The Last Edition of the Morning Hangover of 2018…
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12/21/2018
By: @KurtBardella from Arlington, VA

CHEERS

Happy Birthweek (was yesterday) to one of my fav buds & Granger Smith’s video-photographer Paul De La Cerda, PR-guru Jennifer Vessio & BMLG’s Nicole Hunt. Happy Birthday to publicist extraordinaire EB McFarland! Happy early-birthday (tomorrow) to Cumulus’ John Shomby, Wild Country 99’s Kris Valentine, country music reporter Stephen Betts. Celebrating Christmas birthdays is my man WPOC’s Mike Preston and Creative Nation’s Shaina Botwin!

TOP SHELF

Curb Records superstar Dylan Scott put his big heart on display playing Santa Claus with gifts purchased following the success of his inaugural BAYOU STOCK fundraising concert from last month. Inspired by his hometown hero, Tim McGraw, and the long-running Swampstock concerts McGraw organized in the late ‘90s and early 2000s, BAYOU STOCK raised more than $30,000 for Northeast Louisiana kids in need. Using the funds to buy gifts for 70 hand-selected families in the area, he was joined by his wife Blair and son Beckett as the presents were passed out, with smiling faces making all his effort worth it. I had the privilege of attending the inaugural Bayou Stock, which also featured Morgan Evans, Mark Chestnutt & Lainey Wilson, and it was one of my favorite experiences of 2018. There is nothing like the connection an artist has with his hometown audience – especially when the cause is something so worthy as this one!

SOUND-CHECK

  • Cole Swindell’s performance from Jimmy Kimmel Live! re-airs tonight
  • “CMA Country Christmas,” the two-hour primetime annual holiday special, will air a special encore presentation Saturday, Dec. 22 at 8/7c on ABC
  • 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

ON THE JUKEBOX

FGL revealed the cover art for their upcoming February 15th release “Can’t Say I Ain’t Country”

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 HOUSE

#FlashbackFriday this has been one of the most amazing years of my adult life and it all started in January/February experiencing a few firsts like visiting the St. Jude campus, meeting Luke Bryan for the first time, and seeing Dylan Scott perform for the first time.

FRONT OF THE HOUSE

TAILGATE WATCH

So great to see Maggie Rose get this kind of national exposure in a publication like the Washington Post!
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AT THE BAR

Thanks to FGL & the Old Camp Whiskey team for sending along this bottle of their “Peach Pecan Whiskey” for the holidays!

ON THE BAR WALL

Hands-down my favorite music festival experience of 2018 was going to Stagecoach in CA (thanks team WME for making this happen). One of the most unique settings/environments to experience music. Already excited for next year! 

CRUSHIN IT

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BUZZIN

After the Super Bowl, don’t miss the world premiere of CBS’ The World’s Best hosted by James Corden and featuring Faith Hill as one of the judges with Drew Barrymore & RuPaul

NEAT

Thanks to Kane Brown & Sony Music Nashville for the gift – can’t think of a better hat for me to wear than this one – KB!!!

ALL ACCESS

Universal Music Group Nashville, the label group consisting of Capitol Records Nashville, EMI Records Nashville, MCA Nashville and Mercury Nashville, has announced that Stephanie Wright has been promoted to Senior Vice President of A&R and Brad Clark has been elevated to Vice President of Commercial Development.

BACKSTAGE PASS

Trailblazing music publisher TREE VIBEZ MUSIC is proud to welcome a talented new member to its team, with emerging voice JARED MULLINS joining up as the exciting firm’s newest staff songwriter. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, with a whatever-it-takes background, Mullins has built a reputation for bringing big ideas and razor-sharp lyrics to the writers room, scoring cuts by major artists like Jake Owen, Granger Smith, Justin Moore, Chase Rice, Cassadee Pope, Parmalee, and Cale Dodds so far – plus Kane Brown’s GOLD-certified “Found You,” which hit #1 on Billboard’s Country Digital Song Sales chart in 2017. 

AFTER PARTY

I think I did more traveling this year for country music shows than ever before. This summer I remember a stretch where I hit shows in Virginia, Maryland, Chicago, Los Angeles, Northern California. 

LAST CALL

This is the final edition of the Morning Hangover for 2018. I want to thank all of you for making this little tipsheet of mine a part of your daily routine. You’ve changed my life. I hope you’ve all enjoyed seeing the country music world through my eyes this year. I hope all of you have the best Christmas and New Year’s ever. See you in 2019!
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