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With over five million albums sold since the release of his debut Long Black Train, Josh Turner is ready to step back into the ring of country music with the release of his fifth album, Punching Bag. The MCA Nashville album hit stores today and features the Top-15 hit “Time is Love.”
With his deep and uniquely country voice, Josh Turner and his album are receiving rave reviews from the critics. MAVERICK magazine notes, “It’s always tough to bring something new to a musical genre, but Josh Turner has achieved that near-impossible task again and again, yet has never overlooked just where country music has come from. It’s [his] skill at taking stock of everyday situations…some of them quite mundane… and turning them into musical classics that makes him possibly the most important artist to have emerged in country music for years and years.”
Additionally, The Washington Post praises Turner’s purist approach to the music, as he sidesteps pop and stays true to his country roots. ”These days, it seems like every male country artist wants to sound like Jon Bon Jovi fronting Def Leppard in 1985 — except for Turner, who might be the only million-seller left in Nashville making contemporary country albums without the slightest whiff of arena rock or pop.” The Associated Press echoes this sentiment, writing, “Turner once again proves he ranks among the most effective — and most hard-core country — performers of his generation.”
In the album’s liner notes, Turner imparts his wishes upon his listeners. “I hope my music can bring you the inspiration and motivation to keep moving forward. I hope it brings a smile to your face. I hope it makes you tap your toes. I hope it brings a happy tear to your eyes and makes you want to share your life with others around you.”
In support of Punching Bag, Turner will appear on NBC’s Today Show on Wednesday, June 13, and ABC’s Good Morning America on Wednesday, July 11. He will also appear on PBS’ A Capitol Fourth on July 4.
Punching Bag Track Listing:
Introduction by Michael Buffer
“Time Is Love”
“Deeper Than My Love”
“Find Me A Baby” (feat. Turner’s wife and children)
“Pallbearer” (feat. Iris DeMont and Marty Stuart)
“For The Love Of God” (feat. Ricky Scaggs)
“I Was There”
“Left Hand Man”
For more information, please visit www.JoshTurner.com.
Jana Kramer is making her Grand Ole Opry debut this coming Friday and she’s giving her fans the chance to meet her there.
You can enter for an opportunity to meet the “Why Ya Wanna” singer by visiting HERE. The thing is you don’t have much time left to enter. The deadline is tomorrow (April 10) at 4:00pm ET. According to the contest guidelines, winners will be selected at random and contacted by email no later than Wednesday, April 11.
If you’re unable to join Jana at The Opry, you can catch her for free next week. On Monday, April 16 she’s performing at 12th and Porter in Nashville. The free, all-ages show is being taped by CMT. Doors will open at 5:00pm, and the show will start at 5:30. Entry will be first-come first-serve.
We’re now a little less than two months away from the release of Jana’s debut album. The self-titled disc comes out on June 5th.
Kenny Chesney, Vince Gill and Ricky Skaggs are early winners for the 47 annual Academy of Country Music! They were announced today as off-camera winners before the April 1st award show. The telecast airs live on CBS on April 1st from Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena at 8 pm EST. They are once against hosted by Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton for the second year in a row. Some awards were announced early due to time constraints of the live broadcast.
The following special awards, industry awards, and MBI awards will be given out in a special ACM Honors ceremony in Nashville on September 24th.
The ACM Special Awards are voted on by the ACM Board of Directors and are awarded when the ACM Board of Directors feels that these are clear and deserving candidates. Industry professionals are voted on by the professional members of the Academy. The MBI category is voted on by professional members of the Academy classified in the Artist-Entertainer/Musician-Bandleader-Instrumentalist category, and the Producer-Engineer-Studio Manager sub-category. The songwriter of the year ballot is voted on by the professional members of the Academy in the following categories; Artist-Entertainer/Musician-Bandleader-Instrumentalist, Composer, Music Publisher/SRO, Record Company, and the Producer/Engineer/Studio Manager membership.
See the full list of winners below:
Looks like it’s officially Festival Friday for country music. The brand-new country music festival, Jukebox Festival, will be launching this July with a bang. Kellie Pickler, Scotty McCreery, Alan Jackson, and Joe Nichols will all be part of the 3-day festival July 20th to 22nd at the Shasta County Fairgrounds in Anderson, California. Scotty will headline Friday night, and Kellie will headline Saturday night.
Other country music acts set to be part of the line-up include Ricky Skaggs, Pam Tillis, Mark Chesnutt, Daryl Singletary and the Western Swingmasters Asleep At The Wheel. Additional performers for all four stages will be announced as the date gets closer.
To get your tickets, or for more information on the festival, fans can visit jukeboxmusicfestival.com.
Get ready, country music fans! Another Christmas special will be airing this weekend. The hour-long “A Skaggs Family Christmas” special will air December 8th and 9th on RFD-TV. The show features Ricky Skaggs and his wife, Sharon, and their kids Molly and Luke, along with Buck and Cheryl White with Cheryl’s daughter Rachel Leftwich.
“Singing carols and hymns ‘our way’ is a tradition that started in our living room years ago,” explains Sharon White. “It’s evolved into a show that, over the last nine years, the Lord has led us to share in churches and symphony halls and at the National Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington D.C.,” says Ricky.
The special, filmed at the Ryman Auditorium, will also air performances by Ricky’s band Kentucky Thunder, along with Jim Gray and the Nashville Session Players.
Catch the special when it airs on December 8th at 10 pm EST, and again on December 9th at 4 am EST and 5 pm EST.
Our thoughts are with the Nashville community and the friends and family of Tom Roady today. The Tennessean is reporting that he passed away Sunday night while on tour. Tom contributed to the recordings of Emmylou Harris, Ricky Skaggs, Dixie Chicks, Kenny Chesney, Bob Seger, Joan Baez, Wilson Pickett, Tom T. Hall, and James Brown.
He was tragically diagnosed with stage four metastatic cancer in October, but he never let it slow him down. He was rehearsing Sunday for the tour with Ricky Skaggs and The Whites when he passed away.
Tom, a St. Louis native, was a major part of the Nashville music scene. His work appeared on some of the biggest hits in country music including: Brooks & Dunn’s “My Maria,” Kenny Chesney’s “When The Sun Goes Down,” and Vince Gill’s “What The Cowgirls Do.”
He is survived by his wife, Melanie. The service will be held Sunday, December 4th at Highland Park Church in Nashville, Tennessee.
Ricky Skaggs was the big winner last night at the 7th annual “Inspirational Country Music Association’s Faith, Family & Friends” award show held in Nashville at the Schermerhorn Symphony. He was named the “Entertainer of the Year” by the association on his 50th anniversary in the industry. He was also given the “Musician” award, and performed a heart stirring version of “Somebody’s Prayin’.”
“I always try to entertain folks with good clean fun and stories from my youth,” noted Skaggs in accepting the Entertainer of the Year honor. “I always try to bring the gospel message of hope in Jesus Christ to our shows as well. I think now more than ever, people all over the country need hope. I’m very thankful to have won this award. I certainly look up to all of the people in this category. They are taking the gospel out to the folks who really need to hear it. Thanks again so much. It means a lot to me,” he concluded.
The “Inspirational Country Music Association’s Faith, Family & Friends” awards marked the end of the “Inspirational Country Music Week” in Nashville, which ran from October 24th to the 28th.
he ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards Top 5 finalists were announced yesterday, and Ricky Skaggs secured nominations in five categories: Legend/Pioneer Award, Entertainer, Inspirational Country Song (“Someday Soon”), Musician and Inspirational Bluegrass Artist. For Skaggs, who has previously won several ICM Awards, this year’s nominations are particularly sweet. “I’m very grateful to the ICM for all the nominations,” says Skaggs. “When I started playin’ and singin’, they didn’t have award shows like they do now, so I’ve never been driven to win them. I just love the music and I love the fact that God uses music to speak to people’s hearts. That’s what I’m in it for, to be a messenger of His Love.” The 17th Annual Inspirational Country Music Awards will be held on Friday, October 28 at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
Ricky has been honored with the following ICM Awards: Musician of the Year, Christian Country Music Association – 1994, 1995, Musician of the Year – 2008, Inspirational Bluegrass Artist (with The Whites) – 2008, Mainstream Country Artist (with The Whites) – 2008, Mainstream Country Artist – 2009 and Inspirational Bluegrass Artist – 2010.
The 17th Annual Inspirational Country Music Awards nominees were announced yesterday in Nashville, Tennessee, and a lot of today’s major stars earned some nods. Carrie Underwood, The Band Perry, Rascal Flatts, Lady Antebellum, Ronnie Dunn, Josh Turner, Ricky Skaggs, George Strait, and Randy Travis were just some of the stars nominated in one of the 22 main categories for the 2011 ICM Awards.
The categories were voted on by members in a variety of different honors like entertainer, song, new artist, group, songwriter, duo, musician, radio station, film, and television. The top 5 finalists in each category will be announced on August 30th. The Oak Ridge Boys, Randy Travis and Susie McEntire are up for the legend/pioneer title.
The 2011 ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards will run October 24th to the 28th in Nashville.
For a full list of the early nominees, click the “read more” button.