Thursday, December 24, 2015


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 23, 2015) – In his illustrious career, Country legend John Anderson has been honored with ACM and CMA awards, topped the charts multiple times and created a legacy that continues to grow. In the heels of the 40th Anniversary since releasing his debut single, Anderson shows no signs of slowing down with his latest album, Goldmine. The hit project was recently named one ofRolling Stone’s “40 Best Country Albums of 2015,” with Anderson also securing ink this year on, NASH Country Weekly, The Boot, Roughstock and many more.

The latest radio single from Goldmine, “Don’t Forget to Thank the Lord,” continues its climb up the charts, with The Bootpremiering a special performance video. Watch as Anderson delivers a breathtaking performance of the inspirational tune. The performance is from the 21st Annual Inspirational Faith, Family & Country Awards, which took place in October in Nashville, Tennessee.

“Thanks to The Boot for showcasing this video” said a humble John Anderson. “I hope all the listeners and viewers enjoy this special and unique song.”

As 2015 comes to a close, Anderson will set his sights on an even bigger 2016. The “Swingin’” singer will hit the ground running in the first quarter, bringing his traditional sound to audiences throughout North America.

John Anderson On Tour:
Jan 13 - Yuma, AZ - The Palms RV Resort
Jan 16 - Laughlin, NV - Avi Resort & Casino
Jan 21 - Shelby, NC - Don Gibson Theatre
Jan 22 - Rocky Mount, VA - Harvester Performance Center
Jan 23 - Greensboro, NC - Carolina Theater
Feb 20 - Bremen, GA - Mill Town Music Hall
Mar 12 - West Palm Beach, FL - South Florida Fair
Apr 22 - Effingham, IL - Effingham Performance Center


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 23, 2015) – Nearly 12 years after the release of their debut single, Country chart-topping duo Big & Rich continue to hit new highs with their latest album, Gravity. They look to build upon their current momentum with the upcoming single, “Lovin’ Lately” featuring Tim McGraw. The song is accompanied by the video starring McGraw, which is part of The Gravity Quadrilogy video series. Fans can check out the Trey Fanjoy directed video now, which was recently spotlighted by

“Lovin’ Lately” is the follow-up to the smash hits “Look at You” and “Run Away With You,” also from Gravity. For the first time in their storied career, the duo snagged back-to-back Top Ten singles on Country radio. Their larger-than-life personalities and unique vocal style has helped to propel them as one of the most in-demand acts in the genre.

The multi-platinum recording superstars will close out their monumental year on December 29, where they will kick off the Battle of the Bands at the Annual Franklin American Mortgage Music City bowl in Nashville. Big & Rich will hit the road in 2016 for several upcoming shows throughout North America, beginning with the IntelliCentrics Outdoor Concert Series and NHL Fan Fair™ presented by Bridgestone during the 2016 Honda NHL® All-Star festivities in Nashville on January 28.

Big & Rich On Tour:
Dec 29 - Nashville, TN - Battle of the Bands
Jan 28 - Nashville, TN - NHL All Star Kick-Off
Mar 04 - Plant City, FL - Strawberry Festival
Apr 29 - Live Oak, FL - Suwannee River Jam
Jun 05 - Virginia Beach, VA - Patriotic Festival
Jun 10 - Mountain Dale, NY - Taste of Country Festival
Jun 11 - Winsted, MN - Winstock Country Music
Jun 25 – Philadelphia, PA - Lincoln Financial Field
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Wednesday, December 23, 2015


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 23, 2015) – Iconic entertainer Brenda Lee dashes to the top of the charts with “Rockin Around the Christmas Tree” at No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Streaming Songs and hits the top forty on the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time since 1961.
The Christmas standard landed in the Hot 100's top 40 for the first time since Jan. 7, 1961, when it placed at No. 18 and peaked at No. 14 the week of Dec. 31, 1960. It’s Lee’s return to the top 40 with any record since 1967 when she went to 37 with Ride, Ride, Ride.
Most recently, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” remained at No. 1 on the Billboard Holiday Airplay charts.
“It’s amazing how that song continues to resonate with every age group and just about everybody. I was just a kid when we recorded ‘Rockin Around the Christmas Tree’ and it makes me feel so good knowing it still brings Christmas joy to others,” Lee said.
The Country Music Hall of Famer recorded “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” written by Johnny Marks (“Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” “A Holly Jolly Christmas”), when she was 13 years old. The tune was originally released in 1958.
Lee, who celebrated her 71st birthday Dec. 11, is enjoying the holidays at her Nashville home after performing for a packed crowd during the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Deck the Hall concert series.
Known as “Little Miss Dynamite,” Lee has sold more than 100 million records worldwide and charted in more categories – including pop, rhythm & blues, rock, easy listening and country – than any other women in the history of recorded music. She’s been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Rockabilly Hall of Fame.
Lee can belt out rockabilly, country and pop standards with equal conviction with the kicking, countrified upstart of “Jambalaya” and “That’s All You Gotta Do,” the pert, jaunty rocker of “Sweet Nothin’s” and “Let’s Jump the Broomstick,” the heartbroken balladeer of “I’m Sorry” and “Break It to Me Gently,” the sophisticated songstress of “I Just Want to Be Wanted” and “You Can Depend on Me,” and the country storyteller of “Big Four Poster Bed” and “Nobody Wins.”
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Thursday, December 17, 2015


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 17, 2015) – Less than a week after 15.6 million viewers watched “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors,” NBC is giving families another chance to watch the TV movie with an encore special presentation Christmas Day at 9/8c.

"I hoped to bring some families together so they could sit and watch a move like this. I really wanted to celebrate the people, my whole family, who made me who and what I am today. I'm so blessed and thankful for everyone who watched and I hope this story reaches many, many more when NBC shows it Christmas night," said Parton.
“Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” ranks as the most-watched film on the four broadcast networks in more than six years with 13 million viewers during the initial Dec. 10 broadcast, and Nielsen live +3 nudging the total up by 2.5 million to an overall 15.6 million, plus a 27% hike that nudged the 18-49 demo from a 1.8 to 2.3. L+3 ratings measure live viewing plus DVR viewing up to three days later.
The film is set in the Tennessee Great Smoky Mountains in 1955. It is neither a biopic nor musical about Parton’s whole life and performing career, but rather a family-oriented faith-based story about the incidents in her and her family’s life around the time she was 9 years old.
“Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” is the first in a planned series of TV movies inspired by the country music icon’s songs.
The TV movie is available to watch now on, NBC apps and Set-Top Box On Demand.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 16, 2015) 
– Award-winning singer/songwriter Phil Vassar is opening the doors to his personal cellar to showcase wine and spirits, share unforgettable stories and collaborate with special guests, including Sarah Darling and Steve Cropper, in his new video series, “Songs from the Cellar,” which will feature intimate interviews and comedic banter unlike any other show on air or online.
Episodes will feature live performances and conversations when it debuts in December 22 as well
Songstress Sarah Darling and iconic songwriter/guitarist Steve Cropper, known for co-penning “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay,” join Vassar in upcoming episodes.
“This is a first for us, and it’ll be a real treat for our fans. We always wanted to bring them into our home and witness some of the magic that can happen when we play with icons like Steve Cropper and newcomers who are as talented as Sarah Darling. And we found “Songs from the Cellar” was the perfect opportunity to sip some vino, sing our hearts out and share some laughs,” Vassar said.
Future episodes will incorporate artists, songwriters and wine connoisseurs as featured “Songs from the Cellar” guests. Each episode will bring of wine, food pairings, world travel and more to the table. The show is not complete without the pairing of storytelling as well as wine and food pairings.
Wine, beer, bourbons and other cocktail favorites, all reasonably priced, attractive, crafted and inspired by artists, be featured during each show with a purpose and story. Fans will also be encouraged to submit their favorite wines, spirits and craft beverages. They’ll also be encouraged to submit their favorite watering hole where they want to see Vassar to perform.
Vassar continues his #noPHILter tour including a sold-out show at Franklin Theatre Dec. 18 in Franklin, Tenn., which will also be LIVE streamed through Digital Rodeo TV’s free app.
Utilizing his strong social following that spans 45 countries and across 6 continents, Vassar’s energetic show is fan driven by social media requests and includes personal interactions with the crowd. Vassar’s most recent live streaming broadcast garnered 309,000 viewers with less than 24 hours notice.
“This is all about transcending the venue and bringing our show straight to fans. Although we play more than 135 shows a year, we aren’t able to reach all our fans, and many aren’t able to experience our Christmas shows. Live streaming allows us reach them wherever they are - as well as experience our favorite holiday songs,” Vassar said.
Fans can expect to hear original and Christmas classics, new material from his forthcoming album as well as well as his reign of hits, including "Carlene," "Just Another Day in Paradise," "Six-Pack Summer," "That's When I Love You" and many more.
Vassar will also be joined by rising singer/songwriter Sarah Darling during the Dec. 18 show.
As with all #noPHILter concerts, Vassar will tap into the crowd for social media requests during the show.
“During our last live streamed concert, we were getting requests from Sweden, Canada, Brazil, and all over the world. We can’t wait to see where the tweets come from this Friday, said Vassar.”
Follow Phil Vassar onFacebookTwitter,Instagram and YouTube.
#noPHILter TOUR:
Dec. 18 - Franklin Theatre - Franklin, Tenn.
Dec. 19 - Opry at Ryman Auditorium - Nashville, Tenn.
Jan. 22 - 8 Second Saloon - Indianapolis, Ind.
Jan. 23 - Shipshewana Event Center - Shipshewana, Ind.
Jan. 28 - The Kent Stage - Kent, Ohio
Jan. 29 - Joe’s Bar - Chicago, Ill.
Jan. 30 - Boondock’s Club - Springfield, Ill.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015


Nashville, Tenn. (December 15, 2015) - Country music's Aaron Tippin is set to be spotlighted by theCountry Music Hall of Fame® and Museum with a special Songwriter Session.  Tippin's Songwriter Session will be held in the Ford Theater this Saturday, December 19 at 11:30 AM.  During the 45 minute program, Tippin will perform several of his hit songs and will discuss his 25 years in the music business.
Immediately following the program, items purchased in the Museum Store will be available for Tippin to autograph.
This year marks Tippin's silver anniversary as a country music singer.  To celebrate, he has released Aaron Tippin 25, a two-disc collection of 25 songs that includes 10 freshly recorded versions of his biggest career hits, as well as 15 brand new songs.  The album is available for purchase and iTunes.  
PROGRAM ADMISSION:  Free with Museum admission or Museum membership.  For more information on obtaining a program pass or members-only advance reservation, click the following link:


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 15, 2015) – Traditional Country singer-songwriter Joey Canyon has just announced the line-up for the first season of his new weekly RFD-TV seriesThe Joey Canyon Show, and the 40 year Colorado native has put together a list of artists that represent the best in the Country Music format.
“When I decided I wanted to do The Joey Canyon Showin my hometown of Denver, I was concerned that artists from Nashville and other places may not choose to come here, how wrong I was,” the singer said. “Every special guest I had on the show was very happy to be in Colorado and was very impressed with the set, the band and how well they were treated, they all were first class as you would expect from traditional country artists!”
The 30-minute series will premiere on January 8, airing each Friday evening at 10pm Eastern / 9pm Central. The first guest will be hit-maker Mark Wills, known for hit singles as “Jacob’s Ladder,” “Wish You Were Here,” and the 2003 number one single “Nineteen Something.” Among the highlights of season one includes an appearance from legendary crooner T.G. Sheppard, 90s Rock duo Nelson, and 1980s hit-maker Sylvia – in the first national TV performance for the ACM-Award winner in many years.
A listing of the musical guests each week includes:
January 8: Mark Wills
January 15: T.G. Sheppard
January 22: Nelson
January 29: Sylvia
February 5: T. Graham Brown
February 12: Janie Fricke
February 19: Rex Allen, Jr.
February 26: Highway 101
March 4: Moe Bandy
March 11: Irlene Mandrell
March 18: John McEuen
March 25: Jennifer McCarter
April 1: Wynn Varble
Counting among his musical influences such artists as Vern Gosdin, Marty Robbins, and Waylon Jennings, Joey Canyon’s music definitely features a traditional-sounding lean. He has performed on such hallowed stage as the ACM-winning Palomino Club. His production work has graced broadcasts from NFL Films and PBS, and he has been presented a citation from the Governor of his home state for writing “Save Our Colorado,” an anti-pollution song. His current album is titled The Rhythm Of Livin.’
For more information on Joey Canyon, as well asThe Joey Canyon Show,

Monday, December 14, 2015


Nashville, Tenn. (December 14, 2015) - Country and bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs will be featured on NBC's The Voice vocal competition, singing with one of the show's finalists, Emily Ann Roberts.  Skaggs' duet with Roberts will air on Tuesday night,December 15 at 8 pm ET / 7 pm CT.
Roberts, hailing from Knoxville, Tenn., is one of Blake Shelton's two remaining team members and will be breaking out some country hits.  She will be joined by Skaggs to sing his #1 country song, "Country Boy."
The Voice features the strongest vocalists from across the country who are invited to compete in this blockbuster vocal competition show's ninth season. Internationally acclaimed artist Gwen Stefani returns to join megastars Pharrell WilliamsAdam Levine and Blake Shelton as celebrity musician coaches, while Carson Dalycontinues to serve as host.  After many rounds of singing and voting, in the end, one contestant is named The Voiceand receives the grand prize of a recording contract.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 14, 2015) – The countdown to Christmas is on, and Rhonda Vincent is celebrating with multiple TV appearances, including SiriusXM’ s “Bluegrass Junction” and “Music City Roots” on Dec. 16 and TBN’s “Praise the Lord” on Dec. 17. The International Bluegrass Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year’s latest album, Christmas Time,has received rave reviews. The critically-acclaimed project has recently been featured in The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, and the Boston Globe, to name a few. You can also read an in-depth interview with the six-time Grammy nominee in the latest issue of NASH Country Weekly, where she opens up about the recording process of the star-studded album, which features collaborations with Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Charlie Daniels, The Oak Ridge Boys, Ronnie Milsap, Lorrie Morgan and more.
Upcoming Rhonda Vincent Appearances:
Dec. 16 at 10:00am/CT - Track-by-Track (SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction)
Dec. 16 at 7:00pm/CT - Music City Roots (
Dec. 17 at 9:00pm/CT - Praise the Lord (TBN)
Dec. 19 at 7:00pm/CT - Reno’s Old Time Music (RFD)
Dec. 24 at 6:30am/CT - Reno’s Old Time Music (RFD)
Bluegrass fans are in for a treat as Vincent returns to SiriusXM’ s “Bluegrass Junction” on Dec. 16 for a very special episode of “Track-by-Track.” Tune in as the reigning IBMA “Female Vocalist of the Year” opens up about all 12 songs from the instant holiday classic, which recently received a 4 out of 5 star rating in Country Music People magazine. The show, which is hosted by Kyle Cantrell, premieres on Dec. 16.
Vincent makes her return to the popular Jim Lauderdale-hosted show “Music City Roots” on Dec.16. The special John McEuen 70th Birthday Jam and Christmas show airs live at 7pm CT, and will also feature performances by Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Jesse McReynolds and more. Broadcast on Wednesday nights from 7pm to 9pm, CST, “Music City Roots,” Live From The Factory showcases Nashville’s astonishing music scene, from Country and Americana to more progressive interpreters of tradition — a “roots and branches” format that brings together fans of different tastes and generations. Presented live from the stage of the The Factory, this show showcases purveyors of authenticity across many genres. Fans can stream the show LIVE, or listen in at
TBN’s hit show “Praise the Lord” will also feature Vincent performing songs from Christmas Time. The unique holiday-themed episode will bring the Christmas spirit front and center on the faith-based program, which is hosted by gospel singer Jason Crabb. The program brings the highest caliber of guests from well-known celebrities to laypersons for interview, as well as, singers, musicians, evangelists and the coverage of revivals and crusades from around the world. This award winning program has been on each week night for over 30 years. Catch Rhonda Vincent’s episode on Dec. 17.
Rhonda Vincent returns to RFD’s "Reno's Old Time Music" to co-host a very special episode of the new series, "Hats Off to Bluegrass." Just in time for Christmas, Rhonda and Ronnie introduce the best holiday-themed performances by Reno's guests, as well as share personal stories of the season. Rhonda also treats fans with a delightful performance of one of her favorite holiday tunes. The episode is set to air from December 19-24 on RFD-TV (check local listings).

Stay social with Rhonda: and@rhondavincent13

Rhonda Vincent On Tour:
Dec 31 - Jekyll Island, GA - New Year's Bluegrass Festival
Jan 08 - Jefferson City, MO - Mid-West SPBGMA
Jan 09 - Jefferson City, MO - Mid-West SPBGMA
Jan 16 - Perrysburg, OH - Bluegrass in Super Class
Jan 17 - Nelsonville, OH - Stuart's Opera House
Jan 21 - Grenada, MS
Jan 22 - Oklahoma City, OK - OCCC Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater
Jan 23 - McKinney, TX - McKinney Performing Arts Center
Jan 30 - Kennett Square, PA - Longwood Gardens
Jan 31 - Feb 07 - Country’s Family Reunion/Larry’s Country Diner Cruise – Departing from Port Canaveral, FL
Feb 07 - Nashville, TN - National SPBGMA Awards Show
Feb 18 - Palatka, FL - Rodeheaver Boys' Ranch
Feb 19 - Asheville, NC
Feb 27 - Weirsdale, FL - Orange Blossom Opry
Mar 03 - Brewton, AL
Mar 04 - Breman, GA - Milltown Music Hall
Mar 05 - Fulton, MS - Davis Event Center
Mar 06 - Baton Rouge, LA
Mar 11 - Stoughton, WI - Stoughton Opera House
Mar 12 - Effingham, IL - Effingham Performance Center w/Gene Watson
Mar 13 - Saginaw, MI - The Temple Theatre
Mar 18 - Valdese, NC - Old Rock School Auditorium
Mar 19 - Mt. Airy, NC
Apr 01 - Bowie, TX
Apr 02 - Ft. Smith, AR
Apr 09 - Milton, WV - Milton Performing Arts Center
Apr 14 - Sellersville, PA - Sellersville Theater
Apr 16 - Hamden, CT - Unitarian Society Hall
Apr 23 - Disputanta, VA – Three Brothers Distillery
Apr 29 - Lincolnton, GA - Little Roy and Lizzy Festival
May 05 - 08 - Branson, MO - Silver Dollar City
May 13 - Gettysburg, PA - Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival
May 21 - Amelia, VA - Central VA Family Bluegrass Festival
May 26 - Curryville, MO - Back 40 Bluegrass Park

Friday, December 11, 2015


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 11, 2015) – “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors”captivated the hearts of 13 million when the TV-movie aired on NBC Thursday night.

The heartwarming film about following your dreams, having faith and keeping love alive despite tough times attracted 13 million viewers and a 1.8 in adults 18-49. It was the most watched movie on broadcast TV in more than 3 years.

Reviewers across the country raved about the NBC TV-movie:

Los Angeles Times, Dec. 10, 2015
“‘Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors' manages to be clear- and misty-eyed at once”
“Like Parton's music, it manages to be somehow clear- and misty-eyed at once, a mix of the natural and the sentimental”
“…a handsome piece, with some sweet performances.”
- Robert Lloyd
Huffington Post, Dec. 10, 2015
“Lind has a winning screen presence. In fact, she dominates the film…”
“Dolly Parton offers to wrap you up for two hours in a world that's cozy, comforting and warm.”
- David Hinckley
Washington Post, Dec. 9, 2015
“Leave it to Dolly Parton to bring out an innocuously sweet, faith-based, prime-time Christmas movie right in the middle of a religious and political culture war …”
“… pure-hearted and credible…”
- Hank Stuever

The film is set in the Tennessee Great Smoky Mountains in 1955. It is neither a biopic nor musical about Parton’s whole life and performing career, but rather a family-oriented faith-based story about the incidents in her and her family’s life around the time she was 9 years old.

“Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” will stream for 25 days from broadcast on, NBC apps and Set-Top Box On Demand.



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 11, 2015) – Big & Rich, Aaron Lewis andLOCASH join a robust list of performers for the IntelliCentrics Outdoor Concert Series and NHL Fan Fair™ presented by Bridgestone during the 2016 Honda NHL®All-Star festivities in Nashville, January 28-31.
The IntelliCentrics Outdoor Concert Series, as part of Bridgestone Winter Park, is free to the general public. Fans can look forward to shows from Big & Rich,Aaron Lewis, Lee Brice, Chris Young, Dierks Bentley, Kelsea Ballerini, Eli Young Band, John Hiatt, and Tara Thompson on the Honda Stage. Throughout the month of December and January, a wide variety of additional programming will be available, including public skating at the IntelliCentrics Ice Rink. More information on Bridgestone Winter Park programming can be found online
In addition, throughout the same four-day period, fans will be able to enjoy an indoor concert series at the 2016 NHL Fan Fair™ presented by Bridgestone, the official fan festival of the 2016 Honda NHL® All-Star festivities. Concerts inside NHL Fan Fair are included with a valid NHL®Fan Fair ticket. Fans with a valid NHL Fan Fair™ ticket will have same day re-entry privileges to enjoy the official fan festival inside the Music City Center as well as Bridgestone Winter Park activities. NHL Fan Fair™ concerts will coordinate with the IntelliCentrics Outdoor Concert Series so fans will never have to choose between shows. Acts that will perform indoors at the 2016 NHL Fan Fair™ presented by Bridgestone include LOCASH, Tracy Lawrence, Lonestar, Danny Gokey, MercyMe, Lewis Brice, Ryan Hurd, Russell Dickerson, Stephen Lee Olsen, Craig Wayne Boyd, DJ DU, and DJ Rock as well as Charles Esten, Clare Bowen and Lennon & Maisy from the cast of ABC’s “Nashville.”
Additional acts, including those performing at the 2016 Honda NHL® All-Star Skills Competition on Saturday, Jan. 30 and 2016 Honda NHL® All-Star Game in Bridgestone Arena on Sunday, Jan. 31, will be announced at a later date.
Tickets to the 2016 NHL Fan Fair™ presented by Bridgestone are available now through the Bridgestone Arena box office and all Ticketmaster outlets. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children between the ages of 3 and 12, seniors, and college students or military personnel with a valid ID. Children under the age of 3 will be admitted for free. For full ticket information and the latest 2016 NHL Fan Fair™ presented by Bridgestone news, fans should visit
VIP hospitality for Bridgestone Winter Park and the IntelliCentrics Outdoor Concert Series is available through local support packages. More information can be found online
Thursday, January 28
Big & Rich - IntelliCentrics Outdoor Concert Series at Bridgestone Winter Park (Walk of Fame Park)
LOCASH - NHL Fan Fair™ presented by Bridgestone*
(Music City Center)

Friday, January 29
Aaron Lewis - IntelliCentrics Outdoor Concert Series at Bridgestone Winter Park (Walk of Fame Park)

*Ticket required for entry and available for purchase via Ticketmaster.comand Bridgestone Arena box office

A tentative daily schedule of the initial talent lineup is available at

“Hosting the NHL All-Star celebration in Music City provides a terrific opportunity to involve the music community with numerous concerts that reflect the breadth and talent of Nashville’s All-Star artists,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer and Chair of the Nashville LOC’s Events committee. “We couldn’t be more appreciative of the support of the entire corporate community – but particularly to Bridgestone and IntelliCentrics for their generosity in making this possible.”
“The 2016 Honda NHL All-Star festivities will be a showcase of talent on the ice -- featuring today's greatest NHL players-- and off the ice, starring some of the greatest talent Nashville has to offer," said Don Renzulli, NHL Executive Vice President of Events. "Fans can expect an authentic celebration of hockey in Music City with live performances at NHL Fan Fair™ presented by Bridgestone, the Honda NHL®All-Star Skills Competition, and at the Honda NHL® All-Star Game."

Thursday, December 10, 2015


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 10, 2015) – With Christmas just around the corner, Country Music Hall of Fame and Statler Brothers member Jimmy Fortune, isn’t slowing down promotion for his latest album/DVD,Hits & Hymns, with several upcoming appearances planned. Released in September, the project went on to become the singer’s first solo top ten record on the Billboard Country Albums chart, while also topping the Billboard Music Video (DVD) chart as well.

Fortune is featured in the current issue of NASH Country Weekly, which hit newsstands on December 4. The 4-page spread focuses on Fortune’s decision to continue as a solo artist after the retirement of the iconic Statler Brothers, with NASH Country Weekly noting that “Jimmy Fortune unearths new treasures as a solo artist.”

Fans can catch Fortune appearing on SiriusXM’s enLighten on channel 65 over the next week with host Kyle Cantrell. The broadcast will begin airing on December 12 at 12pm/ET (see times below). The popular station focuses on bringing Southern Gospel music to the forefront, which ties in well with the style of Hits & Hymns. While featuring star-studded appearances from Vince Gill, The Isaacs, Dailey & Vincent, The Oak Ridge Boys and more, the project includes several Gospel hymns including “Amazing Grace” and “Victory in Jesus,” along with old Statler Brothers favorites, “Too Much on My Heart” and “Elizabeth.”

SiriusXM enLighten Air Dates
Dec. 12 - 12:00 PM/ET
Dec. 13 - 10:00 PM/ET
Dec. 15 - 1:00 PM/ET
Dec. 16 - 6:00 PM/ET
Don’t’ miss Fortune on an upcoming episode of RFD-TV’s “Ray Stevens’ Nashville,” set to air on December 26 (check local listings here). Grammy award winner, Ray Stevens brings some of the top guests on the show for an exciting program which is filled with laughter and some of the top musicians in the business. Be sure to tune in as Fortune delivers an unforgettable performance, while also catching up with his old friend in the process.

Additional Jimmy Fortune: Hits & Hymnsairings
DISH TV Channel 276 – Jimmy Fortune: Hits & Hymns – Dec 10 at 8:00PM
DISH TV Channel 276 – Jimmy Fortune: Hits & Hymns – Dec 11 at 1:00AM
DISH TV Channel 276 – Jimmy Fortune: Hits & Hymns – Dec 11 at 6:00AM
DISH TV Channel 276 – Jimmy Fortune: Hits & Hymns – Dec 11 at 2:00PM
DISH TV Channel 276 – Jimmy Fortune: Hits & Hymns – Dec 11 at 9:00PM
DISH TV Channel 276 – Jimmy Fortune: Hits & Hymns – Dec 12 at 1:00AM
DISH TV Channel 276 – Jimmy Fortune: Hits & Hymns – Dec 12 at 6:00AM
DISH TV Channel 276 – Jimmy Fortune: Hits & Hymns – Dec 12 at 12:00PM
DISH TV Channel 276 – Jimmy Fortune: Hits & Hymns – Dec 12 at 9:00PM

Wednesday, December 9, 2015


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 9, 2015) – 'Tis the season for giving, and the legendary group The Oak Ridge Boys are on a mission to give back to our nation's servicemen and women. Tune in to watch them perform memorable hits and holiday-favorite tunes as they host "The American Legion Christmas Special," which airs in multiple markets across the U.S. this December. The merry television event will help to raise awareness and funding for The American Legion, which is the nation's largest wartime veterans organization committed to improving the lives and communities of veterans and service members.
Stand-out performances of songs like "Christmas Time's A Comin'," "Jingle Bells," and "Christmas Cookies," amidst a festive backdrop of snow-tipped evergreens and sparkling lights make "The American Legion Christmas Special" an event not to be missed as family and friends gather together this December. Special musical guests the Gatlin Brothers also appear, along with performers Mary Sarahand Martin Family Circus.
Long-time supporters of the military, The Oak Ridge Boys joined forces with The American Legion in 2014 to help raise awareness and support for better detection and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder for veterans. Through this affiliation, they have also assisted with improving the VA benefits process, as well as education and career opportunities available for veterans once they return to civilian life.
In October 2015, the Grand Ole Opry members were inducted into the prestigious Country Music Hall of Fame -- arguably the genre's highest honor -- for their iconic hits and ground-breaking contributions to country music. Throughout their 40-year career, their exceptional four-part harmonies, energetic stage performances and mega hits have garnered them over 41 million records sold including two double-platinum selling and three platinum selling albums. The Oak Ridge Boys perform more than 150 shows each year, ranging from giant state fairs to intimate venues, including symphony halls, auditoriums, festivals and arenas around the world.
Catch them on their annual holiday tour, the 2015 Christmas Night Out Tour, which began on Nov. 11 in Missouri and will wrap up on Dec. 23 in Nashville. For a full list of upcoming tour dates, please
The schedule of airdates for "The American Legion Christmas Special" is as follows:
Dec. 12, 5 p.m. CST – KPTM (FOX) - Omaha, Neb.
Dec. 12, 3 p.m. EST – WTVX (CW) - West Palm Beach, Fla.
Dec. 12, 5 p.m. EST – WDKY (FOX) - Lexington, Ky.
Dec. 12, 7 p.m. EST – WFXL (FOX) - Albany, Ga.
Dec. 12, 7 p.m. EST – WGXA (FOX) - Macon, Ga.
Dec. 12, 8 p.m. EST – WCWN (CW) - Albany, N.Y.
Dec. 12, 8 p.m. EST – WTVZ (MNT) - Norfolk, Va.
Dec. 13, 1 p.m., Noon EST – WNYO (MNT) - Buffalo, N.Y.
Dec. 13, 1 p.m. CST – KOCB (CW) - Oklahoma City, Okla.
Dec. 13, 4 p.m. CST – KTVO (ABC) - Ottumwa, Iowa
Dec. 17, 7 p.m. CST – WJTC (IND) - Mobile, Ala.
Dec. 18, 8 p.m. EST – WLFL (CW) - Raleigh, N.C.
Dec. 19, 7 p.m. EST – WHAG (NBC) - Hagerstown, Md.
Dec. 19, Noon EST – ETWC (FOX) - Tallahassee, Fla.
Dec. 19, Noon EST – WTTO (CW) - Birmingham, Ala.
Dec. 19, 1 p.m. CST – WCGV (MNT) - Milwaukee, Wis.
Dec. 19, 1 p.m. CST – WOLF (FOX) - Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
Dec. 19, 2 p.m. EST – WUHF (FOX) - Rochester, N.Y.
Dec. 19, 4 p.m. MST – KBOI (CBS) - Boise, Idaho
Dec. 19, 5 p.m. CST – KARK (NBC) - Little Rock, Ark.
Dec. 19, 7 p.m. CST – KMYS (CW) - San Antonio, Texas
Dec. 19, 9 p.m. CST – KPTH (FOX) - Sioux City, Iowa
Dec. 19, 4 p.m. EST – EWMT (CW) - Grand Rapids, Mich.
Dec. 20, 5 p.m. CST – KBSI (FOX) - Paducah, Ky.
Dec. 25, 5 a.m. EST – WROC (CBS) - Rochester, N.Y.
Dec. 25, Noon PST – KBFX (FOX) - Bakersfield, Calif.
Dec. 25, 4 a.m. EST – WSTM (NBC) - Syracuse, N.Y.
Dec. 25, 5 p.m. EST – WTVH (CBS) - Syracuse, N.Y.
Dec. 25, 5 a.m. PST – KVAL (CBS) - Eugene, Ore.
Dec. 26, 3 p.m. EST – KBAK (CBS) - Bakersfield, Calif.
Dec. 26, 1 a.m. CST – KARK (NBC) - Little Rock, Ark.
Dec. 26, 1 p.m. EST – WVAH (FOX) - Charleston, W. Va.
Dec. 26, 4 p.m. EST – WPNT (MNT) - Pittsburgh, Pa.
Dec. 26, 5 p.m. EST – WSMH (FOX) - Flint, Mich.
Dec. 26, 6 p.m. EST – WLUC (FOX) - Marquette, Mich.
Dec. 26, 6 p.m. EST – WLUC (FOX) - Baltimore, Md.
Dec. 27, 11 p.m. EST – WGTU (ABC) - Traverse City, Mich.
Jan. 9, 6 p.m. EST – WTGS (FOX) - Savannah, Ga.
Jan. 17, 6 p.m. EST – WTGS (FOX) - Savannah, Ga.
DVDs of the Christmas special are available for $14.99, plus shipping and handling, or by calling 888-982-2256. Donations can also be made online to help support veterans by
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It's heartbreaking to hear the news that LaBreeska Hemphill, has passed away at the age of 75, in Nashville, TN. 

“For over 50 years, my bride and companion, stood with me through ups and downs, joy and pain, tears and prayers, and I will miss her greatly,” said husband Joel Hemphill. “Although we have lost her earthly presence, I know I will see her again. I know where she’s headed, and that’s what counts! I love you, sweetheart, see you soon. You’ve finished well.”

LaBreeska Hemphill is also survived by children Joel Hemphill Jr. (Joey), Trent Hemphill (Hemphill Brothers Coach Company) and Candy Hemphill Christmas (The Bridge Ministry / Resting Place Church), by sister Jane Burks, brother Buddy Rogers and a number of grandchildren.

I first met LaBreeska with Joel at the National Quartet Convention in the 90's. After becoming Dottie Rambo's manager I had the opportunity to know this beautiful couple on a personal level. The Hemphill's have been one if the greatest love stories of the music industry. LaBreeska was even more beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside. Anyone around LaBreeska knows she was full of joy and her smile was contagious. God is gathering jewels for her crown! 

Arrangements for LaBreeska Hemphill 

Visitation: Thursday, December 10, 2015 
Anderson & Garrett Funeral Home (3501 Old Clarksville Pike, Joelton, TN 37080)

Visitation: Saturday, December 12, 2015 
Christ Church Nashville 
(15354 Old Hickory Blvd, Nashville, TN 37211)

Nashville Service: Saturday, December 12, 2015 
Christ Church Nashville 
(15354 Old Hickory Blvd, Nashville, TN 37211)

Louisiana Visitation:
Sunday, December 13, 2015
Living Way Apostolic Church
(108 Wt Hemphill Dr, West Monroe, LA 71292)

Louisiana Service:
Monday, December 14, 2015
1:00pLiving Way Apostolic Church 
(108 Wt Hemphill Dr, West Monroe, LA 71292)

The following is from her official website:

LaBreeska made her debut in gospel music at the age of nine when she first sang on stage with her mother and her mothers family. It was 1949 in the city of Nashville, Tennessee at the famous Ryman Auditorium where the monthly Friday night singings took place.

The Happy Goodman Family had a unique way of presenting the song Looking For A City by featuring each member of the large family (4 brothers & 4 sisters) one by one they appeared from back stage taking the lead on the chorus. Howard and three members of the family began the song as a quartet then when it looked as though the song would end another family member would step onto the stage into the spotlight singing as they came. This was repeated several times until every member of the family wound up on stage including the children. Each child would come out with his or her parent which in LaBreeska's case was her mother.

Born in Flat Creek, Alabama, a small coal mining town, in 1940, to Walter Erskine Rogers and Gussie Mae Goodman Rogers, LaBreeska made her entrance into a world of music. Her dad played guitar for local church services where both families attended and on occasion played for the Goodman Family when they sang specials. He also enjoyed sitting around in the house in the evenings picking and singing old Jimmy Rogers tunes and playing his harmonica.

Deep Christian faith and values were a constant in LaBreeska's life as well as music, thanks to her two spirit-filled grandmothers who raised her. Mama Goodman and Mama Rogers strongly embraced the love of Jesus and family which formed her firm foundation.

Joel & LaBreeska met and married in 1957. They settled in West Monroe where they were very active in Joel's home church. They immediately began launching out in a singing and preaching ministry when Joey, their first born was only six weeks old. Joel & LaBreeska as a duet signed their first recording contract in 1966 with Marvin Norcross and Canaan Records. Canaan was a division of Word, the largest religious recording company at that time. For over thirty years, this couple has continued to encourage, inspire, and bless all who have listened to their music with an unshakable focus on Calvary and the risen Saviour.

Twenty-one of those years were shared with their three talented and dedicated children Joey, Trent, and Candy. Today they have come full circle and just the two of the, are still carrying on with the ministry that they so love and were called to, preaching and singing the gospel. Songs of Restoration and Revival!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015


Tanya Tucker, T.G. Sheppard, Rex Allen Jr., John Berry, Moe Bandy and Leroy Van Dyke Among Guests to Re-Air through Jan. 11

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 7, 2015) – Fans of classic country music will have another chance to watch popular TV series “Reflections” when artists like Tanya Tucker, T.G. Sheppard, Rex Allen Jr., John Berry, Moe Bandy and Leroy Van Dyke open up to Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame DJ Keith Bilbrey. Episodes featuring those artists will re-air through Jan. 11.


“Reflections” is a weekly half-hour, interview series where Bilbrey leads one-on-one insightful interviews with country music’s legendary artists. The series has become a must-see for fans of country music. Each episode features stories from the stars that have never before been told about their childhood, careers, and the songs that made them famous.


Bilbrey’s long-time relationships with the iconic artists who are featured on “Reflections” translate into intimate and candid conversations with each guest. The series airs on Mondays at 8/7c on Heartland TV. Click here to find your local channel.



Dec. 07 - T.G. Sheppard

Dec. 14 - Tanya Tucker

Dec. 21 - Rex Allen Jr.

Dec. 28 - John Berry

Jan. 04 - Moe Bandy

Jan. 11 - Leroy Van Dyke

Monday, December 7, 2015


Nashville, Tenn. (December 7, 2015) - TheChristmas 4 Kidsorganization has announced its lineup of participating artists for this year's annual tour bus show to be held at the Hendersonville, Tennessee Walmart.  On MondayDecember 14 from 5-9 PM, stars will gather on parked tour buses to meet fans and give them an inside look at a country artist's home on the road.  
This year's participating artists include Darryl Worley, theBellamy BrothersShenandoah,Lonestar, Trick PonyCraig Wayne Boyd3 Doors Down.38 SpecialLucy AngelGuy GilchristJames Robert Webb and more.
Admission to the event is $5.00 for adults, $2.00 for children ages 2-12 and $20 for a family pass.  Admission for children under 2 is free.  Tickets may be purchased onsite at the Hendersonville Walmart (204 North Anderson Lane, Hendersonville, TN 37075) on the day of the event.
On TuesdayDecember 15, over 400 underprivileged children from 29 different schools around Middle Tennessee will participate in a day-long shopping excursion.  This special day consists of a chauffeured trip from their school aboard an entertainer's luxury tour bus, dinner, and a party hosted by Santa and Mrs. Claus at The Hendersonville Expo Center. To wrap up the day, the tour buses journey to the Hendersonville, Tennessee Walmart, where the kids receive a brand new winter coat, and $150.00 to spend on anything they like.
Christmas 4 Kids is a not-for-profit organization that has been in existence for over 25 years providing many children, each year, with a very special Christmas gift.
For more information on Christmas 4 Kids, visit


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 7, 2015) – Dolly Parton is everywhere as momentum builds to the airing of her TV-movie “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” this Thursday Dec. 10 at 9/8c on NBC.

As one of the most exhilarating live performers ever, Parton will provide advice on captivating an audience’s attention when she dedicates time to mentor semi-finalists during the Tuesday, Dec. 8 live telecast of NBC’s Emmy Award-winning musical competition series “The Voice.” Parton will also perform her 1971 autobiographical hit "Coat of Many Colors."

Parton is also gracing the cover of NASH Country Weekly, First for Women, Live Happy, TV Weekly and Channel Guide magazines on newsstands now.
Her media blitz continues during appearances on NBC’s “Today” and the Hallmark Channel’s “Home & Family.” Parton recently visited the ladies of “The Talk,” where she serenaded the studio audience and chatted about her two-hour movie “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors.”

The film is set in the Tennessee Great Smoky Mountains in 1955. It is neither a biopic nor musical about Parton’s whole life and performing career, but rather a family-oriented faith-based story about the incidents in her and her family’s life around the time she was 9 years old.

The Voice (NBC) - Dec. 8
Home and Family (Hallmark Channel) - Dec. 7 and Dec. 8
Today (NBC) - Dec. 8 and Dec. 10
“Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” (NBC) - Dec. 10

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 7, 2015) – Remington Arms Company, LLC (“Remington”) announced today that it signed country music hit-maker Mark Wills to participate in various media projects associated with the company’s 200th anniversary, including an all-new show debuting in July 2016.

“Mark checks a lot of boxes: He’s a life-long hunter, an entertainer, and a supporter of veterans causes,” says Gary Keffer, director of media at Remington. “But, his biggest role is as husband and father. Family is important to Remington and a big reason why we get to celebrate a 200th anniversary in 2016.”

The general public knows Wills as a multi-platinum selling country music star with eight top 10 hits to his name, including "19 Something," "Wish You Were Here" and"Don't Laugh At Me;" two of which received nominations for Single, Song and Video of the Year by the Country Music Association. Wills won the Academy of Country Music's award for Top New Male Vocalist in 1998. In 2002, his single "19 Something" spent six consecutive weeks at No. 1, was Billboard's top country hit of the year and was the second most-played song of the decade in 2009.

Inside the firearms industry, Wills is known for having helped bring the sport of 3 Gun competitive shooting to the mainstream. Working with Remington takes Wills back to his roots, intersecting tradition, family, and a sense of adventure, themes familiar to his audience.

"I'm excited to be working with Remington,” said Mark Wills. “Their 200th Anniversary is going to be a big celebration throughout the next year and I look forward to not only being the host of their new show but tying my day job (singing) into it, all while having the privilege of using some of the best firearms in the industry."

Wills spent the weekend at The Mirage in Las Vegas performing as part of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's national convention, Elk Camp, alongside other country artists including Terri Clark, Tracy Lawrence, Craig Morgan and Chuck Wicks. Throughout December and January he will join Remington to begin production on various content components for the brand's bicentennial celebration.

Please visit Remington’sFacebook page for updates and news about the company’s 200th anniversary kick-off, upcoming events, and new products.

For information on upcoming Mark Wills tour dates and new music, please Follow him on Facebook andTwitter!


Chris Stapleton is among the many nominees for the Grammy Awards this year. Take a look below at the nominees that take the Country, Americana and Bluegrass categories!

2015 Grammy Awards Country, Americana, Bluegrass and Folk Nominees

Country Categories

Best Country Album

Montevallo, Sam Hunt
Pain Killer, Little Big Town
The Blade, Ashley Monroe
Pageant Material, Kacey Musgraves
Traveller, Chris Stapleton

Best Country Song (Awarded to Songwriters)

“Chances Are,” Lee Ann Womack
“Diamond Rings and Old Barstools,” Tim McGraw feat. Catherine Dunn
“Girl Crush,” Little Big Town
“Hold My Hand,” Brandy Clark
“Traveller,” Chris Stapleton

Best Country Solo Performance

“Burning House,” Cam
“Traveller,” Chris Stapleton
“Little Toy Guns,” Carrie Underwood
“John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16,” Keith Urban
“Chances Are,” Lee Ann Womack

Best Country Duo / Group Performance

“Stay a Little Longer,” Brothers Osborne
“If I Needed You,” Joey + Rory
“The Driver,” Charles Kelley, Dierks Bentley and Eric Paslay
“Girl Crush,” Little Big Town
“Lonely Tonight,” Blake Shelton feat. Ashley Monroe

Best Americana Album

The Firewatcher’s Daughter, Brandi Carlile
The Traveling Kind, Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell
Something More Than Free, Jason Isbell
Mono, The Mavericks
The Phosphorescent Blues, Punch Brothers

Best American Roots Song (Awarded to Songwriters)

“All Night Long,” The Mavericks
“The Cost of Living,” Don Henley and Merle Haggard
“Julep,” Punch Brothers
“The Traveling Kind,” Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell
“24 Frames,” Jason Isbell

Best American Roots Performance

“And Am I Born to Die,” Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn
“Born to Play Guitar,” Buddy Guy
“City of Our Lady,” The Milk Carton Kids
“Julep,” Punch Brothers
“See That My Grave Is Kept Clean,” Mavis Staples

Best Bluegrass Album

Pocket Full of Keys, Dale Ann Bradley
Before the Sun Goes Down, Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley
In Session, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Man of Constant Sorrow, Ralph Stanley & Friends
The Muscle Shoals Recordings, The SteelDrivers

Best Folk Album

Wood, Wire & Words, Norman Blake
Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn
Tomorrow Is My Turn, Rhiannon Giddens
Servant of Love, Patty Griffin
Didn’t He Ramble, Glen Hansard

Other Categories Featuring Country Artists

Record of the Year

“Really Love,” D’Angelo and the Vanguard
“Uptown Funk,” Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
“Thinking Out Loud,” Ed Sheeran
“Blank Space,” Taylor Swift
“Can’t Feel My Face,” The Weeknd

Album of the Year

Sound & Color, Alabama Shakes
To Pimp a Butterfly, Kendrick Lamar
Traveller, Chris Stapleton
1989, Taylor Swift
Beauty Behind the Madness, The Weeknd

Song of the Year (Awarded to Songwriters)

“Alright,” Kendrick Lamar
“Blank Space,” Taylor Swift
“Girl Crush,” Little Big Town
“See You Again,” Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth
“Thinking Out Loud,” Ed Sheeran

Best New Artist

Courtney Barnett
James Bay
Sam Hunt
Tori Kelly
Meghan Trainor

Best Pop Solo Performance

“Heartbeat Song,” Kelly Clarkson
“Love Me Like You Do,” Ellie Goulding
“Thinking Out Loud,” Ed Sheeran
“Blank Space,” Taylor Swift
“Can’t Feel My Face,” The Weeknd

Best Pop Duo / Group Performance

“Ship to Wreck,” Florence + the Machine
“Sugar,” Maroon 5
“Uptown Funk,” Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
“Bad Blood,” Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar
“See You Again,” Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth

Best Pop Vocal Album

Piece By Piece, Kelly Clarkson
How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, Florence + the Machine
Uptown Special, Mark Ronson
1989, Taylor Swift
Before This World, James Taylor

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media

Empire: Season 1
Fifty Shades of Grey
Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me
Pitch Perfect 2

Best Recording Package

Alagoas, Alagoas
Bush, Snoop Dogg
How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, Florence + the Machine
My Happiness, Elvis Presley
Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, Asleep at the Wheel

Best Music Video

“LSD,” ASAP Rocky
“I Feel Love (Every Million Miles),” The Dead Weather
“Alright,” Kendrick Lamar
“Bad Blood,” Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar
“Freedom,” Pharrell Williams

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