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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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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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Just when you think it can’t get any hotter, more superstar performers have been announced for “CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock" airing Tuesday, Aug. 5 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Adding their chops and charm to the special are Luke Bryan, Eric Church with special guest Lzzy Hale, Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert, Lady Antebellum,and Blake Shelton with season 2 contestant of “The Voice” Gwen Sebastian.

Hosted for the second year by reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town, the special was filmed during the sold-out CMA Music Festival in June. The annual conclave is a four-day party celebrating America’s music in the epicenter of the format, Nashville.

Previously announced performers included Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Hunter Hayes, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell, The Band Perry, Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban.

The special first aired in 2004. This is the 10th time ABC will broadcast the special – which invites the whole country to America's largest Country Music celebration. The annual special will air on ABC through 2021.

"CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock" is executive-produced by Robert Deaton.
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Krystal Keith Debuts At The Grand Ole Opry

News & ViewsKrystal Keith Debuts At The Grand Ole Opry

On Wednesday, July 9, country music singer-songwriter Krystal Keith took another stride forward with her debut performance at the venerable Grand Ole Opry.

"I have never been nervous on a stage in my life...until that night at The Grand Ole Opry," Krystal recalls. "There is something so special and sacred about that stage and being in the circle knowing all of my musical heroes have performed there so many times before me. I was so humbled and honored to have joined that long line of legends who've shared that moment."

The artist also shared her moment with her dad, Toby Keith, on the day after his birthday adding another special element to the night. She notes, "his love of the good ole time country music is one of the greatest influences for both my dad and I and being asked to perform just after his birthday didn't feel like a coincidence. It felt like a sign that he is watching over me smiling and guiding me through this journey."

This performance follows many recent firsts for Krystal. This summer she embarked on her first major tour, opening for her dad on his Shut Up And Hold On Tour Presented by Ford F-Series. She is on the road in support of the release her debut album, Whiskey & Lace. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel raved "when Krystal lends her deep, well-polished voice... she reveals herself as an exciting new artist;" and the Cleveland Plain Dealer praised, "Keith has matured into a solid singer, with a wide range. And, like her dad, she's evolved into a songwriter capable of not just tugging at heartstrings, but playing them like a puppet master. ...From top to bottom, [Whiskey & Lace] is filled with good, catchy country songs."
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Inside Tips from a Vocal Coach to the Stars

News & ViewsInside Tips from a Vocal Coach to the Stars
By Tricia Despres

© 2014 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc.

There was a time when a singer's voice disor¬ders were mainly about crisis man¬agement. But recently, preventative treatment has become important, es¬pecially in Nashville, where the voice is one’s moneymaker.
“For many years when we saw an artist, it was very hush-hush,” said Dr. Gaelyn Garrett, Medical Director at the Vanderbilt Voice Center and an Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology. “It was literally taboo to think something was wrong or say that something was wrong. Artists were scared. If they weren’t working, they weren’t getting paid, their band members weren’t getting paid, their agents weren’t getting paid … The list went on and on.

“But I think the labels now all recognize that it’s like professional sports — a knee injury is going to take out a football player as much as a voice injury is going to take out a singer,” added Garrett, whose clients have included Country stars Gary Allan and Josh Turner. “It behooves them to proceed with some preventative management.”
Besides the more serious vocal ailments that can occur, day-to-day problems with one’s voice can be common. Often, these nagging vocal issues stem from a number of factors.
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Country Stars Pay Tribute to Their Music Teachers

News & ViewsCountry Stars Pay Tribute to Their Music Teachers
By Deborah Evans Price

© 2014 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc.

Ask just about anyone in Country Music today and you’ll likely find that music education was a cornerstone in the foundation of their careers.

“People would ask, ‘Why don’t you play basketball? You know you’re tall,’” said Chris Young, with a laugh. “I was like, ‘Well, basketball practice was always at the same time as choir rehearsal.’ Between the two of them, I picked choir and it seems to have worked out.”

“I had a unique opportunity to go to a school for performing arts in Columbus, Ohio, called the Fort Hayes Performing Arts Center,” said Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts. “I had a teacher there named Mary Daniels, who really pushed me to be better than I thought I was. I’d turn in projects and she’d say, ‘It’s good, but you’ve got better inside of you.’ She was actually more a friend to me than just a teacher. She had a way of disarming you to make you feel so comfortable and capable of doing more than you thought you could.”

Like Chris Young, Scotty McCreery learned much from performing with his high school choir. “Our teacher, Meredith Clayton, would take us to New York City, Chicago, Florida and different places for competitions,” he recalled. “She was awesome. She has a big, bubbly personality and a love for music that she passed down to her students. She was all about preparation and putting in the work, and that’s big for Country Music nowadays. If you’re going to be successful, you’ve got to put in the work. Nobody’s going to hand it to you. So I learned a lot of good lessons from her.”
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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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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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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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