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Toby Keith, Hank Williams Jr., Alison Krauss, Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles, Lee Ann Womack & Jack Ingram Added to Kris Kristofferson Concert

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Music stars Toby Keith, Hank Williams Jr., Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles, Lee Ann Womack and Jack Ingram have been added to the all-star lineup at The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson on Wednesday, March 16, at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. The all-star concert event taping pays tribute to the legendary singer-songwriter and actor.

The new additions to the lineup join previously announced performing artists Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Ryan Bingham, Rosanne Cash, Eric Church, Emmylou Harris, Jamey Johnson, Willie Nelson, Darius Rucker, Trisha Yearwood and Kris Kristofferson. Kristofferson will perform with select music stars throughout the night creating extraordinary musical moments. Additional performers will be announced in the coming weeks.

A new block of tickets in all price ranges, starting at $75, are on sale at Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster locations and at the Bridgestone Arena box office. Citi is the official credit card of The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson.

Kristofferson, a Country Music Hall of Fame member, is considered a true poet who helped modernize the genre with songs such as “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down,” “Help Me Make It Through the Night,” “Me and Bobby McGee” and “Lovin’ Her Was Easier.” These are the songs of heartbreak and despair, of love and loss, of yearning and hope. These are the songs so honest that we adopted them as our own. They are the songs of a life led unlike any other: An All-American athlete, Golden Gloves boxer, Army Ranger, helicopter pilot, singer-songwriter, social activist, humanitarian and movie star.

Keith Wortman is creator and executive producer of the show. Grammy Award-winner Don Was will serve as music director and will lead an all-star band backing the performers at this incomparable concert event taping. The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson will be filmed and recorded for multi-platform distribution throughout traditional media (worldwide broadcast, music and digital).

“Kris and his songs mean everything to music artists and fans alike. They have inspired us to remain true to ourselves in every possible way. The addition of these incredible artists to this lineup is a testament to that,” Wortman said. “This is an experience everyone will want to be a part of.”

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Jack Ingram and Craig Campbell Join Kellie Pickler, Jerrod Niemann, LOCASH & More Set to Perform at Island Time Music and Fishing Fest

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Country music hit-makers Jack Ingram and Craig Campbell will join Kellie Pickler, Jerrod Niemann, Blackjack Billy, Love and Theft, LOCASH, Kyle Jacobs, American Young, Nick Norman, Natalie Stovall, Lewis Brice, Joal Rush, Hailey Steele, Rob Hatch, and Ryan Rickman for The Island Time Music and Fishing Fest on February 15-20, 2016 in Isla Mujeres, Mexico. The island paradise of Isla Mujeres will welcome an informal delegation of Nashville musicians, singers, and songwriters all in an effort to raise funds for the Little Yellow School House, which provides services to the special needs children of Isla Mujeres at no charge.

“I’m honored to be a part of such a special event,” says Ingram. “I am humbled that I can make a difference in these children’s lives through music and look forward to playing with my Nashville friends in the bars of Isla Mujeres, Mexico.”

The event’s six day schedule features a series of intimate, live performances in local venues (including a luxurious private residence) along with a fishing tournament that coincides with the winter migration of sailfish to the local waters.

Proceeds from event tickets, the fishing tournament, an online memorabilia auction, and sales of commemorative merchandise will fund the operations of the Little Yellow School House, which Bundled tickets for the event range from $199 to $249 per person and additional pricing for select events is also available. All artists and staff volunteer during this annual event allowing for every penny raised to benefit the children at Little Yellow School House. Complete information on the Island Time Music and Fishing Festival, along with a link to purchase tickets, can be found at IslandTimeMusicFest.com.

The Fans Say It’s Time For ‘Bro’ to Go!

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Bro-Country (love the term or hate it, it’s sticking) is dominating the country music airwaves. Florida Georgia Line, Cole Swindell, Luke Bryan, and Jason Aldean all sing to profess their love of girls in cut-off jeans, tan legs, jacked-up pick-ups and drinking under the moon. Nearly every song on the radio has the same sentiment or the same down-beat. Hard core fans of this trend, basically folks who jumped on the country bandwagon within the past 4 years, have no idea that Jason Aldean use to sing a song about a green tractor or sang about telling the “Truth.” They may not also be aware that Luke Bryan had several good albums before his lastest train wreck where he sang about takin’ rides in trucks, a tacklebox, or a loss in “The Car in Front of Me.” Some of these guys were someone else entirely before jumping on the bandwagon of what sells with the emergence of Florida Georgia Line. It’s because of this success that guys like Cole Swindell are able to get record deals, and Darius Rucker’s first country album was called “too country” and had to be revamped before release.

Yes, country music has evolved, but unfortunately, the current trend is forcing some incredible talent to the sidelines. People who have an actual story to tell, are being silenced because they aren’t “radio friendly,” aka deeper than a shotglass of fireball.

So, when we asked CMTT readers via Twitter and Facebook who they thought was the most overrated and underrated country artists the results were a bit overwhelming. While the underrated were split between Kristian Kane, Chris Young, and Gary Allen. The artists folks seem to think are a tad overrated were pretty consistent, and overwhelmingly bro-country. With the exception of a couple people naming Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, and Kacey Musgraves; nearly everyone voted Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, and/or Jason Aldean. (There was one vote for George Strait, but were gonna plead insanity on their behalf).

So, this leads to the question…. why does country radio saturate the airwaves with shallow bro-country if it appears the overwhelming majority is tired of the trend? Last week at CRS, a room full of DJs who spin bro-country on repeat gave the Oak Ridge Boys a standing ovation. Could someone explain it to me??

Last week, country singer Jack Ingram (many of you won’t know who his is because he didn’t get popular performing bro-country, but I suggest you look him up) took to Facebook to talk about a comment a radio exec had made.

I heard that a Nashville executive made a comment during the Country Radio Seminar last week that “if it’s not played on country radio, it doesn’t exist”. When I look at the list of artists that I just came up with off of the top of my head from music that I listen to often, I just can’t help but laugh at the short sightedness of a comment like that. Some of those artists certainly do exist and will sell 20 million records/downloads/friends/etc. and other artists on that list MOST CERTAINLY EXIST and will not sell a single record/download/friend/etc… I have had points in my career where I have been played often on the radio. In fact, I believe one of my singles was one of the most played songs on the radio for an entire year! I have also had moments of my career where my songs were not played much at all over the airwaves. My music existed at every moment! You can believe that.

I very much enjoy and seek to get my music on the radio, country music radio in particular! A recording artist’s second most important objective is to get their music heard, through any means possible, by the most amount of people possible! The 1st objective is to make music that I believe in, that speaks the truth as I see it and hear it. If I don’t make music that I believe in, then and only then will it ever cease to exist whether it’s on the radio or not. Through experience I know this to be true.

Music that gets played on the radio certainly does exist! The radio gives GREAT music a good chance of finding a huge audience to exist with for a long time! But let’s never mistake a HIT song for automatically being a GREAT song…sometimes you have both but one does not guarantee the other!

My hero, Willie Nelson, did NOT say “There is only 1 type of music- music on the radio”…What he DID say is “There are only 2 kinds of music- GOOD and BAD.”

I agree….and sometimes bad music gets the most play. I’m not saying that fun music is bad. But if it’s all you got, then you’re gonna run outta things to say real quick. There’s a reason why Alan Jackson, George Strait, Reba McEntire, and hell even Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley, and Keith Urban have had careers that have spanned decades. They each know who they are and stay true to it. If they changed their sound because of a trend…they will flounder. They may not always be hitting no. 1, but they stay relevant. Alan Jackson still performs hits that he performed back in the day, “Wanted,” “Mercury,” “Chattahoochee.” I suggest that some of these newcomers start singing songs they wanna be singing when they’re 60…unless of course… they don’t plan on being around that long…and maybe Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean need to take a listen to their earlier albums like ‘I’ll Stay Me’ and  ‘Relentless.’

Artists are constantly being quoted that they ‘just wanna make good music.’  Well, I’d like to say… no one is stopping you…get on with it.

Carrie Underwood Sheds Tears, Rascal Flatts “Tebows” at ACM Honors Ceremony

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Jason Davis/Getty Images for ACM

The 8th Annual ACM Honors were held on September 9, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee at the Ryman Auditorium, which is often referred to as the “mother church of country music.” The evening was a celebration of special award recipients from the Academy of Country Music, honoring musicians, industry professionals, and artists. Emotions ran high throughout the night, as both presenters and performers recalled memories of the honorees.

Jake Owen hosted the ceremony, and kicked off the night with a performance of Ronnie Milsap’s “Back on My Mind Again.” Milsap was later presented with the Career Achievement Award, and Hunter Hayes performed a medley of Milsap’s hits “I Wouldn’t Have Missed It For the World” and “Smoky Mountain Rain” in his honor.

The Special Awards segment of the ceremony was full of memorable performances, including the Oak Ridge Boys, who received a standing ovation for their performance of “Elvira” in honor of veteran booking agent Paul Moore, recipient of the Mae Boren Axton Award.

“How cool is it to see Carrie Underwood singing ‘oom papa oom papa mow mow’??” said Joe Bonsall.

 Carrie Underwood was visibly emotional during her acceptance of the Gene Weed Special Achievement Award, thanking her husband and her team for their efforts. Jake Owen quipped afterwards that this was just the beginning of her emotional rollercoaster, referring to her recently announced pregnancy. The video highlights showcased her achievements from the live Sound of Music television production to her recorded music and touring. The Swon Brothers performed a medley of her hits “See You Again” and “Wasted” in her honor.

A dynamic trio of powerhouse vocals, Kelly Clarkson, Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum, and Kacey Musgraves, honored Songwriter of the Year Shane McAnally by performing some of his hits that they’ve recorded, including “Tie It Up,” “Downtown,” and “Merry Go Round.”

“These songs are who we are,” said Shane McAnally. He recalled the early days of his career and how he thought that if Kenny Chesney could just hear his songs, he would make it. Sure enough, Chesney ended up hearing and recording “Somewhere With You,” which was McAnally’s first number one hit. Chesney also presented the award to McAnally.

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Jason Davis/Getty Images for ACM

Rascal Flatts was honored with the Jim Reeves Internal Award, recognizing their contributions to the expansion of country music around the world with their recent European tour stops. Tim Tebow was a surprise guest, and presented the award to the trio. Joe Don Rooney took the opportunity for a photo-op, and all four of them “Tebowed” after receiving the award, which may be a first for the historic Ryman stage.

An additional recipient of the Jim Reeves International Award was industry veteran Steve Buchanan, for his contributions to the global exposure of the Grand Ole Opry and Nashville television show. Buchanan mentioned during his acceptance speech that he is currently working a musical production of the iconic television show Hee-Haw with hit songwriters Shane McAnally and Brandy Clark. Nashville stars Sam Palladio (Gunnar) and Clare Bowen (Scarlett) performed to honor both Buchanan and Rascal Flatts.

The star-studded evening also included legendary Brenda Lee, who presented the Pioneer Award to Bob Beckham’s family and Tony Joe White performed “Polk Salad Annie” in his honor.

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Jason Davis/Getty Images for ACM

The Poet’s Award went to Cowboy Jack Clement, Buck Owens, Dean Dillon, and Kris Kristofferson for their iconic songwriting contributions to country music. Performers honoring the recipients included Shawn Camp, Billy Burnette, Dierks Bentley, Dwight Yoakam, Rodney Clawson, Lee Ann Womack, Jack Ingram, and Will Hoge.

Other awards presented included:

  • Industry Awards: Venues of the year (Billy Bob’s Texas, Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater, Grand Ole Opry House, Bridgestone Arena), talent buyer of the year (Nicole More), casinos of the year (Mohegan Sun Wolf Den, Mohegan Sun Wolf Arena), and promoter of the year (Brian O’Connell).
  • Studio Recording Awards: bass player of the year (Michael Rhodes), guitar player of the year (Rob McNelley), piano/keyboards player of the year (Charlie Judge), steel guitar player of the year (Paul Franklin), audio engineer of the year (Justin Niebank), specialty instrument player of the year (Bryan Sutton), drummer of the year (Shannon Forrest), and producer of the year (Dan Huff).

Kris Kristofferson closed out the evening by summing it up perfectly:

I feel like I’m in church and I can’t thank you enough.

 

Nicole Palsa
@nicolepalsa

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