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Jamie O’Neal, Andy Griggs and Ty Herndon to Kick Off 2015 Tour

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There’s an old saying about there being strength in numbers. Country Music fans will no doubt find that out with the upcoming tour that teams up three of Country Music’s most distinctive stylists of the past two decades – Ty Herndon, Andy Griggs, and Jamie O’Neal. Separately, the numbers don’t lie – and together, they are staggering – over 40 chart singles on the Billboard Country Singles chart and millions of records sold. Each artist has their own success story to tell, but when they are on stage, it’s truly a magical combination – one that will stay in the minds of fans well after the last bow.

Talk to either Ty, Andy or Jamie, and you will find nothing but respect for the other two artists. Andy said that he’s excited to be teaming up with a pair of artists that are among his favorites, though he does admit that opposites do attract. “

We all blend together about like Tupac, Bill Monroe and Joan Rivers but somehow it works on stage! Go figure! But when we’re not singing our hearts out together it’s the most awkward, misplaced, dysfunctional, hilarious carnival that has ever been displayed!” Andy expects being on the road with Ty and Jamie to be nothing short of…entertaining.

When discussing Jamie, Andy says

“Take a phenomenal female vocalist. Now add a husband to go with that that has to carry her 10 piece luggage all over God’s creation. Then, mix it with her having to put up with 2 guys that are more different than night and day and can’t even agree on having a vocal rehearsal which in return drives her so far up the wall that she’s on verge of quitting the whole tour at any given moment of any given day and that’s Jamie,” he says, adding that Ty is also an interesting character, as well.

“God certainly displays his amazing sense of humor each time he places me and Ty on tour together! I’ve never known a guy that I had half of the things in life in common with (born in the Spirit filled Bible Belt, completely southern, in love with the same kind of music…etc..) but then again can’t be any more different than John Wayne and Prince! There’s no way for us to completely understand each other’s taste buds of life and we don’t even pretend to try. That would be a total waste of each other’s time. It’s the strange ironies and upside down compasses in life though that makes us all rich. With Ty and myself, we share 2 of the rarest things in common. I suppose they out trump the mountains of shortcomings and differences that lay between us. Those two qualities we share are: being real and true to our natures, and being friends.”

Jamie feels that the new partnership will definitely be entertaining – on stage and off.

“I’m so excited to be a part of this. Ty and Andy are two of the best male vocalists from any genre. They’re so funny, good looking, and just a couple of goofy smart asses! I just couldn’t resist. Ty is the most well put together, smoothest control freak I’ve ever met. Andy is a cute, lovable redneck with the softest heart. I only know when we sang together for the first time something very special happened and here we are, taking the next obvious step.”

Ty believes that the fans are going to get their monies worth when seeing their show live. He knows he’s been entertained from the stage.

“The first time the three of us did a show together I wondered how in the world this would ever work. At first we did separate shows, but as time went on we started doing our shows together. The crowd seemed to love the fact that they got all these hits in one 2 hour show. Then we started singing harmonies with each other. I noticed pretty quickly that we had something special. Three powerhouse vocalists coming together and taking things to a new level. I first noticed it when something went wrong on stage and we had to save our asses by singing something acapella. ‘Amazing Grace’ never sounded so good. It was magic!”

Willie Nelson Slated to Perform Grammy Foundation Concert

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The GRAMMY Foundation® announced today that GRAMMY® winners Bryan Adams, Melissa Etheridge, Cyndi Lauper, and Willie Nelson; GRAMMY-nominated artist Robin Thicke; and singer/songwriter Aloe Blacc will perform at “Lean On Me: A Celebration Of Music And Philanthropy,” the 17th Annual GRAMMY Foundation Legacy Concert, on Thursday, Feb. 5 at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles. The evening’s musical director will be Darrell Brown, songwriter/producer and GRAMMY Foundation Board member. Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Foundation, will be in attendance, along with other prominent music industry leaders and members of The Recording Academy. Additional performers will be announced shortly. Tickets are $45 per person and admission includes a post-concert reception. For tickets and information, visit http://wl.flavorus.com/gf/leanonme or www.grammyfoundation.org, or call 323.908.0607. “Lean On Me,” which is presented by Seagate with support from RBC Capital Markets, is sponsored in part by CAROLEE New York, CenterStaging, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®, Elite Productions International, Jackson Limousine, KeeLight™, Solpro™, TNT Agency, and Trattore Estate Wines.

This noted GRAMMY Week event brings together an extraordinary range of artists for a triumphant and unique evening featuring live musical performances and archival footage from the GRAMMY Foundation’s preservation grant archives. Each year, the GRAMMY Foundation Legacy Concert centers on a theme, and “Lean On Me” will explore the evolution of music’s role in advancing philanthropic causes and celebrate the visionaries behind the creation of those iconic songs and concerts.

“The GRAMMY Foundation Legacy Concert honors significant influences in music history and highlights our year-round activities in support of our mission to protect our cultural legacy,” said Portnow. “This event was created to underscore the value of preserving our rich musical heritage so that future generations can continue to benefit from a deep appreciation of this history. The evening’s live performances by some of music’s most celebrated artists combined with seminal interviews and footage highlighting historical musical milestones clearly bring our message home to all fortunate enough to participate.”

The GRAMMY Foundation was established in 1988 to cultivate the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of recorded music to American culture. The Foundation accomplishes this mission through programs and activities that engage the music industry and cultural community as well as the general public. The Foundation works in partnership year-round with its founder, The Recording Academy, to bring national attention to important issues such as the value and impact of music and arts education and the urgency of preserving our rich cultural heritage. In recognition of the significant role of teachers in shaping their students’ musical experiences, The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation partnered to present their first Music Educator Award in 2014. Open to current U.S. music teachers from kindergarten through college level, the Music Educator Award will be presented at the Special Merit Awards ceremony during GRAMMY Week in 2015. For more information about the Music Educator Award, please visit GRAMMYMusicTeacher.com. For more information about the Foundation, please visit www.grammyfoundation.org.

Kix Brooks Donated $10k to Help Reclaim Civil War Battlefield

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Kix Brooks has been named the first recipient of the Country Music Association’s Humanitarian Award. He will receive it in a ceremony in January.  Kix says, “It’s embarrassing to be singled out in such a giving community,” and he’s inspired by people who do more than him.

Keeping up with his humanitarianism he is donating $10,000 to help reclaim a Civil War battlefield. Kix made the donation to the Battle of Franklin Trust to help preserve a 1.6-acre tract of land south of the Carter House museum, which the group is trying to purchase for $2.8 million to complete a years-in-the-making 20-acre park.

The donation was announced last Wednesday on the trust’s Save the Battlefield at Franklin Facebook page.

“Today we received a $10,000 check toward the Carter Hill Battlefield Park project from none other than Kix Brooks!!!!! We are another step closer to saving the next two parcels of battlefield property adjacent to the Carter House!!” the Facebook post reads.

Kixs’ donation comes off the heels of a $200,000 donation made by the Civil War Trust during last week’s kickoff ceremony for the 2014 Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial event.

Lady Antebellum Gives Fans the Ultimate Experience with Carnival Live Concert

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Country Music Tattle Tale set sail with Carnival Cruise Lines last week on their biggest and newest ship in their fleet, Carnival Breeze, to welcome country music superstars Lady Antebellum to their Carnival Live Concert Series.

The Carnival Live Concert Series allows guests to indulge in all of the amenities, fun and excitement of a Carnival Cruise with the added benefit to purchase tickets to see some of their favorite artists in a small and intimate theater setting. The Lady Antebellum show proved to be the ultimate experience for fans of all ages. Lady Antbellum turned the 1,349-seat Ovation Theater on board the Carnival Breeze into one of their big stage arena shows belting out both new and old hits. They also serenaded the audience with their version of Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton’s song, “Islands in the Stream.”

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Taking advantage of the small and intimate theater Charles Kelly found himself in the middle of hundreds of fans giving high fives and taking selfies.   He also found a cute young lady who he knew just had to meet Hillary. The young fan found herself on stage jumping up and down all while giving Hillary hugs.

This was our second Carnival Live concert, Martina McBride performed earlier this year, and I just have to say…..if you see that one of your favorite artists will be performing with Carnival run to book your tickets now!  Arena and stadium concerts are great but there is nothing better than seeing your favorite artist in a small, intimate setting where you feel as if they are singing directly to you. The Carnival Live Concert series can give you this experience.

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Here is how you can get on board a Carnival Cruise for a Carnival Live Concert.

It’s really that easy!

Tickets to the shows cost between $35 and $60 per guest (depending on the band), and VIP tickets are $125–250 per guest. As a VIP, you’ll get some of the best seats to the show, a laminated commemorative VIP pass… plus an exclusive meet-and-greet with the band, including an opportunity for a photo.

There’s no will-call line to wait in, either — tickets will be delivered to your stateroom during your cruise. Seat selections are not assigned, and seats are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Click here to see all of our pictures from Lady Antebellum’s show aboard the Carnival Breeze, and click here to get more info on upcoming Carnival LIVE shows!  Upcoming shows will include Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts with more to be announced very soon!

Country Music Tattle Tale would like to thank Carnival Cruise Lines and the entire crew of the Carnival Breeze for a wonderful week!

Brantley Gilbert Talking About Why He Decided to Get Sober

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At a panel during Billboard‘s Touring Conference last week, the newly engaged Brantley Gilbert shared a few personal reflections about his decision to get sober. After battling a serious drinking addiction that intensified during his meteoric rise to fame, he made a lifestyle change in December, 2011, and cut alcohol from his life.

As his songs hit the top of the charts and his shows sold scores of tickets, he confessed to his manager that he felt like God was letting him do “a lot of awesome things,” but he wasn’t enjoying it.  “I told him that success wasn’t punching me in the chest like it should be,” he said.

He sought professional help in December, 2011, and said he received a wealth of support from friends in the industry, including Keith Urban, who visited Gilbert at the hospital.

“I was worried I wouldn’t be able to do my job because I had always had a little bit of a buzz on,” he said. “Keith told me I was going to be alright.”

Find out what two places Brantley says he feels the most at home by reading the full article and interview with Brantley at Billboard.com.

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