Monday, October 8, 2012

CARRIE UNDERWOOD, KENNY CHESNEY, ERIC CHURCH, AND THE BAND PERRY TO PERFORM ON “THE 46th ANNUAL CMA AWARDS”


CARRIE UNDERWOOD, KENNY CHESNEY, ERIC CHURCH, AND THE BAND PERRY TO PERFORM ON “THE 46th ANNUAL CMA AWARDS”

NASHVILLE – The star-packed lineup for “The 46th Annual CMA Awards” shines even brighter with today’s announcement that CMA Awards co-host and three-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Carrie Underwood, four-time Entertainer of the Year Kenny Chesney, top nominee Eric Church, and reigning CMA New Artist of the Year The Band Perry will perform on “Country Music’s Biggest Night™.” 
“The 46th Annual CMA Awards,” hosted for the fifth time by Brad Paisley and Underwood, airs live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Thursday, Nov. 1 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network. Previously announced performers include Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Kelly Clarkson, Little Big Town, Miranda Lambert, Paisley, and Zac Brown Band.     
Chesney, who is the reigning CMA Award winner for Music Video of the Year for “You and Tequila” with Grace Potter, picked up three nominations in 2012 for Entertainer of the Year; Musical Event of the Year for “Feel Like A Rock Star” a duet with Tim McGraw; and Music Video of the Year for “Come Over,” directed by Shaun Silva. If Chesney wins Entertainer of the Year, he’ll take the record for the most wins in the category. Chesney is currently tied with Garth Brooks winning the trophy four times in 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2008.
Church received his first CMA Awards nomination last year for New Artist of the Year. A year later, he topped the list of nominees with five including Male Vocalist; Album for Chief, which was produced by Jay Joyce; Single of the Year for “Springsteen,” also produced by Joyce; Song of the Year for “Springsteen,” written by Church, Ryan Tyndell, and Jeff Hyde, a member of Church’s band; and Music Video of the Year for “Springsteen,” directed by Peter Zavadil
The Band Perry claimed three CMA Awards in 2011 for New Artist of the Year; and Single and Song of the Year for “If I Die Young,” which was written by Kimberly Perry. They are nominated for Vocal Group of the Year in 2012.
CMA Awards co-host Underwood received her seventh nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year in 2012. Underwood won Female Vocalist in 2006, 2007, and 2008. If Underwood wins the Female Vocalist of the Year trophy again, it will tie her with Martina McBride (1999, 2002-2004) and Reba McEntire (1984-1987) for most wins in this category. McBride is nominated in the category again in 2012, with Clarkson, Lambert, Taylor Swift, and Underwood.
Winners of “The 46th Annual CMA Awards” will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible voting members of the Country Music Association. CMA Awards balloting is officiated by the international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends Monday, Oct. 22 (5:00 PM/CT).
Full 2012 CMA Awards details, including nominations and performers are available at CMAawards.com, which also includes CMA Awards history, a searchable database of past CMA Awards nominees and winners, host information, merchandise, and much more. The CMA Awards Store has T-shirts, hoodies, hats, mugs, tote bags, and more official merchandise for fans to purchase online. Fans can connect with CMA online at Facebook.com/CMA, Twitter.com/CountryMusic (#CMAawards), YouTube.com/CountryMusicAssoc, Pinterest.com/CMAworld, and by downloading the free CMA Awards app available for iPhone and Android. October is Country Music Month. Learn more at CountryMusicMonth.com, and join the conversation on Twitter using official hashtag #CountryMusicMonth.
The CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined by the 11,000 industry professional members of CMA, which was formed in 1958 as the first trade organization to promote an individual genre of music. The first “CMA Awards Banquet and Show” was held in 1967. The following year, the CMA Awards was broadcast on NBC television for the first time – making it the longest-running annual music awards program on network television. The Awards aired on NBC through 1971 and on the CBS Television Network from 1972 through 2005. The CMA Awards moved to ABC in 2006, where it will remain through 2021.
“The 46th Annual CMA Awards” is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer, Paul Miller is the Director, and David Wild is the writer. The special will be shot in high definition and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.
Chevrolet™ is the Official Ride of Country Music. American Airlines is the Official Airline of the CMA Awards.
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Carrie Underwood will perform during "The 46th Annual CMA Awards" on Nov. 1, airing live on the ABC Television Network from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. 
Kenny Chesney will perform during "The 46th Annual CMA Awards" on Nov. 1, airing live on the ABC Television Network from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. 
Eric Church will perform during "The 46th Annual CMA Awards" on Nov. 1, airing live on the ABC Television Network from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. 
The Band Perry will perform during "The 46th Annual CMA Awards" on Nov. 1, airing live on the ABC Television Network from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. 
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Oak Ridge Boys Launching 40th Anniversary Tour & Commemorative CD

Legendary Oak Ridge Boys Launching
40th Anniversary Tour & Commemorative CD




Four Decades of Musical Success
Being Spotlighted with Network TV Special

 
Nashville, Tenn. (October 8, 2012) - The Oak Ridge Boys are making ready to mark 40 years of their phenomenal musical journey and international success.  They’ll be kicking off The Oak Ridge Boys 40th Anniversary Tour on January 19 & 20, 2013 at the historic Grand 1894 Opera House in Galveston, Texas. There’ll be a commemorative CD that features 4 decades of hits and collaborations, plus a network television special. Fans can be on the lookout for a commemorative poster and keepsake memorabilia.

Venues across the U.S. and Canada are teaming up as hosts for the Grammy-winning group’s milestone celebration and what’s sure to be a packed performance schedule.  Show stops for the 40th Anniversary Tour will include John Ascuaga’s Nugget, Jamboree in the Hills, and the Kentucky State Fair.

Special events will take place for all concerts at the Oak Ridge Boys Theatre in Branson, including America by Rail’s special excursions and train stops at the venue during the tour.

Other highlights will include The Oak Ridge Boys Rally at Sea.  The luxury cruise will set sail from February 28-March 4, 2013 with two performances by the group along with a meet & greet session, reception and much more.

For more information, please visit: www.oakridgeboys.com.

Photo credit: Mike Payne

Steel Guitar News October 8. 2012

Hello fellow players, This is Vic Lawson with today’s newsletter. Music is a language so the only way for people that don’t speak it is to feel it through our emotions. That’s why it’s so important to learn to play from the heart. Once you’ve learned to translate what you feel into your instrument, that’s when you can touch people with your playing. Think about being somewhere where you hear a conversation in a foreign language. You really can’t understand what they are saying, but if they start to raise their voice, you know they are frustrated, or if they are sobbing, you know they are sad. It’s the same with the language of music. When I play with a good band, I sometimes thing about this. I hear so many subtle things come together in a moment and wish everyone could appreciate what just happened. I believe that’s why a lot of players tend to play just for each other, because we get it! But that’s where playing from the heart comes in. If we learn to do that, the audience doesn’t have to technically understand it, but they can feel it. You don’t have to know how to make biscuits to know whether they taste good. But as long as we can appreciate it, that’s all that matters. So think about this and the next time you play try to play with enough emotion that people will say “Wow! That made me cry.” Or try to play so your music gets them dancing. You will feel the satisfaction and that will make you a better player. As a professional steel player, you’re constantly being challenged to learn new material on short notice. I played 12 hours on Saturday and 4 hours last night, I’m playing three shows this week with Darryl Singletary and Justin McBride so the next couple of nights will be spent learning Darryl Singletary’s material. I’ve played for Darryl before but unfortunately I didn’t retain it so now I have to refresh myself and do it in a hurry. The older I get, the harder it is to retain things, so what I do these days is learn the signature licks, solos and fills the way I want to play them so I don’t have to copy everything note for note. I make generous use of my Tascam Guitar Trainer. It’s really the best tool for the job and I’d be hard pressed to keep up if I didn’t have it. A good suggestion for anybody learning new material is when you start having to replay the same part to remember it, get up and take a 10 or 15 minute break and come back. That gives the material time to sink in before you start cramming new material in on top of it. It’ll be three fun shows. If anybody wants to come out and say hi, we’re in Austin, Texas Thursday night at the country fair. We’ll be playing from 8 to 10 PM. Friday night we’ll be at the Cotton Club in Granger, Texas playing from 8:30 until midnight. Saturday night we’ll be in Delhi, Louisiana at the Cooterville Mud Rides playing from 11 PM until 1:15 AM. Come and say hi if you can. For Columbus Day we have reduced all of our tracks CDs to $9.99, down from $15. Time to load up so you can practice playing with emotion. www.steelguitar.net/playalongtracks.html Check out our monthly specials at http://www.steelguitar.net/monthlyspecials.html www.steelguitar.net sales@steelguitar.net www.youtube.com/bobbeseymour Steel Guitar Nashville 123 Mid Town Court Hendersonville, TN. 37075 (615) 822-5555 Open 9AM – 4PM Monday – Friday Closed Saturday and Sunday

Bubba Sparxxx Releases New Single “Country Folks”

 
Backroad Records’ Bubba Sparxxx Releases New Single “Country Folks”
 
NASHVILLE, TN (October 8, 2012) – Backroad Records’ country rap artist Bubba Sparxxx is set to release his latest single “Country Folks” from his upcoming album Pain Management  tomorrow, October 9, 2012, on iTunes, Amazon MP3 and all digital music outlets.  
 
“Country Folks” was written by Andy Mathis, Colt Ford, Danny Alexander, Shannon “Fat Shan” Houchins and Mike Hartnett and produced by Shannon “Fat Shan” Houchins, Mike Hartnett and Noah Gordon.   “Country Folks” also features fellow artists Colt Ford and Danny Boone.  Bubba Sparxxx’s Pain Management is set to be released next year.  For more information on Bubba Sparxxx, visit his website www.bubbasparxxx.com.
 
About Bubba Sparxxx
A native of LaGrange, Georgia, Bubba Sparxxx first hit the country rap scene with his smash hit “Ugly” in 2001 from his platinum certified, debut album Dark Days, Bright Nights produced by Shannon “Fat Shan” Houchins of the successful record label, Average Joes Entertainment, and superstar producers Timbaland and Organized Noize.  It was followed-up by the critically acclaimed 2003 release Deliverance.  Today, Bubba Sparxxx continues to collaborate with Houchins on their foundation of blending musical genres.  His third project, Pain Management, is set to be released in 2013 with the first single “Country Folks.”  Quick to remind every artist trying to break the mold of traditional and mainstream music to keep steady in creating their own path in music, Bubba encourages his fans to remember that his brand of music isn't particularly mainstream country music, and it isn't rap music, but it has a home somewhere in-between the two.  www.bubbasparxxx.com

BLACK RIVER ENTERTAINMENT SIGNS KELLIE PICKLER

BLACK RIVER ENTERTAINMENT SIGNS KELLIE PICKLER TO
EXPANDING ARTIST ROSTER
 
BLACK RIVER ENTERTAINMENT SIGNS KELLIE PICKLER
 
Nashville, TN…(October 8, 2012)Black River Entertainment continues to expand its artist roster by signing fan favorite, Kellie Pickler. "What's not to love about Kellie?” asks Gordon Kerr, CEO of Black River Entertainment.  “She's real, she adores her fans, she’s rooted in and committed to country music and she's genuine.  How can you ask for more than that?"
 
“In looking for a label partner, I was really drawn to the Black River family because they hold similar values that I do,” shares Pickler.  “From our initial meeting, it was clear to me how much the entire team respects the artists’ musical vision, and I’m really looking forward to getting back into the studio to record and release new music to country radio.”
 
Doug Johnson, VP of A&R at Black River, sees Kellie as the total package.  "Kellie Pickler –great singer, captivating performer, the heart and soul of what makes our format incredible and authentic.  Deep roots plus relevance equals a true artist.  Anyone who loves country music deserves to turn on their radio and hear Kellie Pickler.  I am honored to have the opportunity to help share her music with the world."
 
Hailing from Albemarle, North Carolina, Pickler signed with 19/BNA Records in 2006 and released her debut album, Small Town Girl.  The album sold over 800,000 copies worldwide and produced three singles, “Red High Heels,” “I Wonder,” and “Things That Never Cross a Man’s Mind.”
 
In 2008, Pickler released her self-titled sophomore record featuring country radio hits “Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful,” “Best Days of Your Life” (Pickler’s first Top 10 and Taylor Swift co-write) and “Didn’t You Know How Much I Loved You.” 
 
After establishing herself as a powerful vocalist and also a songwriter, Pickler co-wrote six of the 11 tracks on the 2012 critically acclaimed release, 100 Proof, produced by Frank Liddell (known for his work with Miranda Lambert) and Luke Wooten.
 
Pickler joins Black River alongside four labelmates including country superstar Craig Morgan, rising star Sarah Darling, vocal trio Due West and country newcomer Glen Templeton.  Please visit www.kelliepickler.com for more information and follow Pickler on Twitter (@kelliepickler) and Facebook (fb.com/KelliePickler).
 
ABOUT BLACK RIVER ENTERTAINMENT:
Black River Entertainment is based in Nashville, TN and is the home to country music entertainers Craig Morgan, Kellie Pickler, Sarah Darling, Due West and Glen Templeton.  The company also operates the newly renovated Ronnie's Place and Sound Stage recording studios, Black River Records, Black River Publishing and Black River Management.  For more information about Black River Entertainment, please visit www.blackriverent.com.

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