Thursday, October 30, 2014

Sam Moore,Joe Galante and Ronnie Milsap at Hall of Fame Inductions 2014

9th Number 1...For Lady A

Nashville, TN - Oct. 30, 2014 - Lady Antebellum and Rodney Clawson celebrated their multi-week No. one and Platinum certified "Bartender" yesterday with a Halloween themed party at the newly opened City Winery. Friends and family gathered to honor the writers for their smash hit and lead single off the trio's fifth studio album 747, which marked the ninth No. one of their career and Clawson's 15th chart-topper.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

NYC gets first Country Music Festival

FIRST EVER COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL SET FOR NEW YORK CITY AS FARMBOROUGH PLANTS ON RANDALL'S ISLAND IN JUNE 2015 Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley Set To Headline The New Festival – Tickets On Sale Next Week New York, NY – October 29, 2014 – Live Nation Entertainment and Founders Entertainment announced today during a press conference that they will launch the first-ever country music festival in New York City. FarmBorough is set to take place on Randall's Island June 26-28, 2015 and will feature Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan and Brad Paisley at the top of the all-star line up. The first additional artists to be announced for the three-day festival include Wade Bowen, Brandy Clark, Maddie & Tae, Kip Moore, Ashley Monroe, Randy Houser, The Cadillac Three and Dwight Yoakam with more to be revealed over the coming weeks. Three-day passes start at $225 (plus applicable service charges and fees) and go on-sale Thurs., Nov 6 at 10 AM EST. Fans will also have the option to upgrade to VIP three-day packages with access to Skyline Lounge featuring skyline views, private bars and more. For more information and pricing information, visit: www.farmboroughfestival.com. FarmBorough comes from the creators of premier country music festivals Watershed, Faster Horses and Route 91 Harvest, in partnership with Founders Entertainment, the force behind the ever-popular Governors Ball Music Festival. Together they will bring an unrivaled list of country's most popular acts to the heart of New York City, as well as highlight some undiscovered talent with the "Next From Nashville" stage. “We've been dreaming about bringing a country festival to New York for a long time, and we feel like the time is right now. We have the perfect partner in Founders and the perfect location on Randall's Island to really bring fans and artists something special," said Brian O'Connell, Live Nation President of Country Touring. “New York City is a global destination. Country fans from all over the world can come to the city and take advantage of all it has to offer, while enjoying three days of the best country music acts too." "We're thrilled to bring our hometown of New York City its first-ever Country music festival. This has been many years in the making, and we couldn't be more excited to launch FarmBorough in June,” said Co-founder and Partner at Founders Entertainment, Jordan Wolowitz. “Brian O'Connell and his team at Live Nation are the ideal partners for this venture, and together we form a festival dream team. With Governors Ball, and now FarmBorough, New York City is host to premier, world class, music festivals." Citi® is the official credit card of FarmBorough Festival. Citi® card members will have access to pre-sale tickets beginning Friday, Oct 31 through Citi's Private Pass® Program. For complete details, visit www.citipress.com. About Live Nation Entertainment: Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world's leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation & House of Blues Concerts, LN Media and Artist Nation Management. For additional information, visit: www.livenationentertainment.com. About Founders Entertainment: Founders Entertainment is an independent event production and promotion company specializing in creating, producing, and promoting concerts and festivals. As the promoters of the immensely successful Governors Ball Music Festival, the New York City based company has quickly made a name for itself as a major player on the North American festival landscape. Partners at Founders Entertainment have been honored as Billboard "30 under 30" and "40 under 40" awards winners, and the company has been featured in the likes of Fast Company, Wall Street Journal, Crains, Bloomberg, Reuters, and Pollstar. For additional information, visit: www.foundersent.com. Follow further FarmBorough updates on Facebook: facebook.com/farmboroughfestival, Twitter: @FarmBoroughFest, Instagram: @Farmboroughfest and join the conversation on Twitter, using #farmborough and #nycgoescountry To be considered for on site media credentials please download the application form here.

LUKE BRYAN ACHIEVES BEST TOURING YEAR

LUKE BRYAN ACHIEVES BEST TOURING YEAR OF CAREER IN 2014 WITH 1.7 MILLION FANS “That’s My Kind of Night Tour” Wraps With 1.2 Million Fans Additional 500,000 Fans Attend Spring Break, Farm Tour and Headlined Fairs & Festivals Nashville- (October 29, 2014) – Luke Bryan achieved the best touring year of his career in 2014 with 1.7 million fans attending his concerts. Over the weekend, he wrapped his 77-city “That’s My Kind of Night Tour” playing before 1.2 million fans. This past March 230,000 fans attended his two Spring Break concerts in Panama City Beach, Florida and during the “Farm Tour” this fall another 110,000 gathered for that eight-city run while an additional 160,000 attended additional fairs & festivals Luke headlined. This brings Luke’s headline concert attendance to a grand total of 1.7 million fans in 2014, a career best! “We have enjoyed seizing the moments every day on this tour,” shared Luke. “We’ve played all types of shows this year. It’s just as exciting to play for smaller capacity crowds during a 2-day run in the very northern point of Canada as it is to 60,000 screaming fans at the stadiums shows or for the beach crowds at Spring Break, or to the first time fan who may have never been to a concert until the ‘Farm Tour’ came to their small rural community. I am so grateful to everyone on my team from my road crew to my fans that have made this year so amazing! I’m having the time of my life.” Highlights from the “That’s My Kind of Night Tour” include four sold-out stadium shows where a combined 225,000 people attended. Luke set an all-time country record for sold tickets at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh and at Soldier Field in Chicago. He sold-out two shows in New York City’s Madison Square Garden and became the first country artist to play Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. The tour had double plays in eleven cities and broke numerous venue attendance records along the way. The Washington Post claimed, “Bryan displayed over-the-top, full-force energy during his Friday night show at Jiffy Lube Live. His infectious everyman persona appeals to a huge swath of the young country audience: the ladies along with the party bros who have their arms slung around those ladies.” The Minneapolis Star Tribune said, “In the spirit of the Oscars, we’d like to present these prizes for Bryan’s show: Best entrance at a country concert by an artist/Best dance moves by a male in the history of country music/Best staging of a country concert this year.” “The massive production of video screens, fire, moving lighting and a giant mid-rink circle stage where the cheap seats became top ducats for a time, would make KISS blush,” said The Calgary Sun. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel shared, “Bryan is the biggest star in country right now. His incredibly animated set Saturday, and a crowd on its feet and singing all night long, left no doubt of that. But as cool and confident as Bryan looked, he never seemed calculated.” The Detroit News touted, “Bryan is a crowd-pleaser and a good-time guy. (He) has been at this long enough that he’s a confident showman with a fun, laid-back on-stage demeanor. Bryan got a few chances to improvise and in those moments he shined.” “His songs may be rich in country themes, but Luke Bryan transcended country, and was by all measures and in every sense of the word, a rock star,” said buffalo.com. The Dallas Morning News claimed that, “he possesses the chops, the boundless energy and the fervent fan base to outlast any radio trend.” The tour’s winter leg will launch in February with openers Randy Houser and Dustin Lynch. Live Nation is the national tour promoter for the 2015 “That’s My Kind of Night Tour” and Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is sponsoring the tour. Citi is the official credit card of the “That’s My Kind of Night Tour” with Citi cardmembers having access to presale tickets through Citi’s Private Pass Program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com. 2015 “That’s My Kind of Night” Tour: 2-10 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena 2-11 Evansville, IN Ford Center 2-12 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center 2-14 New Orleans, LA Endymion Extravaganza * 2-18 Estero, FL Germain Arena 2-21 Orlando, FL Amway Center *not TMKON Tour

Next Stop: Little Rock for Garth Brooks

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN OVER 23 YEARS... THE GARTH BROOKS WORLD TOUR with TRISHA YEARWOOD IS COMING BACK TO LITTLE ROCK!!! CONCERTS WILL BE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12th 7:00 PM AND SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13th 7:00 PM AT VERIZON ARENA LOS ANGELES- OCTOBER 29, 2014- For the first time in over 23 year The Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood is coming back to Little Rock, Arkansas! The concerts will be Friday, December 12th 7:00 PM and Saturday, December 13th 7:00 PM at Verizon Arena. Tickets will be on sale Friday, November 7th at 10:00 AM CST. There will be an eight ticket limit per purchase. Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com, ticketmaster.com/garthbrooks or 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 November 7th. Tickets will cost $73.25. 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'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. On Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014, Garth released a new single, "People Loving People." It was his first new single since 2008. For more information please visit www.garthbrooks.com

Monday, October 27, 2014

Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood’s “Somethin’ Bad” Becomes Somethin’ Platinum!

Smash Second Single from Lambert’s Platinum Album Is a CMA Awards Double-Nominee Nashville, TN – CMA Entertainer of the Year nominee Miranda Lambert’s second single from her acclaimed album Platinum has gone from “Somethin’ Bad” to something Platinum in its own right as her smash duet with Carrie Underwood has now been officially certified as an RIAA Platinum Digital Single. A Billboard Hot Country Songs #1 single, “Somethin’ Bad” has also garnered a pair of CMA Awards nominations this year, with Lambert and Underwood up for Music Video of the Year, as well as Musical Event of the Year. Lambert’s Platinum album, featuring “Somethin’ Bad” and the chart-topping first single, “Automatic,” is available for sale here: http://smarturl.it/mlplatinum.

Here they Come !!! Kenny and Jason

Flashback: October 1978 DOLLY!!!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

ANYTHING GOES Sells A Monstrous 197,105 First Week

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE SOARS TO #1 ON BOTH BILLBOARD 200 & TOP COUNTRY ALBUMS CHARTS Launch Fueled With Rave Reviews MEDIA ONLY: https://bmlg.box.com/s/8hm748080ecq05ni9575 Pictured (L-R): Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard Cover Art Courtesy of Republic Nashville
Nashville, TN - (October 22, 2014) – Florida Georgia Line is proving to be unstoppable with the release of their second album ANYTHING GOES (Republic Nashville). The highly anticipated project sold a monstrous 197,105 copies in its first week, earning the superstar duo their first debut at #1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 and Billboard Top Country Albums charts. Produced by Joey Moi, who was also at the helm of the 2X PLATINUM debut HERE’S TO THE GOOD TIMES, music critics nationwide are raving about FGL’s progressive sound along with the talented twosome’s impact on the genre and beyond: “…the sound of right now…" – COUNTRY WEEKLY "…you’ll want to crank it the sec­ond you leave the office." – US WEEKLY "…consistently inventive and engaging." – AP “Florida Georgia Line members promote a laid-back party lifestyle on stage and in their songs, but when the music stops, Hubbard and Kelley are more about loving strong, working hard and writing the next record-breaking country song.” – THE TENNESSEAN “…a hook-laden party album that's equal parts country and R&B, with rock guitars as occasional garnish.” – USA TODAY The buzz-worthy album features the PLATINUM-certified, #1 smash “Dirt” and sizzling new single “Sun Daze.” Currently on the road as direct support for Jason Aldean's BURN IT DOWN Tour, FGL will take their signature high-octane show worldwide on their headline ANYTHING GOES TOUR 2015. FGL has skyrocketed to stardom becoming the only artist in history to join Brooks & Dunn in achieving four back-to-back, multi-week #1 singles; breaking the record for longest #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart and selling nearly 20 million tracks worldwide off their 2X PLATINUM debut HERE’S TO THE GOOD TIMES. In addition to collaborating across genres with sensations like Nelly and Jason Derulo, FGL has won numerous industry awards and recently was named one of the CMT Artists of the Year for the second time. The reigning CMA Vocal Duo of the Year will vie for the title again at the forthcoming awards on November 5, airing on ABC. FGL also scored an American Music Awards nomination for Favorite Band Duo or Group, Country and fans can vote now at http://ama.votenow.tv. FloridaGeorgiaLine.com

Garth!!!

GARTH BROOKS BREAKS HIS LEXINGTON TICKET SALES RECORD SET AT RUPP ARENA IN 1998, HE SOLD 67,355 TICKETS, TODAY GARTH HAS SURPASSED THAT AND IS STILL SELLING!!! LOS ANGELES- OCTOBER 22, 2014- Garth Brooks has broken his Lexington ticket sales record. During May 15 - May 17, 1998, at Rupp Arena he sold 67,355 tickets. Today Garth has surpassed that and is still selling! The concerts will be at Rupp Arena on Friday, October 31st 6:30PM and 10:30PM as well as Saturday, November 1st 6:30PM and 10:30PM. There are tickets left for each show. Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com, ticketmaster.com/garthbrooks or 1-800-745-3000 or Ticketmaster Express 1-866-448-7849. Tickets are also available at the venue box office and all Ticketmaster outlets. Tickets will cost $57.55 plus $3.45 tax, a $2.00 facility fee and a $6.00 service charge, totaling $69.00.

Frankie Ballard Rocks On

Sunshine & Whiskey” Top 10 & Climbing At Country Radio Nashville, TN (October 22, 2014) – Warner Bros. Records’ Frankie Ballard kicked off his energetic LIGHT ‘EM UP TOUR on Thursday, October 16th at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis, MN. As part of the exclusive Live Nation Ones To Watch tour with Skype, the run serves as the “Sunshine & Whiskey” singer’s first headlining trek, with stops in 19-cities between now and December. To kick off the dynamic tour, Ballard teamed up with the brand new Live Nation Channel and Yahoo Screen, which is an exclusive live music channel that can deliver one exclusive convert live stream a day, and has featured popular artists such as Lady Antebellum and Dave Matthews Band. He will continue his LIGHT ‘EM UP TOUR this weekend, with stops in Louisville, KY (10/24) and Indianapolis, IN (10/25). Known for his energetic live shows, Ballard will amp it up even further on the Florida Georgia Line 2015 ANYTHING GOES tour. He has also landed coveted opening slots for Jake Owen, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift and longtime idol Bob Seger. Since releasing his first #1, GOLD-certified smash “Helluva Life,” Ballard has lit up the country music scene. The Battle Creek, MI, native continues the hot streak with his follow-up infectious anthem “Sunshine & Whiskey,” which has sold over 460,000 copies to date. Currently Top 10 at Country radio, the tune is quickly approaching the top of the chart. Both songs are featured on his latest album, SUNSHINE & WHISKEY, which debuted in the Top 5 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart, and ROLLING STONE noted as “required listening.” Produced by Marshall Altman (Marc Broussard), the project captures the newcomer’s unique blend of blues-infused, country rock and his undeniable guitar prowess on every song. For more information check out FrankieBallard.com. Keep an eye out on www.facebook.com/onestowatch for a chance to connect with Frankie via Skype on the road. Ballard’s SUNSHINE & WHISKEY is now available on iTunes.

Miranda Raises Big Bucks for the Dogs

MIRANDA LAMBERT RAISED OVER $600,000 FOR 7TH ANNUAL “CAUSE FOR THE PAWS” EVENT BENEFITTING MUTTNATION FOUNDATION
MUTTNATION FOUNDATION’S FIRST OWNED AND OPERATED SHELTER, “REDEMPTION RANCH” TO OPEN NOVEMBER 22ND IN OKLAHOMA LOS ANGELES, CA --- Grammy® winner and dog ‘mother’ to seven rescue dogs, Miranda Lambert, has donated proceeds from her show at the Route 91 Harvest Festival to her 7th annual charity event, “Cause for the Paws,” to benefit her beloved MuttNation Foundation. The event brought in a total of $628,148, which is put to good use in helping furry friends all across the country. “I always have a great time in Vegas, but being able to save dogs along the way was probably the best,” Miranda said. “Getting to do what I love and help the cause that’s closest to my heart, and do it in Vegas; it doesn’t get any better. With the money raised, I am looking forward to seeing lots of dogs find loving forever homes through adoption.” The Route 91 Harvest Festival was held at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on October 3rd, 4th and 5th, and featured fellow superstar headliners, Blake Shelton and Jason Aldean. This year's “Cause for the Paws” event included a sold out VIP cocktail party; complete with a live and silent auction with items from Blake Shelton, Miranda, Live Nation and MGM Resorts (which raised more than $60,000). There was also an online eBay auction. MNF co-founder, Bev Lambert explains, “Miranda and I were a bit apprehensive about moving the 7th Annual Cause For The Paws from our homes states of Texas and Oklahoma into Las Vegas. As our long time sponsors signed on in record time and the tickets for the 1st Harvest Festival began to sell out we started to feel like this year may indeed be worthy of the name - Lucky 7! We stand amazed at the support that her fans, friends and sponsors continue to show as they join hands with us to help shelter pets across the US. We both continue our pledge to be watchful over every penny donated.” The money raised from “Cause for the Paws” will be used for a variety of initiatives throughout the coming year including to finish work on and fund Redemption Ranch, the first MuttNation Foundation owned and operated shelter, which will be opening in Tishomingo, OK on November 22nd. In addition, on Sunday, October 26th starting at noon MuttNation Foundation will partner with the Humane Society of Tulsa to host their FIRST Muttoberfest (at 6232 E. 60th Street in Tulsa, OK). Over 100 dogs and cats (all of whom have been vaccinated, tested and spayed and neutered) rescued by MuttNation Foundation will be available for adoption. MNF will also be continuing their very successful Mutts Across America: 50 States/50 Shelters initiative. Operating under the premise that fans, friends, colleagues and benefactors across the US have sown into MuttNation Foundation, last year they selected a shelter in each of the 50 states to lend a financial hand and will do so again this year. They will also continue their support for Pets Fur People (petsfurpeople.org), which is the former home of Miranda’s first shelter pet, Delilah, and the start of Cause For The Paws in Tyler, TX. MuttNation Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization and all contributions are 100% tax deductible; it has raised over $1.5 M the past seven years. To donate please visit: www.MuttNationFoundation.com. Miranda and her mother, Bev, make every effort to ensure that your hard-earned dollars are going to spay and neuter efforts, medical treatments, adoptions, preventions, transportation, legislative changes, and education. By contributing, you are making a difference to end animal cruelty, neglect, and homelessness.

Jane Seymour at Premiere of Glen Campbell Documentary

The Band Perry at Belmont

he Band Perry Shares Career Experiences with Belmont University Music Students During Special Master Class Nashville, TN (October 24, 2014) – 2014 CMA “Vocal Group of The Year” nominees, The Band Perry, took time out of their busy touring and recording schedule last week to give a Master Class at Belmont University’s School of Music in Nashville. With Massey Concert Hall as their backdrop, the sibling trio shared the backstory on how they started in the music industry, which included raising money for sound gear by selling homemade caramel apples door to door and traveling around the southeast to play shopping malls, campsites and restaurants. The band stressed the importance of perseverance, a strong support system, and accepting constructive criticism. They also mentioned the development of stage presence in addition to technical skills. The reigning ACM “Vocal Group of The Year” shared their strategy on how they grew “from a band to a brand,” encouraging students to find their own voice and focus on what they do best and what makes them unique. They also lent advice on coping with the rigors of breaking into the music business, a challenge very familiar to many of the young performers in the room. At the end of the hour, the band answered questions from the students, and then treated the audience to an impromptu acoustic performance of their quintessential hit, “If I Die Young.” "It was great to have Kimberly, Reid and Neil speak to our music students," said Dr. Cynthia Curtis, Dean of The College of Visual and Performing Arts. "Practical advice from professional musicians is an integral part of our students' education, and we could not have scripted this Master Class any better. The Band Perry offered our students real-life information about what the combination of talent and hard work can bring. Coming from an intelligent, accomplished and relatable act like The Band Perry, this advice was exactly what our students needed to hear as they begin to pursue their own professional careers." ABOUT THE BAND PERRY One of the most dynamic acts in music today, The Band Perry has achieved both massive mainstream success and major critical acclaim since delivering their platinum self-titled debut. Introducing the sibling trio as a powerful new force on the country scene, 2010’s The Band Perry offered up five hit singles, including the quintuple-platinum chart-topper “If I Die Young” and other platinum hits – the #1 “All Your Life” and “You Lie” – as well as “Hip to My Heart” and “Postcard from Paris.” For the band’s gold-certified second album Pioneer, frontwoman Kimberly Perry and her younger brothers Reid and Neil delved deeper into an edgy, rock-and-roll-inspired sound while staying true to their Southern roots. Featuring the platinum #1 single “Better Dig Two” and the gold #1 “DONE.” (plus smash hits “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely” and “Chainsaw”), Pioneer found The Band Perry widening their appeal and continuing to showcase their breathtaking three-part harmonies.

Garth Keeps Breaking Records

OKS CONTINUES TO BREAK RECORDS SET AT THE ST. LOUIS KIEL CENTER IN 1996, HE SOLD 58,729 TICKETS TODAY HE HAS SURPRASSED THAT AND IS STILL SELLING!!! LOS ANGELES- OCTOBER 24, 2014- Garth Brooks continues to break records. Set October 10th - October 12th, 1996, at the St. Louis Kiel Center, he sold 58,729 tickets. Today he has surpassed that number and is still selling! The concerts will be December 4th 7:30 PM, December 5th 7:00 PM, December 6th 7:00 PM and December 7th 7:00 PM at the Scottrade Center. Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com, ticketmaster.com/garthbrooks or 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 October 24th, but there will be beginning tomorrow Saturday, October 25th. Tickets will cost $57.15 plus $4.85 tax, a $3.00 facility fee and a $6.00 service charge, totaling $71.00. 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'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. On Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014, Garth released a new single, "People Loving People." It was his first new single since 2008. For more information please visit www.garthbrooks.com

BRAD PAISLEY AND CARRIE UNDERWOOD HEAD TO THE BIG APPLE TO PROMOTE COUNTRY MUSIC'S BIGGEST NIGHT™

Seven-Time Hosts to appear on "The View" and "Late Night with Seth Meyers" in Advance of "The 48th Annual CMA Awards" Airing Live Nov. 5 on the ABC Television Network NASHVILLE – (October 24, 2014) - On Monday, Oct. 27, superstars Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, hosts of "The 48th Annual CMA Awards," will make appearances on "The View" and "Late Night with Seth Meyers" to promote Country Music's Biggest Night™, which airs live Wednesday, Nov. 5 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network. The duo, whose hosting skills have been praised year after year by fans and media, will bring their charm and comedic talents to both daytime and late night television audiences on Monday, Oct. 27. In the morning, they will visit with the cast of "The View" on the ABC Television Network (11:00 AM/ET) where Paisley will debut his current single "Perfect Storm" for the first time on national television and Underwood will discuss her upcoming album, Greatest Hits: Decade #1 in stores Dec. 9. "The View" is a live, one-hour daily talk show featuring moderators Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O'Donnell, Rosie Perez, and Nicolle Wallace. That evening, Paisley and Underwood will join Seth Meyers on "Late Night with Seth Meyers." "Late Night with Seth Meyers" airs weeknights on NBC at 12:35 AM/ET. Both appearances will be in support of "The 48th Annual CMA Awards." While in New York they will also tape interviews with "Access Hollywood" and participate in a national satellite media tour with top ABC affiliates. Additionally, Paisley and Underwood will be hosting the nationally syndicated "Country Countdown USA with Lon Helton" airing the weekend of Nov 1-2. Last week it was announced that Lon Helton won the 2014 CMA National Broadcast Personality of the Year, marking the seventh time he has earned that honor.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Swon Brothers Getting Traction..

Nashville, TN – CMA Vocal Duo of the Year nominees The Swon Brothers – Zach and Colton – have been performing professionally since childhood, so they felt right at home during their October 1 visit with the acclaimed PS22 Chorus of fifth-grade students from the PS22 elementary school in Staten Island, New York. Featured on Oprah, NBC Nightly News, Anderson Cooper 360° and more, the chorus has been recognized for their outstanding musical and academic accomplishments. PS22 Chorus Director Gregg Breinberg and the children spent two hours outside of normal school hours to ask questions of the Swons and rehearse a performance together of the song “Pretty Beautiful,” one highlight of the duo’s self-titled Arista Nashville debut album, releasing October 14. You can view the chorus’ performance with the Swons, as well as the duo’s reactions afterward, online at http://smarturl.it/SwonsPS22PB. In the wake of their visit, Colton Swon shared, “It was such a great time performing with the PS22 Chorus. They’re so talented and really bring music to life in such a unique way.” Zach Swon added, “We’ve been on the run so much lately that it was great to have the chance to slow down for a few hours and share that pure, simple love of music through the eyes of these incredible kids. It was just an amazing experience.” Co-produced by The Swon Brothers and Mark Bright (Carrie Underwood, Sara Evans), the duo’s album is currently available for pre-order, with purchasers immediately receiving the hit first single “Later On,” as well as “Pray for You” and “Pretty Beautiful.”

Colt Ford Releases First Live Concert DVD

Nashville, TN, October 8, 2014…..Country star Colt Ford will release his first live concert DVD on November 11, 2014: Crank It Up! Colt Ford Live at Wild Adventures. Produced by Eagle Rock Entertainment for Eagle Vision, and Average Joes Entertainment, the129-minute DVD was filmed in HD on August 2, 2014, at Wild Adventures Park in Valdosta, Georgia. Directed by Hideout Pictures’ Potsy Ponciroli, Ford and band performed an electrifying high-energy set spotlighting 20 hit tracks from over the course of his entire career. The $14.98 collectible DVD is available online and at retail outlets nationwide. An abbreviated version of the concert will also be broadcast this winter. Ford returned to his Georgia roots to deliver a kick-ass entertainment experience from start to finish. Exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the concert, as well as ten episodes of Ford’s “Mr. Goodtime TV,” is also included as a special bonus accompanying the 129-minute DVD. For a sneak peek of Crank It Up! Colt Ford Live at Wild Adventures click here. “Returning to Valdosta to film this live concert DVD was nostalgic for me,” said Colt. “This area was the first to embrace my music, and come out to my shows. These fans have been there from the beginning.” Featured on the DVD are many of the songs culled from Ford’s new album, Thanks For Listening, released this past summer. The album debuted at #3 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart, #1 on Billboard’s Independent Chart, and #1 on Billboard’s Rap Albums Chart. Track List: 1. Answer to No One 2. The High Life 3. Crank It Up! 4. Back 5. Crickets 6. Country Thang 7. Drivin’ Around Song 8. Mr. Goodtime 9. Medley: Waste Some Time/Cricket On A Line/Huntin’ The World 10. Workin’ On 11. Ride Through The Country 12. She’s Like 13. Chicken And Biscuits 14. Dirty Side 15. Hip Hop In A Honky Tonk 16. Washed In The Mud 17. No Trash In My Trailer 18. Thanks For Listening 19. Waffle House 20. Dirt Road Anthem About Colt Ford In 2012, Colt penned two #1 hits; Jason Aldean’s “Dirt Road Anthem,” and Brantley Gilbert’s, “Country Must Be Country Wide.” His album, Declaration of Independence, topped the Billboard Top Country Album Chart at #1, and was followed by his new release, Thanks For Listening, in July 2014. To date, Colt has sold over 1 million albums, millions more song downloads, has 1.5 million Facebook Likes and over 100 million YouTube views. Colt was also featured in a two-page cover story in the "Arena" section of the Wall Street Journal (July 2013). In October, 2013, Colt hit the road on a 34-city tour with Florida Georgia Line, and is touring with Toby Keith this Fall. In addition to being a gifted songwriter and artist, Colt is also a former professional golfer, and resides with his family in Athens, GA. Follow at www.coltford.com; twitter.com/coltford; facebook.com/coltford.

Frankie Ballard's New Ride?

Blake #1

NASHVILLE, TN –(October 8, 2014) – Blake Shelton brings sunshine to the top of the charts this week as BRINGING BACK THE SUNSHINE debuts at #1 on The Billboard 200 and Billboard’s Top Country Album Chart with 101,000 albums sold. SUNSHINE is only the third country album to top The Billboard 200 this year. The CMA Entertainer of the Year nominee and reigning Male Vocalist debuts at #1 with only six short weeks of airplay on his hot Top 5 single, “Neon Light.” “With his third consecutive # 1 album debut, Blake continues to make magic every time he records a song,” said Warner Music Nashville President & CEO, John Esposito. “He's made another masterpiece with BRINGING BACK THE SUNSHINE that is resonating with fans, critics and the industry. We are so blessed to have Blake in the Warner Music Family and be a part of his historic career.” SUNSHINE finds Blake coast to coast with performances of “Neon Light” on The Today Show, Live With Kelly and Michael, The Tonight Show Featuring Jimmy Fallon and his sold-out show at the Hollywood Bowl last Saturday night. With features in USA Today, Entertainment Weekly plus reviews from People Magazine the Los Angeles Times, AP and more, SUNSHINE is “One of Shelton’s strongest recent efforts,” (Billboard Magazine). BRINGING BACK THE SUNSHINE Track Listing Bringing Back The Sunshine Neon Light Lonely Tonight feat. Ashley Monroe Gonna A Girl Sangria Buzzin’ feat. Rae Lynn Just South of Heaven I Need My Girl Good Country Song Anyone Else Just Gettin’ Started BRINGING BACK THE SUNSHINE is produced by longtime friend and collaborator Scott Hendricks. Shelton recently wrapped up his sold-out Ten Times Crazier Tour 2014, which included performances at NYC's Madison Square Garden, LA's historic Hollywood Bowl and Chicago's Wrigley Field Stadium (playing to a capacity crowd of over 40,000 fans as only the fourth country artist to have ever played the iconic 100 year-old ball park). Celebrating thirteen years since his first single "Austin" hit the top of the country radio charts, Shelton holds 17 No. 1 singles to his credit, recently breaking his own record for most consecutive No. 1’s at country radio. With 12 singles, including five from his last album alone, Shelton has the most No. 1's in a row on the country radio charts by any artist. Joining the ranks of the Grand Ole Opry as a member since 2010, Shelton has earned a host of awards and nominations throughout his career, including three new CMA Award nominations this year for Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year and Song of the Year for "Mine Would Be You." Shelton returned as a coach for his seventh season of NBC’s Emmy winning reality competition series, The Voice, which premiered September 22nd. For more information and upcoming tour dates, please visit: www.BlakeShelton.com and follow @BlakeShelton.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

NEXT Garth Brooks show!

GARTH BROOKS IS COMING TO NORTH CAROLINA FOR THE FIRST TIME IN OVER 16 YEARS THE GARTH BROOKS WORLD TOUR with TRISHA YEARWOOD IS HEADING TO GREENSBORO!!! CONCERTS WILL BE FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21st 7:30 PM AND SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22nd 7:30 PM AT THE GREENSBORO COLISEUM LOS ANGELES- OCTOBER 8, 2014- Garth Brooks is coming to North Carolina for the first time in over 16 years. The Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood is heading to Greensboro! The concerts will be Friday, November 21st 7:30 PM and Saturday, November 22nd 7:30 PM at the Greensboro Coliseum. Tickets will be on sale Friday, October 17th at 10:00 AM EST. There will be an eight ticket limit per purchase. Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com, ticketmaster.com/garthbrooks or 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 October 17th. Tickets will cost $57.14 plus $3.86 tax, and a $6.00 service charge, totaling $67.00. 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'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. On Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014, Garth released a new single, "People Loving People." It was his first new single since 2008. For more information please visit www.garthbrooks.com

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

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Carrie Underwood Is Making History with “Something in the Water”!

The First Single from Underwood’s Greatest Hits: Decade #1 Achieves the All-Time Mediabase Record for Most Impact-Week Stations! With More than 124,000 Copies Sold, “Something in the Water” Marks Underwood’s Best-Selling First-Week Single of Her Career! Nashville, TN – Superstar Carrie Underwood is making waves and making history with her compelling new single, “Something in the Water,” the first single from her December 9 album release, Greatest Hits: Decade #1. Released on Monday, September 29, “Something in the Water” has amassed more than 124,000 digital sales to date, earning the highest first-week sales tally of Underwood’s career. The sales figure also marks the best opening-week sales of any female country artist in 2014. With today as its official airplay impact date, “Something in the Water” has set the all-time record for a country single at Mediabase, achieving a massive 144 total stations on impact date. In all, the single tallies a whopping 157 first-week stations on board, including Billboard and Country Aircheck reporting stations. On the Mediabase country airplay chart, “Something in the Water” explodes onto the chart at #25, tying Underwood’s previous personal-best debut (2007’s smash, “So Small”) and also tying the highest debut of any artist in 2014. On the Billboard Country Airplay chart, Underwood further notches a career-high chart entry, as the single debuts at #17, simultaneously achieving the year’s highest debut for a solo artist. Named last week’s USA Today Song of the Week, the publication praised “Something in the Water,” lauding the song’s production and “the purity” of Underwood’s vocals. Produced by Mark Bright, and written by Underwood, Chris DeStefano, and Brett James, “Something in the Water” is available for sale here: http://smarturl.it/somethinginthewater. Underwood’s Greatest Hits: Decade #1, on 19 Recordings/Arista Nashville, will release on December 9 and is currently available for pre-order at http://smarturl.it/amzcarrieunderwood. About Carrie Underwood: Carrie Underwood emerged from the promise of her 2005 American Idol win to become a true multi-format, multi-media superstar, spanning achievements in music, television, and film, where the six-time GRAMMY® Award winner has amassed more than 95 major honors, sold more than 64 million records worldwide, and recorded 18 #1 singles, nine of which she co-wrote. The first female artist to be twice named the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year, Underwood was recognized as Pollstar’s Top Female Country Touring Artist for each of her headlining tours, in 2008, 2010, and 2012. Her four albums, Some Hearts, Carnival Ride, Play On, and Blown Away – each certified multi-Platinum or Platinum, and each an American Music Awards winner as Country Album of the Year – tallied 38 weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart with songs that have now been streamed more than 800 million times worldwide. Last year, she starred as Maria von Trapp in NBC’s three-hour holiday blockbuster, the Emmy®-winning The Sound of Music Live!, whose airings attracted 44 million viewers. A proud member of the Grand Ole Opry since 2008, Underwood is now in her second season as the musical voice of primetime television’s #1 program, Sunday Night Football, and in November will return for the seventh consecutive year as co-host of the CMA Awards, where she is a three-time nominee this year. On December 9, Underwood will release Greatest Hits: Decade #1, her first hits collection, which also features her new single, “Something in the Water.”

BRAD PAISLEY’S New Music Video..Perfect Storm

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 7, 2014) Brad Paisley’s music video for his current hit single, “Perfect Storm,” debuted this morning on CMT, CMT Pure, CMT.com and CMT Artists App during an exclusive world premiere. Fans can now view the romantic, stormy video at http://smarturl.it/perfectstormvideo. A few weeks ago Paisley asked fans via Twitter and his official website to send him photos of themselves, or their special someone, wearing a tee shirt, which is a nod to the “Perfect Storm” chorus lyric “She destroys me in that tee shirt….” Photos came pouring in and 42 were selected to be highlighted in the video and several more in the background. Over this past weekend Paisley notified the fans chosen by clever Twitter messages. “Perfect Storm” was directed by Jim Shea, and produced by Mark Kalbfeld, who also directed and produced Paisley’s award winning videos “Waitin’ On A Woman” (co-produced with Peter Tilden), “Start A Band,” “When I Get Where I’m Going” and “Welcome To The Future.” Paisley’s newest album, Moonshine in the Trunk, was released August 25, and has already produced the hit single “River Bank” and “Perfect Storm” is currently #20 on the Billboard and Country Aircheck country airplay charts. Brad Paisley is a critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer whose talents have earned him numerous awards, including three GRAMMYs, two American Music Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards and 14 Country Music Association Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), among many others. A proud member of the Grand Ole Opry since 2001, Paisley earned the first of his 22 #1 singles in 1999, writing or co-writing 19 of them. His latest single, “Perfect Storm,” is from his chart topping 2014 album Moonshine in the Trunk. This summer Paisley was an expert on ABC’s hit singing competition, Rising Star, and also made multiple contributions to the new Disney animated film Planes: Fire & Rescue. He is currently headlining his Country Nation World Tour presented by KRAFT Cheese through the fall. Fans can look for him to return with Carrie Underwood for the seventh consecutive year as hosts of Country Music’s Biggest Night™, when The 48th Annual CMA Awards airs live from Nashville, November 5, on ABC. Visit www.bradpaisley.com for more information.

Monday, October 6, 2014

LITTLE BIG TOWN INVITED TO JOIN GRAND OLE OPRY

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - (Oct. 3, 2014) – Critically acclaimed Grammy®-winning vocal group Little Big Town (Karen Fairchild, Phillip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman, and Jimi Westbrook) was invited to join the Grand Ole Opry this evening by Opry member and friend Reba McEntire. The group will be formally inducted into the Opry on Fri., Oct. 17 by Opry member Vince Gill. As the group finished a three-song set with its smash “Pontoon,” McEntire appeared from the side of the stage, improvising on the song’s last few words. “I know the Grand Ole Opry is very important to y’all, because this is the first place you guys played together as a group in 1999,” McEntire began after the impromptu collaboration. “I have been asked to ask y’all, Little Big Town, would y’all like to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry?” After hugs with McEntire and between the members as well as a collective “yes” from the group, McEntire said, “Special moments like this—they’re priceless.” Speaking for the group, Fairchild cheered, “Thank you, Grand Ole Opry! We will try to make you proud!” Opry Vice President and General Manager Pete Fisher said, “We have been enjoying Grand Ole Opry visits from Little Big Town for almost 15 years now. During that time, the group has developed an amazing artistry and has won over millions of fans, all while maintaining a commitment to and love for the Opry we saw firsthand tonight. We will all be excited to officially welcome Little Big Town to the Opry family October 17.” About Little Big Town Critically acclaimed Country group, Little Big Town – consisting of members Karen Fairchild, Phillip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman, and Jimi Westbrook – first entered the music scene more than 15 years ago with hits such as “Boondocks,” “Bring It On Home,” “Good As Gone” and Grammy-nominated single “Little White Church.” The quartet’s fifth studio album Tornado was released on September 11, 2012 and debuted at the top of the Billboard Country Chart where it stayed for five consecutive weeks. The album has been certified Platinum with sales of more than 1 million copies and features #1 hits "Pontoon" and "Tornado." Collectively, the group has earned more than 25 award show nominations and has taken home the award for ACM Top New Vocal Group, CMA Single of the Year (“Pontoon”), CMA Vocal Group of the Year (2012 and 2013), ACM Vocal Group of the Year, ACM Video of the Year ("Tornado"), a Grammy Award for Best Country Group/Duo Performance (“Pontoon”) and an Emmy award (Outstanding Original Song-“Good Afternoon”). Little Big Town recently completed their sixth studio album working again with producer Jay Joyce. The first single off of the new album entitled “Day Drinking” is quickly climbing the Country radio charts. The album, entitled Pain Killer, is set for release on October 21. For more information on Little Big Town please visit www.littlebigtown.com. About the Grand Ole Opry The Grand Ole Opry® is presented by Humana®. Opry performances are held every Friday and Saturday of the year, and the Tuesday Night Opry continues through December 16. To plan an Opry visit, call (800) SEE-OPRY or visit opry.com. The Opry presents the best in country music live every week from Nashville, Tenn. Celebrating nearly nine decades of entertainment, the Opry can be heard at opry.com and wsmonline.com, Opry and WSM mobile apps, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and its flagship home, 650 AM-WSM. The Grand Ole Opry is owned by Ryman Hospitality Properties (NYSE: RHP). For more information, visit opry.com

LADY ANTEBELLUM DROPS FUNKY NEW SINGLE “FREESTYLE” OFF THEIR NEW STUDIO ALBUM 747

Nashville, TN – Oct. 6, 2014 – On the heels of their just-released fifth studio album 747, Multi-PLATINUM trio Lady Antebellum is dropping their brand new single “Freestyle” today. The track follows the band’s recent multi-week No. one smash “Bartender” and is now available at Country Radio. Penned by the trio and award winning writer Shane McAnally, the “welcome friskiness” (Boston Globe) and “funky track” (Arizona Daily Star) has already resonated with critics. “If I had to name one song on the entire record that is just so fun and so different that it actually scares me, it would be ‘Freestyle,’” Lady A’s Charles Kelley said. “The song conjurs up all of these vivid images—tons of pop culture—and the best part is it can be taken so many different ways. We just wanted to put a song out there about living life and having a little fun with an ‘anything goes’ type mentality.” The trio is currently nominated for CMA “Vocal Group of the Year” and “Music Video of the Year” for 747’s chart-topping lead single “Bartender,” where they’ll also be performing on the upcoming awards 48th Annual Awards airing Nov. 5 at 7:00P CT on ABC. For a full list of upcoming appearances, visit www.ladyantebellum.com.

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

Nashville, TN October 6, 2014 — John Anderson, Paul Craft, Tom Douglas and Gretchen Peters were inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall Fame during the organization's 44th Anniversary Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony, held last night at the Music City Center. The event celebrated the musical contributions of the newest inductees through star-studded performances of some of their biggest hits. "Once again four incredibly talented songwriters have taken their rightful place as the newest members of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame,” said Pat Alger, Board Chair of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation and a member of the Hall of Fame. “John Anderson, Paul Craft, Tom Douglas and Gretchen Peters represent the best our great songwriting community has to offer. With long fruitful careers of memorable songs, they set the highest creative standard for all of us.” Paul Craft was inducted by Hall of Fame songwriter Layng Martine, Jr. Thomas Rhett performed a medley of songs, including “Hank Williams, You Wrote My Life” and “Brother Jukebox.” In a nod to the recording popularized by her aunt, Linda, Britt Ronstadt performed “Keep Me From Blowing Away” and Bobby Bare closed out the set with “Drop Kick Me, Jesus.” Gretchen Peters was inducted by Hall of Fame songwriter Rodney Crowell. Brandy Clark performed a medley of “You Don't Even Know Who I Am” and “Independence Day” while Trisha Yearwood sang “On A Bus To St. Cloud.” Frequent co-writer Bryan Adams sent a congratulatory video message to Peters. Tom Douglas was inducted by his longtime publisher Troy Tomlinson. The music segment featured Collin Raye performing “Little Rock,” Hall of Fame member and co-writer Allen Shamblin singing “The House That Built Me” and Tim McGraw with “My Little Girl.” Via a pre-recorded video, Lady Antebellum sent their own congratulations to Douglas. John Anderson was inducted by Big & Rich’s John Rich, who also performed a medley of Anderson penned hits, including "Wish I Coulda Been There" and "Chicken Truck." Hall of Fame songwriter Bobby Braddock sang “Seminole Wind,” while country star Josh Turner performed “Swingin’.” In a special tribute alongside the Hall of Fame inductions, Hall of Fame songwriters Matraca Berg and Don Schlitz presented the Frances Williams Preston Mentor Award to publisher Pat Higdon. The evening also featured a special presentation to Troy Tomlinson, president and CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville, in appreciation for his efforts to raise funds for the construction of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame at the Music City Center. In addition to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductions, NaSHOF's fellow songwriters organization, the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), presented its annual Songwriter Achievement Awards. The organization's professional songwriter members voted “Automatic” (written by Nicolle Galyon, Natalie Hemby and Miranda Lambert / recorded by Miranda Lambert) as their Song of the Year. The Songwriter of the Year prize went to Ashley Gorley. The Songwriter/Artist of the Year was awarded to Jack White. In addition to honoring the Song, Songwriter and Songwriter/Artist, NSAI presented "The 10 Songs I Wish I’d Written" Awards, voted on by NSAI's Professional Membership, to the following writers and their songs: “All Kinds Of Kinds” (Phillip Coleman, Don Henry / recorded by Miranda Lambert), “Boys ’Round Here” (Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, Craig Wiseman / recorded by Blake Shelton), “Cop Car” (Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Matt Jenkins / recorded by Keith Urban), “Drink A Beer” (Jim Beavers, Chris Stapleton / recorded by Luke Bryan), “Drunk On A Plane” (Dierks Bentley, Josh Kear, Chris Tompkins / recorded by Dierks Bentley), “Follow Your Arrow” (Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves / recorded by Kacey Musgraves), “Give Me Back My Hometown” (Eric Church, Luke Laird / recorded by Eric Church), “I Hold On” (Dierks Bentley, Brett James / recorded by Dierks Bentley), “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s” (Tom Douglas, Jaren Johnston, Jeffrey Steele / recorded by Tim McGraw w/ Faith Hill) and “Mine Would Be You” (Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, Deric Ruttan / recorded by Blake Shelton). For more information please visit: http://www.nashvillesongwritersfoundation.com