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John Berry Will Headline Your Living Room! Time Running Out for Kickstarter Rewards

News & ViewsJohn Berry Will Headline Your Living Room!
Time Running Out for Kickstarter Rewards

Calling all fans of country music great John Berry!! How would you like an autographed copy of John’s upcoming album? Would you like to join him in the studio and see how the magic gets made? Maybe you might like him to sing “Your Love Amazes Me” to your spouse at an intimate anniversary party in your living room. You can have all of these things, but you’d better act fast, because John’s Kickstarter campaign is coming to a close and nearing the finish line.

The 40-day long Kickstarter began in July with a goal of raising $50,000, money which will pay for the production of a two disc set. As of Tuesday, Aug. 4, the project’s Kickstarter has generated $41,000 in pledges and is within striking distance of its goal. And, with only four days left to support the new album project, fans should not waste any time. Otherwise, they run the risk of missing out on some really great perks.

“I am so honored that my fans are rallying to support this project,” said John. “We’re excited to get started, get into the studio, and to lay down some great tracks for the new album. And it’s all being made possible by the fans, which touches my heart.”

Among the dozens of rewards offered to Kickstarter pledges are:
• digital downloads of the Christmas CD, a six-song bonus disc featuring inspirational holiday music, for $10
• a signed and personalized copy of the two-disc set, for $40
• a tee-shirt proclaiming your support of the project, $60
• invitations to the CD listening party in Nashville, $600
• a day in the studio with John to work on the album, $800
• a 30-minute miniconcert with John and his guitar appearing via Skype or Facetime, $1,200
• a private performance from John at the event of your choosing, $9,000
The 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. This is the second Kickstarter-funded independent album Berry has produced. His previous album, RealMan.RealLife.RealGod., was produced as a result of a successful Kickstarter campaign.

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Restless Heart & Friends Unite for Benefit Concert to Fight Hunger in Middle Tennessee

News & ViewsRestless Heart & Friends Unite for Benefit Concert to Fight Hunger in Middle Tennessee

Legendary country music group Restless Heart will take the stage with friends Charlie McCoy and Michael Lington on September 22, 2015 at the historic Franklin Theatre for a very special cause. The evening of music with Restless Heart & Friends will shine a spotlight on the issue of hunger in Middle Tennessee while raising funds for One Generation Away - a non-profit organization dedicated to the idea that we are just one generation away from eliminating racism, denominationalism and poverty in America. All we have to do is act.

“One in four children and one in six of the general population, often the elderly, are going hungry, and it’s in our power to do something,” stated founder Chris Whitney. “There’s no doubt we can all make a huge difference to families in need. For every dollar donated, we can purchase $16 of retail food. In addition, the artists are generously donating their time and talent, and Jay Ellis of HALO Heating and Cooling graciously donated the evening at The Franklin Theatre. These blessings show we’re on the right track.”
Restless Heart’s Dave Innis and his wife Adrienne offered their full support after hearing about the organization through their church. “Restless Heart is humbled to be a part of promoting such an amazing organization as One Generation Away.” said Innis. “Lending our time and talents seems like a small thing in comparison to the hard working volunteers who are providing groceries to families in need. We are on board to help OneGen get the word out about who they are and what they are doing, so that they can expand their mission throughout the state and beyond: Wiping hunger off the face of America.”

The event will also include a VIP Meet & Greet from 6:30 - 7:30 pm for event sponsors featuring the exciting new group No Signal, plus a Silent Auction featuring one-of-a-kind memorabilia and experiences. All proceeds go to support One Generation Away and Tennessee families. Tickets on sale to the public Saturday, July 25th at the historic Franklin Theatre. Doors open at 7:30 pm, showtime at 8 pm.

For additional information on Restless Heart, visit www.restlessheartband.com
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Warner Bros./Warner Music Nashville recording artist Chris Janson is in the market for some reliable transportation, and it doesn’t even need to float.
“Everyone asks if I've gotten a boat,” Janson said with a chuckle. “For now we are thrilled to have a bus that runs!”
The problems started when Janson, his wife and kids, band and road crew showed up at Country Fest in Cadott, Wisconsin, in late June. Their bus, however, did not, and they had a performance the next day at Lakes Jam in Brainerd, Minnesota – a not inconsiderable 235 miles away.
With no wheels available, Janson took matters into his own hands, renting a U-Haul truck and a car. With Janson behind the wheel, he, his family, the band and crew moved on to join Toby Keith’s Good Times & Pick Up Lines Tour presented by Ford F-series at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Detroit.
Janson has since gotten a new bus and is out on the road playing select solo and festival dates around the Keith tour. The Nashville singer-songwriter’s nearly Top 15 hit “Buy Me a Boat” continues to float up the charts and is well on its way to gold certification with more than 360,000 copies sold. He also made his first television appearance on NBC’s “Today” and has performed more than 100 times on the Grand Ole Opry.
For more information about the rising country star or to buy tickets, visit www.ChrisJanson.com and follow @janson_chris on Twitter.
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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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