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Rascal Flatts, Eli Young Band & MORE Added to Tree Town Music Festival

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Just when you thought it couldn’t get any bigger, Tree Town Music Festival has added the most-awarded Country group of the past decade, Rascal Flatts, three time chart toppers, Eli Young Band, and country music’s hottest rising star Danielle Bradbery to the growing 2015 line-up. They will hit the Tree Town Music Festival main stage next Memorial Day Weekend (May 21-24, 2015) in Forest City, Iowa, along with previously-announced performers Blake Shelton and Dierks Bentley. Fans can expect even more artist announcements in the coming months!

Early-bird, four-day passes are currently on sale for $120 and VIP tickets for $500 until Dec. 2nd. For ticket-holders looking for the true festival experience, camping is available starting at $100. Whether you have a two-person tent or jumbo home on wheels, Tree Town Music Festival has campsite options to meet your needs. For more info on tickets, camping or for any of your Tree Town Music Festival needs, please visit: treetownfestival.com or call 877-569-7767.

Tree Town Music Festival started off with a bang in 2014. Thousands of fans descended on Forest City, Iowa, for the first-year event this past Memorial Day weekend to catch performances by some of country music’s biggest stars, including Brad Paisley, Toby Keith, Brantley Gilbert, Chris Young, Scotty McCreery and more. The festival also featured “Little Nashville,” a stage that brought the excitement of Nashville’s world-famous Broadway to Iowa. In addition to non-stop music from multiple stages, the grounds boasted beer tents, a variety of food vendors, rock climbing, zip lines and much more.

Rascal Flatts Meets a Special Fan In Tampa Before Their Show

Photo: @JohnThomasWFTS

Photo: @JohnThomasWFTS

Take a look at 15-year-old Taylor Goethals story. She is battling cancer for the second time and is back in the hospital receiving chemotherapy for the fifth time since May. Because of her cancer treatments Taylor was was going to miss her favorite band’s show in Tampa. But thanks to a Facebook post by her parents and a lot of sharing, Taylor received a personal visit from Rascal Flatts.

“I connect to a lot of their songs,” Taylor said. “But their song ‘Stand’ is just my favorite song.” The song is somewhat of Taylor’s theme song. “When you’re down find the courage to get back up.”

Watch the video below of Rascal Flatts visit with Taylor.

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

Jason Davis/Getty Images for ACM

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.

Jason Davis/Getty Images for ACM

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.

Jason Davis/Getty Images for ACM

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

Rascal Flatts Joe Don Rooney and Son Jagger Inspire Golf Apparel for a Good Cause

JD and Jagger Rooney in Sligo Jagger

When Joe Don Rooney of Rascal Flatts is offstage with a little downtime, you’ll most likely find him on the golf course. The guitarist even passed down his love for the links to six-year-old son Jagger . The two recently inspired two clothing lines – mens and boys collections – from golf apparel company Sligo Wear. At first glance, the shirt designs might seem abstract. But the company incorporated Rooney’s beloved argyle patterns, guitar strings, a guitar pick in place of their logo, and a rendering of Jagger’s signature.

A portion of the proceeds from the boys collection will go to the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville .

“It’s such a kick to have Jagger’s name on these cool shirts,” Rooney told GolfWorld.com , “and even better that together we can, in a small way, help those kids who need all of our help so much.”

Check out the clothes online here.

Find Out How Rascal Flatts Stay Healthy on the Road

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Country music tends to go hand-in-hand with down-home comforts like Southern fried chicken and cold beer. And, as the band Rascal Flatts knows all too well, the life of a country singer isn’t always conducive to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, either. After years of late-night pizza binges on the tour bus, the award-winning country band is ready to make a change for the better. That’s why they’ve signed on as official spokesmen for the heartburn relief brand Nexium® 24HR , an over-the-counter acid blocker. It’s a cause that’s near and dear to their hearts (no pun intended).

“All three of us have frequent heartburn and we really hate to admit it, but it’s held us back, especially when we’re celebrating with family, friends and, of course, our fans,” explained Gary LeVox, lead singer of Rascal Flatts. “After joining the thousands of people who choose Nexium 24HR every day, we feel protected all day and all night from frequent heartburn. We invite everyone looking for complete protection from frequent heartburn to join us.”

Currently touring the country to promote their ninth and latest album, Rewind, the guys are making a concerted effort to stay healthy on the road.

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