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Vince Gill, David Nail, Raelynn & MORE to Play City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game

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Some of Nashville’s hottest stars are coming out for the 26th Annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game, presented by Staples, a fan favorite event and longstanding tradition of the CMA Music Festival. Playing to strike out cancer on the Grand Ole Opry and iHeartCountry teams will be Charles Esten, Vince Gill, Chris Lane, Scotty McCreery, Bret Michaels, David Nail, RaeLynn and Jamie Lynn Spears. These stars will step up to the plate on Tuesday June 7th at 3 p.m. from the expansive new field at First Tennessee Park in Nashville, Tennessee, along with more names to be announced in the coming weeks.

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. A highlight of this year’s game will be when 8-year-old Aaron Yniquez a City of Hope patient from Redlands, California, will finally meet his donor Yolanda Nava, a Southwest Airlines® employee from Arlington, Texas. During his treatment for acute myeloid leukemia, Yniquez received a lifesaving donation of genetically matched stem cells from Nava, and the pair will meet for the first time at the 26th Annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game in Nashville.

Bone marrow transplants offer a second chance for people with life-threatening blood cancers and other hematologic malignancies. Since 1976, more than 13,000 patients from virtually every state and dozens of countries have undergone bone marrow, cord blood or stem cell transplants at City of Hope.

Each year, the Celebrity Softball Game regularly features some of country music’s biggest and hottest stars, and this year will be honoring music industry veteran Bruce Hinton as the founder of the event and for his significant contributions to the game over its 25-year history. As the game embarks on its next 25 years, it is befitting to honor the man who conceived the event and made it a Nashville tradition. 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.

Tickets for the game can be purchased through Ticketmaster. 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 The proceeds will benefit City of Hope’s mission to eradicate cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

Vince Gill Plays Touching Tribute to Merle Haggard at Opry

Last week, Vince Gill performed a touching tribute to the late Merle Haggard at the Grand Ole Opry. Take a listen and tell us what you think of “A World Without Haggard.”

Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris & Grand Ole Opry to Be Honored at 33rd American Eagle Awards

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The National Music Council will bring its annual American Eagle Awards presentation to Nashville, Tennessee, for a second year in a row on Saturday, June 25, 2016. The highly prestigious Eagle Awards are presented each year in national celebration of an individual’s or an organization’s long term contribution to America’s musical culture and heritage. This year, music legends Emmylou Harris and Vince Gill will be honored, along with the iconic Grand Ole Opry.

Past American Eagle Award recipients include Kris Kristofferson, Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Clive Davis, Van Cliburn, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie, Morton Gould, Dave Brubeck, Marian Anderson, Jim Halsey, Lena Horne, Roy Clark, Elliott Carter, The Oak Ridge Boys, Roberta Peters, Odetta, Sherman Halsey, Stephen Sondheim, Sesame Street, Hard Rock Cafe, Music Makes Us, and VH-1 Save the Music Foundation. This year’s event in Nashville will mark the 33rd year of formal presentations of the Awards.

The awards will be presented at a 1:00 pm ceremony in the Davidson Ballroom of the Nashville Music City Center as part of the Summer NAMM Show. A VIP luncheon and interview/reception with the honorees will accompany the awards presentation. For tickets, schedule, and sponsorship information, visit

Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt, and More Honor Merle Haggard at All for the Hall


Keith Urban and Vince Gill hosted the 6th annual All for the Hall, a benefit for the Country Music Hall of Fame, this week at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. With the recent passing of legend Merle Haggard, the event became a tribute to Haggard with many of the artists performing his songs.

Urban helped get the crowd on their feet with performances of his own hits “Somewhere in my Car” and “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16.”

It was also co-host Vince Gill’s birthday, but true to his nature, he didn’t take the spotlight that he easily deserves. Each artist had a two-song set and Gill used the opportunity to pay tribute to Haggard with his renditions of “Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down” and “Fightin Side of Me.”

Guest artists throughout the night ranged from the elegant and classic Emmylou Harris to contemporary high-energy acts Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan. Newcomer Chris Janson brought one of the highest energy performances of the night with his hit “Buy Me a Boat.”

Keith Urban even commented that Janson was the “entertainer of the year right there!”

Maddie and Tae, Tracy Lawrence, Marren Morris, Jason Isbell, and Peter Frampton all performed as well, with a mixture of original songs and covers of both country and rock classics.

One of the surprising moments of the show was when Sam Hunt performed the Haggard hit “The Way I Am.” Known for his R&B-infused style, Hunt masterfully scaled back his performance to a reverent, traditional country sound.

All of the artists returned to the stage at the end of the night for a final tribute to Haggard with a performance of the classic hit “Mama Tried.”

A large portion of the proceeds from the event go toward music education programs, which was highlighted when students from McGavock High School took the stage to perform an original song they had written through the Words & Music program. This year’s event raised more than $750,000, bringing the grand total of money raised for the Country Music Hall of Fame since the event’s inception to $3.5 million.


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