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Rodney Atkins Gives Back

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Country megastar, Rodney Atkins, will host the “2nd Annual Music City Gives Back” benefit concert on Tuesday, June 5th, in Nashville, Tennessee.

The show, which begins at 5:00pm, will feature an all-star lineup, including Clint Black, Thompson Square, Lee Brice, Josh Thompson, Jana Kramer, The Farm, Mallary Hope, and The Willis Clan. With the help of sponsors Wrangler, Cricket Wireless, Carl Black Chevrolet, and GAC, fans will be able to enjoy a night of great music at no cost and have the opportunity to contribute to the American Red Cross. Donations may be made on-site.

“Last year was such a great experience to close down Broadway and to raise money and awareness for the American Red Cross we decided to do it again. This is an organization that helps so many people in all of our communities and they need support not just when disaster strikes. Looking forward to getting out there and working with Wrangler Western Wear and Cricket’s Muve Music to raise awareness and party with everyone in Music City,” said Atkins.

If you would like to participate in this event, but are unable to attend, you can stream the concert by visiting Wrangler’s Facebook page.

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!

Steel Magnolia To Perform At ACM Experience

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Contrary to popular online rumors, Steel Magnolia will be making an appearance together at the first-ever ACM Experience in Las Vegas. The country music duo will perform at the free, 3-day open-to-the-public event during The Week Vegas Goes Country. They hit the stage on Saturday, March 31st at 1:30 pm after Mallory Hope.

Also joining the line-up are country music trio Gloriana, who will perform on March 31st at 5:30 pm, closing the night.

See the full ACM Experience line-up below:

Review: Lauren Alaina – “Wildflower”

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American Idol Season 10 runner-up Lauren Alaina released her debut album, Wildflower, just over a week ago. Coming in at #5 on the charts, I think Lauren’s debut album shows she’s going to be a big star. Look out Carrie Underwood – Lauren Alaina is coming through.

Written by Mallary Hope, Blair Daly and Rachel Proctor, the cd starts off with a song that automatically fits Lauren just from the title – she’s from Georgia! “Georgia Peaches” is a flirty and sassy song, which I can see Lauren killing on tour. She knows how to show sass while performing, which is one reason why this makes a great second single choice for Lauren. The song also name-drops Jason Aldean and it’s a great song to blast and dance to in you car. Just try to be sneaky, so other cars on the freeway don’t point and laugh at your seated-dance skills. That can get awkward.

Any teenager can probably relate to the song “Growing Her Wings.” I’m not a teenager anymore, but I can certainly think back to my teenage days and find parts that fit me to a T. Growing Her Wings was written by Nicolle Gaylon and Nicole Witt, and is a song about a teenage girl whose parents are limiting what she can do at her age. Her dad catches her kissing the neighbor boy and grounds her from dating until she’s 18, her mom says she’s “too young to read” Cosmo magazine, but she reads it anyway behind her closed bedroom door while she’s “growing her wings.” I wasn’t allowed to read Cosmo either. Nor was I allowed to watch MTV. This is a cute and fun song with a catchy beat, which a lot of teens will relate to. We all have to grow our wings and fly away, at some point!

“Tupelo” has a summery feel to it, and is about a trip a boy and girl take together. You’ll find yourself singing this song randomly, as it has a catchy feel to it. The song was written Hillary Lindsey, Steven McEwan and Gordie Sampson. I have to say my favorite lines are “Heart beats a-beatin’ to the radio, kisses sweet as the honey, down in Tupelo, all the way down to Tupelo.” It’s another fun summery song.

Lauren Alaina Debuts 4 New Songs at FallFest

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I had the pleasure of attending FallFest in Lancaster, PA yesterday where Lauren Alaina performed 4 songs from her upcoming debut album, “Wildflower” which hits shelves next tuesday. She sang “Georgia Peaches,” “Eighteen Inches,” “Funny Thing About Love,” and “She’s A Wildflower.”

She opened her set with “Georgia Peaches,” an upbeat and sassy song that was written by Blair Daly, Mallary Hope, and Rachel Proctor. The song fits Lauren perfectly, and would be an excellent second single choice.

“Eighteen Inches” is a heartfelt song, in which Carrie Underwood was a co-writer on. The song has great lyrics and is perfect for Lauren’s voice.

“And basically what it talks about, is how boys are never on the same page as me” is how she described “Funny Thing About Love,” which she co-wrote on herself. She closed her set with “She’s A Wildflower” – “If you know anything about me, you probably understand why I named my album Wildflower. That is a pretty good description of who I am,” Lauren said, just before performing the song.

Check out the videos below of Lauren’s new songs:

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Lauren Alaina Releases “Wildflower” Track Listing!

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The wait is over for Lauren Alaina and American Idol fans. The runner-up has released the track listing for her debut country album “Wildflower” this morning. Don’t take her lightly just because of what show she came from: Lauren’s teamed up with some Nashville heavy weights for her record, including Hillary Lindsey, Rachel Proctor, Brett James and Luke Laird. Even American Idol alumn Carrie Underwood has a co-write on the album with “Eighteen Inches.” Mallory Hope also wrote on Lauren’s record with “Georgia Peaches.”

USA Today posted the track listing and we have it here under the “read more” button. Check it out and let us know which of the two Idol albums you’re going to buy: Lauren or Scotty McCreery’s.

Music City Gives Back with free show

From Mallary Hope's twitter

Country artists from Taylor Swift to Kenny Chesney to Sugarland and more have been doing their part in giving back to last months tornado victims.Now there are even more artists taking part in helping to raise awareness about the tornado victims and to help get them what they need.

On Tuesday, June 7th in downtown Nashville, Rodney Atkins along with Thompson Square, Josh Thompson, Mallary Hope, Patrick Davis and others will be putting on a FREE concert. It will be located on Broadway between 2nd and 4th avenue.

If you are in town for CMA Fest or just in town, go out and support the tornado victims by donating to the Red Cross who will be out collecting donations. Mallary Hope tweeted her excitement about being involved in this show:

mallaryhope I was just added2the lineup. Tuesday@7pm we’re shutting down broadway @PDMusic @TheJoshThompson @thompsonsquare @RodneyAtkins 4freeee come;)

Review: Garth Brooks Live from Las Vegas!

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This past Friday night, Garth Brooks‘ Las Vegas show aired live on CBS from The Wynn to fans’ delight, and the highly anticipated television special certainly did not disappoint! With 8.7 million viewers spending their Black Friday nights curled up on their couches, watching one of country music’s best, the special doubled Lady Gaga’s recently aired Muppets event. Clearly fans do not live by the old cliche “out of sight, out of mind,” and are eagerly awaiting the day Garth announces that he will be bringing his show back out on the road!

Clad in work boots, baggy jeans, a hoodie, and a Wynn Las Vegas baseball cap, Garth owned the stage on which he was only accompanied by a guitar. With stories from his childhood and brief covers of songs on which he grew up, Garth entertained the live and television audiences with his sense of humor, charisma, and stellar vocals. While sharing tales about his large family and their many adventures during Garth’s childhood (such as riding shotgun and fearing for his life as his mother’s lead foot took over the vehicle), Garth covered some of the influential songs that impacted his career. The show could best be classified as “stand-up comedy … with a guitar.”

Garth also “surprised” the audience with a cameo by his superstar country vocalist wife, Trisha Yearwood, who joined her husband on stage for a performance of the couple’s “In Another’s Eyes.” Before leaving the stage, Trisha also gave us a brief sampling of one of her most infamous songs “She’s In Love With the Boy.” Luckily for us diehard Garth fans, we were also blessed with performances (albeit mere clips) of some of Garth’s oldies and goodies, including “Somewhere Other Than the Night” and party classic “Friends In Low Places.” Perhaps the most incredible moment of the night, at least for this particular huge Garth fan, was the performance of “Shameless.” Not only does Garth own the Billy Joel cover every time the words slip through his lips, but during this specific performance, Garth let go of his true and tried stage companion (his acoustic guitar), and sang a portion of the song a cappella. At that point, 8.7 million hearts simultaneously melted.

The two-hour event was a blast from the past, as well as a glimpse into the future, of Garth’s country career and left fans craving more … especially to the tune of a 2014 tour. Between the release of Garth’s eight-disc Blame It All On My Roots boxed set and the live airing of his final Las Vegas show, fans are buzzing about the possibility of Garth coming out of “retirement,” hitting the road, and sharing his music — new and old — with country music fans across the world.

Not only did fans of country music sit with their eyes glued to their televisions on Friday night, but Garth’s peers in the country music industry tuned in to watch their beloved idol entertain the masses. Below are some of our favorite reaction tweets from country musicians:

@DierksBentley: still the man… #garthbrooks

@carrieunderwood: Loving this #GarthBrooks special! Saw the show in Vegas a few years ago…so much joy and love for music! #Inspired #FellowOkie

@TheSwonBrothers: Who does Chuck Norris fear?? #GarthBrooks

@KCMuessigmann: Garth Brooks is the single greatest entertainer EVER born. Biggest influence on my music, as well as every other mid-20’s artist out there.

‏@jodeemessina: OMG! Watching Garth special. He is amazing! Some people have just “got it”. Ha. He just happens to have a LOT of it. Rock on Garth! Xoxo

@TheFarmMusic: That’s about as good as it gets folks …a true entertainer. #Garth

‏@johnrich: Watching #Garth right now. Country music’s Elvis! Also, I never realized how much he and @glennbeck look alike. Am I right?

@mallaryhope: Garth Brooks is the best ever. The end

@WillHoge: there’s some jackass on CBS TOTALLY ripping off Chris Gaines right now. He should sue this dude

@cavanaughmusic: Garth brooks is the man for a reason

If anything became evident during this event, it is that “retirement” has not affected the stunning vocals of this iconic performer, nor has time away from the limelight hindered his ability to bring a memorable show to his fans. Here’s to hoping that Garth is ready to travel the world again for one more “Rodeo”!

Taylor Swift will close out CMA Fest 2011

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Taylor Swift fans can rejoice because she has been added to the CMA Fest lineup. Taylor will close out CMA Fest, performing on June 12th along with Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker, The Band Perry and the JaneDear Girls.

Other CMA Fest news includes, Mallary Hope announcing her fan club party. It will be held on June 9th from 2-4pm at Puckett’s Restaurant located at 500 Church Street in downtown Nashville. The party is free with limited seating available so get there early. Mallary will give an intimate, acoustic performance for her fans.

Jake Owen also announced his fan club party. His will be at the Mercy Lounge/Cannery Ballroom on Jun 10th from 11am-1pm. You must be a fan club member to join and tickets will be limited to the first 425 members who buy one. You MUST be 18 or older to attend and tickets will go on sale at NOON on Wednesday, May 4th. You can get more information and sign up for Jake’s fan club at www.jakeowen.net.