Saturday, April 30, 2016

NEW MUSIC FROM GOSPEL HALL OF FAME'S THE NELONS


Hendersonville, TN (April 29th, 2016) – Daywind recording artists, The Nelons, are excited to announce the release of Stronger Together –Limited Edition EP, available today.

In anticipation of two brand-new, full-length recordings in August, the Nelons have released a 6-song EP project that includes their current radio hit, ‘I Just Can’t Make It By Myself.’ The EP, available now at all major digital retailers, gives listeners a small taste of what is to come from the award winning family group in the coming months.

The release of Stronger Together –Limited Edition EP falls just weeks before the iconic gospel group’s induction into the Gospel Music Association’s Hall Of Fame on May 10th.  Comprised of Kelly Nelon Clark, her husband, talented producer/arranger Jason Clark, and daughters, vocal powerhouse Amber Nelon Thompson and budding instrumentalist Autumn Nelon Clark, The Nelons have a gifted way of powerfully communicating the Gospel through polished harmonies and commanding performances that transcends the years and genres. During their tenure as one of Gospel music’s leading families, The Nelons have garnered six GMA Dove Awards, three GRAMMY nominations, and 14 Singing News Fans Awards, among others.  Carrying on Kelly’s father, Rex Nelon’s, legacy, they have recorded more than 35 albums containing more than 20 Top 5 radio singles, including classics such as ‘We Shall Wear A Robe And Crown,’ and ‘O For A Thousand Tongues.’ They have frequently been featured on the Gaither Homecoming Tour and videos, as well as performed on the Grand Ole Opry, among other historic venues.

In addition to the digital EP, The Nelons plan to release two full-length projects,Stronger Together and Family Harmony later this fall, as well as a vintage vinyl project on Daywind Records.
 
Stronger Together –Limited Edition EP is available now at iTunes and other online digital outlets.
 

Friday, April 29, 2016

BRENDA LEE, BILL ANDERSON, GENE WATSON, DEBORAH ALLEN & SYLVIA REFLECT BACK ON THEIR CAREERS IN UPCOMING EPISODES OF REFLECTIONS AIRING IN MAY



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 29, 2016) – The May lineup for the popular Country Music interview series Reflections has just been announced, and once again, show host Keith Bilbrey has assembled quite an impressive lineup for the month.

On Monday, May 2, Bilbrey – a member of the Tennessee Radio Hall Of Fame, thanks to his work with WSM Radio and the Grand Ole Opry – will sit down and chat with Country Music Hall of Fame member Bill Andersonregarding his career as a singer and songwriter. The next week (May 9), Bilbrey talks with one of Nashville’s treasures, Brenda Lee – also a member of the Country Music Hall Of Fame, as well as the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland.

Longtime traditional Country performer Gene Watsonreminisces about his long and storied career with Bilbrey on May 16, while Deborah Allen – famous for her crossover classic “Baby I Lied” will visit on the May 23 episode. The month closes out with a visit from ACM Female Vocalist of the Year winner Sylvia. Known for hits such as “Drifter” and “Nobody,” the singer will chat about her long career – as well as her upcoming first album in close to fifteen years.

Reflections Line-up for May 2016
May 2: Bill Anderson
May 9: Brenda Lee
May 16: Gene Watson
May 23: Deborah Allen
May 30: Sylvia

Reflections is filmed at The Hot Seat Studios, located in Hermitage, Tennessee, and is produced by Jeff Moseley and Brian Covert of CJM Productions. Each week, Keith Bilbrey leads one-on-one insightful interviews with country music's legendary artists. Viewers can also tune in to Sky Angel Two, The Family Channel or AMG TV to watch. Check your local listings for channels and airtimes.

Reflections airs on The Heartland Network Thursdays 8/7c (6 p.m. CST on WSMV 4.2 in Nashville) and Saturdays 4/3c. 

Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors: Experience The Magic On DVD May 3 Parton Set To Appear on CBS This Morning, 700 Club, Access Hollywood, GAC’s Great American Playlist, CMT’s Hot Twenty Countdown, Fox411, and more in support of DVD release



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 29, 2016) – Just in time for Mother's Day, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the critically acclaimed film Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colorson DVD for the first time on May 3, 2016. Experience the magic and warmth of the television movie event that is based on the inspiring true story of living legend Dolly Parton's remarkable upbringing in rural Tennessee. In support of the DVD release, Dolly will head out on the promotional trail and appear on Access Hollywood on April 30th, CMT After Midnite on April 30th and CMT’s Hot Twenty Countdown on April 30th and May 1st, CBS This Morning and Yahoo TV on May 2nd, CMT Radio Live on May 2nd, Entertainment Tonight Canada on May 3rd, GAC’s Great American Playlist on May 3rd and May 12th, CBS This Morning on May 5th, CBN’s 700 Club on May 6th, PBS’s Metro Focus on May 5th and May 8th with additional features with Parade, People Magazine, Huffington Post, Fox411, Rolling Stone Country and more.

“It is my true belief that if you're lucky enough to have a good mother, that is the greatest gift that you will ever know,” said Dolly. “So many people responded to my Mother in the "Coat of Many Colors" movie not only because of the wonderful job that Jennifer Nettles did portraying her, but the love and attention that Mama gave to all of her children.”

To date, the initial broadcast ofDolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors has delivered 15.9M total viewers (Live+7), becoming the #1 movie on broadcast with total viewers in more than 6 years.* Furthermore, Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors has the highest total viewer L+SD to L+3 increase (2.548 M) ever!** The family-oriented faith-based movie stars Jennifer Nettles (award-winning singer/songwriter and lead vocalist of the duoSugarland), Ricky Schroder (NYPD Blue, The Lost Battalion, 24), Gerald McRaney (Agent X, Mike & Molly, Longmire, House of Cards), and Alyvia Alyn Lind (Transparent, Revenge,Blended). Dolly Parton introduces the film and serves as narrator.Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors also contains an alternate version of the movie, deleted scenes and heartwarming extras. The DVD is priced to own at $19.98 SRP.

This once-in-a-lifetime special takes place inside the tight-knit Parton family as they struggle to overcome a devastating tragedy and discover the healing power of love, faith and a raggedy patchwork coat — vividly described in the well-known song of the film's title — that helped make Parton who she is today. Set in the Tennessee Great Smoky Mountains in 1955, this poignant and uplifting family-friendly story follows the incidents in Dolly and her family's life around the time she was nine years old.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

THE MONKEES SHE MAKES ME LAUGH REVIEW

By Johnathan Pushkar

The Monkees have a new single out which was written by Weezer's Rivers Cuomo. Anyone who knows me knows I love the Monkees and I love Weezer, so this is like a dream come true!

Lyrically, I think this tune leaves a lot to be desired, but the music and production more than make up for this. "She Makes Me Laugh" is a perfect encapsulation of the "60's sound," which so often evokes nostalgia and warm feelings from its listeners. 

Well done Monkees and Rivers Cuomo, well done.

GRAMMY® AWARD WINNING COUNTRY ICON CHARLEY PRIDE CELEBRATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY WITH UPCOMING 2016 TOUR



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 28, 2016) – Country trailblazer Charley Pride is celebrating 50 years in the recording industry as he announces upcoming North American tour dates throughout 2016. At tour stops, the 36-time chart-topper will perform many of his biggest hits, including those that helped him win the Country Music Association’s “Entertainer of the Year” award in 1971. With timeless classics like “Kiss an Angel Good Mornin’” and “All I Have to Offer You is Me,” fans will enjoy a journey through time as they relive some of the country crooner’s most memorable anthems.

The Country Music Hall of Fame member will hit the stage at music venues both nationwide, and into Canada. Pride will make his return to the legendary Grand Ole Opry stage on June 10 and 11, where he has been a member since 1993. The show also broadcasts on 650AM / WSM The Legend, or country enthusiasts can listen in live at Opry.com.

"I feel blessed that I'm still going strong after 50 years" says Pride. "I've always loved to sing for audiences and that's never going to change. It's been a joy to visit so many different places in the US over the years. And, of course, I always enjoy travelling Canada. The people of Canada have been wonderful to me going back to the very start of my career."

Fans can keep up with the latest Charley Pride news stories, tour date additions, music and more by visiting the Grammy award winner’s website,charleypride.com. And more information can be found on the singer's official Facebook page.

Charley Pride on Tour:
Apr 30 - Albuquerque, N.M. - Isleta Casino
May 27 - Gulfport, Miss. - Beau Rivage
Jun 09 - Nashville, Tenn. - Charley Pride Fan Club Breakfast
June 10-11 – Nashville, Tenn. - Grand Ole Opry
July 09 - Arlington, Texas - Arlington Music Hall
Jul 23 - Tunica, Miss. - Gold Strike Casino Resort
Aug 12 - Mahnomen, Minn. - Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
Sep 24 - Wisconsin Dells, Wis. - Crystal Grand Music Theatre
Oct 12 - Edmonton, AB, Canada - Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Oct 13 - Winnipeg, MB, Canada - Club Regent Casino & Event Centre
Oct 15 - Orillia, ON, Canada - Casino Rama
Nov 18 - Wendover, Nev. - Peppermill Concert Hall

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

DOLLY'S HOMECOMING PARADE TO BE STREAMED LIVE ON FACEBOOK, DIRECT FROM DOLLY'S FLOAT



PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (April 27, 2016) – Dolly’s Homecoming Parade, Pigeon Forge’s annual salute to hometown superstar Dolly Parton, regularly attracts tens of thousands of spectators, but this year’s potential audience could be exponentially larger because it will be one of the first live stream feeds presented onFacebook.

Facebook launched live video streaming earlier this month, and this event will feature one of the world’s most recognized personalities.

Dolly will lead the parade atop a float themed for her new theater in Pigeon Forge, Dolly Parton’s Lumberjack Adventure Dinner & Show , and the live stream will chronicle the entire event.

The parade steps off at 6 p.m. on May 6 (Friday) on a route that covers three miles of the famous Parkway through the heart of Pigeon Forge. The live stream will be from Dolly’s float and will show Dolly, the crowds along the Parkway, and views of the city and the surrounding Great Smoky Mountains.

This will be the 31 st presentation of Dolly’s Homecoming Parade and the first time it will be streamed live on the Internet.

The stream will be on Dolly Parton’s Facebook page and Dolly Parton’s Lumberjack Adventure Dinner & Show Facebook page. Streaming information is atLumberjackAdventure.com andDollyParton.com.

Every year, the parade adds a Norman Rockwell atmosphere to Pigeon Forge, a gateway city to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It features high school marching bands, equestrian units, veterans’ groups, twirlers, antique tractors and much more. There are 125 groups in the 2016 parade.

This year’s high school bands are from Sevier County High School (Dolly was a member in her high school days), Pigeon Forge High School, Fyffe High School from Fyffe, Alabama, and Cheatham County Central High School from Ashland City, Tennessee.

Complete Pigeon Forge visitor information is available online atMyPigeonForge.com and by calling 800-251-9100.

THIS WEEK ON RAY STEVENS' NASHVILLE: BOBBY BARE, JIMMY FORTUNE, CHARLIE MCCOY AND DON SCHLITZ


Nashville, Tenn. (April 27, 2016) - This weekend's edition of Ray Stevens' Nashville features a star-studded lineup of Bobby BareJimmy FortuneCharlie McCoy and Don Schlitz.
 
Fortune of the Statler Brothers sings the group's classic hit, "Elizabeth" while Bare, McCoy, Schlitz and Stevens team for a collaborative performance ofLittle Walter's "My Babe."
 
Catch Ray Stevens' Nashville on RFD-TV this SaturdayApril 30 at 8:30 PM ET.
 

BIG & RICH EMBARK ON U.S. SUMMER TOUR IN SUPPORT OF LATEST 'GRAVITY' SINGLE "Lovin' Lately," featuring Tim McGraw, Continues to Climb Charts



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 27, 2016) – Big & Rich, who just scored back-to-back Top 10 Country singles with “Look at You” and “Run Away With You,” will bring their must-see show to audiences nationwide as they embark on a summer tour in support of their latest single, “Lovin’ Lately” featuring Tim McGraw. "Lovin' Lately" is racing up the charts after the country duo released their Top 10 Billboard Country albumGravity.

Concert goers will get an up close and personal experience as the chart toppers bring their unique style and sound to their dedicated fans (see dates below). The next stop on the tour will bring the chart-toppers to Live Oak, Fla. for the Suwanee River Jam.

The tour will showcase cuts from Gravity, which propelled the larger than life pair to new heights since its release. Fans will get a chance to hear new songs, along with signature hits like “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)” and the No. 1 smash, “Lost in this Moment.”

Big & Rich will be rocking festivals, amphitheaters, casinos and more. One highlight throughout the tour is a special Memorial Day performance, as Love’s Travel Stops presents Camp NASH sponsored by Nationwide Express. Other artists performing at the event include Thompson Square, Parmalee, Chuck Wicks, RaeLynn and Breaking Southwest for the event benefiting The Special Forces Charitable Trust.

Big & Rich On Tour:
Apr 29 - Live Oak, Fla. - Suwannee River Jam
Apr 30 - Lincoln, Ala. - Talladega Super Speedway
May 14 - Atlanta, Ga. - Wolf Creek Amphitheater
May 30 - Nashville, Tenn. - Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheater
Jun 05 - Virginia Beach, Va. - Patriotic Festival
Jun 10 - Mountain Dale, N.Y. - Taste of Country Festival
Jun 11 - Winsted, Minn. - Winstock Country Music
Jun 18 - Grand Junction, Colo. - Country Jam
Jun 25 - Philadelphia, Pa. - Lincoln Financial Field
Jul 08 - Fort Loramie, Ohio - Country Concert at Hickory Hill Lakes
Jul 17 - Brooklyn, Mich. - Faster Horses Festival
Jul 23 - Columbus, Ga. - Columbus Civic Center
Aug 13 - Papillion, Neb. - Werner Park
Aug17 - Spokane, Wash. - Northern Quest Resort & Casino

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Friday, April 22, 2016

LARRY GATLIN TO APPEAR ON FOX NEWS CHANNEL'S THE GREG GUTFELD SHOW Gatlin Appears as Show Guest and Panelist on Saturday, April 23 at 10:00 PM ET

Nashville, Tenn. (April 22, 2016) - On this weekend's edition of the Fox News Channel's The Greg Gutfeld Show country music legend Larry Gatlin enters the fray as a special guest and panelist.  Additional guests include Fox Los Angeles anchor Lauren Sivan, former UN Ambassador John Bolton, comedian Joe Machi and Katherine Timpf.
 
The Greg Gutfeld Show parodies current events and converses on key issues, bringing a comedic twist to the news.
 
Gatlin's national appearance airs this Saturday, April 23 at 10:00 PM ET.

DARRYL WORLEY TO PEFORM ON RAY STEVENS' NASHVILLE Patriotic Episode Featuring Worley Airs Saturday, April 23 on RFD-TV


Nashville, Tenn. (April 21, 2016) - Country star Darryl Worley will appear on this weekend's Ray Stevens' Nashville on RFD-TV.  On a special patriotic edition of the show, Worley will perform his  #1 hit song, "Have You Forgotten."  
 
Worley appears on the show this Saturday, April 23, at 8:30 PM ET.  The episode will re-air on Saturday, May 28, Memorial Day weekend.
 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

TUNE IN ALERT: LEE GREENWOOD TO APPEAR ON "RAY STEVENS' NASHVILLE" ON APRIL 23



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 20, 2016) – America’s patriot Lee Greenwood, known for his top-charting mega anthem “God Bless The U.S.A.,” as well as numerous other country hits, will perform alongside the legendary Ray Stevens on “Ray Stevens’ Nashville” airing on RFD-TV on Saturday, April 23 at 8:30 p.m. ET. The patriotic episode will re-air Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 28.

Visit rfdtv.com to find RFD-TV in your area.

On Sunday, April 17, Greenwood performed at Bristol Motor Speedway for thousands of fans prior to the Food City 500 NASCAR race. Before he took the stage, he was surprised to bump in to football legend and recent Super Bowl 50 winning quarterback, Peyton Manning, at one of the driver’s meetings.

Greenwood posted the photo with Manning shortly after on hisInstagram saying, “As a Tennessee fan, there’s no greater handshake! Great to see Peyton Manning at Bristol Motor Speedway drivers meeting this morning!”

Manning is an alumnus of the University of Tennessee – Greenwood’s favorite school for college sports.

With seven No. 1 songs and 25 charted singles his hits include: “It Turns Me Inside Out”, “Ring On Her Finger Time on Her Hands”, ”She’s Lyin”, “I Don’t Mind the Thorns If You’re the Rose”, “Dixie Road”, “Somebody’s Gonna Love You”, “Going Going Gone”, “You Got A Good Love Comin”, “Fools Gold”, and “Mornin’ Ride,” Greenwood also celebrates several crossover hits including, “Touch & Go Crazy”, “IOU” and the duet with Barbara Mandrell, “To Me”.

Lee Greenwood has also won numerous industry awards including: Male Vocalist of The Year from the Academy of Country Music Awards in 1983, two Male Vocalist of the Year Awards from the Country Music Association in 1983 and 1984, and a GRAMMY® Award for Top Male Vocal Performance in 1985 for “I.O.U.” He also won CMA Song of the Year in 1985 for “God Bless the USA,” which has been voted the most recognizable patriotic song in America.

For more information on Lee Greenwood including details on his upcoming tour dates, please visit leegreenwood.com. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

VINCE GILL, EMMYLOU HARRIS & THE GRAND OLE OPRY TO BE HONORED BY NATIONAL MUSIC COUNCIL AT 33RD ANNUAL AMERICAN EAGLE AWARDS


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 20, 2016) – The National Music Council will bring its annual American Eagle Awards presentation to Nashville, Tennessee, for a second year in a row on Saturday, June 25, 2016. The highly prestigious Eagle Awards are presented each year in national celebration of an individual’s or an organization’s long term contribution to America’s musical culture and heritage. This year, music legends Emmylou Harris and Vince Gill will be honored, along with the iconic Grand Ole Opry.

Past American Eagle Award recipients include Kris Kristofferson, Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Clive Davis, Van Cliburn, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie, Morton Gould, Dave Brubeck, Marian Anderson, Jim Halsey, Lena Horne, Roy Clark, Elliott Carter, The Oak Ridge Boys, Roberta Peters, Odetta, Sherman Halsey, Stephen Sondheim, Sesame Street, Hard Rock Cafe, Music Makes Us, and VH-1 Save the Music Foundation. This year's event in Nashville will mark the 33rd year of formal presentations of the Awards.

Emmylou Harris is one of the most admired and respected female vocalists in music history. With 13 Grammy Awards and a trio of CMA trophies, her work has garnered admiration and praise from her peers. Beginning with her 1975 masterpiece Pieces Of The Sky, Harris began to carve out a reputation as one of the genre’s most progressive talents – though one with a clear reverence toward the history of the Country format. She made songs by The Louvin Brothers, Buck Owens, and Hank Snow hits again. She also teamed up with Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt for the iconic Trioalbum in 1987. Harris was inducted as a member of theGrand Ole Opry in 1992, and into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008.

Whether it be Country, Rock, Bluegrass, or Gospel, there is no genre of music that Vince Gill hasn’t excelled in during his much-heralded career. Starting out playing in a Bluegrass band called Mountain Smoke when he was a teenager, he later joined Boone Creek – a band fronted by future Country star Ricky Skaggs. He spent three years as lead singer of the Pop / Rock group Pure Prairie League before moving to Nashville in the early 1980s. It took him a few years to find his artistic path, but he hit big in 1990 with “When I Call Your Name.” Future hits included “Liza Jane” and “Go Rest High On That Mountain.” Twenty Grammy Awards later, Gill stands as one of the most revered male artists of all time. He was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 1991, and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007.

Musical artists have come from all over the world for a chance to perform on the stage that is theGrand Ole Opry. Starting as the WSM Barn Dance in the fall of 1925, the show has enchanted artists and fans alike ever since. Legends such as Hank Williams and Patsy Cline have dazzled with their talents there, as have modern-day hit-makers like Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley. It’s been called the “home of American music” and “country’s most famous stage.” Every year, hundreds of thousands of people make pilgrimages across town or around the world to the Grand Ole Opry to see the show live. Millions more tune in to Oprybroadcasts via a mobile app, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Nashville’s 650 AM WSM, and on opry.com andwsmonline.com.

The event will also feature the New York Emmy award winning animation created by the NMC and the Music Publishers Association of the United States, as part of a primary school lesson plan that encourages kids to think about the ramifications of taking other people’s creative works without permission. NMC Director David Sanders frames the animated piece as "part of a world-wide effort by creators to change the narrative in terms of fostering an understanding that the online protection of creative works enhances freedom of speech and the marketplace of ideas, rather than encroaching on them."

The National Music Council continues to serve as a forum for the free discussion of this country’s national music affairs and challenges. Founded in 1940 to act as a clearinghouse for the joint opinion and decision of its members and to work to strengthen the importance of music in our life and culture, the Council’s initial membership of 13 has grown to almost 50 national music organizations, encompassing every important form of professional and commercial musical activity.

Through the cooperative work of its member organizations, the National Music Council promotes and supports music and music education as an integral part of the curricula in the schools of our nation, and in the lives of its citizens. The Council provides for the exchange of information and coordination of efforts among its member organizations and speaks with one voice for the music community whenever an authoritative expression of opinion is desirable. Proceeds from the event support the Council’s music education advocacy efforts.

The awards will be presented at a 1:00 pm ceremony in the Davidson Ballroom of the Nashville Music City Center as part of the Summer NAMM Show. A VIP luncheon and interview/reception with the honorees will accompany the awards presentation. For tickets, schedule, and sponsorship information, visitmusiccouncil.org, or contact NMC Director David Sanders atsandersd@mail.montclair.edu.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

SAMMY KERSHAW TO RELEASE FIRST-EVER BLUES ALBUM


 
 
The Blues Got Me Available for Purchase on May 13, 2016; 
Pre-orders Available Now at Amazon.com

Nashville, Tenn. (April 19, 2016) - For the first time in his illustrious career spanning nearly five decades, multi-platinum selling Sammy Kershaw has finally recorded the Blues album he's been hinting at for years.  The Blues Got Me (Big Hit Records/RED) features eleven tunes with strong ties and sounds to Kershaw's Louisiana roots, right up through the heartbeat of Memphis on Beale Street. 
 
"This album has been in the works for a long time and I thank God for giving me the opportunity to be able to record it and bring it to you," says Kershaw.  
 
This collection features Kershaw's take on timeless classics such as Chuck Berry's "No Money Down," the Allman Brothers' "It's Not My Cross To Bear" and the song made famous by Solomon Burke, "Where'd The Money Go."  This classic Blues album, produced by Kershaw himself, also contains seven originals written and co-written by the legend such as "I'm Going Crazy," "No Money Blues," "I'm Your Huckleberry" and others. 
 
Kershaw adds, "I guess you could call it a 'Cajunie' Blues-type record. Lotta Cajun, Swamp-Pop Music and maybe a little bit of Zydeco influenced into this type of Blues.  Just a fun project.  Something a little different!"
 
The Blues Got Me will be available for purchase on May 13, 2016.  Pre-orders are available now at Amazon.com.
 
The Blues Got Me Track Listing:
1.  The Blues Got Me
2.  That Train
3.  Ain't My Cross To Bear
4.  Where'd The Money Go
5.  Big Legged Woman
6.  I'm Gone
7.  No Money Down
8.  I'm Your Huckleberry
9.  I'm Going Crazy
10.  Hot Night in Kaplan
11.  No Money Blues

Friday, April 15, 2016

JOHNNY LEE RELEASES NEW ALBUM 'YOU AIN'T NEVER BEEN TO TEXAS' JUNE 3 Lee Announces Additional 2016 Nationwide Tour Dates


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 15, 2016) – Country legend Johnny Lee, known for his dynamic stage presence and smash No. 1 crossover hit "Lookin' for Love," will release his first studio album in 10 years, You Ain’t Never Been to Texas, June 3. 

“I’ve been holding on to some of these songs for years and wanted to wait until it was just the right time to release You Ain’t Never Been to Texas. We’re on the road more than ever and I’m blessed because of that, so I wanted to give the fans some new music that I really think they’ll enjoy,” Lee said.

You Ain’t Never Been to Texas, distributed by Smith Music Group, includes 12 tracks that showcase Lee’s honky-tonk country storytelling with an edge, including the Bob Wills-penned “Deep Water” and the smooth pedal-steeled “Never Been to Texas,” co-written by Roger Springer, Tony Raymee and Jerry Lane. The record also includes 10 other tracks that exemplify Lee’s baritone on cuts like the feisty “Bullets First.”

Fans are still transfixed when Lee belts out his 1980 hit "Lookin' for Love," which became a crossover hit spending three weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Singles chart while also appearing in the Top 5 on the Billboard Pop chart and Top 10 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart. In addition to "Lookin' for Love," Lee had a string of hit No. 1 songs reach the top: "One in a Million," "Bet Your Heart on Me,” "The Yellow Rose" (a duet with Lane Brody and the theme song to the NBC TV-series of the same name) and "You Could Have Heard a Heartbreak." Lee’s other major hits include "Pickin' Up Strangers," "Prisoner of Hope," "Cherokee Fiddle," "Sounds Like Love," "Hey Bartender," "Rollin' Lonely," and "Save the Last Chance."

For more information, visittheofficialjohnnylee.com or follow him on Facebook andYouTube.

YOU AIN'T NEVER BEEN TO TEXAS TRACK LISTING:
  1. Lonesome Love List
  2. What’s Forever For
  3. Who’s Left, Who’s Right
  4. Deep Water
  5. Never Been To Texas
  6. Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me
  7. Good Lovin’ Woman Bad
  8. Wish I Could Love That Way Again
  9. 2 Steps From The Blues
  10. Who Did You Love
  11. Bullets First
  12. Worth Watching
JOHNNY LEE ON TOUR:
April 15 Galveston County Fair & Rodeo - Hitchcock, Texas
April 16 Pasadena Convention Center - Pasadena, Texas
April 21 Grand Ole Opry - Nashville, Tenn.
April 23 Thunderbird Casino - Norman, Okla.
May 01 Stagecoach Country Music Festival - Indio, Calif.
May 02 Hitching Post - Apache Junction, Ariz.
May 04 The Maverick - Tucson, Ariz.
May 05 Museum Club - Flagstafff, Ariz.
May 07 Civic Center - Truth or Consequences, N.M.
May 14 Jasper Rodeo Arena - Jasper, Texas
May 18 American Bandstand Theater - Branson, Mo.
May 19 Rollie's - Sauk Rapids, Minn.
May 20 Corn Palace, Mitchell, S.D.
May 21 7 Clans Paradise Casino - Red Rock, Okla.
May 27 11th Street Cowboy Bar - Bandera, Texas
June 03 Mo's Place - Houston, Texas
June 24 Seven Feathers Casino - Canyonville, Ore.
June 25 Seven Feathers Casino - Canyonville, Ore.
July 09 Lantex Theater - Llano, Texas
July 16 Pearland, Texas (Private)
July 22 The Stampede - Houston, Texas
July 23 Bosque Arts Center - Clifton, Texas
July 30 Truman Lake Opry - Tightwad, Mo.
Aug. 04 Winnemucca Convention Center - Winnemucca, Nev.
Aug. 06 Arlington Music Hall - Arlington, Texas
Aug. 07 Stafford, Texas (Private)
Aug. 11 Cherokee Casino - South Coffeyville, Okla.
Aug. 13 Southern Junction - Rockwall, Texas
Aug. 20 Wild Rose Casino - Emmetsburg, Iowa
Aug. 21 Iowa State Fair - Des Moines, Iowa
Sept. 04 Kendall County Fair - Boerne, Texas
Sept. 10 Fall Festival - McLeansboro, Ill.
Sept. 15 White County Fair - Searcy, Ark.
Sept. 23 Colorado County Fair - Columbus, Texas
Sept. 25 Will Rogers Memorial Center - Fort Worth, Texas
Oct. 02 Fort Bend County Fair - Rosenberg, Texas
Oct. 08 Howdy Neighbor Day - Jena, La.
Oct. 14 Las Palmas Race Park - Mission, Texas
Oct. 15 Bayoufest - La Marque, Texas
Oct. 16 Cajun Catfish Festival - Conroe, Texas
Nov. 12 Cuero Performing Arts Center - Cuero, Texas
Nov. 13 Dosey Doe - The Woodlands, Texas
Dec. 10 Private - Conway, Ark.
Dec. 16 Mohican Northstar Casino - Bowler, Wis.
Dec. 31 Sugar Creek Casino - Hinton, Okla.
 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

JUSTIN MOORE GOES UNDERCOVER TO MEET HIS BIGGEST FAN IN PREMIERE OF "THE ED BASSMASTER SHOW" ON CMT


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 14, 2016) – YouTube star and prankster Ed Bassmaster helps country music’s Justin Moore go undercover to meet his biggest fan in the premiere episode of “The Ed Bassmaster Show,” airing Thursday, April 14 at 10pm ET/PT on CMT. It will re-air throughout the weekend. For a full list of airdates, visitcmt.com

In the new show, comedian Ed Bassmaster debuts his unique and hilarious characters including Skippy, Mumbles The Waiter and Bushman. Jaws will drop when they see what Justin looks like disguised as someone on his tour who is slightly less famous, all in an effort to surprise one of his long-time fans with a personal meet and greet.

Full of laugh-out-loud moments, fans will get to see the funny side of Justin, platinum-selling, No. 1 hit-maker known for his current single “You Look Like I Need A Drink,” and former hits, “Small Town U.S.A.,” “Backwoods,” “Point At You,” “’Til My Last Day,” “Bait A Hook,” “I Could Kick Your A**,” and “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away.”

Justin’s latest “You Look Like I Need A Drink” is swiftly climbing up the country charts, currently at the No. 25 position. If you haven’t seen the Wild West-themed music video for the song, check it out oncmt.com/videos. “This may be my favorite video I’ve ever shot. I am a huge Western fan, and we shot one with a dose of comedy,” he said.

Tune in and be part of the conversation with #EdBassmasterShow and follow @JustinColeMoore onTwitter and Instagram.

For more information on Justin Moore, visitjustinmooremusic.com.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

2016 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards Huge Success

I enjoyed an incredible night of Gospel Music with some old friends! Congrats to all the winners! I felt like I was the real winner tho seeing some of these smiles! Especially Karen Peck!!
(Top r-l with Karen Peck, with Amber Nelon Thompson
Bottom r-l with Lauren Talley, Songwriters; Diane Wilkinson, Daryl Williams)

Nashville, Tennessee(April 13, 2016) The 2016 Absolutely Gospel Music Ovation Awards were handed out last night at a special concert celebration in Nashville, Tennessee. Karen Peck & New River and the Jim Brady Trio were named the big winners.

Perennial favorite Karen Peck & New River took home an impressive three trophies. The group was awarded Mixed Group of the Year and Album of the Year for the Grammy-nominated Pray Now. In addition, the group won its fifth consecutive and seventh career Song of the Year title for “Pray Now” (written by group owner Karen Peck Gooch along with Dave Clark and Michael Farren).

New artist the Jim Brady Trio was also awarded three AGM Awards last night, including Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Traditional Song of the Year for their #1 hit single “Steppin’ Out In Faith” (written by group members Jim and Melissa Brady). Group founder Jim Brady was also awarded Songwriter of the Year (Artist) for the third time in his career.

It was a year of threes, as many winners this year took home their third career AGM Awards in several categories. In addition to the aforementioned Brady, Michael English won his third Male Vocalist of the Year title, Gordon Mote took home his third Musician of the Year trophy, songwriter Kenna West won her thirdSongwriter of the Year (Professional)award, The Talleys were honored with a third Progressive Recording of the Yearaward, and engineer Kevin Ward took home a third Engineer of the Year title this year.

Additional artists and individuals who won multiple awards throughout the evening included Wilburn & Wilburn, Michael English, Wayne Haun, Kenna West, and The Isaacs’ Ben Isaacs.

One of the biggest awards of the evening –2015 Pacesetter Award – was handed to the Heritage of Gold Reunion Tour which features Gold City, Jay Parrack and Vocal Event, the LeFevre Quartet, Steve Ladd, and Wilburn & Wilburn.

The staff of AbsolutelyGospel.com and the Unthank family were proud to award theSusan Unthank Memorial Award toKelly Nelon Clark. This award honors women who have worked in this field of music and made a resounding impact on Southern Gospel music.

The event was hosted by Gordon Moteand Josh Singletary. The evening featured show-shopping performances from the Michael English, Gold City, The Talleys, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Jim Brady Trio, The Nelons, Gordon Mote, Wilburn & Wilburn, Amber Nelon Thompson, 11th Hour, The Browders, HIGHROAD, The Williamsons, and Steve Ladd.

The Absolutely Gospel Music Awards are an annual award handed out each year by the staff at AbsolutelyGospel.com. Each January, the staff and select media representative decide upon the nominees in over twenty categories. In February of that year, the readers of the site are then allowed to vote for their favorites in 12 categories. This is the fifteenth year the awards have been in existence.

For more information, visithttp://www.absolutelygospel.com

2016 Absolutely Gospel Music Award Winners:

Song of the Year: “Pray Now” – Karen Peck & New River (written by Dave Clark, Michael Farren, and Karen Peck Gooch)

Album of the Year: Pray Now – Karen Peck & New River (produced by Wayne Haun)

Pacesetter: Heritage of Gold Reunion Tour (featuring Gold City, Jay Parrack & Vocal Event, LeFevre Quartet, Steve Ladd, and Wilburn & Wilburn)

Breakthrough Artist of the Year: Jim Brady Trio

Male Vocalist of the Year: Michael English

Female Vocalist of the Year: Amber Nelon Thompson (The Nelons)

Male Group of the Year: Booth Brothers

Female Group of the Year: Sisters

Mixed Group of the Year: Karen Peck & New River

Songwriter of the Year (Artist): Jim Brady (Jim Brady Trio)

Songwriter of the Year (Professional): Kenna West

Producer of the Year (Artist): Ben Isaacs (The Isaacs)

Producer of the Year (Professional): Wayne Haun

Engineer of the Year: Kevin Ward

Musician of the Year: Gordon Mote

Traditional Song of the Year: (a tie) “Shout” – The Williamsons (written by Lee Black and Gina Boe)
and “Steppin’ Out In Faith” – Jim Brady Trio (written by Jim Brady and Melissa Brady)

Traditional Recording of the Year: Songs In the Key of Happy – Goodman Revival (produced by Johnny Minick and Michael Sykes)

Progressive Song of the Year: “Jesus Is In the House” – 11th Hour (written by Karen Gillespie and Rachel McCutcheon)

Progressive Recording of the Year: After All This Time – The Talleys (produced by Lauren Talley and Roger Talley)

Country Song of the Year: “Jesus Loves You” – Jeff & Sheri Easter (written by Sheri Easter and Kenna West)

Country Recording of the Year: Shoulders – Wilburn & Wilburn (produced by Ben Isaacs, Jonathan Wilburn, and Jordan Wilburn)

Special Event Project of the Year: Live at Daywind Studios – Tribute (produced by Scott Godsey)

Music Video of the Year: “Waiting For You to Get Home” – The Browders (directed by Patrick Tohill)

Fan Favorite Artist of the Year: Michael English

Susan Unthank Memorial Award: Kelly Nelon Clark

KENNY ROGERS ANNOUNCES FIRST SET OF FINAL WORLD TOUR DATES "The Gambler's Last Deal" Begins On May 13th


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 13, 2016) – After more than five decades of touring and entertaining the world, Kenny Rogers will begin his final world tour on May 13th in Mahnomen, Minnesota.

Rogers announced late last year on NBC’s The Today Show that this upcoming tour would be his last. “The Gambler’s Last Deal” is expected to run into 2017. Dates are still being added due to popular demand. The tour will include special guest Linda Davis for all dates, along with Charlie Worsham for select dates in Europe. Davis is a GRAMMY® Award winner whose hits include the No. 1 song, “Does He Love You” (with Reba McEntire). Nashville based singer-songwriter Worsham, who is excited to return to Europe with Rogers after a successful tour there earlier this year, is currently in the studio working on the follow up to his critically acclaimed debut,Rubberband.

“I’m excited about making one more sweep around the world,” Rogers remarked. “For more than five decades, I’ve been fortunate enough to have such wonderful, loyal audiences, and their support has meant so much. This final tour is going to be a celebration of all of my music, and I know each night will be truly special."

“The Gambler’s Last Deal” concerts will include a reflective look back through Rogers’ storied 50-plus-year career. Enhanced with personal stories, vintage photos and video clips—including never-before-seen footage—the retrospective will touch on every part of Rogers’ career. Along with his long list of hits, Rogers plans to sing songs he hasn’t performed in years. The show is produced by veteran producer Kelly Junkermann.

Making this rare tour experience even more special, a very limited number of VIP ticket packages will be offered, allowing fans the opportunity to meet Rogers and receive one-of-a-kind “The Gambler’s Last Deal” memorabilia. Two types of VIP packages are available for each show of the tour. For more information, visit:www.kennyrogers.com.

Rogers has sold more than 120 million albums worldwide. He has charted a record within each of the last seven decades. The first country artist to consistently sell out arenas, Rogers achieved pop superstardom as well — his 28 Billboard Adult Contemporary Top 10's rank him fourth-best of all time among men, trailing only Elton John, Neil Diamond, and Elvis Presley. Rogers has recorded 24 No. 1 hits, 12 No. 1 albums, 25 Top 10 country albums and is the RIAA’s eighth best-selling male solo artist of all time. The Country Music Hall of Fame member has received three GRAMMY® Awards, 11 People's Choice Awards, 19 American Music Awards, eight Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards and six Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, among many other accolades.

For the most up-to-date information on ticket on sale dates, please visit:www.kennyrogers.com

The Gambler’s Last Deal Tour Dates
May 13 - Mahnomen, MN - Shooting Star Casino
May 14 - Red Wing, MN - Treasure Island Resort & Casino
May 15 - Clear Lake, IA - Surf Ballroom
May 21 - Rochester, NY - Kodak Center for Performing Arts
May 22 - Montclair, NJ - Wellmont Theater
May 26 - Portland, ME - Maine State Pier
May 27 - Watertown, NY - Watertown Fairgrounds Arena
May 28 - Salamanca, NY - Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino
June 4 - Crockett, TX - Crockett Civic Center - SOLD OUT
June 17 - Vienna, VA - The Filene Center at Wolf Trap
June 19 - Atlanta, GA - Chastain Park Amphitheater
June 22 - Del Mar, CA - San Diego County Fair
June 24 - Lincoln, CA - Thunder Valley Casino Resort
June 25 - Laughlin, NV - The E Center - Edgewater Casino Resort
June 26 - Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theatre
June 28 - Santa Rosa, CA - Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
June 29 - Saratoga, CA - The Mountain Winery
June 30 - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
July 1 - Bakersfield, CA - Bright House Networks Amphitheatre
July 2 - Indio, CA - Fantasy Springs Resort Hotel & Casino
July 9 - Grand Ronde, OR - Spirit Mountain Casino
July 14 - Tulsa, OK - Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa
July 15 - Enid, OK - Enid Event Center
July 16 - Stockdale, TX - Kosciusko Hall
July 22 - Anderson, IN - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino
July 23 - Kettering, OH - Fraze Pavilion
July 24 - Highland Park, IL - Ravinia Festival
July 31 - Columbus, OH - Ohio State Fair
August 6 - Singapore, Singapore - Star Theatre
August 9 - Bangkok, Thailand - Royal Paragon Hall
August 11 - Manila, Philippines - Araneta Coliseum
September 4 - Nichols, NY - Tioga Downs
September 16 - Morristown, NJ - Mayo Performing Arts Center
October 6 - North Little Rock, AR - Verizon Arena
October 7 - Memphis, TN - Orpheum Theatre
October 8 - New Orleans, LA - Saenger Theatre
October 31 - Glasgow, Scotland - The SSE Hydro*
November 3 - Amsterdam Zuid, The Netherlands - Heineken Music Hall*
November 7 - Dublin, Ireland - 3Arena*
November 8 - Belfast, UK - SSE Arena*
November 10 - London, UK - Palladium*
November 12 - London, UK - Eventim Apollo*

* with Charlie Worsham
 

BILL ANDERSON SIGNS WITH THE KINKEAD ENTERTAINMENT AGENCY FOR BOOKING REPRESENTATION

(Pictured L-R: Kirt Webster, Bob Kinkead, Gregory Scott, Bill Anderson, Lee Willard)


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 12, 2016) – Country music icon “Whisperin’” Bill Anderson has signed with The Kinkead Entertainment Agency for booking representation. Bob Kinkead will serve as his agent and is based in the agency’s Nashville office.

"I'm really excited about joining Bob and his agency. His is the 'boutique' approach to booking, with a limited number of artists and a lot of individual attention given to each one. His 30-plus year reputation as an agent in Nashville is impeccable,” Bill Anderson said in a statement. “Plus, if we ever have to have a meeting at midnight, he lives only three houses and one boat dock away from where I live on Old Hickory Lake!”

Kinkead said it is a privilege to add Anderson to his star-studded roster. “I am truly honored to represent ‘Whisperin’’ Bill Anderson an iconic legendary singer, songwriter and television personality. My team of agents and I are very excited to be working with Bill and we look forward to many great years together as Bill’s agency.”

With a soft vocal style that’s instantly recognizable on country music airwaves, Anderson has a long list of unprecedented accolades and awards to his name. He has released more than 40 studio albums, celebrated seven No. 1 singles, and is a six-time Songwriter Of The Year award-winner. As a member of the Grand Ole Opry and Country Music Hall of Fame, he is the only known songwriter in the history of country music to achieve an entry on the country charts for seven consecutive decades, and first recipient of the BMI Icon award.

Anderson’s penned hits include “Whiskey Lullaby,” (Brad Paisley/Alison Krauss) “A Lot Of Things Different,” (Kenny Chesney) “Give It Away,” (George Strait) and “Country,” (Mo Pitney) among others. At age 19, he composed his first country classic “City Lights” in his home state of Georgia, where he studied journalism at UGA. Other well-known songs include “Still,” “The Tips Of My Fingers,” “Po’ Folks,” “Mama Sang A Song,” “8X10,” and many more.

Anderson is also a decorated TV personality and host, having starred on ABC’s “The Better Sex,” “Fandango,” “Country’s Family Reunion” and “Larry’s Country Diner,” to name a few.

Anderson is gearing up for the September 1 release of his new autobiography, Whisperin’ Bill Anderson: An Unprecedented Life In Country Music published by University of Georgia Press.

He will celebrate 55 years as a member of the Grand Ole Opry on July 16, 2016.

The Kinkead Entertainment Agency is located at 2409 21st Ave South, Suite 101, Nashville, TN 37212. Contact Bob Kinkead atbkinkead@kinkeadentertainment.com.

For more information, visitkinkeadentertainment.com.

Upcoming Bill Anderson Tour Dates
April 12 Grand Ole Opry | Nashville, Tenn.
April 16 Grand Ole Opry | Nashville, Tenn.
April 22 Grand Ole Opry | Nashville, Tenn.
April 23 Grand Ole Opry | Nashville, Tenn.
April 26 Grand Ole Opry | Nashville, Tenn.
April 29 Grand Ole Opry | Nashville, Tenn.
May 06 Central KY Ag/Expo Center | Liberty, Ky.
May 07 Merle Travis Music Center| Central City, Ky.
July 09 American Music Theatre | Lancaster, Pa.
July 22 Palace Theatre | Crossville, Tenn.
July 23 Earle Theatre | Mount Airy, N.C.
Aug. 20 Ohnward Fine Arts Center | Maquoketa, Iowa
Aug. 21 Midwest Country Music Theater | Sandstone, Minn.
Aug. 23 Crawford County Faith | Meadville, Pa.
Sept. 23 Country Tonight Theatre | Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Oct. 13 Blue Gate Theater | Shipshewana, Ind.
Oct. 14 Blue Gate Theater | Shipshewana, Ind.

BRENDA LEE “Little Miss Dynamite” ~ To Host The Best of “SUNDAY MORNIN’ COUNTRY”® …36 Years In The Making



Nashville, Tennessee (April 5, 2016) The Music City Christian Fellowship (MCCF) announced today that Rock-N-Roll, Country Music and Rockabilly Hall of Fame Legend, Ms. Brenda Lee, will be returning to Host the 36th Annual SundayMornin’ Country® Celebration at the Grand Ole Opry House, Sunday, June 12, 2016, at 2:30 P.M.

Ms. Lee, also a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, has partnered with this event on numerous occasions over the years. Her unique blend of humor and engaging connection with the audience is a perfect complement to this uplifting concert.

Previous line-ups have included over two hundred Top Name Country Music Artists such as Ricky Skaggs, Connie Smith, Roy Clark, Linda Davis, Chris Young, The Whites, Bill Anderson, George Hamilton IV, Lynn Anderson, Ray Stevens, The Oak Ridge Boys, Jimmy Wayne and many more, along with Gospel friends / legends like Jason Crabb, Vestal Goodman, Michael English, Guy Penrod and The Fox Brothers. Early shows included stars Roy Acuff, Tammy Wynette, Grandpa Jones, Skeeter Davis, Bill Monroe and other legends that have since gone home.

Sunday Mornin’ Country® is great entertainment the whole family will enjoy as Country Music Artists come together to share their hearts as well as their favorite Gospel songs. The Music City Christian Fellowship presents this concert at the conclusion of CMA Music Fest/Fan Fair each year, leaving the Fans & Guests with an uplifting memory of Nashville that will last a lifetime!

Tickets for Sunday Mornin’ Country® are ON SALE through the Opry Box Office  (1-800-733-6779) or (www.opry.com – click on tickets) and Ticketmaster(www.ticketmaster.com/event). Visit www.MusicCityChristianFellowship.org for more information.

The Music City Christian Fellowship is a 501©3 non-profit organization and all artists volunteer their performances at theJune 12 concert. Positions on the MCCF Board of Directors are non-salaried.Sunday Mornin’ Country® is a registered trademark of the Music City Christian Fellowship.

Watch for artists to be added to the 2016 line-up as they become available. Artists scheduled to appear subject to change.


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

BLUEGRASS PRINCE, NATHAN STANLEY FEATURED IN UPCOMING CHRISTMAS MOVIE



(April 11th, 2016, Nashville, Tenn) Bluegrass Entertainer and CEO of Stanley Music Group, Nathan Stanley was called to the set of the new upcoming Christmas Feature film, Believe, starring Grundy, Virginia native and Hollywood film maker, Ryan O'Quinn. The movie was filmed in the heart of Southwest Virginia near Stanley's home. Nathan Stanley was chosen to be in several scenes in the upcoming film, including a couple appearances acting as one of his hero's, Elvis Presley.  The Dove Award winning artist will also be in the opening scene of the movie performing for over 2,000 people at the Christmas Festival. Nathan won the hearts of everybody on the movie set and wowed them with his performance. Believe the movie will be in over 1,500 cinemas this November. Nathan Stanley started performing at the young age of two with his grandfather and Music Icon, Dr. Ralph Stanley. The young Stanley has already made a name for himself in the music industry as he continues to work hard to build his brand.

Ps... Nathan will be a guest on a future episode of our new 'Mr Nashville Talks' series! You'll hear even more on the show. Thanks again Nathan! 


Saturday, April 9, 2016

LARRY GATLIN TALKS MERLE HAGGARD ON FOX NEWS CHANNEL


 
LARRY GATLIN TALKS MERLE HAGGARD ON FOX NEWS CHANNEL

Country Legend to Salute "The Hag" on Saturday Edition of 
Fox News Channel's "America's News HQ"
Nashville, Tenn. (April 8, 2016) - On this weekend's edition of the Fox News Channel's "America News HQ" country music legend Larry Gatlinjoins show host Uma Pemmaraju to salute the life of the iconic Merle Haggard.  The legendary singer passed away on Wednesday, his birthday, at the age of 79.
 
On Haggard, Gatlin says, "When we lost George Jones, I said, 'Years ago someone asked Coach Bum Phillips if Earl Campbell was in a class by himself.  Bum replied, 'Well if he ain't, it sure don't take long to check roll.'  The same applies for the great Merle Haggard.  I will miss my friend."
 
Gatlin's national television segment airs live this Saturday, April 9 at 3:45 PM EST.
 
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CHARLE DANIELS BAND, EXILE, AND NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND SET TO PERFORM AT NIGHTLY CONCERTS AT NISSAN STADIUM DURING CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL The Oak Ridge Boys set to sing National Anthem on opening night at Nissan Stadium



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 8, 2016) – CMA Music Festival’s Nightly Concerts just got even bigger. CMA Announced via the CMA Music Festival app thatCharlie Daniels Band, Exile, and Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will perform as part of the Nightly Concerts at Nissan Stadium. In addition, Country Music Hall of Famers The Oak Ridge Boyswill sing the National Anthem for the opening night of the Festival.

They join previously announced fellow Country Music starsJason Aldean, Frankie Ballard,Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Clint Black, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town,Marshall Tucker Band, Rascal Flatts, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, Ray Stevens, Cole Swindell,Steven Tyler, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban,Hank Williams, Jr., and Chris Young who will perform during the Festival’s Nightly Concerts at Nissan Stadium. Artists and schedules are subject to change.

Daniels, who was announced March 29 as a 2016 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, will lead the charge with the first set Thursday night. Thanks to the announcement on the CMA Music Festival app, fans are already clamoring over the news that the Nitty Gritty Dirt band joining the Saturday night lineup, and Exile hitting the stage Sunday.

The 2016 CMA Music Festival runs Thursday through Sunday, June 9-12 in downtown Nashville. While the Festival boasts numerous free stages and unique fan experiences, the most anticipated events are the Nightly Concerts at Nissan Stadium, which sell out long before talent is announced.

This year’s app is now available in the App Store for iPhone andAndroid and includes features that allow fans to create individual concert schedules and be the first to know which of their favorite stars will be appearing on the various Festival stages.

Funds generated through CMA Music Festival ticket sales benefit music education. Since 2006, CMA and the CMA Foundation have donated more than $13.6 million to support sustainable music education initiatives across the country on behalf of the artists who participate in the event for free.

Fans who were not able to purchase tickets to the Nightly Concerts are still able to enjoy non-stop music, fan engagement, and artist experiences through numerous FREE stages and events across town and by experiencing Fan Fair X in the Music City Center.

Tickets to Fan Fair X are available now at CMAfest.com(Fan Fair X admission is included in four-day CMA Music Festival tickets). Fan Fair X tickets are $10 per day or $25 for a four-day pass.

For the second year, fans will be able to purchase a four-day pass to the Fan Fair X that includes a general admission ticket to the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum that is good for use any day in 2016. The package deal is on sale now through Friday, June 10 and costs $39.95. The combination Fan Fair X/Country Music Hall of Fame tickets are available via the Country Music Hall of Fame website,countrymusichalloffame.org, and will also be sold at their box office during the week of CMA Music Festival.

For upcoming announcements and all other info stay connected with CMA on CMAfest.com,Facebook.com/CMA,Twitter.com/CountryMusic,Instagram.com/CMA, and sign up for CMA Country Connection, CMA’s e-newsletter. Fans can also download the 2016 CMA Music Festival mobile app for iPhoneor Android to view the latest artist lineups and to plan their Festival experience.

CMA Music Festival will once again be filmed for a national television special to air on the ABC Television Network. This is the 13th consecutive year the event has been filmed for a network television special, a feat no other music festival has achieved. "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock" will be executive-produced by Robert Deaton.

CMA Music Festival is organized and produced by the Country Music Association. Fan Fair® is a registered trademark of WSM, Incorporated and is used by permission.
 

Survivor Embarks on Next Chapter & Launches 2016 Tour with New Lead Vocalist Cameron Barton



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 7, 2016) – Grammy® award winners Survivor are ready for their biggest year to date with a new lead vocalist, Cameron Barton, breathing new life into the legendary band and a tour that will take the group to fans across the country. The tour kicked off at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Sioux City, Iowa, on March 11 where the band played their trademark arena rock, complete with all of the hits, to a packed crowd. The next stop will take them to Frost Park in Dania Beach, Fla., for the Dania Beach Arts & Seafood Celebration on April 2 with subsequent stops in Wis., Texas, Nev., Minn., Mich., Ill., Miss., Mont., Ky., N.Y., Conn. and Calif. Fans can expect even more shows to be announced in the coming months.

New vocalist Cameron Barton steps into the role of Jimi Jamison, who passed away in Sept. 2014. Survivor is excited to have Cameron bring his powerhouse vocal style to the band’s live shows. “He’s great,” says the band’s Frankie Sullivan. “After hearing him, I was in Nashville within twenty four hours. I was in the studio with him about a day later. I stayed with him for about four days, and put him through the ringer. He just kept getting better and kept delivering.” Barton’s commitment to getting the job done is something that impresses his bandmate. “He’s a very focused guy. Most musicians aren’t that focused when they are that young. He learned twenty songs in about eight days.” Sullivan noted that there might be pressure of taking on the role of lead singer in a group with such a historic pedigree, but he says Barton doesn’t seem to be affected by the pressure. “He just wants to do what he does. You get new people in with new ideas, and usually that comes with a different vibe.”

About Survivor:
Survivor released their first album in 1980 on Scotti Brothers. Their first Top-40 on the Hot 100 came the next year with “Poor Man’s Son.” Their big break would come in 1982 when the band was asked by Sylvester Stallone to provide the theme song for Rocky III. That single, “Eye Of The Tiger,” hit # 1 – staying there for seven weeks, winning a Grammy for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal, a People’s Choice Award, and an Academy Award nomination. The song came in at #18 on the “Top 100 Singles” chart in Billboard‘s 100th Anniversary issue and it’s well over the 300,000 mark on iTunes, where it’s currently holding strong at #9 on their “Top Soundtrack” chart. The band also struck paydirt as a result of a Stallone movie when “Burning Heart” appeared on the soundtrack of Rocky IV in 1985, hitting # 2 on the singles chart. The band’s VITAL SIGNS, was another huge success for the band, peaking at #16 on Billboard‘s “Top 200 Albums” chart thanks to the Billboard Top-20 hits "I Can't Hold Back" (#13), "High On You" (#8) and "The Search Is Over" (#4).

Survivor on Tour:
May 7 Wisconsin Dells, Wis. Crystal Grand Theatre
May 20 Richardson, Texas Wildflower Festival
May 28 Henderson, Nev. M Resort
June 25 Brainerd, Minn. Lakes Jam
July 9 Manistee, Mich. Little River Casino
July 30 Chicago Ridge, Ill. Chicago Ridge Fest
Aug 12 Biloxi, Miss. Hard Rock
Aug 14 Three Forks, Mont. Rockin' the Rivers Festival
Aug 20 Florence, Ky. UC Health Stadium
Aug 30 Syracuse, N.Y. New York State Fair
Sept 2 Uncasville, Conn. Mohegan Sun
Oct 15 Walker, Minn. Northern Lights Casino

For more information about Survivor, log on toSurvivorBand.com
 
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