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Nov 19

Katie Armiger, Corey Smith & More to Perform at Country Music Hall of Fame Fundraiser

Katie Armiger, Corey Smith & More to Perform at Country Music Hall of Fame Fundraiser

Katie Armiger photo courtesy of Cold River Records.

Katie Armiger, Brent Cobb, Chris Janson and Corey Smith have been selected to take part in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s emerging artist membership program. The four up and coming artists will take the Ford Theater stage on Tuesday, December 10 for an acoustic guitar pull. All proceeds from the concert will benefit the museum.

The museum selects emerging artists throughout the year to present honorary Friends and Family memberships. Since 2011, dozens of artists have become part of the museum family through this program.  “Whenever I visit the Country Music Hall of Fame I leave there feeling really inspired,” said Corey Smith.

Tickets to the show are on sale now at www.countrymusichalloffame.org and include three levels of admission, ranging from general admission to a VIP package which includes admission to the concert, a limited-edition Hatch Show Print and a meet-and-greet with the artists.

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Nov 6

Watch Corey Smith’s “Ain’t Going Out Tonight” Music Video

Watch Corey Smith's "Ain't Going Out Tonight" Video

Corey Smith photo by Hodges Usry, courtesy of Sweet Talk Publicity.

Corey Smith has debuted his brand new video for “Ain’t Going Out Tonight.” Filmed in Corey’s hometown of Jefferson, Georgia, the video features scenes of a young man imagining what he could get into if he hit the town with his buddies.

While visions of drunken tattoos and streaking through parking garages flow through his mind, he ultimately decides to stay home with his lady instead. The video was directed by Hodges Usry and also includes clips of Corey writing and performing the song.

Watch the video below:

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May 5

Sara Evans Will Kick Off Riverfront Stage Performances at CMA Music Festival

Sara Evans

Sara Evans photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

Nearly 50 artists have been confirmed for the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage during CMA Music Festival June 6-9 in downtown Nashville. Sara Evans will kick off the performances on June 6 at 10 a.m. This marks the first time she has opened the festival.

“Sara is the perfect choice to launch the daily concerts on the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage because of her great repertoire of hit music and undeniable connection to our fans,” Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer said. Continue Reading

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Aug 27

GAC Album Review: Colt Ford’s Declaration of Independence

Colt Ford's 2012 CD, Declaration of Independence

Colt Ford's 2012 CD, Declaration of Independence. Photo courtesy of Average Joes Entertainment.

With each new release, Colt Ford has managed to raise his mainstream country profile. That’s no easy task for the Georgia-bred country rapper, who still has not gained widespread support at radio. However, whereas Colt’s 2008 debut Ride Through the Country entered the country album chart at No. 24, his latest genre-bending album, Declaration of Independence, scored the top spot – and placed No. 5 on the overall Billboard Top 200 – when released in early August. Fueled by a pounding set of blue-collar anthems, Declaration of Independence relies on staples from both country and hip-hop as Colt delivers his most dynamic set to date.

Defiant in its title, Declaration of Independence opens with the self-statement, “Answer To No One.” The stomp is heavy after backwoods banjo, fiddle and aggressive electric guitars prime the attack. Colt’s delivery is quick, rhythmic and steeped in hip-hop rhymes, yet his lyrics and themes are undeniably country. Colt’s world is full of hard work, prayer and patriotism, and with an assist from label mate JJ Lawhorn through the chorus, the song sets the stage for an album packed full of country hooks.

On all but one of the project’s 15 songs, choruses are reserved for a different guest. Darius Rucker adds his bouncing vocal to the contemporary country-leaning “Way Too Early.” Montgomery Gentry reprise their collaboration with Colt after he starred on the remix of the duo’s hit “Roll With Me.” This time they get together for “Ain’t Out of the Woods Yet,” a southern-rock inspired romp through the ‘burbs that finds Colt [sighting his] bow on a Styrofoam doe by the hole of the 18th green.

On the swinging “All In,” Kix Brooks lends rolling vocals for the night-out party track, and on “Lucky,” Jonathan Singleton helps Colt turn traditional country on its head. Colt’s deep farm drawl and Jonathan’s smoky voice are a fantastic send-up for a fiddle hoedown that breaks out halfway through the song. Colt co-wrote Jason Aldean’s megahit “Dirt Road Anthem,” and Jason returns the favor here with Continue Reading

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Apr 14

Montgomery Gentry Will Kick Off Riverfront Stage Performances at CMA Music Festival


More than 40 country stars of the past, present and future will perform on the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage during CMA Music Festival held June 7-10 in downtown Nashville. Montgomery Gentry will kick off the performances, returning to CMA Music Festival for the first time since 2009.

“Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry are the perfect act to launch the 2012 CMA Music Festival on the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage because of the excitement they generate with the fans while performing their great repertoire of hit music,” Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer, said. “This stage is packed with great hit-makers for four days, and it’s free! We invite everyone to come and enjoy the great music on the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage.”

Chevrolet, a partner of CMA Music Festival and the Official Ride of Country Music, will once again host a vehicle display at Riverfront during the festival. The Chevrolet Riverfront Stage is free and open to the public.

The current daily artist lineups are revealed below in alphabetical order:

Thursday, June 7: Lee Brice, Colt Ford, Tracy Lawrence, Dustin Lynch, Neal McCoy, Montgomery Gentry, Craig Morgan, Jerrod Niemann, Randy Rogers Band, Josh Thompson, and Uncle Kracker.

Friday, June 8:  Craig Campbell, THE FARM, Gloriana, Jo Dee Messina, David Nail, Oak Ridge Boys, Thomas Rhett, Sawyer Brown, Phil Vassar, and James Wesley. Continue Reading

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Aug 19

Colt Ford & Friends Raise Over $85,000 for Families of Police Officers

Colt Ford, Jason Aldean & Brantley Gilbert

l-r: Colt Ford, Jason Aldean & Brantley Gilbert. Photo by Dan Harr, courtesy of Essential Broadcast Media.

Colt Ford and a few of his friends raised over $85,000 during a benefit show at the Georgia Theater on August 16. Colt, Rhett Akins, Jason Aldean, Dallas Davidson, Mike Dekle, Edwin McCain, James Otto, and surprise guests Brantley Gilbert, Rachel Farley, and Corey Smith came together during the ‘Colt Ford and Friends’ concert that raised funds for families of fallen Senior Officer Elmer “Buddy” Christian and wounded Senior Officer Tony Howard.

‘Colt Ford and Friends’ brought more than 200 people to a private reception and silent auction at the Hotel Indigo’s Rialto Room for a pre-show celebration. 1,100 fans filled the Georgia Theatre later on for an evening featuring the artists ‘in the round’ with Colt’s band backing them. The concert came about after Colt learned of the shooting in his community earlier this year that left his high school friend, Senior Officer Howard, injured and resulted in the death of Senior Officer Christian. Colt organized the fundraiser in less than a month.

“I want to say thank you to all of my friends who helped us have such a special night in my hometown,” Colt said. “To all the artists who joined in to perform or who donated items to help raise money, y’all are amazing, and I am thankful to call you all friends.  This could not have happened without y’all.” Continue Reading

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Apr 21

Gary Allan to Kick Off CMA Fest Riverfront Stage Performances

Gary Allan photo courtesy of UMG Nashville.

Gary Allan will kick off the Daily Concerts on the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage during this year’s CMA Music Festival with a 10:00 a.m. CT show on June 9. Reflecting 40 years of country music, the stage’s daily lineup will feature past, current, and future superstar artists. The Riverfront Stage concerts are free and open to the public.

“Gary Allan will provide a dynamic start to 2011 CMA Music Festival at the Daily Concerts on the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage,” said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “This stage is packed with great hit-makers from the ’70s through today, spotlighting all the decades of CMA Music Festival’s existence. And it’s free! We invite everyone to come and enjoy the great music on the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage.”

Darryl Worley will close the Daily Concerts on Friday, June 10, Billy Ray Cyrus on Saturday, June 11 and Terri Clark on Sunday, June 12. Terri last performed at CMA Music Festival in 2007, Billy Ray in 2008 and Darryl in 2010.

The current daily artist lineups in alphabetical order:

Thursday, June 9: Gary Allan, Emerson Drive, Colt Ford, Jack Ingram, Sammy Kershaw, Craig Morgan, James Otto, Jake Owen, Randy Rogers Band, and Steel Magnolia.

Friday, June 10: Frankie Ballard, Bucky Covington, Brett Eldredge, Jo Dee Messina, Randy Montana, Heidi Newfield, Sawyer Brown, Phil Vassar, James Wesley, and  Darryl Worley.

Saturday, June 11: Crystal Bowersox, Jason Michael Carroll, Billy Ray Cyrus, Steve Holy, Lonestar, David Nail, Corey Smith,  Mel Tillis, and Chuck Wicks.

Sunday, June 12: The Bellamy Brothers, Terri Clark, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Josh Kelley, LoCash Cowboys, Jerrod Niemann, Troy Olsen, and Sunny Sweeney.

Performance order will be listed on CMAfest.com, the official website of CMA Music Festival, closer to the event. Additional artists will be announced. Artists and dates subject to change.

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