Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Billy Dean I Can't Leave a Good Thing

BILLY DEAN DEAN SIGNS WITH
FLYING ISLAND ENTERTAINMENT
FOR NEW SINGLE RELEASE


"I Can't Leave a Good Thing" Impacts Country Radio on March 12
  
Nashville, Tenn. (February 19, 2012) - Country music crooner Billy Dean has signed on with Nashville-based Flying Island Entertainment for radio promotion representation on his first single since 2006. "I Can't Leave a Good Thing" impacts country radio on March 12.  Preview the new song, HERE.

"I am so honored that my team is working the radio promotion on Billy's new project," notes Flying Island President Shelia Shipley Biddy.  "I have long admired Billy's music and the impact it has had on country music."

"We feel fortunate to be working with Shelia Shipply Biddy, one of the most respected music executives in Nashville.  She has a track record of success that we are sure to benifit from," says Ron Rainey of the LA-based Ron Rainey Management Company.
 
Last September, Dean released his first album in four years, A Man of Good Fortune.  

For more information on Billy Dean, visit www.billydean.com.

JASON ALDEAN FLASHES BACK TO “1994”

Jason Aldean
 
JASON ALDEAN FLASHES BACK TO “1994” FOR THE
THIRD SINGLE OFF PLATINUM ALBUM NIGHT TRAIN

Aldean Heads to NYC Next Week for Multiple Television Appearances,
All For The Hall New York and a Sold-Out Madison Square Garden Show
 
Nashville, TN – Feb. 19, 2013 – PLATINUM selling entertainer Jason Aldean will give country radio a dose of nostalgia unlike anything heard before when he releases his next single, “1994,” available on Play MPE today.

“1994” embraces hip-hop elements and takes listeners on a fun journey through the year Aldean was a senior in high school, Justin Bieber was born, OJ Simpson’s white Bronco sped across the nation's TV screens and a gallon of gas only cost $1.09.  When Aldean first heard the demo of the song, written by Barry Dean, Luke Laird and Thomas Rhett, he nearly fell out of his chair laughing and knew it was something totally different that he wanted to take a crack at recording for the record.

“I love that this song gets such a reaction from people,” said Aldean.  “Country music in the mid-90's was a big influence on my career, and I played all the songs that are referenced in '94 back in my club days.  Joe Diffie was rocking a sick mullet, and he was hotter than ever…just putting out monster hit after monster hit.  It totally takes me back to those days, and it makes me smile every time I hear it."

Critics prove that the song’s unique approach is well-received, with the Associated Press praising Aldean’s risk-taking by saying,  “As much as Aldean has tested the conventions of country music in recent years, nothing comes close to the nerve it took to cut ‘1994’.”  Additionally, Billboard labels it “the most downright fun country song to emerge this year” and claims that it “represents the blending of hip-hop to country like no other song before it.”

Aldean will debut “1994” next Tues. on TODAY  (2/26) and on Wed. on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2/27).   While in NYC, he'll also perform at the All for the Hall New York show at the Best Buy Theatre where he will join Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris and more in raising money for the Country Music Hall of Fame and at his first-ever show at Madison Square Garden, which sold out a few weeks ago in less than 10 minutes.

The 2013 NIGHT TRAIN tour kicks off this Thurs. with a sold out first weekend and continues on to 24 cities through May.  Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett will open for Aldean on the tour which also includes sold out stadium shows at the University of Georgia’s Sanford Stadium (4/13), two shows at Boston’s Fenway Park (7/12 and 7/13) and Chicago’s Wrigley Field (7/20).

For a full list of appearances and more information, please visit www.jasonaldean.com

CMA New Artist of the Year Hunter Hayes


CMA New Artist of the Year Hunter Hayes
By Bob Doerschuk
© 2013 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc.
Imagine your name has just been announced at the CMA Awards as New Artist of the Year. Celebrities seated around you in Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, the ones you admired as you were growing up, are applauding. Thousands of fans throughout the venue are cheering. Millions are watching you on live TV. What goes through your mind at that moment?
For Hunter Hayes, who received this honor at the 2012 Awards, the first reaction was something like disbelief. “I looked at my manager, Ansel Davis,” he recalled. “We had a meeting the next day, and he said, ’You know what you said to me when they called your name?’ I said, ’No, I don’t.’ He said, ’Yeah, I figured that. You looked at me and asked if they had really called your name.’”
Hayes laughed as he recounted that moment. “The whole thing was a blur, but I completely believe that. That's so something I would do!”
This reflects the boyish side of this gifted young singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Just 21 years old, he radiates enthusiasm, whether doing interviews (ending, in this case, by assuring the writer that “you rock!”) or delivering a blistering live set. In the midst of a sentence, he seems to be racing in his mind to the following paragraph. As he wraps up one song onstage, he’s mentally into the next, ready to attack the opening riff or lyric.
But in that magical moment at the CMA Awards, another side to Hayes kicked in, one that tempers his energies with a discipline that belies his age but reflects his already considerable experience. When cameras focused on him and his fellow nominees just before the winner was declared, he recalled, “I was thinking, ’OK, you have to look professional right now. You’ve got to look cool. Contain the excitement. Contain the nerves. Don’t shake. Don’t freak out.’ I honestly just assumed that the nomination was all I had to think about. I was just stoked to get the nomination. I know everybody says that, but it’s such a huge compliment. Never in my wildest dreams would I have believed somebody if they’d told me, ’Hey, by the way, you’d better be ready for your acceptance speech.’ I would have laughed at them.”
Characteristically, Hayes was ready anyway. “I knew that in the one-in-a-million chance that I would do what I’d have to do, I wanted to look like I had my stuff together,” he said, smiling. “So I figured out a system. I knew that I could look at my hands and count the major categories (of people to thank) on my 10 fingers. I knew I wasn’t going to be able to remember names at that moment of being a pure nervous wreck, if it did happen. But I did want to make sure that I got through all the members of my team and all the people I love and respect and that I didn't leave anybody out.”
In a sense, Hayes has been getting ready since early childhood for this year of CMA recognition, his debut at LP Field during CMA Music Festival, his performance on “The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!” and nominations in three Grammy categories — more than any other Country artist received. Growing up an only child in Breaux Bridge, La., he began playing music at age 2, mainly to pass time. His decision to acquaint himself with every instrument within reach proved useful once he was old enough to start recording.
“I learned as many instruments as I could partially because I got bored with one and wanted to try something else,” he said. “That was the only way I could make my demos. I didn’t have bands around. So I made my demos by myself.
He was good enough at 4 to begin playing in a local band — and lucky enough to accept an invitation from Hank Williams Jr. to join him onstage for a performance of “Jambalaya.” “We met at a bed-and-breakfast in south Louisiana,” Hayes recalled. “I have a friend in Breaux Bridge who owns a bed-and-breakfast where Hank would come and hang out every now and then. He would jam with the local musicians, and that’s how I met him.”
A video of their performance can be seen on YouTube, with Williams towering over and then kneeling next to the earnest, tow-headed kid who sings the tune, solos on a Cajun button accordion and pumps his knees to the beat, Hank Sr. style. What’s obvious in this footage is Hayes’ seriousness, his determination to nail every note and maybe look past this gig to what would follow in the years ahead
By the time he was 6, Hayes made a cameo appearance in “The Apostle,” whose scriptwriter, director and star Robert Duvall gave him his first guitar. Within four years, Hayes had recorded his first two albums. In high school, he began writing songs and, again looking forward, made his first visits to Nashville. Eventually, his family moved there with him.
“Then it was a matter of making connections,” Hayes explained. “I started the negotiation process with Universal Music Group Publishing before we moved. Mom found a house so I could register in the school district I wanted to be in. I took an accelerated course to finish high school before I would have even gone into my senior courses. And that was that: I started writing full time. My first co-write was with Luke Laird — can you believe that? The pressure was on. That was my job.”
John Esposito, President/CEO, Warner Music Nashville, remembers well when Hayes first popped onto his radar screen. Shortly after arriving in Nashville, he asked Scott Hendricks, Senior VP, A&R, “'Who are you hiding in the drawer behind you?’ That’s the expression for the CDs A&R people always have that are not quite ready,” Esposito said. “Scott says, ’I’ve got one. This kid’s so talented, it’s unbelievable.’ I said, ’Well, can I hear it?’ He said, ‘It’s not quite ready.’ Now, Scott has one of the greatest sets of ears I’ve met in this town, so I said, ’Come on. If you’re excited about it, I want to hear it.”
The deal was sealed, according to Esposito, during the Leadership Music class of 2009, in which he was a classmate of Hayes’ manager, Ansel Davis. “I decided I was going to corner Ansel every time I had a chance during those Friday gathering where no communication devices were allowed,” he said. “I was relentless, saying, ’I’m not letting you go until we’re in business together.’ Ansel is a great guy, and I’m quite sure he felt my passion for Hunter.”
Hayes recorded every instrumental part on his Platinum-certified, self-titled album for Atlantic Records, even teaching himself in the studio to play some steel guitar, which he’d never touched before, for the key lick in “Everybody’s Got Somebody But Me” (written by Hayes, Dave Brainard and Jennifer Zuffineti). He also wrote or co-wrote all 12 tracks, including the Platinum-selling single “Wanted” (Hayes and Troy Verges).
Despite his crossover appeal and his willingness to explore new ideas, Hayes insists that Country will always remain his foundation. “It’s a lyrical thing,” he mused. “Any chance I get to throw in a Resonator or a banjo, I will. You can define it by that, but I define it most by the storytelling — how the song relates, what it means to someone. One of my favorite records was Rascal Flatts’ Me and My Gang because it had ’Stand’ (Blair Daly and Danny Orton) on it. I listened to ’Stand’ every day when I left school because I was having a hard time. That's what I needed. I needed that message. I needed that song. That song helped me through a lot. My goal is to always remember that when I write.”
He also promises to remember the drive that helped him to achieve the goals he has harbored since he was old enough to stand up and sing into a microphone. And you can bet that even as he wraps whatever project he’s working on, he will already be blueprinting the next one.
“Someone asked me yesterday if there was a certain pressure that came with this (CMA) Award,” Hayes said. “It’s actually more of a reminder that, as a new artist, I’m constantly searching and trying to figure things out. I’m always a little bit clueless and a little bit reckless in this search for something to creative. It’s a reminder for me to stay that way forever, because my favorite artists are constantly searching and changing … to keep being clueless!
“Blue sky?” he asked. “I want 30 buses and 20 trucks. I want to be headlining at stadiums. I want to get there whenever I can and do it for the rest of my life. I’ve always wanted to get on a bus and play music every night and then get back on that bus and keep playing music. That’s my dream.”
On the Web: HunterHayes.com
On Twitter: @HunterHayes

Craig Morgan to Headline St. Jude Country Music Marathon

Craig Morgan to Headline St. Jude
Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon
Presented by Nissan

 

Nashville, Tenn., (Feb. 19, 2013) – Country Music star Craig Morgan and special guest, Sarah Darling, will lend their talented voices to the 14th annual St. Jude Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon presented by Nissan. Continuing the tradition of combining great country music with Nashville’s premier running event, Morgan and Darling will cap the weekend of festivities with a post-race concert at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. CST on Saturday, April 27.

The musically themed road race attracts more than 30,000 runners, walkers and 6,000 junior racers through ING KiDS ROCK Nashville, who will take on the 26.2 and 13.1-mile courses while passing many of Nashville’s best live bands along the route.

Complimentary concert tickets are provided to all registered runners and volunteers. Runners may purchase additional tickets for $35.

"As a Nashville area native, I'm proud to represent Country Music and St. Jude and give all the runners a chance to let loose after the big race. Save up some energy for the end of the night because we're gonna make sure you leave Music City with a lot of great memories!", said Craig Morgan.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®, one of the world's premier centers for the research and treatment of childhood cancer and other deadly diseases, is the official benefiting charity of the St. Jude Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon. Again this year, participants registered for the race are encouraged to also sign up as St. Jude Heroes and Run For a Reason®. St. Jude Heroes, a special group who raise incremental funds for the hospital by securing donations from family, friends and co-workers, are instrumental in supporting the $1.8 million per day it takes to run the hospital. Thanks to the generosity of donors, no family ever pays St. Jude for anything. St. Jude covers the cost of treatment, travel, lodging and food for each patient and a family member.

“Last year was a remarkable year for the St. Jude Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon, with our supporters raising more than $700,000 for our lifesaving mission,” said Richard Shadyac, Jr., CEO of ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “We’re grateful to be a part of this amazing race, and for the support of St. Jude Heroes, race participants and avid country music fans who are helping us raise awareness and funds to continue finding cures and saving the lives of children around the world.”

St. Jude Heroes earn special fundraising incentives, like a free race entry, lodging and airfare. Registered runners and anyone interested in donating can view the complete list of fundraising options and benefits.

“The St. Jude Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon presented by Nissan continues as a marquee event in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series,” said Adam Zocks, the event’s vice president and general manager. “We are thrilled that Craig and Sarah will perform at this year’s post-race concert and are proud that so many participants return year after year to experience the event and everything Nashville has to offer.”


For more information or to register for the event, visit Competitor.com and follow the marathon on Twitter @RunRocknRoll.

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,” “International Harvester” and "This Ole Boy," the title track to his new album on Black River Entertainment. The project boasted a Top 5 album debut on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart when it released last year and delivered Morgan's latest hit, "More Trucks Than Cars." 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" and co-hosts "Field & Stream's Total Outdoorsman Challenge," both airing on Outdoor Channel. For more information on Craig Morgan, please visit www.craigmorgan or follow him on Twitter @CMorganmusic.

About Sarah Darling
Touted by the New York Times as a “sophisticated songwriter” with a “crisp, powerful voice,” Sarah Darling has found success with three consecutive #1 videos ("Something To Do With Your Hands," "Blackbird," and her current single, "Home To Me") and as a frequent guest on the Grand Ole Opry.  During the month of February, Sarah Darling was featured twice as the musical guest on ABC’s The Bachelor and is performing on CONAN, March 4th.  Available now, the Home To Me EP includes both the album and an acoustic version of the title track performed on The Bachelor.

On Valentine's Day, Sarah Darling joined Season 10 American Idol winner Scotty McCreery as they kicked off the Weekend Roadtrip Tour 2013.  Sarah is currently recording her forthcoming album with producer Dann Huff (Keith Urban, Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes, Rascal Flatts) featured on millions of MoonPie boxes and confidently making her mark on the country music scene as one to watch in 2013.  For more information and tour dates, follow Sarah Darling on Twitter @_SarahDarlingfacebook.com/OfficialSarahDarling and visit www. sarahdarling.com

About the St. Jude Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon
A Competitor event, the St. Jude Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon presented by Nissan will celebrate its 14th running in the Music City on Saturday, April 27, 2013. Featuring many of Nashville’s best live bands on 28 stages along the 26.2 and 13.1-mile courses, the musically themed road race annually attracts more than 30,000 runners. Race weekend will kick off with a two-day Health & Fitness Expo on Thursday, April 25 and includes the ING KiDS ROCK Nashville and a post-race concert Saturday night at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium. All participants receive a free ticket to the concert. For more information, please visit Competitor.com or follow @RunRocknRoll on Twitter.

About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Since opening 50 years ago, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has changed the way the world treats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. No family ever pays St. Jude for the care their child receives and, for every child treated here, thousands more have been saved worldwide through St. Jude discoveries. The hospital has played a pivotal role in pushing U.S. pediatric cancer survival rates from 20 to 80 percent overall, and is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. It is also a leader in the research and treatment of blood disorders and infectious diseases in children. St. Jude was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, who believed that no child should die in the dawn of life. Join that mission by visiting stjude.org or following us on facebook.com/stjude and twitter.com/stjude.

LADY ANTEBELLUM REVEALS PLANS TO RELEASE THEIR FOURTH STUDIO ALBUM GOLDEN ON MAY 7

 
LADY ANTEBELLUM REVEALS PLANS TO RELEASE THEIR
FOURTH STUDIO ALBUM GOLDEN ON MAY 7

Nashville, TN – Feb. 19, 2013 – From Good Morning America’s New York City studio this morning, seven-time GRAMMY winning trio Lady Antebellum announced the release of their fourth Capitol Nashville studio album GOLDEN, available in stores on May 7.

“This album feels to me like one of those that from start to finish could be a good road-trip record and that’s what we wanted,” said Lady A’s Charles Kelley. “It’s one of the reasons why the term ‘golden’ was kind of cool. I think about road trips and driving down the road with those little streaks of sunshine popping through the trees, especially at sunset. ‘Golden’…it just gives you this warm, easy feeling.”

“Writing and recording this record really took us back to when we first met each other,” added Hillary Scott. “When I first met the boys, we spent a lot of time around the piano at the house they lived in at the time. We didn’t really know each other at all, but there was still some magic and then the harmonies – that’s how it all started - that blend of our voices and that blend of our songwriting craft. So, it’s exciting that even on our fourth record, we can still find that.”

“The word ‘golden’ to me conjures up a lot of pictures,” continued Dave Haywood. “In the title track, it depicts driving down the road at sunset but, to me, it also depicts a special time in our career…a ‘golden,’ special time for us. We definitely want to value this time in our careers because it’s such a treasure that we can still sit in a room and write songs together. I personally feel so humbled to still be making records that people are excited to hear.”

The new album’s lead single “Downtown” already stormed the Country radio charts, becoming the trio’s career highest charting debut. People noted “this preview of Lady A’s next album is slinky, sexy fun…crazy-catchy and downright soulful.”

Lady A’s previous three studio albums have paved the way for GOLDEN, which follows over 11 million album sales, six career No. one hits and seven GRAMMY awards. Last year alone, more than one million fans in over 11 countries welcomed the ACM and CMA award-winning trio on their headlining tour. For more information on new music and additional upcoming performances, visit www.ladyantebellum.com.

JOSH TURNER, KENNY ROGERS, MONTGOMERY GENTRY AND DIERKS BENTLEY JOIN GEORGE JONES

JOSH TURNER, KENNY ROGERS, MONTGOMERY GENTRY
AND DIERKS BENTLEY 
JOIN GEORGE JONES
FOR HIS FINAL NASHVILLE CONCERT


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2013
AT NASHVILLE’S BRIDGESTONE ARENA

 
Nashville, TN (February 19, 2013) –  Montgomery Gentry, Kenny Rogers, Josh Turner, and Dierks Bentley are the latest additions to the ever-growing list of talent set to take stage for the final Nashville concert of George Jones’ career.  Taking place at the Bridgestone Arena on Friday, November 22, 2013, the sure-to-be unforgettable show is already gearing up to be a star-studded event with already announced artists Charlie DanielsLorrie MorganRandy Travis, Jamey Johnson, and Gene Watson. 

“I am excited that my friends all want to be with me on this show,” says George Jones.  “This is sure going to be a fun and emotional night with lots of memories, friends, and great country music.”

Tickets for the Nashville finale are currently on sale at all Ticketmaster locations.

George Jones, often referred to as the "the greatest living country singer" will mark the end of an era with 2013’s farewell tour titled "The Grand Tour". The tour is expected to make approximately 44 stops this year. "I Don't Need Your Rockin' Chair", "Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes", "White Lightning" and "He Stopped Loving Her Today" will surely be part of each night’s set list, along with plenty of guests and surprises.
 
George Jones on Tour
02/22 – Greenville, TX – Greenville Memorial Auditorium
02/23 – Forrest City, AR – East Arkansas Community College
03/15 – Joliet, IL – Realto Square Theater
03/16 – Muncie, IN – Emens Auditorium
03/22 – Chattanooga, TN – Memorial Auditorium
03/23 – Evansville, IN – The Centre 
04/05 – Fairfax, VA – Patriot Center
04/06 – Knoxville, TN – Knoxville Coliseum
04/19 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theater
04/20 – Salem, VA – Salem Civic Center
04/27 – Huntsville, AL – Mark C. Smith Concert Hall
05/17 – Charlottesville, VA – John Paul Jones Arena
05/18 – Spartanburg, SC – Memorial Auditorium
06/01 – North Tonawanda, NY – Riviera Theater
06/02 – Lancaster, PA – American Music Theater
08/02 – Columbus, OH – Ohio State Fair
08/03 – Watertown, NY – Watertown Fairgrounds Arena
09/13 – Biloxi, MS – IP Casino
09/27 – Prior Lake, MN – Mystic Lake Casino
09/28 – Milwaukee, WI – Potawatomi Casino
10/11 – Branson, MO – The Mansion Theater
10/25 – Mt. Pleasant, MI – Soaring Eagle Casino
10/26 – Pikeville, KY – Eastern KY Expo
11/09 – Grant, OK – Choctaw Event Center
11/10 – Branson, MO – The Mansion Theater
11/22 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena

About George Jones
George Jones is the #2 best-charting country artist of all time, with a staggering list of hit singles since the ‘50s.  The Beaumont, Texas native also has 143 Top 40 hits to his name, has received two Grammy Awards, was a 2008 Kennedy Center Honor recipient, is a Country Music Hall of Fame member, was presented with a GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 and holds a National Medal of Arts medallion.

For more information on George Jones, please visit www.georgejones.com

"Stormy Horizons" Hits Radio Today!


Mountain Fever Records Releases New Music From
The Expedition Show
"Stormy Horizons" Hits Radio Today!

Willis, VA (February 19, 2013)—Mountain Fever Records is proud to announce the release of new music from The Expedition Show. "Stormy Horizons", the first single from the band's soon-to-be-released CD of the same title, hits radio today.

Consisting of Blake Williams on banjo and vocals; Wayne Southards on guitar and vocals; Kimberly Williams on bass and vocals; and Alex Hibbitts on mandolin and vocals; The Expedition Show has been a fan and festival favorite since their beginning in early 2002 as Williams & Clark Expedition.  During the band's nearly 12 year tenure, the entertaining group has been nominated twice by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) for Emerging Artist of the Year (2005 and 2007), Wayne Southards has won the International Acoustic Music Association's Male Vocalist of the Year award (2009) and Blake Williams has been nominated three times for Entertainer of the Year by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (2007-2009).  The band has performed all over the world including a tour with country music artist Darryl Worley to Japan as well as an extensive headlining tour in Canada.  In addition, the band was invited to perform for the historic Ryman Auditorium's "Bluegrass Nights at The Ryman" concert series.  In between all the touring, the quartet also released six projects before signing with Mountain Fever Records in 2011. 

Their first CD released on Mountain Fever Records, The Expedition Show (Feb. '11), stayed on SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction's Most Played Albums chart for 13 months (May '11-Mar. '12)  reaching the #1 spot in October 2011. It also reached #3 on the Roots Music Report Top 50 CDs (Sept. '11) and #7 on BMP's Top 10 CDs (April '11). The project produced three chart-topping songs; "I Can't Keep You In Love With Me" which reached #1 on SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction's Most Played Songs chart (Oct. '11); "Backroads And Little Towns" which remained in the top 10 on the same chart for five months (Dec. '11 - May '12); and "Storms Of Life" which stayed in the Top 10 on the Powergrass Radio Bluegrass Gospel chart for three months reaching #4 in May '11.

"'Stormy Horizons' was brought to the band by Wayne [Southards]," explains Expedition band member Blake Williams. "The song was written by Ira Louvin and Iris Franks and recorded by Jim & Jesse & The Virginia Boys many years ago, and is so beautifully written with some of the most captivating lyrics I've ever heard. We made a few changes to Jim & Jesse's version to make it fit our style a little more such as using 4/4 bass on the choruses and instrumental breaks as opposed to walking bass throughout the whole song. Wayne and Kimberly duet on the versus and Alex adds baritone to the choruses. And of course, we brought in Tim Crouch, who has played on all our records, to do some triple fiddles. The response from fans and DJs to our duets has been a strong point for us in the past and we're really happy with the way this song turned out."

"The Expedition Show proves that the best is yet to come for them and for us," states Mark Hodges of Mountain Fever Records. "The duets Wayne and Kimberly have done in the past were really good but they hit it out of the park with 'Stormy Horizons'. After the success of their last record, I've been chompin' at the bit for more and this entire album really delivers."

TUNE IN ALERT: CRAIG CAMPBELL FEBRUARY 19. 2013

TUNE IN ALERT: CRAIG CAMPBELL ON GAC DAILY COUNTDOWN - TODAY

Nashville, TN...(February 19, 2013)...Check out Craig Campbell on the GAC Daily Countdown TODAY, February 19, 2013 at NOON and 6:00PM ET.  Craig joins show host, Suzanne Alexander for the fan voted show featuring his own latest hit video "Outta My Head," which has landed in the top spot for multiple weeks and counting!

ABOUT CRAIG CAMPBELL: After moving from his hometown of Lyons, Georgia to Nashville in 2002 to pursue his country music dreams, American Country Awards nominee Craig Campbell quickly picked up work as a keyboardist in Luke Bryan and Tracy Byrd’s bands and was later discovered playing a regular gig at legendary Nashville honky-tonk, The Stage. Since signing with Bigger Picture, he has entertained crowds across the U.S., Australia and Switzerland and performed for national TV audiences on Fox & Friends, Huckabee and Marie and has been profiled in HLN’s series Road Warriors. The singer-songwriter has earned well-deserved praise from the country’s toughest critics for his 2011 self-titled debut album, which has sold more than a half-million tracks. Campbell’s autobiographical lead single, “Family Man” was a top 15 hit followed by fan-favorite “Fish.” His current smash "Outta My Head" is the title track to his recently released 5-song digital EP and the lead single from his sophomore album, set to release this spring. To learn more about Craig, visit www.craigcampbell.tv and follow him on Twitter @craigcampbelltv.

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SARAH DARLING LATE NIGHT TV DEBUT

SARAH DARLING CONTINUES NATIONAL TELEVISION STREAK WITH LATE NIGHT TV DEBUT ON CONAN 
 
Darling Featured a Second Time this Month During ABC’s
 “The Bachelor: Sean Tells All Special”

 
Nashville, TN…(February 18, 2013)… Sarah Darling is taking yet another step on the national television stage with her upcoming late night debut on CONAN.  Sarah will perform her hit single, “Home To Me,” March 4 at 10p.m. CT on TBS.
 
Earlier this month, Sarah made her debut performance on ABC’s hit romance reality series The Bachelor. Fans of Sarah have a second opportunity to see her on The Bachelor as Darling is featured a second time during “The Bachelor: Sean Tells All Special” on Tuesday, February 19 at 8p.m. CT on ABC.
 
Sarah Darling’s featured performance during the February 4 episode of ABC’s The Bachelor translated to a 220% increase in “Home To Me” sales.  With more than 15,500 units sold in the week following her appearance on the show, the collective total is now over 75,000 units sold. The Home To Me EP was digitally released on January 29.
 
ABOUT SARAH DARLING
Touted by the New York Times as a “sophisticated songwriter” with a “crisp, powerful voice,” Sarah Darling has found success with three consecutive #1 videos ("Something To Do With Your Hands," "Blackbird," and her current single, "Home To Me") and as a frequent guest on the Grand Ole Opry.  Available today, the Home To Me EP includes both the album and an acoustic version of the title track performed on The Bachelor.  This Valentine's Day, Sarah Darling joins Season 10 American Idol winner Scotty McCreery as they kick off the Weekend Roadtrip Tour 2013.  Sarah is currently recording her forthcoming album with producer Dann Huff (Keith Urban, Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes, Rascal Flatts) and confidently making her mark on the country music scene as one to watch in 2013.  For more information and tour dates, follow Sarah Darling on Twitter @_SarahDarlingfacebook.com/OfficialSarahDarling and visit www. sarahdarling.com

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