Saturday, October 31, 2009

Ronnie Dunn Overcomes Shyness

Most people don’t think of big-star entertainers like Brooks & Dunn as shy people, but Ronnie Dunn was incredibly shy in his younger years, so much that you might never have expected to see him on a stage. “I was almost paralyzed with shyness and couldn’t really finish a sentence,” he recalls. Ronnie’s certainly come a long way from those days, but music was always his escape, and he says it still is today.
“I was almost paralyzed with shyness and couldn’t really finish a sentence; I was just so self-conscious. People would come to visit my parents, and I would leave; I would go to the back and shut the door and go to my room. I’d turn the record player on and listen to music. And that’s…that was always…it was always my escape, and it is today.

Craig Morgan and the Fish

Craig Morgan has another big hit with his current single, “Bonfire,” and while he may like spending time around a big ol’ fire, he also enjoys leisure activities that involve water — but his youngest son…well, not so much. Craig says that a fishing trip with his three boys not long ago wasn’t the most rewarding experience for young Wyatt, who saw his big brothers pulling up fish while things were a bit quiet on his line. But Craig completely relates to the frustration. He says, “Fishing is not much fun to me if you’re not catchin’ fish.” He laughs, “That’s like ridin’ a stationary bike…why? I want to go somewhere!”
  • Look for “Bonfire” on Craig’s latest album, That’s Why, which also features “Love Remembers” and “God Must Really Love Me.” 
“My youngest was just a little…you know, after him not catchin’ anything for about an hour, he was so ready to go back. Now, my 12-year-old, and Kyle, my oldest son, you know, they were catchin’ fish, so they were havin’ a ball. It’s like, I gotta take him…I may even have to put one on the hook, put it out there, hand him the pole, and say, ‘Look! You got a bite!’ (laughs) I think he’ll have a lot more fun, but yeah, fishing is not much fun to me if you’re not catchin’ fish. I don’t know about these guys that do it for a livin’. If they’re not catchin’ fish, I couldn’t stand that! (laughs) That’s like riding a motorcycle that don’t run, you know? (laughs) That’s like ridin’ a stationary bike…why? (laughs) I want to go somewhere!” (laughs)

Brad Paisley Wins French Country Music Award!

The French Association of Country Music has announced the winners of the 7th French Country Music Awards! Among the top honors, Best Entertainer of the Year is Brad Paisley, who also won Best Album of the Year (for American Saturday Night), and Best Musician. Best Male Vocalist of the Year went to Alan Jackson, and Sara Evans took home Female Vocalist, while Kenny Chesney earned a double win, for Best Duo (for “Down the Road” with Mac McAnally) and Best Song (”Out Last Night”).

Sara Evan's Ready for the Holidays

November is upon us, and with the holiday season right around the corner, it’s perfect timing for a little get-in-the-spirit music from Sara Evans, whose four-song digital E-P, I’ll Be Home for Christmas, releases November 3rd! The collection includes the title track, as well as “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” and the inspiring “New Again,” a song that Sara wrote with — and sings with — Brad Paisley. The fourth track in the collection is the classic “O Come All Ye Faithful,” and it’s just the kind of song that Sara says we learn as children, but really come to appreciate as adults.
The arrival of I’ll Be Home for Christmas will help get you in the mood for Sara’s upcoming Celebrate the Season tour! She’ll be playing a dozen West Coast shows beginning November 27th.  Each show will have one set with all holiday music, and another with Sara singing some of her biggest hits. Check out a complete tour schedule, and all things Sara, at
“It’s funny, as an adult, when you sing these songs, you really start to take a look at what the actual words are. Because as kids, you know, we memorize these songs, and we have no clue what it’s saying. These lyrics really mean something to me now, because I know exactly what the writer was trying to express. And so, all of the old hymns and old Christmas songs, especially the religious ones, are always my favorite because it’s very sacred, the lyrics to these songs, and what they’re talking about.”

Carrie's New CD out Tuesday

One of the year’s most anticipated albums is just days away with the Tuesday, November 3rd arrival of Play On, the new album from Carrie Underwood! And with Play On’s first single, “Cowboy Casanova,” already a blockbuster hit, fans are even more excited to scoop up Carrie’s first new record since 2007’s Carnival Ride. Of the 13 songs on Play On, seven were co-written by Carrie — that’s more than either of her earlier albums — and she’s thrilled to be sharing more of herself with songs that she says are “truly coming from my heart more.” She’s also delighted with the reactions she’s gotten from people who’ve heard the album…in part because they seem to be choosing a variety of songs as their favorites. ”I love that,” Carrie says. ”I love it, love it, love it that it is that kind of an album. You’re not listening to the same song. It takes you all over the place…takes you all around the world.”
  • When you’ve had the kind of success that Carrie’s had — with her first two records together selling more than 10 million albums — it’s understandable that people might ask her about feeling pressure when it comes to making new music. But she says that doing what she loves and being surrounded by good people can make all the difference. 
  • Carrie says that her time on American Idol helped her gain a great perspective on entertaining…that of always “auditioning” for your audience. 
  • Look for Carrie all across your favorite TV shows in the days to come, as she hits New York to celebrate her album launch with appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman on Monday, Good Morning America on Tuesday, and Live with Regis and Kellyon Thursday!
  • As part of the excitement leading up to Carrie’s album release, you can see exclusive performance footage, photos, an interview, and more, all online now as part of Walmart’s Soundcheck…check it out at
  • And look for a six-page cover feature on Carrie in the November 9th issue of Country Weekly, on sale Monday!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Kellie Pickler To Appear On Tomorrow’s Halloween Episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Pickler Media Also Includes Country Weekly and Upcoming Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Kellie Pickler will show fans her spooky side as the featured guest on tomorrow’s Halloween episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.  On returning to the long-running talk show, Kellie said “Ellen is one of my favorite people, and Halloween is my favorite holiday, so to be able to share it with her will make it extra special this year!”  And Ellen is equally excited to have Kellie on the show, as she posted on her website today, “She has such a fun personality, I could just let her talk the entire time. Sometimes I don't really have a choice -- she just keeps going!”

This week also finds Kellie named as Country Weekly's Most Beautiful Woman for the second year in a row in the November 2 issue of the magazine, on newsstands now.

Fans can also tune in to see Kellie lend a hand to build a new home for the Terpenning family on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, which airs November 8 on ABC.   As the celebrity volunteer, the country starlet trades in her stiletto heels for a hard hat and hammer as she helps with the demolition and building process, as well as performs at the family’s final and emotional reveal.

Kellie’s newest heart-wrenching single, “Didn’t You Know How Much I Loved You,” from her self-titled sophomore album is currently climbing up the country charts.

For more information on Kellie, be sure to check out

Charlie Daniels To Perform on CBS The Early Show Nov. 2
WHO:         Charlie Daniels Band
WHAT:       Watch Daniels perform his 1979 classic, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” as part of The Early Show’s year-by-year retrospective series.  Daniels’ performance will be televised during the segment highlighting the year 1979. 
WHEN:       7 a.m. CST, Monday, November 2 - (Check local listings for CBS affiliate)
WHERE:     CBS The Early Show

Charlie Daniels released a CD/DVD Christmas collection, Joy to the World: A Bluegrass Christmas,on Oct. 13 through E1 Entertainment.  The Charlie Daniels Band is currently touring the U.S. through the end of 2009, including a performance at his annual Christmas For Kids concert at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. on Nov. 23, 2009.  For more information or CDB tour dates, visit

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Nashville, TN - October 29, 2009...One of country music's brightest new stars, Jason Michael Carroll will bring his high energy concert to  Nashville's Exit/In onThursday, December 10.  Doors open at 8:00 pm and Carroll takes the stage at 9:00 pm.  Tickets are priced at $15.00 and go on sale beginning Friday, October 30.  To purchase tickets online,  visit or  Tickets will also be available at the door on night of show.  
In 2007 Carroll's debut album, Waitin' in the Country, shot straight to #1 on Billboard's top country albums chart and produced two Top 5 singles - "Alyssa Lies" and "Livin' Our Love Song."  Country music fans and music peers alike sat up and took notice of the singer's raw talent and uniquely gifted songwriting skills, which also captured the attention of major media such as Entertainment Weekly, Los Angeles Times, Reader's Digest, USA Today and Billboard Magazine, who named him "Top New Country Artist of 2007."

With the release of his second album, Growing Up Is Getting Old, Carroll has continued to make his mark in country music.  The album's lead single, "Where I'm From," became another  Top 10 hit for the young singer-songwriter, and his current single "Hurry Home" is rapidly approaching Top 20 and climbing. The latter tells a heart-wrenching story about a father anxiously awaiting the return of his runaway daughter with unconditional love and the accompanying music video very poignantly portrays that message. Each year, almost 3 million kids run away from home and in order to  raise more awareness to this ongoing national crisis, Carroll has teamed up with National Runaway Switchboard,  an organization  dedicated to keeping America's runaway youth safe and off the streets via educational programs. He has included the NRS crisis hotline at the end of the video (1-800-RUNAWAY) and  has recently become a spokesperson for the group, as well.

Originally from Houston, Texas, but raised in North Carolina, Carroll joined a band as a teen-ager and rapidly made a name for himself playing small cinder-block honky-tonks in the Raleigh-Durham area. He was an unlikely candidate for the clubs, as he was not allowed to listen to secular music growing up, but through friends and later at a job in a motor shop, Carroll immersed himself in country music and began paying his dues. He soon met famed producer, Don Gehman (Hootie and the Blowfish,John Mellencamp), who would prove to be instrumental in getting Nashville's attention.

Carroll has accomplished a great deal over the past two years. He's had  two successful albums, a string of radio hits and received widespread media attention.  He has also toured with some of country music's biggest stars, including Brooks & Dunn, Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride and Trace Adkins, to name a few. With that kind of exposure, Carroll has perfected his stage show, winning over a legion of fans all across the country.

"I try to make every show count, whether we're opening or headlining," says Carroll. "My band and I try to do everything we can to make each and every concert the best show ever and to live up to people's expectations. That's really important to me because I want to be doing this for a long, long time. I'm a lucky guy who's just living my dream, one city at a time."

For a complete list of JMC tour dates, visit 


Underwood Performs Greatest Hits As Well As Songs
From New Album Play On

NASHVILLE – October 29, 2009 – Superstar Carrie Underwood visits the INVITATION ONLY stage to perform her chart-toppers as well as music from her new album, Play On, on Tuesday, December 1 at 9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., ET/PT on CMT.  Taped in Nashville, INVITATION ONLY: CARRIE UNDERWOOD features the country sweetheart performing before a small studio audience, taking questions from fans and giving revealing and candid answers.
In this one-hour special, Underwood performs her biggest hits including “Before He Cheats,” “Last Name” and “So Small,” in addition to new, lively and energetic songs “Cowboy Casanova” and “Undo It” from Play On. During a casual question and answer segment with the audience, Underwood discusses how life has changed since “American Idol,” admits to being a sci-fi junkie, confesses she still gets excited when she hears her music on the radio, and more.
In addition to Underwood, upcoming episodes of INVITATION ONLY feature Brooks & Dunn premiering this Friday, October 30 at 10:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. and Tim McGraw on Friday, November 13 at 9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.  All times are ET/PT.  Previous episodes have featured Alan Jackson, Reba McEntire, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker and Keith Urban.
Underwood will release a new album, Play On, November 3 on 19 Recordings/Arista Nashville with producer Mark Bright. The four-time Grammy winner, 2009 Academy of Country Music (ACM) Entertainer of the Year and three-time reigning Country Music Association (CMA) and ACM Female Vocalist of the Year, wrote seven songs on the album. PLAY ON’s first single, “Cowboy Casanova,” is the fastest rising hit of the year at country radio and exploded with massive first-week sales of 110,236 digital copies. With this achievement, Underwood remains the only solo country artist this year to debut a digital single above the 100,000 mark – a feat she’s accomplished not once, but twice in 2009, having also hit the six digits with her recording of this past season’s American Idol farewell theme, “Home Sweet Home.”
Earlier this year, Underwood became the first country artist in history to achieve 10 #1 singles from their first two albums when “I Told You So” became the fifth consecutive chart-topper from Carnival Ride, which also included the smash, “Just a Dream,” and three hits Underwood co-wrote: “So Small,” “All-American Girl,” and “Last Name.”  To date, Underwood is the U.S. best-selling American Idol winner with album sales over 10 million. On November 11, Underwood will co-host the 43rd Annual CMA Awards. 

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Taylor and Taylor....Leave Bistro Garden LA

Julianne Hough Goes to See MJ

Tuesday, November 3

NASHVILLETenn.  (Oct. 28, 2009)  Reigning CMA and ACM male vocalist Brad Paisley will be making an appearance on the Late Show With David Letterman on Tuesday, Nov. 3.  Paisley will be performing “American Saturday Night” from his album by the same title, which is nominated for CMA Album of the Year. 

As previously announced, Paisley will also be performing on ABC’s Good Morning America on Tuesday, Nov. 10 live from Nashville.  He, along with Carrie Underwood, will co-host The 43rd Annual CMA Awards on Wednesday, Nov. 11 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) live from the Sommet Center inNashville and on ABC.  Paisley is the most nominated artist for the CMA Awards with seven nominations, and he will also perform on the show.

Paisley just wrapped his 2009 American Saturday Night tour and has posted an all-hands-on-deck celebration thank-you video on Twitter: Tour Celebration Video.

“Welcome to the Future” is Paisley’s current single, in the #2 position this week on Billboard’s Country Singles chart.



NASHVILLE, TN –  Superstar Reba has a busy day planned in the Big Apple next Tuesday.
The multiple CMA Award Nominee will drop by Live w/ Regis & Kelly for a chat as well as a live full band performance of the fan favorite, “Pink Guitar,” from her #1 album KEEP ON LOVING YOU.
Later that evening, Reba and her nine-piece powerhouse band will perform the club favorite “I Want A Cowboy” for her debut appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. 
In the meantime, Reba’s hit single, “Consider Me Gone,” jumped to #13 on the Billboard Country Singles chart and to #12 on the USA Today/ Country Aircheck chart (powered by Mediabase) this week.
Reba is nominated for two 2009 Country Music Association Awards for Female Vocalist and Musical Event of the Year (the latter for “Cowgirls Don’t Cry” with Brooks & Dunn).  Reba will perform live on the ABC broadcast on Wednesday, November 11.
The superstar also recently picked up her 23rd American Music Award Nomination for “Favorite Female Country Artist” as well as a People’s Choice Awards Nomination for “Favorite Country Artist.”

Live with Regis & Kelly airs on ABC at 8 am ET/ 9 am CT.

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon airs on NBC at 12:30 pm ET/ 11:30 pm CT.


90-minute Special Features Performances by Billy Currington and the Zac Brown Band

NASHVILLE – October 28, 2009 – It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas when LARRY THE CABLE GUY'S HULA-PALOOZA CHRISTMAS LUAU holiday special premieres Friday, November 20 at 9:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m., ET/PT on CMT. 
This 90-minute variety show features Larry along with friends, including Kenan Thompson (“Saturday Night Live”), Caroline Rhea, George Lindsey (“The Andy Griffith Show”), comedians Reno Collier and Jon Reep, Peter OldringSara Erikson, the MuzikMafia’s Two Foot Fred, and returning favorites Tony Orlando and Angela Little MacKenzie (“Reno 911”). In addition to holiday-themed comedy and sketches set on the fictional island of Hula-Poola, the special will include musical performances from Billy Currington and the Zac Brown Band. 
With his signature catchphrase, “Git-R-Done”, Larry the Cable Guy continues to sell out theatres and arenas across the United States.  Larry’s most recent specials have included “Tailgate Party” which will air on Comedy Central in January of 2010 with a DVD release to follow, and “The Comedy Central Roast of Larry The Cable Guy” which garnered top ratings for the network.  Larry has also starred in many films including “Witless Protection,” “Delta Farce,” “Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector” and he was the voice of ‘Mater’ in the Golden Globe winning animated feature film “Cars.”  He is a platinum-selling recording artist and a two-time Grammy nominee.  LARRY THE CABLE GUY'S HULA-PALOOZA CHRISTMAS LUAU will be available on DVD from Jack Records/Warner Bros. Records beginningTuesday, November 24.
A Parallel Entertainment and Taillight TV production, the special is executive produced by JP Williams, CEO and founder of Parallel Entertainment, Larry the Cable Guy, and Taillight TV's Tom Forrest. Producers are Dave Higby, Jennifer Novak and Ben Tyson. Ryan Polito directs. John Hamlin and Margaret Comeaux are executive producers for CMT.  


NashvilleTN - (October 28, 2009) – Rascal Flatts continue their reign as the biggest group in country music. According to Nielsen Soundscan the band’s latest CD, Unstoppable, is one of only three country albums that have scanned platinum in 2009, including Taylor Swift’s Fearless and Hannah Montana: The Movie soundtrack, with year-to-date sales of over 1 million albums sold on each title.

Of all country titles released this year, Rascal Flatts’s Unstoppable holds the record for the biggest first week sales with 351,000 units sold. Unstoppablealso has the fifth highest debut sales numbers across all genres for all new CD releases this year. Included in the first week numbers are more than 58,000 digital albums, giving Rascal Flatts the biggest first week digital album sales for any country title released this year.

With 126,000 tracks sold the first week of release, the project’s lead #1 single “Here Comes Goodbye,” also holds the record for the biggest first week sales for any country digital single in the history of Nielsen Soundscan.

Gary, Jay and Joe Don will wrap the current leg of their headlining “Rascal Flatts American Living Unstoppable Tour” at the end of this month. Next up for Rascal Flatts are nominations for Group of the Year at the CMA Awards (November 11 on ABC) and Country Group of the Year and Country Album of the Year at the American Music Awards (November 22 on ABC).

Rascal Flatts newest CD Unstoppable has been certified platinum for sales in excess of 1 million.  The CD launched as the group’s fourth consecutive studio album opening at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, more than any other country artist in the history on Soundscan. This brings their career album sales to a staggering 20 million units in just this decade and the band has also amassed 22.5 million digital downloads.  Rascal Flatts are the largest selling and grossing group in country music history and named a Billboard Top Ten Touring Act in all genres with more venue attendance records than any other country act. The band has sold 4 million concert tickets in 4 years, including most recently two sold-out stadium shows in Chicago and Columbus earlier this summer. 

Nashville, TN - Lorrie Morgan is releases A Moment In Time, her collection of new interpretations of fourteen country classics, on October 26 through Country Crossing Records.  The album, produced by Wally Wilson and Chip Voorhis, was recorded live in the studio without overdubs. 
A Moment In Time showcases Morgan’s crystalline vocals and features a stellar cast of studio musicians.  Included are such timeless treasures as “Leavin’ On Your Mind,” “Cry” and “Are You Lonesome Tonight?”  The album also features duets with Raul Malo (“Easy Lovin’”) and Tracy Lawrence (“After The Fire Is Gone”).
Fans will have numerous opportunities to catch Morgan and learn more about A Moment In Time.  She’ll appear on numerous outlets on GAC and CMT throughout October and is set to make appearances on nationally syndicated programs Daytime TV on October 29th and The Daily Buzz on November 2nd.
Morgan will also head to New York  this week for appearances on Sirius/XM satellite radio, Fox News’ outlets Huckabee and Hannity as well as HLN’s The Joy Behar Show.  She will also tape a segment of the popular Food Network program, Iron Chef, on which she’ll appear as a celebrity guest judge.  Check local listings for program schedules.
The album will also be featured prominently in’s digital download store as the “MP3 Daily Deal” on Wednesday, October 28th.
Early next year, Morgan will return to New York to begin rehearsals for the Broadway adaptation of Pure Country, the 1992 film starring George Strait.  Morgan will star as “Lula”, in the role originally played in the movie by Lesley Ann Warren.  Starring opposite Morgan is fellow country star Joe Nichols in the role of “Dusty”.


WILKESBORO, N.C. (October 28, 2009)—MerleFest 2010, presented by Lowe’s, is proud to announce that multi-talented Grammy® and Emmy® winning actor/comedian/musician Steve Martin will perform on the Watson Stage on Saturday, May 1.
“I’ve heard great things about MerleFest for years,” said Martin.  “As a musician, it’s an event I’m really looking forward to playing.”
Martin is currently drawing rave reviews as he tours in support of his Rounder Records release, The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo, which spent multiple weeks at the top of the BillboardTop Bluegrass Albums Chart.  Touring with Martin are the Steep Canyon Rangers, who will perform with him at MerleFest.  Together they have performed at the 20th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards Show, The Late Show with David LettermanThe View, the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, Carnegie Hall, the Ryman Auditorium, and other venues in cities including Boston, Atlanta, Charlotte, Washington, Toronto, Chicago, Denver, Santa Fe and Troy, NY.  The tour will wrap up on November 9 at the Royal Festival Hall in London.
Martin is a three-time Grammy® winner, the latest for his collaboration with Earl Scruggs onFoggy Mountain Breakdown (2001) and two for the comedy albums Wild and Crazy Guy (1978) and Let’s Get Small (1977.) After playing on the Grammy® Award winning Foggy Mountain Breakdown with Earl Scruggs, Martin began writing a string of new banjo songs, some with lyrics and some as instrumentals. An album 45 years in the making, The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo features special vocal appearances by Mary Black, Vince Gill, Tim O’Brien, Dolly Parton and instrumental guest spots by Earl Scruggs, John McEuen, Stuart Duncan, Jerry Douglas, Pete Wernick and Tony Trischka.  Martin wrote or co-wrote all of the songs on the album, which wasrecorded in Dublin, Hollywood, Nashville and New Jersey.
In support of the album Martin has appeared on  A Prairie Home Companion, American Idol’s  season finale,  Saturday Night Live, Good Morning America, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, CBS Early Show and Tavis Smiley.
MerleFest 2010 announced its talent line up last week, and at the time, festival director Ted Hagaman promised surprises and additions to the list.  The award-winning SteelDrivers have also been confirmed and will perform on Thursday, April 29, and Friday, April 30.
MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of Eddy Merle Watson as a fundraiser for Wilkes Community College and a celebration of “traditional plus” music.  Scheduled for April 29 – May 2, 2010, the event is held on the campus of Wilkes Community college in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.  An eclectic group of over 75 artists performing on 15 stages will provide the “traditional plus” sound for which the festival is known. 

The MerleFest box office will open for 2010 ticket sales on Tuesday, November 10, at 2:00 p.m. EST. Ticket purchases can be made on the web at or by calling 1-800-343-7857.  An early bird ticket discount is available through March 12, 2010

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


NASHVILLE - Wake up with CMA Awards hosts Brad Paisley andCarrie Underwood when they perform on ABC's "Good Morning America" Tuesday, Nov. 10 live from Nashville on the ABC Television Network.
The "Good Morning America" concert is free and open to the public. The event takes place on the Sommet Center's outside plaza at the corner of Broadway and Fifth Avenue in Nashville and is presented by Chevrolet. ABC's "Good Morning America" will ramp up the excitement leading to "The 43rd Annual CMA Awards," airing
Wednesday, Nov. 11 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) live from the Sommet Center.
"We can't imagine a better way to jump start the excitement leading up to the CMA Awards than to have our hosts Brad and Carrie perform on 'Good Morning America'," said CMA Vice President of Communications 
Wendy Pearl. "It's a wonderful way for America to get a taste of what to expect during 'Country Music's Biggest Night.' We hope everyone comes out to experience these great artists, great music, and a great time in Nashville."
Paisley has won 11 CMA Awards since receiving the Horizon Award in 2000, including Male Vocalist (2007, 2008) and Album (2006 for 
Time Well Wasted). He also won Musical Event twice, first in 2004 with Alison Krauss for "Whiskey Lullaby," and second in 2006 for "When I Get Where I'm Going" with Dolly Parton; Vocal Event in 2001 for "Too Country" with Bill Anderson, George Jones and Buck Owens; and Music Video of the Year three times, first in 2002 for "I'm Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin' Song);" second in 2004 for "Whiskey Lullaby" (again with Krauss), and third in 2007 for "Online." He is currently tied with Garth Brooks and Tim McGraw at No. 5 on the list of top CMA Award winners.
Paisley is a consummate singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer, which has earned him numerous awards including three Grammy Awards. He has released eight critically acclaimed studio albums that have accumulated sales of over 10 million units. His most recent album, 
American Saturday Night, released on June 30 and debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums sales chart. Paisley has 14 No.1 singles - the last 10 consecutive - extending a streak unmatched by any other Country artist in the 19-year history of Nielsen BDS- monitored airplay.  His current American Saturday Night tour has played to over one million fans over the past year and has been extended into 2010 with nineteen additional dates.
Underwood has received five CMA Awards in her young career, including three consecutive wins as Female Vocalist (2006-2008), as well as Single of the Year (2007 for "Before He Cheats") and the Horizon Award (2006).
Underwood, after wrapping her 2008 concert tour with 1.2 million fans in attendance, launched into early 2009 as the first Country artist in history to achieve 10 No. 1 singles from their first two albums, when "I Told You So" became her tenth single to top a key sales or airplay chart and her fifth consecutive chart-topper from 
Carnival Ride. To date, Underwood, who has also won four Grammy Awards, is the U.S. best-selling "American Idol" winner with album sales over 10 million. Underwood will release a new album Play On on Nov. 3 on 19 Recordings/Arista Nashville with producer Mark Bright, who helmed 2007's hit-filled Carnival Ride, as well as seven tracks (including four No. 1 singles ) from Underwood's blockbuster 2005 debut, Some HeartsPlay On's debut single, "Cowboy Casanova," is the fastest rising hit of the year at Country radio.
In addition to "Good Morning America" Paisley and Underwood will also perform on the CMA Awards. Other performers recently announced include 
Jason Aldean, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesneywith Dave Matthews, Billy Currington, Vince Gill and Daughtry, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Darius Rucker, George Strait, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, and Zac Brown Band.
Tickets for the 2009 CMA Awards can be purchased by logging on to; calling (800) 745-3000; or in person at the Sommet Center box office, 501 Broadway (corner of Fifth Avenue and Broadway, in Nashville). Ticket prices begin at $110 for Upper Level. All ticket prices include sales tax, but exclude applicable service/handling fees.

"The 43rd Annual CMA Awards" is a production of the Country Music Association. 
Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer, Paul Miller is the Director, and David Wild is the writer. The special will be shot in high definition and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.
ABC News' "Good Morning America" is co-anchored by 
Diane Sawyerand Robin RobertsChris Cuomo is the news anchor and Sam Champion is the weather anchor. The Emmy Award-winning morning news broadcast airs live Monday through Friday from 7:00 to 9:00 AM/ET on the ABC Television Network. Jim Murphy is the senior executive producer and Tom Cibrowski is the executive producer of ABC News' "Good Morning America."

Love And Theft to Host Pre-Tel Awards

NASHVILLE - The excitement is building as the first group of presenters are announced for "The 43rd Annual CMA Awards," hosted by Brad Paisley andCarrie Underwood, and airing live from the Sommet Center in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov. 11(8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.
The first celebrities announced as Awards presenters during "Country Music's Biggest NightT" are NASCAR superstar driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.; stars of ABC's "The Middle"  Neil Flynn and Patricia Heaton;Julianne Hough; nominee Randy Houser (for both New Artist and Music Video of the Year for "Boots On"); nominee Jake Owen (New Artist of the Year);Kellie Pickler; CMA Award winner LeAnn Rimes; and ABC News's Robin Roberts, co-anchor of "Good Morning America" and host of the upcoming "Robin Roberts: Bright Lights. Big Stars. All Access Nashville" ABC television special (airing Nov. 10).
In addition, hot emerging trio Love And Theft will host the Pre-Telecast Awards, which are given out during the half-hour before the televised event begins. Among the Awards presented during this time are the CMA Broadcast Awards, which recognize the Broadcast Personality and Station of the Year in four categories (small, medium, large, and major market) as well as the National Broadcast Personality of the Year. 
Performers already announced include Jason Aldean, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney and Dave Mathews, Billy Currington, Vince Gill andDaughtry, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, George Strait, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, and Zac Brown Band, with more to be named soon.
Tickets for the 2009 CMA Awards can be purchased by logging on to; calling (800) 745-3000; or in person at the Sommet Center box office, located 501 Broadway (corner of Fifth Avenue and Broadway, in Nashville). Ticket prices begin at $110 for Upper Level. Great Lower Level seats are also available. All ticket prices include sales tax, but exclude applicable service/handling fees. 

Tickets On Sale Friday for Verizon Wireless BamaJam Music & Arts Festival

Kenny Chesney to appear at June 3-5, 2010 Festival

ENTERPRISE, Ala., Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Tickets will go on sale Friday, October 30th for the 3rd annual Verizon Wireless BamaJam Music & Arts Festival, slated for Thursday, June 3 through Saturday, June 5, 2010 in Enterprise.

The Verizon Wireless BamaJam Music & Arts Festival is one of the world's grandest outdoor entertainment extravaganzas. Fans have come from more than 47 states and 8 countries to enjoy the 3-day festival which includes music and activities for the whole family. At BamaJam, the music never stops and the fun goes on 'til the sun comes up ... and then it starts all over again with food, booths, activities and music, music, music.

Tickets are on sale for $99 for a 3-day ticket and $49.00 for a 1-Day Flex Ticket, which may be used on any 1 of the 3 days. Service charges and taxes are included in this low price.

These introductory prices will not last long, and are available in very limited quantities, so act fast!

Tickets are for General Admission, which means, the earlier you arrive, the better your seat!

The Verizon Wireless BamaJam Music & Arts Festival offers 3 jam-packed days of music and entertainment with performances by more than 30 of today's' most popular and compelling acts. With more than 600 acres, fans will find the perfect site to set up camp for the 2010 festival.

RV and tent campsites will be available for purchase on a first-come, first-serve basis. A par 3 golf course on the festival grounds will be available to campers. Shoes and shirts are not required!

Verizon and Ronnie Gilley Entertainment have announced 4-time and current CMA, and 4-consecutive ACM Entertainer of the Year Kenny Chesney will headline the event. This will be one of Chesney's only 2010 concert appearances.

Chesney, who's had 19 #1 songs, is known for the hits "Out Last Night," "When The Sun Goes Down," "Beer In Mexico," "Living In Fast Forward," "Never Wanted Nothing More," and the ACM Single of the Year, "The Good Stuff."

The Verizon Wireless BamaJam Music & Arts Festival has become synonymous with the best names in music entertainment. The festival boasts dozens of Grammy award-winning, platinum-selling artists; all in one place, all at one music-filled 3-day event. Past performers have included Taylor Swift, Alan Jackson, Kid Rock, Brooks & Dunn, Jamey Johnson, Jason Aldean and a slate of other top artists.

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Ronnie Gilley Entertainment, a division of Ronnie Gilley Properties, is a full service entertainment company located in Enterprise, Alabama. RGE is active in all facets of the entertainment industry, including recording/engineering, music publishing and artist management/promotion.

RGE's music interests include Stroudavarious Records and Country Crossing Records. The company also produces the annual Verizon Wireless BamaJam Music and Arts Festival.

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