Television

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…)


“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…)


TRACE ADKINS, JASON ALDEAN, THE BAND PERRY, SHERYL CROW, LADY ANTEBELLUM, MIRANDA LAMBERT, MARTINA McBRIDE, RASCAL FLATTS, REBA, DARIUS RUCKER, BLAKE SHELTON, AND KEITH URBAN ANNOUNCED FOR 2011 CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL

Nashville’s Signature Music Event Celebrates 40th Anniversary And Will Once Again Be Filmed for ABC Television Special

NASHVILLE – The iconic CMA Music Festival will celebrate its 40th anniversary when it takes over the Downtown Nashville campus for four days this summer, Thursday-Sunday, June 9-12, 2011. The event that USA Today calls “the crown jewel of Country Music festivals” started in 1972 as Fan Fair®. Forty years later, the legendary festival has become Nashville’s signature music event, which annually attracts thousands of fans from all 50 states and around the globe while raising millions of dollars for music education in Metro Nashville Public Schools. 2011 will also mark the eighth consecutive year that CMA Music Festival will be filmed for a network television special, shining a national spotlight on both the Country Music format and “Music City USA.”

The reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Miranda Lambert, Male Vocalist of the Year Blake Shelton, and Vocal Group of the Year Lady Antebellum join Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, The Band Perry, Sheryl Crow, Martina McBride, Rascal Flatts, Reba, Darius Rucker, and Keith Urban as the first artists announced as performers during the Nightly Concerts at LP Field during CMA Music Festival. This will be Crow’s first performance at CMA Music Festival. Additional names and performance schedules will be announced in coming weeks. (more…)


THE PRETENDERS & FAITH HILL PERFORM LIVE FROM THE PEPSI SUPER BOWL FAN JAM

CMT CROSSROADS was live at Super Bowl XLV with a very special episode featuring rock royalty, THE PRETENDERS, and five-time Grammy winner, FAITH HILL. CMT CROSSROADS: THE PRETENDERS & FAITH HILL LIVE FROM THE PEPSI SUPER BOWL FAN JAM premiered live on CMT on Saturday, February 5 at 10:00 p.m. ET/9:00 p.m. CT, as part of the NFL PEPSI SUPER BOWL FAN JAM festivities. It was the third performance in the concert series and aired from Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie, TX. An encore presentation will air Wednesday, February 9 at 6:00 p.m., ET/PT.

CMT Press – Photo Credit: Getty/Rick Diamond


JAMEY JOHNSON’S MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY-DIRECTED VIDEO PREMIERES THIS WEEK

JOHNSON TO PERFORM ON THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO OCTOBER 26

Nashville, TN – Jamey Johnson’s highly-anticipated music video for “Playing the Part,” directed by Matthew McConaughey, premieres this week.

Entertainment Tonight will feature the world premiere on Wednesday, October 20. VEVO will premiere the full-length director’s cut on Friday, October 22 starting at 8 a.m. ET at http://www.vevo.com and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage will be available online at http://www.people.com.

The video, shot in Los Angeles in late September, marks two important firsts. It is the first music video ever directed by McConaughey and the first video from Johnson’s critically acclaimed 25-song double album, The Guitar Song, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart and No. 4 on the Billboard 200.

“Jamey and this song both have a great sense of humor, so I wanted the video to have a ‘wink’ to it,” says McConaughey. “For any video, if you like the song, you should like it even more after you see the video. I wanted this video to support the lyrics, and elevate the song.”

With his extensive film background, he wanted his first foray into video directing to feature a compelling narrative so that it wouldn’t be an ordinary music video. “This is a story with a beginning, middle and a surprise at the end,” he says. “I started out with a 250-pound stripper leaving work in the morning, and ended up with a man in a gorilla suit getting fired from used tire store.”

When McConaughey told Johnson that the video would be pretty “carney,” Johnson said, “Get as carney as you want.”

About working with his friend, Johnson says, “I don’t think I could have dreamed anything better.”

McConaughey first heard Johnson’s music about 2-1/2 years ago on an AM radio in his brother Rooster’s barn. “We’re in this little barn and it was echoing from this tiny radio,” McConaughey says. “I said, ‘Damn, this is a good song, Rooster.’ And Rooster said, ‘It’s called ‘In Color.’ We didn’t know what artist it was, so we looked it up and it was Jamey. I went immediately and bought Jamey’s album and said, ‘This album is an instant classic.’”

McConaughey met Johnson during the 2009 Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas, where Johnson received the Song of the Year award for “In Color.” McConaughey presented the award for album of the year, for which Johnson was also nominated. “I thought That Lonesome Song was the best album that year, but he did win best song,” McConaughey notes.

“I met Jamey backstage, he hit on Camila, we shared a few laughs, and we stayed in touch.”

A few months later, McConaughey’s girlfriend, Camila Alves, secretly asked Johnson to perform at McConaughey’s 40th birthday party.

During one of their conversations, McConaughey, a Texas native, invited Alabama-native Johnson to the Texas-Alabama national championship football game. The men made a bet: the loser would donate money to the winner’s favorite charity.

“When Jamey won, he said, ‘You can donate my winnings to Gamblers Anonymous,’” McConaughey says. But McConaughey discovered that the organization didn’t accept donations, so Johnson told him that the bet would be settled if McConaughey would publicly announce that he lost the bet, which he did in a magazine.

After Johnson completed his album, he called McConaughey and said, “I’ve got a new single and I want you to direct the video for it.” McConaughey responded, “Sure, let me listen to it and find an angle.”

“I had a few initial ideas,” recalls McConaughey. “But after Jamey and I talked about why he wrote it and where the song came from, it was clear that I needed a man in a monkey suit.”

“Playing the Part” was one of two Los Angeles-inspired songs Johnson penned for The Guitar Song.

Johnson, who is currently on tour, will perform on NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Tuesday, October 26.

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TRIBUTE TO LORETTA LYNN ON “THE 44th ANNUAL CMA AWARDS”

In celebration of Loretta Lynn’s 50th anniversary in the music business, Sheryl Crow and Miranda Lambert will perform together in a tribute to the legendary singer/songwriter on “The 44th Annual CMA Awards.” Lambert and Crow will perform Lynn’s classic signature song, “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”

Hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, “The 44th Annual CMA Awards” airs live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov. 10 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network. Previously announced performers include Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Lambert, Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Reba, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Sugarland, Underwood, Keith Urban, and the pairing of Zac Brown Band with Alan Jackson.

© 2010 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc.

Loretta Lynn Photo Provided by Country Music Association


SECOND ROUND OF PERFORMERS ANNOUNCED FOR “THE 44th ANNUAL CMA AWARDS”

Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Reba, George Strait, Sugarland, Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban Will Perform on “Country Music’s Biggest Night

NASHVILLE – The excitement is building for “The 44th Annual CMA Awards” with today’s announcement that Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Reba, George Strait, Sugarland, Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban have been added as performers for “Country Music’s Biggest Night(tm).” Previously announced performers include Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, and the pairing of Zac Brown Band with Alan Jackson. “The 44th Annual CMA Awards,” hosted by Paisley and Underwood, airs live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov. 10 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Paisley, the reigning Male Vocalist for three consecutive years (2007-2009), has three nominations this year, including Entertainer, Male Vocalist, and Music Video of the Year for “Water,” which was directed by Jim Shea. Paisley has received a total of 13 CMA Awards. His first-ever collection of greatest hits, Hits Alive, will be in-stores Nov. 2.

Rascal Flatts is nominated for Vocal Group of the Year, an award they won for six consecutive years (2003-2008). They have a career total of seven CMA Awards. The group will release its newest album, Nothing Like This, on Nov. 16.

Reba is a 2010 Female Vocalist of the Year nominee, an Award she won during four consecutive years (1984-1987). She is currently tied with Martina McBride for the most wins in that category. She has won a total of six CMA Awards, including Entertainer of the Year (1986). Her upcoming album, All The Women I Am, will be released Nov. 9.

Strait received two nominations, including Male Vocalist and Album of the Year for Twang, which Strait produced with Tony Brown. Strait has won more CMA Awards than any other artist in history, with a current total of 22 trophies, including two wins as Entertainer of the Year (1989, 1990). He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006.

Sugarland is nominated for Vocal Duo of the Year, an award they have won for the past three consecutive years (2007-2009). Their new album, The Incredible Machine, will be released on Oct. 19.

Underwood has won 5 CMA Awards and received two nominations this year, including Female Vocalist and Album of the Year for Play On, which was produced by Mark Bright with one track co-produced by Bright and Max Martin. Underwood has won Female Vocalist three times (2006-2008). Should she win the Female Vocalist category again this year, she would tie McBride and Reba as the top winners in the category with four wins each.

Urban is nominated for both Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year. Urban won Entertainer in 2005 and Male Vocalist of the Year three times (2004, 2005, and 2006). His new album, Get Closer, will be in stores Nov. 16.

Country Music Association

Rascal Flatts Photo Provided by Country Music Association