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Chris Stapleton joins the impressive lineup for Skyville Live  2015-11-24
Multiple CMA Awards winner Chris Stapleton has been added to the all-star lineup of artists already confirmed for a SKYVILLE LIVE homage to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Gregg Allman.

The next installment of the innovative online music series will deliver live performances and unprecedented collaborations by Allman with Stapleton, CMA, ACM and Grammy Award honorees Little Big Town and multiple-Grammy winner and blues giant Taj Mahal, streaming live December 11, 2015 on SkyvilleLive.com at 8pET/7pCT.

"For years I've been awestruck by Chris's talent and grateful for his friendship," says Wally Wilson, Creator and Executive Producer for Skyville Live. "I invited him to be a part of this show several weeks before his stratospheric rise at the CMA's. Now that he's a 'man on fire' he can help us set the night on fire on December 11!"

Chris Stapleton was the unquestioned star of this year's CMA Awards, where he earned top honors in the New Artist, Male Vocalist and Album of the Year categories. Prior to his explosive entry into the national spotlight, Stapleton was long revered in Nashville as a singer, songwriter and performer. He has written No. 1 hits for Luke Bryan ("Drink A Beer"), Kenny Chesney ("Never Wanted Nothin' More"), Darius Rucker ("Come Back Song"), George Strait ("Love's Gonna Make It Alright"), Josh Turner ("Your Man") and Thomas Rhett ("Crash and Burn") and been nominated for three Grammy Awards. Prior to launching his solo career, Stapleton fronted The SteelDrivers, whose achievements include recognition by the International Bluegrass Music Association as Emerging Artist of the Year. Immediately after the CMA Awards, sales of his debut album, Traveller, rocketed from 2,350 to 153,428 -- an increase of more than 6,000 percent -- and topped both the Billboard 200 and Country Albums charts for two consecutive weeks. For more information, visit ChrisStapleton.com. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisStapleton.

Recently nominated for three Midsouth Emmy Awards, SKYVILLE LIVE is filmed in front of a live studio audience in Nashville, Tennessee. Each episode features some of the world's greatest artists spanning generations and musical genres. Recorded with full HD video, the show is live-streamed exclusively to online viewers around the world, providing the best streaming experience available today. Previous episodes have included Gladys Knight, Jason Isbell, Kris Kristofferson, Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride and many others. More great shows are expected to be announced in coming weeks. For more information, visit SkyvilleLive.com. Follow them on Twitter @SkyvilleLive.
CMA Country Christmas Backstage Interview Clips  2015-11-23
Photo Credit: Natasha Moustache/CMA

Some of the biggest stars in music have come together to celebrate the holidays on “CMA Country Christmas,” a two-hour special hosted for the sixth year by Jennifer Nettles airing Thursday, Dec. 3 (9:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Taped at the Grand Ole Opry House, the special is a celebration of the season featuring inspired performances from Kelsea Ballerini, Dan + Shay, Mickey Guyton, Jewel, Charles Kelley, Martina McBride, David Nail, Nettles, Pentatonix, LeAnn Rimes, Darius Rucker, Brian Setzer, Michael W. Smith, and Lindsey Stirling.

Nettles, a multi-award-winning singer/songwriter, is gearing up to release her debut single on Big Machine Records this month and is currently in the studio working on her second solo album. In 2008, she took home the CMA Award for Song of the Year for penning the No. 1 Platinum-selling hit, “Stay.” In addition to making her Broadway debut as Roxy Hart in the Tony Award-winning musical “Chicago” earlier this year, she recently joined the cast of the Dolly Parton television biopic, “Coat of Many Colors,” slated to air Dec. 10.

For information, visit CMAchristmas.com.
#CMAchristmas - Sneak Peek

See a sneak peek of #CMAchristmas! Get in the holiday spirit with performances by Kelsea Ballerini, Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Mickey Guyton, Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles, Thomas Rhett, Darius Rucker and MORE on Thurs, Dec 3 on ABC. CMAchristmas.com

Posted by CMA Country Music Association on Monday, November 23, 2015
Tanya Tucker hears Voice Contestant perform 'Delta Dawn'  2015-11-24
Tanya Tucker’s 1972 smash “Delta Dawn” captivated millions during “The Voice” Monday night when Team Blake’s Top 11 contestant Barrett Baber sang for America’s vote and a place in the Top 10.

Baber’s song choice for the singing competition's third week of live performances was his rendition of the country music icon’s first hit when she was 13 years old.

“Barrett sure put a modern twist on that ole song and sang the fire out those lyrics! Very impressive. “Delta Dawn” will always hold a special place in my heart and I am grateful that he chose to perform it in front of a whole new audience,” Tucker said.

This week Tucker will kick off Deck the Hall at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum on Friday, Nov. 27. Festivities will begin at 4 p.m. with a brief performance from Tucker that will include her hits as well as some holiday classics. She will then light a thirty-foot-tall Christmas tree in the museum’s Mike Curb Conservatory. Following the performance and tree lighting, Tucker will also sign copies of her CDs available for purchase in the Museum Store. The event is FREE and open to the public.

Currently, Tucker is preparing for the launch of a new album while crisscrossing the country with her instantly recognizable vocal flare and legendary repertoire that includes “Texas, When I Die,” “Some Kind of Trouble,” “Two Sparrows in a Hurricane,” “Love Me Like You Used To” and many more.

Follow Tanya Tucker on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube or visit tanyatucker.com.

Tanya Tucker on Tour
Dec 03 – Golden Nugget Casino – Las Vegas, NV
Dec 04 – Wild Horse Pass Casino – Chandler, AZ
Dec. 27 - Telluride Conference Center - Telluride, CO
Dec 30 – Soaring Eagle Casino Resort – Mt. Pleasant MI
Kacey Musgraves sold out entire overseas shows  2015-11-25
GRAMMY award-winning, singer-songwriter, Kacey Musgraves sold out the entire overseas leg of her headlining tour, The Kacey Musgraves Country & Western Rhinestone Revue, ending Sunday night after an eight-city trek across four countries.

The tour, which completed its domestic run earlier this fall, hit six dates in the U.K. beginning on Nov. 9 in Gateshead, and included a performance at London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall. Musgraves also played to sold-out crowds in Germany, Ireland, and the Netherlands, where she wrapped the tour Sunday night in Amsterdam.

The country star will return to the U.K. and Europe in March 2016 as one of the performers at the C2C Country to Country festival, which includes stops in London, Dublin, and Glasgow.

For more information on Kacey Musgraves visit www.kaceymusgraves.com
Carrie Underwood Hits No. 1 with 'Smoke Break'  2015-11-23
Superstar Carrie Underwood has multiple reasons for celebration today! On the heels of her Favorite Female Artist - Country win last evening on the 2015 American Music Awards, Underwood achieves her 22nd #1 hit with "Smoke Break," the lead single from her new album, Storyteller. The single has also reached #1 on the country charts in Canada and Australia.

Described by The Guardian as “refreshingly smart and bold,” "Smoke Break," was produced by Jay Joyce and written by Carrie Underwood, Hillary Lindsey, and Chris DeStefano, and has become an anthem for those who need an escape every now and then from the challenges of daily life. When Storyteller debuted at #1, the 19 Recordings/Arista Nashville entertainer made history being the first artist to have all six of her first albums debut at the top of the Billboard Country Albums Chart. Of Underwood's 22 #1 hits, "Smoke Break" is her 12th co-write.

With last night's win for Favorite Female Artist - Country, Carrie Underwood increases her total AMA award wins to nine. Her Some Hearts, Carnival Ride, Play On, and Blown Away albums all have been honored with American Music Awards for Favorite Country Album.

With a stunning performance last night, Underwood treated millions of viewers to the television debut ofher new single "Heartbeat" on the AMAs. Officially impacting country radio on November 30, she co-penned the romantic song with Zach Crowell and Ashley Gorley; Crowell also produced the track.

Underwood recently announced the launch of her highly anticipated Storyteller Tour – Stories in the Round, which will hit arenas across North America this January, her first tour “in the round.” For more information on the tour visit www.carrieunderwood.fm.
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