Thursday, March 17, 2016

KELLY LANG WITH SPECIAL GUESTS OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN, PAUL SHAFFER AND LEE GREENWOOD

KELLY LANG RELEASES 'THROWBACK' WITH SPECIAL GUESTS OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN, PAUL SHAFFER AND LEE GREENWOOD
Album Accompanied by Special Nashville Show on March 29 at 3rd and Lindsley Presented by Springer Mountain Farms Chicken
 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 16, 2016) – Recording artist and acclaimed songwriter, Kelly Lang, will take the stage at Nashville’s 3rd and Lindsley on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 7PM to perform songs from her brand new album Throwback. The show will spotlight songs from the star-studded project, which includes guest appearances by entertainment icon Olivia Newton-John, “God Bless the U.S.A.” singer Lee Greenwood and former band leader on “Late Show with David Letterman,” Paul Shaffer. Tickets for the show are just $15 and are available in advance at www.3rdandlindsley.com and at the door. The Springer Mountain Farms Chicken sponsored show will take fans on a roller coaster ride with a very special surprise.

“In recording these, it was strictly out of honor for the artists who recorded it before. I’m trying to pass along my appreciation for these artists to future generations,” says Lang. “I heard a very interesting quote, which pretty much sums it up: ‘singing an old song is like visiting an old friend.’”

The latest album, which hits the highest and lowest of emotions, is available now on iTunes, Amazon and kellylang.net. The inspiration behind the project comes from a series of “Throwback Thursday” videos on Lang’s Facebook page, where she sings some of her favorite ‘throwback’ tunes. Listen in close, as the talented singer pours her heart out on standout tracks like “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart” featuring Olivia Newton John, who adds, “My dear friend Kelly Lang has sung some of my favorite songs on this CD and I loved singing our hero Barry Gibb's song with her!” Fans can step inside the studio with Olivia and Kelly in a behind-the-scenes video HERE. Also featured on the album is the breathtaking “Last Date,” which features “Late Night With David Letterman” band leader Paul Shaffer playing keyboard (check out behind-the-scenes footage HERE). Grammy award winning singer Lee Greenwood teams with Lang on the ballad, “It Turns Me Inside Out,” which fans can preview HERE.

The project, which was recently spotlighted on Billboard, sees Lang tackling songs originally made famous by top artists like Kenny Rogers on the track “Morning Desire.” Lang had the honor of performing at the iconic singer’s Country Music Hall of Fame induction alongside Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees. The CD also features the cut “I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You,” which was made famous by the late Elvis Presley, who was a close friend to Lang’s husband, 21-time country chart-topper T.G. Sheppard. The project was released via Leopard Entertainment and produced by Kelly Lang.

Lang is no stranger to success, getting her start in the business as the winner of the hit television show “Ed McMahon’s Star Search.” Over the years, she has also excelled as a talented songwriter, penning multiple songs for Lorrie Morgan, including tracks on upcoming albums Letting Go Slow and A Picture of Me – Greatest Hits & More. The talented singer/songwriter also wrote eight songs on T.G. Sheppard’s latest critically acclaimed album, Legendary Friends & Country Duets.

Throwback Track Listing:
1. By The Time I Get To Phoenix
2. It Turns Me Inside Out (duet with Lee Greenwood)
3. Baby Don’t Get Hooked On Me
4. Till I Can make It On My Own
5. Crying
6. How Can You Mend a Broken Heart (duet with Olivia Newton-John)
7. Neither One of Us Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye
8. Morning Desire
9. Something
10. Last Date (featuring Paul Shaffer on piano)
11. I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You
12. Kiss You All Over

About Kelly Lang:
As a recent inductee into the North American Country Music Hall Of Fame, Kelly Lang's career continues to grow at a rapid pace. She was recently invited by Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees to perform "Islands In The Stream" in honor of Kenny Roger's, at his recent Country Music Hall Of Fame induction. Kelly and Barry also performed together at the Grand Ole Opry.

Along with balancing a busy career as a performing artist, Kelly is a highly sought after and accomplished songwriter and producer. Kelly's songs have been featured on the major motion picture screen and have been recorded by artists such as Lorrie Morgan, Jerry Lee Lewis, Crystal Gayle, George Jones, BJ Thomas, The Oak Ridge Boys, and Janie Fricke to name a few.

Kelly’s latest release Throwback was inspired by her “Throwback Thursday” videos on Facebook, which have garnered close to half a million views in the last year alone. Kelly’s weekly take on classic country songs have created a lasting impression on her fans that rapidly share, like and request their favorites each week. Kelly recognized the craving for classic songs and recorded Throwback in honor of her fans. Kelly was thrilled to have Olivia Newton-John, Lee Greenwood and Paul Shaffer from The Late Show with David Letterman, join her in the studio to record duets, which also appear on the album. Kelly will perform the entire album top to bottom and is looking forward to hearing the fans sing along to these familiar tune.
 

Trailer Choir’s New Single, “Ice Cold Summer,” Ships to Radio

Trailer Choir’s New Single, “Ice Cold Summer,” Ships to Radio



Nashville, TN, March 16, 2016….Hit Country Duo, Trailer Choir, return to the airwaves with their long-awaited high-energy single, “Ice Cold Summer,” which just shipped to radio stations nationwide via Play MPE. The catchy summertime jam, written by Big Vinny, Butter, Brandon Ray Tant and Scott Martin Mills, will impact radio April 11, 2016.

“We’ve primarily been focused on touring and writing new songs over the past two years,” said Big Vinny. “Out of about 50 songs that we wrote, we felt this one was the best to introduce the new Trailer Choir,” added Butter.
Star Farm Nashville will handle radio promotion for the new single. The duo is signed to Average Joes Entertainment. Management representation is through Nashville-based Mandolin Entertainment.

About Trailer Choir
Recently signed to Nashville-based, Average Joes Entertainment. Big Vinny and Butter have already made a notable impression on country music with hits like “Rockin’ The Beer Gut,” “Rollin’ Through The Sunshine" and “Off The Hillbilly Hook,” which was featured in Toby Keith’s film, Beer For My Horses.

HANK WILLIAMS JR. PERFORMS AT NISSAN STADIUM DURING CMA FEST

'IT'S ABOUT TIME' HANK WILLIAMS JR.
PERFORMS AT NISSAN STADIUM DURING CMA FEST

Hank Jr.'s Nash Icon Records Release, IT’S ABOUT TIME,
Remains in Billboard's Top 20 Country Albums

Country Icon to Join All-star Lineup During
Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson Tribute March 16

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 16, 2016) – Hank Williams Jr. will entertain all of his rowdy friends during CMA Music Festival when he plays The Stadium Friday, June 10. The dynamic entertainer will join Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton, Eric Church and Sam Hunt as part of the Friday night lineup. He’ll also jam with an all-star lineup for the Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson tribute show at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena March 16.

Hank Jr. is on a hot streak of success with his 37th studio album It’s About Time (Nash Icon Records), which remains in the Top 20 after achieving the highest peak position of his career with a No. 2 position on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart when it was released Jan. 15.

The country icon’s 2016 shows have all been SOLD OUT and continues to add additional dates (see tour schedule below). Hank Jr. will also co-headline a special limited run tour with Chris Stapleton this summer when the two music renegades visit 8 cities with dates lined up in Houston, Austin, West Palm Beach, Detroit (Clarkston), Cleveland, Indianapolis and Cincinnati.

After six decades of top charting singles, Hank Jr. remains in-demand on the road and on air after recently appearing on “Audience All Access” on AT&T's Audience Network, “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” CBS This Morning and an inspiring performance with Whoopi Goldberg on “The View.” Hank Jr. was also NRA Country’s featured artist for January.

Fans can keep up with Hank Jr. by visiting hankjr.com, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

HANK WILLIAMS JR. ON TOUR:
*denotes stops with Chris Stapleton

June 17 – The Corn Crib – Normal, Ill.
June 18 – Black Diamond Harley Davidson – Marion, Ill.
June 24 – Big Barrel Country Music Festival – Dover, Del.
July 02 – Talladega Superspeedway – Lincoln, Neb.
July 16 – Harrah’s Hotel & Casino – Council Bluffs, Iowa
July 17 – Madison Co. Fairgrounds – Madison, Neb.
Aug 05 – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre – Tampa, Fla.*
Aug 06 – Coral Sky Amphitheatre – West Palm Beach, Fla.*
Aug 12 – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – Houston, Texas*
Aug 13 – Austin360 Amphitheater – Austin, Texas*
Aug 16 – Rockingham Co. Fair – Harrisonburg, Va.
Aug 19 – Blossom Music Center – Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio*
Aug 20 – DTE Energy Music Theatre – Clarkston, Mich.*
Aug 26 – Klipsch Music Center – Noblesville, Ind.*
Aug 27 – Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, Ohio*
Sep 03 – Legend Valley – Thornville, Ohio
Sep 24 – Laughlin Events Center – Laughlin, Nev.
Sep 25 – Ava Amphitheater – Tucson, Ariz.


ABOUT HANK WILLIAMS JR.:
Hank Williams Jr.'s extremely impressive resume has spawned 70 million albums sold worldwide, six PLATINUM albums, 20 GOLD albums, 13 No. 1 albums and 10 No. 1 singles. Marking 52 years since his first album in 1964, Hank Jr. released IT’S ABOUT TIME (Nash Icon Records) on January 15. In addition to the history-making “Are You Ready for the Country,” the project includes new tunes such as “Dress Like an Icon,” “Just Call Me Hank,” “It’s About Time,” and “The Party’s On” as well as re-recorded versions of classics “Mental Revenge” and “Born to Boogie” with Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore and Brad Paisley on guitar. IT’S ABOUT TIME is Hank Jr.'s 37th album in his five-decade career. He continues to add accolades to an extremely impressive resume, which includes ACM Entertainer of the Year, CMA Entertainer of the Year and BMI Icon in addition to winning a GRAMMY and being inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. As a touring artist, Hank Jr. was a pioneer in bringing arena rock production values to country music, and he remains one of the most consistent ticket sellers in music, period, as generation after generation gets turned on to one of the most dynamic live performers ever to take the stage.

Maiden Dixie To Release Wrecked On Friday, April 22

Maiden Dixie To Release Wrecked On Friday, April 22
 
 
Nashville, TN (March 16, 2016) - Maiden Dixie is set to release Wrecked, the band's second studio project with Navigator Records, on Friday, April 22. Wrecked will be available for pre-order on April 5.

The band shared production of the new EP with producer Makoa Johnson, recording at RiverRock Studios in Minneapolis. "As we were working in the studio, we started thinking about the project as a whole, the differences musically and topically in each track. The word wrecked and how it is a relevant word in many scenarios leapt out at us," says Maiden Dixie lead guitarist Jonathan Krentz. "A person can be wrecked from too much tequila, a heart can be wrecked from a broken relationship, a person can be a wrecked internally, struggling with addictions, confidence, self-esteem, etcetera and even for something good to happen something bad must be wrecked." 
  

Track Listing
1. "Freedom Feels Like" (Jonathan Krentz/Lisa Witters/Kate Smith/Zack Dyer)
2. "The Whiskey'll Miss Me" (Channing Himes/Jonathan Krentz/Graham Becker)
3. "Today Ain't It" (Jonathan Krentz/Graham Becker)
4. "Wild Card" (Channing Himes/Jonathan Krentz/Tyler Kloewer)  
 
 Photo Credit: Benny Moreno + Cover Art Design: Lacey Koby

CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FRIDAY LINEUP

CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FRIDAY LINEUP FOR THE NIGHTLY CONCERTS AT NISSAN STADIUM

NASHVILLE – CMA Music Festival’s Friday night stadium lights will shine on Eric Church, Sam Hunt, Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood, and Hank Williams, Jr. when they perform Friday, June 10 as part of the Nightly Concerts at Nissan Stadium.
They join previously announced Country Music superstars Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, and Rascal Flatts, who will perform during the Festival’s opening night. Artists and schedules are subject to change.
Each Wednesday in March CMA will announce the lineup for a different Nightly Concert at Nissan Stadium. Loyal fans who download the CMA Music Festival app learn of the new performers a full 24 hours before the announcements are made to the public. 
The 2016 CMA Music Festival runs Thursday through Sunday, June 9-12 in downtown Nashville. While the Festival boasts numerous free stages and unique fan experiences, the most anticipated events are the Nightly Concerts at Nissan Stadium, which sell out long before talent is announced.
This year’s app is now available in the App store for iPhone and Android and includes features that allow fans to create individual concert schedules and be the first to know which of their favorite stars will be appearing on the Nissan Stadium stage.
Funds generated through CMA Music Festival ticket sales benefit music education. Since 2006, CMA and the CMA Foundation have donated more than $13.6 million to support sustainable music education initiatives across the country on behalf of the artists who participate in the event for free.
Fans who were not able to purchase tickets to the Nightly Concerts are still able to enjoy non-stop music, fan engagement, and artist experiences through numerous FREE stages and events across town and by experiencing Fan Fair X in the Music City Center.
Tickets to Fan Fair X are available now at CMAfest.com (Fan Fair X admission is included in four-day CMA Music Festival tickets). Fan Fair X tickets are $10 per day or $25 for a four-day pass.
For the second year, fans will be able to purchase a four-day pass to the Fan Fair X that includes a general admission ticket to the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum that is good for use any day in 2016. The package deal is on sale now through Friday, June 10 and costs $39.95. The combination Fan Fair X/Country Music Hall of Fame tickets are available via the Country Music Hall of Fame website, http://countrymusichalloffame.org, and will also be sold at their box office during the week of CMA Music Festival.

Montgomery Gentry Headlines Hits For The Homeless Local Benefit Show

Montgomery Gentry Headlines Hits For The Homeless Local Benefit Show

Layman Lessons, one of the top-rated non-profit organizations, is hosting a local benefit concert, Hits For The Homeless, featuring CMA Award-Winning country duo Montgomery Gentry. All proceeds will go directly to Layman Lessons which supplies bottled water canteens, survival rescue blankets and an endless amount of food for the local homeless. 
Scheduled for Monday, May 9th from 5pm-7pm at The Factory at Franklin/Jamison Hall, this event will include dinner, a silent auction table and an intimate acoustic performance by Grand Ole Opry members Montgomery Gentry. Etix is handling all ticket sales by phone at 1-800-514-3849 or online at www.plamedia.com/tickets. Tickets are $60/person or $100/couple, with all proceeds benefitting Layman Lessons.

Date: Monday, May 9, 2016
Time: 5pm-7pm CST
Venue: The Factory at Franklin - Jamison Hall
Address: 230 Franklin Rd. Franklin TN  37064
Tickets: $60/person or $100/couple
Get your tickets today on Etix - Limited seating! Visit www.plamedia.com/tickets or call 1-800-514-3849. 

With over 30 years of experience serving people with addictions, homelessness and serious mental illness, Founder of Layman Lessons, Louie Johnston Jr., has provided for the homeless since 2000. “I feel so fortunate to have Eddie and Troy sign on for this event,” said Louie. “It is so important to spread the word about Layman Lessons and raise money for a great cause in Middle Tennessee.”
There will be an eclectic range of food from vendors that evening. Special thanks to the following sponsors: Freeman Webb Company, American Home Design, and Richard and Richards Document Storage.

ABOUT MONTGOMERY GENTRY: With over 20 plus charted singles, the Kentucky-born duo celebrated a major career milestone last year as Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry were inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame. On June 9, 2015 the pair released Folks Like Us, their eighth studio album and first with label partner Blaster Records. 
Montgomery Gentry has earned countless CMA, ACM, and GRAMMY awards and nominations with undeniable blue collar anthems like “Hell Yeah,” “My Town,” and “Hillbilly Shoes.” They’ve notched five #1 singles ("If You Ever Stop Loving Me," "Something To Be Proud Of," "Lucky Man," "Back When I Knew It All" and "Roll With Me") and will soon celebrate their seventh anniversary as Grand Ole Opry members. For more about Montgomery Gentry, visit www.montgomerygentry.com, engage with Troy and Eddie on Facebook, @mgunderground on Twitter, and on YouTube.
 
ABOUT LAYMAN LESSONS: This was formed as a Tennessee Non Profit Corporation in 2003 as an approved IRS 501c3 Religious and Charitable Organization. This organization, which began in 2000, founded by current “servant director” volunteer minister Louie Johnston Jr., has spent the last 15 years trying to fight the hunger problem here in America. When others turn away from the issue, Layman Lessons goes above and beyond to help those in need. In 2015, Layman Lessons provided food for one million meals to America’s needy and homeless. Within the first two months into 2016, they have supplied food for 350,000 meals for those in need. They also provided 10,000 bottled water canteens during the hot summer days and 1,500 survival rescue blankets to the homeless during freezing temperatures. The organization is able to serve over 24,000 in Middle Tennessee alone and the number goes well beyond that across the nation. Layman Lessons has partnered with Ken Jakes Produce, The Salvation Army, Feed America First, One Warm Coat, OneGenAway, and the 700 Club Operation Blessing. For more information, please visit www.plamedia.com/tickets.  

DENNY STRICKLAND SALUTES KRIS KRISTOFFERSON

DENNY STRICKLAND SALUTES KRIS KRISTOFFERSON WITH ACOUSTIC VIDEO PREMIERE 
 
"Loving Her Was Easier" Is First Of The Cellar Sessions To Air 


Nashville, TN (March 16, 2016) - Country newcomer Denny Strickland salutes icon Kris Kristofferson with his acoustic video premiere of "Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again)" today on The Boot.  The video, part of The Cellar Sessions (Strickland's latest efforts with Producer/Director Brian Harstine), was filmed at The Sutler in Nashville.  Close-ups and low-level lighting set an intimate scene within the speakeasy lounge.  Strickland's signature black hat and smooth vocals make a striking focal point, while rich fabrics and background details serve to hold the viewer's attention.  Kristofferson released "Loving Her Was Easier" on his album, THE SILVER TONGUED DEVIL AND I, in 1971.  Roger Miller, Tompall & The Glaser Brothers, Waylon Jennings and Mark Chesnutt also recorded the song.
 


Denny met Kristofferson at the Johnny Cash Music Festival in Jonesboro, Arkansas in 2011, and felt an immediate camaraderie. "My longtime manager Marshall Grant was in the hospital and I was on my own at the festival," Strickland recalls.  "It was a pivotal day in my career.  When it came time to choose the songs for The Cellar Sessions, this was an easy choice and a nice way to pay tribute to Kris.  He has had a huge influence on my life."
 
Denny and Harstine shot three classic Country covers for The Cellar Sessions.  These video performances comprise a sequel to Strickland's popular Dive Sessions, which generated two hit European radio singles:  "I'd Love To Lay You Down" (#1 for four weeks) and the Top 10 "Run." 
 
Harstine (Dolly Parton, Ke$ha) chose The Sutler for a classier edge.  "I wanted to follow the same style and tone while building the new series, but definitely wanted to update the look," Brian explains.  "From the beginning of filming, the new visuals brought a real vibrancy to the screen.  Modern camera work set Denny apart and drew focus to the intensity of the songs and performances."  It's a look Denny's fans are sure to appreciate; luxurious yet simple, a throw-back vibe that resonates and thrums with subdued energy.
 

ABOUT DENNY STRICKLAND
Denny's early career was guided by The Statler Brothers' longtime manager (and Bass player for Johnny Cash), Marshall Grant. Strickland soon found himself sharing the stage with legends Kris Kristofferson, Rosanne Cash and George Jones.  With Grant's passing in 2011, he took a brief hiatus; regrouping and refocusing his efforts.  He launched his music career with two MusicRow CountryBreakout™ Chart hits: "Swerve On" and "How Far You Wanna Go."  He has hosted the internationally-syndicated television show COUNTRY FIX and opened for The Kentucky Headhunters and 3 Doors Down. He is an accomplished guitarist, keyboardist and American Quarter Horse Association horseman.  

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