Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Randy Owen Joins Jason Aldean in Huntsville

Keith Urban and family on their way home from Aussie

Taylor Down Under Now but a Tea Party to Go

Brad Paisley in NYC with Capt Kirk

Chesney on Jimmy Fallon signing about Springsteen

Carrie Underwood’s “Good Girl” Debuts at No. 1
on Billboard’s Digital Country Songs Chart
with 108,000 Downloads in 3 Days!

“Good Girl” Is Most Added Song at Country Radio!

Nashville, TN – Superstar Carrie Underwood’s new single, “Good Girl,” debuts at No. 1 on
Billboard’s Digital Country Songs chart today with sales of 108,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. After releasing the song early Friday morning it took fans only three short days to make “Good Girl” the top selling song.

“Good Girl,” the lead single from Carrie’s forthcoming new album, was also the most added song this week on the country airplay charts. Written by Carrie, Chris DeStefano and Ashley Gorley, and produced by Mark Bright, the song is currently available at all digital providers.

Since releasing Some Hearts in 2005, Underwood has sold more than 14 million albums with Some Hearts, 2007’s Carnival Ride, and 2009’s Play On. She’s amassed 14 No. 1 singles, six of which she co-wrote, and became the first country artist in history and the only American Idol winner ever to achieve 10 No. 1 singles from their first two albums. Underwood is a current Grammy Award nominee and a five-time Grammy Award winner, a two-time Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year, a three-time Country Music Association and ACM Female Vocalist winner, and a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012


Concert Will Feature a Star-Studded Lineup Including Kenny Chesney, Kris Kristofferson, Chris Cornell, Ronnie Dunn, John Hiatt, Amy Lee, Shooter Jennings, Lucinda Williams, Ray LaMontagne, and Jamey Johnson with more Legendary Surprise Guests to be Announced

LOS ANGELES (February 28, 2012) – On April 20, 2012, music stars and friends will join together to celebrate the life of Johnny Cash in Austin, TX at “We Walk The Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash.” In the year that would mark his 80th birthday, the concert, which will take place at Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theatre, will not only pay tribute to Cash and his music, but also to his roots and his heritage. Performances will include GRAMMY-winning and GRAMMY- nominated musicians Carolina Chocolate Drops, Kenny Chesney, Chris Cornell, Ronnie Dunn, Jamey Johnson, Kris Kristofferson, Ray LaMontagne, Amy Lee and Lucinda Williams, as well as performances by Brandi Carlile, Andy Grammer, John Hiatt, Shooter Jennings and Rhett Miller with more performers to be announced shortly. Tickets go on-sale to the general public on Wednesday, February 29, 2012.

“Our family is honored to know that this amazing line-up of artists will gather together on one stage to pay tribute to the music and history of my father,” said John Carter Cash. “There is no doubt in my mind that, although he is no longer with us in body, his spirit will shine true on this night thanks to these inspired artists.”

“Having been a fan of Johnny Cash and his music for as long as I can remember I could not be more excited to produce an event that honors such a musical legend,” noted Keith Wortman. “His iconic voice, style and authenticity has inspired musicians for generations and we are proud to be able to celebrate his artistic legacy with some of today’s greatest entertainers while also benefitting such an amazing children’s cause ‘Charley’s Fund’.”

An all-star band led by GRAMMY Award-winning Don Was – which includes Buddy Miller, Kenny Aronoff, Ian McLagen, and Greg Leisz– will back these once-in-a-lifetime performances. The concert event will be produced by Keith Wortman. Was, who worked with Cash on an album for The Highwaymen, will serve as musical director. Tisha Fein and Chantel Sausedo will serve as talent producers. A percentage of the net proceeds will be donated to Charley’s Fund, to help in the fight to find a cure for the fatal children’s disease Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

“We Walk The Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash” will be produced and distributed in conjunction with Legacy Recordings, the division of Sony Music Entertainment that serves as the home of Johnny Cash’s music catalog.

Cash’s 80th Birthday celebration kicks off on February 26, 2012, the day which would have been his 80th birthday, with the ground-breaking of the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Project in Dyess, Arkansas. The house that Cash grew up in will become a permanent tribute to him and his family’s early life, as well as reflecting a historical slice of American life during the 1930s’ Great Depression. In addition, Legacy Recordings is set to celebrate this landmark year with a full slate of projects to be released throughout the next 12 months. First up is “Bootleg Vol. IV: The Soul of Truth,” a 2-CD, 51-track collection which comprises gospel and spiritual recordings made by Cash in the 1970s and ‘80s, to be released on April 3, 2012.

Tickets will go on-sale to the general public on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 10 a.m. CST and are available at, at Waterloo Records or charge by phone 877-4-FLYTIX.

Bentley Wraps Canadian Leg of Tour and Heads to
Australia Next Week

Nashville, TN – Feb. 27, 2012 – Award-winning singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley’s anthemic title track and current single “Home” is resonating with fans across the border as it climbs into the No. one spot on Canada’s Mediabase Country Chart this week. Though inspired by domestic struggles, the track’s relatable global message of strife, strength and optimism is unifying fans everywhere.

“Dierks may have had America in mind with 'Home,' but the fact it went to No. one in Canada shows that the song has universal appeal,” said EMI Music Canada’s Ron Harwood. “We are all proud of where we are from. We’ve all faced tough times recently. We all know that things can be better again. It is a song that reflects on our own past and gives hope for a bright future, regardless of where you call ‘home.’”

“The gorgeous title track tastefully expounds on American patriotism…without resorting to blatant flag waving. Bentley once again affirms he is not your run of the mill country act.” - Winnipeg Free Press

“Home” continues to strike a chord with fans in the U.S. as it also climbs through the Top five at country radio this week. Last week, Bentley wrapped the Canadian leg of his 2012 Country & Cold Cans Tour, which will next visit fans in Australia early next month before its 20-city U.S. spring run. For a full list of upcoming tour dates and more on the new album, visit
Adley Stump Is the Final Member of Team Blake on
NBC’s "The Voice"

Nashville, TN (February 28, 2012)—Adley Stump made her debut on the final blind auditions episode of NBC’s “The Voice” last night (2/27) singing Carrie Underwood’s “Last Name.” The Tulsa, Oklahoma native has jumped to nationwide exposure where she’s been given the stamp of approval by no less than fellow Okie Blake Shelton and pop star Christina Aguilera.

With only one open spot on their team, both Shelton and Aguilera pressed their buttons for Stump. Shelton called the young singer a “great female vocalist” explaining why he followed Aguilera’s lead and pushed his button. “Her (Christina) being interested really pushed me over the edge,” says Shelton. “I was like ‘man this girl, is she as powerful as I think she is?’ And man, I think you’re great.”

Aguilera also commented on her strong vocal presence saying, “Your power blew me away. You are obviously a powerful vocalist and you have chops. You have really, really good chops.”

Despite growing up singing along to Aguilera, Adley Stump followed her heart and chose Blake Shelton, becoming the 12th and final member of Team Blake. For the young woman at the center of all the fuss, none of this was part of the plan. Stump was busy getting her degree in public relations at Oklahoma State University when friends dared her to try out for a singing part in a sorority production. She’d been honing her skills as a dancer and cheerleader since childhood, but had never considered the notion that she might have a knack for singing as well. Before she knew it, she was belting out the Carrie Underwood hit “Last Name” in front of celebrity judges Shelton, Aguilera, Cee Lo Green and Maroon 5’s Adam Levine.

“I was pinching myself that it was even a reality,” Stump says. “I thought, ‘I’m really doing this, this is my life now and I have a shot.’ I’ve always been a dreamer, but I didn’t think I could do something this big.”

Now that Adley Stump has the world’s attention, she aims to keep it. With her national TV debut and thousands of new friends on Facebook and Twitter, Adley Stump is ready prove herself in front of as many audiences as possible. Fans can hear more by visiting her website at Her debut EP, Like A Lady, and her live performance of “Last Name” available for download on iTunes.

Trace Shows His Butt!

at hospital for kidney stones...not sure why this was out there..hmm

Scotty Teasing Paisley

Is She Going to Get Tired of This? Paps on TS Trail in LA

Friday, February 24, 2012


Aldean Nominated for Six ACM Awards Including Entertainer of The Year

Nashville, TN – Feb. 17, 2012 – After taking only four minutes for ACM Entertainer of the Year nominee Jason Aldean to sell out his May 19 show at Atlanta's Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, he sold out a second show on May 18 in just a few hours today. No other country music artist has ever sold out two shows that quickly in the Atlanta venue's history.

“That's just ridiculous…I don't even know what to say,” said a shocked Aldean.

Aldean is nominated for six ACM Awards, including his second consecutive nods for Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year, as well as Album of the Year for MY KINDA PARTY, Single Record of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year for "Don't You Wanna Stay" feat. Kelly Clarkson and Video of the Year for "Tattoos on this Town." The April 1
show will air live from Las Vegas on CBS.

A Macon, GA native, Aldean has sold more than six million copies of his four studio albums and topped the charts with eight No. one songs. His current single, “Fly Over States,” is climbing up the Top 25 at country radio and follows in the footsteps of four consecutive No. one singles off his DOUBLE PLATINUM album MY KINDA PARTY. The reigning CMA Album of the Year, MY KINDA PARTY was the top-selling country album of 2011 and the No. five best-seller in all genres.

For a full list of appearances and upcoming tour dates, visit

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Big Machine party at CRS

Featured below from L to R: (back) Jay DeMarcus, Chris Thompson, James Young, Joe Don Rooney, Jon Jones, CMT’s Brian Phillips, Cherrill Green, and Dean Berner. (middle) Reid Perry, Kimberly Perry, Sunny Sweeney, Thomas Rhett, Gary Levox, Mike Eli, Martina McBride, Hannah Blaylock and Greg Bates. (front) Justin Moore, CMT’s Cody Alan, Brantley Gilbert, Neil Perry, BMLG President/CEO Scott Borchetta, Republic Nashville President Jimmy Harnen and Ella Mae Bowen.

Jamey Johnson, Chris Young, Josh Thompson,
George Thorogood and 38 Special to Join Bocephus on Select Dates

NASHVILLE, TN (February 22, 2012) - Never one to stay silent for long, country music Icon, Hank Williams Jr., is set to embark on a multi-city tour throughout the country kicking-off on March 3 in St. Augustine, FL. With 16 dates (and more to be added) and a new album on the horizon, the outlaw is sure to make some noise while sharing his timeless music with new and old fans alike.

Williams, who has 20 gold albums, six platinum albums, 13 chart-topping albums, and 10 No. One singles will perform hits like “A Country Boy Can Survive,” “Dixie on My Mind,” and “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight.” In addition, fans can look forward to hearing new material, written within weeks of his 2011 controversial remarks.

Hank Jr.’s tour will visit the following cities:
3/03/12 – St. Augustine, FL – The St. Augustine Amphitheatre
3/04/12 – Plant City, FL – Florida Strawberry Festival
4/06/12 – Biloxi, MS – Mississippi Coast Coliseum (w/ 38 Special)
4/07/12 – Tuscaloosa, AL – Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre (w/ 38 Special)
4/13/12 – Duluth, GA – The Arena at Gwinnett Center (w/ 38 Special and Jamey Johnson)
4/14/12 – Charleston, WV – Charleston Civic Center Coliseum (w/ 38 Special and Jamey Johnson)
4/27/12 – Southaven, MS – Landers Center (w/ Josh Thompson and Jamey Johnson)
5/11/12 – Evansville, IN – Ford Center (w/ 38 Special and Jamey Johnson)
5/12/12 – Dayton, OH – Nutter Center (w/ 38 Special and Jamey Johnson)
5/18/12 – Bossier City, LA – Centurylink Center (w/ 38 Special and Jamey Johnson)
5/19/12 – Wichita, KS – INTRUST Bank Arena (w/ Jamey Johnson)
7/27/12 – Cheyenne, WY – Cheyenne Frontier Days (w/ Chris Young)
8/04/12 – Davenport, IA – Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds
8/16/12 – Louisville, KY – Kentucky State Fair, Freedom Hall (w/ George Thorogood)
8/17/12 – Des Moines, IA – Iowa State Fair, Grandstand (w/ George Thorogood)
8/18/12 – Sedalia, MO – Missouri State Fairground (w/ George Thorogood)

Ticket information, on-sale dates, and fan club promotions will be available at

About Hank Williams Jr.
With more than 70 albums to his credit, Williams has a fascinating career to reflect upon for a legend still in his prime. His discography chronicles a bold profile of growth from adored offspring of a legendary father, to titan of the modern country rock movement in his own right. For two decades, America came to its collective feet each fall Monday night when this larger than life superman of a musician looked into the camera and unleashed the national anthem for viewers of Monday Night Football – ‘Are you ready for some football?’ Those simple words have won Williams an entirely new generation of fans and given him the distinction of being the first country performer to ever win an Emmy. Williams has also been named Entertainer of the Year five times, and most recently was the recipient of the 2009 Academy of Country Music “Pioneer Award”.


Nashville, TN- February 22, 2012- GRAMMY wining trio Lady Antebellum’s PLATINUM selling album OWN THE NIGHT has returned to the No. one slot on the Billboard Country chart this week following their seventh career GRAMMY win for "Best Country Album" last Sunday. The disc has been in the top spot for a total of 10 weeks since its release in Sept. 2011.

Tonight, the group will bring their OWN THE NIGHT 2012 WORLD TOUR sponsored by GAC to Nashville, where more than 1,200 Country Radio Seminar attendees were invited to the sold-out show. The tour continues this weekend with sold out shows in Detroit, MI and Evansville, IN. For a full list of tour dates and more information, visit

Artist of the Year Nominees are Casting Crowns, Jason Crabb, Laura Story,
Lecrae, and The Isaacs

New Artist of the Year Nominees are Jamie-Grace, Dara Maclean, Royal Tailor,
Beyond The Ashes and The City Harmonic

American Idol Break-out Star Mandisa Nominated along with Array of Top Artists incl. Ricky Skaggs, Switchfoot & Skillet

For full list of nominees go to
Awards Show to be Held April 19 at Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta, GA- (February 22, 2012) -The Gospel Music Association (GMA) today announced the 43rd Annual GMA Dove Awards nominees at a press conference held at The Georgian Terrace Hotel in Atlanta, GA, which was streamed live at HearItFirst. Nominees were announced by GRAMMY nominated R&B artist Montell Jordan, known for his iconic hit “This is How We Do It,” BET “Lift Every Voice” host CoCo Brother, Daytime EMMY nominated comedian Chonda Pierce, and World Heavyweight Champion wrestler AJ Styles.

Atlanta will host the Dove Awards for a second time at the Fox Theatre on April 19, 2012, following a sold-out show in 2011 hosted by Sherri Shepherd which aired on the Gospel Music Channel and garnered 1.5 million viewers.

The Dove Awards have featured performances and appearances by some of the biggest names in entertainment and sports, including Whitney Houston, Tim Tebow, Sherri Shepherd and Kathie Lee Gifford. It has showcased many of the nation’s leading Christian music artists, including Amy Grant, TobyMac, Michael W. Smith, Kirk Franklin, Casting Crowns, Mary Mary, Third Day and more.

"The GMA is excited to again honor the artists, songwriters and creative individuals in our community through the 43rd Annual GMA Dove Awards" said Jackie Patillo, GMA's Executive Director. "This event not only celebrates great work, but provides a platform to further our mission of exposing, promoting and celebrating the Gospel through music."

The 43rd Annual GMA Dove Awards nominees include:

Male Vocalist of the Year
Chris August
Chris Tomlin
Jason Crabb
Kirk Franklin
Steven Curtis Chapman

Female Vocalist of the Year:
Francesca Battistelli
Kari Jobe
Laura Story
Natalie Grant

Group of the Year:
Casting Crowns
David Crowder*Band
Gaither Vocal Band
The Isaacs

For more information, please visit and

Tuesday, February 21, 2012



NASHVILLE – (February 21, 2012) – Country supergroup Rascal Flatts and AEG Live, in conjunction with NCM Fathom, will present a very special one-night-only in-theater event that will take place across the nation on Thursday, April 5 at 8:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. CT/6:00 p.m. MT/8:00 p.m. PT (tape delayed). Rascal Flatts-CHANGED: One Night Exclusive Theater Event will deliver exclusive never-before-seen access into the lives of Gary LeVox, Joe Don Rooney and Jay DeMarcus, along with exclusive live performances of their biggest hits and music from their new album, CHANGED, set for release April 3 on Big Machine Records.

Tickets for Rascal Flatts - CHANGED: One Night Exclusive Theater Event will be available to the U.S. public in early March at The event will also play at select Cineplex Entertainment theatres across Canada.

Since their musical debut in 2000, Rascal Flatts has sold over 21 million albums, 25 million digital downloads and delivered 13 #1 singles to the top of the charts. They were the most played country group on radio in 2011, and were the most awarded country group of the past decade earning over 40 trophies from the ACAs, ACMs, AMAs, CMAs, People's Choice Awards and more. Their new album, CHANGED, due in stores April 3, is the second release for the band on Big Machine Records. The upcoming release follows, NOTHING LIKE THIS, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country albums sales chart. Rascal Flatts is one of only a few country acts to debut seven consecutive studio albums at #1. NOTHING LIKE THIS went on to become a platinum-selling album, featuring two #1 hits, including the certified platinum “I Won’t Let Go” and t he gold-certified “Easy” (with pop sensation Natasha Bedingfield). For additional information on Rascal Flatts, go to .

Country Rocker and Rancher's Image to Appear on
NASCAR Driver Mike Wallace's Car

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – February 21, 2011– Country music sensation and avid NASCAR fan Chris Cagle will "get his NASCAR on" when he sings the national anthem prior to the upcoming NASCAR Nationwide Series DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., on February 25. In addition to performing during Saturday’s race, Cagle also will ride "shotgun" with friend and NASCAR driver Mike Wallace, when Cagle's image appears on the decklid of Wallace’s No. 01 G&K Services Chevrolet car.

"Just being in Daytona during the kick-off of the NASCAR racing season is a big deal, but when I found out I was going to be featured on the car, it was unbelievable! On top of that, getting the call to sing our National Anthem before the Nationwide Series's a dream come true!," Cagle expressed.

Wallace shares his enthusiasm.
“It’s going to be fun to have my friend Chris Cagle on our car. He’s an excellent country artist with songs everyone can relate to in life. Maybe we can inspire him to write a song about racing for us,” said Wallace, who will open the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Daytona International Speedway.

Cagle plans to enjoy the monumental day with his wife Kay. "I am a huge NASCAR fan and a dear friend to Mike Wallace and his family! This is going to be an amazing day for me and something I never thought I'd have the opportunity to do! I'm going to enjoy every single moment, not to mention, the pleasure of introducing my wife to one of the greatest spectator sports that America has to offer," said Cagle.

Chris Cagle's performance of the national anthem with air at 1:18 P.M. EST/12:18 P.M. CST on ESPN.

About Chris Cagle:
Born in DeRidder, La., and raised "all over," Chris Cagle was signed to Virgin Records by Scott Hendricks in 2000. Chris quickly earned critical and commercial success and attracted a legion of fans that included industry heavyweights and country fans alike. His first number one smash, “I Breathe In, I Breathe Out,” remains a fan favorite. From 2000-2008, he released an almost nonstop catalog of chart-topping songs, but in 2008, Chris bowed out and retreated to Marietta, Oklahoma, a place where he could reconnect with his roots and take a break from the industry. He spent the next couple of years staking his claim on home life and embracing a lifelong dream: building his family’s home, “Big Horse Ranch,” with his own two hands, nail by nail.

Cagle's musical character and burning ambition never wavered and 2012's album is, in more ways than one, a new lease on life. The new record is his homecoming – a rekindling of his creative flame and a roaring reminder of his rock-infused country roots. Chris' music has been firing people up for over a decade, and this time around, Chris is chomping at the bit for an energetic reintroduction to the country music community that’s been a long time coming.

For full list of upcoming tour date visit:

Craig Morgan Comes with Guitars!

Nashville, TN...(February 21, 2012)...Country music entertainer and award-winning TV host Craig Morgan took a break from his busy schedule readying for the launch of his new album to visit a local school today. While at Dickson Middle School, an hour west of Nashville, Morgan donated 15 Dean acoustic guitars to the music program and talked with Mr. Elston’s 8th grade class about the importance of music. While there, the class got a brief guitar lesson from Morgan and even wrote a quick song together.

“Music has always been such an important part of my life,” says Morgan. “I’m happy to give back so that others can share in that experience.”

Craig Morgan is gearing up to launch a brand new album, THIS OLE BOY, in stores next Tuesday, February 28th. The lead single is currently in the 20s on the country charts.

ABOUT CRAIG MORGAN:One of country music’s best-loved artists, Craig Morgan has made a name for himself with massive radio airplay of his signature hits: “Bonfire,” “Almost Home,” “Redneck Yacht Club,” “That’s What I Love About Sunday” and “International Harvester. His newest single “This Ole Boy,” currently climbing the country radio charts, is the title track to his upcoming sixth studio CD, releasing February 28, 2012. Craig received one of country music’s highest honors when he was inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2008. Prior to becoming a country music and TV sensation, Craig Morgan spent over 10 years of active duty in the Army and an additional nine years in the Army Reserves. He is an avid supporter of America’s military personnel and a recipient of the 2006 USO Merit Award. In addition to a prolific country music career, he hosts the award-winning show “Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors” every Saturday on The Outdoor Channel. For more information on Craig Morgan, please visit or follow him on Twitter @CMorganmusic.

Friday, February 17, 2012


Nashville, TN - RCA recording artist Jake Owen is thrilled with the recent opportunities to appear on late night television. On Tuesday, February 21, he will perform his current Top-10 single, “Alone With You,” and his multi-week No. 1 Platinum single, “Barefoot Blue Jean Night,” on Jimmy Kimmel Live!The show airs at 12 a.m. ET on ABC.

Both songs are from Jake's album, Barefoot Blue Jean Night, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.

Earlier this week on Valentine’s Day, Jake performed on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

On March 1, Jake will be a guest on Chelsea Lately, hosted by Chelsea Handler, which airs at 11 p.m. ET on E!

The Band Perry’s First Grammy Awards Experience Marks Yet another Career Milestone for the Young Group

Nashville, TN (Feb. 17, 2012) -- The Band Perry received a flurry of press following their performance with Glen Campbell at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards this past Sunday night but perhaps the real story for them happened off- stage. It was their very first Grammy nomination and performance. That performance inspired an intersection of two generations, that of Campbell’s and the new fans that The Band Perry is bringing to the country music format.

The group garnered a nomination in the “Best New Artist” category and was asked to join the historic tribute to Campbell, which also included country star Blake Shelton and Campbell himself. Campbell, who recently revealed he has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, just released his final studio album and will also complete his final live tour this year. The performance on the CBS broadcast of the Grammy Awards was also quite possibly the legend’s final television appearance as well.

“We are so honored to have been a part of the tribute to Glen Campbell,” says Kimberly Perry. “It was special in so many ways. Our parents have always been big fans and they introduced us to his music in our early years. Our performance with him was such an amazing crossroads between our parent’s generation and ours. His timeless songs and talent have truly left a legacy that will continue to inspire new artists and new fans alike.”

“Performing in such a historical moment is something that we will remember forever. We grew up listening to songs like “Gentle on My Mind” and then to be able to perform it as a tribute to the man himself was just incredible,” says Reid Perry.

“It was not only special to perform with Glen Campbell but also with his band. We are a family band and his family is also in his band, his children are part of the group. We really felt like everything had come full circle for us. They made us feel so comfortable and part of the family,” comments Neil Perry.

The Band Perry’s appeal far reaches that of the usual country music format. Their roots-inspired contemporary sound has garnered fans from all over the world. They are bringing a younger demographic to the country music format and they are doing it with pride.

The Band Perry’s current single “All Your Life” tops the country radio charts for a second week in the coveted #1 spot and also recently garnered RIAA GOLD sales status.

“We’re The Band Perry and we play Country Music!”
Kix Brooks To Release New Single
“New To This Town” (Featuring Joe Walsh)

Nashville, TN –Kix Brooks will release his first Arista Nashville solo single, “New To This Town” (featuring Joe Walsh), to radio on March 19. After spending twenty years as one half of Brooks & Dunn, the most successful duo in country music history, Kix is heading in his own direction.

“It’s a freedom of sorts,” shares Kix about Brooks & Dunn coming to an end. “It’s not a bitter freedom by any means, just sort of a ‘well that was fun, now what?’ Sort of like being at a theme park and looking around after riding the same roller coaster you finally say, ‘Ok I think I’ll try that one over there!’”

Kix’s ‘new ride’ begins with his first solo single on Arista Nashville, “New To This Town” (featuring Joe Walsh), co-written by Brooks and longtime friends Marv Green (Brooks & Dunn’s “Proud Of The House We Built”) and Terry McBride (Brooks & Dunn hits “If You See Him/If You See Her” and “Play Something Country”).

“It paints the powerful emotion we’ve all known, of lost love and the uncomfortable situation of running in to that person again.” Kix says that “after a couple phone calls, and the sending of a music file across the internet, the man himself put his stamp on ‘New To This Town’ like only Joe Walsh could!”

Brooks & Dunn is the most successful duo in country music having sold more than 30 million albums, released 23 No. 1 singles, and winning 80 major industry awards including becoming the most awarded act in ACM history.

Keep up with Kix online anytime at


Aldean Nominated for Six ACM Awards

Nashville, TN – Feb. 17, 2012 – It took just four minutes for ACM Entertainer of the Year nominee Jason Aldean to sell out his May 19 show at Atlanta, GA’s Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood this morning. A second show has been announced at Lakewood on Fri., May 18 that will go on sale next Fri., Feb. 24 at 10am ET. Tickets for this and all 2012 MY KINDA PARTY TOUR dates can be purchased online at and Ticketmaster charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

“It feels like 2011 was sort of my coming out year, but this is a milestone I’ve been working toward for over a decade,” said Aldean. “From the days when my mom used to drive me all over Georgia and I was playing clubs for 20 people my dream was always to play for 20,000. Big shout out to all my peeps in Georgia for throwing me such a big coming home party!”

Aldean is nominated for six ACM Awards, including his second consecutive nods for Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year, as well as Album of the Year for MY KINDA PARTY, Single Record of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year for "Don't You Wanna Stay" feat. Kelly Clarkson and Video of the Year for "Tattoos on this Town." The April 1 show will air live from Las Vegas on CBS.

A Macon, GA native, Aldean has sold more than six million copies of his four studio albums and topped the charts with eight No. one songs. His current single, “Fly Over States,” is climbing up the Top 25 at country radio and follows in the footsteps of four consecutive No. one singles off his DOUBLE PLATINUM album MY KINDA PARTY. The reigning CMA Album of the Year, MY KINDA PARTY was the top-selling country album of 2011 and the No. five best-seller in all genres.

For a full list of appearances and upcoming tour dates, visit

BAMAJAM 2012 -- JUNE 14 – 16

Festival Spokesman Darryl Worley to Host and Kick-off Festival

Tickets Go on Sale Friday, March 2, 2012

Enterprise, AL – Event organizers announced today that Tim McGraw, Zac Brown Band and Kid Rock will headline BamaJam 2012, a three-day entertainment music festival to be held in Enterprise, Ala., June 14-16. Fans of all music genres will experience non-stop entertainment by today’s most popular acts from dual headline stages set at BamaJam Farms, a 1600-acre farm which includes such amenities as ATV trails, camping/RV sites and even a waterpark. Country star and BamaJam 2012 spokesman Darryl Worley will perform and host the opening night of what promises to be one of the grandest outdoor entertainment extravaganzas. Tickets will go on sale Friday, March 2, 2012, and will feature a special three-day $99.00 price, available for a very limited time only. For more information or to purchase tickets as they become available, please visit

Country superstar and actor Tim McGraw will close out the first day of BamaJam 2012 on June 14. McGraw’s most recent studio album, Emotional Traffic, was released on January 24 and debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. The first single, “Felt Good on My Lips,” hit #1 and remained there for three consecutive weeks. His recent single, “Better than I Used to Be,” is currently at #20 on the Billboard Country chart and climbing. McGraw’s accolades include three GRAMMY© awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards (ACM), 11 Country Music Association Awards (CMA) and three People’s Choice Awards. He has starred in such blockbuster movies as “Blind Side,” “Country Strong” and “Friday Night Lights.”

The Atlanta-based, award-winning group Zac Brown Band will take the stage to headline Friday’s BamaJam2012 performances. Exploding onto the country music scene in 2008 with the release of their double-platinum project The Foundation, Zac Brown Band has since become one of the most-sought-after groups on the touring market. The CD was the first major-label debut album in 18 years to spawn five #1 singles including “Chicken Fried” and “Free.” The band recently earned four GRAMMY© nominations including "Best Country Album" for their sophomore release, You Get What You Give, and five CMA award nominations including "Entertainer of the Year." Previous awards include the 2010 GRAMMY© award for "Best New Artist," 2010 CMA award for "New Artist of the Year," 2009 ACM win for "Top New Vocal Group" and the 2009 "USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year" award from CMT for their video "Chicken Fried."

Kid Rock, the adopted “Son of the South,” is set to close out the final day of performances at BamaJam 2012. Racking up sales of almost 25 million units from eight studio albums since 1998, Rock is one of the biggest concert draws in the touring industry. Released in 2007, Rock ‘N Roll Jesus was the biggest-selling rock album of 2008 and not only debuted at #1 but stayed on the charts for 100 weeks. In November 2010, Atlantic Records released the platinum-selling Born Free, which was inspired by events taking place in Rock’s hometown of Detroit, Mich. A five-time GRAMMY© nominee, Kid Rock has received numerous awards including American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, CMT Music Awards (which he also hosted in 2010 and 2011) and People’s Choice Awards, among others.

“I’m looking forward to coming to ‘Sweet Home’ and playing with my friends, Zac Brown Band and Tim McGraw,” said Rock. “Turn it up! We’re gonna’ set this place on fire!!”

Darryl Worley will perform and host the opening night of BamaJam 2012. Worley has hit the country charts more than 20 times over the past decade. His chart-toppers include “I Miss My Friend,” “Awful, Beautiful Life” and the iconic “Have You Forgotten.” Darryl’s latest album, One Time Around, will be released in June 2012, and the first single, “You Still Got It,” will begin hitting radio March 19, 2012.

BamaJam 2012 Executive Producer, Rendy Lovelady preparing for the festival says, “This is going to be the biggest festival ever! BamaJam 2012 is expected to bring in fans to the Enterprise, Ala., community from almost every state across the nation and deliver them an uncompromised musical experience.” BamaJam 2012 is a production of Bama Jam Entertainment, LLC.

For more information about BamaJam 2012 artists, tickets, camping, directions, parking and vendors, please visit

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Luke Bryan To Release “SPRING BREAK 4…SUNTAN CITY” EP on March 6

Spring Break Shows set for March 13 & 14
At Spinnaker’s Beach Club in Panama City, Florida

CMT Sponsors Luke Bryan Spring Break Sweepstakes

Bryan Becomes Spokesperson for Panama City Convention & Visitors Bureau

NASHVILLE, TN – (February, 16 2012) – Capitol Records Nashville recording artist Luke Bryan will release his fourth Spring Break themed EP – SPRING BREAK 4...SUNTAN CITY on March 6, 2012. The 4 song EP features original songs created especially for this release- “Suntan City,” penned by Luke, Dallas Davidson, Rhett Atkins and Ben Hayslip; “Spring Breakup” by Luke and Ashley Gorley; “Little Bit Later On” co-written by Luke, Ashley Gorley and Luke Laird and “Shake The Sand” by Luke, Michael Carter and Cole Swindell. To get a sneak peak at the fun go to

Luke will once again perform concerts at Spinnaker’s Beach Club in Panama City, set for March 13 and 14 where in previous years over four thousand fans filled the beach to watch him perform. Luke’s ability to attract such large crowds in the area is what drew the attention of the Panama City Convention & Visitors Bureau, who tapped Luke as a spokesperson. Go to to see a special message from Luke.

Fans can now enter CMT’s Luke Bryan Spring Break Sweepstakes, which offers the opportunity for the grand prize winner to win a week-long hotel accommodation in Panama City Beach, tickets to one of the shows with meet & greet, an autographed Luke prize pack and the chance to join him on stage. Enter online at All entries must be received by 11:59:59 PM (CT) on February 23, 2011.

Bryan’s previous EP releases, which can all be found online at digital retailers, were 2009’s “Spring Break…with All My Friends” followed in 2010 with “Spring Break 2…Hangover Edition” and last year’s “Spring Break 3…It’s A Shore Thing.”

Blake's Valentine Gift to Miranda


NASHVILLE, TN – Miranda Lambert returns to the stage of her “On Fire” Tour tonight, after two weeks away that included a performance of “America The Beautiful” at the Super Bowl with her husband Blake Shelton, a Grammy filled weekend where she presented Country Album of the Year and performed at Clive Davis’ Grammy Pre-Gala, one of the most prestigious events of the year, and she made her acting debut on her favorite show, Law & Order: SVU.

Her “On Fire” Tour is hot and one of the most sought after tickets this year. Miranda takes the stage this weekend with near capacity crowds in Amherst, MA and Hershey, PA and a sold out show in Youngstown, OH, which sold out the day tickets went on sale. The tour kicked off on January 12 with back to back sold out performances in Rockford, IL and La Crosse, WI. Other sell-outs included Baltimore, MD and Charlottesville, VA and Huntsville, AL.

Miranda’s new single, “Over You,” written by Miranda and Blake about his brother who died in a car accident when Blake was a teenager, is one of the fastest rising singles of her career. The song has taken on even deeper meaning with the recent passing of her father-in-law and her longtime friend Mark "Tex" Adams. “Over You” is currently Top 20 and climbing on the country airplay charts.

Four The Record was certified Gold just before the New Year and Miranda made history by becoming the first country artist in the 47 year history of the Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart to have each of her first four albums debut at # 1.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Nashville, TN – Feb. 15, 2012 – Award winning singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley takes the No. one position this week on Billboard’s Country Albums chart with his sixth studio album HOME, marking Bentley’s fourth career debut in the top spot. The new album’s poignant second single and title track also continues to climb the Top five at radio and has already spawned the rowdy chart-topper “Am I The Only One.”

Music critics across the country are weighing in with glowing reviews of HOME all focused around one central theme – Bentley's unique sound that combines his distinctive gravely vocals with a modern blend of acoustic and electric instruments. Entertainment Weekly awarded that sound an A.

“Bentley has always been a big-picture guy, looking to pull together the different kinds of music he loves. On what may be his most cohesive album, he combines rustic sounds of crisp banjo and mandolin with a surging beat that falls between U2 and Waylon Jennings.” – USA Today

“Bentley always utilizes banjo, fiddle, mandolin and especially dobro in his music, but with a modern beat and energy that, along with his distinctive voice, gives him a compelling sound of his own.” – Associated Press

“Dierks Bentley’s new album is his most assured…like an actor playing a role, great country singers inhabit their songs and make them sound like they’re living it all right before your ears. When it works, it feels Oscar-worthy… Dierks Bentley is a great country singer.” – Washington Post

“Home is packed with songs that showcase Bentley as a vocalist and that will feed his energy as a performer on stage.” - Tennessean

“It's Bentley at his country-mainstream best.” – Philadelphia Inquirer
Kevin Costner & Modern West Warming Up Spring
with 2012 Concert Tour

Award-winning Actor & Celebrated Band Taking Spotlight
in Sunshine State for U.S. Launch

Nashville, TN (February 15, 2012) - Critically-acclaimed Kevin Costner & Modern West will take center stage with a concert tour that’s scheduled to launch this spring in Lakeland, Florida. Academy Award-winning Costner co-founded the rock/country band after being encouraged by his wife, Christine, to reconnect with his music passion. In 2005, he teamed with songwriter John Coinman and bassist Blair Forward, band mates of their original group, Roving Boy, from the late 80’s. Other members of Modern West include Larry Cobb (drums), Park Chisolm (vocals & guitar), Teddy Morgan (lead guitar & producer). Bobby Yang, Roddy Chong and Luke Bulla will rotate fiddle performances. For the past 6 years, the band has been electrifying audiences across the globe with shows in Europe, Asia, Canada, South America, and the U.S.

When it comes to pursuing music, Costner describes it as a journey taken with a personal and purposeful approach. “I always thought that music could build a stronger, more personal moment with people. It could create an opportunity for genuine exchange much greater than a movie, TV interview or magazine. It would be real, full of mistakes and without apology. But most of all, there would be a chance to have some fun.”

Kevin Costner & Modern West released their first CD, Untold Truths, on Universal Records in 2008. The following year, Turn It On was launched in Europe on Edel Records. The band toured Europe during that period, playing 38 shows in 6 weeks. In 2011, it released From Where I Stand on Edel Records and kicked off another extensive tour.

In the midst of hectic schedules and a steady stream of CDs, Kevin Costner & Modern West have continued with its commitment of giving back and lending a helping hand. Over the years, the group has performed at various benefit events and USO concerts for military troops serving abroad. The band has appeared at premiere music events such as Country Thunder, Stagecoach, Grand Ole Opry and Ottawa Blues Festival, to name a few. It was also featured in an hour-long CMT special. The group plays all original material written by its band members.

The Kevin Costner & Modern West 2012 concert tour is scheduled to launch in March. For show information and additional details, please visit:

Kevin Costner & Modern West Concert Tour Schedule

03/28/2012 Lakeland, FL @ Lakeland Center
03/31/2012 Fort Pierce, FL @ Sunrise Theatre
04/01/2012 Charleston, SC @ Music Farm
04/03/2012 Annapolis, MD @ Rams Head On Stage
04/04/2012 Annapolis, MD @ Rams Head On Stage
04/05/2012 North Bethesda, MD @ Strathmore
04/06/2012 Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights
04/07/2012 Cranston, RI @ Park Theatre
04/09/2012 New York, NY @ City Winery
04/10/2012 Ridgefield, CT @ Ridgefield Playhouse
04/11/2012 Norfolk, CT @ Infinity Music Hall & Bistro
04/13/2012 Windsor, Ontario, Canada @ Caesars Windsor
04/14/2012 Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
06/30/2012 Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada @ Casino Regina
07/01/2012 Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada @ Bud Country Fever

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

full list for 2012 Bonnaroo

The Beatles’ iconic (and widely imitated) album cover Abbey Road shows all four band members walking across London’s Abbey Road. At that time The Beatles were recording the majority of their songs and albums at Abbey Road Studios (was then called EMI Studios). On August 8, 1969, Scottish photographer Iain MacMillan captured them simply walking across the street for the album’s cover. The shoot reportedly took just ten minutes but, as you can see, they had walked back and forth across the street before catching that now-famous image. Here is a gallery of outtakes from that famous photo shoot.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Feb. 14, 2012) Brad Paisley’s Virtual Reality World Tour 2012 presented by Chevrolet had another fantastic weekend with three sold-out shows in Spokane, WA, Eugene, OR and Tacoma, WA, making it a full sweep of sell-outs of the 12 tour dates so far. Special guests on the tour are CMA New Artist of the Year The Band Perry and 2011 American Idol winner Scotty McCreery.

The Virtual Reality Tour continues this week with shows in Lubbock, TX and Las Cruces, NM. Live Nation is the national tour promoter. Log on to or for tour dates and information.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Keith Urban at work Down Under with AU Voice

New Dolly statement on Whitney

“I was brought to tears again last night, as I’m sure many were, when Jennifer Hudson sang ‘I Will Always Love You’ on the Grammys in memory of Whitney. Like everybody else, I am still in shock. But I know that Whitney will live forever in all the great music that she left behind. I will always have a very special piece of her in the song we shared together and had the good fortune to share with the world. Rest in peace, Whitney. Again, we will always love you.”

--Dolly Parton
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Los Angleles, CA – February 13, 2012 –Taylor Swift is now a Six-Time Grammy winner, after taking home trophies from last night’s 54th Annual Grammy Awards for Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance for her #1 smash single “Mean, ” from her 5X Platinum Speak Now album, released on Big Machine Records. The wins come just two years after Taylor first won Grammys in both of those categories in 2010, in addition to Album of the Year and Country Album of the Year.

Written in response to a particularly zealous critic, “Mean,” is both an anthem and a chart-topping favorite that “takes real-world emotional pain and transforms it into clever art” (The New York Times). The Village Voice has lauded “Mean” as “huge and hugely compassionate, and fearless….overwhelming,” and the Associated Press dubbed it “a searing response to being treated badly.”

Accepting her Grammy awards for the song, Taylor said, “There’s really no feeling quite like writing a song about someone who’s completely mean to you and completely hates you, and then winning a Grammy for it.”

Later in the evening, Taylor brought the crowd to its feet during a performance lauded by the Los Angeles Times as one of the show’s “best moments” -- her “playful, banjo-driven” (Entertainment Weekly) take on “Mean,” earning high marks from critics and an impassioned standing ovation from the Grammy audience.

Taylor, who is on the cover of the current issue of Vogue, is the reigning Billboard Woman of the Year and the AMA Artist of the Year. She is both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year, and has career worldwide record sales in excess of 22 million albums and 50 million song downloads. Her blockbuster Speak Now World Tour concludes next month with shows in Australia and New Zealand.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

One of the Greatest Voices EVER! Whitney dead at 48 SO SAD!

The Recording Academy Statement re: Whitney Houston February 11, 2012

Six-time GRAMMY(r) winner Whitney Houston was one of the world's greatest pop
singers of all time who leaves behind a robust musical soundtrack spanning the
past three decades. Her powerful voice graced many memorable and award-winning
songs. A light has been dimmed in our music community today, and we extend our
deepest condolences to her family, friends, fans and all who have been touched
by her beautiful voice.

Neil Portnow
The Recording Academy(r)

Honorees arriving for Grammy Lifetime Award

Thursday, February 9, 2012



NASHVILLE,TN – Scotty McCreery has been nominated for this year’s Academy of Country Music New Artist of the Year Award, which will be given out during the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on April 1.

This good news reached Scotty soon after he had been alerted by fans via Twitter that his second single, “The Trouble With Girls,” had just topped 500,000 in sales, making it eligible for a gold certification.

“It’s been a good couple of days,” he says. “I am pumped! Looking at the final eight in the category, everybody in there was so good. I listen to all of their music. So to be a finalist is an honor.

“It’s been an incredible year,” says Scotty, whose debut album was certified platinum in only three months. “Being up for this award means a lot to me. I am ready to head to Vegas!”

On Wednesday, Scotty learned that the past week’s sales of “The Trouble With Girls” pushed the song over the 500,000-sales mark, making it eligible to become his second consecutive single to reach the gold status. “I was so happy when I found out,” he says. “My fans were tweeting, ‘Congratulations on gold,’ and I hadn’t heard yet, so I checked it out. I found out, so I was pumped and made the calls and texts to my family. We are all ecstatic as a family.”

Since winning Season Ten of American Idol in May, he has quickly emerged as one of the most successful country stars of the last year. His debut album, Clear As Day, was certified platinum for sales of more than 1 million units in just three months, and he was recently named No. 1 on Billboard magazine's list of Top New Country Artists for 2011. He also won New Artist of the Year at the American Country Awards in December.

Clear As Day debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and Top Country Albums charts, making him the youngest man in history to open at the top of the all-genre chart with a debut release. It also garnered the highest sales of any country solo album released last year and held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for six weeks. The album's first single, "I Love You This Big," has also been certified gold. He is currently touring the nation as part of Brad Paisley's "Virtual Reality Tour 2012" presented by Chevrolet.

Voting for the New Artist of the Year will take place at beginning March 19 at noon ET/9 a.m. PT and continue until 5 p.m. PT on Sunday, April 1 (before the live show starts.) The New Artist of the Year final nominees were selected by a combined vote of the fans and professional members of the Academy of Country Music. Professional member votes will be combined with fan votes to obtain the New Artist of the Year winner.

An interview with Scotty will be featured in Great American Country’s ACM New Artist of the Year special that premieres Monday, March 19, at 9 p.m. ET and re-airs multiple times until voting closes on April 1. Additional air times and dates can be found at