Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Donations, Proceeds from downloads of “Spread The Love” Go To Injured @ the Boston Marathon In Need of Prosthetics + The Care that Goes with Them Boston: Like so many, Kenny Chesney watched the bombings at the Boston Marathon in incredulity and horror. The idea that people who’d trained so hard, who’d improved and become better runners for the iconic race – and those who’d turned out to cheer them on – would be injured was unthinkable. Like so many, he didn’t know what to do; like so many people, he wanted to make a difference. After careful consideration, Chesney reached out to WKLB-FM and explained his desire to help fund and support prosthetics for the people who were having or would ultimately need amputations. Saddened by the state of the world, he wanted to sow healing for the nation’s souls, as well as the broken bodies of the people affected. Beyond making a sizeable donation for seed money, Chesney decided to put his music where his heart was. He’s establishing the Spread the Love Fund to work with Boston Medical Center (BMC) to help pay for not just prosthetics, but the fitting, ongoing care and physical therapy required. All Chesney’s proceeds from the downloaded single sales of “Spread The Love,” his track co-written and recorded with the Wailers, go to the fund, which will benefit post-acute care for victims of traumatic injuries from the Boston Marathon bombings at BMC or other Boston hospitals. In addition, people are encouraged to donate what they can, knowing the money will help the injured regain as much mobility as possible. “It’s hard to imagine a world where taking your children to school, going to the movies or witnessing something as iconic as the Boston Marathon is a dangerous thing to do,” Chesney says. “For me, I want to help give these people as much of their lives back as possible, but I’d also like to counteract some of the negativity in the world… Remind people that there are more good people out there, and it’s up to us to ‘Spread the Love.’ “Music can be healing. When you’re at your lowest, it can inspire… The way these athletes, their friends, family and the city of Boston inspire me! I want to give back to the ones who need it, but also to heal all of us a little bit. So, spread the love.” “I am honored that Mr. Chesney has selected Boston Medical Center as the home of the Spread the Love Fund,” says Kate Walsh, President and CEO of Boston Medical Center. “BMC cared for many of the patients most seriously injured in the Boston Marathon bombings, patients who have a long journey of recovery ahead. Over time, the spotlight will fade, but their needs will go on. “We thank Mr. Chesney for stepping forward to make sure these and all the Marathon patients have all the support they need over the long haul,” Walsh continues. “Thank you for embracing Boston, these patients and their families, and everyone who has gotten us through this very challenging time. Your generosity, vision and support will keep us Boston Strong.” “We are extremely grateful to Kenny Chesney for spearheading a Boston-based fund that will meet real immediate and future needs: prosthetics and prosthetic therapy for victims. This will help make their long road to recovery a little shorter,” says Mike Brophey, WKLB/Country 102.5 Program Director. “Boston Medical Center, the patients with prosthetic needs, and the City of Boston will quickly and directly benefit from the Spread The Love Fund.” Beyond downloading “Spread the Love” (https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/life-on-a-rock/id606542649), giving to those in need is as simple as a click. Boston Medical Center has established a dedicated link for the Spread the Love Fund, which can be accessed here: www.bmc.org/kenny. “I can’t change what happened,” Chesney says. “I can’t imagine how the families, as well the city of Boston, feel – and I want to do what I can. If we can all remember that the negativity only wins if we let it, that’s a good start. That, and helping these families with this huge process of dealing with a prosthetic. Hopefully, we can all come together and make a difference.” About Boston Medical Center: Boston Medical Center is a private, not-for-profit, 496-bed, academic medical center that is the primary teaching affiliate of Boston University School of Medicine. Committed to providing high-quality health care to all, the hospital offers a full spectrum of pediatric and adult care services including primary and family medicine and advanced specialty care with an emphasis on community-based care. Boston Medical Center offers specialized care for complex health problems and is a leading research institution. Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine are partners in the Boston HealthNet—15 community health centers focused on providing exceptional health care to residents of Boston. For more information, please visit www.bmc.org
This spring, country music legends Aaron Tippin, Joe Diffie and Sammy Kershaw join forces to release All in the Same Boat, a collaborative album inspired by the trio's current tour, "Roots & Boots". The 12-track album is set for national sales release on May 28, 2013 (Big Hit Records). "The idea for this album came about after the success of our 'Roots & Boots' tour," notes Kershaw. "Joe and Aaron and I go out together on the road and play and do our hits and the fans go nuts… so we thought, 'why not just make this tour an album?'" The 12-track album features all-new music as well as freshly recorded versions of a few familiar songs like Tippin's smash hit "Kiss This" and Kershaw's 1993 chart topper "She Don't Know She's Beautiful." "I decided to go with two brand new songs and one old Neil Young song, 'Heart of Gold,' for my tunes on the album," says Diffie. "I think fans will really enjoy the whole thing. We had as much fun making the album as we do on the road!" "Joe and Sammy are my brothers and I'm so glad we were able to find the time to record this album together," Tippin adds. "We also shot a music video for 'All in the Same Boat.' It's one of those with a surprise ending and somehow, we all three survived!" (Watch the All in the Same Boat music video HERE). Fans can pre-order All in the Same Boat on iTunes and Amazon beginning May 14, 2013. Aaron 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," Joe Diffie has delivered twelve #1 hits, twenty top 10's and four gold and platinum albums. Sammy Kershaw's multi-platinum selling albums have had more than 30 radio singles including major hits like "Cadillac Style," "Queen of My Double Wide Trailer" and "Third Rate Romance." The GRAMMY-nominated country music star has sold more than 5 million albums to date. For more information on Aaron Tippin, visit www.aarontippin.com. For more information on Joe Diffie, visit www.joediffie.com. For more information on Sammy Kershaw, visit www.sammykershaw.com. All in the Same Boat Track Listing: 1. All in the Same Boat 2. Kiss This 3. Heart of Gold 4. She Don't Know She's Beautiful 5. The Way You Look Tonight 6. On and On 7. The Route I Took 8. I'm Hangin' On 9. Misery Loves Company 10. I Love to Work 11. He Believed 12. Old Friends # # #
Curb Records Responds To Positive News That The Big Machine / Tim McGraw Issues Will Be Heard By The Federal Court Nashville, Tenn. (April 30, 2013) - Curb Records, Inc. was pleased to learn that Nashville’s Federal Court took jurisdiction of Curb Records’ continuing lawsuit with Tim McGraw and Big Machine Records. The lawsuit raises issues of tremendous significance which are important not only to Curb Records, but also to the recording industry and many other industries – the enforceability of contracts in Tennessee. Curb Records contends in the lawsuit that: McGraw ignored his obligation to deliver his required Fifth Option Period album to Curb Records; and The album he did provide, Emotional Traffic, consisted of old material recorded before the time during which he was permitted to record the Fifth Option Period album; and McGraw ignored his delivery obligations and Curb Records’ approval rights; and McGraw destroyed or erased many recordings owned by Curb Records; and McGraw refused to accept his recording advance check and sent the check back to Curb Records so that McGraw could claim non-payment; and McGraw attempted to deliver the required Fifth Option Period album before he was allowed to do so, attempting to end his recording obligations prematurely, among other things. Curb Records has also determined that Tim McGraw recorded the songs recently released on an album by Big Machine Records while he was still under contract with Curb Records. Accordingly, Curb Records contends that McGraw and Big Machine are infringing the Curb Records’ copyrights in those recordings. In addition, Curb Records has learned that, although Tim McGraw was required to provide to Curb all of the recordings he had made while he was recording for Curb Records, not only did he fail to deliver all of those recordings, but that he has even erased his voice from a number of the recordings which belong to Curb Records. Because only a federal court has jurisdiction over claims of copyright infringement, these issues will be heard by the federal court in Nashville. Curb Records seeks not only damages for copyright infringement from McGraw and Big Machine Records, but also the Court’s declaration that Curb Records is the owner of these recordings which were made during the term of its Recording Agreement and which Big Machine Records, Curb Records contends, wrongfully induced Tim McGraw to provide to it. Curb Records believes that an artist honoring his agreements is a principle so important to the recording industry and commerce in general that it has asked the federal court to make these determinations.
The public memorial service for George Jones will be televised by WSMV Ch 4 NBC Nashville on Thursday Morning at 10am May 2.. Available in Middle Tennessee on Channel Four WSMV Nashville.... Worldwide on WSMV.COM...app available for smart phones... Also available on various cable systems around the country The Nashville Network TNN
From Kellie: Hey Y’all, So I had a show in MN on Thursday night then bussed it to Illinois for another gig. I cannot even describe how beautifully overwhelming last night’s show was. Not only were the people amazing but I also witnessed a miracle. Many of you know about my drummer Gregg and the horrible car accident he was just recently in. Gregg has played drums for me since my very 1st show after Idol. He has NEVER missed a show in the 7 yrs he’s been with me. Last night we happened to be playing in Gregg’s hometown so his family and Gregg were able to come to the show. Little did I know Gregg was going to surprise me by playing drums for my encore song “Red High Heels”. When I hit the stage and saw that Gregg was now sitting behind his drum set I fell to pieces. It was special moment for me as well as my band and crew. For those who do not believe in miracles, we witnessed one last night. There is so much power in prayers, thank you all again for keeping Gregg in yours. XO Pickler
Monday, April 29, 2013
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Nashville, Tenn. (April 28, 2013) – George Jones’ funeral will take place on Thursday, May 2nd at The Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee, starting at 10 am and will be open to the public. "George would have wanted his fans and friends everywhere to be able to come and pay their respects along with his family," said publicist Kirt Webster. "Thanks to George’s friends, fans, and loved ones for the outpouring of love at this terrible time," said Nancy Jones. "I love you all." A private visitation for family, friends, and fellow performers will take place on Wednesday evening. Since this is private, please call 615-777-6995 x230 for time and location. “The Voice” of Country Music fell silent with the passing of the iconic legend, George Jones in Nashville at the age of 81. Long recognized as country music’s most indescribable voice by not only the fans, but critics in all genres, the music world continues to mourn the loss of its’ finest stylist, who was considered the greatest living country singer. A member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1956, George Jones achieved perhaps his greatest personal honor when he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992. More than 35 years ago, as noted in his discography, George Jones recorded “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes?”, a song that posed the question of whether music newcomers would come along that could possibly walk in the steps of the progenitors and giants of country music. In light of the loss of this legendary voice, the question has never seemed more poignant. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that contributions be made to the Grand Ole Opry trust fund: Opry Trust Fund 2804 Opryland Drive Nashville, Tennessee 37214 or to the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum at http://store.countrymusichalloffame.com/categories/Donate/ COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME® AND MUSEUM 222 FIFTH AVENUE SOUTH NASHVILLE, TN 37203
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Police suspect country singer Billy Currington may have videotaped himself chasing a 70-year-old tour boat captain along a coastal Georgia creek and threatening to "finish him off" in a tirade filled with profanities, according to court documents filed Thursday. The boat captain, Charles Harvey Ferrelle, and his two passengers told police Currington was holding a camera when he became outraged and made the threats April 15 after they passed him on the dock of a $3.5 million waterfront home near Tybee Island. "They were in fear of this man and a possible attack against Mr. Ferrelle, and possibly everyone there, as his behaviour was 'out of control' as described by all three persons," Savannah-Chatham County Police Detective Alycia Rice wrote in an affidavit filed in Chatham County Superior Court. Currington, 39, was charged with making terroristic threats and abuse of an elderly person by a grand jury Wednesday. Each charge is a felony punishable by one to five years in prison. Police got a warrant to search Currington's home Tuesday and seized four digital video files, 27 digital photos and a memory card. The affidavit said police believed Currington might have recorded the confrontation. Currington is a native of the Georgia coast. His hits include "Pretty Good At Drinkin' Beer," ''That's How Country Boys Roll" and "People Are Crazy."
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
(Nashville, Tennessee...) - Three weeks after kicking off the release of her critically-acclaimed Right On Time album with a performance on "The Today Show," Gretchen Wilson heads back to New York to guest co-host "The View" on Thursday, April 25, 2013. She will join Whoopie Goldberg, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Sherri Shepherd and Barbara Walters, as longtime co-host Joy Behar transitions out of the show. "I'm not sure if they knew what they were getting themselves into, when they booked me for the show," said Gretchen. "This will be completely different from what I do every day, but I'm really looking forward to hanging out with these strong women and maybe even stirring things up!" Gretchen's first album in three years, the 13-cut Right On Time, hit stores nationwide on Tuesday, April 2. Associated Press said of the new music, "...Wilson rocks as hard as she desires while choosing songs that represent her lifestyle and point of view - just as she always has...it continues the fiercely autobiographical stance that distances Wilson from most modern country artists in all the right ways." Country Weekly added, "And while no one would ever accuse the original "Redneck Woman" of being anything less than confident, her newest release,Right on Time, definitely showcases an artist more comfortable in her skin and confident in her musical choices. And Roughstock.com wrote, "Throughout the record - through the stylistic changes - is a confident vocalist whose natural soulful voice is perfectly at home performing each and every track on Right On Time." Following the taping, Gretchen will head to Foxborough, MA for a Friday performance at Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill. For Gretchen Wilson news, tour dates, merchandise and her exclusive Club 27, visitwww.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. In 2009, She formed her own record company, Redneck Records, and the "I'd Love To Be Your Last" single from her I Got Your Country Right Here CD, received two Grammy nominations.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Grace Potter “Surprises” Kenny Chesney Joins Him Onstage for The Joint at the Hard Rock Las Vegas’ 4th Birthday Las Vegas: When Kenny Chesney rolled into Las Vegas to celebrate the 4th Anniversary of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s state of the art concert room The Joint – which Chesney had joined legendary Paul McCartney, Bon Jovi and the Killers for their opening run of shows – he wanted to do something special to mark the event. Beyond scaling his stadium-sized show to fit in the most intimate room his tour will play, one with site lines being no more than 300 feet from the stage, the high energy performer knew it was going to take a little something more to dazzle the crowd used to having the best of everything. Enter Grace Potter, the soul-roots-rocker who joined him for the Grammy nominated Vocal Duet “You & Tequila.” With a rare break in her vigorous touring schedule, the “Paris (Oooh La La)” singer and VH-1 Diva popped into Vegas for the second night of Chesney’s sold-out two night stand April 19-20 and performed a sultry “Wild Horses,” a hard-hitting take on “Legs,” as well as “Stars,” a song Chesney produced on the Nocturnals’ The Lion The Beast the Beat. “When Grace said she could come, I was fired up,” Chesney says. “I try to have an open door policy for my friends who play to come and sit in. But Grace is such a powerful musician and singer, to be able to have her do more than just our duet is a treat. In a place like the Joint, especially, what she does really shines – and I love being able to turn people onto that kind of playing.” Chesney was marking his sixth and seventh appearance at the Joint, a venue he regards “as one of the best concert-going experiences you can have.” For the man who’s played many of America’s most legendary rooms, biggest stadiums and various beaches, to be able to find an intimate club that allows him to do what he does is the ultimate treat in a summer tour that includes 19 stadiums, several arenas and a few open air amphitheaters. With Potter having already popped up at his Orange Beach, Alabama show – along with Sammy Hagar and Emeril Lagasse – and Mac McAnally joining Chesney onstage at the Tortuga Music Festival in Fort Lauderdale to sneak debut “Must Be Something I Missed,” a track from Chesney’s 4/30 release Life On A Rock, you never know who may walk out on that stage. “That’s the thing about music,” Chesney explains. ”You want to keep it vital, to play different kinds of places and with all sorts of players. Music should bring people together, it should remind you what’s great about being alive – and when I can make music with friends like Grace or Steve Miller or the Wailers, that’s what keeps my music so alive…” With the No Shoes Nation Tour on the road through the end of August, when it hits Gillette Stadium in Foxboro for a two night stand August 23-24, a new album coming and “Pirate Flag” riding high, it looks like a big summer.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Nashville, TN - April 15, 2013 -- Country music Hall of Famer Vince Gill just returned from performing at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival held at Madison Square Garden in New York City on April 12 and 13. Gill performed both nights. On Friday, April 12, he accompanied guitarist Andy Fairweather-Low and host Clapton on two of Clapton's biggest hits: "Lay Down Sally" and "Wonderful Tonight." On Saturday, April 13, Gill and his band performed alongside guitar great Albert Lee and fellow country music star Keith Urban. They performed the following songs: "Ain't Living Long Like This" (Rodney Crowell song); "Leave My Woman Alone" (Ray Charles song, Lee on lead vocals); "Tumbling Dice" (Rolling Stones song, Urban on lead vocals) and "Set Me Up" (Mark Knopfler song, recorded by Eric Clapton). Proceeds from the 2-day concert benefit the Crossroads Centre founded by Eric Clapton, a drug treatment center located in Antigua. The concerts are intended to be a showcase for a variety of guitarists of which all were hand-picked by Clapton. Gill has appeared at all the previous Crossroads Guitar Festivals held in 2004, 2007 and 2010. For more information, go to www.crossroadsguitarfestival.com/ and www.vincegill.com
Monday, April 15, 2013
Georgia Native Aldean Tailgates With Fans And Brings Ludacris On Stage For A Special Surprise Performance Nashville, TN- April 13, 2013- ACM Male Vocalist of the Year Jason Aldean headlined the first ever concert at the University of Georgia's Sanford Stadium for over 60K fans tonight. The monumental country music event started early with Aldean's fans taking tailgating to a new level, and when the Georgia native himself made a surprise appearance in the parking lot, hysteria ensued. Aldean's 90 minute set showcased hit after hit including "Hicktown," "Big Green Tractor" and "My Kinda Party," as well as his current single "1994," on one of the biggest outdoor stages in the nation with high resolution video panels, pyrotechnics and a helicopter flyover. Luke Bryan jumped on stage to perform the reigning ACM Vocal Event of the Year "The Only Way I Know," then the stadium erupted when GRAMMY award winner and fellow Georgia native Ludacris surprised the crowd by joining Aldean for "Dirt Road Anthem." Current tour mates Thomas Rhett and Jake Owen were also on the bill. "Seeing everything come together the way it did tonight and feeling the energy of the crowd is something I will never forget," said Aldean. "When my mom got here last night, we took a walk around the stadium, and it was really emotional for both of us. This place has always meant so much to me, but when I was a kid, we were flat broke and my mom couldn't afford to buy tickets for us to go to a game. So I watched on TV and dreamed about one day seeing it in person. Tonight was beyond my wildest dreams…the whole thing has honestly shaken me a little bit…it's has been a night I will never ever forget." The 2013 NIGHT TRAIN TOUR has sold out every show so far this year, and his next stadium stops include Boston’s Fenway Park (7/12 and 7/13) and Chicago’s Wrigley Field (7/20).
Ft Lauderdale: With a sea turtle protection curfew of 9:30 on South Lauderdale Beach, Kenny Chesney rocked the Tortuga Music Festival like only he can. In addition to a packed house on-site, the public access was filled with thousands, people hung out of hotel and condo windows and over 60 boats anchored just off the coast for Chesney’s two hour set as the sun disappeared. “Looks like we’ve got us a navy,” Chesney said after the concert. “If you’re a No Shoes Nation, I guess you’ve got to have one! And man, were some of those boats pretty…” Sailboats, row boats, yachts and cigarette boats were all bobbing a few hundred feet from the shore throughout the evening with their party lights blinking. The Coast Guard had a few boats in the water as well to maintain proper distance and decorum, but even they seemed to enjoy the show. In addition to Hemingway’s Whiskey’s breezy “Goin’ Coastal,” Chesney broke out “Back Where I Come From” for the first time this tour. He brought out CMA Musician of the Year, Coral Reefer and top songwriter Mac McAnally to share versus on the song celebrating the simple pleasures of one’s hometown. Chesney explained he bought McNally’s album when it came out – and listened to the song driving all the way to Canada to see a girl. Greeted with such enthusiasm, Chesney decided to pull out “Must Be Something I Missed,” a song co-written with McAnally from his April 30 release Life on a Rock. With just an acoustic guitar, the Van Morrison-evoking song about perspective adjustment floated out over the crowd who fell silent to listen to the lyric. “It’s always hard to try out brand new music,” explained the man who has had 24 #1s and sold over 30 million albums. “Then you’re out on the beach, people are definitely in that vibe… But how often do I get to play with Mac? So when they were so receptive to the first song, I figured ‘Let’s go for it.’ I couldn’t believe how they really listened. It was great.” Chesney had guests Sammy Hagar, Grace Potter and Emeril LaGasse onstage with him at the Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama on Thursday night. . Beyond the #1 duet “You & Tequila,” the band joined Hagar for “Rock Candy,” “Finish What You Started” and “I Can’t Drive 55.” “That’s the point of all this stuff: music is about those moments you keep forever, about friends and having fun. If you want to talk about a perfect weekend, a perfect couple dates, it doesn’t get much better than playing as the moon comes up on Fort Lauderdale beach, or getting to sing with people like Grace, Mac and Sammy.” With the No Shoes Nation Tour in full swing, the deeply personal Life On A Rock arriving April 30 and the insurrectionist “Pirate Flag” flying high in the Top 10, Chesney brings another summer to life. Just look for his Jolly Roger flying somewhere near you.
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Friday, April 12, 2013
333,000,000 Results on Google!! “Goodbye Earl” and “Boot in Your Ass” don’t even register on the Richter scale when you put Brad Paisley’s “Accidental Racist” in the contest. Cut 14 of 17 on “Wheelhouse” is a tune that will go down in the books. Mean people, educators, gossip bloggers, deep thinkers and morons had two cents or more to put into the discussion. Try it yourself…Google search: Accidental Racist Friday at 9:35am C 333,000,000 results….I typed in Goodbye Earl : 2,450,000 results…let’s try Charlie Daniels: 15,900,000 results…I typed in Brad Paisley and got 199,000,000. The song is more famous than the artist!! This is crazy! I heard this song a month or so before it went public. Brad played it for me. I sat up a little straighter after the first chorus..When LL Cool J popped in I really sat up straight. When it was over I just said out loud, That should get some attention. The understatement of the year. Read the write up in Salon.com, the Princeton professor of African American Studies Eddie S Glaude, Jr. op ed in NY Times, a few of the LA Times stories.. Some make you think and are really interesting. Others without giving them more unworthy attention were mean and hurtful and way over the top. The song was created with only good intentions. love and compassion and the desire to start a dialogue. Discussion on an issue people all too often walk on egg shells around. And with this blow up rightfully so! Racism is not just the property of the Elites on one side of the issue. The Pill with Loretta and controversial sounds like that came from people with passion on a personal subject. Racism is real and raw. I hope the well intentioned men who created this song stand up proud and take a victory lap. Maybe not a hall of fame song but it’s a honest song and good enough to get the world talking about the intended subject. Mission Accomplished. Another dramatic selection season for the Country Music Hall of Fame! Great news that Kenny Rogers finally makes the grade. Cowboy Jack Clements and Bobby Bare both originals.. I wish they could figure out a way to get a few more than 3 in for several years. Jerry Reed, Ronnie Milsap, Charlie Daniels, Hank Williams,Jr, Johnny Horton, The Oak Ridge Boys, Mickey Gilley,Anne Murray all deserve to be the Hall of Fame…yesterday! Oh yeah, The ACM’s..beat the CMAs in the ratings? My,My. Many reasons from lack of competition, strong network, great line up of performers,etc. Still,don’t expect that to change. CBS and The ACMs have big future plans. Their own ACM Fan Fair CMA Music Festival event in Vegas. They are aggressive and that is only a good thing for Country Music in general. Luke Bryan Entertainer of the Year. WOW. We saw that coming but hearing that name read out was amazing. Maybe a little premature but it happens that way sometimes. I am happy for this energetic entertainer. Love all his songs. Nice Mom too☺
Thursday, April 11, 2013
TO OPEN AT THE COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME® AND MUSEUM NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 11, 2013) – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will unveil a special spotlight exhibit dedicated to singer Lee Greenwood on May 10. Lee Greenwood: American Patriot, which will be located within the museum's permanent exhibit on the third floor, will incorporate costumes and other artifacts spanning Greenwood’s 50 years of musical activity. The exhibition will run through April 25, 2014. Lee Greenwood: American Patriot traces the artist’s personal and professional life from his musical childhood in California to his award-winning music career. The exhibit also places a special focus on Greenwood’s most beloved song, “God Bless the USA,” and his work with military and veterans organizations. Melvin Lee Greenwood was born October 27, 1942, and raised by his grandparents on their farm near Sacramento, California. He learned to play piano and saxophone as a child and quickly became a skilled entertainer. By the time he graduated from high school, Greenwood had learned to play most of the instruments in the school band. In the early 1960s, Greenwood began working the Nevada casino lounge circuit. In 1979, Larry McFadden, Mel Tillis’s bandleader, heard Greenwood perform. McFadden arranged for Greenwood to record some demo sessions in Nashville, and that break led to Greenwood’s recording contract with MCA Records in 1981 and his work with producer Jerry Crutchfield. Greenwood scored 20 Top Ten hits between 1983 and 1990. Among them were the chart-toppers “Somebody’s Gonna Love You,” “Going, Going, Gone” and “Dixie Road.” He has earned numerous industry awards, including Male Vocalist of the Year for the Academy of Country Music (1983), Male Vocalist of the Year from the Country Music Association (1983 and 1984) and a Grammy for Top Male Vocal Performance in 1985 for “I.O.U.” He also took home the 1985 CMA Song of the Year award for “God Bless the USA.” This year marks the 30th anniversary of “God Bless the USA.” Composed in 1983, it became a Top Ten country hit for Greenwood in 1984. The tune is one of America’s most popular and recognizable patriotic songs, thanks, in part, to its popularity during the 1991 Persian Gulf War and during the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on America. For his patriotic songs and his work with the armed forces, including more than 30 USO tours, Greenwood has been honored with the prestigious National Patriot’s Award, presented by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. In November 2008, President George W. Bush appointed Greenwood to a six-year term as a council member on the National Endowment for the Arts. In the mid-1990s, Greenwood began performing almost daily at the Lee Greenwood Theater in Sevierville, Tennessee. The residency lasted five years. Since then, he continues to tour, record and write new material. His latest EP, I Want to Be in Your World, was released in 2011 for Tate Music Group. He also devotes substantial time to numerous charitable causes. Among the artifacts on display in Lee Greenwood: American Patriot are: Awards presented to Greenwood from United States military units and veterans groups Stage wear, including a red, white and blue American-flag-design leather jacket, and a fringed leather jacket with Native American beadwork Letter from President George H.W. Bush, thanking Greenwood for participating in Bush’s 1989 Inaugural ceremony. Greenwood’s Henri Selmer Paris saxophone, made in France Greenwood’s Grammy, CMA and ACM awards Greenwood’s honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Cumberland University and his honorary Doctor of Public Service degree from Lincoln Memorial University Spotlight exhibits are narratives that supplement themes or aspects of the museum’s core exhibition, Sing Me Back Home: A Journey Through Country Music. These short-term, informal displays either provide a closer look at a particular person, group or aspect of country music, or spotlight recently donated items or special anniversaries. Rotated often, spotlight exhibits also offer a glimpse into the museum’s unique collection, which includes recorded discs, historical photographs, films and videotapes; thousands of posters, books, songbooks, periodicals and sheet music; personal artifacts such as performers’ instruments, costumes and accessories; and more. Other current spotlight exhibits focus on ABC’s Nashville, Garth Brooks, Jack Greene, Minnie Pearl, Hargus “Pig” Robbins, Connie Smith and Dottie West. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is operated by the Country Music Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization chartered by the state of Tennessee in 1964. The museum’s mission is the preservation of the history of country and related vernacular music rooted in southern culture. With the same educational mission, the foundation also operates CMF Records, the museum’s Frist Library and Archive, CMF Press, Historic RCA Studio B and Hatch Show Print®. More information about the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is available at countrymusichalloffame.org or by calling (615) 416-2001.
THE BAND PERRY’S PIONEER DEBUTS IN THE TOP SPOT WITH NEARLY 130,000 COPIES SOLD IN THE FIRST WEEK Sibling Trio Earns Billboard’s #1 Country Albums & #2 All Genre Superstars Celebrate Release With ELLEN (4/11); DANCING WITH THE STARS (4/16) & Yahoo! RAM Country (4/24) Nashville, TN (April 11, 2013) – Forging ahead into the unknown has proven successful for The Band Perry, whose sophomore album PIONEER (Republic Nashville) debuted in the top spot with nearly 130,000 copies sold in the first week. Upon release, the Superstar sibling trio catapulted on Billboard’s charts -- #1 Country Albums and #2 All Genre. Produced by Dann Huff, PIONEER has received acclaim from top critics across the country, as well as late night host David Letterman, who called their recent performance on his show, “beautiful music.” The band signed 22,222 copies of the Target exclusive deluxe edition – featuring four additional songs – to signify their second album, the release date (4/2) and their two-week #1 with “Better Dig Two.” “’Pioneer’ is an artistic tour de force that furthers the potential shown on group's award-winning 2010 debut.” Associated Press “preserves their homegrown twang nicely, nixing the boring pop-crossover vibe that plagues so much mainstream country.” Entertainment Weekly “…sibling trio’s shining sophomore disc.” Us Weekly (3 out of 4 stars) “…shows that the path the trio blazed with its debut was no mere fluke.” The Oakland Press “…well aware of both 1970s West Coast rock and the arena-folk foot stompers of Mumford & Sons.” The New York Times “’Pioneer’ ups the commercial ante with a turbocharged country-pop and rock sound.” Chicago Tribune “…the group has made what will likely be one of the signal country albums of 2013.” The Washington Post "Strong songs, potent production." USA Today Sparks are still flying after an explosive ACM Awards show performance that Country Weekly included in the Top 5 Musical Moments, saying, “the trio of Kimberly, Reid and Neil Perry may already have had No. 1 hits and a lion’s share of radio play, but they had their coming-out party at the ACMs last night, bringing the house down…" The family band will perform their latest chart-climbing hit, “DONE.,” on The Ellen DeGeneres Show today (4/11) and will visit ABC’s Dancing With The Stars next Tuesday (4/16), showcasing their PLATINUM-certified, multi-week #1 lead single “Better Dig Two.” Check local listings for times and stations. CBS Radio has featured The Band Perry in their IMPACT Campaign, which includes exclusive web interviews and a fully-produced interview package for CBS-TV affiliates as well as on-air artist profile spots. Check it out via http://us995.cbslocal.com/2013/03/30/impact-the-band-perry/. Yahoo! RAM Country will showcase special content with the trio across their platforms on 4/24. ABOUT THE BAND PERRY: Siblings Kimberly, Reid and Neil Perry quickly catapulted into the mainstream with the success of their Quadruple-Platinum, breakout hit “If I Die Young.” In 2011, the tune took the #1 position on both Country and AC charts as well as earned 2011 CMA Single AND Song of the Year. Their success continued with Platinum-certified “You Lie” and the Gold-certified, #1 smash “All Your Life.” The Band Perry has won multiple ACM, CMA and CMT Music Awards as well as GRAMMY, TEEN CHOICE, AMA, ACA and Billboard Music Award nominations. www.thebandperry.com and www.thefansperry.com
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
CMA ANNOUNCES BOBBY BARE, “COWBOY” JACK CLEMENT, AND KENNY ROGERS AS NEWEST MEMBERS OF COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME NASHVILLE – The Country Music Association announced today that Bobby Bare, “Cowboy” Jack Clement, and Kenny Rogers will become the newest members of the revered Country Music Hall of Fame. Rogers will be inducted in the “Modern Era Artist” category, while Bare will be inducted in the “Veterans Era Artist” category. Clement will be inducted in the “Non-Performer” category, which is awarded every third year in a rotation with the “Recording and/or Touring Musician Active Prior to 1980," and “Songwriter” categories. Bare, Clement, and Rogers will increase membership in the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame from 118 to 121 members. “The highest musical honor achievable for a Country Music artist or industry leader is to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and these are all outstanding and highly deserving individuals,” said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “'Cowboy’ has been responsible for producing many of the iconic songs in Country Music. Bobby pioneered the Country concept album and was one of the first artists to take the format to Europe. And Kenny’s crossover success throughout a lengthy career introduced Country Music to a much wider audience.” “This is big – an honor and the validation of a dream, totally unexpected,” said Bare. “Now I’ll be famous forever. Thanks to all of my supporters and thank you CMA.” “I’ve been chosen for the Country Music Hall of Fame? I thought I was already in the Hall of Fame,” said Clement. “I could have gotten in there any time I wanted. Kyle [Young] gave me a key.” “When I was young, my dad said, ‘Son, you have to think big to accomplish small’ and the Country Music Hall of Fame was as big as it gets,” said Rogers. “He wanted that for me. So every record I’ve ever made, every concert I’ve performed, and every song I’ve written was done for the single purpose of achieving that goal. “I’m sure you can imagine how special it is and how exciting it was when Steve Moore called me with the news of my acceptance. It’s not the end of my journey, but it is certainly the high point, no matter what else I accomplish. From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank all the members who voted for me and all the friends who encouraged and believed in me, and my dad, for his vision of success.” Induction ceremonies for Bare, Clement, and Rogers will take place at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in the new CMA Theater later this year. Since 2007, the Museum’s Medallion Ceremony, an annual reunion of the Hall of Fame membership, has served as the official rite of induction for new members. “The announcement of new Hall of Fame members is always a cause for celebration,” said Kyle Young, Director of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. “I find it remarkable that all three 2013 honorees were born in the 1930s during the worldwide Great Depression and commercial Country Music’s formative years. They were present for the birth of rock ‘n’ roll, the '60s folk revival, the ascent of hard Country, and the rise of sophisticated pop Country with a global impact. Cowboy Jack, Bobby, and Kenny are unique personalities whose contributions to the canon of American popular music are inerasable.” CMA created the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1961 to recognize noteworthy individuals for their outstanding contributions to the format with Country Music’s highest honor.