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Watch Zac Brown Band’s “Sweet Annie” Music Video

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Zac Brown Band photo by Cole Cassell, courtesy of Southern Ground Artists/Atlantic Records.

Zac Brown Band cordially invites fans to be a part of the wedding of the band’s Coy Bowles and his beautiful bride, Kylie, in their new music video, “Sweet Annie.” The video follows the band and their family and friends throughout the gypsy fantasy land ceremony and into a fun-filled reception that wraps with a 200ft slip and slide.

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“There was a lot of planning that went into this wedding, and a lot of hard work on many people’s efforts,” Coy said. “The sun and weather could not have been more perfect. Kylie, my wife, really out did herself creatively on the vibe and look of the wedding. She had a vision of what she wanted the wedding to look like. With the help of others, including Shelly Brown who designed her dress, we were really able to pull of this relaxing, gypsy fantasy land of a wedding.

Watch Zac Brown Band’s “Sweet Annie” music video below:

“Standing in front of everyone that you care about,” he continued, “looking into the eyes of the one person you wanna be with and love for the rest of your life and telling them exactly how you feel about them, how much love them in front of all the people that you love is one of the most awesome and intense things I’ve ever done.”

Besides sharing the video, Coy also listed his ‘Top 10 Coolest Wedding Moments‘ which included dancing with his mother-in-law to “Brick House” and an Icee truck, on the band’s website. Fans can also visit zacbrownband.com for a behind-the-scenes look at the making of “Sweet Annie.”

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Luke Bryan Added to American Music Awards Performers

Luke Bryan has been added to the list of performers on the 2013 American Music Awards along with Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

Suzy Bogguss To Release Merle Haggard Tribute Album

Suzy Bogguss Lucky Tribute Record
Suzy Bogguss will release Lucky, a Merle Haggard tribute record, on February 4, 2014. She didn’t set out to record a tribute to the country legend, but as she and her husband and co-producer Doug Crider combed through songs for her next project, they kept returning to tracks found in Merle’s catalog.

“He really is the poet of the common man,” Suzy said. “Not every artist has music that is as universal as Merle’s. It’s pretty heavy-duty stuff, and I think that’s why to so many of us who sing and write songs, he’s such a king among us.”

The project is a full circle of sorts for Suzy. Her debut album, 1989’s Somewhere Between, was named after one of Merle’s early songs. For Lucky, she dug deep into Merle’s catalog, making sure to choose songs that resonated with her rather than pulling out and covering his greatest hits.

The acoustic record includes songs such as “Silver Wings,” “The Bottle Let Me Down,” “If We Make It Through December,” “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here And Drink” and more.

Lucky track listing:
1. Today I Started Loving You Again
2. Silver Wings
3. The Bottle Let Me Down
4. I Always Get Luck With You
5. If We Make It Through December
6. Let’s Chase Each Other Around The Room
7. The Running Kind
8. Going Where The Lonely Go
9. Someday When Things Are Good
10. I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink
11. Sing Me Back Home
12. You Don’t Have Very Far To Go

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Academy of Country Music Announces Changes To Awards Categories

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The Academy of Country Music has announced changes to the Musician-Bandleaders-Instrumentalists awards, and Casino of the Year and Venue of the Year categories. The changes will go into effect beginning with the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, to be held in 2014.

The Musician-Bandleader-Instrumentalist (MBI) Awards will be renamed the Studio Recording Awards and be presented annually during ACM Honors in Nashville. The awards will include Bass Player of the Year, Drummer of the Year, Guitar Player of the Year, Piano/Keyboards Player of the Year, Specialty Instrument(s) Player of the Year, Steel Guitar Player of the Year, Audio Engineer of the Year and Producer of the Year.

“With the constant evolution in the process of making music, the Academy wanted to reflect the industry’s modernization of the roles and effectively spotlight individuals that are in the studio on a daily basis, contributing to the creative process of songs and albums,” Chris Farren, ACM Board Member and Chairman of the ACM Studio Recording Awards Professional Panel, said.

Three new categories will be added to the Casino of the Year and Venue of the Year categories, to recognize based on capacity.  Casino of the Year will now include two awards; Casino of the Year – Small Capacity for casinos with a maximum capacity of 4,000 seats, and Casino of the Year Medium – Capacity for casinos with a capacity of 4,001 seats to 11,000 seats.

Venue of the Year will now include three separate awards based on venue capacity; Venue of the Year – Small Capacity with a maximum capacity of 4,000 seats, Venue of the Year -Medium Capacity with a capacity of 4,001 seats to 11,000 seats, and Venue of the – Year Large Capacity will recognize venues of any type (including casinos) with a minimum of 11,001 seats.

“The Board felt that these changes more accurately reflect the nature of touring and wanted to make a change to be more inclusive than ever,” ACM Board President, Darin Murphy said. “These changes will make it possible for the Academy to honor venues of all types and sizes that do great work supporting the country music genre year-round.”

For more information on the Academy of Country music, visit  www.acmcountry.com.

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LoCash Cowboys Shoot Emotional New Video for “Best Seat in the House”

Earlier this month, LoCash Cowboys—Chris Lucas and Preston Brust—spent an afternoon at Franklin Road Academy in Nashville, where they filmed a powerful new video for their latest single, “Best Seat in the House.”

The song is a very personal one for both Chris and Preston, as it was penned after Chris’ father passed away in 2011. The tune walks the listener through several stages of the life of the main character, who always has his father close by watching from “the best seat in the house,” even after his father leaves the earth.

“Obviously this is a very emotional video to me, and I had a few moments that really took me back,” Chris tells Country Weekly.

Chris and Preston took to the school’s football field for their B-role parts, part of a narrative depicting an emotional relationship between a father and a son, which follows a touching football story line created by director Potsy Ponciroli, who also directed the duo’s last three music videos.

“I was very intrigued with bringing in the football story line, since football was such a huge part of my life growing up,” notes Chris. “I think it’s a cool take on the video. We could have gone several directions, but this had kind of a movie feel.”

“Potsy nailed a powerful and emotional story line,” adds Preston. “We’ve always trusted in him and his direction, and he proved to be the right director once again.”

The video was shot at sunset and went well into the evening hours to really capture the feel they were going for.

“I think what we shot is going to be powerful,” Preston explains. “We wanted this song to stand out and speak to people. I think the story line reflects what we wanted to do. I think when you have a song this meaningful and this powerful and this real, you don’t have to spend a lot of money on wardrobes and all the other things. I think you can shoot something real and honest, and it can resonate on camera. We are so proud of this video, and I think it’s something that Chris’ dad is proud of, too. I think his dad definitely had the ‘best seat in the house’ watching us film this video.”

“All in all,” concludes Chris, “we all believe our loved ones that have passed on are watching us still from the ‘best seat in the house.’”

“Best Seat in the House” is the latest single from the LoCash Cowboys’ self-titled debut album on Average Joes Entertainment. The duo will kick off their Livin’ Loud Tour tour in December, and it will continue on throughout 2014.

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