Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Dolly Parton Announces “Pure & Simple” Tour + New Album

Dolly Parton Announces “Pure & Simple” Tour + New Album

For the first time in 25 years, fans of Dolly Parton in the United States and Canada will have their favorite Backwoods Barbie touring across the North American nations, coming to a town near them.

It was announced during a well attended press conference in Nashville on March 7, 2016 that the country music icon will do a follow up on her huge success, the movie “Coat Of Many Colors”, with a double CD titled “Pure & Simple with Dolly’s Biggest Hits”, along with the most extensive tour she’s been on for a quarter of a century.  The title is referring to the downscaled arrangements of the music and the setting on stage will be “without the fireworks and all that”.  In her own usual, jovial Dolly manner, she  is describing the choice of moving to a more intimate and acoustic show as kind of a way to “go back in time”, and to give people a taste of what her family upbringing and music sounded like.  As she says:  “The movie ‘Coat Of May Colors’ is really more about family than about me”, and she continues that she misses those types of programs on TV herself.  When she is describing her new projects, she is using the word excited extensively, and you can tell she really is.
Despite of, or rather in addition to her glamorous outside, Dolly is much more than an artist and an image and that is displayed with hard-to-hold-back-tears when the recent passing of Joey Feek is mentioned.  She is sincerely choked up talking about how special Joey was.  And Dolly shows her affectionate and sentimental side and love for her family while talking about how hard it was for her to sing “Coat Of Many Colors” for many years after the passing of Dolly’s mother.  After all, it is so much more than a song: it is an actual event and an act of love and a gift from a mother to a child.  Speaking of family events, the Dolly owned theme park Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee has some new attractions this year:  one of them is the world’s not only fastest, but the world’s first launching wooden roller coaster and it has been named Lightening Rod.  Most appropriately, its riding cars are designed to look as hot rods from the 1950s. The new attraction has a top speed of 73 mph (117 km/h).  And just like her park and roller coaster, Dolly is always on full throttle:  in addition to working on her new “Pure & Simple” album, a tour, her theme park and Imagination Library (a charity giving the gift of story books to children), she is already planning a Christmas TV show as well.  Dolly readily proclaimed that she is never going to retire. She celebrated her 70th birthday in January and Is having a 50 year Anniversary wedding vow renewal in May, but what reveals her “real age” (is there such a thing?) is the title of one of the new songs on her upcoming  CD: “I’m 16”. And … aren’t we all?

The double album’s track listing and details will be announced later, but it will include her biggest hits along with some newly written material.  Dollywood opens on March 19 and the movie “Coat Of Many Colors” is going to be released on DVD May 3, just in time for Mother’s Day.

To follow Dolly Parton’s news, go to: http://dollyparton.com/latest-news



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REBA McENTIRE, ALISON KRAUSS, BUDDY MILLER, LARRY GATLIN, JESSI COLTER, SHOOTER JENNINGS

MUSIC STARS REBA McENTIRE, ALISON KRAUSS, BUDDY MILLER, LARRY GATLIN, JESSI COLTER, SHOOTER JENNINGS ADDED TO POWERHOUSE LINEUP FOR
THE LIFE & SONGS OF KRIS KRISTOFFERSON
THESE ARTISTS JOIN THE ALL-STAR LINEUP OF PERFORMERS INCLUDING LADY ANTEBELLUM, DIERKS BENTLEY, RYAN BINGHAM, ROSANNE CASH, ERIC CHURCH, EMMYLOU HARRIS, JACK INGRAM, JAMEY JOHNSON, TOBY KEITH, MARTINA McBRIDE, WILLIE NELSON,  JENNIFER NETTLES, DARIUS RUCKER, HANK WILLIAMS JR., AND LEE ANN WOMACK       
ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME CONCERT EVENT TO BE HELD WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, AT BRIDGESTONE ARENA IN NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE
FINAL BLOCK OF GREAT SEATS NOW AVAILABLE VIA TICKETMASTER.COM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (Tuesday, March 8, 2016) – Music stars Reba McEntire, Alison Krauss, Buddy Miller, Larry Gatlin, Jessi Colter, and Shooter Jennings have been added to the all-star lineup of The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson on Wednesday, March 16, at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. 
The all-star concert event taping will pay tribute to the legendary singer-songwriter and actor with performances by Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Ryan BinghamRosanne Cash, Eric Church, Emmylou HarrisJack Ingram, Jamey Johnson, Toby Keith, Martina McBride, Willie Nelson, Jennifer Nettles, Darius Rucker, Hank Williams Jr., and Lee Ann Womack. Kristofferson will take the stage to perform with a number of special guests throughout the evening. 
A final block of great seats is now available at Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster locations and at the Bridgestone Arena box office. Citi is the official credit card of The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson
Proceeds from a range of charity initiatives will benefit the T.J. Martell Foundation, the official charity partner of the show. For more information, visit http://songsofkristofferson.com/charitybuzz. The T.J. Martell Foundation, the music industry’s largest foundation, funds innovative medical research focused on finding cures for leukemia, cancer and AIDS. For more information, visit www.TJMartell.org
Kristofferson, a Country Music Hall of Fame member, is considered a true poet who helped modernize the genre with songs such as “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down,” “Help Me Make It Through the Night,” “Me and Bobby McGee” and “Lovin' Her Was Easier.” These are the songs of heartbreak and despair, of love and loss, of yearning and hope. These are the songs so honest that we adopted them as our own. They are the songs of a life led unlike any other: An All-American athlete, Golden Gloves boxer, Army Ranger, helicopter pilot, singer-songwriter, social activist, humanitarian and movie star. 
Keith Wortman is creator and executive producer of the show. Grammy Award-winner Don Was will serve as music director and will lead an all-star band that includes featured artist and Grammy Award-winner Buddy Miller backing the performers at this incomparable concert event taping. The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson will be filmed and recorded for multi-platform distribution throughout traditional media (worldwide broadcast, music and digital). 

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Country Music News International Newsletter March 8. 2016

Country Music News International Newsletter March 8. 2016

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RASCAL FLATTS, KELSEA BALLERINI AND CHRIS LANE IN VEGAS

RASCAL FLATTS GEAR UP FOR SUMMER TOUR WITH SPECIAL GUESTS 
KELSEA BALLERINI AND CHRIS LANE AS SECOND VEGAS RESIDENCY
WRAPS TO CRITICS’ APPLAUSE 

Trio’s Current Single “I Like The Sound Of That” Hits Top 10 At Country Radio


Nashville, TN - Mar. 7, 2016 - ACM “Vocal Group Of The Year” Nominees Rascal Flatts wrapped their second wildly-successful Vegas Residency this weekend at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.  Over the course of their nine-show spectacular critics praised as “the trio that’s practically made of gold and platinum” (Las Vegas Magazine) "blasted through hit after hit” (Las Vegas Review Journal) as well as a surprise cameo from Brian McKnight much "to the delight of the band and their fans” (Las Vegas Sun.) Following enthusiastic feedback to the group’s stripped-down setup in Vegas, that allowed the group to fully engage with fans, Rascal Flatts announced today that their headlining RASCAL FLATTS: RHYTHM AND ROOTS TOUR will kick off in Charlotte, NC on 6/17 and the trio have invited two-time ACM nominee Kelsea Ballerini and red-hot newcomer Chris Lane to join them out on the road.  
“It’s really important to us that each year our shows are fresh and exciting for our fans,” said Jay DeMarcus.  “We put a lot of thought into how to do that this year and mixing it up in Vegas was really fun so we decided to continue with this new change of pace out on the road this summer.  We are so pumped because no-one has ever seen Rascal Flatts like this before and we’re really excited to have such great support this year with Kelsea and Chris too, it’s going to be a blast!”
RASCAL FLATTS: RHYTHM AND ROOTS TOUR Dates
6/17    CHARLOTTE, NC
6/18    RALEIGH, NC
6/24    SYRACUSE, NY
6/25    CLEVELAND, OH
6/26    CINCINNATI, OH
7/7      MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA
7/8      SAN DIEGO, CA
7/9      IRVINE, CA 
7/15    PHOENIX, AZ
7/16    ALBUQUERQUE, NM
7/28    ST. LOUIS, MO
7/29    KANSAS CITY, MO
7/30    DALLAS, TX
8/5      DAVENPORT, IA*
8/6      WEST ALLIS, WI*
8/7      CHICAGO, IL
8/12    MANSFIELD, MA
8/13    HARTFORD, CT
8/14    VIRGINIA BEACH, VA
8/18    HALIFAX, CAN
8/20    AVONDALE, CAN*
8/27    LIMA, OH*
9/1      WANTAGH, NY
9/2      HOLMDEL, NJ
9/3      ESSEX JUNCTION, VT
9/4      BANGOR, ME
9/8      PHILADELPHIA, PA
9/9      PITTSBURGH, PA
9/10    BRISTOW, VA
9/15    CLARKSTON, MI 
9/17    INDIANAPOLIS, IN 
* Denotes Fair or Festival, openers may vary
Rascal Flatts' single “I Like The Sound Of That” is currently in the Top 10 at country radio and climbing. The single is taken from their current album, REWIND (Big Machine Records), which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart, making Rascal Flatts one of only four acts from the SoundScan era to have eight consecutive studio albums debut in the top spot. The best-selling country vocal group of the past decade Rascal Flatts has scored 15 No. 1 songs, sold over 23.1 million albums, over 31 million digital downloads worldwide to date. Currently nominated for ACM's "Vocal Group Of The Year," Rascal Flatts have earned over 40 trophies from the ACAs, ACMs, AMAs, CMAs, People's Choice Awards and more making them the most awarded country group of the past decade. For more information visit rascalflatts.com
About Kelsea Ballerini:
Kelsea Ballerini launched to stardom with two consecutive No. 1 smashes – the GOLD-certified "Love Me Like You Mean It” and infectious “Dibs” - from her critically-acclaimed debut album THE FIRST TIME. The Black River Entertainment recording artist is the first solo female artist in 15 years to hit #1 with her first two country singles and one of only 11 women to have ever hit the top of the charts with a debut. Racking up her first CMT, CMA and AMA award nominations, she received Billboard’s “Rising Star” award at the prestigious 2015 Women In Music event and is up for her first-ever ACM award nominations in two categories – Female Vocalist of the Year and New Female Vocalist of the Year. Previously sharing the stage with Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban, she is currently on her first international trek to Australia to perform at the Country CMC Rocks Festival and will join select dates this spring with Billy Currington and Rascal Flatts. www.KelseaBallerini.com

About Chris Lane:
Since releasing the record-breaking, Top 25-and-climbing single “Fix,” Chris Lane has become one of country music’s fastest rising newcomers. Racking up shout-outs from celebrities such as Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line, Lucy Hale, Dustin Lynch, Cole Swindle, “Fix” accumulated the most first week single adds from a debut male artist in Country Aircheck history and has notched 5,408,227 plus streams on Spotify. Media have applauded his bold, fresh sound and standout falsetto captured throughout his FIX EP (Big Loud Records); with early raves including ROLLING STONE’s “10 New Country Artists You Need To Know,” YOUNG HOLLYWOOD's “Artist To Watch” list, HELLO! Magazine's “People You Will Be Talking About,” GLAMOUR’s “Music We Love” and CMT's 2016 LISTEN UP campaign. The talented singer/songwriter started his career selling out club shows in his hometown of Kernersville, NC, and previously toured with heavy-hitters Florida Georgia Line, Nelly, Dustin Lynch and Lee Brice. www.iamchrislane.com

Dolly Parton set for a major North American tour and a new double album

Dolly Parton set for a major North American tour and a new double album


Dolly Parton is a piece of work, as they say here in Tennessee. She also celebrated her 70th birthday January 19th. Dolly and her husband Carl Dean will celebrate 50 year wedding anniversary on May 30th. She has been shopping for a weddingdress and Carl has been suit shopping she announced to the crowd. She said, “There were only four of us at the Church in
Ringold, Georgia in 1966 and I want to have the big wedding, I never got to have.”

With enough achievements under her belt to fill several lifetimes for most people, Dolly shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, if any thing she’s more like her new roller coaster: speeding up.

At a press conference in Nashville, she announced that she is set to bring her boundless energy to stages in 60+ cities as part of her first major tour of the United States and Canada in more than 25 years. She has only played ‘select dates’ over the past two decades, but 2016 will find her playing cities across North America. The full list of tour dates and venues will
be released shortly.

Dolly said that the set list for the tour will of course include many of her hit songs while weaving in new songs from her double-disc album, ‘Pure & Simple with Dolly’s Biggest Hits.’ The album, she revealed, will feature one disc of familiar hits and a second disc of all-new material.

The Country Music Hall of Famer is on one of the biggest hot streaks of her career after her hugely successful TV movie, “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors,” attracted a network record of 15.8+ million viewers and was the most watched movie on network TV in more than 3 years. “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors,” will be released on DVD May 3.

And that rollercoaster?  Dolly confirmed that 2016 will see the launch of “the World’s Fastest Wooden Roller Coaster” at Dollywood in the Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee.  Named Lightning Rod, the coaster will top 73 mph and is part of a projected $300 million that will be invested in upgrades at the famed resort and theme park. Also new at Dollywood: “Festival of Nations,” a series of shows scheduled for March 19 through April 18, 2016, featuring live performances from Argentina, Ecuador, Nova Scotia, France, Germany, The United Kingdom and more.

Dolly also revealed that, following the success of “Coat of Many Colors,” negotiations are underway for more television and film projects in the future. Dolly also confirmed ‘Jolene’ already in the works.

At one point, Dolly took a moment to comment on the sad passing of country artist, Joey Feek. “The Lord needed Joey Feek more than we did,” she said.

Dolly had the full house of media outlets in laughter while she announced all the great things coming up including with a new double album, an upcoming North American tour and a major investment in Dollywood, it seems Ms Parton, like her roller coaster, is on a roll.

More at www.dollypartonentertainment.com and Facebook.com/DollyParton 


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THE “DISTINCT SOUND” OF TUCKER BEATHARD

THE “DISTINCT SOUND” OF TUCKER BEATHARD’S DEBUT SINGLE “ROCK ON” HITS RADIO AIRWAVES TODAY AS ONE OF THE MOST ADDED TRACKS IN THE FORMAT
Nashville, TN - Mar. 7, 2016 - Showcasing "his strong songwriting [and] gritty rock-country voice,” (Taste Of Country) Tucker Beathard’s debut single “Rock On” is one of the most added songs at radio today.   Beathard plays both lead guitar and drums on the track that spotlights his “hard country edge” (Rolling Stone), in addition sharing co-writing credits with Marla Cannon-Goodman and his dad hit songwriter Casey Beathard. 
“It’s always been a dream to hear myself on the radio,” said Beathard. "I've learned a lot and had a lot of fun thus far in my career, and have loved sharing my music with people in every bar, club, festival and arena. Now getting to share it through the radio I'm fired up to see what happens and keep on taking more steps." 
Beathard's family ties in music run deep, with dad Casey Beathard penning songs like Kenny Chesney’s “Don’t Blink” and Eric Church’s “Homeboy,” the latter inspired by his son's rebellious phase.  He picked up the guitar and drums at the age of 10, often playing in a band with his two brothers.  While his brothers strayed away from music to chase another family legacy in football by becoming star quarterbacks, Beathard is following his dream of writing and playing music.  For an inside look at Beathard's story, click here.
This year holds a stacked touring schedule for Beathard, who was recently tapped by country superstar Dierks Bentley for his summer tour, which will also include his first stint overseas in The UK and Ireland in April.  He is currently working on his debut album, being overseen by producer Angelo Petraglia (Kings Of Leon), and has already been featured on multiple “Artists To Watch” lists including The Bobby Bones Show, Huffington Post, Rolling Stone and more. 

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