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Craig Campbell’s Innaugural Celebrity Cornhole Challenge a Huge Success

Craig Campbell

Rising country music star Craig Campbell kicked off CMA Fest with a bang by hosting his inaugural Celebrity Cornhole Challenge. Craig and his celebrity friends competed in a cornhole tournament to raise money for the TJ Martell Foundation’s colon cancer research in honor of Craig’s late father who passed away from colon cancer at the age of 36.

The event took place Tuesday June 4th at the Public Square in Downtown Nashville, and featured many of Craig’s celebrity friends, including Bridgette Tatum, Dean Alexander, James Wesley, Ryan Kinder, Big D & Bubba, Chase Rice, THE FARM, Gloriana, Greg Bates, Jerrod Niemann, LoCash Cowboys, Love and Theft, Rachel Bradshaw, Whitney Duncan, Australian duo Baylou, GAC’s Suzanne Alexander, Titans Kicker Rob Bironas, and Storme Warren as emcee. A few lucky fans bid on the chance to play in the tournament alongside their favorite celebs. Campbell and his teammate Eric Lindsey proudly posed for photos with fans and their trophies after taking the top spot in the tournament. Second place went to Brad McDonald and Corey Hadley, third to LoCash Cowboys, and fourth to Bigger Picture artist Ryan Kinder and Bigger Picture President, Michael Powers.

In addition to watching their favorite celebs battle it out with beanbags, fans also enjoyed great musical performances from Baylou, Rachel Bradshaw, Ryan Kinder, Jerrod Niemann, and Craig himself closing out the event with a crowd-pleasing performance of his hit “Fish”. The event was a huge success, collecting more than $15,000 with proceeds benefitting the TJ Martell Foundation.

“I’m immensely grateful to all my fans and friends who came out to take part in my first Celebrity Cornhole Challenge. It meant a lot to have so much support in our efforts to toss out colon cancer,” says Campbell. “We are already making plans for next year’s event, and I’m strategizing how to land a win again in year two!”

As Campbell wraps his first Cornhole Challenge and begins planning for next year, he is also excited about his lead single “Outta My Head” climbing into the top 25 on the Billboard Country chart. Written by Brandon Kinney, Cole Swindell, and Michael Carter, the song is featured on his recently released sophomore album NEVER REGRET, available now everywhere music is sold.

Generous event supporters included Bigger Picture, Creative Artists Agency, McPherson Guitars, SESAC, Team Cocktail, The T.J. Martell Foundation, Twisted Tea: Hard Iced Tea, Yazoo, The Stage, Legends Corner, Second Fiddle, Crossroads, and more.

James Wesley Returns to Country Radio with “Thank A Farmer”

James Wesley

James Wesley is back with his new single “Thank A Farmer,” a powerful, heartfelt homage to America’s heartland just in time for National Agriculture Day (March 19).

Wesley, whose previous hits include the Top 25 singles “Real” and “Didn’t I,” scored 25 first week monitoring stations upon the single’s debut yesterday at Country Radio, including major markets of Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island), NY; Portland, OR; Sacramento, CA and Kansas City, MO.

“Thank A Farmer” tells the story of both the struggles and importance of farming as the backbone of every American community. From the skyscrapers of millions-populated cities to the back roads of our rural small towns, Wesley’s “Thank A Farmer” reintroduces the idea of paying respect to the hardworking men and women that make our daily conveniences possible. These include luxuries that we often take for granted, including “the coffee in our cup,” and “the blacktop roads. . .that used to be his land,” and even the “tank top-wearing Country girls in old skin tight blue jeans.”

Co-written this past summer by Wesley’s Broken Bow Records label mate Dustin Lynch, GRAMMY-nominated Magic Mustang songwriter Steve Bogard and recording artist Josh Thompson, “Thank A Farmer” immediately hit home for Wesley. Having grown up on a dairy farm in Mound Valley, KS, Wesley spent his high school years raising livestock on his family’s farm and studying crops as a member of the FFA (Future Farmers of America).

“This song IS me and where I am from which is ‘The Heartland’ of Southeast Kansas. I raised goats, chickens, ducks, pigeons, and we always had a big garden growing up. I can’t tell you how many green beans I picked before and after school growing up!” says Wesley of his background and decision to record the song.

“Growing up on a small farm taught me to be responsible and gave me a sense of pride, but above all it gave me a great work ethic. I have always had to work for what I got,” continues Wesley. “Growing up in a farming community was everything. A man’s word meant something and a handshake was a deal. If anyone was ever in need you could always count on your neighbor.”

Fans can listen to and purchase the single now at iTunes

CMA Fest Riverfront Stage Line-Up Announced


Reflecting the wide range of artists who perform at CMA Music Festival, the lineup for the Chevrolet™ Riverfront Stage includes a collection of past, present, and future superstar artists. The 2012 CMA Music Festival will be held Thursday-Sunday, June 7-10, in downtown Nashville. The Chevrolet Riverfront Stage is free and open to the public.
The performances on the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage will kick-off on Thursday, June 7th at 10:00 AM/CDT with a high energy show from the CMA Award-winning duo Montgomery Gentry. The duo last performed at CMA Music Festival in 2009.

“Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry are the perfect act to launch the 2012 CMA Music Festival on the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage because of the excitement they generate with the fans while performing their great repertoire of hit music,” said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “This stage is packed with great hit-makers for four days, and it’s free! We invite everyone to come and enjoy the great music on the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage.”

Chevrolet, a valued partner of CMA Music Festival and the Official Ride of Country Music, will once again host a vehicle display at Riverfront throughout the four-day event.

Other artists performing on the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage include Wade Bowen, Lee Brice, Laura Bell Bundy, Craig Campbell, Edens Edge, Brett Eldredge, THE FARM, Colt Ford, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Gloriana, JT Hodges, Steve Holy, Casey James, Jana Kramer, Tracy Lawrence, LoCash Cowboys, Lonestar, Love and Theft, Dustin Lynch, Neal McCoy, Jo Dee Messina, Kip Moore, Craig Morgan, Lorrie Morgan, David Nail, Heidi Newfield, Jerrod Niemann, Oak Ridge Boys, James Otto, Randy Rogers Band, Thomas Rhett, Sawyer Brown, Corey Smith, Sunny Sweeney, Josh Thompson, Mel Tillis, Uncle Kracker, Phil Vassar, James Wesley, and Darryl Worley.
The current daily artist lineups are revealed below in alphabetical order:

  • Thursday, June 7: Lee Brice, Colt Ford, Tracy Lawrence, Dustin Lynch, Neal McCoy, Montgomery Gentry, Craig Morgan, Jerrod Niemann, Randy Rogers Band, Josh Thompson, and Uncle Kracker.
  • Friday, June 8: Craig Campbell, THE FARM, Gloriana, Jo Dee Messina, David Nail, Oak Ridge Boys, Thomas Rhett, Sawyer Brown, Phil Vassar, and James Wesley.
  • Saturday, June 9: Laura Bell Bundy, Edens Edge, Casey James, Lonestar, Love and Theft, Kip Moore, Heidi Newfield, James Otto, Corey Smith, and Mel Tillis.
  • Sunday, June 10: Wade Bowen, Brett Eldredge, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, JT Hodges, Steve Holy, Jana Kramer, LoCash Cowboys, Lorrie Morgan, Sunny Sweeney, and Darryl Worley

Performance order will be listed on, the official website of CMA Music Festival, closer to the event. Artists and dates subject to change.

Admittance to the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage is free, but four-day ticket holders have an exclusive 45-minute, early-entrance window before the gates open to the general public. The Riverfront concerts are a popular destination for families who want to enjoy great musical performances while relaxing on the sloping bank above the Cumberland River. The concerts are fun in the sun within easy walking distance of all the Festival event sites, with food vendors, activities, and more.

CMA Music Festival celebrates the unique relationship between Country Music artists and their fans in the heart of Music City USA. The artists participate for free, and on their behalf, CMA donates half the net proceeds of the Festival to support music education in Metro Nashville Public Schools through the Keep the Music Playing program. To date, more than $6.1 million has been donated to purchase musical instruments and supplies. The total also includes a $1 million endowment gift for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Words & Music program.

For up-to-the-minute information about tickets, travel information, schedules, artist appearances and more, visit, the official Internet home of CMA Music Festival.

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Top Tweets of the Week – Week of August 14th

10. The next few tweets show what an honor it is to stand in that magical circle at the Opry.  @JamesWesley1 simply tweeted “Dressing room #10 tonight!!”

9. @HunterHayes told us how he felt after standing on the stage.  “I still can’t believe I played at the Grand Ole Opry tonight!!! Freaking out over pictures of me behind the mic. Unbelievable!!”

8. Driving can be scary at times, but I don’t think I have been as scared as @KipMooreMusic here: “Wrong way on a 4 lane 1 way traffic zone…..little scary. Think my scream was that of a 3 year old”

7. @LauraBellBundy has been all around the country and seen many things, but after finishing album #2 she had the best day ever! “As I lay me down to sleep, I think… This was the best day ever! Got to finish tracking my record & Katy Perry said ‘OKRR?!’ on stage. : )”

6. I’ve had many dreams where I meet celebrities. I guess @ScottyMcCreery does the same “I swear last nite I met Conway Twitty in my dreams. So i’m gonna hit the hay and see if I meet anybody cool tonight… Elvis?”

5. The H20 Tour is probably the tour of the year to be on.  To show his gratitude, @BrettEldredge gave Brad Paisley a new car! “I gave @BradPaisley my #Camaro!!”

4. Once again PETA would not be proud of Blake, but I laughed at what @JrodFromOz (Jerrod Niemann) tweeted “@blakeshelton told kids tryin 2 get a cat out of a tree “don’t bother the fire dept. w/ that crap. Where’s a rock or a bigger, hungrier cat””

3. Some days you need a little more inspiration than a morning cup of coffee. @ChrisYoungMusic has something a lot stronger than that “I was kinda down today… and then I remembered my dad survived lung cancer and I still have the man I look up to in my life #perspective”

2. I guess even the best singers have the right to mess up; @BradPaisley proved this in Europe.  “Favorite moment from London Botching the words in “Then”as the crowd laughed. Fav moment from Dublin?botching WaitinOnAWoman & they laughed.”

1. I never realized how long @BlakeShelton’s career has been.  Here is to another 50 years! “Just finished a set that melted my own face… It included 17 singles that ranged from 2001 to 2011… Son of a bitch I’m getting old…”

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