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Lineup Announced For Grand Ole Opry At CRS 2017

Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, Trace Adkins, Crystal Gayle, LOCASH, Cam, Michael Ray, Chris Lane, Carly Pearce, and Dailey & Vincent among list of performers

The lineup has been announced for this year’s Grand Ole Opry at Country Radio Seminar (CRS), which will be held on Feb. 22, the kick-off night of the three-day event at Omni Nashville.

The star-studded lineup includes Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, Trace Adkins, Crystal Gayle, LOCASH, Cam, Michael Ray, Chris Lane, Carly Pearce, and Dailey & Vincent.

The show will begin at 7 p.m., immediately following the CMA Welcome Reception in the Performance Hall.  All CRS registrants may attend, with both seating and standing room available.

Country music’s most famous show has made its mark on CRS since 2012, and has brought star-studded shows to standing room only crowds. With the Opry’s signature barn backdrop and famous microphone stand on stage, the Omni Hotel’s Broadway Ballroom is transformed into the CRS Performance Hall to give audience members a real taste of being at the Grand Ole Opry in the middle of CRS.

The $699 regular registration rate for Country Radio Seminar 2017 is available at www.CountryRadioSeminar.com.   In addition, a limited number of Omni Nashville rooms are still available. To book a room, please call 1-800-THE-OMNI (1-800-843-6664) or reserve online by visiting here.

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.

About the Grand Ole Opry: The Grand Ole Opry® is presented by Humana®.  Opry performances are held every Friday and Saturday of the year, with Tuesday Night Opry shows beginning on February 14.  To plan an Opry visit, call (800) SEE-OPRY or visit opry.com. The Opry presents the best in country music live every week from Nashville, Tenn.  Marking more than nine decades of entertainment, the Opry can be heard at opry.com and wsmonline.com, Opry and WSM mobile apps, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and its flagship home, 650 AM-WSM. The Grand Ole Opry is owned by Ryman Hospitality Properties (NYSE: RHP).  For more information, visit opry.com.

 

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

Ty Herndon to Appear on Oprah’s Where Are They Now? Airing Feb. 4

Enjoy a sneak-peak performance of “House On Fire” from the episode here

Grammy-nominated and Dove Award winning artist, Ty Herndon will appear this Saturday, Feb. 4 on Oprah’s Where Are They Now?, airing on The Oprah Winfrey Network at 10/9c p.m.

The country-recording artist will share stories about his journey; a reflection on the personal challenges and struggles he’s faced and conquered, and how he’s continuously bettered himself as a musician by telling his truth through his music. Herndon will also discuss his latest studio album, House On Fire.

Herndon released his latest and most ambitious album to date, House on Fire, in November of 2016. The album is a collection of 12 songs, co-produced by Herndon and Nashville stalwart, Erik Halbig, that shows a deeper, greater strength from a man who has been there and back and lived to tell about it. Herndon is credited for co-writing six of the 12 tracks. The album has received critical accolades from the Nashville music community and beyond including USA Today, People, Huffington Post, Rolling Stone Country, and more.

A philanthropist at heart, Herndon has donated his time to organizations such as the Trevor Project, Make A Wish, St. Jude, GLAAD, HRC and Feed the Children. “Fighter,” a focal track from House On Fire, has garnered attention for having benefited The Trevor Project, a national organization close to Herndon’s heart that provides crisis intervention and prevention throughout the LGBTQ community.

Herndon’s 20-year career has resulted in an impressive string of hits, including four No. 1’s (“What Mattered Most,” “Living in a Moment,” “It Must Be Love,” “Loved Too Much”), as well as numerous Top 10 hits, including “I Want My Goodbye Back,” “Loved Too Much,” “A Man Holding On (To a Woman Letting Go),” and “Hands of a Working Man.” He’s acquired 20 Billboard charted singles to his credit, numerous industry awards, and more than five million albums sold.

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


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

Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum Reception and Tour Experience Returns for CRS 2017

Country Radio Seminar (CRS) and the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will partner for the second consecutive year to offer CRS 2017 attendees a private cocktail reception and free access to the museum during CRS 2017.

The cocktail reception, which will take place Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., will be held in the museum’s Hall of Fame Rotunda. Following the opening remarks and the welcoming of radio and industry attendees at the reception, museum galleries will be open for viewing.

Credentialed CRS registrants also have the opportunity to tour the museum Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., prior to the CRS Opening Ceremony.

“Much like the exhibitions in our galleries, country radio tells the story of country music every day,” said Sharon Brawner, Senior VP of Sales and Marketing for the museum. “We are thrilled to welcome Country Radio Seminar attendees to the home of country music history for the second year in a row.”

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum representatives will also be onsite daily at CRS 2017, and invite country radio to visit their booth to learn about year-round partnership opportunities.

Guests are invited to follow the museum on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Registration for Country Radio Seminar 2017 is available at at www.CountryRadioSeminar.com. A limited number of Omni Nashville rooms are still available. To book a room, please call 1-800-THE-OMNI (1-800-843-6664) or reserve online by visiting here

About Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum: The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum collects, preserves, and interprets country music and its history for the education and entertainment of diverse audiences. In exhibits, publications, and educational programs, the museum explores the cultural importance and enduring beauty of the art form. The museum is operated by the Country Music Foundation, a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) educational organization chartered by the state of Tennessee in 1964. The museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, and in 2015 and 2016 welcomed over one million patrons, placing it among the most visited museums in the U.S. The Country Music Foundation operates Historic RCA Studio BTM, Hatch Show Print® poster shop, CMF Records, the Frist Library and Archive, and CMF Press. Museum programs are supported by Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission, Tennessee Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts.  More information about the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is available at www.countrymusichalloffame.org or by calling (615) 416-2001. 

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 Hotel. Like and follow CRS 2017 on Facebook and Twitter (Hashtag #CRS2017).

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

Travis Tritt Catches “Falcons Fever” as the Atlanta Falcons Advance to Super Bowl LI

To listen, click here; To request an mp3 of “Falcons Fever,” please contact publicity@aristomedia.com

Multi-award winning artist and country music hit-maker Travis Tritt celebrates the Atlanta Falcons and their recent advancement to Super Bowl LI with his energetic sports anthem “Falcons Fever,” dedicated to his home team.

“Growing up in Marietta, GA, I have been a lifelong Falcons fan,” said Tritt. “Obviously, I am thrilled that my home team is going to the Super Bowl this year. I have a severe case of ‘Falcons Fever’ and I will be cheering them on in Houston on February 5.”

Following a request to write and record a sports anthem for the team, Tritt released “Falcons Fever” in 2004. The track served as the theme song for the Atlanta Falcons and was played regularly in their home stadium, the Georgia Dome, as well as during victorious team plays. In addition, Tritt performed the song live during a Falcons game halftime show.

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.” His 25-year career 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. For more information on Travis Tritt, visit his website TravisTritt.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

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


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

$99 Unemployment Rate Returns for CRS 2017

Country Radio Seminar has announced that the $99 Unemployment Rate is now available for CRS 2017, which will be held Feb. 22 – Feb. 24 in Nashville, Tenn at the Omni Hotel.  The Unemployment Rate will provide access to more than 30 on-site educational panels and round-table discussions, as well as CRS sanctioned after-hours events.  The rate does not include access into the already sold-out New Faces show.

To apply for this special special rate, you must submit an application no later than Wednesday, Feb. 15. The application must be verified and approved by CRB. Contact Ashley Silver at (615) 327-4487 or Ashley@crb.org for an application and registration materials.

The regular rate of $699 is now in effect for others planning to attend CRS 2017. www.CountryRadioSeminar.com provides details and descriptions of the 2017 panels and confirmed panelists.

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. Registration for Country Radio Seminar 2017 is available at at www.CountryRadioSeminar.com. Follow CRS on Facebook, Twitter (Hashtag #CRS2017) and Instagram.

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

Singer/Songwriter Ava Suppelsa to Share Debut EP Proceeds with the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Emerging artist, Ava Suppelsa, is set to release her self-titled debut EP on Friday, February 10th. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation for those who suffer with substance addiction.

The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is close to Suppelsa’s heart; her father received treatment for alcohol abuse at HBFF when she was 14 years old.

“I want people to know that what I write about in my music is true and comes from the heart,” said Suppelsa. “I chose to support the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation through this project specifically because of the story behind, ‘Finish Line;’ it’s about witnessing alcoholism in a loved one and their journey to recovery. I hope this song, as well as the EP, can be inspiring to others.”

Produced by Suppelsa with Colin Lester Fleming and Dick McVey, the EP features four tracks written by Suppelsa including the track, “Finish Line,” and also features focal track, “He Told Me,” in which Suppelsa often refers to as the “sassiest” material she has written to date. The recording process was split between Herd Studios in Boston, Mass. and TMC Studios in Nashville, Tenn. The EP will be available on iTunes.

Suppelsa, who currently resides in Boston attending the prestigious Berklee College of Music, plans to relocate to Nashville this summer to further pursue the country music scene and will be opening for Clay Cook (of Zac Brown Band) in Boston this February. She has earned the winning-title in numerous singer/songwriter competitions including the Great American Song Contest, the American Songwriting Awards, and more.

A self-taught guitarist, Suppelsa began performing original material at the age of twelve in the greater Chicago area. In 2013, Suppelsa accepted a coveted position in the singer/songwriter program at Interlochen Arts Academy moving away from her hometown of Evanston, Illinois. Her experience at IAA lead Suppelsa to perform in extensive venues such as Club Nokia in Los Angeles and The New World Center in Miami before opening for indie singer/songwriter, Andrew Belle.

In 2014, Suppelsa got the chance to work alongside talent Josh Groban, Chris Young, and Desmond Child; she was also invited to Los Angeles by The Grammy Foundation to perform with the Grammy-nominated, Hunter Hayes.

Ava Suppelsa – EP Track Listing:
He Told Me
A Lot Like Me
This Time
Finish Line

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

For more information on the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, please visit www.hazeldenbettyford.org or call 1 (866) 831-5700.


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

CRS App Now Available for CRS 2017

The official mobile app for Country Radio Seminar is now available for download on iPhone (link here) and Android mobile (link here) devices. The CRS 2017 app, powered by Country Aircheck, provides attendees with an expanded CRS agenda, panel descriptions, speaker bios, integrated calendar upgrades, 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.

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. Registration for Country Radio Seminar 2017 is available at at www.CountryRadioSeminar.com. Follow CRS on Facebook, Twitter (Hashtag #CRS2017) and Instagram.

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

CRS 2017 RESEARCH PRESENTATION TO EXPLORE THE MOBILIZATION OF COUNTRY RADIO

Edison Research and Mobile Expert, Tim Hayden, Slated to Present Findings

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. Country radio listeners are loyal to Country radio stations, however with the popularity of smartphone applications, where listeners can stream, listen and interact with artists directly, this is effecting the impact radio has on its faithful yet distracted audience.

“The Mobilization of Country Radio” is scheduled for February 23rd and will be presented by Edison’s Larry Rosin, Tom Webster and Megan Lazovick, as well as mobile expert Tim Hayden, co-author of “The Mobile Commerce Revolution.”

With mobile devices playing a central role in so many lives, how do Country listeners compare to those of other formats? How is the smartphone changing the way that users listen to radio and consume music? What else are they using those devices for, and how can radio capitalize on those behaviors. Edison Research surveyed and conducted one-on-one interviews with 1,500 participants to investigate their mobile-usage habits as well as observed a day-in-the-life to fully understand a typical day’s mobile usage and to “put a face with the phone.”

The panel, coined “The Mobilization of Country Radio,” will explore the diversity of radio usage, streaming behaviors, and online music consumption of today’s Country music fans. The panel dives deep into tracking mobile usage across a variety of categories. Country radio is more than just the music played, understanding and applying that knowledge of how listeners incorporate radio on-the-go, will substantially ease the disconnect between traditional radio and the advancement of mobile listening, giving programmers an advantage in how to engage their audiences going forward.

To review more of this year’s agenda, please visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com or download the CRS mobile app. As in previous years, the CRS app provides attendees with an expanded CRS agenda, panel descriptions, speaker bios, live performances, CRS after-hour activities and more.

Registration for Country Radio Seminar 2017 is available at at www.CountryRadioSeminar.com.

A limited number of Omni Nashville rooms are still available. To book a room, please call 1-800-THE-OMNI (1-800-843-6664) or reserve online by visiting here.

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.

About Edison Research: Edison Research conducts survey research and provides strategic information to radio stations, television stations, newspapers, cable networks, record labels, Internet companies and a broad range of other organizations. Edison Research is the sole provider of election exit poll data for six major news organizations: ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox, NBC and the Associated Press. Edison Research works with many of the largest American radio ownership groups, including Entercom, Clear Channel, Hubbard, CBS Radio, Bonneville and Dial Global; and also conducts strategic and opinion research for a broad array of companies including Time Warner, Google, Yahoo!, Sony Music, the Voice of America, See Saw Networks and Zenithmedia. Edison Research has a 17-year history of thought-leadership in media research and has provided services to successful media properties in South America, Africa, Asia, Canada and Europe.

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

Amazon Music’s Ryan Redington Announced as Featured Speaker for CRS 2017

Director of Amazon Music, Ryan Redington, has been announced as a Country Radio Seminar 2017 featured speaker. Redington will speak on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017 at 9 a.m. and will discuss the innovative approach Amazon uses through their progressive services and consumer relations.

Throughout his time at Amazon, Redington has overseen the launch of two Amazon Music streaming services—Amazon Music Unlimited in October 2016 and Prime Music in June 2014. Redington also spearheaded Amazon’s exclusive deal with Garth Brooks, to bring the country superstar’s music catalog to streaming for the first time ever. Redington began his Amazon career working on the video team, before joining music where he worked as a category leader in physical before digital and streaming.

“Ryan will be providing us a very candid, unique look inside the intellectual perspective of one of the country’s most innovative retailers, products, and consumer services,” said Bill Mayne, Executive Director of CRS. “This is an hour at CRS not to miss!”

Ryan Redington’s appearance is one of many highlights scheduled for CRS 2017. To view an advance agenda, visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com.

Registration for Country Radio Seminar 2017 increases to $699 this Friday, January 13. Individuals who have not registered, but are planning to attend, are encouraged to register today at the $599 rate, which is a $100 savings, at www.CountryRadioSeminar.com.

A limited number of Omni Nashville rooms are still available. To book a room, please call 1-800-THE-OMNI (1-800-843-6664) or reserve online by visiting here.

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

Travis Tritt’s A Man and His Guitar Premieres Thursday, January 19, at 8 p.m. on NPT

Travis Tritt’s A Man and His Guitar, a performance recorded at the historic Franklin Theatre in Franklin, Tenn., premieres Thursday, Jan. 19, at 8 p.m. on Nashville Public Television. NPT is the presenting station for the program and the Jan. 19 broadcast will be a live taping in the NPT studio featuring Tritt, television host Nan Kelley and Brian Mansfield, for a version that will premiere on PBS stations nationwide in March 2017.

A Man and His Guitar spotlights multi-award-winning artist and country music hitmaker Travis Tritt’s distinctively soulful voice and his exceptional guitar prowess. The concert 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.

Tritt’s discovery that an audience loved to hear him perform songs accompanied only by his guitar served as the inspiration behind the project. In this performance, Tritt acknowledges and pays tribute to artists he grew up admiring and those who were influential to him with personal stories and anecdotes from his long career. Select acoustic numbers and humorous moments between Tritt and his guests Marty Stuart and James Otto are also highlighted.
More than 27 years after Travis Tritt launched his music career, the Southern rock-influenced artist 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.

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Underwriters: Public Television Viewers and PBS
Producer/Presenting Station: Nashville Public Television

About Nashville Public Television: Nashville Public Television, Nashville’s PBS station, is available free and over-the-air to nearly 2.4 million people throughout the Middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky viewing area, through its main NPT and secondary NPT2 channels, and to anyone in the world through its stable of NPT Digital services, including wnpt.org, YouTube and the PBS video app. The mission of NPT is to provide, through the power of traditional television and interactive digital communications, high quality educational, cultural and civic experiences that address issues and concerns of the people of the Nashville region, and which thereby help improve the lives of those we serve. Join the conversation at facebook.com/nashvillepublictelevision and on Twitter @npt8.


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  Staff   Jan 11, 2017   News   0 Comment   Read More