me More.”

That wasn’t all for the country-pop singer, she covered one of her favorite songs to ever be written, “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac, performing a beautiful rendition of the song, which is also featured on her new deluxe version of her latest album. Though EDM-Pop duo The Chainsmokers were not there to join her on stage, she performed their duet “This Feeling” for the Brooklyn crowd. As her set was coming to an end, she closed it out with the audience singing along to her hit song, “Peter Pan.”

Keith Urban Kelsea Ballerini Brooklyn

Next up was the headliner himself, Keith Urban. As he took his rightful spot in the middle of the stage, the crowd went wild, while he went straight into playing his songs, “Never Comin Down,” his number 1 hits, “Days Go By” and “Coming Home” which features singer-songwriter, Julia Michaels. After getting the night started, he said to the crowd, “We made it back! Are you guys doing good tonight? Amazing! Three songs in and you guys are singing at the top of your lungs, this is going to be a good night tonight!”

If you have ever experienced a Keith Urban show, you know he loves interacting with the crowd as much as possible and Saturday night was no exception. Before the night went any further, Urban took the time to read everyone’s signs in the crowd, even those at the very top of the arena with the help of his binoculars and a spotlight. During this part of the show he also brings up a lucky fan to the stage and this time it was a girl named Emily, who had the honor of singing part of “Stupid Boy” with him. (Check out our exclusive video from the special moment here) Before continuing his set, he mentioned, “Brooklyn we are in for a long night tonight, heads up! If you want to sing and dance and stand on chairs and completely annoy the people around you this is your night to do it! Be free and have a good time!” This is exactly what everyone did as he performed a two and a half hour set of his hits and fan favorites.

Keith Urban Kelsea Ballerini Brooklyn

Throughout his set he performed his songs, “Female,” “Blue Ain’t Your Color,“ “Long Hot Summer,” “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16,” “Somebody Like You” and “Gone Tomorrow (Here Today).” Urban, never misses a beat with his performances, all while showing off his incredible guitar solos. That wasn’t all for country superstar, his show was packed with girl power, singing his hits, “Drop Top” featuring Kassi Ashton and “The Fighter” featuring Carrie Underwood. Ballerini also returned to the stage to sing Urban’s duet “We Were Us,” (Check out our exclusive video here) and if that wasn’t enough he brought out an American roots rock band from Atlanta, Georgia called Larkin Poe. Before bringing the duo out, he introduced the two sisters, Megan and Rebecca Lovell to the audience, mentioning actor Russell Crowe told him to check them out. They shared the stage with Urban for two songs, showcasing their powerful vocals as well as their incredible mandolin and slide electric playing. At one point, Megan, on slide electric went head to head with Urban on the guitar, turning it into an epic jam session.

As the night was coming to an end, Urban went through the crowd giving everyone hugs and high fives while making his way to his second stage to perform for the back of the arena. Following the tradition of his shows, Urban gave one lucky fan in the crowd the guitar right off his back, before making his way back to the main stage. He finished off his set with his hit “Wasted Time.” But that wasn’t the end, Urban performed a two-song encore saying, “Brooklyn you still here? Dang, so you don’t want to go home? Ok firstly thank you so much for still being here, I appreciate that, more than you know…It takes a lot to get here so every single one of you I wanna say thank you for choosing to come and see the concert tonight!” He ended the night with his third single off his very first number one record, “But For The Grace Of God” and “Horses”. At the end thanking the crowd for coming out once again, leaving everyone wanting more.

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Keith Urban Lyrics to Use For Your Instagram Captions

Coming up with good Instagram captions can be really, really difficult. These days it seems like country music is the automatic go to. Something that is fun, versatile, provides context and adds personality is what we all look for. Keith Urban hits all of these marks with a variety of songs including upbeat make-you-want-to-dance hits, slow jams, and everything in between. Trying to pin down the top 10 is hard so here a larger list instead!

 

1. “Take your records, take your freedom, take your memories, I don’t need ’em, take your space and take your reasons but you’ll think of me” – You’ll Think Of Me

2. “Baby, blue ain’t your color” – Blue Ain’t Your Color

3. “Your love is like religion” – Raining on a Sunday

4. “Money was gas, dreams were dust, love was fast, and we were us” – We Were Us

5. “I know a good thing when I see it and you’ve got something I ain’t ever seen before” – Good Thing

6. “I wanna love somebody, love somebody like you” – Somebody Like You

7. “And days go by, I can feel ’em flyin’ like a hand out the window in the wind” – Days Go By

8. “If you need a lover and a friend, baby I’m in” – I’m In

9. “There’s nothin’ in the world that feels like coming home” – Coming Home

10. “I learned everything I needed to know from John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” – John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16

11. “Gonna kick off my shoes and run in bare feet where the grass and the dirt and the gravel all meet. Goin’ back to the well, gonna visit old friends and feed my soul where the blacktop ends” – Where The Blacktop Ends

12. “When your heart needs to break just break on me” – Break On Me

13. “I wanna kiss a girl, I wanna hold her tight. Maybe make a little magic in the moonlight” – Kiss A Girl

14. “It’s gonna be a long, hot summer” – Long Hot Summer

15.  “You’re gonna fly with me” – You Gonna Fly

16. We were downtown Saturday night, last call cover band – We were

17. Ain’t it funny how the best days of my life was all that wasted time – wasted time

18. When they tryna get to you, baby I’ll be the fighter- The fighter

19. Blue looks good on the sky- Blue Ain’t Your Color

20. She was everything beautiful and different- Stupid Boy

21. And there’s no one that comes close to you, could ever take your place. Cause only you can love me this way- Only You Can Love Me This Way

22. The blue lights were shining, bringing out the freedom in your eyes- Cop Car

23. Cause if it’s up to me, you can steal my thunder any time- Steal My Thunder

24. I’m alive and free, who wouldn’t wanna be me- who wouldn’t wanna be me

25. She’s the heart of life, she’s the dreamer’s dream- Female

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Best Country Music Concerts in NYC This Fall

Although it may still feel a bit like summer out there, the summer concert season is now behind us. Break out the pumpkin spice everything and get ready for fall with the amazing line up of artists coming through NYC and its surrounding areas this season. Mark your calendars now for awesome shows and great entertainment.  The following concerts are going to be happening within the next few months that will be sure help get us through the long, cold months!

Best NYC Fall Country Concerts

Keith Urban – Barclays Center Brooklyn, NY
October 27th, 2018

Former Entertainer of the Year nominee, Keith Urban with special guest Kelsea Ballerini is bringing his Graffiti U World Tour to Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, NY on Saturday, October 27th. Be sure to expect an unbelievable show filled with energetic sing-alongs to classic fan favorites and Top 10 singles such as his latest, “Coming Home.”

Best NYC Fall Country Concerts

Pistol Annies – Town Hall, NYC
November 2nd, 2018

Pistol Annies ft. Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe, and Angaleena Presley are back together in New York City for a special album release show. Only three cities were chosen, so if you score a ticket consider yourself extremely lucky! The concert is taking place at Town Hall in NYC on November 2nd, the same day their second album “Interstate Gospel” is released.  For a sneak peak of their album, go to www.pistolannies.com to listen to 3 new tracks.

Best NYC Fall Country Concerts

Chris Stapleton – Madison Square Garden, NYC
November 2nd, 2018

Who wants to see one of the most powerful voices in country music? Fortunately for us city folks, we will be graced with Chris Stapleton’s voice at Madison Square Garden on Friday, November 2nd for his All-American Road Show Tour. Stapleton will bring along special guests Marty Stuart & Brent Cobb.

Best NYC Fall Country Concerts

Kane Brown – Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, NYC
November 7th, 2018

In light of his new album dropping November 9th, Kane Brown is bringing Clare Dunn along with him out on the Live Forever Tour making a stop at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Wednesday. November 7th.

Best NYC Fall Country Concerts

Randy Rogers Band, Gramercy Theatre, NYC
November 17th, 2018

Randy Rogers Band is bringing a bit of Texas to the Big Apple alongside Parker McCullum for a guaranteed good time at Gramercy Theatre in Manhattan on Saturday, November 17th.

Best NYC Fall Country Concerts

LANCO – Irving Plaza, NYC
November 29th, 2018

Fans of LANCO will have an opportunity to see them and special guest Travis Denning as they bring their “Hallelujah Nights Tour” to Irving Plaza in NYC on Thursday, November 29th. This is their first headlining tour and will give fans a chance to hear their album Hallelujah Nights all the way through!

Best NYC Fall Country Concerts

Ashley McBryde – Gramercy Theatre, NYC
December 6th, 2018

Ashley McBryde is headlining the “Girl Goin’ Nowhere” Tour this Fall and bringing Dee White with her. She will be playing at Gramercy Theatre on Wednesday, December 6th in New York City. This is a show you don’t want to miss, and its a nice way to break up the week!

Best NYC Fall Country Concerts

Chris Young/Dan + Shay/Morgan Evans – NYCB LIVE: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Uniondale, NY

December 7th, 2018

Nash FM’s “Nash Holiday Bash” with Chris Young ft. Dan + Shay & Morgan Evans is coming to NYCB LIVE: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, NY on Friday, December 7th! Get in the holiday spirit and get tickets on sale now, or you can try to win your way in by listening to Nash FM!

Check out this playlist below to get you ready for the Fall concert season in NYC!

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Jillian Jacqueline’s Aching “If I Were You” Video

Jillian Jacqueline, Big Loud Records latest rising star, is bringing her honest track “If I Were You”, featuring Keith Urban, to life today with a brand new music video. The single details the emotional conflict following a breakup and the attempt to move on. Jacqueline is continuing to take the music scene by storm with her effortlessly raw vocals and new-school, no-holds-barred storytelling.

“Hate how he’s still got me / Blame it on bad timing / You shouldn’t come so close / When you’re looking at me like that,”  sings Jacqueline and Urban in harmony.  Directed by Patrick Tracy, the clip features Jacqueline looking effortlessly chic in a room of retro furniture, restlessly pacing in front of a signature lightning bolt. The added film-type filter on the video gives it that extra vibey look.

Spotlighting the track and “up-and-coming Jacqueline holding her own in the presence of a chart-topping superstar,” Rolling Stone named “If I Were You” one of the “10 Best Country and Americana Songs of the Week.”  Buzz continues to build around the heartbreak tune and Jacqueline, who was not only named NYCountry Swag’s 18 Artists to Watch in 2018 back in January but was also one of our first Swag Spotlights.

Surpassing one million overall streams, “If I Were You” is the first look at Jacqueline’s forthcoming EP SIDE B. The follow-up to 2017’s SIDE A will also feature the just-released song “Sad Girls” and four additional new tracks. Taking her career to the next level with SIDE B, Jacqueline is already on the map as a Billboard Chartbreaker, one of CMT’s Next Women of Country and “18 for 2018”, and Vevo’s first-ever Country Discover Artist to Watch. She is also being deemed one of the genre’s most promising new talents by Pandora, Amazon Music, Rolling Stone, AXS, Sounds Like Nashville, Whiskey Riff and more.

Jacqueline hits the road as a special guest on Kip Moore’s AFTER THE SUNBURN TOUR beginning September 28 in Birmingham, AL. You can get tickets here on her website and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

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Country Music Stars Head To ‘The Voice’

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This week NBC announced that two of country music’s biggest stars will be joining The Voice as team advisors for season 15. Traditionally, each of the coaches bring in a guest adviser to help the contestants during The Battle Rounds. Keith Urban and Thomas Rhett will be advising teams with Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson. Urban is no stranger to singing competition show, he was a coach on The Voice Australia back in 2012. Urban was also a judge on American Idol for four seasons on Fox. Urban will be joining Shelton’s team for the battle rounds, while Rhett will be joining Clarkson’s team. This will be Rhett’s first time advising and mentoring on a major competition show.  The other two advisers will be Halsey and former The Voice team coach, CeeLo Green.

The Voice

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Urban is currently on his Graffiti U World Tour with special guest Kelsea Ballerini which will hit NYC on October 27th at Barclays Center. Rhett is currently on the road with Kenny Chesney on his Trip Around the Sun tour which will hit MetLife on August 18th. The Voice airs Monday, September 24th on NBC.

 

 

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[Watch] Keith Urban Performs on ‘Today’ Citi Summer Concert Series

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Keith Urban, the 4-time Grammy award winner with 23 number one hits, headlined NBC’s The Today Show Citi Concert Series this morning. Before the show got started one lucky lady had her birthday wish come true. Urban, along with the Today Show anchors, sang her happy birthday.

Moms, daughters, teachers, husbands, and more were swooning over Urban as he took the stage. He started with his latest single “Coming Home” and got the crowd moving. Julia Michaels also made an appearance for her part and brought a whole new energy. In between commercial breaks, Urban was interactive with the crowd taking photos and shaking hands.

Next up, he performed “Never Comin Down” which is slated to be the next single from his record Graffiti U. “Never Comin Down” has a catchy beat and is a definite party-starter song. Though it is a track that hasn’t had any airtime on the radio yet, the fans that filled the plaza still knew every single word.

The Today Show held a poll and asked fans to tweet either #WastedTime or #SomewhereInMyCar, choosing which song they wanted to hear. “Wasted Time” got an overwhelming amount of screams as his vocals kicked in. His guitar playing skills and captivating vocals stole the crowd from the very beginning. This is not the first time Urban has played for the Summer Concert Series and he raises the bar every time. If you missed his performance you can check it down below.

Keith Urban is continuing on his Graffiti U Tour through February 2019. Not only does he put on a show himself but he picks great opening acts. With Kelsea Ballerini and Lindsay Ell joining him on select dates, these ladies open the show with so much energy and get the crowd moving.   New Yorkers can catch the show which hits Barclays Center on October 27th.

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NYCS First Impression: Trent Harmon Releases Debut Album ‘You Got ‘Em All’

Trent Harmon

Singer-songwriter, American Idol winner, and one of our 2017 Artists to Watch, Trent Harmon has taken two years to write, focus on his sound and is releasing his debut album to all retailers today.  You Got ‘Em All features 11 tracks, 8 of which Harmon co-wrote including a song written by Chris Stapleton and one by Keith Urban. The project is deeply personal, including songs about heartbreak, falling in love quickly and even a song written for his grandmas, who are both named Betty.

The lyrics of each song, are a tribute to the different key players in Harmon’s life, including his most recent major breakup, chronicled in his current single and title track of the album.  “You Got ‘Em All” was written in 45 minutes with Jordan Minton and Justin Ebach after Harmon got a phone call that his longtime girlfriend was moving to Thailand to follow her dreams.  The track, which opens the album, starts quietly with haunting notes on a piano and allows the pain and sincerity seep through the simple production. Other standouts on the record include “My Money’s On You”, an uplifting, up-tempo song about believing in someone wholeheartedly as well as his ethereal cover of Sia’s “Chandelier” which helped him take the title home on American Idol back in 2016.

Sonically, Harmon blends his Mississippi roots with modern country and you’ll even hear some hints of soul, especially on “Falling” the Urban co-write.   His incredible range carries the entire record, as he slides effortlessly into an airy falsetto that will captivate the listener. Between the combination of Harmon’s rich, vocal prowess with brilliant songwriting, You Got ‘Em All will thrill his current fans and certainly work to build a greater fan base within the country music genre.  Grab your copy of You Got ‘Em All on iTunes or take a listen below and let us know your favorite song in the comments.

 

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NYCS First Impression: Keith Urban ‘Graffiti U’

Keith Urban has been making his mark on the country music genre for the past two decades, always finding ways to reinvent his sound while staying relevant to the changes in the business and the fluidity of music itself.  In his latest release, Graffiti U certainly stays current while still highlighting Urban’s signature guitar skills as well as his ability to keep his fans engaged and singing along.

The project begins with his duet “Coming Home” written by Urban with pop star Julia Michaels, famed songwriters Nicolle Galyon and J.R Rotem.  While Galyon and Urban bring their country flair, Michaels and Rotem who have thrived in the pop and r&b worlds bring a progressive feel to the song which opens with Merle Haggard’s “Mama Tried”.  Michaels is also a co-writer on three other songs on the project, “Way Too Long”, “Parallel Line”, and “Gemini”.

The opening track sets the tone for the rest of the album, classic country Urban vocals with hints of pop, reggae, and r&b. Furthering his crossover power, Urban cut a few outside tracks, among those”Parallel Line” which was written by Ed Sheeran, Benjamin Levin, Johnny McDaid, Julia Michaels, Amy Wadge and produced by Sheeran and “Horses” which was written by Matt Rad, MoZella, Jamie Scott who have all had major success in the pop world.

A standout on the record is when Urban goes back to his country roots for “Texas Time”.  The intro has Urban fiddling with his guitar and saying “You know what we need right now, we need a song about Texas.”  Another stand out is “Drop Top” which leans away from the country genre sonically and has the line “She’s going to Coachella with feathers in her hair” but features the epic pipes of Kassi Ashton on the chorus and simply put is the perfect summer, roll your windows down anthem.

Urban was most recently nominated for ACM Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year for “Female” and won for Vocal Event of hte Year for “The Fighter” which featured Carrie Underwood.  “Female” which is one of the slower songs on Graffiti U takes a stab at the #MeToo movement, empowering women.

Keith Urban

 

The Graffiti U Tour is hitting 58 cities across the country and kicks off June 15th at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in St. Louis, Missouri. Kelsea Ballerini is the supporting act for all tour dates.  The tour stops at Barclays Center on October 27th. For all tour dates and more info head to www.keithurban.net. 

 

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