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GLEE, YouTube Star Noah Guthrie Sets Release For Sophomore Album, The Valley; Due Out on June 23, 2017

Preceded by Cover of Prince’s “I Would Die 4 U,” April 14, 2017,
Marking Anniversary of the Superstar’s Death

Just seven years ago, Noah Guthrie was a high school junior, posting cover songs on YouTube from the bedroom of his South Carolina home. Now, the former GLEE star and social media phenom is about to release his sophomore album of original material, The Valley, June 23, 2017 on his own independent label through Sony RED and available digitally for pre-order (iTunes, Amazon, Google) on May 12, 2017. Two singles, “Love You Now” – which came out for Valentine’s Day on February 10th and “Pardon Me,” (released in June 2016) precede the full-length, follow-up to his August 2013 debut, Among the Wildest Things.

Guthrie’s upcoming single is a fully-produced band version of Prince’s “I Would Die 4 U,” a bonus track on the new album (complete with strings,) that is slated to come out April 14, marking the one-year anniversary of the superstar’s passing.

“I’ve just always loved that song, even before he died,” says Noah, who switches to keyboards for the song. “I felt like I could slow it down and make it more of a ballad. The lyrics are very intimate, even though the original has a dance mix. I really like the way it turned out.”

Guthrie recorded his upcoming album, The Valley, with his older brother Ian, who doubles as co-producer, engineer and drummer, “whatever I need him to do,” says Noah. He also used two of the musicians in his touring band – bassist Phillip Conrad and guitarist Rhett Shull – as well as keyboardist Rhett Huffman. Guthrie is set to hit the road in April for a European tour in Germany, Switzerland and Netherlands, where he has developed an impressive following.

Guthrie’s upcoming album The Valley encompasses all of Noah’s many influences, from the loping country flavor of “Love You Now” to the heartland rock of “Razor Blade,” the gentle folk of “’Til It Thunders” and the Beatlesque closer, “Mary.” His supple vocals can handle a variety of genres. Guthrie describes the theme to the album’s title track – co-written with singer/songwriter Amy Stroup — about “working through tough times in a relationship or a creative situation… pushing myself to get over the hump.”

“I’ve grown a great deal as an artist and the music grew with me,” explains Noah about the new record. “These songs are more mature and personal than anything else I’ve ever written. They are from my heart. I really want to show fans my original songs are where I live.”

Building his following from the bottom up in the brave new digital world with old-school grass roots diligence, Guthrie has amassed a following that includes more than 74 million views on YouTube with 484k subscribers to his channel; 425k+ likes on Facebook and almost 550k monthly Spotify listeners. Guthrie has posted five compilations of covers on Spotify that include versions of songs by Taylor Swift (“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” with 3.3 million streams), Adele (“Set Fire to the Rain,” with 8.3 million streams) and Mumford & Sons (“Little Lion Man” and “Timshel”.)

In addition, Guthrie’s largely viewed, slowed-down, bluesy take on LMFAO’s “Sexy and I Know It,” has been viewed more than 25 million times on YouTube and streamed another 1.5 million times on Spotify.

“I have no idea what the secret is to going viral,” says the soft-spoken, admittedly shy Guthrie about the track. “I wish I had a straightforward answer, because I’d apply it all the time. That was one of the easiest covers I’ve ever done. I did it in a single take. I posted, when to bed, and by the time I awakened, it was blowing up.”

Noah Guthrie’s online success helped him secure the pivotal role of Roderick Meeks on the sixth and final season of GLEE, where he earned raves for his performances of Hozier’s “Take Me to Church,” Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk,” George Michael’s “Father Figure” and Wilson Pickett’s “Mustang Sally,” showing off a classic voice capable of going from a whisper to a scream, that is equal parts Sam Cooke, Rod Stewart and Jerry Garcia. One of the 15 people who attended a house party where Noah was performing told Alex Newman, the casting director for the show, about him after learning she was looking for “a chubby, kind of shy guy with the voice of Otis Redding.”

“There was a lot of me in that role,” said Noah. “The writers did a good job of tapering the part to my personality. I was that overweight kid in high school who got picked on, but once I started singing in public, things got a lot easier for me… just like in the show.”

From a self-admitted withdrawn, introverted adolescent, Noah Guthrie has grown smoothly into his internet notoriety, with a loyal fan base that helped him self-finance the recording of his debut through Indiegogo.com and raise money for promotion, marketing and publicity for The Valley on PledgeMusic.

“The crazy thing about today’s music business is you can literally go from your bedroom to anywhere in the world. I treat my fans with respect, and let them know how thankful I am to have them. I try to be as real as I can. I always want to verbalize how much I love them, because without them, I couldn’t do what I do.”

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

Camille Rae Releases Come Find Me—Narrating the Ups and Downs of Life, Love, and Perseverance

Available Now on iTunes and Apple Music
Preview clip of single, “I Need Me” – here

“If Adele were from the south,” claims Celeb Secrets Country of the spit-fire red head Camille Rae, who delivers her best material yet with the release of her sophomore album, Come Find Me. With more than half of the 15 tracks either written or co-written by Rae, Come Find Me was created to tell a story, from start to finish, and is inspired by personal growth and vulnerability.

“If you know me, you know that I write for myself from a place of heart-wrenching emotion or empowerment,” said Rae. “I could not be more excited about this album and what it represents. I feel like this is the first time in my life that I have gotten to truly reveal who I am and how I feel through my music. I’m not hiding anything or holding one thing back. This is ME. Here I am, so ‘Come Find Me!’”

“I anticipate that this album will be a country music chart-topper! I love EVERYTHING about this new album,” states Kathleen Bee, The Country Source.

“It is an album that will have appeal across generations. It even has the potential to cross genres,” adds Shannon Henry, Country Music Notes.

Tracked at Beaird Music Group with primary production by Camille Rae, Shawn Gough, and Amber Nicole Smith, Come Find Me features single, “But I Want You,” (Jaida Dreyer, Fred Wilhelm, and Jay Knowles) as well as current single, “I Need Me,” (Camille Rae) which debuted on March 13th and is climbing both the country and adult contemporary radio charts.

“’I Need Me’ is the perfect country power balled that radio has needed for a long time. Thanks Camille Rae for writing it from the heart, then singing the hell out of it. This single is only the tip of the iceberg to a great album.”Kelly Green, WEIO

An official music video for “I Need Me” was filmed in Knoxville, Tenn. earlier this year by Jacob Long and is undergoing the final touches to premiere in the coming weeks.

Documented via livestream by Country Common, Rae recently held an album launch party at Nashville’s The Country in which she performed Come Find Me from start to finish with a seven-piece band. The audience was complete with songwriters Jaida Dreyer, Fred Wilhelm, Keith Dozier and other industry supporters.

Originally from Mount Vernon, Ky., Rae has been sharing her talent with all whom would listen since the age of three. At 12, Rae began to craft her own songs and was a member of the Kentucky All-State Choir. She went on to complete her musical education at University of the Cumberlands and taught choir before focusing on her own artistry. Since 2012, Rae has opened for notable acts like The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, David Cook, Maddie and Tae, and more.

Come Find Me Track Listing:

Chills (Fred Wilhelm, Lindsay Ell, Tia Sillers)
Pinky Promise (Jaida Dreyer, Andrew Rollins, Jody Stevens)
Who Broke My Heart (Keith Dozier)
80 Down 65 (Camille Rae)
But I Want You (Jaida Dreyer, Fred Wilhelm, Jay Knowles)
I Need Me (Camille Rae)
What’s Missing (Camille Rae)
Right Place, Wrong Time (Camille Rae, Hunter Leath)
Take it Away (Jaida Dreyer, Andrew Rollins, Cory Mayo)
Dead Roses (Chad Jeffers)
Bitter (Camille Rae, Jason Eustice, Michael August)
I Want A Man (Camille Rae)
Come Find Me (Brian White, Phillip Barton, Hannah Ellis)
Bonus Tracks:
Here’s To Nashville (Camille Rae)
Fear (Kris Bergsnes, Jade Million)

For more information on Camille Rae, visit her official website at www.CamilleRae.com, and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Camille Rae | Come Find Me Cover Art
Photo Credit: Jacob Long
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(From L to R: Break the Cycle Ent.’s Nick Hickman, Craig Wayne Boyd, and Camille Rae)
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  Staff   Mar 22, 2017   Country, News   0 Comment   Read More

Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. Now Accepting CRS 2017-2018 Agenda Committee Applications

Applications are due Friday, March 31

Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc.® is now accepting applications from interested parties wishing to be considered for the 2017-2018 Country Radio Seminar (CRS) Agenda Committee. The application deadline is March 31, 2017.

Greg Frey, VP of Programming Operations at Cumulus Media, Inc. will serve as the 2018 Country Radio Seminar agenda chair with co-chairs, Judy Lakin, Director of Sales at Cox Media Group (Houston), and Jay Cruze, Director of Country Programming at iHeartMedia (Kentucky & Indiana).

The CRS Agenda Committee is made up of volunteer professionals from all areas of the Country radio and record industries. The committee is primarily responsible for planning events for the upcoming year’s Country Radio Seminar. Prospective applicants must be available to attend agenda meetings in Nashville on June 21-23, 2017. Applicants are also expected to attend CRS 2018, held Feb. 5-7, 2018.

Visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com to fill out the application by March 31, 2017. Email Sheree Latham with any questions at sheree@crb.org or call the CRB office at (615) 327-4487.

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 2018 is set for Feb. 5-7, 2018 at the Omni Nashville. Visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com for more information. Follow CRS on Facebook, Twitter (Hashtag #CRS2018) and Instagram.

About CRB: The Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. ® is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization founded in 1969 to bring radio broadcasters from around the world together with the Country Music Industry to ensure vitality and promote growth in the Country Radio format. More information may be obtained at: www.CRB.org or at the CRB office at 615-327-4487.

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

Ana Cristina Cash Releases The Tough Love EP; Part I of Future LP Out this Summer

Soulful singer-songwriter Ana Cristina Cash has released her latest project, The Tough Love EP, featuring co-written material with husband and producer, John Carter Cash. This highly anticipated body of work provides a taste of what is to come on Cash’s full-length album available this summer.

 “I am so proud to have recorded The Tough Love E.P. at the historical Cash Cabin Studio in Tennessee, where so much amazing music has been recorded over the past decades,” said Cash. “This music is true to my heart, an offering from my very soul. And there is more to come!

The Tough Love EP showcases Cash’s vocal range with brilliant ease and rootsy soul. 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. Another track on the project is a unique interpretation of John Anderson’s “Seminole Wind” in which was exclusively featured via Country Rebel.

Cash recently held a release party at Nashville’s Douglas Corner in which she performed The Tough Love EP in its entirety with a six-piece band. Cash also peppered the set with songs from her previous album The West Coast Sessions. For an encore, John Carter Cash hopped on stage for a duet of his “mama and daddy’s music” including “Jackson,” “I Got Stripes,” and “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.”

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 in the midst of the revolution. Throughout Cash’s youth, she was exposed to music from many different genres. Her material exhibits a broad vocal range from an expressive and resonating contralto to an amazingly high coloratura soprano, known to some as the “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.

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

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

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The Tough Love EP — Track Listing:

  1. Tough Love Woman

(Ana Cristina Cash, Shawn Camp)

  1. Southern Roots

(Ana Cristina Cash, John Carter Cash)

  1. The Cost of Love

(Ana Cristina Cash, Bill Miller)

  1. Busted

(Ana Cristina Cash, Jodi Marr)

  1. Seminole Wind

(John Anderson)

  1. Move Along Baby

(Ana Cristina Cash, John Carter Cash)

Douglas Corner Release Show (From L-R): Bill Miller, Ana Cristina Cash,
John Carter Cash, and Dave Daeger
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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

Watch and Listen to the single here!

(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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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.


Jeremy Gold
Director of Digital Strategy, Starstruck Entertainment
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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.
© 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. 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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