Thursday, April 28, 2011


In Light of the Recent Tornado Disaster in Atoka County, the Country Superstars Will Host a Benefit Concert at the Choctaw Event Center
All Proceeds From the Concert Will Aid in the Area’s Relief Efforts

Nashville, Tennessee (April 28, 2011) – For country superstars like Reba and Blake Shelton, home is definitely where the heart is. Both hailing from Oklahoma, the news of Atoka County’s recent tornado disaster prompted the stars to reach out to the affected area. Reba was born just outside of Kiowa, which is approximately 30 miles away from the greatest devastation. Shelton was born in Ada and currently resides in Tishomingo, less than 50 miles from the Atoka County border. Reba and Shelton made a decision to host the “Tornado Relief Concert” on May 26 in partnership with the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and Choctaw Casino Resort as a way to help their hometown friends.
Approximately half-a-million dollars in damages was caused by the recent storm, which destroyed many homes, schools and businesses. All proceeds from Reba and Shelton’s “Tornado Relief Concert” will go towards Atoka County’s ongoing relief efforts through the Tushka Disaster Relief Fund. Tickets will be available beginning May 6 at 10:00 AM and may be purchased by phone at 1-800-585-3737 or online at
“A lot of people lost a great deal in this disaster and it’s particularly close to us because we both consider Oklahoma home,” said Reba. “We wanted to do something and let the people in Oklahoma know that we love them and we’re praying for them during this difficult tragedy.”
“Oklahoma defines who I am and seeing the effects this disaster has had on my neighbors, I knew I had to do something,” said Shelton. “Reba and I have a lot of love for this state and we wanted to do what we can to help. This place is my home and these people are family to us.”
In addition to the proceeds raised from the concert, a special mobile fundraising campaign has been set up with The mGive Foundation to raise funds for relief efforts. Fans can text “OKGIVE” to 27722 to make a one-time $10 donation, which will be added to their monthly cell phone bill. Funds will be donated to The mGive Foundation for the benefit of the Tushka Disaster Relief Fund. Checks can also be made out to the Tushka Disaster Relief Fund and mailed to: 101 SE 1st Street, Tushka, OK 74525.


Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift and The Band Perry All Score Three Nods

Online Voting Underway at

Nashville, Tennessee (Thursday, April 28, 2011) – The Big Machine Label Group scored big during yesterday’s 2011 CMT Music Award Nominations with a collective 13 nods – at least one in every category. Rascal FlattsTaylor SwiftThe Band Perry each earned a 3 and Reba garnered 2, while Martina McBride and Steel Magnolia received 1. The 10th Anniversary 2011 CMT Music Awards will air LIVE from Nashville on Wednesday, June 8 on CMT and Online voting runs through Tuesday, June 7 at
Rascal Flatts’ “Why Wait,” Taylor Swift’s “Mine” and The Band Perry’s “If I Die Young” provide some stiff competition for Video of The Year, which is award to the artist and video director. This is the only award where final voting will be held online at and via text message throughout the show, with final nominees being announced during the live telecast.
Female Video of the Year contenders include Taylor Swift (“Mine”) and Reba (“Turn On The Radio”) while Rascal Flatts (“Why Wait”) and The Band Perry (“If I Die Young”) vie for Group of the Year. Steel Magnolia’s Meghan Linsey and Joshua Scott Jones are up for Duo Video of the Year with “Last Night Again.” Rascal Flatts and Justin Bieber bested the other cross-genre duos for a spot in the Collaborative Video of the Year category with “That Should Be Me.” Reba and Martina McBride both achieved CMT Performance of the Year nominations for “If I Were A Boy” from UNPLUGGED: REBA and CMT CROSSROADS: TRAIN AND MARTINA MCBRIDE. Tech savvy Taylor Swift is up for Best Web Video of the Year (new for 2011) with “Mine” (Live from the Speak Now Album Release Party).
“I’m so proud of our artists and their creative vision and how they present their music in this visual medium. I also want to give a big shout out to all of the video producers, directors and our own in-house Creative Services team for continually raising the bar in bringing our songs to life in our music videos. June 8th is going to be a great party!” said Scott Borchetta, Big Machine Label Group President and CEO.
CMT’s Evan Farmer and TODAY show hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb revealed the nominees live from New York yesterday morning. The Band Perry was in the studio as well for the announcement to perform their platinum hit, “If I Die Young,” which merited them all of their first-ever CMT Award nominations. As previously revealed, they are also in the running for USAWEEKEND Breakthrough Video of the Year for the tune, which earned David McClister a spot in the Video Director of the Year category.
ABOUT THE BIG MACHINE LABEL GROUP: Scott Borchetta serves as President/CEO of the independent Big Machine Label Group, which includes Big Machine Records (founded in 2005), The Valory Music Co. (founded in 2007) and Republic Nashville (a partnership with Universal Republic founded in 2009 with Jimmy Harnen serving as President). In 2010 Big Machine was named Country Label of the Year by Country Aircheck Magazine/Powered by USA Today. Signature artist Taylor Swift’s third album, SPEAK NOW, became the best-selling Country studio album debut of all time with over 1 million units sold in its first week, making Taylor the 4th female artist in history (across all genres) to debut with more than 1 million units sold. In 5 years, Big Machine Records artists have received 6 Country Music Association Awards, 7 American Music Awards, 4 GRAMMY Awards, 7 Academy of Country Music Awards, 4 CMT Music Awards, 3 Teen Choice Awards, 1 MTV VideoMusic Award and 1 People’s Choice Award as well as 1 Brit Award and 1 JUNO Award nomination.

The Big Machine Label Group’s current artist roster includes Multi-Platinum superstars Taylor Swift, Reba, Rascal Flatts, Martina McBride and Jewel, Platinum sensations The Band Perry, established acts Justin Moore, Jack Ingram and the Eli Young Band and hot newcomers Steel Magnolia,Sunny Sweeney, Edens Edge, Brantley Gilbert and comedienne Melissa Peterman.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

South of Tuscaloosa hospital..after major Twister....Amazing!

Video that is going viral of the Tuscaloosa, AL tornado. from Clay Hasenfuss. #severe
4/27/11 5:49 PM
@justinweather reports at least 25 dead from Tuscaloosa tornado.
4/27/11 8:21 PM
RT @RES911CUE: RT @BrianWright PLEASE RT ABC 33/40 "Police want people to know that none of the tornado sirens are now working in the Tuscaloosa
4/27/11 8:20 PM
RT @HeyChason: Already seen quite a bit of tweets from Auburn fans joking about the tornado in Tuscaloosa. Not cool at all.
4/27/11 8:20 PM
RT @NeptunesCrewman: At least 32 dead in Tuscaloosa... mayor describes the destruction as 'catastrophic'... #tornado breakout in 9 different states #TWC
4/27/11 8:20 PM
Small child ripped from dad's arms by tornado in Tuscaloosa. Found later walking down a street uninjured.
4/27/11 7:07 PM
Luke Bryan’s New Single Becomes Biggest Digital Sales Debut of His Career

“Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” Is #1 Country Digital Single with 105,498
in US Digital Sales Its First Week

NashvilleTN – Capitol Records Nashville artist Luke Bryan continues to shake things up as his latest song “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” debuts as the #1 country digital single, achieving a career-high for Luke with 105,498 in U.S. digital single sales. This also marks the second highest digital sales debut for a country artist this year.  In additional chart news, the song broke into the Top 20 in just four weeks and has become his fastest rising single to date.

“Country Girl (Shake It For Me),” co-written with Dallas Davidson, is the first single off a highly anticipated album due out later this summer and the follow up to his recent three back-to-back #1 singles "Do I," "Rain Is A Good Thing” and "Someone Else Calling You Baby," all from his GOLD-certified album Doin’ My Thing.   

It was announced this morning that Luke’s video “It’s A Shore Thing,” is nominated for the 2011 CMT Music Award Best Web Video of the Year.  The video was created by Potsy Ponciroll primarily for internet streaming and was shot during Luke’s Spring Break show in Panama CityFL.  To view the video:

Fans can catch Luke on the road this summer with Tim McGraw’s “Emotional Traffic” tour.  For more information, visit



Drake White Joins Tour and Country Weekly Signs on as
Additional Sponsor

Nashville, Tenn. – April 27, 2011 – Billy Bob’s Texas and 4Fini announce the return of Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic to Fort Worth. The Fort Worth Stockyards hosted the iconic “Willie's Picnic” in 2004, 2005 and 2006. Willie is currently on the Country Throwdown Tour 2011 which will wrap up with the always-anticipated Willie Nelson’s annual 4th of July Picnic. The long-standing Texas tradition will break new ground as it will be held outside and inside of the famed Billy Bob's Texas. Headliners atWillie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic & Throwdown will perform on the venue's main stage outside with many artists taking the stage indoors for a full complement of multi-talented entertainers.
Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic & Throwdown is designed to provide guests a not-to-be-missed afternoon and evening of exceptional performances by artists from all musical genres, along with some unexpected jam sessions. Country Throwdown tour artists include Willie NelsonJamey Johnson,Randy HouserLee Brice, Craig Campbell, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, plus recent tour addition, Drake White, an Alabama native known for his unique brand of freestyle twists on original country songs, ad-libs and audience participation antics. Willie’s Picnic will feature many artists who are traditionally featured on the Willie’s Picnic lineup, including Ray Price, David Allan Coe, Paula Nelson, and more.
This year's unique setup will feature the air-conditioned comfort of Billy Bob's opening to the landscaped beauty of Rodeo Plaza in the Stockyards. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. with the first artist taking the stage at 12 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance, available through, and tickets through Billy Bob’s box office will go on sale May 2 at 10 a.m. Because of the unique inside/outside nature of this year's event, it will be the first time that “Willie’s Picnic” in Fort Worth will set a ticket and headcount limit, and organizers are expecting a quick sellout.
"Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic is a long-standing tradition, and we’re thrilled to be a part of it. We couldn’t think of a better way to end this tour than by bringing together the legendary picnic talent with the big-name artists performing throughout the Country Throwdown Tour,” said Kevin Lyman of 4Fini. “Billy Bob's in Fort Worth is known as the World's Largest Honky Tonk, so I can’t think of a better place to host this year's finale."
The tour also is known for spotlighting emerging singer-songwriters on the Bluebird Cafe Stage. Adam Hood, Caitlyn Smith, Austin Lucas, Brent Cobb, Dani Flowers, and Erin Enderlin have signed on for this special tour attraction, giving fans the opportunity to hear some of Nashville’s best in the “in-the-round”-style sets made famous at Nashville's Bluebird Cafe. This unique singer-songwriter showcase will be a first for Willie’s Picnic in Fort Worth.
4Fini also announced today that Country Weekly has signed on as an official sponsor of the tour. Country Weekly will produce the official souvenir program, which will be distributed free of charge at all Throwdown dates, provide extensive coverage in Country Weekly and on and will host a sponsor tent on the tour where fans can sign up for a special Throwdown subscription offer and get autographs from Throwdown artists.
"Country Weekly is beyond thrilled to be teaming up with Willie Nelson's Country Throwdown Tour," says Editor in Chief Lisa Konicki. "Our two organizations are a perfect fit, and we're happy to be joining together to bring great music and news to the core country music fan."

For more information about Willie's Picnic event, visit For more information about 2011 Country Throwdown dates and venues, visit
Confirmed Dates:
5/27 - Philadelphia, PA @ The MANN
5/28 - Gilford, NH @ Meadowbrook US Cellular Pavilion
5/29 - Essex Junction, VT @ Champlain Valley Expo
5/30 - York, PA @ Sovereign Bank Stadium
6/3 - Nashville, TN @ The Woods at Fontanel
6/4 - Little Rock, AR @ North Shore Park at the Arkansas River in North Little Rock
6/5 - Orange Beach, AL @ The Amphitheater at the Wharf
6/9 - Southaven, MS @ Snowden Grove Amphitheater
6/10 - Columbia, MO @ Midway Exposition Center
6/11- Sparta, IL @ World Shooting & Recreation Complex
6/12 - Lawrenceville, GA @ Coolray Field
6/16 - Roanoke Rapids, NC The Rapids Jam Festival*
6/17 - Simpsonville, SC @ Charter Amphitheater at Heritage Park
6/18 - Waldorf, MD @ Regency Stadium
6/19 - Knoxville, TN @ World’s Fair Park
6/21 - Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheater
6/23 - Del Mar, CA @ Grandstand
6/24 - Ontario, CA @ Citizens Business Bank Arena
6/25 - Pozo, CA @ Pozo Saloon
6/30 - Mission, TX @ Las Palmas Race Park
7/1 - Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street Amphitheater
7/2 - Eufala, OK @ Eufala Cove Amphitheater
7/3 - Siloam Springs, AR @ Osage Creek Amphitheater, Willie's Throwdown and Picnic
7/4 - Fort Worth, TX @ Billy Bob's, Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic & Throwdown
* Rapids Jam is a three-day country music and camping festival in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, June 16, 17, 18. The first day of the festival kicks off with the Willie Nelson's Country Throwdown Tour featuring Willie Nelson, etc. Single day and weekend general admission tickets, plus reserved tickets are available at

Jerrod Niemann Scores First CMT Music Award Nomination For “Lover, Lover” Music Video!

Voted One of Country’s Top 10 Hottest Bachelors in New Issue of Country Weekly!

Will Perform May 10 at The GRAMMY Block Party!

NashvilleTN – Sea Gayle/Arista Nashville chart-topper Jerrod Niemann earned his first CMT Music Award nomination this week for USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year for his hit video “Lover, Lover.” The exciting news comes only days after his current Top 4-and-climbing single, “What Do You Want,” was certified GOLD by the RIAA. Fans can check Jerrod out in the pages of the new issue of Country Weekly as one of the Top 10 Country’s Hottest Bachelors, which is voted on by the fans.

About the nomination, Niemann remarked, “How exciting! Potsy Ponciroli is an amazing director and it was a great learning experience. I may never give away my ex-girlfriend's things like in the video, but I can guarantee that Jamey Johnson and Randy Houser would pick me up and take me out if I needed to get her off my mind. Huge thanks to country fans for supporting it and thank you CMT!!!”

Fans can cast their vote now at through June 7 for the 2011 CMT Music Awards which will air LIVE from Nashville on Wednesday, June 8 on CMT and

Niemann will wrap his two-month run co-headlining The Higher Education Tour with Lee Brice and opener Tyler Farr tomorrow in Live Oak, FL.  Before hitting the road on Brad Paisley’s H2O II: Wetter & Wilder World Tour May 28th, Niemann will perform at the annual GRAMMY block party May 10th in NashvilleTN.

For a complete list of Jerrod’s upcoming tour dates, visit 

“What Do You Want” and “Lover, Lover” are both featured on Niemann’s chart-topping New York Times Top 10 of 2010 album, Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury, produced by Niemann and Dave Brainard.