Thursday, February 28, 2013

Traffic Mishap kills Toby Keith Bass Player/Band Leader

A man killed in a crash Wednesday night has been identified as Carl Reber “Chuck” Goff Jr., the bass player for Oklahoma country music star Toby Keith. Reber, 54, of Noble, was killed in a two-car collision that occurred about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday at 96th Street and Cemetery Road. Cleveland County sheriff's spokeswoman Meghan McCormick said the crash remains under investigation. Only the two drivers were involved in the wreck. The other driver was not injured, she said. Along with playing bass for Keith, Goff shared songwriting credits with the superstar on his hits “Upstairs Downtown” and “You Ain't Much Fun.” Goff also had his own signature bass through Dean Guitars. “We are deeply saddened by the sudden death of our band member, Chuck Goff,” Keith said in a statement released through his publicist. “He was a close friend for over 25 years, the band leader and bass player. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family.”

Tabloid CRAP...But it is out there!

This is the kind of crap you have to put up with! The negative part of being famous...so not true...she would kill him for one thing! They performed together tonight on the General Jackson for radio big shots.. I hate this for them but it goes with the territory!

WARNER MUSIC NASHVILLE CELEBRATES WITH SHERYL CROW BACKSTAGE AT TUESDAY NIGHT’S “SHERYL CROW AND FRIENDS” PERFORMANCE

(L-R) Scooter Weintraub (W Management), Charlie Worsham, John Esposito (President & CEO, WMN), Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Sheryl Crow, Peter Strickland (EVP/GM, WMN), Brad Paisley, Scott Hendricks (SVP A&R, WMN), John Oates, Brett Eldredge, Chris Stacey (SVP Promotion, WMN) NASHVILLE, TN – (February 28, 2013) – Nine-time GRAMMY award-winning artist and singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow shared an intimate evening with attendees at the exclusive Tuesday Night Country Club “Sheryl Crow and Friends” presented by Warner Music Nashville during this week’s Country Radio Seminar. Backstage, Warner Music Nashville and guests celebrated with Crow after a night of unforgettable performances for a sold-out crowd at aVenue Nashville. Since the release of her seven-times Platinum, GRAMMY award-winning debut Tuesday Night Music Club, Sheryl Crow has performed duets with musical luminaries such as Sting and Mick Jagger, released seven studio albums (each charting Top 10, four of them platinum-plus), a quadruple-platinum greatest hits collection and a Christmas album. She has also been nominated for an additional 27 GRAMMYs, her most recent for 2008’s critically acclaimed Detours. Crow launched her very own clothing line, Bootheel Trading Co., is a cancer survivor, has performed for President Obama and is a passionate supporter of a variety of environmental and health-related charities, including the NRDC, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and The World Food Program. Crow has sold more than 35 million records worldwide.

BLAKE SHELTON RISES TO BILLBOARD’S NO. 1 POSITION IN ONLY 8 WEEKS MA

NASHVILLE, TN – (February 28, 2013) – Blake Shelton’s current hit single “Sure Be Cool If You Did” reached the No. 1 position on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs today marking Blake’s fastest rise to date. “Sure Be Cool If You Did” is off his Warner Bros. Records release Based On A True Story…. due out March 26 and available for pre-order at Store.BlakeShelton.com. Blake was also presented with a surprise plaque on stage by Sheryl Crow during Tuesday Night Supper Club’s “Sheryl Crow and Friends” event in honor of his GRAMMY nominated album, Red River Blue, recently earning Platinum certification by the RIAA. Fans can catch Blake heading out on a major headlining tour of the U.S. beginning July 19th 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, Jana Kramer, will crisscross the country with dates through the summer. For “Ten Times Crazier” dates, visit: www.BlakeShelton.com/shows. Based On A True Story… Track Listing Boys ‘Round Here Sure Be Cool If You Did Do You Remember Small Town Big Time Country On The Radio My Eyes Doin’ What She Likes I Still Got A Finger Mine Would Be You Lay Low Ten Times Crazier Grandaddy’s Gun ACM Awards co-host, CMA Awards’ Entertainer of the Year and three-peat Male Vocalist of the Year, Blake Shelton, is one of the "most versatile of contemporary country singers" (The New York Times). With seven consecutive No. 1 singles (twelve overall), 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’s current hit, “Sure Be Cool If You Did,” is off his 10th studio recording available everywhere March 26th with Entertainment Weekly calling it “ludicrously catchy” with an A- rating. Blake Shelton’s passion for country music and his commitment to mentoring his teammates from The Voice make him an incredible ambassador for country music. Starting July 19 in Virginia Beach, VA, you can catch Blake live on his “Ten Times Crazier Tour.” For dates visit: www.BlakeShelton.com

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Jamming at CRS 2013

WHERE TO FIND BRAD PAISLEY ON THE ROAD

BRAD PAISLEY TO LAUNCH SUMMER TOUR ON MAY 9 BEAT THIS SUMMER TOUR Presented By Cracker Barrel Special Guests Include Chris Young and Lee Brice NASHVILLE, Tenn. Brad Paisley announced the first leg of his highly anticipated 2013 tour, Beat This Summer Tour presented by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®. The tour kicks off in St. Louis, Mo. on May 9 and will hit over 29 cities in the United States and Canada during the summer months. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® is the title sponsor of the tour. Special guests will be Chris Young and Lee Brice. More information and details of the tour will be announced soon. Paisley is proud to partner with Live Beyond by donating $1 from each ticket sale. Live Beyond is a Nashville nonprofit with a mission to provide medical care, clean water, nutritional support and development activities to impoverished communities in Haiti. Go to www.livebeyond.org for more information or to donate. “Teaming up with Brad Paisley for this tour is exciting for everyone at Cracker Barrel because he is one of the most highly-regarded modern-day entertainers, and his connection with country music fans, our brand, and our guests is such a phenomenal fit,” says Cracker Barrel Marketing Manager Julie Craig. “The tour integration itself is the largest we’ve ever launched as a brand, and we’re thrilled that the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® exclusive music program is helping to bring this amazing tour experience to thousands of fans." Paisley is a critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer, which has earned him three GRAMMYs, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards, 14 Country Music Association Awards including Entertainer of the Year for 2010, 3 ASCAP Country Music Songwriter/Artists awards and numerous other awards. He is a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry. Since his first #1 single in 1999 he has placed 21 singles at the top of the charts, the latest being his current single “Southern Comfort Zone.” Paisley’s upcoming album, Wheelhouse, will be released on April 9. Paisley produced the album and wrote or co-wrote all of the tracks. His 2012 Virtual Reality World Tour played to over one million fans in the U.S. and Europe. About Chris Young: 2013 is off to a great start with Grammy nominated vocalist Chris Young continuing to accumulate more career milestones. Highlights include recent TV performances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Talk, Katie, and the ACM Awards. He also added his fifth career topping single, PLATINUM and four GOLD RIAA certified singles, plus a GOLD album for his sophomore release, The Man I Want To Be to his accolades. With his rich, warm baritone and penchant for writing relatable, slice-of-life songs, Young, as described by Entertainment Weekly, clearly “has a long, lucrative future ahead of him.” For tour dates and all the latest information on Chris Young, visit http://chrisyoungcountry.com/ and follow him on Twitter @ChrisYoungMusic. About Lee Brice: Brice’s moving single “I Drive Your Truck” is the fastest moving single of his career, currently climbing the Top 15 at country radio. The new track follows two consecutive PLATINUM certified No. one hits “A Woman Like You” and “Hard To Love” off his sophomore release HARD 2 LOVE on Curb Records, which was named one of The New York Time’s Top 10 Albums of 2012 alongside artists including Frank Ocean, Kesha and Taylor Swift. iTunes also handpicked the album as part of their Best of 2012 feature as the “Top Country Breakthrough Album of the Year.” Brice recently received nominations for “New Male Vocalist of the Year” and “Song of the Year” for “A Woman Like You” at the upcoming 48th Annual ACM Awards. For more information, visit www.leebrice.com. About Cracker Barrel Old Country Store: Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. provides a friendly home-away-from-home in its old country stores and restaurants. Guests are cared for like family while relaxing and enjoying real home-style food and shopping that’s surprisingly unique, genuinely fun and reminiscent of America’s country heritage…all at a fair price. The restaurant serves up delicious, home-style country food such as meatloaf and homemade chicken n’ dumplins as well as its made-from-scratch biscuits using an old family recipe. The authentic old country retail store is fun to shop and offers unique gifts and self-indulgences. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (Nasdaq: CBRL) was established in 1969 in Lebanon, Tenn. and operates 621 company-owned locations in 42 states. Every Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® location is open seven days a week with hours Sunday through Thursday, 6 a.m. – 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 6 a.m. - 11 p.m. For more information, visit crackerbarrel.com. About Live Beyond: Mobile Medical Disaster Relief (MMDR) began as a response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005 with immediate delivery of medical aid and supplies to the affected regions. Since the 2010 Haiti earthquake, MMDR has worked extensively near Port-Au-Prince providing medical care, nutritional support, clean water, and micro-finance. Established as a 501(c)(3) humanitarian organization, MMDR has transitioned its work under a new name, Live Beyond, to reflect a broadened mission as an organization that chooses to Live Beyond ourselves our culture, our borders, and this life so that others can Live Beyond disease, hunger, poverty, and oppression. Brad Paisley Beat This Summer Tour Dates: 5/9 – St. Louis, Mo. | Verizon Wireless Amphitheater 5/10 – Indianapolis, Ind. | Klipsch Music Center 5/11 – Chicago, Ill. | First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre 5/16 – Holmdel, N.J. | PNC Bank Arts Center 5/17 – Boston, Ma.| Comcast Center 5/18 – Hartford, Ct. | Comcast Theatre 5/31 – Toronto, Ont. | Molson Canadian Amphitheatre 6/1 – Pittsburgh, Pa. | First Niagara Pavilion 6/2 – Saratoga Springs, N.Y. | Saratoga Performing ArtsCenter 6/6 – Cincinnati, Ohio | Riverbend Music Center 6/7 – Charlotte, N.C.| Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 6/8 – Raleigh, N.C. | Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion 6/21 – West Palm Beach, Fla. | Cruzan Amphitheatre * 6/22 – Tampa, Fla. | Live Nation Amphitheatre * 6/23 – Atlanta, Ga. | Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood * 6/28 – Virginia Beach, Va. | Farm Bureau Live 6/29 – Washington, DC Jiffy Lube Live 7/12 – Darien Center, N.Y. | Darien Lake Performing Arts Center 7/13 – Ft. Loramie, Ohio| Country Concert at Hickory Hills Lake 7/20 – Twin Lakes, Wisc. | Country Thunder Festival Grounds 7/27 – Dallas, Texas | Gexa Energy Pavilion 7/28 – Houston, Texas | Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 8/1 – Denver, Colo. | Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre 8/2 – Salt Lake City, Utah | USANA Amphitheatre 8/16 – Mission, B.C. | Rockin’ River Festival-Mission Raceway Park* 8/17 – Brownsville, Ore. Williamette Country Music Festival * 8/22 – Mountain View, Calif. | Shoreline Amphitheatre 8/23 – Sacramento, Calif. | Sleep Train Amphitheatre 8/24 – San Bernardino, Calif. | San Manuel Amphitheatre *No Lee Brice on these dates

TAYLOR ANNOUNCES GUEST ARTISTS FOR THE RED TOUR

TAYLOR SWIFT SIMULTANEOUSLY HITS #1 ON THE COUNTRY AND POP CHARTS -- TOPS COUNTRY CHART THIS WEEK WITH “BEGIN AGAIN” AND SPENDS 6TH WEEK AT #1 ON THE POP CHART WITH “I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE.” Nashville, TN – February 27, 2013 –Taylor Swift holds the #1 position at the top of both the Country and Pop radio airplay charts this week -- with two different singles from her 5X-Platinum plus album RED, released on Big Machine Records. “Begin Again,” the second song released to Country radio from RED, scores the #1 position this week atop the Country Aircheck/Mediabase Country chart, reaching a U.S. airplay audience of more than 50 million radio listeners. At Pop radio, Taylor is currently in her 6th consecutive week at #1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Top 40 chart and in her 5th consecutive week at #1 on the Mediabase Pop chart with “I Knew You Were Trouble.”, her second global Pop chart-topper from RED. “Begin Again” and “Trouble” have each reached #1 on both the all-genre and country iTunes singles sales charts. Both followed the release of RED’s lead single, the international Pop and Country #1 smash “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” Taylor will kick off her highly-anticipated The RED Tour just two weeks from today – March 13th, in Omaha, Nebraska. The North American portion of The RED Tour will include 13 stadium stops, for a total of 66 shows in 47 cities in 29 states and 3 provinces spanning 6 months in 2013. As previously announced, acclaimed singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran, whose duet with Taylor from her RED album, “Everything Has Changed,” reached the #1 position atop the iTunes all-genre Top Songs chart, will be a special guest on all of the shows on the tour. In addition, Austin Mahone will perform on each of the tour’s 13 stadium stops. Today, Taylor announced that she has added four new guest artists to The RED Tour: Joel Crouse, Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line, and Casey James. Ø Just 20 years old, Show Dog-Universal Music’s Joel Crouse wrote his first song at the age of 14, started a band when he was 15, graduated from high school at the age of 16 and was signed to his record deal not long after his 19th birthday. Crouse recently released his first single, “If You Want Some,” to country radio—which he co-penned with acclaimed songwriter Luke Laird and his producer Jamie Houston—from his forthcoming yet-to-be-titled summer debut album. www.joelcrouse.com Ø Brett Eldredge has always felt the passion to perform, and with his debut album slated to be released this year on Atlantic Records and his infectious new single “Don’t Ya” making an impact at radio now, this Illinois native is poised for a breakout. Whether impressing audiences with his powerhouse vocals or displaying his unique sense of humor on Twitter, Eldredge’s contagious energy continues to inspire his rapidly-increasing fan base. www.bretteldredge.com Ø Since releasing their multi-week #1, double-Platinum debut single, “Cruise,” Florida Georgia Line has exploded on to the country music scene, gaining the attention of fans and superstars alike with their fresh combination of eclectic beats and expressive lyrics. Their Republic Nashville debut album, Here’s To The Good Times, earned the highest debut album sales of 2012 for a new Country artist. www.FloridaGeorgiaLine.com Ø A native of Cool, Texas, Casey James was born into a musical family and has been singing longer than he’s been talking and has been playing in bands since high school. A 3rd place finisher on American Idol, Casey wrote eight of the songs on his self-titled 19/Columbia Nashville debut album, which debuted at #2 on SoundScan’s Country chart last year and has yielded the Top 20 single, "Lets Don't Call it A Night" and the current Top 15 hit, "Crying On A Suitcase.” www.caseyjamesofficial.com Ø 16 year-old Austin Mahone’s rise to stardom can be attributed to the inspiring drum set that appeared under the Christmas tree in his home town of La Vernia, Texas, when he was just six years old. Fast forward to 2010, Mahone started uploading his YouTube page covers of his favorite artists, and a massive following of "Mahomies" began to organically amass, resulting in more than 102 million YouTube views and 1.8 million followers on Twitter. www.austinmahone.com Ø Dubbed “the breakout star of 2013” by Billboard magazine, 22 year-old British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran recently performed his debut single “The A Team” with Sir Elton John at this year’s GRAMMY Awards, where the multi-format smash was nominated for Song of the Year. Sheeran’s follow-up single, “Lego House,” is already beginning its ascent up the charts, and both songs are featured on his debut album, “+”, which entered the UK Albums Chart at #1 and has since been certified 5x-platinum. “+” debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200 upon its stateside release via Elektra Records last year. In addition to Ed Sheeran, these guest artists will open the following shows: DATE CITY GUEST ARTIST March 13 & 14 Omaha, Nebraska Brett Eldredge March 18 & 19 St. Louis, Missouri Brett Eldredge March 22 Charlotte, North Carolina Brett Eldredge March 23 Columbia, South Carolina Brett Eldredge March 27 & 28 & 29 Newark, New Jersey Florida Georgia Line April 10 Miami, Florida Brett Eldredge April 11 & 12 Orlando, Florida Brett Eldredge April 18 & 19 Atlanta, Georgia Brett Eldredge April 20 Tampa, Florida Brett Eldredge April 25 Cleveland, Ohio Brett Eldredge April 26 Indianapolis, Indiana Brett Eldredge April 27 Lexington, Kentucky Brett Eldredge May 4 Detroit, Michigan Austin Mahone and Brett Eldredge May 7 Louisville, Kentucky Florida Georgia Line May 8 Columbus, Ohio Florida Georgia Line May 11 & 12 Washington, DC Brett Eldredge May 16 Houston, Texas Brett Eldredge May 21 Austin, Texas Florida Georgia Line May 22 San Antonio, Texas Florida Georgia Line May 25 Dallas, Texas Austin Mahone and Florida Georgia Line May 28 & 29 Glendale, Arizona Joel Crouse June 1 Salt Lake City, Utah Joel Crouse June 2 Denver, Colorado Joel Crouse June 14 & 15 Toronto, Ontario Austin Mahone and Joel Crouse June 22 Winnipeg, Manitoba Austin Mahone and Joel Crouse June 25 & 26 Edmonton, Alberta Joel Crouse June 29 Vancouver, British Columbia Austin Mahone and Joel Crouse July 6 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Austin Mahone and Joel Crouse July 13 East Rutherford, New Jersey Austin Mahone and Joel Crouse July 19 & 20 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Austin Mahone and Joel Crouse July 26 & 27 Foxborough, Massachusetts Austin Mahone and Joel Crouse August 1 Des Moines, Iowa Florida Georgia Line August 2 & 3 Kansas City, Missouri Florida Georgia Line August 6 Wichita, Kansas Casey James August 7 Tulsa, Oklahoma Casey James August 10 Chicago, Illinois Austin Mahone and Casey James August 15 San Diego, California Casey James August 19, 20, 23 & 24 Los Angeles, California Casey James August 27 Sacramento, California Casey James August 30 Portland, Oregon Casey James August 31 Tacoma, Washington Casey James September 6 Fargo, North Dakota Casey James September 7 & 8 St. Paul, Minnesota Casey James September 12 Greensboro, North Carolina Casey James September 13 Raleigh, North Carolina Casey James September 14 Charlottesville, Virginia Casey James September 19, 20 & 21 Nashville, Tennessee Casey James A complete listing of tour dates is available at www.taylorswift.com. The RED Tour will be produced and promoted by The Messina Group (TMG). At Taylor’s request, every show includes tickets priced at under $50. The tour activation partners are American Greetings, Diet Coke, Keds, and Taylor Swift Fragrance. All will be on the road with The RED Tour, bringing fun experiences and opportunities to fans at each show. Earlier this month, Taylor won her 7th career GRAMMY award, bringing home GRAMMY gold for Best Song Written for Visual Media for “Safe & Sound” from The Hunger Games. Taylor is featured on the cover of the March issue of ELLE and the April cover of InStyle UK.

George Strait Accepts Radio Hall of Fame Honor

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Kenny Chesney New CD Art

Brad Paisley Serious about WATER!

Live Beyond... is partnering with Brad and Kim Paisley to provide clean water in Haiti and challenge others to donate. The Live Beyond... Thirst campaign is targeting establishment of 100 clean water collection sites which will support the entire community of Thomazeau, Haiti. "Clean water leads to healthy people, which leads to less time trying to survive and more time trying to figure out what they want to do with their lives." Brad Paisley Recognizing that pure water is essential to health and wellness throughout the world, MMDR provides a number of methods for water purification and filtration depending upon the needs of the situation. MMDR typically either provides water on a household basis or for an entire community. In Haiti, where cholera has ravaged many of the rural villages MMDR has supplied Sawyer 0.1 water filters to individual families to help stem the spread of the deadly disease. In Ghana, where entire island villages depend upon the contaminated local lake water, MMDR provides a New Life water purifier with a great enough capacity for the entire village. Other situations call for other means of providing clean water.

Wynonna booked for Dancing With The Stars

GARTH BROOKS, KID ROCK, SAM MOORE, SHELBY LYNNE AND THE OAK RIDGE BOYS JOIN GEORGE JONES FOR HIS FINAL NASHVILLE CONCERT

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2013 AT NASHVILLE’S BRIDGESTONE ARENA Nashville, TN (February 26, 2013) – The mega-stars continue to lineup for George Jones’ final concert, which is set for Friday, November 22, 2013 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Garth Brooks, Kid Rock, Shelby Lynne, The Oak Ridge Boys and Sam Moore are the latest acts announced for the historic event. The celebrity packed lineup also includes Dierks Bentley, Charlie Daniels, Jamey Johnson, Montgomery Gentry, Lorrie Morgan, Kenny Rogers, Randy Travis, Tanya Tucker, Josh Turner and Gene Watson. More stars are expected to be announced as performers gear up to pay tribute to one of the world’s most accomplished recording artists. “Being joined by so many incredible singers while doing what I love will be truly heartwarming,” says George Jones. “It’s shaping up to be more than I expected or could have ever imagined,” he adds. Tickets for the Nashville finale are available at all Ticketmaster locations. George Jones, often referred to as the "the greatest living country singer" will mark the end of an era with 2013’s farewell tour titled "The Grand Tour". The tour is expected to make approximately 44 stops this year. The icon’s hits, "I Don't Need Your Rockin' Chair", "Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes", "White Lightning" and "He Stopped Loving Her Today" will surely be part of each night’s set list, along with plenty of guests and surprises. About George Jones George Jones is the #2 best-charting country artist of all time, with a staggering list of hit singles since the ‘50s. The Beaumont, Texas native also has 143 Top 40 hits to his name, has received two Grammy Awards, was a 2008 Kennedy Center Honor recipient, is a Country Music Hall of Fame member, was presented with a GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 and holds a National Medal of Arts medallion. For more information on George Jones, please visit www.georgejones.com

Monday, February 25, 2013

Brandi Glanville..Early Arrival at Oscars

Nicole Kidman as Princess Grace

SAMMY KERSHAW, AARON TIPPIN & JOE DIFFIE HIT THE ROAD FOR THE 2013 "ROOTS & BOOTS" TOUR

Nashville, Tenn. (February 25, 2013) - Country music veterans Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippin and Joe Diffie have teamed up for a national tour they're calling "Roots & Boots." On stage together, the trio perform acoustic versions of their more than 40 Top Ten hit songs, as well as share stories about the roots of their music (view tour EPK here). "The 'Roots & Boots' tour is three friends who love country music having a good time, telling jokes about each other and telling jokes on each other," says Kershaw. "We tell stories behind all of our songs. It's a great show, so don't be square, be there!" Diffie adds, "Sam, Aaron and I have a great time doing these shows and the fans do too. It's always an adventure." Tippin says of the tour, "Being onstage with Sammy and Joe is a blast. I admire both of these guys so much. We have a great time together and the show is different every night and always a lot of fun." Kershaw's platinum-selling albums have had hits such as "She Don't Know She's Beautiful," "I Can't Reach Her Anymore" and "National Working Woman's Holiday." Tippin's fame was launched with the release of his uncompromising single "You've Got to Stand For Something." He followed that with other major hits including "Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly," "There Ain't Nothing Wrong with the Radio" and "Kiss This." Since he first topped the charts in 1990 with "Home," Diffie has delivered twelve #1 hits, twenty top 10's and four gold and platinum albums. 2013 "Roots & Boots" Tour Dates: March 8 - Wilkesboro, NC - John A. Walker Community Center March 12 - Palm Desert, CA - McCallum Theatre for the Performing Arts March 13 - Modesto, CA - Gallo Center for the Arts March 14 - Redding, CA - The Cascade Theatre March 15 - La Mirada, CA - La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts March 16 - Chandler, AZ - Chandler Center for the Arts March 17 - El Cajon, CA - Sycuan Casino March 18, 19 - Folsom, CA - Three Stages At Folsom Lake College March 23 - Rising Sun, IN - Rising Star Casino Resort March 24 - Meadville, PA - Alleghey College Auditorium March 29 - Mahnomen, MN - Shooting Star Casino April 6 - Biloxi, MS - IP Casino Resort & Spa / Convention Center April 19 - Moncton, Canada - The Centre At Casino New Brunswick May 10 - Branson, MO - RFD-TV Theatre May 11 - Sand Springs, OK - Osage Casino - Sand Springs May 24 - Pigeon Forge, TN - Country Tonite Theatre

Tim's 33rd #1

Nashville, TN— Feb. 25, 2013— Country superstar and consistent hitmaker Tim McGraw claimed his 33rd No. one single this week with "One Of Those Nights" landing at the top spot on the Billboard Country chart. The single, from his No. one selling album TWO LANES OF FREEDOM (Big Machine Records), follows a multitude of chart-topping hits ranging from "Don't Take The Girl" and "I Like It, I Love It" to "Where The Green Grass Grows," "The Cowboy In Me" and "Live Like You Were Dying." "It feels great to have the No. one song…it's always a really special feeling," said McGraw. "Country radio has never let me down, and I'm so thankful for those relationships. It's going to be a great song for the tour this summer…it sets the perfect tone for an awesome night!" Up next for McGraw is an all-star concert special, ACM PRESENTS: TIM McGRAW'S SUPERSTAR SUMMER NIGHT, taping April 8 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and broadcast at a later date on the CBS Television Network. He'll be calling on his friends to help kick off the 2013 touring season and raise money and awareness for ACM Lifting Lives. 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. McGraw's TWO LANES OF FREEDOM (Feb. 5) debuted at No. one on the Billboard Country Albums chart marking his 14th career No. one debut. Since the release of his debut album in 1993, McGraw has sold over 40 million albums, 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.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Fire at Loretta Lynn's

Fire at a building on Loretta Lynn's property tonight in West Tennessee... Waverly FD fought the blaze at one of the building at the ranch compound... No one hurt..the building was destroyed but not considered to be a critical structure.. The ranch was damaged by high winds several weeks ago...

Jason Starts TONIGHT

Nashville, TN – Feb. 21, 2013 – ACM Entertainer of the Year nominee Jason Aldean is gearing up for his biggest tour to date, and one of the most anticipated of this year, as 19 buses and trucks and over 100 band and crewmembers roll into Bossier City, LA tonight for the first show of the 2013 NIGHT TRAIN TOUR's sold out run. Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett are set to open the tour that has already sold over 350,000 tickets for the first dates. “We’ve been down in Tupelo, MS the last week or so getting ready,” said Aldean. “It's like Christmas with all the new toys we've got on stage…I don’t even understand how my crew makes all this happen night after night, but it’s awesome. I'm pumped about the new songs we've added to the set, and everything just feels fresh and exciting. I wasn't sure how we would top the My Kinda Party tour, but I feel pretty certain we've done it." The all-new production includes 1750 square feet of high-resolution video panels and will take more than 130 crewmembers to set up each day. Fans can expect to hear new songs off his recently released Platinum album NIGHT TRAIN, including brand new single “1994,” “The Only Way I Know,” “Night Train,” and “When She Says Baby." Aldean announced this week that the third single off his PLATINUM album NIGHT TRAIN is the fun dose of nostalgia “1994.” He will debut “1994” this Tues. on TODAY (2/26) and on Wed. on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2/27). While in NYC, he'll also perform at the All for the Hall New York show in the Best Buy Theatre where he will join Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris and more in raising money for the Country Music Hall of Fame and at his first-ever show in Madison Square Garden, which sold out a few weeks ago in less than 10 minutes. The 2013 NIGHT TRAIN tour also includes sold out stadium shows at the University of Georgia’s Sanford Stadium (4/13), two shows at Boston’s Fenway Park (7/12 and 7/13) and Chicago’s Wrigley Field (7/20). For a full list of appearances and more information, visit www.jasonaldean.com

New LA House for Eddie and Leann

Mindy McCready...What a Shame!!!

LADY ANTEBELLUM REVEALS PLANS TO RELEASE THEIR FOURTH STUDIO ALBUM GOLDEN ON MAY 7

Nashville, TN – Feb. 19, 2013 – From Good Morning America’s New York City studio this morning, seven-time GRAMMY winning trio Lady Antebellum announced the release of their fourth Capitol Nashville studio album GOLDEN, available in stores on May 7. “This album feels to me like one of those that from start to finish could be a good road-trip record and that’s what we wanted,” said Lady A’s Charles Kelley. “It’s one of the reasons why the term ‘golden’ was kind of cool. I think about road trips and driving down the road with those little streaks of sunshine popping through the trees, especially at sunset. ‘Golden’…it just gives you this warm, easy feeling.” “Writing and recording this record really took us back to when we first met each other,” added Hillary Scott. “When I first met the boys, we spent a lot of time around the piano at the house they lived in at the time. We didn’t really know each other at all, but there was still some magic and then the harmonies – that’s how it all started - that blend of our voices and that blend of our songwriting craft. So, it’s exciting that even on our fourth record, we can still find that.” “The word ‘golden’ to me conjures up a lot of pictures,” continued Dave Haywood. “In the title track, it depicts driving down the road at sunset but, to me, it also depicts a special time in our career…a ‘golden,’ special time for us. We definitely want to value this time in our careers because it’s such a treasure that we can still sit in a room and write songs together. I personally feel so humbled to still be making records that people are excited to hear.” The new album’s lead single “Downtown” already stormed the Country radio charts, becoming the trio’s career highest charting debut. People noted “this preview of Lady A’s next album is slinky, sexy fun…crazy-catchy and downright soulful.” Lady A’s previous three studio albums have paved the way for GOLDEN, 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.

Craig Morgan Sings for the Runners

Craig Morgan to Headline St. Jude Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon Presented by Nissan Rising Star Sarah Darling Confirmed to Open Nashville, Tenn., (Feb. 19, 2013) – Country Music star Craig Morgan and special guest, Sarah Darling, will lend their talented voices to the 14th annual St. Jude Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon presented by Nissan. Continuing the tradition of combining great country music with Nashville’s premier running event, Morgan and Darling will cap the weekend of festivities with a post-race concert at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. CST on Saturday, April 27. The musically themed road race attracts more than 30,000 runners, walkers and 6,000 junior racers through ING KiDS ROCK Nashville, who will take on the 26.2 and 13.1-mile courses while passing many of Nashville’s best live bands along the route. Complimentary concert tickets are provided to all registered runners and volunteers. Runners may purchase additional tickets for $35. "As a Nashville area native, I'm proud to represent Country Music and St. Jude and give all the runners a chance to let loose after the big race. Save up some energy for the end of the night because we're gonna make sure you leave Music City with a lot of great memories!", said Craig Morgan. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®, one of the world's premier centers for the research and treatment of childhood cancer and other deadly diseases, is the official benefiting charity of the St. Jude Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon. Again this year, participants registered for the race are encouraged to also sign up as St. Jude Heroes and Run For a Reason®. St. Jude Heroes, a special group who raise incremental funds for the hospital by securing donations from family, friends and co-workers, are instrumental in supporting the $1.8 million per day it takes to run the hospital. Thanks to the generosity of donors, no family ever pays St. Jude for anything. St. Jude covers the cost of treatment, travel, lodging and food for each patient and a family member. “Last year was a remarkable year for the St. Jude Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon, with our supporters raising more than $700,000 for our lifesaving mission,” said Richard Shadyac, Jr., CEO of ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “We’re grateful to be a part of this amazing race, and for the support of St. Jude Heroes, race participants and avid country music fans who are helping us raise awareness and funds to continue finding cures and saving the lives of children around the world.” St. Jude Heroes earn special fundraising incentives, like a free race entry, lodging and airfare. Registered runners and anyone interested in donating can view the complete list of fundraising options and benefits. “The St. Jude Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon presented by Nissan continues as a marquee event in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series,” said Adam Zocks, the event’s vice president and general manager. “We are thrilled that Craig and Sarah will perform at this year’s post-race concert and are proud that so many participants return year after year to experience the event and everything Nashville has to offer.” For more information or to register for the event, visit Competitor.com and follow the marathon on Twitter @RunRocknRoll. About Craig Morgan One of country music’s best-loved artists, Craig Morgan has made a name for himself with massive radio airplay of his signature hits: “Bonfire,” “Almost Home,” “Redneck Yacht Club,” “That’s What I Love About Sunday,” “International Harvester” and "This Ole Boy," the title track to his new album on Black River Entertainment. The project boasted a Top 5 album debut on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart when it released last year and delivered Morgan's latest hit, "More Trucks Than Cars." Craig received one of country music’s highest honors when he was inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2008. Prior to becoming a country music and TV sensation, Craig Morgan spent over 10 years of active duty in the Army and an additional nine years in the Army Reserves. He is an avid supporter of America’s military personnel and a recipient of the 2006 USO Merit Award. In addition to a prolific country music career, he hosts the award-winning show “Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors" and co-hosts "Field & Stream's Total Outdoorsman Challenge," both airing on Outdoor Channel. For more information on Craig Morgan, please visit www.craigmorgan or follow him on Twitter @CMorganmusic. About Sarah Darling Touted by the New York Times as a “sophisticated songwriter” with a “crisp, powerful voice,” Sarah Darling has found success with three consecutive #1 videos ("Something To Do With Your Hands," "Blackbird," and her current single, "Home To Me") and as a frequent guest on the Grand Ole Opry. During the month of February, Sarah Darling was featured twice as the musical guest on ABC’s The Bachelor and is performing on CONAN, March 4th. Available now, the Home To Me EP includes both the album and an acoustic version of the title track performed on The Bachelor. On Valentine's Day, Sarah Darling joined Season 10 American Idol winner Scotty McCreery as they kicked off the Weekend Roadtrip Tour 2013. Sarah is currently recording her forthcoming album with producer Dann Huff (Keith Urban, Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes, Rascal Flatts) featured on millions of MoonPie boxes and confidently making her mark on the country music scene as one to watch in 2013. For more information and tour dates, follow Sarah Darling on Twitter @_SarahDarling, facebook.com/OfficialSarahDarling and visit www. sarahdarling.com About the St. Jude Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon A Competitor event, the St. Jude Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon presented by Nissan will celebrate its 14th running in the Music City on Saturday, April 27, 2013. Featuring many of Nashville’s best live bands on 28 stages along the 26.2 and 13.1-mile courses, the musically themed road race annually attracts more than 30,000 runners. Race weekend will kick off with a two-day Health & Fitness Expo on Thursday, April 25 and includes the ING KiDS ROCK Nashville and a post-race concert Saturday night at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium. All participants receive a free ticket to the concert. For more information, please visit Competitor.com or follow @RunRocknRoll on Twitter. About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Since opening 50 years ago, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has changed the way the world treats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. No family ever pays St. Jude for the care their child receives and, for every child treated here, thousands more have been saved worldwide through St. Jude discoveries. The hospital has played a pivotal role in pushing U.S. pediatric cancer survival rates from 20 to 80 percent overall, and is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. It is also a leader in the research and treatment of blood disorders and infectious diseases in children. St. Jude was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, who believed that no child should die in the dawn of life. Join that mission by visiting stjude.org or following us on facebook.com/stjude and twitter.com/stjude. # # # #

Jason Aldean Tour Kicks Off Tonight

JASON ALDEAN FLASHES BACK TO “1994” FOR THE THIRD SINGLE OFF PLATINUM ALBUM NIGHT TRAIN Aldean Heads to NYC Next Week for Multiple Television Appearances, All For The Hall New York and a Sold-Out Madison Square Garden Show Nashville, TN – Feb. 19, 2013 – PLATINUM selling entertainer Jason Aldean will give country radio a dose of nostalgia unlike anything heard before when he releases his next single, “1994,” available on Play MPE today. “1994” embraces hip-hop elements and takes listeners on a fun journey through the year Aldean was a senior in high school, Justin Bieber was born, OJ Simpson’s white Bronco sped across the nation's TV screens and a gallon of gas only cost $1.09. When Aldean first heard the demo of the song, written by Barry Dean, Luke Laird and Thomas Rhett, he nearly fell out of his chair laughing and knew it was something totally different that he wanted to take a crack at recording for the record. “I love that this song gets such a reaction from people,” said Aldean. “Country music in the mid-90's was a big influence on my career, and I played all the songs that are referenced in '94 back in my club days. Joe Diffie was rocking a sick mullet, and he was hotter than ever…just putting out monster hit after monster hit. It totally takes me back to those days, and it makes me smile every time I hear it." Critics prove that the song’s unique approach is well-received, with the Associated Press praising Aldean’s risk-taking by saying, “As much as Aldean has tested the conventions of country music in recent years, nothing comes close to the nerve it took to cut ‘1994’.” Additionally, Billboard labels it “the most downright fun country song to emerge this year” and claims that it “represents the blending of hip-hop to country like no other song before it.” Click here to preview "1994" - http://thegreenroompr.com/jasonaldean.html Aldean will debut “1994” next Tues. on TODAY (2/26) and on Wed. on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2/27). While in NYC, he'll also perform at the All for the Hall New York show at the Best Buy Theatre where he will join Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris and more in raising money for the Country Music Hall of Fame and at his first-ever show at Madison Square Garden, which sold out a few weeks ago in less than 10 minutes. The 2013 NIGHT TRAIN tour kicks off this Thurs. with a sold out first weekend and continues on to 24 cities through May. Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett will open for Aldean on the tour which also includes sold out stadium shows at the University of Georgia’s Sanford Stadium (4/13), two shows at Boston’s Fenway Park (7/12 and 7/13) and Chicago’s Wrigley Field (7/20). For a full list of appearances and more information, please visit www.jasonaldean.com

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

You Had to be There! Jimmy at Leo Laporte's studio North of SF

TWIT TV....seen around the world..the hats? tradition

Cats I shot at LA and Bham Zoos

Kelly Clarkson and Clive Davis War With Words

February 19, 2013Hey y'all,

So I just heard Clive Davis is releasing a memoir and spreading false information about me and my music. I refuse to be bullied and I just have to clear up his memory lapses and misinformation for myself and for my fans. It feels like a violation. Growing up is awesome because you learn you don't have to cower to anyone - even Clive Davis.

First, he says I burst into "hysterical sobbing" in his office when he demanded Since You Been Gone be on my album. Not true at all. His stories and songs are mixed up. I did want more guitars added to the original demo and Clive did not. Max, Luke and I still fought for the bigger sound and we prevailed and I couldn't be more proud of the life of that song. I resent him dampening that song in any way.

But, yes, I did cry in his office once. I cried after I played him a song I had written about my life called "Because Of You." I cried because he hated it and told me verbatim that I was a "sh*tty writer who should be grateful for the gifts that he bestows upon me." He continued on about how the song didn't rhyme and how I should just shut up and sing. This was devastating coming from a man who I, as a young girl, considered a musical hero and was so honored to work with.
But I continued to fight for the song and the label relented. And it became a worldwide hit. He didn't include that in the book.

He also goes on to say My December wasn't successful because I co-penned the album and it didn't have "pop hits". Well, first let me say, I've co-penned many of my "pop hits." Secondly, My December went platinum (It sold 20,000 less than All I Ever Wanted which followed My December.) Hardly a huge failure. Never Again, the ONLY single they released in the US from that record was a Top 10 hit. I am very proud of that and I have my fans to thank. But, again, what's most interesting about his story is what he leaves out: He doesn't mention how he stood up in front of his company at a convention and belittled me and my music and completely sabotaged the entire project. It never had a chance to reach it's full potential. My December was an album I needed to make for myself for many reasons and the fact that I was so completely disregarded and disrespected was so disheartening, there really aren't words to explain….

Anyway, I love my job. I love my music. I love my fans. I love my label and all of my professional relationships… now. And I am grateful for Clive for teaching me to know the difference.

Cheers to another amazing year! And, as always, thanks for listening!

KC

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

TIM MCGRAW CLOCKS 14TH NO. ONE BILLBOARD DEBUT WITH TWO LANES OF FREEDOM

Major Media Outlets Praise McGraw's Debut On Big Machine Records Nashville, TN--Feb. 13, 2013--Country superstar Tim McGraw landed his 14th No. one album debut on the Billboard Country Albums chart this week with the release of TWO LANES OF FREEDOM. The album also claims the top spot on the All-Genre Digital Albums chart amid a coast-to-coast release week that took the PLATINUM selling entertainer from The Super Bowl to the GRAMMY Awards. Music critics are praising the 11 song disc for its impressive balance of iconic McGraw material with broader new sounds influenced by everything from celtic to piano pop. "If this is an indication of McGraw's next phase, then let Freedom ring again and again." USA Today "…a major new start for McGraw…" Los Angeles Times "McGraw has sold over 40 million albums, earned 32 No. 1 singles, won three Grammys and collected over 30 other music awards. Two Lanes of Freedom is about to up the numbers in all of those categories." Edmonton Journal "McGraw is a master of balancing lighter fare and introspection, seamlessly shape-shifting from life of the party to brooding philosopher, emoting the trickier, riskier byways of pain and regret as skillfully as he approaches the more common themes of romance and freewheeling good times." Billboard "McGraw is a savvy artist and picker of songs, wisely choosing those that will keep him commercially viable but continuing to stretch his legs." Boston Globe Up next for McGraw is an all-star concert special, ACM PRESENTS: TIM McGRAW'S SUPERSTAR SUMMER NIGHT, taping April 8 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and broadcast at a later date on the CBS Television Network. He will be 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.

Brad Paisley Reveals Album Cover For Wheelhouse

Release Date – April 9 Nashville, TN – Brad Paisley revealed the album cover for his upcoming release, Wheelhouse, via his website yesterday. Fans can go to www.bradpaisley.com and participate in a layered reveal experience that includes a fan mosaic, hidden icons that unlock special items, and an exclusive making-of-the-album interview by Brad and information on how to enter a national sweepstakes. Brad Paisley Confirms Track Listing for Wheelhouse Which Streets April 9 “Southern Comfort Zone” Becomes Paisley’s 21st No.1 Interactive Wheelhouse Cover Reveal Begins Today Nashville, TN – Country superstar Brad Paisley garners his 21st No. 1 single with “Southern Comfort Zone,” and today confirms the track listing for his 8th regular studio album, Wheelhouse, set for release on Arista Nashville on Tuesday, April 9. Beginning today, fans will be able to participate in an interactive reveal of the Wheelhouse and Wheelhouse (Deluxe Version) album covers at www.bradpaisley.com. The layered reveal experience includes a fan mosaic, hidden icons that unlock special items, an exclusive Brad Paisley making-of-the-album interview and information on how to enter a national sweepstakes. Produced by Paisley, the 14 songs and 3 interstitials, along with the songwriters and any special guest collaborations, are indicated below. Paisley wrote or co-wrote all of the complete songs featured on Wheelhouse, including the lead hit, “Southern Comfort Zone.” 1. “Bon Voyage” 2. “Southern Comfort Zone” [Brad Paisley/Chris DuBois/Kelley Lovelace] 3. “Beat This Summer” [Brad Paisley/Chris DuBois/Luke Laird] 4. “Outstanding In Our Field” (Featuring Dierks Bentley and Roger Miller with Hunter Hayes on guitar) [Brad Paisley/Mike Dean/Chris DuBois/Lee Thomas Miller/Roger Miller] 5. “Pressing On A Bruise” (Featuring Mat Kearney) [Brad Paisley/Mat Kearney/Kelley Lovelace] 6. “I Can't Change The World” [Brad Paisley/Chris DuBois/Kelley Lovelace] 7. “幽 女” [Brad Paisley/Justin Williamson/Randle Currie] 8. “Karate” (Featuring Charlie Daniels) [Brad Paisley/Chris DuBois/Kelley Lovelace] 9. “Death of a Married Man” (Featuring Eric Idle) [Brad Paisley] 10. “Harvey Bodine” [Brad Paisley/Chris DuBois/Kelley Lovelace] 11. “Tin Can On A String” [Brad Paisley/Ashley Gorley/Kelley Lovelace] 12. “Death Of A Single Man” [Brad Paisley/Kelley Lovelace/Lee Thomas Miller] 13. “The Mona Lisa” [Brad Paisley/Chris DuBois] 14. “Accidental Racist” (Featuring LL Cool J) [Brad Paisley/Lee Thomas Miller/LL Cool J] 15. “Runaway Train” [Brad Paisley/Chris DuBois/Kelley Lovelace] 16. “Those Crazy Christians” [Brad Paisley/Kelley Lovelace] 17. “Officially Alive” [Brad Paisley] Four additional tracks will be included on the Wheelhouse (Deluxe Version). Fans can preorder Wheelhouse and Wheelhouse (Deluxe Version) now on Amazon at http://smarturl.it/amazonwheelhouse.

Did Taylor Dress Like Harry????

Why is Taylor not standing?????? HMMM