Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Clay Walker and Friends Benefit Concert

Clay Walker and Friends Present Fourth Annual Chords of Hope Benefit Concert at the Wildhorse Saloon
  (Nashville, TN)--- Critically acclaimed recording artist, Clay Walker will return to Nashville Wednesday, October 30th to host the fourth annual Chords of Hope Benefit Concert at the famed Wildhorse Saloon. The concert, presented by The Big 98 WSIX, sponsored by Pinnacle Financial Partners, and produced by Clay’s charity, Band Against MS (BAMS), will help raise money and awareness for multiple sclerosis (MS) research with proceeds going to the MS Center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Performers for the night include Republic Nashville recording artist Greg Bates and more to be announced. The doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the concert begins at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are now available through ticketmaster and at the Wildhorse Saloon box office.

“I am so grateful for the support we have received at this event the past three years,” said Clay. “Not everyone who has been diagnosed with MS is lucky enough to still do the things they love, which is why I feel so blessed to have a career that allows me to raise money and increase awareness for people who battle MS around the world.”

Band Against MS, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3), or not-for-profit, public charity committed to providing educational information for those living with Multiple Sclerosis, funding programs researching a cure for Multiple Sclerosis, and funding programs helping those living with the disease. Clay Walker established BAMS in February 2003 because he wanted to help others living with the same disease he has battled since 1996. To date BAMS, http://www.bandagainstms.org, has raised more than 2 million dollars.

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE'S FIRST MAJOR HEADLINE TOUR

INSIDE LOOK AT FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE'S FIRST MAJOR HEADLINE TOUR
 
HERE’S TO THE GOOD TIMES TOUR 2013 Kicks Off Thursday (10/3)
 
Breakout Duo To Release HERE’S TO THE GOOD TIMES…THIS IS HOW WE ROLL Deluxe Album on 11/25
  
CMA Nominees Surprised With Career Milestone Metals

FGL Album Art


FGL Photo 1


FGL Photo 2

Album Art Credit: Courtesy of Republic Nashville
 
Photo 1 Photo Credit: Justin Mrusek
Pictured (L-R): Republic Nashville President/Big Machine Label Group EVP Jimmy Harnen; FGL's Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley; Big Machine Label Group SVP Sales, Marketing & Interactive Kelly Rich; Big Machine Label Group President/CEO Scott Borchetta
 
Photo 2 Photo Credit: Justin Mrusek
Pictured (L-R): Republic Nashville President/Big Machine Label Group EVP Jimmy Harnen; Big Loud Mountain Partner Seth England; FGL's Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard; Big Loud Mountain Partner Kevin "Chief" Zaruk; Big Loud Mountain Partner Craig Wiseman; Big Machine Label Group President/CEO Scott Borchetta; Not pictured Big Loud Mountain Partner Joey Moi

 
NASHVILLE, TN (October 1, 2013) – Earlier today (10/1), Florida Georgia Line rounded up some of their "party people" for an exclusive sneak peek at their first major headline tour – HERE’S TO THE GOOD TIMES TOUR 2013. Hundreds of fans and members of the music industry community gathered at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena to watch the breakout duo's final rehearsal before they embark on the 32-city tour, which kicks off this Thursday (10/3) in Brookings, SD. The CMA nominees began the concert preview with the exciting news that HERE’S TO THE GOOD TIMES…THIS IS HOW WE ROLL, a deluxe version of their chart-topping debut album is slated for 11/25 release on Republic Nashville.
 
The hot newcomers were surprised with a special presentation commemorating several recent career milestones. FGL scored three plaques for the PLATINUM certification of their aptly titled debut album HERE’S TO THE GOOD TIMES; GOLD certification for “Round Here,” and breaking the record for longest #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart with "Cruise."
 
The multiple ACM and CMT Music Award winners exploded to the top of the charts with their MULTI-PLATINUM debut single “Cruise,” which has sold over 5.8 million copies in the US alone and has become the second best-selling Country single ever, according to Soundscan. They followed with PLATINUM “Get Your Shine On” and GOLD “Round Here,” solidifying FGL as the only artist in history to join Brooks & Dunn in having their first three singles hit #1 for multiple weeks each. To date, more than 10 million tracks worldwide have been sold from FGL’s Republic Nashville debut album, HERE’S TO THE GOOD TIMES, which has been certified PLATINUM in the US and GOLD in Canada.
 
Currently, FGL is nominated for their first-ever CMA Awards for Vocal Duo of the Year; New Artist of the Year; Single of the Year for “Cruise;” and Musical Event of the Year with Nelly for the remix of “Cruise.” The show will air LIVE on November 6 at 8P ET/PT on ABC.

Sheryl Crow Crosses the Country Divide

Sheryl Crow Crosses the Country Divide




By Bob Doerschuk
© 2013 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc.
Sheryl Crow didn’t get off the Greyhound in Nashville, with guitar case in hand and a heartful of dreams.
Actually, though, in a way, she did. She didn’t arrive by bus, but otherwise she could relate to the excitement and apprehensions that many new arrivals feel as they first set foot in Music City.
Of course, Crow had certain advantages, having already achieved worldwide superstardom and earned nine Grammy Awards and six Platinum albums, including two that have reached triple and one, Tuesday Night Music Club, that’s seven-times Platinum.
Still, when she bought a place outside of Nashville about five years ago, she felt like an outsider, albeit a well-connected one. Drawn to Middle Tennessee by the lifestyle as much as its musical opportunities, Crow began reaching out to some of the folks she knew in town.
“I got to know several people through Kimberly Paisley,” she said. “She had a girls’ dinner and introduced me around. I started to make friends. Nashville is much like a small town. People don’t show up with casseroles, but they make sure that you’re finding your way.”
Kimberly’s husband, Brad, invited her to a writing session with Chris DuBois. “Talk about a crash course in songwriting!” Crow remembered. “Brad and Chris work over a long period of time to make sure their songs are right. And you can tell. Some of Brad’s songs are so beautifully crafted that it’s intimidating.”
Amusingly, DuBois has a mirror image of that first session. “It was very intimidating to write with someone like her,” he admitted. “Brad and I have always been big fans of hers, so just the thought of sitting down in a room with her was nerve-wracking.”
Everyone soon calmed down enough to write a haunting tune, “Waterproof Mascara,” about a mother’s sadness at not being all she should be for her young daughter. That was the start of a series of songs written by Crow with DuBois and other Nashville stalwarts, 12 of which wound up on Feels Like Home, her newest release on Warner Bros. and, by her own description, her first true Country album.
“There are songs from my old catalog that are ‘too Country for Country,’” she said. “‘All I Wanna Do’ has that feel from the intro to the outro. It’s the same with ‘If It Makes You Happy,’ ‘Strong Enough to Be My Man’ and ‘Can’t Cry Anymore.’ But there’s also a lot of stuff on the new record that doesn’t sound like Country. One of them is ‘Waterproof Mascara’; another is ‘Crazy Ain’t Original These Days’ (written by Crow, Al Anderson and Leslie Satcher). And that’s OK too, because the Country format now encompasses a lot of things.
“When I first started, every label in L.A. said, ‘We don’t know what to do with you. You’re too Country. You’re too blue-eyed soul,’” she recalled. “I feel like I’ve always been like a suburb of Country Music — and now Country Music has grown and engulfed my suburb.”
Crow revels in the freedom she now feels. “A lot of the songs I had written in the name of rock ‘n’ roll were devoid of range,” she observed. “I can sing range; I just haven’t had the opportunity, because I haven’t been able to write those songs. People ask me, ‘Who are your favorite Country singers?’ Well, Linda Ronstadt, Dolly (Parton) and Emmy (Emmylou Harris), who are all big-range singers. Tammy (Wynette) was a big-range singer. So is Connie Smith. So it’s such a treat to go out and play ‘Give It To Me’ (Crow and Jeff Trott) and ‘Waterproof Mascara,’ songs that have a big range, and pull an audience into a song they’d never heard before.”
No stranger to writing with others, Crow had to adjust to methods that are unique to Nashville. “People here write in threes,” she said. “I’d never experienced that before. I think it’s probably because the objective is to get the song finished in order to up the percentage of getting cuts — not in a bad way, but obviously you’re going to get a better chance to get it recorded if it’s finished.”
Crow insists that Country has allowed her to put more of her true self into her music. Some of that has to do with how the format mixes the lead vocal. Crow’s co-producer, Justin Niebank, realized the best thing he could do for her on Feels Like Home is let her hear herself as clearly as possible.
“I’d gotten so used to producing myself that the last thing I would concentrate on was being a vocalist,” Crow said. “But Justin gave me the freedom to just walk up to the mic and sing. I never actually heard myself sound so good in my headphones. Who could expect that I’d feel so inspired at a job I’ve been doing for 20 years?”
“As simple as it is, the headphone mix is one of the great missing links in making records,” Niebank said. “When people put on headphones, it should sound like a record. Putting up microphones and running them through mic pres ain’t the gig; it’s getting the headphones so when people put them on, they’re blown away.”
Crow’s embrace of the Country lyric tradition makes Feels Like Home a career milestone. “In my early days, I masked almost any true emotions in a narrative,” she said. “I would create a character and hide behind her. Now I’m older and I love writing from the first person. It doesn’t put me in fear. I feel differently about my art. My life informs my art in different ways than it ever has before. So now, I like making people feel prickly with an emotion.”

Hank Williams Jr. on Broadway

Hank Williams Jr. to Headline Fifth Annual
New Year’s Eve 'Bash on Broadway'

Nashville, Tenn. (October 1, 2013) – Grammy award-winning country singer/songwriter Hank Williams Jr. will headline the fifth annual Music City New Year’s Eve ‘Bash on Broadway’ event in downtown Nashville, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp (NCVC) announced today. A city that knows how to throw a good party, Music City will once again offer one of the biggest New Year’s Eve celebrations in the country with multiple days of free live music and Nashville’s own midnight “Music Note Drop®.”

“Football, football and Hank! All our rowdy friends are staying over this year,” said Butch Spyridon, president and CEO of the NCVC. “This may be the best end-of-year “mash-up” we have ever had with the Titans, the SEC and Hank ringing in the New Year. Are you ready?”

“This year is going to be very special on New Year’s Eve,” says Hank Williams Jr. “December 31st will mark the 60th anniversary of daddy’s death. For years, I have not performed on New Year’s Eve in honor of my father, but this year is a monumental year in the history of Hank Williams. If daddy would have lived, he would have been 90 years old this year. I hope Music City is ready to boogie woogie, because Bocephus is going bring the party to Nashville.”

Sponsors of this year’s New Year’s Eve ‘Bash on Broadway’ include Miller Lite, Coors Light, Jack Daniel’s, Advance Financial 24/7 and McDonald’s.

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