CMA Fest, Vince Gill, Johnny Lee, Ray Scott, Jason Aldean And More Featured In “The Pickup”

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Watch the latest episode of The Pickup here. CMA FEST, VINCE GILL, JOHNNY LEE, RAY SCOTT, JASON ALDEAN AND MANY MORE FEATURED IN THE NEWEST EPISODE OF “THE PICKUP” Continuing the tradition of bringing you the latest news in country music, the latest episode of “The Pickup” features a look inside CMA Fest, Vince Gill’s latest musical pairing, Johnny Lee still lookin’ for love, Ray Scott’s latest album, and so much more of country’s top stories. One of country music’s biggest names, Vince Gill, will be the newest member of the Eagles, one of the best-selling bands of all time. Gill can be seen performing with the band throughout the month of July. With CMA FEST right around the corner, “The Pickup” has a list of must-dos for the week. This list includes paying a visit to the Cracker Barrel Country Roads Stage at Ascend Amphitheater to see classic acts such as The Oak Ridge Boys and Billy Ray Cyrus for free. Also on that list is the CMA Fest Family Feud: Country Stars vs Reality Stars featuring Darryl Worley, Jeannie Seely and Ray Stevens Sunday at the CMA Close Up Stage. John Conlee was recently honored by the Georgia Sheriff’s Association for his song “Walkin’ Behind the Star” in support of the women and men in blue. Ray Scott talks about his newest album Guitar For Sale that is set to release on June 9. He has also released a lyric video to “Livin’ This Way” that features a look at the recording process. Country legend Johnny Lee is releasing his autobiography titled Still Lookin’ for Love and speaks with “The Pickup” about the meaning behind the title. The Country Music Hall of Fame has a new exhibit chronicling Jason Aldean’s life and career that will be open until November. Aldean talks to “The Pickup” about his thoughts on the exhibit, Asphalt Cowboy. “Things Change” is the title track to the latest album from living legend Bobby Bare. Bare shares the secrets to his distinctive country voice with Adam Wurtzel from “The Pickup.” Stay tuned for our next episode for a look inside CMA Fest. It will be one you don’t want to miss! Check out the latest episode of The Pickup here. 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 including over 160 stations, as well as online media blogs, RFD-TV, the U.K.’s SKY Television and the Heartland Network.

Vince Gill To Be Honored with CRB Career Achievement Award

Vince Gill will be honored with the 2014 Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. Career Achievement Award at the Country Radio Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell will perform a tribute to Gill as well as presenting him with the prestigious award during the event. The CRB Career Achievement Award is presented to an individual artist or act that, through their creativity, vision, performance or leadership has made a significant contribution to the development and promotion of country music and country radio. Previous winners of this award include Dolly Parton, Brooks & Dunn, Merle Haggard and George Strait. “Vince Gill is unquestionably one of the greatest artists in the country genre,” said Bill Mayne, Executive Director of CRS. “His body of amazing work continues to evolve, and his performances inspire us all. He is a remarkable ambassador for Country music with his talents, grace, class, leadership, humility, humanity, style and wicked sense of humor. We are very proud to present Vince with this richly deserved honor.” With more than 17 studio albums recorded and more than 26 million copies sold, Gill has had an incredible career as a singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist. He has won 20 Grammys and 18 CMA Awards, including CMA Entertainer of the Year, Song of the Year and CMA Male Vocalist of the Year. He has already been inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame. The Country Radio Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony unofficially kicks off Country Radio Seminar each year. CRS 2014 will be held at the downtown Nashville Convention Center February 19-21, 2014. Previously announced, the 2014 Country Radio Hall of Fame inductees are Larry Wilson and Mike Brophey as the Radio category inductees and Paul Schadt and Jim Denny as the On-Air category inductees. About Country Radio Hall of Fame: The Country Radio Hall of Fame was founded in 1974 to recognize outstanding indiviuals working in the broadcasting industry who are promoting the Country radio format. The Hall of Fame has two categories: Radio and On-Air Personality. The awards ceremony is held the evening prior to the Country Radio Seminar and has become recognized as the unofficial kick off of the annual radio convention. About Country Radio Seminar: Country Radio Seminar is an annual convention designed to educate and promote the exchange of ideas and business practices in the Country music industry, with specific emphasis on issues relevant to Country radio. CRS 2014 will be held Feb. 19-21, 2014, in downtown Nashville, Tenn., at the Nashville Convention Center. The regular rate of $499 is now in effect. The on site registration rate will be announced closer to the event. Visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com for more information.   Photo Credit: Jim Wright     Read more at AristoPR!

Vince Gill Talks Daughter And Guitars

Take A Look At Two Intimate Videos Featuring Vince Gill Shot By Musicians Friend. In December of 2012, Vince Gill was featured in Musicians Friends Catalog. They put together a few videos and we wanted to make sure all of the Vince fans got a chance to see them! In the first video, Vince and his daughter Jenny talk about how they handle both of their careers. You also get to hear a little bit of the two singing one of Vince’s hits! In the second video, Vince shows part of his guitar collection and shares some stories behind them.

Vince Gill and Jake Owen In Second Harvest Line-Up

Vince Gill, Jake Owen and More Join Line-Up for Stars For Second Harvest Benefit! Vince Gill, Jake Owen and Florida Georgia Line have joined the line-up of the the 8th Annual Stars For Second Harvest benefit concert that supports the Second Harvest Food Bank in Nashville, TN. The concert will be held on June 5th at the Ryman Auditorium (right in the middle of CMA Fest week!), and the line-up also includes songwriters Dallas Davidson, Rodney Clawson and Craig Wiseman! In the past few years the annual concert has managed to raise $446,032 for the Food Bank and through that support those in need in middle Tennessee.

Vince Gill Schedules Bluegrass Shows

Vince Gill Schedules Bluegrass Shows In Wake of Earl Scruggs Passing. Vince Gillhas lined up twelve performance dates for the start of the summer focusing exclusively on bluegrass from June 13-June 30! According to GAC, the iconic country guitarist and singer mentioned that this line-up of concerts bears special significance in the wake of Earl Scruggs passing on March 28th. After the passing of Earl Scruggs it means the world to me to do these dates with this world-class band playing the music that Earl defined. I absolutely adore this music.” -Vince Gill Gill will be taking care of guitar, mandolin and vocals while banjoist Jim Mills fiddler Stuart Duncan, guitarist Jeff White and bassist Dennis Crouch back him up. He will also be joined by Sarah Jarosz (June 13-23 dates only) as the opening act! See below for complete ticket info!

Sarah Darling O Holy Night Music Video

Sarah Darling Films Her Music Video In The Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Black River Entertainment artist Sarah Darling has a special holiday treat for fans. She has filmed her music video for “O Holy Night” in the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, being the first artist to ever do so! “It is our privilege to make Schermerhorn Symphony Center available for this wonderful project. Our beautiful building hosts all kinds of music throughout the year, and the classically inspired architecture and intimate setting of the Lara Turner Concert Hall provides the perfect backdrop for a truly Music City holiday greeting!” -Alan Valentine, Nashville Symphony President and CEO Along with her new holiday single, Darling will join Mayor Karl Dean and Parade Grand Marshal and legendary country star, Vince Gill on December 2 as part of Nashville’s tree lighting ceremony. Kicking off the 59th Annual Piedmont Natural Gas Christmas Parade, she will sing “O Holy Night” at the lighting of the 40ft Norway spruce. It will take place at Nashville’s Public Square, beginning at 6:30. The parade will follow at 7 and is free to the public. Her recording of “O Holy Night” is available to purchase where digital music is sold.

Vince Gill Hosts Opry Weekend Thanksgiving Special

Vince Gill Will Host Thanksgiving Radio Special for America’s Opry Weekend. Vince Gill will be this year’s host of America’s Opry Weekend:Thanksgiving Special which will celebrate not only Thanksgiving but the beginning of the holiday season! The radio special is scheduled to air during all of Thanksgiving week between November 23rd and November 27th. Gill will be playing a selection of greatest hits which focus on home, life and giving thanks, and he will also be featuring some of his own music including tracks from the recently released Guitar Slinger and holiday songs from 2011 “Twelve Days of Christmas” tour with wife Amy Grant. America’s Opry Weekend is broadcast weekly on country stations across America and the Armed Forces Radio Network. You can also hear it on SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio and opry.com. So, be sure to check local air times, and tune into this special holiday radio show with Vince Gill!

Vince Gill And Sting On CMT CROSSROADS

Vince Gill And Sting Set To Be The Stars Of The Latest Episode Of CMT’s CROSSROADS. The two Grammy Award winning musicians (35 between them), Vince Gill and Sting, are the latest duo to take the stage during CMT CROSSROADS! The episode will premiere Thursday, November 24 at 10:00 pm ET/PT on CMT. The performance, taped earlier this year at New York City’s famed Hammerstein Ballroom, resulted in an exceptional night of collaborations and in-depth interviews. The 90 minute premiere features the duo performing Sting’s hits “If I Ever Lose My Faith In You” and “Every Breath You Take” and Gill’s hits “Liza Jane” and “Whenever You Come Around” plus more. The musical chemistry shines between them as they own the stage, especially in their cover of the Everly Brothers “Let It Be Me.” Never-before-seen interviews with the two musicians reveal their reflections on the longevity and success of their careers, thoughts on popular assumptions about the meanings of their songs, how they’ve developed as artists, and ultimately, why they continue to play music. The passion and respect both Sting and Vince possess for their craft has never came across so elegantly on a CMT CROSSROADS stage. Watch Vince and Sting Perform “If I Ever Lose My Faith In You“ If I Ever Lose My Faith in You (From CMT Crossroads) – Sting – Sting Videos

Vince Gill Guitar Slinger Album Review

Can Vince Gill Do Any Wrong? Not On Guitar Slinger! Vince Gill’s first studio album in 5 years, Guitar Slinger, was released Monday, October 25. I would say this album is classic Vince Gill. It has upbeat, happy, comical, songs and heartfelt, soulful, real issue songs. It definitely has some great music set along to all of the beautifully written lyrics. Gill has this was of taking something and almost making it untouchable. I have said it before, and I’ll say it again…the man has a voice like no other! I could see this album not being as popular with the younger crowd, but by no means do I think that is a reflection of this bundle of work! I was very pleased and found “Tell Me Fool“, “Guitar Slinger“, “One More Thing I Wish I’d Said“, and “When the Lady Sings the Blues” to be quite catchy! His current single, “Threaten Me With Heaven“, is climbing the charts as we speak. Be listening for it on your local radio stations! Track Listing 1. Guitar Slinger 2. Tell Me Fool 3. Threaten Me with Heaven 4. When the Lady Sings the Blues 5. Who Wouldn’t Fall In Love with You 6. When Lonely Comes Around 7. True Love (feat. Amy Grant) 8. Bread and Water 9. Billy Paul 10. The Old Lucky Diamond Motel 11. If I Die 12. Buttermilk John (feat. The Time Jumpers) The deluxe version includes 3 extra songs: “All Nighter Comin’”, “Lipstick Everywhere”, and “One More Thing I’d Wished I’d Say.”

Vince Gill The Heart Won’t Lie

Vince Gill And Reba McEntire’s The Heart Won’t Lie Music Video! Here is another Vince Gill classic, his duet with Reba McEntire, “The Heart Won’t Lie.” Again, this is a FAVORITE of mine and one of the best examples of 90s music videos! They were more like mini-movies than just something to view while listening. I can literally remember sitting at my grandma’s house when I was younger watching with my cousins, and this was always one where we would scream at each other to be quite! I hope you will enjoy this as much as I ALWAYS do!