In today’s music, it is common to hear a remix of some of your favorite songs; even heartfelt power ballads have turned into dance hits with the help of some of music’s most talented DJs. And just when you thought DJ’ing couldn’t become anymore unique, enter Dee Jay Silver, the first DJ to be signed to a major Nashville record label. Dee Jay has played in premier venues in virtually every major market in the United States, Mexico, and Canada, but has ultimately found his home in Nashville. Whether he is touring with Jason Aldean and playing in sold out stadiums, performing on the American Country Awards, or remixing the work of some of country’s best known artists, Dee Jay is bringing his talents to the fans of country music in a myriad of ways. Dee Jay took some time out of his day of “bad television” while he recovered from the ACAs in Las Vegas to talk with me about his music, his favorite tour stop to date, and his future plans (which included getting back to Nashville stat!).
Looks like Harley Davidson’s 110th birthday celebration just got a whole more country. A few days after the motorcycle company added Brantley Gilbert and Shooter Jennings to their line-up, now country superstar Toby Keith and sometimes-country-sometimes-rock star Kid Rock will be joining the party too. The big Harley Davidson 110th Birthday celebration concert will take place over Labor Day Weekend on Thursday, August 29th until Sunday, September 1st in Milwaukee. Tickets are on-sale now, and start at $95.
Other major starts performing at the event include ZZ Top, Aerosmith, Joan Jett, & The Blackhearts, Blue Oyster Cult, Gaslight Anthem and more.
Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary Concerts Currently Announced:
This year’s theme will be “Rebels and Renegades, the Outlaws are IN”. The past three benefit concerts have raised a collective $1.5 million, which is directed toward the Museum’s operating expenses, caring for the collection, exhibitions, programs, and more.
Museum board president Vince Gill created All for the Hall, an artist-led fundraising initiative for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Funds raised from the concert also go toward preservation efforts, exhibitions and educational programs about the culture and value of country music.
“The purity in making music on your own terms – to create art in your own way – for me, is at the heart of the outlaw spirit,” said Urban. “It’s those outlaws that we celebrate this year, who not only made it possible for a guy like me to do what I love, but who play a pivotal role in the strength of Country music’s diversity.”
Tickets will go on sale on March1st at 10AM CST. For ticket and VIP package information, visit Ticketmaster.com.
Sometimes-country and sometimes-rock Kid Rock will be releasing a brand new album this November. “Rebel Soul,” which was produced by Kid Rock, will hit stores digitally and physically on November 19th on Atlantic/Top Dog Records. The lead-off single “Let’s Ride” is impacting rock radio right now. No other information is available on his album as of yet.
The album is a return to the rock side for Kid, who has been exploring country music over the last few years – including a headlining country festival spot at Bowmanville, Ontario’s Boots & Hearts Music Festival and as a host to the CMT Music Awards. Will you be picking up a copy of Kid Rock’s album when it’s released?
Music Icon, Lionel Richie has been added to the already star-studded Boots and Hearts Music Festival, taking place at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on August 10-12. Richie has sold over 100 million albums, had 22 Top 10 hits, received five Grammys, an Academy Award for Best Original Song, a Golden Globe and a host of other awards from virtually every other major entertainment organization. His latest platinum album, Tuskegee, a country duets album that features songs with Blake Shelton, Jennifer Nettles, Jason Aldean and more, hit #1 on the Billboard Charts. It is the second-best selling album of the year, and makes Richie the second artist (behind Ray Charles) to ever have a #1 on both the Country and R&B/Hip-Hop Charts.
“We are truly thrilled to have Lionel Richie perform on the same night as Carrie Underwood, and couldn’t be more excited about all great new additions to the line-up” said Shannon McNevan, partner and executive director, Republic Live, the promoter and producer of the festival. “Country music fans are in for a memorable festival. Where else could you see such a wide-range of talent like Tim McGraw, Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow and Alabama – all while camping with friends or family?”
Kid Rock announced today that he has purchased 1,200 $25 Meijer gift cards that he plans to distribute throughout the city of Detroit as a Christmas present to people in need in his hometown. The gift cards, which will be distributed through local radio stations in the area, will be good for redemption at any local Meijer store. The gift cards will become available starting today, Dec. 14th. This is becoming an annual tradition for Kid Rock. Last year around Thanksgiving, Kid Rock donated 1,000 meals in the same way, and since the reaction was so great he has upped the amount to 1,200 this year.
Kid Rock recently completed a high profile underplay tour of the U.S. where, in association with a powerhouse group of local Detroit business people, more than $375,000 was donated to local charities via his Kid Rock Foundation. Sunday night, Kid Rock performed a special rendition of his current single “Care” at CNN’s Heroes: An All-Star Tribute before heading up the road to Malibu, where he and his Twisted Brown Trucker Band performed for an intimate mix of fans and friends. This is not the last charitable act Kid Rock has up his sleeve; a major announcement is being planned for early next year which will once again focus on Detroit.
Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, Nashville’s legendary honky tonk, celebrated their 51st birthday in style. They took over the downtown strip of Nashville with the help of Kid Rock, The Roys and the Kentucky Headhunters.The party, which started at noon on November 23rd, and went right on through to 1:30 am Thanksgiving Day!
“It’s cool to be celebrating their birthday party with them; I like parties and seem to excel in that type of atmosphere,” commented Kid Rock on the event.
Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge is famous for being used as a “green room” by country music legends like Patsy Cline, Hank Williams and Ernest Tubb. It’s one of the most popular places visited by tourists in Music City, and locals too. The honky tonk often features surprise drop-in performances by some of country music’s biggest stars.
Country music has always been good at giving back to its fans that need it the most. Kid Rock has announced that he will help out a Kansas City mother who suffered burns after risking her life to save her children from their burning home on October 1st, 2011.
Claudia Gonzalez made two separate trips back into the home to save her children, however, tragically her 3 year-old son Yair Ramos didn’t survive.
“He was so small,” she said. “Sometimes, I feel guilty that I wasn’t able to get him out first.”
Claudia is still in hospital being treated for burns to her face, arms and legs. She’s recuperating at the Kansas University Hospital while grieving the loss of her son.
Kid Rock has offered to help. The rocker-turned-country-singer will be playing at the Midland Theatre in Kansas City on Tuesday night. His foundation will be donating money to help the mother pay for her medical bills during this troubled time.
Kid Rock just premiered his new music video “Care” on CMT.com this morning. The song features Pistol Annies’ Angaleena Presley and rapper T.I. Make sure you read our interview with Angaleena who discusses making the single with Kid Rock.
Nashville’s famous Tootsies Orchid Lounge has announced additional performers for its 51st birthday bash celebration. While Kid Rock will headline the November 23rd birthday before his sold-out appearance at the Ryman Auditorium, joining the party on the outdoor stage are the McClymonts, The Roys and the Kentucky Headhunters. The three groups will play the outdoor stage starting at noon CST on the outdoor stage on Broadway.
“Every time I end up at Tootsies its a good night, and I don’t expect this night to be any different. It’s cool to be celebrating their birthday party with them; I like parties and seem to excel in that type of atmosphere,” said Kid Rock.
The party will continue after his show at the Ryman Auditorium that same night. More bands will be announced as the date comes closer.
The first birthday party celebration was held last year in the 50th year of the opening of the legendary venue. The reception went over so well that it’s turned into an annual event on Broadway.