RSS Feed News CategoriesMy list of RSS feedsChange site language and RSS feedsRSS: Reading speed 0100
ACM Reveals Talent Lineup For April 5th ‘Our Country’ Special
countrymusicnewsblog.com Thursday, 26 March 2020 21:57:58
STAR-STUDDED LINEUP ANNOUNCED FOR “ACM® PRESENTS: OUR COUNTRY,” A NEW TWO-HOUR SPECIAL AIRING SUNDAY, APRIL 5 AT 8:00 PM ET/7:00 PM CT ON CBS Special to feature At-Home Performances by Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Kane Brown & John Legend, Luke Bryan, Brandi Carlile, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Sheryl Crow, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Old Dominion, Brad Paisley & Darius Rucker, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton & Gwen Stefani, Shania Twain, Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley & Darius Rucker to Honor Kenny Rogers The Academy of Country Music® and dick clark productions announced today the all-star lineup of performers for ACM® PRESENTS: OUR COUNTRY, a two-hour special featuring intimate conversations and at-home acoustic performances with Country Music’s biggest stars, along with clips from the Academy of Country Music Awards’™ 55-year history. Confirmed performers include Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Kane Brown & John Legend, Luke Bryan, Brandi Carlile, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Sheryl Crow, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Old Dominion, Brad Paisley & Darius Rucker, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton & Gwen Stefani, Shania Twain, Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban. The special will be broadcast Sunday, April 5 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT and 7:00 PM CT) on the CBS Television Network and on CBS All Access. ACM® PRESENTS: OUR COUNTRY will also honor 10-time ACM Award® winner Kenny Rogers with performances by Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley and Darius Rucker. As previously announced, artists will appear from their homes to share heartfelt thoughts and perform acoustic versions of Country hits. Additionally, video clips from previous ACM Award broadcasts will highlight favorite ACM moments from the past. It will be a night filled with entertainment, hope and reflection, bringing the healing power of music to Americans at a time when they need it most. The special will broadcast during the time slot previously scheduled for the 55th Academy of Country Music Awards, which will now be broadcast Wednesday, Sept. 16 (live 8:00-11:00 PM ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network and streaming live and on demand on CBS All Access. The 55th ACM Awards, hosted for the first time by reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year and 15-time ACM Award winner Keith Urban, honors the biggest names and emerging talent in the Country Music industry. For more information, visit ACMcountry.com. You can also like Academy of Country Music on Facebook or follow on Twitter at @ACMawards, follow on Instagram at @ACMawards and sign up for the FREE ACM A-List for more immediate updates. About ACM® PRESENTS: OUR COUNTRY ACM® PRESENTS: OUR COUNTRY invites fans to join their favorite superstars for a new kind of entertainment special featuring at-home acoustic performances with top Country artists along with clips of their favorite moments from the Academy of Country Music Awards’™ 55-year history. ACM PRESENTS: OUR COUNTRY is produced for television by dick clark productions. R.A. Clark, Barry Adelman, Mark Bracco and Amy Thurlow are executive producers. Damon Whiteside is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music®.
Luke Bryan, Willie Nelson, Meat Loaf, Stevie Nicks, The Eagles & More This Week on AXS TV Concerts (March 23-29)
countrymusicnewsblog.com Wednesday, 25 March 2020 00:58:16
Los Angeles – (March 23, 2020) – AXS TV, the premier cable channel for music-themed content in the United States, brings the ultimate concert experience home—giving viewers front row seats to iconic performances from some of the industry’s most influential artists with a week of show-stopping sets from Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Stevie Nicks, The Eagles, Meat Loaf, and more, airing March 23 through March 29. Though live concerts have been postponed during this time, AXS TV is committed to providing viewers with a place to come and enjoy the absolute best in music-themed programming, bringing them closer to their favorite artists with acclaimed documentaries, candid interviews, unforgettable concerts and more, airing each and every day. The following list has been carefully curated, offering star-studded specials and hit-packed concerts for those music connoisseurs craving the magic that only live performances can provide. Sit down, tune in, and rock out! All Times EASTERN Tuesday, March 245:30 p.m. Meat Loaf – Guilty Pleasure Tour‘80s power ballad superstar Meat Loaf takes the stage in Sydney, Australia during his 2011 Guilty Pleasure Tour to perform beloved classics “Bat Out Of Hell,” “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That),” and more. Wednesday, March 251 p.m. US Festival-Day 1: New Wave DayBlending rare concert footage with insightful interviews with organizers and performers, this three-part concert special tells the story of the groundbreaking 1983 US Festival, which entertained more than two million people in San Bernardino, California. New Wave Day features performances by The Clash, Stray Cats, The English Beat, and Men at Work, among others. 5:30 p.m. The Rocky Mountain WayJoe Walsh and his band Barnstorm reunite for a special one-night-only event in The Rocky Mountain Way, joined by friends and fellow music icons Garth Brooks, Amy Grant, Vince Gill, and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Thursday, March 2612:00 p.m. An Intimate Evening With Willie and MerleThis landmark event offers a rare glimpse into one of music’s most legendary friendships, as Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard enter the studio to record their final album together before taking the stage for one of their last joint performances. Throughout the night, the pair trade witty banter between delivering spirited renditions of Nelson’s “Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die” and “On The Road Again,” Haggard’s “Okie From Muskogee” and “Fightin’ Side Of Me,” collaborative tunes “A Horse Called Music” and “Pancho And Lefty,” and many more. 1:05 p.m. Travis TrittCountry music chart-topper Travis Tritt performs classics such as “Bonnie and Clyde” and “Great Day.” Saturday, March 289:00 p.m. The Eagles – Hell Freezes OverGlenn Frey, Don Henley, Don Felder, Joe Walsh, and Timothy B. Schmit reunite for the first time in 14 years, in this in-depth 1994 special putting the spotlight on a career-spanning set that includes timeless renditions of “Hotel California,” “Tequila Sunrise,” “Desperado,” and more. 10:50 p.m. The Eagles Farewell: Live From MelbourneThis special event captures The Eagles’ sold-out Melbourne concerts from their historic “Farewell I” tour, boasting nearly three Continue reading →
Country Concerts During our Quarantine Period.
countrymusicnewsblog.com Thursday, 19 March 2020 02:37:25
It is without a doubt that COVID19 aka CoronaVirus is hitting the country music fans and industry HARD and FAST. With so much information changing from one day to the next, the best we can do is try to take care of ourselves and each other, and not go out chasing down disasters. With that said, we here at CountryMusicNewsBlog.com have teamed up with the great Jessica Northey-Shaw of Country Sway and CMChat to give country music fans a little relief from the routine. Jessica has graciously started working with artists to launch a series of Facebook Livestream concerts. The first artist to grace the digital stage will be Rick Monroe, who will perform tomorrow night at 6pm ET, 3 Pacific. You can get all the details about this and future shows by checking the EVENTS tab on the Country Sway page on Facebook, and by following us on FB as well! Call it happy hour. Call it #quarantainment. Call it our way of saying we love you, and we will get through this together, as a community, even if we are isolated from each other. It’s going to be a lonnnnng staycation for country music fans, and while we can’t take away the serious nature of what is going on in the world, we can help people take a break from it.
Blanco Brown Releases Soulful “I Need Love”
countrymusicnewsblog.com Saturday, 14 March 2020 19:58:34
NASHVILLE, TN—(March 13, 2020)— Blanco Brown, the mastermind behind the international smash single “The Git Up,” has released a soulful new track titled “I Need Love.” Written several years ago while navigating through some hardships, the song’s personal meaning has evolved in recent weeks, inspiring him to release it now. “Purpose comes from something bigger than us. Right now, my brothers and sisters in Nashville have had their world torn apart and they need love, at the same time people all over the world are going through struggles and everyone everywhere needs love and support and I feel like sharing this song is part of God’s plan as I follow my purpose,” Blanco stated. “I need love, we all need love; love and blessings. There can never be too much love.” Believing that above all, music has purpose— Blanco decided to share the track in hopes that it will provide comfort and healing to others. “I Need Love” follows the story of a man reaching out as his world comes crumbling down and how he’s found solace during the hard times through the power of love. Despite being written in 2016, the second verse reads timelier than ever with lyrics like: “When the wind starts to spin and the skies start falling in, when the earth starts to bend in a series of strange events. When my knees get to buckling and my heart shows you nothing, just start praying for me.” Blanco was in town to celebrate the opening of the American Currents: State of the Music exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum (in which he is featured) as the deadly tornado ripped through Nashville, the place he considers a second home, causing immeasurable damage to the area. After meeting with fellow volunteers, seeing the heartbreaking damage and the inspiring way this city came together first-hand, Blanco was moved to take action within the community. In addition to participating in fundraising events for the tornado victims and volunteering in the neighborhood clean ups, Brown will also be making a donation toward the tornado relief efforts. Friday night, the “TrailerTrap” creator returned for his second appearance on the Grand Ole Opry stage, performing Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come” in addition to “I Need Love,” backed by the world-famous house band for the first time. Blanco returned for an encore performance Saturday night to a heartfelt ovation from the crowd as he addressed not only the devastation in Tennessee but all of the hardships the world is currently facing. With each day that passes since deciding to release the song, his decision has taken on bigger and more powerful meaning. The heart-filled “I Need Love,” backed by Brown’s signature 808’s, is a desperate plea and a vulnerable peek into the struggles he’s faced in the past. Focused more than ever on positivity, purpose and love, Brown’s ultimate goal is to make the world a better place with his music. His latest single with the Platinum-selling Continue reading →
Summer 2020 Music Festival Lineups – Country Thunder, Stagecoach, Born & Raised and More!
countrymusicnewsblog.com Thursday, 12 March 2020 20:11:00
In 2020, there are over a dozen country music festivals. It can be overwhelming trying to decide which festivals to attend and which lineup suits you the best. Here is a comprehensive list of the most popular country music festivals and their updated lineups! ATTENTION: Due to the increase in concert cancellations and health concerns surrounding COVID-19 (coronavirus), please check with venues ahead of time to ensure your desired festival has not be canceled! Billboard also has an ongoing list of concert cancellations. If your desired festival does not get canceled, please take a look at how you can further protect yourself from coronavirus and “festi-flu” at music festivals here! **All festival information is current as of March 13th. Please visit the festival websites for additional updates and information. ** Born & Raised Music Festival – June 5, 6, 7 – Pryor, OK https://www.bornandraisedfestival.com/Willie Nelson & Family, Hank Williams Jr., Jamey Johnson, Whiskey Myers, Blackberry Smoke, Margo Price, Randy Rogers Band, Shooter Jennings, Parker McCollum, Stoney Larue, Jack Ingram, Hayes Carll, William Clark Green, Cody Canada & The Departed, Jason Boland & The Stragglers, Paul Cauthen, Flatland Cavalry, The Band of Heathens, Shane Smith & The Saints, Bottle Rockets, Jamie Lin Wilson, Mike and The Moonpies, Zach Bryan, Elizabeth Cook, Kendell Marvel, Tim Montana, Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights Watershed Music Festival – July 31 – Aug 2 – George, WA www.watershedfest.com The Main Stage lineup for Watershed Music Festival: Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Thomas Rhett, Kelsea Ballerini, Billy Currington, Jon Pardi, Randy Houser, Russel Dickerson, Ashley McBryde, Lindsay Ell, Morgan Evans, Hardy, Tenille Arts, Travis Denning, Gone West ft. Colbie Caillat, Blanco Brown, Dee Jay Silver MerleFest – April 23-26 – Wilkesboro, NC “In light of comments from North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper this afternoon, we will be issuing an official statement concerning MerleFest 2020 by the close of business on Friday, March 13. Thank you for your patience and support.”Please visit www.merlefest.com to view their official statement. www.merlefest.comWillie Nelson & Family, Alison Krauss, John Prine, The Jerry Douglas Band, Melissa Etheridge, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, The Marcus King Band, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Sam Bush, Billy Strings, Jim Lauderdale, Kruger Brothers, The Waybacks, Scythian, Donna the Buffalo, Peter Rowan and the Free Mexican Airforce, Tommy Emmanuel, Colin Hay, Shinyribs, Charley Crockett, Darrell Scott, The Steel Wheels, Kelsey Waldon, Gangstagrass, Robbie Fulks, Amythyst Kiah, Cordovas, Alison Brown, Andy May, “B” Townes, Banknotes, Bill and the Belles, Bryan Sutton, Carol Rifkin, Charles Welch, Chatham Rabbits, Che Apalache, The Cleverlys, Creole Stomp with Dennis Stroughmatt, David Holt, Fireside Collective, Flattop, Happy Traum, Hogslop String Band, InterACTive Theatre of Jef, Irish Mythen, Iron Horse Bluegrass, Jack Lawrence, Jeff Little Trio, Jody Carroll, Joe Smothers, Ken Crouse, Laura Boosinger, The Local Boys, Los Texmaniacs, Mark Bumgarner, Mary Flower, Mitch Greenhill, Pete & Joan Wernick, Piedmont Bluz, Presley Barker, Rev. Robert Jones, Roy Book Binder, Sierra Ferrell, String Madness, T. Michael Coleman, Tony Williamson, Wayne Henderson, The Moore Brothers, The Williams Continue reading →
Cam Announces Three Special Shows for Palo Alto, Los Angeles and New York
countrymusicnewsblog.com Thursday, 12 March 2020 19:37:54
March 10, 2020 (Los Angeles, CA) – Critically acclaimed, Grammy® award-nominated songstress Cam has announced three special shows for April. Kicking off in Palo Alto, CA, Cam will visit three cities for some exclusive intimate performances to give her fans a sneak peek at her highly anticipated sophomore album, due out later this year via RCA Records. Tickets for these shows are on sale now, limited space available. Last month, Cam made her triumphant return with her sensual new single, “Till There’s Nothing Left,” making the debut television performances of the song on The TODAY Show and on Late Night with Seth Meyers on the day of release. The song instantly garnered acclaim across the board: “Cam’s vocals captivate” – Billboard “An arena-country promise of uninhibited back-seat passion” – NY Times “A powerful testament to losing yourself to love like there’s no tomorrow.” – NPR “[A] smart, sensual song” – Paste “One of the most underrated country artists in the genre” – Esquire “Till There’s Nothing Left” is available everywhere now HERE and watch the official video now HERE. LIVE DATES April 1, 2020 – Palo Alto, CA – Mitchell Park Community Center April 8, 2020 – Los Angeles, CA – The Troubadour April 16, 2020 – New York, NY – Rockwood Music Hall
Corona Virus and Concert Season
countrymusicnewsblog.com Wednesday, 11 March 2020 22:30:39
Amid the press and panic of the rising pandemic of COVID19, aka The Corona Virus, attending a concert can really seem like a privilege and a low priority one at that. But for some Americans, concert season is sacred ground. We scrape and save all year to go see our favorite artists, attend an annual festival, and otherwise be surrounded by music and the people we love to share it with. So can attending a concert still be an option during this fast-spreading sickness? Let's explore that question Continue reading →
Brad Paisley to Headline the 5th Annual Sing Out Loud Festival September 4 at the St. Augustine Amphitheater
countrymusicnewsblog.com Wednesday, 11 March 2020 19:00:31
St. Augustine, Fla. (March 9, 2020) – Kicking off the first weekend of the month-long 5th Annual Sing Out Loud Festival will be country music superstar Brad Paisley. Paisley will play the St. Augustine Amphitheater on Friday, September 4. Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 13 at 10am. Paisley and his wife, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, are co-founders of a nonprofit organization called The Store, a free-referral based grocery store, which aims to empower low income individuals and families in the Nashville area. A portion of all ticket sales will go to The Store – a nonprofit free-referral based grocery store that Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams-Paisley, in partnership with Belmont University, are spearheading in Nashville, TN. It will be a year-round free grocery store allowing people to shop with dignity for their basic needs. For more information on The Store go to www.thestore.org. The Sing Out Loud Festival is one Florida’s largest music festivals held in the nation’s oldest city – St. Augustine, Florida. Now in its fifth year, the Sing Out Loud Festival is an epic celebration of live entertainment featuring national, regional and local talent representing a myriad of musical genres. Dozens of performances take place every weekend in September at multiple venues around St. Augustine and the month-long festival includes free concert events as well as a number of large-scale, ticketed concerts at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. The Sing Out Loud Festival is produced by the St. Johns County Cultural Events Division, which owns and operates the St. Augustine Amphitheatre and the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, in partnership with the St. Johns County Tourist Development Council. Proudly presenting the 5th Annual Sing Out Loud Festival are festival sponsors the St. Augustine Distillery and Champion Brands. For more information, please visit www.singoutloudfestival.com.
CMA Foundation Honors 30 Music Teachers with Music Teachers of Excellence Awards
countrymusicnewsblog.com Tuesday, 10 March 2020 19:31:22
NASHVILLE—The CMA Foundation, a national music education nonprofit and the philanthropic arm of the Country Music Association, is honoring 30 music teachers from across the country as Music Teachers of Excellence. Now in its fifth year, the annual program was created in an effort to recognize those educators who are having the greatest impact on their students, using music as a vehicle for change. WATCH THE 2020 HONOREE ANNOUNCEMENT VIDEO BELOW On Tuesday, May 5 the CMA Foundation will hold its fifth annual Music Teachers of Excellence Awards in Nashville, which will be hosted by Country Music artist and songwriter, Kelsea Ballerini. Along with a night of celebration, the CMA Foundation will invest $150,000 total to all of this year’s recipients, with half of each teacher’s investment going toward their classroom needs and music programs, and the other half to support professional development and personal expenses in an effort to continue driving commitment and motivation. Award recipients are selected based on their dedication to bringing a high-quality music program to their students and the impact they’ve had on their school community through music. To date, the CMA Foundation has invested over $27 million nationally since 2006, including more than $700,000 towards Music Teachers of Excellence to ensure music educators have the support and funding needed to create a thriving program within their school and community. “Music education has proven to be an effective and invaluable tool for academic achievement and social development, yet we consistently hear that programs are not properly supported,” says Tiffany Kerns, CMA Foundation Executive Director and CMA Vice President, Community Outreach. “Each year, when we recognize the tremendous group of music educators through our Music Teachers of Excellence program, it allows us to give back to those who have dedicated their lives to serving our next generation. These educators, who spend countless hours in the classroom, are helping to shape creative, collaborative, future leaders through the power of music.” 2020 Music Teachers of Excellence National Award Recipients (in alphabetical order) Chris Maunu, Arvada West High School, Jefferson County Public Schools – Arvada, CO Efrain Casillas, Desert Oasis Elementary School & Porfirio H. Gonzalez Elementary – Tolleson, AZ Joanie Padgett, Fitzgerald High School College & Career Academy, Ben Hill County Schools – Fitzgerald, GA Jose Antonio Diaz, MacArthur High School, Aldine Independent School District – Houston, TX Kayla B. Werlin, Longmeadow High Schools, Longmeadow Public Schools – Longmeadow, MA Keith Hancock, Tesoro High Schools, Capistrano Unified School District – Rancho Santo Margarita, CA Kelsey, D. Burkett, Hillard Memorial Middle School, Hillard City Schools – Hillard, OH McKenna Stenson, Charles J. Colgan High School, Prince William County Public Schools – Manassas, VA Theresa McKnight, Oakdale Elementary School, Oak Hills School District – Cincinnati, OH Thomas Pierre, Thomas G. Pullen K-8 Creative and Performing Arts Academy, Prince George’s County Public Schools – Landover, MD 2020 Music Teachers of Excellence Tennessee Award Recipients (in alphabetical order) Adrian Maclin, Cordova High School, Shelby County Schools – Cordova, TN Alice Asako Walle, Continue reading →
Benefit Concert for Tennessee Disaster Relief THIS Wednesday (3/11)
countrymusicnewsblog.com Tuesday, 10 March 2020 19:15:00
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — FOX’s Rent: Live Actor and singer-songwriter Brennin Hunt will host the Tennessee Tornado Relief Concert at VZD’s in Oklahoma City Wednesday, March 11. Seven artists will perform in an intimate Nashville style writer’s round concert, with 100% of the proceeds benefitting Restore the Dream Fund, a fund supported by the efforts of United Way of Greater Nashville. The fundraising efforts come in response to the devastating tornadoes that came through Nashville and the greater Middle Tennessee region early March 3. An Oklahoma Native, Hunt started his acting career as a guest star on ABC’s hit series “Nashville” as Sullivan Fitzgerald. Before moving back to Oklahoma, Hunt and his wife called Nashville home for 13 years and still own a home there. “Many lives were lost and a lot of people, including dear friends of ours, are left with nothing,” Hunt said on his social media post promoting the event. “We Okies know what they are going through and will be recovering from for many months.” To donate directly to United Way’s Restore The Dream, you can click HERE or text RestoreTheDream to 41444 Who: Brennin Hunt with Aranda, Adam Aguilar, Shane Henry, Josh Roberts, Albert Aguilar and Jeff AllenWhat: Tennessee Tornado Relief ConcertWhen: Wednesday, March 11 at 6 p.m.Where: VZD’s, 4200 N Western Ave.Tickets: $15 at the door