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Country Music News International Newsletter October 5. 2016

Country Music News International Newsletter October 5. 2016

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     It's very interesting to see the 'season' of live entertainment slowly ease down in the upper Midwest, in anticipation of winter, but also because the 'season' for festivals, and other outdoor events, is a bit limited in this same area.  We can sort of plan something from mid-April to late-October, but anything beyond those parameters could contain 'bad weather' elements that could not only cause an event to fail, it could also cause the promoters thereof serious financial difficulties.  There really aren't that many 'events' or 'festivals' going in our state of Iowa anymore, but that certainly hasn't stopped music makers, especially good pickers and players from sharing music.  'Jam sessions' are the norm, especially in winter time when there is so little like-minded activities to participate in.  Of course a lot of pickers, singers, songwriters, performers of all kinds, head south in the fall.  Bob & Sheila Everhart, who record for the Smithsonian Institution, as well as promoting several summer events, go south fairly early simply because they do not have a furnace in their small performance center the Oak Tree in Anita, Iowa.  Since I'm Bob Everhart, my response to that is, "We've never been able to afford a large furnace for the theater, it takes quite a bit to make all that work properly.  We have the desire sometimes to keep something going through the winter months, but we also have to consider that many of our fans and supporters also head south.  Most of them go after Thanksgiving, and then a whole bunch more go after Christmas.  That's all fine and dandy, but what about those that stay behind and see the winter through?"  According to dear wife Sheila, "Well, they could go south too, however that is probably not a usable option.  Television is so dismal anymore, there isn't anything on the national networks that even remotely goes out to an older audience.  There's lots and lots of cable television shows, but anyone with 'taste' isn't going to watch too much about eating strange bugs and spiders in some in far away land, or looking for antiques in similar programs all over the network, or even trying to find music programs that are attractive.  RFD-TV has some very nice old time music programs, mostly on the weekend, but that leaves it pretty short-sighted for an older audience."
     Entertainment itself is becoming a very 'controlled' industry in America.  Conglomerates of huge business interests now 'control' just about everything we hear and see.  They not only own the radio (especially the 'charting' stations) and television outlets, they own the record companies, the music publishing companies, the promotion companies, the publicity companies, and of course the 'entertainer.'  Wow, that doesn't leave a lot for different tastes in the business does it?  It always amazes me that it is like it is.  The radio frequencies that radio stations broadcast on, are owned by the citizens of America.  The Federal Communications Commission was established to see that those frequencies were not abused, or all owned by just a few companies.  It was that way for a long long time, but today, none of that holds true.  OPne company can 'own' every radio station in a city if they have the money and the desire to do so.  The Congress even passed legislation to take PSA's (public service announcements) off of the air waves (radio and television) so as not to be a bother to the owners.  PSA in the past was an incredibly useful way for a non-profit charity to get recognition and help.  Today, forget it.  So it goes for music, and the entire entertainment world.  I guess it's back to the 'jam sessions' for me and anyone else that wants to actually play music.  But, then again, sometimes a brave promoter will still do everything they can to keep old-time music festivals alive and well.  A guy once told me if I wanted to get really rich, all I had to do was immerse myself in the sale of drugs, booze, and pornography.  All of it for sale, with huge profit margins.  Well, no thanks.  I think I'll just stick with the Wabash Cannonball and let it go at that.
Bob Everhart for Country Music News International

CD Review: ROSE SOPHIOS - He Set The Captives Free

He Set The Captives Free
Come Into My Garden - Guard Your Heart - He's The Only One - He Set The Captives Free - I Found Jesus - I Love You Jesus - Love Song To Jesus - Take Me Up - Tanami Moon - Touch Me By Your Spirit
Rose Sophios is an Australian country singer who lives in Queensland.  I've had some of her CDs to review in the past, and they've always been very good examples of a songwriter with a beautiful voice who has a very close relationship with Jesus Christ.  This is another of her lovely presentations that emphasizes her strong desire to share her music, thoughts, and love for Christ.  Her husband, Vic Sophios wrote a number of the songs on this selection.  He is no longer with us, but Rose makes him very real and very alive as she performs the songs he wrote.  I have several CD's from Australian artists that were forwarded to me by Michal T. Wall, a Canadian who is also a performer of traditional and classic country music, and is very popular in Australia.  I thank him for bringing the music of Rose Sophios to my attention.  She is a very dedicated and gifted artist, in the recording studio, in the songwriting studio, in the vocalizing studio, and certainly in the Gospel studio.  Her brother-in-law, John Sophios put this album together, his mix and studio work is extremely well done.  Musicians included John on bass and lead guitar; Doolley Zantis on keyboard; and Rose Sophios on acoustic rhythm guitar and keyboard.  Nice project extremely well done.
RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART, President, NTCMA for Country Music News International

CD Review: MARTY DAVIS - Legends & Choices

Legends & Choices
Ballad of the Good and Bad - Tonight We Ride - Outlaw Lobo - Big Iron - Seven Spanish Angels - Master's Call - The Old Outlaw Time - Running Gun - Strawberry Roan - High Noon - Claude Dallas - El Paso - Last Cowboy Song - He Walks With The Wild and the Lonely - The Searchers - A Tribute to George Jones
Marty Davis is an Oregon cowboy that has the 'pulse' of what is happening today in keeping some of our western culture alive.  This is a very unique presentation of good songs about good guys, and good songs about bad guys.  The opening track "Ballad of the Good and Bad" was written by Marty, and it reflects what we hear throughout this project.  There are a lot of cowboy singers out there trying to keep this music alive and well, but only al few reach for the stars which is what Marty Davis is doing with his CD.  The title track "Ballad of the Good and Bad" was written by Marty and is an extension of what we are about to hear.  He combines the good and the bad in a continuous story/song presentation of great 'western' songs.  In his own words..... "Throughout history there has been action between the forces of good and evil.  Many wonderful stories and songs have been written about these heroes and villains."  He's exactly right, the ongoing battle between good and evil is just as strong today as it was way back when cowboys were the heroes of the day. As the CD progresses through its presentation, Marty adds some additional musicians and musical sounds that enhances all we are listening to.  This is indeed a trip back in time, the days of yesteryear when good guys wore white hats and bad guys wore black hats.  That doesn't quite hold true in today's world when we are being attacked on all sides by the evil that exists so strongly on planet earth today.  Somehow the good guys are going to win, even in the presentations of Marty Davis.  It's still early to submit CD's to the Rural Roots Music Commission for next year's 'CD of the Year" awards, but this one is going with my best regards.  What I really like is Marty's selection of songs, the list of composers is impressive.  Marty Robbins, Ed Bruce, Tom Russell, Tompall and Jim Glaser, Bob Nolan, wow it doesn't get much better. Mudoing tch continued success to Marty Davis on his adventure in doing the songs of the good guys and the bad guys.
RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART, Pres., NTCMA for Country Music News International


GRAMMY Award-winning artist collaborated with critically acclaimed musicians including Ricky Skaggs, Duane Eddy, Eric Johnson and more
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – For his 20th studio album, four-time GRAMMY Award winner Steve Wariner knew he had to do something really special. When All Over The Map began coming together, it became clear just what that would be.
The 12-track album evolved into a remarkable tribute to the Grand Ole Opry member’s influences, both living and deceased, in addition to a celebration of his lineage. While packed with acclaimed guest musicians, the set — to be released Oct. 28 on SelecTone Records — artfully showcases Wariner’s own musical talents. In addition to producing the album, he plays guitar, upright bass, drums and both pedal and lap steel, as well as singing on seven of the songs. (The other five are classic instrumentals.) Wariner also penned 10 of the tracks.
A touching tribute to late mentor Chet Atkins, titled “CGP,” takes its name from the coveted title Atkins bestowed on Wariner: Certified Guitar Player. On the track, Wariner enlisted the talents of the only two other living musicians to have earned the same title from Atkins, Tommy Emmanuel and John Knowles. The album also includes “When I Still Mattered To You,” a song Wariner wrote with Merle Haggard on a cruise ship in 1996 but had never previously recorded.
Close friend Ricky Skaggs, who Wariner won his first GRAMMY with in 1992, is featured playing mandolin on “Down Sawmill Road.” Other celebrated musicians featured on the album include: Musicians’ Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Duane Eddy (“Nashville Spy-Line”), GRAMMY Award winner Eric Johnson (“Meanwhile Back In Austin”), Greg Martin of The Kentucky Headhunters (“Way It Goes”) and Jack Pearson (“Drop Top”).
But it’s Wariner’s own family that provides the bulk of the inspiration for the album, which was 20 months in the making. Throughout the creation of the album, Steve relied heavily on his son Ross, who lives in New York, for advice and consultation on the technical production aspects of the album. He wrote the Western swing tune “Mr. Roy” as a tribute to his musician father, and “Down Sawmill Road” is named for the Kentucky road where his mother grew up. His GRAMMY-nominated son Ryan Wariner wrote and plays on the track “The Last Word.” Wariner reached back deep into his rich family history for the album’s closing instrumental track, “Augustine’s Dream,” inspired by his maternal four-times great grandfather who served in the Revolutionary War.
“Getting to play and record with these wonderfully creative people means the world to me. I am grateful to all! Some I've collaborated with before, others..well, it's pure bucket list for me! This project is the perfect example of what keeps me going...what keeps me excited,” notes Wariner. “Traveling into territory I've never been to before. And there's lots of that here on this album. It's hard to describe the joy I feel making music with my sons...and family for that matter. Now I know how my father used to feel. I am so very proud of my musical roots and heritage. ”
In his storied career, Wariner has achieved 14 No. 1 songs and more than 30 Top 10 hits, including such classics as “Holes in the Floor of Heaven,” “Life’s Highway,” “The Weekend,” “I’m Already Taken,” “I Got Dreams,” “Small Town Girl,” “Two Teardrops,” “Some Fools Never Learn,” “Lynda” and more. An award-winning songwriter, Wariner has also composed hit songs for Clint Black (“Nothin’ But the Taillights”), Garth Brooks (“Longneck Bottle”), Bryan White (“One Small Miracle”) and Keith Urban (“Where the Blacktop Ends”), as well as artists such as Country Music Hall of Fame members Alabama, Kenny Rogers, The Statler Brothers, Conway Twitty and Don Williams; pop music icon Peter Tork (of The Monkees); R&B singer Ruben Studdard; bluegrass music’s Del McCoury Band and many more. Wariner is a member of the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame. For more information, visit
Photo Credit: David McClister

Lenny Cooper Keep It So Country

Lenny Cooper, Announces 4th Studio Album, “Dirtified” 
Wheels Deep Premieres Video “Keep It So Country” Today

NASHVILLE, TN (October 4, 2016) – The original Mud Digger King himself, Lenny Cooper, is gearing up for the upcoming release of his fourth studio album, Dirtified, via Average Joes Entertainment due out October 28, 2016. Pre-order the album now and instantly receive the lead single from the project, “Keep It So Country,” featuring fellow artist, Young Gunner. Simultaneously, Wheels Deep premieres today the video for, “Keep It So Country.” Filmed in Nashville, TN and produced by Shannon Houchins, the video can be viewed here.
"I’m very excited about this album,” states Cooper. “Not only did I try to incorporate all parts of my life into it, but I also brought in my friends, family, and the true meaning of country living! I'm Dirtified!”
Fans will immediately recognize the rock-bouncing beats and the heart-pounding lyrics on Dirtified. Touting a “work hard, play hard creed,” Lenny’s music is authentic to anyone who’s used their callused hands to help build this great country, and to guide the gearshift of their jacked-up truck at play in the woods. 
Returning to the studio with Jared and KO of Phivestarr Productions, Average Joes Entertainment’s Noah Gordon, as well as, ‘Lil Round from Kentucky-based duo, Twang and Round, Lenny takes fans to some familiar haunts while finding a new path to get there. From the lead single, “Keep It So Country,” featuring Young Gunner, to “Sound Of The Woods,” featuring label-mate Charlie Farley, to the title track, “Dirtified,” fans get a new take on familiar themes: hard work, big trucks, and letting loose with your friends. 
Track Listing for Dirtified
1 - Dirtified 
2 - Sing Along Song feat./Noah Gordon
3 - Sound Of The Woods feat./Charlie Farley
4 - Dirty Girl feat./Sarah Ross and Young Gunner
5 - Buck Wild
6 - Keep It So Country feat./Young Gunner
7 - Bonfire feat./Dustin Rhodes
8 – Chillin’ In The Back Woods
9 – Day In The Life
10 - My Roots
11 - We Don’t Give A...feat./Demun Jones
About Lenny Cooper
Exploding on the scene as the godfather of the highly successful “Mud Digger” compilation series selling over 350,000 total units, Cooper has been featured in major media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.  Since his last album, The Grind, his social media statistics have increased massively; a 750% growth in likes, follows and email subscribers has earned him hundreds of thousands of fans on social media. His Pandora plays exceed 100 million streams.  The original track, “Mud Digger,” has scored over 15 million views on YouTube in its various variations, as well.  His fourth studio album, Dirtified, will be available October 28, 2016. 


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Megan Alexander

An Award-Winning Country Music Entertainer
Collin Raye
Set To Host 22nd Annual Inspirational Country Music Awards®

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 4, 2016) – The Inspirational Country Music Association® is pleased to introduce the hosts for this year’s Inspirational Country Music Awards Show® honoring and recognizing the biggest names and emerging talent in the Inspirational and Christian Country music sector. Megan Alexander (actress, book author and longtime correspondent for the national news magazine television show Inside Edition) and platinum-selling country music hit-maker, Collin Raye will emcee the 22nd Annual Inspirational Country Music Awards Show® to be held at  7PM the evening of Thursday, October 27, 2016 at Trinity City (1 Music Village Blvd. Hendersonville, TN). Long time devotees who share the Faith, Family & Country™ message and have made significant contributions to the non-profit organization and its mission, both Megan and Collin are active supporters. Megan has participated in the annual awards show event upon six occasions as special guest host and Collin recognized for his contributions to the format as an award winner.
"I have always been a huge country music fan and believe country music touches our souls and inspires us in life.  I love what the Inspirational Country Music Awards stand for--recognizing individuals in the 'Inspirational Country Music' format," said Megan Alexander. "I am thrilled to return to host the awards show to help support and promote the organization's 'Faith, Family & Country' message. It's always an incredible show and this year will be no exception!" 
Some of the talented individuals nominated in the 2016 Inspirational Country Music Awards Show® Top 5 include:  Hillary Scott, Carrie Underwood, Joey Feek, Jayne Carter, Joy Roberts, Jeff Bates, Scotty McCreery, Vince Gill, Greg McDougal, Johnny Rowlett, Kenny Lee Robinson (aka Cornbread The Comic), T. Bubba Bechtol, Robby Lynn, Hunter Logan among many others. Tommy Brandt (who is nominated in six of the 23 categories), Mary James  (celebrates nominations in five categories) and Kali Rose (who is recognized for her talents in four categories) are among the front-runners.
"I am honored to be the co-host for the 23rd Annual Inspirational Country Music Awards Show® at the end of the month,” added Collin Raye. “I feel blessed to be a part of recognizing the music and the artists whose talent's provides comfort and inspiration to a world in such great need of hope.”
The show will be taped before a live audience and broadcast via multiple national television networks (Golden Eagle. KGEB-TV, Tulsa, OK/NRB Network/Total Living Network (TLN), Aurora, IL/Lifestyle CTN Family Television/ Creative Christian Network (CCN)/Family Friendly Entertainment) at a later date. (To be announced.)  
General Admission Awards Show Tickets are FREE to the public and available on a first-come-first-served basis.
In support of the non-profit organization and its missions, in lieu of tickets, donations are welcomed and can be made by visiting here.
Seating:  Audience members with FREE tickets will be situated in general admission seating. VIP seating is reserved for sponsors, registered conference attendees, nominees and performers.
For more information, visit online
Megan Alexander (
Megan Alexander is a correspondent for the national news magazine television show, Inside Edition. As a special correspondent for CBS News, Megan covered Thursday Night Football in seasons 2014 and 2015. Her acting career has included roles in the movies “Space Warriors,” the drama “Redeemed” and the upcoming feature film "Heartbeats." Megan has just published and released her first  book titled "Faith In The Spotlight: Thriving In Your Career While Staying True To You Beliefs." She emcees various charity events around the country for organizations such as Girls Quest, Girls Inc., NAM and sits on the Board of Governors for the Hugh O'Brian Youth Foundation.  Megan has hosted the nationally televised Inspirational Country Music Awards Show on six occasions.
Collin Raye (
Collin Raye’s searing ballads and electric performances have been captivating country audiences for more than 25 years. With 16 No. 1 hits, 24 top 10s and ten “Male Vocalist Of The Year” nominations, Raye has emerged as one of the great voices of our time. The De Queen, Arkansas native rose to fame in 1991 with the timeless number one hit, “Love, Me.” In 1994, his music video for “Little Rock” led to more than 100,000 phone calls to help lines from those seeking help with their addictions. “Not That Different” pleads for tolerance while “I Think About You” (awarded as “Video Of The Year” by the Academy of Country Music in 1997) exposed exploitation of women and children. His latest album projects include
HIS LOVE REMAINS, his first inspirational hymns album, as well as
STILL ON THE LINE, a tribute album to Glen Campbell. In 2014, Raye released his moving autobiography titled “A Voice Undefeated.” He has topped the charts with songs such as “In This Life,” “I Can Still Feel You” and “That’s My Story.” He is currently performing accross the U.S. on "The Big 25 Tour."


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 4, 2016) – Superstar Dolly Parton will be the 2016 recipient of the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be presented during “The 50th Annual CMA Awards,” airing Wednesday, Nov. 2 (8:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network live from Nashville.

The announcement was made Monday during Parton’s appearance on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” See clip here.

The Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award is for an iconic artist who has attained the highest degree of recognition in Country Music. The Award was established to recognize an artist who has achieved both national and international prominence and stature through concert performances, humanitarian efforts, philanthropy, record sales, and public representation at the highest level. The artist receiving this Award has positively impacted and contributed to the growth of the genre throughout a course of years that have proven to have an unprecedented historical impact on fans and industry alike.

“Dolly epitomizes the very definition of the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “She is a trailblazer who continues to enchant and captivate fans around the world, from her latest No. 1 album, to her sold-out tour, and numerous television projects. She is a treasure and deserving of this industry acclaim for her undeniable contributions to the success of Country Music, today.”

Previous recipients of the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award include Willie Nelson (2012), Kenny Rogers (2013), and Johnny Cash (2015).

Parton has received 44 CMA Awards nominations and has won nine times including Entertainer (1978) and Female Vocalist of the Year (1975, 1976). In 1996, she and Vince Gill won Musical Event of the Year for “I Will Always Love You,” which is heavily featured in CMA’s hugely popular “Forever Country” single and music video project celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the CMA Awards.

An internationally renowned superstar, the iconic and irrepressible Dolly Parton has contributed countless treasures to the world of entertainment. Her latest album Pure & Simple recently debuted at No. 1 – her first in 25 years. All-inclusive sales of singles, albums, hits collections, paid digital downloads, and compilation usage during her illustrious career have topped a staggering 100 million records worldwide. Achieving 25 RIAA certified Gold, Platinum and multi-Platinum awards, Parton has had 25 songs reach No. 1 on the Billboard Country charts, a record for a female artist. Making her film debut in the 1980 hit comedy "9 to 5," Parton earned rave reviews for her performance and an Oscar nomination for writing the title tune, along with her second and third Grammy Awards. Roles in "Steel Magnolias," "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas," "Rhinestone," and "Straight Talk" followed.

Parton saw a cherished dream become a reality in 1986 with the opening of her own theme park, Dollywood, in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. In 1988, Dolly began the Dollywood Foundation which funds Dolly Parton's Imagination Library across America and in Canada by giving every preschool child a book each month from the time he or she is born until the child reaches kindergarten. Currently 80,000,000 books are mailed to children in the US, Canada and throughout the U.K. In 1999, Dolly was inducted as a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. She has her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and in 2004, the U.S. Library of Congress presented her with their Living Legend Award for her contribution to the cultural heritage of the United States. In December 2015, more than 13 million viewers tuned in to "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors," which was the most-watched film on broadcast network television since May 2012.

To learn more about this American icon, visit

“The 50th Annual CMA Awards” will be hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov. 2 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.

For more information on “Forever Country” visit For more information on “The 50th Annual CMA Awards" and to sign up for CMA emails and exclusives, visit Celebrate Country Music Month in October.

Free Garth Brooks Concert in Nashville / TN

Governor Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Tourist Development Announce
Celebration Show with Garth Brooks to Honor First-Ever Seven Diamond RIAA Certifications

Tennessee Tourism Offering Free Ticket Codes on Snapchat

In a special ceremony at the State Capitol, Gov. Haslam named Brooks a Tennessee Ambassador of Goodwill in honor of the achievement, which brings the title of most Diamond-certified artist home to country music and the state of Tennessee. Brooks had previously been tied with The Beatles, who have six Diamond-certified recordings.

Haslam also announced the launch of a partnership between the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and Garth Brooks, which includes a special “thank you” performance for fans in the singer’s adopted home state of Tennessee. Brooks will take the stage at Ascend Amphitheatre in Nashville on Monday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. and the event is free. Additionally, there will be a viewing area at Riverfront Park in downtown Nashville, where fans can watch the celebration live on giant video screens, enjoy refreshments from local vendors and receive special giveaways.

“Garth Brooks can live and make music anywhere he wants, and the fact that he has chosen to do that in Tennessee says a lot about our state,” said Gov. Haslam. “We're grateful he is partnering with us because he represents our state so well and inspires people to visit Tennessee and experience, as we say, the soundtrack of America.”

Free tickets for the celebration show will be available using codes issued on TDTD’s new Snapchat account @Tennessee, which officially launches today. By following the account, fans can access these codes as well as exclusive Garth Brooks stories and surprise celebrity takeovers.

"I feel very lucky and blessed to get to team with the state of Tennessee to bring the seven Diamond Certifications to the home of country music. The journey has truly been a genuine partnership,” said Brooks.

The RIAA Diamond Certifications highlight the seven Garth Brooks albums, which were all recorded in Tennessee, that have individually sold more than 10 million copies. The albums that have reached this achievement are Garth Brooks, No Fences, Ropin’ The Wind, The Hits, Double-Live, Sevens, and The Ultimate Hits. The seven Diamonds celebration further supports the state’s dedication to music and tourism initiatives as part of “The Soundtrack of America. Made in Tennessee” program.

Tennessee has long been known as a global music destination, where the genres of blues, bluegrass, country, gospel, soul, rockabilly and rock ‘n’ roll originated and has more musicians per capita than any other place in the world. It is the state where artists come to create and perform their music. Tennessee is home to world-renowned music attractions like Graceland, Beale Street, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, The Bluebird Café, Birthplace of Country Music Museum, Grand Ole Opry and the famous Ryman Auditorium.   

For more information, visit and follow @Tennessee on Snapchat.

About Garth Brooks:
Garth Brooks is certified by the RIAA as the #1-selling solo artist in U.S. history with over 138 million albums. He has received every accolade the recording industry can bestow on an artist. Garth has been inducted into the International Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Country Music Hall of Fame and most recently, the Musicians Hall of Fame.
Garth is currently on the three-year Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood. The tour began with 11 sold out shows at the Allstate Arena in Chicago. The tour is smashing records previously held by such acts as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and even Garth Brooks.  In just over a year and a half, the tour is approaching 5 MILLION tickets sold making it the biggest tour in the world. He also just received his 11th nomination for Entertainer of the Year from the CMA Awards. 
Recently Garth launched Inside Studio G, a weekly Facebook Live series that will give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the making of his next album. It airs every Monday on Garth's Facebook page at 7:00 PM EDT.

About the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development:
The mission of the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development is to motivate travel to and within Tennessee by inspiring enjoyment, creating memories, producing a desire to return, and establishing key long-term relationships that result in visitors becoming residents. Tennessee’s tourism industry generates $18.4 billion annually in economic impact, more than $1.6 billion in state and local sales tax revenue and more than 157,400 tourism-related jobs.  The promise of Tennessee—the birthplace of the blues, bluegrass, country, gospel, soul, rockabilly, and rock ‘n’ roll—is to be the global music destination of choice. To deliver an unparalleled experience of beauty, history, and family adventure, infused with music that creates a vacation that is the “Soundtrack of America. Made in Tennessee.”

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