Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Full Details on the newest GARTH BROOKS show ...ATLANTA in September

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ATLANTA IS THE FIRST SOUTHERN STOP ON THE GARTH BROOKS WORLD TOUR with TRISHA YEARWOOD AFTER 18 YEARS, GARTH RETURNS TO ATLANTA!!! CONCERT WILL BE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19th, 6:30 PM AT THE PHILIPS ARENA IN ATLANTA, GA LOS ANGELES- JULY 30, 2014- The first southern stop on The Garth Brooks World Tour is Atlanta. It will be the first time Garth has played Atlanta in 18 years. The concert will be Friday, September 19th, 6:30 PM at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, GA. Tickets will be on sale Friday, August 8th at 10:00 AM EST. There will be a six ticket limit per purchase. They can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com, 1-800-745-3000 or Ticketmaster Express 1-866-448-7849. Please note there will be no sales at the venue box office or Ticketmaster outlets on August 8th. Tickets will cost $56.94 plus $4.56 tax, a $4.00 facility fee and a $6.00 service charge, totaling $71.50. About Garth Brooks Certified by the RIAA in 2000 as the #1-selling solo artist in U.S. history, Garth Brooks is now certified at 134 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. On November 29th, 2013, Garth took the night with almost 9 million viewers watching his CBS special "Live From Las Vegas." That very day Garth released his new boxed set, Blame It All On My Roots, which debuted for the 13th time in Garth's career at #1 on the country charts. The boxed set also rose to the top of the Billboard 200 Chart making it the 9th time Garth has been able to achieve that feat. Garth recently broke another record when he sold out 5 consecutive dates at Croke Park in Dublin, a feat no other artist had achieved. In fact, over 400,000 tickets were sold. Just after this feat, Garth's performance of "Friends in Low Places," was the last thing heard on The Tonight Show as Jay Leno ended his 22 year reign as The Tonight Show host.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Garth Selling LOTSSSS of Tickets

GARTH BROOKS SHATTERS HIS PREVIOUS RECORD FOR TICKET SALES IN CHICAGO AND IS STILL SELLING LOS ANGELES- JULY 25, 2014- One show was planned but more were added, Garth Brooks has shattered his previous ticket sales for Chicago. Not bad for the first stop on his world tour. It will be the first time Garth has played Chicago in 17 years. "On October 21-26 and December 18-19, 1997, Garth set a personal record in Chicago when he sold 141,717 paid admissions. Today, for the first city on his world tour he has already exceeded his personal record and continues to sell," said Ben Farrell. The Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood will begin September 4 at 7:30pm. Subsequent dates in Chicago are September 5 at 6:00pm, September 6 at 6:00pm and 10:30pm, September 11 at 7:30pm, September 12 at 6:00pm and 10:30pm, September 13 at 6:00pm and 10:30pm and September 14 at 7:30pm at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL.

Dierks Bentley Smoking with Riser Tour

DIERKS BENTLEY WRAPS THE WEEKEND WITH SELL OUTS ACROSS THE WEST COAST ON THE 2014 RISER TOUR Smash Hit Of The Summer "Drunk On A Plane" Soars Up the Top Five At Country Radio This Week Nashville, TN – July 28, 2014 – Country Music Star Dierks Bentley made an unforgettable run of 2014 RISER TOUR dates across the west coast this weekend, beginning with a capacity crowd at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheater on 7/23. The tour’s biggest weekend yet also included full houses at Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre and San Diego's Sleep Train Amphitheatre. The highlight for the weekend, however, was the Grammy nominated singer's return to his hometown of Phoenix to perform for more than 17,000 fans at the Ak-Chin Pavilion. In total disbelief, Bentley told the enthusiastic hometown crowd, "For those of you who don't know me, you're participating in the best night of my life right now." Bentley went on to humbly dedicate both of his GOLD certified No. one hits "I Hold On" and "Home" to his friends in the Valley and to the families of the fallen Granite Mountain Hot Shots, who perished a year ago in the Yarnell Hill Fires. Music critics echoed the fan enthusiasm over the weekend, declaring Bentley "rose to the occasion like a pro, as though headlining Ak-Chin Pavilion is what the man was born to do.” - Arizona Republic "Bentley stormed the stage…his red solo cup and lively stage presence reverberated off the rocks in perfect melody.” - Denver Post “High-energy and emotion-packed” - San Diego Union-Tribune Bentley has the undeniable radio hit of the summer with "Drunk On A Plane," flying up the Top Five at radio now and continuing to sell an average of over 65,000 singles a week. So far, his critically acclaimed and commercially successful new album RISER counts more than 1.5 million digital track sales. The 2014 RISER TOUR continues this week with upcoming stops in Mountain View, CA (7/31) and Sixes, OR (8/3). For a full list of upcoming tour dates, visit www.dierks.com.

Luke Bryan Doing Farm Tour AGAIN!

LUKE BRYAN ANNOUNCES SIXTH ANNUAL FARM TOUR “5-hour ENERGY® Presents Luke Bryan Farm Tour 2014” October 1 – October 11, 2014 NASHVILLE - (July 28, 2014) – For the sixth consecutive year country superstar Luke Bryan will launch a series of fall concerts this October known as the Farm Tour. This year’s Farm Tour adds stops in Knoxville, Tennessee and Gainesville, Florida and is scheduled to begin on October 1 in Knoxville, Tennessee and will continue through October 11 in Macon, Georgia. Last year Luke performed for over 115,000 fans in eight Farm Tour towns breaking the previous year’s record. A portion of the proceeds are granted for local college scholarships (“Luke Bryan Farm Tour Scholarship”) to students from a farming family within the communities the tour plays. Farm Tour 2014 October 1 Knoxville, Tennessee Maple Lane Farms October 2 Auburn, Alabama Ingram Farms October 3 Tallahassee, Florida Cross Creek Place October 4 Gainesville, Florida Whitehurst Cattle Farm October 8 Statesboro, Georgia Perry Field October 9 Athens, Georgia Meldon Farm October 10 Columbia, South Carolina Culler Farms October 11 Macon, Georgia Midway at Central City Park (dates & cities subject to change) The Farm Tour ticket presale will begin for Luke Bryan’s Fan Club, the Nut House, on July 29 at 10AM local time for Knoxville, Gainesville, Auburn and Statesboro. The public on sale for those shows begin at 10AM on August 1. The Nut House ticket presale for Macon, Columbia, Athens and Tallahassee will launch on August 5 at 10AM local time with the public on sale beginning at 10AM local time on August 8. Special VIP experiences will be available for Farm Tour 2014. The "Harvest Time VIP Experience" includes a general admission ticket that comes with an exclusive VIP viewing area with premium view of the stage, a parking pass, access to VIP only restrooms, limited edition Farm Tour poster, private cash bar and more. Find out more information from Luke's official VIP partner, CID Entertainment at: http://www.cidentertainment.com/events/luke-bryan-farm-tour-2014/ For additional Farm Tour 2014 information, including where to get tickets, stay tuned to www.lukebryan.com/farmtour Go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGPwLIUk-64 to view an LBTV episode from the 2013 Farm Tour. About Luke Bryan Superstar Luke Bryan has quickly become one of Nashville’s most sought after entertainers. His “That’s My Kind of Night Tour” is currently playing across the US and Canada, selling out all concerts to date. This summer the tour will feature Luke’s first-ever stadium shows in four cities- Pittsburgh, Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia. His previous tour performed for 1.3 million fans in 2013. The two-time ACM co-host, who received the 2013 ACM Entertainer of The Year honor, recently celebrated the No. 1 debut of his digital EP Spring Break 6…Like We Ain’t Ever. Combined, Luke’s six Spring Break series releases have sold nearly 900,000 copies. Since the debut of his first album in 2007, Luke has sold 6.4 million albums, 24.9 million digital tracks from his four studio albums and placed 10 singles at No. 1. Luke’s current single “Roller Coaster” is the from his Crash My Party album, which has sold two million copies and was the best-selling country album in 2013. The album contains four back-to-back No. 1 hits including “That’s My Kind of Night,” “Crash My Party,” “Drink A Beer,” and "Play It Again.”

Monday, July 21, 2014

What are these 2 dudes up to...????

Aldean Does Ohio!!!

JASON ALDEAN TURNED UP THE HEAT WITH BACK TO BACK SOLD OUT BURN IT DOWN TOUR STADIUM SHOWS THIS WEEKEND Nashville, TN - July 21, 2014 - Two time ACM “Male Vocalist of the Year” Jason Aldean left the midwest smoking this weekend after headlining his BURN IT DOWN TOUR, which sold out back to back stadium shows at Progressive Field (Cleveland, OH on 7/18) and Great American Ballpark (Cincinnati, OH on 7/19). Critics echoed fan enthusiasm, claiming “at times it appeared as though the stadium was ablaze” (Cincinnati Enquirer) and confirming the tour was “worthy of stadium status” (Cleveland Plain Dealer). The shows marked the first of a string of MLB stadium stops on Aldean's BURN IT DOWN TOUR that will also see him play Nationals Park (Washington, DC on 7/25); PNC Park (Pittsburgh, PA on 7/26) and Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, PA on 8/1) over the next two weeks in addition to two upcoming sold out nights at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre. For a full list of upcoming tour dates, visit www.jasonaldean.com.

CHRIS YOUNG SCORES #1 SINGLE WITH “WHO I AM WITH YOU”

Gold Certified Single Becomes His 6th # 1 NASHVILLE, TN – Chris Young is having fun! His single, “Who I Am With You,” sits atop the Mediabase Country Singles Chart, it has been certified Gold, and he’s spending the summer doing what he loves most, on the road performing for the fans. “Yeah, I’m pretty happy right now,” said the singer-songwriter who has 6 #1 singles to his credit. “Everybody is looking for that one person who lets them be themselves and, whether we want to admit it or not, pushes us to be a better person,” said Chris. “This song couldn’t say it any better and I’m glad I got to be the person to sing it.” “Who I Am With You” was written by Marv Green, Jason Sellers and Paul Jenkins. In addition to topping the charts, Chris Young’s “Who I Am With You” claimed the #1 spot in Rolling Stone’s poll of Best Country Songs of 2014. The 29-year old singer is also earning rave reviews for his live show, with The Times Tribune declaring “headliner status is just around the corner.” This week, Young joins Dierks Bentley for shows at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, CO (July 23), The Greek Theater in Los Angeles, CA (July 25), AK-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix, AZ (July 26) and Sleep Train Amphitheater in Chula Vista, CA (July 27). “Who I Am With You,” is the second single from his current album A.M. The album has already yielded the Top 5 hit and Gold certified single “Aw Naw.”

Dolly Getting It Done!

London, UK – Dolly Parton earns, yet, another sales award as her 42nd studio album, Blue Smoke – The Best Of, has been certified Gold by the BPI and remains #3 on the official UK chart in its sixth week of release. “Dolly could not be any happier,” says Dolly’s manager Danny Nozell, CEO CTK Management. “She has worked very hard over the past several years to create the momentum that we have going. Everyone at Dolly Records and Sony Music has done an outstanding job with making Dolly’s new music available and the sales prove it.” Blue Smoke – The Best Of, includes her latest studio album Blue Smoke featuring "Home", "Blue Smoke" and new duet with long- time collaborator and friend Kenny Rogers and even a Bon Jovi cover! Alongside her greatest hits on disc 2 featuring the classics such as "Jolene", "9 to 5", "Islands in the Stream", "Little Sparrow", "Here You Come Again" and "I Will Always Love You" plus many more. “Blue Smoke – The Best Of is officially Gold in the UK, which is a massive achievement for Dolly Parton and the team,” says Faye Donaldson, Sr. Marketing Manager/Sony Music. “The response to Dolly after her Glastonbury performance has been amazing and having new music available at the same time has created a reaction that I've never seen before. It’s been just perfect.” In addition, Dolly’s previous studio album Better Day, which was released in 2011, has been certified Silver. About Dolly Parton: Dolly has achieved 25 RIAA certified gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards, she has had 25 songs reach number 1 on the Billboard Country charts, a record for a female artist. She has 42 career top 10 country albums, a record for any artist, and she has 110 career charted singles over the past 40 years. All-inclusive sales of singles, albums, hits collections, paid digital downloads and compilation usage during her Hall of Fame career have topped a staggering 100 million records worldwide. She has garnered 7 Grammy Awards, 10 Country Music Association Awards, 5 Academy of Country Music Awards, 3 American Music Awards and is one of only five female artists to win the Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year Award. As a zenith crown to the dreams of country music that originally brought her to Nashville, Dolly was inducted as a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999. Dolly’s career has spanned nearly five decades and is showing no signs of slowing down. An internationally-renowned superstar, the iconic and irrepressible Parton has contributed countless treasures to the worlds of music, film and television. Some of her hit films have included Nine to Five, Steel Magnolias, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and Rhinestone. Parton received two Oscar® nominations – one for writing the title tune to Nine to Five and the other for "Travelin’ Thru" from the film Transamerica.

Gopro Wrigley Field Concert for Blake Shelton

NASHVILLE - July 21, 2014 - GRAMMY nominated country superstar, Blake Shelton, celebrated a sold-out stadium show at Chicago's Wrigley Field this weekend, topping out capacity with over 40,000 fans in attendance. Joining the short list of artists who have performed at the iconic setting, Shelton is only the fourth country artist to have ever appeared at the 100 year-old ballpark. Currently on the road for his "Ten Times Crazier Tour 2014," which also includes sold-out shows August 1st at NYC's Madison Square Garden and October 4th at Los Angeles' Hollywood Bowl, Shelton was quick to thank his fans. "This proves once again that country music has the best and most-dedicated fans around. I love each and every person for joining me at Wrigley Field last night and just hope everybody had as much fun as I did," Shelton said. "I'm really proud to represent country music everywhere, but especially excited to have shared this occasion with all the fans in Chicago at such a historic landmark." Adding to his list of impressive feats this year, Shelton, who is CMA Awards’ reigning “Male Vocalist of the Year” for the 4th consecutive year and the 2013 recipient of “Album of the Year” for his platinum-selling album, Based On a True Story…, just celebrated making music history with his 12th consecutive No. 1 single, "My Eyes," (his 17th No. 1 overall) earning the most consecutive No. 1 records atop the country airplay charts by an artist.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Brad and Sarah at the Opry

BRAD PAISLEY MAKES GOOD ON HIS OFFER TO SARAH DARLING; PAIR PERFORMS “WHISKEY LULLABY” TOGETHER ON GRAND OLE OPRY NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 19, 2014) Last night on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, country superstar and Opry member Brad Paisley and former Rising Star contestant Sarah Darling performed Paisley’s hit “Whiskey Lullaby.” This was the fulfillment of the invitation he extended to Darling last week during the live broadcast of ABC’s new hit singing competition Rising Star after she was eliminated from the show by just a fraction of a percentage in the votes. Paisley introduced Darling before the performance, saying “Welcome home – back to the place you belong, Nashville, Tenn.” Darling responded, “There’s no place like home.” Tune in for Rising Star on ABC, Sunday evenings through August 24, 9:00pm ET.

On Location in Hollywood

Party time at Faster Horses Festival in Michigan

Jason Aldean in Cleveland

Friday, July 18, 2014

Chesney Free Show Ticket Hand Out Doesn't Run Smoothly!

Promoters for Kenny Chesney's August concert at Flora-Bama have issued an apology for the confusion surrounding ticket distribution. The Facebook post reads as follows: "When we said come to kennychesney.com/florabamajama at 7 am, we thought people would show up, but we never anticipated 140,000 hits in less than five minutes! It collapsed the system, sent us scrambling and -- proud of the power of the No Shoes Nation on the move -- we got the site back up in thirty minutes. Unfortunately, fans received conflicting responses. Too many RSVP messages went out. Suddenly people who thought they had wristbands were told they were on the waiting list. What could be more disappointing? And we get it. Anyone who received the confirmation of their wristbands on the RSVP page will receive an email tomorrow with the details of the show and where to pick up their credentials As Kenny said: “I never want to let my fans down. When I heard what happened, I told my team: there’s got to be a solution. Let’s find one. “They’ve been on the phone all day, and into tonight. Working with the city, so we wouldn’t have to tell people ‘You can’t come.’ “I’m lucky: I have an awesome team. They get my passion for what we do, but they really get my passion for you guys. Safety has to come first... and that was the biggest piece of resolving this situation. Making sure there was a way to accommodate everyone and keep it safe. “Finally, just before 11:30 Eastern time, we were given the All Clear. The city, the incredible staff at the FloraBama and a host of others helped us find a way to allow everyone who received an RSVP notification saying they could pick up wristbands at Will Call to be accommodated. “We want to get this right. We need to take a little more time to have everything absolutely together. But I didn’t want people feeling uncertain, uncared for or left in the dark any longer. “We will have full details tomorrow. For now, just know, we’ve worked all day to get this situation resolved. We’ll see everybody who got the message at the FloraBama on August 16. Until then, thanks for your patience, your understanding and loving music as much as I do...”

Lady A's New Album

Nashville, TN – July 18, 2014 – Seven-time GRAMMY winning trio Lady Antebellum announced today that their fifth studio album 747 will land in stores on Sept. 30. The album’s sultry lead single “Bartender” is already soaring up the country charts to become one of their fastest rising singles. Nathan Chapman co-produced the 11-song disc with Lady A for the Capitol Records Nashville release. “We unanimously knew that our album title had to be 747,” said Lady A’s Hillary Scott. “The track itself has this pushing, driving spirit about it that sums up our attitude right now. We are pushing ourselves as a band and as songwriters…taking ourselves out of our comfort zone and not taking ourselves too seriously. There's an urgency and an energy to it that we've never released before." “We are so ready to get this music out,” continued Charles Kelley. “To get the reaction we’ve gotten from ‘Bartender’ has only made us more fired up about the rest of these songs!” “We had the opportunity to write with some new songwriters and really dig for outside songs that were songs we wish we’d written,” added Dave Haywood. “As we took them into the studio, we changed our approach and challenged ourselves to try some new things that were outside of what we’d done before." 747 TRACK LIST: 1. Long Stretch of Love (Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, Josh Kear) 2. Bartender (Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, Rodney Clawson) 3. Lie With Me (Marc Beeson, Abe Stoklasa) 4. Freestyle (Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, Shane McAnally) 5. Down South (Stephanie Chapman, Christian Rada, Dave Thomson) 6. One Great Mystery (Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, Josh Kear) 7. Sounded Good At The Time (Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, Brad Warren, Brett Warren) 8. She Is (Ben Rector, Jeff Pardo) 9. Damn You Seventeen (Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird, Shane McAnally) 10. 747 (Gordie Sampson, Caitlyn Smith, Cary Barlowe) 11. Just A Girl (Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, Shane McAnally) Mid-way through their headlining 80-city TAKE ME DOWNTOWN TOUR, Lady A continues to take new music and their biggest hits to fans across the country. For more information on new music and for a full list of upcoming shows, visit www.ladyantebellum.com.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Garth Speaks:

statement from Garth Brooks regarding the Croke Park concerts: "I have always been advised to NEVER send a message in “the moment.” It is said it is best to take a walk, wait awhile, and think about it. With that said, I just received the news the Dublin City Council cannot change their earlier ruling to not allow the licenses for all five shows. To say I am crushed is an understatement. All I see is my mother’s face and I hear her voice. She always said things happen for a reason and for the right reason. As hard as I try, I cannot see the light on this one. So it is with a broken heart, I announce the ticket refunds for the event will go as posted by TicketMaster. I want to thank the Irish authorities for going the distance for all of us who wanted to share songs and dance together. I really want to thank all the people around the world that continued to think good thoughts that this would actually happen. Most of all, to Peter Aiken and those 400,000 people who believed enough to go through what they have been through to get to this point…I love you, always have, always will. I encourage any and all of them that can come see the show, at some point around the world, to bring your Irish flags and wave them proudly at the concerts. I will be looking for you.…garth."

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

NASHVILLE SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME JOHN ANDERSON, PAUL CRAFT, TOM DOUGLAS AND GRETCHEN PETERS

Nashville, TN July 8, 2014 -- John Anderson, Paul Craft, Tom Douglas and Gretchen Peters will be inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in October, according to an announcement made today by Pat Alger, chair of the organization’s Board of Directors. The four new inductees will join the 192 existing members of the elite organization when they are officially inducted during the 44th Anniversary Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony on Sunday, October 5th at the Music City Center. "Here in Nashville where the music industry has always been built on a foundation of great songs written by legendary songwriters, each year only a few are elected to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame," said Alger. "This year we are very pleased to welcome the class of 2014: Tom Douglas and Gretchen Peters in the songwriter category; Paul Craft in the veteran songwriter category and John Anderson as our songwriter/artist." Tom Douglas’ songwriter credits include “I Run To You” (Lady Antebellum) and “The House That Built Me” (Miranda Lambert). Gretchen Peters’ resume is known for “Independence Day” (Martina McBride) and “The Secret Of Life” (Faith Hill). Paul Craft is the tunesmith behind “Dropkick Me, Jesus” (Bobby Bare) and “Hank Williams, You Wrote My Life” (Moe Bandy). John Anderson popularized many of his own compositions, including “Swingin’” and “Seminole Wind.” [Biographical information on each inductee follows this release] The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony is one of the music industry’s foremost events of the year. The evening features tributes and performances of the inductees’ songs by special guest artists. In recent years artists such as Garth Brooks, Jimmy Buffett, the Del McCoury Band, Emmylou Harris, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Barbara Mandrell, Michael McDonald, Ronnie Milsap, Blake Shelton, Marty Stuart, Taylor Swift, Steve Wariner, Gretchen Wilson and Trisha Yearwood have performed at or participated in the event. During the evening, NaSHOF’s sister organization, the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), presents its annual awards for the year’s Best Song, Songwriter and Songwriter/Artist, as well as the Top 10 “Songs I Wish I Had Written,” as determined by their professional songwriters division. Tickets for the event are $250 each. Select seating is available to the public and may be purchased (as available) by contacting Executive Director Mark Ford at hoftix@nashvillesongwritersfoundation.com or 615- 460-6556. About the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame: To the world, Nashville is synonymous with music and songwriting. Since 1970, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame has honored Music City’s top tunesmiths – some of the greatest writers ever to pick a guitar, play a piano or put pencil to paper in search of the perfect song. To date, the hall boasts 192 members from all genres of music who have reached the pinnacle of their craft, including such luminaries as Bill Anderson, Bobby Braddock, Garth Brooks, Felice & Boudleaux Bryant, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Johnny Cash, "Cowboy" Jack Clement, Rodney Crowell, Don & Phil Everly, Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs, Vince Gill, Merle Haggard, Tom T. Hall, Harlan Howard, Alan Jackson, Kris Kristofferson, Dave Loggins, Loretta Lynn, Bob McDill, Roger Miller, Bill Monroe, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, Paul Overstreet, Dolly Parton, Dottie Rambo, Jimmie Rodgers, Fred Rose, Mark D. Sanders, Don Schlitz, Cindy Walker, Jimmy Webb, Marijohn Wilkin, Hank Williams, Hank Williams, Jr. and Bob Wills. The Hall of Fame is owned and operated by the Nashville Songwriters Foundation Inc., a non-profit dedicated to the mission of educating, archiving and celebrating the songwriting profession uniquely associated with Nashville. In 2013, the Hall of Fame realized a long-held dream with the opening of a physical presence in Nashville’s new Music City Center. Engraved names adorn the steps from Songwriters Square at the corner of Fifth and Demonbreun that lead up to the Hall of Fame Gallery, which features songwriting memorabilia as well as touch screens that allow visitors to access information about the history of Nashville songwriting. More information is available at http://www.nashvillesongwritersfoundation.com/. Inductee Biographical Information JOHN ANDERSON was born in Orlando, Fla., and raised in Apopka, Fla. Despite his teenage Rock band roots, he moved to Nashville in 1971 to pursue Country music. Working odd jobs during the day (such as being a roofer on the Grand Ole Opry House), he played clubs at night. By 1977, he signed with Warner Bros. Records and his self-titled debut album in 1980 helped signal the rise of the new traditionalist movement. Following several hits penned by other writers, John’s co-written “Swingin’” shot to #1 and became one of his signature hits in 1983. That song won the 1983 CMA Single of the Year and helped John garner that organization’s Horizon Award. Other John Anderson compositions from the ’80s include “Chicken Truck,” “Goin’ Down Hill,” “I Wish I Could Write You A Song” and “If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It.” Throughout the ’90s John scored hits with “Seminole Wind,” “Country ’Til I Die,” “I Wish I Could Have Been There” and “Bend It Until It Breaks.” John scored another hit with “Shuttin’ Detroit Down” by John Rich in 2009. Memphis-born PAUL CRAFT has a special niche in the Nashville songwriting community. He is one of Music Row’s most prolific providers of songs to the Bluegrass world. Among his 200 cuts in that genre are recordings by stellar artists such as Earl Scruggs, Ralph Stanley, The Lewis Family and The Nashville Bluegrass Band. The Osborne Brothers have recorded 10 Craft tunes; the Seldom Scene have recorded nine. In addition to creating wickedly humorous fare such as “It’s Me Again, Margaret” (Ray Stevens) and Country hits such as “Blue Heartache” (Gail Davies), “Brother Jukebox” (Mark Chesnutt) and “Come As You Were” (T. Graham Brown), Craft is one of only four songwriters to have a pair of solely-written songs nominated for a Best Country Song Grammy in the same year. He accomplished that feat in 1977 with “Dropkick Me, Jesus” (Bobby Bare) and “Hank Williams, You Wrote My Life” (Moe Bandy). Craft’s catalog also contains several “standards,” including“Midnight Flyer,” “Keep Me From Blowing Away” and “Teardrops Will Kiss The Morning Dew.” After graduating from Georgia State University in 1977, Atlanta-born TOM DOUGLAS sold advertising in his hometown before making the move to Nashville a few years later. After four years of futility, Tom and his wife, Katie, moved to Dallas, where they raised a family, and he enjoyed a successful career in commercial real estate. In 1993, at a songwriting seminar in Austin, Tom played “Little Rock” for producer Paul Worley. The following year, the song was a Country hit for Collin Raye and nominated for CMA Song of the Year. Three years later, Tom and family moved back to Nashville, and more hits followed. “The Gift” by Collin Raye w/ Jim Brickman & Susan Ashton earned a 1998 Dove Award for Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year. “I Run To You” by Lady Antebellum earned the 2009 CMA Single of the Year. “The House That Built Me” by Miranda Lambert earned the 2010 NSAI Song of the Year, the 2010 CMA Song of the Year and the 2011 ACM Song and Single of the Year. Other Tom Douglas songs include “Love’s The Only House” by Martina McBride, “Hello World” by Lady Antebellum, and the Tim McGraw hits “Grown Men Don’t Cry,” “My Little Girl,” “Let It Go” and “Southern Voice.” GRETCHEN PETERS was raised in the New York City suburb of Pelham, NY and in Boulder, CO. She performed in bands in the Boulder/Denver area before moving to Nashville in 1987. Her first big songwriting success was “The Chill Of An Early Fall,” recorded by George Strait in 1991. Much of Gretchen’s catalog is solo-written, such as her domestic violence saga “Independence Day,” which was a hit for Martina McBride in 1994 and named the 1995 CMA Song of the Year. The song was nominated for a Grammy, as was “You Don’t Even Know Who I Am,” her 1995 hit by Patty Loveless. Other hits include “The Secret Of Life” (Faith Hill), “Let That Pony Run” (Pam Tillis), “If Heaven” (Andy Griggs), “My Baby Loves Me” (Martina McBride) and “On A Bus To St. Cloud” (Trisha Yearwood). She also has a number of cuts with frequent collaborator/Canadian rocker Bryan Adams such as “This Side Of Paradise” and “Rock Steady” (a duet with Bonnie Raitt). Peters has also recorded eight albums as an artist. ### Contacts for the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation Media Jennifer Bohler/Alliance 615 292 5804 jenny@jb-alliance.com Executive Director Mark Ford /NaSHOF 615 460 6556 markford@nashvillesongwritersfoundation.com

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Garth Shows in Ireland MAY Not Happen!!!!

The cancellation of the five Garth Brooks concerts in Croke Park will see the Dublin publicans lose out on up to €15m in revenue, according to the Vintners Association. A decision will be made by Tuesday as to whether any of the planned concerts concerts will go ahead. The Licensed Vintners Association (LVA) has urged Dublin City Manager Eoin Keegan to reverse his decision not to allow two of the proposed five gigs to go ahead. Brooks, meanwhile, has given an "all five concerts or nothing" ultimatum. The LVA has said that Dublin “simply cannot afford” for the sell-out gigs not to go ahead. “This is still a very difficult economy for every business in the city and the Garth Brooks concerts promised a hugely significant financial boost for pubs and for the wider hospitality industry,” O’Keeffe, Chief Executive of the LVA said. “It is simply unbelievable that the City Manager who oversees a penal Commercial Rates and Water Charge regime for businesses in the City took the decision to cancel concerts that could help us afford the high charge regime.” The LVA said it is “appalled” by the turn of events and estimates that the loss of the five concerts could cost Dublin pubs as much as €15 million. O’Keeffe also added that in addition to publicans, the lost business was also bad news for the Exchequer who would stand to benefit from the sales boost through the concert series. “The City Manager should indicate early this week that he will reverse his decision and grant a licence for each of the five proposed concerts.”