Thursday, August 31, 2017

COUNTRY LEGEND JOHN CONLEE RECIEVES INAUGURAL "LEGEND AWARD" FROM KENTUCKY COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION

John Conlee with Kenneth Reynolds
President/Founder of Kentucky Country Music Association Kenneth Reynolds Presents John Conlee with Legend Award
 
BENTON, Ky – Country legend and Kentucky native John Conlee was recently awarded the first ever Legends Award by the Kentucky Country Music Association during his performance at the Kentucky Opry. The award was created to honor an artist who is not only from Kentucky, but has also promoted Kentucky throughout their career in both music and interviews.
 
“It is always gratifying to be recognized by those from my home state of Kentucky. My profound thanks to the Kentucky Country Music Association and Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin for their very kind honors,” said Conlee.

Along with his award, Conlee received a letter from Kentucky Governor Matthew Bevin recognizing not only his successful career but his dedication to country music, the “Common Man” and the state of Kentucky as well. Bevin noted that this award was a “perfectly fitting tribute.”
 
“John Conlee is a perfect fit for our first Legend Award," said Kenneth Reynold, President and Founder of the Kentucky Country Music Association. "He has never forgotten where he came from and has been a great promoter of not only country music but of Kentucky.”
 
For more information visit johnconlee.com.
 
JOHN CONLEE ON TOUR:
Sept. 08 – Colorado Country Fair – Columbus, Texas
Sept. 09 – Hardtails Bar & Grill – Georgetown, Texas
Sept. 14 – White County Fair – Searcy, Ariz.
Sept. 15 – The Stage at Silver Star Steakhouse – Bossier City, La.
Sept. 16 – Red Rooster Icehouse – Hawkins, Texas
Sept. 21 – Grundy High School Auditorium – Grundy, Va.
Sept. 22 – Clayton Center – Clayton, N.C.
Sept. 23 – Ground Zero – Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Oct. 05 – The Historic State Theatre – Elizabethtown, Ky.
Oct. 06 – Mitchell Opera House – Mitchell, Ind.
Oct. 07 – Sesser Opera House – Sesser, Ill.
Oct. 08 – Historic Rodgers Theatre – Poplar Bluff, Mo.
Oct. 19 – Sunset Theatre – Asheboro, N.C.
Oct. 20 – Carteret Theatre – Morehead City, N.C.
Oct. 21 – Red Barn Convention Center – Winchester, Ohio
Oct. 22 – Harvest Performance Center – Rocky Mount, Va.
Nov. 16 – Main Street Crossing – Tomball, Texas
Nov. 17 – Route 92 – Youngsville, La.
Feb. 01 – The Palace Theater – Corsicana, Texas
Feb. 02 – Stampede Houston – Houston, Texas
Feb. 22 – Wadsworth Auditorium – Newnan, Ga.
Feb. 23 – Tallassee High School Auditorium – Tallassee, Ala.
Feb. 24 – Theatre Dublin – Dublin, Ga.
Feb. 25 – Mars Theatre – Springfield, Ga.
March 03 – Cecilian Auditorium in the Conservatory of Music – West Terre Haute, Ind.
March 04 – Jasper Arts Center – Jasper, Ind.
March 24 – Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts – Fairfield, Iowa
April 07 – Orange Blossom Opry – Weirsdale, Fla.
Aug. 02 – Social Circle Theatre – Social Circle, Ga.
Sept. 07 – Newberry Opera – Newberry, S.C.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Kid Rock’s Made in Detroit Restaurant Set To Bring Flavor and Fun To Little Caesars Arena

Kid Rock's Made In Detroit Restaurant
 
DETROIT, Mich. – Kid Rock is expanding his brand that includes such hits as “Cowboy,” “Picture,” and “All Summer Long” to the culinary side with the launch of Kid Rock’s Made in Detroit, a contemporary food and music restaurant inspired by the award-winning musician, as part of the soon-to-be-completed Little Caesars Arena in downtown Detroit. In keeping true with his larger-than-life reputation, he promises to make just as loud of a bang in the restaurant business as he has done with his music.

Kid Rock’s Made in Detroit restaurant is a reflection of one of Detroit’s most loyal and successful native sons. Created by Delaware North in collaboration with Kid Rock, the 5800-square-foot, 230-seat restaurant is open year round for lunch and dinner, offering a menu of classic Detroit and Southern-influenced dishes, along with traditional comfort foods and bar fare. The bar will feature local beers and craft cocktails that guests can enjoy before, during and after watching events at the arena, as well as on non-game days. The restaurant is also designed to serve as an incubator of music talent, with a specific focus on local artists. Kid Rock memorabilia is part of the restaurant’s décor, as is a live-music stage that will showcase up-and-coming musicians.

The story of Kid Rock reads like an “Against All Odds” American success story of hard work, perseverance, and a commitment to excellence throughout his multi-million selling recording career – and he has done so in his signature “Bad Ass” fashion complete with undeniable style and swagger.

For more information, visit www.kidrock.com.

RENOWNED 'WEDNESDAY NIGHT PRAYER MEETING: REJOICE!' A NIGHT OF WORSHIP AND SONG TO PREMIERE IN SELECT THEATRES NATIONWIDE ON WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 27

Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting Rejoice

Ricky Skaggs, Oak Ridge Boys, Gene Watson, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers and Others Headline One Night Only Theatre Worship Event

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Gabriel Communications, creators of "Larry’s Country Diner," in association with KAOS Connect and Screenvision Media today announced the first-ever movie theatre premiere of 'Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting: Rejoice!' This let-your-hair-down style of worship will feature interviews and performances by Ricky Skaggs, Oak Ridge Boys, Larry Gatlin and The Gatlin Brothers, Gene Watson, John Conlee, Teea Goans, Jimmy Fortune and the Isaacs in a 90 minute theatre event celebration. Tickets are available at www.prayermeetingmovie.com.

In addition to the unique artist performances and storytelling, fans will get a behind the scenes, in-depth look directly from the creator of the “Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting” and Gabriel Communications CEO, Larry Black as he shares his personal and powerful connection to this movie event.

After being in a near fatal ATV accident in 2015, Larry Black recalls, "I asked God, 'Why spare me?' And His answer was, 'I have more for you.' It is my personal belief that I was spared for the purpose of fulfilling my mission to share the Gospel through story and song in Wednesday Night Prayer Meetings,” said Larry Black, President of Gabriel Communications. “I am humbled to have this uplifting night of worship come to theatres nationwide.”

This special theatre worship event will be shown in more than 225 movie theatres across the country for only one night, Wednesday, September 27th.

“Screenvision Media is proud to bring to movie theatres this family friendly, heart-warming celebration of intimate stories and performances by so many legendary country music artists of our time. 'Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting: Rejoice', is one not to be missed,” said Bernadette McCabe, Senior Vice President, Business Strategy, Screenvision Media.

Tickets and additional information are available at: www.prayermeetingmovie.com.

Monday, August 28, 2017

NQC PREPARING FOR 60TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION



Special Group Reunions, Bill Gaither & The Gaither Vocal Band, SGMA Hall of Fame Induction, Gospel Singing Jubilee Tribute among Highlights
 
Dr. David Jeremiah Returns as Keynote Speaker
 
 
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (August 28, 2017) – The 60th Anniversary edition of NQC - the National Quartet Convention - is shaping up to be quite the celebration. With once-in-a-lifetime group reunions, special showcases, and so much more, Gospel music's largest annual event is better than ever this year. Truly, the song goes on!
 
Pigeon Forge, TN's LeConte Center will once again host the event from Sunday, September 24, 2017 - Saturday, September 30, 2017. More than 40,000 people are expected to enjoy NQC's 60th Anniversary event. 
 
Among the special highlights this year are:
  • Bill Gaither & the Gaither Vocal Band
  • The Gaither Homecoming Sing-a-Long
  • SGMA Hall of Fame Induction and Benefit Concert featuring the 2017 inductions of Troy Burns, Randy Shelnut, LaBreeska Hemphill and Tony Gore
  • Gospel Singing Jubilee Tribute 
  • Gerald Wolfe's Gospel Music Hymn Sing
  • Hopper Brothers Reunion
  • Singing News Fan Awards
  • Dixie Melody Boys Reunion
  • Inspirations Reunion
  • Kingsmen / Squire Parsons Reunion
  • Perrys Reunion
  • Gold City Reunion
  • Nelons Reunion
  • Inspiring Chapel services
  • Dr. David Jeremiah
  • Special video presentations throughout the week to commemorate NQC's 60th anniversary
  • and so much more!
In addition to the above, the NQC stage will be filled with Gospel music's best and brightest along with new artists making their mark, including: Jason Crabb, Hoppers, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Jim Brady Trio, Collingsworth Family, McKameys, Erwins, Joseph Habedank, Greater Vision, Legacy Five, Tribute Quartet, Guardians, Kingdom Heirs, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Mark Trammell Quartet and many more!
 
Clarke Beasley, NQC executive vice-president comments: "This will truly be a special year as we commemorate NQC's 60th Anniversary and look forward to a bright future for our convention and for our music.
 
NQC - the National Quartet Convention - was founded in 1957 by gospel music legend and former backup vocalist for Elvis Presley, J.D. Sumner who co-produced the event with James Blackwood. The annual convention was moved in later years to Nashville, TN and then to Louisville, KY where it was held for 20 years.
 
For more information and tickets, visit www.NQConline.com.

Friday, August 25, 2017

TUNE IN: WATCH LEWIS BRICE THIS WEEKEND ON ABC’S ‘CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD’

Photo Credit: ABC Network


Rolling Stone 'Artist To Watch' competes alongside his brother Lee Brice and Jerrod Niemann on
ABC's Celebrity Family Feud!
 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 24, 2017) -- Mark your calendar and set your DVR for Sunday, August 27th (8:00 – 9:00 p.m. EDT). Make plans to tune in to "Celebrity Family Feud" on the ABC Television Network and watch the fun as emerging country performer Lewis Brice joins his astute family members as they battle to raise awareness and a cash donation benefitting their chosen charity on team Lee Brice. On the other side of the buzzer is rival team Jerrod Niemann, who together with his quick witted family brings the competition to new levels.

 

Steve Harvey, host of the long-running syndicated game show "Family Feud," creates memorable reactions and hilarious rapport with the competing teams as he rallies the celebrity families against one another to win cash for their chosen charity.

 

Team Lee Brice – Country music recording artist; playing for The Folds of Honor

o   Lewis Brice - Lee’s brother, named “Artist to Watch” by Rolling Stone.

o   Felicia Watkins – Lee’s cousin

o   James Houston Hicks – Lee’s cousin

o   Jefferson Jeca Nyborg – Lee’s cousin

 

VERSUS

 

Team Jerrod Niemann – Multiplatinum country music artist; playing for the United Service Organizations, Inc.

o   Morgan Petek Niemann – Jerrod’s wife

o   Joseph Aaron Niemann – Jerrod’s brother

o   Amy Jo Stelzer – Jerrod’s sister

o   Julie Renee Schults – Jerrod’s sister

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

TANYA TUCKER PERFORMS ON THE TODAY SHOW, TO APPEAR ON INSIDE EDITION, CLOSER WEEKLY, FOX NEWS EDGE, THE INSIDER, LIFEMINUTE, CELEBRITY PAGE, SIRIUSXM AND MORE!


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Groundbreaking country music icon Tanya Tucker opened up for the first time on NBC’s TODAY Show about her musical tribute to Glen Campbell and performed “Forever Loving You” this morning (click here to watch). Tucker also graces the cover of Closer Weekly on newsstands now and will appear on Inside Edition, Fox News Edge, The Insider, Lifeminute, Celebrity Page, SiriusXM and MORE during her NYC media blitz.

While their relationship and breakup made headlines years ago, Tucker channeled her heartfelt feelings for Campbell in “Forever Loving You” and is donating proceeds to Alzheimer's research.

Tucker co-wrote “Forever Loving You” with Michael Lynn Rogers and Rusty Crowe, a Tennessee State Senator who co-sponsored the Campbell/Falk Act. The Tennessee law protects communication rights for people who've become wards of the state and those who have conservators over their financial and living situations.

NBC’s TODAY Show
Click here to watch 

Sirius XM’s Radio Andy
SandyLand w/ Sandra Bernhard Ch. 102
12:30 EST Aug. 25

Inside Edition
Click here for local listings

The Insider
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Lifeminute.tv
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Celebrity Page
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Follow Tanya Tucker on TwitterFacebookInstagramYouTube or visit tanyatucker.com.

TANYA TUCKER 2017 TOUR:
Aug. 25 Greenup Cumberland County Fair – Greenup, Ill.
Aug. 26 Secrest Auditorium – Zanesville, Ohio
Aug. 30 Minnesota State Fair – Saint Paul, Minn.
Aug. 31 Minnesota State Fair – Saint Paul, Minn.
Sept. 09 Sugar Creek Casino – Hinton, Okla.
Sept. 15 Rialto Square Theatre – Joliet, Ill.
Sept. 16 Andy Williams Moon River Theatre – Branson, Mo.
Sept. 23 5D Steakhouse & Lounge – Yorktown, Texas
Oct. 06 Billy Bob’s Texas – Fort Worth, Texas
Oct. 07 House Pasture Cattle Company – Concan, Texas
Oct. 22 Festival Grounds – Niceville, Fla.
Dec. 05 Higley Center For The Performing Arts – Gilbert, Ariz.
Dec. 08 Harris Center For The Arts – Folsom, Calif.
Dec. 10 Parker Arts – Parker, Colo.
Dec. 12 Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas, Nevada
May 05 Mill Town Music Hall – Bremen, Ga. 

TUNE IN: SKYVILLE LIVE TO HONOR JERRY LEE LEWIS WITH PERFORMANCES FROM GEORGE STRAIT, TOBY KEITH, KRIS KRISTOFFERSON AND MORE AUGUST 24




“There are men, and then there are myths. Jerry Lee Lewis is the latter.” - Jordan Runtagh, People Country

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 23, 2017) – Emmy-Award winning online music series, Skyville Livewill feature a stellar lineup of artists honoring Jerry Lee Lewis on Thursday. Artists appearing on the show include George Strait, Toby Keith, Kris Kristofferson, Chris Stapleton, Lee Ann Womack, Waylon Payne and Jerry Lee himself. Fans at home can stream the magic as it happens on AOL, Yahoo Music! and Rated Red on August 24 at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT. Full streaming details can also be found at SkyvilleLive.com.

The City of Nashville and Berry Hill will both honor Jerry Lee Lewis by celebrating Aug. 24th, 2017 as “Jerry Lee Lewis Day.”

2017 marks the 60th Anniversary of mega-hits “Whole Lotta Shakin’” and “Great Balls of Fire,” both of which were recorded at Sam Phillips’ Memphis-based Sun Records. People Country recently sat down with “The Killer” prior to a New York City performance at B.B. King’s to discuss these hits and reflect on his career overall. The music icon took rare time to discuss his favorite music, memories of Elvis, the meaning of rock n’ roll and much more.

Lee Greenwood Honored with 'Point of Light Award'

Lee Greenwood and Veteran at Point of Light awards
 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – America’s patriot and Grammy®-winning artist, Lee Greenwood, has been honored with the Point of Light Award. Created by the administration of President George H. W. Bush, the Daily Point of Light Award honors individuals and groups creating meaningful change in communities across America.

Greenwood, who was recently named one of Billboard's 100 Greatest Country Artists of All Time, has done over 30 tours with the USO and is an ambassador for non-profit organization, Help A Hero. Despite his great musical success, Greenwood says he is most proud of what he can give back to his country and those who have served.

“I count it a privilege to be in a position to brighten a veteran’s day or help unite the country after a tragedy like 9-11 and I am honored to be named as a Daily Point of Light by our beloved president, George H.W. Bush,” said Greenwood. “Knowing that this award is the largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, I consider this to be one of my most prestigious honors.”

Greenwood was presented the Points of Light Award on August 21 by the Chairman of Helping a Hero, Chris Daniel. Points of Light works in partnership with companies, foundations, government agencies and nonprofits to achieve the greatest impact.

“Lee inspires me and I still get goosebumps every time I hear him sing or watch him present the keys to a specially adapted home to one of our wounded warriors,” said Meredith Iler, Chairman Emeritus of Helping a Hero. “It was an honor to nominate Lee for the Daily Point of Light award and to surprise him with the Daily Point of Light Award alongside dozens of wounded warriors who love and respect him.”
 
Lee Greenwood continues to spread his patriotism through his current tour across America. For more information on Lee Greenwood, please visit leegreenwood.com and follow him on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

LEWIS BRICE NAMED ONE OF ‘TEN NEW COUNTRY ARTISTS YOU NEED TO KNOW’ BY ROLLING STONE COUNTRY



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 22, 2017) -- 
Following his debut eponymous release in July, Lewis Brice has been named as one of the ‘10 New Country Artists You Need to Know’ by Rolling Stone Country. The breakout vocalist has also seen major streaming success with over one million streams on Spotify and is featured on various playlists across digital platforms. Brice’s song “Outta My Head” has been spotlighted on SiriusXM The Highway’s #OnTheHorizon for the past two weeks as their YouTube Spotlight racking up positive feedback from the radio giant’s North American listener base. Lewis Brice can be found at listeners’ digital retailer of choice and at lewisbrice.com.
 
From RollingStone.com: “By the time Brice moved to Nashville in 2006, his older brother, Lee, was already a country hit maker. ‘I'll help you out any way I can, but you're going to make your own name in this town,' Brice remembers his brother telling him the day he arrived.”
 
Making his own name is exactly what the younger Brice continues to do. Shazam indicators doubled with the release of “Best Ex Ever”; Spotify which featured the EP on the "New Boots" and "Wild Country" playlists reports the EP has racked up 1.2 million on-demand streams. Lewis Brice debuted in the Top 15 on the iTunes Country charts, and was prominently featured across digital platforms as a fan favorite release across the world.

Monday, August 21, 2017

SMITHFIELD’S “WHEN YOU’RE GONE” ADDED TO PREMIERE SPOTIFY PLAYLIST Currently Streaming on Spotify's New Boots

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 18, 2017) – Texas duo Smithfield’s buzzed about new single “When You’re Gone” is currently climbing SiriusXM The Highway’s Hot 30 Countdown and receiving rave reviews from industry and fans alike. Having already accumulated 350,000 streams on Spotify, ‘Smithfield’s ‘sexiest song yet’ (Rolling Stone Country) has been added to the premiere Spotify playlist, New Boots. With over 400K followers, New Boots features the hottest in new country music. Listen to "When You're Gone" on Spotify HERE
 
Currently playing shows nationwide, the twosome is proving to be a musical force to be reckoned with. Consisting of Jennifer Fielder and Trey Smith, the duo has already tackled career milestones including making their Grand Ole Opry debut, Ryman Auditorium debut, being named an "Artist to Watch" by PEOPLERolling Stone CountryNASH Country Daily and the Huffington Post and two chart-topping singles on SiriusXM The Highway’s Hot 30 Countdown. These impressive feats all have been accomplished as an independent act.
 
Catch Smithfield on tour this fall:
 
August 25, 2017: Marshall, MI – Backroads Saloon
August 26, 2017: Red Oak, IA – Red Coach Inn & Restaurant
August 27, 2017: Cherry Valley, IL – Cherry Valley Festival Days
September 8, 2017: Tallahasse, FL – Kleman, Plaza
September 15, 2017: Windsor, VA – Heritage Park
September 23, 2017: Hokes Bluff, AL – Hokes Bluff City Fest
September 24, 2017: Beardstown, IL – Beardstown Fall Festival
September 29, 2017: Las Vegas, NV – MGM Resorts Village
October 14, 2017: Keosauqua, IA – Keosauqua Fall Festival
 
Smithfield’s entire debut EP is available on iTunes HERE.

FULL CIRCLE FOR THE ERWINS AT FIRST BAPTIST DALLAS, TEXAS

The Erwins onstage at First Baptist Dallas, Texas during the annual Gospel Explosion on Sunday, August 20, 2017.
Photo courtesy First Baptist Dallas, Texas. For high-res photos, CLICK HERE.
 
 
DALLAS, TX (August 21, 2017) – It was a true full-circle moment when The Erwins took the stage at First Baptist Dallas, TX during the Gospel Explosion concert held on Sunday, August 20, 2017. Keith Erwin explains: "My Dad spent the first 38 years of his life at First Baptist Dallas, graduated from Criswell college, our mom served on staff there and Dr. Criswell married them there, too! This truly is a full-circle moment for us."
 
The evening was one more door that God has allowed The Erwins to walk through, and they know exactly where the blessings come from. "Psalm 37:4 says 'Delilght thyself also in the Lord; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart,' continued Keith. "Our family has always set goals for ministry, stages we would love to sing on, churches we'd love to serve in, etc. - always knowing that God is the ONLY one who could open doors in His time and make dreams reality, for His glory. Tonight was one of those moments. We give God praise and thank Him! To share the stage with our friends Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, The Hoppers, and Larnelle Harris along with the choir and orchestra was incredibly special!" 
 
The Erwins continue their 2017 tour on Saturday and Sunday, August 26 & 27, 2017 in Branson, MO during Silver Dollar City's annual Southern Gospel Picnic. 
 
The Erwins record for StowTown Records, distributed by Sony/Provident Distribution and are based in Edgewood, Texas.
 

JUSTIN MOORE'S "SOMEBODY ELSE WILL" TAKES NO. 1 SPOT Lauded Entertainer Scores Seventh Chart-Topper This Week on Mediabase and Billboard Airplay Charts New Single "Kinda Don't Care" Impacts Radio September 18

 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Justin Moore is on a hot streak with a lucky seventh career No. 1 hit as “Somebody Else Will” rolls into the top spot on Mediabase and Billboard Country Airplays Charts this week. It’s hardly left to chance though that this hard-working, talented entertainer has reached the peak once again. Written by Kelly Archer, Adam Hambrick and Tebey Ottoh and produced by Jeremy Stover and Scott Borchetta, the single marks a second board leader from his fourth studio album KINDA DON’T CARE released on The Valory Music Co., following an ascend in 2016 with “You Look Like I Need a Drink.”

“The feeling you get when your song hits No. 1 is unbelievable,” shared the Arkansas native in his signature Southern drawl. “Although this is my seventh time, it is still just as exciting as ever. It is tough to get your songs played on Country radio and I am so thankful to the writers, all of the stations, my promo team at the label and all of the fans who continue to support me and my music.”

Moore’s next single will be “Kinda Don’t Care,” which impacts radio on September 18. Uproxx raved "...you’d do better to look toward the album’s rebellious title track to get a real read on what makes Moore care — or not. That’s the guitar-drenched backwoods apathy I’d play on the radio, given a shot at those dials." Sounds Like Nashville concurred “...he hits the twang factor in fine fashion on the fun title cut."

Fans can catch Moore on the road during headline, festival and fair dates throughout the summer. For additional information and tour dates, visit JustinMooreMusic.com.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

DR. RALPH STANLEY FOREVER: A TRIBUTE CONCERT TO BE HELD OCTOBER 19, 2017

 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 17, 2017) – On October 19, 2017, a plethora of artists will gather to pay tribute to an American icon and international treasure, the late Dr. Ralph Stanley. The star-studded event - "Dr. Ralph Stanley Forever: A Tribute Concert" - will feature performances from Dierks Bentley, Nathan Stanley, Heidi Newfield, Daryl Worley, T. Graham Brown, Cody McCarver, Shayne Owens, Ralph Stanley II, T. Bone Burnett, Doug Supernaw, Smith & Wesley, and more to be announced. 
 
"My Papaw was a special man and this is going to be a special night," said Nathan Stanley, grandson of Ralph Stanley. "I've asked a lot of my friends to come and honor his legacy. I am committed to keeping his legacy and music alive - forever. This night is going to be incredible."
 
Presented by Stanley Music Group, the event will be held on October 19, 2017 at 7:00 PM CT at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, TN. Tickets are available now via Ticketmaster.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Comedian, Civil Rights Legend, the Iconic Dick Gregory has died


The interview I always wanted but will never get.

Dick Gregory, was a comedic genius! As a writer, standup and activist he tried to bring people together but stood ready for battle when necessary. Dick Gregory, put his body where his mouth went! He stood with Martin Luther King, Medger Evers putting his life on the line. He was never honored with the major awards like The Mark Twain Prize or Kennedy Center Honor, but without Gregory  Eddie Murphy (Mark Twain) nor L.L. Cool J (Kennedy Center Honor) would've ever such a road paved for them to receive these honors.


We can't forget landmarks like Dick Gregory, we need to celebrate him every chance we get. When Bob Hope, George Burns, and Don Rickles died we seen coast to coast coverage  with mentions on every upcoming award show for the year. Let's see this same respect shown toward this pioneer. The biggest honor you can bestow on Dick Gregory's memory is doing right by each other no matter what the race. When we see black entertainers make equal pay to white and when we see black female stars with heavy resumes and honors getting paid equal to white females  vs a soap opera super star, then Dick Gregory's Hollywood memory will truly be honored






TAYLOR HICKS TO VISIT AN ADDITIONAL 12 STATES IN STATE PLATE SEASON 2

State Plate with host Taylor Hicks

Additional Episodes will begin airing
Friday, January 26 at 8:00PM ET on INSP
 
Nashville, Tenn. – Earlier this year, INSP approved 12 additional episodes to be added to State Plate Season 2, the culinary travel series hosted by former American Idol winner and platinum-selling recording artist Taylor Hicks. Today, the network revealed the additional states to be featured:
 
Alaska
Montana
Rhode Island
North Dakota
Ohio
Kentucky
New Jersey
North Carolina
Nevada
Connecticut
New Mexico
New Hampshire

Although 11 of the new states to be featured were selected by the show’s producers, the 12th State – North Carolina was chosen by the fans through a Facebook Fan Vote in June. At the conclusion of season two, State Plate will have documented the most popular foods from 36 states in America.

On INSP’s award-winning original series, State Plate, entertainer and restaurateur Taylor Hicks tastes his way across the United States on a quest to assemble plates that represent each state’s most historic, famous, and tastiest foods. He samples crab cakes in Maryland, chili in Texas, potatoes in Idaho, and all manner of other dishes as he travels from coast to coast visiting farms, ranches, markets, and festivals in order to uncover the stories and legends behind each state’s unique food traditions. It’s a heaping helping of America’s most beloved cuisine, rich in history, folklore, and flavor.

The additional episodes of State Plate will begin airing on Friday, January 26th at 8PM ET on INSP. To find out how to watch in your area, go to www.stateplatetv.com.

To learn more about Taylor Hicks, visit taylorhicks.com or follow him on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

TAYLOR HICKS ON STATE PLATE:
*All episodes will air on INSP at 8p ET and feature a different state each week

Aug 11 Alabama
Aug 18 Mississippi
Aug 25 Vermont
Sep 1 New York
Sep 8 Missouri
Sep 15 Iowa
Sep 22 Minnesota
Sep 29 South Dakota
Oct 6 Pennsylvania
Oct 13 Maryland
Oct 20 Oregon
Oct 27 Washington

Emerging Artist Luke Underhill Releases Debut Major Studio Project The Left Side Celebrating Release Today with Performance on Chicago’s WGN Morning News, Audio Preview Available Exclusively on Variety Beat

 
 
CHICAGO, IL.  (August 18, 2017)—  Emerging singer/songwriter and Chicago native Luke Underhill is celebrating the release of his debut major studio project, The Left Side. The 7-track project, with hit producer Mikal Blue (Colbie Caillat, Jason Mraz, One Republic) at the helm, was recorded at Revolver Recordings in Los Angeles, CA earlier this year. The multi-talented 21-year old co-wrote two of the tracks on the new project and penned the other five songs solo. In celebration of the release, Underhill performed today on Chicago’s WGN Morning News.
 
Variety Beat exclusively premiered the audio HERE.
 
The Left Side is available now on iTunes.
 
Underhill explains: “Working on this album was unlike any other. This album was nothing less than an experience. As I was writing for this album, I knew from the beginning that it would be different than anything else I've done so far. I had big plans from the start. A different sound, a different feel, a different point of view in every way. None of it could have been achieved without the magic that is Mikal Blue and everyone at Revolver Studios. From my first day arriving at that studio, it immediately felt like home. Mikal Blue captured my sound and the feel I wanted just by getting to know who I was as a person, and who I was influenced by.”
 
Producer Mikal Blue says: “Luke's ability to tell a story with an infectious melody make his songs stand out. His voice pulls you in and his catchy piano melodies and guitar hooks seal the deal.”
 
With diverse influences ranging from Gavin DeGraw and Bruce Springsteen to Ed Sheeran and Ben Folds, Luke Underhill is preparing to make his mark in the format. The Chicago area singer, songwriter, pianist and guitarists’ emotional renditions of his songs have already earned him comparisons to a young John Mayer – while some more upbeat arrangements inspire exciting flashes of early Bryan Adams.
 
Underhill will wrap up release day with a full band show at The Law Office Pub & Music Hall in Yorkville, IL. The show kicks off at 9pm CT and admission is free.
 
The Left Side Track Listing:
  1. I’ll Be Waiting
  2. The Left Side
  3. Goodbye, MaryJane
  4. Wish
  5. Something (Revolver Mix)
  6. I Wanna Make You Dance

John Michael Montgomery, Baillie & the Boys, Tommy Roe and Mark Wills to Appear on "Ray Stevens CabaRay Nashville


John Michael Montgomery, Baillie & the Boys, Tommy Roe and Mark Wills to Appear on "Ray Stevens CabaRay Nashville"
 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Webster PR’s roster of John Michael Montgomery, Baillie & the Boys, Tommy Roe and Mark Wills will appear and perform on upcoming episodes of “Ray Stevens CabaRay Nashville.” The nationally-syndicated show is now available on Public Television Stations but it airs on different days and at varying times based on each Public Television Networks schedule. Check local listings for air dates and times.

Hosted by Grammy Award-winning country and comedy music legend Ray Stevens, the half-hour weekly TV show spotlights some of pop and country music’s most well-known singers and songwriters.

Summer 2017 Ray Stevens CabaRay Nashville Guest Lineup:
Weekend of Aug 18 - John Michael Montgomery
Weekend of Aug 25 - Baillie & the Boys
Weekend of Sept 1 - Tommy Roe
Weekend of Sept 8 - Mark Wills

Ashley Barron’s Debut Single “It Might Get Loud” Available TODAY Premiered exclusively on Stage Right Secrets






Nashville, TN. (Aug. 18, 2017) — Newcomer Ashley Barron is making an explosive entrance to the country scene with her debut single “It Might Get Loud” on all digital platforms today. Produced by Barron and Bobby Zoppi, the high-powered, party anthem track is available to download on iTunes HERE.

"This 23-year-old proves she has a beaming edge, upbeat personality, and phenomenal vocals with 'It Might Get Loud.'" The single premiered exclusively on Stage Right Secrets HERE.

A California native, Barron’s southern soul derives from her family’s Kentucky roots. Her love for the outdoors - hunting and fishing in the mountains or making a wake on the water - has inspired her invigorating musical style. 

Barron has been playing the California circuit and building a loyal fanbase for more than 2.5 years, all while running her own record label Barron Music. Laying the foundation to make her mark in Music City, she has been filling her schedule with co-writes, meetings and appearances. 

Barron announced her debut single earlier this month with an appearance on Good Day Sacramento. View her performance HERE and HERE. She’s excited to get the party started in Nashville and nationally with “It Might Get Loud.”

"Music is a part of my soul," Barron said. "I want to share the magic I find in music with others. Whether that's letting loose on a Friday night or diving deep into something so close to you."

Barron will celebrate "It Might Get Loud" with a special release party in Sacramento, CA. tonight. But the party won't get too loud. Tomorrow morning she will perform on the California State Capitol steps for the Make-A-Wish 19th annual "Walk for Wishes" 5k to benefit the courageous local children battling life-threatening medical conditions.

"It Might Get Loud" is available on AmazonGooglePlay & Spotify

Follow Ashley Barron for updates on InstagramFacebook & Twitter

Check ashleybarronofficial.com for more info and tour dates 
Link to high-res promo photo and single artwork HERE.