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Summer Festivals Ahead....

These are just a few....Bama Jam this week near Enterprise Alabama...scroll down the blogs full info there on BamaJam

The Summer Festivals are Coming

Big Kenny arrives in Africa

Big Kenny has a big heart! Here he is arriving in Kenya for the Sawasawa Festival.....While John is dealing with his American issues,Kenny is flying to Africa to continue his work there. They both get together for some shows during the Summer.

Rich's lawyer comments on his client's booking...

John Rich's mugshot...after turning himself in to Nashville Police...The misdemeanor arrest involved an altercation at John's private club... here's the statement from John's attorney: “This entire ridiculous situation is nothing more than an effort by singer, [and former Nashville Star contestant] Jared Ashley [pictured here], and music row attorney Chris Sevier, to try to obtain money from me. Mr. Sevier and Mr. Ashley have falsely accused me of misdemeanor crimes. I trust that the truth will come out through the process of our American justice system and that I will be completely exonerated at the end of the day.“It’s unfortunately common in my line of work that there are a very small number of people who want to take advantage of another person’s success and try to get something for nothing. I truly did make every effort to work this out in connection with the defamation lawsuit I filed against Mr. Ashley.“Yesterday, I decided that a civil settlement would be impossi…

Raving for traditionalist Jamey Johnson

Great review from a fan of last night's Jamey Johnson show at Nashville's Ryman:
Good Morning, Jimmy!

Country music is changing. It’s headed back to where it belongs, a place of tradition, honesty, respect, and finely crafted songs filled with heart, soul, and plenty of steel. Traditional country music still has an audience, it is very relevant, and it is very much alive and well .... and it’s in the very talented hands of Jamey Johnson!! If Music Row didn’t hear the message brought forth in the revival onstage at the Ryman tonight, they weren’t listening!!

Jerrod Neiman and Randy Houser did a fine job of presenting their material, and it was refreshing and reassuring to see them open the show for their friend. But once Jamey stepped onstage, they quickly vanished in his wake. He very nearly raised the Ryman’s roof!! The Kent Hardly Playboys are some of the finest players to be found, but the real star of the show is Jamey’s rich voice which he wraps around the lyrics like thick …

BamaJam on the way next week

Taylor Swift, Kid Rock, Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson, The Black Crowes, Los Lonely Boys, Robert Randolph Set to Rock the Verizon Wireless BamaJam Music & Arts Festival

ENTERPRISE, AL – Ronnie Gilley Entertainment is proud to kick-off a star-studded, mega outdoor entertainment extravaganza that will take place, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 4 – 6, 2009, in Enterprise, AL. Sprawling across 450 acres of breathtaking, rolling countryside (along Boy Scout Road and Highway #167), the fields of green will transform once again into a community entertainment and recreation center dedicated to offer the festivalgoer a once-in-a-lifetime musical experience.
Eighteen year-old starlet Taylor Swift, who launched her country music career just two years ago, will perform on the BamaJam main stage Thursday night. In 2008, Swift won Top New Female Vocalist from the Academy of Country Music and CMT's Video of the Year for "Our Song." She already has five chart-topping hits to …

John Rich out on Bond...

From E!: John Rich claims he didn't punch the lights out of an aspiring star.But the latter half of Big & Rich was charged Thursday with assault and harassment for allegedly smacking a former Nashville Starcontestant in the face.Jared Ashley sued Rich over the alleged smackdown and the country rocker countersued for defamation in April, claiming Ashley muddied the Rich name by accusing him of such a thing.Rich turned himself into Nashville police today to be booked on two misdemeanor counts of assault and one count of harassment, after which he was released on a $2,000 bond.The "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)" singer said in a statement afterward that the charges are false and that he rejected a $2.9 million settlement offer from Ashley to drop his lawsuit."I trust that the truth will come out through the process of our American justice system and that I will be completely exonerated at the end of the day," he said.Big & Rich have been on hiatus while Bi…

Hall of Fame: Free shows during CMA Musicfest

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will launch its new free series of performances by music stars, including a special appearance by country music legend Dolly Parton, during the upcoming CMA Music Festival June 11-14.The new musical series is called “Live from the Museum Store” and will feature performances and autograph signings by artists such as Dierks Bentley, John Michael Montgomery, Jimmy Wayne and Darryl Worley. Events are free and will take place in the museum store and on the adjacent plaza. They are open to the public and do not require museum admission. Many programs will be recorded for broadcast on CMT or its radio network. The series will continue through the year and beyond, the museum says.As a highlight of country music week, Hall of Fame member and Tennessee icon Dolly Parton will appear at the museum at 10 a.m. Monday, June 15, signing copies of her latest album, “Backwoods Barbie,” and her new children’s book, “I Am A Rainbow.”While Parton has a home near N…

Little Big Town's CMA Music Fest "Ride for a Cure"

Little Big Town is set to host Ride For A Cure on Sunday, June 14, 2009 benefiting the T.J. Martell Foundation. The event, presented by Roberts and Lyons, marks the third year of Little Big Town’s involvement that features a motorcycle ride from the Harley-Davidson of Cool Springs to the Harley-Davidson of Columbia, a barbecue lunch provided by Applebee’s and a post ride performance by Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Jamey Johnson, Jamie O’Neal, Jason Michael Carroll, Kate & Kacey, Ray Scott, and Shelly Fairchild.

Both motorcycle riders and non-riders are welcome to attend. The T. J. Martell Foundation is offering a special VIP ticket for $300 that includes breakfast, access to the VIP areas during the ride, lunch, a gift bag, t-shirt and performance. Rider and non-rider tickets are $35 and include the ride (if a rider), lunch, t-shirt and performance. Tickets may be purchased on line at www.nashvillerideforacure.com.

Proceeds from Ride for a Cure locally supports cancer research …

Martina added to Canadian Country Awards show..

Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) announced today that multi-platinum recording artist Martina McBride will perform at the 2009 Canadian Country Music Awards.

The awards will be held at General Motors Place in Vancouver, BC, September 13, 2009. Broadcast nationally on CBC with encore airings on CMT in Canada, this year's CCMA Awards show promises to be a colossal country music party for fans across Canada.

"Fans are in for a real treat this year at the CCMA Awards," said Executive Producer, Scott Henuset of Corkscrew Media. "Whether you're attending the show at GM Place or watching from the comfort of your own living room, having the powerhouse vocals of Martina McBride on the show, along with the stars of Canadian country music, will be a night for the record books!"

Martina McBride's awe-inspiring vocals have earned her more than 18 million in album sales, garnered 22 Top 10 singles and resulted in numerous honors, including a record-tying four …

Montgomery Gentry get big surprise

Columbia Nashville duo Montgomery Gentry was invited to become the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry this evening during the Tuesday Night Opry. Montgomery Gentry made their Grand Ole Opry debut nine years ago on March 3, 2000. The duo will be formally inducted into the Opry family on Tues., June 23.Opry member Charlie Daniels surprised Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry by approaching them from the Opry House audience and making his way on stage. “I have been chosen to do something very special,” Daniels said. “I have known you guys for a long time, and I am very proud of all your accomplishments,” he continued before offering, “if you agree to it, on June 23rd you’re gonna be made members of the Grand Ole Opry!”Montgomery and Gentry, both visibly surprised and moved, exchanged hugs with each other and with Daniels, after which Gentry managed, “I’m speechless” and Montgomery borrowed a handkerchief from Daniels to wipe his eyes.After composing themselves, the two kicked into their …

Paisley's "Then" 10th consecutive #1

ACM and CMA Male Vocalist and three-time GRAMMY winner Brad Paisley made chart history earlier this year when he scored his ninth #1 country single in a row, and he breaks his own record today as “Then” becomes his tenth consecutive, non-seasonal chart-topper – extending a streak already unmatched by any other country artist in the 19-year history of Nielsen BDS-monitored airplay. Paisley now stands in rare company, joining such chart titans as Alabama, George Strait, Ronnie Milsap, Earl Thomas Conley, Sonny James, Conway Twitty, and Paisley hero Buck Owens as the only country acts in Billboard history ever to achieve ten or more consecutive chart-toppers. Co-written by Paisley, Chris DuBois, and Ashley Gorley, “Then” is currently available to fans as a digital single and marks the first smash from Brad’s upcoming eighth album, American Saturday Night, releasing June 30. American Saturday Night re-teams Paisley with longtime producer Frank Rogers, with whom he’s worked since the release …

Chesney conquers Ohio...heads to Georgia

Kenny's off to Atlanta on Thursday night and Papa John's Cardinal stadium in Louisville on Saturday....sellouts in Greenville,SC and Baltimore over the Memorial Weekend....Kenny is rolling...Signing autographs here outside Letterman in NYC

Taylor's West Coast weekend....John Mayer too

Excellent reviews in the Los Angeles times for her Staples Center show....John Mayer showed up my show... from wire accounts: Taylor, 19, and John, 31, sang his steamy single "Your Body is a Wonderland" for the screaming audience of tweens. Mayer switched to an electric guitar to play along with Swift for "White Horse."Later that evening, John posted on his Twitter page, "I can't believe the Lakers get to play in the same arena that Taylor Swift performed in!"

Hank Jr out on the town at Tootsie's

When he shows up there is going to be a party!Hank William's Jr. caught on stage at Nashville's mlost famous little downtown watering hole. TOOTSIE'S...

Darius Rucker just gets better.....

Interviewed Darius while at a concert stop in Montgomery,Alabama. He remains one of the nicest stars ever encountered. Raised on Hee-Haw and fianlly got to play the music he wanted to hear....He still sings the Hootie hits in concert and his new classics. Very nice show!!! Class act...couldn't golf due to rain Saturday so he and his bodyguard went to see Wolverine! Said they loved it...

Shania with "Pal" in Egypt

Been a while since we have conducted a Shania Alert. Well,the fan sites say it's her..It looks like her to me...On horseback near the pyramids outside Cairo....From Geneva,Switzerland,where we think she still lives,all these things are close...She loves her horses and looks like the off time isn't hurting her.....NO WE DONT know anything about new music since it;s all been very quiet for a while now... I wish she would come back but if she is enjoying life....Go For It Shania!

On the Road in the Soggy South

More pictures and material coming later today (Sunday)...Just completed a VERY soggy music festival in Montgomery,Alabama.....Montgomery Jubilee Cityfest.... Spent some time with Montgomery Gentry. They are doing some good work with the Wounded Warrior project. Good Men!
Darius Rucker is such a personable guy! Listening to his show last night was so relaxing and fun. He does a few Hoote songs..his new one are fantastic! Smart guy..said he went to see Wolverine on Saturday afternoon since it was raining.
LL Cool J is one really sharp guy! More on him coming up and met the Survivor winner JT...will blog that..he's from my dad's hometown of Samson,Alabama. We talked a lot....Survivor is for REAL a very dangerous show . You never know how much of anything is fake..in that case it might be a little TOO real....insane things go on with the contestants....more to come...off to watch INDY 500 1pm Eastern start.....

Taylor honored by songwriters organization...

The BMI Pop awards in LA she got one of those BUT a special special award called the President's award for an artist/writer. The award honors “an exceptional individual in the entertainment industry deserving of special recognition.” “I write songs on my bedroom floor about boys,” said the 19-year-old singer, the biggest-selling artist in the United States last year.

Rimes Nashville House for sale....$7.5 million

CMT Awards Final Nominations..Sugarland leads

The results are in and over 2.5 million votes were cast to determine the final nominees for the 2009 CMT MUSIC AWARDS, putting country superstar duoSugarland in the lead with five final nominations; Brad Paisley and Taylor Swift are next in line with four nominations each. Newcomers Lady Antebellum score their first nominations with three, along with Rascal Flatts. The announcements were made today by Kellie Pickler and CMT’s Lance Smith during the 2009 CMT MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEE SPECIAL.“This has been a watershed year for country music,” said Brian Philips, president of CMT, “and the fans have spoken!We'll mix an influx of strong new talent with performances by our enduring stars. The 2009 CMT MUSIC AWARDS will reflect what CMT fans want: stellar performances from top nominees like Sugarland, Brad Paisley and Taylor Swift, a fun party atmosphere and plenty of surprises." Country music’s only fan-voted awards show, the 2009 CMT MUSIC AWARDS, will premiere LIVE on Tuesday, Jun…

Rimes..cancels,meets...sells...busy girl!

Ms. Rimes is moving back to LA from Nashville....People Magazine says she and the hubby Dean are selling their almost brand new $7.45 million dollar home. Rimes called in vocal sick on Saturday in Jacksonville,Fl....seen Sunday at the Stapes Center in LA...House sale mentioned on Monday. What's up with all this????
Story #1 From Jax newspaper: Tonight's Starry Nights concert, featuring LeAnn Rimes and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, has been cancelled. The explanation on Rimes' Website said, "LeAnn has unfortunately lost her voice, and due to doctor's orders, must go on vocal rest at this time. She sincerely regrets not being able to perform in Jacksonville." Ticket holders will be contacted by the Jacksonville Symphony box office for a full refund.The city said that there are no plans to reschedule. This was the only Starry Nights concert planned this year, though the city has scheduled three for 2010.Story #2 TMZ :We now have a good idea why LeAnn and E…