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Renegade Radio Nashville: Nashville’s Most Recent Music Row Edition

Nashville, Tenn. (July 31, 2012) – The broadcast market is one saturated with country radio stations. Nonetheless, Nashville’s most recent Music Row edition, Renegade Radio Nashville, has certainly found its niche. As a strong advocate for new artists, the station – just over a year old – is on a mission to change the public’s opinion of Internet radio and broaden the possibility of what radio has to offer an artist.

The station – established by country radio host ‘Captain Jack’ Aponte – has seen significant growth since its first broadcast on June 7th, 2011. With a listenership of 3.5 million each month spanning 143 different countries, Renegade Radio has found its place as one of the most prominent country Internet stations. This growth has not gone unnoticed: in December of 2011, after just a few months broadcasting, it became the first ever Internet radio station to be given reporting status by Music Row Magazine.

Renegade Radio’s success comes as a direct result of a traditional broadcast approach combined with a refreshingly unconventional business plan. “We’re not an Internet radio station,” explains Bradley Drake, marketing and A&R director for the station. “We’re a radio station that just happens to broadcast on the Internet.”

“Listeners love a traditional radio station – but then they love to hear the latest sound coming from Nashville,” adds Captain Jack. “We broadcast a bit of both. In that way, we pride ourselves in offering the past, present, and future in country music to our listeners. It gives new artists a chance for some exposure and our listeners an opportunity to hear the latest in country music first.” 

Broadcast exposure isn’t the only way the station promotes new artists: the station recently launched a series of comprehensive artist marketing plans for those looking for more than just airplay.

To listen to a live broadcast, download Renegade Radio’s free app from iTunes or visit www.renegaderadionashville.com.

About ‘Captain Jack’ Aponte:
Deemed ‘The Boss of the Beach’ and ‘The Host of The Coast’, radio DJ Jack Aponte’s deep voice and sense of humor have made him one of the most recognized radio voices on the east coast for over 25 years. Though his passion lies with country music and the Nashville music scene, his flexibility within formats has given him the unique ability to create a new and exciting radio experience for listeners. This was demonstrated in his development of Thunder 106, which quickly changed frequencies, exceeded its parent company’s expectations, and now has one of the largest listenerships in the country radio industry. Aponte has also developed the Thunder Road Concert Series to give his listeners an up-close and personal look at the latest music and artists coming out of Nashville. With a heart for exposing new country artists and their music, his multiple projects leave him little time for much else. Nonetheless, Aponte makes time to help those in need and has received numerous awards for his community service. For more information on Captain Jack, visit www.renegaderadionashville.com/captain_jack_aponte.htm.

 

About Laura Lynn:
Country recording artist, television host, and actress Laura Lynn has found success in all aspects of the entertainment industry. As an actress, she’s made guest appearances on Married With Children, Rosanne, The Young and the Restless, Renegade, and Wings, to name a few. As a host she’s interviewed celebrities from all industries, including Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Mel Gibson and the casts of Friends and Entourage. Living in Los Angeles, she was the voice and producer of the radio show Laura & Gretchen UNCUT for talk radio station KLSX. Despite all of these accomplishments, Laura Lynn’s true love is country music. Having written or co-written multiple cuts (she co-wrote Medal of Honor, the official theme song of Wrangler National Patriot, as well as the theme song to Animal Planet’s show Last Chance Highway) and producing her own self-titled album, she was awarded Los Angeles Music Awards Female Country Artist of the Year in 2006. Laura Lynn’s music career has also allowed her several performance opportunities, including sharing the stage with Poison’s Bret Michaels at the 2005 KZLA Country Bash. She is married to country star Lucas Hoge. The two reside in Nashville, where they spend free time fostering dogs and cats for Nashville Cat Rescue. For more information on Laura Lynn, visit http://lauralynn.net/.About David Bradley:
Hailing from Sunderland in Northern England, country recording artist David Bradley’s English charm and soulful sound have made him a stand-out in the country music scene. His father, an oil engineer, exposed Bradley at a young age to the musical stylings of Kenny Rogers, Merle Haggard, and Willie Nelson – all of whoms’ music he’d brought home from business trips to Singapore, Dubai, Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi. Now living in Nashville, Tennessee, Bradley has had much opportunity to hone his own musical talents. A regular in writers’ rounds, he released album Movin’ On in 2010, which was produced by singer/songwriter/producer Brady Seals (Little Texas, Hot Apple Pie). His first single from the album, Soak It Up, put Bradley on the map as an artist and saw significant chart success. His second single, Hard Time Movin’ On (Rivers Rutherford, Gordie Sampson) did better yet, with the music video for the single (directed by Steven Goldmann) airing on CMT, GAC, and numerous other music video outlets. If You Can’t Make Money, Bradley’s latest single, was written by Brad Paisley, Bill Anderson, and Jon Randall. Despite his success, he still finds time to host a radio show every Wednesday and Friday afternoon from 1-2pm with Renegade Radio Nashville. For more information on David Bradley, visit www.davidbradleymusic.com.

About Lindsay Lawler:

Born and raised in Texas, Lindsay Lawler spent several years performing in Los Angeles before making her way to Nashville, Tennessee in 2007. After performing at the 2010 Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, Texas, she formed a partnership with the Truckload Carriers Association and has since been named the official spokeswoman of their Highway Angels program. Her single, Highway Angel, has given her exposure as an artist and become an anthem for truck drivers everywhere. She also wrote and recorded The Long Haul, a salute to female truck drivers. Lawler continues to support the truck driving community through her performances around the country and her radio show, On The Road To Nashville. For more information on Lindsay Lawler, visit www.lindsaylawler.com.

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Love And Theft Selected As NRA Country Artist Of The Month For August

Nashville, TN… (August 1, 2012)…On the heels of their self-titled highly anticipated album release, Love and Theft has been chosen as the NRA Country Artist Of The Month for August. The duo joins some of country music’s biggest artists including: Trace Adkins, Rodney Atkins, Lee Brice, Montgomery Gentry, Justin Moore, Craig Morgan, Sunny Sweeney, Gretchen Wilson, Josh Thompson, and TV personality Storme Warren, who have teamed up with NRA Country to celebrate their support of our brave men and women in uniform, appreciation for the great outdoors, and love of family. Stephen and Eric have strong beliefs and values, which make Love and Theft a great fit for the NRA Country Artist of the Month promotion.

“NRA Country represents everything Love and Theft believes in.  Our love for our families and this great country, preserving our American freedom, and most importantly a sincere appreciation and respect for our men and women in uniform and for their service abroad and at home.” – Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson / Love and Theft.

As part of the August promotion, fans can check out a behind the scenes Love and Theft video featuring interviews, rare “in the studio” footage, and more.  In addition to this great video, fans can register to win a Love and Theft prize pack including:  Two (2) tickets to the public concert of the winner’s choice, Two (2) meet & greet passes, autographed poster and copy of their brand new album!

Visit http://nracountry.com/this-is from now through the end of August to check out the video and register to win.

Each month a new country music artist will be featured on NRACountry.com, highlighting what makes them ‘NRA Country.’ Celebrate our country and learn more at www.NRACountry.com!

ABOUT LOVE AND THEFT: Love and Theft, Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson, celebrated the release of their second studio album on July 24th. The self-titled project, on a new record label (RCA Nashville) and working for the first time with legendary producer Josh Leo (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Alabama), features Top 5 single “Angel Eyes”. The song, co-written by Jeff Coplan, Eric Paslay and Eric Gunderson has sold nearly 500K digital downloads and is No. 6 on Billboard’s Digital Country Songs chart. The music video for “Angel Eyes” has received over 1.5 million views on VEVO.com.  To learn more about Love and Theft, please visit www.loveandtheft.com, www.facebook.com/loveandtheft, and follow them on Twitter @LNTweet.

ABOUT NRA COUNTRY: NRA Country is a celebration of American values. Respect. Honor. Freedom. It’s a lifestyle and a bond between the country music community and hard-working Americans everywhere. It’s powered by pride, freedom, love of country, respect for the military, and the responsibilities of protecting the great American life. We celebrate these values with concerts and other events that benefit gun safety programs for kids, youth hunting and education programs, efforts to support our armed services, and other worthy causes. NRA Country will be involved in causes that defend our values and it will empower our artist friends who promote these values to encourage our next generation of leaders. For more information and latest events, visit www.nracountry.com and follow NRA Country on twitter @nracountry2010.

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Celebrate the Life and Career of Elvis Presley at Nashville’s Elvis Week

From August 10-18, rock-and-roll fans from all over the country will flock to Nashville to pay homage to Elvis Presley and honor the 35th anniversary of his death.

Elvis, who is widely referred to as the “King of Rock and Roll,” is one of the most iconic figures of 20th century pop culture. Beginning with his rapid rise to stardom in the mid-1950s, Elvis ushered in a new era of music, launching the rock-and-roll revolution in America with his unique voice, sound and style.

Elvis shares a rich history with the city of Nashville, starting with the recording of his very first hit song, “Heartbreak Hotel,” at RCA Victor in 1956 and lasting throughout his entire legendary musical career. He recorded a total of 262 songs in the Music City, including nine #1 hits.

During Elvis Week, you’ll get an extended, in-depth look at the life of the King that you can’t get with any documentary or DIRECT TV special.

See where Elvis performed in Nashville, including the Ryman Auditorium, where he made his only performance at the Grand Ole Opry in 1954. Embark on a tour of RCA Studio B, where Elvis – over a period of 13 years – recorded more than 200 songs, including “Are You Lonesome Tonight” and “How Great Thou Art.” You can even sit at the piano where Elvis perfected his craft for countless hours inside one of the world’s most famous recording studios. And in perhaps the main attraction of the week, John Beardsley will perform more than 30 songs in five different costumes as plays three decades of music from Elvis’ career.

If you’re an Elvis fan or just a music fan in general, you won’t want to miss out on Elvis Week 2012.

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Musicians Corner Announces Its Fall Season

Musicians Corner Nashville

Musicians Corner, Nashville’s free weekly lawn party in Centennial Park, will kick off the first of nine fall music events on Saturday, September 1. The Musicians Corner fall season takes place on Saturday afternoons from 3-6 PM in Centennial Park from September 1 to October 27. View the complete fall season schedule here!

“Musicians Corner is one of the best gathering places for the Nashville community and our visitors to spend an afternoon enjoying free music in a beautiful metro park setting,” said Mayor Karl Dean. “Musicians Corner events continue to serve as a fine showcase for why we are Music City.”

HEAR OVER 60 ARTISTS FOR FREE

Musicians Corner Nashville

Matthew Perryman Jones

The fall season of Musicians Corner will feature over 60 free multi-genre musical performances including The Blind Boys of Alabama, Sam Bush, a Nashville Symphony quartet, Karen Elson, Regi Wooten & Friends, Ashley Cleveland, Matthew Perryman Jones, Phil Keaggy, Jeremy Lister, The Farewell Drifters, Shannon Whitworth, Yarn, The SteelDrivers, Shannon Sanders, and The Vespers. Lightning 100 Acoustic Stage performers were selected through an open submission process in partnership with AmericanSongspace.com.

EXPERIENCE A FABULOUS KICK OFF EVENT

Through a grant from South Arts and The National Endowment for the Arts, The Blind Boys of Alabama will headline Musicians Corner’s September 1 Fall Kick Off event, which also features main stage performances by a Nashville Symphony quartet, Karen Elson and Jeremy Lister. The Blind Boys of Alabama will also take part in a symposium titled “The Influence of Music on The Civil Rights Movement” earlier that day, presented in partnership with Fisk University and made possible through South Arts and The National Endowment for the Arts.

ENJOY TWO MORE VERY SPECIAL EVENTS

Musicians Corner Nashville

Hoots and Hellmouth

This fall, Musicians Corner will also present several special events in partnership with local music organizations. Saturday, September 15th will feature an Americana Music Festival event with Sam Bush, Hoots and Hellmouth, Charlie Faye, and more.

“We had a very successful partnership with Musicians Corner during last year’s festival and are looking forward to another wonderful afternoon of Americana music in Centennial Park,” said Jed Hilly, Executive Director of the Americana Music Association.

On Saturday, September 22, Musicians Corner and Music City Roots will present a Square Dance event featuring Carolyn Martin, folk trio The Stray Birds, and more artists to be announced.

Visit www.musicianscornernashville.com for more information!

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The Charlie Daniels Band & Friends Celebrate The 11th Annual Christmas 4 Kids Concert At The Ryman Auditorium

Nashville, Tenn. (July 25, 2012) – Grand Ole Opry member and music legend, Charlie Daniels announces the 11th Anniversary of The Charlie Daniels Band & Friends Concert to benefit Christmas 4 Kids (a division of Christmas For Kids, Inc.) will take place on Monday, November 19, 2012, at the historic Ryman Auditorium and will feature Phil Vassar and Thompson Square.  More acts will be announced in the coming weeks.  Fan club pre-sale tickets are available starting September 15 and all other tickets will be available starting September 29 on the Christmas 4 Kids website, with best seating priced at $60 and tier 2 seating priced at $32.50. Visit www.christmas4kids.org for more line-up announcements or to purchase tickets.

Christmas 4 Kids is a not-for-profit organization that has been in existence for over 25 years providing many children, each year, with their very own shopping spree. The funds generated by the concert, and the Tour Bus Show/Artist Meet and Greet event, are used to give over 400 children from 29 different schools a day-long shopping excursion. The special day consists of a chauffeured trip from their school aboard an entertainer’s luxury tour bus, lunch and a party hosted by Santa and Mrs. Claus. To wrap up the day, the tour buses journey to the Hendersonville, Tenn., Walmart, where the kids receive a brand new winter coat and $150.00 to spend on anything they want!

About Christmas 4 Kids:
For over twenty-five years, Christmas 4 Kids has been providing children in the Middle Tennessee area with this unique opportunity to experience Christmas in a new way. Last year, Christmas 4 Kids was able to give 450 children in the Middle Tennessee area a ride on a celebrity tour bus, a party with Santa and Mrs. Claus and the chance to buy presents for their friends and family at a local Wal-Mart. Proceeds from the 2012 Celebrity Golf Tournament, Christmas 4 Kids Concert and other events throughout the year will go to make this reality again in December 2012.

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Highway Angel Hosts Show On Renegade Radio Nashville

Nashville, Tennessee (July 26th, 2012) – Renegade Radio Nashville has enlisted the Truckload Carriers Association’s (TCA) Highway Angel program spokeswoman Lindsay Lawler to host new radio show, On The Road To Nashville.
The show, which initially aired July 17th, incorporates drivers’ requests with heroic Highway Angel stories, as well as interviews with industry professionals. Lawler, a Nashville-based singer-songwriter  has gained notoriety amidst the truck driving community since partnering with the TCA in 2010. Her popularity was furthered with the release of her single, Highway Angel.
“My main goal is to bring a positive image to trucking and awareness of the most amazing, hard-working, loyal people that makeup the trucking industry,” Lawler said.

“We recognize the need for a show that will highlight such a large part of our valued listenership, and are excited to work with Lindsay to showcase these roadway warriors,” said Captain Jack Aponte, the voice and owner of Renegade Radio.

On The Road To Nashville airs every Tuesday and Thursday night from 5-8pm.

About Lindsay Lawler:
Born and raised in Texas, Lindsay Lawler spent several years performing in Los Angeles before making her way to Nashville, Tennessee in 2007. After performing at the 2010 Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, Texas, she formed a partnership with the Truckload Carriers Association and has since been named the official spokeswoman of their Highway Angels program. Her single, Highway Angel, has given her exposure as an artist and become an anthem for truck drivers everywhere. She also wrote and recorded Long Haul, a salute to female truck drivers. Lawler continues to support the truck driving community through her performances around the country and her radio show, On The Road To Nashville. For more information on Lindsay Lawler, visit www.lindsaylawler.com.

About Renegade Radio:
Renegade Radio Nashville began as the brainchild of longtime broadcasting veteran Captain Jack Aponte. With a solid vision of utilizing the latest technology to reach the largest audience worldwide, Renegade Radio Nashville began Internet broadcasting on June 7, 2011. The station currently has 3.5 million listeners tuning in from 143 different countries and, in December of 2011, became the first ever Internet radio station to be granted reporting status with Music Row Magazine. For more information on Renegade Radio Nashville, visit www.renegaderadionashville.com. 

About Highway Angel:
Created by the Truckload Carrier Association (TCA), the Highway Angel program is designed to bring recognition to those truck drivers having participated in good deeds. Whether it be a random act of kindness or a heroic act, the program aims to improve indiviual drivers’ feelings toward themselves and their profession, all while promoting greater public recognition of Angels and improving the public’s image of the truck driving profession. For more information on the Highway Angel program, visit www.truckload.org/highway-angel.

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NAMM Brings Music Product Industry Together in Nashville, July 12-14

Carlsbad, CA (July 16, 2012) — From networking with current vendors and scoping out new brands to learning at NAMM U sessions and taking in the Nashville nightlife, the music industry stayed busy during a fun and productive three days in Nashville for Summer NAMM. The National Association of Music Merchant’s (NAMM) event held July 12-14 is the summer-timed compliment to January’s The NAMM Show timed to line up with product releases for the holiday buying season.

Beyond the thousands of music instrument and product showings at Summer NAMM, the show provides Members with dozens of complimentary professional development programs, the Top 100 Dealer Awards and an opportunity to hear live music nearly around the clock while in Music City.

“We’re grateful to the Members who invested their time and money to be participate in Summer NAMM,” said Joe Lamond, president and CEO of NAMM. “In spite of the continuing economic challenges, these folks are not sitting on the sidelines waiting for things to get better, but instead seizing the opportunity to increase their competitive advantage as we head into the fall and holiday selling season.”

Summer NAMM saw more retail owners, buyers and employees doing business at the show. The number of retail buyers increased a robust 20% in 2012 over 2011.

This show is incredible. I wouldn’t miss it. It’s a great opportunity to do business and see friends,” said Chuck Surack, president and founder of Sweetwater Sound. “There are lots of new vendors and products here that I wasn’t aware of, lots of new things that I wouldn’t have seen if I hadn’t been here. This is the time to not only foster relationships with current vendors, but also with fellowmusic store owners.”

Energy and growth was mirrored on the manufacturing side with a 9% increase in exhibitors from 2011 to 2012. It was made up in part by many new and returning brands. In total, 372 exhibitors representing many more brands shared new products with buyers from around the world at Summer NAMM.

“Taylor Guitars attends Summer NAMM to thank our dealers for their support in the first half of theyear, to see east coast retailers, who may not always make it to Anaheim and finally, it’s a wonderful reason to visit the great city of Nashville,” said Mike “Monte” Montefusco, director of sales at Taylor Guitars based in El Cajon, CA. “We’re seeing our existing dealer base and a lot of perspective new dealers who are interested in the Taylor line. The pace here in Nashville lends to spending more one-on-one time with perspective dealers.”

NEW BRANDS

Some of the positive energy found at the show can be attributed to the 75 new-to-Summer NAMM exhibitors and another 75 brands returning to Summer NAMM after a break.

An insurgence of new brands at the show allowed retailers to discover new products in time for the holiday season. “The ability at Summer NAMM to sit down and have a conversation is very beneficial. We take this opportunity to look at new products and explore possible future business with brands that we haven’t worked with before,” said Lori Supine, president of Senseney Music in Wichita, Kansas and 2011 Dealer of the Year.

The smaller stage NAMM hosts in Nashville, also gives new brands to grab more of the spotlight. First time Summer NAMM exhibitor Jim McGillivary, founder ofFour Force who makes the EM1 lightweight amp, and 2012 Summer NAMM ‘Best of Show’ winner said, “This summer show is the best for us. It’s a time to meet local music store owners and buyers in a very music friendly city.”

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES ABOUND
While Summer NAMM is officially only a three-day event, over 100 retailers arrived in Music City a day early for NAMM’s inaugural Retail Boot Camp. Bob Negen, a retail expert led a all day educational session with practical business planning, marketing and other tangible business advice tailored specifically for independent music instrument and product dealers.

Tracy Leenman, owner of Musical Innovations in Greenville, South Carolina, who attended the boot camp said, “I thought it was very well-organized and the information applies to everyone sitting in the room—big business, small business, school business, combo business. It’s very hands-on, very action-oriented, very directed toward going home and making a difference.”

The more relaxed pace of the summer-timed event lends to educational opportunities. Each morning opened with a NAMM U Breakfast session with guests including Chip Averwater of Amro Music and author of “Retail Truths,” Joe Calloway, author of “Becoming a Category of One,” and the ‘Best in Show’ awards presented by Music Inc.

TOP 100 DEALERS
The Top 100 Dealer awards celebrated the best in music stores on Friday, July 13th during Summer NAMM. Alto Music won ‘Dealer of the Year,’ while other retailers took home wins in ‘Best of’ categories.

A panel of impartial, expert judges selected the Top 100 dealers using a numeric rating based on five main criteria. Then, the panel scored retailers’ submissions for awards in ten other specific ‘Best of’ categories.

“The retailers in this room are the backbone of the industry,” said Jon Haber, owner of Alto Music based in Middletown, NY. “We’re cultivating all of the future customers. Whether now a pro audio, lighting guy or other person connected to music, they probably got their start getting juiced on a guitar at a local music store.”

NAMM MEMBERS LOVE MUSIC CITY

When NAMM returns to Nashville, July 11-13, 2013 the show will have a new home, the state-of-the-art convention center, Music City Center. Music City Center sits just south of Broadway on a 16-acre site adjacent toboth the Bridgestone Arena and the Country Music Hall of Fame and steps from the Ryman Auditorium and Broadway honky tonks where thousands of musical careers have launched.

“I love Nashville – this is a fantastic city!” said Mark Farrell, director of sales for Feeltune in Nimes, France. “I heard great things about the new center. I was talking to a Nashville native and he said it’s like five times the size of this and it’s going to be a sight to behold apparently.”

The Silver Level LEED certified building measures 1.2 million square feet, featuring a 350,000 square foot exhibit hall, a 57,000 grand ballroom and 1,800 parking spaces. A 360,000 gallon retention tank will collect rainwater from the four acre ‘green’ roof to be used for irrigation and to flush the building’s hundreds of toilets.

Before NAMM returns to Music City, The NAMM Show stages in Anaheim, California on January 24-27, 2013. Badge registration for The NAMM Show opens on September 19, 2012. Find more details at http://www.namm.org/thenammshow/2013.

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About NAMM
The National Association of Music Merchants, commonly called NAMM in reference to the organization’s popular NAMM trade shows, is the not-for-profit association that strengthens the $17 billion global musical instruments and products industry, while promoting the pleasures and benefits of making music. NAMM’s activities and programs are designed to promote music making to people of all ages. NAMM is comprised of more than 9,000 Member companies in 87 countries around the world. For more information about NAMM visit www.namm.org or call 800-767-NAMM (6266). Follow NAMM on Facebook, Twitter and You Tube.


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Warner Music Nashville & Word Entertainment Artists Share Special Summer Olympic Memories

NASHVILLE, TN – (July 18, 2012) – To celebrate the 2012 Summer Olympics that are right around the corner, a few of our Artists have shared their favorite Olympic memories.  We will be sharing more stories throughout the month of July. From Warner Music Nashville and Word Entertainment, good luck Team USA!

 

Summer Olympic Questions:

1.    If you could compete in an event at the Summer Olympics, what would it be and why?

2.    Any memorable Olympic event you recall?

3.    Do you have a favorite Olympian? Why?

 

KRISTA MARIE FROM THE FARM:

“My kind of Olympics… the Summer X Games, motocross of course!

“In 2006 when Travis Pastrana won gold at the Moto X Freestyle Finals doing a double back flip!!! What?!”

“Uhh yeah…Pastrana! #199 all the way! He has now won 10 X Game Gold medals in super cross, motocross, freestyle & rally racing. That’s bad ass in my book!

 

DAMIEN FROM THE FARM:

“100 yard dash.”

“Carl Lewis becoming the fastest man alive”

“Carl Lewis”

 

JANA KRAMER:

“It would definitely be Gymnastics! I wish I could do half the stuff they can! They are amazing!”

“When Misty May and Kerri Walsh won for the second time in 2008 after winning in 2004…I love volleyball so it was awesome to see them kick butt! Girl power:)”

“Kristi Yamaguchi…I grew up skating and she was always my idol!”

 

DARA MACLEAN

“Gymnastics. I was a gymnast for five or six years. I love watching it!”

“The Magnificent Seven, the victorious all-around women’s gymnastics team that represented the United States at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996.”

“Kerri Strug. She is by far my favorite, because of her courage and commitment. Her bravery in the face of fear and her unwavering passion.”

 

DAVE FREY FROM SIDEWALK PROPHETS

“If I could compete and win the gold in an Olympic sport it would easily be table tennis. It really is unreal to watch those guys play! I used to believe that I was a ping pong master in college until the first moment I witnessed Olympic table tennis. If I could somehow have the chops to compete against those guys, all my college friends would finally have to admit that I am the king of ping pong.”

“The Atlanta Olympics in 1996 were so much fun to watch. I’ll never forget my entire family gathered around the TV the night the women’s gymnastics team won gold. My mom literally screamed. The USA basketball team that year was amazing. I also fondly remember watching the swimming events and then my buddy and me trying to race each other in the local pool. The best part is that the worst I could do was silver. It was an awesome summer, and the patriotism and moving stories of the Olympics made it even more memorable.”

“My favorite Olympians were the entire 1996 women’s gymnastics team…and even though he never competed, Bella Karolyi. Bella’s passionate encouragement brought home gold and was parodied on Conan O’Brien for years.”

 

FRANKIE BALLARD

“The 100 meter, because if I was doin’ that…I’d be a speedy son of a gun!”

“The ‘Miracle on Ice’! I know it was the Winter Olympics, but when the Russians went down, it was huge!”

“I always liked Michael Johnson. He wore those gold shoes and just flew around the track!”

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Billboard Charting Indie Artist Chase Rice Signs with CAA

(l-r) CAA Meredith Jones, Chase Rice, CAA Brandon Frankel, CAA Jim Butler & Chase’s Tour Manager John Lessard

Chase Rice, the Billboard and iTunes Chart topping indie country performer, signs with CAA for exclusive representation. Jim Butler and Meredith Jones will be his Responsible Agents.

“When I recorded this album, I built the tracks around a live performance,” recalls Chase. “I look forward to getting it out in front of new audiences.  It’s definitely been a very exciting year seeing the pieces fall into place since the release of the record.”

Chase dropped his debut album Dirt Road Communion on March 20th which climbed to #6 on iTunes Top Country Album Charts, #15 Billboard Heatseekers and punched through at #48 on the Billboard Top Country Album Chart. Chase is also a co-writer on “Cruise,” the debut single from Republic Nashville’s newest duo Florida Georgia Line.

Dirt Road Communion features strong rooted contemporary country songs that invoke a good times spirit like the lead single “How She Rolls,” alongside “Pop a Top” and “Whoa,” but you’ll also find personal and insightful examinations of his darker side on “Jack Daniel’s & Jesus” and “Room 205.” Chase moved to Music City shortly after coming in runner up on the hit TV series CBS Survivor: Nicaragua.  Since the move, this North Carolina reared performer has been running at full throttle developing a grass roots connection to his ever expanding fan base.

Before his bold move to Nashville, Chase was a star on the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill football team.  He’d trade in his Carolina blue to suit up for Hendrick Motorsports after college where he served on the pit crew for Ryan Newman and Jimmie Johnson.  His parent’s always pushed for excellence and his father particularly carried a huge influence on his choices up till his death.  “Dad was a fighter and I hope I have his same spirit.  I wear a belt buckle that says ‘Cowboy Up!’ every time I take the stage to remind me of all that he did to get me here.”

To stay updated on Chase, visit www.chaserice.com.

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Road To The Ram® Jam Announces Zac Brown Band As The Fourth Artist In The All-Star Country Music Series

Road To The Ram JamJune 27, 2012 – Multi platinum selling artists Zac Brown Band will join previously announced artists Kellie Pickler, Brantley Gilbert and Easton Corbin for the “Road to the Ram® Jam” series and sweepstakes.  The Road to the Ram Jam, presented by the Ram Truck brand, features five of today’s best country music artists and provides fans the opportunity to win prizes including trips for two to an invitation-only 2012 RamJam concert event December 29th in Nashville, TN, where all five artists will perform.

The Road to the Ram Jam series and sweepstakes helps bring country music fans closer to some of their favorite artists with exclusive video content, the opportunity to win prizes including collectible posters and vinyl records through participating country radio stations nationwide, and free music downloads. Fans can enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win trips for two to the invitation-only 2012 RamJam concert event at www.RamTrucks.com/RoadtoRamJam or on the Ram Trucks Facebook page at www.ramjamsweeps.com.

Zac Brown Band will offer fans a chance to win a free download of their new single “The Wind,” from the forthcoming album Uncaged set for release on July 10th on Atlantic Records/Southern Ground Artists, when they enter the Road to the Ram Jam concert sweepstakes. The last Road to the Ram Jam artist will be announced in August and all five participating will receive a lease on a 2012 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn truck. The trucks will then be auctioned off in early 2013 with all proceeds going to benefit a charity of each artist’s choice.

Proceeds from Zac Brown Band’s Ram truck will be donated to Camp Southern Ground, which is the passion project of Grammy-Award winning musician Zac Brown, set to open in 2014. Zac donated this 500-acre piece of property, set in the farmlands of Georgia, to open the camp that will be a state-of-the-art facility whose programs will serve children ages 7-17 with both typical and special needs.  The camp will have activities that will challenge, educate, and inspire children with diverse abilities and from all socioeconomic backgrounds, races, and religions. Among the many traditional camp activities that will foster youth development and create teachable moments for campers, plans are in place to align certain elements of the facility with the latest innovative therapies and technology for those children affected by neurobehavioral disorders.  For more information on Camp Southern Ground you can go to http://www.campsouthernground.org/.

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“To me, there’s nothing more important than helping kids and it’s a great to know that with support from our friends and fans, this camp is going to make a huge difference in the lives of each and every camper,” said Zac Brown.

“Ram is excited to continue partnering with Zac Brown Band,” said Fred Diaz, President and CEO – Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico. “The Ram Truck brand and Zac Brown Band both have a unifying can-do attitude and a character filled with authenticity, care, passion and pride. It is very fitting for the band to donate their Ram 1500 Laramie auction proceeds to Camp Southern Ground, as it will be a wonderful place for children.” 

The Ram Truck brand and Zac Brown Band first worked together in 2010 on “Letters to Lyrics,” a national appreciation letter-writing campaign aimed at U.S. soldiers deployed around the world.

Two-time Grammy-Award winners and multi platinum artists Zac Brown Band have become one of music’s most heralded acts. With a historic nine consecutive #1 hit singles, awe-inspiring musicianship and dynamic live shows, the Georgia six-piece is definitely built to last. Zac Brown Band’s double-platinum major label debut ‘The Foundation’ (Atlantic Records/Home Grown/Big Picture) was named one of Billboard’s Top 20 albums of 2009, and the platinum follow-up ‘You Get What You Give’ (Atlantic/Southern Ground Artists) debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart in 2010. Since 2009, the band has garnered more than 50 combined Grammy, ACM, AMA, CMA, and CMT award nominations with wins including their 2010 Grammy win for “Best New Artist,” 2010 CMA win for “New Artist of the Year,” and 2011 ACM Top Vocal Event of the Year for “As She’s Walking Away” with Alan Jackson. No question, the past three years have been dizzying for the hardworking act. The band’s first major label release, ‘The Foundation’ was the first major label debut album in 18 years to yield five #1’s including “Chicken Fried” and “Free.” Released on November 18, 2008 on Atlantic Records, ‘The Foundation’ debuted at #17 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart and #3 on the Top Country Albums Chart.

Contest Rules

The Road to the RamRoad To The Ram® Jam Announces Zac Brown Band As The Fourth Artist In The All-Star Country Music Series ® Jam sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States and the District of Columbia, 18 years or older at the time of entry. Residents of Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico are ineligible. No purchase or payment of money is necessary to win. The sweepstakes starts Feb. 1, 2012, and ends Sept. 30, 2012. Official rules and complete details are found at www.RamTrucks.com/RoadtoRamJam.

About Ram Truck Brand
The Ram Truck brand continues to establish its own identity and clearly define its customer since its launch as a standalone vehicle brand. Creating a distinct brand for Ram trucks has allowed the brand to concentrate on how core customers use their trucks and what new features they’d like to see. Whether focusing on a family that uses its half-ton truck day in and day out, a hard-working Ram Heavy Duty owner or a business that depends on its commercial vehicles every day, Ram has the truck market covered.

The Ram Truck brand has the most innovative lineup of full-size trucks on the market. Ram Truck has emerged as a full-size truck leader by investing substantially in new products, infusing them with great looks, refined interiors, durable engines and features that further enhance their capabilities. Truck customers, from half-ton to commercial, have a demanding range of needs and require their vehicles to provide high levels of capability. Ram trucks are designed to deliver a total package.

For more information on Road to the Ram Jam and to enter the sweepstakes, go to www.RamTrucks.com/RoadtoRamJam.


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