Thursday, 30 June 2016

Second Annual Outlaw Country Cruise to Set Sail February 2017


The Outlaw Country Cruise returns to the high seas in 2017, celebrating its second annual Caribbean voyage, presented by Sixthman and Steven Van Zandt’s Renegade Circus. Setting sail on February 26 and returning March 2, 2017, the cruise will host over 2,500 fans of Outlaw Country, Southern rock, honky-tonk and Americana as they celebrate raw, rootsy music in state-of-the-art luxury between Tampa, Florida, and Cozumel, Mexico. Over four nights of like-minded community, laid-back memory making and authentic artistry, the beautiful Norwegian Jade will be transformed into a floating music festival complete with five stages and over a dozen acts on the bill so far.

Returning as performers this year are heirs to the Southern rock throne Blackberry Smoke, Cuban-inflected country outsiders The Mavericks, celebrated country-rock poet Lucinda Williams, sharp-tongued individualist Steve Earle & The Dukes, second-generation scion Shooter Jennings & Waymore’s Outlaws, featuring a special appearance by his mother Jessi Colter, the legendary Queen of Outlaw Country.

They’ll be joined by first-time cruisers like West Texas roots rock superhero Joe Ely, hard-scrabble Kentucky troubadour Chris Knight, alt-country ground breakers Old 97’s, Georgia-based drawl rockers Drivin’ N Cryin’ and the pre-war harmonies of mesmerizing duo The Secret Sisters, plus Dale Watson and His Lone Stars, Supersuckers, Bottle Rockets, The Mastersons, Jesse Dayton, Heybale! and more to be announced at a later date.

Along with a non-stop schedule of performances, guests will also be treated to once-in-a-lifetime, spur-of-the-moment collaborations, late-night jams, opportunities to meet and spend time with their favorite outlaw stars, attend autograph signings with artists and live recording sessions with Steve Earle, Shooter Jennings, Elizabeth Cook, Dallas Wayne, Roger Alan Wade and Mojo Nixon, who are all hosts on SiriusXM’s Outlaw Country channel.

Created and executive produced by E Street Band member Steven Van Zandt, SiriusXM’s Outlaw Country channel features shows hosted by Steve Earle, Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale, Elizabeth Cook, Mojo Nixon, Shooter Jennings, Johnny Knoxville and Roger Alan Wade, Hillbilly Jim and Dallas Wayne.

“I created the Outlaw Country format to include four essential sub-genres that no longer had a place in the modern world — which was totally unacceptable to me —Traditional Country, Outlaw Country, Alternative Country, and Country Rock. I wanted all the in-betweeners to have a home,” said Van Zandt. “SiriusXM came along just in time. Now the greatest country and country-related music ever made, and still being made, is accessible to inspire future generations. And we're taking it all out on The Outlaw Country Cruise past the three mile legal limit where it belongs!”

A destination of her own, Norwegian Jade offers guests Norwegian Cruise Line’s signature freedom and flexibility to enjoy 11 onboard bars and lounges, 15 dining experiences, one outdoor pool, hot tubs, and a full menu of spa treatments. Guests can enjoy access to other entertainment on the ship as well, whether it’s a game of soccer or basketball on the sports court, a workout in the fitness center or tempting lady luck with a few hands in the casino, Norwegian Jade has you covered. Plus, Outlaws will enjoy a day-long excursion to the picturesque Caribbean island of Cozumel, where golden sandy beaches and world-class scuba diving adventures await.

Double occupancy staterooms on The Outlaw Country Cruise begin at $820 per person, plus taxes and fees. For more information about booking your vacation, visit us online at outlawcountrycruise.com or call Sixthman directly at 877-379-9189 between the hours of 10AM EST and 6PM EST.

Connect with The Outlaw Country Cruise at OutlawCountryCruise.com, on Facebook, and on Instagram and Twitter at @OutlawCruise #OutlawCruise.


Alan Jackson and Ply Gem Help Dedicate House as Part of National Habitat for Humanity Home Builders Blitz

Alan Jackson with new Rutherford County Area Habitat homeowner Keosha Hendricks and her daughter Akori' Yahah after receiving keys to her new home 

Country music icon Alan Jackson and Ply Gem®, a manufacturer of building products, helped dedicate a house built with a local family as part of the Habitat for Humanity national Home Builders Blitz week.

Ply Gem partnered with Jackson to serve as the ambassador of the Home for Good project, and his song, “You Can Always Come Home,” is the anthem for the program, emphasizing that having a place to call home is both fortunate and comforting.

“This is the reason why I love this country so much – we step up and we give of our time. Thank you Ply Gem and Habitat for Humanity,” Jackson said before giving the house keys to new Rutherford County Area Habitat homeowner Keosha Hendricks, and her daughter Akori’ Yanah. “This is just a house, but you and Akori’ will make it a home."

Hendricks brushed away tears as she received keys to the house she helped build.

“I’m so grateful to be a part of this program. The experience has been amazing and my daughter is going to have a stable, healthy home,” she said through tears. “Thank you Habitat, Ply Gem and Alan. We finally have a home to call our own.”

Ply Gem, headquartered in Cary, North Carolina, is the presenting sponsor of Habitat’s Home Builders Blitz, in which professional builders in 31 states worked this week alongside nearly 250 Habitat homeowners to build or repair their homes. The sponsorship is one component of the Home for Good project - a multi-year initiative that includes the donation of more than $1 million of performance siding and windows and funds for Habitat for Humanity to use to help families build nearly 300 homes in 2016, alone. Home Builders Blitz kicked off June 6 with a wall-raising ceremony in Raleigh, North Carolina, where four homes are being constructed.

“As a leading manufacturer of building products, like siding, windows, stone, roofing, fence and rail, giving back by helping to build houses across North America makes sense for Ply Gem, and partnering with Habitat for Humanity was a natural choice,” said Gary E. Robinette, chairman and CEO, Ply Gem.

“Through the Home for Good project we are spreading the word to rally everyone to grab a hammer and help in communities nationwide. Ply Gem is reaching out to the building industry, our 8,900 associates and community members.”

Habitat launched its first Home Builders Blitz in 2006, four years after Habitat for Humanity Wake County, North Carolina and local builder Tom Gipson recruited 12 homebuilders to donate their time to each build a house in five days. To date, more than 1,500 homes have been constructed under the Home Builders Blitz model. Habitat and local families are building two homes in LaVergne.



To find out how to get involved, please visit Habitat.org, or to learn more about Ply Gem’s Home for Good project, go to www.plygem.com/homeforgood

Chris Young & Vince Gill Collaborate with The Roots

Photo Credit: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC

Chris Young and Vince Gill appeared on NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on June 11 for a very special performance of “Sober Saturday Night.” Gill and Young collaborated with The Roots for the TV debut of the song. 

Chris Young’s “Sober Saturday Night,” featuring Vince Gill, is the latest single from the acclaimed singer-songwriter’s ACM-nominated album, I’m Comin’ Over, following back-to-back No. 1s for the title track and “Think Of You” with Cassadee Pope. Country Music Hall of Famer Gill’s new album, Down To My Last Bad Habit, is available now.


Wednesday, 29 June 2016

PHOTOS: Luke Bryan, Little Big Town in Toronto - Kill The Lights Tour!!



Luke Bryan's Kill the Lights tour came to town for two sold-out shows at the Molson Canadian Amphitheater in Toronto on June 24th & 25th, joined by Dustin Lynch and Little Big Town.




Dustin Lynch kicked off the show and Little Big Town warmed up the crowd with their hits Pontoon, Tornado, and my favourite Girl Crush, closing out the set with crowd-favourite Boondocks.


Luke Bryan hit the stage, opening the set with Rain is a Good Thing and Kick the Dust Up. The crowd from the front to the lawn was a mass of excitement and inebriation, including a few unlucky underagers pitched from the venue before the headliner even hit the stage.




Luke put on an upbeat show, complete with pelvic thrusts and hit songs, including Drunk on You, Crash My Party, Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye, Play It Again, Roller Coaster, Drink a Beer, That's My Kind of Night, Country Girl (Shake It for Me) and Huntin', Fishin' and Lovin' Every Day.



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MusiCounts & Republic Live Award Orillia Ontario Secondary School with $10,000 in New Musical Instruments

Photo Credit: Tom Pandi

MusiCounts, in partnership with Republic Live (producers of Boots and Hearts and WayHome festivals), celebrated $10,000 in new musical instruments provided to Orillia Secondary School. Made possible through the generous support of MusiCounts' Band Aid Program, the donation of the instruments was celebrated by JUNO Award nominee and CCMA Award winner Tim Hicks. Hicks celebrated the announcement by performing his hits "Got a Feeling," "Young  Alive & In Love" and "Slide Over".

"It was so heartwarming to be in the room and see the smiles on everyone's faces when it was announced that they had been given $10,000 worth of new instruments," said Hicks. "I know the vibe in this school is going to change because of it, and because of that, lives have changed."

Also recognized at yesterday's presentation was the ongoing and dedicated support Republic Live has given MusiCounts, Canada's music education charity associated with The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS). To date, over $230,000 has been raised through the partnership to support MusiCounts' Band Aid Program. Both Allan Reid (President & CEO,CARAS/The JUNO Awards and MusiCounts) and Laura Kennedy (Vice President PR and Marketing, Republic Live) were onsite to address nearly 550 students, teachers and special guests in attendance.

"We're thrilled that through our partnership with Republic Live over the past five years we've been able to provide over $230,000 worth of instruments to school music programs," said Allan Reid, President & CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Awards & MusiCounts. "It's great to be celebrating this partnership in the community and see first hand the impact that these instruments have."

"MusiCounts has been a wonderful long standing partner of Republic Live and we are very pleased to be able to play a role enhancing music programs in schools like Orillia Secondary School," said Laura Kennedy, Vice President PR and Marketing, Republic Live. "We are very grateful to Tim Hicks for his participation as it's always so thrilling to see the reactions from the students and teachers at a Band Aid Program Celebration and how they truly connect to the artists across their shared passion for music.  Republic Live is proud to be able to support schools locally through our partnership with MusiCounts and are grateful to all the teachers and parents that support and encourage musical education."




REVIEW: Kenny Rogers' Gamblers Last Deal Tour


Kenny Rogers bid farewell to his fans in upstate New York, as the 77-year old singer performed for a full house at the Seneca Allegany Casino on May 28th. The two-time Country Music Hall of Fame inductee came to town with a performance and retrospective that highlighted his extensive career. One of the She's Gone Country girls got the chance to head out to the casino to check out the show with her mother and check out the “The Gambler's Last Deal Tour”.



Though it was interesting and fun to watch old performances and listen to Kenny get nostalgic in the retelling of stories from his life, it was very clear that his retirement from performing is imminent. Having recently undergone knee-replacement surgery, Rogers was not the most spry, opting to remain seated through much of the show and shuffling on and off stage. His voice also didn't hold the same strength as it once did and he relied heavily on audience participation, his incredibly talented backing band and the aid of his special guest Linda Davis (Fun Fact that Kenny revealed: Linda Davis is Hillary Scott from Lady Antebellum's mother! I had no idea!).


















He took the audience through a timeline of his career and it was a great way for the audience to see him performing one last time and get to experience his music. His stories relating to the songs he performed were fun and interesting and gave the audience an idea of the man behind the music, as he joked about his acting career and song inspirations.

Kenny highlighter each phase of his career, describing the time in his life, the atmosphere, sharing stories and video footage from the time – including his early years in the Bobby Doyle Three and the First Edition with performances of "Something's Burning" and "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)". Former First Edition member Mary Arnold was in attendance at the show with her family and Rogers seemed to revel in the opportunity to reminisce about stories at the time.

He showed a montage of images of country music legends that have inspired him while performing "They Just Don't Make 'Em Like You Anymore” and paid homage to the musical greats that he has worked with. In saying his farewell, he revealed that he intends to spend more time with this family and focus on his passion for photography (he ran a slide show of his work while performing “'Merica” and the audience was quite impressed. He also took the opportunity to celebrate Memorial Day by asking the veterans in the audience to stand up and be recognized.



He rounded out the set with some of his biggest hits “The Gambler” and “Islands in the Stream” and closed the show performing “Blaze of Glory” joined by Linda Davis.



Tennessee Tourism Honors 50th Anniversary of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Pictured L to R: Brian Wagner, Jimmie Fadden, John McEuen, Jeff Hanna & Bob Carpenter
Photo Courtesy: CMA (by J. Scott Whigham)

In Celebration of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s 50th anniversary, the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development honored bandmates Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Bob Carpenter and John McEuen with special commemorative art pieces that included official Tennessee Ambassador of Goodwill certificates signed by Gov. Bill Haslam. The special presentation took place at Nissan Stadium during CMA Fest, just prior to the band’s debut performance at the stadium. Brian Wagner, assistant commissioner of marketing, Department of Tourist Development, made the presentation to each member of the world-renowned group.

“We are incredibly proud of the impact that the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has had on the musical heritage of Tennessee,” said Wagner. “Our brand message notes The Soundtrack of America. Made in Tennessee. Over the past fifty years, the works created by these musicians, in collaboration with legendary country music artists, have served as a touchstone for so many new fans to the genre not just in the United States, but around the world.”

Matted and framed along with the certificates signed by Gov. Bill Haslam was a custom-designed piece of artwork. Text creating a circle border to the design read, “The Unbroken Circle. Part of the Soundtrack of America. Made in Tennessee. June 11, 2016.” Incorporated into the center of the design was the band’s 50th anniversary logo which states, “Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: 50 Years of Dirt.”

This is not the first acknowledgement Tennessee Tourism has shown for the group, as the department recently supported the group’s star-studded televised PBS Pledge Special, a project that has reached more than 267 million viewers across the country. The show, filmed at the historic Ryman Auditorium, features guest artists including John Prine, Sam Bush, Vince Gill, Jerry Jeff Walker, Alison Krauss, Rodney Crowell, Byron House, and Jerry Douglas as well as former members, Jimmy Ibbotson (long-time member for decades) and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and early NGDB member Jackson Browne.

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has a full slate of dates commemorating the 50th milestone to run through the end of 2017, with many additional dates to be announced. Plans are extensive with select shows featuring special guests as well as many new exciting show elements.



NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND ON TOUR:

June 16 - Stafford Centre Performing Arts - Stafford, Texas
June 17 - Grand Casino Events Center - Shawnee, Okla.
June 18 - Southwind Casino - Braman, Okla.
June 22 - The Mountain Winery - Saratoga, Calif.
June 23 - Del Mar Fairgrounds - Paddock - Del Mar, Calif.
June 30 - Royal Gorge Bridge & Park - Canon City, Colo.
July 01 - Vilar Performing Arts Center - Beaver Creek, Colo.
July 02 - Fir Amphitheater - La Veta Pas - Alamosa, Colo.
July 03 - Fir Amphitheater - Alamosa, Colo.
July 07 - Country Concert at Hickory Hill - Fort Loramie, Ohio
July 08 - Hodag Festival - Rhinelander, Wis.
July 09 - Minnesota Zoo - Apple Valley, Minn.
July 15 - Shenandoah Valley Music Festival - Orkney Springs, Virg.
July 16 - Bob Evans Farm Festival - Bidwell, Ohio
July 17 - Jamboree In The Hills - Morristown, Ohio
July 23 - Surf Ballroom - Clear Lake, Iowa
July 24 - Ravinia Festival - Highland Park, Ill.
July 28 - Door Community Auditorium - Fish Creek, Wisc.
July 29 - Vadalabene Center - Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville, Ill.
July 30 - Wayne County Fair - Wayne, Neb.
Aug 05 - Manitoulin Country Fest - Little Current, Canada
Aug 06 - Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua - Bayfield, Wisc.
Aug 07 - Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua - Bayfield, Wisc.
Aug 12 - Festival at Sandpoint - Sandpoint, Idaho
Aug 13 - Crook County Fair - Prineville, Ore.
Aug 26 - Detroit Mountain Recreational - Detroit Lakes, Minn.
Aug 27 - Seven Clans Casino - Red Lake - Puposky, Minn.
Sept 02 - Honeywell Center - Wabash, Ind.
Sept 04 - Central Wisconsin State Fair - Marshfield, Wisc.
Sept 09 - The Strand Theatre - Shreveport, La.
Sept 11 - Silver Dollar City - Branson, Mo.
Sept 15 - Britt Pavilion - Jacksonville, Ore.
Sept 16 - Sonoma State University - The Green Music Center - Rohnert Park, Ca.
Sept 22 - Reynolds Performance Hall - Conway, Ark.
Sept 23 - Halloran Centre for Performing Arts - Memphis, Tenn.
Oct 01 - Anderson Music Hall - Hiawassee, Ga.
Oct 04 - Schermerhorn Symphony Center - Nashville, Tenn.
Oct 06 - Oxford Performing Arts Center - Oxford, Ala.
Oct 22 - The Majestic Theatre - Dallas, Tex.
Nov 13 - MotorCity Casino Hotel - Detroit, Mich.




Chris Young Surprises Cassadee Pope with Gold Plaque

Photo Credit: Alexis Mostaccio/CMA

Chris Young recently surprised his duet partner, Cassadee Pope, with a Gold plaque for their chart-topping single “Think Of You.” That same night Young thrilled the sold-out crowds at Nissan Stadium during CMA Music Festival in Nashville when he welcomed Pope to the stage for a sizzling performance of their hit duet.

Written by Young, Corey Crowder and Josh Hoge, “Think Of You” reached No. 1 in only fifteen weeks and is certified Gold by the RIAA for sales exceeding half a million copies. The song is from Young’s ACM-nominated album, I’m Comin’ Over, and marks the Grammy-nominated singer’s eighth chart topping track. His latest single, “Sober Saturday Night” featuring Vince Gill is climbing the charts now. Pope, whose new EP Summer is out now, will join Young this fall for his headlining “I’m Comin’ Over Tour” along with Dan + Shay and Dustin Lynch.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Canadian Country Legend Aaron Pritchett Celebrates 20 Years with the Release of “The Score”


Having sold tens of thousands of albums in his 20-year career, four time CCMA Award winner Aaron Pritchett celebrated this milestone year with the release of his eighth studio album The Score last week.

A collection of Pritchett’s best work yet, the album’s title The Score was aptly chosen as a playful nod towards the artist’s impressive two decades of making music. Since his very first release Young In Love in 1996, Pritchett’s unique country-rock sound has become a staple in the Canadian country music industry and has landed him on tours with some of the greatest artists in the business such as Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn and Toby Keith. Having cut some of country’s biggest hits such as ‘Hold My Beer’ and ‘Let’s Get Rowdy,’ Pritchett has seen over 15 Top Ten tracks to date, including his current song ‘Dirt Road In ‘Em,’ which is his highest charting single in over 10 years – reaching the #1 Canadian track at country radio.

From the upbeat island-flavour of ‘Out of the Blue’ and ‘VW Bus’ to the heart-warming stories behind ‘When A Momma’s Boy Meets A Daddy’s Girl’ and ‘All Night Baby,’ every track of The Score will be sure to score big with fans both new and old. With the help of producer Scott Cooke (Florida Georgia Line, Jake Owen, Dallas Smith), this album boasts a strong energy that will have fans reaching to the record for their next summer anthem.

Confirming his status as one of Canada’s most recognized country performers, Pritchett received the surprise of his career when Garth Brooks personally invited him to open the show for his Saskatoon dates. Performing two shows earlier this month, Pritchett took to the stage to sold out crowds in support of the tour.

This is not the last that fans will see of Pritchett this summer. As festival season draws near, Pritchett will be seen on some of Canada’s biggest stages such as The Calgary Stampede and Boots & Hearts. Be sure to keep a close eye on Pritchett’s website and social pages for more information surrounding his upcoming album and futures tour dates.

www.aaron-pritchett.com | @AaronPritchett

The Score Track Listing:

1. VW Bus
2. Out of the Blue
3. Love On
4. When A Momma’s Boy Meets A Daddy’s Girl
5. Dirt Road In ‘Em
6. Cool It Down
7. Lifeline
8. All Night Baby

She's Gone Country will be chatting with Aaron about the new album and what to expect next! Stay Tuned!



Confirmed Summer Dates:

June 25, 2016 - Teslin Arena - Teslin, YK
July 1, 2016 - Canada Place - Vancouver, BC
July 2 + 3, 2016 - Dauphin Countryfest - Dauphin, MB
July 7, 2016 - Thalassa Restaurant - Qualicum Beach, BC
July 9 + 10, 2016 - Calgary Stampede - Calgary, AB
July 16, 2016 - Mount Albert Lions Concert Field - Mount Albert, ON
July 22, 2016 - The Mule Nightclub and Showroom - Penticton, BC
July 22, 2016 - Barefoot Beach Resort - Penticton, BC
July 23, 2016 - Cloverdale Amphitheatre - Surrey, BC
July 31, 2016 - Assiniboia Downs Race Track -Winnipeg, MB
August 6, 2016 - Boots & Hearts Music Festival -Oro-Medonte, ON
August 12, 2016 - Stirling Fair - Stirling, ON
August 19, 2016 - Murillo Fair - Murillo, ON
August 20, 2016 - Batoche National Park - Rosthern, SK
August 25, 2016 - Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park - Comox, BC
August 26 + 27, 2016 - Tally Ho Bar - Victoria, BC
September 24, 2016 - Sunnybrae Golf Course - Port Perry, ON

Joe Nichols Releases Sizzling Summertime Anthem “Undone”

Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes


Chart-topping Country music staple Joe Nichols released his brand new sultry single “Undone” to country radio this month. Nichols’ latest offering surged as a Top 3 most added song at U.S. Country radio with 30 first-week stations, proving his flare for marrying modern and traditional Country is second to none.

Purchase “Undone” here: http://geni.us/undone
Stream “Undone” here: http://smarturl.it/streamundone

Written by hit-makers Trevor Rosen, Josh Osborne and Ross Copperman and produced by Micky Jack Cones (#1 smashes “Sunny and 75” and “Yeah”), fans and critics alike are raving about the steamy new song of summer.

Nichols is currently on the road performing headlining shows and major festivals throughout the U.S. and Canada in support of the new single and forthcoming album, due out on RED BOW Records later this year.



Joe Nichols Tour Dates:

6/10 – Carolina Country Music Fest – Myrtle Beach, SC

6/16 – Headwaters Country Jam – Cardwell, MT

6/17 – Country Jam USA – Grand Junction, CO

6/18 – Peppermill Concert Hall - West Wendover, NV

6/22 – Alameda County Fair – Pleasanton, CA

6/23 – Sonoma-Marin Fair – Petaluma, CA

7/1 - McConnell-Talbert Stadium – Warner Robbins, GA

7/2 – Rockin The Ridge Festival – Dry Ridge, KY

7/8 – Tequila Cowboy – Columbus, OH

7/9 – Veteran’s Park – Steger, VA

7/15 – Great South Bay Music Festival – Patchogue, NY

7/16 – Frontier Field, Rochester, NY

7/21 – Midstate Fair – Paso Robles, CA

7/23 – California State Fair – Sacramento, CA

7/24 – Lane County Fair – Eugene, OR

7/29 – The Wilma – Missoula, MT

7/30 – Canyon County Fair – Caldwell, ID

8/4 – WE Fest – Detroit Lakes, MN


8/5 – Country on the River – Prairie du Chien, WI

The CCMA Announces 2016 Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees



The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) is pleased to announce that Murray McLauchlan and Paul Mascioli have been selected as the 2016 inductees into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame™.

“On behalf of the CCMA, its membership and the Electors Committee who selected this year’s distinguished inductees, congratulations to both Murray McLauchlan and Paul Mascioli,” said Don Green, President of the Canadian Country Music Association. “A music creator and a business innovator, both of these gentlemen have exemplified the dedication, tenacity and passion needed to succeed in this genre, and have likewise helped this genre to succeed. We are honoured that they will be added to our esteemed list of Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame inductees”.

Murray McLauchlan first began writing and performing songs as a teenager in Toronto. By the late 1960s and early 1970s, he played major festivals of the time, such as the Philadelphia Folk Festival and the Mariposa Folk Festival, then expanded into the club circuit and played such well known rooms as The Riverboat in Toronto, The Bitter End in New York and the famous Earl of Old Town in Chicago, among others. Before he had even recorded an album of his own, his early work was recorded and performed by some of the biggest names of the era.

Now, over 30 years later, McLauchlan has eighteen albums to his credit on both True North Records and Capitol Records in the genres of not only country, but also folk, pop and adult contemporary. His songs continue to be covered by notable artists, and are even featured in high school text books. He has played, both solo and with bands, in every major hall in Canada, from Massey Hall in Toronto, to the Orpheum in Vancouver and beyond.

Murray McLauchlan is the recipient of eleven JUNO Awards and a handful of RPM Awards (the original CCMA Award), among other music accolades. He’s hosted several radio programs, most notably the top-rated CBC show, Swinging on a Star, and has been a part of numerous television specials, including Floating Over Canada, where he piloted a float plane across the northern tundra for CBC-TV and PBS. In 1993 McLauchlan was appointed to the Order of Canada and in 1998 his memoir, “Getting Out of Here Alive”, was released. McLauchlan is currently a member of the band, Lunch At Allen’s, who have released four albums to-date and are currently selling out theatres across Canada. He also sits on the Board for the Room 217 Foundation.

“I would sincerely like to thank the Electors Committee, all the folks at the CCMA, those wonderful independent-minded stations that gave my first records a break and especially all the people who have taken my music into their hearts and made it a part of their lives,” shared Murray McLauchlan of his honour. “I've had a lot of help from a lot of good people and being inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame will hopefully serve to recognize their contribution as well”.

Paul Mascioli is the founder and President of Mascioli Entertainment Corporation. He started his venture in Victoria, British Columbia in 1969 as Prestige Entertainment Agencies Ltd.; eventually moving the offices to Vancouver and then to Nashville, Tennessee in 1991, when the company’s name was changed to  Mascioli Entertainment Corporation – a full service entertainment company offering artist management and booking for conventions, casinos, arenas, theatres, nightclubs, fairs, festivals and special events.

 In 1993, with the addition of two publishing companies – Giovellino Music (ASCAP) and Mascioli Music, Inc. (BMI) – Mascioli developed and implemented leadership and business strategies that were instrumental in building the company into a successful, international enterprise. Mascioli’s son, Mike, joined the Nashville operation in 1996, and together they moved the office to Orlando, Florida, where Mascioli continued his active role as an artist manager for Mascioli Entertainment, in addition to joining T. Skorman Productions Inc., serving as Senior Vice President until January 2003. Today, Mascioli continues to lead his team and their world-wide talent negotiations, booking national acts for a variety of clients in the realms of artist management, concert promotions and event productions.

Paul Mascioli was an advisor to the CCMA Board of Directors from 1983-1985, a Director from 1985-1986, and was selected to serve as Co-Chairman of Country Music Week in 1987, where his leadership efforts led to the Canadian country music industry’s first nationally televised and live awards show on the CTV Network. In 1986, Mascioli won the CCMA Award for Booking Agency of the Year. He continued his work with the CCMA as President of the association from 1986-1990.

“The CCMA Hall of Fame and its predecessor, the Hall of Honour, have always been near and dear to me as I participated in its early organization and have seen so many of our country music luminaries become members. I am truly humbled to be the newest recipient of this honour,” said Paul Mascioli of his induction.

Inductees of the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame are chosen annually by a selected Hall of Fame Electors Committee, comprised of over seventy (70) industry peers. The three-stage voting process begins in January of each year. The inductee in the Builder category receives the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame Stan Klees Builder Award, established in recognition of RPM Magazine co-founder, Mr. Stan Klees, and his pioneering efforts in the creation of the CCMA Awards Program.

The Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place at a private industry event held during Country Music Week, in London, Ontario from September 8 – 11.


Billy Ray Cyrus Is Burnin’ It Up This Summer With CMT Series, Still The King, and New Music



Country singer-songwriter and entertainer Billy Ray Cyrus has released details surrounding several upcoming projects, including the release of new music and a highly-anticipated new television series, Still The King.

Cyrus will release his new album, Thin Line, on September 9th through Blue Cadillac Music. Cyrus describes Thin Line as, “How I live my life; it’s a balance between art and reality,” which serves as the theme of the album.

Three select tracks will be available to download prior to the September album launch. The first, “Hey Elvis,” is available now. Cyrus’s cover of the Don Williams classic “Tulsa Time” will be available July 8, and the title track “Thin Line” will be available on August 12.

Cyrus fell in love with “Hey Elvis,” written by Bryan Adams and Gretchen Peters, nearly twenty years ago. This gritty rock rendition combines the unique forces of Cyrus, Adams, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Glenn Hughes. The music video will premiere June 4 on CMT’s Hot 20 Countdown and will be available for further viewing on CMT Music, CMT.com and CMT Mobile.

Simultaneously, Cyrus is launching a new television series on CMT called Still The King. The series premiered Sunday, June 12. Cyrus, a writer and executive producer of the series, also stars as “Burnin’ Vernon" Brown, a one-hit wonder turned Elvis-impersonating scoundrel. After a run-in with the law, Brown is sentenced to community service and ends up masquerading as the community’s new preacher, and re-connecting with his old flame, and a daughter he didn’t know about.


Cyrus’ co-stars include Joey Lauren Adams, Leslie David Baker, Lacey Chabert, comedian/actor Kevin Farley and Madison Iseman along with cameos by Randy Travis, Darius Rucker, Wayne Newton, Erik Estrada, John Corbett, and more. View an official trailer for Still The King here.

Meghan Patrick Debuts “Grace & Grit” Video



Warner Music Canada recording artist Meghan Patrick debuted the video for her new single “Grace & Grit” recently on ET Canada.

In addition to the video premiere, Patrick’s debut album was featured as part of Google Play’s “Sizzling Albums from 99¢”. Grace & Grit is also available to purchase or stream at Walmart, iTunes, Apple Music and Spotify.

Meghan Patrick is staying busy this summer on the festival circuit, making stops at the CMT Music Fest in Kitchener, the Cavendish Beach Music Festival in PEI as well as Boots & Hearts in Oro-Medonte. What’s more, she will share the stage with Lady Antebellum as part of this year’s Calgary Stampede. See below for a full list of dates.

In creating Grace & Grit Meghan enlisted an impressive group of superstars producers that includes Chad Kroeger (Nickelback), Justin Niebank (Vince Gill, LeAnn Rimes), Vince Gill, Chris Baseford (Nickelback, Avril Lavigne) and Carly McKillip. Grace and Grit also features a formidable list of cowriters that includes Rodney Clawson (CMA Songwriter of the Year, ACM Song of the Year and Grammy Nominated), Gord Bamford, Chantal Kreviazuk, Marty Dodson, Patricia Conroy, Bruce Wallace, Buddy Owen, Phil Barton, Phil O'Donnell, Steve Smith, Anthony Anderson and Andrew Allan.



Tour Dates

* - With Lady Antebellum


June 8 - Ottawa, ON - Aberdeen Pavilion

June 9 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre

June 23 - Oshawa, ON - Donovan Arena

July 8 - Kitchener, ON - CMT Music Fest

July 10 - Cavendish, PEI - Beach Music Festival

July 14 - Ottawa, ON - Bluesfest

July 15 - Calgary, AB - Scotiaband Saddledome*

August 3 - Peterborough, ON - MusicFest

August 4 - Oro-Medonte, ON - Boots & Hearts

August 19 - Murillo, ON - Murillo Ex Grounds

August 20 - Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON - Peller Estates Winery


Luke Bryan Becomes Official Chevrolet Brand Ambassador

Photo Credit: Ethan Helms

Chevrolet announced at the 2016 Country Music Association Festival (CMA Fest), that it is expanding its country music ties by teaming up with the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan.

Bryan will work with Chevrolet as a brand ambassador on a variety of projects over the next three years including his participation during this year’s CMA Music Festival.

"Chevy has been a part of our family and a part of our work life on the farm for as long as I can remember.” said Luke Bryan. “If you were a Bryan, you drove a Chevy. I am so excited about this partnership and I'm honored to be representing such a wonderful brand.”

Chevrolet will also be a sponsor of Bryan’s Farm Tour. The 8th Annual Farm Tour is a multi-city tour in which Bryan makes stops in rural areas of the country, sets up stages on farmland and performs for thousands of fans. A portion of ticket proceeds are granted for local college scholarships (“Luke Bryan Farm Tour Scholarship”) to students from a farming family within the communities the tour plays.

“Partnering with Luke Bryan is a natural fit for Chevrolet,” said Paul Edwards, Chevrolet U.S. vice president of marketing. “Our customers love country music, and Chevy has always held a special place within the genre.”

Earlier this year, using his broad reach on social media, Bryan helped Chevrolet use the extra 24-hours of Leap Day to #DayItForward by recognizing the daily hard work and sacrifice of the firefighters of Firestation #2 in Franklin, Tenn.

“We’re proud to build a relationship with an artist as authentic and talented as Luke.” said Edwards.



She's Gone Country got the chance to cover Luke's recent stop in Toronto – Stay tuned for a review and photos coming soon!

Friday, 24 June 2016

Kym Simon Releases Video for Single “Myself to Blame”


 
A dynamo onstage and off, Kym Simon has a powerhouse voice, a natural and easy charm, and a delightfully cheeky wit. With years of experience under her belt, Kym has evolved into a singing and song-writing sensation -- spearheading the creative charge by writing or co-writing all five tracks from her current EP, Mirror, released in January 2016.

Mirror follows on the heels of If You Stole My Heart, released in 2000, and 2007’s Priority, both of which were recorded in Nashville. For this latest release, Kym chose to work closer to home, laying down tracks at Calgary’s MCC Recording Studios under the watchful eye of veteran producer Johnny Gasparic (Gord Bamford, George Canyon, Clayton Bellamy).

Throughout her extensive performing career, Kym has shared the concert and festival stage with the likes of Aaron Pritchett, Patricia Conroy, Wendell Ferguson, and Gord Bamford. She has also used her talent and time to support many worthwhile charitable causes -- most commonly ones involving emergency services and first responders, since her husband is a professional firefighter for the City of Edmonton.

All of this musical experience, along with her life as a wife and mom, adds an authenticity and emotional depth to her original songs, particularly those on Mirror.

“I want to show people that you can be a hard-working, family-oriented person, but still be able to live your creative dreams. I have been teaching music and voice lessons in which I’ve added a song-writing component to, and it’s spurred on my own songwriting. I’m spend- ing a lot more time crafting my own material because it’s another great way for me to express myself,” Kym said.

Listening to the infectious melodies and world-wise lyrics of the five songs on Mirror will leave listeners with little doubt as to Kym’s song-writing bona fides.

Kym demonstrates her ample playful side on third single released today ‘Myself to Blame’: “The song is really a tongue-in-cheek look at the “walk of shame”, but from a woman’s point of view,” Kym explained. “We had a lot of fun writing about what it would be like to have this happen and not always have it end up being a bad thing in the end. It leaves you wondering what is going to happen if she stays...the woman in the song may have just met the love of her life!”

With her own strength and self-confidence, Kym’s place in the world of Canadian country music is gaining momentum. As she releases more songs, performs more shows, and dazzles more fans with her easy-going charm, spectacular showmanship, and dynamite voice, she will continue to share her remarkable musical gift from coast to coast -- and beyond.

Check out the new video for 'Myself to Blame'!!

Monday, 20 June 2016

Hank Williams Jr.'s CMA Fest Reign Capped with More Platinum & Gold Certifications

Kirt Webster (Webster Public Relations President/CEO), Ken Levitan (Vector Management Founder/Co-President), Greg Oswald (William Morris Endeavor Entertainment Co-head), Hank Williams Jr.


Before Hank Williams Jr. had the rowdy Nissan Stadium crowd in unison to “Family Tradition,” the country icon was presented with a Gold RIAA plaque for more than 500,000 sales of the single as well as a Platinum RIAA plaque for more than 1,000,000 sales of “A Country Boy Can Survive.”

Hank Jr., who recently released his 37th studio album IT'S ABOUT TIME (Nash Icon Records), also performed his latest latest single, "The Party's On” and “Are You Ready for the Country” with Eric Church. Bocephus also brought Justin Moore and Chris Janson on stage to perform “Born to Boogie.”

Hank Jr.’s 2016 shows have all been SOLD OUT and he continues to add additional dates (see tour schedule below). This summer Hank Jr. will co-headline a special limited summer tour with Chris Stapleton when the two music renegades visit 8 cities with dates lined up in Houston, Austin, West Palm Beach, Detroit (Clarkston), Cleveland, Indianapolis and Cincinnati.


HANK WILLIAMS JR. ON TOUR:

*denotes stops with Chris Stapleton
June 17 – The Corn Crib – Normal, Ill.
June 18 – Black Diamond Harley Davidson – Marion, Ill.
July 14 – Mystic Lake Casino & Hotel – Prior Lake, Minn.
July 16 – Harrah’s Hotel & Casino – Council Bluffs, Iowa
July 17 – Madison Co. Fairgrounds – Madison, Neb.
Aug 05 – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre – Tampa, Fla.*
Aug 06 – Coral Sky Amphitheater – West Palm Beach, Fla.*
Aug 12 – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – Houston, Texas* (SOLD OUT)
Aug 13 – Austin360 Amphitheater – Austin, Texas* (SOLD OUT)
Aug 16 – Rockingham Co. Fair – Harrisonburg, Va.
Aug 19 – Blossom Music Center – Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio*
Aug 20 – DTE Energy Music Theatre – Clarkston, Mich.* (SOLD OUT)
Aug 26 – Klipsch Music Center – Noblesville, Ind.*
Aug 27 – Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, Ohio* (SOLD OUT)
Sep 03 – Legend Valley – Thornville, Ohio
Sep 16 - Charter Amphitheater - Simpsonville, S.C.
Sep 17 - Brimstone Recreation - Huntsville, Tenn.
Sep 24 – Laughlin Events Center – Laughlin, Nev.

Sep 25 - Ava Amphitheater - Tucson, Ariz.