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
Jake Owen photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.
Jake Owen, Pam Tillis, Darryl Worley and Heidi Newfield are among the artists who will perform at Bobby Pinson’s “Words For Warriors” to benefit Keep Warriors Outdoors. The acoustic concert will take place April 11 at Lucy’s Country Café in Nashville, which is owned by Bobby and his wife Lucy. Justin McBride, Trent Tomlinson, Andy Griggs, Rhett Akins and Aaron Tippin are also scheduled to perform.
Every Wednesday at Lucy’s Country Café, the restaurant hosts “Sing For Your Supper,” a night where patrons are serenaded by established and aspiring songwriters while dining on a southern-style meat-and-three buffet featuring a homemade family recipes passed down over three generations. Toby Keith, Chris Young, Lee Brice, Bridgett Tatum and the Warren Brothers are just some of the artists who have already played at Lucy’s.
“We hope this will become the first of many annual events at Lucy’s Country Café to support KWO initiatives,” Bobby said. “After seeing first-hand what the outdoor experience brings to life for our warriors, I knew that I needed to become involved in helping this particular charity grow. I’ve met, personally, those who have enjoyed the outdoor adventures, have seen where the money goes and witnessed the profound effect it has on the participants by supporting their mental health and helping their return to normalcy. It is life-changing.” Continue Reading
Colt Ford photo courtesy of Essential Broadcast Media.
Colt Ford is gearing up to release his third studio album, Every Chance I Get, on May 3. The first single from the album, “Country Thang,” is at radio now and features co-writer and Billboard No. 1 Songwriter of 2010, Dallas Davidson on vocals. A special album-only version of the track features Eric Church. Other guest vocalists making appearances on the album are Tim McGraw, Luke Bryan, Josh Thompson, Craig Morgan, Frankie Ballard and more. Colt is most proud of the track “She Likes To Ride In Trucks.”
“I wrote this song for my daughter [Annesly],” Colt said. “She’s 16, coming of age, and I’m not the man in her life anymore, her boyfriend is. She wants to do her own thing, chase her own dreams, and she doesn’t need me as much as she used to. Whenever I do this song live, it’ll choke me up. It’s about real life, and real life is hard sometimes.” Continue Reading
Rodney Atkins photo courtesy of Curb Nashville.
Chevy: The Official Ride of Country Music will help kick off the 2010 CMA Music Festival on June 9 with “The Sixth Annual CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Parade” at 11:30 a.m. Central through the streets of downtown Nashville.
Brenda Lee will serve as Grand Marshal and other artists participating in the parade include Lynn Anderson, Katie Armiger, Rodney Atkins, The Band Perry, Bo Bice, Ash Bowers, Carter Twins, Jeff Cook, Diana DeGarmo, Fast Ryde, Colt Ford, Brantley Gilbert, Gloriana, Josh Gracin, The Grascals, The Harters, Buddy Jewell, KingBilly, Jesse Lee, LoCash Cowboys, Lonestar, Jerrod Niemann, James Otto, Danielle Peck, Point of Grace, Marty Raybon, Pam Tillis, Trent Tomlinson, and Chuck Wicks. Members of the National Guard will drive artists along the parade route in Chevy vehicles, including the all new 2011 Silverado HD and the Military Specialty Camaro. Continue Reading
Nashville’s Music Row took a hit on Wednesday when the Disney Music Group announced it’s shutting down Lyric Street Records, the home of Rascal Flatts.
The guys in the group — Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney — should be OK. They’re working on one last album for Disney, and an official release indicates that project will still come out in the fall on a different Disney-affiliated label. In addition, the guys are in talks about a new recording deal with the Mouse. If, for some reason, they can’t come to an agreement with Disney, it’s a sure bet that the band could find another partner willing to invest in its massive career.