Clara Henningsen & Jacob Calaway photo courtesy of Shannon Leigh Anderson Photography.
GAC sends congratulations to Clara Henningsen of The Henningsens and her new husband, Jacob Calaway! The pair were married Saturday, May 4, on the Henningsen family farm in Illinois amid a light rain.
“It was really cool because I got married on our family farm, in Illinois, and it’s such a special thing because, like the Miranda Lambert song says, that’s pretty much the house that built me and where I was raised and where I grew up,” Clara said. “It’s really where I wanted to get married.” Continue Reading
The Henningsens photo by LeAnn Mueller, courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.
2013 is turning out to be a pivotal year for new trio The Henningsens. The family band has charted their first Top 20 hit with their debut single, “American Beautiful,” and will join Brad Paisley’s Beat This Summer Tour, which kicks off May 9. Plus, band member Clara Henningsen is getting married! Engaged to Jacob Calaway since last summer, the pair chose a springtime wedding before the band hits the road.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled to have found the perfect man for me, and to have him here to share in all the wonderful things that are happening for us,” Clara said. “Life’s gonna be crazy, but it’s gonna be really, really fun. I’m truly blessed.” Continue Reading
A view of the Nightly Concerts at LP Field during the 2011 CMA Music Festival. Photo by Bennett Farkas, courtesy of the CMA.
Tickets for the Nightly Concerts at LP Field during CMA Music Festival are officially sold out six weeks in advance of the June 6-9 festival. With high demand for four-day ticket packages, single night tickets will not be available for LP Field concerts.
“Tickets to LP Field sold faster than ever, but the good news for our fans is if you didn’t get a ticket for LP Field there are nine other entertainment and music stages, plus special events, and activities throughout downtown Nashville to enjoy,” Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer, said. “And with the expansion of our autograph signings, concerts, and family events into the new Music City Center – which we have dubbed Fan Fair X – local and regional residents have affordable, easy access to great entertainment with hundreds of our most popular artists.” Continue Reading
Billy Currington photo by Kate Powers, courtesy of UMG Nashville.
NOW That’s What I Call Music! will release a new collection of country music’s biggest party hits on May 7. NOW That’s What I Call A Country Party will be available on CD and for digital download from all major digital service providers.
NOW That’s What I Call A Country Party will feature 18 hits from today’s biggest stars, including Alan Jackson, Big & Rich, Billy Currington, Brad Paisley, Brantley Gilbert, Brooks & Dunn, Dierks Bentley, George Strait, Gretchen Wilson, Jake Owen, Jerrod Niemann, Jason Aldean, Joe Nichols, Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, Montgomery Gentry, Rascal Flatts and Toby Keith. Continue Reading
ATHENS, GA – APRIL 13: Jason Aldean performs at Sanford Stadium on April 13, 2013 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Chris McKay/Getty Images)
Jason Aldean headlined the first-ever concert at the University of Georgia’s Sanford Stadium Friday night, playing for more than 60,000 fans. He even made a surprise appearance in the parking lot, causing hysteria. Jason was joined by tour guests Thomas Rhett and Jake Owen as well as Ludacris, who made a special appearance on “Dirt Road Anthem” and Luke Bryan, who joined Jason on “The Only Way I Know.”
“Seeing everything come together the way it did tonight and feeling the energy of the crowd is something I will never forget,” Jason said. ”When my mom got here last night, we took a walk around the stadium, and it was really emotional for both of us. This place has always meant so much to me, but when I was a kid, we were flat broke and my mom couldn’t afford to buy tickets for us to go to a game. So I watched on TV and dreamed about one day seeing it in person. Tonight was beyond my wildest dreams…the whole thing has honestly shaken me a little bit…it’s has been a night I will never ever forget.” Continue Reading
LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 12: (L-R) Reba McEntire, Warner Music Nashville’s President and CEO John Espositio, Blake Shelton, Brandon Blackstock and Kelly Clarkson attend Warner Music Group Grammy Celebration hosted by InStyle at Chateau Marmont on February 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for InStyle )
Blake Shelton can add “ordained minister” to his ever-growing resume. Kelly Clarkson revealed to ET’s Nancy O’Dell backstage at the ACM Awards last Sunday that Blake will not only sing at her upcoming wedding to Blake’s manager, Brandon Blackstock (who is Reba McEntire’s stepson), he’ll perform the ceremony!
Kelly and Brandon’s wedding isn’t the only one Blake will be officiating. He’ll also marry Ashley Monroe and John Danks, pitcher for the Chicago White Sox. Kelly and Brandon announced their engagement last December and Ashley and John announced theirs last September. Continue Reading
Kenny Chesney photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.
The final, complete artist schedule has been revealed for Rock The Ocean’s inaugural Tortuga Music Festival. Scheduled for April 13-14 in Ft Lauderdale, Florida, Kenny Chesney will headline the festival on Saturday, April 13, while Eric Church will headline Sunday, April 14. Additional artists scheduled to appear include Jake Owen, Kip Moore, Gloriana and many more.
Additionally, Brett Eldredge and award winning singer-songwriter Old Man Luedecke have been added to the lineup. Due to a scheduling conflict, Gary Allan is no longer performing during the festival. The full schedule can be found at www.tortugamusicfestival.com. Continue Reading
Country music stars sure love Twitter! This week, Carrie Underwood returns to American Idol, Luke Bryan arrives in Vegas for his ACM Awards hosting gig and Kix Brooks sympathizes with Justin Bieber – while Jake Owen offers up relationship advice and Joe Nichols gets in a good laugh. Here are our picks for this week’s Top 10 Country Tweets Of The Week:
Photo courtesy of Twitter.com/carrieunderwood.
Carrie Underwood – CarrieUnderwood: It’s an #Idol overload!
Luke Bryan – LukeBryanOnline: In Vegas. Rut row
Kix Brooks – KixBrooks: I would throw a TV set through a #RitzCarlton window if they ever told me I couldn’t bring my monkey anywhere!!! sorry @justinbieber
Photo courtesy of Twitter.com/kelliepickler.
Kellie Pickler – KelliePickler: May the force be with you!! #TeamKellieDerek @derekhough Continue Reading
The Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions announced today that 2 Broke Girls star Beth Behrs, Vegas star Michael Chiklis, Grammy award-winner Sheryl Crow, The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco, music star John Fogerty, omg! INSIDER co-anchor Kevin Frazier, San Francisco 49ers NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, country music artists Miranda Lambert, Scotty McCreery and Kacey Musgraves, Entertainment Tonight co-anchor Nancy O’Dell, country music artists Jake Owen, Reba and Keith Urban, and A&E’s Duck Dynasty stars Willie & Korie Robertson are scheduled to present as part of the 48th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS. The ceremony, which will be co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, honors country music’s top talent, as well as the industry’s hottest emerging artists. It is produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 8 p.m. live ET/delayed PT on CBS.
They join previously announced presenters Continue Reading
Little Big Town photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.
Country Thunder celebrated ‘Five Days of Giveaways,’ a prize-packed promotion with several winners selected between March 20 and March 24. Prize packs from Little Big Town, Taylor Swift, Toby Keith and more were awarded daily with one fan receiving a Gig Pack that included an acoustic guitar signed by Darius Rucker and Martina McBride, a gig bag, and all of the essentials to start playing guitar!
For the final Grand Prize giveaway, one lucky winner was awarded a trip to Las Vegas, including round trip airfare and two tickets to the 3rd Annual ACM Fan Jam in Las Vegas. The ACM Fan Jam will take place during and after the ACM Awards with segments airing live during the show. Co-hosted by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan, the ACM Awards air live on CBS on April 7. Continue Reading