Monday, August 21, 2017

JUSTIN MOORE'S "SOMEBODY ELSE WILL" TAKES NO. 1 SPOT Lauded Entertainer Scores Seventh Chart-Topper This Week on Mediabase and Billboard Airplay Charts New Single "Kinda Don't Care" Impacts Radio September 18

 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Justin Moore is on a hot streak with a lucky seventh career No. 1 hit as “Somebody Else Will” rolls into the top spot on Mediabase and Billboard Country Airplays Charts this week. It’s hardly left to chance though that this hard-working, talented entertainer has reached the peak once again. Written by Kelly Archer, Adam Hambrick and Tebey Ottoh and produced by Jeremy Stover and Scott Borchetta, the single marks a second board leader from his fourth studio album KINDA DON’T CARE released on The Valory Music Co., following an ascend in 2016 with “You Look Like I Need a Drink.”

“The feeling you get when your song hits No. 1 is unbelievable,” shared the Arkansas native in his signature Southern drawl. “Although this is my seventh time, it is still just as exciting as ever. It is tough to get your songs played on Country radio and I am so thankful to the writers, all of the stations, my promo team at the label and all of the fans who continue to support me and my music.”

Moore’s next single will be “Kinda Don’t Care,” which impacts radio on September 18. Uproxx raved "...you’d do better to look toward the album’s rebellious title track to get a real read on what makes Moore care — or not. That’s the guitar-drenched backwoods apathy I’d play on the radio, given a shot at those dials." Sounds Like Nashville concurred “...he hits the twang factor in fine fashion on the fun title cut."

Fans can catch Moore on the road during headline, festival and fair dates throughout the summer. For additional information and tour dates, visit JustinMooreMusic.com.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

DR. RALPH STANLEY FOREVER: A TRIBUTE CONCERT TO BE HELD OCTOBER 19, 2017

 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 17, 2017) – On October 19, 2017, a plethora of artists will gather to pay tribute to an American icon and international treasure, the late Dr. Ralph Stanley. The star-studded event - "Dr. Ralph Stanley Forever: A Tribute Concert" - will feature performances from Dierks Bentley, Nathan Stanley, Heidi Newfield, Daryl Worley, T. Graham Brown, Cody McCarver, Shayne Owens, Ralph Stanley II, T. Bone Burnett, Doug Supernaw, Smith & Wesley, and more to be announced. 
 
"My Papaw was a special man and this is going to be a special night," said Nathan Stanley, grandson of Ralph Stanley. "I've asked a lot of my friends to come and honor his legacy. I am committed to keeping his legacy and music alive - forever. This night is going to be incredible."
 
Presented by Stanley Music Group, the event will be held on October 19, 2017 at 7:00 PM CT at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, TN. Tickets are available now via Ticketmaster.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Comedian, Civil Rights Legend, the Iconic Dick Gregory has died


The interview I always wanted but will never get.

Dick Gregory, was a comedic genius! As a writer, standup and activist he tried to bring people together but stood ready for battle when necessary. Dick Gregory, put his body where his mouth went! He stood with Martin Luther King, Medger Evers putting his life on the line. He was never honored with the major awards like The Mark Twain Prize or Kennedy Center Honor, but without Gregory  Eddie Murphy (Mark Twain) nor L.L. Cool J (Kennedy Center Honor) would've ever such a road paved for them to receive these honors.


We can't forget landmarks like Dick Gregory, we need to celebrate him every chance we get. When Bob Hope, George Burns, and Don Rickles died we seen coast to coast coverage  with mentions on every upcoming award show for the year. Let's see this same respect shown toward this pioneer. The biggest honor you can bestow on Dick Gregory's memory is doing right by each other no matter what the race. When we see black entertainers make equal pay to white and when we see black female stars with heavy resumes and honors getting paid equal to white females  vs a soap opera super star, then Dick Gregory's Hollywood memory will truly be honored






TAYLOR HICKS TO VISIT AN ADDITIONAL 12 STATES IN STATE PLATE SEASON 2

State Plate with host Taylor Hicks

Additional Episodes will begin airing
Friday, January 26 at 8:00PM ET on INSP
 
Nashville, Tenn. – Earlier this year, INSP approved 12 additional episodes to be added to State Plate Season 2, the culinary travel series hosted by former American Idol winner and platinum-selling recording artist Taylor Hicks. Today, the network revealed the additional states to be featured:
 
Alaska
Montana
Rhode Island
North Dakota
Ohio
Kentucky
New Jersey
North Carolina
Nevada
Connecticut
New Mexico
New Hampshire

Although 11 of the new states to be featured were selected by the show’s producers, the 12th State – North Carolina was chosen by the fans through a Facebook Fan Vote in June. At the conclusion of season two, State Plate will have documented the most popular foods from 36 states in America.

On INSP’s award-winning original series, State Plate, entertainer and restaurateur Taylor Hicks tastes his way across the United States on a quest to assemble plates that represent each state’s most historic, famous, and tastiest foods. He samples crab cakes in Maryland, chili in Texas, potatoes in Idaho, and all manner of other dishes as he travels from coast to coast visiting farms, ranches, markets, and festivals in order to uncover the stories and legends behind each state’s unique food traditions. It’s a heaping helping of America’s most beloved cuisine, rich in history, folklore, and flavor.

The additional episodes of State Plate will begin airing on Friday, January 26th at 8PM ET on INSP. To find out how to watch in your area, go to www.stateplatetv.com.

To learn more about Taylor Hicks, visit taylorhicks.com or follow him on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

TAYLOR HICKS ON STATE PLATE:
*All episodes will air on INSP at 8p ET and feature a different state each week

Aug 11 Alabama
Aug 18 Mississippi
Aug 25 Vermont
Sep 1 New York
Sep 8 Missouri
Sep 15 Iowa
Sep 22 Minnesota
Sep 29 South Dakota
Oct 6 Pennsylvania
Oct 13 Maryland
Oct 20 Oregon
Oct 27 Washington

Emerging Artist Luke Underhill Releases Debut Major Studio Project The Left Side Celebrating Release Today with Performance on Chicago’s WGN Morning News, Audio Preview Available Exclusively on Variety Beat

 
 
CHICAGO, IL.  (August 18, 2017)—  Emerging singer/songwriter and Chicago native Luke Underhill is celebrating the release of his debut major studio project, The Left Side. The 7-track project, with hit producer Mikal Blue (Colbie Caillat, Jason Mraz, One Republic) at the helm, was recorded at Revolver Recordings in Los Angeles, CA earlier this year. The multi-talented 21-year old co-wrote two of the tracks on the new project and penned the other five songs solo. In celebration of the release, Underhill performed today on Chicago’s WGN Morning News.
 
Variety Beat exclusively premiered the audio HERE.
 
The Left Side is available now on iTunes.
 
Underhill explains: “Working on this album was unlike any other. This album was nothing less than an experience. As I was writing for this album, I knew from the beginning that it would be different than anything else I've done so far. I had big plans from the start. A different sound, a different feel, a different point of view in every way. None of it could have been achieved without the magic that is Mikal Blue and everyone at Revolver Studios. From my first day arriving at that studio, it immediately felt like home. Mikal Blue captured my sound and the feel I wanted just by getting to know who I was as a person, and who I was influenced by.”
 
Producer Mikal Blue says: “Luke's ability to tell a story with an infectious melody make his songs stand out. His voice pulls you in and his catchy piano melodies and guitar hooks seal the deal.”
 
With diverse influences ranging from Gavin DeGraw and Bruce Springsteen to Ed Sheeran and Ben Folds, Luke Underhill is preparing to make his mark in the format. The Chicago area singer, songwriter, pianist and guitarists’ emotional renditions of his songs have already earned him comparisons to a young John Mayer – while some more upbeat arrangements inspire exciting flashes of early Bryan Adams.
 
Underhill will wrap up release day with a full band show at The Law Office Pub & Music Hall in Yorkville, IL. The show kicks off at 9pm CT and admission is free.
 
The Left Side Track Listing:
  1. I’ll Be Waiting
  2. The Left Side
  3. Goodbye, MaryJane
  4. Wish
  5. Something (Revolver Mix)
  6. I Wanna Make You Dance

John Michael Montgomery, Baillie & the Boys, Tommy Roe and Mark Wills to Appear on "Ray Stevens CabaRay Nashville


John Michael Montgomery, Baillie & the Boys, Tommy Roe and Mark Wills to Appear on "Ray Stevens CabaRay Nashville"
 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Webster PR’s roster of John Michael Montgomery, Baillie & the Boys, Tommy Roe and Mark Wills will appear and perform on upcoming episodes of “Ray Stevens CabaRay Nashville.” The nationally-syndicated show is now available on Public Television Stations but it airs on different days and at varying times based on each Public Television Networks schedule. Check local listings for air dates and times.

Hosted by Grammy Award-winning country and comedy music legend Ray Stevens, the half-hour weekly TV show spotlights some of pop and country music’s most well-known singers and songwriters.

Summer 2017 Ray Stevens CabaRay Nashville Guest Lineup:
Weekend of Aug 18 - John Michael Montgomery
Weekend of Aug 25 - Baillie & the Boys
Weekend of Sept 1 - Tommy Roe
Weekend of Sept 8 - Mark Wills

Ashley Barron’s Debut Single “It Might Get Loud” Available TODAY Premiered exclusively on Stage Right Secrets






Nashville, TN. (Aug. 18, 2017) — Newcomer Ashley Barron is making an explosive entrance to the country scene with her debut single “It Might Get Loud” on all digital platforms today. Produced by Barron and Bobby Zoppi, the high-powered, party anthem track is available to download on iTunes HERE.

"This 23-year-old proves she has a beaming edge, upbeat personality, and phenomenal vocals with 'It Might Get Loud.'" The single premiered exclusively on Stage Right Secrets HERE.

A California native, Barron’s southern soul derives from her family’s Kentucky roots. Her love for the outdoors - hunting and fishing in the mountains or making a wake on the water - has inspired her invigorating musical style. 

Barron has been playing the California circuit and building a loyal fanbase for more than 2.5 years, all while running her own record label Barron Music. Laying the foundation to make her mark in Music City, she has been filling her schedule with co-writes, meetings and appearances. 

Barron announced her debut single earlier this month with an appearance on Good Day Sacramento. View her performance HERE and HERE. She’s excited to get the party started in Nashville and nationally with “It Might Get Loud.”

"Music is a part of my soul," Barron said. "I want to share the magic I find in music with others. Whether that's letting loose on a Friday night or diving deep into something so close to you."

Barron will celebrate "It Might Get Loud" with a special release party in Sacramento, CA. tonight. But the party won't get too loud. Tomorrow morning she will perform on the California State Capitol steps for the Make-A-Wish 19th annual "Walk for Wishes" 5k to benefit the courageous local children battling life-threatening medical conditions.

"It Might Get Loud" is available on AmazonGooglePlay & Spotify

Follow Ashley Barron for updates on InstagramFacebook & Twitter

Check ashleybarronofficial.com for more info and tour dates 
Link to high-res promo photo and single artwork HERE.

LARRY GATLIN & THE GATLIN BROTHERS VISIT CMA OFFICES FOR LIVE@CMA SERIES



 
Photo Credit: Christian Bottorff / CMA
Photo ID left to right: Steve Gatlin, Brenden Oliver (CMA), Larry Gatlin, Angela Strader (CMA), 
Brandi Simms (CMA), Rudy Gatlin
 
Nashville, Tenn. (August 18, 2017) -- Legendary country music group Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers treated the CMA staff to a special acoustic performance and meet and greet yesterday as part of the organization's recurring Live@CMA series.  The Grammy Award-winning trio performed a handful of their #1 hit songs including, "All The Gold In California," "Houston (Means I'm One Day Closer To You)," "Broken Lady," and more.  Following the performance, Larry, Steve and Rudy mingled with CMA staffers talking country music history and 62 years of the Gatlin Brothers

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

KENNY ROGERS TO BE HONORED BY THE INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM AS THE RECIPIENT OF THE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD



LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
 
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum announced its 2017 class of Photography Hall of Fame inductees, and first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Kenny Rogers - singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, photographer, and author - will receive the 2017 IPHF Lifetime Achievement Award, the first of its kind awarded by the IPHF. In addition, Nine photographers or photography industry visionaries who demonstrate the artistry, passion, and revolution of the past and present craft of photography were selected for induction to the Hall of Fame, including: Ernest H. Brooks II, black-and-white underwater photographer; Harry Benson, iconic portrait photographer; Edward Curtis, photographer of the American West and the North American Indian; William Eggleston, pioneer of color photography; Anne Geddes, portrait and infant photographer; Ryszard Horowitz, pre-digital special effects photographer; James Nachtwey, photojournalist and war photographer; Cindy Sherman, conceptual portrait photographer; and Jerry Uelsmann, photomontage photographer.

The IPHF annually awards and inducts notable photographers or photography industry visionaries for their artistry, innovation, and significant contributions to the art and science of photography.
The 2017 Awards and Induction Event will take place on November, 17, in St. Louis, MO, home of the IPHF in the Arts District, Grand Center.

A nominating committee of IPHF representatives and notable leaders with a passion for preserving and honoring the art of photography selected the inductees. To be eligible for induction, nominees were considered based on the noteworthy contributions they made to the art or science of photography that had a significant impact on the photography industry and/or history of photography. The inductees, though widely differing in style and practice, are individually seen as significant innovators in their respective fields. They are all risk takers who introduced the world to new means of artistic representation and expression.

“This year, the IPHF is honored to recognize ten creators who have uniquely revolutionized the modern photography industry,” said Patty Wente, Executive Director of the IPHF. “Our 2017 awardees are innovators who broke the norm of tradition and conceived their own ways of creatively communicating with the world around them.”

In addition to honoring the 2017 class of Photography Hall of Fame inductees and Lifetime Achievement award winner, the IPHF will be honoring the late Ken Whitmire, former IPHF board member, for his many contributions to the Museum and for his passion and commitment to photography.

For more than 50 years, the IPHF has been and remains the only organization worldwide that recognizes and honors significant contributors to the artistic craft and science of photography. The 2017 cohort of awardees and inductees join 79 other artists and innovators, including: Steve Jobs, Annie Leibovitz, Dorothea Lange, and Ansel Adams. The 2017 Induction Ceremony will be held on Nov. 17, 2017 in St. Louis. For details, contact Patty Wente at 314-479-2698 or patty.wente@iphf.org.

In addition to their commitment to the Photography Hall of Fame, the IPHF strives to educate the public about photographic history and to collect, exhibit, and preserve historical items and images. IPHF’s impressive permanent collection contains works from more than 500 artists, nearly 5,000 historical cameras, and more than 30,000 photographs. More information on the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum can be found at www.iphf.org.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Daywind Songwriter Gerald Crabb Celebrates 25 #1 Songs

Hendersonville, TN (August 15th, 2017) – Daywind writer, Gerald Crabb, has reached a pivotal milestone that many writers can only dream of. During a reception held at BMI earlier this month, the Dove Award winning songwriter was honored with a plaque commemorating his 25th #1 song on the Singing News radio chart.  The song, ‘I Choose Christ,’ was recorded by Karen Peck & New River and reached the top position for the July 2017 radio charts.  Crabb’s co-writers on the hit, Sue Smith and Jason Cox, celebrated milestones of their own, with their 10th & 5th #1 song, respectively.
 
“It has been an honor to be a part of the songwriting career of Gerald Crabb,” shares Ed Leonard, President of Daywind. “His songs have touched the lives of millions for the cause of Christ. We look forward to celebrating many more achievements with him as his writing reaches new heights.”
 
Rick Shelton, VP of Daywind Publishing, adds, “The Creator seems to bless each generation with a few poets whose ability to lay lyric atop melodies that move hearts is extraordinary. Gerald Crabb belongs among those exceptional songwriters. As his publisher and his friend, I am so very proud of him for this truly significant achievement. Twenty-five number one songs is a remarkable number and the countless lives touched is the eternal result.”

Monday, August 14, 2017

TAYLOR SWIFT WINS $1 JUDGEMENT OVER DAVID MUELLER GROPING CASE



Sunday, August 13, 2017

"Still The King" Starring Billy Ray Cyrus Available for Download and On Demand


Cyrus to Attend Teen Choice Awards Aug. 13 in Los Angeles
 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Burnin’ Vernon is too hot to handle! Fans of “Still The King” who missed season 1 and season 2 episodes can rejoice in knowing Billy Ray Cyrus’ hit comedy series is available at your fingertips through download and on demand digital platforms.

This season, Vernon (Billy Ray Cyrus) is fresh out of jail and determined to reclaim his position as a country music superstar while being present in the lives of his daughter Charlotte (Madison Iseman) and her mother Debbie (Joey Lauren Adams). 

All Season 2 episodes are available the day after each episode airs. In addition, CMT.com, CMT’s app and download platforms provide the following options to watch “Still The King”:

CMT.com and CMT App – please note you do need a cable provider username and password to watch STK on the app
  • Season 1 currently available
  • Season 2 available after each west coast premiere
For Download
  • Season 1 currently available
  • Season 2 available the day after each premiere
  • Partners include:
    • Amazon Video
    • Frontier Communications
    • Google Play
    • iTunes
    • Microsoft Movies & TV
    • Sony Interactive Entertainment
    • Verizon Multi-Screen
    • VUDU

BILLY RAY CYRUS ON TOUR:
Aug. 12 Edgewater Hotel Casino Resort - Laughlin, Nev.
Aug. 19 Mill Town Music Hall - Bremen, Ga.
Sept. 08 Rockin' Country Music Festival - Taylor, Mich. 
Sept. 09 Hard Rock Live - Northfield, Ohio
Sept. 22 Lancaster Performing Arts Center - Lancaster, Calif.
Sept. 23 Lewis Family Playhouse - Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Oct. 12 Coeur d’Alene Casino - Worley, Idaho
Oct. 13 Snoqualmie Casino - Snoqualmie, Wash.
Oct. 14 Spirit Mountain Casino - Grand Ronde, Ore.
Oct. 21 Crystal Grand Theatre - Wisconsin Dells, Wis.

HALFWAY TO HAZARD SIGNS WITH ABSOLUTE PUBLICITY

Photo ID left to right: Ken Madson (F3 Entertainment), David Tolliver (Halfway to Hazard), 
Chad Warrix (Halfway to Hazard), Don Murry Grubbs (Absolute Publicity)
 
Nashville, Tenn. (August 11, 2017) -- Country music duo Halfway to Hazard has signed on with Absolute Publicity for exclusive public relations representation.
 
"Halfway to Hazard has some great new music and we're excited to add a company with Absolute Publicity's expertise and work ethic to the team that's being built," says F3 Entertainment's Ken Madson.
 
Absolute Publicity's Don Murry Grubbs adds, "We're going to have a lot of fun working with these incredibly talented boys from Kentucky. We'll have more news on their latest project very soon. Welcome aboard, fellas!"
 
Halfway to Hazard is co-managed by Josh Bleidt (Three Sheets to the Win) and Ken Madson (F3 Entertainment). Buddy Lee Attractions represents the duo for live bookings.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

CHUCK NEGRON FEATURED ON SIRIUSXM, CNBC'S SQUAWK BOX, IMUS IN THE MORNING AND MORE TO PROMOTE NEGRON GENERATIONS, AVAILABLE NOW

Chuck Negron CNBC


“One” of the Most Iconic Voices in American Pop Culture Continues to Bring “Joy to the World” With New Music

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 10, 2017) - Chart-topping music icon Chuck Negron known as the voice of Three Dog Night's biggest hits made time in his busy touring schedule with the Happy Together Tour to visit with CNBC's Squawk BoxImus in the MorningBeTerrific!Do You Remember? and SiriusXM 70s on 7 channel recently. 

Negron guest hosted an hour of hits on one of his favorite Sirius XM channels, 70's on 7. Subscribers can tune in to hear him sharing his favorite tunes from Three Dog Night and their peers on Friday at 1 a.m. and 10 p.m. ET, Saturday at 8 a.m. ET, Sunday at 4 a.m. & 5 p.m. ET and anytime to online subscribers On Demand using the Sirius XM app or at siriusxm.com

He joined Don Imus on the hit syndicated show Imus in the Morning last week to discuss the new album and his experience on the Happy Together Tour this year with the Turtles, The Box Tops, The Association, The Cowsills and The Archie's Ron Dante. The podcast can be heard on demand at imus.com.

Negron also joined online outlets BeTerrific! and Do You Remember? to interact with fans who prefer their content on the web! With rapid-fire questions and fan interaction, Negron went 'live' on Facebook with Do You Remember?. He sat down with Michael Artsis for an in-depth interview discussing the album and details on his forth-coming book release on BeTerrific! which fans can view here.

LIFEHOUSE TO APPEAR ON "FOX & FRIENDS," SIRIUSXM'S THE PULSE, EXTRA, BILLBOARD.COM AND MORE!

Lifehouse: Greatest Hits

'Lifehouse: Greatest Hits' Available NOW, 'Looking For Summer' Tour Underway
 
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Multi-platinum award-winning rock band Lifehouse will be all over television, radio and online media when they perform and appear on “Fox & Friends All-American Summer Concert Series,” SiriusXM’s The Pulse, EXTRA, Billboard.com and MORE to celebrate their first hits compilation, Lifehouse: Greatest Hits! They’re also crisscrossing North America during their ‘Looking For Summer’ Tour with Switchfoot (CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS).

Fox & Friends All-American Summer Concert Series
Friday, August 11
8:00am ET 
Click here for local listings

SiriusXM’s The Pulse Ch. 15
Friday, August 11
10:00am ET
Click here for more information

EXTRA
Click here for local listings

Billboard.com
Friday, August 11
1:30pm ET
Click here to watch LIVE stream

Lifehouse released their 18-track Greatest Hits July 14, which includes a multitude of their chart-toppers, including “You and Me,” “First Time”, “Halfway Gone,” “Hurricane” and "Hanging by a Moment," which was the most played radio track of 2001.

For more information on Lifehouse, follow them on FacebookInstagram and Twitter or visit LifehouseMusic.com.

LIFEHOUSE: GREATEST HITS TRACK LISTING:
1. Hanging by a Moment
2. Sick Cycle Carousel
3. Breathing
4. Everything
5. Spin
6. Take Me Away
7. You And Me
8. Blind
9. First Time
10. Whatever It Takes
11. Broken (Radio Version)
12. Halfway Gone
13. Falling In
14. All In
15. From Where You Are
16. It Is What It Is
17. Between The Raindrops (featuring Natasha Bedingfield)
18. Hurricane

‘LOOKING FOR SUMMER’ TOUR:
Aug. 10 - Stone Pony Summer Stage - Asbury Park, N.J.
Aug. 12 - Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk - Brooklyn, N.Y.
Aug. 13 - Wolf Trap - Vienna, Va.
Aug. 15 - Pier 6 - Pavilion Baltimore, Md.
Aug. 16 - Taft Theatre - Cincinnati, Ohio
Aug. 18 - Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel - Nashville, Tenn.
Aug. 19 - Busch Gardens Williamsburg - Williamsburg, Va.
Aug. 22 - White Oak Amphitheatre at Greensboro Coliseum Complex – Greensboro, N.C.
Aug. 25 - Bayfront Park Amphitheater - Miami, Fla.
Aug. 26- Orlando Amphitheater - Orlando, Fla.
Aug. 27 - Daily's Place - Jacksonville, Fla.
Aug. 29 - Ravinia Festival - Highland Park, Ill.
Aug. 30 - Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park - Indianapolis, Ind.
Sept. 01 - DuQuoin State Fair- DuQuoin, Ill.
Sept. 03 - Gillioz Theater - Springfield, Mo.
Sept. 04 - The Pavilion at Irving Music Factory - Irving, Texas
Sept. 05 - House of Blues - Houston, Texas
Sept. 08 - Mandalay Bay Beach - Las Vegas, Nev. 
Sept. 09 - Greek Theatre - Los Angeles, Calif.
Sept.10 - The Masonic - San Francisco, Calif.

LUCAS HOGE #1 ON BILLBOARD TOP COUNTRY ALBUMS SALES CHART WITH DEBUT DIRTY SOUTH

Order Lucas Hoge: Dirty South

ALBUM LANDS AT #5 ON BILLBOARD TOP
COUNTRY ALBUMS CHART

Nashville, Tenn. – Lucas Hoge, Rebel Engine Entertainment recording artist and Cabela’s Ambassador, lays claim to the #1 spot on the Billboard Top Country Albums Sales Chart, with the best-selling country album of the week. In addition, Hoge’s debut album lands at #5 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart, which includes album sales, streams and single track sales, moving up from #12.

As reported Monday in Music Row, the up-and-coming artist made an impressive debut last week at #3 with pre-sales, and has now made the climb to #1 this week just ahead of Chris Stapleton, Lady Antebellum and Joe Nichols.

Best known as host of Animal Planet’s Last Chance Highway, Hoge has made the transition into budding country star look easy. With his new single spinning on radio stations from Albany, NY and Orlando, FL to Monterey, CA and a #1 best-selling album to his credit, a humble Hoge is taking it all in stride.

“This experience has been so amazing and I can't thank everyone enough for the support,” shares Hoge. “Purchasing music is one of the biggest compliments you can give to an artist, knowing people enjoy my music is so fulfilling!”

Hoge's Dirty South Tour is equally impressive with stops at several iconic southern destinations just around the corner, with appearances at Sun Records in Memphis, The French Quarter in New Orleans, the Florida Everglades and Lookout Mountain, to name a few.

The video for “Dirty South” made its world premiere several weeks ago on CMT Music, and holds in the Top 10 on the CMT 12 Pack for the 2nd consecutive week, while Hoge was recently named one of Rolling Stone Country’s “10 New Country Artists You Need To Know.” He was also named NRA Country featured artist for the month of July.

Longtime brand ambassador for Cabela’s, Hoge also has a longstanding relationship with Wrangler National Patriot and was recently brought on board with Hero Outdoor Products.

With all the buzz surrounding his new release, it is clear Hoge is a star on the rise.

Stream/Download Hoge's new album DIRTY SOUTH here.

For a complete list of tour dates log onto lucashoge.com.

Taylor Hicks To Host 2nd Season of the Award-Winning TV Series, State Plate

Taylor Hicks: State Plate Season 2

The INSP Original Series Season To
Premiere Friday, August 11 at 8:00PM ET
 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Family-entertainment network INSP will premiere the second season of their popular and critically-acclaimed original series, State Plate this Friday, August 11 at 8:00PM ET, as part of the “Destination Fridays” programming block.
 
“Our goal is to cover ALL fifty states,” said Doug Butts, SVP of Programming at INSP. “And we are well on our way. Season two of State Plate will feature even more of the foods we’ve come to know and love as part of America’s cultural history. Thankfully, there is no shortage of stories to tell.”
 
Stops this season include the legendary Flora-Bama and Hick's own restaurant, Saw's BBQ! By the end of the second season of State Plate, the show will have featured more than 180 iconic foods; everything from crab cakes in Maryland and peaches in Georgia; to chili in Texas and potatoes in Idaho. As he makes his way from coast to coast, Taylor visits farms, ranches, markets, festivals, and other diverse and unusual locales. In the process, viewers share in the journey as he uncovers the rich details behind each state’s unique food traditions. It’s a heaping helping of America’s most beloved cuisine, rich in history, folklore, and flavor.
 
Fans can tweet live with Taylor during the State Plate premiere by using #StatePlateTV. Click here for a sneak peak of this season's premiere.

State Plate is produced for INSP by RIVR Media

What the critics have said about State Plate
 
“It’s been 10 years since [Taylor] Hicks took home the microphone trophy, and now he’s using his Southern charm and entertaining know-how to launch a new reality show. Instead of vying for votes he’s filling his plate as host of the new food and travel series State Plate.” –Parade.com

“State Plate, an INSP original series, takes viewers on a tour of the country with host Taylor Hicks, the “American Idol” winner, platinum selling artist and restaurateur, for a look at the culinary culture of some of America’s “most intriguing cuisine.” –Denver Life Magazine

“State Plate looks at different states’ iconic dishes and the connection between a state’s agriculture and cuisine.” –Columbus Telegram
 
To learn more about Taylor Hicks, visit taylorhicks.com or follow him on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

TAYLOR HICKS ON STATE PLATE:
*All episodes will air on INSP at 8p ET and feature a different state each week

Aug 11 Alabama
Aug 18 Mississippi
Aug 25 Vermont
Sep 1 New York
Sep 8 Missouri
Sep 15 Iowa
Sep 22 Minnesota
Sep 29 South Dakota
Oct 6 Pennsylvania
Oct 13 Maryland
Oct 20 Oregon
Oct 27 Washington

TAYLOR HICKS ON TOUR:
Aug 19 Orrville Lions Rib & Music Fest, Orrville, Ohio
Aug 26 Oxford Performing Arts Center, Oxford, Ala.
Sep 30 Franklin Theatre, Franklin, Tenn.
Oct 21 The Palace Danbury, Danbury Conn.
Nov 14 BB King Blues Club, New York, N.Y.
Dec 08 Red Rock Casino Resort, Las Vegas, Nev.
Dec 09 Blue Water Resort & Casino, Parker, Ariz.
Dec 10 The MIM, Phoenix, Ariz.The