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LUKE BRYAN READY TO LAUNCH FIFTH “FARM TOUR” ON OCTOBER 2 Special Guests Include Chancie Neal, Cole Swindell and the Peach Pickers NASHVILLE- (September 25, 2013) – ACM Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan is gearing up to launch his fifth “Farm Tour 2013” next week with eight shows from October 2 to October 12. Special guests performing during the tour include Chancie Neal, Cole Swindell and the Peach Pickers- Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip. The “Farm Tour” 2013 concerts will be held in the following cities and locations: October 2 Statesboro, Georgia Perry’s Field October 3 Athens, Georgia Wild Winds Farms October 4 Columbia, South Carolina Culler Farms SOLD OUT October 5 Macon, Georgia Midway at Central City Park SOLD OUT October 9 Villa Rica, Georgia V-Plex October 10 Auburn, Alabama Ingram Farms October 11 Tallahassee, Florida Tallahassee Automobile Museum October 12 Valdosta, Georgia Valdosta Wake Compound (dates & cities subject to change) The October 4 & 5, 2013 dates have already sold-out. In 2012, the “Farm Tour” played for 100,000 fans, doubling the previous year’s attendance record. Eight scholarships were given to students from a farming family within the communities the tour played last year and the “Luke Bryan Farm Tour Scholarship” will continue in 2013. The idea for the “Farm Tour” concerts came from Bryan as a way to give back to local farming communities by celebrating and lifting up the American Farmer and offering a fun escape with the outdoor shows. For additional “Farm Tour” 2013 information, including where to get tickets locally, stay tuned to www.lukebryan.com/farmtour. “Farm Tour” 2013 is sponsored by BMI, Cabela’s, Harveys Supermarket, Miller Lite and Texaco. Citi is the official credit card of the Luke Bryan Farm Tour.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Long Anticipated Project Arrives to Rave Reviews NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 24, 2013) Country music superstar Alan Jackson releases his first bluegrass album – appropriately titled The Bluegrass Album – today. Jackson wrote eight songs for the album, which also includes other originals and a couple of well-known standards of the genre. The album is already generating substantial talk in the music world, with Rolling Stone recognizing that “…The Bluegrass Album is a labor of love, not a vanity project for the singer.” NPR calls Jackson’s performance of the music “…openly emotional…”, while USA Today notes “…it’s the originals that make the set.” The Cleveland Plain Dealer echoes that sentiment, proclaiming “The Jackson-penned songs…go beyond mere lyric and become absolute poetry, almost to the point of a hillbilly Shakespeare,” while American Songwriter calls it “…an album that reaffirms Alan Jackson as one of our best living traditional songwriters.” And Bluegrass Today remarks, “You can feel his passion…his approach to bluegrass is filled with humility.” Jackson has openly expressed his desire to record a bluegrass album for years. This spring, a group of some of the best players and singers in bluegrass came together, emerging in a matter of days with the completed acoustic album. He enlisted Scott Coney (acoustic guitar), Sammy Shelor (banjo), Adam Steffey (mandolin), Tim Crouch (fiddle), Tim Dishman (bass), Rob Ickes (dobro) and Ronnie Bowman and Don Rigsby (vocals). Originals that Jackson penned for the album include such titles as “Blacktop,” “Blue Ridge Mountain Song” and “Mary.” Covers on The Bluegrass Album include The Dillards’ “There Is A Time,” John Anderson’s “Wild and Blue” and a ¾-time version of Bill Monroe’s seminal “Blue Moon of Kentucky.” The Bluegrass Album is being released on ACR (Alan’s Country Records)/EMI Records Nashville and is produced by Keith Stegall and Jackson’s nephew, Adam Wright. Jackson will perform songs from The Bluegrass Album in concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall on October 28; he’ll be joined by the musicians from the album at the special show. The Bluegrass Album track listing: 1.) Long Hard Road – Alan Jackson 2.) Mary – Alan Jackson 3.) Appalachian Mountain Girl – Alan Jackson 4.) Tie Me Down – Alan Jackson 5.) Way Beyond The Blue – Mark D. Sanders/Randy Albright/Lisa Silver 6.) Ain’t Got Trouble Now – Adam Wright 7.) Blue Ridge Mountain Song – Alan Jackson 8.) Blacktop – Alan Jackson 9.) Blue Side of Heaven – Alan Jackson 10.) There Is A Time – Rodney Dillard/Mitch Jayne 11.) Wild and Blue – John Scott Sherrill 12.) Knew All Along – Adam Wright/Shannon Wright 13.) Let’s Get Back to Me and You – Alan Jackson 14.) Blue Moon of Kentucky – Bill Monroe About Alan Jackson Alan Jackson is one of the most successful and respected singer-songwriters in music. He is in the elite company of Paul McCartney and John Lennon among songwriters who’ve written more than 20 songs that they’ve recorded and taken to the top of the charts. Jackson is one of the 10 best-selling artists since the inception of SoundScan, ranking alongside the likes of Eminem and Metallica. Jackson has sold nearly 60 million albums worldwide, topped the country singles charts 35 times, and scored more than 50 Top-10 hits. He has written or co-written 24 of his 35 #1 hit singles. Jackson is an 18-time ACM Award winner, a 16-time CMA Award recipient, and a two-time Grammy-winning artist whose songwriting has earned him the prestigious ASCAP Founders Award and an induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame as a 2011 Songwriter/Artist inductee.
Monday, September 23, 2013
GARTH BROOKS RETURNS TO WYNN LAS VEGAS FOR A LIMITED SET OF ENGAGEMENTS IN THE ENCORE THEATER Las Vegas—September 23, 2013 — Following a series of sold out performances over the summer, Wynn Las Vegas is pleased to announce the return of Garth Brooks to the Encore Theater for a special limited engagement. Garth Brooks will perform a total of eight shows in October and November. Tickets for the highly anticipated concerts will go on sale Sept. 24 at 10 a.m. PST. October Dates and Show times: Friday, Oct.18, 7:30 p.m. & 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m. & 10:30 p.m. November Dates and Show times: Friday, Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m. & 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m. & 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $175 (plus a $7.50 service charge and $18.25 tax to equal a total of $200.75) and will be available at www.wynnlasvegas.com or by calling 702.770.1000. About Garth Brooks Certified by the RIAA in 2000 as the #1-selling solo artist in U.S. history, Garth Brooks has sold in excess of 128 million albums and has received every accolade the recording industry can bestow on an artist. In 2001, Garth retired and moved back to Oklahoma to raise his children. In 2008 The President Elect, himself, requested that Garth headline President Obama's Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial. A crowd of over 300,000 did the "wave" to Garth's performance of "Shout" while the President sang along. That same year the Governor of California asked Garth to help the State. Garth performed 5 concerts in 2 days with the proceeds from 83,000 tickets sold donated to efforts to prevent fire catastrophes. Portions of the live concerts were shown as a TV special, "Garth Brooks: Live in L.A." allowing viewers to donate as well. In December 2010, Garth finished an astonishing 9 sold out concerts in 6 days to raise money for the flood relief efforts in Tennessee. ABC World News Tonight declared Garth The Person of the Week and the Mayor of Nashville announced that this was a record December for downtown Nashville merchants due to the over 145,000 who attended the concerts. In January, 2012 he was named the best selling artist of the last two decades by Billboard, Nielson and Soundscan, with a whopping 68.5 million sales. Brooks also sold out his recent appearance at the 100th anniversary of the Calgary Stampede. The sell out 15,000+ seats happened in less then a minute. Garth was recently inducted into the International Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York as well as the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. In October he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Performing for his induction were his heroes George Strait, James Taylor and Bob Seger. ###
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Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean Luke Bryan Blake Shelton George Strait Taylor Swift Female Vocalist of the Year Kelly Clarkson Miranda Lambert Kacey Musgraves Taylor Swift Carrie Underwood Male Vocalist of the Year Jason Aldean Luke Bryan Eric Church Blake Shelton Keith Urban New Artist of the Year Lee Brice Brett Eldridge Florida Georgia Line Kip Moore Kacey Musgraves Vocal Duo of the Year Big & Rich Florida Georgia Line Sugarland The Civil Wars Thompson Square
Monday, September 9, 2013
Kenny Chesney’s No Shoes Nation Tops Billboard’s Boxscore With Tour Wrapped, the Numbers Add Up To A Very Big Summer New York, NY/Boston, MA: While Kenny Chesney takes a little time before starting the follow-up to his 7th Billboard all-genre Top 200 Albums debut Life On A Rock, his 2013 No Shoes Nation Tour continues making news. Having topped the Boxscores for the first three weeks of August, his August 23-24 shows at Foxboro, MA’s Gillette stadium turned out to be the highest grossing shows in the world – besting Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, EarlWolf featuring Tyler the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt at Paris’ Stade de France August 22. “It’s hard to think in those terms,” Chesney says. “You know, I can only talk about the passion of my fans... and the way they come out there every year, and they sing so loud, they cheer so hard and they inspire me and the guys in ways they don’t even know! But the idea our 10th and 11th shows at Gillette Stadium were the biggest shows in the world? Well, that’s a tribute to the No Shoes Nation as much as anything.” Gillette Stadium was where the No Shoes Nation was christened in 2012. To mark the event, the Kraft family, who own Patriots, have hung a banner that replicates the Super Bowl flags, from one of the top sections near the end zone that can be seen from the stage. “Over the years, people have done some incredible things for me... Working out with the different teams, amazing gifts, donations to my charities, but I’ve never had anyone do anything like the Super Bowl banner marking the birthplace of the No Shoes Nation. And Robert Kraft tells me it’s not coming down, either.” The No Shoes Nation has been out in full force this year. With only 42 shows on the books, albeit 19 stadiums, the NSN Tour hit its million ticket mark in May – less than two months after kicking off at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium – and has played to over 1.25 million fans this summer alone. To that end, Chesney topped Billboard’s cumulative Box Score for the first three weeks of August with three stadium and three amphitheater shows in Atlanta, E. Rutherford, N.J., Detroit and Charlotte, NC, Toronto and Bangor, Maine and again Sept. 6th for his final three shows of the tour in Canandaigua, N.Y. and Boston. “You don’t think about the numbers, you think about the faces... the smiles... the cheers... I think about all the kids I’ve given a guitar and a football helmet to every night...,” Chesney says. “To me, that’s what these summers, these tours are all about: the fans, and how they mark our life out here.” The way faces and places mark your life has been a touchstone of Chesney’s music. So much so that a special live version of “When I See This Bar,” sung with Eric Church on the final night in Boston, has been sent to country radio. “If there’s anyone who understands what this song is about, it’s Eric! He’s spent his share of time in bars, and he knows the way those people, those friends, those moments make all of us who we are, and it was a pleasure to sing a song that special to me with an artist I respect as much as I do Eric. “It was a great summer having Kacey Musgraves, the Eli Young guys and Eric out there with us. To see people so passionate about music, well, that’s what it’s all about.”
George Strait Cowboy Rides Away 2014 Tour Dates: 1/09 – Bossier City, La. 1/10 – Austin, Texas 1/17 – Omaha, Neb. 1/18 – Kansas City, Mo. 1/30 – San Jose, Calif. 1/31 – San Diego, Calif. 2/01 – Las Vegas, Nev. 2/07 – Phoenix, Ariz. 2/08 – Los Angeles, Calif. 2/14 – Auburn Hills, Mich. 2/15 – Columbus, Ohio 2/28 – Philadelphia, Pa. 3/01 – Newark, N.J. 3/07 – Louisville, Ky. 3/08 – Chicago, Ill. 3/21 – Nashville, Tenn. 3/22 – Atlanta, Ga. 4/04 – Wichita, Kan. 4/05 – Denver, Colo. 4/11 – Portland, Ore. 4/12 – Tacoma, Wash. 4/18 – Des Moines, Iowa 4/19 – Tulsa, Okla. 5/23 – Baton Rouge, La. 5/31 – Foxborough, Mass. TBD – Dallas, Texas Tickets on sale 9/29 to general public pre sale 9/24 to fan club
Gord Bamford and Buddy Owens accept the Songwriter of the Year award they co-wrote with Ray Stephenson. “His humble and likable approach is one of his key attributes that endears him to people every time!” says respected Nashville singer/songwriter Byron Hill.
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Florida Georgia Line performed for a massive crowd during TODAY’s TOYOTA CONCERT SERIES yesterday (9/2) on NBC. Live from Rockefeller Plaza, the sizzling duo kicked off Labor Day morning with a heat-raising collaboration with Nelly on the 5X PLATINUM “Cruise” Remix, which has sold over 5.5 million downloads. FGL’s Tyler Hubbard (Monroe, Georgia) and Brian Kelley (Ormond Beach, Florida) closed out the set with their GOLD-certified hit “Round Here,” which is on the cusp of #1. The duo has previously garnered back-to-back, multi-week #1 smashes in the US and Canada – breakout debut single and PLATINUM-certified follow-up “Get Your Shine On” – from their PLATINUM-certified debut album HERE’S TO THE GOOD TIMES (Republic Nashville). According to SoundScan, “Cruise” is the third-best-selling Country digital song ever and recently broke the record for longest #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart. The multiple ACM and CMT Music Award winners will headline the HERE’S TO THE GOOD TIMES TOUR 2013 this fall.