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Aug 3

Zac Brown Band Announces Southern Ground Music & Food Festival Lineups

Zac Brown Band photo by Cole Cassell, courtesy of Southern Ground Artists/Atlantic Records.

Zac Brown Band has announced the lineups for their two Southern Ground Music & Food Festivals. The first one will take place in Nashville at Riverfront Park September 21-22 and then head to Charleston, South Carolina’ Blackbaud Stadium October 20-21.

In Nashville, Zac Brown Band will perform super sets each night with special guests including Gregg Allman among others. Amos Lee, David Gray, and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros are also scheduled for the Nashville festival.

In Charleston, Zac Brown Band will again headline with nightly performances. The Avett Brothers, Continue Reading


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May 24

Zac Brown Band’s Uncaged Is About Chemistry

Zac Brown Band photo courtesy of CMA.

Zac Brown Band will release their new album, Uncaged, on July 10. The project captures the chemistry the band has developed over the course of their years of living, traveling and working together. “We’re always trying to push the barrier of our musicianship and I’m proud to say that there is a little bit of something for everyone,” Zac Brown said.

The album includes songs varying from the tight, rocking title track to the slow-burning “Goodbye In Her Eyes,” which guitarist Coy Bowles says is “the biggest sounding song we’ve ever recorded.” The 11-track project has the ZBB harmonies fans have come to expect as well as guest vocals by Amos Lee on “Day That I Die” and the contribution of trumpet and trombone by New Orleans’ Trombone  Shorty on “Overnight.”

The band worked with a long list of co-writers, including Jason Mraz, longtime collaborator Wyatt Durrette and fellow Southern Ground Artists Sonia Leigh, Nic Cowan and Levi Lowrey. “It remains true to the Zac Brown Band sound, which has become a style in itself,” violinist Jimmy De Martini said of the diverse project. 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 18

Zac Brown Band, Sonia Leigh Featured on New Compilation CD

Zac Brown Band photo courtesy of CMA.

Zac Brown’s record label, Southern Ground Artists, will release its latest album, Free Southern Ground Artists Compilation, Vol. 2, in celebration of Record Store Day 2012. The album will feature a live version of Zac Brown Band’s “No Hurry” as well as songs from Sonia Leigh, The Wood Brothers, and Blackberry Smoke, among others

The album will be distributed via Record Store Day April 21 at more than 350 indie music stores. It will also be available at the ACM Awards Fan Jam in Las Vegas, hosted by Zac Brown Band. Blackberry Smoke, Sonia Leigh, and Levi Lowrey will all perform as part of the ACM Experience at the Mandalay Bay Fan Jam March 30-April 1. Continue Reading


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Mar 13

Steel Magnolia, Gloriana & More to Perform at ACM Experience

Steel Magnolia

Steel Magnolia photo courtesy of Big Machine Records.

The saying “nothing’s free” does not apply in the days leading up to the ACM Awards. The ACM Experience is the first-ever, free, three-day open-to-the public country music lifestyle event for fans during The Week Vegas Goes Country®.  Enthusiasts will “shop country, taste country, ride country, and hear country” throughout the weekend all leading up to the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. Talent appearances at The ACM Experience are just part of the fun, that includes ACM BBQ Throwdown, ACM EXPO, Ram Ride and Drive and more!  Visit to learn more.

The ACM Experience schedule:

WHO:                    Friday, March 30, 2012 10am – 6pm                          

12:30pm               Thomas Rhett                                                     Country Thunder Stage    

1:00pm                 Greg Bates                                                          ACM EXPO Acoustic Stage

1:30pm                  Dance Y’all Showcase                                       Country Thunder Stage

2:00pm                 Edens Edge                                                        Country Thunder Stage

3:00pm                 Ira Dean                                                              ACM EXPO Acoustic Stage

3:30pm                  Dance Y’all Showcase                                       Country Thunder Stage

4:30 pm                 PBR & KWNR Battle of the Bands Finalist        Country Thunder Stage

5:00pm                 Andy Gibson                                                       ACM EXPO Acoustic Stage

5:30pm                 Kip Moore                                                           Country Thunder Stage


Saturday, March 31, 2012 10am – 9pm                                                    

11:00am               Maggie Rose                                                       ACM Expo Acoustic Stage

11:30am               Sonia Leigh                                                         Country Thunder Stage    

12:00pm               Darren Warren                                                    ACM EXPO Acoustic Stage

12:30pm               Dance Y’all Showcase                                        Country Thunder Stage

1:00pm                 Mallary Hope                                                       ACM EXPO Acoustic Stage

1:30pm                 Steel Magnolia                                                    Country Thunder Stage                    

2:30pm                  PBR & KWNR Battle of the Bands Finalist        Country Thunder Stage

3:00pm                  Dance Y’all Showcase                                       Country Thunder Stage

3:30pm                 The Dirt Drifters                                                  Country Thunder Stage    

5:30pm                 Gloriana                                                              Country Thunder Stage    


Sunday, April 1, 2012 10am – 4pm                                                             

11:00am               Canaan Smith                                                      Country Thunder Stage

11:30am               Morgan Frazier                                                    ACM EXPO Acoustic Stage              

12:00pm               Blackberry Smoke                                               Country Thunder Stage    

12:30pm               Dance Y’all Showcase                                         Country Thunder Stage

1:00pm                 Chris Janson                                                       ACM EXPO Acoustic Stage

1:30pm                 Levi Lowrey                                                          ACM EXPO Acoustic Stage

1:30pm                  Dance Y’all Showcase                                        Country Thunder Stage

2:00pm                 David St. Romain                                                 ACM EXPO Acoustic Stage

2:30pm                 LoCash Cowboys                                                 Country Thunder Stage

3:30 pm                 PBR & KWNR Battle of the Bands Finalist          Country Thunder Stage Continue Reading


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Aug 10

GAC to Premiere Top 20 Tailgating Songs & Top 50 Videos of the ’90s

Keith Anderson, JT Hodges, Neal McCoy

(l-r): Keith Anderson, JT Hodges, Neal McCoy.

GAC went to the experts – you, the viewers – to help us compile the Top 20 Tailgating Songs and the Top 50 videos of the 90s. Your votes have been counted and the results will be revealed beginning this weekend in two GAC specials, Top 20 Tailgating Songs premiering August 13 at 9/8 CT, and Top 50 Videos of the ’90s premiering on August 15 at 8/7 CT.

“GAC viewers always respond enthusiastically when we invite them to pick their favorite programming, and ‘Top 20 Tailgating Songs’ and ‘Top 50 Videos of the ‘90’s’ puts the fans in the driver’s seat for 7 prime time hours!” said Suzanne Gordon, VP of Programming for GAC.  “From a great party mix to some of the best videos you haven’t seen in a while, these fan-voted specials prove that country music is the perfect soundtrack for the end of summer!” Continue Reading


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May 26

Zac Brown Band Welcomes Randy Travis, Amos Lee at CMA Music Festival

Zac Brown Band photo courtesy of Atlantic Records.

Zac Brown Band has invited a few friends to share the stage during their performance at LP Field on Thursday, June 9, the first official night of the 2011 CMA Music Festival. Randy Travis, Amos Lee and Sonia Leigh have all been invited to make a guest appearance during the band’s performance. It was already announced that Alan Jackson would join the band for their smash hit “As She’s Walking Away.”

This year’s CMA Music Festival takes place Thursday through Sunday, June 9-12, in Nashville. The festival is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and ABC will once again film the nightly concerts at LP Field for a special to air in late summer. You can keep up with all things CMA Music Festival HERE.

Artists currently scheduled to appear at LP Field include (in alphabetical order):

THURSDAY, 6/9Jason Aldean with special guest Kelly Clarkson, Easton Corbin, Sara Evans, Brad Paisley and Zac Brown Band with special guest performances from Alan Jackson, Randy Travis, Amos Lee and Sonia Leigh Continue Reading


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