Announcements

Tuesday Night Opry Returns March 1

Tuesday Night Opry Returns March 1.
The Grand Ole Opry® presented by Humana® kicks off the first Tuesday Night Opry of the 2011 season on Tues, March 1. Scheduled to appear during the show are Academy of Country Music Top Vocal Group nominees Little Big Town and the Randy Rogers Band, International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainers of the Year Dailey & Vincent, Country Music Hall of Famers Bill Anderson and Jimmy Dickens, and more.

Among those slated for weekend and Tuesday Opry appearances later in March are Rodney Atkins, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, (March 4); The Band Perry, Terri Clark, Shelton, Edens Edge (Debut) (March 6); Ralph Stanley, Ricky Skaggs, Josh Turner (March 11); Thompson Square, Jason Michael Carroll, Lee Greenwood (March 15); Eric Church, Craig Campbell (March 18); Charlie Daniels Band, Steve Wariner (March 19); and many more throughout the month.

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THE BAND PERRY CELEBRATES ACM WIN AND PREMIERES “YOU LIE” VIDEO TODAY – PLAYING NOW ON CMT & GAC

“Top New Vocal Duo or Group” Win Moves TBP Into The Running To Become ACM’s “Top New Artist” -Winner To Be Determined By Fans And Announced During The
46th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards On April 3

Fans Can Vote At VOTEACM.com, Powered By CBS.com, Starting March 11

Nashville, Tennessee (February 28, 2011) – Newly-announced ACM Award winners, The Band Perry, premiered their new video for “You Lie” today, which is now airing on CMT and GAC. “You Lie” is the third single from their Gold-certified debut album, THE BAND PERRY, and has become the trio’s fastest-climbing radio single to date on the Billboard Country Singles Chart. (more…)


TO INFINITY AND BEYOND: RIDERS IN THE SKY WAKE UP CREW ABOARD THE SPACE SHUTTLE DISCOVERY

Nashville, TN – At 6:53 a.m. Saturday, a special dedication to mission specialist Alvin Drew came by way of the familiar tune, “Woody’s Roundup,” performed by “America’s Favorite Cowboys” Riders In The Sky. The song was played to wake him and his fellow crew members up for the final mission on the Space Shuttle Discovery. “Woody’s Roundup” a Riders In The Sky classic written by Randy Newman, was played in dedication to Drew as it woke the crew to begin preparing for the last docking to the International Space Station. The song is famously known for its use on the Toy Story 2 sound track, and the Riders In The Sky recognize this new honor as being out of this world. Ranger Doug says it best: “From the New Frontier to the Final Frontier, it’s the Cowboy Way!”

Following the soothing wake up call was a long day of preparation met by the hatches being opened for the final time between the ISS and Discovery at 4:16p.m., prompting the joint phase of the STS-133 mission. Both crews took part in a brief but exciting welcoming ceremony which included handshakes (more…)


NASHVILLE MUSIC GARDEN PRESENTS ONE OF NASHVILLE’S FIRST RECORDINGS TO FONTANEL MANSION & FARM

Rare DeFord Bailey Record is Prominent Addition to New Exhibit at Fontanel

Nashville, TN (February 23, 2011) — Pat Bullard, a LifeWorks Foundation trustee and founder of the Nashville Music Garden, recently presented The Fontanel Mansion & Farm a priceless piece of Nashville’s music history, a rare, original 78 recording of DeFord Bailey’s “Ice Water Blues/Davidson County Blues” accompanied by photos of Bailey with the original members of the Grand Ole Opry cast, circa 1920.

Noted DeFord Bailey biographer David Morton gifted the record to the Nashville Music Garden and feels its place at The Fontanel Mansion is fitting. “I gave this record to the Nashville Music Garden, because of their dedication to making people aware of DeFord Bailey and his most significant role in the early development of the country music industry in Nashville,” said Morton. “The record is one of my favorites with ‘Ice Water Blues,’ DeFord’s classic rendition of a fiddle tune he learned from his grandfather, and ‘Davidson County Blues,’ a version of his popular ‘Cow Cow Blues.’ I am amazed and pleased with what the Nashville Music Garden has done with the record.” (more…)


TUNE IN SATURDAY TO SEE LEE BRICE ON CMT’S SOUTHERN FRIED FLICKS

Brice launches iPad giveaway on leebrice.com

Nashville, TN (February 23, 2011) – Three-time ACM nominee Lee Brice joins CMT hostess with the mostest Hazel Smith to cook up some southern comfort food and discuss his latest projects, including his current single “Beautiful Every Time.” The episode will air on Saturday, February 26 at 9:00pm ET. The featured movie will be The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning.

In preparation for the ACM Awards and as a thank you to fans, a new contest has launched on Lee’s website. One lucky fan will have the chance to win an Apple iPad. Fans can log on now and sign up to win by visiting http://www.leebrice.com. Nashville, TN (February 23, 2011) – Three-time ACM nominee Lee Brice joins CMT hostess with the mostest Hazel Smith to cook up some southern comfort food and discuss his latest projects, including his current single “Beautiful Every Time.” The episode will air on Saturday, February 26 at 9:00pm ET. The featured movie will be The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning. (more…)


ROCK ROYALTY 1/1 Launches One of a Kind Guitar Collection

Based out of Music City, Rock Royalty is a luxury design house that manufactures one-of-a-kind, custom guitars designed for the most discriminating musicians, guitar collectors, and jewelry aficionados that can be played on-stage or displayed as fine art.

Combining optimal musical performance with fine aesthetic beauty, Rock Royalty introduces nine prototype custom guitars for their launch collection. The custom electric solid body guitars focus on jewel-encrusted hardware and accessories that use only the finest gemstones, precious metals, and exotic materials. All hardware and accessories are manufactured in 18kt gold and/or sterling silver, and then set with natural fancy color diamonds, colorless gem diamonds, and vibrant color gemstones. The most coveted creation is the custom Gibson Les Paul that features almost 50 carats of black and white diamonds in 22kt yellow gold and sterling silver with a retail of $125,000 USD.

Rock Royalty also introduces the patent-pending KAGED Guitar Collection which features guitars custom wrapped in exotic animal skins (i.e. alligator, sting ray) and then framed in a high-polish stainless steel cage. All KAGED Guitars contain Rock Royalty’s jewel-encrusted hardware and accessories that compliment the guitar’s exotic wrap motif. KAGED Guitars make great performance instruments with bold and unique looks as well as luxurious gifts for the musician who has everything. (more…)


BILLBOARD AND CMA RE-TEAM FOR COUNTRY MUSIC SUMMIT

The Second Annual Billboard Country Music Summit, in association with the Country Music Association, will take place Monday – Tuesday, June 6-7 in Nashville. Like last year, the Summit will kick off activities leading up to the annual CMA Music Festival, which will be held June 9-12 in Nashville and celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

The two-day event will feature panel discussions, case studies and keynote interviews, as well as artist showcases and networking opportunities. Programming will focus on the most important issues affecting artists, songwriters, managers, agents, promoters, label executives, music publishers, radio programmers and all those closely associated with the Country Music business. Panels and round tables will include “Content Creation in the New Digital Marketplace,” Why Country Radio Thrives While Other Formats Fight for Their Lives,” “Touring Saturation: Are We There Yet?” and “New Business Models Under a Microscope.” Other sessions will examine digital marketing and sponsorship/branding initiatives. (more…)