Tuesday, July 3, 2012

America’s sheriff Andy Griffith dead at 86

America’s sheriff Andy Griffith dead at 86

By Gael Fashingbauer Cooper
Actor Andy Griffith, who won the hearts of 1960s TV viewers with his role as gentle Sheriff Andy Taylor in “The Andy Griffith Show,” then returned as a 1980s country lawyer in “Matlock,” died Tuesday at 86,according to WITN-TV.
The news was reported to the North Carolina television station by Bill Friday, former president of the University of North Carolina and a Griffith friend. 

Griffith began his entertainment career with comic monologues and moved into movies, debuting in 1957’s “A Face in the Crowd” with Patricia Neal. But it was as the widower sheriff Andy Taylor on “The Andy Griffith Show” that he really made his mark. The show, which also starred a young Ron Howard as Griffith’s son Opie, and comedian Don Knotts as bumbling Deputy Barney Fife, ran from 1960-1968. Its setting, in the fictional small-town of Mayberry, became almost as famous as any one episode.

Griffith returned to TV stardom in 1986 as Ben Matlock, a Southern lawyer. That show ran until 1995 and was seized upon by comedians as a punchline for its popularity with older Americans. In one “Simpsons” episode, a highway is renamed the Matlock Expressway so a town mayor can win the elderly vote.

Griffith is survived by wife Cindi and his daughter Dixie. Son Andrew Jr., known as Sam, died in 1996.

JOSH TURNER TAKES OVER THE TUBE

 
Josh Turner
Credit: George Holz
 
JOSH TURNER TAKES OVER THE TUBE
 
Country Star to Appear on PBS’ A Capitol Fourth (July 4), Good Morning America (July 11), and The Late Show with David Letterman (August 23) in Support of No. 1 Country Billboard Album Debut, Punching Bag
 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Viewers in favor of the "most recognizable voice in country music," get ready to set the TiVo. The multi-platinum selling hit-maker and recent No. 1 Country Billboard Album beholder, Josh Turner, will ring in Independence Day on PBS’s A Capitol Fourth Wednesday, July 4 at 8 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. CT with performances of “Firecracker” and "The Star-Spangled Banner," backed by the National Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, next week, he’ll perform on ABC’s Good Morning America and then return to late night on The Late Show with David Letterman on August 23.
 
Turner’s fifth studio album debut, Punching Bag, debuted at the top of the Country Billboard charts and currently remains in the Top 10. It was also met with praise by critics: “On Punching Bag, Turner once again proves he ranks among the most effective - and most hard-core country performers of his generation," wrote the Associated Press, and the Washington Post adds, "These days, it seems like every male country artist wants to sound like Jon Bon Jovi fronting Def Leppard in 1985 — except for Josh Turner, who might be the only million-seller left in Nashville making contemporary country albums without the slightest whiff of arena rock or pop." PEOPLE Magazine also gave the release a highly commendable 3.5 out of four stars.
 
After his appearance on Good Morning America, Turner will perform for fans in New York City July 12 at the Best Buy Theater, presented by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®. To purchase tickets, visit www.Ticketmaster.com.
 
For more information on Josh Turner, visit www.JoshTurner.com.

Breaking Grass Releases First Single, "Running With The Moon" Today



Breaking Grass Releases First Single, "Running With The Moon" Today
Complete CD Hits Streets July 31st
July 3, 2012, (Booneville, MS) — Breaking Grass is very proud to announce the release of their first single, "Running With The Moon", is available to radio today! Their sophomore CD of the same title will officially hit streets July 31st.

With their fresh sound, original material, strong vocals and innovative musicianship, Breaking Grass is doing exactly what their name implies. Although not quite traditional, the music they present is without a doubt steeped in the timeless genre they grew up listening to. Comprised of Cody Farrar on guitar and lead/harmony vocals; Tyler White on fiddle; Thelton Vanderford on banjo and harmony vocals; Zach Wooten on mandolin; and Britt Sheffield on bass and lead/harmony vocals; this relatively new band formed with one goal in mind - to make music that all ages could enjoy. They are well on their way to becoming a household name and recently won the fan voted B.O.R.N. Award (Band On The Rise Nationally)  in June 2012.  

2011 proved to be an exciting year for Breaking Grass with a string of wins at many of the southeast’s top music festivals including first place in the State of Mississippi Bluegrass Band Championship in New Albany, first place in the Athens Old Time Fiddler’s Bluegrass Band Competition in Alabama and first place in the Uncle Dave Macon Days Bluegrass Band Competition in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This was also the year Breaking Grass released their self-titled, debut album of all original music to a standing room only crowd at a CD release event presented by the City of Booneville, Mississippi. "With Breaking Grass, my very first impression was that this band understands variety," states Brian McNeal of Prescription Bluegrass. "From heartfelt emotion to barroom romance to a Texas Two-Step to a genuine good-old-fashioned barn-burner, Breaking Grass lacks nothing in mixing it up. It's refreshing to hear a band that truly is different...different from any other and even different from within." With a sense of excitement and drive from a very fruitful first year together, the band turned to producer Stephen Mougin of Dark Shadow Recording once again for help with their latest project, Running With The Moondue for release July 31st. This new CD is a strong offering from the group, showing their versatility as musicians and vocalists with 12 tracks of original songs, all written by the band’s main lead singer, Cody Farrar. "I had the pleasure of working with Breaking Grass as producer and engineer on their last two albums," says Mougin. "I encouraged them to use “Running With The Moon” as the title cut for this CD because I believe it highlights all of the things they do really well. If there ever was a song that portrayed the story through sound, this is it. The tune explodes into a fantastic, tight, driving bluegrass groove that supports the fine vocals of front-man (and composer) Cody Farrar, and it really captures the energy of the band and proclaims their readiness to take on the music world! They have matured from a hot-pickin’ local band, to a tight ensemble that draws musical ideas from the lyrical content. That’s not to say they've given up on the hot-pickin’ – the spectacular trading solos near the end of the song showcase what great pickers they are!" 

Listen to "Running With The Moon"

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MISS WILLIE BROWN DEBUTS VIDEO FOR “YOU’RE ALL THAT MATTERS TO ME”

 
COUNTRY MUSIC DUO MISS WILLIE BROWN DEBUTS VIDEO FOR “YOU’RE ALL THAT MATTERS TO ME”ON CMT TODAY
 
Lead Single Set To Impact Radio July 9
 
 
Nashville, TN- July 3, 2012- A&M/Octone Records’ vibrant new country music duo Miss Willie Brown, comprised of singer/songwriters Kasey Buckley and Amanda Watkins, released the video for their debut single, “You’re All That Matters To Me" on CMT today.  The upbeat track goes to radio on July 9 and was written by Robert John “Mutt” Lange and produced by Nathan Chapman (Taylor Swift, The Band Perry).  The video, directed by T.K. McKamy, showcases the duo's playful individual personalities and uses comedy to tell the story of two girls fighting for one guy's attention.
 
"We had a specific vision for the video as far as fighting over a man and showcasing our humor and friendship. When the director,TK, came back with this hilarious treatment, we knew we wanted to work with him, " said Buckley.  "It was such a rad shoot…a lot of laughing and playing tricks on each other, which is pretty much how every day on the road is for us."
 
"We've been writing songs and performing together for a few years," added Watkins.  "And now having a video feels like such a culmination of all of our hard work, it's a tangible and visual result of what we've been working so hard for!"
 
 
Buzz for Miss Willie Brown has been building over the past year as they toured across the country with Dierks Bentley, performed at CMA Fest, Bonnaroo and recently launched their first radio tour.  Radio programmers have chimed in with their support…
 
"These girls come ready to rock! They are full of personality, not to mention tremendous talent." Kerry Wolfe, WMIL
 
"Amanda and Kasey have the goods.  Great voices, superb energy, a fresh look and sound wrapped up in a song just right for summer." Smokey Rivers, KNIX
 
"Absolute killer summer single!"- Richard Kimball, The Road
 
"I'm humbly bowing down to my new favorite country duo...MISS WILLIE BROWN!" Sandra Foxx, WIRK
 
With raw, honky-tonk-style emotion and irresistible rock & roll swagger, Miss Willie Brown is both a reminder of the classic power of a song and a fresh look toward music’s future.   The two girls met in California waiting tables, instantly bonded over a deep love of country music and have been writing and singing together ever since.  Now based in Nashville, Miss Willie Brown inked a deal with A&M/Octone Records and have been busy honing their live performance chops opening shows for artists including Dierks Bentley, Dwight Yoakam and Billy Currington.  They are also the only unsigned band to ever perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

TIM MCGRAW RELEASES LEAD SINGLE FROM FIRST BIG MACHINE RECORDS ALBUM "TRUCK YEAH"

COUNTRY MUSIC ICON TIM MCGRAW RELEASES LEAD SINGLE FROM FIRST BIG MACHINE RECORDS ALBUM "TRUCK YEAH" TO RADIO TODAY
 
The BROTHERS OF THE SUN TOUR WITH KENNY CHESNEY AND TIM MCGRAW Continues To Chicago's Soldier Field and Minneapolis' Target Field This Weekend
 
 
NASHVILLE, TN- July 3, 2012— Country Superstar Tim McGraw debuts "Truck Yeah," his first single for Big Machine Records to radio today.  Hundreds of thousands of fans have already been treated to a preview of the amped up track on the road this summer, eliciting a unanimous head nodding reaction from fans, radio programmers and critics.
 
"Tim McGraw's new single 'Truck Yeah' just might be the best trucking record you'll hear all year…a gear-grinding, mud-flinging, guitar riff of a celebration of pickups, with a hook that's guaranteed to get its share of did-he-say what-I-think-he-said double takes."- USA Today
 
"gritty country-rocker”- Kansas City Star
 
"already popular set-closing"- Philadelphia Inquirer
 
“Truck Yeah” was written by Chris Lucas, Preston Brust, Danny Myrick and Chris Janson and produced by Byron Gallimore and McGraw.  
 
The BROTHERS OF THE SUN TOUR with Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw continues this weekend at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL (7/7) and Target Field in Minneapolis, MN (7/8).  For a full list of tour dates and music updates, visit www.timmcgraw.com.
 

Steep Canyon Rangers "Nobody Knows You"

Steep Canyon Rangers  "Nobody Knows You"  album is topping all the Bluegrass Charts - and they are set to release on Vinyl next week.       

 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.

Foggy Mountain Special A Bluegrass Tribute to Earl Scruggs

Foggy Mountain Special - A Bluegrass Tribute to Earl Scruggs
Various Artists

Rounder 11661-0638-2

Tom Adams, Ron Block, J.D. Crowe, Charlie Cushman, Kenny Ingram, Jim Mills, Joe Mullins, Larry Perkins, Craig Smith, Ron Stewart, David Talbot, Tony Trischka

Earl Scruggs almost singlehandedly invented and popularized the rolling, three-finger banjo technique ("Scruggs style") that has become the signature sound of bluegrass. Over the period of a couple of years, many of the best banjo players in bluegrass convened in Nashville to record this tribute to Earl Scruggs. Now, with his recent passing, this collection of never-before-released material has become a memorial album as well, for his pervasive influence can be heard on every track. Bluegrass banjo doesn't get much better than this.

1. Flint Hill Special  2:23
2. Reuben  3:43
3. Foggy Mountain Special  2:53
4. Randy Lynn Rag  2:05
5. Sally Goodin  2:21
6. Pike County Breakdown  2:42
7. Foggy Mountain Rock  3:22
8. Nashville Skyline Rag  2:15
Foggy M9. Earl’s Breakdown  2:38
10. Steel Guitar Rag  3:26
11. Ground Speed  2:13
12. Foggy Mountain Breakdown  3:06

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CLINT BLACK RETURNS TO SMALL SCREEN


Clint Black and History Detectives' Elyse Luray uncover the secrets of Black's antique book. Airing July 24, 2012 on PBS. Photo Credit: Jon-Paul Photography
CLINT BLACK RETURNS TO SMALL SCREEN

Lifetime's Coming Home to air Wednesday, July 4 at 10:00 p.m. ET; PBS' History Detectives to air Tuesday, July 24 at 9:00 p.m. ET

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Country music icon Clint Black will be hitting the small screen this month with appearances on Lifetime’s Coming Home and PBS’ History Detectives.  The Lifetime reality series features heartwarming military homecomings, documenting service members’ return to their loved ones in unforgettable and inspiring surprise reunions.  In Black’s episode, airing Wednesday, July 4 at 10:00 p.m. ET, the country star helps two children write a song about their Army captain father who is returning from Afghanistan to surprise his family.  For listings, please visit www.mylifetime.com/shows/coming-home/.

In addition, Black receives a surprise of his own when PBS’ History Detectives visits his home in Nashville to uncover the story behind an artifact his wife, Lisa Hartman Black, had given the history buff decades ago.  History Detectives is devoted to exploring historical mysteries, searching out the facts, myths and conundrums that connect local folklore, family legends and interesting objects.  Tune in to PBS on Tuesday, July 24 at 9:00 p.m. ET to see what unfolds for Black.

For the latest information, news, tour dates and more, please visit www.ClintBlack.com.

Upcoming Appearances:
July 4   Phoenix, AZ
July 6   Nice, CA
July 14 Choctaw, MS
July 27 Foxborough, MA
July 28 Red Bank, NJ
Aug 6   Jackson, MI
Aug 10 Moncton, NB
Aug 18 Biloxi, MS
Sep 1   Mesquite, TX
Sep 6   Kingston, WA
Sep 7   Canyonville, OR
Sep 8   Oroville, CA
Sep 14 Lake Jackson, TX
Sep 15 Crockett, TX
Sep 28 Tiffin, OH
Sep 29 Lawrenceburg, IN
Oct 4    New Braunfels, TX
Oct 22-24  Branson, MO
Nov 17 Tama, IA
Nov 30 Greensburg, PA

About Clint Black:
Clint Black has long been a fixture in the country music community with international and cross-genre notoriety as a songwriter, record producer, and instrumentalist.  Black has written, recorded, and released more than 100 songs, an impressive feat for any artist’s career, while an astounding one-third of these songs achieved hit status on country radio.  Black is an accomplished singer and guitarist with a proficiency on the drums and harmonica; all which lends itself to why he has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide.  Black’s 1989 RIAA-certified triple platinum debut Killin’ Time catapulted this then unknown Texas singer/songwriter into the limelight, but for Black, that was only the beginning.  Several platinum-selling albums followed including Put Yourself In My Shoes, The Hard Way, and No Time To Kill, along with film and television roles.  Black also chairs philanthropic efforts in support of the International Rett Syndrome Foundation.  Black is currently in the studio working his upcoming album due out later this year. For more information on Clint Black, please visit www.ClintBlack.com.

Lee Greenwood 4th of July

Red, White & GREENwood 4th of July!

Lee Greenwood on Fox News Channel's “Hannity,” Lifetime's “The Balancing Act,”
CNN.COM's “The Red Chair,” Daytime and Fox Business Network's “The Willis Report.”
Nashville, Tenn. (July 2, 2012) -- Grammy-award winning artist, Lee Greenwood, kicks off the 4th of July holiday week today performing his signature song, “God  Bless the USA,”  on the nationally syndicated midday show, “Daytime,” (check local listings),  followed by an appearance  tonight on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity” at 9:50 pm EDT (8:50 CDT).  An exclusive interview with CNN.com’s “The Red Chair” spotlighting Greenwood’s new book, “Does God Still Bless the USA; A Plea for a Better America,” has also just been posted.  Additional appearances include a performance on Lifetime’s daily morning show, “The Balancing Act,” on July 3 (7:00-8 AM EDT, 6:00-7AM CDT) as well as an upcoming appearance on Fox Business Network’s “The Willis Report.”
In addition to his new book, Greenwood has just released a new seven-track EP entitled, “I Want to Be in Your World,” which includes the original track, “Here Comes Love, There Goes My Heart,” as well as a cover of the popular Michael McDonald/Kenny Loggins ballad, “You Can Let Go Know.”
For additional information and tour dates, visit www.LeeGreenwood.com
About Lee Greenwood
A Presidential Appointee serving on The National Endowment for the Arts Council, Greenwood was honored with the prestigious National Patriot’s Award, presented by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.  In addition, Greenwood is the national spokesperson for Operation Never Forgotten (ONF), an all-volunteer national non-profit communications service that connects military and civilian worlds through non-partisan public service announcements (PSAs). He has also entertained the troops on more than 30 USO tours over the years.

LADY ANTEBELLUM WRAPS NORTH AMERICAN LEG





LADY ANTEBELLUM WRAPS NORTH AMERICAN LEG
OF THEIR OWN THE NIGHT WORLD TOUR
 
Tour Marks Attendance Milestone of More Than
One Million Fans While Prepping for Europe and Australia  


Nashville, TN – July 2, 2012 – As the North American leg of Lady Antebellum’s headlining OWN THE NIGHT WORLD TOUR sponsored by GAC with special guests Darius Rucker and Thompson Square comes to a close, the 85 city run that has incited fan hysteria and massive critical acclaim also marks an attendance milestone with over one million fans as they continue into Europe and Australia this summer.

"I remember how exciting and special it was to hear we sold out the first weekend of the tour back in the Fall," said Charles Kelley.  "I seriously had no idea that so many others would follow, especially places like LA and Chicago, or that we would be sitting here eight months later saying we played to a million fans.  It doesn't even register."

"What I love is the connection we made with all of those fans," added Hillary Scott.  "It truly felt like we got to know everyone in the arena every night, which was one of our biggest goals when we started brainstorming on a paper plate last summer in Lake Tahoe.  We invited fans up on stage most nights and just tried to get as close as possible to them…it was one giant sing-along each night.   As a songwriter, it's so cool to hear the lyrics you wrote with your best friends in the back of a bus echoing back to you by so many people."

"We've definitely become closer as a band – musically and personally – over this tour too," noted Dave Haywood. "We are really proud of our show and how much we've grown on stage.  Moments like selling out two nights in our hometown of Augusta, GA with all our friends and family around are really going to make us miss being on the road this Fall, but we're looking forward to working on new music and getting back into the studio."

A tour concept that started with a simple production sketch on a paper plate, the OWN THE NIGHT WORLD TOUR kicked off in Knoxville, TN on 11/11/11 with an entourage of more than 100 people in 10 buses and eight trucks who travelled more than 46,000 miles across the continent, hitting arenas and amphitheatres in 34 states and six Canadian provinces. Along the way, the trio has earned praise from critics for their spirited live show and proved that Lady Antebellum has long-term staying power as one of the biggest touring groups in country music.

“Nashville’s Lady Antebellum, on its first arena headlining tour, has become such a crowd-pleasing phenomenon that there is arguably no other country band on the planet right now that can steal the trio’s ever-brightening spotlight.” – Salt Lake Tribune

“Lady Antebellum certainly pushes all the right buttons in concert --backdrops dominated by shooting stars
and bucolic scenery, a careful placement of the hits -- but there's more to their appeal than just that. Their
palette is broader, more forcefully colored than most of their peers, and the soulfulness that results is
unmistakable.” – Variety

“The Grammy-winning group has claimed its spot among the elite headliners, moving up from playing theaters to selling out massive arenas.” – San Jose Mercury News

“Its performance erased all doubts that the act’s seemingly meteoric ascendance to the top of the contemporary country world is undeserved…its celebrated vocal harmonies were terrific.”  – Kansas City Star

“While it can be hard to take the studio sound to the live stage, Lady Antebellum proved it can be done. But
more than that, the group’s playfulness, youthful exuberance and unending energy was evident fromstart
to finish.” – Virginian Pilot

Upcoming stops on the OWN THE NIGHT 2012 WORLD TOUR include shows in the UK where they will also open for Bruce Springsteen in Hyde Park, and headline in Ireland, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, Norway and Sweden before they head to Australia in September. For a full list of upcoming tour dates, visit www.ladyantebellum.com.

Randy Travis Setting off Holiday Fireworks on Sirius XM

Randy Travis Setting off
Holiday Fireworks on Sirius XM


 Radio Network Celebrating a “Red, White and Randy 4th”
& GAC Re-airing Special Show 

Nashville, Tenn. (July 2, 2012) -- Be sure to tune in this Fourth of July when country superstar Randy Travis hosts the holiday special, Red, White, and Randy 4th on Sirius XM.  The program is set to air throughout the day on Prime Country (Channel 58), beginning at 6:00 a.m. (ET).  It will feature a playlist boasting some of Randy’s greatest hits and tracks from his Anniversary Celebration CD along with some of the nation's most moving and popular patriotic songs. Other highlights include reflections from Randy on some of his favorite songs, and stories behind many of the hits that he's written and recorded over the years. 

To ensure that everyone is able to check out the celebrated Red, White and Randy 4th show, Sirius XM is offering a free 30-day trial subscription so that fans can listen online.  To sign-up, please visit: www.siriusxm.com.

Just in case you missed it, the Grammy-winning singer will be featured during GAC’s encore presentation of Noteworthy at the Opry on Tuesday, July 3rd at 8:30 p.m. (ET).  This special 90-minute program pays tribute to the heroic men and women serving in the U.S. military.  The episode offers touching stories of courage, integrity, endurance and words of inspiration from various celebrities.

Randy Travis can also found among the splashy July issue of At Home Tennessee magazine. So, be sure to get a copy or log-on at: www.athometn.com.

For tour information, video greetings and the latest updates, please visit: www.randytravis.com.

About Randy Travis
Warner Bros. Records has been home to Randy Travis for the majority of his recording career; and together they have accumulated lifetime sales of his music in excess of 20 million units to date.  Travis is one of the biggest record sellers in music industry history, with 18 #1 singles, 29 Top 10 chartings, certification of the rare quintuple platinum album (Always and Forever, released in 1987), one triple platinum album (Storms of Life, released in 1986), two double platinum’s (Old 8x10, released in 1988, and No Holding Back, released in 1989), eight platinum albums, and 10 gold albums.  Major industry career awards include seven GRAMMY Awards, five Country Music Association Awards (CMA), 10 Academy of Country Music Awards (ACM), 10 American Music Awards (AMA), two People’s Choice Awards, and eight Dove Awards from the Gospel Music Association. He is a three-time recipient of CMA Award’s “Song of the Year’’ honors (“On The Other Hand,” “Forever and Ever Amen,” and “Three Wooden Crosses”). Randy Travis has appearances in more than 40 feature film productions and major television projects to his credit.  In 2004, he was honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  In the midst of every major career award and accolade, he considers his honored induction as a member of the famed Grand Ole Opry, in Nashville, in 1986, as a shining highlight of his first 25 years of legendary accomplishments.

The Band Perry Raise Money for United Way

L to R - David Lane, (GM Greeneville Astros), Neil Perry, Kimberly Perry and Reid Perry of The Band Perry.

Neil, Kimberly and Reid Perry are immoratlized in Bobblehead fame. 

The Band Perry throws out first pitch at minor league hometown baseball game for The Greeneville Astros.

The Band Perry visits with Greeneville Astros owner Scott Niswonger. Pictured L to R:  Reid Perry, Scott Niswonger, Kimberly and Neil.

The Band Perry Partners With Greeneville Astros to Raise Money for United Way
 Hometown Team Celebrates Sibling Trio With Custom Bobbleheads 
 
                Nashville, TN – (July 2, 2012) – Republic Nashville's The Band Perry, partnered with their hometown baseball team – Greeneville Astros – on Thursday evening (6/28) to thank those who made donations to the United Way. The sibling trio is always the first to step up to the plate to support their beloved hometown of Greeneville, TN, and were honored to perform a special acoustic concert for the 200 VIP guests. The private event took place just before the Greeneville Astros baseball game. 
 
“We love small towns and we especially love OUR small town.  Performing for our friends and neighbors and raising money for United Way at the same time meant a lot to us,” says Kimberly Perry. 
 
The team celebrated The Band Perry's appearance and showed additional support for the non-profit by creating custom bobbleheads for the game. That night, all patrons received the collectables and $1 of every ticket sold benefited United Way.  http://www.unitedway.org/
 
After their performance, Kimberly, Reid and Neil threw the first pitch of the game and had the opportunity to visit with The Astros' General Manager David Lane and Owner Scott Niswonger.
 
“It was an honor to spend time with Mr. Niswonger and Mr. Lane and be a part of such a special evening in the community,” says Reid Perry.
 
“We were excited about throwing out the first pitch at the game! We love sports and even though we are baseball rookies we had a blast on the field with the professionals,” says Neil Perry.
 
Following the game, TBP headed back to the bus for more shows as special guests on Brad Paisley's tour. Currently they are also nominated for a TEEN CHOICE award for Choice Country Group and fans can cast their vote right now at http://teenchoiceawards.com/
 
“We’re The Band Perry and we play Country Music!”
 

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