Friday, June 21, 2013

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE #1 ON BILLBOARD

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE’S GOLD-CERTIFIED DEBUT HERE’S TO THE GOOD TIMES CATAPULTS TO #1 ON BILLBOARD'S TOP COUNTRY ALBUMS CHART 
 
Breakout Duo’s Multi-Week #1 Debut “Cruise” Certified 4X Platinum
 
New Single “Round Here” Is Top 30-and-Rising At Country Radio

Florida Georgia Line







Photo Credit: Adam Taylor for Republic Nashville
 
Nashville, TN (June 21, 2013) – Florida Georgia Line is on fire this week with their debut album HERE’S TO THE GOOD TIMES topping Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart for the first time and moving up to the #5 spot on the Top 200 Chart. The feat catapults the breakout duo into an elite bracket as one of just three artists (Jason Aldean's "My Kinda Party" in 2011 and Taylor Swift's self-titled in 2007) in the past six years, to reach the top after their initial chart debut. Named as “Country’s party album of the year” by USA Today, the Republic Nashville project increased an impressive 20% in sales this week and has already garnered GOLD certifications in both the U.S. and Canada.
 
The hot duo - comprised of Tyler Hubbard (Monroe, Georgia) and Brian Kelley (Ormond Beach, Florida) - learned of the great news following their live performance with Nelly of the smash “Cruise” remix on NBC’s The Voice season finale Tuesday night (6/18). Watch the electrifying performance here: http://www.nbc.com/the-voice/video/florida-georgia-line-and-nelly-cruise/n38159/.
 
FGL has skyrocketed since releasing back-to-back, multi-week #1 smashes in the US and Canada with the PLATINUM “Get Your Shine On” and 4X PLATINUM-certified “Cruise,” which combined with the Top 10-and-climbing (Top 40 Charts) remix, has sold over four million downloads. Their follow-up single “Round Here” is already Top 30-and-rising at Country radio.
 
Garnering buzz among fans, media and several Superstars across genres – including Taylor Swift, Keith Urban and Ed Sheeran – the hot newcomers most recently scored two CMT Music Awards for Duo Video of the Year and Breakthrough Video of the Year as well as a Teen Choice Awards nomination for Choice Country Group. Fans ages 13-19 can vote once a day via teenchoiceawards.com, with results airing August 11 at 8P ET on FOX. VEVO has also selected FGL for the coveted LIFT program, offering exclusive content across the world’s leading all-premium music video and entertainment platform.
 
The ACM New Artist of the Year and New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year winners are currently touring with Taylor Swift’s THE RED TOUR and Luke Bryan’s DIRT ROAD DIARIES TOUR.
 
For tour dates and more, visit FloridaGeorgiaLine.com.  

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RICKY SKAGGS SETS RELEASE DATE FOR "KENTUCKY TRAVELER"

RICKY SKAGGS SETS RELEASE DATE FOR 
"KENTUCKY TRAVELER"   

Skaggs' First-ever Autobiography Set for August 13, 2013
National Retail Release Through 'It Books'

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 20, 2013) - Bluegrass and Country Music icon RICKY SKAGGS has just about done it all over the course of his 50+ years in music.  With hundreds of career accolades and countless life experiences under his belt, Skaggs certainly has a story to tell.  

Now, for the first time, Skaggs is ready to tell the story of his life with the release of his personal autobiography,
"KENTUCKY TRAVELER"
(It Books).  Skaggs will release
this unprecedented piece of Bluegrass
and Country Music literature on
August 13, 2013.

"Kentucky Traveler" is an honest, deeply American story of the power of faith, family, and music from one of America's most beloved Bluegrass and Country artists.

Unlike other farm boys growing up in the small town of Cordell, Kentucky, Skaggs learned to play the mandolin at five years old.  Sure, plenty of other mountain boys plucked guitars or fiddles, or learned the old songs their grandparents taught them.  But few tried and fewer still mastered the mandolin.  By the time he was six years old, Skaggs' talent was clear enough that his daddy knew he had to get that boy onstage.  When Bluegrass master and mandolin virtuoso Bill Monroe rolled into a nearby small town, Ricky was there.  As the crowd cheered, "Let little Ricky sing one!" so began a storied life in music.

With Monroe as a mentor and with a family who supported him at every turn, Skaggs joined the Clinch Mountain Boys band and became a professional musician at age fifteen.  By twenty-one he was already considered a star in the Bluegrass world.  Skaggs would eventually move away from his roots into the world of mainstream country music—and in doing so, became a country legend and a household name.

Despite the hit singles, gold records, and successful tours, Skaggs knew there was more to his mission.  With a failed marriage and a sometimes strained relationship with his children, Skaggs had to make a choice.  He would follow God's plan, and rededicate his life to Christ, to his family, and to the music that made him.  He would carry the torch lit by his musical heroes Ralph Stanley, Earl Scruggs, and Bill Monroe and, most important, live the life and play the music that would make his mom and dad proud.  Telling the intimate stories of a successful career built on passion, drive, and faith, sharing tales of his influences, and fondly recalling the instruments that have shaped his sound over the years and the friendships that have shaped his life, Skaggs paints a unique insider look at the evolution of bluegrass.

In "Kentucky Traveler," the music legend who revived modern Bluegrass music, Ricky Skaggs, gives a warm, honest, one-of-a-kind memoir of decades in music—along with the Ten Commandments of Bluegrass, as handed down by Skaggs' mentor Bill Monroe; the Essential Guide to Bedrock Country Songs, a lovingly compiled walk through the songs that have moved Skaggs the most throughout his life; Songs the Lord Taught Us, a primer on Skaggs’ most essential Gospel songs; and a bevy of personal snapshots of his musical heroes.  For readers of Johnny Cash’s autobiography, lovers of "O Brother Where Art Thou," and fans of Country music and Bluegrass, "Kentucky Traveler" is a priceless look at America’s most cherished and vibrant musical tradition through the eyes of someone who has lived it.

"Kentucky Traveler" is available for pre-order now at kentuckytravelerbook.com and will be available in retail stores nationwide upon its August 13 release.

About Ricky Skaggs
With 12 #1 hit singles, 14 GRAMMY® Awards, eleven IBMA Awards, eight ACM Awards and eight CMA Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), Ricky Skaggs is truly a pioneer of Bluegrass and Country music. Since he began playing music more than 50 years ago, Skaggs has released more than 30 albums and has performed thousands of live shows. Skaggs and his band, Kentucky Thunder, continue to keep the tour trail red hot, performing more than 80 live dates each year.  Skaggs started his own record label, Skaggs Family Records, in 1997 and has since released 12 consecutive GRAMMY®-nominated albums.  

In 2013, Skaggs has again teamed with music legend BRUCE HORNSBY, this time for a live album titled, CLUCK OL' HEN.  The album is currently scheduled for release on August 20.

For more information on Ricky Skaggs, visit www.skaggsfamilyrecords.com.

Sammy Hagar, Mel Tillis and John Anderson join Toby Keith, Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, Trisha Yearwood and Ronnie Dunn for July 6

TOBY KEITH'S OKLAHOMA TWISTER RELIEF CONCERT
 EXPANDS LINEUP, ADDS SPONSORS
Sammy Hagar, Mel Tillis and John Anderson join Toby Keith, Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson,
 Trisha Yearwood and Ronnie Dunn for July 6 event.

Ford Trucks, Verizon, Wal-Mart, and ACM Lifting Lives on board for sponsorships.

Tickets go on sale at 10am CST, Friday, June 21 via Ticketmaster.

(NORMAN, Okla.) Toby Keith's Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert is pleased to announce that Sammy Hagar, Mel Tillis and John Anderson will join the already star-studded lineup of Keith, Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, Trisha Yearwood and Ronnie Dunn. In addition, Ford Trucks, Verizon, Wal-Mart, and Academy of Country Music Lifting Livesare aboard as sponsors. Sponsorship donations and underwriting of the concert will allow 100 percent of ticket proceeds to benefit the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund to aid recovery efforts.

The twister relief show happens Saturday, July 6 at the University of Oklahoma's Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla. Doors open at 1:30pm, show time is 3pm. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 21 at 10am via Ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000, or visiting Homeland store locations. All seats are $25 (all taxes and fees included), all seats reserved - eight-ticket purchase limit.

Net proceeds (minus only credit card merchant fees and OK sales tax) will benefit The United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund. Donations are also being accepted online via the United Way home page at www.unitedwayokc.org. To give by credit card, call 405-523-3598, 405-523-3597, or the United Way of Central Oklahoma's main number: 405-236-8441. Checks may be mailed to the United Way of Central Oklahoma, P.O. Box 837, Oklahoma City, OK 73101 with notation for May Tornadoes Relief. Verizon will also provide a text-to-donate option for those who would like to further support the relief efforts.

"When Toby asked me to come on board, I immediately said 'Yes!'" said Sammy Hagar "He's put together a hell of a concert lineup to help raise funds for the brave and resilient people of Oklahoma. My job is going to be to help them take their minds off their problems and have some much needed, good old-fashioned fun."

For Keith, this event and the May storms that led to it are deeply personal. "I grew up in Moore, I live in Norman and I've got lots of family and friends who were directly affected. I know these folks and they're resilient, but we're going to keep helping them any way we can. I'm proud to get together with some others from around here who are just as committed as I am to supporting these communities."

"Once we got the news that the tornado had hit Toby's hometown, Miss Yearwood and I told Toby we were at his service for whatever he chose to do," Brooks says. "I am amazed at the human spirit the tornado victims have shown. I am humbled by the giving of the volunteers. It is an honor to get to be a part of this healing process."

Updates on the event and lineup will be posted at www.tobykeith.com.

Dolly Parton featured in Ringgold's Wedding Walk

Dolly Parton featured in Ringgold's Wedding Walk 

Superstar Dolly Parton is featured in a second of a series of Ringgold, Georgia popular history markers.

The Ringgold Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (CVB) recently unveiled the second in a series of historical narrative tablets.

The tablets highlight the unique wedding history of Ringgold and the first included connections with Country Music Hall of Famer Gov. Jimmie Davis, Gospel Music Hall of Famer Anna Carter Gordon Davis and Jefferson Airplane musician Bob Harvey.
Entertainer and author Randall Franks, “Officer Randy Goode” from TV’s “In the Heat of the Night" assisted the city in compiling the historical information for the series of tablets.
“I continue to be amazed at how many folks want to know about the celebrities that came to Ringgold to get married,” he said. “Dolly shared her wedding story with me some years ago, and I am pleased it is placed where all can read it right where it happened.”
The second marker sits in front of the First Baptist Church of Ringgold on Nashville Street in Ringgold, Ga. The marker even shows folks where to stand and take a picture where Dolly and her husband Carl Dean did on their wedding day in 1966.

“We were also blessed to locate some vintage historical images relating to the location thanks to the Rev. Dan Whitaker,” Franks said. “Legendary Grand Ole Opry photographer Les Leverett helped us with a vintage celebrity image that also adds tremendously to the display.”

Franks, who volunteers as CVB vice chair, credited local historians William H.H. “Bill” Clark, Dan Whitaker and the late Susie Blaylock McDaniel for their work in recording some of the history featured and journalist Rachel Brown for editing. 

“Finding unique ways to make visits to our town more interesting to residents and visitors alike is the purpose of projects like this one,” said Ronal Graham, Ringgold CVB chairman. "'The Wedding Walk' will soon feature it’s third narrative tablet at the Catoosa County Courthouse that illustrate the marriage stories of celebrities who came to there to tie the knot as well as the history of that landmarks where the marriages occurred," he said.
Graham said it is the tourists that help fund these projects.

"Funding for the narrative tablets are provided by hotel/motel tax funds paid for by visitors as they stay in the community and those funds must be used to enhance the experience of tourists in the community," he said.
For more information about Ringgold, visit www.cityofringgold.com.

 (Photo by Joseph Brellenthin)

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