Wanda Jackson Launches Pledge Campaign; Gives Fans A Chance To Purchase Unique Collectibles When They Pre-Order Autobiography

Legendary rockabilly and country music pioneer Wanda Jackson is giving fans a chance to purchase one…

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DARIUS RUCKER ANNOUNCES HEADLINING SHOW AT NEW YORK’S LEGENDARY APOLLO THEATER 10/19

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The Association for Recorded Sound Collections has awarded Country Music Hall of Famer Bill Anderson

The Country Music Hall of Famer Wins ARSC Award for Autobiography “Whisperin’ Bill Anderson: An Unprecedented Life In Country Music”

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Association for Recorded Sound Collections has awarded Country Music Hall of Famer Bill Anderson and author Peter Michael Cooper with Best Historical Research In Recorded Country Music for their work Whisperin’ Bill Anderson: An Unprecedented Life In Country Music. The Awards will be presented at a ceremony on May 12, 2018 during ARSC’s annual conference.

Winners are chosen by a committee consisting of three elected judges representing specific fields of study, two judges-at-large, the review editor of the ARSC Journal and the President or past President of ARSC.

Whisperin’ Bill Anderson: An Unprecedented Life in Country Music has received praise from fans and critics alike. Forbes deemed the book “One of the Best Autobiographies” of the past year. Anderson continues to tour and perform regularly at The Grand Ole Opry, which he has been a member of for an impressive 56 years. Most recently Anderson is featured on Brad Paisley’s new project with their song “Dying to See Her Again.” The emotional song was written by both Paisley and Anderson and is on Paisley’s album Love and War released earlier this year.

Founded in 1991, the ARSC Awards are given to authors of books, articles or recording liner notes to recognize those publishing the very best work today in recorded sound research. In giving these awards, ARSC recognizes the contributions of these individuals and aims to encourage others to emulate their high standards and to promote readership of their work. Two awards are presented annually in each category, for best history and best discography, and several others are acknowledged with Certificates of Merit. Awards are presented to both the authors and publishers of winning publications. Additional information about the conference and the ARSC Awards for Excellence can be found at www.arsc-audio.org.

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NRA COUNTRY NAMES CHART-TOPPING DUO LOCASH AS THE FEATURED ARTIST FOR SEPTEMBER

Nashville, Tenn. – NRA Country has named chart-topping Country duo LOCASH as the Featured Artist for September. Throughout the month-long promotion, fans can enter for a chance to win two tickets plus meet and greet passes to an upcoming show as Preston Brust and Chris Lucas continue to crisscross the U.S. promoting their upbeat, committed smash single “Ring On Every Finger.” Details about the contest will be shared with fans later this month in conjunction with a big concert announcement. A special, exclusive Q&A about their love of the outdoors is currently available at NRACountry.com.
“I grew up in Baltimore and would go to the ocean almost every weekend. On the way to the Eastern shore, the duck, deer and turkey hunting was incredible. My uncle, cousins and all of us would go crabbing and fishing as well, so the outdoors have been part of my life for years and I’m so proud we’re NRA Country artists,” shares Lucas.

Brust adds, “My Dad taught me everything I know about the outdoors. He taught me very early on all about deer hunting, to respect the land and how to be a good hunter. The lessons I learned from him will always be with me and they are the same lessons I’ll pass down to my kids. That’s what it’s all about. And I’m proud to be NRA Country!” LOCASH’s Preston Brust said.

The Reviver Records’ talented pair has proven to be nothing short of unstoppable since their #1 smash, “I Know Somebody,” catapulted LOCASH into the national spotlight. The infectious song follows GOLD-certified single, “I Love This Life,” which climbed to No. 2 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart.

As an NRA Country Featured Artist, LOCASH joins some of country music’s biggest acts including Hank Williams Jr., Florida Georgia Line, Lee Brice, Justin Moore, Gretchen Wilson, Aaron Lewis, Chris Janson, Dustin Lynch, Aaron Watson, Michael Ray, Granger Smith and many more, in teaming up to celebrate their support of our brave men and women in uniform, appreciation for the great outdoors, and love of family.

For a more information and a complete list of tour dates, visit locashmusic.com.

Get NRA Country connected at www.NRACountry.com.

About NRA Country:
Respect. Honor. Freedom. It’s a lifestyle and a bond between the best and brightest in country music and hard-working Americans. NRA Country is powered by pride, love of country, respect for the military, and our responsibility to protect our great American lifestyle. NRA Country celebrates these values with concerts and events benefiting military and veteran services organizations, first responders, conservation organizations, firearm safety programs, and local charities making a difference in their communities. Get NRA Country Connected at www.nracountry.com and get the latest artist info and exclusive events on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About LOCASH:
Hit making Country duo LOCASH continues their energetic ascend to the top with current single “Ring On Every Finger” already on the verge of Top 20 at Country radio. Serving as the third single from their Reviver Records debut album, THE FIGHTERS, the project has delivered GOLD-certified smash “I Love This Life” and hook-heavy #1 hit “I Know Somebody.” Nominated for both an ACM award (New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year) and a CMT award (Duo Video of the Year) in 2017, the “separated-at-birth singing partners” (Rolling Stone) have wowed national audiences with their high-energy hits on TODAY, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and more. LOCASH – comprised of Chris Lucas (Baltimore, Maryland) and Preston Brust (Indianapolis, Indiana) – double as prolific songwriters, having penned mega hits for the genre’s biggest names including Keith Urban (“You Gonna Fly”) and Tim McGraw (“Truck Yeah”). The dynamic twosome have scored opening slots with Toby Keith as well as Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s SOUL2SOUL TOUR, and are currently crisscrossing the country with select headlining dates. For more information on LOCASH, visit www.LOCASHmusic.com.

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RELIVE ERIC CHURCH’S HOLDIN’ MY OWN TOUR.

Selections from Every Holdin’ My Own 2017 Tour Stop Will Be Released Beginning Today Through the End of the Year Exclusively to Apple Music
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JAKE MCVEY HONORS FIRST RESPONDERS WITH LATEST SINGLE “NEVER GIVE UP”

Rising country singer, Jake McVey, honors our country’s first responders with the video for his latest single “Never Give Up.” The inspirational anthem penned by McVey is brought to life with the music video, already exceeding hundreds of thousands of views and thousands of shares on social media in a couple weeks.

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COUNTRY REWIND RECORDS TO RELEASE TIMELESS, A COLLECTION OF CONWAY TWITTY HITS AND HIDDEN RECORDINGS

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OFFICIALLY, JUSTIN MOORE “KINDA DON’T CARE”

New Single Most Added on Country Radio Today
NASHVILLE, TN – Rooted in his rural upbringing, Justin Moore’s “Kinda Don’t Care” proves he is nothing but 100% genuine. His new single emulates the mentality loyal fans have come to expect from him, as his Southern drawl impacts Country radio today. The title track from Moore’s fourth studio album follows back-to-back No. 1’s with “You Look Like I Need a Drink” and “Somebody Else Will” and was most-added right out of the gate making it the third single from the project to hit that mark.

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BIG & RICH'S SIXTH STUDIO ALBUM DID IT FOR THE PARTY AVAILABLE NOW!

Larger-than-life country duo Big & Rich are releasing their sixth studio album Did It For The Party today before the pair rocks NBC’s “TODAY Show” Monday, Sept. 18 and entertains fans on “FOX & Friends” Tuesday, Sept. 19. In addition, Big Kenny and John Rich will be on a media blitz visiting Access Hollywood, Celebrity Page, People Now and many more next week. Big & Rich will also be the musical guest on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” October 2.

Features and Appearances Include TODAY Show, Fox & Friends, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, HARRY, CMT, GAC, Access Hollywood, Billboard, Huffington Post, Motor Trend, ABC News Radio, Cigar & Leisure, Fox News Radio, Dave Ramsey Show Live, The Laura Ingraham Show, People Now, AXS, SiriusXM The Highway, Fox 411, Fox NewsEdge, HANNITY, The Hannity Show, One Country, TuneIn, Heartland Network, RFD-TV, NASH Country Daily, Big D & Bubba, Taste of Country, Taste of Country Nights, Celebrity Page, The Boot, Nashville Country Club, The Tennessean, Maverick Magazine, Digital Journal, America’s Country Countdown with Kix Brooks, Westwood One, iHeartRadio / Premiere Networks, Sounds Like Nashville, Nashville Country Club, The Westerner, Opry Entertainment and more!

Big & Rich have always made a habit of pushing the boundaries with their sound……but these days, their harmonies and their style owe just as much to the old school anything. There’s a cool throwback feel to “California” and a tender side unlike no other song they’ve ever done on “My Son.” You think you know Big & Rich? Think again, my friends – they just keep getting better and better!” – Chuck Dauphin, Billboard

Big & Rich Did It For The Party, but they also did it from the heart. Fun, insight and humanity make this an emotional party out of bounds.” – Mike Ragogna, Contributor, The Huffington Post

“Did It For the Party is Big & Rich at their finest. Staying true to their roots, and the sound their fans love, Did It For the Party proves Big & Rich are still willing to take chances, and grow as artists. Combining sounds that are reminiscent of country music at its core, with their own fresh, innovative interpretation, Did It For the Party will go down in history as one of their finest pieces of work.” – Gayle Thompson, The Boot

The highly anticipated project features 13 new songs, all produced by Big Kenny and John Rich. Big & Rich fans, who are dubbed the “Freak Parade,” can order the album now on Apple Music / iTunes, Amazon and Google Play, as well as pick up a CD at Walmart®, Best Buy® and Target® stores nationwide through a partnership with TWIX®. Other national partners bringing Did It For The Party to fans include Ally® Bank and Crown Royal.

Did It For The Party brings Big & Rich’s music to a whole new level. In addition to the lead single “California,” the remainder of the album is classic Big & Rich, featuring a combination of upbeat anthems like the “Congratulations (You’re A Rockstar)” and “No Sleep,” while also showing the hell raisers’ softer side with the heartfelt tribute to their sons, “My Son” featuring The Isaacs. They are also teaming up with Thirty Tigers and The Orchard for marketing and distribution for Did It For The Party.

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Big & Rich are huge fans of TWIX®, and have partnered with the brand to help introduce the new specially-marked Left TWIX® and Right TWIX® packs. The Left TWIX® and Right TWIX® packs feature two of the classic cookie-caramel chocolate bars, but are intended to celebrate things in the real world that are the same, yet different – like calling Big & Rich’s music “country” vs “western.”

“We know country music fans have a preference when it comes to sides, and we’re excited to be partnering with the sensational duo, Big & Rich,” said Michelle Deignan, TWIX® Marketing Director, Mars Wrigley Confectionery. “Whether it be choosing between Big Kenny’s groove and John Rich’s rhythm, or a Left TWIX® and Right TWIX®, we can’t wait to bring the element of choice to the Big & Rich fans.” Big & Rich are encouraging their fans to pick a side between Left TWIX® and Right TWIX®, and tell us what they’ve chosen by using #LeftTWIX or #RightTWIX on social media.

Did It For The Party Track Listing:
1. California
2. Did It For The Party
3. Congratulations (You’re A Rockstar)
4. Turns Me On
5. Wake Up Wanting You
6. Smoke In Her Eyes
7. No Sleep
8. We Came To Rawk
9. Funk In The Country
10. The Long Way Home
11. Freedom Road
12. My Son
13. Lie Cheat Or Steal

Big & Rich On Tour:
Sept. 15 – New Mexico State Fair – Albuquerque, N.M.
Sept. 16 – Falcon Stadium – Colorado Springs, Colo.
Sept. 30 – Young Living Lavender Farms – Mona, Utah
Oct. 01 – Route 91 Harvest Festival – Las Vegas
Oct. 07 – FireKeepers Casino Hotel – Battle Creek, Mich.
Oct. 21 – Cocopah Casino – Somerton, Ariz.
Nov. 10 – Big Coat of Honor – Chicago, Ill.
Nov. 13 – Guitars & Stars – Fayetteville, N.C.
Nov. 18 – Star Casino – Mulvane, Kan.
Dec. 15 – Crystal Grand Music Theatre – Wisconsin dells, Wis.

About Big & Rich:
Big & Rich is comprised of Big Kenny and NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice” winner John Rich. The multi-platinum hit duo have garnered multiple Grammy, ACM, CMA and CMT Music Award nominations. Their previous release, Gravity helped propel them to new heights, producing three back-to-back smash hit singles with “Look at You,” “Run Away With You,” and “Lovin’ Lately” featuring Tim McGraw. The country superstars’ first studio album, Horse of a Different Color, includes their hit infectious single, “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy).” Other hits include “Comin’ to Your City,” “8th of November” and their No. 1 hit, “Lost in this Moment.” Meanwhile, “Comin’ to Your City” is nearing a decade as the theme song for ESPN’s “College GameDay.”

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Thomas Rhett Tops Billboard 200, 1st #1 Country Album Of 2017

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Taylor Hicks will release “Six Strings and Diamond Rings” on September 29

Nashville, Tenn. – American Idol winner and Platinum-selling soul singer Taylor Hicks will release “Six Strings and Diamond Rings” on September 29. The long-awaited single is Hicks’ first taste of new music released in seven years and features a collaboration with Robert Randolph of ‘Robert Randolph and the Family Band.’

The single is the first from Hicks’ forthcoming album, set to release in early 2018 via SonyRED/Modern Whomp Records.

“I’ve always heard that for an artist to become successful you have to live and breathe the art that you are making. Six Strings and Diamond Rings personifies that for me in every way,” says Hicks of his new single.

Recorded in Nashville at Zac Brown’s iconic Southern Ground Studio and written by Jason Deer, Jo-Smith and Don Rollins and mixed by Jim Cooley, “Six Strings and Diamond Rings” is a glimpse into Hicks’ journey through the years, with lyrics like:

Sometimes I dream of picket fence, a fridge covered in pictures and yard full of kids.

A woman who meant it when she said I do, then I wake up in a hotel room.

The Highway, ain’t home for nothing but a heart ache. It just gets lonely and it still takes everything and more.

In my life now, a flame gets started but it burns out in the lights and nights of a new crowd, it’s what I’m living for.

Love is just a song I sing, because six strings are hard on diamond rings.

In the midst of recording his new album and continuing to tour, Hicks has also been on the road hosting the INSP original series, State Plate, which airs on Fridays at 8:00pm Eastern. State Plate takes Hicks across the country in search of the states’ most iconic cuisines. Hicks landed himself a feature column in USA Today after last week’s stop in Missouri. The article increased viewership 25%, making it the highest watched episode this season. View the USA Today colum Here:

To learn more about Taylor Hicks, visit taylorhicks.com or follow him on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

TAYLOR HICKS ON TOUR:
Sep 30 Franklin Theatre, Franklin, Tenn.
Oct 21 The Palace Danbury, Danbury Conn.
Nov 14 BB King Blues Club, New York, N.Y.
Dec 8 Red Rock Casino Resort, Las Vegas, Nev.
Dec 9 Blue Water Resort & Casino, Parker, Ariz.
Dec 10 The MIM, Phoenix, Ariz.

ABOUT TAYLOR HICKS:
Taylor Hicks is one of the most beloved and popular AMERICAN IDOL winners of all time. From the start, Hicks’ material on the mega-hit show set him apart, with a unique take on Southern soul, Country, R&B, and blues. Sixty-four million votes were cast and nearly 37 million American viewers and more than 200 million viewers worldwide tuned in to crown Hicks the Season 5 winner of AMERICAN IDOL, making it one of the most-watched TV events of the last decade. While he still continues to tour, Hicks’ talents have expanded beyond the music and performance realms and carried over to television, where he plays host on the INSP original series, State Plate. Now in its second season, Hicks hits the road, traveling the nation in search of the state’s most symbolic and popular foods. From appetizers to desserts and everything in between, Hicks take a heaping helping of America in this hit show.

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HE OAK RIDGE BOYS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Country Music Hall of Fame members and five-time GRAMMY winning group, The Oak Ridge Boys, announced they will release a project with acclaimed producer Dave Cobb in the first quarter of 2018.

At a listening event during Americana Music Association AmericanaFest at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A, where the album was recorded, the Oaks performed songs from the yet-untitled project recorded with multi-award winning producer Dave Cobb. This is the group’s second project with Cobb, who produced the Oaks’ acclaimed The Boys Are Back album released in 2009.

For the new project, Cobb’s vision for the Oaks was to dig way back into their roots of gospel music. But a different kind of gospel. One that took a hard look at the early days of rock and roll, which was influenced by spiritual, or black gospel.

The album will be released by Lightning Rod Records and distributed by Thirty Tigers.

According to Logan Rogers, founder of Lightning Rod Records, “Everyone has heard the Boys sing gospel, but nobody has heard it quite like this. Under Dave Cobb’s direction, they touch on unchartered territory—and for a long-tenured act like The Oak Ridge Boys, that’s saying something.”

The event was hosted by Peter Cooper, Senior Director, Producer and Writer at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

 

 

 

The Oak Ridge Boys On Tour:
Sept. 15 Adventure Road Entertainment Stage, Oklahoma State Fair – Oklahoma City, Okla.
Sept. 16 Falcon Stadium – Colorado Springs, Colo.
Sept. 20 The Mansion Theatre – Branson, Mo.
Sept. 21 The Mansion Theatre – Branson, Mo.
Sept. 23 Country Tonite Theater – Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Sept. 27 Nörsk Hostfest – Minot, N.D.
Sept. 28 Casino Regina Show Lounge – Regina SK Canada
Sept. 29 The Resort at Paws Up – Greenough, Mont.
Sept. 30 WYO Theater – Sheridan, Wyo.
Oct. 04 The Mansion Theatre – Branson, Mo.
Oct. 05 The Mansion Theatre – Branson, Mo.
Oct. 07 Meramec Music Theatre – Steelville, Mo.
Oct. 10 Mississippi State Fair – Jackson, Miss.
Oct. 11 The Mansion Theatre – Branson, Mo.
Oct. 12 The Mansion Theatre – Branson, Mo.
Oct. 13 Shawnee Bluff Vineyard – Eldon, Mo.
Oct. 20 Innovation Amphitheater – Winder, Ga.
Oct. 21 Alabama Theatre – North Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Oct. 26 The Mansion Theatre – Branson, Mo.
Oct. 27 French Lick Resort Casino – French Lick, Ind.
Oct. 31 The Mansion Theatre – Branson, Mo.
Nov. 01 The Mansion Theatre – Branson, Mo.
Nov. 02 The Mansion Theatre – Branson, Mo.
Nov. 03 Cherokee Casino – Roland, Okla.
Nov. 04 Limelight Eventplex – Peoria, Ill.
Nov. 07 The Mansion Theatre – Branson, Mo.
Nov. 08 The Mansion Theatre – Branson, Mo.
Nov. 09 The Mansion Theatre – Branson, Mo.
Nov. 11 The Colony Five Star Complex – The Colony, Texas
Nov. 14 The Mansion Theatre – Branson, Mo.
Nov. 15 The Mansion Theatre – Branson, Mo.
Nov. 16 The Mansion Theatre – Branson, Mo.
Nov. 17 Effingham Performance Center – Effingham, Ill.
Nov. 18 Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel – Tama, Iowa
Nov. 19 Memorial Hall – Independence, Kan.

About The Oak Ridge Boys:
The Oak Ridge Boys, who have sold over 41 million units worldwide, are synonymous with “America, apple pie, baseball, pop, rock, gospel and country music.” In addition to their awards and accolades in the country and pop music fields, they have garnered five GRAMMY® Awards and nine GMA DOVE Awards as well as the Mainstream Artist of the Year Award at the ICM Awards. The group—Joe Bonsall, Duane Allen, William Lee Golden, and Richard Sterban—have earned prestigious membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame (2015 Inductees) and Grand Ole Opry, and are known worldwide as one of recording history’s most extraordinary musical successes. They have charted single after single and album after album, celebrating two double-platinum albums and more than 30 Top 10 hits, including No. 1 chart-toppers “Elvira,” “Bobbie Sue,” “Thank God For Kids,” “American Made,” “Y’All Come Back Saloon,” among dozens more. For more information and to view upcoming tour dates for The Oak Ridge Boys, please visit oakridgeboys.com.

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PRE-ORDER CRAIG WAYNE BOYD'S NEW ALBUM TOP SHELF TODAY!

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Fans who pre-order Craig Wayne Boyd’s long-awaited release,Top Shelf, will receiv…

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Rockabilly & Country music icon Wanda Jackson’s Autobiography out on Nov 14, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – BMG has announced it will release legendary rockabilly and country music pioneer Wanda Jackson’s autobiography Every Night Is Saturday Night: A Country Girl’s Journey to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on November 14, 2017. The iconic performer known as the “Queen of Rockabilly” and the “First Lady of Rock & Roll” landed more than thirty singles on the country and pop charts between 1954 and 1974. Featuring over eighty photographs from her personal collection and a foreword by Elvis Costello,Every Night is Saturday Night is the rockin’ great-grandmother’s chance to finally share the story of her fascinating life and career in her own words.

Jackson’s debut single, “You Can’t Have My Love,” reached the Top 10 while she was still a sixteen-year-old high school student. She hit the road after graduation, playing package shows with Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Elvis Presley, who gave Wanda his ring and asked her to be “his girl.” With Presley’s encouragement, the Oklahoma native began recording rock music, often releasing singles with country on one side and rock on the other during her decade-and-a-half tenure on Capitol Records.

Known for her energetic stage shows and pioneering presence as a female artist, Wanda stormed the charts with a series of hit singles, including “Let’s Have a Party,” “Right or Wrong,” and “In the Middle of a Heartache.” With over 40 albums to her credit, Wanda has proven to be an enduring and genre-defying legend of American music.

In Every Night is Saturday Night, Wanda tells the story of being discovered by Country Music Hall of Famer Hank Thompson; why she refused to return to the Grand Ole Opry for more than fifty years; the challenges she and her integrated band, The Party Timers, faced when touring in a less racially tolerant era; personal memories of her relationship with Elvis; and how she ultimately found the love of her life.

Along the way, Wanda reveals details about her first boyfriend, who went on to become a well-known pioneer of country music’s Bakersfield Sound; how she launched the career of country star Roy Clark; the challenges she faced as a woman who introduced sex appeal to country music and growling femininity to rock & roll; her recent work with rock luminaries such as Jack White and Joan Jett; and how her deep faith has sustained her over more than seven decades of rocking, shocking, and thrilling audiences around the globe.

Wanda will launch the book with several public events and book signings around its release, including Tuesday, November 14 at the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles and Saturday, December 2 at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.

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DON WILLIAMS DEAD AT 78..MISSED, BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

The Country Music world mourns the loss of one of its’ most distinctive song stylists with the passing of Don Williams after a short illness. He was 78.

A native of Floydada, Texas, Williams was born May 27, 1939. He grew up in Portland, TX, graduating there in 1958. Music had always been a part of his upbringing, entering – and winning – a talent contest when he was just three years old. For his efforts, Williams received an alarm clock. He began playing guitar during his teen-age years, learning the songs that he heard on the radio during that period. He and his friends played in local bands around the area, and he wed wife Joy Bucher on April 10, 1960.

To support his family – which would grow to include two sons, Gary and Timmy – Williams worked at a number of odd jobs, including oil field work, and also as a bill collector. While living in Corpus Christi in 1964, he formed the folk-styled trio The Pozo Seco Singers with Lofton Cline and Susan Taylor. They stayed together for seven years, with their biggest hit being “Time.”

After the group disbanded in 1969, Williams soon found his way to Nashville. By 1971, he had a songwriting contract with the publishing company owned by Jack Clement. The next year would see Williams ink a recording deal with Clement’s JMI Records. He made his chart debut with “The Shelter of Your Eyes” in 1973, and was soon hitting the charts time and again with a much more laid-back sound than a lot of the music coming out of Nashville at the time. 1974 would see Williams top the charts for the first time with “I Wouldn’t Want To Live If You Didn’t Love Me.” From that point all the way through 1991, each Williams single would hit the Top-40 on the Billboard Country charts. His 1970s hits included such chart toppers as “Tulsa Time,” “She Never Knew Me,” and “It Must Be Love.” His career grew steadily through label shifts to ABC / Dot, MCA, Capitol, and finally RCA. Williams also gained a devoted following overseas in such unlikely spots as England, Ireland, and New Zealand , and even South Africa and Kenya – where he reached superstar status. He was named the Male Vocalist of the Year by the Country Music Association in 1978. Though known for being very low-key and soft spoken, Williams did make two movie appearances – 1974’s W.W. and The Dixie Dancekings, and 1980’s Smokey and the Bandit II.

The 1980s saw no slow down in Williams’ recorded output, with the singer notching his biggest hit with 1981’s “I Believe In You,” which not only topped the Country charts, but crossed over to No. 24 on the Hot 100. By this time, he had earned the nickname “The Gentle Giant” for his trademark mellow sound, and the hits continued to pile up throughout the rest of the decade – “Stay Young,” “If Hollywood Don’t Need You,” and “One Good Well” being three of his biggest of the 1980s. His final top ten came in 1991, with “Lord Have Mercy On A Country Boy,” a song that Josh Turner – a Williams fan – would record in 2006.

Though the changing of the guard at radio slowed down Williams’ chart success, he continued to perform for sold-out crowds in America and abroad, playing a final tour in 2006. However, retirement was not in the cards for the singer, who returned to the road in 2010 – the same year that he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Williams’ return to the spotlight also included a pair of albums on Sugar Hill, 2012’s And So It Goes, and 2014’s Reflections, which included contributions from Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, and Keith Urban. It was a sign of his enduring appeal that both albums hit the Top-20 on the Billboard Country Albums charts – his biggest rank there in three decades.

In 2016, Williams decided that the time was right for his final performance, calling it a career after one of the most successful careers in the history of the Country Music business. “It’s time to hang my hat up and enjoy some quiet time at home. I’m so thankful for my fans, my friends and my family for their everlasting love and support,” the 76-year-old Williams said in a statement at the time. Last year also saw the final release of Williams’ career, a live CD and DVD recorded in Ireland. In 2017, the singer was the subject of a tribute album, Gentle Giants: The Songs of Don Williams, that included performances of his hits by artists such as Lady Antebellum and Garth Brooks.

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Dolly Parton to Appear on ACM Honors and 69th Primetime Emmy Awards 

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Naomi Judd Speaks About Struggles with Depression and Mental Illness As She Releases Paperback Version of 'River Of Time'

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Lee Greenwood Honored with 'Point of Light Award'

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Little Big Town to be Inducted into Music City Walk of Fame

Little Big Town to be Inducted into Music City Walk of Fame Along with Ryman Auditorium’s Historic Luminaries Tom Ryman and Lula C. Naff

NASHVILLE – The Music City Walk of Fame will pay tribute to the Ryman Auditorium in celebration of the historic venue’s 125th anniversary with the induction and presentation of stars to Little Big Town, the Country Music mega-group in residency at the Mother Church, along with two luminaries in the Ryman’s past: Tom Ryman, the riverboat captain who was inspired by a revival preacher to build the Union Gospel Tabernacle; and Lula C. Naff, the theater manager who helmed the Auditorium for more than 40 years and famously booked the Grand Ole Opry there, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp announced today.

The induction ceremony that will take place on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 at 1 p.m. in Walk of Fame Park. The event is free and open to the public.

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The inductees will receive the 75th, 76th and 77th stars on the Music City Walk of Fame. Inductees are recognized for their significant contributions to preserving the musical heritage of Nashville and for contributing to the world through song or other industry collaboration.

In celebrating the Ryman’s 125th anniversary, Little Big Town will have performed 10 shows by the end of 2017 at the Ryman Auditorium during their year-long residency. Consisting of members Karen Fairchild, Phillip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman, and Jimi Westbrook, Little Big Town is a member of the Grand Ole Opry, had the biggest country single of 2015 with “Girl Crush,” and earlier this year released their seventh studio album, The Breaker, which debuted No. 1 on the Billboard Country Charts.

Ryman and Naff are being honored for their central roles in creating and developing the Ryman. Since its inception, the Ryman Auditorium has hosted an array of speakers and performers, including Johnny Cash, Charlie Chaplin, Patsy Cline, Elvis Costello, Bob Dylan, Foo Fighters, Peter Frampton, Harry Houdini, Helen Keller, Gladys Knight, President Teddy Roosevelt, Mae West, Jack White, Hank Williams Sr., ZZ Top, and the list goes on.

The Ryman has played a central role in helping create Music City. The Grand Ole Opry called the Ryman Auditorium home for 31 formative years from 1943 to 1974. Earl Scruggs is credited with creating a new genre of music – bluegrass – from the Ryman stage. Johnny Cash met future wife June Carter backstage at the Ryman. And Patsy Cline became an Opry member at the Ryman. While the Grand Ole Opry now takes place at the Grand Ole Opry House, the show returns to the Ryman during the winter months for Opry at the Ryman.

The Music City Walk of Fame was created in 2006 on Nashville’s Music Mile, a roughly one-mile stretch that connects downtown to Music Row. Permanent sidewalk medallions with the names of the inductees are displayed in a star-and-guitar design.

The Music City Walk of Fame is an official project of Music City, Inc., the charitable foundation of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, and is produced with the support of founding sponsor Gibson Brands and sponsors the City of Nashville and Metro Parks and Recreation. Nominations are open to the public and are accepted in the categories of Artist, Musician, Songwriter, and Producer/Music Industry Executive. Application forms are reviewed by the Music City Walk of Fame anonymous selection committee. For more information about the Music City Walk of Fame, go to visitmusiccity.com/walkoffame.

Little Big Town
GRAMMY Award-winning group, Little Big Town — consisting of members Karen Fairchild, Phillip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman, and Jimi Westbrook — first entered the music scene more than 18 years ago with hits such as “Boondocks,” “Bring It On Home,” “Good As Gone” and the GRAMMY-nominated single “Little White Church.” With albums Tornado and Pain Killer, they have seen massive success with #1 singles “Pontoon,” “Tornado,” “Day Drinking,” and most recently the history-making, best-selling country single of 2015, “Girl Crush,” and the recent two-week #1 single, “Better Man.” In October of 2014, the group fulfilled a career milestone and lifelong dream when Reba McIntire asked them to become the newest members of the Grand Ole Opry; two weeks later, they were inducted. Little Big Town has earned almost 40 award show nominations and in the past five years has taken home nearly 20 awards, including multiple GRAMMY, CMA and ACM awards, and an Emmy award. They are the reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year and recently won the same award for the fifth consecutive year. At the 2016 GRAMMY Awards, Little Big Town won “Best Country Group/Duo Performance,” and “Girl Crush” received the honor for “Best Country Song.” The group recently received honors from the Academy of Country Music for Vocal Group of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year with Miranda Lambert, and the group was also recognized with the Crystal Milestone Award. At the recent Billboard Awards, Little Big Town and “Girl Crush” were nominated for Top Country Song as well as Chart Achievement Award, and the group was also honored as the 2016 Music Business Association Artist of the Year. Released February 24, 2017, Little Big Town’s seventh studio album, The Breaker debuted #1 on the Billboard Country Charts and Top 10 (No.4) on the Billboard 200, marking the group’s fourth Top 10 debut on the Billboard 200 chart. Their current single, “When Someone Stops Loving You is now at country radio. Little Big Town recently launched its history-making year-long artist residency at the famed Ryman Auditorium in Nashville — marking the venue’s first-ever, year-long residency in its 125-year history. For tickets and more information on ‘Little Big Town At The Mother Church” visit LittleBigTown.com or follow them @littlebigtown.

Tom Ryman
Riverboat Captain Thomas Green Ryman was a Nashville businessman and the owner of a major riverboat company who built a church that forever changed the face of music. On the night of May 10, 1885, Ryman arrived at a downtown Nashville religious revival to see what all the fuss was about; he left town that evening called by God to build a big, beautiful church by the revival sermons of Reverend Sam Jones on the very spot where the Auditorium now sits. Construction took seven years and approximately $100,000, and the Union Gospel Tabernacle opened in 1892 with Jones at the pulpit. When Ryman died in 1904, he was widely regarded as an exceptional businessman and a pillar of faith, generosity and kindness in the Nashville community. At his funeral on Christmas Day, Sam Jones proposed to the 5,000 mourners in attendance that the building be re-named in the Captain’s honor as the Ryman Auditorium. Today, a copper statue of the Captain stands on Ryman Plaza near the Auditorium’s entrance, facing east toward the river that fueled the fortune behind what would become affectionately known as the Mother Church of Country Music.

Lula C. Naff
Lula C. Naff was the Ryman Auditorium’s legendary theater manager who helmed the venue for more than 40 years, booking the Grand Ole Opry and a diverse who’s who of talent from Katharine Hepburn to Harry Houdini and Bob Hope to the Ziegfeld Follies. She was named Manager Emeritus when she retired in 1955. During her tenure, her vision for the Ryman was strategic and ever-evolving, branching out to include boxing matches, livestock auctions, political debates and more. She had a reputation for standing up for what she believed in, fighting censorship groups in court and welcoming diversity onstage and off. In 1943, she famously agreed to let the rowdy Grand Ole Opry show put down roots in the Auditorium, and the show filled her Saturday nights -and the nation’s airwaves- with music and comedy for the rest of her career and beyond.

 

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KID ROCK RELEASES NEW SONG

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – At one minute past midnight Kid Rock unveiled his latest song “Tennessee Mountain Top” on streaming and sales platforms. “Tennessee Mountain Top” is impacting at Country Radio October 2. The track brings out a Country infused southern rock spirit that has drawn Country fans to Kid Rock for almost two decades since he released the CMA, ACM nominated “Picture.” Both “Picture” and his massive summer anthem “All Summer Long” continue to be fan favorites at Country Radio.

A five time Grammy nominee with over 26 million albums sold to date, Kid Rock has consistently blazed his own trail. His career intersected early with Country audiences and created a connection that has continued to grow each year. He has been twice nominated for CMA Awards, “Picture” with Sheryl Crow (2003) and “Can’t You See” with Zac Brown Band (2010). This October 6th and 7th he will host Kid Rock’s Third Annual Fish Fry in Nashville, yet another sign of his close ties to Nashville and Country Music.

Since the spontaneous release of his two most recent tracks in July, “Po-Dunk” and “Greatest Show On Earth” and their accompanying videos, Kid Rock has been at the center of media coverage speculation as to his musical and personal ambitions.

While others speculate, the artist known for his slew of American anthems and his explosive live shows has been busy touring and preparing for an epic series of concerts opening Detroit’s new Little Caesars Arena. Not only is he the maiden act for the venue, he recently announced that the venue will play host to his own Made in Detroit restaurant to open on the Woodward Avenue side of Little Caesars Arena.

KID ROCK SOCIAL MEDIA:
FB: facebook.com/kidrock
IG: instagram.com/kidrock/
Twitter: twitter.com/kidrock
Snapchat: @KidRock
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RASCAL FLATTS SHARES POWERFUL PERFORMANCE ON GOOD MORNING AMERICA AS PART OF “DAY OF GIVING” IN SUPPORT OF COMMUNITIES AFFECTED BY HURRICANE HARVEY

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Clint Black Praises First Responders. Urges Everyone To Please Give.

Country star Clint Black has heaped praise on the first responders who are helping to save lives in his native Houston, Texas following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.

The Great Flood singer reveals he’ll be donating money and staging memorabilia auctions to help fund the recovery and relief efforts after the historic storm, but in the meantime he can only watch the news coverage and count his blessings.

“What we worry about most right now are the lives, and there are gonna be some long term needs,” he tells Entertainment Tonight. “I know a lot of us are going to be looking at ways to lend our voices, our music, our songs, auction guitars, cowboys hats, boots, whatever we can do to get people to reach into their pockets. I’ll be making donations to the Salvation Army, myself.”

“Being a Houstonian, I want to give a shout-out to all of the first responders doing a great job (and) all the citizens who got out on their own accord and helped,” Clint tells the news show.

He’s not the only Texas native helping out – fellow Houstonian and Country musician George Strait is planning a country-themed relief effort, along with Miranda Lambert who has sent help from her MuttNation Foundation down to Houston to help displaced pets find shelter. JJ Watt’s – Houston Texans is raising funds for Harvey victims as well. He himself has donated lots of his own money and as of today it has surpassed over $9 million plus. with Ellen DeGeneres and Walmart generously and thoughtfully donating over a $1,000,000 to JJ Watt’s Houston Flood Relief Fund.

Victims of Hurricane Harvey:
YOUNGCARING   Organizer: JJ Watt
The Salvation Army http://www.salvationarmyusa.org
Red Cross – http://www.redcross.org/hp/harvey2
Save the Children – https://secure.savethechildren.org/
https://www.feedingtexas.org
The Humane Society- http://www.humanesociety.org
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DETROIT, Mich.Kid Rock is expanding his brand that includes such hits as “Cowboy,” “Picture,” and “All Summer Long” to the culinary side with the launch of Kid Rock’s Made in Detroit, a contemporary food and music restaurant inspired by the award-winning musician, as part of the soon-to-be-completed Little Caesars Arena in downtown Detroit. In keeping true with his larger-than-life reputation, he promises to make just as loud of a bang in the restaurant business as he has done with his music.

Kid Rock’s Made in Detroit restaurant is a reflection of one of Detroit’s most loyal and successful native sons. Created by Delaware North in collaboration with Kid Rock, the 5800-square-foot, 230-seat restaurant is open year round for lunch and dinner, offering a menu of classic Detroit and Southern-influenced dishes, along with traditional comfort foods and bar fare. The bar will feature local beers and craft cocktails that guests can enjoy before, during and after watching events at the arena, as well as on non-game days. The restaurant is also designed to serve as an incubator of music talent, with a specific focus on local artists. Kid Rock memorabilia is part of the restaurant’s décor, as is a live-music stage that will showcase up-and-coming musicians.

The story of Kid Rock reads like an “Against All Odds” American success story of hard work, perseverance, and a commitment to excellence throughout his multi-million selling recording career – and he has done so in his signature “Bad Ass” fashion complete with undeniable style and swagger.

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CMG – Country Music Group

Here at CMG we bring you information and promotion of today’s country top artists. Expect to read articles, promotional information, tour dates, interviews, live concerts, and so much more.

Plus we have this great Country radio station here on the site for you to listen to.

 


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