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Lee Greenwood to Release GREATEST HITS: LIVE Later This Year

Lee Greenwood

Fans invited to help choose the songs and submit photos for album cover artwork

Not many times can an artist experience a “first” when they’ve had an expansive career such as Lee Greenwood. But, that is exactly what the Grammy award winning singer/songwriter will be working on the latter part of this year – his first LIVE album.

Greenwood will release a GREATEST HITS: LIVE CD later this year. This project will be recorded between July 3rd and July 6th during his summer touring schedule. Said Greenwood of the upcoming project, “This is 100% about the fans. We will let the fans choose the songs that will be included on the recording and we will let the fans submit their very own concert photos to be included in the cover artwork. This is completely for them all the way!” Fans are encouraged to submit song selections and photography to liverecording@leegreenwood.com or through any of Lee’s social media properties.

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Randy Travis Debuts Moving Tribute in Honor of George Jones

“Tonight I’m Playin’ Possum” Now Featured on iTunes

Randy Travis Randy Travis has delivered a hit with the surprise debut of the George Jones tribute song, “Tonight I’m Playin’ Possum.” The heartfelt single is now available on iTunes.  “Tonight I’m Playin’ Possum” was recently recorded by the country icon and singer Joe Nichols. This is the first song from Randy’s new album that’s set to be released this fall.

“It was an honor when I received a request to record this tribute to George Jones, and after I heard how well Keith Gattis had written “Tonight I’m Playin’ Possum,” I was excited to record it.  Thanks to Joe Nichols for coming in and helping on this project,” says Randy Travis.

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PLA Media Announces Addition Chart Topping Country Singer/Songwriter Ashton Shepherd

Ashton Sheperd

Award-winning public relations and marketing firm PLA Media is pleased to announce the addition of chart topping country singer/songwriter Ashton Shepherd, to its roster. She is joined alongside PLA’s many accomplished clients including Grammy, ACM and CMA award winner Lynn Anderson, the Johnny Cash Museum, The Oak Ridge Boys bearded baritone and celebrated painter William Lee Golden, Grammy award-winning country music singer/songwriter Bryan White, and twelve time Grammy-award winning country/folk icon Emmylou Harris’ Woofstock at Fontanel.

Most recently, Ashton was in Nashville last week participating in the CMA Music Festival activities including the Kick-Off Parade. “Thank you CMA for havin’ me in the parade,” says Ashton. “And a special thank you to the fans coming out. I’m glad to be back!” She also participated in the Celebrity Go-Go Challenge, which raised money for Hear The Music Live. Fans were able to play mini-golf with celebrity country artists including Ashton as well as Bo Bice, Bryan White, Bucky Covington, among others.

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2013 CMA Music Festival Filled With Free Live Music

CMA Fest Lineup

Weeklong CMA Social Network Giveaways Provide Fans Chance to Win Tickets in Rows 1-5 to Sold-Out LP Field Nightly Concerts

The 2013 CMA Music Festival will take over downtown Nashville Thursday through Sunday, June 6-9with six free stages in the outdoor footprint and countless activities.

Tickets for the Nightly Concerts at LP Field sold out a record-setting six weeks in advance of the 2013 Festival, but fans will still have innumerable opportunities to watch Country Music’s best and brightest perform at CMA Music Festival. Performance lineups for the previously announced Chevrolet Riverfront Stage and Bud Light Stage at the Bridgestone Arena Plaza are available for fans to view at CMAfest.com, but those schedules merely scratch the surface of what fans can experience throughout the four-day Festival.

Downtown Nashville will be full of unique fan experiences, including free outdoor areas offering everything from autograph signings, meet-and-greets, cell phone charging stations, product demonstrations, auctions, giveaways, and more. All outdoor spaces are free and open to the public. These areas include:

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Country Music Stars Step Up To The Plate Against Cancer At The City Of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge

One in three women and one in two men will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes. During the 2013 CMA Music Festival, a star-studded roster of Country Music’s hottest performers and personalities will join forces to help strike out the disease. Stars including Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, Florida Georgia Line, Craig Campbell, Greg Bates, Chuck Wicks and Olympic figure skating champion Scott Hamilton will join cancer survivors to participate in City of Hope’s 23rd annual Celebrity Softball Challenge presented by Staples. Emceed by Storme Warren, host of GAC’s “Headline Country,” the event will pit longtime rival teams Grand Ole Opry and “After MidNite with Blair Garner” against each other on Saturday, June 8, at 9 a.m. at Greer Stadium. Tickets are now available at www.ticketmaster.com.

“It’s always good to go out there and get a big win for Country Music in the fight against cancer,” said Pete Fisher, vice president and general manager, Grand Ole Opry. “We’re thankful to City of Hope for its incredible work in cancer research, and know we will live up to the challenge this year. Hey, Team Opry: Spring training starts 10 minutes before game time. Don’t forget the needed gear – uniforms, softballs and Sharpies!”

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Country Stars Join Darius Rucker For Sold-Out Concert Benefiting St. Jude’s On June 3

Darius and Friends

Fourth Annual “Darius And Friends” Concert Monday, Jun 3 at Wildhorse Saloon

Luke Bryan, Sam Bush, John Cowan, Radney Foster, Randy Houser, Dustin Lynch and Justin Moore will join Platinum-selling Capitol Nashville recording artist Darius Rucker for his sold-out, fourth annual “Darius And Friends” benefit concert on Monday, June 3 at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville, Tenn. Proceeds from the event go directly to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

“I always look forward to this event each year, and I’m so happy to have Luke, Sam, John, Randy, Dustin, Justin, and of course my hero, Radney, join me to help raise funds for St. Jude,” said Rucker. “A few years ago I visited the St. Jude campus in Memphis and instantly became a ‘true believer’ in everyone there and the work they do to help treat kids and cure disease. I am happy to help raise funds for such a worthwhile cause and thrilled that some of my friends can join me.”

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Katie Armiger’s Black Dress Inducted Into Hard Rock Memorabilia Collection

Katie Armiger

Country artist Katie Armiger donated her infamous black dress to the Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas on Wednesday, May 22nd. Armiger wore the black dress on the historic Opry stage in August 2012, the night her “Better In A Black Dress” music video went #1 on GAC’s Top 20 Countdown.

“I am a longtime fan of Hard Rock Cafe,” said Armiger.  “Ever since I was little girl I can remember visiting the restaurants around the country and admiring the eclectic array of memorabilia that graced the walls.  Being asked to include one of my dresses to display alongside all of the superstars of music for thousands of people to see at such a well-respected franchise is such a great honor.”

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Maggie Rose’s New Music Video for “Better” Premiering May 30th

Maggie Rose

Get Up Close and Personal with Maggie Rose by Tuning Into CountryWeekly.com‘s Google+ Hangout

RPM Entertainment’s Maggie Rose has pulled the heartstrings of many country music fans with her new chart-topping single “Better,” found on her debut album Cut To Impress. The music video can be seen online exclusively at CountryWeekly.com before it hits the video networks later in the week.

Filmed at two locations in Nashville, TN, one being the once home of Nashville’s mayor during the Civil War, the video was produced by Yeah Yeah Creative and takes the viewer on a journey of healing.  The song lyrics  (I just want to move on/ with my life/ put the pieces back together/ I just want to feel better) lend themselves to many different interpretations, so Rose and her creative team decided to play on the ambiguity while creating the video concept.

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The Johnny Cash Museum Immortalizes the Man In Black

Johnny Cash Museum

Grand Opening May 30th in Downtown Nashville

“One piece at a time,” The Johnny Cash Museum (JCM) has culminated into an amazing celebration of The Man in Black. JCM will celebrate its Grand Opening with a day full of prizes and limited time offers to fans and patrons on Thursday, May 30th. Located at 119 Third Avenue South between Demonbreun and Broadway, the museum is en route between the tourist circulated Broadway strip and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Founder, Bill Miller says the museum is the culmination of a lifelong dream. “I became a Johnny Cash fan of at the age of nine in 1969. I collected everything relating to him I could get my hands on. As time went on, I met Johnny many times and we became close friends. Over the years, he and many of his friends and associates contributed to the collection and I scoured the world for important pieces. This museum is our tribute to the greatest man I’ve ever known.”

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Montgomery Gentry Celebrates America’s Heroes

Superstar Duo Recognizing American Heroes at Every Tour Stop this Summer

Montgomery Gentry

Country stars, Montgomery Gentry, in response to the recent tragedies that have unfolded in the United States, want to help inspire hope and positivity in America by celebrating and recognizing the many heroes of our great nation. Eddie and Troy, long-time supporters of our military, first-responders, leaders, teachers, and unspoken everyday champions, are giving their fans a chance to submit stories and nominate their personal hero. Select stories will be featured on www.montgomerygentry.com and American Heroes will be chosen to receive concert tickets, meet & greet passes and to mingle with Montgomery Gentry at each of their concert stops this summer.

“We got an email from our fan club, “The Underground,” recently,” stated Troy Gentry.  “All he wanted was to take his son to one of our shows because of how much he had helped his family through some difficult times. He kept calling him his hero.  And then Boston happened, and Texas and now Oklahoma and we keep seeing these people stepping up to help and we think those people need to be celebrated.”

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