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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

BRAD PAISLEY ANNOUNCES COUNTRY NATION COLLEGE TOUR PRESENTED BY ZAXBY’S


NASHVILLE, Tennessee (August 19, 2015) As the 2015 college football season kicks off, country music superstar Brad Paisley will be taking his show to select IMG College partner universities to provide free entertainment for the campus community.

The “Country Nation College Tour presented by Zaxby’s” will roll into Blacksburg, Virginia on September 6 and set up on the Virginia Tech campus. Breakout country artist Eric Paslay will be the special guest. Other dates announced are September 10 – The University of Texas with three time Grammy nominee and Texas native Pat Green as special guest, September 11 - Baylor University with the comedy band The Raging Idiots (which features special guest Bobby Bones and Eddie from iHeartMedia’s national country radio program The Bobby Bones Show), and September 12 – University of Arkansas, also with The Raging Idiots as the special guest. Details on each show, as well as additional university dates, will be announced in the coming weeks. 


Paisley is currently poised to hit the radio airwaves with “Country Nation,” the newest single from his chart-topping album, Moonshine in the Trunk.  Shipping to country radio on August 31 with an official airplay impact date of September 14, “Country Nation” was written by Paisley and his longtime collaborators Chris DuBois and Kelley Lovelace. A celebration of the blue-collar spirit and America’s passion for sports, the song weaves-in a shout-out to 18 college sports mascots.  

Paisley’s affection for college football runs deep. He plans to once again serve as a spokesperson for “College Colors Day,” a nationwide celebration of the new college football season, which was created by IMG. He has also appeared as a celebrity guest picker on the ESPN show “College GameDay” at West Virginia University.

IMG College, serving more than 200 universities nationwide, is a division of WME | IMG, which also represents Paisley and brokered the college tour deal.

“Music and sports are passions of so many people—Zaxby’s included—and we couldn’t think of a better way to unite the two this fall,” said Zaxby’s CEO and co-founder Zach McLeroy. “We’re even more passionate about the guests and communities we serve, and this sponsorship is a perfect opportunity for us to give back to our fans.”

In addition to the free concert series, McLeroy explained Zaxby’s connection to college sports. “We’ve been involved with college sports for a long time—Zaxby’s was, after all, started in a college town,” he said. “But we’re amping it up this football and basketball season by partnering with 30 Division I colleges throughout our footprint. We’re excited to play a role in something that means so much to so many.”

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. He has been a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry since 2001. Paisley has written 20 of his 23 #1 singles with the first being his 1999 hit “He Didn’t Have To Be” and his most recent, “Perfect Storm,” from his chart-topping 2014 album Moonshine in the Trunk. Paisley kicked off his Crushin’ It World Tour the middle of May by playing to over 50,000 fans the first weekend. Paisley has partnered with Boot Barn and developed an exclusive line of jeans, hats, T-shirts, jewelry, belts and woven shirts called Moonshine Spirit by Brad Paisley. Fans can look for him and Carrie Underwood to return as hosts of “Country Music’s Biggest Night™” for the eighth consecutive year when “The 49th Annual CMA Awards” airs live from Nashville on Wednesday, Nov. 4 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.
Connect with Brad at www.BradPaisley.com, www.Facebook.com/BradPaisley, on Twitter @BradPaisley, on Instagram @Brad Paisley, and YouTube at YouTube.com/BradPaisley.

About Zaxby’s
Enjoying the best chicken around in an atmosphere where you could be yourself―that’s what childhood friends Zach McLeroy and Tony Townley wanted to achieve when they founded Zaxby’s in 1990. Many years and locations later, Zaxby’s is still delivering on that promise: to serve delicious chicken fingers, wings, sandwiches and salads in a fun, offbeat atmosphere where all customers are welcomed as friends.


In 2015, Zaxby’s was the No. 9 fastest-growing chain in the Nation’s Restaurant News Top 100 list. Entrepreneur magazine ranked Zaxby’s as one of the fastest-growing franchises and as a Top 500 franchise. In Technomic’s Consumers’ Choice Awards, Zaxby’s was named the Most Craveable fast casual restaurant chain (2014), and as the chain with the Most Unique Items You Can’t Get Elsewhere (2015). Zaxby’s operates more than 700 locations in 16 states and is headquartered in Athens, Georgia. For more information, visit zaxbys.com or zaxbysfranchising.com.

Duvall Plays the Opry

Academy Award winners Robert Duvall and Billy Bob Thornton made their Grand Ole Opry debuts Tues., August 18. Duvall served as a guest announcer during the show and performed the song “Cheyenne”, with music producer Michael Hodges, from the original motion picture soundtrack Wild Horses. Roots-rock band The Boxmasters featuring Thornton and also consisting of Teddy Andreadis and J.D. Andrew performed a set including tunes from the 2015 release Somewhere Down The Road. Tonight’s show also included performances by Bill Anderson, Larry Gatlin, Dustin Lynch, Craig Morgan, David Nail, The Oak Ridge Boys, and Thomas Rhett.

"It's an honor to be here," Thornton said during The Boxmasters set. "Thanks for coming out."

After his guest announcer stint in which he reflected on his work in films such as To Kill A Mockingbird and LonesomDove as well as sharing stories about country legends including Johnny Cash and Carl Smith, Duvall walked center stage to perform.  "Thank you so much for having me," he said.

During his set which landed between the Academy Awards winners' performances, hit-maker Rhett quipped, "They don't tell you in 6th grade that you are gonna play the Opry between Billy Bob and Robert Duvall.  This is crazy!"

Past Opry performers have included Academy Award winners Sissy Spacek, who played the Opry while preparing for her role as Opry legend Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner’s Daughter, and Kevin Costner, who has played the Opry three times with his band Modern West. Other guest performers and guest announcers have included Kevin Bacon, Jack Black, Lester Holt, Robin Roberts, and Bob Schieffer, to name a few.

Duvall has been nominated for seven Academy Awards (awarded for his performance in Tender Mercies), seven Golden Globes (winning four), and has multiple nominations and one win each of the BAFTA, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Emmy Award. In 2005 he received the National Medal of Arts. His films and television series are some of the most popular of all time including The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, To Kill a Mockingbird, THX 1138, Colors, Joe Kidd, The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, MASH, Network, The Apostle, True Grit, The Conversation, Apocalypse Now, Falling Down, Tender Mercies, The Handmaid's Tale, The Natural, Lonesome Dove, and Get Low
The Boxmasters formed in 2007 and released its self-titled debut record to critical acclaim.  The band has enjoyed success on the Americana radio and albums charts, and its Opry stop is part of a summer tour.  

Among artists coming soon to the Opry stage as the show continues its 90th anniversary celebration are Trace Adkins, Charlie Daniels Band, Little Big Town, and Josh Turner.