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James Otto to play at Billy Dean’s Birthday Bash

James Otto. photo credit: EB Media

Country music star James Otto will be on hand to celebrate a pretty special birthday for a fellow artist. He’s been asked by Billy Dean to perform at his annual Birthday Bash held on the Dean Acres. The best part? The event is open to fans who purchase tickets in advance! Billy’s Birthday Bash will be held on April 27th at 5 pm just outside Nashville in Liberty, Tennessee.

To celebrate his 51st birthday, Billy will once again open the Dean Acres to country fans. It’s become an annual event since 2011, which has sold-out every year since. Dean Acres recently went under renovations with their 100-year old barn for a stage that can fit up to 200 fans.

Ticket holders will be treated to a special Brunch with the Dean family the morning after the party back on the farm. You can’t get more country than that. Tickets are on-sale now at deanacres.com.

What’s the most unique event you’ve ever been to for a country concert?

Keepin’ It Country Presents…JAMES OTTO!


No folks, your eyes did not deceive you! We are bringing you THE Grammy nominated, CMA and ACM award winning, James Otto!

Otto hails from the great Northwest, which hasn’t turned out a huge number of country stars, though it hasn’t been for lack of local interest. “Country music is actually really big up there. I know when people think of Washington state they think of Seattle, but the side of WA that I’m from, which is the high plains/desert side, is all straight-up agricultural.” Not that he isn’t equally proud of being a Nashvillian, which you might guess from his ability to pinpoint the date he made the move (“thirteen years ago, August 4”).

2012 City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge Roster


The 22nd Annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge is scheduled to take place on Saturday, June 9, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee, and the first several players on the roster have been announced! Suiting up for the cause are: Carrie Underwood, Scotty McCreery, Brantley Gilbert, Lauren Alaina, David Nail, James Otto, Robin Meade, Scott Hamilton, Chuck Wicks, Whitney Duncan, Bucky Covington, Sarah Darling, Billy Gilman, Kristen Kelly and Two Foot Fred. The AfterMidnite and Grand Ole Opry players rosters will be updated as more players commit to the event.

The City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge has raised almost $2 million dollars since its inception. The cause benefits City of Hope as it strives to find cures and more effective treatment for cancer and other diseases. Tickets to the game are on sale now at Ticketmaster. Come out and watch some of your favorite artists battle it out on the field in support of those battling for their lives!

EXCLUSIVE: Interview With James Otto

James Otto.

James Otto has been one pretty busy guy the last two years. He took some time out of the spotlight to raise his new daughter Ava Katherine Otto. He’ll be back in a big way in 2012, which is already starting off big for the singer-songwriter: his friends in the Zac Brown Band are releasing one of his co-writes as their new single.

We spoke to James over the phone last week about his plans for the year, on sharing war stories about raising kids with Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts, touring with Reba, his latest songwriting sessions, and how recording for his brand new album is going. Don’t worry James fans: he’ll be heading out to a city near you this summer!

Read our exclusive interview with James below and let us know if you’re planning on catching him on one of his tour dates this year.

James Otto Celebrates Release Of Zac Brown Band Single

James Otto. photo credit: EB Media

James Otto is pretty excited about another artist’s single this week. Zac Brown Band will be releasing “No Hurry,” a song James co-wrote with Zac Brown and Wyatt Durrette. It’s the fifth single off the ACM/CMA and GRAMMY-nomined album “You Get What You Give.”

“When I got the call, my wife and I stopped what we were doing and started dancing around the kitchen of our house, we were so excited.”

The slow-down-and-smell-the-roses themed song is special to James, who recently welcomed the birth of his daughter Ava Katherine.

“When she came along, I realized it was time to slow down and focus on what really mattered to me in this life — and that was being there for those unrepeatable moments of her first steps, words and discoveries…and I’m still in ‘no hurry’ to let those little moments go.”

James, who always puts family first, is planning to return to touring in 2012 to promote his new music and album “Shake What God Gave Ya.” Right now, however, he’s still celebrating the release of his song with the Zac Brown Band.

“There’s nothing like the feeling of knowing one of the most successful bands in country music right now is going to release your song,” he said. “I’m simply blown away, and utterly humbled.”

Danielle Peck and Friends Online Charity Auction (Ends 12/22)

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In this season of giving, Danielle Peck and some of her fellow country music stars are doing their part to help the homeless.  Last month, Peck held her 4th Annual “Danielle Peck and Friends Concert” which supports the Nashville-based Safe Haven Family Shelter.  She’s now following it up with an online auction featuring an awesome assortment of autographs, guitars and other collectables.

Learn about the auction, register and bid by clicking here.

James Otto Spends Halloween With His Little Lamb

Halloween 2011

Here’s one of the cuter pictures from Halloween this year. James Otto, home from spending the weekend filling in for Josh in Steel Magnolia, turned Halloween into a family affair. His daughter Ava, who turned one this past August, and her parents dressed up in her favorite nursery rhyme “Mary Had A Little Lamb” for Halloween. James took Ava on a hayride around their neighborhood to celebrate the evening before going trick-or-treating in Nashville.

From left to right in the picture is Amy Otto as Mary, Ava Otto as the Little Lamb, James Otto as a farmer, and their dog Izzy Otto as the Farmer’s Dog. How cute is this picture?

VIDEO: Reba & Tour Acts – Rolling In The Deep

Reba McEntire. photo credit: Big Machine Records.

Adele has one of the catchiest songs of the year, and it’s found it’s way into country music. Reba McEntire brought out all her opening acts on her “All The Woman I Am Tour” to perform a group number of Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep.” Watch Reba, The Band Perry, Eden’s Edge, James Otto and Steel Magnolia perform a country version of the rock/pop single:

James Otto Filling In For Steel Magnolia’s Josh

James Otto. photo credit: EB Media

Looks like Steel Magnolia’s Meghan Linsey won’t have to worry about being a solo act for much longer. James Otto has stepped up to the plate and will fill in for her duo partner, Joshua Scott Jones, while he spends time in rehab from alcohol and substance abuse treatment. James Otto tells GACtv.com that he was excited to be able to join Meghan on select dates of Reba McEntire’s “All The Woman I Am” tour:

“When I got the call from Meg, I thought it was a great idea,” he said. “I thought our voices would blend really well. I know that our musical tastes are very similar and we’re coming from the same place. Man, who wouldn’t want to be out on tour with Reba McEntire? That was one of those things that’s a no-brainer.”

James will perform with Meghan at the October 27th tour stop in Sioux City, Iowa and again at the October 28th concert in St. Louis.

James Otto Wants To Honor Your Heroes

James Otto. photo credit: EB Media

While the tenth anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks may be over, James Otto wants to make sure that the sacrifices of the day won’t be forgotten. He’s inviting fans to honor their heroes with him for the entire month of September. He’s asking his fans to post personal stories about people they consider to be their heroes. He’s already had over 200 entries on his website, ranging from first responders to nurses who have positively changed lives.

James released a personal statement on his website about the effort:

“For several months since my USO Tour in April, I’ve been thinking about what we can do as a community to show our gratitude to our military and civil personnel who sacrifice their lives for us every day… therefore my vision is for this [website] to be a place for your heroes to be publicly honored and shown proper gratitude for their self-sacrifice. Thanks in advance to everyone who takes part – can’t wait to read your stories.”

To help honor the heroes and their stories, James has promised to select a winner from each city he plays in to give them tickets to his show for sharing their story with him. This will happen throughout the month of September, and winners will be selected randomly. He’ll personally dedicate his new song “Solders & Jesus” to the individual and their hero on-stage.

“I know it’s not much,” he said. “But I feel it’s the least I can do to show my sincere thanks to those who make the ultimate sacrifice, in memory of the Sept. 11th victims.”

To submit your story about your hero, head over to James Otto’s official website: jamesotto.net.