Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Alan Bibey and Wayne Benson's "The Mandolin Chronicles" Now Available!

Columbus, N.C. (March 12th, 2013) - The Mandolin Chronicles, a benchmark bluegrass album from veteran mandolinists Alan Bibey and Wayne Benson, is now available in stores. Their album is the perfect pairing of two of the best mandolin players in bluegrass' modern era. Alan Bibey is a founding and current member of the highly respected band Grasstowne. Wayne Benson currently tours with IIIrd Tyme Out, a band which both men have been a member of. The two recently sat down with Kyle Cantrell at Sirius/XM's Bluegrass Junction to record a track by track that will be airing soon.
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"I just received Mandolin Chronicles and it is outstanding! What could be better than two incredible mandolin players working together." - Jim Fisher, WGCS Radio

"Wow! It's great. But with these two and the players supporting them, that almost goes without saying." - Billy Meyers, WRFL RadioL-R: Wayne Benson, Kyle Cantrell, Alan Bibey
The album includes ten showcase instrumentals of which the pair wrote or co-wrote six. "Another Night," the single and only vocal cut, is a waltz describing the heartbreak of lost love where guest vocalist, IIIrd Tyme Out's Russell Moore, joins Alan Bibey on vocals. The instrumentals range from the familiar "Sweet Dixie" (written by Bill Emerson and Jimmy Martin) and "Pilgrims Knob" (written by Bill Monroe) to more harmonically and rhythmically adventurous tunes like "Black Friday" (written by Alan Bibey and Wayne Benson) and the jazzy "Now's the Time" (written by jazz legend Charlie Parker). The pair seems at home with whatever style they end up playing and have created plenty for fans of the mandolin and just plain good instrumental bluegrass.
Alan Bibey was nominated in 2003 for a bluegrass album Grammy with the band BlueRidge for the album Side By Side. He was awarded the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music In America (SPBGMA) "Mandolin Player of the Year" in 2007, 2009, and 2010. He has won International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) "Recorded Event of the Year," "Instrumental Recording of the Year," and "Album of the Year" along with several Mandolin Player of the Year nominations. He has been on the cover of Bluegrass Now, Bluegrass Unlimited and Mandolin Quarterly.

Wayne Benson was named SPBGMA's "Mandolin Player of Year" for five consecutive years in the early 2000's. He performed with The Wreckers (Michelle Branch) in 2006 and appeared on The Tonight Show, CBS This Morning, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and The View as part of their publicity tour. As a part of IIIRdTyme Out, Benson won IBMA "Vocal Group of the Year" from 1994-2000 along with countless SPBGMA awards


Nashville, TN (March 12, 2013) – Cyndi Lauper, Don McLean, Billy Ray Cyrus are the latest to be added to George Jones’ final Nashville concert taking place at the Bridgestone Arena on Friday, November 22, 2013.

Commenting on the added performers George Jones says, “Now, people may not know this, but I have been a fan of Cyndi’s since I first saw her years ago at the Grammy awards, what a thrill it was to hear she will be part of this final celebration.  Don McLean and I first met in the ‘70s, here in Nashville, and I love his singing, his songwriting, and I know his performance will be just as special as when I first saw him sing. Billy Ray is an old friend and someone I have spent many times together, bless his heart for wanting to be with me on this show.  I love and respect all these singers.”

Previously announced guest performers include Garth Brooks, Kid Rock, Kenny Rogers, Randy Travis, Alan Jackson, Dierks Bentley, T. Graham Brown, Mark Chesnutt, Charlie Daniels, Joe Diffie, Jamey Johnson, Tracy Lawrence, Patty Loveless, Shelby Lynne, Kathy Mattea, Montgomery Gentry, Sam Moore, Lorrie Morgan, The Oak Ridge Boys, Pam Tillis, Randy Travis, Tanya Tucker, Josh Turner and Gene Watson.

In addition, Clay Walker, Aaron Tippin, Collin Raye, Larry Gatlin, Crystal Gayle, The Kentucky HeadHunters, Jett Williams, Jeanne Pruett, Lisa Matassa, The Whites, Ricky Skaggs, Mandy Barnett, Mark Collie, Ronnie McDowell, Baillie & the Boys, and Daryle Singletary will join previously announced Brenda Lee, John Conlee, Lee Greenwood, Eddy Raven, The Roys, Janie Fricke, T.G. Sheppard, Dailey & Vincent, Gary Morris, Jessi Colter, Bobby Bare, Jim Ed Brown, Little Jimmy Dickens, Stonewall Jackson and more will all take the stage during the finale performance.

More stars are expected to be announced as performers gear up to pay tribute to one of the world’s most accomplished recording artists.

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. The  icon’s hits, "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.
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

Country Music News International March 12. 2013

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Lady Antebellum First Artists to Enlist for the EXciting, EXpanded New AT&T U-verse Fan Fair X Exhibit Hall in Nashville’s State-of-the-Art Music City Center
NASHVILLE – X marks the coolest daytime spot for Nashville’s “signature” event in the new AT&T® U-verse® Fan Fair X (FFX) with autograph signings, concerts, lifestyle exhibits, marketplace, live broadcasts, demonstrations, and more in the brand new, cutting-edge Music City Center during 2013 CMA Music Festival, June 6-9 in Nashville.
“The relationship between our artists and the fans is at the very heart of what this event was founded on, and we continue to embrace that legacy with Fan Fair X,” said CMA Chief Executive Officer Steve Moore. “By moving to the Music City Center, we are able to provide more opportunities and activities to enhance this treasured experience for the fans.”
The all-new Fan Fair X features all the popular features from past Fan Fair eXperiences and eXpands it to create the most eXceptional, eXciting, and eXtraordinary artist/fan encounters in the 40+ year history of the event.
Leading the way is Lady Antebellum with “Lady A Day at FFX.” To kick the week off, the group will cut the ribbon when the doors officially open to the FFX on Thursday, June 6. From the new Fan Fair X, Lady A will perform, sign autographs in their custom “backstage” booth @ClubLabellum, answer questions from fans in an interview segment called CMA Close Up, and is launching their PING PONG & SONGS event to include the thousands of fans in town for the Festival. Fans can also register at FFX for a private meet and greet with the group at LP Field on Friday, June 7.
“I’m looking forward to being in the new Music City Center,” said Lady A’s Hillary Scott. “We’re really excited to be given the opportunity to merge our PING PONG & SONGS event with Music Fest and this new fan experience CMA is creating. Now that fans from all over the country will be able to play ping pong against us, Charles and Dave are going to have to brush up on their skills! All the money we raise at our booth will go to LadyAID – it’s going to be so fun for us and for the fans!”
The Platinum-selling group, made up of members Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, and Scott, has won seven CMA Awards, including Vocal Group (2009-2011), Single (2009 for “I Run to You” and 2010 for “Need You Now,” which also earned them an additional Award for producing), and New Artist of the Year (2008). They first performed at CMA Music Festival in 2007 on the Riverfront stage and have performed at LP Field every year since (2008-2012). They will be performing again during the Nightly Concerts in 2013. LadyAID™ was set up by the trio as a philanthropic effort created to bring awareness to and generate support for children in need locally, nationally, and globally. The multi-level organization is a component fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. For more information, visit LadyAID.org.
Scott is no stranger to the world’s biggest meet and greet. When she was just 5-years-old, she started attending the event with her famous mom Linda Davis when CMA Music Festival was known as International Fan Fair and held at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds.
What does she recall of those early years? “Heat! It was really hot. There was no air conditioning, whatsoever. So, I remember sweating a lot, but that’s the thing, Country fans are just so loyal. I’ve been seeing the same people sweat it out at Fan Fair and now CMA Fest since I was 5-years-old…That is just the coolest thing about this genre and those that love it and follow it. They’re just in it for the long haul, and I love that.”
“I think CMA Fest is one of the best fan opportunities in music,” said Haywood. “It’s the best festival that’s put on for fans to get up close with their favorite artists. It’s also cool because there are the stadium shows that have everybody in Country Music out there playing every night.”
“CMA Fest gives us a chance to connect directly with our fans in a way we don’t get to any other time of the year,” said Kelley. “This year, CMA is letting us go all out, so we’re going to bring in the whole touring setup, ping pong and all, and invite as many fans as we can fit @ClubLabellum there at FFX!”
FFX offers fans an enhanced experience by adding two new stages, demonstrations, events, and exhibits including the Marketplace with boutiques and artisan booths, and Rockology, featuring an amazing gallery of stunning music memorabilia including Elvis Presley’s 1975 custom Cadillac Coupe De Ville which still retains the bullet hole from the Graceland security officer (who also happened to be Elvis' uncle) who mistakenly fired a shot into the car. With an expanded footprint, FFX affords more people the opportunity to experience the Festival in comfort and style.
This marks the second year that AT&T has been title sponsor of the exhibit hall experience, first at the Nashville Convention Center and now FFX at the Music City Center.
“We’re excited to be part of this great event and help bring the new Fan Fair X experience to CMA Music Festival’s passionate fan base,” said Brian Collins, assistant vice president U-verse marketing, AT&T Home Solutions. “AT&T U-verse brings customers the best in television entertainment, and Fan Fair X will provide more opportunities than before for fans to get autographs, view concert and lifestyle exhibits, and more.”
The AT&T sponsored stage in FFX will feature performances from Nashville’s great songwriters, celebrity Q&A sessions, and more. But AT&T’s sponsorship of the CMA Music Festival extends beyond FFX to Broadway where the company will showcase its U-verse products and wireless services.
FFX is open Thursday through Saturday (June 6-8) from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM/CT and from 10:00 AM-3:00 PM on Sunday (June 9). Venue doors open at 9:00 AM.
FFX is free to all CMA Music Festival four-day ticket holders. If you do not have a four-day Festival ticket, CMA is making available tickets to FFX for $10 a day; or $25 for a four-day pass to Fan Fair X. Ticket information will be posted closer to the event and will be available at CMAfest.com.           
Launched in 2012 and back again in 2013 is an improved online autograph drawing so that fans don’t spend time waiting in long lines only to leave empty handed and disappointed.
“The fans spoke and we listened,” said Moore. “We learned a lot last year and received great feedback from the fans. And we have instituted many of their suggestions as we continue to make this system, fairer, safer, and easier for everyone.”
The new procedures for autograph seekers enhance the overall Festival experience, improve safety, and make the process for securing a treasured autograph with the most popular artists equitable for all Festival goers. The new system will be a drawing with online sign ups and advance notification, which will enable Festival-goers to better schedule their time so they can attend concerts and take part in free events and activities rather than waiting in line in hopes of securing a signature. The advance sign-up system creates a level playing field for all fans to enter for their chance to win an autograph signing ticket.
Of the hundreds of artists appearing in FFX over the four-day event, only a projected 10 percent of signings will require a ticket. All others will be open, non-ticketed signings. A list of autograph sessions that require tickets and directions on how to enter will be posted May 20 at CMAfest.com.
Previously announced performers for this one-of-a-kind, award-winning festival include Gary Allan, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Kelly Clarkson, Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Jake Owen, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift, The Band Perry, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, and Zac Brown Band (with more artists to be announced soon).
Fans can purchase four-day CMA Music Festival tickets, which include the nightly concerts at LP Field and access to the new FFX at Music City Center, through Ticketmaster at Ticketmaster.com or 1-(800)-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 1-800-CMA-FEST (262-3378). Ticket prices are based on the level of seating 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. Parking passes are available by calling 1-800-CMA-FEST.
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. Fans can also connect with CMA at Facebook.com/CMA, Twitter.com/CountryMusic, Pintrest.com/CMAworld, and Instagram.com/CMA_Country_Music_Association.
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 since 2006.
In 2012, more than 450 artists performed more than 200 hours of concerts. The event drew a record 71,000 fans daily from all 50 states and 24 nations and for the third consecutive year sold out each nightly concert at LP Field. According to the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, direct visitor spending generated by the Festival totaled more than $35 million. CMA Music Festival is a four-time winner of the International Entertainment Buyers Association’s LIVE! Award for Festival of the Year (2004, 2006, 2008, 2010).
And 2013 is definitely 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 this year citing easy access to “incredible live music.” 
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. 
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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.


Brand New Exclusive Album Release, Deep Roots, Now Available
LEBANON, Tenn. (March 11, 2013) – Five-time GRAMMY® Award-winning singer/songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman shows his roots in faith and family run deep on the latest exclusive CD release from Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®.  Deep Roots, a 12-track collection of newly recorded hymns and Chapman’s fan-favorite hits, was recorded in Chapman’s hometown of Lexington, Ky., and features guest vocal appearances from his father, Herb Chapman Sr., brother Herb Chapman Jr., son Caleb Chapman and daughter-in-law, Jillian Edwards Chapman. Bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs also contributed his stand-out talent on the song “What A Friend We Have In Jesus.” Deep Roots can be purchased now in all Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations, as well as crackerbarrel.com, iTunes and Amazon.
Having won 57 Dove Awards and achieved 47 No. 1 hits on Christian radio, Chapman remains one of the most respected and relevant inspirational artists of his time. On Deep Roots, fans have the chance get newly-recorded versions of some of his most renowned music. “Not only does Chapman’s highly-recognized talent and devotion to making a positive impact make for a wonderful partnership with Cracker Barrel, but the music he’s been able to produce sounds outstanding and makes for a fantastic collection of songs we hope folks will enjoy,” says Cracker Barrel Marketing Manager Julie Craig.
“I’m so honored to have three generations of Chapmans and my ‘bluegrass big brother,’ Rick Skaggs sing along with me on this recording,” says Chapman. “I had the privilege of playing music with some of the best ‘pickers’ in the world while making the record I’ve always wanted to make, thanks to a collaboration with my friends at Cracker Barrel and plenty of biscuits on hand. As folks listen, I hope they will be inspired by the messages in each song.”
Deep Roots is the latest release from Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®. Since 2005, Cracker Barrel has released albums with a wide variety of artists, some of which have debuted in the top three spots on a range of Billboard magazine’s charts including Top DVD Music Videos, Top Country Albums, Top Christian Albums and Top Bluegrass Albums. In addition, An Evening With ... Dolly earned a Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) Gold award, Dailey & Vincent Sing The Statler Brothers won Album of the Year from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) – off of which the track "Elizabeth" was nominated for a Grammy award – and Smokey Robinson’s Now & Then was nominated for an NAACP Image Award.  Cracker Barrel’s exclusive music program includes projects with Alabama, Rodney Atkins, Jason Michael Carroll, The Charlie Daniels Band, Ronnie Dunn, Edens Edge, Sara Evans, Bill Gaither, Montgomery Gentry, Amy Grant, The Grascals, Merle Haggard, Alan Jackson, George Jones, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Craig Morgan, The Oak Ridge Boys, Kenny Rogers, Ricky Skaggs, Aaron Tippin, Randy Travis, Wynonna, and the Zac Brown Band.  For details visit crackerbarrel.com/music.
Deep Roots Track Listing:
1. “Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus”
2. “How Great Thou Art” (featuring Jillian Edwards Chapman)
3. “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” (featuring Ricky Skaggs)
4. “Blessed Assurance”
5. “Life is Like a Mountain Railroad (Life’s Railway to Heaven)” (featuring Herb Chapman Sr. and Herb Chapman Jr.)
6. “He Touched Me” (featuring Herb Chapman Sr. and Herb Chapman Jr.)
7. “Hiding Place”
8. “Rock of Ages”
9. “Be Still and Know” (featuring Caleb Chapman)
10. “His Eyes”
11. “My Redeemer is Faithful and True”
12. “Cinderella”
About Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. provides a friendly home-away-from-home in its old country stores and restaurants.  Guests are cared for like family while relaxing and enjoying real home-style food and shopping that’s surprisingly unique, genuinely fun and reminiscent of America’s country heritage…all at a fair price.  The restaurant serves up delicious, home-style country food such as meatloaf and homemade chicken n’ dumplins as well as its made-from-scratch biscuits using an old family recipe.  The authentic old country retail store is fun to shop and offers unique gifts and self-indulgences.
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (Nasdaq: CBRL) was established in 1969 in Lebanon, Tenn. and operates 622 company-owned locations in 42 states.  Every Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® location is open seven days a week with hours Sunday through Thursday, 6 a.m. – 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 6 a.m. - 11 p.m. For more information, visit crackerbarrel.com.  

Lisa Matassa Makes National Television Debut On MARIE March 13

Newcomer Lisa Matassa Makes National
Television Debut On MARIE March 13

Performs Current Hit Single, "Somebody's Baby"
Lisa on Marie show
Lisa Matassa and Marie Osmond
Credit: Jeremy Lee
Hi Res Jpeg available upon request

Nashville, TN (March 11, 2013) -- Country newcomer Lisa Matassa makes her national television debut on the Hallmark Channel's MARIE show March 13 at
12 noon ET / 11 a.m. CT.  Lisa and her band perform her current hit single, the high-energy "Somebody's Baby," and Lisa and Marie chat about the "adventures" involved in mixing a music career with motherhood.

"Marie is absolutely charming, gorgeous and gracious in person," notes Matassa.  "I have been a fan of the show since it started last year and am so excited that I was invited to be on.  Marie is undoubtedly an entertainment icon, but she is also an amazing woman."

Matassa has her own share of amazing qualities.  With over 6 million YouTube video views (including 3 million views of "Somebody's Baby") and two #1 videos on CMT.com, Lisa is no stranger to Country audiences.  She has shared the stage with Dierks Bentley, Leann Rimes, Eric Church, Ronnie Dunn and most recently, Lee Brice.

Her current CD, SOMEBODY'S BABY, reflects her musical journey through a collection of songs that are both personal and dynamic.  The "Somebody's Baby" single is currently #1 on iHeartradio/Country Chart and has been for the past three weeks.  It is also moving up both the Billboard/BDS Indicator and MusicRow charts.  In addition, the second cut off the EP, "Wouldn't You Like To Know" is currently #2 on iHeartradio/Country Chart.  Radio.com is playing "Somebody's Baby" on three of its channels and Aol Radio "New Country First" is spinning it in heavy rotation.  The video can be seen on AOL, The Country Network (TCN), Yahoo! and YouTube.

Fans can catch up on all the latest news at www.LisaMatassa.com; additional social media outlets include:


     Nashville, Tenn..... When Blake Shelton, a country music artist, on national television, said..."Nobody wants to listen to their grandpa's music, and I don't care how many of these old farts around Nashville are going 'My God that ain't country.'  Well, that's because you don't buy records anymore you jackasses, the kids do."  it prompted an immediate response from several groups dedicated to America's very real rural country music.
     Among them was Maggie Penn, a traditional and classic country music promoter from Illinois.  "We need to do something about this, I refuse to be called those vile names simply because I don't want to buy any of Shelton's records.  He's quite mistaken about listening to grandpa's music.  This music is the original 'country' music, and he is not only abusing the seniors all across America, he is abusing the word 'country.'
     Also joining the fray is Bob Everhart, President of the National Traditional Country Music Association.  "When Mr. Shelton uttered those insults to seniors in America, he may have forgotten there are over 78-million baby boomers in America, right now who are grandpas and grandmas.  They choose to buy the music they like, and if they don't happen to buy Mr. Shelton's CD's that does not make them old farts and jackasses.  Mr. Shelton is also pretty much wrong about the 'kids' who buy records too.  Most young people in America today can't even find a job, much less pay off their college loans.  They get their support from those same 78-million baby boomers Mr. Shelton so eloquently insulted.  He must surely not be aware that baby boomers control 80% of personal financial assets in America, as well as 80% of leisure travel.  They are retired, or about to do so, and they will have a large amount of money available for the music they like."
     Everhart formed the NTCMA (www.ntcma.net) in 1976 to foster and 'save' America's rural country music.  "All music and musical tastes go through incredible change and popularity," he said.  "Nobody is saying music should remain static, however my work with the Smithsonian Institution as a preservationist finds Mr. Shelton's attitude a very unacceptable way to 'sell' a product.  We work hard keeping America's very own 'rural' music alive.  Country music came from rural America from California to the New York Islands, from the Redwood Forests to the Gulf Stream waters, rural American 'country' music belongs to all of America, not Blake Shelton, or massive corporate radio owners, like Clear Channel."
     Everhart has joined with Ms Penn in creating a 'senior march' on Nashville, to support America's very real rural country music, and have two petitions on the internet.  (Available on Facebook) One is to protest Blake Shelton's negative attitude toward America's seniors, demanding an apology for his insults, as well as an attempt to have him removed from the Grand Ole Opry which supports family values.  The second petition is an attempt to get radio stations that play 'country' music to include more traditional and classic country music in their programming.  The 'march' will take place on April 17, beginning at 11am at Tony Rose Park (8 Circle Music East), will wend down Music Row, and conclude at the offices of the Country Music Association, who have basically eliminated traditional, classic, old-time, and rural country music from their objectives.  Following the 'walk' a free concert featuring 'real' country music will be held.  The promoters invite anyone who plays traditional and classic country music, bluegrass music, folk music, Americana, and old-time music to participate.
 Robert Everhart

MARIA SARAH To Make TODAY Show Debut March 15th

MARIA SARAH To Make TODAY Show Debut March 15th
14 year old singer/songwriter selected for TODAY’s Stars of Tomorrow performance
Nashville, TN (March 11, 2013) – Maria Sarah, 14 year-old singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, will perform on the TODAY Show this coming Friday, March 15th.

Maria began performing as a singer and training in classical piano at four years old. By seven she was teaching herself guitar and soon incorporated mandolin into her repertoire. She has won countless talent contests and played for literally hundreds of festival, charity events and popular venues throughout her home state of Indiana and Tennessee.

After attending a writer’s conference at NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International), eleven-year-old, Maria wrote “Sometimes”, an inspirational song reviving hope that in time the answers will come. The piece was so compelling her parents knew it was time to enlist the aid of those who could help make Maria’s vision a reality.

Maria Sarah enrolled in an intense customized program at PCG Nashville, The Science of Artist Development where she continues to excelling in her development under the direction of music industry veteran, Bernard Porter.

“Maria Sarah is the essence of everything we look for in an artist. She enters the room and you know you’re in the presence of greatness. Her dedication to excellence is unwavering. It is truly an honor to have such an extraordinarily talented artist on our roster. It is time for the world to experience Maria Sarah,” states Bernard Porter, President and Founder of PCG Nashville.

A singer/songwriter bursting with promise, Maria is a gleaming example of everything that is right with the world. At fourteen years old she possesses a wisdom that isn’t limited by her short time on this earth. Thankfully, for those who have the privilege to experience it she has chosen to bare her soul through her music.

She writes with incomprehensible depth and poetry. Her voice pours from her beautiful, petite frame an unexpected surprise both powerful and gentle. She plays her instruments with well-honed skill from years of dedicated practice.

Maria Sarah is also scheduled to perform the National Anthem at the upcoming Road to the Horse event March 17 in Lexington, KY.

She recently released a self-titled pop album of her original songs available on iTunes as well as a world premiere video of her song “Sometimes” that can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSs0j7L9pBg.

For more info on Maria Sarah, visit www.mariasarah.com, find her on Twitter www.twitter.com/MariaSarahMusic and Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Official-Maria-Sarah/170789692982712

About PCG Nashville
PCG Nashville is an innovative artist development company dedicated to addressing the unique needs of the recording artist. It is the mission of PCG to apply a customized scientific approach to development, producing balance in all areas of the artist’s mind, body and spirit. The staff at PCG is committed to providing all clients with the skills, knowledge and strategic planning needed to achieve success in the music business. Furthermore, it is the mission of PCG to provide guidance, hands-on training and thorough education of the various facets of the evolving music business in effort to minimize the amount of time needed to achieve the artist’s goals.

Bluegrass, Bows & Bold Guitars

Bluegrass, Bows & Bold Guitars

Award-Winning Bluegrass Duo THE ROYS Join Andy Ross of Krossroad Guitars For A Special Facebook Giveaway 
Roys Krossroad GTR contest 
Nashville, TN (March11, 2013) -- Award-winning Bluegrass duo THE ROYS join Krossroad Guitars in offering fans a chance to win an autographed camouflaged guitar via a special Facebook contest sponsored by Andy Ross. The guitar's designer, fellow musician, famed hunter, hunting bow designer and star of the Sportsman Channel's TV show Maximum Archery, Ross is thrilled to offer the custom Krossroad guitar emblazoned with the ever-popular Realtree™ camouflage and signed by Lee and Elaine. "It's always exciting to work with super-talented people like THE ROYS," notes Ross. "Best of luck to all who enter the giveaway!"

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, all "lucky leprechauns" can enter for a chance to win from now until April 17.  To enter the contest, Bluegrass and hunting fans simply LIKE the following three Facebook pages and SHARE THE PIC using the hyperlinks provided below:


"Highway Don't Care" Follows Three Week No. One Smash "One Of Those Nights"
Nashville, TN — March 11, 2013 — In a triple threat collaboration, Tim McGraw is releasing "Highway Don't Care" with Taylor Swift, featuring Keith Urban on guitar, as the next single from his No. one album TWO LANES OF FREEDOM (Big Machine Records).  The track caused a feverish reaction from country music fans, igniting early airplay and leading to a No. one debut on the Country Digital Songs chart before its official release to radio.  The track the Washington Post calls "sublime" is already closing in on 30 on the radio charts.
Written by Brad Warren, Brett Warren, Mark Irwin and Josh Kear, the lyrics find McGraw and Swift trading vocals that emote the undeniable pain of being torn apart by distance.  Along with soulful guitar licks by Keith Urban, the dream team combines forces to create a landmark musical event being hailed by critics. 
"McGraw's collaboration with Swift and Keith Urban, is a blowout of a send-off ballad…” Los Angeles Times
“…thrusts listeners right into the center of a head- and heart-pounding psychodrama that everyone's endured at some point.” USA Today
"A take on freedom tinged with regret with McGraw's trademark sound, tasty licks from Keith Urban, and an inspired vocal..." Billboard
“To close out the record, McGraw comes full circle with another highway song, 'Highway Don’t Care,'…It’s one heck of an encore…” Edmonton Journal
“A sure future No. 1” Hitfix
“Delectable” US Weekly 
"You’ll want to hit the road and play this one over and over." Country Weekly
Up next for McGraw is the two hour all-star concert special, ACM PRESENTS: TIM McGRAW'S SUPERSTAR SUMMER NIGHT, taping April 8 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and broadcast at a later date on the CBS Television Network.  He'll be calling on his friends to help kick off the 2013 touring season and raise money and awareness for ACM Lifting Lives.  He'll launch his own TWO LANES OF FREEDOM 2013 TOUR, presented by Pennzoil, in Birmingham, AL on May 2 and continue on to 30 cities through July.  The U.S. trek will also feature emerging artists Brantley Gilbert and Love and Theft.
McGraw recently celebrated his 33rd career No. one with "One Of Those Nights."  The track, officially certified Gold by the RIAA, is at No. one again for the third week bringing McGraw’s total weeks at No. one to 85 weeks (Billboard and Mediabase) since his chart career began.  TWO LANES OF FREEDOM debuted at No. one on the Billboard Country Albums chart marking his 14th career No. one debut.  Since the release of his debut album in 1993, McGraw has sold over 40 million albums, won three GRAMMY’s, 14 ACM Awards, 12 CMA Awards and 10 AMA’s, while simultaneously maintaining a parallel career as a successful actor in such films as the Oscar nominated The Blind SideCountry Strong, and Friday Night Lights—as well as hosting Saturday Night Live, a rare honor for a singer in any genre.  Nielsen-BDS recently certified McGraw as the most-played Country artist of the past 20 years (1992-2012) with more than 10 million spins detected and Mediabase recognized him as the most-played Country artist in the history of their tracking service. 

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