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Three-time Grammy®-winning singer, songwriter, and actor Tim McGraw announced today his new single “Top Of The World,” which will make its debut this morning on Country radio and be available at digital retailers starting today.

The song – produced by McGraw and Byron Gallimore – is the first glimpse of Tim’s upcoming 14th studio album, which is slated for a Fall 2015 release on Big Machine Records.

On Monday, “Top Of The World” mirrored its title and gained some out-of-this-world fans as McGraw sent an exclusive 15-second video clip of the song to NASA and the International Space Station via Twitter for a first of its kind, exclusive galaxy-wide debut.

McGraw is currently traveling the country and performing for thousands of fans on his highly-anticipated summer SHOTGUN RIDER TOUR 2015. The tour has garnered both fan and critical praise. Highlights of the tour include the debut of McGraw’s On-Stage Experience where fan club, VIP and radio winners – along with a few other lucky fans chosen through a text-to-upgrade contest – are able to join McGraw on stage in a DJ-style bar incorporated into the show. After each show, McGraw keeps the excitement continuing with his online After Party where fans enjoy unique content, behind the scenes photos and market specific merchandise.

McGraw – along with tour support acts Billy Currington and Chase Bryant – will continue to thrill audiences across North America as the tour travels through cities including Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis, Nashville and Philadelphia before concluding September 19 in Irvine, CA at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre.

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Craig Morgan is challenging his fans, friends and neighbors as he prepares to host the second annual Billy’s Place 5k on Saturday, August 22 at 8am from Montgomery Bell State Park in Dickson, Tennessee. 

Runners and walkers can sign up at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-billys-place-5k-tickets-15720811370.  Registration is $30 in advance and $35 for walk up registrations day of race, while tickets for children 7 and under are free and they are welcome to participate in the 60-yard dash.   Spirit tickets will be available for supporters who prefer to participate from the sidelines. Everyone registered by August 1 will receive an official race t-shirt and the top 5 female and male finishers will receive a commemorative trophy.

Schedule of events:
7am        Walk-up registration and packet pick-up
8am        Race start
9am        Kids 60-yard dash
9:30am    Race participant awards
10am       Craig Morgan performance

The 5K road race will benefit the Dickson County Craig Morgan Foundation, supporting foster children in Dickson County and throughout Middle Tennessee. Morgan, a country music entertainer, military veteran and award-winning TV host, just launched season six of “Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors” on Outdoor Channel. The Black River Entertainment recording artist has spent the last six months focused in the studio, recording a new album with producer Byron Gallimore, and new music is expected to be released this year.

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The Kentucky Headhunters
GRAMMY® award-winning Southern blues-rockers, The Kentucky Headhunters, have announced 25 new tour dates to wrap up the summer and bring their rowdy, high-energy shows to fans nationwide well into fall. Long considered “Southern Rock Royalty” and credited for creating a hybrid of honky-tonk, blues, and southern rock that appeals to listeners of both rock and country music, The Kentucky Headhunters have tallied hits such as, “Dumas Walker,” “Walk Softly On This Heart Of Mine,” and “Oh, Lonesome Me.”

The long-haired boys from Edmonton, Kentucky, (Richard Young, Fred Young, Greg Martin and Doug Phelps), hit the road August through December on the tails of their latest album release, Meet Me in Bluesland, which hit stores on June 2 and is a collaborative effort of previously unreleased, original material featuring late, great pianist Johnnie Johnson — a Rock N Roll Hall of Famer and keyboardist for Chuck Berry. Meet Me In Bluesland showcases The Kentucky Headhunters’ familiar blues influence on a whole new level, and the album has created a momentum, fueled by its No. 1 Billboard Blues Album debut and top placement on the Billboard Americana Chart, that continues to carry the group into the upcoming dates.

Touting longevity many other acts can only dream of, The Kentucky Headhunters will take their 47 years of experience on the road affording fans the chance to catch what Billboard calls, “The Great American Rock ‘N’ Roll Band,” at the following upcoming stops:

The Kentucky Headhunters – Fall 2015 Tour
8/05 Sturgis, South Dakota | Broken Spoke Campground
8/06 Rapid City, South Dakota | Main Street Square Concert Series
8/07 Sturgis, South Dakota | Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
8/12 Nashville, Tennessee | Charlie Daniels 40th Anniversary Volunteer Jam
8/14 Barnum, Minnesota | Carlton County Fair
8/19 Des Moines, Iowa | Iowa State Fair
8/21 Miles City, Montana | Eastern Montana Fair
8/22 Fort Pierre, South Dakota | Bad River Music Series
8/23 Appleton, Minnesota | Swift County Fair
8/27 Pulaski, Tennessee | Giles County Lions Club Fair
8/29 Hamlin, West Virginia | Heat ‘N the Hills Chilifest
8/30 Charleston, West Virginia | LIVE on Mountain Stage with Larry Groce
9/05 Maryville, Tennessee | The Shed at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson
9/06 Chillicothe, Ohio | Ross County Fair
9/12 Arbyrd, Missouri | Arbyrd City Park
9/19 Bardstown, Kentucky | The Kentucky Bourbon Festival
9/25 West Siloam Springs, Oklahoma | Cherokee Casino & Hotel
9/26 Cotter, Arkansas | Bridge Bash 2015
10/04 Louisville, Kentucky | Louder Than Life Music Festival
10/08 Helena, Arkansas | King Biscuit Blues Festival
10/10 Appomattox, Virginia | Appomattox Railroad Festival
10/17 Wyandotte, Oklahoma | Bordertown Casino
10/23 Medina, Minnesota | Medina Entertainment Center
11/07 Ashland, Kentucky | Paramount Arts Center
11/13 Augusta, Georgia | Imperial Theatre

For more information on The Kentucky Headhunters, visit kentuckyheadhunters.net or follow them on Twitter at @kyheads and Facebook: facebook.com/kentuckyheadhunters.

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Tanya Tucker

Joining in Darlington Raceway’s celebration of the early 1970’s during its Labor Day weekend events, will be country music legend Tanya Tucker, who will perform the National Anthem for the Bojangles’ Southern 500 on Sept. 6.Tucker, a longtime Nashville recording artist, will sing the Star-Spangled Banner live on NBC.

“We are excited to have country music icon Tanya Tucker perform our National Anthem for the Bojangles’ Southern 500,” track President Chip Wile said. “Tanya Tucker has been a mainstay in Nashville since the early 1970’s. Her rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner will be a can’t-miss for our great race fans.”

For four decades, Tucker’s sultry voice and vivacious stage presence has helped to make her one of the most admired and respected female vocalists in the country music genre.

Part of that appeal lies in the fact that her resume contains some of the most groundbreaking songs of the format’s history. Songs like Alex Harvey’s Delta Dawn, Dallas Frazier’s What’s Your Mama’s Name and David Allan Coe’s Would You Lay With Me (In A Field Of Stone) firmly established Tanya Tucker as an artist from whom you could always expect the unexpected. Her early hits also contained some kick-up-your-heels moments, like Texas (When I Die), San Antonio Stroll, and Here’s Some Love.

And, the best is yet to come for this future Country Music Hall of Fame member. With a new album forthcoming, the powerhouse vocalist is set to remind listeners just why artists such as Miranda Lambert and Gretchen Wilson consider her to be one of their biggest influences. She’s lived a life full of love and heartbreak, and bounced back no matter the odds. In the crazy world of the music business, Tanya Tucker defines the word “legend,” but also “survivor.”

Tucker’s anthem performance adds yet another element to an already exciting 1970’s-style pre-race. She will join legendary rock band Grand Funk Railroad, who will be performing the pre-race concert for the 66th running of the Bojangles’ Southern 500.

Fans have the exclusive opportunity to watch the Grand Funk Railroad concert from the front of the pre-race stage. In addition to the purchase of a Bojangles’ Southern 500 grandstand ticket, a pre-race access pass may be purchased for an additional $45. This pass will not only give fans stage front access for the concert, but will also include an up close view of the Sprint Cup Series drivers as they are introduced to the crowd.

Get all the latest on Tanya Tucker, by visiting her on Facebook.com/TheTanyaTucker, or on Twitter @Tanya_Tucker.

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Kris KristoffersonThe National Music Council will continue its 75th Anniversary Celebrations by bringing its Annual American Eagle Awards presentation to Nashville, Tennessee, for the very first time on July 11, 2015. The highly prestigious Eagle Awards are presented each year in national celebration of an individual’s or an organization’s long term contribution to America’s musical culture and heritage. This year, music legends Kris Kristofferson, Charley Pride and Jim Lauderdale will be honored, along with music management icon Jim Halsey and country music producer/director Sherman Halsey. A special award will be presented to the Nashville Mayor’s Office, Metro Nashville Public Schools, and Country Music Association & Country Music Foundation, for the creation and support of the Music Makes Us arts education initiative.

Dr. David Sanders, director of the National Music Council, notes that the individual recipients are being honored “not just for the incredible gifts they have given generations of music lovers throughout the world with their creative output, but also for their dedication to encouraging young musicians and potential musicians through their great support and commitment to music education.”

Past American Eagle Award recipients include Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Clive Davis, Van Cliburn, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie, Morton Gould, Dave Brubeck, Marian Anderson, Max Roach, Lena Horne, Roy Clark, Elliott Carter, The Oak Ridge Boys, Roberta Peters, Odetta, Leonard Slatkin, Stephen Sondheim, Sesame Street, Hard Rock Cafe and VH1 Save the Music Foundation. This year’s event in Nashville will mark the 32nd year of formal presentations of the Awards.

The event will also feature the New York Emmy award winning animation created by the NMC and the Music Publishers Association of the United States, as part of a primary school lesson plan that encourages kids to think about the ramifications of taking other people’s creative works without permission. Sanders frames the animated piece as “part of a world-wide effort by creators to change the narrative in terms of fostering an understanding that the online protection of creative works enhances freedom of speech and the marketplace of ideas, rather than encroaching on them.“

The National Music Council is celebrating its 75th year as a forum for the free discussion of this country’s national music affairs and challenges. Founded in 1940 to act as a clearinghouse for the joint opinion and decision of its members and to work to strengthen the importance of music in our life and culture, the Council’s initial membership of 13 has grown to almost 50 national music organizations, encompassing every important form of professional and commercial musical activity.

Through the cooperative work of its member organizations, the National Music Council promotes and supports music and music education as an integral part of the curricula in the schools of our nation, and in the lives of its citizens. The Council provides for the exchange of information and coordination of efforts among its member organizations and speaks with one voice for the music community whenever an authoritative expression of opinion is desirable.

Proceeds from the event support the Council’s music education advocacy efforts. For ticket and sponsorship information, contact NMC Director David Sanders at sandersd@mail.montclair.edu

Presentations and panel are both open to the public and admission to the panel is free with a NAMM visitor’s day badge for $10. Proceeds from the luncheon event will benefit the NAMC Music Education and Creator’s Rights Advocacy Programs with tickets priced at $150. For more information, visit www.musiccouncil.org.

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“Walkin’ Behind the Star” from John Conlee’s latest project, Classics 2, strikes a chord

Last week, country music icon John Conlee performed “Walkin’ Behind the Star” during an emotional ceremony honoring the members of law enforcement who had given their lives in the line of duty in 2014. The ceremony was held the morning of May 8 at the Legislative Plaza in downtown Nashville. President of the Tennessee’s FOP, John Crumby, announced that Conlee’s recording was now Tennessee’s Fraternal Order of Police official song for law enforcement. “Walkin’ Behind the Star” was written by Phil Thomas and the late Ronny Scaife.

Conlee’s poignant interpretation of “Walkin’ Behind the Star” from his recent ‘live’ performances and appearances on the Grand Ole Opry have sparked comments from around the country:

Howard R. Sills, sheriff for Putnam County, GA — “For the last 41 years I have been a police officer and for the last 19 years I have been the Sheriff of my hometown community. Needless to say we in the law enforcement profession haven’t been thought of too highly in most of the national media of late. This media coverage has made me more than a little despondent. I was lamenting about all of this when I turned on the Opry show this past Saturday night. It was not too long after the show began before a wonderful breeze of fresh air swept across my veranda and from my old GE radio sitting up on the porch rail. That breeze was the moment I heard you announce to the audience and the world that the Opry wanted to take a moment to honor those who “walk behind the star” and you sang the song with the same title that I’d never heard before. It literally caused me to tear up and it lifted my spirits. I can not express thanks enough to you, the Opry and WSM-AM for the recognition during your show.”

Mike Kelleher, chaplain from San Bernardino County Sherriff department — “With all the bad press our force is constantly receiving, I would like to thank Mr. Conlee for his uplifting song.”

James Bartels, police officer in Patriot, OH — As a policeman shot in the line of duty, I found John Conlee’s comments and his performance on the Grand Ole Opry very moving. I would like to thank him for understanding the terror law enforcement endure everyday in the society we live in.

Derik Walker, K102 Country in Spokane/Sandpoint, ID — Just wanted you to pass along to John Conlee that his song, “Walkin’ Behind The Star” was the absolute perfect song to play this week for our fallen officer Greg Moore of the Coeur d’Alene, Idaho police department. I can’t tell you how many calls we got regarding the song and how much it meant to folks in the inland Northwest as they deal with this tragedy. Sargent Greg Moore served the people for 16 years, before he was gunned down in Post Falls, Idaho Monday night. Please extend our gratitude to John on behalf of the entire K102 Country family!

David Lyons, police chief in Savannah, GA — I am a police chief in the state of Georgia, the immediate past president of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police and a career police officer. I heard you sing the song, “Walkin’ Behind the Star” and wanted to tell you how much I appreciated you. With all that’s going on in the world right now along with the attacks on our police officers, it is good to hear some appreciative words. Thank you and God bless you.

Conlee feels the song’s message could not be released at a more desperate time in our country. “I wanted to do this song to show support to police officers who are just doing their jobs. With all the turmoil going on I think they are relieved that someone is paying attention the other way and giving them a pat on the back.”

“Walkin’ Behind the Star” is the first song to be released from John Conlee’s latest recording project called Classics 2. Fans can purchase the album on iTunes, www.johnconlee.com or anywhere music is sold.

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THE LEROY VAN DYKE COUNTRY GOLD TOUR FEATURING THE GATLIN BROTHERS, JANIE FRICKE, BOBBY BARE, JIM ED BROWN AND MORE MAKES TOUR STOP AT 2015 CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL
Country Gold Tour
The Leroy Van Dyke Country Gold Tour takes place on Sunday, June 14 At the WSM Durango Music Spot Stage at 1:30 followed by autograph party immediately after show; Leroy Van Dyke of “Auctioneer” and “Walk On By” fame performs and emcees show
Not many artists can say they were on the CMA Board of Directors during the planning and formation of the inaugural Fan Fair which took place at Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium in 1972. Even fewer can say they will have the honor of performing their mega-hits at this year’s CMA Music Festival – but, Leroy Van Dykehas earned these bragging rights!“We are proud to bring our Country Gold Tourto this year’s CMA Music Fest,” says Leroy Van Dyke. “In the formative years, I don’t think any of us could have foreseen the magnitude to which Fan Fair (CMA Music Festival) has grown, reaching its present importance and impact on the industry. It is a phenomenon!”If you are fortunate enough to know him, you know Leroy would never brag. It’s just not in his nature. However, it should be noted that he is the only known entertainer who is also an internationally renowned licensed auctioneer. The hit song “Auctioneer” was written solely by Van Dyke while living in a squad tent during his stint in the U.S. Army. Leroy was a Special Agent, U. S. Army Counterintelligence Corps, in Korea. The debut single, in 1956, became an instant multi-million seller. In 1961, Leroy struck pay dirt again releasing his next mega hit “Walk On By.” This chart topper stayed at Number One for 19 weeks and remained on the charts for an incredible total of 42 weeks. Billboard Magazine named it “the biggest country music single in recorded history” based on sales, plays, and number of weeks on the charts!

Since its modest inception a quarter of a century ago under the direction of Gladys Van Dyke, Leroy Van Dyke’s Country Gold Tour, in various configurations, has been presented in 25 states and four foreign countries.

COUNTRY GOLD TOUR” performance for the CMA Music Festival is on Sunday, June 14 on the WSM Durango Music Spot Stage at 1:30p (with after-show autograph party!) – here is the lineup:

  • Leroy Van Dyke & The Auctioneers
  • Steve and Rudy Gatlin (The Gatlin Brothers)
  • Jim Ed Brown
  • Helen Cornelius
  • Rex Allen, Jr.
  • Leona Williams
  • Bobby Bare
  • Narvel Felts
  • Janie Fricke
  • Charlie Rich, Jr.

Stella Parton Finds Buried Treasures

Posted: 26th March 2015 by admin in Country Music News
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Raptor Records and Attic Entertainment are proud to announce the release of Stella Parton’s Buried Treasures CD.  As the story so often goes…many musical gems are left sitting on the shelf and never heard by anyone…so is the case with Stella Parton’s new album.  Speaking about these particular songs, Stella comments, “This collection of songs was found in my archives quite by happenstance, just sitting there perfectly preserved and waiting to be released, so I decided to put this diverse compilation together.”

While there are some familiar Stella songs with unfamiliar arrangements like “The Sun Don’t Shine In Memphis” and “The Man That Called Me Lady,” there are also some new originals like “The One Who Flies The Highest” co-written with Helen Cornelius and “He’s Still The Best” written by Paul Overstreet.  Most of the material was written/co-written by Stella, but there are also songs written by Randy Parton, Floyd Parton and Frank Dycus. A virtual treasure trove of not only Stella’s vocal diversity, but also her arranging skills and songwriting depth.

Pulling this material from her archives has not only allowed Stella to take a walk down memory lane, but has also given her more time for songwriting and to work on several upcoming projects including a new inspirational book.  Not slowing down for a minute, in the midst of it all, Stella continues to book speaking and singing engagements.

Stella Parton touches lives daily – whether through her music, her writings, her daily inspirational Facebook posts or live appearances and when it comes right down to it…Stella Parton is a true American treasure!

Buried Treasures is now available at StellaParton.com.

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This weekend, join your family and friends on the couch and tune in to something that makes you feel like you’re watching more than just a television show. Gabriel Communications’ hit program, Country’s Family Reunion, will start the spring season off right with positive and inspiring music from some of country’s biggest stars and legends on a new series of “Old Time Gospel.” Tune in on Friday, March 20 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT to RFD-TV, for the premiere episode featuring performances of Sunday morning favorites from The Gatlin Brothers, Linda Davis (with The Whites), Dailey & Vincent, Dallas Frazier, Jean Shepard and T. Graham Brown.

With a new episode premiering each Friday through April 10, and re-airing throughout the weekend on Saturdays and Sundays at 12 a.m. ET/11 p.m. CT artists featured in forthcoming new episodes include: The Oak Ridge Boys’ Duane Allen, Phil Johnson, Rhonda Vincent, Gordon Mote, Jimmy Fortune, Jim Ed Brown, Larry Black, The Gatlin Brothers, Con Hunley, Jan Howard, Bill Anderson, Jeannie Seely, John Conlee, Barbara Fairchild, and The Whites. Visit rfdtv.com or see below for a full listing of episode airdates.

Additional Country’s Family Reunion “Old Time Gospel” Airdates:
Friday, March 27 – Duane Allen, Phil Johnson, Rhonda Vincent, Gordon Mote, Jimmy Fortune, Jim Ed Brown
Friday, April 3 – Rhonda Vincent, Larry Black, The Gatlin Brothers, Con Hunley, Jan Howard, Bill Anderson
Friday, April 10 – Jimmy Fortune, Jeannie Seely, John Conlee, Barbara Fairchild, The Whites

Producer and Founder of Gabriel Communications, Larry Black, said, “The roots of a lot of the country music we love can be found in gospel songs of old. So, we decided to gather all of our Country’s Family Reunion friends for a series celebrating the gospel songs we grew up with. Hence, ‘Old Time Gospel.’”

All episodes of “Old Time Gospel” are available for purchase in a DVD box set, which includes a special behind-the-scenes DVD capturing all of the fun and laughter that takes place on the set when the cameras aren’t rolling.

Purchase by visiting cfrvideos.com or calling 800-820-5405.

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday may be the biggest shopping days of the year, but for reasonable prices on unusual country music gifts and collectibles year-round the place to go is online to the Star Stash Nashville website (http://www.starstashnashville.com).

Located in the country music capital, Nashville, Tennessee, the store features a steady stream of treasures like an M. Hohner harmonica autographed by the “Man In Black” Johnny Cash, a Resistol cowboy hat autographed by the “King” George Strait, a Sister Max sequin top worn by “The Happiest Girl In The Whole USA” Donna Fargo, and a Nashville Sounds bobblehead of Richard Sterban (member of the Oak Ridge Boys), just to mention a few.  The website also features a variety of autographed items, hard-to find CDs and collectible magazines.

Originally selling autographed CDs along with clothing on eBay via Myrtle’s Clothing (http://www.myrtlesclothing.com), the response from buyers was so amazing that Star Stash Nashville was born.   Most items are available at Buy-It-Now prices, but a few rare items are often up for bid.

Star Stash Nashville is about connecting pieces of country music history with the fans that are the heart and soul of country music.