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    Nashville, TN – Jan. 17, 2014 – After returning to sold out arenas for the opening of tour last weekend, seven-time GRAMMY award-winning trio Lady Antebellum announced today that they will extend their North American TAKE ME DOWNTOWN TOUR. The now nearly 80-city tour will begin its summer leg on March 22 in Phoenix, AZ at Ak-Chin Pavilion. Fans can continue to purchase tickets for previously announced tour dates atwww.ladyantebellum.com and to select cities of the summer leg as part of Live Nation’s Country Megaticket beginning Jan. 24 at www.Megaticket.com.

    “The energy from the crowds on opening weekend was like a drug…it was totally intoxicating,” said Lady A’s Charles Kelley. “It felt so unbelievable to be back on stage together, and each night was better than the last.  We’re going on to North Dakota this weekend and from now through the summer amphitheater shows, we’re going to try and raise the bar night after night.”

    Special guests Kip Moore and Kacey Musgraves are currently out with the trio and will continue on to the first newly announced summer shows. Lady A will also welcome a combination of Billy Currington, David Nail and Joe Nichols for the remaining new tour dates.

    TAKE ME DOWNTOWN TOUR 2014 North American Summer Dates:
    3/22    Phoenix, AZ
    3/23    San Diego, CA
    3/27    Omaha, NE
    3/28    Tulsa, OK
    4/10    Evansville, IN
    4/11    Atlanta, GA
    4/12    Birmingham, AL
    4/25    Raleigh, GA
    4/26    Charlotte, NC
    4/27    Knoxville, TN
    5/9      Dallas, TX
    5/10    Houston, TX
    5/16    Hollywood, FL
    5/17    Tampa, FL
    5/30    Cincinnati, OH
    5/31    Cuyahoga Falls, OH
    6/1      Bethel, NY
    6/14    Irvine, CA
    6/15    Mountain View, CA
    6/20    Grand Junction, CO
    6/21    Sheridan, WY
    6/27    North Platte, NE
    7/4      Cavendish, PEI
    7/6      Ottawa, ONT
    7/18    Minot, ND
    7/19    Cheyenne, WY
    7/22    Paso Robles, CA
    7/24    Noblesville, IN
    7/25    Columbus, OH
    7/26    Harrington, DE
    7/27    Wantagh, NY
    7/30    Davenport, IA
    8/22    Clarkston, MI
    8/23    Burgettstown, PA
    8/30    Bangor, ME
    8/31    Gilford, NH

    The harmony-based trio has earned awards from the CMA’s, ACM’s and from Billboard for their past headlining tour efforts. Since its 2006 inception, Lady A has also won the “Vocal Group of the Year” honor from both the CMA and from the ACM’s three times in a row and sold over 11 million albums worldwide. The trio has taken seven trips to No. one on the country radio charts, earned five Platinum singles including their recent “Downtown” and has been awarded with seven GRAMMY awards including the all-genre “Record of the Year” and “Song of the Year.” For more information on upcoming tour dates, visit www.ladyantebellum.com.


    NASHVILLE TN (Friday, January 17, 2014) – Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman took home the award for “Best Home Chef in a Series” last night at the 5th Annual Taste Awards in Los Angeles for her GAC cooking show Kimberly’s Simply Southern. The award show honors the year’s best in food, fashion and lifestyle programs on television, film, online and radio. 
    “Looking back on the memories of me as a little girl standing at our kitchen counter pretending to have my own cooking show makes this award such an honor and privilege to receive,” said Kimberly.  “Thank you so much to the Taste Awards and to the fans who took the time to vote for me and make this dream come true! I am so very grateful.”
    Kimberly’s Simply Southern is currently filming season 3 and is expected to premiere this spring on GAC.  To view photos, recipes and video clips please visit:http://www.gactv.com/gac/pac_ctnt/text/0,,GAC_26058_105664,00.html.
    About KSS:
    Kimberly’s Simply Southern is a one-of-a-kind cooking show featuring country artist and founding member of the band Little Big Town, Kimberly Schlapman. Her passion for making simple, home cooked recipes with her family and fellow country artists back home keeps Kimberly hunting for culinary treasures while on the road. Guests to appear in season 3 include Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott, Jewel, Eric Paslay and the members of Little Big Town.
    About Kimberly:
    For the past fourteen years, Kimberly Schlapman has brightened stages worldwide as a member of country foursome Little Big Town. This spring, she’ll fulfill a lifelong dream with the third season airing of Kimberly’s Simply Southern, a half-hour cooking show on GAC. Kimberly grew up in the northern foothills of Georgia where cooking was an enormous part of Kimberly’s upbringing. She calls both of her grandmothers “incredible” cooks but it was her mother who taught her not just how to cook, but how to take care of people with food. In 1987, Kimberly left home to attend Samford University, where she met fellow vocalist Karen Fairchild. After graduation, both women moved to Nashville, which is where the idea for Little Big Town was born. The addition of Jimi Westbrook and Phillip Sweet filled out their signature harmonic sound and five albums later; they’re still going strong. Kimberly currently lives in Nashville with husband Stephen and daughter Daisy Pearl.


    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 17, 2014) – The mystery and excitement surrounding Eric Church’s forthcoming album The Outsiders continues to build with the release of the music video for his new single, “Give Me Back My Hometown.” The video, which is live on Vevo today and will be released to all video outlets Saturday, Jan. 18th, was directed by Peter Zavadil and is the first chapter of an overarching narrative featuring characters that fans will get to know throughout the course of listening to The Outsiders.

    The Outsiders will hit shelves on Feb. 11th. It is Church’s fourth studio album for EMI Records Nashville and produced by longtime collaborator, Jay Joyce. Written by Church and Luke Laird, “Give Me Back My Hometown” is the second single off the album and can be purchased at all digital retailers.

    For more information, please visit www.ericchurch.com or follow Eric Church at www.Facebook.com/EricChurch and Twitter @ericchurch.


    Jennifer Nettles performs “Falling,” a song from her new album, on CBS’ Late Show With David Letterman.


    David Nail is a sports enthusiast, who could probably quote you stats on football, baseball and basketball, if not curling. Before heading to Nashville, he was more interested in sports than music, and was even a baseball star in high school with a batting average of .385 and set the school record by stealing 21 bases during his senior year. So, as an avid sports fan, he’ll be watching the NFL playoffs this weekend, even though his beloved St. Louis Rams won’t be playing.

    We asked him who he’d like to see come out on top of the two playoff games this season, and his picks (or certainly the reasons behind his choices) might surprise you.

    “[San Francisco quarterback] Colin Kaepernick was right behind us on the red carpet at the ACM Awards and was super nice guy and talked to my wife, and she acted like she knew who he was and what he did which she had no clue, but she played it off really nicely,” says David. “So, we’ve been kind of rooting secretly for him throughout the playoffs. I love the city of Seattle, and I know it’d be great for them as well. So, that one’s a tough one. The AFC is equally as tough because I love both quarterbacks, Peyton [Manning] and Tom Brady, as well. But, I was driving in and on the radio, they just came out with the fact that Tom Brady was the most-hated quarterback in the NFL, because he was ridiculously good-looking and he married a supermodel wife. I said that was absolutely ridiculous that that would make him the most-hated guy, because he’s like the most non-arrogant, just seems like a regular old guy, if you kind of know his past. And so, I kind of made a decision there that I’m gonna root for Tom Brady, which is going to be tough. So, I’m rooting for two teams that are probably the underdogs.”

    David is charging up the field on the country charts with his latest single, “Whatever She’s Got,” the first single from his forthcoming I’m a Fire, due in stores March 4th.

    Audio / David Nail (NFL playoffs 2014)

    AUDIO: David Nail reveals his picks for this weekend’s playoff games.

    David Nail (NFL playoffs 2014) OC: …the underdogs. 1:15
    “In the NFC Championship game, both teams are from the NFC West, which is the same division as my St. Louis Rams, so I’m supposed to hate them both. But [San Francisco quarterback] Colin Kaepernick was right behind us on the red carpet at the ACM Awards and was super nice guy and talked to my wife, and she acted like she knew who he was and what he did which she had no clue, but she played it off really nicely. So, we’ve been kind of rooting secretly for him throughout the playoffs. I love the city of Seattle, and I know it’d be great for them as well. So that one’s a tough one. The AFC is equally as tough because I love both quarterbacks, Peyton and Tom Brady, as well. But, I was driving in and on the radio, they just came out with the fact that Tom Brady was the most-hated quarterback in the NFL, because he was ridiculously good-looking and he married a supermodel wife. I said that was absolutely ridiculous that that would make him the most-hated guy, because he’s like the most non-arrogant, just seems like a regular old guy, if you kind of know his past. And so, I kind of made a decision there that I’m gonna root for Tom Brady, which is going to be tough. So, I’m rooting for two teams that are probably the underdogs.”


    NASHVILLE TN (Thursday, January 16, 2014) – Four-time GRAMMY nominee, Kacey Musgraves, will join superstar Katy Perry on select dates of her PRISMATIC WORLD TOUR beginning August 10TH in Grand Rapids, MI and ending in Edmonton, AB August 31st.
    Musgraves and Perry formed a friendship last year writing together, and later performing together at the Hollywood Bowl when Perry invited Musgraves to be a part of her We Can Survive concert which raised funds for the Young Survival Coalition, an organization supporting young women battling breast cancer.
    “I’m SO EXCITED to be joining Katy on her tour this summer in the US and Canada,” says Musgraves. “As a longtime fan, I couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of this and join such a strong woman on the road. Her audiences are amazing and I love that she supports all genres. Come see us!”
    The GRAMMY Awards recently honored Musgraves with four nominations –Best Country Album (Same Trailer Different Park), Best Country Song (two nominations for writing “Merry Go ‘Round” and “Mama’s Broken Heart”) and the overall Best New Artist Category. She was also announced as a performer on the January 26th show, which will be her GRAMMY performance debut. 
    PRISMATIC WORLD TOUR Dates Featuring Kacey Musgraves:

    8/10/14 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
    8/11/14 Auburn Hills, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
    8/13/14 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
    8/14/14 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
    8/16/14 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
    8/17/14 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center
    8/19/14 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
    8/20/14 Lincoln, NE Pinnacle Bank Arena
    8/22/14 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
    8/23/14 Fargo, ND FARGODOME
    8/26/14 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
    8/28/14 Saskatoon, SK
    Credit Union Centre
    8/29/14 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome
    8/31/14 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place


    Video / Katy Perry -- The PRISMATIC WORLD TOUR 2014



    Calgary (Alberta) January 16, 2014 – The Calgary Stampede and Stampede Concerts Inc. are thrilled to kick off 2014 with the first announcement of the Virgin Mobile Stampede Concert Series. Performing her first show outside Las Vegas and the only Canadian show in 2014, Shania Twain will take the Scotiabank Saddledome stage Wednesday, July 9, 2014.

    An amazing and accomplished singer and songwriter, Twain is a phenomenon. With more than 75 million albums sold worldwide, she is the top-selling female country artist of all time; has multi-platinum album sales in 32 countries; has the eighth-biggest selling album of all time in the U.S. and 18 top 10 songs, eight of which reached number1.
    Tickets, for what is expected to be a sold out show, go on sale to the public on Friday, January 24th at 10 a.m. and start at $79 (plus applicable fees). Tickets will be available at all Ticketmaster outlets, via phone at 1.855.985.5000 and at www.ticketmaster.ca.
    Virgin Mobile will be offering its Members exclusive priority access to tickets for the show. Members can go to virginmobile.ca/benefits for details on the pre-sale, which runs from Tuesday, January 21 at 10 a.m. until Thursday, January 23 at 10 p.m. Calgary Stampede Insiders also have an opportunity to pre-purchase tickets from Wednesday January 22 at 10:00 a.m. until Thursday, January 23 at 10 p.m.
    “Virgin Mobile is pumped to partner with the Calgary Stampede for the Virgin Mobile Stampede Concert Series,” said Joseph Ottorino, managing director, Virgin Mobile Canada. “At Virgin Mobile we offer our Members exclusive deals and access to one-of-a-kind experiences. We are thrilled to give our Members access to the amazing concerts at The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.”
    The Calgary Stampede is July 4-13, 2014. For more information, please visit calgarystampede.com. Stay tuned for more great Virgin Mobile Stampede Saddledome Concert announcements as well as the Coca-Cola Stage and Nashville North line-ups.
    Shania Twain’s Las Vegas two-year residency show SHANIA: STILL THE ONE began on December 1, 2012 at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace and has been described as “…dazzling…” and “…it sets a new level that other Strip stars will now have to kick it up a notch to stay.” SHANIA: STILL THE ONE is a concert celebration that takes guests on a spectacular journey through the various stages of Shania’s life and career in an unforgettable evening filled with music, multi-sensory experiences, fashion and a few unexpected surprises. The spectacular, high-energy production is a compilation of Shania’s most celebrated hits including “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!,” “You’re Still The One,” and “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” and features a 13-piece band and four  male dancers.  SHANIA: STILL THE ONE is designed to give audiences that intimate, only in Las Vegas concert experience – with no fan more than 120 feet from the magnificent stage.  The high-tech production incorporates some unexpected surprises including multi-scent show projectors, a new 4D multisensory technology that has never been used before in a concert setting.  Tickets are currently on-sale for January 22-Feburary 15 shows and can be purchased here: http://shaniatwain.com/calendar.html.

    About the Calgary Stampede
    The Calgary Stampede celebrates the people, the animals, the land, the traditions and the values that make up the unique spirit of the west. The Calgary Stampede contributes to the quality of life in Calgary and southern Alberta through our world-renowned 10-day Stampede, year-round facilities, western events and several youth and agriculture programs. Exemplifying the theme We’re Greatest Together; we are a volunteer-supported, not-for-profit community organization that preserves and promotes western heritage and values. All revenue is reinvested into Calgary Stampede programs and facilities.


    Video / Shania Twain - Calgary Stampede Announcement

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Keith Urban, Kacey Musgraves, Little Big Town, Kip Moore, Billy Currington, Darius Rucker, Lady Antebellum and Eric Paslay

    Keith Urban and Kacey Musgraves have been added to the lineup of performers for the Grammy Awards on January 26th. They’ll be joined Taylor Swift, Sara Bareilles, Carole King and the two living BeatlesPaul McCartney and Ringo Starr, on the bill. The Grammys air January 26th at 8pm ET on CBS.

    Keith Urban, along with Rascal Flatts, are set to headline the two-day ACM Party for Cause Festival at the Linq in Las Vegas in April. The Flatts will headline on April 4th, while Keith will close the show April 5th. Joe Nichols, Thomas Rhett, Chris Young, Jerrod Niemann, Cadillac Three and the ACM New Artist of the Year Nominees will also perform at the event, hosted by Outnumber Hunger and ACM Lifting Lives. Tickets go on sale January 24th at ticketmaster.com.

    Keith Urban, Little Big Town, Kip Moore and Chris Stapleton are among the acts performing at this year’s Faster Horses Festival, taking place July 18th, 19th and 20th in Brooklyn, Michigan. Tickets for the three-day event, which will also feature Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert, Brett Eldredge and Cole Swindell, among others, go on sale January 23rd at 10am ET. For more information, visit fasterhorsesfestival.com.

    Billy Currington will perform a private concert during Monday night’s (January 20th) episode of ABC’s The Bachelor. He’ll sing his latest No. 1 hit, “Hey Girl,” and his current single, “We Are Tonight,” during the show, which will air at 8pm ET.

    Darius Rucker is headed back to school to host a special class on songwriting at The College of Charleston’s Arts Management Program January 27th.

    Lady Antebellum have signed on to perform, in addition to Tim McGraw, on the NBC-TV special, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit: 50 Years of Beautiful, airing February 3rd at 9pm ET. Models Kate Upton, Tyra Banks, Christie Brinkley and Kathy Ireland are set to appear on the special along with host Heidi Klum.

    Eric Paslay will perform as the Grand Ole Opry kicks off this year’s Country Radio Seminar February 19th. The star-studded lineup willalso include Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Thompson Square, Love & Theft, Brandy Clark, Will Hoge and Ole Crow Medicine Show.


    Nashville, TN – January 15, 2014 – Award winning singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley is amping up his 2014 tour schedule with the announcement today he will headline the 2014 RISER TOUR.  The first leg will kick off May 9 in Charlotte, NC and continue through the summer with special guests Chris Young, Chase Rice and Jon Pardi. Fans can purchase tickets beginning Jan. 24 for select cities as part of tour promoter Live Nation’s Country Megaticket at www.Megaticket.com and additional ticket information will be available in the coming weeks at www.dierks.com.

    “This tour is the culmination of everything I’ve been working on for the past two years, both out on the road and in the studio recording RISER,” said Bentley. “I know what my fans want: a kick ass show, an affordable ticket and a good parking lot scene to get the pre-gaming going! The guys opening the show and getting the party started all know how to put on a great live show, and when it comes time for my set, I can promise that we are going big! I have never been more excited about a tour.”

    With ten years experience honing his stage skills, Bentley’s live show continues to catch the attention of critics, who have called it “dynamic” and note his continued devotion to interacting with the fans and creating “a nearly nonstop, high energy affair heavy with hits” (Reading Eagle).

    “…it’s hard to imagine many country stars topping Bentley, who soon made use of every inch of his big two-tier stage. The Arizona native immediately incited the boisterous crowd with a trio of amped-up hits.” – The Oklahoman

    “From the initial response from the crowd, he wasn’t the only one who wanted to have a little fun. The Capitol recording artist continued to keep up the intensity throughout his performance, and with a long history at radio — including ten number ones — he was able to keep the hits coming.” – Billboard

    “His own energy level running flat out the whole time, Bentley used every square foot of the gigantic concert stage. Sometimes he’d start out singing at one end of it, and end up singing on a microphone at the other end, or up on risers at the back of the intricate stage set, or out at the end of the runway. He definitely gave the audience a show.” – Times Record News

    First Announced Cities on the 2014 RISER TOUR First Leg:
    Charlotte, NC

    Raleigh, NC*

    Virginia Beach, VA

    Washington, DC

    Holmdel, NJ

    Bossier City, LA*

    Robinsville, MS*

    Detroit, MI

    Philadelphia, PA

    Scranton, PA

    Hunter Mountain, NY*

    Thornville, OH*

    Craven, SK*

    Eau Claire, WI*

    St. Louis, MO

    Morrison, CO

    Los Angeles, CA

    Phoenix, AZ

    San Diego, CA

    Mt. View, CA

    Las Vegas, NV

    Sixes, OR*

    Havelock, ON*

    Cincinnati, OH

    Cleveland, OH

    Indianapolis, IN

    *Opening acts may vary, check concert listings for more details 

    Bentley lifted the tour name from his upcoming studio album RISER due out Feb. 25.  Its title track is a song about resilience and determination and sets the tone of the album demonstrating a new artistic depth and an extra level of intensity for Bentley. Throughout his unpredictable career, Bentley has mixed elements of modern country, classic country, bluegrass and rock, maintaining an unmistakable identity while constantly reinventing his sound.  His last album HOME debuted at No. one on the Billboard Country Album Charts and spawned three consecutive chart-topping hits, marking 10 career No. one songs for Bentley as a singer and songwriter. His five previous studio albums have sold more than five million copies and earned 11 GRAMMY nominations, countless CMA, ACM and CMT nominations and membership at the Grand Ole Opry.

    Declared “one of country music’s most reliable hitmakers” by USA Today, Chris Young continues to deliver with five No. one singles, four highly acclaimed albums and Grammy, CMA, ACM and CMT nominations to his credit. The 28-year old is lighting up audiences across the country in 2014 with his latest single, “Who I Am With You.”

    Within a few short years of moving to Nashville, Chase Rice has established himself as a rising star with sold-out shows across the country and the chart-topping success of his new EP Ready Set Roll and single of the same name.

    California native and Capitol Records Nashville rising country star Jon Pardi just released his debut album, Write You A Song this week.  The release features current Top 15 and climbing single, “Up All Night.”

    For more information on the tour and new music, visit www.dierks.com.