Wednesday, January 30, 2013

GARY ALLAN’S SET YOU FREE DEBUTS AT NO. 1 ON BILLBOARD COUNTRY ALBUMS CHART AND BILLBOARD 200

GARY ALLAN’S SET YOU FREE DEBUTS AT NO. 1 ON BILLBOARD COUNTRY ALBUMS CHART AND BILLBOARD 200 “EVERY STORM (RUNS OUT OF RAIN)” REACHES NO. 1 ON THE BILLBOARD COUNTRY AIRPLAY CHART MARKING ALLAN’S FIFTH NO. 1 SONG Nashville, TN – MCA Nashville recording artist, Gary Allan returned to the top of the charts today with the release of his ninth studio album Set You Free. Selling 106,109 albums in its debut week, Set You Free currently sits in the No. 1 position on the Billboard Country Albums Chart and Billboard Top 200 Pop Chart. This is Allan’s first No.1 Billboard Top 200 debut and third No. 1 debut on the Billboard Country Albums Chart. Furthermore, Allan’s first single off Set You Free, the RIAA Gold certified “Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain),” reached the top position on the Billboard Country Airplay Chart, Mediabase/Country Aircheck and Music Row charts this week. Allan is no stranger to having a hit at radio. With “Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain)” reaching the top position, this marks the fifth time Allan has had a No. 1 song, additionally he has had a cool dozen Top 10 hits. “It has been a long while, but it feels really good,” says Allan. “I would especially like to thank all of my fans and everyone at radio. I would also like to thank everyone on my team who has helped to get me to this point. This is a great feeling!” UMG Nashville’s Chairman and CEO, Mike Dungan humbly adds “What a gratifying moment for Gary and everyone on his team, including his family here at MCA and the Universal Music Group! This album is a spectacular piece of work, from one of music's most unique and talented artists. We are so proud to represent Gary and his music.” The excitement for Allan’s Set You Free continues. USA Today gave it FOUR OUT OF FOUR STARS and said “Allan is the outlaw whom country’s new wave dreams of being.” NPR admitted “A great mainstream country vocalist knows how to balance ardor with grit. Gary Allan is a master at that Blend” and the Nashville Scene boldly stated “when it comes to album-making as a serious art form, Neil Young has nothing on Gary Allan.”

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

CMA PRESENTS TRIPLE PLAY AWARDS AT ANNUAL SONGWRITERS LUNCHEON

CMA PRESENTS TRIPLE PLAY AWARDS AT ANNUAL SONGWRITERS LUNCHEON
During the Luncheon, CMA Chairman Troy Tomlinson Announces $250,000 CMA Foundation Donation to Help Construct the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame at the new Music City Center NASHVILLE – Third time’s the charm at the annual CMA Songwriters Luncheon with the presentation of the CMA Triple Play Awards, which honor songwriters who pen three chart-topping hits in a 12-month period. During the event held today at Marathon Music Works in Nashville, a dozen songwriters received the three-peat trophy from CMA Board Chairman Troy Tomlinson, President and CEO, Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville. “People from all over the world recognize that Nashville is not only Music City, but the epicenter of the songwriting community,” said Tomlinson. “CMA celebrates this important membership group. The presentation of the Triple Play Awards is just another example of CMA’s commitment to honoring the creators of song.” “Nashville is legendary for its songwriters and CMA is proud to recognize this important segment of our industry,” said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “It is an honor to present these songwriters and songwriting artists with the Triple Play Award and acknowledge this incredible accomplishment and their significant contributions to our format.” Attending today’s luncheon were Dierks Bentley, Rodney Clawson, Brantley Gilbert, Ben Hayslip, Josh Kear, Shane McAnally, Eric Paslay, Neil Thrasher, and Chris Young. Also in attendance were hit tunesmiths from ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC, as well as songwriter members of CMA and representatives of some of the most successful publishers in Music City. Recognizing excellence is central to CMA’s mission and the Association recognizes songwriters throughout the year with the CMA Award for Song of the Year, which is presented on the annual broadcast to the winning songwriters, and the creation of a rotating category for songwriters in the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame. In addition, the CMA Board of Directors created and launched the CMA Songwriter Series in 2005 at Joe’s Pub in New York City, which has grown to include shows in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Washington D.C. In 2012, the series expanded to the U.K. and Ireland and will be going back for a second time in February. On March 1, the Songwriter Series will take place in Paris for the first time as part of the CMA International Marketing Summit. In alphabetical order, the recipients of CMA’s Triple Play Award: Dierks Bentley: “Am I The Only One,” “Home,” “5-1-5-0” Rodney Clawson: “Drink On It,” “Drunk On You,” “Take A Little Ride” Eric Church: “Drink In My Hand,” “Springsteen,” “Creepin’” Brantley Gilbert: “Dirt Road Anthem,” “Country Must Be Country Wide” “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do” Ben Hayslip: “Honey Bee,” “I Don’t Want This Night To End,” “I’m Gonna Love You Through It” Dave Haywood: “Just A Kiss,” “We Owned The Night,” “Dancin’ Away With My Heart” Josh Kear: “Dancin’ Away With My Heart,” “Drunk On You,” “Blown Away” Charles Kelley: “Just A Kiss,” “We Owned The Night.” “Dancin’ Away With My Heart” Shane McAnally: “Alone With You,” “Come Over,” “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye” Eric Paslay: “Barefoot Blue Jean Night,” “Even If It Breaks Your Heart,” “Angel Eyes” Neil Thrasher: “Tattoos On This Town,” “Banjo,” “Fly Over States” Chris Young: “Voices,” “Tomorrow,” “You” “I'm so grateful to be a part of the Nashville family,” said Paslay. “One of my biggest dreams was to have a song on Country radio. Getting a No. 1 was sugar on top. Being honored by the CMA with a Triple Play Award has made 2012 the sweetest year of my life so far!” “Considering my love for Country Music and my lifelong dream to have songs on the radio, I am blown away by the idea that I would have a No. 1 at all, much less three in one year,” said McAnally. During the luncheon, Tomlinson also presented a $250,000 donation from the CMA Foundation to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation to help construct the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame at the new Music City Center and “Songwriters Square,” an exterior plaza and walkway leading into the state-of-the-art Center, which will be engraved with the names of Songwriters Hall of Fame members and the titles of their most beloved compositions.

Songwriters Hall of Fame Grows

CMA FOUNDATION DONATES $250,000 TO HELP CONSTRUCT THE NASHVILLE SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME AT THE NEW MUSIC CITY CENTER NASHVILLE – The CMA Foundation is donating $250,000 to help construct the first-ever physical Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame at the new Music City Center. The announcement was made today by CMA Board Chairman and member of The CMA Foundation Troy Tomlinson during the annual CMA Triple Play Awards and Songwriters Luncheon at Marathon Music Works in Nashville. “Songwriters are an important constituency group for the Country Music Association,” said Tomlinson. “For the CMA Foundation to see fit to honor the songwriters in order to preserve the legacy of their work and creative impact on the format, speaks to the very heart of why the CMA Foundation was created.” The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame consists of two elements. The actual Hall of Fame inside the Music City Center will feature graphic displays and artifacts as well as a state-of-the-art interactive, digital exhibit. Outside the Music City Center’s Hall of Fame lobby will be a “Songwriters Square” complex, consisting of an exterior plaza and stair-step walkway that will be engraved with the names of Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame members, the year they were inducted, and the title of their most well-known composition. The project will be unveiled when the Music City Center officially opens this summer. “Honoring the accomplishments of our songwriting community is important to CMA,” said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “The CMA Foundation’s decision to fund this important initiative is just another example of our commitment to preserving the legacy and recognizing excellence in our songwriter community.” The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame was established in 1970 and boasts 188 members representing all genres of music. For 42 years, the Hall of Fame has been a virtual one, until the announcement that it would occupy space in the Music City Center. Members include Bobby Braddock, Garth Brooks, Johnny Cash, Rodney Crowell, Hal David, CMA Board member Bob DiPiero, Bob Dylan, Don and Phil Everly, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, Vince Gill, Harlan Howard, Alan Jackson, Bob McDill, Roger Miller, Bill Monroe, Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton, Carl Perkins, Dottie Rambo, Jimmie Rodgers, Don Schlitz, Cindy Walker, Jimmy Webb, Hank Williams Sr., and Hank Williams, Jr. “As a past songwriter member of the CMA Board, it is so inspiring to have the CMA Foundation help honor the songwriters whose timeless songs are the bedrock of our Country Music industry,” said Pat Alger, a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and Chair of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation Board. “The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation is truly grateful for this generous contribution – it exemplifies the CMA Foundation’s commitment to enriching the heritage of all of its members.” “We are truly overwhelmed at this lead gift from the CMA Foundation as the ultimate show of respect and admiration for songwriters,” said John Van Mol, 2011-12 Chairman of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation Board and CEO of DVL Public Relations & Advertising. “It is a big and important exclamation point as we continue to work on securing long-term operating funds so this Hall of Fame can be enjoyed for generations to come.” “This is a wonderful opportunity for us to outreach to this important constituent group and demonstrate our appreciation for the outstanding talent and undeniable contributions made by our songwriters to the popularity and vitality of Country Music,” said Kitty Moon Emery, Chair of The CMA Foundation Board of Directors. CMA created The CMA Foundation (a nonprofit 501c3) in 2011. The Foundation exists to provide financial support to worthwhile causes that are important to CMA and the Country Music community. The group places special emphasis on serving the needs of CMA’s core constituents and nonprofit organizations with initiatives that preserve the legacy of the format, support music education, and respond to other needs identified by CMA.

LUKE BRYAN TO RELEASE “SPRING BREAK…HERE TO PARTY”

LUKE BRYAN TO RELEASE “SPRING BREAK…HERE TO PARTY” ON MARCH 5, 2013 Spring Break Concerts Set for March 12 & 13 in Panama City Beach, Florida at Spinnakers NASHVILLE, TN – (January 29, 2013) – Capitol Records Nashville recording artist and 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards show co-host Luke Bryan will release his next spring break themed album on March 5, 2013, SPRING BREAK...HERE TO PARTY. This CD will be available in record stores, and digitally, and will contain many of the songs released on his previous EP’s. In addition, Luke has written two original songs for the album. In promotion for the soon to be released record, Luke will take a short break from his headline tour, “Dirt Road Diaries Tour,” to once again play concerts at Spinnaker’s Beach Club in Panama City, set for March 12 and 13, where over 40,000 fans flocked to the beach each day last year to see Luke perform. Spring breaking fans can also enjoy a “Dirt Road Diaries Tour” show the following day on March 14 at the Amphitheatre at the Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama. SPRING BREAK…HERE TO PARTY 1. Suntan City 2. Just A Sip 3. Buzzkill 4. If You Ain't Here To Party 5. Little Bit Later On 6. In Love With The Girl 7. Shore Thing 8. Sorority Girl 9. Shake The Sand 10. Love In A College Town 11. Wild Weekend 12. Cold Beer Drinker 13. Spring Break-Up 14. Take My Drunk A** Home # # #

Fla-Ga Line Party Time

Celebrating Florida Georgia Line's multi-week #1 smash, "Cruise," BMI and SESAC hosted a vibrant party this afternoon (1/29) at the CMA office. The room was filled with family, friends and members of the music industry community to commemorate the hot Republic Nashville duo and their co-writers Jesse Rice, Chase Rice and Joey Moi. FGL's debut single has been certified Platinum for sales of over one million copies and set the tone of their debut album HERE’S TO THE GOOD TIMES, which earned the highest debut album sales of 2012 for a new Country artist. The ACM New Duo/Group of the Year nominees, who are currently on tour with Luke Bryan, are already finding success with their Top 25 follow-up single, "Get Your Shine On." Visit floridageorgialine.com for tour dates and ACM fan voting information. Pictured (L-R): Front Row – BMI's Penny Everhard; Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley; co-writers Jesse Rice, Joey Moi, and Chase Rice; and Big Machine Label Group's Scott Borchetta; Back Row (l-r): Republic Nashville's Jimmy Harnen; Big Loud Mountain's Craig Wiseman, Seth England, and Kevin "Chief" Zaruk; SESAC's Tim Fink; Artist Revolution Publishing's Sam Brooker; and BMI's David Preston. Photo Credit: Steve Lowry

Urban Family Reunion Down Under

then they arrive.......ahhhhhhh

Playing the Opry this Weekend ..Feb 1

Monday, January 28, 2013

GRETCHEN WILSON SETS DATES FOR NEW MUSIC

"Still Rollin'" Single Sent to Radio (Nashville, Tennessee...) - After a triumphant Gang of Outlaws Tour with ZZ Top and 3 Doors Down in 2012, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter/entertainer/ business executive Gretchen Wilson began recording with a vengeance and has emerged with three new albums on the schedule and a new single, "Still Rollin'" at radio (available on Play MPE.) Right On Time, a collection of 12 new songs, will hit stores April 2, 2013. "I am very excited to have so much new music coming out this year," said Gretchen. "We are already touring, and are looking forward to an incredible year with old friends, and new beginnings!" Written by Gretchen and longtime collaborator Vicky McGehee, "Still Rollin'" ships to radio this week. The single follows her hit songs "Work Hard' Play Harder" and "I'd Love To Be Your Last," which garnered two Grammy nominations. Music veteran Bob Mitchell is still the promotional contact for Redneck Records, and can be reached by email at bobmitchell@redneckrecords.com. Produced by Gretchen Wilson, Right On Time includes 12 songs written by some of Nashville's most imaginative songwriters. Songs range from her well-known traditional country and southern rock feel, to blues, classic jazz, and even a bit of modern popular-sound on a track or two. One of the cuts entitled "One Good Friend" was co-produced, by friend and legendary music man, Blake Chancey. "It is truly great to be able to finally express myself with all kinds of sounds! I have always been influenced by so many different genres, it just feels good to be able to experiment with that in the studio!" Under The Covers, featuring 12 of Classic Rock's most memorable hits from the 70s, will be released May 28; and Gretchen's first full-length Christmas album will ship in October. For Gretchen Wilson news, tour dates, store and her exclusive Club 27, visit www.GretchenWilson.com or www.facebook.com/GretchenWilson. About Gretchen Wilson: Gretchen Wilson exploded onto the country music scene in 2004 with her smash hit "Redneck Woman" and has since scored three #1 albums. The critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter has won virtually every award for which she's been nominated, including trophies from the Grammys, ACM, CMA, AMA and more. Her first book, the autobiographical "Redneck Woman: Stories from My Life," landed her on the prestigious New York Times Best Seller List. CMT listed her "Redneck Woman" video at #11 in their Top 100 videos in 2008. She formed her own record company, Redneck Records, in 2009, and her "I'd Love To Be Your Last" single from her I Got Your Country Right Here CD, received two Grammy nominations.

"Sugarfoot" Bonner of Ohio Players dead at 69

Great disco band...Fire...Love Rollercoaster...Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner has died after a battle with cancer..He was 69

Tim McGraw Coming to a TV Near You

TIM MCGRAW REVS UP FOR THE RELEASE OF TWO LANES OF FREEDOM ON FEB. 5 Coast-to-Coast Performances Include Stops at the Super Bowl in New Orleans and the USS Midway in San Diego Nashville, TN- Jan. 28, 2013--Country music super star Tim McGraw is set to release his highly anticipated Big Machine Records debut, TWO LANES OF FREEDOM, on Feb. 5 with performances kicking off on location at the Super Bowl in New Orleans on Good Morning America this Friday (Feb. 1). From New Orleans, fans can catch McGraw over the weekend on Austin City Limits (Feb. 2) and CBS Sunday Morning (Feb. 3). He heads to the West Coast for The Ellen DeGeneres Show (Feb. 5) and a special live stream Ram Country on Yahoo! performance later that night aboard the USS Midway in San Diego at 7:30 p.m. ET. He will guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (Feb. 6) and Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Feb. 7), pay tribute to friend and MusiCares Person of the Year Bruce Springsteen (Feb. 8) and wrap up with a visit to Chelsea Lately (Feb. 11). Billboard comments "…freedom—and acceleration—are prevailing themes on a set that finds McGraw and longtime producer Byron Gallimore delivering a sonically ambitious collection of songs that is equal parts fun, romance and big-picture vignettes." In his record-shattering career, Tim McGraw has sold over 40 million albums and dominated the charts with 32 No. one singles. Since the release of his debut album in 1993, he has won three GRAMMY’s, 14 ACM Awards, 12 CMA Awards and 10 AMA’s, while simultaneously maintaining a parallel career as a successful actor in such films as the Oscar nominated The Blind Side, Country Strong, and Friday Night Lights—as well as hosting Saturday Night Live, a rare honor for a singer in any genre. Nielsen-BDS recently certified McGraw as the most-played Country artist of the past 20 years (1992-2012) with more than 10 million spins detected and Mediabase recognized him as the most-played Country artist in the history of their tracking service. On Monday, April 8, McGraw will tape an all-star concert special, ACM PRESENTS: TIM McGRAW'S SUPERSTAR SUMMER NIGHT, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be broadcast at a later date on the CBS Television Network. He is handpicking the hottest music of summer and calling on his friends to help kick off the 2013 touring season. He'll launch his own TWO LANES OF FREEDOM 2013 TOUR, presented by Pennzoil, in Birmingham, AL on May 2 and continue on to 30 cities through July. The U.S. trek will also feature emerging artists Brantley Gilbert and Love and Theft. For more information and a full list of tour dates, please visit www.timmcgraw.com.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Luke Bryan on Tour

2013 Aldean !!!

Multi-platinum entertainer Jason Aldean will bring his 2013 Night Train Tour to the Madison Square Garden, New York, NY Mar 2, 2013. Special guests Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett will open the show. After the New York concert Aldean will stop in 20 more cities with his 2013 Night Train Tour. Jason Aldean shows features Jake Owen & Thomas Rhett two of the best country music emerging artists. Jason Aldean Tickets:http://www.doremitickets.com/Concerts-Tickets/Country-Folk/Jason-Aldean-Tickets Jason Aldean Solo Dates: February 21, 2013 CenturyLink Center, Bossier City, LA February 22, 2013 Cajundome, Lafayette, LA February 23, 2013 Mississippi Coast, Biloxi, MS February 28, 2013 Mohegan Sun Arena - CT, Uncasville, CT March 1, 2013 Mohegan Sun Arena - CT, Uncasville, CT March 11, 2013 Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX April 25, 2013 Ford Center - IN, Evansville, IN June 28, 2013 Tuttle Creek State Park, Manhattan, KS July 26, 2013 Cheyenne Frontier Days, Cheyenne, WY August 2, 2013 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Bowmanville, ONT Jason Aldean Dates 2013 Night Train Tour Schedule: March 2, 2013 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY March 22, 2013 AMSOIL Arena, Duluth, MN May 16, 2013 Bi-lo Center, Greenville, SC May 18, 2013 Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, NC August 9, 2013 Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach, Virginia Beach, VA August 16, 2013 First Niagara Pavilion, Burgettstown, PA August 23, 2013 Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH August 24, 2013 Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ July 20, 2013 Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL April 13, 2013 Sanford Stadium, Athens, GA July 12, 2013 Fenway Park, Boston, MA July 13, 2013 Fenway Park, Boston, MA June 29, 2013 Marcus Amphitheater, Milwaukee, WI June 30, 2013 Country Fest, Cadott, WI Jason Aldean, whose chart-topping hits include “She's Country,” “Big Green Tractor” and “Dirt Road Anthem,” solidified his stadium headliner status when the first announced stadium dates of the 2013 Night Train Tour sold out in just minutes. During the tour, Aldean will play for sold-out crowds at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga., Fenway Park in Boston and Wrigley Field in Chicago, meaning his concert at the much smaller Bi-Lo Center is sure to sell out almost instantaneously. Doremitickets.com #1 Source for Jason Aldean Tickets Secure Website, Money Back Guarantee. Doremitickets.com is a retail website founded in 2009. Since launching in 2009, our website has helped connect thousands of live entertainment fans to the vast network of ticket brokers that list tickets on the doremitickets® Online Exchange. These professional ticket brokers offer more than 7.5 Million event tickets on our exchange every day.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Kenny Chesney Goes Heavy Metal

“Come Over,” “The Good Stuff,” “No Shoes,” GH II Certified Nashville: Music comes, music goes, only the most empowering endures. For Kenny Chesney, that means the new year is starting not just with the platinum certification for his surging entreaty for the inevitable post-break-up hook-up “Come Over,” but platinum recognition for his Greatest Hits II and golden certifications for “The Good Stuff” and “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems” from his quadruple platinum No Shoes project. “You hope when you record a song, it’s something the fans can live inside,” explains the four consecutive Academy of Country Music and four-time Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year, “I’ve always tried to pick songs that felt true to who I am, how I’ve lived… or the people around me, and I think that since where I come from isn’t so different from anywhere else, it’s a safe bet other people have lived this stuff, too. “If people can see themselves in these songs… especially ones like ‘No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems’ and ‘The Good Stuff’… then I can feel good about it not just being a moment, but a truth. As a songwriter, that’s what you’re reaching for, and as a fan, it’s everything about what the songs that have marked my life meant to me.” Starting with October’s gold certification of Welcome To The Fishbowl and the CMA Vocal Event of the Year “Feel Like A Rock Star” with good friend Tim McGraw, Chesney’s watched Greatest Hits II and “Come Over” mine platinum, while the new year saw “The Good Stuff “ and “No Shoes” both reach gold status. For a man who’s sold in excess of 30 million records, the notion that the music is still connecting is what really matters. “I’ve always tried to speak for the people who don’t make the news, who don’t freak out or stand out,” Chesney says. “You know, there are a lot more people like us in the world, and I think that’s where life’s sweet spot really is. When I look at songs, I’m trying to figure what hasn’t been said, or needs to be said for people like us. Doing it like that, it’s never been ‘Is this a song for the ages?’ or ‘Is this a big ole hit?,’ but more, ‘Do I know somebody who’s been here?’ I think people can tell the difference. Maybe that’s why Greatest Hits II and ‘The Good Stuff’ are still selling.” With a trip to the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo on March 12 as warm-up, Chesney kicks off his No Shoes Nation Tour of stadiums, amphitheaters and arenas March 16 at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium, home of the Buccaneers. And listen for “Pirate Flag,” Chesney’s pulsing anthem of real life insurrection, to hit radio Jan. 31.

Friday, January 25, 2013

JOSH TURNER RELEASES VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE "FIND ME A BABY"

Touching Video Features Real Life Families from Across the Country Nashville, Tenn. – MCA recording artist Josh Turner has released the video for his new single "Find Me A Baby" at both CMT and Great American Country (GAC). The touching video features real life families and was directed by Peter Zavidil. An announcement was posted on Josh’s socials and Craigslist looking for families to be a part of the video for “Find Me A Baby,” the second single from Turner’s new album Punching Bag. Fans were asked to share their families’ special story with their submission and the responses were overwhelming from families across the country. Each family has their own unique story whether they have lost loved ones, have family serving in the military, have or were foster children, have children with special needs, have adopted internationally and domestically, have children living with the challenges of cystic fibrosis, are being raised by grandparents or are high school sweethearts. The families where filmed in their cities and are featured in picture frames throughout the video. "The idea in the song is about family so the concept for the video was to make it about real families,” explains Zavidil. "I couldn’t bring Josh to the families and I couldn’t bring all of the families to Josh, therefore the cool way was to put them together in frames. Everyone has a family portrait in a frame in their home. This video is touching and aspiring." "My wife and boys sang on this song,” explains Turner. "It’s cool knowing their voices are in a special video like this that promotes marriage, family, and children. I have to give Peter all the credit for making this such a special and meaningful video.” A video can be seen on VEVO http://vevo.ly/W1Fu1c. Turner’s current album, Punching Bag, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Album Charts and Billboard ranked the album’s debut single, “Time Is Love,” as their #1 Country Song of the Year for 2012. Country Aircheck also ranked the single as the No. 3 Most Played Song of the Year. Also in 2012, Turner released a live album, Live Across America, exclusively with Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®. A Hannah, S.C. native, Turner has been songwriting and performing since he was a young child, and in support of music education, created The Josh Turner Scholarship Fund to assist students interested in pursuing a future in arts/music. The scholarship fund is currently accepting applications for SC students at http://ht.ly/gNWAC. For more information on Josh Turner visit www.JoshTurner.com.

Exile Announces Its 50 Years In Music Tour

Event Kicks Off Jan. 29 in Kansas City, Missouri NASHVILLE – January 25, 2013 -- The band Exile will launch its 50 Years In Music tour Tuesday, Jan. 29, at the KCI Expo Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Projected to extend into April 2014, the tour will highlight Exile’s enduring impact on the pop music and country music genres since its founding in Richmond, Kentucky in 1963. Like the Rolling Stones, who celebrated their 50th anniversary last year, the current edition of Exile boasts the same musicians who created the band’s biggest hits, including founding member J. P. Pennington. "The Rolling Stones music was raw and daring and their image was intimidating - everything any young rock and roll band wanted to be,” commented Pennington. “We were no exception. Fifty years in, I'd say the inspiration we draw from them now is more from a perseverance point of view. Just stay the course and something good is bound to happen!" In addition to Pennington (lead vocals, lead guitar), the band boasts Sonny LeMaire (bass, vocals), Les Taylor (guitar, vocals), Marlon Hargis (keyboards, vocals) and Steve Goetzman (drums). Pennington and LeMaire are Exile’s principal songwriters, having penned such chart-toppers for the group as “Woke Up In Love,” “I Can’t Get Close Enough,” “Give Me One More Chance” and “Crazy For Your Love.” A radio special produced by Cool Broadcasting, featuring musical reminiscences from each member, will support Exile’s tour. Particularly, the bandsmen will talk about having toured the world as both a pop and a country band and having shared billing with acts ranging from Fleetwood Mac and Aerosmith to Reba McEntire and George Strait. As part of its 50 Years In Music tour, Exile will make a series of on-air appearances at country music and classic rock music stations throughout its homestate of Kentucky. LeMaire’s daughter, Nicole, will tie the band’s myriad achievements together with her insider’s history of Exile—Life In Exile: A Journey Home—due to be published later this year. The book will include extensive interviews with band members past and present, as well as insightful commentaries from staff members, road crew, family and friends. After having distinguished itself as a pop band its first 20 years -- a period crowned by its 1978 international pop hit, “Kiss You All Over”-- Exile moved effortlessly into country music in the early 1980s. There it proceeded to command the charts with 10 No. 1 singles, including the ones cited above and “I Don’t Want To Be A Memory,” “She’s A Miracle,” “Hang On To Your Heart,” “I Could Get Used To You,” “It’ll Be Me” and “She’s Too Good To Be True.” BMI, the performance rights organization, has awarded Exile songs for having racked up more than 15 million plays on radio. Worldwide, the band has sold more than 8 million albums and 5 million singles, thus attaining Gold Record status in the U.S., England, Germany, Australia, South Africa and Canada. The influence of Exile’s music on popular culture continues to be huge. It has been featured in numerous movies, including Happy Gilmore, Thunder Heart, Man on the Moon, Employee of the Month, Wild Hogs, Zookeeper, and Big Momma’s House. In Billboard magazine’s 2010 list of the “100 Sexiest Songs Of All Time,” “Kiss You All Over” earned the No. 9 spot, landing between Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” and Rod Stewart’s “Do You Think I’m Sexy.” Songs written by the various members of Exile have been recorded by Alabama, Kenny Rogers, Janie Fricke, Sheena Easton, Tracy Lawrence, Travis Tritt, Restless Heart, Diamond Rio, Clay Walker, Englebert Humperdinck, Juice Newton, Rita Coolidge and Trace Adkins. Exile music has been sampled and used in songs recorded by Tupac Shakur and Jagged Edge. Additional details of Exile’s 50 Years In Music tour are forthcoming.

Danica has a BOYFRIEND!

WELLL this should get the tongues wagging even more than they have been.....Danica and Ricky Stenhouse,Jr are lovers...she confirmed it...wow...pit rumors were there but she has gone public with them...

Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Inaugural COUNTRY MUSIC CRUISE

Vince Gill, Kenny Rogers, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Patty Loveless, Jo Dee Messina, Ronnie Milsap, Restless Heart and Many More To Set Sail On the Inaugural COUNTRY MUSIC CRUISE 7-Day Luxury Voyage Runs January 19-26, 2014 From Ft. Lauderdale to Grand Turk, San Juan, St. Maarten and Half Moon Cay Ft. Lauderdale, FL (January 24, 2013) --- The very first Country Music Cruise will launch in early 2014 and sail through the Caribbean with an incredible group of superstars and much-loved fan favorites onboard including Vince Gill, Kenny Rogers, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Patty Loveless, Jo Dee Messina, Ronnie Milsap, and Restless Heart with television personality Lorraine Crook hosting the entire journey. The vacation of a lifetime for country music fans, the cruise will hold intimate concerts every day, exclusive events not available anywhere else, activities, comedians, world class dining, deluxe accommodations, and much more for seven luxurious days aboard Holland America’s MS Eurodam. All concert tickets, activities and meals are included, with further information available at www.CountryMusicCruise.com. The stars scheduled to perform on the 2014 Country Music Cruise have an astounding 350 hit singles between them, with nearly 90 #1 hits. In addition to the headlining concerts, clubs on the ship will host performances by even more artists such as Andy Griggs, Wade Hayes, Ty Herndon, Jamie O’Neal, The Warren Brothers, Bryan White and others. Chuck Mead from BR549 will be playing daily poolside. Amidst the music, guests will be invited to a beach party on their very own private island, line dancing events, cooking exhibitions, wine tasting, songwriter workshops, spirited trivia contests, exclusive screenings of country music films and documentaries, games and more. The ship will also dock in several ports, where guests can explore the majestic beauty and vibrant culture of Grand Turk (Turks and Caicos), San Juan (Puerto Rico), Philipsburg (Saint Maarten), and Half Moon Cay (Bahamas). Not only will the voyage give fans the rare opportunity to see so many of their favorite singers all in one location, it all takes place among breathtaking ocean and island vistas on one of the most magnificent ships at sea. “Country music fans are in for something really special,” says Vince Gill. “Not only will they get to experience a luxurious ocean cruise, but they can enjoy exclusive concerts by country music’s iconic superstars. The cruise is destined to become a vacation destination in the years to come.” “I couldn’t be more excited about performing on the Country Music Cruise and being a part of a vacation that my fans will never forget,” adds Kenny Rogers. “This will be the Country Music party of a lifetime. Real stars, real music and real friends, both old and new” said Mike Jason, Senior Vice President Retail, StarVista Entertainment/Time Life. ”We have produced over 35 full ship charter music cruises and ‘Country Music’ is a perfect genre for an exciting and overall cruise experience,” said Michael Lazaroff, Executive Director of Entertainment Cruise Productions. The programming and entertainment opportunities for the Country Music Cruise are unparalleled. It will be so much fun.” Cabins are available now at www.CountryMusicCruise.com or by calling (toll free) 1-855-332-6868. Early reservation Country Music Cruise fan rates start at just $1,925 per person and include all meals, concerts, entertainment and on-board activities. # # #

Taylor Swift Wins Best International Artist in Spain

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

30th Anniversary of God Bless The USA

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (January 23, 2013) – From times of great national tragedy to times of joyous patriotic celebration, the words of “God Bless the USA” have stood as one of our country’s most beloved anthems and the cornerstone song of those that best encompass pride in America. So much so, that CBS.com called the song, “the most recognizable patriotic song in the country.” Written by Grammy Award winning country star Lee Greenwood in 1983, the iconic song marks its 30th anniversary this year. Its life to date includes the distinction of being the only song of any genre to skyrocket up the sales charts multiple times since its original release in 1984. Radio stations and fans alike returned to the song in 1991 during the Gulf War, in 2001 following 9/11, in 2003 during the war in Iraq, and in 2009 following Hurricane Katrina. “God Bless the USA” had a resurgence in 2011, when Beyoncé recorded the song offering proceeds of the download to benefit the New York Police & Fire Widows' & Children's Benefit Fund. That same year, it was the winning song on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” and performed on “American Idol.” Greenwood wrote “God Bless the USA” in response to the hurt and anger he felt following the downing of a Korean jet on a flight from New York to Seoul with 269 passengers aboard, including 63 Americans. Russian authorities shot the plane from the sky, killing all aboard because “they thought the airliner was on a spy mission.” “I saw the senseless strike as a personal attack against our countrymen and it moved me to put pen to paper,” says Greenwood. “The song came so easily, it nearly wrote itself.” The song hit an emotional chord with the American populace as well and “God Bless the USA” was named “Song of the Year” in 1985 at the CMA Awards. “After 9/11, it was a song of unity and rebuilding and after Hurricane Katrina, it was a song for life and hope. It just makes me really proud that I've done something for the country and for my family. It's my family's heritage,” Greenwood told AOL’s The Boot. Announced Tour Dates Include: February 8, 2013 – Nashville, TN – Grand Ole Opry March 2, 2013 – Rocky Mount, NC March 10, 2013 – Washington, D.C. – Constitution Hall May 25, 2013 – Gulfport, MS June 30, 2013 – Milner, GA July 3 – Hot Springs, AK July 6 – Williams Bay, WI July 20, 2013 – Columbus OH

Aerosmith & Underwood

“These dudes don’t show any signs of slowing down,” wrote Chuck Arnold about AEROSMITH in People magazine (November 2012). After a busy year that saw the band unleash its acclaimed 15th studio album MUSIC FROM ANOTHER DIMENSION! (Columbia) and triumph with two North American legs of The Global Warming Tour on which prisoners were indeed taken, Steven Tyler (vocals), Joe Perry (guitar), Brad Whitford (guitar), Tom Hamilton (bass) and Joey Kramer (drums) are ramping up 2013 with the release of the album’s new single, “Can’t Stop Lovin’ You.” Released to radio January 21, the song is in the powerful tradition of AEROSMITH’s widescreen ballads and features TYLER duetting with Carrie Underwood. The song was produced by Marti Frederiksen and Tyler, and written by Tyler, Frederiksen, Whitford, Kramer and Hamilton. The decision to ask Underwood to sing on “Can’t Stop Loving You” and enhance the country flavorings was natural. TYLER and had previously duetted on a mash-up of her hit "Undo It" and AEROSMITH’s "Walk This Way" at the 46th Annual Academy of Country Awards in 2011. In early 2012, the two were also paired for a CMT Crossroads special. In an interview with Rolling Stone.com about “Can’t Stop Loving You,” TYLER said, “I sang it a little country & western…and all along we thought, should we get someone in…It was last-minute. She [Carrie] was in town doing something. I called her up and she said, 'I'm leaving tomorrow.' And I said, 'Can you come over tonight?' I called Joe [Perry] up, and the rest is history. She just did it. It really does work.” "It's an honor to have my voice included on an Aerosmith record,” Carrie Underwood says. “I've had a blast working with Steven a number of times in the past, and this was another amazing thing we got to do together.” About AEROSMITH: AEROSMITH are a living piece of American music history, having sold over 150 million albums worldwide and been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They are the recipients of countless awards including four GRAMMYs, eight American Music Awards, six Billboard Awards and 12 MTV Video Music Awards among many other honors. Proving that they can cross genre-boundaries with ease, these rock legends have even taken home a Soul Train Award for Best Rap Single for their remix of Run DMC’s “Walk This Way.” With scores of multi-platinum albums, AEROSMITH continues to inspire generations to get their wings, get a grip and just push play. It is no wonder why they are one of the most beloved bands of all time.

Kenny Chesney Lets His Freak Flag Fly “Forget Everything! Be A Pirate….”

Come Aboard at the Stroke of Midnight, Jan.31 Somewhere on the Water: Maybe it’s the time of the year, the sluggish economy, the boring job or the brutal cold, but sometimes, as members of the No Shoes Nation know, you just have to let your freak flag fly. No one understands better than Kenny Chesney that need to jettison the mundane and push back against the inertia of life. And so now in the dead of winter, the 4-time Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year rolls out an anthem of everyday insurrection and rebellion on one’s own terms. With “Pirate Flag,” written by David Lee Murphy (“Livin’ In Fast Forward,” “Dust on the Bottle”) and new-to-town Ross Copperman, Chesney offers an anthem for everyman that says, “Where I am may be great, but don’t think I’ll ever surrender to the 9-to-5.” “No matter where you are, no matter how you live,” says Chesney, “there is that part of you that yearns to be free, to say, ‘What the hell…’ and just do what you want to do! That’s what this song is all about. The freedom and the idea that you can just say, “Enough,’ even if it’s only in your mind, while you’re watching your boss’s mouth move and are dreaming of whatever gets you off. “That’s the beauty of this song: You can fly your pirate flag in your head, tack it up behind your computer at work, tattoo it under your skin – and no one has to know. Except you and your friends, the people who really matter!” The song, which will ship digitally to radio Jan 31, is a thrusting piece of power country that brings tempo to a boil without ever missing a beat. Emblematic of the songwriter/artist’s own will to sail his own course and to rock country his way, “Pirate Flag” also serves as a wake-up call for adventures to come. “Even me and the band can’t just run off and pitch a tent on some island, as much as we love doing it,” admits the man whose last ten tours have done in excess of a million tickets each year. “I think that’s why when we hit the stage, we hit it so hard – and the fans, those people from the No Shoes Nation, throw it back at us even harder. Because for us, that mutiny against real life happens in the music, happens at the shows, happens when all get together.” With his No Shoes Nation tour kicking off March 16 in Tampa, Fl, Chesney is ready to hoist the flag and shiver some timbers. And with “Pirate Flag,” he’s got just the song to do it. Though nothing like rest of the April 30 album it comes from, it’s the perfect song to launch a summer full of good times, great friends and awesome music.

LUKE BRYAN KICKS OFF “DIRT ROAD DIARIES TOUR” WITH SOLD-OUT WEEKEND

Nashville- (January 23, 2013) – Luke Bryan launched his headline tour, the “Dirt Road Diaries Tour,” over the weekend with the first dates of sold-out shows in Evansville, Indiana, Huntsville, Alabama and Memphis, Tennessee. The tour, which has sold-out all concerts on the first leg, will resume this weekend with shows in Estero and Orlando, Florida and features opening acts Florida Georgia Line and Thompson Square. Also over the weekend, Luke’s followers on Twitter surpassed the one million mark! “Dirt Road Diaries Tour” -first leg: 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 2-9 Charleston, WV Charleston Civic Center Coliseum 2-15 Toledo, OH Huntington Center 2-16 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena 2-17 Bloomington, IL US Cellular Center 2-18 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 “Dirt Road Diaries Tour” - second leg: 5-17 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach 5-18 Washington, DC Jiffy Lube Live 5-31 Hartford, CT Comcast Theatre 6-1 Philadelphia, PA Susquehanna Bank Center 6-2 Boston, MA Comcast Center 6-13 Peoria, IL Peoria Civic Center 6-14 St. Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 6-15 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre 7-11 Birmingham, AL Oak Mountain Amphitheatre 7-12 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 7-13 Raleigh, NC Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion 7-20 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre 7-21 Indianapolis, IN Klipsch Music Center 7-26 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheatre 7-27 Phoenix, AZ Desert Sky Pavilion 8-8 Sacramento, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre 8-9 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre 8-10 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 8-11 San Diego, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre formerly Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre 8-23 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center for the Arts 8-24 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center 8-25 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center 9-12 Wichita, KS INTRUST Bank Arena 9-14 Tulsa, OK BOK Center 9-20 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre 9-21 Denver, CO Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre 9-26 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center 9-27 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center 9-28 Pittsburgh, PA First Niagara Pavilion 10-17 Little Rock, AR Verizon Arena 10-18 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena 10-19 Lexington, KY Rupp Arena 10-25 Tampa, FL 1-800-ASK GARY Amphitheatre 10-26 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre ###

Taylor Swift at Disney Photo Shoot

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Katherine Webb Visits TRUMP

Country Thunder Wisconsin is SOLD OUT!

For Country Thunder Ticket-Holders, Limited Supply of Front Porch Upgrades Available Twin Lakes, WI (January 22, 2013) – A full six months before Country Thunder rolls into Twin Lakes, Wis., festival organizers are excited to announce that the festival is officially sold out. No single-day tickets will be sold. Fans who have purchased a campsite and have not yet purchased tickets, should immediately call 866-802-6418. The premiere country music and lifestyle festival, to be held in Twin Lakes, Wis., July 18-22, 2013, will feature performances by some of today’s hottest country artists, including Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Little Big Town, Jake Owen, Lee Brice, Chris Young and more. For Country Thunder ticket holders, a premium experience is being made available. The Front Porch package, which includes (1) RSVD Parking Pass and (2) RSVD Standing Room Passes (standing room only, no chairs allowed), is being offered for $300 as an upgrade to your existing 4-day ticket. Tickets will need to be redeemed at RSVD Gate (not main gate). The Front Porch package on the online map – Front Porch Area is to the left of Section A if facing the main stage. Front Porch passes will allow patrons to bypass the lines and have direct access to parking and the festival bowl. In addition to the top-notch music selection, Country Thunder offers a full-fan experience with activities including Electric Thunder, offering electric music and dancing nightly (a favorite of past performers like Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan), The Bluegrass Tent, The Great American Country Thunder Stage, food vendors, shopping, thrill rides and much more. All up-to-date information on Country Thunder can be found at www.countrythunder.com or call the offices at (866) 802-6418. Country Thunder Wisconsin 2013 Line-Up: Thursday: 5:30-6:30pm Chris Janson 7:00-8:30pm Justin Moore 9:00-10:30pm Dierks Bentley Friday: 1:00-2:00pm TBA 2:30-3:30pm Morgan Frazier 4:00-5:00pm Parmalee 5:30-6:30pm Dustin Lynch 7:00-8:30pm Little Big Town 9:00-10:30pm Keith Urban Saturday: 1:00-2:00pm TBA 2:30-3:30pm Sweetwater Rain 4:00-5:00pm Phil Vassar 5:30-6:30pm Lee Brice 7:00-8:30pm Chris Young 9:00-10:30pm Brad Paisley Sunday: 1:00-2:00pm Dean Alexander 2:30-3:30pm Sarah Darling 4:00-5:00pm Edens Edge 5:30-6:30pm Joe Nichols 7:00-8:00pm TBA 8:30-10:00pm Jake Owen

Taylor Swift in Europe..TAYLOR SWIFT SCORES #1 POP HIT WITH “I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE.”

TAYLOR SWIFT SCORES #1 POP HIT WITH “I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE.” TAYLOR IS FIRST ARTIST SINCE THE BEATLES TO SPEND SIX WEEKS OR MORE AT #1 WITH THREE CONSECUTIVE STUDIO ALBUMS SALES OF RED NOW TOP 5.4 MILLION ALBUMS, INCLUDING QUADRUPLE-PLATINUM U.S. CERTIFICATION Nashville, TN – January 22, 2013 – Six-time Grammy winner Taylor Swift this week reaches #1 on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 chart with “I Knew You Were Trouble.”, from her 5+ million-selling current album RED. Released on Big Machine Records, RED has been certified 4X Platinum in the U.S. for sales in excess of 4 million albums, and the disc’s worldwide sales total is now past 5.4 million. The single “I Knew You Were Trouble.” has sold over 3 million copies in the U.S. alone, has topped the iTunes all genres chart, and is a worldwide smash, already reaching #1 in Australia and New Zealand, and rapidly ascending Top 10 airplay charts around the globe in the UK, Canada, and territories in Europe, Asia and Africa. The pop success of “Trouble” follows Taylor’s recent Billboard Hot 100 #1 and 3X Platinum single “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” another worldwide chart-topper and the lead single from RED. Taylor first topped Billboard’s pop charts in 2009, when “Love Story” became the first country crossover to land at #1 on CHR/Top 40 in the 16-year history of Billboard’s Nielsen BDS chart. At Country radio, “Begin Again” is at #8* and climbing Billboard’s Top 10, with more than 25 million audience impressions this week alone. Taylor spent 9 consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard Country Songs chart with “Never Ever,” setting Billboard’s all-time record for most weeks at #1 on the Country chart by a female artist. With RED, Taylor Swift becomes the first artist since the Beatles (and the only female artist in history) to log six or more weeks at #1 with three consecutive studio albums. RED has topped the Billboard 200 Albums Chart for seven weeks, following Fearless (11 weeks), and Speak Now (six weeks). Taylor has topped the Billboard album chart for 24 weeks in her 4-album career, holding the record (tied with Adele) for the most weeks by a female artist at #1 on the chart since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales figures for Billboard in 1991. This week, Taylor marked another Billboard milestone, as “The Moment I Knew,” from RED and just released at iTunes, became her 57th career Hot 100 charting single, pushing her past Madonna and Dionne Warwick to become the woman with the second-most number of charted singles in the chart’s 54-year history. Aretha Franklin holds the record. Next month, Taylor will perform on the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, where she is up for three trophies, including Record of the Year for “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” Taylor has added a New York-area stadium show to this year’s RED Tour lineup -- she will headline the MetLife Stadium on July 13th, following the rapid sell-outs of her three Prudential Center shows in March. The RED Tour will now include 13 stadium stops, for a total of 64 shows in 46 cities in 29 states and 3 provinces in 2013. A complete listing of tour dates, including future onsale information, is available at www.taylorswift.com. Taylor is in Europe this week for performances on the 40 PP Awards in Spain and the NRJ Music Awards in France. Earlier this month, she was named Favorite Country Artist at the People’s Choice Awards, her third consecutive win in that category. Over the holidays, DoSomething.Org ranked Taylor at #1 on their 2012 “Top Celebrities Gone Good” list, their annual year-end ranking of celebrity philanthropists.

LADY ANTEBELLUM UNVEILS THE LEAD SINGLE “DOWNTOWN” OFF UPCOMING FOURTH STUDIO ALBUM

Trio Makes Plans to Debut “Downtown” on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Talk Nashville, TN – Jan. 22, 2013 – GRAMMY winning trio Lady Antebellum is hitting the street with “Downtown” today, the lead single off their upcoming fourth studio album. The album’s first track is available now via Play MPE. “There's some sass to this track that makes it really fun to sing…it's definitely a roll down the windows and bob your head kind of thing,” said Lady A’s Hillary Scott. “We thought it was a fun way to launch the next record and a fitting preview of what's to come!" Lady A will debut the track next week on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (Jan. 28) and fans can catch a second performance the following week on CBS’s The Talk (Feb. 6). The group also announced this week that they will collaborate with Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks for an all new CMT CROSSROADS episode set to tape next week in Los Angeles and air later this year. For a preview of “Downtown,” click here: http://www.thegreenroompr.com/ladyantebellum.html Lady A’s previous three studio albums have paved the way for “Downtown,” which follows over 11 million album sales, six career No. one hits and seven GRAMMY awards. Last year alone, more than one million fans in over 11 countries welcomed the ACM and CMA award-winning trio on their headlining tour. For more information on new music and additional upcoming performances, visit www.ladyantebellum.com.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Got to Love Bill Photobombing Kelly Clarkson

Brad Paisley Playing at Presidential Inaugural Tonight

Ceremonial swearing-in Capitol Hill, 11:20 a.m. EST
The order of the program: Marine BandS.Musical selections: The U.; Lee University Festival Choir, Cleveland, Tenn.Y. 22, Staten Island, N.S.Musical selections: P.Y. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Call to order and welcoming remarks: Sen.Invocation: Myrlie Evers-WilliamsMusical selection: Brooklyn Tabernacle ChoirOath of office administered to Vice President Biden: Associate Justice Sonia SotomayorMusical selection: James TaylorOath of office administered to President Obama: Chief Justice John RobertsInaugural address: President ObamaMusical selection: Kelly ClarksonPoem: Richard Blanco John's Church, Washington Luis Leon of St.Benediction: the Rev.The National Anthem: BeyoncéInaugural Parade Parade Viewing stands and bleachers are lined along Pennsylvania Avenue, 2:35 p.m. EST The Obamas and Bidens participate in a parade featuring floats and vehicles representing about 60 groups. The Commander in Chief's Inaugural Ball Washington Convention Center, 6 p.m. EST The gala honors service members and their families. The Inaugural Ball Washington Convention Center, Halls A/B/C, 6:30 p.m. EST Washington Convention Center, Halls D/E, doors open 7 p.m. EST Permalink Comment Read more: http://live.nydailynews.com/Event/Presidential_inauguration_2013_9#ixzz2IccvERkz

Yawn..I was a Packer and Falcon Fan:(

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Luke Bryan Wants MORE!

LUKE BRYAN SELLS OUT FIRST LEG OF “DIRT ROAD DIARIES TOUR” TOUR LAUNCHES TONIGHT SECOND LEG BEGINS MAY 17 Nashville- (January 17, 2013) – Luke Bryan’s cache as a seasoned performer has long been recognized by his growing legion of fans and has recently captured the attention of the music community. His ability to draw great crowds to his concerts became evident today as it was announced the first leg of shows on his headline tour, the “Dirt Road Diaries Tour,” have all sold-out! The current 21-city run has now been extended with a second leg beginning May 17 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Florida Georgia Line and Thompson Square are special guests on both legs. “I feel like I have waited a lifetime to take my own show on the road,” shared Luke. “The band and I have a lot of exciting things in store for the fans and are eager to get it started!” Live Nation is the national tour promoter for the “Dirt Road Diaries Tour.” Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is sponsoring the tour. GAC: Great American Country is the media sponsor for the second leg of the tour. For additional information on the tour and ticket on sale dates please go to www.lukebryan.com or www.livenation.com. Luke’s career has sky-rocketed the last couple of years ending 2012 with some of his best accolades. His latest album tailgates & tanlines produced three back-to-back Platinum singles, became a Top 10 album in 2012 according to SoundScan, and sold seven million tracks. He has placed a total of six career singles at #1 and was named the #1 Artist of 2012 and #1 Male Artist of 2012 by Country Aircheck. Billboard named tailgates & tanlines the #2 Country Album and the #3 Country Artist Album of 2012 and claimed Luke as the #3 Top Country Artist of the Year. Also in 2012, Luke took home 11 music awards, including a record nine wins at the American Country Awards as well as his first American Music Award. Luke was recently tapped to co-host the 48th Annual Academy Of Country Music® Awards on April 7, 2013 on CBS. He also co-hosted the “CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock" special on ABC last summer. “Dirt Road Diaries Tour” -first leg: 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 2-9 Charleston, WV Charleston Civic Center Coliseum 2-15 Toledo, OH Huntington Center 2-16 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena 2-17 Bloomington, IL US Cellular Center 2-18 Bloomington, IL US Cellular Center ****added 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 “Dirt Road Diaries Tour” - second leg: 5-17 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach 5-18 Washington, DC Jiffy Lube Live 5-31 Hartford, CT Comcast Theatre 6-1 Philadelphia, PA Susquehanna Bank Center 6-2 Boston, MA Comcast Center 6-13 Peoria, IL Peoria Civic Center 6-14 St. Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 6-15 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre 7-11 Birmingham, AL Oak Mountain Amphitheatre 7-12 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 7-13 Raleigh, NC Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion 7-14 Atlanta, GA Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood 7-20 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre 7-21 Indianapolis, IN Klipsch Music Center 7-26 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheatre 7-27 Phoenix, AZ Desert Sky Pavilion 8-8 Sacramento, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre 8-9 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre 8-10 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 8-11 San Diego, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre formerly Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre 8-23 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center for the Arts 8-24 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center 8-25 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center 9-12 Wichita, KS INTRUST Bank Arena 9-14 Tulsa, OK BOK Center 9-20 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre 9-21 Denver, CO Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre 9-26 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center 9-27 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center 9-28 Pittsburgh, PA First Niagara Pavilion 10-17 Little Rock, AR Verizon Arena 10-18 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena 10-19 Lexington, KY Rupp Arena 10-25 Tampa, FL 1-800-ASK GARY Amphitheatre 10-26 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre ### Contacts:

650 AM WSM CELEBRATES EDDIE STUBBS’ 30TH RADIO ANNIVERSARY WITH LIVE SHOW FROM COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 18, 2013) 650 AM WSM marked the 30 radio anniversary of long- time evening show host and Country Radio Hall of Famer Eddie Stubbs this past Monday night with a star-packed evening of music and celebration at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The live show aired on 650 AM and WSMOnline.com, and was presented by long- running WSM clients Springer Mountain Farms, the Ernest Tubb Record Shop, and the Country Music Hall of Fame. Visit http://www.wsmonline.com/watch-listen/intimateevening/ to access the special on-air content. WSM morning man and fellow Country Radio Hall of Famer Bill Cody hosted the event that featured performances and speeches from Country Music Hall of Fame members Bill Anderson, Ray Price, and Jean Shepard, along with Josh Turner, Ronnie Milsap, Ricky Skaggs, Del McCoury, Dailey & Vincent, Gene Watson, Riders In The Sky, Duane & Norah Lee Allen, Cheryl White, Bobby Wright, Larry Stephenson, contemporary singer/songwriters Shawn Camp and Ronnie Bowman, plus a pre-recorded message and gospel performance of “Wonderful” from the Chuck Wagon Gang. Recorded messages and letters were also presented from long-time friends Hairl Hensley, Steve Wariner, Marty Stuart, and Country Music Hall of Famer Merle Haggard. Tennessee Music Commissioner Hank Adam Locklin presented a proclamation from Governor Bill Haslam deeming Jan. 14 a day of recognition for Stubbs in Tennessee.  “I was truly blessed by every participant of the evening,” said Stubbs. “Aside from their status in the industry, those talents were delivered by some of my personal favorites in the business.” Stubbs began his radio career in 1983 at WYII in Williamsport, Maryland, moving the following year to WAMU in Washington, D.C. where his programs were heard until 2007. His WSM career started in 1995 doing historical research and on-air work, later that same year becoming a Grand Ole Opry announcer. He began the 7PM to Midnight shift on July 8, 1996, and now sixteen years later, he holds the record as the longest consecutively tenured host for that time slot since WSM began. He was inducted into the Country Radio Hall of Fame in 2012. 650 AM WSM’s first official broadcast day was October 5, 1925. The station is the radio home of the Grand Ole Opry, which has been broadcast live over the airwaves since its inception. WSM can be picked up in 38 states on 650 AM and worldwide at wsmonline.com or our mobile app. A weekly listing of all WSM programming is available at WSMOnline.com.

Friday, January 18, 2013

JASON ALDEAN SELLS OUT FIRST-EVER MADISON SQUARE GARDEN SHOW IN LESS THAN 10 MINUTES

"Take A Little Ride” Earns PLATINUM Certification Nashville, TN – Jan. 18, 2013 – Award-winning entertainer Jason Aldean added Madison Square Garden to the list of iconic venues to sell out in just minutes on his 2013 NIGHT TRAIN TOUR. Every ticket to his first-ever show at the New York City staple was picked up this morning for the March 2 stop. Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett will open the tour which also includes sold out shows at the University of Georgia’s Sanford Stadium (4/13), a two-night stand at Boston’s Fenway Park (7/12 and 7/13) and Chicago’s Wrigley Field (7/20). "I think people underestimate country music's popularity in New York City," said Aldean. "The Garden is one of those places every artist dreams of playing. I am blown away that my show sold out that quickly...it makes me even more excited to hit rehearsals this month and get the Night Train tour on the road. I can't wait to see you, New York!" Additionally, Aldean has received PLATINUM certification for his recent three-week No. one single "Take A Little Ride." The first single off his PLATINUM, No. one album NIGHT TRAIN, "Take A Little Ride" was Aldean's highest chart debut, landing in the Top 20 its first week. Aldean's current single and the follow up to "Take A Little Ride," the fan-favorite track "The Only Way I Know" feat. Luke Bryan and Eric Church is climbing up the Top Five. The 2013 NIGHT TRAIN TOUR kicks off Feb. 21 in Bossier City, LA. For a full list of appearances and more information on NIGHT TRAIN, please visit www.jasonaldean.com

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Rare sight in Tuscaloosa

KENNY CHESNEY SET TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM ON APRIL 30

NASHVILLE, TN – Kenny Chesney will add a new album to his impressive discography with the release of his yet untitled, new album on Blue Chair/Columbia Nashville Records label on April 30. “It's gonna be an amazing summer and I'm really excited to bring some new music to No Shoes Nation,” said Chesney. With preparation well under way for the kick off of his ’No Shoes Nation’ Tour on March 16 in Tampa, Fl, Chesney and NSN will celebrate a summer of music, friends and good times. “The fans are the foundation of 'No Shoes Nation,’” Chesney said. "They built it from the ground up, and they built it with heart, passion and the love of life and music, and I can't wait to feel that connection again throughout the summer of 2013.” “The biggest ticket seller in country music and among the elite touring artists in the world” (Billboard), Chesney will have performed 101 stadium concerts after this summer's tour. He is a CMT and AMA Artist of the Year, a four-time CMA Entertainer of the Year, and a four-time ACM Entertainer of the Year. Chesney has 24 # 1 Singles and has sold more than 30 million albums.

BLAKE SHELTON TO EMBARK ON MAJOR U.S. HEADLINING TOUR ON JULY 19, 2013

BLAKE SHELTON TO EMBARK ON MAJOR U.S. HEADLINING TOUR ON JULY 19, 2013 EASTON CORBIN AND JANA KRAMER TO SUPPORT “TEN TIMES CRAZIER” TOUR Nashville, Tenn. – CMA Entertainer of the Year and Grammy nominee, Blake Shelton will embark on a headlining tour of the U.S. beginning July 19 in Virginia Beach, VA. The Ten Times Crazier Tour, which features special guest Mercury Recording artist, Easton Corbin, and ACM New Female Vocalist of the Year nominee, Jana Kramer, will criss-cross the country this summer. Live Nation’s 2013 Country Megaticket is the first opportunity for fans to purchase tickets by visiting www.Megaticket.com and signing up to receive more information about this year’s Country Megaticket in their city. General public ticket on-sale for Blake Shelton concerts will go on-sale in March. Pre-sale information, contesting, and meet & greet opportunities will be available soon to Blake’s BS’er Fan Club members via www.blakeshelton.com/bsers. BS’ers is free to join. For all the up-to-date tour information, stay tuned to www.blakeshelton.com. Confirmed tour dates are listed below. This is Blake’s second headlining tour following last year’s sold out Well Lit & Amplified Tour. The CMA's Entertainer of the Year and three-peat Male Vocalist of the Year is coming off seven consecutive No.1 singles, 12 overall, back-to-back wins on NBC's hit show The Voice and is already celebrating his Top 20 new single, “Sure Be Cool If You Did,” which Entertainment Weekly calls “ludicrously catchy” with an A- rating. “Sure Be Cool If You Did” is Blake’s fastest rising single to date and is the first new single off his yet to be announced new album being released this spring. His recent Christmas album, Cheers, It’s Christmas received 4 ½ of 5 stars in People Magazine and The New York Times has said “…he’s becoming the most important and visible ambassador from Nashville to the American mainstream.” “My fans, country radio, friends, family, you name it - they know I love to perform. With The Voice schedule, I was not able to go out and perform as much as I wanted last year but I plan to make up for it this year,” Blake said with a devilish smirk. “This summer is going to be a blast. I want everyone at my shows to leave feeling like they got every penny’s worth of their ticket. I am going to give them every ounce of me on that stage because they deserve it. My fans are die hard country fans, they love to laugh and have a good time and I’m going to join them in what truly will be the Ten Times Crazier Tour.” GRAMMY nominated Blake Shelton is CMA Awards’ Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year for his third consecutive year. Blake is one of the "most versatile of contemporary country singers" (The New York Times). He has been nominated for five GRAMMY® Awards, including a nod for Red River Blue, the Associated Press calling the album “the best album of his career” as Country Album of the Year, won ACM’s Male Vocalist of the Year for a second time, celebrated his seventh consecutive No. 1 single (his twelfth overall), and then made history by winning three consecutive CMA Male Vocalist of the Year awards and Song of the Year with his wife and Grammy winner, Miranda Lambert. Blake’s current album, Cheers It’s Christmas, features several duet performances with multiple GRAMMY Award winning artists such as Michael Bublé, long-time friend, Reba, Miranda Lambert, Kelly Clarkson and a very special duet with his mother, Dorothy Shackleford, which they wrote together. Blake’s infectious multi-week No.1 hit, “Honey Bee" holds the record for the fastest-selling digital Platinum single for a male country solo artist. Blake Shelton’s upcoming tour dates are as follows: 2013 TEN TIMES CRAZIER TOUR DATES: 7/19 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach 7/20 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live 7/21 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater 7/26 St. Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater 7/27 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center 7/28 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center 8/1 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center 8/2 Burgettstown, PA First Niagara Pavilion 8/3 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre 8/9 Raleigh, NC Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion 8/10 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center 8/11 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center for the Arts 8/29 Atlanta, GA Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood 8/30 Tampa, FL 1-800-ASK GARY Amphitheatre 8/31 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre 9/5 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center 9/6 Hartford, CT Comcast Theatre 9/7 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center 9/12 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center 9/13 Milwaukee, WI Bradley Center 9/14 Auburn Hills, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills 9/19 Charleston, WV Charleston Civic Center 9/20 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena 9/21 Lexington, KY Rupp Arena 9/26 Charlottesville, VA John Paul Jones Arena 9/27 Knoxville, TN Thompson-Boling Arena 9/28 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena 10/3 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center 10/4 Tulsa, OK BOK Arena 10/5 Wichita, KS INTRUST Bank Arena This tour is promoted by Live Nation. For additional ticketing information, go to www.LiveNation.com. For more, please visit www.BlakeShelton.com and @BlakeShelton. ### For more information please contact: Warner Bros. Records Publicity: Tree Paine | Tree.Paine@WMG.com | 615-214-1500 About Easton Corbin: Mercury Nashville recording artist Easton Corbin is lauded for his traditional country sound, authentic lyrics and mastery of understatement. His self-titled debut album released in 2010 and spawned back-to-back hits “A Little More Country Than That” and “Roll With It;” making him the first country male artist in 17 years to have his first two consecutive singles reach No. 1. That same year the Gilchrist County Florida native won all of the Breakthrough Artist awards at the American Country Awards – Artist of the Year: Breakthrough Artist, Single of the Year: Breakthrough Artist and Music Video: Breakthrough Artist for “A Little More Country Than That.” Billboard named Corbin as the Top New Country Artist of 2010. Easton’s most recent single, “Lovin’ You Is Fun,” placed No. 5 on the country airplay charts and is from his sophomore album ALL OVER THE ROAD which was released September 18. Visit www.eastoncorbin.com or www.umgnashville.com to learn more about the Florida native. About Jana Kramer: Jana Kramer’s second single “Whiskey,” from her highly praised self-titled debut album is gaining at radio now. “Whiskey” follows her debut hit single, “Why Ya Wanna,” which reached No. 3 on the charts and was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The CMA Awards presenter was also nominated for three American Country Awards, performed at the CMT Awards and is nominated for an upcoming ACM Award for New Female Vocalist of the Year. Kramer, whose self-titled album was named Best of 2012 by Billboard and iTunes, was also featured on Men’s Health recent Hot List. Kramer has impressively sold over a million tracks, including more than 100,000 of the new single “Whiskey” and over a half million of “Why Ya Wanna.” In addition to her debut album premiering at No. 5, the success of “Why Ya Wanna” also earned Kramer the title of highest charting debut single from a new female artist since 2006 (previously held by Taylor Swift), as well as making her one of the fastest rising debut artists of 2012 overall. www.JanaKramer.com / @KramerGirl

The Henningsens Race Into The Top 30 With “American Beautiful”

First Group To Reach The Top 30 With Debut Single In Only 4 Weeks Nashville, TN – New trio, The Henningsens continue to make history as their debut single, “American Beautiful,” races into the Top 30 this week on Country Aircheck’s airplay chart making them the first group to reach the Top 30 with their debut single in only 4 weeks. Upon its release, “American Beautiful,” broke numerous records when they received 77 combined Country Aircheck and Billboard radio adds. Their add total gave them the most first-week adds of any debut single in Country Aircheck history while also giving the trio the highest impact-week add total for a group since 1999. The stunning single also received the most out-of-the-box adds in recent Mediabase history and ties Gretchen Wilson’s 2004 Sony debut “Redneck Woman.” “American Beautiful,” co-written by the trio and Brett Beavers, is the title track from their forthcoming debut Arista Nashville album to be released this summer. The single is available here http://smarturl.it/americanbeautiful or at any digital retailer. This week The Henningsens will attend the annual Country Cares seminar at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. In addition to getting a tour of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital the trio will also get to meet patients and their families. To learn more about Country Cares please visit http://www.countrycares.org/. On February 2, the family trio will make their Grand Ole Opry debut 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, including the trio’s two-week #1 single, “All Your Life,” and their Platinum-certified smash, “You Lie.” Today The Henningsens launched their brand new website at www.TheHenningsens.com. Keep up with them on Twitter @TheHenningsens, Facebook at facebook.com/TheHenningsens

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

RASCAL FLATTS LAUNCH “CHANGED TOUR” WITH 25,000 FANS DURING SOLD-OUT WEEKEND

NASHVILLE – (January 16, 2013) – Rascal Flatts kicked off their Farmers Insurance Presents "Changed Tour” over the weekend performing for 25,000 fans with sold-out crowds in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Moline, Illinois and Springfield, Missouri. This year’s tour features The Band Perry and Kristen Kelly as opening guests. Rascal Flatts wrapped touring in December of 2012 having played before 1 million fans and hitting a new career milestone with over 7 million concert tickets sold. Rascal Flatts is the best-selling country vocal group of the past decade and with the #1 debut of their latest album, CHANGED, they have the distinction of being one of only four acts to have seven consecutive studio albums debut in the top spot on the Billboard Country Albums chart during the Soundscan era. Since their musical debut in 2000, the band has sold over 21 million albums, 25 million digital downloads and delivered 14 #1 singles to the top of the charts. Rascal Flatts is the most awarded Country group of the past decade, earning over 40 trophies from the ACAs, ACMs, AMAs, CMAs, People's Choice Awards and more. Live Nation is the national tour promoter. Log on to www.rascalflatts.com or www.livenation.com for tour dates and information.

Carrie Underwood’s “Two Black Cadillacs” Music Video Confirmed To World Premiere On Entertainment Tonight and VEVO Wednesday, January 23

Nashville, TN – 19 Recordings/Arista Nashville recording artist Carrie Underwood’s latest music video, “Two Black Cadillacs,” will make its broadcast and online debut on Entertainment Tonight and VEVO on Wednesday, January 23. Immediately following ET’s “Two Black Cadillacs” premiere feature, the music video may be viewed on VEVO.com, VEVO mobile apps as well as ET Online. Entertainment Tonight will reveal exclusive behind-the-scenes footage from the set of Underwood’s video shoot (check local listings for airtime). Directed by P.R. Brown and produced by Steve Lamar for LAMAR BROTHERS, the dramatic thriller “Two Black Cadillacs” was filmed in the Nashville area. The single is already an airplay hit as it races up country charts, and is currently #11 in Country Aircheck and #13 in Billboard. “Two Black Cadillacs” was written by Underwood, Josh Kear and Hillary Lindsey, and is the third release from Carrie’s platinum-selling Blown Away album. Chill and thrill seekers can watch the trailer of “Two Black Cadillacs” now at Carrie’s homepage at www.carrieunderwoodofficial.com. Blown Away made history this spring by debuting at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart, making Carrie only the second country artist in the 47-year history of the chart to have each of their first four albums debut at No. 1. Blown Away also debuted at No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart, making Carrie only the second country artist in history to have three consecutive albums debut at No. 1. Since releasing her debut, Some Hearts, in 2005, Carrie has sold more than 15 million albums with Some Hearts, 2007’s Carnival Ride, 2009’s Play On, and 2012's Blown Away, making her the best-selling American Idol in the U.S. She’s accumulated 16 No. 1 singles, seven 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. 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.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

TIM MCGRAW ACCELERATES INTO 2013 WITH THE 30 CITY "TWO LANES OF FREEDOM TOUR"

McGraw Launches First-Ever "Fanticipation" Program With Tumblr In Each Market Debut Big Machine Records Album "Two Lanes Of Freedom" Set For Release On Feb 5 Nashville, TN- Jan. 15, 2013- Country Music Icon Tim McGraw announced today that his TWO LANES OF FREEDOM 2013 TOUR, presented by Pennzoil, will crank up this summer in Birmingham, AL on May 2 and continue on to 30 cities through July. The U.S. trek, will also feature emerging artists Brantley Gilbert and Love and Theft. McGraw has partnered with Tumblr to create the "Fanticipation" program which will allow fans, for the first time ever, to announce through Tumblr when tickets will be available in their own hometown. Beginning in early February, McGraw will call a fan in each market who is selected to participate in "Fanticipation" and personally tip them off, so they can share the information with their friends and other McGraw fans first. For more information on "Fanticipation," click here: http://timmcgraw.tumblr.com/. After more than two decades on the road, McGraw's ability to entertain and command a crowd continues to be a defining characteristic of both his artistry and superstar status. Earlier this year the Tampa Tribune described McGraw's live show as "effortless" while the Atlanta Journal Constitution remarked "he's so casually cool onstage" and OC Weekly said "It's a bold claim, but McGraw could and should be poised to reign as king of country music…" "This album marks a new sense of excitement and artistic freedom for me, and I really wanted to extend that same feeling to the tour and create a cool vibe for the fans," explains McGraw. "Let's leave anything that might be weighing us down out in the parking lot and spend a few hours together feeling alive and free. We've started working up new songs from the album, and there's some really cool stuff we'll be able to pull out this summer. My band is just kick-ass…there's nothing these guys can't play! We'll be counting the days til Birmingham!" TWO LANES OF FREEDOM Tour Dates: 5/2 Birmingham, AL Oak Mountain Amphitheatre 5/3 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 5/4 Raleigh, NC Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion 5/10 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre 5/11 Tampa, FL 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre 5/12 Atlanta, GA Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood 5/17 Philadelphia, PA Susquehanna Bank Center 5/18 Pittsburgh, PA First Niagara Pavilion 5/19 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre 5/23 St. Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 5/24 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre 5/25 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center 5/26 Darien Lakes, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center 5/30 Indianapolis, IN Klipsch Music Center 5/31 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center 6/1 Washington, D.C. Jiffy LubeLive 6/7 San Diego, CA Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre 6/8 San Bernardino, CA San Manuel Amphitheatre 6/9 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre 6/13 Albuquerque, NM Hard Rock Casino Albuquerque Presents the Pavilion 6/14 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre 6/15 Denver, CO Fiddler's Green 6/20 Beaumont, TX Ford Park Pavilion 6/22 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion 6/28 Hartford, CT Comcast Theatre 6/29 Boston, MA Comcast Center 6/30 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center 7/25 Toronto, ONT Molson Canadian Amphitheatre 7/26 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center for the Arts 7/27 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach On Feb. 5, McGraw will release his first album on Big Machine Records, TWO LANES OF FREEDOM. The album follows his record-shattering career, selling over 40 million albums and dominating the charts with 32 No. one singles. Since the release of his debut album in 1993, he has won three GRAMMY’s, 14 ACM Awards, 12 CMA Awards, and 10 AMA’s, while simultaneously maintaining a parallel career as a successful actor in such films as the Oscar nominated The Blind Side, Country Strong and Friday Night Lights—as well as hosting Saturday Night Live, a rare honor for a singer in any genre. Nielsen-BDS recently certified McGraw as the most-played Country artist of the past 20 years (1992-2012) with more than 10 million spins detected and Mediabase recognized him as the most-played Country artist in the history of their tracking service. Brantley Gilbert has already earned a striking set of “notches” on his industry belt, including four No. one singles and impressive album sales of over 1 million. Rising duo Love and Theft celebrated their first No. one song "Angel Eyes" last year from their self-titled album. 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