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Lineup Revealed for CRS 2017 “Team UMG at the Ryman”

“Team UMG at the Ryman” scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 23rd at Ryman Auditorium

A star-studded lineup has been revealed for Universal Music Group Nashville’s “Team UMG at the Ryman” at CRS 2017, to be held Feb. 23, 2017 at the Ryman Auditorium. This year’s performers are 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 Tuner, and Keith Urban.

Doors will open at 11:30 a.m., and the show will start at Noon. As in previous years, seminar registrants will receive a boxed lunch prior to the event. CRS attendees will have the option to either walk or use shuttles, provided by UMG Nashville, going from the Omni Hotel to the Ryman Auditorium between 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group Nashville, Mike Dungan comments, “The box lunches aren’t anything to write home about, but the show is fantastic! Always the most anticipated event at CRS, we will see you there!”

To review more of this year’s agenda, please visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com.

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.

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

iDitty Interactive Souvenirs Reinventing the Average Concert Experience

 iDitty Interactive Souvenirs used as exclusive VIP credential for Justin Moore and Lee Brice’s co-headlined American Made Tour

(Nashville, Tenn. — Feb. 9, 2017)iDitty Inc., the company behind the customizable interactive souvenir laminates that is making news nationwide, recently joined forces with Big Machine Label Group and Curb Records to produce exclusive credentials for Justin Moore and Lee Brice’s co-headlined American Made Tour, which included a meet-and-greet with the artists.

The unique American Made Tour Interactive Souvenirs, produced and secured through a partnership with MasterCard, served as the attendee’s credential into the show’s meet-and-greet, and following the show, it provided the attendee with a long-term experience of the artist’s music, videos, real-time photos, tour updates, social links, and the ability to purchase tour merchandise through the free iDitty app and online ecommerce platform. Prior to the meet-and-greet, fans received the iDitty Interactive Souvenir (laminate) as part of their VIP package purchased through Ticketmaster.

Red Light Management (Lee Brice) and L3 Entertainment (Justin Moore) were both pleased with iDitty and the total experience. “We will be doing this again soon. It makes good business sense for everyone involved,” said Enzo DeVincenzo of Red Light Management.

Benson Curb with Curb Records commented, “This has worked very well, and the fans really like the physical souvenir as well as all the digital content.”

iDitty cards are continuously becoming a popular VIP ticket and merchandise option for labels and management. Albums uploaded to the cards are reported to SoundScan, giving record companies a new way to market music and increase revenue in a world that has seen album sales drop year after year.
“Everyone involved wins,” said Hugh Kirkpatrick, SVP of iDitty Inc. “The labels sold albums again, the management won, as did the artists, the fans and the sponsors.” He continues, “ The fans are the REAL winners. They get the albums through the iDitty interactive collectable that can be autographed and are now able to follow their favorite artists on tour as photos and other digital content is made available, ALL pushed to the fan’s mobile device.”

After purchasing an artist’s iDitty Interactive Souvenir card, fans simply install the free iDitty app on their mobile device, enter their email, scan the QR code on the back of the card, and the artist’s music or other uploaded assets are immediately delivered to the fan. The artist, the management company, and the sponsor can stay connected and send alerts of upcoming shows, special ticket offers, meet & greets, merchandise discounts, news, behind-the-scenes photos and more. Conveniently, the fan can even transfer the music from the card to their iTunes account or music player.

The iDitty Interactive Souvenir as a merchandise item gives fans a sense of exclusivity by wearing a VIP badge around their necks, which normally only industry insiders would have. In return, iDitty is able to provide its clients with information about download activity, fan demographics as well as distribute Perk Alert notifications to whomever purchased one, even after-the-fact, at anytime, anywhere in the world.

iDitty Interactive Souvenir: iDitty, located in Nashville, Tenn., is an innovative technology that brings fans closer to their favorite artists. iDitty manufactures Interactive Souvenirs that look like backstage passes that come loaded with exclusive artist content allowing fans with the iDitty mobile application to instantly receive and access this content. iDitty allows artists to offer fans a new and constant social experience of interacting with their favorite artists while instantaneously giving artists the opportunity to share their music and other exclusive premium content with their fans – all through a unique social community.

For more information about iDitty, contact Hugh Kirkpatrick at 615-504-4770.

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

CRS 2017 Kickoff Party to be held at OMNI Nashville on Feb. 22

Sponsored by SunTrust Bank & Encore Technologies, event to feature five musical performances and hosted by Crook & Chase

(Nashville, TN – Feb. 6, 2017) – This year, Country Radio Seminar will kick off its annual three-day industry-only 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, which will be held on the seminar’s opening day (Feb. 22). Five artists are set to perform on the Encore Stage at the Omni, Level 2 Grand Terrace, from 12:15-2:45 p.m. Musical guests include Caroline Jones (12:15-12:45 p.m.), Macy Martin (12:45-1:15 p.m.), Matt Gary (1:15-1:45 p.m.), Jeremiah Richey (1:45-2:15p.m.), and Joe Denim (2:15-2:45 p.m.).

The CRS 2017 Kickoff Party will conclude prior to the CRS 2017 Opening Ceremonies.

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.

To review more of this year’s agenda, please visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com.

Attendees are encouraged to download the official mobile app for Country Radio Seminar, which 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. 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

Camille Rae to Release New Album Come Find Me on March 17

Pre-Order on Feb. 10 with Instant Download “Pinky Promise”

Who is Camille Rae? She’s a sultry singer-songwriter and country recording artist who will release her sophomore album, Come Find Me, on March 17. The project will be available for pre-order on iTunes and Apple Music on Feb. 10 with an immediate download of the track, “Pinky Promise.”

Through intuitive lyrics and dynamic vocals, Rae delivers a concept album stemmed from personal experience. With more than half of the fifteen tracks either written or co-written by Rae, Come Find Me is as reflective as it is artistic.

“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!’”

With primary production by Larry Beaird, Come Find Me will feature her current Music Row charting single, “But I Want You,” co-written by Jaida Dreyer, Fred Wilhelm, and Jay Knowles and continues to receive strong Country Radio airplay across the United States and Canada. “But I Want You,” is available on iTunes and Apple Music, and the official music video can be viewed here. The album will release through Break the Cycle Entertainment.

A follow-up single from the forthcoming album is to be announced shortly.

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.

Rae works closely with Musicians On Call at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital and is an avid supporter of St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital.

Come Find Me Track Listing:

  1. Chills (Fred Wilhelm, Lindsay Ell, Tia Sillers)
  2. Pinky Promise (Jaida Dreyer, Andrew Rollins, Jody Stevens)
  3. Who Broke My Heart (Keith Dozier)
  4. 80 Down 65 (Camille Rae)
  5. But I Want You (Jaida Dreyer, Fred Wilhelm, Jay Knowles)
  6. I Need Me (Camille Rae)
  7. What’s Missing (Camille Rae)
  8. Right Place, Wrong Time (Camille Rae, Hunter Leath)
  9. Take it Away (Jaida Dreyer, Andrew Rollins, Cory Mayo)
  10. Dead Roses (Chad Jeffers)
  11. Bitter (Camille Rae, Jason Eustice, Michael August)
  12. I Want A Man (Camille Rae)
  13. Come Find Me (Brian White, Phillip Barton, Hannah Ellis)
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  14. Here’s To Nashville (Camille Rae)
  15. 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.

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

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