Saturday, December 22, 2012

KENNY ROGERS MAKES CHRISTMAS BRIGHT FOR THOSE IN NEW JERSEY

Englewood, NJ (December 21, 2012) - Kenny Rogers teamed with bergenPAC and the Englewood Fire Department in Englewood, NJ this holiday season to collect toys and help make Christmas brighter this year for Bergen County children in need and victims of Hurricane Sandy. Rogers stopped by the Englewood Fire Department to thank the firefighters and all involved with the drive for their efforts prior to his show at bergenPAC on Dec. 19. Pictured (left to right): Capt. John McLoughlin, Corey Parker, Chief Gerald Marion, bergenPAC CEO Dominick Roncace, Kenny Rogers, Lt. Ray Rodriguez, Mark Mulvaney (Moonachie Fire Dept.) and Lt. Peter Giannuzzi. In the background (left to right): Steve Burns, Capt. Mike Marino, Justion Dereyanik (Moonachie Fire Dept.) and Mike Morolla (Moonachie Fire Dept.) Photo Credit: Jeremy Smith

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

COUNTRY MUSIC STAR DIERKS BENTLEY CAPS OFF A DIZZYING 2012

Nashville, TN – Dec. 17, 2012 – Award winning singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley has one of the most recognizable voices in country music, and this year, that signature sound that could only be Dierks was heard more than ever on country radio with three consecutive No. one hits off his sixth studio album HOME bringing his total as both a singer and a songwriter to 10. It was a dizzying 2012 for the artist, who also toured internationally, nabbed award nominations from the ACMs, CMAs and most recently the GRAMMYs, mined GOLD singles and found himself sitting at the top of critics’ year end lists. “Seems like every man in Nashville wants to be the Nashville Everyman. Here, Bentley actually pulls it off, singing from various vantages with smarts and charm. Bonus points for the patriotic title track, which still sounds sensible after an election season that left America covered in red-and-blue bruises.” - Washington Post, 2012’s Top 10 Albums “Bentley always utilizes banjo, fiddle, mandolin and especially dobro in his music, but with a modern beat and energy that, along with his distinctive voice, gives him a compelling sound of his own.” – Associated Press “Dierks Bentley’s music reaches all the way from Nashville to my kitchen in Dublin. When he sings “Home” I feel patriotic about America and I’m not even American. I think anyone who hears it understands that America is not just a geography, it’s not just a country, it’s an idea. I think country fans get that deeper than most.” - Bono Bentley’s tribute to Johnny Cash on the GRAMMY Nominations Concert capped off 2012’s string of television appearances this year that included TODAY, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock, CBS' Teachers Rock, and awards shows including the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards, 47th Annual ACM Awards, 46th Annual CMA Awards and the 2012 American Country Awards. Bentley toured the US and beyond to Canada and Australia during his 55-city Country & Cold Cans Tour. The road warrior sold out shows across the country including the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheater, and along the way notched the one millionth mile on his faithful tour bus “Goldie.” He also shared the stage with iconic rock guitarists Mike McCready of Pearl Jam on Record Store Day and Chris Shiflett from Foo Fighters at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. The Grand Ole Opry member lent his voice to the theme song of the final season of "Weeds" and set down his guitar to test his hosting skills at the 2012 ACM Honors where he charmed the industry-filled audience with jokes about his peers, thoughtful stories about his idols and obscure facts about Country Music history. Not done yet, Bentley also found time to record and release the fan inspired COUNTRY & COLD CANS EP, as well as design and unveil his signature HD Dierks Bentley Custom Signature Artist Edition Martin guitar. After some time off the road for the holidays, Bentley will ring in the New Year with pre-game concerts at both the Capitol One Bowl in Orlando and the BCS National Championship Game in Miami. From Florida, preparations will begin for the launch of the Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley: Locked & Reloaded Tour set to kick off Jan. 17 in Columbia, SC. For a video look at the year in review and a full list of upcoming appearances and tour dates, visit www.dierks.com.

KIP MOORE CELEBRATES SECOND CONSECUTIVE NO. 1 SINGLE WITH “BEER MONEY”

Nashville, TN – MCA recording artist Kip Moore has earned his second consecutive No. 1 single with “Beer Money” which took the top spot this week on the Mediabase/Country Aircheck chart. “Beer Money” is the second single from Kip’s debut album Up All Night to capture the No. 1 spot in just seven months. Earlier this year, “Something ‘Bout A Truck” held the top spot on both charts for two consecutive weeks making him the first solo artist in four years to have a debut album’s first single go No. 1 for multiple weeks. Up All Night is the best selling debut album from any country artist released in 2012. To add to the celebration, Kip was named Country Aircheck’s No. 1 New Artist for 2012 and both singles are included in the Top 100 Songs of 2012 (“Something ‘Bout A Truck” No. 4 and “Beer Money” No. 66). In Billboard’s 2012 The Year In Music, Kip is the No. 2 Top New Country Artist, his singles are both in the Top 100 Country Songs (“Something ‘Bout A Truck” No. 12 and “Beer Money” No. 59) and his album ranks at No. 27 on the Top 100 Country Albums. Other accolades include iTune’s Top 200 Selling Songs of 2012 (“Something ‘Bout A Truck” No. 68) and Up All Night being named one of GAC’s Top 10 Country Albums of 2012. Kip recently performed both hit singles on the American Country Award (ACA) in Las Vegas where he picked up the award for Most Played Radio Track by a New Artist for “Something ‘Bout A Truck.” He just wrapped up touring with Eric Church’s The Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour this fall. ###

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Henningsens Make Huge Debut

Nashville, TN – Christmas came early this year for new Arista Nashville trio The Henningsens (Brian, Aaron, Clara) as their debut single, “American Beautiful,” receives 77 combined Country Aircheck and Billboard radio adds this week! Among the feats accomplished, “American Beautiful” achieves the most first-week adds of any debut single in Country Aircheck history! Also, since 1999, The Henningsens score the highest impact-week add total for a group! This stunning single receives the most out-of-the-box adds in recent Mediabase history and ties Gretchen Wilson’s 2004 Sony debut “Redneck Woman.” “American Beautiful,” the title track from their debut album and co-written by the trio and Brett Beavers, is also the No. 1 Most Added Song on Mediabase and the Hot Shot Debut on the Billboard Country Airplay chart this week. Fans may purchase “American Beautiful” now on iTunes at http://smarturl.it/americanbeautiful. Their debut album, helmed by multi-million-selling producer Paul Worley (Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride) will be released in early 2013. The family trio consisting of father Brian (bass, guitar, vocals), son Aaron (guitar, vocals), and daughter Clara (lead vocals, guitar), will make their Grand Ole Opry debut on February 2, 2013 at the famed Grand Ole Opry House. The Henningsens have been turning heads in the Nashville songwriting circles for years having penned songs recorded by such artists as Wynonna, Sara Evans, and The Band Perry, whose two-week #1 smash, “All Your Life,” was written by Brian and Clara. Keep up with them on Twitter @TheHenningsens, Facebook at facebook.com/TheHenningsens and on their website at TheHenningsens.com.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Brad Paisley in the Bahama's

LADY ANTEBELLUM’S ON THIS WINTER’S NIGHT SHINES WITH RIAA GOLD CERTIFICATION

Nashville, TN – Dec. 14, 2012 – GRAMMY winning country trio Lady Antebellum received an early Christmas gift when the RIAA issued GOLD certification of ON THIS WINTER’S NIGHT, their first full length holiday album. Released in October, the disc’s title track was penned by the group and is accompanied by 11 additional holiday classics. Critics have praised both the album’s title track as well as the band’s arrangements of the classics, USA Today described the album as “a new twist on holiday favorites” and the Associated Press promises fans “there’s not a rendition on the album that disappoints.” “’On This Winter’s Night’ is full of Christmas classics — and deserves to become one in its own right.” – Associated Press “The title track here is the best offering, sweet without too much sugar and with a careful arrangement that eases into a subtle backbeat.” – Chicago Sun-Times “…a new take on the 1965 Burl Ives classic ‘Holly Jolly Christmas,’ from Lady Antebellum. This one would make Doris Day and Bing Crosby proud as the treatment is a romantic 1950’s style big band production that swings and swoons, and is pretty darn refreshing, by just being traditional. It’s a great version of a classic.” – All Access “Winner of seven Grammys, the vocal group brings cheery sincerity to their original title track and snowy standards like ‘A Holly Jolly Christmas,’ ‘The First Noel’ and Donny Hathaway's soulful‘This Christmas.’ As always, lead singers Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley are supported by vocalist Dave Haywood, who joins on mandolin. Best of all, crafty orchestrations feed the group's hickory-smoked conviction rather than slicking it up.” – Wall Street Journal “Some of the best holiday songs evoke melancholy as well as all that stuff about decking of halls and letting of snow and by turning Mariah Carey’s rollicking ride into a wistful ballad steered by Hillary Scott’s sweet vocals, Lady A provides some welcome dimension.” – Atlanta Journal Constitution “Though it’s a new release, ‘On This Winter’s Night’ will take you through decades of Christmases.” – The Virginian-Pilot Fans can also get in the holiday spirit with the trio for the CMA Country Christmas special on Dec. 20 at 8:00P CT on ABC and the 29th Annual Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade airing Dec. 25 at 9:00A CT on ABC. For a full list of upcoming appearances, visit www.ladyantebellum.com.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Golden Globe Nominees 2013

Best Picture, Drama Argo Django Unchained Life of Pi Lincoln Zero Dark Thirty Best Picture, Musical or Comedy The Best Exotic Marigold Les Miserables Moonrise Kingdom Salmon Fishing in the Yemen Silver Linings Playbook Best Actor, Drama Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln Richard Gere, Arbitage John Hawkes, The Sessions Joaquin Phoenix, The Master Denzel Washington, Flight Best Actress, Drama Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty Marion Cottilard, Rust & Bone Helen Mirren, Hitchcock Naomi Watts, The Impossible Rachel Weisz, Deep Blue Sea Best Actor, Musical or Comedy Jack Black, Bernie Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables Ewan McGregor, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen Bill Murray, Hyde Park on Hudson Best Actress, Musical or Comedy Emily Blunt, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen Judi Dench, The Best Exotic Marigold Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook Maggie Smith, Quartet Meryl Streep, Hope Springs VIDEO - Golden Globe Flashback: Ben Affleck's 1998 Win! Best Supporting Actor Alan Arkin, Argo Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained Best Supporting Actress Amy Adams, The Master Sally Field, Lincoln Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables Helen Hunt, The Sessions Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy Best Animated Feature Brave Frankenweenie Hotel Transylvania Rise of the Guardians Wreck-It Ralph Best Director Ben Affleck, Argo Katherine Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty Ang Lee, Life of Pi Steven Spielberg, Lincoln Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained Best Screenplay Zero Dark Thirty Lincoln Silver Linings Playbook Django Unchained Argo VIDEO - Golden Globe Flashback: Brad Pitt in 1996 Best Series, Drama Breaking Bad Boardwalk Empire Downton Abbey Homeland The Newsroom Best Actor, Drama Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom Jon Hamm, Mad Men Damian Lewis, Homeland Best Actress, Drama Connie Britton, Nashville Glenn Close, Damages Claire Danes, Homeland Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife Best Series, Musical or Comedy The Big Bang Theory Episodes Girls Modern Family Smash Best Actor, Comedy or Musical Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock Don Cheadle, House of Lies Louis C.K., Louie Matt LeBlanc, Episodes Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory Best Actress, Comedy or Musical Zooey Deschanel, New Girl Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep Lena Dunham, Girls Tina Fey, 30 Rock Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation RELATED - The 2012 Screen Actors Guild Award Nominations Best Mini-Series or TV Movie Game Change The Girl Hatfields & McCoys The Hour Political Animals Best Actor Mini-Series or TV Movie Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock Woody Harrelson, Game Change Toby Jones, The Girl Clive Owen, Hemingway & Gellhorn Best Actress Mini-Series or TV Movie Nicole Kidman, Hemingway & Gellhorn Jessica Lange, AHS: Asylum Sienna Miller, The Girl Julianne Moore, Game Change Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals Best Supporting Actor, TV Series, Mini-Series, TV Movie Max Greenfield, New Girl Ed Harris, Game Change Danny Huston, Magic City Mandy Patinkin, Homeland Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family Best Supporting Actress, TV Series, Mini-Series, TV Movie Hayden Panettiere, Nashville Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife Sarah Paulson, Game Change Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey Sofia Vergara, Modern Family The Tina Fey and Amy Poehler-hosted Golden Globes will air January 13 at 8 p.m. on NBC.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

BRAD PAISLEY RELEASES VIDEO FOR “SOUTHERN COMFORT ZONE”

Live 24 Hour Music Video Premiere on Ustream Garners Over 10 Million Twitter Impressions NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Dec. 12, 2012) Brad Paisley’s video for his current single, “Southern Comfort Zone,” definitely took him out of the comfortable surroundings of his Nashville, TN home. After 10,000 miles, eight countries in eight days, two cameras, one tractor, one Maasi giraffe and six jackets – Paisley had a video. The video premiered on Ustream this past Monday followed by a live chat with Paisley. #bradpaisleychat trended on Twitter and Twitter created 10,285,980 impressions and reached an audience of 2,965,144 followers – during the broadcast alone. “Southern Comfort Zone” is now available to view at www.bradpaisley.com and available on iTunes at http://smarturl.it/sczvideo “Southern Comfort Zone” is directed by Jim Shea, who also directed Paisley’s award winning videos “Waitin’ On A Woman,” “Start A Band,” and “When I Get Where I’m Going,” as well as “Welcome to the Future” and “Water.” “Southern Comfort Zone” is from Paisley’s upcoming album due out April 9 and enters the Top 10 this week on country airplay charts.

Great Nashville Restaurant Icon Passes..Mario Ferrari

SAG Nominations out

Here is the complete list of 2012 Screen Actors Guild nominees. THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role BRADLEY COOPER / Pat - “SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK” (The Weinstein Company) DANIEL DAY-LEWIS / Abraham Lincoln - "LINCOLN” (Touchstone Pictures) JOHN HAWKES / Mark - "THE SESSIONS" (Fox Searchlight) HUGH JACKMAN / Jean Valjean - "LES MISÉRABLES" (Universal Pictures) DENZEL WASHINGTON / Whip Whitaker - "FLIGHT" (Paramount Pictures) Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role JESSICA CHASTAIN / Maya - "ZERO DARK THIRTY” (Columbia Pictures) MARION COTILLARD / Stephanie - “RUST AND BONE” (Sony Pictures Classics) JENNIFER LAWRENCE / Tiffany - “SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK” (The Weinstein Company) HELEN MIRREN / Alma Reville - “HITCHCOCK” (Fox Searchlight) NAOMI WATTS / Maria - “THE IMPOSSIBLE” (Summit Entertainment) Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role ALAN ARKIN / Lester Siegel - “ARGO” (Warner Bros. Pictures) JAVIER BARDEM / Silva - "SKYFALL" (Columbia Pictures) ROBERT DE NIRO / Pat, Sr. - "SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK" (The Weinstein Company) PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN / Lancaster Dodd - “THE MASTER” (The Weinstein Company) TOMMY LEE JONES / Thaddeus Stevens - “LINCOLN” (Touchstone Pictures) Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role SALLY FIELD / Mary Todd Lincoln - "LINCOLN" (Touchstone Pictures) ANNE HATHAWAY / Fantine - “LES MISÉRABLES” (Universal Pictures) HELEN HUNT / Cheryl - “THE SESSIONS” (Fox Searchlight) NICOLE KIDMAN / Charlotte Bless - "THE PAPERBOY” (Millennium Entertainment) MAGGIE SMITH / Muriel Donnelly - “THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL” (Fox Searchlight) Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture ARGO (Warner Bros. Pictures) BEN AFFLECK / Tony Mendez ALAN ARKIN / Lester Siegel KERRY BISHÉ / Kathy Stafford KYLE CHANDLER / Hamilton Jordan RORY COCHRANE / Lee Schatz BRYAN CRANSTON / Jack O’Donnell CHRISTOPHER DENHAM / Mark Lijek TATE DONOVAN / Bob Anders CLEA DUVALL / Cora Lijek VICTOR GARBER / Ken Taylor JOHN GOODMAN / John Chambers SCOOT McNAIRY / Joe Stafford CHRIS MESSINA / Malinov THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL (Fox Searchlight) JUDI DENCH / Evelyn Greenslade CELIA IMRIE / Madge Hardcastle BILL NIGHY / Douglas Ainslie DEV PATEL / Sonny Kapoor RONALD PICKUP / Norman Cousins MAGGIE SMITH / Muriel Donnelly TOM WILKINSON / Graham Dashwood PENELOPE WILTON / Jean Ainslie LES MISÉRABLES (Universal Pictures) ISABELLE ALLEN / Young Cosette SAMANTHA BARKS / Eponine SACHA BARON COHEN / Thénardier HELENA BONHAM CARTER / Madame Thénardier RUSSELL CROWE / Javert ANNE HATHAWAY / Fantine DANIEL HUTTLESTONE / Gavroche HUGH JACKMAN / Jean Valjean EDDIE REDMAYNE / Marius AMANDA SEYFRIED / Cosette AARON TVEIT / Enjolras COLM WILKINSON / Bishop LINCOLN (Touchstone Pictures) DANIEL DAY-LEWIS / Abraham Lincoln SALLY FIELD / Mary Todd Lincoln JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT / Robert Todd Lincoln HAL HOLBROOK / Preston Blair TOMMY LEE JONES / Thaddeus Stevens JAMES SPADER / W.N.

“TOP GUN” TO BE RELEASED IN IMAX® 3D FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME

THE CLASSIC FILM RETURNS TO THE BIG SCREEN EXCLUSIVELY IN SELECT IMAX 3D THEATRES FOR A LIMITED ENGAGEMENT BEGINNING FEBRUARY 8, 2013 “TOP GUN” Debuts on Blu-ray 3D™/ Blu-ray 2D™ Two-Disc Set February 19, 2013 HOLLYWOOD, CA (December 11, 2012) – “TOP GUN,” Paramount Pictures’ 1986 classic from director Tony Scott, producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, and starring Tom Cruise, takes off on a new adventure with an exclusive six-day 3D engagement in select IMAX® theatres beginning February 8, 2013. The film has been re-mastered for the IMAX® 3D release and subsequent debut on Blu-ray. TOP GUN was re-mastered for the big screen from high-resolution original negative scans and painstakingly converted to 3D by Legend3D under the supervision of the film’s director, Tony Scott. Rendered in 3D, the film’s complex, long shots reveal extraordinary depth and clarity, allowing viewers to explore every detail of the action. From the spectacular aerial dogfights to the intense close-ups in the cockpits, each frame enables the audience to feel a part of the story. The story of an elite group of pilots competing to be the best in their class and earn the title of “TOP GUN” captured the imagination of a generation and earned a worldwide box office of over $350 million upon its release. The film stars Tom Cruise as Maverick and Kelly McGillis as his civilian instructor. The film also stars Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards and Meg Ryan. The “TOP GUN” Blu-ray 3D disc presents the film with pristine high definition picture and sparkling sound in spectacular 3D for the ultimate home viewing experience. The Blu-ray 2D includes the re-mastered film in high definition, along with a six-part documentary on the making of the movie, a behind-the-scenes featurette, interviews with Tom Cruise, commentary by producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Tony Scott, co-screenwriter Jack Epps, Jr. and more. The two-disc set available for purchase also includes a digital copy of the film and will be enabled with UltraViolet technology. # # #

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Shania's Stuff all over Vegas

The Shania Store at Caesar's Palace Las Vegas

Mission Accomplished for Tim and Faith in Vegas

Nashville, TN- Dec. 10, 2012- Marking the first time they have performed together in six years in the U.S., superstars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill dazzled audiences with the kick off of "Soul2Soul" at The Venetian Theater this past weekend. Their smash filled set inside the intimate venue invites the audience to get up close and personal with McGraw and Hill as never seen before. In between solo hits like McGraw's "Real Good Man" and Hill's "Breathe" as well as their current singles "One Of Those Nights" and “American Heart” the powerhouse husband and wife duo deliver crowd favorites "It's Your Love" and "Like We Never Loved At All” along with surprising covers and interactive moments with the audience. The 10 weekend limited engagement runs through April. "…the show puts the focus squarely on its two superstars, and considering the rousing ovations McGraw and Hill received Saturday, that's perfectly fine with their fans." PEOPLE Magazine "All the power of an arena show had been squeezed into a concert theater and kept so private and personal, one actually feels cherished by both of them." Las Vegas Sun "Hill and McGraw delivered a high-energy but often intimate show that prompted multiple standing ovations, overhead clapping and arms stretched to the theater's domed ceiling." Tennessean Collectively, they’ve sold 70 million albums, won eight Grammy Awards, 15 Country Music Association Awards, 14 American Music Awards, seven People’s Choice Awards and 26 Academy of Country Music Awards. McGraw and Hill have been dominating the music charts since the early ‘90s and began performing together in 2000 in their record-breaking “Soul2Soul” tour, becoming that year’s top grossing and most successful U.S. tour. Their success continued in 2006 when “Soul2Soul II” returned to the road. It became the highest grossing country music tour of all time, the most attended of the year in any musical genre and remains the highest grossing multi-year North American tour in country music history. "Soul2Soul" at The Venetian Theater continues next weekend, Dec.14 &15, and covers 8 more weekends in 2013.
They looks great..they sounded great....Tim and Faith's opening weekend in Las Vegas at the Venetian Hotel. An 1800 seat theater instead of an arena...300 buck seats for the first few rows...It was worth every penny to watch these two married people hold hands,kiss and sing to each other.. This may be the hottest date show ever... So romantic even a hard hearted guy would agree. It was a great show...highly recommend!!