Archive | May 24, 2014

AT&T U-Verse® Fan Fair X Offers More To Do And See Than Ever Before During The 2014 CMA Music Festival!

LeAnn Rimes

Appearances by Sara Evans, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, LeAnn Rimes, and Many More; Panel Discussions; CMA Screening Room; Big & Rich Talk About Their Latest Musical Offering; Marketplace; Three Stages; Celebrity Tour Busses; XBowling; and Activities and Performances for Families

X marks the coolest daytime spot for Nashville’s “signature” event in the AT&T U-verse® Fan Fair X with autograph signings, concerts, lifestyle exhibits, a marketplace, interviews with the stars, demonstrations, and much more inside the Music City Center during 2014 CMA Music Festival, June 5-8 in Nashville.

Artist of the Day LeAnn Rimes will kick things off Thursday, June 5 (9:30 AM/CT).The CMA Award-winning singer will cut the ribbon, officially opening Fan Fair X. Following the ribbon cutting, Rimes will perform and answer questions on the CMA Close Up Stage before signing autographs at CMA Central, CMA’s autograph hub in the center of all the Fan Fair X action.

The CMA Close Up Stage is one of THREE stages inside Fan Fair X, where fans can discover new music, learn more about the stars they admire, and hear the hits from the writers who created them. Fan Fair X is open Thursday through Sunday, June 5-8 (10:00 AM-5:00 PM/CT). Venue doors open at 9:00 AM/CT each day.

CMA Close Up Stage
Each morning during the Festival, a different Artist of the Day will take to the CMA Close Up Stage to kick off the day’s events (10:15–11:00 AM/CT). Opening day will feature Rimes discussing her new VH1 TV show that will be shown in the CMA Screening Room. Friday’s Artist of the Day will be Sara Evans, who will be joined by longtime video director Peter Zavadil, as they discuss her career and share an insider look at her video highlights. Craig Morgan will get the action started as Artist of the Day on Saturday, and Lady Antebellum will make a special Artist of the Day performance on Sunday.

Another artist making a CMA Close Up Stage appearance in 2014 is Kix Brooks, who will  present his American Country Countdown radio program from Fan Fair X on Saturday, June 7 (11:15 AM/CT) with special guests. Brooks is also donating a package from his Arrington Vineyards winery as part of the Keep the Music Playing Silent Auction in Fan Fair X, which benefits music education.

On Thursday, June 5 (noon), fans will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as Billy Ray Cyrus will preview his upcoming film “Like A Country Song” in the CMA Screening Room. More than 200 lucky fans will join Cyrus for the exclusive screening, after which he and other cast members will take to the CMA Close Up Stage for a question and answer session. On Saturday, June 7 Cyrus will be signing autographs in CMA Central.

Nashville’s hit tunesmiths will be featured on the CMA Close Up Stage throughout the event via the SESAC Songwriters Series, which will present shows on Thursday, June 5 (12:30 PM/CT) and Sunday, June 8 (1:00 PM/CT and 1:45 PM/CT). The Thursday show will feature Craig Campbell, Rob Hatch (who penned “Goodnight Kiss” performed by Randy Houser), Jim Lauderdale, and Lance Miller (who penned “Drink to That All Night” performed by Jerrod Niemann). The first show Sunday will present Curb recording duo American Young and the second will feature John and Jacob.

On Sunday, June 8 (4:15 PM/CT), Mark Collie will be part of a panel on the CMA Close Up Stage that includes filmmaker Ken Mandel, Warden David Mills,and Chaplin Dean Yancey from Collie’s documentary “The Mountain,” which will be showing in the CMA Screening Room (2:00 PM/CT). Collie will perform a song written for the movie and answer questions regarding the film that revisits the real life prisoners and people who inspired his acclaimed album Alive at Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary.

On Friday, June 6 (1:00 PM/CT) professional bull riders Reese Cates and Cory Rasch will talk about what it takes to go up against opponents 10 times their size. It’s not if a rider will get hurt, but when. These two cowboys will discuss injuries, daily routines, and their lives as bull riders. Fans can also take their shot at lasting eight seconds on a mechanical bull located at the Professional Bull Riders booth.

AT&T U-verse® Showcase Stage
This marks the third year that AT&T U-Verse has been the title sponsor of Fan Fair X. Showcasing some of the best up-and-coming BMI songwriters, rising stars, and legends in Nashville, the AT&T U-verse® Showcase Stage will be the place to discover new talent and see longtime favorites. Performing (in alphabetical order; all artists are subject to change) are Justin Adams, Ruth Collins, Kayla Conn, Josh Dorr, Emily Earle, Brooke Eden, Skylar Elise, Crystal Gayle, Haley & Michaels, Levi Hummon, Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Rain, Sonia Leigh, Elizabeth Lyons, MamaDear, Nu-Blu, Danika Portz,  Rae Lynn, Sophie Rose, Gracie Schram, Cole Taylor, The Muddy Magnolias, The Shuggah Pies, and James Wesley. Making appearances will be Charlie Daniels, Dan + Shay, Sarah Darling, Jana Kramer, Sam Moore, Lorrie Morgan, The Oak Ridge Boys, and more.

Fans will also be able to experience AT&T U-verse TV, the exclusive home of Country Deep™. Country Deep is an interactive TV app that brings fans closer to the Country artists they love, offering exclusive Country Music content including music videos, live performances and artist interviews. More info is available at and @CountryDeepTV.

Durango Music Spot
A perennial favorite with attendees, the Durango Music Spot will bustle all four days with music from Festival favorites including (in alphabetical order and subject to change): Lynn Anderson, Roo Arcus, Taylor Baker, David Ball, Mandy Barnett, Blue Mother Tupelo, T. Graham Brown, Shawn Camp, Donna Ulisse & The Poor Mountain Band, Jimmy Fortune, Kenny Foster, Teea Goans, Amber Hayes, Wade Hayes, Ty Herndon, James House, Rob Ickes with Trey Hensley and friends, Buddy Jewell, Kelly Lang, Bobby Marquez, Lisa Matassa, Lesley McDaniel, Moore & Moore, Mac Powell, Lulu Roman, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Jeannie Seely, Ashton Shepherd, TG Sheppard, Daryle Singletary, Ray Stevens, Doug Stone, Sweethearts of the Rodeo, Payton Taylor, The Roys, Mark Wills, and Billy Yates.

The Durango Music Spot operates Thursday through Sunday, June 5-8 (11:00 AM-4:00 PM/CT). The stage is hosted by and broadcast live on 650 AM WSM,, and the 650 AM WSM Official Mobile App.

Get On The Bus
Located inside the Music City Center and Fan Fair X for the duration of the Festival will be the tour buses of two Country Music legends offering fans a glimpse into life on the road for Kix Brooks and Country Music Hall of Fame member Barbara Mandrell. The Mandrell bus was used on her final tour when she announced her retirement.

Plus, Dierks Bentley’s truck, known as Big White, which was featured in the lyrics and video of his No. 1 song “I Hold On,” will be on display in Fan Fair X.

Throughout the Festival, Sports Challenge Network will have bowling lanes set up for tournaments and exhibitions inside Fan Fair X where celebrities, professional bowlers, and fans will be encouraged to try their hand in mini-tournaments and challenges.  Making appearances inside Fan Fair X to play against select winners are George Ducas, Lindsay Ell, Joshua Scott Jones, Lonestar, Natalie Stovall & The Drive, David Shelby, Lizzie Sider, The Henningsens, Trent Tomlinson, Trick Pony, and Mark Wills.

Nashville’s Signature Event
Getting a coveted autograph from an admired artist or celebrity is the heart of what CMA Music Festival is all about – the interaction and relationship between Country Music artists and their devoted fans.

Launched in 2012 and back in 2014 is an online autograph drawing so fans don’t have to spend time waiting in long lines only to leave empty handed and disappointed. The procedures for autograph seekers will enhance the overall Festival experience, improve safety, and make the process for securing a treasured autograph with the most popular artists equitable for all Festival goers.

Of the numerous artists appearing in Fan Fair X over the four-day event, most signings do not require tickets. In these instances, fans may freely join the line formations for non-ticketed signings. A select few signings require tickets. This system helps ensure crowd safety is maintained inside Fan Fair X.

To sign up for a chance to win tickets to these ticketed sessions and events fans must enter online at from Wednesday, May 21 (10:00 AM/CT)−Tuesday, May 27 (11:59 PM/CT). Fans will be prompted to create an account and complete the online entry form by selecting the artists they would like to meet from the list of ticketed signings (please note, only one account per person is permitted). Once the form is complete, fans are automatically entered into the random ticket drawings for each artist selected. If drawn, the fan will receive two tickets to that session. Winners will be notified by email by Friday, May 30.

New in 2014, fan entry to the HGTV Lodge in Fan Alley will be included in the drawing. Artists currently scheduled to be part of the HGTV Lodge include Frankie Ballard, Dierks Bentley, Kristian Bush, Brett Eldredge, Sara Evans, Tyler Farr, Gloriana, Jana Kramer, Love and Theft, Dustin Lynch, Kip Moore, Craig Morgan, Jon Pardi, Parmalee, Eric Paslay, Rascal Flatts, Josh Turner, Charlie Worsham, and more.

Some of the artists who will be making appearances inside Fan Fair X include: Lauren Alaina, Danielle Bradbery, Kristian Bush, Eli Young Band, Lindsay Ell, Tyler Farr, Brantley Gilbert, Brenda Lee, Little Big Town, Lonestar, Dustin Lynch, Neal McCoy, Scotty McCreery, Justin Moore, Craig Morgan, David Nail, Jamie O’Neal, Parmalee, Jep and Jessica Robertson, and Justin Martin from “Duck Dynasty,” Thomas Rhett, Chase Rice, The Band Perry, The Swon Brothers, Thompson Square, Trick Pony, Chuck Wicks, Wynonna, Chris Young, and more.

CMA’s longtime partner Chevrolet, the Official Ride of Country Music, will also have artists signing in their Fan Fair X booth including Chelsea Bain, Jaida Dryer, George Ducas, LoCash Cowboys, Small Town Pistols, Smithfield, Trent Tomlinson,The Roys, and more.

See it Here First!
This year Fan Fair X will feature the CMA Screening Room, which will allow fans to experience exclusive previews of films by and featuring their favorite artists, as well as programming from ABC, A&E, and VH1. In addition to the screenings of the Billy Ray Cyrus film and Mark Collie documentary, A&E will be previewing an episode of their new series “Big Smo,” which follows the life of Warner Brothers Recording Artist Big Smo on his journey as a larger-than-life Country rapper taking his unique musical style to new heights with the support of his family and lifelong friends.

The ABC Television Network will present fans with the opportunity to watch ABC shows before they premiere on TV. And another “first look” opportunity will occur as fans of LeAnn Rimes get to watch an episode of VH1’s “LeAnn & Eddie,” a satirical look at the lives of one of the most gossiped about celebrity couples.

Something for the Kids
Back in 2014 are special activities in Fair Fair X just for children and families. Kid-friendly activities include inflatable bounce houses; face painting and balloon artists; the Nashville Symphony instrument petting zoo with mini lessons by Nashville Symphony members; a music recording studio experience from Notes for Notes, a beneficiary of The CMA Foundation’s Keep the Music Playing program; arts and crafts provided by JoAnn Fabric & Craft Stores; the Nashville Public Library and Wishing Chair Productions Puppet Truck will present “The Frog Prince” each day; and Now Playing Nashville will provide various family friendly activities like cornhole, hula hoops, and hopscotch.

Kidde Fire Safety, a global leader in home fire safety products, invites Country Music fans to celebrate their own “unsung heroes” with fun activities promoting home safety including a chance to score giveaways from Disney’s “Planes: Fire & Rescue,” which will be in theaters on July 18, and meet fire safety advocates and artists.

The Tennessee Performing Arts Center, through its partnership with Disney, which is made possible through The CMA Foundation’s Keep The Music Playing initiative, will present a Disney Musical Mash-Up, where children take part in a karaoke-style sing-along using costumes, songs, and props from their favorite feature films including Disney’s “Aladdin,” “The Jungle Book,” “101 Dalmatians,” and “The Aristocats.” There will also be a Make a Mini-Musical area where children recreate a scene from Disney’s “Aladdin” including the lively song “Friend Like Me.” The interactive program includes a warm-up activity led by professional artists on key elements of musical theatre, including singing cues and choreography. Each participant receives a keepsake script of the scene courtesy of Disney Theatrical Group and Music Theatre International.

Entertainment Value
Fan Fair X is free to all CMA Music Festival four-day ticket holders. If you do not have a four-day Festival ticket, CMA is making tickets available to Fan Fair X  for $10 a day; or $25 for a four-day pass. CHILDREN 8 AND UNDER ARE FREE. Tickets are available onsite and in advance 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.

Tickets for 2015 CMA Music Festival are on sale now and can be purchased at or the CMA Music Festival Box Office by calling 1-800-CMA-FEST (262-3378). Visit for details.

Up-to-the-Minute Information
Fans can stay in the loop by visiting, the official website of CMA Music Festival, where they can sign up for the CMA Exclusive enews or download the CMA Music Festival App presented by AT&T U-verse® for iPhone or Android. Fans can also connect with CMA at,,,, and by texting FESTIVAL to 66937 (standard text/data rates may apply).

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. AT&T U-verse® is the TV and Internet partner of CMA Music Festival. Geographic and service restrictions apply to AT&T U-verse services. Call or go to to see if you qualify.

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Craig Morgan And FARM BOY Brand Partner For Co-Branded Merchandise

Craig MorganCountry music star and award-winning TV host CRAIG MORGAN and lifestyle brand FARM BOY® have announced a partnership to develop and produce co-branded merchandise. The newly launched line currently includes two men’s/women’s t-shirt designs and can be purchased at and stops along Morgan’s 2014 The Journey Tour, with additional merchandise to be added in the coming weeks. The new co-branded merchandise line can also be purchased during CMA Music Festival in Nashville from the Farm Boy Farm Girl booth inside Fan Fair X. Morgan is scheduled to sign autographs for fans in the Farm Boy Farm Girl booth at 3:00pm on Friday, June 6 during the festival.

The “International Harvester” singer, who lives in rural Dickson County, Tennessee and farms his acreage, including an organic vegetable garden and honeybees, is a natural fit with the Farm Boy Brand.


“We are thrilled to be partnering with Craig Morgan!” share Farm Boy Brand co-founders Dan Adamson and Brian Goldenman. “He is a great reflection of the Farm Boy Brand with his farming background, outdoor enthusiasm, humor, and pride for all that is country. Craig and Farm Boy Brand are a perfect match.”


In preparation for the partnership and in support of his recent tour and CD ( The Journey (Livin’ Hits), featuring the top 15 single “Wake Up Lovin’ You,” ( has been re-launched with a new look and additional fan features. The newly designed website includes a user-friendly interface that also combines Craig’s music, TV, touring, merchandise and philanthropy in one location. Fans can visit the site now to purchase the new Craig Morgan and Farm Boy co-branded merchandise as well as keep up with the Black River Entertainment singer’s musical and outdoor adventures.

ABOUT CRAIG MORGAN: One of country music’s best-loved artists, Craig Morgan has made a name for himself with massive radio airplay of his signature hits: “Bonfire,” “Almost Home,” “Redneck Yacht Club,” “That’s What I Love About Sunday,” “International Harvester” and “This Ole Boy.” He’s recently released his new album The Journey (Livin’ Hits), featuring the soulful single “Wake Up Lovin’ You,” on Black River Entertainment. Craig received one of country music’s highest honors when he was inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2008. Prior to becoming a country music and TV sensation, Craig Morgan spent seventeen years serving our country in the Army and Army Reserves. He is an avid supporter of America’s military personnel and a recipient of the 2006 USO Merit Award. In addition to a prolific country music career, he hosts the award-winning show “Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors,” airing on Outdoor Channel. For more information on Craig Morgan, visit www.craigmorg ( and engage with him on Facebook ( , Instagram ( and Twitter ( .

ABOUT FARM BOY: The seeds for FARM BOY® and FARM GIRL® brands were planted around 1994 when Dan Adamson, an award winning graphic designer, and Brian Goldenman, with a rich background in sales, combined their skills to create a company that was both fun and original. Adamson & Goldenman, both Midwest farm boys, always held a fond attachment to farming and the rural lifestyle. From their rich childhood memories of collecting eggs, baling hay, and playing in the hayloft, Dan and Brian created FARM BOY® and FARM GIRL® brands to capture the heartfelt pride and meaningful connections of farming and rural life. Check it all out at FARMBOYBRAND.COM.

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Gearing Up For The 24th Annual City Of Hope Celebrity Softball Game

Looks like another great line-up of celebrities this year!

Here’s our coverage from last year:


24th Annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game

Country music’s hottest stars have some fun off the stage during CMA Music Festival as they go to bat against cancer. Fans from all over the country come to see their favorite artists compete in the annual softball game that benefits cancer research at City of Hope. When team iHeartRadio, coached by Bobby Bones, and team Grand Ole Opry led by Pete Fisher take the field, a wild and comedic game ensues where anything can happen.


Florida Georgia Line, Sara Evans, Brantley Gilbert, Danielle Bradbery, actress/host Alison Sweeney, Jana Kramer, Jamie Lynn Spears, Dustin Lynch, Scotty McCreery, Eric Decker, Jessie James Decker, Chase Rice, Lindsay Ell, Lauren Alaina, Dee Jay Silver, Chuck Wicks, Kree Harrison, Sarah Darling, Brothers Osborne, Alecia Davis (CMT Hot 20 Countdown), Chip Esten (“Nashvhille”) and Bobby Bones (“The Bobby Bones Show”).


Greer Stadium
534 Chestnut St.
Nashville, TN 37203


Saturday, June 7    9:15am – pre-game festivities/game begins


For tickets and more about City Of Hope, go to:

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Rodney Atkins To Host Fourth Annual ‘Music City Gives Back’ Concert On June 3

Rodney AtkinsCountry fans heading to Nashville in June for the CMT Music Awards and CMA Music Fest will have the chance to join chart-topping country artist Rodney Atkins for his annual “Music City Gives Back” concert in downtown Nashville on Tuesday, June 3. Now in its fourth year, the show will feature an all-star lineup of Atkins’ friends including Lee Brice, Jana Kramer, Dustin Lynch, Josh Thompson and more and will benefit Nashville’s W.O. Smith Music School. The event will kick off at 6:00 p.m. CT at 1st Avenue and Broadway and is free to the public.

Carl Black Chevrolet and Wrangler® are returning for the fourth year as presenting sponsors for Music City Gives Back. Both sponsors will stream the show live on and, a first-of-its-kind mobile and online destination that serves as a centralized hub for all Western lifestyle content, respectively. Ally Financial will also be joining the event this year as a stage sponsor. Cumulus Media stations NASH-FM 103.3 and WSM-FM 95.5 will be on site, with “NASH Nights Live” Host Shawn Parr broadcasting live and “America’s Morning Show” Host Blair Garner introducing artists as they hit the stage.

“I am so excited to be part of this event for the fourth year in a row and to have such a great group of artists give their time and talent to help out,” said Atkins. “I’ve always believed that music is a great healer and it’s important to me as an artist to use that platform to give back.”

Founded in 1984, W.O. Smith Music School provides music instruction to children from low-income families for the nominal cost of 50 cents per lesson. An all-volunteer teaching artist faculty of 220 gives music lessons to more than 650 students annually. Instruments and all learning materials are loaned to the students at no additional expense.

Atkins is currently working on his fifth studio album for Curb Records and performing headlining dates across the country. For more information, please visit or follow on Twitter and Facebook @RodneyAtkins.

About Ally

Ally Financial is a leading automotive financial services company powered by a top direct banking franchise. Ally’s automotive services business offers a full suite of financing products and services, including new and used vehicle inventory and consumer financing, leasing, inventory insurance, commercial loans and vehicle remarketing services. Ally Bank, the company’s direct banking subsidiary and member FDIC, offers an array of deposit products, including certificates of deposit, savings accounts, money market accounts, IRA deposit products and interest checking. Ally’s Corporate Finance unit provides financing to middle-market companies across a broad range of industries. With approximately $148.5 billion in assets as of Mar. 31, 2014, Ally operates as a financial holding company. For more information, visit the Ally media site at or follow Ally on Twitter: @Ally.

About Carl Black Chevrolet
Carl Black Chevrolet is one of General Motor’s top dealers with locations in Atlanta, Nashville and Orlando as well as online at CarlBlackRadio is an internet station available on the Tune In platform that features current singles, past hits and favorite album cuts of top Country artists broadcast inside the showrooms and ready for easy access with the GM 4G LTE digital dashboards available on new 2015 GM Models.
About Cumulus Media
Cumulus Media (CMLS) combines high-quality local programming with iconic, nationally syndicated media, sports and entertainment brands in order to deliver choices for listeners and advertisers and create opportunities for shareholders. As the largest pure-play radio company, Cumulus’ exclusive audio content is fully distributed through approximately 460 owned an operated stations in 89 U.S. media markets, over 10,000 broadcast radio affiliates and through numerous digital channels, including a national streaming/mobile platform and partnership with digital audio provider, Rdio. For more information, visit

About Wrangler®
Wrangler® Western Wear, a VF Corporation brand, is available nationwide in specialty stores, including work apparel chains, farm & fleet, and western stores, as well as through online and catalog retailers, and To find a retailer or for more information on the Wrangler® family of products, visit or call 888-784-8571. To access the latest western lifestyle, rodeo and county music live streamed video, news and more, visit the Wrangler Network at

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