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Apr 11

New Album on the Way from Lee Ann Womack

New Album on the Way from Lee Ann Womack


Pictured (from l-r): Cliff O’Sullivan – Sugar Hill General Manager and Senior Vice President, Frank Liddell – Producer, Lee Ann Womack, Kevin Welk – Welk Music Group President, Enzo DeVincenzo – Manager, Dan Sell – Welk Music Group General Manager

Lee Ann Womack has signed with Sugar Hill Records. The news was first reported by HollywoodReporter.com. Lee Ann’s new record, produced by her husband, award-winning producer Frank Liddell, is set for a September release with its first single coming this summer.

“When I was looking for the right home for this record, I knew I wanted a label where passion for music and artistic integrity drive the decision making, the people who bring the music to the fans,” Lee Ann said. “Beyond the incredible work Sugar Hill has done with Nickel Creek, Sarah Jarosz and Bryan Sutton, they have a broader way of looking at where music can go and why it matters – and for this very personal record, it seemed like the perfect fit.” Continue Reading

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Apr 9

Kellie Pickler to Auction Off ACM Awards Jewelry

 

Kellie Pickler to Auction Off ACM Awards Jewelry

Kellie Pickler on the Red Carpet at the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, Sunday, Apr. 6, 2014. Photo Credit: Getty Images/courtesy the Academy of Country Music.

Kellie Pickler’s red carpet look at Sunday’s ACM Awards won her spots on a number of critics’ “Best Dressed” lists. She has decided to auction off the Pandora charm bracelets she wore to the event to raise funds for ACM Lifting Lives, the charitable arm of the Academy of Country Music dedicated to improving lives through the power of music. Fans can place their bids at CharityBuzz.com through April 21 at 2/1c.

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“ACM Lifting Lives supports great organizations that are making strides with music education and medical research, supporting our amazing military veterans and more,” Kellie said. “I’m excited to help raise money for such a wonderful charity. It makes me proud to be an ACM member.”  Continue Reading

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Apr 9

Brantley Gilbert, Craig Campbell & More Set for Tug McGraw Celebrity Sporting Clay Pro-Am

Brantley Gilbert

Brantley Gilbert photo by James Minchin, courtesy of BMLG.

Brantley Gilbert, Craig Campbell, Rhett Akins, Colt Ford and more will participate in The Tug McGraw Foundation’s 3rd Annual Celebrity Sporting Clay Pro-Am on Tuesday, June 3 at the Nashville Gun Glub in Nashville. The event will benefit the Foundation and its effort to improve the lives of military service members who have been affected by Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

Andy Griggs, The Warren Brothers, Chris Janson, Deano Brown, Heidi Newfield, Ira Dean, Keith Anderson, Lance Miller, Kristy Lee Cook, Troy Gentry, Daryle Singletary, Matt Bailie and the LoCash Cowboys are also scheduled to participate. ESPN analyst John Kruk, Mike Fisher of the NHL Nashville Predators, and Headline Country host Storme Warren have also signed up to participate. Continue Reading

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Apr 9

Craig Morgan to Entertain Troops on 11th Overseas Tour

Craig Morgan to Entertain Troops on 11th Overseas Tour

Craig Morgan photo courtesy of Monarch Publicity.

Craig Morgan is set to make his eleventh overseas tour to entertain U.S. troops serving abroad. A former solider, Craig will travel with Armed Forces Entertainment and Stars For Stripes to perform a series of acoustic shows in Southwest Asia this spring.

“As a former soldier myself, it is so important to me to have another opportunity to support our troops and do whatever I can to help keep morale high,” Craig said. “I always jump at the chance to get over there and do my part.” Continue Reading

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Apr 9

Dierks Bentley is Flying High with New Single “Drunk On A Plane”

Dierks Bentley

Dierks Bentley photo by Nino Munoz, courtesy of The Green Room

Dierks Bentley‘s new single, “Drunk On A Plane,” co-written by Dierks, Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins, tells the story of a man left at the altar who is pushing through his pain by taking his Cancun honeymoon solo.

“I have never been jilted at the altar, but I have had a marriage proposal rejected….all you can do is pray there’s a good return policy for the ring, get drunk and carry on,” Dierks said. “Whether I have the band with me onstage or it’s just me and my guitar, the fans love this song, and they catch on to the choruses immediately. It’s a fun song, but when you really listen, there’s also an underlying lonesomeness which is what makes it different that a lot of the other uptempo songs I’ve put out.” Continue Reading

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Apr 8

Country Stars Celebrate ACM Awards Wins Via Social Media

George Strait tweets about his ACM Award win

George Strait tweets about his ACM Entertainer of the Year win. Photo courtesy of Twitter.com/GeorgeStrait.

Following Sunday’s ACM Awards, country stars took to social media to thank their fans for their support and express their excitement over hearing their name called as a winner on the night. George Strait, who was voted ACM Entertainer of the Year by his fans, was over the moon about his win. While he usually lets his management run his Twitter account, he took over the 140 character space for one night.

#mysecondtweetever Thank you to the fans for this honor! You mean everything to me! –g” he wrote, including a post-ACM photo. #EOTY2014 #ACMs

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Another equally excited artist was Justin Moore who picked up New Artist of the Year, the other fan voted award of the night. In a series of tweets, Justin thanked his fans and country radio.

“Wanna say another HUGE thanks to country radio for giving me a shot at success,” he wrote. “I love all of you. You are so important to us. I will never be able to repay you guys. I can’t wait to continue waving the flag for country music alongside all of you. Sincerely…JM And all you fans…you freakin rock! Anytime my fans are allowed to have their voice heard, it is heard LOUD And CLEAR! Thank you so much! Y’all are responsible for this award! Enjoy this! We did this together!” Continue Reading

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Apr 8

Miranda Lambert Sets Record with ACM Awards Win

 Miranda Lambert wins 3 ACM Awards

Miranda Lambert poses in the press room with the Best Female Vocalist award during the 49th Annual Academy Of Country Music Award. (Photo by Steven Lawton/FilmMagic)

Miranda Lambert had an ACM Awards to remember. She performed her new single, “Automatic,” for the first time on national television and paid tribute to Merle Haggard and his 50 years in country music by performing “Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down” and “I’m a Lonesome Fugitive” with George Strait. She also won her fifth consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year award, setting an ACM record for the most consecutive wins in that category.

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In all, Miranda took home three ACM trophies, including wins for Single Record of the Year  for “Mama’s Broken Heart” and Vocal Event of the Year for “We Were Us” with Keith Urban. “Tonight has not even begun to sink in yet. It probably won’t for a week,” Miranda said. “I can’t believe that this is my job. I got a picture with George Strait and Garth Brooks, I hung out with Trisha Yearwood and practically stalked Faith Hill. It was a great night.” Continue Reading

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Apr 7

George Strait, Miranda Lambert & Keith Urban Big Winners at the 2014 ACM Awards

George Strait, Miranda Lambert & Keith Urban Big Winners at the 2014 ACM Awards

LAS VEGAS, NV – APRIL 06: Singer/songwriter George Strait poses in the press room with the Entertainer of the Year award during the 49th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jason Kempin/WireImage)

Winners have been announced for the 49th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, a star-studded ceremony broadcast LIVE April 6 on CBS from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.  Fans named George Strait the Entertainer of the Year, the evening’s biggest honor and the second win of his career in that category. This year marked another record-breaking year with 1.5 million fan votes cast for Entertainer of the Year and New Artist of the Year categories combined, and also marked the first time online fan voting for these categories were open to fans in Australia and Canada.

The king of country music and newly-crowned Entertainer of the Year, George Strait, also participated in a special moment with Owner, President and General Manager of the Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones. During the telecast the two announced the 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS to be broadcast LIVE from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 8 p.m. live ET/delayed PT on CBS. It was also announced that Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan will return to co-host the show.

Merle Haggard was honored with the Crystal Milestone Award,which was presented by Garth Brooks and celebratedwith a tribute performance featuring Miranda Lambert and George Strait.

Jason Aldean won Male Vocalist of the Year,his second consecutive win in this category. He has won an overall total of 7 ACM Awards.

Miranda Lambert won for the fifth consecutive year as Female Vocalist of the Year, and is now the record holder for the most consecutive wins in that category. She is the leading female winner of the night, with a total of three trophies. Lambert also took the prize for Single Record of the Year for “Mama’s Broken Heart,” and Vocal Event of the Year for “We Were Us” with Keith Urban.

The Band Perry won their first Vocal Group of the Year award. This marks their third overall ACM win; they won the New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year award and New Artist of the Year in 2010. Continue Reading

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Apr 7

Jerry Jones & George Strait Announce 50th Anniversary ACM Awards to Take Place in Dallas

Jerry Jones & George Strait Announce 50th Anniversary ACM Awards to Take Place in Dallas

LAS VEGAS, NV – APRIL 06: Owner/President/General Manager Jerry Jones (L) and Singer/songwriter George Strait speak onstage during the 49th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Newly-crowned ACM Entertainer of the Year George Strait and Jerry Jones, Owner, President and General Manager of the Dallas Cowboys, made an exciting announcement during the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards Sunday night. The pair revealed that the ACM Awards will celebrate its 50th anniversary from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the home of the Dallas Cowboys. The 50th Anniversary of the Country Music Awards will air live on CBS at 8/7c on Sunday, April 19, 2015.

“For our 50th Anniversary, we wanted to invite more fans than ever to our party,” Bob Romeo, CEO of the Academy of Country Music, said. “Tickets to the ACM Awards sell out in minutes, country fans make their vacation plans around our events. In 2015, we’ll celebrate with the biggest group of mega artists at ACM Party for a Cause and allow more music fans to experience the Awards by hosting it in the premier stadium in the country.” Continue Reading

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Apr 5

Tim McGraw to Release Sundown Heaven Town on September 16

Tim McGraw to Release Sundown Heaven Town on September 16

Tim McGraw photo courtesy of The Green Room.

Tim McGraw will release his new album, Sundown Heaven Town, on September 16. The album will feature his new single, “Lookin’ For That Girl,” which is in the Top 20 and climbing at country radio. Beginning April 6 during Tim’s performance on the ACM Awards, which air live on CBS at 8/7c, he will launch his unique “Countdown To Sundown” program.

When fans Shazam his ACM performance, they can join the Countdown program and automatically have access to exclusive content. They will also be entered to win a season pass for 2 tickets to each of Tim’s summer tour dates, including an all-expenses paid trip to the tour’s opening night. Leading up to the album’s release, Tim will reveal new songs through major primetime television performances and provide fans with free downloads, first listens, contests and more through www.countdowntosundown.com.    Continue Reading

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