Tuesday, January 20, 2015

RASCAL FLATTS ANNOUNCE RIOT TOUR 2015




COUNTRY MUSIC SUPERGROUP RASCAL FLATTS ANNOUNCE RIOT TOUR 2015
Trio Brings Along Special Guest Scotty McCreery For Multi-City Tour - Tickets On Sale 1/26

Nashville, TN - Jan. 20, 2015 – Multi-Platinum selling group Rascal Flatts revealed plans today for their headlining RIOT TOUR 2015. The coast-to-coast tour will kick off May 29 in St. Louis, MO and will continue throughout the summer with special guest Scotty McCreery. Tickets will be available for fans to purchase beginning Jan. 26 for select cities as part of tour promoter Live Nation's Country Megaticket at www.Megaticket.com and additional information will be available in the coming weeks at www.rascalflatts.com.

Before their headlining tour kicks off this summer, Rascal Flatts will start the first-ever country residency at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, from Feb. 25 to March 14 with The Voice winner Craig Wayne Boyd tapped for the opening slot.  Tickets for Rascal Flatts Vegas Riot! are on sale now.

"2014 was such a great year for us on the radio and on tour," said Jay DeMarcus.  "We had a few weeks off at the holidays, and now we're getting ready for the first-ever country residency at The Joint at the Hard Rock in Vegas.  Those shows are going to be the ultimate way to kick off our 2015 tour, where we can try new things and pretty much do whatever the hell we want.   We're having a blast with it, and we'll be counting the days til the buses pull back out of Nashville for opening night."

With countless sold-out shows under their belts, Rascal Flatts' live show has been heralded as keeping "crowds on their feet, dancing and especially singing along," (Cleveland Plain Dealer), "brilliant" (Dallas Morning News) and "high energy" (St. Louis Post Dispatch).  Their current Big Machine Records single "Riot," from which the tour name is lifted, is impacting radio now.  

RIOT TOUR 2015 Cities:
Cozumel, MX*
Atlanta, GA*
Forest City, IA*
St. Louis, MO 
Indianapolis, IN 
Hershey, PA 
Virginia Beach, VA
Washington, DC 
Hartford, CT 
Columbus, OH*
Cadott, WI*
Dallas, TX 
Pittsburgh, PA 
Charlotte, NC 
Raleigh, NC 
Holmdel, NJ
Philadelphia, PA 
Boston, MA 
Detroit, MI*
Brownsville, OR*
Toronto, ON 
Cleveland, OH 
Darien Center, NY
Jones Beach, NY
Cincinnati, OH 
Chicago, IL 
Albuquerque, NM 
Phoenix, AZ 
Irvine, CA 
Mtn. View, CA
W. Palm Beach, FL 
Tampa, FL 
*Denotes Festival

Rascal Flatts (Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney) have earned over 40 trophies from the ACMs, AMAs, CMAs, People's Choice Awards and more making them the most awarded country group of the past decade. To date, the trio has scored 15 No. one songs, sold over 22.8 million albums, over 29 million digital downloads, and their current ninth studio album REWIND (Big Machine Records) debuted at No.one on the Billboard Country Albums chart making them one of only four acts during the SoundScan era to have eight consecutive studio albums debut in the top spot.  For more information, visit www.rascalflatts.com.
Scotty McCreery has sold more than 2.1 million albums since winning “American Idol” in 2011: his first album Clear as Day debuted at No. one on the Billboard 200 Albums chart, and his sophomore album See You Tonight debuted at No. one on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart and featured his two consecutive Top 10 hits - “Feelin’ It” and the title track.  The ACM, CMT, ACA, and ICM Award winner recently earned three Platinum-certified singles in the same week.

America's Best Communities Prize Competition Welcomes Vince Gill

America's Best Communities Prize Competition Welcomes Vince Gill
Multi GRAMMY® Award Winner Joins Frontier Communications, DISH Network and CoBank to Celebrate and Support Rural America
Communities across the country are pursuing America's Best Communities Prize to win up to $3 million for economic revitalization
NASHVILLE, TN -- January 19, 2015-- Multi GRAMMY® Award Winner Vince Gill took the stage with the CEOs of Frontier Communications, DISH Network Corp. and CoBank at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tenn. to announce he's joining the America's Best Communities (ABC) partnership to revitalize small towns and cities across America.

L-R, Vince Gill; Joe Clayton (DISH); Maggie Wilderotter (Frontier) and Robert Engel (CoBank)

America's Best Communities $10 million prize competition will reward communities with the best business plans for economic development and improved quality of life. The winners will also share best practices and great ideas for innovative growth among all the communities that participate in the competition.
In an event celebrating the strength and vitality of rural America - on a stage where he has often celebrated rural America in song - Vince Gill spoke from his heart to a crowd holding aloft rally signs naming their communities and others registered for the competition, while behind him flashed photos of small cities and towns that are eagerly participating in the competition.
"There's a lot of small town community in me. I have a small town mentality," Vince Gill told the crowd, for whom the day marked a ceremonial kickoff for their efforts. "This is where I live and I want to make it better, I want to be part of a team focused on supporting the backbone of America."
Vince, a native of Norman, Okla., spoke of his roots and the importance of lending a hand to people, and not a hand out. The ABC competition can do that, he said, and shine a light on the importance of rural America for us all.
America's Best Communities has already drawn more than 200 participating communities across the 27 states served by Frontier Communications. Fifty quarter-finalists will be selected in April, 2015 and awarded $50,000 in development funds for their revitalization proposals. At the end of the competition in April 2017, the top three applicants will share $6 million in prize money - $3 million to the winner, $2 million for second place and $1 million for third place - money to be used to continue to implement their improvement plans.
Maggie Wilderotter, Chairman and CEO of Frontier Communications, said, "As the largest broadband communications company focused on rural America, we want to be a catalyst for growth in our towns and cities. We believe that investments in these locations will have a multiplier effect as communities embrace opportunities for revitalization. Whether it is upgrading existing businesses in the area or new startups, a focus on local businesses will be critical to sustained growth. We also will look for innovative ideas on how each community will come together to socialize and interact as a measurement of success."
America sends billions overseas in foreign aid, she noted, but we need to think domestically in helping rural small towns and cities.
Conceived by Frontier Communications and co-sponsored with DISH Network and CoBank, America's Best Communities Prize is a competition that will fund economic development opportunities for the winners and share best practices and great ideas for progress among all the communities that enter.
"Our nation depends on a strong rural America," said CoBank CEO Robert B. Engel. "Rural communities need continuous investment and support in order to ensure they remain healthy and can continue to play a vital role in the broader economy. That's why we are so excited to support the ABCcampaign. We look forward to seeing the proposals generated by the ABC competition, and the tangible benefits it will deliver to all communities who decide to participate."
Rural America is important not just to our own country, but to the world, especially for the world's food supply, and CoBank is there to help, Mr. Engelsaid.
"DISH is a proud co-sponsor of America's Best Communities because the initiative supports entrepreneurism, innovation and creativity - ideals reflective of our roots," said DISH Network President and CEO Joseph P. Clayton. "Our expectation is that America's Best Communities will help provide the right motivation, resources and rewards to support those working to make their communities the best they can be."
Innovate new ideas come from rural America, Mr. Clayton said.
All entrants will win access to each other's ideas and plans to use in their own future economic development efforts. The deadline for entry is March 25, 2015.
About Vince Gill
One of the most popular singers in modern country music, Vince Gill is famous for his top-notch songwriting, world-class guitar playing and warm, soaring tenor, all wrapped up in a quick and easy wit. Since 1990, Gill has won 20 GRAMMY Awards and 18 Country Music Association Awards. The CMA just honored Gill with its prestigious Irving Waugh Award of Excellence which is awarded to an individual who is "the originator and caretaker of demonstrated ideas and actions that have dramatically broadened and improved country music's influence." Gill was also recently presented the BMI Icon Award. The Academy of Country Music has conferred eight awards on Gill. Gill is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry. He is a member of the four-time Grammy-nominated band The Time Jumpers.

Kristen Merlin, Releases Debut EP, Boomerang

The Voice: Season 6 Top Five Finalist, Kristen Merlin, Releases Debut EP, Boomerang


Kristen Merlin
Photo credit: Matt Gleason


(Nashville, Tenn. – Jan. 20, 2015) – Country newcomer Kristen Merlin has released her debut EP, Boomerang, today, Jan. 20, 2015. Merlin, who finished 4th on season 6 of NBC’s Emmy Award-winning show, The Voice, is coming off the show’s US tour and making her debut with the five-song EP.

Boomerang, which is available on iTunes, Amazon and other major digital retailers, was produced by Corey Britz, engineered by Paul Fig and recorded at Southland Records in Los Angeles. The five-track EP features four songs written by Merlin, while title track, “Boomerang,” was co-written by Corey and Kara Britz.


Merlin commented of the project, “I am super excited to take this next step in my career and finally release some original work to my fans! This EP is filled with heartfelt tunes that listeners will be able to relate to. Many thanks to all those who were involved in seeing this project through from start to finish! I couldn't be more proud of the finished product.”


Merlin’s music career began in the first grade where she made her solo debut with “Never Never Land” at her elementary school’s rendition of Peter Pan. From that moment on, Kristen Merlin knew the stage would be her home, and began to perform at every opportunity that came along. In her junior year of high school, Merlin’s mother gave the young talent her first acoustic guitar, and in a few short months, she was a self-taught guitarist and began writing her own material. 


After earning her BA in Music and Sound Recording from the University of New Haven in Connecticut, and brushing up her performance chops all over Massachusetts with her self-titled band, as well as another one of Boston’s leading cover bands, Six Foot Sunday, her talents landed Merlin a spot on The Voice. After her audition performing Sugarland’s “Something More,” and some heated haggling between coaches Adam Levine and Shakira, Kristen joined Team Shakira and became a powerhouse female staple of The Voice: Season 6. Kristen is now making her debut with original music. 


Her EP, Boomerang, is a collection of refreshingly modern classic country love songs, showcasing Kristen’s “unique and distinct tone” as well as her vocal range.


Boomerang Track Listing:

1 – Boomerang (Corey Britz / Kara Britz)

2 – A Little While (Kristen Merlin)

3 – Confusion (Kristen Merlin)

4 – For Now (Kristen Merlin)

5 – Pocket Love Song (Kristen Merlin)

A Special Moment with Dolly Parton



A Special Moment with Dolly Parton

 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (January 20, 2015) – Ronnie McDowell is highly respected by his peers and loved by his fans. Radio favorites and chart topper’s such as “Older Women” and “You’re Gonna Ruin My Bad Reputation,” along with “Watchin’ Girls  Go By,” “All Tied Up” and “In A New York Minute” laid the foundation to an impressive career spanning more than forty years.

It wasn't that long ago that Ronnie was presented with the opportunity to sing a duet with the legendary Dolly Parton called “Last Night I Dreamed About Elvis.” It seemed like the obvious choice because she knew he had the same love for Elvis as she did.  Dolly shared with Ronnie her story about the time Elvis wanted to record “I Will Always Love You,” she was so excited about it and had told everyone.  Due to disagreements over publishing with Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis’ manager, Dolly never got her Elvis moment.  

Touched by the story, Ronnie put one of his lesser known talents to work and not only created an Elvis moment for Dolly, but one designed to stand the test of time. Ronnie shares, “When the time came to reveal the big surprise, I took the cover off and Dolly’s expression was priceless and was followed by screams and more screams. I filmed it and I’m so glad I did because it was magic.”

Painting description: Elvis and Dolly are on a picnic in her hometown of Sevierville, TN with the Great Smoky Mountains in the background. The lyric sheet to “I Will Always Love You,” which is also the name of the painting, is laying on the blanket with Dolly holding her guitar with a butterfly resting gently on it.

When Dolly had a moment to compose herself, she exclaimed “Damn! I WISH I looked that good!”

Ronnie McDowell Tour Dates:
Jan 24 Portland, TN / Portland High School
Feb 14 Blue Summit, PA / The Lodge
Feb 15 Baltimore, MD / Rosedale American Legion
Feb 21 Liberty, NC / The Liberty Showcase
Mar 06 Fulton, MS / Itawamba Agricultural High School
            Elvis Presley Charity Event
Mar 14 Clarksville, TN / Austin Peay University Mabry Hall
Mar 20 Pace, FL / Emmanuel Baptist Church
Mar 21 Russellville, AL / The Roxy Theater
Mar 27 Liberty, KY / Central KY Agriculture Expo Center
Apr 19- Ronnie McDowell’s “Dream Cruise”
Apr 26  Sailing from New Orleans

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Billie Richardson, Grandmother of Jason Crabb, Passes Away

Billie Richardson, Grandmother of Jason Crabb, Passes Away
 
 
(Nashville, TN – January 19, 2015) - Billie Richardson, beloved grandmother of Jason Crabb, passed away today surrounded by family and friends in her home in Beaver Dam, KY.
 
Crabb posted the notice on Facebook saying: "My Mamaw Billie just went home to be with the Lord. I loved her with all my heart. Everyone who knew her loved this Godly woman. I am so thankful for her influence on my life. Please pray for my entire family."
 
The life of Billie Richardson made an impact on each and every individual she ever met, including Billboard's Deborah Evans Price. Price included Mrs. Richardson as one of the her '10 Most Memorable Interviews' during her career along with Don Henley, Brad Paisley, Alan Jackson, Jon Bon Jovi, Jimmy Wayne and more. (See article here: http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/the-615/5793164/truck-rides-with-brad-paisley-and-flowers-from-charlie-daniels)
 
The family asks for your prayers during this time. Arrangements will be announced as soon as they are available.
 

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