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Scenes from the GREAT night...Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles on Broadway

Speak Now/Taylor Swift: How Many First Week Sales?

The Pinnacle of Music Row Success

There he was, cowboy hat and all, in the State Capitol  in Nashville. Garth Brooks, the most honored and best selling artist in Country music history. Mr Brooks had the Governor,2 US Senators,2 Congressman and a Mayor for his support cast. Trisha Yearwood on the front row. Impressive to say the least. He will raise millions for flood relief. A series of musical events in the planning since days after the disaster. Garth wanted to come in as the closer…and he has. Always brilliant and on course. He seemed really excited about the opportunity to raise money and do his big show again. Garth doesn’t need the money. He does want to remain in the position he earned. Or it would seem that he does. The senior superstar in residence. Let the others do their thing then he will do this..It’s why he sold more music and tickets than anyone around here. He just knows how to play the game. Brilliant as always. In case you don’t know: December 17,2010 concert at Bridgestone Arena Nashville. Tickets are $…
NASHVILLE, TN – (October 29, 2010)  -  In a special event today, the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt named its Pediatric Surgery Center after the superstar country music group Rascal Flatts. Through their hard work and generosity the band has combined to donate more than $3 million to Children’s Hospital.  The group’s contributions will allow the “RascalFlattsSurgeryCenter” to include a new specialized radiology suite, which will further expand services offered to patients.
                Rascal Flatts’ Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney, who were honored today during a ceremony at Children’s Hospital, also hosted a Halloween party with an intimate performance for patients and their families.  The group also visited children room-to-room to deliver Halloween treats and prizes. 
Today’s special event marks the sixth consecutive year the band has visited the hospital and performed for the patients.
The award-winning group said they were truly humbled by th…
High res pic of Charlie Louvin here 

Alison Krauss Added to Charlie Louvin Benefit
Full Line-Up Announced 
BELL BUCKLE, TENN. -- Valerie Smith is proud to announce that Alison Krauss has joined the line-up for Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry memberCharlie Louvin's Benefit on Saturday, October 30, 2010 at the Bell Buckle Banquet Hall in historic Bell Buckle, TN from noon to 9:00 pm. Krauss will take the stage around 7:00 pm performing five Louvin Brother songs.

Tickets are $10 and good for the entire day. They can be purchased at the world-famous Bell Buckle Cafe in Bell Buckle, Tenn., or by calling (931) 389-9693.

The benefit schedule has been announced as follows:

12:00 pm - Charlie's Living Room (see below)
2:00 pm - Valerie Smith & Becky Buller
3:00 pm - Ed Bruce
3:30 pm - Patsy & Donna Stoneman
4:00 pm - Wildwood Valley Boys
4:45 pm - Charlie's Living Room
5:30 pm - Valerie Smith & Becky Buller
6:30 pm - Charlie Louvin & Friends
7:00 pm - Al…
FAITH HILL, MARTINA MCBRIDE 'ROCK THE CRADLE' TO BENEFIT BABIES BORN AT BAPTIST HOSPITAL
More than $225,000 Raised at Baptist Hospital Foundation Event
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Oct. 28, 2010 - A crowd of more than 450 people, including music industry, business and community leaders, attended the Baptist Hospital Foundation's Rock the Cradle fundraiser featuring Faith Hill and Martina McBride.

It was the first time that Hill and McBride had ever performed together. They joined each other on stage at the same time for the performance, singing several of their hit songs, including several songs as duets. The fundraiser took place in the intimate setting of the Loveless Café Barn, where Hill and McBride shared personal stories and interacted with the audience.

The casual, music-focused event also included a cocktail reception, dinner, live auction and performances from comedian Kevin King and songwriters Tim Nichols and Craig Wiseman. Nan Kelley, GAC Host for Top 20 Country Countdown…
ABC GOES COUNTRY IN NOVEMBER!
THE NETWORK HOME OF "THE 44TH ANNUAL CMA AWARDS" WELCOMES COUNTRY MUSIC'S BIGGEST STARS TO ITS PRIMETIME SCHEDULE AND NEWS SHOWS In November, many of Country Music's biggest talents are appearing on the ABC television network, home to "The 44th Annual CMA Awards" airing on Wednesday, November 10(8:00-11:00 PM/ET).
In chronological order:
ONGOING, OCTOBER 30-NOVEMBER 10, "ROAD TO THE CMA AWARDS" (Check local listings for exacts airdates/times in your city) -"Road to the CMA Awards" is a half hour special airing on local ABC affiliates. It provides a fascinating sneak peek at "Country Music's Biggest Night(tm)." Packed with artist interviews and highlights from past CMA Awards it featuresTrace Adkins, Danny Gokey, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Reba, Darius Rucker, Josh Turner, Carrie Underwood, andKeith Urban. "Road to the CMA Awards" offers fans an opportunity to hear and…
DREW LANDRY PERFORMS AT GULF
COAST RELIEF BENEFIT CONCERT
ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30Nashville, TN – Lafayette musician Drew Landry will perform at a benefit concert in support of Gulf Coast relief efforts this Saturday, October 30th at 9:00 PM at Spanish Moon in Baton Rouge, LA. Landry will join Abe Manuel Jr. (Merle Haggard’s former fiddle player) and other special guests for the benefit concert as part of the Gulf Change Rally – a one-day rally and forum for Gulf Coast citizens to voice their questions and concerns about the recent oil spill disaster. Landry’s single, “BP Blues,” received national attention after he performed the song during his testimony at July’s Presidential Commission meeting. A $10 contribution to attend the concert will help send local coastal citizens to Washington D.C. For further information regarding the Gulf Change Rally and benefit concert, contact Brandi Gascon atgulfchange@gmail.com. Warner Bros. Records recently released “BP Blues,” a soulful tune about th…
BRETT ELDREDGE – COUNTRY MUSIC’S
“NEXT BIG THING” – DEBUTS AT THE
GRAND OLE OPRY ON OCTOBER 29
Nashville, TN –Atlantic Records’ rising star Brett Eldredge, who was recently named by CMT as their “Next Big Thing,” will make his Grand Ole Opry debut this Friday, October 29. Eldredge will be introduced to the Opry stage by renowned country music singer and songwriter, Bill Anderson. "I have one goal -- to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry," said Eldredge. "To me, that is the highest honor you can be awarded as a country music singer. So, given the opportunity to perform for the first time ever on the Grand Ole Opry stage is truly a dream come true. And then to have Bill introduce me....words can't express how cool that is for me. Bill and I have written together and I feel blessed that my friend and Opry legend,  Bill Anderson will be there to share this moment...it's just an amazing feeling. I am sure I will be nervous and freaking out beforehand but I am going to m…

Taylor the Wax and Taylor the Real

LADY ANTEBELLUM MAKES NETWORK TELEVISION APPERARANCES THIS WEEK
Nashville, Tenn. – Oct. 27, 2010 – Fans can catch superstar trio Lady Antebellum on television this week beginning Thursday on FOX at 6:30pm CT/7:30pm ET when they sing the National Anthem at Game Two of the Major League Baseball World Series as the San Francisco Giants take on the Texas Rangers in San Francisco.  On Friday, they will perform their No. one hit “I Run To You” on NBC’s School Pride at 7pm CT/ 8pm ET.  The new show tells stories of communities coming together to renovate their aging and broken public schools.  Lady A was on hand to perform for the students of Kingston Springs Elementary School as volunteers repaired the devastation caused by Nashville’s May flooding.

The reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year is currently on the road for their headlining Need You Now 2010 tour and will head back to Nashville for the CMA Awards on Nov. 10, where they are nominated for Entertainer of the Year, Vocal Group of th…
SUGARLAND’S THE INCREDIBLE MACHINE BOWS AT #1 ON BILLBOARD’S TOP 200 & COUNTRY ALBUMS CHARTS
TUNE IN TO CHELSEA LATELY OCTOBER 27, ELLEN OCTOBER 28 & VH1 TOP 20 OCTOBER 30

NASHVILLE, TN – Mercury Nashville duo Sugarland and their fourth album The Incredible Machine debuts at #1 this week on both Billboard’s Top 200 all-genre chart and the current country chart with sales of more than 202K, besting releases by Kings of Leon, Elton John and Leon Russell’s collaboration, Rod Stewart and Lil Wayne, which round out the Top 5 of the Top 200 respectively.
This marks the third time leads Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush have taken new albums straight to the top of the charts. Previous highs include ‘08’s Love On The Inside and ‘09’s Live On the Inside.
“We are thrilled to be #1 this week,” said Nettles. “We are grateful for all the fans that bought the album. This is an incredible start on a record that feels big and close to our hearts!”
Bush continued, “We’re excited that so many people …
Pre-sale Tickets for Kenny Chesney 2011 Tour
available November 3 at KENNYCHESNEY.COM

KENNY CHESNEY, TIM McGRAW, SUGARLAND, ZAC BROWN BAND, TRACE ADKINS, BILLY CURRINGTON, LUKE BRYAN AND MORE SET TO ROCK THE 2ND ANNUAL BAYOU COUNTRY SUPERFEST AT LSU'S TIGER STADIUM IN BATON ROUGE, MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND (MAY 28 & 29)

Tickets on sale to the public on November 10th. Fan Club Members have access to pre-sale tickets starting November 3rd at NOON CST at KENNYCHESNEY.com
October 27, 2010 (Baton Rouge, LA)-The talent lineup for the 2nd annual Bayou Country Superfest was announced today as superstar Kenny Chesney returns to the 2011 event, along with a Louisiana homecoming for Tim McGraw and Trace Adkins, plus Sugarland, Zac Brown Band, Billy Currington, Luke Bryan, Jason Michael Carroll, Josh Thompson and Lee Brice. Scheduled over Memorial Day Weekend 2011 (Saturday, May 28 & Sunday, May 29), Bayou Country Superfest brings together the biggest names in country music on the campus o…
JOEY+RORY RELEASE FAN FAVORITE “THAT’S IMPORTANT TO ME” OFF ALBUM NUMBER TWO NASHVILLE, TN (October 27, 2010) – CMA nominated husband/wife duo Joey+Rory release fan favorite “That’s Important To Me” to country radio stations countrywide. This emotional song written by the couple and Tim Johnson showcases their strong values and commitment to each other and to their family. As with every aspect of their career, Joey+Rory continue to share their lives, home, community and beliefs with their fans with “That’s Important To Me”. “Every line of this song is true,” states Rory. “We don’t watch much TV, we don’t buy things on credit, we always hold hands when we pray…all of it.  This is my favorite song on the record and the one I’m most excited about singing for the rest of our lives.” The corresponding video (airing now on GAC and CMT) was shot at the couple’s farmhouse, Joey’s family restaurant and the road they live on. “All of this truly is 100% our life,” said Rory.  “Joey cuts my hair on th…
STAGECOACH: CALIFORNIA’S COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL RETURNS FOR FIFTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR: SATURDAY, APRIL 30 AND SUNDAY, MAY 1 AT THE EMPIRE POLO CLUB IN INDIO, CA KENNY CHESNEY,  RASCAL FLATTS AND CARRIE UNDERWOOD TOP A WHO’S-WHO-OF-COUNTRY LINE-UP THAT ALSO INCLUDES LORETTA LYNN, DARIUS RUCKER, JOSH TURNER AND MANY MORE
Next year’s STAGECOACH--set for Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1, 2011--not only marks the annual music festival’s fifth consecutive year, it also features the return of some of country music’s top charting artists to the beautiful Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA.  Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts and Carrie Underwood  head a musical line-up that celebrates more than five decades of country and will include performances fromDarius Rucker, Loretta Lynn, Josh Turner, Leon Russell, Easton Corbin, Gatlin Brothers, Jack Ingram, Mel Tillis, Rodney Crowell, Wanda Jackson, Rhonda Vincent and many more (the full line-up as of October 27 is below).
Tickets for STAGECOACH…CALIFORNIA’S COUNTRY MUS…

From the FRENCH Country Music Folks:) Sounds FUN!

Hello, The French Association of Country Music (FACM) is proud to announce the officials results of the 8th French Country Music Awards 2010. The ceremony took place saturday, october 23rd to the Hillbilly Western club of Cahavanod. For more information, please contact us to info@america-france.com Visit the FACM (French Association of Country Music) website: http://facm.free.fr MEILLEUR ARTISTE / GROUPE /BEST ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR JOSH TURNER MEILLEUR CHANTEUR / BEST MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR BRAD PAISLEY MEILLEURE CHANTEUSE / BEST FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR CARRIE UNDERWOOD MEILLEUR ESPOIR / BEST NEW TALENT OF THE YEAR EASTON CORBIN MEILLEUR DUO / BEST DUO OF THE YEAR BLAKE SHELTON + TRACE ADKINS "HILLBILLY BONE" MEILLEURE CHANSON / BEST SONG OF THE YEAR LADY ANTEBELLUM "NEED YOU NOW" MEILLEUR ALBUM / BEST ALBUM OF THE YEAR LUKE BRYAN "DOIN' MY THING" MEILLEUR MUSICIEN / BEST MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR BRAD PAISLEY MEILLEURE FORMATION BLUEGRASS / BEST BLUEGRASS BAND OF TH…
GRAND OLE OPRY INDUCTS BLAKE SHELTON AS NEWEST MEMBER "The Grand Ole Opry is an artist and I’m really proud to be one of its songs."
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -  (October 23, 2010) -  Reprise Records recording artist Blake Shelton became the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry tonight, inducted by Opry member Trace Adkins before a sold-out Opry House audience including family, friends, and fans. Backstage before his induction, Shelton said, “tonight for me is the Nashville dream. Tonight is the pinnacle. This is what I wanted from the beginning—to make a mark. And tonight is the ultimate one.” Shelton opened the show with his multi-week No. 1 hit “It’s All About Tonight,” then returned later to sing “She Wouldn’t be Gone” followed by a duet with Adkins on “Hillbilly Bone.” Adkins officially inducted him into the Opry, presenting him with the Opry Member Award and saying, “with great reverence and respect, it means the world to me to be the one to hand this to you and say, ‘Blake Shelton,…

Had to show this..Anderson Cooper and Lady GaGa in London

ATLANTIC RECORDS NEWCOMERS
THE INVITE OPENS FOR TRACE
ADKINS ON OCTOBER 25The band will perform at Musician’s On Call’s “Month of Music”
at the Hard Rock Café in NashvilleNashville, TN – There’s nothing like getting the invitation of a lifetime. Atlantic Records newcomers, The Invite can attest to that as they gear up to open for their longtime hero and multi-platinum, award-winning country music star, Trace Adkins on Monday, October 25. The Invite will perform with Adkins at theHard Rock Café in Nashville, Tenn. for the "Month of Music" celebration hosted by Musicians On Call. The band will also perform at 10:00 PM on Tuesday, October 26 at 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville. I'm honored to be a part of this amazing Musicians on Call event. They work miracles every day!” said Johnny Gates, lead singer of The Invite. “It feels like yesterday I was back home watching Trace on TV with my family and now we are sharing the same stage! It’s truly going to be an awesome night for …