All posts in July 2014

Jake Owen to Host 8th Annual ACM Honors

Jake Owen has been announced as this year’s host for the 8th Annual ACM Honors, an event that recognizes members of the country music community—both celebrities and executives—with musical tributes and special presentations.

“I couldn’t be more proud to host the ACM Honors,” Jake said. “I’m blessed to be a part of country music, and to join in recognizing these incredible artists, musicians and industry executives is a true honor.”

The evening’s honorees include Toby Keith, Krist Kristofferson, Ronnie Milsap, Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts and the late Buck Owens, along with songwriters Shane McAnally and Dean Dillon, musician Paul Franklin, producer Dann Huff, engineer Justin Niebank and venues like Billy Bob’s Texas in Forth Worth, the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville and the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn.

The ACM Honors will be held at the Ryman Auditorium on Sept. 9.

The event is open to the public and tickets go on sale Friday, Aug. 1, at 10 a.m. CT online and at the Ryman box office.

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Jake Owen Set to Host ACM Honors in Nashville

Jake Owen will host the eighth annual ACM Honors ceremony recognizing the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards.

A Dream Comes True: Lee Brice, Randy Houser and Jerrod Niemann Perform at the Opry

Lee Brice, Randy Houser and Jerrod Niemann are three good buddies who often write and hang out with each other. But there’s one thing the trio had never done together: perform on the Grand Ole Opry stage. That is, until Wednesday night, July 30.

Lee, Randy and Jerrod finally got their schedules worked out where they could play the Opry on the same night. And they certainly savored the moment.

Lee told the sold-out Grand Ole Opry House audience, “When I got the call to perform, I asked if I could invite Randy and Jerrod to join me. And tonight, with all of you, we’re getting to make one of our dreams come true.”

During the show, Jerrod performed his latest hit, “Drink to That All Night,” while Randy delivered a powerful “Like a Cowboy.” Lee sang his current single, “I Don’t Dance,” as his wife, Sara, to whom the song is dedicated, watched from the wings.

Randy noted that getting to share the experience with his two good buddies “made it that much more memorable.”

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Watershed weekend

Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum (pictured) and Jake Owen roll into the Gorge Amphitheatre this weekend for the Watershed Festival. Now in its third year, the country-music shindig has been sold-out for weeks on the strength of a solid lineup that includes Randy Houser, Kip Moore and Billy Currington, pl

Watershed weekend – The Seattle Times (blog)

Watershed weekend
The Seattle Times (blog)
... Jake Owen roll into the Gorge Amphitheatre this weekend for the Watershed Festival. Now in its third year, the country-music shindig has been sold-out for weeks on the strength of a solid lineup that includes Randy Houser, Kip Moore and Billy ...

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Wynonna Brings “A Simpler Christmas” Tour to the Road

Christmas in July?

For Wynonna Judd, it’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas. To prove it, the big-voiced singer has just announced her joyful holiday tour, A Simpler Christmas, which kicks off Dec. 3 in Springfield, Ohio.

Wynonna will be backed by her band, The Big Noise, for the holiday concert series.

This marks Wynonna’s second consecutive Christmas tour, for which she’ll perform holiday classics as well as her greatest hits. "I love singing the music that inspires me to remember the real reason for the season," Wynonna said about the tour.

Check out the dates for Wynonna’s A Simpler Christmas tour right here.

Wynonna’s A Simpler Christmas tour
Dec.3Springfield, Ohio
 5Glasgow, Ky.
 6Danville, Ky.
 7Punxsutawney, Pa.
 10Fort Myers, Fla.
 11Fort Pierce, Fla.
 14Jacksonville, Fla.
 18Kalamazoo, Mich.
 20Virginia Beach, Va.
 21Newberry, S.C.

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12 Country Songs for Troubled Times

Ever since country music emerged as a distinct art form in the 1920s, it has serenaded, aroused and comforted generations through the Great Depression, World War II, the Cold War and conflicts in Korea, Vietnam and the Middle East.

Watch Lucy Hale’s “Lie A Little Better” Music Video

Lucy Hale

Lucy Hale photo courtesy of Monarch Publicity.

Lucy Hale has released a new video for her latest single, “Lie A Little Better.” The clip was filmed at the Grand Ole Opry, where she made her Opry debut on June 21. In the clip, she is seen performing at the famous venue, goofing off with her band backstage, and singing into a hairbrush in an Opry dressing room.

“Little girls dream about their wedding dress,” she said about her Opry debut. “I dreamed about the dress I was going to wear on the Opry.”

Watch the “Lie A Little Better” music video below:

Click here to view the embedded video.

Hale’s Opry debut was captured for a recently released ‘Night At The Opry’ video. Hale’s debut album, Road Between, is available now.



Jason Aldean Burns It Up With "Burnin’ It Down"

His tour and new single may be called "Burnin' It Down," but Jason Aldean is clearly burnin' it up.

Carrie Underwood Is This Week’s Silver Lining

After all the talk this week about concert arrests, public drunkenness and bitch-slapping, it's refreshing to take a break from the cloud of all that bad news and just scroll through Carrie Underwood's latest tweets.