Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Chris Young Earns His First CMA Award Nomination - Read His Reaction

Chris Young co-hosted this morning’s announcement at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium of the final nominees in seven of the 12 categories for The 44th Annual CMA Awards, and Young also walked away a nominee, earning his first CMA nomination: New Artist of the Year

Reacting to the news, Young said, “It’s just a great feeling. To be recognized like this as an artist, it means a lot to you, especially me, being my first CMA nomination.” Young remarked that as excited as he is about the recognition, he feels a real source of pride in the people around him who’ve brought him to this point. “Probably the thing that I’m most proud of is just really how everybody else has treated my career. I’ve always been really excited and just proud to be on RCA and proud to be able to have my music heard,” Chris offered. From the fans to all the people who work with him, Young says their continuing belief in him makes the good moments like this a shared celebration. “I think about how excited I am, and then I’ll have people come up that are just as excited as me. I’m just really lucky that I’ve got people like that in my corner.”

The news is yet another part of an incredible year for Chris, who marked another first this month with the RIAA Gold Digital Single certification of his #1 smash, “Gettin’ You Home.” The song was the first of Young’s back-to-back #1 singles, with Chris topping the chart for three weeks this summer with “The Man I Want to Be,” the title track to his current album.

After touring with Alan Jackson earlier this year, Young has been on the road this summer on the Rascal Flatts Nothing Like This Tour. Young will re-join Alan Jackson for the fall leg of his 2010 tour, also featuring The Band Perry, beginning November 4 in Sacramento.

Chris is on the radio and video airwaves now with “Voices,” the newest hit from his acclaimed sophomore album, The Man I Want to Be.

Fans can tune-in for all the excitement of The 44th Annual CMA Awards, as the show airs live from Nashville on Wednesday, November 10, at 8 PM ET, on ABC Television.

For all the latest information on Chris, visit www.chrisyoungcountry.com.

CMT.com Streaming Trailer Choir's Live Performance Tonight

Live from Music Row, CMT.com will stream a special concert performance by the band Trailer Choir this evening at 8:00 p.m. ET. The band will take questions from a select audience of contest winners, and deliver such fan-favorite songs as “Rockin’ the Beer Gut,” “Off the Hillbilly Hook” and their brand new single “Shakin’ That Tailgate.” 

The live stream is part of an ongoing series of live performances CMT.com featured throughout the summer with such artists as Lee Brice, Randy Houser, Joey & Rory, Joe Nichols and Blake Shelton.

Joe Nichols Featured On MLB.com

Anyone who knows Joe Nichols knows he takes baseball very seriously and that he is an avid Cardinals fan. Nichols has combined his two passions – music and baseball – at MLB.com.  The Show Dog-Universal Music artist is featured on the site, performing some of his biggest hits and prognosticating the baseball season, the teams and his favorite players.
“Can it get any better than this? I get to perform and I get to talk baseball,” Nichols said. MLB.com has always been my go-to site for baseball news—I’m almost a fanatic when it comes to keeping up with the games and players. This has to be a highlight in my career.”
To hear Nichols perform his recent three-week #1 hit “Gimmie That Girl” and the classic “Take Me Out To The Ballgame," as well as talk some baseball smack, click HERE

Zac Brown Joined Dave Matthews To Perform A Willie Nelson Classic

Zac Brown joined Dave Matthews on stage and performed a Willie Nelson classic song "Funny How Time Slips Away".

Miranda Lambert & Blake Shelton Looking To Marry Next Spring

This year has been an incredible year for Miranda and the success is still moving in full force as she was nominated for 5 CMA Awards this morning out of the 7 categories that were announced. She will be in New York tomorrow morning on ABC's Good Morning America to announce the remaining nominations with Dierks Bentley for the 44th Annual CMA Awards.
On top of all this success, Miranda is also getting prepared to marry Blake Shelton who has a very successful country six-pack right now. Miranda is featured in USA Today in the LifeLine Live Section regarding her upcoming wedding. Blake has mentioned recently that they will probably get married in May next year and today Miranda said "We're trying to figure out the final day. We can't nail anything down right now. We're looking at May. " She adds, "Next spring sometime. That'd be nice." She also went on to say "We're taking it slow. I only get engaged one time. It kind of the fun to enjoy it. We're not in a rush."
Both Miranda & Blake's careers are on fire right now but the couple is strong and they have a great balance on life. Miranda says, "We are fortunate that we have these amazing jobs but we really if we never sang another note, we'd be just as happy. That's why we're both confident our marriage will last forever. We're going to be fine and normal when this is over."
Of course the burning question after "when are you getting married?" is then typically followed up with "when are you having kids?" Miranda was asked and her response: "I just can't imagine at this point. We have a lot of dogs - five dogs, three go on the road. They're my dogs but now they're ours. I'm sure later on we'll talk about having a family. I wouldn't want to bring a kid into this crazy world right now."
Don't forget to catch Miranda Lambert on Good Morning America tomorrow morning to announce the remaining CMA Awards Nominees. You can also catch both her and Blake Shelton tomorrow night on ABC's 3-Hour special CMA Music Festival: Country's Night To Rock beginning at 8pm EST.

Billboard's Country Charts Loves Lee Brice Like Crazy

For the first time since 1958, a song has spent a year on Billboard's Country Songs chart.  Bulleting at its peak to-date of No. 5 in its 52nd chart week, Lee Brice's "Love Like Crazy" becomes just the third title to rack a year on Country Songs since the chart launched in 1944.

"Love Like Crazy" debuted the week of Sept. 5, 2009, at No. 58. It reached the top 40 in its 11th week and the top 10 in its 46th week, completing the longest trek to the top 10 in the chart's archives.

Here is a look at the three titles to log a year or more on Country Songs:
Weeks on Chart, Title, Artist, Years on Chart
54, "Bouquet of Roses," Eddy Arnold, 1948-49
52, "Fraulein," Bobby Helms, 1957-58
52, "Love Like Crazy," Lee Brice, 2009-10

The album Love Like Crazy is in stores now.  You can visit Lee's official website at www.LeeBrice.com

First Round Of CMA Awards Nominees Announced

The First Round of Nominees were announced this morning.  Justin Moore & Chris Young were on hand at The Ryman Auditorium to announce the first 7 categories of nominees for the 44th Annual CMA Awards.  The remaining nominees will be announced tomorrow morning by Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley on Good Morning America.

And the Nominees are....

New Artist of the Year
Luke Bryan
Easton Corbin
Jerrod Niemann
Chris Young
Zac Brown Band

Vocal Group of the Year
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Rascal Flatts
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band

Vocal Duo of the Year
Brooks & Dunn
Joey & Rory
Montgomery Gentry
Steel Magnolia

Music Video
(Award goes to artist and director)
Hillbilly Bone
Blake Shelton featuring Trace Adkins
Director: Roman White

Need You Now
Lady Antebellum
Director: David McClister

The House That Built Me
Miranda Lambert
Director: Trey Fanjoy


Brad Paisley
Director: Jim Shea

White Liar
Miranda Lambert
Director: Chris Hickey

Single of the Year
(Award goes to artist and producer)

A Little More Country Than That

Easton Corbin
Producer: Carson Chamberlain

Hillbilly Bone
Blake Shelton featuring Trace Adkins
Producer: Scott Hendricks

Need You Now
Lady Antebellum
Producers: Paul Worley and Lady Antebellum

The House That Built Me

Miranda Lambert
Producers: Frank Liddell and Mike Wrucke

White Liar

Miranda Lambert
Producers: Frank Liddell and Mike Wrucke

Song of the Year
(Award goes to songwriters)

A Little More Country Than That
Songwriters: Rory Lee Feek, Don Poythress and Wynn Varble

Need You Now

Songwriters: Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Josh Kear

The House That Built Me

Songwriters: Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin


Songwriters: Zac Brown, Wyatt Durrette, John Driskell Hopkins and Shawn Mullins

White Liar

Songwriters: Miranda Lambert and Natalie Hemby

Paul Frankin - Steel Guitar
Dann Huff - Guitar
Brent Mason - Guitar
Mac McAnally - Guitar
Randy Scruggs - Guitar

GAC Is All About Blake Shelton With An Upcoming Live Special

It’s appropriate that country star Blake Shelton’s first television concert special takes place in an indoor stadium on the largest stage he’s ever worked.  “When I was a teenager in Oklahoma, Garth Brooks had his first television special and everybody I knew taped it.  It was the biggest thing ever,” Shelton recalls.  “I probably watched it 100 times; there was this huge stage and I remember thinking, ‘That’s what you do and that’s what I want to do one day.’”

Shot at Roberts Stadium in Evansville, Indiana, Blake Shelton Live: It’s All About Tonight premieres Wednesday, September 8, 9:00 p.m/Eastern on Great American Country (GAC).  The special is produced by Jon Small, the creative mind behind several Emmy-nominated projects including Garth Brooks’ Central Park HBO special.

While state of the art stage production and lighting surround Shelton and his tight band of musicians/friends, it’s Shelton’s ability to connect with his audience through songs, stories and a sharply-tuned sense of humor that really takes center stage.   While the Garth epiphany happened during his high school years, Shelton knew at an early age what he was meant to do.  “From the time I was 7 years old I’d decided that I wanted to sing,” he recalls.  “Waylon and Hank, Jr., were almost like action heroes; they were just cool because they were singing and they sounded cool and they had guitars in their hands.”

The 90-minute special is barely enough time for Shelton to perform the smash hits he’s amassed since first topping the charts in 2001 with the five-week No. 1 hit, “Austin,” but he manages to fire up the sold-out crowd with “All About Tonight,” “The More I Drink,” “Kiss My Country Ass,” “She Wouldn’t Be Gone,” “Some Beach,” “Ol’ Red,” “Hillbilly Bone,” and of course, “Austin.”  Fans also get a chance to hear the brand new “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking,” and are treated to a special performance of his hit “Home,” a duet with special guest and fiancĂ©, Miranda Lambert.   

“When it comes to Miranda and I performing together, there’s an excitement that comes with that and it doesn’t involve being nervous or something that I think a lot about.”  His performances are interspersed with candid (and sometimes comedic) conversations about life and music as Shelton sees it.

“Blake’s talent, energy and great sense of humor combine to make a very entertaining special” says Sarah Trahern, SVP of programming for GAC.  “GAC is thrilled to be able to partner with him for his first televised special as we continue to deliver great country music performances to our audience.”

“Music means everything to me,” Shelton explains. “It’s as vital to me as water and air and food.  And beyond that, country music is that important to me.”

Be sure to tune in to Blake Shelton Live: It's All About Tonight on Wednesday September 8th at 9pm EST on GAC.

Keith Urban & John Mayer Jamming To Classic Hit "I'm On Fire"

Keith Urban and John Mayer played a concert together this past weekend at The Gorge Amphitheater in George, WA.  Here is a great video of the Keith & John jamming to the classic Springsteen song "I'm On Fire".

Randy Houser Visits The ACM Offices

(Photo L-R: Tiffany Moon, ACM, SVP, Managing Director , Randy Houser, Michelle Goble, ACM, VP, Membership & Events, Photo Credit: Michel Bourquard)

The Academy of Country Music welcomed Show Dog-Universal Music Recording Artist and ACM Professional Member Randy Houser to the office for a visit when he was in Los Angeles. Houser’s new Show Dog-Universal album They Call Me Cadillac releases on September 21, 2010 and will feature forthcoming single, “A Man Like Me.” 

Randy Houser appeared on the ACM Awards in 2010 and was nominated for his first ACM award for Video of the Year for “Boots On.”