Connecting the “dot” over the weekend, Country Music Hall of Fame inductee MAC WISEMAN (Wrinked Records) and soulful singer/songwriter DRAKE WHITE serendipitously met backstage during performances at the Grand Ole Opry. The legendary Dot Records label was first established in 1950 and revived earlier this year under the Big Machine Label Group umbrella. Just as when Wiseman spearheaded, produced and recorded for Dot’s Country division, the label’s mission continues to be finding, developing and marketing great music across genres. White, who was named one of the Billboard Top 10 Country Artists to Watch, was signed in June.
Trading in her once-signature flouncy skirts for a sleek black dress, RaeLynn made her Grand Ole Opry debut over the weekend. On Friday night (9/26), the rising young entertainer showcased sophistication in more than just her style. The “God Made Girls” crooner enchanted the crowd with her debut single and performed two other songs, “Young” and “Love Triangle,” all three of which she co-wrote in Nashville.
RaeLynn humbly took the stage surrounded by a wealth of support from family, friends and her record label, The Valory Music Co. There were plenty of familiar faces in the crowd – 50 friends and family members traveled from Baytown, TX to watch RaeLynn make her debut. The 20-year-old songstress’ vocal prowess is both “conservative” and “empowering” according to Buzzfeed. It is no wonder that her debut single has been noted as the highest charting song on Mediabase by a new solo female artist this year. Pausing her set after the first song, RaeLynn commemorated the night in her own way, snapping an onstage “#OpRaeDebut” selfie with the crowd.
“I’m so excited to be able to share such a special moment in my career with my family, fans and amazing team. They all mean so much to me and I wouldn’t be here without them. Being invited to sing at the Grand Ole Opry is an absolute dream come true,” beamed RaeLynn. “Standing in the same hallowed circle as my heroes and looking out into that crowd performing my own music is a moment I will never forget. Someone pinch me please!”
Always finding new ways to connect with her fans, RaeLynn partnered with the Opry to offer a select group tickets and passes to spend time with her during the monumental evening. The Grand Prize winner won an invitation to watch RaeLynn’s soundcheck and hangout backstage in her dressing room before she took the stage. The winner also received a gift certificate to Ani & Ari, the boutique that styles RaeLynn. During intermission, the spunky vocalist treated ten fans to a meet & greet, signing autographs and snapping pictures to immortalize the milestone occasion.
JUSTIN MOORE invites fans on round two of his OFF THE BEATEN PATH TOUR this fall. Kicking off October 23, the 11-city headline trek will run throughout the end of November and stars Thomas Rhett, Colt Ford with special guest Jordan Rager. Ticket on-sales have already begun in select markets via https://www.justinmooremusic.com/tour.
"Anybody that knows me, knows how important it is for me to meet my fans and give them a show that's worth the money they paid to come see us," said Justin. "I couldn't be more excited to get back out on the road and have Thomas Rhett, Colt and Jordan bring their energy to OFF THE BEATEN PATH TOUR!"
With two consecutive #1 debuts on the Billboard Country Albums Chart, fans can except to hear several chart-toppers during Justin's set, including “Small Town USA,” “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away,” and “Til My Last Day.” The talented singer/songwriter's aptly titled third studio album, OFF THE BEATEN PATH (The Valory Music Co.), has produced the GOLD-certified smashes “Point At You” and “Lettin’ The Night Roll,"which marked Justin's fourth and fifth #1 singles.
OFF THE BEATEN PATH TOUR dates:
10/23 Columbia, MO – Mizzou Arena 10/24 Norman, OK – Lloyd Noble Center 10/25 Kearney, NE – Viaero Event Center 10/26 Sioux City, IA – Tyson Events Center 11/14 Ft. Wayne, IN – Allen County War Memorial Coliseum 11/15 Dayton, OH – Wright State University’s Nutter Center 11/16 Bristol, TN – Viking Hall ** 11/20 Clovis, NM – Curry County Events Center 11/21 Loveland, CO – Budweiser Events Center 11/22 Billings, MT – Rimrock Auto Arena 11/23 Missoula, MT – Adam Center*
*Dates with Thomas Rhett | **Dates with Colt Ford
The ACM New Artist of the Year's current single, “Home Sweet Home" featuring Mötley Crüe frontman Vince Neil, was recorded for NASHVILLE OUTLAWS: A TRIBUTE TO MÖTLEY CRÜE. Justin, who is also featured alongside Thomas Rhett on their labelmate Brantley Gilbert's Top 10-and-rising "Small Town Throwdown," recently wrapped up dates on Miranda Lambert’s PLATINUM TOUR. Visit moorejustinmusic.com for additional ticketing and touring information.
Excitedly sauntering onto the legendary stage, MADDIE & TAE made their Grand Ole Opry debut Tuesday night (9/23) and helped celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Country Cares for St. Jude Kids. The dynamic female duo, who recently performed on the Late Show with David Letterman, belted out their witty Top 20-and-rising debut single “Girl In A Country Song” in front of a full house.
Maddie summed up the night noting, “this moment is a dream … to be on the Opry stage where so many of our musical idols like Lee Ann Womack and Vince Gill have stood is just unreal.”
“And don’t forget the great duos like The Judds or Brooks & Dunn,” Tae added jovially. “As songwriters, this truly is an awesome and gratifying experience for the Grand Ole Opry to invite us to perform.”
Maddie & Tae previewed more of their unique sound with “After the Storm Blows Thru,” which the young talents penned in addition to “Girl In A Country Song.” Treating the audience to a diverse set, the newcomers showcased the gumption and refreshing sound that has surrounded their recent success, including kudos from Opry member Brad Paisley.
“The Darlings of Nashville” as dubbed by TODAY’s Hoda Kotb, will spread their fresh perspectives this fall as they promote the release of Maddie & Tae EP on November 4. The bubbly songstresses notch another milestone as the first release for their newly established label, Dot Records.
For the latest updates, check out Maddie & Tae's website and follow them on Twitter.
Country music icon Tim McGraw claimed his 15th No. one album debut on the Billboard Country Albums chart this week with the release of SUNDOWN HEAVEN TOWN (Big Machine Records). The multi-platinum selling artist's latest chart-topper received high praise from critics, while his new single, "Shotgun Rider," shoots up the charts.
"[McGraw] never sounded better" – PEOPLE
“Reminds us just how potent an artist Tim McGraw still is; the album is among his best” – Chicago Sun-Times
“McGraw has been one of country music's most consistent hitmakers for the past two decades” – USA TODAY
“The perfect mix of old-school McGraw … and a few new sounds” – Billboard
"Twenty years after his breakthrough hit, 'Indian Outlaw,' Tim McGraw still pushes at country music's boundaries." – Associated Press
McGraw is nominated for two CMA Awards including Single of the Year and Musical Event of the Year for "Meanwhile Back At Mama's" (featuring Faith Hill). The three time GRAMMY award-winning entertainer has accumulated 35 No. one's, 54 Top 10 hits, sold over 40 million albums, 14 CMA's, 15 ACM's, 10 AMA's and countless other honors.
GLEN CAMPBELL…I'LL BE ME, directed and produced by James Keach (producer of Walk The Line) and produced by Trevor Albert (Groundhog Day), will be presented by LeadingAge at a special benefit screening and concert on October 19 at the Music City Center in Nashville. The evening features a screening of the film, and acoustic performances by critically acclaimed acts such as The Band Perry, Delta Rae and Ashley Campbell. Proceeds will benefit Alzheimer's disease awareness. The event will take place at the Music City Center, 201 5th Ave S, Nashville. Tickets go on sale to the general public September 26 at 10:00am CT. The base ticket price is $95.
GLEN CAMPBELL…I'LL BE ME opens in theaters in New York and Nashville on October 24, followed by a national release to more than 50 cities. View the official movie trailer.
This powerful portrait of the life and career of great American music icon Glen Campbell reveals to the viewer the world of the singular talent who created hits like Rhinestone Cowboy, Wichita Lineman, Southern Nights and Gentle on My Mind. Winner of the Grammy for Lifetime Achievement and member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Glen was the first country music star to cross over to the pop charts, opening a new realm of opportunity for generations of country musicians. In 2011, when Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, he joined forces with his family to fight the biggest battle of his life. Glen and his wife, Kim, made history by going public with the diagnosis – the first time a major American celebrity would share this experience with the world. The Campbell family then embarked on a short "Goodbye Tour," but the three-week engagement turned into an emotional and triumphant 151-show nationwide tour de force. This epic human drama about the undying bond between Glen and Kim, and their unwavering caring for each other, chronicles a story of love, resilience and the power of song. GLEN CAMPBELL…I'LL BE ME is the true tale of how America's greatest country star would not give up his music or his family, against all odds.
GLEN CAMPBELL…I'LL BE ME features those who know and love Glen, including Bruce Springsteen, Bill Clinton, The Edge, Paul McCartney, Jay Leno, Vince Gill, Jimmy Webb, Blake Shelton, Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Steve Martin, Chad Smith and The Band Perry among many others. Rare vintage footage and extraordinary new performances of Glen's most beloved hits immerse this moving cinematic account in the overwhelming talent of this humble family man. With joy and a tireless sense of humor, Glen and his family live each moment in the present while preparing for the future, all while playing their music to sold out venues on a star spangled voyage spanning the country from Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl.
This film is made possible by LeadingAge, EMA, Volunteers of America (VOA), Mayo Clinic, The Disney Family Fund for the benefit of The Alzheimer's Association California Southland Chapter, Open Hearts Foundation and Easter Seals. These partners are passionate about improving the lives of those with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, and are proud to support GLEN CAMPBELL…I'LL BE ME as part of their ongoing efforts to promote awareness and find a cure
GLEN CAMPBELL...I'LL BE ME (2014, USA, 104 min.) Directed by James Keach. Produced by Trevor Albert and James Keach. Executive Producers: Scott Borchetta, Susan Disney Lord, Jane Seymour, Stanley Schneider, Julian Raymond. Editor: Elisa Bonora. Original Score by Julian Raymond. A PCH Films Production.
Country music icon TIM MCGRAW is set to release his second Big Machine Records album, SUNDOWN HEAVEN TOWN, tomorrow, September 16, with a blazing release week schedule filled with national TV appearances, live performances and more.
With USA Today already affirming that the album, “continues McGraw’s winning streak,” release day will kick off at sunrise with a performance on Good Morning America (9/16). Later that night, McGraw will team up with award-winning director Bennett Miller (Moneyball, Capote) for the music series American Express Unstaged at Hammerstein Ballroom. The concert will be live streamed at amexunstaged.com at 9PM ET. The next day, he'll head to The View (9/17) followed by a performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon that same day. McGraw will round out the week at the SiriusXM studios as part of a special edition of SiriusXM’s “Town Hall” series (9/18).
From start to finish, SUNDOWN HEAVEN TOWN tips its hat to the traditions of country music, then tosses some new ingredients into the mix while "balancing authentic country atmosphere with pop polish" (Boston Globe). The result is a melting pot of everything Tim McGraw does best. It's a country album for 2014, anchored by a fondness for the genre and the desire to push it into uncharted territory. Co-produced by McGraw and Byron Gallimore, with whom he has collaborated on all twelve of his previous multi-platinum chart topping albums, SUNDOWN HEAVEN TOWN marks his thirteenth career studio album and second on Big Machine Records.
To help bring the celebration coast to coast, McGraw will be providing Southwest passengers FREE WIFI on all evening flights to Los Angeles, CA on September 16. Starting tomorrow, fans can enter to win a VIP trip for two to meet McGraw and see him perform at a private event in Los Angeles at www.southwest.com/sundownheaventown.
The three time GRAMMY award-winning entertainer has accumulated 35 No. one's, 54 Top 10 hits, sold over 40 million albums, 14 CMAs, 15 ACMs, 10 AMAs and countless other honors. He is currently up for two CMA Awards including "Single of the Year" and "Musical Event of the Year" for "Meanwhile Back At Mama's" (featuring Faith Hill). His current single, "Shotgun Rider" is impacting radio now.
Taking a stand and making a mark with “Girl In A Country Song,” newcomers Maddie & Tae have announced plans to release their self-titled EP across all digital retailers on November 4. The Top 20-and-climbing single, which claimed the #1 Country spot on Shazam for the last two weeks, is the first release from Dot Records, a newly established imprint underneath the Big Machine Label Group.
Last Friday (9/12) Maddie & Tae made a bold introduction to late night audiences, performing their unabashed debut and announcing the EP on CBS’ Late Show With David Letterman. Watch here.
The talented pair, who TODAY host Hoda Kotb touted as the “darlings of Nashville,” have been commended for delivering a new perspective to Country airwaves with heir breakout hit, whose music video boasts over 7.1 million views. Rolling Stone asserts, “no country single has been a hotter topic this year” while Buzzfeed insists, “you can do anything you want, ladies." Dallas Observer raves, “it doesn't hurt that this track is infectiously fun, something you'd have no problem adding to a playlist alongside Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, and Miranda Lambert."
In addition to “Girl In A Country Song,” Maddie & Tae penned several tracks on their forthcoming EP. Cover artwork and a full tracklisting will be available in the coming weeks.
CBS Sports has teamed up with superstar duo FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE for its SEC ON CBS broadcasts. The reigning CMA Vocal Duo of the Year has recorded a customized version of the song “That’s What’s Up” off a deluxe edition of their highly anticipated second album ANYTHING GOES (Republic Nashville), due out October 14. The song, along with elements from a video shoot with the duo, will be utilized as part of CBS Sports’ national coverage of Southeastern Conference football throughout the season.
The customized song highlights the pageantry and passion around SEC football. CBS Sports also will incorporate elements from FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE’s massive tailgate party to kick off GEORGIA-FLORIDA weekend and headline the ANYTHING GOES TAILGATE 2014 concert at the Jacksonville shipyards on October 31 in its broadcast of the annual Florida vs. Georgia game, played the next day (Saturday, Nov. 1; 3:30PM, ET).
SEC ON CBS kicks off this Saturday, Sept. 13 (3:30 PM, ET) with *No. 6-ranked Georgia taking on No. 24-ranked South Carolina. Getting their game on, FGL’s Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard are playing Fantasy Football on CBSSports.com this year, competing against fans who won a spot in the duo's league.