Wednesday, March 9, 2011

BRAD PAISLEY, ZAC BROWN BAND, SARA EVANS, LITTLE BIG TOWN, JOSH TURNER, EASTON CORBIN, THE JANEDEAR GIRLS, ASHTON SHEPHERD, AND CHRIS YOUNG ADDED TO LIST OF PERFORMERS ANNOUNCED FOR 2011 CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL

BRAD PAISLEY, ZAC BROWN BAND, SARA EVANS, LITTLE BIG TOWN, JOSH TURNER, EASTON CORBIN, THE JANEDEAR GIRLS, ASHTON SHEPHERD, AND CHRIS YOUNG ADDED TO LIST OF PERFORMERS ANNOUNCED FOR 2011 CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL


NASHVILLE - Reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Brad Paisley and New Artist of the Year Zac Brown Band join Easton Corbin, Sara Evans, the JaneDear girls, Little Big Town, Ashton Shepherd, Josh Turner, and Chris Young as the next group of performers announced for the Nightly Concerts at LP Field during 2011 CMA Music Festival, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. The legendary four-day event will be held Thursday-Sunday, June 9-12, 2011 in Downtown Nashville, and will once again be filmed for an ABC Television special that will air later this summer.

Previously announced performers include Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, The Band Perry, Sheryl Crow, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Rascal Flatts, Reba, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, and Keith Urban, with more to be revealed later.

The artists announced thus far for CMA Music Festival have won a total of 52 CMA Awards and earned 240 CMA Award nominations. Paisley is the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year; Lambert is the reigning Female Vocalist, Album, and Music Video of the Year winner, as well as the performer of the Song of the Year ("The House That Built Me"); Shelton is both the reigning Male Vocalist and, with Adkins, the reigning Musical Event of the Year winner; Lady Antebellum is the reigning Vocal Group and performers of the Single of the Year ("Need You Now"); Zac Brown Band is the reigning New Artist of the Year; and Reba was recently announced as a 2011 inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

"After 40 years, we are still making history," said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer. "This is the first time that our Nightly Concerts lineup at LP Field includes the current Entertainer, Male Vocalist, Female Vocalist, Vocal Group, and New Artist of the Year, as well as a new inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame. We are excited to present the fans with the opportunity to enjoy this outstanding group of performers." 

CMA Music Festival, which started as Fan Fair® in 1972, is Nashville's signature music event. USA Today calls the annual Country conclave "the crown jewel of Country Music festivals." The Festival annually attracts thousands of fans from all 50 states and around the globe while raising millions of dollars for music education in Metro Nashville Public Schools.

Fans can stay in the loop by visiting the all-new CMAfest.com, the official website of CMA Music Festival, which makes its debut today. On CMAfest.com fans can buy tickets, sign up for the CMA Exclusive e-news, watch helpful videos to make their CMA Music Festival experience better than ever, follow the CMA Facebook and Twitter feeds for more insider info and of course see the entire lineup of Country Music's biggest stars as they are announced for the event.

CMA Music Festival celebrates the unique relationship between Country Music artists and their fans in the heart of Music City USA. The artists participate for free, and on their behalf, CMA donates half the net proceeds of the Festival to support music education in Metro Nashville Public Schools through the Keep the Music Playing program. To date, more than $4.7 million has been donated to purchase musical instruments and supplies. The total also includes an annual endowment gift for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's Words & Music program.

Featuring concerts, autograph signings, family activities, and more, CMA Music Festival is an unparalleled celebration of America's music. In 2010, the event drew a record-setting 65,000 fans from all 50 states and 26 nations and, for the first time, sold out each night at LP Field for the star-packed nightly concerts in advance. According to the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, direct visitor spending generated by the Festival totaled more than $23 million. CMA Music Festival is a four-time winner of the International Entertainment Buyers Association's LIVE! Award for Festival of the Year (2004, 2006, 2008, 2010).

Fans can purchase their tickets through Ticketmaster at Ticketmaster.com or 1-(800)-745-3000. They can also purchase them through CMAfest.com or 1-(800)-CMA-FEST (262-3378). Ticket prices are based on the level of seating at LP Field for the Nightly Concerts, and range from $115 to $325 plus handling fees.

Interview with Eddy Raven

Interview with Eddy Raven

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APPEARANCES FOR THE 42nd ANNUAL GMA DOVE AWARDS’ ANNOUNCED VIA TWITTER BY DOVE AWARDS' HOST TV PERSONALITY AND COMEDIENNE SHERRI SHEPHERD

 
APPEARANCES FOR THE 42nd ANNUAL GMA DOVE AWARDS’ ANNOUNCED VIA TWITTER BY DOVE AWARDS' HOST TV PERSONALITY AND COMEDIENNE SHERRI SHEPHERD
 
The list includes Francesca Battistelli, Jason Crabb, Natalie Grant,
Mary Mary, Comedienne Chonda Pierce, Marvin Sapp and Chris Tomlin
 
The Dove Awards To Be Held On Wednesday, April 20, 2011 At The Fabulous Fox Theatre in Atlanta
 
Tickets For The Televised Show On Sale Now
 
42nd GMA Dove Awards Televised on GMC on Sunday, April 24, 2011 at
7:00 p.m. ET.
 
Fans Can Vote For “Artist of the Year” and “New Artist of the Year” Categories at
 
 
 
NASHVILLE, TN (March 8, 2011) – The first round of appearances was announced today by this year's host for the upcoming Dove Awards. TV personality and comedienne Sherri Shepherd tweeted today the first list of performers for the upcoming 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards to be held Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at Atlanta, GA's historic Fox Theatre.  Francesca Battistellli, Jason Crabb, Natalie Grant, Mary Mary, Comedienne Chonda Pierce, Marvin Sapp and Chris Tomlin are the first to be announced for Gospel Music’s biggest night of the year. The awards show will be televised on GMC, America's favorite network for uplifting music and entertainment, on Easter Sunday, April 24, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. ET.
 
Each one of these artists has an outstanding resume in the world of music.  Female vocalist nominees Francesica Battistelli (reigning female vocalist) and Natalie Grant are multi-Dove Award winners and are known to take the house down with their soaring vocal skills.  Award-winning and top selling male vocalists Crabb, Sapp and Tomlin, will all bring a diverse and powerful skill set to the table as vocalist, writers and performers.  Seven time Dove Awards winners Mary Mary is marching into the spring with a new release that is garnering major media attention.
 
The GMA Dove Awards, Gospel music’s biggest night of the year, will feature artists from every style of Gospel/Christian music coming together for an exciting evening of music and celebration.
 
Dove Awards will be handed out in 43 categories.  The Dove Awards nominations go to recordings released during the eligibility year from November 1, 2009 through October 31, 2010 and voted on by the members of the GMA.  The complete list of nominations is available at www.gospelmusic.org.  More exciting appearances will be announced soon.
 
Tickets to the 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards are now on sale at the Fox Theatre box office in Atlanta or at www.ticketmaster.com.  Ticket prices range from $25.00 - $200.00. The phone number for Ticketmaster is (800) 745-3000.
 
Fans can now vote for the Dove Awards’ top honors in the “Artist of the Year,” and “New Artist of the Year” at www.watchgmctv.com.  The cumulative fan vote will account for one-third of the total vote count in each of the two categories.
 

MARSHALL TUCKER BAND'S DOUG GRAY 'SELLS SOUL' THIS SPRING

MARSHALL TUCKER BAND'S DOUG GRAY
'SELLS SOUL' THIS SPRING

Gray Unveils Never Before Released 30-year-old R&B Recordings,
Soul Of The South, On April 5

Nashville, Tenn (March 8, 2011) - Dedicated fans and friends of the Marshall Tucker Band have always heard a touch of the soul man in Doug Gray’s voice. From the band’s beginnings into the present day, his singing has tempered the group’s country leanings with a bluesy edge. Largely unknown even to MTB’s hard-core followers, Gray actually cut tracks for a solo album nearly 30 years ago that fully explored his affinity for R&B. These recordings finally see the light of day on April 5, 2011, with the release of Soul Of The South.

“In 1981 I was offered the opportunity to sign a solo record deal by top music executives to sing Pop and Soul songs which were very popular at the time. I loved singing these types of songs as I had been singing them for years going back to when I was a young boy in the early sixties. I was really into singers like Sam Cooke, Smokey Robinson and later, Al Green,” recalls Gray. “When [MTB lead guitarist] Toy Caldwell and I used to go out and listen to music, we’d always look for places that had rhythm and blues. That was the kind of stuff I did before we started The Marshall Tucker Band.”

“The Marshall Tucker Band was then signed to Warner Brothers and Tommy Caldwell had recently died in a car crash. The band was in between records so I had the time and I owned the studio so I recorded these soul songs and all the guys came in to help out as well as some other musician friends. I really felt good about the results but stopped short of completing a full album because it was time to do another MTB record and I felt a loyalty to the group so I put the tapes away, turned down the solo deal and continued with the band and never looked back until now. These songs are important because they are the only songs by the five living members of the band at that time that have never been released. They may not be your typical MTB songs written by Toy Caldwell but I think it shows how good the band was to come in and work on songs that were out of character and get the results we did,” Gray says with a smile.

As co-owner of Creative Arts Studio in his hometown of Spartanburg, South Carolina, Gray was in a good position to work on a solo project in his spare time. He enlisted the help of engineer Billy Sherrill and a host of Nashville publishers in rounding up the right material to record. Out of a stack of 300 demos, he ended up choosing seven tunes by songwriters both famous and lesser known. Rounding out the song list was a spirited cover of the Spiral Staircase’s 1969 hit “More Today Than Yesterday.” Gray notes, “I recorded that song because Billy Sherrill bet me I couldn’t hit the high notes.”

Gray’s band mates were happy to help lay down tracks at Creative Arts. Original Marshall Tucker members Toy Caldwell, George McCorkle, Paul Riddle and Jerry Eubanks all took part in the sessions, along with bassist Franklin Wilkie (who joined the band after the tragic death of Tommy Caldwell in 1980) and pianist Ronnie Godfrey. Also contributing to the Creative Arts sessions were such gifted Spartanburg-area players as keyboardist Michael Blithe and Rusty Milner who later replaced Toy Caldwell in the mid ’80s. After the basic tracks were completed, Gray and Sherrill finished up recording in Nashville, enlisting A-list players like bassist Bob Wray (known for his work with Ray Charles, B.B. King and other legends), keyboardist Mike Lawler (a veteran of sessions with everyone from the Allman Brothers to George Jones) and Terry McMillan on percussion.

Gray had reason to feel proud of the results. From aching ballads like “Still Thinking Of You” (co-written by star-to-be Michael Bolton) and “Don’t Blame It On The Rain” to funky upbeat tunes like “Never Enough” and “Who,” the tracks allow Gray to wail and testify with abandon. The after-hours elegance of “Sandman” contrasts nicely with the moody atmosphere of “Guilty” and the percolating groove of “Let Me Be The Fool.” Any number of these tunes might have scored high on the charts if they had been released as singles.

The release of Soul Of The South restores a missing chapter to the Marshall Tucker story. The band, by the time of these recordings, had several gold and platinum albums, hit singles and were one of the top concert draws of the seventies and early eighties. Playing and recording a wide variety of Rock, Country, Blues, Jazz and Pop songs in its own unique style, there was no one else like them. Beyond its historical value, this album is a prime slice of vintage Southern Soul, delivered straight from the heart.

In addition to Soul Of The South, in celebration of its 40th anniversary, the Marshall Tucker Band will release The Marshall Tucker Band: Greatest Hits on April 5, 2011. The 14-track album includes MTB fan favorites including “Can’t You See,” “Heard It In A Love Song,” “Take The Highway” and “24 Hours At A Time.”

For additional information on Doug Gray and the Marshall Tucker Band, visit www.marshalltuckerband.com.

*Soul Of The South and The Marshall Tucker Band: Greatest Hits review copies available upon request.

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Soul Of The South Track Listing:

1.  Let Me Be The Fool
2.  Who
3.  Sandman
4.  Guilty
5.  Don't Blame It On The Rain
6.  Never Enough
7.  Still Thinking Of You
8.  More Today Than Yesterday

The Marshall Tucker Band: Greatest Hits Track Listing:

1.  Take The Highway
2.  Blue Ridge Mountain Sky
3.  In My Own Way
4.  Fire On The Mountain
5.  Heard It In A Love Song
6.  Ramblin'
7.  Searchin' For A Rainbow
8.  I Should Have Never Started Lovin' You
9.  24 Hours At A Time
10.  Long Hard Ride
11.  Can't You See
12.  Too Stubborn
13.  This Ol' Cowboy
14.  Desert Skies

CHARLEY PRIDE HITS NATIONAL DAYTIME TV THIS WEEK

CHARLEY PRIDE HITS NATIONAL DAYTIME TV THIS WEEK

Country Music Hall Of Famer Releases CHOICES Today

 Nashville, Tenn (March 8, 2011) – It's a big week for three-time GRAMMY winner Charley Pride.  Today, Pride releases his first studio album in 5 years, CHOICES, and tomorrow, March 9, 2011, in support of the new project, the country musician takes a break from his tour schedule, making a pit stop at nationally syndicated Daytime TV.
The legend stops in for a chat with Daytime hosts Cyndi Edwards and Jamie Jacobs to talk Pride past, present and future.


Charley Pride became the first African-American to land a #1 Country hit when in 1969 his "All I Have To Offer You Is Me" bolted to the top of the US Country chart.  To date, Pride has amassed 36 #1 Hits and has sold more then 70 million records (albums and singles combined). 

For more information on Charley Pride, visit www.charleypride.com.

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