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Michael W. Smith Enlists the Help of Carrie Underwood, Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum & MORE for Christmas Album!

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Michael W. Smith partnered with Rolling Stone Country today to announce the September 30th release of Michael W. Smith & Friends: The Spirit of Christmas, featuring an all-star lineup of guests – Vince Gill, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Amy Grant, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Nettles, Bono and Michael McDonald.

“This is the most unique and unusual record I’ve ever done in my 31-year career. The entire record was sequenced together before we recorded one song,” recalls Smith. “Sonically you’re hearing me in a way that you’ve probably never heard me before. At one point it’s like Smitty meets Bublé. There’s my granddaughter’s voice singing the song from ‘Home Alone,’ plus the whole orchestral and symphonic feeling of Christmas, mixed together with all these amazing voices and guests – yet it all fits together in a remarkable way.”

When we started talking about who could be on this record with him, the list got really narrow really fast,” remarked co-producer Robert Deaton. “There’s a difference between a singer and an artist, or a celebrity and an artist. While we were fortunate to have these amazing guests on the record, it all feels like a cohesive piece and you never leave the fact that it’s a Michael W. Smith record. That was important. That, along with working with co-producer David Hamilton, who is the resident genius, was amazing. This entire process has just been phenomenal.”

This fall, Smith will bring holiday cheer to audiences across the country as he launches “The Spirit of Christmas Tour.” Smith’s long-time friend and fellow GRAMMY® winner Amy Grant will co-bill with him in Dallas, Minneapolis and Atlanta. Tickets for many shows are on sale now. For a full list of tour dates, and ticket information, visit michaelwsmith.com/tour.

Michael W. Smith & Friends: The Spirit of Christmas
1. The Miracle of Christmas
2. It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
3. Happy Holidays/Holiday Season
4. Christmas Time Is Here (feat. Vince Gill)
5. White Christmas (feat. Lady Antebellum)
6. Somewhere In My Memory
7. The Spirit of Christmas (Deck the Halls, Good King Wenceslas, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Feels Like Christmas, O Come All Ye Faithful)
8. Silent Night (feat. Little Big Town)
9. What Child Is This (feat. Martina McBride)
10. Almost There (feat. Amy Grant)
11. All Is Well (feat. Carrie Underwood)
12. Christmas Day (feat. Jennifer Nettles)
13. The Darkest Midnight (Spoken Word by Bono)
14. Peace (with Special Guest Michael McDonald)

Vince Gill is a Grandpa!!

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Vince Gill is a grandpa!!! Vince’s daughter, Jenny Gill Van Valkenburg, gave birth to a son, Wyatt Gill Van Valkenburg, on Monday, August 4th at a Nashville hospital. Wyatt weighed in at 8 pounds, 6 ounces.

Congrats to the happy family!!!

Ryman’s Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman Kicks Off This Week

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To celebrate the annual Bluegrass Nights series, the Ryman has released a special episode of Backstage at the Ryman on their YouTube channel featuring Dailey & Vincent, Ricky Skaggs, Sam Bush, Jim Lauderdale and more!

The 2014 Springer Mountain Farms Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman runs Thursday nights from June 26 through July 31. Join us early each week during the season for Pickin’ on the Plaza.

June 26 Vince Gill
July 3 Yonder Mountain String Band with special guests Sam Bush, Jake Jolliff and Allie Kral
July 10 Steep Canyon Rangers and Jim Lauderdale
July 17 Dailey & Vincent
July 24 Earls of Leicester featuring Jerry Douglas, Shawn Camp, Johnny Warren, Charlie Cushman, Barry Bales and Tim O’Brien with Jesse McReynolds and the Virginia Boys
July 31 Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder

The Springer Mountain Farms Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman 2014 concert series kicks off on June 26 with twenty-time Grammy® award winner singer-songwriter and Country Music Hall of Fame member Vince Gill. The annual Red, White and Bluegrass show on July 3 will see progressive Bluegrass group Yonder Mountain String Band make their Ryman headlining debut with special guests Sam Bush, Jake Jolliff and Allie Kral. On July 10, Steep Canyon Rangers, Grammy® winners for Best Bluegrass Album (Nobody Knows You), and two-time Grammy award winner and hit songwriter Jim Lauderdale will co-headline the show. Rounder Records recording artists and three-time IBMA Entertainer of the Year winners Dailey & Vincent will take the stage on July 17. On July 24, dobro master Jerry Douglas presents Earls of Leicester, a bluegrass supergroup performing the music of Flatt & Scruggs from 1954-1965 comprised of Douglas, Grammy-award-winning producer Shawn Camp, Johnny Warren, son of Paul Warren, legendary fiddle player in Flatt & Scruggs Foggy Mountain Boys Band, acclaimed banjo player Charlie Cushman, Barry Bales of Alison Krauss + Union Station fame, and A-list sideman Tim O’Brien on mandolin. Perennial favorite and fourteen-time Grammy® award winner Ricky Skaggs and his eight-time IBMA Instrumental Band of the Year Kentucky Thunder close out the series on July 31. CMA Air Personality of the Year award winner Eddie Stubbs will once again host each show of the series.

All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and are preceded by 650 AM WSM’s Pickin’ on the Plaza featuring regional bluegrass bands from 6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. The free showcases take place in the Ryman parking lot. Puckett’s “Trolley Parton” will be on site during Pickin’ on the Plaza.

Come early to Springer Mountain Farms Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman for our Pickin’ on the Plaza showcase for your chance to become Chicken Rich! Each week, a top regional bluegrass band will perform on the Ryman plaza starting at 6:00 p.m. where you can register to win a “Chicken Rich” prize pack including a tee-shirt, Hatch poster and a cooler of delicious Springer Mountain Farms chicken delivered to your door! The winner’s name will be called from the stage that night by a Springer Mountain Farms representative and legendary 650 AM WSM announcer Eddie Stubbs!

Pickin’ on the Plaza

June 26 Dana Romanello
July 3 Flatt Lonesome
July 10 Westbound Rangers
July 17 A Step Ahead
July 24 Freshwater Creek
July 31 Lonnie Jones & Hard Drive

Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Ashley Monroe and More to Recreate “Bristol Sessions”

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Dolly Parton, Vince Gill and Emmylou Harris are among the musicians who will recreate the recordings credited with launching country music. “Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited” also features Marty Stuart, Steve Martin and Ashley Monroe.

They will recreate 16 songs from the original sessions, which showcased Jimmy Rodgers and the Carter Family. Johnny Cash once called the sessions “the single most important event in the history of country music.” The album comes out in October. The Smithsonian Institution will also open The Birthplace of Country Music Museum in the twin cities of Bristol, Tennessee and Bristol, Virginia, on August 2.

Vince Gill Doesn’t Want to Be Country Music’s ‘Mouth Piece’

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Vince Gill has been around a long time. He’s a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and he’s collaborated with just about everyone you can imagine. As a guy who’s been around the likes of Merle Haggard and Dolly Parton, the current state of country music must seem a bit “much” for him. But unlike some artists, Vince doesn’t choose to be the guy to tear down the current state of country music. Instead, he tells RollingStone Country that he’s a cheerleader.

I don’t want to be that guy. I’ll do it with what I choose to do, but I don’t need to be the mouthpiece. In saying that, all I know is that historically, if you look at [country] throughout its entirety, this has always been going on. It always strays away and then comes back, strays away, comes back. There’s no rule to how it has to be, how it should be.

It is ironic though that its lyrical message is beating you about [how country it is], but its musical message is nothing related to it at all. To me, it’s a mixed message. I feel like it’s fair to have an opinion, it’s fair to like what you like. The weird thing is if you make a comment like that, I think that the young generation takes it as criticism. And it doesn’t have an ounce of criticism intended. You’ll meet some of these kids and you’ll think, “This is the greatest guy in the world. How can you not like this guy?” You may not be crazy about his music, and that’s fair, but it doesn’t need to be personal.

I think any time somebody is not nuts about what you do, it’s critical, and I get that. But at the same time, I just want to go, ‘I’m not being critical, it’s just not for me. It is for you, and I’m cheering you on.’ I want these kids to live their dreams, want them to be musical, to do what’s in their hearts. I don’t have anything but a cheerleader brain for young people. I understand how evolution works, how this business works, how it’s always worked. And that’s the way it’s supposed to happen.”

And although Vince isn’t a fan of the “bro-country” phenomenon, he thinks there’s something truly special about the guys behind it, and he doesn’t blame them for the popularity of the stereotyped music.

I don’t think it does anybody any good to bash anything that is going on. That doesn’t serve much of a purpose. I had a visit with an executive who runs a record company. He was bemoaning yadda yadda, and I looked at him and said, “Don’t you get it? It’s your fault.” He said, “What do you mean?” “Everything you’re saying you don’t like, you’re signing, you’re recording. Just do your part.” If you don’t like it, quit jumping on the apple cart because you think it will work.

But you know what I do like about that generation? How much they like each other. How much camaraderie they have. My generation didn’t have it. Their compatibility, their willingness to embrace each other, be friends, all of that stuff. They’re very inclusive of all things and everything. And I admire the hell out of that. I wish my generation had more of that. But of the people who were really knocking it out of the park, it didn’t. If you want to take that core of artists throughout the Eighties and Nineties, do I go pal around with Garth or Alan or George? No. But the generation before me, Jimmy Dickens was going fishing with Porter Wagoner, and Mel Tillis was taking so and so… They had that.

You can read more from Vince on RollingStone Country including his take on the viral video of him confronting Westboro Church protestors here.

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