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John Berry Kickstarts New Album Project

Press ReleasesJohn Berry Kickstarts New Album Project

When John Berry and his wife, Robin, relocated to Nashville last summer, he knew it would spur creative energy. Now, less than a year later, Berry is looking forward to getting back into the studio for the follow-up to his 2011 record, RealMan.RealLife.RealGod.

“Robin and I were given the chance to move to Nashville last summer and it has been awesome! I have been renewed musically and taken advantage of every opportunity I could to submerse myself into the writing world,” Berry said. “I cannot recall spending this much time writing since I last wrote Standing On The Edge Of Goodbye in 1995. I have truly enjoyed this resurgence of creativity.”

Berry’s untitled project will be a two-disc set. The first disc will feature 10 brand new country songs that he says are “absolute John Berry.” The second disc in the set comprises five inspirational and Christmas songs.

To secure funding for his new album, the independent recording artist knew exactly where they would go. For his previous album, Berry relied on fans through the crowdsourcing site Kickstarter. He’s hoping to recapture that success for his upcoming album. For the upcoming project Berry is looking to raise $50,000 in 40 days.

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Big & Rich Breaking New Ground with Historic New Album Release

Press ReleasesBig & Rich Breaking New Ground with Historic New Album Release

Country superstars Big & Rich, Big Kenny and John Rich, are celebrating 10 years of hit music making with their highly-anticipated new album, Gravity. It’s the multi-platinum selling duo’s fifth studio album and is set to launch on September 23, 2014. Big & Rich’s lead-off single for the project, “Look at You” has already proven a chart-climbing success. Their first studio album, Horse of a Different Color, was released by Warner Bros. in 2004, producing four straight hits, including the iconic "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)." Other accolades include being first-rate songwriters, producers and musicians with a roster of collaborations and hits produced or penned for various artists including Jason Aldean, Gretchen Wilson, James Otto, Martina McBride, Faith Hill, Merle Haggard, Bon Jovi, John Anderson, Willie Nelson, Jewel, Keith Anderson, Hank Williams, Jr., John Legend, Wyclef Jean, Tim McGraw, Ky-Mani Marley and Cowboy Troy.

In addition to the latest recording project, the larger-than-life duo has formed its own label, Big & Rich Records, a partnership with Kobalt Label Services. Big Kenny describes the business venture and forthcoming CD as a platform for gaining creative control of their trailblazing musical legacy. "This is an exciting and intense time in the history of Big and Rich. We continue to embrace all the change that happens in our business of entertainment. As artists, we are now at the place where we can finally gain complete creative control. That's huge. It allows us to be true to ourselves and be the trailblazers we've always risked being. We want to be important to Country music. It's important to Big and Rich. It is our musical legacy. Our new album title is perfect. Big and Rich can now really feel the Gravity. We are counting our blessings," he says.

John Rich adds, "We couldn't be happier with how the fans and radio are responding to our new music! To take on the challenge of being your own label and slugging it out with the majors is a gambler's move, but BK and I are happy to just let it all ride.”

Big & Rich are generating rave reviews for the summer leg of their 2014 concert tour with shows spanning across the U.S. and Canada. Cities among upcoming stops for the tour include Orlando, Grand Rapids, Spokane, Hampton, Panama City and more.

For the latest updates or information on a concert near you, visit: http://www.bigandrich.com. Here’s a link to the current single, “Look At You”: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/loo...d797028801
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Hunter Hayes Premiering "Tattoo" Video on CMT Platforms Today

Press ReleasesHunter Hayes Premiering "Tattoo" Video on CMT Platforms Today

Multi-talented and multi-platinum recording artist Hunter Hayes is entering a new dimension with the fresh music video for his current single, “Tattoo,” premiering worldwide across CMT platforms and on more than 120 Clear Channel country station websites, along with the newly launched CMT Artists App for iPhone and Android today, July 28. Directed by Kristen Barlowe, the street-art-inspired piece brings “Tattoo” to life with animated graphics, graffiti art and of course, a beautiful brunette who plays the muse to Hayes’ energetic performance.

Hayes has been dropping hints about the new video in the weeks leading up to the premiere, sharing exclusive sneak peeks with CMT.com, Rolling Stone Country, People.com, Perez Hilton, Taste of Country and Country Weekly.

“With a song like 'Tattoo,' it's a very visual thing," Hayes told PEOPLE Country. "Lyrically, the goal is to bring you to a place where all these artistic elements of inspiration come to life around you. So, for the video, rather than just explain how a relationship can inspire you, we wanted to go beyond the expected and make a musically inspired moment jump out of a two-dimensional space."

Written by Hayes and fellow Nashville songsmiths Barry Dean and Troy Verges, “Tattoo” is the second single off of Hayes’ chart-topping sophomore album, Storyline. Previous hits for the four-time GRAMMY nominee include the consecutive No. 1 smashes “Wanted,” “Somebody’s Heartbreak” and “I Want Crazy,” as well as Storyline’s moving lead single, “Invisible.”

Hayes just completed the international leg of his promotional tour for Storyline and is currently headlining dates across the U.S. and Canada. For more information, visit www.HunterHayes.com or connect on Twitter and Facebook @HunterHayes.
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The Carmonas' self-titled debut full length releasing tomorrow

Press ReleasesThe Carmonas' self-titled debut full length releasing tomorrow

Nobody—not even the most talented out there—ever said that it’s easy to get a career rolling in Music City. However, The Carmonas have managed to stake their claim in the legendary town, having wowed local crowds at the famed Bluebird Café as well as shows across the country. Their self-titled debut full-length will be out July 29, showcasing the storied sounds of the band’s current hometown of Nashville, as well as the many places they lived as children.

“It’s a true blend of American music,” the two brothers (Aaron and Chad) and sister (Alison) explain, "most of what is heard is directly inspired from the places we’ve lived and loved and lost in our lives: The Southern, Appalachian roots of North Carolina to the seemingly endless fertile valleys of Central California.”

The new LP offers up some unique experimental ideas that the band flirted with on their last EP. “Subtly using electric instruments and more percussion compared to our previous work has opened up the aural spectrum of our band’s sound while staying rooted in the ground,” they note. The result is a curated collection of fresh-sounding songs, without question.
Comparisons to the Avett Brothers and Mumford And Sons are inevitable, but we want to step back in time and add another name to that list. The Dillards had that sort of musical telepathy that only siblings can share, and The Carmonas have it, too. “The Carmonas” is this family’s most excellent debut! - Don and Sheryl's Blues Blog
Info & tour dates @ thecarmonasmusic.com
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Tim McGraw Reveals More "Sundown Heaven Town" Details!

News & ViewsTim McGraw Reveals More "Sundown Heaven Town" Details!

- Country music icon Tim McGraw revealed more details today about his upcoming Big Machine Record's album, SUNDOWN HEAVEN TOWN, available everywhere on Sept. 16. With a staggering 35 No. one hits and 54 Top 10 singles to his credit, McGraw presents a new collection of songs that capture a distinctly country and a distinctly McGraw sound. The album was co-produced by McGraw and his longtime collaborator Byron Gallimore and features both a 13 track standard and 18 track deluxe version. The album cover was revealed to fans on Facebook this morning, and is available for pre-order on iTunes, Amazon MP3 and timmcgraw.com starting tomorrow, July 29.

"This album is very encompassing of everything that I’ve done in my career," said McGraw. "I think it’s a good microcosm of what my 20 or so years in music have been, in a lot of ways. You can certainly hear parts of my career throughout all of these songs, as well as the future and where my music is headed. To me, the title of the album is all about that time where you stop doing what you have to do, and start doing what you want to do. "

"I feel like I’ve got a lot of music in me and that's part of the reason why this album is so soon after the last one and why I wanted to start sharing it with everyone as soon as I could," continues McGraw. "I’m excited about where music is gonna take me and where I’m gonna take my music."

To build anticipation of the new album, McGraw launched his sold-out summer tour ahead of the album's release and began revealing tracks through his "Countdown to Sundown" program. Over the past few months, he has made high profile performances where he introduced new songs to fans for the first time. He has appeared on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon to perform "Shotgun Rider," on The Voice where he debuted "City Lights," at NBC's TODAY where he revealed "Overrated" and on the Academy of Country Music Awards, where the performance of "Meanwhile Back At Mama's (featuring Faith Hill) spawned so much fan demand that it was immediately released as the next single. The song is currently driving up the Top 10 at country radio.
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By Bob Doerschuk
© 2014 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc.

Mary Sarah may keep her last name secret, but she’s no secret to the legends who guest on her first album, Bridges, produced by Kent Wells, executive produced by Freddy Powers and released July 8 on Cleopatra Records.

She nails stratospheric notes with Ronnie Milsap on “What a Difference You’ve Made in My Life,” matches Tanya Tucker sass for sass on “Texas When I Die,” swaggers with Merle Haggard on “The Fightin’ Side of Me,” soars while also digging into the lyric with Dolly Parton on “Jolene” … and, in a surprising coup de grâce, channels Connie Francis, complete with teary teenage angst, on “Where the Boys Are,” with the song’s co-writer Neil Sedaka chiming along.

And she makes it all sound easy, as if all these folks had been her babysitters as she grew up. In fact, Mary Sarah had a normal upbringing in Richmond, part of the Houston, Texas, metropolitan area. When she started singing at age 8, though, things started to change. Joe Bonsall of the Oak Ridge Boys caught one of her YouTube performances and immediately invited her to sing with the group at their next show. Equally impressed, songwriter Freddy Powers alerted Lynn Anderson, Vince Gill, Willie Nelson, Ray Price and other friends to check her out. All ended up joining her in the studio for this remarkable project.

This is a tough debut album to follow, but at 18, Mary Sarah is ready to sail on her own.

For more on Mary Sarah, visit www.CMACloseUp.com
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One show was planned but more were added, Garth Brooks has shattered his previous ticket sales for Chicago. Not bad for the first stop on his world tour. It will be the first time Garth has played Chicago in 17 years.

"On October 21-26 and December 18-19, 1997, Garth set a personal record in Chicago when he sold 141,717 paid admissions. Today, for the first city on his world tour he has already exceeded his personal record and continues to sell," said Ben Farrell.

The Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood will begin September 4 at 7:30pm. Subsequent dates in Chicago are September 5 at 6:00pm, September 6 at 6:00pm and 10:30pm, September 11 at 7:30pm, September 12 at 6:00pm and 10:30pm, September 13 at 6:00pm and 10:30pm and September 14 at 7:30pm at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL.
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Dailey & Vincent Announce Additional LIVE Taping Performance at The Hylton Performing Arts Center for September 14

News & ViewsDailey & Vincent Announce Additional LIVE Taping Performance at The Hylton Performing Arts Center for September 14

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (July 22, 2014) – Due to an overwhelming response from fans and ticket buyers alike, the “Rockstars of Bluegrass” and multi-Grammy nominated duo, Dailey & Vincent, announce an additional performance date (September 13th and September 14th) to their first ever LIVE CD, DVD, and Public Television concert taping. Hosted at the Hylton Performing Arts Center, located on the Prince William Campus of George Mason University in Manassas, Va., both monumental performances will be taped and recorded.
“We are so excited to announce back-to-back, taped performances for our first ever live project. We wanted to be able to share this experience with as many of our fans as possible, and now we’re going to do just that!” said the duo of this career milestone.
With the help of supporters such as the Hylton Performing Arts Center, the George Mason University Foundation, Springer Mountain Farms and the Niswonger Performing Arts Center, this “made for public television” show is a celebration of the best of America - its music, its men and women in uniform and soaring spirit. The beloved Bluegrass duo and their world class band will debut a few new songs and perform fan favorites to honor our country’s heroes, featuring a rousing finale with the combined forces of the Manassas Chorale and the George Mason University Singers.

General admission is $20 for adults, $10 for military members, veterans and their families and youth through grade 12. Doors open at 6 p.m. Fans can make music history with D&V by purchasing tickets to the performance now.
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Two time ACM “Male Vocalist of the Year” Jason Aldean left the midwest smoking this weekend after headlining his BURN IT DOWN TOUR, which sold out back to back stadium shows at Progressive Field (Cleveland, OH on 7/18) and Great American Ballpark (Cincinnati, OH on 7/19). Critics echoed fan enthusiasm, claiming “at times it appeared as though the stadium was ablaze” (Cincinnati Enquirer) and confirming the tour was “worthy of stadium status” (Cleveland Plain Dealer).

The shows marked the first of a string of MLB stadium stops on Aldean's BURN IT DOWN TOUR that will also see him play Nationals Park (Washington, DC on 7/25); PNC Park (Pittsburgh, PA on 7/26) and Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, PA on 8/1) over the next two weeks in addition to two upcoming sold out nights at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre. For a full list of upcoming tour dates, visit www.jasonaldean.com.
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Lincoln Center Out Of Doors and Americana Music Association Present Inaugural Americanafest NYC August 4-10 Featuring Music, Fil

Press ReleasesLincoln Center Out Of Doors and Americana Music Association Present Inaugural Americanafest NYC August 4-10 Featuring Music, Film and Panel Discussions

The Americana Music Association and Lincoln Center have partnered for the first time to present Americanafest NYC, a music and film experience taking place Aug. 4-10 during Lincoln Center's popular free Summer music program,Out of Doors, now in its 44th season.

Americanafest NYC will present concerts by a range of artists drawing from the deep wells of Folk, Bluegrass, Country, Gospel, Blues, Jazz, Rock and R&B. Also offered will be film screenings, a related photo exhibition by Music Maker Relief Foundation and a symposium exploring the elders and their legacies finding new expression among younger generations of musicians.

“We’re thrilled to partner with the American Music Association this summer,” shares Jill Sternheimer, Producer, Public Programming for Lincoln Center. “The organization, led by Jed Hilly, is at the epicenter of a vital movement bringing together new voices, celebrated icons, and eager audiences. Our initial thought was for Americana to be represented at our annual “Roots of American Music” weekend but we realized that this music is such a part of the country’s cultural canon, that a full week of programming was the way to go.”

“After receiving the invitation from Lincoln Center to co-curate this event, my first call was to invite Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris, who’ve been champions of our cause," said Jed Hilly, Executive Direcotr of the Americana Music Association. “Rodney called me back within minutes and said, 'Let’s do it.' We are truly humbled by artists' support and the acknowledgement of our work by America’s greatest cultural institution, Lincoln Center.”

All events are free with no tickets required. Events take place on Lincoln Center’s Plazas between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenues, from West 62nd Street to West 65th Street (except where noted).

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