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Americana Alt-Country Rockers Angie and the Deserters Announce Second Single from their EP ‘You’, titled “Forgetting to Forget” – Impacting Radio on 1116!

Angie and the Deserters remain unforgettable as they continue to release rousing singles that ooze with emotion and passion. The americana and alt-country Los Angeles based band announces their second single from their latest ‘You’ EP entitled, “Forgetting to Forget.” The single will be available for radio adds on November 18, 2016.

Angie Bruyere’s lush vocals and emotive lyrics will strike a chord deeply within the soul with this new single. The song reveals the moment when trying to escape memories from a past relationship. Although time has passed by, Angie continues to find herself hung up over a previous lover as she continues to look at their old photo and ring their phone. She expresses that she is getting by and “still standing” however she cannot seem to shake these thoughts. Bruyere paints a vivid emotional portrait of personal thoughts that listeners can easily relate to. Her delicate vocal delivery is laced over soaring violin strings and intricate guitar riffs that dive into a beautiful splash of percussion that will send chills up the spine.

The band has already received a significant buzz surrounding their follow-up EP and title-track, ‘You.’ The single charted #5 on the Radio Indie Alliance Charts and is airing on over 35 radio stations such as Radio Free Americana, WYAD (Jackson, MI), WNDY (Crawfordsville, IN), Pandora Radio and many more airplay outlets. The band’s “You” music video premiered on the popular Americana based website The Alternate Root and also on Variety Beat and reached over 25K views on FB and YouTube in the first two weeks of release.

“I wrote this song a few years ago, thinking it would be a simple acoustic song, but once we got into the studio with the band it became so much more,” says Angie Bruyere.

“Forgetting to Forget,” along with the rest of the tracks from the ‘You’ EP were recorded in Nashville’s Castle Recording Studios with renowned country producer Jeff Huskins (Clint Black, Keith Urban) and mastered by Grammy® Award Winning, Bod Ludwig (Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix). For more information on Angie and The Deserters please visit the band’s official website at www.angieandthedeserters.com.

 

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Reba McEntire’s Country Music Class Launches Today on MasterClass

In her first ever online class, she breaks down one of her greatest hits, “Fancy,” and shares what it takes to create a sustainable career in country music. McEntire’s MasterClass covers storytelling, connecting to an audience, singing, performance, vocal warm up, song selection, brand building and the business side of the industry.

Reba McEntire’s MasterClass is available now at www.masterclass.com/reba

To learn more about MasterClass go to www.masterclass.com

View/Download:

Reba McEntire’s official MasterClass trailer: here

About MasterClass:

Launched by David Rogier and Aaron Rasmussen in 2015, MasterClass provides online classes from world-renowned instructors, making it possible for anyone to learn from the best. Each class offers a unique learning experience which includes video lessons from the instructor, interactive exercises, course materials, peer interaction, and more. All classes are available online for individual purchase at www.masterclass.com for $90 each. MasterClass’ current roster of courses includes Christina Aguilera (singing), Kevin Spacey (acting), Usher (performance), Serena Williams (tennis), James Patterson (writing), Dustin Hoffman (acting), Werner Herzog (filmmaking), and Aaron Sorkin (screenwriting). Most recently, the company announced pre-enrollment for Deadmau5 (music production) and today announced Hans Zimmer (music composition).

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THE LIGHTS OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON ARE SURE TO Bēm AT THE RYMAN AUDITORIUM ON MONDAY AT CHRISTMAS 4 KIDS BENEFIT CONCERT

Monday’s Christmas 4 Kids (C4K) benefit concert is sure to kick attendees into the holiday spirit with the addition of Bēm wireless sponsored artist Ty Bates and over two grand in merchandise that will be given away.

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I’m beyond honored to return to the Ryman for the Christmas 4 Kids benefit concert,” says Ty Bates. “I got to meet the team behind this charity in 2014 when I first appeared at the bus tour and was excited when Bēm wireless decided to get behind this group as well.  C4K spreads such needed joy to kids throughout Middle Tennessee and the money raised from this show ensures that they get to continue their efforts.

“Ty brought the idea of this event to our attention and when I saw the impact this organization has had on children throughout the years, I knew we had to get involved again,” says Bēm wireless Founder Mike Nakamura. “I hope the products we donated will help gain the attention of fans in the region to come out and support these people making an impact right there in their hometown communities.  They might even take home a bluetooth speaker or headphones as a thank you from all of us at Bēm wireless for supporting Christmas 4 Kids.”

In addition to hearing performances from the legendary lineup of The Marshall Tucker Band, Aaron Tippin, Montgomery Gentry & Ray Stevens, 23 attendees will leave with one of the following products:

The only way to guarantee a chance at taking home one of these innovative “tuned for country” units is to secure a ticket for the show.  Tickets range from $38.50 to $60 and can be purchased at www.ryman.com.
About Christmas for Kids

Christmas 4 Kids is a not-for-profit organization that has been in existence for over 25 years providing many children, each year, with their very own shopping spree.  The funds generated by the concert, and the Tour Bus Show/Artist Meet and Greet event, are used to give over 400 children from 29 different schools, a day-long shopping excursion.  The special day consists of a chauffeured trip from their school aboard an entertainer’s luxury tour bus, dinner, and a party hosted by Santa and Mrs. Claus.  To wrap up the day, the tour buses journey to the Hendersonville, Tennessee, Walmart, where the kids receive a brand new winter coat, and $150.00 to spend however they choose.

 

For more information on Christmas 4 Kids, visit www.christmas4kids.org.

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Opens Registration for 30th Annual Rodeo Run

HOUSTON LIVESTOCK SHOW AND RODEO™ OPENS REGISTRATION FOR 30TH ANNUAL RODEO RUN, PRESENTED BY CONOCOPHILLIPS — NOV. 16, 2016 — HOUSTON — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Entries open today for the 30th annual rodeo-houston-2013Rodeo Run, with proceeds from the event benefiting the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Educational Fund. Since the Rodeo Run began in 1988, $4.8 million has been contributed to the Show’s educational programs.

The Rodeo Run is scheduled for Saturday, March 4, 2017, followed by the Downtown Rodeo Parade through the streets of Houston. There are several different ways to participate:

  • 5K walk/run
  • 10K run
  • 5K/10K wheelchair race
  • virtual runner
  • donor

All entries in the 5K and 10K, as well as virtual runners, receive the official Rodeo Run T-shirt.

Registration

  • Register online now at com/rodeorun.
  • Everyone registering today, Nov. 16, 2016, will be entered to win a pair of United Airlines tickets.

Early bird registration is open online now through Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017:

  • 5K walk/run: $30 (plus a convenience and optional mailing fee)
  • 10K: $30 (plus a convenience and optional mailing fee)
  • virtual runner: $30 (plus a convenience and optional mailing fee)

Late registration is available online from Friday, Feb. 17, to Friday, March 3, 2017, at noon:

  • 5k walk/run: $35 (plus a convenience and optional mailing fee)
  • 10k: $35 (plus a convenience and optional mailing fee)

Online registration ends Friday, March 3, 2017, at noon. Participants may register in person at Luke’s Locker, 1953 West Gray, Houston, Texas 77019, from Wednesday, March 1, through Friday, March 3, 2017.

PACKET PICKUP

There is no packet pickup on the day of the race, Saturday, March 4. If packet mailing is not chosen during registration, participants MUST pick up their race packets at Luke’s Locker (1953 West Gray) on Wednesday, March 1, through Friday, March 3, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

RACE DAY SCHEDULE – Saturday, March 4, 2017

9 a.m.

wheelchair race
9:10 a.m. 10K fast wave
9:20 a.m. 10K general wave
9:35 a.m. 5K walk/run

ROUTE

  • All events start on the corner of Bagby and Walker streets.
  • The race ends on Allen Parkway, followed by a post-race party at Eleanor Tinsley Park.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is a Section 501(c)(3) charity that benefits youth, supports education, and facilitates better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentation. Since its beginning in 1932, the Show has committed more than $430 million to the youth of Texas. For more information, visit rodeohouston.com and connect with #RODEOHOUSTON online via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for all of the latest news. The 2017 Show is scheduled March 7 – 26.

The Country Network Now Available on Roku

Streaming TV market adds 10.6M to TCN’s Household Reach

Nashville, Tenn., (November 16, 2016)–The innovative television network dedicated to providing today’s country music enthusiasts more choices in televised and digital programming, The Country Network (TCN), is pleased to announce its carriage on the Roku streaming media platform. Country music fans with the device or Roku-enabled Smart TV can now access the latest and best videos from their Country, Americana, Red Dirt and Texas artists, as well as TCN’s original programming—including series such as Live from the Couch, On the Rise, Our Land: The Music Highway, Studio B Sessions, and more!tcn

This news comes as TCN expands into nine (9) additional markets throughout the heartland, renewal with Cocola Broadcasting, and the launch of eight original series for its initial fall lineup. It also recently launched its creative, state-of-the-art fan-incentive program, TCN All-AccessThe carriage through Roku will add an additional 10.6M potential viewers to TCN’s overall household reach, now estimated at over 50 million DMA households, putting it squarely on pace with its growth strategy to reach 100 million homes within the next three years. For more information on The Country Network, please visit www.tcncountry.com.

“The addition of Roku is extremely important to us,” states Tim Eaton, President and CEO of The Country Network. “4 in 10 households currently own an OTT streaming device, and by next year, Streaming Media Players (SMP) penetration will reach 40 percent of all U.S. homes with internet,” he explains. “The number of ways people are receiving TV content is expanding rapidly and we want to be a part of this conversation and be available to fans through a wide variety of sources.”

Roku is the leader in SMP market share. There are currently 10.6M active Roku accounts across SMPs and smart TV, reaching 49% of SMP households. These figures are expected to climb steeply based upon reports by IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS): 56 percent of all North American TV shipments in Q1-2016 were smart TVs; Roku-powered smart TVs earned 12% of all sales for the entire first half of 2016.

For more information on The Country Network, upcoming show announcements, and a complete list of broadcast affiliates and channels, please visit www.tcncountry.com.

ELVIS PRESLEY’S GRACELAND TO WELCOME T.G. SHEPPARD FOR NOVEMBER 17 LIGHTING CEREMONY

There Will Be A 100% Chance of Snow Plus A Visit from Santa To Kick off the Holidays in Memphis
The event is free and open to the public.

WHAT: Holiday Lighting Ceremony at Elvis Presley’s Graceland
WHO: T.G. Sheppard and Santa
WHEN: November 17 at 6:00 p.m. CST
WHERE: Graceland Plaza, Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (November 16, 2016) Elvis Presley’s Graceland® in Memphis, Tenn., will officially begin the holiday season when Country Music Award winner singer-songwriter T.G. Sheppard “flips the switch” on the traditional lights and decorations during the annual lighting ceremony on Thursday, November 17 at 6:00 p.m. CST and lights up Elvis Presley’s iconic home for the season. Santa has guaranteed there will be a 100% chance of snow during the event.

tg-sheppardThe extensive Christmas display at the king’s castle includes hundreds of blue lights along the driveway, a life-size Nativity scene, Santa and his sleigh, and much more, all originally displayed at Graceland by Elvis and the Presley family. The interiors of Graceland mansion will feature the Presley family’s Christmas décor starting on November 17 for seasonal holiday tours through his birthday celebration in January. Included will be his traditional red velvet drapes as well as Presley family Christmas artifacts on display around several trees throughout the home.

Channeling his inner Elvis, Santa will arrive to greet the fans and children and will be available for photos following the lighting ceremony. The lighting event featuring T.G. Sheppard is free and open to the public.

While promoting records for RCA, T.G. formed a close personal and professional relationship with Elvis, who appreciated T.G.’s unique style and personality. As a token of their friendship, Elvis gave T.G. his first tour bus in 1976, helping to provide him with the confidence to give up the promotion business and hit the road full time.

Following the lighting ceremony, The Guest House at Graceland will offer tours of the new 450-room luxury resort along with complimentary hot chocolate and candy canes. A special holiday package that includes tickets to visit Graceland while decorated for the holidays is available for booking through The Guest House at Graceland.

For more detailed information please visit www.graceland.com or call 901-332-3322.

George Strait Takes on Vegas One More Time!

Strait adds four weekends in 2017 following his sold-out Strait to Vegas exclusive concert series; tickets on sale Friday, Dec. 2

GeorgeStrait - TacomaStrait to live-stream from Texas tonight with live concert beginning at 7 p.m. CT via Strait.WranglerNetwork.com

Strait Out of the Box: Part 2 available at Walmart and Walmart.com Friday, Nov. 18

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Just hours prior to a rare album release show live-streamed from his home state of Texas in support of his forthcoming Strait Out of the Box: Part 2 three-disc collection today, “King of Country MusicGeorge Strait announced that he will be returning to Las Vegas for four additional weekends at T-Mobile Arena in 2017. Billed as 2 Nights of Number 1’s, the limited engagement with back-to-back nights of straight No. 1’s will showcase live performances of Strait’s unparalleled 60 No. 1 hits plus fan favorites over each weekend, with GRAMMY-nominated country singer / songwriter Cam joining as support. Tickets for all dates will go on sale Friday, Dec. 2 at 10 a.m. PT via www.StraitToVegas.com.

The all-new 2017 shows follow Strait’s wildly popular, sold-out Strait to Vegas exclusive concert series at T-Mobile Arena, which is nearing the wrap of its first year of worldwide exclusive engagements with a pair of shows on Friday, Dec. 2 through Saturday, Dec. 3 and previously announced and sold-out 2017 shows Friday, Feb. 17 through Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017.

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Ty Herndon’s Powerful New Record, House On Fire, Now Available on iTunes and Amazon

Ty Herndon’s much anticipated, full-length album House On Fire is now available on iTunes and Amazon. From track to track, Herndon has made the most engaging, meaningful and fulfilling music of his career.  Featuring Herndon’s powerful trademark vocals, the new album is already receiving critical accolades and being hailed as one of his best albums yet.

TyHerndon_Photo1-193x300In a recent article, USA Today states, “His expressive vocals, the surging romance of his lyrics — all the things that put him on the map with his No. 1 debut single ‘What Mattered Most’ are evident on each of its 12 tracks.” 

Rolling Stone Country claims, “Herndon aims to put forth a newfound vulnerability… It’s a new look, but one that suits him well.”

The project has also garnered praise from People, Huffington Post, Rolling Stone Country, Sounds Like Nashville, and many more.

In support of the release, Herndon has also released three music videos to songs off the new album.  Videos for “That Kind of Night,” “House On Fire” and “Fighter” are now available, and were directed by Trent Atkinson and edited by Jeff Matthews.  Two other music videos have been shot and will be released in the coming days.

House On Fire is a collection of 12 new contemporary songs, which are co-produced by Herndon and Erik Halbig, with Drew Davis joining as co-producer on six of the songs.

Herndon recently signed with BFD through Sony/RED Distribution, which marks Herndon’s return to the Sony family, where he made his chart-topping debut in the mid-90s. Herndon is also booked by Nashville-based agency, Buddy Lee Attractions.

Herndon’s 20-year career has resulted in an impressive string of hits, which includes four No. 1’s (“What Mattered Most,” “Living in a Moment,” “It Must Be Love,” “Loved Too Much”), as well as numerous top 10 hits, including “I Want My Goodbye Back,” “Loved Too Much,” “A Man Holding On (To a Woman Letting Go),” and “Hands of a Working Man.”  He’s had 20 Billboard charted singles to his credit, numerous industry awards, and more than five million albums sold.

 For more information on Ty Herndon, please visit www.TyHerndon.com.

Track Listing:

1) That Kind of Night

(Erik Halbig, JT Hodges, Rich Redmond)

2)  Sweet Way To Go

(Ty Herndon, Erik Halbig, Sammy Ariaga, Jason Massey)

3)  Just Friends

(Ty Herndon, Drew Davis, Erik Halbig, Dakota Bradley)

4)  All Night Tonight

(Ty Herndon, Drew Davis, Erik Halbig)

5)  Blame It On the Mustang

(Chase Yaklin, Jason Delkou, Erik Halbig)

6)  House On Fire

(Ty Herndon, Drew Davis, Erik Halbig)

7)  Go

(Ty Herndon, Drew Davis, Erik Halbig)

8)  If You

(Walker Hayes, Erik Halbig)

9)  Stick With What I Know

(Ty Herndon, Erik Halbig, Jeremy Bussey, John Ritter)

10) Nothing Left to Break

(Erik Halbig, Rebecca Lynn Howard, Elisha Hoffman)

11)  World I’m Livin’ In

(Ty Herndon, Drew Davis, Kristy Osmunson, Erik Halbig)

12)  Fighter

(Ann Marie Boskovich, Danny Myrick, Monica Madrid)

 

Nashville country blues artist Charlie Bonnet III returns with "Same Shift, Different Day" single and video

After finishing a successful summer touring season, country rock troubadour Charlie Bonnet III has released a brand new single and music video for ‘Same Shift, Different Day,’ the blue collar anthem taken from his recent solo album, A Hotel In Valdosta.

Inspired by the Merle Haggard classic, ‘Workin’ Man Blues,’ Bonnet set out to create a song tailored to fit the woes of the every day worker.  “I know so many people that have a job they hate, or take any work they can find to keep food on the table.  They want to be productive members of society, even if the work environment and money are not ideal.  Something is better than nothing, especially if they have a family to provide for” he states.  “This song is genuine because I’ve lived it, and to a degree I’m still living it.  Before music payed my bills I had factory gigs, construction jobs, worked for a moving company, answered phones at a desk… you name it” he reflects.  “This song and video are as authentic as you will find.  It’s not some guy up there playing the role of superstar.  I’m in the trenches right with the people listening to it.  The fans know that, and I think that’s why they follow what I do.  I relate to them, and they relate to me.”

Closing in on three decades in the music business, Charlie Bonnet III is an underground mainstay, with an ability adapt and survive in the always changing industry.  He first landed on the national radar in the early 90’s as the frontman for the Nashville based rock band, Disarray, releasing five studio albums and embarking on countless van tours.  A series of acoustic solo records followed, as well as a stint as lead guitarist for A&E reality star and Warner Brothers recording artist Big Smo, and a four year run as co-founder and primary songwriter of former Average Joe’s recording act, Moccasin Creek. He is currently preparing for a new solo album, to be released in early 2017.

 The video for ‘Same Shift, Different Day’ can be viewed here:  CHARLIE BONNET III – Same Shift Different Day – OFFICIAL VIDEO

 

Blake Shelton and Jake Owen To Perform in FSU’s Doak Stadium for First Full-Stadium Show, April 29, 2017

Jake Owen Confirmed To Join Shelton at his Alma Mater with
 More Artists To Be Announced Soon

Tickets go on sale November 22 at DoakAfterDark.com 

Basis Entertainment has announced country music, and “The Voice,” superstar Blake Shelton to headline Doak After Dark, held in Doak Stadium on the campus of Florida State University on Saturday, April 29, 2017. This will be the first full-stadium concert and will also include FSU alumnus and RCA Recording artist Jake Owen.  Tickets will go on sale to the general public starting November 22 at DoakAfterDark.com.

The concert was announced Friday night (11/11) during the FSU-Boston College game in the Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium.

“We are very excited to host Blake Shelton in Doak Campbell Stadium,” said Florida State Vice President and Director of Athletics Stan Wilcox. “Activating the stadium with national acts like Blake Shelton and Jake Owen is a great addition to the campus experience, and it will also have a significant economic impact on the Tallahassee community.”

“All of the team members Basis are excited to bring another first to a top university in the country,” said Gary DeWaard, president and CEO of Basis Entertainment. “We are excited to team up with FSU Athletics department to make this a memorable moment in Tallahassee.”

Shelton, the five-time Country Music Association’s Male Vocalist of the Year from 2010-14, has earned CMA Entertainer of the Year honors in 2012 and CMA Album of the Year in 2013, in addition to numerous other awards and nominations, including the Grammys and Academy of Country Music. He has had 17 consecutive No. 1 singles, with 22 overall atop the charts, during his superlative career.

In 2011, Shelton joined NBC’s hit music competition series, “The Voice,” as a coach. He is in his sixth year, and the show’s 11th season, on the popular program.

Also slated to join Shelton is former FSU student, Jake Owen. Owen has had six No. 1 singles to date – the 2X PLATINUM anthem “Barefoot Blue Jean Night,” PLATINUM-certified hits “Beachin’,” “Anywhere with You,” “Alone with You” and “The One That Got Away” plus GOLD-certified “American Country Love Song.” The RCA Nashville recording artist recently released his fifth studio album, AMERICAN LOVE, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart and No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart. The album was produced by award-winning songwriters/producers Shane McAnally and Ross Copperman plus Owen co-produced three tracks, which marks his first time as a co-producer with Lukas Bracewell. The Vero Beach, FL native is well known for his high-energy performances and laid-back style.

Pre-sale tickets will be available for purchase for all FSU season ticket holders and Seminole Boosters beginning on Tuesday, November 15-21. Public ticket sales will begin at 10 a.m. on Nov. 22 online only at www.DoakAfterDark.com.

For more information about the Doak After Dark, go to www.DoakAfterDark.com.