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INTERVIEW: CMA Award Winner and Grammy Nominee Deana Carter

She is likely best known for her debut single, “Strawberry Wine,” but singer/songwriter Deana Carter has a plethora of albums, songwriting credits, award nominations, and a CMA Award on her shelf. Admittedly, Read More »

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Exclusive Interview: Paul Jolley

If you know the name Paul Jolley, chances are you were introduced to him by a little show named American Idol. If you don’t know the name Paul Jolley yet, it’s time Read More »

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Exclusive Interview: Dave Barnes

The name Dave Barnes is synonymous with awesome. By day, he’s an independent musician who just recently released his eighth studio album, Golden Days. By night, he’s a bit of a Nashville Read More »

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EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Kari & Billy

Kari Nelson and Billy Arnold (collectively referred to as Kari & Billy) are a couple bound by love and marriage, as well as their talents for music. Kari has toured with John Read More »

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Exclusive Interview: David Fanning

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 Read More »

Blake Shelton Announces Shows at Madison Square Garden, Wrigley Field And Hollywood Bowl Dates

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It’s the news that Blake Shelton fans have been waiting for! After previously announcing cities for his Ten Times Crazier Tour 2014, Blake has released a full list of shows and dates. The tour will kick off in Austin, TC ox June 20th and make stops at Chicago’s Wrigley Field, California’s Hollywood Bowl and New York City’s Madison Square Garden.

The 20+ date Ten Times Crazier Tour 2014, sponsored by Pepsi and promoted by Live Nation, will also feature the Band Perry, Dan + Shay and Neal McCoy. Full dates as follows:

 

 

Blake Shelton’s Ten Times Crazier Tour 2014:
06/20/14 Austin, TX austin360 Amphitheatre
06/21/14 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
06/22/14 Little Rock, AR Verizon Arena
07/19/14 Chicago, IL Wrigley Field
08/01/14 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
08/02/14 Darien Center, NY Darien Lakes Performing Arts Center
08/29/14 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion
08/30/14 Orlando, FL Amway Center
09/04/14 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheatre
09/05/14 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Amphitheatre
09/06/14 San Diego, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
09/11/14 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center at Fresno State
09/12/14 Sacramento, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
09/13/14 Mtn. View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
09/18/14 Spokane, WA Spokane Arena
09/19/14 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
09/20/14 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
09/25/14 Boise, ID Taco Bell Arena
09/26/14 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
09/27/14 Denver, CO Pepsi Arena
10/03/14 Las Vegas,NV Mandalay Bay Events Center
10/04/14 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood

Pre-sales will begin for select shows on Feb 25th at 8pm CST, immediately following NBC’s The Voice. $1 from every fan club presale ticket will be donated to the Academy of Country Music’s Lifting Lives Foundation through his “Blake is #TenTimesCrazier!” Thunderclap campaign.

Brantley Gilbert, Chris Young, Tyler Farr, David Nail & More Added to Tree Town Music Festival

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The lineup just got even bigger for the inaugural Tree Town Music festival, taking place in Forest City, Iowa this Memorial Day Weekend (May 24 & 25). While Brad Paisley and Toby Keith had already been announced as headliners, the festival announced additional performances today, including Brantley Gilbert, Chris Young, Tyler Farr, Charlie Worsham, David Nail, JT Hodges, Leah Turner, Sarah Darling and The Last Ride.

 Additionally, the festival will feature Little Nashville,” a stage bringing the excitement of Nashville’s world-famous Broadway to Iowa, beer tents, a variety of food vendors, rock climbing, bounce houses and much more for the entire weekend. The fun extends to the festival’s campgrounds with flip cup competitions, golf cart taxis, food and drink vendors and more.

For more info on tickets, camping or for any of your Tree Town Music Festival, please visit: treetownfestival.com or call 877-569-7767.

Legendary Bellamy Brothers Make History

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Renowned country duo the Bellamy Brothers have just wrapped up a number of tour dates in India and Sri Lanka, including three sold out shows. After returning to the United States this week, the brothers discovered that they made history as the first country artists to tour in these countries. David and Howard Bellamy were both thrilled and humbled by this news.

“When we arrived, they told us no other country act had ever toured in these countries, which came as a bit of a surprise,” explains David Bellamy.  ”Collectively, the populations of India and Sri Lanka total about 1.3 billion and we learned that these people are huge fans of our music.  We sold out every show and there are already other offers on the table for us to go back and tour again soon.  It was a very rewarding experience for us.

Dee Jay Silver Kicks Off New Syndicated Radio Show “The Country Club With Dee Jay Silver”

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Country radio will soon be welcoming Dee Jay Silver as a regular on the airwaves with his new syndicated show “The Country Club with Dee Jay Silver”. The RCA recording artist and mixer will use the show as a place to feature country hits and newcomers, all infused with his signature rhythms and samples from other genres.

The tone will be uptempo and modern, providing one to five hours of remixes and mash-ups. “Dee Jay Silver is a star. He’s built a very unique brand. Creating a radio show makes perfect sense. Silver will be ratings gold. We’re going to have a blast!” said Keith Kaufman who is producing and programming the show. Compass Media Networks will provide the syndication.

“I love radio!” Silver said. “Although my schedule is very hectic and I’m always on the road, whenever I’m on the radio, it feels like home. This is going to be tons of fun!”

Sounds like it, Dee Jay. We’re all looking forward to this!

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ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute To the Troops

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The Academy of Country Music and Dick Clark Productions have announced ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute To the Troops, a concert event featuring some of the biggest names in country music paying tribute to our armed forces, which will be broadcast Tuesday, May 20th, 9:00-11:00pm EST, on the CBS Television Network.

The special will be taped Monday, April 7th, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and feature performances by country music superstars Merle Haggard, George Strait, Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum and The Band Perry among others (to be announced) as a part of the all-star lineup for the event.

DVR Alert: Dierks Bentley Will Be All Over Your TV to Support ‘RISER’

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In anticipation of the release of RISER, Dierks Bentley will be all over your television with a variety of appearances. He’ll also be hosting fan events and film screening in support of his seventh album.

Set your DVRs for Good Morning America (2/25), The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2/26), Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live (2/26) and The View (2/27). He’ll also be appearing on iHeartRadio’s Live Series on 2/25, and then, from New York City, Bentley will head to Chicago for an album release show (2/27). He’ll finish off the week-long trek with a surprise concert at an unannounced location that will be revealed on social media.

In addition to the performances, Bentley will host screenings of his film DIERKS BENTLEY: RISER in Toronto and Nashville, as well as Los Angeles (2/21) and New York City (2/24).  CMT will air a special edit this Sat., Feb. 22 at 1:00P CT, and the full length will premiere the same day on Palladia at 8:00P CT. The film will also be available for purchase in the coming weeks. For more information on the upcoming album and film, visit www.dierks.com.

Additionally, before RISER hits streets, Rolling Stone is exclusively giving a first listen to the new album. Click here to listen.

 

Luke Bryan To Land New EP, Spring Break 6… Like We Ain’t Ever, March 11

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Luke Bryan will be dropping a new 6-track, spring break themed EP on us come March 11! The ACM Award and Entertainer of the Year’s newest is titled Spring Break 6… Like We Ain’t Ever and will feature songs all co-written by Luke himself.

“The songs for this project came together so fast. These special EP’s all began as a way to get new music out to the fans between studio projects. I feel like year after year we get a little bit better at writing for this. I think with these new songs I would be proud to put them on any album we release.”

Along with the EP release, Luke will be playing two free concerts at Spinnaker’s Beach Club in Panama City, Florida on March 11 and 12. This will be the sixth year in a row Luke has treated spring breakers to a show and last year, he saw a two-day total of 120,000 fans! So, get there early, if you want to get up front!

The track listing for Spring Break 6… Like We Ain’t Ever is:

1. She Get Me High
2. Like We Ain’t Ever
3. Night One
4. Are You Leaving With Him
5. Good Lookin Girl
6. The Sand I Brought To The Beach

His five previous Spring Break EPs have sold over 750,000 copies and his last one debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200.

Photo: Cover Art Spring Break 6… Like We Ain’t Ever

Jana Kramer Rehearses New Music for Spring Tour

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Get ready Jana Kramer fans! Kramer has announced a number of US tour dates throughout the spring, and she’s coming to a city near you!

The tour kicks off February 27 in Pontiac, MI and continues from coast to coast throughout the season.

Fans will not only hear their favorite songs like “Why Ya Wanna” and “Whiskey,” but new songs as well – news Kramer shared on Twitter.

@kramergirl: Rehearsing with the band. Can’t wait to share all this new music with y’all!!!! Xoxoxo

Check out this list of dates to see if Jana Kramer is coming to your city and visit her website for ticket information.

Angel Mary and the Tennessee Werewolves Team Up with Jagermeister

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Country music’s favorite werewolves have joined forces with Jagermeister, in true country rock star status. The family trio and the German alcohol company have worked together to launch a line of merchandise that will be available at all Angel Mary & the Tennessee Werewolves’ live shows. All of the merchandise bears both the AMTW and the Jagermeister logo.

“It’s exciting to be sponsored by such a well-known brand as Jagermeister,” said Christian Wolf, a long-time fan of the liquor. “And it certainly doesn’t hurt that the taste is so great!”

In addition to this pairing, AMTW is currently hard at work on the debut album, expected to hit stores this Spring. Additionally, their release of “Folsom Prison Blues” (produced by John Carter Cash) gained the trio much acclaim, including a spot in Billboard magazine.

Eric Church Secures Billboard’s Top Spot with The Outsiders

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According to Nielsen SoundScan, Eric Church earned his second #1 album on the Billboard Charts with The Outsiders for the week ending February 16th. With sales of 288,000, Church marked the biggest sales week of the year and the biggest since Beyonce released her self-titled album back in December.

This is not the first time that Eric Church has debuted in the top slot. His last studio album, Chief, also debuted in Billboard’s top spot back in 2011. The Outsiders marks the biggest sales for a country album since Luke Bryan released Crash My Party back in August 2013.

Way to go, Eric!

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