Wednesday, October 31, 2012


-- All-Star Lineup Pays Homage to One of the Original Master Craftsmen of Country Music -- -- Country Songs Make Up Half of Most-Performed Songs in 2011 from BMI Catalogue -- NASHVILLE, October 30, 2012 – Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), the global leader in music rights management, honored its Country Songwriter, Song and Publisher of the Year at the 60th annual BMI Country Awards held at the company’s Nashville, TN building. Also saluted were the writers and publishers of the past year’s 50 most-performed songs on radio and TV from BMI’s country repertoire. In addition, the incredible songwriting career of Tom T. Hall was celebrated by naming him a BMI Icon. Hall joins other BMI Icons who have had “a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers” including Billy Sherrill, John Fogerty, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Isaac Hayes, Merle Haggard, Brian Wilson, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, the Bee Gees, Bobby Braddock, Bill Anderson, Ray Davies, James Brown and more. 10 of the top 20 most-performed works in the U.S. from BMI’s repertoire were country songs in 2011, accounting for more than 11 million radio and TV performances alone. If each performance were played back to back, the total time spent listening would be the equivalent of 66 consecutive years, underscoring the staggering volume of country music represented by BMI on the airwaves. Country music has achieved overwhelming success in the mainstream marketplace, and claims more terrestrial radio towers than any other format in the U.S. Dallas Davidson and Luke Laird shared the Songwriter of the Year crown contributing five songs each to the year’s most-performed list. Davidson is the writer behind hits “Country Girl (Shake It for Me)” and “I Don’t Want This Night to End” recorded by Luke Bryan; “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away” by Justin Moore; and “Just a Kiss” and “We Owned the Night” recorded by Lady Antebellum. Laird penned smashes “A Little Bit Stronger” by Sara Evans; “Baggage Claim” by Miranda Lambert; “Drink in My Hand” by Eric Church; “You” by Chris Young; and “Take a Back Road,” recorded by Rodney Atkins. “Take a Back Road,” which Laird wrote with fellow BMI songwriter Rhett Akins, was named Song of the Year. Published by EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc. and Universal Music Careers, the smash earned more than one million performances in 2011 alone, making it one of the most-performed songs of the year in any genre of music. Publisher of the Year award was given to Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville. The powerhouse published 24 songs on the year’s most-performed list, including “Take a Back Road”; Taylor Swift’s “Mean”; Kenny Chesney’s “Live a Little”; Eli Young Band’s “Crazy Girl”; Keith Urban’s “You Gonna Fly”; The Band Perry’s “All Your Life”; Blake Shelton’s “Honey Bee”; and more. The night’s powerful musical tribute to Tom T. Hall featured recent chart-toppers The Avett Brothers, who took the stage to deliver “That's How I Got To Memphis”; bluegrass power duo Dailey & Vincent, who performed “Can You Hear Me Now”; prodigal son Justin Townes Earle, who sang ‘Homecoming”; and superstar Toby Keith who sang “Faster Horses (The Cowboy And The Poet)” accompanied by Scotty Emerick. As a recording artist, Hall had seven No. 1 singles, all self-penned: “A Week in a Country Jail” (1969–70), “The Year That Clayton Delaney Died” (1971),“(Old Dogs, Children and) Watermelon Wine” (1972–73),” “I Love” (1973–74), “Country Is” (1974), “I Care” (1974–75), and “Faster Horses (the Cowboy and the Poet)” (1976). The Grammy winner also wrote mega hits for others, including “Harper Valley P.T.A.,” which Jeannie C. Riley took to No. 1 on country and pop charts in 1968, as well as “The Pool Shark,” a chart-topper for Dave Dudley; “(Margie’s at) the Lincoln Park Inn" and “That’s How I Got to Memphis,” recorded by Bobby Bare; and “Little Bitty,” by no means a little bitty hit for Alan Jackson in the late 1990s. In total, Hall has earned a staggering 31 BMI Awards for songwriting spanning country and pop genres, and six of his songs have accumulated more than one million performances each. In 2008, he was welcomed into the Country Music Hall of Fame. “Tom T. Hall’s outstanding contributions of expertly crafted songs earned him the nickname “The Storyteller,” and as his songs have transitioned through traditional broadcasts and digital mediums, BMI has been proud to make that journey with him every step of the way, said BMI President & CEO Del Bryant. “Tom T. is the perfect example of why BMI’s determination and commitment to safeguard the value of music is so important.” BMI represents the finest talent from Nashville and around the world, including Keith Urban, Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, The Band Perry, Zac Brown Band, Lee Brice, Hunter Hayes, and Little Big Town, as well as countless other superstars. The 2011 Academy of Country Music, Country Music Association and CMT awards pointed to BMI’s unequaled clout in the country format, as BMI members took home 89%, 76% and 83% of the hardware presented in those ceremonies, respectively.

Taylor at the Top

WITH MORE THAN 1.2 MILLION ALBUMS SOLD, TAYLOR SWIFT’S RED SCORES HIGHEST SOUNDSCAN SALES WEEK IN OVER A DECADE RED SETS NEW RECORD FOR HIGHEST WORLDWIDE DIGITAL ALBUM SALES DEBUT IN ITUNES HISTORY SWIFT EARNS CRITICAL RAVES AND SHATTERS SALES RECORDS WITH SECOND CONSECUTIVE MILLION-PLUS SELLING DEBUT Nashville, TN – October 31, 2012 – Billboard reports, “It's official: Taylor Swift's ‘RED’ sold a whopping 1.208 million copies last week in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan,” scoring music’s highest weekly sales number in more than a decade (since 2002’s The Eminem Show), and earning Taylor a new page in the history books as the only female artist (and the fourth artist ever) to hit the 1 million first-week figure twice since SoundScan began tracking actual sales in 1991. RED notched the 8th largest first-week debut in SoundScan chart history, and the 2nd biggest week ever for a female artist. RED, released on Big Machine Records, debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart (Taylor’s second consecutive million-plus album selling debut and third chart-topping album), and this week sold more than the rest of the albums in the Top 50 – combined. RED is only the 18th album in history to sell a million units in a single week; Taylor’s Speak Now album is another one of the 18, with a 2010 debut of more than 1.04 million copies. RED accounted for 19.3% of total albums sold this week -- one out of nearly every 5 CDs or downloads sold this week was Taylor’s RED album. With RED, Taylor set a new worldwide iTunes record for highest ever first-week album sales, with 565,545 copies sold digitally around the globe. RED reached #1 on the iTunes sales charts in 42 countries, and reached #1 on the national sales charts in the UK, Canada, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Malaysia, Ireland, Argentina, New Zealand, Ireland, and Australia, among others. RED also breaks iTunes’s first-week U.S. sales record, with more than 464,000 albums sold. At Target, RED set the retailer’s new one-week sales record with more than 396,000 CD sold -- Taylor’s Speak Now album previously held their record. RED also enters Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart at #1, and now owns the best one week sales total for any Country release in SoundScan history, surpassing the 1.08 million copies sold of Garth Brooks’ “Double Live” in 1998. Taylor now has two of the three biggest one week sales totals for any Country album in the SoundScan era. Critical acclaim for RED matches the disc’s sales and chart success, with continuing rave reviews from leading critics around the globe. "She's a lethally smart songwriter and there's this universality that speaks not just to young women, but everyone who wants to find love and has felt heartbreak," Bill Werde, editorial director of Billboard, told Reuters yesterday. “Ms. Swift has excelled….. now eight years removed from her debut single, [she] has become one of the most important pop artists of the last decade.” -- The New York Times “Swift is clearly a superstar for all seasons…..sheer genius.” – The Hollywood Reporter “Engaging….she continues to write ever-more convincingly.” – USA Today “RED is a terrific piece of work. A portrait of a young artist in full bloom.” – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution “Swift’s bare-all lyrics are sublime.” –The Sunday Times (UK) At radio, RED’s lead single, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” (which recently spent three weeks at #1 atop Billboard’s Hot 100 chart), spends its fourth week at #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, and is currently Top 5 on Billboard and Mediabase’s CHR chart, and Top 10 on the Hot AC and AC charts. Also, Taylor's single "Begin Again" is Top 20 on the Billboard & Mediabase Country radio charts, and is this week's Airpower title. The video for the song has already amassed over 8 million views online and is on the air in Power rotation. Taylor will perform “Begin Again” on the 46th Annual CMA Awards tomorrow night on ABC. RED topped the all-genre Top Albums chart at iTunes within 36 minutes of its release last week, and first day sales at iTunes alone topped 262,000 albums. Taylor scored 13 of the Top 20 songs on iTunes, with the song “Everything Has Changed” taking the #1 position on the all-genre Top Songs chart. Worldwide, RED reached #1 at iTunes on the first day of release in 32 countries, including the UK, Australia, Singapore, Brazil, Canada, Italy, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam, Denmark, Venezuela, Thailand, and Ireland. With RED, Taylor set the new Billboard record for the most rapid accumulation of 50 Hot 100 hits in history, reaching the milestone just six years and one month after her 2006 chart debut. Taylor just announced The RED Tour, and is currently slated to headline 58 shows in 45 cities in 29 states and 3 provinces in 2013. Taylor Swift is a six-time GRAMMY winner, and is the youngest winner in history of the music industry’s highest honor, the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. She is Billboard’s reigning Woman of the Year, as well as the AMA’s current Artist of the Year and the CMA and ACM’s Entertainer of the Year. Her Speak Now album was lauded on Rolling Stone’s prestigious The 50 Greatest Albums of All Time (by women) list, and Time magazine has named Taylor one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Friday, October 26, 2012


Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, Matraca Berg, Charlie Daniels Band, And More Set For Saturday Night Shows NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 24, 2012) The Grand Ole Opry® will celebrate the 80th anniversary of “I’ll Fly Away,” one of the world’s most beloved Gospel songs, with a special performance led by Vince Gill during this Saturday’s 7:00 p.m. Grand Ole Opry show. “I’ll Fly Away” was written by Albert Brumley, writer of more than 600 published gospel songs including “Turn Your Radio On,” “I’ll Meet You In The Morning,” and “This World Is Not My Home.” Information on the “I’ll Fly Away” Foundation created by the Brumley family can be found at Gill, Nashville’s top male Grammy®-winner, will be joined at the Opry Saturday by Alison Krauss, the top female Grammy®-winner ever, as well as other award-winners including Matraca Berg and the Charlie Daniels Band. Show times are 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. The Grand Ole Opry® is presented by Humana®. Opry performances are held every weekend of the year and on Tuesdays through Dec. 11. To plan an Opry visit, call (800) SEE-OPRY or visit About the Grand Ole Opry The Grand Ole Opry presents the best in country music live every week from Nashville, Tenn. Celebrating 87 years of entertainment, the Opry can be heard on 650 WSM-AM, SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio, and The syndicated weekly program, America’s Opry Weekend, airs on country radio stations across America and on the Armed Forces Radio Network. The Grand Ole Opry is owned by Ryman Hospitality Properties (NYSE: RHP). For more information, visit


6-TIME GRAMMY WINNER TAYLOR SWIFT TO HEADLINE 58 STADIUM AND ARENA SHOWS IN 2013 ED SHEERAN SLATED AS SPECIAL GUEST ON ALL SHOWS NASHVILLE, TN – October 26, 2012 – Taylor Swift announced tonight that she will launch a North American stadium and arena tour in early 2013 in support of her blockbuster new album, RED. Taylor made the special announcement in partnership with ABC News on tonight’s primetime TV special “All Access Nashville with Katie Couric – A Special Edition of 20/20.” Watch the announcement here: RED was released this week to widespread worldwide critical acclaim and has already topped the iTunes album sales charts in 40 countries. On The RED Tour, Taylor is currently slated to headline 58 shows in 45 cities in 29 states and 3 provinces in 2013. The tour will kick-off on March 13 in Omaha, Nebraska and continue through September. Acclaimed singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran, whose duet with Taylor from her RED album, “Everything Has Changed,” has already reached the #1 position atop iTunes all-genre Top Songs chart, will be a special guest on all of the shows on the tour. The 2013 dates will include nine stadiums – Detroit’s Ford Field, Dallas’s Cowboys Stadium, Toronto’s Rogers Centre, Winnipeg’s Investors’ Group Field, Vancouver’s BC Place Stadium, Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field, Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field, Foxborough, Mass.’s Gillette Stadium and Chicago’s Soldier Field. The RED Tour will be produced and promoted by The Messina Group (TMG). At Taylor’s request, every show will include tickets priced at under $50. The first tickets will go on sale on November 16th, and on-sale information is available now at and TMG is a partner of AEG Live, one of the top live entertainment companies in the world, which produces world tours featuring internationally renowned artists and regional concerts and festivals. Taylor’s RED Tour is set to be one of the most-anticipated musical events of 2013, as Taylor’s live shows are renowned worldwide for bringing her music to life with what Variety has dubbed “supreme spectacle” and Billboard has hailed as an “overwhelming experience…that blended the pacing, the music and the artist's personality in a way that transfixed.” During the course of every show, Taylor plays a variety of instruments and performs her biggest hits and fan favorites from her four Big Machine Records albums. “I didn’t think I could be any more excited about my RED album, but then I start thinking about how I’m going to put the new show together for The RED Tour,” says Taylor. “I have so many ideas about how to really bring this music to life, and I can’t wait to share the new show with all my fans!” Taylor Swift’s THE RED TOUR will include the following: DATE CITY March 13 & 14 Omaha, Nebraska March 18 & 19 St. Louis, Missouri March 22 Charlotte, North Carolina March 23 Columbia, South Carolina March 27 & 28 & 29 Newark, New Jersey April 10 Miami, Florida April 11 & 12 Orlando, Florida April 18 & 19 Atlanta, Georgia April 20 Tampa, Florida April 25 Cleveland, Ohio April 26 Indianapolis, Indiana April 27 Lexington, Kentucky May 4 Detroit, Michigan May 7 Louisville, Kentucky May 8 Columbus, Ohio May 11 & 12 Washington, DC May 16 Houston, Texas May 21 Austin, Texas May 22 San Antonio, Texas May 25 Dallas, Texas May 28 & 29 Glendale, Arizona June 1 Salt Lake City, Utah June 2 Denver, Colorado June 15 Toronto, Ontario June 22 Winnipeg, Manitoba June 29 Vancouver, British Columbia July 6 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania July 20 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania July 27 Foxborough, Massachusetts August 1 Des Moines, Iowa August 2 & 3 Kansas City, Missouri August 6 Wichita, Kansas August 7 Tulsa, Oklahoma August 10 Chicago, Illinois August 15 San Diego, California August 19 & 20 Los Angeles, California August 27 Sacramento, California August 30 Portland, Oregon August 31 Tacoma, Washington September 6 Fargo, North Dakota September 7 & 8 St. Paul, Minnesota September 12 Greensboro, North Carolina September 13 Raleigh, North Carolina September 14 Charlottesville, Virginia September 19, 20 & 21 Nashville, Tennessee Taylor Swift is a six-time GRAMMY winner, and is the youngest winner in history of the music industry’s highest honor, the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Her fourth studio album, RED, was just released this week, and is already garnering widespread critical acclaim and setting new sales records. Her 2010 album, Speak Now, was lauded on Rolling Stone’s prestigious The 50 Greatest Albums of All Time (by women) list, and Time magazine has named Taylor one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Two-time BRIT Award winning singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran has become one of the biggest musical success stories in the UK over the past year and is already a fast-rising star in the U.S. Sheeran’s debut single, “The A Team,” was Britain’s highest-charting, biggest-selling debut single of 2011; his debut album, “+”, entered the UK Albums Chart at #1 and has since been certified 5x-platinum. “+” debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200 upon its stateside release via Elektra Records this past summer, with “The A Team” continuing to climb the radio charts. For more details, log on to and


Nashville, Tenn – Oct. 26, 2012 – CMA Entertainer of the Year nominee Jason Aldean’s recently announced 2013 NIGHT TRAIN TOUR stop at Boston’s historic Fenway Park sold out in just seven minutes this morning. Aldean is the first county artist to headline Fenway, and the July 13, 2013 show will also feature special guests Miranda Lambert, Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett. "When we started talking about playing stadiums, my only request was to play venues that were special and really meant something to me," explains Aldean. "At 100 years old, Fenway Park is one of the most iconic baseball stadium in the country and there is absolutely nothing in the world that could be more special than selling that place out…as an entertainer and as a huge baseball fan. This has been the most unbelievable week…all I can say is THANK YOU." Aldean announced the date last Thursday when he jetted across the country and made surprise appearances at Fenway, Chicago’s Wrigley Field and the University of Georgia’s Sanford Stadium to announce that his 2013 NIGHT TRAIN TOUR would stop at each of the three stadiums. Fresh off a record-breaking debut of his new album NIGHT TRAIN which sold 409,303 copies its first week, the next stops on the NIGHT TRAIN include Aldean's annual "Concert For the Cure" to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure on Oct. 27 and the 2012 Country Music Association Awards on Nov. 1, where he is nominated for "Entertainer of the Year," "Male Vocalist of the Year" and "Single of the Year." For a full list of appearances and more information on NIGHT TRAIN, please visit

Thursday, October 25, 2012


Randy Owen of super group ALABAMA, rocker MEAT LOAF and Surprise Guest to Perform Defiance, OH (October 25, 2012) - "Musicians For Mitt" hosted by John Rich will kick off tonight in Defiance, Ohio, as the Celebrity Apprentice alum gathers musicians to help bring Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan to The White House. Rich performed last week in Daytona Beach, Florida, during a rally event that featured both Gov. Romney and Congressman Ryan. "This is going to be an event,"said John Rich. "Governor Romney is all about bringing people together from all walks of life for the betterment of America and that is what we are supporting with tonight's musical extravaganza." Tonight, "Musicians for Mitt" will feature Randy Owen, lead singer of super group ALABAMA, performing some of Alabama's biggest hits as well rock legend Meat Loaf. A surprise very special guest is also scheduled to take the stage. Musicians taking the stage this week for the Romney-Ryan 2012 campaign include Kid Rock, Rodney Atkins, The Oak Ridge Boys, Ricky Skaggs, Lorrie Morgan, Mark Wills, among others.

Brad Has A Special Friend show up as Tour Wraps

Taylor with Ellen today

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Great to Visit The Tech Guy Leo Laporte..TWIT TV..

North of San Francisco in Petaluma,California...on the edge of the Napa Valley

Thursday, October 18, 2012


Aldean's Fifth Album NIGHT TRAIN In Stores Now Nashville, TN – Oct. 18, 2012 – CMA Entertainer of the Year nominee Jason Aldean continues a whirlwind album release week with a major surprise announcement today with the first announced stadium dates planned for his 2013 NIGHT TRAIN TOUR. Aldean kicked off the day at Boston’s Fenway Park with Red Sox EVP/COO Sam Kennedy on hand to announce his July 13, 2013 date, making history as the first country artist to ever play the famed stadium. He traveled to Chicago’s Wrigley Field this afternoon and was joined by Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts to reveal that his long history of record-breaking Chicago area shows helped catapult him to stadium level headliner for the July 20 tour stop. The Macon, GA native and lifelong Georgia Bulldogs fan ended the day in Athens, GA by surprising a crowd of UGA students who thought they were attending a pep rally. When the curtain dropped, Aldean appeared to reveal that he will hold the first ever concert at Sanford Stadium on April 13, 2013. He was welcomed by football head coach Mark Richt and followed the surprise with a special performance for fans. "It takes a lot to make me nervous, but walking out of the dugout at Fenway this morning to announce our show there definitely did it," said Aldean. "It's the kind of moment you dream about your whole career, so I tried to take a minute to soak it up, but it's pretty overwhelming. It was an incredible day as we went on to Wrigley for that announcement and then finished it up tonight with a surprise performance for the fans at University of Georgia. It's a day that I'm never going to forget." FULL STADIUM DETAILS: Boston, MA – July, 13, 2013 Fenway Park Support: Miranda Lambert, Jake Owen, Thomas Rhett On Sale: Oct. 26, 2012 at 10am ET Chicago, IL – July 20, 2013 Wrigley Field Support: Kelly Clarkson, Jake Owen, Thomas Rhett On Sale: Nov. 3, 2012 at 10am CT Athens, GA – April 13, 2013 Sanford Stadium Support: Luke Bryan, Jake Owen Thomas Rhett On Sale: Nov. 2, 2012 at 10am ET Aldean’s fifth studio album for Broken Bow Records, NIGHT TRAIN, was released on Tues. to mass critical and fan praise. The album has already produced a record-breaking, multi-week No. one single with “Take A Little Ride,” and comes on the heels of the top-selling country album of last year and reigning CMA Album of the Year MY KINDA PARTY. Aldean recently earned three Country Music Association Awards nominations for the Nov. 1 show, in the categories of Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year and Single of the Year for "Dirt Road Anthem." Additionally, he has sold out every show on his current MY KINDA PARTY TOUR presented by State Farm®, – often in minutes at the day of on sale – and has broken over 40 venue attendance records. The tour has gone on to sell an unparalleled 1.9 million tickets and wraps Oct. 27 in Dallas, TX. For a full list of appearances and more information on NIGHT TRAIN, please visit

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


Entertainment Weekly Awards The Album An A-, Calls Aldean's Delivery "EPIC" Nashville, TN – Oct. 15, 2012 – Capping off a record-breaking year in sales, radio airplay and touring numbers, CMA Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year nominee Jason Aldean released one of 2012’s most buzzed about new albums, NIGHT TRAIN . Release week kicks off in New York City with national media appearances including Good Morning America (10/16) and Live! with Kelly and Michael (10/17), among others. On Oct. 18, fans will want to track Aldean and the NIGHT TRAIN closely online for release week surprises not to be missed. Follow the countdown and watch it live on 10/18 at "We posted the full stream of the album on iTunes this past week, and the fan reaction has been incredible…really more than I ever expected," says Aldean. "They've been messaging me and tweeting about their favorite songs, and I love getting that feedback directly from them. I named the album NIGHT TRAIN because I think it sums up where my career is at the moment and how quickly things seem to be moving…it's almost hard for me to even comprehend. That name wouldn't work without my fans, so I want to thank them for allowing me to continue to make records and for buying tickets to my shows. 2013 is already stacking up to be an exciting year with some big surprises in store for them!" After being spotlighted in The New York Times and USA Today as one of the most anticipated albums of Fall, NIGHT TRAIN reviews are already rolling in, with USA Today featuring it on the cover of today's Life section and the Newark Star Ledger raving that it is "a country album that leads with its intelligence and muscle. There is no better persuader in Nashville — no artist better suited to convincing the uncommitted pop listener who’d like to give country music a try, but doesn’t know where to start." Entertainment Weekly calls Aldean's delivery "EPIC," Billboard points to the singer pushing the limits to move his "sound forward sonically, vocally and lyrically," and Country Weekly concludes with "it's clear he can do it all pretty damn good." In true Aldean fashion, NIGHT TRAIN offers 15 songs that cover broad turf, expressly building on his reputation for finding quality songs and defying categorization. Highlights include an unapologetic celebration of the American work ethic on "The Only Way I Know," a collaboration with friends Luke Bryan and Eric Church, the intense vocal deliveries of mid-tempo love songs "Staring At The Sun" and the title track, and the addictive ear worm that's sure to prompt an onset of nostalgia for the year "1994." The album has already produced a record-breaking, three-week No. one single with “Take A Little Ride” and comes on the heels of the top-selling country album of last year and reigning CMA Album of the Year MY KINDA PARTY. The Georgia native recently earned three Country Music Association Awards nominations for the Nov. 1 show, in the categories of Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year and Single of the Year for "Dirt Road Anthem." Additionally, he has sold out every show on his MY KINDA PARTY TOUR presented by State Farm®, – often in minutes at the day of on sale – and has broken over 40 venue attendance records. The tour has gone on to sell an unparalleled 1.9 million tickets and wraps Oct. 27 in Dallas, TX. For a full list of appearances and more information on NIGHT TRAIN, please visit ###


Nashville – (Oct. 15, 2012) – Two-time CMA and AMA Award nominee and platinum-selling artist Luke Bryan and Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, are pleased to announce a multi-year partnership. The partnership centers around a series of cross-promotions and marketing collaborations across Cabela’s and Luke Bryan's year round activities. Co-branded marketing campaigns will appear in Cabela’s world famous stores, as well as in their catalog and e-commerce materials. Social media and content collaborations will offer fans an exclusive, behind the scenes look into Luke’s off-stage activities as an avid outdoorsman. “My love for the outdoors is something that has been a part of me ever since I can remember,” says Luke. “It seems there was never a time when we weren’t hunting, fishing, farming or playing outside since I was very young. Teaming with Cabela’s is such a natural fit for me.” “Luke is the perfect partner for Cabela’s as he combines a lifelong love of the outdoors along with strong country roots. This passion comes through in everything that Luke does- from his hunting and fishing, to his music. We’re really excited to welcome Luke to the Cabela’s family,” stated Scott Williams, EVP and Chief Marketing/E-Commerce Officer. The partnership will also see Cabela’s sponsorship of Luke’s concert tours beginning with his first-ever headlining tour, the “Dirt Road Diaries Tour”, launching in January 2013. Cabela's CLUB Visa Members will have access to presale tickets and preferred seats in select markets beginning Monday, October 22, 2012. Complete details will be available at starting October 22. About Luke Bryan Country superstar Luke Bryan has had quite a year, celebrating three back-to-back Platinum singles "Country Girl (Shake It For Me)," "I Don't Want This Night To End" and "Drunk On You," all from his Platinum-certified album, tailgates & tanlines. The Leesburg, Georgia native has achieved 5 career #1 singles. He was recently nominated for two Country Music Association Awards and two American Music Awards in the Male Vocalist and Album of the Year (for tailgates & tanlines) categories. Luke will headline his first major tour in 2013, the “Dirt Road Diaries Tour,” launching January 17. About Cabela’s Cabela’s Incorporated, headquartered in Sidney, Nebraska, is a leading specialty retailer, and the world’s largest direct marketer, of hunting, fishing, camping and related outdoor merchandise. Since the Company’s founding in 1961, Cabela’s® has grown to become one of the most well-known outdoor recreation brands in the world, and has long been recognized as the World’s Foremost Outfitter®. Through Cabela’s growing number of retails stores and its well-established direct business, it offers a wide and distinctive selection of high-quality outdoor products at competitive prices while providing superior customer service. Cabela’s also issues the Cabela’s CLUB® Visa credit card, which serves as its primary customer loyalty rewards program. Cabela’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “CAB.” ###


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 15, 2012) This past weekend Brad Paisley sent WYCD-FM Detroit morning show producer and co-host Steve Gunwald on a mission. His goal was to purchase and deliver a cow to an African tribal chief in Kenya. Grunwald made the trip and accomplished the task by presenting a young female calf, “Paisley,” to the Chief of the Masai tribe on behalf of Paisley. The traveling saga began in 2007 when Paisley bet Grunwald that he could not travel to 10 countries in 10 days – Grunwald accepted the wager and took along a life-size Paisley cut out to document his travels with photos. Grunwald has kept in contact with some of the people he met his first trip to Africa and recently received a request to provide the Kenyan tribe a cow – something that would support the whole village for a long time. Grunwald made this known to Paisley and in a recent interview Paisley offered to fund the trip and “The Brad Paisley Cow Project” began! Grunwald documented his entire journey through up-to-the-minute blog entries, updating fans throughout his travels. The daily blogs can be found the radio station’s website,

Monday, October 15, 2012

Rascal Flatts To Extend Farmers Insurance Presents “Changed Tour” Into 2013

With Special Guest The Band Perry NASHVILLE – (Oct. 15, 2012) – Super group Rascal Flatts announced today they will extend their Farmers Insurance Presents “Changed Tour” with a winter leg of 20 dates starting January 10 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Special guest The Band Perry will join Rascal Flatts for the 2013 leg of the tour. Rascal Flatts is known for their highly energetic performances and state-of-the-art production. The Minneapolis Star shared, “country music’s best-selling trio of all time brought lots of harmonies, a little humor and imaginative video. They came across as committed, fun-loving, crowd-pleasing entertainers.” And the Orange County Register claimed Rascal Flatts performance of “What Hurts The Most” in their encore at the mid-September show at Verizon Amphitheater “definitely helped put the show over the top as the best country performance of the fading summer season.” Remaining Farmers Insurance Presents “Changed Tour” 2012 dates: 10-20 Atlanta, GA Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood 10-26 Tampa, FL 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre 10-27 W Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre Farmers Insurance Presents “Changed Tour” 2013 dates: 1-10 Green Bay, WI Resch Center 1-11 Moline, IL i wireless Center 1-12 Springfield, MO JQH Arena 1-17 Sioux City, IA Tyson Events Center 1-18 Tulsa, OK BOK Center 1-19 Wichita, KS INTRUST Bank Arena 1-24 Spokane, WA Spokane Arena 1-25 Missoula, MT Adams Event Center 1-26 Billings, MT Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark 2-7 Terre Haute, IN ISU Hulman Center 2-8 Lexington, KY Rupp Arena 2-9 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena 2-14 North Charleston, SC North Charleston Coliseum 2-15 Greensboro, NC GreensboroColiseum 2-16 Charlottesville, VA John Paul Jones Arena 2-23 Pikeville, KY Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center 2-24 Youngstown, OH Covelli Centre 2-28 Topeka, KS Landon Arena 3-1 Jonesboro, AR ASU Convocation Center 3-2 Tupelo, MS BancorpSouth Arena Dates subject to change Live Nation is the national tour promoter. Log on to or for tour dates and information.

Saturday, October 13, 2012


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Friday, October 12, 2012) – George Strait’s The Cowboy Rides Away Tour featuring special guest Martina McBride was so popular when tickets went on sale this morning that six tour markets sold out within the first few hours—with Lubbock, Texas selling all 15,431 tickets within just 15 minutes. “I never expected the fans would react like this. It’s just incredible,” shared an ecstatic Strait upon learning the news. “I really do have the best fans in the world, and I’m looking forward to seeing you all on the road very soon.” In addition to Lubbock, sold out cities include Oklahoma City, Okla., St. Paul, Minn., Albuquerque, N.M., Las Vegas, Nev., and Las Cruces, N.M. In select markets, remaining single show tickets are still available for purchase. The full list of tour dates is listed below with tickets available by visiting; ticket prices begin at $69.50 with V.I.P. packaging available for purchase. THE COWBOY RIDES AWAY TOUR – 2013 DATES JAN 18 | Lubbock, Texas | United Spirit Arena JAN 19 | Oklahoma City, Okla. | Chesapeake Energy Arena JAN 25 | Salt Lake City, Utah | Energy Solutions Arena JAN 26 | Nampa, Idaho | Idaho Center JAN 31 | Sacramento, Calif. | Power Balance Pavilion FEB 1 | Fresno, Calif. | Save Mart Center FEB 2 | Las Vegas, Nev. | MGM Grand Garden Arena FEB 15 | St. Paul, Minn. | Xcel Energy Center FEB 16 | Grand Forks, N.D. | The Alerus Center FEB 22 | Buffalo, N.Y. | First Niagara Center FEB 23 | Hartford, Conn. | XL Center MAR 1 | Knoxville, Tenn. | Thompson-Boling Arena* MAR 2 | Lexington, Ky. | Rupp Arena MAR 17 | Houston, Texas | Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo MAR 22 | Greenville, S.C. | Bi-Lo Center** MAR 23 | Greensboro, N.C. | Greensboro Coliseum Complex APR 5 | Albuquerque, N.M. | The Pit APR 6 | Las Cruces, N.M. | Pan American Center APR 12 | N. Little Rock, Ark. | Verizon Arena+ APR 13 | New Orleans, La. | New Orleans Arena* JUN 1 | San Antonio, Texas | Alamodome++ *On-Sale date Oct. 19, 2012 ** On-Sale date Oct. 26, 2012 + On-Sale date Dec. 14, 2012 ++ On-Sale date March 9, 2013

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

David Nail Gets First American Country Awards Nod --

David Nail Gets First American Country Awards Nod -- Historic #1 “Let It Rain” Up for Single of the Year by a Breakthrough Artist Las Vegas: David Nail walked off with his first nomination for the American Country Awards, set to air Dec. 10, live on Fox. “Let It Rain,” his record-making #1, is among the nominees for Single of the Year by a Breakthrough Artist at the 3rd annual awards. “I couldn’t be prouder,” says the Grammy nominated vocalist, who’s been called “Stunning” by Billboard. “Not only was ‘Let It Rain’ my first #1 record… and they told me it was the slowest rising #1 in any genre… I got to co-write it with Jonathan Singleton, so there were so many different firsts for me, all in one.” The song of reckoning and consequences for one night of breaking a vow, “Let It Rain” was the single that wouldn’t die. Finally finding the top of the charts after 49 weeks, Nail performed the song that same week on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” “Almost a year later, it’s great to be recognized at he American Country Awards,” Nail says. “It’s the most progressive awards show, for sure… and they actually let the fans vote for the music they love, with nominations based on things like airplay, music sold and touring.” In its third year, the American Country Awards works with Mediabase (airplay), Pollstar (touring), Great American Country (video) and Big Champagne (record sales and media consumption) to determine the nominees in the 21 categories to be awarded at the Mandalay Bay Resort. The Nashville Songwriters Association International determines the Song of the Year nominees based on their annual I Wish I Wrote That Song designation. The Washington Post declared, “David Nail’s robust tenor is the most limber and soulful this side of Ronnie Dunn,” Entertainment Weekly offered, “a voice that’s even easier listening than Keith Urban’s,” The Los Angeles Times cited his affinity for “songs that chip away at loss, regret, missteps and other human failings, grist for the richest life lessons… Nail seems eager to take on real life,” while The Dallas Morning News wrote, “David Nail travels the dusky crossroad between modern country and pop-soul. his soaring tenor has a burnished quality that straddles earnest and passionate.” Currently on a headlining tour in support of his The Sound of a Million Dreams album and the stripped down 1979 ep, Nail will make an appearance at Leadership Nashville’s Dale Franklin Awards Ceremony in Nashville on Oct. 17. Look for Nail to crown his stint opening shows for Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum, Billy Currington and Gavin DeGraw with a string of dates with the legendary Alan Jackson.


“Dirt Road Diaries Tour” Launches in January
                Nashville-(October 11, 2012) - Luke Bryan’s career has rocketed towards superstar status
in the past couple of years.  He has seen his recent album tailgates & tanlines sell over one million copies and remain a Top 5 album for all of 2012, co-hosted the “CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock" special on ABC, taken home trophies at both the ACM Awards and CMT Music Awards and opened concert tours for artists such as Jason Aldean, Rascal Flatts and Tim McGraw.  In 2013, Luke will take another giant step and headline his first major tour, the “Dirt Road Diaries Tour.”  

The “Dirt Road Diaries Tour” will kick off in Evansville, Indiana on January 17 with tickets on sale beginning Friday, October 26. The 20-city first leg will go through March and features Thompson Square and Florida Georgia Line as openers. Live Nation is the national tour promoter. Log on to or for tour dates and information.

“I have dreamed about this day for a very long time,” said Luke.  “We are having the best time putting together all the bells & whistles for the tour.  I have spent a lot of time out on tours with some really great artists and each night we have tried to learn from them.  I couldn’t be more excited about this!”

Citi is the official credit card of the “Dirt Road Diaries Tour.”  Citi card members will have access to presale tickets in select markets beginning Monday, October 22 at 10AM E.T. through Citi’s Private Pass Program.  For complete presale details visit .
In the past year, Luke has celebrated three back-to-back Platinum singles "Country Girl (Shake It For Me)," "I Don't Want This Night To End" and "Drunk On You," all from his Platinum-certified album, tailgates & tanlines. The Leesburg, Georgia native has achieved five career #1 singles and is currently on his fourth annual “Farm Tour” with eight shows through several southern states, including five in Georgia, through the end of this week.  When the tour wraps on October 13 a portion of the proceeds from the concerts will have created 20 scholarships in its four-year run to students of farming families
within the communities the tour has played.  Luke recently received two CMA Award and two American Music Award nominations in the Male Vocalist and Album of the Year categories as well as
leading the nominations with seven at the upcoming American Country Awards.

Thompson Square, the reigning ACM “Vocal Duo of the Year” and Stoney Creek Records duo, ended 2011 as Billboard’s #1 New Country Artist and the #6 New Artist across all genres of music. The  husband/wife duo’s #1 smash, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not,” earned them 2 GRAMMY nominations, American Music Award and Teen Choice Award nods, 4 CMA, and 5 CMT Music Award nominations.  “AYGKMON” has sold nearly 2 million singles and was iTunes 2011 Country Song of the Year. Follow-up hits include the award winning, “I Got You,” (#6) and the critically lauded power ballad, “Glass” (#15).  Thompson Square is a 3x American Country Award and a 2012 CMT Music Award winner.  The duo is currently nominated for “Vocal Duo of the Year” and “New Artist of the Year” at the 2012 CMA Awards. 
Florida Georgia Line has been quickly garnering buzz among fans, media and superstars (Taylor Swift,
Keith Urban and Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles) since releasing their Top 20 single, “Cruise.” With infectious lyrics and a buoyant melody, the single has sold well over 500,000 copies and has been certified GOLD in Canada. The song is also listed in the Top 10 for sales in many major markets and
sits – with the video – in the Top 5 nationally on iTunes Country Charts. The Republic Nashville duo - comprised of Tyler Hubbard from Monroe, Georgia and Brian Kelley from Ormond Beach, Florida - brings a fresh sound to the genre and beyond, combining electrifying, hard-driving rock with honest, expressive lyrics. “Cruise” is featured on their EP It’z Just What We Do produced by Joey Moi (Jake Owen, Nickelback).   

“Dirt Road Diaries Tour”    
1-17        Evansville, IN                       Ford Center
1-18        Huntsville, AL                      Von Braun Center
1-19        Southaven, MS                     Landers Center
1-25        Estero, FL                             Germain Arena   
1-26        Orlando, FL                          Amway Center
2-7          Uniondale, NY                     Nassau Coliseum
2-8          State College, PA                 Bryce Jordan Center
2-15        Toledo, OH                           Huntington Center
2-16        Grand Rapids, MI                 Van Andel Arena
2-17        Bloomington, IL                   US Cellular Center
2-21        Ft Wayne, IN                        Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
2-22        Louisville, KY                      KFC Yum! Center
2-23        Columbia, MO                     Mizzou Arena
2-28        Green Bay, WI                     Resch Center
3-1          Sioux City, IA                      Tyson Events Center
3-2          Moline, IL                             i wireless Center
3-14        Orange Beach, AL               Amphitheatre at the Wharf
3-21        Florence, SC                         Florence Civic Center
3-22        Fayetteville, NC                   Crown Center
3-23        Charlottesville, VA              John Paul Jones Arena

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Jamey Johnson Will Release Star-Studded Hank Cochran Tribute Album on Tuesday Oct. 16

He Performs on Imus in the Morning on Thursday and Is Joined by Alison Krauss Friday on The Late Show with David Letterman NASHVILLE, TN – Award-winning singer/songwriter Jamey Johnson is joined by some of the greatest names in country music on his new album, Living For a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran, that will be released on Tuesday, Oct. 16 and is already receiving rave reviews. Johnson is joined on the album by Asleep at the Wheel, Bobby Bare, Hank Cochran, Elvis Costello, Ronnie Dunn, Vince Gill, Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson, Alison Krauss, Willie Nelson, Ray Price, Leon Russell, George Strait and Lee Ann Womack. Johnson will perform a few songs on Imus in the Morning on Thursday. On Friday, he will be joined by Alison Krauss to perform “Make the World Go Away” on The Late Show with David Letterman. On Monday, Oct. 15, Johnson will discuss the project with Eddie Stubbs on WSM-AM at 7 p.m. CT. On Tuesday, Oct. 16, Johnson will celebrate the album’s release with a concert at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, where he will be joined by some of his duet partners. In addition, Johnson will reveal his fall tour next week. Living For a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran is receiving tremendous reviews. Describing “Make the World Go Away,” Rolling Stone says, “… Johnson’s old-school romantic nihilism intertwines with Krauss’ hummingbird-precise voice. Framed by a circling steel guitar, the plea for love in dark days feels as timely as a Twitter feed.” Noting that Johnson says, “Hank’s songs bring out the best in everybody,” the Philadelphia Inquirer says, “That’s certainly the case with the deep-voiced Johnson himself, who shows he’s as good with an elegant, world-weary ballad as he is with up-tempo honkytonk. It’s also true of the big-name guests who sing with him here.” The Inquirer’s four-star review continues, “Cochran himself joins Nelson, Haggard and Kristofferson in a quietly poignant take on ‘Living for a Song,’ a number that beautifully lays out the life of those who write songs for a living—something Cochran did as well as anyone.” Entertainment Weekly says, “Hank Cochran's life was like a country song: He toiled away in orphanages and oil fields before making it as a singer-songwriter. And Nashville outlaw Johnson captures that hardscrabble romanticism on these Cochran covers, especially the slow-burning duets '’Don't Touch Me'’ (with Emmylou Harris) and ‘Make the World Go Away’ (with Alison Krauss).” Cochran, who died at age 74 in 2010, is considered one of the greatest songwriters in the history of country music. He helped create the template for writing the perfect country song and had an uncanny knack for capturing the gut-wrenching depths of heartache so powerfully, yet so simply. “If I had to dream up somebody like Hank to influence songwriters, I couldn’t have done a better job,” Johnson says. “That’s what he was-- not just for me, but for Willie and for a lot of people--just a helpful friend. If he knew you needed help with something, he could help you. He was there. And that’s what I want to be for the people in my life, same as Hank. He influenced me, not only as an artist and songwriter, but also as a person.” Cochran was a songwriter’s songwriter and a singer’s singer. “Well, really, when you start talking about songwriters, you’ve got to say his name first,” says Nelson. “Then you start talking about everybody else. I think everybody would agree that Hank was the best writer up there.” Haggard says, “It’s important historically for people to know who Hank Cochran was and what he did. He always wanted to be the Hemingway of country music and I think he did it.” The Cochran tribute is Johnson’s follow-up to his critically acclaimed 25-song double album, The Guitar Song, which was among the most-lauded albums of 2010, receiving country album of the year nominations from the Grammys and the Academy of Country Music. It was certified gold and ranked No. 5 on both Rolling Stone’s and Spin’s albums of the year lists. He also released 2008’s That Lonesome Song, which was certified platinum and universally hailed by critics as a masterpiece. He has emerged as one of the most important country artists of the last decade, both as a recording artist and songwriter. In 2007, he won Song of the Year from the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music for co-writing the George Strait hit “Give It Away.” He won Song of the Year from both organizations two years later for “In Color,” and also received five Grammy nominations during 2009-10. Track listing: “Make the World Go Away” – Jamey Johnson and Alison Krauss “I Fall to Pieces” – Jamey Johnson and Merle Haggard “A Way to Survive” – Jamey Johnson, Vince Gill and Leon Russell “Don’t Touch Me” – Jamey Johnson and Emmylou Harris “You Wouldn’t Know Love” – Jamey Johnson and Ray Price “I Don’t Do Windows” – Jamey Johnson and Asleep at the Wheel “She’ll Be Back” – Jamey Johnson and Elvis Costello “Would These Arms Be in Your Way” – Jamey Johnson “The Eagle” – Jamey Johnson and George Strait “A-11” – Jamey Johnson and Ronnie Dunn “I’d Fight the World” – Jamey Johnson and Bobby Bare “Don’t You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me” – Jamey Johnson and Willie Nelson “This Ain’t My First Rodeo” – Jamey Johnson and Lee Ann Womack “Love Makes a Fool of Us All” – Jamey Johnson and Kris Kristofferson “Everything But You” – Jamey Johnson, Vince Gill, Willie Nelson and Leon Russell “Living for a Song” – Jamey Johnson, Hank Cochran, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson


Nashville, Tenn. (October 10, 2012) - Entertainment icon Barbra Streisand has included the Larry Gatlin-penned “Try To Win A Friend” on her latest album, Release Me. Originally recorded in the late 1970s, Streisand picked the song from her vault, which contains recordings spanning from 1963 to 2011. “Try To Win A Friend” was one of Streisand’s favorite songs to play as she practiced her new guitar skills for the filming of “A Star is Born.” Unfortunately, the scenes she was practicing for ended up on the cutting room floor but she recalls meeting Gatlin and practicing the song with him in her home. “I remember meeting Larry Gatlin and having him come over to my house,” recalls Streisand. “It was such a thrill to have him play it and I love the way he sang.” On Streisand releasing his song, Gatlin notes, “If I could pick one female pop artist to record one of my songs, it would be Barbra, and every songwriter on the planet would agree. If they tell you different, they’re lyin’! Thank you Barbra!” A special vinyl version of Release Me hit retail stores on September 25 and the CD and digital download were released nationally yesterday.

M C Hammer in Music City

Cover of the Rolling Stone

Monday, October 8, 2012

Kellie Pickler Gets New Record Deal


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 8, 2012) – The Grand Ole Opry® presented by Humana® celebrated its 87th birthday last weekend with star-packed shows, backstage tours, and more. Jason Aldean, Rodney Atkins, Jimmy Dickens, Casey James, Ray Stevens, Steve Wariner, and others performed and shared the stage with a larger-than-life Opry 87th birthday cake. James also performed a special Opry Plaza Birthday Party show. The Opry will continue to celebrate throughout the month of October with a schedule full of star-packed special shows and events. On Tues., Oct. 16, Darius Rucker will be inducted as the newest member of the Opry, and a portion of the show will air live on “Noteworthy at the Opry” on GAC at 8 p.m. Central. Among those appearing that night are Clint Black, Vince Gill, Martina McBride, and Rucker. On Tues., Oct. 23 the Opry will mark the life and legacy of one of its most iconic members, Minnie Pearl, who was born 100 years ago this month. The show will celebrate the performer’s humor and Opry career with performances and remembrances by Amy Grant; Opry members Dickens, Gill, Mel Tillis, and Pam Tillis; comedians T. Bubba Bechtol and Henry Cho; and more. The Opry’s signature barn turns pink on Tues., Oct. 30 as the Opry joins Women Rock For The Cure™ in the fight against breast cancer with its fourth annual “Opry Goes Pink” show. Kellie Pickler, who recently shaved her own head to show solidarity to a childhood friend facing cancer, will flip the switch on the Opry’s signature barn backdrop, turning it pink for the night. The special show will also include performances by Sarah Darling, The Farm, The Isaacs, Kristen Kelly, Mindy Smith, and others as well as activities recognizing breast cancer survivors and the continuing fight against the disease. Five dollars from every ticket sold for the show will be donated to Women Rock For The Cure™. Opry Country Classics continues on Thursdays throughout the month with appearances by Spotlight Artists Lorrie Morgan, Marty Stuart, Pam Tillis, and The Time Jumpers. Among others scheduled for October Opry performances are Roy Clark, Charlie Daniels Band, and Alison Krauss.

Oak Ridge Boys Launching 40th Anniversary Tour & Commemorative CD

Nashville, Tenn. (October 8, 2012) - The Oak Ridge Boys are making ready to mark 40 years of their phenomenal musical journey and international success. They’ll be kicking off The Oak Ridge Boys 40th Anniversary Tour on January 19 & 20, 2013 at the historic Grand 1894 Opera House in Galveston, Texas. There’ll be a commemorative CD that features 4 decades of hits and collaborations, plus a network television special. Fans can be on the lookout for a commemorative poster and keepsake memorabilia. Venues across the U.S. and Canada are teaming up as hosts for the Grammy-winning group’s milestone celebration and what’s sure to be a packed performance schedule. Show stops for the 40th Anniversary Tour will include John Ascuaga’s Nugget, Jamboree in the Hills, and the Kentucky State Fair. Special events will take place for all concerts at the Oak Ridge Boys Theatre in Branson, including America by Rail’s special excursions and train stops at the venue during the tour. Other highlights will include The Oak Ridge Boys Rally at Sea. The luxury cruise will set sail from February 28-March 4, 2013 with two performances by the group along with a meet & greet session, reception and much more. For more information, please visit:

Second Annual Johnny Cash Music Fest Raises Funds Proceeds Go Towards Rebuilding Boyhood Home and Funding Scholarships

Nashville, TN October 8, 2012 -- The second annual Johnny Cash Music Festival, held October 5th on the campus of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, raised approximately $200,000 according to the show's executive producer Bill Carter. Like last year’s sold out concert, proceeds from this year’s event will fund the restoration of the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home in Dyess, Arkansas, as well as support a scholarship fund established in the international superstar’s name. This year's event starred Johnny's daughter Rosanne, who also hosed the event, Willie Nelson, Dierks Bentley and the Civil Wars. The goal is to establish the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home as a museum to honor the legacy of the Man in Black. Keeping the attraction in Cash’s hometown of Dyess will help boost the local economy. It is of interest to note another piece of historical data attached to the house. Cash’s family moved to Dyess and the 40 acres of land as part of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal. According to Carter, plans are already underway for next year's event, which will mark the 10th anniversary of Cash's death.
Pictured (l-r) are: Dierks Bentley, Tommy Cash, Joanne Cash Yates (Johnny's brother and sister), Rosanne Cash, Joy Williams and John Paul White, The Civil Wars.


Nashville, TN October 8, 2012 -- Country artist and songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter and songwriters Tony Arata, Larry Henley and Kim Williams were inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall Fame during the organization's 42nd Anniversary Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony, held last night at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel. Presented by AT&T, the event celebrated the musical contributions of the newest inductees through star-studded performances of some of their biggest hits. “It was an evening worthy of these great songwriters and the contributions they have made to put the music in Music City,” said John Van Mol, Chairman of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation. “The evening also capped a week of major news for the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. We announced last week that the Hall of Fame will soon have a physical home in the brand new Music City Center, where people will be able to see, hear and learn about the contributions and work of Nashville’s best songwriters.” Van Mol added that the Songwriters Hall of Fame will open when the new Music City Center opens in the spring of 2013 and that Sunday’s inductees will be a part of the new exhibit along with the 184 celebrated songwriters who preceded them into the Hall of Fame. Additionally, Van Mol announced the official launch of a capital campaign to ensure the continued funding of the exhibit. Early contributions from Foundation Board members, ASCAP, BMI, SESAC and music publishers Sony/ATV, Universal and Warner Chappell, among other music industry leaders, have already laid the groundwork for construction to begin at the Music City Center. More support is being solicited from donors both inside and outside the music industry to assure the exhibit’s completion and long-term success. Larry Henley was the first of this year’s inductees to be honored and was inducted by Richard Leigh, another Hall of Fame member. Bekka Bramlett and Billy Burnette performed a medley of the Henley songs “Til I Get It Right,” “Is It Still Over,” “Lizzie And The Rainman” and “He's A Heartache.” Country artist Trisha Yearwood closed out the set with "The Wind Beneath My Wings." Superstar Garth Brooks then took the stage to welcome his friend and co-writer Kim Williams into the elite organization. In a one man tour de force, Brooks performed a medley of Williams’ songs that included “Papa Loved Mama,” “New Way To Fly” and “Three Wooden Crosses." Brooks was himself inducted into the Hall of Fame last year. Next up, hit recording artist and songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter was inducted by Hall of Fame songwriter Don Schlitz. Marc Cohn took the stage to perform “The Hard Way” and was followed by Yearwood, who sang “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her.” The final inductee of the evening was Tony Arata, who was welcomed by Hall of Fame songwriter Pat Alger. Songwriter friends Fred Knobloch, Jelly Roll Johnson and Pete Wasner performed a medley of the Arata compositions “Here I Am,” "Holding My Own” "The Change” and "I Used To Worry." Garth Brooks took the stage once more and closed the evening with “The Dance." In a special tribute alongside the hall of fame inductions, Kix Brooks, Don Cook and Paul Worley announced that the 2012 recipient of the Frances Williams Preston Mentor Award was the late Donna Hilley, former president and chief executive officer of Sony/ATV Nashville. Accepting on behalf of Ms. Hilley were her daughters Vickie Arney, Debbie Tenpenny and Whitney Stewart. In addition to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductions, NaSHOF's sister organization, the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), presented its annual Songwriter Achievement Awards. The organization's professional songwriter members voted "I Will Always Love You" by Dolly Parton as their Song of the Year. The song was a mainstay at radio this year following the untimely death of superstar Whitney Houston in February. The Songwriter/Artist of the Year was presented for the fifth time in six years to Taylor Swift, who scored self-penned hits of her own, such as “Sparks Fly,” “Ours,” “If This Was A Movie,” “The Story Of Us,” “Superman,” “Safe And Sound” and “Eyes Open.” The Songwriter of the Year prize went to Dallas Davidson, co-writer of hits such as “We Owned The Night” and “Just A Kiss” by Lady Antebellum, “I Don't Want This Night To End” and “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” by Luke Bryan, “If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away” by Justin Moore, “Where I Come From” by Montgomery Gentry, “This Ole Boy” by Craig Morgan, “Take It Off” by Joe Nichols and “A Buncha Girls” by Frankie Ballard. Besides honoring the Song, Songwriter and Songwriter/Artist, the writers of NSAI's Professional Songwriters Division also singled out 10 songs and their writers for the organization's 2012 awards, informally dubbed "The Songs I Wish I'd Written." Recipients were: “A Woman Like You” (Phil Barton, Johnny Bulford, Jon Stone / recorded by Lee Brice), “Better Than I Used To Be” (Ashley Gorley, Bryan Simpson / recorded by Tim McGraw), “Cost Of Livin'” (Phillip Coleman, Ronnie Dunn / recorded by Ronnie Dunn), “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” (Will Hoge, Eric Paslay / recorded by the Eli Young Band), “Fly Over States” (Michael Dulaney, Neil Thrasher / recorded by Jason Aldean), “I Will Always Love You” (Dolly Parton / recorded by Whitney Houston), “Just Fishin'” (Casey Beathard, Monty Criswell, Ed Hill / recorded by Trace Adkins), “Red Solo Cup” (Brett Beavers, Jim Beavers, Brad Warren, Brett Warren / recorded by Toby Keith), “Springsteen” (Eric Church, Jeff Hyde, Ryan Tyndell / recorded by Eric Church) and “You And Tequila” (Matraca Berg, Deana Carter / recorded by Kenny Chesney w/ Grace Potter).

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Dierks get a Plane


Formal Induction to air live on “Noteworthy At The Opry” October 16
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - (October 2, 2012) Award-winning country music artist Darius Rucker was invited to join the Grand Ole Opry this evening by Opry member and friend Brad Paisley. He will formally be inducted into the Opry on Tues., Oct. 16. That show will air live on “Noteworthy at the Opry” on GAC at 8 p.m. Central. After Rucker had performed his hits “Alright” and “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It” as well as his current single “True Believers,” Rucker agreed to field questions from members of the audience. After answering questions posed by two fans, a third “fan”, Opry member Brad Paisley, appeared in the audience with a two-part question. First question: “Are you still the worst poker player in the world?” Second question: “Would you like to be the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry?” Managing an “Oh, you’re kiddin’ me,” “Yes, I would!” and “Wow!,” Rucker embraced Paisley, who added, “Welcome him home, everybody! This is his new home right here!” After Rucker performed “Wagon Wheel” and Paisley performed a set of his own, Rucker returned to the stage saying, “You guys got to share one of the most special nights of my life tonight.” Addressing his new Opry family, he added, “Thank you for opening your arms and letting me in.” “We are extremely excited that Darius will be joining our Opry family,” said Opry Vice President and General Manager Pete Fisher. “He’s forged an incredible, diverse musical path which has led today to the top of the country charts. It’s been clear from the moment Darius first stepped on our stage in 2008 in what high regard he holds the Grand Ole Opry and similarly how much Opry fans love Darius’ music. We look forward to him becoming an official Opry member in just a couple of weeks.” Rucker topped the charts again with the release of his sophomore country album, Charleston, SC 1966, on Capitol Records Nashville. Since its October 2010 debut, Charleston, SC 1966 has garnered two No. 1 hits with “Come Back Song” and “This.” USA Today raved, "Rucker has made a fine-sounding country album, full of singable choruses, bittersweet fiddle and steel, and guitars with bottomless twang," and Rolling Stone said, “On his Nashville debut, Rucker's rich baritone, sentimental ballads and bright hooks made him the most successful African-American country singer since Charley Pride. Rucker amps up that formula on album number two." The debut in referral is his chart-topping 2008 release, Learn To Live – an album that produced three consecutive No. 1 singles and Top 5 smash, “History In The Making.” Darius recently completed his third solo country album due out in early 2013 with lead single, “True Believers,” at radio now. For more information, please visit Tonight's Opry invitation can viewed at The Grand Ole Opry® is presented by Humana®. Opry performances are held every weekend of the year and on Tuesdays through Dec. 11. To plan an Opry visit, call (800)SEE-OPRY or visit