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    BIG MACHINE RACES TO THE BRICKYARD 400 WITH STELLAR LINE-UP OF COUNTRY STARS

    June 24, 2014 0 Comments

    The Band Perry, Justin Moore, Brantley Gilbert and More Will Headline Stages at the “Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard” Weekend (July 26 & 27)

    Record Label Sponsors Music-Themed Events For Fourth Consecutive Year at Historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway

    NASHVILLE, TN (June 23, 2014) – With a stellar line-up of Country music's hottest artists, Big Machine will bring a unique experience to the “Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard powered by BigMachineRecords.com” weekend for the fourth consecutive year. THE BAND PERRY, JUSTIN MOORE and BRANTLEY GILBERT will headline concerts throughout the Brickfest Music Festival on Saturday (7/26) and Sunday (7/27) at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Music and racing fans alike will also be introduced to talented newcomers like A THOUSAND HORSES and DRAKE WHITE during the full weekend of entertainment, which is free with track admission each day.

    At last month's 2014 CMT Music Awards, Justin announced Green Beret John Wayne Walding as the namesake honoree of the 21st running of the “Crown Royal ‘Your Hero’s Name Here’ 400 at the Brickyard.” This year, Brantley will close out the festivities just before the green flag is waved to begin the big race.

    More details on the full schedule for performers below will be revealed in the coming weeks:

    THE BAND PERRY has ascended to dizzying heights since releasing their Platinum-certified self-titled debut album and Gold-certified PIONEER on Republic Nashville. The ACM Vocal Group of the Year's string of four #1 smashes include the 5X Platinum "If I Die Young," Platinum “Better Dig Two” and Gold “DONE.," among others. The sibling trio will join Blake Shelton on his TEN TIMES CRAZIER TOUR this summer, in addition to their own dates.

    JUSTIN MOORE added a second consecutive #1 debut on the Billboard Country Albums Chart to his list of accolades with OFF THE BEATEN PATH (The Valory Music Co.), which has already produced two consecutive chart-toppers – “Point At You” and “Lettin’ The Night Roll." The reigning ACM New Artist of the Year will hit the road with Miranda Lambert’s PLATINUM TOUR this fall.

    BRANTLEY GILBERT is dominating with his chart-topping new album JUST AS I AM (The Valory Music Co.), which marked his first #1 Billboard Country Albums debut and notched the third highest Top 200 album debut of 2014. The album has already produced the Platinum-certified #1 hit “Bottoms Up” and the Top 20-and-rising “Small Town Throwdown,” featuring labelmates Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett.

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    Justin Moore Announced Green Beret As Namesake of Brickyard 400 During CMT Music Awards Live Broadcast

    June 9, 2014 0 Comments

    When Green Beret John Wayne Walding attends his first NASCAR race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July, he’ll see a familiar name plastered around the historic race track – his own.

    Walding was announced the winner of Crown Royal’s annual “Your Hero’s Name Here” program, which awards naming rights to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at IMS to a deserving American hero, during last night’s live broadcast of the CMT Music Awards. As the winner, Walding’s name will be incorporated into the official race title, the Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com.

    Walding, of Little Elm, Texas, is a highly decorated Army veteran who served for 12 years, completing tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. While overseas in 2008, Walding was involved in a fire fight during a mission to capture a high value target, during which he lost the lower part of his right leg.

    After recovering from his injury, Walding was the first amputee to graduate the Special Forces Sniper School. He completed the Army 10 miler on foot and the 2009 Boston Marathon utilizing a hand cycle, within a year of the accident. Among Walding’s many awards and badges are the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Combat Infantry Badge. Walding was nominated for the program by his brother and lives in Little Elm with his wife Amy and their four children. He is the founder of Five Toes Custom, which employs wounded veterans in an effort to provide support and direction within their lives.

    “The fact that Crown Royal cares enough to say ‘thank you’ for what I’ve done is a true validation for my sacrifice,” said Walding following the unveil event. “The magnitude of those two words goes above and beyond.”

    On hand to take part in the program’s winner reveal event for the third year in a row was Country music star and reigning ACM New Artist of the Year Justin Moore. Moore presented Walding with a custom-made Gibson guitar bearing the official race logo incorporating Walding’s name and thanked him for his service during the award show broadcast.

    “To be able to be involved in this program’s winner reveal event for the third year in a row is really special to me,” said Moore. “We’ve had the opportunity to meet so many amazing heroes over the years and are looking forward to honoring John Wayne at the Brickyard this summer.”

    Walding was joined in Nashville by the other four program finalists, Tara Hulett of Albany, N.Y.; James Bailey of Pamplin, Va.; Bryce Boyer of Wanship, Utah; and Tyler Whisenhunt of Gentry, Ark. The five finalists were selected from thousands of nominations submitted to CrownRoyalHeroes.com, and consumers 21+ voted for the hero they thought was most deserving of the honor.

    “The sacrifices that have been made by John Wayne Walding and countless heroes across the country serve as an inspiration to all of us at Crown Royal,” said Abby Wise, Brand Director for Crown Royal. “We’re excited to provide Walding a small token of our gratitude by renaming the NASCAR race at the famed Brickyard in his honor.”

    As part of the grand-prize package, Walding will take part in a VIP at-track experience that will include garage tours, pace car rides and concerts by Big Machine Label Group artists. He’ll cap off the weekend by delivering the trophy bearing his name to the race winner in Victory Lane.

    “We’re proud to participate in Crown Royal ‘Your Hero’s Name Here’ program for the third consecutive year,” said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president. “It’s been an honor to welcome so many great American heroes to our events and we’re anxious to host John Wayne for a great weekend of racing.”

    While raising a glass to the heroes in your life, Crown Royal reminds consumers to please drink responsibly.

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    2013 Brickyard 400 Official Photo Gallery

    July 29, 2013 0 Comments

    2013 Brickyard 400 Official Photo Gallery

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    BMLG at the 2013 Brickyard 400

    2013 Brickyard 400 Official Photo Gallery

    2013 Brickyard 400 Official Photo Gallery

    2013 Brickyard 400 Official Photo Gallery

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    Big Machine Label Group at the Brickyard 400 - Schedule of Events

    July 22, 2013 0 Comments

    BMLG is going to be at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend for the Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com, and so are some of your favorite BMLG artists!

    If you're going to be at the race, make sure to come by the Brickfest stage to see our artists perform. If you're at home, tune in to the race on TV and follow along with our Twitter (@BigMachine) and our Facebook for exclusive photos and updates!

    Saturday, July 27

    4:20 p.m. - Laura Bell Bundy (National Anthem)

    7:00 p.m. - POST RACE CONCERT: Justin Moore & The Cadillac Three (Pagoda Plaza Stage)

    Sunday, July 28th

    9:00 a.m. - The Cadillac Three (Brickfest Stage)

    9:45 a.m. - Laura Bell Bundy (Brickfest Stage)

    10:30 a.m. - Dustin Lynch (Brickfest Stage)

    11:15 a.m. - Cassadee Pope (Brickfest Stage)

    11:45 a.m. - Justin Moore (Track Side Stage)

    12:45 p.m. - Laura Bell Bundy - "America The Beautiful" (Track Side)

    12:50 p.m. - Cassadee Pope - "National Anthem" (Track Side)

    1:00 p.m. - Race begins

    For tickets to the event, visit Indianapolis Motor Speedway's home page here.

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    Big Machine Label Group Artists to Perform July 27-28 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during Brickfest Music Festival

    June 13, 2013 0 Comments

    Justin Moore to headline exciting lineup at Brickyard 400

    Big Machine once again will bring a host of its talented artist roster to the Brickfest Music Festival at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28.

    SATURDAY, JULY 27 · Justin Moore will perform after the Indiana 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at the Pagoda Plaza Stage with opener The Cadillac Three.

    SUNDAY, JULY 28 · Beginning at 9A, Cassadee Pope, Dustin Lynch, The Cadillac Three and more will play for NASCAR fans prior to the race.

    · Justin Moore will rev up the crowds with a mini concert before the Crown Royal Presents the “Your Hero’s Name Here” 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com.

    · During the pre-race ceremonies, Cassadee Pope will sing the national anthem and a Big Machine artist to be announced has been tapped for “America the Beautiful.”

    More details and performers will be added in the coming weeks. Led by President/CEO Scott Borchetta, the Big Machine Label Group encompasses Big Machine Records, The Valory Music Co., Republic Nashville and Big Machine Music.

    All performances are free with admission to the track for each day. Ticket can be purchased via www.ims.com/tickets and through the IMS Ticket Office at (317) 492-6700, or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area, or by visiting the ticket office at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday-Friday.

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    BMLG and Front Row Motorsports Offer Fans Chance to Win Signed Guitar and Race-Used Firesuit

    July 27, 2012 0 Comments

    Big Machine Label Group and Front Row Motorsports have launched the Racecars and Country Stars Sweepstakes to give both racing and country music fans the chance to win a signed guitar and race-used firesuit.

    Fans can win a David Gilliland race-used firesuit and a guitar signed by Big Machine Label Group recording artists: The Band Perry, Justin Moore, The Mavericks, Greg Bates and Sunny Sweeney. Gilliland will drive the No. 38 racecar in Sunday’s Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Ford will feature all Big Machine performers at this weekend’s event.

    Prior to entering the contest, fans will need to ‘like’ both Big Machine Label Group and Front Row Motorsports on Facebook. Fans have the opportunity to earn additional bonus entries by ‘liking’ the pages of Big Machine recording artists and Front Row Motorsports partners. Visit www.RaceCarsAndCountryStars.com to enter and view official rules. The contest will run through August 24, 2012. A winner will be announced in early September.

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    Big Machine Label Group at the Brickyard 400 - Schedule of Events

    July 24, 2012 0 Comments

    BMLG is going to be at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend for the Crown Royal Presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com, and so are some of your favorite BMLG artists!

    If you're going to be at the race, make sure to come by the Brickfest stage to see our artists perform. If you're at home, tune in to the race on TV and follow along with our Twitter (@BigMachine) and our Facebook for exclusive photos and updates!

    Sunday, July 29

    8:30 a.m. - Sunny Sweeney Performance (Brickfest Stage)

    9:00 a.m. - Greg Bates Performance (Brickfest Stage)

    9:45 a.m. - The Mavericks Performance (Brickfest Stage)

    10:30 a.m. - Justin Moore Performance (Brickfest Stage)

    11:50 a.m. - The Band Perry Performance (Track side)

    12:55 p.m. - Sunny Sweeney Performs "America the Beautiful" (Track side)

    1:00 p.m. - Raul Malo (of the Mavericks) Performs National Anthem (Track side)

    1:00 p.m. - Race begins

    For tickets to the event, visit Indianapolis Motor Speedway's home page here.

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    BMLG Artists The Band Perry + others to Perform Sunday July 29 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

    July 19, 2012 0 Comments

    The Band Perry will headline a live performance Sunday, July 29 before the Crown Royal Presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard powered by BigMachineRecords.com at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The lineup also includes several other country artists on the Big Machine Label Group roster. One of the most popular and accomplished groups to hit the country music scene in years, The Band Perry will play a pre-race mini concert on the IMS main straightaway prior to the 1 p.m. start of the 19th annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

    Other stars performing between 8:30-11 a.m. on Race Morning at IMS include Justin Moore, Sunny Sweeney, Greg Bates and The Mavericks, whose lead singer Raul Malo will sing the national anthem. These performances will take place on the infield stage inside Turn 2, near the IMS Hall of Fame Museum.

    •The Band Perry: Featuring an eclectic sound that combines classic country music with elements of rock, gospel and soul, The Band Perry’s music is recognized for its perfect three-part harmonies. The group’s self-titled debut album was released by Republic Nashville in October 2010 and was certified platinum one year later. While touring this summer, the sibling trio is writing and recording its second album. Recent honors for The Band Perry include a 2012 Grammy nomination for Vocal Group of the Year. In 2011, the group was named New Artist of the Year by the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association.

    •The Mavericks: A country music band formed in 1989, The Mavericks placed more than a dozen songs on the Billboard country charts, which included the 1996 smash hit “All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down,” “Here Comes The Rain” and “Dance The Night Away.” The band has won numerous accolades, including Academy of Country Music Awards as Top New Vocal Group and Top Vocal Group in 1994 and as the Top Vocal Group in 1995 as well as a 1995 Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal. In 2003, the band members split up to pursue other musical interests but reunited recently and signed with The Valory Music Co. before kicking off a 2012 tour.

    •Justin Moore: Recognized for his high-energy live performances, Justin Moore is wasting little time in climbing the ladder to superstardom. Moore has toured with some of the biggest names in country music, including Trace Adkins and Luke Bryan, and he also appeared on “The Rowdy Frynds Tour” with Lynyrd Skynyrd and Hank Williams Jr. in 2008. He was named Billboard “New Country Artist of 2009” and received nominations for the 2010 CMT Music Awards “Nationwide On Your Side” Award for emerging artists and the Music Row Magazine Breakthrough Artist of 2010. His hometown anthem release of “Small Town USA” hit No. 1 on the country charts, as Moore became the first solo artist to have a song from a debut album climb to No. 1 since Taylor Swift’s “Our Song” in 2007.

    •Greg Bates: Up-and-coming country star Greg Bates is a talented singer, guitarist and songwriter who just released his self-titled EP, making a major-label debut on Republic Nashville. A Nashville native who found inspiration by studying country superstars Randy Travis, Dwight Yoakam and Alan Jackson, Bates worked on his musical career while majoring in music business at Belmont University.

    •Sunny Sweeney: Sassy singer/songwriter Sunny Sweeney recently celebrated her 30th performance on the Grand Ole Opry stage, since debuting in 2007. Over the course of her career, she has not only remained true to her traditional roots while appealing to a contemporary audience but has shared the stage with country icons Loretta Lynn and Hank Williams Jr., as well as today’s hot superstars like Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker. Throughout the summer, Sweeney will open several dates for Blake Shelton, Jerrod Niemann and Miranda Lambert. She is currently writing new material the follow-up to her critically-acclaimed album, “CONCRETE,” which was released in 2011 on Republic Nashville. Sweeney penned seven of the 10 tracks, including "From A Table Away," which is the highest-charting debut single for a female country artist since Taylor Swift more than four years ago.

    The 19th annual Crown Royal Presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard powered by BigMachineRecords.com will be the climactic event of the inaugural Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard. The weekend schedule also features the NASCAR Nationwide Series racing in the Indiana 250 Saturday, July 28 on the IMS oval and GRAND-AM Road Racing conducting separate races for its Rolex Sports Car Series and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge on Friday, July 27 on the 13-turn IMS Grand Prix road course.

    It will be the first time in IMS history that races will take place on the 2.5-mile oval and 2.534-mile Grand Prix road course during the same weekend, and the NASCAR Nationwide Series and GRAND-AM Road Racing will make their IMS debuts.

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    2012 Kroger Super Weekend tickets: Ticket orders for the 2012 Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard can be made at www.imstix.com and through the IMS Ticket Office at (317) 492-6700, or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area, or by visiting the ticket office at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday-Friday.

    General admission tickets will cost $10 for Thursday, July 26, $30 for Friday, July 27, $40 for Saturday, July 28 and $30 for Sunday, July 29. A four-day Kroger Super Weekend general admission ticket is $75, a great value for the ultimate race weekend.

    Children ages 12 and under will be admitted free any of the four days of the Super Weekend at the Brickyard when accompanied by an adult with a general admission ticket.

    Reserved tickets for the Saturday and Sunday action also will be available at various price ranges.

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    Big Machine Records Wins 2nd Consecutive Indy 500

    May 29, 2012 0 Comments

    Country music's leading record label, Big Machine Records, earned its second Indy 500 championship on Sunday when IndyCar driver Dario Franchitti raced into Victory Lane for the third time in his career. Big Machine Records sponsored Franchitti who sported the Big Machine Records logo on his helmet and firesuit. The race, which aired nationally on ABC, is known as the second most watched sporting event in the United States each year.

    The win comes just one year after Big Machine Records sponsored the late Dan Wheldon's winning car at the 2011Indy 500.

    Big Machine Records had a prominent presence at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday through various Indy 500 sponsorships and entertainment activations. The record label, home to superstars such as Martina McBride, Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, and Rascal Flatts, provided fans with pre-race entertainment and distributed over 250,000 white Big Machine Records-branded sunglasses to honor last year's Indy 500 winner Dan Wheldon. Fans were asked to wear the sunglasses on laps 26 and 98, which are the numbers of the Wheldon's winning Indy 500 cars in 2005 and 2011, respectively.

    Big Machine Label Group/Republic Nashville recording artist Martina McBride kicked off the racing event by performing the National Anthem in front of a crowd of almost 350,000 spectators. McBride gave a chilling and momentous rendition of the anthem that brought tears to many eyes and earned her roaring applause from the overzealous crowd. In honor of the late Dan Wheldon, McBride wore a Dan Wheldon championship ring on her right hand during her performance, paying tribute to both Wheldon and his family.

    "I felt so excited and proud to be performing our anthem, especially since I was surrounded by so many of our military men and women. I was also wearing the championship ring from Dan Wheldon's win last year and that was really special," said McBride. "It was an honor to be a part of the tradition of the Indianapolis 500."

    Big Machine Label Group President/CEO and racing aficionado Scott Borchetta was on location at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to experience the win firsthand. Borchetta tweeted from his Twitter account @ScottBorchetta all weekend, where he was spotted with Country stars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood on Friday night.

    "This is truly an unbelievable moment. Dario and I have become friends over the last year directly due to my relationship to Dan Wheldon which lead to today's partnership. Dario's brilliant drive today will serve as one of the all-time great finishes for the world's biggest and most important race," said Borchetta. "We all had our white sunglasses on in tribute to Dan and Dario joked with me in Victory Lane that Dan was certainly looking down on us with a huge smile and likely having a great laugh that a quarter of a million people wore white sunglasses at today's 500.Tears of joy and celebration."

    Big Machine Records will return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July for the "Crown Royal Presents the “Your Hero’s Name Here” 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com." The race weekend will treat fans to a special concert before drivers start their engines, featuring Country music stars The Band Perry, Justin Moore, The Mavericks, Greg Bates and others.

    Last year's "Brickyard 400 presented by Big Machine Records.com," created a unique festival environment at the track and was the first time a record label has ever presented a nationally-televised race in the 100-year history.

    For ticketing and additional information visit indianapolismotorspeedway.com.

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