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June 26, 2017

DENNY STRICKLAND'S WE DON'T SLEEP HAS EXCLUSIVE WORLD PREMIERE ON CMT

DENNY STRICKLAND’S WE DON’T SLEEP
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Darius Rucker Hits $1 Million in Support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

DARIUS RUCKER HITS $1 MILLION IN SUPPORT OF ST. JUDE CHILDREN’S RESEARCH HOSPITAL® WITH EIGHTH ANNUAL “DARIUS AND FRIENDS” BENEFIT CONCERT AT HISTORIC RYMAN AUDITORIUM

Nine years after first pledging his support to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® and the thousands of children the healthcare institution treats, Darius Rucker and his many friends have surpassed the $1 million fundraising mark following the music superstar’s sold-out eighth annual “Darius and Friends” benefit concert, sponsored by A.O. Smith, on Monday night. This year’s concert, auction and golf tournament alone raised $402,000 for St. Jude, breaking the previous year’s record and bringing the cumulative total raised for all years to $1.2 million.

“You can’t help but be moved by the amazing work that St. Jude does,” says Rucker. “To raise this kind of money and awareness for them… for the families that rely on St. Jude, it’s just incredible. I’m so grateful to all our friends who came out and donated their time to be on the show– and Brooks & Dunn for surprising me onstage! Just wow!”

With tens of thousands swirling around downtown Nashville, Rucker hosted his own superstar gathering, welcoming surprise guests Brooks & Dunn, young hitmakers Dan + Shay, Luke Combs and Michael Ray, John Oates of legendary pop duo Hall & Oates and KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer, Paul Sanchez and more than 2,400 fans to the sold-out event, making its debut at historic Ryman Auditorium.

“It’s always so cool to sing here,” Ronnie Dunn told the crowd after singing “Red Dirt Road” with Kix Brooks and Rucker. “It’s like a spiritual experience. I guess that’s why they call it the Mother Church.”

Brooks & Dunn finished off their appearance with “Boot Scootin’ Boogie,” with Brooks pulling a fan on stage to dance with him, before hot-footing it back across the street to Bridgestone Arena where the Nashville Predators were hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup.

“I’m blown away right now,” Rucker said as the duo departed. “They left the hockey game to come play for you!”

Darius and Friends has become the unofficial kickoff to CMA Music Festival week in downtown Nashville over the years. Drawing both new acts and veteran superstars over the years, Rucker always gives the fans a party experience – though 2017’s after-party on the street with Predators fans was hard to beat.

This year included Dan + Shay, Combs and Ray – who all scored hits with their debut singles. Combs, who just celebrated multiweek No. 1 “Hurricane,” made his appearance just a few hours after his national television debut on “TODAY” on Monday morning. Ray sang his own hit, “Kiss You in the Morning,” then joined Rucker on a cover of Randy Travis’ “Forever and Ever, Amen.” And Thayer helped Rucker live out a childhood dream with a cover of KISS’ epic anthem, “Dr. Love.”

“When I was a kid, I would stack up cans of corn and peas and put a flashlight on top, grab a broom and sing KISS songs until my mother made me stop,” Rucker told the crowd.

Oates performed a historic piece, Al Jolson’s “Me and My Gal,” first played on the Ryman stage in 1929, then joined Rucker on “Sara Smiles,” a vintage Hall & Oates hit. “I had a girlfriend in the fifth grade and I loved her,” Rucker admitted. “She moved to Florida and my sister used to make fun of me because I was crying about it. And I would go in my room and sing this song for hours because it made me feel better.”

The event has been sold out year after year, raising funds through concert tickets sales, a silent auction and annual golf tournament, hosted by the free-swinging Rucker and his band. Friends performing with Rucker in the past have included Luke Bryan, Radney Foster, Randy Houser, Jamey Johnson, Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum and Kenny Rogers, among many others.

Rucker, a longtime philanthropist over his more than two decades as a hit-maker and singer-songwriter in the music industry, made a commitment to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® after touring the campus in 2008. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Unlike any other hospital, the majority of funding for St. Jude comes from individual contributions. Events like this help ensure families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

Additional sponsors of “Darius and Friends” includes CDW/Intel, GE, Hutton, Maverick, CAA and UMG/Capitol Nashville. For more information please visit www.DariusRucker.com.

Rucker recently hit a personal milestone when his latest country single, “If I Told You,” reached the Top 5 on the country radio charts. “If I Told You,” the first offering from his forthcoming fifth album for Capitol Records Nashville, is now at No. 2 and poised to become his eighth No. 1 country single. Rucker will appear Wednesday night at the CMT Awards, where he’s up for CMT Performance of the Year for “Pink Houses” with John Mellencamp. He’ll also join Jason Aldean, Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum and others in a tribute to the late Gregg Allman. He’ll also be performing at CMA Fest on Sunday night, helping shut down the four-day event in downtown Nashville.

About Darius Rucker
Rucker first attained multi-Platinum status in the music industry as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of GRAMMY award-winning Hootie & the Blowfish. Since re-introducing himself to the world as a country artist, he has released four consecutive albums to top the Billboard Country albums chart and earned a whole new legion of fans. In 2014, Rucker won his third career GRAMMY award for Best Solo Country Performance for his 4x Platinum selling cover of Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel,” off his album, True Believers. Rucker’s first two country albums, Learn To Live and Charleston, SC 1966 produced five No. 1 singles including “Come Back Song,” “This,” “Alright,” “It Won’t Be Like This For Long” and “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It.” Southern Style, his fourth studio country album, features his latest No. 1 single “Homegrown Honey,” co-written by Rucker, label mate Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum and Nathan Chapman. Rucker’s new single, “If I Told You” is on country radio now and is the first off his forthcoming fifth album for Capitol Nashville. For more information and tour dates visit www.dariusrucker.com.

About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Since opening more than 50 years ago, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has changed the way the world treats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. No family ever pays St. Jude for the care their child receives and, for every child treated here, thousands more have been saved worldwide through St. Jude discoveries. The hospital has played a pivotal role in pushing U.S. pediatric cancer survival rates from 20 to 80 percent overall, and is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted to children. It is also a leader in the research and treatment of blood disorders and infectious diseases in children. St. Jude was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, who believed that no child should die in the dawn of life. Join that mission by visiting stjude.org or following us on facebook.com/stjude and twitter.com/stjude.

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ERIC CHURCH WRAPS NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH TWO SOLD OUT SHOWS IN NASHVILLE

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ERIC CHURCH TAKES SOLO SHOW TO ABC’S GMA, 8/18

For the First Time in His Career, Church to Perform Solo on T.V. During 
Summer Concert Series in Iconic Central Park 

The only thing predictable about Eric Church is that he is unpredictable. He’s an artist that has built his career with tour stops coast-to-coast, not with dozens of television performances around each album cycle. When he takes to the stage, he damn-well makes sure it’s special. With his current Holdin’ My Own Tour—a 62-city, three-plus-hour marathon, featuring a  double-set, full-band show sans opener —currently underway, Church decided to do something different for ABC’s Good Morning America and showcase his unique live solo performance for the first time on national T.V. On August 18, he will perform stripped down from 8 to 9 a.m. ET as part of their Summer Concert Series in Iconic Central Park.

The Summer Concert Series is free and open to the public. Fans can learn more about how to attend here, gmaconcerts.com.

This isn’t the first time that Church has rocked a crowd solo: at the end of July in 2015 he opened Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater with two sold-out acoustic shows; and when his band and crew fell ill before a show in Salt Lake City back in January 2015, Church played acoustically rather than cancelling. In August of 2016, he solo-performed at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheater for two consecutive nights. Most recently when a snow storm in Calgary threatened the weight of the dome’s roof, he stripped back production and performed his marathon three-hour set mostly solo.

Even in Church’s Holdin’ My Own Tour stops that kicked off in January, each night he takes a few moments throughout the night to play solo for fans. His tour has become the No. 1 most attended touring concert in the world thus far in 2017 according to Pollstar, giving fans nights of more than 35 songs. Church has sold out all stops to date including Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. The tour will wrap with two at-capacity nights in Nashville, Tennessee May 26 & 27.

Church recently announced after he wraps his Holdin’ My Own Tour that he will play eight more shows this year (not including GMA’s SummerStage), two of which will be with CMA and ACM Duo of the Year winners, Brothers Osborne, and singer/songwriter Ashley McBryde (with additional special guests for remaining shows announced soon).

Learn more and find tickets here, ericchurch.com/events.

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WHEELER WALKER JR.'S NEW TOUR, "THE OL' WHEELER TOUR"

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Innovation in Music Awards—The Inaugural Celebration of Music Industry Visionaries

Innovation in Music Awards—The Inaugural Celebration of Music Industry Visionaries
Set for Tuesday, June 6 at The Westin in Nashville, Tennessee

– Designed to celebrate those who have played a critical role in the development and advancement of the ever-changing music industry, the inaugural Innovation in Music Awards is scheduled for Tuesday, June 6 at the The Westin in Nashville, Tenn.  The awards ceremony will recognize a number of industry leaders who are distinguished in discovering and developing innovative strategies to advance the direction of today’s music landscape.

A committee of music professionals was formed to plan the award selection process and determine this year’s debut honorees.  The committee is currently comprised of executives whom work in various areas of the music industry, including in management, digital streaming, publishing, record labels, and more.

Cold River Records’ Pete O’Heeron spoke on behalf of the selection committee stating, “The difficulties of breaking a new artist is a common topic among our industry.  By organizing this event, our goal is to recognize music industry professionals and radio program directors who are taking big and bold steps to advance new music and support the breakthrough of emerging talent.  We are seeing a convergence of technologies entering the market to join traditional radio airplay in creating unprecedented layers of new exposure.  We feel radio and music professionals who are committed to new music and breaking artists should have an evening dedicated to them.”

Tom Lord of Red Light Management also commented, “I’m excited to play a part in recognizing the innovators of new music and new artists. I’m really looking forward to honoring the leaders of the next generation.”

Innovation Awards will be given in such categories as: Innovator of the Year; Heritage Award, Innovation in Music, Music Industry Executive; Innovation in Music, Artist; Innovation in Music Live/Touring; Innovation in Music, National Media; Innovation in Music, Digital Media, Innovation in Music, Digital Broadcast; Innovation in Music, National Broadcast; Innovation in Music, Major Market Radio; Innovation in Music, Medium Market Radio; and Innovation in Music, Small Market Radio.

Bringing together leading executives and businesses in the music industry for a night filled with deserved recognition, the ceremony will consist of acceptance speeches from the evening’s honorees, four musical performances, and a short-form talk from an industry representative considered to be a bright, forward-thinker.

Information regarding sponsorship opportunities and tickets will be available in the coming weeks.

For more information, please contact Christy Walker-Watkins at Christy@aristomedia.com or 615-269-7071.

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