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CMT’S ANNUAL “ARTISTS OF THE YEAR” CELEBRATION CONTINUES TO RISE ATTRACTING NEARLY 2 MILLION VIEWERS WITH RATINGS SOARING MORE THAN 20%

YEAR-END SPECIAL RANKED AS #2 SOCIAL SHOW OF THE NIGHT AND #7 FOR THE WEEK AMONG NIELSEN’S SOCIAL CONTENT RATINGS

CMT’s annual “Artists of the Year” event continues to evolve from a televised Nashville industry event to fan-favorite night of once-in-a-lifetime performances, unexpected tributes, and unforgettable toasts as country music superstars and friends gather to celebrate the top country artists of the year.

This year’s annual special honoring Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton, Florida Georgia Line, Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Bryan, Shania Twain and Thomas Rhett fueled growth across the board with L+3 ratings climbing +21% from last year’s telecast among A18-49, attracting nearly 2 million total viewers on premiere night and nearly 4 million total viewers throughout six telecasts throughout the weekend on CMT.  In fact, this year’s telecast marked the highest rated “Artists of the Year” special ever with M18-49. Socially, the special ranked as the #2 show of the night and #7 for the week among Nielsen’s Social Content Ratings. 

 
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Eric Church to Release "Mr. Misunderstood On the Rocks Live & (Mostly) Unplugged" Exclusively with Walmart Nov. 4

Eric Church to Release Mr. Misunderstood On the Rocks Live & (Mostly) Unplugged Exclusively with Walmart Nov. 4

Anniversary of his fifth studio album, Mr. Misunderstood, commemorated with live album recorded at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Eric Church is deep in planning and rehearsals for his Holdin’ My Own Tour that kicks-off in January, however until fans get their fix in-person, Eric Church is answering their demand with a new release, Mr. Misunderstood On the Rocks Live & (Mostly) Unplugged. The collection features seven songs, six from Mr. Misunderstood, recorded at the Red Rocks Amphitheater is Morrison, Colo. Church commemorates the surprise release of Mr. Misunderstood on its one-year anniversarywhen he dropped it unannounced during the 49th CMA Awards after sending over 80,000 copies directly to his fans— with the release of the live album that features incredible raw versions of songs that insist “music is fuel for love, for anguish and, naturally, for other music” (New York Times).

True to his fans-first approach, Church invited those at home to partake in his two-night concert as he broadcast not only part of his show, but also his announcement of his 60+ city 2017 Holdin’ My Own Tour from Facebook Live. Mr. Misunderstood On the Rocks Live, Church’s first live album since 2013’s Caught in the Act: Live, captures this special collection of performances including a Red Rocks Medley of “Mistress Named Music” and a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” in which Rolling Stone said Church “delivered his soul-bearing rendition in tender, fragile style, quietly picking a hollow-bodied electric guitar and singing softly, as if he were alone in a giant natural cathedral.”

The release of the Red Rocks album where Church’s “songs posit music as a magical sun shower to bathe in blissfully,” [New York Times] comes as the seven-time GRAMMY nominee celebrates his second single off Mr. Misunderstood, “Record Year” hitting the top of the charts. Fans can enjoy the live recording of the three-time CMA Awards and five-time ACM Awards Winner’s recently-released, pertinent current single, “Kill a Word” that “unpacks a mighty image” [AXS] on On the Rocks Live available at Walmart retailers country-wide Nov. 4.

Mr. Misunderstood On the Rocks Live & (Mostly) Unplugged:

1. Mistress Named Music – Red Rocks Medley”
Eric Church – Vocals, Acoustic guitar
Driver Williams – Electric guitar
Jeff Cease – 12 String guitar
Jeff Hyde – Acoustic guitar
Lee Hendricks – Bass guitar
Craig Wright – Drums
Joanna Cotten – background vocals

2. “Chattanooga Lucy”
Eric Church – Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Jeff Hyde – Acoustic Guitar
Jeff Cease – 12 String acoustic
Lee Hendricks – Bass
Driver Williams – Electric guitar
Craig Wright – Drums
Joanna Cotten – Back-up vocals, tambourine

3. “Mixed Drinks About Feelings”
Eric Church – Acoustic Guitar, vocals
Jeff Cease – Piano
Joanna Cotten – Backup vocals

4. “Knives of New Orleans”
Eric Church – Acoustic Guitar, vocals

5. “Kill a Word”
Eric Church – Acoustic guitar, vocals
Jeff Hyde – Acoustic guitar
Jeff Cease – Dobro
Craig Wright – Drums
Driver Williams – Electric Guitar
Lee Hendricks – Bass
Joanna Cotten – Backup vocals

6. “Record Year”
Eric Church – Acoustic guitar, vocals
Jeff Cease – Electric Guitar
Lee Hendricks – Piano

7. “Hallelujah”
Eric Church – Electric guitar, vocals

Order the Mr. Misunderstood On the Rocks Live & Mostly Unplugged here.

Church will set out on his two-set, three-hour-show Holdin’ My Own Tour Sans-opener Jan. 13, 2017 in Lincoln, Neb. and will wrap in May with a two-night stint in Nashville, Tenn.

 

Watch The 50th Annual CMA Awards online LIVE

See an Exclusive Live TV Broadcast of the Red Carpet Hosted by Bobby Bones and a Special Performance by Chris Janson on AUDIENCE® Network and Live Streaming on ATT.com

AT&Tis giving Country Music fans a front row seat at The 50th Annual CMA Awards red carpet. AUDIENCE® Network presents an exclusive look at the AT&T CMA Awards Red Carpet show hosted by Bobby Bones, host of iHeartRadio’s nationally syndicated radio program “The Bobby Bones Show,” and a performance by Country Music star Chris Janson. Janson’s “Buy Me A Boat” was named Country Song of the Year at the iHeartRadio Music Awards in May.

DIRECTV and AT&T U-verse® TV customers can catch the red carpet show airing live Wednesday, Nov. 2, on AUDIENCE® Network (DIRECTV Ch. 239 or U-verse TV Ch. 1114) at 7 p.m. ET. and live stream the event starting at 6:30 p.m. ET at http://www.att.com/cmaredcarpet/.

Customers with 4K ready TVs will see a simulcast of the awards show on DIRECTV channel 106 in stunning ultra HD at 7 p.m. ET.

Country Music fans can get an up close and personal look at their favorite musicians and celebrities as they walk the red carpet. Plus, see behind-the-scenes interviews with artists as they prepare for Country Music’s Biggest Night™.

In addition to Janson, catch performances by Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks with Trisha Yearwood, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and many more.

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Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will host the 50th Annual CMA Awards live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Catch all the action Wednesday, Nov. 2, (8-11 p.m. ET) on the ABC Television Network.

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

About the CMA Awards
The first “CMA Awards Banquet and Show” was held in 1967. The following year, the CMA Awards was broadcast on television for the first time – making it the longest running, annual music awards program on network TV. The CMA Awards have aired on ABC since 2006. ABC will be the network home of the CMA Awards and CMA’s other two television properties, “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” and “CMA Country Christmas,” through 2021.

Fans can get more information on “The 50th Annual CMA Awards” and sign up for CMA emails and exclusives by visiting CMAawards50.com.

About AT&T

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) helps millions around the globe connect with leading entertainment, mobile, high speed internet and voice services. We’re the world’s largest provider of pay TV. We have TV customers in the U.S. and 11 Latin American countries. We offer the best global coverage of any U.S. wireless provider.* And we help businesses worldwide serve their customers better with our mobility and highly secure cloud solutions.

Additional information about AT&T products and services is available at http://about.att.com. Follow our news on Twitter at @ATT, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/attand YouTube athttp://www.youtube.com/att.

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About Bobby Bones
Bobby Bones, the host of iHeartMedia’s The Bobby Bones Show, who was heralded by New York Times as “the biggest thing in country radio,” has proven to be one of the genre’s most influential tastemakers, breaking some of country music’s freshest talent on his nationally syndicated radio show. He recently released THE RAGING KIDIOTS: KIDDY UP! on Black River Entertainment, which debuted as the top downloaded children’s album, with Sounds Like Nashville declaring that the release, co-written by Bobby Bones, showcases his ability to “fill lyrics with important lessons and a catchy tune.” Bobby Bones’ memoir, BARES BONES: I’M NOT LONELY IF YOU’RE READING THIS BOOK (Dey Street Books), released earlier this year, spent four weeks on New York Times Bestsellers List following an overwhelming debut that saw the memoir claim the No. One spot on multiple lists including USA Today and Wall Street Journal.

 

Eric Paslay Kicks Off Week As Surprise Guest on Garth Show, Performs on TODAY This Wednesday

Eric Paslay Kicks Off Week As Surprise Guest on Garth Brooks’ “World Tour” 

Eric Set to Perform on NBC’S TODAY Wednesday, October 26

Eric-Paslay-200x3008NASHVILLE, Tenn. – October 24, 2016 – Last night, EMI Records Nashville recording artist Eric Paslay was a surprise guest for Garth Brooks’ “World Tour with Trisha Yearwood” concert in Charleston, West Virginia. The pair recently met for the first time before Eric’s performance at the William Morris Endeavor Entertainment (WME) party for the International Entertainment Buyers Association (IEBA) conference, where Garth personally invited him to open a show.

“This past weekend was one for the books,” said Eric. “I got to hang with and open for a musical hero of mine. I can’t thank Garth Brooks enough for the incredible experience. No one does it better than him and it was a real honor.”

This Wednesday, October 26 Eric is set to perform “Angels In this Town” on NBC’S TODAY before resuming his headlining tour “Angels In this Town 2016” later this week. The tour runs through November and features special guests Adam Sanders and Courtney Cole.

“Angels in This Town Tour 2016” Fall dates:

October 29                  Pensacola, FL              Pensacola Interstate Fairgrounds

November 3                Cleveland, OH              House of Blues**

November 4                Tiffin, OH                      Ritz Theatre**

November 5                Carlisle, PA                 Carlisle Theatre**

November 6                Columbus, OH            The Bluestone**

November 10              Patchogue, NY           The Emporium***

November 11              Clifton Park, NY          Upstate Concert Hall***

November 12              Rochester, NY              Anthology***

**Adam Sanders special guest

***Courtney Cole special guest

 About Eric Paslay

EMI Records Nashville breakout country artist, Eric Paslay, delivers a powerful punch as a renowned, Platinum-selling, hit songwriter and dynamic performer. Paslay has celebrated five No. 1 hits including “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” (Eli Young Band), “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” (Jake Owen), “Angel Eyes” (Love & Theft), “Rewind” (Rascal Flatts) and “Friday Night,” the smash lead single from his critically acclaimed self-titled debut album. The Temple, Texas native earned nominations for GRAMMY Best Country Song, ACM Song of the Year and CMA Song of The Year for “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” in 2013 and earned his first GRAMMY nomination as an artist in 2016 for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “The Driver”- a collaboration with friends Charles Kelley and Dierks Bentley. Most recently Eric was honored with an ACM Song of the Year nomination for “She Don’t Love You” at the 2016 ACMs in Las Vegas. A true artist’s artist, USA Today calls Paslay “flat out-brilliant” and American Songwriter names him an influencer of country music. Paslay has joined friends Chris Young, Brad Paisley and Toby Keith on tour this past year.

For the latest information on Paslay go to:

www.ericpaslay.com

https://twitter.com/ericpaslay

https://www.facebook.com/ericpaslay

http://instagram.com/ericpaslay

 

Country Trailblazer Charley Pride Featured In This Week’s Closer Weekly Magazine

Pride Announced As a Performer During “The 50th Annual CMA Awards” Airing Wednesday, Nov. 2 on the ABC Television Network

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 24, 2016) – Country music icon Charley Pride opens up about his trailblazing career in the “Heart to Heart” section of Closer Weekly, on newsstands now. The three-page spread gives fans an unprecedented look at rarely seen photos of the multi-platinum selling superstar’s illustrious career. Pride also reflects on topics about his humble beginnings in rural Mississippi, being a father, and what inspired him to pursue music.

The three-time CMA winner has experienced a resurgence in 2016 on the anniversary of his 50th year as a country music recording artist, while just being announced as a performer at “The 50th Annual CMA Awards” airing Wednesday, Nov. 2 on ABC Television Network. Pride was featured in “Forever Country,” along with Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and more, to celebrate the CMA Awards 50th anniversary. The song dominated the charts upon its release, hitting No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.

Fans can catch the Grammy award-winning singer on tour throughout 2016, playing select shows in North America (see remaining dates below). Don’t miss as the Country Music Hall of Fame singer performs some of his biggest hits, including “Kiss an Angel Good Morning,” “Is Anybody Going To San Antone?,” “Roll on Mississippi,” and many more.

Charley Pride on Tour:
Nov. 13 Waxahatchie, Texas – Waxahatchie Civic Centre
Nov. 18 Wendover, Nev. – Peppermill Concert Hall
Nov. 26 Houston, Texas – Redneck Country Club

About Charley Pride:
Charley Pride celebrates his 50th anniversary as a recording artist this year. He has enjoyed one of the most successful careers in the history of country music and is credited with helping to break color barriers by becoming the first black superstar within the genre. A true living legend, he has sold tens of millions of records worldwide with his large repertoire of hits. A three-time Grammy award winner, Pride has garnered no less than 36 chart-topping country hits, including “Kiss An Angel Good Morning,” a massive #1 crossover hit that sold over a million singles and helped Pride land the Country Music Association’s “Entertainer of the Year” award in 1971 and the “Top Male Vocalist” awards of 1971 and 1972. A proud member of the Grand Ole Opry, Pride continues to perform concerts worldwide and has toured the United States, Canada, Ireland, The United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand over the last several years.

 

Carrie Underwood Becomes the Highest Certified Country Album Artist to Debut This Century!

Carrie Underwood Becomes the Highest Certified Country Album Artist to Debut This Century!

Underwood’s Some Hearts Goes 8x Multi-Platinum, the Highest Album Certification of Any Country Artist to Emerge Since 2000! 

New RIAA Honors Include Multi-Platinum Leaps Across All of Underwood’s Studio Catalog and a Platinum Certification for 2015’s Storyteller 

Underwood Continues Reign as the All-Time Top Country Artist on the RIAA’s Digital Single Ranking

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Nashville, TN – More than a decade into her career, 19 Recordings/Arista Nashville superstar Carrie Underwood remains a consistent fan-favorite, as the CMA Entertainer of the Year nominee becomes the RIAA’s highest certified country album artist to debut this century, amid a wave of new RIAA album certifications across her entire studio catalog.

On the heels of three back-to-back #1 singles, Underwood’s 2015 Storyteller album is now certified Platinum while each of her first four studio albums add Multi-Platinum certifications.  These include Blown Away (now 2x Multi-Platinum), Play On (3x Multi-Platinum), Carnival Ride (4x Multi-Platinum), and Underwood’s blockbuster debut, Some Hearts, now at 8x Multi-Platinum.

Of all country albums now RIAA certified at 8 million or more, Underwood’s 2005 debut stands as the youngest in the tally, also earning her the distinction of the highest album certification of any country artist to emerge since 2000.

Underwood already holds the distinction of being the current Top Country Artist (male or female) on RIAA’s Digital Single Ranking with 28 million (also making her among the Top 5 females in the history of the RIAA’s Digital Single Program, across all genres).

Having played to more than 800,000 fans so far since its launch, Underwood is currently headlining The Storyteller Tour – Stories in the Round through the end of November, including tomorrow night’s sold out show at Madison Square Garden. From there the tour will stop for shows in Albany, NY and Uncasville, CT before taking a brief break from the tour for Carrie to return to Nashville where, on November 2nd, she’ll join Brad Paisley as the CMA Awards co-host for a ninth consecutive year. The 50th Annual CMA Awards airs live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena at 8 PM/ET on ABC.  This year, Underwood garnered her first nomination for the coveted CMA Entertainer of the Year award, as well as nominations for Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year for Storyteller, and Musical Event of the Year with Keith Urban for “The Fighter.”

Luke Bryan Celebrates Seven #1 Singles Selling Over 7 Million Tracks & Over 600 Million Total Combined Streams

Kill The Lights Album RIAA Certified Platinum Including 3.5 Million Tracks Sold and Over 400 Million Streams

NASHVILLE – (October 24, 2016) Two-Time CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan celebrated seven consecutive #1 singles at the Country Music Hall of Fame today with a party and a performance. Luke along with each song’s writers acoustically performed all of the #1 hits.

At the close of the performances, Mike Dungan, UMG Nashville’s Chairman & CEO, surprised Luke with two sales plaques- one commemorating the seven #1’s have sold over 7 million tracks and over 600 million total combined streams and the second is the official RIAA Platinum certification of Kill The Lights album including 3.5 million tracks sold and over 400 million streams.

luke-bryan-amp-2Play It Again (Dallas Davidson, Ashley Gorley)
Roller Coaster (Michael Carter, Cole Swindell)
I See You (Luke Bryan, Ashley Gorley, Luke Laird)
Kick The Dust Up (Dallas Davidson, Chris DeStefano, Ashley Gorley)
Strip It Down (Luke Bryan, Ross Copperman, Jon Nite)
Home Alone Tonight (Tommy Cecil, Jaida Dreyer, Jody Stevens, Cole Taylor)
Huntin’, Fishin’, and Lovin’ Every Day (Luke Bryan, Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, Ben Hayslip)

Luke is currently nominated for two CMA Awards as Entertainer of the Year and Vocal Collaboration with Karen Fairchild for “Home Alone Tonight,” one of the above #1 hits, and also for two American Music Awards as Favorite Male Artist-Country and Favorite Album-Country for Kill The Lights.

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. 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 2015 with a live Times Square performance on ABC’s “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.”

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.

 

Louisiana Rising Benefit Concert to Air on AXS TV Tuesday, Oct. 25

AXS TV is proud to present “Louisiana Rising: A Benefit Concert for Flood Relief” on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 11pE/8pP hosted by Harry Connick Jr. and Randy Jackson to assist the American Red Cross with their continuing flood relief efforts in the region. The one-hour highlight show features performances by Better Than Ezra, Aaron Neville, Hunter Hayes and Chris Thomas King from Baton Rouge’s River Center Theater.
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MONTGOMERY, AL – Oct. 19, 2016 – Viewers will enjoy a star-studded lineup as the Louisiana Rising: A Benefit Concert for Flood Relief highlight show airs on AXS TV Tuesday, October 25th at 11pm Eastern/8pm Pacific. This one-hour edited special, produced by Tupelo-Honey Raycom, will highlight many of the great moments and performances of the live broadcast. Terrific music, a thank you to all of those who supported the flood relief efforts in Louisiana, and an opportunity to assist the American Red Cross with their continuing efforts by making a donation are all part of this one-hour concert.

Harry Connick Jr. and Randy Jackson co-host from Baton Rouge’s River Center Theater, alongside performers Better Than Ezra, Aaron Neville, Hunter Hayes and Chris Thomas KingAXS TV will air the special Tuesday, October 25th at 11pm Eastern time, 8pm Pacific time. Select Raycom Media stations will also air the special throughout the month of October. Check local listings.

“We were excited about the live show and appreciated all the artists and sponsors who gave their time and talent to assist with the flood relief efforts of the American Red Cross in Louisiana,” stated Pat LaPlatney, President and CEO of Raycom Media. “We are grateful for the outpouring of support and donations by those who viewed the live concert.  The work of the American Red Cross is critical in responding to disasters like the historic floods in Louisiana. We appreciate the generous offer of Mark Cuban and the team at AXS TV to air the edited special and highlight this important work.”

“When the flooding happened in Louisiana, so many people jumped to answer the call to give their time and effort to help,” said Mark Cuban, CEO of AXS TV. “This concert is all for them—the Red Cross, the volunteers, and the great people of Louisiana. This truly is a memorable concert event, and AXS TV is proud to be a part of it.”

Throughout the special Matthew McConaughey, Ellen DeGeneres, Drew Brees, Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., John Goodman, Britney Spears, James Taylor, Trace Adkins, Governor John Bel Edwards, Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Tim McGraw and others will lend messages of support.

One of the thrilling moments featured in the one-hour special is the rousing conclusion as Harry Connick Jr. took to the piano with all artists on stage singing “You Are My Sunshine,” which is one of Louisiana’s state songs made popular by former Louisiana Governor Jimmie Davis.

To learn more about the work of the American Red Cross and how you can help, go to www.redcross.org.  Donors can choose where they would like their donation utilized.

ABOUT RAYCOM MEDIA

Raycom Media, an employee-owned company, is one of the nation’s largest privately owned broadcasters and owns and/or provides services for 63 television stations and 2 radio stations in 42 markets located in 20 states. Raycom Media owns or provides services for stations covering over 14% of U.S. television households and employs over 4,700 individuals in full and part-time positions. In addition to television stations, Raycom Media owns PureCars (digital ad platform for automotive), Raycom Sports (a marketing, production and events management and distribution company), Tupelo-Honey Raycom (a NY-based production company), RTM Productions (a Franklin, TN-based automotive programming production and marketing solutions company), WebStream Sports (an Indianapolis-based, live event production company) and Broadview Media (a post-production/digital signage company based in Montgomery, AL). Raycom Media is headquartered in Montgomery, AL.

ABOUT AXS TV        

AXS TV is the cable industry’s leading general entertainment network for event programming. Launched in July 2012 by visionary entrepreneur Mark Cuban, AXS TV is dedicated to providing groundbreaking music programming, stand-up comedy performances from today’s top comedians, and hard-hitting mixed martial arts promotions. The network’s franchises include THE X FACTOR UK and NASHVILLE; as well as original programs such as THE BIG INTERVIEW with Dan Rather; THE WORLD’S GREATEST TRIBUTE BANDS; GOTHAM COMEDY LIVE and AXS TV FIGHTS.

AXS TV is a partnership between Mark Cuban, AEG, Ryan Seacrest Media, Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and CBS. The network is available in the United States via AT&T U-verse, Charter, Comcast/Xfinity, DIRECTV, DISH, Suddenlink, Verizon FiOS, and other cable, satellite and telco providers, including members of the National Cable Television Cooperative. The network is also distributed in Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. For more information, visit the website, www.axs.tv; go to the Facebook page here and follow the company on Twitter, @axstv; on InstagramTumblr; Cyber Dust and YouTube.

 

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Gift Ideas For Country Music Lovers This Holiday Season

The holiday season is just around the corner and we’ve compiled a list of the perfect stocking stuffers for your Holiday Gift Guide. country-christmasFrom Dolly Parton’s new album to Kiefer Sutherland’s country music debut, and The Oak Ridge Boys new line of pickled peppers, there is something for everyone.

*Some links may result in a commission for the publishing company, however this will not affect your price.

Books
Bill Anderson: Songwriting icon and legendary performer “Whisperin’ Bill” Anderson pens the lyrics to his life in a new revealing autobiography titled “Whisperin’ Bill Anderson: An Unprecedented Life In Country Music”. The 360-page representation of Anderson’s journey includes rare, never-before-seen photos and eye-opening personal stories from his career – from early days of radio broadcasting in Georgia, to standing alongside the greatest country music stars in the world onstage at the Grand Ole Opry, to being named BMI’s first ICON Award winner in the country music genre. Click here to order: billanderson.com.

Lee Greenwood: From GRAMMY-winning and seven time No. 1 hit making country music star Lee Greenwood comes the best-selling children’s book, “Proud To Be An American.” Written by Greenwood in the words of “God Bless The U.S.A.,” and fully illustrated with colorful, vibrant images by Amanda Sekulow, “Proud To Be An American” follows a man and his grandson across the U.S. to various national landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge, Arlington Cemetery and more. Click here to order: amazon.com/Proud-Be-American-Lee-Greenwood/dp/1940262968/.

Tommy Roe: In 2016, Tommy released his autobiography, “From Cabbagetown To Tinseltown…”. In his own words he says quite candidly that it isn’t just his story. It’s history. Throughout the book, Tommy parallels his early days growing up in Atlanta as well as his successful career in the music business with the many cultural and political changes in America during those quite tumultuous times. He paints a vivid picture of how the music and the artists of the 1950s and 60s played a major role in this upheaval and what it was like to be in the middle of it all. Click here to order: www.tommyroe.com.

Food
The Oak Ridge Boys: The country music legends are proud to introduce their first brand of pickled peppers : The Oak Ridge Boys Favorite Southern Style Bread N Butter Jalapeños. Available at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®, the pickles are made with a combination of jalapenos and onions that – just like the music of the Oaks – will leave fans wanting more. Continuing with the Oaks’ love of all things Red, White, and Blue, The Oak Ridge Boys Favorite Southern Style Bread N Butter Jalapeños are made in the U.S.A. with no artificial ingredients, colors, flavors, or preservatives. Visit Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® for purchase.

Holiday Albums
Exile: Multi-platinum-selling crossover group EXILE has been topping the pop and country charts for more than 50 years, but the band is treading new ground in 2016 with their first-ever Christmas album, Wrapped Up In Your Arms For Christmas. Visit exile.biz for more info.

T. Graham Brown: Christmas music this year will have a soulful Country sound, with the upcoming album from T. Graham Brown. The Country chart-topper will release his very first holiday album, Christmas with T. Graham Brown. The perfect stocking- stuffer will be released by Mansion Entertainment and distributed by Sony RED Distribution. Visit tgrahambrown.com for more info.

Music
Aaron Lewis: The momentum doesn’t seem to be slowing down for Aaron Lewis who’s new album Sinner debuted at the top position on the Top 200 Albums, Top Country Albums and Top Digital Albums Charts as well as No. 4 on Billboard’s Top 200 Consumption Chart. Produced by Country legend Buddy Cannon (George Strait, Merle Haggard, George Jones), and recorded over 16 intense hours at Nashville’s Blackbird Studios, SINNER captures Lewis’ mindset, a laid back soundtrack that is reminiscent of the genre’s most honest and musically adventurous artists.Visit AaronLewisMusic.com for more info. Click here to order: amazon.com/Sinner-Aaron-Lewis/dp/B01I742YBS/.

The Charlie Daniels Band: Charlie Daniels has never fit into any certain label, purposely creating a sound and blend of music all his own. The new album, Night Hawk, stays true to that tradition with Daniels putting a unique spin on cowboy songs both well-known and uncovered from through the years. Click here to order: amazon.com/Night-Hawk-Charlie-Daniels/dp/B01L0LZ2Z0/.

Cyndi Lauper: Known best for her legendary pop icon status, Lauper is reigning in a new legion of fans with her new country-tinged album Detour featuring a collection of country covers from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. Detour features duets with several special guests, including Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Vince Gill and Alison Krauss. Click here to order: amazon.com/Detour-Cyndi-Lauper/dp/B01AXGH936/.

Confederate Railroad: Multi-platinum recording artist Confederate Railroad is back with their latest album, Lucky to be Alive. The project marks the first release by the chart-topping band in nine years, and showcases their unique style, bringing their southern–rock-meets-country-conscience front and center. A key highlight on the album includes a special 20th Anniversary edition of the signature hit, “Trashy Women.” The new, revamped version features vocal appearances by Willie Nelson, John Anderson, Colt Ford and Jerry Glanville. Click here to order: amazon.com/Lucky-Be-Alive-Confederate-Railroad/dp/B01GR0PB00/.

Dolly Parton: Three decades ago, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, and Linda Ronstadt made musical history with the release of the Grammy-winning Trio album. Fans of all three of the iconic female vocalists can now celebrate one final release in the Trio series. The Complete Trio Collection, a three-disc set that ties together remastered versions of the 1987 and 1999 albums, but also includes another disc of rarities and unreleased takes on many of the songs that fans have come to know over the past thirty years. Click here to order: amazon.com/Complete-Trio-Collection-Deluxe-3CD/dp/B01CKE91QW/.

Don McLean: Don McLean’s 1971 masterpiece American Pie has become part of American culture. Now, after four and a half decades, music connoisseurs can hear his classic songs and indelible lyrics on their original vinyl format. American Pie has been newly remastered from analog tape by Robert Vosgien and the lacquers cut by Ron McMaster, both at Capitol Studios in Hollywood. Click here to order: amazon.com/American-Pie-Don-McLean/dp/B000T060TG/.

Justin Moore: Matching his no-nonsense attitude, multi-platinum-selling star Justin Moore returns with the aptly-titled project, Kinda Don’t Care. The album gives longtime fans a full dose of what they’ve come to love about the chart-topping singer/songwriter…a slow Southern drawl and candid charm. Click here to order: amazon.com/Kinda-Dont-Care-Deluxe-Version/dp/B01I6TR2DO/.

The Kentucky Headhunters: With nearly 50 years of success spanning multiple genres, The Kentucky Headhunters are back with their latest release On Safari. The southern rock, soon-to-be classic project tips the hat to family and the southern way of life. Click here to order: amazon.com/Safari-Kentucky-Headhunters/dp/B01LC0J5TS/.

Kiefer Sutherland: The debut album from the star of the new hit drama Designated Survivor is called Down In A Hole. This is considered a passion project chock-full of 11 tracks co-written by Sutherland. A special edition vinyl LP is also available exclusively at Barnes & Noble. Click here to order: amazon.com/Down-Hole-Kiefer-Sutherland/dp/B01GPDFR26/.

Meat Loaf: Grammy Award-winning musician and acclaimed film, TV and stage actor Meat Loaf has another hit on his hands with his new album, “Braver Than We Are”. Working closely again with longtime collaborator Jim Steinman—a key to the magic of multi-platinum selling albums “Bat Out of Hell” and “Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell”. Click here to order: amazon.com/Braver-Than-Are-Meat-Loaf/dp/B01IXGCJM4/.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: For five decades, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has remained one of the most iconic names in American roots music. The group continues to tour and release music, influencing multiple generations of audiences and artists along the way. Nearly a dozen of those artists join the group on this year’s Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Friends – Circlin’ Back: Celebrating 50 Years concert album, available as a CD or as a CD/DVD combo. Click here to order: amazon.com/Circlin-Back-Celebrating-Amazon-Exclusive/dp/B01JPD1LBO/.

Sylvia: Country chart-topper Sylvia is gearing up for the release of her new CD It’s All in the Family. This recording marks the ACM “Female Vocalist of the Year” winner’s first album release in 14 years. The 12-song album was produced by Sylvia and her longtime collaborator John Mock. Click here to order: amazon.com/Its-All-Family-Sylvia/dp/B01LXVC7AK/.

 

Mark Chesnutt Premieres Exclusive Merle Haggard Tribute Video On Rolling Stone Country

MARK CHESNUTT PREMIERES EXCLUSIVE MERLE HAGGARD TRIBUTE VIDEO ON ROLLING STONE COUNTRY

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Click Here to See the Video and Hear Mark Chesnutt’s Cover of “There Won’t Be Another Now”

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 19, 2016) – Country traditionalist Mark Chesnutt cites several of country’s most loved legends as influences on his successful career, and Merle Haggard is at the top of that list. To pay tribute to Haggard’s life and music, Chesnutt has released an emotionally charged tribute video, available exclusively on Rolling Stone Country.

The video features Chesnutt’s rendition of Haggard’s “There Won’t Be Another Now,” from the 1978 album I’m Always On A Mountain When I Fall. Featured as a bonus track on Chesnutt’s brand new project, Tradition Lives, “There Won’t Be Another Now” also doubles as a nod to songwriter Red Lane, who passed away in 2015.

Produced by Jimmy Ritchey and released by ROW Entertainment, Tradition Lives is Chesnutt’s first album of all-new material since 2008. The aptly-titled project further establishes Chesnutt as a torch-carrier for traditional country music, as he strives to stay true to country’s roots in a time of great change the genre.

Fans who are interested in hearing the platinum-selling country sensation perform his biggest hits and new material can catch Chesnutt live on the Tradition Lives Tour, which has recently been extended into 2017. Tradition Lives is available on iTunes, Amazon and at MarkChesnutt.com.

TRADITION LIVES TOUR Dates:
Oct. 22 DeJoria Center – Kamas, Utah
Oct. 29 Petal City Park – Petal, Miss.
Nov. 05 Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center – Cedar Falls, Iowa
Nov. 10 On Air Studio – Cleveland, Ohio
Nov. 12 Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts – Fairfield, Iowa
Nov. 19 Chuters – Pasadena, Texas
Nov. 25 Grizzly Rose – Denver, Colo.
Dec. 02 The Mule Barn – Justin, Texas
Dec. 08 Conways – New Braunfels, Texas
Dec. 09 Dosey Doe Big Barn – The Woodlands, Texas
Dec. 10 Dosey Doe Big Barn – The Woodlands, Texas
Jan. 13 Celebrity Theatre – Phoenix, Ariz.
Jan. 19 Thirsty Horse Saloon – San Antonio, Texas
March 03 5D Grill & Lounge – Monahans, Texas
March 04 5D Steakhouse & Lounge – Yorktown, Texas
May 06 Merced Theatre – Merced, Calif.
May 28 Daytona International Speedway – Daytona Beach, Fla.

About Mark Chesnutt:
A native of Beaumont, Texas, traditional-minded classic country singer Mark Chesnutt began his run up the charts in 1990 with “Too Cold At Home,” and followed that initial hit up with blockbuster 90s favorites such as “Brother Jukebox,” “Let It Rain,” and “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing.” Along the way, he has earned one Gold album and four Platinum albums. He has been nominated for several industry awards, and has a CMA trophy to his credit – the 1993 Vocal Event of the Year prize for “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair,” a hit for The Possum, George Jones. Chesnutt continues to be a touring favorite, with close to 175 dates on his calendar – which is booked well into the beginning of 2017. For more information on Mark Chesnutt, please visit markchesnutt.com.