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The Tug McGraw Foundation Announces 3rd Annual Celebrity Sporting Clay Pro-Am

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The Tug McGraw Foundation will hold its 3rd Annual “Celebrity Sporting Clay Pro-Am” on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at the Nashville Gun Club in Nashville, Tennessee. Sponsored by Tarver Land Development, the event will benefit the Tug McGraw Foundation and its efforts to improve the lives of military service members who have been affected by Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

The Tug McGraw Foundation “Celebrity Sporting Clay Pro-Am” will feature an exciting lineup of celebrities from both the music and professional sporting clay communities, all vying for a chance to be crowned champions. Several of country music’s hottest stars have signed on including Brantley Gilbert, Andy Griggs, The Warren Brothers, Chris Janson, Craig Campbell, Deano Brown, Heidi Newfield, Ira Dean, Keith Anderson, Lance Miller, Kristy Lee Cook, Rhett Atkins, Colt Ford, Troy Gentry, Daryle Singletary, Matt Bailie, and the LoCash Cowboys. In addition, ESPN analyst John Kruk, Mike Fisher of the NHL Nashville Predators, and Headline Country host Storme Warren have also signed up to participate.

Heading up the professional contingent for the event are 2011 National Sporting Clays Champion Bill McGuire, Maximum Archery’s Andy Ross, Aaron and Steve Gould of the Gould Brothers Exhibition Shooting, along with Josh Richmond and Mark Weeks from the United States Army Exhibition Team.

The event will be a sporting clay competition between 20 teams consisting of four amateurs, one professional, and a music celebrity. Unlike trap or skeet, which are games of repeatable target presentations, sporting clay competitions simulates the unpredictability of live-quarry, offering a greater variety of trajectories, angles, speeds, elevations, distances, and target sizes.

The teams will make their way through the award-winning 20-station sporting clay course at the Nashville Gun Club. Following the competition there will be a lunch featuring Mickey Roos Texas BBQ and silent auction with items including wine, dining, travel and sports & music memorabilia.

To register an individual or a team, or for more information about becoming a sponsor of the event, please visit www.tugmcgraw.org.

Carrie Underwood, Dolly Parton, Vince Gill and More Receive Inspirational Country Music Awards Nominations

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The Inspirational Country Music Association is excited to announce the finalists for the 2013 Inspirational Country Music Awards. Voted on by members, the categories include entertainer, artist, new artist, song, songwriter, group, duo, musician, radio, radio station, film and television honors, as well as newly-added categories Mainstream Country Male, Mainstream Country Female and Mainstream Country Group/Duo. This year’s finalists feature country music superstars, Bluegrass favorites and Inspirational Country music staples alike, including Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood, Vince Gill, Darius Rucker, Chuck Day, Alan Jackson, The Roys and more. The 2013 ICM Faith, Family and Country Convention and Awards will take place at Two Rivers at Opryland in Music City on Oct 20-24, 2013; with the 19th annual Inspirational Country Music Awards taking place on October 24, 2013, at Two Rivers.

The 2013 ICM Faith, Family week includes the annual ICM Faith, Family and Country Talent Show, The Power Source #1 Party and Media Appreciation Luncheon, the annual membership breakfast, seminars, incredible live music and much more. The Inn at Opryland will serve as this year’s host hotel and is centrally located to great food, shopping and downtown Nashville.Every year, this week draws music fans, media and the industry’s top artists to Nashville where they showcase music and discuss industry related issues. The Annual ICM Faith, Family & Country™ Awards Week is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent among artists who perform Inspirational and Christian Country music which is inspired by Faith, Family, and Country ™.

2013 Inspirational Country Music Awards Finalists

ENTERTAINER:
Chuck Day
Dennis Agajanian
Guy Penrod
Jeff Bates
Kali Rose
Steve Richard

MALE VOCALIST:
Chuck Day
Chuck Hancock
Daniel Alan
Lucas Hoge
Tommy Brandt

FEMALE VOCALIST:
Aubree Bullock
Kali Rose
Larissa
Laura Dodd
Mary James

VOCAL DUO:
Aaron & Amanda Crabb
Branded
Randy-Paul
Steve Richard & Laura Dodd
The Roys

VOCAL GROUP OR BAND:
CrossCountry the Band
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Jayc Harold Band
Kristina Craig Band
Sunday Drive

MAINSTREAM INSPIRATIONAL COUNTRY SONG:
“Changed” – Rascal Flatts
“I Drive Your Truck”- Lee Brice
“Old King James” – Scotty McCreery
“See You Again” – Carrie Underwood
“Touchdown Jesus”- Tim McGraw

MAINSTREAM COUNTRY MALE ARTIST:
Alan Jackson
Andy Griggs
John Berry
Scotty McCreery
Vince Gill

MAINSTREAM COUNTRY FEMALE ARTIST:
Carrie Underwood
Dolly Parton
Lauren Alaina
Martina McBride
Reba McEntire

MAINSTREAM COUNTRY DUO or GROUP:
Diamond Rio
Joey + Rory
Oak Ridge Boys
Rascal Flatts
Thompson Square

INSPIRATIONAL COUNTRY SONG:
“Hey Do You Know Me” – Kali Rose
“Meanwhile Back At the Cross” – Tommy Brandt
“They Don’t Stay Little Long Enough” – Chuck Hancock
“Unknown Soldiers” – Russ Murphy
“You Can Always Come Back Home” – Chuck Day

SONGWRITER:
Chuck Hancock
Greg McDougal
Paul Staggs of Branded
Russ Murphy
Tommy Brandt

LIVING LEGEND / PIONEER AWARD:
This award has already been determined.

VIDEO:
Changed – Rascal Flatts; Directed by Carl Diebold
See You Again – Carrie Underwood; Directed by Eric Welch
Time is Love – Josh Turner; Directed by Peter Zavadil
Toothbrush – Steve Richard; Directed by Shawn Foster
True Believers – Darius Rucker; Directed by Jim Wright

MUSICIAN:
Dennis Agajanian
Greg McDougal
Jayc Harold
Ricky Skaggs
Vince Gill

COMEDIAN:
Aaron Wilburn
Bruce Mullen
Chonda Pierce
Johnny Lee Cook
Tim Hawkins

RADIO STATION of the YEAR:
HLE Radio
Inspirational Country Radio Network
WEKC AM 710 – Corbin, KY
WSM AM 650
WTYS 94.1 FM

NEW ARTIST:
Adrienne Haupt
Charee White
Hunter Cook
Jennifer Nickerson
Rachel Dampier

YOUTH IN MUSIC AWARD:
Emily Faith
Hunter Cook
Isaac Cole
McDougal Kids
Tommy Brandt Jr.

FAITH, FAMILY, & COUNTRY MOVIE:
42 – Warner Bros. Pictures
Home Run – Hero Productions
Last Ounce of Courage – Veritas Entertainment
Spirit of Love, the Mike Glenn Story – Film It Productions
Unconditional – Harbinger Media Partners

RADIO PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR:
Hunter Logan
JR Pitsenbarger
Marty Smith
Mona Faith
Rich Miller

INSPIRATIONAL BLUEGRASS ARTIST:
Bruce & Betsy Mullen
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Rhonda Vincent
Ricky Skaggs
The Roys

MUSIC EVANGELIST OF THE YEAR:
Chuck Day
Greg McDougal
Mary James
Russ Murphy
Tommy Brandt

TELEVISION NETWORK:
Gospel Music Channel (Now UP TV)
Great American Country
Hallmark Channel
RFD TV
TCT Networks

For more information on the ICM Faith, Family and Country Convention and Awards, visit www.faithfamilycountry.com or like them at www.facebook.com/faithfamilycountry to stay updated.

Vince Gill, Kenny Rogers and Many More to Set Sail on Country Music Cruise

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The very first Country Music Cruise will launch in early 2014 and sail through the Caribbean with an incredible group of superstars and much-loved fan favorites onboard including Vince Gill, Kenny Rogers, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Patty Loveless, Jo Dee Messina, Ronnie Milsap, and Restless Heart with television personality Lorraine Crook hosting the entire journey.  The vacation of a lifetime for country music fans, the cruise will hold intimate concerts every day, exclusive events not available anywhere else, activities, comedians, world class dining, deluxe accommodations, and much more for seven luxurious days aboard Holland America’s MS Eurodam.  All concert tickets, activities and meals are included, with further information available at www.CountryMusicCruise.com.

The stars scheduled to perform on the 2014 Country Music Cruise have an astounding 350 hit singles between them, with nearly 90 #1 hits.  In addition to the headlining concerts, clubs on the ship will host performances by even more artists such as Andy Griggs, Wade Hayes, Ty Herndon, Jamie O’Neal, The Warren Brothers, Bryan White and others.  Chuck Mead from BR549 will be playing daily poolside.  Amidst the music, guests will be invited to a beach party on their very own private island, line dancing events, cooking exhibitions, wine tasting, songwriter workshops, spirited trivia contests, exclusive screenings of country music films and documentaries, games and more.  The ship will also dock in several ports, where guests can explore the majestic beauty and vibrant culture of Grand Turk (Turks and Caicos), San Juan (Puerto Rico), Philipsburg (Saint Maarten), and Half Moon Cay (Bahamas).  Not only will the voyage give fans the rare opportunity to see so many of their favorite singers all in one location, it all takes place among breathtaking ocean and island vistas on one of the most magnificent ships at sea.

“Country music fans are in for something really special,” says Vince Gill.  “Not only will they get to experience a luxurious ocean cruise, but they can enjoy exclusive concerts by country music’s iconic superstars.  The cruise is destined to become a vacation destination in the years to come.”  “I couldn’t be more excited about performing on the Country Music Cruise and being a part of a vacation that my fans will never forget,” adds Kenny Rogers.

Cabins are available now at www.CountryMusicCruise.com or by calling (toll free) 1-855-332-6868.  Early reservation Country Music Cruise fan rates start at just $1,925 per person and include all meals, concerts, entertainment and on-board activities.

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Andy Griggs Releases Song to Honor Newtown

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Andy Griggs and hit songwriter Bobby Pinson have penned a song dedicated to the families of those affected by the recent tragedy in Newtown, CT. Proceeds from the song, “20 Little Angels” will be donated to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund managed by the United Way of Western Connecticut.

“United Way says there will be no fees for the administration of this project,” says Griggs. “Even credit card companies have waived their fees for credit transactions benefiting this cause.”

“My eyes have been raining all afternoon. ‘Twenty Little Angels’ tells of the tragedy and asks questions we all have asked and want to know. How did these sweet, pure, innocent children get ‘caught up in someone else’s hell?’ We do believe these little angels are in heaven now so we tried to put things in perspective by sharing our personal feelings to calm our anger and soothe our grief by writing a song that would bring comfort to us and to all affected by this tragedy,” Griggs wrote on his Facebook account.

“20 Little Angels” will be available for download, via iTunes, this week.

Griggs notes, “There’s not enough that can be done for this cause but by downloading this song, everyone’s small contribution can make a big difference to the families of these ‘Twenty Little Angels.'”

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Andy Griggs Talks With CMTT About His New Acoustic Album “Naked”

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Singer/Songwriter Andy Griggs has a new and unique album out called “Naked.” The fully acoustic project features just Andy and his guitar singing a slew of outstanding country songs. Andy wanted this album to be authentic and intimate and he most certainly achieved that goal. You can hear the passion for the music in his voice as he sings each song on the album.

There are 13 tracks featuring some covers and also some original material. All of the songs are nothing short of incredible. If you like a true country sound Andy’s new album will definitely speak right to your country soul. His cover of Keith Whitley’s “Between an Old Memory and Me” will give you goose bumps and his fun, laid back take on Cash’s old tune “Blue Train”, will have you grinning from ear to ear. The new material also shines with songs like “My Old Friend Cocaine” and “Superman.”

Andy Griggs is an artist whose music speaks to you. He has a heart that beats for these songs and it certainly shows. “Naked” is truly unlike any other album out today and one that you won’t want to miss.

CMTT:  The album is called “Naked” because it is a full acoustic album. What inspired you to do a project like this?
Andy Griggs:  I have always been more into the acoustic side of things, rather than a big production. It is just more me. It Something I enjoy and tend to get a better response to from fans. I wanted to go and do one track, one microphone…not highly produced. I wanted it to be intimate, like I am sitting in your living room. We made it in a studio in Las Vegas and I am just as happy or even happier with this album more than any other album that I have done.

CMTT: How did you pick what songs you wanted on this particular album?
Andy Griggs:  There are at least 500 songs I like to sing with just my acoustic guitar and me, so it is tough to narrow it down to 10-12 songs. The only way to do it for me was to just play exactly what I was feeling at the moment. I could easily make 50 more albums like this one to cover all the songs I enjoy playing. I tried not to think about who wrote what, I just wanted to think…okay…right now…what I am feeling? That was the whole key and the magic.

CMTT:  You have some Waylon Jennings, Keith Whitley, Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash songs on the album. What influence do these legends have on your music?
Andy Griggs:  They have all had a huge influence, especially Waylon because he was a dear friend of mine. I never met Keith, but he is one of my favorite singers and I met Johnny Cash once. Keith Whitley’s music weighs hard on everyone’s mind if you are country and bluegrass fan. “I Wonder Do You Think of Me” is one of those songs that I remember where I was when I first heard it. There are certain times when songs just hit you with a baseball bat. Then of course Cash and Waylon they have always been heroes in my life.

CMTT:  Blue Train is a fun song; tell us about recording that one?
Andy Griggs :  It was a mistake actually…just us goofing off. The other recordings were so intense; this one was kind of a breather. We were kind of getting ready to do the Cash song, but not actually going to record it to keep. However when we got finished I went it to listen to it, and I thought that’s it…we have to keep it. I don’t want to go back in and do it the “right way.”

CMTT:  Do you have a favorite song on the new album?
Andy Griggs:  I feel like they are all favorites or I wouldn’t have them on there. I think it depends on where you are at in your mood. Did someone cuss you out? Did someone just tell you they love you? It is all about where you are at in the moment. The one that probably touches my heart and soul the most is my brother’s song at the very end. Mason has been gone awhile, but he left behind some great songs and “Me on His Mind” is one of them. Anything I do of my brothers is extremely special.

CMTT: What is your song writing process?
Andy Griggs:  I am a slow writer and slow thinker. I am not usually a successful writer when I just sit down to write a song. If I sit down and write I want it to be better than just good. I might walk around with an idea for months before I start writing it. Everyone writes differently, but for me it comes from an idea first.

CMTT:  What do you want the fans to know most about this project?
Andy Griggs:  This is me…it is me baring my soul. I think music has gotten away from that. I think music has gotten industrialized. If you got back to Cash, Haggard, Bill Monroe and even Elvis and The Beatles and Rolling Stones all of that is so so soulful. I grieve a little bit for music because it has gotten away from that. This album is me trying to dump more soul into a project than I ever have.

CMTT: What is coming up in 2013 for you?
Andy Griggs:  We will be hitting the road a lot and we will be going in the studio and finishing up a full band project and that will be out in 2013 sometime as well.

“Naked” is available on iTunes NOW!! Check it out!  CLICK HERE: Naked – Andy Griggs
For more info on Andy Griggs head to www.andygriggs.com

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