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Interview with SaraBeth

Interview with SaraBeth

Lamitschka: Do you have any interesting stories about how fans have been affected by your music?

SaraBeth: I've been touched by the fact that many fans have played my song "Forever" as their wedding song.  The fact that a couple would want to use my song on such an important day in their life and that every time they hear the song they'll think of their wedding really gets to me.  I feel blessed, honored, and a little emotional about it!

Lamitschka: As an artist, you do many tasks such as recording, touring, interviews.  What do you like best?  What's your favorite activity?

SaraBeth: I honestly love it all.  Every day is a different day, and things are constantly changing.  I'm not sure if it's because I've been spending the majority of my time lately at radio stations, but if I had to pick one thing, I'd say doing a radio tour is probably my favorite.  You're meeting the people who are behind your music and believe in you enough to play your song for their listeners.  It's great to meet new friends across the US!

Lamitschka: What inspired you to become an artist?

SaraBeth: I always loved music, but I fought my passion to become an artist for a long time!  It was my younger brother, Jordan, who inspired me.  He plays professional baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals.  He had always said that he wanted to play professional sports and he followed his dream.  When he got drafted, I it made me ask myself why I wasn't following my dreams too.  

Lamitschka: What drives you?

SaraBeth: I think it's a combination of things...passion, family, friends, and fans.  It's easy to stay driven when you are in love with what you do.  I'm blessed beyond measure to wake up every day and live my dreams!

Lamitschka: What has been your greatest challenge in the music business?

SaraBeth: I knew there were things going on behind the scenes in the music world, but I never realized how much.  I think the greatest challenge has just been the learning curve.  Starting my own record label has required me to wear many hats.  Sometimes you feel like you're asking the dumbest questions, but if you don't ask, you'll never know!  

Lamitschka: When you get time off, how do you relax?

SaraBeth: I'm sure to some it won't sound too relaxing, but I LOVE running.  Right now I'm training for a Marathon Relay that I'll be doing with my family in France this coming November!

Lamitschka: When you're on tour, do you have time to play tourist?

SaraBeth: I'm definitely willing to give up sleep to see the sights when I'm in a new city! I view life as an ongoing adventure, and I'm notorious for making spontaneous stops when time allows!  Recently we were in Oklahoma and stopped at The Action Figure Museum.  The next day we had the afternoon off and visited the Wichita Zoo.  Both of those were much more exciting than just sitting at the hotel!     

Lamitschka: What's the best compliment a fan has ever given you?

SaraBeth: When someone tells me I sound just like I do on my CD or better...that is the absolute best feeling!  I always want to give the fans the best show I can.

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

SaraBeth: You can find anything and everything about me at  Everything from music, videos, social media, pictures,'s all there!

Lamitschka: Describe what a perfect day is like for you.

SaraBeth: A perfect day to me could be so many things!  I am perfectly content spending a day by myself or with my friends.  The day would definitely start with a good cup of coffee, a run, and going everywhere in sweat pants!

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Proceeds To Benefit Disaster Relief Including Oklahoma
As Carrie Underwood prepares to wrap her 2012-2013 “Blown Away Tour” tonight in Abbottsford, BC, a one million dollar donation is being made to the Red Cross for disaster relief. The charitable contribution to the Red Cross derives from the tour’s concert proceeds and was established when it launched in spring 2012.
“I have watched the devastation in my home state of Oklahoma over the past several days with great sadness,” says Carrie. “With the help of my fans who attended my concerts over the past year, we can offer the Red Cross a little extra help in comforting those affected by the recent tornados.”
Carrie’s home state of Oklahoma has recently experienced devastating tornados. This contribution to disaster relief will help people affected by disasters like tornados, floods and other crises around the country, including Oklahoma.
"The impact of the tornados in Oklahoma and the Midwest was devastating and the road to recovery will be long for many families. Through the generosity of Carrie, the American Red Cross can quickly respond with shelter, food and comfort now, and with lasting help as they move toward recovery,” said Neal Litvack, chief development officer for the Red Cross.
Earlier in the tour, following a performance in Atlantic City, NJ, Carrie designated funds to support the response and relief efforts in New Jersey in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
Every year, the American Red Cross prepares for and responds to nearly 70,000 disasters across the United States where they provide shelter, food, and emotional support for those in need. Proceeds from her Canadian concerts will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross.
Since releasing her debut album in 2005, Carrie has sold over 15 million albums and placed 17 No. 1 singles on the charts. Her recent album, Blown Away, made history by debuting at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart, making Carrie only the second country artist in the 47-year history of the chart to have each of their first four albums debut at No. 1. The now platinum-selling Blown Away album also debuted at No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart, making Carrie only the second country artist in history to have three consecutive albums debut at No. 1. She is a six-time Grammy winner, a two-time Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year, a three-time Country Music Association and ACM Female Vocalist winner, and a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry.



Performances by Lady Antebellum, Wynonna, and Many More; Panels with Legends of the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s; George Jones Tribute; Ronnie Dunn Talks About His Art (Photography not Making Music); Bassmaster Angler of the Year Gerald Swindle Shares Fishing Tips; Wrangler Fashion Show; Four Stages; Country Music Memorabilia; a Silent Auction; and the Keep the Kids Playing Pavilion with Activities and Performances for Children and Families
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, a marketplace, interviews with the stars, demonstrations, and much more in the brand new Music City Center during 2013 CMA Music Festival, June 6-9 in Nashville.
Kicking things off is Lady Antebellum with “Lady A Day at FFX.” The CMA-Award-winning group will cut the ribbon when the doors officially open to FFX on Thursday, June 6 (9:45 AM). From the CMA Close Up Stage, Lady A will perform an acoustic set and answer questions before signing autographs in their custom “backstage” booth, nicknamed @ClubLabellum. The trio is also 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.
The CMA Close Up Stage is one of FOUR stages in Fan Fair X, where fans can discover new music, learn more about the stars they admire, catch up on the latest fashions, and hear the hits from the writers who created them. FFX is open Thursday through Saturday, June 6-8 from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM and from 10:00 AM-3:00 PM on Sunday, June 9. Venue doors open at 9:00 AM all days.
CMA Close Up Stage
Making her first appearance in FFX since 2010 is Wynonna with “The Wy Xperience,” Friday, June 7 hosted by Lorianne Crook, producer and host of Crook & Chase television and radio. Wynonna will be performing acoustically and answering questions from fans (4:00-5:00 PM) in addition to signing autographs in CMA Central, CMA’s autograph hub (3:00-4:00 PM).
Another artist making a return appearance in 2013 is Ronnie Dunn, who will be participating in a Q&A session with Country Weekly Managing Editor Joe Hudak about Dunn’s art – not songwriting or performing, but photography – on Thursday, June 6 (2:30 PM). Dunn is also donating several signed pieces of his collection to be part of the Keep the Music Playing Silent Auction in FFX, which benefits school music education programs.
The Heritage Panels from the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s are sure to be popular with attendees who have followed the format for many years, or those fans who want to learn more about the artists who contributed to the popularity of Country Music today. All of the participants are former CMA Award nominees or winners.
The ‘70’s Heritage panel Thursday, June 6 (3:00-4:00 PM) features Lynn Anderson, Crystal Gayle, Charley Pride, Jeanne Pruett, and Mel Tillis. The ‘80s Heritage panel Friday, June 7 (3:00-4:00 PM) features Larry Gatlin, Lee Greenwood, Ricky Skaggs, and The Oak Ridge Boys’ Duane Allen, Joe Bonsall, William Lee Golden, and Richard Sterban. The ‘90s Heritage panel Saturday, June 8 (3:30-4:30 PM) features Ty Herndon, Collin Raye, Mark Wills, and Bryan White. All of the panels will be hosted by Kevin Richards of WGNA/Albany, a CMA Broadcast Personality of the Year.
No look at the history and legacy of Country Music would be complete without including a panel paying tribute to the outstanding career of Country Music icon George Jones, who passed away on April 26. This panel, which will be moderated by Hudak, will include Jones’ longtime spouse Nancy Jones, Randy Travis, as well as members of Jones’ inner circle. The panel takes place Friday, June 7 at Noon.
Nashville’s hit tunesmiths will be featured on the CMA Close Up Stage throughout the event including the Music City Hitmakers; and Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame member and host of the CMA Songwriters Series Bob DiPiero and Kristian Bush of Sugarland on Saturday, June 8 (2:30 PM).
Fashionistas can catch up on what’s hot in Country couture during the Wrangler Fashion Show Saturday, June 8 (1:00 PM) featuring Manuel designs. And if your wardrobe runs more towards camouflage, the outdoors-types will enjoy the Field and Stream presentations on Thursday and Friday, June 6-7 (2:00 PM).
AT&T Showcase Stage
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 inside the Music City Center.
Showcasing some of the best up-and-coming BMI songwriters in Nashville, the AT&T Showcase Stage will be the place to discover new talent and some soon-to-be hits. Performing  (in alphabetical order; all artists are subject to change) are Drew Baldridge, Ryan Beaver, Ann Marie Boskovich, Adam Craig, Erik Dylan, Melissa Fuller, Kimberly Kelly, Mallorie Haley, Cheryl LuQuire, Doug McCormick, Chancie Neal, and Jacob Powell.
Durango Music Spot
A perennial favorite with attendees, the Durango Music Spot will bustle all four days with music from Festival favorites including: Lynn Anderson, David Ball, Mandy Barnett, T. Graham Brown, Carter’s Chord, Mark Chesnutt, Billy Dean, Jimmy Fortune, Wade Hayes, Con Hunley, Buddy Jewell, Georgette Jones, Marty Raybon, Collin Raye, TG Sheppard, Ray Stevens, Sweethearts of the Rodeo, Mark Wills, Bryan White, Billy Yates, and many more.   
The Durango Music Spot operates Thursday through Saturday, June 6-8 (11:00 AM-4:00 PM) and Sunday, June 9 (11:00 AM-3:00 PM). The stage is hosted by and broadcast live on 650 AM WSM,, and the 650 AM WSM Official Mobile App
Nashville’s Signature Event
Getting a coveted autograph from an admired artist or celebrity is the heart of what CMA Music Festival is all about – the interaction and relationship between Country Music artists and their devoted fans. 
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 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.
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 complete list of artists appearing in FFX (including a listing of autograph sessions that require tickets) is posted at
Some of the artists who will be making appearances at FFX include: Lauren Alaina, Bill Anderson, Kix Brooks, Laura Bell Bundy, Kristian Bush, Eli Young Band, Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert, Lee Greenwood, Randy Houser, Lady Antebellum, Tracy Lawrence, Brenda Lee, Little Big Town, Dustin Lynch, Justin Moore, Kip Moore, Craig Morgan, Joe Nichols, The Oak Ridge Boys, Cassadee Pope, Lisa Marie Presley, Thomas Rhett, Josh Turner, Wynonna, and Chris Young.
Country artists aren’t the only celebrities making appearances in FFX. For the first time in 2013, the cast of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” will be in the Music City Center to meet fans and sign autographs including Phil Robertson, Si Robertson, Kay Robertson, Willie Robertson, Korie Robertson, Jase Robertson, Missy Robertson, Jep Robertson, Jessica Robertson, Al Robertson, Lisa Robertson, John Godwin, Justin Martin, Sadie Robertson, and John Luke Robertson.
CMA’s longtime partner Chevrolet, the Official Ride of Country Music, will also have artists signing in their FFX booth including Bush Hawg, Craig Campbell, Kristy Lee Cook, Bucky Covington, Sarah Darling, Clinton Gregory, and more.
FFX Vault
Fan Fair X will be filled with memorabilia from Country’s legends and top stars in the new FFX Vault. Among the featured items: a love note from Garth Brooks to Trisha Yearwood; jewelry worn by Taylor Swift during a Teen Vogue photo shoot; Brad Paisley’s first business card; Carrie Underwood’s yearbooks; and stage and personal clothing items from Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Dolly Parton, Little Jimmy Dickens, Miranda Lambert, Loretta Lynn, Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Tammy Wynette, and more. Fans can also check out the vehicles of some of their favorite stars.
Keep the Kids Playing Pavilion
New in 2013 is a special area in FFX just for children and families called the Keep the Kids Playing Pavilion.
Activities in this kid-friendly section of FFX include meet and greets with Veggie Tales characters; the Adventure Science Center with an interactive exhibit on the science behind music; fingerprinting with the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office; face painting; Music & Arts instrument petting zoo with mini lessons; a green screen for photos sponsored by Kidde; Notes for Notes with a music studio experience; arts and crafts with the Tennessee Art League; seed packet giveaways from the Tennessee Environmental Council; and a global humanitarian awareness exhibit from World Vision. The Pavilion will also be the home to the Ultimate Air Dogs, the premiere dog jumping organization in the country, and their daily demonstrations of canine flight and splash.
Named for CMA’s music education initiative, which provides instruments and supplies to deserving schools, the Keep the Music Playing Stage will feature several performances from groups and artists including Julie Roberts reading stories Sunday, June 9 (1:00 PM).
Country singer/painter Steve Wariner will participate in a special session Saturday, June 8 (11:15 AM) on the Keep the Music Playing Stage. Hosted by WSM AM and GAC host and Grand Ole Opry announcer Bill Cody, Wariner will talk about the intersection of being a performer and a visual artist. Members of the Tennessee Art League will also be on hand to help kids express themselves through music and art. Seventeen of Wariner’s paintings in pen and ink, watercolor, encaustic, and acrylic will be on display in the FFX Vault all four days.
Entertainment Value
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. CHILDREN 12 AND UNDER ARE FREE. Tickets are available at the Music City Center inside the Registration area during the event and through Ticketmaster at or the CMA Music Festival Box Office by calling 1-800-CMA-FEST (262-3378) (price includes handling fees). Visit for details.  
Up-to-the-Minute Information
Fans can stay in the loop by visiting, 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,,, and
“If You See Something, Say Something” at CMA Music Festival
At CMA Music Festival, the safety is of utmost importance. Therefore, CMA will be utilizing the “If You See Something, Say Something” program from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Everyone attending CMA Music Festival is 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). 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. Visit for more information.

Bonnaroo and NCVC Partner to Offer Exclusive Ticket + Shuttle Packages

Bonnaroo and NCVC Partner to Offer Exclusive
Ticket + Shuttle Packages

NASHVILLE – The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp (NCVC) has teamed up with the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival to offer, for the first time ever, weekend and single-day ticket and shuttle packages to and from Music City.

“We’re excited to partner with Bonnaroo to offer fans more flexibility in their entertainment planning,” said Butch Spyridon, president and CEO of the NCVC. “This allows more people to see some great music at the festival even if they can’t stay for all four days.”

The packages – the only offerings available for purchasing single day tickets – include daily tickets and round trip shuttle transportation from Nashville directly to the Bonnaroo site. Buses will depart twice each day from LP Field, where there will be free parking for all shuttle pass holders. Festival-goers will be whisked away to the festival and dropped off on-site near Centeroo, the event’s main venue. After a fun-filled day with experiences one can only find at Bonnaroo, pass holders are offered two departure times at night (one on Sunday) for travelling back to Nashville.

Shuttle passes are available in limited quantities while supplies last. Book online at Packages may be purchased up until the day of.

Ticket Prices
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Shuttle Schedule
To Bonnaroo
Thursday: 1:30pm, 6pm
Friday: 11am, 3pm
Saturday: 11am, 3pm
Sunday: 12pm, 3pm
To Nashville:
Thursday: 12:30am, 3am
Friday: 12:30am, 3am
Saturday: 12:00am, 3am
Sunday: 12am

Find all information, including ticket prices, shuttle schedules and frequently asked questions at

For a complete lineup and schedule of Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, visit

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