Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Dove Nominated Bluegrass Gospel Group The Churchmen

Dove Nominated Bluegrass Gospel Group The Churchmen Join
Mountain Fever Records and Release Single to Radio

First single “Bread and Water” hits Radio Today

March 5, 2013 (Willis, VA) —Dove nominated bluegrass gospel group, The Churchmen, are joining forces with Virginia based Mountain Fever Records on their spring release Mercy Road, the inaugural venture for the band on the label.  The first single from the album, “Bread and Water,” hits radio today, March 5th.  
The Churchmen, a bluegrass gospel group based in Collinsville, Virginia, was formed in 1989 when they began singing in local churches.  Their Southern Gospel style, four part harmony, and bluegrass instrumentation gives them a unique sound that has gained them national and international attention. 
The first radio single from the new album, Mercy Road, is the song “Bread and Water,” co-written by the newest member of the band, Carroll Arnn and Jerry Salley.  “We are so excited and blessed as we begin a new version of the band with the addition of Carroll.  We started performing “Bread and water” and started getting crowd responses that showed us we had something special.  Carroll wrote this song and brought it to the group as soon as he started in the fall of 2012. We hope everyone received the same blessings that we did,” said Gerald. 
The title track from Mercy Road is penned by longtime bluegrass songwriter Becky Buller.  Buller is well known in bluegrass circles and Bluegrass Unlimited said, “Buller seems to be carving out a niche for herself as the designate muse of contemporary bluegrassers…” 
The group features founding member, Keith Clark on lead vocals and acoustic bass, longtime member Gerald Harbour on vocals and mandolin, former SPGMA “Male Vocalist of the Year-Traditional,” David Guthrie on lead and harmony vocals and guitar, Carroll Arnn on banjo, guitar and fiddle, occasional guest Rick Keene on resonator guitar, and Jerry Haga behind the scenes on sound.
Longtime gospel favorites and Grammy winners, Jeff and Sheri Easter said, "The Churchmen are one of the fastest growing, hottest sounds in Bluegrass Gospel Music today. We have worked with these guys a lot, and they really live what they sing.” 
The Churchmen’s CD On the Journey Home was nominated for a Dove Award for Bluegrass Album of the Year while the CD Traveling Through gained widespread acclaim, including attention for the Dove nominated song “Bedside Prayer,” previously up for Bluegrass Song of the Year.  Their most recent CD, I’ll Be Long Gone garnered strong reviews and continues to get substantial radio airplay.
David Higgs, host and curator of the nationally syndicated radio show Bluegrass Breakdown says, "The Churchmen certainly know how to sing a good gospel tune. More than just about any other band, they have figured out how to successfully marry the Southern Gospel style of singing to Bluegrass and the result is a compelling, exciting and powerful combination.

Sarah McQuaid March 2013 European Tour

Sarah McQuaid March 2013 European Tour

Rising folk star Sarah McQuaid sets out this month on tour across The Netherlands and Germany -- see details of dates below.

Sarah McQuaid’s voice has been likened to malt whiskey, melted chocolate and “honey poured into wine” (Minor 7th). A captivating performer, she seduces her audience with cheeky banter and stories from the road, as well as with stunning musicianship; in her hands, the guitar becomes much more than merely an accompanying instrument. 

Her musical output reflects her own eclectic background: Sarah was born in Spain, raised in Chicago, holds dual US and Irish citizenship, and now lives in rural England. Refusing to be pigeonholed, she spans the genres with both her beautifully crafted originals and her interpretations of material from around the globe and down the centuries.

Sarah’s third solo album The Plum Tree and the Rose has drawn critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic: “Impeccable,” wrote fRoots (UK), while Midwest Record (USA) called it “low key but glorious and incendiary” and Hot Press (Ireland) said it “should feature on many end-of-year best-ofs.” Publications in the Netherlands and Germany were also enthusiastic in their praise:

“Diese Frau hat Stil.” — Volker Dick, Folker, Germany

“Sehr spezielle Musik von einer sehr speziellen Musikerin.” — Markus Dehm, Irland Journal, Germany

“Benevelt op alle onderdelen de zinnen.” — Koos Gijsman, Heaven Magazine, Netherlands

“Elk nummer op dit wonderschone album rechtvaardigt het gebruik van superlatieven.” — Martin Overheul, Johnny’s Garden, Netherlands

“Een betoverende plaat.” — Mirjam Adriaans, FolkForum, Netherlands

“Dit is muziek met diepgang — voor de verfijnde liefhebber het neusje van de zalm.” — Johan Schoenmakers, Alt Country Forum, Netherlands

9 March 2013
Theater Landgraaf -- Kerkberg 4, Landgraaf 6374 ES
Tel +31 45 531 0929
Tickets €15 for concert, €30 for workshop, €40 for both
8:30pm (Doors 8pm)
"Introduction To DADGAD" guitar workshop from 3 to 4:30pm at the same venue.

10 March 2013
Taverne De Waag -- Damstraat 29, Haarlem 2011 HA
Tel 023 531 1640
5pm (Doors 4pm)

13 March 2013
Folk In The Lounge -- Den Haag, Netherlands
Tel 070 329 6864
Tickets €12.50
8:30pm (Doors 8pm)

15 March 2013
De Oude Remise -- Oudezijl 1, Bad Nieuweschans 9693PA
Tel 0597 522696
Tickets €10 advance, €12.50 door
8:30pm (Doors 8pm)

16 March 2013
Cultuurpodia Peel & Maas -- Kapel Josephklooster Paters Lazaristen, Kerkstraat 8, Panningen, Peel en Maas 5981 CG, The Netherlands
Tel 077 477 1718
Tickets €15
8pm (Doors 7pm)

17 March 2013
FolkClub Marburg -- KFZ, Schulstr. 6, Marburg 35037
Tel 06421 162146
Concert €9, Workshop €15
8pm (Doors 7:30pm)
"Introduction To DADGAD" guitar workshop from 3 to 4:30pm at Musikschule Marburg, Am Schwanhof 68, D-35037 Marburg

21 March 2013
Kofferfabrik -- Lange Str. 81, Fuerth 90762
Tel 0911 706806
Tickets €10
8pm (Doors 7pm)

22 March 2013
Folk im Feuerschlösschen -- Rommersdorfer Str. 78, Bad Honnef D-53604
Tel 0176 6365 4368
Tickets €14 (€10 concessions)
8pm (Doors 7:30pm)

23 March 2013
Groeten Uit Oisterwijk -- Sociaal-cultureel centrum Den Boogaard, Sint-Jansplein 5, Moergestel 5066 AR
Tel +31 13 513 6009
Tickets €20
8pm (Doors 7:45pm)

24 March 2013
Folkclub Venner Folk Fruehling -- Gasthaus Linnenschmidt, Hauptstr. 29, Venne D-49179
Tel 0171 894 5451
Tickets €12
4pm (Doors 3:30pm)

26 March 2013
Ramble On Tuesday -- Cafe Trianon, Berg en Dalseweg 33, Nijmegen 6522BA
Tel 06 1063 0355
9pm (Doors 8:30pm)

27 March 2013
Songlines Live At Zeppos -- Kapitein Zeppos, Gebed Zonder End 5, Amsterdam 1012HS
Tel 020 62 42 057
Tickets €7.50
8:30pm (Doors 8pm)


Benefit for T.J. Martell Foundation Scheduled for October 5-8, 2013 at the Reach Resort
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (March 5, 2013) – For the fifth year in a row, country music will come together on the scenic beaches of Key West, Fla. to benefit the music industry’s largest foundation that funds leukemia, cancer and AIDS research: the T.J. Martell Foundation. Long-time friends and songwriting buddies Lee Brice, Randy Houser and Jerrod Niemann will triple headline the final night of Country On The Beach, as super duo Montgomery Gentry hosts and GAC’s Headline Country’s Storme Warren emcees. Country music fans are invited to attend and get an up-close-and-personal experience with their favorite country stars as they let loose in one of Florida’s most popular vacation spots.
"We call the growing gang of fans who attend our annual tropical reunions ‘the world's largest dysfunctional family,'” Warren states lightheartedly.  “Now that we're adding Lee, Randy and Jerrod in to the mix, that family just got a whole lot more dysfunctional. The hits will be flying from the stage. I can't wait!”  
Tickets are available by visiting www.countryonthebeach.com and proceeds from the weekend’s auctions and special excursions will benefit the foundation. Meet-and-greets with the artists will be available, and fans can expect a laid-back environment where a few ‘surprise’ off-the-cuff acoustic performances are never out of the ordinary.

To-date, the T.J. Martell Foundation has raised more than $250 million for research with the help of hundreds of volunteers and music industry professionals, which has been successfully leveraged into several billion dollars in order to support innovative medical research focused on finding cures and supporting early-stage research projects aimed at developing effective treatment. For more information on the T.J. Martell Foundation, visit http://www.tjmartellfoundation.org/.
For more information about Country On The Beach, visit the official website, www.countryonthebeach.com.
About Lee Brice
Brice’s moving single “I Drive Your Truck” is the fastest moving single of his career, currently climbing the Top 10 at country radio.  The new track follows two consecutive PLATINUM certified No. one hits “A Woman Like You” and “Hard To Love” off his sophomore release HARD 2 LOVE on Curb Records, which was named one of The New York Time’s Top 10 Albums of 2012 alongside artists including Frank Ocean, Kesha and Taylor Swift. iTunes also handpicked the album as part of their Best of 2012 feature as the “Top Country Breakthrough Album of the Year.”  Brice is currently nominated for “New Male Vocalist” and "Song of the Year" at the upcoming 48th Annual ACM Awards. For more information, visit www.leebrice.com.
About Randy Houser
The Los Angeles Times wrote Stoney Creek Records’ Randy Houser adds “grit to the genre” and The New York Times calls him a true “crowd pleaser.” Celebrating his No. 1 Gold-certified smash hit in “How Country Feels,” Houser’s latest album, How Country Feels, hit stores Jan. 22 and has been called “a buoyant, hook-filled outing (Washington Post) that’s infused with “a balance of revelry and introspection” (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel) and shows off Randy’s powerhouse voice hailed “one of the best in Nashville,” (GAC) among others. His latest single, "Runnin' Outta Moonlight" is currently climbing the country charts. Houser will be joining Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley on dates in 2013. Visit www.randyhouser.com for more information.
About Jerrod Niemann
Sea Gayle/Arista Nashville recording artist Jerrod Niemann celebrated the release of his new album Free The Music on Oct. 2, which features a mix of classic and cutting-edge technology, reinvented instruments to create an unconventional sound for the country format. Top 15 single “Shinin’ On Me” was the first single from the album, prior to latest poignant ballad “Only God Could Love You More,” which is currently climbing the charts. The song has been called “incredibly compelling” and “it earns five stars on its own” by Country Weekly. In 2010, Niemann launched a trio of hits with his acclaimed album, Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury, which included “One More Drinkin’ Song,” the Gold-certified “What Do You Want,” and the Platinum #1 single, “Lover, Lover.”   Niemann has quickly become a fan and industry favorite, earning award nominations from the ACM, CMA, CMT, and the American Country Awards, while headlining his own shows and touring with such artists as Dierks Bentley and Brad Paisley. For a full list of dates and more information on Jerrod Niemann, visit www.jerrodniemannofficial.com.

Ashley Monroe Finds Her Own Way

Ashley Monroe Finds Her Own Way                            
By Erin Duvall
© 2013 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc.
Though Ashley Monroe is hardly a newcomer to Country Music, many fans will hear her for the first time on her own with Like a Rose – her first solo effort since she achieved visibility as a member of The Pistol Annies, which also includes Miranda Lambert and Angaleena Presley.
But for Vince Gill, who produced Like a Rose with Justin Niebank, his acquaintance with and admiration for Monroe goes back about a decade.
“I first met Ashley when she had just moved to town. I called her up to figure out a time and place, and she said, ‘By the way, can you come pick me up? I’m not old enough to drive yet,’” he recalled, with a laugh. “I fell in love with the kid right off the bat. There are some people who come along who have old souls. She seems to be that. I can’t champion her talent enough as a songwriter. And then, on top of that, she sings like a bird.”
As a newcomer to Nashville at that time, Monroe had already survived her share of hardship. Her early childhood was idyllic and musically rich: Both parents performed five nights a week in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. They bequeathed their love for Country Music to her — literally, with a Patsy Cline tape tucked into her Christmas stocking. At just 11 years old, Monroe parlayed what she had heard into a performance of Patsy Montana’s “I Want to Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart,” which earned her first prize and $100 at a Pigeon Forge talent contest.
But her father died unexpectedly in 2000, when she was just 13, and life took a turn for the worse. Unhappy in school, Monroe persuaded her mother to move with her to Nashville, where she worked from the ground up to build connections. At 19, she was signed to Columbia Records, which released her first album, Satisfied, two years later. Though the label eventually dropped her, what she’d learned helped Monroe plan more clearly for her next project.
She began by tightening her focus. “I listen to all kinds of music, so it’s easy for me to think, ‘I like this sound. I’m going to make this kind of album,’” she said. “But when it comes down to it, my voice is Country, the songs I write are Country and my soul is Country.”
That was apparent to Gill, as he began work on Like a Rose by listening to her catalogue, which she’s been compiling since she was 14 years old. While he’d written several tunes with her himself, it was an unconventional song that she’d penned with Sally Barris and Jon McElroy that sealed the deal for him: “Weed Instead of Roses” is the tale of a wife who is fed up with romance and longs to embrace her wild side with her significant other.
“I said, ‘We do this song or I’m walking!’” he remembered, with a smile. “I would hate to see them miss the boat because it’s talking about pot or whatever. The humor in it is outstanding, and that’s more in line with the rowdy side of The Pistol Annies.”
Monroe’s response to her would-be producer’s ultimatum was instant: “Yes! I knew I loved Vince Gill!”
Gill’s reaction, along with her experiences in The Pistol Annies, gave Monroe the confidence to record a song as bold as “Weed Instead of Roses.” “The Pistol Annies showed me that I’m not the only one who has these thoughts,” she said. “I just have Country in my soul. I can’t apologize for that anymore. The Pistol Annies has given me a boost of confidence, or reaffirmation, that it’s OK to be original and to be you, because people will accept it.”
The first people to extend that acceptance were the musicians who played on her tracks. In addition to adapting to Monroe’s style, acoustic bassist Dennis Crouch, steel guitarist Paul Franklin, pianists Tony Harrell and John Jarvis, drummer Greg Morrow and bassist Michael Rhodes brought their own perspectives to the sessions, with Gill’s direction.
“We didn’t play demos for these musicians, which I love,” Monroe emphasized. “The band that played on this album is world-class, the best band to play on any record. I was lucky to have them. I re-cut ‘Used’ (written by Barris and Monroe), which was on my first record. That was actually a half-assed release; not a lot of people heard of it. That song stuck out, though. It’s really special to me. Vince and I were trying to think of a way to make it different and fresh for me on the new record. “
They settled on a simple strategy. “All the songs on this record, Vince played guitar and I sang for the musicians,” she said. “That way, the band could interpret the songs the way they heard it and not copy a lick that was on the original version.”
This approach suited Gill’s production style. The Country Music Hall of Fame member is, in his own words, “not a pre-production guy” and prefers to do most of his work in the moment. “Some of the songs she wrote on this record completely destroy me,” he said. “(But) I took songs in much different places than she had written them, in terms of feel and tempo. The musicianship that possesses this town is so good that on the floor is where you’re going to get the most creativity. All the arranging was done on the fly, on the floor, and we figured it out as we went.”
“It was amazing to watch that happen,” Monroe noted. “There were a couple of times that I really had to trust Vince. For instance, we had made a demo of ‘Morning After’ (Monroe, Lori McKenna and Liz Rose) years ago. That’s how I heard it. Vince was right on, though, because now, when I listen to it, it’s right.”
“The best compliment I got was when Ashley listened to a mix of ‘Like a Rose,’” Gill added. “She turned to me with tears on her face and she said, ‘This is the way I’ve always dreamed of hearing what I did.’ It was so rewarding to get that reaction from her.”
The album’s title track, which Monroe wrote with Guy Clark and Jon Randall, is the most personal story, as well as her favorite among these songs. “A lot of that is autobiographical — I mean, I didn’t run off with a boy to North Dakota like it says, but Guy likes putting North Dakota in songs,” she said, with a laugh. “There are a few little inserts of over-exaggeration, but not many.”
“Like a Rose” was the product of Monroe’s first writing session with Clark. “She’s really quite good,” the legendary singer/songwriter observed. “She’s bright and funny and sings beautifully. She’s really in touch with her feelings and her background. That’s what I tried to get out of her, which was to write about what she knows. That’s the best work she does, rather than making stuff up.”
The emotion Monroe brought to “Like a Rose” was as real as could be, thanks in large part to Clark’s encouragement as they settled down to write. “I was so nervous,” she recalled. “I had a list of all my best ideas that I’d been saving, and Guy went ‘Huh. Huh.’ after each one, which was not what I wanted to hear. Then he said, ‘Tell me your story,’ so I went into it: ‘Well, Daddy died when I was 13. And then Mama ran off. Then my brother and I lived alone for a while and I started writing songs … ’ I told him everything. At the end, I said, ‘But look at me! I came out like a rose,’ to wrap up the conversation. And he said, ‘Huh. Why don’t we write that?’”
“I was trying to support her and support her story and her feelings about it and her memories,” Clark said. “I tried to help make that a song rather than the typical Music Row song.”
In addition to the stellar instrumentalists, songwriters and producers involved on the project, Monroe was able to share the studio with some of Nashville’s sweetest voices. Background singers on Like a Rose include Gill, Sonya Isaacs and Jon Randall. Little Big Town appears on the tune “You Got Me,” which Monroe wrote with the band’s Karen Fairchild. And Blake Shelton, aka Pistol Andy, trades licks with her on “You Ain’t Dolly, You Ain’t Porter,” which she’d written with Gill.
“It was fun,” Monroe said. “He sings, ‘She’s a little bit fuller.’ And I say, ‘You’re a whole lot shorter.’ It’s a tongue-in-cheek, fun song.”
It also confirms that Like a Rose achieves the goal Monroe had set for herself, to deliver an album that’s rooted in Country and represents all facets of her personality. “Obviously, every artist would be lying if they said that they didn’t want to be played on Country radio,” she acknowledged. “That’s a huge window to people. And a big reason for making music, to me, is so I can get what I’m hearing to somebody else. I would love to have Country radio on my side. But I also want to make the music that I want them to hear. In case it does get on the radio, I want it to be something I’m really proud of. That’s why I made a Country record.”
On the Web: AshleyMonroe.com
On Twitter: @AshleyMonroe
Ashley Monroe


MusicRow Reports It Was Moore's Acoustic Performance Of "Hey Pretty Girl" At CRS That "Silenced the Crowd"
Nashville, TN—March 5, 2013— Following two consecutive trips to the top of the charts, MCA recording artist Kip Moore's new single, "Hey Pretty Girl," is his fastest rising single to date with already 100 stations playing the record in just four weeks.  "Somethin' 'Bout A Truck" and "Beer Money" from his debut album UP ALL NIGHT both hit No. one last year.  "Hey Pretty Girl" shows a more sensitive side to Moore, which is proving to have a strong connection with fans as the digital sales for the track continue to double in increases each week.  
“For me and KBEQ this makes three in a row for Kip.  He’s one of the bright new stars in this format and the ladies absolutely love Pretty Girl!”-  Mike Kennedy, KBEQ
"From an album of great songs, this sounds like nothing else on the radio." - Nate Deaton, KRTY
"When Kip performed for us the very first time and played 'Hey Pretty Girl,' I got chills.  With 2 smashes under his belt, this song truly shows his depth as an artist."- Mike Preston, KKWF
"'Up All Night' hands down is one of the best CD's I've heard in years.  'Hey Pretty Girl' from Kip is just another great song from this project…"- Tom Hanrahan, WDXB
“I have not yet met a woman or girl who does not absolutely LOVE these lyrics.  Seriously.  I wish I had written them.  So does my wife.  This is a giant, obvious, big ol’ hit record." - Gregg Swedberg, KEEY
"'Hey Pretty Girl' shows that Kip Moore has staying power in this format." - Christi Brooks, KKBQ
Kip Moore's debut album UP ALL NIGHT, was the best selling debut album from any country artist released in 2012.  His first career No. 1 single, “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck,” held the top spot on both charts for two weeks making him the first solo artist in four years to have a debut album’s first single go No. 1 for multiple weeks.  He has already sold-out seven headlining shows this year, including his March 23 stop in Boston, MA at House of Blues, which sold out in just 20 minutes.  Previously touring with Eric Church last fall, Moore is continuing to headline his own dates as well as hitting the road with Brantley Gilbert and opening for Toby Keith this summer.  
For more information and a full list of tour dates, visit www.kipmoore.net.

Marty Raybon & Full Circle Gearing Up For Release of THE BACK FORTY

Marty Raybon & Full Circle Gearing Up For Release of
Raybon Begins His 40th Year Celebration as an Entertainer
Nashville, TN (March 5, 2013)  Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce the upcoming bluegrass album, THE BACK FORTY by MARTY RAYBON & FULL CIRCLE releasing Tuesday, March 26. This highly anticipated new album is now available for pre-order at Amazon and Rural Rhythm Records and will also be available at iTunes, GooglePay and many more fine retail outlets.
THE BACK FORTY takes us back to Marty’s Bluegrass music roots with his signature vocals and tight harmonies provided by his band FULL CIRCLE: Tim Raybon, Chris Wade, Zach Rambo, with special guests Tim Crouch, Daniel Grindstaff, John Bradley, Aaron Ramsey, Scott Napier and Tim Laughlin. The exciting new project also helps celebrate Marty's 40 Years of Entertaining fans worldwide.
The album contains five new songs co-written by Marty including the new barn burner single “That Janie Baker” by Marty Raybon and John Fountain which has received rave reviews. Terry Herd of Bluegrass Today and Bluegrass Radio Network says, "That Janie Baker" is one of those songs you find yourself singing along with, even before you know the words.” The single is now out to radio and also available at AirPlayDirect.com.
Marty just filmed an upcoming album promo video, which will be available soon, where he discusses each track that appears on THE BACK FORTY and talks about this year’s upcoming 40th Year Celebration. The album includes the following tracks:
1.  That Janie Baker – Marty Raybon, John Fountain
2.  She’s Just An Old Love Turned Memory – John Schweers
3.  The Late Night Cry Of The Whippoorwill – Randall Hylton, Paul Craft, Brenda Harrington, Kermit Teague
4.  Slowly (I’m Falling) – Webb Pierce, Tommy Hill
5.  Look For Me (For I Will Be There Too) – Charles (Rusty) Goodman
6.  The Big Burnsville Jail – Marty Raybon, Thom Case, and Michael Bonagura
7.  A Little More Sawdust On The Floor – Marty Raybon and John Fountain
8.  Only You, Only You – Marty Raybon, John Fountain
9.  Hurt Me All The Time – Raymond Maynard, Nelson Terry Skinner,and Lee Larry Wallace
10. Mountain Love – Marty Raybon, Jerry Salley
Marty has received Grammy, CMA, ACM, IBMA and numerous other Awards during his impressive 40 year career. Please visit his website at MartyRaybon.com or visit RuralRhythm.com to learn more about his previous Rural Rhythm albums SOUTHERN ROOTS & BRANCHES and HAND TO THE PLOW.



Nashville, Tenn. – March 5, 2013 – Country music star and award-winning TV host Craig Morgan is preparing to make his tenth overseas tour to entertain our U.S. troops serving abroad. The former soldier will travel with Armed Forces Entertainment and Stars For Stripes to perform a series of acoustic shows in Southwest Asia this spring.

In 2003, Morgan made his first overseas visit to entertain our U.S. troops. This will mark his tenth tour since 9/11. In addition to encouraging our troops abroad, Morgan offers support for their spouses and dependents remaining stateside through Folds of Honor and Jack Daniel's Toast To The Troops. The singer is a recipient of the 2006 USO Merit Award and earlier this year received the Humanitarian of the Year designation at the 2013 Golden Moose Awards.

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 earlier this 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.com or follow him on Twitter @CMorganmusic.

ABOUT ARMED FORCES ENTERTAINMENT:  Armed Forces Entertainment is the official Department of Defense agency for providing entertainment to U.S. military personnel serving overseas, with priority given to those in contingency operations and at remote and isolated locations. The Department of the Air Force is the executive agent of Armed Forces Entertainment. Founded in 1951, Armed Forces Entertainment brings a touch of home to more than 500,000 troops annually, embracing the best of Americana that stretches across all genres of entertainment. Visit www.armedforcesentertainment.com for more information.

ABOUT STARS FOR STRIPES: Stars for Stripes is a nonprofit organization that provides celebrity entertainment to internationally deployed American military forces and informs the general public on various aspects of U. S. military history and operations. Since 2003, Stars for Stripes has produced more than 66 tours to Iraq, Afghanistan, Korea and other foreign countries. Visit www.StarsForStripes.com for more information.

CMA Award for Lee Williams

CMA Award for Lee Williams

CEO and owner of CMR Nashville and Django Promotions was presented with
the prestigious ‘International Country Music Broadcaster Of The Year Award’
by the CMA (Country Music Association), Nashville.

The presentation was given at the CMA International Marketing Summit on Friday 1 March at Disneyland, Paris in front of over 80 Industry people from around the world.

Lee Williams said ‘ My whole working life has been involved with Country Music since 1969, and feel so honoured that my involvement has been recognised by the worlds #1 Country Music Association. This has to be the #1 accolade to be received by a broadcaster in Country Music, and I am proud to be the recipient for 2013’

Lee Williams has been involved with Country Music from 1969 when he discovered Country Music via Buck Owens and started singing in various bands around the world. Lee then moved into management and agency from 1974 where he became one of the leading touring agencies of US acts and management of many leading UK and European acts. In 1976 he started broadcasting on his local Radio 210 in Reading and developed his broadcasting skills alongside his agency with other stations including BBC Wilshire Sound, GWR Radio, BBC Radio Oxford, Premier Radio and many others. In 1993 he launched the first 24/7 Country radio station on Sky called QCMR which was launched live on ITV. This developed into CMR. This continued until the move to the Internet with a name change to CMR Nashville in 2004. CMR Nashville is widely known as Europe’s #1 station with a large audience around the world available on the PC, Mac, all smart phones, Ipads and other tablets, along with various applications on Smart TV. www.cmrnashville.com. CMR Nashville features over 30 top rated presented shows, many from Nashville and beyond. Also available 3 other services without DJs CMR Hot, CMR Memories, and CMR Americana.

Lee also runs Django Promotion a Management, Promotion, and PR service for Country Music artists

Contact Lee at lee@cmrnashville.net 07956 888587 djangoproms@btinternet.com

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Sibling Trio Announces Tracklist For Upcoming Album, PIONEER (4/2)
Nashville, TN (Tuesday, March 4, 2013) – On the heels of a multi-week #1 hit, The Band Perry is again celebrating the success of “Better Dig Two,” which has been certified PLATINUM from the RIAA for sales exceeding one million copies. The smash lead single has been the fastest-rising of their career and will be featured on sibling trio’s impending album, PIONEER (4/2), on Republic Nashville.
Revealing their signature sound of family harmonies fused with Country and Rock & Roll influences, members of The Band Perry co-wrote nine of the 12 tracks, produced by Dann Huff. The ACM Vocal Group of the Year nominees have given fans a taste of the new tunes while on Rascal Flatts' CHANGED TOUR and recently divulged the full tracklist via their WhoSay.
PIONEER Tracklist:**
1.    Better Dig Two
(Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally, Trevor Rosen)
2.    DONE.
(Reid Perry, Neil Perry, John Davidson, Jacob Bryant)
3.    Don’t Let Me Be Lonely
(Sarah Buxton, Rodney Clawson, Chris Tompkins)
4.    Pioneer
(Kimberly Perry, Reid Perry, Neil Perry, Brian Henningsen, Clara Henningsen, Aaron Henningsen)
5.    Forever Mine Nevermind
(Kimberly Perry, Reid Perry, Neil Perry, Brad Paisley)
6.    Night Gone Wasted
(Kimberly Perry, Reid Perry, Neil Perry, Brian Henningsen, Clara Henningsen, Aaron Henningsen)
7.    I Saw A Light
(Kimberly Perry, Reid Perry, Neil Perry, Brian Henningsen, Clara Henningsen, Aaron Henningsen)
8.    Mother Like Mine
(Kimberly Perry, Reid Perry, Neil Perry)
9.    Chainsaw
(Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne, Matt Ramsey)
10.   I’m A Keeper
(Kimberly Perry, Reid Perry, Neil Perry, Brian Henningsen, Clara Henningsen, Aaron Henningsen)
11.   Back To Me Without You
(Kimberly Perry, Reid Perry, Neil Perry, Brian Henningsen, Clara Henningsen, Aaron Henningsen)
12.   End Of Time
(Kimberly Perry, Reid Perry, Neil Perry, Brian Henningsen, Clara Henningsen, Aaron Henningsen)
** Target Deluxe tracks will be available at a later date.
Siblings Kimberly, Reid and Neil Perry quickly catapulted into the mainstream with the success of their Quadruple-Platinum, breakout hit “If I Die Young.” In 2011, the tune took the #1 position on both Country and AC charts as well as earned 2011 CMA Single AND Song of the Year. Their success continued with Platinum-certified “You Lie” and the Gold-certified, #1 smash “All Your Life.” The Band Perry has won multiple ACM, CMA and CMT Music Awards as well as GRAMMY, TEEN CHOICE, AMA, ACA and Billboard Music Award nominations. 
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Artists Performing at LP Field Include Gary Allan, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Kelly Clarkson, Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes, Miranda Lambert, Jake Owen, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift, The Band Perry, Keith Urban, and Zac Brown Band
NASHVILLE – Where can you find more CMA Award winners and nominees than at the annual CMA Awards? Try the 2013 CMA Music Festival!
The star-packed lineup is bursting at the seams with reigning trophy winners, former Award recipients, and nominees all performing for the most ardent, passionate fans in the world during CMA Music Festival, Thursday through Sunday, June 6-9, in Nashville.
“We have an amazing lineup of talent for this year’s Festival,” said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “I know our fans will be entertained and enthralled to see our annual family reunion of the best and brightest performers in the industry.”
More artists have just been announced including Gary Allan, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Kelly Clarkson, Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes, Miranda Lambert, Jake Owen, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift, The Band Perry, Keith Urban, and Zac Brown Band.
Previously announced performers for this one-of-a-kind, award-winning festival include Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, and Carrie Underwood (with more artists to be announced soon).
Allan made his first appearance at Fan Fair in 1997. In 2003, he received his first CMA Awards nomination for the Horizon Award (now known as the New Artist of the Year). He last played LP Field in 2006 and he opened the concerts at Riverfront Park in 2011.
Bentley made his first Festival appearance in 2003 at Riverfront Park. He has performed at LP Field seven times and has 10 CMA nominations to his credit including a win in 2005 for the Horizon Award.
Reigning CMA Album of the Year winner for Chief, Church will be making his second, consecutive appearance at LP Field in 2013. He played Riverfront from 2006-2009. Church was the top CMA Awards nominee in 2012.
Clarkson is no stranger to the LP Field stage having played the Nightly Concerts in 2007 and 2011. She has four CMA Award nominations to her credit and one win for Musical Event of the Year with Jason Aldean in 2011 for “Don’t You Wanna Stay.”
What a difference a huge hit (“Cruise”) and a year make for Florida Georgia Line. In 2012, the duo performed on one of the events numerous free stages downtown, and now they will have their first LP Field performance in 2013.
Reigning New Artist of the Year Hayes made his first Festival appearance in one of the free areas in 2011. In 2012, he was invited to LP Field, and he will be making his return appearance in 2013.
Reigning CMA Female Vocalist and Song of the Year winner Lambert first played Riverfront in 2004 and has performed at LP Field every year since (2005-2012). She has 22 CMA Awards nominations and has won six times, including three for Female Vocalist of the Year (2010-2012).
Owen has played Riverfront four times (2005, 2006, 2010, 2011) and LP Field three times (2008, 2009, 2012). Owen has two CMA Awards nominations including Musical Event of the Year (2008) and New Artist of the Year (2009).
Paisley, who has hosted the CMA Awards with Underwood for the past five years, made his first Fan Fair appearance in 1998. Since then, he has performed on the LP Field stage 10 times (2001-2004, 2006, 2007, 2009-2012). He has 58 CMA Awards nominations and 14 wins including three for Male Vocalist of the Year (2007-2009) and one for Entertainer of the Year (2010).
The reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Shelton performed at Riverfront for the first time in 2001. Since then, he has played at LP Field six times (2002, 2005, 2006, 2010-2012). He has 15 CMA Awards nominations and five wins including three for Male Vocalist of the Year (2010-2012) and Song of the Year with wife Lambert for “Over You” (2012).
Swift first played Riverfront in 2006 and has played LP Field four times (2007-2009, 2011). She has 15 CMA Awards nominations and seven wins including her first for the Horizon Award in 2007 and two for Entertainer of the Year (2009, 2011), which ties her with Barbara Mandrell for wins in that category by a female artist.
The Band Perry’s first CMA Music Festival performance was at Riverfront in 2010. They performed at LP Field in 2011 and 2012. The sibling trio has garnered six CMA Awards nominations and two wins including New Artist of the Year in 2011 and Single and Song of the Year (for composer Kimberly Perry) for “If I Die Young” in 2011.
Urban has played LP Field seven times. He has collected 25 career CMA Awards nominations and won six trophies from the Horizon Award in 2001 to Entertainer of the Year in 2005. He has been named CMA Male Vocalist of the Year three times (2004-2006).
Zac Brown Band has appeared at CMA Music Festival every year since 2008 when they performed at Riverfront and have played LP Field every year since (2009-2012). The band has 12 CMA Awards nominations and one win for New Artist of the Year in 2010. Zac Brown has six solo CMA Awards nominations to his credit.
Now is the time to experience CMA Music Festival. According to Budget Travel Magazine, Nashville is one of the Top 10 Best Budget Destinations and CMA Music Festival is “the” time to visit. And Conde Nast Traveler selected Nashville as one of the Best Places to Go in 2013 citing easy access to “incredible live music.” 
Fans can purchase tickets to 2013 CMA Music Festival through Ticketmaster at Ticketmaster.com or 1(800)745-3000. They can also purchase them by calling 1(800)CMA-FEST (262-3378). Ticket prices are based on the level of seating at LP Field for the Nightly Concerts, and range from $135 to $350 plus handling fees. A limited number of four-day parking passes for LP Field are also available (parking is not included in the Festival ticket price), ranging from $60 for Cars to $140 for an RV/Motorcoach, plus handling fees.
Ticket and parking prices are subject to change without notice. All sales are final and non-refundable. Children 3 years and younger are admitted FREE. For information on ADA seating, please call 1-800-CMA-FEST.
Fans can stay in the loop by visiting CMAfest.com, the official website of CMA Music Festival, where they can sign up for the CMA Exclusive e-news, follow the CMA Facebook and Twitter feeds for more insider info and of course see the entire lineup of Country Music’s biggest stars as they are announced in the coming weeks.  
The Ultimate Country Music Fan Experience began in 1972 as Fan Fair®, bringing 5,000 fans to Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium. More than 40 years later, the legendary festival has become the city’s signature event, which annually attracts tens of thousands of fans from all 50 states and around the globe and has raised $7.6 million for music education.
CMA Music Festival will once again be filmed for a national television special to air on the ABC Television Network. This is the 10th consecutive year that the event has been filmed for a network television special, a feat no other music festival has achieved. "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock" will be executive-produced by Robert Deaton. 
CMA Music Festival is organized and produced by the Country Music Association. Fan Fair® is a registered trademark of CMA. Chevrolet™ is the Official Ride of Country Music. Bud Light is the Official Beer of the CMA Music Festival. Pepsi is the Official Soft Drink of the CMA Music Festival. Transitions® Adaptive Lenses: the Official Eyewear of the CMA Music Festival.


JB and the Moonshine Band

CMT Names JB and the Moonshine Band as its March LISTEN UP Artist
NASHVILLE – March 4, 2013 – Average Joe’s Entertainment’s JB and the Moonshine Band is asking fans to call the shots for their upcoming music video for their new single, “The Only Drug,” which will premiere Friday, March 15 on CMT as part of a month-long LISTEN UP campaign on the network.  Fans can vote via CMT’s official Facebook page now through Thursday, March 14 on one of two alternate plot endings, and the winning scene will air in the video’s world premiere later this month.  JB and the Moonshine Band is CMT’s featured LISTEN UP artist for March, which showcases the hottest emerging acts with exclusive performances, photo galleries, interviews and more across CMT properties.  Fans can visit www.listenup.cmt.com on Monday, March 11 to catch exclusive new performances from the band, including “Perfect Girl," "Whiskey Days," "Kiss Me that Way" and "Yes."
            “We want fans to have an opportunity to decide the ending,” said Leslie Fram, SVP of Music Strategy, CMT.  “Let’s watch what happens.”
            The East Texas band has released two acclaimed albums—their debut record, Ain’t Goin Back to Jail, and their sophomore album, Beer for Breakfast, which was named one of the top five country albums of 2012 by "Rolling Stone Magazine." A talented songwriter, as well as entertainer, JB has written songs that rose to success on the Billboard Texas music charts, and the band is delivering performances across the country that audiences keep coming back for more. To date, JB and the Moonshine Band has sold more than 60,000 digital downloads and earned more than 2.5 million YouTube views. JB Patterson says the band started when he learned he would be a father: “I thought to myself, ‘If I’m ever gonna tell my kid that he can be whatever he wants to be, then I’d better at least give this a shot.’” He then held an open-call audition where drummer Gabe Guevara, lead guitarist Hayden McMullen and bass player Chris Flores were the only three musicians that showed up. Their sounds and style happened to be a perfect fit, and JB and the Moonshine Band went from Patterson’s dream to a reality. Ain’t Goin Back to Jail and Beer for Breakfast are currently available on iTunes. For additional information on JB and the Moonshine Band, visit www.jbandthemoonshineband.com.

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