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City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game Hits a Home Run in It’s 26th Year

Getty Images for City Of Hope

Getty Images for City Of Hope

It was a homerun for the 26th Annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game, which saw more than 30 music and sports stars step up to the plate to strike out cancer at First Tennessee Park in Nashville. Team iHeart Country and Team Opry ended in a tie game with a final score of 18 to 18.

Country Music icon Trisha Yearwood led with the national anthem before Lauren Alaina, Craig Wayne Boyd, Danielle Bradbery, The Bobby Bones Show, Bucky Covington, Jessie James Decker, Charles Esten, Nick Fradiani, Vince Gill, Mickey Guyton, Jonathan Jackson, Chris Lane, LOCASH, Scotty McCreery, A Thousand Horses, Tristan McIntosh, Bret Michaels, David Nail, Cassadee Pope, RaeLynn, Jamie Lynn Spears, Mark Wills, Brett Young and former Major League Baseball pitcher Barry Zito took to the field to strike out cancer. The Crook and Chase Countdown’s Lorianne Crook and WSM’s Bill Cody emceed and offered play-by-plays for the thousands of fans in attendance.

The fan favorite game didn’t disappoint, as the bats came alive for both teams throughout the high scoring game.  Memorable moments on the field included multiple inside the park homeruns, double plays, and some crazy antics leading to tying the score up at 18 in the final inning.

The City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game, a 26-year tradition during CMA Music Festival, celebrated its first quarter century in Nashville as it honored the game’s founder, music industry veteran Bruce Hinton. The “Champion of Hope Award” was presented to Hinton by President and CEO of Big Machine Label Group, Scott Borchetta, for his significant contributions to the event over its quarter century history.

While neither team can walk away with bragging rights this year, it is the patients at City of Hope who are the real winners with more than $200,000 raised for cancer research.

Thousands of fans packed the ballpark to catch the action and antics on the field. Before the first pitch was thrown, the crowds cheered wildly as 8-year old City of Hope patient Aaron Yniguez, who received lifesaving treatment for acute myeloid leukemia more than three years ago at City of Hope, and his genetically matched, life-saving stem cell donor Yolanda Nava, a Southwest® Airlines Employee from Arlington, Texas, traveled to meet on the pitcher’s mound for the very first time.

Bone marrow transplants offer a second chance for people with life-threatening blood cancers and other hematologic malignancies. Since 1976, more than 13,000 patients from virtually every state and dozens of countries have undergone bone marrow, cord blood or stem cell transplants at City of Hope. Support from the Nashville community and its country music artists directly benefit City of Hope’s mission to find cures for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.

Those unable to attend the game can still support City of Hope. A variety of unique merchandise including game-worn jerseys signed by the players, and experiences including meet-and-greets with the hottest artists, will be available for bid at Cohauctions.com. The proceeds will benefit City of Hope’s mission to eradicate cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Jake Owen, Thomas Rhett, The Band Perry & More To Headline Country Jam

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Country Jam USA is once again bringing the biggest and brightest stars in Country music to Eau Claire, Wis., for what has become THE event of the summer. Country superstars Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Jake Owen, Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell, Eli Young Band, LOCASH, Colt Ford, A Thousand Horses, Brothers Osborne, The Cadillac Three, Clare Dunn, Jackson Michelson and Sasha McVeigh will take the main stage for a three-day party (July 21-23) that includes live Country music, camping, shopping, eating, partying and more!

Three-day general admission passes are available for $165, student and military three-day passes for $125, one-day general admission passes for $105, Reserved seating starting at $185 and VIP starting at $235 until April 21. For those wanting the best Country Jam USA experience possible, Ultimate VIP passes are available starting at $2500 and include access to a private backstage bar and restroom, private shuttles to/from campgrounds and hotels, free food and booze in the VIP hospitality area, WiFi and seats so close to the stage, you’ll basically be the fourth member of The Band Perry. And because the party literally doesn’t stop for three days, campsites are available starting at $100. To purchase tickets, camping and for all of your Country Jam USA needs, including a list of nearby hotels and the shuttle schedule, visit countryjamwi.com.

Festival organizers are also giving ticket holders the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see their favorite Country stars up-close-and-personal with the Party Pit. This additional ticket is located directly in front of the main stage, the Party Pit puts fans steps away from their favorite artists during their performances! There are a very limited number of passes in this standing-room-only area. Party Pit passes are available for $135 for Thursday, $110 for Friday and $150 for Saturday, OR fans can purchase the three-day Party Pit pass for $225, which will put them directly in front of the stage every single day for every single performance. Just think about the photos you’ll be posting on Instagram of Jason Aldean, FGL, Jake Owen, Thomas Rhett and more from the front row! Talk about #blessed. Other add-ons include Skybox seats, which give fans an unrivaled view of both onstage and backstage, and the Cenex Country Club, a new offering that includes free beverages, snacks, liquor discounts, private restrooms and a shaded tent.

Stay up-to-date on all things Country Jam USA by visiting countryjamwi.com and liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter @CountryJam.

The Top 10 Country Dance Club Hits of 2015….

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Andy Grammer’s “Honey, I’m Good.” and Blake Shelton’s “Sangria” topped the list of Country dance favorites in 2015, according to Marco Club Connection’s annual ranking of Country dance club songs.

“Honey, I’m Good.” was a major pop hit that appealed to dancers at all outlets, and received a significant boost among Country fans when Eli Young Band released their collaborative version of the song with Grammer to country radio and dance venues. Marco Club Connection’s Craig Bann notes the unusually strong impact of the song, stating that “Following the release of Eli Young Band’s version of ‘Honey, I’m Good’ featuring Andy Grammer, we saw an incredible resurgence of popularity and club play for the song at Country venues.”

Bann further reports that “2015 saw continued growth in dance-oriented, up-tempo Country singles, with hits like Luke Bryan’s ‘Kick The Dust Up’ and Sam Hunt’s ‘House Party’ making a lasting impression within the Country line-dance community.”

The Nashville-based company surveys a panel of nearly 250 club owners, DJs and dance instructors from across the country to compile its rankings every December. Overall votes by the panel determine each song’s placement on the list.

The list was a mixture of new and established artists with Little Big Town’s CMA award-winning “Girl Crush” placing as the 6th most popular song among dancers, while newcomers Sam Hunt, A Thousand Horses and Mo Pitney all had their first placement on the annual list.

Zac Brown Band was the only artist to be represented twice in the Top 10 with “Homegrown” and “Beautiful Drug” coming in at 8 and 10.

Two titles from 2014, Kenny Chesney’s “American Kids” and Colt Ford’s “Crank It Up,” continued their run of popularity well into 2015 and were also ranked very highly among dancers and DJs.

The results of the 2015 Top 10 Country Dance Club Hits are:

  1. “Honey, I’m Good.” – Andy Grammer
  2. “Sangria” – Blake Shelton
  3. “Kick The Dust Up” – Luke Bryan
  4. “House Party” – Sam Hunt
  5. “Crash and Burn” – Thomas Rhett
  6. “Girl Crush” – Little Big Town
  7. “Boy & A Girl Thing” – Mo Pitney
  8. “Homegrown” – Zac Brown Band
  9. “Smoke” – A Thousand Horses
  10. “Beautiful Drug” – Zac Brown Band

A complete archive of Marco Club Connection’s Top 10 Country Dance Club Hits can be viewed at http://marcoclubconnection.com/top-10/

A Thousand Horses Celebrate Their First Number One “Smoke”

Photo Credit: Steve Lowry

Photo Credit: Steve Lowry

Nashville’s South bar was packed with industry executives, friends and family to celebrate the writers of “Smoke,” the first #1 hit by Big Machine Label Group’s A Thousand Horses. From their debut album, Southernality, the track was written by ATH’s Michael Hobby (BMI), Ross Copperman (BMI), and Jon Nite (ASCAP). “Smoke” hit the top of the Mediabase and Billboard Country charts this summer and is also RIAA certified-GOLD. The hit made Country Aircheck history as the highest debut for a new artist’s first single. They also became the first band (with at least three members) to send a debut single to #1 on Billboard Country Airplay Chart this decade.

With Michael Hobby leading vocals, Bill Satcher and Zach Brown on guitar and Graham Deloach on bass, the band initially gained momentum, playing clubs across the South. Rolling Stone Country hailed the foursome as the Best Up-and-Comer at 2014’s Austin City Limits and USA Today named them one of 2015’s Artists to Watch and an On the Verge ArtistTheir first album on the Big Machine Label Group, Southernality, is now available on iTunes. The band was also recently nominated for a CMT Music Award for “Group Video of the Year” for their hit single “Smoke.” A Thousand Horses is currently on the road with Darius Rucker’s Southern Style Tour. For more information and tour dates, visit www.athousandhorses.com.

Photo Above: Pictured: (L-R): (back row): ASCAP’s Jon Nite, ATH’s Graham Deloach, Zach Brown, and Bill Satcher, BMLG’s Katherine Susemichael, Kelsey Hamrick, and Andrew Thoen. (Front row): BMLG’s Matthew Hargis, BMI’s Ross Copperman, BMLG’s John Zarling, ATH’s Michael Hobby, BMLG’s Scott Borchetta, Jimmy Harnen, Stacy Blythe and Angie Coonrod

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