Things are starting to get a little worse for Billy Currington. After news that he was indicted on making terroristic threats towards a charter boat captain who had passed by his dock, NASCAR has announced that he will be replaced by Josh Turner at the Sprint All-Star Race. The line-up change was made official on Friday morning. The race and concert was scheduled for May 18th, and officials chose to go with the South Carolina native as Billy’s replacement.
Marcus Smith, President and general manager of the Charlotte Motor Speedway, said:
“Due to Currington’s recent indictment, we elected to change our act for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.”
Billy had turned himself in to authorities on April 15th after he was indicted. He posted bail a few hours later in Savannah, Georgia. His indictment also included an elder abuse charge as the boat captain is over 70 years old.
For the second year, the Grand Ole Opry is teaming up with artists, radio stations, attractions, and other partners from across the country for a high-tech Easter Egg Hunt via Twitter this Friday, March 29. Prize eggs will be hidden around the Opry’s hometown of Nashville as well as in several mystery cities across the U.S., and fans will find clues to the eggs’ hiding spots by following @opry on Twitter throughout the day Friday.
Fans will also be able to participate in a Virtual Opry Egg Hunt and enter for a chance to win a grand prize trip to Nashville by searching for virtual eggs throughout opry.com on Friday. Will you be joining in the hunt?
Country singer Chris Janson is about to finally achieve a major milestone – his first Grand Ole Opry performance. Bigger Picture Group’s hot country newcomer and dynamic multi-instrumentalist Chris Janson will make his Grand Ole Opry debut this Friday, February 15. Janson will perform on the legendary stage his addictive new single “Better I Don’t,” which is quickly climbing up the charts and was the second most added song to country radio playlists nationwide the week of release.
“Words can’t describe how humbled I am, that I’ve been asked to play the Grand Ole Opry,” shares Janson. “This will be my greatest career highlight, hands down. Dreams do come true. I’m so grateful.”
One of country music’s biggest independent female artists, Katie Armiger, is set to release her much anticipated album on January 15th, 2013.
Fall Into Me is the artist’s fourth studio album. Katie, who worked with Chad Carlson on this album (Taylor Swift, Trisha Yearwood, and Terri Clark) took part in writing all fourteen tracks. Fall Into Me features Katie’s current single “Better In A Black Dress.” The track, which is climbing the charts rapidly, is the artist’s first Top 40 hit single.
Fall Into Me is quite personal: Katie highlights the discovery of true love, the loss of trust, and the discovery of inner strength with this album.
“We took our time making this record because I had a personal story to tell and as a songwriter I wanted to really showcase the past two years in the music,” said Katie. “I worked with so many amazing people for the album and I am so proud of it because I think everyone will relate to each song. I cannot wait to get it out there.”
Katie has opened for some of country music’s biggest artists, including Darius Rucker, Josh Turner, and the Eli Young Band. Currently, she is out on her Get Smart Tour, sponsored by GAC.
Congratulations to MCA Nashville artist Josh Thompson! Two of his singles have been certified platinum this week by the RIAA for selling more than one million copies digitally each since their release. The two lucky tunes are none other than “Your Man” and “Would You Go With Me,” and both appear on his 2006 album “Your Man.”
Josh feels pretty honored by his new achievement. He shares:
“’Your Man’ and ‘Would You Go With Me’ are both incredibly special songs to me. These songs gave me my first two #1 singles and I have great memories of the times surrounding both.”’
Josh also recently was awarded a gold certification from the RIAA for his number two Mediabase single “Time is Love.” He was given the certification for selling more than 500,000 copies digitally.
Josh Turner & Cracker Barrel Old Country Store joined forces to release Josh Turner – Live Across America, which debuted at #9 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart and #46 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart. This is Josh’s sixth Top 10 album, available exclusively at Cracker Barrel stores and on www.crackerbarrel.com.
The album features live recordings from Turner’s 2012 tour. “My band and I had a blast making this record,” Turner shares. “This is the best representation of my present-day live show and I am honored to be partnered with Cracker Barrel again.” “We’re so very pleased to see that our guests have embraced this exclusive new CD with Josh Turner and supported it onto the Top 10 list,” said Cracker Barrel Marketing Manager Julie Craig. “We have enjoyed working with Josh, and hope that many more of our guests will ‘take to the road’ with this CD.”
In support of the album, Turner will appear on NBC’s TODAY Show on September 19, Fox & Friends on September 21, Sirius XM’s The Highway, and more. For more information on Josh Turner including a list of his upcoming headlining tour dates, visit www.JoshTurner.com.
MCA Nashville artist Josh Turner made his way to the Big Apple to perform on ABC’s Good Morning America on Wednesday, July 11 and got a little surprise while he was there. Josh performed his currently single, “Time Is Love,” while celebrating the release of his fifth studio album, Punching Bag, which hit shelves on Tuesday, June 12 and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. PEOPLE Magazine recently named Punching Bag as one of their “10 Hot Albums Now!”
While on the set, Good Morning America co-hosts Robin Roberts and Josh Elliott surprised Josh with a plaque honoring his career achievement of selling over 12 million units since he first signed with MCA Nashville, wow!
Josh will also be making some upcoming appearances on ABC’s The Chew and CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman on Thursday, August 23.
For more information including upcoming tour dates presented by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® visit www.joshturner.com
Josh Turner’s fifth studio album, Punching Bag, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart and in the Top 5 on the Billboard 200 chart, across all genres. This marks Turner’s fifth career Top 10 Billboard album debut. Punching Bag has been met with praise by music critics across the country.
Turner steps into his own as a songwriter with eight finely-crafted contributions… far from being a punching bag, this album contains enough musical muscle to throw a few punches of its own. – Country Weekly
That deep, soulful, traditional country voice could transform even the most calculated radio ditties into resonating songs to live by. – Dallas Morning News
The album is an overall fantastic exposition of Josh’s talent and ability to excel in a variety of styles. – CBS
Fans of Josh Turner will be able to catch him on July 4th on PBS’s A Capitol Fourth and on July 11th on Good Morning America.
In honor of Father’s Day, we knew we had to celebrate country music’s great fathers. They love their kids, they write excellent songs, they put on phenomenal concerts…and they look pretty hot while doing so. Today, we salute country’s music’s 10 Hottest Dads.
While it was hard to narrow it down, these hunky dads stole our top ten spots.
With the release of his new album Punching Bag, Josh Turner is featured in the newest episode of VEVO’s original program, Sound + City. The show focuses on the Nashville music scene and shows Josh discussing Nashville and its offerings to country musicians. ”My dream was to write and to perform,” says Josh, “and I knew that to take it to that next level I was gonna have to come to Nashville.”