Wednesday, December 22, 2010

COUNTRY MUSIC SUPERSTAR GEORGE STRAIT INVITES FANS TO JOIN HIM FOR
RED SHIRT FRIDAY!

Nashville, TN (December 22, 2010) – This Friday, the King of Country Music is wearing red – not because it’s Christmas eve but to show his support for our troops as part of Red Shirt Fridays. The mission of redshirtfridays.org is to show support for our servicemen and women. It is not a political organization but a way to let our country’s servicemen and women know we support their sacrifice and will not forget them by wearing red on every Friday.  
 
Strait, a veteran himself, wanted to join the efforts of www.redshirtfridays.org <http://www.redshirtfridays.org/> and invite his fans and fellow Americans to do the same. 
“The holidays are a time to be with your family and friends and to be thankful and I can’t think of a better gift to the women and men serving our country than to show them how much we appreciate them and are thinking about them,” said Strait. “It’s a small gesture but together it does make a difference especially for those who can’t be here with us.”
 
"Starting this Friday we are going to wear red shirts to every Friday's tour date and we encourage the fans to do the same," exclaims Strait. "I want to see a building full of red shirts if possible."
 
For more information visit www.redshirtfridays.org. 

Danny Gokey Wraps 2010 as American Idol’s Top-Debuting Artist of the Year!

Holiday Single, “Tennessee Christmas,” at Radio Now and Available as a Digital Single

Nashville, TN – 19 Recordings/RCA Nashville recording artist Danny Gokey is celebrating the holiday season with his latest single, “Tennessee Christmas,” but Gokey is also closing 2010 with the best first-week sales of any debut album this year by an American Idolfinalist.  Gokey’s My Best Days, released March 2, scanned in excess of 65,000 copies in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan, outpacing opening-week sales on other 2010 debut releases, including those from American Idol Season 9 winner Lee DeWyze and runner-up Crystal Bowersox.

Gokey’s My Best Days set multiple chart records upon its release, including the best first-week sales of any debut country male in 18 years and, with more than 19,000 downloads, earning the best opening-week digital album sales ever recorded by a debut country act.

Danny’s first holiday recording, the beautiful “Tennessee Christmas,” is at radio now, and the song is available for download at your favorite online music retailer, as well as on Danny’s site at www.dannygokey.com.

About Danny:  Danny Gokey became a favorite of millions of fans as a finalist on Season Eight of American Idol.  This past March, theMilwaukee native and 19 Recordings/RCA Nashville recording artist made chart history with the release of his debut album, My Best Days, which set a digital sales record and delivered the best first-week sales of any debut country male in 18 years.  Following the success of his feel-good anthem, “My Best Days Are Ahead of Me,” Danny’s most recent single was the beautiful ballad, “I Will Not Say Goodbye.” Danny credits his late wife, Sophia, with the inspiration to pursue his musical dreams on Idol, and he continues to honor her with the charitable work of the Sophia’s Heart Foundation, founded in her memory.  For more information and all things Danny, visit him online atwww.dannygokey.com.     

Jerrod Niemann Ends Year on High Note(s)!

Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury Makes
New York Times Top 10 Albums of 2010 and Becomes Year’s Only
#1 Billboard Charting Country Album by Major Label Debut Artist

Niemann Looks Forward to 2011 with Sold-Out Homecoming January 15 
 and Brad Paisley’s H2O Frozen Over Tour Kick-Off January 20

NashvilleTN – To say the least, 2010 has been a big year for Sea Gayle/Arista Nashville recording artist Jerrod Niemann! 

Niemann just received news that Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury (Sea Gayle/Arista Nashville) made the New York Times Top 10 Albums of 2010 compiled by Jon Caramanica.  “His major-label debut [is] full of startlingly sturdy country songs, emotionally affecting and unafraid of being clever,” the music critic gives as basis for his year-end nod for the album, which was co-produced by Niemann and Dave Brainard.  Upon release of the album on July 13th, Carmanica cheered in a review, “In sum, Mr. Niemann is a gentleman outlaw, but mostly he’s a history-minded technician on this thoughtful, magnetic record.”

As year-end charts come to a close, Jerrod Niemann remains the only major label debut artist in 2010 to score a #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.  When first-week sales forJudge Jerrod & The Hung Jury approached 34,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan, Lady Antebellum’s six-month streak atop Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart came to an end.  Not only did his album earn the #1 country slot, it landed an impressive debut on the all-genre Billboard 200 album sales chart, entering at #7.

On the singles front, Niemann had an impressive 2010 as well!  Within a month of the release of his critically-acclaimed album, the single “Lover, Lover” peaked at #1 on both Billboardand Country Aircheck charts, and the smash hit, now with sales in excess of 700,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan, has received RIAA certification as a Gold Digital Single. His current, chart-climbing single, “What Do You Want,” which Niemann co-penned with Richie Brown and Rachel Bradshaw, is #21 on Billboard and #22 on Country Aircheck airplay charts.

Additional highlights of 2010 included a nomination for CMA “New Artist of the Year,” 3 nominations for the American Country Awards, a slot on Gary Allan’s Get Off On The Pain Tour, his debut on the Grand Ole Opry along with subsequent appearances, an AquaPalooza 2010 performance with Brad Paisley at Lake Travis near Austin, Texas, and much, much more.

With his sights set on 2011, Jerrod Niemann is hitting the road nationwide!  On January 15, the country hitmaker returns to Liberal, Kansas, for a special homecoming concert to benefit the booster club of his alma mater, Liberal High School The 1,000 seats at the high school auditorium sold-out within 14 minutes in early December – not bad for a town with a population of  20,000.

The Sea Gayle/Arista Nashville recording artist begins his tour with superstar headliner Brad Paisley on the H2O Frozen Over Tour, starting January 20 at the Resch Center in Green Bay,Wisconsin Paisley’s tour will conclude on February 26 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

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

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JULIE ANDREWS, ROY HAYNES, JUILLIARD STRING QUARTET, THE KINGSTON TRIO, DOLLY PARTON, RAMONES,
AND GEORGE BEVERLY SHEA HONORED WITH
THE RECORDING ACADEMY® LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

AL BELL, WILMA COZART FINE, AND BRUCE LUNDVALL
HONORED WITH TRUSTEES AWARD

ROGER LINN AND WAVES AUDIO
TO RECEIVE TECHNICAL GRAMMY® AWARD

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Dec. 22, 2010) —The Recording Academy® (www.grammy.com) announced its Special Merit Awardsrecipients today, and this year's group includes: Julie AndrewsRoy Haynes, Juilliard String QuartetThe Kingston TrioDolly Parton,Ramones, and George Beverly Shea as Lifetime Achievement Award honorees; Al BellWilma Cozart Fine and Bruce Lundvall asTrustees Award honorees; and Roger Linn and Waves Audio as Technical GRAMMY Award® honorees. The special invitation-only ceremony will be held during GRAMMY® Week on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, and a formal acknowledgment will be made during the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast, which will be held at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, and broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the CBS Television Network. For breaking news and exclusive content, join the organization's social networks as a Twitter follower at www.twitter.com/thegrammys, a Facebook fan at www.facebook.com/thegrammys, and a YouTube channel subscriber atwww.youtube.com/thegrammys.

"It is a great honor to recognize and celebrate such a distinguished and dynamic group of honorees who have been the creators of such timeless art," said The Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. "These influential performers and brilliant innovators have been of great inspiration to our culture and industry. Their legendary work has left a lasting impression and will continue to influence generations to come."

The Lifetime Achievement Award honors lifelong artistic contributions to the recording medium while the Trustees Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the industry in a non-performing capacity. Both awards are determined by vote of The Recording Academy's National Board of Trustees. Technical GRAMMY Award recipients are determined by vote of The Academy's Producers & Engineers Wing Advisory Council and Chapter Committees as well as The Academy's Trustees. The award is presented to individuals and companies who have made contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field.

About the Lifetime Achievement Award Honorees:
Film and stage actress, singer, and author Julie Andrews made her Broadway debut in 1954 and has had an illustrious career that has spanned more than 60 years. She has entertained generations with her iconic roles and performances in films such as My Fair LadyThe Sound of Music and Mary Poppins, the latter for which she won a GRAMMY for Best Recording For Children in 1964. She has also earned an Academy Award®, two Emmy®s, three Golden Globes and was given the title of  Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2000. 


Though he has played a wide range of styles from swing to bebop to jazz fusion, jazz drummer and bandleader Roy Haynes is known for his unique drum and cymbal techniques and instantly recognizable style of playing. In his more than 60-year career, he has played with many other jazz greats including Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane. His 2006 release Wheras earned him his eighth GRAMMY nomination and his 2007 release of a 3 CD/ 1DVD box set entitled A Life In Time — The Roy Haynes Story, was listed as one of the best box sets of 2007 by The New Yorker magazine. Hayes has won two GRAMMYs including Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Individual Or Group for "Like Minds" in 1999.

Founded in 1946 at the Juilliard School in New York, the Juilliard String Quartet has long been recognized as the quintessential American string quartet. Currently the quartet-in-residence at both the Juilliard School and the Library of Congress, the quartet has recorded a wide range of classical music including both traditional and contemporary artists. Throughout its history, the quartet has won a total of four GRAMMY Awards.

Two-time GRAMMY winners The Kingston Trio helped launch the folk revival in the late 1950s, creating public demand for a genre that was dormant. Their refreshing style turned out to be timeless and was significant in altering the direction of popular music, specifically for folk/rock and Americana artists. The hit that catapulted their success, "Tom Dooley," earned a GRAMMY for Best Country Western Performance in 1958 and an entry in the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in 1998.

Dolly Parton's nearly five decade-long career has been one of great diversity, having earned her success as a singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, actress, author, and philanthropist. Known for such hits as "Coat Of Many Colors," "Jolene," "I Will Always Love You," and "9 To 5," Parton remains one of the most successful women in country music. She has been the recipient on many prestigious awards, including seven GRAMMY awards, CMA Entertainer of The Year, National Medal of Arts, and Kennedy Center Honors. In 2008 she released her most recent studio album, Backwoods Barbie, and recently wrote the music and lyrics for the Broadway musical version of "9 To 5", based on the 1980 film in which she starred.

Known for blistering trademarked tracks such as "I Wanna Be Sedated," "Blitzkrieg Bop," and "Sheena Is A Punk Rocker," the New York-based Ramones were a major influence on the punk rock movement in both the United States and the United Kingdom. The group was inspired by both pop and rock music of the 1950s and 1960s, but they played at a faster, up-tempo, manic pace and are often cited as the first punk rock group. The band released their final studio album in 1995 before disbanding, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

In his nearly 70-year career, George Beverly Shea became one of the most beloved and revered singers and composers of gospel music. He started as a youth singing in the church choir and became prominent in the Youth for Christ movement of the '40s and '50s. He began touring with the Billy Graham Crusades and was best known for his rendition of  "How Great Thou Art" and for composing the popular hymn "The Wonder Of It All." Shea won a GRAMMY in 1965 in the Best Gospel Or Other Religious Recording (Musical) for his album Southland Favorites, and he was inducted into the GMA Gospel Hall of Fame in 1978.

About the Trustees Award Honorees:
Al Bell began his record career in the 1960s with then up-and-coming Memphis-based label Stax Records, where he eventually became the executive vice president. While at Stax, he was a key player in the careers of Isaac HayesOtis Redding, Sam & Dave, and Johnnie Taylor. In the 1980s, he worked closely with Berry Gordy Jr. and became president of Motown Records. Bell later founded his own label, Bellmark Records, which released the hit singles "Whoomp! (There It Is)" by the group Tag Team and Prince's "The Most Beautiful Girl In The World." Bell's most recent project is a new web-based venture hosting a successful online radio program, "Al Bell Presents: American Soul Music."

Producer Wilma Cozart Fine* is revered as one of the most important recording producers of classical music. As a vice president at Mercury Records in the 1950s and '60s, she produced recordings still admired today for their clarity, realism and impactful sound.  Working with her engineer husband Robert Fine, she dubbed the recordings "Living Presence" for their real-life accuracy. Cozart Fine retired in 1964 to raise her family, but stepped back into the studio in 1989 to supervise the remastering of Living Presence recordings for Mercury Records.                    
Bruce Lundvall began his music career at Columbia Records where, during his 21-year tenure, he built its jazz roster into the largest of any major label. After serving as president at Elektra Records, he was offered the opportunity to create a pop music label for EMI called Manhattan Records. He was also given the task of reviving the Blue Note jazz label and surpassed all expectations by signing bright young talent such as Norah Jones and breathing new life into the label. In his 48-year career, he has been responsible for signing acts such as Natalie Cole, Herbie Hancock, Richard Marx, Willie Nelson, and James Taylor.
About the Technical GRAMMY Award Honorees:
Roger Linn is a musical instrument designer who revolutionized the world of electronic musical instruments when he invented the LM-1 Drum Computer, the first drum machine to use digital samples of a real drum kit. Linn also went on to help in the design of other drum machines including the LinnDrum, Linn9000, the Akai MPC60 and Akai MPC3000. In 2002, Linn founded Roger Linn Design, which released the AdrenaLinn series of guitar pedals, which contain a digital multi-effects drum machine and amp modeler all in one that specializes in beat-synced effects. In addition to his production career, he is a guitarist and songwriter who has written hits for artists such as Eric Clapton and Mary Chapin Carpenter.

Founded in 1992 by Gilad Keren and Meir Shaashua, Waves Audio has pioneered the use of software applications, or "plug-ins," with the invention of the Q10 Paragraphic equalizer, the first-ever of its kind and still widely used today. Its interface made it user friendly and offered much better sound quality then its hardware counterparts. Waves also successfully developed the L1 Ultramximizer and set a new standard for dynamic controls. Its innovative creations and mission to provide top-of-the-line equipment with superior sound quality has led Waves to become one of the world's leading developers of both software-based audio signal processing tools and hardware-based products. Their equipment provides top-quality sound to production of records, motion pictures and video games.

*Denotes posthumous.

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, join the organization's social networks as a Twitter follower at www.twitter.com/thegrammys, a Facebook fan atwww.facebook.com/thegrammys, and a YouTube channel subscriber at www.youtube.com/thegrammys.

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Personal Letter to Fans from Shania Twain on her Engagement




Seasons greetings to all!

I've spent much time over the course of this past year, learning about others who have suffered loss in their lives and taken inspiration from how they've managed to overcome it. I'm learning that grief and the suffering of loss, challenges me to be more sensitive and understanding of other's and also more accepting of my own struggles.  Challenge reminds me how important it is to let those who love me, care for me when I need it.  The support of others has helped me to move forward less fearful of change, allowing me to embrace the beauty of life today and remain more open to whatever it brings tomorrow.

The people who make my life the most joyful are the ones I am able to lean on because of my own humanness.  In the last two and a half years of adjusting to life after separation and divorce, I needed to lean on others more often than I was accustomed to.  These people have been gifts, and I am fortunate to have so many of these beautiful people - friends, family and beloved fans, who's support I cherish more deeply with each day that passes.  Now another year is about to pass, and I would like to thank everyone who helped me believe that new beginnings are possible and that love can be trusted.  Thank you!

2010 is leaving me with a renewed faith in love and commitment.  I believe in the right to be loved and the blessing of being able to love in return.  Talking about love, I am excited to share some personal news with you;  I'm in love!  Frederic Nicolas Thiebaud has been a true gift to me as a compassionate, understanding friend and over time, an amazing love has blossomed from this precious friendship.  Fred and I are happy to announce, our ENGAGEMENT!  
Love, peace and happiness is taking me in to 2011 and I'm feeling refreshed and optimistic about the future.  I'm looking forward to what the new year has in store and to sharing it with you. So, I'll be in touch with more news and details soon.  Until then, have a fantastic holiday season and I wish you love.

Sincerely,

Shania
Reba Begins AND Ends 2010 at #1 on the Country Singles Charts
“TURN ON THE RADIO” IS #1 COUNTRY SONG IN THE U.S.
AND REBA’S 35th #1 SMASH
REBA RANKED AMONG TOP 5 FEMALE COUNTRY ARTISTS OF 2O1O BY BOTH BILLBOARD AND COUNTRY AIRCHECK

NASHVILLE, TN  --  Multimedia superstar Reba racked up her 35th #1 career single this week with the highly-charged kiss-off anthem, “Turn on the Radio,” claiming the top spot on both the Billboard Country Singles Chart and the USA Today/ Country Aircheck (powered by Mediabase) chart.
The timing of Reba’s latest chart-topper couldn’t be more poignant – with the crowning of “Turn on the Radio,” Reba became the one Country artist to dominate the Country Singles charts by both opening 2010 with a #1 hit (the four-week #1, “Consider Me Gone,” which subsequently became Reba’s biggest hit of her 30+ year career) AND also ending 2010 with a #1 hit. – the lead single from her new, critically-acclaimed album, ALL THE WOMEN I AM.
Both #1 singles are on Reba’s new label home, The Valory Music Co.
Additionally, the fiery redhead shows no signs of slowing down any time soon, with 2010 becoming one of the superstar’s biggest years this decade.  More than 30 years after her professional recording career began, Reba remains one ofBillboard’s Top 5 Female Country Artists of 2010 as well as a Top 5 Overall Female Artist on Country Aircheck’s  (powered by Mediabase) year-end list. 
Reba also ranks one of Billboard’s Top 15 Country Artists and Country Albums Artists of 2010.  Reba also made the list of Billboard’s overall Top Pop Artists and Hot 100 Artists of 2010.  
Reba ended 2010 with a Top 25 Billboard Country Album (KEEP ON LOVING YOU) and also received accolades as both a 2010 Billboard Top 200 Albums Artist and Top Current Albums Artist.  In addition, Reba landed 3 songs on bothBillboard’s 2010 Hot Country Songs Chart and on Country Aircheck’s Top 100 Songs of 2010.
Reba teams up with George Strait in 2011 as they continue one of the most successful Country music tours of the year(Billboard’s Boxscore: Top 25 Tours of 2010).  Reba and George will kick off the new year on January 14th at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, TX.  Lee Ann Womack will also perform.
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ABOUT REBAOne of the most successful female recording artists in history, Reba has sold over 56 million albums worldwide and her previous 13 studio albums have all achieved Gold or Platinum-plus status. She has won 15 American Music Awards; 12 Academy of Country Music Awards; 9 People’s Choice Awards; 7 Country Music Association Awards and 2 GRAMMY Awards. Reba’s reign of #1 hits spans four decades and the multimedia superstar was recently recognized by Billboard, Country Aircheck and Mediabase as the biggest female hit-maker in country music history. Reba began 2010 with the 4-week #1 “Consider Me Gone,” the biggest hit of her illustrious career. The superstar will end 2010 with her 35th #1 hit, “Turn On The Radio,” the lead single from her brand new album, ALL THE WOMEN I AM.  

Reba recently surpassed the one million fan mark on Facebook, propelling her into an elite group of only 10 Country artists to achieve the popularity milestone.   Reba’s unprecedented run of sales successes extended the superstar’s lead as the female artist with the most RIAA sales certification in Country music history. Also an acclaimed film, TV and Broadway actress, Reba signed with The Valory Music Co. in November 2008.  The move reunited the multimedia entertainer with industry leader Scott Borchetta, now President and CEO of the Big Machine Label Group, which includes Big Machine Records, The Valory Music Co. and Republic Nashville.
 
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Monday, December 20, 2010

Shania Will Marry Again....Confirmed

Shania Twain to wed Swiss executive

Last Updated: Monday, December 20, 2010 | 2:43 PM ET

Shania Twain, shown arriving at the CMA Awards in Nashville in 2009, is engaged to  Swiss executive Frédéric Thiébaud. Shania Twain, shown arriving at the CMA Awards in Nashville in 2009, is engaged to Swiss executive Frédéric Thiébaud. (Peter Kramer/Associated Press)Canadian pop-country star Shania Twain is engaged to Swiss business executive Frédéric Thiébaud.
Twain's manager, Jason Owen, confirmed the news on Monday after celebrity magazines such as Us Weekly and People reported Twain's upcoming nuptials.
No other details, such as the date of the wedding, were released.
The singer, who was born in Windsor, Ont., and raised in Timmins in northern Ontario, confirmed in 2009 that she was dating Thiébaud, a Swiss-born executive with Nestlé.
Her 14-year marriage to Robert (Mutt) Lange fell apart in 2008 following allegations the hit music producer was having an affair with Marie-Anne Thiébaud, who had worked for the couple at their Swiss chateau and who was at the time married to Frédéric.
After their respective divorces, Twain, 45, revealed she reached out to Frédéric and the two grew closer.
"Having gone through the suffering of his family splitting apart at the same time and under the same extreme circumstances, he understands me better than anyone," Twain revealed to her fans in an open letter in August 2009.
Frédéric Thiébaud and Shania Twain are seen attending an NHL game between the Nashville Predators and the Los Angeles Kings in November in Los Angeles. Frédéric Thiébaud and Shania Twain are seen attending an NHL game between the Nashville Predators and the Los Angeles Kings in November in Los Angeles. (Gus Ruelas/Associated Press)"We leaned on one another through the ups and downs, taking turns holding each other up. We've become stronger and closer through it all, as have our children, Eja [her son with Lange] and Johanna, Fred's eight-year-old daughter."
Amid her personal problems, Twain drew away from the celebrity spotlight, but has been slowly returning with the occasional public appearance, including serving as a guest judge on American Idol.
Atria Books, an imprint of Simon and Schuster, announced this fall that the Grammy Award-winning Twain will publish an autobiography in the spring.
She is also set to host Why Not? With Shania Twain, a show about coping with life after divorce, on Oprah Winfrey's new TV network, OWN.

Saturday, December 18, 2010


Rascal Flatts Member Jay DeMarcus and Wife Allison Welcome Daughter

Madeline Leigh DeMarcus

NASHVILLE – (December 18, 2010 - Rascal Flatts member Jay DeMarcus and wife Allison DeMarcus welcomed their first child yesterday, Friday, December 17. Madeline Leigh DeMarcus was born in Nashville at 4:49pm, weighing in at 6 pounds and 9 ounces.

“Allison and I are thrilled!” shares Jay.  “Madeline is absolutely gorgeous; she looks just like her daddy! Both mom and baby are doing well.”

Jay and Allison were married on May 15, 2004.

Friday, December 17, 2010


THE GOLDEN “BOYS OF FALL”
Kenny Chesney’s 20th Number One Single Certified Gold

NASHVILLETN – Kenny Chesney helped kick-off the football season with his tribute to the passion of the game with “The Boys of Fall,” his 20th Number One Single. Now, with the approach of the play-off’s and bowl games, "The Boys of Fall" from the Gold certified and critically acclaimed album, Hemmingway’s Whiskey also becomes  Chesney's  9th Certified Gold Single

With football drawing to a close early next year, fans won’t have to wait too long to tailgate again as Chesney’s “Goin Coastal” Tour kicks-off in March. Chesney takes to the field at Tampa Bay’s Raymond James Stadium on March 19. Chesney, who played football in high school says, “Music and football are probably the two most universal things in this country. I think there’s a commonality between people that play sports and a guy that does what I do.”

The 90 minute documentary, “Boys of Fall” is now available at Wal-Mart and features interviews with some of football's most successful commentators, coaches and players of the game of football. Chesney is offering a free DVD copy of “Boys of Fall” to high schools and high school football coaches around the US.  The first 10,000 schools to mail a letter on school letterhead requesting the documentary by December 31, 2010 will receive a copy of the DVD.  One DVD is available per high school.  Letters should be sent to:

Kenny Chesney
P.O. Box 
121895
2006 Acklen Ave

NashvilleTN 37212


NFL ALUM RAY CAROLIN TO DONATE OVER
14,000 TOYS TO TOYS FOR TOTS BEFORE
GARTH BROOKS' SUNDAY CONCERT

 

 
NASHVILLE, December 17, 2010- NFL Alum Ray Carolin will donate over 14,000 toys to Toys for Tots this Sunday, Dec 19 at 4:00 PM. As you may know Toys for Tots has been stationed in front of the Brigestone Arena for all of the Garth Brooks concerts. Two weeks ago Garth asked his assistant to call his buddy Ray Carolin in Phoenix, AZ to see if he could help with the U.S. Marine Toys for Tots drive in Middle Tennessee.

Brooks knew that Carolin had a passion for supporting the military as he once served as vice-president of the Arizona Chapter of the National Football League Alumni organization, a non-profit organization comprised of former professional football players and coaches dedicated to their charity “Caring for Kids.”

Ray called the CEO’s of a number of children’s toy and sporting goods companies, and Spalding Sporting Goods, a division of Fruit of the Loom answered his call for a Christmas miracle. Spalding has donated 14,616 toys that will arrive by semi-trailer truck accompanied by Santa Claus at Bridgestone Arena at 4:00 PM this Sunday afternoon where they will be delivered to the U.S. Marines just in time for Christmas.

“I was honored that Garth would think of having his assistant call me” he said. “ The opportunity to help Garth in his efforts to help our buddies in the U.S. Marine Corp. and their Toys for Tots program is an honor.” said Carolin.

“What Spalding has done is absolutely awesome and I am honored to have played a very small part in touching the lives of so many children in Middle Tennessee. Spalding’s generosity and incredible spirit of giving makes this a very special Christmas for me and my family.”

Carolin and his NFL Alumni buddies along with the Buffalo Bills cheerleaders will be leaving Nashville heading for Iraq and Afghanistan. They will be embarking on their sixth USO -Armed Forces Entertainment sponsored trip visiting U.S. military bases overseas.

The drop will take place in front of the Bridgestone Arena on 5th St. Media should arrive on site Sunday, December 19th at 3:30pm. The trucks will arrive at 4pm.
JOHNNY CASH CROWDSOURCED ONLINE MUSIC VIDEO
GETS GRAMMY NOMINATION

Sharing the Category with Lady Gaga, Eminem, Cee Lo Green and Gorillaz, Cash's "'Ain't No Grave'/The Johnny Cash Project" Stands Out as the
Most Innovative and Unique

Seven years after his passing, the legendary Johnny Cash has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of "Best Short Form Music Video."  The thoroughly groundbreaking piece, "'Ain't No Grave'/The Johnny Cash Project" is a video for the title track of Cash's final studio recording, last February's American Recordings VI:  Ain't No Grave (American Recordings/Lost Highway).  The nominated video is culled from a continually evolving project created frame-by-frame, by tens of thousands of people around the world and is a testament to the life and career of The Man In Black.  Cash's passing made it impossible for him to create a video for his last studio album, but in this dynamic crowd-sourced piece, his fans came together to create it for him.

Directed by acclaimed video director Chris Milk, "'Ain't No Grave'/The Johnny Cash Project," which can be viewed here, is an is an online global collective art project that was launched in April 2010 with a goal of engaging fans from all over the globe in an unprecedented collaborative project:  to create a music video for the track "Ain't No Grave."

The project is unique for several reasons, least of which is the fact that the album that inspired it is the sixth and final installment of Cash's critically-acclaimed, Rick Rubin-produced American Recordings album series, and Cash's last studio recording.  Ever more unusual is the format Milk and Rubin chose for this video - one that would give new life to a departed music icon, and in so-doing, create a brilliantly-executed marketing strategy for the album itself.  "'Ain't No Grave'/The Johnny Cash Project" empowered fans to create a living portrait and a dynamic tribute to Cash that would never be viewed the same way twice, offering a single image template where people could use a custom tool to share their visions of Johnny Cash by drawing their own frames.  Strung together and played in sequence over the song "Ain't No Grave," the frames create a visually breathtaking homage to Cash.

"This nomination is really a testament to Johnny and the impact he had on people around the world.  It was through the amazing artistry and generosity of Johnny Cash fans that this video came to fruition," said Milk.  "Through their love and creativity, they give Johnny the eternal life he sings about in 'Ain't No Grave.'  They have created an ever-changing and constantly growing living portrait of the man we all loved so dearly.  Everyone involved in the project is truly honored by the Recording Academy's nomination.  In a perfect world, not only would we be lucky enough to win, but there would be Grammy statuettes for the few hundred thousand people out there who truly made this project possible." 

"'Ain't No Grave'/The Johnny Cash Project" is a collaboration between Chris Milk, Rubin's American Recordings and Lost Highway Records, Aaron Koblin, @radical.media and the Johnny Cash Estate.  Explained Rubin, "Chris told me about this great art project he had in mind, but needed an iconic artist for it to work.  His description of it sounded so new and unusual that I was interested just to get to see it.  While I think he had originally intended to work with a living artist, I suggested Johnny Cash; he thought about it and realized that Johnny's passing changed the meaning of the project for the better, and 'The Johnny Cash Project' was born."

The video for "'Ain't No Grave'/The Johnny Cash Project" shares the Best Short Form Music Video category with Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance," "Cee Lo Green's "F**k You," "Stylo" by Gorillaz, Mos Def and Bobby Womack, and Eminem & Rhianna's "Love the Way You Lie."

The Grammy Awards will be handed out on February 13 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.



MULTI-PLATINUM MCA RECORDING ARTIST JOSH TURNER ANNOUNCES
THE BIRTH OF HIS THIRD SON

Nashville, TN - Christmas came early this year for MCA Nashville artist Josh Turner and his wife, Jennifer, who welcomed their third son, Crawford Marion Turner, on Monday, December 13. He was born at 8:52 p.m. at a Nashville hospital. He weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces and was 19 inches long. Both baby and mother are doing well.

"Jennifer and I are overjoyed at Marion's arrival,” Turner says. “He's a strong, handsome little boy with a resilient spirit. Thanks to all of our family, friends and fans for their thoughts and prayers."
Josh and Jennifer married in 2003 and have two other sons, Hampton, 4, and Colby, 17 months.

December has become a month of celebration for Turner. On December 6, he won Single of the Year at the American Country Awards in Las Vegas for “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” his four-week No. 1 single that was named the Most Played Song of 2010 by Mediabase.

Forty percent of the Top 5 country songs of the year were recorded by Turner, according to Billboard. “Why Don’t We Just Dance” was ranked at No.3 on Billboard’s year-end Hot Country Songs list, followed immediately by “All Over Me” at No. 4. He is the No. 5 Top Male Country Artist in the publication’s “The Year in Music 2010” issue that is on stands now.  In addition, Country Aircheckranked him as No. 4 on its list of Country Radio’s Top Male Performers in 2010.
 
Back-to-back No. 1 singles with “Why Don’t We Just Dance” and “All Over Me” made Turner one of only seven country artists to have two No. 1 hits this year. He joins a list that includes Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Zac Brown Band, Billy Currington and Easton Corbin.

In February 2010, Turner’s fourth studio album, Haywire, debuted at #5 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart. His current single is “I Wouldn’t Be a Man.”
Click on the links below to view Turner’s national TV performances this year:
The Late Show with David Letterman
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJIt1pvK56Q
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (Fast-forward to chapter 6 of the episode to see Josh perform “Why Don’t We Just Dance”) 
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CLAY WALKER, RODNEY ATKINS, ERIC CHURCH, NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND, AND NEAL McCOY JOIN THE LINE-UP FOR ARIZONA COUNTRY THUNDER MUSIC FESTIVAL APRIL 7–10, 2011
Florence, AZ – Country Thunder - Once again, Country Thunder Festival does not disappoint, proving with the latest additions to the line-up that it is a festival you won't want to miss.Country Thunder Joining Jason Aldean on Friday night is CMA and Grammy Award winning group the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and country rocker Eric Church, who's recent album "Carolina" garnered the top-ten hits  “Love Your Love the Most” and “Hell on the Heart”. On Saturday, Martina McBride will be joined by ACM “Top New Male Vocalist” winner, Rodney Atkins, who’s current Top Ten single "Farmer's Daughter" has spent an astounding 36 weeks on the Billboard Charts. Also adding to Saturday night will be Country Thunder favorite Neal McCoy who is back once again to provide an electric performance, sure to get festival goers “movin and shakin"! For the final night of the festival, platinum selling artist Clay Walker will take the stage alongside Toby Keith. With 11 #1 hit singles, four RIAA platinum and two gold certified albums under his belt Walker is no stranger to Arizona, and is sure to deliver exactly what the crowd wants! 

Taking place April 7 -10, 2011, music fans can cowboy-up for a full 4-day general admission pass for the price of only $120, this price is valid until January 15, 2011. VIP and sponsorship packages are also available with added perks including hospitality tent access, preferred parking, and premium concert seating.

For the thousands of new and returning fans of Country Thunder, tent and campsites are available at Canyon Moon Ranch. There are several types of camping available —from primitive rugged to rustic and modern amenities. Crown Camping is also now available, so check online to reserve your site today!

The announced line-up includes:

Thursday, April 7th Kick-off Party
Music begins at 6:30 pm 

Sawyer Brown

Friday, April 8th
Music begins at 2:00 pm 

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Eric Church
Jason Aldean


Saturday, April 9th
Music begins at 1:00 pm

Neal McCoy
Rodney Atkins
Martina McBride


Sunday, April 10th
Music begins at 1:00 pm

Clay Walker
Toby Keith


More artists will be announced in the coming weeks.


Resource tickets and additional information online: www.countrythunder.com

Kenny Chesney to open the Amphitheater

Dedication of venue led by mayor ends with fireworks

Kenny Chesney
By Mark Hughes Cobb Staff Writer
Published: Friday, December 17, 2010 at 3:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, December 16, 2010 at 11:51 p.m.
TUSCALOOSA
Kenny Chesney, with his pal and frequent musical partner Uncle Kracker, will open the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater with a concert March 31.
“I think it clearly shows the determination of our city and Red Mountain Entertainment (the
Birmingham-based agency which books and consults with the amphitheater) to make this a first-class facility,” Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox said. “It’s not just that Kenny Chesney is a big star, but that he crosses genres, which is important to us in building a diverse lineup. And it’s especially showing faith in a smaller facility such as ours.”
The official announcement was made Thursday night at an amphitheater dedication ceremony for box holders, sponsors, media and those who worked on the project. The dedication was led by Maddox and Red Mountain Entertainment’s Gary Weinberger from the stage where a 30-foot decorated cedar had been erected.
The announcement of Chesney’s concert was capped with a fireworks display.
The Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, which will seat about 7,500, is a smaller venue than the country superstar generally plays, but not an indication that his star is fading. Chesney has won Billboard Touring Awards, based on ticket sales, as Best Package Tour for the last five years. He’s performed at NFL stadiums, won four consecutive Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year Awards, had 20 No. 1 hits, including the recent “The Boys of Fall,” and sold more than 27 million albums.

DARIUS RUCKER, EASTON CORBIN, SAWYER BROWN AND NEAL McCOY JOIN THE LINE-UP FOR WISCONSIN COUNTRY THUNDER MUSIC FESTIVAL JULY 21-24, 2011
 

 
Twin Lakes, WI - Country Thunder - Once again, Country Thunder Festival does not disappoint, proving with the latest additions to the line-up that it is a festival you won't want to miss. Country ThunderBringing the party right out of the gate, Sawyer Brown will be ready to entertain Thursday’s crowd with their infectious energy and will join Lady Antebellum to show the crowd that Country Thunder is back and better than ever, packed with an unrivaled line-up. On Saturday, 2009 CMA “New Artist of the Year” winner Darius Rucker and Country Thunder favorite Neal McCoy will both be joining powerhouse Martina McBride, a combination sure to keep the crowd on their feet. Sunday, Easton Corbin, who has taken country music by storm with his #1 hits “A Little More Country Than That” and “Roll With It” will take the stage alongside Rascal Flatts, helping bring the festival to a close. 
 

Taking place July 21-24, 2011, music fans can cowboy-up for a full 4-day general admission pass for the sweet price of only $99.00, this price valid until December 31st, 2010. That’s less than a hundred bucks for four hot headliners and a full weekend of amazing country music. Reserved and sponsorship packages are also available with added perks including preferred parking, and premium concert seating.

For the thousands of new and returning fans of Country Thunder, several tent and campsite options are available, offering primitive rugged to rustic and modern amenities. Check out our new website for all the information!

The announced line-up includes:

Thursday, July 21st
Music begins at 5:30 pm
Sawyer Brown
Lady Antebellum

Friday, July 22nd

Music begins at 1:00 pm
Zac Brown Band

Saturday, July 23rd

Music begins at 1:00 pm
Neal McCoy
Darius Rucker
Martina McBride

Sunday, July 24th

Music begins at 1:00 pm
Easton Corbin
Rascal Flatts


More artists will be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets and additional information available online:   www.countrythunder.com