Luke Bryan’s Crash My Playa 2017 will feature two nights of Luke Bryan on the beach at the Barceló, with additional headlining performances from Blake Shelton and Little Big Town, plus special guests Randy Houser, CMP alum Dustin Lynch, Brothers Osborne and Old Dominion, with additional performances by Kelleigh Bannen, Brooke Eden, Adam Craig, Lucie Silvas and DJ Rock! Check out the 2017 lineup and schedule, and get ready for an unforgettable concert vacation!
As a four-time Entertainer of the Year for the Country Music Association (twice) and the Academy of Country Music, (twice) Luke Bryan has achieved a rare place in the business, garnering the admiration of both his peers and the public. The industry voters for the Nashville-based CMA recognized him as one of the music industry’s few talents capable of filling a stadium on a regular basis. The fans, who pick the California-based ACM’s Entertainer, view him as a talented, good-natured guy who – when they see him at those stadium dates – is still one of them.
Part of his rise to prominence can be traced back to Bryan’s relatable work ethic. He’s passionate about his job, and about improving, which ultimately requires risk. With Kill the Lights, Bryan’s risks succeed as he alters his sound a bit by adding a new co-producer and delivers songs that display sides of him that have never been fully revealed before.
There’s a slow-jam sexy vibe to “Strip It On Down,” an uncharacteristically dark edge on “Razor Blade” and a first-ever duet with a female artist as Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild joins him on “Home Alone Tonight.” Then there’s “To The Moon And Back,” the first song he’s recorded that’s truly dedicated to Caroline, his wife of nine years.
“With ‘Do I’ (his first #1 single in 2009), I think all of our family thought we were getting a divorce,” he says with a chuckle. “People would call me and be like ‘Are y’all okay?’ So now that we have ‘To the Moon and Back,’ I think people will know that we’re pretty solid.”
Solid is the perfect word to describe Bryan’s remarkably swift ascent to the top of the country heap. He’s sold 8 million albums, 30 million tracks and accrued back-to-back double-platinum albums, earning the title of Top Country Artist in the sales-generated Billboard Music Awards two years in a row. He performed for 1.7 million fans in 2014 and 1.5 million in 2015, sold out eleven football stadiums and has co-hosted the ACM Awards with Blake Shelton three times. The 2015 edition marked the first time an awards show was ever held in a stadium. He debuted Kill The Lights at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and top Country Albums Charts, making it his third consecutive album to debut in the top spots. Kill The Lights also became the third-largest album debut in 2015 at the time of its release, next to the R&B/hip hop releases from Drake and Kendrick, as well as the highest country album debut in the last two years, since Luke’s own CRASH MY PARTY release debuted at #1 in August 2013.
The stats clearly indicate that Luke Bryan’s career is a big deal, but as heady as those achievements are, there’s no appreciable distance between him and his fans – even when there are 50,000 of them clamoring for his attention. When he played those major venues in the summer of 2015, Bryan spent more time at the edge of the runways than he did with his band, essentially putting himself in the crowd’s world as much as he brought them in to his.
“My focus in life when I’m on stage is entertaining these fans,” Bryan explains. “If it’s my smile and my demeanor, if it’s my song that does it, if it’s me picking up a child out of the audience and letting them sing, it’s not being so premeditated that you can see it from a mile away. I mean my main thing is I’m a fan up there that just gets to sing. That’s kind of how I’ve always approached it.”
Indeed, Bryan was still something of a fan when he picked up his first Entertainer of the Year trophy. The presenter was Garth Brooks, and Bryan gushed during his acceptance speech that it was the first time he was meeting one of his idols, who just happened to have started his career at the same label – Capitol Nashville – that launched Bryan’s career. Whether it’s former touring buddy Jason Aldean; Florida Georgia Line, with whom Bryan has shared five awards for the collaboration “This Is How We Roll”; or Taylor Swift, who invited him to make a surprise appearance during her Red World Tour; Bryan remains one of the most popular artists in Nashville because he continues to be such a fan of his fellow acts.
That appreciation for his peers is part of what makes his rise to the top so perfect. There are moments in the middle of his concerts when he’s aware he now occupies the same pedestal his own idols held. He’s motivated to match the grace and ease that they demonstrated.
“You used to see girls singing Reba songs at beauty pageants and their head was about to pop off when they were hitting notes, but there’s Reba up there never sweating and never breaking stride,” Bryan says. “She’s just walking around being Reba, and that was what made her a whole other level of performer. I mean, sometimes I’ll be up there and I think about me being a kid watching Reba. You take all that and put it in your memory bank and try to learn a little bit from it.”
Learning is a key factor in Bryan’s rise from the son of a working-class Georgia peanut farmer to world-class entertainer. Before he ever arrived in Nashville, Bryan hustled to build an audience, playing bars and college parties on weekends, then investing his earnings in studio recordings that he’d press and give away at future shows. He learned how to perform, studied what kinds of songs moved a crowd and began to figure out how to achieve the best sounds in a studio.
His diligence got him in the door in Music City, and he continued to sharpen the skills that are now the foundation of his career. Bryan’s first major chart success came not as an artist, but as a songwriter, on the rural-themed Billy Currington love song “Good Directions.” The basic elements in its storyline – country lifestyle, neighborly behavior, positivity and successful relationships – are the building blocks of his own character. At each rung on the way up, he’d take a shot at something he didn’t know – or wasn’t initially good at – ultimately figuring out how to improve his skill set and to add in a new element without compromising his own persona. In concert, that meant fumbling – initially, anyway – on the piano as he improvised a big section of his show. In the studio, that meant playing with microphone techniques, better understanding how his voice works and being willing to leave the studio when the muse just wasn’t there.
“I was always pushing myself vocally to become a better recording artist,” he says. “Up until maybe Crash My Party and this album, I’ve always felt like a live singer. Now I feel like I’ve become an even more solid recording artist.”
Even with the risks in Kill the Lights, he is still solidly Luke Bryan. The lead single, “Kick The Dust Up,” leans on the farm-party theme that’s become central to his persona, though it throws in a neo-Middle Eastern earworm to shake things up just a bit. “Move” has a familiar dance quality, “Scarecrows” pledges allegiance to his small-town roots, and “Huntin,’ Fishin’ And Lovin’ Every Day” documents part of the lifestyle that connects him with his faithful heartland audience.
“I’m probably going to get that tattooed on my body at some point: ‘Huntin’ and fishin’ and lovin’ every day,’” he says with a laugh. “I can see the bumper stickers. I can see the window stickers. I can see the T-shirts. We’re going to do it live, whether it’s a single or not.”
But it’s the risks that define Kill the Lights. After making his first four albums with producer Jeff Stevens, Jeff’s son Jody Stevens – who became a go-to Nashville musician after working with young guns Cole Swindell and Thomas Rhett – joined the production team, adding sounds and attitude that bring an R&B undercurrent.
That’s not completely foreign to Bryan. He’s often weaved Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite” into his live shows. He also earned a CMT Music Award for a performance with Lionel Richie and incorporated a beat box into the arc of his 2015 concerts.
Thus, Bryan approached the tracks on Kill the Lights with enthusiasm, progressing stylistically with a sound and a set of lyrical ideas that fit him well. It’s why the thumping “Way Way Back,” the house vibe of the title track and the soul-ballad quality of “Strip It Down” emerge as successful ventures. Bryan is – like the digital generation of fans that comes out to see him on those stadium dates – a fan of all sorts of music.
That he’s learned how to incorporate everything from ‘80s Alabama to ‘90s Metallica to 21st-century Maroon 5 into his influences is one of the things that’s connected him to that audience. He’s one of them, and he’s enormously grateful that his music resonates with them. That’s a big reason why Luke Bryan is a box-office king. And Entertainer of the Year.
“When I walk off the stage, I want to know I gave them my best,” Bryan says. “I feel like the people deserve that.”
Country Music Association’s 2012 “Entertainer of the Year,” five-time Male Vocalist of the Year winner and GRAMMY nominee Blake Shelton continues to add to his superstar status. With 17 consecutive #1 singles, Shelton owns the record of successive #1 singles in the modern era, and has a total of 22 #1 singles.
His new album, If I’m Honest, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Album Sales Chart and the Billboard Country Album Chart. If I’m Honest has already yielded the #1 smash single, “Came Here To Forget,” and his new single “She’s Got A Way With Words.” The album features three songs written by Shelton which include the gospel tinged “Savior’s Shadow,” “Friends,” which is also featured in the #1 film, The Angry Birds Movie, and “Go Ahead and Break My Heart,” a song he wrote and performs with Gwen Stefani.
A member of the Grand Ole Opry, he has earned a host of awards throughout his career, including the recent People’s Choice Award for Favorite Male Country Artist. Shelton is in production on season 11 of NBC’s “The Voice” and recently hosted Nickelodeon’s slime-filled Kids’ Choice Awards. Shelton is the subject of a career-spanning exhibition at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee. Blake Shelton: Based on a True Story. The exhibit explores the life and work of one of country music’s most popular and multi-dimensional artists. He will hit the road in September for his Blake Shelton presented by Gildan tour, which kicks off with a two-night stand in Oklahoma City.
Little Big Town
Grammy Award-winning group, Little Big Town — consisting of members Karen Fairchild, Phillip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman, and Jimi Westbrook — first entered the music scene more than 18 years ago with hits such as “Boondocks,” “Bring It On Home,” “Good As Gone” and the Grammy-nominated single “Little White Church.” With albums Tornado and Painkiller, they have seen massive success with #1 singles “Pontoon,” “Tornado,” “Day Drinking,” and most recently the history-making, best-selling country single of 2015, with “Girl Crush.” In October of 2014, the group fulfilled a career milestone and lifelong dream when Reba McIntire asked them to become the newest members of the Grand Ole Opry; two weeks later, they were inducted. Little Big Town has earned over 35 award show nominations and in the past five years has taken home nearly 20 awards, including multiple Grammy, CMA and ACM awards, and an Emmy award. This past November, they received honors from the CMA for Vocal Group of the Year and Single of the Year for “Girl Crush,” and the song was also honored as CMA’s Song of the Year. At the 2016 Grammy Awards Little Big Town won “Best Country Group/Duo Performance,” and “Girl Crush” received the honor for “Best Country Song.” Most recently, Little Big Town received honors from the Academy of Country Music for Vocal Group of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year with Miranda Lambert, and the group was also recognized with the Crystal Milestone Award. At the recent Billboard Awards Little Big Town and “Girl Crush” were nominated for Top Country Song as well as Chart Achievement Award, and the group was also honored as the 2016 Music Business Association Artist of the Year. Little Big Town is currently on the road with Luke Bryan for the Kill The Lights Tour. For more information, visit LittleBigTown.com or follow them @littlebigtown.
With an inimitable voice the New York Times describes as “wholly different, thicker and more throbbing, a caldron bubbling over,” Randy Houser racked up three consecutive No. 1 hits and more than four million in singles sales
to date with his Stoney Creek Records album, How Country Feels. He
topped the charts with the title track, “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” and
“Goodnight Kiss” (also his first No. 1 as a songwriter) and earned critical
acclaim for his powerful delivery of the Top 5 smash and CMA Song of the
Year-nominated “Like A Cowboy.” Houser added a fourth No. 1 to his
catalogue with “We Went” from his new album, Fired Up, and its third single “Chasing Down A Good Time” is available at country radio and digital retailers now. He is currently on the Somewhere On A Beach Tour with Dierks Bentley. For more information, visit www.RandyHouser.com or follow on Twitter @RandyHouser and www.Facebook.com/RandyHouser.
With three consecutive No. 1s, two Top 5 albums, platinum-level sales and back-to-back summers on one of the biggest tours in country music, Dustin Lynch has been on a steady path toward superstardom. But now with the release of “Seein’ Red,” the Broken Bow recording artist is shifting into high gear. The first single from Lynch’s soon-to-be-announced third album, “Seein’ Red” is a fist-pumping blast of intensity full of flirtatious heat and tangled-up passion, and the next step in the Tennessee native’s evolution. He’s already been to the top of the charts with traditional country (“Cowboys and Angels”), party-rockers (“Where It’s At,” “Hell of a Night”) and simmering romance (“Mind Reader”), now he’s adding raw, animal attraction to the mix. A direction quickly embraced by media and fans alike. “Seein’ Red” released to rave reviews with Rolling Stone praising Lynch’s vocals as “one of his most soulful and assured to date” and Taste of Country proclaiming the song as “unapologetically sexy.” Meanwhile, Lynch has racked up an impressive 55 million views on YouTube/VEVO, 146.5 million plus streams on Spotify, soared to #1 on the MTV Music Meter and sold over 3 million digital singles to date. Currently on his second tour in a row with Luke Bryan, he will join Chris Young’s I’M COMIN’ OVER tour this fall. Realizing his long time dream of creating a fashion line, Lynch recently launched Stay Country. “Stay Country isn’t just a brand, it’s a lifestyle,” says Lynch. “It’s where I grew up. It’s home to the rivers I’ve fished, the deer stands I’ve perched, and the dirt roads I’ve roamed. It inspired Stay Country.” The line of accessibly-priced men’s and women’s shirts, hats, and accessories, all emblazoned with the distinctive Stay Country logo, can be found online at https://www.staycountryclothing.com. For
more information, visit DustinLynchMusic.com.
Two sons from a working class family, John and TJ Osborne grew up in a small, Maryland water town writing and playing songs for friends and family in their father’s shed. John (guitar) moved to Nashville first to play in other bands and two years later, TJ (vocals/guitar) joined him. It was then they formed Brothers Osborne as a twang-and-crunch duo that blends equal parts country and rock into one of the freshest, most identifiable sounds to come out of Nashville in recent years. The singer/songwriter siblings have been featured on several “One’s to Watch” lists including Rolling Stone, Billboard, Paste, Country Weekly, Nashville Lifestyles and Spotify. Brothers Osborne’s debut album Pawn Shop was released on January 15 and features the GRAMMY-nominated, No.1 smash hit “Stay A Little Longer” which has been Certified-Gold by the RIAA as well as their current breezy single “21 Summer.” Fresh off touring with Darius Rucker and Eric Church, fans can catch the duo on Miranda Lambert’s Keeper Of The Flame Tour this summer.
Proving that they are not your average country band, Old Dominion blends old-fashioned country charm, lyrical wit and rock n’ roll grit into radio-friendly, hook-heavy pop nuggets. Old Dominion has emerged as one of the hottest breaking bands in country music, fusing clever lyrics and an infectious sound. The band released their first full length album Meat and Candy, which was recently named RIAA-certified GOLD and called “deceptively smart, occasionally cheeky, stellar debut,” by Entertainment Weekly. Old Dominion released their PLATINUM two-week No.1 “Break Up With Him” and RIAA-certified GOLD hit “Snapback” prior to their third single “Song For Another Time,” which hit No. 1 on Billboard and MediaBase on Dec. 12, 2016. They spent their summer on Kenny Chesney’s Spread The Love Tour and just wrapped their headlining Meat and Candy Fall Tour in December 2016. Fifteen of the dates were tapped as Stagecoach Spotlight: Old Dominion Meat and Candy Tour; the first-ever tour produced by the award-winning Stagecoach Music Festival. This spring, Old Dominion will join Miranda Lambert on her Highway Vagabond Tour. In 2016, the band was named ACM New Group of the Year, ACCA Breakthrough Group of the Year, AIMP Songwriter Artist of the Year and Music Row Breakthrough Artist of the Year. Old Dominion consists of lead singer Matthew Ramsey, lead guitarist Brad Tursi, multi-instrumentalist Trevor Rosen, bassist Geoff Sprung and drummer Whit Sellers.
Raised in Nashville, Tennessee, Kelleigh Bannen has built her career on a sound steeped in the city’s past, present and future, mixing country twang, pop hooks and southern storytelling into the same pot. She’s a songwriter. A singer. A trailblazer. Throughout a career that’s included major-label singles, independent releases, Top 50 hits, and shows alongside icons like Hank Williams Jr. and Luke Bryan, Bannen has consistently called her own shots. She continues that streak with her new EP, Cheap Sunglasses, a mix of melodic hooks and modern production whose songs were all co-written by Kelleigh.
From the thrill of playing super-sized shows — including the Stagecoach Festival and the cross-country Three Girls Rock Into a Bar” tour — to the challenge of forging your own path in a competitive town, Kelleigh has lived the country music dream: its challenges, its triumphs, and its rewards. Cheap Sunglasses joins a catalog that already includes a career-launching indie album, Radio Skies, and a handful of EMI Nashville singles, from “Smoke When I Drink” to “Famous.” Her influence reaches far beyond the stage, too. This Nashville Life, a new podcast launched and hosted by Kelleigh, shines a light on the “business” side of the music business. This Nashville Life features guest interviews, stories, industry tips and plenty of insight from promoters, radio execs and fellow songwriters. Kelleigh is still chasing her own dream, but she’s sharing advice with others, too, equipping a generation of dreamers with the tools they need to create their own careers.
The accolades continue to pour in for RED BOW Records / BBR Music Group’s Brooke Eden. The pintsize vocal powerhouse has been named one of Vogue’s “10 Country ‘It’ Girls, one of CMT’s Next Women of Country, a SPOTIFY “Spotlight 2016” Artist, PEOPLE’s “Seven Country Acts You Should Check Out” and one of CMT’s “16 Listen Up Artists for 2016” as well as “One to Watch” by Country Music Rocks, NASH Country Weekly, MySpace, Nashville Lifestyles, Roughstock, Sounds Like Nashville, Whiskey Riff and more.
Now, Eden returns with her highly anticipated new single “Diamonds” which is prominently featured in the first season of TLC new hit series Tyler Perry’s “Too Close To Home.” The pintsize dynamo was also hand-selected by Perry to perform the show’s theme song for TLC’s first-ever scripted series. Lauded for her commanding stage presence and brassy straight-shooting style, Eden has performed over 500 shows in four years, including opening for superstars such as Tim McGraw, Alan Jackson, Sugarland and Florida Georgia Line.
Working as an in-demand Music Row songwriter, Adam Craig has co-penned hits like Parmalee’s “Close Your Eyes” and scored cuts by Jason Aldean (“Church Pew or Bar Stool”), Dustin Lynch (“World to Me”), Love & Theft (“Whiskey on My Breath”) and more, but his own style is something different – it’s the next step in country’s continuing evolution, and the antidote for the bro-country hangover.
Now signed to BBR Music Group’s Stoney Creek Records, Adam has made the leap from songwriter to artist with a style that’s rooted in the ‘90s yet sounds just ahead of the curve. It combines the down-home themes of artists like McGraw and Tritt, the soul-bearing honesty and pure-intentioned romance of Keith Urban with otherworldly vocals that land somewhere between Vince Gill and Keith Urban. But the defining trait of his music is more than an intriguing sound and passionate writing: it’s an appreciation for just how complicated the real world truly is.
Born in the UK and raised part of her life in New Zealand by her Kiwi dad and Scottish mother, Lucie Silvas grew up listening to her parents favourites from Ray Charles to Nat King Cole to James Taylor and Roberta Flack. At age 17 she went out on the road as a backing singer for British singer/songwriter Judie Tzuke. A few years later she released her debut album on Mercury Records, “Breathe In,” and toured extensively around Europe for the following years with both her debut and second album. She went on to sell well over a million albums in Europe, alone. Lucie worked and toured with many artists throughout Europe including the likes of Elton John, Jamie Cullum, Macy Gray, and Jamiroquai.
After achieving massive success for both her own music as well as songs she had written for other artists, Lucie packed up and moved to Nashville, TN. where she has now written and performed with some of the biggest and the best in their fields, ranging from Kasey Musgraves to Tom Jones (yes, Tom Jones) to Daughtry to James Bey and shared the stage at Bonnaroo with Skrillex and Ms. Lauryn Hill. She will also be direct support on the road this coming Fall for Little Big Town.
Lucie has just released her long-awaited and much anticipated album, “Letters To Ghosts” for Caroline Records. The album features the first hit, “Letters To Ghosts,” which continues to rear its head at new radio stations each week all over the country. All the songs on the album were co-written and co-produced by Lucie with several tracks already having been licensed for major network television.
DJ ROCK has always been a fan of country music! Having grown up in a musical household, ROCK’s talents began to develop at an early age. While attending college at Georgia Southern University in the late ‘90s, he began DJing at popular college bars, clubs, sororities, and fraternities. Slowly but surely, DJ ROCK became a college town celebrity. After making a name for himself at GSU, he began touring throughout Georgia, expanding his fan base and honing his craft.
Currently residing in Milledgeville, GA, DJ ROCK is the resident DJ at the local hotspot “Capital City” as well as Atlanta’s country hotspot “Stagecoach Buckhead.” In the summer of 2014, Universal Music Group Nashville booked DJ ROCK to play a three-night stand at their official after party during CMA Music Fest in Nashville, which also featured artists Brothers Osborne, Sam Hunt, and Kelleigh Bannen. For the past 3 years, DJ ROCK has been DJing for country music superstar Luke Bryan’s Farm Tour, which in turn landed him a spot opening for all four of Bryan’s 2014 “That’s My Kind Of Night Tour” stadium dates. Most recently DJ ROCK opened for Warner Brothers recording artist Cole Swindell on various Georgia tour dates.