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Bobbi Gibson Announces First-Ever Biography of Country Legend Don Gibson

Nashville, TN, October 19, 2016…The Don Gibson American Music Foundation is pleased to announce that the first-ever biography of Hall of Fame songwriter and recording artist Don Gibson is being written in cooperation with Gibson’s widow, Bobbi Gibson.

Ms. Gibson will work closely with music journalist Craig Shelburne on the book, which will survey the Country Music Hall of Fame member’s life and legacy. Bobbi Gibson adds “I am so excited to be working on this book with Craig to preserve all the great stories of Don and The Nashville Sound and to introduce them to a new generation of country music fans.”

Gibson was born April 3, 1928, in Shelby, North Carolina. He entered the country Top 10 for the first time in 1956 with his original composition, “Sweet Dreams,” on MGM Records. After teaming with producer Chet Atkins, Gibson enjoyed 17 Top 10 country hits on RCA Victor, including the eight-week No. 1 single “Oh Lonesome Me,” an early example of the Nashville Sound. Gibson was also one of the most prominent songwriters signed to seminal Nashville music publisher Acuff-Rose.

Ray Charles’ version of Gibson’s “I Can’t Stop Loving You” became an international No. 1 pop hit in 1962 and is a cornerstone of Charles’ landmark album, Modern Sounds in Country & Western Music. Patsy Cline’s rendition of “Sweet Dreams” found success at country radio following her tragic death in 1963. Between 1956 and 1980, Gibson charted 82 country singles as a recording artist, including duets with Dottie West and Sue Thompson.

Don and Bobbi Gibson were married on June 4, 1967. Don Gibson entered the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1973 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001. He died on Nov. 17, 2003. Bobbi Gibson resides in Nashville and has opened her personal archive of photos, press clippings and memorabilia to provide a comprehensive look at Gibson’s accomplishments.

Shelburne most recently served as General Manager at MusicRow magazine. In early 2015, he concluded a 13-year stint at CMT, where he served as Senior Editor of CMT.com. In the summer of 2015, Shelburne assisted with the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s award-winning educational program Words & Music, which introduces the art of songwriting to students around the U.S.

A Nebraska native, Shelburne moved to Nashville in 1994 to attend Belmont University. He graduated with a journalism degree in 1997.

Visit www.dongibsontheater.com for more information on Don Gibson.

 

PRESS RELEASE: MORE TALENT ADDED TO 22ND ANNUAL INSPIRATIONAL COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS® SHOW — THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27

MORE TALENT ADDED TO 22nd ANNUAL INSPIRATIONAL COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS® SHOW, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2016 AT TRINITY MUSIC CITY
• Newly-Added Performances By Home Free, Mark209, Chuck Day, Corey Farlow, 
Chris Golden, Chuck Hancock And Adrienne Haupt •
• Appearances By Dennis Agajanian, Greg McDougal, Johnny Rowlett And Arkin Terrell•
• Limited FREE General Admission Tickets Remain •

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 20, 2016) – More performers and presenters have been added to the list of talented songwriters and recording artists scheduled to appear at the 22nd Annual Inspirational Country Music Awards Show®.  The two-hour 2016 Inspirational Country Music Awards Show® program is chock-full with extraordinary performances and special appearances. Newly added talent includes: Home Free, Mark209, Dennis Agajanian, Chuck Day, Corey Farlow, Chris Golden, Chuck Hancock, Adrienne Haupt, Johnny Rowlett and Arkin Terrell. Hosted by Megan Alexander and Collin Raye, the awards show will be held at 7PM on Thursday evening, October 27, 2016 at Trinity City (1 Music Village Blvd. Hendersonville, TN). (Pre-show announcements and special performances begin at 6:30PM; attendees are asked to arrive and be seated at that time.)  General Admission awards show tickets are FREE to the public. Limited quantities remain available on a first-come-first-served basis.  In lieu of tickets, patrons may support of the non-profit organization and its missions with donations HERE. For more information, visit online www.inspirationalcountrymusic.com.

The new line-up joins previously announced presenters and performers including: Jeff Bates, Tommy Brandt, Jayne Carter, Cash Creek, Lisa Daggs, Chuck & Selena Day, Mary James, Mikayla Lynn & Isaac Cole, Kali Rose, Shenandoah’s Mike McGuire and Marty Raybon, True Heart, The Wacaster Family and Mark Wills. 

Over the span of two decades, the Inspirational Country Music Awards Show® has featured performances and presentations by some of inspirational country music’s biggest names to recognize Mainstream and Inspirational recording artists for their contributions to share the “Faith, Family & Country” message through their music and ministries.  This 2016 ballot highlights 23 categories with more than 200 artists in the Mainstream, Inspirational and Bluegrass genres, broadcast personalities and media outlets (radio and television broadcasters) nominated.  (See 2016 Top Five Nominee List attached.)

Taped before the live audience, the awards show will be broadcast via multiple national television networks [including Golden Eagle, TCT Network, Total Living Network (TLN), CTN Family Television, Family Friendly Entertainment and KGEB-TV in Tulsa, OK]. (Check local listings for airdates/times.)

 

Luke Bryan Wraps Farm Tour with 105,000 Fans

NASHVILLE – (October 17, 2016) Two-Time CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan wrapped his eight annual “Farm Tour” this weekend performing for 105,000 fans in the seven-city run. A total of 50 scholarships have been granted from ticket sale proceeds to a local college student from a farming family within the communities the tour plays.

Luke recently shared with the Associated Press, “I spent the majority of my life thinking I would work in agriculture…[but] I think I picked the right profession.” “Farming is pretty brutal, but you know it’s also a very fulfilling life. I could have farmed the rest of my life and really had a fun, happy enjoyable life.” 

Luke’s first-ever Farm Tour EP, Farm Tour…Here’s To The Farmer is available digitally now.  The “Bayer Presents Luke Bryan Farm Tour 2016” was sponsored by Bayer, Chevy, Green Giant, Miller Life, Cabela’s and Polaris.

About Luke Bryan

Since the debut of his first album in 2007, Luke has placed 16 singles at No. 1 and sold nearly eight million albums with 30 million digital tracks from his five studio albums. He has twice been named Entertainer of the Year by both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association. His fifth studio album, Kill The Lights, debuted at No. 1 on both the Billboard Top 200 (his third to do so) and Top Country Albums charts and closed 2015 with the best-selling country album of the year and the 10th biggest selling album on the all-genre Billboard Top 200 Year-End list. In Luke’s stellar 2015 year, he performed for 1.5 million fans in concert, had three albums on the Top 15 Year-End Country Albums list- Kill the Lights (#1), Spring Break…Checkin’ Out (#10) and Crash My Party (#15), was the most streamed artist of 2015, placed six songs in the Year-End Top Country Streaming Tracks list, had his own exhibit at The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum (“Luke Bryan: Dirt Road Diary”), performed live during halftime at the Dallas Cowboys game on Thanksgiving and wrapped up the year with a live Times Square performance on ABC’s “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.” Luke recently co-hosted the ACM Awards for a fourth consecutive year and is performing in venues and stadiums across the U.S. on his “Kill The Lights Tour” through this fall.

For a one-stop shop for everything Luke Bryan, his community of fans have unparalleled access to his life through Luke Bryan’s official App. Launched in June 2015 in partnership with Disciple Media, the app offers everything from exclusive live streams to updates from the road, competitions to video premieres, exclusive merchandise and more. The App is available now on the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Visit www.LukeBryan.com or follow Luke on Twitter @LukeBryanOnline, Instagram and Facebook

Charlie Monk, The "Mayor of Music Row", Celebrates 60 Years in Show Biz

Nashville Industry Vet’s Hometown of Geneva, Alabama Unveils “Charlie Monk Lane”

Nashville, Tenn. (October 17, 2016) – If you work in the Nashville music business and don’t know the name Charlie Monk, you probably haven’t been around very long.  After all, he is the “Mayor of Music Row.”  This year, Monk is celebrating six decades of blood, sweat and tears in show business.

“When I started out in 1956, I wanted to be a radio or TV star or maybe an actor,” recalls Monk.  “I found out when I moved to Music City that I was a lot better at nurturing other talented people which got me into the management, publishing and production side of music.  I’m proud that I have made a good living for my family, had a lot of fun hanging with super talented folks and doing a lot of different things in the entertainment world.”

Monk recently attended his 60th high school class reunion in his hometown of Geneva, Alabama.  During his visit, the town presented him with his very own roadway, “Charlie Monk Lane.”

“Everybody in Geneva, Alabama, population 4,500, knew that I was the poorest kid in town but they knew that I was a hard worker and many of them gave me jobs and encouragement,” he says.  “It took a village to raise me. I am unbelievably honored with this recognition and thank the mayor and city council for having the ceremony during a reunion of my 1957 high school graduating class. ‘CHARLIE MONK LANE’… that’s pretty cool.”

Charlie Monk may know everyone working in Nashville’s music community. Outside of that community, Monk may very well be Nashville’s most influential unknown. Whether entertaining America on his daily SiriusXM radio show, managing Monk Family Music or hosting a major music event, he is honest and frank in everything he does. It’s his unique personality, combined with 60 years experience in show business, that has made Monk one of the most respected executives on Music Row.

Through the years, Monk has developed strong instincts. In 1983, for example, Monk signed a young singer/songwriter named Randy Traywick — now known as Randy Travis. He signed Kenny Chesney to his first songwriting deal and negotiated his first record contract with Capricorn Records. Songwriters Monk has signed “off the street” include Marcus Hummon, Holly Dunn, Jim McBride, Keith Stegall, Aaron Tippin and Philip Douglas.

Monk Family Music Group published songs have been recorded by Travis, Tippin, Led Zeppelin,  Lonestar, Reba, LeAnn Rimes, Tracy Lawrence, The Mavericks, Cheap Trick, Kenny Rogers, Sandi Patti, Glen Campbell, Otis Redding, Louise Mandrell, Trick Pony, Carolina Rain, Ike & Tina Turner, Jeff Treece, and John Michael Montgomery.

Monk’s entertainment career began in 1956, sweeping floors at WGEA in Geneva, Alabama. He landed a weekend air shift at the station and remained throughout his high school years.

While attending Troy University, Monk worked a full-time shift on WTBF radio. He later moved to Mobile to join the staff at WKRG radio and television. He was often called upon to work the television side hosting sporting events, parades, and other local happenings. While studying at the University of Alabama, Monk had a stint as program director and afternoon personality at WACT in Tuscaloosa before returning to Mobile as PD at WUNI. That country station captured the Number One position in their market under Monk’s tutelage.

In 1968, Monk made his move to Tennessee and WMTS radio to be close to the music business. His free-form music and talk show for the station was the first daily broadcast from Music Row.

He joined the staff of ASCAP in 1970, where he first became an influential player on Music Row. In 1977, he became Nashville chief of CBS Songs and in less than four years, the company became one of Music City’s top three publishers. He stayed until forming his own music publishing company, Monk Family Music Group, in 1983.

Monk took a leave of absence from his own company in 1988 to spearhead the return of Acuff-Rose to its former glory. During Monk’s tenure, Acuff-Rose was the first publisher to win both ASCAP and BMI “Most Performed Song of the Year” in the same year.

After returning to helm the Monk Family Music Group,  he was named SESAC‘s Publisher of the Year in 1998.

A founder of the Country Radio Seminar, Monk produced and hosted the annual New Faces Show for over 40 years. He is an alumnus of Leadership Music, lifetime Director of the Country Radio Broadcasters, a member of the Country Music Association, the Academy of Country Music and the Gospel Music Association. He has served as VP of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, VP of the Nashville Songwriters Association International, VP of the Gospel Music Association, Board of Leadership Music, and local President of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (now known as AFTRA-SAG).  Monk was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in 2014.

This year, Monk is nominated for induction into the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame as well as the Country Radio Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

 

MIRANDA LAMBERT REVEALS TRACK TITLES AND SEQUENCE FOR THE WEIGHT OF THESE WINGS DOUBLE ALBUM

THE WEIGHT OF THESE WINGS AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER 
THIS FRIDAY OCTOBER 21

miranda-lambert-weight-of-these-wingsNashville, TN – RCA Nashville GRAMMY Award-winner, Miranda Lambert, shares the song titles of the 24 tracks as well as which disc they appear on; Disc 1 THE NERVE or Disc 2 THE HEARTThe Weight Of These Wings, which releases November 18.

The Weight Of These Wings is available for pre-order starting this Friday, October 21, and as previously announced will be a double album.

Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf, and Eric Masse share the producing duties on The Weight Of These Wings.

The Weight Of These Wings

Track Listing

DISC 1 – THE NERVE
1. Runnin’ Just in Case
Miranda Lambert/Gwen Sebastian

2. Highway Vagabond
Luke Dick/Natalie Hemby/Shane McAnally

3. Ugly Lights
Miranda Lambert/Natalie Hemby/Liz Rose

4. You Wouldn’t Know Me
Shake Russell

5. We Should Be Friends
Miranda Lambert

6. Pink Sunglasses
Rodney Clawson/Luke Dick/Natalie Hemby

7. Getaway Driver
Miranda Lambert/Anderson East/Natalie Hemby

8. Vice
Miranda Lambert/Shane McAnally/Josh Osborne

9. Smoking Jacket
Miranda Lambert/Natalie Hemby/Lucie Silvas

10. Pushin’ Time
Miranda Lambert/Natalie Hemby/Foy Vance

11. Covered Wagon
Danny O’Keefe

12. Use My Heart
Miranda Lambert/Ashley Monroe/Waylon Payne

DISC 2 – THE HEART
1. Tin Man
Miranda Lambert/Jack Ingram/Jon Randall

2. Good Ol’ Days
Miranda Lambert/Brent Cobb/Adam Hood

3. Things That Break
Miranda Lambert/Jessi Alexander/Natalie Hemby

4. For the Birds
Miranda Lambert/Aaron Raitiere

5. Well-Rested
Miranda Lambert/Anderson East/Aaron Raitiere

6. Tomboy
Miranda Lambert/Natalie Hemby/Aaron Raitiere

7. To Learn Her
Miranda Lambert/Ashley Monroe/Waylon Payne

8. Keeper of the Flame
Miranda Lambert/Natalie Hemby/Liz Rose

9. Bad Boy
Miranda Lambert/Mando Saenz

10. Six Degrees of Separation
Miranda Lambert/Nicolle Galyon/Natalie Hemby

11. Dear Old Sun
Miranda Lambert/Terri Jo Box/Gwen Sebastian

12. I’ve Got Wheels
Miranda Lambert/Gwen Sebastian/Scotty Wray

About Miranda Lambert: RCA Records Nashville singer/songwriter Miranda Lambert touts five studio albums to her repertoire; Kerosene (2005), Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (2007), Revolution (2009), Four The Record (2011) and Platinum (2014), the latter earning Lambert a GRAMMY Award for Best Country Album, in addition to her previous GRAMMY win for Best Female Country Vocal Performance in 2010 for “The House That Built Me.”

The Texas native is set to release her sixth album, The Weight Of These Wings, on November 18, 2016. The first song released from The Weight Of These Wings, “Vice,” hit the Country Radio airwaves on July 18th touting a tally of 109 first week monitored reporting stations spinning the new song.

Sturgill Simpson performs "Welcome To Earth (Pollywog)" on "Late Night with Seth Meyers"

STURGILL SIMPSON PERFORMS “WELCOME TO EARTH (POLLYWOG)” ON “LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS” –  ON TOUR NOW –  A SAILOR’S GUIDE TO EARTH DEBUTS AT #1 ON BILLBOARD COUNTRY CHART, #3 ON BILLBOARD 200

ACCLAIMED ALBUM OUT NOW ON ATLANTIC RECORDS

Sturgill Simpson returned to “Late Night with Seth Meyers” last night for a performance of “Welcome To Earth (Pollywog).” Watch the full performance, which was broadcast from Washington, DC’s historic Warner Theatre, HERE.

 “Welcome To Earth (Pollywog)” is the opening track from Simpson’s widely praised new album A Sailor’s Guide To Earth, which sold 55,000 units in its first week (with over 52,000 in pure albums sales) debuting at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart, #1 on the Billboard Current Albums chart, #1 on Billboard Current Digital Albums chart and #3 on the overall Billboard 200 chart. A Sailor’s Guide To Earth also debuted at #1 on the Billboard Vinyl Albums chart with over 9,400 copies sold.

In celebration of the release, Simpson is currently in the midst of an extensive North American tour, including upcoming dates at Denver’s Paramount Theatre (two nights), Seattle’s Paramount Theatre and L.A.’s The Wiltern (two nights). See below for the complete itinerary.

 Available now on Atlantic Records (purchase here), the album continues to receive overwhelming critical acclaim—Pitchfork proclaims, “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth finds Sturgill Simpson weirder and more adventurous than ever, forging a bold new way forward” and goes on to assert, “”It’s a deeply personal album that, while establishing Simpson as the defining songwriter of his class, displays an artistic growth that defies any sort of easy label.” Additionally, Rolling Stone awarded the album 4-stars calling it, “a spectacular mic drop of a third LP,” while The New York Times praises, “Sailor’s Guide is rowdier, more emotionally insular and also far more musically surprising, an album of raw country cut with rich and messy Southern soul and sleek orchestral bombast” and Esquire Magazine declares, “It’s hard to believe any other record this year will raise as many eyebrows, invite as many questions, or be as instantly beloved.” Moreover, NPR Music describes “Brace For Impact (Live A Little),” as “thrilling new music,” while Stereogum calls “In Bloom,” “transcendent…Simpson turne d ‘In Bloom’ into first a weepy, twangy ballad and then a celebratory blast of brass, his drawl doing justice to Cobain’s lyrics all the while.”

Earlier this year, Simpson performed “All Around You” on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “Brace For Impact (Live A Little)” on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” “In Bloom” and “Call To Arms” on “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” and “Oh Sarah” on “Conan.”

Produced by Simpson, A Sailor’s Guide To Earth was written—beginning to end—as a letter to his first child, who arrived during the summer of 2014.

 

Recorded primarily at Nashville’s The Butcher Shoppe, Simpson was joined in the studio by Grammy Award-winning engineer David Ferguson (Johnny Cash, John Prine, “Cowboy” Jack Clement) and assistant engineer Sean Sullivan. Along with members of his touring band, the album features Dave Roe on bass, Dan Dugmore on steel guitar, Dougie Wilkinson on bagpipes, Yellin and Arthur Cook on cello, Dinklage and LaGrange on violin and special guests The Dap-Kings.

 A Sailor’s Guide To Earth is Simpson’s third full-length album and follows his breakthrough, Grammy-nominated 2014 release, Metamodern Sounds In Country Music. Beloved by critics and fans, the record was featured on year-end “best of” lists from The New York Times, Rolling Stone, the Village Voices’ Pazz and Jop, Rolling Stone Country, NPR Music, American Songwriter, Stereogum, the Los Angeles Times, KCRW, Pitchfork, The Washington Post and many others.

A SAILOR’S GUIDE TO EARTH TRACK LIST

1. Welcome To Earth (Pollywog)

2. Breakers Roar

3. Keep It Between The Lines

4. Sea Stories

5. In Bloom

6. Brace For Impact (Live A Little)

7. All Around You

8. Oh Sarah

9. Call To Arms

 

STURGILL SIMPSON TOUR DATES

October 13—Ithaca, NY—State Theatre

October 14—Cleveland, OH—Masonic Auditorium

October 15—Munhall, PA—Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead (SOLD OUT)

October 28—Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium (SOLD OUT)

October 29—Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium (SOLD OUT)

November 1—Kansas City, MO—Midland Theatre (SOLD OUT)

November 2—Des Moines, IA—Hoyt Sherman Place Theater (SOLD OUT)

November 4—Denver, CO—Paramount Theatre (SOLD OUT)

November 5—Denver, CO—Paramount Theatre (SOLD OUT)

November 6—Boulder, CO—Boulder Theate r (SOLD OUT)

November 8—Missoula, MT—The Wilma Theater (SOLD OUT)

November 9—Spokane, WA—Knitting Factory Concert House

November 11—Seattle, WA—Paramount Theatre

November 12—Portland, OR—Keller Auditorium (SOLD OUT)

November 13—Redding, CA—Cascade Theatre

November 15—Los Angeles, CA—The Wiltern

November 16—Los Angeles, CA—The Wiltern

November 18—Bakersfield, CA—Fox Theater

November 19—Oakland, CA—Fox Theater (SOLD OUT)

November 20—Oakland, CA—Fox Theater

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Source: Country Music News Blog

MIRANDA LAMBERT READY TO GET BACK ON THE ROAD WITH HER “HIGHWAY VAGABOND” TOUR

MIRANDA LAMBERT READY TO GET BACK ON THE ROAD WITH HER “HIGHWAY VAGABOND” TOUR

On the heels of the announcement about her highly anticipated double album The Weight Of These Wings in stores on November 18, Lambert is plan ning a trek to perform these new songs for her fans on the upcoming Highway Vagabond Tour.

miranda-lambert-weight-of-these-wingsHer first single “Vice” is swiftly climbing the charts at radio and has her fans and critics swooning alike. “Lambert is one of the best songwriters in the game, and “Vice’s” gloomy heartbreak is masterfully done”, as reported by USA Today. “It marks a shift in her sound, the tune is laid bare against understated atmospherics and a howling electric guitar.   … It’s a gorgeous reminder that while Lambert may be sitting on country music’s throne, her feet remain on the ground” adds Entertainment Weekly.

Known for her energetic, fun as well as emotional live performances, Miranda is ready to kick it up a notch in 2017 with new stories and new music.  Joining her on the Highway Vagabond Tour are special guest Old Dominion and Aubrie Sellers.

Kicking off on January 26, 2017 confirmed dates/cities thus far are:

1/26     Evansville, IN

1/27     Springfield, MO

1/28     Kearney, NE

2/2       Providence, RI

2/3       Amherst, MA

2/4       Uncasville, CT

2/23     Reading, PA

2/24     Charlottesville, VA

2/25     Charleston, SC

3/2       Green Bay, WI

3/3       Brookings, SD

3/4       Grand Forks, ND

3/10     Wichita, KS

3/11     Tulsa, OK

3/12     Bossier City, LA

3/17     St. Paul, MN

3/18     Rockford, IL

3/19     Grand Rapids, MI

For additional details on the tour including ticket purchase information, please visit www.MirandaLambert.com

About Miranda Lambert: RCA Records Nashville singer/songwriter Miranda Lambert touts five studio a lbums to her repertoire; Kerosene (2005), Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (2007), Revolution (2009), Four The Record (2011) and Platinum (2014), the latter earning Lambert a GRAMMY Award for Best Country Album, in addition to her previous GRAMMY win for Best Female Country Vocal Performance in 2010 for “The House That Built Me.”

The Texas native is set to release her sixth album, The Weight Of These Wings, on November 18, 2016. The first song released from The Weight Of These Wings, “Vice,” hit the Country Radio airwaves on July 18th touting a tally of 109 first week monitored reporting stations spinning the new song.

About Old Dominion:  Proving that they are not your average country band, Old Dominion lend old-fashioned country charm, lyrical wit and rock n’ roll grit into radio-friendly hook-heavy pop nuggets. Old Dominion have emerged as one of the hottest breaking bands in country music, fusing clever lyrics and an infectious sound. The band released their first full-length album Meat and Candy, which Entertainment Weekly called a “deceptively smart, occasionally cheeky, stellar debut.” Old Dominion released their PLATINUM two-week No.1“Break Up With Him” and RIAA certified GOLD hit “Snapback” prior to their third single “Song For Another Time,” which is Top 15 and climbing. They spent their summer on Kenny Chesney’s Spread The Love Tour and are now headlining their Meat and Candy Fall Tour, with 15 of the dates tapped as Stagecoach Spotlight: Old Dominion Meat and Candy Tour; the first-ever tour produced by the award-winning Stagecoach Music Festival. The ACM and ACCA Breakthrough Duo/Group of the Year are also nominated for two CMA Awards: Best New Artist and Vocal Group of the Year and Favorite Duo or Group – Country for the 2016 American Music Awards. Old Dominion consists of lead singer Matthew Ramsey, lead guitarist Brad Tursi, multi-instrumentalist Trevor Rosen, bassist Geoff Sprung and drummer Whit Sellers.

About Aubrie Sellers:  Aubrie Sellers forged an upstart kind of country with New City Blue s. Driving her own van, hauling gear, independently recorded and absolutely invested, Sellers made an album with almost no acoustic instruments and writes with a voice that’s had Rolling Stone, SPIN and The Village Voice raving. Rereleased with extra tracks on Sept. 30 by Warner Bros., New City Blues is resonating with all kinds of music lovers. As one writer says of Sellers’ brazen garage country, “it opens arteries for the future of what country could become.”

 

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Source: Country Music News Blog

Luke Bryan Awards 50 College Scholarships With Ticket Proceeds from "Farm Tour"

Luke Bryan Awards 50 College Scholarships With Ticket Proceeds from Eight Year “Farm Tour” Run “Farm Tour” Resumed After Collar Bone Surgery

“Kill The Lights Tour” Will Close in October with Two Stadium Shows

Two-time reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan will wrap his “Bayer Presents Luke Bryan Farm Tour 2016” this Saturday and a portion of the proceeds from the eight year run will bring his total of awarded college scholarships to 50. The “Luke Bryan Farm Tour Scholarship” is granted to a local college student from a farming family within the communities the tour has played.

The tour resumed in Batesville, Mississippi last night, the first concert back since his collar bone surgery over the weekend to repair a break from a mountain bike accident. The ever-positive Luke upheld ‘the show must go on’ attitude not missing a beat and continued with the remaining three shows scheduled last week. Fans unable to attend a farm tour show were able to tune-in for a livestream on Luke’s Facebook page last Friday from Greenback, Tennessee.  Sounds Like Nashville was along for that show too. Watch their story here- https://youtu.be/0qX02ox5SYg .

“Bayer Presents Luke Bryan Farm Tour 2016”

October 14       Centralia, Missouri          C2�       Stowers Farm

October 15       Effingham, Illinois                   Mid America Motorworks

Luke’s first-ever Farm Tour EP, Farm Tour…Here’s To The Farmer is available digitally now

Luke’s arena and stadium tour, “Kill The Lights Tour,” will come to a close this month with two remaining stadium shows, the AT&T Stadium in Dallas on October 22 and October 29 at Ford Field in Detroit.

The “Bayer Presents Luke Bryan Farm Tour 2016” is sponsored by Bayer, Chevy, Green Giant, Miller Lite, Cabela’s and Polaris.

 

About Luke Bryan

 

Since the debut of his first album in 2007, Luke has placed 16 singles at No. 1 and sold nearly eight million albums with 30 million digital tracks from his five studio albums. He has twice been named Entertainer of the Year by both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association. His fifth studio album, Kill The Lights, debuted at No. 1 on both the Billboard Top 200 (his third to do so) and Top Country Albums charts and closed 2015 with the best-selling country album of the year and the 10th biggest selling album on the all-genre Billboard Top 200 Year-End list. In Luke’s stellar 2015 year, he performed for 1.5 million fans in concert, had three albums on the Top 15 Year-End Country Albums list- Kill the Lights (#1), Spring Break…Checkin’ Out (#10) and Crash My Party (#15), was the most streamed artist of 2015, placed six songs in the Year-End Top Country Streaming Tracks list, had his own exhibit at The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum (“Luke Bryan: Dirt Road Diary”), performed live during halftime at the Dallas Cowboys game on Thanksgiving and wrapped up the year with a live Times Square performance on ABC’s “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.” Luke recently co-hosted the ACM Awards for a fourth consecutive year and is performing in venues and stadiums across the U.S. on his “Kill The Lights Tour” through this fall.

 

 

For a one-stop shop for everything Luke Bryan, his community of fans have unparalleled access to his life through Luke Bryan’s official App. Launched in June 2015 in partnership with Disciple Media, the app offers everything from exclusive live streams to updates from the road, competitions to video premieres, exclusive merchandise and more. The App is available now on the Apple App Store and Google Play.

 

 

Visit www.LukeBryan.com or follow Luke on Twitter @LukeBryanOnline, Instagram and Facebook.

 

 

About Bayer

 

Bayer: Science For A Better Life

 

Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the Life Science fields of health care and agriculture. Its products and services are designed to benefit people and improve their quality of life. At the same time, the Group aims to create value through innovation, growth and high earning power. Bayer is committed to the principles of sustainable development and to its social and ethical responsibilities as a corporate citizen. In fiscal 2015, the Group employed around 117,000 people and had sales of EUR 46.3 billion. Capital expenditures amounted to EUR 2.6 billion, R&D expenses to EUR 4.3 bill ion. These figures include those for the high-tech polymers business, which was floated on the stock market as an independent company named Covestro on October 6, 2015. For more information, go to www.bayer.us

 

 

About Chevrolet

 

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 115 countries and selling more than 4.0 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

 

 

About Green Giant

Few brand s enjoy a heritage as rich as that of Green Giant®. For over 100 years, Green Giant has been devoted to growing the best quality and most unforgettably delicious vegetables for you and your family. For more information and some simple and tasty recipes, please visit www.greengiant.com.

 

About MillerCoors

 

Through its diverse collection of storied breweries, MillerCoors brings American beer drinkers an unmatched selection of the highest quality beers steeped in centuries of brewing heritage.  Miller Brewing Company and Coors Brewing Company offer domestic favorites such as Coors Light, Miller Lite, Miller High Life and Coors Banquet.  Tenth and Blake Beer Company, our craft and import division, offers beers such as Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy from sixth-generation Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company and Blue Moon Belgian White from modern craft pioneer Blue Moon Brewing Company, which celebrates its 20th Anniversary this year. Tenth and Blake also operates Crispin Cider Company, an artisanal maker of pear and apple ciders using fresh-pressed American juice, and imports world-renowned b eers such as Italy’s Peroni Nastro Azzurro, the Czech Republic’s Pilsner Urquell and the Netherlands’ Grolsch.  MillerCoors also offers pioneering new brands such as the Redd’s Apple and Redd’s Wicked Apple franchises and Smith & Forge Hard Cider.  MillerCoors seeks to become America’s best beer company through an uncompromising promise of quality, a keen focus on innovation and a deep commitment to sustainability.  MillerCoors is a joint venture of SABMiller plc and Molson Coors Brewing Company. Learn more at MillerCoors.com, at facebook.com/MillerCoors or on Twitter through @MillerCoors.

 

 

About Cabela’s

 

Cabela’s I ncorporated, the World’s Foremost Outfitter® of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, offers thousands of products and a fun, unique shopping experience. The company is famous for its strong brand and world-renowned reputation for delivering quality merchandise, value and legendary customer service. Cabela’s also issues the Cabela’s CLUB® Visa credit card, which serves as its primary customer loyalty rewards program.

 

About Polaris:

 

Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) is a global powersports leader with annual 2015 sales of $4.7 billion. Polaris fuels the passion of riders, workers and outdoor enthusiasts with our RANGER®RZR® and POLARIS GENERAL side-by-side off-road vehicles; our SPORTSMAN® and POLARIS ACE® all-terrain off-road vehicles; VICTORY® and INDIAN MOTORCYCLE® midsize and heavyweight motorcycles; SLINGSHOT® moto-roadsters; and Polaris RMK®, INDY®, SWITCHBACK® and RUSH® snowmobiles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with parts, garments and accessories sold under multiple recognizable brands, and has a gr owing presence in adjacent markets globally with products including military and commercial off-road vehicles, quadricycles, and electric vehicles. www.polaris.com

 

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KELSEA BALLERINI TOASTS TO “PETER PAN” WITH JET-SETTING #1 PARTY

Star On The Rise Fills A Massive Airplane Hangar With Industry Supporters

Debut Album, THE FIRST TIME, Is Now GOLD Certified

kelseaballerini Pictured (L-R): ASCAP’s Mike Sistad, Black River Publishing’s Dave Pacula, ole’s John Ozier, ASCAP’s Beth Brinker, co-writers Kelsea Ballerini, Jessie Lee and Forest Glen Whitehead, producer Jason Massey, Black River Entertainment’s Gordon Kerr, and BMI’s David Preston

Celebrating her high flying, third consecutive #1 single surrounded by planes and parachutes, Kelsea Ballerini and her music industry supporters toasted to the success of “Peter Pan” at a massive party held yesterday (10/12) in a Nashville airplane hangar.

 

Standing alongside the song’s co-writers Forest Glen Whitehead and Jesse Lee, Ballerini told the assembled crowd it takes the hard work of many different people to climb so high. “This is bigger than me,” she said, before concluding with a promise to keep aiming for the stars and to make her believers proud.

The chart-topping success of “Peter Pan” is a historic feat, making Ballerini the first female artist – including duos or groups – to hit #1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart with her first three singles. Simultaneously, the fantasy-themed tune rose to the top spot on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, also making Ballerini the first female artist to score a double #1. It is the first chart-topper for Lee and the second for songwriter/producer Whitehead, who also co-wrote Ballerini’s “Love Me Like You Mean It.”

Decorating the cavernous space to mimic the feel of the “Peter Pan,” music video (directed by Kristin Barlowe), directed by Kristin Barlowe Ballerini, her co-writers and co-producer Jason Massey were presented with #1 plaques and gifts from ASCAP, BMI, and publishers ole and Black River Publishing, before Ballerini’s record label – Black River Entertainment – surprised the star with news that her debut album had just reached GOLD certification for sales of over 500,000 copies.

Performing alongside her co-writers, the 23-year-old then delivered laid back acoustic renditions of “Peter Pan” and “Yeah Boy,” the fun-and-flirty fourth single from THE FIRST TIME, before joining in the celebration.

Capping off an outstanding year, the Black River recording artist will receive CMT’s second-annual Breakout Artist of the Year award during the network’s 2016 Artists of the Year special, premiering October 20 at 9 p.m. ET, and November 2 will find her at the 50th annual CMA Awards where she is nominated in two categories: New Artist of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year. She is also vying for Favorite Female Artist – Country at the fan-voted American Music Awards on November 20, airing live at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Voting is now open through Nove mber 14 at amavote.com.

Ballerini holds the distinction of having written all three GOLD-certified singles from her debut album THE FIRST TIME, including her PLATINUM-certified debut, “Love Me Like You Mean It.” Produced by Forest Glen Whitehead and Jason Massey, THE FIRST TIME showcases Ballerini’s skillful songwriting on each of the 12 songs. After spending the summer winning over audiences on Rascal Flatts’ RHYTHM & ROOTS Tour, Ballerini is set to headline her own tour, aptly titled, THE FIRST TIME Tour. Kicking off this fall, she is already proving her crowd-drawing potential with two shows confirmed as early sell-outs, including her hometown concert in Knoxville (11/ 11) and Minneapolis show (11/19).

About Kelsea Ballerini:

Kelsea Ballerini has launched to stardom with releasing three consecutive #1 smashes from her critically acclaimed debut album THE FIRST TIME; the PLATINUM-certified “Love Me Like You Mean It” and GOLD-certified hits “Dibs” and “Peter Pan,” making her the only female artist in Country music history, including female duos and groups, to achieve this accolade. The talented singer/songwriter’s credit is featured on all 12 songs on her debut. Abuzz with high-profile media looks, the Black River Entertainment artist has been named “The Country Sweetheart” in People Magazine’s elite “Ones to Watch” portfolio, touted by Billboard Magazine as “Country� ��s Next Queen,” praised by Rolling Stone as the “Nashville It Girl,” selected as one of CMT’s Next Women of Country, and this summer co-hosted alongside Arsenio Hall on ABC’s summer replacement series Greatest Hits. Awarded Billboard’s “Rising Star” honor at the prestigious 2015 Women In Music event, Ballerini continues to gain recognition with scoring her first-ever ACM Award win for New Female Vocalist of the Year, the fan-voted Radio Disney Music Award for The Freshest – Best New Artist (all genre) and the American Country Countdown Award (ACCA) for Breakthrough Female of the Year. She will embark on her first solo headlining tour – THE FIRST TIME Tour – this fall.

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Rolling Stone Country Premieres Stephanie Urbina Jones video

To wrap up the month-long celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15), Rolling Stone Country today premiered country Latin artist Stephanie Urbina Jones’ video, “Vamonos! (Let’s Go).” See the video here.

Rolling Stone Country’s Stephen L. Betts had this to say about Jones and her exciting new release:

“Although dozens of country songs through the years have reflected a beach theme and the influence of Latin culture, the majority has been hits for white male artists.  So it’s doubly refreshing to encounter Stephanie Urbina Jones, a Latina singer-songwriter whose latest single and video, “Vamonos! (Let’s Go),” capture the joyous fantasy of a tranquil island getaway.”

A song like “Vamonos! (Let’s Go)” requires a buoyant video, so director Miguel Valle (Coldplay) and producer Jerry Carlon headed to the island of Isla Mujeres in Mexico for the video shoot. Jones was totally up for it.

“Two days, six crew members, two best friends, a drone, two golf carts, crashing a wedding and a crazy beautiful island in the Mexican Caribbean; we captured the heart and spirit of what I love abo ut Mexico, the Mexican people, and the song ‘Vamonos’,” she enthuses.

It is well documented that songwriters find inspiration for their craft from any variety of places. While “Vamonos! (Let’s Go)” is an upbeat, breezy song with a sunny island video, it was actually written during a very difficult time in Jones’ life. With the help of co-writers Mark Marchetti and Will Robinson, she was able to draw from her heartache and write the song that breathed new hope into her life. Now, through “Vamonos! (Let’s Go)” and the rest of her music, Jo nes is on a mission to share her new hope with as many people as possible, as she believes that music is a medicine that brings joy, laughter and fun into the world during turbulent times.

“Vamonos! (Let’s go)” is the second single and video from Stephanie Urbina Jones’s fifth album, Fiery Angel. The song embodies her unique brand of Latin country, which celebrates the heart and spirit of her Latin roots in country music. Fiery Angel was just one of two releases for Jones in 2015. The other was a spunky collection of holiday cheer titled Feliz Navidad Y’all.

Be sure to see Stephanie Urbina Jones when she comes to your town

Oct. 28-30     Day of the Dead Celebration /Springfield, IL

Nov. 14           Mystery Monday at Mercado/Austin, TX

Dec. 2              Fredericksburg Trolley Light the Night Christmas Parade/Fredericksburg, TX

Dec. 1-8          Spirit of Christmas Tour Texas with Texas Heritage Music Foundation

Dec. 4             Toys for Tots Drive at The Cove/San Antonio, TX

Dec. 9              Vamonos Spirit of Christmas Show/Del Rio, TX

Jan. 28            Port Aransas Civic Center/Port Aransas , TX

Feb. 15-19      International Writers Conference/San Miguel, Mexico

Feb. 21-26     Journey to Teotihuacan/Teotihuacan, Mexico

For more information or booking, visit www.stephanieurbinajones.com.

About Stephanie Urbina Jones:

The San Antonio native and #1 Billboard Country Latina songwriter is passionate about celebrating her Hispanic heritage in country music around the world. Jones has been winning international acclaim while shattering traditional music industry boundaries and genres with shows across the US, Mexico, Japan, Europe and the UK.

With Fiery Angel, she arrives as a woman who inspires, a songwriter who bravely explores the heart’s darkest corners and a singer who interprets life with passion and intimacy while carrying the heart of her bicultural roots to audiences all over the world.

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