Sunday, June 26, 2016

ALABAMA: SONG OF THE SOUTH EXHIBIT OPENS AUG 25 COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM



This exhibit traces the musical beginnings, the challenges, and the successes of the Country Music Hall of Fame band. Cousins Jeff Cook, Teddy Gentry, and Randy Owen formed their first group as teenagers in small-town Fort Payne, Alabama. For a decade, the band honed its unique, crowd-pleasing blend of country music and Southern rock, playing nightclubs in the Southeast. In 1979, the group recruited Massachusetts-born Mark Herndon to become their drummer, and the band signed with RCA in 1980. Alabama would go on to become one of the most beloved bands in the country, scoring over 40 chart-topping singles, selling more than 70 million albums worldwide and setting concert attendance records. 

Alabama were trailblazers, performing as a band. At the time, in country music, this was revolutionary. They were true to themselves, the same whether on or off the stage, performing in jeans and sneakers. Their rocking guitars and harmony-based vocals proved immensely influential and popular. Alabama’s sound widened country’s appeal to young listeners. The band has earned many industry awards, including CMA Entertainer of the Year honors for 1982, 1983 and 1984. Alabama was named ACM’s Artist of the Decade, for the 1980s. By 1993 the group had released 32 #1 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, including “Mountain Music,” “Dixieland Delight,” “Love in the First Degree,” “Song of the South,” and other classics, often referencing their Southern roots. 

Alabama was among the first crossover country acts to play large performance venues, incorporating arena-rock-style production and sounds into their shows. Singing, playing their instruments and writing many of their songs, Alabama inspired a trend toward the formation and promotion of other self-contained bands in country music.  



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Friday, June 24, 2016

RICKY SKAGGS REACTS TO PASSING OF DR. RALPH STANLEY

RICKY SKAGGS REACTS TO PASSING OF DR. RALPH STANLEY  
 

Photo ID Left to Right: Ricky Skaggs, Ralph Stanley, Keith Whitley
Nashville, Tenn. (June 24, 2016) - Upon learning the news of the passing of the iconic Dr. Ralph Stanley, Country and Bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs released the following statement:
 
"The end of an era, the passing of a King, a kind and humble King from the mountains.  He carried the ancient sounds from God knows where.  Ralph found it in the music of the mountains, in the hollows, in the people and in the churches.  He was my hero and I was blessed to know him, love him and make music with him as a young teenager.  The Scriptures tell us 'God uses the simple things to confound the wise.'  He certainly used Ralph Stanley to bring the music of the mountains to the masses." 
-Ricky Skaggs
 
Ralph Stanley, a patriarch of Appalachian music who helped expand and popularize the genre that became known as Bluegrass, died Thursday following a battle with skin cancer.  He was 89.
 

SAMMY KERSHAW GUESTS ON HONKY TONKIN

SAMMY KERSHAW GUESTS ON 
HONKY TONKIN' WITH TRACY LAWRENCE 
 
 
Kershaw to be Spotlighted on this Weekend's Edition of Lawrence's National Radio Show 

Nashville, Tenn. (June 23, 2016) - Two longtime friends will reunite on the upcoming edition of Honky Tonkin' With Tracy Lawrence.  This weekend, Lawrence welcomes Grammy-nominated country music star Sammy Kershaw as a special guest on his national radio show.
 
The two country hitmakers will discuss the history of their 25 years in the music business and chat up Kershaw's first-ever Blues CD, The Blues Got Me.   The new album is available now at Amazon.com and iTunes.
 
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
 
***Honky Tonkin' With Tracy Lawence airs every weekend in select markets.  
 
   

Bluegrass Music Patriarch Ralph Stanley Dies At 89


February 25th, 1927 – June 23rd, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 23, 2016) – Ralph Stanley, a patriarch of Appalachian music who with his brother Carter helped expand and popularize the genre that became known as bluegrass, died Thursday from difficulties with skin cancer. He was 89.

Stanley was born and raised in southwest Virginia, a land of coal mines and deep forests where he and his brother formed the Stanley Brothers and their Clinch Mountain Boys in 1946. Their father would sing them old traditional songs like "Man of Constant Sorrow," while their mother, a banjo player, taught them the old-time clawhammer style, in which the player's fingers strike downward at the strings in a rhythmic style.

Heavily influenced by Grand Ole Opry star Bill Monroe, the brothers fused Monroe's rapid rhythms with the mountain folk songs from groups such as the Carter Family, who hailed from this same rocky corner of Virginia.

The Stanleys created a distinctive three-part harmony that combined the lead vocal of Carter with Ralph's tenor and an even higher part sung by bandmate Pee Wee Lambert. Carter's romantic songwriting professed a deep passion for the rural landscape, but also reflected on lonesomeness and personal losses.

Songs like "The Lonesome River," uses the imagery of the water to evoke the loss of a lover, and "White Dove," describes the mourning and suffering after the death of a mother and father. In 1951, they popularized "Man of Constant Sorrow," which was also later recorded by Bob Dylan in the '60s.

The brothers were swept into the burgeoning folk movement and they toured the country playing folk and bluegrass festivals during the '60s, including the Newport Folk Festival in 1959 and 1964.

But when Carter died of liver disease in 1966, Ralph wasn't sure he could continue. His brother had been the main songwriter, lead singer and front man, and Ralph, by his own account, was withdrawn and shy, although he had overcome some of his early reticence.

"Within weeks of his passing, I got phone calls and letters and telegrams and they all said don't quit. They said, 'We've always been behind you and Carter, but now we'll be behind you even more because we know you'll need us,'" Stanley told The Associated Press in 2006.

After Carter's death, Ralph drew even deeper from his Appalachian roots, adopting the a cappella singing style of the Primitive Baptist church where he was raised. He reformed the Clinch Mountain Boys band to include Ray Cline, vocalist Larry Sparks and Melvin Goins. He would change the lineup of the band over the years, later including Jack Cooke, and mentored younger artists like Keith Whitley and Ricky Skaggs, who also performed with him.

Dylan and Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia praised his work and, in the case of Dylan, joined him for a remake of the Stanley Brothers' "Lonesome River" in 1997.

He was given an honorary doctorate of music from Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee, in 1976, and he was often introduced as "Dr. Ralph Stanley." He performed at the inaugurations of U.S. Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, was given a "Living Legends" medal from the Library of Congress and a National Medal of Arts presented by the National Endowment for the Arts and President George W. Bush. He became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2000.

But at age 73, he was introduced to a new generation of fans in 2000 due to his chilling a cappella dirge "O Death" from the hit Coen Brothers' "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" movie soundtrack. The album was a runaway hit, topping the Billboard 200 chart, as well as the country albums and soundtrack charts, and sold millions of copies.

He won a Grammy for best male country vocal performance in 2002 — beating out Tim McGraw, Ryan Adams, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Lyle Lovett — and was the focus of a successful tour and documentary inspired by the soundtrack. The soundtrack, produced by T Bone Burnett, also won a Grammy for album of the year. The following year he and Jim Lauderdale would win a Grammy for best bluegrass album for "Lost in the Lonesome Pines."

He said in an interview with The Associated Press in 2002 that younger people were coming to see his shows and hear his "old time music," and was enjoying the belated recognition.

"I wish it had come 25 years sooner," he said. "I am still enjoying it, but I would have had longer to enjoy it."

Despite health problems, he continued to record and tour into his 80s, often performing with his son Ralph Stanley II on guitar and his grandson Nathan on mandolin.

Stanley was born in Big Spraddle, Virginia and lived in Sandy Ridge outside of Coeburn, Virginia. His mother was Lucy Jane Smith Stanley and his father was Lee Stanley. He is survived by his wife Jimmie Stanley – they were to celebrate their 48th wedding anniversary on July 2nd. He is also survived by his children: Lisa Stanley Marshall, Tonya Armes Stanley and Ralph Stanley II; His grandchildren: Nathan Stanley, Amber Meade Stanley, Evan Stout, Ashley Marshall, Alexis Marshall, Taylor Stanley, and Ralph Stanley III; and great grandchild Mckenzie Stanley. Memorial service details are pending and will be announced shortly.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Explorers Club "Together" Listening Party Review by Jonathan Pushkar



The Explorers Club "Together" Listening Party
Review by Jonathan Pushkar

On Thursday, June 23rd, The Explorers Club hosted a private listening party for their new album "Together" at Reel Recording in Nashville, which is where the actual album was recorded. I was invited to attend, and what an honor it was.

The Explorers Club, for those who are just learning of them, are a five-piece band led by Jason Brewer that rely on catch melodies and Beach Boys-like harmonies to create a unique, rich sound that takes the listener back to the 60's and 70's era of harmony bands. The Explorers Club latest album (which releases today!) is jam-packed with tight harmonies, punchy pop tunes, and slow ballads, all of which call to mind the classic "surf" sound.

At the listening party, the folks at Reel Recording spun the new record and played it throughout the studio. It was a surreal experience to listen to the album on 180 gram vinyl in the very room where it was recorded and crafted to harmonious perfection.

"Together" is out today, and you can find it on all major music platforms.

Visit the band at:
 https://www.facebook.com/theexplorersclub/

Daywind Music Publishing Adds Songwriter Tim Lovelace


Hendersonville, TN (June 23rd, 2016) – Daywind Music Publishing is proud to welcome singer/songwriter and comedian Tim Lovelace to its expanding roster of talented songwriters. 
 
With over three decades of experience entertaining audiences across the globe with his funny man antics, few realize that Tim often uses his gift as a storyteller and wordsmith to craft some of Southern Gospel’s most beloved songs.  Well-known songs such as ‘Bend In The River’ (Karen Peck & New River), ‘An Old Convention Song’ (The Cathedrals), and ‘Getcha To The Other Side’ (The Kingsmen) came from Lovelace’s pen, and he continues to produce top-quality songs that are sought after by many of his fellow artists.
 
“Tim is an incredibly talented songwriter,” comments Rick Shelton, VP of Daywind Music Publishing. “His current songs are absolutely brilliant. His abundant creativity is matched with the evidence of his character. I’m grateful to join Tim on his journey; it is sure to be one full of joy.  We could not be more excited to adopt him into the Daywind Publishing family!”
 
Tim Lovelace shares Rick’s sentiments, ‘I’m thrilled to have signed a songwriting agreement with Daywind Publishing. Rick Shelton has assembled some of the greatest writers in gospel music today. I am happy to be part of their team and anticipate a fantastic future with this great company!”

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

TRADITIONAL COUNTRY MUSIC ARTIST MARK CHESNUTT LAUNCHES NEW YOUTUBE VIDEO SERIES "HONKY TONK MONDAY"



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 20, 2016) – They say good things come in threes and for Mark Chesnutt fans that expression is ringing true. Chesnutt’s first album of new material in eight years (Tradition Lives) will be released July 8, and the lead single, “Oughta Miss Me By Now,” is garnering airplay across the country. In addition to new music, fans craving more content from the classic country superstar can check out the recently launched YouTube video series playlist, “Mark Chesnutt’s Honky Tonk Monday” on the Mark Chesnutt YouTube Channel,YouTube.com/MarkChesnuttTV.

The new videos feature Chesnutt recounting his favorite songs and memories of the format’s biggest stars. In Episode One he describes the feeling of singing Ronnie Milsap’s “Houston Solution” live, long before Chesnutt had a string of hits of his own, which include “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing,” “It Sure Is Monday,” “Brother Jukebox,” “Going Through The Big D,” “Bubba Shot The Jukebox,” “Too Cold At Home,” and many more – making up his plethora of multi-platinum selling and top-charting hits. Episode Two is an emotional account of his relationship with the legendary George Jones.

“We just had a special friendship. We’d call each other all the time to talk about things. He gave me a lot of advice. And we sat around on the bus and sang. That’s my most treasured memory of George Jones,” says Chesnutt in the clip.

This week’s installment, out today, honors Merle Haggard. Chesnutt discusses an instance when Haggard invited him over to his house for a tour rehearsal with The Strangers, Haggard’s long-time band.

Also on YouTube, fans will find the lyric video for “Oughta Miss Me By Now.” The track stays true to his honky-tonk roots, showcasing the traditional country sounds that have kept Chesnutt selling out shows and earning Platinum albums throughout the last three decades. To preview the entireTradition Lives album, listen to a medley here.

Keep up with Mark Chesnutt onFacebook, and follow him onTwitter and Instagram.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

“Ringo’s Riot at the Ryman!” Review by Johnathan Pushkar



“Ringo’s Riot at the Ryman!” 

On June 18th, 2016, Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band rocked the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Ringo sold-out two shows over the weekend, and he and his band were full of energy, enthusiasm, and excitement to be in Music City.

Ringo has not played Nashville since 2012, where he and his band recorded the smash hit DVD “Ringo at the Ryman,” and the audience welcomed him back with cheers and applause all night long. At age 75, Ringo showed no signs of his age as he danced, sang, and played drums throughout the evening.

"Ringo’s All-Starr Band” has kept a steady line-up over the past five years, which is comprised of Steve Lukather (Toto), Gregg Rollie (Santana), Richard Page (Mr. Mister), Warren Ham (Olivia Newton-John), Gregg Bissonette (David Lee Roth, Electric Light Orchestra), and Todd Rundgren. Each of the band members expressed their admiration and excitement to be performing in Nashville, and more specifically, to be at The Ryman.

The band’s setlist was jam-packed with everyone’s favorite hits, too!
Matchbox 
It Don't Come Easy
What Goes On
I Saw the Light
Evil Ways
Rosanna
Kyrie
Bang the Drum All Day
Boys
Don't Pass Me By
Yellow Submarine
Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen
You're Sixteen
I'm the Greatest
You Are Mine
Africa
Oye como va
I Wanna Be Your Man
Love Is the Answer
Broken Wings
Hold the Line
Photograph
Act Naturally
With a Little Help From My Friends

Ringo’s weekend at the Ryman was undoubtedly a memorable one, and fans of all ages were thrilled to say they have seen a Beatle perform live. 

Ringo’s return to Nashville is already anticipated by many, and we cannot wait to welcome him back to Music City!

FINDING DORY Review By: Johnathan Pushkar

Finding Dory review - 8/10 stars

Finding Dory is Pixar's latest film and a sequel to the 2003 film Finding Nemo, which has since become a classic among Pixar's films. That said, Finding Dory was guaranteed a wide appeal but was also burdened with delivering a solid film without feeling too much like a "repeat."

The film was animated beautifully, using unique shots of light traveling through water and the physics of the underwater world to introduce unique backgrounds and settings. I felt the animation itself was one of its strong points of this film, as it felt totally different from other recent animated films. Consider the fact that 71% of our planet Earth is made up of water, and yet we know so little about it. It is also true that we rarely see films taking place almost entirely underwater, so the setting of Finding Dory was refreshing in that sense as well.

The story was classic Pixar, interesting the viewer right off the bat while pulling on your heartstrings at just the right places thought the film. The characters were lovable and the dialogue was cute, funny and understandable for all audiences of all ages. 

My only real complaint with this film was the pacing. The pacing seemed like a roller coaster, which is understandable to keep kids' attention, but clearly isn't necessary compared to past Disney films. Consider Cars or Wall-E, both of which gradually built up to the climax, where as Finding Dory rapidly approaches the climax. There were some points of the film that felt a little too similar to Finding Nemo, but I went in expecting this considering how similar the plots were.

All-in-all, Finding Dory is a fun film suitable for all ages. I would definitely recommend seeing it, especially if you were a fan of Finding Nemo!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

TUNE IN ALERT: GENE WATSON TO APPEAR ON "RAY STEVENS' NASHVILLE" SATURDAY NIGHT 8:30/7:30c


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 17, 2016) – Country traditionalist Gene Watson, who recently released his 33rd studio albumReal.Country.Music., will perform his No. 1 smash hits “Fourteen Carat Mind” and “Farewell Party” on “Ray Stevens’ Nashville” this Saturday night, June 18 at 8:30/7:30c on RFD-TV. Visit rfdtv.com to find RFD-TV in your area.

After five decades in the music business and more than 75 charting singles, Watson delivers an authentic, soulful album withReal.Country.Music., which he recently opened up about in the syndicated series “The Test Drive.” Real.Country.Music.also charted on Billboard Top Country Albums and remains one of the best selling albums in the Classic Country genre onAmazon.com.

Watson recently added additional dates to his heavy tour schedule (see below). Considered one of the finest pure-country singers of his generation and known as “The Singer’s Singer,” Watson offers one of the best traditional country shows in the business when he’s on tour and still sings in the same key as 30 years ago.

Be sure to follow Gene Watson on Facebook or visitGeneWatsonMusic.com to order Real.Country.Music and purchase tickets to upcoming shows. To book Watson, contact Rob Battle atrbattleartistagent@united.net.

GENE WATSON ON TOUR:
June 16 Kathleen Cailloux City Center for Performing Arts- Kerrville, Texas
June 17 Freiheit Country Store- New Braunfels, Texas
June 18 Southern Junction- Rockwall, Texas
June 24 Panhandle Watermelon Festival- Chipley, Fla.
June 25 Dublin High School- Dublin, Ga.
July 01 Main Street Crossing- Tomball, Texas
July 02 Gilley’s Choctaw Casino- Durant, Okla.
July 04 McFerren Park Civic Center- Hoopston, Ill.
July 16 Southwind Casino with Moe Bandy- Braman, Okla.
Aug. 06 Stagecoach Ballroom- Ft. Worth, Texas
Aug. 20 The Cactus Theatre- Lubbock, Texas
Aug. 21 Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino- Mescalero, N.M.
Aug. 27 128th Gillespie County Fair- Fredericksburg, Texas
Sept. 02 Blue Gate Theater- Shipshewana, Ind.
Sept. 03 Blue Gate Theater- Shipshewana, Ind.
Sept. 09 Newberry Opera House- Newberry, S.C.
Sept. 10 Renfro Valley Entertainment Center New Barn- Renfro Valley, Ky.
Sept. 17 Truman Lake Opry- Tightwad, Mo.
Sept. 18 Truman Lake Opry- Tightwad, Mo.
Sept. 20 “Larry’s Country Diner” Starlite Theatre- Branson, Mo.
Sept. 23 Bluegrass Island Festival- Manteo, N.C.
Sept. 24 Liberty Showcase- Liberty, N.C.
Sept. 27 Red River Valley Fair- Paris, Texas
Sept. 28 The Kenney Store- Kenney, Texas
Oct. 01 Prairie Knights Casino- Fort Yates, N.D.
Oct. 02 Midwest Country Theatre- Sandstone, Minn.
Oct. 07 Kentucky Opry- Benton, Ky.
Oct. 08 Kentucky Opry- Benton, Ky.
Oct. 14 University of AR-Texarkana Hempstead Hall- Hope, Ark.
Oct. 15 Texas Opry- Weatherford, Texas
Oct. 22 Palace Theater- Corsicana, Texas
Oct. 26 Starlite Theatre- Branson, Mo.
Oct. 27 Starlite Theatre- Branson, Mo.
Oct. 28 Starlite Theatre- Branson, Mo.
Oct. 29 Music In The Barn- Dixon, Mo.
Nov. 05 Meramac Music Theater- Steelville, Mo.
Nov. 12 Music City Texas Theatre- Kinden, Texas
Nov. 25 Riverwind Casino- Norman, Okla.
Dec. 01 Starlite Theatre- Branson, Mo.
Dec. 02 Starlite Theatre- Branson, Mo.
Dec. 03 Starlite Theatre- Branson, Mo.

SOUTHERN GOSPEL MUSIC'S The Jim Brady Trio Welcomes Layke Jones

Hendersonville, TN (June 17th, 2016) – On the heels of an unparalleled debut year, Daywind recording artist, the Jim Brady Trio, is pleased to announce the addition of Layke Jones to the award-winning group.

Layke comes to the Jim Brady Trio amid high recommendations from some of the industry’s finest, as well as a sparkling resume of achievements and accolades. A graduate of Anderson University, Layke hails from central Indiana where he’s been heavily involved in professional vocal work. In addition to spending several years as a singer at Cedar Fair’s Kings Island in Mason Ohio, he is also a highly sought after studio vocalist, having recorded vocals for artists such as Sandi Patty and Ernie Haase & Signature Sound.  Recently, he was a guest vocalist on a project with the GRAMMY award winning Gaither Vocal Band, as well as a featured vocalist for the Anderson Symphony Orchestra, where he performed alongside noted Christian musicians Jay and Amy Rouse. When not lending his vocals in the studio, the 22-year-old stays busy as a trombonist, a choreographer for a number of local schools in the Indiana/Ohio area, a vocal coach and a worship leader.
“I have been watching Layke Jones develop as an artist for a few years now as a student at Anderson University, and I believe there is something very special about him,” shares Bill Gaither. “His voice and his spirit are equally excellent additions to this fine trio; spearheaded by my good friends Jim and Melissa Brady. The future is bright for the Jim Brady Trio.”

Jim Brady adds, “It’s not every day a voice like this comes along! Layke is an exceptionally talented young man with a deep passion for this music, and we’re thrilled to have him as part of our team!”

The Jim Brady Trio has celebrated a whirlwind of events since their formation in January of 2015; ranging from a acclaimed debut record, A New Chapter, success at Southern Gospel radio and being named the 2015 New Trio of the Year by Singing News Fan Awards, as well as having the 2015 Song of the Year with ‘Steppin’ Out In Faith.’  The trio looks forward to a bright future with Layke, including a new project coming soon.

"THE JOEY CANYON SHOW" SIGNS DEAL WITH COMCAST ENTERTAINMENT TELEVISION

Colorado Based RFD-TV Show Gains Recognition and Viewership through CET Network

DENVER, Colo. (June 17, 2016) – After announcing the renewal for a second season, “The Joey Canyon Show” has signed a deal with the Regional Emmy award-winning Comcast Entertainment Television network, which presents programming dedicated to the state of Colorado.

"I am very pleased to announce that starting June 19th, 2016, ‘The Joey Canyon Show’ will begin airing on Comcast Entertainment Television. This will be a welcome addition to our audience base in my home state of Colorado and fans of those in Utah, while adding 1.25 million viewers who can watch our Traditional Country Music variety show on Comcast," says Joey Canyon.

The debut season of “The Joey Canyon Show” has been a successful one, receiving rave reviews, fan praise, and industry recognition. The 30-minute series began airing in January and has since converted to a 60-minute format. So far in season one, the show is co-hosted by Dean Miller and has featured artists like Mark Wills, T.G. Sheppard, Wynn Varble, Irlene Mandrell, Highway 101, Moe Bandy and more.

The show will start airing on Comcast Entertainment Television on XFINITY channel 900 (HD) and 105 in Colorado, and XFINITY channel 6 in Utah, this Sunday, June 19th, for an encore of the first half of season one. The second half of season one will begin airing July 17th on prime-time slots: Sunday evenings at 8:30pm MDT and Tuesday evenings at 7:30pm MDT, with at least two additional airings on CET each week.

CHARLEY PRIDE JOINS DAN RATHER FOR THE BIG INTERVIEW, RE-AIRING MONDAY, JUNE 20



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 16, 2016) – Beloved Country music pioneer Charley Pride sits down with Dan Rather for THE BIG INTERVIEW on Monday, June 20, at 10:30am ET. 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 Monday, June 20, at 10:30am ET, only on AXS TV.

Friday, June 17, 2016

JUSTIN MOORE ANNOUNCES KINDA DON'T CARE – OUT AUGUST 12



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 16, 2016) – Matching his no-nonsense attitude, Multi-platinum-selling Country star Justin Moore will release his fourth studio album August 12 on The Valory Music Co. The aptly-titled project,KINDA DON’T CARE,will give longtime fans a full dose of what they’ve come to love about the chart-topping singer/songwriter…a slow Southern drawl and candid charm. Pre-order for the standard and deluxe versions is available beginning July 15 with four instant grat tracks available through August 12.

"It's hard to believe that we just recorded our fourth album. The process has changed, drastically, since our first time in the studio so many years ago” expressed Moore. “This is the best piece of music we've delivered because it gets more fun each time. Naming the albumKINDA DON’T CARE is not meant to be nonchalant or careless. It's meant to be a challenge to folks to live life a little more freely and be true to themselves.”

KINDA DON’T CARE is the follow-up to Moore’s back-to-back Gold-Certified albums:JUSTIN MOORE (2009); the #1 debutingOUTLAWS LIKE ME(2011) and OFF THE BEATEN PATH (2013). His cleverly-penned new single, “You Look Like I Need A Drink,” is Top 20-and-climbing at Country radio.

KINDA DON’T CARETRACK LISTING:
  1. “Robbin’ Trains” |Brett Beavers, Deric Ruttan, Josh Thompson
  2. “Put Me in a Box” |Erik Dylan, Randy Montana
  3. “Kinda Don’t Care” |Rhett Akins, Ross Copperman, Ben Hayslip
  4. “Hell on a Highway”| Blake Bollinger, Matt Rogers, Ben Stennis
  5. “Goodbye Back” |Justin Moore, Ross Copperman, Jeremy Stover
  6. “You Look Like I Need a Drink” |Rodney Clawson, Matt Dragstrem, Natalie Hemby
  7. “Somebody Else Will” | Kelly Archer, Adam Hambrick, Tebey Ottoh
  8. “Between You and Me” | Smith Ahnquist, Pavel Dovgaluk, CJ Solar
  9. “Got it Good” | Jaren Johnston, Neil Mason, Jeremy Stover
  10. “Rebel Kids” | Dan Isbell, Randy Montana
  11. “More Middle Fingers” featuring Brantley Gilbert |Casey Beathard, Monty Criswell, Shane Minor
  12. “Life in the Livin’” |Travis Dennis, Jared Mullins, Chris Stevens
DELUXE TRACKS:
  1. “Middle Class Money” | Rhett Akins, Marv Green, Ben Hayslip
  2. “Pick Up Lines” |Corey Crowder, Travis Denning, Jared Mullins
  3. “Spendin’ The Night” | Kelly Archer, Andrew DeRoberts, Adam Hambrick
  4. “When I Get Home” |Justin Moore, Dean Dillon, Jeremy Stover
  5. “Amen” | Rodney Clawson, Jamie Moore
Since his humble beginnings in the small town of Poyen, Arkansas 10 years ago, Moore has achieved five #1 songs, six Top 10 singles, and was named the 2014 ACM New Artist Of The Year. Stand-out hits include “Small Town U.S.A.,” “Backwoods,” “Point At You,” “’Til My Last Day,” “Bait A Hook,” and “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away.” Moore, who has never been shy about his background or beliefs, honestly lives out the lyrics he has written for his albums.

He is currently direct support on Brantley Gilbert’s TAKE IT OUTSIDE TOUR and has recently been on the road with both Brad Paisley and Miranda Lambert in the same capacity, in addition to his own successful headline runs. For tour dates and more, visitjustinmooremusic.com.

SHENANDOAH WRAPS UP SUCCESSFUL WEEK AT CMA MUSIC FEST

SHENANDOAH WRAPS UP SUCCESSFUL WEEK AT CMA MUSIC FEST

Legendary Country Group Listed as One of Rolling Stone Country’s
“Top 30 Acts to See at CMA Music Fest”
 

Nashville, Tenn. (June 16, 2016) - At last week's CMA Music Fest in Nashville, it was a 
whirlwind of concerts, interviews and autograph signings for legendary country band, Shenandoah.
 
The group kicked off their extensive week by walking the pink carpet at the CMT Music Awards, shuffling through dozens of interviews.  Attending the CMT Awards was a first for the band.
 
"Such an honor to meet Mike and Marty from Shenandoah and have them attend their FIRST CMT Awards!” says CMT’s Leslie Fram.
 
Shenandoah’s Mike McGuire notes, "We’ve been in this business for 30 years and this was actually the first time Shenandoah had a chance to attend the CMT Awards. What CMT has put together is truly spectacular and we were glad we could be part of it this year."
 
Shenandoah performed on the AT&T Skyview Stage at Ascend Amphitheater and the Durango Music Spot Stage at Fan Fair X inside the Music City Center.  In addition, they signed hundreds of autographs during a session at the official CMA Booth.
 
"It was great to have the guys back out performing at CMA Fest this year," said Morris President, David Haskell.  "Not only was it nice to reconnect with old friends, but it was also nice to hear them play.  They sounded better than ever."
 
Last week, Rolling Stone Country named Shenandoah as one of the "Top 30 Acts to See at CMA Music Fest."
 
"After an 18-year absence from CMA Fest, the degree of excitement and acceptance we received was truly overwhelming," says Shenandoah lead singer Marty Raybon. "We felt so much love from the loyal and faithful country music fans.  The cheers were unforgettable!"
 
Last month the band made their return to the Grand Ole Opry stage for the first time in nearly 25 years.  The group will again return to the Opry stage on Friday, June 24.
 
Shenandoah is on-tour now and will perform more than 70 live dates by the year's end.
 
2016 Shenandoah Tour Dates:
 
Jun 24 - The Grand Ole Opry - Nashville, TN
Jun 25 - DABA Annual Fireworks Fest - Denver, NC
Jul 1 - Balloon Festival - Ridgeland, MS
Jul 2 - Breathitt Heritage Fair - Jackson, KY
Jul 8 - Dosey Doe - Spring, TX
Jul 9 - Blue Bonnet Palace - Selma, TX
Jul 22 - Anderson Music Hall - Hiawassee, GA
Jul 23 - The Texan Theatre - Greenville, TX
Jul 30 - RiverBend RV Resort - Watertown, WI
Aug 11 - Tontitown Grape Festival - Springdale, AR
Aug 13 - Manchester Music Hall - Lexington, KY
Aug 19 - Historic Memorial Hall - Independence, KS
Aug 20 - Windsor Harvest Picnic - Windsor, IL
Aug 27 - Rio Grand Scenic Railroad - Alamosa, CO  
Aug 28 - Rio Grande Scenic Railroad - Alamosa, CO
Sep 4 - SamJam - Piketon, OH
Sep 9 - Silver Dollar City - Branson, MO
Oct 7 - Arlington Music Hall - Arlington, TX
Oct 8 - Conway's Dancehall - New Braunfels, TX
Oct 12 - The Mansion Theatre - Branson, MO
Oct 13 - The Mansion Theatre - Branson, MO
Oct 14 - The Cotillion - Wichita, KS
Oct 15 - Hoyt Sherman Place - Des Moines, IA
Oct 19 - The Mansion Theatre - Branson, MO
Oct 20 - The Mansion Theatre - Branson, MO
Oct 21 - Bluegate Theater - Shipshewana, IN
Oct 22 - Meyer Theater - Monroe, MI
Nov 1 - Carolina Coastal Festival - Ladson, SC
Nov 10 - Buffalo Performing Arts Center - Buffalo, NY
Nov 11 - Penn's Peak - Jim Thorpe, PA
Nov 12 - The Newton Theatre - Newton, NJ
Nov 18 - Newberry Opra House - Newberry, SC
 
*Photo courtesy of Johnstone Entertainment

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

RENAE JOHNSON, STAR OF "LARRY'S COUNTRY DINER", RELEASES BOOK ABOUT COUNTRY MUSIC GREATS

Featuring Stories on the Life, Death, and Funerals of Legendary Artists Like Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Minnie Pearl and More


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 15, 2016) – Renae Johnson, otherwise known as Renae the Waitress on hit television series, “Larry’s Country Diner,” has released a long-awaited memoir that guides readers through Nashville, highlighting the lives and the final resting places of over 80 country music stars and legends we have lost. Those highlighted in the book include Roy Acuff, Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams, George Jones, Little Jimmy Dickens, Marty Robbins, Kitty Wells, Jim Ed Brown and Joey Feek, to name a few.

“Precious Memories Memorial not only gives you photos, but there is a map section that gives you directions to the exact burial spots. It’s a real journey back to the way country music use to be. The artists loved God, music, their fans and each other,” said Renae.

Through sharing stories and memories of some of the greatest stars in country music, Renae hopes to keep the history of country music alive and has dedicated this book to her son, Justin Johnson, who passed away in 2008.

“Precious Memories Memorial” is now available atcfrvideos.com,larryscountrydiner.com or her website at renaethewaitress.com.  For more information contact customer service at 800-820-5405.

Fans can also participate in Renae The Waitress’s weekly Diner Chat via phone where she shares behind-the-scenes secrets of the show, answers viewers’ personal questions and features exclusive interviews with celebrity guest stars on Thursdays at 2 p.m. CT. For more information on Diner Chat, please visitlarryscountrydiner.com/dinerchat.

Owned and produced by Gabriel Communications, “Larry’s Country Diner” is one of the top-rated programs airing on the RFD-TV network, which is No. 9 among all cable networks in growth since 2011. It receives 1.6 million viewers per month.

For more information on “Larry’s Country Diner,” please visitlarryscountrydiner.com or follow us on Facebook andTwitter!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

JOHN CONLEE, ROY CLARK TO APPEAR DURING THE NATIONAL MUSIC COUNCIL'S 33RD ANNUAL AMERICAN EAGLE AWARDS June 25th Ceremony Will Also Feature Bill Cody, Mike Dungan and David Sanders to Present Awards to Honorees Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, and the Grand Ole Opry


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 14, 2016) – The National Music Council is proud to announce country legends Roy Clark andJohn Conlee, Country Radio Disc Jockey Hall of Famer Bill Cody, Universal Music Group Chairman and CEO Mike Dungan and NMC DirectorDavid Sanders among the performers and presenters for their 33rd Annual American Eagle Awards on Saturday, June 25, 2016. The highly prestigious American 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 andVince 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.

Roy Clark is one of the top entertainers ever in country music, and he has the CMA and ACM awards to prove it. Despite all of the well-deserved accolades for the Country Music Hall of Fame member, Clark remains a household name after two decades of spreading the gospel of country music from Kornfield Kounty into the living rooms of America. Clark co-hosted HEE HAW for more than two decades after it premiered on June 15, 1969. HEE HAW became one of the longest-running shows in syndication (1971–1992). In addition to his television triumphs, Clark has headlined some of the world's most prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden, Grand Palace in Brussels and the Rossiya Theatre in Moscow. A partial list of his many awards include the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year, Academy of Country Music’s Comedy Act of the Year and a Grammy for "Alabama Jubilee." Clark became a Grand Ole Opry member in 1987. He was also the first country music artist to guest host Johnny Carson's “Tonight Show.” Clark and wife Barbara live in Oklahoma where he finds time to fish, fly his airplanes and ride motorcycles.

Kentucky native and Grand Ole Opry member, John Conlee, has one of country music's most recognizable voices. Self-penned and signature hit "Rose Colored Glasses," was the first of over 30 hit singles, most of which charted in the Top 10 or better. Some of the songs from the John Conlee hit list include "Back Side of Thirty, " "Lady Lay Down," "Friday Night Blues," "Common Man," "I'm Only In It For The Love" and "Domestic Life."

All of Conlee's hits have that unmistakable common thread - that unique voice. In 2015, Conlee hasn't slowed down and continues to cut songs with substance with the release of Classics 2 that includes a tribute to law enforcement titled "Walkin' Behind the Star."

Mike Dungan is Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group Nashville, the largest music company in the country music business. A native of Cincinnati, he has worked in the music business since he was 16 years old, getting his start doing odd jobs in a local record store. In 1979, Dungan began his label career as a pop promotion rep for RCA, working in the Cincinnati, Detroit, and then Minneapolis markets. In 1987, he took a sales position with RCA and Arista Records parent company, BMG. Two years later, Arista Records hired him as its Director of Marketing for the Midwest. In 1990, Dungan moved to the newly formed Arista Nashville label to head up Sales and Marketing, later rising to the post of SVP and General Manager. While at Arista, he was instrumental in the careers of Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson, Pam Tillis, and Diamond Rio and was responsible for signing Brad Paisley. In 2000, Dungan was named President of EMI Music’s Capitol Records Nashville, and over the next 12 years, helped to build that company to enormous success, with the Capitol label being namedBillboard Magazine’s country label of the year again in 2014, its 9th straight year to win that award. In addition, Billboard has listed Dungan on its annual Power 100 list in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

In May of 2012, Dungan shifted to the Universal Music Group as Chairman and CEO. Shortly after that time, it was announced that Universal would purchase EMI, reuniting Dungan with his old roster at Capitol. Last year, that label group which now consists of MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, EMI Records Nashville and Capitol Records Nashville released five of the top 10 best-selling country albums.

Universal Music Group Nashville is home to over 30 artists including Alan Jackson, Billy Currington, Brandon Lay, Brothers Osborne, Canaan Smith, Chris Stapleton, Clare Dunn, Darius Rucker, David Nail, Dierks Bentley, Easton Corbin, Eric Church, Eric Paslay, Gary Allan, George Strait, Haley Georgia, Jon Pardi, Jordan Davis, Josh Turner, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Kelleigh Bannen, Kip Moore, Lady Antebellum, Lauren Alaina, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Mickey Guyton, Sam Hunt, Scotty McCreery, Shania Twain, Sugarland, The Band Perry and Vince Gill.

Bill Cody’s nationally & internationally known voice has been heard over the air waves for 45 years. A 2008 inductee into the Country Music Disc Jockey Hall of Fame. Bill is in his 22nd year as morning show host of WSM’s “Coffee, Country & Cody” & is a Grand Ole Opry announcer/host. He has multiple nominations for CMA, ACM & Billboard awards. Bill’s radio syndication, television, voice over & movie credits include: “American Saturday Night: Live from the Grand Ole Opry”, GAC TV’s “Master Series” & the network’s specials, “Tennessee’s Wildside” on PBS, Ray Stevens’ Nashville (RFD), The Nashville Network (TNN), Bill Cody’s Classic Country Weekend, Nashville Record Review, Country’s Most Wanted, The Country Music Hall of Fame, The Music City Walk of Fame, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Ryman Auditorium, Willie’s Roadhouse on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, United Airlines In-Flight country programming also heard aboard Air Force 1 & 2.

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 Councilcontinues 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 theDavidson Ballroom of theNashville 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 Sanderssandersd@mail.montclair.edu.

Monday, June 13, 2016

TENNESSEE TOURISM HONORS 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 13, 2016) – In Celebration of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s 50th anniversary, the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development honored bandmates Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Bob Carpenter and John McEuen with special commemorative art pieces that included official Tennessee Ambassador of Goodwill certificates signed by Gov. Bill Haslam. The special presentation took place at Nissan Stadium during CMA Fest, just prior to the band’s debut performance at the stadium. Brian Wagner, assistant commissioner of marketing, Department of Tourist Development, made the presentation to each member of the world-renowned group.

“We are incredibly proud of the impact that the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has had on the musical heritage of Tennessee,” said Wagner. “Our brand message notesThe Soundtrack of America. Made in Tennessee. Over the past fifty years, the works created by these musicians, in collaboration with legendary country music artists, have served as a touchstone for so many new fans to the genre not just in the United States, but around the world.”

Matted and framed along with the certificates signed by Gov. Bill Haslam was a custom-designed piece of artwork. Text creating a circle border to the design read, “The Unbroken Circle. Part of the Soundtrack of America. Made in Tennessee. June 11, 2016.” Incorporated into the center of the design was the band’s 50th anniversary logo which states, “Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: 50 Years of Dirt.”

This is not the first acknowledgement Tennessee Tourism has shown for the group, as the department recently supported the group’s star-studded televised PBS Pledge Special, a project that has reached more than 267 million viewers across the country. The show, filmed at the historic Ryman Auditorium, 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.

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has a full slate of dates commemorating the 50th milestone to run through the end of 2017, with many additional dates to be announced. Plans are extensive with select shows featuring special guests as well as many new exciting show elements.

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

NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND ON TOUR:
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 15 - Shenandoah Valley Music Festival - Orkney Springs, Virg.
July 16 - Bob Evans Farm Festival - Bidwell, Ohio
July 17 - Jamboree In The Hills - Morristown, Ohio
July 23 - Surf Ballroom - Clear Lake, Iowa
July 24 - Ravinia Festival - Highland Park, Ill.
July 28 - Door Community Auditorium - Fish Creek, Wisc.
July 29 - Vadalabene Center - Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville, Ill.
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.
Aug 26 - Detroit Mountain Recreational - Detroit Lakes, Minn.
Aug 27 - Seven Clans Casino - Red Lake - Puposky, Minn.
Sept 02 - Honeywell Center - Wabash, Ind.
Sept 04 - Central Wisconsin State Fair - Marshfield, Wisc.
Sept 09 - The Strand Theatre - Shreveport, La.
Sept 11 - Silver Dollar City - Branson, Mo.
Sept 15 - Britt Pavilion - Jacksonville, Ore.
Sept 16 - Sonoma State University - The Green Music Center - Rohnert Park, Ca.
Sept 22 - Reynolds Performance Hall - Conway, Ark.
Sept 23 - Halloran Centre for Performing Arts - Memphis, Tenn.
Oct 01 - Anderson Music Hall - Hiawassee, Ga.
Oct 04 - Schermerhorn Symphony Center - Nashville, Tenn.
Oct 06 - Oxford Performing Arts Center - Oxford, Ala.
Oct 22 - The Majestic Theatre - Dallas, Tex.
Nov 13 - MotorCity Casino Hotel - Detroit, Mich.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

STELLA AND STEVEN TYLER--MOVIES?


Stella Parton, indie maverick & the younger sister of country icon Dolly Parton has been busy at CMA fest  promoting her brand new album Mountain Songbird but she took a break when Big Machine's Scott Borchetta invited her fresh off her WSM Durango Stage performance to meet Steven Tyler.

The rock n' roll star was quite taken with her blonde locks and unique style. Stella laughs, "Steven invited me to go to the movies and its a date I intend to hold him too!".



Thursday, June 9, 2016

THE TANYA TUCKER TRIBUTE: CELEBRATING AN ICON IN COUNTRY MUSIC


Beloved Country Music Icon Tanya Tucker Teams Up with EVERYTHING BUT THE HOUSE and Sweet Relief Musicians Fund to Launch Curated Online Auction Starting June 16
 
Once-in-a-lifetime Sale to Feature Hundreds of Items Including Music Memorabilia, Vintage Stage Costumes, Mementos and More from the Country Star’s Personal Archives
 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 8, 2016) – Today country music icon Tanya Tucker announces a partnership with premier online estate sale marketplace EVERYTHING BUT THE HOUSE (EBTH.com). During her nearly 45-year career as a country music legend, which began when she was just a teen, Tucker has garnered many chart-topping hits, awards and magazine covers. The avid collector has also amassed an extraordinary treasure of clothing, accessories, jewelry, keepsakes from iconic performances, collectible home decor, and so much more. For the first time, this special collection will be offered via a curated auction kicking off on Thursday, June 16, 1:00 a.m./CT exclusively on EBTH.com.
 
A percentage of the proceeds from the sale will be donated to Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, an organization that provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians and industry workers who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability or age-related problems. (sweetrelief.org)
 
“A few years ago I went through a difficult surgery on my vocal chords. Fortunately I was in a position to get the specialized care necessary to continue my career, but not everyone is in this position. This is one reason why I’m extremely excited to be working with EBTH to support Sweet Relief Musicians Fund with a percentage of the sale proceeds,” says Tucker. “I have spent my life collecting these treasures. I look forward to others having the opportunity to enjoy them as much as I have.”
 
The highly-anticipated sale will feature 500 curated items including designer stage costumes worn on tour, at award shows and on photo and video shoots. Several items were featured in her 2014 Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum exhibit, Tanya Tucker: Strong Enough to Bend. Among the latter: a 1970’s Delta Dawn jumpsuit, an Azzedine Alaïa black leather bustier and fringed mini skirt, a 1975 custom Nudie suit, and a Fernando Wang beaded gown. A pink 1992 Harley Davidson Screamin’ Eagle from the Hall of Fame exhibit is also included in the sale. 
 
Bidding is simple and is done by logging onto EBTH.com. All items are up for auction for seven days and all bids start at $1 with no reserve. Worldwide delivery is available.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

I DO! I DID! AND I DO AGAIN! IT’S OFFICIAL, DOLLY PARTON RENEWS HER VOWS OF 50 YEARS TO CARL DEAN Parton to Sell Ceremony Photos to Benefit Children’s Charities

Parton to Sell Ceremony Photos to Benefit Children’s Charities



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 8, 2016) – Dolly Parton and Carl Dean, who recently celebrated a sweet milestone of 50 years of marriage, will be releasing photos from their renewal ceremony to the highest bidder to benefit children’s charities. The couple tied the knot on May 30, 1966, and for their golden wedding anniversary, they renewed their vows during a private ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee.
 
"If I had it to do all over, I'd do it all over again, and we did," says Dolly Parton. "I'm dragging him kicking and screaming into the next 50 years. Wish us luck. In all honesty, the only way I was able to get Carl to do any of this in the first place was that it was a great opportunity for us to raise money for some very worthy causes."
 
Carl Dean, a man who has stayed out of the spotlight for many years, will soon be seen by all. In addition to being photographed, Carl has also agreed to do his first interview, where fans have submitted questions and Dolly has asked the questions. This exclusive interview will soon be released to coincide with the photos.
 
"My first thought was I’m gonna marry that girl," says Carl Dean reacting to the first time seeing Dolly at the Wishy Washy Laundromat. "My second thought was, Lord she’s good lookin’. And that was the day my life began. I wouldn’t trade the last 50 years for nothing on this earth."
 
The country icon will be selling those photos, which include images of her rarely seen husband Carl Dean. Interested outlets looking to obtain rights to the images can email:dollyweddingphotos@gmail.com
 
Parton recently kicked off the ‘Pure & Simple Tour,’ her largest North American tour in more than 25 years. Just a week after Parton announced the first leg, many shows have limited tickets available and additional dates have been added through November.
 
DOLLY PARTON PURE & SIMPLE TOUR DATES:
June 03 Greensboro Coliseum - Greensboro, N.C.
June 04 Infinite Energy Center - Duluth, Ga. SOLD OUT
June 05 Peace Center - Greenville, S.C. SOLD OUT
June 07 Charleston Civic Center - Charleston, W.Va.
June 08 Wolf Trap - Vienna, Va.SOLD OUT
June 10 Hard Rock - Northfield, Ohio
June 11 Horseshoe Casino - Cincinnati, Ohio SOLD OUT
June 12 Artpark - Lewiston, N.Y.
June 15 Mann Center - Philadelphia, Penn.
June 17 Tanglewood - Lenox, Mass.
June 18 Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion - Bangor, Maine
June 21 Wang Theatre - Boston, Mass.
June 22 Mohegan Sun Arena -Wilkes Barre, Penn.
June 25 Forest Hills Stadium - Forest Hills, N.Y.
June 26 PNC Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, N.J.
June 28 Consol Energy Center - Pittsburgh, Penn.
July 19 US Cellular Center - Cedar Rapids, Iowa
July 20 Grand Casino Hinckley - Hinckley, Minn.
July 23 Deadwood Mountain - Deadwood, S.D.
July 26 UCCU Center - Orem, Utah
July 27 Red Rocks Amphitheater - Denver, Colo.
July 29 Sprint Center - Kansas City, Mo.
July 30 Scottrade Center - St. Louis, Mo.
Aug. 02 Ohio State Fair - Columbus, Ohio (on-sale May 14)
Aug. 03 Allen County War Memorial Coliseum - Fort Wayne, Ind.
Aug. 04 The Colosseum at Caesar Windsor - Windsor, ON, Canada
Aug. 06 Van Andel Arena - Grand Rapids, Mich.
Aug. 07 Ravinia Festival - Highland Park, Ill.
Aug. 09 Norton Center for the Arts - Danville, Ky.
Aug. 10 Ford Center - Evansville, Ind.
Aug. 12 BOK Center - Tulsa, Okla.
Aug. 13 Verizon Arena - Little Rock, Ark.
Sept. 09 Molson Canadian Amphitheatre - Toronto, ON, Canada
Sept. 10 Foley Fair Grounds - Seguin, ON, Canada
Sept. 12 MTS Centre - Winnipeg, MB, Canada
Sept. 13 Mosaic Place - Moose Jaw, SK, Canada
Sept. 16 Scotiabank Saddledome - Calgary, AB, Canada
Sept. 17 Rogers Place - Edmonton, AB, Canada
Sept. 19 Rogers Arena - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Sept. 21 ShoWare Center - Kent, Wash. SOLD OUT
Sept. 22 Northern Quest Casino - Airway Heights, Wash.
Sept. 24 Shoreline Amphitheatre - Mountain View, Calif.
Sept. 25 Santa Barbara Bowl - Santa Barbara, Calif.
Sept. 27 Valley View Casino - San Diego, Calif.
Sept. 28 Vina Robles Amphitheatre - Paso Robles, Calif.
Sept. 30 Laughlin Amphitheatre - Laughlin, Nev.
Oct. 01 Hollywood Bowl - Los Angeles, Calif.
Oct. 02 Hollywood Bowl - Los Angeles, Calif.
Nov. 15 Pigeon Forge Convention Center - Pigeon, Tenn