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“What Would You Take?”- A Song to Benefit Hurricane Sandy Victims

What Would You Take?

In light of the recent hurricane Sandy disaster that has impacted millions of people in the Northeast, Black River Entertainment is offering a free download of the touching and topical song, “What Would You Take” as it encourages donations to the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army to help those who are in need as a result of the devastating storm.

“The decision to do nothing to help was just not an option. We had to do something!” stated Black River Entertainment CEO Gordon Kerr. The directive of the fundraising initiative aims to help bring financial and emotional relief to those affected by Hurricane Sandy’s wrath on October 29 and 30.

The ‘“What Would You Take?’ Download & Donate” campaign allows donors to download “What Would You Take” at no cost and then directs people to the American Red Cross and Salvation Army’s website to make a donation in the amount of their choice.

The driving force behind the campaign is the breathtaking ballad, “What Would You Take,” penned by hitmakers Doug Johnson and Steve Diamond. Written over two years ago following the earthquake and tsunami that paralyzed Haiti in January 2010, the song speaks to the feelings of loss, as well as hope, that are being experienced today in Northeast.

The idea behind “What Would You Take” came to Steve as he walked through Nashville’s Percy Warner Park wondering what he would take if he only had ten minutes before Mother Nature took everything he left behind.

“I started thinking, ‘what is most valuable, what would you take?’ Then I started making a list of things and I wasn’t satisfied with where the list was going.”

Steve then brought the idea to Doug Johnson who added the element of love and family.

“The thought kind of knocked me out. What is absolutely the most important? It’s the people we love. After that, the song basically wrote itself.” In reflecting on the newly relevant song years after initially writing it, Doug still finds that his day is a little better when he applies the message of the lyric and will “try to remember, to ask myself this question. With every morning when I wake up, [I] find the glory and the blessings.”

Produced by Johnson and Kerr, the song pairs the vocal harmonies of country music trio Due West with a solo piano to create a poignant and emotional performance.

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the hope is to motivate the hearts of those who can help and heal the hearts of those who have lost. In the spirit of expediting this process, Black River Entertainment has made the song available to radio and media outlets for their use. Please visit to make a donation and download the song for free.

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Due West Releases New Music —“Taste of Your Love”

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Country trio Due West is bringing fans new music with their song “Taste of Your Love.” Fans can listen for “Taste of Your Love” on SiriusXM’s “The Highway,” purchase the track on iTunes and stream a preview here

Due West is made up of Tim Gates, Brad Hull, and Matt Lopez. The group formed following their first meeting at a Nashville party where after singing together for the first time, their harmonies created an undeniable chemistry. Each is a songwriter in their own right, “Taste of Your Love,” was written by Due West’s Matt Lopez, Josh Osborne and Trevor Rosen.

Due West wants to hear from you and so do we! Listen to the song and let us know what you think!! Leave us a comment…. LOVE IT or LEAVE IT

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Due West to Make Grand Ole Opry Debut

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Due West is scheduled to debut on the Grand Ole Opry this Friday, September 7 at 7pm CDT. The vocal trio’s new single, “Things You Can’t Do In A Car,” is at radio now and has sold nearly 20,000 units since its May 15 release.

Produced by Garth Fundis and written by Due West’s own Brad Hull, “Things You Can’t Do In A Car” is the lead single from the upcoming release, due early 2013 on Black River Entertainment.

Music lovers can view the “Things You Can’t Do In A Car” acoustic video, lyric video, as well as purchase the track on iTunes. Beginning today, Due West fans can enter to win front row seats and a meet-and-greet with the band at their debut via the Grand Ole Opry by clicking HERE. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit, or call 800-SEE-OPRY (800-733-6779 toll-free).

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CMA Fest Kick-Off Parade Participants Announced!


CMA kick starts 2012 CMA Music Festival on Wednesday, June 6th with The Eighth Annual CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Parade at 11:00 AM/CT, followed by The Seventh Annual CMA Music Festival Block Party at 12:30 PM/CT.

Country icon Glen Campbell will be the Grand Marshal for the Parade. Campbell last performed at CMA Music Festival in 2004. He has received two CMA Awards, including CMA Entertainer of the Year (1968) and Male Vocalist of the Year (1968), and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005. Last year, Campbell announced he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Since then, he released his final album, the critically-acclaimed Ghost on the Canvas, and is in the midst of his successful Goodbye Tour.

“Last year more than 16,000 fans lined Broadway for the Parade and with our beloved Glen Campbell as Grand Marshal this year we are expecting even more people to come out and show their support and love for this iconic Country Music figure,” said Sheri Warnke, CMA Senior Vice President of Communications and Marketing.

The Eighth Annual CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Parade will launch from Tenth Avenue on Broadway and end at Riverfront Park, site of the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage (First Avenue). One of the most popular features of the parade is the 40 Country Music artists riding in a wide variety of Chevrolet vehicles including vintage Corvettes.

Little Big Town has a different mode of transportation planned for the Parade. In support of their new single “Pontoon” each member of the group, Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet, and Jimi Westbrook, will be riding on four different Premier pontoon boats alongside lucky fans.

“What could we do for the fans that would be unique? Well, we can ride them around on a pontoon at the CMA Festival Kick-Off Parade!,” said Fairchild. “After the parade we’ll have the honor of kicking off the Block Party at the Riverfront Stage singing ‘Pontoon.’ It’s a good way to start CMA Fest, don’t you think?”

With Campbell as Grand Marshal, other artists are lining up to participate in the Parade including Bill Anderson, Lynn Anderson, Katie Armiger, Craig Wayne Boyd, Weston Burt, Craig Campbell, Bucky Covington, Cowboy Troy, Ira Dean, Jaida Dreyer, Due West, Tyler Farr, Florida Georgia Line, Flynnville Train, Colt Ford, The Grascals, Greg Hanna, Amber Hayes, Angie Johnson, Little Big Town, LoCash Cowboys, Rachele Lynae, Manuel, The McClymonts, Randy Montana, Lorrie Morgan, Craig Morrison, The Oak Ridge Boys, Chase Rice, Marlee Scott, Matt Stillwell, Payton Rae, David St. Romain, The Roys, Jason Sturgeon, Trent Tomlinson, Trailer Choir, Rhonda Vincent, and Corey Wagar.

Other participants include the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales, BIC® Soleil Sunshine Squad, Carl Black Chevrolet and the Luke Bryan/Eric Church 2012 Chevrolet Silverado, The 22nd Annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge, Cooter’s Garage General Lee, GEICO Gecko, Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee, Gnash and the Nashville Predators Dancers and Ice Girls, the Jelly Bean on Tour Bus, military veterans riding the Music City Trolley, Music City Drum and Bugle Corps, a 40×60 foot American flag that will be carried by veterans and representatives of Nashville’s Fire Department, Metro Nashville Police Department Drill and Ceremony Team, Metro Police Mounted Unit, Metro Police Special Operations Boat and SWAT Rescue Truck, Nashville Rollergirls, Nashville Zoo and Twiga (the Zoo’s giraffe mascot), Operation Troop Aid, Travel Channel’s Destination Summer Tour Bus, and more.

Making its second appearance in the Kick-Off Parade is the Keep the Music Playing All Stars Marching Band, which is made up of 125 students representing eight Metro Nashville Public Schools including Antioch High School, East Literature Magnet School, Hillsboro High School, Hunters Lane Comprehensive High School, John Overton High School, Maplewood High School, McGavock High School, and Stratford STEM Magnet High School playing together for the first time under the direction of Antioch High School band director Scott Miller, associate director Caryn Miller, and Jarrett Jones, who will be assisting with the drum line.

Since 2006, CMA has donated half the net proceeds from the Festival to support music education through the Keep the Music Playing program on behalf of the artists who make appearances and perform for free.

To date, more than $6.1 million has been donated to purchase musical instruments and supplies, providing thousands of students in Metro Schools with the resources and opportunities they could not have afforded on their own, and giving many of them a strong reason to remain in school. The total also includes a $1 million endowment gift for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Words & Music program, which assists language arts and music teachers with classroom instruction in the basics of songwriting.

Following the parade, The Seventh Annual CMA Music Festival Block Party will take place at the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage. Free and open to the public, the concert starts at 12:30 PM with Little Big Town kicking it off followed by Brazilbilly, Eric Lee Beddingfield, and LoCash Cowboys.

The Block Party is just the beginning, with four more days of live entertainment throughout downtown Nashville.

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