Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The 4th at George's




NASHVILLE, TN (June 23, 2015) – The best seats in town for "Let Freedom Sing - Music City July 4th" will be at The George, an open air restaurant and bar atop the George Jones Museum. In celebration of Independence Day, The George will host a special, reserve-seat event, which will provide patrons the perfect spot from which to watch both the Music City July 4th fireworks and the pre-show concert on the Riverfront Stage below.

In addition to providing a great view, individuals who purchase a ticket will be treated to premium seating for the fireworks and a buffet dinner. Seating is limited and reserved, which means patrons will be free to come and go from The George to visit other areas of the facility without losing their seats for the main event. Ticket price includes admission to the George Jones Museum, Choices restaurant, and the gift shop, as well.

The George is a spacious, open-air restaurant, bar and live music venue. Situated on the roof of the George Jones Museum on 2nd Avenue, the George overlooks the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge and LP Field, and it provides sweeping vista views of the Cumberland River. The George features a full menu and bar.

Tickets are being sold on a first-come, first served basis, and quantities are limited. Purchase price is $200 per ticket, and seating will begin at 10a.m. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit GeorgeJonesMuseum.com.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Honors Ahead for Some of Nashville's Greatest


THE NATIONAL MUSIC COUNCIL SET TO HONOR KRIS KRISTOFFERSON, CHARLEY PRIDE, JIM & SHERMAN HALSEY, COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION AND OTHERS AT 32nd ANNUAL AMERICAN EAGLE AWARDS IN NASHVILLE

NEW YORK, NY (June 22, 2015) – The National Music Council will continue its 75th Anniversary Celebrations by bringing its Annual American Eagle Awards presentation to Nashville, Tennessee, for the very first time on July 11, 2015. The highly prestigious Eagle Awards are presented each year in national celebration of an individual’s or an organization’s long term contribution to America’s musical culture and heritage. This year, music legends Kris Kristofferson, Charley Pride and Jim Lauderdale will be honored, along with music management icon Jim Halsey and country music producer/director Sherman Halsey. A special award will be presented to the Nashville Mayor’s Office, Metro Nashville Public Schools, and Country Music Association & Country Music Foundation, for the creation and support of the Music Makes Us arts education initiative.

Dr. David Sanders, director of the National Music Council, notes that the individual recipients are being honored “not just for the incredible gifts they have given generations of music lovers throughout the world with their creative output, but also for their dedication to encouraging young musicians and potential musicians through their great support and commitment to music education.”

Past American Eagle Award recipients include Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Clive Davis, Van Cliburn, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie, Morton Gould, Dave Brubeck, Marian Anderson, Max Roach, Lena Horne, Roy Clark, Elliott Carter, The Oak Ridge Boys, Roberta Peters, Odetta, Leonard Slatkin, Stephen Sondheim, Sesame Street, Hard Rock Cafe and VH1 Save the Music Foundation. This year's event in Nashville will mark the 32nd year of formal presentations of the Awards.

The event will also feature the New York Emmy award winning animation created by the NMC and the Music Publishers Association of the United States, as part of a primary school lesson plan that encourages kids to think about the ramifications of taking other people’s creative works without permission. Sanders frames the animated piece as “part of a world-wide effort by creators to change the narrative in terms of fostering an understanding that the online protection of creative works enhances freedom of speech and the marketplace of ideas, rather than encroaching on them.“

The National Music Council is celebrating its 75th year as a forum for the free discussion of this country’s national music affairs and challenges. Founded in 1940 to act as a clearinghouse for the joint opinion and decision of its members and to work to strengthen the importance of music in our life and culture, the Council’s initial membership of 13 has grown to almost 50 national music organizations, encompassing every important form of professional and commercial musical activity.

Through the cooperative work of its member organizations, the National Music Council promotes and supports music and music education as an integral part of the curricula in the schools of our nation, and in the lives of its citizens. The Council provides for the exchange of information and coordination of efforts among its member organizations and speaks with one voice for the music community whenever an authoritative expression of opinion is desirable.

Proceeds from the event support the Council’s music education advocacy efforts. For ticket and sponsorship information, contact NMC Director David Sanders at sandersd@mail.montclair.edu

Presentations and panel are both open to the public and admission to the panel is free with a NAMM visitor's day badge for $10. Proceeds from the luncheon event will benefit the NAMC Music Education and Creator's Rights Advocacy Programs with tickets priced at $150. For more information, visit www.musiccouncil.org.

Luke Rolls into Summer

shville - (June 22, 2015) – Back on the road after the CMA Music Festival and his win at the CMT Awards, ACM and CMA Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan played three sold-out shows this weekend in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Bonner Springs, Kansas and the “Kick The Dust Up Tour” stop at Minneapolis’ TCF Stadium.  The sold-out stadium show marks Luke’s sixth consecutive stadium sell out. 
Luke’s “Kick The Dust Up Tour” continues this weekend with double night performances in Virginia Beach, Virginia and Washington, D.C.  The tour will run through October, taking only a short break in August for the release of KILL THE LIGHTS, his fifth studio album in stores Friday, August 7.

2015 “Kick The Dust Up Tour”:

6-24        Virginia Beach, VA             Farm Bureau Live

6-25        Virginia Beach, VA             Farm Bureau Live

6-26        Washington, D.C.                Jiffy Lube Live

6-27        Washington, D.C.                Jiffy Lube Live

6-28        *New York, NY                     FarmBorough Festival

7-9          *Durant, OK                         Choctaw Events Center

7-11        Nashville, TN                      Vanderbilt Stadium

7-16        St. Louis, MO                       Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

7-17        St. Louis, MO                       Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

7-18        Cincinnati, OH                    Paul Brown Stadium

7-20        Gilford, NH                           Bank of NH Pavilion at Meadowbrook

7-21        Gilford, NH                           Bank of NH Pavilion at Meadowbrook

7-22        Gilford, NH                           Bank of NH Pavilion at Meadowbrook

7-24        Indianapolis, IN                   Klipsch Music Center

7-25        Indianapolis, IN                   Klipsch Music Center

7-26        *Twin Lakes, WI                  Country Thunder Festival

7-30        Scranton, PA                        The Pavilion at Montage Mountain

7-31        Pittsburgh, PA                       First Niagara Pavilion

8-1          Pittsburgh, PA                       First Niagara Pavilion

8-15        *Brownsville, OR                 Bi-Mart Willamette Country Music Festival

8-21        Atlanta, GA                          Philips Arena

8-22        Atlanta, GA                          Philips Arena

8-26        Salt Lake City, UT              USANA Amphitheatre

8-27        Salt Lake City, UT              USANA Amphitheatre

8-29        San Francisco, CA             Levi’s Stadium

9-3          Darien Center, NY               Darien Lake Performing Arts Center

9-4          Darien Center, NY               Darien Lake Performing Arts Center

9-5          Cleveland, OH                    FirstEnergy Stadium

9-11        Philadelphia, PA                  Susquehanna Bank Center

9-12        Philadelphia, PA                  Susquehanna Bank Center

9-17        Jacksonville, FL                   Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena

9-18        Tampa, FL                            MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

9-19        West Palm Beach, FL         Coral Sky Amphitheatre

9-20        West Palm Beach, FL         Coral Sky Amphitheatre

9-24        Charlotte, NC                       PNC Music Pavilion

9-25        Raleigh, NC                          Walnut Creek Amphitheatre

9-26        Raleigh, NC                          Walnut Creek Amphitheatre

10-15     Sacramento, CA                  Toyota Amphitheatre

10-16     San Diego, CA                      Sleep Train Amphitheatre

10-17     Irvine, CA                             Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre

10-18     Irvine, CA                             Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre

10-22     San Antonio, TX                  Alamodome

10-23     Dallas, TX                             Gexa Energy Pavilion

10-24     Dallas, TX                             Gexa Energy Pavilion

10-28     Chicago, IL                           United Center

10-29     Chicago, IL                           United Center

10-30     Detroit, MI                           Ford Field

*Festival / event dates (not “Kick The Dust Up Tour” date / line up)


For up to date information on Luke, the tour and tickets go to www.lukebryan.com or www.liven

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Chesney takes on the Packers!!!


GREEN BAY, Wis. (June 21, 2015) -- The flooring and stage started being built Monday… The traffic advisories began Wednesday… When Kenny Chesney rolled into historic Lambeau Field Saturday, June 20, Green Bay was more than ready for the man The Wall Street Journal hailed as “The King of the Road” and his The Big Revival Tour. The second time he’s taken over the historic home of the Green Bay Packers proved to be an unforgettable evening.

By the bridge of “'Til It’s Gone,” the set’s fourth song and his 26th #1, the 8-time Entertainer of the Year was soaked in sweat, the audience swaying and singing with total abandon. “I’ve waited allweek,” he told the record-breaking crowd of 53,363 people, “to be right here… in this place… because right now, we’re together. The music matters, life matters, you matter – and we’re going to celebrate that together tonight!”

Over 24 songs, Chesney brought the crowd to threshold after threshold, celebrating life as it’s lived in the flyover and the power of loving where you making every moment count. From the giant No Shoes Nation Skull & Crossbones waving during “Pirate Flag” to Kenny Greenberg’s searing guitar solo on “Somewhere with You,” it was all surging energy and riotous applause.

Bringing surprise guest Grace Potter in a black leather mini skirt out, he explained the day was special because “a couple days ago, I got to call Grace Potter and tell her not only are we playing Lambeau Field, we have a #1 record.” That set up the week’s chart-topping “Wild Child” as a sea of hand-lettered placards were thrust into the air. It was followed by a particularly heart-tugging “You And Tequila,” all whispered regret and desire.

As “You And Tequila” faded, a 5-tiered cake was rolled from the wings down the T, along with a giant margarita. Chesney – the onlyconcert to play Lambeau Field two times – then led the crowd of 53,363 strong through singing “Happy Birthday” to his frequent duet partner.

“To be able to surprise Grace like that? Talk about awesome. We have had so many adventures, made some really great music… The look on her face hearing that crowd sing was beyond any gift I could’ve given her, and no one appreciates the fans more.”

Later in the set, Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthyjoined Chesney for the set closing celebration of high school heart and spirit “The Boys of Fall.” Signing a Packers helmet, McCarthy helped the East Tennessean give the special memento to a young girl.

“Some nights are just magical,” Chesney said later. “That show was like an out of body experience: the crowd was right there with us… The band was so hot and in the zone… I felt completely connected to everyone in the stadium. It’s the kind of night you hope for every time, and spend your whole career chasing: nights when the songs, the fans, the band and you are one.”

The only country artist in Billboard’s Top 10 Touring Acts of the Last 25 Years, Chesney’s been tearing up stadiums all summer.  He’s broken his own record at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field with 55,381, and prompted The Dallas Morning News to opine “Two parts Mick Jagger, one part Bruce Springsteen and one part Billy Graham” after his AT&T Stadium show.

“There are times it all just feels right,” Chesney enthused. “Green Bay, Lambeau Field, those fans who’re all heart and passion: that’s why I fell in love with playing years ago. When people see their lives in your songs – and throw that energy back, there’s nothing like it.”

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Stars coming out for Jim Ed Brown Funeral



Dolly Remains Amazing!!!

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 20, 2015) — Dolly Parton proved, yet again, why she continues to break records around the world as she sold out the Ryman Auditorium in record time. The sellout ranks among the fastest in Ryman Auditorium history.

Dolly will take the stage at the Ryman for the special concert event, “Dolly Parton: Pure and Simple,” July 31. The sold-out event marks the first full show Dolly has headlined in Nashville in 12 years. The benefit concert is the Dustin Wells Foundation Gift of Music concert, which supports the W. O. Smith School of Music. Dolly was honored by the invitation to support the charity, which is based in Nashville.

“I think back to all the people who encouraged me and helped me on my way up, and if I can help some young person make music, then I absolutely want to do that,” says Dolly Parton. “Music is important to me and my family, and I’m grateful that so many people wanted to come see the show that it sold out so quickly.”

Since its inception in 2008, the Gift of Music has enjoyed the support of some of music’s greatest artists, including Ronnie Dunn, Kellie Pickler, Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Peter Cetera, Lee Greenwood, Peter Frampton, Gunnar Nelson, and many more generous, talented artists. Each artist donates their time and talent to support the efforts and causes of the Dustin’s foundation.

After Dustin Jack Wells lost his life in a car accident in 2005, his family and friends found a way to keep his memory alive and help others in the process. A fund was set up with all monetary donations used to reach out to others in memory of Dustin. Donating to the W.O. Smith School of Music is just one way the foundations enriches young lives.


The iconic singer, songwriter, musician, actress, and philanthropist is scheduled to perform four SOLD OUT shows at Dollywood on August 8th and 9th to benefit her Imagination Library, a youth literacy initiative she created. She most recently wrapped up her “2014 Blue Smoke World Tour,” where the 100 million album selling singer performed in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Denmark, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Germany, Norway, and Switzerland.


Garth and Trisha at Opry 6-19-15


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Brad Paisley's Rolling Stones Day

Rolling Stones Rock Nashville

Little Big Town...Has to Stop for 6 Weeks..

Little Big Town were forced to cancel and/or reschedule all tour dates between now and July 30, they announced via their Facebook page and website Wednesday as Jimi Westbrook is to undergo surgery to remove a polyp from his vocal cord. “With heavy hearts we want to let you guys know that Jimi will have to undergo surgery next week to remove a polyp on his vocal cord,” they wrore. “As a result, doctors have ordered him to rest his voice and completely recuperate before we continue touring. All shows through July 30th will be cancelled or rescheduled. It breaks our hearts to let you guys down, but Jimi’s health is the most important thing and he is expected to make a full recovery with rest and treatment. We will keep everyone updated on Jimi’s progress. Thanks for your understanding and support. - K,K,J & P”

Dolly in Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 18, 2015) — The Dustin Wells Foundation’s Gift of Music concert to benefit the W.O. Smith School of Music announces “Dolly Parton: Pure and Simple” will take the stage of the historic Ryman Auditorium on July 31st. Since its inception in 2008, the benefit concert has had the support of some of music's greatest artists, including Ronnie Dunn, Kellie Pickler, Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Peter Cetera, Lee Greenwood, Peter Frampton, Gunnar Nelson, and many other generous and talented musicians who have donated their time and talent to support the efforts and causes of Dustin's foundation. Tickets for “Dolly Parton: Pure and Simple” are $85 and $55 plus applicable services charges and are available starting at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 20 online only at www.ryman.com. A limited number of VIP packages will be available at www.dustinwellsgiftofmusic.com. “The ‘Gift of Music’ is something that runs deep within my kin folks,” says Dolly Parton. “I love and cherish The Ryman and I am really excited to perform there to help raise money for the Dustin Wells Foundation. This goes to help many young kids that are part of the W.O. Smith School of Music. Through all of us working together we can make a difference in helping a child feel the magic in making music.” After Dustin Jack Wells lost his life in a car accident in 2005, his family and friends found a way to keep his memory alive and help others in the process. A fund was set up with all monetary donations used to reach out to others in memory of Dustin. Donating to the W.O. Smith School of Music is just one way the foundations enriches young lives. The Iconic singer, songwriter, musician, actress, and philanthropist Dolly Parton is scheduled to perform four SOLD OUT shows at Dollywood on August 8th and 9th to benefit the Imagination Library. The addition of this concert marks the first full Nashville show Dolly has headlined in 12 years. Parton most recently wrapped up her “2014 Blue Smoke World Tour,” where the 100 million album selling singer performed in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Denmark, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Germany, Norway, and Switzerland.

George Jones Charts--with White Lightning Moonshine!

IRVINE, Ca. (June 18, 2015) – George Jones’s name is at the top of the charts again, but this time it’s not for music. The George Jones White Lightning signature brand of moonshine received highest honors in the 2015 SIP Awards. George Jones White Lightning Apple Pie took home a Platinum Medal for Unaged Flavor Infused Whiskey/Moonshine. The award underscores the high quality of the signature whiskeys, which are available exclusively at the George Jones Museum. “George always wanted to own his own brand of whiskey,” said Nancy Jones, George’s widow. “This was one of the promises I made to him before he died, that I’d make that dream come true.” The Spirit International Prestige Awards are held annually and gauge consumer satisfaction with spirits. The SIP Awards rank among the most prestigious awards available for liquor products. They are given annually to the top spirits in the world. This is the first year George Jones White Lightning entered the competition. It was released in April, when the George Jones Museum, restaurant, event space, and rooftop restaurant first opened.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Keith Urban's New Haircut

DIERKS BENTLEY'S #1 "SAY YOU DO" CELEBRATED AT ASCAP NASHVILLE

Nashville, Tennessee, June 16, 2015: On Monday, June 15th, ASCAP hosted a #1 party in honor of the songwriters behind "Say You Do," Dierks Bentley's 13th chart-topping hit and the first one the prolific ASCAP songwriter-artist didn't have a hand in writing. The PRO's Nashville office set the stage for an emotional event, as songwriter Matthew Ramsey celebrated his first #1 hit alongside his Old Dominion bandmate and co-writer Trevor Rosen, who was honored for his second chart-topper. "Say You Do" co-writer Shane McAnally earned his 11th #1 song with the two-week hit and had an extra reason to celebrate, as his Kenny Chesney co-write "Wild Child" went to #1 on the morning of the party. Publishers Music Of RPM, Rehits Music, SMACKSongs, Sonic Geo Music and Universal Music Publishing were also on hand to congratulate the group, and Bentley's new single, the title track to his multi-platinum CMA, ACM and Grammy-nominated album RISER (Capitol Records), was released to radio the day of the party. Pictured (l-r): "Say You Do" songwriters Shane McAnally, Trevor Rosen and Matthew Ramsey with ASCAP songwriter-artist Dierks Bentley. Photo by Ed Rode.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Funeral Arrangements for Grand Ole Opry Member Jim Ed Brown

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (June 12, 2015) – The funeral service for Grand Ole Opry member Jim Ed Brown will take place on Monday, June 15 at 10a.m. at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. The service is open to the public with doors at 9:30a.m. The interment will follow immediately at Woodlawn at 660 Thompson Lane and is also open to the public. Visitation over the weekend is private for family and close friends. Jim Ed passed away on June 11 at Williamson Medical Center in Franklin, Tenn. at the age of 81, after a battle with cancer. He is survived by wife Becky Brown; daughter Kim Corwin and her husband Dr. Michael Corwin; son James Edward Brown Jr. and his wife Leigh; grandchildren Isabella Brown, Hampton Brown, Oliver Brown, Genevieve Brown and Catherine Corwin. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time. Jim Ed became a member of the Opry on August 12, 1963 and made his last appearance there on April 11, 2015 performing “In Style Again” and “The Three Bells.” Jim Ed Brown had the distinction of topping the charts as a member of a trio, a duo, and as a solo artist. He also had one of the smoothest singing voices ever put on record. One of five children of a struggling Arkansas lumberman and his wife, a young Jim Ed and his family gathered around the family's battery-powered radio to listen to the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday nights. Jim Ed and his older sister Maxine began appearing on local radio while Jim Ed was still in high school. By his second year in college, he and Maxine were regulars on the Barnyard Frolic on Little Rock radio station KLRA. Their first hit, "Looking Back to See," became a country hit in 1954. The next year, younger sister Bonnie joined them and they became The Browns, scoring another Top 10 hit with "Here Today and Gone Tomorrow." The group signed with RCA in 1956 and quickly notched two more hits, "I Take the Chance" and "I Heard the Bluebird Sing." After a two-year stint in the service, Jim Ed joined his sisters again, and in 1959 they hit with "The Three Bells," topping the country chart for 10 weeks and the pop charts for four weeks. Follow-up singles "The Old Lamplighter" and "Scarlet Ribbons" were pop-country hits as well. The Browns joined the Opry in 1963, but by the mid-'60s Bonnie and Maxine decided to retire. Jim Ed went solo and scored hits throughout the next two decades, including the now-classic, "Pop a Top." In the 1970s, Jim Ed teamed with Helen Cornelius to become one of country music's most successful duos. The pair topped the charts with "I Don't Want to Have to Marry You" in 1976 and were named Country Music Association Vocal Duo of the Year in 1977. In addition to hit singles as a member of a group, a duo, and as a solo act, Jim Ed also shared his style of country music as both host and guest star of innumerable television and radio series and special broadcasts. Earlier this year it was announced that Jim Ed Brown and The Browns had been elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Jim Ed Brown - "Pop A Top" | Live at the Grand Ole Opry | Opry

The Browns Three Bells

Grand Ole Opry Member Jim Ed Brown Has Died

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (June 11, 2015) – Grand Ole Opry member Jim Ed Brown passed away today at Williamson Medical Center in Franklin, Tenn. at the age of 81 after a battle with cancer. He is survived by wife Becky Brown; daughter Kim Corwin and her husband Dr. Michael Corwin; son James Edward Brown Jr. and his wife Leigh; grandchildren Isabella Brown, Hampton Brown, Oliver Brown, Genevieve Brown and Catherine Corwin. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time. Jim Ed became a member of the Opry on August 12, 1963 and made his last appearance there on April 11, 2015 performing “In Style Again” and “The Three Bells.” “The Grand Ole Opry family is truly saddened by the news of Jim Ed's passing,” shared Pete Fisher, Vice President, General Manager Grand Ole Opry. “While we will miss his kind heart and gentle nature, we will remember and celebrate one of music's smoothest and most beloved voices ever.” Jim Ed Brown had the distinction of topping the charts as a member of a trio, a duo, and as a solo artist. He also had one of the smoothest singing voices ever put on record. One of five children of a struggling Arkansas lumberman and his wife, a young Jim Ed and his family gathered around the family's battery-powered radio to listen to the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday nights. Jim Ed and his older sister Maxine began appearing on local radio while Jim Ed was still in high school. By his second year in college, he and Maxine were regulars on the Barnyard Frolic on Little Rock radio station KLRA. Their first hit, "Looking Back to See," became a country hit in 1954. The next year, younger sister Bonnie joined them and they became The Browns, scoring another Top 10 hit with "Here Today and Gone Tomorrow." The group signed with RCA in 1956 and quickly notched two more hits, "I Take the Chance" and "I Heard the Bluebird Sing." After a two-year stint in the service, Jim Ed joined his sisters again, and in 1959 they hit with "The Three Bells," topping the country chart for 10 weeks and the pop charts for four weeks. Follow-up singles "The Old Lamplighter" and "Scarlet Ribbons" were pop-country hits as well. The Browns joined the Opry in 1963, but by the mid-'60s Bonnie and Maxine decided to retire. Jim Ed went solo and scored hits throughout the next two decades, including the now-classic, "Pop a Top." In the 1970s, Jim Ed teamed with Helen Cornelius to become one of country music's most successful duos. The pair topped the charts with "I Don't Want to Have to Marry You" in 1976 and were named Country Music Association Vocal Duo of the Year in 1977. In addition to hit singles as a member of a group, a duo, and as a solo act, Jim Ed also shared his style of country music as both host and guest star of innumerable television and radio series and special broadcasts. Earlier this year it was announced that Jim Ed Brown and The Browns had been elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame.