Archive | May 7, 2014

Kellie Pickler To Perform On ABC’s “Nashville” Tonight

Kellie Pickler - photo 130723_Kellie_Pickl#16142EF currentCountry music singer/songwriter Kellie Pickler will appear on ABC’s hit drama television series “Nashville” this Wednesday, May 7 at 10:00 PM/EDT (9:00 PM/CDT). Pickler performs her most recent single “Closer to Nowhere” from her current album The Woman I Am in the episode, which is titled “All or Nothing with Me” and was filmed at Fort Campbell. The episode also contains a special appearance by First Lady Michelle Obama.

“It was so much fun to be on this particular episode of ‘Nashville’ since it was filmed at Ft. Campbell, and I got to perform in front of our military and their families,” said Pickler. “I can’t wait to see the finished episode and hope they ask me to come back and do another one!”

Pickler is in the midst of touring the southeast, with upcoming dates in Orlando, Fla. at Plaza ‘Live’ on May 9; Valdosta, Ga. at Wild Adventure Theme Park on May 10; Atmore, Ala. at Windcreek Hotel & Casino Amphitheater on May 17; Austin, Texas at Redfest 2014 on May 25; and Detroit, Mich. at the Downtown Hoedown on May 31.

About Kellie Pickler

Kellie Pickler grew up immersed in country music in the small town of Albemarle, North Carolina with the words of Tammy Wynette, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, and Dolly Parton shaping her musical footing. At the age of 19, she gained fame as a contestant on the fifth season of “American Idol.” In 2006, she signed with 19 Recordings/BNA Records and released her debut album, Small Town Girl, which has gone on to sell more than 900,000 copies worldwide and produce three hit singles: “Red High Heels,” “I Wonder,” and “Things That Never Cross a Man’s Mind.” She followed that in 2008 with her self-titled sophomore record, featuring country radio hits “Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful,” “Best Days of Your Life” (co-written with Taylor Swift and her first Top 10), and “Didn’t You Know How Much I Loved You.” Having established herself as not only a powerful vocalist but also a songwriter, Pickler released her third studio album, 100 Proof, in 2011 to huge critical acclaim. The album was named the No. 1 Country Album of The Year by Rolling Stone and was listed on “Best of 2012” lists by Washington Post, Rhapsody, AOL’s The Boot and more. In spring of 2013, Pickler partnered with dance coach Derek Hough and won the Mirror Ball Trophy on “Dancing with the Stars.” On Nov. 11, 2013, Pickler released her new album, The Woman I Am, on her new label home, Black River Entertainment. She co-wrote three songs on the album, including the title cut. The album, which has received much critical acclaim, contains her new single “Closer to Nowhere,” as well as her recent hits “Little Bit Gypsy” and “Someone Somewhere Tonight.” Pickler is also an avid supporter of the U.S. military, having recently completed her seventh USO Tour in December 2013. For more information, please visit

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Vegas, Baby! ACM Party For A Cause, ACM Awards, ACM Salute To The Troops, High Roller Wheel, The Linq

ACM Party For A Cause - Keith UrbanOn April 4th & 5th, the Academy of Country Music held their 2nd annual Party For A Cause at The Linq in Las Vegas. It was a fun-filled 2 days with a special kick-off party on April 3rd! Continue Reading →

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[Video] Special Glance Behind-The-Scenes Of Jake Owen’s Tour

This must-see beach party, complete with tiki bars, Riverside Café set and fans decked in bathing suits, continues as the 75-city plus tour goes through October and wraps in Jake’s hometown of Vero Beach, FL. Presented by Discover Boating, the sizzling run also stars the Eli Young Band* along with Parmalee*, Thomas Rhett* and The Cadillac Three. (*select dates).

A natural entertainer, the chart-topping vocalist is lauded for his engaging live shows “given the undeniable energy he exudes on stage and the clear twinkle in his eye while he is in the spotlight,” writes Billboard.

Jake’s current single “Beachin’” is Top 15-and-climbing the country radio charts and is from his latest RCA Nashville album DAYS OF GOLD.

Check out this fun video HERE!

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Jamie Lynn Spears Announces “The Journey” EP Release and Track Listing

Rising country star Jamie Lynn Spears announces her debut EP The Journey release date, and calls on fans to unlock the cover art!

The Journey boasts five tracks all co-written by Spears, and includes her current single “How Could I Want More”. The EP is set to release May 27th.

The Journey Track Listing
1. “Shotgun Wedding”
2. “Run”
3. “How Could I Want More”
4. “Mandolin Summer Sun”
5. “Big Bad World”

The EP, produced by Corey Crowder, features some of country music’s best songwriters including Liz Rose (Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Eli Young Band), Chris Tompkins (Florida Georgia Line, Martina McBride, Carrie Underwood), Tyler Hayes (Gloriana), Rivers Rutherford (Kenny Chesney, Faith Hill, Brad Paisley) and Lisa Carver (Reba McEntire, Sugarland).

In addition to the EP announcement, Jamie Lynn calls on her fans to help reveal the cover artwork. Working alongside Twitmusic, fans are encouraged to tweet #JLSTheJourney to unlock the cover piece by piece!

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Shania Twain today announced a new role in her extraordinary career, as a big cat conservationist with the world’s leading cat conservation organization, Panthera. Twain, international superstar, and the world’s best-selling female country artist of all time is the Global Ambassador for Panthera’s newly launched leopard conservation initiative, Project Pardus.

The leopard has the widest range of all the big cats, as well as one of the most instantly recognizable and evocative appearances in the animal kingdom. It is the most global of the big cats, with a range from southern Africa to far eastern Russia. Not surprisingly, the magnificent fur of the leopard – “pardus” in Latin – is one of the most widely emulated images in the global fashion industry. Ironically, however, less widely known is the tragic fact that the leopard is now the world’s most persecuted big cat. Project Pardus is the first program to be established by any conservation organization to highlight the leopard’s perilous state and to stop the widespread killing of leopards by people across its range. Twain intends to use her global platform to make the connection between the cat’s renowned beauty and its plight in the wild.

“The image and spirit of the leopard is an inspiration to millions around the world, including myself,” said Shania. “That it is also the most oppressed of the big cats is almost unknown. If we’re to save this animal in the wild, we have to get ahead of the curve before it suffers the same fate as so many other species that we once felt to be secure in their numbers. I feel privileged to give back to a creature that depends for its future on what we do now to save it…and I urge the wider world to join Panthera and me in this mission.”

A long-time and passionate animal lover, Twain’s support comes at a critical time. Leopards are threatened by the relentless destruction of habitat, and are being killed in the thousands by livestock herders, unsustainable trophy-hunting and poaching for their skins and body parts. Panthera’s work already encompasses the African leopard as well as the endangered Persian or Caucasian leopard of Central Asia and the highly persecuted Indian leopard. With Project Pardus, the organization will launch new conservation initiatives that target other highly endangered sub-species including the Arabian leopard and the Sri Lankan leopard.

“The leopard is an amazingly versatile cat, able to live in habitats ranging from tropical rainforests to the Kalahari Desert,” said Dr. Luke Hunter, Panthera’s President and one of the world’s authorities on leopards. “However, that adaptability has meant the species has been largely ignored by conservationists. We are delighted and honored that Shania will help put the leopard onto the conservation radar. With her help, the leopard will receive the urgent attention it needs.”

Shania Twain is one of the most successful artists of all time. Her 1995 album The Woman in Mebrought her fame, and her 1997 album Come On Over became the best-selling album of all time by a female musician and the best-selling country album of all time. With more than 75 million albums sold worldwide, she is the top-selling female country artist of all time; has multi-platinum album sales in 32 countries; has the eighth-biggest selling album of all time in the U.S. and 18 top ten songs, eight of which reached #1. Her iconic leopard-print outfit and beautiful images of leopards appear in her current show Shania: Still the One at the Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. She first learned of Panthera’s leopard program through a fortuitous meeting with Dr. Thomas Kaplan, Panthera’s Founder and Chairman, with whom he found an immediate connection in leopard conservation:

“Shania got the nature of the challenge, and embraced the mantle, immediately. She has now become a role model…yet again. Shania’s passion for nature is an integral part of who she is, and her empathy for wildlife is inspirational. What Shania has done to translate her charismatic identification with the leopard, and to join with Panthera to raise the red flags regarding the leopard’s future, is a huge breakthrough for our cause. Moreover, by “giving back” to an animal that has a “global brand but not a copyright”, she is leading the way in showing that all who benefit from and indeed enjoy the iconic image of the big cats should welcome the opportunity to save them.”

Dr. Kaplan continued, “Shania’s timing in giving her voice to the voiceless is pitch perfect. Because of their adaptability and intelligence, the future of the leopard is often taken for granted…but the complacency about the leopard must end now before it encounters the fate of its cousins. A century ago it was impossible to imagine that the tiger would face extinction in the wild and that sub-species like the Caspian, Bali and Javan tigers would blink out entirely. Just last month, Panthera revealed that the once flourishing lion population is nearly gone from West Africa. The last Asiatic cheetahs, also once a thriving population, now number in the dozens. Even with leopards today, the Amur leopard is nearly gone, the Arabian leopard resides in the smaller and smaller range, and the Persian leopard is measured in the hundreds. If we don’t raise the alarm now, our children will look back upon man’s treatment of these glorious creatures more in shock than in awe.”

Panthera’s work on leopards includes the highly innovative Furs for Life Leopard Project, which provides high quality faux leopard fur capes to members of the Shembe Baptist Church in southern Africa. The Shembe have worn real leopard fur as religious regalia since the early 1900s, but have enthusiastically adopted Panthera’s capes as a sustainable alternative. Project Pardus will also launch the first GPS radio-telemetry research on rainforest leopards in Gabon. The leopard is the top carnivore of the African rainforest, and the groundbreaking new work will use the leopard as a ‘landscape detective’, to reveal the movement corridors between important populations across northeast Gabon. The work comes at a time that large-scale industrial logging and mining in the region threatens to leave leopards and other large mammals including forest elephants stranded in isolated, protected parks.

Elsewhere in the leopard’s range, Project Pardus will focus on the heavy toll taken by people killing leopards as a perceived danger to life and livestock, as well as the pernicious trade in leopard furs and body parts. Despite the outlawing of trade in spotted cat fur decades ago, the species is still heavily trafficked especially in the Middle East and Asia, key geographies for the new initiative. In India – ground-zero for leopard-human conflict – Project Pardus is devising methods to foster co-existence of leopards with rural communities. Leopards have an astonishing ability to live close to villages, but fear and ignorance of the big cats frequently leads to pre-emptive killing. Pardus will train and equip local community members – Leopard Guardians – to monitor leopards and help their villages avoid conflict with leopards in the first place. Under Project Pardus, the methods pioneered by the Leopard Guardians will be transferred throughout the species’ range, wherever conflict and persecution is killing off the big cat.

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[Video] Tyler Farr Reacts To 1st CMT Awards Nomination

A video of country artist Tyler Farr reacting to his 1st CMT Awards nomination.

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Travis Tritt Attends 2014 Kentucky Derby Weekend

Travis Tritt, Richie Sambora

Photo courtesy of AristoPR
Pictured L to R: Travis Tritt with wife, Theresa Tritt, and Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi.

Award-winning Country artist Travis Tritt attended the 2014 Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Kentucky this past weekend.  During the derby weekend, Tritt performed alongside Richie Sambora, Johnny Gill, Mary Wilson and many others at The Barnstable Brown Gala.  Tritt and his wife are long-time attendees of the derby and have attended the Kentucky Derby every year for the last 16 years.


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The Band Perry Nominated For Two 2014 CMT Music Awards


THE BAND PERRY received two nominations yesterday for the 2014 CMT Music Awards. The superstar sibling trio is nominated for “CMT Performance of the Year” for their explosive performance of “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark” with Fall Out Boy from CMT Crossroads, as well as for “Group Video of the Year” for their Number One smash, “DONE.” The 2014 CMT Music Awards will air LIVE from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, June 4 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

“We were so thrilled to hear about our CMT Music Award nominations yesterday,” said The Band Perry.   “The ‘CMT Crossroads’ performance with Fall Out Boy was without question one of the highlights of 2013 for us, and it’s really exciting for a video like ‘DONE.’ to be nominated, where we feel like we pushed the creative envelope to a new level for the band. It’s great to see the video and its amazing director recognized.”

The recently crowned 2014 ACM “Vocal Group of the Year” also received another accolade this past week when their Number One single “If I Die Young” was certified quintuple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for its sales of more than five million units. The song has been a staple in their live set throughout their career and on the WE ARE PIONEERS WORLD TOUR, with devoted fans often singing along to every word.
The Band Perry will continue their own tour throughout the year and will also join Blake Shelton this summer on his Ten Times Crazier Tour 2014. A full list of tour dates can be found by visiting:

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