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DARIUS RUCKER SUPPORTS ST. JUDE CHILDREN’S RESEARCH HOSPITAL® WITH EIGHTH ANNUAL “DARIUS AND FRIENDS” BENEFIT CONCERT JUNE 5 IN NASHVILLE, NOW AT THE HISTORIC RYMAN AUDITORIUM

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Nine years since visiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® and pledging his support, Darius Rucker has announced the date for his eighth annual “Darius and Friends” benefit concert, sponsored by State Water Heaters. The event, which leads into CMA Music Festival week, takes place Monday, June 5 and will be held for the FIRST time at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

“This concert is a real highlight for me every year,” Rucker said. “And I couldn’t do it without the support of my friends who turn out to perform, tell stories and make this a memorable night for the fans, who are here from around the world.”

The event has received an overwhelming response in past years, with sellouts year-after-year and more than $800,000 raised for St. Jude. Friends performing with Rucker in past years have included Luke Bryan, Radney Foster, Randy Houser, Jamey Johnson, Charles Kelley (Lady Antebellum) and Kenny Rogers, among others. The lineup for this year’s event will be announced in the coming weeks.

Rucker made a commitment to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® after touring the campus in 2008 and is recognized worldwide for the lifesaving mission. 

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®  is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Unlike any other hospital, the majority of funding for St. Jude comes from individual contributions. Events like this help ensure families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

Tickets to “Darius and Friends” will be available on Friday, April 14 at 10 a.m. CT via ticketmaster.com. This year Rucker teamed up with Ticketmaster to allow supporters to become #VerifiedFans. Qualified registrants that enter by Thursday, April 13 at 10 a.m. CT will receive a unique code to ensure they can buy tickets without worrying about scalpers or bots. More info on becoming a #VerifiedFan here

Additional sponsors of “Darius and Friends” includes CDW/Intel, GE, Hutton, Maverick, CAA and UMG/Capitol Nashville. For more information please visit www.DariusRucker.com.

About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Since opening more than 50 years ago, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has changed the way the world treats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. No family ever pays St. Jude for the care their child receives and, for every child treated here, thousands more have been saved worldwide through St. Jude discoveries. The hospital has played a pivotal role in pushing U.S. pediatric cancer survival rates from 20 to 80 percent overall, and is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted to children. It is also a leader in the research and treatment of blood disorders and infectious diseases in children. St. Jude was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, who believed that no child should die in the dawn of life. Join that mission by visiting stjude.org or following us on facebook.com/stjude and twitter.com/stjude.

LOCASH CELEBRATES ACM NOMINATION FOR ‘NEW VOCAL DUO OR GROUP OF THE YEAR

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LOCASH’s Chris Lucas and Preston Brust are celebrating their first major industry award nomination as ACM Awards® nominees in the New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year category.

As Country Aircheck’s No. 1 New Artist for 2016, the Reviver Records duo is fresh off their No. 1 smash single, “I Know Somebody” and their first RIAA Gold-Certified chart-topping single “I Love This Life.” “Ring On Every Finger,” LOCASH’s new sweet sentiment single that just begs to be danced to, recently premiered all over CMT channels and platforms.

“We are just so happy country radio gave us a chance and believed in us! Without them we wouldn’t be here! And thank you to all the ACM voters for the nomination, and the opportunity to have a chance to win New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year!” Chris Lucas exclaimed. “This is incredible! THANK YOU country radio, ACMs and every voter for your heart in this journey. We have dreamt of this day for so many minutes and so many miles,” Preston Brust added.

The ACM Awards® are produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast LIVE from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 2 (live 8:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.

“Ring on Every Finger” was also filmed in Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The duo brought their contagious energy to the screen for their third single from their album THE FIGHTERS (CLICK HERE to watch).

They’re currently on the road as part of Live Nation’s Ones to Watch Tour with Reviver Records labelmate and hot newcomer Michael Tyler. BMLG Records Ryan Follese will also join LOCASH for select shows. CLICK HERE for more information on special VIP packages and tickets (tour dates below).

For more information on LOCASH, visit locashmusic.com and follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.


LOCASH ‘ONES TO WATCH’ TOUR:
Feb. 17 Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, Pa.
Feb. 18 The Fillmore — Silver Springs, Md.
Feb. 25 St. Andrews Hall — Detroit, Mich.
Feb. 26 Gramercy Theatre — New York, N.Y.
March 23 The Cabooze – Minneapolis, Minn.
March 25 Summit Music Hall – Denver, Colo.
March 29 Neptune Theater — Seattle, Wash.
March 31 House of Blues — Las Vegas, Nev.
April 22 Delmar Hall – Saint Louis, Mo.**
**Ryan Follese will not appear on this date

ADDITIONAL LOCASH TOUR DATES:
Feb. 16 Vapor Nightclub — Saratoga Springs, N.Y
March 03 The Ranch — Ft. Myers, Fla.
March 04 WIRK Rib Round UP — West Palm Beach, Fla.
March 09 Ralston Arena — Ralston, Neb.
March 14 3rd & Lindsley — Nashville, Tenn.
March 16 Stars with Guitars — Providence, R.I.
March 17 Runaway Country — Kissimmee, Fla.
March 19 Wilkes University — Wilkes Barre, Pa.
March 24 Bourbon Jack’s Honkytonk — Hastings, Neb.
March 26 Warehouse 25 — Grand Junction, Colo.
April 06 Country Thunder Arizona — Florence, Ariz.
April 07 Paradise Cove – River Spirit Casino — Tulsa, Okla.
April 09 Tortuga Music Festival — Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
April 21 Boondocks — Springfield, Ill.
April 29 Pepsi SpringJam — Panama City Beach, Fla.
May 6 Kegs Canalside Event Center — Jordan, N.Y.
May 26 Silver Dollar Fair — Chico, Calif.
June 09 Kick’n Up Kountry Music Festival — Karlstad, Minn.
June 10 Winstock Country Music Festival — Winsted, Minn.
June 18 Burlington Steamboat Days — Burlington, Iowa
June 21 Country USA — Oshkosh, Wisc.
June 25 Living History Farms — Urbandale, Iowa
June 30 Greeley Stampede — Greeley, Colo.
July 13 Red River Valley Fair — West Fargo, N.D.
July 14 Country Thunder Saskatchewan — Craven, Sask.
July 15 Hodag Country Festival — Rhinelander, Wisc.
July 20 Country Jam USA — Eau Claire, Wisc.
July 29 Jackson County Fair — Maquoketa, Iowa
Aug. 03 Sweetwater County Fair — Rock Springs, Wyo.
Aug. 04 Phillips County Fair — Dodson, Mont.
Show review from Cleveland

LoCash let it rip at the Cleveland House of Blues

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LoCash destroys Cleveland HOB 2/15/17

One of the most anticipated artist to roll through the Cleveland area made another return visit here. Last time was singing the national anthem at Game 2 of the World Series.

Armed with top hits on the charts and a custom LeBron James robe, the LoCash crusade delivered a knockout performance to the heavily packed venue at the Cleveland House of Blues. This show extra special to us. As the performance really was taken to the fans. The artists would walk through the crowd and sing with their fans. Keeping the crowd well into the mix of the music.

I was especially happy to see that the guys actually paid attention to my 8 year old daughter, they waved at her throughout the show and even stopped to give her guitar pics. LoCash is indeed one of her favorite artists and I am sure that her inclusion in this show will definitely keep her as a strong fan.

LoCash played a deep set and seemed to really be feeling the vibe on stage as they ran through their set and included classic country tracks from the 90’s to get the crowd singing with them. They even played a ZZ Top song. I could ramble on about this band as how great they sounded and the band members were on top of their game. The guitarist were phenomenal and yes even the keyboardist who tours with Poison was good with his rendition of a Journey classic.

Overall: well ranking a show of this caliber is quite easy is was a 9.9/10 a perfect 10 would by if pyro was added. I am sure they would add that at a larger venue. If you are looking for a fun show to check out please take some time and see LoCash when they roll through your town. It is well worth it.

 

Shane Owens Stands Up For Traditional Country With New Single “All The Beer In Alabama”

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Shane Owens’ latest single release, “All The Beer In Alabama,” leaves little doubt why he was recently named by Rolling Stone Country as one of the “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know.” With this new release Owens continues to prove his vocal ability to rightfully rub shoulders with the legends.

“All The Beer In Alabama” is the third single release from his highly acclaimed “Where I’m Comin’ From” CD and is gaining instant connectivity with both radio and listeners. The CD is available for purchase at select retailers across the nation and online at iTunes, Amazon and ShaneOwensCountry.com.

Written by Owens, Dan Murph and Phillip Douglas, “All The Beer In Alabama” offers an alternative to the party songs that proliferate in modern country today. It acknowledges the pleasures of “drinkin’ with the boys” and “shootin’ that 8-ball” but affirms that loyalty, integrity and faithfulness for the one he loves are his greatest priorities.

Feedback from country radio has been overwhelmingly positive:
“Great COUNTRY song! My GM said “Keep sending us Country Songs like this!”
– Austin Daniels, KFTX Radio

“Best traditional Country I have heard in a while.”– Bill Cody, 650 AM WSM

“New country traditionalist Shane Owens knocks it out of the park again with ‘All the Beer in Alabama.’ He has a catchy knack for telling real stories about real people. This guy is one to watch in 2017!” – Chris Diestler, KQBA Radio

“A true country song’s best friend is Shane Owens! Listen to ‘All The Beer In Alabama’ and tell me you didn’t live the song!!! Simple, true, pure country music brought to you by one of the best voices in the business today… that’s Shane Owens!”
Ed Carter, WKSR-AM/FM-WLLX-FM

“Shane Owens is an Alabama country boy through and through. And his true country roots shine again with ‘All the Beer in Alabama.’ It’s a rousing anthem, a fun song and breath of fresh Southern air speaking to Shane’s background, playing in some of the South’s biggest and best honkytonks.” – Dave Summers, WTVY Radio

“Shane Owens has country in his blood…and I’m not talking about that manufactured “country” that’s coming out of Nashville right now. This is true country, reminiscent of Strait, Randy Travis and Clint Black!” – Kelly Green, WEIO The Farm

Along with his radio success, Owens enjoyed several major milestones this past week. On Feb. 8 he joined an all-star lineup onstage at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena to pay tribute to one of his greatest influences, Randy Travis. In his performance of “Heroes And Friends,” Owens paid homage to Travis, who served as executive producer for Where I’m Comin’ From. The Country Music Hall Of Fame member had previously noted that “Shane has successfully merged yesterday and today to remind us that country will always be in style.” Then on Feb. 10 Owens was honored to open for another traditional country giant, Gene Watson, at the legendary Nashville Palace.

“Everything has been moving so fast since we released Where I’m Comin’ From,” Owens observes. “The early response from radio on my brand new single has been unbelievable. And with helping to honor Randy and open for Gene, this week especially has been a humbling but joyous ride.”

Recent media coverage has included stories by WSMV TV, Nash Country Daily, Wide Open Country, The Trucker, Nashville Music Guide, Freshly Brewed Country, AXS.com, Country Music Junkies and Roughstock.

To learn more about Shane Owens visit ShaneOwensCountry.com and follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

Desirae Bronson – “Feel Good Song” Check her out!

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Desirae Bronson – “Feel Good Song” Check her out!

Today we were all enlightened on a great talent, Desirae Bronson. Had the opportunity to give her music a listen and was more than impressed with the entire vibe of the song. The video made it much more sweeter. You can watch it below.

Desirae develops a strong melodic folky/country vibe in this song. It is so easy to be pulled into it and feel like the song was written for you. Music these days have walked away from that feeling. “Feel Good Song” accomplishes what it’s name says. “It gives you something to smile about, one of those big smiles.”

Check out Desirae Bronson and show her some love by checking out her music and follow her on her social media sites.

Among the hordes of musical artists Desirae Bronson emerges with beauty and wholeness in a refreshing, homegrown style. Her smoky-velvet voice weaves simple County-Folk-Rock melodies into your mind through lyrics that convey life in a way everyone can relate to. Having begun her career in the unlikely city of Boise, Idaho, this singer/songwriter has found her way on stage with headliners such as Clint Black,The Band Perry, Jana Kramer, Joe Nichols, Trace Adkins, Little Texas and Thompson Square as well as headlining her own shows in concert houses, venues and festivals all over the Northwest. In 2013 she was chosen as RAW artist “Musician of the Year”, Winner of First Place in the National Radio Talent Contest (receiving over 100,000 votes), and a finalist in Nashville’s Music City Songwriting Competition. Her albums title track was also placed on the Big Bang Theory last spring. It won’t take long for you to realize that she has that special something listeners crave. Her album “This Is Me” demonstrates that she is “not afraid to let you see” who she is and what she is about.

Desirae Bronson : FB | Official | Youtube | Twitter

LoCash to rock the Cleveland HOB on Weds Fed 15th

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Hello Cleveland! LoCash will be bringing their hard hitting music to the Cleveland House of Blues this Weds Feb 15. Expect this show to be on you will not forget.

It’s an exciting time to be LOCASH these days. That might very well be one of the biggest understatements in Nashville these days. Already in their career, the duo of Preston Brust and Chris Lucas have enjoyed hit singles, sold-out concert appearances here and abroad, and have tasted the top of the chart as two of Nashville’s quickest-rising songwriters. But, to quote the old saying… You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet.

The coming year will bring the fans what they have been clamoring for – new music. And, with the ultimate All-Star team at Reviver in play, Lucas says that the future is bright. “We know we can make this new record deal very successful. We’ve done our due diligence. We have throw kindling all over the place, and it’s time to light it. We’ve got a lot of great fans and people who believe in us. I don’t think you can be in a better position than what we are right now. We have studied with the best, and “For The First Time Ever,” we are confident that our songs and live performances are at the top of their game, so get ready to experience Livin’ Loud with LOCASH.”

Event Info:

Doors at 7pm
Show at 8pm
This is an all ages concert.

This event is general admission (GA) standing room only with reserved seating in the balcony.  All general admission tickets are standing room only.

Ticket Prices:
$22.50 – Advance GA standing room only
$25.00 – Day of Show GA standing room only
$32.50 – Balcony reserved seating

Lineup:

LOCASH
Michael Tyler
Support acts are subject to change without notice

 

Go VIP and Meet LOCASH!

I Know Somebody Meet & Greet Package Includes:

•  General admission ticket

•  VIP early entry into the venue

•  Preshow meet & greet + photo with LOCASH

•  Private & intimate acoustic performance by LOCASH

•  Q&A session

•  Autographed tour poster

•  Exclusive LOCASH merchandise item

•  Official meet & greet laminate

•  Limited inventory

For questions regarding your package contents, please contact info@future-beat.com.

ERIC CHURCH BREAKS GROUND WITH VERY FIRST TICKETED, FULL-LENGTH VIRTUAL REALITY CONCERT VIA VANTAGE.TV

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ERIC CHURCH BREAKS GROUND WITH VERY FIRST
TICKETED, FULL-LENGTH VIRTUAL REALITY CONCERT VIA VANTAGE.TV

Fans can now experience Eric Church’s sold-out 2016 Stagecoach Country Music Festival performance in the Virtual Reality Live Events platform

Nashville’s “wild card” (Billboard) is taking his “expertly crafted show” (Rolling Stone) to a whole new level by offering fans a full-length concert experience via vantage.tv’s virtual reality experience. The concert, that features Church’s headlining performance from Stagecoach, offers 180 and 360-degree views from the audience and the stage itself using an eight-camera set up along with immersive audio allowing fans to feel as though they’re rocking with The Chief right there at the festival. This on-demand experience can be purchased by fans here and watched on their iPhone or Android phone via Google Cardboard, or Samsung Gear VR.

Fans will be immersed in the music as Church plays his biggest hits like 3x Platinum-certified “Springsteen” and Platinum-certified favorite, “Creepin,” as well as songs off his latest album Mr. Misunderstood including his recent No. 1 hit “Record Year” and “Knives of New Orleans.” With the experience, fans will even be part of a moment, true to Church’s rowdy show, where the crowd threw their boots on stage for Church during his performance of the famous, “These Boots.”

Virtual concert goers can choose how they experience the 13-song set by choosing either the multiple camera director’s cut, front row of the concert, or a full 360 view. All access to this virtual event will be $19.99 for a VR Ticket to view the concert and $34.99 for the VR Ticket +VR viewer bundle.

Check out the trailer for Eric’s virtual concert here.

About Eric Church
The three-time Country Music Association and five-time Academy of Country Music Award winner cemented his reputation as a maverick by releasing his 2015 album Mr. Misunderstood as a surprise, delivering it to fans before announcing its existence and putting it on sale. He is rising toward the peak of the country charts with “Record Year,” the second single, which Rolling Stone dubbed “the most moving moment” on the widely lauded album.

Church announced his 60+ city 2017 Holdin’ My Own Tour via Facebook Live at a two-night show at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colo. The tour, that kicks off in Lincoln, Neb. and ends with a two-night run in Nashville, Tenn., will feature two sets from Church sans openers.

The man New York Times said produces songs that insist music is “fuel for love, for anguish and, naturally, for other music” earned the 2016 CMA Album of the Year Award for Mr. Misunderstood and the 2016 ACM Music Video of the Year Award for the album’s first title-track single.

The North Carolina native’s previous album, The Outsiders, debuted at No. 1 on both the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart and Top Country Albums Chart with the highest debut and sales of any release in the format that year, making Church 2014’s top-selling country music artist. The album garnered GRAMMY, CMA and ACM Album of the Year nominations and featured his No. 1 hits “Give Me Back My Hometown” and “Talladega,” as well as multiple nominee “Like A Wrecking Ball.” The Outsiders was the follow-up to Church’s 3x Platinum-certified CHIEF, named the 2012 Album of the Year by both CMA and ACM, and GRAMMY-nominated for Best Country Album. The LP featured five Top 20 singles: “Homeboy” (certified Platinum for sales in excess of one million); the Top 10 “Like Jesus Does” and the Top 5 “Creepin’” (both certified Platinum); and two No. 1 hits “Drink in My Hand” (certified Platinum) and “Springsteen” (certified Double Platinum for sales in excess of 2 million singles).  Church’s sophomore album, Carolina, (2009) is RIAA Platinum certified and his 2006 debut album, Sinners Like Me is RIAA Gold certified.

About vantage.tv
vantage.tv uses the latest in technology to deliver immersive virtual reality experiences, teleporting fans to premium live events around the world. Founded in 2014, vantage.tv partners with major music festivals, esports, and other groundbreaking live events, giving remote fans the opportunity to experience it for themselves. With the launch of Eric Church’s concert from Stagecoach, vantage.tv is the first company to release a full-length ticketed virtual reality concert. Based in Los Angeles, CA, vantage.tv’s mission is to make live events enjoyable at any time from any place through the power of virtual reality.

ERIC CHURCH DRAWS CAPACITY CROWDS, SELLS OUT EVERY STOP ON HOLDIN’ MY OWN TOUR

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ERIC CHURCH DRAWS CAPACITY CROWDS,
SELLS OUT EVERY STOP ON HOLDIN’ MY OWN TOUR

Eric Church, who announced on his 2017 Holdin’ My Own Tour he would forego openers and give every ounce of himself amidst two sets and over three hours of music, is merely three weekends in, yet has entertained more than 125,000 fans on just nine stops thus far. From the Midwest where the Star Tribune, likened the “marathon concert” to Bruce Springsteen’s to the Northeast, where Rolling Stone said Church played an “expertly crafted show, largely due to the versatility of Church’s band,” the “Nashville Maverick” (Star Tribune) has drawn fans from around the country to rock with him on his 38-song journey.

This weekend, the Chief hit Philadelphia, New York and Boston, starting at the Wells Fargo Center, where CBS Philly said he showed an “example of the shredding power of Eric Church and his band – grinding guitar power with a twang and the soaring spectacle of arena rock.” Consistent with his undaunted disposition, Church took 13,300 fans through old and new songs, playing most of the hits in his arsenal.

With more than 15,800 fans packing New York’s Barclays Center on Friday, the man Rolling Stone says has, “no nonsense standards,” delivered raw moments at times, letting “the music do the talking, and it sure did scream at the top of its lungs” (AXS). The show surpassed the crowd attendance of his 2014 famed headlining return to Madison Square Garden and gave fans “moments that left the crowd breathless, as each song melted into the next” (AXS). Two sets and 35 songs wasn’t quite enough for Church or his legion of fans however as after playing “Springsteen,” Church sauntered back to the stage with just his Hummingbird guitar and a devilish grin on his face and asked, “Are you tired?” provoking the crowd before returning, “Because I’m not.” And with a singular spotlight, he began playing the tour-title track, “Holdin’ My Own,” followed by an encore of “Sinners Like Me,” and finally “Those I’ve Loved,” reminding the truest of fans who had stayed till the end of the three-plus-hour set that he was “just a country boy with a guitar / Lookin’ back down this old road I’ve been travelin’ on.”

Ending the weekend on a high note, Church brought his packed show to Boston’s TD Garden on Saturday playing to nearly 17,000 fans to cap off his third sold-out weekend on the road in 2017.

The Holdin’ My Own Tour will cross North America throughout the year. Find tour dates and purchase tickets here.

For further details on the ticketing system plus information on VIP packages, These Boots by Lucchese and Church’s custom-designed Gibson Hummingbird Dark on tour, stay tuned to www.ericchurch.com.

CHASE RICE TAKES FANS ON CANDID “DAY IN THE LIFE” JOURNEY WITH NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR “EVERYBODY WE KNOW DOES,” PREMIERING WORLDWIDE VIA VEVO TODAY

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chaseCHASE RICE TAKES FANS ON CANDID “DAY IN THE LIFE” JOURNEY WITH NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR “EVERYBODY WE KNOW DOES,” PREMIERING WORLDWIDE VIA VEVO TODAY

Fans get sneak peek before music video’s world premiere as Rice launches into third week of his Everybody We Know Does Tour

 With his new music video for “Everybody We Know Does,” Chase Rice isn’t just giving fans a glimpse into his world away from the lights and the noise and the stage – he’s busting the doors wide open and inviting everyone in to be a part of it. Rice, who shared the video directly with fans 24 hours ahead of its worldwide premiere via Vevo today, September 23, says his current single is “one-hundred-percent me” and embodies the lifestyle and values he holds most dear. He solicited his own friends and family for the candid music video shoot at his property on the outskirts of Music City, tapping his longtime tour videographer Cody Cannon to capture the authentic spirit of “Everybody We Know Does” on camera.

“This music video is as real as it gets,” said Rice. “’Everybody We Know Does’ is my life in a song — it’s not just about what we do; it’s about what makes us who we are and what brings us together and we wanted to capture that in the purest way possible with this video. It’s literally my friends and me hanging out at the farm, gathering around a fire, singing our favorite songs and trying to make the most out of life. Whether we’re on the road, performing for thousands of people or just kicking back at home, this is who we are.”

Rice is currently on his fifth headlining tour, the Everybody We Know Does Tour, with special guests Ryan Hurd and Lacy Cavalier. Known for live shows that are “energetic and country rogue” (Providence Journal), Rice has built a widespread and fiercely loyal fan base through years of relentless touring and will have logged more than 175 days on the road in 2016 alone by the time his fall tour winds down. His new single is already making a “powerful live impact” (Sounds Like Nashville) at shows and a new studio album is expected out early next year.

Watch the new music video for “Everybody We Know Does” at smarturl.it/EWKDVid

The Everybody We Know Does Tour continues tonight at Macon City Auditorium in Macon, Ga. with upcoming dates as follows:

Friday, Sept. 23 – Macon City Auditorium – Macon, Ga.
Saturday, Sept. 24 – Township Auditorium – Columbia, S.C.
Thursday, Sept. 29 – Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino – Mescalero, N.M.
Friday, Sept. 30 – Pepsi Amphitheater – Flagstaff, Ariz.
Saturday, Oct. 1 – Cottonwood Park – Parachute, Colo.
Tuesday, Oct. 4 – Clearwater Casino Resort – Seattle, Wash.
Thursday, Oct. 6 – Deadwood Mountain Grand – Deadwood, S.D.
Friday, Oct. 7 – Bluestem Amphitheater – Moorhead, Minn.
Saturday, Oct. 8 – Minot City Auditorium – Minot, N.D.
Thursday, Oct. 13 – Al Bedoo Shrine Auditorium – Billings, Mont.
Friday, Oct. 14 – The Wilma – Missoula, Mont.
Saturday, Oct. 15 – Toyota Center – Kennewick, Wash.
Tuesday, Oct. 18 – St. Jude Jam – Denver, Colo.
Thursday, Oct. 20 – The Paramount – Huntington, N.Y.
Friday, Oct. 21 – Magic City Music Hall – Binghamton, N.Y.
Saturday, Oct. 22 – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom – Hampton Beach, N.H.
Thursday, Oct. 27 – WZZK Presents: Chase Rice Free Concert at Cajun Steamer Birmingham, Ala.
Friday, Nov. 4 – John T. Floore Country Store – Helotes, Texas
Saturday, Nov. 5 – Nutty Brown Café – Austin, Texas
Wednesday, Nov. 9 – Stars and Strings – Chicago, Ill.
Friday, Nov. 11 – Goodyear Theater – Akron, Ohio
Thursday, Nov. 17 – EXPRESS LIVE! – Columbus, Ohio
Friday, Nov. 18 – Five Flags Center – Dubuque, Iowa
Saturday, Nov. 19 – The District – Sioux Falls, S.D.
Thursday, Dec. 1 – Central National Bank Center – Enid, Okla.
Friday, Dec. 2 – Sokol Auditorium – Omaha, Neb.
Saturday, Dec. 3 – The Cotillion Ballroom – Wichita, Kan.
Monday, Dec. 5 – The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan – Las Vegas, Nev.
Thursday, Dec. 8 – Shrine Mosque Auditorium – Springfield, Mo.
Friday, Dec. 9 – Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie – Grand Prairie, Texas

For more information or to purchase tickets for the Everybody We Know Does Tour, visit www.chaserice.com or follow on Twitter @ChaseRiceMusic and www.Facebook.com/chasericemusic

STORM SLAMS OLD DOMINION’S STAGE, BUT DOESN’T DAMPEN SHOWMANSHIP

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image1STORM SLAMS OLD DOMINION’S STAGE, BUT DOESN’T DAMPEN SHOWMANSHIP 

Band incorporated whatever gear and instruments not damaged by torrential rain to deliver free show for Virginia Beach fans following wrecking winds and destruction to stage

With 75mph wind gusts ripping the light truss from the lip of the shed at Neptune Park’s 31st Street Stage in Virginia Beach Wednesday night, it appeared ACM-winning band Old Dominion’s return to their namesake and home state would be rescheduled or at least postponed to a later date due to damages, but Old Dominion — band and crew — proved to be a force of nature themselves. Taking the stage only 90 minutes behind schedule after resetting and securing the stage, Old Dominion members Matthew Ramsey, Brad Tursi, Trevor Rosen, Geoff Sprung and Whitt Sellers welcomed the droves of fans lining the tousled bike railing into the park for a free stripped performance that included their two-week No. 1 “Break Up With Him,” “Snapback” and current single “Song For Another Time” from their debut album Meat And Candy, along with several of the hits they’ve written for other artists.

Stripped-down acoustic arrangements and minimal lighting spotlighted the hit songwriting, tight arrangements and camaraderie of the RCA Nashville band NPR calls “very clever” with “first-rate craftsmanship,” Entertainment Weekly  dubs, “deceptively smart” and “infectious,” and Vice raves is “on the cusp of superstardom.”

image3The band will assess the ultimate damage to their touring equipment tomorrow before their headlining show at Wilmington, N.C.’s Greenfield Lake Amphitheater before joining Kenny Chesney at East Rutherford’s MetLife Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 20.

Fans can also catch Old Dominion on ABC’s Good Morning America on Monday, Aug. 22.

For more information about Old Dominion tour dates or to hear “Song For Another Time,” visit  www.olddominionband.com  and  www.facebook.com/olddominionband or follow @OldDominion on Twitter and @OldDominionMusic on Instagram.

Dan + Shay Perform Powerful Olympics Tribute on “Good Morning America”

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danshayDan + Shay (Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney) amplified the excitement surrounding this weekend’s 2016 Olympic Games’ commencement when they stopped by ABC’s Good Morning America this morning, to rally the crowd with an elevating performance of  “The World’s Greatest” interspersed with clips of patriotic fans and athletes from across the country. View the powerful performance HERE.

The duo, whose current single, “From The Ground Up,” is currently Top 5 and climbing from their celebrated sophomore release Obsessed, produced by Smyers himself along side the renowned Scott Hendricks, shared their unique performance of  “The World’s Greatest” featuring the pair’s unmistakable harmonies. Dan + Shay’s powerful vocals added to the uplifting lyrics and compelling images of USA’s competing teams interlaced with shots of proud fans waving flags all over the country in Chicago, Dallas, New York and Washington, D.C., helping America start the Games with fervor.

Dan + Shay are touring on Darius Rucker’s Good for a Good Time Tour. For more information and tour dates, please visit DanAndShay.com and follow @DanandShay on Twitter and Instagram.

CHASE RICE RELEASES RALLYING ANTHEM, “EVERYBODY WE KNOW DOES,” TODAY, JUNE 24

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CR_EWKD_finalCHASE RICE RELEASES RALLYING ANTHEM, “EVERYBODY WE KNOW DOES,” TODAY, JUNE 24

New single available at digital retailers now; arriving at country radio on June 28
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 24, 2016) – Chase Rice has built his country music career one fan at a time, honing his vigorous live show by playing everywhere from dive bars and fields to amphitheaters and sheds, listening to peoples’ stories and tapping into the common pulse that brings them together night after night: Music.

With four headlining tours, opening runs for stadium superstar Kenny Chesney and  entertainer Dierks Bentley, a chart-topping album and two Top 5 radio hits now under his belt, Rice has ridden the highs and lows right alongside his fans and supporters and harnessed that collective energy in recording music for his forthcoming album.

With his new single “Everybody We Know Does,” available at digital retailers today, June 24 and arriving at country radio on Tuesday, June 28, Rice delivers an authentic anthem that reflects the values and lifestyle he shares with his core supporters while also nodding to their diversity.

“These last few years have been a whirlwind, being out on the road building our live show and working on new music for the next record. I’ve lived a lot and had some incredible experiences and opportunities, but I’ve also been spending some time out at my farm, just unplugging for a bit and reflecting on what music means to me and what it means to all of the people who have shown up and supported me over the years,” said Rice. “That’s why this song, ‘Everybody We Know Does,’ is really special to me. We went in and recorded it with some of Nashville’s top studio musicians, so it’s our sound and our lives reflected in this song. It’s who we are, and that’s ultimately what brings us all together.”

“Everybody We Know Does” was written by Jeremy Bussey and Travis Denning and is available at all digital retail partners now at http://smarturl.it/everybodyweknowdoes

About Chase Rice
Within a few short years of moving to Nashville, country music maverick Chase Rice has already built a loyal fan base across the country through his energetic live shows and gained the attention of industry professionals with his edgy, eclectic sound. Rice’s Ignite the Night was released on Columbia Nashville/Dack Janiels Records and debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums and No. 3 on the all-genre chart. That album produced a pair of Top 5 hits, the Platinum-certified “Ready Set Roll” and “Gonna Wanna Tonight.” After supporting Kenny Chesney’s The Big Revival Tour 2015, Rice consistently sold out 2,500-3,000 seat venues on his JD and Jesus Tour and recently wrapped his fourth headlining tour, Campus Events Network Presents College Days, Country Nights: The Chase Rice Back to College Tour. His new single, “Everybody We Know Does,” is available at digital retailers now with an impact date at country radio set for July 18, 2016. For more information, visit www.chaserice.com or follow on Twitter @ChaseRiceMusic and www.Facebook.com/ChaseRiceMusic.

DAN + SHAY TO PERFORM ON THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW FRIDAY, JUNE 17

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danshayDuo to Perform “From The Ground Up” From Their New Album Obsessed Which Is Available Now 

Platinum-selling country duo Dan + Shay (Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney) are continuing the celebration of the release of their new album, Obsessed, with a performance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Friday, June 17.

The breakout stars will perform “From the Ground Up,” the lead single from Obsessed. Written by Dan + Shay alongside Chris DeStefano and co-produced by Smyers and Scott Hendricks, the song is currently Top 20 and climbing the Country charts, has remained in the top ten Country Songs on iTunes since it’s release, and has been Top 10 on the Shazam country chart for nine consecutive weeks.

Known for their social media engagement, Dan + Shay have also released special companion videos for many of the 10 tracks from Obsessed. Beginning with the reveal of “Already Ready” as part of their Facebook “Artist of the Day Feature,” the duo subsequently released videos for “Road Trippin’,” and “How Not To” as well as the title track, “Obsessed.” The name for the song and ultimately the album was directly inspired by fans, who posted the hashtag “#obsessed” all over social media upon the release of “From the Ground Up.”

Dan + Shay are currently touring on Darius Rucker’s Good for a Good Time Tour. For more information and tour dates, please visit DanAndShay.com and follow @DanandShay on Twitter and Instagram.

Brandy Clark’s New Album, “Big Day in a Small Town,” Available Now

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brandyclarkBrandy Clark’s Highly Anticipated New Album, Big Day in a Small Town, Available Now

“gritty and visceral” Associated Press

“When you memorialize human lives with this level of care, you’re writing music that’s meant to last. Like Clark’s protagonists, these songs want to survive. And they will.”Washington Post

Aggressive and big-grinned, sophomore album Big Day in a Small Town sounds fantastic; it’s often a superb piece of recorded music, designed to move people and make them feel things.”  SPIN

“If Clark’s second album covers classic country terrain—broke towns, broken dreams, broken hearts—her bite, bleak humor and blunt strength make her an original. She sweeps through like a cyclone.” People Magazine

The 11 vivid stories on Brandy Clark’s robust follow-up to her magnificent 2013 debut, 12 Stories, will never get old. Music Row songwriting doesn’t get any better.” – US Weekly (4 out of 4 stars)

Big Day in a Small Town just might make her a commercial star even as it chips away at narrow notions of who or what belongs in the country mainstream” – Billboard

“Brandy Clark is, hands down, the best wordsmith in Nashville right now, and she proves it by using old-school country writing on her new CD, Big Day in a Small Town. Even better, all those songs are delivered with a pure country twang that is reminiscent of Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn and even Patsy Cline.” The Plain Dealer 

bcFriday’s release of Big Day in a Small Town marks a big day for CMA Award Winner and four-time GRAMMY nominee Brandy Clark. The critically-acclaimed songwriter steps out with “another album’s worth of incredible storytelling” (Rolling Stone) with the release of her edgy sophomore album that has already garnered numerous rave reviews.

Clark follows the big release with appearances on Late Night with Seth Meyers today, June 14 and Live with Kelly Wednesday, June 15 to perform the new album’s single  “Girl Next Door,” that Billboard says “casts her as a current, edgy artist with a clever wit.”

Big Day in a Small Town, produced by Jay Joyce (Eric Church, Cage the Elephant), takes on her usual every-day-life topics with a new approach. “I didn’t want to try to make the same record,” Clark told Billboard earlier this year. “I’d rather make something that is different. I always want to grow as an artist, and I would rather do that and fall on my face than try to do the same thing and just stay where I am.”

Los Angeles Times’ Randy Lewis was one of many critics that thought her stylistic leap was successful, writing, “Among the appealing characteristic of her songs is her penchant for packing as much illuminating detail as possible into each verse and chorus.” Lewis goes on to add, “Notable too is her ability to extend the momentum of sentiments she’s exploring almost to the breaking point before resolving them.”

“When fans hear her sing songs from Big Day in a Small Town — music about homecoming queens, financial struggle, family and heart-wrenching loss — it will transport them back to the most poignant parts of home,” shares The Tennessean’s Cindy Watts.

Clark describes Big Day as a “cousin” to her critically-acclaimed debut album 12 Stories—an album that was named the best album of 2013 in any genre by New York Magazine’s Jody Rosen, New York Post’s Michaelangelo Matos, NPR’s Ann Powers, and Boston Globe’s Sarah Rodman; was the No. 2 record for Fresh Air’s Ken Tucker; a top 10 choice for Los Angeles Times’ Randall Roberts and The New Yorker’s Sasha Frere-Jones; and among the top five country albums of the year by Rolling Stone, among many other honors.

“We definitely live in a fast-food society, and people sitting down to a whole meal is a rare thing,” Clark said to Los Angeles Times about her new release.  “When someone listens to my record, I want them to think, ‘Boy, that was really worth the 45 minutes I just spent.’”

Big Day in a Small Town Track List – Songwriters:
1. “Soap Opera” – Brandy Clark/Bryan Simpson
2. “Girl Next Door” – Brandy Clark/Jessie Jo Dillon/Shane McAnally
3. “Homecoming Queen” – Brandy Clark/Luke Laird/Shane McAnally
4. “Broke” – Brandy Clark/Shane McAnally/Josh Osborne
5. “You Can Come Over” – Brandy Clark/Jessie Jo Dillon/Mark Narmore
6. “Love Can Go to Hell” – Brandy Clark/Scott Stepakoff
7. “Big Day In A Small Town” – Brandy Clark/Shane McAnally/Mark D. Sanders
8. “Three Kids No Husband” – Brandy Clark/Lori McKenna
9. “Daughter” – Brandy Clark/Jessie Jo Dillon/Jeremy Spillman
10. “Drinkin’ Smokin’ Cheatin’” – Brandy Clark
11. “Since You’ve Gone to Heaven” – Brandy Clark/Shane McAnally

Brandy Clark Tour Dates:
June 18    US 131 Motorsports Park                                  Detroit, Mich.
June 22    Grand Ole Opry House                                        Nashville, Tenn.
June 24    Brenton Skating Plaza                                         Des Moines, Iowa
June 25    The Rave/Eagles Club                                       Milwaukee, Wis.
July 7       Halloran Centre                                                         Memphis, Tenn.
July 8       George’s Majestic Lounge                                    Fayetteville, Ark.
July 14      Pennysaver Amphitheater at Bald Hill                    Selden, N.Y.
July 21      Constellation Brands – Marvin Performing Artst Center  Canandaigua, N.Y.
July 22      Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion                         Gilford, N.H.
July 23      Forest Hills Stadium                                               Forest Hills, N.Y.
July 29      Battery Park at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino                       Sioux City, Iowa
July 30      City Winery                                                                        Chicago, Ill.
Aug. 4       Bethel Woods Center for the Arts                         Bethel, N.Y.
Aug. 5       Blossom Music Center                                       Cleveland, Ohio
Aug. 12      The Camp House                                             Chattanooga, Tenn.
Aug. 18      Goldfield Trading Post                                    Sacramento, Calif.
Aug. 19      Antelope Valley Fairgrounds                   Lancaster, Calif.

For more information, visit http://www.brandyclarkmusic.com.  Follow her on Facebook at facebook.com/TheBrandyClark and on Twitter @TheBrandyClark.

DAN + SHAY’S FORTHCOMING ALBUM OBSESSED AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW

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Chart-topping duo release companion video for “Already Ready” to Facebook as featured Artist of the Day

Breakout stars team up with fans to reveal album track listing

Platinum-selling duo Dan + Shay’s brand new forthcoming album Obsessed,  produced by Dan Smyers and Scott Hendricks, due June 3 on Warner Bros. / Warner Music Nashville, is available today for pre-order.

Fans who pre-order Obsessed will receive instant downloads of Dan + Shay’s latest Top 25 single “From The Ground Up” as well as “Already Ready” (full track listing below). As Facebook’s current Artist of the Day, the pair released a special companion video for “Already Ready” to their page. The video, conceived and created spur of the moment last weekend and filmed in just a single shot at a Nashville house party, is also featured on the Facebook Music page.

Enlisting Bryan Sutton and Danny Rader on acoustic guitar, Jimmie Lee Sloas on bass, Gordon Mote on keys, piano and string arrangements, Derek Wells on electric guitar, Russ Pahl on pedal steel, and Jim Horn on saxophone, it’s clear Dan and Shay clearly carefully studied the playbook and went into the studio with a vision for what they wanted to accomplish with this album musically.

“There are still nights where I spend hours online or digging through stacks of albums to study the album liner notes,” says Smyers, who is a self-admitted music junkie, which serves the co-producer well. “There were so many moments when we had these amazing musicians in the studio and I would find myself so immersed in the note or the moment that I would honestly find my fingers on autopilot recording the takes without me even remembering I had done so. We both have the upmost respect for these players and the fact that we could convince them to come play on this record made it an even more memorable experience.”

The duo gives credit where it’s due. In fact, they attribute the title of the album to their supporters who they teamed up with [their fans] to reveal the track listing. “We love our fans and feel like [they] are a huge reason we’ve had the success we’ve had,” Smyers told People Now. “Our fans are very involved in everything we do. We’re more like friends with them… We know their names, they know our names. To let them reveal the track titles has been really fun.” Dan + Shay also revealed the Obsessed album cover directly to fans earlier today.

In addition his writing credits on Obsessed, Mooney co-wrote Rascal Flatt’s recent No. 1 hit, “I Like the Sound of That,” which “wins with subtleties and sharp songwriting” (Taste of Country), along with Jesse Frasure and pop singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor.

While gearing up for the release of their album, the breakout country stars are also celebrating their nominations for the American Country Countdown Awards “Group/Duo of the Year” and “Breakthrough Group/Duo of the Year” as well as their Radio Disney Music Awards (RDMA) nomination for their No. 1 hit single, “Nothin’ Like You.” The duo will perform at the ACC Awards Sunday night on FOX and are featured as presenters at the RDMA Awards, which will be taped on Saturday and also air on May 1.

As well as their latest achievements, Dan + Shay have earned three consecutive ACM nominations for Vocal Duo of the Year as well as multiple nods from the CMA and CMT Awards. Their debut album, Where It All Began, produced three Top 40 singles and has sold an excess of 1.6 million tracks, more than 400,000 album equivalents and racked up more than 140 million streams. They also recently earned Platinum certification from the RIAA for their first single, “19 You + Me.” MusicRow magazine, which named the pair one of their Next Big Thing artists of 2016, declared, “Dan + Shay are equipped to be superstars, possessing the unbeatable combination of musical talent, good looks and outgoing charm.”

Dan + Shay are currently on the road and will join Darius Rucker on his Good for a Good Time Tour this summer, kicking off June 3 in Tampa, Fla.

OBSESSED TRACK LISTING

1. “All Nighter” (Nicolle Galyon, Jimmy Robbins, David Hodges)
2. “Road Trippin’” (Dan Smyers, Shay Mooney, Martin Johnson)*
3. “From The Ground Up” (Dan Smyers, Shay Mooney, Chris DeStefano)
4. “Already Ready” (Dan Smyers, Shay Mooney, Shane McAnally, Jimmy Robbins)
5. “How Not To” (Adam Hambrick, Paul DiGiovanni, Kevin Bard)
6. “Lipstick” (Dan Smyers, Shay Mooney, Nicolle Galyon)
7. “Round The Clock” (Dan Smyers, Shay Mooney, Jesse Frasure, David Hodges)**
8. “Lately” (Dan Smyers, Shay Mooney, Martin Johnson)*
9. “Sway” (Dan Smyers, Shay Mooney, Liz Rose, busbee)
10. “Obsessed” (Dan Smyers, Shay Mooney, Nolan Lambroza, Breyan Isaac)
Obsessed was produced by Dan Smyers and Scott Hendricks.
*Produced by Dan Smyers and Martin Johnson
**Produced by Dan Smyers and Jesse Frasure

For tour dates and more information, visit www.DanandShay.com and follow @danandshay on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

DRAKE WHITE BRINGS “LIVIN’ THE DREAM” TO NBC’S TODAY FOR NATIONAL TELEVISION DEBUT ON MONDAY, APRIL 18

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 15, 2016) – Soulful singer-songwriter Drake White will be “Livin’ The Dream” on Monday, April 18 when he makes his national television debut on NBC’s TODAY. The artist who Rolling Stone Country recently named “one of country’s most energizing performers” will perform his Top-40-and-climbing single “Livin’ The Dream” during the program’s fourth hour, hosted by Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb.

“I have always loved the Today Show’s great spirit while watching it from home over the years,” said White. “I can’t wait for the band and I to come in and experience the unbelievable opportunity it is to play there and make new friends.”

The national television performance debut comes less than a week after White released his music video for the single to Vevo, which features White alongside wife Alex and dog Writer spending time outdoors on a farm just outside of Nashville, Tenn. The video showcases what the uplifting anthem means to White and his family.

On May 19, White will once again hit the road with Zac Brown Band for Brown’s BLACK OUT THE SUN TOUR. Until then, you can catch White headlining club shows throughout the country, with a stop on April 29 at Stagecoach.

For more information, dates, or to hear “Livin’ the Dream,” visit www.drakewhite.com and get to know more about Drake here.

Patsy Cline Museum to Open in Nashville, Tennessee (Nashville, Tenn. – April 8, 2016)

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Patsy Banner for PressPatsy Cline Museum to Open in Nashville, Tennessee (Nashville, Tenn. – April 8, 2016)

Founder of The Johnny Cash Museum, Bill Miller, with his wife Shannon, have revealed preliminary details to open a museum honoring the late, great Patsy Cline. The venture will be entirely funded and operated by the Miller family organization and construction is scheduled to begin in June.

“Of all the artists in the history of country music, few are as recognized and as recognizable as Patsy Cline. Despite the fact that she passed decades ago, her impact and presence are every bit as big today as ever. She has transcended generations and genres and is indisputably the greatest and most influential female country music artist of all time. She’s a true icon deserving of her own museum. Her fans from around the globe will have a place to come and celebrate her life and legacy. It’s a pleasure and an honor to be working with Patsy’s children on this world-class museum project,” Bill Miller said on behalf of the future attraction.

Julie Fudge, Patsy Cline’s daughter adds, “I am very happy to speak on behalf of my brothers, Randy and Chip and in honor of the legacy of my mother Patsy Cline.  Since the passing of our father last fall, this is our first step together in continuing to share Mom’s music, life and story, as we feel Dad would have. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with and experience what Bill will present to old and new fans alike.”

To span several thousand square feet located directly above the Johnny Cash Museum in the heart of downtown Nashville (119 Third Ave.), the exhibits will feature interactive cutting-edge audio and touch screen video technology. The family of Patsy Cline are currently furnishing many never-before-seen pieces from their personal archive allowing the museum to host the largest collection of rare Patsy Cline artifacts in the world; including many of Patsy Cline’s personal possessions, costumes, awards, letters, furniture and photographs.

“I’m grateful for Bill Miller’s leadership in helping to preserve and showcase Nashville’s history, and I’m looking forward to visiting the new museum and learning more about the remarkable life and career of Patsy Cline,” said Mayor Megan Barry.

The “Walking After Midnight” singer was a crucial part of the 1960s sound and broke barriers in Nashville as the first female to successfully record and chart “cross-over” pop hits while mirroring the iconic level of stardom of her male peers Jim Reeves, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley before the infamous plane crash that took her life too soon.

SCOTTY McCREERY BOOK TOUR ANNOUNCED

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Zondervan Releases Book Signing Schedule for Go Big or Go Home: The Journey Toward the Dream
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — (April 7, 2016) — He may be returning to “American Idol” tonight for the final episode of the iconic television series, but in just a few weeks, the ACM and CMT Award-winning country music singer/songwriter Scotty McCreery will begin a 14-city book tour promoting his debut book, Go Big or Go Home: The Journey Toward the Dream, which releases May 3. Locations and times are listed below and can also be found at ScottyMcCreery.com.

When:     Tuesday, May 3 from 7:00–9:00 pm ET
Where:    Bookends Bookstore
211 East Ridgewood Ave.
Ridgewood, NJ  07450

When:     Wednesday, May 4 from 12:30-2:30 pm ET
Where:    Barnes & Noble NYC/Citigroup Center
160 E 54th Street (at Third Avenue)
New York, NY 10022

When:     Wednesday, May 4 from 7:00-9:00 pm ET
Where:    Barnes & Noble Country Glen Center
91 Old Country Road
Carle Place, NY 11514

When:     Friday, May 6 from 3:00-5:00 pm CT
Mall of America
The Rotunda/Event Common Space
60 E Broadway
Bloomington, MN 55425

When:     Monday, May 9 from 6:00-8:00 pm CT
Where:    Fort Worth Walmart Superstore
8520 North Beach
Fort Worth, TX 76244

When:     Tuesday, May 10 from 11:30 am-1:30 pm CT
Where:    Fort Hood Clear Creek Main Post Exchange
4250 Clear Creek Blvd
Fort Hood, TX 76544
*Must have military clearance to attend

When:     Tuesday, May 10 from 6:00-8:00 pm CT
Where:    Books-A-Million at Grapevine Mills
3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy
Grapevine, TX 76051

When:     Wednesday, May 11 from 3:00–4:00 pm CT
Where:    McCormick Place
2301 S King Dr.
Chicago, IL 60616
*This event is exclusive to Book Expo
America. Patrons must have a badge to get
into signing

When:     Wednesday, May 11 from 6:00-8:00pm CT
Where:    Barnes & Noble Skokie Old Orchard
55 Old Orchard Center
Skokie, IL 60077

When:     Thursday, May 12 from 11:00 am-1:00 pm CT
Where:    Franklin LifeWay Christian Store
at Cool Springs Crossing
1725 Galleria Blvd
Franklin, TN 37067

When:     Thursday, May 12th from 6:00-8:00pm ET
Where:    Knoxville West LifeWay Christian Store
10990 Parkside Drive
Knoxville, TN 37934

When:     Friday, May 13th from 12:00-2:00pm ET
Where:    Barnes & Noble at Asheville Mall
3 South Tunnel Road
Asheville, NC 28805

When:     Friday, May 13th from 7:00-9:00pm ET
Where:    Charlotte Books-A-Million at Concord Mills
8301 Concord Mills Road
Concord, NC 28027

When:     Saturday, May 14th from 9:30-11:30am ET
Where:    Costco
4201 W Wendover Ave
Greensboro, NC 27407
*For Costco Wholesale members only.

When:    Saturday, May 14th from 2:30-5:00pm ET
Where:   First Baptist Church of Garner
Christian Life Center
601 St Mary’s St.
Garner, NC 27529
*The book tour ends in McCreery’s hometown of Garner, NC on “Scotty McCreery Day.” This event will be held on the campus of the church where he is a member. Quail Ridge bookstore will sell books for McCreery to sign, and he will be doing a Q&A and performing a brief acoustic set.

Go Big or Go Home narrates McCreery’s journey from a kid imitating Elvis on the school bus to 30 million across America tuning in to see him win season ten of “American Idol” to building a successful country music career. McCreery shares a glimpse of where he came from and the impact his faith, family and friends have had on a humble guy who keeps asking “why me?” This is his journey from his North Carolina roots to winning America’s most popular singing competition and moving on to launch the musical career he had always dreamed about.

Go Big or Go Home (ISBN 9780310345220, hardcover) retails at $24.99 and goes on sale from Zondervan May 3, 2016. It is currently available for pre-order at Amazon.com, BarnesAndNoble.com, Walmart.com, and ChristianBook.com.

Scotty McCreery burst onto the national music scene in 2011 at age 17 as the winner of “American Idol” Season 10, quickly establishing himself as one of country music’s hottest new stars. Now 22 years old, the talented singer/songwriter has sold more than 2.5 million albums. He made history as both the youngest artist and the first male country artist to debut his first studio album atop the all-genre Billboard Top 200 chart with his Platinum-certified album Clear as Day.  All three of his albums have debuted at No. 1 on a Billboard chart including the Gold-certified Christmas with Scotty McCreery and his most recent album, See You Tonight.  He has achieved one Gold (the Top Ten hit “Feelin’ It”) and three Platinum-certified singles (“The Trouble with Girls,” “I Love You This Big,” and the Top Ten hit “See You Tonight”). McCreery has earned the Academy of Country Music’s New Artist of the Year Award (2011), CMT Music Award for Breakthrough Video of the Year (for “The Trouble with Girls” in 2012), American Country Award for New Artist of the Year (2011) and Breakthrough Artist of the Year (2013), and a BMI Award for writing one of the Top 50 Country Songs of 2015 (“See You Tonight”). The readers of NASH Country Weekly Magazine voted him “Country Music’s Sexiest Man 2015” and the readers of the Los Angeles Times named him the “Best American Idol.” For more information, please visit www.ScottyMcCreery.com. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Zondervan is a world leading Bible publisher and provider of Christian communications.  Zondervan, part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., delivers transformational Christian experiences through its bestselling Bibles, books, curriculum, academic resources and digital products. The Company’s products are sold worldwide and translated into nearly 200 languages. Zondervan offices are located in Grand Rapids, Mich.  For additional information, please visit www.zondervan.com

Country Music Hall of Fame Inducts new members – Fred Foster, Charlie Daniels, and Randy Travis

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HallofFame2016“Each year, the announcement of the new Country Music Hall of Fame inductees is always a cause for celebration,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “This year’s class features three individuals who are revered for their respect of Country Music’s deep traditions, but are equally regarded for forging their own unique paths, taking the industry in new directions, and growing the fan base.”

“I have harbored many lofty ambitions, but I was almost afraid to dream that I would ever be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, what a surprise, what a blessing. Thank you God,” said Daniels.

“The halls of fame are built for, and by, those that make a difference in their chosen career,” said Travis. “I chose a career that I loved – and, it made a difference in me! My greatest joy was sharing my song and my God-given talent with family, friends, fans, and the industry. Thank you for giving me the chance, for believing in me along the way, and for allowing me to ‘hang my hat’ alongside some of my greatest heroes. I am honored to join those before me, and humbled to go ahead of those that will follow into Country Music’s Hall of Fame: no greater award could I ask to receive. God bless CMA and God bless our country’s music—Forever and Ever, Amen!”

“Being involved in Country Music is like being part of an extended family,” said Foster. “We all share common goals and we do our best to honor the heritage and tradition of the music. Having been able to make a living doing what I love for 58 years has truly been a blessing. Without the support of so many talented singers, songwriters, musicians and engineers, this award would never have been possible. I share this honor with all of them. Thank you CMA; this will go to the top of my most cherished memories.”

CMA Music Festival Announces Sunday Lineup for the Nightly Concerts at The Stadium

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LPField2014-SoldOutSlider-1110x400NASHVILLE – CMA Music Festival’s stadium lights will shine on Luke Bryan, Brett Eldredge, Little Big Town, Thomas Rhett, and Keith Urban when they perform Sunday, June 12 as part of the Nightly Concerts at Nissan Stadium.

They join previously announced Country Music stars Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, Cole Swindell, Carrie Underwood, Hank Williams, Jr., and Chris Young who will perform during the Festival’s first three nights. Artists and schedules are subject to change.

The 2016 CMA Music Festival runs Thursday through Sunday, June 9-12 in downtown Nashville. While the Festival boasts numerous free stages and unique fan experiences, the most anticipated events are the Nightly Concerts at Nissan Stadium, which sell out long before talent is announced.

This year’s app is now available in the App store for iPhone and Android and includes features that allow fans to create individual concert schedules and be the first to know which of their favorite stars will be appearing on the Nissan Stadium stage.

Funds generated through CMA Music Festival ticket sales benefit music education. Since 2006, CMA and the CMA Foundation have donated more than $13.6 million to support sustainable music education initiatives across the country on behalf of the artists who participate in the event for free.

Fans who were not able to purchase tickets to the Nightly Concerts are still able to enjoy non-stop music, fan engagement, and artist experiences through numerous FREE stages and events across town and by experiencing Fan Fair X in the Music City Center.

Tickets to Fan Fair X are available now at CMAfest.com (Fan Fair X admission is included in four-day CMA Music Festival tickets). Fan Fair X tickets are $10 per day or $25 for a four-day pass.

For the second year, fans will be able to purchase a four-day pass to the Fan Fair X that includes a general admission ticket to the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum that is good for use any day in 2016. The package deal is on sale now through Friday, June 10 and costs $39.95. The combination Fan Fair X/Country Music Hall of Fame tickets are available via the Country Music Hall of Fame website, countrymusichalloffame.org, and will also be sold at their box office during the week of CMA Music Festival.

For upcoming announcements and all other info stay connected with CMA on CMAfest.com, Facebook.com/CMA, Twitter.com/CountryMusic, Instagram.com/CMA, and sign up for CMA Exclusive, CMA’s e-newsletter. Fans can also download the 2016 CMA Music Festival mobile app for iPhone or Android to view the latest artist lineups and to plan their Festival experience.

CMA Music Festival will once again be filmed for a national television special to air on the ABC Television Network. This is the 13th consecutive year the event has been filmed for a network television special, a feat no other music festival has achieved. “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” will be executive-produced by Robert Deaton.

(excerpt taken from CMA World)

OLD DOMINION VOTED THE ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC’S BEST NEW VOCAL DUO/GROUP OF THE YEAR IN ADVANCE OF APRIL 3 SHOW

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odOLD DOMINION VOTED THE ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC’S BEST NEW VOCAL DUO/GROUP OF THE YEAR IN ADVANCE OF APRIL 3 SHOW
Old Dominion, a band Vice has already raved is “on the cusp of superstardom” learned today, March 23, that their peers and music industry colleagues have voted them the Academy of Country Music’s Best New Vocal Duo/Group of the Year. Also nominated for Vocal Group of the Year at the 51st ACM Awards, Old Dominion will perform at Party For A Cause Festival on Sunday, April 4.

“Everyone we are nominated with has had the kind of year that deserves winning this award,” said Old Dominion’s lead singer Matthew Ramsey. “We are honored to be in the same category as all of them and beyond humbled to have won. We plan to do our absolute  best to live up to everything this award comes with. Thank you, thank you!”

In addition to their first awards’ nominations, the band is also celebrating the success of their second single “Snapback,” which is racing up the charts – already in the Top 10 and climbing. “Snapback” is the follow-up to Old Dominion’s two-week No.1 debut smash single “Break Up With Him,” off their critically acclaimed album that Entertainment Weekly called “deceptively smart” and NPR tapped as “first-rate craftsmanship.”

Named “one of country-pop’s only genuine bands” by Rolling Stone Country, Old Dominion is currently headlining their Meat and Candy Tour before hitting the road again this year with Kenny Chesney for his Spread The Love Tour, along with Miranda Lambert and Sam Hunt. They just returned from their first string of international shows in London where they played to thousands of fans as part of the Country to Country Festival.

No Shoes Radio Moves to SiriusXM April 12 Kenny Chesney’s Station Moves After Eight Years Online

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kennyNo Shoes Radio Moves to SiriusXM April 12
Kenny Chesney’s Station Moves After Eight Years Online
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 29, 2016) – When Kenny Chesney began No Shoes Radio in 2008, it was a way to deepen the music experience he shared with the already hardcore No Shoes Nation. Culled largely from his iPod, the music mix blurred lines between reggae and rock, country and bluegrass, demos and live records, while unearthing performances people had never heard and offering a behind the scenes glimpse of Chesney’s world.

After almost nine years of being on the road, on the bus, in the studio, the islands and places you’d never imagine, No Shoes Radio is packing up its non-playlist and moving to SiriusXM on April 12. For longtime listeners, it is the chance to have No Shoes Radio in the car and to enjoy the songwriter/superstar from East Tennessee along with Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nelson and Tom Petty’s channels.

“Anyone who knows me knows how passionate I am about music,” Chesney said. “No Shoes Radio started, in part, because of people asking what some of the songs we played between sets at our shows were. I’ve always believed people listen to everything. I know I do, and I think the people of the No Shoes Nation are a lot like me. They’ve been listening to No Shoes Radio for the last eight years, and they’ve let me know they like it.”

“So, for people who love music as much as I do, not only do they get No Shoes Radio, they get all the other deep dive channels that SiriusXM has to offer, too. Willie’s Roadhouse, the Petty and Springsteen channels and so much more. And they can listen in their car with great quality sound.”

No Shoes Radio will go live on SiriusXM April 12. To celebrate the move, Chesney will play one of his storied, small club shows at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, N.J.– which will be broadcast live – on May 12.

“I love to grow and learn and expand,” said the man The Wall Street Journal calls “The King of the Road” of his new alliance. “I think you can always be better, smarter and find new ways to do things. For No Shoes Radio, which was a labor of love, we’re taking it into a whole new room – and who knows what might happen? And to celebrate, I figure we should do what we all love: make some music!”

As “Noise,” Chesney’s lead single from an album arriving some time this summer, lands at radio this week, it’s a good time for the eight-time Entertainer of the Year. Having just played a Keg in the Keys show at Sloppy Joe’s in Key West on March 21, he’s gearing up to kick off his Spread the Love Tour April 23 at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium with Miranda Lambert, Sam Hunt and Old Dominion.

Between 15 stadiums, arena and amphitheater dates and a brand new record, No Shoes Radio has plenty to talk about. Beginning April 12, everyone on SiriusXM will be able to listen in.

Kenny Chesney Taps Another Keg Sloppy Joe’s in Key West Was Site of Surprise Show

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Sloppy Joe’s in Key West Was Site of Surprise Show 

Word started to spread Friday: a keg show at Key West’s iconic Sloppy Joe’s March 21. Fans stood in line all night long, and by 6 a.m. Duval Street was blocked off for what local officials knew would be an overflow crowd that would shut the street down. By the time “Mas Tequila” rolled at 5:02, the fans were primed and ready as Kenny Chesney and band swung into “Beer In Mexico” with a vengeance.

A quick tumble down and through a blazing “Til It’s Gone,” a lilting “Summertime” and a reggae-undertowed “Pirate Flag” got the party off to a musically robust start with the crowd singing along as loud as the man The Los Angeles Times called “The People’s Superstar.” Arms aloft, giant smile on his face, Chesney welcomed the so-far-beyond-capacity crowd with a witness about how much these keg shows mean.

“We’ve been off, and we’re getting to know each other again,” Chesney proclaimed. “Nothing gets us as in the mood to go out and play music for you all summer long quite like coming down to the Florida Keys and doing this show: old songs, new songs, we may even make up some songs before the night is over.”

Before it was over the night included Eric Church sitting in for several songs, including “Springsteen,” “Drink In My Hand” and a stripped down, Chesney-requested “Mr. Misunderstood.” Old Dominion’s Matthew Ramsey joined the eight-time Entertainer of the Year for The Big Revival’s three-week No. 1, “Save It For A Rainy Day,” which he co-wrote. In addition, Chesney and band covered a plethora of artists they revere: the Kinks’ “You Really Got Me,” Willie Nelson’s “Whiskey River,” John Mellencamp’s “Hurts So Good,” Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Pride & Joy,” George Strait’s “The Fireman” and “Carried Away,” a double-time version of Alabama’s “Dixieland Delight” featuring Jon Conley on fiddle and a jubilant culmination of the Eagles’ “Take It Easy.”

From a young girl on her mother’s hip to NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Jr., NFL players to 4th Generation Conchs, an eclectic audience turned out for the (un)official kick-off of Chesney’s tour. Dressed in a sleeveless green Boston t-shirt, the night – which lasted more than three hours – felt as good to the East Tennessean as it did to the crowd.

“There is nothing after several months off,” Chesney said after the show. “Like coming together, hitting a bar and just playing ’til we wanna drop, to remember every single thing you love about music: how it feels, what it means, the way it charges people up. There is no feeling like it, and to do it with friends, fans and the No Shoes Nation, well, it tells me it’s time to get out there and start rocking America.”

Chesney’s Spread the Love Tour kicks off April 23, where it will be the first concert at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium. On Thursday, March 24, Chesney’s “Noise,” about the sonic and mental overload of today’s world, hits radio hard. With a special Facebook event slated for 3:45p CT/ 4:45p ET, Chesney is just getting started on the year ahead.

ERIC CHURCH’S “RECORD YEAR” TAPPED FOR SECOND SINGLE

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ericchurchERIC CHURCH’S “RECORD YEAR” TAPPED FOR SECOND SINGLE

ACM Entertainer of the Year Nominee Releases New Single from Mr. Misunderstood; Hits Radio Airwaves Today

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016) – A 2016 Academy of Country Music Awards top nominee, Eric Church drops his second single “Record Year” from Mr. Misunderstood at Country radio today. The new single namechecks Stevie Wonder’s Songs In The Key of Life, Willie Nelson’s Red Headed Stranger, John Lee Hooker’s One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer among others from Church’s stack of vinyl. Upon the album’s surprise release last November, Rolling Stone Magazine dubbed the new single the “most moving moment” on the widely-lauded album.

Church co-wrote “Record Year” with longtime banjo player and guitarist Jeff Hyde who has previously collaborated on hits such as the three-week No. 1 “Springsteen” (along with Ryan Tyndell) from the ACM and CMA Album of the Year Chief and the anthematic Top 20 “Smoke a Little Smoke” (written by Church and Hyde alongside other bandmate Driver Williams) from 2009’s Carolina, a release that has since been pointed to as a pivotal shift in musical direction for “our greatest working rock star” (Stereogum).

With poignantly clever lyrics, “Record Year” is Church’s ode to a lost love who instead of finding solace in another’s arms, finds consolation in a three-foot stack of vinyl:

“Your leavin’ left me goin’ crazy, I’m countin’ on a needle to save me / I drop it in the groove, And we go ’round and ’round, And down in a spiral / I guess I really oughta call and thank you, I rediscovered Red Headed Stranger / Got down with old James Brown, And found New Grass Revival / If you find your way back, I owe you a beer, For my record year”

“Record Year” follows the Top 15 title track, which shipped to radio unexpectedly in conjunction with the album’s release last fall. Church recently discussed the reason behind Mr. Misunderstood’s sudden issue to ESPN’s Marty Smith: “Inspiration. And you can never pick when inspiration is going to strike,” Church simply stated. “I hate when you’re told ‘here’s where to make an album’–it doesn’t work like that.” Church had initially revealed in a letter to his fans that the inspiration for Mr. Misunderstood came from a guitar his son affectionately named “Butter Bean.” Thirty days after picking up that guitar, over 80,000 fans received the unannounced album and a note directly from Church on November 4 before it was made available everywhere for purchase later that week.

The New York Times calls Mr. Misunderstood “a love letter to his influences” noting “in his songs, music is fuel for love, for anguish and, naturally, for other music.” The Guardian calls the 10-song collection “a gem and the best album of his career.” And Rolling Stone Country raves “‘Record Year’ talks of three seminal J’s – Jennings, Jones and James Brown – who all are crucial pillars in Mr. Misunderstood’s songbook. But it’s a more subtle reference to John Lee Hooker (“one bourbon, one scotch, one beer/I’m having a record year”) that shows he’s more than comfortable being stuck inside of Mobile with the Memphis — or Delta.”

Along with an Album of the Year nod for Mr. Misunderstood, Church is also up for ACM Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Video of the Year (for “Mr. Misunderstood”), and Musical Event of the Year for “Raise ‘Em Up” with Keith Urban.

No Misunderstanding: Eric Church Earns Leading 5 ACM Awards Nominations

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ericchurchNO MISUNDERSTANDING: ERIC CHURCH EARNS LEADING 5 ACM AWARDS NOMINATIONS

Church sweeps top nominations honors at country’s major awards shows, nominated for top Entertainer, Album, Male Vocalist, Video and Event for April 3 broadcast

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (Feb. 1, 2016) – Eric Church continues his run as one of country music’s most lauded performers with a leading five nominations for the 51st annual ACM Awards, including top honor Entertainer of the Year.

It’s the second time in six months the EMI Records Nashville recording artist has taken the leading nominations total at a major awards after earning five for the 2015 CMA Awards in November. Church also is up for Album of the Year for Mr. Misunderstood, Male Vocalist of the Year, Video of the Year for his surprise album’s title track and Musical Event of the Year for “Raise ‘Em Up” with Keith Urban at the April 3 CBS broadcast from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

This is Church’s first nomination for the Academy of Country Music’s prestigious Entertainer of the Year Award, given to the all-around performer who also best represents the genre in areas such as fan engagement and philanthropy. He has now earned Album of the Year nominations in consecutive years after The Outsiders received a nod in 2015. His album CHIEF won the award in 2013.

The nominations bring his career ACMs nomination total to 19 – with three broadcast wins and the Jim Reeves International Award – and further cements Church’s reputation. From his always original The Outsiders World Tour to the surprise-turned-event launch for Mr. Misunderstood – given four stars by Rolling Stone noting Church’s “well-observed writing and warm, generous wit” – Church received praise in 2015 from critics and, of course, his fans.

“Our greatest working rock star” (Stereogum) has remained relatively reclusive since surprise releasing Mr. Misunderstood in November 2015 in an effort to keep the focus on the music and its message, so no response from Church to the nominations will be provided.

For more information about Eric Church, visit www.EricChurch.com or follow him on Twitter at @EricChurch.

About Eric Church
The two-time Country Music Association and four-time Academy of Country Music Award winner cemented his reputation as a maverick by releasing his 2015 album Mr. Misunderstood as a surprise, delivering it to fans before announcing its existence and putting it on sale. The North Carolina native received a huge response from fans who made Church 2014’s top-selling country music artist with the year’s highest debut and sales of any release in the format as the critical and commercial success The Outsiders reached Platinum status. Debuting at No. 1 on both the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart and Top Country Albums chart, The Outsiders garnered GRAMMY, CMA and ACM Album of the Year nominations and featured his No.1 hits “Give Me Back My Hometown” and “Talladega” as well as multiple nominee “Like A Wrecking Ball.” The Outsiders is the follow-up to Church’s Platinum-certified CHIEF, named the 2012 Album of the Year by both CMA and ACM, and GRAMMY-nominated for Best Country Album. The LP featured five Top 20 singles: “Homeboy” (certified Platinum for sales in excess of 1 million); the Top 10 “Like Jesus Does” and the Top 5 “Creepin’” (both certified Gold for sales in excess of 500,000); and two No. 1 hits “Drink in My Hand” (certified Platinum) and “Springsteen” (certified Double Platinum for sales in excess of 2 million singles). Church’s 2006 debut album, Sinners Like Me and his sophomore album Carolina (2009) are both RIAA Gold certified.

DARIUS RUCKER ANNOUNCES 2016 TOUR The Good for a Good Time Tour Featuring Special Guests Dan + Shay and Michael Ray Begins June 3

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dariusDARIUS RUCKER ANNOUNCES 2016 TOUR

The Good for a Good Time Tour Featuring Special Guests Dan + Shay and Michael Ray Begins June 3

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — (January 20, 2016) – Three-time GRAMMY Award winner Darius Rucker will kick off his 2016 Good for a Good Time Tour in Tampa, Fla. on June 3. The Good for a Good Time Tour will feature opening acts Dan + Shay, who are celebrating their first No. 1 single with “Nothin’ Like You” and rising country singer Michael Ray, who was the only new male country artist of 2015 to have a No. 1 single in 2015, with “Kiss You in the Morning.” Over 30 stops across the country have been announced so far with more to come! Fans can purchase tickets beginning Jan. 29 for select cities as part of Live Nation’s Country Megaticket at www.Megaticket.com.

More than 400,000 fans turned out to experience Rucker’s incomparable vocals and raucous good time during last year’s Southern Style Tour, so expectations are high for 2016.

Rucker plans to once again provide his concerts as a platform to honor and present homes to our nation’s combat wounded heroes and Gold Star spouses, in conjunction with Project Rebuild. Rucker, along with Lieutenant General Sisco, CEO and founder of Military Warriors Support Foundation, presented the first house in an appearance on NBC’s Today and went on to present 13 more homes in 2015. The Project Rebuild campaign arose from a partnership between Dr Pepper Snapple Group and Military Warriors Support Foundation to assist in rebuilding the lives of our wounded veterans. Project Rebuild helps place wounded veterans in mortgage-free homes and help ease the transition back to civilian life.

danshayThe Good for a Good Time Tour will also partner with the rideshare app Uber for select dates, giving fans the chance to win free rides as well as VIP packages. A few lucky riders in cities across the United States will win VIP packages for a Good for a Good Time Tour stop which include 2 tickets to the show, an exclusive Darius Rucker pre-show acoustic performance, and invitation to a pre-show party in the VIP Party Lounge. Fans can enter the promo code GOODTIME to enter to win, and first time users will also receive $20 off their first ride.

The Good For a Good Time Tour Dates:
Friday, June 3 | Tampa, Fla. | MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
Saturday, June 4 | West Palm Beach, Fla. | Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre
Thursday, June 16 | Tuscaloosa, Ala. | Amphitheatre
Friday, June 17 | Dallas, Texas | Gexa Energy Pavilion
Saturday, June 18 | Austin, Texas | Austin 360 Amphitheater
Friday, June 24 | St. Louis, Mo. | Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Saturday, June 25 | Noblesville, Ind. | Klipsch Music Center
Sunday, June 26 | Pittsburgh, Pa. | First Niagara Pavilion
Thursday, July 7 | Englewood, Colo. | Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
Friday, July 8 | Albuquerque, N.M. | Isleta Amphitheatre
Saturday, July 9 | Phoenix, Ariz. | Ak-Chin Pavilion
Friday, July 15 | Mountain View, Calif. | Shoreline Amphitheatre
Saturday, July 16 | Irvine, Calif. | Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre
Friday, July 22 | Holmdel, N.J. | PNC Bank Arts Center
Saturday, July 23 | Hartford, Conn. | XFINITY Theatre
Sunday, July 24 | Wantaugh, N.Y. | Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre
Friday, July 29 | Bangor, Maine | Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
Saturday, July 30 | Mansfield, Mass. | Xfinity Center
Sunday, July 31 | Darien Center, N.Y. | Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Friday, Aug. 12 | Bristow, Va. | Jiffy Lube Live
Saturday, Aug. 13 | Camden, N.J. | BB&T Pavilion
Sunday, Aug. 14 | Bethel Woods, N.Y. | Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Thursday, Aug. 18 | Cincinnati, Ohio | Riverbend Music Center
Friday, Aug. 19 | Mt. Pleasant, Mich. | Soaring Eagle
Saturday, Aug. 20 | Chicago, Ill. | Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Thursday, Aug. 25 | Detroit, Mich. | DTE Energy Music Theatre
Friday, Aug. 26 | Cleveland, Ohio | Blossom Music Center
Saturday, Aug. 27 | Charlotte, N.C. | PNC Music Pavilion
Saturday, Sept. 3 | Gilford, N.H. | Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
Sunday, Sept. 4 | Gilford, N.H. | Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
Friday, Sept. 9 | Virginia Beach, Va. | Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheatre at Virginia Beach
Saturday, Sept. 10 | Raleigh, N.C. | Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
Sunday, Sept. 11 | Alpharetta, Ga. | Verizon Wireless

For more information about Rucker and to buy tickets, visit www.DariusRucker.com and follow @DariusRucker on Twitter.

About Darius Rucker  
Capitol Records Nashville recording artist Darius Rucker released his fourth No. 1 country album Southern Style on March 31, 2015, the same week lead single “Homegrown Honey” became his seventh No. 1 hit. Rucker’s first three albums – Learn To Live, Charleston, SC 1966 and True Believers – produced six No. 1 singles, including “Come Back Song,” “This,” “Alright,” “It Won’t Be Like This For Long” and “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It.” His 2013 No. 1 “Wagon Wheel” won a GRAMMY Award, stayed atop the charts for two weeks and was nominated for Song of the Year at the Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music awards. In 2009, Rucker was named New Artist of the Year at the CMA Awards. He achieved a personal goal and childhood dream when he was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on Oct. 16, 2012.

About Dan + Shay
Critically acclaimed duo Dan + Shay (Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney) hit No. 1 on Billboard‘s Country Albums Chart with their first album Where It All Began, which was released in 2014. Racking up more than 25 million YouTube views, they are the only new country duo in SoundScan recorded history to debut at No. 1. Additionally, the pair has impressively sold over 1.5 million digital tracks and over 372,000 album equivalents to date, which includes 117 million streams. Their latest single “Nothin’ Like You” hit No. 1 at Country radio, while their debut single “19 You + Me” is certified Gold by the RIAA selling over 774,000 downloads. Dan + Shay have been nominated for both CMA and ACM’s “Vocal Duo of the Year” for two years in a row, and were previously nominated for a CMT Music Video Award. Dan + Shay finished up 2015 with their headlining “Just the Right Kind of Crazy” Tour. For more information please visit DanAndShay.com and follow @DanandShay on Twitter and Instagram.

About Michael Ray
When rising country singer Michael Ray made his first exploratory trip to Nashville, he got a life-changing piece of advice from an industry insider—Go home. Turns out it was the best thing Ray ever did. He built a rowdy fan base back home and returned to Nashville three years later. Ray continued the journey from tiny Eustis, Florida, to the big time with the release of his first single “Kiss You In The Morning,” which went #1 in just 24 weeks. Ray’s follow- up single, “Real Men Love Jesus,” is currently climbing the charts and touching hearts at the same time. Raised in rural central Florida an hour from Orlando, Ray grew up hunting alligators and fishing for tarpon at the end of white sand dirt roads. The child of a family full of musicians, he began his professional career before he was a teenager, graduated to the bar scene as soon as he could drive and hasn’t let up on the pedal since. When he decided it was time to move to Nashville, the work Ray had put in began to pay off quickly. He met manager Tony Conway, a 40 year industry veteran and owner/CEO at Ontourage Management. Conway helped guide Ray to a publishing contract with Warner/Chappell Music and a record deal with Atlantic Records / Warner Music Nashville. Since the release of his first two singles, Ray continues to grow his following, touring with Chase Rice, Sam Hunt, and Kip Moore, and kicking off 2016 touring with Brantley Gilbert.

BRANDY CLARK RELEASES “GIRL NEXT DOOR” TODAY

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Brandy Clark - photo by Pamela Littky
Brandy Clark – photo by Pamela Littky

BRANDY CLARK RELEASES “GIRL NEXT DOOR” TODAY

First Single from Upcoming Second Album Impacts Country Radio Feb. 16

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (Jan. 22, 2016) – Four-time GRAMMY nominee and Warner Bros. recording artist Brandy Clark kicks off the new year by releasing her new single “Girl Next Door” today at all digital retailers. The song, written by Clark, Jessie Jo Dillon and Shane McAnally, will impact country radio on Feb. 16.

“I am thrilled to start this year by releasing new music!” said the CMA Award winner. “The response to ‘Girl Next Door’ from both my concert audiences and the country radio stations I have visited has been so positive and strong. I can’t wait to share it with everyone.”

“Girl Next Door” is the first single from her highly anticipated second album, which will be released later this summer. The project is the follow up to Clark’s critically acclaimed debut, 12 Stories, which New York Magazine, NPR, The New York Post and The Boston Globe all named the best album of 2013. That same year, The Los Angeles Times called it “the country debut of the year” and placed it on its year-end best-of list, as did Rolling Stone and The New Yorker.

12 Stories earned Clark GRAMMY nominations in 2014 for both Best Country Album of the Year and the all-genre Best New Artist category. Her performance of “Hold My Hand” with Dwight Yoakam on last year’s GRAMMY Awards broadcast was a highlight of the show, with the ballad achieving her current GRAMMY nomination for Country Song of the Year.

Currently on the road with Jennifer Nettles on the CMT Next Women of Country Tour, the singer/songwriter has toured with Eric Church and Alan Jackson during the last two years in addition to solo shows. For upcoming tour dates, visit brandyclarkmusic.com.

The Morton, Washington-native received her first of four career GRAMMY nominations in 2013 in the Best Country Song category for co-writing the Miranda Lambert No. 1 hit “Mama’s Broken Heart.” She won the 2014 CMA Song of the Year Award for “Follow Your Arrow,” which she co-wrote with Shane McAnally and Kacey Musgraves, and was also named the 2014 Music Row Breakthrough Artist of the Year. The Academy of Country Music voters nominated her for Female Vocalist of the Year in 2015.

For more information, visit BrandyClarkMusic.com.  Follow her on Facebook at facebook.com/TheBrandyClark and on Twitter @TheBrandyClark.

 DRAKE WHITE PREMIERES LYRIC VIDEO FOR HIS NEW SINGLE, “LIVIN’ THE DREAM”

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drakeDRAKE WHITE PREMIERES LYRIC VIDEO FOR HIS NEW SINGLE, “LIVIN’ THE DREAM”

Available Now Exclusively on Rare Country


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 15, 2016) — Drake White has partnered with Rare Country for an exclusive premiere of the lyric video for his new Dot Records’ single “Livin’ The Dream.” Watch now here. Available through Vevo tomorrow (Jan. 16), the heartfelt video was directed by Matt Zervos and filmed on White’s farm in Nashville, Tenn.

“Livin’ The Dream” was penned by Tom Douglas, Jaren Johnson (of The Cadillac Three) and Luke Laird with Ross Copperman and Jeremy Stover sharing producer credits. All Access calls the track “a ready-made hit,” while One Stop Country raves it “elevates him to exciting new heights.” The video features White and his wife Alex spending time on their farm on the outskirts of Nashville as whimsical lyrics float on the screen: “Look at us with a picket fence / Don’t got a lot of money but we’re makin’ a dent / Old Ford truck with a dog in the back, now / Ain’t we livin’ the dream / Big blue sky, green, green grass / Ain’t doin’ half bad for a half full glass / Kiss me baby, yeah just like that, now / Ain’t we livin’ the dream”

“Livin’ The Dream” can mean a lot of different things,” said White about the song. “Check out our new lyric video and see what it means to me. Turn up the volume and keep the good vibes goin’!!”

White, who performs with his band The Big Fire, emulates more of a revival than a concert setting. Rolling Stone Country, who touted him as one of the Top 10 Country Artists to Watch, recently characterized his performance as “a growling, stomping spitfire, blasting his songs with bluesy energy that’s as infectious as his catchy choruses.”

The swampy singer/songwriter kicked off the new year as one of Huffington Post’s Top Country Artists to Watch in 2016 and is currently featured in the Nashville Lifestyles music issue. With performances at the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s “Stars for Wishes” benefit on Jan. 16 as well as Nashville Lifestyle’s annual Music in the City event on Jan. 27, White shows no signs of slowing down. White’s rock-infused, soulful country sound and signature foot-stomp previously earned him tours with Willie Nelson, Eric Church, Zac Brown Band and Little Big Town.

For more information or to see Drake White, please visit www.drakewhite.com.

Scotty McCreery Receives BMI Award for Writing “See You Tonight,” One of BMI’s Top 50 Country Songs of 2015

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scottSCOTTY McCREERY MIA FROM BMI AWARDS; ACCEPTS 1 MONTH LATER

“See You Tonight” Singer/Songwriter Nabs a Coveted BMI Top 50 Country Song of the Year Award
NASHVILLE, TENN. – (Dec. 14, 2015) – After having to miss the BMI Country Music Awards in November due to a prior commitment performing at the CMA Marketing Summit, Scotty McCreery excitedly accepted his first BMI Award in person last Friday afternoon, Dec. 11, for writing one of BMI’s Top 50 Country Songs of 2015: his Platinum-selling Top Ten hit “See You Tonight.” BMI announced its list of Top 50 songs in November at its annual event, but with McCreery unavailable, he didn’t want to just “mail it in.” McCreery wrote the song with Ashley Gorley and Zach Crowell, and it served as the title cut of his second studio album and earned him a Top 10 hit on both Billboard and MediaBase. The multi-Platinum-selling singer/songwriter received his award in person in Nashville from Jody Williams, BMI Vice President, Writer and Publisher Relations and Bradley Collins, BMI Executive Director, Writer-Relations.

“This is my first-ever award for songwriting, and to be acknowledged for that is a huge honor for me,” said an excited McCreery. “I was so disappointed that I couldn’t be there to accept it in person during the BMI Awards in November. BMI graciously offered to send the award to my home, but it was important to me that I come back to Nashville as soon as I had a break in my tour schedule and thank Jody and Bradley in person for their continued support and encouragement of me and my songwriting. I’ve been writing songs since I was a boy playing my guitar in my bedroom. I enjoy the entire process and have spent a lot of time in Nashville over the last few years honing my craft and learning from some amazing talents. Receiving this recognition is a wonderful way to end my year.”

“We are so proud to have Scotty McCreery as a BMI songwriter and are very pleased to present him with his first, of many I am sure, BMI Country Award for ‘See You Tonight’,” said Williams.  “I cannot wait to see what Scotty does next.”

NASH Country Weekly Magazine’s “Country Music’s Sexiest Man 2015” has been busy throughout this year touring during the summer and fall as the special guest on the Rascal Flatts RIOT 2015 Tour as well as performing at theaters on his own. In-between concerts he has been writing songs and recording his next album, which is expected to be in stores in 2016 with “Southern Belle” serving as the first single from the forthcoming release.  The ACM and CMT Award winner has also been busy writing his first book, Go Big or Go Home: The Journey Toward the Dream, which will be in-stores on May 3, 2016 and is available now for pre-sale orders at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and wherever books are sold.

McCreery burst onto the national music scene in 2011 at age 17, quickly establishing himself as one of country music’s hottest new stars. Now just five years later, the talented singer/songwriter has sold more than 2.5 million albums and received both Platinum and Gold album certifications, debuted three consecutive albums at No. 1 on a Billboard chart, achieved one Gold and three Platinum-certified singles and two Top Ten hits, amassed more than three million followers on Facebook and Twitter, and received more than 150 million YouTube views. For tour schedules and more information, visit www.ScottyMcCreery.com. Follow McCreery on social media at FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Luke Bryan to perform at First Energy Stadium Saturday Sept 5

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Country mega star Luke Bryan will take to the stage this Saturday in what is being called a historic event in the Cleveland area. It is estimated that this show will surpass other concerts that have performed there.  Bryan is one of country’s strongest stars and has carried the flag for years. It is no doubt that this show will fulfill all country-goers dreams. “Kick up the Dust Tour” has been hitting the road and taking names along the way.

Bryan has been known to really feed off the energy of the fans at his shows and it is one intense event to be a witness at.  The lineup consists of Luke Bryan Florida Georgia Line, Randy Houser, and Dustin Lynch. 

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