Tuesday, February 7, 2012



Artists Involved in Waylon Tribute Rave About Outlaw’s Impact on Music

Nashville, Tenn. (February 7, 2012) – WAYLON: The Music Inside, Volume II is available in stores and on iTunes today, February 7, via Average Joes Entertainment. Country duo Montgomery Gentry and Waylon Jennings’ widow Jessi Colter are set for several national television appearances taking place over the next few weeks including CMT Insider, GAC On The Streets, GAC Headline Country and The Daily Buzz.

Montgomery Gentry and Colter each perform a classic Waylon Jennings hit on the newly released tribute album, the second volume in the three-part series dedicated to one of country music’s greatest outlaws. Additional artists include Dierks Bentley, Hank Williams, Jr., Justin Moore, Josh Thompson, Jack Ingram, Jewel, Colt Ford, Pat Green and Wyatt McCubbin.

The artists involved in the making of Volume II couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of the project and have expressed their deep adoration for Jennings and the impact he had on the industry. “The thing about him (Waylon), or me… we’re not going to put ourselves in a pigeonhole,” says Hank Williams, Jr. “We’re not going to say, we’re country. We’re not going to do that. We play music.”

Josh Thompson notes, “Waylon was the reason I picked up a guitar in the first place. Loving that music drove me to play and that’s why it was important for me to be on this record.”

“I don’t know why certain people can just see what’s needed and do it,” says Jessi Colter on the legacy of her late husband. “Those people are the starters, the leaders, the movers-and-shakers. He was a leader.”

Purchase the album now via iTunes by clicking HERE.

View the WAYLON: The Music Inside, Volume II, EPK by clicking HERE.

Schedule of National Television Appearances:

Tuesday, February 14 / 10:00 AM, 2:00 PM, 7:30 PM, 11:30 PM, 3:30 AM
GAC On The Streets (Jessi Colter)

Thursday, February 16 / 9 PM ET
GAC Headline Country (Jessi Colter)

Monday, March 5
The Daily Buzz / 6-9 AM ET (Montgomery Gentry)

CMT Insider (Jessi Colter) – Airdate TBA

The Band Perry: 2011 CMA New Artist of the Year

The Band Perry: 2011 CMA New Artist of the Year
By Holly Gleason
© 2012 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc.
“We’re still childlike,” confessed multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Neil Perry of The Band Perry. “We romanticize the business and the stuff that goes into it. But there’s a place where … “
“ … You’re not naïve,” picked up lead singer/pianist/guitarist/big sister Kimberly Perry without missing a beat. “One of the reasons we are what we are – especially if you’d seen some of the early shows we’d done – is our wonder and that attitude that nothing is impossible.”
That easy back-and-forth, finishing each other’s sentences without any sense of interrupting, comes naturally to these three siblings. In each other’s pocket since Kimberly enlisted her younger brothers to “roadie” for her at the tender age of 15, that familiarity is organic.
But The Band Perry isn’t just some down-home brother-and-sister proposition. Since landing the decidedly pop “Hip to My Heart” (written by all three Perrys with Brett Beavers) on Country radio, they’ve become a force.
“If I Die Young” (Kimberly Perry) was perhaps the breakout song of 2011. A No. 1 at both Country and AC radio, it went on to win Song of the Year and Single of the Year honors at the CMA Awards. Kimberly sings it with an earthy smokiness that helps present “If I Die Young” as a classic song of hope, acceptance and the embrace of life as well as the inevitable.
Their organic collaboration helped elevate their self-titled debut album on Republic Nashville to Platinum status, powered by an exceedingly fresh sound strewn with a strong sense of the South. Honest, raw and as emotionally transparent as 20-somethings coming into their own can often be, the philosophical “If I Die Young” also helped The Band Perry take home CMA’s New Artist of the Year Award.
“It’s like Christmas started really early for us,” said Reid, 23, the bassist. “It’s not what you think it’s gonna be like. It’s so much more.”
So much more and then some. Appearances on every major awards show, “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” and even at the November “In Performance at the White House” series were complemented by tour dates with Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw and Keith Urban.
Brian O’Connell, President of Nashville Touring, Live Nation, laughs when asked about the group’s live shows and touring ethic. “Knowing when a band is gonna break happens long before they’re on the radio,” he insisted. “It’s all those gigs before anyone knows who you are that create solid performers. The Band Perry isn’t about the hit singles so much as their musicianship, the way they play together and bring the audience in. There’s no pretense when they take the stage, and they draw fans in, be it Tim McGraw’s fans or Luke Bryan’s, which are very different. And The Band Perry connected with both sets on the Emotional Traffic Tour.”
O’Connell was so impressed with them on McGraw’s tour that he locked them in as the middle act on Brad Paisley’s Virtual Reality World Tour in 2012. “To be honest,” he said, “they can’t get enough time to play and sing for people, ever. Fans can sense that.”
That urgent buzz surrounding this trio is fanned as much by their desire to make music as the momentum they’re building. In fact, they laugh about their work ethic and love for playing. Kimberly observed, “Perseverance and hard work are characteristics we all have in common.”
“It’s always been our life course,” Reid added. “This wasn’t a hobby. We took it very seriously. That’s what kind of tipped the boat for us.”
“Half of our success,” Kimberly finished, “is about outlasting the process. We’re all competitive. We want to make better music every day. That’s how we were raised. But even if we were strangers, we would have gravitated to each other. We all love the same music and we all apply ourselves completely.”
Much has been said about their mother rocking them to Loretta Lynn while their father played them the Rolling Stones. That raw feel of instruments, in their most unprocessed state, is inherent to both artists. The same quality permeates The Band Perry.
But another element, not so obvious, exerts and equally powerful influence.
“Southern Gothic literature,” Neil said. “We love the words in those stories, the images and elements …”
“There’s a real edge to it,” Kimberly agreed. “Flannery O’Connor has a lot of beautiful elements, but there are lots of grotesque elements too – the romance of the way those things stick together.”
Reid made it even more literal. “We took family vacations to New Orleans, watching street performers. You can feel those things everywhere. And now we live in Appalachia.”
“That’s the thing about the South,” Kimberly reflected. “There’s a certain struggle to it, but there are lots of very special elements too.”
Neil jumped in. “Listening to all those old bluegrass nursery rhymes and lullabies … the stuff they sing about?”
This provoked more laughter. “There’s this lullaby about a little girl who fell in a river and drowned,” Kimberly said. “And they made a fiddle out of her bones. That’s the same kind of contradiction to ‘If I Die Young.’ I wrote it about the life I’ve lived and how I’d feel if I was to die. There’s a little Southern Gothic to ‘If I Die Young.’ It’s a little tragic, but there’s also something romantic about it. It’s kind of like Bobbie Gentry, who always raised more questions than answers.”
Matraca Berg, who wrote her first No. 1 at 18 (“Faking Love,” recorded by T. G. Sheppard and Karen Brooks), recognizes the spark of originality that ignites The Band Perry. Berg, whose “You & Tequila,” written with Deana Carter, lost 2011’s CMA Song of the Year recognition to “If I Die Young,” has recently written with Perry.
“Her mind is just different,” Berg said. “She works from a place of such creativity. Writing with her is a lot about recognizing that when you’re working with her – protecting that instead of making her more like everything else out there.”
Though their debut was produced by Nathan Chapman, with additional tracks by Matt Serletic and Paul Worley, the trio has enlisted Frank Liddell for their follow-up. “They’re young and they have definite ideas,” said Liddell, whose other credits include Miranda Lambert, David Nail and The Pistol Annies. “But they’re young enough that they’re not chasing the business, they’re chasing the music and reaching for something that can be theirs. It’s exciting to see, in that they’re all so creative. They play, they write and they just want to get better, push their music and be great.”
“He has romance about him as a producer,” said Neil of Liddell. “He loves the process too.”
“To have done it as long as he has,” Kimberly expanded, “and have all the wisdom he has about songs and making records, he somehow still has the wonder about it all. He’s like us. We want to write and record an album that, if it’s the last one we make, we’d be OK with knowing people would think that was us. Musically, we’ve grown. As human beings, we’ve grown. But we’re like anyone figuring out their life at this age.
“So we want to write songs that are true to what we know,” she continued, “things that represent those aspects of our life so it represents what our fans are experiencing too.”
“We’re getting it on a lot of levels,” Reid said. “We’re in our 20s, but we’re pulling out gray hairs! We’re having so much fun, but there’s a lot of work to do too.”
The Alabama-born-and-raised group is thrilled that there is a pace to keep up, given the standard they set with their first album. The notion of accordion, fiddles reeling and acoustic instruments pushed to their limits thrills them, as does the response their music has received. “I’d hope this music gives voice to someone who doesn’t have the words,” Reid said.
And, again jumping in to elaborate, Kimberly noted, “You’d like it to touch people and hopefully make a difference, encourage or challenge them, answer or ask questions, because songs can mean a hundred different things to people — even different things to the same person over time. I know (the Beatles’) ‘Let It Be’ meant so much to me at different times and it’s always perfect for that time. I’d love for us to be like that too.”
With time blocked to write, The Band Perry is steeping in the creative process as they’re basking in the glow of their three CMA Awards. Given the creativity shown on their debut, and the work they put in to support their music, it’s likely the group, equal parts sunshine and Spanish moss, will find solid footing in Country Music.
On the Web: www.TheBandPerry.com


Parallel Entertainment

Parallel Entertainment
L to R: Tim Hunze, Brian Maher, Jeremy Stover, C.T. Wyatt,
Denise Stevens (Loeb & Loeb LLP)
Brian Maher Latest Addition to Nashville Roster
Nashville, TN (February 7, 2012) -- Parallel Music Publishing in Nashville is pleased to announce the addition of award-winning songwriter Brian Maher to its publishing roster.  Maher, who signed with the company in December and is probably best known for co-penning Justin Moore’s “Small Town USA” with songwriter and producer Jeremy Stover, joins recently on-boarded songsmith Blake Chaffin to Parallel’s quickly expanding roster. 
“Brain is a great friend and a talented songwriter,” said Stover. “I expect amazing things to come from his new relationship with Parallel.”
The son of famed Nashville producer/songwriter Brent Maher, Brian grew up around a studio and with some of the biggest names in the business (Dionne Warwick, Sly Stone, Bobby Darrin, Kenny Rogers, etc.).  He even went to school with the Judds, an act his father discovered and made famous.  
“There never was a conscious decision to strive for a creative career in the industry,” explains Maher.  “I was just constantly around it…it was already a part of my life.  So writing and producing were something that kind of just happened through osmosis…it was just something I naturally absorbed.”    
By the age of 21, Brian had already landed his first publishing deal with Moraine Music Group.  Throughout the years, Maher has bolstered the catalogs of Welk Music and Warner Brothers publishing groups,  landed cuts by such artists as Taylor Swift, Justin Moore, Lonestar, Emerson Drive, Danielle Peck and Randy Montana and has received numerous awards and recognitions by ASCAP, NSAI and Billboard (to name a few).  
Maher is now beginning a new chapter in songwriting with Parallel Music Publishing and is anxious to get to work.  
 “I feel very fortunate to work with such a talented group of people,” expressed Maher.  “Parallel’s influence in the entertainment industry reaches far beyond that of a typical Nashville publishing company,” he adds.  “I am really excited about the additional opportunities our relationship will bring.”  
Parallel Music Publishing is part of Los Angeles-based Parallel Entertainment, a full-service talent management and production company.  It has produced everything from motion pictures to music albums, to programming for a variety of cable television networks.  Its talent roster boasts some of comedy’s most notable acts like Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy, Bill Engvall and Lisa Lampanelli, as well as music acts like Zella Day and Warner Music Nashville recording artist Dean Alexander.  It also manages actors including former CMT Insider host Lance Smith.  The Nashville publishing company is a partnership between Tim Hunze, Parallel Entertainment Founder & CEO  J.P. Williams and C.T. Wyatt, who runs the Nashville office of Parallel Entertainment.  
About Parallel Entertainment
Founded in 1991 by CEO J.P. Williams, Parallel Entertainment is a Los Angeles-based talent management and production company.  Parallel develops, finances and produces a wide range of entertainment projects, including feature films; DVD premiere features; comedy and music albums; and television series and specials for network and cable.  The filmed entertainment productions include several one-hour specials for Comedy Central and HBO; and several motion pictures, including Blue Collar Comedy Tour:  The Movie; Blue Collar Comedy Tour Rides Again and Larry the Cable Guy: Heath Inspector, Delta Farce, Witless Protection for theatrical release.  For more information on Parallel Entertainment, please visit: parallelentertainment.com.




Marc Anthony, Lady Antebellum and Ryan Seacrest
To Present at the Music Industry's Premier Event

Music's Biggest Night® — Hosted by Rapper/Actor LL COOL J — Airs Live on CBS
Sunday, Feb. 12, 8 ET/PT

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Feb. 7, 2012) — Current GRAMMY® nominee Chris Brown; nominees Tony Bennett and Carrie Underwood, who will perform together; and 14-time GRAMMY winner Alicia Keys and nine-time GRAMMY winner Bonnie Raitt, who will remember Etta James, have been added to the stellar lineup for the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards® (www.grammy.com). Two-time GRAMMY and three-time Latin GRAMMY® winner Marc Anthony, six-time GRAMMY winners and current nominees Lady Antebellum, and television and radio host/producer Ryan Seacrest will appear as presenters. Music's Biggest Night® — hosted by two-time GRAMMY winner LL COOL J — takes place live on Sunday, Feb. 12 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast in high definition and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The show also will be supported on radio worldwide via Dial Global, and covered online at GRAMMY.com and CBS.com, and on YouTube at www.youtube.com/thegrammys. Additional performers, presenters and special segments will be announced soon. For GRAMMY coverage, updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy®'s social networks on Twitter and Facebook: www.twitter.com/thegrammys, www.facebook.com/thegrammys.

Brown has three nominations: Best R&B Album for F.A.M.E., and Best Rap Performance (with Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes) and Best Rap Song for "Look At Me Now."

Fourteen-time GRAMMY Winner and Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Bennett has two nods: Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for "Body And Soul" (with Amy Winehouse), and Best Traditional Pop Album for Duets II (with Various Artists).

Five-time GRAMMY winner Underwood is nominated for Best Country Solo Performance for "Mama's Song."

Previously announced performers for the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards include Adele (in her first live performance since undergoing vocal cord surgery last fall); Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson; Glen Campbell with The Band Perry and Blake Shelton; Coldplay and Rihanna; Foo Fighters; Bruno Mars; Paul McCartney; Nicki Minaj; Katy Perry; Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band; and Taylor Swift. Aldean, The Band Perry, Minaj, and Shelton will perform on the GRAMMY telecast for the first time. Previously announced presenters are Dierks Bentley, Jack Black, Drake, Fergie, Miranda Lambert, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, and Ringo Starr. LL COOL J has hosted "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night" since its inception in December 2008, and this is his first time hosting the annual GRAMMY Awards telecast.

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like "The GRAMMYs" on Facebook, and join The GRAMMYs' social communities on YouTube, Tumblr, Foursquare, GetGlue, and Instagram.


Former Pro Bull Rider Heightens Recognition As Music Entertainer
Signs With Nashville Management Team • Makes First Appearance At CRS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 07, 2012)—Former professional bull rider Justin McBride, who is most widely recognized as a PBR World Champion in arenas across the country, is redirecting his career to satisfy yet another hunger for excitement.

With plans on the horizon to expand his branding as a country music recording artist to be reckoned with, Justin McBride has recently announced his alliance with a roundup of industry execs to signify his goal. Solidifying a group of top-notch professionals to tout his pure roughrider sound, McBride recently signed with Patterson Management as its flagship talent and Music City Media for public relations representation. McBride’s early 2012 tour schedule (appearing in arenas, at fairs and festivals, and in honky-tonks across the U.S.) makes evident country music fans are vying for him.

Patterson Management, headed by husband and wife team, Tim and Darla Patterson, signed Justin as their lead artist. Music veterans both on and off stage (as performing musicians, writers and producers), the pair is prepared to navigate McBride’s career through appearances, sponsorships and upcoming music releases.

“I really couldn’t ask for a more iron-clad group of folks to help me set my music in motion,” Justin McBride shares. “Tim and Darla are also part of my band and I trust them wholly to back me up in all aspects of my career in the music business.”

McBride will appear and participate for the first time at Country Radio Seminar taking place in Nashville later this month. He is scheduled to make introductions with radio programmers, participate in media interviews and appear in a special “Stage It” performance to be held at the Sony Tree Fire Hall on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 8:00 PM along side award-winning songwriter, Wynn Varble. Varble has penned hits such as “Have You Forgotten?,” “Waitin' On A Woman” and “A Little More Country Than That.” (The “Stage It” show will be streamed at http://www.stageit.com/wynnvarble/wynn_s_world/6919.)

Justin McBride has led a storied life of adventure, success and love and he wears it well.  A fifth generation cowboy, McBride is a full-blooded bull rider. Riding atop thousands of bulls in his lifetime, with braided rope embedded in the palm of his hand, McBride began his professional career in 1999.  He's achieved notoriety and coveted titles most have not—before walking away—earning his first Professional Bull Riding World Championship in 2005. McBride has a record 32 career wins and was the first professional bull rider to earn more than $5 million over the course of his career.

Drawn to the music he was raised on in America’s heartland, McBride departed his bull riding career a winner. Releasing his debut album, DON’T LET GO, within seven short days of earning his second PBR World Championship (2007), Justin McBride set his sights toward another lifelong dream to entertain in a different arena, leaving the sawdust for the stage.

“I still love riding and the next ride is as exciting as the last,” McBride explains. “It’s just as big a thrill to perform on stage (and a little less life-threatening). I am so thankful for the opportunity to pursue my other passion in country music and I think the two worlds boast fans like no other. The support they’ve shown in the transition has been overwhelming and sharing my music is one of the best ways that I can stay in touch.”

A model cowboy who carries the torch for the likes of Chris LeDoux, Justin McBride’s vocals are as gravely as a country road, and he walks the walk and talks the talk. No stranger to a microphone or the spotlight, Justin is an entertainer who has made special appearances to host a number of national television shows; he recorded and released a live CD/DVD LIVE AT BILLY BOB'S TEXAS, and has performed at the Grand Ole Opry. Preparing for another ride with the charge to bring his life experiences to song, McBride is recording this week in Nashville with plans to deliver his latest single to radio in late Spring/early Summer.

More information, including an updated tour schedule, is available at justinmcbride.com.

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     On The Road....."Leaving beautiful California is kind of like leaving the vacation spot of the world," says Bob Everhart, the 12-string guitar picker for Bob & Sheila.  "We were all set to do a couple of small shows with Patti Page, but she is not doing well at all health wise.  She's 83 years old, and we sure wanted to do some shows with her, but it didn't happen.  We're on the road now, which might delay our weekly column, and staying at the Lake Casa Blanca State Park in Texas was exactly that experience.  No wi-fi. There's a tremendous amount of road construction going on in the Laredo, Texas, area too, and even finding this particular State Park was a chore, but we managed to get in before dark.  Casa Blanca Lake, translated is the White House Lake, and it's water level is really down, according to the lines on the shore.  Everywhere we've been in west Texas has been a drought area, even all the way over to Big Bend National Park.  Another thing we've noticed in traveling off the Interstate, there are a lot more 'check points' than we remember from the past.  These 'check points' are stops to check citizenship papers, and are always where dogs sniff your entire vehicle.  Needless to say, our own dog and cat get excited by the additional visitors.  These stops are only very short interruptions to travel, and the Border Patrol is very busy on this highway all the way south."
     "We thought it was kind of funny when we went through Eagle Pass," Sheila added.  "We stopped at a Burger King which is located right next door to a large cemetery.  It must have been some sort of 'day of the dead' for Mexicans, because the cemetery was completely full of very colorful plastic flowers, lots and lots and lots of them.  While we ate at the Burger King, a guy sitting next to us piped right up, and said, "I always have lunch with my grandmother."  We thought that was nice, except he was all by himself.  "Where's your grandmother," I asked him, and he said "Oh she's over there in the cemetery."  I guess the Burger King should put some umbrellas and picnic tables over there too."
     "Budget lunch on the road has a whole new meaning," Bobbie Lhea, the 15-year old daughter of Bob & Sheila.  "Dad doesn't look for a 'cheap' place to eat, he looks for a 'CHEAP' place to eat.   We don't often do McDonalds, but this time was our time.  Still, they have some pretty good chicken nuggets, and mom and dad think their coffee is better than most any other fast food joint.  Anyway, I usually get something I like, so I don't mind."
     "We'll be in the Rio Grande Valley for a couple of months," Bob added.  "When Sheila and I asked Bobbie Lhea a couple of years ago, what she would like to do for her 16th birthday, lo and behold she said she wanted to go to Paris.  We've been there lots of times, but the last time Bobbie was only about nine, so she probably doesn't remember it.  We've been saving our coins to do that, but we're still coming up short, so now if Bobbie takes care of the CD-table, she gets all the profit toward our trip to Paris, hopefully right around her 16th birthday which will be in October.





Nashville, TN… (February 6, 2012)…Country Music superstar and last month's “This Is NRA Country” Artist Of The Month Trace Adkins has been invited to headline the second annual NRA Country Jam, presented by Bushnell and Folds of Honor.  The concert will take place on Friday, April 13th at the Ferrara Theatre, just steps away from the exhibit hall in America's Center in St. Louis during the NRA Annual meetings.
The exhibit hall will be filled to capacity with over 500 exhibitors displaying every shooting and hunting related product and accessory imaginable. Over 70,000 NRA members are expected in St. Louis for three fun filled days that will be kicked off by Adkins and NRA Country Jam II.
An avid supporter of our U.S. military, Adkins, together with NRA Country and Bushnell, have designated a portion of the proceeds from the NRA Country Jam to benefit the Folds of Honor Foundation. Founded by Iraq veteran Major Dan Rooney, Folds of Honor provides post‐secondary educational scholarships for children and spouses of U.S. military service members killed or disabled during service. Since its founding in 2007, the foundation has generated more than $9.8 million for post‐secondary education scholarships.

“I can’t wait to take the stage at the NRA Country Jam 2.  It’s going to be a great show,” says Adkins.  “Folds of Honor is an important cause and I’m happy to help give back to those who give so much for our freedom.”
For more information about the event visit NRA Country.  To learn more about Folds of Honor, make a contribution or nominate a recipient, visit www.FoldsofHonor.org.

ABOUT NRA COUNTRY: NRA Country is a celebration of American values. Respect. Honor. Freedom. It's a lifestyle and a bond between the country music community and hard-working Americans everywhere. It's powered by pride, freedom, love of country, respect for the military, and the responsibilities of protecting the great American life. 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. NRA Country will be involved in causes that defend our values and it will empower our artist friends who promote these values to encourage our next generation of leaders. For more information and latest events, visit www.nracountry.com and follow NRA Country on twitter @nracountry2010.

ABOUT TRACE ADKINS:  Trace Adkins is one of Country music's most versatile and accomplished entertainers. His instantly recognizable baritone has earned 30 charted singles and 15 Top Ten hits gold, platinum, and multi-platinum albums with total sales surpassing 10 million. He is the author of A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions from a Freethinking Roughneck. He was a finalist on NBC's The Celebrity Apprentice, where he charmed millions while his recent role in The Lincoln Lawyer put him in the company of Matthew McConaughey, Ryan Phillipe, Jon Leguizamo and William H. Macy in the box-office topping theatrical release.
A member of the Grand Ole Opry, Adkins was raised on Country and Gospel and is known as a traditionalist who speaks his mind and honors the past. The 6'6" star is a father of five daughters and a family man to the core. He is a former oil rigger who still works his farm himself. His "gruff" demeanor hides a self-deprecating, humble man with the coolness that comes from defeating death (more than once) and realizing everything else is small stuff. When a fire claimed his home in June 2011 in Tennessee, Trace first made sure his family was unharmed, then immediately redirected his fans' offers of support to the Red Cross. 
Trace Adkins’ tenth studio album, PROUD TO BE HERE, features the Top Ten hit, "Just Fishin'" and latest single, “Million Dollar View.” The album was released on August 2, 2011 on Show Dog - Universal Music and debuted at #2 on the Billboard Country Album Chart.

Steve Martin Collaborations With 2012 Tour

Bluegrass Iconoclasts Follow-Up Acclaimed Steve Martin Collaborations With 2012 Tour, Major Festivals, & TV Appearances
NASHVILLE, Tenn., February 06, 2012 - IBMA’s Entertainers of the Year the Steep Canyon Rangers today announced the April 10 release of their Rounder Records solo band debut album, Nobody Knows You. With this 5th album, the band – current Grammy nominees for ‘Best Bluegrass Album’ for 2011’s Rare Bird Alert collaboration with Steve Martin – takes a giant step forward as songwriters and performers who continue to redefine both traditional and progressive approaches to the genre. And with a 2012 schedule that features their most ambitious international theater, university and festival tour to date – including headlining the Winnipeg Festival in Winnipeg, Canada, the Stagecoach Festival in Indio, California and the Rhythm and Roots Festival in Bristol, Tennessee – they remain the band bringing bluegrass to perhaps its biggest audience ever. “The Steep Canyon Rangers, with whom I have had the great pleasure of touring and have shared the wonderful honor of IBMA’s Entertainer of the Year Award,” says Martin, “are not only great musicians who continue to explore both the new and old styles of bluegrass and bring a fresh energy to the traditions of American music, but they are also really fun on a bus.”
Nobody Knows You is the next level for the North Carolina quintet – Mike Guggino (mandolin/vocals), Charles Humphrey III (bass/vocals), Woody Platt (guitar/lead vocals), Nicky Sanders (fiddle/vocals) and Graham Sharp (banjo/vocals) – known for forging their own distinct path within a famously traditional genre. Having defied all notions of “déjà bluegrass” since their beginnings more than 12 years ago at UNC Chapel Hill, the new album – co-produced by the band and nine-time Grammy-winner Gary Paczosa – is fueled by deft musicianship, impeccable songwriting, distinctive vocals, and creative arrangements that eschew all formulas. “We’ve made enough records by now that if we can’t just follow what we want to do,” says Graham Sharp, who wrote seven of the album’s dozen songs, “then what’s the point of us doing it?” The result – which blasts out of the box with the album’s buoyantly mold-breaking title track – is the most adventurous and fully realized accomplishment Steep Canyon Rangers have achieved to date, and the record is poised to bring them to audiences beyond their already devoted bluegrass, folk, americana and jamband fanbase.
The band’s acclaimed 2010 album Deep In The Shade remained in Billboard’s Bluegrass Top 10 for 18 weeks. In March 2011, Rare Bird Alert – the band’s Grammy nominated collaborative and featuring special guest vocals from Paul McCartney and the Dixie Chicks – debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Bluegrass Chart and at #43 on the Billboard Top 200. Contributing key performances at festivals like MerleFest and Bonnaroo alongside Steve Martin throughout 2011, the Steep Canyon Rangers also performed alone as a quintet on stages such as Telluride, RockyGrass, and ‘A Prairie Home Companion’ with Garrison Keillor. Recent national and international television appearances by the band with Steve Martin include The View, Late Show With David Letterman, The Colbert Report, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Austin City Limits and Later With Jools Holland. The band and Steve Martin will be attending the 54th Annual Grammy Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles on February 12th. Steep Canyon Rangers will celebrate the release of Nobody Knows You with CD release events in both Nashville and New York during the last week of March in preparation for the April 10th, 2012 release date.

Lana Del Rey – Album BORN TO DIE

Lana Del Rey – Album BORN TO DIE weltweit auf Erfolgskurs – Nummer 1 der deutschen Albumcharts
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Wann hat es das zuletzt gegeben? Weltweit erobert Lana Del Rey auch mit ihrem Album "Born To Die" die Herzen im Sturm. In Deutschland steigt "Born To Die" in dieser Woche von null auf eins in die Albumcharts ein. Gleiches gilt für England und Irland. Spitzenpositionen unter den Top Drei werden zudem in Frankreich, den USA und Kanada erwartet. In über 15 Ländern führt das Album der 25jährigen New Yorkerin die lokalen iTunes-Charts an. In Deutschland, England, Irland, Frankreich, Polen und in der Schweiz hat "Born To Die" Album bereits jetzt GOLD-Status erreicht. Bereits mit "Video Games" hat sie uns in ihren Bann gezogen und verzaubert. Seit zwei Monaten bewegt sich der Song nun ununterbrochen in den Top Fünf der deutschen Single-Charts, davon allein drei Wochen in Folge auf der Eins! Schon längst ist die Single für über 300.000 verkaufte Einheiten mit PLATIN ausgezeichnet. Ihre Video-Clips zu "Video Games", "Blue Jeans" und "Born To Die" werden weiterhin millionenfach geklickt. Lana Del Rey zeigt auf "Born To Die", dass sie mehr ist als ein "Hype". Die Songs des Albums und aus ihrer Feder berühren millionenfach Menschen rund um den ganzen Globus.
Deutschland wird im Rahmen der Echo-Verleihung am 22.03. wieder das Vergnügen haben, Lana Del Rey auf der Bühne zu sehen, wo sie die Zuschauer im Saal und vor den Fernsehschirmen mit ihrer außergewöhnlichen Stimme und ihrem außergewöhnlichen Talent verzaubern wird. Die ARD überträgt die Gala an diesem Tag ab 20:15 Uhr.
Einen kleinen Vorgeschmack auf weitere große Songs aus dem neuen Album liefert der Titeltrack "Born To Die", der am 9. März als zweite Single aus dem Album veröffentlicht wird.
Das Video dazu liefert das französische Wunderkind Woodkid, der den Song in seiner ganzen Größe inszeniert hat: http://www.universal-music.de/lanadelrey/videos/detail/video:267624/born-to-die/.
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