Wednesday, August 24, 2011

“The All-Star Jam Live at Graves Mountain”

“The All-Star Jam Live at Graves Mountain”Receives 4 IBMA Nominations including:
Album of the Year, 2 for Recorded Event of the Year,
Instrumental Recorded Event of the Year

Album includes: Male Vocalist of the Year nominee Russell Moore,
Banjo Performer of the Year Nominee Sammy Shelor,
Mandolin Performer of the Year, Wayne Benson and many more.
Upcoming Documentary will begin airing in October
exclusively on BlueHighways TV
Rural Rhythm Records is extremely proud to announce “The All-Star Jam Live at Graves Mountain” has received four International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) award nominations including ALBUM OF THE YEAR.  This special event album includes the extraordinary talents of:  Lonesome River Band, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Audie Blaylock & Redline, Mark Newton, Carl Jackson, The Crowe Brothers, Lou Reid & Carolina, Carrie Hassler, and Brand New Strings.  The album was produced by Mark Newton and recorded & mixed by Gene Daniell.
The historic project also picked up two nominations for RECORDED EVENT OF THE YEAR for the songs “Graves Mountain Memories” featuring Carl Jackson, Mark Newton, Audie Blaylock, Lou Reid, Russell Moore, Carrie Hassler, Sammy Shelor, Mike Hartgrove, Wayne Benson, Mike Anglin, and produced by Mark Newton and Carl Jackson; and “Lonesome River,” also received a nod with top notch performances by Lou Reid & Carolina featuring Russell Moore.
The fourth nomination is for Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year for the song “Goundspeed,” written by Earl Scruggs and performed by Sammy Shelor, Carl Jackson Brandon Rickman, Wayne Benson, Mike Hartgrove, Mike Anglin, and produced by Mark Newton and Carl Jackson.
A documentary on the “The All-Star Jam Live at Graves Mountain (Rural Rhythm Records’ 55th Anniversary Celebration)” will begin airing in October exclusively on BlueHighways TV.   This special event was recorded last year during the Graves Mountain Festival of Music in Syria, Virginia and MC’d by popular Sirius XM radio host, Kyle Cantrell.  While the label has already released numerous live performances from the event,  they plan on releasing a full length  DVD early 2012. 
“The All-Star Jam Live at Graves Mountain” album reached as high as #10 the BILLBOARD Bluegrass Album Chart and numerous songs have charted on a variety of radio charts.  Mark Newton, the album’s Producer and Production Coordinator said, “The All-Star Jam album recorded at Graves Mountain Festival of Music in Syria, Virginia last year represents the spirit of what Bluegrass Music is all about. I would like to extend my gratitude and appreciation to the Rural Rhythm family and staff, The Graves family and everyone involved that made this project become a reality. It’s like the last line in the verse of the song “Graves Mountain Memories” by our brother Carl Jackson says, 'Where making friends and keeping people are the words that you live by' - That’s what bluegrass music is all about.”
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Interview with Arline Chandler - The Heart of Branson

Interview with Arline Chandler, author: The Heart of Branson: The Entertaining Families of America’s Live Music Show Capital

Lamitschka:  Music has many new fans throughout Europe who may be hearing about you for the first time. How would you describe?

Chandler:  I am a writer who has been interviewing performers in Branson since 1983. Over the years, I’ve written numerous articles and features on many aspects of the entertainment industry in Branson. I was there when there were only five shows, all family owned and mostly family on the stages. I watched Branson boom when nationally and internationally-known entertainers came to town and opened their own theaters. They joined the families already entertaining people in that midwestern region of the United States. In the 1990s, Branson, a tiny hometown that only neighboring states recognized, became a household name across America and also in many countries abroad.

Lamitschka:  How was the last year like for you? What were your highlights?

Chandler:  The highlight of 2010 was the release of my book, The Heart of Branson: The Entertaining Families of America’s Live Music Show Capital, published by History Press, Charleston, South Carolina.

 Lamitschka:  Is The Heart of Branson your latest book, and how's it doing?

Chandler:  Yes, The Heart of Branson is my latest book. The book, a history of Branson’s entertainment, is dear to my own heart because I had the opportunity to tell the stories of families who started the entertainment scene—and also to tell about the families who sustain Branson today. There is no other place that provides such wholesome and quality entertainment. Families are truly the heart of Branson—both from the stages and in the audiences.

Lamitschka:  How did you choose the title for the book?  Is there a story behind the name?

Chandler:  I wanted the title of The Heart of Branson to reflect that the entertainment industry was started by families who had a passion for music or other kinds of entertainment and wanted to share their talent with other families. My publisher and I worked together to come up with the sub-title—one that would emphasize the stories inside.

Lamitschka: How did you research your book?

Chandler:  The Heart of Branson actually has over 25 years of research. Through those years, I sat in audiences of every show in town, went backstage to interview the performers, got to know some of them in their homes and over meals, and watched many of the youngsters grow, mature, and hone their talents into the professionals I see today on their stages.
Since 1990, I’ve had a professional relationship with Silver Dollar City, its owners, managers, and publicists. I’ve spent countless hours exploring every inch of their theme park and delving into its history. For The Heart of Branson, I went back to the City’s beginnings—Marvel Cave. From the park’s archives, I studied a manuscript written by a self-taught naturalist, S. Fred Prince, who apparently wandered into the Ozarks about the time a Canadian, William Lynch, purchased the cave. Mr. Lynch hired S. Fred Prince to survey the cave. Over the next 37 years, Mr. Prince explored, mapped, and drew illustrations of every nook and cranny of what started as Marble Cave and is now Marvel Cave. For as long as two years at a time, he lived in the cave’s depths. Mr. Lynch opened Marble Cave for tours in 1893. The first tourist arraction in Branson. Next came the publishing of The Shepherd of the Hills by Harold Bell Wright and more people came to that isolated part of the Ozark Mountains to see the setting of the book. Fishermen came to cast their lines into the White River that ran alongside Branson. A band of brothers who called themselves the Baldknobbers decided the fishermen would pay for musical entertainment in the evenings. Music shows sprang up—pioneers such as the Presleys, the Plummers, the Braschlers, and the Foggy River Boys. But all the while, families remained at the core of the entertainment. When I actually started writing the book in early 2010, I did further research, interviewing the owners of both Silver Dollar City and Shepherd of the Hills, as well as descendents of some of the first workers at Marble Cave. I also talked to some of the new families in town: the Duttons, the Hughes Brothers, the Brett Family, and SIX. I spent time with Dan Lennon at the Branson/ Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, learning about the Lennons moving as a family to Branson and performing at the Welk Center. I drew from many past interviews with Shoji Tabuchi, Jim Stafford, the Haygoods, Terry Sanders, Jim Barber, Mel Tillis, Andy Williams, and Glenn Eshelman, creator and owner of the new Sight & Sound Theatre.

Lamitschka:  Please tell us about the influences on your book.

Chandler:  I have to say that all the interviews with different entertainers and families in Branson over the past 25 years are my greatest influence. I wanted the stories of Branson to be documented, stories of those early people who worked at what was first called Marble Cave, and later changed to Marvel Cave. I wanted others to see the thread that has continued over the past fifty years—a thread of faith and hard work and belief in dreams. Also, in looking backward for 50 years, I see how different people came into the Ozarks at just the right time to make a contribution—to build what is evident today in Branson. I personally believe that God has had His hand on Branson since the beginning, and His hand is on this entertainment town today. I admire that families have held fast to wholesome entertainment—music, comedy, and theater that anyone can take any age to see and know that no one will be offended. I also admire that the entertainment in Branson matches the quality of performances anywhere in the world. Theaters have kept up with sound, lighting, staging, and overall quality of stage shows.

Lamitschka:  Where is your book available?

Chandler:  The Heart of Branson is available on my web site:, or by contacting me at It is also on the shelves of T. Charleston Bookstore in the Grand Village Shopping Center in Branson, Missouri, at, and through my publisher,

 Lamitschka:  What do you feel is special about this book that makes people want to read it?

Chandler:  The Heart of Branson gives visitors an inside look into the families that put their souls into entertaining others. The book is a great momento for visitors, revealing how generations have poured themselves into businesses that they truly love.

Lamitschka:  What other books have you written?

Chandler:  I have written two books concerning RVers (people who travel in recreation vehicles) who seek jobs or volunteer positions as they travel. The first book, RoadWork: The Ultimate RVing Adventure is sold out. The second, RoadWork II: The RVers Ultimate Income Resource Guide remains available at my web site: and at Workamper Bookstore, I have written When Heads & Hearts Collide, a personal account of caring for my aging parents, and Truly Zula: Daughter of the Ozarks, a memoir on my late aunt, Zula Turney, also available on my web site. My work also appears in anthologies, Well-Versed and My Teacher Is My Hero.

Lamitschka:  What kind of stories do you like to write the most?

Chandler:  I love to write about people. Everyone has a story, and I like to hear each one.

Lamitschka:  What will be your next book?

Chandler:  I’m not sure. I’m working on a young adult novel set in the Ozarks, as well as some children’s picture books. I like to write stories set in the Ozark Mountains. And I like to write and read historical fiction.

Lamitschka:  What is your favorite story among all the stories you have written? What's the story behind the story?

Chandler:  That question is like asking me to choose between my children. One of my favorite stories was written several years ago, the true story of a mother whose fifteen-year-old son was traagically killed in a all-terrain vehicle accident. She prayed and prayed for an Easter miracle—that her son would wake up from his coma. He did not. His organs were donated and another teenager received her son’s heart on Easter morning. She received a miracle, but not as she had hoped. That story has stayed with me over the years.
I wrote the first ever published story about Christina Tabuchi when she was only about six years old. Her parents, Shoji and Dorothy Tabuchi, framed that story. Over the years, I loved writing abouut the Haygood Family, following their progress in show business from the stages of Silver Dollar City to their own theater on Branson’s famous Highway 76. Once I spent a day in their home, observing them at practice, at play time, during their lunch prepared by their dad, and also while the boys did their chores. Catherine was a tiny tot and Aaron still ate lunch in his high chair. Now all of them are professional performers, holding sway over audiences from Branson to China.

Lamitschka:  How much creative control do you have over your writing?

Chandler:  Creativity? I would say I have a lot of control. However, when writing for a magazine or a publishing company, I have word restrictions, as well as styles that they require. I am freelance, so I would say that for the most part, I have creative control over my writing.

Lamitschka:  There's a lot of work that goes into a book. What did it take to write The Heart of Branson?

Chandler: I’ve already stated that 25 years went into the making of this book. Interviews, conversations, visits, watching shows, keeping files on performers. But aside from the research, writing the book took a commitment of time; hours and hours of sitting in front of my computer, fitting the stories of various performers and events into a set word limit. I had to choose which stories to leave in—and which ones I could bear to cut. With Branson’s entertainers, I find every bit about them interesting, so it’s hard for me to omit any information. Some of my stories go back to when the Presley grandsons were young. Now they have teenagers themselves performing onstage.I wanted to include more of those personal stories about many families. After the writing, there was the editing. Again, I spent hours and hours reading and rereading every word, checking spellings and dates. My husband prrofread, as well. For at least, three months, I did little else except write and edit.

Lamitschka:  Do you have any interesting stories about how fans have been affected by your books?

Chandler:  Yes, I have wonderful comments about what my various books have meant to different people. When I recently received a comment from a stranger via e-mail, saying that my book, When Heard & Hearts Collide, had been like a bible to her as she traversed caring for her aging parents, I called that a silver box—something I consider an unexpected compliment of kindness. My reviews on The Heart of Branson have been heart warming. One stated; Leaving you wanting more;and causing the urge to drive there and partake of what millions of visitors already understand. A family oriented Hamlet where you can see/enjoy a multitude of multifaceted events, places, shows, and lakes. The list goes on and on!
Thank you, Arline, for opening our eyes even wider look into the heart of Branson. From the pioneers to those folks who continue to make Branson what it is today, our heartfelt "Thank you!" for speaking from your heart to ours! Terry Sanders I really enjoyed The Heart Of Branson. Although my husband and I have been going to Branson for 21 years, there is still so much we don't know about the area. The information about Silver Dollar City and Shepherd of the Hills was especially interesting to me. I had little idea of the history of the two parks. I enjoyed seeing the pictures from the archives, too; they added so much. I recommend this book to anyone who wishes to gather more information and color about this beautiful Missouri area.Very interesting book... it is on my coffee table in my condo in Branson for our guests to enjoy. ~ Sue O'Dwyer ~ Conway, Arkansas

One of my most interesting sales was to a woman who had traveled alone from Belgium to visit Branson—just because she wanted to see what it was all about. I met her at a book signing at T. Charleston Bookstore.

Lamitschka:  What was your big break that got you into the writing business?

Chandler:  My first article about an artist, Glynda Turley, was published in a regional magazine, The Ozarks Mountaineer. I still write for that publication. Over the years, I’ve written for numerous magazines. Starting out in 1987 with Workamper News, writing stories about people who work or volunter as they travel in their recreation vehicles, I still contribute to that publication.

Lamitschka:  Before you became a writer, were your friends and family supportive or was it a struggle?

Chandler:  Not especially supportive. Most people do not understand the work that goes into writing. My late mother used to think of it no more than jotting down a grocery list. My first husband was not particularly supportive of my effort either. However, my husband today supports me totally. He willingly proofs everything I write, and is always encouraging. My daughter, Debbie Robus, who also is a writer, is a constant support, as well.

Lamitschka:  What inspired you to become a writer?

Chandler:  I have always loved putting words on paper. Once in high school, I sent away for one of those aptitude tests to see if I qualified to take a course in writing. They replied that I should pursue something else.
I did, becoming a music and kindergarten teacher. While teaching public school kindergarten, my dad and my mother-in-law each retired. They were miserable. I determined that was not going to happen to me. I would write and always have something that I could do wherever I was. I applied for and completed a course in writing for children. Very intense, it took two years to finish. By that time, I decided to leave my teaching position and pursue writing and travel. About the same time, my parents’ health plummeted, so my travel—and my writing—were drastically curtailed during the years I cared for them. Yet, writing was my window on the world. I remember sitting in a hospital room beside my dad’s bed and transcribing an interview I had had with a blueberry farmer in the Ozarks. Besides his voice, I could hear the birds twittering in the trees of his apple orchard. Writing often kept me sane during some very difficult years of caregiving.
Lamitschka:  What drives you?

Chandler:  The next story. Getting down on paper my thoughts and ideas. Telling someone’s story for others to be inspired or encouraged.

Lamitschka:  What does it take to be a writeer?

Chandler:  Writing. And reading. They are two sides of the same coin. Writing daily, observing, writing down thoughts, ideas, names, character traits, situations, emotions. Just writing.

Lamitschka:  What's unique about you that will differentiate you from other writers?

Chandler: I have friends who tell me they immediately recognize my writing. I don’t know what it is that they recognize. I would hope that it’s my passion for the story, my showing, rather than telling about people, places, and events. I hope, too, that my faith in Jesus Christ shows through my writing. Writers talk a lot about developing a voice. I hope I have that unique voice.

Lamitschka:  What has been your greatest challenge in the writing business?

Chandler: Time. Staying focused on a task.

Lamitschka:  What moments in your career stand out in your memory as highlights and achievements which you are proud of?

Chandler:  The first time I held a published book in my hands; winning my first award at a writers conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In fact, every time I win an award, it’s a thrilling feeling.

Lamitschka:  Any thoughts of retirement ahead?

Chandler:  None.

Lamitschka:  Who is your biggest critic, yourself or others?

Chandler:  Myself.

Lamitschka:  When you get time off, how do you like to relax?

Chandler:  Travel, read, watch movies, attend stage shows and theatre. Visit America’s National Parks.

Lamitschka:  Is there anything in your life that you would change if you could?

Chandler: Two many to name. Basically, no. But I would have spent more time with my children; not worried so much about stuff that does not matter today. I would have finished my college degree sooner, and I would have completed a masters degree. Actually, one thing I regret. President John F. Kennedy came to my hometown and dedicated Greers Ferry Dam—the last public dedication that he did before he was killed. And I did not attend. I have regretted that ever since. History was made, and I did not participate.

Lamitschka:  What hopes and desires do you have?

Chandler:  I hope to write many more books and stories and visit many more places in our beautiful United States. I hope to read more books and practice more piano.

Lamitschka:  Many European fans travel to the United States to attend several of the music festivals for the opportunity to see so many of their favorite artists, bands and celebrities. Will you be participating and how will the fans be able to find you?

Chandler:  I hope to be somewhere—in Branson—signing The Heart of Branson.
Lamitschka:  When you travel, do you have time to play tourist?

Chandler:  Yes. Although my writing goes with me wherever I go, I do go to the places that other tourists visit. My husband and I travel across our country in our motorhome, experiencing different towns and cities, as well as state and national parks.
Lamitschka:  Many music fans today get their information online. Do you have your own website and what will fans find there?

Chandler:  My web site is: Fans will find excerpts from my books and book covers. On my web site, I have a section, All About Branson, and I write features about different happenings and people. I also write a weekly blog that tells about my travels and other experiences, many of them in Branson. One of my most visited blogs is about the Duttons.

Lamitschka:  What's the best compliment a fan has ever given you?

Chandler:  That they felt as though they were in a place I described.
Lamitschka:  What message would you like to send your European fans?

Chandler:  I would love to share the history of Branson entertainment with you in The Heart of Branson.

Lamitschka:  Describe what a perfect day is like for you.
Chandler:  I have several perfect days. A full day at my desk, writing with no places that I have to be is one perfect day. Another is a day in my motorhome, parked in a scenic place, my laptop open for work at my desk/dining table. Especially, when I can end those days with dinner and a movie with my husband. Another perfect day is a float trip down the White River or the Buffalo River in the Arkansas Ozarks. A day when time means nothing, the river is lazy, and the tall bluffs alongside the rivers are studded with emerald green tree foliage.

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Nashville, TN – Country star Sara Evans delivers an all-genre first with the simultaneous premiere of her new music video, “My Heart Can’t Tell You No,” debuting today in three separate versions on CMT, iTunes and VEVO. Each outlet will premiere an alternate ending to the video, helmed by award-winning director Peter Zavadil.
“I am so excited about releasing this video,” exclaimed Evans. “It’s a different kind of video than anything I've ever done before. We had SO many wardrobe changes and the plot is so full of drama! I can’t wait for my fans to see it!”
Evans and Zavadil have also collaborated on other videos, including her CMA Award-winning “Born to Fly,” as well as videos for such chart-topping singles as “Suds in the Bucket” and “A Real Fine Place to Start.”
Also today, fans can go to to enter for a chance to win an autographed iPad that includes all three versions of Evans’ “My Heart Can’t Tell You No” video.
“My Heart Can’t Tell You No” is the follow-up single to Evans’ fifth No. 1 single, “A Little Bit Stronger,” off her No. 1 album Stronger. Fans can catch Evans live on the “Flatts Fest” tour running through September 18th.



Owen’s new album, Barefoot Blue Jean Night, Available In Stores Monday, August 29

Nashville, TN – Jake Owen’s 2011 summer anthem and Top 10 hit single, “Barefoot Blue Jean Night,” was digitally certified gold by the RIAA last week. Within one week, “Eight Second Ride,” a track from his previous album Easy Does It, has been certified gold as well.
Yesterday, Jake performed several songs from his forthcoming third studio album at “Jake on the Lake,” an industry event held just outside Nashville at Anchor High Marina. After his performance, Jake was surprised by executives from Sony Music Nashville with not one, but two gold digital single plaques (PHOTO ATTACHED).
“It is awesome to feel the support from everyone when we are out on the road,” says Jake. “It is equally as awesome to feel the support of the music community. I’m so grateful that I get to hang out with such an amazingly talented group of people everywhere I go.”
To pre-order Jake’s new album, Barefoot Blue Jean Night, on iTunes, click on this link: Track 8 from the record, "Alone with You," will download instantly after you pre-order. In addition, a LIVE version of Jake’s hit song, "Don't Think I Can't Love You,” will be downloaded to everyone who has pre-ordered the album on August 29. To pre-order Barefoot Blue Jean Night on, click on the link below:



Nashville, TN – Jake Owen’s hit single, “Barefoot Blue Jean Night,” has been digitally certified gold by the RIAA with over 550K downloads (photo attached.) The summer anthem is also currently No. 4 on iTunes digital country songs chart.
“Barefoot Blue Jean Night” is the fastest rising single of Jake’s career. The song is Top 10 this week, holding the No. 9 position on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart and Country Aircheck.
“I’m from Florida and I ran around barefoot my whole life,” reflects Jake. “I think when people hear me sing ‘Barefoot Blue Jean Night,’ they believe me. This song pinpoints my life right now. I think all music fans crave authenticity and this song is as realistic as it gets.”
In addition, the music video for “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” debuted on VEVO just four weeks ago and it is rapidly approaching 2 million views.
“Barefoot Blue Jean Night” is the title track and first single from Jake’s forthcoming third studio album, produced by Joey Moi (Nickelback) and Rodney Clawson (co-writer of such hits as “I Saw God Today,” “Lost in This Moment”), as well as GRAMMY® award-winning producer Tony Brown.



The music and legacy of ZZ TOP--“That Little ol’ Band from Texas,” that has been part of the world’s musical landscape for over 40 years--will be celebrated with the October 11th release of A TRIBUTE FROM FRIENDS. 
The album, to be released by Show Dog-Universal Music, features 11 classic ZZ Top songs interpreted by top-flight artists working in a broad range of musical genres.  All of the album’s tracks have been newly recorded, specifically for the project.  These include Filter’s performance of “Gimme All Your Lovin’,” Grace Potter & The Nocturnals’ take on “Tush,” as well as Wyclef Jean’s “Rough Boy,” “Legs” from Nickelback and Wolfmother’s interpretation of “Cheap Sunglasses.” 
The album kicks off with “Sharp Dressed Man,” from The M.O.B., Mick Fleetwood’s ad hoc group that includes fellow Fleetwood Mac founder John McVie as well as Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and guitar great Jonny Lang.  Fleetwood commented, “We’re delighted to honor ZZ Top this way.  Their legacy, like that of the original Fleetwood Mac, is steeped in the blues we all love so much.  I know that Steven and Jonny feel as strongly about their legacy as John and I do.”
After Billy F Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard, the original--and continuing--members of ZZ Top were informed that A Tribute From Friends was in the offing, they issued the following statement:
“When we were told there was going to be a ZZ Top tribute album a while ago and logically asked, ‘Who are we paying tribute to?’  Then we found out that a bunch of great artists were paying tribute to us and we were in disbelief.  For the past 40 or so years, all we've done is get out there and crank it and try to have a good time while doing so. To a great extent, we've succeeded since we're still having a good time so that would be reward enough for ‘the same three guys playing the same three chords.’ Now comes A Tribute From Friends and we're so delighted that our music resonates with these great musicians whom we so admire.” 
A Tribute From Friends also includes “Waitin’ for the Bus/Jesus Just Left Chicago” by Daughtry, “Got Me Under Pressure” from Duff McKagan’s LOADED and Mastodon’s version of “Just Got Paid.” Coheed & Cambria contributed the anthemic “Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers” while country superstar Jamey Johnson’s track is the seminal “La Grange.”  Of their invitation to be a part of the album, lead singer Chris Daughtry said, “We were completely honored! A classic great band with amazing songs? We're in!” And of ZZ Top’s music, “It's classic! Simple chord progressions, great riffs with hooky choruses...very inspiring to a band like us.”
The co-executive producer of A Tribute From Friends is Carl Stubner, ZZ Top’s manager, who noted, “A Tribute From Friends underscores the legacy of ZZ Top in the most musical way possible and illustrates just how important Billy, Dusty and Frank have been to successive generations.  It was a privilege to work with the pantheon of brilliant artists who contributed their efforts and so much love to this project.”
Since Billy, Dusty and Frank founded ZZ TOP on the last day of 1969, the band has been responsible for the worldwide sale of over 50 million records highlighted by many of the very same songs heard on A Tribute From Friends as well many others including  “Sharp Dressed Man,” “Pearl Necklace,” “I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide,” “Tube Snake Boogie” and a score of smash hit albums that include the RIAA Diamond Award winning (10 million sold) Eliminator as well as gold and platinum winners Afterburner, Fandango!, Deguello, Recycler, Antenna, El Loco, Tejas, Tres Hombres plus compilation sets. Their hit repertoire, iconic and award-winning videos and massive touring schedule has made them a favorite with audiences throughout the world and beyond – they previewed a track from their forthcoming album aboard the Soyuz space vehicle. They are recipients of the Texas Cultural Trust’s 2011 Texas Medal of the Art and had previously been named “Official Texas Heroes” by the state's House of Representatives. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones in 2004 who cited the band’s remarkable consistency and longevity and, first and foremost, the fact that ZZ Top is “steeped in the blues,” calling them “the heartbeat of the whole country and the heartbeat of rock ‘n’ roll.”
  1. “Sharp Dressed Man” – The M.O.B. (Mick Fleetwood, Steven Tyler, Jonny Lang & John McVie)
  2. “Gimme All Your Lovin’” – Filter
  3. “Tush” – Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
  4. “Legs” - Nickelback
  5. “Cheap Sunglasses” – Wolfmother
  6. “Got Me Under Pressure” – Duff McKagan’s LOADED
  7. “Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers” – Coheed & Cambria
  8. “Just Got Paid” – Mastodon
  9. “Rough Boy” – Wyclef Jean
  10. “Waitin’ for the Bus / Jesus Just Left Chicago” – Daughtry
  11. “La Grange” – Jamey Johnson



Eli Young Band and Jerrod Niemann First Announced
Special Guests

Nashville, TN – Aug. 23, 2011 – Multi-platinum country star Dierks Bentley announced today that he will take his Miles & Music for Kids charity motorcycle ride and concert to Chicago, IL on Oct. 9.  Over the series' six-year history, Bentley has raised over $1.6 million for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals and plans to donate the upcoming proceeds to Chicago’s Children's Memorial Hospital.

The first-ever Chicago stop for Miles & Music will depart from the Fox River Harley-Davidson  (131 S. Randall Rd., St. Charles, IL 60174). The hour and a half long ride will end with a street festival outside of Joe’s Bar (940 W. Weed St. Chicago 60642) for a jam-style concert featuring Bentley and friends Eli Young Band, Jerrod Niemann and more.  

Tickets for the family-friendly event go on sale this Fri., Aug 26 at Tickets for the ride and concert are $40, or those looking to attend the concert only can purchase tickets for $20. Special VIP packages are also available.

In 2009, Bentley joined forces with Nationwide Insurance, CMT ONE COUNTRY and the Children's Miracle Network to take the successful "Miles & Music for Kids" benefit on the road, and has since visited five cities in addition to his annual Nashville event. For the latest news and ongoing artist announcements, visit

Media interested in being credentialed for this event should contact

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Country Music News International Newsletter February 18. 2017

Country Music News International Newsletter February 18. 2017 Here is your Country Music News of the day from Country Music News I...

Trailer Choir on Country Music News International Radio Show interviewed by Christian Lamitschka – February 22 + 24. + 25. + 26. 2017

Trailer Choir on Country Music News International Radio Show interviewed by Christian Lamitschka – February 22 + 24. + 25. + 26. 2017 ...

Grandioser Start ins Jubiläumsjahr der Country & Western Friends Kötz

Grandioser Start ins Jubiläumsjahr der Country & Western Friends Kötz Als Peter „PeeWee“ Wroblewski vor 35 Jahren einen „Steckbr...

Country Music News International Newsletter February 22. 2017

Country Music News International Newsletter February 22. 2017 Here is your Country Music News of the day from Country Music News In...

Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Sam Hunt, Lauren Alaina, Big & Rich, Lee Brice, Kane Brown, Brothers Osborne, Josh Abbott Band, Maren Morris, Jake Owen, Michael Ray, High Valley, Brett Young And More


Sylvia To Appear on Ernest Tubb Record Shop’s Midnite Jamboree This Weekend in Nashville

Sylvia To Appear on Ernest Tubb Record Shop’s Midnite Jamboree This Weekend in Nashville Nashville, Tenn. (February 17, 2017) - Coun...

Country Music News International Newsletter February 23. 2017

Country Music News International Newsletter February 23. 2017 Here is your Country Music News of the day from Country Music News I...

CD Review: LUANNE HUNT - The Heart Of It All / Songs From The Valley

LUANNE HUNT The Heart Of It All / Songs From The Valley Texas Tears - All I Ask Of You - It's Only A Paper Moon - Darcy  F...

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