Check out JT Hodges new music video for “Ray Bans.”
Check out JT Hodges new music video for “Ray Bans.”
In the midst of its milestone 90th Anniversary celebration, the Grand Ole Opry is launching a series of projects spotlighting the country music careers destined to propel the show toward the century mark. OPRY 9.0, Vol 1: Discoveries From the Circle will be released on June 30 and includes memorable live Opry performances from next generation artists Chase Bryant, JT Hodges and Drake White. More volumes in the 9.0 series are scheduled for release later in the Opry’s anniversary year with featured discovery artists to be announced.
“Since November 1925 when Opry founder George D. Hay introduced fiddle player Uncle Jimmy Thompson on a new Nashville radio station, the Opry has celebrated new artists making their mark on country music and shaping its future,” said Pete Fisher, Opry vice president and general manager.
“Drake, JT, and Chase as well as those to be featured in future 9.0 releases represent a class of artists who’ve stood out to Opry audiences tuned in around the world and have pointed to great things ahead for country music fans and for the Opry.
Each of the artists to be featured on the 9.0 series will make numerous Opry appearances throughout the show’s 90th anniversary year and will be scheduled for Opry Shop in-store appearances in support of the project. Hodges’ next Opry appearance and in-store signing is scheduled for July 10, with Bryant following on July 14. The 9.0 audio project will be supplemented with other artist discovery content on opry.com, throughout the Opry’s social media platforms, at live Opry performances, and with the Opry’s country radio partners.
OPRY 9.0, VOL I: Discoveries From The Circle:
OPRY 9.0, Vol I: Discoveries From The Circle, will be available at the Opry’s four Nashville retail stores as well at Opry.com and all major digital retailers and streaming services. The album was executive produced by Steve Buchanan, President, Opry Entertainment Group, and Fisher
The Eric & Jessie Decker Foundation will host “On Deck With The Deckers” Charity Casino Night! The evening will include all your favorite table games, which will culminate in a Texas Hold’em tournament to crown the 1st annual event champion. Raffle prizes for the evening will include vacation packages and VIP sports experiences.
All proceeds will benefit EJDF’s work with military service members, veterans and animals.
Eric Decker and Jessie James Decker have invited their celebrity friends who include: Chuck Wicks, Demaryius Thomas, Jana Kramer, Joe Don (Rascal Flatts), JT Hodges, Mike Fisher (Nashville Predators), Rae Lynn, and Wesley Woodyard (Tennessee Titans). *Additional artists and professional athletes to be named soon; all attendees subject to change.
“On Deck with The Deckers” Charity Casino Night will be hosted at The Rosewall in Nashville on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 from 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM (CDT).
The Grand Ole Opry and iHeart Radio are readying their rosters as they prepare to strike out cancer at the City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game. More than 25 music and sports stars will step up to the plate for this 25th anniversary event, taking place June 13 from the new First Tennessee Park during CMA Music Festival. Tickets are available now at http://bit.ly/csg15pr.
Country standouts Angie Johnson, Bret Michaels, Bucky Covington, Deana Carter, JT Hodges, Phil Vassar and The Bobby Bones Show, along with Titans cornerback Perrish Cox and current and former Nashville Predators players Seth Jones and Stu Grimson, will play alongside previously announced participants Aaron Watson, Charles Esten, Chuck Wicks, Lauren Alaina, Lindsay Ell, Little Big Town, Love and Theft, and Vince Gill to strike out cancer with City of Hope. Winning StageIt performers SaraBeth and Doug McCormick will also take to the field for the anniversary event. CMT After Midnite’s Cody Alan and The Crook and Chase Countdown’s Lorianne Crook will emcee and offer play-by-plays for the thousands of fans in attendance.
Team Opry: Aaron Watson, Bucky Covington, Charles Esten, Chuck Wicks, Deana Carter, Eric Gunderson (Love And Theft), JT Hodges, Jimi Westbrook (Little Big Town), Kimberly Schlapman (Little Big Town), Phil Vassar, SaraBeth, Stu Grimson and Vince Gill.
Team iHeart Radio: Angie Johnson, Bret Michaels, Doug McCormick, Karen Fairchild (Little Big Town), Lauren Alaina, Lindsay Ell, Perrish Cox, Phillip Sweet (Little Big Town), Seth Jones, Stephen Barker Liles (Love And Theft) plus The Bobby Bones Show’s Bobby Bones, Eddie and Lunchbox.
Joining the lineup is Music City native Stephen Bess, who received lifesaving treatment for acute lymphocytic leukemia more than two years ago at City of Hope. He and his genetically matched stem cell donor, who reside nine time zones apart, will meet for the very first time in a special ceremony before taking the field for the 25th Annual Celebrity Softball Game.
A pioneer in the treatment of bone and blood marrow diseases, City of Hope has performed more than 12,000 lifesaving bone marrow transplants. It also is a leading biomedical research institute for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening illnesses. The City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game, presented by Staples and sponsored by PEOPLE Country, raises funds for that research.
Each year, the Celebrity Softball Game regularly features some of Country Music’s biggest and hottest stars. Over the years, Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Scotty McCreery, Vince Gill and many more have taken to the field in support of City of Hope’s lifesaving mission.
City of Hope is an independent biomedical research institution and comprehensive cancer center where scientists and physicians quickly transform scientific discoveries into better treatments and prevention strategies for people around the world. Support from the Nashville community and its country music artists directly benefit City of Hope’s mission to find cures for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.
Tickets for the game can be purchased through Ticketmaster. Get more information on the game and the line-up of celebrities at www.cityofhope.org/softball. Those not able to attend the game can still support the cause. A variety of unique merchandise and experiences, including meet-and-greets with the hottest artists, will be available for bid at charitybuzz.com. The proceeds will benefit City of Hope’s mission to eradicate cancer and other life-threatening diseases.