Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Pistol Annies Vinyl Release Of Hell On Heels

Pistol Annies Celebrate "Record Store Day" With Vinyl Release Of Hell On Heels

NASHVILLE, TN – Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley, a.k.a. the Pistol Annies, will commemorate Record Store Day with the vinyl release of their critically acclaimed album, Hell On Heels. The vinyl version will be released on Record Store Day which is Saturday, April 21. The CD and digital album was released in August of last year and has already yielded a Gold single with the title track.
In addition, there’s a widget available at http://www.tweematic.com/pistolannies/ that features an animated record player where fans can listen to the album with the “fuzz and crackle” feel of a well-loved and worn vinyl record. By sharing the widget, fans are automatically registered to win an autographed copy of the album and a Sony USB Stereo Turntable to play it on. Fans can find a list of participating independent record stores on the site as well.
“The music of the Pistol Annies is the three of us truly being ourselves—not only in our songwriting and storytelling, but also in the way we perform as a team.” We wanted to make music that people talk about but might not want to admit and it’s the kind of raw and honest country music that deserves to be on vinyl,” said Miranda.
The trio was born during a songwriting session with Lambert, a.k.a. “Lonestar Annie” and Monroe, a.k.a “Hipppie Annie.” While writing and sharing stories, Monroe decided that Lambert and Presley, a.k.a “Holler Annie,” needed to meet, and a midnight phone call with the three of them launched the group. The three of them wrote and co-wrote every song on the album and were joined by Pistol Andy, a.k.a Blake Shelton, on the song “Family Feud.”

Carrie Underwood Live On Letterman

Grammy® Award Winner Carrie Underwood To Perform "Live On Letterman" Webcast, Monday, April 30

Performance to Precede the Release of Her New Album, Blown Away
CBS Interactive Music Group’s award-winning concert webcast series, LIVE ON LETTERMAN, will showcase country music superstar and multiple GRAMMY® Award winner Carrie Underwood in a live webcast concert from the world-famous Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City, Monday, April 30 (8:00 PM, ET/5:00 PM, PT).
Underwood will play music from throughout her career, including her newest single, “Good Girl,” from the forthcoming release, Blown Away, which hits stores May 1, the day after her webcast performance. The LIVE ON LETTERMAN franchise, which has surpassed 100 million views to date, has been host to some of the most established bands and musicians across the globe, staged in an intimate and dynamic setting for worldwide followers to enjoy.
Fans can watch Underwood’s webcast live or on-demand at http://www.cbs.com/late_night/liveonletterman/. In addition, the show is available live and on-demand through CBS properties, broadcast on select CBS RADIO stations, viewable live on CBS’s JumboTron in Times Square, as well as via a live audio stream on Radio.com’s ( http://radio.com/mobile/ ) mobile applications. The webcasts are also offered through VEVO’s website ( http://www.vevo.com/ ) and most mobile apps, with on-demand performances available across the entire VEVO platform including VEVO.com, mobile and connected devices and syndication partners.
Carrie Underwood is a five-time GRAMMY Award winner, a two-time Academy of Country Music Awards Entertainer of the Year, a three-time Country Music Association and ACM Female Vocalist winner and a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry. Since her debut in 2005, Underwood has amassed more than 14 million in album sales and has placed 14 #1 singles on the charts. Underwood’s new single, “Good Girl,” from her fourth album, Blown Away, is currently skyrocketing up the charts and was certified Gold after only six weeks of being released.
Underwood’s LIVE ON LETTERMAN webcast will follow the taping of her performance on the LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN, which will be broadcast later that evening (11:35 PM-12:37 AM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.



(Nashville, TN) Jimmy C. Newman, The Patriarch of Cajun Music has released a new CD project “Swamp Country.”  The “Alligator Man” as he is called, has finally put together a 12 song collection of what he calls Swamp Country Music, and now all of his fans can enjoy the songs and music that Jimmy C. loves so much. 

I spoke with Jimmy about my wanting to do a press release on his new project because he is responsible in my eyes for keeping Cajun Music alive and well in the American Music Scene.  He is the man who has stayed true to the roots of his music, and it is the reason that he still sings with the passion of a 21 year old.  He marriage to Miss Mae has been one that has been the foundation for his love of life and of Country and Cajun music for so many years.  He is still going strong with 50+ years as a member of the Grand Ole Opry, and continues to make the Opry a home to bring his music to the millions of fans who listen every week on WSM-AM when he takes the stage of the Opry.

Jimmy C. Newman has stayed the course through all of these years of music going through its peaks and valleys, and he remains the same super person he has always been.  I believe that he has a spot reserved at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, in the rotunda with the rest of his friends.  He is one of Nashville’s great artists, but he is also one of our great songwriters.  He comes from the era when the foundation of country music was being built, as one of a group of pioneers who laid the cornerstone for country music.

The life of Jimmy C. Newman has been rewarding in more ways than music, especially the many years he has been with his lifelong love Mae, who is always at his side with her support of his life’s work, and for their family.  Together they give life to the fact that marriage and music can work and they are a true testimonial to the facts.

Jimmy still carries the glowing torch for his music today in a different world of country music.  He continues to bring the great sound of Cajun Music to the stage of the Grand Ole Opry and to those special personal appearances that he still makes.  He is comfortable being home, and as we say after years of success, being on his ranch is where he loves to be.  Still performing as strong as he ever was, with good health, great music, he believes in the adage that, “Life Is Good.” 

We in the music industry have been blessed to have this man as a mentor to many, a friend to all, and one of music’s great gentlemen.  Take a minute to go to Jimmy’s website at the following:   http://jimmycnewman.net .  Make your music collection stronger by getting a copy of “Jimmy C. Newman Sings Swamp Music.”  He is one of the reasons why we can look back and see how country music was built with the labor and love of many legends, and Jimmy C. Newman was a part of that era.

Luke Bryan's Tailgates & Tanlines Certified Platinum

Luke Bryan's latest album, Tailgates & Tanlines, has been certified platinum for shipments of 1 million units. It's his first platinum album. Released in August 2011, the project includes the hits "Country Girl (Shake It for Me)," "I Don't Want This Night to End" and "Drunk on You." Bryan's upcoming tour dates include Reno, Nev., on April 26 and the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio, Calif., on April 28. He will resume his tour with Jason Aldean in May.

Carrie Underwood is ‘Blown Away’ on Billboard Cover

Carrie Underwood is literally getting ‘Blown Away’ on the cover of Billboard magazine. I guess, that’s the clever way to discuss her upcoming album of the same name. This is the first new music from Carrie in a while, and she’s certain fans will think the wait was worth it.
“I’ve taken all of my albums into as many different directions as possible, while still keeping them coherent. This is just a whole new level of that. I really do think there’s something for everyone.”
Carrie wasn’t taking a conscious break from music, but she insists she was just living her life. Married to hockey husband Mike Fisher, Carrie was simply living her life and gaining inspiration.
“It seems like people have an album out every year and they are on a ‘perma-tour’ is what I call it. They tour permanently, all the time. I think I just made that word up,” she says with a smile. “They live on tour and when they aren’t on tour, they are making an album. To me, if you have no life in between albums, you have nothing to write about . . . I have to live.”

Hunter Hayes Celebrates Amazing Week

In less than two weeks since Hunter Hayes’ video for “Wanted” made it’s GAC debut, it has taken the #1 position on GAC’s Top 20 Countdown. This marks Hunter’s first #1 video on GAC. The same week, “Wanted,” which was released just weeks ago, broke Billboard’s Top 40 chart. Making this an even more magical week for Hunter, while at the Grand Ole Opry on Friday night, legendary Opry member, Little Jimmy Dickens, invited Hunter back onstage for an encore. As he took the world-famous stage, throngs of screaming fans came running down to the front of the stage to cheer and sing along to every word.

“I don’t know what else to say but THANK YOU, to my fans, for voting me into GAC’s Top 20 Countdown, and to be #1, I am so excited,” said Hunter. “To top off the night I got to see you all in person, screaming and singing along to every single word at the OPRY! You guys are absolutely the best!”

Blake Shelton, 'Drink on It' Tops the Charts

The reigning CMA and ACM Male Vocalist of the Year Blake Shelton has his sixth consecutive chart-topping hit with "Drink on It." He is now the only solo male country artist to have his six most recent singles all hit No. 1.   Written by Jon Randall, Jessi Alexander and Rodney Clawson, "Drink on It"

The reigning CMA and ACM Male Vocalist of the Year Blake Shelton has his sixth consecutive chart-topping hit with "Drink on It." He is now the only solo male country artist to have his six most recent singles all hit No. 1.

Written by Jon Randall, Jessi Alexander and Rodney Clawson, "Drink on It" is the third release from Blake's Grammy-nominated Red River Blue album. "It got right down to the wire," Blake recalls of recording the song. "It was the last song we ended up cutting for the album and ironically, it's one of my top three or four favorites on the record. It's a sexy song that I haven't heard anything quite like."

Toby Keith Sponsors Red Solo Cup Video Contest

It's hard not to sing along to Toby Keith's "Red Solo Cup." Now there's a reward for it. Fans can upload a video of themselves singing the song on Keith's Facebook page and have it "mashed" up with his official music video. Winners will be selected from the videos with the most "likes." The winner will get two tickets and two meet and greet passes to an upcoming Toby Keith show. The second place finisher gets an autographed album. Winners will be announced in July.


Plus Pop-Country and a Touch of Bakersfierld
That's BACM's Kind of Country Music

At first glance it might appear that BACM is strictly old-timey and although it regularly releases such music - what other labels can offer such vintage delights? - there's much, much more to the Kent based record company. With a catalog that now approaching 400 cd releases, the music horizons are wide taking in such as Western Swing, Cajun, Gospel, Cowboy Songs, Duets and Record Label compilations.

Averaging three new cds a month, featuring a range of artists from the obscure to the famous that originally saw the light of day on similarly rated record labels, the past few months have seen varied releases certain to appeal to all manner of country music enthusiasts.

Looking through the recent BACM cd’s, Western Swing is well represented with compilations from several of the leading performers of the genre. Among the most legendary of all the bands was the Lightcrust Doughboys (with Milton Brown and Bob Wills being among the original members) and the label’s second Doughboys release covers the period 1933-41, from early string band to full blown swing, among the tracks the tribute Memories of Jimmie Rodgers. Roy Newman & His Boys are commonly regarded as one of the most important swing bands pre-WWII, although their music was heard more on radio rather than in the dance halls. Another prominent pioneer was Bill Boyd (not to be confused with the “Hopalong Cassidy” Boyd) with his music also leaning towards country and cowboy material. Featuring his band the Cowboy Ramblers, this collection mainly spotlights recordings from the mid/late 1930s and includes duets with brother Jim (inc.When The Sun Goes Down, Watching The World Go By). A much overdue cd from Jim Boyd is also available which includes Truck Driver’s Boogie and Dear John as well as a couple of duets with Dallas radio’s Terry Lea, culled from the RCA Victor archives and airchecks.

More deep roots of country music can be heard on Old Time Tunes & Songs (Vol 2). Featuring recording from the late 1920s and ‘30s, this collection introduces many unfamiliar names to the record collector although several of songs (Golden Slippers, Arkansas Traveller, Blue Mountain Blues among others) will not be. Also from the same era, the Shelton Bothers, Bob and Joe, presented their South-eastern flavoured harmonies in a varied song repertoire mostly recorded for Decca.

Delving into cowboy territory, the Cass County Boys – who extensively toured with Gene Autry as well as appearing in his movies – are heard on a generous 32 track cd that includes such classics Don’t Fence Me In, Along The Navajo Trail, I Ride An Old Paint and Cool Water. Another outfit which mixed western and swing music were the Tune Wranglers from San Antonio: although their recording career only lasted three years, they gained a reputation as one of the most popular Texas fiddle bands of the era.

Among the recent releases representing post WWII country music comes cds from Cowboy Copas, Leon Payne and Jack Rivers. Copas’ music ran the gamut of country styles, enjoying his greatest chart success on King Records and among the 27 tracks in this selection is a duet with his daughter Kathy, You’ll Never ever See Me Cry. One of country music's finest singer-songwriters was Leon Payne (I Love You Because among his credits) and his new release is a real collector’s items, the rarely heard Lang-Worth Transcription recordings. Jack Rivers, who was active in the post-war LA scene (before moving to Seattle), recorded for a variety of labels and is heard as a fine singer, songwriter and hot guitarist in his representation on BACM. Also a member of the West Coast country fraternity was Cousin Herb Henson, who was encouraged to move to Bakersfield by the town’s music founding father Bill Woods. One of the pivotal figures in what became known as the “Bakersfield Sound”, he brought touches of humour into his music and recorded for such labels as Tally and Capitol.

Arguably more pop than country, Jeannie Black enjoyed massive 1960 crossover success with He’ll Have To Stay (an answer to Jim Reeves’ He’ll Have To Go). Her cd release features Capitol recordings of several hits of the period as well as a handful of tracks with sister Janie. And more females are featured on the compilation Country Ladies Of The 1950s, which takes in the talents of Louise Duncan, Alvadean Coker, Margie Bowes, Harvie June Van, Helen Carter, Carolyn Bradshaw and Myrna Lorrie.

Finally the latest compilations spotlighting record labels – this time 4 Star and Dot. Although many of the names on the former maybe be unfamiliar to the majority of contemporary country music – Stuart Hamblen being the most well known – this collection provides an entertaining introduction to artists like Don Whitney, Merle Lindsay, Jack Tucker and the McQuaig Twins (later gaining immortality as the Holly Sisters, on Liberty, when they recorded I Want Elvis For Christmas in 1956) who enjoyed success in several different US regional areas. Much more well known will be the line-up appearing on Tennessee’s Dot outlet and include Don Reno & Red Smiley, Jimmy Work, Mac Wiseman,, Wade Ray and Bonnie Guitar.

All cds come with booklets featuring detailed biography information penned by much respected country music historians, journalists and writers. They are available from the British Archive of Country Music, post free, and each cost £10.00 (UK), $16.00 (USA) or €14.00 (Europe) - or, at half price, for regular buyers thanks to a special subscribers scheme.

BACM Records was created by collector/archivist David Barnes and stalwart country musician Brian Golbey, and is an offshoot of Barnes’ British Archive of Country Music, a vast museum of recordings and artefacts that matured out of his exhaustive 60 year personal collection. The Archive has over 500,000 recordings and everything, including artists and songs, is listed on its extensive database. The Archive is available for use (by appointment) by the media, record, TV & film producers, serious collectors and university students.

Deborah Allen Is Just Warming Up

Deborah Allen Is Just Warming Up
By Robert K. Oermann
© 2012 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc.
Singer/songwriter Deborah Allen is receiving fresh honors for yesterday’s songs while re-launching her career using today’s recording technology.

Deborah Allen. Photo credit: John Scarpati
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Deborah Allen. Photo credit: John Scarpati
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Deborah Allen. Photo credit: John Scarpati
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In 2011, BMI certified her 1983 pop/crossover smash “Baby I Lied” (written by Allen, Rory Bourke and Rafe Van Hoy) as having been broadcast more than 2 million times. In addition, the performance rights organization certified four other Allen songs as having achieved 1 million broadcast performances: John Conlee’s “I'm Only in It for the Love,” Janie Fricke’s “Let's Stop Talkin' About It,” Patty Loveless’ “Hurt Me Bad in a Real Good Way” and Tanya Tucker’s “Can I See You Tonight.”
Ironically, these honors come with Allen now focusing on 12 new songs for Hear Me Now, her first new collection of Country songs in more than a decade. Though her previous work was released on major labels, this one was issued in August by Delta Rock Records, an indie founded and run by her manager and husband, Raymond Hicks.
“That was the only way I knew how to do it back then,” Allen said. “The major labels had the advantage of great marketing dollars. But with the advent of the Internet, it’s a much more level playing field for an independent artist. It was like an invisible wall had been torn down. I see the Internet as an amazing way for independent record labels to leap over traditional roadblocks.”
“Change is good,” added Hicks. “The unknown is exciting, even the slippery slopes. When it’s a muddy track, anybody can win.”
And on Elvis Presley’s birthday, Jan. 8, she also used the Internet to announce her Amazing Graceland Contest at AmazingGracelandContest.com. “Amazing Graceland” is an Elvis tribute that appears on Hear Me Now, with Allen as the sole writer. Elvis Presley Enterprises featured the song and contest on its official Elvis Facebook page. She also announced the contest on the SiriusXM Elvis Radio channel. The winner, to be announced in mid-April, will receive a trip to Memphis and Graceland during Elvis Presley Week in August as well as a Gibson guitar and other prizes.
“Talk about making new friends!” she exclaimed. “Elvis’ fan base on Facebook alone is over 5 million. There is no way I could have been exposed to them, if not for the Internet.”
A Memphis native, Allen grew up with the music and legacy of Elvis as a presence in her world. “He was always in our midst,” she recalled. “He really was our hometown hero. My parents actually upholstered and designed the interior of Elvis’ first tour bus. My sister and I camped out in the bus! We spent a night in it. Today, I get a laugh out of it when I say, ‘Yeah, I slept in Elvis’ bed.’ But I was 3 years old and he wasn’t there!”
Despite that connection, Allen never set foot in Graceland until she was booked to play a private function across the street from the famed attraction in 2009. “We got to spend the whole evening inside Graceland,” she said. “When I first stepped my foot through the door, I felt this spirit come over me. With every room, the spirit just felt stronger and stronger. When I was headed back to Nashville with Raymond, I was sitting in the car going, ‘That was amazing!’ By the time we got to Nashville, I thought of ‘Amazing Graceland’ and went ‘Get me in the house!’ I sat down and wrote the song. It was like the heavens opened up and poured this into my heart.”
Allen began her performing career in Memphis but set her sights on Nashville stardom when she was still a teenager. One of her earliest Nashville friends was songwriting legend Bobby Braddock, a member of CMA’s Country Music Hall of Fame, who produced three of the songs on Hear Me Now.
“I was a fan from the beginning and still am,” said Braddock. “I first met her at a party, back when she was barely out of her teens. She was just as enthusiastic and animated as she is now. My very first impression was, ‘Wow, what a gorgeous girl!’ As the night wore on, I was very impressed with both her singing and her writing. The most memorable thing was when she sat down on the floor and sang a cappella in this haunting voice. It was a song she had written about her mother and father. She’s a first-rate musician, really good on acoustic guitar. As a piano player myself, I envy her perfect meter and her powerful left hand on the keyboard. And when writing with her, she’s very engaging and not reluctant to let you know everything that pops into her mind. She always does her share of the heavy lifting when she co-writes.”
Two of the songs she wrote and produced on Hear Me Now have been released as singles. Both are up-tempo tunes: “Anything Other Than Love” (Allen and Gary Burr) and “It Better Be Big” (Allen and Callie Champion). The album’s ballad “Deeper Water” (Allen and Gary Nicholson) has been used in a documentary about the Underwater Warriors therapy program.
Why has it been so long since Allen’s previous album, Memphis Princess, dropped in 2006? “It’s true that I don’t have a (record) release every year,” Allen agreed. “But I’m writing every day and I’m in the studio a lot. Songwriting is just a constant process. I’m always getting ideas. I’m never going to quit loving it. I have volumes of work that no one’s heard. That’s another reason I’m so excited about the possibilities that the Internet opens up. In the future, a lot of this work will be able to find its way out.”
Over the years, Allen has written more than 1,600 songs, 27 of which have charted as Billboard Country singles. Like her friend Braddock, she is unusual in that she remains prolific years after she began writing.
“I was writing with Kix Brooks one afternoon last summer,” she said. “He was talking about his kids and how creative his daughter Molly is. He goes, ‘Have you seen her artwork?’ I looked her up and a light bulb went off: ‘Oh, my gosh, this could be the missing piece to my book!’”
The synchronicity was undeniable. Allen had written a children’s book, The Loneliest Christmas Tree, in 1986 — the year of Molly Brooks’ birth … on Christmas Eve. In short order, the two were collaborators. The result, a 54-page hardcover tale about a solitary Christmas tree facing the threat of urban development, was released in time for Allen to preside at a book signing and impromptu acoustic concert on Dec. 3 at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
Singing, songwriting, producing, performing, recording and authoring aren’t Allen’s only creative outlets. In 2006, she starred in a Nashville production of the musical “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” She also has several alter egos: “Adrian Rose” is a sexy blonde jazz singer who issued a pop standards CD in 2002, titled Nothing but Pearls, very much in the style of Billie Holiday, along with a playfully improbable bio. (“Her mother, Estar Pearl, was a chanteuse from Paris, France, who had decided to move to the Southern jazz community in the United States to further her career. … Unfortunately, Estar met with a yet unsolved ill fate and Adrian was orphaned at only 3 months old.”) “Rosetta Posey” is a high-spirited hillbilly who sometimes performs at Tootsies Orchid Lounge in Downtown Nashville. And “Sister Leona Love” is a wacky, motor-mouthed gospel preacher.
In summing up his friend’s ongoing exuberance and search for new channels where she can unleash her creativity, Bobby Braddock states the obvious: “She has a spirit that doesn’t dampen and a talent that keeps on growing and getting better.”



NASHVILLE – The legendary Glen Campbell, Ronnie Milsap, and Kenny Rogers, and reunited multi-Platinum certified group The Mavericks have joined the performer lineup for the Nightly Concerts at LP Field held during 2012 CMA Music Festival. The event takes place Thursday through Sunday, June 7-10, in downtown Nashville, and will once again be filmed for an ABC television special to air in late summer
Campbell will deliver the opening performance on the Nightly Concerts on Thursday, June 7; Milsap will open on Friday, June 8; Rogers will open on Saturday, June 9; and The Mavericks will open on Sunday, June 10.  
The current lineups for the Nightly Concerts are as follows in alphabetical order:
June 7:

Jason Aldean, Glen Campbell, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley, and Zac Brown Band
June 8:

The Band Perry, Brantley Gilbert, Ronnie Milsap, Jake Owen, Blake Shelton, and Carrie Underwood
June 9:

Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Hunter Hayes, Faith Hill, and Kenny Rogers
June 10:

Dierks Bentley, Alan Jackson, The Mavericks, Martina McBride, Scotty McCreery, and Rascal Flatts
Tickets to the individual Nightly Concerts are $40 (plus applicable handling fees) for general admission in the upper deck of LP Field. Fans can purchase their tickets through Ticketmaster at Ticketmaster.com or 1 (800) 745-3000. They can also purchase them through CMAfest.com or 1 (800) CMA-FEST (262-3378).
Four-day ticket packages are also available, from only $125 per person plus handling fees. Four-day ticket package categories correspond to varying levels of seating at LP Field and include admittance to all four Nightly Concerts as well as all daytime Festival activities, including the Fan Fair Fall where artist autograph signing sessions are held. Children 3 years and younger are admitted FREE. For information on ADA seating, please call 1-800-CMA-FEST.
Ticket prices and artists are subject to change without notice. All sales are final and non-refundable.                            
Campbell last performed at CMA Music Festival in 2004. He has received two CMA Awards, including CMA Entertainer of the Year (1968) and Male Vocalist of the Year (1968), and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame (2005). Last year, Campbell announced he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Since then, he released his final album, the critically-acclaimed Ghost on the Canvas, and is in the midst of his successful Goodbye Tour. Vince Gill, Brad Paisley, and Keith Urban paid homage to Campbell in a tribute performance on last year’s CMA Awards.  
The Mavericks last performed at CMA Music Festival in 2004. The group won two CMA Awards for CMA Vocal Group of the Year (1995, 1996).  Recently, The Mavericks signed with The Valory Music Co., have begun work on a new album, and are embarking on a summer tour. The current lineup includes Raul Malo, Robert Reynolds, Paul Deakin, and Eddie Perez
Milsap last performed at CMA Music Festival in 2006 with Los Lonely Boys. He has received eight CMA Awards, including CMA Entertainer of the Year (1977), three wins as Male Vocalist of the Year (1974, 1976, 1977), and four wins for Album of the Year (1975 – A Legend in My Time; 1977 – Ronnie Milsap Live; 1978 – It Was Almost Like a Song; and 1986 – Lost in the Fifties Tonight). Last year he released his latest album, Country Again.  
Rogers last performed at CMA Music Festival in 2008. He has won five CMA Awards, including CMA Male Vocalist of the Year (1979), Album of the Year (1979 – The Gambler), Single of the Year (1977 – “Lucille”), and two wins for Vocal Duo of the Year (1978 and 1979, both with Dottie West). He recently released his first full-length inspirational Gospel album, The Love of God, through Cracker Barrel, and is the 2012 Artist-in-Residence at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
Fans can stay in the loop by visiting CMAfest.com, the official website of CMA Music Festival, where they can sign up for the CMA Exclusive e-news; connect with CMA socially on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest; play games; and of course see the entire lineup of Country Music’s biggest stars as they are announced for the event.
CMA Music Festival celebrates the unique relationship between Country Music artists and their fans in the heart of Music City USA. The artists participate for free, and on their behalf, CMA has donated half the net proceeds of the Festival to support music education through the Keep the Music Playing program.
To date, more than $6.1 million has been donated to purchase musical instruments and supplies, providing thousands of students in Metro Nashville Public Schools with the resources and opportunities they could not have afforded on their own, and giving many of them a strong reason to remain in school. The total also includes a $1 million endowment gift for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Words & Music program, which assists language arts and music teachers with classroom instruction in the basics of songwriting.
Featuring concerts, autograph signings, family activities, and more, CMA Music Festival is the ultimate Country Music fan experience – a four-day celebration of America’s music. In 2011, the event drew a record-setting 65,000 fans from all 50 states and 26 nations and, for the second consecutive year, sold out in advance each night at LP Field for the star-packed Nightly Concerts. According to the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, direct visitor spending generated by the Festival totaled more than $30 million. CMA Music Festival is a four-time winner of the International Entertainment Buyers Association’s LIVE! Award for Festival of the Year (2004, 2006, 2008, 2010).
CMA Music Festival will once again be filmed for a national television special to air on the ABC Television Network. This is the ninth consecutive year that the event has been filmed    for a network television special, a feat no other music festival has achieved. CBS aired the first CMA Music Festival special in 2004, with ABC airing it from 2005 onward through 2021. "CMA
Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock" will be executive-produced by Robert Deaton. 
CMA Music Festival is organized and produced by the Country Music Association. Fan Fair® is a registered trademark of CMA. Chevrolet™ is the Official Ride of Country Music. BIC is an Official Partner of the 2012 CMA Music Festival.

Glen Campbell will perform Thursday, June 7 at 2012 CMA Music Festival in Nashville, June 7-10, as part of Nightly Concerts on the Concert Stage at LP Field.
Photo Credit: Robert Sebree
Ronnie Milsap will perform Friday, June 8 at 2012 CMA Music Festival in Nashville, June 7-10, as part of Nightly Concerts on the Concert Stage at LP Field.
Photo courtesy of Gold Mountain Entertainment
Kenny Rogers will perform Saturday, June 9 at 2012 CMA Music Festival in Nashville, June 7-10, as part of Nightly Concerts on the Concert Stage at LP Field.
Photo credit: Jay Fletcher



Megan Alexander and Storme Warren Return to Co-Host 18th Annual Inspirational Country Music Awards October 18, 2012
NASHVILLE, TN (April 17, 2012) – The Inspirational Country Music Association Faith, Family & Country™ 20th Anniversary Awards Week, to be held on Oct., 14 – 18 at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel (2025 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard) in Nashville, TN is set to celebrate two decades of success and growth that has occurred in the Inspirational and Christian Country music genre since the foundation of the original Christian Country Music Association in the 1990’s. Back by popular demand, “Inside Edition” Correspondent, Megan Alexander and GAC “Headline Country” Host, Storme Warren will return to co-host the 18th Annual ICM Faith, Family & Country™ Awards, the keynote event of the week, at the elegant Schermerhorn Symphony Center (One Symphony Place) on Oct., 18. Tickets for the ICM Faith, Family & Country™ 20th Anniversary Awards Week go on sale May 1. For more information please visit www.ccma.cc/.
Every year, this week draws music fans, media and the industry’s top artists to Nashville where they showcase music and discuss industry related issues. The Annual ICM Faith, Family & Country™ Awards Week is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent among artists who perform Inspirational and Christian Country music which is inspired by Faith, Family, and Country ™. This year the Inspirational Country Music Association will pay a special tribute to the past twenty years of Inspirational and Christian Country music during the ICM Faith, Family and Country™ 20 Year Home Coming Concert Celebration, a free event that is open to the public. In addition festivities will include showcases, a songwriting contest, seminars, a talent competition and much more.
The first awards ceremony back in 1993 (CCMA Awards at that time) began with a humble six awards including the “Pioneer Award” (Oak Ridge Boys), “Male Vocalist of the Year” (Bruce Haynes), “Female Vocalist of the Year” (Teri Lyn), “Christian Country Song of the Year” (Rodeo Preacher – Bruce Haynes), “Group of the Year” (White River), and “Songwriter of the Year” (Paul Overstreet). Today the award show (currently the Annual ICM Faith, Family & Country™ Awards) has expanded to include over twenty awards including “Entertainer of the Year,” “Vocal Duo of the Year,” “Vocal Group of the Year,” “Mainstream Country Artist of the Year,” “Mainstream Inspirational Song of the Year,” “Video of the Year, and “Inspirational Bluegrass Artist of the Year.In addition the ceremony now honors new artists, youth, radio stations and personalities, movies, television networks, musicians, and videos that have had a large impact on the Inspirational and Christian country music genre. Over the years past winners include Charlie Daniels, Ricky Skaggs, Ken Holloway, Marty Raybon, T. Graham Brown, Steve Wariner, Johnny Cash, The Fox Brothers, Soggy Bottom Boys, Randy Travis, Darryl Worley, Josh Turner, Tim McGraw, Craig Morgan, George Strait, Point of Grace, The Roys, Carrie Underwood, Justin Moore, and many more.
For more information on the ICM Faith, Family & Country™ 20th Anniversary Awards Week visit www.ccma.cc.

“This World is Not My Home” by Alan Tompkins

New Single Release:
“This World is Not My Home” by Alan Tompkins
Bluegrass multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, radio host, and festival promoter ALAN TOMPKINS is proud to announce the April 17, 2012 single release, This World Is Not My Homefrom his upcoming solo album NO PART OF NOTHIN.  The track features Alan on vocals with Deryl Dodd singing harmony, as well as Randy Kohrs on resophonic guitar, Ned Luberecki on banjo, Stephen Mougin on guitar, Gerald Jones on mandolin, and Mike Bub slapping the upright bass.  The new single is available for digital purchase at AlanTompkins.com and free to radio at airplaydirect.com/alantompkins.
NO PART OF NOTHIN’ is set for release in June 2012.  The album features a lineup of incredibly talented musicians and singers, many of whom are Grammy® or IBMA award winners or nominees.  The list includes Sam Bush, Deryl Dodd, Kenny & Amanda Smith, Ron Stewart, Stephen Mougin, Gerald Jones, Greg Cahill, Ned Luberecki, Mike Bub, Randy Kohrs, Brad Davis, Nate Lee, Bobby Davis, and Steve Rhian.   
“Who doesn't dream of working with bluegrass greats like Sam Bush, Stephen Mougin, Ron Stewart, Randy Kohrs, Nedski and Kenny & Amanda Smith?  Very few people change dreams into reality, but I'm not surprised that Alan Tompkins did.  His baritone is up to the task of fronting the Dream Team Bluegrass Band on the old gospel standard, ‘This World Is Not My Home.’  Good job, Alan,” said Katy Daley, WAMU's Bluegrass Country Radio Host.
A native of the farming and coal mining country of western Kentucky, Alan grew up steeped in the sounds of classic country, gospel, and bluegrass music.  He performed in several bands in his home town of Madisonville, Kentucky before moving to Texas in 1983, where he would earn MBA and law degrees at SMU. His business career kept him busy for the next two decades, but the musical fire never burned out. After becoming friends with Texas country artist Deryl Dodd, Alan’s desire to play live music again roared to life. His love of bluegrass, the music of his home state, motivated him to learn to play banjo, upright bass, and other instruments used in traditional bluegrass.
Alan is the founder and President of the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation, a non-profit charitable organiza­tion dedicated to the preservation and promotion of bluegrass music in America.  The Foundation produced and distributed Fanning the Fire, an award-winning short documentary film that has screened in more than 20 film festivals across the United States, in 2011.  He is also the host of the Bluegrass Heritage Radio Show on KHYI-FM 95.3 The Range in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas.
For more information on ALAN TOMPKINS including the new single and upcoming album, please visit AlanTompkins.com.  Information about the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation and Fanning the Fire is available at BluegrassHeritage.org.




Appearances on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,”
“The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” “Fox & Friends,”
“Huckabee,” “The Better Show,” CNN’s “Showbiz Tonight,”
and more all set for launch of new album
Nashville, TN (April 17, 2012) – Lee Brice’s single, “A Woman Like You,” has officially been certified Gold by the RIAA for sales of over 500,000 digital downloads. The hit single also rocketed to the #1 spot last week on both Billboard Hot Country Songs and Mediabase charts and currently resides in the Top 5 on the iTunes Country Songs chart.  “A Woman Like You,” is the lead single from Brice’s forthcoming Curb Records album, Hard 2 Love, due out April 24.
“A Woman Like You,” penned by Johnny Bulford, Phil Barton and Jon Stone, resonates with both men and women alike.  The heartwarming yet honest song is a man’s response to his wife’s question about where he’d be if he hadn’t met her.  Brice commented on the lyrics, “The girl in the song asks, ‘What would you do if you never met me?’ And the guy goes, ‘You want to know the truth? I’d probably be doing just what I was doing then, looking for you.’ He’s walking a thin line there for a minute, but then he’s able to hook it to say something every woman wants to hear…I think people dig it because the guy is being pretty darn honest.”

Hard 2 Love, Lee Brice’s much anticipated second album project for Curb Records is now within a one week launch perimeter with energy continuing to build at both radio and retail.

Retail will be further pumped by major Hard 2 Love, hard-to-miss national visibility for Brice on television.  Appearances already confirmed include: Fox & Friends (Fox News Channel) - April 23; Tonight Show With Jay Leno (NBC)—May 1; The Better Show—May 2; Huckabee (Fox News Channel)—May 5; Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (CBS)—air date to be advised.   Additional major media is being set.

Hard 2 Love promises to live up to the pre-release buzz.  With powerful vocals and top drawer songs, Lee Brice has assembled a stellar collection of songs he’s invested both professionally and personally with honest, raw emotion.  Co-writing eight of the thirteen tracks, and sharing co-production credits with Kyle Jacobs, Jon Stone, Doug Johnson, and Matt McClure, Brice notes: “Everything on the album reflects who I am right now and where I am in my life.”

Hard 2 Love will street from Curb Records on April 24.

For more information on Lee Brice, visit www.leebrice.com

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