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Little Big Town, Dierks Bentley, Darius Rucker & MORE added to iHeartRadio Country Festival

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The full show-stopping lineup for the 2015 iHeartRadio Country Festival, bringing together Country music’s biggest superstars all on one stage at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas on Saturday, May 2nd 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. The live celebration of all things Country will be hosted by iHeartMedia’s nationally-syndicated Country music personality Bobby Bones – with unbelievable collaborations and surprise special guests, bringing the music of the iHeartRadio app to life onstage.

The iHeartRadio Country Festival will video stream live exclusively on Yahoo Live (www.yahoo.com/iheartradio) for fans nationwide and broadcast live on iHeartMedia Country radio stations across the U.S. on Saturday, May 2nd at 7 p.m. CT. The iHeartRadio Country Festival will also be televised as an exclusive nationwide two-hour broadcast special on NBC, May 27th from 9-11 p.m. ET/CT.

“Country music has never been bigger in America and we are bringing the marquee names together live on one stage for one night,” said John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises, iHeartMedia. “It will be a once in a lifetime event for fans that night in Austin, as well as millions nationally on-air, online on Yahoo and on NBC.”

iHeartMedia will launch a six weeklong nationwide promotion, beginning Monday, March 30th, giving thousands of Country music fans nationwide the opportunity to win a trip to Austin, Texas for a one-of-a-kind experience at the iHeartRadio Country Festival. The promotion will run across more than 120 iHeartMedia Country radio stations as well as on iHeartRadio, the company’s all-in-one digital streaming platform.

“Country is one of the most vibrant and exciting genres in music today,” said Tom Poleman, President of National Programming Platforms, iHeartMedia. “I love that our iHeartRadio Country Festival gives us a opportunity to showcase such an amazing lineup of incredible artists and music not only live in Austin, but across the country on our stations, Yahoo and NBC.”

Tickets go on sale to the general public Saturday, March 28 at 10 a.m. ET. For more information visit iHeartRadio.com/countryfestival.

Steven Tyler has a Country Album in the Works

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Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler is going country and Big Machine is gonna help him do it. According to Billboard, Steven relocated to Nashville in January and has been busy writing with hitmakers like Brett James, Cadillac Three’s Jaren Johnston.

There’s not official deal yet, but it looks like one is expected by summer giving Steven’s album a possible November release date, but more than likely it will hit stores sometime early 2016.

What do you think about Steven Tyler going country???

Dallas Davidson Welcomes Baby Boy!

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On Wednesday, Feb. 25th, hit songwriter Dallas Davidson and his wife, Natalia, welcomed their first son, Dallas Gerald Davidson, Jr. into the world, weighing 7 lbs. 9 ounces.

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“I’ve always wanted children,” says Davidson. “I’d be lying if I didn’t say I wanted a son. I have the greatest wife – and now mother – and a beautiful healthy boy. This is what life is all about. I feel like I’m floating on clouds right now. I’m as happy as I’ve ever been. God is great. I’m blessed beyond my wildest dreams.”

CMA Takes Country Music Abroad for Annual C2C Festival

Photo Credit: Anthony D'Angio / CMA

Photo Credit: Anthony D’Angio / CMA

The Country Music Association gave fans a deeper look into Country Music and engaged international music executives as festivities in the U.K. were in full swing for C2C, Country 2 Country Festival, the U.K.’s largest Country Music Festival. C2C featured performances from the biggest names in Country including Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Brandy Clark, Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert, Lady Antebellum, Kip Moore, and Lee Ann Womack.

Photo Credit: Anthony D'Angio / CMA

Photo Credit: Anthony D’Angio / CMA

The weekend kicked off with a special presentation of the CMA Songwriters Series Friday night at indigo at The O2 in London. Presented in partnership with the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. (NCVC), the evening was hosted by Kix Brooks with Jessi Alexander, Clark, Sam Palladio, and Jon Randall. Due to their overwhelming success at last year’s CMA Songwriters Series at C2C, Striking Matches was invited to join the show as special surprise guests.

Photo Credit: Anthony D'Angio / CMA

Photo Credit: Anthony D’Angio / CMA

Saturday brought U.K. native Palladio, songwriter and star of the hit ABC show “Nashville,” to the stage again, this time with the BBC’s Mark Hagen in a “CMA Talk” where he performed acoustically and discussed his career as an actor and musician. Meanwhile, Alexander, Brooks, Clark, and Randall greeted fans during autograph sessions at the CMA Booth in Town Square.

CMA also hosted meetings and receptions that brought international executives together to discuss all things Country Music, including a CMA Executive Strategy Session with the CMA U.K. Advisory Council. This meeting of international minds allowed some key leaders of the international music community to have an open dialogue with CMA executives and Board members regarding the future of Country Music abroad.

Other weekend events included screenings at Cineworld at The O2 of the CMA Songwriters Series Public Television specials featuring Dierks Bentley and Lady Antebellum, along with CMA’s own annual ABC special, 2014’s “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock.”

For more photos from C2C, please visit CMAcloseup.com. For more information on CMA Songwriters Series, visit CMAsongwritersseries.com.

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