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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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    Crown Royal and BigMachineRecords.com Award Firefighter Brickyard 400 Naming Rights

    July 23, 2012 0 Comments

    Pictured (L-R): Justin Moore, Big Machine Label Group President and CEO Scott Borchetta, Vice President of Whiskey, Diageo North America Yvonne Briese, Curtiss Shaver, Troy Alabama Mayor Jimmy Lunsford, Indianapolis Motor Speedway President and CEO Jeff Belskus and Troy firefighters.

    *Watch a special Behind-the-Scenes package: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiW_5COO8us&feature=youtu.be&has_verified=1) *

    When local firefighters saved Troy native Curtiss Shaver’s life during a tragic farming accident, Shaver knew he’d found his calling. Though the accident claimed the lower part of his left leg, Shaver persevered and began a lifelong career as a firefighter and certified EMT with the goal of giving back to his community. At Troy Fire Station No. 1 on Wednesday (7/18), Country star Justin Moore performed a special acoustic set to surprise Shaver in celebration of the local firefighter winning of Crown Royal’s “Your Hero’s Name Here” program.

    The national contest renames the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) on July 29 after a deserving American hero. Five heroes were chosen as finalists and adult fans visited the Crown Royal Facebook page to cast their votes for the person they felt was most deserving of the honor. In an effort to bring a little piece of the famed track (more commonly known as The Brickyard) to Troy, AL, Crown Royal orchestrated an exclusive ceremony with BigMachineRecords.com to lay a replica “Yard of Bricks” in Troy’s downtown area. Shaver personally laid the final engraved brick bearing the race logo to culminate the ceremony.

    “I’m a huge NASCAR fan, so having my name as a race title is absolutely unbelievable” said Shaver. “I’m honored that I was nominated for this incredible contest and humbled that so many people voted for my story. I’m looking forward to representing emergency personnel everywhere who risk their lives for others on a daily basis.”

    Nearly 200 Troy residents, including Mayor Jimmy C. Lunsford and Shaver’s friends, family and fellow firefighters attended the bricklaying ceremony, honoring their local hero. In addition, representatives from Crown Royal, Big Machine Label Group and IMS spoke during the ceremony. Moore performed his current single “Til My Last Day,” which is currently rising up the Country charts and his very first #1 hit “Small Town USA.”

    “It was an honor to come to Alabama on this special day to pay homage to Curtiss. He truly embodies the all-American hero and I am glad I got to be a part of this historical celebration. We will have a great time in Indy for the Curtiss Shaver 400," said Moore.

    As part of the grand-prize package, Shaver will ride in the pre-race pace car, deliver the trophy bearing his name to the race winner in Victory Lane, and kiss the bricks following the race. Through a partnership with IMS, country music artists from Big Machine Label Group including The Band Perry, The Mavericks, Justin Moore, Sunny Sweeney and Greg Bates will play special concerts at the track to honor Shaver throughout the race weekend. Throughout the celebrations, Crown Royal would like to remind everyone to please drink responsibly.

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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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    Sunny Sweeney Celebrates Her 30th Performance on the Grand Ole Opry Stage

    July 17, 2012 0 Comments

    On Saturday night (7/14), Sunny Sweeney proved to be in tune with not only her band, but her traditional roots, performing for the 30th time since her 2007 debut on the Grand Ole Opry stage.

    "I love, love, love to play The Grand Ole Opry!! Every time I play there it feels like the first time and I cannot get enough of being there. I'm in awe of its history and how gracious all the members are to new, young artists like myself. This time, Larry Gatlin introduced us and we had a blast!!" said Sweeney.

    Over the course of her career, Sweeney has shared the stage with county music icons Loretta Lynn and Hank Williams, Jr., as well as today’s hot Superstars like Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker. Earlier this month, she wrapped up a headlining slot on the Country Throwdown Tour.

    Currently, Sweeney is writing for her follow up to the critically-acclaimed album, CONCRETE, which was released in 2011 on Republic Nashville. Sunny 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.

    Throughout the summer, Sweeney will open several dates at fairs and festivals for Blake Shelton, Jerrod Niemann and Miranda Lambert. For tour dates and more, visit SunnySweeney.com or follow her at Twitter.com/gettinsweenered.

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    Sunny Sweeney Performs During Opening Ceremonies of Iowa Games

    July 12, 2012 0 Comments

    Originally published at Iowa State Daily

    With her head held high and her shoulders drawn back, the woman standing outside the bus seemed like a far cry from the woman portrayed in her hit song “From a Table Away.”

    With other hit songs such as "Staying's Worse Than Leaving" and "Drink Myself Single" and her developing career, Sunny Sweeney has a reason to stand proud. Eight years ago she was a young woman just setting out and finding her way into country music.

    “I think it chose me. It just started working so I just kept doing it,” Sweeney said in an interview with the Daily. “I just started playing in bars in Austin, [Texas,] pretty much. We played for beer and cheeseburgers. I just played in local bars and such, and it just kinda expanded.”

    Sweeney had originally gone to New York to try her hand at improv comedy but quickly learned that was not the career path she wanted.

    “I don’t really like bringing that up because it’s irrelevant to what I’m doing now,” Sweeney said with a laugh. “I did that in my past life. But music just started for me about eight years ago.”

    Hailing from East Texas, Sweeney got some of her inspiration listening to “old country” such as country legends Loretta Lynn and Merle Haggard. Other sources of inspiration for writing her songs stems from stuff in her life.

    “Like if something happens I’ll write that or if somebody tells me a story about something — you get it from all different places really,” Sweeney said. “I grew up in East Texas and we had country music there but it was my first marriage that inspired a lot of my songs.”

    Sweeney said if a career in country music had not panned out for her, she most likely would be waiting tables right now, but giving up has never crossed her mind.

    “If anything bad happens, I usually get pissed and then it inspires me to do more,” Sweeney said. Sweeney has toured with country favorites such as Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum and Miranda Lambert and will be doing some shows with Blake in the next month.

    This weekend will mark Sweeney’s 30th performance at the esteemed Grand Ole Opry.

    “I don’t remember much [about my first performance at the Opry] because I was so freaked out,” Sweeney said. “It’s still really nerve wracking to do it, mostly because what it stands for and all the people who have played there before. But it’s cool. It’s probably my favorite place to play. The Opry band is great to play with. Tomorrow night Randy Travis is going to be there so I’m super excited about that.”

    Friday, July 13, she played a free show at the Iowa Games in the parking lot of Jack Trice Stadium. Sweeney has traveled to Iowa approximately five to seven times, she said.

    “Des Moines is actually the first place I ever heard my song ['From a Table Away'] on the radio. It was crazy, really overwhelming. I called my mom and started crying, like ‘Oh my god!’”

    Sweeney said she is very content to keep writing songs.

    “We’re working on a new record right now,” Sweeney said. “I’d love to still just play music and write songs. I love writing songs and just keeping busy in this industry. There’s so many aspects so it’s pretty easy to stay busy if you want to.”

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    Sunny Sweeney Chats with the Examiner

    June 23, 2012 0 Comments

    Read the original article, from Examiner.com, here. Text by Kevin Yeanoplos.

    When celebrated singer-sonnetwriter Billy Shakespeare scripted, “The stars above us govern our conditions,” he may have been onto something – or it just may have been, ahem, much ado about nothing. Now I don’t know if what Billy the Bard wrote was right, but if it was, the gifted Sunny Sweeney can thank her lucky stars for one heckuva 2012.

    Less than halfway through the year, it’s already been a career – and life – changer for the acclaimed singer-songwriter. The rising country star kicked off the new year with a new husband and an ever-growing horde of new fans – courtesy of a pair of dazzling albums and a sizzling live show.

    Sweeney’s high-gear year continued in April with a blistering Mane Stage set to open Day 2 of country music’s premier festival, Stagecoach 2012. The talented Texan cemented her status as a rising superstar with songs from her latest album, Concrete. She thrilled the enthusiastic crowd with the bold and brazen “If I Could,” the raucous “Staying’s Worse Than Leaving,” and the delectably spiteful “You Don't Know Your Husband Like I Do.”

    When celebrated singer-sonnetwriter Billy Shakespeare scripted, “The stars above us govern our conditions,” he may have been onto something – or it just may have been, ahem, much ado about nothing. Now I don’t know if what Billy the Bard wrote was right, but if it was, the gifted Sunny Sweeney can thank her lucky stars for one heckuva 2012.

    Less than halfway through the year, it’s already been a career – and life – changer for the acclaimed singer-songwriter. The rising country star kicked off the new year with a new husband and an ever-growing horde of new fans – courtesy of a pair of dazzling albums and a sizzling live show.

    Sweeney’s high-gear year continued in April with a blistering Mane Stage set to open Day 2 of country music’s premier festival, Stagecoach 2012. The talented Texan cemented her status as a rising superstar with songs from her latest album, Concrete. She thrilled the enthusiastic crowd with the bold and brazen “If I Could,” the raucous “Staying’s Worse Than Leaving,” and the delectably spiteful “You Don't Know Your Husband Like I Do.” Advertisement

    Barely pausing to catch her breath, Sweeney has been one of the main reasons for the success of this summer’s 2012 Country Throwdown Tour with Gary Allan, Josh Thompson, Rodney Atkins, Eric Paslay and Justin Moore. And even more astoundingly, she is somehow working on her next album – while logging a bunch of frequent tire miles on a tour bus.

    Now some of you may find all of this a little hard to believe – but not this music fan. Sweeney shared a little secret with me as we chatted recently.

    “I don’t ever settle for anything,” she confessed. “So if somethin’ happens, I want somethin’ else. ‘Cause you never quit having goals. If you quit having goals then you should probably reconsider what you’re doing.”

    While Sweeney considered other life avenues – even trying stand-up comedy for a time – that was then and music is now. And there was never really any question that it would be country music.

    “All I learned growing up was that. We didn’t even know other radio stations. My parents always listened to country. So I didn’t really have an option (laughing).”

    And while a career in country music may have been a given for Sweeney, she has never taken it for granted, continuing to grow and develop.

    “I think that just naturally you progress. As an artist, your sound changes. Or you’ll have a band member quit and then you might want to try somethin’ else. It just evolves. I don’t think there’s any formula. It just happens.”

    “And people that are fans of my first record may be like, ‘Oh, this one isn’t as twangy.’ Well, neither is my band. That’s not the kind of music I like doing anymore. I have a lap steel in my band now, not just a steel guitar. So it makes it more rockin’. It’s more fun to sing.”

    After listening to Sweeney’s lively lyrics, it seems that she has just as much fun as a composer. She spoke candidly about her approach to songwriting.

    “Some songs are not about me at all. Some songs are about my sister or my friends or my mom. I make them sound autobiographical. So the person listening to it can go, ‘Oh my God, that’s like me.’ It is an experience that I had if somebody told me about it.”

    There’s no arguing with her success. Her first single from Concrete, 2010’s “From a Table Away,” became her first charting record when it debuted at No. 58 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs, later peaking in the chart’s Top 10. Concrete produced two other charting singles in 2011 with “Drink Myself Single” and “Staying's Worse Than Leaving.”

    And as for that last song, Sunny Sweeney was obviously not writing about one of her exceptional shows…

    There are still a few chances left on the 2012 Country Throwdown Tour to see for yourself. And here they are.

    June 22 Sioux Falls, SD Sioux Empire Fairgrounds

    June 23 Rockford, IL Davis Park

    June 28 Madison, WI Atwood Summerfest

    July 01 Norfolk, NE Divots Conference Center

    July 08 Nashville, TN The Woods Of Fontanel

    Aug 29 Allentown, PA Allentown Fairgrounds

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    Sunny Sweeney Participates in 3rd Annual Darius & Friends Benefit Concert

    June 14, 2012 0 Comments

    Darius Rucker’s Third Annual Darius & Friends benefit concert took place at the Wildhorse Saloon in downtown Nashville, with guests Rodney Atkins, Sunny Sweeney, Chuck Wicks, Clint Black and more. The concert, paired with Rucker’s Darius & Friends Golf Tournament raised over $121,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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    Sunny Sweeney to Headline Air National Guard Stage During Country Throwdown Tour

    May 18, 2012 0 Comments

    Critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter Sunny Sweeney will headline the Air National Guard (ANG) Stage during the Country Throwdown Tour (CTD), Fired up by Kingsford, which kicks off today (5/18), in Gulfport, MS. Throughout the 20-city summer trek, she will lend her voice and time to ANG’s presence on the tour.

    “I am so honored to perform on the Air National Guard Stage. Being married to a police officer, I’m very aware of what our service people sacrifice on a daily basis. I can’t wait to meet with members of the ANG and fans this summer,” said Sweeney.

    In each city, Sweeney will sign autographs at the ANG booth. There will be some surprises along the way, including a private, acoustic set and Meet & Greet on Sweeney’s bus during a couple of stops.

    Sweeney also will join other artists on the tour for the ANG Grateful States Campaign, which recognizes the ANG airmen and families through photos and videos posted online by citizens across the United States. Gary Allan, Rodney Atkins, Justin Moore, Josh Thompson, Eric Paslay and more are slated for the CTD tour.

    Visit sunnysweeney.com, GoANG.com or countrythrowdown.com for a full list of dates and up-to-date news.

    UPCOMING DATES:

    May 18 Gulfport, MS Jones Park

    May 19 Lampe, MO Black Oak Mountain Amphitheater

    May 20 Bonner Springs, KS Cricket Wireless Amphitheater

    May 26 Gilford, NH Meadowbrook US Cellular Pavilion

    May 27 Bangor, ME Waterfront Park

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