Tuesday, May 31, 2016

X-Men: Apocalpyse - 3/5 Stars by Johnathan Pushkar



X-Men: Apocalypse was a fun movie, but long-time fans will enjoy it more than newcomers. The film relies a good bit on past knowledge of the stories and characters in the X-Men franchise, and although there is a fair amount of exposition to catch up folks who are new, the "wow factor" of this film is mainly derived from the viewer's connection to these characters from the past several films.

Cinematically, the film is shot wonderfully (especially during the first half of the film.) Several of the film's scenes, especially those set in ancient Egypt, use warm tones and interesting camera angles to make viewer feel the emotion and essence of the scenes portrayed. Ironically, the film doesn't really find its feet until about halfway through, but by this point, the film already started to feel long and drawn-out. The pacing was odd and seemed to have trouble finding its own rhythm, because there would be a serious heart-touching scene with a hard cut to a fast action scene, then filler, then more action. The film wrapped itself up nicely, bid not without faltering a bit with its own pace.

X-Men: Apocalypse did a great job of utilizing its setting in the 1980's, but sometimes, it felt forced. Particularly, in the soundtrack it seems, the film had trouble using its music to convey feeling. The score was beautiful, and really helped build action scenes or passion scenes, but the soundtrack songs chosen felt like cheesy grabs to blatantly say "Hey! We're in the 80's!"

Overall, superhero and action movie fans alike will find this movie as a fun ride, but casual movie-goers may feel differently. I would highly recommend seeing this film for its creative cinematic approach alone, as well as its great action choreography.

Monday, May 30, 2016

HALLMARK CHANNEL'S "HOME & FAMILY" GOES TO DOLLYWOOD WITH THE LEGENDARY DOLLY PARTON


"Home & Family" Announces a Full Week of Themed Shows at Dollywood

Airing the Week of May 30


STUDIO CITY, Calif. (May 29, 2016) – For the first time ever, Dolly Parton and Dollywood host Hallmark Channel’s Daytime Emmy® nominated series “Home & Family.” Tune in the week of May 30 to enjoy this exciting week of shows, “Home & Family: The Ultimate Dollywood Experience.”

Throughout the week, special guest Dolly Parton hosts Mark Steines and Cristina Ferrare as well as H&F’s family members. The shows will highlight Dollywood’s unique mix of southern charm, thrill rides, amazing shows, down-home cooking and Dolly will sing some of her most memorable songs.
 
Family members that will be joining in this Ultimate Dollywood experience are lifestyle expert Debbie Matenopoulos, beauty expert Kym Douglas, medical expert Matt Iseman, family man Matt Rogers, fashion designer Orly Shani, DIY expert Ken Wingard and design expert Paige Hemmis.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

DOLLY PARTON MAKES HER KIDS' ANIMATION DEBUT AS A SINGING CHICKEN IN NEW SERIES OF PRE-SCHOOL SHOW LILY’S DRIFTWOOD BAY




Dolly Parton Stars as a Singing Chicken and Rob Brydon Plays a Handsome Silver Fox in New Series of Pre-school Animation Lily’s Driftwood Bay on Nick Jr. in UK, Sprout in US and KiKa in Germany



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 26, 2016) – Global music legend Dolly Parton is lending her distinctive voice to play a singing chicken called Noleen for a special episode in the new series of Sixteen South’s award-winning pre-school animationLily’s Driftwood Bay. Starting on Nick Jr. in the UK on 6th June and Sprout, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment’s 24-hour preschool network, in the US on 27th June, the new series will also feature the smooth Welsh tones of actor and comedian Rob Brydon (Gavin and Stacey, The Rob Brydon Show) as a seafaring, and rather handsome, silver fox.

Lily’s Driftwood Bay is about a little girl who creates an imaginary world from treasures she finds washed up on the beach. Lily’s world is filled with a cast of adorable beachside characters, voiced by an array of talent including Stephen Fry (QI, The Hobbit), Peter Mullan (Harry Potter, Top of the Lake), Tameka Empson (EastEnders, 3 Non-Blondes), Jane Horrocks (Sunshine on Leith, Absolutely Fabulous), Ardal O’Hanlon (Father Ted, London Irish), Annette Crosbie (One Foot in the Grave, Hope Springs) and Richard Dormer (Game of Thrones, Fortitude) alongside Orlagh O’Keeke as Lily.

In Dolly Parton’s special double length episode, ‘The Salty Chicken’, which will air next year - Dolly voices Noleen, a famous singing chicken whose luxury yacht gets beached on Driftwood Bay during a storm, much to the surprise of her greatest – and rather star struck fan, Lord Stag (Stephen Fry). An impromptu concert sees old sea dog Salty (Peter Mullan) duet with Noleen, who’s astonished by his talent and tries to persuade him to come on tour with her. Will she persuade Salty to give up the sights and sounds of Driftwood Bay for an international singing career…?

Dolly Parton says: “I’ve never played a chicken before but I have been known to lay a few eggs! Noleen is a very famous chicken, probably one of the most famous chickens ever there was. She washes up on Driftwood Bay and she’s trying to get Salty to go with her on tour. Now whether he does or whether he doesn’t, you’ll just have to watch and see!”

Meanwhile, in ‘The Proposal’,Rob Brydon pops up as handsome silver fox Tom, a dredger captain and former squeeze of Nonna (Annette Crosbie). When Nonna and Tom realise they still have feelings for each other after all these years, Tom throws caution to the wind and proposes. Delighted, Nonna accepts, but when she realises it might mean leaving Driftwood Bay she wonders if she might have been a little hasty…

Rob Brydon says: “Tom is a charming old rover and it’s a lovely show, beautifully made. It’s always great to do jobs that my younger children can watch and enjoy. There’s something magical about good children’s programmes and it’s lovely to be a part of that.”

Show Creator and Producer Colin Williams says: “What a thrill to welcome Rob and Dolly to Driftwood Bay! We’ve three generations of Lily fans – children, parents and grandparents and I was looking for two very special people who are loved by all three generations to be our special guest. Who else to play a handsome and smooth Welsh fox than Rob Brydon! ‘The Salty Chicken’ was the first story outline that we wrote for series two and it was always Dolly that I wanted. It took me a year to convince her but what an honour to meet her, work with her and have her part of our special show. She’s an amazing and lovely lady - and a Lily fan too!”

A beautifully crafted series about making fun and adventure from things that you find, Lily’s Driftwood Bay is produced by Sixteen South (Claude, Pajanimals, Big and Small) featuring characters and environments completely created from objects found washed up on the beach. The series is supported by some production funding from Northern Ireland Screen.

RFD-TV RAY STEVENS NASHVILLE MEMORIAL DAY MARATHON

RFD-TV TO AIR RAY STEVENS' NASHVILLE 
MEMORIAL DAY MARATHON
 
  
 
RFD-TV TO AIR RAY STEVENS' NASHVILLE 
MEMORIAL DAY MARATHON
 

Nashville, Tenn. (May 26, 2016) - ThisMemorial Day, the "King of Comedy Music," Ray Stevens, is taking over your tube!  RFD-TV has announced a five-episode Ray Stevens' Nashville holiday marathon.
 
The marathon kicks off at 9:30 AM ET on Monday, May 30 and will feature performances by Stevens and special guests Larry Gatlin, Darryl Worley, Lee Greenwood, Billy Dean, T. Graham Brown, Steve Wariner and Suzi Ragsdale.
 
RFD-TV Ray Stevens' NashvilleMemorial Day Marathon Schedule
Monday, May 30, 2016
9:30 AM ET - Darryl Worley / Lee Greenwood 
10:30 AM ET - Billy Dean
11:30 AM ET - Suzi Ragsdale / T. Graham Brown 
12:30 AM ET - Larry Gatlin 
1:30 PM ET - Steve Wariner
 
About Ray Stevens' Nashville
Ray Stevens' Nashville is a 30-minute entertainment and music national television show airing weekly on RFD-TV.  The show, hosted by GRAMMY Award-winning country and comedy music funnyman, Ray Stevens, features performances by the legend as well as weekly guest appearances.  For more information, visit www.rfdtv.com.  
 
  historic Music Row.  Last fall, he began hosting Ray Stevens' Nashville, a 30-minute weekly music/talk show on RFD-TV.  In addition, Stevens recently broke ground on the CabaRay, a 27,000 square foot music venue set to make its Nashville debut in 2017.
 
For more information on Ray Stevens, visit www.raystevens.com or his official Facebook Page.


 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

LEE GREENWOOD LEADS COCA-COLA'S "SHARE A COKE AND A SONG" CAMPAIGN INTO MEMORIAL DAY



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 25, 2016) – In 1986, Coca-Cola used the marketing slogan “Red, White and You,” to promote their signature red and white Coca-Cola classic cans; and now, in 2016, they’re going all out red, white and blue.

America’s patriot and country music megastar Lee Greenwood has partnered with the drink giant to lead its multi-platform “Share a Coke and a Song” campaign into Memorial Day with his iconic lyric, “I’m Proud To Be An American,” gracing the packaging of limited edition cans and bottles nationwide.

"Coca-Cola is an all-American brand, so aligning 'God Bless The U.S.A.,' with them this Memorial Day and beyond is one of the many defining moments in my career where I realize the profound impact this song has had. I'm truly proud to be an American," said Greenwood.

Find the exclusive, star-spangled bottles and cans in gas stations, grocers, convenience stores and vending machines across the country from ‘Detroit down to Houston and New York to LA.’ Fans who post a picture onFacebookTwitter or Instagramusing the hashtag #ShareACokeAndLeeGreenwood tagging @TheLeeGreenwoodwill be entered for a chance to win tickets to an upcoming Lee Greenwood concert and get an exclusive backstage meet-and-greet.

On Sunday, May 29, Greenwood will also perform a special military tribute honoring over 600 U.S. Army soldiers, Medal of Honor recipients and veterans at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600, as part of its “Salute The Troops” pre-race show. Sunday’s 57th running of the race is hailed as one of the biggest military appreciation pre-race spectaculars in the track’s history.

Greenwood said, “The Salute The Troops portion of the Coca-Cola 600’s pre-race show gives us all the opportunity to give credit where credit is due to our brave and steadfast members of the U.S. Armed Forces who have sacrificed their lives to protect our American freedoms. It’s an honor for me to be on the line-up. I look forward to singing ‘God Bless The USA’ to that crowd in particular.”

Friday, May 20, 2016

JOHN BERRY IS ALIVE AND WELL


Nashville, Tenn. (May 20, 2016) - Country music artist John Berry is alive and well.  An AOL news story has many questioning the singer's status after a video was posted today reporting the death of John Berry of the Beastie Boys.  The news story video features many photos and video clips of John Berry the country star.
 
"I am saddened to hear of the news of the passing of Mr. Berry of the Beastie Boys but I felt the need to let folks know I am OK," says Berry.  "There was some apparent confusion with the journalist who put together the John Berry news video over at AOL.  I just want to clarify that I am alive and well.  I'd like to offer my condolences to Mr. Berry's family."

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Browders Celebrate Six #1 Singles



Hendersonville, TN (May 18th, 2016) – Award-winning family group, The Browders, celebrated outstanding success at Southern Gospel radio with friends and family at  a reception held in their honor at BMI in downtown Nashville.
 
During the event, the Browders, as well as Daywind Records, Daywind Music Publishing and BMI, were presented with plaques to commemorate an unprecedented six consecutive number one radio singles from the 2013 project,Time Machine.  The most recent single, “Waiting For You To Get Home,” reached the coveted #1 position for the month of April; having been preceded by singles “Lift Up His Name,” “He Is Alive,” “Time Machine,” “Listening For The Shout,” and “He Took The Nails,” which spent two months at the top of the charts.
 
“We are so proud of the Browders’ achievement.  Six #1 songs from one album is unheard of, and God continues to bless their ministry in many ways.  BMI was so kind to recognize their work yesterday, and we are very appreciative,” shared Ed Leonard, President of Daywind Records.
 
Time Machine is available at Christian retail stores across the country and digitally at iTunes and other outlets. Bulk purchasing for gift and ministry purposes is available by calling 1.800.635.9581. To order a copy ofTime Machine, visit daywind.com.
 

Mark Chesnutt Set To Release Tradition Lives On July 8



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 18, 2016) – Fans of country music hit-maker Mark Chesnutt will want to circle the date of July 8 on their calendar as the traditional-minded singer will release his fifteenth studio album that day, aptly titledTradition Lives.

Tradition Lives, his first disc of all-new material since 2010, was produced by Jimmy Ritchey -- someone that Chesnutt says is a crucial part of his sound, having worked with him for years. “He and I hooked up at a time when not a lot of people had a lot of faith in me anymore because I stayed 'country' when the industry was going the other way. I needed somebody like Jimmy who really believed in my kind of country music,” said Chesnutt.

Tradition Lives includes 12 new Chesnutt tracks, each with the pure honky-tonk sounds that have helped to make him one of the most revered and respected artists in the business. The album also includes a tribute to the late Merle Haggard and famed songwriter, Red Lane, “There Won’t Be Another Now.”

“A few years back, Jimmy Ritchey and I were at his home studio at about 2 a.m. talking about The Hag and his influence on us, and we thought it would be nice to add this song to the album as a tribute to him and to Red Lane. It's just me with Jimmy on guitar. I hope fans enjoy it," said Chesnutt.

A native of Beaumont, Texas, Mark Chesnutt began his run up the charts in 1990 with “Too Cold At Home,” and followed that initial hit up with blockbuster 90s favorites such as “Brother Jukebox,” “Let It Rain,” and “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing.” Along the way, he has earned one Gold album and four Platinum albums. He has been nominated for several industry awards, and has a CMA trophy to his credit – the 1993 Vocal Event of the Year prize for “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair,” a hit for The Possum, George Jones.

Chesnutt continues to be a touring favorite, with close to 175 dates on his calendar – which is booked well into the latter part of 2016.

TRADITION LIVES Track Listing
1.  I've Got A Quarter In My Pocket
2.  Is It Still Cheating
3.  Lonely Ain’t The Only Game In Town
4.  Oughta Miss Me By Now
5.  Neither Did I
6.  So You Can’t Hurt Me Anymore
7.  You Moved Up In Your World
8.  Look At Me Now
9.  Losing You All Over Again
10. Never Been To Texas
11. What I Heard
12. Hot

Bonus Track:
There Won't Be Another Now (Tribute to The Hag and Red Lane)

Tradition Lives is produced by Jimmy Ritchey and released by Row Entertainment. Row Entertainment is distributed by BFD through RED distribution.

For more information about Mark Chesnutt, log on towww.MarkChesnutt.com.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Hank Williams Jr. To Appear On NBC's TODAY Show Wednesday, May 18 Jenna Bush Hager Visits Hank Jr. During Candid Interview with Daughter Holly Williams Newest Single, "The Party's On" Now on Country Radio



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 16, 2016) – Hank Williams Jr. will light up morning television when he appears on NBC’s “Today” show with his daughter Holly Williams to talk about their ‘family tradition’ in the music business this Wednesday, May 18th. Hank Jr., who recently released his 37th studio album It’s About Time, joins his daughter Holly for a sit-down interview and impromptu acoustic performance for Jenna’s “Family Business” series.
 
Hank Jr. invited the “Today” show to Nashville where he opened up about his new album It’s About Time and the dynamics of his children, including his daughter Holly, pursuing their dreams in the music industry.
 
The rowdy icon recently announced he’ll play CMA Music Festival this June and co-headline a special limited Summer tour with Chris Stapleton when the two music renegades visit 8 cities with dates lined up in Houston, Austin, West Palm Beach, Detroit (Clarkston), Cleveland, Indianapolis and Cincinnati. The country icon’s 2016 shows have all been SOLD OUT and he continues to add additional dates (see tour schedule below).

Hank's latest single, "The Party's On" is now on country radio.
 
It’s About Time (Nash Icon Records) achieved the highest peak position of Hank Jr.’s career with a No. 2 position on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart when it was released Jan. 15.
 
Fans can keep up with Hank Jr. by visitinghankjr.comFacebook,Twitter and Instagram.
 
HANK WILLIAMS JR. ON TOUR:
*denotes stops with Chris Stapleton
 
June 10 – CMA Fest – Nashville, Tenn.
June 17 – The Corn Crib – Normal, Ill.
June 18 – Black Diamond Harley Davidson – Marion, Ill.
July 14 – Mystic Lake Casino & Hotel – Prior Lake, Minn.
July 16 – Harrah’s Hotel & Casino – Council Bluffs, Iowa
July 17 – Madison Co. Fairgrounds – Madison, Neb.
Aug 05 – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre – Tampa, Fla.*
Aug 06 – Coral Sky Amphitheatre – West Palm Beach, Fla.*
Aug 12 – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – Houston, Texas* (SOLD OUT)
Aug 13 – Austin360 Amphitheater – Austin, Texas* (SOLD OUT)
Aug 16 – Rockingham Co. Fair – Harrisonburg, Va.
Aug 19 – Blossom Music Center – Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio*
Aug 20 – DTE Energy Music Theatre – Clarkston, Mich.* (SOLD OUT)
Aug 26 – Klipsch Music Center – Noblesville, Ind.*
Aug 27 – Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, Ohio* (SOLD OUT)
Sep 03 – Legend Valley – Thornville, Ohio
Sep 24 – Laughlin Events Center – Laughlin, Nev.
 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND MARKS 50TH ANNIVERSARY WITH ADDITIONAL PBS AIRINGS



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 13, 2016) – The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band made their first public appearance 50 years ago May 13, 1966 and now they’re marking that milestone with more airings of their star-studded televised PBS Pledge Special. 

"We never could've imagined being able to do this, a job we all love so much, for 50 Years! Our biggest thanks goes out to our amazing fans!!" Nitty Gritty Dirt Band said.

The PBS Pledge Special, made possible with support from the Tennessee Department of Tourism, has reinvigorated the iconic group’s legion of fans. The show features guest artists, including John Prine, Sam Bush, Vince Gill, Jerry Jeff Walker, Alison Krauss, Rodney Crowell, Byron House, and Jerry Douglas as well as former members, Jimmy Ibbotson (long-time member for decades) and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and early NGDB member Jackson Browne.

There will be an accompanying CD and DVD that include extra songs and performances as well as concert tickets and meet and greets in select markets available exclusively through PBS member stations.

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has a full slate of dates to celebrate their Golden 50th anniversary planned to run through the end of 2017, with many additional dates to be announced.

NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND ON TOUR:
May 13 - Stone Mountain Arts Center - Brownfield, Maine
May 14 - The Newton Theatre - Newton, N.J.
May 15 - Infinity Hall - Norfolk, Conn.
May 18 - State Theatre - State College, Penn.
May 19 - The Hamilton Live - Washington, D.C.
May 20 - Penn's Peak - Jim Thorpe, Penn.
May 21 - The Colonial Theatre - Phoenixville, Penn.
June 02 - Stiefel Theatre - Salina, Kan.
June 03 - Shawnee River Festival - Eldon, Mo.
June 04 - Ameristar Casino Kansas City - Kansas City, Mo.
June 10 - America’s River Festival - Dubuque, Iowa
June 16 - Stafford Centre Performing Arts - Stafford, Texas
June 17 - Grand Casino Events Center - Shawnee, Okla.
June 18 - Southwind Casino - Braman, Okla.
June 22 - The Mountain Winery - Saratoga, Calif.
June 23 - Del Mar Fairgrounds - Paddock - Del Mar, Calif.
June 30 - Royal Gorge Bridge & Park - Canon City, Colo.
July 01 - Vilar Performing Arts Center - Beaver Creek, Colo.
July 02 - Fir Amphitheater - La Veta Pas - Alamosa, Colo.
July 03 - Fir Amphitheater - Alamosa, Colo.
July 07 - Country Concert at Hickory Hill - Fort Loramie, Ohio
July 08 - Hodag Festival - Rhinelander, Wis.
July 09 - Minnesota Zoo - Apple Valley, Minn.
July 16 - Bob Evans Farm Festival - Bidwell, Ohio
July 17 - Jamboree In The Hills - Morristown, Ohio
July 24 - Ravinia Festival - Highland Park, Ill.
July 28 - Door Community Auditorium - Fish Creek, Wisc.
July 30 - Wayne County Fair - Wayne, Neb.
Aug 05 - Manitoulin Country Fest - Little Current, Canada
Aug 06 - Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua - Bayfield, Wisc.
Aug 07 - Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua - Bayfield, Wisc.
Aug 12 - Festival at Sandpoint - Sandpoint, Idaho
Aug 13 - Crook County Fair - Prineville, Ore.
Sept 02 - Honeywell Center - Wabash, Ind.
Sept 15 - Britt Pavilion - Jacksonville, Ore.
Oct 04 - Schermerhorn Symphony Center - Nashville, Tenn.
Nov 13 - MotorCity Casino Hotel - Detroit, Mich.

For more information, visitnittygritty.com or follow them on FacebookTwitter andYouTube.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

AFTER 50 YEARS OF SILENCE DOLLY PARTON'S HUSBAND WILL GIVE INTERVIEW


Friday, May 13, 2016

JOHN BERRY SIGNS ON WITH MANSION ENTERTAINMENT, SONY RED AND ABSOLUTE PUBLICITY

JOHN BERRY SIGNS ON WITH MANSION ENTERTAINMENT,
SONY RED AND ABSOLUTE PUBLICITY
 
Left photo ID L to R:
Brian Smith (Leadership Artists), Trish Holman (Mansion Entertainment), John Berry,
Dewayne Brown (Sony RED), John Mathis (Mansion Entertainment)
 
Right photo ID L to R:
John Berry, Don Murry Grubbs (Absolute Publicity)
 Nashville, Tenn. (May 13, 2016) - Grammy-nominated country music artist John Berry has signed on with Mansion Entertainment and Sony RED for project distribution as well as Absolute Publicity for public relations representation.
 
Berry will soon release his first studio album in three years.
 
"After my successful Kickstarter effort last fall resulted in the recording of my new album, What I Love The Most, I wanted to partner with a label that would really 'get it,'" says Berry.  "I was very pleased when Mansion Entertainment and Sony RED stepped up and was excited to release it. They are focused and we are all looking forward to its June 3rd release."
 
Berry adds, "I had heard of Absolute Publicity and I am friends with many of the acts they represent.  So when my manager and label both suggested them I knew it would be the right fit. I am thrilled to work with Don and his team in promoting this album I am so proud of."
 
More information about Berry's new album will be announced in the coming days.
For more information on John Berry, visit www.johnberry.com.
 

KID ROCK SET TO PERFORM AT 'CLEVELAND ROCKS 2016' EVENT ON JULY 21ST


CLEVELAND, Ohio (May 12, 2016) – This July, the eyes of the world will be set upon Cleveland, Ohio – with the Republican National Convention taking place there. Those who will experience history being made that week will get to experience the magic of the city with a historic night of fun and entertainment titled Cleveland Rocks 2016! The extravaganza is produced by Blue Star Productions, LLC in conjunction with the Green Beret Foundation, The Folded Flag Foundation, The Guardians of Heroes Foundation, OH Fallen Heroes, and ST9, with those charities receiving proceeds from the event.

On Thursday, July 21, the week will come to an end for those in attendance, but it ends with a bang! For the evening’s festivities, called “Wheels Up,” Kid Rock - one of the most electrifying musicians in the world - will show off his musical virtuosity performing with his incredible Twisted Brown Trucker Band. The singer, a native of Detroit, has sold a staggering twenty six million albums since breaking onto the scene in the 1990s. Other hit albums in the Kid Rock catalog include Cocky (2001), Rock and Roll Jesus (2007), and Born Free (2010). He has had success on the Pop, Country, and R&B charts with a variety of artists, ranging from Sheryl Crow to Martina McBride to R. Kelly. His most recent work is 2015’s "First Kiss."

A longtime supporter of veterans from all branches of the military, the musical icon says he’s glad to be able to participate in an event that gives back to a group that has given so much to Americans.

Robert Jennings, Executive Producer of Cleveland Rocks 2016, says that he’s excited about the event, which he thinks fans should support – regardless of party affiliation. “I think veterans’ issues are something all Americans should rally around which is why we're working with major artists to carry that message to Cleveland and Philadelphia. Our activities support nationally recognized, small non-profits that work on the ground with active duty service members and their families and the veterans of America's military. We thank artists like Kid Rock who are willing to stand up for vets no matter which way the wind blows, and we're looking forward to spending time with the leaders and grassroots of both parties in Cleveland and Philadelphia.”

The concert will feature gourmet catering, plus an open bar in addition to various VIP enhancements. There will also be daily special event space available to suit along with catered hospitality suite and a premium cigar bar. Beer during the week will be provided by the Ohio Craft Brewers Assn, and Premium Cigar Ass'n Cigar Tent in partnership with Makers Mark.

For more information about the week of events, go to
www.ClevelandRocks2016.com
 

 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

HOLIDAY SEQUEL 'DOLLY PARTON'S CHRISTMAS OF MANY COLORS: CIRCLE OF LOVE' SET FOR 2016 RETURN Heartwarming Story of Country Legend Singer's Young Life Continues With Original Cast



UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (May 11, 2016) – Coming off the phenomenal performance of last year’s holiday special and looking to recapture the enthusiasm of the nearly 16 million viewers who tuned in, NBC is announcing the sequel “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love.”

“Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love” is the next chapter in the life of young Dolly Parton. The film delivers Christmas joy and peril as an unexpected blizzard threatens the Parton family, while at the same time Dolly’s father (and his kids) make sacrifices to raise enough money to finally buy his loving wife the wedding ring he could never afford to give her. Meanwhile, an important person in little Dolly’s life begins to see that her amazing voice and musical gift might just be made for something bigger than rural Tennessee.

The original cast will return for the sequel: Jennifer Nettles as Avie Lee Parton, Ricky Schroder as Robert Lee Parton, Gerald McRaney as Rev. Jake Owens and Alyvia Alyn Lind as young Dolly Parton. Other members of the cast, as well as a premiere date, will be announced in the coming months.

Stephen Herek, who directed the original film, is also back to direct the sequel.

“It’s no secret that everyone loves Dolly Parton and the response to our first movie was overwhelming, both in terms of the size of the audience and outpouring of love for a film with family values and faith,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. “So it felt like a no-brainer to bring this talented cast back together and tell another compelling holiday story culled from Dolly’s own life growing up in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Her spirit and belief in God — and her music — will infuse this movie with the true spirit of Dolly Parton.”

“I was so overwhelmed and touched by how many people watched ‘Coat of Many Colors’ and their reaction to it,” Parton said. “The song ‘Coat of Many Colors,’ of course, has always been my favorite and has touched so many people through the years, especially me. It is a true story from a very special time in my childhood. I am so happy to share this story with the viewers and to say there is so much more to tell because mine truly has been a life of many colors. I hope the viewers will fall in love all over again.”

In L+7 results from Nielsen Media Research, the Dec. 10 telecast of “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” generated a 2.45 rating in adults 18-49 and 15.9 million viewers overall, making it the most-watched film on broadcast or cable in nearly seven years. The film’s increases from live plus same day to L+7 Nielsens are the largest L+7 time-shifted increase ever for a primetime movie on the broadcast networks.

“Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love” is written by Pamela K. Long. She executive produces with Sam Haskell and Dolly Parton. The film is a production of Magnolia Hill Entertainment and Dixie Pixie Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

MARK CHESNUTT SIGNS WITH ROW ENTERTAINMENT TO RELEASE NEW PROJECT



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 10, 2016) – Row Entertainment, an exciting new label in Nashville, is excited to announce the signing of country music superstar Mark Chesnutt to its roster. “Without a doubt, Mark is an artist that continues to stand for the best in the format,” said Row’s Jimmy Ritchey. “Everyone here is so excited to be working along with him to bring his music to the masses.”

Chesnutt, one of the most iconic voices in the business, thanks to hits such as “I’ll Think Of Something” and “Your Love Is A Miracle,” will release Tradition Lives for Row later this year. It is his first studio release of all new music since 2008.

“Country music is what I’ve always been about, and that’s what I’ll always be,” Chesnutt said. “It’s all I know, and I think people will love the new music as much as I am going to love playing it for them.”

He’s also excited about his association with Row. “Jimmy Ritchey and I have been making music for years. He understands what I do, and has always been behind me. I needed somebody like Jimmy who really believed in country music. I have complete confidence in what he and everyone at Row will bring to the table,” Chesnutt added. Ritchey also produced Tradition Lives.

Row Entertainment is a partnership with Ritchey, Kyle Waites, and recording artist Tim Rushlow.

Row Entertainment’s offices are located at 2818 Azalea Place Nashville, TN 37204.

Monday, May 9, 2016

RESTLESS HEART DEBUTS "WICHITA LINEMAN" MUSIC VIDEO IN HONOR OF GLEN CAMPBELL



Nashville, Tenn. (May 9, 2016) - Legendary country group Restless Heart recently released their latest single, "Wichita Lineman," a tribute to the iconic Glen Campbell.  Today, the band once again salutes Campbell with the debut of the song's official music video. Taste of Country premiered the new video this morning.
 
The song, written by Jimmy Webb and co-produced by Harry Smith and Restless Heart's Dave Innis, is the band's first new music release in nearly three years.
 
"This is one of our finest collaborations as a band," Innis tells Rolling Stone Country.  "Each one of us put our own personal touch on this track, vocally and musically.  Since all of the Restless Heart guys are such big admirers of Glen, it's nice that we finally took his suggestion 30 years later and cut a Jimmy Webb song!"
 
Three decades ago at a show in St. Louis on a Mississippi riverboat, it was Campbell who originally planted the seed for Restless Heart to record a Jimmy Webb-penned tune.
 
"We had some time to relax on the boat before our performances," recalls Innis.  "Glen was telling stories and at one point he said, 'You guys should cut a Jimmy Webb song.'"
 
"We were blessed to work with Glen on a number of show dates throughout the years," says Restless Heart's Larry Stewart.  "It is an honor to know one of the finest talents of our time.  In honor of Glen, Restless Heart could record no greater song than 'Wichita Lineman.'"
 
Restless Heart's version of "Wichita Lineman" is available for download at iTunes, Google Play and CD Baby.  Listen now by clicking HERE.
 
The "Wichita Lineman" music video was directed by Mark Mayr and executive produced by Denise Strotherat Breezewood Productions.
 
About Restless Heart
Larry Stewart, John Dittrich, Greg Jennings, Paul Gregg and Dave Innis, the men who make up Restless Heart, have enjoyed one of the most successful group careers in country music history. The band has placed over 25 singles on the charts with six consecutive #1 hits, four of their albums have been certified Gold by the RIAA and they have won a wide range of awards from many organizations including the Academy of Country Music's "Top Vocal Group."
 
For additional information on Restless Heart visit www.restlessheartband.com.
 
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Thursday, May 5, 2016

HELPING A HERO TO BREAK GROUND ON SECOND PENNSYLVANIA HOME FOR WOUNDED VETERANS Groundbreaking Ceremony for EM1 (NUC) Jeffrey Campbell, USN, Slated For Wednesday, May 11 in Duncansville, PA Legendary Country Music Group The Oak Ridge Boys To Perform National Anthem at Ceremony



DUNCANSVILLE, Pa. (May 5, 2016) – Better Business Bureau accredited and Houston-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Helping A Hero, will break ground on its second specially adapted home in the state of Pennsylvania, this time for local community member, EM1 (NUC) Jeffrey Campbell, USN, on Wednesday, May 11 in Duncansville, Pennsylvania. To honor Campbell's selfless military service, Country Music Hall of Fame members, The Oak Ridge Boys, will sing the National Anthem at the groundbreaking ceremony. Community members are encouraged to attend to show their support.
 
Campbell suffers from multiple sclerosis (MS) as a result of prolonged exposure to unknown substances in his time in the Navy serving as a nuclear electrician on the USS George Washington during the attack on the USS Cole, and while stationed in the New York harbor shortly after September 11, 2001. Due to the MS, Campbell has lost the use of his legs and arms and is confined to a wheelchair.
 
The new home will meet Campbell's unique needs, including special features such as wider doorways and hallways, an accessible bathroom and kitchen, flush thresholds, and other safety features.
 
Helping A Hero Central PA made a generous donation to Helping A Hero to help fund the construction of this home. Helping A Hero completed its first home for a local wounded veteran in Pennsylvania in 2013, located in Harrisburg, for Retired Sergeant Dennis Leonard who lost his legs in Baquba, Iraq when an improvised explosive device detonated near a vehicle he was driving.
 
Founded in 2006, Helping A Hero provides support for military personnel severely injured in the War On Terror by providing specially adapted homes for qualifying service members through partnerships made with the builders, developers, communities, and the veteran of honor. Helping A Hero strives to engage the community in providing services and resources for our wounded heroes and their families. Additionally, the non-profit organization provides additional support programs such as marriage retreats, caregiver retreats, recreational activities, emotional support, and financial support. The Helping A Hero Home Program has awarded 100 severely wounded heroes in 22 states a specially adapted home that addresses their physical needs.
 
In 2016, Helping A Hero was accredited by the Better Business Bureau and applauded for meeting the Bureau’s ‘Standards For Financial Accountability,’ going above and beyond the requirements of law to be a transparent and accountable. Helping A Hero will also sponsor the 2016 National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C. honoring our nation’s veterans and fallen heroes.
 
Campbell grew up in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania where he played football, ran track, played in the orchestra, was active in his church, and was an Eagle Scout. He graduated from Slippery Rock University where he was an athletic trainer and vice president of the Rock Emergency Medical Services. Jeff and his wife Aimee have four children: Benjamin (16), Hannah (10), Noah (8), and Jonah (7). They are also expecting again in December. Two of their children have special needs, which adds to the family’s challenges.
 
The groundbreaking ceremony for EM1(NUC) Jeffrey Campbell, USN, is open to the public and all community members are invited to attend.
 
“It’s always an honor for The Oak Ridge Boys to be a part of anything honoring our veterans. We are very happy this opportunity came up and look forward to it and meeting EM1 (NUC) Campbell and his family,” said Joe Bonsall of the Oak Ridge Boys, who will be present at the ceremony.
 
Join Helping A Hero May 11, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Fox Hollow Subdivision 154 Fox Hollow Dr. Duncansville, PA 16635. Look for the flags and Helping A Hero signs to direct you to parking.
 
A BBQ luncheon will be provided immediately following the ceremony. RSVP totx@helpingahero.org.
 
More information on Helping A Hero can be found atwww.helpingahero.org.

DigitalRodeoTV Presents "LIVE on BROADWAY", A 4 Day Live Broadcast Concert Event



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 5, 2016)– Digital RodeoTV and Internet radio partner Renegade Radio Nashville announce the FREE, Live Broadcast & Live Simulcast of “Live on Broadway” from The Valentine. More than 18 artists are scheduled to perform. The 4-day concert is a benefit for Musicians On Call.DigitalRodeoTV will air the concert to viewers for free over the internet and on any internet connected device.

This inaugural concert event starts daily at 1:00pm Central & will showcase the following Country Music Hitmakers :

THUR JUNE 9th: Aaron Tippin, Collin Raye, Jimmy Fortune, Johnny Lee, Lorrie Morgan
FRI JUNE 10th: Ronnie McDowell, Jeannie Seely, Darryl Worley, Bill Anderson, Ty Herndon
SAT JUNE 11th: SURPRISE GUEST, EXILE, John Berry, Moe Bandy, Lila McCann
SUN JUNE 12th: Jamie O’Neal, Andy Griggs, Bucky Covington and Confederate Railroad


"Musicians On Call is grateful to Digital RodeoTV and The Valentine for their support of the healing power of music," said Pete Griffin, President of Musicians On Call. "With the funds raised we can bring more live music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities in Nashville and across the country. We're looking forward to an incredible party for a great cause!"

Hosting the event is Caroline Cutbirth Hobby, a correspondent for Country Music Television (CMT) and a voted fan favorite contestant in “The Amazing Race” Season 22. Caroline is a character on CMT’s “I Love Kellie Pickler” and hosts a Podcast called Hyper Caroline Hobby that spotlights artists, entertainment industry icons, songwriters, athletes, and the most interesting people driving the Entertainment Industry.

Tickets on sale Friday May 6th at 7 A.M. CDT.
 
  

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GROUNDBREAKING COUNTRY MUSIC PIONEER CHARLEY PRIDE JOINS DAN RATHER FOR THE BIG INTERVIEW, ON SAT., MAY 7


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 5, 2016)– Beloved Country music pioneer Charley Pride sits down with Dan Rather for THE BIG INTERVIEWon Saturday, May 7, at 10aE. During the candid hour-long conversation, the Grammy-winning singer opens up about his early life as one of 11 children, picking cotton in the fields of the Mississippi Delta, as well as his introduction to music, the songs that inspired him, and his first guitar.

Growing up in the Mississippi Delta, Pride had a childhood that was much different from those of his modern contemporaries. Pride describes his early life saying, “I learned that you had to share a lot, and [that] you bang one another upside the head a lot, and try to get a biscuit before the other one. We lived in what we called a ‘shotgun house’, and there was a bed over on this side and a bed over on this side, and we’d sleep three and four to a bed. I remember sometimes I’d wake up and my brother’s toes were right in my nose. We grew up on a farm, and we all had something to do. In the evenings, either me or my brother would go get real dry chips [so] my mother could start the fire in the morning prior to us going and chopping the cotton… I walked four miles to school and four miles back. That’s where I grew up."

On the first music that he heard as a child, Pride says, “My mom and dad liked Gospel music, so they used to listen to the Five Blind Boys from both Alabama and Mississippi.” But, Pride reveals that one of the songs from his childhood that still sticks out to him is the classic Hank Williams hymn “I’ll Have A New Body (I’ll Have A New Life).” He was also exposed to music from Bill Monroe, his father's favorite bluegrass singer. It's one of the sentimental reasons that Pride included Monroe's song "Mansions For Me" on Pride & Joy: A Gospel Music Collection, his 2006 studio album.

Primarily known as a singer, Pride says his introduction to the guitar was anything but smooth. Reminiscing about his first guitar, Pride says, “My mother ordered me a guitar for 14 bucks from Sears Roebuck… we got it over in the evening… and I left it in the wagon and it rained. It was just glued together, you know. It was called Silvertone. I kept trying to tune it, and it just kept bowing and bowing with strings [and] the glue around it. And my mother was walking up on the porch, it was probably about 105 degrees, and she heard something go *BOOOIIIIIINNNNG*. And she said, ‘Boy, you better go up there and look at your box! The rats are running over it.’"

To see more of this in-depth episode, be sure to tune in to THE BIG INTERVIEW on Saturday, May 7 at 10aE, only on AXS TV.