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Jeff Bates Honored by State of Mississippi

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Recently, Country Music artist, Jeff Bates was recognized with a Resolution put forth by the State of Mississippi’s House of Representatives. The resolution commended Jeffery Wayne “Jeff” Bates for his contributions and success in Country Music, for having confronted and overcome adversity, and for his dedication to his family, wife Kelly Vaughn and daughter Brianna.

“Whereas, a man with a life’s story that seemingly chronicles a classic country song,” listed the Resolution, “…Jeff rebounded with an undeniable affirmation of self and a renewed awareness of purpose to once again seize the reins of destiny which were innately embedded in the core of his musicality.”

The resolution went on to recognize Bates’ ongoing charity work and upcoming endeavors and concluded “Mr. Bates’ stature and incredible success, whose talent, life’s story and benevolences have bestowed great pride and integrity upon the great State of Mississippi.”

Bates was raised in Bunker Hill, Miss., adopted as the eldest of nine children by sharecropping parents. After moving to Nashville to chase his dreams, he landed a publishing deal with Warner-Chappell. However, in 2001, Bates’ battle with drugs and his addiction landed him in jail putting an end, if only for a while, to his music career.

After being released, Bates co-wrote Tracy Lawrence’s 2002 single, “What a Memory,” putting him well on the path to success. In 2003, Bates inked his first record deal with RCA Records and released his debut album Rainbow Man that produced a top-ten single, “The Love Song.” Three more albums would follow, including Leave the Light On (RCA), his self-titled project and One Day Closer (Black River), culminating in seven top-40 singles and a No. 1 Christian country single.

“I am honored and humbled by this award,” stated Bates. “I wish my Mama and Daddy were still here to physically see and share in this occasion. However I trust that they are with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in Heaven, smiling down with the pride only Parents can feel!” Bates continued “I would like to personally extend thanks to Aaron Williams; Rep. Charles Busby; District 111, Phillip Gunn; Speaker of The House, Rep. C. Scott Bounds; District 44, Senator Giles K. Ward; District 18, Senator Lydia Chassaniol; District 14, Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves; and last but definitely not least my friend, brother, and mentor Fred Robinson and his wife Dianne for your selfless efforts on my behalf in making this momentous event in my life happen!”

Bates currently celebrates 13 years of sobriety. He continues the outreach of Jeff Bates Ministries and dedicates his life to what he considers “the most important and ultimate accomplishment,” the job of being a full-time father. Additionally, Bates is back in the studio working on a variety of projects, including the highly-anticipated album Me & Conway (which will feature Twitty classics as well as a mix of original tunes) and The Songwriter Series, both due out later this year. Bates is also assisting up-and-coming artists as a manager and has recently built Bates Shop Studios.

For more information on Jeff Bates, please visit: www.jeffbates.net.

CMA To Present Songwriters Showcase During Tin Pan South

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CMA will present a special songwriters showcase featuring Bill Anderson, Jim Beavers, and Bobby Pinson as part of Nashville Songwriters Association International’s 22nd Annual Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival on Thursday, March 27th at the Listening Room Café in Nashville.

Produced by NSAI, Tin Pan South is the world’s largest all-songwriter festival. Last year nearly 350 talented songwriters performed more than 90 shows at 10 of Nashville’s top music venues. Thousands of music fans attend the event annually to hear songwriters tell stories behind hits they have written and perform the songs as they were originally composed.

“Nashville’s songwriters are among the most talented storytellers in the world,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “CMA and NSAI’s Tin Pan South both have traditions of promoting and honoring songwriters, so we are proud to partner with them again this year.”

Recognizing excellence is central to CMA’s mission and the Association recognizes songwriters throughout the year with the CMA Award for Song of the Year, which is presented on the annual broadcast to the winning songwriters, the annual Triple Play Awards, and the creation of a rotating category for songwriters in the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame.

In addition, the CMA Board of Directors created and launched the CMA Songwriters Series in 2005 at Joe’s Pub in New York City, which has grown to include shows in Austin, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Washington D.C. at the Library of Congress, and at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2012, the series expanded to the U.K. and Ireland and last year was included as part of the International Marketing Summit in Paris. The CMA Songwriters Series returned to the U.K. in 2014 as part of the C2C (Country to Country) festival, which is presented at The O2 in Dublin and London in partnership with CMA.

CMA also offers its songwriter members access to affordable health insurance. CMA Instrumental Healthcare offers exceptional benefits with more options to better fit the needs of its membership.

CMA Presents at Tin Pan South will be held Thursday, March 27th (6:00 PM/CT). Admission is $15 at the door or with a Tin Pan Fast Access Pass. The Listening Room Café is located at 217 Second Avenue South and can be reached at (615)259-3600.

Mel Tillis On the Mend- Photo of the Day

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Country Music Hall of Famer Mel Tillis is leaving the hospital today following last weekend’s heart surgery.

The country singer’s daughter, Pam Tillis, says “Dad is doing great and is happy to be leaving the hospital in time to catch today’s Florida vs. Missouri game.”

Tillis will be back on the road soon and plans to release new music later this year.

Little Texas & Morgan Frazier to Perform Duck Dynasty Fundraiser

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Curb Records recording artist Morgan Frazier and country rockers Little Texas will be performing at the first annual “Quack Dynasty” concert and 5k run on March 22nd, combatting domestic violence. Tickets are on sale now for $15, $25 and a $35 package deal for both events. To purchase tickets and for additional information please visit the event website: www.quack-dynasty.com. There will also be 2 autographed guitars auctioned off during the concert. One is signed by Duck Dynasty cast members, and the other will be autographed by the evening’s performers.

With a fantastic location – Triple Creek Park in Gallatin – where the runners will run an obstacle course “hunting” hidden ducks located along the course for prizes, everyone is invited to come dressed as their favorite member of the hit A&E show Duck Dynasty. The 5K will end in the Family Fun Zone with food vendors, inflatables, games, music and community booths. From barbecue to burgers, hot dogs to ice cream and desserts, you family will have a great time playing games and having dinner before the concert while a DJ plays the top music from today.

The evening celebration will feature a country music concert headlined by multi-platinum recording group Little Texas, celebrating their 25th Anniversary tour with greatest hits “God Blessed Texas”, “Amy’s Back In Austin”, “What Might Have Been” and many more. Joining Little Texas at on the lineup is Morgan Frazier, best known for her anti-bullying hit song “Hey Bully.” Partnering with the world renowned anti-bullying organization Stand for the Silent, Frazier has reached hundreds of thousands of kids and adults affected by bullying, visiting schools and corporations across the United States. Opening acts Ash Bowers and Nashville favorites McKenzies Mill will also be performing.

When HomeSafe, Inc., a domestic violence agency serving 4 counties in Middle Tennessee decided on a theme for their 2014 fundraiser, they decided to have fun while raising money for a serious cause. They also wanted to spread the word to children and families about the wonderful work HomeSafe does, serving over 1,600 women and children every year. So they decided on a 5K run during the afternoon and a country music concert at night on March 22, 2014. This concept hatched the theme, “Quack Dynasty.”

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Sets All-time Attendance Record in 2013

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The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum set an all-time attendance record in 2013, museum officials announced today.  The 2013 attendance total of 668,777 people is the largest in the institution’s 46-year history.

“We would like to thank our local, national and international visitors for such strong support,” said Museum Director Kyle Young.  “Through November 2013, our operating revenues increased by about 25% over prior year, we held expenses in check, and we expect those numbers to hold through December 2013.  In these challenging economic times, we don’t take this for granted.

“We attribute the strong year to several factors,” Young continued.  “We had a great mix of exhibitions:  The Bakersfield Sound:  Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and California Country; Carrie Underwood: The Blown Away Tour; and Reba: All the Women I Am, as well as a dynamic schedule of live programs and events.  Our major expansion, now nearing completion, brought many new spaces for our visitors to enjoy in 2013, including Hatch Show Print, the CMA Theater and the Taylor Swift Education Center.   Finally, Nashville continues to be a red-hot tourist destination, and we are happy to contribute to and benefit from this.  It’s exciting to see our city and industry be recognized for all that it has to offer.”

More information about the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is available at www.countrymusichalloffame.org

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