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Archive | April, 2014
PERFORMERS ANNOUNCED FOR FREE DAILY CONCERTS ON CHEVROLET RIVERFRONT STAGE DURING 2014 CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL
The 2014 CMA Music Festival will have fans rockin’ on the Riverfront with today’s announcement of performers for the Chevrolet™ Riverfront Stage. The lineup for the free daily concerts is packed with more than 50 artists, from Country Music legends to the brightest up-and-coming stars.
CMA Award nominees Big & Rich will officially kick off the Festival when they take the stage onThursday, June 5 (10:00 AM/CT). This will mark the first time the duo will hit the Riverfront stage together, setting the pace for the music-filled days to follow.
“Big & Rich will bring a great energy to the official start of the Festival, and I know our fans will not want to miss their performance,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer.
Performers scheduled to hit the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage include Frankie Ballard, Big & Rich, Danielle Bradbery, Kristian Bush, Craig Campbell, Jason Michael Carroll, Terri Clark,Billy Ray Cyrus, Dan + Shay, Tyler Farr, Colt Ford, Gloriana, LoCash Cowboys, Lonestar,Love and Theft, Dustin Lynch, Craig Morgan,Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis, David Nail, Jon Pardi, Parmalee, Eric Paslay, Kellie Pickler,Cassadee Pope, Collin Raye, Chase Rice,Maggie Rose, Corey Smith, Cole Swindell, The Cadillac Three, The Swon Brothers, Uncle Kracker, Clay Walker, Darryl Worley, Charlie Worsham, and Wynonna.
The official lineup was announced via CMA social networks this morning, with a video directed by Ben Boutwell showing Chevrolet vehicles taking Country Music fans to historic locations in downtown Nashville for the reveal. Fans can follow the conversation and share their thoughts on the lineup with #ChevyCMA and view the video here.
2014’s lineup includes six CMA Award winners and 15 CMA Award nominees. Twelve artists will be making their Riverfront debut, including four Festival newcomers, making the daily shows a must-see for attendees during the four-day event, happening Thursday through Sunday, June 5-8, in downtown Nashville.
“This outstanding lineup, paired with the artists performing at the Nightly Concerts at LP Field, represent the best in Country Music from past to present to future,” said Trahern. “The Riverfront shows are always a highlight of CMA Music Festival, and with the caliber of talent, this year is sure to be no exception.”
The Chevrolet Riverfront Stage has long been a CMA Music Festival fan favorite, with concerts beginning each day at 10:00 AM/CT in Riverfront Park on the sloping bank of the Cumberland River. The shows are free and open to the public, and one of the most popular attractions at the Festival. Four-day ticket holders are able to enter 45 minutes before the general public. Fans do not need to have tickets to the Nightly Concerts at LP Field to attend concerts at Chevrolet Riverfront Stage.
While tickets to the Nightly Concerts at LP Field are sold out, the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage is among the numerous other entertainment and music stages, special events, and activities throughout downtown Nashville to enjoy during CMA Music Festival.
CMA Music Festival’s newest attraction, AT&T U-verse® Fan Fair X at the Music City Center, features artist performances, celebrity Q&A sessions, and more. Fans can play paparazzi and snap photos of the stars, shop the Fan Fair X Marketplace, and more. Fan Fair X tickets are $10 a day or $25 for four days. Children eight and under are admitted free. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster at Ticketmaster.com or the CMA Music Festival Box Office by calling 1-800-CMA-FEST (262-3378) (price includes handling fees). Visit CMAfest.com for details.
The Ultimate Country Music Fan Experience began in 1972 as Fan Fair®, bringing 5,000 fans to Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium. More than 40 years later, the now legendary Festival has become the city’s signature music event. In 2014, CMA Music Festival will host visitors from every state and 21 foreign countries.
CMA Music Festival will once again be filmed for a national television special to air on the ABC Television Network. This is the 11th consecutive year that the event has been filmed for a network television special, a feat no other music festival has achieved. “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” will be executive-produced by Robert Deaton.
About Chevrolet: Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.9 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found atchevrolet.com.
CMA Music Festival is organized and produced by the Country Music Association. Fan Fair® is a registered trademark of CMA. Chevrolet™ is the Official Ride of Country Music. Bud Light is the Official Beer of the CMA Music Festival. Pepsi is the Official Soft Drink of the CMA Music Festival. Bad Boy Buggies are the Official UTV of the CMA Music Festival.
CRYSTAL GAYLE: ‘WHEN I DREAM’ SPOTLIGHT EXHIBIT OPENS MAY 2 AT THE COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME® AND MUSEUM
The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will debut a spotlight exhibit devoted to iconic crossover star Crystal Gayle on May 2, 2014. Crystal Gayle: When I Dream will feature fashion, awards, letters, family photos and more from her groundbreaking career. The exhibition will run through November 3, 2014.
On Saturday, May 3, Gayle will participate in a special program,Concert and Conversation: Crystal Gayle. The 2:30 p.m.presentation, held in the museum’s Ford Theater, is included with museum admission and free to museum members. Hosted by Curatorial Director Mick Buck, the interview and performance will allow Gayle to discuss her life and career and perform songs from her extensive repertoire. Seating for the program is limited, and program passes are required for admittance. The program will be streamed live on the museum’s website. For complete admission and streaming information, visithttp://countrymusichalloffame.org/calendar/.
Crystal Gayle: When I Dream recounts Gayle’s unique rise to stardom. She began as a young dreamer emboldened, but nearly pigeon-holed, by the pioneering success of her older sister Loretta Lynn. Determined to make her own mark, Gayle grew into a superb vocalist whose signature glamour and pop-infused hits charmed the entire country.
The youngest of eight children, Gayle was born Brenda Gail Webb on January 9, 1951, in Paintsville, Kentucky. Not long thereafter, as the coal mines closed, her family left Appalachia to find work and moved to Wabash, Indiana, northeast of Indianapolis. As a child watching her older sister’s success, Gayle harbored her own musical aspirations. While still in high school, Gayle performed regionally and sampled life on the road with Lynn, joining her onstage for a couple of songs. Before graduating, Gayle signed her first contract with Decca Records, Lynn’s recording home, and was asked to change her name because one of her musical heroes, Brenda Lee, was a mainstay on the label. Her adopted stage name, “Crystal,” was suggested by Lynn as the two drove by a Krystal hamburger franchise.
In 1974, Gayle, now signed to United Artists Records, began to work with producer Allen Reynolds, a great song man whose musical instincts and mentoring perfectly complemented Gayle’s developing vision and smooth alto. Later that year she scored her first Top Ten hit with “Wrong Road Again.” Her first #1, “I’ll Get Over You,” followed two years later, along with another chart-topper, “You Never Miss A Real Good Thing (Till He Says Goodbye).” In 1977, she became a household name when “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue” perched atop the country charts for four weeks and climbed the pop charts in America and around the world.
Gayle enjoyed fifteen additional Billboard #1 hits between 1978 and 1987, including “Talking in Your Sleep” and “It’s Like We Never Said Goodbye.” In 1978, her album We Must Believe in Magic was certified platinum, making her country music’s first female artist to sell one million units. She also had success singing duets, including chart-topping hits with Eddie Rabbitt (“You and I”) and Gary Morris (“Makin’ Up for Lost Time”). Gayle won back-to-back female vocalist honors from the Academy of Country Music in 1976 and 1977 and from the Country Music Association in 1977 and 1978. Later, she moved to different record labels, scoring hits at Columbia, Elektra and Warner Bros.
For the last twenty years, Gayle has gained acclaim for compelling specialty recordings, including albums of gospel and children’s music, a tribute to Hoagy Carmichael, a collection of pop standards, and concert recordings—all featuring her effortlessly smooth vocals.
Among the artifacts on display in Crystal Gayle: When I Dreamare:
- Hand-stitched valentine Gayle made in the third grade for her mother, Clara
- Gayle’s custom white microphone, with her name engraved in gold
- Red parlor guitar, custom built for Gayle by luthier Danny Ferrington in 1980
- Photos of teenaged Gayle and her sisters Loretta Lynn and Peggy Sue that hung on their mother’s living room wall
- LP cover for the soundtrack album to the 1982 film One from the Heart, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, featuring Gayle and Tom Waits. The album featured Gayle performing solo or as a duet partner with Waits, who wrote the songs.
- Flight suit and boots worn by Gayle on her F-16 flight in 1984
- 1977 Grammy for Best Female Country Performance, for “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue”
- 1976 ACM Female Vocalist of the Year trophy
- Marble and crystal Indiana Living Legend award, presented to Gayle in 2005
- Mattel’s Crystal “Eagle” Gayle Air Force Barbie doll, which commemorated both her 1984 flight aboard an F-16 fighter and the fiftieth anniversary of the U.S. Air Force
Spotlight exhibits supplement themes or aspects of the museum’s core exhibition, Sing Me Back Home: A Journey Through Country Music. These short-term, informal displays either provide a closer look at a particular person, group or aspect of country music, or spotlight recently donated items or special anniversaries. Rotated often, spotlight exhibits also offer a glimpse into the museum’s unique collection, which includes recorded discs; historical photographs; films and videotapes; thousands of posters, books, songbooks, periodicals and sheet music; personal artifacts such as performers’ instruments, costumes and accessories; and more.
Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is operated by the Country Music Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization chartered by the state of Tennessee in 1964. The museum’s mission is the preservation of the history of country and related vernacular music rooted in southern culture. With the same educational mission, the foundation also operates CMF Records, the museum’s Frist Library and Archive, CMF Press, Historic RCA Studio B and Hatch Show Print®.
Chart-topping country music star Brantley Gilbert will get fans pumped for the Coca-Cola 600 with a special 45-minute frontstretch pre-race concert presented by Coca-Cola and the USO on Sunday, May 25 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Gilbert will amp up the energy, performing “Bottoms Up” and more new songs from his upcoming album JUST AS I AM (The Valory Music Co.), slated for release on May 19. The lead single topped the Country airplay charts and has scored the No. 1 spot on the iTunes Country Singles Chart, already selling more than 1 million downloads while the accompanying video boasts more than 14.2 million views. Fans can also sing along to chart-topping, GOLD-certified hits “Country Must Be Country Wide” and “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do.”
“I can definitely relate to the high-adrenaline NASCAR crowds. Music and racing fans have a lot in common – they’re pretty rowdy and diehard! It’s no wonder I’ve loved both my whole life,” said Gilbert. “The fastest half-mile track in Georgia was literally five minutes from my house growing up and we were always there. My dad even worked on a racing team in the Hooter’s [Pro] Cup Series for a while. I love the smell of gas, the motor and the tires. Being able to play a show for like-minded people and having them party their tails off at the same time is going to be a blast … I can’t wait for Charlotte Motor Speedway!”
Gilbert has racked up four No. 1 singles, impressive album sales of more than 1 million and multiple award show nominations from the CMA, ACM, ACA & CMT Music Awards. In 2013, he won the ACM for New Male Artist. As a celebrated songwriter, he has also penned No. 1 songs – “My Kinda Party,” “Dirt Road Anthem,” “Country Must Be Country Wide” and “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do.”
For just $99, fans can get a Coca-Cola 600 weekend ticket package with a frontstretch ticket to the race, delivering the best views of the Brantley Gilbert concert on Sunday, May 25.
The weekend package also includes a ticket to LiftMaster Pole Night and the Saturday afternoonHISTORY 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Tickets can be purchased by calling the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.
This year fans will be able to participate in the Cornhole tournament alongside their favorite artists. Beginning in Mid-May, fans can bid in an online auction for their chance to participate in the tournament next to the artist of their choice. All proceeds from the auction will be going directly to the T.J. Martell Foundation’s Colon Cancer research efforts.
The 2nd Annual Craig Campbell Celebrity Cornhole Challenge is set to take place on Tuesday, June 3rd at the Public Square Park in Downtown Nashville, corner of 3rd Ave North & Union St. Sponsored by McPherson Guitars and Team Cocktail, the challenge will begin at 4:00 pm CST. For more information on the Cornhole tournament, please visit:http://craigcampbell.tv//craig-campbell-celebrity-cornhole-challenge
The T.J. Martell Foundation is dedicated to raising funds for the innovative, initial and ongoing research into the treatments and cures of leukemia, cancer, and AIDS. Craig has toured the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, spoke with teams specializing in colon cancer research, and is committed to raising funds for the cause.
ABOUT CRAIG CAMPBELL: After moving from his hometown of Lyons, Georgia to Nashville in 2002 to pursue his country music dreams, American Country Awards nominee Craig Campbell quickly picked up work as a keyboardist in Luke Bryan and Tracy Byrd’s bands and was later discovered playing a regular gig at legendary Nashville honky-tonk, The Stage. Since signing with Bigger Picture, he has entertained crowds across the U.S., Australia and Switzerland, performed for national TV audiences on Fox & Friends,Huckabee and Marie and has been profiled in HLN’s series Road Warriors. The singer-songwriter has earned well-deserved praise from the country’s toughest critics for his 2011 self-titled debut album and current album Never Regret, which have sold over 1 million tracks to date. Campbell’s autobiographical lead single, “Family Man” was a top 15 hit followed by fan-favorite “Fish.” His latest hit, “Keep Them Kisses Comin,’” is the follow-up single to smash “Outta My Head.” To learn more about Craig, visit www.craigcampbell.tv and follow him on Twitter @craigcampbelltv.
RED BOW RECORDS DAVID FANNING RELEASES DEBUT SINGLE “DRINK YOU AWAY” TO COUNTRY RADIO/ RECEIVES EARLY MEDIA BUZZ FROM BILLBOARD, CMT, POPDUST
RED BOW Records’ artist David Fanning released his debut single to country radio yesterday, garnering double digit adds for his countrified version of pop superstar Justin Timberlake’s “Drink You Away.”
“The feeling I get knowing I have a song being played on country radio is unlike anything I have ever felt,” says Fanning. “I’m so thankful to country radio, my label and my fans for letting me live my dream.”
Fanning’s “Drink You Away” is available now at iTunes:http://smarturl.it/drinkyouaway
Watch the studio cut performance video of “Drink You Away” here:http://smarturl.it/DYAStudioCut
Since its debut on SiriusXM’s The Highway, Fanning’s “Drink You Away” has already sold nearly 40,000 units and earned considerable acclaim from media and tastemakers, even receiving praise from Timberlake himself when the superstar tweeted about the song stating: “Never thought I would hear a song I wrote on country radio. My GrandDad is smiling from a bar in Heaven!”
David Fanning’s interview with CMT about his debut single is now featured on the network’s website: http://on.cmt.com/1tVQwVv
A Billboard “Bubbling Under” artist, Fanning has been lauded for histripartite musical prowess as an artist, songwriter and country music producer with three #1 hits already under his belt.
“David Fanning truly is the ‘poster boy’ for the term ‘triple threat.’ He can sing, play, produce–he does it all, and he does it all well. If his incredible resume of writing and producing hits for some of our genre’s biggest artists doesn’t blow you away, his countrified, laid back re-imagining of Justin Timberlake’s ‘Drink You Away’ most definitely will. Heck, on that note, somebody pass that Jack…or the ‘Jim and all of his friends!'”
~Samantha Stephens, CMT.com
“For his debut single. David Fanning has released a track that is at both times modern yet has a very traditional side that should play well to fans on both sides of the street in his hometown of Ardmore. (Seriously, one side of downtown is Alabama, and the other is Tennessee!) Watch out, Nashville, David’s time is now!”
~Chuck Dauphin, Billboard 615
“With Fanning’s latest single, he takes Timberlake’s ‘Drink You Away’ and gives it a decidedly more southern rock spin. He is so convincing that the song sounds like it was especially written for him.”
ABOUT DAVID FANNING:
Raised on a 100-acre farm in Ardmore, AL, RED BOW Records artist David Fanning is a triple threat artist, songwriter and producer. Part of Nashville-based music production team New Voice, Fanning has produced three #1 hits for Thompson Square and Parmalee. Fanning’s songwriting credits include cuts for Thompson Square, Bonnie Tyler, Scotty McCreery, Tracy Lawrence and Lindsay Ell. Additionally, Fanning co-wrote the Top 40 debut hit, “Musta Had a Good Time,” with Stoney Creek Records act Parmalee. A BMI affiliated songwriter, Fanning is signed to Magic Mustang Music. His debut single, a country version of Justin Timberlake’s “Drink You Away,” is endorsed by the superstar and is quickly gaining buzz amongst fans and media like.
For more information on David Fanning, please visit:http://davidfanningmusic.com/
Iconic singer, songwriter, musician, actress and philanthropist Dolly Parton is set for a whirlwind media blitz in support of her new album Blue Smokewhich will be released by Sony Music Masterworks and Dolly Records on May 13, 2014.
This past weekend’s one-hour special Dolly Parton Q Sessions Live from Nashville was just the beginning of where you will see Dolly, as she continues hitting the television airwaves to promote,BLUE SMOKE. On May 13, you can catch Dolly as she performs on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, and appears on Wake Up with Al (Roker) and The Colbert Report. The following day, May 14, Dolly will perform on Imus in the Morning before heading to The View. More television and radio appearances will be announced in the coming week!
Following the album release the Blue Smoke World Tour will hit select dates in the United States, England, Ireland, Scotland, Denmark, Germany, Norway and Sweden.
- Blue Smoke
- Unlikely Angel
- Don’t Think Twice
- You Can’t Make Old Friends
- Banks of the Ohio
- Lay Your Hands on Me
- Miss You-Miss Me
- If I Had Wings
- Lover du Jour
- From Here to the Moon and Back
Dolly is the most honored female country performer of all time. Achieving 25 RIAA certified gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards, she has had 25 songs reach number 1 on the Billboard Country charts, a record for a female artist. She has 41 career top 10 country albums, a record for any artist, and she has 110 career charted singles over the past 40 years. All-inclusive sales of singles, albums, hits collections, paid digital downloads and compilation usage during her Hall of Fame career have reportedly topped a staggering 100 million records world-wide. She has garnered 7 Grammy Awards, 10 Country Music Association Awards, 5 Academy of Country Music Awards, 3 American Music Awards and is one of only five female artists to win the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year Award. Dolly was inducted as a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999. And the litany goes on.
Dolly’s career has spanned nearly five decades and is showing no signs of slowing down. An internationally-renowned superstar, the iconic and irrepressible Parton has contributed countless treasures to the worlds of music, film and television. Some of her hit films have included Nine to Five, Steel Magnolias, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Rhinestone, Straight Talk, and Joyful Noise. Parton received two Oscar® nominations – one for writing the title tune to Nine to Five and the other for Travelin’ Thru from the film Transamerica.
For more information on Dolly Parton, please visitwww.dollypartonentertainment.com
Award-winning singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley’s driving “I Hold On” has officially been certified GOLD in the US by the RIAA for digital sales of over 500,000 downloads and simultaneously received GOLD certification by the CRIA in Canada. Released on Capitol Records Nashville, RISER’s lead track set the pace recently topping both radio charts, becoming Bentley’s 11th career No. one single as both a singer and songwriter.
Bentley is following up RISER’s GOLD single with “Nashville’s Freshest, Funniest Party Song” (Star Tribune), “Drunk On A Plane.” Fans can catch Bentley out on his headlining 2014 RISER TOUR for opening weekend in Charlotte, NC (5/9) and Raleigh, NC (5/10) next week. For a full list of tour dates, visit www.dierks.com.
Country Artists Release Anthem Highlighting Hunger in America, Generates Donation to Feeding America
What: A group of top recording artists have come together to record the original recording “Give ’Em Hope,” which supports the nationwide initiative Outnumber Hunger. Since 2011, Outnumber Hunger has helped Feeding America secure more than 25 million meals for local food banks.
Forty-eight percent of the anthem purchase price is being donated by Big Machine Label Group to Feeding America to benefit local food banks across the country.
Who: The anthem features 11 top artists and bands: Danielle Bradbery, Vince Gill, Lauren Jenkins, Toby Keith, Martina McBride, Cassadee Pope, Reba, The Band Perry, The Cadillac Three, Thomas Rhett and Chris Young.
“Give ’Em Hope” is recorded by Nashville for Outnumber Hunger (on Big Machine Records). The anthem was written by Fancy Hagood and Megan James, and produced by James Stroud.
When and where: “Give ’Em Hope” is available for $1.29 on iTunes.
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