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Hank Williams Jr has been named as a headliner for this year’s 2nd Annual Taste of Country Music Festival. This iconic performer will be hitting the stage as part of a bevvy of acts that will be on at the Hunter Mountain Resort between June 13 to 15, 2014.
Williams was announced along with artists Eric Paslay, Leah Turner, The Cadillac Three and Jamie Lynn Spears. They will be joining the previously announced list that included: headliner Brad Paisley, co-headliners Dierks Bentley and Brantley Gilbert, and Randy Houser, Thompson Square, Craig Morgan, Thomas Rhett, Tyler Farr, Charlie Worsham, Chase Rice, Blackjack Billy and Gwen Sebastian.
Although a relatively new festival, only in its second year, the Taste of Country Music Festival has already become one of summer’s most highly anticipated events. The “Pretty Early” price level tickets are sold out, but y’all can take advantage, still, of the “Not So Early” pricing at www.tasteofcountryfestival.com. For a limited time, general admission tickets start at the Not So Early price of only $150.00 for a 3-day pass, and VIP packages start at $525.00 for a 3-day VIP “Outlaw Pass” with “Super Outlaw Pass” and “Ultimate Outlaw Pass” packages available as well. Information on VIP package details and pricing, hotel accommodations, mountainside camping, directions and more is available online. But, will Hank Williams Jr being announced, these tickets are not expected to last much longer!
Photo: Taste of Country Music Festival official logo
Our friend, Gwen Sebastian‘s, self-titled album will be released this Tuesday, June 25th!
Distributed by Warner Music Nashville, the album includes the lead single, “Suitcase,” which Sebastian co-wrote with songwriter, Nicole Witt. The song has been getting high praise since its release, and you realize why once you hear it. Sebastian’s vocals are powerful, and her country twang and personality shine on the track. The record also features special guest, Miranda Lambert, and Sebastian’s parents provide background vocals as well.
As you know, Sebastian gained popular recognition when she appeared on Season 2 of NBC’s The Voice as a member of Blake Shelton‘s team. Since then, Sebastian has been busy working on her album, touring extensively with Coach Blake as a background vocalist, and doing her own solo shows. She will also be opening select dates on Lambert and Dierks Bentley‘s Locked and Reloaded Tour this summer.
Congratulations on the release of your album, Gwen! We’re very excited for you.
Make sure you grab your copy on Tuesday!
Check out “Suitcase”:
Flying Island’s Gwen Sebastian has been invited back to the Grand Ole Opry stage and she’s super excited about it! Gwen will make her second appearance on Friday, September 21. She made her debut appearance in June.
“As a country singer, being asked to sing at the Grand Ole Opry is a dream come trust and now being asked to come back is completely humbling and I’m absolutely honored to do it,” Sebastian gushed.
Her current single, “Met Him in a Motel Room” is climbing the charts while generating fans from radio and consumers from coast to coast.
You can get tickets to see Gwen perform at the Opry at www.getgaylordtickets.com.
Gwen Sebastian, a member of Team Blake Shelton on the second season of The Voice, is excited about the new season. The Flying Island Entertainment singer saw her career rise to new heights after competing on last season. She’s performed at the Grand Ole Opry and at CMA Music Festival, hit the road with Blake Shelton, and has been busy on her own tour and visiting radio stations playing her new single “Met Him In A Motel Room.”
She shares a little on her big year and her excitement to watch the new season:
“After being on the show I’ve had an amazing year being able to tour with Blake, performing at the CMA Music Fest, playing the Grand Ole Opry which was a dream come true and opening shows for other country music greats. This year has truly been a year of firsts for me and one that I will never forget after being on “The Voice,” Sebastian enthuses.
Her single “Met Him In A Motel Room” is available on iTunes and is out at country radio.
Flying Island Entertainment’s Gwen Sebastian had quite an adventure out on the road. She was home on her farm in North Dakota after promoting her new single “Met Him In A Motel Room,” when she realized the door of her trailer had been left opened. It’s not clear how long the door was open for, but one of her suitcases had fallen out during the trip. That’s when she received a call at 3 am from a good Samaritan, who had found the suitcase in the middle of the road, and he wanted to return it. Talk about lucky! He left her suitcase at a nearby gas station for Gwen to pick-up.
Gwen is a pretty busy woman these days: out on tour with her former The Voice Coach Blake Shelton as part of his band, and out on the road for her own career. She’s also partnered up with World Vision to help raise awareness for the organization’s work to combat worldwide poverty and injustice. At Gwen’s shows, she will give fans the opportunity to find out more information on how to help World Vision and why it’s so important to help a worthy cause.
Check out Gwen performing her new single for radio station WXTU in Philadelphia earlier this year:
Miranda Lambert has another climber on her hands. Only weeks after “Over You” became the forth number one single of her career, she has a brand new track from “Four The Record” finding its way up the charts. Miranda’s “Fastest Girl in Town” found itself at the fifty-fourth spot on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart for issue date June 2nd, 2012. Her song is also number fifty-five on Mediabase’s Country Singles Chart… not bad for a song that hasn’t yet been named her new official single.
Miranda’s all-girl trio, the Pistol Annies, also have a single on the chart. Their second single “Takin’ Pills” is currently sitting at the 108th spot on the Country top 100 Mediabase spot – one slot behind Gwen Sebastian‘s “Met Him in a Motel Room.”
Miranda’s “ON FIRE” headlining tour continues Friday night in Virginia Beach, VA, then on Saturday in Camden, NJ. She has one more stop after those before heading to Nashville for CMA Fest next week. Will you be there?
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:
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!
It’s the big day for a former The Voice contestant. Gwen Sebastian, a member of this season’s Team Blake, is releasing her brand new single “Met Him In A Motel Room” to iTunes and country music radio today. I had the chance to listen to her single back in February and it’s a touching story about hope. The North Dakota native has been hard at work since her appearance on the show – performing in Blake Shelton‘s band during his Well Lit & Amplified headlining tour this year, and singing “Drink On It” at the Academy of Country Music Awards for the first time this year.
Check out Gwen’s acoustic performance of her new single with radio station KUPL in Portland, OR and let us know what you think of the Team Blake country singer. Don’t forget to get your copy of her pretty new single on iTunes right here.
Say what you will about Blake Shelton‘s sometimes over-the-top humor, but you have to admit that he is an all-around good guy. After inviting eliminated Team Blake member Gwen Sebastian to be part of his touring family, he let the North Dakota native have her time to shine in her home-town last night during his “Well Lit & Amplified” tour. Gwen took center stage to perform a moving rendition of Sugarland‘s “Stay” with Blake’s band backing her up. She received a standing ovation at the end of her performance.
Watch Gwen’s performance of “Stay” in front of her home crowd and make sure to let us know what you think about Gwen joining Blake on tour:
Blake is nominated for the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of The Year. The fan voted award is up for votes right now at voteacm.com and fans can vote once a day!
This week, we saw Jermaine Paul up against ALyX and Erin Willett versus Gwen Sebastian. Two of our favorite girls, Kelly Clarkson and Miranda Lambert, were back to mentor and assist the team. Jermain and Erin got some help from Kelly, while ALyX and Gwen worked with Miranda.
Jermaine and ALyX performed Billy Ocean’s “Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car” for their battle. Both did a great job and it was a solid fight, but Coach Blake Shelton decided to go with Jermaine.
Jermaine is a seasoned performer with such professionalism and killer voice. He had me the whole round, and I felt like I was at his own concert.
Congratulations to Jermaine! We can’t wait to see you next round. Also, good luck to ALyX! We are sure she will have success.
Continue reading for Erin and Gwen’s battle…