The Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year nominee Blake Shelton will once again be hosting the NRA Country / ACM Celebrity Shoot in Las Vegas before the ACM awards this year. The event takes place on Saturday, March 31st as part of The Week Vegas Goes Country. This year’s celebrity shoot is presented by SoundGear by LaPierre, and features a two-course 10-station 40 target sporting clay competition for 20 teams of 5 people. Each team will have a celebrity captain, and prizes will be awarded to the event’s top celebrity shooter and top team.
All proceeds from the event will benefit the Wounded Warriors Project, The Folds Of Honor Foundation, and the Nellis Air Force Base Youth Programs.
“The Academy is thrilled to continue this partnership with Blake and NRA Country,” said Bob Romeo, Chief Executive Officer of the Academy of Country Music. “Many traditions and values are shared among the country music and outdoor enthusiast communities – today we get to have a little fun together while paying our respects to the men and women of our armed forces at the same time.”
The 47th annual Academy of Country Music awards will take place April 1st live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on CBS. Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton return for the second year in a row as co-hosts.
It was a scary night last night for Jerrod Niemann, whose bus caught on fire after a benefit show in Tennessee. No one was hurt in the fire, but his father, uncle and and friends were all in town for the Heart Strings For Hope benefit for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
“We’re in there and Jon [Stone] comes over and says ‘Your bus is on fire.” Jerrod told WRCB-TV/CHATTANOOGA. “And I’m like ‘Dude, your gun’s shot. Our bus is not on fire.’ I thought it was the heater. So I went to the thermostat and it says ‘Auto Cool.’ So Lee [Brice] gets off the bus and is like “Dude, that’s black smoke. Your bus is on fire.”
“So we get everyone off – my family and everyone and pretty soon we hear this ‘Boom!’ and we think it’s the fuel line, but we look and the whole front windshield was just blown out. Everyone was clear of the bus when the explosion happened and all instruments had been retrieved. This is where I have to say, to anyone that does not believe in GOD: If we were on the road driving we would’ve never smelt it The smell would’ve been going down the road. It would’ve lit up. I would’ve been in the back room. My own father – I don’t care if I die, but my own father and uncle, this one night on the bus, just, no. So we’re so, so thankful.”
Chattanooga firefighters are still trying to determine the cause of the fire. Jerrod continues on Miranda Lambert‘s “ON FIRE” tour next week. Looks like he took the tour name a little too literally.
Fresh off the press is This is NRA Country Volume 1, a unique project featuring various country artists such as Charlie Daniels, Trace Adkins, Justin Moore, and many others. The artists on this album compilation sing songs that speak about what NRA Country is all about, including support of our U.S. military, appreciation for the great outdoors, and love of family. The CD is available now exclusively through nracountry.com and can be purchased at this LINK.
A scary night for Lee Brice last night at his tour stop in Mesa, AZ. His tour bus caught on fire while he was sleeping. Thankfully, no one was hurt in the blaze but the bus did suffer quite some damage.
“I was actually sleeping. A few of us were sleeping,” Brice said. “They were like, bus is on fire, we’re not kidding. So we had to run off and within a couple of minutes it was in flames. The whole back of the lounge was apparently burned through.”
Even with the extensive damage to his home-away-from-home, Lee knows the only important thing is that everyone made it out safe.
“You know what, everybody is OK and that’s really the most important thing,” he said. “We’re blessed. We’ll be okay.”
The incident happened behind Toby Keith‘s Bar & Grill where he was scheduled to perform last night.
Country Music Star Lee Brice celebrated the New Year by popping the big question to long-time girlfriend, Sara Reeveley, the mother of the couple’s three year-old son, Takoda. The couple was on vacation in Key West Florida when Brice proposed on January 2, 2012. A date has not yet been set.
Reeveley, 29, an Ohio native, and Brice, 32, originally from South Carolina, have known each other for thirteen years. The couple’s long-term romance began when they met on a beach in North Carolina. Reeveley was only 18 at the time.
Brice’s current single, “A Woman Like You,” is climbing the Billboard Country Song chart and is currently at #26.
In 2011, Brice was nominated for three ACM Awards for his Top 5 Billboard country song, “Love Like Crazy,” (two for “Single of the Year,” and one for “Song of the Year.”) “Love Like Crazy” was also named Billboard’s Most Played Song of 2010. In addition, in 2011 Brice also co-wrote the Eli Young Band’s breakthrough #1 hit, “Crazy Girl.”
Commenting about the bride to be, Brice said: “I finally get to marry that beautiful girl I met on Myrtle Beach years ago. I can’t wait to get Sara and Takoda to Nashville so we can all be together.”
Lee Brice‘s sophomore album is already creating quite a buzz – and it’s not even released yet! After his music video for his first single “A Woman Like You” off the upcoming record was released on November 21st, Lee’s fans have increased by 260% on various social media platforms. While “A Woman Like You” continues to heat up the fans, he’ll go out on a heavy tour schedule in the New Year, including media circuits in January and February in California and New York City.
The music video is currently in heavy rotation on CMT and had just been added to GAC’s playlist last week. The video debuted in the top five videos on CMT.com, featured in the Hot 5 Countdown – a round-up of the week’s top five most-viewed videos on the country music website, for the week of November 28th.
Lee has had a busy year in 2011. When he wasn’t on the road touring, he was in the studio working on his sophomore album. He criss-crossed the country on major tours including Willie Nelson‘s Country Throwdown Tour 2011, CMT On Tour with Luke Bryan, and the Higher Education Tour with Jerrod Niemann. He’ll be kicking off 2012 by touring the West Coast.
We give you our latest edition of “Video Picks of the Week.”
This week’s music video is Lee Brice, “Love Like Crazy.” The top ten song was the lead single off of his album of the same title. Lee has such a great voice and this is one of my favorite country songs of the past couple of years.
Lee is currently on tour, and he recently premiered his music video for his latest single, “A Woman Like You.”
You requested her and we love her, so here is Lauren Alaina! The live performance pick is Lauren singing her latest single, “Georgia Peaches,” at Walmart Soundcheck. This one was specially chosen by our very own, Jessica Crans.
Our cover song pick this week is Kelly Clarkson performing Reba McEntire’s hit, “Why Haven’t I Heard From You” at the “CMT Giants: Reba” special from 2006. It is no secret that we adore Kelly. She is such an amazing vocalist, and she slays this cover.
Kelly’s new album, Stronger, is available everywhere now and you can catch her on tour starting in January.
Lee Brice is the latest country music artist proud to be a part of “NRA Country.” As part of his new role, he’s made an exclusive live recording of “A Woman Like You” available to his fans through the NRACountry website. The recording was made on his tour bus and was released today on the site. He’s one of the many big country stars that have teamed up with the “This Is NRA Country” movement.
“I am thrilled to be part of the NRA Country family”, says Brice. “NRA Country is about freedom. It is about the outdoor lifestyle and it’s about building on the solid foundation that I was raised on. Nothing makes me feel better than going for a nice long drive down an old dirt road. I love America with all my heart and soul and I am NRA Country”.
In addition to the exclusive recording of “A Woman Like You,” NRA Country will be running a contest for Lee Brice fans to attend a future concert, meet the singer backstage, and walk away with some pretty cool NRA Country gear! For more information on the contest, and to get your entry in, visit the official page HERE.
Lee Brice is currently on tour with Luke Bryan on his “CMT On Tour: Luke Bryan: Tanlines & Tailgates 2011″ tour. Fans can purchase special tickets with proceeds going directly to the NRA Country Cares organization and help support charities for American farmers, military and firearm safety. The tickets include VIP Packages. To get your tickets, click the “NRA Country” ad on the sidebar of our website or CLICK HERE.
We have another DVR alert for you this weekend. Catch Lee Brice’s backstage interview from his tour date with Luke Bryan in New York City on CMT’s Top 20 Countdown this weekend. He was interviewed before performing at Terminal 5 on Luke Bryan’s “CMT On Tour: Luke Bryan Tanlines & Tailgates” tour stop on September 16th.
You can catch the first airing of the program this morning at 11 am EST on CMT. It will repeat all weekend long starting on Saturday at 11 am EST, and again on Sunday at 11:30 am EST.
Lee Brice is getting ready to release a new single “A Woman Like You” to radio on October 17th. He just finished touring with Willie Nelson for the “Country Throwdown Tour” and he’ll continue through 2011 touring with Josh Thompson opening for Luke Bryan.
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.