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Dierks Bentley Rising Up with New Album


Bentley Taps Rising Country Artists For Seventh Studio Disc

Nashville, TN - The symbolism of Dierks Bentley’s upcoming seventh studio album RISER, emerging in stores Feb. 25, speaks volumes about the complex ball of emotions locked within. It’s a symbol of strength, resilience and renewal and one that appropriately reflects Bentley’s first album since the death of his father and the birth of his first son. Produced by Ross Copperman and Arturo Buenahora Jr, it's a project full of sonic power that has a strong sense of family and community.

The community of songwriters, musicians and artists that Bentley moved to Nashville with dreams of joining is ingrained in the texture of RISER. The now 11 time GRAMMY nominated singer/songwriter co-wrote six of the album's 12 tracks with some of the city’s most acclaimed writers and his friends. He also called on rising artists Kacey Musgraves (now a winner of two Grammys!), Chris Stapleton, The Cadillac Three's Jaren Johnston and Charlie Worsham to sing and play on the project.

“It’s important to really know the writers and musicians you work with, to hang out with them and live in the same world," Bentley explains. “I have such a romance with Nashville and this community. I drove across the country when I was 19 years old with a dream of just being invited to the party. It’s still wild to me that I get to work with and call so many incredibly talented people my friends.”

If the songs narrate the personal story of Bentley's previous two years, then it's the heightened depth and increased vulnerability in the lead vocals that make you truly feel its intense highs and lows. It comes in part from recording those performances in the Red Room, Copperman’s cozy home studio. Copperman was literally an arm’s length away, and Bentley got immediate feedback from a supportive-but-critical audience even as he breathed the words. It’s the closest Bentley has ever gotten to an elusive sonic attitude he’s sought from the outset.

“It’s the sound in my head that I hear when I’m playing a live show,” said Bentley. “You have one ear monitor in, one ear out, and the crowd’s there and your voice feels really great. There’s a certain amount of gravel to it because you’re tired, but you’re all jacked up on whatever you're drinking and adrenaline, and the crowds and the fans are there and there’s this feeling, fists in the air—it’s that thing that’s hard to transfer into a studio environment. There’s a rawness.”

To see a track list (including writer credits), please click "read more."
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Pete Seeger Passes Away

According to Country Aircheck and multiple other outlets/sources, folk icon Pete Seeger passed away yesterday (1/27) at the age of 94. Known for such social and political anthems as "We Shall Overcome," "Turn, Turn, Turn" and "This Land Is Your Land", many country artists have also recorded Seeger's songs. Among them: Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash ("If I Had A Hammer"), Eddy Arnold ("Where Have All The Flowers Gone"), Dolly Parton ("Turn, Turn, Turn" ,"Where Have All The Flowers Gone") and Emmylou Harris ("We Are The Boat").

His grandson, Kitama Cahill-Jackson, said his grandfather died peacefully in his sleep around 9:30 p.m. at New York's Presbyterian Hospital, where he had been for six days. Family members were with him at the time of his death. Cahill-Jackson even said Seeger was still as active as ever, out chopping wood ten days prior to his death.

Among the reaction to Seeger's death: Bruce Springsteen said "I lost a great friend and a great hero last night, Pete Seeger" before performing "We Shall Overcome" while on tour in South Africa. President Barack Obama called Seeger "America's tuning fork" who believed in ""the power of song" to bring social change. "Over the years, Pete used his voice and his hammer to strike blows for worker's rights and civil rights; world peace and environmental conservation and he always invited us to sing along. For reminding us where we come from and showing us where we need to go, we will always be grateful to Pete Seeger. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to Pete's family and all those who loved him." According to "USA TODAY", Seeger played a pre-inaugural concert for President Obama in 2009, teaming with Springsteen on "This Land Is Your Land."

Thoughts and prayers are with his family, fans, and all loved ones.
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Guy Clark likely grinning after Grammy win for his 'Picture'


“ . . . setting the bar for raw-boned, open-hearted, slow-rolling narratives.” - Associated Press

Nashville, TN – Legendary singer/songwriter Guy Clark has been awarded his first GRAMMY for BEST FOLK ALBUM - for his critically lauded "My Favorite Picture Of You" (Dualtone). The album, his first studio effort in four years, broke Clark’s first week sales record and is considered by many to be one of his very best.

"Dualtone is deeply honored to have Guy Clark as part of our family,” said Scott Robinson, CEO/Co-Founder. "Troubadours like Guy come around rarely...a storyteller, a songwriter, a poet, a guitar builder and a painter. After seven nominations, Guy finally gets the Grammy recognition that he long deserves. Congrats Guy Clark!" CBS Saturday Morning recently spotlighted Clark’s distinctive style and the impact he’s had on the landscape of American songwriting in a feature segment.

"My Favorite Picture Of You" was unanimously embraced by the press including USA Today, Associated Press, Wall Street Journal, Southern Living, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, Paste Magazine, Texas Monthly and Garden & Gun who wrote “His new album, 'My Favorite Picture of You', is a bare-bones gem that has the feel of Cash’s much-lauded American series of albums”. American Songwriter picked the album as #4 of their Top Albums of 2013 and the title track as the #1 Song of The Year. Clark was featured in an extensive segment on NPR’s All Things Considered (go here to listen: http://tinyurl.com/lkw4zhw) as well as cover stories in American Songwriter Magazine, Nashville Scene, Austin Chronicle, The Tennessean and Austin American Statesman (Life & Arts).

Often referred to as “the songwriter’s songwriter”, Clark is one of the most respected and revered songwriters in American music. In 2004 he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He received the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005, and in 2013, he received the Academy of Country Music’s Poet’s Award, along with Hank Williams. The Texas native has penned compositions for artists including John Denver, Johnny Cash, Jimmy Buffett and Alan Jackson and has been a mentor to the likes of Steve Earle and Rodney Crowell. After 40 years, Clark continues to be a prolific writer who is admired by peers and critics alike. The performances on "My Favorite Picture Of You" are inspired, intimate, heartfelt, and exude the truth, wisdom and warmth that have made Guy Clark a songwriting icon.

To purchase the album from Amazon please click the following link: http://tinyurl.com/lwp8a93

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Home Free Wins the Sing-Off!

News & ViewsHome Free Wins the Sing-Off!

Country Vocal Band Home Free has won the sing-off and a Sony recording contract!

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Ray Price Has Passed Away

Press ReleasesRay Price Has Passed Away

( Nashville, Tn-12.16.13) It is with the greatest of sadness that I send them press release of the passing of country music legend Ray Price. Bill Mack issued this info that Ray passed away at 4:43PM-CST at his home in Mt. Pleasant, TX, and left in perfect peace. Ray was 87 years old. I find it very difficult to issue the information because of my close friendship with Ray. His body will be at the RESTLAND FUNERAL HOME IN DALLAS and as I receive funeral arrangements, I will pass them on.

I offer my prayers and condolences to his wife and son at this most difficult time of their lives. Ray had fought cancer of the pancreas for over two years, and I know the Good Lord felt it was time for him to come home and have no more suffering of this dreaded disease. I feel in my heart that he has been welcomed to his heavenly home and is spending time with the Master of his life, and I sure that “For The Good Times,” is being discussed.

Please keep Ray’s family in your thoughts and prayers as I know you are and will. What a tremendous loss to the world of music, not just country music, but all music.
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Aaron Lewis, whose latest album The Road debuted in late 2012 at #7 on the Billboard Country chart and has sold over 150,000 copies, is relishing in a year of career achievements and highlights. 2013 marked Lewis' debut on the Grand Ole Opry, a headlining Jägermeister Country Tour, cruising the high-seas with Lynyrd Skynyrd, hosting the 3rd annual Aaron Lewis & Friends concert to benefit the It Takes A Community Foundation, and four Sportsman Choice Award nominations for the outdoor lifestyle show "On The Road," which Lewis co-hosts with Rock Bordelon.

"I have not had this much fun in a long time," says Aaron Lewis. "I have met a ton of good folks, performed on the Grand Ole Opry, and then was asked back. Amazing! Been writing while out on the road and getting ready for 2014. Had a good time performing for the fans. What else can I say but, WHAT A YEAR!!"

Upcoming 'The Road' Tour Dates:
Dec 11-14, 2013 - Las Vegas, NV - Vinyl at the Hard Rock
Jan 18, 2014 - Quapaw, OK - Downstream Casino
Jan 22, 2014 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart's
Jan 23, 2014 - Columbus, OH - The Bluestone
Jan 24, 2014 - Medina, OH - Thirsty Cowboy
Jan 25, 2014 - Ft Wayne, IN - Rusty Spur
Jan 30, 2014 - Lafayette, LA - The District
Jan 31, 2014 - Biloxi, MS - Hard Rock Casino
Feb 01, 2014 - Winnie, TX - Nutty Jerry's
Feb 06, 2014 - Detroit, MI - Motor City Casino
Feb 07-08, 2014 - Verona, NY - Turning Stone Casino
Feb 15, 2014 - Atlantic City, NJ - Golden Nugget Casino
Feb 19, 2014 - Kansas City, MO - Harrah's Casino
Feb 20, 2014 - Council Bluffs, IA - Horseshoe Casino
Feb 21, 2014 - Hankinson, ND - Dakota Magic Casino
Feb 22, 2014 - Hammond, IN - Horseshoe Casino
Mar 21, 2014 - Knoxville, TN - Cotton Eyed Joe's
Mar 22, 2014 - Wilmington, NC - Ziggy's
Mar 28, 2014 - Reno, NV - Silver Legacy Resort Casino
Mar 29, 2014 - Anaheim, CA - House of Blues
Apr 09, 2014 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live
Apr 10, 2014 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
Apr 11, 2014 - Lynchburg, VA - Phase 2
Apr 12, 2014 - Chester, WV - Mountaineer Casino
Apr 17, 2014 - Huntsville, AL - Sammy T's Music Hall
Apr 18, 2014 - Louisville, KY - The Mercury Ballroom
Apr 19, 2014 - Battlecreek, MI - Firekeepers Casino
Apr 25, 2014 - Dothan, AL - Toadlick Festival
Apr 26, 2014 - Montpelier, LA - Bear Creek Saloon

For the latest information on Lewis, visit http://www.aaronlewismusic.com
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Garth Brooks World Tour 2014

News & ViewsGarth Brooks World Tour 2014

Garth Brooks today confirmed what we told you back in August: 2014 will see Garth and the band back on the road for a world tour. Dates and details to come!

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Press Releases

Entertainer Offers Free Downloads of Two Full Albums During Holiday Season

Country music superstar Tracy Lawrence is giving music lovers a special gift this holiday season with the Tracy Lawrence Holiday Music Giveaway - featuring FREE downloads of two full albums for a total of 20 songs. These include his holiday collection All Wrapped Up In Christmas and the Grammy-nominated inspirational collection The Rock. The giveaway is Lawrence’s way of showing thanks and appreciation to fans who have supported the singer over the years.

The Tracy Lawrence Holiday Music Giveaway gift set, featuring the two-album collection will be available for a limited time starting December 3, 2013 at 8:00pm (CST) by visiting Lawrence’s website at http://www.tracylawrence.com/freedownload. Fans will have access to the Tracy Lawrence Holiday Music Giveaway by entering a valid email address to which they can receive the free downloads.

Tracy Lawrence Holiday Music Giveaway
December 3-25, 2013
Website: http://www.tracylawrence.com/freedownload
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Pickler tickles TV audiences with holiday appearances

Country songstress and "Dancing with the Stars" champion Kellie Pickler is tickled to be celebrating a lot lately and surely leaving listeners floored.

The recent debut of new album The Woman I Am at No. 4 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart gets things off on the right foot, and following suit, the country music singer/songwriter quicksteps her way into multiple television appearances. Tonight (11/25), the reigning Mirror Ball Champion returns to ABC-TV’s “Dancing” during its Finale Week to perform her successfully roaming laid-back single “Little Bit Gypsy.” (“Dancing with the Stars” airs 8:00-10:00 PM/ET). After flying cross-country, Pickler will perform on ABC Television’s “The View” on Tuesday, Nov. 26. Check out "The View" when it airs live at 11:00 AM/ET.

On Thanksgiving Day, Pickler will make her debut riding a float and performing on “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.” The event is carried live on NBC Television from 9 AM – 12 PM (noon)/ET on Thursday, Nov. 28.

But that's not all, folks. Pickler will wrap up with holiday cheer when she performs “The Man with the Bag” on “CMA Country Christmas” on Monday, Dec. 2 (9:00-11:00 PM/ET) on ABC. However, the lady's take on "Bag” is now already available for purchase everywhere digital music is sold.

In case you missed it there are two other recent TV appearances of note Pickler's gifted fans with, too. On Wednesday, Nov. 13, Pickler appeared on the syndicated “The Ellen DeGeneres Show", where Ellen laugh-inducingly attempted to get her "a little bit typsy." Watch the interview here http://tinyurl.com/khpgs46 and performance here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVE4xsK7sGk. Later that night, she showed up for a unique visit to CBS's “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.” (Which contrary to some reports is NOT called "Late Night with Craig Ferguson.") Watch that interview here: http://tinyurl.com/l4jnvrn. Plus, Pickler really shows off how to horse around but still stays stable with her "Late Late" version of "Gypsy." Watch here: http://www.cbs.com/shows/late_late_sh...-performs/

And? Word down under is that halfway around the globe, Pickler’s music video for “Someone Somewhere Tonight” reached No. 1 on the Country Music Channel (CMC) Top 50 Music Videos Chart in Australia for the week starting Nov. 23, 2013. The video, which reunites Pickler with her “Dancing with the Stars” dance coach and partner Derek Hough, is also nominated for a 2013 American Country Award (ACA) for Music Video of the Year: Female. “Someone” is found on "Woman", which was produced by Luke Wooten and Frank Liddell. The album features 12 songs, including three co-written by Kellie. This is her first album for Black River Entertainment.

For tour schedules and more information, please visit www.KelliePickler.com. You can follow her on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/KelliePickler and on Twitter @KelliePickler. Watch an official lyric video for "Little Bit Gypsy" here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vgq3PcveAH4.
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Full Performer List for Approaching 'Final No Show'

George Jones represented everything about country music and was loved by fellow artists, musicians, producers, publishers, songwriters, video directors and industry executives. On November 22nd, Nashville and beyond will honor the music legend with an all-star concert tribute on the date that George was to perform the final show of his illustrious career.

“I am so excited how this show has evolved and I will be forever grateful to the artists that are coming to honor George,” says wife Nancy Jones. “The evening might be long, but I don’t think people will be upset - as they will witness the best musical tribute Nashville has ever seen with so many artists performing George Jones songs.”

"Playin' Possum! The Final NO SHOW" talent list: (in alphabetical order based on first name, not order of performance)

Alabama, Alan Jackson, Baillie & the Boys, Big & Rich, Bill Anderson, Blake Shelton, Bobby Bare, Brad Paisley, Brenda Lee, Chad Warrix (of Halfway to Hazard), Charlie Daniels, Collin Raye, Craig Morgan, Dailey & Vincent, Daryle Singletary, Dierks Bentley, Eddy Raven, Emmylou Harris, Eric Church, Eric Lee Beddingfield, Gary Morris, George Strait, Greg Bates, Gretchen Wilson, Jamey Johnson, Janie Fricke, Jeanne Pruett, Jeannie Seely, Jessi Colter, Jett Williams, Jim Ed Brown, Jim Lauderdale, Jimmy C. Newman, Jimmy Wayne, John Conlee, John Michael Montgomery, Josh Turner, Kathy Mattea, The Kentucky Headhunters, Kid Rock, Larry Gatlin, Lee Ann Womack, Lee Greenwood, Leona Williams, Lisa Matassa, Little Jimmy Dickens, Lorrie Morgan, Lynn Anderson, Mandy Barnett, Mark Collie, Martina McBride, Megadeth, Miranda Lambert, Montgomery Gentry, The Oak Ridge Boys, Pam Tillis, Patty Loveless, Ray Stevens, Reba McEntire, Rodney Atkins, Ronnie McDowell, The Roys, Sam Moore, Shooter Jennings, Stonewall Jackson, Suzy Bogguss, T. Graham Brown, Tanya Tucker, Teea Goans, TG Sheppard, Thompson Square, Tracy Lawrence, Travis Tritt, and Vince Gill … plus some surprise guests!!!

Playin’ Possum! The Final NO SHOW is being produced by Mike Smardak of Outback Concerts, with Suzzane Skinner serving as Talent Producer, Kirt Webster serving as Show Producer, Bobby Birkhead serving as Music Director, Sherry Hohimer handling VIP ticketing, fan club, and serving as assistant to Nancy Jones. Getty Images will serve as exclusive photojournalists for the evening.

Said John Rich after Jones's passing: "Every serious country artist in the past 30 years has some George Jones DNA in their blood and music. My God. We've lost our Elvis."

About George Jones
George Jones was the #2 best-charting country artist of all time, with a staggering list of hit singles since the ‘50s. The Beaumont, Texas native also has 143 Top 40 hits to his name, has received two Grammy Awards, was a 2008 Kennedy Center Honor recipient, is a Country Music Hall of Fame member, was presented with a GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 and holds a National Medal of Arts medallion.

Jones was on his farewell tour titled "The Grand Tour” when he passed away. The icon’s hits, "I Don't Need Your Rockin' Chair", "Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes", "White Lightning" and "He Stopped Loving Her Today" are sure standards for honky-tonk cover bands and for years to come will surely stay that way.

Please visit http://www.georgejones.com for more information on George Jones.

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