Saturday, December 28, 2013

Dolly Parton’s Getting Married Again

Taste of Country's Christina Vinson reportsDolly has of course been married to her husband Carl Dean for almost 50 years, and to celebrate five decades of matrimony, they’re renewing their vows!

The ‘Jolene’ hitmaker is excited about the prospect of another wedding in 2016, and shares with Closer, “We’ve talked about that — we might do it all over again! Another big wedding.”

Some couples enjoy renewing their vows in exotic places, jetting around the world to find the perfect place to say ‘I do’ again, but Parton and Dean are perfectly happy to do the deed “where we have family and friends.”

The big day will “probably be at our big old plantation home. We love it there,” Parton furthers, and that works out perfectly well, as her hubby hates flying. So, they certainly won’t be leaving on a jet plane. “Carl doesn’t like to fly,” she reveals. “Once many, many years ago, he went with me to Hawaii, and he enjoyed that, but he never wanted to go anywhere else.”
Dolly Parton has been married to her husband Carl Dean for almost 50 years, and to celebrate five decades of matrimony, they’re renewing their vows!
The ‘Jolene’ hitmaker is excited about the prospect of another wedding in 2016, and shares with Closer, “We’ve talked about that — we might do it all over again! Another big wedding.”
Some couples enjoy renewing their vows in exotic places, jetting around the world to find the perfect place to say ‘I do’ again, but Parton and Dean are perfectly happy to do the deed “where we have family and friends.”
The big day will “probably be at our big old plantation home. We love it there,” Parton furthers, and that works out perfectly well, as her hubby hates flying. So, they certainly won’t be leaving on a jet plane. “Carl doesn’t like to fly,” she reveals. “Once many, many years ago, he went with me to Hawaii, and he enjoyed that, but he never wanted to go anywhere else.”

Read More: Dolly Parton's Getting Married Again! |

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

The Next Generation of Country Music

Southern Living's says writer Rachael Maddux profiles the musicians who are shaping Southern music now in the January issue.

"Our editors and photographers traveled across the country to photograph these scene-shakers."

Click here to see some images that didn’t make the issue. Plus, the exclusive “Biscuits & Jam” recording sessions with the artists.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Kenny Chesney To "Spread the Love"

The song (click to see the video) is the focal point of a 2014 radio and TV PSA campaign for The Foundation For A Better Life. 

The organization promotes positive messages and inspiration for a "more value-grounded life," and is known for its "Pass It On" billboards. 
"When I see one of their billboards, or a PSA comes up when I'm watching TV, it's a little inspiration pause," says Chesney. "Pass It On is everything 'Spread the Love' is about - and I can't believe they came back to us for a second time, given all the amazing artists they work with." 
The Foundation has also used Chesney's "The Good Stuff" in a previous campaign.

Kip Moore Wraps 2013 Tour

Kip extinguished his BURN THE WHOLE WORLD DOWN tour last weekend wrapping up with a sold-out show at Cleveland's House of Blues on Saturday night. 

Moore's album UP ALL NIGHT was the best selling debut album from any solo male country artist released in 2012 and 2013, and produced three back-to-back No. one singles with "Somethin' 'Bout A Truck," "Beer Money" and "Hey Pretty Girl."  

From national TV appearances like TODAY, Late Night with Jimmy FallonConanThe Tonight Show with Jay Leno to his first stadium slot as part of CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock and a photo spread in PEOPLE Country's "Hottest Guy's" issue, Moore has captivated a loyal following in both fans and critics.  This year also brought Moore his first CMA Award nomination in the "New Artist Of The Year" category.

As he heads into 2014, Moore is armed with the recently released lead single, "Young Love," from his upcoming sophomore album.  A constant road warrior, Moore will pick up with Lady Antebellum on their TAKE ME DOWNTOWN TOUR on Jan. 10 in Peoria, IL.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Florida Georgia Line Doesn’t Feel Pressure To Beat 2013

2013 has been an incredible whirlwind of success for FGL, including three consecutive #1 songs and likely a fourth with their current single, “Stay,” but the guys say they don’t feel pressure to try to top this year in 2014. 

“With the release of the deluxe package and everything that’s happened, at the end of this year, the end of our first headline tour, I think next year we’re gonna go in there feeling strong,” says Tyler.  “We’re gonna go in there no pressure. We never really put pressure on ourselves. We just do what we love, write songs that we love, record songs that we love and try to make our live show the best that it can be. And that’s just kinda what we do.”

They already have a huge tour slot lined up as one of the openers on Jason Aldean’s new tour, and Tyler says, “We’re gonna have a lot of fun, play about 60 shows with him, do some headline stuff, record a new album and work as hard as we did this year. You know, fingers crossed, we can be here for a long time. We’re gonna have fun with it.”

Friday, December 13, 2013

Blake, Reba and Trisha Join Kelly For TV Christmas Special

Kelly Clarkson was joined by Blake Shelton, Reba and Trisha Yearwood on last night's Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale.

Watch Reba Kelly and Trisha sing Silent Night above.

The American Idol champ-turned-Grammy winner who won raves for her stint on CBS’ The Crazy Ones earlier this season, is set to guest-star in an episode of Nashville, TVLine reports.

“As you recall, one of the most popular songs of last season is a song that Gunnar and Scarlett wrote – ‘Fade Into You,’ showrunner Dee Johnson tells TVLine. “And in fact, in real life, [Clarkson is] actually cutting that song.”

Look for Clarkson to show up in the ABC series’ Episode 11, which will air in January.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Little Big Town Embodies Perseverance

The reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year has been tapped to present a panel about perseverance in the country music industry at next year’s CRS (Country Radio Seminar), which will be hosted by longtime radio personality Bob Kingsley. The session will take place in Nashville during the annual convention, which runs February 19th – 21st.

The members of Little Big Town remained (and still remain) steadfast in their goals of achieving musical success despite the trials, tribulations, personal tragedies and triumphs they experienced over the past 14 years. During the panel, they will share stories about their perseverance as a band, which eventually landed them a #1 album, 2 #1 singles, a Grammy Award, ACM/CMA Vocal Group of the Year and various awards and accolades.

Throughout their career, the group, made up of members Karen FairchildKimberly SchlapmanJimi Westbrook, and Phillip Sweet, have stuck together through several challenging label changes. They received their first record deal with Mercury Nashville Records before moving to Sony’s Monument Records, where they released their debut album. From there, the band went from the small independent label, Equity Music Group, to their current label, Capitol Records, which was later taken over by major label, Universal Music Group.

"It's an honor to be asked to be a part of CRS this year and especially the chance to share some of our story as a band through the last 14 years," said Little Big Town. “It's definitely been about perseverance for us."

"Throughout every challenge the band has had, they've continued to establish and develop so many relationships and give back in so many ways," said Bob Kingsley.  "Their ability to adapt to situations and stay ahead is a hard feat, and one that we can all learn from."

Monday, December 9, 2013

Scotty McCreery Goes Cross-Country (Ho-Ho-Ho!) In December

Rather than winding down for the holidays, Scotty is in the midst a whirlwind schedule in December as he travels across the nation to help country radio with holiday events, perform his own headlining shows and appear on a country music awards show.

On Tuesday, he will present an award at the American Country Awards, where he is nominated for Breakthrough Artist of the Year. The show, which will be held in Las Vegas, airs live on Fox at 8 p.m. ET.

In addition to preparing for finals, the North Carolina State sophomore will perform on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Izod Center in the New York City area as part of a once-in-a-lifetime skating spectacular, P&G & Wal-Mart Tribute to American Legends of the Ice” presented by Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card. It will air on NBC on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 2:30 p.m. ET, just two days before the start of the 2014 Winter Games.

He traveled throughout North Carolina last week,performing for radio charity events, including a WRNS holiday food drive in Kinston, the WKML St. Jude benefit in Lumberton and the WQDR Christmas Wish show for his home station in Raleigh. He helped raised thousands of dollars while playing for fans across the state.

McCreery continues with a wide variety of holiday appearances this month, including more country radio holiday events in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh and York, Pa.
"Holiday events are a perfect fit for me," McCreery says.  "I can use holiday tunes from my Christmas album to help lift spirits and encourage others to give back. These events remind why I sing: to give back and do good. It's an awesome way to end the year."

Fans can enjoy McCreery's popular holiday collection,Christmas With Scotty, which was certified gold in just five weeks after being released last year.

Garth Brooks To Do World Tour In 2014

Garth kicked the week off in style by making a major announcement on this morning's "Good Morning America" to Robin Roberts.

Just out:  a new release to radio from Brooks, "The Call" featuring Trisha Yearwood on their own label, Pearl Records, Inc.

It's been a memorable couple of weeks for Garth after his recent TV special and eight-disc box set have done extremely well in the ratings and retail-wise.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Danielle Bradbery Heads to Grandma’s House for Christmas

Danielle will take a break around Christmas from promoting her debut single, “The Heart of Dixie” to celebrate with her family. 

One of the things she looks forward to the most is exchanging gifts with her family. 
“We draw each other’s names and we would have to give gifts to them. So, we’d all get together at my Grandma’s house, and there’s food and just lights everywhere and we’d give each other gifts, and that’s one of the traditions that happened every year. It’s really fun.”

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Today's The Final Day To Vote For ACA Artist Of The Year

LeAnn Rimes, Justin Moore, Randy Houser and Thomas Rhett are the final acts set to perform at the AMERICAN COUNTRY AWARDS (ACA) airing live from Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas Tuesday, Dec. 10 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.

 Hosted by Trace Adkins and Danica Patrick, the two-hour live event will also feature appearances by Luke Bryan, Jewel and Dwight Yoakam. Previously announced performers include Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum, Florida Georgia Line, Jake Owen, Kellie Pickler and Sheryl Crow will sing with Darius Rucker. Previously announced presenters include Trevor Brazile, Shada Brazile, Sara Evans, Billy Gibbons, Cowboy Troy, Big Smo, Dan King, Scotty McCreery, Matthew Morrison, Thompson Square, Chris Young, Carrie Keagan, Olivia Newton-John, Joe Nichols, Lauren Alaina, Clay Walker and Parmalee.

The two-hour live music spectacular offers country music fans the opportunity to vote for their favorite artists, not only in traditional categories, but also in a previously unrecognized area - touring - encompassing the entire spectrum of country music.

Voting for Artist of the Year ends today (Dec. 7_ at

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Garth Brooks Announces "New Year Las Vegas Full Band Blowout"

After more than four years of sold out one-man shows inside the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas and a top-rated live television concert event this past Thanksgiving Weekend, Wynn Las Vegas is proud to announce a Garth Brooks show like Las Vegas has never seen, “Garth Brooks: The Man, His Band and His Music,” on Jan. 3 and 4, 2014 at 7 and 10:30 p.m.

“I’ve been itching for the chance to bring my band to Vegas to play this room,” said Brooks. “I can’t wait. Steve Wynn told me I could use the theater anytime. I asked him when I could start and his response was, ‘How about New Year’s Eve?’”
Garth’s relationship with Wynn Las Vegas began in 2009 when he announced that he was out of retirement to enter a multi-year engagement inside the Encore Theatre at Wynn Las Vegas. The show has been hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “genius,” by as an “absolute revelation” and Oprah Winfrey deemed it as the “hottest ticket.”

Most recently, Garth starred in a CBS concert special on Black Friday that was viewed by 8.7 million people nationwide and concurrently released a new box set including new music from the singer exclusively sold at Walmart.

While Brooks’ critically acclaimed one-man shows at Wynn Las Vegas focused on the musical influences that Brooks credits for his own sound and becoming the number one selling solo artist in U.S. history, the New Year’s Eve weekend shows will consist of the country music legend’s own repertoire of chart-topping songs accompanied by his full band.
“I don’t know if this will happen again,” said Brooks. “So, I am taking Mr. Wynn up on his offer. Will there be something else down the road? Who knows! I’m just going to enjoy getting to turn it up in Las Vegas and play with the band again.”

Tickets go on sale Friday, Dec. 6 at 10 a.m. PST for $200 per ticket (not inclusive of taxes and fees) at, or by phone at 702-770-1000 or 800-745-3000.

Certified by the RIAA in 2000 as the number one selling solo artist in U.S. history, Garth Brooks has sold in excess of 128 million albums and has received every accolade the recording industry can bestow on an artist.

Media Contacts:

Garth Brooks

Nancy Seltzer, Nancy Seltzer & Associates
Phone: 323.938.3562, e-mail:

Wynn Las Vegas

Phone : 702.770.2120, e-mail:    

Monday, December 2, 2013

Tickets On Sale Soon For The 49th Annual ACM Awards Events

Country Music’s Party of the Year®, the 49TH ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, honoring country music’s best and introducing the industry’s hottest emerging talent, will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 6, 2014.

ACM award-winning duo Florida Georgia Line will host the 4TH ANNUAL ACM FAN JAM at the Mandalay Bay Events Center Sunday, April 6, 2014. This live remote location gives country music lovers the ultimate fan-pass to be a part of the 49TH ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS! Throughout the three-hour Awards telecast from MGM Grand, there will be live ACM FAN JAM performances, via remote from the Mandalay Bay Events Center, by Florida Georgia Line and other top-tier music acts. The ACM FAN JAM continues after the Awards telecast ends, with performances by Florida Georgia Line.

The after-show party, ACM’s annual ALL-STAR JAM, held in the MGM Grand Marquee Ballroom, is the place to be immediately following the ACM Awards.

Stay over Monday, April 7, 2014, after the ACM Awards for another star-studded night!  For the past five years, the Academy has taped ACM PRESENTS, a special televised concert featuring and honoring artists such as George Strait, Brooks & Dunn, Lionel Richie, Tim McGraw, and many others.  The Academy helps to fund ACM Lifting Lives through our televised specials. Each year, ACM Lifting Lives provides grants to music therapy and music education programs and helps endorse and contribute to country music artists’ favorite causes.  Proceeds from this special event benefit ACM Lifting Lives.  Stay tuned for more information on details about this special.

The Academy will announce its full schedule of The Week Vegas Goes Country® events in the coming weeks, which will include the ACM PARTY FOR A CAUSE FESTIVAL, a ticketed outdoor music festival featuring country’s top hit makers, to be held April 4-6, 2014 in Las Vegas.  This country music festival will once again feature LIVE country music performances from some of the biggest stars in the business, along with interactive games and a shopper’s paradise and country marketplace -- much, much more to be announced. 

Talent line-up and ticket on-sale will be announced in January 2014.

Justin Moore Works On His Golf Game (Off The Beaten Track)

Justin just wrapped up the first leg of his Off the Beaten Path Tour and so far he’s been having as much fun off the stage with his openers as he has on the stage. 

Randy Houser and Josh Thompson are opening for Justin and he says, “Me and Randy have played golf I think every day, poorly, but we’ve played golf about every day. We got Josh out there the other day, finally, and he’s not a golfer but he did a pretty good job of drinking beer and driving the golf cart.” 

While there’s a lot of responsibility that comes along with being a headliner, Justin says, “The coolest thing about doing your headline tour is I’ve got ‘bout 30 people on the road with me everyday worrying about the logistics and I kind of feel lazy, to be honest with you. I’m just kind of waitin’ around all day to go play that night, so ya, we get out and do stuff like that. A lot of bad golf in our future.”

Justin’s latest single, “Lettin’ the Night Roll,” is currently climbing the charts.  He’ll take the next couple of months off the road for the holidays and then the Off the Beaten Path Tour will pick back up on January 23, 2014.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Garth And CBS-TV Own The Friday Night Ratings

Hollywood ReporterCBS won the holiday weekend Friday with its two-hour Garth Brooks special.

The singer's Live From Las Vegas averaged a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49, easily locking up broadcast TV's best showing of the night.

Reruns didn't do as well.  Hoops & Yoyo Ruin Christmas (0.4 adults) and The Elf on the Shelf (0.6 adults) were both down significantly from last year's showings.

CBS took a 1.4 adults rating and 6.7 million viewers for the night.