Chevrolet Signs On As Presenting Sponsor Debuting The All-New 2019 Silverado

Chevrolet Signs On As Presenting Sponsor Debuting The All-New 2019 Silverado! Tail gate Fest is excited to announce its debut on September first, two thousand eighteen. This one-of-a-kind event will take place outside of The Forum, boasting an impressive first-year line up including Toby Keith, Nelly, Joe Nichols, Randy Houser, Jana Kramer, Eric Paslay, Parmalee and David Nail. The festival is the first of its kind and marks LA’s first country music festival.

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Canadian Country Artist Eric Ethridge Wins Big!

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Canadian Country Artist Eric Ethridge Wins Big!
The 2018 Unsigned Only Music Competition has announced it’s winners, and for the 4th time in 11 years, the overall Grand Prize has now been won by a country music artist! Our heartfelt congratulations go out to Canadian artist Eric Etheridge who won the prestigious Grand Prize of $20,000 along with priceless opportunities to work with industry leaders to elevate his career to the next level. To find out more about Eric, or the Unsigned-Only competition, visit Country Music News Blog .com Continue reading

Dolly Parton Helps YouTube Kids’ Kick Off Reading Month Initiative

Dolly Parton

Country legend and literacy advocate Dolly Parton is helping to kick off YouTube Kids Reading Month, an annual initiative aiming to encourage children’s love of reading. Parton, who has been a passionate advocate for literacy for decades inspired by her own father’s inability to read and write, has created a specially curated playlist for kids and families to enjoy. In 1995 she started the Imagination Library, a book gifting program that mails free books to children from birth to age five in participating communities to ensure that all kids have the opportunity to cultivate their love of reading. You can check out Dolly’s playlist here or if you are viewing from a desktop, then please take a look here. In addition to Dolly Parton’s playlist, there will be a selection of other playlists debuting throughout Reading Month including a fun compilation ofcelebrity #Readalongs including Jimmy Fallon, Viola Davis, and Kristen Bell as they read their favorite children’s books.  To view the playlist in the YouTube Kids app click here and view here if you are viewing from a desktop computer.  Nickelodeon sensation Jojo Siwa is also trying to rally kids by sharing her zeal for reading with the Nickelodeon playlist which you can view here and here if you need to view from a desktop.   More About YouTube Kids Reading Month From early literacy learning to read-alongs of favorite kids books, Reading Month on YouTube Kids aims to unlock literacy for children around the world.  The month-long initiative will kick-off in the U.S., and select global territories this August, enabling kids to explore the magic of the written word and #ReadAlong with YouTube Kids. Beyond the fun playlists, YouTube Kids will also introduce “Word of the Day,” where viewers will see a special tile in their Recommended category.  Once clicked on, they will be directed to a screen which will introduce them to a new “word of the day” with an associated video displayed below. More About YouTube Kids The YouTube Kids app is the first Google product built from the ground up with kids in mind. The app makes it easier for children to find videos on topics they want to explore and is available for free on Google Play and the App store. YouTube Kids continues to put parents in the driver’s seat withadditional parental controls that allow parents to choose what is right for their family.  

Find Out Who Made Forbes’ Top Ten Highest-Paid Country Stars of 2018!

Dolly Parton

Who’s seeing the green in the country scene? Garth Brooks gets de-throned and Dolly Parton teaches some young girls a few old tricks about the old 9 to 5 in this year’s list of highest-paid country stars! Our friends at Forbes just unveiled this year’s highest-paid country acts and you won’t believe who DIDN’T make the list! This year it seems like Luke Bryan has topped the list at around $52 million, nudging Garth Brooks off his usual #1 spot. Between his extensive tour dates, his American Idol judge’s chair, and some pretty hefty endorsement deals with companies like Chevrolet, Luke has managed to diversify his income into multiple revenue streams and really rake it in. On the other end of the top ten, Dolly Parton proves that it’s not all about teenagers and tour dates as she hits the #10 spot at $19 Million, making her the ONLY woman in the top ten! The sweet southern sass, and cunning business acumen that only a lifetime in the music business can provide has helped Dolly build an empire of theme parks, dinner attractions, and even acquire and maintain all of the publishing rights to her written and recorded works, giving her the ultimate control over her career and income as time goes by. [bctt tweet=”Find out who knocked #GarthBrooks out of the number one spot in this year’s @Forbes list of highest-paid country stars!” username=”My_CountryMusic”] Also fitting into the top ten club are acts like Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and Blake Shelton, who seem to be taking a few clues from the blonde bombshell herself and opening venues in the heart of Music City to help make a buck. Barely missing the mark: Faith Hill and Miranda Lambert fell just outside of the top ten, in addition to usual suspects like Keith Urban and Tim McGraw. For those still keeping track of the country princess-turned-pop, Taylor Swift, she easily blew the list out of the water at a whopping $80 million! That puts her far over Beyonce’s mark! Read more at https://www.forbes.com/sites/zackomalleygreenburg/2018/08/14/the-highest-paid-country-music-stars-of-2018/#1a4b79d65108

Watch Now: James Carothers – Sinners and Saints

James Carothers

Country traditionalist James Carothershas released the music video to accompany his single “Sinners and Saints” from his upcoming album Still Country, Still King: A Tribute To George Jones. The music video was exclusively premiered by The Boot yesterday. “Sinners and Saints” is available for streaming and download, and the album is available for preorder here. “If you have half as much fun watching this video as we did making it you might get thrown in the jailhouse!” Carothers said. “A special thanks to the good folks at “The Jailer’s Inn” up in Bardstown, KY, for allowing us to shoot some scenes in the old Nelson County Jail. Also, a shout out to our friends at Music City Light for donating a few beers to the project and one of their finest for the role of “Johnny”. Good times with good friends. Hope y’all enjoy it!” “A rollicking, rowdy time, Carothers’ “Sinners & Saints” video flashes between party time at a honky-tonk and prayer time in church pews. Those scenes are interspersed with shots of Carothers bringing in a scruffy, modern version of some eternal and classic Jones wisdom,” said Amy McCarthy, The Boot. Carothers will host an album listening party at The George Jones rooftop in Nashville on Aug. 6. You can RSVP here. Still Country, Still King: A Tribute To George Jones will officially be released Sept. 7. Keep up with James on Facebook,Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, and on his website at www.jamescarothers.com. About James Carothers Mixing together Tennessee twang and southern storytelling, James Carothersmakes throwback country music for modern times. His first full-length album,Relapse, released in May 2017, bears similarities to classic releases by George Jones, Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard. Carothers wrote most of the songs between daily gigs at The George Jones in Nashville. Since its opening in 2015, he’s performed hundreds of shows at the venue. George Jones’ own widow, Nancy, personally hired Carothers for the gig, giving him the opportunity to make a living playing music. James now plays several shows at venues in downtown Nashville each week when he’s not on the road. In 2018, James was nominated for an Ameripolitan Award in the “Outlaw Male” category. His hit song “Back to Hank” has received over four million views on Facebook and his Spotify and Apple Music artist profiles have been streamed over one million times combined. This September, James will be releasing his newest album, Still Country, Still King: A Tribute to George Jones. James will also be making his Grand Ole Opry debut this year. For more information about James Carothers, visit www.jamescarothers.com.

Carrie Underwood Dives Deep on Tour Details

Carrie Underwood Cry Pretty 360

CAPITOL NASHVILLE’s CARRIE UNDERWOOD has unveiled plans for a 2019 tour, “THE CRY PRETTY TOUR 360.” Joining UNDERWOOD on the road will be WHEELHOUSE RECORDS trio RUNAWAY JUNE and MERCURY NASHVILLE duo MADDIE & TAE. Tickets will go on sale next FRIDAY, AUGUST 17th at CountryMusicOnTour.com. “THE CRY PRETTY TOUR 360” will be in support of UNDERWOOD’s album, “Cry Pretty,” which is set to release FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14th. Why the delay in touring? UNDERWOOD made another surprise announcement this morning during a video she shared to FACEBOOK. Find out her bundle of great news in the video here:

Slacker Launches Channel Devoted To Female Country Artists

Slacker Radio

As previously announced last week SLACKER RADIO last night (8/7) officially launched “Woman Crush Everyday” (#WCE), a channel devoted to, and curated by female Country artists. TUESDAY evening’s event was co-hosted by WME and CHANGE THE CONVERSATION, and featuring performances by NATALIE STOVALL, POST MONROE, and LAUREN DUSKI. In addition, the service has unveiled SLACKER Studio, a mobile app allowing hosts and contributors to remotely add music and commentary to SLACKER stations. “We have amazingly talented women making music in NASHVILLE, and they deserve to be heard,” said SLACKER Country Format Captain JESS WRIGHT. “In 2017, more than 97% of the artists who appeared on the year-end Country Top 40 were male. This doesn’t reflect the quality of music created by women; it reflects a lack of support from the gatekeepers of Country music who believe that women have limited commercial appeal. I’m excited that, through SLACKER, we can bring the music of female Country artists directly to our audience, curated by the people who are most passionate about it — the women in NASHVILLE’s music industry.” Added CMT SVP/Strategy LESLIE FRAM, a co-founder of CHANGE THE CONVERSATION, “I’m thrilled that there’s another platform to support female artists. Women have always been the cornerstone of Country music, and their voices need to be heard.” Listen to #WCE Country here.

Watch Now: Honey County – Sale of the Summer

Honey County Sale of the Summer

Southern California-based Country trio Honey County has released a music video for their new single “Sale of the Summer,” which premiered yesterday on Radio Disney Country. The music video can be viewed here, and the single, along with all of Honey County’s music, can be found on Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify and Pandora. “We had a blast filming this music video,” said Dani Rose of Honey County. “It was definitely a challenge to film on separate days since Devon, our third member and lead guitarist, was still touring with Katy Perry during our first full day of shooting, but I think it only speaks to how hard-working of a band we are to overcome the roadblocks we face when we’re not all in the same room. And we couldn’t be more thrilled that Radio Disney Country is premiering our video!” “Combine three-part harmonies, hooks, and intense girl power and you have one of today’s most dynamic and unique Country Music acts, Honey County,” said Phil Guerini, VP, Music Strategy DCWW & GM, Radio Disney Network The trio has opened for Brett Eldredge, Jake Owen, Easton Corbin, LANCO, and Morgan Wallen, and played festivals Stagecoach 2017 and Country Summer 2018 alongside Maren Morris, Florida Georgia Line, Little Big Town and more. You can read about their recent success in this article from KFRG-FM. Follow Honey County on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Keep up with their tour dates on their website at www.honeycounty.com. Honey County Tour Dates Aug. 19 – Temecula, Calif. – Wilson Creek Winery (w/Thompson Square) Aug. 30 – Fort Riley, Kan. – Fort Riley (w/Thompson Square) Sept. 15 – Rolling Hills Estates, Calif. – Remember The Music Oct. 2 – Houston, Texas – Sam Houston State University Oct. 3 – Aberdeen, Md. – Proving Ground (w/Thompson Square) Oct. 4 – Port St. Lucie, Fla. – Chillin’ on the Lucie festival Oct. 5 – Fort Stewart, Ga. – Club Stewart (w/Thompson Square) Oct. 13 – Columbia, S.C. – Solomon Center (w/Thompson Square) Oct. 21 – New Orleans, La. – Country Smooth Festival (w/ Justin Moore) Oct. 22 – Natchitoches, La. – Northwestern State University Oct. 25 – Grand Rapids, Mich. – NACA Mid America Showcase Nov. 1 – Rock Hill, S.C. – Winthrop University Nov. 3 – Fort Rucker, Ala. – Aviators Landing (w/Thompson Square) Nov. 16 – Fort Knox, Ky. – Godman Airfield (w/Thompson Square) About Honey County Rooted in three-part vocal harmonies, southern twang, and pop hooks, Honey County is a female country trio formed by singer/songwriter Dani Rose, featuring the stacked voices, songwriting and layered guitar work of bandmates Devon Jane and Katie Stump.  As one of Rolling Stone’s Top 10 Artists You Need To Know, the band has maintained a busy schedule both onstage and in the studio, sharing shows with artists like Lady Antebellum, Brett Eldredge, Jake Owen and Easton Corbin while also crafting modern, melody-based country songs.  With a prestigious placement of their song ‘Love Someone’ featured in an episode of CMT’s ‘Nashville’ Continue reading

Listen Now: Tulsa Red Dirt Artist Jake Flint – Long Road Back Home

Jake Flint - Tulsa Red Dirt

Tulsa Red Dirt Artist Jake Flint Releases Poignant Up Tempo Single “Long Road Back Home” Oklahoma Red Dirt artist Jake Flint has released his sophomore single “Long Road Back Home,” the highly anticipated follow-up to his successful debut release, “Cowtown,” which was well-received by radio and fans alike. “Long Road Back Home,” co-produced by Flint with Red Dirt hit-maker Mike McClure is a lively up tempo song about the excitement of returning to beloved family and friends, and vividly captures the emotional anticipation of going back to your roots. Tulsa-based singer-songwriter Jake Flint is deeply entrenched in the Red Dirt music scene. Following the release of “Cowtown” in late-2017, Flint’s career took a sharp upward swing as his easy going style, quick wit and exceptional performance talents were embraced by the Texas/Red Dirt community of radio programmers and earned him a coveted slot as a featured performer at the recent TRRMA ‘Future Faces Show.’ The recognition and support of radio in building his awareness has given Flint the opportunity to greatly expand his touring base to reach a growing legion of fans. “I am super excited about and very proud of ‘Long Road Back Home,’ Flint states“It is a veritable testimony of the bittersweet conflict of feelings I personally get when leaving the gratifying hard work we put in on the road meeting people and performing and returning to my family and friends, home cookin’ and soft bed that I miss so dearly while away. I can imagine that many different types of people could relate to this feeling. From coming home from a semester away at college, a soldier from a tour of duty, or just someone who lives far away from their childhood home. It’s that feeling you get when you can see the finish line and you just know a big hug from mom and dad, a hot, home cooked meal and an impatient dog at the end of the driveway is eagerly awaiting your arrival.” Watch the Official music video for “Long Road Back Home” at this link:  https://youtu.be/-j0LA-i0VDE Radio programmers can download “Long Road Back Home” at CD Tex: http://www.cdtex.com/broadcast_downloads.html “Long Road Home” is available for purchase at iTunes at this link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/long-road-back-home-single/1410540134 For more information about Jake Flint, connect with him online: Website: www.jakeflintmusic.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JakeFlintMusic Twitter: https://twitter.com/JacobDFlint

Brad Paisley And Carrie Underwood To Co-host CMA Awards Again; Nominees Announced August 28th

2018 CMA Awards

Country Music superstars Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood return to host “The 52nd Annual CMA Awards,” Country Music’s Biggest Night™ live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 8/7 PM CT on the ABC Television Network. The beloved hosts return for the 11th time. Two-time CMA Awards Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan, four-time CMA Awards nominated duo Dan + Shay and five-time CMA Awards Vocal Duo of the Year Sugarland will reveal several of the final nominees on “Good Morning America” Tuesday, Aug. 28 live from Luke’s 32 Bridge Food + Drink, Bryan’s brand-new restaurant and bar on Lower Broadway in downtown Nashville. Nominees in select categories will be revealed on the top-rated morning news program. The highly anticipated announcement will also be available via livestream on ABCnews.com/live. Immediately following the show, the remaining categories, as well as the CMA Broadcast Awards nominees, will be revealed live on GoodMorningAmerica.com as well as “Good Morning America’s” Facebook page through Facebook Live and simulcast on “Good Morning America’s” YouTube channel. CMA will then release and post the full slate of all CMA Awards nominees to CMAawards.com and service a CMA Awards Nominees Video Highlights Package (VHP), which includes footage of the nominee announcements on “Good Morning America,” interviews, and music video clips. “The 52nd Annual CMA Awards” nominees and winners are determined by more than 7,400 professional members of CMA, which is the first trade organization formed to promote an individual genre of music in 1958 and celebrates its 60th anniversary in September. 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 television. The CMA Awards have aired on ABC since 2006. ABC is the network home of the CMA Awards and CMA’s other two television properties, “CMA Fest” and “CMA Country Christmas,” through 2021. “The 52nd Annual CMA Awards” is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer.