Friday, March 30, 2012

RASCAL FLATTS ANNOUNCE 2012 TOUR NAME CHANGE
Farmers Insurance Presents “Changed Tour”

Tour Launches June 15 with Little Big Town, Eli Young and Edens Edge Opening

NASHVILLE – (March 30, 2012) – Rascal Flatts announced today they have re-named their 2012 tour the Farmers Insurance Presents “Changed Tour.” The tour name reflects the title of the band’s upcoming album, CHANGED, due in stores next Tuesday, April 3. The concert line-up will feature an all band set-up with Little Big Town, Eli Young Band and Edens Edge opening as previously announced and launches in Hartford, Conn., on June 15 at the Comcast Theatre. Please check www.rascalflatts.com for up to date tour information.

Rascal Flatts will head to Las Vegas this weekend to perform on the 47th Academy of Country Music Awards on April 1 on the CBS Television Network. After the awards the band will set out for Los Angeles and New York to promote the release of new album, CHANGED.

Farmers Insurance Presents “Changed Tour” dates:
6-15 Hartford, CT Comcast Theatre
6-16 Boston, MA Comcast Center
6-23 Washington DC Jiffy Lube Live
6-24 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live
6-29 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center
6-30 Darien Center, NY Darien Lakes Perf. Arts Center
7-6 Bangor, ME Bangor Waterfront Pavilion
7-13 Dallas, TX ** Gexa Energy Pavilion
7-14 Houston, TX ** Woodlands Pavilion
7-20 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
7-22 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
7-27 St Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7-28 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
8-9 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
8-10 Raleigh, NC Time Warner Cable Music Center
8-11 Philadelphia, PA Susquehanna Bank Center
8-31 Indianapolis, IN Klipsch Music Center
9-1 Pittsburgh, PA First Niagara Pavilion
9-13 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
9-14 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
9-15 San Diego, CA Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
9-20 Boise, ID Taco Bell Arena
9-21 Spokane, WA Spokane Arena
9-22 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
TBA Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
TBA Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
TBA Grand Forks, ND Ralph Engelstad Arena
10-4 Phoenix, AZ Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion
10-5 Albuquerque, NM Hard Rock Presents the Pavilion
10-6 Denver, CO Comfort Dental
10-18 Lexington, KY Rupp Arena
10-20 Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheatre
10-26 Tampa, FL 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre
10-27 W Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre

**Thompson Square will replace Eli Young Band

Trace sings NAKED!

Breakfast Buzz with Jimmy Carter: George Jones hospitalized

Breakfast Buzz with Jimmy Carter: George Jones hospitalized

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Les Paul’s Guitars and Gear Hit the Auction Block
Bryan Wawzenek | 03.29.2012
An amazing collection of Les Paul’s guitars, recording gear and more are set to go up for auction later this spring. Julien’s Auctions, in partnership with the Les Paul Foundation, will be auctioning these items on June 8-9, in celebration of what would have been Les’s 97th birthday.

Among the guitars featured in the auction, according to a press release:

1968 Prototype Gibson Les Paul Custom Recording Model (Est. $60-$80,000). White flat top with Bigsby tail piece and note in Paul’s handwriting, reading, “Reward this is the property of Les Paul A.K.A. Lester William Polfuss…Mahwah, New Jersey USA…”






1927 Gibson L-5 Sunburst Cremona serial number 87230 (Est. $10-$15,000) This is one of the two L-5s purchased by Les Paul, then going by the name Rhubarb Red, at Gibson in Kalamazoo, Michigan, with his friend and bandmate Sunny Joe Wolverton in 1933.








1952 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop (Est. $14-$16,000) No serial number, Trapeze tailpiece, tuners have been changed to Grover’s, patent pending with original case. This is one of the very first Les Paul guitars produced. The back of the headstock is hand-signed, “Les Paul.”






The auction also will feature Les’s touring rig, collection of effects pedals, piano and 16-track recording machine. All items will be available for a free public exhibition from May 29 through June 8 at Julien’s Beverly Hills location. The live and online auction will take place during four sessions on June 8 and 9.

For more information, visit JuliensAuctions.com.

Photos are courtesy of Julien’s Auctions.

Kenny's new cd cover

Breakfast Buzz with Jimmy Carter: Lion cubs cuddle with trainer

Breakfast Buzz with Jimmy Carter: Lion cubs cuddle with trainer: (3/26/12)

Josh Turner discusses Tin Pan South event

Josh Turner discusses Tin Pan South event: The power of Music City will be on display for the next few days as the annual Tin Pan South begins its 20th edition Tuesday. The Nashville Songwriters Association International hosts the festival.

Breakfast Buzz with Jimmy Carter: Road rage caught on tape

Breakfast Buzz with Jimmy Carter: Road rage caught on tape

Funeral arrangements announced for Earl Scruggs - WSMV Channel 4

Funeral arrangements announced for Earl Scruggs - WSMV Channel 4

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

First Lady Michelle Obama to Appear at Nickelodeon's 25th Annual Kids' Choice Awards to Present Taylor Swift With The Big Help Award

Grammy® Award-Winning Swift to be Honored for Her Work with Tornado and Flood Survivors at 2012 Kids' Choice Awards to be telecast live from Los Angeles, Saturday, March 31


LOS ANGELES, March 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- First Lady Michelle Obama will make her first-ever appearance at Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards to present Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Taylor Swift with this year's The Big Help Award in recognition of her extensive philanthropic endeavors, including her work with tornado and flood survivors in the United States. This year's Kids' Choice Awards, to be hosted by Will Smith, will be telecast live on Nickelodeon Saturday, March 31, at 8 pm (ET/Tape delayed for West Coast) from USC's Galen Center in Los Angeles, Ca. The Big Help Award recognizes individuals who take actions to better the world and whose significant impact on their community has inspired kids to do the same.

"Taylor's dedication to helping others has encouraged her fan base to do the same, and this is the very core of what The Big Help is, inspiring others through action," said Marva Smalls, Executive Vice President, Public Affairs and Chief of Staff, Nickelodeon Group. "We are honored that First Lady Michelle Obama, a past recipient of The Big Help Award will be presenting this formidable and inspiring artist with this much deserved honor."

First Lady Michelle Obama received The Big Help Award at the 2010 Kids' Choice Awards in recognition of her leadership in championing healthier lifestyles for kids through her Let's Move! campaign. Earlier this year, Mrs. Obama appeared in a special episode of Nickelodeon's hit series iCarly in support of her Joining Forces initiative to support military families.

Among her many charitable works, Swift is dedicated to raising funds and awareness to benefit those affected by natural disasters. Most recently, Swift took the unprecedented step of opening the last dress rehearsal of her Speak Now Tour to fans as a fundraiser for victims of the deadly tornadoes that tore through the Southeastern region of the U.S. The event raised more than $750,000, with 100% of ticket sales going directly to help tornado victims via the "Speak Now … Help Now" Fund established through the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

Swift's ongoing charitable work includes partnerships with Make-A-Wish Foundation, St. Jude Medical Center, Habitat for Humanity, TJ Martell Foundation, The Red Cross and its international and regional affiliates, The Salvation Army, Nick's Kids, and the Victory Junction Gang Camp, as well as libraries, schools and educational initiatives around the country.

Nickelodeon's The Big Help is a prosocial initiative that empowers kids to take positive actions on issues that are important to them. The goal of the campaign is to launch a kid-led movement, focusing on key issues like health and wellness, education, community service, and the environment. This is the fourth consecutive year The Big Help Award has been awarded to a celebrity who embodies the spirit of the Nickelodeon Big Help initiative. Previous winners include last year's recipient Justin Timberlake; this year's presenter of the award, First Lady Michelle Obama in 2010; and Leonardo DiCaprio in 2009.

Kids can pledge to make a difference in their community by going to www.nick.com/thebighelp/. The Big Help site will show them how to take positive actions that will directly affect their communities.

No stranger to Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards, Swift has been nominated four times and is the recipient of two blimp awards, for Favorite Female Singer (2010) and Favorite Song, "You Belong With Me" (2010). Swift also appeared in the 2011 HALO Awards as one of the celebrities paired with an extraordinary teen who shared his passion for community service and giving back.

A six-time Grammy award winner, Swift was also named Billboard's 2011 Woman of the Year, and is the reigning American Music Awards Artist of the Year, as well as both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music's Entertainer of the Year. Her Speak Now album has sold more than 5 million copies worldwide and she is Billboard's current Top 200 Albums Artist (all genres).With the release of her (now 5x-Platinum) Speak Now album in 2010, Taylor sold more albums that year than any other artist in any genre of music. She made history on the Billboard Hot 100, charting a record-breaking 11 songs from one album in a single week.

Nickelodeon, now in its 32nd year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon's U.S. television network is seen in 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 17 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA - News, VIA.B - News).

Thursday, March 22, 2012

TAYLOR SWIFT CELEBRATES 5TH CONSECUTIVE #1 SINGLE FROM SPEAK NOW ALBUM

TAYLOR WRAPS 111-SHOW, 13-MONTH WORLD TOUR WITH SOLD-OUT SHOWS, RAVE REVIEWS AND STRONG SALES

NASHVILLE, TN – March 22, 2012 – 6-time GRAMMY winner Taylor Swift is at the top of the Billboard chart this week as her single “Ours” ascends to the #1 position on the Top Country Songs chart. “Ours” is the fifth single, and fifth consecutive #1 song, from her 5x Platinum-plus Speak Now album, released in October of 2010 on Big Machine Records. The album’s previous #1 songs were “Mine,” “Back To December,” “Mean,” and “Sparks Fly.”

On Sunday evening, Taylor performed the 111th and final show of her 13-month blockbuster Speak Now World Tour, playing to a capacity crowd for the third consecutive night in Auckland, New Zealand’s Vector Arena. The tour visited stadiums and arenas in 19 countries spanning four continents, with the New Zealand Herald writing of the final show, “When she came out the room exploded, and she opened super-strong. The set heats up and stays strong …one of the best things about the show is how inclusive it feels - like she would sing personally for everyone on the arena if she could….while as a production it dwarfs any other arena show I've seen. One thing abundantly clear to all concerned was that we're unlikely to witness a show like that again in a long, long time. Maybe ever.” Taylor holds the #1, #2, #5 and #8 positions on Australia’s Aria Top 20 Country Albums sales chart this week.

Taylor has two songs on the soundtrack album The Hunger Games – Songs From District 12 and Beyond, which is currently #1 on the iTunes Albums Chart. In addition, she voices the character of Audrey in Dr. Seuss’s The LORAX, which is this year’s top grossing movie to date, with a box office total in excess of $158 million.

Taylor is nominated for three 2012 Academy of Country Music Awards: Entertainer of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, and Video of the Year. She is also up for Favorite Female Singer and Favorite Song at the 25th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards. She is featured on the April cover of Harper’s Bazaar Australia, and was on the cover of Vogue in February. Taylor 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 current Entertainer of the Year, and now has more than 11.8 million Twitter followers (@taylorswift13) and 29 million Facebook friends.
JUST WHEN YOU THINK IT CAN'T GET ANY BETTER...
BAMAJAM 2012 ADDS WILLIE NELSON, UNCLE KRACKER
AND NEEDTOBREATHE TO ALL-STAR LINE-UP

Specially Priced 3-Day Tickets Available for $119 for Limited Time

Enterprise, AL – Just when you think it can’t get any better, organizers announce the addition of Willie Nelson, Uncle Kracker and NEEDTOBREATHE to the impressive list of performers set to take the stage at BamaJam 2012 on Thursday, June 14 through Saturday, June 16 in Enterprise, Alabama. These performers join previously announced stars Kid Rock, Tim McGraw, Zac Brown Band and Alan Jackson in what promises to be the premier entertainment and lifestyles event of the south. Stay tuned for even more artist announcements and a full festival schedule!

Specially priced 3-day tickets are available for an early-purchase price of $119* online at www.bamajam2012.com, as well as through Ticketfly.com, or charge by phone at (877) 4FLYTIX or (877-435-9849). Be one of a very limited number of people to have special access to stand on stage throughout the festival for only $999. This ticket of a lifetime will allow you to watch all the main stage entertainment from an up-close-and-personal vantage point. Once these tickets are gone, they are gone, so don’t delay! *All ticket purchases should be made now to ensure the best ticket prices available.

Willie Nelson is the creative genius behind historic recordings like "Crazy," "Hello Walls," "Red Headed Stranger" and "Stardust.” In a career spanning an amazing six decades, Nelson’s catalog boasts more than 200 albums. He's earned every conceivable award and honor to be bestowed a person in his profession. He has also amassed reputable credentials as an author, actor and activist.

In many ways, however, the weighty distinction "living legend" does Nelson a disservice, for it discounts the extent to which he is a thriving, relevant and progressive musical and cultural force. As ever, Nelson tours tirelessly, climbing aboard Honeysuckle Rose III (he rode his first two buses into the ground), taking his music and fans on a seemingly endless journey to places that were well worth the ride.

Initially known for his role as DJ in Kid Rock’s legendary Twisted Brown Trucker band, Uncle Kracker made a stunning solo debut with 2001’s Doublewide. Fueled by the #1 smash, “Follow Me,” the album exploded onto the Billboard 200’s top 10 on its way to two-time platinum certification from the RIAA.

Despite his relatively recent breakthrough solo success in Country music, Uncle Kracker is actually no stranger to the audience, scoring a #1 hit with "When the Sun Goes Down," his collaboration with Kenny Chesney. He also co-wrote Kid Rock's multi-format smash "All Summer Long" which peaked at #3 on the Billboard country charts.

With NEEDTOBREATHE’s reputation as a must-see live act built from non-stop touring, the Rinehart brothers, pastor’s sons who hail from the rural South Carolina town of Possum Kingdom, along with drummer Joe Stillwell and bass player Seth Bolt, were determined to create a statement-making album that truly captured the magic behind this genuinely appealing rock band.

Along with USA Today, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Relix, VH1, Associated Press and Billboard, The New York Times raves “this gifted band makes anthemic Southern rock that, on its fourth album, The Reckoning, is beginning to reach for the far seats of the arena.” The Salt Lake Tribune simply calls The Reckoning “the best rock album of 2011... full of passionate anthems poised to fill arenas.”

Fans of all music genres will experience non-stop entertainment by today’s most popular acts from dual headline stages set at the pristine 1600-acre BamaJam Farms, “Where God and Country Coincide.” Come for the music, cool down in the new water park (opening spring 2012), explore the ATV trails, tailgate at the camping sites, park the RV with full service amenities or swing a club or two at the par 3 executive golf course onsite. Country star and BamaJam Farms spokesman Darryl Worley will perform and host the opening night of what promises to be one of the grandest outdoor entertainment extravaganzas.

If you would like to be a sponsor or if you have any questions regarding ticketing, please call (615) 340-9500.

BamaJam 2012 is a production of BamaJam Productions, LLC. For more information about BamaJam 2012 artists, tickets, camping, directions, parking, sponsors and vendors, please visit www.bamajam2012.com.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Kenny Chesney Pal Suspended in Landmark NFL Case

N.F.L. Suspends New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton for One Year Over Bounty Program

The National Football League on Wednesday suspended New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton for a year without pay for his role in the team’s bounty program, which promised money to players if they knocked opponents out of games. The former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who is now in the same role in St. Louis, was suspended indefinitely — but for no less than a year — for his role in the program.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

JAKE OWEN TO PERFORM ON THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO
MARCH 26

Nashville, TN – RCA recording artist Jake Owen will perform his hit single “Alone with You” Monday, March 26 on NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The song was just certified gold by the RIAA last week, based on sales in excess of 500,000 digital downloads to date.

“I have always wanted to perform on The Tonight Show and I can’t wait to meet Jay Leno,” says Jake. “You know, aside from breaking my collarbone in January, 2012 has been an awesome year so far and it just keeps getting better and better. If everything keeps happening at this pace, this summer will be off the hook when we’re out on the Kenny and Tim ‘Brothers of the Sun’ Tour.”

'Brothers of the Sun' Tour Dates: https://tickets.kennychesney.com/
OPRY COUNTRY CLASSICS HOSTED BY LARRY GATLIN
RETURNS TO RYMAN AUDITORIUM

Season Kicks Off with Salutes to the Sounds of Bakersfield March 29
and the Women of Country Music April 5

Charlie Daniels Band, Loretta Lynn, Mel Tillis Among this Season’s Spotlight Artists

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - (March 20, 2012) - The unforgettable songs traditional country music fans love most are set to take the stage of the historic Ryman Auditorium in the return of Opry Country Classics Thursdays March 29 – May 24. Grammy-winner Larry Gatlin returns as show host each week, welcoming artists who’ll perform their own country hits as well as timeless favorites by the likes of Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, and more.

The first show of the season helps celebrate the opening of the new Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum exhibition The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and California Country! Among those performing during the kick-off show will be Gatlin, Elizabeth Cook, Jim Lauderdale, Chuck Mead, and Leona Williams. The following week, Thursday, April 5, host Gatlin will welcome some of country’s all-time favorite female voices for a special “Women of Country” Opry Country Classics. Among those performing will be CMA award-winners Lynn Anderson, Janie Fricke, Lorrie Morgan, and Pam Tillis.

Several Spotlight Artists will headline Opry Country Classics shows later in the season, each performing a number of memorable classics. Among this spring’s Spotlight Artists are The Time Jumpers (April 19), Marty Stuart (April 26), Charlie Daniels Band (May 3), Mel Tillis (May 10), and Loretta Lynn (May 17).

Opry Country Classics tickets as well as money-saving ticket combos including admission to both Thursday night Opry Country Classics shows and Tuesday, Friday, or Saturday Grand Ole Opry shows are available by visiting opry.com or by calling 615-871-OPRY or 800-SEE-OPRY.
LADY ANTEBELLUM MAKES PLANS TO
“OWN PROM NIGHT” WITH TORNADO RAVAGED
HENRYVILLE HIGH SCHOOL AND ITS COMMUNITY



Nashville, TN – March 20, 2012 – Three weeks ago, GRAMMY winning trio Lady Antebellum began a contest offering fans a chance to OWN THE NIGHT with a private concert at their prom this spring. After carefully reviewing each submission, the trio unanimously chose the community of Henryville, IN for their story, resilience and unity following devastating tornados earlier this month. Not only was their own submission moving, but schools across the country spontaneously submitted videos campaigning on behalf of Henryville High School to receive the special concert, including the winning submission by Silver Creek High School.

For a video message reveal of the winner from Lady A, click here: http://ladyantebellum.com/news/lady-makes-plans-own-prom-night-henryville-high-school

To watch Silver Creek High School’s winning video submission on behalf of Henryville High School, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2ZYCkhF7tY

Due to a previously scheduled commitment, the trio won’t be able to make Henryville High School’s scheduled prom. In lieu of a performance at their official celebration, the band has decided to throw a bigger event on May 16 in nearby Louisville, KY for the school’s Juniors and Seniors followed by a benefit for the community. Details for all arrangements will be shared over the next few days as they are confirmed on www.ladyantebellum.com.
GEORGE STRAIT LANDS HIS
59TH NUMBER ONE SINGLE


Nashville, TN – September 14, 2011 – George Strait does it again! His current single "Love's Gonna Make It Alright" off his latest CD HERE FOR A GOOD TIME lands the Number One spot this week on mediabase radio chart. This feat ironically marks his 59th career number one hit for the 59 year old country music superstar - one per year of his life! "Love's Gonna Make It Alright" written by Al Anderson and Chris Stapleton is one of the few Strait did not write with son Bubba and longtime pal Dean Dillon for this album .

"You know, I’ve always thought that whether I’m writing or not, I’ve gotta pick the best songs, whether or not they’re mine," says Strait. "I’m not gonna sing ‘em just because I wrote ‘em. I’ve gotta find the best songs to make the best record I can. I think all of these songs deserve to be on the record."

Here For A Good Time, debuted at Number One on the Billboard Country Album Charts (his 3rd number one album debut in a row) and #3 on Billboard Top 200 Chart (behind Lil Wayne & Adele). Strait co-produced this album with his long-time friend and legendary producer Tony Brown at Shrimpboat Sound Studio in Key West, FL - the same studio where Strait recorded his last three award-winning albums. The Country Music Hall of Famer co-wrote seven of the album’s 11 tracks with his son Bubba and legendary songwriter Dean Dillon.

With a career spanning more than 30 years, George Strait has the most number one singles of any artist in history including Elvis. 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.

George Strait is the only artist who has had 85 out of 90 radio singles make it to Top 10 and 24 albums at the number one position on Billboard’s Country Music Album Chart – George Strait.

For more information, visit: www.georgestrait.com

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Paisley at Houston Rodeo tonight






From Manning Mania to Spring Break Country
Jimmy Carter

Music City awaits the verdict. Is Peyton coming or not? This is bigger than anything I can think of that’s gone down here…stay tuned…the drama can’t build any higher…
If country music was as wild as a Luke Bryan show in Panama City what a wild world this would be.
Music when you a teenager should get you excited. To say the least, Luke Bryan has fans clothes falling off in some cases at Spinnaker’s where Kenny Chesney boiled the fans for several years. Beware when Luke goes into Country Girl Shake it For Me when many of the girls have downed a few drinks at the beach…whew!
Eric Church’s crowd was partying hard too but not like the Bryan gang! At the pool parties really didn’t hear a lot of country this year. I did hear RED SOLO CUP to no ones surprise.
Republican presidential campaigns certainly spin more than a few county tunes and their victory parties and rally’s. Brooks and Dunn Only in America still a huge favorite..
Toby Keith’s 3 year old thoroughbred Reckless Jerry has a big weekend in Hot Springs planned. The Rebel Stakes is a prelude to possible Kentucky Derby run.
Toby seems to have all the bases covered these days…From horse racing to songs on the radio to swamp water drinks for St Patty’s day at his food chain.
Ipads are everywhere here..great on the tour bus too…next week a report on who bit for a new one and I may get Ipad number 4..I love my 2 ones and one 2. Amazing invention.
Lionel Richie on HSN Home Shopping Network begins his stepped up push to release of his country duets cd..Tuskegee.
Trace Adkins pushing sausage..Lionel on HSN..Springsteen making speeches at SXSW. Different world requires non traditional ways of doing business. The internet selling cd’s a 25 cents..$3.49 on google and amazon? Whats that all about?
How about that $999 dollar ticket for BamaJam? You get to stand on stage! $999 whoa…I bet for 5 grand they will dangle you from the spotlight mast!
Things seem a little calm around here with Spring vacations and ACM buildup. ACMs Vegas April 1. I just got back from Spring break..I’ll watch that one on TV..Vegas once a six months should be the limit.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Tuesday, March 6, 2012



ADDITIONAL TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED FOR

BRAD PAISLEY’S VIRTUAL REALITY WORLD TOUR 2012
presented by Chevrolet

Special Guests The Band Perry, Scotty McCreery and Easton Corbin

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 6, 2012) After wrapping the first leg of the highly successful Virtual Reality World Tour this past weekend an additional 43 dates were announced today. Continuing on the tour will be reigning ACM and CMA New Artist of the Year and contenders for the 2012 ACM Vocal Group or Duo The Band Perry, reigning American Idol and current nominee for the 2012 ACM New Artist Scotty McCreery and Mercury Records recording artist Easton Corbin joins the tour on select dates.

Live Nation is the national tour promoter. Log on to www.bradpaisley.com and www.livenation.com for on-sale and current information.

Virtual Reality World Tour 2012

May 18 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre St. Louis, MO
May 19 Klipsch Music Center Indianapolis, IN
May 20 Riverbend Music Center Cincinnati, OH
June 1 Nikon Theatre Jones Beach, NY*
June 2 Comcast Theatre Hartford, CT*
June 3 Comcast Center Boston, MA*
June 9 Wrigley Field Chicago, IL**
June 15 Blossom Music Center Cleveland, OH
June 16 DTE Music Center Detroit, MI
June 22 Country USA Festival Oshkosh, WI
June 23 Chippewa Valley Country Festival Cadott, WI
June 29 Saratoga Performing Arts Center Saratoga, NY
June 30 Susquehanna Bank Center Philadelphia, PA
July 14 Calgary Stampede Calgary, AB***
July 15 Craven Country Jamboree Craven, SK***
July 20 Red Sky Music Festival Omaha, NE***
July 21 Cheyenne Frontier Days Cheyenne, WY***
July 26 Sleep Train Amphitheatre Sacramento, CA*
July 27 Shoreline Amphitheatre Mountain View, CA*
July 28 Harveys Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena Lake Tahoe, NV*
August 10 Bethel Woods Pavilion Bethel Woods, NY
August 11 Darien Center Darien Lakes, NY
August 12 Walter Baker Park Ottawa, ON****
August 16 BOK Center Tulsa, OK*
August 17 TBD
August 18 Gexa Energy Pavilion Dallas, TX*
August 24 Time Warner Cable Music Center Raleigh, NC*
August 25 Jiffy Lube Live Washington, DC*
September 13 Farm Bureau Live Virginia Beach, VA
September 14 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte, NC
September 15 Lakewood Amphitheatre Atlanta, GA
September 27 Jacksonville Arena Jacksonville, FL
September 28 1-800-ASK GARY Amphitheatre Tampa, FL
September 29 Cruzan Amphitheatre West Palm Beach, FL
October 4 Ford Center Evansville, IN
October 5 Nationwide Arena Columbus, OH
October 6 Giant Center Hershey, PA
October 11 Verizon Arena Little Rock, AR
October 12 CenturyTel Arena Bossier City, LA
October 13 New Orleans Arena New Orleans, LA
October 17 Ashley Furniture Home Store Pavilion Phoenix, AZ
October 18 Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre San Diego, CA
October 20 Hollywood Bowl Los Angeles, CA

Support acts will be The Band Perry and Scotty McCreery – unless noted.
*The Band Perry and Easton Corbin
** Miranda Lambert, Chris Young, The Band Perry and Jerrod Niemann
*** The Band Perry only
****Brad only – festival date

Monday, March 5, 2012

Thursday, March 1, 2012

KENNY CHESNEY TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM ON JUNE 19



NASHVILLE, TN – In the wake of his critically acclaimed, platinum certified Hemingway’s Whiskey, which yielded the number #1 and gold certified “The Boys of Fall,” #1 and platinum selling “Somewhere With You,” the platinum certified, CMA Award winning “You and Tequila,” the #1 single “Live A Little,” and the current single “Reality,” which sits at # 2, singer-songwriter Kenny Chesney is set to release his new album on BNA Records on June 19. The album is, as of yet, untitled.

With more than 30 million albums sold, 20 million digital transactions and 22 # 1 singles, Kenny Chesney is one of the most successful recording acts in the history of country music. In addition, his live shows have become summer vacations themselves for the more than 11 million fans who have purchased tickets over the last decade.

Chesney leads the Academy of Country Music pack with 9 nominations which include Entertainer of the Year, Album of the Year (Hemingway’s Whiskey as both artist and producer), Male Vocalist of the Year, and also earned double nominations for Single Record of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year as both artist and producer for “You And Tequila” with Grace Potter. Chesney is also nominated for Song of the Year for “You And Tequila” with Grace Potter.

On June 2, The 'Brothers of the Sun' Tour starring Kenny and Tim McGraw, kicks off in Tampa, FL. The tour marks the first time in 10 years the longtime friends have hit the road together. Featuring Grace Potter & The Nocturnals and Jake Owen, the tour will hit stadiums across the country and are the only cities and venues Chesney will play in 2012.


'Brothers of the Sun ' Tour Dates: https://tickets.kennychesney.com/
Vince Gill Takes on Series of High-Profile Projects
Will Launch Tour of Europe in July

NASHVILLE -- March 1, 2012 -- What do you get when you cross a hummingbird with a roadrunner? We don’t know, but we’re pretty sure it can’t keep up with Vince Gill. As laid back as he appears, Vince is especially busy these days, speeding from picking to performing to producing records for other people. Here are a few projects that carry his musical imprint:
He will perform on the Revlon Concert for The Rainforest Fund April 3 at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium in New York City on a bill that also features Sting, Elton John, James Taylor, Meryl Streep, Rosanne Cash, Katharine McPhee and Bryn Terfel.
Will perform on Keith Urban’s We’re All For The Hall concert April 10 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena with Urban, Rascal Flatts, Lady Antebellum, The Band Perry, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Alabama, The Oak Ridge Boys, Little Big Town, Thompson Square, Pistol Annies, Diamond Rio, Exile and The Blue Sky Riders.
Will tour Europe in July. Tour dates to be announced.
Will headline the 14th annual Jammin’ to Beat the Blues concert to benefit Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee, April 17, at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.
Will perform at MerleFest at Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, April 26.
Is currently producing albums on The Time Jumpers, Ashley Monroe and Jenny Gill.
Will be featured on the PBS music and travel series Music Voyager: Tennessee which will air on local PBS stations at various times throughout April.
Has recently recorded on albums for Chris Botti, Don Williams, Bonnie Tyler and Rodney Crowell. The Crowell project, Kin, Songs By Mary Karr and Rodney Crowell, also features guest vocals by Norah Jones, Lucinda Williams, Lee Ann Womack, Rosanne Cash, Chely Wright, Kris Kristofferson and Emmylou Harris. Produced by Joe Henry for Vanguard Records, the album will be released June 5.
Has taped a concert for PBS’ Bluegrass Underground both with The Time Jumpers and with his own band. It will air this fall.