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Lucky was born at a very young age in the "Land of Lincoln." Alton, Illinois, to be exact, is where old Lucky is from. Alton is famous for its celebrities of stage and screen. Remember Robert Wadlow, the tallest man in the world? How about TV star Clint Walker of "Cheyenne" and Butch Calvey the singer? Alton is also where one of the famous Lincoln/Douglas debates took place, and where Bluff City Beer was made. It seems Lucky was just destined to be a famous person.
In his early years, Lucky appeared at the Madison Avenue Corral in Alton as a live DJ for WOKZ radio. He's been a trapeze artist, a motorcycle stunt rider, and even hosted his own carnival. He was a National Indian Chief for the Boy Scouts of America and managed a scout camp. Lucky spent some time in Minnesota where he still has many country fans.
Nowadays, old Lucky is based in Nashville, TN, Music City USA. Here he founded Lucky Cowboy Productions. You might catch him anywhere in Nashville, or somewhere in the rest of the USA promoting country music. He's even been on the Today Show! But you'll always find him wearing his famous forty gallon orange cowboy hat - you can't miss him wherever he goes.
Lucky's favorite song is "I Feel Lucky." His handprints are on the WE Fest "Walk of Fame," and there's even a ceramic bobblehead doll of Lucky. Yep, you can bet old Lucky will continue to be a star in his own right.
Watch out for Lucky as you might just get "Lucky!" Yeeeeeeeeehaw!!!
Let's Party Like A Cowboy! LUCKY COWBOY Since 1992
NASHVILLE, TENN JULY 24, 2014 - THE DAY STARTS WITH THE WEATHER - WKRN TV 2
COOL MAN, COOL! LESS HEAT TODAY, JUST AN ISOLATED SHOWER CHANCE - THE WEEKEND LOOKS HOT! ENJOY YOUR DAY WITH THE PUPPY! THU. HIGH: 82° LOW: 62° - FRI. HIGH: 88° LOW: 68° - SAT. HIGH: 94° LOW: 73° DOGGONE GOOD WALKIN THE DOG WEATHER. Just a little cool snap before the HEAT returns. A few morning showers are possible on the back side of last night's cold front, but they won't be widespread. A north breeze should drop the humidity a bit and keep highs in the lower 80s this afternoon. We'll fall to the low 60s overnight Thursday into early Friday morning. The humidity remains low on Friday but temperatures should rebound to the upper 80s under ample sunshine. Saturday looks even hotter, in the low-to-mid 90s as a southwest breeze kicks in. Our next cold front arrives Sunday night and brings the outside chance of thunderstorms from then through Monday morning. Behind that system, another summer cool snap brings noticeable heat relief as we head into next week. Get those bikinis out for the weekend. See ya at the River Bank.
LUCKY COWBOY CELEBRATES 'NATIONAL DAY OF THE COWBOY' JULY 24, 2014 NASHVILLE, TENN July 24, 2014 - The National Day of the American Cowboy campaign was founded by American Cowboy magazine in 2004 to preserve, protect and promote our cowboy and Western heritage and lobby for the passage of a national resolution designating the fourth Saturday of every July a permanent celebration on the national calendar honoring cowboys and cowgirls for their enduring contribution to the courageous, pioneering spirit of America. Yee Haw for the cowboys and cowgirls! Visit COWBOY DAY
NASHVILLE AMERICAN RED CROSS NEED BLOOD DONATIONS NASHVILLE, TENN July 24, 2014 - The American Red Cross is in dire need of blood donations this summer in the face of a shortage. The organization said donations are down approximately 8 percent over the last 11 weeks, which is around 80,000 fewer donations than expected. The shortfall is so significant, they could experience an emergency situation in the coming weeks. Eligible donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially needed at this time. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit RedCrossBlood.org to make an appointment or for more information. No matter where you live in this great USA - DONATE BLOOD!
BRAD PAISLEY WILL CELEBRATE NEW ALBUM WITH A VEGAS POOL PARTY NASHVILLE, TENN July 24, 2014 - Brad Paisley will celebrate the release of his new album, Moonshine in the Trunk, with a pool party at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on August 27. “We’re going to have the best time,” Paisley told KFRG. “There’s something about that city.” The pool party continues with Paisley’s water-themed career. His latest single, “River Bank,” is climbing the charts while he crisscrossed the country on his two-year H20 Tour, beginning in 2010. He also had a hit with “Water.” Tickets for Paisley’s Pool Party will go on sale on Thursday, July 24 at 1PM ET. Paisley is currently headlining his Country Music Nation Tour. Moonshine In The Trunk hits stores August 26.
JASON ALDEAN ROCKS CINCINNATI STADIUM WITH HIS “BURNIN’ IT DOWN” TOUR
NASHVILLE, TENN July 23, 2014 - Jason Aldean brought his Burn It Down tour to the sold-out Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati on Saturday night (July 19). He is the first Country artist to play the ball park and its second ever concert (Paul McCartney was the first). The event also included openers Tyler Farr, Florida Georgia Line and Miranda Lambert. And in between sets, DJ DU spun tunes to keep the party atmosphere bumping.
Florida-Georgia Line performs on Jason Aldean's 'Burnin' It Down' Tour at the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati on Sat. night July 19.
Miranda Lambert performs on Jason Aldean's 'Burnin' It Down' Tour at the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati on Sat. night July 19.
NASHVILLE, TENN July 21, 2014 - It seems like, for so many years, country artists would always have the same list of influences: Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and both Hank Williams and Hank Williams Jr.
Then, as newer (and often younger) artists were signing record deals, they had a new set of influences. It was always a lot of 90s country. And it always included Garth Brooks.
Even for Keith Urban, Brooks was a big part of his world when he first came to Nashville. By 1992, when Urban moved to Music City USA, Brooks had already had nine No. 1 hits. And now that Urban will be touring around the same time as Brooks, he knows exactly what kind of competition he's up against.
"You won't find a country artist who thinks that's not the case," Urban told ABC News Radio about how Brooks is raising the stakes in terms of a live concert experience. "We all know that. It's Garth, you know? He hasn't toured in 13 years."
Urban added that he has some pretty high expectations of the Brooks comeback tour. "So, the anticipation and expectation -- all of that's phenomenal. He's a phenomenal live performer," Urban said. "People know that. It's gonna be a behemoth tour for sure." Urban also used these three little words to describe Brooks: "creative," "original" and "icon."
When Brooks' tour kicks off in Chicago in early September, Urban will be all the way out west doing his own Raise 'Em Up shows with Jerrod Niemann and Brett Eldredge in California.
THE LATEST NEWS FROM GARTH: 12:00 PM CST JULY 15, 2014 I am overjoyed with the announcement of Chicago and the opening of the World Tour…between Chicago and Dublin, it’s been a roller coaster ride of emotions. We are starting with the tour page, each city will have it’s own announcement. The music, the store, Garth 101, and more…it’s all coming. We will grow together. Here we go! Gratitude, respect, and love, g
NASHVILLE, TENN July 15, 2014 - Garth Brooks is set to kick off his world tour and the first stop is Chicago, IL! It will be the first time Garth has played Chicago in 17 years. The concert, which will also feature special guest Trisha Yearwood, will be Thursday, September 4th, 7:30 PM at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL. His last show here was almost 17 years ago -- on Dec. 19, 1997. And the tickets for that string of shows went fast. He sold 139,000 tickets in less than four hours for his eight sold-out shows.
“As an entertainer, you get asked a lot ‘what are the best cities to play?’ Without hesitation, I rattle five or six of the best places to play and that list ALWAYS includes Chicago. It is the PERFECT city to launch the World Tour!” said Garth Brooks. And where will the tour go after Chicago? That news is all still yet to come, so stay tuned.
Tickets will be on sale Friday, July 25th at 10:00 AM CST. There will be a six ticket limit per purchase. They can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com, 1-800-745-3000 or Ticketmaster Express 1-866-448-7849. Please note there will be no sales at the venue box office or Ticketmaster outlets on July 25th. Tickets will cost $56.94 plus $2.56 tax plus $6.00 service charges, totaling $65.50.
CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL: 'COUNTRY'S NIGHT TO ROCK' AIRING AUGUST 5 NASHVILLE, TENN July 12, 2014 - Dierks Bentley, Jason Aldean, Hunter Hayes, Brad Paisley, The Band Perry and numerous other Country artists will be featured in CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock, which is slated to air Tuesday, Aug. 5, beginning at 8 p.m. ET on ABC Television Network. The television special will be hosted for the second year by current CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town.
This marks the 10th time ABC will broadcast the special. The television event first aired in 2004, and moved to ABC in 2005. The annual special will continue to air on ABC through 2021. Viewership for 2013's CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock, grew by 46 percent over 2012, and by 33 percent in the adults 18-49 demographic. CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock is executive-produced by Robert Deaton.
ANGEL MARY & THE TENNESSEE WEREWOLVES "HOTTEST COUNTRY TRIO" TURN UP THE VOLUME Release second single cover of Johnny Cash's “Folsom Prison Blues” As country’s newest family trio, Angel Mary and the Tennessee Werewolves (AMTW) is no-doubt offering up a rebel yell to the genre. Described by Billboard Magazine as “A rocking country act ready to turn up the volume,” and “poised to move up the ladder and the Billboard country charts,” their unique sound–a blend of old-fashioned Dixie roots, bluegrass picking, and Haggard-styled lyrics–has already commanded the attention of fellow artists, industry tastemakers, and fans alike. VISIT: www.tennesseewerewolves.com
ONE DIRECTION 'WHERE WE ARE TOUR 2014' TO PLAY NASHVILLE LP FIELD AUGUST 19 NASHVILLE, TENN July 23, 2014 — The European invasion is about to happen! One Direction will kick off the North American leg of their Where We Are tour on Aug. 1, 2014, the boy band announced. The 21-city tour is being promoted by Live Nation and presented by Nabisco. Tickets are on sale now. The boys will play LP Field Nashville on August 19.
THE SPRINGS "Stewart and Holly" NASHVILLE RECORDING ARTIST PLAY GALLATIN They'll perform at the 3rd Thursday on Main in Gallatin, TN August 21. What do you get when you pair Stewart Halcomb and Holly Helms together? Along with tight harmonies, sure-footed songwriting direction, high energy shows, authenticity, and undeniable chemistry, you ultimately get - The Springs. At just 22 and 24, the driven pair is carving out a place of longevity in Music City. Featuring both male and female vocals, The Springs come packed with an always growing fan base. The versatile multi-award winning duo delivers Country/Southern Rock, Rock, and traditional favorites, offering something for the whole family.
The Springs have shared the stage with some of country music’s top recording acts including Florida Georgia Line, Thompson Square, Jake Owen, Josh Turner, Gary Allan, Hunter Hayes, Love and Theft, Mark Wills, Little Big Town, Eric Church, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Charlie Daniels and Easton Corbin. Visit: www.thespringsband.com
THE AMERICANA MUSIC FESTIVAL AND CONFERENCE TAKES NASHVILLE SEPT. 17-20 NASHVILLE, TENN July 23, 2014 - For four nights, September 17-20, the Americana Music Festival will feature approximately 165 live performances at over nine music venues in the vicinity of downtown Nashville. Wristband wearers may attend ALL evening showcases at ALL participating venues on ALL nights. This does NOT include admission to the Riverfront Park event on Saturday. You must purchase a ticket to attend that show.
AMERICANA HONORS & AWARDS Americana Music Association announces the selection of Jackson Browne, Loretta Lynn, Flaco Jiménez and Taj Mahal as Lifetime Achievement Award winners to be presented at its 13th Annual Honors and Awards ceremony, presented by Nissan, on Wednesday, September 17 at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. The show will be taped for air on PBS later this year in the Austin City Limits timeslot and titled ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2014.
Americana Music Festival & Conference The 15th annual Americana Music Festival & Conference, presented by Nissan will take place September 17-21, 2014 in Nashville, Tenn. kicked off by the 13th annual Americana Honors & Awards Show on September 17 at the historic Ryman Auditorium. Tickets for the Honors & Awards are only available with the purchase of a conference registration. To purchase your registration, click here. VISIT: americanamusic.org
KENNY CHESNEY'S NEW 'AMERICAN KIDS' VIDEO, DECLARES 'THE BIG REVIVAL' NASHVILLE, TENN July 6, 2014 - It's classic Kenny Chesney: there's sun, sand, water, pretty women… But "American Kids" is more like Kenny Chesney 2.0. The country superstar debuted the new video for his feel-good new single, which shows a more free-spirited side than ever before.
"We were teenage dreamin/Front seat leanin'/Baby, come give me a kiss/Put me on the cover of the Rolling Stone/Uptown, down home American kids," he sings in the chorus, while strumming his guitar in the Southern California desert, joined by a group of similarly carefree people and a colorful old bus that looks like it might have traveled to Woodstock back in the day.
"The spirit of this thing — the song, the bus, the idea of the kids riding around, having fun, playing music and just celebrating life — makes you want to get involved," Chesney tells ET. "Fun is where and how you make it. Out in the sun with a bunch of friends — and the people who work on my videos have been making them with me for more than a decade — even buckets of paint and a bus that needs to be covered can give you a reason to have fun."
"American Kids" is the first single from the singer's upcoming album, The Big Revival, due out September 23rd. Chesney has been hitting the grind particularly hard on this, his 16th studio album, as he's been in the studio working since October and even parked his tour bus this year to focus on making new music.
RICK MONROE'S "FIRES OUT" “It’s like a good gumbo -- you need to add a little kick of spice sometimes and not be afraid to try something new.” - Rick Monroe NASHVILLE, TENN July 6, 2014 - Rick Monroe is a tireless worker, strong songwriter and relentless performer. Monroe just keeps it rolling, releasing great music and touring. Rick’s headlined his own tours and has opened for the likes of Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Josh Thompson, Pat Green, Charlie Daniels, Dwight Yoakam, Montgomery Gentry and Aaron Lewis. In 2014, his new release, “It’s a Love Thing” features the emphasis tracks, Small Town, Fires Out and Great Minds Drink Alike. The EP will be released on June 3, 2014.
Rick takes us inside the music… Monroe says, "In the case of Small Town (5/20 release date on iTunes) Kenneth Duncan and I were stuck on the song we were writing and he just happen to play the first part of "Small Town" for an ear break… and that was it! We shifted gears immediately and boom. The one thing I've seen in all my travels is people are people, with the same basic wants and needs. We all love and we all struggle. I really feel we struck the perfect balance. With a basic chord progression & direct lyric I believe we’ve captured the large & small view of the world in simple song.”
Rick continues, “Fires Out (5/27 release date on iTunes) was inspired by trying to mix a different flavor into country. Recently there's a lot of country rap going on and I wanted to see if we could take from the groove/pop side of à la Maroon 5/Bruno Mars. I know it's pretty different, but I think it’s like a good gumbo you need to add a little kick of spice sometimes and not be afraid to try something new. www.rickmonroe.net.
ANGEL MARY & THE TENNESSEE WEREWOLVES with The Redneck Riviera girls at CMA Fest.
PAUL MCCARTNEY POSTPONES NASHVILLE CONCERT UNTIL OCTOBER NASHVILLE, TENN June 10, 2014 - While still recovering from a virus, Paul McCartney has postponed several tour dates, including a summer stop in Nashville. McCartney was initially set to perform at the Bridgestone Arena June 25. That show is now scheduled October 16. Tickets to the original June date will be accepted at the re-scheduled show.
TOP COUNTRY SONGS OF SUMMER 2014 - SUN, SAND AND COLD BEER The first official day of summer is Saturday June 21 and to celebrate, we’ve compiled our picks for the top 14 Songs of Summer 2014. This year’s playlist includes quintessential summertime anthems like Little Big Town‘s “Day Drinking” and Jake Owen‘s “Beachin’” as well as the latest tunes from Brad Paisley, Dustin Lynch, Craig Campbell, and more! The songs mix well with sun, sand, and a cold drink!
TOP SUMMER SONGS 2014: Little Big Town – “Day Drinking” Jake Owen – “Beachin’” Brett Eldredge – “Beat of the Music” Brad Paisley – “River Bank” Dustin Lynch – “Where It’s At” Brothers Osborne – “Rum” Lady Antebellum – “Bartender” Gloriana – “Best Night Ever” Frankie Ballard – “Sunshine & Whiskey” Sam Hunt – “Leave the Night On” Miranda Lambert/Carrie Underwood – “Somethin’ Bad” Craig Campbell – “Keep Them Kisses Comin’” Dierks Bentley – “Drunk On A Plane” Danielle Bradbery- “Young in America”
♪♫ And we were trying different things, we were smoking funny things ♪♫
KID ROCK SUMMERTIME 'ALL SUMMER LONG'
♪♫♪♫ "I Got A Car" ♪♫♪♫
It's "Pontoon" weather in Tennessee.
BRAD PAISLEY TO THE 'RIVER BANK' WITH TWIGGY SQUIRREL
♪♫♪♫ Hey bartender pour ‘em hot tonight. ♪♫♪♫
♪♫♪♫ Don't want to wait 'til the sun's sinking, We could be feeling alright, I know you know what I'm thinking, Why don't we do a little day drinking, Why don't we do a little day drinking. ♪♫♪♫ _LITTLE BIG TOWN
LITTLE BIG TOWN VIDEO: "Day Drinking"
Lucky Cowboy Sez: "The sun comes up just to hear me crow about cowgirls."
♪♫♪♫ I can’t imagine doin’ nothin but what I’m doin ♪♫♪♫
TAYOR SWIFT HAS PLENTY OF SECURITY IN NEW YORK CITY
Taylor Swift making her rounds around New York City July 22, 2014. And she had plenty of bodyguards to keep her safe and sound.
TAYLOR SWIFT OUT AND ABOUT IN NEW YORK CITY JULY 21, 2014
NEW YORK CITY July 22, 2014 - Taylor was seen leaving her $20 million apartment and then heading to the gym with her friend Karlie Kloss in New York City earlier Monday (July 21). Fetching a black fedora, which the singer paired with black shorts, black lace-up ankle boots and a skimpy white tank top. Taylor was also seen shopping at Reformation Store. Afterwards, she returned to her apartment.
Country music singer/songwriter Keith Urban Performs On ABC's 'Good Morning America' at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park on July 11, 2014 in New York City.
Scotty McCreery performs during 'FOX & Friends' All American Concert Series outside of FOX Studios on July 11, 2014 in New York City.
Zac Brown performs at PNC Bank Arts Center on July 10, 2014 in Holmdel, New Jersey.
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♪♫♪♫ TOP COUNTRY SINGLES JULY 23, 2014 (Billboard)♪♫♪♫
These are the Top 10 Lucky Cowboy Country Singles now playing radio. The chart is updated weekly based on data from Billboard and country radio. These are top singles on the chart, not albums. 1 JOE NICHOLS - Yeah 2 CHRIS YOUNG - Who I Am With You 3 BILLY CURRINGTON - We Are Tonight 4 LEE BRICE - I Don't Dance 5 BRAD PAISLEY - River Bank 6 TIM MCGRAW F/FAITH HILL - Meanwhile Back At Mama's 7 DIERKS BENTLEY - Drunk On A Plane 8 LADY ANTEBELLUM - Bartender 9 KENNY CHESNEY - American Kids 10 JAKE OWEN - Beachin'
JULY COUNTRY STARS BIRTHDAYS JUL 03 AARON TIPPIN JUL 08 TOBY KEITH JUL 17 CRAIG MORGAN JUL 17 LUKE BRYAN JUL 18 RICKY SKAGGS JUL 20 JULIANNE HOUGH JUL 22 SHANNON BROWN JUL 23 ALISON KRAUSS JUL 24 PAM TILLIS JUL 25 NATIONAL COWBOY DAY JUL 29 JAMES OTTO JUL 29 MARTINA MCBRIDE JUL 30 NEAL MCCOY JUL 31 ZAC BROWN JUL 31 CHAD BROCK
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TAYLOR SWIFT HITS SILVER SCREEN IN 'THE GIVER'
NASHVILLE, TENN July 24, 2014 - Taylor Swift will make her third appearance on the silver screen when the adaptation of Lois Lowry’s science-fiction novel, The Giver hits theaters next month, August 15.
Swift portrays “Rosemary,” the daughter of the Giver, who documents the memories of the utopian society. To save you from a spoiler, we’ll just say she eventually inherits his gift. Also sharing the screen with Swift are superstars Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges and Katie Holmes.
TAYLOR SWIFT, MORE CONFIRM iHEARTRADIO FESTIVAL Zac Brown Band, Eric Church, Kacey Musgraves Will Also Play Las Vegas NASHVILLE, TENN July 24, 2014 - Taylor Swift, the Zac Brown Band and Eric Church are among the first artists confirmed for the iHeartRadio Music Festival to be held Sept. 19-20 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Kacey Musgraves has also been confirmed for the daytime iHeartRadio Music Festival Village stage.
The festival offers artists of all genres, from including alternative rock, EDM, pop and rap. This year's lineup will also feature Coldplay, Usher, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Motley Crue, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Paramore, Iggy Azalea, Train, Lorde, Calvin Harris, Bastille and Steve Aoki.
"We want to continue to deliver the goods for artists and help their development, and to see more great music to keep the radio industry healthy," Tom Poleman, president of Clear Channel's national programming platforms, told Billboard. "It's great to have the diversity of genres this year, too. We have Motley Crue, which is obviously very different from Train, Eric Church, or Ariana Grande, but that's what makes it so special. The festival was announced on all 840 Clear Channel radio stations, their respective websites and the iHeartRadio app. Tickets for the general public go on sale Saturday (July 26) at 1 p.m. EST via Ticketmaster.com.
THIS IS MADDIE......THIS IS TAE NASHVILLE, TENN July 24, 2014 - The sassy new tune "Girl in a Country Song" was one of the most-added songs on country radio this week. And the singers, Maddie & Tae, have more than 18,000 followers on Twitter. Yet I feel like I don't know them at all. Because, well, I don't know them at all. So when we talked on the phone the other day about their debut single, I asked Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye to identify themselves before they answered my questions.
And this is what our conversation sounded like:
"This is Maddie, and there's definitely always bad with the good," Marlow told me about the mixed reaction to the song about the downsides of being the tan-legged Juliet in a bikini top sitting on some guy's tailgate. "But we try to focus on the good. And we're getting way more good. There are more fans than people we've upset."
"This is Tae, and we're on a radio tour right now, so the reaction we're seeing has been extremely positive. That's been very gratifying," Dye said when they called me from Houston while they were still going from station to station to introduce themselves.
"This is Maddie, and you know, if the boys had to live up to the same expectations that we have to, they could not hang," she joked about the double standard behind some country songs.
"This is Tae, and we think a lot of women feel the same way that we do. It makes them feel good knowing that we're singing about something they can relate to. And if that makes them happy, that's all that matters," she said.
"This is Maddie, and you know country music is all about stories," she said, "and we're just telling ours a little differently."
"This is Tae, and honestly," she said, "it was just the right message at the right time."
"This is Maddie, and we're told a lot that we're old souls. So we're just old souls in 18 and 19-year-old bodies," she said. "We're just throwing a new perspective out."
HEY! QUIT TRYING TO PULL MY PANTS OFF. TIM MCGRAW ADDRESSES ATLANTA SLAPPING INCIDENT
NASHVILLE, TENN July 23, 2014 - Last week, Tim McGraw made headlines after video footage of a fan grabbing his pant leg and him subsequently slapping back in response hit the web.
His publicist was quick to respond saying, “€œAt the end of the night during the encore, Tim was singing out in the audience and someone firmly grabbed onto his leg and wouldn’t let go as he was moving through the crowd. He instinctively swatted to try and keep them from ripping his jeans (which they succeeded at doing!), and so he could get to more fans who were trying to slap hands with him before the end of the show.” Adding, “€œHe didn’t know who had grabbed him and was simply trying to keep his jeans from being torn.”
“Sometimes things can lose context and perspective. I reacted in an instinctive, defensive way from my perspective of what was going on,” McGraw tells ET Canada. I think it was an unfortunate situation, I think all the way around.”
“But it happened, it happened in a split second, it was pure instinctive reaction, I think you just got to move on,” he says. “It is one of those things that happen, nobody feels good about it, but there’s nothing that could be done about it. You are in that position, you are out there, you are vulnerable, things happen and sometimes you react. There’s nothing to be said about it.” Lucky Cowboy Sez: "Truck Yeah! I had the same thing happen at a festival I was appearing at. A cowgirl came up behind me and grabbed my, well you know what. I was like well the nerve of her." Ya gotta keep your hands to yerself girls! Although it was nice.
KENNY CHESNEY FANS CRASH WEBSITE THURSDAY MORNING FOR FLORA-BAMA-JAMA NASHVILLE, TENN July 19, 2014 - Kenny Chesney‘s only solo live performance of 2014 has proven to be a very hot show. The superstar revealed plans for a beach concert called the Flora-Bama Jama in a surprise announcement Wednesday (July 16). The one-time-only gig is set to take place on Aug. 16 at the Flora-Bama, a celebrated venue located where Orange Beach and Gulf Shores meet Perdido Key on the Alabama/Florida border.
The show is free, and Chesney set up a special portal at his website where fans could RSVP to get a chance to redeem a wristband, which will allow them access to the concert. When that portal opened at 7AM Thursday morning (July 17), the overwhelming demand actually crashed the site. When the portal re-opened at 7:30AM, the wrist bands for the fenced-in beach area were gone in less than five minutes.
“Maybe the fans are as hungry to see me as I am them,” Chesney says. “’Cause I can’t wait to get out there and play. As I’ve said: I really miss not playing shows, seeing the people and having that exchange of energy that we have every night! The No Shoes Nation always brings it, and brings it hard –- and they push me to be a better artist.”
Chesney has taken 2014 off from the road to focus on his new album, ‘The Big Revival,’ which is set to drop on Sept. 23. He has already released the video for the album’s lead single, ‘American Kids,’ which has become his fastest-breaking song at country radio in years.
GARTH BROOKS CONFIRMS IRELAND DATES ARE CANCELED ATLANTA FAN ANDY ROBERTS JUST CONFIRMED THAT GARTH WILL LAUNCH HIS WORLD TOUR IN CHICAGO. NASHVILLE, TENN July 14, 2014 - The Irish council has ruled to not allow the licenses for all five of Garth Brooks comeback shows, which were to take place July 25-29 at Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland, according to the singer. In a statement released Monday (July 14), Brooks says refunds will be handled by Ticketmaster. Ticketmaster’s Ireland website has set refunds to begin Thursday, July 17.
“I have always been advised to NEVER send a message in ‘the moment.’ It is said it is best to take a walk, wait awhile, and think about it,” Brooks said via a statement. “With that said, I just received the news the Irish council cannot change their earlier ruling to not allow the licenses for all five shows. To say I am crushed is an understatement. All I see is my mother’s face and I hear her voice. She always said things happen for a reason and for the right reason. As hard as I try, I cannot see the light on this one. So it is with a broken heart, I announce the ticket refunds for the event will go as posted by Ticketmaster.
“I want to thank the Irish authorities for going the distance for all of us who wanted to share songs and dance together. I really want to thank all the people around the world that continued to think good thoughts that this would actually happen. Most of all, to Peter Aiken and those 400,000 people who believed enough to go through what they have been through to get to this point…I love you, always have, always will. I encourage any and all of them that can come see the show, at some point around the world, to bring your Irish flags and wave them proudly at the concerts. I will be looking for you.…garth.”
Last week, during a press conference announcing his new album, tour, and partnership with Sony Music, Brooks took time to express his desire to hold all five concerts in Ireland. Brooks addressed the situation saying, “Today is a day of joy, but it is also under a cloud.” At the time, Brooks said his equipment and crew were still en route to the shows, and that he was optimistic there would be a last minute allowance by the Irish council.
Some Brooks fans may still find today to be one of joy, as Atlanta fan Andy Roberts just confirmed that Brooks will launch his world tour in Chicago.
LAS VEGAS ANNOUNCES INAUGURAL COUNTRY MUSIC FEST - THE 'RT. 91 HARVEST FEST' LAS VEGAS, NV July 18, 2014 - MGM Resorts International and Live Nation announced this morning their new music festival: Route 91 Harvest. Originally known as Route 91, the three-day country music extravaganza takes its name from Las Vegas Boulevard. The inaugural festival from Oct. 3-5 will include country superstars Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley and Brantley Gilbert performing at the Lot across from Luxor.
The lineup also includes Tyler Farr, Dwight Yoakam, Randy Houser, Dustin Lynch, Neal McCoy, Charles Esten and Clare Bowen from ABC’s “Nashville,” Dan + Shay, Josh Thompson, Sam Hunt, Ashley Monroe, Lindsay Ell and Dee Jay Silver.
Three-day passes start at $169 and go on sale Friday, Aug. 1, at 10 a.m. PT. For more info, go to RT91Harvest.com. Route 91 Harvest attendees can take advantage of special room rates at all MGM Resorts properties.
“Las Vegas and country music are synonymous with over-the-top events, and we know that Route 91 Harvest will deliver the latest, greatest experience for fans from all over the world,” said Brian O’Connell, Live Nation president of country touring, in a news release. Follow Route 91 Harvest updates at www.Rt91Harvest.com - Facebook at Facebook.com/Route91Harvest, Twitter @Route91Harvest and Instagram at route91harvest.
IT'S OFFICIAL! - FIRST CITY FOR GARTH'S TOUR IS THE WINDY CITY, CHICAGO! NASHVILLE, TENN July 15, 2014 - Brooks is expected to officially announce the first city of his world tour on Tuesday. Monday Brooks told Atlanta-based fan Andy Roberts the tour would launch in Chicago. Stay tuned for more cities and dates.
TRACY LAWRENCE TO HEADLINE CLARKSVILLE RIVERFEST SEPT. 6 CLARKSVILLE, TENN July 15, 2014 — Riverfest is excited to announce that multi-platinum CMA and ACM award-winning recording artist Tracy Lawrence will be the featured headliner at the 2014 festival. He will take the main stage as the headlining event on Saturday, Sept. 6, according to a city news release. The concert is free and open to the public. The City of Clarksville's 27th annual Riverfest is a two-day music and arts festival that takes place Sept. 5 and 6 alongside the Cumberland River at McGregor Park.
JOSH TURNER CONCERT TO SUPPORT JOHN HIATT FUND NASHVILLE, TENN July 15, 2014 - On Oct. 15, MCA Nashville’s Josh Turner and Country duo Striking Matches will take the stage at the historic Ryman Auditorium for the 17th annual Concert for Cumberland Heights. This fundraiser supports the private, nonprofit alcohol and drug addiction center Cumberland Heights’ John Hiatt Fund for adolescent and young adult treatment.
Since Hiatt began the benefit in 1996, nearly $2 million has been raised to support adolescents and young adults, ages 14-24 and their families through the substance abuse recovery process. Tickets will go on sale on July 18 at ticketmaster.com. For sponsorship or ticket information contact Merrill Derrick at 615-432-3226
ARTISTS ANNOUNCED FOR WSIX 2014 GUITAR-B-QUE NASHVILLE, TENN July 15, 2014 - Nashville’s The Big 98/WSIX will host its 2014 Guitar-B-Que benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at Losers Bar & Grill on Wednesday, Aug. 13. Billy Currington is this year’s headliner, along with Tyler Farr, Eric Paslay, The Cadillac Three, Brothers Osborne, and Lindsay Ell. For more details, visit wsix.com.
SARAH DARLING VOTED OFF 'RISING STAR' GETS INVITE FROM BRAD TO OPRY NASHVILLE, TENN July 14, 2014 - Sarah Darling was essentially voted off of Rising Star on Sunday (July 13), but her consolation prize ain't all bad. She's going to play the Grand Ole Opry with Brad Paisley on July 18.
Sunday night's show was the start of the duels, meaning that the 20 contestants who have won on the show so far have to go head-to-head in mini competitions. As host Josh Groban said, they have to "win or go home" and "face the wall and each other."
But other than that, there was no pressure at all. Darling was up against Megan Tibbits, who isn't country but does have one of those sweet soft voices like Darling's. She also plays about as many instruments as Hunter Hayes. After her performance, Paisley was impressed by Tibbits' command of her instruments.
But he was also impressed with Darling's cover of Lee Ann Womack's "I Hope You Dance." He voted yes, and Darling was very close to beating her competition's score, but she just didn't get there. "Well, it's difficult on a show like this -- with a style that you have -- for you to project the way that it does when somebody's more of a gymnast vocally," Paisley told Darling. "But I thought what you did, you did really, really well."
Then he told her, "Why don't you come to the Opry, and we'll welcome you home." He even tweeted the invitation, making it official: "So I meant it @Sarahdarling -- come to the @Opry friday night and let us welcome you home to Nashville."
"So I'm a little disappointed about tonight but really looking forward to playing the Grand Ole Opry with @BradPaisley on Friday," she replied, adding that God has something amazing planned for her.
MOTHER BREASTFEEDING AT BRAD PAISLEY CONCERT ASKED TO LEAVE SAN DIEGO, CA July 13, 2014 A mother who was asked by police officers to leave the pit area of a concert in San Diego because they feared the 4-month-old could be injured says she was asked to leave because she had been breastfeeding her child in public.
Megan Christopherson was at a Brad Paisley concert in San Diego on Thursday night when an officer from the Chula Vista Police Department asked her to leave the area, saying the child could be crushed from a potential surge from the crowd or could be impacted from loud noise coming from speakers. "Where you're at, your child could get crushed,' the officer says. "We're afraid your child's eardrums are being hurt."
But Christopherson argues that the baby, Gracie, who was asleep, was fine and that she had recently taken the infant to another concert at the same venue and had no problems with security. She also tells the officer that she thinks she's being ejected from the area because other security personnel had allegedly told her to stop breastfeeding because people were complaining. Ultimately the officer gives her two options: Go to a seated area free of charge or leave the concert and get a refund. Christopherson left with her baby and her 8-year-old daughter.
SHANIA TWAIN HINTS OF A NEW TOUR
NASHVILLE, TENN July 12, 2014 - Since 2012 Shania Twain‘s fans have traveled to her during her Shania…Still The One residency at Las Vegas’ Caesar’s Palace. With her commitment with Caesar’s Palace set to run out in July, the entertainer says she is considering bringing her show to the fans. According to an interview with the Calgary Herald, the Canada native says that she and her team are “looking at some dates already, probably in the spring.” Twain hints that an announcement could come after her commitment to Caesars ends, and after another event in P.E.I. in August. The singer’s shows this week, July 9-10, at the Calgary Stampede also signal her return to the stage.
“I think I’m going to do more,” she says. “I guess it’s just something I’m enjoying more now than I have in a long time. Vegas has been a really good transition for me to get back onstage again, and I guess I’m enjoying it. So why not do more?”
Twain says that touring will not necessarily coincide with a new album project, though she says she has plans to return to the studio this year.
“It’s my priority this year and I will be in the studio as soon as I can get in, get my ducks in a row—I’m working on it all the time right now,” she says. “I’ve been writing for it for a long time now, I’ve got lots of things so it’s really about putting the puzzle together now.”
WHAT TO DO WITH THE OLD NASHVILLE CONVENTION CENTER?
NASHVILLE, TENN July 12, 2014 - After the opening of the Music City Center, Nashville has plans for the location of its existing convention center. In December 2013, a plan was proposed to replace the existing structure with a one-million-square-foot, mixed-use development. New renderings of the project, designed by Gresham, Smith & Partners, have been released.
As previously reported, the new building will also include underground parking and entertainment complexes. A plaza-like setting along Fifth Avenue will provide a new showcase for the Ryman Auditorium.
The structure will include 840,000-square-feet of office space, a 673-room Nashville Renaissance hotel, along with 244,000 square feet of retail space, and a 50,000 square feet National Museum of African American Music. The latest renderings showcase a multi-story retail space with glass towers. Construction is estimated to begin in 2017, with an opening tentatively slated for 2019.
CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL: 'COUNTRY'S NIGHT TO ROCK' AIRING AUGUST 5 NASHVILLE, TENN July 12, 2014 - Dierks Bentley, Jason Aldean, Hunter Hayes, Brad Paisley, The Band Perry and numerous other Country artists will be featured in CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock, which is slated to air Tuesday, Aug. 5, beginning at 8 p.m. ET on ABC Television Network. The television special will be hosted for the second year by current CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town.
This marks the 10th time ABC will broadcast the special. The television event first aired in 2004, and moved to ABC in 2005. The annual special will continue to air on ABC through 2021. Viewership for 2013's CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock, grew by 46 percent over 2012, and by 33 percent in the adults 18-49 demographic. CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock is executive-produced by Robert Deaton.
DIERKS BENTLEY ANNOUNCES 2014 'MILES AND MUSIC FOR KIDS' CONCERT NASHVILLE, TENN July 8, 2014 - JUST ANNOUNCED: Kip Moore joins Dierks Bentley's 'Miles and Music For Kids' celebrity motorcycle ride and all-star concert scheduled for Sept. 28 in Nashville, TN!
NASHVILLE CELEBRATES JULY 4TH WITH SPECTACULAR SHOW ESTIMATED 285,000 TURN ON FOR MUSIC CITY'S 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION
NASHVILLE, TENN July 5, 2014 - An estimated 285,000 people descended on downtown Nashville Friday for the annual Fourth of July celebration, “Let Freedom Sing!” This was a record number for the event. People showed up from Ohio, Florida, and New Jersey, just to name a few. "They say it's one of the best in the country," said Jeanine Malloy of Chicago. Others said they came to see Billy Currington perform. People even traveled from other countries to experience the show first hand. "I love the experience," said Alida Aspelund of Sweden. Nashville recently ranked second in the country for the best firework display. New York City was No. 1.
Downtown Nashville buzzed with a red, white and blue tinge on Friday evening, even hours before the July 4 fireworks lit up the sky. Before the sun set just after 8 p.m., tens of thousands had crammed into Lower Broadway to stake out seating for the fireworks show or jam out to the country musicians onstage.
Activities began at noon, and concerts started at 6:45 p.m. on the Jack Daniels Main Stage at 1st and Broadway, with performances from Striking Matches, Ashley Monroe and headliner Billy Currington. This year’s show was 27-minutes long, making it longest in Music City history and the largest in the South. It is also unique in that it is choreographed to a live performance by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.Don't you know that traffic was a nightmare trying to get out of downtown after the fireworks. Backups lasted until 1:30am.
FOR TAYLOR SWIFT THE FUTURE OF MUSIC IS A LOVE STORY _THE WALL STREET JOURNAL NASHVILLE, TENN July 8, 2014 - Taylor Swift has penned her thoughts on the future of the music industry in an essay, titled “For Taylor Swift, The Future of Music is a Love Story,” for the Wall Street Journal. Swift offered her thoughts on maintaining a decades-long artist-fan relationship, the value of music, and the progression–and, according to Swift, the fading-of music genres.
“Another theme I see fading into the gray is genre distinction,” Swift wrote. “These days, nothing great you hear on the radio seems to come from just one musical influence. The wild, unpredictable fun in making music today is that anything goes. Pop sounds like hip hop; country sounds like rock; rock sounds like soul; and folk sounds like country—and to me, that’s incredible progress.” For the full essay, visit www.wsj.com.
MIRANDA LAMBERT, NATALIE HEMBY AND NICOLLE GALYON HONORED FOR "AUTOMATIC" NASHVILLE, TENN July 2, 2014 - No, it wasn’t a remake of Miranda Lambert’s “Only Prettier” video, but a similar sock hop theme abounded at Nashville event space aVenue on Monday (June 30) as Lambert and co-writers Natalie Hemby and Nicolle Galyon celebrated Lambert’s seventh No. 1 single as an artist (and fifth as a songwriter), “Automatic.” Industry members donned their favorite full-skirted dresses, bobby socks, hair scarves, and suits—or in the case of Sony/ATV’s Troy Tomlinson, a letterman jacket—to honor the chart-topping single with a 1950s-themed party. An archway of balloons welcomed guests as they entered the party. Miranda even got a new hair do.
(Pictured (L-R): BMI writers Nicolle Galyon, Miranda Lambert, Natalie Hemby. It also marked another milestone for Lambert. “You signed with Sony/ATV 12 years ago today,” Tomlinson told the singer-songwriter. “There are very few real artists and it’s a pleasure to be in the presence of a real artist. You exemplify that.” To commemorate 12 years with the company, Lambert was gifted with a 1955 RCA Victrola record player and matching records case. Sony/ATV worked with American Pickers to find the pristine record player, and filled the records case with records from the Sony/ATV Tree catalog from the past 40 years.
Overton reminded the crowd that Lambert is the only artist to debut all five of her first albums at the top of the Country charts. Her latest, Platinum, debuted at the top of the all-genre Soundscan chart, and sales of this album have been 30 percent stronger than that of her last project.
TAYLOR SWIFT'S 'RED' TOUR HIGHEST GROSSING COUNTRY RUN EVER NASHVILLE, TENN July 6, 2014 - Taylor Swift’s blockbuster Red tour has set the all-time record for highest grossing single tour by a Country artist. According to Billboard Boxscore, the 15-month outing grossed $150 million, besting the record set by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s Soul2Soul tour during 2006 and 2007, which made $141 million. The Red tour sold over 1.7 million tickets and included 86 concerts, 15 of which were at stadiums. Swift’s four continent, 12 country extravaganza began on March 13, 2013. The first leg ran for six months in North America and closed with a three-show stand in Nashville in September. Swift wrapped 2013 with concerts in Australia and New Zealand. She traveled to Europe and Asia in 2014. The tour closed June 12 with a performance in Singapore.
SARAH DARLING COVERS SUMMER ISSUE OF WHOAwomen LOS ANGELES, CA July 2, 2014 – WHOAwomen Magazine welcomes country music’s sweetheart and ABC’s “Rising Star” contestant Sarah Darling, as the cover girl for the July issue, which is on stands now. Darling opens up to Laine Lawson Craft, editor of the women’s publication, about how her faith is the foundation of her life.
Darling shares with the magazine: “To me, faith is like the rock that kind of binds all of it together. I think that if I did not have my faith in Christ, I could not do this career or have the patience of perseverance to go along with it. Faith keeps me in the right place and everything in perspective.”
Additionally, the critically acclaimed singer/songwriter shares with WHOAwomen about her growing business ventures making French pastries and her new boot line in partnership with Durango Footwear. Darling also reveals how dating a “bad boy” launched her into stardom: “I ended up dating this bad boy, wrote a ton of songs about this relationship. At the time I was wondering why on earth God put me in this tumultuous part of my life. But you know that it is true about being shaken up-sometimes it just stresses to you to do amazing things. After writing all of these songs, I started playing them out live and had no idea that they were even good…I just did my thing and I got signed to a label in Nashville pretty quickly after three years of being here and after singing my songs out.”
Sarah Darling is a small-town girl from Mitchellville, Iowa, raised up on Country and Gospel music. Her grandfather introduced her to the iconic sounds of legendary artists such as Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash. As her girl-next-door’s sound rings true, Darling’s musicality expanded from traditional with a flare of new country. Her influences ranged from Shania Twain, Alison Krauss to Fleetwood Mac, Carrie Underwood, Sheryl Crow and Tom Petty to develop Darlings unique style. When Sarah Darling is not singing or writing this fashionista enjoys cooking sweets, such as her popular macaroons, and spending time with family and friends. www.sarahdarling.com
NASHVILLE'S ANNUAL 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS NAMED ONE OF THE BEST IN THE USA NASHVILLE, TENN July 4, 2014 - NUMBER 2 ON THE LIST Nashville's annual fireworks show at LP Field has been named one of the best shows in the country by the American Pyrotechnics Association. This year's show, "Let Freedom Sing," is scheduled to run 27 minutes and will be set to a performance by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. The nearly half-hour show will be the largest fireworks display in the South, according to the APA.
"We've come a long way in 10 years," said Butch Spyridon of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau. "The whole goal was to have something the community would be proud of and a destination event. I think we've accomplished that, but as long as someone is in front of us, then we need to try harder."
The show is called a "mega display" by the APA, which ranked Nashville alongside New York City, Las Vegas, Boston and San Diego as the biggest and best shows in the country. The group listed several other "must-see" fireworks events, but Nashville is the only city in the Southeast to make the cut.
TAYLOR SWIFT STALKER ORDERED TO STAY AWAY FOR NEXT THREE YEARS NASHVILLE, TENN July 4, 2014 - Taylor Swift is safe from a stalker who allegedly threatened to "kill any man" who came between him and the singer -- a judge just ordered him to stay 100 yards away from her for the next 3 years.
Swift obtained a temporary restraining order earlier this month against Timothy Sweet, who allegedly believes he's married to the singer. Swift claims Sweet vowed to murder anyone who came between them, including Secretary of State John Kerry.
The temporary restraining order was extended Tuesday to 3 years. Sweet is also forbidden from going near Taylor's parents. Swift claims Sweet has harassed her since January 2011 ... bombarding her with emails, letters, and social media posts professing his love for her. You might say ... she knew he was trouble.
CMA AWARDS: FIRST ROUND OF VOTING HAS BEGUN BY CMA MEMBERS NASHVILLE, TENN July 4, 2014 - The first round of nominations are open for the CMA Awards. Official ballots for the Nominating Round of voting for the 2014 CMA Awards were e-mailed to eligible CMA members Thurs., July 3, 2014. The polls will close precisely at 5 p.m. CT on Mon., July 14, 2014. Lucky Cowboy Sez: "I have voted and I'll tell you it's gonna be a hard year to pick the top winners. So many great songs and artists out there."
JEWEL & TY GETTING DIVORCE AFTER SIX YEARS NASHVILLE, TENN July 3, 2014 - Jewel and husband Ty Murray are splitting after six years of marriage. "My husband, friend and partner have decided to get a divorce," the singer wrote in a blog post Wednesday. "Ty and I have always tried to live the most authentic life possible, and we wanted our separation as husband and wife to be nothing less loving than the way we came together." "For some time we have been engaged in private and difficult, but thoughtful and tender undoing of ourselves. Allowing ourselves the time and space to redefine what we are to each other with love rather than with malice." Jewel, 40, and Murray, 44, married quietly in the Bahamas in 2008 after dating for a decade. They have one child, son Kase Townes, who turns 3 next week.
KATY PERRY RECALLS NASHVILLE PAST AT SOLD-OUT CONCERT FRIDAY NIGHT NASHVILLE, TENN June 28, 2014 - 14 years ago, a promising teenaged singer named Katy Hudson came to Nashville with dreams of Christian music stardom. She lived out of a Franklin hotel, performed at the Bluebird Cafe and released a debut album that failed to crack any charts.
On Friday, Katy Perry — currently one of the biggest pop stars on the planet — took the stage in Nashville for a sold-out concert at Bridgestone Arena, treating fans to a night of tunes that included her eight No. 1 hits. But as big a star as she's become, Katy Perry hadn't forgotten that she and Katy Hudson were the same person.
"My old stomping grounds," Perry said with a smile on Friday, looking out at a sea of screaming fans. "Nashville! It's a Friday night and you're with me for a solid two hours. I hope you're OK with that, because for the next two hours, it's gonna be a singalong."
KATY TAKES TRIP TO DOLLYWOOD Katy Perry, took a trip to Dollywood on Thursday and sang nothing but praises for the East Tennessee theme park. While she was there, Perry and her dancers rode the Wild Eagle, the Tennessee Tornado, and Thunderhead. She even stayed to watch the fireworks. While in the park, the pop princess ate at Aunt Granny's buffet. Perry tweeted she "tore up" Dollywood's turkey legs and barbecue.
DOLLY IN LONDON
Dolly Parton performs on the main Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival on June 29, 2014 in Glastonbury, England. DOLLY PARON THRILLS CROWD OF 150,000 AT GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL LONDON (AP) June 30, 2014 - 68 year old Dolly Parton has won over legions of hard rock fans at England's Glastonbury Festival, one of the biggest events on the summer calendar. The country legend played many of her hits to a crowd estimated at 150,000 people in her first ever performance at the often muddy festival at Worthy Farm in southwest England.
Parton told the crowd at the Sunday show that she had been waiting her entire lifetime for a chance to perform at Glastonbury. She penned and performed a special song about mud to mark the occasion, even though the day proved mostly sunny and fair.
Before the set, Parton told reporters she had to cut the length of her show to meet the festival timetable and decided to focus on her more upbeat songs. "I thought, well, I can't do a bunch of sad, slow songs because everybody is drunk and high and we don't want to bring them down that bad, so there are two or three songs that they have to hear like maybe 'Coat of Many Colors' and a few things that are a part of my whole life and my background," she said. "But we've tried to do a set where we can kind of keep it moving pretty good."
DOLLY PARTON RECEIVES 100 MILLION ALBUM SALES AWARD DURING GLASTONBURY APPEARANCE SOMERSET, UK June 29, 2014 – The most celebrated female in country music history, Dolly Parton, receives, yet, another accolade for RIAA gold, platinum, and multi-platinum career sales of more than 100 million albums worldwide. While attending the historic Glastonbury Music Festival, Dolly took time to speak to journalists before hitting the Pyramid stage in front of a crowd exceeding 100,000 music loving fans. During Dolly’s press event, BBC2 Radio’s Lauren Laverne introduced CTK Management CEO and Dolly Records President Danny Nozell and Glastonbury owner Michael Eavis who made the special plaque presentation which commemorated her sales of 100 million albums worldwide.
“I’ve been so busy making records for the past several decades, I didn’t realize I had racked up so many sales. What a great honor to know that I have so many fans that have supported me through the years. Thanks to the RIAA for the acknowledgment and the plaque I feel very honored and proud,” says Dolly Parton.
2014 has continued to bring Dolly career milestones as her 42nd studio album, BLUE SMOKE, is her highest charting solo album ever in both the United States (landing at #6 on Billboard Top 200) and in the United Kingdom (landing at #6 on the UK official chart).
Parton's chart history on the Top Country Albums chart is more befitting of her living-legend status: She's notched 42 top 10 albums, with six of them going to No. 1. On the Hot Country Songs chart, she holds the record for the most No. 1s among women, with 25. More information on Dolly Parton please visit: www.dollypartonentertainment.com or Facebook: Facebook.com/DollyParton
DOLLY'S UK & EUROPE BLUE SMOKE UPCOMING TOUR DATES: Jun 29 England, Glastonbury - Glastonbury Festival July 02 England, Nottingham - Capital FM Arena July 05 Germany, Cologne - LANXESS Arena July 06 Germany, Berlin - o2 World July 08 Denmark, Copenhagen - Forum July 09 Norway, Oslo - Spektrum July 11 Sweden, Stockholm - THE GLOBE July 14 Switzerland, Locarno, Moon & Stars
TEEN CHOICE AWARDS 2014 ANNOUNCE NOMINEES NASHVILLE, TENN June 25, 2014 - Taylor Swift, Lucy Hale, Luke Bryan, Hunter Hayes, Jake Owen, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Jana Kramer, Kacey Musgraves, Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Parmalee, The Band Perry, The Black Keys, and Zac Brown Band are all nominated for the 2014 Teen Choice Awards.
The Teen Choice Awards will air Sunday, Aug. 10 on Fox, beginning at 8 p.m. ET. Fans ages 13-19 can vote once per day per category for their favorite Teen Choice 2014 “Wave One” nominees at teenchoiceawards.com. Hosts, performers, presenters, and additional nominees have yet to be announced. For a full list of nominees and categories, visit teenchoiceawards.com.
THE RYMAN AUDITORIUM TO UNDERGO $14 MILLION EXPANISON AND RENOVATIONS
NASHVILLE, TENN June 27, 2014 - The Ryman Auditorium is set to undergo a $14 million expansion that will add a cafe, multi-media tour, new event facility, as well as renovations for the box office, restrooms, concessions, lobby and merchandising areas, it was revealed during a press conference this morning. The actual music venue will not be affected. The expansion, which will happen on the 4th Ave. N. side of the building, will add a brick and glass structure that extends from the building to 4th Ave. The company hopes to launch renovations later this summer, with a July 2015 completion date.
The Ryman Auditorium was built in 1892, and was originally a Union Gospel Tabernacle church. The building was used for Grand Ole Opry broadcasts from 1943 until 1974, when the Opry moved to its current home at the Grand Ole Opry House. After the Opry moved to its new home, the Ryman was nearly torn down, and remained vacant and in disrepair for 20 years. In 1994, the Ryman was restored to a national showplace for various styles of music. It is regarded as the “Mother Church of Country Music.”
DARRYL WORLEY PLANS ANNUAL TENNESSEE RIVER RUN IN SAVANNAH, TN
NASHVILLE, TENN June 27, 2014 - Darryl Worley has announced plans for his annual Tennessee River Run. It will take place Sat., August 9 in downtown Savannah, Tenn. In its 13th year, the event has raised over $1.4 million to help organizations including schools, libraries, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and Boys & Girls clubs.
The event will start at 12:00 p.m. with children’s games and activities. Live music begins at 12:30 including The Ben Parker Project, Crossroads, Cruzer, Parker Forbes/Everson, Surviving Allison, Bryan Moffitt Band and Dead Horse. Worley’s performance will close out the evening. More info here: darrylworleyfoundation.org
LORETTA LYNN TO PLAY RYMAN AUDITORIUM FOR TWO SHOW OCTOBER 10-11 NASHVILLE, TENN June 25, 2014 - Loretta Lynn will return to Nashville in October for a two-night stand at the Ryman Auditorium. The country music legend will headline two shows at the famed venue on October 10 and 11. Tickets are $45, $55 and $75 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Fri., June 27 at Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com, the Ryman box office or by calling 1-800-745-3000. At 82, Lynn is still a frequent sight on stage — on tours and at her ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. In 2013, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom as part of a class of honorees that included former President Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey.
AMERICAN IDOL SEASON 14 ANNOUNCES THE JUDGES NASHVILLE, TENN June 24, 2014 - Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban have all officially signed on to return to American Idol for its 14th season, Fox announced on Monday. Also set to return to the longrunning reality hit? Ryan Seacrest, who will continue to host (and drag out long pauses).
"I am thrilled our consummate host, Mr. Ryan Seacrest, is returning for Season 14, together with Jennifer, Harry and Keith," American Idol 's creator and executive producer Simon Fuller said in a statement. "Their interaction, warmth and experience made them an absolute joy to watch. I can't wait to see their evolution together continue next season."
KENNY CHESNEY'S 'AMERICAN KIDS' MAKES IMPRESSIVE DEBUT ON RADIO
NASHVILLE, TENN June 24, 2014 - Kenny Chesney knew he had something special when he heard “American Kids,” but he didn’t think he’d hit the kind of nerve the decidedly icon-invoking tribute to being young and alive in the U.S. has struck. Hitting radio Friday, June 20 at 6 a.m., the first single from Chesney’s eagerly anticipated fall release debuted at No.27 on Billboard and No.31 on Country Aircheck/Mediabase. With little more than two days play, it topped iTunes Country Songs chart and hit the all-genre Top 10 over the weekend.
“I knew it was one of the freshest things in a long time when I heard it,” says the songwriter from Luttrell, Tennessee. “And then I heard it on the radio, and I couldn’t believe how great it sounded! ‘American Kids’ sounded as freewheeling and free-spirited as the folks I’m singing about… and no matter how old you are, I promise, unless you were one of those kids who just didn’t like fun, you know just how alive this feels.” “American Kids” celebrates how people live, capturing the details, realities and euphoria that defines being wildly alive.
NASHVILLE SOUNDS BASEBALL WILL HAVE A NEW HIGH-TECH GUITAR SCOREBOARD
NASHVILLE, TENN June 24, 2014 - Greer Stadium's most iconic feature will live on in the new home of the Nashville Sounds, but in a high-tech, upgraded version. The 4,200-square foot, guitar-shaped scoreboard at First Tennessee Park will have a high-definition screen and be "one of the largest in minor league baseball," according to the Sounds. Nashville Sounds will have a new guitar-shaped, high-definition scoreboard at First Tennessee Park, the team and Mayor Karl Dean announced.
The stadium in Sulphur Dell is scheduled to open for the start of the 2015 season. Friday's announcement that its scoreboard would resemble the one which has loomed over Greer Stadium since 1993 made a lot of Sounds fans happy. The Sounds had previously said the old scoreboard — which was the brainchild of original team owner Larry Schmittou and cost $400,000 to build — would not be moving to the new park. Though outdated and difficult to maintain, it is uniquely Music City. The cost of the new model has yet to be determined — the Sounds are awaiting final bids from vendors who want to build it.
CMA MUSIC FEST BY THE NUMBERS
NASHVILLE, TENN June 24, 2014 - With 2014's CMA Music Festival successfully wrapped for another year, satisfying scores of fans with 150+ hours of music, here is a look at the hard numbers from the four-day music extravaganza.
CMA Music Festival By The Numbers:
■ Generates more than $31-million in visitor spending ■ $9 million donated to Keep The Music Playing since 2006 ■ 2.25 million, CMA’s total aggregate digital audience, up 18 percent since June 2013 ■ 143,000-plus fans at Chevrolet Riverfront Stage ■ $100,000 raised in the CMA Celebrity Auction for Keep the Music Playing ■ 80,000 fans per day, matching 2013’s attendance record ■ 63,000-plus visitors at AT&T U-verse Fan Fair X to see more than 500 artists ■ 38,000-plus downloads of the free festival app ■ 600-plus journalists, photographers, producers, and videographers ■ 450 participating artists ■ 230 domestic and international media outlets ■ 150-plus hours of concerts ■ 60 corporate brands participating, up 39 percent from 2013 ■ 50-plus artists at The Nightly Concerts at LP Field ■ 24 countries represented among attendees ■ 18 ambulance transports ■ 15 weeks in advance tickets sold out, setting a record ■ 11 stages, including the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage? (more than 50 artists and 22 hours of concerts), Bud Light Stage at Bridgestone Arena Plaza? (51 artists, 18 hours), Samsung Galaxy Stage in Walk of Fame Park, Nightly Concerts at LP Field, and BMI Tailgate Party.
As previously announced, the television special CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock will air Tuesday, Aug. 5 (8 PM/ET). The special debuted in 2004 and this is the 11th year the special will air on ABC.
CMA Music Festival will be held June 11-14, 2015. Ticket sales are 28 percent ahead of last year with 75 percent of available tickets already sold. To purchase tickets online, visit CMAfest.com.
AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS TO AIR IN DECEMBER ON FOX NASHVILLE, TENN June 20, 2014 - Yeah, we need another award show right? The American Country Countdown Awards will debut live from Nashville on Monday, Dec. 15, on Fox. The show is a joint venture from Fox, Cumulus and Dick Clark Productions. The show will also pay tribute to the first-ever “NASH Icon” award winner. American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks celebrates its 41st year as America’s longest-running country music countdown show on radio. American Country Countdown launched in 1973.
ACME FEED & SEED TO OPEN AS A NEW DOWNTOWN BAR & RESTAURANT ALAN JACKSON ONE OF THE PARTNERS
NASHVILLE, TENN June 3, 2014 - Acme Feed & Seed, the restaurant/bar helmed by partner proprietors Alan Jackson, Steve Moore, George Boedecker and Nancy Russell, is on track to open this month. Celebrated caterer/restauranteur Tom Morales is supervising development of the establishment at 101 Broadway (First & Broadway across from Hard Rock Cafe). Each floor of the three-story building will have a different atmosphere.
The first floor, an updated take on the classic honky-tonk, will offer internationally-inspired street-food such as hot chicken sandwiches, Mexican street corn and Thai shrimp fried rice, all designed by executive chef Matt Farley (The Southern Steak & Oyster, Loveless Café, Noho Star). At night it will transform into a “funky-tonk” grooving to all different genres.
The second floor will be a lounge offering handcrafted cocktails, dishes designed to share, and vintage games. The third floor will be home to an event and music venue called The Hatchery at Acme. There will also be a rooftop bar. The building, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, was called the Acme Feed & Hatchery.
MIRANDA LAMBERT GIVES CARRIE UNDERWOOD A PRESENT Miranda Lambert Gives Carrie Underwood a Motorcycle! Carrie Underwood sure looks good on that "hog." The "Blown Away" singer posted a picture of her enjoying her new gift - a motorcycle from fellow country star Miranda Lambert. "Well, it's not every day @mirandalambert buys you a motorcycle!" she tweeted. "Next stop, motorcycle driving lessons!!! #RansTheBest."
MIRANDA LAMBERT'S SHOE LINE 'MIRANDA' NOW IN STORES NASHVILLE, TENN May 27, 2014 - Miranda Lambert needed a pair of cowboy boots. She wanted a heel because she's short, she said, but she didn't want a tall heel because that would be uncomfortable. She couldn't find any suitable, so she decided to take matters into her own hands.
"It all started with a cowboy boot that I wore the tail off of," Lambert said. "It's like vintage-inspired cowboy boots. I'm like, 'If I could find a comfortable cowboy boot with a heel …' Nobody has them, so we made them ourselves."
Lambert's line of shoes — called Miranda — is in stores now. Currently, the collection ranges from flip-flops (which she promises are comfortable) and sandals to boots. Locally, they are stocked at DSW, and Off Broadway carries a few styles. More styles are slated to be added soon, and Lambert said that the longer she works with the designer, the more the shoes are starting to look like her.
"I'll text (the designer) pictures of something I like, like an element of something or even a stud on a jacket, like, 'This is cool, we should incorporate it.' As time goes on, the shoes are looking more like me. This first batch has been such a cool experience to branch out in that way."
RICK MONROE HITS THE ROAD WITH ELI YOUNG BAND JAGERMEISTER'S 2014 ULTIMATE SUMMER OF MUSIC TOUR NASHVILLE, TENN May 21, 2014 - Catch Singer/Songwriter Rick Monroe on the road this summer on Jagermeister’s 2014 Ultimate Summer of Music. Rick Monroe is a tireless worker, strong songwriter and relentless performer. Monroe just keeps it rolling, releasing great music and touring. Rick’s headlined his own tours and has opened for the likes of Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Josh Thompson Pat Green, Charlie Daniels, Dwight Yoakam, Montgomery Gentry and Aaron Lewis. In 2014, his new MRG release, “It’s a Love Thing” features the emphasis tracks, Small Town, Fires Out and Great Minds Drink Alike. The EP will be released on June 3, 2014 on MRG Recordings. For more, visit www.rickmonroe.com
RICK MONROE / ELI YOUNG BAND JAGER SUMMER TOUR: 6/07 – Charlotte, NC – Coyote Joe’s 6/12 – Redding CA – Convention Center 6/13 – Sparks, NV – Nugget Casino 7/03 – Thackersville, OK – WinStar Casino 7/04 – New Braunfels, TX – Whitewater Amphitheatre 7/11 – Knoxville, TN – Tennessee Theater 8/06 – Flagstaff, AZ – Pepsi Amphitheatre 8/07 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theater 8/13 – Fargo, ND – The Venue 8/21 – College Station, TX – Hurricane Harry’s 8/23 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theater 9/03 – Cape Coral, FL – Dixie Roadhouse 9/10 – Wichita, KS – The Cotillion 9/12 – Louisville, KY – 4th St. Live 9/17 – Peoria, IL – The Limelight 9/21 – Deadwood, SD – Events Center 9/27 – St. Louis, MO – Ballpark Village
'AMERICAN IDOL' AUDITIONS COMING TO NASHVILLE NASHVILLE, TENN May 17, 2014 - The nationwide search for the next “American Idol” will include a stop in Music City. “Idol” will once again hold auditions for its 14th season in Nashville — this time at Nashville Municipal Auditorium on July 30. Auditions are open to men and women ages 15-28 and eligible to work in the U.S. More details and restrictions can be found at www.americanidol.com/auditions.
ABC's 'NASHVILLE' RETURNING TO NASHVILLE FOR SEASON 3
WE'LL BE BACK NASHVILLE! 3RD SEASON FILMING GEARING UP NASHVILLE, TENN May 16, 2014 - The ABC drama, which was renewed last week for a third season, will receive a combined $8 million incentive package from the state of Tennessee, Metro Nashville, the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. and Ryman Hospitality Properties in order to keep the production filming in Middle Tennessee.
The deal was struck after weeks of negotiations, serious flirtations with moving to Texas or Georgia and anxious waiting for news of renewal from ABC. The incentive package is lower than the Season 2 incentives, which totaled $13.25 million. I mean it would be kinda dumb to film 'Nashville' the show in Texas or wherever.
MIRANDA LAMBERT MEMORABILIA GLIMMERS AT COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME 'BACKSTAGE ACCESS'
NASHVILLE, TENN May 16, 2014 - Miranda Lambert was belle of the ball last night (May 14) at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s opening reception for her six-month exhibit, titled Miranda Lambert: Backstage Access. “It really does feel like Backstage Access to me,” Lambert said during a media gathering prior to the VIP reveal. “I think people will get a feel of what the road and business entail. There’s everything from red carpet dresses to a video outfit to a stage outfit to a tapestry from the backstage vibe room.”
Lambert’s tweets provide a narrative thread through the journey, in the same gallery space where Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood were previously showcased with their own tour memorabilia. “Everything in there has been a part of my life for the last year and a half,” Lambert continued. “It kinda becomes a whirlwind and a blur sometimes, but seeing all the beautiful stuff brings back memories of everything that happens.”
Miranda Lambert: Backstage Access opens to the public starting tomorrow (May 16) and is slated to run through Nov. 9, coinciding with museum programs including film screenings and family events.
NASHVILLE ARTISTS READY FOR GMA SUMMER CONCERT SERIES NASHVILLE, TENN May 10, 2014 - Good Morning America’s 2014 “Fun in the Sun Summer Concert Series” returns for the sixth year to New York City’s Central Park with a slew of Nashville entertainers, including Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley, Paramore and Kings of Leon.
On May 23, Lady Antebellum will kick off the multi-genre events, which are planned in Rumsey Playfield each Friday through the end of August. Paisley will wrap the summer series on Aug. 29.
Additional superstars booked for the ABC-TV events include Jennifer Lopez, Enrique Iglesias, Jason Derulo, Demi Lovato, Robin Thicke, and more. Concerts are free and open to the public and will take place live during ABC-TV’s Good Morning America broadcast, from 7-9 a.m. ET. Full line-up below.
GMA Concert Schedule: May 23: Lady Antebellum May 30: Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson* Jun 06: Demi Lovato Jun 13: Paramore Jun 20: Jennifer Lopez* Jun 27: Afrojack Jul 04: Jason Derulo Jul 11: Keith Urban Jul 18: Zedd Jul 25: Kings of Leon Aug 01: Enrique Iglesias Aug 08: Luke Bryan Aug 15: Florida Georgia Line Aug 22: Robin Thicke Aug 29: Brad Paisley
2ND ANNUAL MUSIC CITY FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL TRISHA YEARWOOD APPEARING SEPTEMBER 2O-21 NASHVILLE
NASHVILLE, TENN May 15, 2014 - The second annual Music City Food + Wine Festival is where national top chefs, winemakers, and spirits experts meet with local talent to give you a taste of Nashville’s vibrant culinary scene. Just like its inaugural year, your schedule includes an exclusive weekend filled with bites and beverages to sample and savor, over 30 demos and panels with incredible talent, and enough southern character that will make Music City feel like home for your taste buds.
The Grand Taste will showcase the cream of the crop of Nashville’s local restaurant scene, spirit connoisseurs, and more. Nosh with over 25 top local restaurants, and then chase it down with over 40 distinguished wine, beer and spirits exhibitors. From classic neighborhood dishes to rising crossovers, The Grand Taste is an all-day feast all in its own.
September 20-21 over 30 tasting sessions, cooking demonstrations, book signings and panel discussions are planned from national and local culinary experts, including Trisha Yearwood, for September afternoons at Public Square Park. A Harvest Night evening dinner will again bring signature dishes to the Walk of Fame Park. Music will pair with the evening’s dishes, curated by Kings of Leon.
Ticket options include Single Day Passes ($150 per person), Harvest Night Pass ($225 per person) or All-In Pass ($500 per person). A full cooking demo schedule will be released in June. Panelists and moderators will be announced in July. The Grand Taste schedule will be available in August. A lineup of musical guests will be revealed in summer. VISIT: www.musiccityfoodandwinefestival.com
MARTINA MCBRIDE NOVEMBER 1 AT RYMAN Martina McBride will perform at the Ryman Auditorium on Sat., Nov. 1 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $39.50 and go on sale Fri., May 9 at 10:00 A.M. via Ticketmaster outlets. McBride recently released Everlasting, where she reimagined treasured classics by artists such as Etta James, Sam Cooke and The Supremes, with the help of legendary producer Don Was.
2014 COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES ANNOUNCED: RONNIE MILSAP - MAC WISEMAN - HANK COCHRAN NASHVILLE, TENN April 22, 2014 - The 2014 Hall of Fame inductees were announced at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Tuesday morning.
Ronnie Milsap is the inductee for the Modern Era category. "I'm so grateful and I'm so honored," he said. Mac Wiseman was named the inductee for the Veteran Era category. "I'm at a loss for words to tell you how important this is to me," Wiseman said. Hank Cochran is the inductee from the Songwriter category. He died at age 74 in 2010. The first recipients of this honor, Jimmie Rodgers, Fred Rose, and Hank Williams, were inducted in 1961.
CMA created the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1961 to recognize individuals for their outstanding contributions to the format with Country Music's highest honor. Inductees are chosen by CMA's Hall of Fame Panels of Electors, which consist of anonymous voters appointed by the CMA Board of Directors. Members are inducted during a special Medallion Ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in the CMA Theater. During the Medallion Ceremony, friends and colleagues pay tribute to each inductee through words and song. Each inductees' bronze plaque is unveiled that will be on display in the Museum's rotunda.
LIVE ON THE GREEN 2014 CONCERT SERIES ADDS 3-DAY FEST We may not know who's playing this year's Live On the Green, but the annual Nashville concert series seems poised to be bigger than ever in 2014. Producers of the free outdoor event gathered at Marathon Music Works with Mayor Karl Dean on Wednesday to announce the dates — and expanded plans — for this year's series. It'll once again take place on Thursdays at Public Square Park starting August 14, but it will close its 2014 run with a free three-day festival from Thu., September 4 through Sat., September 6.
ED SHEERAN TO HEADLINE BRIDGESTONE ARENA SEPT. 13 NASHVILLE, TENN April 15, 2014 - English singer/songwriter and recent Nashville transplant Ed Sheeran revealed his first headlining arena tour in the United States today. Nashville's Bridgestone Arena made the list. Sheeran, who played the venue last September while opening for his friend, country/pop superstar Taylor Swift, will return to Bridgestone in the top spot on Sept. 13. Sheeran was the musical guest this past weekend on "Saturday Night Live," on which Nashville's Swift made a cameo. On Sunday, Swift posted a collage of photos of them together at the show on Instagram, writing "PROUD FRIEND ALERT." Ticketing information — including pricing and on-sale dates — for Sheeran's Bridgestone show is not yet available. Sheeran's second album "X" will be in stores in June.
THE NEW ADDITION OF COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME IS A MUST SEE NASHVILLE, TENN April 12, 2014 - Downtown Nashville's revitalization had certainly gotten rolling — with the opening of the Nashville Arena (now Bridgestone), the revival of Ryman Auditorium and other efforts — but at the museum's spot, south of Broadway between Fourth and Fifth avenues, there was plenty of room for growth.
Museum's new gallery includes a replica of Taylor Swift's tour bus with an interactive recording studio. The Taylor Swift Education Center is allowing the museum to welcome its largest groups of Metro Nashville public school students to date in the museum's new 800-seat theater.
On Tuesday it will celebrate the official opening of the final wings of its 210,000-square-foot expansion, concluding a massive $100 million project that's more than doubled the museum's size and connected it with the new Omni Nashville Hotel.
ERIC CHURCH WELCOMES DWIGHT YOAKAM TO 'THE OUTSIDERS WORLD TOUR NASHVILLE, TENN April 10, 2014 - Eric Church will launch the North American leg of The Outsiders World Tour on Sept. 11 in Bossier City, La. The trek’s 31 arena dates will include stops at Madison Square Garden, Quicken Loans Arena (Cleveland, Ohio), Wells Fargo Center (Philadelphia), the Sprint Center (Kansas City, Mo.), the Arena at Gwinnett Center (Atlanta), Thompson-Boling Arena (Knoxville, Tenn.), and FedExForum (Memphis, Tenn.), among others. Tickets for the shows will go on sale beginning April 18.
Dwight Yoakam will join Church for every show, along with alternating opening acts Brothers Osborne, Brandy Clark and Halestorm. Visit www.ericchurch.com
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE TO PLAY NASHVILLE AGAIN!!! NASHVILLE, TENN April 7, 2014 - If you missed the first leg of Justin Timberlake's 20/20 Experience world tour earlier this year, good news. He's baaaaaaaaaaaack! JT has added a new roster of performance dates in the USA that will kick off in July and span through the end of the year. He'll play Nashville again on December 19 at Bridgestone Arena.
KISS, DEF LEPPARD TO PLAY NASHVILLE IN JULY
(L-R) Musicians Eric Singer, Paul Stanley, Rick Allen, Joe Elliott, Phil Collen, Rick Savage, Gene Simmons, Vivian Campbell and Tommy Thayer of KISS and Def Leppard announce the "2014 Heroes Tour" at House of Blues on March 17, 2014 in West Hollywood, California.
Rock giants KISS and Def Leppard have joined forces for a co-headlining arena tour, which will hit Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on July 16. Tickets for the show are $42.50-$152.50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, March 21 via Ticketmaster. KISS will be inducted into the Rock and Roll of Fame next month, along with part-time Nashville resident John Oates (as one half of rock-soul duo Hall and Oates). KISS has announced that it will not perform at the ceremony, as they have taken issue with the Hall only choosing to induct the four original members of the band.
PLANNING A HOLIDAY VISIT TO NASHVILLE IN DECEMBER VINCE GILL & AMY GRANT SET SIX CHRISTMAS SHOW DATES AT THE RYMAN NASHVILLE, TENN April 12, 2014 - Vince Gill and Amy Grant will perform six Christmas Shows at the Ryman Auditorium in December. The two-hour show will feature the husband and wife team performing Christmas standards and newer seasonal selections. Tickets go on sale Friday, Feb. 14 at 10 a.m. CT and range from $35-$125 (plus applicable service charges), and will be available at ticketmaster.com, ryman.com, Ticketmaster outlets, the Ryman box office, or by calling 800-745-3000.
“Christmas audiences are special,” explains Grant. “They tend to involve the whole family, and their emotions are a wonderful mix of anticipation and reverence. It’s a thrilling experience for both of us.” Dates: Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11, 18, 18 2014
MAYOR OF NASHVILLE UNVEILS FINAL DESIGN FOR RIVERFRONT AMPHITHEATER
THE NEW NASHVILLE PARK AND AMPHITHEATER NASHVILLE, TENN May 20, 2014 - Mayor Karl Dean unveiled the final design and new renderings of the West Riverfront Park Monday. It’s an 11 acre civic park on the site of the former Thermal Transfer Plant. The park will include more than one mile of multi-use greenway trails, Nashville's first downtown dog park, ornamental gardens, a 1.5 acre event lawn called The Green and an amphitheater. Construction on the park began earlier this year.
This is the first phase of redevelopment for the West Riverfront Park. The master plan involves transforming 18 acres along the west side of the Cumberland River from Church Street to Korean Veterans Boulevard into a downtown park. The Metro Council approved about $35 million in three prior capital spending plans for riverfront redevelopment on the west bank. West Riverfront Park is slated to open in the summer of 2015.
WHERE THE STARS ARE IN NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE AREA LIVE CONCERT-SHOW SCHEDULE Updated 07/15/2014. Subject to Change
JUL. 16 KISS, DEF LEPPARD At Bridgestone Arena. Tickets for the show are $42.50-$152.50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, March 21 via Ticketmaster.
JUL. 18 DWIGHT YOAKAM With Justin Townes Earle July 18 6:30 pm to 11:00 pm AT THE WOODS AT FONTANEL MANSION. Whites Creek
JUL. 19 THE MYSTERY COWBOYS At Shady Cove Resort Castalian Springs, TN 7PM
JUL. 26 THE MYSTERY COWBOYS At Shady Cove Resort Castalian Springs, TN 7PM
JUL. 30 AMERICAN IDOL AUDITIONS - NASHVILLE The nationwide search for the next “American Idol” will include a stop in Music City. “Idol” will once again hold auditions for its 14th season in Nashville — this time at Nashville Municipal Auditorium on July 30. More details and restrictions can be found at www.americanidol.com/auditions.
JUL. 31 RICKY SKAGGS & KENTUCKY THUNDER Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 7:30 PM $27.50 at The Ryman Auditorium
AUG. 02 THE MYSTERY COWBOYS At Shady Cove Resort Castalian Springs, TN 7PM
AUG. 05 CMA FEST 'NIGHT TO ROCK' On ABC 8pm. Relive CMA Music Fest 2014.
AUG. 07 MILEY CYRUS IN CONCERT at Bridgestone Arena. Miley Cyrus' Bridgestone stop for the "Bangerz" tour April 18 was rescheduled to Aug. 7 due to illness.
AUG. 09 DARRYL WORLEY'S TENNESSEE RIVER RUN Savannah, TN.
AUG. 10 TEEN CHOICE AWARDS On FOX TV.
AUG. 12 JO DEE MESSINA at Cafe Fontenella - Whites Creek Pike Nashville 6:30 PM
AUG. 13 WSIX GUITAR-B-QUE - BILLY CURRINGTON At Loser's Bar Nashville. With Billy Currington, Tyler Farr, Eric Paslay, The Cadillac Three, Brothers Osborne and Lindsay Eli.
AUG. 16 THE MYSTERY COWBOYS At Shady Cove Resort Castalian Springs, TN 7PM
AUG. 19 BUCKY COVINGTON at Cafe Fontenella - Whites Creek Pike Nashville 6:30 PM
AUG. 19 ONE DIRECTION BAND 'WHERE WE ARE 2014 TOUR' At LP Field in Nashville, TN. Tickets on sale Dec. 7, 2013.
AUG. 26 MERLE HAGGARD At The Ryman Auditorium Nashville 7:30 PM
AUG. 30 THE MYSTERY COWBOYS - LUCKY COWBOY'S BIRTHDAY BASH At Shady Cove Resort Castalian Springs, TN 7PM
SEP. 06 LUCKY COWBOY'S 2014 8th ANNUAL BACKYARD BASH "LUCKYFEST" WITH THE MYSTERY COWBOYS PLUS ANGEL MARY & THE TENNESSEE WEREWOLVES and SUZI ORAVEC. 2863 HWY 25 Cottontown, TN Open to the Public. BYOB Pre-party with SUZI ORAVEC begins at 5pm, The Mystery Cowboys start at 8pm until Midnight. FREE! Bring your chair. All details on home page this site.
SEP. 06 TRACY LAWRENCE Riverfest Clarksville, TN
SEP. 13 ED SHEENAN At Bridgestone Arena Taylor Swift's friend and sidekick from her 'Red Tour' will play Bridgestone as headliner.
SEP. 13 THE MYSTERY COWBOYS At Shady Cove Resort Castalian Springs, TN 7PM
SEP. 27 THE MYSTERY COWBOYS At Shady Cove Resort Castalian Springs, TN 7PM
SEP. 28 DIERKS BENTLEY'S 'MILES AND MUSIC FOR KIDS' Ride and concert. Ends at Riverfront Park stage. Kip Moore, Chris Young, Dierks and Randy Houser.
OCT. 03 THE MYSTERY COWBOYS HALLOWEEN PARTY At Shady Cove Resort Castalian Springs, TN 7PM
OCT. 10-11 LORETTA LYNN At The Ryman Auditorium
OCT. 15 JOSH TURNER'S CONCERT BENEFIT At The Ryman Auditorium with Striking Matches.
OCT. 16 PAUL MCCARTNEY At Bridgestone Arena Nashville
OCT. 17 KIP MOORE At The Ryman Auditorium Nashville 8:00 PM
NOV. 01 MARTINA MCBRIDE At he Ryman Martina McBride will perform at the Ryman Auditorium on Sat., Nov. 1 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $39.50 and go on sale Fri., May 9 at 10:00 A.M. via Ticketmaster outlets.
DEC. 03 VINCE GILL & AMY GRANT CHRISTMAS SHOWS At The Ryman Dates: Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18 2014. Tickets $125, $75, $55 & $35 at The Ryman Auditorium
DEC. 19 JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE At Bridgestone Arena If you missed the first leg of Justin Timberlake's 20/20 Experience world tour earlier this year, he'll play Nashville again on December 19 at Bridgestone Arena. . .
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