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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
JANA KRAMER MUSIC CITY: "It's a place where Southern hospitality is doled out in super-sized portions, and where the Tennessee accent, sweet like honey molasses, is strung with phrases like "y'all" and "sure is".
TAKE ME DOWNTOWN! I don't know why you don't take me downtown like you got anywhere better to be. Talk it up and give me the go round, round like a good time tease. I'm only counting on your cancellation, When I should be counting on you at my door. Did you forget about how we went around, I don't know why you don't take me downtown anymore. Ohhhhhhhh anymore. _LADY ANTEBELLUM . .
OCTOBER 13, 2015 NASHVILLE, TN WEATHER:
FOGGY START AFTER THE RAIN. HIGH ONLY NEAR 70 TODAY. BREEZY, BLUSTRY GUSTY WINDS THIS AFTERNOON AND COLLER AIR BLOWS IN. SPECTACULAR FALL WEATHER THE REST OF THE WORK WEEK SUNNY DAYS AND TEMPS IN THE 70s. NEXT COLD FRONT COMES IN FOR THE WEEKEND. HIGHS ONLY INTO THE UPPER 60s SATURDAY AND SUNDAY WITH LOWS IN THE 40s AND WE COULD SEE OUR FIRST FROST. YUP IT'S FALL Y'ALL! After last night's rain, visibility is below 1/4 mile in many locations, and fog could hang around in some neighborhoods through 9:00 a.m. or so. Where it’s not foggy, we’ll actually expect a decent amount of sunshine. Wake up temperatures are currently falling to the lower 50s. By 8 or 9 a.m. a northwest breeze will pick up, and we could actually see gusts up to 15 mph or 20 mph through the rest of the day. Temperatures will remain in the 60s through midday, and our afternoon highs will barely push the lower 70s. That’s despite plenty of sunshine in the forecast. We’ll drop to the middle 40s in Nashville and lower 40s outside the city over the next couple of nights. A nice October-like week ahead, with highs in the 70s and crisp, cool nights and lows in the 40s. A much stronger front will push our way for next weekend, but it will not bring a very big rain chance ahead of it. We are calling for a 20% chance for rain on Friday, and behind it temperatures will really begin to fall. This weekend, highs will only be in the mid 60s, and lows Sunday morning could drop to the upper 30s to near 40, with possibly the first frost for some areas.
Time to get your pumpkins y'all. Lucky Sez: "See y'all in the pumpkin patch."
The 49th Annual CMA Awards will air live Wednesday, Nov. 4 (8:00-11 PM/ET) from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on the ABC Television Network. CMA AWARDS WILL ENTERTAIN YOU! PERFORMERS ANNOUNCED FIRST ROUND NASHVILLE, TENN October 13, 2015 - Kelsea Ballerini, Miranda Lambert, Maddie & Tae, Kacey Musgraves, and host Carrie Underwood will perform during the 49th Annual CMA Awards.
“From Miranda Lambert’s explosive debut CMA performance in New York in 2005 to Reba’s performance in that famous red dress that now resides in the Country Music Hall of Fame, the females in our format deliver some of the most dynamic and talked about awards moments and this year should be no different,” said CMA Chief Executive Officer Sarah Trahern.
Ballerini is nominated for the first time this year, earning a spot in the categories of Female Vocalist and New Artist of the Year. Lambert received her third Entertainer of the Year nomination in 2015 along with nominations for Female Vocalist, Musical Event, and Music Video of the Year for “Little Red Wagon.” Lambert is the most awarded female in CMA Awards history with 11 wins and 38 nominations.
Duo Maddie & Tae received their first nominations for Vocal Duo of the Year; Music Video of the Year for “Girl in a Country Song,” and New Artist of the Year. Musgraves, who won New Artist of the Year in 2013 and Song of the Year in 2014, has three nominations this year including Album of the Year for Pageant Material, which she co-produced with Luke Laird and Shane McAnally, Female Vocalist; and Music Video of the Year for “Biscuits.”
CMA previously announced the performance collaborations of Eric Church with iconic country rocker Hank Williams, Jr. and Thomas Rhett collaborating live with Fall Out Boy, as well as performances by CMA Awards hosts Brad Paisley and Underwood. The 49th Annual CMA Awards will air live Wednesday, Nov. 4 (8:00-11 PM/ET) from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on the ABC Television Network.
TOBY KEITH COUNTRY COVER BOY NASH COUNTRY WEEKLY NASHVILLE, TENN October 12, 2015 - The Oct. 19 NASH COUNTRY WEEKLY issue—in stores now! A fresh new album, 35 MPH Town—on sale starting today—and becoming a grandfather are just a couple things on the mind of Toby Keith these days. The always-candid singer takes on these and other topics in this exclusive interview.
SOUND CHECK! CONCERT SOUND AT THE NEW ASCEND OUTDOOR AMPHITHEATER TOO LOUD!!!
NASHVILLE, TENN October 12, 2015 - While some have given Metro government an earful about concert sound at the new Ascend Amphitheater, others who live nearby say it’s just part of the deal living downtown. This week, both the Metro Parks Department and concert operator Live Nation has released statements about concert sound complaints. Metro Parks, which oversees Ascend Operator Live Nation, released a statement this week that said:
“Both Metro Parks and Live Nation are sensitive to the concerns that have been expressed. Live Nation is voluntarily working to reduce the number of sound checks during the course of the day and to make those checks after 4 p.m. They’ve had a fairly intense schedule for the opening season, which probably added to the complaints. However, next year there will be longer intervals between concerts, which may help to alleviate some of the concerns. We will monitor the situation over the next few weeks and make appropriate recommendations, if needed. Live Nation operates these venues across the country and is very sensitive to the needs and concerns of those who live downtown and in close proximity. Folks have to remember, we had a very open and public vetting process for this facility and it was well received. We are Music City and outdoor amphitheaters and live music are now very much a part of the new and growing cosmopolitan landscape.” Parks Dept. plans to monitor future concerts with a decibel meters.
TRACE ADKINS KICKS OFF WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT 'POWER THROUGH TOUR'
NASHVILLE, TENN October 12, 2015 - Trace Adkins has teamed up with KIOTI Tractor to kick-off a year long promotion benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project on his Power Through Tour. For a $25 donation to the Wounded Warrior Project, KIOTI Tractor and Trace Adkins fans alike can enter to win Adkins’ autographed KIOTI DK65 tractor and attached front-end loader and backhoe. Participants may enter multiple times by donating in increments of $25.
The promotion is currently open for entry, and will close on Oct. 19, 2016 at 11:59:59 a.m. EST. All valid entries will be entered into the drawing for the grand prize. The winner will be announced within 30 days of the end of the Power Through Tour.
TRACE ADKINS POWER THROUGH TOUR: Oct. 03 – NCSU Ag Day – Raleigh, N.C. Oct. 20-22 – Sunbelt Ag Expo – Moultrie, Ga. Dec. 04 – ACC Football Championship – Charlotte, N.C. Feb. 03-05 – Southern Farm Show – Raleigh, N.C. Feb. 10-13 – National Farm Machinery Show – Louisville, Ky. Aug. 16-18 – Penn State Ag Progress Day – State College, Pa. Sep. 20-22 – Ohio Farm Science Review – London (Columbus), Ohio
CARRIE UNDERWOOD STORYTELLER
CARRIE UNDERWOOD LAUNCHES NEW ALBUM ON NBC OCTOBER 23 NASHVILLE, TENN October 12, 2015 - Carrie Underwood will sing on NBC’s Today on Oct. 23, the day she releases her new album, Storyteller. Her lead single from the project is “Smoke Break.” RollingStone.com and RollingStoneCountry.com premiered the lyric video earlier this week. Storyteller is produced by Jay Joyce, Mark Bright, and Zach Crowell.
BLAKE SHELTON TO BRING TOUR TO NASHVILLE IN MARCH 2016 NASHVILLE, TENN October 9, 2015 - Country crooner Blake Shelton announced Thursday he’s bringing his upcoming tour to Nashville next year. Tickets to the March 4 show at the Bridgestone Arena go on sale Oct. 17 through Ticketmaster. A presale for fan club members will begin Oct. 14 at 10 a.m.
“Man, I’m just so excited about 2016,” Shelton said. “We’ve got a new album coming out and I can’t wait to get back out on the road and play some new music for my fans. As an artist, my favorite thing to do is go on the road and play shows. I’ve missed it and it’s going to be like old times.” Tickets range in price from $29.75 to $69.75. Shelton’s latest album, “Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits,” is set to be released Oct. 23.
MIRANDA LAMBERT GETS A STAR ON NASHVILLE'S 'WALK OF FAME' NASHVILLE, TENN October 8, 2015 - Miranda Lambert was honored with a star on Nashville's Music City Walk of Fame on Tuesday afternoon, October 6.
Fellow country star Dierks Bentley presented the tribute to the "Mama's Broken Heart" songstress during the induction ceremony in the downtown Nashville.
Miranda was among four iconic figures in country music industry who were honored with a star during the event. They were Johnny Cash, former Grand Ole Opry General Manager Bud Wendell and songwriter, producer and guitarist Steve Cropper.
Tommy Cash, Johnny Cash's youngest brother, looks over his brother's new star on the Music City Walk of Fame.
Miranda said in a statement, "Thank you so much to the City of Nashville and Music City Walk of Fame for this honor and privilege. I am proud to join a heritage of other female inductees, such as Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Trisha Yearwood, Reba McEntire, Emmylou Harris and Martina McBride." "This is a milestone moment that I will cherish forever. I want to congratulate my fellow inductees, Steve Cropper, E.W. 'Bud' Wendell and the legendary Johnny Cash-just saying his name alongside mine, takes my breath away," she continued.
TOOTSIES 55TH BIRTHDAY BASH - FREE STREET PARTY ON BROADWAY OCT. 21 NASHVILLE, TENN October 6, 2015 - Famed Nashville honky-tonk Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge will celebrate its 55th anniversary with a free star-studded bash on Oct. 21. The event, which will be held outdoors on Broadway, in front of Tootsie’s, will include performances by Randy Houser, Jamey Johnson and Terri Clark, with other special guests expected to appear as well.
“We kicked the Birthday Bash off years ago at the Ryman with Kris Kristofferson, Terri Clark, Mel Tillis and Jamey Johnson,” says Tootsie’s proprietor Steve Smith. “It’s become an annual event that everyone really looks forward to. We hope everyone will come out and help us celebrate our 55th birthday!”
Tootsie’s became one of the very first venues in Nashville to offer live music after Hattie Louise “Tootsie” Bess purchased the property in 1960. Artists such as Kristofferson, Faron Young, Willie Nelson, Tom T. Hall, Hank Cochran, Tillis, Roger Miller, Webb Pierce, Waylon Jennings and Patsy Cline all got their start by performing at the lounge. www.Tootsies.net
ANGEL MARY & THE TENNESSEE WEREWOLVES NEW VIDEO COMING THIS MONTH NASHVILLE, TENN October 4, 2015 - Angel Mary & The Tennessee Werewolves Trailer to RAMBLIN....Cameos by William Lee Golden, Robert Reynolds, Doug Phelps, Manuel, and Captain Jack Aponte.....featuring Kenny Olson. Clothing Provided by: Elydjah Design and Bootights. This is gonna be one wild music video. WATCH THE TRAILER!
NEW VIDEO COMING!!! ANGEL MARY & THE TENNESSEE WEREWOLVES TRAILER 'RAMBLIN' "Who's Afraid Of The Big Bad Wolf."
ANGEL MARY & THE TENNESSEE WEREWOLVES WITH KENNY OLSON NEW VIDEO: 'RAMBLIN' COMING SOON!!! NASHVILLE, TENN September 30, 2015 - Angel Mary - Lead Vocals & Guitar, Antoine Wolf - Bass Guitar & Vocals and Christian Wolf - Drums & Vocals with Kenny Olson getting ready to release a new video for their new single 'RAMBLIN'. Angel Mary and The Tennessee Werewolves a new family trio Country sensation bring a rebel yell to Country music, with the cool collective sounds of old fashion Dixie roots, bluegrass picking, Haggard styled lyrics and rocking high energy vocals. Make no mistake this is a Family tradition, "pass the biscuits please". Angel Mary, Christian Wolf and Antoine Wolf are all related.
Having a name as unique as this band, Angel Mary & The Tennessee Werewolves push forward on their music endeavors by reaching out, and stepping out of the box. The name being derived from Johnny Cash and his song the "Beast in Me" from his American Recordings sparked the band to record Folsom Prison Blues, a song they hold close to heart. Not only did AMTW record this new epic single at the Cash Cabin where the American Recordings were recorded, they also had John Carter Cash produce the single and play an acoustic track on it. Giving it the "Cash" stamp of approval.
Angel Mary & The Tennessee Werewolves performed at Lucky Cowboy's Annual Bash in August and they really howled away the night in Cottontown, Tennessee. Lucky Cowboy Sez: "You gotta see these guys perform if you get a chance." Call your local radio stations and request 'RAMBLIN' by Angel Mary & The Tennessee Werewolves. Download their new single 'RAMBLIN' now on iTunes. www.itunes.com ALSO VISIT: www.facebook.com/AngelMaryMusic or visit www.TennesseeWerewolves.com.
THE DESERT OKIES NEW EP NOW ON iTUNES - GET A COPY!
NASHVILLE, TENN September 30, 2015 - One of the hottest new bands in Nashville! The Desert Okies will have a brand spankin’ new EP, “Whole Damn Band”, available on iTunes and almost everywhere you can buy digital music. Check out four original Desert Okies songs and help support the band by downloading them! The more downloads we sell, the more new music we can make! GET IT! www.itunes.com
Meet The Desert Okies: PAPA TROUT, CHAD TROUT, JAIME FOX, TRAVIS TROUT, DANNY BENNETT and MILL CREEK
The Desert Okies recently opened and performed with Big and Rich and Chuck Wicks as part of the “Country on the Sound” festival in Navarre Beach, FL on Sept 26th. They also performed at Lucky Cowboy's Annual Bash in Cottontown, TN in August. Lucky Cowboy Sez: "The crowd love this band with singer/songwriter Jaime Fox. Catch them when you can."
Coming Soon! The Desert Okies smokin’ hot single, “Party Til the Last Call” will be available as part of their upcoming EP. The Okies are planning a rowdy video for this, and will be counting on all their fans to come out and be extras in the bar scenes! Stay tuned for more details on the video shoot. VISIT: www.DesertOkies.com or www.facebook.com/thedesertokies
The Lucky Cowboy Band (Southern Image) scored a hit at Lucky's Annual Lucky Bash August 15, 2015 in Cottontown, TN.
KENNY CHESNEY'S OFFICIAL VIDEO: 'SAVE IT FOR A RAINY DAY'
ANGEL MARY & THE TENNESSEE WEREWOLVES
ANGEL MARY & THE TENNESSEE WEREWOLVES VIDEO: "COWBOY"
TOP 10 OCTOBER 8, 2015
1 KENNY CHESNEY - Save It For A Rainy 2 BRETT ELDREDGE - Lose My Mind 3 LUKE BRYAN - Strip It Down 4 FLORIDA-GEORGIA LINE - Anything Goes 5 CHASE RICE - Gonna Wanna Tonight 6 COLE SWINDELL - Let Me See Ya Girl 7 OLD DOMINION - Break Up With Him 8 MADDIE & TAE - Fly 9 CARRIE UNDERWOOD - Smoke Break 10 KEITH URBAN - John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE STARS: OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS 02 CHRIS LEDOUX 04 HEIDI NEWFIELD 12 MARTIE SEIDEL 14 NATALIE MAINES 17 ALAN JACKSON 23 DWIGHT YOAKAM 25 MARK MILLER 25 CHELY WRIGHT 26 KEITH URBAN 28 CHARLIE DANIELS 28 BRED PAISLEY 31 DARRYL WORLEY
"WILDEST DREAMS" SINGER TAYLOR SWIFT SMOLDERS ON COVER OF GQ MAG NASHVILLE, TENN October 9, 2015 - Taylor Swift has officially done it all! She conquered the world with her music, made Squad Goals a major movement and now has finally landed on the cover of GQ for the very first time for its November issue. T.Swift smolders in the image, which puts her long, lean body on display.
Set in front of the ocean, the photograph has the "Bad Blood" singer looking like she just came out of the water—in other words, beach-wavy hair on fleek. But in typical Swift fashion, she's covered up. Despite wearing a black bikini, the 25-year-old pop star conceals her body—and her belly button in a skin-tone, tight-fitting dress.
Even though she doesn't reveal too much, we do get a nice look at those toned abs that are poking through her dress!
The "Style" singer's fashion sense has definitely seen a transformation over the years. In the beginning she dressed like a humble country star but recently she has been taking more risks, favoring crop tops mini skirts over her signature conservative look. With this magazine cover, however, it looks like her transition is complete. She said au revoir to her long curls in favor of a shorter, sexier coif.
CHARLES KELLY, COMING TO A CLUB NEAR YOU. SOLO SHOWS START THIS FALL
NASHVILLE, TENN October 7, 2015 - Now that the word is out about Charles Kelley working on some music by himself — on the side, without his Lady Antebellum family — he just revealed to CMT Radio that he’s going on tour.
And he has some big plans for some small rooms. “I’m going to go out in the late fall into the winter and do some clubs that I’ve always dreamt of doing,” Kelley told CMT’s Cody Alan. “I want to take it down and dirty—just go do the club tour. I’ve always wanted to do that. I want to feel all the people all around me up close. I want to smell the beer coming out of the bar. And I want to throw the set list out, and just play.”
Kelley said that when his team asked him if he’d like to be an opener for a headliner, he said no. “I said, ‘Honestly man, Lady Antebellum kind of skipped all these levels. It just happened so fast, and we were opening up for Martina McBride before we knew it, playing arenas.’ We kind of skipped the club thing,” he explained. (He must not remember driving all the way to Chicago to play Joe’s Bar for $200 when he was the front man of the Charles Kelley Band, and he was opening for Emerson Drive.) There are no tour dates yet.
OAK RIDGE BOYS PLAN THEIR 26th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS NIGHT OUT TOUR AND NASHVILLE IS ON THE LIST. DECEMBER 23 COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM NASHVILLE, TENN October 7, 2015 - Grammy Award-winning music legends, The Oak Ridge Boys, will once again celebrate the Christmas season with timeless hits and holiday classics on their 26th Annual Christmas Night Out Tour, coming to a city near you. The almost two-hour holiday show transports concertgoers into Winter Wonderland with fan-favorite hits and Christmas tunes new and old, beautiful sets, falling snow—and even a special visit from Santa Claus himself.
“There is nothing quite like an Oak Ridge Boys Christmas Show. This tour has become an Oak Ridge Boys tradition and is a tremendous experience for the entire family. With a revamped stage and a fresh approach, this year’s show will be a dynamic mix of music representing every aspect of Christmas from presents and snow, to romance and Santa Claus, on to the real meaning of the season celebrating the birth of Jesus,” said The Oak Ridge Boys’ Joe Bonsall.
Each year The Oak Ridge Boys’ Christmas tour plays to packed houses across America. The 2015 Christmas Night Out Tour will take the group to more than two-dozen cities in nineteen states, from the East to West Coast, mid-November through December 23. Bonsall added, “Folks can expect to hear old favorites like ‘White Christmas’ and ‘Jingle Bells’ mixed with some very poignant newer songs like ‘Getting Ready for A Baby’ and ‘Mary Did You Know.’ A highlight of the evening is the much-loved ‘rocking chair’ segment where each BOY rocks by the fireplace and shares personal thoughts about Christmas. So we hope you’ll come out and see us… and Merry Christmas!” www.oakridgeboys.com
BLAKE SHELTON GOES ON ANOTHER TWITTER RAMPAGE NASHVILLE, TENN October 8, 2015 - Blake Shelton Goes on Hilarious Twitter Spree Over "Crazy" Rumors: "This Calls for a Drink!." Blake Shelton is over you and all your silly rumors!
The country crooner returned from a trip to Canada today and was smacked straight in the face by tabloid upon tabloid claiming an array of rumors—amoung them, that he's dating his Voice co-coach Gwen Stefani. However, rather than getting riled up over the news, he decided to poke fun of it, going on a massive Twitter spree laughing at all the speculation surrounding him.
He kicked it off by joking , "The stuff I read about myself blows my mind. Shouldn't I get to do all these things since I'm already accused of them? #doublejeopardy." In true Shelton fashion, he admits that all the chaos has definitely caused him to drink.
Of course a few fans couldn't help but join in on his Tweeting frenzy, showing their support and making fun of all the wild rumors—some even taking advantage of the situation in hopes of finding love with the singer! One fan commented that the rumors and speculation are all part of "being a celebrity." Shelton, however, doesn't agree, saying he's a "country singer" not a celebrity. Finally, he ends the hour-long rant on a high note, making fun of himself when one person asks if he spent time in Alaska and ended up "dating an Eskimo."
GRAND OLE OPRY CELEBRATED IT'S BIG 90th BIRTHDAY
NASHVILLE, TENN October 5, 2015 - The Grand Ole Opry celebrated its 90th birthday over the weekend. With performances by: Little Big Town, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Joe Diffie, Lorrie Morgan and Old Crow Medicine Show appeared on the Opry stage Friday night. Carrie Underwood, Trace Adkins, Charles Esten and The Oak Ridge Boys performed on Saturday night. The Opry hosted a free party at the Opry plaza with special performances, games and food trucks. Miranda Lambert’s MuttNation foundation was also there to help rescue dogs find their forever homes. The Grand Ole Opry was founded in 1925 as a one-hour radio “barn dance” on WSM. It is the longest-running radio broadcast in U.S. history. www.opry.com
‘CMA COUNTRY CHRISTMAS’ TAPING COMING TO THE GRAND OLE OPRY HOUSE NASHVILLE, TENN September 29, 2015 - This year’s “CMA Country Christmas” television special will be taped in front of a live audience on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. ET at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. The special will air sometime this holiday season on the ABC Television Network.
“The special will tape on a new day and in a new venue this year,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “The Opry was the home of the CMA Awards for many years and it is nice to be back. And taping the show on Saturday is more convenient for Nashville families who have made this part of their holiday traditions.”
Along with the taping, there will be a toy drive for deserving children. In 2014, through a partnership with ABC Television Network and the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program, CMA collected more than 5,000 unwrapped gifts for deserving children in the region. For updates and information visit CMAchristmas.com.
TAYLOR SWIFT IN TORONTO, CANADA - KEITH URBAN SPECIAL GUEST NASHVILLE, TENN October 4, 2015 - Taylor performed the first of two sold out nights at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada October 3. She performed in front of a crowd of 50,000 fans.
Keith Urban joins Taylor as a special guest to sing two songs; “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” and “Somebody Like You“. For the acoustic B stage song of the night, Taylor chose “You Belong With Me“.
At Taylor's second show at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada October 4. She brought out Charli xcx as a special guest to perform Charli’s hit song “Boom Clap“. For the acoustic B stage song of the night, Taylor chose “Fifteen“.
UP NEXT: 10/12/15 - 1989 World Tour: Fargo, North Dakota 10/17/15 - 1989 World Tour: Arlington, Texas 10/20/15 - 1989 World Tour: Lexington, Kentucky 10/20/15 - 1989 World Tour: Lexington, Kentucky
'THE TAYLOR SWIFT CURSE' IS CAUSING BASEBALL FANS TO WORRY ABOUT LOSING
NASHVILLE, TENN October 6, 2015 - Baseball fans worry ‘Taylor Swift curse’ is causing teams to lose. Major league baseball fans from the United States to Canada are worried about a “Taylor Swift curse.” ABC News reports many major league teams experienced a losing streak after the superstar performed at their stadiums as part of her “1989” tour. The latest victim of the so-called “Taylor Swift curse” is the Toronto Blue Jays. The team lost on Saturday just one day after Swift performed at Rogers Center.
The first victims of the curse, according to ABC News, occurred at the Washington Nationals in July with the team’s lights going out three times mid-game. National’s pitcher Max Scherzer later took to his Twitter account, writing, “Well, who was the last one to use Nationals Park? Taylor Swift. I blame her.”
The curse has since made its way to Texas where the Houston Astros lost seven out of eight games following Swift’s concert. The San Diego Padres then went 11 and 18 after the country turned pop star performed at Petco Park in August. Swift’s latest album “1989” has been in the Top 10 of the Billboard’s 200 for 49 weeks straight. Is there really a curse, or does your team need to shape it up? "Shape It Up, Shape It Up."
CHRIS YOUNG CONCERT "I'M COMIN' OVER" WORLD TOUR ASCEND AMPHITHEATER WELCOMES BRAD PAISLEY TO SHARE THE STAGE WITH HIM
"I'M COMIN' OVER" WORLD TOUR NASHVILLE, TENN October 1, 2015 - Chris Young performs during the Chris Young "I'm Comin' Over" World Tour at Ascend Amphitheater on September 30, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. All Chris Young ever wanted to do in his entire life was sing, he told his Nashville audience at Ascend Amphitheater Wednesday night.
The show was opening night for the U.S. leg of Young’s I’m Comin’ Over World Tour, the first arena/amphitheater headlining tour of his career. A native of Murfreesboro, Young’s parents were there along with members of his record label group Sony Music Nashville, friends, fans, even the hairdresser that cut his mother’s hair when he was child was in the audience. She remembered Young standing by her chair and singing songs he wrote while she worked.
That gangly kid was long gone on Wednesday night, replaced by a confident and charismatic showman whose distinct baritone is among contemporary country music’s most acclaimed and recognizable voices. He also played cover songs – and got a little help from country star Brad Paisley. Young and Paisley share a manager and Young opened concerts for Paisley in 2013. Young remembered seeing Paisley perform at Wildhorse Saloon early in his career, and later worried that Paisley would disappoint him on tour. Young and Paisley dueted on Eric Clapton’s “Change the World,” with Young’s voice gliding through the lyrics as Paisley masterfully interpreted the guitar solo. Singer "Cam" and Jerrod Neimann were also on the bill.
Chris Young and Brad Paisley perform during the Chris Young "I'm Comin' Over" World Tour at Ascend Amphitheater on September 30, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Singer Cam performs during the Chris Young "I'm Comin' Over" World Tour at Ascend Amphitheater on September 30, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Jerrod Niemann and Diamond Rio's Marty Roe perform during the Chris Young "I'm Comin' Over" World Tour at Ascend Amphitheater on September 30, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee.
DIERKS BENTLEY CELEBRATES 10 YEARS AS GRAND OLE OPRY MEMBER AND EVEN BROUGHT HIS DOG "JAKE" WITH HIM
NASHVILLE, TENN September 30, 2015 - Dierks Bentley celebrated his 10th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry last night (Sept. 29). During his set, Bentley performed hits including “What Was I Thinkin’,” “Settle For A Slowdown,” “Free And Easy (Down The Road I Go),” “Home,” and “Riser.” He was also joined by friends Dailey and Vincent for the bluegrass tune “Rovin’ Gambler,” and his dog Jake, who was also there during his Opry induction 10 years ago. Presented with a print marking ten years of Opry membership by 54-year Opry member Bill Anderson, Bentley said, “The Opry is my home. This means the world to me tonight. We’ve been on the road so much of the past ten years it’s good to be home.”
NASHVILLE, TENN September 26, 2015 - While about 10,000 Blake Shelton fans were gathering for a free show outside of his Nashville record label on Wednesday night (Sept. 23), Shelton himself was having a private party to celebrate his 20 No. 1 hits. “I’ve been running into people … that I haven’t seen in a long time, and it’s perfect that’s happening right now while I’m celebrating this because it makes me realize how important the Nashville community is to my success,” Shelton said. “I know it takes a team but sometimes I feel like I don’t even deserve any of this, but I’ll (darn) sure take it.”
And when Shelton did take the stage at the free evening show — part of Warner Music Nashville’s “Pickin’ on the Patio” series he told the crowd, “I am shocked and honored.” He played for one hour, and managed to pack his set with plenty of his hits from his 15-year career, like “Neon Light,” “Mine Would Be You,” “Ol’ Red,” “Honey Bee,“ “Boys ‘Round Here” and “Austin.”
Recording Artist Blake Shelton performs at Warner Music Nashville's 'Pickin' On The Patio' Series at Warner Music Nashville on September 23, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Big crowd for Blake Shelton performing at Warner Music Nashville's 'Pickin' On The Patio' Series at Warner Music Nashville on September 23, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee.
BLAKE SHELTON CEKLEBRATES FIVE NUMBER 1 HITS AT LOSER'S BAR NASHVILLE NASHVILLE, TENN September 25, 2015 - Blake Shelton continues to make the rounds in Nashville. On Wednesday he put on a free show for fans. On Thursday he celebrated not one, but five number one hits. “Thank you to all the songwriters. I’m literally nothing. I wouldn’t even exist without all these song writers that write these songs for me. So thank you,” he said. Shelton also talked about how important it is to keep getting great songs. Thursday’s event was held at Losers Bar in Midtown.
HEADED STRAIT TO VEGAS...GEORGE STRAIT TO PLAY FOUR CONCERTS IN LAS VEGAS BABY! KACEY MUSGRAVES TO OPEN FOR 'THE KING'
NASHVILLE, TENN Septmber 23, 2015 - George Strait is headed to Las Vegas in 2016, he announced today (Sept. 22) during a live press conference. Strait will launch a series of concerts at the new, 19,000-seat Las Vegas Arena, beginning April 22, 2016. Kacey Musgraves will open the shows in Las Vegas. Strait will play four concerts, on April 22-23, 2016, and on Sept. 9-10, 2016. Tickets for the shows go on sale Oct. 2, 2015.
UMG Nashville president Cindy Mabe announced that Strait will release a new album, Cold Beer Conversation. The project will release Friday, Sept. 25 exclusively with Apple Music and Walmart. The album’s title track will release to country radio tomorrow (Sept. 23). The project will include songs penned by Shane McAnally, Brandy Clark, Buddy Cannon, Ben Hayslip, Bubba Strait, Dean Dillion, and more. Full track listing below.
Strait has released 40 albums, sold nearly 70 million albums, and had more than 60 No. 1 hits. He played to over 1 million fans during The Cowboy Rides Away Tour, which marked the end of his touring career. The entertainer’s awards count includes 23 CMA Awards, 17 ACM Awards, 1 Grammy Award, 5 American Music Awards, and an induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. He is also a National Medal of the Arts recipient and an ASCAP Founders Award recipient, among other honors.
KENNY ROGERS ANNOUNCES HIS RETIREMENT FROM TOURING ON THE TODAY SHOW
His Upcoming World Tour Will Be His Last NASHVILLE, TENN September 26, 2015 - For the past 57 years, as sure as the sun would come up in the morning and set in the evening, there was one thing you could count on — Kenny Rogers would soon be coming to a venue near you to perform. However, that time is now drawing to a close. Kenny Rogers announced on NBC’s The Today Show Friday morning that his next world tour commencing in 2016 will be his last.
Details and dates for Rogers’ final World Tour will be announced in the coming months. Today also marks the release his first new Christmas album in seventeen years titled: Once Again It’s Christmas (Warner Bros. / Warner Music Nashville). The festive set is Rogers’ first Christmas release since 1998 and his sixth Christmas release overall. For more information: kennyrogers.com
NASHVILLE MADONNA TICKETS ON SALE SEPTEMBER 21 NASHVILLE, TENN Septmber 16, 2015 - What does Nashville have in common with Taipei, Bangkok and Tulsa? They're all cities Madonna is performing in for the first time on her "Rebel Heart" concert tour. News broke last week that the pop music icon will perform at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on Jan. 18 -- and fans can now make plans to secure their seats. Tickets for the Nashville concert go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday Sept. 21. They're priced at $44.35, $94.50, $174.50 and $359.50. www.madonna.com
KENNY CHESNEY PREPS FOR 2016 TOUR WITH LAMBERT, HUNT, OLD DOMINION
NASHVILLE, TENN September 17, 2015 - Less than three weeks after Kenny Chesney wrapped his highest-grossing tour ever ($114 million, reports Billboard), he is already making plans for summer 2016. Chesney has tapped Miranda Lambert, Sam Hunt, and Old Dominion to join him on tour dates for 2016. Dates have not yet been announced.
“Miranda is the real deal,” Chesney says. “She’s a songwriter, first, and a real vocalist. She’s put it all out there when she’s on stage, and I loved touring with her so much in 2009, I can’t believe it’s taken us this long to get her back out here – because I love every single thing about who she is as an artist and a person. “The second I heard Sam’s demo for ‘Come Over,’ I knew he was onto something very unique,” continues Chesney, who cut the Hunt-written song. “Old Dominion had a tough job this summer, and they got it done,” Chesney concludes. “They’re hit songwriters, but they’re also guys who’ve played in a lot of clubs – and know how to connect with people. I mean, not only are their songs solid, they’re great guys.”
TAYLOR SWIFT '1989 WORLD YOUR' KANSAS CITY
Taylor Swift performs onstage with Dierks Bentley (special guest) at Sprint Center on September 21, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. The Sprint Center was sold out two nights as Taylor Swift brought her “1989” world tour to Kansas City. Up next is Nashville Sept. 25-26 at Bridgestone Arena.
ALABAMA RELEASES FIRST ALBUM IN 14 YEARS - "SOUTHERN DRAWL"
NASHVILLE, TENN Septmber 20, 2015 - Alabama released their first studio album in fourteen years Friday (Sept. 18). The band was in New York City to celebrate the release of Southern Drawl and performed tonight at The Beacon Theater.
After taking a break from recording and touring for over a decade, the band was refreshed and ready to record again. “We are excited about this. We really put our hearts into it,” said lead singer Randy Owen. Album standouts include “Wasn’t Through Lovin’ You Yet,” “American Farmer,” the rowdy “Hillbilly Wins The Lotto Money,” the heart-warming “I Wanna Be There,” and “Come Find Me,” featuring vocals by Alison Krauss. The band recently received the Career Achievement Award at the ACM Honors at the historic Ryman Auditorium.
In all, the Alabama band has won 178 awards including Grammy® Awards, CMA Awards, ACM Awards and Billboard Awards. They’ve sold over 73 million albums and raised over $250 million for charity.
NOMINEES ANNOUNCED ON GMA FOR THE 49th ANNUAL CMA AWARDS NASHVILLE, TENN September 10, 2015 - For the 10th time, the announcement of the final nominees in five of the 12 CMA Awards categories was made live on ABC News’ “Good Morning America” with two-time nominee Ballerini and music icon Steven Tyler delivering the news from the heart of New York City’s Times Square. Following “Good Morning America” seven categories were announced by Ballerini and Tyler on GoodMorningAmerica.com on Yahoo and ABCnews.com – making the announcements a complete ABC takeover.
Steven Tyler and Kelsea Ballerini announced the CMA Awards nominees on Good Morning America September 9, 2015.
Eric Church and Little Big Town top the list of final nominees for “The 49th Annual CMA Awards” with five nominations each. The stellar lineup of finalists includes staunch traditionalists, format icons, roots rockers, and contemporary trailblazers. Kenny Chesney and Miranda Lambert received four nominations. Sam Hunt, Maddie & Tae, Kacey Musgraves, and Chris Stapleton each received three nominations for trophies that will be handed out on Country Music’s Biggest Night™. CMA industry voters also gave their support to Country Music Hall of Fame members Garth Brooks, Merle Haggard, and Willie Nelson.
“The 49th Annual CMA Awards” airs live Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 8|7c on ABC-TV. Country superstars Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood preside over the evening, returning as hosts for the eighth consecutive year.
SEE OUR SPECIAL EVENTS PAGE FOR ALL THE CMA AWARD NOMINATIONS
NASHVILLE, TENN Septmber 5, 2015 - Miranda Lambert will be the recipient of the 2015 Harmony Award, presented each year by the Nashville Symphony to an individual who best exemplifies the harmonious spirit of Nashville’s musical community. Lambert will be honored at the 31st annual Symphony Ball on Saturday, December 12, 2015, at Schermerhorn Symphony Center, where she will also perform with the Grammy Award-winning orchestra.
The 2015 Symphony Ball patron party will be hosted by Mr. and Mrs. T.K. Kimbrell on Tuesday, December 8, 2015. Past recipients of the Nashville Symphony’s Harmony Award include Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Amy Grant, LeAnn Rimes, Michael W. Smith, Mike & Linda Curb, Lyle Lovett, Trisha Yearwood, Dolly Parton, Steve Winwood, Vince Gill, Wynonna and Naomi Judd, Chet Atkins, Martina McBride, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Marty Stuart and Keith Urban.
DIERKS BENTLEY ANNOUNCES HIS 10th ANNUAL "MILES & MUSIC FOR KIDS" RIDE AND CONCERT - SOLD OUT!
NASHVILLE, TENN September 13, 2015 - Dierks Bentley has announced his 10th annual “Miles & Music For Kids” celebrity motorcycle ride and concert, to kick off CMA Awards week on Sunday, Nov. 1. The celebration will once again begin at the Harley Davidson of Columbia (1616 Harley Davidson Blvd., Columbia, Tenn.) for an hour-long ride that will end at Nashville’s new Ascend Amphitheater to close out their inaugural season. This year, he will be joined by Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell, The Cadillac Three, Canaan Smith, Brooke Eden and emcee Storme Warren.
DATE SET FOR 2015 CMA AWARDS NASHVILLE, TENN September 13, 2015 - “Country Music’s Biggest Night™” will air live Wednesday, Nov. 4 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Country superstars Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will return as hosts of the 49th Annual CMA Awards for the 8th consecutive year.
KINGS OF LEON TO HEADLINE 2016 NEW YEAR'S EVE BASH ON BROADWAY NASHVILLE, TENN August 27, 2015 - Ready for New Year's Eve already? We are! The Kings of Leon will help Nashville ring in the New Year in a big way by headlining the free Jack Daniels Bash on Broadway. Kelsea Ballerini is among the latest additions to Nashville’s New Year’s Eve celebration, to be headlined by rockers Kings of Leon.
The event has continuously grown since it began seven years ago and last year drew a record crowd of over 130,000, resulting in $17 million in direct visitor spending, 22,000 hotel rooms booked, and national exposure for the city on ABC’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve broadcast.
“The purpose of this event is to bring in significant direct visitor spending to Nashville and to market the brand of Music City, and it has been increasingly successful each year on those fronts,” said Ken Levitan, chair of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Center board of directors and president of Vector Management, home to the Kings. “With the Kings headlining this year, our opportunity to grow both of those areas—particularly with an international audience—is significant.”
The NCVC is logistically planning for 150,000 fans on Broadway, the largest crowd size ever for a Nashville concert and the largest Music City New Year’s Eve event to date. “I can think of no place I’d rather play New Year’s Eve than at home with 100,000 of my closest friends,” said Kings of Leon’s Nathan Followill about the burgeoning event.
WHERE THE STARS WILL SHINE IN NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE
OCT. 21 TOOTSIE'S ORCHID LOUNGE 55th BIRTHDAY STREET PARTY RANDY HOUSER, JAMEY JOHNSON, TROY GENTRY, TERRI CLARK and more. The celebration, which will be held Oct. 21, will feature live entertainment on an outdoor stage on Broadway throughout the day.
OCT. 21 MONTGOMERY GENTRY CONCERT FOR CUMBERLAND HEIGHTS AT RYMAN
OCT. 23 THE BAND PERRY TO HEADLINE VANDERBILT'S COMMODORE QUAKE Vanderbilt University has announced the performers for its 15th annual Commodore Quake. The Band Perry and Third Eye Blind will take the stage on Friday, Oct. 23, at 8 p.m. in Memorial Gym.
NOV. 01 DIERKS BENTLEY 10th ANNUAL "MILES & MUSIC FOR KIDS" RIDE AND CONCERT - SOLD OUT! At Ascend Amphitheater. Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell, The Cadillac Three, Canaan Smith, Brooke Eden and emcee Storme Warren.
NOV. 04 BRAD PAISLEY, CARRIE UNDERWOOD HOSTS OF CMA AWARDS LIVE IN NASHVILLE At Bridgestone Arena. Wednesday, Nov. 4 (7:00-10:00 CT) on the ABC Television Network.
DEC. 02-03 AMY GRANT & VINCE GILL Christmas At The RYMAN - 8 Shows. DEC. 09-10 " DEC. 16-17 " DEC. 22-23 "
DEC. 31 NEW YEAR'S EVE BASH ON BROADWAY KINGS OF LEON, KELSEA BALLERINI
GRAND OLE OPRY AT THE RYMAN AUDITORIUM What began as a simple radio broadcast in 1925 is today a live-entertainment phenomenon. Dedicated to honoring country music’s rich history and dynamic present, Opry at the Ryman showcases a mix of country legends and the contemporary chart-toppers who have followed in their footsteps.
ARTISTS APPEARING AT THE OPRY - CLICK LINK BELOW To purchase tickets for an upcoming Opry show, visit opry.com or call (800) SEE-OPRY. For those planning to attend this week's shows, you can stay updated by visiting OPRY.COM
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