Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Kenny Chesney 43,314 Sell-Out

When I See This Stadium: Kenny Chesney Plays Milwaukee

43,314 Sell-Out, Debuts New Song w Eric Church, Sings for George Strait
The Miller Stadium show anticipation – for artist and fans -- was palpable, as the No Shoes Nation Tour drew 43,314 strong to the stadium, which has not hosted a concert since 2010. As The Milwaukee Journal Sun noted in early in its review: “this felt like the kind of event people have been dying to enjoy for months.”
That newness inspired Chesney to debut a song from his recent Billboard #1 all-genre Top 200 Albums debut Life On A Rock: the potent “When I See This Bar.” He invited tour-mate Eric Church to share the reflective slice of who we were long before we realized how special the moments we’re just living really are.
“’When I See This Bar’ is the kind of song you have to have lived,” Chesney confesses. “Most people do, they just never step back and realize what all those lost nights, afternoon beers and friendships really mean. They make you who are, get you through tough things and get you laughing… Obviously, ‘When I See This Bar’ is important to me; I know Eric’s been there, too, and knows that power of place, so it was great to get him up there.”
Still in the moment, Chesney also had the capacity crowd sing “Happy Birthday” to his good friend George Strait, who was turning 60. Promising the crowd he would email it to King George, the enthusiasm was palpable.
“That’s one of the things about this life – and the people of the No Shoes Nation,” Chesney enthused. “There are so many crazy, nonlinear things you can do… if you can dream them. The fans feed me to dream outside the lines – like singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to George – and that’s one of the best parts of making a life making music.”
And bringing people together in the name of those songs. The Journal Sentinel went on to note, “Busting out to the swagger of "Feel Like a Rock Star," he spent the subsequent two hours proving he was one, running all around the stage, the sweat stain spreading wider and wider on his shirt… it was clear to the revelers this was no mere concert.”
“We’ve played so many places,” Chesney says, “there’s a special thrill when you get to go somewhere new, or different. It’s why we’re mixing it up this year: arenas, amphitheatres, a few Keg shows in clubs, the Tortuga Festival on the beach. But Milwaukee – like Dallas last weekend – had a very special magic to it. Those fans! That stadium! Funny how places that couldn’t be more different both have so much heart.”
Getting ready to shoot a profile with CBS News’ “Sunday Morning,” the 8-time Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year is in full touring gear. But that doesn’t mean his reflective album is getting lost in the shuffle. As the Church debut proves, the singer/songwriter/supernova’s LOAR is – as Billboard wrote – “surely the most personal work he’s ever done,” while The Washington Post added, “It's a bold move, considering that a new crop of country rockers are selling millions of albums modeled on Chesney's pounding arena rock sound. But, Chesney follows his muse and offers an album that exposes his weathered soul… as appealing as it is surprising.”

JOANNA SMITH TO MAKE OPRY DEBUT

JOANNA SMITH TO MAKE OPRY DEBUT

RCA Nashville singer/songwriter Joanna Smith will have a life-long dream come true when she makes her Grand Ole Opry debut on Saturday, June 15, 2013.
"Playing the Opry is the biggest honor I can imagine," said an elated Joanna. "I can remember watching it on my great grandmother's TV and dreaming of the experience. It's the most hallowed stage in country music and I'm truly humbled and excited."
While she is still working on her set list for the memorable appearance, Joanna is sure to get a little crazy on the Opry stage with her new single "Girls Are Crazy." Co-written and co-produced by Joanna, the up-tempo song shows another side of the multifaceted artist and is quickly making an impact at country radio.
Joanna has been on the road opening dates for Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley on their "Locked and Reloaded" tour, and the experience has been incredible for her. "To get to open for them is just a huge honor," shares Joanna. "To me Miranda is the ringleader of a good time for us girls!"
To hear the new single and watch the lyric video for "Girls Are Crazy" and for more information on Joanna visit www.joannasmithofficial.com.

CHRIS YOUNG INVITES FANS

CHRIS YOUNG INVITES FANS TO HELP DIVULGE DETAILS OF NEW RECORD
Releases rowdy new single 'Aw Naw' for digital download

 

May 21, 2013…(Nashville, TN)...RCA Records Nashville vocalist and entertainer Chris Young is known for putting his fans first, and so it should come as no surprise that he is inviting them to help announce news of his upcoming fourth album.

“I’ve got the best fans in the world and the cheering crowds give me all this great energy when I’m onstage," shares Chris. "I feel like this new record really captures my live show for the fans and so I want them to be part of revealing info about this new album."

Visit Chris' official website, www.ChrisYoungCountry.com, between now and Friday, May 31 to get in on the fun and help Chris divulge details about his upcoming CD.

The record's rowdy lead single “Aw Naw,” written by Young, Ashley Gorley and Chris DeStefano, is quickly becoming a party anthem at his live shows. The song is now available on iTunes and other digital music destinations.

Catch Chris performing his 5 #1 hits plus new favorite “Aw Naw” on the “Beat This Summer Tour” with Brad Paisley, with shows booked from May - August. Young has spent the first half of this year headlining his “Liquid Neon Tour”, which kicked off last fall with a sold-out show from Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium. He’s gone global in 2013 with performances in Ireland, the UK, and Australia.

ABOUT CHRIS YOUNG:
Grammy nominated vocalist Chris Young continues to accumulate more career milestones as he heats up the summer on tour with Brad Paisley, after wrapping his headlining “Liquid Neon Tour”, and taking his music to an international level with 2013 performances in Ireland, the U.K., and Australia.  Highlights include recent TV appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Talk, Katie, ABC’s Nashville and the ACM Awards.  He also added his fifth career topping single, PLATINUM and four GOLD RIAA certified singles, plus a GOLD album for his sophomore release, The Man I Want To Be to his accolades.  With his rich, warm baritone and penchant for writing relatable, slice-of-life songs, Young, as described by Entertainment Weekly, clearly “has a long, lucrative future ahead of him.” For tour dates and all the latest information on Chris Young, visit http://chrisyoungcountry.com/ and follow him on Twitter @ChrisYoungMusic.
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Dave Adkins & Republik Steele Head to Nashville With Hot New Album

Dave Adkins & Republik Steele Head to Nashville With Hot New Album
 
 
 
Nashville, Tenn. (May 21, 2013) –  DAVE ADKINS & REPUBLIK STEELE are celebrating their hot new album THAT’S JUST THE WAY I ROLL (Rural Rhythm) with a busy tour schedule and heavy radio airplay. Dave Adkins and Republik Steele member Kenny O’Quinn head to Nashville this week in support of the album. They will appear on WSM 650.AM Radio’s “Coffee, Country and Cody” show with Bill Cody Wednesday morning at 9:15 am before making a stop by the new offices of the International Bluegrass Music Association. Later in the day, they will sit down with Sirius XM Radio Bluegrass Junction Host, Kyle Cantrell for an in-depth interview scheduled for later broadcast.
 
Wednesday evening, you can hear a live interview with Adkins on Virginia’s WBBC Bobcat Country Radio’s “Sweet Brenda & Him” show at 8:00 pm as the band travels to Mossy Oak Music Park in Guyton, Georgia for a performance Thursday evening. This weekend, Dave Adkins & Republik Steele continue their tour with performances at  Dr. Ralph Stanley’s 43rd Annual Memorial Weekend Bluegrass Festival in Coeburn, Virginia on Friday and at the AMVets Post 61 Bluegrass Festival in Hillsboro, Ohio on Saturday.
 
The band is receiving significant radio airplay and a multitude of positive album reviews for THAT’S JUST THE WAY I ROLL. The title track and first single release, written by Terry Herd, Tim Stafford and Steve Gulley, is currently #4 on Bluegrass Today’s Top 20 Airplay Chart. Numerous other songs like “Heartstrings” and “Rio” (written by Adkins), along with “Please Come To Boston,” “Get Em Up” and more have become immediate fan favorites at the band’s live shows and are also receiving significant airplay.  Radio stations can download the entire album at AirPlaydirect.com.
 
Dave Adkins can also be heard on another new album, GOD DIDN’T CHOOSE SIDES: CIVIL WAR TRUE STORIES ABOUT REAL PEOPLE (Rural Rhythm) performing the song, The River Man.

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Interview with Josh Thompson

Interview with Josh Thompson

Lamitschka:  Music has many new fans throughout Europe who may be hearing about you for the first time. How would you describe yourself and the music you play to someone who has never seen or heard you?

Josh Thompson:  To folks who haven't heard my music I would describe it as honest real life lyrics put to music that has both a rowdy edge as well as laid back feel 




Lamitschka:  What is your favorite song among all the songs you have recorded and what's the story behind it?

Josh Thompson:  My favorite song I've recorded is Sinner.  I think it's because it just took on a life of its own as we recorded it.  One of those songs where the music is exactly what the song needs 




Lamitschka:  What was your big break that got you into the music business?

Josh Thompson:  I'd say it was a series of "breaks" but the big one was the first song I got recorded.  That made a few more people listen




Lamitschka:  What inspired you to become an artist?

Josh Thompson: What inspired me to be a singer/songwriter was the affect music had on me and my life.  I just wanted to be a part of that
  

Lamitschka:  What moments in your career stand out in your memory as highlights and achievements which you are proud of?

Josh Thompson: Highlights would be the first time I heard my song on the radio, playing the Grand Ole Opry and getting to share the stage with some of my heros

Lamitschka:  Is there any place you haven't played that you would like to?

Josh Thompson:  I’d like to play Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado

Lamitschka:  What can your fans expect to see when they see you in concert?

Josh Thompson:  What fans can expect when they come to a show is a rocking time.  There is no down time or silence for that matter.  We always keep the music going

Lamitschka:  Many music fans today get their information about artists online. Do you have your own website and what will fans find there?

Josh Thompson: Yes I do. www.joshthompsonofficial.com.  It has tour dates, photos and videos from the road, and music. Make sure you check it out



Lamitschka:  What's your favorite song that you wish you could have recorded?

Josh Thompson:  A song I wish I recorded would be "The House That Built Me" recorded by Miranda Lambert. Just an amazing song

Lamitschka:  What message would you like to send your European fans?

Josh Thompson:  To my fans in Europe I would like to say hello, I appreciate the support and I look forward to meeting you one day



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Chantal Kuegle - Chantal Kuegle

Chantal Kuegle
Chantal Kuegle
Never Alone    3:39 Now That I Get to Drive            3:18
One and Only             4:31 A Simple Kind of Beautiful        3:40     Why     4:09

It’s another one of those worn out, rainy days; if those two descriptive adjectives can even go together. I’ve never heard of this singer before, and to tell you the truth after a nice dinner filled with shrimp, squid and steak I can’t even garnish enough energy to type the name in for a preliminary investigation. So, here it goes:
            Never Alone starts up and instantly I’ve fallen in love with her voice. It could also be due to the fact that my wife and daughter are on the other side of the world (Taiwan) for the summer and I’ve been taking advantage of the time to really finish a book, set up a literary press, and help a few of my friends by editing and critiquing their work. The lyrics of this song really strike a chord with me. I’d love right now for my wife to be pouring this ego-expanding bourbon through my earphones (minus a morning hangover).
            Now That I Get to Drive is next. Hey wait a minute. That sweet voice was given a license. What a shame it also sounds as if she lost her virginity in the backseat before and was then kicked to the curb. She definitely feels like she’s got something to prove in this one. I’d hate to be the unsuspecting guy who did it, this song makes her sound like she’s now infected with some sort of angry ‘stalker syndrome.’
            Yup, I was right. One and Only proves it. I got a bit of advice for this guy she’s singing about, “You better run away fast. Run far, far away. Stuff a backpack and get the hell outa Dodge.” Whoa, I gotta take a break. Let me think, did I ever meet this girl. Because now I’m going to check all the doors and make sure the windows are locked too. I wonder if it’s possible to dead bolt windows, or if it’s too late to board them up. Will the neighbors call the cops if they hear me hammering the concrete nails in?
            Okay, I’m back. I just smoked a few cigarettes and took a look around. We do have neighborhood watch, so I believe I’ll be safe. Simple Kind of Beautiful is the next one. It’s a very calming song with a sweet melody. Now, there’s the girl I met on the first track.
            The last song is Why. The grammar check hit it because I didn’t put a question mark but it didn’t have one in the title. This song lyrically is just scary knowing the second and third tracks. It has those beautiful sounding vocals, but when you listen to them it’s an even scarier kind of stalking.
            Overall, Chantal Kuegle should go back and stick with what best works for her. If she wants to just have an over-obsessed female following than she should stick with those songs. In my personal opinion, The album bounces back and forth like it was all put together during ‘that time of the month.’ She does have a great voice and I believe that sooner or later it’ll come together. On this album it just doesn’t.

Jeremy Frost for Country Music News International

HANK WILLIAM'S SUPER-STAR


HANK WILLIAM'S SUPER-STAR OPENING ACT COMES TO IOWA
     Anita, Iowa..... It was December, 1952.  Hank Williams Sr., had already experienced many ups and downs in his meteoric country music career.  In Charleston, West Virginia, a huge crowd waited for him in a blistering snowstorm. His opening act was standing by.  Because Hank could not make it due to the storm, the show was canceled and all of the performers, including his opening act, was sent to  Canton, Ohio, where they were to appear on a New Year's Day matinee.  Then they got the news.  Hank Williams was dead.  An eerie shock-driven hush filled the auditorium.  After a time, Hawkshaw Hawkins decided the show must go on, each performer making a tribute to Hank.  One by one the acts slowly made their way to the stage, each singing a Hank Williams song.  The opening act sang "Mansion On A Hill." That opening act was June Webb.
     Before she became the very important opening act for Hank Williams, this young beautiful blonde was asked to audition for Roy Acuff, the king of country music.  The night she sang for Acuff, she performed "I Cried Again." to a hootin' and hollerin' crowd.  Acuff signed her on the spot.  She became known as the 'prettiest Smoky Mountain Boy."  From this experience she received Billboard Magazine's prestigious "Most Promising Female Vocalist" award.  She performed everywhere Acuff went.  She was hugely popular on the USO tours, which gave her an opportunity to show her support for the military. 
     Webb signed with RCA Records, working closely with Chet Atkins.  Atkins considered June Webb to be among the top three guitarists in country music, along with himself and Grady Martin.  With her amazing ability to sing, she added her instrumental abilities to her performances. She began touring with Jim Reeves and the Everly Brothers, and a host of other acts produced by Chet Atkins. 
     In 2011 June Webb was inducted into America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame' at the National Old Time Country Music Festival held annually in LeMars, Iowa.  She had been retired from show business for about 30 years, but the experience was a delight for her.  Now she is returning to Iowa on May 31st, for a very special concert at the Oak Tree Performance Center in Anita.  She will be honoring not only the military which she has such high regard for, she will also be paying tribute to her two fellow performing artists, Hank Williams and Roy Acuff.  Showtime is 7pm with reserved seats at $10, available by calling 712-762-4363. It should also be noted that Ms. Webb is doing this concert as a fundraiser for the Pioneer Music Museum, also located in Anita.  It's to help fix a leaking roof on the building that contains her Hall of Fame display.
     joining Ms. Webb, as the opening act, which they treasure, is Smithsonian recording artists, Bob & Sheila Everhart. This is the couple that produce and manage the National Old Time Music Festival in LeMars, Iowa, and are also the proprietors of the Oak Tree Performance Center in Anita, and the ones responsible for bringing Ms. Webb out of retirement.  According to Bob Everhart, "June Webb has one of the most magnificent voices I've heard in my lifetime.  It is a real pleasure for my wife Sheila and I to be the opening act for this gracious lady."
     Also on the program is backing musicians Rick & Harriette Andersen and David Green, and special vocalists Francis Hahn and Marge Lund.
     More information is available on the Everhart's website www.ntcma.net

ON THE ROAD WITH THE EVERHARTS MAY 21. 2013


ON THE ROAD WITH THE EVERHARTS
     Anita, Iowa...Sticking pretty close to home, Bob & Sheila Everhart, traveling musicians who are now doing their "Traveling Museum of Music" program for various opera houses and museums in Iowa, are getting ready for one of their most unusual concerts at the Oak Tree Performance Center in Anita.  "We were astonished in 2011, when June Webb came to our festival in LeMars for Hall of Fame induction ceremonies," Bob said.  "She had been out of country music for quite a long time, nearly 40 years.  She makes her home in Sarasota, Florida, and was known as the 'prettiest Smoky Mountain boy' a label pinned on her by Roy Acuff, who she worked for as his lead vocalist.  She was also a solo artist, and opened many shows for Hank Williams, Sr.  As a matter of fact, she was the opening act on the last two shows Hank never showed up for because he died in the backseat of his car.  After that happened, June Webb sort of disappeared from show business, but she's back, and she is an incredibly gifted country singer.  She will be at the Oak Tree for a special Memorial Day Weekend concert on May 31st."
     "I like June Webb too," Sheila added, "she certainly has a magnificent voice.  I just celebrated my 40th birthday, which of course got Bob and Bobbie Lhea all excited, but what really struck me as an incredibly nice birthday present was a case of Timber Ridge wine with my photo on the label from a retired CIA agent.  How is that possible.  Francis Hahn is one of our regular performers at the Oak Tree, and I can't wait for his special 4th of July presentation. It's quite a nice thing."
     "We sure had fun celebrating mom's 40th birthday," Bobbie Lhea was quick to add.  "Dad and I got her some nice presents, and of course we had a couple of dinners as well as lunches, but the best one was in Greenfield at the Olive Branch Restaurant.  We've been there before, it's the only Greek restaurant near us.  So, dad said lets put the 'budget lunch' test on, and see what happens, and much to our surprise we could each have a Gyro sandwich (this is mostly lamb meat) and a drink and still have a budget lunch.  We took one of their pizza's home for later, so that didn't count."
     The Everharts are also getting ready for their 38th festival in LeMars, Iowa, and according to Bob, the line-up is already looking good.  "Appears we'll have Lulu Roman on Aug 29 (she was on Hee Haw), Joanne Cash (Johnny Cash's sister) will be with us on Aug 30, as will her husband Dr. Yates who is the founder of Cowboy Church. Also on that day we'll have Ed Bruce who wrote "Mama Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys" for Willie Nelson. Kenny Serrat (the guy who apparently gave Merle Haggard his vocal style), and Michael Martin Murphey are set aside for Aug 30, so it's starting to look like a great week in LeMars, Aug 26-Sept. 1.

Natalie HOWARD performing at the 2013 CMA

Natalie HOWARD performing at the 2013 CMA Global Artist Showcase at The Stage in Nashville on 3rd June.
 
Natalie has been invited to perform this year at the CMA Global Artist Party and cannot wait to showcase her singles and other tracks from her new album "Under {Love's} Umbrella".  The Global Artist Showcase precedes the CMA Music Festival. This is the 10 year anniversary for the CMA Global Artist Party and will include performers from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Brazil, Sweden and the UK.
 
"Under {Love's} Umbrella" was recorded in Nashville with 'A' list studio musicians and produced by Jimmie Lee Sloas, a 2 time Grammy Award winning producer, 2 time Music Row Bass Player of The Year and 2013 Academy of Country Music (ACM) 'Bass Player of The Year'.
 
Natalie's relatable songs cover the gamut of human emotion, from heartache to healing to happiness.
 
She lures us back to the prominent harmonies of the 70's with her latest single ' Hit The Hay' which is climbing the charts in Australia after very strong support from radio. This third release is the follow-up to Natalie's award winning and chart-topping singles ' You Oughta Marry Me' and 'Feel Like Letting Go'
 
Video of the single has been released around Australia and you can view Natalie's 'fun' Behind the Scenes look into the making of the clip by visiting:   www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZcSYxtEvlo   It features Australian Actor Cain Thompson and was filmed on the Central Coast of New South Wales by 4 time CMAA Golden Guitar winning Director Duncan Toombs (Filmery)
 
Natalie was a two time Nominee in the Australian 2013 CMC Awards - " CMC Oz Artist of The Year' and ' CMC Australian Video Of The Year' with ' Feel Like Letting Go', a Top 10 hit on CMC Top 50.
 
'Under {Love's} Umbrella' is available worldwide direct from Natalie's website :   www.nataliehoward.net
Also Bigpond, iTunes worldwide, Music stores in Australia and other outlets worldwide

To view the CMC nominated Australian Video of the Year - FEEL LIKE LETTING GO please visit:     www.youtube.com/watch?v=4g2ZWEaBO8w  OR   vimeo.com/33578595   (Filmed by Rusty Gate Films)
To view CMC 'Country Pick of The Week'  - 'You Oughta Marry Me' please visit:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WH6Vs468o8  OR vimeo.com/34546725  (Filmed by Rusty Gate Films)
To view the fun BEHIND THE SCENES look into the making of ' Hit The Hay' please visit: www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZcSYxtEvlo  (Directed by Duncan Toombs @ Filmery)

ARTISTS ANOUNCED FOR FREE CONCERTS ON THE BUD LIGHT STAGE


ARTISTS ANOUNCED FOR FREE CONCERTS ON THE BUD LIGHT STAGE AT BRIDGESTONE ARENA PLAZA DURING 2013 CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL JUNE 6-9 IN NASHVILLE
Country Artist Robin Meade of HLN's "Morning Express with Robin Meade" Announced the Lineup Via CMA’s Social Networks
NASHVILLE – With more than 40 artists confirmed, the Bud Light Stage at Bridgestone Arena Plaza will be rockin’ with back-to-back daily concerts during the 2013 CMA Music Festival, Thursday-Sunday, June 6-9, in downtown Nashville.   
Free and open to the public, the Bud Light Stage lineups kick-off on Thursday, June 6 at 10:30 AM/CT featuring crowd favorites and up-and-comers entertaining fans each day until 5:00 PM/CT.   
“The location of the Bud Light Stage is perfectly situated to provide a place to discover new talent and reconnect with well-known hitmakers,” said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “This stage was one of our most popular destinations in 2012 and I’m expecting the same level of enthusiasm and attendance again this year.”
Artists performing on the Bud Light Stage at the Bridgestone Arena Plaza include: Lauren Alaina; Dean Alexander; Katie Armiger; Frankie Ballard; Kelleigh Bannen; Big Smo; Bucky Covington; Dailey & Vincent; Sarah Darling; Emerson Drive; Rose Falcon; Andy Gibson; JT Hodges; Chris Janson; Angie Johnson; Krystal Keith; LoCash Cowboys; Robin Meade; Randy Montana; David Lee Murphy; Parmalee; Mac Powell; Michael Ray; Chase Rice; Canaan Smith; Joanna Smith; Chris Stapleton; Steel Magnolia; Pam Tillis with Lorrie Morgan; James Wesley; Chuck Wicks; and Drake White.
With 11 stages and many free lifestyle exhibits to explore throughout the Festival footprint in Nashville, CMA Music Festival is a great, family-friendly entertainment value. The concerts at the Bud Light Stage are fun in the sun and within easy walking distance of all the Festival event sites, including the all-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, state-of-the-art Music City Center.
It all kicks off Thursday, June 6 with "Lady A Day at FFX" featuring Lady Antebellum performing, signing autographs, and cutting the ribbon when Fan Fair X officially opens to fans. Fan Fair X is free to four-day ticket holders, but tickets to this exciting new attraction are available to fans for $10 a day or $25 for four days Thursday through Sunday, June 6-9, with children 12 and younger admitted for free. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster at Ticketmaster.com or the CMA Music Festival Box Office by calling 1-800-CMA-FEST (262-3378) (price includes handling fees). Visit CMAfest.com for details.  
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, Pinterest.com/CMAworld, and Instagram.com/CMA_Country_Music_Association.
“If You See Something, Say Something” at CMA Music Festival
At CMA Music Festival, the safety of our attendees, artists, staff, and volunteers is of utmost importance. Therefore, CMA will be utilizing the “If You See Something, Say Something” program from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
“If You See Something, Say Something” is a simple and effective program to raise public awareness of indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime, and to emphasize the importance of reporting suspicious activity to the proper local law enforcement authorities. 
All of those in attendance at CMA Music Festival are asked to be vigilant in reporting suspicious behavior and situations (e.g., an unattended backpack in a public place or someone trying to break into a restricted area).
If suspicious activity is suspected, attendees are encouraged to text ALERT (space) and the LOCATION of the suspicious activity to 66937. There will also be a special Festival law enforcement phone number posted throughout the event area for attendees to call to report suspicious activity.
Factors such as race, ethnicity, national origin, or religious affiliation alone are not suspicious. For that reason, the public should report only suspicious behavior and situations (e.g., an unattended backpack in a public place or someone trying to break into a restricted area) rather than beliefs, thoughts, ideas, expressions, associations, or speech unrelated to terrorism or other criminal activity.

GEORGE STRAIT 60 NO. 1 SINGLES

GEORGE STRAIT BECOMES THE FIRST MUSIC ARTIST IN HISTORY TO ACHIEVE 60 NO. 1 SINGLES

 
“Give It All We Got Tonight” Tops the Charts 
 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- (Monday, May 20, 2013) – Country Music Hall of Fame member George Strait became the first music artist in history, regardless of genre, to place 60 songs at the top of the charts when Mediabase named “Give It All We Got Tonight” as this week’s most played song on country radio. The song is the first single from Strait's new album Love Is Everything, released last week. “Give It All We Got Tonight” was written by Mark Bright, Tim James and Phil O’Donnell.
 
“I didn’t realize we were making history -- I just hoped we were putting out music that my fans would enjoy,” said Strait. “As always, I’m thankful to the fans and country radio for their support on all 60 of these number one songs as well as my entire career. They are the ones who made this happen.” 

Strait fans, radio stations and some of country music’s biggest artists joined the "Sixty For Sixty" movement at sixtyforsixty.com to accomplish the historic career milestone -- giving Strait his 60th No. 1 single, while he was 60 years old. It came down to the wire, as Strait turned 61 over the weekend (on Saturday, May 18), but in the words of the man himself, “I may be 61, but I don’t feel a day over 60.”
 
"The amount of support shown by fans, industry and especially country radio to give George his 60th No. 1 single is the ultimate testament in a format that has been defined by his music," said Royce Risser, SVP Promotion for Universal Music Group Nashville.  "No one is more deserving of this accomplishment than George Strait, the undeniable King of Country Music. Happy Birthday George!"
 
Love Is Everything, which Strait co-produced with longtime collaborator Tony Brown, is receiving stellar reviews during its first week of release, including:
  • "This veteran may hang up his traveling boots, but his consistency as a recording artist isn't slowing down.”  -- Associated Press
  • “In the case of Love Is Everything, it truly is an album worth giving a listen to, and then again, and then again. Strait and longtime producer Tony Brown have assembled incredible material – which granted, is a given with a Strait album. If you haven't bought a Strait release in a few years, this might be the one!” – Billboard
  • “[George] shows he hasn't lost a step in the studio.  (* * * * out of four).”  – USA Today
Strait kicked off 2013 in high gear for the first leg of his The Cowboy Rides Away Tour. Only the June 1 show in San Antonio’s Alamodome remains in the sold out tour. Known as the “house they built for George,” the Alamodome sold out within an astounding six minutes of going on sale. Strait is the highest ranked country act on Pollstar's 2013 Worldwide Tickets Chart. Dates for the second leg of his tour, taking place in 2014, will be announced later this year.
 
For more information on Strait, Love Is Everything, The Cowboy Rides Away Tour and more, visit www.GeorgeStrait.com.

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