YOUR SHOW PREP

The "2nd Annual Rock the Ocean's Tortuga Music Festival" has announced new artists that will be performing at this year's festival in Ft. Lauderdale Beach April 12-13, 2014.

 Joining already announced Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Train, Billy Currington, Brett Eldredge, Cole Swindell, Frankie Ballard, Brothers Osborn, Chase Rich and Blackjack Billy will be Hank Williams Jr., Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert, 38 Special, Parmalee and Eric Pasley.

Get tickets and details at www.tortugamusicfestival.com


Carinival Cruise Lines will soon have a Live Concert Series with 49 musical artists scheduled to appear. Country artist include Lady Antebellum, Leann Rimes, Martina McBride, Trace Adkins and Jewel.

"Onboard entertainment is an important part of the overall guest experience when cruising," said SVP/Guest Operations Mark Tamis. "With the ‘Carnival Live Concert Series,’ our guests will enjoy an exclusive performance with one of their favorite artists for an extraordinary value. Combined with our enhanced house bands fleetwide, this is just another example of the many ways we are constantly looking to create even more fun and memorable moments for our guests."

For more information go here.


The 56th Annual Grammy Awards are quickly approaching and will air live this Sunday (1-26) on CBS TV.

Hunter Hayes has been added to the performers and he will join Country artists Kacey Musgraves, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and Blake Shelton, along with presenters Zac Brown and Martina McBride.


Garth Brooks is going back to Ireland to perform two shows at Croke Park. He will be across the pond this summer on July 25 and 26 before he kicks off his worldwide tour. This is the same venue that sold out his shows in 1997.

"Before we go back on tour in the Fall of 2014, I want to challenge myself, the band, and crew," Brooks says. "In '97, we were lucky enough to play Croke Park, the stadium was under construction – 130,000+ of some of the greatest fans in the world. I was quoted then as saying, 'When this stadium is finished, I would love to come back and try to fill it again...this time to the brink.' And we're back to do just that."

Tickets go on sale Jan. 30. here.


Revlon, Inc. has tapped Carrie Underwood to be the Global Brand Ambassador for Almay. She will be seen in the multimedia campaigns including television, print, in-store, digital and social platforms.

"Carrie embraces Almay's approach to beauty and products. Despite her enormous success, she is still a real girl from Oklahoma at the core and a self-professed makeup junkie who likes to try out new makeup looks in her spare time. Almay makes it easy to play with makeup and helps women look their most beautiful which is why we could not be more excited for her to join the brand," said Revlon, Inc Global Chief Marketing Officer Julia Goldin.

"Honestly, I could never be associated with a company I didn't believe in," explained Underwood.  " I love Almay's positive approach to beauty because it's so important to celebrate our natural beauty and enhance what makes us unique. I'm also really impressed by their products, which I use in my daily life and when I'm working. There's really something for everyone and every occasion--whether you want to get that perfect 'no-makeup makeup look' or create a fun, amped up 'date-night' smoky eye."

For more information and behind-the-scenes look at the campaign go here www.Almay.com.


Kenny Roger s will be going on his 32nd Christmas tour with Christmas & Hits Through the Years with Special Guest Linda Davis. Rogers and Davis will run a 24 date tour that begins November 27 in Montreal, Quebec and finishes December 22 in Champaign, IL.

Rogers was inducted in to the Country Music Hall of Fame on October 27 and also received the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at the CMA Awards on November 6. The tour dates are as follows:

11/27 – Montreal, QC – Place Des Arts – Wilfrid Pelletier Theatre
11/28 – Kitchener, ON – Centre In The Square
11/29 – Wilkes Barre, PA – Kirby Center For The Performing Arts
11/30 – Atlantic City, NJ – Resorts Casino Hotel
12/1 – Concord, NH – The Capitol Center For The Arts
12/2 – Verona, NY – Turning Stone Resort Casino – Event Center
12/3 – Englewood, NJ – bergenPAC 12/4 – Westbury, NY – NYCB Theatre at Westbury
12/5 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Hall, New Jersey Performing Arts Center 12/6 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
12/7 – Newport News, VA – Christopher Newport University’s Ferguson Center For The Arts
12/8 – Morgantown, WV – West Virginia University – Creative Arts Center
12/9 – Highland Heights, KY – Bank of Kentucky Center
12/10 – Warren, OH – Packard Music Hall
12/11 – Saint Charles, MO – Family Arena
12/12 – Paducah, KY – Carson Center
12/14 – Sault Sainte Marie, MI – Kewadin Casino – DreamMakers Theater
12/15 – Windsor, ON – Caesars Windsor – The Colosseum
12/16 – New Philadelphia, OH – Performing Arts Center at Kent State Tuscarawas
12/18 – Bemidji, MN – Sanford Center 12/19 – Mitchell, SD – Corn Palace
12/20 – Ottumwa, Iowa – Bridge View Center
12/21 – Naperville, IL – Pfeiffer Hall – North Central College
12/22 – Champaign, IL – State Farm Center at University of Illinois


Garth Brooks will release a box set titled "Blake It All On My Roots." The six CDs and two DVDs will include 33 original songs and the the 44 covers Brooks did while in his Las Vegas shows. The DVD includes some of the Vegas show and some music videos.

The box set is available at Walmart beginning Thursday, November 28.


Willie Ne lson, 80, is writing a book about his illustrious five decades long career. It is releasing in 2015.This is not Nelson's first book. Including his autobiography he wrote that was released in 1998, he has written 2003′s The Facts of Life and Other Dirty Jokes, and 2012′s Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die: Musings From The Road. 


The nominees for the American Country Awards have been announced. The awards will be hosted by Trace Adkins and NASCAR Danica Patrick. The show will air on Tuesday, December 10 from 8-10 ET on Fox.

Taylor Swift leads the nominees with eight nominations followed by Florida Georgia Line and Blake Shelton with seven. The full list of nominees include:

ARTISTS
Artist of the Year
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Florida Georgia Line
Blake Shelton
Taylor Swift

Artist of the Year: Male
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Kenny Chesney
Eric Church
Blake Shelton

Artist of the Year: Female
Kelly Clarkson
Sheryl Crow
Miranda Lambert
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

 Artist of the Year: Duo or Group
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Rascal Flatts
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band

Artist of the Year: Breakthrough Artist
Lee Brice
Hunter Hayes
 Randy Houser
Scotty McCreery
Justin Moore

Artist of the Year: New Artist
Florida Georgia Line
Kip Moore
Kacey Musgraves
Cassadee Pope
Thomas Rhett

Album Album of the Year
 “Night Train,” Jason Aldean
“Here’s To The Good Times,” Florida Georgia Line
“Two Lanes of Freedom,” Tim McGraw
“Based On A True Story...,” Blake Shelton
“Pioneer,” The Band Perry

SINGLES
Single of the Year “Cruise,” Florida Georgia Line
“How Country Feels,” Randy Houser
“Beer Money,” Kip Moore
“Better Dig Two,” The Band Perry
“One of Those Nights,” Tim McGraw

Single of the Year: Male
“Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain),” Gary Allen
“One of Those Nights,” Tim McGraw
“The One That Got Away,” Jake Owen
“Wagon Wheel,” Darius Rucker
“Sure Be Cool If You Did,” Blake Shelton

Single of the Year: Female
“Easy,” Sheryl Crow
“American Heart,” Faith Hill
 “Mama’s Broken Heart,” Miranda Lambert
 “Begin Again,” Taylor Swift
“Two Black Cadillacs,” Carrie Underwood

Single of the Year: Duo/Group
 “Downtown,” Lady Antebellum
“Tornado,” Little Big Town
“Better Dig Two,” The Band Perry
“If I Didn’t Have You,” Thompson Square
“Goodbye in Her Eyes,” Zac Brown Band

Single of the Year: Breakthrough Artist
“I Drive Your Truck,” Lee Brice
“All Over The Road,” Easton Corbin
“Somebody’s Heartbreak,” Hunter Hayes
“How Country Feels,” Randy Houser
“Til My Last Day,” Justin Moore

Single of the Year: New Artist
“Did It for the Girl,” Greg Bates
“Don’t Ya,” Brett Eldredge
 “Redneck Crazy,” Tyler Farr
“Cruise,” Florida Georgia Line
“Beer Money,” Kip Moore

Single of the Year: Vocal Collaboration
 “The Only Way I Know,” Jason Aldean with Luke Bryan and Eric Church
“Don’t Rush,” Kelly Clarkson and Vince Gill
“Highway Don’t Care,” Tim McGraw featuring Taylor Swift and Keith Urban
“Boys ‘Round Here,” Blake Shelton with Pistol Annies

Touring
Touring Artist of the Year
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Kenny Chesney
Miranda Lambert
Brad Paisley
Rascal Flatts
George Strait
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood
 Zac Brown Band

Videos
Videos Great American Country - Music Video of the Year
“Cruise,” Florida Georgia Line
“Tornado,” Little Big Town
“Sure Be Cool If You Did,” Blake Shelton
“Begin Again,” Taylor Swift
“Better Dig Two,” The Band Perry

 Music Video of the Year: Male
“Take A Little Ride,” Jason Aldean
 “Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain),” Gary Allan
 “One of Those Nights,” Tim McGraw
“Wagon Wheel,” Darius Rucker
“Sure Be Cool If You Did,” Blake Shelton

Music Video of the Year: Female
“American Heart,” Faith Hill
“Mama’s Broken Heart,” Miranda Lambert
“Someone Somewhere Tonight,” Kellie Pickler
“Begin Again,” Taylor Swift
“Blown Away,” Carrie Underwood

Music Video of the Year: New Artist
 “Don’t Ya,” Brett Eldredge
“Cruise,” Florida Georgia Line
“Crying On A Suitcase,” Casey James
 “Beer Money,” Kip Moore
“Merry Go ‘Round,” Kacey Musgraves

Music Video of the Year: Group or Collaboration
“Tornado,” Little Big Town
 “Highway Don’t Care,” Tim McGraw featuring Taylor Swift and Keith Urban
“Come Wake Me Up,” Rascal Flatts
“Better Dig Two,” The Band Perry
“If I Didn’t Have You,” Thompson Square

Song of the Year (award goes to the songwriter(s)):
“Better Dig Two,” Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally, Trevor Rosen • Recorded by The Band Perry
“Cruise,” Tyler Hubbard, Brian Kelley, Joey Moi, Chase Rice and Jesse Rice • Recorded by Florida Georgia Line
“Hard To Love,” Ben Glover, Billy Montana and John Ozier • Recorded by Lee Brice
“Highway Don’t Care,” Mark Irwin, Josh Kear, Brad Warren and Brett Warren • Recorded by Tim McGraw featuring Taylor Swift and Keith Urban
“I Drive Your Truck,” Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington and Jimmy Yeary • Recorded by Lee Brice
 “Like Jesus Does,” Casey Beathard and Monty Criswell • Recorded by Eric Church
“Mama’s Broken Heart,” Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally and Kacey Musgraves • Recorded by Miranda Lambert
“Merry Go’ Round,” Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves and Josh Osborne • Recorded by Kacey Musgraves
“Pontoon,” Barry Dean, Natalie Hemby and Luke Laird • Recorded by Little Big Town
“Wagon Wheel,” Bob Dylan and Ketch Secor • Recorded by Darius Rucker

Fans can now vote once each day for their favorite American Country Awards nominee at www.theacas.com.  Voting is open until Tuesday, November 12 at 11:59 p.m. PT for all categories exceptn Aritst of the Year.  The category closes on Saturday, December 7 at 11:59 p.m. PT. 



Garth Brook s Live From Las Vegas will air on November 29 on CBS TV.

The TV concert event will highlight Brooks' final performance during his residency at The Wynn Las Vegas.



The 40th People's Choice Awards has added Favorite Country Music Icon category. Fans can vote for Alan Jackson, Clint Black, Emmylou Harris, George Strait, Glen Campbell, Randy Travis, Tim McGraw, Toby Keith, Tracy Lawrence, Travis Tritt, Vince Gill or Willie Nelson starting today (10/22) through Oct. 31. Vote here.  The show will air on CBS-TV on Jan. 9.


Taylo r Swift will perform a unique version of her single "Red" on this year's CMA Awards. She will sing with Alison Krauss, Edgar Meyer, Eric Darken, Sam Bush and Vince Gill. She is nominated for six CMA awards including Entertainer of the Year.


The Country Radio Broadcasters (CRB) will present Carrie Underwood the 2014 Artist Humanitarian Award Febraury 19, 2014 during the opening of CRS.

"In a format rich with artists that are generous with their time and talents for a wide variety of worthy causes and needs, Carrie Underwood has distinguished herself with her depth of kindnesses and commitment to making a positive difference," says CRS President Charlie Morgan.

Underwood has established C.A.T.S. (Checotah Animal, town and School) in her hometown of Checotah, OK and involvement of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Save The Children American Idol's Idol Gives Back and the USO. She also recently donated $1 million from  to the American Red Cross and Canadian Red Cross for disaster relief.


Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has announced seven artists who received their first Gold or Platinum digital or
album awards including three Country artists.

George Strait has won a platinum award for more than 1 million downloads for his single "Give It All We Got Tonight" while LukeBryan and Blake Shelton pick up Platinums for their albums "Crash My Party" and "Based on a True Story."

Congrats to all!

2013/10 10:43 AM
Lady A Postpones Tour

Lady Antebellum has rescheduled their first leg of their "Take Me Downtown Tour." It was to have kicked off November 8.

"To accommodate the [deluxe release of Golden] and in order to give you guys the best show possible, we've had to move things around," the trio posted on their website. "We hope these changes aren't too much trouble for you, and that we'll get to see you in one of the more than 60 cities the tour will hit next year."

The first stop is Peoria,IL on January 10 and Kip Moore and Kacey Musgraves will open. For more go here http://ladyantebellum.populr.me/events


Sheryl C row and Florida Georgia Line will be announcing the final nominees for the 47th Annual CMA Awards on Tuesday, September 10 from the Good Morning America studios in Times Square.

“I have been honored to have three CMA Award nominations in my career and I can tell you firsthand, the day the nominations come out is something every Country artist looks forward to,” said Crow. “I cannot wait to read the CMA Awards nominations on ‘Good Morning America’ on Sept. 10, the same day my very first Country record is released!”

“We are super excited and honored to announce the nominees for this year’s CMA Awards on ‘Good Morning America’,” said Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line. “Last year we attended the Awards for the first time and now to be able to make this announcement with Sheryl Crow is beyond anything we could have ever imagined!"

The announcement will be made at 8:20 a.m. ET in a half-hour segment of the morning news program.Following the announcement, at 9:45 AM/ET, Crow and Florida Georgia Line will be at the Best Buy Theater in Times Square to announce the finalists in the remaining seven categories.

Steve Wariner will announce the finalists for the 2013 CMA Broadcast Awards on GMA earlier that day (9.10) at 7:30 a.m.

The 47th Annual CMA Awards will air Wednesday, November 6 at 8 p.m. on ABC-TV.


Keith Urban's new album "Fuse" will be released Tuesday, September 10 and include 12 new songs in addition to "Little Bit of Everything."

"These songs just connected with me, whether for their energy or for what they were saying or just for the fact that they made me feel good," said Keith. "All of them have merit and even though we recorded a lot of songs, slowly this particular group started to come together."

Check out the songs that will be included here.

2013/08 12:44 PM
Carrie Promotes New DVD

Carrie Underw ood will be everywhere next week. She will be all over the media next week promoting her DVD release "The Blown Away Tour Live."

Carrie
will be on "Good Morning America" August 12 and that night she will be doing a performance on the "CMA Festival: Country's Night to Rock." Tuesday morning (8/13) Carrie will guest on "Live! With Kelly and Michael."

The new DVD includes 100 minutes of live footage taken during her "Blown Away" tour. The tour included 112 dates in 100 cities in six countries. Check out the preview here


Luke Bryan will take over CMT this weekend to celebrate the release of this latest album "Luke Bryan: Crash My Party." The CMT special called "Luke Bryan CMT Takeover Weekend" will air this Saturday (8/10) at 2 pm (ET).

 The special will air various times throughout the weekend.The "Takeover Weekend" will include Bryan's music videos, behind-the scenes album footage, a "CMT Hot 20 Countdown" performance and more. For more information go to CMT.com.


Kenny Chesney will not be touring in 2014. He will be concentrating on a new album to follow up his album "Life On A Rock." In 2010 Chesney did not tour and worked on his "Hemingway's Whiskey" album and "Boys of Fall" documentary.


Martina McBride has partnered with Pandora Jewelry. They will be sponsoring several of her concerts. She will also appear in their print ads in several magazines in the US and Canada.

“I am really excited to work with Pandora, a brand that celebrates the qualities that make a woman unique,” said McBride. “As a busy working mom, I enjoy being on stage as well as the simple joy of laughing or spending a quiet moment with my daughters. Pandora offers unique jewelry that reflect special moments that I cherish.”

A page on the Pandora website is dedicated to Martina. It features video, a contest, samples of jewelry McBride likes, etc. Get more details here


Little Big Town will host this year's CMA Music Festival: Counry's Night to Rock on August 12 on ABC. The three hour special will include appearances by by Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Kelly Clarkson, Sheryl Crow, the cast of “Duck Dynasty,”“Nashville” star Charles Esten, Hunter Hayes, “Dancing with the Stars” champion Derek Hough, Kid Rock, Lenny Kravitz, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town,Tim McGraw, Kip Moore, Jason Mraz, Kacey Musgraves, Jake Owen, Brad Paisley, Kellie Pickler, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Lennon and Maisy Stella of “Nashville,” Taylor Swift, The Band Perry, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, and Zac Brown Band.

Filmed during CMA Fest June 6-9, this is the 10th anniversary of this one-of-a-kind special, which showcases America's biggest Country Music bash.


Carrie Un derwood will be the new Sunday Night Football opener succeeding Faith Hill who had been singing the opening theme song for six seasons.

“I think it’s a perfect fit,” she said. “I am a s a sports fan, a football fan, and we love Sunday nights around my household, so for me to be a part of it is something really special."

The theme song “Waiting All Day For Sunday Night” is sung to the song “I Hate Myself For Loving You” by Joan Jett.


Taylor Swift has announced that she will be taking “The Red Tour” to Australia and New Zealand for five concert dates between Novemeber 29 and December 14.

Pre-sale Tickets will be available on Tuesday, May 14 and Wednesday May 15 through via frontiertouring.com/taylorswift. General admission tickets will be available Tuesday, May 21.

For more information, visit www.taylorswift.com.


Tim McGraw’s latest video “Highway Don’t Care” featuring Tim and guests Keith Urban and Taylor Swift debuted yesterday (May 6). Many were surprised at the video and the message it sends about the dangers of driving while texting or talking on the cell phone.

“The first impetus of this idea came from my daughter, who is 16-years-old and got her driver’s license today,” said McGraw. “We didn’t start out to turn it into a public service announcement, but as it developed and I started realizing that I have two teenage daughters, I didn’t mind being preachy.”

The video was broadcast worldwide live from Nashville’s Belcourt Theater. It was the first music video to debut via a Google+ hangout session. Those in attendance at the premiere included fans and students from Cookeville High School who were celebrated for their efforts in teaching the importance of driving without distractions. The Vanderbilt’s LifeFlight team, who are part of the video, were also in the audience.

Watch the video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isNtEh6nQo.


Tim McGraw has partnered with Pennzoil for his Four Wheels To Freedom custom car giveaway. Those who enter the contest will have the opportunity to win Challenger SRT designed by McGraw.

Deadline for entries is July 31. The car will be traveling with McGraw on his Two Lanes of Freedom Tour. 

See details here http://www.pennzoil.com/tim-mcgraw/


Keith Urban showed up for a surprise performance last Friday night (5/3) with the Rolling Stones at their sold out concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

"If I had have been offered either a trip to the moon or sitting in with The Stones”, said Urban “I would still have been strapping on my Tele saying ‘screw the moon!’"

Keith played “Respectable” off the Stones’ 1978 album “Some Girls.” Check it out here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7YMUi7V_oA

2013/04 1:04 PM
If The Shoe Fits...

Rich Footwear Group and Miranda Lambert are going to release a new line of women’s footwear. Lambert will design the shoes and styles will include casual, dress, sandals and boots. The line will debut early next year.


Carrie Und erwood is featured in People Magazine that hits newsstands today (4/5). She explains the one thing that could make her quit the music business.

"If Mike (Mike Fisher, Underwood’s husband) ever told me he needed me to quit, I'd quit," she says. "When you make that promise to somebody, and you stand before God and your family and friends, you've got to do everything that you possibly can to make that work."

Read more here.


The Academy of Country Music has announced more acts that will be performing at the ACM Awards Fan Jam at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

Brad Paisley, will perform at the event, with his special guests Dierks Bentley and Hunter Hayes. ACM New Artist of the Year nominees Brantley Gilbert, Jana Kramer and Florida Georgia Line have also been added to the line-up. LL Cool J, will make a special appearance during the event and GAC’s Headline Country Host Storme Warren will emcee for the first time.


Darius Rucker will host the ACM Lifting Lives Celebrity Golf Classic at TPC Las Vegas on Saturday, April 6. This is the second time Rucker has hosted the tournament to raise money and awareness of the ACM Lifting Lives’ Diane Holcumb Emergency Relief Fund for those in need in the music industry.

The event will coincide with the ACM Awards that will air Sunday, April 7 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS TV. For more information go to www.acmliftinglives.org


Brad Paisley is releasing an iBook entitled “Building A Wheelhouse.” The book is due out April 9.

The book will include interviews, videos, photos and information about the making of Paisley’s upcoming album “Wheelhouse.” The album is due out the same day as the release of the album. For more information go to BradPaisley.com.


More performers are scheduled to appear at George Jones’ final Nashville concert on Friday, November 22 at the Bridgestone Arena.

 The latest artists who will help George celebrate include Alan Jackson, Travis Tritt, Pam Tillis, Tracy Lawrence, Kathy Mattea, Patty Loveless, Joe Diffie, Mark Chesnutt and T. Graham Brown. Ticketmaster is handling the sales. For more information go to www.georgejones.com.


For the fifth year country music will come together on the beaches of Key West, Fl October 5-8 to benefit the music industry’s largest foundation that funds leukemia, cancer and AIDS research—the T.J. Martell Foundation.

Lee Brice, Randy Houser
and Jerrod Niemann will triple headline the final night of Country On the Beach at Reach Resort. Montgomery Gentry will host the event and GAC’s Headline Country’s Storme Warren will emcee.

"We call the growing gang of fans who attend our annual tropical reunions ‘the world's largest dysfunctional family,'” Warren said lightheartedly. “Now that we're adding Lee, Randy and Jerrod in to the mix, that family just got a whole lot more dysfunctional. The hits will be flying from the stage. I can't wait!”

Tickets and more informatiion is available by visiting www.countryonthebeach.com and proceeds from the weekend’s auctions and special excursions will benefit the foundation. For more information on the T.J. Martell Foundation, visit http://www.tjmartellfoundation.org/.

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Dari us Rucker will kick off his “The True Believers Tour” on May 9 in Estero, FL. Those joining him include Rodney Atkins, Justin Moore and Jana Kramer. Two pairs of tickets will be given away for each show through his website.

Proceeds will benefit CMA’s Keep the Music Playing and ACM’s Lifting Lives. Check it out here .


Country superstar George Strait will be honored with the 2013 Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. Career Achievement Award at the Country Radio Hall of Fame Induction on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 6 p.m.

The CRB Achievement Award is presented to an individual artist or act that, through their creativity, vision, performance or leadership has made a significant contribution to the development and promotion of country music and country radio.

“George Strait has done a superb job promoting country music and country radio over the years. His dedication to the format and on-going contribution to the industry as a whole make him the perfect recipient for this award,” said Mike Culotta, CRS President.

With a career spanning more than 30 years, George Strait has the most number one singles of any artist in history including Elvis Presley. He has sold nearly 69 million records and with 33 different platinum or multi-platinum albums, has the most RIAA platinum certifications in country music and the third in all genres behind The Beatles and Elvis Presley. Strait was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006. Strait is the only artist to have 85 out of 90 radio singles make it to Top 10 and 24 albums at the number one position on Billboard’s Country Music Album Chart, and has recently released “Give It All We Got Tonight” from his forthcoming 2013 album.

The evening will also feature Gaylan Christie being inducted into the Country Radio Hall of Fame and Dr. Don Carpenter, Crook & Chase, Eddie Edwards and Bill “Dex” Poindexter will be inducted in the Air Personality category. Bob Romeo will receive the 2013 Presidents’ Award.

For more information on George Strait, visit www.georgestrait.com. For more information on Country Radio Seminar, visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com

2013/02 1:05 PM
Toby Hits The Road

Toby Keit h will be taking his 2013 Hammer Down Tour on the road beginning Satruday, June 8 in Ozark, AR. The 20-date tour will feature Kip Moore. For more information go here tobykeith.com.


Lady A’s Hillary Scott will be a mentor on The Voice for Adam Levine’s team.

In an interview with Access Hollywood Scott said, "I’m sure [we’ll have] way more fun than Blake’s team!” The new season starts March 25 on NBC TV.


Georg e Jones has announced that he will be making his final concert appearance in Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Friday, November 22. Artists who will be joining Jones include Charlie Daniels, Lorrie Morgan, Randy Travis, Jamey Johnson and Gene Watson.

Tickets are available at Ticketmaster. For more information go here .


Kenny Chesney will be releasing his new 10-song album “Life On A Rock” on Tuesday, April 30.

When asked about the title of title of the album Chesney says, “"It all depends on what kind of rock you’re looking at. Just living here on this planet, we’re all living life on a rock; but for me, and for this record, it’s about the way life is when you live on an island. Everywhere you go, there’s everyone you know; you know everything about them, and they know everything about you… and well, that’s just a whole other way to be."

Chesney recorded this project in many locations including LA, Hawaii, Jamaica, Nashville, London and Key West. His “No Shoes Nation Tour” will kick off Saturday March 16 in Tampa. For more info on Kenny visit www.KennyChesney.com


Carrie Underwo od is working with Tickets-For-Charity.com to offer her fans some of the best seats at her Blown Away Tour while also benefiting the Academy of Country Music’s ACM Lifting Lives and the C.A.T.S. Foundation at www.ticketsforcharity.com/ACMLiftingLives.

 This program gives fans access to great seats in sold-out sections for concerts nationwide. Concert goers pay the same or a better price than they would elsewhere. The difference is that their purchase supports causes important to artists and fans, rather than ticket resellers.

"The C.A.T.S. Foundation (Checotah Animal, Town and School Foundation) is dedicated to helping a number of causes in Carrie’s hometown of Checotah, Oklahoma. Carrie’s personal commitment to charity is truly inspiring,” said ACM Lifting Lives Chairman, Mark Hartley. “We’re honored to have her tour join the ACM Lifting Lives® Tickets-for-Charity® program this year to help us reach more fans and improve more lives through the power of music.”

Other artists who are part of this program include Zac Brown Band, Brad Paisley and Toby Keith.

Fans can now get exclusive tickets, including seats in the first 10 rows for Carrie Underwood’s "Blown Away Tour" and “Eat & Greet” VIP Packages for Zac Brown Band, while helping great causes at www.TicketsforCharity.com/ACMLiftingLives.

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