Monday, May 31, 2010

Help Gloriana Name Their Summer 2010 Tour

Gloriana is finishing up on the Fearless Tour with Taylor Swift and getting ready to embark on their own summer tour but they need your help! The band is reaching out to fans and asking them to help them name their summer 2010 tour. To enter, email glorianamusic@gmail.com Subject Line: Summer Tour Name: Age: Phone Number: Summer Tour Name: The band will choose 5 favorites and then put it out there for everyone to vote. The winner will get a pair of tickets to a concert of their choice as well as a meet & greet with the band! Click HERE to see a list of Gloriana's tour dates. Fore more information on the band, please visit their official website: www.gloriana.com

Sunday, May 30, 2010

More Free Music From CMA & iTunes

Its almost time for the CMA Music Festival and the Country Music Association along with iTunes are bringing more FREE Music to you!! There is a 10 song playlist available for you right now to download into your iTunes library. Click HERE to download your playlist today.
  • Chris Young - Voices
  • Randy Houser - Whistlin Dixie
  • Matt Kennon - The Call
  • Sammy Kershaw - The Snow White Rows Of Arlington
  • Steve Azar - Sinkin’ or Swimin’ (with you)
  • Frankie Ballard - Tell Me You Get Lonely
  • Radney Foster - Angel Flight
  • David Ball - Houston Again
  • Randy Montana - Ain't Much Left Of Lovin' You
  • John Cowan - Carry On

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Brad Paisley Performing At 2010 National Memorial Day Concert

Brad Paisley will be performing at the 2010 National Memorial Day Concert which airs on PBS Sunday, May 30th at 8PM EST. While Paisley is the only Country Artist scheduled to perform, there are several talented artists performing to make the evening a fantastic event. Be sure to check your local listing for exact air time. For more information on the concert, please go directly to http://www.pbs.org/memorialdayconcert/concert/

Sugarland On Good Morning America

Friday, May 28, 2010

Zac Brown Band Newest Video - 'Free'

In honor of Memorial Day, the USO, CMT and Zac Brown Band bring you the brand new video 'Free'. The video is amazing and powerful as it contains footage from the USO Tours that the Zac Brown Band have embarked on recently.

Miranda Lambert's 'Cause For Paws' Is A Success

Miranda Lambert's 3rd Annual Cause For Paws Sold-Out Event was held last weekend and $91,000 was raised for this Cause that is dear to Miranda. Guests enjoyed dinner and a concert featuring Miranda Lambert with special guests Nightwork, Kacey Musgraves, Whiskey Myers and a surprise appearance by Miranda's fiance, Blake Shelton.
Miranda offered to donate $2,800 for Blake Shelton to come up and perform his hit single "Hillbilly Bone". The crowd was encouraged to donate as well while the couple sang together for "tips". It is reported that over $1,000 was donated from fans during the song.
“It is the best feeling in the world to know we are helping in the fight to treat and find homes for abandoned and abused animal,” says Lambert. “Since we started working with the Humane Society of East Texas over 3 years ago, we have donated over $325,000 and they have become a ‘no kill’ shelter. Every year it amazes me that people spend their hard-earned money to partner with us in this fight. I am very grateful!”
This year's event was the best so far,” said Bev Lambert who is the Director of MuttNation. “Miranda was able to bring her full band to her home community and it was the first time many in the area had seen her perform. There was definitely electricity in the air!”
A portion of the events proceeds were donated to help animals that were affected by the recent Nashville flood.

Joey & Rory Host The 2nd Annual Bib & Buckle Fest

ACM Top New Vocal Duo Joey & Rory will be hosting the 2nd Annual Bib & Buckle Fest scheduled for Saturday, June 5th in Pottsville, TN which is about 45 minutes south of Nashville. This years event is being called the Un-Official CMT Can You Duet Season I Reunion. Joey & Rory will be joined by cast members Caitlin & Will and Kate & Kacey as well as other members from the season.
"We had been doing this for a few years before it got it’s official name. It was originally created as a homecoming concert and a day of family fun, food and music for all of our neighbors," says Rory. “When people actually started coming in from as far as Michigan, Florida and even Washington State, we decided it needed to be a special yearly event.”
“When you travel all over the country singing for people like we do,” adds Joey, “It's so
neat to be able to have them come to us and to share our own community with them." Joey says, "and the name Bib & Buckle fest? Well, it's kind of obvious I guess. I've always worn a belt buckle with my jeans and Rory loves his Carhartt bib overalls."
The pickin’ begins at 3:00 p.m. and the eatin’ at 5:00 p.m. Live music will continue into the evening with the hosts' headlining performance beginning at 7:00 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn-chairs or quilts for seating to fully enjoy a fun family evening outside in the grass and under the stars.
"This year, for fun, we decided to make it a "Can You Duet" Season 1 reunion and invite some of the other artists that were on the TV show with us in 2008”, says Rory. “They are all so talented and honestly, we never get to see each other any more. This is a chance for us to all reconnect, and even more...for our fans to connect with the other artists they loved on the show also.”
Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for kids 12 and under (ticket price includes meal, dessert, drinks and entertainment.) To purchase tickets, visit www.joeyandrory.com or call Marcy Jo's Meal House at 931-380-0968. Rain date is schedule for Sunday, June 6, 2010.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Brooks & Dunn Mondays on Satellite Radio

Sirius XM's Satellite Radio's Prime Country channel is celebrating Brooks and Dunn’s Last Rodeo Tour with Last Rodeo Radio. Every Monday from Memorial Day through Labor Day you will hear tons of Brooks and Dunn music along with Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn recounting their past 20 years of making some of the best country music. You will also hear stories from the duo and hear some of their favorite music and artists. Be sure to tune in to Brooks & Dunn Mondays on your Prime Country Satellite Radio Channel.

Send In Your Questions For Uncle Kracker

We're interviewing your favorite Uncle and want YOU to be a part of it!!! We will be interviewing Uncle Kracker and talking about his upcoming six-song country album Happy Hour: The South River Road Sessions which will be available on June 22nd. If you have a question for Uncle Kracker, email us at cmr@countrymusicrocks.net and we will choose some questions for him to answer. Uncle Kracker will be attending the 2010 CMT Music Awards on June 9th as well as performing at the CMT Music Festival on June 13th at the festival’s Riverfront Park Stage.

Musicians On Call Auctions Going On Now

Musicians On Call (MOC) is a nonprofit organization that brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities. MOC is hosting a series of weekly auctions throughout the summer at www.ebay.com/moc for Country Music Fans giving them the opportunity to donate to a wonderful cause while also picking up artist memorabilia, concert tickets, Meet & Greets, etc... The auction series kicked off this week offering a pair of Taylor Swift Tickets and Meet & Greet Passes to her Washington DC show. A pair of Brooks & Dunn Tickets and Meet & Greet passes are also up for grabs for their Washington DC show which is a fantastic opportunity given that this is their farewell tour. Other auctions items that are available are: Autographed Guitars from Carrie Underewood, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Vince Gill & Kellie Pickler. Meet & Greet passes and concert tickets for Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney, Reba McEntire, Alan Jackson, Chris Young, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride and Kellie Pickler Individual auctions will run for 10 days each so be sure to mark your calendar or set up a reminder to check back each Monday (www.ebay.com/moc) throughout the summer to see when your favorite celebrity is on the auction block!

Gary Allan's 'Get Off The Pain' On Special For A Few More Days

There are only a few days left to pick up your copy of Gary Allan's album 'Get Off The Pain' for only $5.00 on Amazon.com "Get Off The Pain" is Gary's recent single which is following up his previous hit "Today" from the album. Click HERE and download your copy of 'Get Off The Pain' today!

Get Your Dance On With Matt Stillwell's New Video

Check out Matt Stillwell's new video "Dirt Road Dancing" and let us know what you think. Did it get you dancing in your seat???

Lady Antebellum Donates All Proceeds From Sold Out FanClub Party To Nashville Flood Relief

Lady Antebellum announced that all proceeds from their sold out fan club party on June 10th will benefit the Nashville Flood Relief

Also, Lady A will have a live stream available of the event that will be available on their website for a $5 donation and will begin streaming at 10:15 am ET on June 10th. You can pre-order your tickets now for the live stream concert by clicking here: www.ladyantebellum.com/live

“It was great to be a part of the benefit at the Ryman… to see how everyone is coming together for Nashville and the surrounding areas is really inspiring,” says Dave Haywood. “We want to keep doing our part because it isn’t over yet... Music City has a long way to go. Streaming the event online is a cool way for us to include more of our fans in this event, and all the money goes to a great cause.” For more information on Lady Antebellum, please visit their official website at www.ladyantebellum.com

The 1st Round Of The 2010 CMT Music Awards Presenters Are.....

The first round of presenters for the 2010 CMT Music Awards have been announced and include celebrity cook Paula Deen, American Idol Judge Kara DioGuardi, NFL player Terrell Owens, actress Hayden Panettiere, NASCAR legend Richard Petty and Saturday Night Live actor Kenan Thompson. Country artists Trisha Yearwood and the Zac Brown Band will also be presenters during the event as well. The 2010 CMT Music Awards air live on June 9th at 8pm ET/PT on CMT. The awards show will be hosted by Kid Rock and include performances from Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and the Zac Brown Band with more to be announced at a later date

Lady Antebellum Webisode Wednesday #107

Lady Antebellum's performance at ACM Presents: Brooks & Dunn - The Last Rodeo

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Zac Brown Band's Letters For Lyrics - Submit Your Letter To A U.S. Soldier Today

On May 10th, the Ram Truck Brand and Zac Brown Band launched “Letters for Lyrics” a national letter-writing campaign to show appreciation to U.S. soldiers stationed around the world. To date, more than 25,000 people have submitted letters at either a local Ram Truck dealership or at a Zac Brown Band concert. Zac Brown Band and RAM have been moved by the kindness and expressions of gratitude that folks are showing our soldiers. However, the goal is to send 1 million letters of appreciation to our U.S. soldiers and they will not stop until they reach their goal. Memorial Day is a fitting time to say thank you for the valor and commitment that our U.S. troops show to this great country each and every day. Please take two minutes and watch the following video that the Zac Brown Band created to encourage people to write letters to our U.S. soldiers. For more information on Letters for Lyrics, please click HERE or visit the official website for Zac Brown Band www.zacbrownband.com

Customize Your Own CMA Music Festival Schedule Online

“The Ultimate Country Music Fan Experience,” the CMA Music Festival, will be more interactive than ever thanks to new online features. The 2010 CMA Music Festival takes place Thursday - Sunday, June 10th - 13th in downtown Nashville. Fans can have complete control over their experience at this year’s event with the newly added “Customize Your Schedule” feature on CMAfest.com. Built by Austin, Texas-based Seed Labs, users can access the entire line-up of artists performing at the Festival, arranged alphabetically by day or by venue. Each user may create their own customized schedule of activities by simply clicking on the name of an artist. When finished assembling their personalized schedule, fans can print their schedule to carry with them for easy on-site CMA Fest planning and navigation.

Fans can create an account to save their custom schedule, or they can login with Facebook Connect. With the Facebook Connect integration, fans are able to share their own personal schedule with Facebook friends, easily post their schedule and comments to their Facebook newsfeed, and see how many of their friends have added artist to their own custom schedules simply by scrolling over the name of an artist.

A free CMA Music Festival iPhone application, developed by DoStuff Media, of Austin, Texas, is now available in the Apple iTunes Store. The application provides a mobile version of the custom schedule page on CMAfest.com and a “You are Here” map feature using the iPhone’s GPS capability to give fans the exact location of where they are within the CMA Music Festival footprint.

“We are excited to harness technology to help Country fans get the most out of their experience at this year’s Festival,” said Steve Moore, Chairman of the CMA Board of Directors. “With an overload of entertainment options taking place, the Custom Schedule allows fans to plan ahead, so they can conquer the Festival on their own terms.”

This year, CMA will be donating all net proceeds from this year’s CMA Music Festival to benefit music education in Metro Nashville Public Schools and flood relief for victims of the recent devastation in Middle Tennessee.

Uncle Kracker Heading To Nashville & Releasing New Album

As previously reported, Top Dog/Atlantic recording artist Uncle Kracker will be releasing a new 6-song album entitled “Happy Hour - The South River Road Sessions.” The 6-song release is due to arrive in stores and at all DSPs on June 22nd.

The new album features reinterpretations of tracks originally found on Uncle Kracker’s acclaimed 2009 album, “HAPPY HOUR,” recorded in Nashville by producers Keith Stegall (Alan Jackson, Zac Brown Band, George Jones) and Rob Cavallo (Kid Rock). Among the highlights is a country version of the RIAA platinum certified single, “Smile,” which reached #2 at Hot AC radio upon its initial release. Currently, “Smile” is approaching Top 25 at Country, with its companion video currently standing as both a top 5 smash on Great American Country’s Top 20 Country Countdown and a top 20 rotation favorite at CMT.

The release also includes new renditions of “Good To Be Me” featuring guest vocals from longtime friend/songwriting partner Kid Rock (who also produced the track) and “Me Again,” a touching duet with rising country singer Jesse Lee. Finally, “Happy Hour – The South River Road Sessions” includes “Letter To My Daughters,” a classic cut from Uncle Kracker’s back catalogue specifically selected by the Detroit-based singer-songwriter for inclusion on this release.

Uncle Kracker is, of course, no stranger to the world of country music, having already topped Billboard’s “Hot Country Songs” chart for five consecutive weeks with “When The Sun Goes Down,” his 2004 collaboration with country superstar Kenny Chesney. In 2008, Uncle Kracker returned to the Country charts having co-written Kid Rock’s smash “All Summer Long” which peaked at #3. What’s more, Uncle Kracker has toured extensively with Chesney as both support act and special guest.

“I’ve always had a genuine passion for country. I think that audiences appreciate that, and that’s why they’re giving me a chance,” Uncle Kracker explains. “Country music was one of the types of music I grew up with, so elements of it naturally come out in my songwriting. Listening to a lot of my songs - all the way back to ‘Follow Me’ - I feel like I’ve been making country music for years.”

Next up, Uncle Kracker will celebrate the release of “Happy Hour - The South River Road Sessions” with a visit to the 2010 CMT Music Awards, slated for broadcast Wednesday, June 9th on CMT. He will then be among the star-studded line-up appearing in Nashville at the annual CMA Music Festival, scheduled for June 13 at the festival’s Riverfront Park Stage.

From there, the hard-traveling Uncle Kracker will embark on a summer-long tour that will include headline dates as well as shows at both music festivals and state and county fairs across America. For a complete itinerary and ticket information, please visit www.unclekracker.com/tour-dates.

Track & Tunes With Darius Rucker & The Coke Zero 400 Race

What could be better than a day filled with Racing, an ice cold Coke Zero and of course Country Music??? Well ...add Darius Rucker to the mix and you have yourself a pretty fabulous day!!

This will be a historic moment for all that attend the Coke Zero 400 Race on July 3rd as it will be the last race on Daytona's original asphalt. The track will be re-paved after this race and ready for the 2011 season.

Coke Zero Presents Track & Tunes giving fans an opportunity to win a trip to the 2010 Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. Included with this trip is a VIP Pre-Race Experience & Tickets to the Race as well as VIP Viewing for the Darius Rucker Pre-Race Concert.

TWO very lucky winners will have the opportunity to win this VIP package which includes travel and hotel accommodations. There will also be several additional prizes awarded in addition to this Grand Prize. Click HERE to enter to win.

“We’re excited to welcome back Darius Rucker to Daytona International Speedway,” track president Robin Braig. “Darius is quickly becoming one of the most recognizable voices in country music and we’re looking forward to both his pre-race concert as well as his rendition of the National Anthem.” In addition to the Darius Rucker's Concert presented by LongHorn Steakhouse and performing the National Anthem, a special ticket package has been designed around Rucker and includes a Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola race ticket, a Sprint FANZONE/Pre-Race Pit Pass and VIP area access to Rucker’s performance. The exclusive ticket package starts at $110. To purchase this special ticket package, Click HERE

Luke Bryan Giving Away Tickets To "Nashville Rising" Benefit Concert

Luke Bryan is giving away two tickets to the "Nashville Rising" benefit concert. Included with the concert tickets is also a hotel stay in Nashville! This contest is open to Fan Club Members better known as Nut House members ONLY! If you're not yet a Fan Club/Nut House Member, click HERE. Please note that no travel arrangements will be provided.

The deadline to enter is June 14th so log in to your member account and enter today!

The benefit concert for flood recovery takes place on June 22 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. For more information on the concert, visit the Nashville Rising website.

Scheduled to appear at the "Nashville Rising" Benefit is: Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Brooks & Dunn, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift and many more.

Joe Nichols Performance Of "Gimme That Girl" On The View

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Band Perry's New Video "If I Die Young"

The Band Perry's latest video for their new single "If I Die Young" has been released on Great American Country. "If I Die Young" is the second single from The Band Perry whose successful hit "Hip To My Heart" won hearts of many nationwide. Enjoy the behind the scenes footage of the making of the video and Click HERE to watch the new video from The Band Perry.

Zac Brown Band Talks About Their New Upcoming Album

The Zac Brown Band have become a fan favorite ever since the first single "Chicken Fried". The band has picked up a Grammy for Best New Artist as well as putting a double-platinum album for The Foundation under their belt. We are fairly certain that their next album will not go unnoticed and even better, there is a possibility that it may be available before the end of this year.

“I would say 85 percent of the album is already cut,” band member Coy Bowles told Billboard. “Zac’s done his vocals. I think he’s got to go back and do some guitar and things of that nature. I don’t want to put any dates out there, but I think it’s set to come out in the fall.”

The Zac Brown Band had about 50 songs to pick from as they recorded the project, which will continue to reflect the group’s multi-genre approach to music.

“We still lean toward a Southern rock/country kind of thing, but there’s definitely radio-friendly stuff and still kind of an island, beachy vibe, and then we go off the beaten path and get into a kind of jam-band world,” Coy noted. “So I think it’s going to be really representative of where we are right now.”

At this time, the album title is tentatively called Get What You Give. "Colder Weather" is expected to be included on the new album. A live version featuring Little Big Town was recorded and included on the previously released Pass The Jar: Live From The Fabulous Fox Theatre In Atlanta.

For more information on the Zac Brown Band and their new album release, please visit their official site by clicking HERE.

Alan Jackson Honored The Fallen Miners At A Benefit Concert

Alan Jackson performed a benefit concert on Saturday (5/22) honoring the fallen miners as well as the rescue workers from the West Virginia mining disaster. The 27 families who lost loved ones and the two whose family members survived met with Jackson before the show. The family for Cory Davis, whose 21st birthday was Saturday the day of the concert, gave Alan a bracelet that signified his birthday. Jackson wore it throughout the show.

Alan Jackson told the packed auditorium that, “We’re here to honor the ones that we lost or were injured and we’re gonna celebrate their lives with some music.”

During the show, Jackson’s long time pedal steel player Robbie Flint who is originally from Sylvester, WV, performed the moving ballad “Coalwood,” from the film October Sky, as the faces of the miners flashed on two large screens on either side of the stage. As each name and face appeared, cheers reverberated through the crowd. Jackson followed the heart-felt tribute with his post 9/11 anthem, “Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning.”

Profits from the benefit concert will go to the Montcoal Mining Disaster Fund which is administrated by the West Virginia Council of Churches.

“Alan Jackson was the right music star for the moment to come to West Virginia and honor the memories of the miners lost at the Upper Big Branch and to all miners who go into the mines each day,” said Rev. Dennis Sparks, Exec Director of the Fund. “His music and performance offers a genuine expression of the hearts of our people. We offer a heartfelt thank you to Alan Jackson, his band and his entire team. The Montcoal Mining Disaster Fund will be enormously enhanced through his concert.”

To make a donation to the Montcoal Mining Disaster Fund, please click HERE.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Carrie Underwood's Public Service Announcement For The Temporary Home Fund

Jake Owen's Newest Video "Tell Me"

Check out Jake Owen's new video for his current single "Tell Me". Leave a comment and Tell Country Music Rocks what you think.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

ACM Presents: Brooks & Dunn - The Last Rodeo



Be sure to tune in on Sunday, May 23, 2010 at 8:00 PM ET/PT on CBS to watch superstars of country music pay tribute to all-time leading ACM Award winners Brooks & Dunn at ACM PRESENTS: BROOKS & DUNN – THE LAST RODEO, featuring performances by Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Faith Hill, Jennifer Hudson, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, George Strait, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban with presenters Dr. Maya Angelou, Miranda Cosgrove & Matthew McConaughey.

Ticket proceeds from the live event went to ACM Lifting Lives, which in turn quickly earmarked funding for those affected by the recent floods in Middle Tennessee.

During the tribute concert special, Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn will receive the Academy’s Milestone Award in recognition of their astounding 20-year career and are honored for holding the record for the most wins of any artist in the Academy’s history.

Brooks & Dunn have 27 ACM Awards in total, including three prior Entertainer of the Year awards and a Top Vocal Duo award that they received during the ACM Awards broadcast in April. They hold the record for most Top Vocal Duo wins, with 16 awards, eight of which are consecutive from 2000-2007.

Brooks & Dunn have had 23 #1 hits, sold more than 30 million records, and won more than 80 major industry awards during their career. In August 2009, they announced they will retire as a duo in late 2010 and embark on a final farewell tour this summer, called “The Last Rodeo.”


*Press Release Courtesy of ACM


Saturday, May 22, 2010

Brooks & Dunn and Reba McEntire Perform On David Letterman

Grand Ole Opry Guitar Jam Session

The Grand Ole Opry will be hosting a real live Jam Session. Country Music Arists Vince Gill, Brad Paisley, Ricky Skaggs, and Steve Wariner will grab their guitars and hit the Opry stage on Tuesday May 25th and the world will be able to watch them live at opry.com at 8PM CST on a live stream powered by iClips. The night is set to raise funds for Middle Tennessee Flood Relief as well as kick off the Opry’s months-long 85th Birthday Celebration.

Each Opry member will take the stage individually and then followed by a Guitar Jam Finale featuring the group’s take on some of the most popular songs in the Opry’s 85-year history. The four artists-- each known as a multi-million-selling recording artist as well as an impeccable musician-- have together obtained more than 75 Country Music Association and Grammy Awards.

Throughout the show, fans will be encouraged to contribute to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and its flood relief efforts. The show will be held at the historic Ryman Auditorium, as the Opry has been temporarily displaced from its permanent home --the Grand Ole Opry House-- by this month’s flood.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Lady Antebellum Headlining 'Need You Now 2010 Tour'

Lady Antebellum announced today that they will headlining their Need You Now 2010 Tour, sponsered by Dr. Pepper with opening artist David Nail. Starting on September 20th the trio will hit 35 cities across the nation. “I feel like we were just writing songs for our very first show at this small club in Nashville,” said Hillary Scott. “I can remember being so nervous to perform in front of just a handful of people that night and to think now we’re beginning to headline our very own tour is unbelievable. We have our fans to thank for following us every step of the way!” Cities and dates will be announced within the upcoming weeks, with the first tour stop scheduled for September 20th will be announced on Monday, May 24th. For more information on tour dates and ticket information, please visit www.ladyantebellum.com

Carrie Underwood's Temporary Home Fund

Carrie Underwood and ACM Lifting Lives have teamed up and created the ACM Lifting Lives Temporary Home Fund which will support relief efforts for families devastated by the recent floods in Middle Tennessee. “Last year, I partnered with ACM Lifting Lives to help people in my hometown of Checotah, Oklahoma. Now I’m happy that we can help people in my current home of Nashville,” said Carrie Underwood. Carrie Underwood taped a Public Service Announcement which will be broadcasted during the ACM Presents: Brooks & Dunn - The Last Rodeo airing on Sunday May 23rd at 8PM on CBS. Viewers will be encouraged to text ACM to 501501 to make a one-time $10 donation to the new ACM Lifting Lives Temporary Home Fund. These donations will benefit The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and are earmarked specifically for nonprofits serving those displaced from their homes due to floods. Donations can be made from Now through August 2010. Text donations are confirmed by replying with YES, and can be made up to three times. Donations can also be made online at www.acmliftinglives.org and www.CBS.com/give For more information, please visit www.acmliftinglives.com

Joe Nichols Album Old Things New On Special

Joe Nichols' album Old Things New is on special for only $2.99 right now at Amazon.com. Click HERE to download the entire album. Old Things New contains Joe's recent hit Gimmie That Girl which was just recently #1 for several weeks in a row.

Guitars Of The Stars Benefit Auction

The 2nd Annual Guitars of the Stars benefit auction will be held during CMA Music Festival on Friday June 11th at 3PM at the Ryman Auditorium. This event gives fans an opportunity to bid on guitars decorated by country music artists. All proceeds will go to the Opry Trust Fund and dedicated to the victims of the Middle Tennessee Floods. Contributing decorated guitars are: Alan Jackson, George Jones, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Danny Gokey, The Judds, Jake Owen, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker and more.... Chris Young will perform at the event and will contribute a personalized guitar to the winning bidder.

Brooks & Dunn Dedicated Home On Music Row In Knoxville

This week the duo Brooks & Dunn participated in the dedication of the "Brooks & Dunn House" which is first of many 'Music Row' houses in Knoxville which will provide affordable housing to local families. Knoxville Habitat for Humanity and the Charlie & Moll Anderson Family Foundation teamed up with talented musical artists to build housing during the next ten years. “The work of Habitat for Humanity is extraordinary and inspiring. It is an honor to be part of this project and have our names on one of Knoxville's new ‘Music Row’ homes," said Brooks & Dunn. Brooks & Dunn performed at the first event back in 2008 and the first house is being built in their name. Next year the second home will be built in honor of Martina McBride who performed last year at the 2009 benefit. For more information, please visit www.KnoxvilleHabitatforHumanity.com

Dolly Parton Reaches Out To Help Flood Victims

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Kenny Chesney Songwriters Tribute Kicks Off CMA Music Fest

The Hard Rock in Nashville will help kick off the CMA Music Festival on June 10th by hosting the Kenny Chesney Songwriters Tribute. The Songwriters will come together for a Musicians On Call Songwriters Series Benefit taking place at the Hard Rock Cafe' on Lowest Broadway in Nashville on the first day of the CMA Music Festival. This tribute will feature Mac McAnally (who also dueted on the #1 “Down The Road,” “Back Where I Come From”), Craig Wiseman (“The Good Stuff,” “Ain't Back Yet,” “Summertime”), Brett James (“When The Sun Goes Down,” “Out Last Night”), Neil Thrasher (“There Goes My Life,” “I Lost It”), Wendell Mobley (“There Goes My Life,” “How Forever Feels”) and Casey Beathard (“Don't Blink,” “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems”). “It's amazing the way all of those writers understand where I come from, who I am, the things that matter to me,” says the man who's penned hits of his own “Beer In Mexico,” “I Go Back” and “Out Last Night,” as well as Rascal Flatt's multiple week #1 “Take Me There” and David Nail's rising “Turning Home.” “When you find a song that touches you like theirs have touched me, well, you know those are the songs that're gonna connect -- and I love the fact that those songwriters get to see their songs have life in Nashville during the week when all the fans come to town." “These songwriters are awesome singers and performers in their own right. That they can come together like this -- and help raise money for something as worthwhile as Musicians on Call, which provides recorded music and bedside performances for people to sick to participate in music any other way -- well, that's the power of what songs can do.” Tickets for the show are only $10 and available now at www.TicketAlternative.com.
Kenny Chesney's No Shoes Radio will be broadcasting this event Live, so if you can't attend in person be sure to tune in to www.noshoesradio.com

Go Behind The Scenes Of ACM Presents: Brooks & Dunn - The Last Rodeo

Forbes List Of Top Earning Country Music Artists Is Released

Its that time of year again when Forbes releases its annual list of top earning country music artists. There are several factors considered by Forbes which includes that date range of June 2009 - June 2010 as well as album sales, concert box office receipts, merchandise revenue, etc.... Kenny Chesney topped the list again for the second year in a row with a 57 date tour that brought in over $1.6 million a night. This is a statement well put from the article in Forbes: When it comes to the music business, there's one place where it's even better to make it than in New York: Nashville. Unlike success on the coasts, fame in Nashville seems to come with an irrevocable ticket into the hearts and wallets of country fans who, like the heroes of a sad song, are in it for the long haul. The Top 10 Earners for Country Music Aritsts: 1. Kenny Chesney – $50 Million 2. Toby Keith – $48 Million 3. Taylor Swift – $45 Million 3. Rascal Flatts – $45 Million 5. Tim McGraw – $30 Million 6. Keith Urban – $28 Million 7. George Strait – $25 Million 8. Brad Paisley – $22 Million 9. Alan Jackson – $15 Million 10. Carrie Underwood – $13 Million For more information and to see the entire article please click HERE

Taylor Swift Wins Song Of The Year AT BMI Pop Awards

Taylor Swift needs to make more room on her awards shelf as she just picked up another award for her song "Love Story" as it was named Song of the Year at the BMI Pop Awards earlier this week. At only 20 years old, Taylor Swift is the youngest songwriter in history to receive this award and the first country artist in more than a decade. Shania Twain and Dolly Parton were previous recipients of this award back in the 1990's. “Love Story” was honored for receiving more radio airplay in the past year than any other pop song and earned BMI’s Country Song of the Year honors in 2009. Swift also won BMI’s Country Song of the Year in 2008, for “Teardrops On My Guitar” which was the year she became the youngest songwriter in any genre to win the honor. Taylor Swift is the first female songwriter in history to win back-to-back BMI Song of the Year awards, in any genre.

Carrie Underwood To Perform On American Idol Season Finale

Carrie Underwood will perform on next weeks American Idol Season Finale. Carrie will perform her new hit single "Undo It". This will be the second appearance from Underwood this season as she performed on the Idol Gives Back special last month. Not only is Carrie Underwood a well known American Idol winner, but since that victory Carrie has gone on to become a 5 time Grammy winner and 2 time ACM Entertainer of the Year winner as well as a member of the beloved Grand Ole Opry.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Uncle Kracker Releasing A Countrifed Six Pack

Is there room for another 6-pack on your shelf??? You should make some room because Uncle Kracker is releasing a six song EP entitled 'Happy Hour: The South River Road Sessions'. The six pack is expected to be in stores later this month. Kracker says he owes a lot to the DJs at WYCD of his hometown in Detroit. "If it wasn't for WYCD, my label wouldn't have even thought about taking it to country radio," Kracker tells the Detroit News. "Country radio seems to have a few people left who take chances, and do things the way they want to do them regardless of who's going to yell at them. There still seems to be a general passion for music at the country stations I've visited." Uncle Kracker is not new to the country scene, he has teamed up with Kenny Chesney on the hit single "When The Sun Goes Down". Kracker has joined Chesney several times on stage and opened for him last year at The Hard Rock in New York. We can expect to start seeing alot more of Uncle Kracker, he says "It's all touring for the next two years for this kid".For more information on Uncle Kracker, click HERE to visit his official website.

Brad Paisley Launches H20 World Tour This Weekend

Summertime is finally here as Brad Paisley launches his H20 World Tour which kicks off this Friday in Virgina Beach. The past couple of weeks Paisley, along with many other artists, has been regrouping after the devastation the flooding left behind. After assessing the loss of equipment, lighting, gear, etc... his crew went into recovery mode by ordering new equipment or arranging for refurbishing of some. Another rehearsal hall was obtained and late last week Paisley and band were able to rehearse for a couple of days before heading to Virginia Beach this week. 
 “When I finally walk out onstage in Virginia Beach, Va., on the first date of the H2O tour – no need to point out the irony, thank you – it will mean so much to all of us than any other tour we’ve ever done. Or probably ever will. I will stand up there more thankful than I’ve ever been for the people in the audience, the band at my back, the crew that makes it happen and the town I’ve never been prouder to represent,” writes Paisley in the current issue of Billboard magazine. Brad did share with CMT Insider this past weekend that he will open his show with the song "Water". 

The H2O World Tour will hit more than 75 cities in the US, Canada and Europe within the next 12 months with Chevy is the title sponsor for the tour. Special guests opening for Paisley will be Darius Rucker and Justin Moore. Easton Corbin, Steel Magnolia & Josh Thompson will join the tour as well on the "Water World Plaza Stage" For more information, please click HERE to visit Brad Paisley's official website. 

H2O World Tour dates:
May 21 Virginia Beach, VA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
May 22 Washington, DC - Jiffy Lube Live
May 28 Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center
May 29 St. Louis, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
June 4 Toledo, OH - Lucas County Arena
June 5 Indianapolis, IN - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
June 6 Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Pavilion
June 11 Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
June 12 Pittsburgh, PA - First Niagara Pavilion
June 18 Darien Lake, NY - Darien Lakes Performing Arts Center
June 19 Philadelphia, PA - Susquehanna Bank Center
June 23 London, England * - Shepherds Bush Empire
June 24 London, England * - Shepherds Bush Empire
June 25 Oslo, Norway * - Notodden Music Festival
July 10 Austin, TX* - Aquapalooza (Lake Travis)
July 16 Chicago, IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
July 17 Moline, IL - iWireless Center
July 22 Toronto, ONT - Molson Ampitheatre
July 23 Cleveland, OH - Blossom Music Center
July 24 Saratoga Springs, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center
July 25 Harrington, DE** - Delaware State Fair
August 5 Hidalgo, TX - State Farm Arena
August 6 Houston, TX - Woodlands Pavilion
August 7 Dallas, TX - Superpages.com Center
August 12 Daytona Beach, - F Ocean Center
August 13 Tampa, FL - Ford Amphitheatre
August 14 West Palm Beach, FL - Cruzan Amphitheatre
August 21 Boston, MA* - Gillette Stadium
August 27 Charlotte, NC - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
August 28 Raleigh, NC - Time Warner Cable Pavilion
September 9 Spokane, WA - Spokane Arena
September 10 Portland, OR - Sleep Country Amphitheater
September 11 George, WA - Gorge Amphitheatre
September 15 Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre
September 17 San Diego, CA - Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
September 18 Phoenix, AZ - Cricket Wireless Pavilion
September 19 Albuquerque, NM - The Pavilion
September 23 Boise, ID - Taco Bell Arena
September 24 Salt Lake City, UT - USANA Amphitheatre
September 25 Denver, CO - Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
*Paisley only shows. **Paisley, Steel Magnolia and Easton Corbin only