Tracy Lawrence photo courtesy of Rocky Comfort Records.
Tracy Lawrence has one million reasons to celebrate. His official Facebook page recently surpassed one million “likes” and in honor of the milestone, he is planning a big party during CMA Music Festival. The Tracy Lawrence Street Party will take place June 5 at Nashville’s Loser’s Bar & Grill parking lot.
“I enjoy interacting with fans through social media,” Tracy said. “We have built a great community online and I wanted to reward everyone with something special during CMA Fest this year.” Continue Reading
Hunter Hayes photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Nashville.
Hunter Hayes has teamed up with C.F. Martin & Co. for a new Facebook contest that will award a Grand Prize winner a new Martina OM-42 guitar, the same model Hunter plays. The ENCORE contest runs through September 3.
Fans can enter for their chance to win by ‘liking’ the Martin Facebook page, Hunter’s Facebook page and Martin Strings Facebook page. Once they enter, fans can earn up to 19 more entries by inviting their friends to enter as well. The winner will be announced via Facebook in October. Continue Reading
Lonestar’s 2013 album, Life As We Know It.
After sitting out Lonestar’s 2010 album, Party Heard Around the World, as he pursued a solo career, original lead singer Richie McDonald returns for the band’s eighth studio album. Life As We Know It, due in stores June 4, not only marks a reunion between Richie and fellow members Michael Britt (lead guitar/backing vocals), Keech Rainwater (drums) and Dean Sams (keyboards/backing vocals), but it’s also the first time the group has had complete creative control over a new project.
Lonestar not only produced Life As We Know It themselves, but they’re also set to release it through their own 4 Star Records. Pair that with the quartet writing nine of the album’s 12 songs and the foundation here is one of complete artistic freedom. The result is in many ways a return to form for the group that notched nine No. 1 singles through the late ’90s and early ’00s.
Ray Price photo courtesy of the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum.
GAC sends prayers and get well soon wishes to Ray Price. Yesterday Ray posted the following message on his Facebook page:
Just to let my Facebook Friends know that I have been admitted to the hospital because of severe dehydration. Doctors are pouring the fluids to me and I am feeling much better. I wanted you to hear from me before you hear it from the media. I have asked my wife, Janie, to keep you all posted. Thanks for your prayers and support.
Jo Dee Messina photo courtesy of CountryWired Inc.
Jo Dee Messina will showcase new music for fans during a special performance at 3rd and Lindsley in Nashville on April 16 at 7:00pm. The show is open to the public and will be a “live rehearsal” before Jo Dee hits the road on a 30+ date spring/summer tour.
“I’m so excited about making a new record and I’m loving the songs we’re recording,” Jo Dee said. “It’s going to be such fun to perform them for a crowd. We thought, no place better than 3rd & Lindsley to do a show featuring new material with the hits. The crowd there is always appreciative of artists.” Continue Reading
Blake Shelton photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Nashville.
Blake Shelton has been getting heat for some comments he made during GAC’s updated Backstory: Blake Shelton. In the special, Blake discussed his 2010 CMA award for Male Vocalist of the Year and what it meant to him in the context of country music’s evolution.
“If I am “Male Vocalist of the Year” that must mean that I’m one of those people now that gets to decide if it moves forward and if it moves on,” said Blake. “Country music has to evolve in order to survive. Nobody wants to listen to their grandpa’s music. And I don’t care how many of these old farts around Nashville going, “My God, that ain’t country!” Well that’s because you don’t buy records anymore, jackass. The kids do, and they don’t want to buy the music you were buying.”
When various websites began posting that portion of Blake’s interview, some country fans and artists were offended by Blake’s comments. Country legend Ray Price posted this statement on his Facebook page:
“It’s a shame that I have spend [sic] 63 years in this business trying to introduce music to a larger audience and to make it easier for the younger artists who are coming behind me. Every now and then some young artist will record a rock and roll type song, have a hit first time out with kids only. This is why you see stars come with a few hits only and then just fade away believing they are God’s answer to the world. This guy sounds like in his own mind that his head is so large no hat ever made will fit him. Stupidity Reigns Supreme!!!!!!! Ray Price (CHIEF “OLD FART” & JACKASS”) ” P.S. YOU SHOULD BE SO LUCKY AS US OLD-TIMERS. CHECK BACK IN 63 YEARS (THE YEAR 2075) AND LET US KNOW HOW YOUR NAME AND YOUR MUSIC WILL BE REMEMBERED.”
Soon after, Ray Stevens’ representative released this statement from the country comedian: Continue Reading
Jennifer Nettles and Justin Miller at ACM Presents: Girls’ Night Out: Superstar Women of Country concert on April 4, 2011. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
Congratulations to Sugarland‘s Jennifer Nettles and her husband on the birth of their first child! Jennifer released this statement on Sugarland’s Facebook page today:
Jennifer and husband Justin Miller are proud to announce the birth of their son, Magnus Hamilton Miller. Born on December 6th, 2012. “We are so thankful for all the prayers and support and are excited to take some time together as a new family.”
2012 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
GAC will once again deliver LIVE coverage of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo every night at 10p|9c from December 6-15! Catch every round and every ride as the very best cowboys and barrel racers in the world compete for World Championship Gold Buckles. Check out our special WNFR section for photos, videos and more, straight from Las Vegas!
Throughout the WNFR, Wrangler Western is allowing some of the biggest and brightest stars of ProRodeo to take over their Facebook page. The Wrangler Western Facebook Takeover lineup features World Champion cowboys, rodeo personalities, and western-lifestyle influencers who will interact with nearly 800K Facebook fans by posting status updates, photo and videos from the rodeo.
In addition to having the chance to get a glimpse into a day in their lives, fans will also be able to interact directly with the Wrangler NFR celebrity by asking questions and receiving real-time answers. The Facebook Takeover launches Thursday, December 6 with nine-time World Champion All-Around cowboy Trevor Brazile.
To take part in the Facebook Takeover, head to www.facebook.com/wranglerwestern. You can also follow along on Wrangler’s Twitter and Pinterest pages.
The Wrangler Western Facebook Takeover Line-Up is as follows: Continue Reading
Ronnie Dunn photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.
A CNET article titled ‘What Happens When the CD Factory Closes?’ got Ronnie Dunn fired up. He took to Facebook to post his thoughts on the digital age of music. He called out his age group as a demographic that complains about the demise of ‘real’ country music and urged them to get on board with the digital revolution.
“It’s not that you have AGED OUT,” Ronnie wrote. “Statistics show that you do not download. Record labels live by research and statistics. Guess who hasn’t shown up IN MASS as a buying group on the download/digital front…….YOU.”
Ronnie enjoyed monumental success as one-half of Brooks & Dunn. As a solo artist he’s had a Top 10 with “Bleed Red,” but his last single peaked just outside the Top 30. He acknowledged that the music business has turned its attention to a new generation of artists and expressed his thoughts on why. Continue Reading
Kix Brooks' 2012 CD, New To This Town. Photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.
Halloween is coming up and if you’re looking for a costume idea, how about going as Kix Brooks? You can test out the ‘Brooks Look’ with a new app on Kix’s Facebook page that allows fans to see how they’d look wearing Kix’s signature mustache. The app is in celebration of his new album, New To This Town [Read our review here >>].
To give the mustache look a try, give the application permission to Continue Reading