Tuesday, August 23, 2011

CountryMusicRocks Has Moved - Check Out Our New Site

We have a BRAND NEW Website!!!!  Head on over to www.CountryMusicRocks.net and check it out or click HERE.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Kenny Chesney To Make A Huge Impact In NY/NJ On His Tour Stop At New Meadowlands Stadium

When the sun goes down on New Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey, Kenny Chesney takes the stage and will be making a huge impact in the NY/NJ area for country music!!! 

The August 13th show has already topped last year’s concert at New Meadowlands Stadium by The Eagles, Dixie Chicks and Keith Urban in sales and is the single biggest ticketed country show in the NY/NJ area since Willie Nelson was joined by Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings and Linda Ronstadt at Giants Stadium in 1983.

"When I first heard we'd be playing at the Meadowlands, I was ecstatic," Chesney said. "It has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember and will be an unforgettable evening for everyone involved."

"I don't know if taking a chance is the right word, but to be honest with you it was a little bit of a risk to play Meadowlands Stadium," Chesney said.  (via Associate Press, click HERE for more) "But my whole touring life has been a risk. ... One day I said, 'You know, I want to be able to say I played the New York-New Jersey area and I did it in a football stadium.' We almost did it two years ago, and so now I felt like the time was right. I'm glad I was right." 

Chesney, “the biggest ticket seller in country music and among the elite touring artists in the world” (Billboard) and “one of a handful of acts still capable of filling stadiums” (Wall Street Journal) will be performing in the NYC area for the first time since his 2009 performance at Jones Beach and the release of 2010’s ‘Hemingway’s Whiskey’ (BNA), which includes current hit “You and Tequila” featuring Grace Potter.

The August performance is part of Chesney's ‘Goin’ Coastal’ Tour, highlighted by The New York Times and USA Today atop their lists of the year’s biggest tours, and marks Chesney’s eighth consecutive tour selling more than a million tickets. Of a recent show, The St. Paul Pioneer Press wrote: "The Tennessee native delivered the same high-energy, fan-friendly show that made him the second-biggest selling live act of the past decade."

WHO: Kenny Chesney with Zac Brown Band, Billy Currington, Uncle Kracker
WHEN: Saturday , August 13 (doors 3:30 p.m., show 4:30 p.m.)
WHERE: New Meadowlands Stadium, 102 Route 120, East Rutherford, NJ
TICKETS: $42-139 (To purchase click HERE

For a full list of 2011 Corona Presents Kenny Chesney's 'Goin' Coastal' Tour dates, go to: www.tickets.kennychesney.com

Zac Brown Band Is Giving You A Chance To Win The Knee Deep Message Bottle

Remember that night you got locked out of your beach house and had to sleep under the boardwalk? Or that time you underestimated the amount of space you had to do a flip off the diving board and ended up doing an epic belly-flop that landed you in the ER? Remember when your 4th of July fireworks caught your neighbors house on fire? Maybe you don't remember anything after a tequila-fueled night of debauchery... 

Well, you're in luck! Inspired by the crazy summer mis-adventure from their latest music video for "Knee Deep," Zac Brown Band wants to hear your funniest summer mishap story. Tell ZBB for your chance to win by clicking here: ENTER TO WIN NOW
Grand Prize is the message in a bottle used in the Knee Deep vid signed by both Zac Brown and Jimmy Buffett! Winner will also receive a Knee Deep T-Shirt and Kingsford Grill Pack. 

2 Runner Ups will receive a Kingsford Grill Pack including: "You Get What You Give" CD, Southern Ground Cookbook, ZBB Guitar Pick a Kingsford Cookbook, Memphis Grill set, Kingsford Koozie and a coupon for a free bag of Charcoal!

Toby Keith's New Video "Made In America"

Toby Keith does it again! Not only did he release yet another song that expresses his passion for America, but he backed it up with another powerful video.  "Made In America" is Toby's newest single from his upcoming album and is sure to leave goosebumps when you hear it.  Check out his new video for "Made In America".

Billy Currington Is "Doin' Something Right" With His Performance On The "Goin' Coastal Tour"

Billy Currington is definitely doin' something right when he is onstage in front of tens of thousands of people as he opens up for Kenny Chesney on the "Goin' Coastal Tour".  Currington packs in the hits during his 60 minute set that has fans on their feet from right from the start.  Kicking things off with "That's How Country Boys Roll", Currington rolls hit after hit giving fans an entertaining performance from beginning to end.

Currrington is a laid-back kinda guy, but his performance is anything but.  He is energetic & exciting to watch as he works the entire stage, including the catwalks, and interacts with fans giving high-five's & handshake's all over the place.  Performing his hit singles, fans sang right along to hits such as "People Are Crazy", "Pretty Good At Drinking Beer", "Good Direction", and his newest single"Love Done Gone".  Fans were even treated to Hank Williams, Jr.'s well-known tune "Family Tradition" which of course was a crowd pleaser as was his strong ballad "Must Be Doin' Something Right".  Billy Currington put on a remarkable set that served as a fantastic prelude for the evening's main event.

If you haven't seen Billy Currington live in concert yet, be sure to add it to your list. To see if he is coming to an area near you, visit his official website www.BillyCurrington.com.

Eli Young Band Celebrates First Gold Single With "Crazy Girl"

Republic Nashville artist Eli Young Band’s “Crazy Girl” has been certified GOLD by the RIAA this week for sales of over 500,000 downloads.  By the time reports came in this morning, the band had sold nearly 600,000 downloads.  The lead single from their forthcoming album, LIFE AT BEST, was an obvious hit with fans right from the start. 

The single made its debut at #1 on the iTunes Country Singles Chart with over 47,000 downloads the first week and has sold an average of 30,000 downloads a week, every week, for months on end.  The song has continuously outsold a large majority of the singles above it on the radio chart.

In the last two weeks the band has sold over 40,000 downloads a week, with numbers increasing every week.  With its debut as the most added single at Billboard, “Crazy Girl” is the fastest rising single of the bands career and is currently Top 20 and climbing.  

When the band learned they had been certified GOLD drummer Chris Thompson said, “gold rocks!! You grow up hearing about artists going gold and dream of what it would be like.  Gold has always been such a measure of success.”  Lead singer Mike Eli added “it’s pretty cool that the single went gold before the record even came out.” Thompson continued, “this is a huge milestone for us.”

"This is an amazing accomplishment that sends one message loud and clear – Country music fans love the Eli Young Band and ‘Crazy Girl!’ Everyone at Republic Nashville could not be happier or more excited and we all look forward to the release of the debut album on August 16. Fans are going to love this album,” said Jimmy Harnen, Republic Nashville President.

Be sure to pick up a copy of LIFE AT BEST on August 16th.

2012 CMA Music Festival Presale Tickets Available Now

For those CMA Music Fest fans who want the best seat possible before it's slim pickens, a special presale through Ticketmaster ONLY begins TODAY (Thursday, July 28) at 10AM/CT and runs through Friday 7/29/11 at 5 PM/CT.

To buy early, enter code 2011FAN at Ticketmaster.com.

Chris Young's Performances On Jimmy Kimmel Live

Chris Young performed last night on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live.  Young performed new tracks off his latest release NEON.  Check his performances of "You" & "Lost".  Both songs can be found on his new album NEON.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Chris Young Thanks His Fans For His Fourth #1 Hit Single "Tomorrow"

Chris Young thanks his fans for his 4th #1 hit single "Tomorrow".  Be sure to tune-in tonight as he performs on Jimmy Kimmel Live at 12 midnight EST on ABC.  Young will be performing new music from his latest album release NEON.

Chris Young on WhoSay

Big Machine Records Presenting The Brickyard 400 Race & Announces Artist Performance Lineup

BigMachineRecords.com, the online property of the Big Machine Label Group (BMLG), will be the presenting sponsor of the 2011 Brickyard 400 (NASCAR Sprint Series) race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 31, 2011. This is the first time a record label has ever presented a nationally-televised race in the 100-year history of The Speedway.

Officially billed as the “Brickyard 400 presented by BigMachineRecords.com,” the sponsorship complements Big Machine’s other recent ventures in the world of racing. (The label was a sponsor of the winning car at this year’s Indy 500.)

In addition to the highly-anticipated race, the event will feature performances by Big Machine Label Group artists such as Multi-Platinum-selling superstar artists Rascal Flatts and Reba; Double-Platinum-selling sibling trio The Band Perry; hitmaker Justin Moore, Brantley Gilbert and Thomas Rhett. There will also be opportunities to purchase artist merchandise at the Big Machine Label Group booth where clothing, music and more will be for sale. 

BigMachineRecords.com is also making sure country music fans and racing fans alike can benefit from the label’s sponsorship of the race--even if they can’t make it to Indianapolis.  Leading up to the Brickyard 400 presented by BigMachineRecords.com, the label is giving fans FREE downloads on www.BigMachineRecords.com via a widget powered by Moontoast. A new song by a BMLG artist is available each day with one simple click of a button. (Full-length albums by the artists are also for sale on the site.)

The following is an overview of the events happening at the Brickyard 400 event:
WHO:              Reba
Rascal Flatts
The Band Perry
Justin Moore
Brantley Gilbert
Thomas Rhett
Scott Borchetta
(President and CEO, Big Machine Label Group) 

WHAT:           “Brickyard 400 presented by BigMachineRecords.com

       Indianapolis Motor Speedway (4790 West 16th Street, Indianapolis, IN)

WHEN:          Sunday, July 31, 2011
                        All times Eastern.
7:00 AM                     Public Gates Open
9:00 – 9:20 AM         Thomas Rhett performance (acoustic)
9:30 – 10:00 AM       The Band Perry performance (full band)
10:15 – 10:45 AM    Brantley Gilbert performance (full band)
11:00 – 11:45 AM    Justin Moore performance (full band)
12:05 – 12:15PM     Rascal Flatts performance on the IMS track (full band)
12:51 – 12:53 PM    Reba performs “America The Beautiful” on the IMS track
1:01 – 1:02 PM         Rascal Flatts perform “The National Anthem” on the IMS track
1:12 PM                     Introduction of honorary starter, Scott Borchetta
1:19 PM                    Green flag is waved by Scott Borchetta

Sneak Peek Of Jason Aldean Performing "My Kinda Party" On CMT's Invitation Only

Jason Aldean is next up on CMT's popular series Invitation Only.  The special will air on Friday, July 29th at 10pm EST.  Here is a sneak peak of Aldean performing his hit single  "My Kinda Party".  Be sure to tune in on Friday night and catch the whole show!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Neil Perry Of The Band Perry Celebrates His 21st Birthday

Pictured here, TBP in a relaxed moment aboard their bus with their band, crew and songwriter Jeff Cohen.
With tons of accolades coming their way lately, The Band Perry celebrated a particularly special milestone this weekend - youngest brother Neil's 21st birthday!

With the family currently opening up Tim McGraw's Emotional Traffic Tour, it truly was a big and sweet celebration.

Big sister Kimberly created quite the cupcake display and visiting songwriter Jeff Cohen, who is writing with TBP in anticipation of their second album, contributed a box of cupcakes as well. Mr. McGraw himself even had a cake delivered to the young vocalist/mandolin player.

The greatest thrill came that night when, as he has done throughout the tour, Tim McGraw invited TBP out to duet on his song, "Can't Be Really Gone." While on stage, Neil was serenaded with "Happy Birthday" by the entire arena.

Of the day, Neil himself had this to say with a laugh, "I've never been 'forced' to eat so many cakes in a day. It was one to remember. And I'm legal!" 

Happy Birthday Neil!!

CountryMusicRocks Photo Of The Day: Jake Owen's New Semi Truck

Jake Owen posted a picture today on Facebook & Twitter of his new semi truck promoting his upcoming album Barefoot Blue Jean Night.  Jake wrote, We just got a truck out here on the road. Damn. I came to town with everything I owned in a UHaul. Now this? #thankful

Congratulations Jake on all your success, it is well deserved!

CONTEST: Enter To Win A Digital Download Of Randy Montana's Debut Album

Randy Montana's self-titled debut album hit shelves today!!  CountryMusicRocks loved the album, check out our review HERE.  

Thanks to our friends at Universal Records, we are celebrating Randy Montana's new release with a digital album giveaway!!  One lucky winner will receive a digital copy of Randy Montana. Winner will be randomly selected after contest closes on Friday, July 29th.  One Entry Per Person Please.

To enter to win, please click HERE.

Randy Montana is available now at your favorite retail store and on iTunes by clicking HERE.  Keep up to date with Randy by visiting his official website, www.RandyMontana.com.

Brad Paisley's New Video "Remind Me" Featuring Carrie Underwood

Check out Brad Paisley's brand new video for current single "Remind Me" featuring Carrie Underwood.

Randy Montana's Self-Titled Debut Album Available Today

Mercury Nashville releases singer/songwriter Randy Montana’s self-titled debut album to all digital retailers today. Montana’s album is produced by famed producer Jay Joyce and includes "Ain't Much Left Of Lovin' You," "1,000 Faces” and the loved track “Last Horse,” which features Emmylou Harris on harmonies. Fans can purchase Montana’s album here http://bit.ly/RMontanaiTunes.

Montana is featured in the current issue of Country Weekly which is on stands now and was also listed as one of E! News’ Hot New Country Guys.  In addition, on July 28 AOL’s The Boot will feature a special video of Montana’s  “1,000 Faces” on both homepages. Prior to the excitement surrounding the release of Montana’s debut, he was included in the January 2011 issue of Southern Living magazine one of five “Best New Artists” in their Best of the South feature. People named him as a “Must-hear artist” while USA Today’s Brian Mansfield tweeted “2010's not quite done & already I've found my 1st favorite song of 2011: @RandyMontana's ‘1,000 Faces.’”

Randy has spent most of 2010 and 2011 on the road touring. He’s opened for hit artists such as Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Sugarland and recently he opened for superstar Taylor Swift on her Speak Now tour. Be sure to stay tuned for more tour dates as they unfold.

Gloriana's "Behind The Video" Special For 'Wanna Take You Home' Airs On GAC July 27

Gloriana invited Great American Country Television (GAC) “Behind The Video” for their latest single “Wanna Take You Home.” Fans will get the chance to go on the set, and behind the scenes, with Gloriana as they give an exclusive look at the making of their new video in Nashville. 

“Behind The Video: Gloriana” will air on GAC tomorrow, July 27th at 9:00 PM EST. “Wanna Take You Home,” from Gloriana’s forthcoming second studio album, is currently climbing the country charts.

“This is my favorite video we've done so far,” said Tom. “We felt like our fans would want a video where they got to see us being ourselves. We had a bunch of friends come out to the shoot that got to be a part of it so it really is us just having a good time.”

The “Wanna Take You Home” video was directed by TK McKamy of Revolution pictures who will also be featured in the “Behind The Video: Gloriana” special. Fans can watch the video, which includes a dance scene that the winner of the line dance contest Gloriana hosted during the 2011 CMA Music Festival is in, on GAC now. Gloriana is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on their forthcoming album, set for release later this year.

For more information on Gloriana please go to www.gloriana.com.

Brad Paisley Performs With Sunny Sweeney

This past weekend Brad Paisley’s H2O II: Wetter & Wilder World Tour played to over 34,000 fans in Scranton, PA and Darien Lake, NY.  On Saturday Paisley made an unexpected appearance on the Water World Plaza Stage during Sunny Sweeney’s set and 
accompanied her on “Good Hearted Woman.”  

Over 6,000 fans braved the extraordinary heat in
 Darien Lake and came out early for the Water World activities and performances by Sweeney, Edens Edge and Brett Eldredge.
The tour, which has Blake Shelton and Jerrod Niemann on the main-stage, continues this weekend with a stadium show at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, TX.

To see if the H20 II: Wetter & Wilder Tour is coming to an area near you, please visit Brad's official website www.BradPaisley.com.

Eric Church Exclusive Interview With Kmart

Eric Church sat down with Kmart Music for an exclusive interview; sharing what song off his new album, Chief, best describes him, his musical role models, his most exciting professional moment, and much more!

Josh Thompson Lends A Hand To Extreme Home Makeover

Columbia Nashville’s Josh Thompson was on hand in Fayetteville, NC on Sunday, July 17 for a taping of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.  Thompson performed a concert at Fayetteville Festival Park to help raise funds for a female homeless veterans shelter.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Kenny Chesney Writes Theme Song For ESPN Series "Rise Up"

Kenny Chesney's love for school sports is no secret, his hit single "The Boys of Fall" resonated with fans, schools and families all over the nation.  ESPN has a new series coming out this fall and Kenny Chesney wrote the theme song.

Rise Up is a series where they go to needy high schools & give their athletic facilities a makeover.  The series debuted a pilot last fall at the McMain Secondary High School in New Orleans.  This year, Rise Up is scheduled to visit Boston, Seattle, Chicago & Wellston, OH. 

The Hollywood Reporter reports: Joan Lynch, Rise Up executive producer and ESPN’s vp of content development, describes Chesney’s new song – an acoustic number titled "Rise Up" – as “a call to action.”  It’s the first time Chesney has been asked to compose a song for television, says Lynch. “He said to me, ‘Joan, this is the hardest thing I’ve done.’ And then he watched the [New Orleans episode of Rise Up] and he wrote the song in two hours. I couldn’t believe it when he emailed me the lyrics.”

To read more, please click HERE.

Rise Up premieres on Tuesday, September 13th at 7pm with Wellston High School.

Ronnie Dunn's Powerful New Video "Cost of Livin'"

Check out Ronnie Dunn's brand new for recently released single "Cost of Livin'".  Such a powerful song which is now coupled with a powerful video.  This is a MUST SEE.

Rascal Flatts Perform To 65,000 Fans During Weekend Shows

Over 65,000 fans attended shows this weekend to see Rascal Flatts including 2 sold-out Flatts Fest dates in Cincinnati, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana.

Prior to the Flatts Fest show in Indianapolis at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on Saturday, Rascal Flatts- Gary, Jay and Joe Don- stunned fans when they made an unannounced visit to the “Why Wait” wedding chapel and Flatts Fest Karaoke Challenge during a pre-show walk through the festival grounds.

The band surprised the wedding couple, Anthony Payne and Stephani Giveans, who renewed their vows at the “Why Wait” wedding chapel (sponsored by David’s Bridal), and stood by as witnesses to the ceremony. The wedding was officiated by WFMS radio dj Jim Denny, along with Deb Honeycutt as bridesmaid and Kevin Freeman as the ring bearer, who are also a part of the station’s morning show.

Gary, Jay and Joe Don then jetted onto the stage of the “Flatts Fest” Karaoke Challenge while contestant Jessi Bennett was performing, who won the chance to perform through a pre-show contest hosted by local radio station WLHK. After a short moment to pull herself together, she finished singing while the guys stood by to cheer her on. Her performance was followed by the band doing a shortened karaoke version of their hit “Bless The Broken Road,” which began with a slightly revised singing performance by Jay, ever the comedian.

Fans can catch all this excitement as crews from GAC’s Headline Country and CMT’s Insider were on hand. The shows will air Thursday, July 28 and Saturday, July 30 respectively. Today, Storme Warren hosts his 4-hour afternoon drive show on The Highway on SiriusXM 4:00-8:00pm EST from Flatts Fest.

Fans can also catch the excitement when the tour makes a stop in their town. You never know where Rascal Flatts may show up.

Click Here to view a full list of Flatts Fest Tour Dates!

Zac Brown Band Teams Up With Gander Mountain & Offers Exclusive Southern Ground Products

Gander Mountain is proud to announce a unique alliance with GRAMMY-winning and multiplatinum artist Zac Brown Band, as the nation’s first retailer to carry Southern Ground products. The three-team partnership includes an arrangement with Soles4Souls, by which the Nashville-based charity will provide seven pairs of shoes to people in need for every exclusive Zac Brown Band hat purchased at Gander Mountain.

“For millions, Zac Brown Band’s music is the perfect accompaniment to the ‘We live outdoors’ lifestyle that Gander Mountain helps provide. It makes perfect sense that Gander Mountain is the first retailer in the nation to carry Zac’s great line of Southern Ground products,” said Steve Uline, Gander Mountain’s executive vice president of marketing. “We are happy to be a part of this partnership, which will mean countless pairs of shoes for those in need via the important involvement of Soles4Souls in this exciting partnership.”

Among the Southern Ground products available at all 116 Gander Mountain stores and via
www.GanderMountain.com is an exclusive Zac Brown Band hat with a hand-tooled leather patch that has been assembled by Zac’s Southern Hide leather shop. The cotton twill hat, which retails for $20, features an embroidered Soles4Souls logo.

"We are extremely excited about our partnership with Gander Mountain and Zac Brown Band," said Wayne Elsey, Founder and CEO of Soles4Souls. "For every Zac Brown Band hat purchased, seven lives around the world will be changed with the gift of shoes. It doesn't get any sweeter than that."

Only available online at
GanderMtn.com will be another amazing product from the Southern Grind shop in Georgia, the hand-crafted GranDaddy knife, which features a blade made of recycled saw blades and a custom sheath. Other Southern Ground items available at Gander Mountain include Zac’s Georgia Clay Spice Rub, Brown Sauce Marinade, the Southern Ground Cook Book (a collection of recipes developed by Zac and Executive Chef Rusty Hamlin) and the band’s latest CD 'You Get What You Give (Atlantic/Southern Ground).

“Southern Ground represents the things I love most -- family, friends, food, and music,” said Zac Brown, front man of the Grammy Award-winning band. “I’m happy to work with Gander Mountain and Soles4Souls, to help bring our Southern Ground products to more people throughout the country, while also being able to help people in need.”

For the nearest store location call 800-282-5993 or visit www.GanderMountain.com Gander Mountain is also the parent company of Overton’s (www.overtons.com), a leading catalog and Internet based retailer of products for boating and other water sports enthusiasts.
To keep up to date with the Zac Brown Band including their tour dates, please visiit their official website, www.zacbrownband.com

Eric Church To Release New Album 'CHIEF' Tomorrow & Will Celebrate With His Fans

The reigning ACM New Solo Vocalist of the Year, EMI Records Nashville’s Eric Church, will release his highly-anticipated third studio album, CHIEF, tomorrow, Tuesday, July 26, featuring the Top 15 critically-acclaimed hit “Homeboy.”

USA Today named “Homeboy” their Pick of the Week and Billboard raved “the singer/songwriter has never hidden his rock’n’roll sensibilities.  But there’s no doubt he’s country to the core…. [“Homeboy”] does a fine job of bridging the gap between twang and tilt.”

The single is not Church’s only material receiving praise.  Critics have responded enthusiastically to CHIEF in early reviews:

-    “ . . . one of Nashville’s sharpest young songwriters, and on CHIEF the rock guitars and twangy blues are set against big hooks and finely grained storytelling.”  - Rolling Stone

-    “ . . . one of Nashville's most detail-oriented songwriters…the honesty of his confessions can sear." – Entertainment Weekly
-    “ . . . this is one of the most enjoyable listens in country music this year." – American Songwriter
-    “Together with his producer, Jay Joyce, Eric has created the most lively, and arguably most adventurous, record to come out of Nashville this year. You can almost feel the crowd jostle and the beer spill onto your boots as the album unfolds…” – Country Weekly
-    “Every good artist reaches a watershed moment and Eric Church has arrived at his with ‘CHIEF.’” – The Boston Globe

-   “ . . . brimming with blow-ups, kiss-offs and a few salty tears between the sneers…Church knows how to tell a story.”  -- The Washington Post

-    “Hail to the ‘Chief’ of country music” – The Virginian-Pilot

For CHIEF, Church has once again teamed up with Producer Jay Joyce (Patty Griffin, Cage the Elephant, Emmylou Harris).  Joyce produced previous releases SINNERS LIKE ME (2006) and CAROLINA (2008) which have produced six Top 20 hits (“How ‘Bout You,” “Two Pink Lines,” and “Guys Like Me” from his 2006 critically-acclaimed debut; “Love Your Love The Most,” “Hell On The Heart,” and “Smoke A Little Smoke” from his RIAA Gold® Certified sophomore release CAROLINA). 

Church will celebrate the release of CHIEF the way he celebrates all the important milestones of his career – with his fans.  A sold-out New York City crowd will be treated to an intimate performance on July 26 at Bowery Ballroom for “CHIEF: Deconstructed” where Church and many of the songwriters from the album will share the stories behind the songs they penned during Church’s month of seclusion in the North Carolina cabin. 

CHIEF Track-by-Track:

1. Creepin’ (Eric Church / Marv Green)

2. Drink In My Hand (Eric Church, Michael P. Heeney, Luke Laird)

3. Keep On (Eric Church / Ryan Tyndell)

4. Like Jesus Does (Casey Beathard / Monty Criswell)

5. Hungover & Hard Up (Eric Church / Luke Laird)

6. Homeboy (Eric Church / Casey Beathard)

7. Country Music Jesus (Eric Church / Jeremy Spillman)

8. Jack Daniels (Eric Church / Jeff Hyde / Lynn Hutton)

9. Springsteen (Eric Church / Jeff Hyde / Ryan Tyndell)

10. I’m Gettin’ Stoned (Eric Church / Jeff Hyde / Casey Beathard / Jeremy Cradey)

11. Over When It’s Over (Eric Church / Luke Laird)

Church will continue to make appearances in support of the release including upcoming shows through October on Toby Keith’s “Locked and Loaded Tour.”  For more information, please visit www.ericchurch.com

Alan Jackson's New Video "Long Way To Go"

Country music superstar Alan Jackson will premiere his video for “Long Way To Go” July 26 on GAC and July 27 on CMT.  Jackson will elaborate on the making of the video during his appearances on GAC’s Top 20 Country Countdown on July 29 and CMT’s Top 20 Countdown on August 5.  “Long Way To Go” is the first single from Jackson’s new studio album to be released this fall and the debut single from the joint venture between EMI Records Nashville and ACR (Alan’s Country Records).

The video, directed by Steven Goldmann, was shot at the Square Grouper bar in Jupiter, Florida.  It finds Jackson and his band waiting all day to shoot a video in the Florida sun because the forecast is filled with “rain, rain and more rain.” While Jackson, his band and the entire video crew wait for the rain to pass, the fun begins. Check it out at www.alanjackson.com.

“I guess I’m lucky – we get to shoot in some pretty cool places, whether it’s down on a beach or on a boat or a river or wherever,” Jackson says. “I’m good friends with the guy that owns the bar, so we thought we’d take the band and go down and shoot there.”

Chris Young Scores His 4th Consecutive #1 With Smash Hit Single "Tomorrow"

Tomorrow continues to look bright for Chris Young!  Less than two weeks following the release of his highly acclaimed third album NEON, which opened at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 chart to sales of more than 72,000 copies, Grammy nominated performer Chris Young has scored his fourth consecutive #1 smash with “Tomorrow.”

“I am completely blown away,” shares Chris after learning of the song’s chart topping status. “For
NEON to get such an amazing response from the fans and then for ‘Tomorrow’ to go to #1 right after, it feels like I’m living a dream!”

Written by Young with Frank Myers and Anthony Smith, “Tomorrow” is sitting pretty this week at #1 on the Billboard and Mediabase country airplay charts. The song, called a “career defining cut” by the Associated Press, is certified GOLD by the RIAA with more than 615,000 downloads, making it his best-selling digital track to date.

The singer/songwriter’s three previous chart toppers include “Gettin’ You Home,” “Voices” and the title track to his 2009 sophomore album, The Man I Want To Be.

Next up for Young is an appearance on ABC-TV’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! on July 27 where he’ll perform songs from the recently released NEON.

For tour dates and all the latest information on Chris Young, visit www.chrisyoungcountry.com.

Trace Adkins Added To List Of Performers For ABC's TV Special 'CMA Music Festival: Country's Night To Rock'

Country star Trace Adkins has been added to the list of performers appearing in the three-hour, primetime concert special: "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock," airing Sunday, Aug. 14 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Adkins joins a concert lineup that includes individual performances from The Band Perry, Dierks Bentley, Sara Evans, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, Reba, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, and Keith Urban. The special also features one-of-a-kind collaborations including Alabama performing with Brad Paisley; Jason Aldean collaborating with Kelly Clarkson; a late-night jam with Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow; Josh Turner singing with "American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery; "Idol" runner up Lauren Alaina joining Martina McBride; Gretchen Wilson partying with Big & Rich; and Alan Jackson performing with Zac Brown Band.

Behind-the-ropes access is part of the special including interviews with The Band Perry, Aldean and Clarkson, Lady Antebellum, Swift, and Shania Twain; a late-night jam at a downtown club with Luke Bryan; and a day in the life of McCreery and Alaina as they experience their first CMA Music Festival. Several artists step up to introduce their peers including Bentley, McBride, Rascal Flatts, John Rich, Rucker, Shelton, and Twain.
The annual event, which originally started as Fan Fair® in 1972, is unlike any other: four days, 30 hours of autograph signings, 100 hours of live music, hundreds of artists and celebrities, and a party list of thousands of avid, singing and dancing-till-dawn fans. This is the seventh time ABC will broadcast this special, which invites the country to America's biggest Country Music bash.

Tickets for 2012 CMA Music Festival, which will be held Thursday through Sunday, June 7-10, go on sale Saturday, July 30 (10:00 AM/CT). Fans can order tickets for 2012 CMA Music Festival by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or 1-800-CMA-FEST (262-3378). To purchase tickets online, visit www.CMAfest.com or www.Ticketmaster.com.

Jason Michael Carroll's New Album "Numbers" Available Now Exclusively At Cracker Barrel

Former Cracker Barrel Old Country Store server Jason Michael Carroll brings his new CD Numbers to the table as the first artist ever signed by the company’s exclusive music program who once worked in one of its restaurants.  Carroll, who started singing in public while working as a server at the Cracker Barrel located in Henderson, N.C., has joined the ranks of the stars in the company’s exclusive music program.

The CD Numbers is a compilation of songs about everyday life experiences, including “Alyssa Lies,” which reached #5 on the Billboard Country Chart from Carroll’s 2007 album, and the title song “Numbers,” written by Patrick Davis and Rodney Clawson.  “Most numbers mean absolutely nothing,” says Carroll, “but some of them, like the date you meet the person you are going to spend the rest of your life with, mean everything.”  Cracker Barrel and Carroll collaborated with the Quarterback Records radio team, GrassRoots and country radio nationwide to debut the song as a single this past April.  The Numbers CD debuts today exclusively at all Cracker Barrel Old Country Store locations and online at crackerbarrel.com.

“Jason Michael Carroll’s Cracker Barrel experience has come full circle,” said Julie Craig, Marketing Manager for Cracker Barrel.  “Numbers is about the connection between being at certain places at certain times in your life, and our special connection with Jason was born the day he started working in our Henderson store.  He’s already made history within the Cracker Barrel family and we hope when people hear this CD, he’ll be on his way to making some music history as well.”

In addition to the 12 songs featured on the CD, fans will have an opportunity to see Jason Michael Carroll perform on the porches of some Cracker Barrel Old Country Store locations this summer.  Dates and times will be posted on crackerbarrel.com/music as soon as they are confirmed.

Tracks on Numbers:

1.     This Is For The Lonely
2.     Numbers
3.     Ray Of Hope
4.     Meet Me In The Barn
5.     Hell Or Hallelujah
6.     Can I Get An Amen
7.     My Favorite
8.     Don't Know Why
9.     Let Me
10.  Stray
11.  Last Word
12.  Alyssa Lies (from the album Waitin’ in the Country, Arista Records, 2007)

Margaret Durante Scores #1 Video Two Weeks In A Row On GAC

Photographed L to R: Nan Kelley and Margaret Durante
Photo Credit: Chris Coward
Emrose/R&J Records recording artist Margaret Durante recently visited GAC's Top 20 Country Countdown where she spoke with host Nan Kelley about her avid fans who continue to push her "Maybe Tonight" video to the top of the fan-voted countdown. The appearance marked the singer-songwriter's first time to be interviewed on the popular program, but she's certainly no stranger to the countdown. Just last week, her video placed #1 for the second time since making its record-breaking debut on the countdown earlier this month. Margaret was surprised to learn she had once again scored the #1 spot, as she read the teleprompter introducing her video.

"Maybe Tonight" is the latest release form Margaret's current digital EP of the same name. Look for her full-length album to be released later this year.  

Pistol Annie's New Video "Hell On Heels"

Check out Pistol Annie's brand new video for their current single "Hell On Heels"!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Jake Owen Reveals Album Cover For 'Barefoot Blue Jean Night'

Jake Owen revealed the album cover for his upcoming third studio album Barefoot Blue Jean Night available on August 30th.  Barefoot Blue Jean Night will include 11 songs, including the album title hit single.  The debut single, “Barefoot Blue Jean Night,” is the fastest rising single of Jake’s career.  

To check out the video for "Barefoot Blue Jean Night", please click HERE.  Keep up to date with Jake by visiting his official website www.JakeOwen.net.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Billy Currington's New Video "Love Done Gone"

Platinum-selling country star Billy Currington just released the music video for his latest single “Love Done Gone”, to his fans on his website at www.billycurrington.com. The video was shot last month in New Orleans, Louisiana, and was directed by Potsy, who has worked on the last four videos with Billy. The “Love Done Gone” video can also be seen on GAC, where it has already landed in the fan-voted Top 20 Countdown. 

“I knew when I first heard the song that I wanted to do this video in New Orleans - it’s such a fun and colorful city,” said Billy. “We had a blast filming there and all the people in the video are true locals from the city. It turned out to be such a fun video that I really think the fans are going to like.”

Billy is currently on Kenny Chesney's "Goin' Coastal Tour".  To see if he is coming to an area near you, please visit his official website www.BillyCurrington.com.

Jason Aldean Joins The Lineup For 'The Colt Ford And Friends Benefit Concert'

Jason Aldean will join Colt Ford, James Otto, Edwin McCain, Rhett Atkins & more for The Colt Ford and Friends Benefit Concert benefiting two police officers, one of which lost his life in the line of duty.

Tickets went on sale today for The Colt Ford and Friends Benefit Concert, which will be put on by Colt Ford along with many of his friends in the country music industry, including fellow Georgia native, Jason Aldean. Ford found out about the shootings of Senior Police Officer Elmer “Buddy” Christian and Senior Police Officer Tony Howard back in March when he returned home from touring. Ford, who is known for his heart of gold, decided to help the officers’ families by throwing the concert and silent auction in their names.

The concert will take place at The Georgia Theater, located at 215 North Lumpkin St. in Athens, GA. The show will begin at 7:30 PM. General admission tickets are $50.00 and VIP tickets (consisting of premier seating, early admission and a pre-show cocktail reception) are $150.00. Tickets will be available for purchase online HERE.

James Otto's Fans Donated $4,000 To ND Tornado Victims During Live Streaming Benefit Concert

It’s no question James Otto’s Ottomaniacs are crazy about the country singer, but they also have a heart for helping those in need. On Thursday, July 7, James’ fans came together to raise $4,000 for flood victims in Minot, ND as a result of his live streaming benefit concert on StageIt.com. Total proceeds from tips and ticket sales totaled $2,000, and one anonymous fan generously matched that amount bringing the total donation to $4,000 for the local Red Cross in Minot, ND.

“I can’t even begin to express my gratitude to those of you who pitched in to help those in my home-state who are suffering such great losses because of the floods,” said James. “I love getting to play music for a living, but in the end, all it really comes down to is what we do for one another. Thanks to everyone who tuned in so that we could collectively make sure our friends in Minot are taken care of.”

The benefit was part of the series Otto began in early June called “Thirsty Thursdays” in which he performs live streaming shows via online broadcast from his home studio.

To register for the next show, visit www.StageIt.com, create your profile and then click on James’ artist page to purchase tickets for $5 each.

For more information about James Otto and “Thirsty Thursdays,” visit www.JamesOtto.net,

Luke Bryan Gives His Microphone Stand Away To A Fan During His Concert

You’ve seen artists toss guitar picks and towels and water bottles into the crowd. Luke Bryan gave away a microphone stand Wednesday night (July 20) in the middle of a one-hour show for the Samsung AT&T Summer Krush 2011 concert series.

Luke performed a high-energy, 12-song set at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville—and in all his running back and forth across the stage, he smashed into his mic stand a couple of times. So at show’s end, he picked up the stand and handed it to a fan and said, “You can have the piece of crap mic stand. Here, take it home with you.” The fan gave it back to the crew when Luke went to change for a few do-overs. But Luke got a Sharpie, autographed the mic stand and gave it back to the fan.

The other cool part of the night: Luke also did a mash-up of his breakout hit, “All My Friends Say,” and Metallica’s “Enter Sandman.” Luke hesitated just for a second, given the decades-long history of traditional country music played at the Opry. Then he muttered, “I’m sorry, Bill Monroe,” and plunged in, thrilling the 3,500-person crowd.

A snippet of the show will end up on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Phil Vassar's New Video "Let's Get Together"

Looking for the perfect summer song for your boat, pool or beach playlist?  Phil Vassar has you covered!  "Let's Get Together" is currently burning up the radio charts and the new music video is just as hot.  Shot at Phil's home in Nashville, the video finds Phil and all his friends and family doing exactly what the song encourages... getting together for some fun in the sun!  It's filled with swimming, dancing, grilling, camp fires, hot tubs and a good ole fashion kayak race in the pool.  Yup, you heard that right!  Check out the video here and download your copy of the song in iTunes here.

Carrie Underwood & Tony Bennett To Perform Together On Season Premiere Of 'Blue Bloods'

Multiple Grammy Award-winning musical sensations Tony Bennett and Carrie Underwood will perform, on the second season premiere of BLUE BLOODS, Friday, Sept. 23 (10:00 – 11:00 PM ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. 

Bennett and Underwood will play themselves when they perform at a fundraiser that Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck) and Erin Reagan-Boyle (Bridget Moynahan) are attending for the newly appointed mayor. Bennett and Underwood greet the Reagans before performing a duet of "It Had To Be You" for the crowd. Originally, Bennett and Underwood collaborated on this duet of the classic pop standard for Bennett’s new album, "Duets II," due out on Sept. 20.

"Having musical legend Tony Bennett and the hugely talented country music star Carrie Underwood perform on our show is a true gift. The talent that they bring together is amazing," said Executive Producer Leonard Goldberg. "We're looking forward to an exciting second season premiere, with a story that is certain to provoke debate, and are thrilled that Tony and Carrie can be a part of it."

Be sure to tune-in to Blue Bloods on Friday, September 23rd!

Steve Holy Premieres His New Video "Love Don't Run"

Steve Holy’s video “Love Don’t Run” makes its world premiere on CMT.com today. Catch it online at CMT.com or tune in to CMT Pure, the network’s digital all-music channel, beginning July 25 where it has been added in heavy rotation. Currently a hit at radio, “Love Don’t Run” is the first single off of Steve’s much anticipated third studio album due out later this fall.
Directed by Eric Welch, the video was filmed in Nashville, TN at the Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Museum in stifling heat and humidity.  Shot in period costume with the beautiful Cheekwood mansion as a backdrop, the video depicts two young lovers fighting to stay together as Steve narrates the story.
“Love Don’t Run,” written by  Joe Leathers, Rachael Thibodeau and Ben Glover, is currently at number 24 on the country charts making it Steve’s fastest climbing single to date.