Monday, January 31, 2011

Brad Paisley Sells Out Eastern Canada & Will Be Featured On Upcoming Episode Of Modern Marvels American Trucking


Brad Paisley took his H2O Frozen Over Tour to Eastern Canada this past weekend and played to sellout crowds in London, Hamilton, Montreal and Ottawa.  Over 40,000 tickets were sold for the four shows.  One of the highlights of the weekend was playing the Bell Centre in Montreal on Saturday evening.  This was the first time Paisley had ever played Montreal and all advertising and promotion for the show had been done in French, as well as the review that followed the performance in Montreal’s largest newspaper LaPresse.  The review ends with the words “Brad, reviens,” which translates, “Brad, come back.” –summing up the whole review.

Another highlight of the weekend happened last night in Ottawa.  To the crowd’s delight Carrie Underwood and husband, Mike Fisher, who plays for the Ottawa Senators hockey team, joined Paisley on his final encore, “Alcohol.”

The H2O Tour is on an upcoming Modern Marvels – American Trucking show that airs on the History Channel this Friday, Feb. 4, 8:00pm central.  This episode of Modern Marvels explores the diverse world of American trucking and the men and women behind it.  The show followed Paisley and his crew on the road between Little Rock, AR and Tulsa, OK last November and shows behind the scenes of what it takes to move a huge production from one city to another in a few short hours.

H2O Frozen Over will take a break this week and then hits the road again Feb. 10 when it plays Atlanta, GA.

To see a complete list of H2O Frozen Over Tour Dates, visit Paisley's Official website www.BradPaisley.com.

Kenny Chesney To Premiere ESPN Documentary At Private Orange Carpet Event In Knoxville


Kenny Chesney produced an ESPN Documentary "The Color Orange: The Condredge Holloway Story For The Year Of The Quaterback" as previously reported earlier this month HERE.  On Wednesday, February 16th, Kenny Chesney and former University of Tennessee Quarterback, Condredge Holloway will appear together at the Tennessee Theater in Knoxville, TN for a private event premiering the documentary film.  

Chesney, who wore Holloway’s jersey number when he played high school football, idolized the University of Tennessee quarterback and was thrilled to produce the documentary. “Condredge has meant so much to so many and is a very important figure in my life and to the history of College Football,” says Chesney. “ I'm excited, with the help of Shaun Silva, to tell his story, to show his journey, and to help show the world just how influential he was to how the game is played today and how many doors he opened for so many athletes that have followed in his footsteps,” Chesney continued. Holloway was the first African-American to start at Quarterback in the Southeastern Conference. 

The evening's event will start with an orange carpet reception held in the lobby of the Tennessee Theater and then a discussion will be held following the film which will include both Chesney & Holloway. 

"The Color Orange: The Condredge Holloway Story For The Year Of The Quaterback" will air on ESPN Sunday, February 20th at 8:00 pm EST.

Lady Antebellum Will Rock Super Bowl Sunday With Songs Featured On Pre-Game Radio Coverage & Fox's Hit Comedy GLEE


Lady Antebellum has been hand-selected by Westwood One to kick off the official NFL pre-game radio coverage of Super Bowl XLV on Sunday, Feb. 6 beginning at 3:00P CT.  Broadcasting on over 640 radio stations, the coverage will feature a special version of the fan favorite song “Stars Tonight” mixed with highlights from the Packers’ and Steelers’ winning seasons.

Immediately following football’s biggest game, Lady A’s smash hit “Need You Now” will be part of the highly anticipated Super Bowl episode of Fox’s Emmy award winning musical comedy Glee.   Both songs were penned by the award-winning singer/songwriters.

The trio will be tuning in from Nashville before heading to Los Angeles for the GRAMMY awards next week where they are slated to perform and are nominated for six awards (Album of the Year and Best Country Album of the Year for NEED YOU NOW, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Country Song and Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with vocals for “Need You Now”).

For more information and a full list of upcoming appearances, visit www.ladyantebellum.com.

Justin Moore's New Single "If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away" Impacts Country Radio 2/22


Justin Moore has been in the studio for the past several months working on his sophomore album—and soon the wait for new music will be over! Justin's new single, "If Heaven Wasn‘t So Far Away", penned by Dallas Davidson, Rob Hatch and Brett Jones, is coming to Country Radio. 

The song will officially impact Country Radio on February 22nd.   As a countdown to Justin‘s new single, CMT.com will spotlight performance highlights from the rising star‘s recent CMT Radio LIVE Tour with Cody Alan in Decatur, IL. Beginning February 2nd, never-before-seen performances of Justin‘s hits and fan favorites will be featured, culminating with the premiere of "If Heaven Wasn‘t So Far Away" on Monday, February 7th, with exclusive studio footage. 

AOL‘s The Boot recently spotlighted Justin‘s trek to Decatur, IL to perform for the CMT On Tour event. Click HERE to read about Justin‘s journey and watch the 'On The Road‘ piece.

For more on Justin Moore, please visit his official website www.MooreJustinMusic.com.

Jacob Lyda's Debut Single "I'm Doing Alright" Heads To Country Radio


Jacob Lyda's debut single, "I'm Doing Alright," has been shipped to country radio and is going for adds.  The contagious debut gives listeners a feel good song just in time for spring.

Showcasing Lyda's richly textured honky-tonk vocal style, "I'm Doing Alright" was written by Lyda and
Paul Overstreet (“Love Can Build A Bridge” "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy" "Forever and Ever Amen"). Roughstock.com'sMatt Bjorke gave the single four stars saying, "the melody is sweet and instantly warm, just like Lyda’s vocal… Jacob Lyda seems to have the kind of neo-traditionalist voice that just feels like it was meant to be played all over the radio dial.”  Leslie Armstrong of Nashville Country Club said Lyda’s vocals “could quite possibly be the new country generation’s answer to helping fill the multi-award winning singer/songwriter’s shoes in the future.” 

Originally from a small town in the northeast corner of Alabama, Lyda sings country music like a modern master of the genre, and his songs command your attention in the same way that country classics do. Lyda put it best by saying,"Music chose me. I didn't choose it."


Lyda is currently crisscrossing the country on a national radio tour in support of the singer/songwriter’s radio debut. To hear the new single and for more information on Jacob Lyda, visit
www.jacoblyda.com.

Sugarland's "The Incredible Machine" Certified Platinum


Sugarland’s latest album, The Incredible Machine, recently received platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) indicating sales of more than one million albums.

This recent certification marks the fourth consecutive release from the international super-duo that has reached platinum or multi-platinum status, resulting in more than 9 million records sold.

Sugarland will begin their 2011 The Incredible Machine Tour this spring beginning in Houston, TX on March 3 and ending in their hometown of Atlanta, GA on October 22.  Last year’s The Incredible Machine Tour was one of Pollstar’s Top 50 North American Tours of 2010 and has been described as “stunning,” “fantastically fun” and “not one to be missed.” Tickets are currently on sale in select markets at www.sugarlandmusic.com/events.
  
For more information on Sugarland, visit www.sugarlandmusic.com

Taylor Swift Celebrates #1 Successes At Nashville Party


Taylor Swift was the guest of honor at a party at Nashville's Hard Rock CafĂ© on Friday (January 28). Family, friends, bandmembers and music industry executives gathered to celebrate her many career successes under the banner of "Heavy Metal at the Hard Rock." 

When the 21-year-old superstar entered the party in a polka-dot dress and red pumps, she hugged and chatted with many of the party's attendees before the head of her record label, Scott Borchetta, climbed on stage to begin the numerous presentations that would last more than 30 minutes. Among the many awards presented were several for the No. 1 success of her 'Mine' single and video, as well as the triple platinum success of her current album, 'Speak Now,' which sold more than one-million copies the first week of release -- the biggest debut-week sales for an album since 2005.  Taylor also received a plaque from the Recording Industry Association of America commemorating total shipments of more than 13 million records. Other presentations were made by BMI, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Country Aircheck, Music Row magazine, Country Radio Broadcasters, the Country Music Association, Universal Music Group Distribution, Nielsen SoundScan, CMT and GAC.  

Since launching her career in 2006 when her debut single 'Tim McGraw' hit the charts, Taylor has achieved many musical milestones, including selling in excess of 20-million albums worldwide and 35-million song downloads. For the second time in three years, she is Billboard and Nielsen SounScan's top-selling artist of the year, with more than 4.4-million albums sold in 2010. She is the top-selling digital artist in music history with more than 25-million tracks sold to date. Her self-titled debut album is five-times platinum, while her sophomore effort, 'Fearless,' is now quadruple platinum. 

After the presentations took place, the star of the party was called up on stage to say a few words. The singer-songwriter was nearly speechless with all of the accolades, but the first thing she said to the crowd was, "I am so happy right now." She turned to her label president to thank him for "letting me be me." She called her producer, Nathan Chapman, over to her side, and revealed he is going to be a father! Nathan's wife is four-and-a-half months pregnant with the couple's first child. 

Taylor even took to her Twitter page late Friday night to thank her fans for supporting her latest album, 'Speak Now.' "We all got dressed up and went to a party tonight where lots of wonderful people gave me and my producer Nathan shiny plaques -- we high fived," Taylor wrote. "To anyone who welcomed 'Speak Now' into your life, you're the reason we got to celebrate tonight. Thankyouthankyouthankyouuuu." 

The songstress is set to play 90 shows in 19 countries during her upcoming Speak Now World Tour, which launches February 9 in Singapore.


Listen Up! CMT Throws A 24-Hour Thompson Square Listening Party

 
The suspense is building for the self-titled debut release of country's newest and hottest husband-and-wife duo, Stoney Creek Records’ Thompson Square. To heed the excitement for the February 8th debut, CMT will offer fans an exclusive 24-hour online listening party on their facebook fan page.

Beginning today, Jan 31, fans can access full song streams at www.facebook.com/cmt. Afterwards, fans will be able to take a test drive of the album through the duo’s fan page: www.facebook.com/thompsonsquare.

Currently, Thompson Square’s infectious single, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not,” has reached the
#19 spot on MediaBase, with the music video hitting its stride at #8 on CMT Top 20 Countdown.  Video streams have reached over 1million views and digital downloads are reaching over 40,000 downloads per week. No doubt about it, Thompson Square is making their place in the country market.

The self-titled debut album hits stores everywhere on
February 8.  To pre-order the album visit http://bit.ly/preorderT2.

For more information on Thompson Square, visit
www.thompsonsquare.com.

The Band Perry Wants Your Vote For ACM Top New Group

The Band Perry is is up for ACM Top New Vocal Duo/Group and they want you to consider voting for them.  Cast your vote at www.voteacm.com and be sure to tune into the ACM Awards on Sunday April 3rd 8 PM ET/PT.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Country Music Photos That Rock!! Keith Urban Rehearsing For Super Bowl XLV Pre-Game Performance


Keith Urban is performing the Super Bowl XLV Pre-Game which will be broadcasted Live on FOX February 6th at 2:00 PM ET.  This past Friday, Urban was rehearsing and uploaded the picture to Twitter and said:  "At sound check yesterday, rehearsing for our Super Bowl performance. Will we see some of you there in Dallas?"

For more details on Keith Urban's Super Bowl XLV Pre-Game Performance, click HERE.    



Saturday, January 29, 2011

Keith Urban's Guitar Jam At Walmart Soundcheck

Enjoy a little guitar solo from Keith Urban during his recent Walmart Soundcheck event in Nashville.  To see more from the Walmart Soundcheck studios, click HERE.  For additional Keith Urban videos, photos, tour dates and lots more, head to Keith's official website at www.KeithUrban.net.



Friday, January 28, 2011

Watch Dierks Bentley "Fiddlin' Around"

Dierks Bentley is getting ready to head back into the studio to record his next studio album! He will be traveling to Asheville to get a new perspective on recording and you can watch it all unfold.  Beginning on Sunday, January 30th, Dierks will have a LIVE feed 24 hours a day from the studio streaming on www.Dierks.com.   

In the meantime, watch Dierks "Fiddlin' Around" below.

Reba's Video Shoot For New Single "If I Were A Boy"


Reba's back behind the camera as she is filming a video for her new single "If I Were A Boy"!  Reba also made an update to her blog and it sounds like she enjoyed some recent time off!

Good news!!  I’m on my 2nd lesson for Spanish!  That still doesn’t make it right for someone to come up to me and start speaking perfect Spanish and expect me to understand them, okay!!!!????  This will take a little longer than I expected but what I’m very surprised about is, I love it!!!  I’m having a great time learning!  

On another note, I’ve had this week off reading and enjoying life!  Mama gave me a book about Rhett Butler’s family, fiction of course, but being a huge fan of “Gone With The Wind”, I’m loving every minute of it.  I also finished a book Chris Rich had recommended to me entitled,  ”A Reliable Wife”.  I have to say I like reading about Rhett better.

We’re taping the video for “If I Were A Boy” this week so keep your fingers crossed for all of us that it goes smoothly and as planned.  Then we’ll be in Florida for three shows with George and LeeAnn.

Hope to see you all soon,
Love,
Reba



the JaneDear girls To Perform "Wildflower" on Jimmy Kimmel Live!


Warner Bros. Records and ACM nominee for “Top New Vocal Duo or Group” the JaneDear girls (Susie Brown and Danelle Leverett) are gearing up for a big year with the release of their self-titled debut album available everywhere on February 1, their first major tour on Jason Aldean’'sMy Kinda Party” Tour and a media run in Los Angeles which includes their late night television debut on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! to perform their “harmony-rich boot-stomper” (Boston Globe) Top 20 hit single, “Wildflower” on January 31.
 
From now until the album’s release on February 1, fans can access full song streams of the JaneDear girls and share with their friends at www.facebook.com/theJaneDeargirls. Fans can also preorder a physical copy of the album at www.theJaneDeargirls.com or a digital version with an exclusive bonus track from iTunes. 

In support of their forthcoming release, the JaneDear girls performed via live online stream on CMT.com and were recently featured in the January 17 issue of Country Weekly. They will also appear on an upcoming episode on CMT’s “CMT Insider” and GAC’s “On the Streets” and “Top 20 Countdown.” Other print and online highlights include Access Hollywood, AOL’s The Boot, Boston Globe, CMT.com, CNN, GACTV.com, Roughstock.com, to name a few.

Fans can vote for the JaneDear girls for the ACM Award for “Top New Vocal Duo or Group” beginning today, January 27 at Noon ET by visiting www.VoteACM.com and www.GACTV.com/ACM. Voting for the Top New Artist category will begin at VoteACM.com on March 11 and will close on April 3, with the winner being announced live during the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards broadcast on CBS on Sunday, April 3 at 8p ET/PT.

the JaneDear girls are one of 50 artists (and the only Country act) participating in MyYouTube, an online promotion that runs until February 4 that allows fans to help musicians score points and subscribers on their YouTube channel. To check out MyYouTube and vote for theJaneDear girls, fans can visit: http://www.youtube.com/myyoutube.
 
The ACM Top New Vocal Duo nominee is comprised of Utah native Susie Brown and Texas native Danelle Leverett. Their debut smash-Top 20 hit single, “Wildflower,” is the perfect introduction to the duo’s high energy, soaring harmonies and world-class instrumental skills. The girls play a total of eight instruments (Accordion, Acoustic guitar, Bass, Electric guitar, Fiddle, Gango, Harp and Mandolin) and, between the two of them, penned every song on their self-titled debut album, which boasts a fully loaded 11-track ensemble of pure Country rock. The up-tempo sing-along song “Shotgun Girl” revels in the girls’ love for riding shotgun in a Country boy’s truck.

For additional information on the JaneDear girls and their upcoming album release, tour and media appearances, please visit www.theJaneDeargirls.com.

Eric Church Has Everyone "Doing It", Are You???

Eric Church is up for ACM Top New Solo Vocalist and he wants you to do it, vote that is!  Check out the video and watch closely, Luke Bryan has a cameo appearance.  Cast your vote at www.voteacm.com and be sure to tune into the ACM Awards on Sunday April 3rd 8 PM ET/PT



Trace Adkins Video Shoot For "Brown Chicken Brown Cow"

CNN goes on the set for the video shoot of Trace Adkins "Brown Chicken Brown Cow". 


Taylor Swift Performs In Jet Blue's Terminal 5

During her album release week for Speak Now, Taylor Swift stopped by New York's JFK Terminal 5 and performed a private concert for travelers as part of JetBlue's Live From T5 concert series. Taylor then boarded a JetBlue flight with her fans and interviewed with them at 30,000 ft as they flew to Los Angeles. Check out the overall experience from that day.


Thursday, January 27, 2011

Josh Turner's "Your Man" Showcased By American Idol Contestant

 
Sixteen-year-old Scotty McCreery chose Josh Turner’s No. 1 hit “Your Man” to be his ticket to Hollywood during recent auditions for American Idol, which aired Wednesday night on Fox.

The deep-voiced Scotty, a student at Garner High School in Garner, N.C., auditioned in Milwaukee, WI.  Josh is flattered that the aspiring singer would choose one of his No. 1 hits to showcase his voice for Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler, who gave Scotty a unanimous ‘yes’ to advance him to the next round.

“I got the link to Scotty's audition the other night,” he says. “I am honored he would choose to sing one of my songs and I'm impressed by his voice and his character. I'll definitely be pulling for him!  Maybe he'll sing my new single in Hollywood?  Totally kidding.”

After the show aired, Josh became a popular topic on Twitter. It was another Josh song, his current single, “Wouldn’t Be a Man,” that earned praise on Twitter from Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson. “’I Wouldn’t Be a Man’ by Josh Turner gives me chills,” she tweeted. “What a beautiful voice. I’ve had it set on repeat for about 30 minutes now.”

The humbled Josh tweeted in response, “Well, thank you Shawn!”

Turner has sold more than 4 million albums and garnered three multi-week No. 1s , including “Your Man” and “Would You Go with Me.”

The debut single from his current album Haywire, “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” was the first four-week No. 1 single of his career and was the most-played song at country radio in 2010, according to Mediabase. It also won an American Country Award for Single of the Year-Male in December.  His last single, “All Over Me,” also reached No. 1, making him one of only seven country artists to have two No. 1 hits in 2010. 

For more information on Josh Turner, visit his official website www.JoshTurner.com.

Carrie Underwood To Perform National Anthem At Country Radio Seminar 2011


Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. has announced that one of the most powerful vocalists in Country music, Carrie Underwood, will perform the national anthem at CRS 2011, to be held March 2-4, 2011, in Nashville, Tenn.

Underwood’s performance officially opens CRS 2011 at the Nashville Convention Center on Wednesday, March 2, at 9:30 a.m. CST.  This is the first time she has performed the national anthem at Country Radio Seminar.


“Wow.  What else can I say?  What a way to kick off Country Radio Seminar 2011!” says CRB President Mike Culotta.  “We are very appreciative and very excited to welcome one of the biggest superstars in Country music to our event.  Carrie is certainly going to get us started in style!”


The Country Radio Seminar is an annual convention designed to educate and promote the exchange of ideas in the Country Music industry.  Country Radio Seminar is a registered trademark of Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc.  CRS 2011 is held March 2-4, 2011, in Nashville, Tenn.  Registration is currently available online at www.CRB.org or by contacting the Country Radio Broadcasters at (615) 327-4487.

Casey James To Open For Sugarland On The Incredible Machine Tour


Sony Music Nashville’s Casey James will join the March leg of Sugarland’s 2011 The Incredible Machine Tour opening for the super-duo in 8 cities across the country.

“I am so excited,” exclaimed James. “I think it’s an awesome opportunity to play in front of people that love great music. I can’t wait to get back out there and share new music with the fans.”

James is currently in the studio working on his highly anticipated BNA Records debut album, set for release later this year and will kick-off his opening slot on the Sugarland tour in North Little Rock on March 4th.

Tour Dates and Markets:
3/4                  North Little Rock, AR
3/5                  Tulsa, OK
3/10                Greenville, SC
3/11                North Charleston, SC
3/12                Jacksonville, FL
3/17                Grand Rapids, MI
3/18                Bloomington, IL
3/19                Sioux City, IA

For more information on Casey James visit CaseyJamesBandOfficial.com.

Rock The Vote For ACM Top New Artist


Rock The Vote for ACM Top New Artist!! The polls are now officially open and you can vote for Top New Solo Vocalist and Top New Vocal Duo or Group.  

Fan voting for these categories begins today at VoteACM.com and GACtv.com/ACM and will close on Thursday, February 24 at 9AM PST. The winner in each category will be announced in March and will move on to compete for Top New Artist.

The nominees for the newcomer categories are:
 
TOP NEW SOLO VOCALIST
•Eric Church
•Easton Corbin
•Randy Houser
 
TOP NEW VOCAL DUO OR GROUP
•The Band Perry
•the JaneDear girls
•Steel Magnolia


The winner of the new Top New Artist category will be awarded on the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 3, 2011 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

CMR Album Review: the JaneDear girls Debut Album


the JaneDear girls are gearing up to release their self-titled debut album on Tuesday, February 1st.  They've been rockin' country radio with their hit single "Wildflower" which is included on their new release along with 10 other fantastic tracks.  All 11 songs for their debut album were written by the talented Susie Brown & Danella Leverette who are bringing a young new wave to country music and it is spreading like wildfire to fans all across the nation!  

Susie & Danella kick off their album with hit single "Wildflower" and keep the tempo movin' & rockin' with their infectious energy displayed throughout their entire album.  Songs like "Shotgun Girl", & "Free Ride" capture their southern rock side while "Saturdays in September" showcases their soft & gentle smooth vocals along with strong harmonies.  If you are looking for new, fresh & energetic country music; this is an album you will want to add to your collection! 

the JaneDear girls have joined Jason Aldean's My Kinda Party Tour!  To see if they are coming to an area near you click HERE.

For more on the JaneDear girls, visit their official site www.thejanedeargirls.com and remember to pick up a copy of their debut album on Tuesday, February 1st!!







Luke Bryan Partners With CMT To Host "Luke Bryan Spring Break Sweepstakes"


Capitol Records Nashville recording artist Luke Bryan and CMT are hosting the “Luke Bryan Spring Break Sweepstakes” to give a lucky spring breaker one less thing to worry about – where to stay for the 3rd Annual Spring Break shows set for March 8 & 9 at Spinnaker’s in Panama City. The winner will receive hotel accommodations for 7 days / 7 nights in Panama City from March 5, 2011 to March 12, 2011.

The “Luke Bryan Spring Break Sweepstakes” begins January 26 and runs through February 23. To enter and for the official rules and details log on to www.LukeBryan.com/SpringBreak  or Click HERE

Bryan’s EP, “Spring Break 3…It’s A Shore Thing,” will release on March 1, 2011 on iTunes in advance of the Spring Break shows in Panama City. The 4 song EP, all co-written by Bryan, features the original and never-before-released songs “If You Ain’t Here To Party,” “Faded Away,” “Love In A College Town,” and the title track “It’s A Shore Thing.” Bryan released his first “Spring Break With All My Friends” EP in 2009 followed by last year’s “Spring Break 2…Hangover Edition.”

Each of Bryan’s past Spring Break EPs (“Spring Break With All My Friends” and “Spring Break 2 … Hangover Edition”) can be found on iTunes and beginning March 1 at all digital retailers.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Gary Allan Returns To The Houston Rodeo


Gary Allan has accepted an offer to return to Rodeo Houston, the nation’s largest rodeo.  Allan is scheduled to headline the rodeo on March 12th, marking his fifth appearance at the prestigious event.
 
Allan will resume headlining his Get Off On The Pain Tour on February 14 at the San Antonio Rodeo.  This performance will be Allan’s first after recovering from vocal cord surgery.  After two months away from his fans, Allan is eager to get back on the road.  He will be making stops along the East Coast in Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania before heading down to Houston to perform at Rodeo Houston.  For tickets to Rodeo Houston, please visit RodeoHouston.com.
 
For more info on Gary Allan and to see a list of all upcoming tour dates, please visit: www.garyallan.com.

Justin Moore Working On Sophomore Album Due Out Later This Year


Justin Moore has been working on his sophomore album, and he is looking forward to getting it into the hands of his fans later this year. The Arkansas native says it's going to be a little more country than his self-titled debut. “When I say that, people are like, "Huh?" But I think it's got a little more of an old-school feel,” Justin explains. “The first one was pretty country but also had a pretty good southern rock feel to it, which obviously I'm a big fan of, and it's still got some of that, but a little less of it.” 

He also states that he has become a better songwriter in the past few years. “There's two or three songs on there that I just think are the best songs I've ever written in my life.”

Moore was in the studio last week, and he tweeted he was “recording his new single and an old favorite "Redneck Side‟ for [the] new album.” 

Justin is one of the hardest working guys in the business, either in the studio or on the road. He learned his tremendous work ethic, not only from his parents, but from playing sports and the odd jobs he had to try to make ends meet while pursuing a career in music.

“Playing sports as much as I did, really helped me a lot with work ethic and how to work well with others, you know, a team and that kind of stuff,” explains Justin. “And then fast-forward moving to Nashville, it's such a team effort to get to this point in your career…The sports helped me a lot, and then working the crappy jobs up here to pay your bills, it's tough. You've got to swallow your pride and do whatever it takes to get to the point you want to get at. I've done everything from sell meat out of the back of my pickup to carrying furniture to this place and that place.” 

Justin is among the country stars who have signed up to take part in The Boot Campaign, which raises awareness of the work of the U.S. Armed Forces. As part of the campaign, celebrities are encouraging Americans to purchase a pair of army combat boots to wear in support of the troops, with proceeds from boot sales donated to partner charities that provide support and outreach to troops and their families.

For more on Justin Moore, visit his official website www.moorejustinmusic.com and to enter to win a chance to fly to see Justin in concert.  

CONTEST - Enter To Win An Autographed Joe Nichols "Greatest Hits" CD

***CONTEST CLOSED***
Congratulations Robin, Doreena & Scott.  Enjoy your Joe Nichols Greatest Hits cd!!

Joe Nichols new release of his Greatest Hits became available on Tuesday, January 25, in stores and online at digital retailers.  All your favorite Joe Nichols songs from over the years are on the album, from "The Impossible", "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off", "Gimmie That Girl" and his current single "The Shape I'm In."  Head out to your favorite store and pick up a copy or buy online at iTunes HERE.

Thanks to our friends at ShowDog Universal, we have THREE Autographed copies of Joe Nichols Greatest Hits to give away!! Simply tell us which Joe Nichols song is your favorite hit & enter HERE.  

Winners will be randomly chosen and notified after contest closes on January 31st.

For all things Joe Nichols, visit his official website www.JoeNichols.com.

Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles, Reba & Carrie Underwood To Be Honored At "Girls Night Out: Superstar Women Of Country"


The Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions announced today that country superstars Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles, Reba and Carrie Underwood are the first artists scheduled to appear and be honored at GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT: SUPERSTAR WOMEN OF COUNTRY taping on Monday, April 4, 2011 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.  The special will air at a later date on the CBS Television Network.

Girls’ Night Out: Superstar Women of Country is a special tribute concert featuring an A-list lineup of performers paying respect to today’s most incredible country music female artists, all of whom will be honored with unique accolades from the Academy for special achievements in their careers. Additional honorees and participating talent announcements are forthcoming and ticket sales from the special will benefit ACM Lifting Lives, the charitable arm of the Academy.
  • Miranda Lambert – Will be recognized for being the only female artist in the Academy’s history to ever win Album of the Year, twice, first for “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” in 2007 and again for “Revolution” in 2009
  • Martina McBride – Will be recognized by ACM Lifting Lives for her dedication to raising social consciousness through songs such as “Independence Day” and “Concrete Angel,” which raise awareness of domestic violence and encourage female empowerment; McBride has won Top Female Vocalist three times, in 2001, 2002 and 2003
  • Jennifer Nettles – Will be recognized for being only one of two female artists in the Academy’s history to ever solo write and perform Song of the Year, in 2007, with “Stay”
  • Reba – Will be recognized for winning Top Female Vocalist more times than any other artist in the Academy’s history – a whopping seven times
  • Carrie Underwood – Will be recognized for being the only female artist in the Academy’s history to ever win Entertainer of the Year, twice, first in 2008 and again in 2009 (she is the reigning Entertainer of the Year, since Awards recognize the previous calendar year’s work)
Tickets for Girls’ Night Out: Superstar Women of Country are on sale NOW at Ticketmaster, priced at $200, $150, $100.  Ticket proceeds will go to ACM Lifting Lives.

For more information on Girls’ Night Out or the ACM Awards, visit ACMcountry.com or follow on Twitter at @ACMawards for more immediate updates!

Kenny Chesney Adds Second Gillette Stadium Date To Close Out His 2011 Goin Coastal Tour


After selling out the Gillette Stadium date of his upcoming Corona Presents Kenny Chesney's 'Goin' Coastal' Tour in an incredible 8 minutes, his sixth overall sellout at the venue and a record for any artist in any genre at the Foxboro, MA stadium, Kenny Chesney is adding a second Gillette Stadium date on August 28 due to fan demand.  Tickets for the new Gillette Stadium date, one of eleven stadium dates on what will be one of the biggest tours of the year, go on sale Saturday, February 5.  The August 28 Gillette Stadium show will close out the massive tour.

"The last show of every year has always been special," says Chesney. "A unique shared moment and connection with the fans celebrating a summer full of music.  I can't think of a better place than playing two nights at Gillette stadium to close this years tour!!  I really missed playing Foxboro last summer and I can't wait to reconnect with everyone in New England!!"

The show will star Chesney, the four-time CMA and four-time ACM Entertainer of the Year, and Zac Brown Band, GRAMMY's "Best New Artist" in 2010 whose latest album 'You Get What You Give' debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, with special guests Billy Currington and Uncle Kracker.

With only twelve tour dates on sale, Chesney has already sold more than 400,000 tickets, and is well on track to surpass another one million tickets sold in a single touring year.  This would be Chesney's ninth year to achieve such a feat.

For a full list of Corona Presents Kenny Chesney's 'Goin' Coastal' Tour dates, click HERE

For all things Chesney, visit his official website www.KennyChesney.com.



Chris Young & Gretchen Wilson Head To LA For The CMA Songwriters Series


CMA Songwriters Series is returning to Los Angeles for the second time in the seven year history of the popular series. Music fans can get up close and personal with some of Nashville’s biggest hitmakers on Tuesday, Feb. 15 (8:00 PM/PT) at Club Nokia.

Featuring two-time CMA Award winner Gretchen Wilson (“Redneck Woman,” “Here For the Party,” and “Work Hard, Play Harder,” all recorded by Wilson) and 2010 CMA New Artist of the Year nominee Chris Young (“Getting You Home,” “Drinkin’ Me Lonely,” and “Voices,” all recorded by Young), the CMA Songwriters Series allows the songwriters to share the stories behind the hits.

"To be called a songwriter is every bit as important to me as being called an artist,” said Wilson. “Country Music has always been about the song - about the story - and I'm excited to be a part of telling that story in LA with this incredible group of songwriters, though with this cast of characters, I think we can guarantee as much laughter as music!"

Joining Wilson and Young will be Brett James (“Cowboy Casanova” recorded by Carrie Underwood, “Out Last Night” recorded by Kenny Chesney, and “The Truth” recorded by Jason Aldean), Victoria Shaw (“The River” recorded by Garth Brooks, “I Love the Way You Love Me” recorded by John Michael Montgomery, and “Too Busy Being In Love” recorded by Doug Stone), and the evening’s host, Bob DiPiero (“Southern Voice” recorded by Tim McGraw, “Blue Clear Sky” recorded by George Strait, and “You Can’t Take the Honky Tonk Out of the Girl” recorded by “Brooks & Dunn).

"As a performer l love being in a room full of fans that sing along to every word to every song I sing,” said Young. “As a songwriter, to be a part of the CMA Songwriter Series together with such talented writers as Brett James, Victoria Shaw, Gretchen Wilson and Bob DiPiero and be able to share our music is a thrill. Every year just gets better and better and 2011 is off to an incredible start!”

Tickets for the Feb. 15 CMA Songwriters Series at Club Nokia are $40 for reserved seating and $25 for general admission and go on sale Friday, Jan. 28, at 10:00 AM/PST. For information about Club Nokia or to order tickets, visit www.ClubNokia.com or to order by telephone call (800) 745-3000 or (866) 448-7849. Additionally, tickets are available at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.ticketmaster.com and from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM/PST, Monday through Friday, at the STAPLES Center Box Office located at 1111 S. Figueroa St. No fees are charged at the STAPLES Center box office or at the Club Nokia box office on show days. Club Nokia is located at 800 West Olympic Ave. in Los Angeles.

Country Strong Receives Oscar Nomination For "Coming Home"


Nominations for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards were announced Tuesday, January 25Country Strong was among the nominees in the music category for Original Song.  "Coming Home" Music & Lyric by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey will compete against “I See the Light” from Tangled, “If I Rise” from 127 Hours and “We Belong Together” from Toy Story 3

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards will be televised live from the the Kodak Theatre on Sunday, February 27th on ABC.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Ronnie Dunn's Solo Single Debut - "Bleed Red"


Ronnie Dunn is releasing his first post-Brooks & Dunn single. “Bleed Red,” is the lead track from his upcoming solo debut album for Sony Music Nashville.

Produced by Dunn, and penned by Tommy Lee James and Andrew Dorff, “Bleed Red” is a ballad that Dunn says, “knocked me out from the first listen. I genuinely felt the spirit of the lyrics in my gut. It’s a really big song, and it needed to be sung.”

Fans can preview a snippet of “Bleed Red” at www.RonnieDunn.com. The full song will be available to country radio on Jan. 30, the same day that fans will be able to hear the full version of on Dunn’s site. It will hit digital outlets Feb. 8.

Ronnie Dunn’s debut solo album is set for release later this year.

Dierks Bentley's New DBTV Episode - Jagermeister Country Tour

Check out Dierks Bentley as he talks about his new upcoming album, which you can watch him record in the studio (details HERE)!!! Dierks is also excited about his new tour and his new sponsor Jagermeister!! 


Ty Herndon Makes Nashville Stops With Former NFL Player Kevin Turner To Raise Awareness In Fight Against ALS

Pictured L to R:  FUNL Music’s Ty Herndon, GAC’s Suzanne Alexander, former NFL fullback Kevin Turner.
Ty Herndon and former NFL running back Kevin Turner were in Nashville Monday and Tuesday (Jan. 24/25) for a pair of media days to raise awareness about the Kevin Turner Foundation and its efforts to fight the ALS disease.  Their visit included stops at GAC for a segment of “On The Streets” with Suzanne Alexander and a special interview with WSMV Sports Director Rudy Kalis, to air Sunday, Jan. 30, at 10:30 p.m. CST on the station’s “Inside Sports” program.

Turner, an eight-year fullback for the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots in the ‘90s, was diagnosed with ALS in May 2010.  The Kevin Turner Foundation was formed to raise awareness about the connection between repetitive head trauma and ALS.  

Herndon’s song, “Journey On,” from his current Grammy-nominated album, Journey On, was selected as the foundation’s signature song.  Visit www.KevinTurnerFoundation.org or www.TyHerndon.com for more information.

L to R:  WSMV Ch. 4 Sports Director Rudy Kalis, former NFL fullback Kevin Turner, FUNL Music’s Ty Herndon.