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Little Big Town “Perseverance” Panel Added To CRS 2014 Agenda

CRS2013 CMA Vocal Group of the Year, Little Big Town, will present a panel about perseverance in the country music industry at CRS 2014. Bob Kingsley will conduct an interview with the band throughout the session, which will take place Feb.19 in the Nashville Convention Center.

Little Big Town embodies the definition of perseverance, with their “steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.” During the panel, they will share stories about their perseverance as a band, which eventually landed them a #1 album, 2 #1 singles, a Grammy Award and ACM/CMA Vocal Group of the Year.

Throughout their career, the group, made up of members Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook, and Phillip Sweet, have stuck together through several challenging label changes. They received their first record deal with Mercury Nashville Records before moving to Sony’s Monument Records, where they released their debut album. From there, the band went from the small independent label, Equity Music Group, to their current label, Capitol Records, which was later taken over by major label, Universal Music Group.

“It’s an honor to be asked to be a part of CRS this year and especially the chance to share some of our story as a band through the last 14 years,” said Little Big Town. “It’s definitely been about perseverance for us.”

“Throughout every challenge the band has had, they’ve continued to establish and develop so many relationships and give back in so many ways,” said Bob Kingsley.  “Their ability to adapt to situations and stay ahead is a hard feat, and one that we can all learn from.”

CRS 2014 will include more than 20 educational panels and industry-leading speakers, including “Cracking the Code: Using Data to Discover the Hits,” “Spotify, Pandora, YouTube, Beats: It’s Their Country, Too,” “Marketing On A Shoestring Budget,” “Would You Like Sales Prospects to Call You?” and more.

Other CRS 2014 agenda highlights include two major research presentations (sponsored by CMA and CRS), three label luncheons and performances, Acoustic Alley (sponsored by Bob Kingsley), the CRS keynote address, the popular New Faces of Country Music Dinner and Performance (co-sponsored by MDA and ACM) and much more.

CRS 2014 will be held Feb. 19-21, 2014 in downtown Nashville, Tenn. at the Nashville Convention Center.  The $499 regular registration rate is still available and can be purchased at www.CountryRadioSeminar.com.

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.  Like CRS on Facebook and follow CRS on Twitter (Hashtag #CRS2014).

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CMA Music Festival | Little Big Town To Host Summer’s Biggest Concert Event

Logo for the 2013 CMA Music Festival "Country's Night to Rock" TV SpecialReigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town will host the summer’s hottest television music event when the ABC Television Network airs “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” on Monday, Aug. 12 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET).

“It’s an incredible honor to be hosting this year’s CMA Fest,” said Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town. “We could not be more excited about the party that’s going to break out at LP Field every night!”

Little Big Town members Fairchild, Phillip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman, and Jimi Westbrook first entered the music scene more than 13 years ago with hits such as “Boondocks,” “Bring It On Home,” “Good As Gone,” and the Grammy-nominated single “Little White Church.” The quartet’s fifth studio album Tornado was released on Sept. 11, 2012 and debuted at the top of the Billboard Country Chart where it stayed in the No. 1 position for five consecutive weeks. The album, which is certified Gold, was produced by Jay Joyce and includes the double-Platinum-selling, No. 1 hit single “Pontoon” and the follow up single and title track “Tornado,” which also reached No. 1. Their current single, the emotionally-charged “Your Side of the Bed,” is at radio now and quickly climbing the charts.

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Little Big Town Raises $115K for Africa

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Photo(L-R): Jimi Westbrook, Kimberly Schlapman, Governor Bill Haslam, Crissy Haslam, Phillip Sweet, Karen Fairchild

Blood:Water Mission hosts intimate house concert in Nashville

Grammy award-winning Little Big Town recently took the stage at Rolling Hills Farm in Franklin, TN in an effort to raise money for Blood:Water Mission, a local non-profit committed to empowering communities to work together against the HIV/AIDS and water crises in Africa.

This event is the second house concert that Little Big Town has performed for Blood:Water Mission, drawing an impressive crowd on both occasions. From government officials to sports superstars, support of Blood:Water Mission has crossed multiple societal thresholds. This year’s guest list included Governor and First Lady Haslam, Titans quarterback Jake Locker, author John Acuff, EPSN College Football analyst Kirk Herbstreit, and Rascal Flatts guitarist Joe Don Rooney with his wife Tiffany Fallon Rooney, to name a few.

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Little Big Town Wraps Up Sold-Out Headlining Tornado Tour With Show In Charleston, SC

L-R: LBT band member Seth Rausch, Kimberly Schlapman, Bravado Director of A&R Sam Easley, Phillip Sweet, LBT Manager Jason Owen, Senior Vice President AEG Live Ali Harnell, Jimi Westbrook, AEG Live Senior Director of Operations Leslie Cohea, LBT band member Johnny Duke, LBT band member John Thomasson, Karen Fairchild, LBT Tour Manager Bobby Simmons

L-R: LBT band member Seth Rausch, Kimberly Schlapman, Bravado Director of A&R Sam Easley, Phillip Sweet, LBT Manager Jason Owen, Senior Vice President AEG Live Ali Harnell, Jimi Westbrook, AEG Live Senior Director of Operations Leslie Cohea, LBT band member Johnny Duke, LBT band member John Thomasson, Karen Fairchild, LBT Tour Manager Bobby Simmons

ACM Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town wrapped up their sold-out headlining Tornado Tour with a show at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center Thursday, May 9th.
The foursome has been on the road since January touring across the US and Canada selling-out some of the most revered venues in the country. The tour featured openers Kacey Musgraves and David Nail. Little Big Town will join Keith Urban on the road later this summer.

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Little Big Town Scores Second Consecutive Number-One Single This Week

Little Big Town, Tornado

Little Big Town scored their second consecutive number-one single with “Tornado,” which tops this Mediabase country chart this week. This number-one follows up their first chart-topper, “Pontoon,” which scored a two-week number-one last fall.

The video, which stars actor Jonathan Schaech (That Thing You Do), is a favorite of the fans, but not necessarily the fam. “It’s scary, and I will have to say compared to ‘Pontoon’ – our children loved watching the ‘Pontoon’ video,” says LBT’s Karen Fairchild. “This one, the fans seem to love, but our kiddies don’t like to watch this one that much.” The “Tornado” clip is nominated for the ACM Video of the Year, and the band scored three other nominations including Vocal Group of the Year, Album of the Year and Single of the Year for “Pontoon.”

Little Big Town are headed to London to perform at the O2 Arena in London this week, but they’re set to continue their Tornado Tour when they return.

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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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Ryan Seacrest, Little Big Town, The Band Perry, Beth Behrs, And More To Announce Nominees For The 48th ACM Awards

Country Music Fans Invited To Announce Entertainer Of The Year Category & Special VIP Guests Will Announce Categories Via Video Posts Online

48th Annual ACM Awards

The second annual ACM digital press conference, hosted by the Academy of Country Music, CBS Television and Dick Clark Productions via ACM social media channels, to announce the nominees for the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, Country Music’s Party of the Year® to be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

The Band Perry, 2 Broke Girls star Beth Behrs, Little Big Town, Scotty McCreery, Ryan Seacrest, Entertainment Tonight hosts Rob Marciano and Nancy O’Dell and more surprise guests will announce categories via videos posted in real time to fans and media simultaneously. The press conference will culminate with country music FANS announcing the nominees for Entertainer of the Year.

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Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves And Josh Turner Added To The Grand Ole Opry At CRS

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Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves and Josh Turner, along with Greg Bates have been added to the performance lineup of the “Grand Ole Opry at CRS” show set for February 27th. As previously announced, Grand Ole Opry members Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker and Vince Gill along with Dustin Lynch and Scotty McCreery are also set to perform.

Gill is set to host the special opry performance, and Radio Hall of Famer Bill Cody will be the announcer for the event, which is sponsored by Humana’s My Well-Being.

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CRS Executive Director Bill Mayne states, “We are excited about the reaction to this event at the Seminar. Support from both the Radio and Records community has been overwhelming. It will certainly be one of the highlights of CRS this year”.

The event will be held in the Performance Hall of the Nashville Convention Center and open to CRS 2013 attendees.  Register for CRS 2013 at www.CountryRadioSeminar.com. CRS attendees can visit www.opry.com/radio/CRS2013.html for all the details on the show. Plus, the first 50 CRS attendees to register through the special RSVP link on the website will receive two tickets to attend the Grand Ole Opry at the Opry House Sat., March 2.

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Kacey Musgraves is Ready to Hit The Road with Little Big Town

Kacey Musgraves

Kacey Musgraves is getting ready to head out on the road with Little Big Town on the band’s Tornado Tour, which kicks off Thursday (January 31st) in Murray, Kentucky. The Texas native, whose debut single “Merry Go Round” is sitting inside the Top 15, is ready for her first major tour. “I’m really lucky to have really great people working [with] me who have awesome ideas and [are] very helpful and just very instrumental in getting this whole thing rolling, because this is pretty new to me,” says Kacey. “Touring on a national scale is something that is new to me, especially with a set band that’s yours. I mean, I come from the school of playing acoustic.”

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So, with this full band and a stage, what can the crowd expect to see, besides hearing amazing songs? “We’re going to have some cool aesthetic aspects to the shows too, playing off the Same Trailer, Different Park album title. I just love kitchy-ness,” admits Kacey. “I’m gonna say there might be some Astroturf involved, some pink flamingos.”

“Merry Go Round” is the first single from Kacey’s debut album, Same Trailer, Different Park, which arrives in stores March 19th.

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Little Big Town Wraps Up 2012 With Performance On The Season Finale Of The X Factor

Little Big TownCountry foursome Little Big Town will wrap up 2012 with a performance of their #1 hit single “Pontoon” on the live part 1 season finale of The X Factor tomorrow at 8/7 C on FOX.

They will be performing with finalist Tate Stevens.

The band has had a banner year with the release of their critically-acclaimed fifth studio album Tornado, which was recently certified gold by the RIAA, and features the CMA “Single of the Year – Pontoon” as well as current single “Tornado.” Little Big Town also walked away with the CMA “Vocal Group of the Year” trophy and most recently the ACA for “Music Video of the Year: Group or Collaboration-Pontoon.” The group will vie for “Best Country Duo/Group Performance-Pontoon” at the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards this February.

Little Big Town will launch The Tornado Tour January 31, 2012 in Murray, KY and will hit over 25 cities nationwide with special guests Kacey Musgraves and David Nail.

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