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2015/07 4:45 AM
HAPPY 4TH!




AllAboutCountry offices will be closed on Friday, July 3rd and re-open Monday, July 6th for the Independence Day holiday.

Be safe and enjoy the holiday!  
Check Below For Breaking News and New Stories! 

2015/07 4:36 AM
Country Consultant Joel Raab Gives You 10 Tips To A Better Show

Hot Topics From The Pros: Joel Raab consults Country stations in Major markets for CBS, Entercom, Greater Media, Beasley and also advises many stations and companies in medium and small markets for Apex, Connoisseur, Forever Broadcasting, Keymarket, Mapleton, Digity, Saga, Journal and others.

Prior to consulting, Joel programmed and served as an on-air personality in New York, Cleveland and Pittsburgh.

Click here to get Joel’s 10 Tips!

2015/07 4:26 AM
Artists To Celebrate This 4th

Many artists are going to be out and about his 4th of July weekend.  Hunter Hayes, Alabama, Meghan Linsey, Barry Manilow and Nicole Scherzinger will appear on "A Capitol Fourth" in Washington DC on the West Lawn of the Capitol. The show will air around the country as well as to the troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network and over NPR stations nationwide. 

Martina McBraide will be part of the downtown Nashville July 4th celebration on Saturday night.  She will kick off the celebration by performing at 8:10 p.m.  More than 300,000 are expected to be in attendance.

Also in Nashville, The George, an open-air restaurant and bar above the new George Jones Museum will host a special reserve seating with a buffet dinner with a view of Riverfront Stage, the fireworks and the Cumberland River.  Tickets are $200 and include admission to the museum.  

Lee Greenwood is making many appearances to help publicize  his new patriotic children's book "Proud To Be An American."  He will appear on "Inside Edition," "The Phil Valentine Show," "All American Summer Concert Series and Fox & Friends," "SiriusXM" and more.



 


2015/07 3:31 AM
PLA Media Announces Levi Stein as Publicity Coordinator

Levi is a welcome addition to our growing team. We were impressed with his writing ability, creativity and outgoing personality,” says Pam Lewis, president of PLA Media.

Levi
recently graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and a minor in marketing. During his tenure at Syracuse, Levi served as a staff writer for the Daily Orange, the award winning independent student newspaper, and was a class representative in the student government association. He also served as a member of the music licensing department at WERW, the student-run radio station.

His global internship experience spans the cities of Nashville, Syracuse and London. This includes stints with the Nashville based public relations firm Essential Broadcast Media, Syracuse based marketing firm Golden Sail Consulting and the London based record company Vinyl Pimp.


Levi Stein can be reached at /Blog/  

2015/07 2:39 AM
Kip Moore Powers Up For Performances On NBCSN Ahead Of The Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race

Multi-Platinum singer/songwriter Kip Moore is set to perform a special concert for fans on Sunday, July 5 at Daytona International Speedway as part of the 57th Annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.  Moore will perform his current chart climbing single, "I'm To Blame" live on NBCSN as part of the pre-race festivities.  

Currently making stops across the country with Dierks Bentley's 2015 Sounds Of Summer Tour and hitting some of the country's biggest summer festivals along the way, Moore continues to make an impression on critics with Milwaukee Journal Sentinel calling out "with drinks hoisted and most of the songs loudly sung along by the fans on the bleachers, this was a party at the core" and  Village Voice deeming him "the definition of laid-back country cool." 

Moore's sophomore albumWILD ONES, is set to be released on Aug. 21.  A super-sized record inspired by the grit, grind and glamour of the live shows, each track on WILD ONES was written by Moore and follows his debut album, UP ALL NIGHT, which spawned three No. One multi-platinum selling smash hits.  His current single "I'm To Blame,” is steadily climbing the charts and was the second most added song during its debut week at country radio, marking Moore's biggest first week for a new single.  

2015/07 9:37 AM
Cole Swindell to Play in Legends and Celebrity Softball in Cincinnati

Cole Swindell will play in MLB's Legends & Celebrities Softball Game July 12 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnai.  ESPN will carry the game.  

."Being a big baseball fan, I've always wanted to attend the All Star festivities," says Swindell. "I'm excited that I've been given the opportunity to play for my first visit!"
 

2015/07 9:31 AM
KFSA/Ft. Smith, AK Launches

Star 92 Company has launched KFSA/Ft. Smith as a Country station while flipping Religious KFSA-AM to a simulcast.  

Big D & Bubba will be heard in the morngins beginning July 13 and another on-air person will be announced on that date.  Until then listeners will hear the best of Big D & Bubba segments and music and imaging will run throughout the balance of hte day.  

They go up against Cumulus Classic Country KMOS and Nash Icon KLSZ.  Also in the market is Big Chief KTCS and iHeartMedia KMAG.  

2015/07 8:21 AM
Pierre Bourvard Says More Good News From Nielsen For Radio

Cumulus Media/Westwood One's Pierre Bourvard recently released data from the Neilsen Q1 2015 Audience Report on radio listening.  The news was good especially when radio was compared to TV.  

Now, Bourvard has taken a further look and released his findings on a new blog post.  He claims that Nielsen released its "Total Audience Report" which qualifies audiences to television, online, mobile and AM/FM Radio.  Television was the number one mass reach media based on month audiences over the age of two...but there is the problem.

"Radio measurement is weekly and not monthly and begins at the age of 6 or 12 depending on the market. Nielsen acknowledged, comparing monthly 2+ TV tuning with 12+ weekly radio audiences was not a fair 'apples to apples' comparison," he explains. "With the publication of the most recent Q1 'Total Audience Report,' Nielsen leveled the playing field and began reporting weekly audiences for standard audience demographics such as Adults 18+, Adults 18-34, Adults 35-49 etc. The results have surprised many in the industry. According to Nielsen, more than 90% of Americans are reached weekly by radio -- more than TV and smartphones. While radio is known for its frequency, the medium has always had significant reach. Even with the rise of digital platforms, radio has kept that reach, while TV is eroding."

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2015/07 8:11 AM
The Grand Ole Opry and Belcourt Theater Partner This Summer

To celebrate their 90th anniversaries, the Grand Ole Opry and Belcourt Theater are partnering to show a series of films at Belcourt that will feature Nashville locations, music legends and its most famous show.  

The Belcourt's stage was the Opry's first home outside of the WSM Studios and the show was housed there from 1934-1936.

On Saturday, July 11 the Belcourt will host a free outdoor screening in their parking lot at dusk of "Coal Miner's Daughter."  The series will move to Monday evenings with "Music City Mondays" from July 13-August 17. For more information go to www.belcourt.org .

2015/07 8:03 AM
Facebook Talking To Labels

According to "The Verge," Facebook has spoken with Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group about its interest in music.  Talks are in the very early stages and it seems as though Facebook doesn't know exactly what it plans to do.

Facebook would be interested in a kind of music service because of engagement of members.  Those who use Facebook spend over 40 minutes a day with it in the US.  The time spent with Facebook would grow exponentially if a music experience was tied to the service.   

Facebook Video has also been growing rapidly and it would make sense that the social media platform would have an interest in growing that portion of the site.  The company partnered with Spotify to launch in the US and has tried to integrate music a number of times but it hasn't gone any further than that.  They have been very careful about making extensive changes to its core service and adding a musical component would be a big shift.

With 1.44 billion users and 7.98 million mobile users on the service every day, Facebook can potentially match the reach of Apple Music.  Facebook could easily be one of the companies that could make a big dent into a streaming market.

At this point, Facebook is not talking nor are Sony Music Warner Music and Universal Music.

More to come...

 


2015/07 7:50 AM
Kacey Musgraves Heads To The Top

Congrats to the promo teams at Mercury adn UMG Nashville and Kacey Musgraves as they find themselves at the #1 debut position for "Pageant Material" on the Country albums chart.

This is ' sophomore album and according to Neilsen Soundscan, it sold more than 54,000 copies during its first week out. 

2015/07 8:51 AM
Trisha Opens At Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

"Trisha Yearwood: The Song Remembers When" opened with a preview party and VIP reception last night (6/30).  Yearwood answered questions about the items on display, greet visitors and see family friends and industry well-wishers.  Those in attendance included husband Garth and their daughter, Allie Brooks.  Yearwood's sister Beth Bernard, producer Garth Fundis, songwriters Hugh Prestwood and Pat Alger and many others who helped shape her career from her days at MCA Nashville to now were there.

Among the things in the exhibit include are Grammy, CMA and ACM awards, a personal letter to Trisha from Johnny Cash, scripts from her TV appearances on "Jag" and "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman," outfits worn from red carpet appearances, music video and her wedding to Garth, family mementos and much more. 

The exhibit opens to the public Friday, July 3 and will run through December 2015.

2015/07 8:10 AM
Chris Waters Joins Show Dog Nashville

Former Warner Music Nashville/Team WEA Manager/Southeast Promotion Chris Waters joins Show Dog Nashville in the same position.

Waters has also worked for Sony Music Nashville and Cumulus Media. Waters takes over for Nathan Cruise, who just joined Curb Records Nashville.

Chris is an innovative promoter, and I am excited to have him join the team,” said Show Dog Nashville VP/Promotion Rick Moxley. “His attitude, drive, experience and relationships will greatly benefit our team.”

You can send Waters congrats here .

 

2015/07 8:05 AM
CBS Radio KMLE/Phoenix’s Steve Kramer, Lunchbox Ben, Chris Matthews and David Dean Shake It

The CBS Radio KMLE/Phoenix crew  got so worked up over the new Magic Mike XXL movie that’s out today (7/1), they put together their own audition video.

Check out morning hosts Steve Kramer and Lunchbox Ben, APD/MD/midday man Chris Matthews and afternooner David Dean shake their booty and more here .

Be sure to “hang” to the end to see night personality Kimmie Caruba's reaction.

Then you send your thoughts on it Matthews here
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2015/07 8:00 AM
Average Joes Entertainment Relocates

Average Joes Entertainment has relocated its office to 3738 Keystone Ave., Nashville, TN 37211 (close to the Nashville Zoo).

2015/07 7:28 AM
​What’s Up At WPKQ/Concord, NH

Townsquare WPKQ/Concord, NH is expected to switch to a new format early next week.
The change will end a 19-plus year simulcast of Country WOKQ/Portsmouth, NH.

There is no official company comment, however the company has registered 1037ThePeak.com.


The station was Hot AC as "The Peak" with call letters WZPK until 1996.

2015/07 6:01 AM
​Randy Alomar Now Officially PD At WBTU/Ft. Wayne

Adams Radio Group Country WBTU/Ft. Wayne, IN names interim PD/afternoon driver Randy Alomar as PD for the station. He succeeds Mike Scott, who left the station in February.

Alomar
has been with the cluster for 10 years, serving five of those with WBTU. Other gigs include crosstown Classic Hits WLDE and Top 40 WBHT/Wilkes-Barr.

Send Alomar congrats at 260.747.1511 or  here .

2015/07 5:40 AM
Clay Hunnicutt To Stay On At iHeartMedia Through July

As AllAboutCountry reported on (6/29), iHeartMedia EVP & GM/National Programming Platforms Clay Hunnicutt to leave iHeartMedia and  become President of a new label Big Loud Rcords.  

In an update, Hunnicutt will still on the job through the end of July, iHeartMedia EVP & GM/National Programming Platforms and Country Brand Manager Clay Hunnicutt has a lot going on as he makes a transition to a his new role as President of Big Loud Records, a new division of Big Loud Mountain publishing and management company owned and operated by Joey Moi, Craig Wiseman, Seth England and Kevin "Chief" Zaruk.

Hunnicutt says, "To be able to work with four professionals as accomplished, established and credible as them is something I couldn't pass up. This is a great transition in my life – really stepping off the ledge and trying something completely and utterly different is an exciting challenge.
 
During July, Hunnicutt must leave the Country formats in good shape. "Obviously it's one of the most prestigious jobs in the company since Country is our biggest format, so a lot of qualified people are going to raise their hand. I'll certainly help in that process and transition.


The move won’t end his relationship with Country programmers, just in a very different way," he says. "Our iHeart Country team will continue to be incredibly successful and they've all been very supportive and congratulatory. It's bittersweet, because I'm excited for this new adventure, but I'm really sad to be leaving a lot of people I really love working with.

Hunnicutt began his 24 year career as an intern at WUSY/Chattanooga, TN, where he became PD. He's also served as Director/Programming for iHeartMedia's Nashville and Atlanta markets, VP/Programming for the company's Southeast markets and SVP/Programming for its Eastern region.

He went from EVP/Programming to his latest position more than a year ago. He's handled day-to-day programming for stations including WSIX/Nashville and WGAR/Cleveland.


In a memo to the staff (6/29), President/National Programming Platforms Tom Poleman wrote, "After more than 15 years here with us, Clay Hunnicutt has decided to leave iHeartMedia to become President of Big Loud Records, a record label start-up. Clay has not only been a great partner to me in the day to day operations of National Programming, he’s also become a great friend; I know you all feel the same. He’s been a pioneer and leader in shaping the great company that we are today, and for that I’ll always be thankful. "

2015/07 5:40 AM
Luke Bryan Announces Farm Tour 2015

Capitol Nashville's Luke Bryan announces his seventh annual "Bayer Presents Luke Bryan Farm Tour 2015," which will run from Wednesday, September 30th through Saturday, October 10th. A portion of the ticket proceeds are dedicated to funding local college scholarships, known as the “Luke Bryan Farm Tour Scholarship," to students from a farming family within the communities the tour plays. The eight Fall concerts will stop in four new cities this year--Ft. Wayne, IN; Lexington, KY; Starkville, MS; and Tuscaloosa, AL.

Presale ticket begin for Luke’s fan club Tuesday, July 7th at 10 am local time for all shows.  CITI cardholders will also be able to purchase presale tickets during this time exclusively.
 

Additional presale tickets will be available through the tours’s sponsors via their digital platforms on Wednesday, July 8th, and the public on sale will begin on Friday, July 10th.


For more information, click  here .

2015/07 5:37 AM
Brandi Young has joins iHeartMedia/Phoenix

Townsquare VP/Corporate Sales Brandi Young has joined iHeartMedia/Phoenix, which includes Country KNIX, as SVP/Sales.

"Brandi is a uniquely skilled leader and will build immediate rapport with the iHeartMedia Phoenix team," says EVP/Operations Major Markets Harley Adkins. "She fights for her advertisers' best interests and delivers results. This and her marketing acumen will make an instant impact with the sales team and accelerate the positive performance trajectory in the cluster." Young's background includes corporate sales positions with Cumulus and Citadel. She begins the new position July 15.

2015/07 4:42 AM
​Brett Eldredge Brings A Nine Year Old With Tourette's Syndrome On Stage To Sing With Him

Warner Music Nashville's Brett Eldredge played Riverbend recently in Cincinnati. He spotted nine-year-old Connor in the crowd with a sign asking to sing with him. Eldridge reached down and pulled Connor up on stage to sing "Beat Of The Music," which happens to be Connor's favorite song.

Connor's mother Gloria told local station Hubbard Country WUBE/Cincinnati's
"The Big Dave Show" that Connor suffers from “Tourette's Syndrome” and has been getting picked on at school for it. She said that Connor has been on cloud nine though, ever since getting to sing with Eldredge.

Listen to the full interview   here .

2015/07 4:30 AM
Dierks Bentley’s 2015 ‘Sounds Of Summer Tour Shoots For His Biggest Endeavor To Date And Earns High Marks From Critics

Three weeks into Country music superstar Dierks Bentley’s “2015 Sounds Of Summer Tour,” music critics in major markets across the U.S. are applauding the PLATINUM seller as he engages capacity amphitheater crowds, delivering epic performances and "memories that will last a lifetime." 

"Yes, the crowd sings along with every word. Yes, he pulls female fans dressed as flight attendants up on the stage with him. And yes, we all wanted more.” - St. Louis Dispatch 

"Bentley has had a long, steady climb to Chesney heights, which he has finally reached in the form of a headlining package tour and all its accouterments…onstage, Bentley was as exuberant as ever, roaming and high-fiving, running up to a tiny stage set in the cheap seats for a handful of songs, doing a little crowd surfing. Judging from his performance, Dierks Bentley is enjoying the view from the top.”  - The Boston Globe 

"Cleveland has always had an affection for the Arizona-born singer-songwriter with the expressive Everyman voice…his ability to convey that kind of "I can relate'' emotions are what make Dierks Bentley a special kind of performer." - The Plain Dealer 

Additionally, Bentley was the inaugural headliner at New York City’s first-ever country festival this weekend, with Rolling Stone naming him FarmBorough's “Best of the Fest,” observing his set provides "levity to his victory lap of a performance." Village Voice simultaneously handpicked Bentley’s set as a Top 10 highlight, noting "Bentley’s set solidified him as the artist you most want to have a beer with.” 

Bentley’s “2015 SOUNDS OF SUMMER TOUR” lands over the holiday weekend in Tampa, FL (7/2) and West Palm Beach, FL (7/3) before his performance on “NBC’s annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular” (7/4 at 7:00P CT on NBC). For a full list of upcoming appearances and tour dates, visit  www.dierks.com .

2015/07 4:20 AM
Show Me Who Got Da Money And The Forbes Celebrity 100 List Does

A number of Country artists made this year's Forbes Celebrity 100 list.
 
The highest paid celebrities include Garth Brooks at No. 6 ($90 million); Taylor Swift, tied with Robert Downey Jr. at No. 8 ($80 million); Toby Keith at No. 32 ($53 million); Jason Aldean at No. 47 ($43.5 million); Luke Bryan at No. 48 ($42.5 million); Kenny Chesney at No. 49 ($42 million);Tim McGraw at No. 58 ($38 million); Florida Georgia Line at No. 61 ($36.5 million); Zac Brown Band at No. 78 ($32 million); and Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton in a six-way tie at No. 95 ($28.5 million).
 
At the top of the list is, boxer Floyd Mayweather at $300 million.
 
See the entire list  here .

2015/07 4:12 AM
Brantley Gilbert And Amber Cochran Wed At Georgia Home

Congratulates from All About Country to Valory Music Co. artist  Brantley Gilbert who married his fiancé Amber Cochran at his home in Georgia Sunday (6/28). Gilbert asked her back in October of 2014 after having met more than a decade earlier.

Cochran is a teacher in Gilbert's hometown, and the pair dated off and on for years prior to their engagement.

She is said to have been the inspiration for many of Gilbert's best-known hits, including "More Than Miles" and "You Don't Know Her Like I Do."

The couple will continue to make their home in Georgia.

2015/07 3:43 AM
NextRadio Now Available At The Amazon App Store

Amazon is now offering the NextRadio app, available on 40 smartphones and one tablet from Sprint, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile. NextRadio is also available on HTC and Motorola’s Moto G and E phones with all major wireless carriers.

“Providing customers an additional avenue to download and enjoy NextRadio through the Amazon App Store is great forward progress. We are grateful to Amazon for providing customers with capable smartphones the opportunity to enjoy interactive FM radio,” said NextRadio Pres. Paul Brenner.

Amazon is now featuring NextRadio advertisements throughout the app store. Check it out  here .

2015/07 3:35 AM
OM/PD Pete De Graaff Stays At Cox’s WNGC Athens

Cox WNGC/Athens, GA OM/PD Pete De Graaff is continuing to handle programming after the Cox added a simulcast via formerly Alternative WTSH/Rome, GA yesterday (6/29). Each station is a 100kW Class C1 with combined coverage over Northern Atlanta and much of North Georgia.

The combo is also heard via Atlanta-area FM translatorW296BB. De Graaff joined WNGC in 2010 from West Palm AC WEAT/West Palm Beach.

Before that, he worked at WYNY/New York and Top 40s WXKS/Boston and WXXL/Orlando.
The WNGC airstaff stays. 

2015/07 3:29 AM
Wishes For Happiness To Jordan Pettit And Fiance Dana Olson

Congrats from All About Country to WMN/Team WEA VP/Promotion Jordan Pettit and fiancé Dana Olson, who got engaged at last Friday's (6/26) Nashville Symphony performance.


C
ongratulate the happy couple  here .

2015/07 3:23 AM
​Condolences To Brooks O'Brian

All About Country’s thoughts and prayers are with Lincoln Financial Media Country KSON/San Diego, CA APD/MD Brooks O'Brian, whose father, Roger Andersen, unexpectedly passed away yesterday (6/30).

Pictured Brooks With Her Dad


O'Brian via her  Facebook  page said
, "The unexpected loss of my dad has been hard to comprehend today. I was in Phoenix in April to celebrate his 79th birthday...We all had a great time with family, and he seemed to really enjoy it. I'm glad that's how I'll remember him. Hope he's found his way to mom by now."

Send condolences  here .

2015/07 2:55 AM
Robb Reels Leaves WYGB/Franklin, IN

Reising Radio Partners Country WYGB/Franklin, IN OM/PD/morning talent Robb Reel exits, after just over a year after joining the station.

For now, Reel’s responsibilities will be absorbed internally.
Reel’s radio resume includes previous programming and on-air positions at Country WDWQ/Terre Haute, IN and KCLR/Columbia, MO.

He’s ready for his next move right away; reach him  here.

2015/07 2:09 AM
KKGN Takes On 'AmeriCountry'

Ranch Radio Group Country KKGN/Ingram, TX adds Envision Networks' "AmeriCountry" to its programming. "AmeriCountry" gathers audio and content for radio stations including: hard news, Country chatter and stories that pull at the heart strings, written in a rip-n-read style and ready for air.

It also features:
"Nashville 60," an exclusive daily entertainment report by Charli McKenzie; "Today’s 10," a daily breakdown of the top 10 most important stories of the day; one-on-one guest interviews; and various content for affiliate station blogs.

For more information, contact Amber Wade at 216.831.3761 or via  email .

2015/07 2:05 AM
​Sibling Rivalry ‘Home’ Single, Music Video Available Now

Touching Song Benefits Cesar Millan Foundation

Sibling Rivalry, the Country music duo made up of Olivia (16) and Mitchell (20) Butaud, released their latest single, "Home" today. In support of the Cesar Millan Foundation (CMF), which works diligently to sustain the movement of true animal advocacy worldwide, Sibling Rivalry is donating their personal proceeds from the sale of "Home" to promote the efforts of the noted charity.  


Known throughout the world as "The Dog Whisperer," the Cesar Millan Foundation advocates for animals and supports human education programs for humans by providing various programs and services based on trust, respect and loyalty, and grants to animal welfare organizations that hold the same values.

 A touching and heartfelt tribute that tells the story of a homeless man's death, the accompanying music video, produced by Jeff Ray, also brings awareness to the plight of homeless animals. 

The single is available for download on  iTunes  ,  Amazon , and all major digital retailers now; the music video can be viewed on the Sibling Rivalry  website  and  YouTube .


 

2015/07 2:00 AM
​Cumulus/Pensacola Shuffles Line-Ups At WXBM, WMEZ

Cumulus/Pensacola moves around on-air and off-air lineups of both Country WXBM/NASH FM 102.7 and AC WMEZ/SOFT ROCK 94.1. WXBM PD/midday talent Jeni Lane expands her shift from 10 am-noon to 10 am-3 pm. moving former late-midday personality Ryan Andrew to afternoon drive.

Also, former afternoon co-host Lindsey Marie Addison down the hall will do middays at WMEZ, effective Monday, July 6th, and that moves WMEZ PD/midday talent Chuck Whitaker to afternoon drive. Meanwhile, former afternoon driver Terry Michaels goes off-air to devote full-time as Promotion Director for Cumulus/Pensacola’s five-station cluster.

Cumulus/Pensacola Operations Dir. Jerry King said, “The forward movement of Jeni and Ryan on NASH FM 1027 further solidifies our strong NASH branding and marks it as a consistent player on the Gulf Coast.  We are delighted that Lindsey Marie will make the jump to Soft Rock 94.1 to further enhance the brand of our heritage cluster AC. Friendly and natural, Lindsey’s is a strong voice that will speak directly to the busy lifestyle of today’s 25-54 AC listener.” 

2015/06 8:52 AM
Country Hits New York City

New York City hosted its first-ever Country festival last weekend and according to all counts, the three-day event rocked the city.

FarmBorough brought out 40,000 fans to Randall's Island Park to see artists such as Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Maddie and Tae, Dwight Ooakam, Surgill Simpson, Charlie Worsham, Kip Moore, Canaan Smith, Mickey Guyton and more.  

The event was a collaboration between LiveNation and Founder's Entertainment.  According to Live Nation President/Country Touring Brian O'Connell, “This weekend was a dream come true.It really doesn’t get bigger than New York City and the way that the country community here and those who traveled to get here, took a chance on us and embraced FarmBorough in its first year has astounded me. I can’t say it enough how thankful I am to all the fans and the artists who joined in with me on this.”

“We couldn’t be more thrilled with the success of FarmBorough’s inaugural year,” added Co-founder/Partner at Founders Entertainment, Jordan Wolowitz.  “New York City fully embraced the Country community and FarmBorough proved that it’s here to say. We can’t wait for 2016!”

2015/06 8:45 AM
Luke Goes Back to the Farm

For the seventh year Luke Bryan will be heading back to the farm for Farm Tour 2015.  The tour will kick off September 3 and run through mid-October.

A portion of the proceeds of the Farm Tour will go to locla college scholarships for students from the farming families that live in the areas he will be stopping.  Last year more than 150,000 came out to see Luke on the eight stops he made.

Farm Tour 2015 Dates:

Sept. 3 – M&J Farms – Fort Wayne, IN
Oct. 1 – Talon Farm and Winery – Lexington, KY
Oct. 2 – Maple Lane Farms – Knoxville, TN
Oct. 3 – Culler Farms – Columbia, SC
Oct. 7 – Holtcamp Farms – Starkville, MS
Oct. 8 – Twin Creeks Farm – Tuscaloosa, AL
Oct. 9 – Midway at Central Park – Macon, GA
Oct. 10 – MJ Taylor Farms – Valdosta, GA

2015/06 8:01 AM
Congrats to John Paul and Nicki

Our congrats go out to John Paul and his wife Nicki as they welcome a new baby boy today (6/30).  

According to Paul's Facebook page, "It's a boy!" was announced as well as the good news that Mom and baby are doing great.

Send your well wishes here

2015/06 6:35 AM
Apple Music Launching Today

The new streaming service, Apple Music will launch today (6-30).  Users need to upgrade their desktops to the newest version of iTunes and iOS 8..4 upgrades began this morning at 10 am. CT. The full Android version is due to be out this fall.

Users will receive a free trial for three months and then the charge of $9.99/mo will kick in for individuals.  The price for a family up to six people is $14.99/mo.

Benefits of the service include the ability to upload and stream audio and listeners will be able to listen to a global radio station (Beats 1).  The station is due to kick off at 11:00 p.m. CT tonight which features artists hosting programming sections as well as a team of full-time DJs headed by ex-BBC host Zane Lowe. Siri will integrate to play what listeners want to hear via audible commands ("the top 10 Country songs of 1992" for example).  The software can scan music libraries and add up to 25,000 matches to an iCloud Music Library.  This music would be available on any device when the user is logged in.  Offline listening is also important for subway rides or if one wants to conserve their data.  The app will let you see what tunes have been locally stored. Apple Music may also have some exclusives from artists in it social Connect section.

The Apple Music service received publicity when artists (most notably Taylor Swift) were discussing their royalty payments.  Swift was later added to the service and it is the only service streaming her album 1989.  According to BuzzFeed, Apple Sr. Vice President Eddy Cue remarked that the royalty rate..."will pay artists on a per stream basis during the free three-month trial. Afterwards, it will pay music owners 71.5 percent of Apple Music’s subscription revenue in the United States. Internationally, the number will fluctuate, but will average out at around 73 percent.”

2015/06 6:12 AM
Brett Connects With Connor

Brett Eldredge really made an impression when he recently played Riverbend in Cincinnati.  He noticed a sign in the audience being held by a nine-year-old boy asking to sing with him and Eldredge invited the boy on stage.

Connor, the Eldredge fan, jumped on stage and sang "Beat Of The Music" which happened to be Connor's favorite song.

Come to find out that Connor's mother talked to WUBE/Cincinnati's "The Big Dave Show" and told the team that Connor suffers from Tourette's Syndrome and has been having a rough time at school.  Since singing with Brett he has been on could nine and she just couldn't be happier.

Check out the interview here.  

2015/06 6:06 AM
Welch Joins Black River Entertainment

As was reported here, Sony/Nashville Sr. Director/Artist Development and Marketing Tanya Welch has left Sony/Nashville after 20 years.  She has now joined Black River Entertainment as Sr. Director of Marketing.

"The addition of Tanya and her proven industry experience provides us the opportunity to take another step towards lasting significance in the music industry," says Black River CEO Gordon Kerr.

Welch remarked, "I've watched Black River achieve success led by passion and sound strategy. I'm thrilled to join Gordon, Greg and the team as they grow their footprint in a complex but opportunity-laden music landscape and look forward to representing such an amazing family of artists."

Reach her at 615-780-3070 or  here .

2015/06 5:56 AM
Brian Wright Says Not All Listeners Are Created Equal

Forty year radio vet Brian Wright checks in with All About Country and has written some thoughts in our Tips From the Pros section.  Brian states that not all listeners are created equal and the way to interact with them has changed dramatically throughout the years. Interacting with your listeners is the single most important step you need to take to create an emotional connection with your audience.

Check out Brian's tips for making this happen and differentiating your station from all others.  

2015/06 3:09 AM
Faster Horses Festival Reveals Schedule and Announces "Next From Nashville" Second Stage Lineup

 
Human FooseBall, Giant Triple Waterslide, Baseball Speed Cage And More Onsite Fun Set For Three-Day Camping & Music Festival July 17, 18, 19 In Brooklyn, MI

As the third annual Faster Horses approaches, more details were revealed today including additional artists, the weekend’s official schedule and onsite fringe activities. JT Hodges, Ryan Kinder and Levon will join previously announced headliners Florida Georgia Line, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood on the main stage lineup as well as top acts Frankie Ballard, Kristian Bush, Mark Chesnutt, Craig Wayne Boyd, Lee Brice, Clare Dunn, Mickey Guyton, Tracy Lawrence, Lonestar, Dustin Lynch, Justin Moore, RaeLynn, The Cadillac Three, Thomas Rhett and Dwight Yoakam.

In between acts on the
main stage DeeJay Silver will also indulge the crowd with his renowned set and continue into the evening hosting a Late Night Party Powered by Malibu Rum on the festival’s second stage, dubbed “Next From Nashville,” which will also feature newly announced performers Seth Alley, Tucker Beathard, Ruthie Collins, Joey Hyde, David Fanning, Haley & Michaels, Native Run, Sundy Best, Waterloo Revival, Austin Webb, Dallas Smith and The Railers

Set times are now available as well as the full lineup and ticket info at  fasterhorsesfestival.com


Faster Horses
also announced activities that will be available to fans onsite at the three-day, two-stage camping festival taking place in Brooklyn, MI this year. Festival-goers can enjoy a Ferris Wheel, Drop Zone, Show Horses, Baseball Speed Cage, Human FooseBall and cool off at the festival's Giant triple waterslide and Foam Parties.

Fans will also be able to enjoy aTaste of Tennesseeat the nation’s oldest registered distillery from outside the Jack Daniel’s Hollow as well as indulge in refreshments available at a custom built Malibu Rum Beach House and an onsite Bud Light Beer Gardens will be within the festival and new this year will also be by the general store in the Infield Campground.

For more details visit  fasterhorsesfestival.com , twitter @faster_horses,    LiveNation.com  and join the conversation on Twitter, #FasterHorses. 
 

2015/06 2:06 AM
Georgia’s Ty Bates Honors Country Legends

Georgia native, Ty Bates, gives modern Country music a twist by delivering vocal and songwriting credits on his debut that honor the Country legends.  Ty left a solid mark in August 2014 when the self-titled EP peaked inside the Top 25 on the iTunes Country Album Chart.

On his latest release, “Tongue-Tied,” Ty
and co-writer Thomas Archer, flirt with the idea of staying in all night when he lays eyes on his girl in her downtown wear. Tripping over words as he searches for the appropriate way to approach his suggested change in plans, Ty smirks through lines like, “I hope you understand I’m trying as hard as I can to even make a sound.”

Ty and his music has already received great industry feedback


“Ty’s a great songwriter and soulful singer with a lot of success ahead of him,” said Moby from Moby in the Morning.

"I could listen to this all day.  This is fantastic. It's so good to hear something great that I would buy and listen to," said Susan Stewart, South Regional Director of The Recording Academy, at Ty’s Grammy Nashville performance.

“I dig his Georgia drawl. The song’s a clever play on stuttering and kissing,” said Robert K. Oermann of Music Row.

It was a literal spark that ignited Ty’s interest in music. After receiving burns as a result of a camp fire and brothers behaving as brothers do, Ty spent his recovery time after numerous surgeries singing.  His mom first recognized his talent when she heard it coming through the intercom in their home. He spent years honing his performance skills across many live show circuits and would gain notoriety when he entered and won Longhorn Steakhouse’s “Sing it Like Jake” contest. He was awarded the opportunity to perform with singer Jake Owen. To date, he has shared the stage with a variety of headliners including: Reba, Dolly Parton, Blake Shelton, Gary Allan, Dustin Lynch and Lonestar.

You can view a recent performance at Epiphone of the song here. www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTyL74sgDig
Learn moreabout Ty at www.TyBates.com , www.facebook.com/tybatesmusic , @tybatesmusic or
www.instagram.com/tybatesmusic

2015/06 2:02 AM
TUNE-IN ALERT: Lee Greenwood To Appear On National Shows The Weekend Leading Into Fourth Of July

Following the booming release of his fully-illustrated, patriotic and best-selling children's bookProud To Be An American, "God Bless The U.S.A." hit-maker and GRAMMY-winning country star Lee Greenwood lights up Fourth of July week with a jam-packed media tour in support. Keep your eyes peeled and ears open this week to see and hear Greenwood on the following national shows (all times EDT):
 
Today, June 30
The Dave Ramsey Show's "Back Seat Driver"
7 p.m. | The Alan Colmes Show on FOX News Radio
 
Wednesday, July 1
10 a.m. | Varney & Company on FOX Business
11 a.m. | National What's Cookin' Today Show on CRN Digital Talk Radio
 
Thursday, July 2
Inside Edition (check local listings)
OK!TV (check local listings)
3 p.m. | The Phil Valentine Show
 
Friday, July 3
8 a.m. | All-American Summer Concert Series on FOX & Friends
9 p.m. | The David Webb Show on SiriusXM's Patriot (125)
8 p.m. | Al Jazeera America News on Al Jazeera America
 
Saturday, July 4
7 p.m. | The David Webb Show on SiriusXM's Patriot (125)

 
Additional appearances that will air in July and August include Profiles TV, NBC's Open House and many more. Greenwood will also commence a regional book signing tour on July 6, appearing at Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million book stores in various markets throughout the southeast including: The Villages, Fla., Kissimmee, Fla., Mt. Juliet, Tenn., Nashville, Tenn., Huntsville, Ala., Knoxville, Tenn., Chattanooga, Tenn., and Birmingham, Ala.
He will sign copies of Proud To Be An American, and meet-and-greet with fans.
 
For a full list of upcoming appearances, including tour dates, please visit  LeeGreenwood.com

2015/06 1:50 AM
JB and the Moonshine Band Release New Album, Mixtape, Today (6/30)

Country group JB and the Moonshine Band have released their new album, Mixtape, today, Tuesday, June 30, 2015. The release marks the follow-up to the band’s previous albums Ain’t Goin’ Back To Jail and Beer for Breakfast.

Of the new album, band front man JB Patterson comments, “Although ‘Mixtape’ is the title of one of the songs on the album, it also describes the varied styles on the album. I would say that the album is indeed Country, but more specifically, it’s traditional Country, outlaw/alternative Country, pop Country, rock and Americana all at the same time. The fact that every song has a different feel just reinforced that the album should be called ‘Mixtape’. It offers of a wide variety of styles, themes and subject matter while maintaining the sonic characteristics and authenticity that our fans are used to.”

No stranger to album success, JB and the Moonshine Band’s 2012 release, Beer for Breakfast, was named one of the Top 5 ‘Country Albums of the Year’ by Rolling Stone Magazine. The band’s previous releases produced six Top 10 singles and three consecutive No.1’s on the Texas Billboard Chart.
JB and the Moonshine Band continue to tour heavily and are slated to play the 1000th live performance of their career this year. The past two years, the band averaged 175 live tour dates per year in over 40 states, all while writing and producing the new album.

For more information on JB and The Moonshine Band and a full list of upcoming tour dates, visit their official website at  www.JBandtheMoonshineBand.com  and follow them on  Facebook Twitter  and  Instagram .

 

2015/06 1:40 PM
​Cox Media Group Unveils 'Your Georgia Country's

Cox Media Group kicks off "Your Georgia Country" in Atlanta, Athens and across North Georgia. “Your Georgia Country” will be the largest Country signal in the Southeast with 200,000 watts of power on 106.1 and 107.1 FM.  

Artists featured on the station will include Classic and New Country stars like Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, George Strait, and more.

“Country is the hottest format right now and was our greatest opportunity in our number one market,” said CMG Atlanta VP/Radio and GM Donna Hall. “We’re now thrilled to bring another exciting choice for Country in Atlanta and North Georgia that complements the other great CMG radio brands in the Greater Atlanta area.”

 

2015/06 10:00 AM
Reba Leaves LA

Photo: Los Angeles Times
Reba 's left California and has sold her 9,200 square foot estate in the gated Beverly Park circle.  The reported sale price is $22.5 million. She and her husband Narvel Blackstock bought the property in 2003 for a reported $9 million.

The property, according to Variety, was sold in a quiet deal that kept it off-market with the buyer represented by Matt and Josh Altman at Douglas Elliman. The publication reported that the house had nearly six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, formal living and dining rooms, a deb/billiards room, an eat-in kitchen, a fmily room with a built-in wet bar, lighted tennis court, spa, pond and swimming pool.

They have propery in Gallatin, Tennessee as well as a vacation home in Cancun, Mexico.

2015/06 9:53 AM
Round Hill Music Re-Signs Wade Kirby

Wade Kirby has re-signed with Round Hill Music in an exclusive global publishing agreement.  Kirby has written many #1 singles including "I Saw God Today" by George Strait, "Don' What She Likes" by Blake Shelton, Easton Corbin's top 10 single "All Over The Road" and the current Parmalee single "Already Callin' You Mine.

Kirby's two decade long career includes writing for artists such as Tyler Farr, Darius Rucker, Jason Aldean, Craig Campbell, Jackie Lee, William Michael, Kellie Pickler, Brett Kissell, Joe Nichols, Kenny Rogers, Faith Hill and Billy Currington.  

“We are delighted to be continuing our great relationship with Wade Kirby. Wade is a super talented songwriter and a rare breed. We look forward to a successful future,” says Mark Brown, Vice President, and General Manager of Round Hill Music Nashville.

2015/06 8:47 AM
FCC Approves The Sale Of Lincoln Financial To Entercom

The FCC has approved the sale of Lincoln Financial Media's radio stations to Entercom for $105 million.  The deal includes Lincoln's radio stations in the Atlanta, Denver, Miami and San Diego markets.  Country stations involved include KYGO-FM/Denver and KSON-FM/KSOQ-FM/San Diego.  This brings expands Entercom's station portfolio to more than 130 stations in 26 markets.  

Commenting on the agreement, Entercom President and CEO David J. Field stated: “We are excited to announce the acquisition of Lincoln Financial Media and welcome the addition of their outstanding brands and talented broadcasters to Entercom. LFM is a great organization that has done an excellent job serving its listeners, customers and communities over many years and we look forward to building on that tradition. LFM is a perfect fit for us as it bolsters our position in Denver and expands our footprint into Atlanta, Miami and San Diego with terrific brands that have significant growth potential. Furthermore, it fulfills our disciplined acquisition criteria as it enhances our company’s competitive position and growth and should be accretive to shareholders in 2015 while having a minimal impact on leverage.”

Entercom has filed to convert Lincoln Financial Media's holding companies into Delaware Limited Liability Company as Entercom Denver II, LLC, Entercom Atlanta License, LLC, Entercom Miami License, LLC and Entercom San Diego License, LLC, effective immediately upon closing.

2015/06 8:38 AM
Tanya Welch To Leave Sony/Nashville

Sr. Director of Marketing Tanya Welch has left Sony Nashville after 20 years to pursue another yet-to-be-announced opportunity.  Welch has worked with Sony and during that time her work also includes time with Epic, Monument, Lucky Dog Records, NBA, Columbia andd RCA.  

Welch took to Facebook last Friday to say, ""Tough day today. As happy as I am about my next adventure, saying goodbye to my Sony friends and family was brutal. It's been an amazing 20 years, but I have such a peace about the door God has opened for me. Can't wait to get started!"
 

2015/06 8:22 AM
Thomas Rhett Coming With Tangled Up

Thomas Rhett has announced that his sophomore album Tangled Up is scheduled for a September 25 release.  The lead single "Crash and Burn" is is top digital download and climbing the charts.  

“This album is something we’ve been working on for two years and musically, it really pulls from all the things I have been inspired by during that time," says Thomas Rhett. "The title Tangled Up comes from a lyric in one of the new songs, and I think it's a cool way to point to all the different influences that I have as an artist and a songwriter – from soul and r&b to old school country to rock and everything in between. They are all in this record!"

Fans are being asked to help Rhett to choose the cover art for the album cover.  Four designs will be posted today at ThomasRhett.com and the winner will be announced in the coming weeks.

Rhett has written hits for Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean and Lee Brice and is currently out with Florida Georgia Line's Anything Goes Tour 2015.  For more information go to www.thomasrhett.com.

2015/06 8:07 AM
FGL's Tree Vibez Music Partners With Major Bob Music, Inc.

Florida Georgia Line's publishing company, Tree Vibez Music is partnering with Major Bob Music, Inc.

"As a multi-genre focused company, we are very excited about this partnership with Tree Viibez and (songwriter) Jordan (Schmidt)," said Major Bob Muisc, Inc VP Jesse Frasure. "With a background of Pop and Hip-Hop and an understanding of the Nashville songwriting craft we are excited to be a part of building his brand."

 

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