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Get Ready For More Craig Morgan With Album Release

Craig Morgan.

Craig Morgan’s new CD, This Ole Boy, will be released this coming Tuesday (Feb. 28).  With the disc getting ready to drop, Craig will be dropping in here, there and everywhere.  In other words, get ready for a lot more Morgan as he promotes his album with live performances, autograph sessions and national TV appearances.

The Grand Ole Opry member will start next week on Monday with a live Facebook chat with CMT.  That same night he’ll entertain his hometown crowd with a rare appearance in Dickson, Tennessee.  The “Redneck Yacht Club” singer will sign copies of his soon-to-be-released album and perform an acoustic set previewing tracks from the new record.

Then it’s back to the Web for a live performance that will streamed via STAGEIT.  A limited number of tickets to the live webcast can be purchased by clicking here.

A number of other live appearances and autograph signings are planned to celebrate the release of Morgan’s sixth studio record:

Craig Morgan Donates Instruments To Middle School Music Program

Craig Morgan. photo credit: Monarch Publicity / Kristin Barlowe

Today’s lesson for the kids at Dickson Middle School:  Generosity.  The teacher:  Country star Craig Morgan.

Morgan, who is getting ready to release a new album, took time out of his busy schedule to pay a visit to the school, which is about an hour outside of Nashville.  While there the “Redneck Yacht Club” singer donated 15 Dean acoustic guitars to the music program and talked with Mr. Elston’s 8th grade class about the importance of music.

Keeping Up With Casey: Album Release and Opry News

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This week is shaping up to be a very big and busy one for Casey James.  Today we learned that his self-titled album will be released on March 20.  It’s the debut album for the American Idol alum, who took third place in show’s ninth season.  “I’m excited to be releasing my debut album,” Casey shared on his website. “I’m thankful that I had the freedom to make the record that represents me as a musician and singer-songwriter.”

To say that James was an active participant in the creation of his album is an understatement.  Along with the singing, he also played both the electric and acoustic guitar throughout.  And then there’s the songwriting aspect.  He co-wrote nine of the album’s eleven tracks.  One of those tracks, “Let’s Don’t Call It A Night,” is currently at #33 on the Mediabase chart.

Trace Adkins On The State Of Country Music

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As the calendar is about to turn on a phenomenal year for Country music, it’s time to sit back and reflect a bit.

Country’s influence and impact reached far and wide this past year.  Cross-over artists like Taylor Swift and Lady A brought their music to millions of fans, many of whom may have been getting their first taste of the genre.  Country artists finished first and second on the latest season of American idol with Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina.  Then there was Blake Shelton, who brought a funny, thoughtful and sometimes surprisingly compassionate face to Country through his work on NBC’s “The Voice”.

Rascal Flatts Become Grand Ole Opry Members As The Opry Turns 86

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It was a celebration at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville last night.

As the Opry marked its 86th birthday, Rascal Flatts were officially inducted as members into the Opry family.

The trio could not have been more appreciative of this distinguished honor. Before they took the stage, Gary, Jay, and Joe Don reflected on the occasion.

Gary LeVox: It is so humbling to carry the Opry flag. There’s no higher pinnacle.

Jay DeMarcus: One of the titles we’re most proud of is members of the Grand Ole Opry.

Joe Don Rooney: We are humbled by this and can’t wait to see what the future has in store for us and the Grand Ole Opry.

The group was inducted by Opry member Little Jimmy Dickens and Opry general manager Pete Fisher. They also received a surprise congratulatory video message from President George W. Bush, who acknowledged the group’s exceptional dedication to music, the community, as well as our country and armed services.

Congratulations, once again, to Rascal Flatts on this career milestone!

Check out the video of the induction below:

The Opry To Return To GAC This Fall

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For fans wanting to watch their favorite stars’ performances at the Grand Ole Opry and can’t make it to Nashville, GAC and the Opry are about to make it a whole lot easier. Beginning October 4th with the 80th birthday celebration for George Jones, GAC will start airing its “Opry Live!” for six episodes. While air times haven’t been yet officially announced, the episodes are set to feature country stars like Trace Adkins, Alan Jackson, Jamey Johnson, The Oak Ridge Boys, LeAnn Womack, Lauren Alaina, Rascal Flatts, Eric Church, Kellie Pickler, Ronnie Dunn, Scotty McCreery, Randy Travis, Carrie Underwood and many more to be announced. The first episode was filmed last night at the Opry House.

“GAC has enjoyed a longstanding relationship with the OPRY over the past eight years, partnering with them on ‘OPRY Live’ and specials including ‘Country at the White House,’ ‘MUSIC CITY Keep on Playing’ and ‘Country Comes Home.’ Special moments happen on the OPRY stage and GAC is pleased to be able to share those moments with our viewers,” said GAC SVP/GM SARAH TRAHERN.

Stay tuned to Opry.com and Gactv.com for air date information as it becomes available. The return of Opry Live is being sponsored by Humana.

Martina McBride Will Turn the Grand Old Opry Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

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On October 22nd, the Grand Old Opry is joining Women Rock For The Cure in the fight against breast cancer by hosting its 3rd annual “Opry Goes Pink” event. Country music superstar and Opry member, Martina McBride, will headline the show and flip the switch on the Opry’s barn backdrop turning it pink for the night. Opry.com will also go pink for the day.

McBride’s current single, “I’m Gonna Love You Through It”, is very fitting for the cause. The song is one of hope and inspiration to those who have fought or are battling cancer, and their loved ones.

Other artists taking the stage for the special event include: Kellie Pickler, Lauren Alaina, Edens Edge, and Ronnie Milsap.

Tickets can be purchased on the Grand Ole Opry website. $5 from every ticket will be donated to Women Rock For The Cure. The show starts at 7 p.m.

In addition, Opry.com will be hosting an online auction starting October 18th. All proceeds will also benefit Women Rock For The Cure.

Please go to www.opry.com and help support the fight.

Hunter Hayes To Make Opry Debut

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Hunter Hayes will make his debut on the legendary Grand Ole Opry stage this Friday, August 12.  Hayes said, “Being invited to play the GRAND OLE OPRY is like having the doors in Country music open for you. Just the invitation to perform on the OPRY feels like initiation into a family of artists I have looked up to and have studied my entire life. The cherry on top is that I get to play the same night as DIAMOND RIO!”

Hayes has been spending his summer opening for 2011 ACM Entertainer of the Year Taylor Swift on selected dates of her “Speak Now World Tour 2011″.

For more information on Hunter, visit his website here.

Blake Shelton: Opry Tour Guide?

Blake Shelton & Trace Adkins. photo credit: The opry.

Blake Shelton really is everywhere these days. Not only is he getting recognized everywhere he goes now in New York City, but last year’s Opry member inductee is also the Grand Ole Opry’s new tour guide. The Oklahoman recorded a video greeting welcoming guests to the historic building during the Grand Ole Opry Backstage Pass tour. He tells the group about each room and shares stories about things that have happened to him within the walls. One of the memories is of the night he was invited to join by friend Trace Adkins during the Opry Grand Opening show after the flood last year.

Shelton also introduces vintage performance footage from country music legends during the tour. Carrie Underwood joins the video tour in the Opry’s Green Room, also known as the Opry’s Family Room. She also shares personal stories and what that room means to her as a member of the Grand Ole Opry herself.

To see a short clip of Shelton’s hosting duties, see the Grand Ole Opry’s website HERE.

Enter to win a trip of a lifetime with Lady Antebellum!

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The Grand Ole Opry is the show that made country music famous. To celebrate all things country music, the Opry is giving fans the chance to fly to Nashville for CMA Music Fest and meet Lady Antebellum at the Opry.

There is still time for fans of the Opry’s Facebook page to enter to win a prize package including a trip for two to Nashville in June. The trip will include a six-night stay at the Gaylord Opryland Resort, airfare on Southwest Airlines, a pair of tickets to attend the Grand Ole Opry on June 7, a backstage tour of the Opry, and a meet-and-greet with Lady Antebellum!