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Review: Bryan White & Richie McDonald’s 2011 Fan Club Party

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The 2011 Bryan White & Richie McDonald Fan Club Party took place on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at the Country Music Hall of Fame in downtown Nashville. The fan club goers was treated to a catered lunch before the performances, which took place upstairs in the Hall of Fame Rotunda. Being a HUGE Bryan White fan for over 14 years, one would think that I’ve been to a fan club party of his long before now. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case. The past three years I have been going to CMA Fest, something had always kept me from attending. I was so thankful when I was able to go this time around. His joint fan club party with Richie McDonald (formally of the group Lonestar) was a giant success and I was excited to be apart of it.

Exclusive Interview: David Fanning

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Although you may not know the name David Fanning just yet, chances are if you’ve turned on country radio recently, you’ve heard a song he’s had his hand in. Since arriving in Nashville seven years ago, he’s been working behind-the-scenes, but now, he’s confidently making the leap from one side of the microphone to the other.  And he’s got Justin Timberlake‘s endorsement.

Before moving to Nashville at the age of twenty, David Fanning grew up in Admore, Alabama, which is on the Alabama/Tennesee line, and was always surrounded by music. His family sang 50′s & 60′s Acapella music on weekends, while it was his older sister who listened to country music. In typical younger sibling fashion, David idolized his sister and wanted to be just like her. “She was in the Bryan White fan club, so I had to be like her and be in the Bryan White fanclub.” He laughs, recalling his intro to country music.

David tells us that he played shows whenever the opportunity arose, and at the age of twenty, he packed up and headed to Nashville. Upon arriving in Nashville, he met Rich Redmond, Tully Kennedy, and Kurt Allison, members of Jason Aldean‘s touring and recording band. The foursome began New Voice Entertainment and began writing and producing for new acts. Together, they’ve produced hits such as “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not?,” which David describes as one his first steps into professional production.

Exclusive Interview: Introducing Two Story Road

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If you attended Sunday night’s incredible StageIt show with JillandKate, you were already introduced to new country duo, Two Story Road. This husband and wife team won over a ton of fans with their incredible harmonies and infectious enthusiasm, but will continue scoring new fans with each performance and song release. We had the chance to chat with Brandon and Jamie (Jamelle) Fraley before the show about everything from their musical history and solo successes to their favorite date spot and biggest musical inspirations.
KIC: For those readers who may be ‘meeting’ you for the first time in this blog, can you give us a little bit of a back story as to how you began performing?
 
TSR: We both have been singing and performing our whole lives. Most of our singing growing up was done in church. We were both very active in our high school choirs, singing at various competitions. We moved to Nashville (Brandon from OH and Jamelle from VA) to attend Belmont University and both graduated as vocal majors with a degree in Music.  
 
KIC: How did you each end up with your solo gigs? Was it straight from Belmont to big stage?
 
Brandon: I was lucky enough to get a co-publishing deal with Sony Music Publishing right out of college and started collaborating as a programmer with Tommy Sims, a Grammy award winning writer & producer in town, on various records that he was working on. Eventually my name circulated around Nashville and I found myself getting a call to audition for Gretchen Wilson. The same thing happened a few years later in regards to touring with Danny Gokey. Nashville is definitely a town where the more you can grow your “network”, the better off you’ll be. 
 
Jamie: Since Brandon graduated a few years before I did, he had a bit of a head start, but I was able to meet everyone he was working with. Right before I graduated from Belmont, Brandon was working with Jaci Velasquez on her “Unspoken” album. Over the course of that album, Jaci and I became friends and 2 months after I graduated, I found myself singing background vocals on her tour. I stayed with her for a little over 4 years. While on tour with Jaci, I also sang with two other notable Christian groups, Avalon, and Point Of Grace. Through all of that, I met and became friends with bass player Mark Childers who later became the band leader for Carrie Underwood. Mark was nice enough to give me the chance to audition to be Carrie’s background singer when the position became available and the rest is history! 

GAC Booth Announces Schedule For CMA Fest Autograph Sessions

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We’re getting closer and closer to this year’s CMA Music Festival and GAC has just announced who will be signing at their booth this year! Check out who you can have a chance to meet below.

Thursday, June 7:

• 10-11 a.m. – JT HodgesColt Ford
• 12-1 p.m. – Katie Armiger, Gwen Sebastian
• 2-3 p.m. – Craig Campbell, Jerrod Niemann
• 4-5 p.m. – Bryan White

Friday, June 8:
• 10-11 a.m. – Mallory Hope, Miss Willie Brown
• 12-1 p.m. – Randy Montana, Phil Vassar
• 2-3 p.m. – Heidi Newfield, Suzanne Alexander
• 4-5 p.m. – Sarah Darling, Chris Cagle

Saturday, June 9:
• 10-11 a.m. – Jason Michael Carroll
• 12-1 p.m. – Canaan Smith
• 2-3 p.m. – Billy Gilman, Trailer Choir

Sunday, June 10:
• 10-11 a.m. – Wade Brown, Due West
• 2-3 p.m. – Glen Templeton

Please remember that autograph guidelines have changed for this year’s CMA Fest. Here is a highlight of how the new procedure works:

Fans will now enter a random drawing for the opportunity to meet various artists appearing in the Fan Fair Exhibit Hall. You will be able to enter the drawing at CMAfest.com. between May 14 (starting at 10:00 AM/CT) and May 28 (ending at 5:00 PM/CT). You will enter in your contact information and then select from the list of participating artists singing autographs in the Hall. You may select as many or as few artists as you’d like to meet. Once you submit your entry, you will not be allowed to go back in and change it so choose carefully! Duplicate entries will not be considered and all winners will be notified by Friday, June 1 via email.

CMA will also have a limited number of tickets on-site at the Festival for those who can’t get to a computer to register ahead of time. For more information on this, please see the Fan Fair Hall page at CMAfest.com.

Not every artist participating in the Fan Fair Hall will be part of the autograph drawing. There will be many opportunities for patrons to obtain multiple autographs from artists by just walking around the Fan Fair Hall. So don’t lose hope if you don’t get picked!

Blake Shelton’s Red River Blue Tracklist revealed!

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The tracklist for Blake Shelton’s “Red River Blue” was announced tonight, the same day that “Honey Bee” officially went #1 on the country singles chart. I’m wondering if “God Gave Me You” is a Bryan White cover. “Red River Blue” is a duet with his new wife, Miranda Lambert.

Track Listing for Red River Blue:

1.  Honey Bee
2.  Ready To Roll
3.  God Gave Me You
4.  Get Some
5.  Drink On It
6.  Good Ol’ Boys
7.  I’m Sorry
8.  Sunny In Seattle
9.  Over
10  Hey
11. Red River Blue
Catch Blake on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Wednesday night at 11:35 EST on NBC when he gets couch time as the second guest.

Win Tickets to the Star-Studded Tortuga Festival

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Tortuga Music Festival, a two-day, multi-stage music festival featuring some of the biggest names in country, rock and roots music, will be held on the beaches of Fort Lauderdale, Florida on April 12-13, 2014. After months of anticipation, the Tortuga star-studded lineup has been completed and the artists have been announced, much to the excitement of Tortuga-goers everywhere.

This year’s incredible lineup consists of the following artists: Luke Bryan; Eric Church; Hank Williams, Jr.; Train; Dierks Bentley; Brantley Gilbert; Sheryl Crow; Billy Currington; Slightly Stoopid; Ziggy Marley; 38 Special; Brett Eldredge; Parmalee; Cole Swindell; Brett Dennen; Delta Rae; Eric Paslay; Moon Taxi; The Revivalists; White Denim; Frankie Ballard; Chase Rice; Brothers Osborne; Blackjack Billy; Sons of Fathers; and Quaker City Night Hawks.

And the best news of all … You can be there LIVE to experience these amazing artists, soaking up the sun in paradise! Tortuga is giving away two tickets to this unique event, benefiting the Rock the Ocean Foundation, to one lucky fan. To enter, all you need to do is donate or dedicate your status update on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the following message, image and #tag (bonus points if you mention the artist you are most excited to see!): “I can’t believe this lineup! Check out www.TortugaMusicFestival.com! #GetMeToTortuga” It’s that easy to get yourself one step closer to two days on the white, sandy beaches of South Florida!

Good luck to all of you who enter! We look forward to seeing you at Tortuga!

Toby Keith & Kid Rock added to Harley Davidson Concert

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Looks like Harley Davidson’s 110th birthday celebration just got a whole more country. A few days after the motorcycle company added Brantley Gilbert and Shooter Jennings to their line-up, now country superstar Toby Keith and sometimes-country-sometimes-rock star Kid Rock will be joining the party too. The big Harley Davidson 110th Birthday celebration concert will take place over Labor Day Weekend on Thursday, August 29th until Sunday, September 1st in Milwaukee. Tickets are on-sale now, and start at $95.

Other major starts performing at the event include ZZ Top, Aerosmith, Joan Jett, & The Blackhearts, Blue Oyster Cult, Gaslight Anthem and more.

Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary Concerts Currently Announced:

Additional entertainment to be announced soon

Thursday, August 29
    • Whiskey of the Damned
    • Lynyrd Skynyrd (H.O.G. Members only)
    • Elvin Bishop
    • Blue Oyster Cult
    • Dropkick Murphys
    • The Doobie Brothers
    • Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
    • Lupe Fiasco
Friday, August, 30
    • Gabriel Sanchez & The Prince Experience
    • MAD MEX
    • Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights
    • ZZ Ward
    • Shooter Jennings
    • The Dirty Heads
    • Foxy Shazam
    • ZZ Top
    • Gaslight Anthem
    • Sublime with Rome
    • Buckcherry
Saturday, August 31
  • D.B. Bryant Band
  • Moderatto
  • The White Buffalo
  • Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown
  • The Whigs
  • Halestorm
  • Katey Sagal & The Forest Rangers
  • Common
  • Brantley Gilbert

Academy of Country Music Awards Nominees

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Nominees were announced earlier today for the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. The show will broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7th at 8PM EST on CBS. Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan are set to co-host the ceremony.

Let us know what you think of the list!

Sarah Darling to Appear on ABC’s “The Bachelor” Tonight

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While Sarah Darling‘s Home to Me EP climbs the charts, she is also bringing her music to the small screen. The rising star is adding her voice to help Sean Lowe find love on tonight’s episode of ABC’s The Bachelor.

Darling will perform during a “one-on-one” date in Whitefish, Montana. She joins a list of Bachelor and Bachelorette country performers that includes Gloriana, The Eli Young Band & Luke Bryan. The Bachelor airs Mondays (8:00–10:01 p.m., ET/PT), on ABC.

 

Eric Church Leads CMA Nominations

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Eric Church tops the list of final nominees for “The 46th Annual CMA Awards” with five nominations. The reigning CMA Female and Male Vocalist of the Year Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton each received four nominations. Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney, Little Big Town, and Taylor Swift each received three nominations for Country Music’s Biggest Night™.

 “The depth and variety of talent represented by this year’s nominees is outstanding,” said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “From Country Music legends, to cross-format favorites, to current superstars, and an exciting crop of artists who have jumped to that next level – the 2012 CMA Awards are going to be an exciting evening of entertainment for any fan of great music and memorable performances.”

 “The 46th Annual CMA Awards” will be hosted for the fifth time by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Thursday, Nov. 1 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.

For the seventh year, the announcement of the final nominees in five of the 12 CMA Awards categories was made live on ABC News’ “Good Morning America” with Aldean and Luke Bryan delivering the news from the heart of New York City’s Times Square. They then dashed to nearby B.B. King Blues Club and Grill to announce the finalists in the remaining seven categories during a press conference that was made available across the world via live stream at CMAworld.com.

“It was terrific to be able to announce our nominees for Country Music’s top honor on the world’s biggest stage and be able to share it with the industry and fans,” Moore said.

Church received his first CMA Awards nomination last year for New Artist of the Year. A year later, he tops the list of nominees with five including Male Vocalist; Album for Chief, which was produced by Jay Joyce; Single of the Year for “Springsteen,” also produced by Joyce; Song of the Year for “Springsteen,” written by Church, Ryan Tyndell, and Jeff Hyde, a member of Church’s band; and Music Video of the Year for “Springsteen,” directed by Peter Zavadil.

Lambert and Shelton were close behind with four nominations each, including a shared nomination for Song of the Year for “Over You.” Only a handful of married couples have penned Song of the Year nominees including “Mommas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys” by Ed and Patsy Bruce (1978), and two songs by Sanger D. “Whitey” Shafer: “Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind” with his third wife Darlene Shafer in 1985, and “All My Ex’s Live in Texas” with his fourth wife Lyndia Shafer in 1987. Tammy Wynette and George Richey wrote “’Til I Can Make It On My Own” with Billy Sherrill, which was nominated for Song of the Year in 1976, but they did not marry until 1978.

See the full list of nominations below. Do any surprise you?