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Country Music Hall of Fame Announces 2014 Hot Nights at the Hall Lineup

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The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will make the perks of museum membership even sweeter this summer with the return of its Hot Nights at the Hall concert series. Free to all museum members and staged in the museum’s beautiful Event Hall overlooking downtown Nashville, the fourth installment of the series will jumpstart with the Henningsens on June 3. Josh Thompson will follow on July 10, and Holly Williams will cap off the 2014 season on August 1. In addition to blue-ribbon live music, all shows feature autograph signings; complimentary food and a cash bar.

Individual tickets to the shows are available for $20 per show to non-members. The cost of museum membership starts at $45 and includes admission to all three Hot Nights at the Hall shows; a limited edition, commemorative Hot Nights at the Hall Hatch Show Print poster and after-hours access to select museum galleries prior to each show. Museum members also receive a year of free visits to the museum, discounts at the Museum Store and Hatch Show Print retail, invitations to other members-only events and much more. Memberships or show tickets may be purchased in advance by calling (615) 291-8419 or online at countrymusichalloffame.org/hotnights. They can also be purchased at the door each night of the series.

2014 Hot Nights at the Hall Schedule:

 Tuesday, June 3        The Henningsens
The Henningsens are a family trio—father Brian Henningsen, daughter Clara Henningsen and son Aaron Henningsen—with deep farming roots. Musically, they have distinguished themselves both as songwriters and as performers specializing in lush harmonies. Before the group charmed audiences with their own self-penned hit “American Beautiful,” they provided The Band Perry with the dynamic “You Lie” and the chart-topping “All Your Life.”  The Henningsens spent the summer of 2013 on tour with Brad Paisley. They have released a self-titled EP and are currently readying their debut full-length album.

Thursday, July 10     Josh Thompson
Josh Thompson serves up southern-rock-infused anthems that provide rollicking escape for listeners looking to unwind. He also has a way with heartfelt story songs that pay homage to his classic country roots. Thompson’s 2010 debut album, Way Out Here, featured the hit “Beer on the Table.” He has written songs for Jason Aldean and Brad Paisley, and he has opened for acts including Aldean, Paisley, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Eric Church and Justin Moore. Thompson’s new album, Turn It Up, has already yielded the chart-climber “Cold Beer with Your Name on It.” His latest single, “Wanted Me Gone,” is at country radio now.

Friday, August 1       Holly Williams
Holly Williams has allowed her art to evolve over time. After two acclaimed albums, her confidence and patience have made her one of Nashville’s most intriguing young singer-songwriters. The daughter of Hank Williams Jr. and the granddaughter of Hank Williams, she has emerged with her own style, prompting the New York Times to declare, “She’s often closer to songwriters like John Prine or Bruce Springsteen.” Guests including Dierks Bentley, Jackson Browne, Jakob Dylan and Gwyneth Paltrow appear on Williams’ album The Highway, released last year.

Museum members are invited to take self-guided tours of select museum galleries prior to each show at 5:30 p.m. Doors to the Event Hall will open at 6:00 p.m., and the concerts begin at 7:00 p.m. Each concert will be followed by an autograph signing. For more information on Hot Nights at the Hall or museum membership, please visit countrymusichalloffame.org/hotnights.

CMT Honors the “Next Woman of Country”

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CMT Next Women Of Country

Music Row heavyweights and CMT executives came together today at an event to recognize female artists who are making an indelible impact on country music. CMT announced Big Machine Records artist Danielle Bradbery would be the newest addition to its Next Women of Country franchise, joining 15 other females whom CMT promotes on-air and online throughout the year. The network will grow the franchise to include more than a dozen taped performances with Next Women artists throughout the year, which will air on CMT, CMT Pure and CMT.com. In addition, CMT will highlight Bradbery and Brandy Clark as part of its upcoming LISTEN UP series, a multi-platform franchise that showcases artists on the verge of breaking out.

“Many of country music’s most memorable voices belong to its strong women, and I’m honored to stand behind the rising stars like the talented ladies present today,” said Leslie Fram, SVP of Music Strategy, CMT. “Signed and unsigned, these women are making their careers happen on their own terms, and CMT is proud to introduce them to a new generation of fans through our growing Next Women franchise.”

The small industry crowd was treated to performances by Bradbery (@DBradbery), Ashley Monroe (@ashleymonroe), Holly Williams (@hollywilliams1) and Lauren Alaina (@Lauren_Alaina).

Among the guests were several other members of CMT’s Next Women of Country franchise, including Cassadee Pope (@CassadeePope), Jana Kramer (@kramergirl), Kacey Musgraves (@KaceyMusgraves), Kelleigh Bannen (@kelleighbannen), Kristen Kelly (@KristenKelly), Lauren Alaina, Angaleena Presley (@guitarleena), Rachel Farley (@rachelfarley), Rose Falcon (@RoseFalcon) and Sarah Darling (@_SarahDarling).

CMT first announced its Next Women of Country initiative in January of this year, a franchise dedicated to showcasing the new generation of signed and unsigned female artists across CMT platforms and at Nextwomen.CMT.com. CMT’s current video playlist is nearly half female, with a handful of emerging artists from the Next Women franchise including Ashley Monroe, Brandy Clark (@TheBrandyClark) and Holly Williams.

Pictured from L-R: Seated: Rachel Farley, Lauren Alaina, Danielle Bradbery, Ashley Monroe, Holly Williams; Standing: Kacey Musgraves, Jana Kramer, Angaleena Presley, Sarah Darling, Rose Falcon, Kristen Kelly, Sarah Zimmermann (Striking Matches), Cassadee Pope, Kelleigh Bannen

Photo Credit: Rick Diamond/WireImage

Biscuits & Jam Concert Series Packs a Full Plate

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Biscuits and Jam

Southern Living announces the first-ever Biscuits & Jam Concert Series, presented by AT&T U-verse®, to be held at the 2013 Southern Living Idea House at Fontanel in Nashville. Emerging country artists will perform on Sunday evenings from July 7 to August 25. Tickets are on sale now for $15 at fontanelmansion.com.

Set against a scenic backdrop of classic Southern architecture and gardens, guests will enjoy acoustic performances and a picnic-themed menu featuring Southern Living Test Kitchen recipes, including a complimentary signature biscuit. Each concert will feature 60-75 minutes of live country music starting at 5:30 p.m. in the courtyard of the Idea House. Following are the artists scheduled to play the series:

July 7: Nikki Lane
July 14: Jana Kramer
July 21: The Farm
July 28: Elizabeth Cook
August 4: Holly Williams
August 11: Brett Eldredge
August 18: Sarah Darling
August 25: DUGAS

Video footage from each show will be available on the new Country DeepTM App on U-verse TV 1, online at Uverse.com/countrydeep and on mobile devices via the U-verse App for smartphones & tablets.2 From September through December, videos from the series will also be available at SouthernLiving.com/Jam.

The Southern Living Idea House, designed to inspire consumers, is open for tours from Wednesday through Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. This year, the home was built on Barbara Mandrell’s former estate, and will later reopen as a boutique hotel. Tickets to view the house are $12 and a portion of the proceeds will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. For more information, visit southernliving.com/ideahouse. This concert series is the third musical attraction on the Fontanel grounds, in addition to the recording studio and outdoor amphitheater. The courtyard at the house can hold 450 attendees at each show.

Holly Williams Says She is Taking It Slow

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Holly Williams says she could have taken the easy way to stardom in Nashville — by putting on a cowboy hat, calling up a record company and mentioning that she’s the daughter of Hank Williams Junior and granddaughter of Hank Williams. But she decided not to do that. Instead, she has been playing small clubs and working on her songwriting.

Holly has even released her own album independently, rather than latch on to a label. Williams tells the Associated Press that  there is nothing wrong with trying to cash in on her substantial country music pedigree. But she says that “was not what was natural” to her. She says she rather play her guitar, piano and write stories set to music.

Williams wrote or co-wrote all the songs on her new album, which features Jackson Browne, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jakob Dylan and Dierks Bentley.

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