Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Nashville Welcomes the Johnny Cash Museum

Nashville Welcomes the Johnny Cash Museum
By Kip Kirby
© 2012 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc.
Downtown Nashville will soon be getting a new celebrity attraction that promises to become both a tourist mecca and a destination for music scholars from around the world. It’s the Johnny Cash Museum, dedicated to celebrating the life and career of CMA's Country Music Hall of Fame member Johnny Cash.
Officially sanctioned by the Cash family, the museum claims to house the largest collection of Johnny Cash memorabilia in the world. Its creation was the brainchild of California businessman Bill Miller, whose friendship with the singer began when Miller was just a boy.
“I became a Cash fan when a third-grade classmate of mine brought a copy of Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison to school for a show and tell session,” Miller recalled. “The teacher put the record on the turntable. There was electricity in the air and I was hooked.”
Three years later, he attended his first Johnny Cash concert, where he met Johnny and wife, June, in person. Miller, author of the biography Cash: An American Man, launched and for 16 years has overseen the official Johnny Cash website, www.JohnnyCash.com, which hosts “The Johnny Cash Radio Show,” presented by Miller and his wife, Shannon, and is heard in more than 40 countries.
Establishing a permanent museum to honor his friend and hero is the realization of a dream for Miller, who made it his lifelong mission to amass as many Cash collectibles as possible, sleuthing out rare or missing items with a dedication worthy of Sherlock Holmes. Today, Miller owns the most comprehensive Johnny Cash collection in existence, which he looks forward to sharing with the public.
Asked why the time is right to open a Johnny Cash Museum, Miller responded enthusiastically, “The most obvious answer to that is, why not? You’re looking at one of the most recognized artists in entertainment history, a man who has his fingerprints all over Nashville and Nashville had its fingerprints all over him. I get emails from people through the website from all around the world who are planning their trips to America and want to know where they can come to learn everything about Johnny Cash. Until now, there hasn’t been anywhere for them to go.”
When all phases are completed, with Miller shouldering an estimated investment of up to $7 million, the museum will occupy two full stories at 119 Third Avenue South, just south of Broadway and a stone’s throw from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Ernest Tubb Record Shop, the honky-tonks along Lower Broadway and other popular tourist destinations. Noting that “I don’t think we could be in a better location,” Miller projected first-year attendance could top 150,000 visitors, each of whom will pay approximately $13 per ticket at the door.
While the museum's opening date has yet to be announced, its gift shop is scheduled to open this week. Visit www.Facebook.com/JohnnyCashMuseum for updates.
Nearly a thousand items will be on permanent display. Additional customized exhibits will rotate on a regular basis, showcasing unique items and memorabilia on loan from the Cash family and friends.
Exhibits will be arranged in timeline fashion, allowing visitors to enjoy a three-dimensional exploration of Cash’s life in breathtaking detail. They can utilize state-of-the-art interactive graphics, video and iPad technology to view writings, artwork, photographs, instruments, stage-worn apparel, books, sheet music, LPs, awards and honors that held relevance in the singer’s life. The museum will also have a 250-seat venue that will be used for events, live broadcasts and performances.
Every stage of the artist’s life will be examined, from his beginnings as one of seven children picking cotton on the family farm in Dyess, Ark., through his Air Force service, his rise to superstardom through a successful recording/songwriting career and a wildly popular television show, his marriages and children, his Christian faith and spiritualism and finally to his last years. This chronology will culminate in the artifact that represents the final component of his life — a song written in his own hand, titled “My Lord Has Gone,” which Cash penned just three weeks before his death in 2003.
Among the more unusual items on display will be Cash’s childhood membership card from the Future Farmers of America and a W-9 form documenting his employment in the Pontiac plant where the singer briefly worked prior to joining the United States Air Force. Hallmarks of his military service will include a German translation manual, a fishing license he obtained for recreational time off base and handwritten transcriptions he wrote in his duties as a radio intercept operator as he monitored for secret codes or enemy messages. There is a handwritten receipt from the landlord of an apartment Cash rented in Memphis after marrying his first wife, Vivian Liberto, and a marriage license made out in the names of John R. Cash and June Carter.
Some of these artifacts took years of painstaking personal effort on Miller’s part to locate. For instance, the famous “House of Cash” sign mysteriously disappeared not long after the landmark building in Hendersonville, Tenn., was shuttered. Miller tracked the sign down, eventually finding it back in Dyess, and restored it for display in the museum. And when a 2007 fire destroyed Johnny’s and June’s former home in its final days of renovation by new owner Barry Gibb, Miller was given permission to salvage individual stones from an interior wall of the house. Visitors will also see many original furnishings from that home, including a fully-set dining room table featuring June’s china.
“The stones were taken from the room where Johnny filmed the video for ‘Hurt,’” said Miller. “We’re using the dismantled stones to replicate a portion of that room.”
In addition to his decades-long search for “things Cash,” Miller received a number of gifts directly over the years from the singer himself or from family members. “Sometimes I felt like I was on a search-and-rescue mission,” he explained. “But I always knew that the things I was rescuing would one day be used in a positive way.”
Another arresting bit of memorabilia is a postcard from young J. R. Cash to his parents while he was on a high school senior class trip from Dyess to Nashville. “Ironically, the class went to the Grand Ole Opry, where who do you think Johnny saw for the first time performing but June Carter, who would later become his wife,” Miller noted. “We have the handwritten postcard Johnny sent to his parents on that trip, addressed simply, ‘Mr. And Mrs. Ray Cash, Dyess, Arkansas.’ On it, he wrote, ‘Dear Mom and Dad, having a great time. J.R.’ It’s a snapshot of the future because he’s on his way to Nashville, a place he would make famous around the world, and he sees his future wife for the first time.
“We aren’t looking to have an abbreviated version of Johnny’s life with things people already know or have seen,” he continued. “I want people to leave the museum understanding that this was a man who made a difference, a man who inspired people and changed their lives around the world.”
Miller is proud of the enthusiastic support his endeavor has received from the Cash family, including the singer’s siblings, relatives and children. Pointing out that the museum is fully authorized and licensed by the Johnny Cash estate, he said, “I think this recognizes the fact that they have full confidence in what we’re doing. There’s a decades-long friendship between myself and the Johnny Cash family. I know them and I think they feel comfortable with the fact that with the museum in our hands, it’s going to be a dignified, respectful tribute. It’s going to be done right.”
Joanne Cash, sister of the late singer, concurred. “If Johnny Cash were here today and could see what Bill Miller is doing, he would be elated. He would be extremely happy that his memory is being put into a building where people go and look at not only his life but at our whole family’s life.”
Cash’s younger brother Tommy agreed. “Johnny just deserves this more than anything else,” he insisted. “People from all over the world are going to come and see this museum and discover things that they never knew about Johnny. Bill Miller has the blessing of the family.”
As the museum readies for its opening downtown, Miller estimates how it would help enhance the legacy of the Man in Black. “There’s going to be a lot of really cool stuff here, but what I really want people to go away with is the feeling of, ‘This was a man who mattered. Here was a man who wrote great songs that helped people and inspired people everywhere.’ If visitors walk out of the museum thinking, ‘What a great man, I feel like I know him better now,’ then the museum will have accomplished its purpose.”
On the Web: www.JohnnyCash.com; www.Facebook.JohnnyCashMuseum

Johnny Cash  
Photo credit: courtesy of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Exhibits at The Johnny Cash Museum will include Cash’s 12th-grade report card from Dyess High School in Dyess, Ark.  
Photo credit: Johnny Cash Museum Collection
Johnny Cash  
Photo credit: courtesy of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Johnny Cash’s “Flight,” his only published work of visual art, will be displayed at The Johnny Cash Museum.  
Photo credit: Johnny Cash Museum Collection
Johnny Cash  
Photo credit: courtesy of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum


Two-Night Run At Chicago’s House Of Blues Sells Out In Less Than
Two Minutes 

Jake Owen publicity photo

Photo Credit: Jeff Lipsky for RCA Nashville
Nashville, TN (October 9, 2012) – RCA Nashville’s Jake Owen is proving to be one of the hot tickets to get this fall with five shows already SOLD-OUT for his first headlining tour, “CMT ON TOUR JAKE OWEN: THE SUMMER NEVER ENDS 2012,” featuring special guests Love and Theft and Florida Georgia Line. Jake fans will be attending the packed shows at the Tour kickoff at the Best Buy Theatre in New York, NY (10/10), Royal Oak Music Theatre in Detroit, MI (10/18), two-night run at the House of Blues in Chicago, IL (11/29-30) and The Pageant in St. Louis, MO (12/8). The nationwide tour will wrap in Jake’s hometown of Vero Beach, FL on December 15.
Adding to Jake’s list of firsts, both of his upcoming Chicago shows sold-out in less than two minutes after going on sale. "Having my first headlining tour is a huge dream come true and to hear that these shows are already sold-out is unbelievable!" shares Jake. "I can't wait to get this party started with my friends."
After playing to packed stadiums this summer on Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw’s blockbuster ‘Brothers of the Sun’ Tour, Jake’s dynamic live show and undeniable summer anthems have launched him to headliner status.
Jake’s red-hot single, “The One That Got Away,” is currently climbing the country radio charts and already landed inside the Top 10. The song is from his chart-topping 2011 album Barefoot Blue Jean Night that has launched back-to-back, multi-week No. 1 hits with the PLATINUM-selling title track and the GOLD-certified “Alone with You.” His ode to summer, the new Endless Summer EP, produced by Joey Moi and executive produced by Jake made an impressive debut at #2 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. Jake first captured the national spotlight with his hits “Startin’ with Me,” “Don’t Think I Can’t Love You” and “Eight Second Ride.” His revival of “Life in a Northern Town” with Sugarland and Little Big Town in 2008 earned him Grammy and CMA Award nominations. Jake was named 2009’s Top New Male Vocalist by the Academy of Country Music, and earlier this year, Entertainment Weekly’s music issue ranked him among “The 30 Greatest Artists Right Now.”
For dates and ticket information for CMT ON TOUR JAKE OWEN: THE SUMMER NEVER ENDS 2012, with special guests Love and Theft and Florida Georgia Line, visit cmtontour.cmt.com.


 Jason Aldean

Lead Single “Take A Little Ride” Parks at No. one on Billboard Chart for Third Consecutive Week
Nashville, TN – Oct. 9, 2012 – CMA Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year nominee Jason Aldean is giving fans the chance to listen to his upcoming fifth studio album NIGHT TRAIN in its entirety for the week leading up to its Oct. 16 release, with an exclusive iTunes pre-stream found at www.iTunes.com/JasonAldean.   The stream is available only on desktop and iPad devices in the United States and Canada.

"It's a really cool thing that iTunes is letting us offer a stream of the album a week before release," said Aldean.  "As a music fan, I love going on there and digging for new tunes and new artists that I may want to download.  I am so anxious to get this album out and for the fans to hear it, so this feels like an early birthday present or something."

NIGHT TRAIN’s record-breaking lead single “Take A Little Ride” is in its third consecutive week at No. one on the Billboard Country Songs chart. It was the biggest digital debut ever by a male country artist and flew to the top of the country charts faster than any other song this year.  This marks Aldean’s sixth consecutive No. one single and tenth of his career. 

Aldean recently earned three Country Music Association Awards nominations for the Nov. 1 show, in the categories of Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year and Single of the Year for "Dirt Road Anthem."

Additionally, the Georgia native has sold out every show on his MY KINDA PARTY TOUR presented by State Farm®, – often in minutes at the day of on sale – and has broken over 40 venue attendance records.  The tour has gone on to sell an unparalleled 1.9 million tickets and wraps Oct. 27 in Dallas, TX.

For a full list of appearances and information on NIGHT TRAIN as it becomes available, visit www.jasonaldean.com.

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Darius Rucker’s Wife Beth Reveals How She Kept Opry Invitation Secret

When Darius Rucker was invited to join the Grand Ole Opry by Brad Paisley on October 2, it was a secret his wife Beth had kept for nearly two months. She called into Charleston’s WEZL, a radio station in the Rucker family’s hometown, to dish on how she kept it a secret – and how she managed to get herself and some of their friends to Nashville for a Tuesday night Opry show without raising suspicion.
“What we were going to do is send Darius on the bus then 15 minutes later the band bus was going to come by and pick us up,” Beth told the station. “But then I thought, ‘You know what? That’s ridiculous to have two buses going and it would be so much more fun to ride with him.’”
Luckily, a friend was celebrating a birthday. It was just the cover she needed to orchestrate her plan. “I was like ‘Hey, we were just thinking about getting out of town for a night…would you mind if we jumped on the bus with you?’ He was like ‘Yeah, sure no problem.’ He didn’t think anything of it because I’ve done that before.”
In August, Beth learned from Darius’ management team that he was going to receive an invitation to join the Opry. They knew she would want to be there and gave her time to organize the covert trip from Charleston to Nashville. But it turned out Darius wasn’t the only one who had no idea his family and friends were at the Opry for his special night.

Gloriana Sponsors Can’t Shake You Photo Contest

Gloriana’s new single “Can’t Shake You” is all about breakin’ up and how moving on is so hard to do.
The song tells the story, “Your black leather jacket’s still hangin’ in my closet. I wish that I could give it away. Oh, even though you’re gone, somehow you stay…”
Now Gloriana what’s to know your ‘black leather jacket?’ Do you have something (an old t-shirt, a song) or some place (a favorite restaurant, city) that reminds you of that person that you just can’t shake?


Pre-sale Tickets Available October 9 for Official George Strait Fan Club Members
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The iconic George Strait stepped out last month to announce The Cowboy Rides Away Tour featuring special guest Martina McBride.  Strait will take 2013-2014 to tour the country and celebrate his last years of touring with his legions of fans.  Concert-goers can anticipate hearing a range of Strait’s staggering 59 No. 1 career hits in addition to some brand new tunes due out next year.
Strait fan club members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets tomorrow, Oct. 9 beginning at 10 a.m. in the venue’s respective time zone by visiting www.GeorgeStrait.com; ticket prices begin at $69.50.  General public ticketing opens Oct. 12 (same time zone restraints apply). 
Limited VIP packages will also be available for purchase.  For $399, the “Ace in the Hole” package includes a top tier ticket in the first 10 rows, an invitation to an exclusive pre-show party, a tour of a private exhibit of Strait memorabilia, a special VIP gift, and more.  At $999, “The Troubadour” package secures a front row seat and, in addition to the pre-show events and access listed above, includes a guitar signed by Strait.  For more information on VIP options, visit HERE.
Strait will also be auctioning off two pairs of front row seats, as well as meet and greet passes, to each tour stop.  Proceeds from the auction will benefit The Jenifer Strait Foundation, a foundation that focuses its donations on various children’s charities including Boys and Girls Clubs of San Antonio and St. Jude’s Ranch.  Bidding opens on the first lot this Friday, Oct. 12 at 10 a.m. EDT.  Click HERE for more information on the auction. 
For more information on Strait and The Cowboy Rides Away Tour, please visit www.GeorgeStrait.com
JAN 18  |  Lubbock, Texas  | United Spirit Arena
JAN 19  |  Oklahoma City, Okla.  | Chesapeake Energy Arena
JAN 25  |  Salt Lake City, Utah  |  Energy Solutions Arena
JAN 26  |  Nampa, Idaho  |  Idaho Center
JAN 31  |  Sacramento, Calif.  |  Power Balance Pavilion
FEB 1  |  Fresno, Calif.  |  Save Mart Center
FEB 2  |  Las Vegas, Nev.  |  MGM Grand Garden Arena
FEB 15  |  St. Paul, Minn.  |  Xcel Energy Center
FEB 16  |  Grand Forks, N.D.  |  The Alerus Center
FEB 22  |  Buffalo, N.Y.  |  First Niagara Center
FEB 23  |  Hartford, Conn.  |  XL Center
MAR 1  |  Knoxville, Tenn.  |  Thompson-Boling Arena*
MAR 2  |  Lexington, Ky.  |  Rupp Arena
MAR 17  |  Houston, Texas  |  Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
MAR 22  |  Greenville, S.C.  |  Bi-Lo Center**
MAR 23  |  Greensboro, N.C.  |  Greensboro Coliseum Complex
APR 5  |  Albuquerque, N.M.  | The Pit
APR 6  |  Las Cruces, N.M.  |  Pan American Center
APR 12  |  N. Little Rock, Ark.  |  Verizon Arena+
APR 13  |  New Orleans, La.  |  New Orleans Arena*
JUN 1  |  San Antonio, Texas  |  Alamodome++
* On-Sale date Oct. 19, 2012
** On-Sale date Oct. 26, 2012
+ On-Sale date Dec. 14, 2012
++ On-Sale date Mar. 9, 2013
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NASHVILLE – Three-time 2012 CMA Award nominee Jason Aldean and CMA Awards co-host and 2012 Entertainer of the Year nominee Brad Paisley surprised radio professionals around the country with news of their CMA Broadcast Award win.
The announcement of the CMA Broadcast Award winners is the pinnacle of what CMA has deemed the Year of Country Radio. As a cornerstone of the campaign, CMA granted complimentary membership to every Country radio station in the U.S. as well as complimentary individual memberships to the general manager and program director at each station.
“CMA knows the importance of Country radio to our genre” said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “We’ve spent 2012 highlighting the hard work of these radio professionals, and we’re thrilled to shine the spotlight on our best and brightest – the CMA Broadcast Award winners.”
Aldean kicked off the string of good news by notifying National Broadcast Personality of the Year winner Lon Helton during a visit to a taping of Helton’s popular “CMT’s Country Countdown USA.” This marks the sixth National Personality of the Year award for Helton who won the award in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2010. Helton holds the record for most wins in the category since its introduction in 2001.
Today Paisley followed suit by calling all Station and Broadcast Personality of the Year winners in the Small, Medium, Large, and Major Market categories.
The CMA Broadcast Personality of the Year and CMA Radio Station of the Year recipients will be recognized during “The 46th Annual CMA Awards,” hosted by Paisley and Carrie Underwood and airing live Thursday, Nov. 1 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.
2012 CMA Broadcast Personality of the Year Winners:
National – Lon Helton, “CMT’s Country Countdown USA with Lon Helton” (Dial Global).
Major Market – Donna Valentine and Mike Mussman, “K102 Wakeup Crew” KEEY, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.
Large Market – Randy Carroll and Jamie Martin,“KJ and Friends” KAJA, San Antonio, Texas
Medium Market – Tom O’Brien, Roger Todd, and Melissa Moran, “The 97 Country Breakfast Club” WPCV, Lakeland-Winter Haven, Fla.
Small Market – Bill Poindexter and Melissa Turner, “Dex and Mo Show” WUSY, Chattanooga, Tenn.
2012 CMA Radio Station of the Year Winners:
Major Market – WKLB, Boston, Mass.
Large Market – WUBE, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Medium Market – WIVK, Knoxville, Tenn.
Small Market – WUSY, Chattanooga, Tenn.
Five finalists are selected for Broadcast Personality of the Year and Station of the Year in four categories (small, medium, large, and major market). The categories are established by market size based on population as ranked by Arbitron. Entries for Broadcast Personality of the Year are judged on aircheck, ratings, community involvement, and biographical information. Candidates for Station of the Year are judged on airchecks, ratings history, community involvement, and format leadership.         
Three finalists are selected for National Broadcast Personality of the Year. To be eligible for National Broadcast Personality of the Year candidates must be syndicated, short-form, hub voice-tracking, and satellite personalities heard in at least three markets with a minimum of 40 shows per year.
CMA members who are full-time, on-air personalities and CMA member radio stations in the U.S. and Canada were eligible to enter. The entries were judged by a panel of distinguished broadcast professionals, representing all market sizes and regions. An aggregate score of the first round of judging and the second round, which is done by a different panel of judges, determined the winners. The international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP tabulates scoring by the judges. CMA Broadcast Award winners are not eligible to enter in consecutive years; therefore, those who receive trophies in 2012 are not eligible in 2013.
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/CMAworl,d 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 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. 
Jason Aldean congratulates "CMT's Country Countdown USA" host Lon Helton on winning the CMA Award for National Broadcast Personality of the Year.




Nashville, TN (October 8, 2012) – Larry Black, host and creator of TV’s programs “Larry’s Country Diner” and “Country’s Family Reunion” is pleased to announce he will extend his stay in Branson, MO with a series of Christmas shows to be held December 12-16 and December 18-23 at The Starlite Theatre (located at 3115 W. Hwy 76). The Christmas series, to be emceed by lovable host Larry Black, will feature Joey + Rory and The Bellamy Brothers.  Tickets can be purchased by calling The Starlite Theatre at 417-337-9333 or visiting starlitetheatre.com.

Black’s highly popular shows, which air weekly on RFD-TV, pull an estimated 1.4 million viewers each and every month and continue to grow in popularity, giving rise to a successful line of “Larry’s Country Diner” merchandise and an annual cruise that has sold out for the second consecutive year.   For more information on “Larry’s Country Diner,” or “Country’s Family Reunion,” please visit larryscountrydiner.com or www.cfrvideos.com.

Joey+Rory took third place in CMT’s “Duets” competition and were immediately signed to Sugar Hill/Vanguard records.  Their 2008 debut “The Life of the Song” featured the hit single “Cheater Cheater.”  They followed up in 2010 with “Album Number Two” and “His and Hers” was released in July of this year.  The duo hosts a weekly variety show on RFD_TV, “The Joey+Rory Show” filmed entirely on their Pottsville, Tennessee farm and community including their family-owned café Marcy Jo’s Mealhouse.  “Joey and Rory’s A Farmhouse Christmas” was filmed on a set built in their barn and was a featured holiday show on RFD_TV last year.  The show was so popular a DVD was released and a Christmas tour followed.  Joey and Rory will re-create “A Farmhouse Christmas” for Starlite Theatre audiences this December.

With a career that spans well over 30 years, The Bellamy Brothers have charted twenty Number-One country hits and more than fifty hit singles, starting with their first big hit, “Let Your Love Flow,” which topped the charts in 1975.  Other notable hits include “If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me,” “You Ain’t Just Whistlin’ Dixie,” “Sugar Daddy,” “Dancin’ Cowboy,” “Do You Love as Good as You Look, “They Could Put Me in Jail,” “For All the Wrong Reasons,” “Get into Reggae Cowboy,” “Old Hippie, “Kids of the Baby Boom,” and “Cowboy Beat.”  Raised in Florida, The Bellamy Brothers incorporated the sounds of their environment into their music, adding strong elements of rock, reggae and even rap.  While the brothers both graduated from the University of Florida (David with a degree in psychology and Howard with a degree in veterinary medicine), they played their first paying gigs for fraternity parties and decided to pursue music as a career.  David enjoyed early songwriting success when he met Jim Stafford, who recorded David’s “Spiders and Snakes,” which sold over three million copies providing enough money for the duo to move to Los Angeles and concentrate on their careers.  The rest is history…and today, the successful duo is still going strong, with over 200 tour dates a year and millions of fans across the globe.

Starlite Theatre Managing partner John Ghirardelli said, “The Starlite Theatre is pleased to continue its successful partnership with Larry Black of Larry’s Country Diner/Country’s Family Reunion fame.  Fans are packing the theatre for these shows and we are delighted to extend this series for the holiday season.”

Larry’s Country Diner and Country’s Family Reunion are both products of Gabriel Communications started in 1996. Owned and operated by long-time disc jockey, Larry Black, the company specializes in reunion videos, including the popular Country’s Family Reunion.  The success of this series spurred the creation of more than a dozen more projects featuring hundreds of songs and stories as well as Country’s Family Reunion News, a monthly newspaper which highlights the music of yesteryear.  For more information, please visit www.cfrvideos.com.

Since its initial airing on August 3, 2009, Larry’s Country Diner has produced over 100 episodes and has become one of the most popular shows on RFD-TV, garnering 1.4 million viewers monthly.  Larry’s Country Diner is a unique down-home variety show which integrates entertainment, interviews and music in a weekly format.  The show is taped LIVE in front of a studio audience in a country diner setting.  The show features regular characters including BlackKeith Bilbrey, Sheriff Jimmy Capps, waitress Renae and avid church lady Nadine, along with special guest appearances by country music artists of yesterday and today.  For more information, please visit www.larryscountrydiner.com.



Nashville, Tenn. (October 8, 2012) - Earlier this week, Country music star Pam Tillis posted her first VIDDY announcing to fans that she, like so many other celebs, has “hopped on the 'Viddy-train.'”   View her first VIDDY HERE.

Today, Tillis released her second video, encouraging VIDDY's 40 million-plus user community to visit CMT.com and help vote her “Two Kings” video to #1 on the CMT Pure 12-Pack Countdown.  “Two Kings” pays tribute to two famous kings in history, Martin Luther King and the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley.  Tillis recorded the song with R&B singer/songwriter Kris Thomas, a native of Memphis.

View Tillis' call to action VIDDY HERE and vote for "Two Kings" on CMT.com HERE.  Fans have until Thursday, October 11 to submit their vote.

"I love Viddy... the impact is immediate," says Tillis.  "I'm not as quick to apply some of this social media stuff as I should be but little by little I am getting comfortable with it.  The fans love it so it's worth any small effort on our parts and they can follow us on our travels, in the kitchen, in the studio or wherever the fun is!  Pearl, my dog, loves Viddy too!

VIDDY, a FREE iPhone app that recently surpassed 40 million registered users, allows users to upload short, 15-second videos, add special effects like filters and music, then publish them through the app to share with friends.

Tillis joins a long list of mainstream celebrity users but is among one of the very first Country music stars to join VIDDY.  Celebrity VIDDY users include Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Britney Spears, Usher, Rihanna, Shakira, Snoop Dogg, Jessica Alba, Alicia Keys, Katie Couric, Linkin Park and more.

For more information on Pam Tillis, visit www.pamtillis.com.

For more information on VIDDY, visit www.viddy.com.

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