Tuesday, August 27, 2013

THE MARKSMEN QUARTET 2013 DOVE AWARD

THE MARKSMEN QUARTET RECEIVE
2013 DOVE AWARD NOMINATION
 
 
Nashville, TN (August 27, 2013)  The Marksmen Quartet of Murrayville, Ga. received their third Dove Award nomination in the upcoming 44th Annual Awards.
 
“This Is My Crowd,”their latest Rural Rhythm Christian album, is one of five nominees in the Bluegrass Album of the Year category sharing the field with Steven Curtis Chapman, The Little Roy & Lizzy Show, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and Dailey & Vincent.
 
Father and son Earle and Mark Wheeler heard the news while preparing for a tour in the western U.S.  Earle’s distinctive vocal styling has set the group a part from other quartets since it’s founding in 1967.
 
Mark, who sings lead and baritone and plays guitar, produced the 14-song album and Steve Gulley mastered it.
 
“It encourages us to know others like this album,” he said. “We spent a lot of time trying to put out a good one. Knowing that people like what we do is great, but our number one goal is to spread the gospel...”.
 
Mark said that “This Is My Crowd” is a diverse collection of songs designed to reach as many people with the gospel message through a mix of Bluegrass gospel, country inspirational, old-time Southern gospel, a touch of convention singing and even some blues.
 
“ ‘This Is My Crowd’ contains some of the best songs we have ever recorded,” he said.
Other members of the group include second-generation member Darrin Chambers, who sings bass and plays Dobro; Davey Waller, who plays mandolin and sings tenor; and Mark Autry who plays bass and sings various parts.
  
The CD includes special guest musicians Les Butler, Bryan McDowelland Jon Edmisten.
 
Among the songs there are nine originals including those penned by Mark Wheeler and Davey Waller. The album includes:  “This Is My Crowd”, “Don’t Take Your Life (Take Mine)”, “Matthew 24”, “Rock of Ages”, “John Was a Baptist”, “I Was There When It Happened”, “Stack Them Stones”, “Last Saturday Night”, “The Original Superman”, “The Upper Room”, “Saints and Pilgrims Way”, “The Veil”, “The Mule Song” and “Reuben”.
 
The Dove Awards are Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena in Nashville. The show will be broadcast at 8 p.m. Oct. 21 on the Up! Television Network.
 
The Marksmen Quartet is an inductee of the Lone Star State Country Music Association Gospel Music Hall of Fame and the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame.

LADY ANTEBELLUM TOUR 2014


Lady Antebellum
LADY ANTEBELLUM EXTENDS HEADLINING TAKE ME DOWNTOWN TOUR INTO 2014 WITH ANNOUNCEMENT OF ADDITIONAL NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES

Friends Kip Moore and Kacey Musgraves 
Re-Enlist for the Tour’s Second Leg

Nashville, TN – August 27, 2013 – Seven-time GRAMMY award-winning trio Lady Antebellum has extended their headlining TAKE ME DOWNTOWN TOUR with new dates scheduled for 2014. Previously announced guests for the 2013 run, Kip Moore and Kacey Musgraves, will also continue with the group for the second leg of the tour that begins Jan. 9 in Charleston, WV and runs through April.

Lady A recently announced their 50-plus city North American TAKE ME DOWNTOWN TOUR, which will open Nov. 8 in Southaven, MS. First tour dates begin to go on sale Sept. 13. Fans can visit www.ladyantebellum.com for the most updated on-sale information for all tour dates and www.cidentertainment.com/ladyantebellum for VIP opportunities.
 

TAKE ME DOWNTOWN TOUR 2014 North American Dates:
1/9      Charleston, WV         Charleston Civic Center
1/10    Raleigh, NC               PNC Arena
1/11    Greenville, SC           Bi-Lo Center
1/14    Cincinnati, OH          U.S. Bank Arena
1/18    Wichita, KS                Intrust Bank Arena
1/19    Lubbock, TX              United Spirit Arena
1/30    Philadelphia, PA       Wells Fargo Center
2/7      Tampa, FL                  Tampa Bay Times Forum
2/8      Jacksonville, FL        Veterans Memorial Arena
2/14    Bossier City, LA        CenturyLInk Center
2/15    Birmingham, AL        BJCC Arena
2/16    Lafayette, LA             Cajundome
2/20    Washington, D.C.     Verizon Center
2/21    New York, NY           Madison Square Garden
2/22    Uncasville, CT          Mohegan Sun Arena
2/28    Toronto, ON              Air Canada Centre
3/1      London, ON               Budweiser Gardens
3/6      Saskatoon, SK          Credit Union Centre
3/7      Edmonton, AB           Rexall Place
3/8      Calgary, AB               Scotiabank Saddledome
3/10    Vancouver, BC         Pacific National Exhibition
3/12    Boise, ID                    Taco Bell Arena
3/14    Reno, NV                   Lawler Events Center
3/15    Ontario, CA                CBBankArena
3/16    Fresno, CA                 Save Mart Arena
3/18    Los Angeles, CA       Staples Center
3/21    Las Vegas, NV           Mandalay Bay Events Center
3/22    San Diego, CA           Valley View Casino Center
3/24    Phoenix, AZ                US Airways Center
3/25    Las Cruces, NM         Pan American Center
3/27    Oklahoma City, OK   Chesapeake Energy Arena
3/28    Tulsa, OK                    BOK Center
4/11    Atlanta, GA                 Philips Arena
4/12    New Orleans, LA       New Orleans Arena
4/26    Charlotte, NC             Time Warner Cable Arena
4/27    Knoxville, TN              Thompson-Boling Arena 

THE COLEMAN BROTHERS TO RELEASE NEW MUSIC VIDEO

THE COLEMAN BROTHERS TO RELEASE NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR
“BACK ON THE FARM” ON OCTOBER 21, 2013
 
Third single from Keepin’ It Reel album goes for radio adds following Labor Day
 
Nashville, Tenn. (August 27, 2013) … The Coleman Brothers are gearing up for the release of their new music video for “Back on the Farm,” making its official debut on October 21, 2013. The video was filmed in the Colemans’ home state of Texas, and is a reflection of family, friends and life on the road.
 
Directed by Michael Walters of HD Texas Video Productions, “Back on the Farm” will include several special people in the lives of brothers Greg and Denny Coleman, including their parents, as well as good friend and Texas legend Larry Butler. The single is the third release from The Coleman Brothers’ second studio album, Keepin’ It Reel.
 
“All the footage in this video was done here at home on our friends’ properties, and it’s just the real deal,” notes Greg Coleman. “There was no faking involved with the making of this video. We took it right back to our roots … keepin’ it real,” he adds with laughter.
 
Just two weeks after being leaked to country radio, “Back on the Farm” has already charted on Music Row, this week coming in at No. 68. The song will officially impact radio following Labor Day.

Previous singles from Keepin’ It Reel include “Ghost Town” and “Lonely in the Lonestar State,” which respectively hit No. 23 and No. 27 on the Music Row chart. The tunes were the highest charting independent songs on the elite chart during that time.
 
The Coleman Brothers is comprised of brothers Denny and Greg Coleman, as well as Don Hutchko. The band formed in 2009 and have released two studio albums. For more information on the Coleman Brothers, visit their official website at www.thecolemanbrothers.com.

Breelan Angel Pours Shot of 100

Breelan Angel Pours Shot of 100 Proof Country With "Halfway To Wasted"
New Single Available Today on iTunes from MisBHavin' Records, indieExtreme

Nashville, TN (August 27, 2013) - Breelan Angel and MisBhavin' Records are pleased to announce the release of the artist's sophomore single, "Halfway To Wasted."* A genuine "drink it all away" heartbreak song that is rooted in country's traditional style, the single was penned by Breelan and Clay Mills (writer of the #1 hits "Beautiful Mess" by Diamond Rio and Darius Rucker's "Don't Think I Don't Think About It") and produced by Emmy award winning Ray Barnette (Billy Dean). Available today on iTunes through indieExtreme and InGrooves Fontana, "Halfway To Wasted" is impacting radio now.

Radio programmers have spoken up early about Breelan's powerful second single:
"Love this song!  'Halfway To Wasted' will be the one that takes Breelan to a whole new level!" Kelly Green | 100.9 The Farm/WEIO | Huntingdon, TN

"Breelan's new single, 'Halfway To Wasted' is stronger than anything I have heard from her so far... and her previous work has been great!"
Richard Ferguson | KXOX | Sweetwater, TX        

"After a solid debut single, Breelan takes it up another notch with 'Halfway To Wasted.' Well sung and produced, I'm looking forward to giving it some spins."
Mike Thomas | KWRE/KFAV | Warrenton, MO

"'Halfway to Wasted' took us by surprise.  It's professional, it's polished and is the perfect mix of music and vocals. The melody flows so well and connects perfectly with the lyrics. We look forward to playing this one!"
Kim Imber | Badlands Radio | Friendswood, TX

A native Texan, Breelan is expanding her focus to pursue music full-time nationally and is moving forward as the success of her fiery debut single, "It's My Turn," introduced country listeners to her independent and free spirited "steel magnolia" persona. Keeping true to her country roots, this tune is a strong shot of truth for anyone who has ever tried to get over a relationship that has gone on way too long.

"More often than not, girls and guys go out drinking to forget about the loneliness of a bad heartache. The song came from such a night with my friends and it's all about letting go and drowning the hurt and pain just one time before really moving on," Breelan stated. "I am beyond excited for everyone to hear 'Halfway to Wasted' as it is one of my favorites out of the all the songs I have ever written." 

Ray Barnette, who is working with some of the most noted up and comers in Nashville's music scene right now, saw Breelan's star potential as a songwriter and artist as they recorded "Halfway To Wasted" and other songs from her forthcoming debut album, IT'S MY TURN.

"Without a doubt, Breelan Angel is a unique talent and a force to be reckoned with," he stated. "Keep an eye out for this one. I see great things ahead!"

Mark Maynard of Momentum Music Nashville is spearheading the radio campaign for "Halfway To Wasted" having successfully launched Breelan's career with the debut single "It's My Turn" (#65 on MusicRow Country Breakout Chart). Chris Taylor, Jack PrideJennifer Blair, Jerry Duncan and Roger Corkill are on board promoting the single to stations across the country.

Breelan showed off a God-given natural talent at the early age of three when she began ballet, tap and jazz. As she grew older, she took piano lessons and performed in choirs and theater productions crafting and developing her vocal talent, demeanor, and stage presence along the way. Working with renowned vocal coach Tom McKinney, Breelan began the process of recording an EP and making trips to Nashville to hone her songwriting skills.

Breelan is playing regularly and her tour schedule has included shows at such venues in Texas as Houston's House of Blues, Firehouse Saloon and Mucky Duck, Stafford Centre (Stafford), Rowdy Buck's (Crosby), Freiheit Country Store (New Braunfels), The Chute (Baytown), and out of state venues Wormy Dog in Oklahoma City and The National Underground in Nashville. 

Having played events such as Crosby Fair & Rodeo (twice), Lone Star Rally, Galveston County Fair, Whiskey & Wine and "Girls With Guitars" for KILT, and Farmer's Branch Liberty Fest, Breelan is quickly becoming a regular on the tour circuit. As a performer she has had the privilege of supporting Loretta Lynn, Joe Nichols, Don Williams, Travis Tritt, Doug Stone, Kevin Fowler, Randy Rogers, Aaron Watson, Johnny Cooper, Casey Donahew and Cody Johnson. Upcoming shows with newcomer Curtis Grimes (who was coached by Cee Lo Green on season one of "The Voice") and, fellow Texan, Chris Cagle are on the calendar.

For more information on Breelan Angel visit: www.breelanangel.com.
Show Dates
  • Nov 8 -- Firehouse Saloon w/ Curtis Grimes, Houston, TX 
  • Nov 9 -- Lee College Performing Arts Center w/ Chris Cagle,               Baytown, TX




For more information on Breelan Angel visit: www.breelanangel.com.

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Kenny Chesney 109,207 Fans Rocked in Boston for 1.25 Million Fans Played To

Kenny Chesney Closes Out No Shoes Nation 2013--

109,207 Fans Rocked in Boston for 1.25 Million Fans Played To
With an a cappella “Whatever makes you feel like a rock star” and one crashing downbeat, Kenny Chesney’s second night at Gillette Stadium and final No Shoes Nation show took off like a bobsled, slamming through four songs including the gold certified “Pirate Flag” before he took a breath. Both nights, the crowd of 109,207 was on its feet, singing along with the 8-time Entertainer of the Year’s two hour-plus set.
“There’s energy, and then there’s energy,” an exhausted Chesney said, coming offstage the second night. “The fans in Boston have always been very, very special to us. These were our 10th and 11th shows at Gillette; every year, it just gets more intense.”
To celebrate the milestone, the Kraft family had a Super Bowl-style banner hung permanently near an end zone to commemorate the naming of the No Shoes Nation in 2012. The blue and white vertical flag rippled in the wind as Chesney and his band blazed through a 27 song set that included guest appearances from tourmates Kasey Musgraves on “Come Over,” the Eli Young Band on “Take It Easy” and Eric Church for the current single “When I See The Bar,” which the Luttrell, Tennessean told the crowd, “There’s a radio version but we’re going to do the album version” and dedicated the final verse to his many friends who shared his coming of age in the Virgin Islands.
“It’s an incredible life,” Chesney says. “Looking over and seeing all those faces, it was like ‘When I See This Bar’ was happening right there on stage right... and having Eric sing it with me, a guy who knows what it means to punch it out in a little dive bar with nobody there, well, that’s everything that song is! And everybody’s been there.”
Being the end of tour, there were several “guests” of unlikely origin. NoShoesRadio.com’s Mark Tamburino free-rapped “Blister in the Sun,” while production steward Robin Majors blew some tasty harp on the set closing “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy.” Beyond a spot-on cover of “The Fireman,” Chesney evoked early U2 overtones on the outro of “Come Over” and the Dave Matthews Band on his reggae-tinged “Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven.”
But it was the hushed “Happy On the Hey Now,” considered to be the emotional center of Life On A Rock, Chesney’s 7th #1 Billboard Top 200 Albums debut, that brought almost 55,000 fans to a hush. Never played in concert, it was a starkly acoustic debut for the song written about living in the moment, the sudden loss of a dear friend and the preciousness of what is shared with friends.
“I was a little nervous about doing a song so quiet and so personal in a venue that big,” Chesney said. “But so many of the people who were part of that song were there... I knew those fans were just as much a part of my life, and I wasn’t going to see them again until 2015... and I wanted something to bind us all together. It was a risk, and when I saw all the lighters and cell phones with flames aloft, I knew it was the right decision.”

SUNDY DOOR WITHOUT A SCREEN

KENTUCKY’S HOTTEST DUO SUNDY BEST RELEASES
DOOR WITHOUT A SCREEN DELUXE EDITION TUESDAY, AUGUST 27th TO RAVE REVIEWS, SOLD OUT SHOWS AND #1 VIDEOS ON CMT PURE
Release party at Lexington’s REDMON’S Tuesday followed by headlining show in NASHVILLE after the University of Kentucky and Western Kentucky University matchup at LP FIELD this SATURDAY #kinfolkmovement
Release features 7 new tracks
NASHVILLE, Tenn.  (August 26, 2013) -- Kentucky’s hottest duo eOne Entertainment’s SUNDY BEST releases Door Without A Screen Deluxe Edition, featuring 18 tracks, with 7 previously unreleased live songs and demo sessions.  The duo of Nick Jamerson and Kris Bentley are receiving an overwhelming response for the videos “Home” and “Lily” landing the top spot on several charts across the CMT (Country Music Television) platforms, as well as numerous other outlets.  The release is available at various retail and online stores.
This week has the duo in numerous TV studios, radio stations and phone lines promoting the release.  In addition to the bevy of media attention, Sundy Best will perform two sold out shows in Lexington, Kentucky prior to heading to Nashville on Saturday, August 31 to perform at The Wildhorse Saloon in association with the University of Kentucky vs. Western Kentucky University football game at LP Field. 
“What better way to kick off our release week.  We are Kentuckians through and through and are thrilled to be playing in Nashville after the big game,” says Kris Bentley of Sundy Best.
In just a few short years, the friends Nick Jamerson and Kris Bentley, from Prestonsburg, Kentucky have developed a sound that is unique and engaging.  As songwriters, they write what they know: home, love, living, girls and much more.  With their songs connecting to a wide range of fans,  the guys are now the patriarchs of a movement that is sweeping the socials and their live shows called #kinfolkmovement.
 “We look at those that like our music as having joined our family; therefore, the kin folk movement began.  We are very engaged with them and they with us as we set out on the journey to grow our extended family beyond something we could have not imagined a few months ago,” says Sundy Best.
With the popularity of the duo’s debut release Door Without A Screen eOne Entertainment wanted to add more fuel for the fans with the deluxe edition including 7 new tracks featuring never before heard demo recordings, as well as several live ones.  The label will also be offering a limited pressing of vinyl for the deluxe.
Currently, when not on tour, the duo is in the studio with famed-producer R.S. Fields working on their first all original project for eOne Entertainment.  The album is all written by Jamerson and Bentley.
Door Without A Screen Deluxe Edition Track listing:
  1. Kentucky Women
  2. Lily
  3. Home
  4. Rain
  5. Prestonsburg
  6. Drunk Right
  7. Mountain Parkway
  8. If I See Her
  9. My Friends and Me
  10. Runnin’
  11. Rowdy Gang  (all 11 on Vinyl LP)
  12. Uneven Trade
  13. Drunk Right - Live
  14. Ol' Kentucky Home/These Days - Live
  15. Distance
  16. Holy Ground
  17. Summit City Slowdown
  18. Car Song
Sundy Best video for “Home” has spent 10 weeks in the Top 10 on the CMT Pure 12 Pack, including multiple weeks at #1; with the "Lily" video holding strong in the top as well. The duo’s proven active fan base is only growing and finding more of their #kinfolkmovement coming to the party. 

RANDY TRAVIS TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM

RANDY TRAVIS TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM
INFLUENCE VOL. 1: THE MAN I AM

 
Nashville, Tenn. (August 26, 2013) - Multi-Platinum and seven-time GRAMMY winning icon Randy Travis is set to release his 21st studio album October 1st on Warner Bros. Records titled Influence Vol. 1: The Man I Am. Travis and his music has been a major influence to other country artists throughout his celebrated career thus far. In his new album, Influence Vol. 1: The Man I Am, Travis looks back at some of the songs and artists that were instrumental in crafting his musical career, including Merle Haggard, George Jones, Lefty Frizzell, among others. After releasing his 25th Anniversary Celebration album and going back through his repertoire of collaborations with artists including Zac Brown Band, Kenny Chesney, Don Henley, Alan Jackson, Jamey Johnson, Josh Turner, George Jones, Kris Kristofferson, Tim McGraw, Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, Travis reflected on the icons and their music that have inspired him over the years.

“When I think of my musical heroes of yesteryear, or the younger stars of this year, I am reminded that it is true we learn from the ones ahead of us, and teach the ones that follow.  They are the reason I chose to make this album,” says Randy Travis.

Earlier this year, Travis released a duet with Joe Nichols paying tribute to his longtime friend, George Jones, titled “Tonight I’m Playin’ Possum,” which he debuted at the 2013 CMA Music Festival in June.

Songs on Influence Vol. 1: The Man I Am include:
1. Someday We’ll Look Back
Influence: Merle Haggard
Songwriter: Merle Haggard
Original Performer: Merle Haggard
Originally Released: 1971
 
2. Big Butter And Egg Man
Influence: Merle Haggard (1985)
Songwriter: Percy Venable
Original Performer: Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five
Originally Released: 1926
 
3. What Have You Got Planned Tonight Diana
Influence: Merle Haggard
Songwriter: Dave Kirby
Original Performer: Merle Haggard
Originally Released: 1976

4. Ever Changing Woman
Influence: Merle Haggard
Songwriters: David Kirby, Curly Putman
Original Performer: Merle Haggard
Originally Released: 1980

5. Pennies From Heaven
Influence: Merle Haggard (1986)
Songwriters: Arthur Johnston (music) Johnny Burke (lyrics)
Original Performer: Bing Crosby
Originally Released: 1936

6. Thanks A Lot
Influence: Ernest Tubb
Songwriters: Eddie Miller and Don Sessions
Original Performer: Ernest Tubb
Originally Released: 1964

7. Trouble In Mind
Influence: Merle Haggard (1996)
Songwriter: Richard M. Jones
Original Performer: Thelma La Vizzo
Originally Released: 1924
 
8. My Mary
Influence: Merle Haggard
Songwriters: Stuart Hamblen, Jimmie Davis
Original Performers: Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson
Originally Released: 1983

9. Saginaw, Michigan
Influence: Lefty Frizzell
Songwriters: Don Wayne
Original Performer: Lefty Frizzell
Year Released: 1964
 
10. Always On A Mountain (When I Fall)
Influence: Merle Haggard
Songwriter(s): D. Kerran & Chuck Howard
Original Performer: Merle Haggard
Year Released: 1978

11. (Because) You Asked Me To
Influence: Waylon Jennings
Songwriter(s): Billy Joe Shaver & Waylon Jennings
Original Performer: Waylon Jennings
Year Released: 1973

12. Why Baby Why
Influence: George Jones
Songwriters: Darrell Edwards & George Jones
Original Performer: George Jones
Year Released: 1955

13. Tonight I’m Playing Possum (Duet With Joe Nichols)
Songwriters: Keith Gattis
Original Performer: Randy Travis
Year Released: 2013

Warner Bros. Records has been home to Randy Travis for the majority of his recording career; and together they have accumulated lifetime sales of his music in excess of 20 million units to date. Travis is one of the biggest record sellers in music industry history, with 18 No. 1 singles, 29 Top 10 chartings, certification of the rare quintuple platinum album (Always and Forever, released in 1987), one triple platinum album (Storms of Life, released in 1986), two double platinum’s (Old 8x10, released in 1988, and No Holding Back, released in 1989), eight platinum albums, and 10 gold albums. In 2011, Travis released 25th Anniversary Celebration, marking his phenomenal silver milestone in the music industry, and included a star-studded cast of collaborators. Major industry career awards include seven GRAMMY Awards, five Country Music Association Awards (CMA), 10 Academy of Country Music Awards (ACM), 10 American Music Awards (AMA), two People’s Choice Awards, and eight Dove Awards from the Gospel Music Association. He is a three-time recipient of CMA Award’s “Song of the Year’’ honors (“On The Other Hand,” “Forever and Ever Amen,” and “Three Wooden Crosses”). Randy Travis has appearances in more than 40 feature film productions and major television projects to his credit. In 2004, he was honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In the midst of every major career award and accolade, he considers his honored induction as a member of the famed Grand Ole Opry, in Nashville, in 1986, as a shining highlight of his legendary accomplishments. Travis’ latest digital single release “Tonight I’m Playin’ Possum” was recorded as a tribute to the late George Jones, and included two versions; a Travis only version and a duet collaboration with Travis and Joe Nichols.

COUNTRY’S NIGHT TO ROCK


“CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL: COUNTRY’S NIGHT TO ROCK” BREAKS NEW GROUND IN SOCIAL MEDIA INTERACTION


NASHVILLE – Thousands of fans made “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock,” one of the week’s highest rated programs with their avid social media use.
The special, which aired Monday, Aug. 12 on ABC, garnered 8.3 million viewers. It was the fifth most-watched program during the week in viewers, and was 12th most-watched in the Adults 18–49 demographic.
Social media was a driving force during the three-hour concert special, with fans using platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and SMS messaging to interact in advance of and during the broadcast. Social initiatives included a tweet-along, text-to-win promotions, and the first-ever broadcast network, primetime Instagram integration.
“Social media is an integral part of the viewing experience now,” said Robert Deaton, the special’s Executive Producer. “We are always looking for new, innovative ways for our audience to interact with the show. This Instagram integration, being the first of its kind, added a new level of fan involvement, which is very fitting as the spirit of the Festival is about fans getting closer to their favorite artists.”        
Fans submitted more than 67,000 #CMAfest Instagram photos, either from their experiences at the event in June or while watching the special at home with family and friends. CMA partnered with Mass Relevance and ABC network engineers to select photos, which were aired live on-air, in real time, breaking new ground in social interaction.
Twitter participation grew 67 percent over 2012, with CMA’s Twitter nation topping 273,155, growing CMA’s digital audience to nearly 2 million followers.
Artists who appeared in the special also got in on the action, Tweeting and sharing photos along with fans.
Reigning CMA Vocal Group of the year and hosts of “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” Little Big Town shared a photo on Instagram of their at-home viewing party with Deaton and their manager Jason Owen. The group also answered fan questions throughout the special through their official Twitter feed.
Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum tweeted, “So crazy to be watching myself 8 months pregnant on #cmafest...and be watching my peaceful sleeping daughter at the same time! #blessed,” while Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line took a moment to complement fellow Festival performer Dierks Bentley, tweeting “@DierksBentley rockin’ that steel panther t[ee] on the CMA special. Ha. Love it!”
The 2014 CMA Music Festival will take place June 5-8 in Nashville and will again be filmed for a concert special on ABC. Tickets are available now at Ticketmaster.com. For more information, please visit CMAfest.com.

Newton & Thomas to Perform at the 1st Annual 18 Fore Military Families Golf Tournament

 
Newton & Thomas to Perform at the
1st Annual 18 Fore Military Families Golf Tournament
September 9, 2013
 
Group Returns to Kimbros in Franklin, TN This Thursday
 
 
 
Nashville, TN (August 26, 2013) – Mark Newton & Steve Thomas will perform at the 1st Annual  18 Fore Military Families at the Governors Club located at 9681 Concord Rd., Brentwood, TN on Monday, September 9, 2013 at 9:45 a.m. The inaugural event will not only include the 18-hole golf tournament, but also lunch, cocktails, silent auction, live auction, ceremony, buffet dinner and awards. This Wounded Warriors Fundraiser is organized by Nashville based Lend Lease Company in conjunction with Birdies for the Brave® a military outreach initiative proudly supported by the PGA Tour. For more information on the event, please contact Julie Gafney at 615-324-7579 or via email at julie.gafney@lendlease.com.
 
The 1st Annual 18 Fore Military Families Golf Tournament is expecting over 100 golfers from the Nashville business community, several of Lend Lease’s military housing and lodging business partners, and a number of honorary Wound Warriors and active-duty soldiers from Fort Campbell and the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) to come out and support this most worthwhile cause. All funds raised will be used to directly support programs that benefit Service Members and their families including: Birdies for the Brave Patriots’ Outpost, Operation Shower, Not Alone, BlueStar Scholarships, Military Home Front, and Wounded Warrior Project. Millions of dollars have been raised across these groups and organizations in support of military families across the country. 
 
Newton & Thomas will return for another performance at Kimbro’s Café in Franklin, TN this Thursday, August 29, 2013 where they will perform songs from their album REBORN recently released on Pinecastle Records. The exciting new project includes the chart single, “Old McDonald Sold The Farm” that was also released as a music video. Fans can view the video on youtube, yallwire.com, the band’s website and many other locations. For a complete tour schedule and more information on REBORN, please visit newtonandthomas.com.   
 

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