Monday, May 21, 2012

Rusty Walker Dies At 59

Rusty Walker Dies At 59

After suffering a heart attack Saturday morning, while riding his bike with friends, Radio Ink has just learned that Rusty Walker has died. Walker was only 59 years old. When funeral details are announced we will pass them along.

Teen Choice Awards Nominees 2012: Taylor Swift & Blake Shelton Lead the Country Pack

The nominees for the 14th annual Teen Choice Awards have been announced, and it seems that once again, country artists are appealing to fans of all ages, especially the younger crowd.  Taylor Swift leads the pack of country nominees with four nods. The 22-year-old is nominated in two all-genre categ

The nominees for the 14th annual Teen Choice Awards have been announced, and it seems that once again, country artists are appealing to fans of all ages, especially the younger crowd.
Taylor Swift leads the pack of country nominees with four nods. The 22-year-old is nominated in two all-genre categories: Choice Single by a Female Artist (for "Eyes Open" from the movie, Hunger Games), and Choice Female Artist, where she is competing against Adele, Jennifer Lopez, Katy Perry and Rihanna.

Taylor Swift Named Billboard's Woman Of The Year

Taylor Swift says she remembers being home-schooled in the back of a rental car when she was just starting her recording career and discovering she had made the Billboard charts. Now she's Billboard's woman of the year. Kris Kristofferson paid tribute to her by pointing out that when most people are trying to figure out what to do with their lives, Swift had become one of the most successful recording artists of all time. Actress Zooey Deschanel noted Swift's charity work by calling her "one of the world's most philanthropic celebrities."
Lady Antebellum took home the award for Top Country Artist and Jason Aldean took home the Top Country Album award and the Top Country Song Award for “Dirt Road Anthem.”

Loretta Lynn: Coal Miner's Daughter Got Married At 15

Country fans know the story of Loretta Lynn getting married at 13, but it turns out she's three years older than she had led people to believe and was 15 when she got married. The singer's birth certificate obtained by The Associated Press shows Lynn was born on April 14, 1932 -- making her 80 years old. Most references list her age as 77. Lynn's spokeswoman isn't commenting on the report. Nancy Russell says Lynn has told her before that if anyone asks her age "tell them it's none of their business." In her autobiography, "Coal Miner's Daughter," Lynn said she was married at 13 and was a mother of four by 18. But her marriage license shows she was 15. "Coal Miner's Daughter" was made into an Academy Award-winning film and is going to become a Broadway musical.

Waterfront. "Ghosts of the Good"

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Waterfront. "Ghosts of the Good"
Valentine’s Day - Fallen Angel - Sweet Johnny - All things must pass - Long time running Ghosts of the good - Jimmy River’s song - Another Page - Wounded Man -
Hello goodbye again - CRY (bonus track)

Chris Duffy and Phil Cilia aka Waterfront met at high school aged 11. They formed a school band and subsequently spent the next ten years 'earning their spurs' gigging the British pub, club and university circuit throughout the early and mid eighties, before getting their first break in 1987 courtesy of New York music biz mogul, Charles Koppelman. Waterfront's debut single, CRY went top ten in the USA (US AC #1), and top twenty in the UK. The eponymously-titled album that followed delivered sales of over 600,000.
Then they disappeared, only to re-emerge now after 23 years in the wilderness with this intriguing and mature collection of country-infused songs in their second album, "Ghosts of the Good". (Chordamundo Records)
The direction of this new offering couldn't be more different to the white-soul-pop served up by Waterfront of the late eighties. Cilia and Duffy have re-invented themselves as mellowed songwriting journeymen, drawing on influences including Glen Campbell, the Eagles and Ryan Adams. From the poignant opener, "Valentine's Day" to the up-tempo title track, "Ghosts of the Good" the listener is treated to a crisp layers of acoustic guitar riffs interlaced with haunting, well-worked vintage-sounding arpeggios that compliment the laid back vocals. Lyrically, you get a feeling that a lot of the storylines are autobiographical, with a sub-text of love and loss most evident in "Valentine's Day" and "Hello Goodbye Again" but they have also included a lyrical hint at the LA excesses of the 80's in "Long Time Running" - an hallucinogenic tale of an out-of-control night at the Hyatt on Sunset, with a room shared with the ghost of Errol Flynn.
For old time's sake Cilia and Duffy have resurrected their biggest hit, 'CRY' as a bonus track - albeit a country makeover version, which will appear in a movie soundtrack of the film "Toy Box" scheduled for release in 2013. Is it Country as we know it? No not really, but there is enough depth here to make these songs appeal to any countryphobe with open ears, and showcases two time-served songwriter-performers who still have much to offer.
Reviewer: Hank Jodrell. May, 2012



Nashville, TN - May 21, 2012 - Big Machine Records announced today the signing of country music superstar Tim McGraw to a worldwide recording deal.  The powerhouse label and McGraw will release new music which will be distributed globally by Universal Music Group.  With over 40 million albums sold and 32 No. one singles over the course of his remarkable career to date, this new era of McGraw's career will be driven by a dream team of the most successful and dynamic thinkers in the music industry.

“Many people know that I came to Nashville 23 years ago on a Greyhound bus with nothing but a guitar,” said McGraw.  “And 23 years to the day, on May 9, I went back to the bus station and officially signed this deal.  It was a significant way for me to mark this new beginning.  Scott Borchetta has developed a powerhouse at Big Machine, and I’m happy to be a part of what he has built and to call Big Machine Records my new label home. Excited doesn’t even begin to describe how I’m feeling about working on a new album for this next chapter in my career. Here’s to the next 20 years!”

"I've always felt a kinship to Tim as my dad (Mike) originally signed Tim to Curb Records.  We have wanted to work together for years and I can't believe this day has finally come.  His level of artistry, vision, passion and energy comes along only so many times in any given era and I can tell you with the utmost confidence that there are many, many important chapters left to write," said Scott Borchetta, President and CEO of the Big Machine Label Group.
"I'm so pleased to add the great superstar Tim McGraw to our incredible Nashville family of distributed labels,” added Lucian Grainge, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group.  “Tim's accomplishments reach around the world and we intend to exert the full compliment of global support to Tim's new releases on Big Machine Records."

McGraw will further strengthen Big Machine Label Group's star-studded roster of talent which includes international superstar Taylor Swift, multiplatinum vocal group Rascal Flatts, award winning female vocalists Reba and Martina McBride, and many of country music's most promising rising stars.

With 7.8 million spins at radio, McGraw was deemed “Artist of the Decade” (2000-2010) by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems.  He has won three GRAMMY® Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards, 11 Country Music Association Awards, 10 American Music Awards, three People's Choice Awards and numerous other honors. This June, McGraw will kick off what is anticipated to be the biggest stadium tour in country music history.  The Brothers of the Sun Tour will reunite McGraw with longtime friend Kenny Chesney for the first time in 10 years. The tour begins on June 2 in Tampa and will hit the nation's biggest stadiums through August.


Lauren Alaina, Bill Anderson, Randy Houser, Love and Theft, Kip Moore, Kellie Pickler, Gwen Sebastian, and Steel Magnolia to Give Acoustic Performances; David Nail to Perform with Nashville School of the Arts Chamber Choir
NASHVILLE – More artists have been added to the Nightly Concerts at LP Field during 2012 CMA Music Festival, featuring two acoustic performance sets each night.
Kellie Pickler and last year’s “American Idol” runner up Lauren Alaina will each perform acoustically on Thursday, June 7Randy Houser and “The Voice” contestant Gwen Sebastian will each perform on Friday, June 8.  The duo Love and Theft and Kip Moore will each perform on Saturday, June 9.  Country Music Hall of Fame member Bill Anderson and duo Steel Magnolia will each perform on Sunday, June 10.
During Opening Ceremonies on Thursday, June 7, David Nail will perform the title track of his album The Sound of a Million Dreams with the previously-announced Nashville School of the Arts Chamber Choir (under the direction of Walter Bitner). The Nashville School of the Arts has been a recipient of funds from CMA’s Keep the Music Playing program, which benefits music education in Metro Nashville Public Schools. Having a father who is a highly regarded high school band director, taught Nail to be a life-long supporter of music education.
Storme Warren, executive producer/host of GAC’s “Headline Country” will host the Nightly Concerts on Thursday, June 7; actress/comedienne Melissa Peterman, host of CMT’s “The Singing Bee,” will host on Saturday, June 9; and Evan Farmer, host of CMT’s “Top 20 Countdown” will host on Sunday, June 10. The host for Friday, June 8 will be announced soon.   
The current lineups for the Nightly Concerts are as follows in alphabetical order:
Thursday, June 7:
Full band performances:
Jason Aldean, Glen Campbell, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley,and Zac Brown Band
Acoustic performances :Lauren Alaina and Kellie Pickler
Special performance: David Nail with the Nashville School of the Arts Chamber Choir (under the direction of Walter Bitner)
National Anthem performer: Nashville School of the Arts Chamber Choir (under the direction of Walter Bitner)
Host: Storme Warren (GAC’s “Headline Country”)
Friday, June 8:
Full band performances: The Band Perry, Brantley Gilbert, Ronnie Milsap, Jake Owen, Blake Shelton, and Carrie Underwood
Acoustic performances: Randy Houser and Gwen Sebastian
National Anthem performer: Oak Ridge Boys
Host: To be announced soon
Saturday, June 9:  
Full band performances:
Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Hunter Hayes, Faith Hill, Little Big Town, and Kenny Rogers
Acoustic performances: Love and Theft and Kip Moore
National Anthem performer: Julie Roberts
Host: Melissa Peterman (CMT’s “The Singing Bee”) 
Sunday, June 10:  
Full band performances:
Dierks Bentley, Alan Jackson, The Mavericks, Martina McBride, Scotty McCreery, and Rascal Flatts
Acoustic performances: Bill Anderson and Steel Magnolia
National Anthem performer: Sarah Darling
Host: Evan Farmer (CMT’s “Top 20 Countdown”)
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 or 1 (800) 745-3000. They can also purchase them through 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.    
Fans can stay in the loop by visiting, 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. American Airlines is the Official Airline of the CMA Music Festival. BIC is an Official Partner of the 2012 CMA Music Festival. Bad Boy Buggies are the Official UTV of the CMA Music Festival.  Connect with CMA online at, and

Montgomery Gentry Set To Kick-Off FOX & Friends

Montgomery Gentry Set To Kick-Off FOX & Friends
“All American Concert Series”
Friday, May 25

New single, “So Called Life,” Making Waves at Country Radio

Montgomery Gentry - "So Called Life"Nashville, Tenn. (May 21, 2012) — Average Joes Entertainment’s high-powered country duo, Montgomery Gentry, will kick-off FOX & Friends All American Concert Series,” this Friday, May 25, during the 8:00am EDT hour.  This free live performance is the first of the 14-week outdoor concert series held in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, directly outside the FOX News studios (48th & 6th).   The concert is open to the public with free food offered all morning from Famous Dave’s BBQ.  Viewers will also be able to visit the FOX & Friends website at, which will feature post-performance coverage of the duo's appearance.

Montgomery Gentry, known for their hard-core country anthems, will perform “So Called Life,” their second single from their seventh studio album, Rebels On The Run. Written by Sean Patrick McGraw and Bruce Wallace, Billboard Magazine recently reviewed the new single calling it a “fiery anthem.” “So Called Life” is the follow-up single to Montgomery Gentry’s Top 10 radio smash “Where I Come From.”

Currently nominated for the 2012 CMT Music Awards Duo of the Year” award, fans can vote online for Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry at, and on their mobile device at CMT Mobile or the CMT Insider app available on iPhone, iPad and Android, now through June 4. The 2012 CMT Music Awards will air live from Nashville on Wednesday, June 6 on CMT and

More About Montgomery Gentry
Montgomery Gentry has been on a steady journey on their road to gold and platinum albums, CMA and ACM awards, and Grammy nomination. The journey has been paved both with musical integrity and with an abiding respect for the people and the genre they represent. They have released more than 20 charted singles, with anthems like "My Town" and "Hell Yeah" becoming indelible parts of the honky-tonk landscape. They have hit the top of the singles charts five times, with "If You Ever Stop Loving Me," "Something To Be Proud Of," "Lucky Man," "Back When I Knew It All" and "Roll With Me."

For up-to-date information on Montgomery Gentry, visit

Steel Guitar News May 21. 2012

Hello fellow players, A good thing about summer is that I get to see so many of you wonderful folks. I really like seeing each one of you and wish I could see all of you more often. I’m watching steel guitar become more popular in music by the day, not necessarily country music, but music in general. I kind of made a derogatory remark on the steel guitar forum about the Jason Aldean steel guitarist, but he’s made me eat my words because I just saw him two or three weeks later and he is playing very well which means very smooth and doing fills the way we all like to hear them. I recommend anybody that can go hear the Jason Aldean band to do so. This is not just a left over rock n roll group unless they want to be. I don’t know who the steel player is, I’m sure somebody will tell me, but he played very nicely the last time I heard him, very smooth and full. I have heard about him doing steel guitar antics and trying to be more of a rock n roll artist than a rich steel guitar player. When I heard him, he sounded like he could be playing with any group in the United States anywhere. There are a lot of players working with big name groups that don’t sound like they should be working with the groups they are. I apologize to him and Jason because this group definitely puts out some interesting sounds and it sounded like John Hughey possibly working with the Buddy Rich Orchestra. The moral of this story is, I shouldn’t be criticizing anybody without hearing them play more than one song. Would somebody write me back and tell me who this young player is? I like surprises like this. Pleasant surprises are always welcome. I just had a wonderful old friend, Larry Dahl, visit me from Florida. Larry has been a professional player in Florida for many years, always a good friend and a guy that studies steel guitar hard inside and out. The only problem is he was visiting me instead of me going and visiting him in Florida. Of course, if I drive to Florida, I like to do it in the winter. I don’t think I’ll be traveling much this summer. I don’t have any steel guitar shows to play, big or small. I guess I need to sit here and wait for you folks to come by and see me even though I’m not spending as much time in the store as I have been, but my air conditioning is working, so come on in. I was thinking how much easier it is to travel these days. Cars are getting better mileage, gas prices look like they’re going to be staying down this year. They have already dropped quite a bit this spring. Air conditioning in automobiles is very good nowadays and it seems like that in general, cars are nicer, holding up better and more thrifty on fuel than they have been in many years. I remember Jimmy Day’s silly son that had a Plymouth 440 hardtop. I told him one day after he was complaining about an oil change and how much it was to change the oil, I said, “Do it yourself.” He said, “I can’t do that. My lawn is full of ticks and I don’t want to lay down in the middle of them.” I said, “Well that’s not going to hurt anything. Just get your girlfriend to pull them off of you with tweezers.” He then asked me “So what am I supposed to do with them after I get them off. Those things are close to impossible to kill.” I said, “It’s simple. Just rev your car engine up to about 3,000 RPM and dump the ticks down the carburetor.” He said, “Then I guess I’ll have a ticking noise all summer long, right?” I told him, “That ticking noise is going to be there anyway knowing that car the way I do and it’s a good way to get rid of the insects.” I ended up buying that car from him a couple years later and I never had a bit of trouble with it. So that might be a good thing to do next time you get a can full of ticks. LOL It sounds like something Jimmy would have done himself. Like the time he borrowed Buddy Emmons Oldsmobile. Buddy said, “Just treat it like it’s yours.” Well he did. He sold it. Check out our monthly specials at and we’ll try to save you a lot of money. Your buddy, Bobbe Steel Guitar Nashville 123 Mid Town Court Hendersonville, TN. 37075 (615) 822-5555 Open 9AM – 4PM Monday – Friday Closed Saturday and Sunday

Corey Wagar Takes Ya Back With a New Single This Summer

Corey Wagar Takes Ya Back With a New Single This Summer
Country music’s latest rockin’ phenomenon, Corey Wagar, is ready to Take Ya Back, with the release of her brand new single that will hit radio Monday, June 4th.
Corey, who is known for her ‘sweet and sassy’ sound is ready to give her fans and radio folks a song that may bring back memories of listening to their favorite artists on the radio.

“Growing up, artists like Shania Twain and Tim McGraw were all over country radio,” says Corey.  “I used to sing along with a hairbrush microphone – it’s pretty cool to think that people could do the same with my music and can’t wait for it to hit radio.”

This honeysuckle hit is full of fiddles and steel guitar – guaranteed to get toes tapping and fill up the dance floors across the country. It’s packed with attitude, fun and just ‘pure Corey.’ Turn it up, roll down the windows and sing along.  
Take Ya Back was penned by Corey and successful songwriters Beau Fuller and Cece DuBois. It’s produced by renowned producer Kent Wells (Dolly Parton) who also produced her debut album. Her last single, I Hate My Boyfriend, reached #32 on the Music Row Charts, and the Country Music Association named her the “Who New To Watch 2012” artist in CMA Close Up.

This country music’s spitfire, who made it to Hollywood on this season of American Idol, has found her knack of “Jersey meets Nashville” music. With her commanding vocals, infectious spirit and passionate songwriting, she has already teamed up with some of country music’s best-known songwriters and recently opened for the Charlie Daniels Band, LeAnn Rimes, among others. Upcoming events include participating in CMA Music Festival with a special acoustic set on June 7th as well as an autograph signing inside the exhibit hall on June 8th.
For all the latest updates and to see where Corey will be during the CMA Music Fest, visit and

Ronnie Dunn and Cracker Barrel Ready to Serve New Music Offering

Ronnie Dunn and Cracker Barrel Ready to Serve New Music Offering
Sales of Exclusive CD Ronnie Dunn – Special Edition will support Wounded Warrior Project
LEBANON, Tenn. – (May 21, 2012) – Country music icon Ronnie Dunn’s newest solo CD debuts today through the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® exclusive music program.  The CD, Ronnie Dunn – Special Edition, is a powerful collection of 12 songs that Dunn first released in 2011, and includes an additional two previously unreleased bonus tracks.  And because Ronnie Dunn and Cracker Barrel support America’s military personnel, a portion of the proceeds from sales of this CD will be donated to Wounded Warrior Project™.   The CD is available for $11.99 exclusively at all Cracker Barrel locations and online at

Twice named the BMI Country Songwriter of the year, Ronnie Dunn’s songs are known for vividly depicting real life as well as profound love.  There’s a healthy helping of each on this CD with “Cost of Livin’,” “Bleed Red,” and “Keep on Lovin’ You,” while“I Love My Country”is richly laden with patriotism.  “More than ever before, I feel as though this album gave me a chance to tell my own story through songs that mean a lot to me,” says Dunn.  “And it’s particularly gratifying because, by working with Cracker Barrel, a portion of the CD retail sales will be donated to Wounded Warrior Project.  To me, that truly makes this CD a special edition.”

“We’re pleased to work with Ronnie Dunn on a collection of songs we not only think will resonate with our guests, but also will support our nation’s Wounded Warriors,” said Julie Craig, Cracker Barrel Marketing Manager.  “Ronnie shares his heart and his life-learned lessons through music and the result is a very special mix of memorable songs.”

Tracks on Ronnie Dunn – Special Edition:
1.     I Love My Country (Previously Unreleased)
2.     Singer In A Cowboy Band
3.     I Don’t Dance
4.     Your Kind Of Love
5.     How Far To Waco
6.     Once
7.     Cost Of Livin’
8.     Bleed Red
9.     Last Love I’m Tryin’
10.  Let The Cowboy Rock
11.  I Can’t Help Myself
12.  I Just Get Lonely
13.  Love Owes Me One
14.  Keep On Lovin’ You  (Previously Unreleased)

Ronnie Dunn – Special Edition is the latest in Cracker Barrel’s exclusive music program.  During 2012, Cracker Barrel released Dolly Parton’s An Evening With...Dolly in April which debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Top DVD Music Videos chart and earned a Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) Gold award. Cracker Barrel released the Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent CD in JanuaryIn September of 2011, The Oak Ridge Boys’ CD It’s Only Natural was released through Cracker Barrel’s exclusive music program. In July, Cracker Barrel released Jason Michael Carroll’s all-country Numbers with 11 new songs and one previous hit.  In May, Cracker Barrel released Teddy Gentry’s Best New Nashville with original music from 12 talented new artists and Randy Travis’ self-titled album Randy Travis.  In March of this year, Cracker Barrel released Kenny Rogers’ The Love of God, which debuted at #8 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and #2 on the Top Christian Albums chart.  In January, Cracker Barrel released The Grascals & Friends - Country Classics With A Bluegrass Spin, which debuted at #1 on Billboard magazine’s Bluegrass Albums chart and at #26 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.  In November 2010, Cracker Barrel released Smokey Robinson’s Now & Then, which debuted at #19 on Billboard magazine’s R&B chart and was nominated for an NAACP IMAGE AWARD.  September saw the release of the self-titled Rodney Atkins, which included four #1 hits, and Mandy Barnett’s Winter Wonderland.  Over the last few years, Cracker Barrel has released exclusive CDs with Craig Morgan, Wynonna, Alan Jackson, the Zac Brown Band, George Jones, Montgomery Gentry, Bill Gaither, Ricky Skaggs, Aaron Tippin, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Josh Turner, Amy Grant, Sara Evans and Charlie Daniels.

About Cracker Barrel
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store provides a friendly home-away-from-home in its old country stores and restaurants.  Guests are cared for like family while relaxing and enjoying real home-style food and shopping that’s surprisingly unique, genuinely fun and reminiscent of America’s country heritage…all at a fair price.  The restaurant serves up delicious, home-style country food such as meatloaf and homemade chicken n’ dumplins as well as its made from scratch biscuits using an old family recipe.  The authentic old country retail store is fun to shop and offers unique gifts and self-indulgences.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (Nasdaq: CBRL) was established in 1969 in Lebanon, Tenn. and operates 615 company-owned locations in 42 states.  Every Cracker Barrel unit is open seven days a week with hours Sunday through Thursday, 6 a.m. – 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 6 a.m. - 11 p.m.  For more information, visit

About Ronnie Dunn 
Ronnie Dunn was born in Coleman, Texas to a hard living, truck driving, country music singing father and a conservative church going mother. Dunn navigated a winding road that led him from West Texas to New Mexico, Arkansas and Oklahoma and through 13 schools in 12 years. Music was about the only constant in life. In 1990 Dunn moved from Tulsa, Oklahoma to Nashville and was introduced by Arista Records label head, Tim Dubois, to Kix Brooks. Since their initial pairing in 1990, Brooks & Dunn have been at the top of the country music singles charts 23 times with songs like “Brand New Man,”“Boot Scootin Boogie,” “You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone,” “My Maria,” “Only In America,”and “Red Dirt Road.”  They are the industry's most award-winning duo and have been named Entertainers of the Year four times. They have gathered 20 Country Music Association Awards and 28 Academy of Country Music Awards; more than any other artist in ACM history recently surpassing the legendary Merle Haggard in 2005. With their exceedingly popular tours and more than 30 million records sold, Brooks & Dunn dominated the music industry consistently through the fall of 2009 when they mutually decided to pursue solo careers. With a monumental farewell tour in 2010, the Last Rodeo Tour, Brooks and Dunn said goodbye to their fans as a duo and welcomed in the new chapter of their careers as solo artists. Dunn debuted his self-titled solo album in 2011 that launched the Top 10 “Bleed Red,”Top 20 “Cost of Livin’,”and most recent single, “Let The Cowboy Rock.”  He has twice been named BMI Country Songwriter of the year. He has received 23 BMI Million Airplay Awards for songs written that have attained one million or more radio airplay status.  For more information, visit

About Wounded Warrior Project
The mission of Wounded Warrior Project(WWP) is to honor and empower wounded warriors. WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved and learn more, visit




Nashville, TN…(May 21, 2012)…Country Music superstar and award-winning TV host CRAIG MORGAN announced today that he is set to host his 6th annual Charity Weekend August 11 and 12 in his hometown of Dickson, Tenn.  Proceeds from the two-day event, which includes a Celebrity Motocross Ride, Concert and Sporting Clay Shoot, will benefit Billy’s Place, an organization benefitting foster children in Dickson County and throughout Middle Tennessee.

The family-friendly event will kick-off Saturday, August 11 in Dickson, Tenn. The morning will start with a motocross exhibition followed by a group trail ride and lunch. Previous motocross celebrity participants have included Kevin Windham, Cowboy Kenny Bartram, Fred Andrews and Barry Hawk. Later that night, Craig and several of his country music friends will take to the stage for an intimate acoustic concert at Dickson Middle School. A live and silent auction will also take place where attendees can bid on everything from autographed memorabilia to the chance to give the singer a high-and-tight haircut on stage during the event.

Last year’s new addition, the hugely popular Sporting Clay Shoot, will return again the morning of August 12 from Nashville Gun Club. Teams of shooters will face off and display their finest shooting skills as they attempt to dethrone Morgan, who was celebrity co-captain of this year’s winning team at the NRA Country/ACM Sporting Clay Shoot.

All three events are open to the public. Individual event and bundled tickets will go on sale in June. Celebrity participants for all three events will be announced at a later date.

Craig Morgan Charity Weekend
Celebrity Dirtbike Ride
Date: August 11, 2012
Location: 1286 Bell Hollow Rd  Vanleer, TN
Registration Opens: 8:00 AM
Ride and Exhibition Start Time: 10:00 AM

Celebrity Concert
Date: August 11, 2012
Location: Dickson Middle School 401 East College St  Dickson, TN
Doors Open: 6:00 PM
Concert Start Time: 7:00 PM

Celebrity Sporting Clay Shoot
Date: August 12, 2012
Location: Nashville Gun Club 1100 County Hospital Rd  Nashville, TN
Time: TBD

ABOUT CRAIG MORGAN: One of country music’s best-loved artists, Craig Morgan has made a name for himself with massive radio airplay of his signature hits:  “Bonfire,” “Almost Home,” “Redneck Yacht Club,” “That’s What I Love About Sunday” and “International Harvester.” His newest single “This Ole Boy,” currently climbing the country radio charts, is the title track to his sixth studio CD, out now on Black River Entertainment. The new album boasted a Top 5 debut on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart when it released on February 28, 2012. Craig received one of country music’s highest honors when he was inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2008. Prior to becoming a country music and TV sensation, Craig Morgan spent over 10 years of active duty in the Army and an additional nine years in the Army Reserves.  He is an avid supporter of America’s military personnel and a recipient of the 2006 USO Merit Award. In addition to a prolific country music career, he hosts the award-winning show “Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors” on The Outdoor Channel. For more information on Craig Morgan, please visit or follow him on Twitter @CMorganmusic.

ABOUT BILLY’S PLACE: The idea for the charity was born while Craig Morgan was serving as an Assistant Sheriff's Deputy in Dickson, TN and named for his wife Karen’s father. The organization, which supports foster children in Dickson County and throughout Middle Tennessee, is supported by the Craig Morgan Charity Fund. The organization’s continuing mission is to build and maintain a home called Billy’s Place for temporarily displaced children in Dickson County Tennessee and to provide lasting funding for the home. His long term goal is to start additional Billy's Place homes around the country. The annual Craig Morgan Charity Weekend, encompassing a motocross ride, concert and sporting clays shoot, has raised more than $95,000 in support of Billy’s Place and other children's welfare organizations.

First Aid Kit Deutschland Termine bestätigt!

Deutschland Termine bestätigt!
Nach einer ausverkauften Tour im Februar 2012 kommen First Aid Kit im November zurück nach Deutschland.

Bittersüß scheint das Lieblingswort der Söderberg Schwestern zu sein. „Wir mögen bittersüße Lieder, Lieder, die einen auf verschiedene Weisen bewegen, abhängig davon, wie man sie interpretiert.“ sagt Klara, die jüngere der beiden schwedischen Schwestern, die zusammen First Aid Kit bilden. „Dass die Melodien und Texte in andere Richtungen gehen ist Absicht.“ fügt die große Schwester Johanna hinzu.

Das Album „The Lion’s Roar“, das im Januar diesen Jahres erschienen ist, stellt Traurigkeit und Schönheit in der Tradition von Folk und Country Musik gegenüber. Die sorgfältig zusammengestellten Kompositionen überzeugen durch die Reibung der düsteren, winterlichen Heimat Stockholm an ungezwungenem Country Swing.
„The Lion’s Roar“, wurde mit Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, Rilo Kiley, The Faint) in Omaha, Nebraska aufgenommen. Im Gegensatz zu den Vorgängeralben ist „The Lion’s Roar“ ein komplettes Bandalbum, das Klara und Johanna Söderberg mit ihrem Vater Benkt am Bass und Mattias Bergquist am Schlagzeug eingespielt haben.

Im Juni werden First Aid Kit als Support bei der Europa-Tour von Jack White dabei sein. Und auch in den USA sind sie nun kein unbeschriebenes Blatt mehr: Ihr US-TV-Debüt fand bei keinem geringeren als Conan O’Brien in seiner Late Night Show statt. Das Video könnt Ihr Euch hier ansehen.

„Die einen taufen ihn Folk, die anderen Neo-Country oder Indie-Pop. Der Sound von First Aid Kit hat von allem etwas. Aber er ist so eigenwillig, dass er eigentlich keines dieser Etikette braucht.“  -

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13.11.2012 Hamburg / Gruenspan
15.11.2012 Düsseldorf / Zakk
03.12.2012 München / Hansa

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     "We have definitely 'been on the road." says Sheila Everhart, the upright bass player for the Smithsonian rural roots music preservationists, Bob & Sheila Everahrt.  "We had a full house for our last Oak Tree Opry show, featuring Curt Shoemaker.  He had a great band with him, including Hank Thompson's old fiddle player.  Wow, what a neat program of 'real' country music.  Everyone who was at the show said the same thing as they were leaving.  It's remarkable how 'real' country folks still appreciate 'real' country music.  We're not in a 'let's pretend we're country' like the so called up-and-coming and mostly untalented ones that claim to be country these days.  Worst of all, is these same people bought their way onto the Grand Ole Opry, and now it's up for sale.  Doesn't that say a lot for what is happening in country music these days?"
     "I couldn't believe it when I heard it," Bob, Sheila's husband said, "the Grand Ole Opry is for sale because they can't make any money.  How many years did it take them to figure that out, that you can't be the "OLE" Opry and have nothing but "YOUNG LET'S PRETEND WE'RE COUNTRY" artists on it.  And Pete Fisher the most arrogant of all the people connected with the Grand Ole Opry, is a dream come true for some folks....he's losing his job as the Opry's manager. We've been to the Opry several times in the last few years, and every time we've been there it's like a tomb.  And worse, the so called new country artists get a spattering of applause.  When a seasoned veteran comes on like Bill Anderson or Jim Ed Brown, the audience is in an uproar.  Wow, what kind of numb brain is it that can't see that?"
     "I don't really know too much about the Grand Ole Opry," Bobbie Lhea the 15-year old daughter of Bob & Sheila remarked, "but I do know we were on the road and mom and dad performed at the Gayville Music Hall in South Dakota on Saturday night.  This is a really nice old-timey performance center, and it was nearly full.  They were supposed to do a tribute to Woody Guthrie, and I think they did pretty good, but wasn't sure until intermission.  I was taking care of the record table, and a ton of people came to buy dad's six CD's that the Smithsonian Institution just re-released.  That's all of the material he recorded for Folkways Records, now part of the Smithsonian.  They cost more money, but they are really neat, just like they were when dad first recorded them.  I sold a lot of CD's at Gayville."
     "We also did a show at Prime Living in LeMars," Sheila added.  "This is an assisted living apartment house, and since we were going to be driving right by it on our way home on Sunday, we did a 2pm show to a very appreciative group.  It's so much fun to see elders enjoying the old songs, and making them smile, and bringing back some loving memories.  Bob does a lot of those old songs, I believe they liked 'Redwing' best."
     "I was in charge of the budget lunch," Bob added, "and it was definitely a 'budget' lunch.  We had gone to Omaha to see the Joslyn Art Museum on Monday, they had a terrific Egyptian display Bobbie wanted to see, and the stuff they had there was pretty incredible.  It was also very neat of Bobbie, who has been studying Egyptian history, to be able to explain to Sheila and myself what all that stuff was about.  She knew the Gods and the glyphics and lots of stuff we didn't know.  That was fun.  Anyway, we stopped at the Whole Foods to get a few items before heading home, and on the list was turkey meatloaf, roasted garlics, brown rice, and tomato and cucumber salad from the deli.  We had it for lunch the next day in Anita.  Super good, and super within our three lunches for $20.  We'll definitely do that again.  In the meantime we'll try to get enough money together and buy the Grand Ole Opry and put it back where Old Judge Hays said it should be every time he introduced an act...."Just keep it country boys, all the way."  And, we'll also be looking forward to some great authentic country music from John & Susan McNeill from South Dakota.  We did a show with them in Gayville, and now they will do a show for us on June 1.  7pm showtime, so everybody get ready for a super good show."

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