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Country Music News International October 29th, 2011

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Interview with Thompson Square


Interview with Thompson Square

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

"It has been a dream come true, not "like" a dream come true, but the real deal. We are so thankful for all the things that we have been able to experience. The highlights are far too many to list but here's a few: playing the Grand Ole Opry, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Conan, having our first number 1, being on the road with some of the best people we've ever known and most if all being able to do it all with he one person that means the most to us...each other."

Lamitschka:  Tell me about the making of your debut CD, how it's doing and your response to the success it's received?

"We were able to make this record with some of our really good friends. Their company is called New Voice and they're a great band and producers as well. Everyone played as well as produced together so theres a real "band" vibe to the whole thing which we love. We couldn't be more proud of it. It's so cool to see fans at our shows singing all the songs on the record. it's cool to know that many people are buying our music. With money always tight it's good to know people care enough about what your doing to spend a little "hard earned" on it."

Lamitschka:  What's the story behind the name of Thompson Square (also the name of the album)?  Why did you decide upon that as your band name?

"Naming your band is one of the hardest things to do.  After trying many other names we decided to use our last name and since there's two o us we thought squared would be cool.  After a while the "d" got lost and here we are."

Lamitschka:  Please tell us about the songs on your album (influences, etc).

"We wrote 9 of the 12 songs on the record And those came from personal places and things we've experienced over the years. We found 3 great songs from the outside that we had to have on there as well, "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not" being one of them."

Lamitschka:  What do you feel was/is so special about "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not" that made fans embrace it so much?  What do you think the appeal is for the Top 10 "I Got You?"

"We're not sure what the appeal is for 'Are you Gonna Kiss Me Or Not.' If I knew that we'd write a lot more if them!   It just moves people the way it moved us when we first heard it. 'I Got You' is just a fun song that we love to sing and play in our show. Again we pick music based on how it makes us feel and hope the rest if the world will like it too."

Lamitschka:  What kind of songs do you like to record the most?

"Anything that puts you in a good memory."

Lamitschka:  There's a lot of work that goes into a number one hit. What did it take to make it in your case?

"It took God, a ton of great people working endless hours and everyone having the same focus on that goal. And maybe a little luck."  :)

Lamitschka:  Fans are always hungry for good road stories. Do you have one you can share with us?

"You know what they say - what happens on the road stays on the road. Maybe we'll write a book one day an reveal it all!"

Christian Lamitschka ( Ch.Lamitschka@t-online.de )
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The Roys ICM Bluegrass Artist of the Year


The Roys Named Inspirational Bluegrass Artist of the Year At 17th Annual ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards
Dynamic Live Performance With Ricky Skaggs & The Whites An Event Highlight
Elaine + Lee Roy  ( credit: Anthony Ladd) 
Nashville, TN (October 28, 2011) -- The Roys were named Inspirational Bluegrass Artist of the Year during tonight's 17th Annual ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards show.  Siblings Lee and Elaine performed "That's What Makes It Love," with special guests Ricky Skaggs and The Whites, before a sold-out crowd. The song is from The Roys' current CD, LONESOME WHISTLE, which was recorded at Skaggs Place Studio and released in March on Rural Rhythm Records. The Awards show was held at Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center, and co-hosted by GAC-TV's Storme Warren and Inside Edition's Megan Alexander.

"We are absolutely honored," says Elaine Roy of the duo's win. "We were raised on Bluegrass," adds her brother, Lee. "Faith and music are our life's touchstones."  The two enjoyed a busy ICM week, entertaining crowds at a showcase with Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, and at Power Source Magazine's #1 Inspirational Country Singles Party.  These dynamic Bluegrassers continue a busy touring schedule through year's end, opening tomorrow night for John Rich and Darryl Worley at the Fall Festival at BamaJam Farms in Enterprise, Alabama. Additional dates include shows in Minnesota, Kentucky and Florida.  The duo kicks off 2012 with their first-ever shows in Australia at the acclaimed Tamworth Festival.
The Roys have taken their signature sound to a host of Bluegrass gatherings this year, including: Turkey Tracks Bluegrass Festival; Tennessee Fall Homecoming; Rocky River Fall Bluegrass Festival; Niles, MI Bluegrass Festival, and Eastern Music Festival's Bluegrass Night.  The duo has also introduced countless Country fans to the Bluegrass genre, performing at numerous high-profile events this Summer, kicking off Country Thunder Festival USA (where they opened for Lady Antebellum), Dollywood, Dogwood Park Concert Series and more. They've appeared on several Fox Television Network shows, Daily Buzz, ABC-TV's What's The Buzz, Daytime, GAC-TV, RFD-TV and numerous other popular programs and networks.

The Roys' recent hit, "Coal Minin' Man" rocketed up the Bluegrass charts, landing at #1 on Power Source's Bluegrass Top 35 Chart, #1 on HotDisc International Top 40 Chart, #3 on Bluegrass Unlimited's National Bluegrass Survey and #4 on Bluegrass Music Profiles' Top 30 Singles Chart.
The Roys were previously honored with the ICM's Duo of the Year Award in 2010 and 2009, and fans can learn more about Lee and Elaine at www.theroysonline.com.  


THOMPSON SQUARE "WHO'S HOT IN HOLLYWOOD"


THOMPSON SQUARE FEATURED IN USA WEEKEND'S "WHO'S HOT IN HOLLYWOOD" THIS WEEKEND


(Nashville, TN) -- Stoney Creek Records chart toppers Thompson Square is featured as the lead item in USA Weekend's "Who's Hot In Hollywood" this weekend. The "Who's Hot in Hollywood" item is part of USA Weekend's popular weekly "Who's News" column.   The item highlights Thompson Square's two 2011 CMA Award nominations for Vocal Duo of the Year and New Artist of the Year.  Keifer and Shawna Thompson also discuss their #1 "Are You Going To Kiss Me Or Not," as well as their first kiss. 

The "Who's Hot in Hollywood" item comes at a good time – Thompson Square was in LA last night, opening for Jason Aldean on his My Kinda Party 2011 Tour" at the Gibson Amphitheatre.


Thompson Square will also perform on the 45th Annual CMA Awards, Wednesday, Nov. 9th, live on ABC from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. 


About Thompson Square
One of Country music’s biggest breakout acts of 2011, Stoney Creek Records’ Thompson Square, have earned 12 major awards show nominations in 2011 including an American Music Award nod for “New Artist of the Year,” two CMA nominations for “New Artist of the Year” and “Vocal Duo of the Year” and 7 American Country Awards nominations. The Oklahoma-bred Keifer and Alabama bred Shawna combine classic country and rock influences to forge a sound that isthoroughly modern but built on the bedrock of tradition. The husband-and-wife's infectious hit single, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not,” reached the coveted #1 spot on both Country radio charts and has sold 1.5 million downloads to-date.  The single is also the most played song of the year on Country radio (Mediabase). “Are You Going To Kiss Me Or Not” spent 5 consecutive weeks at #1 on the Country Digital Soundscan Chart, reached #1 on the Billboard Heat Seekers Chart and was the #1 Country Ringtone for 12 weeks straight.  Additionally, Thompson Square is the only duo to reach #1 on CMT’s Top 50 Artist Chart in 2011.

Thompson Square has performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Conan, Fox & Friends and Fox’s Summer Concert Series, as well as been featured in Entertainment Weekly, People Country, Country Weekly, USA Today, The Washington Post and Billboard. Their current single, "I Got You," is a Top 10 hit.  Thompson Square spent 2011 opening for multi-platinum country rocker Jason Aldean on his My Kinda Party 2011 Arena Tour.  Thompson Square go on the road with Darius Rucker's U.S. tour next week and joins Lady Antebellum’s We Own the Night 2012 tour in January.  www.thompsonsquare.com

LADY ANTEBELLUM, JUSTIN MOORE, RICKY SKAGGS BIG WINNERS

LADY ANTEBELLUM, JUSTIN MOORE, RICKY SKAGGS BIG WINNERS 
AT THE 17th ANNUAL INSPIRATIONAL COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS
Ricky Skaggs Accepts “Entertainer of the Year” Award Among Top Major Categories
Presented Tonight at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center
ICM Awards LogoNashville, Tenn. (October 28, 2011) –The 17th Annual Inspirational Country Music Association’s Faith, Family & Country Awards took center stage tonight at Nashville’s austere Schermerhorn Symphony Center for a presentation of their annual music awards.  It proved to be an event that transformed the elegant surroundings into a hometown celebration of pink carpet arrivals, tributes to the lives of Middle Tennessee breast cancer survivors and an evening filled with memorable moments and music with inspirational meaning.   This year’s Awards were tied “with pink ribbon” by the Inspirational Country Music Association to a highly publicized humanitarian theme which benefitted the Tennessee Breast Cancer Coalition.

Hosted by two faces familiar to television audiences -- Inside Edition’s national correspondent anchor Megan Alexander and GAC’s popular entertainment news anchor, Storme Warren, it was an inspirational night focused on the winners—and survivors.

Throughout the television taping before a live audience, a retinue of 136 breast cancer survivors was seated in a special honor section on the Schermerhorn stage. A centerpiece to the night was Ultimate World Fight Champion Rich Franklin who made a unique tribute presentation to the survivors in life –a personal message close to his own heart as the unusual and high profile “macho sport” male advocacy voice for breast cancer awareness.  A tribute to Ground Zero heroes brought an equally touching patriotic theme with performances by Lee Greenwood of God Bless The USA and Chuck Day with his self-penned I’ll Stand Up And Say So –selected as a theme of Herman Cain’s current presidential campaign.

Awards were given out in more than twenty categories that included both rising artists and a stellar array of major music industry names in a broad cross section of categories that included entertainer, artist, new artist, song, songwriter, group, duo, musician, radio, radio station, film, and television honors.

Highlights included Ricky Skaggs emotional acceptance of the prestigious Entertainer of the Year Award for 2011.  Fitting to the honor, this year of 2011 marks an amazing 50 years of performing—and a memorable 52nd anniversary of Skaggs love affair with bluegrass music—a love story that began for him at age five when he first picked-up his first mandolin back in Cordell, Kentucky. Performing a heart-stirring version of Somebody’s Prayin’ it was a night of double awards for him as he also received top honors from Inspirational Country Music Award voters in the top Musician category.
"I always try to entertain folks with good clean fun and stories from my youth," noted Skaggs in accepting the Entertainer of the Year honor. "I always try to bring the gospel message of hope in Jesus Christ to our shows as well. I think now more than ever, people all over the country need hope. I'm very thankful to have won this award. I certainly look up to all of the people in this category. They are taking the gospel out to the folks who really need to hear it. Thanks again so much. It means a lot to me," he concluded.
Other major wins of the night included Lady Antebellum’s Hello World, in the Video category. Noted Dave Haywood of Lady A on their award:  "This was a really emotional song and definitely the most dramatic video we've ever made. We are honored with the recognition from the Inspirational Country Music Award voters and we just appreciate the support of our fans.  We want to give a shout out to Roman White, who directed this video and created such a powerful visual story for our song...big thanks to him as well."
 Big Machine Label Group’s rising new superstar Justin Moore proved a winner with this year’s voters with Mainstream Inspirational Country Song honors being award to If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away. “This song is a gift from God,” he noted in acknowledging  the honor. “I can’t think of a better way and a better place to win my first ever award so thank you very much and God bless you guys.”
Jeff Bates proved equally strong as a mainstream contender as he walked the Schermerhorn stage to receive Mainstream Country Artist top honors. Film honors went to Soul Surfer -- the dramatic true story of young surfer Bethany Hamilton’s deep encounter with God after losing her arm in a shark attack at the age of 13. Directed by Sean McNamara, who also co-wrote the screenplay with collaborative writer Deborah Schwartz, McNamara was at the Schermerhorn to accept the award.
An emotional highlight of the evening was the naming of The Fox Brothers as the recipient of the coveted Legend/Pioneer Award.
The brotherhood trio of Roy, Randy and Lynn Fox are true representatives of the unique blend of Christian and country music. Growing up the brothers honed their harmonies and genius for entertaining an audience in the revival and church service world of their childhood in rural Tennessee. With success in southern gospel, The Fox Brothers expanded their reach to become one of the industry’s most beloved performing groups. They have a unique history leading up to tonight’s honor.  The Fox Brothers have previously been twice honored as “Entertainer of the Year” (2000-2001) by Inspirational Country Music Association voters who also deemed them “Vocal Group of the Year” through eight consecutive wins.
More than a dozen major performance dotted the evening—including those by The Roys, Lathan Moore, Joey + Rory, Buddy Jewell, Guy Penrod, The Isaacs, Laura Dodd, and Lucas Hoge.
The presentation of the Inspirational Country Music Awards Show from Nashville were streamed live on a custom URL (www.stageit.com/faithfamilycountry) where music fans pre-accessed tickets to view the night’s online awards ceremonies.
Major Inspirational Country Music Award Category winners announced were:
Entertainer of the Year:                      Ricky Skaggs
Mainstream Country Artist:                Jeff Bates
Video Award:                                        Hello World – Lady Antebellum
Inspirational Bluegrass Artist:            The Roys
Legend/Pioneer Award:                      The Fox Brothers
Mainstream Inspirational Song:         If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away –Justin Moore.
Inspirational Country Song:                I’ll Stand Up And Say So—Chuck Day
Male Vocalist:                                        Chuck Day
Female Vocalist:                                   Kali Rose.
Vocal Duo:                                             Joey + Rory
Vocal Group or Band:                          Sunday Drive
Songwriter:                                             Russ Murphy
New Artist:                                              Chuck Hancock
Musician:                                                Ricky Skaggs
Comedian:                                              Johnny Lee Cook
Youth In Music:                                      Renee Spencer
Music Evangelist:                                 Johnny Lee Cook
Radio Personality:                               J. R. Pitsenbarger
Radio Station:                                       WCWV—Summersville, WV
Television Network:                             Daystar TV
Faith & Family Movie:                          Soul Surfer
 
The 2011 Inspirational Country Music Awards continue as the highpoint finale of Inspirational Country Music Week, an annual event presented by the Inspirational Country Music Association.  This year’s schedule which ran October 24-28th in Nashville, was as in past years, a major drawing event across a broad cross section of industry, music fans, broadcast media, and artists in a well-orchestrated showcase of music, conference scheduling and seminar related activities.
Produced by Graham Bustin, the 17th Annual ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards presentation will air on several networks this year.  Already set to air the telecast: 
Total Living Network
Reaching Chicago-land & Central IL via TLN Chicago 138 on Comcast Cable 
Reaching San Francisco via KTLN FP Broadcast, cable and Satellite

(Includes Comcast Cable, Astound Cable, Seren Cable, Horizon Cable, RCN, Veterans Communications, San Bruno Cable, DISH Network, DirecTV and Nellis Air Force Base)
Additional television scheduling for this year’s awards show is currently being finalized according to Jason Higgins, Executive Director of the Inspirational Country Music Association.
Resource online for additional announcements on viewership/ broadcast information:
www.ICM-Awards.com
Additional Inspirational Country Music Association contact resources:
Facebook.com/faithfamilycountry

Ricky Skaggs ICM Entertainer of the Year and Musician of the Year

Music Icon Ricky Skaggs
Named Entertainer of the Year and Musician of the Year
At Tonight's 17th Annual ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards

"I always try to entertain folks with good clean fun and stories from my youth," says Skaggs of the Entertainer of the Year nod. "I always try to bring the gospel message of hope in Jesus Christ to our shows as well. I think now more than ever, people all over the country need hope. I'm very thankful to have won this award. I certainly look up to all of the people in this category. They are taking the gospel out to the folks who really need to hear it. Thanks again so much. It means a lot to me."
Ricky with Mando  2011Nashville, TN (October 28, 2011) -- Music icon Ricky Skaggs was named Entertainer of the Year and Musician of the Year at tonight's 17th Annual ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards Show.  Held at Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the star-studded evening included a memorable performance of "Somebody's Prayin'" that featured Skaggs, John Elliot and six members of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.  The track is from Ricky's July-issue CD, COUNTRY HITS BLUEGRASS STYLE.  The show was co-hosted by GAC-TV's Storme Warren and Inside Edition's Megan Alexander. 

This year marks Ricky's 50th in the entertainment field, and his rise to the top has been unparalleled in music history.  From his days as a valued band member for artists like Ralph Stanley and Emmylou Harris, to the release of his first solo recording in 1981, Skaggs has taken his lively, distinctively American form of music out of isolation and into the hearts of audiences across the country and around the world. Skaggs was honored to be chosen from among the very best of musicians, and says: "It means a lot to have been included with pickers whom I so admire. I am honored to have won Musician of the Year." Credited with "single-handedly saving country music" in the mid-80s by renowned guitarist and producer, Chet Atkins, Skaggs has since blurred the edges of various genres, but maintained his unique musical individualism. 

Ricky was honored by Power Source Magazine earlier this week at their # 1 Awards Party held at the Wildhorse Saloon for "Someday Soon," a hit from last year's MOSAIC album.  Skaggs has previously won the following ICM Awards: Musician of the Year, Christian Country Music Association - 1994, 1995; Musician of the Year - 2008; Inspirational Bluegrass Artist (with The Whites) - 2008; Mainstream Country Artist (with The Whites) - 2008; Mainstream Country Artist - 2009 and Inspirational Bluegrass Artist - 2010.  The 14-time Grammy® winner has also been honored with eight Academy of Country Music Awards and eight Country Music Association Awards.

Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder hit the road next week for one show in Louisiana before heading North for seven engagements in Canada, November 4 - 12.  They return stateside for shows in Virginia and Pennsylvania before Ricky embarks (with The Whites and family) November 28 on A Skaggs Family Christmas Tour.  The seasonal tour, the entourage's eighth in as many years, is in support of A SKAGGS FAMILY CHRISTMAS VOLUME TWO, which was released last month. The 10-song disc features both studio and live recordings, and includes a bonus DVD filled with 26 performances of traditional seasonal favorites and new compositions. A Skaggs Family Christmas Tour concludes with an evening at Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center on December 22.

ARTIST ARRIVALS FOR CMA AWARDS

ARTIST ARRIVALS FOR “THE 45th ANNUAL CMA AWARDS” PRESENTED BY MACY’S WALK OF STARS
NASHVILLE – The Macy’s Walk of Stars will be the official kick-off for “Country Music’s Biggest Night(tm)" at the red carpet artist arrivals, fan paparazzi bleachers, and global media interviews for “The 45th Annual CMA Awards,” Wednesday, Nov. 9 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

“Macy’s is America’s most popular store and CMA represents America’s most popular music,” said Sheri Warnke, CMA Vice President of Strategic Partnerships. “The Macy’s Walk of Stars is the perfect partnership showcasing the best retail brand to the best Country Music fans.”

“We are thrilled to partner with CMA as we both roll out the red carpet for Country Music's Biggest Night(tm),” said Martine Reardon, Macy's Executive Vice President of Marketing. "This unique partnership between Macy’s and the Country Music Association is a reflection of the commitment we have to our communities. From our iconic events and community partnerships to our customer's everyday experiences, at Macy's we like to create magic, and Nov. 9 is going to be a magical night in Nashville!"

Always a high point at the annual CMA Awards, this year the Macy’s Walk of Stars will be positioned on Demonbreun Street between Fourth and Fifth Avenues. Country Music artists and celebrities will be able to walk down the red carpet lit by the iconic Macy’s “star” beginning at 4:00 PM/CT.

In addition, Macy’s is offering fans an opportunity to be part of the excitement with an exclusive fan bleacher section in the paparazzi photo area, where the stars stop for their fashion photos. Macy’s kicked off this partnership with a Facebook promotion, which included a trip giveaway to the CMA Awards and $1,000 Macy’s gift card.

Macy’s is promoting the partnership in Nashville with a special shopping event at the Green Hills location (main floor) on Saturday, Nov. 5 (2:00 PM/CT), where shoppers can get glammed up with complimentary hairstyling by Macy’s Premier Salon with feather hair extensions. Participants can show off their best red carpet pose and participate in a karaoke contest for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the 2011 CMA Awards. All participants will take home a copy of their recording.   

“The 45th Annual CMA Awards” is hosted for the fourth year by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and features performances by Jason Aldean, The Band Perry, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Sara Evans, Faith Hill, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Scotty McCreery, Blake Shelton, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Thompson Square, Keith Urban, Chris Young, Zac Brown Band, plus Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter singing their hit collaboration “You and Tequila,” Rascal Flatts and Natasha Bedingfield singing their current hit duet “Easy,” Lionel Richie performing a medley of hits with Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts, and Darius Rucker, and co-hosts Paisley and Underwood in their first live televised-performance of their No. 1 song “Remind Me.”    

“The 45th Annual CMA Awards” is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer, Paul Miller is the Director, and David Wild is the writer. The special will be shot in high definition and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.

Premiere Radio Networks is the official radio packager of the CMA Awards. Chevrolet(tm) is a Proud Partner of the CMA Awards and Official Ride of Country Music. American Airlines is the Official Airline of the 2011 CMA Awards. Macy’s is the official presenting partner of the CMA Awards Red Carpet.  CMA is a Proud Supporter of DRIVE4COPD.

ROAD TO THE CMA AWARDS

"CMA CLOSE UP PRESENTS ROAD TO THE CMA AWARDS"
Thirty-Minute Special Showcasing 2011 CMA Awards Nominees To Air on Local ABC Affiliates

NASHVILLE – As excitement builds towards “The 45th Annual CMA Awards,” the Country Music Association and the ABC Television Network are giving fans an exclusive sneak peek at “Country Music’s Biggest Night(tm).” “CMA Close Up Presents Road to the CMA Awards” is a half-hour special packed with artist interviews and highlights from past CMA Awards. The special will air on local ABC affiliates between Friday, Oct. 28 and Wednesday, Nov. 9. Fans should check their local listings or visit www.CMAAwards.com for exact dates and times in their cities.

Featuring interviews with Jason Aldean, The Band Perry, Dierks Bentley, Kristin Chenoweth, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Scotty McCreery, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Blake Shelton, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Shania Twain, and Chris Young, “CMA Close Up Presents Road to the CMA Awards” offers fans an opportunity to hear and see these artists’ favorite memories from past CMA Awards, as well as to find out what it’s like to be nominated and perform for the first time.

This special will air in more than 90 percent of ABC markets including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, Boston, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Houston, Miami, and Nashville. Check your local listings for times.

“This special was an incredible success last year,” said CMA Chief Executive Officer Steve Moore. “This is a great opportunity to ramp up the excitement for the upcoming CMA Awards and increase awareness in each of these markets.”

“The 45th Annual CMA Awards” will air live on Wednesday, Nov. 9 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on the ABC Television Network. Paisley and Carrie Underwood return as hosts for their fourth consecutive year. Previously announced performers include Aldean, The Band Perry, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Sara Evans, Faith Hill, Lady Antebellum, Lambert, Martina McBride, Scotty McCreery, Shelton, Sugarland, Swift, Thompson Square, Keith Urban, Young and Zac Brown Band, plus Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter singing their hit collaboration “You and Tequila,” Rascal Flatts and Natasha Bedingfield singing their current hit duet “Easy,” Lionel Richie performing with Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts, and Darius Rucker, and co-hosts Paisley and Underwood in their first live televised-performance of their No. 1 song “Remind Me.”

CMA Close Up Presents Road to the CMA Awards” is a production of the Country Music Association.   Sarah Brock with Tigerlilly TV is the executive producer and writer.

Premiere Radio Networks is the official radio packager of the CMA Awards. Chevrolet(tm) is a Proud Partner of the CMA Awards and Official Ride of Country Music. American Airlines is the Official Airline of the 2011 CMA Awards. Macy’s is the official presenting partner of the CMA Awards Red Carpet.  CMA is a Proud Supporter of DRIVE4COPD.

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