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Les Paul Award Given To Belmont University


Gibson Guitars is donating $100,000 to Belmont University in Nashville to honor Les Paul. The Les Paul Music Innovation Award will be used to fund research to innovate music. The 100th anniversary of Paul’s birth was yesterday. Besides being a musician, Paul created the electric solid body guitar, multitrack recording and many other music innovations.

Bobby Bones’ Raging Idiots Sign Record Deal!

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A year ago, Bobby Bones hinted that his band, The Raging Idiots would soon possibly be an actual professional band with an actual recording contract.  Well, it’s a done deal. Black River Entertainment CEO Gordon Kerr and Vice President of Publishing Celia Froehlig announce the signing of The Raging Idiots, comprised of Bobby Bones and Producer Eddie, to Black River Entertainment today.

“Bobby Bones and Producer Eddie are unique comedic individuals,” said Kerr. “The light-hearted songs and comedy bits by the Raging Idiots not only entertain people but, through the charity aspects of their shows, actually help make a difference in people’s lives. We look forward to sharing some laughs and changing some lives together.”

The relationship between the duo and Black River Entertainment began back in August of 2013. New to Nashville, The Raging Idiots recorded their charity album benefitting 30Abes, Charity Hilarity, in Black River Entertainment’s Ronnie’s Place Studio.

“It’s the best fit. Black River is such a creative place to be,” said Bobby. “We did our first charity album here and Black River gave us the studios for free. It was just, ‘Here use the studio, do good and also be funny.’ “We still want to do good and we still want to be funny. It started so great, so we figured let’s go along for the ride, together.”

Bobby and Eddie’s history dates back more than 10 years originating from their working together in television, on stage, and ultimately now radio. Throughout that time, Bobby and Eddie would collaborate on funny songs, often playing them on the air. In 2013, after the Bobby Bones Show moved to Nashville they were asked to perform at a charity event resulting in the first official public performance as The Raging Idiots. Soon after, The Raging Idiots decided to do one more one show for charity in Wichita, KS. When that show sold over 3,000 tickets it only increased their drive to continue to use humor and music to help communities. Since then, The Raging Idiots have performed nearly 40 charity shows and have raised more than $800,000 all benefitting local animal charities.

Watch the iHeartRadio Country Festival LIVE Online NOW!

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Yahoo is streaming The 2015 iHeartRadio Country Festival LIVE!!! See Country music’s biggest superstars all on one stage at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas TODAY,  Saturday, May 2nd. This year’s incredible lineup will feature Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, Little Big Town, Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore, The Band Perry, iHeartRadio’s On The Verge artist Sam Hunt and Tyler Farr as well as special guest appearances by Bobby Bones, Big & Rich, Cody Alan, Brooklyn Decker, Gavin DeGraw, Eric Decker and Jessie James Decker.

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Sammy Kershaw to Release ‘I Won’t Back Down’ This Summer!

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With a legacy that stretches across three decades, encompasses gold and platinum sales, and includes numerous iconic hit singles, Sammy Kershaw is gearing up for the June 9th release of I Won’t Back Down on Cleopatra Records.

I Won’t Back Down is a mixture of all things Kershaw, ranging from the romantic yearnings of “Lay Back Down” and “Let’s Lay Here Forever” to the heartfelt regret of the haunting “I Had To Give That Up Too.” He also ventures into a light-hearted feel on up-tempo cuts like “Fixer Upper” and “Grillin’ and Chillin.” As is the case with any Kershaw album, you can always count on a cover – and I Won’t Back Down adds two to the mix – “Take A Letter Maria,” originally a No. 2 hit for R.B. Greaves on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1969, and the title cut, familiar to Pop listeners as a hit for Tom Petty from 1989.

I Won’t Back Down is the first all-original album from Kershaw in five years, and the singer is excited to bring new music to his fans. “At all of our shows, or wherever go, people keep asking for new music. I’m glad to have a new record coming their way. They’ve waited a while. Hell, I’ve waited a while,” he said with a grin. “The other aspect of the new album that makes it exciting is getting a chance to work with Tim Yasui and all the staff at Cleopatra Records. Together, we’re ready to get it out to the people.”

“Sammy Kershaw is one of those voices that you know the moment you hear it. We at Cleopatra are excited to work with an artist of Sammy’s caliber,” says Cleopatra Records President Tim Yasui.

I Won’t Back Down Track Listing:
1. Take A Letter Maria
2. Lay Back Down
3. Grillin’ and Chillin’
4. Fixer Upper
5. Groove
6. I Won’t Back Down
7. I Had To Give That Up Too
8. I Can’t Wait To Waste A Little Time
9. Send In The Rodeo Clowns
10. Don’t Move
11. Why You Wanna Do Me This Way
12. Let’s Lay Here Forever

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