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PHOTO: Sunny Sweeney Plays 30th Opry Show

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Republic Nashville artist Sunny Sweeney has reason to celebrate this week after playing her 30th show at the Grand Ole Opry since her 2007 debut on Saturday night. Each performance is still a big moment for the Texan singer, who, over her career, has opened up for acts like Loretta Lynn and Hank Williams Jr., Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum, and Darius Rucker. She wrapped up a headlining spot earlier this month on the Country Throwdown Tour. Sunny explains why each Opry night is still so special to her:

“I love, love, love to play The Grand Ole Opry!! Every time I play there it feels like the first time and I cannot get enough of being there. I’m in awe of its history and how gracious all the members are to new, young artists like myself. This time, Larry Gatlin introduced us and we had a blast!!” said Sweeney.

Sunny is busy writing and working on her follow-up to her 2011 album “Concrete.” The singer-songwriter penned 10 of the 11 tracks on “Concrete,” which included the highest debut for a female country solo artist since Taylor Swift for “From A Table Away.” Sunny will be having a busy summer ahead of her, with festival dates opening for superstars Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Jerrod Niemann and many more of today’s hottest country acts.


Check out the picture below of Sunny raising a glass for the occasion after her 30th Opry performance below. As always, click the image to see it full-sized.

(L-R) are: Fitzgerald-Hartley manager Steve Emley, Grand Ole Opry VP & General Manager Pete Fisher, Sweeney and Grand Ole Opry Group President Steve Buchanan. Photo Courtesy of Fitzgerald-Hartley.

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Sunny Sweeney

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I had the chance to speak with the beautiful, and talented, Sunny Sweeney before she hit the stage at Darius & Friends Benefit Concert. The show at the Wildhorse Saloon in downtown Nashville was the unofficial kick-off to CMA Fest 2012 and turned into a standing room only event, but we found some calm before the storm backstage to chat for a few minutes.

We spoke with the Texan about her plans to come to Canada in the new future, her favorite tour moment, the Throwdown Tour, writing with Eric Paslay, why she doesn’t party on the road, and more! Check out our exclusive interview with Sunny Sweeney below:

 

Darius Rucker & Friends Line-Up Announced

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The third annual Darius Rucker and Friends line-up has been announced, and Monday should be a great time! The event, which raises money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Nashville, includes a celebrity golf tournament and concert at the Wildhorse Saloon. Special guests expected to appear include Sunny Sweeney, Clint Black, Rodney Atkins, Chuck Wicks and a few more surprises. Doors open at 6 pm and the concert kicks off at 7:30 pm in downtown Nashville. Event posters and t-shirt sales from the night will directly benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital

“We’ve had so much fun the last two years with friends jamming on stage for a great cause,” says Rucker.  “I’m excited to continue that tradition with this year’s event.”

 

The Hootie & The Blowfish frontman is working on his third solo country album with producer Frank Rogers. The record will serve as the follow-up to 2010′s “Charleston, SC 1966″ and his now-platinum “Learn To Live” from 2008.

A limited number of tickets still remain for Monday night’s concert, and fans can purchase tickets at the Wildhorse Saloon or by calling them directly at 615-902-8200.

 

Storme Warren Named NRA Country’s Artist Of The Month

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TV and radio personality Storme Warren has been named the NRA Country Artist of the Month for April.

Storme’s selection puts him in company with Craig Morgan, Justin Moore, Lee Brice, Montgomery Gentry, Sunny Sweeney and Trace Adkins who have teamed up with NRA Country to celebrate their support of our brave men and women in uniform, appreciation for the great outdoors, and love of family.

Warren recently served as the emcee of the 2nd Annual NRA Country/ACM Celebrity Shoot in Las Vegas.  His participation in that event and his love of the great outdoors make him a natural fit with NRA Country Artist of the Month promotion.

“There is nothing better than soaking up the great outdoors.  I spend most of my free time either by a river with my fly rod or hiking the trails with my kids and mutts,” says Warren.

As part of the April promotion, fans can register to win an autographed Headline Country shirt.  Visit the NRA Country website from now through the end of April to register to win.

Sunny Sweeney Is NRA Country’s Artist Of The Month

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Singer-songwriter Sunny Sweeney has just been named the “This Is NRA Country” artist of the month for March. She’s teamed up with NRA Country to help support brave men and women in uniform, love for the great outdoors, and the love of family. She joins past NRA Country Artists of the Month Craig Morgan, Trace Adkins, Montgomery Gentry, Lee Brice and Justin Moore in the honor.

“Every day, brave men and women put their lives on the line for our safety and well-being of people of our great nation.  From firefighters to law enforcement to our Armed Forces and more, I’m grateful to all for their diligence and dedication.  I’m proud to be an American.  I am Sunny Sweeney, and I am NRA Country.”

As part of the March promotion, fans can enter to win an autographed copy of her album “Concrete” as well as an autographed photo on the NRA Country official website. The contest runs through to the end of March, but don’t forget to get your entries in now! Each month, a new Artist will be highlighted by NRA Country for their support of American values.

Check out the picture below of Sunny in her new NRA Country hat:

(click the image to see it full-size).

2012 Country Throwdown Tour Announces Lineup

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4 FINI Inc. announced today the star-studded line-up for its highly popular Country Throwdown Tour. The third-annual, outdoor amphitheater trek will feature an impressive lineup that will deliver energy-packed, exhilarating performances to eager country fans in 20 cities.

Joining headliner Gary Allan, recording artists Josh Thompson, Eric Paslay, and Sunny Sweeney round out the high-profile lineup for the nationwide country music tour that will kick off in Gulfport, Mississippi on May 18 and run through July 8. Special guests on many tour stops, Rodney Atkins (June 1-30) and Justin Moore (May 18-27) will join the roster of superstars and newcomers for the ultimate country music experience.

Gary Allan, country’s modern day outlaw, has won over legions of fans with his signature blend of rugged vocals, rebellious lyrics and raucous live performances. With more than seven million chart-topping albums sold and nearly a dozen Top 10 hits to his credit, Allan sets the tone for what promises to be a dynamic concert event in each and every tour city.

Sunny Sweeney Breaks A Record

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Republic Nashville artist Sunny Sweeney broke a new record on Saturday, January 21st. She volunteered to be a part of the West Texas Rehabilitation Center’s telethon and raised over $1.3 million for the facility. The event, held at the Abilene Civic Center, fund raised to support the non-profit organization to see over 500 patients each day with a variety of physical, communication, and hearing disabilities or disorders.

Sunny served as the headlining performer at the telethon, which was broadcast on several Texas television stations on Saturday. The Longview, Texas native performed songs from her critically acclaimed album “Concrete” during the program.

Co-host of the legendary radio and television program Crook & Chase in the Morning, Charlie Chase, served as co-host on the evening for the 12th time.

Second Look: Sunny Sweeney’s “Concrete”

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Usually folks start the New Year by looking forward.  I’m starting 2012 by looking back, a “second look” if you will, at Sunny Sweeney’s “Concrete.”

The album’s been out for more than four months now and has received a mountain of critical acclaim.  All of the praise is well-deserved as the release is as solid as its name and was one of the best of 2011.

Top 20 Singles Of 2011

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2011 has been one heck of a year for country music. We’ve seen singles from all different sides of the spectrum: from songs that make you want to get up and dance, to songs that make you want to cry. Country has always been very good at dealing with real-life issues. It’s the story songs that make country music the genre it is. It has a way of moving you, either to get up and party, or to remember what’s really going on in the world.

It was hard to narrow down the highlight songs of the year into one package, but Ted Efron and myself sat down to do just that. There might be some surprises on our list, but these are the songs that defined a genre for 2011. Take a look at our list below and let us know if you agree, disagree, or think we forgot someone we shouldn’t have. Not all of these songs are singles, some are just the best album tracks that should have been singles this year.

2012 Country Radio Seminar Announces Young Faces

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The line-up for the 2012 Country Radio Seminar’s Young Faces event has been announced. The event on February 24th, 2012 closes out the CRS week. The Young Faces of 2012 are: Hunter Hayes, The Eli Young Band, David Nail, Sunny Sweeney and Thompson Square.

The event will be held February 24th at the Nashville Convention Center. The $499 registration rate for media professionals is still available on CountryRadioSeminar.com for a limited time.