Monday, February 22, 2016

Next Nascar Stop: Atlanta







HAMPTON, Ga. (Feb. 22, 2016) – After the closest finish in Daytona 500 history – Denny Hamlin winning by a 0.010-second margin over Martin Truex, Jr. – the  2016 NASCAR season shifts 400 miles north, to Atlanta Motor Speedway, a track that has seen its own share of photo finishes over the years. 
Aside from yesterday’s thrilling final lap, Atlanta Motor Speedway is unlike Daytona International Speedway in nearly every other facet. The track is a mile shorter, the surface is aged and abrasive, and cars’ speeds and performance aren’t reined in by restrictor plates.
Additionally, the much-anticipated low-downforce aerodynamic package being used in the Sprint Cup Series in 2016 will debut at Atlanta this weekend. It provides decreased downforce on the car, creating less grip and forcing the driver to manipulate the car more than ever before. It also allows cars to race closer together, enabling more passing at high speeds and generally creates a more competitive racing atmosphere.
“It’s going to be insane,” said Truex. “I’ll just be honest; Atlanta is the one that sticks out in my mind as what’s going to be the biggest challenge with the low-downforce. Even with the high-downforce we had last year – the past two years, really – the tire fall-off there and the grip level that we had on a long run was just out of control. It’s going to be pretty wild, and I think everybody’s really looking forward to it.”
Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 will mark the 101st 500-mile race run at Atlanta since it opened in 1960. No other track has hosted more races of that length. It’s a daunting task just to make it to the finish line, and it’s a quality measuring stick for teams as they settle in for the long NASCAR season.
“A lot of the garage members and racers look at Atlanta as Week 1 for us,” said Chase Elliott, a Dawsonville, Georgia native who will make his hometown Sprint Cup Series debut on Sunday. “It's the type of racetrack we're going to see more often. 
“A track such as Atlanta, we're going to see countless times throughout the year. Getting here, you'll see more of how things are really going to go for teams and you'll see how you really stack up amongst the competition.”
XFINITY Series driver Darrell Wallace, Jr. echoed Elliott on the importance of visiting Atlanta early in the season.
“The real racing – I like to say – starts at Atlanta for us,” said Wallace. “The tire fall-off is huge there, so we’ve gotta know how to maintain that and be fast at the same time.”
On-track action for the weekend tripleheader gets underway with the Active Pest Control Qualifying Day Friday with practice sessions for all three series kicking off at 9 a.m. and continuing until 5:30 p.m. until Sprint Cup Series drivers vie for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 pole position beginning at 5:45 p.m.
The racing cranks up with NASCAR’s only same-day doubleheader Saturday afternoon with the Heads Up Georgia 250 XFINITY Series race at 1:30 p.m., before the Great Clips 200 Camping World Truck Series race wraps up a full day of on-track action beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Sprint Cup Series race highlights the weekend and caps off Atlanta’s 2016 NASCAR week in what is shaping up to be an intriguing second race of the season, with the green flag set to wave at 1 p.m.
For more information, complete schedules or to purchase tickets, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.


Rascal Flatts Back in Vegas



Nashville, TN (February 22, 2016) - ACM Vocal Group Of The Year nominees, RASCAL FLATTS, began their second Vegas Residency: Rascal Flatts Rhythm & Roots last Wednesday (2/17) with a raucous extended weekend full of “fans singing every word” (Las Vegas Sun) as the "trio blasted through hit after hit"  (Las Vegas Review Journal.) The Superstar vocal group, returning to The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino after a successful debut residency there last year, offered fans a change of pace with a stripped-down setup allowing fans to fully engage with the band as they performed their biggest hits. With the festivities in full swing on Saturday, the trio also welcomed special guest Brian McKnight to the stage for moving renditions of “Back At One” and “One Last Cry.”  


Rascal Flatts (Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney) will pick back up in Las Vegas on Wednesday (2/24) for six more shows as part of their residency, joined by “The Voice” finalist Barrett Baber. The trio’s single “I Like The Sound Of That” is currently in the Top 15 at Country radio and climbing. The best-selling country vocal group of the past decade Rascal Flatts has scored 15 #1 songs, sold over 23.1 million albums, over 31 million digital downloads worldwide to date. For more information please visit www.rascalflatts.com

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Painting of my beautiful Brownie



My friend Cathy Mozley painted Brownie by using a photograph....She did a great job....She will paint your dog contact me...

Houston Woman Kicked off Cruz Conmmercial

Amy Lindsay...working actress...model.... kicked off Cruz commercial after someone spilled the beans...she had worked in adult film business...from Houston...

Brad Paisley in Spokane....Big Show...a Musical Army on the Road

Vince Gill playing free show on Lower Broadway

Vince Gill playing free show on Lower Broadway: Grammy Award-winning musician Vince Gill will be hosting a free show on Lower Broadway on Friday. (2-12-16)

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Zoolander 2 on Promotional Binge!!

Chris Janson GIves CRS a Big Thank You

CHRIS JANSON CLOSES “CRS NEW FACES SHOW” RECEIVING STANDING OVATIONS & RAVE REVIEWS

NASHVILLE, TN –(February 11, 2016)- In what Morning Hangover is calling “the most electric performer at CRS,” Warner Bros. Nashville/Warner Music Nashville singer-songwriter Chris Janson brought the Country Radio Seminar crowd to their feet at the New Faces Show here in Nashville last night. His five-song set was bookended with his unique style of harmonica playing and included his #1 Platinum-certified smash, “Buy Me A Boat,” and new chart-rising single “Power of Positive Drinkin’.”

Of his performance, Billboard lauded, “Janson made the strongest statement of the night that he has arrived,” and concluded saying he was “The hit of the night, for sure. Slam dunk. Touchdown. Whatever you want to call it!

“Thank you for putting food on my table and letting me feed my family,” said Janson, whose ‘overnight success’ started a decade ago playing Tootsies Orchid Lounge on Lower Broadway in Nashville. “Thank you, thank you, thank you!”

Janson’s incredible success this past year earned him spots on tour with Toby Keith, Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton. Racking up industry recognition, he received his first ever nominations from the Academy of Country Music for New Male Vocalist of the Year and two nominations for “Buy Me A Boat” as Single of the Year and as producer of the song. Most recently, iHeartRadio Music Awards also recognized “Buy Me A Boat” with a nomination for Country Song of the Year.


Next week Janson will join labelmate Blake Shelton on the road starting Feb. 18 in Cincinnati, Ohio for the kick-off of Shelton’s 2016 Tour Presented By Gildan. For tickets and more information about the rising country star, visit www.ChrisJanson.com and follow @janson_chris on Twitter.

Tour dates with Blake Shelton:
DATE             CITY                     VENUE
2/18/2016        Cincinnati, OH            U.S. Bank Arena
2/19/2016        Louisville, KY            KFC Yum! Center
2/20/2016        Detroit, MI                 The Palace of Auburn Hills
2/25/2016        Lincoln, NE                Pinnacle Bank Arena
2/26/2016        Kansas City, MO        Sprint Center
3/3/2016          Memphis, TN              FedEx Forum
3/4/2016          Nashville, TN              Bridgestone Arena
3/5/2016          Nashville, TN              Bridgestone Arena
3/17/2016        Buffalo, NY                First Niagara Center
3/18/2016        Wilkes-Barre, PA        Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

Cam Goes to Grammy's as a Nominee and Presenter



Nashville, TN – Best Country Solo Performance GRAMMY® nominee and Arista Nashville/RCA Records recording artist Cam announced via social media that she’ll be among the presenters when the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards airs live in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound this Monday, February 15th, at 8 PM ET / 5 PM PT, on the CBS Television Network.


In advance of the awards, Cam will be in the GRAMMY spotlight in a feature segment of the Friday, February 12, edition of CBS This Morning.

While in Nashville this week for activities that included a performance at the annual Country Radio Seminar New Faces of Country Music Show, Cam was the guest of honor at a celebration lunch at the Sony Music Nashville office.  Cam’s record label staff gathered to toast her recent successes, including the release of her acclaimed Untamed album, her GRAMMY nomination and four ACM Awards nominations, and her Platinum-certified #1 single, “Burning House,” which also ranks as the best-selling country single of 2015 by a solo female artist.  

The follow-up to “Burning House,” Cam’s “Mayday” is at country radio now with an official airplay impact date of February 15.

With each song co-written by Cam, her Untamed album was produced by GRAMMY®-winner and current Producer of the Year, Non-Classical GRAMMY nominee Jeff Bhasker (Bruno Mars, BeyoncĂ©, FUN., The Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift) and two-time Album of the Year GRAMMY nominee Tyler Johnson (Ed Sheeran, OneRepublic, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Mikky Ekko).

Featured on the cover of the latest issue of tour publication Pollstar, Cam is currently on tour through February 27 with headliner Brad Paisley, and beginning May 12, she’ll hit the road as a special guest on Dierks Bentley’s Somewhere on a Beach Tour.

Follow Cam on Twitter @camcountry and on Instagram at https://instagram.com/camcountry/.

Josh Turner Kills Monster Hog!!!


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 11, 2016) – While touring on the west coast this past December, MCA Nashville’s Josh Turner took some time to join former pro football player Mike Pawlawski on a wild hog hunt for Outdoor Channel’s “Gridiron Outdoors.”

The episode, airing Feb. 14 at 6 p.m. ET (re-air Feb. 17 at 1 p.m. ET), follows Turner and Pawlawski in the hills of California’s San Joaquin Valley as they seek out a mammoth 300+ lb. wild boar. Preview the episode HERE.

“What an exciting day,” expresses Turner.  “Mike and the guys were great to hunt with and this hog is incredible.  They say he’s in the top 1% of what they see as far as size goes.  It took four grown men to hoist him onto the tailgate!”

Photo Courtesy of Modern Management


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Aldean on a Roll!!




JASON ALDEAN TO HOST CAPACITY CROWD AS FIRST-EVER HEADLINER
TO SELL OUT CMC ROCKS QLD COUNTRY FESTIVAL


ACM "Entertainer of the Year” Nominee Sets The Tone For International Shows
in Melbourne, Sydney and Queensland, AUS

NASHVILLE, TN - Feb. 10, 2016 - ACM “Entertainer of the Year” nominee Jason Aldean catapults his career internationally as the first headliner to ever sellout CMC Rocks QLD Country Music Festival. Fans snagged every ticket to the festival which has featured past headliners, Taylor Swift and Tim McGraw. Before taking the stage, Aldean will bring  one of "2016’s Hottest Tours” (Rolling Stone) to Melbourne, AU (3/8) and Sydney, AU (3/9).

"I have been looking forward to heading down under to play, but to hear it's already sold out without ever stepping foot in Australia is really cool," shares Aldean. "The boys and I kicked it off really early this year stateside and I am ready to bring it to the fans who I hear have been waiting."

Three-time reigning ACM “Male Vocalist of the Year" continues with his “high-octane” (The Oklahoman) show with stops next weekend, in Roanoke, VA (2/18), Charlottesville, VA (2/19) and Fayetteville, NC (2/20). Additionally, Aldean will continue his partnership with Susan G. Komen for his 2016 WE WERE HERE TOUR, offering fans a special opportunity to honor breast cancer survivors. On select dates over the course of the tour, Aldean will surprise survivors nominated through essay submissions with concert tickets and VIP backstage access to the concert of their choice. For more information visit www.jasonaldean.com.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Opry at CRS

The Grand Ole Opry held a special performance tonight as the kick-off night of the Country Radio Seminar (CRS), which will be held through Feb. 10 at Omni Nashville.
The star-studded lineup included Trace Adkins, Ashley Campbell, Chris Carmack, Easton Corbin, Chris Janson, Tracy Lawrence, Maddie & Tae, Martina McBride and David Nail and was available to all CRS registrants. The Grand Ole Opry at CRS 2016 is sponsored by Disabled American Veterans.


Since 2012, Country music’s most famous show has made its mark on CRS and brought star-studded shows to standing room only crowds. With the Opry’s signature barn backdrop and famous microphone stands on stage, the Omni Hotel’s Broadway Ballroom was transformed to give audience members a real taste of the Opry and the Grand Ole Opry House in the middle of CRS. 

About Country Radio Seminar: Country Radio Seminar is an annual convention designed to educate and promote the exchange of ideas and business practices in the Country music industry, with specific emphasis on issues relevant to Country radio. The three-day event offers attendees access to informative panels, countless networking opportunities, prominent speakers, research presentations and intimate performances from some of today’s biggest stars and emerging artists.  Visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com for more information. Like CRS on Facebook and follow CRS on Twitter (Hashtag #CRS2016).

About the Grand Ole Opry: The Grand Ole Opry® is presented by Humana®.  Opry performances are held every Friday and Saturday of the year, with Tuesday Night Opry shows running February 16 – December 13.  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 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.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Audi R8 Big Game Commercial – Commander – Extended Cut

Madd and Tae "Fly " to Lee Brice




NASHVILLE, TN (February 5, 2016) – Maddie & Tae are the kind of girls who are always there for someone in trouble. So when Tyler Farr was put on aggressive vocal rest after surgery and needed to pull off friend Lee Brice’s LIFE OFF MY YEARS TOUR, the female duo easily shifted gears and stepped up, performing the first show of opening weekend last night in Salisbury, MD. 

“When they called us, we were scheduled to write because we’re already thinking about our next record – and songwriting is so important to us,” explains Tae Dye. “I couldn’t imagine being in that position, right as you’re about to kick-off a tour...”

“So we figured, we should do this,” Maddie Marlow continues. “Not only are we friends of both Lee and Tyler, when you put good energy into the world, it sets an example of kindness for our fans. We’ll get back to writing next week!”

Putting pen to paper and melodies to lyrics has been a successful passion for the Sugarland, Texan and Ada, Oklahoman. Their second single, “Fly,” was recently certified GOLD and named one of NPR’s Favorite Songs of 2015 in large part for its message of self-empowerment and embracing life even at its most difficult.

“We wrote that song to encourage each other when we kept stumbling,” Tae admits. “We’d have these really bad days and want to give up. But we knew if we did that, the dream couldn't come true...

“‘Fly’ was so different from the sass of ‘Girl In A Country Song,’ it feels good to know that people responded to our more serious, more harmony-driven side,” Maddie picks up. “We love hooks and grooves but we really love a great melody and lyrics that say something about believing in and standing up for yourself. That was the best news so far this year! And we’ve had some great news.”

Beyond winning the CMA Video of the Year Award for “Girl In A Country Song,” now well over 30 million views, the girls received the highly coveted NSAI 10 Songs I Wish I’d Written nod. Their debut album START HERE made the Top 10 on the Nashville Scene Annual Country Music Critics’ Poll and offered up a wealth of songs to entertain fans during their headlining START HERE TOUR. Earlier this week, the pair picked up their second consecutive ACM Awards Vocal Duo of the Year nomination, as well as a nod in the New Vocal Duo or Group category.

“Sometimes we get tired or feel like we need to catch our breath, the fans keep reminding us why we’re here," said Maddie. "We are so blessed to see those faces at shows and their messages on social media.” 

“And who knows? Maybe we’ll just find a couple songs out on the road...,” Tae says. “You never know where inspiration lies. All you have to do is be open to it.”

Maddie & Tae roll into Rochester, NY tonight and Kingston, RI on Saturday then take break to continue their own dates and focus on writing before returning to the LIFE OFF MY YEARS TOUR on April 7 at the Milwaukee Theater. As “Shut Up & Fish” lobs into the Top 30, Maddie & Tae are reeling in all the experience they can.
# # #
Lee Brice’s LIFE OFF MY YEARS TOUR Dates Featuring Maddie & Tae and Dylan Scott 
Feb. 5 – Rochester, NY (Blue Cross Arena) 
Feb. 6 – Kingston, RI (Ryan Center) 
April 7 – Milwaukee, WI (Milwaukee Theatre) 
April 8 – Kalamazoo (Wings Stadium) 
April 9 – Chicago, IL (Rosemont Theatre) 
April 14 – Saginaw, MI (Dow Events Center) 
April 15 – Highland Heights, KY (BB&T Arena) 
April 21 – Dayton, OH (Nutter Center) 
April 22 – Youngstown, OH (Covelli Centre) 
April 23 – Toledo, OH (Huntington Center) 

Odd Political Shot of the Week

Dolly Wins MovieGuide Award


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 7, 2016) – The Movieguide® Awards honored international entertainment icon Dolly Parton with the Epiphany Prize for the Most Inspiring TV Program of 2015 for her NBC TV movie “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors.”

“I really wanted to celebrate the people, my whole family, who made me who and what I am today. I'm so blessed and thankful for a great cast, producers, director, and for everyone who watched and I’m extremely thankful to the Movieguide® Awards for this honor,” Parton said.

The presentation of the Epiphany Prizes for the Most Inspiring Movie and TV Program of 2015 is the highlight of the Awards, which also will be telecast Monday, Feb. 22, and Wednesday, Feb. 24 on the REELZChannel. The Epiphany Prizes are supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation (www.templeton.org). They are given every year to the “best, most inspiring movie and television program that resulted in a great increase in man’s love or understanding of God.”

Dolly Parton’s heartwarming film about following your dreams, having faith and keeping love alive despite tough times attracted 13 million viewers and was the most watched movie on broadcast TV in more than 3 years when it aired Dec. 10 on NBC.

The film is set in the Tennessee Great Smoky Mountains in 1955. It is neither a biopic nor musical about Parton’s whole life and performing career, but rather a family-oriented faith-based story about the incidents in her and her family’s life around the time she was 9 years old.

“Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” is the first in a planned series of TV movies inspired by the country music icon’s songs.


Thursday, February 4, 2016

R.I.P. Joe Alaskey...the voice of Bugs and Daffy Duck

Earth, Wind & Fire: Co Founder Maurice White Dead at 74

Maurice died in L.A. after a long battle with Parkinson's. He was diagnosed in 1992 and his condition deteriorated in recent months. The disease had progressed to the point he was forced to stop touring with the band 1994.

The band had a string of hits, including "Shining Star," "September," "Boogie Wonderland," and "After the Love has Gone." 
In 2000, the band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Maurice was individually inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2010.
Maurice's brother, Verdine, is also a band member. 
Although Maurice wasn't touring, he remained involved in the decisions regarding the band.
Maurice was 74.

The Ky Headhunters are Going to Europe!!!


THE KENTUCKY HEADHUNTERS ANNOUNCE FIRST-EVER EUROPEAN TOUR DATES

GRAMMY-Winning Southern Rock Band Added To Bill For Sweden Rock Festival and Ramblin’ Man Fair Alongside Smoldering Headliners Queen + Adam Lambert, Twisted Sister, Foreigner, Whitesnake and Black Stone Cherry

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 4, 2016) – Richard Young of The Kentucky Headhunters has a fear of flying, but this time, that won’t be stopping him. The GRAMMY/CMA/ACM winning southern rock group will get a little closer to the “Spirit In The Sky” as the stars have finally lined up for the Heads to jet-set Europe for main stage performances at both the Sweden Rock Festival June 9 in Solvesborg, Sweden, and the Ramblin’ Man Fair July 24 in Maidstone, Kent, UK. Headlining the Sweden Rock Festival are Queen + Adam Lambert, Twisted Sister, Foreigner; and at the top of the bill for the Ramblin’ Man Fair are Whitesnake and Black Stone Cherry.

Although the Headhunters perform nearly 100 dates per year across the U.S. and Canada, their conventional way of getting to and from has always been their tour bus. Hundreds of thousands of miles have passed underneath those wheels since the late 80s. Richard Young preferred them planted firmly on the ground.

“I’m terrified to fly,” he said. “But I’m not going to pass up the opportunity to go to Europe and perform with some of the greatest rock bands in history.”

Young credits his friend Martin at the Fresh Start Agency in Europe and his son John Fred for landing these great opportunities for the Headhunters.

The band will perform their own set on the festivals’ main stages, but also hopes to jam with ‘kin-folk’ Kentucky rockers Black Stone Cherry at Ramblin’ Man Fair. Black Stone Cherry is racking up rave reviews on their second headlining arena tour in the UK. The drummer of the band, John Fred Young, is Richard’s son and also the nephew of The Kentucky Headhunter’s drummer, Fred Young.

“It’s really gonna be cool for The Heads and BSC to play on the same stage in the UK. Both bands are two generations of family based out of the same town, Edmonton, Kentucky,” said Richard Young.

The Kentucky Headhunters are fresh off of the 2015 release of their new blues album Meet Me In Bluesland, (released by Alligator Records), featuring the pianist Rolling Stone called “the greatest sideman in rock and roll” – Johnnie Johnson. The album received rave reviews from outlets like No Depression which writes, “Age has only improved this offering, rockin’ Appalachia-billy that’ll put a big ole grin on your face,” and Blues Blast Magazine which adds, “The beautiful piano work and synergy between Johnson and the Headhunters is something that should not be missed. It is a raucous and wonderful album.” The project was also named No. 12 on the list of the most-played albums of 2015 published by Living Blues Magazine. UK-based The Blues Magazine gave Meet Me In Bluesland a slot in the Top 50 essential rock and blues albums of the year.

Upcoming Tour Dates
Feb. 13 Veterans Appreciation, Black Diamond Harley Davidson | Marion, Ill.
March 11 Hoosier Park Casino | Anderson, Ind.
March 12 Indiana Grand Casino | Shelbyville, Ind.
March 17 Akwesasne Mohawk Casino | Hogansburg, N.Y.
March 25 Capitol Theatre | Lebanon, Tenn.
April 1 Smoke On The Water Festival | Thomaston, Ga.
April 28 Spring Motorcycle Rally Concert | Panama City Beach, Fla.
April 29 The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon | Fort Myers, Fla.
April 30 The Orange Blossom Opry | Weirsdale, Fla.
May 1 Auburndale Speedway | Winter Haven, Fla.
May 7 Love Valley Arena | Statesville, N.C.
May 27 Bratfest – Willow Island | Madison, Wis.
June 9 Sweden Rock Festival | Solvesborg, Sweden
July 17 Craven Country Jamboree | Zehner, Canada
July 24 Ramblin’ Man Fair | Maidstone, Kent, UK
Aug 13 Operation Restoring Hope Music Festival | Goodland, Ind.

Stay up-to-date on all happenings on the road with The Kentucky Headhunters by following updates on their official website www.kentuckyheadhunters.com and on Facebook and Twitter!

The Kentucky Headhunters are booked by United Talent Agency in North America.

About The Kentucky Headhunters
Known as “Southern Rock Royalty” and the “great American rock ‘n’ roll band,” The Kentucky Headhunters have maintained a longevity most acts can only dream about. With a GRAMMY® Award, CMA Album of the Year Award, two CMA Vocal Group of the Year Awards, two Top 10 charting albums, and four consecutive Top 40 hits. The “Heads” are credited for creating a unique blend of honky-tonk, blues, and southern rock that appeals to the toughest music critics and listeners of all kinds. Getting their start in 1968, brothers Fred and Richard Young and cousins Greg Martin and Anthony Kenney, from Edmonton, Kentucky, formed Itchy Brother, which later morphed into The Kentucky Headhunters after Kenny departed and Doug Phelps joined the band. Their first album, Pickin’ On Nashville, (1989), surprised the world when it became a major success, selling over two million copies. Their newest album Meet Me in Bluesland, hit stores on June 2 and includes the last vocals ever recorded of the late, great pianist Johnnie Johnson — Rock N Roll Hall of Famer and legendary keyboardist for Chuck Berry. Meet Me In Bluesland features previously unreleased, original material, and showcases The Kentucky Headhunters' familiar blues sound. The album reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Blues Album chart the week of its debut. It also garnered top placement on the Billboard Americana Chart. Yahoo! Music hailed, “The album is a rocking joy through and through, an unexpected romp that’s as good to hear as it must have been to perform.” The Kentucky Headhunters still tour extensively throughout the United States and will soon be commencing a European tour in 2016. For more information on the Kentucky Headhunters, please visit www.kentuckyheadhunters.com.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Brantley Gilbert 's Take It Outside Summer Tour


Nashville, TN (February 3, 2016) – Following a standing-room-only opening weekend of the BLACKOUT TOUR’s North American leg, BRANTLEY GILBERT is gearing up for another season on the road. The Georgia native will continue the momentum this summer headlining his TAKE IT OUTSIDE summer tour.

“We’re just getting started bringing the music to the people,” says the back-to-back PLATINUM Country album sellers. “We hit that stage in Saginaw, and the crowd was lit up. Makes you wanna hit the road, and stay out there – when the people are so raging. We knew when we did this arena tour, we were gonna wanna take it outside! We don’t have all the dates in place, but I want the fans in these markets to know I’m coming.”

The Georgia native will continue the momentum with his headline TAKE IT OUTSIDE amphitheater tour this summer, kicking off June 2 in Mansfield, MA at XFinity Center. The 22-date and counting throwdown will run into October with Platinum-selling labelmate Justin Moore and “Dirt Road Anthem” co-writer Colt Ford joining the bill as special guests. All three have toured with each other over the years, building up an energy that should make for a night of hardcore outsider Country – from Brantley’s harder rock to Justin’s modern twang chart-toppers and Colt’s rap-forward style. Brantley and Justin gave fans a taste of their adrenile-fueled performances last year, collaborating with Thomas Rhett for “Small Town Throwdown.”

“We’ve all done so many things together,” Gilbert explains with a mischievous laugh. “This is one of those tour’s that’ll be crazy before it even rolls. Justin likes to really push the limits, and he’s a pretty serious performer. Colt is one of those guys who gets how to hit a crowd right between the eyes. If you love your  country on the rougher side, this is gonna be a show for you.”

Gilbert’s unrelenting brand of country has notched six #1s: “Country Must Be Country Wide,” “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do,” “Bottoms Up” and “One Hell Of An Amen” as well as two smashes he penned and Jason Aldean recorded. More full-tilt, more aggressive, yet supremely grounded in the red clay he was raised in, The New York Times wrote of JUST AS I AM (The Valory Music Co.), “What elegance Mr. Gilbert manages in this demolition derby. Mr. Gilbert comes on like a revving monster-truck engine, backed by heavy rock guitar, but there’s a slyness to his singing. Beneath his boxy exterior, there’s an active intelligence about melody and texture…In a country era where hardness isn’t valorized in the least, he’s unapologetically rough, singing with the tenderness of a chain saw. And on this strong album — his third in a row — he betrays no shame about his creatine-fueled version of country music.”

Gilbert, who takes writing the songs of his life as seriously he does the fans who feel like they live inside those songs, lives to bring the music to the people. With two nights at Colorado’s iconic Red Rocks, the Bay area’s Shoreline Amphitheater, the man who won the 2015 American Music Awards Favorite Country Album for JUST AS I AM is matching the BLACKOUT TOUR with an equally comprehensive collection of outdoors dates, which will be announced in the coming months. For additional information, visit BrantleyGilbert.com.
 
TAKE IT OUTSIDE 2016 TOUR

June 2 – Mansfield, MA (Xfinity Center) **with Kip Moore, Colt Ford
June 3 – Hartford, CT (The XFINITY Theatre)
June 11 – St Louis, MO (Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre)
June 12 – Kansas City, MO (Cricket Wireless Amphitheater)
June 17 – Gilford, NH (Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook)
June 19 – Bristow, VA (Jiffy Lube Live)
June 23 – Raleigh, NC (Walnut Creek Amphitheatre)
June 24 – Charlotte, NC (PNC Music Pavillion)
June 26 – Orange Beach, AL (The Amphitheater at The Wharf)
July 8 – Darien Center, NY (Darien Lake Performing Arts)
July 9 – Chicago, IL (Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre)
July 22 – Mountain View, CA (Shoreline Amphitheatre)
July 24 – San Diego, CA (Sleep Train Amphitheatre)
July 31– Wheatland, CA (Toyota Amphitheatre)
Aug. 5 – Albuquerque, NM (Isleta Amphitheater)
Aug. 6 – Phoenix, AZ (Ak-Chin Pavilion)
Aug. 20 – Pittsburgh, PA (First Niagara Pavilion)
Sept. 8 – New Orleans, LA (Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square)
Sept. 9 – Houston, TX (Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion)
Sept. 10 – Dallas, TX (Gexa Energy Pavilion)
Oct. 13 – Salt Lake City, UT (USANA Amphitheatre)
Oct. 14/15 – Morrison, CO (Red Rocks Amphitheatre)

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

ALAN JACKSON KEEPS ON “KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY”




Country superstar Alan Jackson is taking his 25-plus years of hits and fan-favorites on the road in 2016, as he extends his hugely successful KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY TOUR into the new year. Rising star Lauren Alaina will be the special guest. 
Alan Jackson’s KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY TOUR finds the country icon performing hits that have gained him legions of longtime fans, songs that continue to draw new crowds as a younger generation discovers his music. Jackson’s repertoire withstands the test of time; it has impacted a field of artists who cite Jackson as an influence. Fans will hear the songs they love from the man who wrote them and made them famous, including his debut hit, “Here in The Real World”…signature songs such as “Chattahoochee,” “Drive” and “Gone Country”…the career-defining “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)” and poignant “Remember When”… party anthems “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” and “Good Time”…and many more. 
Jackson’s first show of 2016 will find him returning to the stage of the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, where he set an all-time attendance record in 2012. Stops in Mississippi and Oklahoma will follow, before the tour heads west to California and north to Wisconsin and Iowa (a current rundown of shows – with more to be added – is listed below). Jackson’s 2016 tour is a continuation of his recent 25th anniversary celebration, which found the superstar playing to sold-out crowds throughout 2015.

Special guest Lauren Alaina joins Jackson starting with his March 18 concert in Jackson, MS. The singer, who won America’s hearts when she appeared on the tenth season of American Idol (and is returning to the show for its farewell season as a mentor to this year’s contestants), arrived on the scene with her #1 debut album, Wildflower. Now she’s climbing the charts with her latest single, “Next Boyfriend,” off her brand new Lauren Alaina EP.
Tickets and information for all of Jackson’s KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY TOUR dates are available at alanjackson.com, where you can find information about Alan, his tour schedule, music and more. VIP tickets and packages are also available for most shows. 
Jackson’s 15th studio album, Angels and Alcohol, topped the charts when it debuted last summer, 25 years after his landmark debut, Here In The Real World. Jackson is also the subject of a new box set, Genuine: The Alan Jackson Story, a three-disc collection chronicling his career through hits, never-before-released rarities and an expansive commemorative booklet. 
Alan Jackson’s touring history has taken him all across America and to places far beyond as his music gained him fans around the globe. In 2016, he’ll continue the tradition of playing that music for people far and wide as he keeps on KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY. 


ALAN JACKSON’S 2016 “KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY TOUR”

(partial listing – more dates to be announced/added) 
Monday, February 22 – San Antonio, TX (San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo) ** ++

Friday, March 18 – Jackson, MS (Mississippi Coliseum) **

Saturday, March 19 – Thackerville, OK (Winstar Resort & Casino) ** ++

Saturday, April 16 – Anaheim, CA (Honda Center)

Friday, April 29 – Milwaukee, WI (U-W Milwaukee Panther Arena)

Saturday, April 30 – Sioux City, IA (Tyson Events Center) **

Friday, July 15 – St. Clairsville, OH (Jamboree in the Hills) ** ++

Sunday, July 17 – Brooklyn, MI (Faster Horses Festival) ++

Friday, August 19 – Toledo, OH (Zoo Amphitheatre)

Friday, November 4 – Lincoln, NE (Pinnacle Bank Arena)

Saturday, November 5 – Fargo, ND (Scheels Arena)

**indicates date is already onsale

++Lauren Alaina not performing

Don Williams Postpones Tour....




DON WILLIAMS UNDERGOES UNEXPECTED HIP REPLACEMENT SURGERY

Williams Postpones 2016 Tour Pending Recovery

Nashville, Tenn. (February 2, 2016) – Don Williams has regrettably been forced to postpone his 2016 tour after unexpected hip replacement surgery. The Country Music Hall of Famer and CMA/ACM award-winning country music artist recently announced a 21-city tour. Ticket buyers are encouraged to contact local venues and authorized ticketing platforms regarding refunds.

DON WILLIAMS TOUR POSTPONED
Feb 17 Florida Theatre - Jacksonville, Fla.
Feb 18 Pensacola Saenger Theatre - Pensacola Fla.
Feb 19 Tivoli Theatre - Chattanooga, Tenn.
Feb 20 Tennessee Theatre - Knoxville, Tenn.
Feb 23 Harvester Performance Center - Rocky Mount, VA
Feb 24 The Beacon Theatre - Hopewell, Va.
Feb 25 Mountain Arts Center - Prestonsburg, Ky.
Feb 26 Peace Concert Hall - Greenville, S.C.
Feb 27 Lyric Fine Arts Theatre - Birmingham, Ala.
March 10 The Joint At Hard Rock & Hotel - Tulsa, Okla.
March 11 Walton Arts Center - Fayetteville, Ark.
March 12 Baton Rouge River Center Theater - Baton Rouge, La.
March 15 Hudiburg Center - Rose State College, Midwest City, Okla.
March 16 Gillioz Theatre - Springfield, Mo.
March 18 Golden Nugget - Grand Event Center - Lake Charles, La
March 19 IP Casino Resort - Studio A, Biloxi, Miss.
April 06 American Music Theater - Lancaster, Pa.
April 08 Renfro Valley Entertainment Center - Renfro Valley, Ky
April 09 Renfro Valley Entertainment Center - Renfro Valley, Ky
April 12 Liberty Hall - Lawrence, Kan.
April 14 The Arcada Theatre - St Charles, Kan.
April 16 Little River Casino Resort - Manistee, Mich.

Nashville drummer falls through window, keeps on playing

Nashville drummer falls through window, keeps on playing: A drummer fell through a window at a downtown Nashville honky tonk over the weekend while finishing a song. (2-1-16)

Monday, February 1, 2016

Jana Kramer : It's a GIRL!!!!!!


NASHVILLE, TN – (Feb 1 2016) – Elektra Records Nashville/Warner Music Nashville’s Jana Kramer has received two wonderful surprises in less than 24 hours: a Female Vocalist of the Year nomination for this year’s ACM Awards and a new baby girl, Jolie Rae Caussin, born yesterday afternoon in Nashville. This is Kramer’s first Female Vocalist nom following her ACM Award win for “Top New Female Artist” in 2012.
“What a whirlwind of great surprises and wonderful news,” said Kramer. “I’m overwhelmed with joy after welcoming my beautiful baby girl into the world AND finding out I’ve been nominated for an ACM Award!”
A number with special significance for Jana, 31 is not only the title of her latest critically-acclaimed album, featuring the gold-certified single “I Got The Boy” but also just so happened to be the day she gave birth to her new baby daughter.
In October, thirty one debuted with career-best sales numbers, landing in the Top 10 of the all-genre Billboard 200 albums chart and at No. 3 on the Country Albums chart. 

About Jana Kramer
Singer-songwriter Jana Kramer’s single “I Got the Boy” recently reached RIAA-certified Gold status and reached Top 3 at country radio. The song is the current single from Kramer’s powerful new album, thirty one. Produced by Scott Hendricks, the album debuted in the Top 10 of the all-genre Billboard 200 chart and No. 3 on the Billboard Country Albums chart, marking the biggest first week sales and highest chart position of her career. It was the third biggest debut week by a solo female country artist at the time of release. Named one of this year’s Next Women of Country by CMT, Kramer co-wrote more than half of the new tracks on thirty one. In 2015, Kramer was named national spokeswoman for Pure Silk Moisturizing Shave Cream and teamed with Colgate Optic White to give fans an insider’s look at the glamor and excitement around “The 49th Annual CMA Awards.” Kramer released her self-titled debut album, which features the platinum-selling “Why Ya Wanna,” to much critical praise in 2012, earning her the ACM’s New Female Vocalist of the Year award and the distinction of being country radio’s most-played debut artist that year.  

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Carrie Underwood's New Stage is a WOW!!!!!




NASHVILLE, TN – Nashville, TN – (February 1, 2016) – 2016 Grammy nominee Carrie Underwood launched The Storyteller Tour - Stories in the Round over the weekend in Jacksonville, Florida with a sold-out 360-degrees crowd of nearly 14,000 at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. This is Underwood’s first tour “in the round.” With the stage in the middle of the arena floor, the 360-degree setting “had the effect of providing front-row seats for hundreds of fans. Lasers and swaying spotlights and fireworks and explosions all added to the spectacle. But make no mistake, Underwood was the star of the show,” said the Florida Times-Union. 
Underwood’s second single “Heartbeat” from her #1 selling Storyteller album, being performed in the tour photo, has reached the Top 10 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart today. The song was co-written by Underwood, Ashley Gorley and Zach Crowell and was produced by Crowell. 
Twitter: @carrieunderwood   Instagram: @CarrieUnderwood

BELLAMY BROTHERS ANNOUNCE 2016 40TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR ACROSS U.S AND OVERSEAS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 1, 2016) – Iconic duo and international sensation, the Bellamy Brothers, continue their 40th anniversary tour with more than 50 dates in the U.S. as well as dates in Switzerland, Germany, Norway and Sweden, just to name a few stops. The successful second leg of their tour coincides with their new album “40 Years: The Album,” a compilation of past hits and new songs, which also benefits Susan G. Komen by donating $1 of every U.S. iTunes download to fund breast cancer research, education and community outreach programs. Click here to purchase “40 Years: The Album.”


"There always seems to be heightened awareness during October, but we wanted to do something throughout the other 11 months of the year,” David Bellamy said. "We're doing a year-long [campaign] with 'Let Your Love Flow' for their website, and we're donating a dollar through iTunes for the next year off sales of this album."

40 Years: The Album” encompasses more than their four decades in the music business. The project is a compilation of past hits, like “Let Your Love Flow,” ”Redneck Girl” and “If I Said You Have a Beautiful Body (Would You Hold It Against Me)” and 20 new songs.

The Bellamy Brothers will also host Country Classics, a video countdown featuring videos and interviews from the 90's and 2000's, Jan. 11 through Feb. 7 on The Family Channel, Angel Two Network ( Dish ), AMG TV and Heartland TV. Click here for listings.

“This is going to be another banner year,” David Bellamy said. “Our tour schedule is ambitious and we’re fired up to entertain our incredible fans across the globe.”

BELLAMY BROTHERS 40TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR:
Feb. 06 Orange Blossom Opry- Weirsdale, Fla.
Feb. 12 John T. Floore’s Country Store- Helotes, Texas.
Feb. 13 Karem Shrine “Love to the Rescue”- Waco, Texas.
Feb. 20 Neuse River Music Festival Lenoir College Student Center- Kinston, N.C.
Feb. 25 Newberry Opera House- Newberry, S.C.
Feb. 27 Matagorda Co. Fair and Rodeo BBQ Cook Off Rodeo Arena- Bay City, Texas.
March 02 Indian Creek RV Resort- Ft. Myers Beach, Fla.
March 11 Schliterbahn River Park & Resort Pavillion “Spring Break Week”- Corpus Christi, Texas
March 12 Old Coupland Inn & Dance Hall- Coupland, Texas
March 17 Kongres & Kulture Center- Aalborg, Denmark
March 18-20 Schutzenhaus Albisguetli- Zurich, Switzerland
March 24-25 "MS Cinderella" Viking Cruise - Sweden and Finland
April 06 Jamestown Fraternal Order Of Police Jamestown Civic Center- Jamestown, N.D.
April 07 Bismarck Rural Fire Department Bismarck Civic Center- Bismarck, N.D.
April 09 Havre Police Protective Association/ Armory-MSU- Northern- Havre, Mont.
April 10 Five Valley Crime Stoppers/ University Theatre-University Of Montana- Missoula, Mont.
April 12 Billings Police Protective Association/ Alterowitz Gym- Billings, Mont.
April 15 Grizzly Rose- Denver, Colo.
April 16 Salt Creek Sports Lounge- Nephi, Utah
April 23 Private- Austin, Texas.
April 26 ASAP Energy, Inc. Trade Show/ Pioneer Cellular Event Center- Weatherford, Okla.
April 28 Steiner Ranch Steakhouse- Austin, Texas.
April 29 House Of Fi Fi Dubios- San Angelo, Texas.
April 30 Redneck Country Club- Stafford, Texas.
May 06 Hank’s Texas Grill- McKinney, Texas.
May 07 Freiheit Country Store- New Braunfels, Texas.
May 14 Music City Texas Theatre- Linden, Texas.
May 27 Silver Saloon- Terrell, Texas.
May 28 Atwood Music Festival/ Atwood Water Park- Monticello, Miss.
June 04 Wilson’s Steak And Seafood- Doyline, La.
June 17 House Pasture Cattle Company- Concan, Texas
June 18 Mid-Coast Spring Break Bikefest Pickleheads Roadhouse- Sunrise Beach, Mont.
June 24 16th Annual Funtastic Fourth-Festival- Big Spring, Texas
June 25 Waylon’s And Ray’s- Brownwood, Texas
July 02 Redneck Country Club- Stafford, Texas
July 15 Bluegate Theatre- Shipshewana, Ind.
July 16 Bluegate Theatre- Shipshewana, Ind.
July 19 Anderson Music Hall- Hiawassee, Ga.
July 22 Country Thunder USA- Twin Lakes, Wis.
July 29 Billy Bob’s Texas- Fort Worth Texas
Aug. 04 Clayton County Fair- National, Iowa
Aug. 05 Gillespie Family Farms “Friends & Neighbor Celebration”- Johnson, Minn.
Aug. 06 Private- Dickinson, N.D.
Aug. 07 Rollie’s- Sauk Rapids, Minn.
Aug. 10 Umatilla County Fair Open Grass Courtyard- Hermiston, Ore.
Aug. 11 Tillamook County Fair Rodeo Arena w/ Grandstand- Tilamook, Ore.
Aug. 13 Hawg-A-Rama Points West Farm- Regina, SK, Canada
Aug. 18 Music Ranch Montana- Livingston, Mont.
Sept. 03 Loften Country Festival- Leknes, Norway
Sept. 07-22 Norway Tour (Venues TBA)
Sept. 17-24 Rock And Blues Cruise- MSC Sinfonia- Italy, Croatia, and Greek Isles
Sept. 24 Grosses Kurhaus- Bad Fussing, Germany
Sept. 30 Come And Take It Celebration Downtown Gonzalez- Gonzalez, Texas
Oct. 08 Red Barn Convention Center- Winchester, Ohio.
Oct. 15 Bayou Fest/ Highland Bayou Park- La Margue, Texas
Oct. 23 Private- San Marcos, Texas
Nov. 05 Wellington Ritz Theatre, Wellington, Texas
Nov. 10 The Museum Club- Flagstaff, Ariz.
Nov. 11 Peppermill Concert Hall- Wendover, Nev.
Nov. 12 Sevier Valley Center- Richfield, Utah
Nov. 13 Hitching Post 1- Apache Junction, Ariz.
Nov. 18 Country Tonite Theater- Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Nov. 19 A. Curtis Andrews Auction Barn- Federalsburg, Md.

ABOUT THE BELLAMY BROTHERS:

Howard and David continue to prove that the trail they’ve ridden to fame has been as unique as their music itself—music that is now celebrating 40 years of success. The road that started on the pop music charts in the ‘70’s, took a winding turn into country music in the ‘80’s, paving the way for duos to come, such as Brooks & Dunn, Montgomery Gentry, Big & Rich, and The Judds. “If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body (Would You Hold It Against Me),” originally scrawled on a dinner napkin by David, rocketed them to the top of the country charts the way “Let Your Love Flow,” had done in the pop market just a few years earlier. It proved to be the first of a string of fourteen No. 1 singles in the U.S. alone. They’re the only U.S. country music act who've toured in India, Sri Lanka, New Caledonia and Qatar. The Bellamy Brothers hold the record in both the Academy of Country Music (ACM) and the Country Music Association Awards (CMA) for the most duo nominations. Numerous Grammy nods have also been directed toward the brothers. For more information, 

The First ACM Nominations for 2016

Some pretty big names MISSING from each of the categories...


Entertainer of the Year:
Jason Aldean
Garth Brooks
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Miranda Lambert


Vocal Duo of the Year:
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Joey & Rory
Maddie & Tae


Vocal Group of the Year:
Eli Young Band
Little Big Town
Old Dominion
Rascal Flatts
Zac Brown Band


Album of the Year:
Eric Church – Mr. Misunderstood
Sam Hunt – Montevallo
Thomas Rhett – Tangled Up
Chris Stapleton – Traveller
Chris Young – I’m Comin Over


Female Vocalist of the Year:
Kelsea Ballerini
Jana Kramer
Miranda Lambert
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood


Male Vocalist of the Year:
Jason Aldean
Eric Church
Brett Eldredge
Chris Stapleton

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