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Adding to the tradition of one of college football’s premier bowl games, multi-platinum selling country superstar Dierks Bentley will headline the Discover Orange Bowl Halftime Show, while Danielle Bradbery will perform the National Anthem prior to kickoff tomorrow night, January 3, 2014 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida.
Country music icon George Strait will join the Dallas Cowboys on the field Sunday night, Sept. 8, when they open the season against the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium. Strait will serve as an honorary captain for the coin toss prior to kickoff. This will make Strait’s second visit to the home of the Cowboys, having performed here in 2009 as the first event ever held at the venue.
The following day, Monday, Sept. 9 Strait is expected to hold a press conference from the stadium regarding his 2014 The Cowboy Rides Away Tour that will be streamed live on GeorgeStrait.com and YouTube.com/georgestrait or by following @georgestrait on twitter beginning at 11 a.m. CDT.
Oklahoma superstar Carrie Underwood is the new voice of Sunday Night Football. The “All-American Girl” will replace Faith Hill as the singer for the opening theme song to the NFL’s “Wait All Day For Sunday Night.” The choice is a slightly funny one, as Carrie is married to Nashville Predators player Mike Fisher in the National Hockey League (NHL).
About becoming the new opening singer, Carrie said:
“I am thrilled to be a part of NBC’s ‘Sunday Night Football’ and am so honored they asked me. I have always loved football season, and it is so exciting to now become part of it every Sunday night!”
Carrie’s opening will make its debut during the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants game on Sunday, September 8th.Are you excited to see Carrie every Sunday night? Who was your choice to replace Faith?
Sony Music Nashville artist, Angie Johnson, whose debut EP, Sing For You, hits stores May 21, 2013, is scheduled to perform at the prestigious Julep Ball 2013 on Friday, May 3. This marks the second year in a row Angie has been invited to appear at the Kentucky Derby’s most high profile pre-party.
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.
American Idol winner Scotty McCreery gave back to the community on the weekend. He made a big donation to the Nashville chapter of Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) as part of the non-profit organization’s Opening Day events. The RBI’s Opening Day ran the same time as the MLB’s Jackie Robison Day.
Scotty threw the first pitch at the community game at Nashville’s Seven Oaks Park, and visited with the participants.
The organization describes itself as: “Nashville RBI uses baseball and softball and the power of teams to provide inner city youth with opportunities to play, to learn and to grow, inspiring them to recognize their potential and realize their dreams.”
NFL fans who had gotten used to Faith Hill‘s Sunday Night Football opening theme might need to adjust again. The country superstar has ended her contract with the league, who is now looking for a new star for the opening credits.
Faith announced the news herself on Facebook this week, saying:
“Amazing 2 have been part of SNF — an honor. I’ve just let everyone there know it’s time 2 let someone else rock the open. Difficult decision. Kinda emotional. Love all u guys at SNF — I’ll b watching!!!”
There’s no news yet on who will be replacing her. Who would you pick to sing the Sunday Night Football theme?
Country music stars have really started to take a liking lately for Canada’s favorite past-time. Country cutie Luke Bryan decided to try his hand at a game of hockey in Chicago recently while on tour… and lets just say that Dierks Bentley won’t be calling him anytime soon to play on his team.
Take a look at Luke’s attempt of playing hockey below and let us know if you think he should keep trying or stick to singing:
Do Texans really ride horses to work? Run track in cowboy boots? Accessorize every outfit with a giant, rodeo-style belt buckle? Do Texans really barbecue at every meal?
With a little help from Texas native and country music star Jack Ingram, H-E-B sets out to dispel some famous myths about the Lone Star State and find out what really makes a “True Texan.” The 60-second commercial debuts on Super Bowl Sunday followed by a series of social media “True Texan” Twitter contests using the hashtag #truetexan. A sneak preview of the commercial can be previewed on January 30 via heb.com/truetexan, along with more information on the contests.
The commercial begins with Jack Ingram — radiating Texas charm, of course — asking viewers if they really believe all these silly myths about Texas. In the end, there’s one myth that rings true. When Texans are away from the Lone Star State, they miss their H-E-B.
“This is something we hear from our customers all the time,” said Cory Basso, H-E-B Group Vice President of Marketing and Advertising. “No other retailer can compare to H-E-B when it comes to connecting with our customers and treating them like family. For our Super Bowl campaign, we wanted to show that shopping at your neighborhood H-E-B is part of what it means to be a True Texan, but do it a fun and entertaining way.”
After the Super Bowl 60-second spot debut, the ads will go into regular rotation and will air throughout February, and can be viewed during other high profile programs such as The Grammy Awards. The campaign will also feature a strong social media component to include promotions, contests and interactive content on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to find out what makes a “True Texan.” Viewers have the chance to win barbecue grills, outdoor furniture, H-E-B gift cards and much more.
Country trio Gloriana will be performing the American National Anthem at the AFC Championship game. The game, which takes place on January 20th at Gillette Stadium, puts the New England Patriots up against the Baltimore Ravens. Catch the game, and their version of the anthem, live on CBS starting at 6:30 pm EST / 5:30 pm CST.
It’s a bit of a big deal for the group, explains Rachel Reinert:
“I grew up in a big football family. My brothers all played so to get to be a part of such a big game is really exciting. We cannot wait.”
Gloriana has been busy lately promoting their latest single “Can’t Shake You.” The song is currently in the top 30 and climbing the airplay charts. They’re also getting ready to open for Alan Jackson on his tour, as well as their own headlining dates across the United States.
Gloriana celebrated career success with their previous Gold certified single “(Kissed You) Good Night,” which was the most played single by a group at Country Radio in 2012 and was the fastest-rising single of their career. The trio released their critically acclaimed second studio album “A Thousand Miles Left Behind” in July, which debuted at #2 on the Billboard Country Album Chart and at #10 on Billboard’s Top 200.
Are you going to tune in to see Gloriana? What team are you cheering for this year?