Dan + Shay “Super Stoked” About New Music They’ve Written and Recorded

Dan + Shay “Super Stoked” About New Music They’ve Written and Recorded

With the released of “I Should Probably Go to Bed” on July 31, Dan + Shay shared their first new music since “10,000 Hours” dropped in October 2019.

After the COVID-19 pandemic forced the duo to cancel more than 30 dates on their 2020 Arena Tour, Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney decided to use their time at home to “write the best music” possible.

“I Should Probably Go to Bed,” which is currently No. 19 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart after five weeks, was co-penned by Dan, Shay, Sean Douglas and Jason Evigan. The new tune was produced entirely by Dan, who performed and recorded every instrument at his home studio in Nashville.

“We hadn’t put out any new music since ‘10,000 Hours,’ which was October 4 of last year,” says Shay to The Country Daily. “And, we have the luxury of time right now. We have the responsibility to write the best music we possibly can and try to one-up the last thing we did. And so, right now, we have time to do that . . . and we’ve got a lot of stuff in the tank that we’re super proud of that we’ve recorded and written that we’re super stoked on.”

In addition to writing and recording new music, Dan + Shay announced a new 2021 Arena Tour with more than 30 dates. The duo also picked up four nominations at the CMA Awards on Nov. 11, including Vocal Duo of the Year, Single of the Year (“10,000 Hours”), Musical Event of the Year (“10,000 Hours”) and Music Video of the Year (“10,000 Hours”). On Sept. 16, the duo will perform “I Should Probably Go to Bed” at the ACM Awards—Dan is nominated for six awards, while Shay is nominated for five awards.

Dan + Shay The Arena Tour 2021

Sept. 9 | Greenville, S.C. | Bon Secours Wellness Arena
Sept. 10 | Charlottesville, Va. | John Paul Jones Arena
Sept. 11 | Uncasville, Ct. | Mohegan Sun Arena
Sept. 14 | Philadelphia, Pa. | Wells Fargo Arena
Sept. 16 | New York, N.Y. | Madison Square Garden
Sept. 17 | Pittsburgh, Pa. | PPG Paints Arena
Sept. 18 | Greensboro, N.C. | Greensboro Coliseum
Sept. 23 | Louisville, Ky. | KFC Yum! Center
Sept. 24 | Milwaukee, Wisc. | Fiserv Forum
Sept. 25 | Minneapolis, Minn. | Target Center
Oct. 1 | Indianapolis, Ind. | Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Oct. 2 | Chicago, Ill. | United Center
Oct. 3 | Grand Rapids, Mich. | Van Andel Arena
Oct. 17 | Glendale, Ariz. | Gila River Arena
Oct. 20 | San Francisco, Calif. | Chase Center
Oct. 21 | Sacramento, Calif. | Golden 1 Center
Oct. 23 | Salt Lake City, Utah, Vivint Smart Home Arena
Oct. 24 | Denver, Colo. | Pepsi Center
Oct. 28 | Portland, Ore. | Moda Center
Oct. 29 | Tacoma, Wash. | Tacoma Dome
Nov. 4 | Orlando, Fla. | Amway Center
Nov. 5 | Atlanta, Ga. | State Farm Arena
Nov. 12 | Omaha, Neb. | Chi Health Center
Nov. 13 | Tulsa, Okla. | BOK Center
Nov. 14 | Kansas City, Mo. | T-Mobile Center
Nov. 20 | New Orleans, La. | Smoothie King Center
Nov. 21 | Dallas, Texas | American Airlines Center
Dec. 3 | Detroit, Mich. | Little Caesars Arena
Dec. 4 | Hershey, Pa. | Giant Center
Dec. 5 | Newark, N.J. | Prudential Center
Dec. 7 | Boston, Mass. | TD Garden

photo by Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com

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Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter talk about “Thinking ‘Bout You”

Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter talk about “Thinking ‘Bout You”

Dustin Lynch recalls the exact moment during the writing of “Thinking ‘Bout You” when they thought it could work as a collaboration, “We realized, after we got to the chorus, wait a second, this is the duet moment we’ve been looking for. We can have the girl on the other end of the line, and her come in on the second verse, and now it’s a conversation. And I do think that’s why it’s so approachable and people relate to it and those phone calls can be life changing sometimes.”

As the song is knocking on the door to the number-one spot on the country music airplay chart, MacKenzie Porter shares that she and Dustin haven’t had a lot of opportunities to perform the hit song together, “The crazy part is like, we’ve actually probably sang it separately, more than we’ve sang it together, because our touring schedules are different. So then when we do get to do it together, it’s like oh yeah this is how, this is how it’s supposed to go, I’m not supposed to sing Dustin’s first verse, which I do in my own show. It just feels so natural.”

Photo Courtesy of Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter