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by Denny & Christal posted May 28 2015 9:33AM
Garth Brooks is bringing his massive world tour with Trisha Yearwood to New Orleans for two shows this summer. Garth will take over The Big Easy with shows on July 10 and 11 at the city's Smoothie King Center. Tickets for the two shows will go on sale on Friday, June 5 at 11:00 AM ET. The New Orleans shows are just the latest dates added to his world tour that's been setting ticket sales records across the country. Garth will be in Knoxville, Tennessee today (5/28) to kick off four nights of concerts that will be the largest country music event in the history of the city. Aside from his concerts in New Orleans and Knoxville, Brooks still has upcoming shows in Tampa, Florida, Birmingham, Alabama, and Houston, Texas.

WAFFLE HOUSE TO WHITE HOUSE
Jake Owen was in Nashville on Tuesday (5/26) to celebrate the release of his brand new single "Real Life" by buying some of his fans food from a local Waffle House. Jake shared the address of the Waffle House on Twitter and asked fans to meet him there for lunch on him. As you can imagine, there was a huge turnout of fans at the Waffle House location, which can be seen in a video Jake posted on Instagram. It's no surprise Owen chose to celebrate the new song at Waffle House, as he mentions the restaurant chain in the tune's lyrics and its cover art resembles the Waffle House logo. The next day (5/27), Jake returned to his Instagram to tell fans he was at another famous house – the White House.

PICKLER TO BE HONORED WITH ANNUAL OTA AWARD
Operation Troop Aid (OTA) will recognize Kellie Pickler as the recipient of the first Operation Troop Aid Chris Kyle Patriot Award. The distinguished honor, formerly known as the Operation Troop Aid Patriot Award, has been named in memory and honor of the late American Sniper and U.S. Navy SEAL, Chris Kyle. Pickler receives the award for her support and contributions to the United States Armed Forces and their families. Kellie, a member of a military family, has been on eight USO tours and was the 2013 recipient of the Heart for the Warrior Award from the USO of North Carolina. Kyle's parents, Wayne and Deby Kyle, and OTA Founder, Mark Woods, will present Pickler with the award from the LP Field stage following her performance of the National Anthem to open the nightly CMA Music Festival concert on Saturday, June 13. Kellie will be the first woman to receive the annual OTA award.
CELEBRITY SOFTBALL GAME LINEUP ANNOUNCED
The list of stars who'll be stepping up to bat at the City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game has been announced, with more than 25 music and sports stars taking part in the event to strike out cancer. Some of the stars going head to head for the good cause include Little Big Town's Jimi Westbrook, Kimberly Schlapman, Karen Fairchild and Phillip Sweet, along with Vince Gill, Bret Michaels, Phil Vassar, Chuck Wicks, and Deana Carter. The game raises funds for City of Hope, a pioneer in the treatment of bone and blood marrow diseases that has performed more than 12,000 lifesaving bone marrow transplants.

by Denny & Christal posted May 27 2015 10:13AM
A man was arrested Saturday night (5/23) after he allegedly drove his SUV into a crowd at a Trace Adkins concert in Huntsville, Tennessee, killing one man and injuring three others. 42-year-old Billy Jason Carson has been charged with criminal homicide and felony reckless endangerment for the incident that occurred at the Trail Ends campground. The owner of the campground told the publication Carson was one of the food vendors at the event, and that he was driving his Toyota 4-Runner erratically toward a field where 50 people remained after the concert. Authorities say Carson had become angry during a fight and had gone to his SUV to get his revolver. He then drove back to the concert area, where he threatened people with his gun, hit another car and ATV and ran over four men. One of those men, 52-year-old Tony Farrell of Indiana, died at the scene, two of the others were airlifted to UT Medical Center, and another was taken to a nearby hospital by ambulance. Carson's bond is set at $500,000 and he will be arraigned today (5/27).

MUSIC CITY GIVES BACK CONCERT
Rodney Atkins will return to host the fifth annual "Music City Gives Back" concert in Nashville on June 9. This year's event will raise money for the W.O. Smith Music School, which gives children from low-income families quality music instruction. Rodney will also join the concert's star-studded lineup of performers that includes Lee Brice, Tyler Farr, Maddie and Tae and Kip Moore. The "Music City Gives Back" concert was started in 2011 as a way to raise money for Nashvillians who suffered devastating losses during the 2010 flood.

BRETT HEADING BACK TO LATE NIGHT
Brett Eldredge will appear on NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers on Monday, June 1 to perform his new single "Lose My Mind." This will mark Brett's second appearance on the late night program and also the television debut of his new single. "Lose My Mind" has already climbed into the chart's Top 30 after only being released to radio a few weeks ago. The song is the lead single from Eldredge's forthcoming sophomore album and follows the success of his three consecutive # 1 singles, "Don't Ya," "Beat Of The Music," and "Mean To Me." Brett is also out on the road with Darius Rucker on his "Southern Style Tour" and is set to perform at LP Field during CMA Music Festival in June.

JACKSON WRAPS UP TOUR LEG
Alan Jackson just wrapped up the spring leg of his 25th Anniversary "Keepin' It Country Tour" for a capacity crowd at the picturesque Red Rocks Amphitheater just outside of Denver, Colorado. The tour celebrating a quarter century of Alan's country music kicked off in Fort Myers, Florida in January and played for sold out crowds in Los Angeles, Nashville, Kansas City and Green Bay. Special guests Jon Pardi and Brandy Clark joined Alan out on the road for the first leg of the tour. The tour will take a break before revving back up on June 20 at the Rock The South Festival in Cullman, Alabama. The tour picks up just in time for the release of Jackson 15th studio album, Angels and Alcohol, on July 17. The project will be Jackson's first studio album of new music in three years.

by Denny & Christal posted May 22 2015 10:36AM
Red Nose Day - Season 2015
Blake Shelton is one of the many celebrities who are bringing attention to child poverty as part of Red Nose Day, which will be held in the U.S. for the first time today (May 21). The Red Nose Day events will culminate in a three-hour TV special on NBC featuring original sketches by top comedians, appearances by Hollywood stars and musical performances. The special, which will feature more than 65 celebrities including Blake, airs at 8:00 PM ET on NBC.

TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME Scotty McCreery's love for America's favorite pastime was on full display Tuesday (5/19) when he sang "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" during the Seventh Inning Stretch of the New York Mets vs. St. Louis Cardinals baseball game at New York City's Citi Field. The next day (5/20) Scotty appeared on SI Now, the daily online Sports Illustrated news show broadcast at SI.com to talk about his love for the sport. McCreery will also appear on the "Road Trip with Anna Kooiman" segment of FOX News' talk show FOX and Friends which will air on May 28 at 7:40 AM ET. Kooiman visited Scotty and his band on the road during their sound check and performance in Fargo, North Dakota earlier this year to learn how to be his guitar tech. McCreery will also join Rascal Flatts on their "Riot Tour 2015" this summer, kicking off May 30 in Noblesville, Indiana. The tour will also feature opening act RaeLynn.

BUSH HEADS OUT ON MILITARY TOUR Kristian Bush will be in The Aloha State this Memorial Day (5/25) to kick off his two-week long international tour of U.S. military bases. Kristian will launch the tour by headlining a special Memorial Day Concert on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu, Hawaii, on May 25. The significance of the day and location of the tour launch is not lost on Bush. Kristian comes from a military family and he understands the sacrifices service members make every day for our country. During his performance in Hawaii, Bush will also participate in a Grand Ole Opry "Circle Throwdown," honoring both the Opry's 90th Anniversary and "Salute the Troops" month in their year-long "Cause for Applause" celebration. He will then travel to Japan to perform seven shows for the troops stationed in that country. Kristian has teamed up with Armed Forces Entertainment, MWR, and Stars for Stripes for the tour.

NYC'S FIRST COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL
New York City will get its first country music festival this summer when FarmBorough rolls into town. The three-day, two-stage festival will take place on Randall's Island in The Big Apple on June 26-28 and will feature an all-star lineup of performers. Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan and Brad Paisley will headline the festival, with additional performances by Kip Moore, Randy Houser, Justin Moore, Dustin Lynch, Dwight Yoakam, Maddie & Tae, Joe Nichols, Mickey Guyton, RaeLynn, Cassadee Pope, Jon Pardi, Canaan Smith, and more. The festival will also feature an array of onsite food vendors as well as activities for festival goers to participate in such as a giant inflatable slide and Skyhawk Swing.

by Denny & Christal posted May 20 2015 9:25AM
Luke Bryan revealed details about his next album during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show yesterday (5/19). Luke announced that his forthcoming record, Kill The Lights, will be released on Friday, August 7. It has also been announced that Bryan will perform on ABC's Good Morning America on album release day, August 7, as part of their 2015 Summer Concert Series at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park. Kill The Lights follows Bryan's most successful album to date, Crash My Party, which produced six consecutive # 1 singles and sold over two million copies.

BRAD WILL OPEN FOR THE STONES
The Rolling Stones have announced that Brad Paisley will be a special guest artist opening their June 17 show at LP Field in Nashville. The Nashville show is part of the legendary rock group's 15-city "Zip Code Tour," which kicks off in San Diego on Sunday (5/24). But this isn't the first time Brad has teamed up with Rock & Roll Hall of Famers. In June of 2013, Brad joined The Stones onstage at their concert in Philadelphia to help them perform "Dead Flowers" off their 1971 album Sticky Fingers. Aside from Music City, The Stone's North American stadium tour will also make stops in Columbus, Minneapolis, Dallas, Atlanta, Orlando, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Kansas City, Raleigh, Indianapolis, Detroit and Buffalo before wrapping in Quebec on July 15.

REBA GIVES AN UPDATE ON PAKE'S CONDITION
Reba has returned to Facebook to give an update on her older brother Pake's condition after he suffered a stroke last week and had to undergo a surgery to relieve pressure his brain over the weekend. Reba posted a message on her Facebook page Monday night (5/18) that said, "To give you an update on Pake, he is resting and recovering. He is still unconscious and the doctors have asked that we keep his room as quiet as possible so he can continue to rest. We appreciate all of your thoughts and prayers." Her message was accompanied by a photo of Reba with Pake and their family. Over the weekend, Reba posted a message that said Pake was currently in the intensive care unit in stable condition and recovering. She said Pake suffered the stroke on Thursday evening after having back surgery earlier that day.

PERFORMERS ANNOUNCED FOR CMT MUSIC AWARDS
The first round of performers has been announced for the upcoming 2015 CMT Music Awards in Nashville. The star-studded lineup of performers at this year's show will include Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum and Luke Bryan. The annual award show will be broadcast live from Bridgestone Arena in downtown Nashville on June 10 at 8:00 PM ET on CMT. The nominees for the 2015 CMT Music Awards were announced last week, with Underwood leading the pack once again this year with five nods. Fans can vote now via CMT.com through June 7 to determine the winners. The six finalists for Video of the Year will be announced at the beginning of the live show and fans can then vote at CMT.com throughout the live telecast to determine the winner of the night's top prize.


by Denny & Christal posted May 15 2015 11:30AM


After Eric Church sold out his rare solo concert opening at Nashville's new Ascend Amphitheater on July 30; he added a second show at the new venue the very next night (7/31). Now, tickets for that second show have also sold out only three days after going on sale. Church's solo acoustic show will open the new outdoor concert venue which is located on the banks of the Cumberland River in downtown Music City. This is Eric's third sold out Nashville concert this year. Church will also join Kenny Chesney's "Big Revival Tour" for a stadium show at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on May 30.

DIERKS DUETS WITH PEYTON MANNING
Famed football quarterback Peyton Manning seems like an unlikely duet partner for Dierks Bentley, but that's exactly what happened last week at the 8th annual Celebration of Caring Gala in Indianapolis. Peyton was in the home city of his former NFL team The Colts to attend the event, and he invited Dierks to be the featured performer of the night. During Bentley's performance, the audience was in for a real treat when Manning got onstage to help Dierks sing a duet of Johnny Cash's classic song "Folsom Prison Blues." But this wasn't the first time the football star flexed his golden pipes at the annual charity event. During last year's event, Peyton took the stage with Jake Owen to sing the very same Cash song.

ZBB PLAYING WEMBLEY DATE
Zac Brown Band will head to London, England this fall for a show at Wembley Arena. The show will take place on September 25, with tickets for the concert going on sale today (5/15). This will be the group's first trip to the U.K. since their sold out concert at the O2 Arena in March of 2014, according to Gigwise. ZBB is currently making stops stateside on their summer tour, which heads to Gulf Shores, Alabama tomorrow (5/16) for the beachside Hangout Music Fest. The tour is in support of their latest album Jekyll + Hyde, which was released last month.

KICKIN' IT OFF WITH KEGS AND EGGS
Tyler Farr will help kick off this year's CMA Music Fest festivities at NRA Country's 3rd annual Fan Club Party in downtown Nashville. The party will get started on Thursday, June 11 at Margaritaville and will feature performances by Farr as well as special guest Josh Dorr. Dubbed "Kegs and Eggs," fans attending the party will be treated to a special breakfast, followed by acoustic performances from Tyler and Josh. There will also be a personal artist meet and greet and NASH Country Weekly will be on hand to emcee the morning.


by Denny & Christal posted May 12 2015 11:56AM
My Way, A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra is playing now through June 28th at the Riverside Center Dinner Theatre. I was lucky enough to attend the Mother's Day Matinee during opening weekend, and I enjoyed every minute. The theatre was full, the food was excellent, and the service was stellar.

I enjoyed a signature drink called the Fly Me To the Moon (think Blue Hawaiian) and started my meal with the Fried Green Tomato appetizer, so yummy. I had the Baked Seafood Casserole as an entrée and a slice of cheesecake for dessert, both were delicious. I always order a drink for intermission, and it's usually a Chocolatini … don't judge!

The show was a pleasant surprise, knowing it was a musical tribute and not a play or musical, I was happy to see the live band set up on stage. The small cast of 4 was all new to me, and their voices are sensational! If you're ANY kind of Frank Sinatra fan, you'll enjoy this trip down memory lane with Old Blue Eyes. There will be NO SPOILERS here, folks, but I will tell you this – ALL your favorite songs are here. Saying that, I'd also like to point out that while I THOUGHT I knew a lot of songs by the Chairman of the Board, I was surprised by how many great songs were included that I hadn't heard before.

The cast and staff of Riverside Center Dinner Theatre have pulled off another winner, and it won't take long to get the word out, so get your tickets now before every show sells out! Spend a night reminiscing about a bygone era filled with music, moonlight, and an honest to goodness TRIBUTE to one of the greatest crooners of our lifetime. Go see My Way, it'll leave you longing for far-away places and long lost love, the way only the memory of Frank Sinatra can.

Get your tickets now at http://riversidedt.com/

--Christal Blue

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by Denny & Christal posted May 11 2015 12:28PM

Tyler Farr announced via Instagram over the weekend (5/10) that he is now engaged to his girlfriend Hannah Freeman. He shared on Instagram along with the picture, "Proud to say I'm engaged to my best friend and the most amazing woman I've ever known." Tyler has had a busy month as his Suffer In Peace album was released on April 28. He is currently on tour with his buddy Jason Aldean. No word on when the happy couple will tie the knot.
BROOKS MAKES A MOTHER'S DAY Garth Brooks appeared on an ABC's Good Morning America on Friday (5/8) to surprise one special mother who is the singer's biggest fan. The "Friends in Low Places" singer came to Darlington, Wisconsin to meet Karen Garrison, a fan so loyal to Garth she named one of her sons Garth and her daughter Brook. Karen's daughter Brook was actually the one who nominated her mom for the "Garth Brooks Mother's Day Surprise" contest on GMA, saying her mother is her "backbone" and is always there to support her. The mother of three and hair salon owner is also known around community for her kindness and even picks up her elderly clients for their appointments. While Karen was outside talking to the GMA reporter, Garth came up behind her and surprised her with a big hug. Brooks later sat on a stool next to Garrison and sang her a very appropriate tune -- his song "Mom." But, the surprises weren't over yet. After Garth's touching acoustic performance, he invited Karen and her whole family to his show in Omaha, Nebraska that night (5/8). To make it even better the family flew with Brooks on his private plane.
TRACE DELIVERS A MESSAGE TO GIRL SCOUTS Sometimes people's kind gestures go unnoticed; or at least they think they do. Trace Adkins recently visited children at La Habra library in Southern California to thank them for their donation of 1,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies and letters to troops stationed in Kandahar, Afghanistan. According to KNBC-TV in Los Angeles, Trace first found out about the kids' donation when he was in Kandahar on his 10th USO tour. Adkins saw "box after box after box" of Girl Scout cookies and letters sitting in Lt. Col. Bill Wyles' office and thought it'd be a good idea to let the children know their package was well received. So he posed for a picture while holding one of his favorite cards, and promised to bring that card back to its writer, 8-year-old Jessica Santos Alatorre. During the visit, Jessica pointed to a heart on her card and said, "I didn't write words, but I meant to say I love you." KNBC-TV reports that Girl Scouts throughout the Orange County area have donated almost 58,000 boxes of cookies to troops and veterans this year.
GARTH BREAKS HOUSTON RECORD
Garth Brooks has broken his ticket sales record in Houston, Texas, on his world tour with Trisha Yearwood. The previous record was set in April of 1998, when he sold 81,039 tickets. Today Brooks has bested that record by selling more than 85,000 tickets for his series of shows in Houston. Garth will return to Space City for eight shows at the Toyota Center in June and July. Brooks' Houston run will kick off with two shows on Friday, June 26 and Saturday, June 27, and will return Independence Day weekend for two shows on Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4. This is just the latest ticket sales record Garth has broken on this massive world tour.

by Denny & Christal posted May 1 2015 10:15AM


The stars are starting to align for the 25th Annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game on June 13 in Nashville. The annual event will be held at Music City's brand-new baseball field at First Tennessee Park and will feature appearances by Little Big Town, Love and Theft, Chuck Wicks, Charles Esten of ABC's Nashville, and more. After a twenty-year run playing in the City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game, country music icon Vince Gill will also be returning to the field for this special milestone event. The full lineup of celebrity players suiting up will be announced in the coming weeks. Each year, the Celebrity Softball Game takes place during the week of CMA Music Festival to support City of Hope's mission to find cures for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.

KRYSTAL IS PREGNANT!

Krystal Keith is going to be a mom! Krystal and her husband Andrew announced yesterday (4/30) that they are expecting their first child in October. Keith, the daughter of Toby Keith, took to Twitter a couple of days ago to tease about the big news by saying she was about to announce a new project. Her tweet left many wondering what her new "project" could possibly be, but she posted a message on Instagram yesterday to clear everything up. Krystal tweeted, "So about that project I've been working on!! We are over the moon about expecting our first little bundle of joy!!" The message was accompanied by a photo of Krystal wearing a dress and rocking her baby bump. The new addition will bring Toby's total number of grandchildren to three.

COUNTRY JAM LINEUP ANNOUNCED

The daily lineup for 24th Annual Country Jam music festival has been announced, with some of country's hottest stars coming together in Colorado for this year's event. Each night of the four-day festival will be headlined by The Band Perry, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw and Toby Keith, respectively, with addition performances by Parmalee, Thompson Square, Frankie Ballard, Billy Currington, Kacey Musgraves, Eli Young Band, and more. The music and camping festival will bring the biggest stars to the Jam Ranch outside Grand Junction, Colorado and will take place on June 18-21.

TIDBIT

Clay Walker has announced that he will be hosting the sixth annual Chords of Hope Benefit Concert at 3rd & Lindsley during Nashville's CMA Fest on Wednesday, June 10.The concert, presented by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., sponsored by Pinnacle Financial Partners and produced by Clay's charity Band Against MS (BAMS), will help raise money and awareness for multiple sclerosis (MS) research with proceeds going to the MS Center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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December 10, 2014...........Looking for a singer/songwriter/musician.....

1.  This Virginia boy is not country and has won numerous Grammy Awards.

2.  A few years ago, he wrote the soundtrack to a popular animated film.

3.  He recently came under some fire after making controversial remarks about the Ferguson, Missouri incident.

Answer:  Pharrell Williams

In July, 2010, William's composed the soundtrack to the movie "Despicable Me".

Regarding the Ferguson,Missouri incident, Williams told Ebony Magazine that Michael Brown's actions inside a convenience store, and caught on video, show a teenager without respect for authority.

 
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