Tuesday, 26 July 2016

CRAIG CAMPBELL LAUNCHES “CRAIG CAMPBELL: MAKING COUNTRY MUSIC GREAT AGAIN” CAMPAIGN WITH FIRST INSTALLMENT OF PARODY VIDEOS

Following his debut performance on NBC's "TODAY," RED BOW Records' Craig Campbell has launched his “CRAIG CAMPBELL: MAKING COUNTRY MUSIC GREAT AGAIN” campaign today (7/22). The first installment of the parody was released exclusively to select FOX affiliates around the country and t-shirts can be purchased here.

"I love country music," says Campbell, "I have dedicated my life to making it the only way I know which is great. In my book there is only one kind of country music...Great Country Music. It's what I do."

Watch the CRAIG CAMPBELL: MAKING COUNTRY MUSIC GREAT AGAIN campaign video:



Every Wednesday, Campbell releases a #WCW (Woman Cover Wednesday) video featuring his rendition of songs originally sung by women. The latest video, filmed backstage at the "TODAY" show features his take on Cyndi Lauper's  "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun." #WCW videos can be found across Campbell's social media platforms or here.

Campbell recently announced his upcoming first-ever USO tour, and that he will participate in the Grand Ole Opry/USO 75th Anniversary concert series. Going from coast to coast, performances include Patrick Air Force Base in Florida on August 7 and Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington on August 9.

For more information on Craig Campbell visit www.craigcampbell.tv.

Monday, 25 July 2016

The Oak Ridge Boys Announce the Christmas Celebration Tour 2016


                            Oak Ridge Boys: Christmas Celebration Tour 2016
Every year, a man with a white beard goes city to city giving the gift of Christmas joy, and his name is… William Lee Golden (were you expecting someone else?). For 27 years now, Country Music Hall of Fame members The Oak Ridge Boys have been a part of their fans' holiday seasons with their annual Christmas tour. This year, the award-winning group will play to packed houses across America during the 2016 Christmas Celebration tour, which will take the group to two-dozen cities in 16 states, from the East to West Coast, November 1 through December 22 (see schedule below).

A mixture of traditional and contemporary songs—including religious, romantic and fun holiday tunes—makes up the set list, which includes songs from the Oaks’ six bestselling Christmas CDs. 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.

Oaks’ lead singer, Duane Allen, says, “Christmas is my favorite time of year. I love the positive things about the season.... the joy, happiness, giving, sharing, time with family, and gifts. The beautiful lights and decorations. Christmas music. Special food. And most of all the true meaning, which, of course, is celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

“Every year I look forward to taking our Christmas tour all over the USA. I hope everyone will come out this year and celebrate Christmas with The Oak Ridge Boys.”

Known for their iconic and multi-platinum selling hit “Elvira,” along with other chart-toppers like “Bobbie Sue,” “Thank God For Kids,” and “Leaving Louisiana In The Broad Daylight,” The Oak Ridge Boys have achieved a decorated career, winning five GRAMMY® Awards, and multiple CMA, ACM and Dove Awards for their cross-over brand of pop, country and gospel music that spans multiple generations. Made up of members Duane Allen, Joe Bonsall, William Lee Golden and Richard Sterban, whose unmistakable bass on the lyric “oom poppa, mow mow,” has become one of music’s most recognized sing-alongs on an international scale, The Oak Ridge Boys are members of the Grand Ole Opry and achieved arguably country music’s highest honor in October 2015 when they were inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame.

Christmas Celebration Tour 2016 DatesNov 15, 2016 Branson, MO The Mansion Theatre
Nov 16, 2016 Branson, MO The Mansion Theatre
Nov 17, 2016 Branson, MO The Mansion Theatre
Nov 18, 2016 Biloxi, LA Golden Nugget Biloxi
Nov 19, 2016 Lake Charles, LA Golden Nugget
Nov 20, 2016 Paris, TX Love Civic Center
Nov 25, 2016 Joplin, MO Joplin Memorial Hall
Nov 26, 2016 Sioux Falls, SD Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science
Nov 27, 2016 Grand Forks, ND Chester Fritz Auditorium
Nov 28, 2016 Minneapolis, MN State Theatre
Nov 30, 2016 Milwaukee, WI Milwaukee Theatre
Dec 1, 2016 Portsmouth, OH Vern Riffe Center For the Arts
Dec 3, 2016 Wisconsin Dells, WI Crystal Grand Music Theatre
Dec 4, 2016 Mount Pleasant, MI Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
Dec 6, 2016 Lima, OH Crouse Performance Hall
Dec 8, 2016 Meridian, MS Riley Center for the Performing Arts
Dec 9, 2016 The Villages, FL Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center
Dec 10, 2016 Sarasota, FL Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Dec 13, 2016 Jacksonville, FL Florida Theatre
Dec 14, 2016 Roanoke Rapids, NC The Roanoke Rapids Theater
Dec 15, 2016 Hagerstown, MD Maryland Theater
Dec 16, 2016 Wabash, IN Honeywell Center
Dec 17, 2016 Akron, OH Akron Civic Center
Dec 18, 2016 Merrillville, IN Star Plaza Theatre
Dec 19, 2016 Green Bay, WI Weidner Center for the Performing Arts
Dec 20, 2016 Mason City, IA North Iowa Community Auditorium
Dec 21, 2016 Grand Island, NE Heartland Events Center
Dec 22, 2016 Burlington, IA PZAZZ! Convention and Event Center

KIEFER SUTHERLAND RELEASES DEBUT ALBUM 'DOWN IN A HOLE' AUGUST 19, PREMIERES "CAN'T STAY AWAY" ON CMT

                            Kiefer Sutherland: Down In A Hole
Kiefer Sutherland’s soulful baritone vocals and guitar licks continue to captivate audiences with his second music video, “Can’t Stay Away,” premiering exclusively this weekend during CMT’s Hot 20 Countdown. The track is the latest release from Sutherland’s debut album Down In A Hole, which will be released August 19 by Warner Music Nashville/Ironworks Music. Down In A Hole will be available for pre-order August 5.

Sutherland, who co-wrote every song on the upcoming 11-track album with producer Jude Cole, including “Can’t Stay Away,” just wrapped up a North American tour that included sold-out dates across the U.S. and Canada.

“We wanted the biggest look for the premiere of Kiefer Sutherland’s new song and video!” said Leslie Fram, CMT Senior VP of Music Strategy.

CMT’s Hot 20 Countdown has a weekly large, loyal base of country music fans who want to see what’s hot and new. “Can’t Stay Away” captures the live, intimate, real and raw essence of what Kiefer has been doing on the road, playing small towns and small clubs. Undeniable!’ Fram added.

Earlier this year Sutherland gave fans a taste of his songwriting notebook when he released the pedal-steeled “Not Enough Whiskey.”
“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 Down In A Hole.

Sutherland, an Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor, is known for his starring role on the Fox series "24," starring roles in movies like ‘Stand By Me,’ ‘The Lost Boys,’ ‘Young Guns,’ Flatliners,’ and many more. Sutherland’s upcoming ABC series “Designated Survivor” premieres this fall on ABC.

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

DOWN IN A HOLE TRACK LISTING:
    Can’t Stay Away
    Truth In Your Eyes
    I’ll Do Anything
    Not Enough Whiskey
    Going Home
    Calling Out Your Name
    My Best Friend
    Shirley Jean
    All She Wrote
    Down In A Hole
    Gonna Die

Sunday, 24 July 2016

David Nail Unveils Inspiring and Poignant Six-Episode FIGHTER SERIES Highlighting Others’ Stories of Overcoming Obstacles


                                                                  


To help tell the story of Fighter, the most personal album David Nail has written, the GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter has unveiled an emotional and poignant Fighter video Series encompassing six episodes total. Fighter is an ode to David’s wife Catherine given her “fight” through David’s battle with depression as well as their struggle as a couple with infertility which was recently highlighted in, The Tennessean. Other featured fighters in the video series include former NFL linebacker Tim Shaw who was diagnosed with ALS, widowed Army wife Crissie Carpenter, and former addict Brenda Wilson. The goal of the series is to allow others to share their Fighter story alongside David and Catherine’s as well as amplify the message of success against seemingly unfamiliar odds.

FIGHTER SERIES episodes include:


David and Catherine Nail – tell their heartbreaking and emotional struggle of overcoming infertility
People.com exclusively premiered their Fighter story on Friday, July 15, the day the album was released. David discusses the meaning behind the title track, “Fighter,” and how it relates to the difficult struggle he faced with his wife Catherine in overcoming infertility.

Crissie Carpenter (Folds of Honor)
Folds Of Honor provides scholarships and assistance to the spouses and children of those killed or disabled in service to America. To support more families like Crissie’s, please visit https://www.foldsofhonor.org

Brenda’s Survivor Story (Thistle Farms)
Thistle Farms (originally named Magdalene) is a powerful community of women who are healing from prostitution, trafficking and addiction. They employ more than 45 survivors through their social enterprises which include Thistle Farms Home & Body, Thistle Stop Cafe, artisan studio, and Thistle Farms Global. Thistle Farms stands for the truth that, in the end, love is the most powerful force for change in the world. To support Brenda and other survivors like her, go to http://thistlefarms.org/ for more information and to order handmade, healing products.

Patrick and Holly Wright (Payton Wright Foundation)
The Payton Wright Foundation (PWF) exists to help financially support families who are caring for a child with brain cancer, so that they can give full concentration to their child’s care and treatment. To help a family in need, visit http://www.paytonwright.org/

The Eddington’s (Limbs Matter)
Every day in the United States, a child will lose a limb to a lawnmower accident. To help spread the word about lawn more safety, visit http://www.limbsmatter.com/

Tim Shaw (ALS Therapy Development Institute)

Tim Shaw is a former NFL linebacker who played in the league for seven years across four different teams including the Carolina Panthers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Chicago Bears and Tennessee Titans. Diagnosed with ALS in 2014, Tim has made it his mission to use his sports background to bring as much awareness to the disease as possible in hopes of one day finding a cure. To donate and learn more visit www.als.net

GRAND OLE OPRY® AND SOUTHWEST AIRLINES® TO TEAM WITH BBR MUSIC GROUP FOR SUMMER MUSIC SERIES IN NEW YORK CITY’S BRYANT PARK

 


The Grand Ole Opry® and Southwest Airlines® in partnership with the BBR Music Group are returning to the heart of New York City for a three-week series of free acoustic performances at the Southwest Porch at Bryant Park. The Circle in the City summer series is set to feature three acts who have become Opry fan favorites: Parmalee, July 26; Lindsay Ell, August 2; Thompson Square, August 9. All shows will begin at 8:30 p.m. Each of the artists will travel to Manhattan with the Opry’s signature microphone stand and will continue the 90th anniversary year tradition of throwing down a replica of the famed circle of wood from center stage at the Opry House, a la an “Opry Circle Throwdown.” Fans can watch each of the shows live on the Opry’s Facebook page.

New York’s NASH FM 94.7 will host the Bryant Park concerts. Each performance is open to the public, and seating will be based on a first-come first-served basis. Other guests will be invited to be a part of each performance in the park outside the perimeter of the Southwest Porch. Details will be available via social media and at opry.com.

Ell and Thompson Square are set to follow their Tuesday night New York City performances with Wednesday night appearances at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Fan will be able to follow their journeys from New York to the Opry via social media and at opry.com/oprybound, where they can also win an OpryBound VIP package including airfare to Music City aboard Southwest Airlines, hotel accommodations, and Opry prizing.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

GRAND OLE OPRY® STARS TO ALIGN FOR A FULL WEEK OF TWO-SHOW NIGHTS


                                                    


Opry Members Carrie Underwood, Vince Gill, and Keith Urban Among Those Set to Appear 

Grand Ole Opry® stars are aligning for a full week of two-show nights next month. The Opry fun is set to run on regular Opry show nights (Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday) August 10 – 16.

Before kicking off the fall leg of her STORYTELLER TOUR - the biggest tour of her career- Opry member Carrie Underwood returns for both shows on August 10 and 12. Among others joining Underwood on the 10th are Kelsea Ballerini, Old Crow Medicine Show, Thompson Square, and Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers. Lauren Alaina and more will join Underwood for shows August 12. One of the Opry’s most beloved and awarded members, Vince Gill, celebrates his milestone 25th Anniversary as a member on August 13, bringing along family and close friends including Amy Grant, Rodney Crowell, Patty Loveless, The Time Jumpers, Ashley Monroe, Andrea Zonn, Jenny Gill, Corinna Gill and more. Opry member Keith Urban takes a break from his “ripcord WORLD TOUR 2016” to play both shows on August 16 along with Lorrie Morgan, Del McCoury Band, and more.

Among other artists who are Opry Bound through the summer are Charles Esten, Hillary Scott & the Scott Family, Charlie Daniels Band, Brothers Osborne, Oak Ridge Boys, Brandy Clark, Dierks Bentley, Chris Janson, Josh Turner, Dustin Lynch, and a host of others.

CHRIS STAPLETON JOINS ALL-STAR LINEUP AT BRIDGESTONE ARENA ON NOVEMBER 30TH AS PART OF CHARLIE DANIELS 80TH BIRTHDAY VOLUNTEER JAM

https://gallery.mailchimp.com/bf141dbbd818f4f933816b13a/images/73a23c74-a901-44e9-835a-8133684a8b38.jpgStapleton will be joining forces with Rock and Roll superstar Kid Rock and comedy standout Larry The Cable Guy to help Charlie Daniels celebrate his 80th birthday on November 30 at Bridgestone Arena with a performance at the Charlie Daniels 80th Birthday Volunteer Jam.

"This is going to be one of them magic evenings," says Charlie Daniels. "I'm really looking forward to jamming with Chris Stapleton. I'm looking forward to just getting on stage with him and some other pickers and just let the music take us wherever it wants to go."

After a star-studded 40th Anniversary Volunteer Jam last year, this year’s celebration event will feature The Charlie Daniels Band and a select bunch of their favorite musicians and entertainers on stage for an exhilarating event for the ages. Since 1974, Daniels has commissioned his musical friends and peers to come together on a “volunteer” basis to hang out, “jam” together, and entertain crowds in an unconventional, laid-back fashion unknown to any other concert event -- all while dedicating concert proceeds to worthy causes. This year’s event will feature extra special “jam” sessions with some of Charlie’s most prolific friends who want to celebrate the soon-to-be Country Music Hall of Famer, his birthday, and his many accomplishments.

A portion of the proceeds from the night will go to the The Journey Home Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit co-founded by Daniels and manager, David Corlew, to help Veterans of the United States Armed Forces. For more info on The Journey Home Project, please visit: thejourneyhomeproject.org.

Charlie Daniels’ 80th Birthday Volunteer Jam is produced by Mike Smardak of Outback Concerts in association with David Corlew & Associates and Webster & Associates.


Last year, Charlie Daniels’ 40th Anniversary Volunteer Jam brought the historic event to its largest stage yet, Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. A sold out crowd raised over $300,000 for Charlie’s 501(c)(3) non-profit The Journey Home Project benefitting American Veterans, military members, and their families. The memorable anniversary event featured The Charlie Daniels Band, Ted Nugent, Trace Adkins, Alabama, Blackberry, Bonnie Bramlett, Eric Church, Terri Clark, Billy Crain, Billy Ray Cyrus, Billy Dean, Colt Ford, The Grascals, Lee Greenwood, Jimmy Hall, The Kentucky Headhunters, Jamey Johnson, Tracy Lawrence, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Montgomery Gentry, , Craig Morgan, The Oak Ridge Boys, Lee Roy Parnell, Jeannie Seely, Michael W. Smith, Natalie Stovall, Travis Tritt, Phil Vassar, Ryan Weaver, Wynonna, and Tucker Yochim among others.

Friday, 22 July 2016

Kenny Rogers Announces His 35th Annual And Final Christmas & Hits Tour


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Since the release of Kenny Rogers’ first-ever Christmas album back in 1981 titled Christmas, Rogers has embarked on an annual Christmas & Hits Tour where he performs holiday favorites and a large selection of hits at concerts across North America.

Rogers announced late last year on NBC’s Today show that the world tour he is currently on would be his final time performing around the globe. So this year’s 35th edition of his annual Christmas & Hits tour, with special guest Linda Davis, will indeed be his last. After more than five decades of touring and entertaining the world, Rogers’ farewell tour, “The Gambler’s Last Deal,” is underway and expected to run into 2017 due to popular demand.

“Christmas has always been a special time of year to me,” Rogers said. “The feeling I get performing on the Christmas tour is one of the things I’ll really miss about not being on the road. We will be sure to take extra time to cherish some moments on this last go around, and I hope as many people as possible will be able to join us in creating a new set of holiday memories.”

For his upcoming Christmas & Hits tour dates, Rogers will perform holiday favorites, selections from his 2015 Christmas album Once Again It’s Christmas and of course his well-known hits at concerts across the U.S. The tour currently includes 16 dates. Making this final Christmas tour experience even more special, a very limited number of VIP ticket packages will be offered, allowing fans the opportunity to meet Rogers and receive one-of-a-kind memorabilia. Two types of VIP packages will be available for each show of the tour. For more information, visit: www.kennyrogers.com.

“The Gambler’s Last Deal” concerts feature an all-new show, including a reflective look back through Rogers’ storied 50-plus-year career. Enhanced with personal stories, vintage photos and video clips—including never-before-seen footage—the music-filled retrospective will touch on every part of Rogers’ career. Along with his long list of hits, Rogers is singing songs in concert that he hasn’t performed in years. The show is produced by veteran producer Kelly Junkermann.

For the most up-to-date information on all of Roger’s final world tour dates (including on-sale dates and links to purchase tickets and VIP packages), please visit:
www.kennyrogers.com.

Kenny Rogers - “The Gambler’s Last Deal” Christmas & Hits Tour
Nov. 25 - Independence, Mo. - Silverstein Eye Centers Arena
Nov. 26 - Branson, Mo. - The Mansion Theatre
Nov. 27 - Cincinnati, Ohio - Taft Theatre
Dec. 2 - La Crosse, Wisc. - La Crosse Center
Dec. 3 - Green Bay, Wisc. - Resch Center
Dec. 7 - Norfolk, Va. - Ted Constant Convocation Center
Dec. 8 - Detroit, Mich. - Fox Theatre
Dec. 9 - French Lick, Ind. - French Lick Resort Casino
Dec. 10 - Mount Pleasant, Mich. - Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
Dec. 14 - Greensburg, Pa. - The Palace Theatre
Dec. 15 - Englewood, N.J. - Bergen Performing Arts Center
Dec. 16 - Uncasville, Conn. - Mohegan Sun Arena
Dec. 18 - Reading, Pa. - Reading Eagle Theatre at the Santander Arena
Dec. 20 - Verona, N.Y. - Turning Stone Resort Casino
Dec. 21 - Red Bank, N.J. - Count Basie Theatre
Dec. 23 - Westbury, N.Y. - NYCB Theatre at Westbury

Kenny Rogers - “The Gambler’s Last Deal” Final World Tour
(Non-Christmas & Hits Dates)
July 22 - Anderson, Ind. - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino
July 23 - Kettering, Ohio - Fraze Pavilion
July 24 - Highland Park, Ill. - Ravinia Festival
July 31 - Columbus, Ohio - Ohio State Fair
Aug. 6 - Singapore, Singapore - Star Theatre
Aug. 9 - Bangkok, Thailand - Royal Paragon Hall
Aug. 11 - Manila, Philippines - Araneta Coliseum
Aug. 14 - Taipei, Taiwan - Taipei Arena
Aug. 20 - Grand Prairie, Texas - Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
Aug. 27 - Albuquerque, N.M. - Route 66 Casino
Sept. 3 - Charles Town, W.Va. - Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races
Sept. 4 - Nichols, N.Y. - Tioga Downs
Sept. 15 - Youngstown, Ohio - Stambaugh Auditorium
Sept. 16 - Morristown, N.J. - Mayo Performing Arts Center
Sept. 17 - Ridgefield, Conn. - The Ridgefield Playhouse
Sept. 23 - Charlottesville, Va. - The Paramount Theater
Sept. 25 - Staten Island, N.Y. - St. George Theatre
Oct. 6 - North Little Rock, Ark. - Verizon Arena
Oct. 7 - Memphis, Tenn. - Orpheum Theatre
Oct. 8 - New Orleans, La. - Saenger Theatre
Oct. 27 - Midland, Texas - Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
Oct. 31 - Glasgow, Scotland - The SSE Hydro*
Nov. 3 - Amsterdam Zuid, The Netherlands - Heineken Music Hall*
Nov. 7 - Dublin, Ireland - 3Arena*
Nov. 8 - Belfast, UK - SSE Arena*
Nov. 10 - London, UK - Palladium*
Nov. 12 - London, UK - Eventim Apollo*
Jan. 22, 2017 - Clearwater, Fla. - Ruth Eckerd Hall
Jan. 24, 2017 - Fort Lauderdale, Fla. - Broward Center for the Performing Arts
Jan. 28, 2017 - Orange Park, Fla. - Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts
April 8, 2017 - Danville, Ky. - Norton Center For The Arts

* with Charlie Worsham

CARRIE UNDERWOOD RINGS IN 24TH #1 SINGLE AS “CHURCH BELLS” BECOMES HER 3RD CHART-TOPPER FROM STORYTELLER

 



Seven-time GRAMMY® Award winner Carrie Underwood scores her 24th #1 single of her career with “Church Bells,” the third consecutive chart-topping single from her current album, Storyteller.  Landing the #1 slot on both the Billboard and Mediabase country airplay charts, the song also spent two weeks at #1 on Canada’s Mediabase country airplay chart and three weeks at #1 on Australia’s country airplay chart.

Produced by Mark Bright and written by Zach Crowell, Brett James, and Hillary Lindsey, “Church Bells” was singled out by Entertainment Weekly as a “twangy roof-raiser.” In fact, Underwood virtually brought the house down when she performed the prime-time television debut of “Church Bells” at the 51st Annual ACM Awards on CBS in April which drew a standing ovation from the audience at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. “Nothing short of spectacular” is how Rolling Stone Country recapped the ACM Awards moment.

The music video for “Church Bells,” directed by Wayne Isham and filmed during a live concert at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska, is currently #1 on GAC’s fan-voted Top 20 Country Countdown. The goal of director Isham, whose director credits include Michael Jackson, Bon Jovi, Metallica and Britney Spears, was to capture the country star’s energetic live performance and fans’ reactions and edit it into a 3:40 snapshot of a Carrie Underwood The Storyteller Tour – Stories In The Round experience. Watch the video here: http://smarturl.it/cuchurchbellsvevo

Underwood begins the second leg of The Storyteller Tour on August 31st in Anchorage, Alaska.

Look for Carrie Underwood to kick off the 2016 season of football and a brand new theme song for “Sunday Night Football” on September 11th on NBC prior to the New England Patriots and Arizona Cardinals game. Titled “Oh, Sunday Night,” the new song is based on Underwood’s 2014 hit collaboration with Miranda Lambert, “Somethin’ Bad.”

And, later this fall, the country star joins Brad Paisley as co-hosts of the 50th Annual CMA Awards on November 2nd broadcasting live from Bridgestone Arena on ABC 8-11 pm Eastern/7-10 pm Central.

LUKE BRYAN'S NEW SUMMER SINGLE WILL MAKE YOU MOVE



Hot off the heels of his #1 single, Huntin', Fishin', Lovin' Everyday, Luke Bryan has released "Move" as the followup single off of his latest album, Kill the Lights.

Move has always been one of our faves off of Luke's latest album and we're psyched he's released it as a single!


Thursday, 21 July 2016

REVIEW: CMT Music Festival 2016!!!

       She's Gone Country was thrilled to attend the inaugural CMT Music Fest at Bingeman's in Kitchener over the weekend of July 8-9th! The lineup was stellar with likes of the Brothers Osborne, Kip Moore, Eric Church, Tom Cochrane, Kira Isabella, Them Dang Rattlers, Leah Daniels, Drake White, The Washboard Union, Cold Creek County, The Road Hammers, Zac Brown Band and more on the billing. Special guests included Property Brothers’ Drew and Jonathan Scott, Master of Flip’s Kortney and Dave Wilson, Billy Bretherton of Billy Goes North,  Entertainment Tonight Canada’s Cheryl Hickey and CMT’s Paul McGuire who hosted the two day festival.


The festival grounds were set in the valley of Bingeman's - quite a breathtaking view from the top! Upon arriving we were a little concerned that we didn't have it in us to make it down and then back up the hill - but we did it!!
With the drama from Friday over* [see below for more information], Saturday went off without a hitch! We loved CMT Music Fest's laid back atmosphere - seriously, this festival is chill and intimate. There were plenty of bars and two stages set up, the Main Stage and the Maple Leaf Stage, and the crowds were pretty evenly dispersed between the two stages. CMT Music Fest had volleyball nets and cornhole games set up, which really added to the laid back atmosphere.

We LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the Market Lane set up. It was country, kitchsy and cute, with white twinkle lights set up in the trees along market lane, so simple but so effective in setting the mood, A+! Market Lane included some yummy food and pop up shops - lifestyle, clothing and jewelry - very gypsy!! Also included in Market Lane was CMT Music Fest's official merchandise booth. 
The festival had a free photo booth complete with props and a professional photographer set up - what a cool FREE memento to take home! The photos were immediately sent via text to your cell phone. It's rare to find an activity so fun for FREE...did we mention that was free?? Thanks CMT Music Fest!!
Other activities included a W Network Bachelorette tent where free make-up touch ups were given to the ladies. Now this is an awesome idea! Spending all day at a music festival might be a lot of fun, but I speak from first hand experience when I say it seems the more fun you have, the more smudged your makeup and messy your hair gets. Touch ups are definitely appreciated! They also offered cold, fruit infused water......a very relaxing retreat!

Schick was on hand giving out freebies, HGTV and Food Network Canada were also on site with experiences and activities for the crowd.
Now...onto the music....Cold Creek County rocked it out. They definitely stole the show on Saturday.  #ShesGoneCountryAPPROVED. We can't wait to catch another one of their shows - seriously, you won't be disappointed! They did some original songs and some fun covers - the set was mixed with something for everyone! 
Tom Cochrane opened for Zac Brown Band, and it was great to see some more homegrown talent on the main stage. It's been a while since we've heard from Tom Cochrane but he had everyone at Bingeman's jamming to Life is a Highway and some newer tunes!
Zac Brown Band closed out the festival on Saturday and they brought all their hits with them. Seriously. They have a lot of hits. They played a 25-song-set and had the crowd rocking out. Homegrown, Chicken Fried, Sweet Annie, Colder Weather, Toes, Beautiful Drug, Keep Me in Mind, Loving You Easy, As She's Walking Away - are just a few of the hits they played. They did a few awesome covers too!! Nathaniel Rateliff's SOB, The Who's Baba O'Riley, Don't Let Me Down - the Chainsmokers, Prince's Let's Go Crazy and Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody.
We'd be remiss if we didn't mention the events of the first day - it's unfortunate that with such a stellar lineup and great atmosphere, event planners just can't control mother nature. While the festival kicked off on Friday, July 8th, many festival goers didn't get a chance to catch any of the sets that night. Rain and lightening interfered to the point of the night being postponed and eventually canceled before Kip Moore and Eric Church ever got a chance to take the stage. While disappointing, this decision was not made lightly and was made with the safety of everyone involved in mind. 
Organizers were quick to update social media pages and the website to let everyone know that refunds would be made for those that needed one, and all "Friday only" wristbands would be honored on Saturday. 

Check out some of our favourite pictures below!!


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