Thursday, February 20, 2014

Soggy Bottom Boys Reunite For First-Ever On Stage

Grammy Winning Soggy Bottom Boys Reunite For First-Ever On Stage Performance For March 22 Show at Ole Smoky® Tennessee Moonshine Distillery
    Members of Superband Have Won 47 Grammys

NASHVILLE -- February 20, 2014 -- The Soggy Bottom Boys—the rollicking old-time string band featured on the silver screen and known for the Grammy winning "Man Of Constant Sorrow" -- has reunited for a special performance Saturday, March 22, at the Ole Smoky® Tennessee Moonshine Distillery (also known as The Holler™) located at 903 Parkway in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  It is a free show that starts at 5:00PM.
This performance marks the first time The Soggy Bottom Boys will appear as a stage band.
Led by Dan Tyminski of Alison Krauss’s award-winning Union Station band, the group includes Barry Bales, Block, Stuart Duncan and Mike Compton.  Bales and Block are also members of Union Station.  Duncan and Compton have played on hundreds of records and dozens of hits. For years, Duncan was a member of the widely acclaimed Nashville Bluegrass Band.  Compton was featured in the house band on the fabled “Down From The Mountain Tour." In total, these five musicians have won 47 Grammys.  The concert will kick off Ole Smokey Moonshine’s 2014 concert series. 
"We are thrilled to bring an influential group like The Soggy Bottom Boys into The Holler to kick off our 2014 musical programming," said Ole Smoky Moonshine founder Joe Baker.  "Music and moonshine go hand in hand, as they bring folks together, and we are so looking forward to entertaining our guests with The Soggy Bottom Boys great sounds."
Adds Josh Trivett, organizer and promoter of the event, “It’s so exciting for me and for Moonstruck Management to be the organizing management company that has helped make this dream of Ole Smoky come to fruition.  Considering the combination of the massive success of the movie and soundtrack, and my passion and love for bluegrass music, this show has been a pleasure to help create.  We specialize in the bluegrass genre, so needless to say we are all smiles.”
About Ole Smoky ® Tennessee Moonshine® and The Holler.
Ole Smoky is the first federally licensed moonshine distillery in the state of Tennessee.  A visit to The Holler is the true moonshine experience.  As you approach the entrance, you can detect the distinct smell of our grains cooking and fermenting.  You'll see authentic working moonshine stills and experience the process from beginning to end.  Visitors can see for themselves how mountain moonshine is made and learn about the rich history of the spirit made by generations of 'shiners.  Guests are able to sample and purchase Ole Smoky products, which continue to be packaged in traditional mason jars and shipped to 49 states across the U.S. as well as Canada. 
Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine currently retails nine varieties.  The Distillery features Ole Smoky Original Moonshine, White Lightnin' , Moonshine Cherries, Peach Moonshine, Apple Pie Moonshine, Blackberry Moonshine, Strawberry Moonshine, Lemon Drop Moonshine and Pineapple Moonshine.  Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine can be found at local retailers and is sampled and sold at some of the biggest music and sporting events in the country.

Frankie Ballard celebrates new album SUNSHINE & WHISKEY

Frankie Ballard at the Ryman







Frankie Ballard celebrates new album SUNSHINE & WHISKEY backstage at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN, Tuesday night (2/18) with the Warner Bros. Records label team
 
 
Pictured L-R: Rafaella Braun (West Coast Regional Promotion Manager, WAR), Jessica Rouse (Promotion Coordinator, WAR), Cris Lacy (VP A&R, WMN), Chris Palmer (VP Promotion, WAR), Frankie Ballard, John Esposito (President & CEO, WMN), Lisa Ray (VP Brand Management, WMN)
 

 
Photo Credit: Angie Miller 
 
Nashville, TN (February 20, 2014) – Frankie Ballard has been heating up the music scene – and just this week – debuted in the Top 5 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart with the release of SUNSHINE & WHISKEY. The new project on Warner Bros Records also entered the Billboard Top 200 Chart at #35.
 
The guitarist-singer’s lead single, “Helluva Life,” has launched into the Top 5 on the Country radio charts this week and marks his fastest rising track to date. The infectious anthem has already sold more than 300,000 digital copies.
 
Tuesday night (2/18), Ballard performed full band for the first time at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. He treated the crowd to fan-favorites from SUNSHINE & WHISKEY including “Young & Crazy,” “It Don’t Take Much” and “Drinky Drink.” Ballard worked with producer Marshall Altman (Marc Broussard) on the 11-track album, which showcases his guitar prowess on every song. With a mix of up-tempo party songs and thought-provoking ballads, it’s no wonder that critics are flocking to the album.

DIERKS BENTLEY TV APPEARANCES

 
DIERKS BENTLEY STACKS RISER RELEASE WEEK WITH NATIONAL TV APPEARANCES,
FAN EVENTS AND FILM SCREENINGS

Bentley to Appear on Good Morning America, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Watch What Happens Live and The View Next Week

Rolling Stone Offers Exclusive First Listen of RISER and Critics Call It "His Greatest Album Yet"
  

Nashville, TN – Feb. 20, 2014 – Eleven time GRAMMY nominated country artist Dierks Bentley is set to release his seventh studio album RISER on Feb. 25 with a string of national television appearances and events.

Bentley will kick off release day on Good Morning America (2/25) followed by a week full of appearances including iHeartRadio’s Live Series (2/25), The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2/26), Bravo's Watch What Happens Live (2/26) and The View (2/27). From New York City, Bentley will catch up with fans in Chicago for an album release show (2/27) and will round out the week-long trek with a surprise concert at an unannounced location will be revealed on social media over the course of week.

Before RISER hits streets, Rolling Stone is exclusively giving a first listen to the new album. Click here: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/hear-dierks-bentleys-most-personal-album-yet-stream-riser-20140220

The upcoming album has also caught early attention from critics with Billboard naming RISER one of the year's “most highly anticipated” and notes “fueled by personal triumph and tragedy…Bentley goes deeper than ever.”  The Washington Post lauds Bentley for “excelling outside the bro zone," while Country Weekly features Bentley on the cover of their new issue on stands tomorrow, adding Bentley “revitalizes country music on his greatest album yet.”

After hosting screenings of his film DIERKS BENTLEY: RISER in Toronto and Nashville, Bentley will lead into release week with screenings in Los Angeles (2/21) and New York City (2/24). Fans can tune in when CMT airs a special edit this Sat., Feb. 22 at 1:00P CT, and the full length will premiere the same day on Palladia at 8:00P CT.  The project will also be available for purchase in the coming weeks.

CHELSEA BAIN With Cowboy In A Cadillac

BIGGER PICTURE GROUP SHIPS 
CHELSEA BAIN SINGLE
"Cowboy In A Cadillac" Follows "James Dean" Success


(Nashville, Tennessee...)  - Bigger Picture Group, home to artists Craig Campbell, Lucy Hale, Blackjack Billy and others, recently signed one of Country music's foremost female rockers, Chelsea Bain, and has shipped her new single "Cowboy In A Cadillac." The label will be going for airplay at Music Row stations on February 27, 2014.

"I'm all about having fun songs that make people feel good or feel something powerful," said Chelsea. "I wrote 'Cowboy in a Cadillac' with all my fellow women in mind. We girls love bein' in charge, and I feel 'Cowboy in a Cadillac' is definitely about a woman in charge and knowing what she wants."

"Cowboy In A Cadillac" was produced by Billy Chapin, who also co-wrote the song with Chelsea. The single will be included on her debut album to be released this spring. Chelsea will have a full schedule of interviews and appearances at her first Country Radio Seminar this week.

Chelsea headlined the Coca-Cola Stage at over 40 NASCAR races last year, and her fan base continues to grow with over 227,000 likes on her Facebook page. She made history last August when her "James Dean" music video premiered on the big screens and monitors around the Atlanta Motor Speedway. In addition to performing at NASCAR Camping World Truck races, Nationwide and Sprint Cup races and related events across the country, Chelsea also performed at NHRA races and opened for the likes of Tim McGraw, Brett Eldredge, Lonestar and others.

In addition to Coca Cola and NASCAR, Chelsea has quietly managed to incorporate brand funding into her artist development plans. She has forged relationships with Bass Pro Shops, The NFL Network, FOX Sports 1 (formerly SPEED TV), FOX Sports Networks, and Root Sports, providing opportunities to license her music into NFL, MLB, NHL, NASCAR, and NCAA broadcasts.

TIM MCGRAW SHOTGUN




TIM MCGRAW WORLD PREMIERES NEW SONG
"SHOTGUN RIDER" FOR FIRST WEEK OF 

THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON


Nashville, TN – February 19, 2014- Superstar Tim McGraw is pulling out all the stops for Jimmy Fallon's first week at the helm of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. McGraw will introduce "Shotgun Rider" tonight from his upcoming Big Machine Records release.

"I thought since it's Jimmy's first week we should give his audience something they can't get anywhere else," said McGraw.  "It's been a great week for the show already, and I'm honored Jimmy invited me to the party!"

Since the release of the lead single "Lookin' For That Girl," McGraw is slowly starting to give hints as to what fans can expect from his new album due out later this year including a small show in Nashville last night where he surprised the crowd by playing seven new tracks.  Coming on the heels of three consecutive No. one smash hits, "Lookin' For That Girl" had a roaring debut as the most added song at country radio and created thunderous buzz among fans and critics with Entertainment Weekly commenting that "Tim McGraw’s comeback is in full swing." 

This summer, McGraw will kick off the SUNDOWN HEAVEN TOWN 2014 TOUR bringing his "characteristically high-octane" (Billboard) show will hit 30 cities over the course of the summer.

BELLAMY BROTHERS TOUR INDIA AND SRI LANKA

BELLAMY BROTHERS MAKE HISTORY -- DUO BECOMES FIRST COUNTRY ACT TO TOUR INDIA AND SRI LANKA
 
 
(Photo credit: Judy Seale)
Nashville, Tenn. (February 19, 2014) - Country music's legendary duo the Bellamy Brothers are back stateside this week following an extensive tour of India and Sri Lanka.  Upon arriving in the region, the brothers learned they were actually making history by becoming the first country music act to tour in those Asian countries.
 
"When we arrived, they told us no other country act had ever toured in these countries, which came as a bit of a surprise," notes David Bellamy.  "Collectively, the populations of India and Sri Lanka total about 1.3 billion and we learned that these people are huge fans of our music.  We sold out every show and there are already other offers on the table for us to go back and tour again soon.  It was a very rewarding experience for us."
 
Howard Bellamy adds, "It was rejuvenating to tour two countries that we have never been to.  It made me think back to the beginning of our career and the excitement of a new experience.  Nothing gives you a broader outlook on the rest of the world than touring in countries like India and Sri Lanka.  The fact that we appealed to a broad demographic in both countries and that these folks knew all the words to our songs was very special for us."
 
While touring the region, the Bellamys sold out three shows, performing before thousands in venues that were filled well beyond their capacities.
 
In addition to their usual 100+ US dates, the duo will continue to tour internationally throughout the year with stops in Brazil, Australia, New Caledonia, Switzerland, Germany, Norway, Denmark and Canada.  The Bellamy Brothers' international tour dates are booked exclusively by Judy Seale / JSI International. 
 
The Bellamys plan to release new music in conjunction with several of the international tour stops.  Recording plans are already in the works for collaborations with Brazilian rock star Eduardo Araújo and Swiss rock sensation Gölä.  The brothers' first album with Gölä (BB&G: The Greatest Hits Sessions - released in 2010) debuted at #1 on the Swiss Music Chart and soon thereafter reached double-platinum sales.  
 
In addition, the Bellamys are planning for a three-song EP and music video currently scheduled for a late May / early June release.  The EP and video will serve as a teaser for the brothers' 40th anniversary album which is set for a spring 2015 release.  The two-disc set will feature 15 new songs and 15 #1 hits.  
 
Throughout their nearly four decade career, the multi-platinum selling Bellamy Brothers have charted 15 #1 hits on the US country and pop music charts.  Hits like "Let Your Love Flow," "If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body (Would You Hold It Against Me)," "Redneck Girl," and "Old Hippie" helped to make the brothers household names.  Today, their seamless harmonies remain perfectly intact as they continue to travel the United States and European tour circuits, performing over 150 dates each year. 

JUDY COLLINS LIVE IN IRELAND

Folk Icon & Irish American Hall Of Fame Inductee Judy Collins Returns To The Land Of Her Ancestors with JUDY COLLINS LIVE IN IRELAND

Los Angeles, CA - Judy Collins has inspired audiences worldwide for over five decades with her sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable songwriting, personal life triumphs, and a firm commitment to social activism. March 18th 2014 will see the much-anticipated release of JUDY COLLINS LIVE IN IRELAND, CD/DVD on Cleopatra Records. Recorded September 29, 2013 at Dromoland Castle for PBS broadcast, LIVE IN IRELAND is scheduled to run on THIRTEEN NYC, WGBH Boston & PBS affiliates nationwide March 5th. Now fans worldwide in the comfort of their homes can enjoy time and again this spirited and inspiring set of Judy’s most beloved hits along with her favorite Celtic folk songs and stories (including duets with Irish singer Mary Black & NY singer-songwriter Ari Hest).

In the 1960s, she evoked both the idealism and steely determination of a generation united against social and environmental injustices. Her landmark works helped form the backbone of American folk music. Judy’s luminescent presence shines brightly as new generations bask in the glow of her iconic 50+-album body of work, and heed inspiration from her spiritual discipline to thrive in the music industry for half a century. LIVE IN IRELAND showcases a living legend whose career continues to blossom with each new release.

DVD Track Listing:
Wild Mountain Thyme
Chelsea Morning
Grandaddy (featuring step dancer Emily Ellis)
New Moon Over The Hudson
Bird On A Wire 
Cat’s In The Cradle
John Riley
She Moved Through The Fair (feat. Mary Black)
The Fire Plays (feat. Ari Hest)
How Are Things In Glocca Morra?
Danny Boy
Amazing Grace 

Bonus Tracks:
Gypsy Rover
Barbara Allen
Innisfree
Additional Interview Footage

CD Track Listing:
Wild Mountain Thyme
Chelsea Morning
Gypsy Rover
Grandaddy (featuring step dancer Emily Ellis)
New Moon Over The Hudson
Cat’s In The Cradle
John Riley
She Moved Through The Fair (feat. Mary Black)
The Fire Plays (feat. Ari Hest)
Innisfree
Danny Boy

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