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Apr 29

Chris Young & Robin Meade to Peform National Anthem at Talladega

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Chris Young photo by Randee St. Nicholas, courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

Chris Young and Robin Meade will each perform the National Anthem during Aaron’s Dream Weekend May 3-5 at Talladega Superspeedway. Chris will perform prior to the Aaron’s 312 NASCAR Nationwide Series Race on Saturday, May 4, while Robin will perform the National Anthem before the start of Aaron’s 499 NASCAR Spring Cup Series Race on Sunday, May 5. Chris will also perform a free infield concert on Saturday night.

“We have two individuals who, with their interpretation of our National Anthem, will give an outstanding performance for our fans,” Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch said. “We’re excited to have Chris sing prior to the start of the Aaron’s 312, and can’t wait for his concert on Saturday night. Robin is not only the ultimate professional delivering the news to us nationally, but is a recording artist with a remarkable singing voice.” Continue Reading


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Aug 16

Craig Morgan’s Charity Weekend Raises Over $73,000

Craig Morgan and friends helped raise more than $73,000 for his 6th annual Charity Motocross Ride, Concert and Sporting Clay Shoot.

Craig Morgan’s 6th Annual Charity Motocross Ride, Concert and Sporting Clay Shoot held August 11-12 in Dickson, Tennessee, raised more than $73,000, bringing the four-year total to $250,000. Proceeds will benefit the Craig Morgan Charity Fund which helps foster children in Dickson County and throughout Middle Tennessee. The ultimate charitable goal of Craig’s foundation is to establish Billy’s Place, a home for temporarily displaced children.

“Year-after-year I am blown away by the support for this event from our celebrity friends and the Dickson and Middle Tennessee communities,” Craig said. “I am so proud of the amount of money raised to help the children and families in this area and am already looking forward to our 7th annual event next summer.”

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Jul 6

Craig Morgan Announces Lineup for Annual Charity Weekend Events

Craig Morgan photo courtesy of Monarch Publicity.

Craig Morgan has announced the first round of music and motocross stars to join him at his annual Craig Morgan Charity Weekend which will take place August 11-12 in his hometown of Dickson, Tennessee. The two-day event includes a Celebrity Motocross Ride, concert and sporting clay shoot. Proceeds will benefit Billy’s Place, an organization benefiting foster children in Dickson County and Middle Tennessee.

On Saturday, August 11, motocross stars Destry Abbot, Fred Andrews, Cowboy Kenny Bartram, Trey Canard, Randy Hawkins and Kevin Windham will join Craig in an exhibition and trail ride. That night, Darryl Worley and Robin Meade will take the stage with Craig for a concert.

On Sunday, Craig and friends will participate in a sporting clay shoot at the Nashville Gun Club. Teams of shooters will face off as they attempt to dethrone Craig, who was celebrity co-captain of this year’s winning team at the NRA Country/ACM Sporting Clay Shoot. Continue Reading


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May 22

Country Stars Lace Up for Annual Celebrity Softball Challenge

Scotty McCreery at the 21st annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at Greer Stadium in Nashville. Photo by Sara Kauss Photography.

Carrie Underwood, Scotty McCeery, Brantley Gilbert, Lauren Alaina and David Nail are just some of the celebrities participating in City of Hope’s 22nd Annual Celebrity Softball Challenge. The game will take place June 9 in Nashville at Greer Stadium during the CMA Music Festival. GAC’s Storme Warren will serve as emcee for the game, which pits the Grand Ole Opry team against After MidNite with Blair Garner’s team.

“We’re proud to support City of Hope in its fight against cancer,” Pete Fisher, vice president and general manager of the Grand Ole Opry, said. “City of Hope’s groundbreaking and innovative research benefits people everywhere.”

“This game is a unique event during the CMA Music Festival, where we bring artists and fans together in order to give hope to people living with cancer,” Blair Garner said. “We expect to continue our winning streak this year and encourage all of our fans and the Nashville community to join us in this effort by attending the game and watching their favorite stars step up to the plate.”

The Celebrity Softball Challenge has raised more than $2 million for City of Hope, allowing research to advance and treatments to improve. James Otto, Robin Meade, Scott Hamilton, Chuck Wicks, Whitney Duncan, Bucky Covington, Sarah Darling, Billy Gilman, Kristen Kelly and Two Foot Fred will also participate in the game. Cancer survivor and Miss California Teen United States 2010 Nicole Schulz will also be a part of the game. Continue Reading


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May 9

Carrie Underwood, Scotty McCreery & More to Play in City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge

Scotty McCreery at the 21st annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at Greer Stadium in Nashville. Photo by Sara Kauss Photography.

Carrie Underwood, Scotty McCeery, Brantley Gilbert and Lauren Alaina are among the country stars and celebrities dusting off their cleats and getting in some batting practice  for this year’s City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge. The annual game pits the AfterMidnite With Blair Garner team against the Grand Ole Opry team to help raise funds to strike out cancer and will take place on June 9 in Nashville during CMA Music Festival.

Joining Carrie, Scotty, Brantley and Lauren on the ball field will be David Nail, James Otto, Robin Meade, Scott Hamilton, Chuck Wicks, Whitney Duncan, Bucky Covington, Sarah Darling, Billy Gilman, Kristen Kelly and Two Foot Fred. Storme Warren will serve as the game’s emcee.

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All proceeds help fund cancer prevention and treatment programs. Last year’s game raised nearly $200,000 and was attended by more than 5,000 fans. The annual game has raised nearly $2 million dollars for City of Hope during its existence. Continue Reading


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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


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Mar 23

Craig Morgan, Thompson Square to Perform at Military Concert During ACM Experience

Craig Morgan photo courtesy of Monarch Publicity.

Craig Morgan, Thompson Square, Lee Brice, Kip Moore, JT Hodges and Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers will perform at ACM Concert – Salute To The Military on March 31 at the ACM Experience in Las Vegas. HLN’s Robin Meade will host the event.

ACM Concert – Salute to the Military is presented by NRA Country and is a free, open-to-the-public event celebrating military families and country music fans. It will be a part of the ACM Experience, a weekend of special events at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. Military ID holders will have a reserved section for the show. During the concert, charitable donations to Folds of Honor Foundation, Nellis Air Force Base Youth Programs and Wounded Warrior Project will be made.

The ACM Experience is the first-ever free, open-to-the-public country music event created for fans during The Week Vegas Goes Country, the week leading up to the ACM Awards. The even held March 30 – April 1 will include the ACM BBQ Throwdown, ACM EXPO, the Ram Ride and Drive and more. The event ends with the ACM Fan Jam hosted by Zac Brown Band on April 1. Continue Reading


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Mar 22

Jason Aldean Goes to Bat in Season 2 of Day Jobs

Jason Aldean works out with the Atlanta Braves during a taping of GAC's series "Day Jobs." Photo courtesy of Taillight TV.

A new crop of country stars are heading back to their pre-fame gigs when GAC’s Day Jobs returns for a second season on April 4 at 10/9 p.m. CT. Each one-hour episode follows three celebrities as they go back to the jobs that paid the bills while they pursued their dreams of stardom. During their shift, they find out if they still have what it takes and are reminded of just how far they’ve come.

This season will feature stars such as Jason Aldean, Scotty McCreery, Kellie Pickler, Trisha Yearwood and Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton. A new twist for the second season is that participants were able to choose between their former day job or a job they’ve  dreamed of having. For Jason Aldean, that meant spending a day at training camp with the Atlanta Braves, while Scott Hamilton taught at a school within Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville.

“The first season of Day Jobs got great response from both viewers and country stars interested in being a part of the second season, Sarah Trahern, GAC GM/SVP, said. “From Scotty McCreery bagging groceries to Kellie Pickler getting a rare look inside the Elephant Sanctuary, to HLN TV star Robin Meade working at the Ohio factory where her parents spent their careers; viewers will get to see a different side of their favorite stars.”

The season two premiere on April 4 will feature Jason Aldean in his baseball attire and comedian Bill Engvall as a caverns tour guide. Watch Day Jobs highlights, see exclusive photos and more »

Celebs featured in the second season of Day Jobs include:

Bill Engvall – caverns tour guide
Colt Ford – sports radio talk show host
Craig Campbell – corrections officer
Gretchen Wilson – Waffle House waitress
Hunter Hayes – IndyCar driver (dream job)
Jack Ingram – automobile restoration
Jason Aldean – training with the Atlanta Braves  (dream job)
Joey + Rory – dairy farmers
Josh Thompson – concrete finisher
Karen Fairchild (Little Big Town) – stylist
Kellie Pickler – elephant caregiver (dream job) Continue Reading


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Sep 23

Reba, Garth Brooks, Taylor Swift Presented With ACM Honors

Reba McEntire photo courtesy of Valory Music Co. Taylor Swift photo courtesy of Big Machine Records.

Artists, music industry elite and country music fans turned out for the Academy of Country Music’s 5th Annual ACM Honors, an evening dedicated to recognizing special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on September 19. Hosted by Joe Nichols, the event was held at the historic Ryman Auditorium which was awarded with the ACM for Venue of the Year.

The evening was a mix of live music, historical video retrospectives and current video tributes and interviews. Garth Brooks, the late Hank Cochran, John Dorris, Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers, Tom T. Hall, Reba, Taylor Swift and the film Country Strong were the Special Award recipients of the night. The winners of the Musician, Bandleader, Instrumentalist (MBI) categories and Industry Awards were also honored.

Several performances honored artists during the event. Rodney Atkins and Jerrod Niemann honored Garth by each performing a song of his each. Brett Eldredge performed his current single “It Ain’t Gotta Be Love” which is featured in Country Strong while The Isaacs honored Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers with a medley of their hits. Dean Dillon, Jamey Johnson and Joe Nichols paid tribute to Hank Cochran while Montgomery Gentry and The Whites honored John Dorris. Buddy Miller and Lee Ann Womack honored Tom T. Hall. Randy Houser, Thompson Square, Jack Ingram and Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers, with Romain Virgo, also performed.

Presenters included Ronnie Dunn, Ralph Emery, John Michael Montgomery, The Oak Ridge Boys and the Academy’s Bob Romeo. Robin Meade presented Industry awards while Laura Bell Bundy handed out MBI awards. Continue Reading


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Jun 30

Wynonna Headlines Independence Day Concert in Georgia

Wynonna Judd photo courtesy of Curb Records.

Wynonna Judd will headline the 29th Annual Independence Day Concert on Friday, July 1 in Warner Robins, Georgia.  Joining Wynonna will be CNN Headline News morning show anchor-turned-country-singer Robin Meade and the U.S. Air Force Reserve Band.

The free show will start at 8 PM/ET with the singing of the National Anthem and an F-15 fighter jet fly over. Held at McConnel-Talbert Stadium, the concert is expected to bring more than 30,000 people out. The show will be taped and broadcast on the Fourth of July on American Forces Network which serves American service men and women and their families stationed at bases overseas. Continue Reading


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