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Debut Of Country Now And “Live From Blackbird” YouTube Series

Parmalee

Parmalee

Country Now, the first original country music and lifestyle-dedicated YouTube channel, today announced the official launch of a new, intimate, performance driven program that will be recorded live from Nashville’s historic Blackbird Studios.  The performances, combined with artist commentary, are posted weekly at http://bit.ly/1gLeAp3 and have already featured music from Casey James, newcomer Dakota Bradley, Joe Nichols, Love and Theft and Parmalee. Continue Reading →

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Vince Gill To Be Honored with CRB Career Achievement Award

 

Photo Credit: Jim Wright

Photo Credit: Jim Wright

Vince Gill will be honored with the 2014 Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. Career Achievement Award at the Country Radio Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 6 p.m.

Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell will perform a tribute to Gill as well as presenting him with the prestigious award during the event.

The CRB Career Achievement Award is presented to an individual artist or act that, through their creativity, vision, performance or leadership has made a significant contribution to the development and promotion of country music and country radio. Previous winners of this award include Dolly Parton, Brooks & Dunn, Merle Haggard and George Strait.

“Vince Gill is unquestionably one of the greatest artists in the country genre,” said Bill Mayne, Executive Director of CRS. “His body of amazing work continues to evolve, and his performances inspire us all. He is a remarkable ambassador for Country music with his talents, grace, class, leadership, humility, humanity, style and wicked sense of humor. We are very proud to present Vince with this richly deserved honor.”

With more than 17 studio albums recorded and more than 26 million copies sold, Gill has had an incredible career as a singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist. He has won 20 Grammys and 18 CMA Awards, including CMA Entertainer of the Year, Song of the Year and CMA Male Vocalist of the Year. He has already been inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame.

The Country Radio Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony unofficially kicks off Country Radio Seminar each year. CRS 2014 will be held at the downtown Nashville Convention Center February 19-21, 2014.

For information about the Country Radio Hall of Fame Dinner and Ceremony tickets, contact the Country Radio Seminar offices at 615-327-4487.

Previously announced, the 2014 Country Radio Hall of Fame inductees are Larry Wilson and Mike Brophey as the Radio category inductees and Paul Schadt and Jim Denny as the On-Air category inductees.

About Country Radio Hall of Fame:

The Country Radio Hall of Fame was founded in 1974 to recognize outstanding indiviuals working in the broadcasting industry who are promoting the Country radio format. The Hall of Fame has two categories: Radio and On-Air Personality. The awards ceremony is held the evening prior to the Country Radio Seminar and has become recognized as the unofficial kick off of the annual radio convention.

About Country Radio Seminar:

Country Radio Seminar is an annual convention designed to educate and promote the exchange of ideas and business practices in the Country music industry, with specific emphasis on issues relevant to Country radio. CRS 2014 will be held Feb. 19-21, 2014, in downtown Nashville, Tenn., at the Nashville Convention Center. The regular rate of $499 is now in effect. The on site registration rate will be announced closer to the event. Visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com for more information.

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Sony Music Nashville Signs The Swon Brothers To The Arista Nashville Roster

The Swon Brothers have signed a recording contract with Sony Music Nashville, becoming the newest act on the label group’s Arista Nashville roster.  Pictured seated (l-r): Zach Swon, Colton Swon.  Pictured standing (l-r): Sony Music Nashville’s A&R VP Jim Catino, A&R Director Taylor Lindsey, and Chairman & CEO Gary Overton; Arista Nashville Promotion VP Lesly Tyson; and Hill Entertainment Group’s Greg Hill.  Photo Credit: Alan Poizner

The Swon Brothers have signed a recording contract with Sony Music Nashville, becoming the newest act on the label group’s Arista Nashville roster. Pictured seated (l-r): Zach Swon, Colton Swon. Pictured standing (l-r): Sony Music Nashville’s A&R VP Jim Catino, A&R Director Taylor Lindsey, and Chairman & CEO Gary Overton; Arista Nashville Promotion VP Lesly Tyson; and Hill Entertainment Group’s Greg Hill.
Photo Credit: Alan Poizner

Sony Music Nashville is pleased to announce the signing of The Voice Season 4 finalists The Swon Brothers to its Arista Nashville roster.  Zach and Colton Swon – the brother duo from Oklahoma whose signature sibling harmony and spirited personalities solidified them as a fan favorite as part of The Voice’s Team Blake – are currently writing and securing songs for their major label debut album, with a first single due in the spring of 2014. Continue Reading →

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Blake Shelton Wins 2 CMA Awards; Country Icon George Strait Reclaims Entertainer Of The Year Award During “The 47th Annual CMA Awards”

CMA AwardsAt “The 47th Annual CMA Awards,” Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton made history as the first married couple to win top honors as CMA’s Female and Male Vocalists of the Year four years in a row; with George Strait securing victory in the coveted Entertainer of the Year category, which he last won in 1990. Continue Reading →

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Effervescent Country Artist Hannah Bethel Prescribes A Healthy Dose Of Medicine For Country Radio

Hannah BethelEdgy and vibrant songstress, Hannah Bethel has been making waves in the music industry with her last release, No Where Left To Roam. This eccentric country singer is back again with an upbeat and bubbly single, Medicine, which hit radio on Tuesday October 29th. This single is on CDX #582. Continue Reading →

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Scotty McCreery Delivers Second Consecutive No. 1 Billboard Debut With “See You Tonight”

Scotty McCreeryCountry star Scotty McCreery delivers his second consecutive No. 1 Billboard debut with his latest album, See You Tonight (Mercury Nashville / 19 / Interscope Records).  With more than 52,000 units sold the first week, McCreery lands at the top of the Billboard Country Albums chart and No. 6 on the Top 200.  The sophomore album from the platinum-selling artist, produced by Mark Bright and Frank Rogers, features five songs co-written by McCreery, including the current single and title track, “See You Tonight.” Continue Reading →

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Mayor Karl Dean and Country Music Stars Casey James, Sarah Darling, Striking Matches Honor Music Teachers at NAfME’s National In-Service

Left to right: Sarah Zimmermann, Justin Davis, Casey James, and Sarah Darling Credit: Randi Radcliff

Left to right: Sarah Zimmermann, Justin Davis, Casey James, and Sarah Darling
Credit: Randi Radcliff

On Sunday, Oct. 27, country music stars Casey James, Sarah Darling, Striking Matches and the city of Nashville honored music teachers nationwide for all they do to support quality music education in schools during a special concert at the Grand Ole Opry House. The concert kicked off the National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME) 2013 National In-Service Conference, which is being held now through Oct. 30 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. Nashville Mayor Karl Dean welcomed the packed house of over 3,500 concert attendees saying, “I think it’s pretty clear that a quality arts education and in particular, a quality music education, is a key component to a well-rounded, successful education program. Arts education is not a frill, it is not optional — not if we are going to give our students the tools they need to live rich and rewarding lives.” Continue Reading →

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Jon Pardi To Release WRITE YOU A SONG Jan. 14

Jon PardiCountry artist Jon Pardi will release his debut album, Write You A Song, Jan. 14, 2014.  Pardi’s high-energy approach, perfected on stages throughout his native California, has its stamp all over his Capitol Records Nashville debut. Continue Reading →

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Eric Church’s New Single Will Be Shipped To Radio Oct. 22nd

Eric Church_courtesy of John Peets“The Outsiders,” the first single off the upcoming new studio album from Eric Church (EMI Records Nashville), will be available for digital purchase and shipped to radio on Tuesday, Oct. 22. The song was written by Church and Casey Beathard and produced by Jay Joyce, Church’s longtime producer. The single will officially go for adds on Monday, Oct. 28. Continue Reading →

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Rising Recording Artists And NAfME Salute Music Teachers

Casey James

Casey James

On October 27, 2013, some of music’s top new recording artists will come together at the historic Grand Ole Opry House to shine the spotlight on the work of music teachers and show their gratitude for all that educators do to spread the joy of music in our nation’s schools. The special concert will kick-off the 2013 National Association of Music Education’s (NAfME) National In-Service Conference, and admission is FREE to all conference attendees, invited guests and All-National Honor Ensemble students. Continue Reading →

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