Today, on this Monday in Movember, we introduce you to Chris Janson. Chris is, ironically, in the process of growing out his facial hair in honor of this month, so it definitely made sense for us to spotlight this spirited new artist!
Chris Janson began collaborating as a songwriter at eighteen years of age with classic rock band, Guns N’ Roses. In 2009, Chris recorded two duets with Holly Williams, granddaughter of Hank Williams, Sr., on her album Here with Me. Instead of heading to veterinary school, which was his original plan, Chris made the move that many musicians before him likewise made — the move to Nashville, Tennessee.
Congratulations to Justin Moore! His brand new album “Off The Beaten Path” is a number one record. It was his best-ever sales week, and sold over 97,000 copies in its debut week. Justin’s other two albums “Outlaws Like Me,” and his self-titled 2009 release both sold 65,000 and 34,000 copies.
His sales have placed him in second on the all-genres album sales chart behind Jack Johnson’s “From Here To Now To You.” Jack’s album sold 117,000 copies in its first week.
Justin’s new album is now available everywhere music is sold digitally or physically. Have you gotten your copy yet? What’s your favorite tracks?
As part of After MidNite’s 20th anniversary celebration, Country music stars Dierks Bentley, Justin Moore, Craig Morgan and Chris Young will take over hosting duties for After MidNite in September. Each artist will sit behind the mic and give fans their unique, week-long take as host of the program. The 20-week takeover, which began on August 1 and runs through the end of 2013, also features special guest appearances, interviews and much more.
Justin Moore has reason every reason to celebrate. His single “Til My Last Day” recently became his third number one single. If this wasn’t reason enough, his two albums, Justin Moore and Outlaws Like Me have been certified GOLD. Collectively, these albums have had over one million sales.
Yesterday evening (3/12), industry, family and friends came together in Nashville to honour Justin’s achievements, as well as the achievements of songwriters Jeremy Stover, Brian Maher, publishers Big Machine Music, Sony/ATV/EMI and Bigger Picture and The Valory Music Co. promotion team. This is the second number one hit for the trio of songwriters, with “Small Town USA” being the first.
Justin is now set to hit the road on his first headlining tour, starting tomorrow (03/17) in Pikeville, KY. Congrats Justin and team!
Justin Moore is set to take the stage of the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashvile, TN on Tuesday, November 27th as the headlining act for a Jersey Shore benefit concert. The artist’s performance will support his publicist and friend, Carly Caramanna, and the Jersey Shore Relief Fund. All proceeds will be split equally between the Caramanna family and New Jersey victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Carly’s family home and business were destroyed by the storm. Justin’s efforts to help his friend and other victims will be accompanied by performances from Jake Owen, Thomas Rhett, and Randy Houser. The show will follow Justin’s performance at the Grand Ole Opry the same night.
For full details about the concert, as well as how you can support the Jersey Shore Relief, read below:
Date: Tuesday, November 27th, 2012 Time: Doors at 7PM, show at 8:30PM Location: Wildhorse Saloon, 120 2nd Ave. N. Nashville, TN Tickets: Available at 11AM on Saturday, November 17th online, as well as at the door
Country Thunder will be rolling into Florence, Arizona from April 11th to the 14th, 2013! Who will be joining them? Just some of country’s biggest acts these days, that’s all! Artists such as Lady Antebellum, Toby Keith, Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert, Lee Brice, Kip Moore and many more (all are listed below) will be there, and you can be too! You’ll need a 4-day admission wristband in order to get into the shows and right now they’re available at a special early bird rate of only $99! But you’ll need to act on this early bird rate fast – and super fast- because tonight at 11:59pm Central, the prices goes up to $120. To order your tickets, and for other ticket details, head on over to www.countrythunder.com or call (866) 802-6418.
The nominees were just announced earlier this morning for this year’s American Country Awards. The third edition of the fan-voted award show will once again air live on FOX from Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. While the co-hosts remain the same with Trace Adkins and Kristin Chenoweth, there is something new about the award show – the addition of the “Song Of The Year” category which will honor country music’s top songwriters of 2012. The nominees for Song of the Year are determined by the National Songwriters Association International (NSAI). The award show will air live on December 10th on FOX at 8 pm EST.
Artists leading all nominees this year are Luke Bryan with seven, and Lady Antebellum tying for second with Zac Brown Band with six nominations each. Eric Church and Taylor Swift both have five nominations each. Check out the full list of nominees below and let us know who you’ll be voting for. Fans can vote at theacas.com for their favorite artists, and make sure to tune in December 10th to see who wins!
Performers and presenters will be announced shortly, so stay tuned for that announcement too!
The Tennessean is reporting today that Justin Moore is being sued for alleged copyright infringement on his 2009 single “Backwoods.” Songwriter Bobby Carmichael and Louisiana-based fiddle player Britton Curry are claiming that their song matches Justin’s both lyrically and in pitch and rhythm. Justin and his label have not yet commented on the case, which as been filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.
Britton and Bobby’s song was copyrighted in 2003 and filed with the U.S. Copyright Office according to the report. The pair shopped the song around major labels in Music City in 2005. They are also claiming that Island Bound publishing somehow secured the song and then songwriter Jamie Paulson approached Justin with the single three years later. The single appeared on Justin’s debut album and the pair are claiming he made an unknown amount of money on a “stolen idea.”
The pair, who claimed to hear the single on the radio back in February, are wanting $150,000 in damages from Justin and Big Machine Label Group. It’s undetermined how many times Justin may have infringed on their copyright if he did.
Intellectual property lawyer Ramona DeSalvo is handling the case for Britton and Bobby. Both sides are scheduled to meet October 1st with a judge for a pre-trial discussion.
When local firefighters saved Troy native Curtiss Shaver’s life during a tragic farming accident, Shaver knew he found his calling. Even though he lost the lower part of his left leg in the accident, he was as determined as ever to become a life-long firefighter and EMT for the region. In a special event this week at Troy Fire Station No. 1, a ceremonial yard of bricks was revealed to recognize Shaver as winner of Crown Royal’s “Your Hero’s Name Here” program.
The national contest renames the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMA) on July 29th after a deserving American hero. In an effort to bring a little bit of the famous track to Troy, Alabama, Crown Royal organized a special ceremony that resulted in the laying of a replica “Yard of Bricks” in Troy’s downtown. The final, engraved brick was put down by Shaver himself.
Nearly 200 Troy residents, including the city’s mayor, were at the ceremony outside the Fire Station on East Walnut Street. It wasn’t only locals who were there – but country music star Justin Moore performed a short set in Shaver’s honor. He performed “Small Town USA” and “‘Til My Last Day” for Shaver and the community during the brick laying.
“It was an honor to come to Alabama on this special day to pay homage to Curtiss,” said Moore. “He truly embodies the all-American hero and I am glad I got to be a part of this historical celebration. We will have a great time in Indy for the Curtiss Shaver 400.”
Check out the video of Justin’s appearance at the ceremony below:
Big Machine has released their list of performers for the 19th annual Crown Royal Presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard powered by Bigmachinerecords.com. The race, which takes place on Sunday, July 29th, will be held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Headlining the show is sibling trio The Band Perry, with additional performances by Justin Moore, the Mavericks,Greg Bates, and Sunny Sweeney. Paul Malo, the lead singer of The Mavericks, will be performing the national anthem before the race.
The Band Perry will headline the pre-race show between 8:30 and 11 am EST. The race kicks off at 1 pm EST. The performances will take place on the infield stage inside Turn 2, near the IMS Hall of Fame Museum. Tickets are still available for the race at www.imstix.com.