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Jul 24

The Willis Clan Moves on to Next Round of America’s Got Talent

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The Willis Clan is headed to Radio City Music Hall. The family band made it through the latest round of NBC’s America’s Got Talent Wednesday night, receiving word that they will be among the acts to perform at Radio City Music Hall in the next round.

Members of The Willis Clan do more than sing, including songwriting, dancing, wrestling and horseback riding. Almost everything the family is involved in links back to their Irish roots. Parents Brenda and Toby homeschool and coach their 12 children, ranging in ages from 3 to 21. They auditioned for America’s Got Talent with an Appalachian-inspired rendition of The Sound of Music‘s “My Favorite Things.” Watch their audition >>

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The Willis Clan already has two albums, Roots and Boots, and they are in the middle of producing their third album, Heaven. The Clan will also perform at the Grand Ole Opry on August 23 and October 21.

 

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Jul 24

The Junk Gypsies Visit Yonder Way Farm

Junk Gypsies Amie and Jolie Sikes at Yonder Way Farm

The Junk Gypsies transform their friends’ produce market at Yonder Way Farm.

Amie and Jolie Sikes are longtime friends of the Kramer family, local farmers at Yonder Way Farm, who have an on-site market from which they sell organic meat and produce.  The Gypsies scour the farm for hidden treasures and inspiration to give the store a fresh look. They want it to feel like a real farmer’s market while keeping it personal for the Kramers.

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While visiting the farm, Amie and Jolie find cool pieces of farm equipment they can repurpose for the store. Jolie discovers an old, galvanized metal chicken coop, and Amie unearths a grain hopper that she reimagines into a pendant light. The Kramers even introduce the sisters to some baby chicks, inspiring Jolie to decorate her chicken coop at home with her son, Cash Baker.

Yonder Way Farm Store

Inside the Yonder Way Store.

The Junk Gypsies bring floral chairs for customers to sit and relax in the store, as well as an industrial spool for a display table and family photos of the Kramers to remind shoppers about the people behind the food. As a thank you gift, the Kramers surprise Jolie with a basket full of chicks for her newly renovated chicken coop.

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Jul 23

Brad Paisley to Celebrate His New Album With a Pool Party

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Brad Paisley photo by Jim Shea, courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

Brad Paisley will celebrate the release of his new album, Moonshine in the Trunk, with a pool party at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on August 27. “We’re going to have the best time,” Paisley told KFRG. “There’s something about that city.”

The pool party continues with Paisley’s water-themed career. His latest single, “River Bank,” is climbing the charts while he crisscrossed the country on his two-year H20 Tour, beginning in 2010. He also had a hit with “Water.” Continue Reading

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Jul 23

Jason Aldean Releases “Burnin’ It Down”

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Jason Aldean photo courtesy of Broken Bow Records.

Jason Aldean has released the lead single from his upcoming sixth studio album. “Burnin’ It Down” was cowritten by Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line, along with Chris Tompkins and Rodney Clawson.

“Sonically, this track definitely feels like something different for me and what I have typically put out as the lead single off my previous albums,” he said. “I’ve pretty much always gone with a really guitar-driven song that’s pretty in your face, and this is more of a laid-back thing with a really cool groove.”

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Jul 23

Craig Morgan Hosts 8th Annual Charity Event

Craig Morgan

Craig Morgan photo courtesy of Monarch Publicity.

Craig Morgan’s eighth annual charity event brought some of the biggest stars in sports and country music to Morgan’s hometown of Dickson, Tenn., over the weekend and raised $60,000 dollars in the process. A trail ride kicked off the event on Sunday morning with motocross stars Kevin Windham, Destry Abbott, Fred Andrews, Randy Hawkins, Andrew Short and Larry Ward, and fellow country stars Tracy Lawrence and Chuck Wicks.

“This is all new to me,” Chuck Wicks told The Boot. “I’m just happy I’m in one piece. I survived. I followed the professional riders, and I kept up. I held my own. Maybe I’ll go get a dirt bike now.” That evening, Morgan, Lawrence and Wicks performed an in-the-round show at Dickson’s War Memorial Lawn. Morgan brought down the house with a country arrangement of Justin Timberlake’s “Drink You Away,” and all three men came together to make up a song on the spot using three words solicited from the audience, that included “Karen,” “love” and “mayonnaise.”
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Jul 23

Chris Young’s “Who I Am With You” Reaches No. 1

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Chris Young photo by Sheryl Nields, courtesy of Monarch Publicity.

Chris Young is celebrating his sixth No. 1 song. His latest single, “Who I Am With You,” topped the Mediabase Country Singles chart. Co-written by Marv Green, Jason Sellers and Paul Jenkins, the song has also been certified Gold.

“Everybody is looking for that one person who lets them be themselves and, whether we want to admit it or not, pushes us to be a better person,” Young said. “This song couldn’t say it any better and I’m glad I got to be the person to sing it.” Continue Reading

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Jul 23

Shania Twain Announces End of Las Vegas Residency

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Shania Twain photo by Mark Abrahams, courtesy of Sandbox Management.

Shania Twain’s time in Las Vegas is drawing to a close. She has announced that her two-year residence, Shania: Still The One, at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, will wrap on Saturday, December 13.

“At the beginning of this amazing journey, through the rediscovery for my love of performing, I knew the stage would feel like home, but it turned out that Las Vegas itself became ‘home,’” Twain said. “Performing for fans who come from all over the world to see the show night after night warms my heart. I started the first international Shania Kids Can clubhouse in Las Vegas because I love this city, and my time here has given me more than anyone can ever know. I can’t thank Las Vegas enough.” Continue Reading

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Jul 22

Lucy Hale Takes Fans Behind the Scenes of Her Opry Debut

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Lucy Hale brings fans backstage with her in a newly released video, “Night at the Opry,” which chronicles her Grand Ole Opry debut last month. More than 1,000 fans “unlocked” the video in under 24 hours via tweets. The video shows Hale fulfilling a lifelong dream as she steps onto the Opry stage for the very first time.

“I can’t even describe the feeling,” she said. “Literally, no words. For me to be speechless is very rare. The people I grew up listening to, like Martina McBride, sang here, and I love Dolly Parton and Dolly Parton sang here. I grew up, and I learned to appreciate everything this place has done.”

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Jul 22

The Willis Clan to Compete on America’s Got Talent

The Willis Clan on America's Got Talent

The Willis Clan on Great American Country

After wowing the judges with their Appalachian-inspired rendition of The Sound of Music‘s “My Favorite Things,” The Willis Clan made it through the first audition of America’s Got Talent. The musical family competes in the next round tonight at 9/8c on NBC. Results will be revealed on NBC tomorrow at 8/7c. 

The Willis Clan do more than sing. The 12 Willis childrens’ interests and talents vary from songwriting and dancing to wrestling and horseback riding. And almost everything the family is involved in links back to their Irish roots. Between Irish dancing and wrestling competitions, there is never a dull moment with this crew. Parents Brenda and Toby homeschool and coach their children, ranging in ages from 3 to 21, encouraging them to reach their full creative potential.

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“It’s like, ‘If this is what my job is going to be, we’re going to have to buckle down and really, really work hard.’ And the kids have. I think they’re just scratching the surface of where they are going to go,” Toby said in an interview with The Tennessean.

The Willis Clan already has two albums, Roots and Boots, and they are in the middle of producing their third album, Heaven. The Clan will also perform at the Grand Ole Opry on August 23 and October 21.

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Jul 22

Little Big Town Joins Team Blake Shelton on The Voice

Little Big Town

Little Big Town photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.

Little Big Town has joined team Blake. The band will join Blake Shelton’s team as advisers on the upcoming seventh season of The Voice. The group isn’t shy about admitting they begged Shelton to pick them.

“We begged and begged and cornered him!” Karen Fairchild told Access Hollywood. “It’s a huge honor,” Kimberly Schlapman added. “We love the show. We have always watched it.” Continue Reading

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