Tag Archives: #MERICA

Tennis Tuesday: ATP News of the Week

It’s no secret that the only thing we love as much as music is tennis!  Lucky for us, the tennis season lasts nearly the entire year, hitting every corner of the globe.  We thought we’d take a weekly look at the ATP World Tour action, both on an off the court.

This Week’s Tournaments:
Memphis, TN, USA
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Del Potro Returning at Delray Beach
Juan Martin del Potro announced that he is making his return to the tour very soon at the Delray Beach Open!  We’ve missed Delpo, and it’s wonderful to see that he is healthy enough to play again!

Gasquet Wins Montpellier
Our petit-ami, Richard Gasquet, played his first tournament of 2016 in Montpellier last week.  And won!  Gasquet missed the Australian Open due to an ongoing back injury, and we’re thrilled to see him back on court and playing well!

ATP Players + Puppies = Love
We love the off-court features on the ATP site,   This week they took a look at players and their pets!  Of course there’s Djokovic’s dog Pierre, Murray’s terriers Maggie May and Rusty … and Alexandr Dogopolov has the coolest looking cat we’ve ever seen.

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#MERICA

The Memphis Open is underway, and is the first tournament to have 5 American teenagers in the draw since 1989.  Taylor Fritz, Tommy Paul, Frances Tiafoe, Michael Mmoh, and Jared Donaldson all made it to the main draw of the tournament.   Not sure about you, but we are super excited about the future of American tennis.  USA!  USA!  USA!

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The Friday Five: #Merica Playlist

Happy 4th of July!  To help celebrate America’s birthday, here are our picks for a perfect #MERICA playlist!

1. Canaan Smith – “American Muscle”
Literally though, this song just screams #Merica!

2. Dierks Bentley – “Sounds Of Summer”
It’s the dust in the air and the freedom everywhere

3. Thomas Rhett – “All American Middle Class White Boy”
Because this is what #Merica was built on.

4. A Thousand Horses – “Southernality”
“Red, White, Blue, and FREE”

5. Miley Cyrus – “Party In The U.S.A”
Sorry Miley, this song will be on every #Merica playlist until the end of time!

Canaan Smith Plays Showcase at Mercury Lounge in NYC

Country artist Canaan Smith played an intimate show at NYC’s Mercury Lounge last night. The show gave the lucky fans in the audience a preview of Canaan’s upcoming debut album, “Bronco,” out June 23rd. As if we weren’t already excited enough about his album, after hearing some of the new songs last night we are ecstatic. Canaan got the evening off to an energetic start with “Hole In A Bottle,” one of our favorite tracks off his self-titled EP. A song called “American Muscle” is guaranteed to become the next #MERICA theme song you’ll be blasting at your 4th of July picnic. It got the whole crowd rocking, with some over-enthusiastic dancers spilling their beers but no one minded because #MERICA.

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Canaan also shared the meaning behind the title of his album, “Bronco,” explaining that he wanted to share himself and who he is through his album. The album’s title track is in honor of his brother, whom Canaan lost when he was younger. He dedicated the song to him in a touching tribute, giving the audience “a few moments of peace.”

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Canaan ended the night with a singalong to his chart-climbing single “Love You Like That,” before hi-fiving everyone in the front row. We had a blast seeing the nitty gritty boy in the city for a night, and can’t wait until he’s back at the end of June for FarmBorough Festival! You can also catch him on tour with Dierks Bentley on the Sounds of Summer Tour.

Pre-order a copy of Canaan Smith’s “Bronco” now and get a signed CD booklet!

Set List
Hole In A Bottle
Two Lane Road
One Of Those
Stuck
American Muscle
Love At First
Good Kinda Bad
Jealous (Nick Jonas cover)
Mad Love
Stompin’ Grounds
Bronco
Love You Like That

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