We have been doing some fun Instagram takeovers over on our Instagram: @nash_news_
If you don't follow along (you should) we have you covered. Here's a recap from our takeover with Nikki Briar!
Motherhood...I am a blessed new mama of a 5 month old and married to my number fan who is an American hero (army)....family is everything to me and being raised in a very close, supportive, loving and loud family, it has set the path for my music and passion... I was blessed to perform all 9 months during my pregnancy and pick up touring after taking only 2 months off and that was with the help from my husband and family...now our son tours with us and smiles from ear to ear when I sing to him!
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – In recent years, groundbreaking country music icon Tanya Tucker has been quietly writing and recording new music while coping with a wave of emotions surrounding Glen Campbell’s battle with Alzheimer's disease. While their relationship and breakup made headlines years ago, Tucker channeled her heartfelt feelings for Campbell in a new song titled “Forever Loving You.” A portion of the proceeds from “Forever Loving You” will benefit Alzheimer's Foundation of America, a non-profit organization which provides programs and services for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers, as well as funds research towards a cure for Alzheimer’s.
Tanya Tucker statement on passing of Glen Campbell:
“I’m just devastated. Absolutely devastated. It’s been so hard these past several years knowing what he’s been going through. My heart just breaks. Glen and I shared some incredible, precious memories together for a long time. There were some ups and downs and, of course, all the downs were played out in the press. We both got past all that. Forgiveness is a wonderful thing. It’s why I’m releasing “Forever Loving You” in memory of Glen and for all of those who are losing or have lost someone they love. I’ll forever love you, Glen.”
Tucker co-wrote “Forever Loving You” with Michael Lynn Rogers and Rusty Crowe, a Tennessee State Senator who co-sponsored the Campbell/Falk Act. The Tennessee law protects communication rights for people who've become wards of the state and those who have conservators over their financial and living situations.
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TANYA TUCKER 2017 TOUR:
Aug. 11 Golden Nugget Biloxi – Biloxi, Miss.
Aug. 12 Golden Nugget Lake Charles – Lake Charles, La.
Aug. 19 Kipawa Countryfest – Kipawa, Que.
Aug. 20 South Mountain Fair – South Mountain, Ont.
Aug. 25 Greenup Cumberland County Fair – Greenup, Ill.
Aug. 26 Secrest Auditorium – Zanesville, Ohio
Aug. 30 Minnesota State Fair – Saint Paul, Minn.
Aug. 31 Minnesota State Fair – Saint Paul, Minn.
Sept. 09 Sugar Creek Casino – Hinton, Okla.
Sept. 15 Rialto Square Theatre – Joliet, Ill.
Sept. 16 Andy Williams Moon River Theatre – Branson, Mo.
Sept. 23 5D Steakhouse & Lounge – Yorktown, Texas
Oct. 06 Billy Bob’s Texas – Fort Worth, Texas
Oct. 07 House Pasture Cattle Company – Concan, Texas
Oct. 22 Festival Grounds – Niceville, Fla.
Dec. 05 Higley Center For The Performing Arts – Gilbert, Ariz.
Dec. 08 Harris Center For The Arts – Folsom, Calif.
Dec. 10 Parker Arts – Parker, Colo.
Dec. 12 Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas, Nevada
May 05 Mill Town Music Hall – Bremen, Ga.
Nashville, Tenn. – Lucas Hoge, Rebel Engine Entertainment recording artist and Cabela’s Ambassador, lays claim to the #1 spot on the Billboard Top Country Albums Sales Chart, with the best-selling country album of the week. In addition, Hoge’s debut album lands at #5 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart, which includes album sales, streams and single track sales, moving up from #12.
As reported Monday in Music Row, the up-and-coming artist made an impressive debut last week at #3 with pre-sales, and has now made the climb to #1 this week just ahead of Chris Stapleton, Lady Antebellum and Joe Nichols.
Best known as host of Animal Planet’s Last Chance Highway, Hoge has made the transition into budding country star look easy. With his new single spinning on radio stations from Albany, NY and Orlando, FL to Monterey, CA and a #1 best-selling album to his credit, a humble Hoge is taking it all in stride.
“This experience has been so amazing and I can't thank everyone enough for the support,” shares Hoge. “Purchasing music is one of the biggest compliments you can give to an artist, knowing people enjoy my music is so fulfilling!”
Hoge's Dirty South Tour is equally impressive with stops at several iconic southern destinations just around the corner, with appearances at Sun Records in Memphis, The French Quarter in New Orleans, the Florida Everglades and Lookout Mountain, to name a few.
The video for “Dirty South” made its world premiere several weeks ago on CMT Music, and holds in the Top 10 on the CMT 12 Pack for the 2nd consecutive week, while Hoge was recently named one of Rolling Stone Country’s “10 New Country Artists You Need To Know.” He was also named NRA Country featured artist for the month of July.
Longtime brand ambassador for Cabela’s, Hoge also has a longstanding relationship with Wrangler National Patriot and was recently brought on board with Hero Outdoor Products.
With all the buzz surrounding his new release, it is clear Hoge is a star on the rise.
Stream/Download Hoge's new album DIRTY SOUTH here.
For a complete list of tour dates log onto lucashoge.com.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Internationally renowned superstar, Billy Ray Cyrus, will soon be honored by his beloved home state of Kentucky as he is inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame in 2018.
“It’s been a long journey since those days of growing up in Flatwoods, Kentucky,” said Cyrus. “For me, getting the chance to be inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame just brings it all full circle.”
The Kentucky Music Hall of Fame & Museum honors Kentucky performers, songwriters, publishers, promoters, managers, broadcasters, comedians and other music professionals who have made significant contributions to the music industry in Kentucky and around the world. Cyrus will join the ranks of artists such as Loretta Lynn, Bill Monroe and the Osborne Brothers.
Cyrus was born in Flatwoods Kentucky where he first picked a six-string guitar and developed a passion for music. After getting his big break opening for Reba McEntire in Louisville, Kentucky, Cyrus landed his first record deal. Twenty-five ‘Achy Breaky’ years and 16 top-40 hits later, the rest has been history.
The Kentucky Music Hall of Fame is excited to announce of new group of inductees from all across the state and represent a wide array of talents. Cyrus will be honored alongside Jason Crabb, Jackie DeShannon, Dale Ann Bradley, Bobby Lewis and David “Stringbean” Akeman. The induction ceremony will be held May 11, 2018 at the Center For Rural Development in Somerset, Kentucky.
Cyrus is currently on tour, starring in CMT’s “Still The King” and will be releasing a new album titled Set the Record Straight on November 11. For more information, visit billyraycyrus.com.
BILLY RAY CYRUS ON TOUR:
Aug. 12 Edgewater Hotel Casino Resort - Laughlin, Nev.
Aug. 19 Mill Town Music Hall - Bremen, Ga.
Sept. 08 Rockin' Country Music Festival - Taylor, Mich.
Sept. 09 Hard Rock Live - Northfield, Ohio
Sept. 22 Lancaster Performing Arts Center - Lancaster, Calif.
Sept. 23 Lewis Family Playhouse - Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Oct. 12 Coeur d’Alene Casino - Worley, Idaho
Oct. 13 Snoqualmie Casino - Snoqualmie, Wash.
Oct. 14 Spirit Mountain Casino - Grand Ronde, Ore.
Oct. 21 Crystal Grand Theatre - Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
MUSIC STARS REBA MCENTIRE, CHRIS STAPLETON, LADY ANTEBELLUM & WYNONNA JUDD ADDED TO ALL-STAR CONCERT CELEBRATION HONORING KENNY ROGERS
Nashville, Tenn. — Music stars Reba McEntire, Chris Stapleton, Lady Antebellum and Wynonna Judd have been added to the momentous lineup for "All In For The Gambler: Kenny Rogers' Farewell Concert Celebration," an all-star concert event taping at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 7PM CT. In addition, The Judds (Wynonna and Naomi Judd) will reunite for an unforgettable performance.
The new additions to the lineup will join previously announced artists Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Little Big Town, Alison Krauss, The Flaming Lips, Idina Menzel, Jamey Johnson, and Elle King.
The final block of tickets is now available via Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster locations and the Bridgestone Arena box office. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the T.J. Martell Foundation and the Kenny Rogers Children's Center.
This once-in-a-lifetime concert event will honor Kenny Rogers' historic 60-year career and will feature the final performance together by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton.
“It is a great honor to learn that my friends Reba, Lady Antebellum, Chris Stapleton, Wynonna, and The Judds will be performing at this show,” says Kenny Rogers. “I admire each one of them for the music they create and for the integrity that is always evident in their work. Having them be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime night is going to make things even more exciting for me. I appreciate them doing this, and all of the other artists who will perform, more than they know.”
In a career that has spanned more than six decades, Kenny Rogers has left an indelible mark on the history of American music. His songs have endeared music lovers and touched the lives of millions around the world. Chart-topping hits like "The Gambler," "Lady," "Islands In The Stream," "Lucille," "She Believes In Me," and "Through the Years" are just a handful of Kenny Rogers' songs that continue to inspire new generations of artists and fans alike. Rogers, with twenty-four number-one hits, is a Country Music Hall of Fame member, six-time CMA Awards winner, three-time GRAMMY® Award winner, recipient of the CMA Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013, CMT Artist of a Lifetime Award honoree in 2015 and has been voted the "Favorite Singer of All Time" in a joint poll by readers of both USA Today and People.
Blackbird Presents' Keith Wortman, creator and executive producer of Nashville's recent highly acclaimed "Sing Me Back Home: The Music of Merle Haggard," is the creator and executive producer of "All In For The Gambler." GRAMMY® Award Winner Don Was will serve as music director, and preside over a stellar house band backing the performers at this historic concert event taping. Kenny Rogers' manager, Ken Levitan, also serves as executive producer. The event will be filmed and recorded for multi-platform distribution throughout traditional media (worldwide broadcast, music, and digital).
"Like millions of fans around the world, Kenny Rogers has been the soundtrack of my life. As he finishes out this beautiful victory lap of touring life, I am honored and privileged to create and produce a show celebrating this special artist on this monumental occasion." says Keith Wortman, CEO of Blackbird Presents.
FOR COMPLETE SHOW DETAILS, VISIT THE OFFICIAL CONCERT WEBSITE:
NashNews: Start by telling us about Kaylee Rose, who are you? How did you get into music?
Kaylee Rose: My name is Kaylee Rose. I was born in Miami and moved to St. Augustine in middle school. In Miami, I grew up doing cheerleading & hip-hop dancing. When I moved to St. Augustine in middle school I taught myself how to play guitar and that’s when music started for me. I started playing at all of the local bars on a regular basis at age 14. That carried on all throughout high school and college until I decided to make the move to Nashville. Along with singing, I was captain of my high school dance team & class president. It’s funny how balancing all of those things in high school really helped me with my transition to Nashville.
NN: You just released a new EP, tell us a little bit about it.
Kaylee Rose: I released my first EP this past week and it is available on Spotify and Itunes. It is 4 songs that I feel represent who I am as an artist and songwriter. Produced by Matt McVaney, the songs were all co-written with songwriters that have helped me express my unique style of country and pop. I am so proud of these songs and am so happy they are finally out!
NN: What is one thing you hope to cross off of your professional bucket list within the next year? Five years?
Kaylee Rose: In my 3 years of living in Nashville I have grown so much not just as a singer but as a songwriter. My goal in the next 5 years would be to play bigger stages and have success as a songwriter. Whether it is someone else cutting and recording my songs or it is myself.
NN: You’ve played around 1000 shows since you were 14, what have you learned through playing those shows about yourself as an artist? About your stage presence?
Kaylee Rose: The biggest thing I’ve learned is that performing is not about me but about my crowd. I want to write and play songs that people want to hear because if they’re pumped up and happy with what I’m doing, then so am I. I feed off of it. Whether it’s two or two thousand people in the room, if a song I wrote moved someone in the crowd, my goal is accomplished for that show. I’ve definitely learned the difference between being an entertainer versus being a singer. I am so thankful for all of the shows I’ve played because there are so many little tricks to performing and writing that can only be taught by going out and playing countless shows.
NN: What are three things you have to take with you to a show?
Kaylee Rose: I don’t have many things I bring to a show. But my friends always laugh because I always bring the most ridiculous water bottles to my shows. I’m always that girl carrying literally a gallon of water. Hydration is so important for singers. If Taco Bell was good for the vocal chords I’d probably bring that too lol.
NN: If you could do a collaboration with anyone, who would you choose and why?
Kaylee Rose: If I could collaborate with anyone it would probably be Ed Sheeran. He is such an amazing songwriter and singer and has so much swag. I love how he will sing a beautiful folky ballad and then in the next song he will start rapping. Everything about his style is very unpredictable yet authentic, which is inspiring.
NN: What is the best advice you have been given about the music industry?
Kaylee Rose: The best advice I have ever been given is that this journey is a marathon, not a sprint. It is very rare for things to move quickly in this town, no matter how hard you work. A lot of musicians, including myself, have moved here with thousands of shows and paid dues under their belts. But it’s kind of like clicking a refresh button when you move to Nashville, everyone is back at square one. As frustrating as it gets, the longer I’m here, the more I’m learning how to trust the process and how to patiently work hard. They aren’t kidding when they say it’s a 5 to 10 year town.
Follow Kaylee Rose on social media @iamkayleerose
Check out her new EP and let us know which song is your favorite!
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Chart-topping, ACM award-winning artist Justin Moore’s performance in a “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” skit landed an Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics category for “The Ballad of Claus Jorstad (Devil Stool).” The spoof was written by Jimmy Kimmel and Gary Greenberg.
"If you had told me I would be a part of earning an Emmy nod for singing a song about what I did, I would have thought you were crazy. Haha," said Moore. "Nonetheless, it's very cool to hear. I'm excited for Jimmy and his crew. Hopefully, we can bring it home. They told me this week that they would share it with me, so it would be pretty cool to add an Emmy to the mantle."
Watch here as the platinum-selling artist introduces his wicked sense of humor to the late night audience as he performed the song about an unlucky man in Norway who had an unfortunate run-in with an Ikea stool in the shower.
The 2017 Emmy Awards will air live on CBS on Sept. 17 at 8PM ET. A complete list of 2017’s Emmy Awards nominees is available on Emmys.com.
Justin performed both his latest hit single "Somebody Else Will" and title track "Kinda Don't Care" Tuesday night on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Watch them both here.
Justin Moore on Tour:
Aug. 04 - Kearney Amphitheater - Kearney, Mo.
Aug. 05 - Country on the River - Prairie du Chien, Wis.
Aug. 07 - Sturgis Buffalo Chip Amphitheater - Sturgis, S.D.
Aug. 11 - Foxwoods Resort and Casino - New London, Conn.
Aug. 12 - Sands Steel Stage - Bethlehem, Pa.
Aug. 13 - Tags Summer Stage - Big Flats, N.Y.
Aug. 18 - Havelock Country Jamboree - Ennismore, Canada
Aug. 19 - Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom - Hampton Beach, N.H.
Aug. 26 - Redding Civic Auditorium - Redding, Calif.
Aug. 27 - Enumclaw Expo Center - Enumclaw, Wash.
Sept. 02 - Bridge View Center - Ottumwa, Iowa
Sept. 03 - South Dakota State Fair - Huron, S.D.
Sept. 09 - Clay County Fairgrounds - Spencer, Iowa
Sept. 14 - Masonic Auditorium - Portland, Ore.
Sept. 15 - The Farm - Selma, N.C.
Oct. 28 - Curtis-Hixon Park - Tampa, Fla.
When I was first contacted about covering this story I was so excited! Not only do I love Nashville, but I love a feel good story, and boy do we have one for you today!
As a part of the Leukemia Lymphoma Society’s Random Acts of Light Campaign, Nashville star, Charles Esten surprised Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia survivor and die-hard Nashville fan, Caitlin Hensley with tickets to the tour in Dayton, Ohio. 26-year old Caitlin got the full VIP experience, which included early entry, special meet and greets, photos, autographs and more.
Want to see how Hensley was surprised? Check out the video here.
Caitlin, we hope you had an amazing time! Thanks for sharing some pictures with us so we could share your night!
(Nashville, Tenn. – Aug. 2, 2017) – Emerging country duo, Indigo Summer, is excited to announce the release of their infectious new song, “A1A” to Spotify and Apple Music. The duo, comprised of Bryan Edwards and Hope Nix, co-wrote the song along with Larry McCoy.
The idea for “A1A” was sparked when Edwards and his dad were heading down the famed A1A Boulevard in Florida. “Growing up in Florida, A1A was always an iconic beach stroll, so it’s a beachy-twist to country songs you hear about driving through the country-side making memories,” says Edwards.
An official music video for “A1A” will be released on August 4. Leading up to the release of the video, the duo will conduct a Facebook Live through the duo’s official Facebook page on Aug. 2 and 3.
As the duo’s name suggests, Indigo Summer’s music is fun and energetic. Their songs are true to their country roots yet they are not scared to push the boundaries of today’s country music. Pushing the confines was exactly what they did with this latest release, “Our goal was to point out that a Florida road-trip, Spring Break, or vacation, can seem like the time of your life with all the fun little beach towns, seaside shacks and flintiness of tan lines and convertibles,” explains Edwards.
Enjoy the summer a little longer, listen to Indigo Summer’s “A1A” here.
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THE RAISING OF THE LARGEST TOURING TENT IN THE WORLD MARKS THE OFFICIAL ARRIVAL OF THE SHOW AHEAD OF THE AUGUST 30 OPENING NIGHT
NASHVILLE, TN – (Tuesday, August 1, 2017) #OdysseoTN – The most impressive and immense big top on the planet – part of the largest touring production ever created - has been raised in Nashville (near Opryland by Briley Parkway at exit 12),in preparation for the much-anticipated Tennessee debut of Odysseo, an exceptional theatrical adventure by Cavalia. Imagined by Normand Latourelle - one of the co-founders of Cirque du Soleil - the $30 million extravaganza that expands the definition of performance into an epic, yet soulful theatrical experience will open under the gigantic White Big Top August 30, with matinee and evening shows scheduled through September 10. Yesterday, at the show's site, Claudia Huskey(Senior Advisor to the Mayor of Nashville), Robert Swope (District 4 Council Member) and John Adams (Gaylord Opryland VP & Market General Manager)joined Normand Latourelle (Cavalia Founder and Artistic Director) for brief remarks about the excitement of bringing such a unique production to Music City. Huskey, Swope, Adams, and Latourelle, alongside District 15 Council Member Jerry Syracuse, cut the symbolic ribbon heralding the official arrival of the production in Nashville.
While the White Big Top rose to the sky, guests and members of the press toured the impressive site that will soon host the epic experience Odysseo by Cavalia - a breathtaking production featuring more than 100 horses, riders, acrobats, dancers, aerialists and musicians. Standing 125 feet tall and covering a surface area of 58,397 square feet - the size of a football field - Odysseo’s exceptional White Big Top is a mix of art, technology and advanced engineering. In order to break through the limitations of standard big top tents, allow for more flexibility in the performance area, and to give the horses the space they need to express themselves in all their beauty, Normand Latourelle partnered with specialized companies in Europe and Canada to create the high-tech structure. By removing the usual supporting masts from the stage and shifting the weight of the structure from the masts to three arches above the tent, this specially designed White Big Top is the best environment for the horses and acrobats to perform breathtaking numbers and for the creative team to design immense staging.
This unprecedented ‘traveling theatre’ is also composed of several exceptional features including its grandiose stage – larger than The Predators ice rink – that enables large-scale, cutting-edge creative performances. Faced by bleachers with 2,074 seats, just like an auditorium setting, the 17,500-square-foot stage requires 10,000 tons of stone, earth and sand to create so that it offers nature on stage, a vast space of freedom where more than 100 two and four-legged stars can display their intimate collaboration.
The multi-dimensional and magical world of Odysseo is conjured through images of the most beautiful landscapes from around the world, projected onto an 8,400-square-foot screen, a feast for the eyes with staggering effects created by state-of-the-art scenery. Odysseo’s technical grid, worthy of the largest permanent installations in Las Vegas, New York or London, can support 80 tons of equipment for the stage needs of the show, including a majestic life-sized merry-go-round.
During the breathtaking finale, a vertiginous virtual waterfall overhangs a lake made possible by an underground drain system that releases 40,000 gallons of recycled water onto the stage, in which horses, riders and artists join to frolic, leaving behind them the traces of their splashes—and an astonished audience.
The White Big Top is just one part of a larger ensemble; the Odysseo village will take shape over the next few weeks and consists of five tents: the White Big Top, the stable tent, the Rendez-Vous VIP tent, the warm-up & artistic tent, and the kitchen tent serving the 200 permanent employees. In total, 110 semi-trailer trucks will be required to transport the world’s largest touring production to Nashville.
Odysseo is a veritable revolution in live entertainment that marries the equestrian arts, stage performances, and high-tech theatrical effects in never-before-seen ways.
TICKETS – BUY NOW AND ENJOY “PRESALE” PRICES – Up to 15% discount is applied automatically for online and phone transactions for purchases made through August 29, 2017. The presale ticket prices range from $39.50 to $109.50 + applicable fees. For a memorable outing, the Rendez-Vous package offers the best seats in the house, a full meal buffet dining before the show, open bar, desserts during intermission and an exclusive visit to the stables after the show. This unique VIP experience takes place in a tent alongside the White Big Top. The presale Rendez-Vous package prices range from $144.50 to $224.50 + applicable fees. Special pricing and packages are also available for groups of 12 spectators and more. Tickets for Odysseo are available at www.cavalia.com/nashville or by calling 1-866-999-8111.