Monday, May 21, 2012

Tim and Big Machine

Big Machine Records announced today the signing of country music superstar Tim McGraw to a worldwide recording deal. The powerhouse label and McGraw will release new music which will be distributed globally by Universal Music Group. With over 40 million albums sold and 32 No. 1 singles over the course of his remarkable career, this new era of McGraw's career will be driven by a dream team of the most successful and dynamic thinkers in the music industry. “Many people know that I came to Nashville 23 years ago on a Greyhound bus with nothing but a guitar,” said McGraw. “And 23 years to the day, on May 9, I went back to the bus station and officially signed this deal. It was a significant way for me to mark this new beginning. Scott Borchetta has developed a powerhouse at Big Machine, and I’m happy to be a part of what he has built and to call Big Machine Records my new label home. Excited doesn’t even begin to describe how I’m feeling about working on a new album for this next chapter in my career. Here’s to the next 20 years!” "I've always felt a kinship to Tim as my dad (Mike) originally signed Tim to Curb Records. We have wanted to work together for years and I can't believe this day has finally come. His level of artistry, vision, passion and energy comes along only so many times in any given era and I can tell you with the utmost confidence that there are many, many important chapters left to write," said Scott Borchetta, President and CEO of the Big Machine Label Group. "I'm so pleased to add the great superstar Tim McGraw to our incredible Nashville family of distributed labels. Tim's accomplishments reach around the world and we intend to exert the full compliment of global support to Tim's new releases on Big Machine Records,” said Universal Chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge. McGraw will further strengthen Big Machine Label Group's star-studded roster of talent which includes international superstar Taylor Swift, multiplatinum vocal group Rascal Flatts, award winning female vocalists Reba and Martina McBride, and many of country music's most promising rising stars. With 7.8 million spins at radio, McGraw was deemed “Artist of the Decade” (2000-2010) by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems. He has won three GRAMMY® Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards, 11 Country Music Association Awards, 10 American Music Awards, three People's Choice Awards and numerous other honors. This June, McGraw will kick off what is anticipated to be the biggest stadium tour in country music history. The Brothers of the Sun Tour will reunite McGraw with longtime friend Kenny Chesney for the first time in 10 years. The tour begins on June 2 in Tampa and will hit the nation's biggest stadiums through August.
COUNTRY MEETS HOLLYWOOD WHEN TOBY KEITH AND KRISTEN BELL HOST THE ‘2012 CMT MUSIC AWARDS’ NASHVILLE – May 21, 2012 – The 2012 CMT MUSIC AWARDS just got a little rowdier and funnier as country music superstar Toby Keith and actress Kristen Bell have been tapped to host this year’s show. Now in its 11th year, the 2012 CMT MUSIC AWARDS will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, June 6 at 8:00 p.m., ET/PT on CMT and CMT.com. “Toby Keith and Kristen Bell are a terrific one-two knockout punch for the 2012 CMT Music Awards,” said John Hamlin, SVP, Music Events and Talent, CMT. “Toby has been involved with our show every year since its inception and Kristen is as entertaining and witty as any young actor working today. We're thrilled to have them both as hosts for this year’s show.” Country music’s first fan-voted awards show will include performances from Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood and Zac Brown Band. Additional performers and presenters will be announced soon. From his first No. 1 smash "Should've Been A Cowboy" to his latest Top Country Album chart-topper Clancy's Tavern, Toby Keith has been one of the most consistent self-directed hit makers of his era. His albums have sold more than 36 million copies, ranking him among the top-selling all-genre artists on Billboard's Top 200 Artists of the Decade. Keith is also Billboard's No. 1 Artist of the Decade and No. 1 Country Songwriter of the Decade. He's now in his 19th consecutive year having had a #1 single every year since his first release. This latest collection's lead single, "Made In America," topped the charts as one of the fastest rising songs in a long line of chart burners from Keith's pen. The second hit, "Red Solo Cup," has become the most remarkable and commercially successful country single in recent memory with a viral video with more than 15 million views while topping the top downloaded country songs. And now, the third single release from Clancy's Tavern, "Beers Ago," is on its way to becoming another huge hit. Kristen Bell is currently starring in the Showtime series, “House of Lies” opposite Don Cheadle. She will star alongside Dax Shepard in the feature film, “Hit & Run,” hitting theaters on August 24, 2012, a film they produced together. She lends her voice as the infamous narrator on Gossip Girl, can be heard in the new animated FX television show “Unsupervised” and will be added to the roaster of Disney princesses in the studios upcoming animated feature, "Frozen". She recently completed work on “Some Girls” written and based on the play of the same title by Neil LaBute. Bell’s film credits include “Forgetting Sarah Marshall" “You Again,” “When in Rome,” and “Couples Retreat”. Her television credits include “Veronica Mars,” “Deadwood,” “Heroes” and “Party Down” while her Broadway credits include “Tom Sawyer” and “The Crucible.” Fans can vote online at CMT.com, and on their mobile device at CMT Mobile or the CMT Insider app available on iPhone, iPad and Android now through June 4 to determine the winners. The five finalists for VIDEO OF THE YEAR will be announced at the beginning of the live show and fans can then vote at CMT.com, CMT mobile, on the CMT Insider app and via text message throughout the live telecast (ET/CT only) to determine the night’s big winner. Michael Dempsey will executive produce the 2012 CMT MUSIC AWARDS alongside director Joe DeMaio. John Hamlin and Margaret Comeaux serve as executive producers for CMT. For more information as it becomes available, follow CMT on Twitter (@FollowCMT), hashtag #CMTawards and become a fan of the CMT MUSIC AWARDS on Facebook.
TAYLOR SWIFT HONORED AS “WOMAN OF THE YEAR” AT BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS Las Vegas, NV – May 21, 2012 – Taylor Swift was awarded the coveted Woman of The Year Award at last night’s Billboard Music Awards. The top award honors “the achievements of a trailblazing female artist over the past 12 months, and acknowledges her overall success in the music business and her leadership in embracing the changing industry.” At 22 years old, Taylor is the youngest Woman of the Year winner in history. Taylor Swift is the only woman in music history to release three #1 albums in a row, each selling more than 5 million copies, putting her in the company of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Michael Jackson. With the release of her most recent album, Speak Now, on which every song was written solely by Taylor, she made history on the Billboard Hot 100, charting a record-breaking 11 songs from one album in a single week. In addition, Taylor also currently holds the Billboard Hot 100 record for the most Top 10 debuts by an artist in the 53-year history of the chart. Further, her self-titled debut album holds the record for the longest-running album on the Billboard 200 chart – ever. Taylor has won 6 GRAMMY Awards, and is the youngest-ever winner of the music industry’s highest honor, the GRAMMY for Album of The Year. She is the reigning American Music Awards Artist of the Year (all genres), and is the first artist in history to win this top prize twice. Taylor has written every song on each of her three studio albums (all released on Big Machine Records), and has career record sales of more than 22 million albums and 50 million song downloads. She has earned Multi-Platinum and Platinum album sales certifications in 17 countries around the globe. Speak Now is one of only 17 albums in the entire history of music to sell more than 1 million copies in a single week. Taylor’s blockbuster Speak Now World Tour played 111 shows to more than 1.5 million fans in sold-out stadiums and arenas in 19 countries spanning 4 continents. The Times (London) wrote, “Swift’s superb voice and musical ability marked her out as a rare talent. She had the entire arena swooning,” and The New York Times calls Taylor “important” and “one of pop’s finest songwriters.” Rolling Stone has praised her as “a songwriting savant with an intuitive gift.” Taylor has twice been named Entertainer of the Year by both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music. In addition to her music successes, Taylor has established herself as one of the world’s most philanthropic celebrities – raising money and awareness for causes ranging from clean water to literacy to disaster relief. It was just announced this week that Taylor will fund a new education center for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Carrie and Taylor at Billboard Awards in Vegas

Robert Nix of Atlanta Rhythm Section dies...

that's Robert Nix in the middle

What your Country Stars do after the show

This was Indy in the wee hours of Sunday morning...the whole bunch....all the Paisley tour singers... Avengers 3D BRAD PAISLEY’S VIRTUAL REALITY WORLD TOUR PLAYS TO OVER 65,000 FIRST WEEK-END BACK OUT ALL THREE SHOWS SOLD-OUT PAISLEY TREATS ALL ARTISTS, BANDS AND CREW TO PRIVATE VIEWING OF “THE AVENGERS” 3D Special Guests The Band Perry and Scotty McCreery And “Virtual Opry” Stage Guests Kristen Kelly, Jana Kramer and Love and Theft NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 21, 2012) This past weekend Brad Paisley’s Virtual Reality World Tour hit the road again playing three sold-out shows in St. Louis, Indianapolis and Cincinnati. Special guests on the tour are The Band Perry and Scotty McCreery with Easton Corbin joining the tour on select dates. “The Escape” plaza area was well received with thousands of fans arriving early afternoon to enjoy games, contests, photo ops and performances on the “Virtual Opry” Stage by Kristen Kelly, Jana Kramer and Love and Theft. More information on “The Escape” and the “Virtual Opry” Stage artists and show times can be found at www.facebook.com/BradPaisleyTour or on twitter @BradPaisleyTour. Saturday night after the Indianapolis show Paisley surprised all the artists, bands and crew on the tour by reserving the Hamilton 16 IMAX movie theater in Noblesville, IN for a midnight showing of “The Avengers” in 3D. Before the movie started Paisley welcomed them all to the tour and gave a big thank-you for such a successful first week-end.

JASON ALDEAN AND NEARLY 40,000 COUNTRY FANS ‘PARTY’ THROUGH THE WEEKEND IN ATLANTA

GRAMMY Winning Hip Hop Artist Ludacris Joins Aldean on “Dirt Road Anthem” Nashville, Tenn. – May 19, 2012 – MULTI-PLATINUM Georgia native Jason Aldean played a two-night stand of sold out shows at Atlanta, GA’s Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood on Fri. and Sat. Aldean kicked off the summer leg of the record-breaking 2012 MY KINDA PARTY TOUR on Thurs. night in Birmingham, AL and will continue on to the nation’s biggest amphitheatres this summer. “I’ve never felt the kind of energy that the fans from the ATL brought this weekend,” said Aldean. “I didn’t think it could get any wilder, and then when Luda came out, the place came totally unglued. We’ve gotten to perform together several times, but man, he’s the Mayor of Atlanta, so this one was beyond cool.” Aldean is currently celebrating his fifth consecutive No. one song with “Fly Over States” from CMA’s “Album of the Year” MY KINDA PARTY. For a full list of tour dates, visit www.jasonaldean.com. ###

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Taylor in an LA Mix a lot

SUPERSTAR TAYLOR SWIFT PLEDGES $4 MILLION TO FUND NEW EDUCATION CENTER AT THE COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME® AND MUSEUM

New Center Will Include Classroom Spaces and a Children’s Gallery; It Will Be the Home of the Museum’s Flagship Education Program, Words & Music, and Much More NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 17, 2012 – Six-time Grammy Award winner Taylor Swift has pledged $4 million to fund a new education center at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. The more than 7,500-square foot space, which will encompass parts of two floors and feature three classrooms and a state-of-the-art children’s exhibit gallery, is scheduled to open in early 2014. Swift’s gift is the largest capital contribution by an individual artist in the museum’s 45-year history, prompting the museum to name the new space the Taylor Swift Education Center. The gift was made in conjunction with Working on a Building: Country Music Lives Here, the capital campaign that will finance the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s expansion from 140,000 square feet to more than 350,000 square feet. Swift has for years been a generous supporter of the museum, performing for the institution’s 2007 All for the Hall New York, 2009 We’re All for the Hall and 2010 All for the Hall Los Angeles benefits. She has also loaned the museum dresses, stage costumes and instruments for display; a free-standing, Taylor Swift multimedia exhibit has been one of the museum’s most popular attractions since its debut in May, 2010. “Taylor Swift represents country music’s best traditions,” said Museum Director Kyle Young. “She is a gifted singer-songwriter whose deeply personal songs resonate with music fans around the world, and a dynamic live performer whose open heart and engaging personality allow her to make even the largest stadium shows an intimate experience. Her many accomplishments – including being the youngest artist to single-handedly write and sing a #1 country song – have made music history, and she has been an ambassador for country music, raising awareness of our genre literally around the globe. “Taylor is an artist who has always been ahead of the curve,” Young continued. “By stepping forward to fund our education center, she has once again demonstrated that she has an eye on our industry’s future. We are deeply indebted to Taylor for this wonderful gift, which will help us continue to fulfill our educational mission and serve our worldwide audience. It is not an overstatement to say that the Taylor Swift Education Center will have a profound impact on our museum, our new campus, our city and even our country. It will truly be the heart of our living museum, educating and inspiring young people and families, teaching them country music history and helping them to make meaningful connections between the music and their own lives.” The new education center will increase the museum’s educational capacity up to seven-fold and will include three classrooms and a children’s exhibition gallery. On the third floor, two traditional classrooms and one “wet” classroom space will be used by museum educators for current educational offerings, including the museum’s flagship program, Words & Music; distance learning programs; and family programs such as the Musical Petting Zoo. The “wet classroom” will feature a utility floor, lending itself to the museum’s Make Letterpress Art with Hatch Show Print family program and similar (messy) offerings. The additional classroom spaces will also allow the museum to develop new educational activities, potentially including after-school programs, teen-centric programs, multi-week workshops for youths, adults and senior citizens, and more. Additionally, the classroom spaces will be adjacent to a visible storage area and design studio; this space will feature thematic displays of artifacts, e.g. dozens of banjos, and allow students to observe museum curators at work. The children’s gallery, situated on the second floor, will be a dedicated exhibit space for young patrons and will be filled with hands-on, interactive exhibits. With Country Music Hall of Fame member Kris Kristofferson and Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman Bill Ford as honorary co-chairs, the museum launched its $75 million Working on a Building campaign in July 2011 with $56.8 million in cash and pledges already secured. Designed by Tuck-Hinton Architects, the expansion is expected to be completed in early 2014. Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is operated by the Country Music Foundation, a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) educational organization chartered by the state of Tennessee in 1964. The museum’s mission is the preservation of the history country and related vernacular music rooted in southern culture. With the same educational mission, the foundation also operates CMF Records, the museum’s Frist Library and Archive, CMF Press, Historic RCA Studio B and Hatch Show Print®. More information about the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is available at www.countrymusichalloffame.org or by calling (615) 416-2001.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

CARRIE UNDERWOOD AND HUSBAND MIKE FISHER TALK WITH OPRAH WINFREY

NASHVILLE--- OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network presents all new episodes of “Oprah’s Next Chapter” this summer beginning Sunday, May 20 (9-10 p.m. ET/PT) when Winfrey travels to Nashville, Tennessee for an intimate in-depth interview with country music superstar Carrie Underwood and her husband NHL player Mike Fisher for their first ever television interview together. Sunday, May 20 (9-10 p.m. ET/PT) Oprah’s Next Chapter: Carrie Underwood Oprah Winfrey travels to Nashville, Tennessee where she speaks with country music superstar Carrie Underwood who is joined by her NHL husband Mike Fisher, marking the first time cameras have ever been invited inside their cabin retreat for an intimate, in-depth interview. Underwood reflects on her rise to stardom as she looks back on her journey. For their first television interview together, Underwood and Fisher talk about how they balance their successful and fast-paced careers with their two year marriage. The couple also takes Winfrey to their new plot of land where they plan to build their dream home. Underwood’s new CD Blown Away recently debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country and All-Genre sales charts. The Top Country Albums chart debut made her only the second country artist in the 47-year history of the chart to have their first four albums debut at No. 1. With more than 267,000 albums sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, Blown Away debuts at No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard 200chart making Underwood only the second country artist in history to have three consecutive albums debut at No. 1. 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 making her the best selling American Idol in the US. 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 currently leads the nominations for the upcoming CMT Music Awards with five. She is a five-time Grammy 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.

View from Steve Wynn's New NYC Apartment

Seacrest Buys Ellen's House...$49 MILLION!!!

Refueling a B-2 Bomber...Y-100's Bear on Media Flight...COOOOL!

Abbey Road..The Backwards Edition

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Justin Moore's crew bus hit by car..driver of car killed

Happened on I 57 around sunrise Sunday morning...Justin Moore played Milwaukee on Friday night...Crew/band bus headed out first...followed a few minutes later by Justin's bus.. Car rams into side of crew bus...several times...everyone stops...no on on bus hurt..the passengers in car are ok..... while getting out of the car a woman comes over the hill and slams into the driver of the car outside his vehicle....it was quite a mess... Justin's bus was caught up in the marathon traffic jam...4 or 5 hours! disturbing for all involved to say the least....havent found any photos...heres the news story... Chicago man killed in accident, traffic re-routed off I-57 at Route 16 Posted: Saturday, May 12, 2012 11:52 am | (0) Comments MATTOON - Traffic on Interstate 57 at Illinois Route 16 was re-routed for several hours Saturday morning because of a fatal accident. After a car hit the back of a bus on the interstate around 6 a.m. Saturday, a man exited the car and was then hit by another vehicle, Mattoon police Chief Jeff Branson said. He said the force of the impact threw the man off the interstate and onto the pavement of Route 16 below. The man was identified as Joseph Taylor, 48, of Chicago, Coles County Coroner Ed Schniers said. Schniers said he pronounced Taylor dead at the scene. Illinois State Police closed part of the interstate and routed traffic onto Route 16. Branson said that was so an accident reconstruction expert could investigate the accident scene. State police are handling the investigation and more information will be released once it's available. Read more: http://jg-tc.com/news/local/chicago-man-killed-in-accident-traffic-re-routed-off-i/article_0de8d2dc-9c53-11e1-9e37-001a4bcf887a.html#ixzz1uhs4Ciah

Plane once owned by Aaron Tippin down in Kansas..

Twitter lit up last night with false posts involving Aaron Tippin....Aaron is FINE! a plane he owned a few years ago crashed in Kansas Friday May 11 killing 3 aboard... here is the crash scene not much to it...
Aaron sold this plane a few years ago...but was the one who created this colorful layout...
Aaron is fine.....he plays here tonight: Russellville, TN May 12, 2012 8:00 PM CEASE Fundraiser At Nolichucky Vineyard 6600 Fish Hatchery Rd Russellville TN 3786 For more information, please call: (770) 306-9155 A plane that took off from the Jones Riverside Airport Friday afternoon crashed near Chanute, Kansas, killing four people. The Kansas Highway Patrol says the 1991 Cessna 401 took off from the runway about 4:30 in the afternoon. An accident report obtained by KRMG says the aircraft was westbound when it landed in a field, skidding 200 feet before impacting a tree line. The aircraft spun 180 degrees and came to rest facing eastbound. Peter Knudson. a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board, says the plane lost contact with air traffic control shortly after getting permission to descend to a lower altitude.
The report lists the pilot as 23-year-old Luke Sheets from Ephraim, Wisconsin. He was killed Also on board was 29-year-old Garrett Coble from Tulsa. He was also killed. A friend tells KRMG Coble was recently engaged. He was an an assistant professor at Northeastern State University. He graduated from Oklahoma State University after studying marketing. The third fatal victim was 22-year-old Steven Luth from Muscatine, Iowa. Another passenger, 27-year-old Austin Anderson from Ringwood, Oklahoma, was taken to Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita. 22-year-old Hannah Luce from Garden Valey, Texas, was taken to KU Medical Center in Kansas City. The plane was en route to Council Bluffs, Iowa. Knudson says the plane lost contact with air traffic control shortly after getting permission to descend to a lower altitude. Knudson says investigators were unaware of any distress call.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Bucky Covington's Tour Bus I-65 No of Bham

Goodwill driver injured...no one on Tour Bus....

KELLIE PICKLER SOARS OVER MIDDLE TENNESSEE IN US NAVY BLUE ANGELS F/A-18 HORNET WEDNESDAY, MAY 9 AT SMYRNA/RUTHERFORD COUNTY AIRPORT

BNA Records singer and songwriter, Kellie Pickler's bucket list got a little shorter yesterday when she flew with the United States Navy Blue Angels. #7 Pilot LT Mark Tedrow took Kellie from ground level to 2000 feet in 4 seconds as they departed the Smyrna Airport where the Blue Angels will be performing this weekend for the Great Tennessee Air Show (client interest).Back at the airport after more than a 45-minute flight, LT Tedrow presented Kellie with a personalized lithograph to commemorate her flight. www.greattennesseeairshow.com

Blake and TeamBlake's Jermaine Paul

Howard Stern kisses friend Matt Lauer

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, May 9, 2012 – GRAMMY® winning Country Superstar Martina McBride will sing the national anthem during pre-race ceremonies at the 96th Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 27 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. A Kansas native, McBride is known for having one of the most spectacular voices in any genre of music. She is a four-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year and has sold more than 18 million albums, producing six #1 hit singles. The three-time ACM Female Vocalist of the Year was most recently nominated for Female Video of the Year at the upcoming CMT Music Awards on June 6. Fans can vote daily until June 4 at www.CMT.com. "I am extremely excited that the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has invited me to this year's Indy 500," said Martina. "It is a huge honor to sing the National Anthem at what is known as the 'Greatest Spectacle in Racing.'" “We welcome Martina McBride to IMS to perform ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ shortly before the engines fire for the 96th Indianapolis 500,” said Jeff Belskus, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation president and chief executive officer. “Her unforgettable voice and stage presence will add special meaning to this tribute to our country and the veterans who have served it with great dedication and sacrifice.” McBride's first album on Republic Nashville, ELEVEN, includes her current single, “Marry Me,” a collaboration with Train’s Pat Monahan and is the follow-up to her 25th career Top 10 single, “I’m Gonna Love You Through It.” Having completed a winter arena tour with fellow Country music superstar George Strait, McBride recently embarked on an intimate theater tour across the country. The theater tour will give fans a memorable and unique experience that also highlights her multitude of hit songs and fan-favorites. For tour dates and more, visit www.MartinaMcBride.com. *** 2012 Indianapolis 500 tickets: Tickets are on sale for the 96th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on Sunday, May 27, 2012 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Race Day ticket prices start at just $30. Fans can buy tickets online at www.imstix.com, by calling the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700, or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area, or by visiting the ticket office at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday-Friday. Children 12 and under will be receive free general admission to any IMS event in 2012 when accompanied by an adult general admission ticket holder. Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are on sale. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at (866) 221-8775 for more information. World Wide Web: http://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com
Lionel Richie’s Tuskegee Certified Platinum Album Spends Two Weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and Four Weeks Atop the Country Albums Chart NASHVILLE, TN—Lionel Richie’s Tuskegee has been certified platinum for reaching sales of 1 million, a feat accomplished in an impressive five weeks. “This album continues to amaze me and I am so grateful for all that it has accomplished,” Richie says. “Just when I think it couldn’t get any bigger, Tuskegee reaches a new level of success. When I came up with the idea for Tuskegee, I didn’t want to be confined by boundaries of age, genre or demographics. I am thrilled with how well this album has been received by people from all walks of life. It is truly living up to the vision we had when we created it.” The country duets album, which held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Top 200 for two consecutive weeks, sits at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart for the fourth week since its March 26 release. Tuskegee is the best-selling country album of 2012 and the first country album in more than a year to spend two consecutive weeks atop the Billboard 200. It is the exciting new chapter in a storied career that includes album sales of more than 100 million, 22 Top 10 hits, five Grammys, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a host of other awards. While this is certainly not the first time Richie has topped the Billboard 200, this is his first No. 1 album on the country albums chart. He joins Ray Charles as the only artists in history to have No. 1 albums on both the Billboard Country Albums and R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. This is the album’s fifth consecutive week in the Top 5 of the Billboard Top 200. The album was released on March 26 and debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on the country albums chart. It was his best sales week since SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991. Tuskegee has become an immediate worldwide hit, debuting at No. 1 on Canada’s Top Albums chart and reaching the Top 20 albums charts in 10 countries. It hit the Top 10 albums charts in the United Kingdom, Denmark, Holland, Australia, Hong Kong and Sweden. This is his first No. 1 album in Canada in the SoundScan era and his first No. 1 album in Canada since his sophomore solo album, Can’t Slow Down, in 1983. The album features duets of 13 of his timeless hits with Jason Aldean, Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney, Billy Currington, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Willie Nelson, Jennifer Nettles, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Rogers, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton and Shania Twain.
BAMAJAM 2012 REVEALS FULL LINE-UP—ADDS OVER 35 ACTS TO STAR-FILLED, MULTI-GENRE ROSTER Last Weekend to Get 3-Day Passes for $119 Enterprise, AL (May 9, 2012) – BamaJam 2012 is excited to announce the addition of over 35 acts (listed below) to its superstar-packed line-up. The newly-added acts will join previously announced performers Kid Rock, Tim McGraw, Zac Brown Band, Alan Jackson, Eric Church, Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, NEEDTOBREATHE, Casey James, Gov’t Mule, Uncle Kracker, Yelawolf, Ronnie Milsap, Jamey Johnson, Third Day, Stryper and more. BamaJam 2012 is the premier festival of the South, slated for Thursday, June 14 through Saturday, June 16 in Enterprise, Alabama. Important Announcement: This is the last weekend to purchase 3-day BamaJam 2012 passes for the discounted price of $119, with the price set to increase to $135 Monday, May 14. Buy now to ensure the lowest price! For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.bamajam2012.com, or Ticketfly.com, or charge by phone at (877) 4FLYTIX or (877-435-9849). Thursday Friday Saturday Tim McGraw Eric Church Willie Nelson Darryl Worley Third Day Outlaws Herrick Dustin Lynch Tyler Reeve The FARM David Kroll The Lost Trailers John Nemeth Joanna Smith ConnorChristian & SouthernGothic Bill Gentry Martin McDaniel Buffalo Clover Honey Island Swamp Band Aerias Zac Brown Band Alan Jackson NEEDTOBREATHE Ronnie Milsap Stryper Michael Sweet John Elefante Casey James Wood Brothers Badfinger Sonia Leigh Nic Cowan Aaron Parker Levi Lowrey Dugas Albert Castiglia Wheeler Boys Kid Rock Sheryl Crow Jamey Johnson Gov’t Mule Uncle Kracker Yelawolf Randy Montana Breaking Laces Drake White Rosehill Big Smo Mockingbyrd Tyler Farr Moreland & Arbuckle Jaida Dreyer Bridge To Grace Greg Bates Downside Up “With these last acts announced, fans know exactly what they’re getting when they purchase tickets,” said Rendy Lovelady, executive producer of the festival. “With non-stop entertainment from our four stages, BamaJam 2012 is going to be like nothing you’ve ever experienced.” BamaJam 2012, back and better than ever, is proud to have Pepsi, Anheuser Busch/Bud Light and Jim Beam as sponsors. BamaJam 2012 is pleased to offer the VIP Artist Area ticket for only $399. The VIP Artist Area ticket will grant you access to get up close and personal with the stars themselves while they are performing! There are a limited number of VIP Artist Area Tickets, so act fast. VIP Artist Area Tickets do not have to be purchased in addition to General Admission Tickets. Lawn chairs are permitted in the VIP Artist Area. 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. BamaJam 2012 is a production of BamaJam Productions, LLC. For more information about BamaJam 2012 artists, tickets, camping, directions, parking, sponsors, jobs and vendors, please visit www.bamajam2012.com.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Remembering My Friend George Lindsey

George " Goober" Lindsey dead at 83

Obituary for GEORGE LINDSEY Beloved as Goober Pyle on “The Andy Griffith Show” and “Hee Haw” NASHVILLE, TENN., May 6, 2012—George Lindsey, the actor best known for his portrayal of dim yet lovable gas station mechanic Goober Pyle on “The Andy Griffith Show,” died at 12:05 a.m. on Sunday, May 6 after a brief illness. He was 83. Born in Fairfield, Ala., on December 17, 1928, George Smith Lindsey was raised in Jasper, Ala., and was the only child of Alice Smith Lindsey and George Ross Lindsey. As a young boy, Lindsey’s best buddies were his dog One Spot and his pal Sappo, a lifelong friend and a popular foil for Lindsey’s stand-up comedy act. Lindsey liked to hang around his Aunt Ethel’s gas station, where the mechanics wore felt caps to keep the grease and oil from dripping into their hair. Those caps would inspire Lindsey’s trademark “beanie” worn by Goober. Gas station notwithstanding, the Lindsey family of George’s youth felt the full weight of the Great Depression. Those hard times were later a rich source of material for his comedy act, with jokes guaranteed to get a laugh, such as: “We were so poor that we’d eat beans for breakfast, drink water for lunch and swell up for supper.” As a student in Jasper, Lindsey was a good athlete. At Walker County High School, he excelled in football and basketball. One of the few other official high school activities he enjoyed was doing theatrical productions. He was as surprised as anybody when he graduated high school. With no real plans for his future other than a desire to be in the spotlight, Lindsey enrolled in local Walker Junior College. After being invited not to come back for a second semester at Walker, Lindsey enrolled (that is to say, “was sent away”) for a year of junior college at Kemper Military School in Boonville, Mo. Next up was the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Lindsey lasted a semester there, but couldn’t afford the tuition for a second semester. It was probably just as well. As he joked in his 1995 autobiography, Goober in a Nutshell, “I was in remedial everything. I was even in remedial lunch.” He was, however, able to scrape together enough money to enroll at Florence State Teachers College (now the University of North Alabama). Lindsey thrived in Florence. He eventually rose to starting quarterback for the football team. His football prowess earned him a much needed scholarship, which allowed him to finish his collegiate career at Florence State. He also performed regularly with the college theater group. He graduated in 1952 with a degree in biological science and physical education. His alma mater in Florence remained a passion for Lindsey the rest of his life. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by the university in 1992 and was inducted into the university’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011. He was proud to be a co-founder of the George Lindsey UNA Film Festival in 1998. Several scholarships are also endowed in his name. The university is home to the George Lindsey Collection, which contains most of his television and movie scripts and much of his other career memorabilia. Lindsey was proudly on hand during the film festival in March of this year for the dedication of the George Lindsey Theater on the UNA campus. After he graduated from college, Lindsey joined the Air Force. He was assigned to special services and to be a swimming instructor. At one point during his service at Ramey Air Force Base in Puerto Rico, he served as personal lifeguard for General Curtis LeMay, head of the Strategic Air Command. Much of his time with the Air Force was spent at Pinecastle Air Force Base near Orlando. He was responsible for putting together plays and other entertainment for the servicemen. He also worked on plays at nearby Rollins College in Winter Haven. It was at Rollins that Lindsey met and fell in love with Joyanne Herbert. They were married in 1955. After Lindsey was discharged from the Air Force, the newlyweds moved to his home turf in Alabama. With his college degree (and a teacher’s certificate) and Air Force experience, Lindsey landed a job coaching basketball and baseball and teaching history at Hazel Green High School in Madison County. “I was the worst teacher in the world,” Lindsey later said. After a painful year at Hazel Green High, Lindsey decided to put everyone out of the misery of his teaching. He was accepted at the prestigious American Theater Wing in New York City. With the help of GI Bill funds, he studied at the American Theater Wing for two years and loved every minute of it. To help pay the bills during and after this time, he worked as a comedian and actor in nightclubs and coffeehouses. He was noticed by agents from the William Morris Agency, and he signed with them to represent him. Before long, Lindsey landed the role of Moose in the production of All American at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre and later the role of the Wreck in an industrial show version of Wonderful Town, which toured the country after premiering on Broadway. He also began to get some work in television. But by far Lindsey’s biggest hit during this time was the birth of his son George in 1962. In his father’s eyes, a star was born. The growing Lindsey family was soon following their dream to California. Most of Lindsey’s early Hollywood work was as tough guys and bad guys, mostly in westerns, such as “The Rifleman” and “Gunsmoke.” He also appeared in the “The Real McCoys,” “The Twilight Zone,” several Disney productions and three episodes of “Alfred Hitchcock Hour,” most notably the episode titled “The Jar,” one of his favorite performances. Lindsey got a call in 1962 to audition for the one-episode role of a gas station attendant on “The Andy Griffith Show.” He thought he had the job, but at the last minute Jim Nabors was given the role of Gomer Pyle, which evolved into a bigger part and a springboard to stardom for Nabors. When Lindsey saw that first episode featuring Gomer, he famously kicked in the screen on the television set in his living room. As he wrote in his autobiography, he was furious about losing the part. “Not only that, but now I didn’t have a TV to watch ‘Ben Casey’ on.” Not to worry. Lindsey’s destiny was still Mayberry. In 1964, Lindsey landed the role of Gomer’s cousin Goober Pyle, who was to be Gomer’s heir apparent at Mayberry’s filling station. Seven full seasons of acting work as Goober followed for Lindsey, four on “The Andy Griffith Show” and then three on the sequel series, “Mayberry R.F.D.” And from there bloomed a career of both embracing and running from Goober—most prominently during two decades as a regular on the syndicated “Hee Haw” on which he dressed as Goober but was usually addressed as George. Over the years, Lindsey made his peace with the role that had pigeonholed him. As he wrote in his “What Mayberry Means to Me” poem, which he used as his signature finale for his stand-up act for 30 years, “The thing I like about Mayberry, most of all, it’s made ol’ Goober rich!” Shortly after landing the role of Goober on “The Andy Griffith Show,” Lindsey upstaged himself with the birth of his beautiful daughter Camden. With son George now two, the Lindsey family of 1964 was hitting on all cylinders and “running like a scalded dog.” Lindsey had become one of the busiest performers in show business. He was a frequent guest star on top television shows and made countless guest appearances on talk shows and game shows. Movie roles, including voice-over work for favorite Disney animated features, and a full slate of stand-up comedy, both as a headliner and as an opening act for top country music acts, kept Lindsey in demand. He was also spokesperson for Getty Oil Truck Stops and Liberty Trouser Company, and he opened a chain of fleetingly successful George Lindsey’s Family Steak Houses. He even recorded a few albums of both comedy and country music, including tunes by some of Nashville’s top songwriters and a few that Lindsey co-wrote. Through it all, Lindsey always found time to support good causes. He was a fixture at charity fundraisers. The cause closest to his heart was Special Olympics. His annual George Lindsey Celebrity Golf Weekend raised over $1,000,000 for Alabama Special Olympics from 1973 to 1988. One of the legacies of that effort was the George Lindsey Aquatic Center in Tuscaloosa. When Lindsey was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 1983, it was in recognition of his work as a “Youth Benefactor” for Special Olympics more so than for his own athletic accomplishments in high school and college. His receipt of the Minnie Pearl Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997 was also primarily in recognition of his charitable works. For that reason and because comedienne Minnie Pearl had been such an important friend in his life, Lindsey often said that award was the one that meant the most to him. (That’s not to say that he didn’t also appreciate receiving the Tire Gauge to the City of Nashville during Goober Pyle Day in 1990—presented on behalf of the city’s mayor by country music’s Bellamy Brothers.) After “Hee Haw” ended production in 1992, Lindsey, who was recently divorced, made his permanent home in Nashville. He maintained a busy schedule of stage and film work. He embraced the Goober character to the point that he often gave up his customary tuxedo and wore the “Goober Suit” for his stand-up shows. In the wake of the hit Return to Mayberry made-for-TV movie in 1986, Lindsey’s appearances at Mayberry reunion shows and festivals drew large crowds of enthusiastic fans over the next two decades. Several television retrospectives for “The Andy Griffith Show” also garnered high ratings. In 2004, Lindsey shared the TV Land Legend Award with other members of the “Griffith” cast and crew. In addition to hosting the George Lindsey UNA Film Festival the last 15 years, Lindsey continued to find varied and fulfilling work. From NBC’s “News Radio” in 1997 and serving as host of the Turner South series “Liars & Legends” in 2000 to the country music single and video for “Find Me a Man Like Goober” in 2007 and Larry the Cable Guy’s “Hula -Palooza Christmas Luau” in 2009, Lindsey constantly found opportunities to savor the spotlight and bring smiles to as many faces as possible. He was an eager participant in “Salute to the Kornfield,” a “Hee Haw” reunion created for both a series of DVDs in 2011 and a cable TV special this year. Lindsey often commented that he was torn about what he wanted his tombstone to say. One choice goes for the joke: “I told you I was sick.” The other goes for the heart: “I hope I made you laugh.” George Lindsey is survived by son George Lindsey, Jr., of Woodland Hills, Calif.; daughter Camden Jo Lindsey Gardner, her husband Russell and their sons, Carson Cole Gardner and Andrew Liam Gardner, all of Valencia, Calif.; a cousin, Rebecca Weber of Gadsden, Ala.; and his dear companion of many years, Anne Wilson of Nashville, Tenn. Visitation and funeral arrangements will be announced. Arrangements are being handled by Marshall Donnelly Combs Funeral Home of Nashville. In lieu of flowers, donations in Lindsey’s memory may be made to: Special Olympics Alabama, 880 South Court Street, Montgomery, AL 36104; UNA Foundation, with a designation to the George Lindsey Film and Digital Media Scholarship, UNA Box 5113, Florence, AL 35632-0001; or another charity of the donor’s choice. ### Statement by Andy Griffith About George Lindsey “George Lindsey was my friend. I had great respect for his talent and his human spirit. In recent years, we spoke often by telephone. Our last conversation was a few days ago. We would talk about our health, how much we missed our friends who passed before us and usually about something funny. “I am happy to say that as we found ourselves in our eighties, we were not afraid to say, ‘I love you.’ That was the last thing George and I had to say to each other. ‘I love you.’ “George often told me his fondest memories of his life in show business were the years he spent working on ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ and ‘Mayberry R.F.D.’ They were for me, too.” ###

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Hank Jr and Justin Timberlake

Nashville, TN (May 1, 2012) – Justin Timberlake along with his best friend/WilliamRast business partner Trace Ayala were hanging backstage in Mississippi last Friday night with country music legend Hank Williams Jr. Williams was in town doing a concert in Southhaven, Mississippi, where Timberlake along with fiancĂ©e Jessica Biel, mother Lynn Timberlake, and buddy Alaya all took in a night of some ‘Rockin Randall’. “What a great guy! Justin is a friend of my rebel son Kid Rock. He sure is a good country boy. We talked about girls, guitars, turkey hunting, going on cruises and how much we hate them, even though Bobby (Kid Rock) is on one right now and loving it, ugh! Hell, Justin and I even talking about recording a blues song sometime.” – Hank Williams Jr.
2012 SHAPING UP TO BE ONE OF THE BIGGEST YEARS OF KENNY ROGERS’ CAREER FIRST AUTOBIOGRAPHY DUE OUT THIS FALL UPCOMING COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE SHOWS SOLD OUT JOINS THE BONNAROO & CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL LINEUPS NEW ZEALAND/AUSTRALIAN TOUR ANNOUNCED WORKING WITH DANN HUFF ON UPCOMING NEW ALBUM NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 30, 2012 – For a universally beloved artist who has sold more than 120 million albums and has been a star of the stage and screen, you’d think Kenny Rogers has already done it all. Yet somehow 2012 is shaping up to be one of the busiest and most rewarding years of his legendary career. Kenny Rogers is currently putting the finishing touches on his first autobiography, scheduled for a fall 2012 release by HarperCollins. Jam-packed with fascinating stories from life on and off the stage, it’s bound to be one of the most talked about books this year. “I have to admit I've had an incredible life,” Rogers commented.“Once I started actually recalling some of the special moments, I was shocked as to how much fun it was for me. I would hope that as you read this book, you get a sense of where I came from, who I am, and where I’m going.” Next Monday and Tuesday, Rogers will bring his signature soulful voice, his catalog of hits and all of those stories when he takes the Ford Theater stage as the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s 2012 Artist-in-Residence in Nashville. Rogers will present two intimate evening performances on May 9th and 10th at 7:00 p.m. Both shows are already SOLD OUT. Just last week it was announced that Kenny Rogers had joined the lineup for this year’s edition of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival (June 7th-10th). Kenny will also perform at this year’s CMA Music Festival in Nashville on June 9th. Kenny’s fans down under will get the opportunity to see him live with the addition of new tour dates in New Zealand and Australia. Beginning on August 10th in Addington, New Zealand, Kenny Rogers and his band will make ten appearances on his first tour of the area since January and February of last year. Tickets for Kenny’s performances in Darwin, Australia on August 18th and Gympie, Australia on August 26th are on sale now. Many of the remaining shows on the tour are scheduled to go on sale May 7th. Kenny’s most recent release, his first gospel album, The Love of God, became his 21st Top 10 country album here in North America. The critically acclaimed album will be re-released under the new name Faith by Wrasse Records in Europe digitally on May 14th and in stores on May 28th. Kenny is also carving out time this year to begin recording a brand new studio album with producer Dann Huff (Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban). Huff previously worked with Kenny on 2006’s Water & Bridges. And if all of that wasn’t enough, fans can count on seeing Kenny Rogers embarking on the 31st Anniversary of his Christmas & Hits Tour this winter. As always the festive show will feature live performances of holiday classics as well as his biggest hits. Rogers has sold more than 120 million records worldwide and recorded more than 65 albums during his storied 54 years in show business. His long list of timeless classics includes an impressive 24 #1 hits – “The Gambler,” “Lady,” “Lucille,” “Coward Of The County,” “She Believes in Me,” “Islands in the Stream” (with Dolly Parton) and “Every Time Two Fools Collide” (with Dottie West) among them. His Greatest Hits album has sold over 24 million copies worldwide to date. He is the RIAA’s 8th best-selling male artist of all time with one Diamond album, 19 Platinum albums and 31 Gold albums. Kenny Rogers is the singer, the photographer, the producer, the actor, the songwriter, and of course…The Gambler. KENNY ROGERS 2012 TOUR DATES 5/9 Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's Artist-In-Residence – Ford Theater – Nashville, TN 5/10 Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's Artist-In-Residence – Ford Theater – Nashville, TN 5/17 Buffalo Run Casino – Miami, OK 5/18 First Council Casino Hotel – The Event Center – Newkirk, OK 6//9 2012 CMA Music Festival – LP Field – Nashville, TN 6/7-10 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival – Manchester, TN 6/15 Luhrs Performing Arts Center – Shippensburg, PA 6/16 MGM Grand at Foxwoods – MGM Grand Theater – Mashantucket, CT 6/20 Kickapoo Lucky Eagle Casino – Eagle Pass, TX 6/22 IP Casino Resort & Spa – IP Showroom - Studio A – Biloxi, MS 7/13 Alabama Theatre – North Myrtle Beach, SC 7/14 Chastain Park Amphitheatre – Atlanta, GA (With Glen Campbell) 7/27 Meadowbrook – US Cellular Pavilion – Gilford, NH (With The Oak Ridge Boys) 8/10 CBS Arena – Christchurch, Addington, New Zealand (With Glen Campbell) 8/12 Vector Arena – Auckland, New Zealand (With Glen Campbell) 8/15 State Theatre – Sydney, NSW, Australia (With Glen Campbell) 8/16 State Theatre – Sydney, NSW, Australia (With Glen Campbell) 8/18 Darwin Festival – Darwin, N. Territory, Australia 8/21 Perth Convention Centre – Perth, Australia 8/23 Palais Theatre – Melbourne, VIC, Australia (With Glen Campbell) 8/24 Newcastle Entertainment Centre – Newcastle, NSW, Australia (With Glen Campbell) 8/26 Gympie Muster Outdoor Festival – Gympie, Queensland, Australia 8/29 Adelaide Festival Theatre – Adelaide, Australia 9/9 Wayne County Fair – Wooster, OH 9/28 Durham Fair – Durham, CT 10/12 Arena Theatre – Houston, TX Additional tour dates, including the 2012 Christmas & Hits Tour, to be announced.

Carrie Underwood on Tour

CARRIE UNDERWOOD ANNOUNCES “THE BLOWN AWAY TOUR” North American Arena Tour Kicks Off In September London Show Sells Out in 90 Minutes – More International Shows To Be Announced Soon Nashville – (May 1, 2012) – Superstar Carrie Underwood announced this morning during her appearance on Good Morning America to promote her new album, Blown Away, in stores today, that she will launch a headline North American arena tour this fall, “The Blown Away Tour.” The tour will also include an international run of shows this summer sponsored by Olay, including her first-ever United Kingdom concert taking place at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London on June 21, which sold-out in 90 minutes. Additional international concert dates will be announced soon. The North American tour dates will be presented and hydrated by vitaminwater®, sponsored by Olay, and promoted by AEG Live. Special guest Hunter Hayes will open. Tickets will be available for “The Blown Away Tour” beginning Friday, May 11. Please go to www.carrieunderwood.fm for additional on sale information. “I can’t wait to get back out on the road and perform new music from my new album for my fans,” says Carrie. “We have a lot of exciting things planned!” Carrie is donating $1 from each ticket sold on the North American leg of “The Blown Away Tour” to support Red Cross disaster relief. Every year, the American Red Cross prepares for and responds to nearly 70,000 disasters across the United States. This donation will help the Red Cross provide shelter, food, and emotional support for those in need after a disaster. Proceeds from her Canadian concerts will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross. Carrie’s two previous headline tours, 2008’s “Carnival Ride Tour” and 2010’s “Play On Tour,” performed for a combined total of nearly 250 shows with 2.2 million fans in attendance, and she wrapped both years as the top-ranked female country touring artist. 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 currently leads the nominations for the upcoming CMT Music Awards with five. She is a five-time Grammy 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. Hunter Hayes, the multi-talented writer, musician, producer, and performer, is the only country artist to play every instrument, write/co-write every song, and co-produce his critically acclaimed self-titled debut album. As the 2012 ACM New Artist of the Year nominee, Hunter has been touring and performing live for decades, most recently selling out venues across the US and Canada on his MOST WANTED headline tour. This multi-instrumentalist continues to garner praise from fans and critics alike as he made his world-premiere national television debut on CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman and also performed with The Roots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and on Good Morning America. The Louisiana native has shared the stage with Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Trace Adkins, Brad Paisley, and Hank Williams, Jr. to name a few. His current Top 40 hit "Wanted" is quickly climbing the radio charts and holds the unprecedented #1 slot for three weeks in a row on GAC's Top 20 Countdown. For more information on Hunter Hayes, please visit www.HunterHayes.com. Please visit www.carrieunderwood.fm for up to date information on “The Blown Away Tour.” Full schedule of 2012 shows listed below including “The Blown Away Tour” dates and additional festival* shows. (International summer dates to be announced soon.) 5-26 Baton Rouge, LA Bayou Country Superfest* 6-21 London, England Royal Albert Hall 8-12 Toronto, ON Canada Boots & Hearts Music Festival* 9-14 Manchester, NH Verizon Wireless Arena 9-15 Bridgeport, CT Webster Bank Arena 9-17 Providence, RI Dunkin’ Donuts Center 9-19 Worcester, MA DCU Center 9-20 Reading, PA Sovereign Center 9-22 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center 9-23 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena 9-26 Green Bay, WI Resch Center 9-27 Minneapolis, MN Target Center 9-29 Fargo, ND FARGODOME 10-1 Saskatoon, SK Canada Credit Union Centre 10-2 Calgary, AB Canada Scotiabank Saddledome 10-4 Vancouver, BC Canada Rogers Arena 10-6 Seattle, WA Key Arena at Seattle Center 10-7 Portland, OR Rose Garden 10-10 West Valley City, UT Maverik Center 10-12 Reno, NV Reno Events Center 10-13 Sacramento, CA Power Balance Pavilion 10-14 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion at San Jose 10-16 Los Angeles, CA STAPLES Center 10-18 Bakersfield, CA Rabobank Arena 10-20 San Diego, CA Valley View Casino Center 10-21 Glendale, AZ jobing.com Arena 10-24 Dallas, TX American Airlines Arena 10-25 Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Arena 10-27 Wichita, KS INTRUST Bank Arena 10-28 Springfield, MO JQH Arena 11-3 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena 11-4 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum 11-7 Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner Arena 11-9 Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall 11-10 Hartford, CT XL Center 11-13 University Park, PA Bryce Jordan Center 11-15 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena 11-16 Moline, IL i wireless Center 11-20 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center 11-21 Tulsa, OK BOK Center 11-24 Indianapolis, IN Bankers Life Fieldhouse 11-25 Auburn Hills, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills 11-27 Pittsburgh, PA Consol Energy Center 11-28 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center 11-30 Long Island, NY Nassau Coliseum 12-1 Newark, NJ Prudential Center 12-4 Albany, NY Times Union Center 12-6 London, ON Canada John Labatt Centre 12-8 Kanata, ON Canada Scotiabank Place 12-11 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center 12-12 Chicago, IL United Center 12-14 Des Moines, IA Iowa Events Center 12-15 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center 12-18 Memphis, TN FedExForum 12-19 Duluth, GA Arena at Gwinnett Center 12-21 Orlando, FL Amway Center 12-22 Sunrise, FL BankAtlantic Center ###

Montana Golden Eagle Not to be Outdone