News And Notes

All posts tagged "Kristy Lee Cook"

Jun 7

Tug McGraw Foundation Celebrity Sporting Clay Pro-Am Raises $50,000

Kix Brooks, Keith Anderson

Kix Brooks and Keith Anderson attend the 2nd annual Tug McGraw Foundation Celebrity Sporting Clay shootout at the Nashville Gun Club on June 4, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon IV/Getty Images)

Kix Brooks, Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry, Randy Houser, Craig Campbell and Keith Anderson were just some of the celebrities on hand for the 2nd Annual Tug McGraw Foundation Celebrity Sporting Clay Pro-Am on Tuesday, June 4 in Nashville. The event raised approximately $50,000 to benefit the foundation’s efforts to improve the lives of military service members who have been affected by Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

See photos from the Tuc McGraw Fundation Celebrity Sporting Clay Pro-Am >>

Hosted by GAC’s Storme Warren, Betty Trimble, Tim McGraw’s mom, and Mark McGraw were on hand to welcome participants and their guests. The competition consisted of four amateurs, one professional, and a music celebrity and simulated the unpredictability of live-quarry by offering a variety of trajectories, angles, speeds, elevations, distances, and target sizes. Continue Reading


Posted at 10:32 am | Permalink
May 23

CMA Music Festival Offers Hundreds of Hours of Free Live Music

Ash Bowers

Ash Bowers photo courtesy of Loud Mouth Entertainment.

The 2013 CMA Music Festival will take pace in downtown Nashville June 6-9 with no less than six free stages featuring live music throughout the day and into the evening as well as countless activities. Tickets for the Nightly Concerts at LP Field sold out a record-setting six weeks in advance of the 2013 Festival, but fans will still have many chances to catch their favorite artists at CMA Music Festival.

Performance lineups for the previously announced Chevrolet Riverfront Stage and Bud Light Stage at the Bridgestone Arena Plaza are available at, but those schedules are just the beginning of what fans can expect from country music’s biggest festival. Everything from autograph signings, meet-and-greets, cell phone charging stations, product demonstrations, auctions, giveaways, and more will take place in Downtown Nashville throughout the festival. Outdoor spaces are free and open to the public.

Some of this year’s events include:

Transitions Performance Park

New in 2013, Transitions® adaptive lenses will host Transitions Performance Park, where fans can get an enhanced view of the CMA Music Festival from atop Transitions’ two-story viewing platform. Fans will be able to test Transitions products, look through customized viewfinders and star in their own professional photo shoot.

Additionally, daily concerts will take place with the Marshall Tucker Band making their first-ever CMA Music Festival appearance to kick things off on Thursday, June 6 at 11 a.m. with a performance. Other artists set for performances include Ash Bowers, Holly Williams, Due West, Danielle Peck, Julie Roberts, Jeff Bates, Kristy Lee Cook and many more. Continue Reading


Posted at 3:43 pm | Permalink
May 17

Craig Campbell, Troy Gentry & More Join Tug McGraw Sporting Clay Pro-Am

Craig Campbell

Kix Brooks photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

The Tug McGraw Foundation will hold its 2nd Annual Celebrity Sporting Clay Pro-Am on Tuesday, June 4 at the Nashville Gun Club in Nashville. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Tug McGraw Foundation and its efforts to improve the lives of military members affected by Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury.

Kix Brooks will be on hand for the event along with fellow celebrities Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry, Brad & Brett Warren of The Warren Brothers, Keith Anderson, Craig Campbell, Austin Webb, Chris Janson, Lance Miller, Chad Warrix, Kristy Lee Cook and Mike Fisher of the NHL Nashville Predators. Continue Reading


Posted at 9:22 am | Permalink
Jan 15

GAC Album Review: Randy Houser’s How Country Feels

Randy Houser

Randy Houser’s 2013 CD, How Country Feels.

After scoring a breakout radio hit with his 2009 single, “Boots On,” it seemed as if big-voiced Mississippi native Randy Houser might fall victim to some ill-timed record label consolidation. Though immensely talented and critically acclaimed, Randy had trouble connecting with follow-up singles like the hard stomping, “Whistlin’ Dixie,” or the gentle ballad, “In God’s Time.” However, in 2011, Randy found a new home with Stoney Creek Records (home of duo Thompson Square), tightened up his sound and released what appears to be a career defining single in preparation of a new project due in stores January 22.

The current Top 10 hit and album title-track, “How Country Feels,” is a 3-minute blast of soulful crossover country. Working with fellow Magnolia State native, producer Derek George, the sound here is much more polished than Randy’s earlier efforts. However, with a clean backdrop, Randy’s voice is firmly in the spotlight – and wow can this guy sing. With a bluesy drawl that sounds something like a soul man’s Ronnie Dunn, Randy takes over How Country Feels with a powerful voice that demands attention.

Continue Reading


Posted at 9:08 am | Permalink
Dec 20

Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes, Eric Church & More Stars Share Family Christmas Traditions

The stockings are officially hung by the chimney with care, waiting for Santa Claus to make his arrival!  We asked some of your favorite country stars what holiday traditions they carry on in their homes each year and here’s what they had to say:

Florida Georgia Line

Florida Georgia Line photo courtesy of Republic Nashville.

Florida Georgia Line:
Brian Kelley:
We always eat, go drive around and look at Christmas lights, and then go to candlelight service. I’m looking forward to me, mom and dad and my sister spending some time together. During the holidays, we like to sit on the couch and watch the Dog Whisperer and catch up on TV shows while drinking coffee. Just hanging out and laying low. I’m really looking forward to that this year.

Tyler Hubbard: We also go to candlelight service and go home and do a Christmas Eve dinner. We open up a few gifts that night. I’ve got a younger sister who just turned 12, so it’s still fun to go to bed early and wait for Santa Claus to come and all that stuff. I look forward to going home this year for Christmas.

Dustin Lynch: My granddad’s favorite movie is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Growing up the family would get together and watch it. This started a tradition of “Eddie Gifts” for all the sons and grandsons so every Christmas morning we all simultaneously open up our gifts from “Eddie.” It usually is a really obscure, funny object or joke in the movie. I love it!  [Christmas Bonus: Get Dustin's mom's Apple Pie recipe here >>]

Justin Moore: We open presents on Christmas Eve. Some people do, some people don’t. That’s what I did growing up. Then we get our “Santa gifts” Christmas morning. Usually that’s the big gifts. Last year with the kids, we started doing it at our house. It’s funny, the older you get you kind of take on a different role. You go from being a kid that depends on your parents for everything and the older you get and the older they get, you swap roles. We started having them over to our house for everything. They spend the night with us on Christmas Eve, that way they can see the girls open their presents on Christmas morning, so that’s fun.

Eric Church

Eric Church photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.

Eric Church:We always travel to North Carolina for Christmas. We always do Christmas morning and breakfast up there with my mom and dad. It will be great to bring Boone into that environment. It will be the first time he has really gotten to do that and know that he’s there. I’m just looking forward to having a little time off, coming into next year. Then I need to try and figure out Continue Reading


Posted at 10:15 am | Permalink
Nov 12

Watch Kristy Lee Cook’s “Airborne Ranger Infantry” Video

Kristy Lee Cook

Kristy Lee Cook

In honor of Veterans Day, Kristy Lee Cook has released her new video, “Airborne Ranger Infantry.” Directed by Roman White, the video is a tribute to the men and women who have served in the U.S. military as well as their loved ones.

“Singing a song about men and women that have fought and served for our country and those who have lost their lives for us is very emotional – and I’m not an emotional person but there is a soft spot in my heart for our soldiers,” Kristy Lee told FOX411 Country. “I feel very privileged to be able to sing something for them in return for their sacrifice for me.”

Watch the video below: Continue Reading


Posted at 9:01 am | Permalink
May 24

Thompson Square, Randy Houser to Perform at ‘A Concert for Cystic Fibrosis’

Thompson Square photo courtesy of Stoney Creek Records.

The Broken Bow Label Group has announced ‘A Concert for Cystic Fibrosis, presented by SiriusXM The Highway.’ Hosted by The Highway on-air personality Buzz Brainard, the event will feature performances by Thompson Square, Randy Houser, Parmalee and Kristy Lee Cook. The show will take place on June 7 at The Wildhorse Saloon during CMA Music Festival. All proceeds will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Before the performances, a silent auction will be held with items such as a Super Bowl football signed by Troy Aikman, an Oklahoma Sooners helmet signed by three Heisman Trophy winners and items from Billy Joel, Anthrax, Donnie & Marie, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Kelly Clarkson, Kings of Leon, Nashville Predators, Ozzy Osbourne, Reba, Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Rascal Flatts, Hall & Oates, Carrie Underwood and more.

General admission tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Tickets will also be available at the door. Additionally, a limited number of VIP Experience/Meet & Greet tickets will be available exclusively on Ebay. The VIP packages will include a VIP seating ticket, a souvenir event laminate, a personalized autographed photo of each performing artist and a meet and greet with each performing artist. Continue Reading


Posted at 2:41 pm | Permalink
May 8

CMA Music Festival Announces Two Stage Lineups

Frankie Ballard photo courtesy of Warner Music Nashville.

The lineup for the 2012 CMA Music Festival’s Bud Light Stage at the Bridgestone Plaza and the new BIC Soleil Bella Beach Stage have been announced. The two concerts will provide fans with over 40 hours of concerts for free. The CMA Music Festival takes place June 7-10. “Live music is a hallmark of CMA Music Festival and we are excited to be able to add a new stage and even more performances this year,” Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer, said.

The BIC Soleil Bella Beach Stage is a new addition to this year’s CMA Music Festival with concerts and activities starting at 11:00 AM/CT each day during the Festival. The Bud Light Stage at Bridgestone Arena Plaza, at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Broadway, is a fan favorite and a great place to catch up and coming country artists.

Artists currently scheduled to perform at the Bud Light Stage at Bridgestone Arena Plaza include:

Thursday, June 7
11:00 AM – 11:25 AM            Jeff Bates
11:45 AM – 12:10 PM             Greg Bates
12:30 PM – 12:55 PM             Julie Roberts
1:15 PM – 1:40 PM                  Tyler Farr
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM                “Classic Country Show” featuring Moe Bandy, T. Graham Brown, Jane Fricke and Gene Watson, hosted by Moore  & Moore
3:20 PM – 3:45 PM                  Trent Tomlinson
4:05 PM – 4:30 PM                  Miss Willie Brown
4:50 PM – 5:15 PM                  Cledus T. Judd

Friday, June 8
11:00 AM – 11:25 AM             Eric Paslay
11:45 AM – 12:10 PM              Rose Falcon
12:30 PM – 12:55 PM              Katie Armiger
1:15 PM – 1:40 PM                   Exile
2:00 PM – 2:25 PM                  The McClymonts
2:45 PM – 3:10 PM                  Frankie Ballard
3:30 PM – 3:55 PM                  Big Smo
4:15 PM – 4:40 PM                  Drake White
5:00 PM – 5:25 PM                  Blackberry Smoke Continue Reading


Posted at 3:34 pm | Permalink
Dec 15

Danny Gokey Gives Country a Go

Danny Gokey photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

Danny Gokey photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

Adam Lambert and Kris Allen might have gone to the finals, but for much of the 2009 season of “American Idol,” Danny Gokey was right there in the running, eventually coming up at No. 3 on the nation’s favorite singing competition.

Plenty of “Idol” alumni — Carrie Underwood, Kellie Pickler, Kristy Lee Cook, Josh Gracin, Bucky Covington and Phil Stacey, among them — have used “Idol” exposure as a vehicle to a country recording deal. Even first-season victor Kelly Clarkson took a whirl on the country charts when she teamed up with Reba McEntire on a duet.

Danny is now taking a swipe at the genre with his first single in release and his debut album on the way in spring. He performed Monday at the Sony BMG offices in Nashville for Music Row executives and media, and he showed himself to be an adept vocalist who mirrors some of the best aspects of Rascal Flatts vocalist Gary LeVox. He’s a blue-eyed soul singer with a soaring upper register and from-the-gut power. Add in the stand-on-end hair style, his predilection for songs with a gospel/feel-good message and the fact that he covered “What Hurts The Most” during his “Idol” run, and it’s easy to see that country has indeed embraced a guy like Danny before.

Continue Reading


Posted at 10:45 am | Permalink
Nov 18

The Hottest Women In Country Music…

Carrie Underwood performs "Cowboy Casanova" at "The 43rd Annual CMA Awards," on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, live from the Sommet Center in Nashville on the ABC Television Network. Photographer: John Russell / CMA

Carrie Underwood performs "Cowboy Casanova" at "The 43rd Annual CMA Awards," on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, live from the Sommet Center in Nashville on the ABC Television Network. Photographer: John Russell / CMA

When the staff heard that the popular men’s magazine Maxim decided to put out a list of the “Hottest Women of Country Music,”  I reluctantly stepped forward to do some research.  It’s a tough job but somebody has to do it.  So off I went to to review the list, presented in the form of a photo gallery.   The list was comprised of a total of 19 women. The gallery appears to be in random order and not in any formal order or rank of  “hotness.”  No surprises for me, but I can tell you I think they left more than a couple of deserving ladies off the list… Continue Reading


Posted at 3:20 am | Permalink