Tuesday, September 10, 2013

LORRIE MORGAN TO PERFORM AT HOUSTON’S BEST

COUNTRY MUSIC STAR LORRIE MORGAN TO PERFORM AT HOUSTON’S BEST CELLARS CELEBRITY DINNER
Lorrie Morgan Raises A Glass To Benefit The T.J. Martell Foundation
At the 5th Annual T.J. Martell Foundation Best Cellars Celebrity Dinner-Houston
Funding The Physician-Scientist Program
Presented By The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
 
Nashville, Tenn. (September 10, 2013)—Multi-platinum recording artist Lorrie Morgan has accepted the honor and invitation to perform at one of “Space City’s” most anticipated and prestigious charity events—the 5th Annual T.J. Martell Foundation Best Cellars Celebrity Dinner-Houston fundraiser (to support the T.J. Martell Foundation’s initiative to fund the Physician-Scientist Program at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center) scheduled to be held Friday, September 20, 2013 at River Oaks Country Club, Houston, TX.
 
Lorrie will showcase her musical heritage and talent as one of country music’s leading ladies in an up-close and personal intimate acoustic performance. The gala will boast a gourmet four-course meal [prepared by guest chefs Robert Del Grande (chef/owner of RDG And Bar Annie, located in Houston) and Mark Cox, chef/owner of Mark’s American Cuisine] paired with some of the world’s premier vintage wines.
 
Morgan, who is recognized as royalty in her own right, will mix and mingle among the distinguished guests (with more than 200 anticipated) including many of the wine hosts contributing specialty cabernets, sauvignon blancs, pinot noirs, merlots and chardonnays from some of the finest wineries across the globe. A wine connoisseur and philanthropist, Morgan introduced her own exclusive line (in partnership with Belle Meade Plantation and the American Heart Association)—a limited edition American Sangiovese appropriately named after her hit song “Something in Red.”
 
The decorated entertainer (in the company with previous celebrities who have lent their time and talents to appear at this event, including: Charley Pride, Lee Ann Womack, Gary Morris, Christian Kane, Storme Warren, Ryan Kinder, Katie Armiger and Mary Fletcher) makes the stop in Houston as a short detour from her aggressive show schedule (both independent and the tandem Grits And Glamour Tour alongside country music great Pam Tillis).
 
“This is such an honor for me. The T.J. Martell Foundation, and its continued and unwavering effort to offer help—through its research and hosting events such as this—to those stricken with horrific and unthinkable diseases, is a charge very close to my heart,” says Morgan who is a mother and grandmother. “I am looking forward to being in good company with people of same heart and sharing fine wines!”
 
The 5th Annual T.J. Martell Foundation Best Cellars Celebrity Dinner salutes some of the top wine collectors who come together on one special evening to highlight and share wine from their personal cellars. Beginning the festivities, a Champagne Reception (sponsored by H-E-B) will be held at 6:30PM followed by the dinner, live auction and celebrity entertainment at 7:30PM. The premier food and wine event will provide guests the opportunity to enjoy a fine selection of wines in conjunction with demonstrating their support of the T.J. Martell Foundation’s mission to bring together the music, medical and business communities to help raise vital funds for the Physician-Scientist Program at MD Anderson.
 
The T.J. Martell Foundation (founded in 1975 by the music industry) is a national nonprofit organization that funds cutting-edge research for leukemia, cancer and AIDS at twelve top research hospitals nationwide. T.J. Martell, and its friends in music, has raised more than $650,000 for the mission of funding the Physician-Scientist Program at MD Anderson. 
 
The Physician-Scientist Program at MD Anderson launches the careers of the best and brightest young faculty members with independent federal grant support. Graduates of the program are established, independent researchers, who are well prepared to become the leaders of translational cancer research nationally and internationally.
 
To learn more about the T.J. Martell Foundation and the Houston’s Best Cellars Celebrity Dinner ticket information, visit www.tjmartell.org. Reservations are still available. [Tickets are $750 and may be purchased by calling Ellie Francisco at (713) 825-5708.]
 
About Lorrie Morgan:
Lorrie Morgan’s heritage, whirlwind life experiences and career have earned her invaluable life treasures and timeless stature among her friends in music and entertainment, and country music enthusiasts around the globe. The international award-winning entertainer (on stage and in theaters) has sold more than eleven million records including 14 top-ten hits and 12 recorded albums. Morgan currently celebrates the critically acclaimed debut album DOS DIVAS (from Red River Records)—a collaboration with fellow Grand Ole Opry member and touring partner Pam Tillis as the vibrant duo Grits And Glamour (released July 23, 2013). A year-round road warrior, Morgan is preparing to clear her slate in preparation for her much anticipated holiday show—Lorrie Morgan’s Enchanted Christmas—her second consecutive must-see production at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tennessee. For more information on Lorrie Morgan, visit www.Lorrie.com. For more details on Grits And Glamour, visit www.GritsAndGlamour.com.

KIP MOORE FIRST CMA NOMINATION



KIP MOORE REACTS TO FIRST CMA NOMINATION ON THE HEELS OF HIS THIRD CONSECUTIVE NO. ONE HIT!

Nashville, TN- Sept. 10, 2013- PLATINUM selling singer/songwriter Kip Moore is nominated for his first CMA Award in the "New Artist Of The Year" category just weeks after celebrating his third consecutive No. one hit from his debut album, UP ALL NIGHT.  

"It's been a long road.  I think back on the thousands of hours of songwriting and hundreds of thousands of miles we've logged on the road…I wouldn't trade any of that for the quick and easy route.   I've learned so much, and I'm truly honored to be up for the CMA's 'New Artist Of The Year' Award," said Moore.  "I have to admit…this is also a little extra inspiration for us as we finish up the next album!"

Last year, Moore shot out of the gate with the best selling debut country album of 2012, which spawned the PLATINUM, two week chart-topping hit "Somethin' 'Bout A Truck," followed by two more No. one singles, "Beer Money" and "Hey Pretty Girl."  Chicago Sun-Times calls him, “A kind of magical cross between the songwriting talents of a Jackson Browne, the grit of a Bruce Springsteen and the twang of a Willie Nelson or Merle Haggard, Moore has taken the top spot when it comes to the title of one of country music’s most promising new stars.”

Moore has relentlessly toured the country coast to coast this year with Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert and Toby Keith amid selling out his own headlining shows, often in just minutes.  In November, Moore will join Lady Antebellum for their TAKE ME DOWNTOWN TOUR.  For a full list of tour dates and more information, visit www.kipmoore.net.

TICKETS FOR “THE 47TH ANNUAL CMA AWARDS” AND “CMA COUNTRY CHRISTMAS” GO ON SALE


TICKETS FOR “THE 47TH ANNUAL CMA AWARDS” AND “CMA COUNTRY CHRISTMAS” GO ON SALE TO THE PUBLIC SEPT. 14

NASHVILLE - Tickets for “The 47th Annual CMA Awards” and “CMA Country Christmas” will go on sale to the public Saturday, Sept. 14 (10:00 AM/CT). Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com; by calling (800) 745-3000; or in person at the Bridgestone Arena Box Office, located at 501 Broadway (corner of Fifth Avenue and Broadway, Nashville).
Exclusive pre-sale access for both events is available to subscribers of CMA's free email newsletter CMA EXCLUSIVE, plus fans who like CMA on Facebook (Facebook.com/CMA), and follow CMA's @CountryMusic official account on Twitter (Twitter.com/CountryMusic). Fans can connect with CMA by visiting CMAawards.com.
Tickets for the CMA Awards start at $110 for Upper Level seating and tickets for “CMA Country Christmas” are $50 for Lower and Club Level reserved seating. Ticket prices include tax, but exclude applicable service fees.
“The 47th Annual CMA Awards” will be hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood for the sixth consecutive year and broadcast live on Wednesday, Nov. 6 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET; 7:00-10:00 PM/CT) on the ABC Television Network. “CMA Country Christmas” will tape Friday, Nov. 8 (7:00 PM/CT), for an ABC Television Network special, which will air during the holiday season.
The CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined by more than 7,000 industry professional members of CMA, which was formed in 1958 as the first trade organization to promote an individual genre of music. The first “CMA Awards Banquet and Show” was held in 1967. The following year, the CMA Awards was broadcast for the first time – making it the longest-running annual music awards program on network television. In 2006, the Awards aired on ABC for the first time. ABC will be the network home of the CMA Awards, “CMA Country Christmas,” and “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” through 2021.
 “CMA Country Christmas,” which debuted in 2010, is a celebration of the season featuring Country’s top stars performing their favorite holiday songs and sharing their personal holiday traditions and memories.
The audience for “CMA Country Christmas” is encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy to the taping to help make the holidays brighter for a child in need. CMA launched the toy drive dubbed “A Gift For All” in 2012 and collected more than 5,000 toys.
“We are hoping that our audience will get into the spirit of the season by bringing a toy for donation,” said Ed Hardy, President of the CMA Board of Directors.  “We are honored to utilize the Christmas special taping as an opportunity to shine a light on such a worthy endeavor. It is a perfect opportunity to give back to the community and reflects the values and heart of our artists and the industry.”
The Nashville-based, non-profit group Generosity will have volunteers on site with specially marked bins to collect the new, unwrapped toys, which will be distributed to homeless families during the holidays.
Volunteers from Generosity will start accepting toys Friday, Nov. 8 at 1:00 PM/CT at the Bridgestone Arena. You do not have to have a ticket to the show to drop off a toy.
“The 47th Annual CMA Awards” and “CMA Country Christmas” are productions of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer, Paul Miller is the Director, and David Wild is the writer. The specials will be shot in high definition and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.
About Generosity: Generosity was founded in 2012 by running partners Shaun Daugherty and Bethni Hemphill as a place to fundraise for charities close to their heart, and to volunteer in their community and around the world. Their principal mission is to ease the suffering of others by responding to crisis as well as serving the ongoing needs of the community. Generosity serves a wide variety of local, national, and international charities including Toys for Tots, The Bridge Ministry, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Special Olympics, and Habitat for Humanity. Generosity supports programs in American Samoa that work with children and teenagers to better their lives through sport camps, mentoring, and tutoring.

KACEY MUSGRAVES AND TAYLOR SWIFT TOP THE LIST

KACEY MUSGRAVES AND TAYLOR SWIFT TOP THE LIST

OF NOMINEES FOR “THE 47th ANNUAL CMA AWARDS” WITH SIX NOMINATIONS EACH; BLAKE SHELTON PICKS UP FIVE NOMINATIONS AND MIRANDA LAMBERT RECEIVES THREE SOLO NOMINATIONS PLUS TWO MORE WITH PISTOL ANNIES

Hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood for the Sixth Year, the 2013 CMA Awards Airs Live From the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Wednesday, Nov. 6 on ABC
NASHVILLE – Kacey Musgraves and Taylor Swift top the list of final nominees for “The 47th Annual CMA Awards” with six nominations each. The reigning CMA Female Vocalist Miranda Lambert and Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year Blake Shelton each received five nominations (Lambert received three individual nominations and an additional two with Pistol Annies). Florida Georgia Line and Keith Urban each received four nominations for “Country Music’s Biggest Night™.”
“The 47th Annual CMA Awards” will be hosted for the sixth time by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov. 6 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.
For the eighth time, the announcement of the final nominees in five of the 12 CMA Awards categories was made live on ABC News’ “Good Morning America” with Sheryl Crow and Florida Georgia Line delivering the news from the heart of New York City’s Times Square. They then went to the Best Buy Theater to announce the finalists in the remaining seven categories during a press conference that was made available across the world via live stream at CMAawards.com.  
“It was terrific to be able to announce our nominees for Country Music’s top honors on the world’s biggest stage and be able to share it with the industry and fans,” said Ed Hardy, President of the CMA Board of Directors.  
Musgraves, who is a first-time nominee in 2013, has six nominations spanning several categories including those where she will be competing against herself for voters’ attention. She is nominated for Female Vocalist and New Artist of the Year; and picked up two more nominations for Album of the Year for Same Trailer Different Park and Single of the Year for “Merry Go ‘Round,” which she produced with Luke Laird and Shane McAnally. In the Song of the Year category (which is presented to songwriters) she is nominated twice, once for “Merry Go ‘Round” with songwriters Josh Osborne and McAnally and for Lambert’s hit “Mama’s Broken Heart” with songwriters Brandy Clark and McAnally.
Swift is no stranger to CMA voters and received another six nominations this year including Entertainer of the Year; Female Vocalist of the Year; Album of the Year for Red, which was produced by Jeff Bhasker, Scott Borchetta, Nathan Chapman, Dann Huff, Jacknife Lee, Max Martin, Shellback, Butch Walker, Dan Wilson and Swift; and three nominations for “Highway Don’t Care” with Tim McGraw and Urban for Single, Musical Event, and Music Video of the Year. Swift now has 21 CMA Awards nominations and seven wins including her first in 2007 for the Horizon Award (now New Artist of the Year) and two for Entertainer of the Year (2009, 2011), which ties her with Barbara Mandrell for wins in that category by a female artist.
Shelton was close behind with five nominations, including Entertainer; Male Vocalist; Album of the Year for Based on a True Story (produced by Scott Hendricks); and Music Video (directed by Trey Fanjoy) and Musical Event of the Year for “Boys ‘Round Here” featuring Pistol Annies (Lambert, Ashley Monroe, and Angaleena Presley), who make their debut as nominees this year. 
In addition to Pistol Annies’ nominations, Lambert received three of her own including Female Vocalist; and Music Video (directed by Fanjoy) and Single of the Year (produced by Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf, and Chuck Ainlay) for “Mama’s Broken Heart.”
Newcomers to the CMA Awards nominees list, Florida Georgia Line picked up four nominations and brought Nelly along for the ride. Their nominations included Vocal Duo; New Artist of the Year; Single of the Year for “Cruise,” which was produced by Joey Moi; and Musical Event of the Year with the rapper for the remix of “Cruise,” which has sold more than 5.5 million digital downloads.
Urban also received four nominations in 2013 including Male Vocalist of the Year, which he has won three times (2004-2006); and three more (Single, Musical Event, and Music Video of the Year) with McGraw and Swift for “Highway Don’t Care.”
Three was the lucky number for several artists picking up three nominations including Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Little Big Town, McGraw, and Underwood.
Aldean picked up nominations for Entertainer, Male Vocalist, and Musical Event of the Year for “The Only Way I Know” with Bryan and Eric Church.
Bryan received his first Entertainer of the Year nomination in 2013. He is also nominated for Male Vocalist and Musical Event of the Year for “The Only Way I Know” with Aldean and Church.
Reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year, Little Big Town received three nominations including their eighth Vocal Group of the Year nod; Album of the Year for Tornado, which was produced by Jay Joyce; and Music Video of the Year for “Tornado,” which was directed by Shane Drake. Songwriters Natalie Hemby, Laird, and Barry Dean picked up a Song of the Year nomination for the foursome’s hit “Pontoon.”
McGraw’s nominations centered on his poignant “Highway Don’t Care” with Swift and Urban. The song was nominated for Music Video of the Year (directed by Drake); Single of the Year, which was produced by Byron Gallimore and McGraw; and Musical Event of the Year. McGraw claimed the Musical Event of the Year trophy with Kenny Chesney in 2012 for “Feel Like a Rock Star.”
CMA Awards host Underwood received three nominations in 2013 for Female Vocalist of the Year; Album of the Year for Blown Away (produced by Mark Bright); and Music Video of the Year for “Blown Away,” which was directed by Randee St. Nicholas.
Three artists received two nominations each: Church, Kelly Clarkson, and Lady Antebellum.
The reigning CMA Album of the Year winner, Church received nominations for Male Vocalist of the Year and Musical Event of the Year with Aldean and Bryan for “The Only Way I Know.” Church received his first CMA Awards nomination in 2011 for New Artist of the Year.
Clarkson has become a recurring fixture on the list of nominees. In 2013, she is nominated for Female Vocalist and Musical Event of the Year with Vince Gill for “Don’t Rush.” She won the category in 2011 for “Don’t You Wanna Stay” with Aldean and made her debut in the Female Vocalist of the Year category in 2012. Clarkson has a previous nomination for Musical Event of the Year with Reba for “Because of You” in 2007.
Lady Antebellum received nominations for Vocal Group of the Year (a trophy they have won three times) and Music Video of the Year for “Downtown,” which was directed by Peter Zavadil.
George Strait enters the field of nominees again in 2013 in the coveted Entertainer of the Year category. Strait is now the most nominated artist in CMA Awards history with 82, breaking a previous tie with Alan Jackson. Strait was last nominated for Entertainer of the Year in 2009. He now has a total of 18 nominations for the top Award and has won Entertainer of the Year two times (1989, 1990).
Accolades keep rolling for “Wagon Wheel” and Darius Rucker. Rucker and producer Frank Rogers picked up a nomination for Single of the Year and songwriters Bob Dylan and Ketch Secor received a nomination for Song of the Year.
The list of nominees for Vocal Group of the Year in 2013 mirrors the list from 2012 with repeat appearances by Eli Young Band, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, The Band Perry, and Zac Brown Band.
The Vocal Duo of the Year category has some returning favorites, too, including 11-time CMA Awards nominee Big & Rich; newbies to the category Florida Georgia Line; Love and Theft; Sugarland, who have claimed the trophy five times (2007-2011); The Civil Wars, which brings their Awards nominations tally to four; and Thompson Square, who won the trophy in 2012.
Four acts debut in the New Artist of the Year category in 2013 including Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line, Kip Moore, and Musgraves. Lee Brice is nominated for a second time in the category. Artists can only be included in this category two times. Brice’s song “I Drive Your Truck” was a nominee for songwriters Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, and Jimmy Yeary with a Song of the Year nod.
The Musician of the Year category mirrors 2012 with Sam Bush (mandolin), who was nominated in the category for the first time in 2011; along with Paul Franklin (steel guitar); Huff (guitar); Brent Mason (guitar); and the current title holder Mac McAnally (guitar).
Winners of “The 47th Annual CMA Awards” will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible voting members of the Country Music Association. CMA Awards balloting is officiated by the international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP. The third and final ballot will be emailed to CMA members Thursday, Oct. 10. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends Monday, Oct. 28 (5:00 PM/CT).
The CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined by more than 7,000 industry professional members of CMA, which was formed in 1958 as the first trade organization to promote an individual genre of music. The first “CMA Awards Banquet and Show” was held in 1967. The following year, the CMA Awards was broadcast for the first time – making it the longest-running, annual music awards program on network television. The CMA Awards moved to ABC in 2006, where it will remain through 2021.
A video highlights package including footage of the nominee announcements, interviews, music video clips, and more will be serviced today, Sept. 10 (3:00-3:30 PM/ET; 2:00-2:30 PM/CT).
The video highlights  package will be available via satellite at GALAXY 17 (KU) Digital, Transponder 13 – Ch D, 9 MHz, Downlink Frequency: 11973.5 (H), FEC:  ¾, Symbol Rate: 6.1113. In addition, the video highlights package will be available via FTP download at http://www.vistaworldlink.com/CMA/.
If you have difficulty picking up the video highlights package or have questions about the feed, please contact Scott Sklarin with Sklarin Communications at (917) 992-0920 or (917) 929-5564; or Courtney Beebe at CMA (615) 664-1635, or by email at Cbeebe@CMAworld.com. For questions regarding the FTP download, please call (212) 302-2505, ext. 0.
Tickets for “The 47th Annual CMA Awards” go on sale to the public Saturday, Sept. 14 (10:00 AM/CT). Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com or Ticketmaster outlets; by calling (800) 745-3000; or at the Bridgestone Arena Box Office, located at 501 Broadway (corner of Fifth Avenue and Broadway, Nashville). Ticket prices for the CMA Awards start at $110 for Upper Level seating. Ticket prices include tax, but exclude applicable service fees. Purchase tickets early for the best available seats. The CMA Awards have sold out in advance the past four years.
“The 47th Annual CMA Awards” is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer, Paul Miller is the Director, and David Wild is the writer. The special will be shot in high definition and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.

The Final Nominees for “The 47th Annual CMA Awards” (by ballot category order):
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Blake Shelton
George Strait
Taylor Swift
SINGLE OF THE YEAR
(Award goes to Artist and Producer(s))

“Cruise”
Florida Georgia Line
Produced by Joey Moi
Republic Nashville

“Highway Don’t Care”
Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban
Produced by Byron Gallimore and Tim McGraw
Big Machine Records

“Mama’s Broken Heart”
Miranda Lambert
Produced by Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf, and Chuck Ainlay
RCA Nashville

“Merry Go ‘Round”
Kacey Musgraves
Produced by Luke Laird, Shane McAnally, and Kacey Musgraves
Mercury Records

“Wagon Wheel”
Darius Rucker
Produced by Frank Rogers
Capitol Records Nashville

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
(Award goes to Artist and Producer(s))

Based on a True Story
Blake Shelton
Produced by Scott Hendricks
Warner Bros. Records

Blown Away
Carrie Underwood
Produced by Mark Bright
19 Recordings/Arista Nashville

Red
Taylor Swift
Produced by Jeff Bhasker, Scott Borchetta, Nathan Chapman, Dann Huff, Jacknife Lee, Max Martin, Shellback, Taylor Swift, Butch Walker, and Dan Wilson
Big Machine Records

Same Trailer Different Park
Kacey Musgraves
Produced by Luke Laird, Shane McAnally, and Kacey Musgraves
Mercury Records

Tornado
Little Big Town
Produced by Jay Joyce
Capitol Records Nashville

SONG OF THE YEAR
(Award goes to Songwriter(s))

“I Drive Your Truck”
Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, and Jimmy Yeary

“Mama’s Broken Heart”
Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally, and Kacey Musgraves

“Merry Go ‘Round”
Kacey Musgraves, Josh Osborne, and Shane McAnally

“Pontoon”
Natalie Hemby, Luke Laird, and Barry Dean

“Wagon Wheel”
Bob Dylan and Ketch Secor

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Kelly Clarkson
Miranda Lambert
Kacey Musgraves
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Blake Shelton
Keith Urban
VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
Eli Young Band
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band
VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR
Big & Rich
Florida Georgia Line
Love and Theft
Sugarland
The Civil Wars
Thompson Square
MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR
(Award goes to each artist)

“Boys ‘Round Here”
Blake Shelton (featuring Pistol Annies)
Warner Bros. Records

“Cruise”
Florida Georgia Line (with Nelly)
Republic Nashville

“Don’t Rush”
Kelly Clarkson (featuring Vince Gill)
19 Recordings/RCA Nashville

“Highway Don’t Care”
Tim McGraw (with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban)
Big Machine Records

“The Only Way I Know”
Jason Aldean with Luke Bryan and Eric Church
Broken Bow Records

MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR
Sam Bush (Mandolin)
Paul Franklin (Steel Guitar)
Dann Huff (Guitar)
Brent Mason (Guitar)
Mac McAnally (Guitar)
MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
“Blown Away”
Carrie Underwood
Directed by Randee St. Nicholas

“Boys ‘Round Here”
Blake Shelton featuring Pistol Annies
Directed by Trey Fanjoy

“Downtown”
Lady Antebellum
Directed by Peter Zavadil

“Highway Don’t Care”
Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban
Directed by Shane Drake

“Mama’s Broken Heart”
Miranda Lambert
Directed by Trey Fanjoy

“Tornado”
Little Big Town
Directed by Shane Drake

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Lee Brice

Brett Eldredge

Florida Georgia Line

Kip Moore

Kacey Musgraves

Aiken & Friends Fest

Aiken Fest logo 2013  



8th Annual Smithfield Music's Aiken & Friends Fest To Benefit Youth Music Education

$35,000 Raised To Date
Norfolk, VA (September 10, 2013) - The 8th Annual Smithfield Music's Aiken & Friends Fest offers more than just great music; the event also offers fun and informative workshops that benefit music education in Isle of Wight County, Virginia.  A much-touted Fest feature, the annual educational seminars offer a variety of topic choices for those who wish to learn more about the various aspects of the music industry.  
  • Songwriters' workshop - hosted by singer/songwriters Mike Aiken and Austin Cunningham.  Format governed by attendee questions.   
  • Guitar seminar - taught by singer/songwriter and master guitarist Danny Flowers; open to players of any age and skill level.  

  • Indie Music Promotion - insights from Northwind Records' President Amy Aiken on the various methods the Indie artist can use to advance his career. 
aiken  fest presenting flutes
To date, the Fest has raised over $35,000 in donations which has funded scholarships, tutors for gifted children and purchased band instruments.  SMITHFIELD MUSIC distributed 300 recorder flutes to Isle of Wight elementary school students.   

Pictured from Left to Right:   Hardy Elementary School Music teacher Alison Chapman, Smithfield Music's Jim Abicht and Principal Richard Crawford.


Businesses near and far are backing the expansion of youth music education with continued raffle items and a steady influx of sponsors.  "This is our biggest event of the year, and we can't wait," notes Smithfield Music's Jim Abicht.  "Attendees get to hear great music in a friendly Southern town with the bonus of raising funds for an extremely worthy cause." 

Festival founder Mike Aiken says of the raffle items on hand, "I am really proud of my endorsers for supporting me, the Fest and the cause by donating such wonderful items - I'm actually envious I might not be going home with any of these."  Recently donated raffle items include: a Takamine acoustic guitar, a Wildwood acoustic guitar, two TKL guitar cases and custom Aiken & Friends Fest case artwork by Cedar Creek Custom Case Shoppe.


Current Fest sponsors include heavy-hitting national businesses as well as faithful local supporters:
      
97.3 FM The Eagle
AirPlay Direct
Audio, Light and Musical
Crocker Farms
Hampton Inn & Suites, Smithfield
Isle of Wight Arts League
Newport News Shipbuilding
Northwind Records
Smithfield & Isle of Wight Tourism
Smithfield Foods
Smithfield Little Theater
Smithfield Music
Takamine Guitars
TKL / Cedar Creek Custom Cases  
Wildwood Guitars

Performing this year in addition to Fest founder and critically-acclaimed songwriter Mike Aiken are legendary singer/songwriter/entertainer Buzz Cason  ("Everlasting Love"), Country hitmaker and guitarist extraordinaire Danny Flowers ("Tulsa Time"), Texas-born singer/songwriter Austin Cunningham ("I Love You This Much"), Folk/Blues icon Mojo Collins, talented traditionalists The Hungry Monks and Contemporary Folk phenomenon LEA. 

SCHEDULE

Friday, Oct. 4 / Full Day Festival Experience
7:30 p.m. - Songwriters in the Round Concert (featuring Mike Aiken, Buzz Cason and Austin Cunningham)
Location: Smithfield Little Theater - 210 N. Church Street, Smithfield, VA 23430


Saturday, Oct. 5 / Noon - 9 p.m. - Live Performances
Location: Windsor Castle Park - 301 Jericho Road, Smithfield, VA 23430
Mojo Collins - solo (http://www.mojocollins.com)
Austin Cunningham - solo (http://austincunningham.com)
The Hungry Monks - band (http:/thehungrymonks/.com)
Mike Aiken Band - band (http://mikeaikenmusic.com)

Included in Saturday's talent line-up will be a performance by elementary-aged school children from the Westside Advanced Guitar Club 

TICKET PRICING
Weekend Pass $ 35 - all events, concerts, workshops
Songwriters in the Round (Friday only) $25
Field Pass (Saturday only) $15 advance, $20 day of
Military Field Pass (Saturday only) $10 advance, $15 day of with military ID (active and dependent)
Workshops $10

ABOUT SMITHFIELD MUSIC
In 2005, the Isle of Wight Arts League entered into a partnership with Smithfield Music, a venture created by Jim and Elaine Abicht, to present performances by top tier professional musicians in the family-friendly venue, the Smithfield Little Theatre.  Net proceeds from Smithfield Music events are donated to the school music programs in Isle of Wight County.  As a program of the Isle of Wight Arts League, Smithfield Music is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and donations to Smithfield Music may be tax deductible. 

Learn more about the Fest go HERE.
Get social with Mike Aiken at www.mikeaikenmusic.comFacebook and Twitter.

Country Music News International September 10. 2013

Country Music News International September 10. 2013

 
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