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
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 Yearwoodand 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.”
Lady Antebellum – LadyAntebellum: “robe life” forever. accepting applications for “robe life” warriors via pic if you’re interested. why wouldn’t you be?
Jason Aldean – Jason_Aldean: Thank u guys so much for all the votes for the ACA… Now i gotta figure out where to put 6 guitars! Yall are awesome! See u in 2012, now its time to celebrate in Vegas baby!
Chris Young – ChrisYoungMusic: Holy Hot Damn!! Thanks to the fans! Two ACA awards tonight. Breakthrough artist and Single Of The Year! Thank you!
Country music stars sure love Twitter! In this week’s edition, TV is the name of the game asBrad Paisley pays a visit to his favorite park, Blake Shelton returns to his coaching job, Kellie Picklervisits 90210 and Trailer Choir’s Butter tweets his pride for Big Vinny. Dierks Bentley shares a photo from his 6th Annual Miles & Music for Kids charity ride, and Reba also shares her memories of IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon, who died from injuries shortly after a collision at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on October 16. Here are our picks for the Top 10 Country Tweets Of The Week.
Photo courtesy of Twitter.com/reba.
Reba McEntire – Reba: The last time I saw Dan, Narvel and I talked about what a personable, nice and friendly person he was. He had the biggest and warmest smile and definitely left a huge impression on all of us. We’ll miss you, Dan.
Blake Shelton – BlakeShelton: Getting on a plane in Gene Autry, Oklahoma heading to L.A…… My life as a coach begins again… Now.
Trailer Choir's Big Vinny. Photo courtesy of Show Dog- Universal Music.
Trailer Choir’s Big Vinny Hickerson is headed to NBC’s The Biggest Loser, reports the Tennessean. For the first time in the show’s history, contestants will be sorted by age group. Big Vinny will fall into the under 30 years old while the other two groups will be 30-49 years old and 50 years old and over. The groups will then compete against one another with the help of the show’s trainers to lose weight and get healthy.
Trailer Choir's Crystal Hoyt; photo courtesy of Show Dog- Universal Music.
Most of the time, it’s about the music. But this is show business, after all — and if you’re a country star, sometimes it’s about how you look while you’re moving people with your songs. If you’ve ever wondered how to get that “smokey eye” worn by many of your favorite stars on the red carpet, Trailer Choir‘s Crystal Hoyt breaks it down in a few simple steps. Before making it in music, Crystal made her living helping people look their best — so she knows what she’s doing.
“Since I was a successful make-up artist before my music career took off,” she says in her blog, Get Crystal-Ized!, “I have always enjoyed sharing and educating others on my tips and techniques for Do-It-Yourself hair & make-up (since- with the exception of a couple of photo shoots and awards shows), I almost always do my own. So, I thought that I would start a blog here to share all my little tips & & tricks along my with failures and successes with everything along the way for anyone who would like to join me for the ride.
Country music stars sure love Twitter! Here at GAC, we follow them too. Dierks Bentley‘s week was red hot, in spite of Nashville’s freezing temperatures. He met Lady Antebellum‘s Charles Kelley for a drink and when he left, he found his car on fire! Also, judging from this week’s tweets, country has gone to the dogs — literally! Several stars tweeted pictures of their incredibly cute pups. Here are our picks for the Top 10 Country Tweets Of The Week.
Charles Kelley & Dierks Bentley photo courtesy of Dierks Bentley.
Dierks Bentley: @DierksBentley met my friend charles kelley at a bar. he wanted to see my new ’67 camero [sic]. we walked back outside. it was on fire. not cool.
Dierks Bentley: @DierksBentley some footage from last night. hard to sleep w images of flames coming out from under the engine stuck in head. (Editor’s note: Click here for a “fire report” from Dierks and Charles.)
Sarah Buxton: @sarahbuxton @DierksBentley I was next door @whiskey kitchen w Cassady, some dude told us about your flaming camero! [sic] I thought he was joking! Guess not!
Trailer Choir co-hosts Top 20 Country Countdown with Suzanne Alexander at the 2010 Country Thunder festival in Wisconsin. Photo by Eric Jensen.
Wisconsin’s Country Thunder was four days of people, rain and wall-to-wall country music. Mother Nature might not have been kind to the festival’s visitors, but they didn’t seem to mind a little water or mud when it gave them a chance to see Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Sugarland or Trailer Choir. GAC’s Suzanne Alexander didn’t mind either — she was there, too, chatting with some of those stars for this weekend’s Top 20 Country Countdown (check out our festival photos here).
The rain was certainly a problem for Country Thunder last weekend, though the show, as they say, must go on. Randy Houser, Luke Bryan, Craig Morgan, Gloriana, Kevin Costner, Jason Aldean, Billy Currington, Miranda and Sugarland were all on hand — and all of them spent a little time with Suzanne. As did Trailer Choir, a new trio whose album Tailgate came out earlier this month. The fun-loving band’s Big Vinny even found Suzanne hiding in his bunk! Watch the clip below: