Thursday, June 30, 2011


GEORGE STRAIT'S NEWEST SINGLE "HERE FOR A GOOD TIME" 
AVAILABLE AT ALL DIGITAL RETAILERS TODAY 

HIT SINGLE ALREADY SITTING AT NO. 20 ON THE CHARTS
AFTER ONLY THREE WEEKS
Nashville, TN - George Strait's newest hit single "Here For A Good Time," which is already sitting at No. 20 on the Billboard country singles chart after only three weeks, is available now at all digital retailers. The single was his highest debut since his 2008 smash "I Saw God Today" and was the most added single at radio for two straight weeks.
"Here For A Good Time," written by Strait, his son Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon, is the first single and title track to his upcoming album scheduled to be released this year. 
With a career spanning more than 30 years, George Strait has the most number one singles of any artist in history including Elvis (57 to date inclusive of all charts).  He has sold nearly 69 million records and with 33 different platinum or multi-platinum albums has the most RIAA platinum certifications in country music and the third in all genres, behind The Beatles and Elvis Presley. Strait was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006.

Strait's last CD Twang debuted at #1 on The Billboard 200 chart and the Top Country Albums chart.  This is the fourth time in Strait's career that a new release has debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart and the 13th time debuting at #1 on the Top Country Albums chart. 


SARA EVANS’ DIGITAL SINGLE “A LITTLE BIT STRONGER”
 HAS BEEN CERTIFIED PLATINUM BY THE RIAA

Nashville, TN - It was announced today that Sara Evans’ digital single release “A Little Bit Stronger” has reached one million downloads and has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

“This song has exceeded all of my expectations,” says Sara. “I knew ‘A Little Bit Stronger’ was a hit the first time I heard it and what makes it even more special are the stories I hear from people about how this song has touched them. I am so blessed to have been able to record such an amazing song, written by Hillary Scott, Luke Laird and Hillary Lindsey, who are all dear friends of mine.”

“A Little Bit Stronger” was a multi-week No. 1 single on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart and Country Aircheck. Sara has performed the song on the ACM awards, Good Morning America, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and the season finale of Dancing with the Stars.

“My Heart Can’t Tell You No” is Sara’s brand new single. The song, co-written by Dennis W. Morgan and Simon Climie, was originally recorded by Rod Stewart. Hall of Fame songwriter Dennis Morgan says, “We wrote ‘My Heart Can’t Tell You No’ as a country song first and foremost. It spread its wings and became a pop record and now it SOARS as the country hit it was always meant to be. I love Sara's version so very, very much.”

Sara is featured in the July issue of Shape Magazine on their Fit & Famous page. She is also part of SELF Magazine’s feature on Country Stars’ Favorite Healthy Comfort Food along with Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert and Sheryl Crow in their July issue. To view, click on the link below:

AARON LEWIS DOES YAHOO! FOR RAM COUNTRY SERIES
 
AARON LEWIS has been chosen to participate in Yahoo!’s “Ram Country” series. In the interview, the singer/songwriter/guitarist gives a tour of his one-stoplight Massachusetts hometown and farmhouse.  He talks about how important the rural lifestyle is to him, and shows viewers his assorted farm animals (fresh eggs daily!), recording studio and prized guitar vault.  He also exclusively performs two songs for Yahoo!, the unreleased “75” and his current hit, the powerful “Country Boy.”  TOWN LINE (R&J Records) has now sold over 170,000 copies and the official video for “Country Boy” has been viewed over 7 million times, with the single having now sold over 450,000 copies and quickly approaching gold certification.


CHRIS YOUNG GIVES FANS A SNEAK PEEK OF NEW ALBUM, NEON
 NEON Deluxe and Standard Version Pre-order Now Available Online

NashvilleTN...(June 28, 2011)...With only two weeks to go to the release of his highly anticipated third studio album, GRAMMY nominated singer/songwriter CHRIS YOUNG is giving fans a sneak peek at the title track when NEON becomes available for pre-order beginning today on iTunes athttp://bit.ly/ljyVdh.

In addition to the standard ten song album, a deluxe version of NEON is available for digital pre-order, featuring two previously unreleased bonus tracks -- “I’m Gonna Change That” and “Don’t Leave Her (If You Can’t Let Her Go)” – along with a photo gallery containing new images of the man voted Country Weekly’s Hottest Bachelor.  As an added bonus, fans who pre-order the deluxe version will receive an immediate download of the NEON title track before the album releases on July 12.

NEON features the smash lead single “Tomorrow,” the fastest‐rising song of Young’s career. The project includes ten brand new songs from the singer whom Billboard calls “a bona‐fide star!” Produced by James Stroud, 7 of the 10 songs from NEON were co‐penned by Young, including “Tomorrow.” The “heartfelt ballad,” as declared in a recent People review, is Top 5 and climbing on the Billboard airplay chart. The hot new music video for “Tomorrow” can be streamed at http://vevo.ly/fMmDtL.

OFFICIAL NEON TRACK LISTING:
1. “I Can Take It From There”  (Chris Young/Rhett Akins/Ben Hayslip)
2. “Lost” (Chris Young/Chris DuBois/Ashley Gorley)
3. “Tomorrow” (Chris Young/Frank Myers/Anthony Smith)
4. “Save Water, Drink Beer” (Megan Connor/Ross Copperman/Jon Nite)
5. “Neon” (Shane McAnally/Josh Osborne/Trevor Rosen)
6. “Old Love Feels New” (Chris Young/Brett James/Tim Nichols)
7. “You” (Chris Young/Luke Laird)
8. “Flashlight” (Chris Young/Robert Arthur/Johnny Bulford)
9. “When She's On” (Monty Criswell/Shane Minor)
10. “She's Got This Thing About Her” (Chris Young/Cory Batten/Kent Blazy)
**Produced by James Stroud

ABOUT CHRIS YOUNG: Recently nominated for his first GRAMMY® Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance with his hit, “Gettin’ You Home,” Young is gearing up to head out on the road with Jason Aldean on his sold out My Kinda Party Tour this summer. With his rich, warm baritone and penchant for writing relatable, slice‐of‐life songs, Young has emerged as a fan‐favorite with three consecutive #1s at radio, and an album approaching GOLD. "Tomorrow," his brand new single from the forthcoming album NEON, set to release July 12, is currently Top 5 and continues to scream up the country radio charts. For tour dates and all the latest information on Chris Young, visit www.chrisyoungcountry.com and follow him on Twitter @ChrisYoungMusic.
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TAYLOR SWIFT TAKES FANS BEHIND THE SCENES OF CURRENT HIT VIDEO
“ON THE SET WITH TAYLOR SWIFT:  MEAN” PREMIERES THIS SUNDAY, JULY 3


NASHVILLETENN. (June 30, 2011) – “I never expected that if I wrote a treatment, a director would love it and want to direct the video exactly the way I’d written it,” says Taylor Swift of her newest video, “Mean.”  Swift and video director Declan Whitebloom share stories and take fans behind the scenes of the video shoot in On The Set With Taylor Swift: Mean premiering this Sunday, July 3, 9:00 p.m./Eastern on Great American Country (GAC).

Swift had her reasons for wanting to shoot in LA’s historic Orpheum Theater.  “It occurred to me after months of thinking about this video and having it keep me up at night, ‘What if we did the entire video in a theater?’  That way we could show all these different story lines and create set pieces that would show these very distinctive performances, having all of these characters struggle and then thrive.”  Set designers and art directors created a variety of sets including the wide open prairie tundra, a school bathroom and a fashion runway.  “The first time I saw these sets, I absolutely couldn’t believe it, I was in awe,” Swift recalls.  “I love the big city performance scene because just the wardrobe alone was fantastic.  I got this awesome flapper dress and getting to work that dress and just the motion; every time you moved, the dress moved.”

Actors featured in the video’s three vignettes include 11-year-old Joey King, best known for her role as Ramona in the film “Ramona and Beezus.”   Swift also had a four-legged co-star, Matilda the goat.  “It’s one of those moments of, like, ‘Really?’ I’m shooting a music video and we have a goat on the stage?’  She was pretty good at standing there, just blinking, just being a goat.”

“Mean” took two days to shoot and Swift is thrilled with the end result.  “Visually it just goes in line with everything I’ve been obsessed with lately like theaters and productions.  It tells stories that to me, really matter, and it’s also just really fun.”
NFL Star Chad Ochocinco Takes a Ride with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Veteran Jeff Burton at Atlanta Motor Speedway

HAMPTON, Ga. (June 30, 2011) – After trying his hand at professional soccer and riding a bull, Cincinnati Bengals Wide Receiver Chad Ochocinco came to Atlanta Motor Speedway on Thursday to get a taste of NASCAR racing.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Veteran Jeff Burton and crew were on hand to provide Ochocinco with a high speed tutorial, both on and off the track. After taking a few hot laps in the No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet, Ochocinco received a lesson on how a pit stop works with the Caterpillar pit crew. He then tried his hand at changing tires and jacking up the car.

“This ranks right up there with the bull riding, man,” said Ochocinco. “It’s not until you actually get in a car with these guys, like today with Jeff Burton, that you realize how dangerous this sport is and the amount of skill it takes to run out there with other drivers.

            “The pit crew was difficult. I tried to do some of the things that they’ve been doing, as far as changing tires and jack the car up. Other than that, it’s difficult. Especially because I’m out of my element, but it was fun, it was a great experience.”

            Ochocinco told track officials, should he not have any NFL obligations, he would love to attend the AdvoCare 500 on Sept. 4 to see it in person.

NASCAR night racing returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway this Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2-4. Tickets for the AdvoCare 500 start at $39 and $19 for students. Children 12 and under admitted free for the Great Clips 300 and the Atlanta 200 with an adult ticket. For more information, call the Atlanta Motor Speedway Ticket Office at (877) 9-AMS-TIX, (770) 946-4211 or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.

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RIDERS IN THE SKY TO RELEASE LONG-AWAITED 
INSPIRATIONAL ALBUM


The Land Beyond The Sun to be released Aug. 9th

NASHVILLE, TN - (June 29, 2011) –Two-time Grammy Award-winning artist Riders In the Skywill release their long awaited Inspirational CD on Aug. 9.  "The Land Beyond The Sun" presents a collection of songs of inspiration recorded in the western tradition that their legion of fans expect, along with a poem indicative of “America’s Favorite Cowboys’” left-field humor which has been their trademark for nearly three and a half decades!

“The stillness of the desert, the majesty of towering mountains, the endless skies; all these things have developed a deep and abiding spirituality in the westerner and the cowboy” explains Ranger Doug, Idol of American Youth and the group’s baritone vocalist and guitar player.   “The CD appeals to all generations, and welcomes all who are as inspired by the great outdoors, as are Riders In The Sky.”

Perhaps best known for their recording of “Woody’s Round Up” from “Toy Story 2”, Riders In The Sky have been keepers of the flame passed on by the Sons of the Pioneers, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, single-handedly revitalizing Western music.  The seven-time Western Music Association Entertainers of the Year have been stars of the stage, screen, Saturday morning network TV, the Grand Ol' Opry, National Public Radio, and SiriusXM Satellite Radio.

While remaining true to the integrity of the genre, these “Kings of Comedy & Western” have themselves become modern-day icons by branding it with their own legendary wacky humor and way-out Western wit, and all along encouraging buckaroos and buckarettes to live life “The Cowboy Way!”

The Land Beyond The Sun – track list

01 - The Land Beyond the Sun
02 - Song of the Trail
03 - The King's Highway
04 - There's A Gold Mine in the Sky
05 - This Ole House
06 - River of Mystery
07 - Saddle Up
08 - The Mystery of His Way
09 - Cowboy Camp Meetin'
10 - He Walks with the Wild and the Lonely
11 - There's A Blue Sky Way Out Yonder
12 - Lord, You Made the Cowboy Happy
13 - The Stingy Congregation
JUSTIN MOORE’S OUTLAWS LIKE ME debuts at #1 ON THE SALES CHART
COUNTRY STAR’S NEW ALBUM IS THE THIRD BEST DEBUT OF THE YEAR

Nashville, TN-- OUTLAWS LIKE ME, the new album from Valory Music Co. artist  Justin Moore, debuts as the #1 BEST SELLING Country album according to Billboard’s Scoundscan chart. The new set also enters Billboard’s Top 200 albums chart at #5. The 3rd highest Country debut this year, beating first week numbers from many superstar artists, including recent releases from Ronnie Dunn and Sara Evans.

Outpaced this year by only Brad Paisley’s THIS IS COUNTRY MUSIC and Alison Krauss and Union Station’s PAPER AIRPLANE, this impressive debut further underscores Justin Moore’s status as one of the hottest artists in country music.

Moore kicked off the street week for his sophomore album  in New York City, making appearances on “Fox News”, “ABC News” and “Better TV.” He also interviewed with radio and television stations around the country via satellite from a boat in the lake in Central Park. 

Critics have lauded this Arkansas native’s backwoods charm, prompting The Washington Post to describe his music as “consistently brawny and upbeat, reminiscent at times of Hank Williams Jr.” and The New York Times hails him as a “a strong and versatile singer,” as well as a songwriter whose lyrical “fantasies of regional pride and class revenge are the meat and potatoes of modern country music”.

The album’s lead single If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away is also headed for the #1 spot.  It is the fastest rising single of his career sitting at #4 this week and has sold nearly 300,000 copies to date.

About Justin Moore: Justin Moore’s star has grown significantly since he was named Billboard’s “Top New Country Artist of 2009.”  This Southern Country stylist has sold over 1.2 million digital downloads to date and has scored three consecutive smash hits from his debut album (the #1 “Small Town USA”; Top 5 “Backwoods”; and Top 20 “How I Got To Be This Way”).  His self-titled album, which debuted in the Top 10 of the Billboard Top 200, was recognized as one of the best albums of 2009 by The New York Times and garnered him a CMT Music Award nomination. For music and more, visit www.moorejustinmusic.com
About the Valory Music Co.: The Valory Music Co., the second of three labels established under the Big Machine Label Group umbrella, opened in November 2007.  The label celebrated its first #1 album with Jewel’s PERFECTLY CLEAR only 7 months after launching and then celebrated its first #1 single just 3 months later when Jimmy Wayne’s, “Do You Believe Me Now,” spent 3 weeks atop the Country singles charts.  In November 2008 the label signed multimedia superstar Reba McEntire who saw her first Valory Music Co. album release KEEP ON LOVING YOU debut at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and spend two consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart. Since then Reba has enjoyed the two biggest chart hits of her illustrious 30+ year career when, “Consider Me Gone,” spent a historic 4 weeks at #1 and, “Turn on the Radio,” followed, allowing Reba to both begin and end 2010 at #1.  Southern stylist Justin Moore’s poignant anthem, “Small Town USA,” reached #1 in October of 2009 and he has quickly become a Country Radio airplay staple as well as a touring force to be reckoned with.  New to the label is southern Country-Rock sensation Brantley Gilbert who has already topped the Country Singles Charts by writing, “My Kinda Party,” for Jason Aldean.  Brantley Gilbert has a new album due later this year.  The Valory Music Co. possesses an exclusive, in-house promotion branding team while utilizing existing Big Machine Records backroom service and is distributed by UMGD.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The wasted NO TIme..Javier The Voice Winner

plot of the Expendables 2:
"The Expendables are back and this time it's personal! After Tool (Mickey Rourke), the heart and soul of the Expendables, is brutally murdered on a mission, his comrades swear to avenge him. They're not the only ones who want blood. Tool’s beautiful young and wild daughter Fiona embarks on her own revenge mission, complicating matters when she is captured and ransomed by a ruthless dictator plotting to destroy a resistance movement. Now Barney and the Expendables must risk everything to save her and humanity."

Taylor Swift photo shoot for Teen Vogue Aug 2011

Paul McCartney.Com picks this has a winner...





The Original...done by Paul in 1973.....





Second Shows Added In Chicago & Montreal!



Due to overwhelming popular demand, Paul's On The Run tour has added second shows in Montreal and Chicago. The newly announced dates are July 27 at the Bell Centre in Montreal and August 1 at Chicago's Wrigley Field. 

Click here to read more

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21.06.2011 - ON THE RUN TOUR ADDS MONTREAL

15th July 2011 at Yankee Stadium, New York, USA
16th July 2011 at Yankee Stadium, New York, USA
24th July at Comerica Park, Detroit, USA
26th July at Bell Centre, Montréal, Canada
31st July at Wrigley Field, Chicago, USA
4th August at The Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, USA

Paul has confirmed yet another date on his On The Run tour: 26th July at Bell Centre, Montreal, Canada. Tickets will go on sale Monday 20th June at noon.Click here to read more

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08.06.2011 - YANKEE STADIUM DEBUT CONFIRMED FOR JULY 15

Paul has confirmed the date and venue of his return to New York City: July 15 at Yankee Stadium.

Paul's historic first ever appearance at the storied Yankee Stadium will kick off his new 2011 On The Run tour, and marks nearly two years to the day since his legendary July 17, 18 & 21, 2009 concerts, immortalized on the Grammy-winning gold-certified Good Evening New York City CD/DVD.



XTREME MUZIK THE TOUR JAMS AT MOONDANCE
Xtreme Tour Walker MN(Nashville, Tennessee...) -- One week into one of the most exciting tours of the year, Xtreme Muzik The Tour packed the fans into the main stage of the Moondance Jammin' Country Fest in Walker, Minnesota last weekend. The tour hits the Viaero Event Center in Kearney, NE on Friday and the Wells Fargo Theatre in Denver on Saturday this week.

The tour lands in Deadwood, South Dakota next Friday and Saturday, July 8 and 9, 2011 for the grand opening of the Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center.Housed in the completely refurbished 1906 Homestake Mining Co. plant, where millions of dollars in gold ore was recovered in a century of operations, the Deadwood Mountain Grand represents one of the largest historic preservation projects in the U.S. The July 8 date is completely sold out, but a limited number of good seats remain for the following night.

Tickets and more information on the tour can be found at www.XtremeMuzik.com.

Pictured in the midst of the mayhem at the Moondance Jammin' Country Fest are: (l. to r.) - Cowboy Troy, John Rich, Gretchen Wilson & Big Kenny

Fire Strikes State Park at Gulf Shores/Orange Beach,Alabama












WYNONNA HEADLINES FREE INDEPENDENCE DAY CONCERT IN GEORGIA
Tune in Thursday, June 30th to catch Wynonna on CNN Headline News “Morning Express with Robin Meade”

Nashville, TN (June 29, 2011) – Five-time GRAMMY award winner, Wynonna Judd, will be performing at the 29th Annual Independence Day Concert on July 1st in Warner Robins, Georgia.  Judd will be joined by CNN Headline News morning show anchor Robin Meade and the Emmy nominated U.S. Air Force Reserve Band.

The free show will start at 8 p.m. with the singing of the National Anthem and an F-15 fighter jet fly over at McConnell-Talbert Stadium and will conclude with a celebratory fireworks show.  This year marks the 29th year of the annual partnership concert and it is expected to draw an upwards of 30,000 people.  The show will be taped and broadcast on the Fourth of July onAmerican Forces Network, a television broadcast network that serves American service men and women and their families stationed at bases overseas.

The Independence Day concert is just one way for the Air Force Reserve to say thank you to the 1.1 million deployed service members and their families, in addition to the surrounding communities. It is their opportunity to show their gratitude for the overwhelming military support shown throughout the mid-Georgia region and across the nation.

Leading up to the July 1st concert, Wynonna will be making an appearance on Meade’s CNN Headline News “Morning Express with Robin Meade” during the 8am hour on Thursday, June 30th.  General Charles Stenner and war hero Staff Sergeant Warren will be on hand to discuss the importance of the upcoming Independence Day celebration.

For more information on Wynonna, visit www.wynonna.com

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Kids Allowed in Pits at Atlanta Motor Speedway Due To New 2011 NASCAR Pit Road Policy

HAMPTON, Ga. (June 28, 2011) – For years, family and NASCAR have been synonymous with one another. This year, children can do more than watch the cars from the grandstands, they can get close enough to touch them.

Prior to the AdvoCare 500 on September 4, children of all ages have access to the pits via a new rule NASCAR instituted in 2011. With the purchase of a Sunday pre-race pit pass, kids will get to watch crew members prepare their racing machines and pit areas prior to 500 miles of racing on the high banks of the historic 1.54-mile speedway.

As always, children ages 14 and up can purchase pit access on Friday and Saturday.

Spectators with pre-race pit passes are allowed in the pit area until an hour prior to the start of each race on Labor Day Weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Pit passes are $125 for the weekend of $100 for Sunday only.

Another change this year is a relaxed dress code on pit road. Fans that plan to purchase pre-race pit passes can now wear shorts, open-toed shoes, sleeveless shirts, skirts and dresses on pit road all weekend long.

“This new policy opens up a great new opportunity to enhance the race day experience for fans of all ages,” said AMS President Ed Clark. “The chance to get up close to where the race action plays out later in the night provides icing to the cake for fans in attendance at the AdvoCare 500 weekend.”

            Atlanta Motor Speedway is offering great value to fans of all ages on Labor Day Weekend. Children 12 and under can gain free admission to Friday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Atlanta 200 and Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series Great Clips 300 with an adult ticket. Students can purchase AdvoCare 500 tickets for $19, with a valid student I.D.

NASCAR night racing returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway this Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2-4. Tickets for the AdvoCare 500 start at $39. For more information, call the Atlanta Motor Speedway Ticket Office at (877) 9-AMS-TIX, (770) 946-4211 or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.
         June 28, 2011

GEORGE STRAIT’S NEWEST SINGLE “HERE FOR A GOOD TIME”
AVAILABLE AT ALL DIGITAL RETAILERS TODAY

HIT SINGLE ALREADY SITTING AT NO. 20 ON THE CHARTS
AFTER ONLY THREE WEEKS

Nashville, TN – George Strait’s newest hit single “Here For A Good Time,” which is already sitting at No. 20 on the Billboard country singles chart after only three weeks, is available now at all digital retailers. The single was his highest debut since his 2008 smash “I Saw God Today” and was the most added single at radio for two straight weeks.

Go to http://bit.ly/GStraitGoodTime to purchase “Here For A Good Time.”

“Here For A Good Time,” written by Strait, his son Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon, is the first single and title track to his upcoming album scheduled to be released this year. 

With a career spanning more than 30 years, George Strait has the most number one singles of any artist in history including Elvis (57 to date inclusive of all charts).  He has sold nearly 69 million records and with 33 different platinum or multi-platinum albums has the most RIAA platinum certifications in country music and the third in all genres, behind The Beatles and Elvis Presley. Strait was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006.

Strait’s last CD Twang debuted at #1 on The Billboard 200 chart and the Top Country Albums chart.  This is the fourth time in Strait's career that a new release has debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart and the 13th time debuting at #1 on the Top Country Albums chart.
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FINAL WEEK FOR FANS TO GO “ON TOUR”
WITH WORLD CLASS ENTERTAINER, NEAL MCCOY
Neal McCoy with fans - visit ilikeneal.com for more information!Nashville, TN. June 28, 2011----Country superstar,Neal McCoy has logged millions of miles on the road touring over the last decade. The native Texan usually spends 200-300 dates a year performing for his fans in concerts. This is the final week that music fans have a chance to get a taste of life on the road with Neal McCoy by registering atwww.ilikeneal.com. The winners will receive a weekend
pass to travel via your own artist tour bus and attend two McCoy concerts with backstage access  to hang out with McCoy & his band. 

McCoy is a music lover of all styles & genres and this becomes very evident when you see his live show. At a McCoy live show, the set list is never the same and it is tough to stay in your seat for the length of his performance. Recently when McCoy was asked to perform at friends’ Blake Shelton & Miranda Lambert’s wedding reception he kept inquiring if they had specific songs they wanted him to play at the event. The constant reply from Shelton was “No, we just want you to do your thing.”

All the attendees at the star-studded reception packed the dance floor for McCoy’s entire two-hour set. The set list ended up including “In My Daughter’s Eyes” (Martina McBride), “F*@% You” (Cee Lo Green) and his own “No Doubt About It.” Even music executives and other country singers in attendance, were astonished by McCoy’s exceptional skill at thoroughly entertaining a crowd.

This August, the award-winning entertainer heads into the recording studio to begin work on his twelfth album/CD with a set of new elite producers at the board.

You can register to win the ultimate fan prize “On the Road with Neal McCoy” package atwww.ilikeneal.com up until July 1, 2011. Neal McCoy tour dates, exclusive photos and fun fan facts info can be found at www.nealmccoy.com
 


HITMAKER RONNIE MILSAP RETURNS TO HIS COUNTRY ROOTS 
WITH NEW ALBUM, COUNTRY AGAIN


Country Again To Be Released July 26th
(Milsap Music Group / Bigger Picture Group)

NASHVILLE, TN -- (June 28, 2011) – On July 26, country music legend, Ronnie Milsap will release his first country album in five years, Country Again.  This new 12-track release launches this summer with the first single “If You Don’t Want Me To”, also known as “The Freeze”.  Country Again is a joint venture between Milsap Music Group and Bigger Picture Group. With over 40 #1 Hits to his credit, Milsap is ready for more, “I’ve been very fortunate to have had a lot of successful records. Now it’s time to make some more.”

The first single, “If You Don’t Want Me To (The Freeze)”, hits radio July 18th. The music video for the song was filmed this past spring and showcases the dance craze, The Freeze, inspired by the song. To premiere Country Again, Milsap will return to the Grand Ole Opry stage on Saturday July 16th, where he has been a member since 1976.

Throughout the course of his career, Milsap has navigated his way through a variety of musical genres, most notably the country and pop markets, where he achieved outstanding success topping the Billboard Hot Country, Adult Contemporary, and Pop Charts. In 2009, he took on a new challenge and ventured into gospel music, releasing Then Sings My Soul: 24 Favorite Hymns and Gospel Favorites. With encouragementfrom Executive Producer Eddie Stubbs, Milsap is ready to come back to his roots with Country Again.

Tracks on Country Again:
  1. A Better Word For Love
  2. Country Again
  3. Cry Cry Darling
  4. You’re The Reason I’m Living
  5. Almost Mine
  6. Oh Linda
  7. Even Fools Get Lucky
  8. For A Minute There
  9. Fireworks
  10. On My Own
  11. Trapped In An Old Country Song
  12. If You Don’t Want Me To (The Freeze)

About Ronnie Milsap
Ronnie Milsap ranks as the top country soul singer of his generation selling over 35 million albums. He has 40 #1 Hits, six Grammy Awards, eight Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, and four Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards to his name. As a crossover artist appealing to both country and pop markets, Milsap is one of the heralding “crossover” artists between the two styles. His well-known hits include “It Was Almost Like a Song”, ”Smoky Mountain Rain”, “(There’s) No Gettin’ Over Me”, “I Wouldn’t Have Missed It for the World”, “Any Day Now”, “What a Difference You’ve Made in My Life”, and “Stranger in My House”.  Please visit www.ronniemilsap.com for further information.

THE FONTANEL ADDS 18-HOLE REGULATION  
DISC GOLF COURSE
The Course at Fontanel Free to the Public
(Nashville, Tennessee...) -- The grand opening of the newest addition to the 135-acre property of The Fontanel Mansion & Farm is The Course at Fontanel, a regulation disc golf course opening at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 2, 2011. The course will be open year around during the property operating hours Tuesday-Sunday, weather permitting, and will be free and open to the public with no tee times required. The Fontanel Mansion & Farm has become a cherished community asset since it opened just over a year ago, drawing both Middle Tennessee locals and visitors from near and far to its diverse offerings of music, family activities, an acclaimed restaurant, the popular Music City On Stage! dinner show, the trails and of course tours of the 27,000 square foot Fontanel Mansion. 

"A large part of our master plan for the property was to have a place where our neighbors and visitors to the area could come free of charge to take a hike on our trails, have a picnic and enjoy the stunning beauty of this area," said Fontanel co-owner Marc Oswald. "Adding a regulation disc golf course that people can come and play for free is the perfect addition to that plan."

The 18-hole Course at Fontanel will meet Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) guidelines for tournament play. The 7200-foot course was designed by avid disc golfer Chris Denton and will include elements for beginners and experts alike. The Course at Fontanel will be a nationally-ranked and sanctioned course that will host regional and national tournaments. A pro shop, featuring discs, bags, towels and refreshments will be located in the Stone House Gift Shop at Fontanel.

A majority of the 18 holes wind around the open areas of the Fontanel Mansion and Farm, with some of the more challenging holes entering the dense wooded areas that dominate the property. The course will be open from 7:30 am to dusk Tuesday through Sunday during normal operating hours.

"This course is unique in part because it is on private property instead of public land and the Farm House restaurant and pro shop give it a country club feel," said Denton. "We have holes rated as "double diamond" or expert holes, wide-open beginner-friendly holes, advanced-played holes, a shot over the creek, a 500' downhill shot that will take your breath away, and all in one of the most beautiful settings possible."     

The sport, which the Disc Golf Association touts as the fastest-growing lifetime fitness activity, is very similar to regular or ball golf. Players carry a variety of discs used for long, short and mid-range shots, but carrying one disc is perfectly acceptable for players out for a fun afternoon. Golfers throw from tee pads and attempt to land the disc in the basket in as few throws - or shots - as possible. Each hole is assigned a par - or recommended number of throws - to each hole based on distance and terrain. 

For additional information about the course, the Fontanel Mansion, Farm House Restaurant, Music City On Stage!, The Trails at Fontanel or the Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel, visit www.FontanelMansion.com.   
Fontanel Mansion & Farm
Only 10 minutes from downtown Nashville but miles from ordinary, The Fontanel Mansion & Farm is a great destination for anyone wanting to experience all things Nashville. The complex includes:
The Fontanel Mansion is a 27,000 square foot log home formerly owned by Country Music Hall of Fame® member Barbara Mandrell and her husband Ken Dudney. The home boasts three stories, over 20 rooms, thirteen bathrooms, five fireplaces, two kitchens, an indoor pool, and even an indoor shooting range, on 136 acres of pristine land. The facility is open for daily tours and also can be rented for hosting spectacular special events such as fundraisers, weddings or corporate retreats.      
-The Studio Gallery at Fontanela just-completed, 5,000 square foot multi-use performing arts facility that is fully-equipped for state-of-the-art a/v productions and is an ideal event space. The Studio Gallery is currently hosting the exciting Music City On Stage! dinner show every Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m.
The Farm House Restaurant at Fontanel showcases a "farm to fork" menu with items that feature local produce, dairy and meats delivered from area farms and sustainable sources. The restaurant offers southern-style comfort food with a fun creative twist with live performances often heard on the Gibson Stage evenings and weekends. Feel free to bring your own bottle of wine, and there is never a corkage fee.
The Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel: an outdoor music venue with a capacity for 4,500 guests. Featuring state-of-the-art sound and a cozy wooded setting, the natural amphitheater space of the White's Creek valley will be the must-see (and must-hear) venue of the South. The venue has already hosted some of music's biggest names in its inaugural season this summer including Chicago, the Willie Nelson Throwdown Tour, Steve Martin, The Stone Temple Pilots and ZZ Top. The Woods at Fontanel is also available for corporate picnics and events.
The Trails at Fontanel include over two miles of hiking trails that wind through the property. Pet lovers can even bring their dogs to walk with them, as long as they are on a leash.
Stone House Visitor's Center and Gift Shopthe original building on the Fontanel property from which Mansion tour and concert tickets can be purchased. This quaint and cozy little shop is full of local crafts and jewelry, gardening supplies, gourmet gifts, home decor and unique Fontanel souvenirs.  

For more information, directions or to reserve a tour, visit  www.fontanelmansion.com.

Carrie with Brad in the desert making a video

Monday, June 27, 2011

Inside Jack Clement's Burned Out Studio..on WSMV

Story from WSMV TV on Inside Cowboy Jack's Burned Out Studio

The story I did Monday June 27 about the fair.... 
 DALLAS, Texas (NBC) -- A north Texas attorney tells an unforgettable story about his run-in with a monster alligator. While hunting with friends the Dallas-based attorney bagged a 14-foot long alligator that weighs almost 900 pounds. Officials say it's one of the largest gators ever found in Texas.

Even with trophies in his office, as big game hunting goes, attorney Levi McCathern is still a novice. 

Levi says "I've been hunting since I was six. I try to hunt year round when I was growing up I hunted dove and quail."

McCathern had something bigger in mind on a recent hunting trip to Leon County. Something like alligators, McCathern learned the Trinity River was loaded with them, and just before his hunting trip ended he had a monster gator in his sites.

Levi says "How far are you when you take that shot? probably about 100, 110, 120 yards away. It went right in the brain, it was a perfect shot probably my luckiest shot."

For certain it's his most memorable. 14 feet long and nearly 900 pounds, one of the largest gators killed in state history.  

Levi says "They took him to the town square in Crockett and just caused a traffic jam. My testosterone has been very high, my wife probably doesn't like it as much as she should I've been pretty big since I killed this alligator."

And the shark in this story has a new nickname.