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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.

More Stage Lineups Announced For 2014 CMA Music Festival

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You’ve been waiting and here they are! We’ve got the lineups for the Bud Light Stage, the Samsung Galaxy Stage, Chevrolet Roadhouse Stage, The Buckle State, and the BMI Tailgate Party!

Also – three artists have been added to the LP Field lineup! The Charlie Daniels Band, Sara Evans and Travis Tritt.

Bud Light Stage: Lauren Alaina, Keith Anderson, Katie Armiger, Kelleigh Bannen, Jeff Bates, Big Smo, BlackHawk, Brothers Osborne, Mark Collie, Bucky Covington, Joel Crouse, Sarah Darling, Clare Dunn, Morgan Frazier, JT Hodges,  Will Hoge, Home Free, Sam Hunt, Chris Janson, Joshua Scott Jones, Krystal Keith, Meghan Linsey, Robin Meade, Granger Smith, Jamie Lynn Spears, Chris Stapleton, Striking Matches, Sundy Best, The Henningsens, Leah Turner, Trick Pony, Aaron Watson, Austin Webb, Drake White, Chuck Wicks and Holly Williams.

Samsung Galaxy Stage: Robby Armstrong, Rob Baird, Ty Bates, Dakota Bradley, David Bradley, Laura Bell Bundy, Cam, Brandon Chase, Cowboy Troy and DJ Sinister, Heath Haynes & The High Dollars, Sam Hollyman, Joey Hyde, Jukebox Mafia, John Karl, Ryan Kinder, John King, Jenny Leigh, Cheryl LuQuire, Rachele Lynae, Brian Milson, Danielle Peck, Pierce Avenue, Stephanie Quayle, Raven Cliff, Julie Roberts, Gwen Sebastian, Canaan Smith, Phoenix Stone, The Brothers Road, The Nelsons, The Railers, The Stickers, Chad Warrix, Ryan Weaver, Jesse Keith Whitley and Zane Williams.

Chevrolet Roadhouse Stage: Ballie and the Boys, Brinn Black, Cast of “Crazy Hearts Nashville,” Cerrito, Jaida Dreyer, Jordan Grassi, Marty Haggard, Lyndsey Highlander, Rachel Holder, Levi Hummon, Angie Johnson, Stevens Layne, Matt Mason, Walker McGuire, Randy Montana, Music City Doughboys, Aaron Parker, Jacob Powell, Brent Rupard, Lizzie Sider, The Danberrys, Keni Thomas and Whiskey Rose.

The Buckle Stage: Carlton Anderson, Kelsea Ballerini, Bonner Black, Misty Rae Carson, Karlie Chayne, Steven Clawson, Courtney Cole, Hannah Dasher, Jacob Davis, GirlBilly, Ryan Griffin, Curtis Grimes, Adam Hambrick, Brett Kissell, Ryan Lafferty, Brandon Lay, Josh London, Daisy Mallory, Michaelis, Oklahoma, Carly Pearce, David Ray, Jameson Rodgers, Smithfield, Walker County and Hailey Whitters.

BMI Tailgate Party: A Thousand Horses, Blackjack Billy, Chase Bryant, Adam Craig, DJ Du, Brett Eldredge, David Fanning, Sara Haze, Chris Lane, Natalie Stovall and The Drive, Michael Ray, Josh Thompson and Whiskey Jam.

That’s 5 more stages and 137 more artists! The Bud Light stage will be located at the Bridgestone Arena Plaza, The Samsung Galaxy Stage at the Walk of Fame Park, and the Chevrolet Roadhouse Stage in Fan Alley.

For more information on the CMA Music Festival, head on over to CMAfest.com or text the word FESTIVAL to 66937.

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.