Tuesday, August 31, 2010

I love this Story!!!!!!! Take the Time!!!!

After losing his  parents, this 3 year old orangutan was so  depressed he wouldn't eat and didn't respond to  any medical treatments.  The veterinarians  thought he would surely die from sadness..   The zoo keepers found an old sick dog on  the grounds in the park at the zoo where the  orangutan lived and took the dog to the animal  treatment center.  The dog arrived at the  same time the orangutan was there being treated.   The 2 lost souls met and have been  inseparable ever since.  
The orangutan  found a new reason to live and each always tries  his best to be a good companion to his new found  friend.  They are together 24 hours a da y  in all their activities.   
hey live in  Northern California where swimming is their  favorite past time, although Roscoe (the  orangutan) is a little afraid of the water and   needs his friend's help to swim. 
Together they have  discovered the joy and laughter in life and the  value of friendship. 
They have found more  than a friendly shoulder to lean on. 
Long  Live Friendship!!!!!!!  I  don't know......some say life is too short,  others say it is too long, but I know that  nothing that we do makes sense if we don't touch  the hearts of others.......while it  lasts!

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NASHVILLE, TN – Mercury Nashville artist Easton Corbin and his #1 debut single “I’m A Little More Country Than That” from his self-titled debut album, picked up three Country Music Association award nominations today in the categories of “New Artist”, “Single of the Year” and “Song of the Year”. The single is penned by Rory Feek, Don Pothyress and Wynn Varble.

Reacting to his first-ever and multiple CMA nominations, Corbin said “It’s such a privilege to be acknowledged alongside all of these talented artists in the ‘New Artist’ category and an honor that ‘A Little More Country Than That’ was my first single and #1 song and is being given this kind of recognition. Rory, Don and Wynn are great writers and did an excellent job putting this one together.”

When asked where he was when he received the news and how he reacted, Corbin continued, “I was driving to a writing appointment today when I got the news. My phone was ringing off the hook from my management and label and I thought ‘Oh no! Is this good or bad?’. I didn’t know the nominations were coming out today so I was a little scared,” Corbin said with a laugh. “But it all ended up better than I could’ve imagined.”  

Catch Easton on the H20 Tour with Brad Paisley thru the end of September, with stops in SpokanePortlandSeattlePhoenixAlbuquerqueBoise,Salt Lake City and Denver.

Jerrod Niemann Is Red-Hot as “Lover, Lover” Hitmaker Tallies First CMA Award Nod as New Artist of the Year!

NashvilleTN – Sea Gayle/Arista Nashville recording artist Jerrod Niemann earned his first Country Music Association award nomination this morning, with Niemann among the final CMA nominees for New Artist of the Year. 

Niemann’s career has exploded in 2010 with his chart-topping co-produced album, Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury, debuting at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart in its first week of release, as well as the recent #1 single success of “Lover, Lover,” now an RIAA-certified Gold Digital Single.

But amid the success and critical acclaim surrounding his music, Niemann admits that the CMA nomination caught him completely off-guard.  Jerrod says it’s “just an unbelievable feeling.  I got started as a songwriter, so I’ve been in the trenches a long time, and so for everybody to recognize that and give you a pat on the back and say thank you for hangin’ in there – although you had your puppies ran over a couple times,” he jokes, in reference to the career disappointments that ultimately helped inspire Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury.  Jerrod says, “It’s a huge honor, and I’m very excited and thankful.”

In just a few days, fans can watch for Jerrod on the road with Gary Allan, together with Jerrod’s longtime buddy Randy Houser, on Allan’s “Get Off on the Pain Tour,” beginning September 9.

Catch all the excitement of The 44th Annual CMA Awards when the show airs live from Nashville on November 10, at 8 PM ET, on ABC Television.

For more information on upcoming appearances and all things Jerrod, visit him anytime at www.JerrodNiemannOfficial.com.

America's Got Talent WINNER Kevin Skinner set to release debut album "Long Ride" 
Nashville TN– Reigning NBC hit show America’s Got Talent winner Kevin Skinner is gearing up to release his debut album, “Long Ride.”

Skinner saddled up for the ride of his life when the NBC reality series held auditions at Harrah’s in Metropolis, Illinois, just across the river from Kevin’s old Kentucky home. He answered the call to audition and the rest, as they say, is music business history.

In 2009, Kevin Skinner went from unemployed farmer to overnight sensation.  After he sang his first song on America's Got Talent (a cover of Garth Brooks' "If Tomorrow Never Comes"), Piers Morgan said, “That was one of the most emotional, powerful performances I’ve seen in a long time.”  Suddenly Kevin Skinner was everyone's favorite "Chicken Catcher" and he brought audiences to their feet.

Kevin went on to win the competition and $1-million.

America’s latest reality-series success story couldn’t have happened to a more deserving guy—or one who had invested more blood, sweat, and tears in his music. The talented singer/songwriter was born and raised in rural Graves County, Kentucky, where Mayfield is the county seat.  He picked up the guitar at age 12 and has never put it down. Kevin so loved singing and playing acoustic and electric guitar that he refused to give up on his dream of making a living with his music. So while he worked on farms, mowed lawns and caught chickens as day jobs, he worked nights, too. He formed a band, Skinner and Friends, and sang and played at Hill’s Bar-B-Que in Mayfield and Wrangler’s Campground at Land between the Lakes. He drove the two hours to Nashville to sing at open mic nights, hoping to get more jobs.

All the while, Kevin had the support, and often the participation, of his family.

From the initial America’s Got Talent audition at Harrah’s and later in Las Vegas and Hollywood, he made a lasting impression. Judges and audiences saw the plain man in the hat and jeans, heard the down-home dialect of western Kentucky, and might have been prepared to dismiss Kevin. But that was before he sang and played. Unpretentious and open, Kevin displayed a remarkable ability to move an audience with his songs. In the end, that quality garnered him millions of votes from viewers and the first prize. Fans took him to their hearts and their Facebook pages, even raising money to buy him an early 2009 Christmas gift: a $5,500 guitar.

Fans wanted more of Kevin even after the show was over. He had no other choice but to share his musical gift with the fans that stuck by his side and believed in him from his first performance to present. Through it all, Kevin Skinner remains humble, still unaffected, still serious about his music, still hoping to share his talent with audiences all over the world.  He’s starting a new chapter in his life and definitely the most exciting chapter of his career with the much-anticipated worldwide download release of his debut album "Long Ride." It’s a sweet journey.

About America's Got Talent
America's Got Talent  has brought the variety format back to the forefront of American culture by showcasing performers from across the country. The series is a true celebration of the American spirit, featuring a colorful array of hopeful stars, including singers, dancers, comedians, contortionists, impressionists, jugglers, magicians and ventriloquists, all vying for their chance to strut and perform on stage hoping to win America's hearts -- and the $1-million prize.

Chris Young Earns His First CMA Award Nomination!

Young Co-Hosted the Announcement of Seven of the 12 CMA Award Categories, Including His Nominated Category,
New Artist of the Year   

Nashville, TN – RCA Nashville chart-topper Chris Young co-hosted this morning’s announcement at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium of the final nominees in seven of the 12 categories for The 44th Annual CMA Awards, and Young also walked away a nominee, earning his first CMA nomination:  New Artist of the Year.

Reacting to the news, Young said, “It’s just a great feeling.  To be recognized like this as an artist, it means a lot to you, especially me, being my first CMA nomination.”  Young remarked that as excited as he is about the recognition, he feels a real source of pride in the people around him who’ve brought him to this point.  “Probably the thing that I’m most proud of is just really how everybody else has treated my career.  I’ve always been really excited and just proud to be on RCA and proud to be able to have my music heard,” Chris offered.  From the fans to all the people who work with him, Young says their continuing belief in him makes the good moments like this a shared celebration.  “I think about how excited I am, and then I’ll have people come up that are just as excited as me.  I’m just really lucky that I’ve got people like that in my corner.”

The news is yet another part of an incredible year for Chris, who marked another first this month with the RIAA Gold Digital Single certification of his #1 smash, “Gettin’ You Home.”  The song was the first of Young’s back-to-back #1 singles, with Chris topping the chart for three weeks this summer with “The Man I Want to Be,” the title track to his current album.

After touring with Alan Jackson earlier this year, Young has been on the road this summer on the Rascal Flatts Nothing Like This Tour.  Young will re-join Alan Jackson for the fall leg of his 2010 tour, also featuring The Band Perry, beginning November 4 in Sacramento.    

Chris is on the radio and video airwaves now with “Voices,” the newest hit from his acclaimed sophomore album, The Man I Want to Be.

Fans can tune-in for all the excitement of The 44th Annual CMA Awards, as the show airs live from Nashville on Wednesday, November 10, at 8 PM ET, on ABC Television.

For all the latest information on Chris, visit www.chrisyoungcountry.com.

Country Music’s Only Husband and Wife Duo Are Soaring This Week
With New Album, New Tour and  CMA Award Nominations
Nashville, TN – (August 31, 2010) – Husband/wife duo Joey+Rory are flying high and it’s not only a national sweepstakes with Southwest Airlines that has them on top of the clouds. The couple learned of their CMA Duo of the Year nomination today while busily preparing for the release of Album Number Two, due out September 14th.  Rory also received word that the hit song he penned “A Little More Country Than That” received Song of the Year and Single of the Year nominations.
"We're both very proud to be nominated for CMA Duo of the Year again, it's a thrill just to have our name on the same list as the other great duos in the category,” Joey says.  “Personally, I'm especially excited my husband Rory's song is nominated in two categories...for single and song of the year.  This nomination is truly a testament to not only what a great artist he is...but also what an incredible songwriter he is and has been all these years."

“I’m going to Disney World!” laughs Rory. “Actually I really am. We’re flying Southwest Airlines today with our girls for a quick trip before embarking on a working cruise with Zac Brown Band and country music fans. We will certainly celebrate the nominations on the high seas!”
Flying Southwest Airlines is a regular routine for the duo so it was only natural to team up with the airline for a “This Trip’s For You” Sweepstakes.
“It's the people's airline.  We love that,” adds Rory.  “Simple, but still fun.  Kinda like us," Rory chuckles.  
“This TRIP’s For You” Sweepstakes presented by Southwest Airlines kicks-off September 2nd and runs through September 20th. The title of the sweepstakes plays off Joey+Rory’s current single “This Song’s For You,” a song Rory wrote with Zac Brown that also features the Zac Brown Band.
Southwest Airlines will send one lucky winner and their guest to Houston to see Joey+Rory live at the House of Blues on Friday, October 8th as they celebrate the release of their new album.
One Grand Prize winner will receive Two (2) round-trip tickets compliments of Southwest Airlines to Houston TX (from the closest airport served by Southwest Airlines), a one-night stay in Houston, and a VIP Meet & Greet with Joey+Rory backstage.  Second Prize: Five (5) winners will receive an autographed copy of the new Joey+Rory CD “Album Number Two” and a Joey+Rory t-shirt.

Recently wrapping a national arena tour with Zac Brown Band – undeniably one of the hottest new acts in country music - Joey+Rory have the privilege of touring with one of country music’s legends – Don Williams.  In addition to tour dates already booked, Joey+Rory will join Williams for a month of theatre shows beginning September 30th.
"In 9th grade, I bought a Don Williams Greatest Hits songbook,” says Rory.  “That spring, I taught myself how to read the chord-charts and sang along to all his songs.  That book is how I learned how to play guitar.”   
He adds, “Don was always one of my dad's favorite singers.  I probably heard Dad sing "She Never Knew Me" a thousand times.  That love of Don Williams was passed on to me at an early age and he is still one of my all-time favorites.  For me, and Joey too, probably the single greatest thrill we've had is finding out we get to tour with the Gentle Giant.”

"I love that Don Williams today is the same Don Williams that the world heard and saw in 1978,” remarks Joey. “There aren't many artists that can say that.  He's a real family man and even though he's got that big voice, he's always let his music do the talking for him."
9/30             Oklahoma City, OK             Rose State College
10/3             Wichita Falls, TX                Memorial Auditorium
10/5             Lubbock, TX                       Citibank Auditorium
10/7             Salina, KS                            Steifel Theatre
10/22           Ashland, KY                       Paramount Arts Centre
10/26           Texarkana, TX                    Perrot Theatre
10/31            Huntsville, AL                   Von Braun Civic Center

CMA Vocal Duo of the Year nominee Joey+Rory is set to release Album Number Two on September 14, 2010. The first single from the album, “This Song’s For You,” is available for free download atwww.joeyandrory.com.
The CD is the follow-up to their successful debut album The Life of a Song - an album that entered the Billboard Country Album Chart at #10 and quickly spawned a Top 30 hit earning the husband & wife act the 2010 ACM Award for New Duo as well as ACM nominations for Top New Artist and Top Vocal Duo. The album remained on the charts for 50 weeks selling 200,000 copies. Joey+Rory's debut single "Cheater Cheater" was not only their first Top 30 hit at country radio but also became a nationwide Top 10 Dance Club hit. The single peaked at #3 on iTunes Top Country Song Chart with over 400,000 downloads.
When not on the road, Joey visits with patrons at Marcy Jo’s Mealhouse, a restaurant she and her sister-in-law co-own in Pottsville, TN. Rory spends his days at their farm, where he continues to pen award-winning hits. His most recent hit is the #1 and CMA nominated Song and Single of the Year “A Little More Country Than That” recorded by Easton Corbin. Other hit songs include the #1's “Some Beach” by Blake Shelton (multi-week), “Chain of Love” by Clay Walker and “Someone You Used to Know” by Colin Raye along with cuts by Kenny Chesney, Reba, Randy Travis, Terri Clark, Waylon Jennings, Buck Owens and many others.
The Contest will begin 9/2/10 at 10am CST and ends 9/20/10 at 5pm CST. No purchase necessary. All winners will be chosen at random from eligible entries.
Southwest Airlines is excited to partner with 2010 CMA nominated artists Joey+Rory! After 39 years of service, Southwest Airlines continues to differentiate itself from other low fare carriers—offering a reliable product with exemplary Customer Service.  Southwest Airlines serves the great city of Houston with 130 daily nonstop departures to 30 cities and additional connecting service to 39 cities and is the nation's largest carrier in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded; now serving 69 cities in 35 states. Based in Dallas, Southwest currently operates more than 3,200 flights a day and has nearly 35,000 Employees systemwide.
Presented by CHEVY

Special Guests include Darius Rucker and Justin Moore

NASHVILLETenn.  (August 31, 2010)  Brad Paisley has announced the second leg of his highly successful 2010 tour, H2O World Tour presented by Chevy.  Thirteen dates have been added to the previously announced 45 stops – extending the tour through November 20.

The tour has played to over 600,000 fans in just 3 months with 38 sell outs, including 51,000+ in Boston’s Gillette Stadium.  Go to www.bradpaisley.com to view a time lapse video from set-up to take-down at Gillette Stadium.

Chevy is title sponsor for the tour with Skinny Water continuing as support sponsor. Darius Rucker and Justin Moore will continue with the tour as special guests. 

Live Nation is the national tour promoter and tickets are on sale at LiveNation.com.

H2O World Tour dates:
September 9                 SpokaneWA                          Spokane Arena
September 10               Portland, OR                            Clark County Amphitheatre
September 11               GeorgeWA                            Gorge Amphitheatre                
September 15               Mountain ViewCA                 Shoreline Amphitheatre
September 17               San DiegoCA                         Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
September 18               PhoenixAZ                             Cricket Wireless Pavilion
September 19               AlbuquerqueNM                    The Pavilion
September 23               BoiseID                                  Taco Bell Arena
September 24               Salt Lake CityUT                   USANA Amphitheatre
September 25               Denver, CO                             Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
September 30               BozemanMT                          Brick Breeden Fieldhouse
October 2                    VancouverBC                        General Motors Place
October 4                    EdmontonALB                       Rexall Place
October 5                    Calgary, ALB                           Pengrowth Saddledome
October 7                    Winnipeg, MAN                       MTS Centre
October 9                    Grand ForksND                     Ralph Engelstad Arena
October 17                  TBD                
November 12               UncasvilleCT                          Mohegan Sun Arena
November 13               RochesterNY                         Blue Cross Arena
November 18               MemphisTN                           FedEx Forum
November 19               Little RockAR                        Verizon Arena
November 20               TulsaOK                                BOK Center

Log on to www.bradpaisley.com and www.livenation.com for on-sale and up to date information on H2O World Tour.

NASHVILLE - CMA announced today that tickets will go on sale for "The 44th Annual CMA Awards" on Saturday, Sept. 18 (10:00 AM/CT), and can be purchased by logging on to www.ticketmaster.com;  calling (800) 745-3000; or in person at the Bridgestone Arena 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 44th Annual CMA Awards," hosted for the third consecutive year by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, will be broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Wednesday, Nov. 10 (8:00-11:00 PM ET) on the ABC Television Network.
The CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined by the 6,000 plus industry professional members of CMA, which was the first trade organization formed to promote an individual genre of music in 1958. The first "CMA Awards Banquet and Show" was held in 1967. The following year, the CMA Awards were broadcast on NBC television for the first time - making it the longest running, annual music awards program on network television. The show aired on NBC through 1971 and on the CBS Television Network from 1972 through 2005 before moving to ABC in 2006.
"The 44th 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.

The Official CMA Press Release on nominations...

CMA Announces First Round of Nominees for 'The 44th Annual CMA Awards'

Remaining Categories Announced Tomorrow 

on ABC's "Good Morning America" With 

Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert

NASHVILLE, Tenn.Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- 

The first round of nominees in seven categories for "The 44th Annual CMA Awards" was announced today at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville by Justin Moore and Chris Young. Nominees for the remaining five categories will be revealed tomorrow on ABC News' "Good Morning America" with Dierks Bentley andMiranda Lambert.
"The 44th Annual CMA Awards" will be broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in NashvilleWednesday, Nov. 10 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network. "Country Music's Biggest Night™" will be hosted for the third time by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood.
"We are continuing a promising trend we saw last year with several artists receiving their first CMA Awards nomination or making a debut in a new category," said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer. "The infusion of fresh faces is great for the format and speaks to the strength and future of Country Music."
The announcement of the final nominees in seven of the 12 CMA Awards categories was made by Justin Moore and Chris Young from the stage of the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville in recognition of the Grand Ole Opry's 85th Anniversary. The Grand Ole Opry House has been undergoing major renovations following devastating floods in May and is scheduled to reopen Sept. 28.
The finalists in the remaining five categories will be announced tomorrow morning on ABC News' "Good Morning America." Premiere Radio Networks, CMA's official radio partner, will make the full slate of announcements available to radio stations including the announcement of the CMA Broadcast Awards finalists made today by Steel Magnolia.  
The 2009 CMA Awards, held in Nashville during Sweeps (Nov. 11), ranked behind only the Academy Awards and Grammy Awards during the 2009-2010 season for awards shows among total viewers. With "The 43rd Annual CMA Awards," ABC won the night in both total viewers (17.2 million) and adults 18-49 (5.3/14). According to Nielsen research, 35.8 million unique viewers ages 2+ watched six minutes or more of the program.
The CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined by the 6,000 industry professional members of CMA, which was formed in 1958 as the first trade organization dedicated to promoting an individual genre of music. The first CMA Awards Banquet and Show was held in 1967. The following year, the CMA Awards was broadcast on NBC television for the first time – making it the longest running, annual music awards program on network television. The show aired on NBC through 1971 and on the CBS Television Network from 1972 through 2005 before moving to ABC in 2006.
Winners of "The 44th Annual CMA Awards" will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible voting members of the County Music Association. CMA Awards balloting is officiated by the international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP.
In addition to coverage of today's events on CMT.com, "CMT Insider Special Edition: 2010 CMA Awards Nominations" will air on CMT Wednesday, Sept. 1 (11:00 AM/ET). The program, which features in-depth coverage of the nominees, artist interviews, and more, re-airs on Saturday, Sept. 4 (1:30 PM/ET) and Sunday, Sept. 5 (11:00 AM/ET).

Tickets for the 2010 CMA Awards will go on sale to the public on Saturday, Sept. 18 (10:00 AM/CT) and can be purchased by logging on to www.ticketmaster.com; calling (800) 745-3000; or in person at the Bridgestone Arena box office, 501 Broadway (corner of Fifth Avenue and Broadway), Nashville. Ticket prices begin at $110 for Upper Level. All ticket prices include sales tax, but exclude applicable service/handling fees. Purchase tickets early for best available seats. In 2009, the CMA Awards sold out in advance.
"The 44th 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.
The Final Nominees in Select Categories for "The 44th Annual CMA Awards" are:
New Artist of the Year
Luke Bryan
Easton Corbin
Jerrod Niemann
Chris Young
Zac Brown Band

Vocal Group of the Year
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Rascal Flatts
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band

Vocal Duo of the Year
Brooks & Dunn
Joey + Rory
Montgomery Gentry
Steel Magnolia

Single of the Year
(Award goes to Artist and Producer(s))
"A Little More Country Than That"
Easton Corbin
Produced by Carson Chamberlain
Mercury Nashville

"Hillbilly Bone"
Blake Shelton featuring Trace Adkins
Produced by Scott Hendricks
Reprise Records

"Need You Now"
Lady Antebellum
Produced by Paul Worley and Lady Antebellum
Capitol Records Nashville

"The House That Built Me"
Miranda Lambert
Produced by Frank Liddell and Mike Wrucke
Columbia Nashville

"White Liar"
Miranda Lambert
Produced by Frank Liddell and Mike Wrucke
Columbia Nashville

Song of the Year
(Award goes to Songwriter(s))
"A Little More Country Than That"
Rory Lee Feek, Don Poythress, and Wynn Varble

"Need You Now"
Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, and Josh Kear

"The House That Built Me"
Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin

Zac Brown, Wyatt Durrette, John Driskell Hopkins, and Shawn Mullins

"White Liar"
Miranda Lambert and Natalie Hemby

Music Video of the Year
(Award goes to Artist and Director)
"Hillbilly Bone"
Blake Shelton featuring Trace Adkins
Directed by Roman White

"Need You Now"
Lady Antebellum
Directed by David McClister

"The House That Built Me"
Miranda Lambert
Directed by Trey Fanjoy

Brad Paisley
Directed by Jim Shea

"White Liar"
Miranda Lambert
Directed by Chris Hicky

Musician of the Year
Paul Franklin – Steel Guitar
Dann Huff – Guitar
Brent Mason – Guitar
Mac McAnally – Guitar
Randy Scruggs – Guitar