Special Announcements

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…)

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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…)


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…)


“THE JUDDS” TO PREMIERE IN PRIMETIME ON OWN: OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK, SUNDAY, APRIL 10

New Docu-Series Follows Legendary Mother-Daughter Duo On Their Reunion Concert Tour

For the first time on television, Judds fans and OWN viewers enter the private and public lives of country music icons, Naomi and Wynonna Judd, on the new docu-series, “The Judds.” The six-episode series follows the award winning mother/daughter duo as they hit the road for their first and final concert tour in ten years. Cameras capture their emotional journey as they work to heal their relationship, reconnect with their fans and share the spotlight once again. “The Judds” premieres April 10 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

After decades of struggle and recovery, Naomi and Wynonna are ready to share their celebrated and often complicated lives. The series begins as both mother and daughter prepare for their final reunion tour. Stress is high as both Judds realize that performing together again is a “make or break” deal when it comes to their relationship. They love each other and want more than anything to heal their connection, but the tour, combined with unresolved issues and painful memories from the past, threaten to derail their efforts. (more…)


RICKY SKAGGS RECEIVES NOMINATION FOR 42ND ANNUAL DOVE AWARDS

It was recently announced that the legendary Ricky Skaggs has been nominated for the 42nd Annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. Skaggs will be competing in the Country Album of the Year category for Mosaic. Gordon Kennedy and Skaggs Family Records also received a nomination for their work on the album as producer and record label, respectively. “I’m very excited about the Dove nomination,” says Skaggs, “Mosaic is a project that is near and dear to my heart. It seems to have a life all its own. I believe it will continue touching lives for years to come.”

Mosaic was released in August of 2010 and is Skaggs’ return to a full band sound, a style that made him one of the best-selling artists in country music history. He worked closely with fellow GRAMMY winner Gordon Kennedy to create an album with music and lyrics that speak to Skaggs’ faith, making “music that is in my head and in my heart,” says Skaggs. (more…)


OAK RIDGE BOYS REACT TO 2011 DOVE AWARD NOMINATIONS

The Oak Ridge Boys have won a total of 9 Dove Awards throughout their career and they are looking to add to that number in 2011. It was recently announced that the Oak Ridge Boys received 3 nominations for this year’s 42nd Annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, including: Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year, “Live With Jesus”, Country Recorded Song of the Year, “God’s Gonna Ease My Troublin’ Mind” and Long Form Music Video of the Year, An Inconvenient Christmas.

“The GMA has been so very good to The Oak Ridge Boys,” said group member Joe Bonsall. “On every show we try to sing some Gospel songs and take the time to remind our audience where our roots and heritage reside. We cannot say thank you enough for these nominations! I might add…… there is STILL room on that shelf!” (more…)


ARIZONA COUNTRY THUNDER GETS LOUDER WITH THE ADDITIONS OF LITTLE BIG TOWN, SARA EVANS, CRAIG CAMPBELL, AND EDEN’S EDGE

Only 19 days left to purchase 4-day passes at the great price of $140!

Florence, AZ (February 15, 2011)Country Thunder – With less than two months to go before the festival kick-off, Country Thunder continues to add extraordinary talent to an already impressive line-up including Toby Keith, Jason Aldean, Clay Walker, Martina McBride, Rodney Atkins, Sawyer Brown, Eric Church, and more. (more…)