Tuesday, October 27, 2015

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CARRIE UNDERWOOD ANNOUNCES 2016 TOUR

Nashville, TN – (October 27, 2015) – Seven-time Grammy winner and Pollstar’s three-time top female country touring artist, Carrie Underwood, who just released her fifth studio album, Storyteller, will launch a new arena tour in 2016 to take her new music on the road. The Storyteller Tour - Stories in the Round, in association with award-winning cosmetics brand ALMAY, will kick off on January 30 in Jacksonville, Florida, playing 40 arenas across the U.S. and Canada.  
“I can’t wait to play new music from Storyteller for the fans,” shares Underwood. “I am so blessed to have this career and get to do to the things I do, but there is nothing like that moment when I get to step onto the stage to sing and all the fans are singing along with me.” 
The Storyteller Tour Stories in the Round will be Underwood’s first tour “in the round.”  With the stage in the middle of the arena floor, the 360-degree setting will allow fans on all sides of the arena to get a very intimate and unique concert experience.  Barry Lather (Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Usher, Michael Jackson) is the tour’s Creative Director and Butch Allen (Metallica, The Eagles, Eric Church, No Doubt) is Production Designer. 
The North American tour, promoted by AEG Live, will include special guests Easton Corbin and The Swon Brothers. Tickets will be available for The Storyteller Tour beginning Friday, November 6 at 10am local time at www.aeglive.com. Fans who buy Carrie’s new album, Storyteller, through her online store, www.carrieunderwood.fm, will receive a code for early access to tour tickets. Please go to www.carrieunderwood.fm for up-to-date information including on-sale timing and soon-to-be-announced VIP packages.  
Underwood has arranged for a donation of $1 from each ticket sold at the U.S. dates of The Storyteller Tour to be contributed to the C.A.T.S Foundation to help aid its causes including Checotah, Oklahoma’s education and literacy programs. Established in 2009, the C.A.T.S. (Checotah Animal, Town, and School) Foundation helps with general causes, needs, and services in the area of Checotah, Oklahoma, Carrie’s hometown, to directly impact the community. 

Underwood also has previously-announced festivals scheduled in 2016, including international dates in Ireland, England, and Scotland for the C2C Festival.   
Each of Carrie’s three previous headline arena tours, 2008’s Carnival Ride Tour, the Play On Tour in 2010, and 2012-2013’s Blown Away Tour played for over one million fans. When the “Blown Away Tour” wrapped in 2013, Carrie had performed 112 shows in 110 cities across three continents and six countries, including sold-out shows at London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall, and two nights at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia. 
Carrie’s new album, Storyteller, has been heralded by Rolling Stone as “the most anticipated country album of the year.” The album was produced by Jay Joyce, Mark Bright, and Zach Crowell with six of its 13 songs co-written by Carrie, including the record-breaking first single, “Smoke Break.” 
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.  A seven-time GRAMMY® Award winner, she has amassed nearly 100 major honors, sold 58 million records worldwide, and recorded 21 #1 singles, 11 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 her headlining tours in 2008, 2010, and 2012.  Her four studio 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 been streamed more than 1.5 billion times worldwide.  In 2013, 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.  In late 2014, the Grand Ole Opry member released her first hits collection, Greatest Hits: Decade #1.  Celebrating her first 10 years of music, the 25 songs included two new hits co-written by Underwood: the Platinum-certified, GRAMMY-winning “Something in the Water,” as well as the #1 smash “Little Toy Guns.”  In September of 2015, she began her third season as the voice of primetime television’s #1 program, Sunday Night Football, and on November 4, she’ll return for an eighth consecutive year as co-host of the CMA Awards.  Underwood is at radio now with her record-breaking single “Smoke Break,” the first single released from her fifth studio album, Storyteller, out worldwide now. 
About Easton Corbin: Mercury Nashville recording artist Easton Corbin is lauded for his traditional country sound, authentic lyrics and mastery of understatement. American Songwriter says, "Easton Corbin has one of those rare, glorious voices that was made—just made—for singing country music.” His self-titled debut album released in 2010 and spawned back-to-back hits “A Little More Country Than That” and “Roll With It;” making him the first country male artist in 17 years to have his first two consecutive singles reach No. 1.  In 2012 the Gilchrist County Florida native released his sophomore album, All Over The Road, which included the Top 5 hits “Lovin’ You Is Fun” and “All Over The Road.”  Corbin set a career-best debut on Country Airplay with his top 5 hit single, “Baby Be My Love Song," from his No. 1 debuting album About To Get Real.  His current single “Yup” is climbing the country singles chart. 
About The Swon Brothers: Following their Top 15 debut hit, “Later On,” The Swon Brothers (Zach and Colton) are continuing to climb into the spotlight, playing to capacity crowds all over the country.  The duo released their major-label debut, The Swon Brothers, on October 14, 2014, putting their stamp on the 11-song collection by co-producing with Mark Bright (Carrie Underwood, Sara Evans).  In 2014 the brothers received a CMA Award nomination for “Vocal Duo of the Year.”  They also received an ACM Award nomination for “Vocal Duo of the Year” followed by a CMT Music Award nomination for “Duo Video of the Year” this year.  Honored with the Rising Star award by the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 2013, the Muskogee, OK, natives have been charming fans with their incredible sibling harmonies and fun-loving personalities since childhood. The duo hit the road on the winter 2015 leg of Brad Paisley’s Country Nation World Tour, and they’re currently playing a slate of “Swoncerts” at fairs and major festivals nationwide and working on brand new music with hit songwriter and producer Derek George (Randy Houser, Joe Nichols.)  
About ALMAY: Innovating beauty since 1931, ALMAY is a leader in developing award-winning cosmetics that not only enhance a woman’s natural beauty but also are good for her skin. Powered by American ingenuity and science, ALMAY is a brand of firsts: the first hypoallergenic cosmetics brand and the first brand to make 100% fragrance-free products. We are also the first brand to perform safety testing for allergy and irritation to ensure that ALMAY products feature pure, gentle and non-irritating ingredients that work for all complexions. These innovations continue today with the launch of Smart Shade™ Makeup, which intuitively transforms to match your skintone, Intense I-Color™ Shadows that last all day, and the ultra-hydrating Smart Shade Butter Kiss™ Lipsticks. 

The Storyteller Tour:
Jan-30
Jacksonville, FL
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Feb-1
Duluth, GA
Infinite Energy Arena
Feb-3
Greensboro, NC
Greensboro Coliseum
Feb-5
Louisville, KY
KFC Yum! Center
Feb-17
Pittsburgh, PA
CONSOL Energy Center
Feb-20
Hampton, VA
Hampton Coliseum
Feb-22
Philadelphia, PA
Wells Fargo Center
Feb-23
Boston, MA
TD Garden
Feb-25
Washington, DC
Verizon Center
Mar-11
Glasgow, Scotland
C2C/ Clyde Auditorium*
Mar-12
London, England
C2C/ O2 Arena*
Mar-13
Dublin, Ireland
C2C/ 3 Arena*
Mar-17
Youngstown, OH
Covelli Centre
Mar-19
Allentown, PA
PPL Center
Mar-22
Auburn Hills, MI
The Palace of Auburn Hills
Mar-24
St. Louis, MO
Chaifetz Arena
Mar-26
Lincoln, NE
Pinnacle Bank Arena
Mar-29
Colorado Springs, CO
Broadmoor World Arena
Mar-30
Denver, CO
Pepsi Center
Apr-1
Las Vegas, NV
ACM Party for a Cause Festival*
Apr-5
Fresno, CA
Save Mart Center
Apr-8
Reno, NV
Reno Events Center
Apr-10
Oakland, CA
Oracle Arena
Apr-12
Stockton, CA
Stockton Arena
Apr-14
Phoenix, AZ
Talking Stick Resort Arena
Apr-16
Las Cruces, NM
Pan American Center
Apr-18
San Antonio, TX
AT&T Center
Apr-19
Houston, TX
Toyota Center
Apr-22
Bossier City, LA
CenturyLink Center
Apr-24
Lafayette, LA
Cajundome
Apr-27
Tulsa, OK
BOK Center
Apr-28
N. Little Rock, AR
Verizon Arena
Apr-30
Indio, CA
Stagecoach*
May-3
Madison, WI
Kohl Center
May-5
Green Bay, WI
Resch Center
May-7
Grand Forks, ND
Ralph Engelstad Arena
May-10
Casper, WY
Casper Events Center
May-12
Billings, MT
Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark
May-15
Kansas City, MO
Sprint Center
May-17
Rosemont, IL
Allstate Arena
May-18
Cleveland, OH
Quicken Loans Arena
May-24
Buffalo, NY
First Niagara Center
May-27
Ottawa, ON
Canadian Tire Centre
May-28
Toronto, ON
Air Canada Centre
May-30
London, ON
Budweiser Gardens

COUNTRY STAR AARON TIPPIN CELEBRATES 25 YEARS WITH A BANG!



Platinum-selling Artist Teams with America Remembers® to Release Commemorative
25th Anniversary Colt® .45 Pistol

Nashville, Tenn. (October 27, 2015) - In celebration of his 25th anniversary in the music business and just in time for the holidays, country singer Aaron Tippin is teaming with America Remembers® to release the limited edition Aaron Tippin Colt® .45 Pistol.  The commemorative gun will be available for purchase on TuesdayDecember 12015 exclusively at americaremembers.com.  Pre-sale purchases are available now.

"This year I've celebrated 25 years with great new music and also some really good wine," says Tippin.  "To be chosen to be commemorated by a company that has created guns for Elvis, John Wayne, Conway Twitty and George Jones is a huge honor.  America Remembers has always done beautiful firearm pieces.  I'm so proud to be included in this group."

Tippin joins an elite group of celebrities who have been honored with custom America Remembers® firearms including Elvis PresleyJohn WayneGeorge JonesChuck Norris and Conway Twitty.


The Aaron Tippin Colt® .45 Pistol retails for $1995.00.  The pistol is engraved in gold with symbolic images depicting Tippin’s patriotic music career.  Each gun is numbered within the edition limit of 300, and is accompanied by a numbered certificate of authenticity.  

Kenny Chesney Spreads The Love..2016 Tour Announced


Eleven Stadium Shows (w. More Ahead) Are 1st First 2016 Tour Reveal
Miranda Lambert Again Pairs with 8-Time Entertainer of the Year
Sam Hunt, Old Dominion Are Also Part of All-Day Stadium Shows



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 27, 2015) After breaking nine attendance records – many his own – and selling in excess of 1.3 million tickets on The Big Revival Tour, Kenny Chesney wanted to harness the energy of last year’s audiences. Naming his 2016 tour Spread the Love to reflect the No Shoes Nation’s passion for living life and loving music, he’s announcing the first wave of shows for next year – starting with the already-on-sale April 23 concert at Auburn’s Jordan Hare Stadium.

“People always want to know about the stadiums,” Chesney laughed, “because it’s a big show… a lot of music… and the kind of day people come together and celebrate friendship. We know a lot of people travel to these dates from all over, so to give them as much time as possible to get ready, I figured it’d be nice to get these out in front of our other shows! There could be a stadium date or two added, but for everyone who’s asking, let’s get next year started, right now.”

With the core line-up of Miranda Lambert, Sam Hunt and Old Dominion for these shows, a few cities will see a surprise artist in Hunt’s slot (those shows marked with asterisks below). Multi-platinum, 11-time CMA Award and two-time GRAMMY winner Miranda Lambert appeared at last year’s Soldier Field show – and the chemistry sparked this year’s re-teaming.

“Miranda was such an awesome addition in Chicago,” Chesney said. “When I was thinking about what I wanted to do this year, how to keep the energy we had and give the fans something truly great musically, she just made sense. She’s a songwriter, a great singer and she loves music every bit as much as I do. In a stadium, those things matter.”

Groundbreaking triple CMA Award nominee Sam Hunt, who’s nominated for Best New Artist plus Song and Single of the Year for “Take Your Time,” wrote Chesney’s pulsating No. 1 “Come Over.” "The second I heard Sam's demo for 'Come Over,' I knew he was onto something very unique," Chesney, who gave Hunt his first cut, said. "Watching him develop as an artist, seeing his songwriting evolve – and knowing how he brings it when he gets on stage makes him a perfect act to come out with us.”

Old Dominion, who return in the opening slot, are becoming Nashville’s band of songwriters on the verge of their very first No. 1 with “Break Up With Him.” In addition to penning Chesney’s three-week No. 1 “Save It For A Rainy Day,” members of the good-vibe group of musicians have written chart-toppers for Blake Shelton (“Sangria”), The Band Perry (“Better Dig Two”), Tyler Farr (“Guy Walks Into A Bar”) and Dierks Bentley (“Say You Do”).

“There is nothing like the energy of a stadium show,” Chesney said. “Old Dominion kicked the whole summer off last year with the best vibe. If we’re talking about Spread the Love, those guys are all about it. If there’s anything I want to see this summer, it’s that attitude that really defines what’s going on.”

“Two parts Mick Jagger, one part Bruce Springsteen and one part Billy Graham,” The Dallas Morning News deemed Chesney this summer – and the man hailed as “The King of the Road” takes his shows very seriously. “After last year, we’ve got a bar to clear, but I am fired up… and missing the fans already. There are a bunch more dates coming, but let’s get the first wave of major stadium shows on the calendar right now!”

Kenny Chesney - Spread the Love Tour 2016 - Stadiums ONLY:

April 23 -- Jordan Hare Stadium -- Auburn, Ala.
May 7 -- Chase Field -- Phoenix, Ariz.
June 4 -- AT&T Stadium -- Arlington, Texas*
June 18 -- Miller Park -- Milwaukee, Wisc.*
June 25 -- Lincoln Financial Field -- Philadelphia, Pa.*
July 2 -- Heinz Field -- Pittsburgh, Pa.
July 16 -- Arrowhead Stadium -- Kansas City, Mo.
July 23 -- Century Link Field -- Seattle, Wash.
August 6 -- Levi’s Stadium -- Santa Clara, Calif.
August 13 -- Ford Field -- Detroit, Mich.*
August 20 -- MetLife Stadium -- East Rutherford, N.J.

& MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED…

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Winter Tour for Brad Paisley


2016 Crushin’ It World Tour dates are as follows:
January 21                   ASU Convocation Center                    Jonesboro, AR
January 22                   Show Me Center                                  Cape Girardeau, MO
January 23                   Corbin Arena                                       Corbin, KY
January 29                   Cross Insurance Center                        Bangor, ME
January 30                   The Oncenter War Memorial Arena     Syracuse, NY
January 31                   Mohegan Sun Arena                            Uncasville, CT
February 4                   LaCrosse Center                                  LaCrosse, WI
February 5                   Coliseum at Alliant Energy Center       Madison, WI
February 11                 Matthew Knight Arena                         Eugene, OR
February 12                 Spokane Arena                                    Spokane, WA
February 13                 Tacoma Dome                                     Tacoma, WA
February 14                 Rogers Arena                                       Vancouver, BC
February 18                 Scotiabank Saddledome                       Calgary, AB
February 19                 Rexall Place                                         Edmonton, AB
February 20                 Brandt Center                                      Regina, SK
February 26                 John Q Hammons Arena                     Springfield, MO
February 27                 BOK Center                                         Tulsa, OK
March 10                     Huntington Center                               Toledo, OH*
March 11                     Dow Event Center                               Saginaw, MI*

March 12                     US Cellular Coliseum                          Bloomington, IL*

Monday, October 5, 2015

Grand Ole Opry celebrates 90th birthday - WSMV Channel 4

Grand Ole Opry celebrates 90th birthday - WSMV Channel 4

Las Vegas Country Festival a Big HIt

SOLD-OUT SECOND ANNUAL ROUTE 91 HARVEST IN LAS VEGAS CAPTIVATES “25,000 SCREAMING FANS”

Florida Georgia Line, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Jake Owen
And More Led The Destination Festival’s Lineup 


Nashville, TN - Oct. 5, 2015 - The infamous Las Vegas Strip played host to the sold-out Route 91 Harvest crowd this past weekend where over 25,000 fans converged for the second annual three-day, two-stage country music festival.  With a superstar lineup including Florida Georgia Line, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Jake Owen and more, festival-goers enjoyed performances across the weekend as well as everything else the festival had to offer.  Fans were able to experience a variety of onsite vendors, Vegas-style hospitality options and the opportunity to discover some of country’s newest talent at the festival’s “Next From Nashville” stage. 



Sunday, October 4, 2015

Keith Urban and Taylor Swift in Toronto



Opry Turns 90

NASHVILLE, Tenn.  (October 3, 2015) - The Grand Ole Opry® presented by Humana® celebrated its 90th birthday this weekend with superstar performances throughout four Opry shows, free Opry Plaza Birthday Parties, and more. Weekend performers rounded out each show by singing “Happy Birthday” alongside a larger-than-life Opry 90th birthday cake accompanied by sold-out audiences.



After a surprise on-stage collaboration between The Oak Ridge Boys and Little Big Town on the Oaks’ classic “Elvira” Friday night, both groups were presented Opry member 90th anniversary member gifts by Opry Vice President and General Manager Pete Fisher. “For 90 years, Opry members have been the heart and soul of the show that made country music famous,” Fisher said. “Moments like these connecting generations of great country artists are what the Grand Ole Opry is all about.” The gifts to be presented to all members over the next few months are replicas of new backstage artwork unveiled Friday night in honor of the Opry’s membership.



On Saturday, one of America’s most trusted and beloved journalists and long-time country music and Grand Ole Opry fan Robin Roberts trekked to Nashville for the 90th anniversary celebration. The Good Morning America anchor introduced superstar and Grand Ole Opry member Carrie Underwood, who celebrated alongside a bevy of Opry members including The Oak Ridge Boys, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Trace Adkins, and more.

Throughout the weekend, fans packed the Opry Plaza for free performances including an Opry salute by stars of ABC’s NASHVILLE—Charles Esten, Sam Palladio, Chris Carmack, and Aubrey Peeples.


The Opry’s 90th Anniversary celebration continues Tuesday, October 6 with appearances by Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Marty Stuart, and more as well as upcoming appearances by Kelsea Ballerini, Easton Corbin, Charlie Daniels Band, Loretta Lynn, Alison Krauss, Rascal Flatts, and many others.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Strait in Vegas SOLDOUT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 2, 2015) – Fans were ecstatic when George Strait announced that he would be heading to Sin City for an exclusive concert series at the Las Vegas Arena in 2016 and releasing his new album, Cold Beer Conversation, last week. The demand for new music from Strait translated to an immediate sellout of all six dates of his “Strait to Vegas” run after tickets went on sale today, with more dates to be added. The staggering response from fans already prompted Strait to add two shows to the series, which is currently scheduled for April 22, April 23, September 9, September 10, December 2 and December 3, 2016. GRAMMY, ACM and CMA Award-winning singer/songwriter Kacey Musgraves will join him as support for the full run.

With the release of the 13-track Cold Beer Conversation, fans and critics alike have made it known that the “King of Country Music” remains at the top of his game. The Plain Dealer proclaims that “the hardest part about reviewing George Strait's surprise new album, Cold Beer Conversation, is deciding which of the 13 tracks to gush over first” and describes the instantly relatable title cut, which is also the lead single at country radio now, as “a great little ditty about ‘a couple of ol' boys’ just sharing a few brews, reminiscing about high school football, worrying about aging parents and trying to figure out the world.”

The Associated Press notes, “Cold Beer Conversation is vintage Strait. He has such a strong vocal presence… the highlights prove that Strait remains at the top of his game: From the casual way he captures a meaningful talk between buddies on the title cut to the melodic intimacy of ‘Let It Go’ to the jaunty swing of ‘It Takes All Kinds,’ the album adds another gem to one of country music's deepest, most entertaining catalogs” and Billboard echoes that reverence, observing that “the key to Strait’s success is that he brings a different flavor and nuance to each song, even if the subject matter is similar. More than 30 years since his MCA Nashville debut (he’s still on the same label after all these decades), his smooth tenor is as clear as ever and each subtlety -- a well-placed chuckle, a tiny sigh -- still resonates.”

Cold Beer Conversation is available now at Apple Music and Walmart.

With 60 No. 1 singles and nearly 70 million records sold, Strait is the most-nominated artist in CMA Awards history and was the first country music artist honored with Billboard’s “Legend Of Live” Award. His last show, which took place at AT&T Stadium on June 7, 2014, shattered the North American attendance record for an indoor concert with 104,793 ticket-holders.


Mick Jagger Roaming Around Nashville