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Alabama & Friends “At The Ryman” Available on Pre-Sale Now

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The direct-to-consumer store for Alabama & Friends – At The Ryman is now live HERE.

This show will be released on DVD/2CD, DVD, 2CD, Limited Edition 2LP, and Digital Formats on September 30 via Eagle Rock Entertainment.

The 2013 bonanza features superstar band Alabama, freshly reunited and on the road, performing at the historic Ryman Auditorium with some of country music’s biggest stars: Trisha Yearwood, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Jamey Johnson, Florida Georgia Line, and many others. The D2C store offers not only the various formats, but deluxe audio/video bundles with an exclusive T-shirt!

Alabama to Take the CMA Fest Stage for First Time in Nearly 20 Years!

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Alabama announced last night via Twitter (@TheAlabamaBand) their triumphant return after 19 years to kick off the sold-out Nightly Concerts at LP Field Thursday, June 5 (8:00 PM/CT) during 2014 CMA Music Festival in Nashville.

Celebrating their 40th anniversary as a group, it has been 19 years since they performed at Fan Fair, now CMA Music Festival. The last performance of the band was in 1995 when the event was held at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds. The Country Music Hall of Fame members are the most awarded band in Country Music history with 230 accolades to their credit, along with 43 No. 1 hits, and 74 million records sold.

“We are excited and looking forward to performing as a group for the first time in 19 years at LP Field for CMA Music Festival,” stated Alabama’s Jeff Cook, Teddy Gentry, and Randy Owen. “It has always been about the fans with us, and we realized that the best way to celebrate and share our 40th anniversary was to do what we do best – play live music for the fans that we love at the biggest Country Music festival in the world.”

“The Nightly Concerts feature an amazing lineup of performers and provide a terrific opportunity for our fans to reconnect – or discover for the first time – artists who have contributed on a large scale to the foundation and success of the format today,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer.

Artists performing as part of the Nightly Concerts at LP Field include Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Thomas Rhett, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, The Band Perry, Keith Urban, Chris Young,and Zac Brown Band.

Several legacy acts are making appearances including Charlie Daniels Band, who last performed at the Festival in 2006 and last year the fiddle master performed with Brad Paisley during his set at LP Field; Sara Evans, who opened the Festival at Riverfront in 2013; and Travis Tritt, who last performed at the Festival in 2005.

Performing the National Anthem will be Danielle Bradbery, Home Free, and young musicians from the W.O. Smith Nashville Community Music School, which is a beneficiary of The CMA Foundation’s Keep the Music Playing music education charitable campaign.

The Ultimate Country Music Fan Experience began in 1972 as Fan Fair®, bringing 5,000 fans to Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium. More than 40 years later, the now legendary Festival has become the city’s signature music event. In 2014, CMA Music Festival will host visitors from every state and 22 foreign countries.

For all the latest info on CMA Music Festival visit CMAfest.com. To stay connected with CMA visit Facebook.com/CMA, Twitter.com/CountryMusic, and Instagram.com/CMA or text FESTIVAL to 66937.

 

Bob Kingsley Honored at Grand Ole Opry with Big Surprise Guests

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Country Radio Hall of Famer Bob Kingsley was honored last night (2/17) for his 40 years in national radio syndication as part of American Country Countdown (1974-2006) and as host and owner of Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40 (2006-present), distributed by WestwoodOne. The surprise event, benefiting the Opry Trust Fund, included performances, appearances and taped messages by a mix of industry legends, today’s hit-makers and Nashville’s most influential singer-songwriters. A 50-year veteran of the radio and music industries, Kingsley walked into the Grand Ole Opry House believing he was there to pay tribute to the Grand Ole Opry’s 89th birthday, when in reality, the evening was all conceived to honor him.

“I could not have been more surprised,” said a visibly moved Kingsley, “and I could not feel more honored. I have made a career of country music radio because I love it, and to have my friends in the business, from artists and songwriters to industry executives, tell me my work has made a difference–well it means the world to me. And to have the people I work with day in and day out here to celebrate with me makes it all the more special.”

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Nearly 50 artists participated in the evening including 25-plus taped video messages along with in person appearances or performances by Rhett Akins and Thomas Rhett, Alabama, Lynn Anderson, Garth Brooks, Eli Young Band, Radney Foster, Janie Fricke, Jack Ingram, Jewel, Kathy Mattea, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Will Robinson, Tom Schuyler, Red Steagall, Jeffrey Steele, Tanya Tucker, Steve Wariner, Lee Ann Womack, Wynonna, Trisha Yearwood and Chris Young. Many of the artists who paid tribute commented not only on their professional relationships with Bob but also on their personal friendships. Bob’s dedication and commitment to bringing their music to the fans, while offering insights into their creative processes and personal lives, have made him the most listened-to voice in country radio history.

“What a pleasure to host so many friends on the Opry House stage tonight as we all came together to celebrate one of country radio’s most beloved voices, leaders, and gentlemen,” said Pete Fisher, Grand Ole Opry vice president and general manager. “All of us at the Opry are particularly honored that, just as Bob has made a point to do throughout his career, tonight’s event also gave back to a worthy cause, the Opry Trust Fund. For nearly 50 years the Trust Fund has assisted members of the country music community in need, and I can’t think of a better way to honor Bob’s contributions to the country community than to continue that legacy of helping others in his name.”

2014 marks 40 years since Bob Kingsley first became involved in counting down America’s biggest country hits every weekend. Bob was named American Country Countdown’s producer in 1974, and took over as host four years later. His long and successful run as host set the stage for modern-day syndication, and with the formation of KCCS Productions, he and his wife and partner Nan Kingsley established a highly successful business approach where they distributed and retained ownership of the content created for the show. Bob’s career entered new territory in 2006 with the launch of Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40, a show KCCS solely owned and distributed, partnering with Dial Global, now WestwoodOne, for national ad sales. Bob’s wins as the CMA’s National Broadcast Personality of the Year awards in 2001 and 2003 and his 2006 Academy of Country Music Award for On-Air Personality-National showed his impressive staying power, bookending 40 years of industry honors that began with 1966 and 1967 trophies as the ACM’s Radio Personality of the Year, during his tenure on-air at KGBS in Los Angeles. Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40 can be heard currently on more than 350 radio stations around the world.

A proud veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Bob has a passion for military-related and other charitable causes. Using his national platform to give back, Bob has been an ardent supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project, and he hosts the annual National Cutting Horse Celebrity Cutting to benefit a variety of causes.

*Photos Courtesy of Chris Hollo for the Grand Ole Opry

CMTT’s December 2013 Country Music Christmas Playlist

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December’s playlist is full of some of our favorite country Christmas music!  There were so many songs we couldn’t narrow it down to just 10, so there are 25 fantastic songs to get you into the holiday spirit.

The playlist includes; Sugarland, The Robertsons, Lady Antebellum, Faith Hill, Alabama, Rascal Flatts, Toby Keith and TONS MORE!   Tis the season!

We want to know what your all time favorite Christmas song is.  Leave us a comment and it could just win you a copy of one of our favorite country Christmas CD’s!

Alabama Wants to Talk to YOU on the Phone!

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Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry and Jeff Cook want to have a telephone conversation with their loyal fans to talk about their new chart-topping album, Alabama and Friends, the Back to the Bowery tour and their upcoming “Alabama & Friends” concert special premiering November 27 on Great American Country at 9pm EST.

Sign up here for the FREE event hosted by Broadnet, and you’ll receive a phone call at approximately 6pm EST on Monday, November 25th. Fans will have the chance to ask questions and listen to the guys discuss all things Alabama.

For more of the latest news visit www.thealabamaband.com

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