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Kenny Chesney Announces New Single, “Pirate Flag”

Kenny Chesney, Pirate Flag

Maybe it’s the time of the year, the sluggish economy, the boring job or the brutal cold, but sometimes, as members of the No Shoes Nation know, you just have to let your freak flag fly. No one understands better than Kenny Chesney that need to jettison the mundane and push back against the inertia of life.

And so now in the dead of winter, the 4-time Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year rolls out an anthem of everyday insurrection and rebellion on one’s own terms. With “Pirate Flag,” written by David Lee Murphy (“Livin’ In Fast Forward,” “Dust on the Bottle”) and new-to-town Ross Cooperman, Chesney offers an anthem for everyman that says, “Where I am may be great, but don’t think I’ll ever  surrender to the 9-to-5.”

“No matter where you are, no matter how you live,” says Chesney, “there is that part of you that yearns to be free, to say, ‘What the hell…’ and just do what you want to do! That’s what this song is all about. The freedom and the idea that you can just say, “Enough,’ even if it’s only in your mind, while you’re watching your boss’s mouth move and are dreaming of whatever gets you off.

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Kenny Chesney Set To Release New Album April 30


Setting out on ‘No Shoes Nation’ Tour March 16

Kenny ChesneyKenny Chesney will add a new album to his impressive discography with the release of his yet untitled, new album on Blue Chair/Columbia Nashville Records label on April 30. “It’s gonna be an amazing summer and I’m really excited to bring some new music to No Shoes Nation,” said Chesney.

With preparation well under way for the kick off of his ‘No Shoes Nation’ Tour on March 16 in Tampa, Fl, Chesney and NSN will celebrate a summer of music, friends and good times. “The fans are the foundation of ‘No Shoes Nation,'” Chesney said. “They built it from the ground up, and they built it with heart, passion and the love of life and music, and I can’t wait to feel that connection again throughout the summer of 2013.”

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Pollstar Names Eric Church A Top Touring Act Of 2012

Eric Church It’s only fitting in a year that landed GRAMMY nominee and CMA Award winner Eric Church at the top of the country singles chart with the two week No. 1 “Springsteen” that both Church and The Boss share something else in common – top placement on Pollstar’s Worldwide Ticket Sales Chart. Church joins the company of Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Coldplay, Roger Waters, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour, Cirque du Soleil, Kenny Chesney/Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean, Metallica, and Dave Matthews Band. With over 765,000 tickets sold, Church’s The Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour ranks at No. 11 on the chart published today at Pollstar.com.

“To be listed beside these acts—based solely on the number of tickets sold throughout the year on our tour—is just incredible. I distinctively remember playing for eight people just over two years ago in a club in Texas, so to hear that that number has grown to what it was in 2012 is a true testament to the fans, their passion, and my band and crew’s dedication to making our show the best it can be night after night,” shares Church. The number of tickets sold on The Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour in 2012, which covered 101 tour dates, matches what he sold in the prior six years of his touring career. Continue Reading →

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VEVO Taps Kacey Musgraves To Be The First Country Artist Ever As Part Of Their “Lift” Program

Musgraves Added To Little Big Town And Kenny Chesney Tours In 2013

Kacey MusgravesMercury Records’ singer/songwriter Kacey Musgraves has been tapped by VEVO to be their next “LIFT” artist starting today. This addition makes Kacey the first country artist selected by VEVO for LIFT, which supports emerging acts. Past LIFT artists include Jessie J, Dev, One Direction and Rita Ora.

Over the next eight weeks fans will have the opportunity to get to know Kacey through exclusive interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, video premieres and intimate live performances, all exclusive to the VEVO platform. Access Kacey Musgraves on VEVO at http://vevo.com/lift

Said VEVO’s Doug McVehil (SVP, Music Programming, Talent & Operations): “VEVO is THE home for premium music videos from every genre.  While we have focused primarily on pop, hip hop and rock artists for LIFT, we’ve always wanted to throw our support behind country artists.  Kacey is a remarkable young artist and was an obvious first choice.  We’re excited to work with our partners at Universal Nashville to provide her with a LIFT.”

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Award-Winning Director And Visionary Shaun Silva Opens New Post Production Facility “FORWARD”

Grand Opening Brings Out Nashville’s Mayor Dean And Many Of Today’s Top Film, TV, Advertising, Entertainment And Music Executives


Shannon,Triston, Tanner and Shaun Silva and Mayor Karl Dean ribbon cutting with the Nashville Chamber of Commerce

Award-winning and reigning CMA SRO Video Director of the Year Shaun Silva introduced FORWARD, Nashville’s most customized and experienced post production facility during an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday evening. Designed by Silva and Nashville Architectural and Interior Space Designer Chris Gill, FORWARD is poised to set a new standard and offering to world of film and television, advertising agencies and many others seeking the highest in post production quality and talent.  FORWARD is now open for business, located in the historic Marathon Village at 1200 Clinton Avenue, Suite 255, Nashville, Tennessee 37203.


Shaun Silva, former UT football player Condredge Holloway and Kenny Chesney

FORWARD can also be reached at 615-320-3269 and by visiting weareforward.com.

FORWARD is equipped with a roster of top-level talent that is ready to provide clients with a turnkey operation. The impetus of the facility’s design was about the client’s needs and comfort, but more importantly to be home to the best equipment possible.  With iQ, Pablo, Avid and Final Cut systems built from the ground up to communicate through an unmatched Quantel gene pool and SAN; the workflow is the best in the region.

“I have always said we need to create a post facility that elevates the perception of Nashville and to enhance the diversity of amazing talent and projects that are being done out of here,” says Shaun Silva, owner of FORWARD and TackleBox Films.  With FORWARD, our intent is to have the best of the best creating the best right here on the shoulders of Nashville,” he continues.

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Legends Honored, Superstars Perform at 6th Annual ACM Honors

ACM Honors

Country music fans are aware that the genre has no shortage of awards shows (at least four and counting). Arguably the most prestigious of these, however, is the Academy of Country Music Awards (ACMs) held in Las Vegas in April. What fewer country fans may know is the Academy holds an annual awards show for non-televised industry and specialty awards called the ACM Honors, which took place Monday at The Ryman Auditorium. Continue Reading →

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Nashville to Make Big Impression at 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards

The 54th Annual GRAMMY AwardsMusic’s biggest night is upon us, and Focus on the 615 wants to keep you in the loop with your favorite GRAMMY hopefuls! Kanye West, Adele and Bruno Mars may be among the most nominated, but our hometown country stars make up a notable portion of the prestigious list as well.

First-time nominees Jason Aldean and Blake Shelton each landed three nods, as did past GRAMMY-winner Taylor Swift, each competing for Best Country Album. Newcomers Thompson Square have two nominations for their hit Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not, and The Civil Wars also have two for best Country Duo/Group Performance and Best Folk Album. Receiving a huge honor, The Band Perry continues their incredible year with a nomination for Best New Artist.

Other notable nominations include Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter’s collaboration on You And Tequila, garnishing two nods, and the Zac Brown Band finding their way into the Visual Media category with Where The River Goes from the Footloose soundtrack. Click here to see a complete list of the GRAMMY nominations.

Nashville is well-represented in performances as well, with Aldean, Carrie Underwood, Glen Campbell, The Band Perry, Shelton, The Civil Wars and Swift all gracing the GRAMMY stage. Jason will perform his smash Don’t You Wanna Stay with Kelly Clarkson, Carrie will team up with legendary crooner Tony Bennett, and Campbell, TBP, and Blake will all be taking the stage together.  Click here to see a complete list of the GRAMMY performances.

Who are your favorites to win? What performances are you most looking forward to? Let us know!

Focus will be tweeting live throughout the performance, so be sure to follow us at @FOCUSonthe615! You can also follow contributor Matt Williams at @mattwilliams27!

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CMA Music Festival: Interview with Frankie Ballard

Yes, yes…I’m STILL trying to get caught up from everything I had from the CMA Music Festival! Just about there! I guess it’s good as long as I get the articles out before CMA Music Festival 2012, right?!? Anyway…

Do you want to know all about this awesome guitar-slinging singer who has been touring the country opening for such artists as: Taylor Swift, Uncle Kracker, and Bob Seger? The girls are going crazy for him, too, and it’s easy to see why! This Michigan-born artist is “a southern gentleman without the accent” (a friend once said that to me and certainly a great way to describe Frankie Ballard) and there’s so much more to like about him, too!

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