Thursday, 31 March 2016

Brandy Clark To Release New Album "Big Day in a Small Town"


Four-time GRAMMY nominee and critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Brandy Clark is following up her 2013 smash debut album 12 Stories with the release of Big Day in a Small Town, to be released June 10 on Warner Bros. Records (available for pre-order beginning April 1). With “Girl Next Door" serving as the first single, Big Day in a Small Town is Clark's first major-label album. Big Day was produced by Jay Joyce.

When I made 12 Stories, I think my dreams were a lot more realistic, in that I didn't expect a lot to happen... then it did,” Clark says. “This time, my dreams are very much what they were when I was going to Vince Gill and Patty Loveless concerts and decided I was going to move to Nashville. Right now, my dreams are as big as when I was na├»ve enough to really dream them.”

Clark is currently featured in April/May "The Outlaws" issue of Garden & Gun with Matt Hendrickson raving, "Big Day in a Small Town has the same biting wit as her 2013 debut 12 Stories, but it's an even richer collection of songs, with a life-in-the-middle-of-nowhere thread running through the album."

Big Day in a Small Town tells the stories of the football star, the father, the homecoming queen, and the hairdresser because those are the stories and people that Clark grew up knowing. “All these songs, there's some little truth in them, somewhere, that resonates with me or that is about me,” she confesses. 

12 Stories was featured on "Best of" lists from New York Magazine, NPR, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, The New York Post and The Boston Globe in 2013. That same year, The Los Angeles Times called it “the country debut of the year."

Big Day in a Small Town Track List - Songwriters:
1. Soap Opera - Brandy Clark/Bryan Simpson
2. Girl Next Door - Brandy Clark/Jessie Jo Dillon/Shane McAnally
3. Homecoming Queen - Brandy Clark/Luke Laird/Shane McAnally
4. Broke - Brandy Clark/Shane McAnally/Josh Osborne
5. You Can Come Over - Brandy Clark/Jessie Jo Dillon/Mark Narmore
6. Love Can Go to Hell - Brandy Clark/Scott Stepakoff
7. Big Day in a Small Town - Brandy Clark/Shane McAnally/Mark D. Sanders
8. Three Kids No Husband - Brandy Clark/Lori McKenna
9. Daughter - Brandy Clark/Jessie Jo Dillon/Jeremy Spillman
10. Drinkin’ Smokin’ Cheatin’ - Brandy Clark
11. Since You’ve Gone to Heaven - Brandy Clark/Shane McAnally

Currently on the road with Jennifer Nettles on the CMT Next Women of Country Tour, the singer/songwriter has toured with Eric Church and Alan Jackson during the last two years in addition to solo shows. For upcoming tour dates, visit http://www.brandyclarkmusic.com.

The Morton, Washington-native received her first of four career GRAMMY nominations in 2013 in the Best Country Song category for co-writing the Miranda Lambert No. 1 hit “Mama’s Broken Heart.” She won the 2014 CMA Song of the Year Award for “Follow Your Arrow,” which she co-wrote with Shane McAnally and Kacey Musgraves, and was also named the 2014 Music Row Breakthrough Artist of the Year. The Academy of Country Music voters nominated her for Female Vocalist of the Year in 2015.

Cyndi Lauper Kicks Off International 'Detour' Tour in Nashville!


Music icon Cyndi Lauper will take a southern DETOUR across the U.S. and Europe during her 2016 tour as the Grammy®, Emmy® and Tony®-winning singer-songwriter promotes her upcoming country record (tour dates below). DETOUR, available May 6, includes her signature spin on a dozen classics from the 40s, 50s and 60s.

The 27-city tour kicks off in Nashville, Tenn. at the Ryman Auditorium. “There’s something so very magical about the Ryman and all the rich history there. Just to think it’s the same stage where Wanda Jackson and Patsy Cline performed so long ago and here I am singing songs they made famous on this record - it’s such an honor,” Lauper said.

DETOUR features guest appearances from country music stars Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, and Willie Nelson. Lauper recorded the album in Nashville alongside a band comprised of the city’s top session players.

Growing up, Lauper recalls listening to country music on her Aunt Gracie’s kitchen radio. “When I was a really young kid, country music was pop music, so this is what we grew up listening to. These songs are part of some of my earliest memories so it has been an absolute thrill to revisit them.”

DETOUR TRACK LISTING:
1. “Funnel Of Love”
2. “Detour” - Featuring Emmylou Harris
3. “Misty Blue”
4. “Walkin’ After Midnight”
5. “Heartaches By The Number”
6. “The End Of The World”
7. “Night Life” - Featuring Willie Nelson
8. “Begging To You”
9. “You’re The Reason Our Kids Are Ugly” - Featuring Vince Gill
10. “I Fall To Pieces”
11. “I Want To Be A Cowboy’s Sweetheart” - Featuring Jewel
12. “Hard Candy Christmas” - Featuring Alison Krauss

CYNDI LAUPER DETOUR TOUR:
*denotes shows with Boy George

May 09 Ryman Auditorium - Nashville, Tenn.
May 11 Palace Theatre - Louisville, Ky.
May 13 Carnegie Music Hall Homestead - Pittsburgh, Pa.
May 14 Michigan Theater - Ann Arbor, Mich.
May 16 Chicago Theatre - Chicago, Ill.
May 17 Hard Rock Live - Cleveland, Ohio
May 20 Mohegan Sun - Uncasville, Conn.*
May 21 Wang Center - Boston, Mass.*
May 25 Beacon Theatre - New York, N.Y.*
May 28 Sands Bethlehem Events Center - Bethlehem, Pa.*
May 29 Borgata - Atlantic City, N.J.*
Jun 01 Wolf Trap Filene Center - Vienna, Va.*
Jun 02 Charleston Music Hall - Charleston, S.C.
Jun 04 Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts - Raleigh, N.C.
Jun 05 Atlanta Symphony Hall - Atlanta, Ga.
Jun 08 Ruth Eckerd Hall - Clearwater, Fla.
Jun 09 Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts - Orlando, Fla.
Jun 11 Mizner Park Amphitheatre - Boca Raton, Fla.
Jun 12 St. Augustine Amphitheater - St. Augustine, Fla.
Jun 22 Symphony Hall - Birmingham, United Kingdom
Jun 23 Royal Concert Hall - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Jun 25 Newcastle City Hall - Newcastle, United Kingdom
Jun 30 Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith - London, United Kingdom
Jul 03 Jazz Fest Wien - Vienna, Austria
Jul 06 Parco Della Musica Auditorium Cavea - Rome, Italy
Jul 07 GRU Village - Torino, Italy
Jul 11 Grand Rex - Paris, France

Photo by Chapman Baehler 

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Old Dominion Voted the ACM Best New Vocal Duo/Group in Advance

Courtesy of RCA Records Nashville
Old Dominion, a band Vice has already raved is “on the cusp of superstardom” learned last week, that their peers and music industry colleagues have voted them the Academy of Country Music’s Best New Vocal Duo/Group of the Year. Also nominated for Vocal Group of the Year at the 51st ACM Awards, Old Dominion will perform at Party For A Cause Festival on Sunday, April 4.

"Everyone we are nominated with has had the kind of year that deserves winning this award," said Old Dominion's lead singer Matthew Ramsey. "We are honored to be in the same category as all of them and beyond humbled to have won. We plan to do our absolute  best to live up to everything this award comes with. Thank you, thank you!" 

In addition to their first awards’ nominations, the band is also celebrating the success of their second single “Snapback,” which is racing up the charts – already in the Top 10 and climbing. “Snapback” is the follow-up to Old Dominion’s two-week No.1 debut smash single “Break Up With Him,” off their critically acclaimed album that Entertainment Weekly called “deceptively smart” and NPR tapped as “first-rate craftsmanship.”

Named “one of country-pop's only genuine bands” by Rolling Stone Country, Old Dominion is currently headlining their Meat and Candy Tour before hitting the road again this year with Kenny Chesney for his Spread The Love Tour, along with Miranda Lambert and Sam Hunt. They just returned from their first string of international shows in London where they played to thousands of fans as part of the Country to Country Festival.


For more information about Old Dominion or to hear “Snapback," visit  www.olddominionband.com 


Eric Paslay Joins Toby Keith Interstates & Tailgates Tour


ACM nominee Eric Paslay has been tapped as a special guest on the “Toby Keith Interstates & Tailgates Tour Presented by Ford F-Series.” Eric’s performances will start on July 8 in Virginia Beach, Virginia at the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater and continue through September 24. 

Really excited for the opportunity to be on the road with Toby this year,” said Eric. “He sure knows how to put on a show. I can’t wait to take it all in and learn from one of the best.”

Next week, Eric heads to Las Vegas where his “She Don’t Love You” is nominated as “Song of The Year” at the Academy of Country Music Awards on April 3. Later this year, Eric will release his highly-anticipated sophomore project which includes lead single “High Class” written by Eric, Jesse Frasure and Corey Crowder.  

Toby Keith Interstates & Tailgates Tour Presented by Ford F-Series”

July 8: Virginia Beach, VA Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
July 9: Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
July 10: Raleigh, NC Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
July 14: Toronto, ON Moison Canadian Amphitheatre
July 15: Darien Lakes, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
July 16: Hartford, CT XFINITY Theatre
July 21: Bangor, ME Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion*
July 22: Boston, MA XFINITY Center*
July 31: Sweet Home, OR Oregon Jamboree*
Aug 4: Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center for the Arts*
Aug 5: Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center*
Aug 12: Chicago, IL Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Aug 13: Pittsburgh, PA First Niagara Pavilion
Aug 14: Sarasota Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Sep 8: Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
Sep 9: Indianapolis, IN Klipsch Music Center
Sep 10: St Louis, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Sep 23: Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Sep 24: W Palm Beach, FL Perfect Vodka Amphitheater

*Eric does not appear

Eric Paslay, delivers a powerful punch as a renowned, Platinum-selling, hit songwriter and dynamic performer. Paslay has celebrated five No. 1 hits including “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” (Eli Young Band), “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” (Jake Owen), “Angel Eyes” (Love & Theft), “Rewind” (Rascal Flatts) and “Friday Night,” the smash lead single from his critically acclaimed self-titled debut album. The Temple, Texas native is a recent GRAMMY nominee (first as a recording artist) in the Best Country Duo/Group category for “The Driver,” performed by Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley, featuring Eric and Dierks Bentley, and a current “Song of The Year” nominee for “She Don’t Love You” at the upcoming ACM Awards on April 3. A true artist’s artist, USA Today calls Paslay “flat out-brilliant” and American Songwriter names him an influencer of country music. Paslay recently released his back beat-driven groove “High Class,” the lead single from his highly-anticipated sophomore album. 

For the latest information on Eric go to: www.ericpaslay.com

Kiefer Sutherland Debuts “Not Enough Whiskey” Music Video

Photo: Beth Elliott
Kiefer Sutherland opens his songwriting notebook and premieres the pedal-steeled, country/Americana-tinged “Not Enough Whiskey” video. “Not Enough Whiskey,” available April 1 on iTunes, is the debut track from Sutherland’s upcoming Down In A Hole album set for release this summer. Sutherland will also appear as a presenter during the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards™ Sunday, April 3 at 8/7c on CBS.

Sutherland, who co-wrote every track on the upcoming 11-track album Down In A Hole with producer Jude Cole, including “Not Enough Whiskey,” embarks on a nationwide 32-date tour April 14. 


This record is the closest thing I’ve ever had to a journal or diary. All of these songs are pulled from my own personal experiences. There is something very satisfying about being able to look back on my own life, good times and bad, and express those sentiments in music. As much as I have enjoyed the writing and recording process, I am experiencing great joy now being able to play these songs to a live audience, which was something I hadn’t counted on,” Sutherland said of the 11-track album. A track listing and release date will be announced soon.

Sutherland, known for his starring role on the Fox series "24," also starred in movies like ‘Stand By Me’, ‘The Lost Boys’, ‘Young Guns’, Flatliners’, ‘A Few Good Men’, ‘A Time to Kill’, ‘Dark City’, ‘Melancholia’ and most recently, a western called ‘Forsaken’ and the upcoming ABC series “Designated Survivor.”

Keep up with Sutherland on the road by visiting kiefersutherlandmusic.com.

KIEFER SUTHERLAND ON TOUR:

April 14 Milwaukee, Wis. - Shank Hall
April 15 Madison, Wis. - Majestic
April 16 Grand Rapids, Mich. - The Pyramid Scheme
April 18 Ann Arbor, Mich. - The Ark
April 19 Cleveland, Ohio - Grog Shop
April 20 Pittsburgh, Pa. - Hard Rock Cafe
April 22 Huntington, W. Va. - V Club
April 23 Cincinnati, Ohio - Ballroom at the Taft
April 24 Indianapolis, Ind. - Vogue
April 26 Columbus, Ohio - A&R Music Bar
April 28 Asheville, N.C - Orange Peel
April 29 Knoxville, Tenn. - The International
April 30 Birmingham, Ala. - WorkPlay
May 01 Chattanooga, Tenn. - Revelry Room
May 03 Macon, Ga. - Cox Capitol Theatre
May 04 Charlotte, N.C. - Visulite Theatre
May 06 Raleigh, N.C. - Lincoln Theatre
May 07 Norfolk, Va. - Attuck
May 08 Richmond, Va. - Capital Ale House
May 09 Annapolis, Md. - Ram’s Head Tavern
May 11 Wilmington, Del. - World Cafe Live
May 12 Teaneck, N.J. - Mexicali Live
May 14 Pawling, N.Y. - Daryl’s House
May 15 Ithaca, N.Y. - The Dock
May 16 Buffalo, N.Y. - Iron Works
May 19 Northampton, Mass. - Iron Horse
May 20 Boston, Mass. - Brighton Music Hall
May 21 Providence, R.I. - The Met
May 24 Asbury Park, N.J. - Stone Pony
May 25 Long Island, N.Y. - Founders Room
May 26 Sellersville, Pa. - Sellersville Theater
May 28 Amagansett, N.Y. - Stephen Talkhouse

Randy Houser's “Song Number 7” Rocks Country Radio

Courtesy: Stoney Creek Records
Still fresh from landing his fourth No. 1 with “We Went” and releasing his new album, Fired Up, Randy Houser shows no signs of slowing down as his new single, “Song Number 7,” arrives at country radio earlier this week. The catchy earworm is the second most-added song at country radio with 60 first week reporters, marking Houser's highest first week add total to date. Fans and critics have also latched on to the new single, with the New York Times noting that “Song Number 7” is “likely to be one of the best country songs of this year” and Taste of Country calling it “the finest single representative of [Houser’s] Fired Up album. It’s a big country power ballad that leans progressive, but stops short of crossing a bridge that leaves traditional country behind. Above all else, ‘Song Number 7’ is a vocal showcase.”

Download “Song Number 7”  HERE and watch the lyric video below:



Written by Justin Wilson, Ben Hayslip and Chris Janson, “Song Number 7” is rooted in “a familiar country conceit: music about the power of music” (New York Times), which Houser has also nodded to in his own writing such as the deep cut “Power Of A Song” from his previous record, How Country Feels.

Houser is currently performing select headlining dates and will join Dierks Bentley for the 2016 Somewhere On A Beach Tour starting in May. Upcoming tour dates are as follows:

April 10 – Country Thunder – Florence, Ariz.
April 15 – Tortuga Music Festival – Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
April 16 – Jesters Live – Daytona Beach, Fla.
May 12 – PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, N.J.*
May 13 – First Niagara Pavilion – Pittsburgh, Pa.*
May 14 – BB&T Pavilion – Philadelphia, Pa.*
May 20 – Blossom Music Center – Cleveland, Ohio*
May 21 – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater – Chicago, Ill.*
May 22 – DTE Energy Music Theatre – Clarkston, Mich.*
June 2 – The Pavilion at Montage Mountain – Scranton, Pa.*
June 4 – Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion – Bangor, Me.*
June 10 – Xfinity Theatre – Hartford, Conn.*
June 11 – Xfinity Center – Boston, Mass.*
June 16 – Country Fest – Cadott, Wisc.*
June 17 – Moondance Jammin’ Country Fest – Walker, Minn.*
June 18 – Wapello County Fair – Eldon, Iowa
June 19 – Buckeye Country Superfest – Columbus, Ohio*
June 25 – Nebraskaland Days – North Platte, Neb.*
June 26 – Stir Cove at Harrah’s Hotel & Casino – Council Bluffs, Iowa
July 1 – Trackside Music Festival – London, Ont.
July 14 – PNC Music Pavilion – Charlotte, N.C.*
July 15 – Aaron’s Ampthitheatre at Lakewood – Atlanta, Ga.*
July 16 – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre – Tampa, Fla.
July 22 – Walnut Creek Amphitheatre – Raleigh, N.C.*
July 23 – Jiffy Lube Live – Bristow, Va.*
July 24 – Veterans Univted Home Loans Amphitheater – Virginia Beach, Va.*
July 28 – Big Valley Jamboree – Camrose, Alta.
July 29 – Rockin’ River Country Music Festival – Merritt, B.C.
July 30 – Mountain Home Country Music Festival – Mountain Home, Ida.
July 31 – Oregon Jamboree – Sweet Home, Ore.
Aug. 6 – Lakeview Amphitheater – Syracuse, N.Y.*
Aug. 12 – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – St. Louis, Mo.*
Aug. 13 – Klipsch Music Center – Indianapolis, Ind.*
Aug. 20 – Gexa Energy Pavilion – Dallas, Texas*
Sept. 9 – Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View, Calif.*
Sept. 10 – Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre – Irvine, Calif.*
Sept. 11 – Sleep Train Amphitheatre – San Diego, Calif.*

*Denotes dates for the 2016 Somewhere On A Beach Tour.

For more information and the latest updates, visit www.RandyHouser.com .

Photo Credit: Ryan Smith

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Dustin Lynch Reveals Sizzling New Video for “Mind Reader”

Photo credit: Glenn Sweitzer / BBR Music Group

Broken Bow Records’ Dustin Lynch premiered the sizzling new music video for his Top 15-and-climbing hit “Mind Reader” on Friday, March 25th across all media platforms.

Filmed from dusk to dawn, director Mason Dixon illuminates the R&B-tinged “Mind Reader” against the backdrop of downtown Nashville. Playing off the storyline of the song, fortune-telling vignettes are cut with Lynch’s sultry, magnetic performance. Tarot cards, fog and a bohemian chic love interest add to the video’s intricate layers of mystery. Fans can get an exclusive first look at the behind-the-scenes action on People.com.

Watch the music video here:


"This video was so much fun to create. Here's to great date nights ... And, ladies it's awesome if you make the first move!" says Lynch with a laugh.

Written by Rhett Akins and Ben Hayslip, “Mind Reader” is the third single released from Lynch’s latest album WHERE IT’S AT and follows two consecutive #1 smashes; the GOLD-certified “Hell Of A Night” and PLATINUM-certified “Where It’s At.”    

Fresh off his heavily pre-sold out, headline HELL OF A NIGHT Tour, Lynch is currently on the road with Luke Bryan’s 2016 KILL THE LIGHTS Tour, marking his second run as the superstar’s opener. Named by FOX NEWS as country music’s “next big thing,” he is the only artist Bryan handpicked as an opener for a subsequent tour.


Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Jake Owen & Many More Set To Headline Country Jam USA


Country Jam USA is once again bringing the biggest and brightest stars in Country music to Eau Claire, Wis., for what has become THE event of the summer. Country superstars Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Jake Owen, Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell, Eli Young Band, LOCASH, Colt Ford, A Thousand Horses, Brothers Osborne, The Cadillac Three, Clare Dunn, Jackson Michelson and Sasha McVeigh will take the main stage for a three-day party (July 21-23) that includes live Country music, camping, shopping, eating, partying and more!

Three-day general admission passes are available for $165, student and military three-day passes for $125, one-day general admission passes for $105, Reserved seating starting at $185 and VIP starting at $235 until April 21. For those wanting the best Country Jam USA experience possible, Ultimate VIP passes are available starting at $2500 and include access to a private backstage bar and restroom, private shuttles to/from campgrounds and hotels, free food and booze in the VIP hospitality area, WiFi and seats so close to the stage, you’ll basically be the fourth member of The Band Perry. And because the party literally doesn’t stop for three days, campsites are available starting at $100. To purchase tickets, camping and for all of your Country Jam USA needs, including a list of nearby hotels and the shuttle schedule, visit countryjamwi.com.

Festival organizers are also giving ticket holders the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see their favorite Country stars up-close-and-personal with the Party Pit. This additional ticket is located directly in front of the main stage, the Party Pit puts fans steps away from their favorite artists during their performances! There are a very limited number of passes in this standing-room-only area. Party Pit passes are available for $135 for Thursday, $110 for Friday and $150 for Saturday, OR fans can purchase the three-day Party Pit pass for $225, which will put them directly in front of the stage every single day for every single performance. Just think about the photos you’ll be posting on Instagram of Jason Aldean, FGL, Jake Owen, Thomas Rhett and more from the front row! Talk about #blessed. Other add-ons include Skybox seats, which give fans an unrivaled view of both onstage and backstage, and the Cenex Country Club, a new offering that includes free beverages, snacks, liquor discounts, private restrooms and a shaded tent.


Singer-Songwriter Jen Lane Announces Canadian Tour Dates!


Saskatoon –based singer-songwriter Jen Lane is flying high after the recent release of her new album “This Life of Mine”. The new cd, her first release in six years, has already hit the #1 spot on the !Earshot National Folk/Roots chart. Lane has found a harmonious place in the world of Roots, Folk, Country, and Americana music. “This Life of Mine” is a strong statement by an artist who, with great passion and depth, sings about the ups and downs of life – and in the process attracts music lovers who appreciate heartfelt emotion, beautiful songs, and words that inspire and affirm.

Jen's second single and video from “This Life of Mine”, called Movin' On, can be seen here:


Lane’s first two releases, one of which was nominated for a Prairie Music Award in 2000 (Sleepless), garnered great attention within the Western Canadian music scene. Her self-titled 2006 album and the 2010 follow-up (For the Night) caught the ears and hearts of industry and fans alike. Both were nominated for Western Canadian Music Awards and Jen received many notable showcases across the country and into the States including three trips to SXSW.

Jen will tour across Canada and the Eastern US in support of “This Life of Mine” including showcasing at Canadian Music Week in May.

For more information check out www.jenlane.com.

Chris Young & Cassadee Pope Take Flight in Southwest Airlines Performance

Chris Young and Cassadee Pope joined Southwest Airlines in celebrating 30 years in Nashville during a special Live at 35® performance onboard Tennessee One. Photo Courtesy: Southwest Airlines

RCA Records Nashville Recording Artist, Chris Young, along with Republic Nashville Recording Artist, Cassadee Pope, joined Southwest Airlines® recently to celebrate 30 years of service in Music City. The pair, who have been on the road for Young’s sold-out I’m Comin’ Over Tour, entertained guests onboard the airline’s new Tennessee One state plane during a surprise Live at 35® acoustic inflight performance, including their Top 10 and climbing smash duet, “Think of You.” The video of Young and Pope’s Live at 35 performance is now live via VEVO. 


In addition to catching the behind the scenes and performance clip, fans can enter-to-win an exclusive flyaway sweepstakes trip package via Southwest Airlines!  One lucky fan and a guest will win round-trip tickets, two nights hotel, as well as tickets to see the show and meet Chris Young on April 9 in Tampa, FL. Visit the Southwest Airlines Facebook page for full Sweepstakes details. 

Monday, 28 March 2016

Dolly Parton & Katy Perry To Join Forces for 51st ACM Awards Performance!


Country Music’s Party of the Year® just got bigger with music superstars Dolly Parton and Katy Perry added to the epic line-up of performers taking the stage at the 51ST ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS! This can’t-miss duet will mark their first-ever live performance together. Additionally, 10-time ACM Award winner Parton will be honored with the Tex Ritter Award for her television movie, Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors. This award is given to a movie released and/or receiving major exposure during the preceding calendar year, featuring or utilizing country music.


The 51st Academy Of Country Music Awards, co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley, is produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast live from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Sunday, April 3 at 8:00PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

Parton and Perry join previously announced performers, including Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Cam, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Brett Eldredge, Sam Hunt, Tim McGraw, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Chris Young with Cassadee Pope and Florida Georgia Line.

For more information on the ACM Awards and all ACM events, visit www.ACMcountry.com, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter at @ACMawards for more immediate updates.

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Inclement weather reroutes Garth and Trisha's plane



Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood are bringing their much-anticipated concert tour to Ontario (for the first time in 19 years), to play five sold out shows over Easter weekend and She's Gone Country will be there to capture it all!

Though we celebrated the first day of spring on Sunday, as luck would have it, the Southern Ontario region was hit by a major ice storm on Wednesday evening. Garth and Trisha were scheduled to land their private plane at Hamilton's Munro airport - however due to inclement weather conditions they were re-rounted to Toronto Pearson. Have no fear, they will arrive in Toronto and make the drive to Hamilton with plenty of time for this evening's show.

Let us know if you'll be seeing Garth this weekend, and stay tuned to She's Gone Country for updates, concert photos and videos!

Dierks Bentley Performs New Song at Country Music Hall of Fame



While performing at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on March 12th, Dierks Bentley unveiled a brand-new song called Freedom.

The acoustic performance was in support of the Country Music Hall of Fame’s brand-new exhibit, Dierks Bentley: Every Mile a Memory. Dierks played nine songs, including Freedom, which he co-wrote the tune, which will be featured on his upcoming album, Black.

The Country Music Hall of Fame exhibit, Dierks Bentley: Every Mile a Memory will be open until Sept. 6. More information can be found at CountryMusicHallofFame.org.

Bentley will be performing at and co-hosting the 2016 ACM Awards on April 3, where he is also nominated for two awards, Male Vocalist of the Year and Video of the Year. 


Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Country's Biggest Stars Honor Kris Kristofferson in Concert Tribute


Singer/songwriter Kris Kristofferson's iconic work was honored during a concert event that featured more than 20 of country’s biggest stars at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on March 16.

The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson, lasted more than 2 hours and was recorded for future broadcast. Kris and his wife, Lisa, were seated onstage to watch as country's greatest performed an array of his hit songs.

Performes included Reba McEntire, Alison Krauss, Buddy Miller, Larry Gatlin, Jessi Colter, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Ryan Bingham, Rosanne Cash, Eric Church, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Jack Ingram, Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles, Darius Rucker, Hank Williams Jr. and Lee Ann Womack.

Kris performed a few songs himself and even ended the night with a Highwaymen reunion that featured original member Willie Nelson along with Shooter Jennings and Jamey Johnson.

The event was hosted by actor W. Earl Brown (Deadwood, Black Mass) and offered some incredible highlights such as Reba performing “Me and Bobby McGee,”; Willie and Kris teaming up for what’s often referred to as one of the greatest country songs ever written, “Sunday Morning Coming Down"; and Hank Jr. blasting through “If You Don’t Like Hank Williams.

During an intermission, Nashville Mayor Megan Berry proclaimed March 16 as Kris Kristofferson Day in Nashville.

Check out the Highwaymen reunion!