BRAD PAISLEY, KELSEA BALLERINI, MEL TILLIS, NASHVILLE ON CMT, 2016 IN MEMORIAM AND MORE FEATURED IN THIS EDITION OF ‘THE PICKUP’

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Continuing the tradition of presenting the top stories in country music, another all-new episode of the “The Pickup” features a look at Brad Paisley’s new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, a special holiday engagement, the new season of “Nashville” debuting on CMT, a new Pickup-and-Coming, a tribute to artists who left us in 2016 and more. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has opened a new exhibit through May 14 taking a glimpse into Brad Paisley’s illustrious career thus far. The exhibit features the “Today” singer’s first guitar, some of his many awards and even a letter to Santa. The holidays are a popular time for engagements and that proved true when Kelsea Ballerini announced hers on Instagram. She posted her engagement photo with Morgan Evans appropriately hash tagging it with ‘#HeCalledDibs.’ According to a Facebook post from daughter Pam Tillis, Mel Tillis is out of the hospital and home in Florida. The good news came after many prayers and well wishes were extended to the songwriting legend from fans and friends in the industry alike. CMT will debut the fifth season of “Nashville” on January 5 promising more music than ever before for the popular series that has shined a national spotlight on Music City. If fans miss the premiere, they can see it on demand in multiple places. The latest edition of the Pickup-and-Coming features country newcomer Nick Brennan and his single “Buck Naked.” To hear the hilarious and thoughtfully written tune and learn more about Brennan, fans can head to NickBrennanMusic.com. A number one party for Keith Urban’s “Wasted Time” hit was held at Nashville’s newest hotel The Westin with the songwriters of the song. Urban said that the song was written by accident when he crashed the writing session that the two co-writers had previously scheduled. The hitmaker helped Nashville ring in the New Year with a performance on New Years Eve downtown, The Pickup will have more on that in the next edition, so stay tuned! In this episode, The Pickup pays tribute to artists who passed away in 2016, but whose music lives on. The memoriam includes Merle Haggard, Glenn Frey (The Eagles), Joey Feek, Sonny James, Guy Clark, Ralph Stanley, Jean Shepard, Holly Dunn and Bonnie Brown (The Browns). Keep on the lookout for the next episode, which will include Jeannie Seely dishing on her new album of originals, “Written In Song.” Check out the latest episode of The Pickup here: http://www.viewbix.com/v/The-Pickup–48/bef58f3c-dfaf-4ee0-8e98-d6cf46b19a6e ABOUT THE PICKUP: Launched in early 2015, The Pickup, a syndicated country video news series produced by The Hot Seat, highlights today’s stars and classic country artists making news today. New episodes are posted on the 1st and 15th of each month. The Pickup, hosted and produced by Adam Wurtzel, can be seen on the websites of broadcasters across the country (Nash Icon, HankFM, Midwest Communications, Zimmer Communications’ 94.3 KAT Country, etc.), online media blogs, the U.K.’s SKY Television, Heartland Network, and Sandy Zimmerman’s Continue reading

Brad Paisley Announces March 3 Release Date for Next Album – LOVEAND WAR

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Nashville, TN – Superstar Brad Paisley announces March 3 as the release date of his forthcoming album, LOVE AND WAR. “Today” is the first single from the much anticipated album and is already in the Top 15 on the country airplay charts   LOVE AND WAR is co-produced by Paisley and Luke Wooten and will be the entertainer’s 11th studio album release on Arista Nashville.   Brad Paisley is a critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer whose talents have earned him numerous awards, including three GRAMMYs, two American Music Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards and 14 Country Music Association Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), among many others. He has been a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry since 2001. Paisley has written 20 of his 23 #1 hits including “He Didn’t Have to Be,” “Mud on the Tires,” “She’s Everything,” “Water” and “Remind Me,” among others. His highly successful Life Amplified World Tour 2016 traveled across the US and Canada and recently announced added dates for February 2017. Paisley also took his “Country Nation College Tour presented by Frontier Communications” to 9 IMG College partners this fall for free concerts on campus, a follow-up to his initial 2015 college tour. His current single, “Today,” is resonating with people around the globe and is currently in the Top 15 on the country single chart and the music video has been viewed over 30 million times. Paisley has partnered with Boot Barn® and developed an exclusive line of jeans, hats, T-shirts, jewelry, belts and woven shirts called Moonshine Spirit by Brad Paisley. Connect with Brad at www.BradPaisley.com, www.Facebook.com/BradPaisley, on Twitter @BradPaisley, on Instagram @Brad Paisley, and YouTube at YouTube.com/BradPaisley.

The Country Network Now Available on Roku

Streaming TV market adds 10.6M to TCN’s Household Reach Nashville, Tenn., (November 16, 2016)–The innovative television network dedicated to providing today’s country music enthusiasts more choices in televised and digital programming, The Country Network (TCN), is pleased to announce its carriage on the Roku streaming media platform. Country music fans with the device or Roku-enabled Smart TV can now access the latest and best videos from their Country, Americana, Red Dirt and Texas artists, as well as TCN’s original programming—including series such as Live from the Couch, On the Rise, Our Land: The Music Highway, Studio B Sessions, and more! This news comes as TCN expands into nine (9) additional markets throughout the heartland, renewal with Cocola Broadcasting, and the launch of eight original series for its initial fall lineup. It also recently launched its creative, state-of-the-art fan-incentive program, TCN All-Access. The carriage through Roku will add an additional 10.6M potential viewers to TCN’s overall household reach, now estimated at over 50 million DMA households, putting it squarely on pace with its growth strategy to reach 100 million homes within the next three years. For more information on The Country Network, please visit www.tcncountry.com. “The addition of Roku is extremely important to us,” states Tim Eaton, President and CEO of The Country Network. “4 in 10 households currently own an OTT streaming device, and by next year, Streaming Media Players (SMP) penetration will reach 40 percent of all U.S. homes with internet,” he explains. “The number of ways people are receiving TV content is expanding rapidly and we want to be a part of this conversation and be available to fans through a wide variety of sources.” Roku is the leader in SMP market share. There are currently 10.6M active Roku accounts across SMPs and smart TV, reaching 49% of SMP households. These figures are expected to climb steeply based upon reports by IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS): 56 percent of all North American TV shipments in Q1-2016 were smart TVs; Roku-powered smart TVs earned 12% of all sales for the entire first half of 2016. For more information on The Country Network, upcoming show announcements, and a complete list of broadcast affiliates and channels, please visit www.tcncountry.com.

Watch The 50th Annual CMA Awards online LIVE

See an Exclusive Live TV Broadcast of the Red Carpet Hosted by Bobby Bones and a Special Performance by Chris Janson on AUDIENCE® Network and Live Streaming on ATT.com AT&T* is giving Country Music fans a front row seat at “The 50th Annual CMA Awards” red carpet. AUDIENCE® Network presents an exclusive look at the “AT&T CMA Awards Red Carpet“ show hosted by Bobby Bones, host of iHeartRadio’s nationally syndicated radio program “The Bobby Bones Show,” and a performance by Country Music star Chris Janson. Janson’s “Buy Me A Boat” was named Country Song of the Year at the iHeartRadio Music Awards in May. DIRECTV and AT&T U-verse® TV customers can catch the red carpet show airing live Wednesday, Nov. 2, on AUDIENCE® Network (DIRECTV Ch. 239 or U-verse TV Ch. 1114) at 7 p.m. ET. and live stream the event starting at 6:30 p.m. ET at http://www.att.com/cmaredcarpet/. Customers with 4K ready TVs will see a simulcast of the awards show on DIRECTV channel 106 in stunning ultra HD at 7 p.m. ET. Country Music fans can get an up close and personal look at their favorite musicians and celebrities as they walk the red carpet. Plus, see behind-the-scenes interviews with artists as they prepare for Country Music’s Biggest Night™. In addition to Janson, catch performances by Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks with Trisha Yearwood, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and many more. Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will host the 50th Annual CMA Awards live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Catch all the action Wednesday, Nov. 2, (8-11 p.m. ET) on the ABC Television Network. *AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc. About the CMA Awards The first “CMA Awards Banquet and Show” was held in 1967. The following year, the CMA Awards was broadcast on television for the first time – making it the longest running, annual music awards program on network TV. The CMA Awards have aired on ABC since 2006. ABC will be the network home of the CMA Awards and CMA’s other two television properties, “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” and “CMA Country Christmas,” through 2021. Fans can get more information on “The 50th Annual CMA Awards” and sign up for CMA emails and exclusives by visiting CMAawards50.com. About AT&T AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) helps millions around the globe connect with leading entertainment, mobile, high speed internet and voice services. We’re the world’s largest provider of pay TV. We have TV customers in the U.S. and 11 Latin American countries. We offer the best global coverage of any U.S. wireless provider.* And we help businesses worldwide serve their customers better with our mobility and highly secure cloud solutions. Additional information about AT&T products and services is available at http://about.att.com. Follow our news on Twitter at @ATT, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/attand Continue reading

“American Saturday Night: Live From The Grand Ole Opry” Available on DVD and BluRay TODAY

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The Grand Ole Opry® presented by Humana® will release its first-ever concert film, American Saturday Night: Live From the Grand Ole Opry, on DVD and BluRay in Opry retail stores during this weekend’s Opry Birthday Bash. The film will be available via ecommerce beginning Tues., Nov. 1. American Saturday Night: Live From the Grand Ole Opry debuted late last year in 200+ cinemas across the U.S. The made-for-cinema feature film offers audiences a virtual front row seat and VIP all-access pass to country music’s most famous show, including live Opry performances and backstage conversations with Opry members Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, and Darius Rucker as well as The Band Perry and Brett Eldredge. Paisley is set to return live to the Opry stage this Sat., Oct. 8 as part of the show’s Birthday Bash. About the Grand Ole Opry: The Grand Ole Opry® is presented by Humana®.  Opry performances are held every Friday and Saturday of the year, with Tuesday Night Opry shows running through December 13. The Opry presents the best in country music live every week from Nashville, Tenn.  Celebrating nine decades of entertainment, the Opry can be heard at opry.com and wsmonline.com, Opry and WSM mobile apps, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and its flagship home, 650 AM-WSM. The Grand Ole Opry is owned by Ryman Hospitality Properties (NYSE: RHP).  For more information, visit opry.com.

Brad Paisley’s New Single & Music Video “Today”!

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Impacting Country Radio Now, Paisley’s Latest Release From Forthcoming 11th Studio Album Is Available To Download and Stream Nashville, TN – Superstar Brad Paisley announces the release of his new single, “Today,” which is at country radio now! Currently featured as the iHeartCountry World Premiere track, fans can download “Today” HERE and stream it HERE. [bctt tweet=”ICYMI: @BradPaisley premiered his powerful new single “Today” on @iHeartRadio, & now it’s available everywhere! Get it now http://smarturl.it/bptoday”] View the emotional video for “Today” HERE. Within the first six hours the video was viewed over 1.8 million times and had 50,000+ Facebook shares. Co-produced by Paisley and Luke Wooten, this powerful love song was co-written by Brad Paisley, Chris DuBois and Ashley Gorley. “Today” will be featured on the world-renowned entertainer’s forthcoming studio album, his 11th release on Arista Nashville. Look for Paisley, for his ninth consecutive year, to co-host of the “The 50th Annual CMA Awards” with Carrie Underwood, November 2, (8:00 – 11:00PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network. Brad Paisley is a critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer whose talents have earned him numerous awards, including three GRAMMYs, two American Music Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards and 14 Country Music Association Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), among many others. He has been a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry since 2001. Paisley has written 20 of his 23 #1 hits including “He Didn’t Have to Be,” “Mud on the Tires,” “She’s Everything,” “Water” and “Remind Me,” among others.  His highly successful Life Amplified World Tour 2016 traveled across the US and Canada this summer and early fall. Currently Paisley is taking his “Country Nation College Tour presented by Frontier Communications” to 9 IMG College partners this fall for free concerts on campus, a follow-up to his initial 2015 college tour. Paisley has partnered with Boot Barn® and developed an exclusive line of jeans, hats, T-shirts, jewelry, belts and woven shirts called Moonshine Spirit by Brad Paisley. Connect with Brad at www.BradPaisley.com, www.Facebook.com/BradPaisley, on Twitter @BradPaisley, on Instagram @Brad Paisley, and YouTube at YouTube.com/BradPaisley.    

Brad Paisley Announces 2016 Tour — LIFE AMPLIFIED WORLD TOUR

BRAD PAISLEY ANNOUNCES 2016 TOUR LIFE AMPLIFIED WORLD TOUR Launches May 19 Special Guests include Tyler Farr and Maddie & Tae Country music superstar Brad Paisley has announced his 2016 tour, Life Amplified World Tour, which kicks off May 19 in Sacramento, CA.  The tour will travel across the country during the summer and fall with more dates to be added. Special guests will be power vocalist Tyler Farr and CMA Award winning-duo Maddie & Tae. Brad Paisley (photo by: Jeff Lipsky) Brad Paisley is the consummate singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer whose talents have earned him numerous awards, including three GRAMMYs, two American Music Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards and 14 Country Music Association Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), among many others. He has been a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry since 2001. Paisley has written 20 of his 23 #1 singles with the first being his 1999 hit “He Didn’t Have To Be” and his most recent, “Perfect Storm,” from his chart-topping 2014 album Moonshine in the Trunk. Paisley has partnered with Boot Barn® and developed an exclusive line of jeans, hats, T-shirts, jewelry, belts and woven shirts called Moonshine Spirit by Brad Paisley. Connect with Brad at www.BradPaisley.com, www.Facebook.com/BradPaisley, on Twitter @BradPaisley, on Instagram @Brad Paisley, and YouTube at YouTube.com/BradPaisley. Tyler Farr (photo by: Joseph Llannes) About Tyler Farr: Columbia Nashville’s Tyler Farr released his highly anticipated sophomore album, Suffer In Peace, in April 2015 making its debut in the top 5 on the BILLBOARD Top 200 Albums and BILLBOARD Country Albums Charts. Previously with the release of his debut album Redneck Crazy, which released in 2013, Farr landed at No. 2 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart and #5 on the Billboard Top 200 making Farr the only solo male country artist in the last 10 years to have his first two studio albums debut in the top-5 on the Billboard 200 Chart. Tyler’s first single off the newly released Suffer In Peace album, “A Guy Walks into a Bar,” proved to be Farr’s third No. 1 hit and is now RIAA Certified GOLD. Farr’s #1, platinum-selling title-track “Redneck Crazy” projected Farr forward to celebrate back-to-back #1 singles, including his first #1 as a songwriter, with his Gold-certified hit “Whiskey in my Water.” Farr’s most recent single at radio, “Better In Boots,” was described by the New York Times as a “muscular love song.” The Missouri native’s dry wit and energetic live show has earned him industry recognition as a 2014 CRS New Faces of Country Radio and 2014 Music Row “Breakthrough Artist of the Year” nominee, as well as rave reviews for his coveted opening slots touring with Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert, Lee Brice and Brad Paisley. Maddie & Tae  (photo by: Alysse Gafkjen) About Maddie & Tae: Maddie & Tae boldly introduced their debut single “Girl In A Country Song” shortly after signing with Dot Records. Featured on their album START HERE, of which they penned each of Continue reading

Brad Paisley Begins 2016 Winter Leg of "Crushin’ It World Tour" Today

Brad Paisley (photo by: Jeff Lipsky) BRAD PAISLEY BEGINS 2016 WINTER LEG OF “CRUSHIN’ IT WORLD TOUR” Launches Thursday, January 21 Special Guests are Eric Paslay and Cam NASHVILLE, Tenn. (January 19, 2016) Country music superstar Brad Paisley will begin the 2016 winter leg of his highly successful “Crushin’ It World Tour,” kicking off this Thursday, January 21 in Jonesboro, AR.  The tour will continue across the United States and Canada during the winter months. Special guests will be breakout country artist Eric Paslay and new country sensation Cam. Brad Paisley is a critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer whose talents have earned him numerous awards, including three GRAMMYs, two American Music Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards and 14 Country Music Association Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), among many others. He has been a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry since 2001. Paisley has written 20 of his 23 #1 singles with the first being his 1999 hit “He Didn’t Have To Be” and his most recent, “Perfect Storm,” from his chart-topping 2014 album Moonshine in the Trunk. As a continuation of Paisley’s Country Nation College tour presented by Zaxby’s he will perform on January 24 as part of the grand-opening season for The Pavilion, the new home of Ole Miss basketball. Paisley has partnered with Boot Barn® and developed an exclusive line of jeans, hats, T-shirts, jewelry, belts and woven shirts called Moonshine Spirit by Brad Paisley. Connect with Brad at www.BradPaisley.com, www.Facebook.com/BradPaisley, on Twitter @BradPaisley, on Instagram @Brad Paisley, and YouTube at YouTube.com/BradPaisley.   Eric Paslay (Photo credit: Joseph Ilanes)   EMI Records Nashville breakout country artist, Eric Paslay, delivers a powerful punch as a renowned, Platinum-selling, hit songwriter and dynamic performer. Paslay has celebrated five No. 1 hits including “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” (Eli Young Band), “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” (Jake Owen), “Angel Eyes” (Love & Theft), “Rewind” (Rascal Flatts) and “Friday Night,” the smash lead sin gle from his critically acclaimed self-titled debut album. The Temple, Texas native recently received his second GRAMMY nomination (first as a recording artist) in the Best Country Duo/Group category for “The Driver,” performed by Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley, featuring Eric and Dierks Bentley. A true artist’s artist, USA Today calls Paslay “flat out-brilliant” and American Songwriter names him an influencer of country music. Paslay recently wrapped the Chris Young tour and takes the stage on tour with Brad Paisley this winter. He just released his back beat-driven groove “High Class,” the lead single from his highly-anticipated sophomore album due out later this year.   California-born singer/songwriter Cam emerged as one of 2015’s true breakthrough artists, achieving her first Platinum record and first #1 country single with “Burning House,” which earned her a GRAMMY® Award nomination for Best Country Solo Performance. Her Untamed album, released December 11, 2015, debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart with the year’s best first-week album sales by a debut country artist.  With each song co-written by Cam, her Continue reading

Brad Paisley Contributes the Soundtrack for 2015 SEC Football

CBS Sports is tuning up its SEC ON CBS coverage with country music superstar BRAD PAISLEY. The Grammy Award winner has recorded a customized version of his new single, “COUNTRY NATION,” along with elements from a video shoot that will be part of CBS Sports’ broadcasts of Southeastern Conference football throughout the regular-season. [bctt tweet=”Sample @BradPaisley’s ‘Country Nation’ SEC football edition via  @CBSSportsGang, @SEConCBS “] The customized song for each “SEC Game of the Week” highlights the players, programs, fans and pageantry around SEC football. SEC ON CBS continues this Saturday, Sept. 12 (3:30 PM, ET) with *No. 9-ranked Georgia taking on Vanderbilt. To view a sample from this week’s customized edition of “COUNTRY NATION” for the Georgia-Vanderbilt game, click here: http://snpy.tv/1O4brkH *Coaches Poll as of 9/8/15 Follow us on Twitter: @CBSSportsGang and @SEConCBS

Brad Paisley, FGL, Hunter Hayes, Taylor Swift and more honored in the 2015 YouTube Music Awards

Brad Paisley and Taylor Swift are among the many artists who will be honored later this month at the YouTube Music Awards. These YTMA artists were chosen by the fans. The winning artists showed the biggest growth in views, subscribers and engagement over the last six months on YouTube. That’s what makes them artists to watch on YouTube in 2015, and YTMA winners. These artists prove that YouTube is not only a place to launch new music and be discovered by fans around the world, but also where artists and fans truly connect. At its best, music is about the full experience of sight, sound and participation. And for the 2015 YouTube Music Awards, presented by Kia, YouTube is giving you just that. New music videos. All at once. The YouTube Music Awards. On March 23 at 10am PT, YouTube is doing something they’ve never done before —dropping a collection of exclusive, new music videos from established and emerging artists, all at once. YouTube has selected some of the most original music video directors alive today to produce these new videos and enlisted VICE to produce the entire program. Stay tuned by subscribing to the YouTube Music Awards channel for a behind the scenes look at shoots, a chance be a part of these videos and more leading up to the 2015 YouTube Music Awards, presented by Kia, on March 23, 2015.