Monday, November 28, 2016

Restless Heart's Take on Roger Miller’s Classic Christmas Song Now Available for Radio Airplay

Nashville, Tenn. (November 22, 2016) — Legendary country group Restless Heart is releasing its first-ever Christmas single to radio.  The band recorded the classic Roger Miller-penned holiday tune, "Old Toy Trains," for their previously released Christmas album, A Restless Heart Christmas(Red River Entertainment). The song is available for radio airplay starting today.
 
"Greg Jennings, our guitar player and producer of our Christmas album, thought we should record the song and I remember hearing it when I was a child," says Restless Heart lead singerLarry Stewart.  "I remember loving it then and as we sat down to consider recording it, I thought 'wow' we may have found something really special. It's not a song that's been recorded as much as other classic Christmas songs. So it's cool we kinda found a diamond in the rough. Roger Miller wrote it and it's my favorite holiday song we do live."
 
Listen to the song HERE.
 
"Old Toy Trains" and A Restless Heart Christmas are available for download atiTunes and Amazon.  

Friday, November 25, 2016

DOLLY PARTON'S 'CHRISTMAS OF MANY COLORS: CIRCLE OF LOVE' SET TO AIR ON NBC NOVEMBER 30TH

Dolly to Appear on The Today Show, Christmas In Rockefeller Center, The Voice, The REAL, and Keep The Faith radio with print features in Parade, Country Living, US Weekly and so much more!
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 24, 2016) – Jennifer Nettles, Ricky Schroder, and Gerald McCraney will co-star in the upcoming holiday movie “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love” airing Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 9 p.m. ET/PT with Dolly Parton making a special guest appearance. In the two-hour movie, the Partons, a family of humble means living in the mountains of Tennessee, face a devastating event that challenges their will. But when they experience a bewildering Christmas miracle, the Partons are drawn closer together than ever — with deepened faith and love for one another.

In support of the movie's airing, Dolly Parton will grace the cover of the Nov 27th issue of Parade magazine and will appear on various television programs.

Upcoming Dolly Parton Appearances
Nov. 25 - Dolly appears on The Today Show
Nov. 27 - Dolly co-hosts Keep The Faith radio (syndicated)
Nov. 29 - Dolly performs on The Voice (8pm EST/7pm CST)
Nov. 30 - Dolly appears on The REAL (syndicated)
Nov. 30 - Dolly performs on Christmas In Rockefeller Center on NBC (8pm EST/7pm CST)
Nov. 30 - Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love on NBC (9pm EST/8pm CST)

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

DARRYL WORLEY BRINGS CHRISTMAS CHEER ABOARD THE 74TH ANNUAL SANTA TRAIN

Photo credit: Ed Rode

Country star Darryl Worley greets thousands in Appalachia while helming the 74th Annual Santa Train on Saturday, November 19.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

ELVIS PRESLEY'S GRACELAND TO WELCOME T.G. SHEPPARD FOR NOVEMBER 17 LIGHTING CEREMONY


There Will Be A 100% Chance of Snow
Plus A Visit from Santa To Kick off the Holidays in Memphis
The event is free and open to the public.

WHAT: Holiday Lighting Ceremony at Elvis Presley’s Graceland
WHO: T.G. Sheppard and Santa
WHEN: November 17 at 6:00 p.m. CST
WHERE: Graceland Plaza, Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis

FOOTAGE OF GRACELAND DECORATED FOR THE HOLIDAYS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD AT LINK BELOW:

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (November 16, 2016) – Elvis Presley's Graceland® in Memphis, Tenn., will officially begin the holiday season when Country Music Award winner singer-songwriterT.G. Sheppard “flips the switch” on the traditional lights and decorations during the annuallighting ceremony on Thursday,November 17 at 6:00 p.m. CSTand lights up Elvis Presley’s iconic home for the season. Santa has guaranteed there will be a 100% chance of snow during the event.

The extensive Christmas display at the king’s castle includes hundreds of blue lights along the driveway, a life-size Nativity scene, Santa and his sleigh, and much more, all originally displayed at Graceland by Elvis and the Presley family. The interiors of Graceland mansion will feature the Presley family’s Christmas décor starting on November 17 for seasonal holiday tours through his birthday celebration in January. Included will be his traditional red velvet drapes as well as Presley family Christmas artifacts on display around several trees throughout the home.

Channeling his inner Elvis, Santa will arrive to greet the fans and children and will be available for photos following the lighting ceremony. The lighting event featuring T.G. Sheppard is free and open to the public.

While promoting records for RCA, T.G. formed a close personal and professional relationship with Elvis, who appreciated T.G.'s unique style and personality. As a token of their friendship, Elvis gave T.G. his first tour bus in 1976, helping to provide him with the confidence to give up the promotion business and hit the road full time.

Following the lighting ceremony,The Guest House at Gracelandwill offer tours of the new 450-room luxury resort along with complimentary hot chocolate and candy canes. A special holiday package that includes tickets to visit Graceland while decorated for the holidays is available for booking through The Guest House at Graceland.

For more detailed information please visit www.graceland.comor call 901-332-3322.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

CRYSTAL GAYLE INVITED TO JOIN GRAND OLE OPRY

Formal Opry Induction to Take Place January 21, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 15, 2016) – Grammy-winning songstress Crystal Gayle was surprised during her Grand Ole Opry performance this evening by Opry member Carrie Underwood with an invitation to become an official Opry member. Gayle will be formally inducted into the Opry on Jan. 21, 2017 by her sister, Opry legend Loretta Lynn. Gayle made her Opry debut nearly 50 years ago on the Ryman Auditorium stage, singing the country classic “Ribbon of Darkness” at age 16.

Underwood surprised the sold-out Opry at the Ryman crowd by joining Gayle on the smash hit “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue.” Seconds after finishing the duet, Underwood turned to Gayle and said, “You are an inspiration to so many of us. You are important to country music, and you are important to the Opry, which is why I was asked tonight to ask you if you would like to join our Opry family officially.”

Accepting her friend’s invitation with a hug, Gayle said, “I have always felt like I was a member of the family and this is just so special.”

“For more than half of the Opry’s 91 years, Crystal Gayle has been lending her signature vocals to Opry shows and connecting with Opry audiences as well as with everyone backstage,” said Opry Vice President and General Manager Pete Fisher. “She is family, and we are very excited that she’ll become an official Opry member early next year.”

Tickets for Gayle’s Opry induction night and all upcoming Opry performances are available at opry.com.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

CHRIS STAPLETON, PHIL VASSAR AMONG ARTISTS HONORED DURING 10TH ANNUAL BRITISH COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 4, 2016) – The British Country Music Awards honored Kirt Webster with the International Services To Industry Award for his contributions to country music as the President of Webster Public Relations, a Nashville-based publicity and marketing firm.

Webster Public Relations client Dolly Parton and Lee Williams, President of the British Country Music Association, presented Webster with the award in Nashville. Webster joins a prestigious list of honorees, like Big Machine Records president Scott Borchetta, the late Jeff Walker and Country Music Association Director of International Relations Bobbi Boyce.

“I moved to Nashville more than 20 years ago to chase my dream of working with country music artists, like Dolly. Today, I have the privilege of working with Dolly and a roster of icons and emerging acts,” Kirt Webster said.

 

Webster serves as Executive Producer of "The Pickup," a syndicated country video news series that can be seen on CM&T on the UK's SKY Television network. "The Pickup" also airs on The Heartland Network, Sandy Zimmerman's Las Vegas Television Network, 132 US radio broadcast websites (Nash Icon, HankFM, Midwest Communications) and online media blogs.

The 10th BCMA Awards were held at the Heston Venue in Heathrow, London October 29-30.

The complete list of honorees is below:

International Services To Industry
Kirt Webster

International Song of the Year, Album of the Year
Chris Stapleton - Tennessee Whiskey

International Act of the Year
Phil Vassar


Friday, November 4, 2016

MERLE HAGGARD’S LEGACY CELEBRATED ON ALL NEW "COUNTRY'S FAMILY REUNION" EPISODES IN NOVEMBER WITH ARTISTS LIKE JOHN CONLEE, MARK WILLS, VINCE GILL, BOBBY BARE AND MORE



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 4, 2016) – Upcoming brand new, never before seen episodes of “Country’s Family Reunion” will pay tribute to country music legend, Merle Haggard. Artists in this series include John Conlee, Vince Gill, Bobby Bare, Gene Watson, Moe Bandy, Teea Goans, Rhonda Vincent and more.

This is one of the biggest ever Reunions as they pay tribute to the life and music of Merle Haggard. Featuring songs and stories from three of Merle’s sons, along with John Conlee, Vince Gill, Bobby Bare, Gene Watson, Moe Bandy, Teea Goans, Rhonda Vincent, Ray Benson, The Isaacs, Mark Wills, David Frizzell, Ronnie Reno, Mac Wiseman, Bill Anderson and more.

The idea behind the hit “Country’s Family Reunion” series when it all started in 1997 was simple – ask the great people who shaped country music to get together and talk about their history, and maybe sing a few songs. Each episode of Country’s Family Reunion is hosted by country legend and hit songwriter, Bill Anderson who guides the discussion and supplies viewers with inside stories from his many years in the business. Nearly 20 years later, Gabriel Communications celebrates more than a dozen projects, featuring hundreds of songs and never-before-heard stories from some of country music’s original artists, which would have otherwise been lost forever. Click here to find out where to watch RFD-TV and “Country’s Family Reunion” in your area.

Upcoming “Country’s Family Reunion” Airdates:
*All episodes re-air on Saturdays at 11 pm CST
Friday, November 4 - Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting
Friday, November 11 - Tribute to Merle Haggard
Friday, November 18 - Tribute to Merle Haggard
Friday, November 25 - Tribute to Merle Haggard

Tune in Fridays at 7 pm CST and Saturdays at 11 pm CST on RFD-TV.

The “’Country’s Family Reunion’ Collection Series” DVD box set features four different show compilations including “Country’s Family Reunion Original,” “Country’s Family Reunion Celebration,” “Country’s Family Reunion Gospel,” and “Stories From The Golden Age Of Country.” Purchase the entire series and have unlimited access to over 50 legendary country music artists with 130 rare live performances online by visiting www.cfrvideos.com.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Colbie Caillat brings her intimate Malibu Sessions Tour to the Nashville Symphony by Jonathan Pushkar

 

Colbie Caillat and her band brought her Malibu Sessions Tour to the Nashville Symphony on November 1, 2016 

The show opened at 7:30 p.m. with a jazzy, modern R&B set from Justin Young and a modern acoustic pop set from High Dive Heart. 

The band came on around 8:30 p.m. performed Caillat’s new album, “The Malibu Sessions,” in its entirety, which offered a different concert-going experience. 

The members of the band were seated for the show, and in between songs, they would tell the audience the stories behind each song before they performed it.

The band had many of the members who wrote and performed the new album, including Caillat on lead vocals, Jason Reeves on guitar and backing vocals, Billy Hawn on percussion, Nelly Joy on guitar and backing vocals, and Justin Young on guitars, keys, and vocals.  

The band had an amazing rapport, and the show felt well-rehearsed musically while remaining relaxed when the band shared their stories.

The acoustics in the Symphony sounded phenomenal, and the sound six was among the best I had ever heard at any concert. The guitars sounded natural, the percussion was mixed just right, and (perhaps most importantly) Caillat’s pure voice cut through to the audience perfectly.

The band repeatedly thanked the audience for their participation in the show, Reeves remarked that it was the “best audience of the tour.” 

The show ended with an encore of Caillat’s past hits including “Bubbly,” “Falling for You,” “Realize,” “Lucky,” and more. 

The band was proud to share that the have all moved to Nashville (with the exception of their bassist) and were proud to tell the audience they had felt welcomed to their new hometown.

The setlist was as follows:
Gypsy Heart
Goldmine
Cruisin'
Like Tomorrow Never Comes
Only You
Good Thing
Runnin
Never Got Away
Don't Wanna Love You
In Love Again
Now
Encore:
Bubbly
Try
Magic / Droplets / Realize
Fallin' for You / Lucky / I Never Told You
Brighter Than the Sun