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The Peach Pickers And Friends Play Third Annual Georgia On My Mind Benefit

The Peach Pickers: Ben Hayslip, Dallas Davidson and Rhett Akins Photo credit: Rick Diamond / Getty

The Peach Pickers: Ben Hayslip, Dallas Davidson and Rhett Akins
Photo credit: Rick Diamond / Getty

The Ryman got a little sweeter Tuesday night during the third annual Georgia On My Mind benefit concert hosted by The Peach Pickers, the country songwriting trio made up of Rhett Atkins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip. Continue Reading →

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Platinum-selling, Grammy, ACM and CMA nominated artist Billy Currington will hit the road on his headlining Summer Forever tour beginning in February 2016.  Billy’s high-energy live shows always gives the audience what they want and leave them feeling like they’ve been to a great family reunion that turned into a raucous party.

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Pictured (l-r, front row): Co-writer Ross Copperman, Billy Currington, and co-writers Ashley Gorley and Jaren Johnston; (back row) Universal Music Group Nashville Chairman & CEO Mike Dungan, Warner Chappell Music Publishing's Ben Vaughn, BMI's Leslie Roberts, Sony ATV Music Publishing's Josh Van Valkenburg, Combustion Music's Chris Van Belkom and ASCAP's Mike Sistad. Photo credit: Ed Rode

ASCAP, BMI, the CMA and Music Row celebrated the team behind Mercury Nashville recording artist Billy Currington’s tenth chart-topping single, “Don’t It,” at a party held at the CMA offices on Monday, August 3rd. The hit song was co-penned by ASCAP songwriters Ashley Gorley and Jaren Johnston, who were honored for their twenty-first and sixth #1 songs, respectively, along with BMI co-writer Ross Copperman, who celebrated his fourth chart-topper. Publishers Combustion Music, Sony ATV Music Publishing and Warner Chappell Music Publishing were also on hand to congratulate the group. “Don’t It,” which was released in October of 2014 as the first single from Billy Currington’s upcoming sixth studio album, was produced by critically-acclaimed ASCAP producer Dann Huff.

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Platinum-selling recording artist Billy Currington scores his 10th No. 1 hit today with “Don’t It” topping both the Billboard and Mediabase charts. The smash hit, written by Jaren Johnston, Ashley Gorley and Ross Copperman, is the lead single off Currington’s sixth studio album, Summer Forever, releasing on June 2 on Mercury Nashville.

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CONTEST: Want To Win A Pair Of Tickets To Delta Country Jam?

Delta-Country-Jam- Want to win a pair of 2-day passes to the 1st annual Delta Country Jam happening in Tunica, MS on October 4th & 5th? This huge outdoor music festival is going to be amazing.  Featuring performances by Tim McGraw, Billy Currington, Brantley Gilbert, Thompson Square, Kellie Pickler, Maggie Rose,  Randy Houser, Jerrod Neimann and many more! You don’t want to miss it! These 2 day passes are valued at $125.00 pp/$250.00 total prize package and include free parking to this amazing event! Continue Reading →

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Ram Truck Brand Concludes ‘Road To The Ram Jam’ All-Star Country Music Series With A Total Of $181,731 Raised For Charities

April 17, 2013 – The Ram Truck brand is celebrating the end of its successful “Road to the Ram® Jam” all-star country music series which raised a total of $181,731 for charities with the auction of each participating artist’s Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn truck. The series concluded with Easton Corbin’s truck raising $37,101 for the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund, which honors Americans in our Armed Forces who have sacrificed life or limb defending our country by awarding college scholarships to their children.

As a part of the Road to the Ram Jam series, five participating country music artists – Kellie Pickler, Brantley Gilbert, Billy Currington, Zac Brown Band, and Easton Corbin – received a one-year lease on a 2012 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn truck. The trucks were auctioned off, one at a time, beginning in late January with all proceeds benefiting a charity of each artist’s choice. Fans had two weeks to bid on each artist’s truck. Continue Reading →

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Country Radio Seminar 2013: Celebrities, Surprises and Stars of Tomorrow

Country Radio Seminar wrapped up last week to record attendance, bright new stars, and performances by the biggest names in country music. The three-day event overtook the Nashville Convention Center as thousands poured in for the annual meeting.

As a media outlet, we have the opportunity to cover the event, and interview some of the brightest up-and-coming stars in the format. We’ll be posting those interviews in the upcoming days; and we’ve also got photo and video coverage of the events, so stay tuned!

So here’s a recap of what our week looked like:

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Ram Jam Concert To Be Broadcast December 29th On Ram Country On Yahoo! Music

Top Performers Include Zac Brown Band, Kellie Pickler, Easton Corbin, Brantley Gilbert And Billy Currington

On December 29th, Ram Country on Yahoo! Music will broadcast RAM JAM, An exclusive concert at Marathon Music Works in Nashville, TN, featuring live performances from some of country music’s hottest talent including Zac Brown Band, Kellie Pickler, Easton Corbin, Brantley Gilbert, and Billy Currington.

The web broadcast can be accessed here: http://music.yahoo.com/video/playlist/ram-country-ram-jam/. Following the concert, select performances will be available for on-demand viewing on January 16th.

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Darryl Worley Exclusive Interview

Discusses new single, some greatest hits, his beautiful wife and what’s yet to come.

His new single was just released to radio, and now Darryl Worley is ready for prime time again. And he promises you won’t be disappointed:

“I put nothing but hit songs on this upcoming project. Any song you pick off it you could release as a single.”

Darryl and I talked about how the new song came to be, and I also delved into the stories and meanings behind a couple of his greatest hits. We really look forward to the upcoming album; and be assured that Focus on the 615 will have a review on it as soon as it’s out!

Darryl WorleyMatt: Tell me about the new single You Still Got It.

Darryl: It’s a song I wrote with Brett Jones, a real good friend of mine. When I got [to the writing session] he already had the chorus… As soon as I heard him doing it I said, “Man, this sounds like a hit!” So we sat down and wrote two verses and a bridge that day. Then, we both started getting ideas about who might record this song.

Matt: So it wasn’t originally written FOR you?

Darryl: I didn’t write it for me, no. We talked about Billy Currington, and James Otto, and some different folks that could pull it off. Even Randy Owen. I wasn’t thinking a whole lot about cutting it myself until, on a whim, I played it at a fan club party this past year. And they just went nuts! So when we finally went in the studio I told Brett, “I think I’m going to cut a track on this. He said, ‘Go for it man!’” He loved it.

Matt: Who’s the song about; what was your inspiration behind the song?

Darryl: Well on my side of the coin, I was obviously thinking about my wife. I just think she’s a hottie, I always have. I never get tired of looking at her, and that’s one thing I’ve always known would never change. So for me to write something like this was very natural. So it was all about her, and writing something a little bit fun. It’s actually a little bit of a different thing for me. You know, for the most part the big hits have been pretty heavy. But this is just being. It is what it is, and it’s not rocket science. It’d be nice if we can have a nice little hit with this thing.

“For the most part the big hits have been pretty heavy. But this is just being. It is what it is, and it’s not rocket science.”

Matt: That’s actually a really good segue into a question one of your fans submitted to us on Facebook (Thank you Jim for the question!): How does it feel to write songs like Have You Forgotten or Sounds Like Life with such deep meaning behind them AND have them go to number one because people loved them so much?

Darryl: You know with both of those songs I felt a great deal of responsibility to get it right, because I knew if the world got to hear those songs they had the potential to change people’s lives. And on both accounts I’ve had people approach me and say, “There’s no way you could know what that song has meant to me.” I mean, you don’t necessarily think of specific things like that when you’re writing a song. I think that’s important to us as songwriters to care enough about that song to just get it right.

Matt: I would be remiss if I didn’t also talk to you about Awful Beautiful Life, because when that came out I was in college, and that was EVERY girl’s status update on AIM! (Remember AIM?) So how did you come to write that song, and what does it mean to you?

Darryl: It means a lot to me. The guy I co-wrote that song with actually passed away not too long ago. His name was Harley Allen, and I think about him now every time I do the song. He said, “I want every syllable of this song to be right out of your real life.” And he said, “Everyone will have a connection to this song if we do it right.” He was a genius songwriter, and every word in that song is true. And it’s still the song of mine that probably gets the most recurrent airplay.

Matt: So you’ve obviously had a long career with chart-topping singles, a couple million albums sold, award nominations… What are you’re goals still? What would you like to do that you haven’t yet?

Darryl: To have a string of three to four significant hits in a row. That’s what everybody in this business needs to do to reach the next level. We’ve been out here a long time, but I believe if we do that now, we could be out here for another ten years, and maybe past that. So that’s my ultimate goal and that’s why I put nothing but hit songs on this upcoming project.

Matt: We certainly look forward to it. One final thing, give us a message to your fans:

Darryl: Hey guys, I just want to say thank you for all the years of support and love and understanding. Mostly, I just appreciate the fact that you guys can connect with my music and relate to my music, and because of that I just made the best CD I’ve ever made, and I’m looking really forward to getting it out there to y’all. God bless ya.

Check out more on Darryl Worley at www.darrylworley.com.

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Julie Roberts @ Natchez Hills Vineyard

RobertsLast Saturday, August 20th, I had the chance to see Julie Roberts perform a full band show to a packed house just outside of Nashville in Hampshire, TN.  She performed at the new venue, Natchez Hills Vineyard with hit songwriter, Jason Matthews, opening for her on acoustic guitar.

Now, I THOUGHT that I lived out in the country before I attended this show, but THAT was out in the country! You know you are out in the country when you completely lose cell service and you hope & pray that your GPS doesn’t go out so that you find your way back home after the show! Ok, it wasn’t bad and it’s quite pretty out there, but I would’ve never found my way there or my way back home without GPS.  Plus, walking out late at night surrounded by grapes  in the pitch dark, felt a little too eerily like I was in a horror movie.  Children of the Grapes, perhaps? I thought someone might just come along and snatch me from behind those grapes! haha

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