|LOS ANGELES, CA (June 23, 2014) – Sarah Darling is becoming “America’s Darling” taking 89% positive votes on ABC’s new competition series, Rising Star, including the three experts, Ludacris, Kesha and Brad Paisley. Rising Star premiered last night where artists performed with the chance of raising the wall and moving to the next round of the competition. Shining through the votes, Darling was one of six who raised the wall.”What a rush,” states Darling after her performance. “It’s truly an amazing opportunity and I’m so grateful for all the support. Now I can’t wait to show the experts and America what I can do!”
Darling represented Country music as the only country-contestant performing Kacey Musgrave’s hit, “Merry Go Round.” Paisley had the first vote, thrusting his arm in the air with excitement soon to be followed by Kesha and then Ludacris. After the wall raised, the experts raved on their excitement to see Darling continue as she held back tears of joy.
Next week, Darling will be able to relax as new contestants take the stage.
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AWARD-WINNING BLUEGRASS DUO THE ROYS
RELEASE “NO MORE LONELY” TUESDAY
Track is first single from highly-anticipated album
The View, coming in September!!
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 9, 2014) – On Tuesday, June 10, the award-winning bluegrass duo, THE ROYS, will release the first single, “No More Lonely,” from their highly-anticipated album The View, set to be released in September. The song celebrates a fresh, optimistic look at life and the dismissal of former anguish with the discovery of one’s “true love.” This upbeat track was penned byLee and Elaine Roy, along with multi-BMI-Award-winning songwriter Steve Dean. Dean is responsible for writing songs for such icons as Conway Twitty, Barbara Mandrell, Lee Ann Womack, Reba McEntire, George Strait, Alabama, and many more! “No More Lonely” is now available for D.J. download on AirPlay Direct HERE. The song will also appear on the FRESH CUTS & KEY TRACKS (No. 1 – 2014) Rural Rhythm – Radio CD being delivered to radio this week. For more information on THE ROYS, please visit theroysonline.com.
“No More Lonely” is a sampling from THE ROYS’ upcoming fourth album The View, following last year’s top-5 album, Gypsy Runaway Train, which also earned the #1 spot on Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction’s Most-Played Albums Chart (Oct. 2013). As on Gypsy, The View will once again feature THE ROYS’ band members Clint White on fiddle, Daniel Patrick on banjo and Erik Alvar on bass, giving listeners a chance to enjoy the same authentic sound that ROYS fans hear live and on tour.
The upcoming album comes on the heels of an amazing year of accomplishments, including THE ROYS’ debut on the Grand Ole Opry, performance at “George Jones’ Final No Show” tribute concert, being named the Inspirational Country Music (ICM) Awards Bluegrass Artist of the Year for the third straight year and #1 Bluegrass Artist at the 2014 International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA). The Roys look to carry this momentum with them for the release of The View this fall.
THE ROYS are currently splitting their time in the studio with an active touring schedule this summer and fall. Festival appearances include Bean Blossom, Blistered Fingers, Rockahawk, Gettysburg, Poppy Mountain and Outer Banks Island Bluegrass Festivals and their back-by-popular-demand return toCountry Thunder Wisconsin! Hope to see you there!
You can catch The Roys at the following locations/venues:
Jun 10 Lexington, KY – Willie’s Locally Known
Jun 13 Bean Blossom, IN – Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival
Jun 15 Stowe, WV – Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center
Jun 18 Litchfield, ME – Blistered Fingers Bluegrass Festival
Jun 21 Lanexa, VA – Rockahock Bluegrass Festival/Rockahock Campgrounds
Jul 15 Mineral Wells, WV – West Virginia Interstate Fair & Expo
Jul 24-27 Twin Lakes, WI – Country Thunder
Aug 03 Athens, OH – Athens County Fair
Aug 07-08 Richmond, MN – Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival
Aug 16 Gettysburg, PA – Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival
Aug 20 Staunton, VA – Bluegrass in the Park
Aug 22-23 Rogersville, NB, Canada – Rogersville Bluegrass Festival
Aug 25-26; Aug 28-29 New Richmond, Quebec, Canada – New Richmond Bluegrass Festival
Sep 20 Morehead, KY – Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival
Sep 21 Lyons, PA – 31st Annual Lyons Fiddle Festival
Sep 27 Manteo, NC – Outer Banks Island Bluegrass Festival
Oct 01-04 Raleigh, NC – IBMA Convention
Oct 10 Rio Grande, OH – Bob Evans Bluegrass Festival
Oct 19 Orange Park, FL – Orange Park Fall Festival
Nov 01 McKinney Performing Arts Center
Nov 14 Crystal River, FL – St. Timothy Lutheran Church
Nov 22 Dunnellon, FL – Withlacoochee River BGF
Dec 13 Pigeon Forge, TN – Christmas in the Smokies – Smoky Mountain Convention Center
Jan 08-12, 2015 – Tampa, FL – Danny Stewart Bluegrass Cruise
LORRIE MORGAN CELEBRATES 30TH ANNIVERSARY AS GRAND OLE OPRY MEMBER DURING CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL
Morgan & Jesse Keith Whitley set to perform on Grand Ole Opry Tonight!!!
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 6, 2014) – In life and in art, the glamorous and giftedLorrie Morgan is enjoying a renewed resurgence of popularity. Morgan continues to make new music, tour North America, and this weekend will celebrate her 30th Anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry!!! On June 9, 1984, Morgan was inducted as a member into the invitation only institution.
“You can’t imagine how it felt the night I became a member of the Opry,” says Lorrie Morgan. “The first time I could really call this place home. I couldn’t stop shaking or trembling or crying.”
That Saturday night, just 30 years ago, might have been Lorrie’s first night as an official member, but it certainly wasn’t her first night at the Grand Ole Opry. Lorrie grew up backstage at the Opry, the daughter of Country Music Hall of Famer George Morgan, a 26-year member known everywhere for his smash 1949 hit “Candy Kisses.”
Born in 1959, Lorrie made her Opry stage debut early, introduced at the Ryman Auditorium by her proud father. “My little 13-year-old knees were absolutely knocking,” she recalls. “But Dad was standing there right beside me with big tears in his eyes, and those people gave me a standing ovation. I thought, ‘This is what I’m doing the rest of my life.’”
“This was a dream of my dad’s long before it was my dream,” Lorrie says. “I have all of this because of Dad. We’re very blessed to be a musical family here at the Grand Ole Opry. What more could you ask for?”
George Morgan died when Lorrie was 16, but she still carries in her heart two pieces of advice he left her: “Never say, ‘I can’t,’” and “Always remember your manners.”
Morgan’s vocal style, combining country sincerity and pop sophistication, really took off in 1989 with the emotion-filled hit “Dear Me.” She won a CMA Award in 1990 for her work with her late husband, Keith Whitley, the great country traditionalist who had died the year before. Her three subsequent albums — Leave the Light On, Something in Red, and Watch Me — all sold more than a million copies.
She has released hit after hit in a distinctive style steeped in passion and believability — “I Guess You Had to Be There,” “What Part of No,” “Except for Monday,” “Something in Red,” “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength,” “Half Enough,” and others.
Throughout her career, Morgan says, she has thought of the Opry as home.
“The Opry gave me my start in country music,” she says. “It’s a place we all need to go from time to time to remember why we’re here and what gave us the opportunity to be here.”
For more information about Lorrie, visit www.lorrie.com
Lizzie is scheduled to perform, sign autographs and much more at CMA Fest 2014
June 5 – 8, 2014 ♦ Nashville, TN
Lizzie’s CMA Fest Schedule (updated May 29, 2014)
For those wanting to keep up with Lizzie during CMA Fest, here is her schedule…
Be sure to stop by Lizzie’s booth to say hello! Booth #664 – Thu 1-2:00; Fri 10:30-11:30; Sat 1130-1230
Lizzie Sider – WEBSITE
For Dolly Parton:
Kirt Webster, firstname.lastname@example.org, 615-777-6995 x232
DOLLY PARTON PREMIERES “HOME” MUSIC VIDEO ON VEVO
NASHVILLE, TN (May 28, 2014) – Dolly Parton, the most celebrated female country artist of all-time, continues to be a trendsetter, innovator, and is undeniable to her legion of fans. Parton’s latest critically acclaimed release,BLUE SMOKE, on Dolly Records/Sony Music Masterworks debuted on the Billboard Top 200 chart at #6, and #2 on the Billboard Country chart, marking her highest charting solo album ever. As the smoke continues to rise, Parton’s latest music video for her forthcoming single, “Home” will premiere exclusively on VEVO this Wednesday, May 28th. View the video online here: http://vevo.ly/DCXkS8
Parton is currently performing to Sold Out shows in the United States ending the North American leg of the Blue Smoke World Tour this coming Saturday, May 31st in Thackerville, Oklahoma. A few travel days later, Parton will hit the stage in Liverpool, England on June 8th where she will continue crisscrossing Europe with concert performances in Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Germany, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden before bringing the tour to a close in Locarno, Switzerland, on July 14th.
About Dolly Parton:
Dolly is the most honored female country performer of all time. Achieving 25 RIAA certified gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards, she has had 25 songs reach number 1 on the Billboard Country charts, a record for a female artist. She has 42 career top 10 country albums and 110 career charted singles over the past 40 years. All-inclusive sales of singles, albums, hits collections, paid digital downloads and compilation usage during her Hall of Fame career have reportedly topped a staggering 100 million records world-wide. She has garnered 7 Grammy Awards, 10 Country Music Association Awards, 5 Academy of Country Music Awards, 3 American Music Awards and is one of only five female artists to win the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year Award. Dolly was inducted as a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999. And the litany goes on.
Dolly’s career has spanned nearly five decades and is showing no signs of slowing down. An internationally-renowned superstar, the iconic and irrepressible Parton has contributed countless treasures to the worlds of music, film and television. Some of her hit films have included Nine to Five, Steel Magnolias, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Rhinestone, Straight Talk, andJoyful Noise. Parton received two Oscar® nominations – one for writing the title tune to Nine to Five and the other for Travelin’ Thru from the film Transamerica.
Resource Dolly Parton at: www.dollypartonentertainment.com.
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CHARLIE DANIELS GOES ‘OFF THE GRID’ WITH VIDEO TRACK BY TRACK AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY AT WWW.CHARLIEDANIELS.COM
The Charlie Daniels Band Set For FOX & Friends All American Concert Series this Friday; At Home with Charlie Daniels to Appear in CLOSER WEEKLY on newsstands May 28th
Nashville, Tenn. (May 28, 2014) – The Charlie Daniels Band, best known for his No. 1 country hit “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” which became a platinum single, topped both country and pop charts, won a Grammy Award, earned three CMA trophies, became a cornerstone of the ‘Urban Cowboy’ movie soundtrack and propelled Daniels’ Million Mile Reflections album to triple-platinum sales levels, is set to perform May 30th in New York City as part of the FOX & Friends All American Concert Series. Fans can attend the outdoor concert located at 1211 Ave of the Americas in New York City starting at 8 am eastern.
In addition, Charlie talks about each song from his latest album, Off The Gridduring the exclusive video track by track available at charliedaniels.com. You can also catch Charlie as he appears on The Big Interview with Dan Rather on May 29th, June 1st, and June 8th. A special ‘At Home’ feature on Charlie Daniels will appear in the May 28th edition of Closer Weekly magazine, whileCowboys & Indians magazine will showcase Charlie in the July issue on stands June 10th.
In support of Off The Grid, Daniels made the media rounds in early April with stops at The Today Show, The Better Show, Morning Joe, Access Hollywood, Kathie Lee & Co., Huckabee, Hannity, Fox 411, SiriusXM, ABC NewsNow, The Cain Conversation, Wilkow, CMT, GAC Headline Country, and more! Daniels has also been featured in American Songwriter, Billboard, Country Weekly, Nashville Sports & Entertainment, GX Magazine, and more.
Charlie Daniels throughout his 50 plus years of creating his own new definitions of music, has scored hits on rock, country, pop and Christian charts. Skilled on guitar, fiddle, and mandolin, his contributions to country and southern rock are legendary on the path of platinum that’s carried him to virtually every music industry award and accolade presented across multi-genres.
He was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in Jan. 2008 and has appeared in commercials for UPS and GEICO auto insurance, where he was featured playing fiddle in the television commercial. His volunteer spirit, support of American troops and down-to-earth philosophy has solidified his reputation as a true American patriot and Christian.
Off The Grid was released on Blue Hat Records in association with MRI and distributed by RED.
Joshua Scott Jones Media Contact:
Kirt Webster, email@example.com, 615-777-6995 x232
Abbey Stanerson, firstname.lastname@example.org, 615-777-6995 x238
JOSHUA SCOTT JONES RELEASES SOLO ALBUM THE HEALING NEXT WEEK – JUNE 3RD
COUNTRY WEEKLY OFFERS UP EXCLUSIVE FIRST LISTEN
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 28, 2014) – Joshua Scott Jones solo debut album,The Healing, releases on Tuesday, June 3rd, but eager fans can get an early listen as Country Weekly offers up an ‘Exclusive First Listen,’ available here:http://bit.ly/S9NKwQ. The album takes fans on a musical journey which exposes Jones’ past including the break-up from duo, Steel Magnolia to his personal struggle with addiction as well as the struggles and recovery in rehab.
“There’s a little something for all moods,” states Country Weekly. “Including the decidedly more fun first single, “Honk (If You’re Tonky).” On the other hand, “Just How a Heart Breaks” was written during Joshua’s month-long stay at a treatment facility.”
Joshua Scott Jones kicked off his album pre-launch Tuesday in New York City making appearances with The Better Show, NY Profiles, ABC NewsNow, People Magazine, Fox News Radio, Fox NewsEdge/411, Wilkow!, SiriusXM, The Hot Zone and ARISE 360. He will continue next week in Orlando on The Daily Buzz and Emotional Mojo and finish up the week with performances and interviews during Nashville’s CMA Fest.
The Healing Track Listing:
1. “Honk (If You’re Tonky)”
3. “Tennessee Blue”
4. “City Of Angels”
6. “Whiskey Anthem”
7. “You & I”
8. “Tennessee House”
9. “Lover Let Me Show You My Heart”
10. “Just How A Heart Breaks”
11. “The Healing”
For more information on Joshua Scott Jones, http://www.joshuascottjones.com
KENNY ROGERS SET TO VISIT KENNY ROGERS CHILDREN’S CENTER AND HOST BENEFIT CONCERT ON JUNE 1st
KENNY ROGERS CHILDREN’S CENTER SUPPORTS CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS FOR CLOSE TO 40 YEARS
SIKESTON, MO. (May 27, 2014) – Not very many performers can say they’ve been in the “business” for over 50 years. Not many can say they’ve played an instrumental role in the success of an organization that solely exists for the purpose of helping children with special needs. Not many can say they’ve returned five times throughout the years to hold concerts and continue to raise money for that organization. And certainly not many can say they’ve held an interest in that same organization for close to 40 years! But yes, Kenny Rogers has certainly earned his name on the building of that very organization…The Kenny Rogers Children’s Center in Sikeston, Missouri.
“It’s scary to think about where the Center would be today if it weren’t for Kenny Rogers. Or rather, where the Center would NOT be today”, states Michelle Fayette, Executive Director of the Center. “The current building we are in today was made possible through Kenny’s efforts, the expansions, new equipment, updated equipment, and so much more, all are because he has cared enough throughout the years to continue his efforts in furthering our mission. You definitely can’t make old friends like that! Thousands of children have come through these doors and have received life-changing therapies all because of him,” she adds. The Center covers numerous counties in Southeast Missouri and provides therapy to approximately 450 children on a monthly basis.”
On June 1, Kenny Rogers will take the stage for another benefit concert in Sikeston, Missouri to once again raise money for the Kenny Rogers Children’s Center.
After his last benefit concert in 2009, the Center added a 7,000-square-foot expansion that was completed in 2011. It includes an indoor, all handicap accessible therapeutic play structure, several additional therapy rooms, a conference room, a therapy restroom, a rock wall, a zip line and what is now the newly completed KRCC Center for Gait and Motion Analysis Lab.
“It’s hard to remember just how cramped we were before this because we’ve gotten accustomed to the new space now,” says Brandy Dallas, Clinical Coordinator and Physical Therapist at the Center. “We were able to increase our therapy staff by adding six and were able to move more children off the waiting lists,” she added. The Center currently has a total of 26 employees – six office personnel, 13 Occupational Therapists, two Physical Therapists, two Physical Therapy Assistants and three Speech Therapists. “That’s a far cry from the original Scott-Mississippi-New Madrid Counties United Cerebral Palsy Center that opened its doors with five clients, one paid employee, two foster grandparents and several other volunteers,” states Fayette.
The Center continues to provide therapy services at no charge to the families, as they have for over 40 years now. “We are very proud to have this state-of-the-art facility in Southeast Missouri. It truly is a one-of-a-kind facility where children receive not only the therapy that they need, but receive some of the highest quality in the nation,” states Charlotte York, President of the Board for the Kenny Rogers Children’s Center. “The fact that Kenny Rogers is still involved with the Center shows how passionate he is about our mission and what the Center is doing. We are so blessed to have his continued support and can’t wait to see him at the upcoming concert,” she adds.
The benefit concert is June 1, 2014 at 7:00 pm at the Sikeston Field House in Sikeston, Missouri. Tickets are available at www.kennyrogerscenter.org, or by phone at 877-471-0397.
“Award-Winning Recording Artist Jimmy White Shows Off Eclectic Musical Range on Latest Album, “My Mom Joined the Circus”
NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 27, 2014 - 828 Records recording artist Jimmy White has just released his fifth CD, “My Mom Joined the Circus”.
White shows an amazingly broad spectrum of musical tastes on this new 11 track CD: The tropical feel of “Michaela” and the Country flavored, “Two Beers Better” feel more commercial, while “Miserable Man” and “No Goodbyes” are very personal to the artist. On this CD, White also took a comedic look at life with the title track, “My Mom Joined the Circus” and “Daddy Looked Good.”
When asked about the eye catching title track, White offered, “There isn’t a story behind the title; it was a song that just came to me, as if from another place. It took on a life of its own and ended up being a song about a young man who ends up becoming inspired by his mother, a woman who began her life again, just when she seemed a little too old to do so.”
When asked to describe the feeling of his new CD, White said, “This CD is softer than my previous albums, very melodic, containing songs that are pure pop, others that are the most inspirational of my career, and others that are just plain funny, which is a big part of who I am as a person. “
“Circus is a culmination, of sorts, of the phase of my career where I had finally achieved the commercial and artistic success that I had always longed for, with ‘Two Cities’ and ‘Good Friends Are Hard To Find’. Like ‘Good Friends’, Circus is just me being me, laughing, crying, and always doing the very best I can.”
There are two musicians/groups playing on the record that are in the Rock Hall of Fame, Gary Mallaber (Steve Miller,Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen among many others) and the members of the Kenny Rogers Band.
Press contact: Steve Baker / 828 Records / 615-419-0886/ Email
Los Angeles, CA (May 21, 2014) – Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) continues its acclaimed ICON series with the release of heavy metal mainstays Megadeth. A fitting description of this Dave Mustaine-fronted band is heavy metal ICON. Megadeth’s provocative major label bow, Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying? was a landmark on the underground metal scene. A series of platinum-selling albums followed, including 1988’s So Far, So Good… So What, 1990’sRust in Peace, 1992’s double platinum Countdown to Extinction, 1994’sYouthanasia and 1997’s Cryptic Writings.Having sold 38 million-plus albums worldwide, Megadeth has also received 11 GRAMMY nominations and earned five consecutive platinum albums. They have helped pioneer the thrash metal genre and are one of the most influential metal bands of the last three decades.Their arena anthems are Rock radio staples, including “Holy Wars… The Punishment Due,” “Symphony of Destruction,” “Wake Up Dead” (the band’s first Capitol single), “Trust” (a Top 5 Mainstream Rock hit), “Hangar 18,” “Sweating Bullets,” “A Tout Le Monde,” “Skin ‘O My Teeth,” “In My Darkest Hour,” “Kill the King” and “Peace Sells,” all featured on this ICON collection.
1. Holy Wars… The Punishment Due
Last year, Megadeth put out Super Collider, their 14th studio album, followed byCountdown to Extinction: Live, the second in a series of concert recordings of their classic albums.
About the ICON series:
Formed over 30 years ago, heavy-metal band Megadeth features Dave Mustaine (vocals, guitars), Chris Broderick (guitars, background vocals), David Ellefson (bass, background vocals) and Shawn Drover (drums, percussion, background vocals). This past year they released their latest album, Super Collider, which debuted at no. 6 on the Billboard 200. Megadeth has sold over 38 million albums worldwide, were nominated for 11 GRAMMYs and earned five consecutive platinum albums. Together, Megadeth has helped pioneer the thrash metal genre and have been one of the most influential bands of the last three decades.
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