Archive | March 12, 2013

Kacey Musgraves Teases New Album “Same Trailer Different Park”

Kacey Musgraves, Same Trailer Different Park

Nashville singer-songwriter and NPR ‘Best New Artist’ pick Kacey Musgraves has just shared a new teaser video for her upcoming album, Same Trailer Different Park (due March 19th on Mercury Records). The clip features samples of music from the album, including Kacey’s breakthrough single, “Merry Go ‘Round”. The album is also streaming and available for pre-order now on iTunes.

Kacey Musgraves Gives A Little Insight Into Making Her Debut Album

Kacey was born and raised in the small town of Golden, Texas, and started performing at Opry houses when she was still a child. She started out in Nashville as a demo singer, and quickly earned a publishing deal with Warner/Chappel. She has toured with the likes of Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss, and Lady Antebellum, and her song, “Merry Go ‘Round” was named one of Rolling Stone’s 50 Best Singles of 2012.

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13th Annual NSAI Song Contest Winner Announced

nsaiNashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) and Country Music Television (CMT) have presented “October,” written by Bill Diluigi, the Grand Prize in the 13th Annual NSAI Song Contest presented by CMT. After more than 2,000 total entries a panel of music industry professionals chose Diluigi’s song to claim the contest’s top prize, a mentoring session with the legendary Lionel Richie. Other prizes include a meeting with a major Nashville music publisher as well as a Gibson acoustic guitar.

As part of the NSAI Grand prize package, Diluigi will be performing the Grand Prize-winning song at this year’s Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival. His live performance of “October” can be heard at the Station Inn on Saturday, April 6, on a Tin Pan South show that featuring Diluigi, Melissa Bollea, Amber Hayes and Joshua Scott Jones.

The CMT Listeners’ Choice Award in this year’s contest went to “Gardener in the Graveyard,” composed by Cassidy Alexander, Judd Fuller and Dana Radford. Over 110,000 online votes were cast and 36 percent chose “Gardener in the Graveyard” over the other nine finalists. Alexander also wins a number of prizes for her entry.

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Rucker, Kramer, Rich Sign On For 12th Annual ‘Waiting For Wishes’

Waiting For WishesNFL Hall of Fame legend Richard Dent, Vikings’ Jared Allen, Green Bay’s A.J. Hawk, Titans new safety George Wilson, John Rich, Darius Rucker, Kix Brooks, Jana Kramer and Chip Esten, who plays Deacon on ABC’s hit show Nashville, have all signed on to participate in the 12th annual Kevin Carter’s “Waiting For Wishes.”

Hosted by former Titan (and now ESPNU Sports Analyst) Kevin Carter and Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus, the 12th Annual Kevin Carter’s “Waiting For Wishes” will be held April 2 at The Palm in Nashville. The event benefits The Kevin Carter Foundation and The Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee. The event has raised over $1.4 million since its inception in 2002.

The event, sponsored by HCA TriStar, Grand Avenue and Nashville Lifestyles magazine, has also added an official After Party, “Jam with Jay DeMarcus and Friends,” at Honky Tonk Central for patrons and a few guests who are not able to attend the dinner. Tickets to the dinner are $500 per person with only a handful left. Contact Paige Dixon at The Palm at 615-742-3193. Tickets for the after party, Jam with Jay DeMarcus & Friends, are $85 and sold separately at www.waitingforwishes.com.

Other event sponsors include The Palm, Nashville Downtown Hilton, Honky Tonk Central, Horizon, Lipman and Tito’s Vodka.

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Toby Keith Honored with “Million-Air” Awards

Toby Keith

Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) honored superstar Toby Keith with BMI “Million-Air” Awards recently at a studio on Music Row. BMI’s Jody Williams and Clay Bradley presented the long-time BMI songwriter with several awards representing songwriting and publishing credits of more than 15 million air plays for some of Keith’s biggest hits, including “How Do You Like Me Now?,” “Beer For My Horses,” “She Never Cried in Front of Me,” “God Love Her,” “I Love this Bar” and “Who’s Your Daddy?”

“Toby Keith is a stalwart BMI songwriter, who we’ve been honored to work with since early in his career. With these honors, he now stands at over 80 million performances and shows no signs of stopping,” said BMI’s Assistant Vice President of Writer/Publisher Relations Bradley.

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Kenny Chesney’s “Life On A Rock” Pre-Order Available Now On iTunes

Pre-Order The Album And Instantly Receive A Download Of The Track “Lindy” Hints at Deeper Kind of Songwriting

Kenny Chesney, Life On A Rock

While “Pirate Flag” is burning up country radio – becoming his 8th Top 25 debut and being named USA Today’s Song of the Week before it was released – the truth about Life On A Rock, the mostly self-penned new album from Kenny Chesney is that the album goes to a deeper, more contemplative place. To give fans a taste of what the rest of the album is like, the 4-time Country Music Association and 4-time Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year’s new album Life On A Rock, is now available for pre-order on the iTunes Store. Fans who pre-order the new album will instantly receive a download of the track “Lindy.”

“This was an album that was never intended to be an album,” Chesney says. “These were songs I’d written about moments that happened that I didn’t want to lose. They were for me, me and my friends, when I realized how many of them had slipped away forever…

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Darius Rucker Will Host The ‘ACM Lifting Lives’ Celebrity Golf Classic In Las Vegas Next Month

Darius Rucker

Darius Rucker is set to host the ACM Lifting Lives Celebrity Golf Classic for the second consecutive year as one of the events leading up to this year’s ACM Awards. The event will take place April 6th at TPC Las Vegas and will benefit ACM Lifting Lives’ Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund, which provides immediate relief to those in need in the music industry.

To say Darius is an avid golfer is an understatement — he loves the sport, and not just for the athleticism. “I love being outside. I get outside so little, really, if you look at the whole thing,” says Darius. “It’s me against the course. I love that.”

Darius Rucker Enlists Special Guests For His ‘Wagon Wheel’ Video

The 48th Annual ACM Awards will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena April 7th on CBS.

The South Carolina native is currently making his way up the country charts with his latest single, “Wagon Wheel,” which is from his upcoming album, True Believers.

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Live Nation Labs Presents Colt Ford Live At SXSW At Skype’s Mobile Lounge Saturday, March 16

Colt Ford, SXSW

Average Joes Entertainment recording artist Colt Ford will be featured at SXSW live on stage at Skype’s Mobile Lounge at the Live Nation House located at The Belmont, W. 6th & Lavaca, Austin, Texas on Saturday, March 16, at 11:40 pm CT.

Credited for being at the forefront of a new genre-blending movement in country music, the stop in Austin follows a month-long sold-out tour opening for Eric Church in Canada.  “I’m really excited to have the opportunity to perform at Skype’s Mobile Lounge by Live Nation at SXSW,” states Ford. “I feel right at home amongst my fellow independent artists and couldn’t be more honored to be part of Live Nation Labs’ event.”

This year at SXSW, Skype and Live Nation are creating a one-of-a kind technology-driven music experience.  Skype’s Mobile Lounge will feature some of the top up-and-coming artists in the world and will give fans the ability to experience the future of the convergence of music and technology.  Fans will use Skype technology in new ways such as opportunities to chat with artists, access to the shows and more.  One way fans will be able to get a taste of this in the days leading up to Skype’s Mobile Lounge at SXSW is through Live Nation’s original web series, “The Road to SXSW 2013,” which will feature Colt Ford and other artists video-chatting via Skype with Live Nation’s Music Editor, Breesays.

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