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American Idol’s latest country winner is taking life lessons from its first country winner. Naturally, we’re talking about Scotty McCreery and Carrie Underwood.
Underwood, as we all know, has become arguably the most successful of all the Idol winners. (Kelly Clarkson fans might say different, but that’s why we say “arguably”.) Her list of awards is too long to list here, but her most recent honors came this week at the American Country Awards at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. The fan-voted show honored Underwood with three awards (which come in the form of a customized Fender Telecaster guitar): Female Artist of the Year; Female Single of the Year and Female Video for “Mama’s Song”.
The event was McCreery’s first award show and he didn’t go home empty-handed. Fans voted him New Artist of the Year, choosing him over Thompson Square, The Band Perry, Jerrod Niemann and The Pistol Annies.
Calling all Miranda Lambert fans!
The country superstar has just announced that she will be hitting the road this winter with her new headline tour, On Fire. Chris Young and Jerrod Niemann will join Lambert for the run. The tour will kick off in Rockford, Illinois on January 12th.
Lambert’s new album, Four The Record, is set for release on November 1, 2011.
Lambert is excited for the new record and tour, and had this to share:
“I’m looking forward to the tour and playing some new music from ‘Four The Record’ and kicking some attitude. Chris and Jerrod have great shows and we’re gonna have a lot of fun out there this year and it will be a great year with our fans. See you out there!”
Tour stops will include:
East Rutherford, NJ
North Charleston, SC
Sale Lake City, UT
Little Rock, AR
Green Bay, WI
Mountain View, CA
Wynonna Judd is one of the superstar names on the bill for the 2011 IEBA / WME music conference taking place October 3rd in Nashville, Tennessee. She’ll kick off the night with a performance at 9:45 pm for the annual industry conference with her new band, her hits, and her wit. Other artists that are part of the line-up include Lee Brice, The Band Perry, Jerrod Niemann, Neal McCoy, Eric Paslay, and Tyler Farr for the 500 attendees at the War Memorial Auditorium.
“The WME lineup is a much anticipated one, and there is always something special in store for attendees,” said Tiffany Davis, IEBA Executive Director.
The IEBA is the non-profit trade organization International Entertainment Buyers Association. The group is dedicated to providing networking, artist showcasing, and promote growth in the entertainment industry. The conference goes through October 2nd to the 4th and will focus on showcasing artists of all genres, not just country music.
Dierks Bentley might not yet have a release date for his new album, but that doesn’t mean he’s not in demand. He sold out his Chicago date for his Miles & Music For Kids benefit two weeks in advance of the October 9th date. It’s the fastest sell-out in the six year history of the event. All proceeds will go towards Chicago’s Children’s Memorial Hospital. Artists slated to attend include the Eli Young Band, Jerrod Niemann, Tyler Reeve, and Matt Mason. US99′s Lisa Dent will serve as this year’s emcee at the Chicago benefit concert.
“It’s further proof that country music fans and bikers have the biggest hearts out there,” said Bentley. “It’s always fun taking this event into new cities and raising money for the local hospitals. We are looking forward to a big day in Chicago!”
Throughout the event’s six-year history, Dierks has raised over $1.6 million for children’s hospitals across the United States in cities like Nashville, Phoenix, Dallas/Fort Worth, Atlanta, Seattle and Columbus. Tickets are still available for the Nashville chapter of the event this year. Sponsors of this year’s events include Nationwide Insurance and CMT One Country.
Blair Garner is one brave guy. He decided to take on Brad Paisley’s H20 II tour this weekend for his “After Midnite Live” radio program. Blair will take his listeners backstage at the tour stop in Tampa, Florida and will have interviews not only with Brad, but with openers Jerrod Niemann, Blake Shelton, JaneDear Girls, Sunny Sweeney and Eden’s Edge. You can catch his exclusive interviews this weekend on his weekly program.
This weekend’s episode is the fifth in the “After Midnite Live” series. He takes 2.7 million listeners backstage at their favorite country tours and behind-the-scenes at different stops. This Summer Blair has featured Kenny Chesney’s “Goin’ Coastal Tour”, Tim McGraw’s “Emotional Traffic Tour” (and spoke with Tim’s mom!), Sugarland’s “Incredible Machine Tour,” and Dolly Parton’s “Better Day” tour.
Today was an important day for not only Americans, but the entire world, as the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001. Country stars took time out of their schedules today to say a few words o the important anniversary of the day that changed the world. Here’s some of the highlights:
@reba: Thoughts and prayers go out to all the families and friends of the victims of 9/11. We’ll never forget. God Bless America!!!!!
@jakeowen: God Bless America.
@JoeDonRooney: #9/11RememberToday My thoughts & prayers go out to all those affected & especially all those lost May God bless them, always #4ever
@ashleymonroe: Paul Simon singing “Sound of SIlence” at 911 memorial right now. So appropriate. Praying for strength for every precious soul today.
@LBTmusic: Remembering 10 years ago today & I’m inspired by the amazing heroic survival stories. May we learn to live in peace Phillip #911Remembered
@coltford: Say a Prayer for the Familes of 9/11 and Say a Prayer for America. This is the Greatest Country!!! Pray for Our Soilders that keep us Safe!
@TheJoshThompson: Thoughts & Prayers to the families of those who lost their lives 10yrs ago today. God bless america.
@jrodfromoz: God Bless this amazing country & all who sacrifice so much to allow us keep it that way. Thank you to ALL our heroes & their loved ones.
See more below the “MORE” button and let us know what you were doing 10 years ago today.
Country music fans have been a little worried and confused this week over the announcement of Sony Music’s restructuring of its labels. While no major acts have been dropped, a lot of shuffling has gone on. We have the new artist lists by label here for you to help ease that confusion while the official websites get caught up and switch over. With the removal of Columbia Nashville, Miranda Lambert and the Pistol Annies were one of the acts switched to a different branch of Sony Music Nashville.
For a full list of how it effected country, click the “read more” button.
Jerrod Niemann is teaming up with the Muscular Dystrophy Association to help promote a new awareness campaign “Make a Muscle, Make a Difference!” Niemann will bring attention to the association with public service announcements on Clear Channel radio. He is also a “MDA Muscle” team member.
“When I sing, it takes all the muscle power I have. That’s why it’s so important for me to use my healthy muscles to help kids and adults who have muscular dystrophy. I know that by working together, we can end muscle diseases. Be the next to flex.”
The Muscular Dystrophy Association provides assistance to those living with the disease. It also provides public education and awareness, and fund raises for global research. For more information on how to join Niemann’s “Make a Muscle, Make a Difference” campaign, visit www.mda.org.
Niemann is on tour with Brad Paisley on the H20: II Wetter & Wilder World tour. His latest single, “One More Drinkin’ Song,” is currently in the top 30 country singles chart on Mediabase. His album, “Judge Jerrod And The Hung Jury” was named one of the top 10 albums of 2010 by the New York Times.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. CMA Entertainer of the Year Brad Paisley not only has the #1 song on the country singles charts, “Old Alabama,” and the #1 album, This Is Country Music, on the country album chart this week but will also kick-off hisH2O II: Wetter & Wilder World Tour presented by Chevy tomorrow in Virginia Beach, VA followed by Hartford, CT on Saturday. The 30 city tour includes four stadiums and an international trek that includes London’s O2 Arena, Dublin, Stockholm, Oslo and more. Special guests on the tour will be Blake Shelton and Jerrod Niemann.
H2O II: Wetter & Wilder World Tour will bring back the very popular and fan favorite “Water World Plaza,” turning every city into a water festival. Focal point in the Plaza area will be the “Water World Plaza Stage” featuring emerging new stars Edens Edge, Sunny Sweeney and Brett Eldredge and the JaneDear girls alternating show dates. The tour extravaganza will open each day at 4:00pm with music starting at 4:45pm. In addition to the music stage there will be multiple water-themed activities – including a Chevy H2O FLW fishing simulator, dunking booth, slip n slide, and other various water games.
Paisley was on CNN this week discussing tour life and his tips to stay sane on the road.
“I look out at so many of the same faces every year as we do these tours that I’m reminded how really, really lucky I am to be in this type of music. It’s crazy how loyal country fans are. I can’t say enough how much that means to me.”
Want to win 2 balcony-level tickets to Tuesday night’s Grand Ole Opry show featuring Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride, Jerrod Niemann, Darius Rucker and more?
We have a pair of tickets to give away to the 7 pm show next week.
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(the winner must be present or able to travel to Nashville to get the tickets.)