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Dustin Collins Releases “Cold Dead Hands” —An Ode to the Second Amendment

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(Nashville, Tenn. – March 14, 2017) – Country recording artist, Dustin Collins, is earning a name for himself with his current single, “Cold Dead Hands.” Debuting at #1 in its first week on the Billboard Hot Singles Sales chart, the track is an ode to the second amendment and takes a firm stand in support of an American’s right to bear arms.
“Cold Dead Hands” is the first single to hit radio from Collins’ newly released EP, delivering a real country sound that listeners today are craving.

Collins speaks about the track, stating, “’Cold Dead Hands’ was written as an anthem to the American gun owner. An anthem to everyone who is tired of being told the way they live is wrong and that there’s something wrong with them for having morals, values, and tradition.” He continues, “It’s not a gun thing, it’s a culture thing.”

After a test spin by PD/Morning host, Dale Carter at KFKF in Kansas City, “Cold Dead Hands” was received with an overflow of positive feedback, Collins is now set to headline KFKF’s Red, White and Blue Springs 4th of July Festival in the Kansas City area.  WCLT-100.3 in Newark/ Columbus, Ohio was the first country station in the nation to play “Cold Dead Hands” and the response continues to be fantastic. More details surrounding the show, and other forthcoming appearances are available here.

Country music comes naturally to Kentucky-bred Dustin Collins, who has been performing since the age of 13 and uses his Southern upbringing to influence his music.

Born into a family of musicians, he learned the guitar from picking around the kitchen table and joining in on campfire sing-alongs of covers. Later, Collins began playing honkytonk shows and bluegrass festivals, eventually moving to Nashville in 2009, where he quickly became a regular at the weekly writers’ nights. Releasing his first single “Straight Up” in 2014, the track made its way into the top 40 of several industry-published charts, and the video notched in the No. 1 spot for CMT’s Most Popular Artist.

For more information about Dustin Collins, visit www.DustinCollinsMusic.com and follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

  Staff   Mar 22, 2017   Country, News   0 Comment   Read More

Travis Tritt: A Man and His Guitar to Air on PBS Stations Across the Country

Coming off a 32-city SOLD OUT solo acoustic tour, Tritt gears up for next leg of shows
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Multi-award winning artist and country music hit-maker Travis Tritt continues to check off boxes in his illustrious career. Following the release of his live 2-disc CD and DVD, titled A Man and His Guitar – Live from the Franklin Theatre, the concert event is scheduled to air as special programming on PBS stations across the country (check local listings).

Filmed and recorded in an intimate setting at the historic Franklin Theatre in Franklin, Tennessee, Travis Tritt: A Man and His Guitar spotlights Tritt’s distinctively soulful voice, his exceptional guitar prowess, and features Tritt at his best, performing a fresh take on some of his biggest hits, including “Help Me Hold On,” “Anymore,” and “Best of Intentions,” in a stripped down, pure form. Previously unreleased renditions of “Come and Go Blues” and “Pickin’ At It” are also included in the program. This presentation of Tritt’s performance features television hosts Nan Kelley and Brian Mansfield along with special in-concert guests Marty Stuart and James Otto.

The southern-rock influenced artist is also coming off a 32-city sold out solo acoustic tour, with a second leg of shows already in full swing. Forthcoming show dates and markets are listed below, with new dates continuously being added to www.TravisTritt.com.

The Georgia native hit another milestone in his career when he recently celebrated his 25th anniversary of becoming an Opry member. Tritt performed and received a commemorative plaque presented by John Conlee celebrating his long-lived relationship with the Opry. While standing inside the famous six-foot circle on stage, Tritt expressed his gratitude by telling the crowd that this was the “biggest honor of my life.”

More than 27 years after Travis Tritt launched his music career, Tritt continues to sell-out shows and stay true and relevant to country music fans across the globe. His 1990 debut album Country Club and its succession of hits put him in the vanguard of the genre’s early ʼ90s boom, making him one of “The Class of ʼ89,” along with country music superstars Garth Brooks, Clint Black and Alan Jackson, all of whom dominated the charts in the early 1990s. “Country Club,” “Help Me Hold On,” “I’m Gonna Be Somebody” and “Drift Off to Dream” peaked at numbers two and three on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts, which led Tritt to win the Top New Male Artist award from Billboard and the CMA Horizon Award (now known as the New Artist Award). In 1991, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified Country Club as platinum. Two years after his debut, Tritt’s sophomore album, It’s All About to Change, was released. The album shipped three million copies and all four of its singles reached the top five on the country music charts. Along with his first album, this release became triple-platinum certified by the RIAA.

The next series of albums, seven of which are certified platinum or higher, scored Tritt more hit singles and led him to amass more than 25 million in career album sales, two Grammys, three CMA Awards and a devoted fan base. In 2012, he formed his own label, Post Oak Recordings, and shortly after released The Calm After…. In 2015, Tritt topped the SoundScan Top 200 Catalog Country Albums chart for over 60 consecutive weeks, with 15 weeks spent at No. 1 and 35+ weeks notched in a Top 5 position.

For more information on Travis Tritt, visit his website TravisTritt.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

For images and more information on this and other PBS programs, visit PBS PressRoom at pbs.org/pressroom.

For media inquiries, please contact Christy Walker-Watkins at christy@aristomedia.com or (615) 269-7071.

Upcoming Dates & Markets (www.TravisTritt.com/tour):

Mar 10 Rama, Canada
Mar 11 Mount Pleasant, MI
Mar 17 Emporia, KS
Mar 18 Enid, OK
Mar 19 Wichita, KS
Apr 1 Lake Charles, LA
Apr 6 Westbury, NY
Apr 7 King of Prussia, PA
Apr 15 Decatur, AL
Apr 21 West Wendover, NV
Apr 23 Fort Collins, CO
Apr 26 Colorado Springs, CO
Apr 28 Las Cruces, NM
Apr 29 Scottsdale, AZ
Apr 30 Indio, CA
May 11 Winston-Salem, NC
May 12 Charles Town, WV
May 13 Corbin, KY
May 18 Moncton, NB
May 19 Truro, Canada
May 20 Summerside, Canada
May 21 Augusta, ME
June 2 Kansas City, MO
June 10 Norfolk, VA
June 22 New Brunswick, NJ
July 28 Longview, TX
Sept 22 Amesbury, MA
Sept 30 St. Charles, MO

Pictured below: Travis Tritt: A Man and His Guitar – Live From The Franklin Theatre
Photo Credit: Chuck Arlund, Arlund Photography

Pictured below: Travis Tritt celebrated his 25th anniversary of becoming an Opry member Tuesday night, February 28. Pictured here L to R: Michael Guth, John Conlee, Travis Tritt, Bill Cody, Dan Rogers
© 2017 Grand Ole Opry / Photo by Chris Hollo

  Staff   Mar 22, 2017   Country, News   0 Comment   Read More

Blane Howard Releases “Promise To Love Her” After ‘First-Dance’ Video Goes Viral

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(Nashville, Tenn. – March 10, 2017) – Country singer/songwriter Blane Howard’s new single, “Promise To Love Her,” is sure to tug at your heartstrings. A surprise gift on their wedding day for his bride-to-be, the song was supposed to be just that, a gift. However, when the bride heard the song, she knew it had to be their first-dance song.  A rough hand-held video from their wedding went viral picking up over half-a-million views; meanwhile, thousands of encouraging messages poured in urging the release of the track. “Promise To Love Her” has all the makings of a hit song, not only for brides, but for anyone who has ever fallen in love.

The single was written by Howard and Jordan Kyle Reynolds, and produced by Brad Hill (Grammy-nominated for Maren Morris’ album, Hero).  The track was so intimate, Howard was reluctant to release it; however, the massive volume of comments and private messages he was receiving on Facebook from soon to be brides and grooms wanting to use the song, confirmed that he needed to release it as a single.  “Promise to Love Her” is sure to be the next great love song.

Howard explains, “I just wanted it to be one of her wedding gifts, but after she heard it she said we have to use this as our first dance. She loved it, her family loved it, and all of our guests loved it! I am so happy that so many people out there have responded the same way to our first-dance video.”

Program Director at WGGC Bowling Green, Greg Almond commented, “This is the song every woman will want for their wedding this Summer.”

Prior to the single’s release, an official music video for “Promise to Love Her” premiered on March 6, and has already racked up over half-a-million VIEWS and 11,000 SHARES on Facebook in the first 72 hours!  

Howard has been touring for several years all over the mid-south region of the country, opening for Country power players such as Blake Shelton, Hunter Hays, Granger Smith, Joe Nichols, Trace Adkins, and others. He released his debut album in 2015, featuring tracks “Friday Feeling,” “Crazy,” and “County Line.”  Howard’s long list of performances include CMA Fest, the summer finale of Nashville’s Next Big Twang, and two performances at the State Fair of Texas-Chevy Main Stage, one of which was at the conclusion of Texas vs. Oklahoma game day.  Howard was even named IMP-Independent Musicians Promotions 2015’s Country Artist of the Year, and his track “Crazy” won Judges Pick at Indi this summer for Best Original Song.

Blane Howard grew up in south-central Arkansas.  He was destined to be a country performer from the first time he was three years old, playing his blue-and-green plastic guitar while singing along to Alan Jackson’s “Chasin’ that Neon Rainbow.”  Striving for his dreams, Howard moved to Nashville and graduated from Belmont University, where he met most of his band mates.

For more information on Blane Howard, visit www.blanehoward.com or follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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  Staff   Mar 22, 2017   Country, News   0 Comment   Read More

Australian Country Music Festival, CMC Rocks Queensland, Sells Out 10th Anniversary Event

Record Numbers To Attend 2017 Event

(Nashville, Tenn. – March 7, 2017) – While celebrating its 10th Anniversary, CMC Rocks Queensland has sold out for its second consecutive year. The Australia-based Country music festival will host more than 15,000 music lovers across three days at Willowbank, with headline performances from Dixie Chicks, Little Big Town, Kip Moore and local stars Lee Kernaghan and Morgan Evans, and will feature MCs Storme Warren and Mike Carr & Grizzly Adams. The festival is set for Friday, March 24, 2017 to Sunday, March 26. With expanded camping areas, an extended camper’s entertainment program, and more of the best food and beverage suppliers, CMC Rocks QLD has increased its capacity by 2,000, up from last year’s 13,000 maximum capacity crowd, and is the only country music festival to ever sell out in Australia.

“It is very exciting to see the growth of Country Music around the world, and for us to have an event in Australia that truly reflects this with chart topping artists from USA, UK, Canada, NZ and Australia all performing at this year’s 10th Anniversary CMC Rocks QLD Festival”, said promoter Rob Potts. “Aussie country music fans from each State and Territory will be joined by visiting country fans from around the world; North America, UK, Europe, South East Asia, New Zealand and more, as they all come together to celebrate the best of country music at the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest international country and roots festival. Sold out for the second year in a row, Chuggi and I look forward to presenting and evolving the next ten years of CMC Rocks!”

Foxtel Arts & Music Channels Manager, Fraser Stark said, “Foxtel and CMC (Country Music Channel), congratulates Rob Potts Entertainment Edge and Chugg Entertainment in securing an extraordinary line up of local and international country music artists which sees the festival go from strength to strength. We are proud of our strong partnership with CMC Rocks as it heads into its tenth successful year with Foxtel’s 7th Annual CMC Music Awards pre-empting the festival.  It is a relationship with a long standing commitment and tremendous vision to broaden this genre of music in Australia and bring the best of country music to both these live events as well as on Foxtel screens.”
Music lovers will turn out in force to watch some of the biggest names in country music hit the stage. With 16 international acts playing alongside a plethora of established and up-and-coming local artists, 2017 is shaping up to be the biggest year yet.
Joining Dixie Chicks (USA), Little Big Town (USA), Kip Moore (USA) and Lee Kernaghan (Australia) on 2017’s A-List international roster are Tyler Farr (USA), Craig Campbell (USA), Charles Esten (USA), Michael Ray (USA), Eric Paslay (USA), Granger Smith (USA), Drew Baldridge (USA), The Shires (UK), Ward Thomas (UK), Gord Bamford (Canada), Chris DeStefano (USA) and Brett James (USA).

Local legends and rising stars round out the lineup: Morgan Evans, Adam Harvey, The McClymonts, The Wolfe Brothers, Jasmine Rae, Caitlyn Shadbolt, Brothers 3, Christie Lamb, Col Finley, Doug Bruce & The Tailgaters, Deep Creek Road, Imogen Clark, Kayla Mahon (NZ), Kaylens Rain, Mustered Courage and Viper Creek Band.

From the inaugural CMC Rocks The Snowys 2008, which was held at Thredbo’s Friday Flat, to the festival’s various incarnations at the Hunter Valley’s Hope Estate, Townsville’s Reid Park and now Willowbank in Ipswich, CMC Rocks has continued to entertain and excite the growing legions of country music fans in Australia with a unique music and lifestyle offering.
Since 2008, the festival has hosted international icons like Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum, Toby Keith, Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line along with local stars including Lee Kernaghan, John Williamson, Troy Cassar-Daley, Kasey Chambers, The McClymonts, Morgan Evans and more.

The 7th Annual CMC Music Awards will precede the festival on the evening of March 23rd and will take place at The Star Gold Coast. The Awards will be hosted once again by Morgan Evans and will feature a star-studded lineup with performances from Little Big Town, Kip Moore, Lee Kernaghan, The McClymonts, Travis Collins and more. Tickets are available for purchase at ticketek.com.au. If you’re unable to attend, the CMC Awards will be broadcast LIVE on Foxtel’s Country Music Channel from 8:30pm AEDT. For the tenth year running, CMC will televise CMC Rocks festival highlights, exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes action.

The Queensland Government is proud to support CMC Rocks QLD through Tourism and Events Queensland as part of the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar, showcasing Australia’s best live events in Australia’s best destinations.
For more information, visit www.cmcrocks.com and follow CMC Rocks on Facebook, Twitter #CMCRocks2017, Instagram, and YouTube.

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Starstruck Entertainment Names Jeremy Gold Director of Digital Strategy

Starstruck Entertainment has announced the addition of Jeremy Gold to the company’s digital-initiatives team as Director of Digital Strategy. Gold will focus on the development of social media marketing, content marketing, digital advertising, and streaming efforts, and can be reached at Jeremy.gold@starstruck.net.

Starstuck President and CEO, Narvel Blackstock, commented, “Jeremy brings an enthusiastic expertise in digital media to Starstruck. As our newest team member, we are looking forward to his contribution to the careers of our management clients and those in development.”

A Music Business and Entrepreneurship major, Jeremy is a graduate of Belmont University. His experience includes working at Warner Music Nashville as Interactive Marketing Manager where he developed digital strategies for the label’s roster, and overseeing the independent release of Cale Dodds’ People Watching EP in 2016.

Founded in 1988, Starstruck Entertainment develops, manages, promotes and markets exceptional entertainers, songwriters, and producers. Starstruck clients include Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton.

For more information about Starstruck Entertainment, please visit www.StarstruckManagement.com.


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  Staff   Mar 22, 2017   Country, News   0 Comment   Read More

Grand Ole Opry Recognizes Travis Tritt on 25th Anniversary of Becoming Opry Member

Travis Tritt celebrated his 25th anniversary of becoming an Opry member Tuesday night, February 28. During Tritt’s 30-minute set, the legendary John Conlee presented Tritt with a commemorative plaque congratulating the singer for his long-lived relationship with the Opry.

While standing inside the famous six-foot circle on stage, Tritt expressed his feelings about the night, telling the crowd that being a member of the Opry is the “biggest honor of my life.” Backstage, prior to his 25th anniversary performance, Opry executives surprised Tritt with a cake to further celebrate the historic night.

For more information on Travis Tritt, visit his website TravisTritt.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

About Travis Tritt: More than 25 years after Travis Tritt launched his music career, the Grammy award-winning artist continues to sell-out shows and stay true and relevant to Country music fans across the globe. A Marietta, Ga. native, Travis Tritt is dubbed one of “The Class of ‘89,” which included Country music superstars Garth Brooks, Clint Black and Alan Jackson; all of whom dominated the charts in the early ‘90s. Among his eleven studio albums and numerous charted singles are nineteen Top 10 hits, including “Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde,” “Here’s A Quarter” and “It’s A Great Day To Be Alive.” Over the course of his career, he has produced millions in album sales, two Grammy award wins and multiple No. 1 singles on the Country radio charts. Most recently, Tritt released a special live 2-disc CD and DVD, titled A Man and His Guitar – Live From The Franklin Theatre.

Pictured below: Travis Tritt celebrated his 25th anniversary of becoming an Opry member Tuesday night, February 28. Pictured here L to R: Michael Guth (Opry Entertainment), John Conlee, Travis Tritt, Bill Cody (Opry announcer/650 AM WSM), Dan Rogers (Opry Entertainment) © 2017 Grand Ole Opry / Photos by Chris Hollo

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Pictured below: Travis Tritt celebrated his 25th anniversary of becoming an Opry member Tuesday night, February 28.
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Pictured below: Travis Tritt celebrated his 25th anniversary of becoming an Opry member Tuesday night, February 28. Pictured here L to R: Dan Rogers (Opry Entertainment), Sally Williams (Opry Entertainment), Travis Tritt, and Michael Guth (Opry Entertainment).
© 2017 Grand Ole Opry / Photos by Chris Hollo

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CRS 2017 – That’s All, Folks!

Country Radio Seminar announces dates for 2018

Nashville, Tenn. – Feb. 27, 2017) – Country Radio Seminar 2017 came to a close Friday night, Feb. 24, 2017. The three-day seminar, held exclusively for the country radio industry, took place Wednesday, Feb. 22 through Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. The agenda was filled with all-star lineups of entertainment performances from up-and-comers to the Country giant powerhouses of today as well as intriguing and informative discussions, panels, and mentoring breakfasts. This year’s event was even better than the last, hosting prominent and inspiring featured speakers and talented mentors and discussion leaders.

CRS Executive Director, Bill Mayne, commented, “This year’s seminar went beyond expectations. We have heard nothing but positive feedback from attendees and look forward to throwing an even better, more evolved and fantastic seminar next year.” 

Some of the seminar’s most anticipated events were back again, and included Grand Ole Opry at CRS, Bob Kingsley’s Acoustic Alley, Team UMG at The Ryman, Big Machine Label Group’s luncheon show, and the New Faces of Country Music Show and Dinner. Stretching the scope of all parts of the industry, this year’s panels included Objects are Larger Than They Appear: Small Markets that do BIG Things, Speeding Towards Tomorrow: Radio in a Driverless World, CMA Breakout Session #1: The Power of the Country Music Radio Consumer, Women Empowering Women, Victory in the Hallways: Creating a Positive Work Culture, More Than Words: Presenting Ideas That Inspire Bold Action, You Are More Valuable Than You Think: Finding your Full Potential, Capturing the Millennial Ear: Rethinking our Traditional Medium for the Next Generation, Moving the Listeners and the Numbers That Count (sponsored by Nielsen Music), and How are you Protecting your Core Revenues?: Local and National Spot Revenues.

As part of its tradition of taking care of the individuals who make up the music industry family, Country Radio Seminar again partnered with Starkey Hearing Technologies and offered free hearing tests to seminar attendees. Nashville ENT Audiology at ST Thomas West served as the local partner.

CRS 2018 has already been set, returning to the Omni Nashville Monday through Wednesday, Feb. 5-7, 2018.

For more information or a full list of this year’s panels and event highlights, visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com and follow CRS on Facebook, Twitter, (Hashtag #CRS2017), and Instagram.

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CRS 2017 Keynote speaker was Scott Hamilton, Olympic Gold Medalist, television broadcaster, best-selling author, philanthropist, cancer survivor and eternal optimist. With CRS President, Charlie Morgan, moderating the interview, Hamilton discussed the trials he overcame and the triumphs in which he savored throughout life. Pictured below L to R, Bill Mayne, CRB/CRS Executive Director; Scott Hamilton and Charlie Morgan, CRB/CRS President. 

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The “Grand Ole Opry at CRS” show’s entertainers included Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, Trace Adkins, Crystal Gayle, LOCASH, Cam, Michael Ray, Chris Lane, Carly Pearce, and Dailey & VincentPictured below L to R, Back Row: Zac Brown Band’s Daniel de los Reyes, Clay Cook, and John Driskell Hopkins; Trace Adkins, and the Zac Brown Band’s Jimmy De Martini, Zac Brown, and Matt Mangano; Middle Row: Chris Lane, Jamie Dailey of Dailey and Vincent, Coy Bowles of the Zac Brown Band, Chris Janson, Michael Ray; Front Row: Darrin Vincent of Dailey and Vincent, Carly Pearce, Crystal Gayle, Preston Brust of LOCASH, Cam, and Chris Lucas of LOCASH.

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Finally, Country Radio Seminar’s most highly anticipated annual event, New Faces of Country Music Dinner and Show®, co-sponsored by the Academy of Country Music and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, showcased a talented new class of country music newcomers—William Michael Morgan (Warner Bros.), Maren Morris (Columbia Nashville), Jon Pardi (Capitol Nashville), Granger Smith (Wheelhouse Records), and Drake White (Dot Records).  Pictured below L to R: Granger Smith, William Michael Morgan, Maren Morris, Drake White, and Jon Pardi.

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Nashville Gears Up for Country Radio Seminar 2017

Country Radio Personnel Descend on Nashville for Entertainment, Networking, Education and more.

(Nashville, Tenn. – Feb. 20, 2017) – Country radio’s biggest event of the year, Country Radio Seminar (CRS) kicks off this Wednesday, Feb. 22 in downtown Nashville, Tenn. The three-day agenda is packed full of entertainment, networking, and educational opportunities, and includes panels, mentoring events, instructive discussions, and exciting performances from the most talked about emerging acts of today to country music’s biggest superstars. Some of the seminar’s most anticipated events are back again, and include Grand Ole Opry at CRS, Bob Kingsley’s Acoustic Alley, Team UMG at The Ryman, Big Machine Label Group’s luncheon show, and the New Faces of Country Music Show and Dinner.

Country Radio Seminar Executive Director, Bill Mayne comments, “We are so excited and ready for Wednesday’s kickoff to CRS 2017! Over the course of the three-days, our attendees will see and hear more actionable content than ever before! One of the best parts of CRS is ALWAYS the engagement and the networking with old friends and new, and I know many are looking forward to seeing so many of their friends.” Mayne also adds, “I urge everyone to take advantage of the CRS 2017 Hearing Test—it’s free and could change your life!”

As part of its tradition of taking care of the individuals who make up the music industry family, Country Radio Seminar has partnered with Starkey Hearing Technologies to offer free hearing tests at CRS 2017 to seminar attendees.

An overview of this year’s agenda highlights is below. A full agenda is available on the CRS 2017 mobile app and at www.countryradioseminar.com.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22
Prior to the seminar’s kick-off, registrants have the opportunity to tour the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum from 9:00 a.m.-3 p.m. 

This year, Country Radio Seminar will kick off its annual three-day convention by throwing the seminar’s first-ever commencement party, in collaboration with SunTrust Bank and Encore Technologies. Award-winning TV and radio personalities, Lorianne Crook and Charlie Chase of Crook & Chase, will host the event that starts at 12:15 p.m. CT. Five artists are set to perform and are Caroline Jones, Macy Martin, Matt Gary, Jeremiah Richey, and Joe Denim.  The CRS 2017 Kickoff Party will conclude prior to the CRS 2017 Opening Ceremonies.

At 3 p.m. CT, one of Country Music’s favorite female vocalists, Trisha Yearwood, will start CRS 2017’s Opening Ceremonies, sponsored by Sarah Cannon, by singing the national anthem. A Color Guard presentation from the United States Marine Corps and a welcome from Nashville Mayor, Megan Barry will follow.

Shortly after, the Humanitarian awards are presented.  This year’s presentation will recognize Zac Brown as the recipient of the CRS 2017 Artist Humanitarian Awardand former Chairman and CEO of Greater Media, Peter Smyth, as the recipient of the CRS 2017 Tom Rivers Humanitarian Award.

From 4 – 5:00 p.m. CT, Olympic Gold Medalist, television broadcaster, best-selling author, humanitarian, cancer survivor, and eternal optimist, Scott Hamilton, will appear as the keynote speaker. CRS President, Charlie Morgan, will lead the conversation with Hamilton. At 5:30 p.m. CT, attendees will gather for the Opening Welcome Reception, sponsored by CMA and Live Nation. Immediately following is the “Grand Ole Opry at CRS” show, powered by Live Nation. This year’s performers are: Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, Trace Adkins, Crystal Gayle, LOCASH, Cam, Michael Ray, Chris Lane, Carly Pearce, and Dailey & Vincent.

THURSDAY, FEB. 23
Thursday, Feb. 23 kicks off at 8:00 a.m. CT with the Programming Mentoring Breakfast, sponsored by Sun Broadcast Group, and the Sales Mentoring Breakfast. The Programming Mentoring Breakfast gives attendees the opportunity to learn and pose questions to the most experienced PDs and consultants in the business.  Congruently taking place, the Sales Mentoring Breakfast provides participants the chance to directly interact and engage with several knowledgeable mentors regarding radio sales and how to maximize sale efforts.

At 9 a.m. CT, The Mobilization of Country Radio will take place. In association with Edison Research, Country Radio Seminar will present newfound research on the continued advancement and popularity of mobilized music options available to listeners. The presentation will explore streaming trends, the diversity of radio usage and online music consumption of today’s Country music fans.

Garth Brooks will return to this year’s Country Radio Seminar in a keynote presentation at 10 a.m. CT, titled “Inside Studio G,” an intimate, behind-the-scenes look into the business and life of the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year.

Panel highlights for the day include: Objects are Larger Than They Appear: Small Markets that do BIG Things, Speeding Towards Tomorrow: Radio in a Driverless World, CMA Breakout Session #1: The Power of the Country Music Radio Consumer, Women Empowering Women, Victory in the Hallways: Creating a Positive Work Culture, More Than Words: Presenting Ideas That Inspire Bold Action, You Are More Valuable Than You Think: Finding your Full Potential, Capturing the Millennial Ear: Rethinking our Traditional Medium for the Next Generation, Moving the Listeners and the Numbers That Count (sponsored by Nielsen Music), and How are you Protecting your Core Revenues?: Local and National Spot Revenues

Team UMG at the Ryman will take place at 11:30 a.m. CT, and will include performances by Lauren Alaina, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Easton Corbin, Billy Currington, Vince Gill, Sam Hunt, Kip Moore, Jon Pardi, Darius Rucker, Chris Stapleton, Josh Turner, and Keith Urban.

New this year, scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 23 at 4 p.m. in the Westwood One Networking Lounge (Legends Terrace), is “On-Air Talent Mentoring Happy Hour.” The lounge serves as an area for attendees to mingle with on-air talent, managers and programmers.

From 5-7:00 p.m., Cold River Records will host “Beer, Biscuits, and Basketball with Drew Baldridge” at Kitchen Notes. Hosted by FOX and Friends’ Brian Kilmeade, the event will feature a special performance by Drew Baldridge. Hot biscuits and cold beverages will be served.

For the second consecutive year, Country Radio Seminar (CRS) and the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will partner to offer CRS 2017 attendees a private cocktail reception and free access to the museum during CRS 2017.  The cocktail reception will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. CT, and will be held in the museum’s Hall of Fame Rotunda.
At 7:00 p.m., eleven of the format’s most successful songwriters will perform at Bob Kingsley’s Acoustic Alley, one of the many popular after-hour events taking place during Country Radio Seminar 2017. Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne, JT Harding, Laura Veltz, Luke Laird, Ashley Gorley, Brett James, Rhett Akins, Busbee, Jon Nite, and Cole Taylor are all set to perform.
FRIDAY, FEB. 24
Friday, Feb. 24 will begin with the option of either the Women’s Mentoring Breakfast Sponsored by NuVoodoo Media Services or the Digital & Tech Breakfast. The Women’s Mentoring Breakfast provides women with the opportunity to meet, greet, and eat with the industry’s most inspiring and accomplished women of today and to create meaningful connections in radio and records. The Digital & Tech Breakfast will touch on the newest innovations as well as challenges of today’s radio in a world that is so digitally and technologically advanced and dependent. The success of campaigns and the challenges faced throughout them will be explored.

At 9:00 a.m. in the Legends Ballroom, featured speaker, Ryan RedingtonDirector of Amazon Music, will begin his presentation, sponsored by Momentum Label Group. Redington has overseen the launch of two Amazon Music streaming services – Amazon Music Unlimited and Prime Music.

Friday’s panel highlights include: The Digital Revenue Explosion, Dicing the Data, Cultivating the Farm Team: Sources of New Talent, CMA Breakout Session #2: And the CMA Broadcast Award Goes to…, Lace up Your Boots & Get in the Trenches with Social Media Platforms, Promotions Start to Finish: Part YOU – sponsored by vCreative, Cashing in on Live Events: LIVE!, and Coaching the Coaches: Top Talent Tell How to Motivate them Best.

Prior to Friday’s luncheon, at 11:45 a.m., recording artist Kaylee Rutland will greet constituents in the Pre-Function area with an acoustic performance, sponsored by Ivie & Associates.

At Noon, the Big Machine Label Group luncheon will be held, and includes performances by A Thousand Horses, Trent Harmon, Delta Rae, Midland, Carly Pearce, and Maddie & Tae

Later in the afternoon, attendees will have a chance to enjoy featured speaker, Toby Keith at Toby Keith: My Way. Sponsored by BMI, the discussion will explore Keith’s career, what inspired him to take control of his recorded and live music, form his own label, and build a business empire on his terms. Keith will also talk about his strong relationship with men and women of the military, and his dedication to charitable initiatives. Leading the discussion will be RJ Curtis and Beverlee Brannigan.

At 5:30 p.m., the New Faces Cocktail reception, sponsored by Big Spark Music Group, will kick off the evening with hosted bars and a powerhouse performance by Olivia Lane.

CRS will conclude with the annual New Faces of Country Music Dinner and Show, which is sponsored by ACM and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The show will feature performances by William Michael Morgan, Maren Morris, Jon Pardi, Granger Smith, and Drake White. The CRB-Country Aircheck Awards will be presented throughout the show.

Additional event features are highlighted throughout the three-day agenda, and include the St. Jude Coffee Cart, St. Jude Internet Café, and located in the Omni lobby, the all new CRS Lobby Bar, sponsored by vCreative.

Parenting Today’s Teens will host a daily brunch, providing attendees the opportunity to know about their mission in Country radio.  Enter-to-win daily giveaways will be offered as well as complimentary Bloody Marys and mimosas.

Rebel Engine Entertainment will provide a space outfitted with charging stations, where attendees are welcome to mingle and relax in between panels and events.  On Friday, Rebel Engine Entertainment artists Lucas Hoge and Stephanie Quayle will host a Corn Hole Competition in the Rebel Engine lounge where attendees can win prizes.

SSM Records will host several events throughout the week in their sponsored space, located in Music Row Room 1; scheduled are a post-panel grab-a-beer event, a cocktail hour and showcase featuring Alexandra Demetree, as well as other various showcases by SSM Records artists.  On Wednesday, attendees will also be able to register to win a Regions Green Bike, located in Exhibitor Booth #10.

Based in the UMG Library Lounge, attendees can experience an immersive concert experience featuring Eric Church. With 8 camera angles, 360-degree audio from DTS, and use of a Samsung Gear VR headset, the stage is set for the ultimate virtual reality experience.

As in previous years, the CRS mobile app, powered by Country Aircheck, will provide attendees with the most up-to-date information pertaining to the seminar’s agenda.  The official app is now available for download on iPhone (link here) and Android mobile (link here) devices. In addition to finding an expanded CRS agenda, the app provides panel descriptions, speaker bios, integrated calendar updates, CRS after-hour activities, CRS TV video clips, and other event news. Users can create their own customized CRS schedule, rate the panels, and post updates and reviews directly to their social media profiles. Individuals that already have the CRS 2016 app on their mobile device, the CRS 2017 is available simply by updating the app.
Registration for Country Radio Seminar 2017 is available for purchase on-site.About Country Radio Seminar: Country Radio Seminar is an annual convention designed to educate and promote the exchange of ideas and business practices in the Country music industry, with specific emphasis on issues relevant to Country radio. Country Radio Seminar 2017 is set for Feb. 22-24, 2017. Visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com for more information. Follow CRS on FacebookTwitter (Hashtag #CRS2017) and Instagram.

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Lineup Announced for CRS 2017 Big Machine Label Group Luncheon

A Thousand Horses, Trent Harmon, Delta Rae, Midland, Carly Pearce, and Maddie & Tae to perform Friday, Feb. 24

(Nashville, Tenn. – Feb. 15, 2017) – The lineup for the Big Machine Label Group luncheon, to be held Friday, Feb. 24 during Country Radio Seminar 2017, has been announced and will feature performances by A Thousand Horses, Trent Harmon, Delta Rae, Midland, Carly Pearce, and Maddie & Tae.

The luncheon will be held in the Broadway Ballroom (CRS Performance Hall) at Omni Nashville, and will kick-off at Noon. This year’s CRS marks the Big Machine Label Group’s third consecutive year to host the CRS-sanctioned luncheon event.

To review more details of this year’s agenda, please visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com. The $699 regular registration rate for Country Radio Seminar 2017 is available through Feb. 17 by calling 615-327-4487 or registering at www.CountryRadioSeminar.com.  After Feb. 17, registrations will be available for purchase on-site.

About Country Radio Seminar: Country Radio Seminar is an annual convention designed to educate and promote the exchange of ideas and business practices in the Country music industry, with specific emphasis on issues relevant to Country radio. Country Radio Seminar 2017 is set for Feb. 22-24, 2017 at the Omni Nashville. Visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com for more information. Follow CRS on Facebook, Twitter (Hashtag #CRS2017) and Instagram.

 

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The Ever-Soulful Ana Cristina Cash to Unveil The Tough Love EP on March 14

(Nashville, Tenn. — February 14, 2017) — American singer-songwriter Ana Cristina Cash is to release her latest project, The Tough Love EP, featuring co-written material with husband and producer, John Carter Cash, on March 14th. This highly anticipated body of work encourages with confidence and southern attitude.

“Ever since I was a child, music has been my most trustworthy companion. I have always taken it everywhere with me. It fills me up completely and I’ve never felt alone,” said Cash. “I remember feeling the music deep in my bones. I still do. When I began songwriting, I merged melodies and music to paint a picture of the inner workings of my soul. No matter the human framework of a tough, guarded exterior, the mind and emotions are dazzlingly complex. The Tough Love EP is my own personal sonic spectrum of these inner complexities.”

Recorded at the historical Cash Cabin Studio in Hendersonville, Tennessee, The Tough Love EP showcases Cash’s vocal range with brilliant ease and rootsy soul. Influenced by long nights of singing in dusty bar rooms and hours turning up scratched blues and rockabilly vinyl records, Cash reaches deep as her songs explore and surpass new boundaries. A focal track on the project is a unique interpretation of John Anderson’s “Seminole Wind” in which was exclusively featured via Country Rebel. The first single from the EP, “Tough Love Woman” will be available soon.

“The songs on her new record have ‘a dark and mysterious flair,’ and that flair is obvious in ‘Seminole Wind,’” said Country Rebel. “Her rendition is beautifully haunting, so much in fact that it is sure to give you goosebumps when you hear it.”

The Tough Love EP — Track Listing:

  1. Tough Love Woman (Ana Cristina Cash, Shawn Camp)
  2. Southern Roots (Ana Cristina Cash, John Carter Cash)
  3. The Cost of Love (Ana Cristina Cash, Bill Miller)
  4. Busted (Ana Cristina Cash, Jodi Marr)
  5. Seminole Wind (John Anderson)
  6. Move Along Baby (Ana Cristina Cash, John Carter Cash)

The title track, “Tough Love Woman,” written with master songwriter Shawn Camp, displays the seductive energy, distinct creativity, and empowering voice that Cash acquires as an artist. The duration of the EP expands Cash’s connection to rockabilly and gritty blues, with a flavor for country and soul. The Tough Love EP is a taste of what is to come on Cash’s forthcoming full-length album.

Ana Cristina Cash was born and raised in Miami, FL. Her parents moved to the United States in the early 1960’s from Cuba during the onset of the revolution. Throughout Cash’s youth, she was exposed to music from many different genres. Her material exhibits a broad vocal range, spanning from an expressive and resonating contralto to an amazingly high coloratura soprano, exhibiting what is known to some as a “whistle register.” 

Cash, who is bi-lingual, started her professional music career at 6 years of age, quickly becoming an accomplished champion of the singing contests on the variety show, “Sabado Gigante.”  At the age of 16 she signed to Sony Music’s Latin division and released her first album, Ana Cristina, in the Spanish language.

In 2005, Cash became the first Hispanic in history to perform the “Star Spangled Banner” at a Presidential Inauguration. She was invited a year later to perform at the White House and sing for the President of the United States, the Crowned Prince of Spain and other notable world ambassadors.

Produced by Chris Price, Cash’s last studio album The West Coast Sessions was released in 2015 and is available here.

Cash married music producer John Carter Cash on October 29, 2016 and currently resides in Nashville, Tenn.

For more information, please visit www.AnaCristinaCash.com or follow on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


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