Wednesday, September 30, 2009


Diamond RioJimmy Dickens, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers
Montgomery GentryLorrie Morgan, Josh Turner among those to perform 
throughout weekend full of shows and special events

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 30, 2009) - Some of country music’s favorite artists will be part of the excitement as the Grand Ole Opry® celebrates its 84th birthday with birthday shows and special events Oct. 9 and 10. The weekend will include three Opry shows, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers in concert, backstage tours, and an Opry Plaza Birthday Party presented by Martha White. Among those scheduled to appear on Birthday Bash Opry shows are Diamond RioJimmy DickensJoe Diffie, Kathy Mattea, Montgomery GentryLorrie Morgan, and Josh Turner. Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers will celebrate the Opry’s Birthday with a Saturday afternoon concert in the Acuff Theatre.
Among the Opry fans from across the country who will descend on Nashville for the annual celebration is radio personality/author/songwriter Delilah, whose eponymous nationally syndicated radio show attracts millions of listeners nightly. Delilah will serve as an Opry guest announcer on Saturday’s first Birthday Bash show.
Opry Birthday Bash activities include:
Friday, October 9
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 10
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

11:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.

12:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.

2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

5:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
9:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.

Grand Ole Opry Birthday Bash Show

Opry House Backstage Tours
Take a self-guided behind-the-scenes tour of country music's most famous show

Opry Plaza Birthday Party presented by Martha White
Strolling musicians, Opry partner booths, an Opry Pumpkin Patch and more throughout the day in and around the Opry Plaza*

Picnic in the Opry Plaza

Picnic performance under the Opry House Portico*

Opry Pie Auction presented by Martha White **
Bid on memorabilia provided by the biggest stars in country music plus desserts made from Opry member recipes.
Proceeds benefit the Grand Ole Opry Trust Fund, assisting members of the country music community in need.

Performance under the Opry House Portico*

Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers
Birthday Concert in the Acuff Theatre

Music under the Opry House Portico*

Diamond Rio Opry Shop In-Store Signing

First Grand Ole Opry Birthday Bash Show
Second Grand Ole Opry Birthday Bash Show

*Free Admission
** Proceeds benefit the Opry Trust Fund, assisting members of the country music community in need.

Among others scheduled to appear on the Opry and the new show Opry Country Classics in October are: Ray Price, Chris Young, Rhett Akins, (Oct.1); Carrie UnderwoodTerri Clark, Mindy Smith, Lorrie Morgan, Jo Dee Messina, Robin Roberts (ABC Good Morning America – guest announcer) (Oct. 2); Hal Ketchum, Gene Watson, Jamie O’Neal (Oct. 3); Hal KetchumCharlie Daniels Band, Craig Morgan (Oct. 6); Justin Moore (Oct. 13); Marty Stuart (Oct. 15); Eric Church (Oct. 20); Keith Anderson, Ricky Skaggs (Oct. 23); Trace Adkins, Oak Ridge Boys, Montgomery Gentry (Oct. 24); Gloriana, Del McCoury Band, Jimmy Wayne, Martina McBride (Oct. 27); Pam TillisLorrie Morgan (Oct. 29); Keith Urban (Oct. 30).
Opry performances are held every weekend of the year, and the Tuesday Night Opry continues through Dec. 15. To plan an Opry visit, or to purchase packages including the Opry’s 84th Birthday Bash package, call (800) SEE-OPRY or log on to

Lady Antebellum Moving Around the US

Here's a few Lady Antebellum tour dates for you.
October 2009
1 - London, Ontario - John Labatt Centre (w/Keith Urban)
3 - Toronto, Ontario - Air Canada Centre (w/Keith Urban)
13 - Nashville, TN - Sommet Center Hall of Fame Benefit
21 - Phoenix, AZ - Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum
22 - Bakersfield, CA - Buck Owens' Crystal Palace
23 - San Jose, CA - Club Rodeo
24 - Lakeside, CA - Rodeo Grounds
30 - Pensacola, FL - Pensacola Interstate Fair
31 - Ladson, SC - Coastal Carolina Fair

November 2009
1 - Dothan, AL - Peanut Fairgrounds
5 - Granite Falls, MN - Prairie's Edge Casino Resort
7 - New Town, ND - 4 Bears Casino and Lodge
14 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center

December 2009
4 - Vinton, LA - Delta Downs Racetrack & Casino

Country Music Veteran Lending Talent
To Perform At Naval Base In October

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 30, 2009)—Award winning, multi-platinum recording artist, Tracy Lawrence, is set to perform at memorable concert for American troops stationed at Guantanamo BayCuba in early October.

As an extraordinary detour from his upcoming fall tour across the U.S., Tracy will perform at the base at Guantanamo Bay on Sunday, October 4, 2009; the visit will situate him before a unique audience unlike any other in his 20-year career.

Commonly referred to as “Gitmo,” Guantanamo Bay is the location of the American detainment facility and home to nearly eight thousand U.S. troops stationed at the base that is located on Cuba’s shore. Guantanamo Bay has the distinction of being the oldest U.S. base overseas and the only one in a Communist country.

“I jump at the opportunity to perform for our servicemen and women when I am able—for those who do so very much to protect our freedoms and security,” Lawrence said. “Without question ’Gitmo’ has made headline news, both past and present, but the people situated there are giving and caring individuals.  We need to be thankful everyday for their sacrifices and commitment to our country.”     

Tracy’s visit has been organized as part of the Liberty Program; the program caters to the service members living in Guantanamo Bay hosting a wide range of recreational activities.  With entertainment events yearlong as part of the Liberty Program, entertainers such as John Michael Montgomery and Ted Nugent have also visited the naval base.

With more than 100 dates on the books this year, the quick trip to Cuba rounds out Lawrence’s 2009 show schedule. In June, Lawrence released his first inspirational project (the third album from his own independent label, Rocky Comfort Records) entitled THE ROCK; the CD debuted in the Top 20 country albums and Top 5 Christian albums (6/14/09 Nielsen US SoundScan Chart). 

Tracy Lawrence is fast approaching his second decade in the music industry, officially celebrating the milestone in 2010, with more than 8 million albums sold, 17 celebrated No. 1 singles (including “Paint Me A Birmingham,” “Alibis” and “Find Out Who Your Friends Are”) and more than 30 charted singles to his name.

For more information on Tracy Lawrence, please visit:

 Relationship Spotlights "Hurry Home"
 to Address Runaway Crisis and Awareness of 1-800-RUNAWAY
                  Jason Michael Carroll                  
Nashville, TN (September 30, 2009) - The National Runaway Switchboard (NRS) and Arista Nashville recording artist Jason Michael Carroll have formed a partnership to raise awareness about the runaway crisis in America and the help that youth and families can receive by calling 1-800-RUNAWAY.
The announcement comes after the recent release of Carroll's second single, "Hurry Home," on his current album, Growing Up Is Getting Old. A song about a father and his runaway daughter and the struggles each faces during a challenging time, "Hurry Home" poignantly portrays the love of a parent whose overriding wish is simply for the safe return of his child. Hot Schatz PR
"Jason's song speaks to millions of people from youth to parents to siblings and families who are affected every day by a young person's decision to run from home. He is committed to helping address this national crisis," said Maureen Blaha, NRS executive director. "This is an opportunity for a long-term relationship that will help further our mission of keeping America's runaway and at-risk youth safe and off the streets."
Carroll personally experienced the effects of what a runaway episode can do to a family when his aunt ran from home when he was a young boy.
"I was so young when my aunt left home that I grew up not knowing who she was - just someone we prayed for every night," says Carroll. "For all the families who are missing someone dear to them, and for all the young people who need a hand getting home, or staying home, I hope that what we're doing can help bring attention to an important issue and to the great resources available through NRS."
While exploring additional initiatives together, the partnership already includes Carroll serving as a spokesperson on behalf of NRS when discussing "Hurry Home" and runaway and at-risk youth issues. He also included the NRS logo and 1-800-RUNAWAY crisis hotline number at the end of his "Hurry Home" video released (to CMT and GAC) in late June, and he recorded a series of radio public service announcements that have been distributed nationally to country radio stations and made available in the Multimedia Library on NRS' Web site.
Over the years, NRS has benefitted from celebrity partnerships and their social responsibility efforts in support of the organization's mission, including award winning musician and actor, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges; film producer and director, Greg Kwedar; world renowned chef, Charlie Trotter; author, Debra Gwartney; and the band, Stereofuse.
To learn more about NRS, visit For more information on Jason Michael Carroll, visit

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Dwight Yoakam to Perform at the 26th Annual Love Ride, Taking Place October 25, With Jay Leno as the Fundraiser’s Grand Marshal

Love Ride, the World’s Largest 1-Day Motorcycle Charity Event and Climax of California Bike Week, Celebrates with Special Events Including Stunts, BBQ & A Screening of the 40th Anniversary Edition of EASY RIDER

Los Angeles, CA, September 29, 2009: The 3rd Annual California Bike Week hits Southern California for a three-day festival, taking place October 23-25at the Pomona Fairplex, and climaxing with the 26th Annual Love Ride on Sunday, October 25. The largest one-day motorcycle fundraiser, Love Ridehas raised over $21 million for charity since 1984. Jay Leno will preside as Grand Marshal, as he’s done since the ride’s inception, as approximately 20,000 bikers from around the world start their engines at 9AM at Love Ride founder Oliver Shokouh’s Harley-Davidson®/Buell of Glendale (3717 San Fernando Rd., Glendale, CA 91204) and cruise up Glendale’s main drag, Brand Boulevard, before heading to the Fairplex for a concert with Dwight Yoakam and others to be announced soon.

In addition to Leno, celebrity riders include Honorary Grand Marshals Peter Fonda, Robert Patrick and Willie G. Davidson, and long-time Love Ridesupporter Michael Madsen who will be hosting a signing for his latest book, American Badass, at the Fairplex on SundayOct. 25.

Shokouh launched the Love Ride in 1984 as a means to raise much needed funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The annual event now channels funds to a diverse array of non-profit organizations, mostly local Southern California and children’s charities such as Autism Speaks, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Children's Hospital of L.A., Providence Saint Joseph Foundation, Special Olympics of Southern California, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Frostig Center, Scleroderma Foundation, Glendale Community College, Optimist Youth Homes, Diabetes Institute for Immunology and Transplantation, Friends of Castaic Lake and the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation.

Love Ride is about helping those less fortunate—this year, more than ever, there are so many people who need our assistance. Through the generosity of participants and sponsors of 2008’s Love Ride, we raised $1 million.  I know that everyone is going to step up and help us exceed that figure,” saidShokouh.

California Bike Week is jointly presented by the Love Ride Foundation and the Southern California Harley-Davidson Dealers Association( It is a motorcycle and lifestyle event and, in the two days leading up to the Love Ride, will offer a full itinerary of special events:

Friday, Oct. 23 (10AM-11PM): CBW’s opening day features Harley demo rides, stunt shows, the Wall of Death, The Victor McLagen Stunt Team, the Vendor Village, and Latin Bike Night, hosted by top Latin Rock DJ, Viktor Serralde of Radio Super EstrellaViktor is also a Univision TV host and recording artist who's last LP was produced by Latin Rock Superstars, Mana. He will be performing that night and will host a Harley-Davidson joint venture –Ride With Serralde Contest – as a part of the event.

Saturday, Oct. 24 (10AM-11PM): The highlight event is the AMA/Gene Romero Grand National Flat Track Championship. This event will see the AMA’s National Pro Series return to California for the first time in ten years and it is also the final AMA Pro Flat Track race of the year. Spectator gates open at3PM and the first race begins at 6:30PM.

This year, Love Ride 26 has partnered with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment to celebrate the 40th anniversary of EASY RIDER and the film’s release on high-definition Blu-ray Disc™ on October 13, adding a new dimension to the world-famous motorcycle fundraiser. “We’re excited about the 2009 ride, and marking EASY RIDER’S 40th anniversary is a fun new way to shed more light on what we’re doing,” said Shokouh. Released the same year as Woodstock,EASY RIDER’S rock ‘n roll soundtrack and anti-establishment storyline captured the era, and unforgettable performances by Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopperand Jack Nicholson made it a counterculture classic.  EASY RIDER-themed promotions, music, and giveaways will be part of the action throughoutCalifornia Bike Week and Love Ride 26 and the film will be screened Sunday evening at the Fairplex.


Superstar Duo Perform Greatest Hits and New Music
Days After Announcing their Split

            NASHVILLE – September 29, 2009 – Country superstar duo Brooks & Dunn perform greatest hits, as well as new music from their album, #1s…And Then Some, when INVITATION ONLY: BROOKS & DUNN premieres Friday, October 30 at 10:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m., ET/PT on CMT.  Taped inNashville just days after announcing their split, INVITATION ONLY: BROOKS & DUNN features the duo performing before a small studio audience, taking questions from fans and delivering revealing and candid answers.
In this one-hour special, Brooks & Dunn perform some of their biggest hits including, “Boot Scootin’ Boogie,” “My Maria,” “Neon Moon,” as well as recent hits “Honky Tonk Stomp and “Cowgirls Don’t Cry,” and more. In the informal question and answer session with the audience, the artists talk about reaching their decision to part ways after their tour in 2010 and reminisce about their twenty years together.
INVITATION ONLY: BROOKS & DUNN is a High-Five Entertainment production, with Martin Fischer and Edie Lynn Hoback serving as executive producers.  Margaret Comeaux and John Hamlin serve as executive producers for CMT.  

Judd Story from WTVF-TV Nashville

Myers Home-Schooled Judd Children

Posted: Sep 27, 2009 11:35 PM
Scott Myers had been hired to home-school the children of Wynonna Judd. He was fired immediately after she learned about the charges.Scott Myers had been hired to home-school the children of Wynonna Judd. He was fired immediately after she learned about the charges.
FRANKLIN, Tenn. - The former teaching assistant facing federal child pornography charges was home-schooling the children of a country music superstar.
Scott Myers had been hired to home-school the children of Wynonna Judd. He was fired immediately after she learned about the charges. He'd worked as a teacher's assistant and even a kids' camp counselor. The whole time, he flew below the radar of more than one TBI background check.
Scott Myers volunteered as a counselor three different summers, including just this year at "Barefoot Republic Camp."
Tommy Rhodes, executive director of Spectrum Industries, the group that runs the camp, said the 27-year-old had excellent professional references; exceptional interview skills; and Bible camp experience.
Myers, who supervised middle school aged kids, writes about the closeness of his cabin on Facebook, the social site where Myers boasts about finally finishing-up a 4-year teaching degree.
Myers is open and up-front about day-to-day life; even his job, and homeschooling the children of Wynonna Judd. But federal investigators claim Myers had a dark and worldly side on the web.
According to a written release, agents seized from Myers's Franklin apartment, 3,000 electronic images of children engaged in various sex acts. And, investigators maintain, Myers confessed in an internet chat-room to engaging in sexual activity with four boys who lived in the immediate area.
The superintendent says Scott Myers has been yanked from a substitute teacher pool at nearby Freedom Intermediate, the school he resigned from this past May after working there three years.
Franklin's Special School District says it did alert parents of Myers's arrest in an e-mail on Friday,  but not until federal investigators lifted their orders that parents be told nothing.
Wynnona Judd,  whose children were being home-schooled by Myers, thanks federal and local authorities for calling the arrest of Scott Myers to her attention. She says it's made her family and her community much safer.

For Immediate Release

Bryan White's Digital Release of Dustbowl Dreams 
Available at All Online Retail Outlets Today

New Single "The Little Things" Featured in Country Weekly's 
"Listen Up!" --On Stands Now

Nashville, TN (September 29, 2009)-- Grammy-winner Bryan White's much-anticipated new studio album,Dustbowl Dreams, has been digitally released today, September 29.  The lead single, "The Little Things," has been released to country radio and can be found as a free download in the "Listen Up!" section ofCountry Weekly.

The underlying theme of White's eighth studio sums up to never forgetting your roots, which for White, is his Oklahoma pride. White explains, ""The song 'Dustbowl Dreams' was inspired by my pride as an Oklahoman, my fascination with my lineage and history, and identifying with the grit, soul, and spirit of Oklahomans, especially during the Great American Dustbowl. I love to think of myself as a product of their perseverance. Dustbowl Dreams is, in essence, the American dream."

An award-winning, platinum-selling vocalist, White has scored six number one hits, exploding into the country music scene charting seventeen singles on Billboard's Country Charts. Taking some time off to get away from the craziness of being on the road, White found his identity, not only as an artist and a songwriter, but also as a human being. When asked what he hopes to accomplish with this new album, he smiles confidently and says, "I am looking forward to this next chapter of my career as I have plenty more to say with my music." Inspired by his ancestors, his heritage, and pride, White is determined to once again make an impact with his music and use his platform for the greater good. Never forgetting his stellar past, he looks ahead with confidence, determination, and much anticipation to a future filled with more dreams;Dustbowl Dreams.

Dustbowl Dreams, co-produced by Bryan White and Derek George, can be found on all online outlets, including iTunes. Click on this link here to visit White's itunes artist page.  To download the new single, "The Little Things" pick-up the October 5 issue of Country Weekly--on stands now.

For more information on Bryan White, visit

A Moment in Time with Lorrie Morgan
Opry Star Set to Release Classics Collection

Nashville, TN - The inimitable Lorrie Morgan is set to release A MOMENT IN TIME on October 27. This collection of evergreen classics includes “If You’ve Got Leavin’ On Your Mind,” a personal favorite of Lorrie’s that she calls “the ultimate Country ballad.”

With more than 30 charted Billboard singles, 14 top ten hits and 7 of her 12 albums having gone gold and platinum, Country’s Lorrie Morgan could easily rest on her laurels. Not Lorrie. Always an overachiever, the sultry singer gives it her all on this album.

Morgan is joined by a stellar cast of musicians and guests on A Moment In Time, which includes duets with Tracy Lawrence on “After The Fire is Gone” and Raul Malo on “Easy Lovin’.” The album captures Lorrie’s crystalline vocals on timeless classics like “Are You Lonesome Tonight,” and “Cry,” all of which Morgan delivers with heartfelt and heartbreaking honesty.

Lorrie was just 13 when she made her first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry, singing with her dad, country star George Morgan. In 1984, she made history as the youngest member ever inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.

Lorrie heads to Broadway in January to begin rehearsals for her starring role in the stage adaptation of “Pure Country.”

Produced by Wally Wilson, A Moment In Time goes on sale October 27.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Big Kenny's a Coming

NASHVILLE, TN -- (September 28, 2009) Pre-Order Glotown/Love Everybody/Bigger Picture’s Big Kenny's The Quiet Times of a Rock and Roll Farm Boy at Big Kenny and receive an instant download of the unreleased track “One More Time”, the Blackfoot Confederacy “Wake Up” chant, as well as the “Long After I’m Gone” video, a chance to win Big Kenny’s ‘Top Hat’.  The site is offering several unique packages to purchase.  The physical packaging of the release is full of “flower power” as the packaging is made of 100% compostable materials including a variety of Big Kenny’s favorite perennial wild flowers.  The lead single “Long After I Am Gone” is in full bloom on the radio and video charts.
Big Kenny says, “I grew up in Culpepper, VA on a farm where we worked endless hours tilling the land, planting seeds of variety to make a living and to help people sustain.  I have always wanted to do this with my music and I feel the ‘the whole experience’ from the audio and visual side brings more impact and can connect the fan to the music.  What better way to do this than provide a beautiful display of wild flowers that grew out of music?  I can’t wait to see the impetus of music create a global display of flower power. The power of music is so strong and with that as the seed, we just don’t know what kind of garden we will create.”
In the accompanying videos, Big Kenny explains how to plant your “musical garden”.  Please visit unique and playful descriptions on how to share the love of music through an eco-friendly sensibility. 
In an already announced promotion, Big Kenny is offering the fans a chance to win his personal iPhone and an 8GB custom flash drive.  Ten runner ups will receive a custom 8GB flash drive. To qualify, entrants need to go to and download the free single. Winners will be announced and notified via email during the street week of the new project, The Quiet Times of A Rock And Roll Farm Boy.
To enter you must supply a valid email address and remain opted in on the mailing list for the duration of the contest. Contest ends November 9th, winners will be announced Tuesday, November 17th.
The packaging is a partnership between Glotown/Love Everybody/Bigger Picture and Molded Fiber, a UFP Technologies brand.  Since 1991, Molded Fiber has specialized in the design and production of packaging from recycled material. Although the demand for recycled packaging has been growing for years, it is only recently that manufacturing techniques and innovative design ideas have led to the ability to embed seeds in both fold up cartons and traditional molded parts. Special designs also allow for the production of cartons that can fold without the use of glues. Combine this feature with seeds and you have a truly closed loop recycled package that returns to the Earth and sprouts flowers or plants.

Within 2-3 weeks, flowers should germinate!  Flowers are a mixture of: Cornflower Dwarf, Siberian Wallflower, Farewell to Spring Dwarf, Chinese Houses, Dwarf Lance Leaf Coreopsis, Dwarf Plains Coreopsis, Chinese Forget Me Not, Sweet Williams, African Daisy, California Poppy, Annual Baby's Breath, Candytuft, Blue Flax, Alyssum, Baby Blue Eyes, California Bluebells & Catchfly.  This formula is specifically designed so that flowers return year after year.
As one half of the genre-bending super duo Big & Rich, "Big Kenny" Alphin sold in excess of five million albums, opened sold-out stadium tours for Kenny Chesney, hit the amphitheaters with Tim McGraw, graced the covers of Entertainment WeeklyBillboard,Country Weekly and was featured in such venerable magazines as Rolling StonePeople and many others.  Big & Rich has been a mainstay on national TV having performed on every late night talk show, morning show and all things in between.

Also an accomplished songwriter, Big Kenny was named the BMI Songwriter of the Year in 2005, and has written several top 10 hits for artists such as Tim McGraw ("Last Dollar Fly Away"), Gretchen Wilson ("Here For The Party") and Jason Aldean ("Hicktown" and "Amarillo Sky").  Big Kenny's philanthropic efforts extend to the Southern region of Sudan, where he helped build the Kunyuk School for Girls in Akon in 2008, and to the American Appalachians, where he works to end mountaintop removal coal mining.  His Love Everybody is a fledgling foundation that is generating good will throughout the community. 

Tim and Faith in Washington Nov 6

Country United symposium explores collaborative future of military medicine

September 28th, 2009
Renowned military, government and civilian medical experts will discuss advances in posttraumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, humanitarian assistance and global infectious disease and explore the collaborative future of health advancements at the Partnership for Military Medicine Symposium on Nov. 6 at the Omni Shoreham in Washington, D.C.
The meeting will kick off a two-day event, "Country United: Advancing Medicine from the Frontlines to the Homefront," a partnership that includes The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc., Tug McGraw Foundation, and Grammy-winning country music stars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. The event includes the Nov. 6 symposium and the Country United Gala on Nov. 7. TriWest Healthcare Alliance is Country United's presenting sponsor.
The symposium aims to encourage public/private collaborations to accelerate advances in care for wounded, ill and injured warriors and civilians. General James F. Amos, assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, will present the morning keynote address. A Naval aviator by trade, Amos commanded the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing in combat during Operations Iraqi Freedom I and II from 2002 to 2004, then took command of the II Marine Expeditionary Force from 2004 to 2006. He subsequently served as the commanding general, Marine Corps Combat Development Command, and as the deputy commandant, combat development and integration, from 2006 to July 2008. Amos was promoted to his present rank and assumed the duties of assistant commandant of the Marine Corps in July 2008.
Faith Hill will offer the luncheon keynote address and will be joined by Lieutenant Colonel Gregory Gadson, who lost his legs to a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2007. He was the first amputee to be outfitted with a next-generation prosthetic knee that features artificial intelligence and sensor technology that makes it possible for above-the-knee amputees to walk with increased confidence and safety and a more natural gait. A West Point graduate and Army football player, Gadson was the honorary chaplain for the New York Giants. His talk with the team is credited with helping to motivate the NFL team to win their division and ultimately Super Bowl XLII.
Other symposium speakers include:

  • Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases 
  • Dr. Robert Ursano, founding director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences 
  • Dr. W. Craig Vanderwagen, former assistant secretary for preparedness and response, Department of Health and Human Services 
  • Dr. James Kelly, director of the National Intrepid Center of Excellence 
  • Dr. Stephen Cozza, director, Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, Child and Family Programs 
  • Dr. Jasmeet Pannu Hayes, assistant professor of clinical psychology, Duke University, and OIF/OEF Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic at Durham VA Medical Center.

The Country United Gala, to be held at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, will celebrate the achievements of researchers, clinicians and others working to advance medical care for, and improve quality of life of, the nation's wounded warriors and citizens. The gala will include an awards dinner, as well as live and silent auctions, culminating with a performance by Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, the Warren Brothers and other guests. Emmy-winning sports commentator Bob Costas will emcee the event.
Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway™, will present the Visionary Award at the gala. Kamen and his company, DEKA, have partnered with military researchers to create advanced new prosthetics, including a robotic arm. "I can personally attest to the tremendous value and effectiveness of military-civilian collaborations," Kamen said. "By working together, we can create incredible advances in medical technology that benefit not only our military men and women, but also civilians."
David J. McIntyre, Jr., president and CEO of TriWest Healthcare Alliance, noted, "While only one percent of the U.S. population volunteers to serve in our armed forces, it is the responsibility of the remaining 99 percent of us, as they protect and defend our freedom with their lives, to assure they receive the best possible care. It is an honor for TriWest to serve our nation's military population and their families in the West, and our support of the Country United effort is a direct extension of our belief in the importance of ensuring that all who serve have access to the best care possible."
Source: Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine

Tim McGraw with Daughtry in Vegas 9/26/09


Nashville, Tennessee…September 28, 2009….Gibson USA kicks off the “SG Gal” contest hosted by the Go-Go’s Jane Wiedlin.  Gibson USA is in search of that special female performer who will win the title of “SG Gal” and an exclusive new Gibson Zoot Suit SG guitar.  Any female fan who has the chops and charm to represent one of the most iconic guitars in Gibson USA’s history is urged to enter. Interested Gibson fans can go to and watch the video announcement presented by Jane Wiedlin for the details.  Entrants are asked to upload an original video to YouTube that shows Gibson USA why they deserve to be named the official “SG Gal.”  The female participant with the most popular video, voted on by the public, will win the title and a Gibson SG Zoot Suit Guitar.  Video Submissions must be received by midnight (ET) on November 13, 2009.  Uploading is available by going to Gibson’s YouTube page at The official entry form is also included on the website.

The SG Zoot Suit features a brand new body built with multiple birch wood laminate pieces, each dyed with a different color then compressed and bonded together to form one solid block of wood. No paint is used. For all the details on the official “SG Gal” contest go


Carrie Underwood to “flip the switch” on the Opry’s signature barn backdrop Oct. 2
NASHVILLETenn.  (Sept. 28, 2009)  The Grand Ole Opry is joining the fight against breast cancer this Friday, Oct. 2 with “Opry Goes Pink,” and it is getting some help from one of America’s favorite morning news program personalities.  ABC’s “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts, herself a breast cancer survivor, will be on hand as a special guest announcer for a portion of the night’s first show, introducing acts as well as the Greater Nashville Affiliate Susan G. Komen for the Cure® 2009 Honorary Survivor of the Year Tracie Shelby to the crowd. On each of the night’s shows, Opry superstar Carrie Underwood will take the stage to “flip the switch,” turning the Opry’s signature barn backdrop pink in support of the groups Women Rock for the Cure and Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. The shows will also include performances from Underwood, Terri Clark, Jo Dee Messina, Lorrie Morgan,  Mindy Smith, and others as well as special activities recognizing breast cancer survivors and the continuing fight against the disease.
When fans mention the code OPRYPINK when ordering tickets via telephone or enter the same code when purchasing tickets online, $5 from the sale of those tickets will be donated to Women Rock for the Cure and the Greater Nashville affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Or, to participate in the donation with a “Night at the Opry” package including Opry tickets and room accommodations at Gaylord Opryland Resort, fans should refer to code GPINK. Tickets and packages may be purchased by calling (800) SEE-OPRY. Tickets are also available at


Little Miss Dynamite, Ray Walker of the Jordanaires, Designer Manuel and the Families of Loretta Lynn and Merle Kilgore Will Join Star-Studded Ceremony at the World's First "Garden of the Stars" Tomorrow, September 29, 2009

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - September 28, 2009 - Brenda Lee, Ray Walker of the Jordanaires, Manuel and the families of Loretta Lynn and Merle Kilgore are the latest additions to the ever-growing list of celebrities participating in the dedication of the Nashville Music Garden on TuesdaySeptember 29, 2009.  The event will be emceed by long-standing country music television personality Ralph Emery.  Recent Country Music Hall of Fame® inductee Barbara Mandrell and GRAMMY® award-winner Lynn Anderson will serve as celebrity hosts.  The star-studded open-to-the-public ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m.  in theHall of Fame Park, located at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Demonbreun (across from the Country Music Hall of Fame®and Museum).  In addition to the many sponsors and supporters of this project, the Hilton Nashville Downtown is a primary contributor to this event.

"The Nashville Music Garden will provide a unique experience for our guests to enjoy. We are extremely proud to have this beautiful garden with its great significance right in our backyard," said Ray Waters of Hilton Nashville Downtown.

Among the celebrities already confirmed to attend are Patti Page, Donna Fargo, Little Jimmy Dickens, Jeff Cook of Alabama,Irlene MandrellMarty Raybon, Janice WendellMandy Barnett, songwriters Jeffrey Steele, Shane MinorBart Allmand,Randy Thomas, Mac Gayden and Buzz Cason, and the families of songwriter Ben Peters, The Big Bopper, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, DeFord Bailey, Minnie Pearl and Jimi Hendrix.  Officials from the State of Tennessee and Mayor Karl Dean will also be in attendance.

"I'm thrilled and so proud that my father Rick Nelson is being recognized with this honor in the Nashville Music Garden. I'm delighted pop is being celebrated with so many wonderful artists in my hometown of Nashville," says Gunnar Nelson, another celebrity guest confirmed to attend the event on September 29.

The Nashville Music Garden
 is a one-of-a-kind "Garden of the Stars" that pays tribute to the artists, songwriters, authors, television personalities, industry leaders, venues, organizations and icons who have made a positive impact on Nashville's entertainment community.  The tribute garden is home to the Nashville Music Garden Collection, an assortment of over six dozen flowering plants whose names include Barbara Mandrell,
 Country Rock Pioneer Rick NelsonGrand Ole Opry, Minnie Pearl,Pretty WomanPurple HazeElvis, Ring of Fire, Tennessee Waltz, AlabamaChantilly Lace, Dolly Parton, Kiss an Angel Good Morning, Hank Williams, Reba McEntire, Pam Tillis and Amy Grant, just to name a few.
The first 500 attendees will receive a long-stemmed rose courtesy of Rio Roses and a hot biscuit from the Loveless Cafe.  The event is FREE and open to the public.  For more information, visit

"The Nashville Music Garden will serve as an impressive collection of roses and daylilies as well as a mixture of music and beauty.  Nashvillians, and all Tennesseans, will find this garden a place of which to be proud.  Furthermore, it is important to applaud the vision of the LifeWorks Foundation and its supporters in creating this outstanding place of environmental beauty," explains Derrick Smith of the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development.

"Essentially, what we've created is a place where people can literally take time from their busy day to 'stop and smell the roses,' and enjoy the beauty of something which transcends today's headlines, poor economy, crazy work schedules, family obligations and other man-made forms of stress.  By embracing nature and 'stopping to smell the roses,' we are reminded of our own humanity and we can also learn to celebrate music and Nashville's entertainment community in a whole new way," states Pat Bullard of LifeWorks Foundation


Lambert Took Over Music City Last Week And Continues Her Revolution With
Coast-to-Coast Performances 

Nashville, Tennessee (September 28, 2009) - Revolutionary singer-songwriter Miranda Lambert began last week in Nashville kissing idol Merle Haggard on the cheek and performing "Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Star" at the 2009 ACM Honors Awards to celebrate him and his artistry. She also sang "Anymore Love Songs" for yet another one of her heroes Hank Jr.  Lambert closed out her week with a few thousand friends on their feet at the famed Ryman Auditorium for her promised Revolution. The 25 year-old blew the roof off Nashville's Hallowed Hall performing with the fury of a hurricane and the softness of an evening breeze, taking her audience on a musical journey of all 15 tracks of her new record in sequence plus her favorite classic country tunes and hits from her previous discs Kerosene andCrazy Ex-Girlfriend.

"There's no question that Lambert is one of the most alluring voices and imaginative songwriters in country music today," writes Ed Morris/ "...She was pure energy in knee-high boots--and a sheer joy to witness."

This week, she continues the fire with live performances onGood Morning America (September 29), Late Show with David Letterman (September 29), Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (October 1), The Ellen DeGeneres Show (October 5) and The Bonnie Hunt Show (October 7).  She'll also appear on CNN, Fox News, Better TV, E! Entertainment News, Associated Press TV, Reuters and more.

Already gathering rare perfect reviews from the likes ofRolling Stone (4 Stars) and Entertainment Weekly (A), Lambert's Revolution, the follow-up release to platinum-selling debut Kerosene and ACM Album of the Year Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, is well on it's way to the "rampage" Lambert had hoped for.

"I feel like this album is the next step of my career," admits Lambert. " I'm not standing still. My first two albums were part of the same chapter in a way but Revolution means transformation and uprising and that's exactly what I feel happening within me and around me."

Randy Lewis of the LA Times quotes, "Lambert's evolution as a singer and songwriter is apparent onRevolution, for which she wrote or co-wrote 11 of the 15 songs. Many reach beyond her "Kerosene," "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" and "Gunpowder & Lead" image as country's most volatile woman to show there's also a sensitive heart, and a wicked sense of humor, lurking beneath the hair-trigger surface."

"With her third record, Miranda Lambert remains country's most refreshing act..." Rolling Stone.

"With themes of sin and forgiveness, regret and acceptance, loss and grown-up love, Revolution is a portrait of an artist in full possession of her powers, and the best mainstream-country album so far this year.Entertainment Weekly

Additional print coverage will find Lambert enjoying margarita's with her mother, aiming her favorite weapons, posing in the latest "fall fashions", and peering through the iron bars of prison. Country Weekly's cover story (on stands today), talks about Lambert's defining moment that changed her life when she almost dropped out of school, Maxim(October issue) reveals that while she's known to pack heat she also has an affinity for fuzzy dog slippers, First for Women (On stands today) showcases the tenacity of a young girl who bounced back after facing some tough challenges, OK Magazine (on stands October 1) features her "Fall Fashion Must Haves" and the next issue of PEOPLE Country"All about Country Stars and their Families" will feature Miranda and her mom (on stands October 9th). US Weekly nabbed some quality time to talk music in the issue on stands now and last month Details Magazinefeatured Miranda talking about everything from her rifle butt mike stand to her love of Bacardi.

On October 2nd, the video to her fast rising single "White Liar" premieres on CMT. Lambert finds her own wicked retribution for her broken heart, delivering an edgy, dark satisfaction to anyone who has ever had a taste for revenge.

"I like to think of myself as one of the outlaws" says Lambert while at a recent photo shoot at the famous and condemned Tennessee State Penitentiary but at the same time she says in the Washington Times: "I'm a pretty happy girl these days. I have a great career going, a good relationship and good people around me.  So to write a love song, I don't have to stretch too far.
Miranda's Revolution is her most diverse album yet, a combination of true country lyrics, alt-country sounds, emotional ballads, rockin' anthems and even a few love songs, completing her transformation into a more mature artist with a greater sense of emotional poise.

"Standing here today that girl from Lindale, Texas has a keen eye on the future, the music to back it up and a goal not just for her upcoming tour, but for the legacy she wants one day to leave behind."
American Country (cover story)




Nashville (Sept. 28, 2009) – Capitol Records Nashville artist Luke Bryan is set to release his second album, Doin’ My Thing, on October 6 and will embark on a special promotional tour visiting 9 cities in 9 days to promote the new album. The album launch will kick-off October 5 in StatesboroGeorgia, where Bryan will host his previously announced first-ever Farm Tour show, and the promo tour will wrap in Minneapolis,Minnesota on October 14.

On album release date Bryan will head to LeesburgGeorgia for an exclusive concert that was won by his hometown through an online contest with www.eventful.comBryan will perform on his high school football field. Bryan says, “The last time I sang on that field, I had written a song for graduation. It will be nostalgic to go back and now play a full show.” 

During the intense 2-week album promotional tour, Bryan will visit the local radio station in each city, meet & greet fans one-on-one and perform an energetic live show.

10/5      Statesboro, GA              Hurricane Plantation      *GAC TOP 20 will be on site
10/6      LeesburgGA                Lee County High School Football Field
10/7      CharlotteNC                Coyote Joe’s
10/8      GreenvilleSC               Blind Horse
10/9      TampaFL                     Dallas Bull
10/10    Atlanta, GA                    Wild Bills
10/12    AugustaGA                 Country Club
10/13    ChicagoIL                    Joe’s Bar
10/14    MinneapolisMN         Fine Line

After wrapping his album launch, Bryan will prepare for his first headline tour, “Doin’ My Thing Tour,” on October 30 in JacksonvilleFlorida.

The Georgia native recently celebrated a #1 video for “Do I” the lead smash single off Doin’ My ThingBryan had a career making 2008 with two major award nominations including the CMT Breakthrough Video of the Year nomination and his first nomination from the Academy ofCountry Music for “Best New Male Artist.” He was also chosen as Billboard’s 2007 country artist to watch and landing on “Best of 2007” lists for: Chicago TribuneAtlanta Journal ConstitutionClear Channel Online Music & Radio to name a few. Bryan has been part of three major tours before this year's Miller Lite tour with some of country music’s biggest artists in 2008 - Kenny Chesney’s “Poets & Pirates” stadium dates,Trace Adkins’ “American Man” tour and Dierks Bentley’s “Throttle Wide Open” tour.