Tuesday, October 8, 2013

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE VIDEO FOR “STAY”

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE DEBUT NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR “STAY”
 
Broadcast Premiere Exclusively On CMT Today (10/7)
 
First Look Online Slated Across VEVO This Wednesday (10/9)

FGL Stay Video Shoot Photo







Photo Courtesy of Republic Nashville
 
Nashville, TN (October 7, 2013) – Florida Georgia Line will debut the brand new music video for the passion-fueled “Stay” across multiple media platforms this week. CMT will air the 48-hour exclusive broadcast premiere today (10/7) on the network as well as on its all-music channel, CMT Pure. The first look online and on apps is slated for Wednesday (10/9) across VEVO, the world’s leading all-premium music video and entertainment platform.
 
Known for their hit party anthems and high-energy live show, FGL’s Brian Kelley (Ormond Beach, Florida) and Tyler Hubbard (Monroe, Georgia) showcase a much different side in their latest offering. Shot outside of Nashville, the video for “Stay” features vivid imagery of a couple whose fiery emotions reach a boiling point, causing each to struggle with their next move in the relationship. Director Peter Zavadil reinforces the raw scenes with flashes of FGL performing the powerful song.
 
“Stay” is poised to follow in the success of FGL’s consecutive, multi-week #1 smashes in the US and Canada – GOLD-certified “Round Here,” PLATINUM-certified “Get Your Shine On” and MULTI-PLATINUM “Cruise.” Breaking the record for longest #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart, “Cruise” has sold over 6 million downloads in the US alone and is the second best-selling Country single ever, according to SoundScan. FGL is the only artist in history to join Brooks & Dunn in having their first three singles hit #1 for multiple weeks each.
 
On 11/25, FGL will release HERE’S TO THE GOOD TIMES…THIS IS HOW WE ROLL, a deluxe version of their chart-topping debut on Republic Nashville. 
 
The hot newcomers, who have taken home multiple ACM and CMT Music Awards, recently earned their first-ever CMA Awards nominations 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 “Cruise” remix. The awards show will air LIVE on November 6 at 8P ET/PT on ABC. 
 
The breakout duo kicked off the weekend with four sold-out dates, headlining their HERE’S TO THE GOOD TIMES TOUR 2013. For additional tour dates and more, visit FloridaGeorgiaLine.com.  

Sherry Lynn and Crystal Gayle Experience A "Beautiful Life"

Country Newcomer Sherry Lynn and Country Legend Crystal Gayle Experience A
"Beautiful Life" With New Single


Duet's Recent Opry Appearance Kicks Single Into High Gear On MusicRow Chart  

Sherry Lynn Crystal Opry
Sherry Lynn and Crystal Gayle Perform "Beautiful Life" on Grand Ole Opry
Credit: Vicki DiAddezio

"Sherry and Crystal trade lines with equal fire and finesse on this dandy country-rocker.  It's a really commercial and radio-ready toe-tapper."
- Robert K. Oermann, MusicRow

Nashville, TN (October 7, 2013) - Country newcomer Sherry Lynn and Country legend Crystal Gayle are gaining new fans as their duet is making big moves at Country radio now.  "Beautiful Life," the twosome's first collaboration, is sitting at #39 on this week's MusicRow chart.  The upbeat song was written by award-winning tunesmith Danny Wells ("Check Yes Or No," "These Days"), Jose Luis Pagan and Sarah Lenore, and is from Lynn's current CD, A BEAUTIFUL LIFE (Steal Heart Music).

The singers met in 2008 when Lynn opened for Gayle - and the two made an immediate connection.  "Crystal has long been one of my musical influences," notes Sherry.  "To have the honor of opening for her was just fantastic."  In 2011, Sherry was delighted when Crystal agreed to lend her vocals to a song for Sherry's up-and-coming CD, which was then put on hold until the perfect song was found.  In December of 2012, Sherry and Crystal joined voices to record "Beautiful Life" with producer Ted Hewitt, the studio wizard behind Rodney Atkins' string of Number One hits.  Crystal's son Christos Gatzimos engineered the session.  

"It's not a barroom brawler or crying-in-your-beer number," observes Sherry.  "It's a song about living life to the fullest - every single day."

This great big world's a wide-eyed wonder
Life is fast as lightning loud as thunder
So breathe it in hold on tight come on enjoy the ride
Time down here is only just borrowed
Forget yesterday don't worry 'bout tomorrow
Take your aim you get one shot so give it all you've got
Should you ever forget what it's all about
Stop for a minute and take a good look around  

Gayle's voice is immediately recognizable, and Sherry's sweet and sassy sound is quickly becoming a fan favorite.  Lynn's voice is powerful and blends Country with class for a mix that sets her apart from the rest of today's up-and-comers.

It's a style that impressed Crystal, and the singer recently invited Sherry to visit with her backstage at the Grand Ole Opry.  "Little did I know she would honor me by asking me to make my Opry debut with our duet.  I was literally floored.  It was the most memorable night of my career."  The performance wowed the Opry crowd, and put Lynn firmly in the spotlight.

Upcoming tour dates include:

Oct. 19  The Whiskey Barrel / Gloucester City, NJ

Nov. 02 The Tombstone Saloon / Buena, NJ

Nov. 15  Bojo's Ale House / Millville, NJ

Dec. 21  The Whiskey Barrel / Gloucester City, NJ

 
Fans can view the "Beautiful Life" lyric video HERE, and get social with Sherry online via Facebook and Twitter.

ABOUT SHERRY
Born in Woodberry, New Jersey and now splitting her time between Sewell, NJ and Nashville, TN, Sherry began her career in 2006 when she opened for Sammy Kershaw at Pitman, New Jersey's historic Broadway Theatre.  She has gone on to share the stage with Miranda Lambert, the Oak Ridge Boys, LeAnn Rimes, Gene Watson, John Rich and Chris Young.  Sherry performed The Star Spangled Banner before a crowd of 45,000 baseball fans at Citizen's Bank Park in Philadelphia and entertained at the 2013 CMA Music Festival in Nashville.

RICKY SKAGGS SELECTED AS 2013 ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE

RICKY SKAGGS SELECTED AS 2013 ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE AT THE COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME® AND MUSEUM
 
Special Guests include Emmylou Harris, Brad Paisley, Alison Krauss, Peter Frampton, Bruce Hornsby, Gordon Kennedy, Kentucky Thunder, Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill, Del McCoury and The Whites
 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 7, 2013) – It was announced last Saturday evening, from the stage of the Ryman Auditorium, that Ricky Skaggs will be the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s 2013 Artist-in-Residence.  Skaggs will present two intimate evening performances on November 18 and 19, at 7:00 p.m. The concerts will be the museum’s first public programs in the new CMA Theater.
 
Established in 2003, the museum’s residency program annually honors a musical master who can be credited with contributing a large and significant body of work to the canon of American popular music.  Honorees are given a blank canvas and are encouraged to lend their own creative brushstrokes to an up-close-and-personal musical experience.  Previous Artist-in-Residence honorees include Cowboy Jack Clement, Earl Scruggs, Tom T. Hall, Guy Clark, Kris Kristofferson, Jerry Douglas, Vince Gill, Buddy Miller, Connie Smith and Kenny Rogers.
 
This year, Skaggs has chosen to perform two unique shows—each with its own theme and lineup of guest artists. The first show, November 18, will have a country music theme; Ricky’s special guests that night will include Emmylou Harris, Brad Paisley, Peter Frampton, Gordon Kennedy and The Whites. The second show, November 19, will celebrate his bluegrass roots with special guests Alison Krauss, Bruce Hornsby, Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill, Del McCoury and The Whites.  Both nights will feature Skaggs’ award-winning band, Kentucky Thunder.
 
“Ricky Skaggs has created his own career path,” said Museum Director Kyle Young. “It’s rare to find an artist who thrives in three different genres, but Ricky does. He is highly respected in country, bluegrass and gospel music, and he has a way of blending these styles that delights music fans.  Ricky has been a great friend to the museum for many years. He was on hand, in 2011, when we announced our plans for expanding the museum. Now he will present the museum’s first public program in our new CMA Theater. With its nearly 800-seat capacity, the new theater allows us to welcome more guests while still maintaining the intimate atmosphere that makes our Artist-in-Residence series so special.”
 
An innovative musician, top-notch vocalist, record producer and label owner, Grammy award-winning Ricky Skaggs has developed a unique hybrid of traditional American music throughout his more than four decades career.  While he is regarded as a pioneer of country music’s neo-traditionalist movement and a flame-keeper for traditional bluegrass, he also has been creatively restless, at times moving roots-oriented music in new, progressive directions.
 
Ricky Skaggs was born on July 18, 1954, in Cordell, Kentucky.  His father gave him his first mandolin when he was five, and it was soon apparent that the young boy was a natural musician. A year later, when Bill Monroe performed in the nearby town of Martha, he invited young Skaggs onstage to play his mandolin. By age seven, Skaggs earned his first paycheck for performing “Ruby” and “Honky Tonk Swing” on Flatt & Scruggs’ syndicated TV show. 
 
In 1969, Skaggs and fellow Kentuckian Keith Whitley formed a band, the Lonesome Mountain Boys, and did note-perfect covers of the Stanley Brothers’ songs. In 1970, Ralph Stanley heard the young men perform and invited them to join his band, the Clinch Mountain Boys. Skaggs stayed with Stanley until 1974, when he joined the Washington, D.C.-based Country Gentlemen. He also performed and recorded with J.D. Crowe & the New South. He started his own band, Boone Creek, and recorded albums for Rounder Records and Sugar Hill Records. In the late 1970s, Skaggs joined Emmylou Harris’ Hot Band and bridged the gap between bluegrass and country music—something he would do throughout his career. 
 
Though he continued to perform and record with other acts, Skaggs launched his solo career with the release of Sweet Temptation in 1979, on Sugar Hill. His first major-label release, Waitin’ for the Sun to Shine, was issued by Epic Records in 1981. The album charted four singles, including back-to-back #1s “Crying My Heart Out Over You” and “I Don’t Care.” 
 
Waitin’ for the Sun to Shine earned Skaggs two 1982 Country Music Association awards—the Horizon Award and Male Vocalist of the Year. He became a member of the Grand Ole Opry that same year. His follow-up album, Highways & Heartaches, served up three more #1 singles—“Heartbroke,” “I Wouldn’t Change You if I Could” and “Highway 40 Blues.” 
 
The following album, Don’t Cheat in Our Hometown, scored Skaggs three more chart-toppers: the title track, “Honey (Open That Door)” and Bill Monroe’s “Uncle Pen.” Country Boy, released in 1984, was Skaggs’ fourth consecutive gold album and featured the #1 title track.   In 1985, he won CMA Entertainer of the Year and a Grammy for Best Country Instrumental, for “Wheel Hoss”—off of the Country Boy album. Skaggs rounded out the 1980s with six more Top Ten hits.
 
The 1990s marked Skaggs’ return to his bluegrass roots. In 1997, he formed his own label, Skaggs Family Records. In addition to his own award-winning releases, his label has put out recordings by other acts including Blue Highway, Cherryholmes, the Del McCoury Band and The Whites. Under his label imprint, Skaggs has consistently released Grammy-nominated bluegrass albums, beginning with the Grammy-winning Bluegrass Rules!, which also earned the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Album of the Year honors. The album helped Skaggs and his band, Kentucky Thunder, win IBMA’s 1998 Instrumental Group of the Year award—a feat that would be repeated seven more times.  
 
Skaggs has remained an important figure on the 21st century music scene; he toured with the Dixie Chicks in 2000 and participated in two PBS specials in 2002 and 2003.  He continues to release critically acclaimed bluegrass and gospel albums, including Grammy-winning albums Honoring The Fathers Of Bluegrass Tribute to 1946 and 1947 (2008) and Salt of the Earth (2007). He has released more than 30 albums and won 14 Grammys, 11 IBMA awards, eight CMA awards and nine Academy of Country Music awards.
 
On August 20, Skaggs and Hornsby released Cluck Ol’ Hen, which debuted at the top of Billboard’s Bluegrass Album chart. The two previously released a duet album in 2007.  Also in August 2013, Skaggs released his autobiography, Kentucky Traveler: My Life in Music
 
Ticket prices for these shows range from $35-$55 per show (plus ticketing fee). Tickets will go on sale to the general public at noon on Friday, October 18, and can be purchased at  www.countrymusichalloffame.org. Ticket sales, limited to four tickets per transaction, are available on a first come, first served basis and are non-refundable. Will call tickets will be available day-of-show at the museum’s ticketing office in its new Fifth Avenue lobby.
 
Museum members are eligible for a 10% discount and a pre-sale beginning at noon on October 15, for Honor Society members, and noon on October 16, for other museum members, through October 17, by visiting www.countrymusichalloffame.org (A one-year museum membership begins at $40.)  
 
Parking information is available at parkitdowntown.com. Cash-only concessions will be available before the show and during intermission.
 
The 2013 Artist-in-Residence program is made possible, in part, by RJ Young.  Additional support for educational programs is provided by the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission and the Tennessee Arts Commission through an agreement with the National Endowment for the Arts.
 
Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is operated by the Country Music Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization chartered by the state of Tennessee in 1964. The museum’s mission is the preservation of the history of country and related vernacular music rooted in southern culture. With the same educational mission, the foundation also operates CMF Records, the museum’s Frist Library and Archive, CMF Press, Historic RCA Studio B and Hatch Show Print®.
 
More information about the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is available at  www.countrymusichalloffame.org or by calling (615) 416-2001.
 
For more information on Ricky Skaggs, visit www.skaggsfamilyrecords.com.

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