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Stars Shine Bright for the Holidays on ‘CMA Country Christmas’

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Some of the biggest stars in music have come together to celebrate the holidays on “CMA Country Christmas,” a two-hour special hosted for the sixth year by Jennifer Nettles airing Thursday, Dec. 3rd (9:00-11:00 PM/ET) on ABC.

Taped at the Grand Ole Opry House, the special is a celebration of the season featuring inspired performances from Kelsea Ballerini, Dan + Shay, Mickey Guyton, Jewel, Charles Kelley, Martina McBride, David Nail, Nettles, Pentatonix, LeAnn Rimes, Darius Rucker, Brian Setzer, Michael W. Smith, and Lindsey Stirling.

Nettles, a multi-award-winning singer/songwriter, is gearing up to release her debut single on Big Machine Records this month and is currently in the studio working on her second solo album. In 2008, she took home the CMA Award for Song of the Year for penning the No. 1 Platinum-selling hit, “Stay.” In addition to making her Broadway debut as Roxy Hart in the Tony Award-winning musical “Chicago” earlier this year, she recently joined the cast of the Dolly Parton television biopic, “Coat of Many Colors,” slated to air Dec. 10th.

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Universal Music Group’s CMA After Party in Pictures

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Country music elite gathered to celebrate the biggest night in their industry, The Country Music Awards, during Universal Music Group’s post-show party, sponsored by Marriott Rewards, at iconic Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville Tennessee.

Attendees included Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Sam Hunt, Pete Wentz, Little Big Town, Scotty McCreery, Lady Antebellum, Kasey Musgraves, Kelsea Ballerini, Darius Rucker, and Chris Stapleton after stealing the show with a phenomenal performance during the CMA’s alongside Justin Timberlake.

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  1. @KaceyMusgraves I just love this time of year…all the falling autumn weaves..

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  1. @ladyantebellum Was going to be in Athens watching @FootballUGA but instead I’m home cheering on this dawg Dolly -dave
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  1. @ChrisYoungMusic Had an amazing time today! #fishing #snapper

darius rucker tweet

  1. @dariusrucker In my 5 fantasy leagues, it ain’t about the money…… It’s about the Belt!!

jana kramer

  1. @kramergirl Can’t WAIIIIIIT to put our little girl in these adorable rufflebutts !!!! #rufflebutts #babygirl

The Grand Ole Opry Goes To The Movies

©2015 Grand Ole Opry Photo By: Chris Hollo

©2015 Grand Ole Opry
Photo By: Chris Hollo

The show that made country music famous is set to take some of the genre’s most popular artists to the big screen in December when its first feature film, American Saturday Night: Live From The Grand Ole Opry, previews in theaters across America. The made-for-cinema concert film captures on-stage Opry performances and backstage moments with Opry members Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, and Darius Rucker, as well as country favorites The Band Perry and Brett Eldredge.

American Saturday Night: Live From The Grand Ole Opry is set for a limited special engagement at select Carmike Cinemas in the US beginning December 4. Distribution across America will follow in January in partnership between the Opry and independent distributor DigiNext, a joint-venture of Carmike Cinemas Inc., a leading motion picture, alternative programming and 3-D motion picture exhibitor.

“We are excited about the opportunity to take the Opry and country music into movie theaters across the country,” said Steve Buchanan, Opry Entertainment President.  “This partnership allows us to present the Opry to fans through a previously unutilized medium and is another way for the Opry to expand its reputation as a vehicle of discovery for America’s music.”

The film will give audiences a virtual front row seat and VIP all-access pass.  Among the performances featured:

  • –Brad Paisley performing his #1 hit and the film’s title track “American Saturday Night” and current hit single “Country Nation”
  • –Blake Shelton’s award-winning “Boys Round Here” and current single “Gonna”
  • –Darius Rucker’s Grammy-winner “Wagon Wheel” as well as “So I Sang” from his current album SOUTHERN STYLE
  • –The Band Perry performing “If I Die Young,” the same song the band sang for Opry management in a backstage dressing room in 2009, earning an invitation to make its Opry debut
  • –Brett Eldredge’s first number one smash, “Don’t Ya”

“Everyone in the audience was swept away by each artist’s incredible performance,” said Bud Mayo, Managing Member of DigiNext and President of Carmike’s Alternative Programming and Distribution Division, who attended the live taping on August 31 with Carmike CEO David Passman. “The Opry production was the best I have seen and heard in 40 years in this business. Add the personal interactions with the artists between their sets and moviegoers are in for a thoroughly immersive experience from the moment they do their virtual walk into the hallowed halls of the Opry. This kind of groundbreaking event helps to fulfill the promise of digital cinema and its importance to Carmike and the exhibition industry at large.”

American Saturday Night: Live From The Grand Ole Opry is directed by George J. Flanigen IV. Executive Producers are Steve Buchanan, Robert Deaton, Pete Fisher, and Flanigen.

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