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Feb 5

New Artist Spotlight: Eric Paslay

Eric Paslay

Eric Paslay photo by Eric Adkins, courtesy of the CMA.

By Bob Doerschuk

© 2014 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc.

Eric Paslay’s story is familiar, from his upbringing in Waco and Temple through his gigs on the Lone Star circuit and inevitable move to Nashville.

Eventually hired by Cal IV Publishing, the tall Texas redhead penned several hits. He won CMA’s coveted Triple Play Award for writing or co-writing three songs that hit No. 1 in 2012: “Angel Eyes,” “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” and “Barefoot Blue Jean Night,” which also was honored as ASCAP’s Country Song of the Year. Impressive, but not unique … yet.

The epiphany comes with his self-titled inaugural album, released Feb. 4 on EMI Records Nashville. Produced by Marshall Altman and Daniel Hill/Billy Lynn, its 11 tracks reflect the strength of this young artist’s work. Compositionally, he cultivates simplicity. Many of his verses cycle just three or even two chords. “Country Side of Heaven” (Paslay, Dylan Altman and Shane McAnally) hangs entirely on the I and V. But on that track, Paslay’s organic dynamics, his inspiring vocals and especially his ability to conjure compelling images enrich both his sound and his story. Continue Reading


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Feb 1

Eric Paslay Shares Special Song with Little Big Town on Debut Album

Eric Paslay

Eric Paslay photo by Eric Adkins, courtesy of the CMA.

Eric Paslay will release his self-titled debut album on February 4. One of the highlights on the album is “Country Side of Heaven” which features Little Big Town on background vocals. Eric first played the song after an appearance on Kimberly’s Great American Country cooking show, Kimberly’s Simply Southern.

“We just stood there with our hands in our pockets just looking at the speaker playing, but it was cool,” he said. “I know that she has lost really close people in her life, and I think that’s what music is for. It’s one of the best medicines, even if you’re completely broken-hearted, it somehow can get you through your tough stuff. I know that’s definitely true to my life, how music can help you overcome things.” Continue Reading


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Jan 31

Friday Isn’t Just Another Day of the Week for Eric Paslay

Friday Isn't Just Another Day of the Week for Eric Paslay

Eric Paslay photo by Eric Adkins, courtesy of the CMA.

Eric Paslay has topped the charts as a songwriter a few times, penning hits “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” recorded by Jake Owen, “Angel Eyes” recorded by Love and Theft and “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” recorded by Eli Young Band. Now as an artist, he is nearing the No. 1 spot with his Top 5 hit “Friday Night.” According to Eric, Friday is so much more than just a day of the week.

“It’s not just a Friday Night,” he said. “It’s that feeling that you want to go back to and re-live, and learn how to be with that person that you love and that they’re your Friday Night. You want to try to beat last Friday Night again and again with ‘em.” Continue Reading


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Jan 30

CMA Keep The Music Playing Donations $1 Million to Nashville Public Schools

CMA Keep The Music Playing Donations $1 Million to Nashville Public Schools

(l-r) Eric Paslay; Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer; and Joe Galante, CMA Foundation Chairman of the Board present a $1 millon donation to Jay Steele, Metro Nashville Public Schools Chief Academic Officer; Shannon Hunt, Nashville Public Education Foundation President; and Nashville Mayor Karl Dean. Photo Credit: Donn Jones / CMA

The CMA Foundation donated $1 million to benefit music education programs in Nashville public schools through the Keep the Music Playing campaign during the Fifth Annual CMA Keep the Music Playing All Stars Concert hosted by Eric Paslay at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s new CMA Theater. The funds came from proceeds from the 2013 CMA Music Festival.

“CMA is extremely proud of being able to provide access to instruments for every child in Metro Schools on behalf of our artist community,” Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer, said. “A thriving music education program is an investment in the future and provides important motivation to keep children engaged and in school.”

The announcement raises CMA’s support of music education in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools to more than $7.5 million. Donations have been used to build music labs and purchase instruments and supplies for all Metro Schools through a partnership with the Nashville Public Education Foundation. The Keep The Music Playing program was created in 2006 to give back to the community on behalf of the hundreds of Country artists who perform and make appearances at CMA Music Festival each year for free. Continue Reading


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Jan 14

Eric Paslay to Host CMA Keep the Music Playing All Stars Concert

Eric Paslay to Host CMA Keep the Music Playing All Stars Concert

Eric Paslay photo by Eric Adkins, courtesy of the CMA.

Eric Paslay will host the CMA’s Fifth Annual Keep the Music Playing All Stars Concert featuring some of Nashville’s best student musicians on January 28 at the CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The concert honors the brightest music groups from Metro Nashville Public Schools who have benefited from CMA’s Keep the Music Playing music education initiative.

“CMA’s support of music education is so important and I am honored to be part of this special event,” Eric said. “Music was such a huge part of my childhood and I was lucky to have teachers and family who encouraged me. I can’t wait to see these talented students perform.” Continue Reading


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Dec 23

George Strait & Eric Paslay Remember Big Family Christmases

George Strait & Eric Paslay Remember Big Family Christmases

George Strait photo by Jill Trunnell, courtesy of Essential Broadcast Media

Christmas tends to bring around a sense of nostalgia with the reminiscing of holidays gone by. For George Strait, some of his favorite Christmas memories are of gathering with family to celebrate the season.

“At Christmas time, we always got together at my grandparents and had Christmas there, and it was a lot of fun because you’d see cousins that you hadn’t seen in a while,” he said. “Those are the memories that I have, getting to spend a few days with them and opening presents and it was just a lot of fun back then.” Continue Reading


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Nov 26

Eric Paslay to Release Self-Titled Debut Album February 4

Eric Paslay to Release Self-Titled Debut Album February 4

Eric Paslay’s 2014 self-titled debut album. Photo courtesy of UMG Nashville.

Eric Paslay will release his self-titled debut album on February 4. The project will feature his current Top 15 hit “Friday Night,” which he co-wrote with Rose Falcon and Roby Crosby. The song has been featured in weekly ESPN College Football Friday Primetime Broadcasts this fall.

While Eric’s voice might be relatively new to country radio, his songs are not. He has co-written several recent No. 1 hits, including “Even If It Breaks Your Heart,” “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” and “Angel Eyes.” He has a number of other album cuts as well, including the title track of Lady Antebellum’s Golden album, which he co-wrote with the band. Continue Reading


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May 9

GAC’s Annual CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Breakfast Set for June 5

Easton Corbin

Easton Corbin photo courtesy of UMG Nashville.

The 6th Annual GAC Kick-Off Breakfast, the unofficial start of CMA Music Festival, is set for Wednesday, June 5 at 7:00 AM at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. Easton Corbin and Eric Paslay are the first two artist announced to perform. Additional artists will be added in the coming weeks.

Tickets for the event are $45 and include music performances, autograph sessions where fans will have their photos taken by professional photographers and loaded onto an easy access website, admission to the museum and a hearty country breakfast.

Tickets go on sale Friday, May 10 starting at 10a ET and can be purchased  HERE » Continue Reading


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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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Apr 26

Alan Jackson, Keith Urban & More Stars Remember George Jones

George Jones

George Jones photo courtesy of Webster PR.

Following the announcement of George Jones‘ death on Friday, April 26 in Nashville, many of George’s fellow country stars offered their thoughts. Visit our George Jones photo gallery for photos spanning his legendary career.

Remembering George Jones: Photo Gallery >>

Keith Urban tweeted, “If I’m blessed enough to make it there, I look forward to you giving me the grand tour. Rest in peace George Jones!!!!!”

Alan Jackson released this statement: “Well, heaven better get ready for some great country music. While George was known for his wild and crazy days, I’ve known him for 25 years as a friend. He had grown into a real good man. Of course, he’ll always be the greatest singer and interpreter of real country music – there’ll never be another. Like the song says, ‘You know this old world is full of singers, but just a few are chosen to tear your heart out when they sing. Imagine life without them…Who’s gonna fill their shoes.’”

Blake Shelton tweeted, “Really REALLY bad news. We’ve lost a country music legend. And I’ve lost a hero and a friend. Goodbye George Jones…”

“I believe if you ask any singer who was the greatest country music singer of all time, they would say ‘George Jones’,” said Barbara Mandrell in a statement. “He was without question and by far the BEST! I first met and worked with him when I was 13 years old; I am so very grateful that he was my friend.”

Loretta Lynn said, “It’s a sad day for country music and a great loss for those of us who knew him. I was blessed to call George my friend. He was one of the best country singers there ever was. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Nancy, and all of his family. It’s a sad, sad day.”

George Strait shared this memory: “The most special memory was when he gave me my medallion at the Hall of Fame Ceremony. He actually was the one that did the actual induction. And what a special night that was. We’re just gonna miss George so much. This came as a total shock to me. I didn’t even know that George was in the hospital. To the whole music industry, it’s gonna be a big void not having George out there. But you know, we’ve got his music — and that music will live forever. He did a lot of crazy things in his career and no matter how crazy he got, everybody still loved him because that’s just the kind of guy that George was. We’re just all gonna miss him. It’s a sad day for the music business, for sure.”

“My friend, the greatest singer of all time, has passed,” tweeted Brad Paisley. “To those who knew him, our lives were full. To those of you who don’t: discover him now.”

Brad also released this statement: “George Jones’ life is an example of so many wonderful things. How someone’s God-given gifts can make this a richer, better place.  How one human being can overcome adversity, addiction, and life threatening obstacles time and time again.  That it is not the stumble or fall that counts, but the willingness to stand again. How a keen sense of humor and a twinkle in a person’s eye can still prevail even after all of life’s hard knocks.  How mistakes, missteps, and bad choices are not the end of the world if a person chooses to turn them into something good. And George’s life is above all the strongest example of how the love of a great woman can get a man through anything. All of this made its way beautifully into every note of the greatest voice country music will ever know.  And one of the greatest friends you could ever have. We miss you already, George.”

Dierks Bentley, who is still a member of George Jones’ fan club, said he’s “heartbroken,” and tweeted, “nancy and @gjpossum had a beautiful marriage and special relationship. love you nancy. long live the possum. gonna miss my buddy. real sad.”

Vince Gill
tweeted, “There aren’t words in our language to describe the depth of his greatness. I’ll miss my kind and generous friend.”

Little Big Town said, “There will never be another George Jones. You are and always will be country music. Rest in peace. #GeorgeJones

“He had a voice that was the truth, raw and unfiltered,” said Kenny Chesney. “You cant get any realer, any more tortured or any more alive. No one can do what George Jones does, and that’s why 50 years later, he still stands out as one of the greatest singers in any genre of all time.

“We were great friends, but it was really more like a father/son relationship,” added Kenny. “He even showed up in Lexington, Kentucky two years ago to surprise me onstage for my birthday… all the way from Nashville, to surprise me and sing ‘He Stopped Loving Her Today’ with me, which will be one of the greatest memories of my life.”

“When I was just staring out, and I was picked to open the George Jones/Tammy Wynette Reunion Tour, I thought I’d made it,” continued Kenny. “Then one night, George asked me if I was heading home because he and Nancy had a plane, and they’d take me,” Chesney recalls. “I remember sitting there on that jet, thinking, ‘This can’t be happening…’ because he was George Jones, and I was some kid from nowhere…’ I’m sure he knew, but he was generous to kids chasing the dream, and I never forgot it.” Continue Reading


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