Friday, October 29, 2010

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 $25.00. If and WHEN this show sells out there will be another announced and then another. Industry experts say 3 shows but no one really has any idea how the fans will react. I think bigger than 3…only availability of the arena not Garth will keep the number down. I’ll put the spin on GBs number. He will make this a huge happening. HUGE!
November 3 at NOON central time is when the ticket sales details will be announced. Stay tuned.
Now on to the other brilliant career of this decade. Taylor Swift. The media blanket was complete. Total publicity for the new cd Speak Now including very positive critical reviews. 2 million shipped and she will sell them all if not this week soon…
Outside control of the Swift spin doctors the story on the movie. What movie? Rock of Ages…an 80’s rock Broadway play getting the Hairspray treatment.
Cruise the bartender..confirmed offer from the studio and Cruise pr. Swift the lead? Whoa! This isn’t a cameo role. And you couldn’t pick a more perfect part. Will she get it/or will she take it/or does she have time for it maybe most importantly.
2011 will be an insane year for Music Row touring. Everyone seems to be on the road. TS will tour arenas and stadiums late Spring/Summer. She may have some time in January to do a movie . I hope she does it. The director is a gem! Adam Shankman. ( he did Hairspray and made it much better than the play!)
TS and GB do it better than anyone else ..I know people get sick of me saying that but they never drop the ball.
I see screwups in almost every other camp. They either hit the tone wrong or their stars are pains in the ass and won’t work as hard as TS or GB.
Some are just not cut out for that kind of fame even if they wanted it. Some try too hard. Many just are posers and get exposed at some point.
TS/GB do the time and treat the fans the best. They have loyal followers the rest only dream about cultivating.
There is no substitute for team. A 1st class team with a star that has a charm and works hard on stardom.
It’s magical. TV cameras don’t lie at the end of the day. It sees through you. It sees a lack of confidence and it sees a fake. If it looks hard enough at you it will see through you.
We have part time stars. We have fakers who are only in Country because rock didn’t take them. The few who are real sometimes just don’t have the right timing or machine behind them. It’s why when a few do hit, you see how all the dots were connected.
It is amazing to watch an Elvis, The Beatles, Shania,The Garth Brooks and maybe, and its still early, Taylor Swift.
It’s not about purity of country music,I’m talking commerce meets art. Great songs presented ina way that connects with the audience. Right place and right time doesn’t hurt. Luck and skill in combination,magic!





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 “RascalFlatts Surgery Center” 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 the hospital’s display of appreciation.

“We became involved with the work at Children’s Hospital so that children will continue to have a wonderful place to get better and to help their families move on with their lives,” said LeVox. “We have built some long-lasting relationships, not only with the staff, but with some of the kids and their parents as well.”

The “Rascal Flatts Surgery Center” will house all of Children’s Hospital’s existing and new surgical programs.  More than 12,700 pediatric surgeries are performed each year at Children’s Hospital.  Doctors conduct general and specialized surgeries on children, from infancy to adolescence, to address a myriad of congenital and acquired health conditions.  The new radiology suite will be used for challenging surgical procedures such as liver transplants and difficult abdomen and chest infections.

“We are honored by the extraordinary philanthropic commitment of Rascal Flatts to our patients and families at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt,” said Jonathan Gitlin, M.D., James C. Overall Professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics.  “The clinical work done in this new radiology suite permits us for the first time through the generosity of Rascal Flatts to make discoveries in the science of patient care that will bring new hope to children in Nashville, Middle Tennessee and across America.”

A sign that bears the group’s name was unveiled today, which marks the entrance to the “Rascal Flatts Surgery Center” on the third floor of Children’s Hospital.

“All parents and children who enter the area will walk under the Rascal Flatts sign, but the words we write will never adequately express what they have done and how people like them, as well as others, allow us to do what we do,” said John W. Brock III, M.D., surgeon in chief of the Children’s Hospital.  “I continue to be amazed, as I have told them, by their level of commitment to this hospital.”

About Rascal Flatts:
Rascal Flatts’ Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney are celebrating 10 years of music this year and will release a new album on Nov. 16, Nothing Like This.  During this time they’ve become one of the hottest touring acts and the top country group of the new millennium. The band has delivered 11 #1 singles to the top of the charts and has more titles in Billboard’s Top 100 Songs of the Decade than any other group in the format.  In the past 10 years, the band has sold more than 20 million albums and 25 million digital downloads while all six of their studio albums make Billboard’s Top 100 Country Albums of the Decade listing. As the most awarded country group of the new Millennium, Rascal Flatts has brought home nearly 40 trophies from the Academy of Country Music, American Music Awards, Country Music Association, People’s Choice Awards and more.  

For additional information on Rascal Flatts go to www.rascalflatts.com.  

 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 - Alison Krauss with Jerry Douglas, Ron Block, Victor Krauss & Carmella Ramsey
7:45 pm - Live Auction
8:30 pm - Charlie's Living Room

Charlie's Living Room artists include:
Jeff Barry, Ed North, Wilford Ray, Jon Weisberger, Larry Felix, Billy Kitchen, Mike Allen, Mike Scott, Shane Blackwell, Kristy Morris Band, Bobby Powell, Kyle Kraft and many more!

Donations can be mailed to: The Charlie Louvin Fund, PO Box 42, Wartrace, TN 37183

The Silent Auction will take place during the day with the Live Auction at 7:45 pm. The Live Auction will be conducted by Jerry Shelton, Johnny Foster and Tom Waynick from Shelton Auction & Realty of Shelbyville, Tenn.  Louvin has donated a guitar and autographed posters to the auction. Thanks to the following businesses for donating items to the auction including but limited to:  Grand Ole Opry; Country Music Hall of Fame; WSM Radio; ASCAP; Alan Messer Photography; Kincaid's; Celebration Travel; Christopher Equipment; Discount Arts and Frames; Shelbyville Record Shop; Barr's; Hoover Paint; Smith Country Ham; New Covenant Bookstore; Badcock's; Victory Nissan; Heritage Jewelers; J. Jordan Boutique; Haynes Lumber; and First Community Bank.  From Wartrace, Tenn.:  Gallagher Guitars.  From Manchester, Tenn.:  Hoover's Jewelers; Smoots Flowers & Gifts; Home Depot; Russell Stover Candies and Foothills Crafts.  From Bell Buckle, Tenn.:  Vera's Pearls; The Cat's Meow; Phillips General Store, and so many more.

MORE INFORMATION ON THE CHARLIE LOUVIN BENEFIT
The event is an effort to help defray Louvin's astronomical medial costs as he fights pancreatic cancer. The benefit will be hosted by Louvin and Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike.
We would like to extend a special thanks to Dan Hays and the International Bluegrass Music Association(IBMA) of Nashville, Tenn., for donating two VIP packages to next year's IBMA awards show at the Ryman Auditorium and two VIP passes to the IBMA FanFest, which is held annually at the Nashville Convention Center.

Food will be available for sale from the the world-famous Bell Buckle Cafe in downtown Bell Buckle, Tenn., with all proceeds going to the Louvin family.

Seven-time IBMA "Female Vocalist of the Year" Rhonda Vincent is hosting a silent auction on her website,RhondaVincent.com, with all proceeds going to the Louvin family.  Items include a Martin guitar signed by Vincent as well as autographed posters and Martha White memorabilia as well as an autographed copy of Vincent's brand new album Taken

The Louvin Brothers (Charlie and Ira) had a string of country hits throughout the 1950s and early '60s including "When I Stop Dreamin', "I Don't Believe You Met My Baby," and "My Baby's Gone."  Their music heavily influenced such groups as the Everly Brothers, the Byrds and even the Beatles.  

After Ira's tragic death in an auto accident, Charlie Louvin continued on in his solo career until the present day, regularly hosting the Grand Ole Opry and the Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree on WSM 650 AM as well as touring throughout the country and around the world.

The Louvin Brothers are members of the Country Music Hall of Fame as well as the NashvilleSongwriters Hall of Fame and the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.

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Thursday, October 28, 2010


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 and OpryLive!, served as the emcee.

The event generated more than $225,000 in proceeds to benefit babies born at Baptist Hospital, specifically for the Beaman Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Connie Bradley and Troy Tomlinson served as the Rock the Cradle event co-chairs.

"All of the performers and the event planning committee generously donated their time and talents and we are grateful," said Bernie Sherry, president and CEO at Baptist Hospital. "Faith and Martina have a personal connection with Baptist Hospital. Their involvement in Rock the Cradle will be forever lasting because the funds raised will impact the hundreds of babies who are treated in our neonatal intensive care unit every year."

Each year, Baptist Hospital delivers more than 7,000 babies, more than any other hospital in Middle Tennessee. Approximately 10 percent of these babies will need several days or even months of intensive care provided in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). For parents who face an extended hospital stay for their baby, it can be an incredibly stressful and challenging time. Baptist Hospital Foundation funding has helped to renovate and equip Baptist Hospital's NICU, provide continuing education for nurses and other staff and assist families who have a critical need because their baby is in the NICU.

The Baptist Hospital Foundation, established as a 501c3 organization in 1983, provides a vehicle for friends of the hospital to make tax-deductible gifts in support of various hospital-related programs.

Baptist Hospital is a member of Saint Thomas Health Services, a faith-based ministry with more than 6,500 associates serving Middle Tennessee. Saint Thomas Health Services' (STHS) regional health system consists of five hospitals - Baptist and Saint Thomas Hospitals and the Center for Spinal Surgery in Nashville, Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Murfreesboro and Hickman Community Hospital in Centerville - and a comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures in diagnostics, cardiac services and ambulatory surgery as well as medical practices, clinics and rehabilitation facilities.
STHS is a member of Ascension Health, a Catholic organization that is the largest not-for-profit health system in the United States. For more information, visit www.baptisthospital.com or www.sths.com.
 
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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 see these artists' favorite memories from past CMA Awards, as well as find out what it was like to be nominated and perform for the first time.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, "DANCING WITH THE STARS,"(8:00-9:30 PM/ET)  - Reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year and multi-platinum music sensation Taylor Swift will perform on the results show 200th episode celebration. Swift is also the reigning CMA Female Vocalist, a category for which she is nominated again this year. She has won a total of six CMA Awards, including Album (in 2009 for Fearless, which also earned her a second trophy as co-producer), Music Video (in 2009 for "Love Story," directed by Trey Fanjoy), and Horizon (2007). In 2009, she was the recipient of the annual CMA International Artist Achievement Award. Her highly anticipated third album, Speak Now, was released on Oct. 25.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, "IN THE SPOTLIGHT WITH ROBIN ROBERTS: ALL ACCESS NASHVILLE," (10:01-11:00PM/ET) - Robin Roberts once again puts on her cowboy boots for an hour-long special which will give viewers an all-access pass into the homes and private lives of Country Music's biggest stars. Roberts will get up close and personal with such Country superstars as Brad Paisley, LeAnn Rimes and Carrie Underwood. The special also takes viewers inside the amazing homes of some of Country Music's biggest stars, including an exclusive tour of Kellie Pickler's new Nashville home.


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4, "GOOD MORNING AMERICA,"(7:00-9:00 AM/ET) - Country superstar and co-host of "The 44th Annual CMA Awards," Brad Paisley performs live. Paisley has won 13 CMA Awards since receiving the Horizon Award in 2000, including Male Vocalist for three consecutive years (2007-2009) and Album (2006 for Time Well Wasted). He has released eight critically acclaimed studio albums, with sales of more than 11 million units. His most recent album,American Saturday Night, was ranked as TimeMagazine's 2009 No. 1 album of the year in any genre of music. His most recent No. 1 single, "Water," was his 17th chart topper - the last 13 consecutive. Paisley's innovative and entertaining "H2O World Tour, which consistently sells outhas been extended into 2011 and been renamed the "H2O Frozen Over Tour." His newest album, Hits Alive, will include original studio tracks as well as live tracks from his concerts and will be released Nov. 2.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, "GOOD MORNING AMERICA,"(7:00-9:00 AM/ET)  - Country megastar and actress Reba appears live from New York City. Reba is a 2010 CMA Female Vocalist of the Year nominee, an Award she won during four consecutive years (1984-1987). She is currently tied with Martina McBride for the most wins in that category.  She has won a total of six CMA Awards, including Entertainer of the Year (1986).  Her upcoming album, All The Women I Am, will be released Nov. 9.   
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, "THE 44THANNUAL CMA AWARDS," (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) -Hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, "The 44th Annual CMA Awards" airs live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Previously announced performers include Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Reba, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Sugarland, Taylor Swift,Underwood and Keith Urban. In addition, special performances will feature Gwyneth Paltrow in her live Country Music singing debut, performing withVince Gill; top nominee Lambert with Sheryl Crowin a tribute to Loretta Lynn's 50th Anniversary as a recording artist; and Zac Brown Band with Alan Jackson. Presenters include The Band Perry,Luke Bryan, Easton Corbin, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Jerrod Niemann, Kellie Pickler, LeAnn Rimes, Darius Rucker, and Chris Young, with more to be announced soon.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, "JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE,"(12:05-1:05 AM/ET) - Blake Shelton, who was recently inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, performs. Shelton is nominated in four CMA Award categories, including Male Vocalist; and Single (produced by Scott Hendricks); Musical Event; and Music Video for "Hillbilly Bone," which featured Trace Adkins and was directed by Roman White. Shelton's latest SIX PAK, All About Tonight, is in-stores now. He will release his first greatest hits album, Loaded: The Best of Blake Shelton, on Nov. 9.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 14, "EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION," (8:00-9:00 PM/ET) - "Lighthouse School/Sweatt Family"- The Extreme Team returned to Nashville, Tennessee, which was devastated by the 500-year flood on May 1st of this year. At that time, news stations across the country featured footage of a school building floating down the interstate. What people didn't know was that the Sweatt Family had been running the school since 2003 and despite extensive damage to their own facility, Brian, and his wife Barbara have spearheaded recovery efforts helping over 200 families to date. Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, and LeAnn Rimesdescend on the Sweatts and the school that has touched the hearts of so many and team with the show's designers to deliver a new school to the deserving students.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15, "CASTLE," (10:00-11:00 PM/ET)- Singer and actor Lyle Lovett ("The Player," "The Opposite of Sex") will guest star as Agent Darryl Shafer, a larger-than-life yet shadowy government figure who plays his cards close to the vest.  In the story, after a prominent astrophysicist's body is found in her car - the victim of explosive decompression - there can be only two possible causes: either she was killed in a decompression chamber (and the killer moved the body) or she died in the vacuum of space.  Given that the latter explanation points to something otherworldly, Castle and Beckett focus their investigation right here on Earth - only to be confronted with a succession of evidence that keeps pointing them back to the impossible: Alien Abduction. 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15, "JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE," (12:05-1:05 AM/ET) - Jason Aldeanperforms. His new album, My Kinda Party, will be in-stores on Nov. 2.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, "BETTER WITH YOU," (8:30-9:00 PM/ET)  "Better With Flirting" -- Country Music superstar Reba reunites with her "Reba" TV daughter, JoAnna Garcia ("Mia"), when Reba guest stars as  a high end wedding planner who tries to upstage Mia's pending nuptials.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29 "CMA COUNTRY CHRISTMAS," (9:30-11:00 PM/ET) - Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles hosts Country's biggest stars as they join together to celebrate the holidays! In true Christmas spirit, these artists will celebrate the season with songs and stories that are sure to warm your heart. Joined by some of their family members, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, LeAnn Rimes, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Rascal Flatts, Reba, Sheryl Crow, andSugarland will share with fans their holiday traditions and memories. "CMA Country Christmas" will tape in front of a live audience on Thursday, November 11 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.

DREW LANDRY PERFORMS AT GULF
COAST RELIEF BENEFIT CONCERT
ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30

Nashville, 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 the hardships and lost jobs that residents faced due to the oil spill in the gulf. The single is available on iTunes and all digital retailers. All of the label’s proceeds will go to benefit gulf coast cleanup efforts.
 
Landry has played Jazz Fest in New Orleans, House of Blues, The Roxy and SXSW, to name a few. He has sold a combined 12,000 copies of his self-released albums and has charted singles on the UK Americana charts. His latest album, Sharecropper’s Whine, was released by Landry’s band, Bandryland. His EP, Hurricane Relief & Tailgaten Companion, debuted at 11 on the Euro Americana chart. Landry’s music has earned him gigs alongside Billy Joe Shaver, Charlie Louvin and Dwight Yoakam. He has also played with Texas country acts such as Robert Earl Keen, Cross Canadian Ragweed and Randy Rogers and Rockers like Johnny Winter, Hank 3 and Sonny Landreth, to name a few.
 
For more information on Drew Landry, please visit www.dirtycajuns.com.
 

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 make sure I take it all in."
 
Eldredge joins the Oak Ridge Boys, Rodney Atkins and Joe Diffie in the line-up for Friday’s show.
 
Brett Eldredge is county music’s hottest debut artist with his distinctive country sound and powerhouse vocals. The country star has already started quite a buzz with his debut single, “Raymond” which currently reigns in this week at No. 44 on the Billboard charts, four weeks since its release to radio. “Raymond,” written by Brett Eldredge and Brad Crisler, follows the story of a relationship between a young man and an elderly patient at a nursing home who has Alzheimer’s Disease. The woman mistakes the man as her son, affectionately calling him Raymond. The lyrics are an extremely personal journey for Eldredge, as he wrote the song after learning about the progressing decline of his grandmother’s battle with Alzheimer’s.
 
Check out Brett Eldredge’s video “Raymond” here: http://www.vimeo.com/13303020
 
For more information about Brett Eldredge, please visit www.BrettEldredge.com.
 
To purchase tickets to see Brett Eldredge perform at the Grand Ole Opry, please visit www.Opry.com.
 

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

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 YearVocal Group of the YearAlbum of the Year for NEED YOU NOW, Single of the Year for “Need You Now” and Music Video of the Year for “Need You Now.”  Each member of the trio snagged an additional nomination individually in the Song of the Year category as songwriters for “Need You Now.”

For more tour dates and the latest news, visit www.ladyantebellum.com
 
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 bought the album this week. We have been playing many of these songs on tour all year and are happy that fans get to finally have the music in their hands and ears."

Be sure and tune in or set your recorder for Chelsea Lately tonight and their performance on Ellen October 28 alongside guest First Lady Michelle Obama. The video for Sugarland’s Top 5 hit single “Stuck Like Glue” has been added to VH1 and the duo will be dropping by the Top 20 studios October 30, which will air at 9amET and re-air October 31 and November 2 at 7:30amET.

And if you missed their Today Show performance Friday of new single “Little Miss” and #1 hit “Settlin’”, click here: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/39725810/ns/today-entertainment/.


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 of Louisiana State University for the huge two-day celebration. The 2010 event drew over 87,000 people from all across the country to Tiger Stadium, making the Bayou Country Superfest a new Memorial Day Weekend destination and tradition.

"The first Bayou Country Superfest was even greater than we had dreamed, as exciting and powerful as any live concert experience anywhere," said Quint Davis, producer/director of the event. "If you were there-and thousands came from all over America-then you've been waiting to come back. If you missed it, then here's your chance to see an unequalled galaxy of country music superstars to be found only in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, under the skies of Tiger Stadium."

Tickets, box suites, and reserved parking for Bayou Country Superfest go on sale Wednesday, November 10 at 10:00 a.m. CST through Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets or by calling (800) 745-3000. The Baton Rouge River Center Box Office will also be open weekdays from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. for any ticketing or parking purchases. The Pete Maravich Assembly Center Box Office (first floor) will be open weekdays from November 10 through 19 only, 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Bayou Country Superfest is a reserved-seating event, so fans are encouraged to purchase tickets early in order to get the best seats available. Special VIP upfront, stage-front, standing-room tickets in an area called the Golden Horseshoe will be available in very limited supply. A limited number of discounted two-day ticket packages will also be available at certain price levels. Don't forget to add parking to your ticket purchase in one of LSU's premium parking lots. Patrons interested in purchasing box suites or special RV parking in Touchdown Village should call the Bayou Country Superfest Ticket Office at (504) 410-4100.

Kenny Chesney brings his incendiary live show back to Tiger Stadium for 2011 as he looks to top his epic performance from 2010 that boasted guest stars, a championship trophy and over two hours of hits, happiness and hollerin'. In a truly rare Festival highlight, Chesney will team up on stage with the Zac Brown Band on Sunday night to form a thrilling grand finale. With album sales over thirty million and twenty number one singles, Chesney's popularity continues to grow as Pollstar Magazine cited him as the second biggest live ticket seller of the decade in any genre of music. Chesney's football anthem "The Boys of Fall" currently sits atop the singles chart and his new album Hemingway's Whiskey stands at number one on The Billboard 200 Chart, his sixth album to achieve that feat and his tenth consecutive album to debut at number one on the Billboard Country Album Chart.

Bayou Country Superfest

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5/29/11Baton Rouge, LABayou Country Superfest

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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 the front porch.  She grows starter-plants for her garden in the house.  That's my old car that I drive every day (a 1952 Oldsmobile). Having this song out there for people to hear and see is about as exciting for us as it can get.”
 
Appearances in the video range from their daughters and neighbors to their dog Rufus and their baby ducks. This intimate snapshot of their daily life captures what’s most important to them and highlights the people they care about most.  
 
“This video visually shows what's most important to us,” states Joey.  “Our values are so important to us and we believe that we can all be a small part in helping the world rediscover, and get back to, the things that are "most important" in life.”
 
"We're all very excited to share this song and Joey+Rory's life with their fans," adds manager Matt Maher of ROAR. "While some artists choose to keep their personal lives private, Joey+Rory are transparent about their relationship, home, community, beliefs and their whole life through their music and in particular, with this song and video. It's been a fan favorite from the first time they played it live, and the early reaction is so incredibly strong, its as if people have been waiting for this affirmation of their own similar beliefs."
 

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 JacksonRhonda Vincent and many more (the full line-up as of October 27 is below).

Tickets for STAGECOACH…CALIFORNIA’S COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL POWERED BY TOYOTA go on sale Friday, November 5 at 10:00 AMat all Ticketmaster locations and Stagecoachfestival.com.  $99 two-day weekend passes are available for a limited time and layaway options (details of which are posted at the website) will again be in place. Children 10 and under will be admitted for free.

The STAGECOACH 2011 line-up (as of October 27) is as follows:  Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker, Loretta Lynn, Josh Turner, Chris Young, Leon Russell, Easton Corbin, Ricky Skaggs, Jerry Douglas Trio, Gatlin Brothers, Jack Ingram, Mel Tillis, Rodney Crowell, Rhonda Vincent, Secret Sisters, Steel Magnolia, Joanna Smith, Wanda Jackson, Stealing Angels, The Gourds, Rosie Flores, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Sara Watkins, The Cleverlys, Phosphorescent, The Punch Brothers and Truth & Salvage Co.

This year STAGECOACH will again offer a variety of reserved seating, camping and RV packages; to view a complete breakdown of available ticketing and onsite camping/RV options, please visit www.stagecoachfestival.com.  STAGECOACH is produced by Goldenvoice and The Messina Group.

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

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 THE YEAR
DAILEY & VINCENT
 
 
MEILLEURE VIDEO / BEST VIDEO OF THE YEAR
CARRIE UNDERWOOD "COWBOY CASANOVA"
 
 
MEILLEUR ARTISTE INDEPENDANT / BEST INDEPENDANT ARTIST OF THE YEAR
GIRLS GUNS AND GLORY
 
MEILLEURE CHANTEUSE FRANCAISE / BEST FRENCH FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
ASTRID (HILLBILLY ROCKERS)
 
MEILLEUR CHANTEUR FRANCAIS / BEST FRENCH MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
DAVID FRUMIN (TEXAS SIDESTEP)
 
MEILLEUR GROUPE FRANCAIS / BEST FRENCH GROUP OF THE YEAR
TEXAS SIDESTEP
 
MEILLEUR EVENEMENT / BEST EVENT OF THE YEAR
EQUIBLUES, ST AGREVE - ARDECHE
 
 
MEILLEURE PERFORMANCE LIVE / BEST LIVE PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
MARK CHESNUTT (RENNES 2009)
 
 
 
FACM
French Association of Country Music
 
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, you’re the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry!’”
Holding the award, Shelton shared with the audience that he’d been trying to find a way to describe his thoughts on joining the Opry since having been invited to become a member on Sept. 28. “Last night I was lying awake in a hotel room and I finally put it into words,” he said. “I get the same feeling when I come to the Opry as when I see one of my heroes. I am in awe. To me, the Grand Ole Opry is an artist and I’m really proud to be one of its songs.”
The Opry Member Award is a 14-inch bronze and oak wood replica of the Opry’s vintage microphone stand designed by renowned sculptor Bill Rains. Later in the night,Shelton added his own plaque to the Opry’s Member Gallery, a new addition to the Opry House following the venue’s restoration after May’s flood.
Shelton, who made his Grand Ole Opry debut on May 5, 2001, concluded the show with his hit “Home.”
“Blake has developed a strong connection to the Opry and its members since he made his Opry debut in 2001, and it has been great to see his career bust wide open over the past year,” said Pete Fisher, Opry vice president and general manager. “We’re very happy to formally welcome Blake into our family and look forward to great performances and a whole lot of fun ahead.”
Blake Shelton is one of the “most versatile of contemporary country singers” (TheNew York Times). He continues to prove to be one of the industry’s hottest vocalists as he marks a successful year with career highlights that include the release of his two SIX PAK albums – HILLBILLY BONE and his most recent release, ALL ABOUT TONIGHT, four CMA award nominations – including one for Male Vocalist of the Year, an ACM and CMT award win, and two No. 1 hits with his albums’ title tracks. ALL ABOUT TONIGHT debuted at No. 1 on the SoundScan Top Country Albums chart and No. 6 on Billboard's Top 200 chart, making it Shelton’s highest charting record-to-date. He has had seven No. 1 hits which include his back-to-back multi-week No. 1 singles “She Wouldn’t be Gone” and “Home,” his five-week No. 1 debut single, “Austin,” and two additional multi-week No. 1 hits with “The Baby” and “Some Beach.”
The Grand Ole Opry® is presented by Humana®. Opry performances are held every weekend of the year, and the Tuesday Night Opry continues through Dec. 14.  To plan an Opry visit, call (800) SEE-OPRY or visit opry.com.

Friday, October 22, 2010

ATLANTIC RECORDS NEWCOMERS
THE INVITE OPENS FOR TRACE
ADKINS ON OCTOBER 25

The band will perform at Musician’s On Call’s “Month of Music”
at the Hard Rock Café in Nashville

Nashville, 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 a great cause!
 
Tickets for the show are currently on sale at www.TicketAlternative.com and start at $25. VIP packages are also available for purchase.
 
The Invite is country music’s hottest All-American band with their pop-country sounds combined with their boyish charm. The band consists of Johnny Gates (lead vocals), Jamie Jarbeau (guitar) and Matt Scanlon (drums). The band brings with them an added flavor to country music scene with the up-tempo fan favorites of “Big Screen Kiss” and “Girl and her Guitar.” For more information on The Invite, please visit www.myspace.com/TheInvite.
 
Musicians On Call is a nonprofit organization that focuses on bringing live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities. The organization’s long-time objective of “delivering the healing power of music,” uses the resource of music to deliver and promote the healing process for patients, families and caregivers. Founded by Michael Solomon and Vivek Tiwary in 1999, Musicians On Call has continued to provide patients with room-to-room performances and one-on-one interactions between them and the musician. For more information on Musicians On Call, please visitwww.musiciansoncall.org.