Archive | May 1, 2014


Allison VeltzCountry newcomer Allison Veltz’s catchy debut single “Bright Side” impacts country radio on April 28th and sees its commercial release tomorrow through iTunes and all other leading digital outlets. The lead single from her upcoming Blaster Records debut album, Allison’s Wonderland, “Bright Side” has been well received on the road, making listeners bob their heads and sing along at her recent showcases in San Francisco, New York, and Nashville. The single can be downloaded via iTunes HERE.

Produced by Mark Bright (Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire, Sara Evans) and ASCAP Songwriter of the Year Dan Muckala, the song breathes with the reality of life’s ups and downs, highlighted by whistles, mandolin, and Allison’s flowing and faultless vocals.

Born in Mobile, Alabama to a unique traveling musical family, Allison started singing at the age of four.  She soon learned to play guitar and mandolin, relying on music as her only constant as her family moved across the country to follow their passion. A child of the radio, Allison’s musical influences include Alison Krauss, John Mayer, Tom Petty, Nickel Creek and Dixie Chicks.

As a New Yorker in 2010, she was working as a singing waitress when she received an email inviting her to travel to Nashville to meet Bright, who had heard demos Allison had posted online. In January 2011, Allison booked a one-way ticket to Nashville and never looked back.

Allison’s debut album, Allison’s Wonderland, is an intensely personal journey of eleven songs co-authored by the artist.  It is scheduled for release later this year through Blaster.

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Photo credit: Kristin Barlowe

Photo credit: Kristin Barlowe

Natalie Stovall and The Drive are among the dozen plus celebrities who have teamed up with Ohio-based Veterans Matter to generate awareness about the issue of homeless veterans and to help raise funds that will decrease the number of unhoused vets on our streets. The campaign is supported by media giant Cumulus Media which is airing Veterans Matter celebrity-voiced public service announcements in 110 U.S. markets May 1 – 31, 2014.

The thirty-second announcements, encouraging listeners to pledge support by texting “VETS” to 41444, are voiced by musicians Kid Rock, Kix Brooks, John Fogerty, John Mellencamp, Darius Rucker, Darryl Worley, Stevie Nicks, Dusty Hill, Emerson Drive, Jennifer Nettles, Natalie Stovall and The Drive as well as author Mitch Albom.

Veterans Matter, a national program of 1Matters, a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit with roots back to 1990, was started by founder Ken Leslie in 2012, after learning that the biggest obstacle facing some 60,000 homeless veterans eligible for housing assistance was the lack of a rental deposit, which is not covered by the HUD-VASH voucher assistance program.

To date, Veterans Matter has housed 235 veterans, and veteran families, in six states. Partnering with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Veteran Affairs (VA), Veterans Matter provides rental deposits for homeless veterans who qualify for voucher-assisted living but are unable fund the initial housing costs. With the outpouring of celebrity support and the backing of Cumulus Media, Veterans Matter has high hopes of being able to help house 1,000 more veterans in 2014. 100% of funds raised go toward the program.

Visit ( and ( for more information and to join the campaign.

ABOUT NATALIE STOVALL AND THE DRIVE: Natalie Stovall and The Drive are relentless road warriors, amassing over 200 dates each year across college campuses, clubs, and military bases around the globe. Natalie, a Tennessee native, has been playing professionally since she was 10 and performed everywhere from the White House to the Oprah Winfrey Show. A fiddle phenom, she made her Grand Ole Opry debut at the age of 12. Natalie Stovall And The Drive is led by multi-instrumentalist and powerhouse vocalist, Natalie Stovall, who has been selected as one of this year’s CMT Next Women of Country. The Drive includes drummer James Bavendam from Seattle, Chile’s Miguel Cancino on guitar, Zach Morse from Cheyenne, Wyoming on bass and vocals and Redding, California guitarist and vocalist Joel Dormer.

The critically acclaimed band’s debut album, produced by GRAMMY winner Paul Worley (The Band Perry, Dixie Chicks, Lady Antebellum), on HitShop Records, is expected this fall. The lead track, “Baby Come On With It,” is available now at iTunes ( , and the official music video for the track, which debuted via CMT earlier this year, is available HERE ( .

For more information, visit and engage with the band on Facebook ( , Twitter ( and Instagram ( .

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Kristian Bush

Photo Credit: Whitney Pastorek

Grammy Award winner and one half of platinum-selling country duo Sugarland Kristian Bush has reunited with longtime producer Byron Gallimore (Faith Hill, Tim McGraw) for his first-ever solo album. The highly anticipated album will be released on Streamsound Records, of which Gallimore is a co-owner.

“I’m so excited to be working with Byron Gallimore again,” shares Bush. “I’m constantly surprised at how creative I feel and how innovative he is every time we hit record.”

Bush and Gallimore previously teamed up for Sugarland’s top-selling studio albums; the 3X Platinum ENJOY THE RIDE, 2X Platinum LOVE ON THE INSIDE and Platinum-certified THE INCREDIBLE MACHINE, as well as their 2009 Christmas collection GOLD AND GREEN.

“After working on four records with Sugarland, I know Kristian’s musical abilities well. He is a great singer, songwriter, and all-around musician. I am thrilled to be working with him on this album and proud to have him as part of our Streamsound Records family,” shares Byron Gallimore. “The music he is getting ready to drop on country radio is some of the most exciting I’ve heard in years.”

Currently, Bush is on the road with his 2014 PUT YOUR SOUL IN IT Tour, backed by a five-piece band. In between shows, he is in the studio working on his forthcoming album. The lead single from the project will hit country radio nationwide this summer.

Bush has been leaving his mark on music for more than two decades. The singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist started his career with folk rock duo Billy Pilgrim in the early ’90s, releasing a much-lauded pair of albums for Atlantic Records (self-titled debut and BLOOM). In 2004, he exploded onto the country music scene with Sugarland, surpassing sales of over 22 million albums worldwide, achieving five No. 1 singles and winning numerous awards, including Grammys, AMAs, ACMs, CMT Music Awards and CMAs. To date, Bush garnered six BMI Awards for his songwriting, and in 2011 founded the music publishing company and songwriting collective Songs of the Architect. Recent producing/songwriting collaborations include Mike Elizondo, Rita Wilson, Dia Frampton, Ellis Paul, Laura Bell Bundy, Matt Nathanson, the dB’s, Martin Johnson of Boys Like Girls, Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale, and up-and-comers including Kristina Train, Larkin Poe, Natalie Stovall, Canaan Smith, Jaida Dreyer, Alana Springsteen, and The Voice contestant Savannah Berry.

For tour dates and more information, visit

About Streamsound Records
Streamsound Records is an independent record label specializing in Country music artists. Launched in 2012 by Grammy award-winning producer Byron Gallimore (Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Sugarland), and Jim Wilkes, the label is based in Nashville. Streamsound’s roster includes Kristian Bush, Dakota Bradley, Jaida Dreyer and Austin Webb.

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“Nashville” Concert Tour Launches With Sold-Out Show

Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio (on drums) and Charles Esten   Photo By: Chaun D. Vo/

Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio (on drums) and Charles Esten Photo By: Chaun D. Vo/

The first-ever “Nashville” Concert Tour with series stars Charles Esten, Clare Bowen, Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio and Chris Carmack played their first sold-out  show this past Friday at Chicago’s Joe’s Bar.

The tour will continue this weekend with shows on May 4 at Lincoln Theatre in Washington, DC, May 5 in Philadelphia at Tower Theater and in New York City on May 6 at Best Buy Theater.  Will Chase joins his cast mates for the New York concert only.   DC and New York dates are sold-out and limited tickets are available for the Philadelphia show.

 Clare Bowen  Photo By: Chaun D. Vo/

Clare Bowen Photo By: Chaun D. Vo/

The Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation is the presenting sponsor of the tour and it is produced by the Opry Entertainment Group.

About the Show
“Nashville” airs Wednesday nights at 10:00 p.m. on ABC and stars Connie Britton as Rayna Jaymes, Hayden Panettiere as Juliette Barnes, Eric Close as Teddy Conrad, Charles Esten as Deacon Claybourne, Clare Bowen as Scarlett O’Connor, Jonathan Jackson as Avery Barkley, Sam Palladio as Gunnar Scott, Chris Carmack as Will Lexington, Maisy Stella as Daphne Conrad and Lennon Stella as Maddie Conrad. Will Chase recurs as Luke Wheeler. “Nashville” is executive-produced by Dee Johnson, R.J. Cutler, Callie Khouri and Steve Buchanan. The series is produced by Lionsgate, ABC Studios, and Opry Entertainment. For more information about “Nashville” visit
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Pictured L-R: The View’s Jenny McCarthy, Sherri Shepherd, FGL’s Brian Kelley, The View’s Whoopi Goldberg, FGL’s Tyler Hubbard, guest host MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts and The View’s Barbara Walters Photo Credit: Heidi Gutman/ABC

Pictured L-R: The View’s Jenny McCarthy, Sherri Shepherd, FGL’s Brian Kelley, The View’s Whoopi Goldberg, FGL’s Tyler Hubbard, guest host MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts and The View’s Barbara Walters
Photo Credit: Heidi Gutman/ABC

Florida Georgia Line appeared on ABC’s The View yesterday (4/30) to bring awareness the national Outnumber Hunger campaign, which helps fight hunger in local communities across the country. Every 1 in 6 Americans struggles with hunger and this partnership between the Big Machine Label Group, General Mills and Feeding America has helped secure more than 25 million meals to date. General Mills gifted the audience with specially marked products to encourage participation in the program. The ACM Vocal Duo of the Year also performed their Gold-certified, Top 5 smash “This Is How We Roll” (featuring Luke Bryan), which has sold over 1 million digital downloads. Watch here. The live daytime show wrapped with an announcement that the superstar duo will perform on Billboard Music Awards, airing May 18 at 8:00P Eastern on ABC. FGL is nominated for four awards that evening – Top Country Artist, Top Country Song (“Cruise” Remix featuring Nelly), Top Country Album (HERE’S TO THE GOOD TIMES), Top Duo/Group.

FGL has skyrocketed since releasing four consecutive, multi-week #1 smashes from their chart-topping, PLATINUM-certified debut album HERE’S TO THE GOOD TIMES (Republic Nashville); the PLATINUM-certified hits “Stay,” “Get Your Shine On,” “Round Here” and 6X PLATINUM “Cruise,” making them the only artist in history to join Brooks & Dunn in achieving this accolade. Breaking the record for longest #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart, “Cruise” has sold over 6.9 million downloads and is the best-selling digital Country single of all time (SoundScan). Comprised of Tyler Hubbard (Monroe, Georgia) and Brian Kelley (Ormond Beach, Florida), FGL is currently on the road with Jason Aldean and will embark on their headline run – THIS IS HOW WE ROLL SUMMER SERIES 2014 – featuring special guests Nelly and Chris Lane later this month. This fall, they will host “This is How We Cruise” aboard the Norwegian Pearl. For tour dates and more, check out

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[Video] Darius Rucker Pranks Corey Smith

Check out this fun video of Corey Smith’s time out on the road with Darius Rucker’s True Believers Tour.  One of the best parts – Darius pranking Corey during his set.  Watch it here!



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[Video] 2014 Waiting For Wishes Celebrity Waiters Dinner

Check out the video below from the Waiting For Wishes Celebrity Waiters Dinner held at The Palm in Nashville! Featuring celebrities: Kevin Carter, Jay DeMarcus, Scotty McCreery, Charles Esten, Chris Carmack, Rick Springfield, Dierks Bentley, and many more! All to help raise money for charity.

Watch the video on YouTube by clicking here!

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Four-time Grammy Award winner Keith Urban will come out from behind his judges chair, to take to the American Idol stage to perform “Good Thing”, from his #1 album FUSE.   The performance will be broadcast this Thursday at 9:00 PM live ET/tape-delayed PT) on FOX.  Plans are also underway for the Thursday morning, May 1st release of exclusive footage from Urban’s rehearsal, which can be seen at

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The 2014 CMA Music Festival will kick off in rockin’ style with the CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Concert on the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage. The free event takes place Wednesday, June 4(11:00 AM-4:30 PM/CT), the day before the official start of CMA Music Festival, a four-day event taking over downtown Nashville, Thursday through SundayJune 5-8.

The Chevrolet Riverfront Stage will be the epicenter of Country and rock on the bank of the Cumberland River with a must-see lineup that includes international talent, Southern rock icons, and a Country artist with a royal pedigree.

The 2014 CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Concert features eight diverse acts including four international artists: Lindsay EllTim Hicks, andSmall Town Pistols from Canada, and Morgan Evans from Australia. Rounding out the lineup are honky-tonk traditionalists BrazilbillyShooter Jennings performing with Waymore’s Outlaws, his father Waylon Jennings’ touring and studio backing band, three time Grammy-nominated bluegrass ensemble The Grascals, and Southern rock legends The Marshall Tucker Band.

“The Wednesday concert offers an energetic set of performances to kick-off the exciting four days of concerts that follow,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “It also gives everyone an excuse to come downtown a day early and enjoy free music in a great venue with enthusiastic fans from around the world.”

Kick-Off Concert performer Jennings will be making his CMA Music Festival debut, but will carry on a family legacy. His father Waylon performed at the first Fan Fair in 1972, and continued performing at the annual event throughout the 1990s.

The Marshall Tucker Band made their Festival debut in 2013 to a huge crowd at the Walk of Fame Park. Moving to the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage was a natural choice for the popular group.

“The Marshall Tucker Band’s performance at CMA Music Festival last year generated so much enthusiasm with Festival fans and became such a highlight of last year’s event that we are proud to announce that their legendary sound will be part of our 2014 CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Concert lineup,” said Trahern.

“During a year of real winners in Country Music we have been given another sweet invitation to kick off CMA week,” said The Marshall Tucker Band lead singer and founding member Doug Gray. “We are very proud to again be a part of the biggest festival in Country Music. We’ve recently been mentioned in some new hit songs from several young stars and we’re so grateful for all the love pouring in from Nashville. Our 2014 Take the Highway Tour is headed to CMA Music Festival this June!”

Gates at Riverfront Park will open at 10:00 AM/CT for fans to find the perfect spot to enjoy the day-long concert.

While tickets to the Nightly Concerts at LP Field are sold out, there are 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 or the CMA Music Festival Box Office by calling 1-800-CMA-FEST (262-3378) (price includes handling fees). Visit 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.

For all the latest info on CMA Music Festival To stay connected with CMA, and or text FESTIVAL to 66937.

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

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.


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