Friday, March 11, 2011

CMA AND JOE NICHOLS PRESENT TWO INTERNATIONAL AWARDS IN AUSTRALIA

CMA AND JOE NICHOLS PRESENT TWO INTERNATIONAL AWARDS IN AUSTRALIA

NASHVILLE - The CMC Rocks the Hunter 2011 Country Music festival in New South Wales, Australia served as the backdrop for two CMA International Award presentations last weekend (March 5-6). Event performer and 2003 CMA Horizon Award winner Joe Nichols; event co-producer and CMA Board member Rob Potts of Rob Potts Entertainment Edge; and event host and CMA Board member Storme Warren of GAC's "Headline Country" presented the CMA Wesley Rose International Media Achievement Award to Cheryl Byrnes, Manager of Country Music Capital News, and the CMA International Country Broadcast Award to Larry Cann, Director and On-Air Announcer for the Fairfax KIX Country Radio Network.
The CMA Wesley Rose International Media Achievement Award recognizes outstanding achievements in media which contribute to the development of Country Music outside the United States. Radio, TV, print journalists, authors, editors, television writers, producers, and PR companies who reside outside the United States are eligible to win this Award. It is named after a founding member of CMA who served as the trade association's first Chairman of the Board of Directors.
The CMA International Country Broadcast Award recognizes outstanding achievement by radio broadcasters outside the United States who have made important contributions toward the development of Country Music in their country.
"It's truly a great honor to receive this Award, which acknowledges my role with Country Music Capital News - Australia's only monthly Country Music magazine," said Byrnes. "Industry recognition within Australia is not such a regular occurrence so receiving the Wesley Rose Award from CMA validates all that I do personally within the Country Music industry -- and I'm truly grateful. The promotion of Country Music -- to and from Australia -- is so exciting and one I enjoy being a part of. It's such a thrill to have international artists tour Down Under as it excites existing fans, creates new fans, and can raise the bar for our local industry."
Born in Tamworth (Australia's Country Music capital), Byrnes is the daughter of the late "Gentleman" Geoff Brown, one of the pioneers of the city's Country Music scene. Throughout her career, she has been involved in Country Music having worked with the Capital Country Music Association, Radio 2TM, BAL Marketing, Max Ellis Marketing, CMAA, and The Pub Management.  She is currently employed with Rural Press Events as Manager of Country Music Capital News and Coordinator of Toyota Star Maker.
"Thank you to CMA," said Cann. "It's so wonderful to be recognized internationally at the KIX Radio Network for all our work over the years in Country Music in Australia."
Cann grew up on a farm in Chinchilla, Queensland, Australia before pursuing an international career as a professional bull rider and bareback bronc rider. He entered the radio profession in 1997 as a part-time broadcaster on KCTR in Billings, Montana while still competing in rodeos in the United States. Cann returned to Australia in 1999 with a dream to develop the Country Music format on radio in his home country. Four years later, he started programming what is now known as the Fairfax KIX Country Radio Network. Currently, the Network encompasses 30 repeater stations from their hub in Queensland into New South Wales and Victoria with a broadcast population nearing two million radio listeners.
Wesley Rose International Media Achievement Award winners
1990 Mark Cooper, BBC TV, UK
1991 Richard Wootton, Byworth Wootton, UK
1992 Wally Whyton, BBC Radio 2, UK
1993 Tony Byworth, Byworth Wootton, UK
1994 Avril MacRory, BBC Television, UK
1995 Georges Lang, RTL, Luxembourg
1996 Mark Hagen, VH-1, UK
1997 BBC Radio 2, UK
1998 The Midday Show, Australia
1999 Trevor Dann, BBC Music Entertainment, UK
2000 Gill Robert, MusicCountry, Australia/Pacific Rim
2001 Howard Bowles, HSB Media, UK
2002 CMT Canada
2003 Country Music People, UK
2004 Terry Wogan and Paul Walters, UK
2005 Country Gazette, The Netherlands
2006 Tim Daley, CMC, Australia
2007 Alan Cackett, UK
2008 Roger Ryan, Ireland
2009 Al Booth, BBC Radio 2, UK
2010 Cheryl Byrnes, Country Music Capital News, Australia

CMA International Country Broadcast Award Winners
1997 Nick Erby, Australia
1997 Walter Fuchs, Germany
1997 John Laws, Australia
1998 Lloyd Coles, Wales 
1998 Ruud Hermans and Jan de Jong, The Netherlands
1998 Kirsten Helm Petersen, Denmark
1999 Country FM, the Netherlands
1999 Trevor Smith, Australia
1999 Dieter Vulpus and Bernd Schroeder, Germany
2000 Dick Barrie, Scotland
2000 Thomas Jeier, Germany
2000 Korneliusz Pacuda, Poland
2001 Nick Barraclough, UK
2001 Gary Beattie, Australia,
2001 Bill Black, Scotland
2002 David Allan, UK
2002 Stuart Cameron, Scotland
2003 Pat Geary, Scotland
2003 John Laws, Australia
2003 Johnnie Walker, UK
2004 Bob Harris, UK
2004 Trevor Campbell, Northern Ireland
2004 Nikos Gravelas, Greece
2005 The Odd Squad
2005 Ray Hadley
2005 Bryan Burnett
2006 Ian Holland, Australia
2006 Helen MacPherson, Scotland
2006 Tim Rogers
2007 Nick Erby, Australia
2007 Jackie-Rae Greening, Candada
2007 George Lang, France
2008 John Bond, Australia
2008 Joe Fish, UK
2008 Pio McCann, Ireland
2009 Casey Clarke, Canada
2009 Grant Goldman, Australia
2009  Brian Clough, UK
2010 Allan Watkiss, Great Britain
2010 Larry Cann, Australia

JERROD NIEMANN AND LEE BRICE WELCOME TYLER FARR ON THE HIGHER EDUCATION TOUR

JERROD NIEMANN AND LEE BRICE WELCOME
TYLER FARR ON THE HIGHER EDUCATION TOUR


Tour Launched Last Night with Sold-Out Show in Missouri;
Additional Tour Dates Announced

Nashville, TN (March 11, 2011) – Country music newcomer Tyler Farr has been announced as the opening act for the highly anticipated Higher Education Tour that kicked off with a sold-out show last night in Columbia, MO.  He will join the previously announced co-headliners, 3-time ACM Award nominee Lee Brice and Sea Gayle/Arista Nashville chart-topper Jerrod Niemann, as they visit college markets around the country.

Farr has been writing for publishing powerhouse SonyATV/Monument Publishing this past year as well as touring with Colt Ford.  Farr grew up hunting and fishing in a small town in Missouri, which provided the inspiration for his songs like “That’s What They’re Bitin’ On” and “Camouflage,” the title track to his digital EP, available now.  Be sure to keep an eye out for more exciting Tyler Farr announcements coming soon.

“Tyler is a good friend, an extremely talented singer-songwriter and one hell of a good time,” explains Lee Brice, “I can’t wait to get him out on the road and show our fans!”

2011 Higher Education Tour dates:

3/10    Columbia, MO - The Blue Note

3/11    Miami, OK- Buffalo Run Casino

3/12    Durrant, OK - Choctaw Casino Resort

3/19    Augusta, GA – Coyote’s

3/23    Austin, TX - The Parish

3/24    Longview, TX - The Levee

3/25    Abliene, TX - The Lucky Mule

3/26    Speegleville, TX - Hog Creek Icehouse

3/30    Lincoln, NE - Uncle Ron’s*

3/31    Denver, CO - Grizzly Rose*

4/09    Brunswick, GA - The Pit

4/14    Knoxville, TN - Cotton Eyed Joe

4/21    Davie, FL - The Roundup

4/22    Bradenton, FL - Joyland IV

4/23    Sebastian, FL - Captain Hiram’s Sandbar

4/28    Live Oak, FL - Suwannee River Jam

*Brice, Niemann only


About Jerrod Niemann
Sea Gayle/Arista Nashville recording artist Jerrod Niemann is on the radio now with “What Do You Want,” the hit follow-up to his #1 smash and RIAA-certified Gold Digital Single, “Lover, Lover.”  Niemann co-produced and was a writer on 10 of the 12 songs on his acclaimed album, Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury, one of The New York Times’ Top 10 Albums of 2010.  Upon release, the album debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums sales chart and remained the only major label debut to hit #1 on the chart all year.  Niemann’s multiple award nominations in 2010 included his first CMA Award nomination as New Artist of the Year.  After touring with Brad Paisley earlier this year, Niemann will follow the Higher Education Tour by re-joining Paisley for the May 28 launch of his H2O II: Wetter & Wilder World Tour.  Visit Jerrod online at www.jerrodniemannofficial.com

About Lee Brice
Three-time ACM nominee Lee Brice released his debut album on Curb Records entitled Love Like Crazy in June of 2010.  The title track off of the album, "Love Like Crazy," reached the top five on the charts and was named Billboard’s #1 country song of 2010.  It currently holds the record for the longest charting song in the history of Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.  Brice is also known for his songwriting, penning hits for many great artists including Garth Brooks and Tim McGraw.  His latest single, "Beautiful Every Time," was recently released to radio and is quickly making its way up the charts.  Fans can check out the new music video for “Beautiful Every Time” by going to www.CMT.com. You can find out more about Lee Brice at www.LeeBrice.com

DIERKS BENTLEY REVS UP FOR NATIONWIDE “MILES AND MUSIC FOR KIDS” IN COLUMBUS, OH ON MAY 22

DIERKS BENTLEY REVS UP FOR
NATIONWIDE “MILES AND MUSIC FOR KIDS”
IN COLUMBUS, OH ON MAY 22

Joe Nichols, Josh Thompson, Uncle Kracker and
Miss Willie Brown First Announced Special Guests

Tickets Available Fri., March 18 at 10:00A ET Through Ticketmaster


Nashville, TN – March 11, 2011 – Multi-platinum country star Dierks Bentley announced today that he will once again take his Miles and Music for Kids charity motorcycle ride and concert on the road in 2011, kicking off this year in Columbus, OH on May 22.  Over the series’ five-year history, Bentley has raised over $1.5 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and plans to donate this event’s proceeds to Columbus’ Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

“I’ve been waiting for the next Miles and Music and some warm weather to get my bike out!” said Bentley. “Really looking forward to spending time in Nationwide’s hometown of Columbus…they do such great things for their community and have been great supporters of our events over the years...excited to have some friends come along and help us raise some money for the kids in Columbus.”

The ride will depart from the AD Farrow Co. Harley-Davidson Dealership (7754 St. Rt. 37 E., Sunbury, OH 43074) for the hour and a half long ride that ends at the LC Pavilion (405 Neil Ave., Columbus, OH 43215) for the concert portion of the event featuring Bentley and special guests Joe Nichols, Josh Thompson, Uncle Kracker and Miss Willie Brown.

Tickets for the family-friendly event go on sale next Fri., March 18 at 10:00A ET through Ticketmaster.  Fans can purchase a ride and concert ticket for $40 or a general admission concert ticket for $20. Limited VIP packages are also available.

For more ticket information and details about the event, visit www.dierks.com.
 

KENNY ROGERS—OPRY TRIFECTA: MARCH 11TH PERFORMANCE TO MARK THIRD GRAND OLE OPRY APPEARANCE IN GOLDEN CAREER

KENNY ROGERS—OPRY TRIFECTA:
MARCH 11TH PERFORMANCE TO MARK
THIRD GRAND OLE OPRY APPEARANCE IN GOLDEN CAREER

 
 
Major Television-Media Blitz Supports New Gospel CD Release From Cracker Barrel
 
 
 
(Nashville, Tennessee) –March 10, 2011 – Odds are “The Gambler” will deal audiences a winning hand guaranteed to be long remembered when the iconic Kenny Rogers marks his historical return to the Grand Ole Opry stage this Friday night, March 11th.   The event will remarkably be only Rogers’ third Opry appearance in an unparalleled music career that has celebrated half a century of worldwide success.
 
Rogers’ highly anticipated return to the Opry stage comes as a center-point of a major resurgence of his music, visibility and creativity. 
 
Central on the music side is the March 7th release of The Love Of God – a gospel-themed CD that sets Kenny Rogers apart as the first artist to release a second album project as an exclusive part of the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® music series. With strong street week sales of the new CD already being scanned, Rogers is poised for a blitz of national visibility during March.
 
This Sunday (13th) GAC-TV will air Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years. The star-studded special, originally taped in 2010, features some of “The Gambler’s” most celebrated friends including Dolly Parton, Tim McGraw, Wynonna, Lionel Richie, The Oak Ridge Boys, Smokey Robinson, Alison Krauss, Chris Isaak, Billy Currington and Darius Rucker, among others.
 
Set on Rogers immediate ‘live’ television agenda is a guesting next Tuesday, March 15th on NBC-TV’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35 Eastern/11:35 Central). On Wednesday (16th) the celebrated artist will have an early wake-up call to guest on the popular morning telecast, Fox & Friends.  
 
As one of the music industry’s most celebrated “crossover artists”, Kenny Rogers' success in both country music and mainstream genres has, over the past six decades moved him solidly into the rarefied atmosphere of the legendary. Since receiving his first, of many, Grammy® Awards in 1977 for ‘Best Male Country Vocal Performance’ for his multi-million selling "Lucille", Rogers’ career set sail towards achieving 120 hit singles across multiple genres.  He has topped the country and pop chart in the U.S. alone for more than 200 individual weeks, scoring multiple platinum albums in the wake of hit singles.  In collecting scores of awards from NARAS, CMA, ACM, and AMA’s, Rogers has remarkably kept his career relevant while gracefully moving to a season of iconic “Lifetime Achievement Awards” reserved only for the legends in music.
 
This Friday’s Opry audience will have the special treat of hearing music from The Love Of God  premiered live on the Grand Ole Opry stage by the artist himself following performances by artists that include Josh Turner, Ralph Stanley, and Ricky Skaggs. Kenny Rogers is set to close the evening as only a legend can.
 
Kenny Rogers’ The Love of God CD can be purchased from any Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® throughout the U.S. as well as online at:  www.crackerbarrel.com
FAMILY MAN SINGER CRAIG CAMPBELL SURPRISES OHIO PARENTS OF QUINTUPLETS WITH UNFORGETTABLE NIGHT
Nashville, Tennessee…(March 10, 2011)…Earlier this week, “Family Man” singer Craig Campbell surprised Ohio parents Vince and Amy Spicocchi with a night they will never forget. Campbell first learned of the family after Vince posted a touching family video on YouTube set to the singer’s autobiographical hit single “Family Man.” The Massillon, Ohio fireman and registered nurse welcomed quintuplets in August 2010, however the babies were born prematurely and underwent heart surgery and had to fight to survive.
Campbell hired a limousine to pick up the couple from their home and bring them to The Tangier in Akron, Ohio for WQMX’s charity concert series. In addition to enjoying an acoustic set featuring Campbell and Steve Holy, Campbell met the parents backstage and presented the family with a personal check to help offset the family’s expenses. A father to daughters Preslee (3) and Kinni (7 mos), Campbell also gifted each child with identical onesies.
“It was beautiful,” shared Campbell after the evening wrapped. “All of us were crying by the end of the night, it was so special.”
Craig Campbell’s “Family Man” music video, featuring his own two daughters, can be seen at his website, www.craigcampbell.tv. The Spicocchi’s personalized “Family Man” video can be seen here: http://bit.ly/hKeQhy.
ABOUT CRAIG CAMPBELL: After moving from his hometown of Lyons, Georgia to Nashville in 2002 to pursue his country music dreams, Craig Campbell quickly picked up work as a keyboardist in Luke Bryan and Tracy Byrd’s bands and was later discovered playing a regular gig at legendary Nashville honky-tonk, The Stage. Campbell’s debut single, “Family Man,” is climbing the country radio charts. The song can be found on his debut digital EP, Five Spot, available now at all digital music outlets. “Family Man” will also be included on his upcoming debut album, releasing April 5. To learn more about Craig, visit www.craigcampbell.tv and follow him on Twitter @craigcampbelltv.

Interview with Andrew Heller

Interview with Andrew Heller

CL: I am Christian Lamitschka and today I present you Andrew Heller.
Andrew welcome to the show.

AH: It’s a pleasure to be here with you.

CL: Andrew, we met each other times before and I know you have great new project trying to support all the artists which lost their houses and instruments during the big rain last year.

AH: It was last week of April, in fact, we had gotten a call to cancel our recording session because all the studios were closed. The floodwaters were rising and we got a call from Ricky Skaggs saying ‘don’t come up.’ That same afternoon he called us back saying can you fly up tomorrow as everyone of your musicians lost instruments that were stored down by the river. The Cartage Company was right on the river. Some lost everything or had damage under their houses.  They all need work; can you come right away. So we flew in that day, the morning after the Cumberland (River) crested, and we recorded the first song “Reach Out.” We gave that song to the city council to use to raise money for the musicians. The people on that song including Brent Mason, Dave Chapman, the three living The Jordanaires who sang with Elvis.  Ray Walker is 94, Louis Nunley is 82, and Gordon Stoker is 80. They sang background on that. We did that song as quickly as we could, finished it up and gave it to the city council to use on the advertisement they put out nationwide to raise money for the musicians.

CL: Who had this great idea for the CD Cover; folks, just have a look, isn’t it unbelievable? It looks so great! Who had the idea?

AH: It actually was my wife; my wife is a very religious woman. My songs are inspirational and inspirational country with some country ballads, but she said you’re singing a song to try to reach people’s hearts and trying to get them to help one another, and you need a picture of Christ reaching out.

CL: Which is your favorite song?

AH: That’s hard to say. Every song here has a story, “Reach Out” was written by Boomer Castleman, whose a Nashville native. “The Way The Wind Blows” is very special song, a love song written by a ninety-four-year-old man who won one of the first reality television show, a show called YOU WANT TO BE A COMPOSER in 1950.  Ray Swain is now 94 and still writing love songs. He wrote for Perry Como for many years. We recorded this song on his 94th Birthday. It’s a beautiful, beautiful love song. I love that song. Chris, there’s a large number of new songs in here. All of them are great. We did a song by Ervin Drake, “Local Call to Heaven” that had never been recorded. He had written it for Frank Sinatra

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NRA COUNTRY & ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC PARTNER FOR THE FIRST-EVER NRA COUNTRY/ACM CELEBRITY SHOOT HOSTED BY BLAKE SHELTON

NRA COUNTRY & ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC
PARTNER FOR THE FIRST-EVER
NRA COUNTRY/ACM CELEBRITY SHOOT
HOSTED BY BLAKE SHELTON

*   *  *  *
CELEBRITY SPORTING CLAYS SHOOT TO BE HELD ON
SATURDAY, APRIL 2, 2011 IN LAS VEGAS
PART OF THE WEEK VEGAS GOES COUNTRY®

ENCINO, CA (March 10, 2011) – NRA Country and the Academy of Country Music today announced that the first-ever NRA Country/ACM Celebrity Shoot, hosted by Blake Shelton, will take place on Saturday, April 2, 2011 as part of the The Week Vegas Goes Country® – the week leading up to the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, a star-studded event produced for television by dick clark productions broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 3, 2011 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. Shelton will also co-host the Awards alongside Reba.

The NRA Country/ACM Celebrity Shoot is a 13-station, 50-target sporting clays competition for 20-26 teams of five shooters—including a celebrity captain—with prizes going to the top three teams.  The event will take place at Nellis Air Force Base and will include other celebrity participants to be announced.

“Intertwined in America’s patriotic history is the rich love of country and a love for the outdoors and shooting sports.  NRA Country is proud to continue this tradition at the inaugural NRA Country/ACM Celebrity Shoot bringing together the biggest and brightest stars of country music,” said Wayne LaPierre, spokesperson for NRA Country and CEO of the NRA. “The common bond of pride, freedom and respect for the men and women of our armed forces who protect our American way of life is what inspires this event -- one we are delighted to be part of."

“Country music is a natural interest of many sportsman and outdoor enthusiasts, and the Academy is thrilled to partner with Blake and NRA Country on this event,” said Bob Romeo, Chief Executive Officer of the Academy of Country Music. 

About NRA Country
NRA Country is a collaborative effort between the National Rifle Association and our friends in country music. It exemplifies a lifestyle and a bond between the country music community and hard-working Americans everywhere. This natural partnership celebrates shared values: patriotism, freedom, and pride in America. 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. For more information and latest events, please visit: www.nracountry.com.

About the Academy of Country Music Awards
The 46th ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry.  The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 3, 2011 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.  Orly Adelson and R.A. Clark are executive producers.  Barry Adelman is producer, and Bob Bardo is the executive in charge of production. Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.  For more information, please visit www.acmcountry.com.

Chase Rice Serves Up a Buzzin’ EP for Mardi Gras

Chase Rice Serves Up a Buzzin’ EP for Mardi Gras
 
 
Chase Rice, the self-proclaimed “pilot of the party flight,” delivers his debut EP Country As Me just in time for Mardi Gras.  “I couldn’t find a better week to drop my debut than one devoted to a nationwide party,” says Chase. Chase’s debut EP became available on Tuesday, March 8th for download on iTunes and other major online distributors.  
 
This North Carolina native premiered his first single Buzz Back on the final episode of the hit TV show “Survivor Nicaragua,” where he made it through to the final round losing the big pay off by a mere one vote. When it comes to this newcomer’s musical style and talent, the tribe has spoken and it’s all good things! Buzz Back is already getting air-time and receiving rave reviews among radio personalities. "Buzz Back is a refreshing tune, no pun intended,” said Kent Terry at SiriusXM11. “The first time I heard it, I could tell that Chase had really brought his music to the next level." He recently wrapped his debut video just before the Country Radio Seminar.  To view the video, visit his YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/OfficialChaseRice.
 
Chase has had a passion for country music ever since he saw Garth Brooks perform at just 10 years old. Inspired by his famous idol and his encouraging father, Chase began playing guitar in college and quickly began to excel at the instrument. It wasn’t until after his father’s death that he even thought about wanting to sing. From the lights of the football fields at the University of North Carolina Asheville to the rumble of NASCAR drivers speeding around the track, Chase proved to be a phene for intense career choices.  It wasn’t until he had an opportunity to step out of the pit crew of Hendricks Motorsports to grab the microphone center stage as a performer that Chase finally decided to pursue music full force. However, he put his dreams of becoming a singer on hold for a chance to compete on the CBS’ reality hit Survivor.  Now his persistent determination to succeed has him prepared to launch via his rowdy debut EP and single.  To stay updated on Chase, visit www.chaserice.com.

STEVE MARTIN AND THE STEEP CANYON RANGERS ANNOUNCE 2011 TOUR IN SUPPORT OF NEW RARE BIRD ALERT CD

STEVE MARTIN AND THE STEEP CANYON RANGERS
ANNOUNCE 2011 TOUR IN SUPPORT OF NEW RARE BIRD ALERT CD

Appearances on Ellen and Conan O’Brien Announced For May


“Steve Martin‘s 2009 collection, The Crow: New Songs for the Five String Banjo earned the veteran actor not only a Grammy but the respect of the close knit bluegrass community.  On March 15, Martin returns with Rare Bird Alert, his second bluegrass album on Rounder Records. ‘I came in as an outsider, so I didn’t know what the reception would be like, but it was very warm. We reached a lot of bluegrass people, and I think we reached a lot of non-bluegrass people, too’ commented Martin.”
                                                                                    Billboard Magazine, March 12, 2011

LOS ANGELES, CA—March 10, 2011 – Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers (SCR) will be touring North America beginning with five New York City shows in support of their new CD, Rare Bird Alert.  The CD will be issued in three formats: the standard CD, vinyl and a deluxe edition that will include specially created trading cards featuring performers on the album.  During street week, Martin and SCR will perform on “Late Show with David Letterman” (March 16th), “The View” (March 17th) and “The Colbert Report” (March 21st.)  The list of the first leg of the Rare Bird Alert tour is listed below.  In addition to these tour dates, Martin and SCR will be performing on the Ellen DeGeneres Show (5/3 airdate) and the Conan O’Brien Show (5/3.) Martin will also be doing three Q & A non musical evenings indicated on the list and the Steep Canyon Rangers have a solo LA show.

Rare Bird Alert features 13 new Martin-penned tracks, including a live version of "King Tut," and was produced by Tony Trischka. Paul McCartney and The Dixie Chicks also make special guest vocal appearances.  Martin co-wrote two of the CD's songs with the Steep Canyon Rangers.

Steve Martin is a four-time Grammy® winner, the latest for The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo, which won Best Bluegrass Album (2009), in addition he won for his collaboration with Earl Scruggs on Foggy Mountain Breakdown (2001) and two for comedy albums Wild and Crazy Guy (1978) and Let’s Get Small (1977.) After playing on the Grammy® Award winning Foggy Mountain Breakdown, Martin began writing a string of new banjo songs, some with lyrics and some as instrumentals which led to the making of, The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo.

New dates and TV appearances on the Rare Bird Alert tour:
March 14          Highline Ballroom, New York                            SOLD OUT
March 15-17     Joe’s Pub, New York                                         SOLD OUT
March 19          Music Hall of Williamsburg, New York               SOLD OUT
March 29          Hanover Theater, Worcester, MA (Q&A, no music)
March 30          Palace Theater, Albany, NY  (Q&A, no music)
April 29 & 30    Mirage Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
May 1               Coronet, Los Angeles, CA  *SCR only
May 3               Ellen DeGeneres Show, Los Angeles, CA (airdate)
May 3               Conan O’Brien Show, Los Angeles, CA
May 18             Merrill Auditorium, Portland, ME
May 19             Bergen Performing Arts Center, Englewood, NJ
May 20             Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences, Charleston, WV
May 21             Durham Performing Arts Center, Durham, NC
May 22             Ovens Auditorium, Charlotte, NC
May 24             Tennessee Theatre, Knoxville, TN
May 25             Providence Performing Arts Center, Providence, RI  (Q&A, no music)
May 26             Memorial Auditorium, Chattanooga, TN
May 27             The Woods at Fontanel, White Creek, TN
May 28             Orpheum Theatre, Memphis, TN
May 29             Von Braun Center, Huntsville, AL
June 21             Lexington Opera House, Lexington, KY
June 22             Effingham Performance Center, Effingham, IL
June 23             ROMP – Bill Monroe Celebration, Owensboro, KY
June 28             Mayo Center PAC – community Theater, Morristown, NJ
June 30             The Warner Theatre, Torrington, CT
July 1                Chautaugua Instituiton Amphitheatre, Chautauqua, NY

More dates to be announced shortly.

For more information on Steve Martin, including message boards, tour dates and more, please visit www.stevemartin.com. A free download of the song “Rare Bird Alert” is also available from this website. Photos and video are available on request.

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