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You DO NOT WANT TO MISS the Opening of “The 49th Annual CMA Awards”

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Kick off Country Music’s Biggest Night™ with a not-to-be-missed, world premiere musical collaboration and opening monologue during “The 49th Annual CMA Awards,” airing live Wednesday, Nov. 4 (8:00-11 PM/ET) from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on the ABC Television Network.

The three-hour gala kicks off in high gear with one of the night’s top nominees Eric Church with iconic Country rocker Hank Williams, Jr. for a world premiere of Williams’ new Nash Icon release; followed by critically-acclaimed CMA Awards hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and their highly-anticipated opening monologue. And that is just the first 15 minutes.

“If you don’t see the first 15 minutes of the CMA Awards live, you will be grasping for straws at the proverbial watercooler the next morning,” said CMA Chief Executive Officer Sarah Trahern. “It is that good and it is just the beginning of a great night of entertainment.”

Church’s nominations include Entertainer (his first nomination in the category); Male Vocalist; Single of the Year for “Talladega,” which was produced by Jay Joyce and Arturo Buenahora, Jr.;  Song of the Year for “Like A Wrecking Ball,” which he wrote with Casey Beathard; and Musical Event of the Year for “Raise ‘Em Up” with Keith Urban. He will be performing “Are You Ready For the Country” with Williams – himself a two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year (1987, 1988).

The song, which was written and recorded by Neil Young and later recorded by Waylon Jennings, “is the perfect narrative for the night,” said CMA Awards Executive Producer Robert Deaton. “It sets up musically everything that is going to happen for the rest of the show.”

Paisley and Underwood have undeniable chemistry, humor, and the admiration of the music industry, and they bring it all to the stage. Viewers and the industry audience have come to expect musical parody, wry topical humor, and colorful commentary on pop culture.

With all of that going for them, it’s easy to forget they are world-class entertainers and in addition to hosting duties both will also have performances during the broadcast.

“They have impeccable timing as hosts and then in the next segment you see them with their bands blowing the roof off the arena with an amazing performance,” said Deaton. “They are the whole package.”

Click here to see a video montage of their hosting highlights from previous CMA Awards.

Winners of “The 49th Annual CMA Awards” will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible voting members of the Country Music Association. CMA Awards balloting is tabulated by the international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP. The third and final ballot will be emailed to CMA members Thursday, Oct. 8. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends Tuesday, Oct. 27 (6:00 PM/CT).

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Tim McGraw & Eric Church Announced as WE Fest Headliners

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Tim McGraw has been added as a headliner for the 34th Annual WE Fest at Soo Pass Ranch in Detroit Lakes, MN. McGraw joins previously announced headliner, country music superstar, Eric Church. The festival will be held August 4-6, 2016.

Tickets are available now for WE Fest 2016. 3-day general admission tickets start at $129, with reserve tickets starting at $135, and VIP packages starting at $700. More information on VIP package details, along with camping options and pricing is available online only at or call 800-493-3378.

“We are pulling out all the stops to bring our Fans a festival in 2016 that is sure to be considered the biggest WE Fest yet, so don’t wait to order your tickets and camping for 2016. Get them now!” proclaims GM, Bob Bliss.

WE Fest will be announcing more artists as we lead up to the Holidays.

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Eric Church Christens Exhibit at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum 

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The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum hosted an intimate reception of family, music industry friends, and media VIPs Thursday night to celebrate the opening of its latest cameo exhibition, “Eric Church: Inside the Outsider.”  The exhibit features stage clothing, song manuscripts, photos, awards, a hand-written note from George Strait, and more memorabilia that was personally selected by this year’s top CMA Awards nominee for the display.  “Eric Church: Inside the Outsider” will run through February 2016 and is part of the normal admission to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

During the reception, Church said,

“I revere country music. I grew up a fan in North Carolina. I remember a distinct memory when I was 23, walking by the Country Music Hall of Fame just having a moment you know, as a songwriter that had been told ‘no’ a bunch. If I had the chance, had a time machine to go back and tell that guy what would happen over the next 10-15 years (laughs)…neither one of us would believe it.  I just walked through an exhibit that had my name all over it, and here’s what I learned. It doesn’t matter how great your songs are, how great a singer and player you are…I know this now, that it’s about the people that are in this room. It’s about everybody from songwriters, it’s about management, it’s about the band and crew that give it to ‘em every night. It’s about my family, it’s about the people at our house. It’s not about me, because it’s not possible for one person to make that happen.”

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‘Eric Church: Inside the Outsider’ Opens This Friday at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

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The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will explore the life and career of this year’s top CMA Awards nominee Eric Church in the exhibition Eric Church: Inside the Outsider, which opens September 18, 2015, and runs through February 2016.

With hits such as “Springsteen” and “Talladega,” Platinum albums Chief and The Outsiders, and multiple ACM and CMA Awards, Church maintains an authenticity that resonates deeply with fans. His musical hybrid incorporates influences ranging from Merle Haggard to Metallica, breaking down genre barriers.

“Eric Church is a risk-taker who has blurred genre lines and created a sound that is as unique as he is,” says Senior Vice President of Museum Services Carolyn Tate. “We are excited to offer museum guests a peek behind his trademark aviators for a look ‘inside the outsider.’”

The exhibition will examine the North Carolina native’s path to stardom, with stage wear, guitars, song manuscripts, photos and more from his personal collection. Church has loaned the museum a wealth of artifacts to represent his life and career. Highlights include:

  • Harmony H-303 three-quarter-size acoustic guitar played by Church as a child
  • Gold necklace with Hank Williams Jr.’s logo, which was a gift to Church from Williams
  • Stage costume worn by Church in the 2012 video for “Creepin’.” Outfit includes American flag pattern scarf; John Varvatos shirt, boots, and sunglasses; and more
  • Ray-Ban Aviator Mirror sunglasses worn by Church
  • CMT Artists of the Year trophy, 2012, presented to Church by Kid Rock
  • Award plaque for Platinum certification of Chief and three singles from the album – “Drink in My Hand,” “Homeboy” and “Springsteen”—June 2012
  • ACM and CMA Album of the Year Awards for Chief
  • Note and autographed Fender FA-100 acoustic guitar presented to Church by George Strait for performing on Strait’s farewell tour, The Cowboy Rides Away, in 2014
  • Notebook with handwritten notes and set lists from The Outsiders World Tour. Church promised that the set list for each night would be different
  • Rogue leather jacket, John Varvatos shirt, Diesel jeans, and leather boots worn by Church on the cover of The Outsiders and at the 2013 CMA Awards

For more information about the exhibition, click here. Follow @countrymusichof on Twitter and join the conversation using #InsidetheOutsider.

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