Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood Return to Co-Host “The CMA Awards”

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood Return to Co-Host “The CMA Awards”
By Deborah Evans Price
© 2011 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc.
As Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood prepare to host the CMA Awards for the fourth consecutive year, they’ve learned to expect the unexpected.
“You just keep it moving and you always have a job to do no matter what happens,” said Underwood.
The longtime friends, who scored a No. 1 hit this year with the duet “Remind Me” (written by Paisley, Chris DuBois and Kelley Lovelace), have learned to roll with the punches in juggling their hosting duties. They’ve also both become more acutely aware of the ticking of the clock.
“I had 40 seconds to change my entire outfit,” Underwood recalled of one particularly tight wardrobe change during the 2010 CMA Awards.
“She didn’t make it in rehearsal,” Paisley interjected. “She was a minute late.”
“My zipper busted in rehearsal,” Underwood explained. “I was like, ‘Don’t worry. I’ll make it work. I’ll make it.’”
And she did. She substituted another dress and the millions watching the ABC live telecast would never have known a stressful rehearsal had preceded the flawless live show.
As the three-hour broadcast neared its end, Underwood and Paisley experienced a new challenge, rarely heard of during an awards show. “We were two minutes under going into Entertainer of the Year,” Paisley said of the unexpected surplus on the clock.
“That part is scary,” admitted Underwood. “That never happens. You’re never under. You’re always over.”
“If whoever gets it just gives a minute speech, you have a minute to kill,” recalled Paisley of the discussion backstage.
“And that sounds like nothing, but a minute in TV Land is forever,” Underwood said.
Paisley nodded his head in agreement. “You can only tap dance for so long before someone changes the channel.”
The time problem was happily solved when Paisley was named Entertainer. “Luckily someone was very long winded in his speech,” he said with a grin.
Sitting in a Franklin, Tenn. recording studio, Underwood and Paisley demonstrated the easy camaraderie and playfulness during the interview that made them such a winning combination as co-hosts. “I love doing it and we’re having a great time, so I hope everybody else is,” said Paisley, who has earned 14 CMA Awards, including three consecutive Male Vocalist accolades (2007-2009).
“I look forward to that moment when we go out there to deliver the monologue,” he continued. “That’s really the thing that we spend the most time on in weeks prior. Garrison Keillor said something to me once when I went to see a production with him in New York City. He said, ‘One of my favorite moments in life is when the lights go down in the theater,’ and it’s like that. It feels like the highest stakes moment in the year for Country Music, as you hear Paul Miller’s voice, the director, say ‘Two minutes to show,’ and those lights go down.”
“It’s like a nice date,” Underwood said of the event. “I love everyone getting dressed up. I think it’s really nice seeing most of the guys cleaned up and looking good and the girls all pretty. It’s just a nice date that we’re all on together.”
Underwood has developed a reputation for being one of the best-dressed artists and her multiple wardrobe changes during the show are eagerly anticipated by viewers. “This year I’ve already decided I’m going to take a slightly different approach,” said Underwood, a five-time CMA Award winner, including three consecutive Female Vocalist titles (2006-2008). “This is going to be a different direction. I want this year to feel different. When I look at pictures, I want to know ‘That’s from year four,’ so I’ve got some ideas in mind.
Underwood and Paisley have distinct skills they bring to their hosting duties. “Brad is quick witted. He does a lot in the preparation stages as well,” said Underwood, who earned a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications at Oklahoma’s Northeastern State University. “I can deliver the news. I can say, ‘Next up.’ But Brad is quick. He’s good on his feet and he contributes a lot in the planning stages, a lot of ideas and stuff for gags and things like that.”
“She does too,” Paisley interjected. “Some of the greatest things we’ve ever had, like last year she said, ‘What if you sang Lady Gaga?’ Then the year before that there was this discussion: ‘Who do you want to talk about in the monologue?’ I said, ‘We’d love to mention Tim (McGraw) and Faith (Hill), but we just don’t know how.’ And Carrie said, ‘They both have fragrances.’ She has the best ideas of anybody.”
Both Paisley and Underwood enjoy the collaborative process on the road to Country Music’s Biggest Night. “I appreciate that it’s a team effort,” said Underwood. “Everybody brings their ideas. Nobody is telling us what we can or can’t do. We come with ideas and they do too and we kind of mesh all of it together. We’re all working towards the same goal, so it’s not like somebody says, ‘Read this and this is all you can do.’ We tell them why things won’t work and they tell us why things won’t or will work and come up with the show.”
“It’s a great team of people,” adds Paisley. “(Executive Producer) Robert Deaton is a tremendous guy, a good friend of mine now and so talented. Paul Miller has directed everything over the years and he’s smart and sharp. David Wild, who writes the show, is a well-respected musical writer in many circles. (Paisley and Wild co-authored the book Diary of a Player, scheduled to release Nov. 1.) It’s a great team of people who have become like family to us and Vicki Dummer (Senior VP, Current Series and Specials, ABC Entertainment Group) and Mark Bracco (VP, ABC Entertainment Group), who come into town work so hard on it as well. It’s neat how many people can get involved and really do put their iron in their fire and say, ‘Here’s some things that I think could benefit the show.’ I love the process.”
“The 44th Annual CMA Awards,” hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood for the fourth consecutive year, will broadcast live on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 7-10 PM/CT on the ABC Television Network.


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Exclusive Appearance on NBC’s Today Show & Live Performance in New York’s Times Square Have Kicked Off World’s Largest Ongoing Military Thank You Campaign
New York, NY - (October 25, 2011) – Platinum-selling country artist Rodney Atkins has partnered with Applebee’s to launch the world’s largest ongoing military thank you campaign, honoring veterans and active duty soldiers worldwide.  As Ambassador of the Thank You Movement, Rodney Atkins officially launched the campaign this morning with an exclusive announcement on NBC’s Today show, followed by a stellar live performance for an enthusiastic crowd of civilians, veterans and military organizations in New York’s Times Square.  Guests of honor at the event included representatives from Pinnacle Five, comprised of senior enlisted members from the all respective branches of the U.S. Military, as well as Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and Military.com—the largest military and veteran membership organization consisting of 10 million members. 
Aimed at creating a groundswell of gratitude for our nation’s military, the Thank You Movement offers messages of thanks to our veterans and troops via www.thankyoumovement.com, Applebee’s Facebook Fan Page, #thankyoumovement onTwitter and on YouTube. The Web site will host a live rolling counter of ongoing “Thank Yous.” Veterans and active duty troops can then go online anytime to see and hear heartfelt thanks from the people they serve.
The Thank You Movement is a natural extension of both Rodney Atkins’ and Applebee’s longstanding dedication to veterans and active duty military.  Atkins has always made time to support the U.S. armed forces and their families, often visiting with soldiers, volunteering at various base concerts, and spending time with wounded warriors at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. In 2012, he will participate in a USO tour of military bases abroad.  Likewise, Applebee’s has served more than two million free “thank you meals” to the military on Veteran’s Day for the past two years, and will continue the tradition this year. 
In addition to his military support and stellar musical talent, Atkins spends his time in a variety of charitable efforts. As the 2010 Spokesman for the National Council for Adoption at Holston Methodist Children’s Home in Greeneville, Tenn. — where he himself was adopted as an infant — Atkins performs there as often as he can, and participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new “Rodney Atkins Youth Home” in 2009.  He also headlined the 2011 Music City Gives Back Benefit Concert, which contributed donations to the American Red Cross Relief Fund for tornado victims of the recent storms throughout the Midwest and Southeast.
Atkins’ latest album, the highly anticipated Take A Back Road, was recently released on Curb Records; to listen to the new album, click here.  The irresistibly catchy title track and album’s first single reached the top of the country charts for two weeks in a row. To watch the No. 1 hit song’s new video by famed Hollywood film director Andy Tennant (Fool’s Gold, Hitch, Sweet Home Alabama), click here
Throughout his career, Rodney Atkins has racked up eight top ten singles - with six going straight to the top of the charts.  A glimpse of his many recent career highlights can be viewed here. For additional background on Rodney Atkins, read this recent Billboard story and visit www.rodneyatkins.com

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October 25, 2011 - Nashville, TN – Much like the 1950’s, Chris Young’s year has been full of optimism and success.  His cool new video for current hit single “You” is now available for fans to purchase.  The video showcases vibrant images of the era with souped-up classic cars and a full service gas station where Chris finds himself as an attendant with several young lady admirers whose cars need service.  

Directed by Chris Hicky, the video was shot last month at a retro full service gas station and garage in picturesque Watertown, TN.  It is a black and white treatment, with artfully placed pops of color giving fans an eye-catching experience.

“You” can be viewed at all top online outlets in addition to CMT. The "You" music video is available for purchase on iTunes beginning today.  Click HERE to buy!

“You” is the second single from Chris Young’s highly acclaimed third album NEON.

ABOUT CHRIS YOUNG: 2011 has been an amazing year for Chris Young, with recent nominations including: CMA New Artist of the Year, three American Country Awards, and his first GRAMMY® nod, in addition to four national TV appearances.  With his rich, warm baritone and penchant for writing relatable, slice-of-life songs, Young has emerged as both a critic and fan favorite.  In the last few months, Young has celebrated GOLD selling status for both his sophomore album The Man I Want To Be, and smash single "Tomorrow" from the brand new album NEON.  His latest single and follow up to four consecutive #1s, “You”, is screaming up the charts.  Young has been out on the road most of this year on Jason Aldean’s “My Kinda Party Tour”.   Miranda Lambert has selected Chris as her special guest for her tour “On Fire” starting in January 2012.   For tour dates and all the latest information on Chris Young, visit www.chrisyoungcountry.com and follow him on Twitter @ChrisYoungMusic.



Upcoming Performances on “Today Show” & “Live With Regis & Kelly”
NASHVILLE, TN – It’s been more than two years since her last album and Miranda Lambert is eager to get her new music, Four The Record, out to the fans. “I’ve been performing some of the new songs on tour and it’s been so much fun and I can’t wait for the fans to have access to all of the music,” said Lambert.
The wait is officially over on November 1 but fans can get a sneak peak at five new tracks beginning Monday, October 24. A new track will be premiered everyday for five days with the help of exclusive online partners. Log on to http://www.mirandalambert.com/hunt/ to find out the websites and after listening to each track, scan or click the attached QR code to unlock and collect an exclusive Miranda Lambert badge. Collect all 5 badges and enter for a chance to win a flyaway trip to meet Miranda and see her in concert.
On November 1, Miranda will kick off her album launch week with a performance of “Baggage Claim” on The Today Show. On Wednesday, November 2, she will appear on “Live With Regis & Kelly” where she will be interviewed and perform the song. In addition to her upcoming television performances, Miranda is also on the cover of the current issues of Billboard Magazine and Ladies Home Journal.
In addition to the 14 song album that will be released November 1, there will also be a Limited Deluxe Edition version of the album that includes a bonus song and a DVD featuring Miranda sharing stories behind each song. Fans can pre-order Four The Record now on iTunes at http://bit.ly/nTp2FH.
Four The Record includes the self-penned Lambert songs “Safe,” and “Dear Diamond,” two songs that paint a portrait of both sides of the relationship spectrum. She covers the Gillian Welch & David Rawlings song “Look At Miss Ohio,” and the album closes with the ethereal “Oklahoma Sky,” written for Miranda by singer-songwriter friend Allison Moorer.
The reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year is again nominated for the award as well as Musical Event of the Year. Miranda will perform on the 45th Annual CMA Awards on Wednesday, November 9.



·         Loretta Lynn / Evan Agostini / Associated Press
Loretta Lynn is out of the hospital and resting at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.
A statement Monday from Loretta Lynn Enterprises says the 76-year-old country music icon has been treated for bacterial pneumonia. She was forced to cancel a show Saturday in Ashland, Ky., because of the illness.
She woke up on her tour bus around 1:30 a.m. Saturday having difficulty breathing. She was treated at a Bowling Green, Ky., hospital over the weekend and released.
“It was one scary night,” Lynn says in the statement.
She says she’s feeling better and will return to the road Nov. 3 in Knoxville.

Richie Owens & The Farm Bureau Host Listening Party Tuesday

Richie Owens & The Farm Bureau
Host Listening Party Tuesday
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Celebrating the release of their new album, In Farm We Trust, Richie Owens & The  Farm Bureau will host a Listening Party at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25 at The Blue Bar (1911 Broadway).
Then at 9:00 p.m., the group will perform as part of The Billy Block Show at The Rutledge (410 4th Ave. S).
Fans of 80s Nashville rock will remember Owens and guitarist Robert Ocker from the tense, modern sounds of The Movement, but the East Tennessee natives have pursued a rootsier, more acoustic sound for well over a decade now. As The Farm Bureau, Owens plays banjo, mandolin and harmonica, while Ocker trades between his acoustic and lap steel guitars, with vocalist Rebecca Seaver adding harmony to Owens’ lead. They play spiked-up mountain music and melodic, sweet-toned originals that show off Owens’ melodic and lyrical know-how.
"After serving as part of the backbone of his cousin Dolly Parton’s backing band, Richie Owens launches a long overdue solo career with his impressive new album. Boasting a broad array of musical references, it runs a wide gamut—from rock to country and from blues to bluegrass – yet still manages to flow together seamlessly. 'My music combines a variety of traditional and contemporary elements, whether it’s folk or roots or rock ‘n’ roll,' he notes in his bio. 'It can encompass a pretty broad spectrum. Some may see it as falling under the umbrella of Americana, but in fact, its minded from a very specific Southern sensibility.'
"We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. In fact, In Farm We Trust shows his ability to effectively integrate these influences, whether its his revved take on the traditional tune “Rye Whiskey,” the emphatic stomp of “Indian Blues” or the reverberating rocker “Mountain Girl,” a song which sounds remarkably similar to a Tom Petty outtake. Other tracks prove equally infections, from the dark sinewy groove of “Why Can’t I Leave” to the reverberating refrain of “Life on the Farm” and on to the assured embrace of “Give Me Strength.” To take a hint from the title, In Owens we can trust as well."
— NoDepression

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