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CMT Honors the “Next Woman of Country”

CMT Next Women Of Country

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

Kristen Kelly to Help the Chicago White Sox and the Grand Ole Opry Celebrate Country Music

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Kristen Kelly

The Chicago White Sox are planning to serve up some Grand Ole Opry with its baseball as the team hosts “Country Music Night,” presented by Pepsi on Friday, August 9 during a 7:10 p.m. home game against the Minnesota Twins.

The White Sox will be celebrating country music throughout the game in partnership with Chicago’s most listened to country station – US 99.5, and Chicago’s own Joe’s Bar.

Arista Nashville recording artist and frequent Opry guest Kristen Kelly will take the field for a pre-game acoustic set and national anthem performance in front of the Opry’s signature microphone stand. Game activities will include multiple other artist performances and country music giveaways, and a post-game fireworks show is set to be synchronized with video performances recorded live on the Grand Ole Opry stage.

The fun continues following the fireworks with Kelly taking the stage at Joe’s Bar for a full show. All fans 21 and over are set to receive free admission to the performance when showing that day’s game ticket.

Game tickets are specially priced for country music fans along with their family and friends, with lower level tickets starting as low as $10. Fans interested in purchasing tickets should visit www.whitesox.com/country and enter the promo code CMN or call (866)-SOX-GAME.

Photo Courtesy of opry.com

Grand Ole Opry Adding Wednesday Night Shows To Summer Schedule

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Country music fans in Nashville are about to get another night of Opry to enjoy this summer. The Grand Ole Opry® presented by Humana® is adding eight weeks of Wednesday night shows to its schedule June 19 – August 7, joining the Opry’s Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday performances on the Opry’s show calendar.

Alison Krauss, the most awarded female artist in the history of the Grammy® Awards, is set to mark her 20th anniversary as an Opry member on Wednesday, July 3, and CMA award-winning group The Band Perry will visit the Opry the following Wednesday, July 10, playing an extended 30-minute segment.

Among others already scheduled for Wednesday nights this summer are American Idol finalist Janelle Arthur (Opry debut), Larry Gatlin, Kristen Kelly, Dustin Lynch, and Restless Heart (June 19); and Aaron Tippin (June 26).

The Grand Ole Opry® is presented by Humana®. Opry performances are held every weekend of the year, and the Tuesday Night Opry continues through Dec. 11.  To plan an Opry visit, call (800) SEE-OPRY or log on to www.opry.com.

Thumbs Up for What’s Right Benefit a Huge Success – Photo of the Day

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L-R: Chris Janson, Randy Montana, Kristen Kelly, Stephen Barker Liles, Eric Gunderson, and David Nail. Photo credit: Randi Radcliff

Country music rising stars and hit songwriters joined together at Tin Roof on Wednesday, May 15 to perform at the inaugural Thumbs Up for What’s Wright concert to benefit the Thumbs Up For Lane Goodwin Childhood Cancer Foundation and The Payton Wright Foundation, both raising money for pediatric cancer research and to help families of children diagnosed with cancer.

Emcee’d by television host Shane Tallant, the concert featured performances by Eric Gunderson and Stephen Barker Liles of Love and Theft, David Nail, Kristen Kelly, Chris Janson, Randy Montana, Brasher Bogue, and Falter. Songwriter rounds included Lee Miller, Jonathan Singleton, Brad Tursi, Dan Isbell, Scooter Carusoe, and Jason Matthews.

Additionally, Savannah Wright, honored the memory of her sister, Payton, by singing an original song she penned for the event. Event coordinators Erin Creighton and Catherine Nail also created a special tribute to Lindsay Walleman, Warner Music Nashville Dir./Regional Promotion, who recently passed away after a short, but courageous battle with cancer. The live auction, run by Kenneth Harris with Harris Real Estate and Auction, included Lucchese boots from the store in the Gulch, a Gibson Les Paul guitar, two autographed George Strait guitars, six bottles of Godsend 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, an autographed hockey stick from Nashville Predators’ David Legwand, two tickets to see Shania Twain in Las Vegas, and a beautiful painting of the Ryman Auditorium.

The mission of the Thumbs Up for Lane Goodwin Childhood Cancer Foundation, Inc. is to support childhood cancer research through funding and advocacy while empowering families battling childhood cancer by providing education, financial assistance and a volunteer network. Lane’s cause gained national attention through the “Thumbs Up” social media campaign with names like Johnny Depp, Chris Young, Lady Antebellum, Tim Tebow, Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks, Mitt Romney, and many more tweeting photos of themselves giving a thumbs up in support of Lane during his battle with cancer.

In 2008, Patrick and Holly Wright established The Payton Wright Foundation in memory of their daughter Payton, who passed away from brain cancer at the age of 5. “Our promise to Payton was that we would do whatever we could to help other families caring for a child with brain cancer,” said Holly.

Country Music Hall of Fame Announces Events for CMA Music Festival

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CMA Fest

As Nashville gears up to welcome thousands of country music fans for the CMA Music Festival, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum stands ready to greet them. During June 4-9, the museum will offer a packed schedule of autograph signings, performances and special programs; visitors can also take advantage of special museum hours, discounts and breakfast at the museum’s Two Twenty-Two Grill. More information about events and special promotions can be found at countrymusichalloffame.org/cmafest.

Foremost among the museum’s Music Fest-week events is the return of its series Live from the Museum Store, Presented by CMT, which will include autograph signings with CMT host Katie Cook, Lee Greenwood and Thompson Square; and free performances and autograph signings with Craig Campbell, Kristen Kelly, Love and Theft and Tate Stevens. The museum will also present a special Songwriter Session with Brett James and a tribute to hit songwriter Hank Cochran by Jamey Johnson. Museum admission is not required for Live from the Museum Store, Presented by CMT events; however, a purchase of artists’ merchandise from the Museum Store is necessary to participate in the autograph signings. The Songwriter Session and Hank Cochran tribute are included with museum admission and are free to museum members.

Visitors who present their official CMA Music Festival badge or ticket at the door will enjoy special discounts, including $4 off adult general admission to the museum or a $10 discount on museum membership. (No other discounts apply. Not valid on discount packages.) Offers are valid June 4-12, 2013.

In addition to the dining and retail discounts museum members enjoy throughout the year, they also can take advantage of a fast pass ticket line and receive exclusive access to the second annual Member Lounge, which offers a place to cool off, relax and grab a few refreshments. The Member Lounge, sponsored by Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated, is open June 6-8, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

New to Music Fest-week is breakfast at the museum’s Two Twenty-Two Grill. In addition to the restaurant’s normal lunch schedule, 11:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m., breakfast will be offered 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m., on June 6-9. Reservations can be made by calling (615) 291-6759. A snack bar, Two Twenty-Two 2Go, is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.

The museum will also have special hours during the week. On June 5, the museum is open 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; on June 6-9, the museum is open 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Finally, Music Fest-week will offer visitors their first chance to see Carrie Underwood: The Blown Away Tour Exhibition, which opens on June 5, and a last chance to check out Patsy Cline: Crazy for Loving You, which closes June 10.

A schedule of Live from the Museum Store, Presented by CMT events, other programming and special museum hours for CMA Music Festival week is below:

Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Museum hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Noon Thompson Square: Signing Museum Store
Thompson Square will sign their book Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not.

8:00 p.m. Hot Nights at the Hall with Ashley Monroe
This museum-members-only event includes live music, food, autograph signings and exclusive after-hours access to the museum. Hot Nights is sponsored by Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated, Music City Tents and Events and RJ Young. Visitors who wish to attend may purchase a museum membership in advance or at the event. Visit the website for details.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Museum hours: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
3:30 p.m. Kristen Kelly: Performance and Signing Plaza, Museum Store
Kelly will sign her EP Kristen Kelly and a poster.

Thursday, June 6, 2013
Museum hours 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. Lee Greenwood: Signing Museum Store
Greenwood will sign his book Does God Still Bless the USA?: A Plea for a Better America and his CD I Want to Be in Your World.

2:00 p.m. Love and Theft: Performance and Signing Plaza, Museum Store
Love and Theft will sign their CD Love and Theft.

Friday, June 7, 2013
Museum hours 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
10:30 a.m. Craig Campbell: Performance and Signing Plaza, Museum Store
Campbell will sign his CD Never Regret.

3:00 p.m. Tate Stevens: Performance and Signing Plaza, Museum Store
Stevens will sign his CD Tate Stevens.

Saturday, June 8, 2013
Museum hours 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. Songwriter Session w/Brett James Ford Theater
One of the most successful writers in contemporary country music, Brett James has written hits including “Blessed” (Martina McBride); “Cowboy Casanova” and “Jesus, Take the Wheel” (Carrie Underwood); “The Man I Want to Be” (Chris Young); “Out Last Night” (Kenny Chesney); “The Truth” (Jason Aldean); “When the Sun Goes Down” (Kenny Chesney) and “Who I Am” (Jessica Andrews). Included with museum admission. Free to museum members. Limited seating. Program pass required.

Sunday, June 9, 2013
Museum hours 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. Joe Fick: Slap Bass Demonstration Hall of Fame Rotunda
“Slick” Joe Fick has performed or recorded with Sonny Burgess, James Burton, D.J. Fontana, Wanda Jackson, the Jordanaires and Boots Randolph. His rockabilly band, the Dempseys, was named Beale Street Entertainers of the Year in 2009. Fick portrayed Elvis’s bass player, Bill Black, in the 2006 Johnny Cash biopic, Walk the Line. Included with museum admission. Free to members.

2:00 p.m. Living for a Song: Tribute to Hank Cochran Ford Theater
Featuring Jamey Johnson
An accomplished songwriter, Jamey Johnson has written hits for himself (“In Color”) and for other artists (George Strait’s “Give It Away”). His most recent album, Living for a Song, features 16 classics written by the late songwriting legend Hank Cochran. For this panel discussion about the album, Johnson joins Cochran’s widow, Suzi Cochran, and Buddy Cannon and Dale Dodson, Cochran’s friends and producers of the album. Johnson will perform briefly, and the program will be illustrated with vintage photos, film footage and recordings. This program is presented in support of the exhibit Patsy Cline: Crazy for Loving You. The event will be streamed live on countrymusichalloffame.org. Included with museum admission. Free to museum members. Limited seating. Program pass required.

2:00 p.m. Katie Cook: Signing Museum Store
Cook will sign her books Little Big Benny: The Boy Who Didn’t Know He Was the Universe,
Little Big Benny: Double Stick Karma and Little Big Benny: The Wicked Itch.

The Songwriter Session, Slap Bass Demonstration and the Cochran tribute are included with museum admission ($22 for adults, $14 for children ages 6 to 17, and free for children under 6) and free to museum members.

Seating for the programs is limited, and program passes are required for admittance. (Visit the museum’s website for complete admission and signing details.)

Artist performances on the plaza do not require admission. Please note: signing passes are required for all autograph signings and will be included with transaction at time of purchase of artists’ product. Most signing passes can be obtained on the museum’s website beginning May 15 at 10:00 a.m. CDT. They can also be obtained in the Museum Store beginning on June 3 at 9:30 a.m. CDT. List of confirmed artists is subject to change. Please visit countrymusichalloffame.org/cmafest to view an up-to-date schedule and signing guidelines.

The museum offers discounted admission ($20) to seniors (60 and older), the military and students (with valid IDs). Group rates are available for tours of 15 or more. There is no charge to visit the Curb Conservatory or the Museum Store.

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