Monday, August 31, 2009

Chris Young has a Bad Flight day...But RCA to the Rescue!


Nashville, TN – RCA Nashville hitmaker Chris Young started today in Seattle and was bound for a connecting flight in Denver, then on to Nashville and his hometown of Murfreesboro, TN, for an acoustic performance and autograph signing – The Big 98 WSIX Presents Chris Young’s Hometown Throwdown CD Release Party – celebrating Tuesday’s release of Chris’ new album, The Man I Want to Be.
But the best laid plans sometimes go awry, and mechanical difficulties in Seattle left Chris grounded for an hour-and-a-half, delaying him long enough to miss his Denver connection and find nothing available in the Mile High City that would get him to Murfreesboro and his hometown fans for his 6 PM appearance.
Enter Chris’ record label, RCA Nashville, who told the “Gettin’ You Home” singer, “We’re gettin’ you home!”  Some fast arrangements and a private plane later, Chris is on his way and on track to make his 6 PM hometown gig!
It’s a free show, followed by an autograph signing, so if you’re in the area, be sure to come out for your chance to pick up a copy of the new album and see Chris perform at the Walmart Supercenter location at 2900 S Rutherford Boulevard in Murfreesboro!   

Brad Paisley Official !!!

This was a twitter picture from Brad Paisley...If you decide to follow him on Twitter...make sure you are following the real BRAD....His REAL twitter account is BradPaisley Official....theres a fake at just Brad Paisley
Reba with the ( I cant call them stars..judges) hosts,that will be good,
of the America's Got Talent show...
Reba did great as always....I try to get into this show..but CAN'T!  Not sure why...the HOST Nick Cannon is awful and Baywatch man gets on my nerves...it's a big hit show and doesn;t need my endorsement..I do like this Piers guy...again not sure why :)

Trace Adkins Goes for Another Movie


Nashville, TN - August 31, 2009...Multi-faceted country star Trace Adkins has joined the cast of the independent feature film LIFTED, currently shooting in Birmingham, Alabama. It is the first feature to be made under the new Alabama incentive program that was passed to develop the state's entertainment industry.  Written and directed by Lexi Alexander (Green Street Hooligans, Punisher: Warzone) and produced by Deborah Del Prete (Wedding Planner, The Spirit), Lifted is the story of Henry Matthews, an exceptionally talented young singer, whose happy family life is disrupted when his Marine father is re-deployed to Afghanistan.  Henry, despite many obstacles, is inspired to compete in a teen singing competition.

Adkins (American Carol) plays country superstar, Jimmy Knox, the guest judge at the American Idol-like "Teen Starquest." The cast includes Dash Mihok, Nicki Aycox, James Handy, Ruben Studdard and newcomer 12-year-old Uriah Shelton as Henry Matthews. The film will be dedicated to all the fallen heroes of Operation Freedom.

Lifted, the first project under Del Prete's new banner Coronet Films is being produced in association with Birmingham based Hunter Films, topped by brothers Alan and Hugh Hunter who serve as co-producers. The film is expected to be released in September 2010.

In addition to acting, Adkins spends most of his time touring and performing country music. He has a  string of  Top 40 hits under his belt, including  his latest single, "All I Ask For Anymore," that's  presently climbing  the country charts and  from his tenth album, TRACE ADKINS "X" (TEN). 

Chris Young CD out Tuesday


Nashville, TN – RCA Nashville hitmaker Chris Young has an outright smash on his hands with his Top-15-and-climbing single, “Gettin’ You Home (The Black Dress Song),” and fans will get to enjoy that song and much more with the Tuesday, September 1 release of Young’s sophomore album, The Man I Want to Be.
It’s Young’s first album since his self-titled 2006 release earned him the highest selling album debut by a new country male that year, and fans aren’t the only ones who’ve been anxious since then to see a new project available from Chris.  He says, “I can’t wait for people to have my music again and be able to listen to this record and really be with something that I think … you know, I’m a little biased ‘cause it’s my record,” he laughs, “but I really think this record is fantastic.”
With veteran producer James Stroud at the helm, The Man I Want to Be delivers a powerhouse showcase for Young’s inviting baritone, whether singing a duet with Willie Nelson on the Waylon Jennings classic “Rose in Paradise,” capturing the essence of brotherly love in “The Dashboard,” or giving voice to the title track, a beautiful Brett James/Tim Nichols-penned plea for a chance at a fresh beginning.
Other highlights include Chris’ soulful, first-take reading on the timeless Brook Benton hit, “Rainy Night in Georgia,” in addition to three songs Young co-wrote, one of which is the playfully sexy “Gettin’ You Home.”
The music video for “Gettin’ You Home” is turning heads, too, airing now on CMT and GAC, and fans can also own a copy of the video, which releases digitally tomorrow.
In addition, the September 7 edition of Country Weekly (on sale today), includes a feature on the Young – the man the magazine’s readers earlier this year voted country’s Hottest Bachelor.    
Along with upcoming media, Chris will be busy on the road in support of the new album, but tonight, he brings it all home with an in-store appearance and acoustic performance in his hometown of Murfreesboro,TN.
For tour dates and more information on Chris, check out www.chrisyoungcountry.com or his MySpace page at www.myspace.com/chrisyoung, where you can also watch the music video for “Gettin’ You Home.”

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Shania's Birthday Message


Shania's letter to her fans....
Hello everyone,
Thought I would drop a line to catch you up on things in my life and what better time than on my birthday.

I feel very much alive and well, ready to take on the gift of another year. I've been on a few interesting trips, reading some helpful and motivating books, meeting fascinating people and getting the most out of life that I possibly can. Living, loving, laughing and dreaming have become highest on my list of priorities. I'm looking for places to be and things to do that inspire me to write and be creative, concentrating on moving on and forward.

When I wake up each day I remind myself how lucky I am to have all the beautiful things I do in my life and allow that gratitude to fuel me for the day, taking one day at a time. I try not to worry about tomorrow since I realize I can't control what it will bring or whether tomorrow will even come. So, I focus on today and treat every minute with the respect it deserves and not take it for granted. I steer my energies toward being productive and finding motivation from every person, place and thing I encounter.

Traveling has helped a great deal. I consider myself on a journey of discovery and recovery. I don't accept to be held down by the past, nor do I expect too much of the future. This allows me to dream freely with no strings attached.

I recently read something very encouraging to someone like myself, who lives and loves to dream: "PLANS HAVE TO BE REALISTIC, DREAMS DON'T." Of course, I love this notion and allow myself to dream positive things and plan to live them out.

I make a point of surrounding myself with fun, positive, compassionate, loving people. Loved ones I can trust. After all, good company brings good feelings and feeling good just makes life more pleasant. The love and understanding of my friends and family have pulled me through the recent difficult time. It's as if several hands grabbed me by the scruff of the neck during my lowest moment and promised not to let go till I was safe. They kept their promise, and I want to thank them, my lifesavers.

So, thank you my dear friends and family. Thank you to the fans as well for your words of comfort and encouragement.

All this has given me enormous strength.

A dear friend and true gentleman by the name of Fred, has been the most constant companion of support for both Eja and me, and having gone through the suffering of his family splitting apart at the same time under the same extreme circumstances, he understood me better than anyone. We leaned on one another through the ups and downs, taking turns holding each other up. We've become stronger and closer through it all, as have our children Eja and Johanna (Fred's 8 year old daughter).

"The kids" came along on several of the trips you'll see in the montage. My mother often called me her little Gypsy so it's no surprise that travel is working for me in finding inspiration through seeing new and fascinating things. I'm putting that inspiration in to writing and more dreaming.

The best part about my dreams lately, is that not only am I allowing myself to dream, I set those dreams into action and live them out.

Fred filmed and snapped away during the travel adventures of the last six months, capturing the dreams becoming reality. The home footage is full of happy faces, beautiful, interesting places and lots of horses. Yeah!

When I reflect on it all, it's clear how remarkably active my life has been since last December - a time in the life of someone working hard to "move on" and succeeding. Life has been gracious to me and the images show that very clearly.

Why I decided to share this personal side of my life with you at this point is to answer the questions I get asked so often lately: "how are you, where have you been and what have you been doing?"

A big part of the answer is in the montage. I'm "okay" - yes, I hit a very big bump in the road, but Eja and I are doing well and with all the concern you, my fans, have shown over this difficult period, I want you to see for yourself that we are doing fine, by sharing these personal images with you. Sorry about the poor quality of the footage but almost all of what you will see, both photos and video, were shot on Fred's cell phone with the exception of the skydive filmed from a tiny, wrist camera worn by the guide. Although the images weren't originally filmed with the intention of sharing them publicly, in the end I decided it was more fun to share them. We weren't paying attention to quality, all of it being done on the fly, so I've included text in various places to help explain and make things easier to follow. Once again, it's all very candid footage so be ready to see a lot of me without makeup, no touch ups, some bad hair and looking pretty goofy. There is no glamour but plenty of genuine smiles.

Fred and I have certainly had a lot of laughs through the months and while sharing these images with a good friend of mine after each trip, she now affectionately refers to us as, "Lucy and Ricky Ricardo".

Hope you enjoy!

Love,
Shania

Taylor Swift's First Walk of Fame Star

After conquering Madison Square Garden in NYC she was off to The Mohegan Sun Casino...The casino is a favorite of country artists and their pop friends.

Faith is Ready for some Football

Faith Hill is all decked out ready for the shoot at Universal Studios Sunday Night Football opening.  Yes she looks fantastic....always does!

Concert for the Country Music Hall of Fame

Friday, August 28, 2009

Carrie Underwood Head Home for Charity


Gift Marks First-Ever Donation from C.A.T.S. & First-Ever
ACM Lifting Lives Matching Gift Program for Reigning Entertainer of the Year
Encino, CA (August 28, 2009) – Carrie Underwood’s new hometown foundation, the Checotah Animal, Town & School Foundation (C.A.T.S.) and the Academy of Country Music’s charitable arm, ACM Lifting Lives partnered to surprise students today in Checotah, Oklahoma with a gift valued at more than $117,000 in new instruments for their music programs—and a special appearance and performance by ACM Entertainer of the Year, Underwood.
Music students district-wide were invited to a special “last-minute” assembly at Checotah High School, with buses bringing Checotah Intermediate School and Checotah Middle School in for the occasion.  Students and faculty alike were surprised when Checotah High Principal Brian Terry introduced Underwood to the stage, alongside Erin Spahn, Director of ACM Lifting Lives. 
Spahn and Underwood then unveiled the gift, including an electric guitar and amp, electric piano and brass instruments such as saxophones, French horns, tubas and much more.  The instruments will be shared throughout the Checotah school district, and were ordered through Yamaha Corporate Artist Affairs at a special philanthropic price.
  
During the presentation, Underwood asked 5th grader Kennedee Rittenhouse to join her onstage to perform “So Small,” a performance that brought the house down.  Checotah High School senior Brooke Ramsey, student council president, presented Underwood and Spahn with a bouquet of roses to thank the organizations for the gift.
“We are so lucky as a school district and a town to have an ambassador like Carrie,” said Brian Terry, Principal of Checotah High School. “She was Valedictorian here and continues to be an outstanding citizen of Checotah. Today was a very special day for the students and faculty.”
“When Carrie came to us with this idea, it just seemed a natural fit,” said Erin Spahn, who met with Underwood earlier this summer to plan the gift. “The Board of ACM Lifting Lives liked the concept so well, we’ve decided to build on it.  Every year, we will present a matching gift opportunity to the ACM Entertainer of the Year for any endeavor that uplifts through the power of music. Carrie started that ball rolling, and we’re really proud to be a part of this with her today.”
“I am so proud to have come from such a wonderful community that helped shape me as a person,” said Underwood, “and I can think of nothing better than to share the gift of music with the students in my hometown.  It’s so great to be able to give back in a way that can truly better the lives of these kids and help create dreams and opportunities.  I’d like to give a very special thanks to the Academy ofCountry Music’s ‘Lifting Lives’ for helping me make this dream come true.”
About the C.A.T.S. Foundation
Carrie Underwood announced just last week the creation of the C.A.T.S Foundation to help causes in her hometown of ChecotahOklahoma. Privately funded, the C.A.T.S. Foundation will help with needs and services in the area of Checotah to directly impact the community.  This is the first donation to the Checotah community from C.A.T.S.
About the Academy of Country Music
Founded in 1964, the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC is an artist and industry-driven organization, providing the financial resources to ensure the on-going philanthropic work of ACM Lifting Lives, the charitable arm of the Academy which works to improve lives through music. The Academy is comprised of more than 3,800 professional members and more than 180,000 associate members and is headquartered in EncinoCalif. For more information, log onto www.acmliftinglives.org or www.acmcountry.com.
This donation kicks off a new ACM Lifting Lives Entertainer of the Year Matching Gift program, wherein each year the reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year will be invited to impact a community of his/her choice with a special opportunity that uplifts through the power of music, and the Academy will match funds for greater impact.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Fan Tips for Atlanta Motor Speedway


Fan Tips for Those Attending the Pep Boys Auto 500 Race Weekend
HAMPTONGa. (August 27, 2009) – Below are some tips that will help ensure fans have a memorable, exciting visit to Atlanta Motor Speedway during the September 2009 Pep Boys Auto 500 NASCAR race weekend.
Ø      Gate Openings – Various gates will be open each day for fans to access the facility. The following is the schedule with opening times and gates available that day: Saturday (11 a.m., gates 13 & 15, 4 p.m. gates 12 & 14), Sunday (2 p.m., all gates).
Ø      Important Note: For fans, Atlanta Motor Speedway provides a free shuttle and tram service from all parking lots to each grandstand.
Ø      Nationwide Insurance Fan Assistance Patrol Program – The Nationwide Insurance Fan Assistance Patrol offers golf cart transportation and general assistance throughout the Atlanta Motor Speedway parking areas. This service is limited to the Atlanta Motor Speedway facility only, providing patrons with the ability to move to and from almost any area on the property.  Patrons may inquire about any of these services at the Nationwide Insurance Information Booths located throughout the Atlanta Motor Speedway property.
            Atlanta Motor Speedway provides tram service between the campgrounds and the entrance gates before and after events and will depart regularly from the designated Nationwide tram stops. Tram passengers under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Trams are provided as a courtesy service to speedway guests. Due to the demand for this service, continuous riding (joyriding) is prohibited
Campground tram route:
Runs along inner perimeter road through all public parking and most camping areas.
Infield tram route:
Runs from the guard house at the new tunnel into the infield along the road course.
Ø      Nationwide Insurance Pit Stops – Nationwide is hosting two tented rest areas at the display lot. Stop by and relax for a few moments to help fight exhaustion during the race weekend.  
Ø      ATM Machines – Bank of America will have 10 ATM machines at various locations throughout the property.  You will find ATM machines at gates 13 and 15 (will call).  There are also locations in the Champions, Earnhardt, Petty and Elliott Grandstands, as well as near the infield concessions area.
Ø      Camping Guidelines  Quiet time in all camping areas is from midnight to 7 a.m. (except Mid-State Family Campground) although we do allow the use of generators, we ask that you respect your neighbors and only use them when necessary. Also, no flatbed trucks (over 10 feet long), flatbed trailers, box trucks, or portable storage containers are allowed.
Ø      Traffic Reports – Traffic information will be provided by WSB 750 AM and WKHX Kicks 101.5 FM. Tune in throughout the weekend for the latest traffic news. Georgia DOT urges travelers to call 511 for updated information about road/lane closures or construction projects.Georgia 511 is a free phone service that provides real-time traffic and travel information statewide, such as traffic conditions, incidents, lane closures, construction, and delays due to bad weather. Callers can also reach live operators to request assistance or report incidents 24 hours a day, seven days a week. More information is available at www.511ga.org.
Ø      Outside Food- While we pride ourselves on providing an excellent variety of food and drink options for our guests, visitors are welcome to bring their own items if they prefer. Coolers larger than 14”x14”x14” and glass bottles are not allowed inside the gates of the speedway.  Planning ahead will make your entrance to the speedway much simpler for both our visitors and security officers alike.
Ø      Handicapped Parking Enforcement – Handicapped parking areas will be strictly enforced for the Kobalt Tools 500 race weekend and misuse could result in being fined and/or towed. These areas are reserved for those fans with a handicap, not for those who plan to use a friend or relative’s handicap permit to gain access to these areas. The person who is the owner of the handicapped parking sticker is required to be in the vehicle.
Ø      Ticket Resale – No tickets may be resold on Speedway property.  This will be strictly enforced. Fans can also utilize TicketExchange, Ticketmaster's new online service that enables safe and secure fan-to-fan ticket transactions. Buyers simply select the tickets they want based on price and seat location, without having to bid against other buyers, without having to coordinate delivery from anonymous sellers, and without the gamble that the tickets are fraudulent. Sellers are guaranteed payment for tickets sold, without having to collect payment or deliver the tickets to the buyer. For more information on TicketExchange, visit www.ticketmaster.com.
Ø      Directions to Atlanta Motor Speedway: Directions to AMS, including traffic patterns and facility maps can be found by visitingwww.atlantamotorspeedway.com
Ø      First- Aid: During race weekend, Atlanta Motor Speedway has Emergency Assistance locations in each grandstand as well as the Infield. Should you or anyone in your party require Emergency Assistance while you are on AMS property, please visit one of those locations or, if needed, dial 911. 
Ø      As with any large event, there is going to be significant traffic come race weekend, so Atlanta Motor Speedway would also like to encourage all fans coming to any event throughout the weekend to come early and stay late. All General Parking lots at AMS open at 6 a.m., so fans should feel free to get here early to beat the traffic and check out everything the Speedway has to offer come race weekend.
Ø      For more information on race weekend or to answer any questions you may have please visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com or call (770)-707-7904.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Zac Brown Band: Fall Schedule


Get Zac Brown Band tickets, concert information and tour dates from the official Zac Brown Band website!

  • North America

All times are local unless otherwise noted

DateCityStateCountryVenuePublic TicketsFan Club Tickets
Sep 04, 2009DuluthGAUSWild Bill's (FREE SHOW) (Presented by Verizon Wireless Championship Racing)Coming SoonNot Available
Sep 17, 2009BloomingtonILUSUS Cellular Coliseum (w/ Kenny Chesney)Buy TicketsNot Available
Sep 18, 2009Montgomery (FREE SHOW)ALUSRiverwalk Amphitheatre (ESPN Basssmaster Elite Series Event) (FREE SHOW)Buy TicketsNot Available
Sep 19, 2009IndianapolisINUSLucas Oil Stadium (w/ Kenny Chesney)Buy TicketsNot Available
Sep 24, 2009CaryNCUSKoka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency ParkBuy TicketsNot Available
Sep 25, 2009SimpsonvilleSCUSHeritage Park AmphitheatreBuy TicketsNot Available
Sep 26, 2009CharlotteNCUSUptown AmphitheatreBuy TicketsNot Available
Sep 27, 2009ColumbiaMDUSMerriweather Post Pavilion (WPOC Fall Fest)Buy TicketsNot Available
Oct 02, 2009Grand PrairieTXUSNokia TheatreBuy TicketsNot Available
Oct 03, 2009AustinTXUSAustin City Limits Music FestivalSold OutNot Available
Oct 04, 2009Oklahoma CityOKUSZoo AmphitheatreAugust 29Not Available
Oct 09, 2009KnoxvilleTNUSWorld's Fair ParkBuy TicketsNot Available
Oct 10, 2009CharlestonSCUSFamily Circle Magazine StadiumBuy TicketsNot Available
Oct 11, 2009PortsmouthVAUSnTelos Wireless PavilionAugust 28Not Available
Oct 16, 2009BostonMAUSAgganis ArenaAugust 28Not Available
Oct 17, 2009CamdenNJUSSusquehanna Bank CenterBuy TicketsNot Available
Oct 24, 2009New YorkNYUSTerminal 5August 28Not Available
Oct 31, 2009TalladegaALUSTalladega SuperspeedwayComing SoonNot Available
Nov 12, 2009AugustaGAUSBell Theatre (GTF Benefit)Coming SoonNot Available
Nov 15, 2009St. PetersburgFLUSRibfest at Vinoy ParkBuy TicketsNot Available