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NASH FM’s “America’s Morning Show” Launch Party

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New York City, the greatest city in the world –so great in fact, one might wonder what could possibly make it any better. If you’re a true New Yorker, you know this great city has been lacking something for the last 17 years –a country music radio station! Yes, New Yorkers love their country music, despite their city slicker, rough around the edges, appearance. Thanks to NASH FM 94.7, New Yorkers can once again break out their cowboy boots, old cutoffs, and rowdy attitudes.

To show how excited they are to bring country music back to the Big Apple, Nash FM recently celebrated their new morning show, “America’s Morning Show,” with a launch party in midtown. On July 18th, The Cutting Room hosted the event for the NASH FM team.

Blair Garner, host of “America’s Morning Show,” reflects on what it’s like to bring country back to New York after such a long absence.

“I would say it’s an extreme sense of pride,” said Garner. “The fact that we are the ones that get to wave the flag for country in New York City, it’s an honor, and to get to do it with your friends, that’s the thing that’s really the keeper.”

Garner’s co-hosts include Terri Clark, Robin Meade, Sunny Sweeney, Chuck Wicks, and Lee Ann Womack. Garner had been friends with each of his co-hosts for many years, but none of them really knew each other. However, Garner knew this group would instantly bond before ever introducing them to one another.

“The first day Terri Clark sat down next to Sunny Sweeney, they decided they were sisters from another mother and it very quickly became apparent that Chuck Wicks is basically the little brother that kind of keeps needling everybody along the way,” said Garner. “We’ve all kind of fallen into our respective roles, and that’s been the biggest reward for me, is seeing that dream come to fruition.”

Aside from becoming an instant family, what makes this group particularly unique is that they are also, with the exception of Garner, all singer-songwriters. No need to hire talent for their launch party, they were the talent!

Garner hosted the evening while his colleagues provided the entertainment. Meade, Wicks, Sweeney, and Clark each took turns singing.

Meade sang songs from her recently released sophomore album, “Count on Me,” including “Here for You” and “Get Up.” Wicks also gave fans a taste of his latest material. He sang his current single, “Salt Life,” off of his newly released EP, “Rough.” Other songs from his performance included “All I Ever Wanted,” and “I Don’t Do Lonely Well,” a song Wicks wrote that can be found on Jason Aldean’s album, “Night Train.”

Sweeney and Clark rounded out the performance. Sweeney sang, “From a Table Away,” “Kiss My Ass,” and “Drink Myself Single.” Clark sang, “I Just Want to Be Mad,” “Better Things to Do,” and fan favorite, “Girls Lie Too.”

Having radio personalities double as the performers country fans love to go out and see on the road, is something truly unique about “America’s Morning Show.”

“What’s really cool about this show is that is does something that no other program can, and that is on weekends, my co-hosts are the ones that are out touring, and they are there in the flesh meeting our country core line group face-to-face, hand-to-hand, day after day, night after night and to bring these stories on the road, or to the people who listen in New York, there’s no other program that can afford their listeners that opportunity,” said Garner.

Sit in a room for five minutes with Garner, Clark, Meade, Sweeney, and Wicks, and you will see just how great a team NASH FM has nabbed themselves. Throughout their launch party, the gang joked with each other, told the crowd stories, and really gave their fans a look into what their mornings are really like each and every day.

“None of us are afraid to be who we are,” said Garner. “None of us are afraid to let those barriers down, and to be self-deprecating, but also to talk about what really matters to us. When we did that [launch] party the other night, I can’t tell you how many people came up to me and talked to me about my kids and that meant the world to me.”

It’s evident by the way Garner speaks about his fans how much they mean to him and to the rest of his co-hosts. Garner feels passionately about connecting with his listeners and the fans of country music. No need to doubt who is responding if you ask Garner a question on Twitter.

“Literally I’ve got on my phone 186 direct messages right now through Twitter and each and every one of those will be answered by me, not some other person because we have that trust,” said Garner. “They believe that I’m there for them, and by golly, I am going to be there for them.”

So what’s in store for “America’s Morning Show?” The hosts and their team are currently in the process of building a studio where they will have an in-studio audience. The location is yet to be announced, but according to Garner, the announcement will be coming soon.

If one thing is for certain, it is that New Yorkers will be lining up out the door and down a city block for a chance to take part in a studio audience with NASH FM’s morning show. After all, New Yorkers love their country music, and never want to see it leave their city again!  Listen on line at: http://www.nashfm947.com/

Chris Young to Sing National Anthem at Talladega

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Two well-known national personalities – country music superstar Chris Young and noted news journalist and recording artist Robin Meade – have been selected to sing the National Anthems during Aaron’s Dream Weekend (May 3-5) at Talladega Superspeedway.

Young will give his rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” prior to the Saturday, May 4, Aaron’s 312 NASCAR Nationwide Series race, which is scheduled for a 2 pm (CST) start on ESPN. Meade will provide the fans her version on Sunday, May 5, moments before the start of Aaron’s 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, set for a noon (CST) green flag. In addition, Young will deliver Talladega fans an added bonus with a free Saturday night Infield Concert, held near the historic Talladega Boulevard.

“We have two individuals who, with their interpretation of our National Anthem, will give an outstanding performance for our fans,” said Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch. “We’re excited to have Chris sing prior to the start of the Aaron’s 312, and can’t wait for his concert on Saturday night. Robin is not only the ultimate professional delivering the news to us nationally, but is a recording artist with a remarkable singing voice.”

Friday’s National Anthem prior to the International Motorsports Hall of Fame 250 ARCA Series race will be performed by Amy Knight of Gardendale, AL. She is a member of the acappella oldies group Back In Time.
The most competitive racing in NASCAR combined with a mix of southern hospitality returns to Talladega Superspeedway May 3-5 for the Aaron’s Dream Weekend. Experience the excitement as the superstars of NASCAR attempt to tackle the high-banks of ‘DEGA at 200 mph. Secure your tickets at www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or by calling 877-Go2-DEGA. This is more than a race…This is Talladega!

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Craig Morgan’s 6th Annual Charity Weekend Gets Big Music and Motorcross Stars

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With just over a month to go until Craig Morgan’s 6th annual charity weekend, the country music star and award-winning TV host is excited to announce the first round of music and motocross friends joining him for the weekend’s festivities.

On Saturday, August 11, motocross stars Destry Abbot, Fred Andrews, Cowboy Kenny Bartram, Trey Canard, Randy Hawkins and Kevin Windham will take part in an exhibition and trail ride from Vanleer, Tennessee. Later that night, country music star Darryl Worley and HLN “Morning Express” host and “Brand New Day” singer Robin Meade will take to the stage in concert with Morgan to support the Craig Morgan Charity Fund.

Proceeds from the two-day event will benefit the Craig Morgan Charity Fund, a component fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. The Craig Morgan Charity Fund continues to raise funds to establish Billy’s Place, an organization that will benefit foster children in Dickson County and throughout Middle Tennessee.

All events are open to the public with tickets on sale at NowPlayingNashville.com as well as all TriStar Bank locations in Dickson.

Craig Morgan Charity Weekend

Dirt Bike Ride/Trail Ride
Date: August 11, 2012
Location: Paul Allen Farm 1286 Bell Hollow Rd., Vanleer, TN
Registration Opens: 8:00 AM
Ride and Exhibition Start Time: 10:00 AM
Tickets: $40 pre-registration; $45 day-of registration; $15 spectator. All ticket prices incl. lunch
Motocross stars Destry Abbot, Fred Andrews, Cowboy Kenny Bartram, Trey Canard, Randy Hawkins and Kevin Windhamwill take part in an exhibition and group trail ride with Craig Morgan

Craig Morgan Concert
Date: August 11, 2012
Location: Dickson Middle School 401 East College St., Dickson, TN
Doors Open: 6:00 PM
Concert Start Time: 7:30 PM
Tickets: $25 adult; $10 children 12 and under
Darryl Worley and Robin Meade will join Craig Morgan in concert

Sporting Clay Event
Date: August 12, 2012
Location: Tennessee Clay Target Complex 1100 County Hospital Rd., Nashville, TN
First Flight: 9:00 am Registration; 10:00 am Shoot
Second Flight: Noon Registration; 1:00 pm Shoot
Tickets: $100 per competitor with prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place competitors

For more information on Craig Morgan, please visit www.craigmorgan.com or follow him on Twitter @CMorganmusic.

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Carrie, Chuck, Bucky & More to Play City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge

City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game

Carrie Underwood, Scotty McCreery, Brantley Gilbert, Lauren Alaina, David Nail, James Otto, Robin Meade, Scott Hamilton, Chuck Wicks, Whitney Duncan, Bucky Covington, Sarah Darling, Billy Gilman, Kristen Kelly and Two Foot Fred have all signed-on to help City of Hope strike-out Cancer at this year’s Celebrity Softball Game. The annual event brings fans and celebrities together for a day of family fun in the midst of CMA Music Fest on Saturday, June 9th.

Last year, the game raised nearly $200,000 with more than 5,000 attendees. Over the years, the Celebrity Softball Challenge has raised nearly $2 million dollars benefitting City of Hope’s life-saving mission – finding cures and better treatments for cancer and a host of other devastating diseases.

The game is a “must see,” so head to Ticketmaster now and grab your tickets!

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