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Kenny Chesney Gives Nashville The Biggest Revival at Bridgestone Arena  2015-03-28

Kenny Chesney understands what his fans want when it comes to entertaining.  The longtime veteran performer gave his concert goers 3 hours of nonstop full entertainment. Providing visual effects on the curtains which kicked off his 'Big Revival' show, Chesney hit the stage with a lighting rig from Italy, and screens with 2.3 million pixels worth which is more than the Cowboys' Stadium. The screens covered every part of the band on-stage including the Superstar himself; The Big Revival Tour has already sold one million tickets.

The first of the two show run's at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena included celebrating his birthday. Surprise guests came out to give their tribute to the singer. Those who graced the stage included Taylor Swift, David Lee Murphy, Grace Potter, Uncle Kracker, & Joe Walsh of The Eagles.  First up was Taylor Swift who surprised the audience during his song "Big Star." Swift sang the second verse and of course grabbed a young fan from the audience to join them on-stage.  Next surprise guest was Grace Potter who sang his current single "Wild Child" which features Potter yet again. The two also performed an Encore song together which was Grammy nominated, "You and Tequila." 

Just when you thought the show was about to be over at the end of "How Forever Feels," Chesney brought out 90's Country singer and current songwriter David Lee Murphy to sing Murphy's career hits as an artist, "Dust on the Bottle," and "Party Crowd." Another artist surprise was Uncle Kracker who sang four songs with the Chesney, including their hit single "When the Sun Goes Down." Chesney continued to perform 3 more songs capping it off with his "Boys of Fall"; an ode to his days in playing football. The screens held video clips of coaches giving their words of wisdom to young football players.

Kenny Chesney stated "We usually end here now, but we are going to bring out more surprise guests if that's ok with you." The crowd cheered as Chesney brought out Grace Potter for "You and Tequila" and one of his hero's, Joe Walsh from The Eagles. The guitarist rocker brought the house down with "Rocky Mountain Way" & "Life in the Fast Lane" along with singing Happy Birthday to the man of the hour, Kenny Chesney. He also gave the star a trophy commemorating his big Birthday show.

Country artists Jake Owen and Chase Rice opened Chesney's Nashville tour stop and warmed up the audience with their own brand of catchy Country tunes. Jake Owen made sure to bring his beach-y set props complimenting Chesney's summertime tropical theme. Owen also debuted his new hair that fans were buzzing about seeing on the singer's social media.

Kenny Chesney continues his The Big Revival Tour and you can find more at www.kennychesney.com.

Taylor Swift surprised Kenny Chesney fans when she came out to sing #BigStar at #TheBigRevivalTour- and a little girl got to exit the stage with #TaylorSwift!

Posted by Nashville Country Club on Thursday, March 26, 2015
ACM Awards announce the next round of performers  2015-03-30
The Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions announced the next round of star-studded artists that will perform at the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards, Country Music’s Party of the Year®. Alan Jackson, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Brooks & Dunn, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts, plus special duets by Christina Aguilera with surprise artists as well as Nick Jonas with Dan + Shay have all been added to this year’s incredible lineup. Brooks & Dunn will take the stage for a historic reunion in honor of the Academy’s golden anniversary, marking their first televised performance together since 2010. The ceremony, co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, will be broadcast LIVE from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 8:00 PM - 11:30PM ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

These artists join previously announced performers Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Reba, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Keith Urban, Florida Georgia Line, plus Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett and Cole Swindell, the nominees for New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl’s.

Ticket packages for the 50th ACM Awards are available NOW at Ticketmaster.com. Tickets to the ACM Awards sold out last spring in a record 18 minutes, but as staging changes became final for the telecast, seats to the previously SOLD OUT Awards have been added. Additional performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information on the ACM Awards and all ACM events, visit www.ACMcountry.com, like us on Facebook, Instagram or follow us on Twitter at @ACMawards for more immediate updates.
Front and Center to kick off new season with Little Big Town, Martina McBride & more  2015-03-30
The critically acclaimed music series "Front and Center" will kick off its new season with four all-new CMA Songwriters Series episodes with Hunter Hayes; Bob DiPiero featuring Brandy Clark; Sara Evans and Martina McBride; and Little Big Town.

The episodes, which will begin airing Saturday on Public Television, collectively feature guest appearances from some of Nashville’s best-known songwriters including Barry Dean, Natalie Hemby, Hillary Lindsey, Aimee Mayo, Shane McAnally, Lori McKenna, Gretchen Peters, Liz Rose, Gordie Sampson, The Warren Brothers, and songwriting artist Charlie Worsham. Check local listings for airdates and times in each market and for a sneak peek at the new season, click HERE.


"Kicking off the start of the new season of 'Front and Center' with our CMA Songwriter Series episodes is something that we’re especially excited about," said Don Maggi, "Front and Center" Executive Producer. "Not only were the performances of the artists who participated special, but the respect that they showed the songwriters and the stories that they told, gave us some incredible moments."

“CMA is proud of our partnership and creative collaborations with 'Front and Center',” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “These shows shine a national spotlight not only on Country Music and the great artists in these episodes, but also on our amazing songwriting community and the CMA Songwriters Series, which has fans around the world.”

April 4 - Hunter Hayes
CMA Award-winning, multi-instrumentalist Hayes performs with fellow songwriters Barry Dean (“Pontoon,” Little Big Town), Lori McKenna (“I’m Workin’,” Tim McGraw), and Gordie Sampson (“Just A Dream,” Carrie Underwood). The episode features Hayes and his guests performing songs from his chart-topping album Storyline and features the hit “Invisible,” as well songs from his No.1, self-titled, Platinum-selling debut album.

April 11 - Bob DiPiero featuring CMA Award Winner Brandy Clark
Bob DiPiero, a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and co-creator of the CMA Songwriters Series, is joined by reigning CMA Award winner for CMA Song of the Year and two-time 2015 Grammy Award-nominee Brandy Clark along with her co-writer on the 2014 CMA Song of the Year, Shane McAnally, and recording artist Charlie Worsham. The foursome takes turns performing songs they helped pen including hits like “Follow Your Arrow” (recorded by Kacey Musgraves), “Blue Clear Sky” (recorded by George Strait), and “Gone” (recorded by Montgomery Gentry).

April 18 – Sara Evans and Martina McBride: Ladies Night Out
Multiple CMA Award winners Sara Evans and Martina McBride join forces for a special “CMA Songwriters Series: Ladies Night Out.” Evans’ recent studio album Slow Me Down debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart. She’s had five No. 1 songs, two No. 1 Country albums, sold six million albums, and has been nominated and/or won nearly 10 major music awards. McBride has sold more than 18 million albums, which have included six No.1s, and has earned more than 15 major music awards including four wins for CMA Female Vocalist of the Year. Together Evans and McBride present songwriters Gretchen Peters (“Independence Day,” Martina McBride), Aimee Mayo (“Let’s Make Love,” Faith Hill), and The Warren Brothers (“Red Solo Cup,” Toby Keith). The ladies also perform career hits including Evans’ “Born To Fly” and “Stronger”; and McBride’s “Teenage Daughters” and “Independence Day.”

April 25 - Little Big Town
Grammy Award winners and three-time CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town bring out long-time songwriting collaborators and friends, Hillary Lindsey (“Jesus Take The Wheel,” Carrie Underwood), Natalie Hemby (“Downtown,” Lady Antebellum), Liz Rose (“Teardrops On My Guitar,” Taylor Swift), and Lori McKenna. The recent Grand Ole Opry inductees perform some of their best-loved hits including “Boondocks” and “Tornado” as well as songs from their latest album Pain Killer.

Hunter Hayes — as of Saturday
Bob DiPiero featuring Brandy Clark — as of April 11
Sara Evans and Martina McBride — as of April 18
Little Big Town — as of April 25

For more information on the "Front and Center" music series please visit frontandcenter.com and check out the YouTube page at youtube.com/frontandcentertv.

For more information on the CMA Songwriters Series visit CMAsongwritersseries.com.

"Front and Center" is a production of Front and Center Entertainment, LLC in association with WLIW21 for WNET, and distributed by American Public Television. All episodes are directed by Pierre and François Lamoureux of FogoLabs.
Keith Urban premieres new music video for Raise 'Em Up  2015-03-30
Tomorrow night will not only see Keith Urban’s return to the couch for Late Night with Conan O’Brien, it will also serve to mark the debut of his new music video for “Raise ‘Em Up”, the fifth single from his record-breaking album FUSE, which features Eric Church. It comes on the heels of Urban’s third #1 from the album, “Somewhere In My Car.”

The video, shot in Nashville last month, premiered on Conan O’Brien online. You can now see it below from Keith's YouTube page:

“Some of the idea for this video started with me playing with my phone one day, filming our girls jumping in slow motion,” explains Urban. “That’s all that they were doing, just jumping up in the air in slo mo. We put ‘Raise ‘Em Up’ on and were watching this film of our girls and they just went together beautifully. It was so simple, and emotional, and it captured some of the spirit of what I feel is at the heart of this song.”

"My favorite part of this video were the candid moments that were captured between Keith and I on film,” said Church. “It's cool that a number of those made it in the final version. To me, they really reify the emotion of the moment and experience."

The Grammy nominated single, “Raise ‘Em Up”, already marks Urban’s 33rd top 10. It extends his lead as the artist with the most consecutive top 10s, a streak that began on August 12th, 2000 with the release of “Your Everything.” Urban and Church will perform the song for the first time on network television on the 50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, April 19th at 8:00PMEST/7:00PMCST.

For more official Keith Urban news and information go to www.keithurban.net.
Jason Aldean Shares First Wedding Photo  2015-03-27
A congratulations is in order for Jason Aldean and his new wife, Brittany Kerr! The two tied the knot over the weekend in Mexico, and US Weekly has their first wedding photo. On the magazine's cover, is Aldean (without jeans and a cowboy hat) with the three women in his life - Kerr (donning a Pnina Tornai gown), along with his two daughters, Keeley and Kendyl. US Weekly has wedding details; Aldean's new bride walked barefoot down the isle to John Legend's All of Me, leaving the country singer with teary eyes. “She looked beautiful,” Aldean recalls. “I was so excited to see her.”

See our interview with Jason Aldean at his stadium tour last year: 
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