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Eric Church Rocks the House on “Austin City Limits”

Photo courtesy KLRU-TV/Austin City Limits. Photo by Scott Newton

Photo courtesy KLRU-TV/Austin City Limits. Photo by Scott Newton

“Austin City Limits” (ACL) proudly presents an hour with music sensation Eric Church. The episode premieres Saturday, November 15th at 9pm ET/8pm CT as part of the iconic PBS music series’ milestone Season 40. Church has blazed his own trail to superstardom and now makes his ACL debut with his signature brand of no holds barred country music. ACL airs weekly on PBS stations nationwide (check local listings for times) and full episodes are made available online for a limited time at immediately following the initial broadcast. The show’s official hashtag is #acltv40.

Famous for a game changing live show, Church performs songs from his critically-acclaimed, chart-topping 2014 album The Outsiders in his ACL debut. The music rebel’s distinctively hard-rocking spin on country, influenced as much by AC/DC and Metallica as Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings, has earned him a huge audience outside the confines of country radio. Church appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone this year and was named one of their “50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now.” NPR raves, “Eric Church is working on a level that few other country artists of his generation can touch.”

“This is gonna be fun,” says the North Carolina native, clearly enjoying his first visit to the ACL stage. Church’s appearance is a twelve-song tour-de-force that presents the performer at the top of his game. Delivering a host of hits in his trademark aviators, Church’s crowd-pleasing set is filled with anthems about youth, family and outliers that ignite through songwriting skill, powerful riffs and energetic vocals. Highlights include the rebellious “The Outsiders”, the autobiographical title track “Sinners Like Me” from his 2006 debut and the Grammy-nominated anthem “Springsteen” from his 2011 breakthrough Chief, with the Austin audience providing the “whoa-ohs” of the chorus. Church brings it all home solo, showcasing his softer side with the heartfelt set-closing ballad “A Man Who Was Gonna Die Young.”

“Eric and his band know how to rock harder than many rock ‘n roll bands,” says ACL executive producer Terry Lickona, “and his music and the words behind it have a way of reaching fans way beyond the usual borders of country music. He’s a perfect fit for ACL.”

Eric Church Setlist:
“Guys Like Me”
“Give Me Back My Hometown”
“Cold One”
“Sinners Like Me”
“Drink In My Hand” (Click HERE for a preview clip of this song)
“These Boots”
“Smoke A Little Smoke”
“The Outsiders”
“A Man Who Was Gonna Die Young”

The complete lineup for the full thirteen-week season, including six new episodes to air beginning January 3, 2015, will be announced in the coming weeks. Check the news section of for additional episode updates.

Kellie Pickler to Get Chatty as Guest Co-Host on “The View” Today

Photo Courtesy ABC Television / "The View"

Photo Courtesy ABC Television / “The View”

Add morning talk show co-host to Kellie Pickler’s increasingly diverse resume. The country star, “Dancing with the Stars” champion and “American Idol” alum joins the cast of ABC’s “The View” on Friday, Nov. 14 at 11 a.m. ET/10 CT, for a special appearance that includes co-hosting duties and a performance.

The Black River Entertainment recording artist interviews film star Drew Barrymore, shows her “wild side” when exotic animals visit the set, and chats with co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Nicolle Wallace and Rosie Perez on a number of topics.

The 28-year-old North Carolina native also performs on the show, singing “Selma Drye” from her 2013 critically-acclaimed album The Woman I Am. The high-energy song is about her irrepressible great-grandmother. The appearance caps a busy month for Pickler, who appeared on “The Queen Latifah Show,” performed at the 2014 USO Gala, saw the release of the VeggieTales animated film “Beauty and the Beet” in which she voices lead character Mirabelle, and performed the half-time show at a recent NFL Charlotte Panthers football game among several other appearances.

To learn more about Kellie Pickler, visit Follow her on Facebook at and on Twitter at @KelliePickler. For more information about the view, visit

Rascal Flatts on the Today Show – VIDEO

RAscal Flatts

Rascal Flatts met and began performing together at the Fiddle and Steel Guitar Bar in in Nashville. The bar, which is located on the famous Printer’s Alley, where countless musical legends have performed, is shutting down at the end of the year.   The group appeared  on NBC-TV’s Today Show earlier this week (11/9) to talk about the bar closing and their humble beginnings.

Hear how the band got their name and what Shenandoah’s “The Church On Cumberland Road” had to do with bringing the trio together.

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“Nashville” Star to Grand Marshall Nashville’s Christmas Parade


Eric Close, who plays Mayor Teddy Conrad on ABC’s hit television show “Nashville,” will serve as Parade Grand Marshal for the 61st annual Piedmont Natural Gas Nashville Christmas Parade. The parade kicks off the holiday season in downtown Nashville on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 at 7 p.m. The parade theme this year is “Sharing the Warmth.”

“Piedmont Natural Gas is proud to continue this Nashville holiday tradition,” said Stephen Francescon, community relations manager, Tennessee, Piedmont Natural Gas. “The people of Nashville and all of Middle Tennessee have enjoyed and supported the parade with huge turnouts every year. We are especially excited to have ‘Nashville’s’ Eric Close join us as Grand Marshal.”

This year’s night of festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree in Public Square Plaza in Downtown Nashville. Eric Close, Piedmont Natural Gas executives and other special guests, will join Mayor Karl Dean. The tree lighting will be immediately followed with fireworks. The parade begins at 7 p.m. at Public Square Plaza and travels down Second Ave. and up Broadway to Ninth Avenue.

“The Nashville Christmas Parade is a great family-friendly tradition that brings people out to enjoy our beautiful downtown,” Mayor Karl Dean said. “With the Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony on the same night, these festivities are a great way for our city to kick off the holiday season. This year’s Mayor’s tree lighting will take on a whole new level of excitement since it will include an appearance by another mayor – the mayor of the ‘Nashville’ TV show. I want to thank Eric Close for serving as grand marshal of the parade and being part of our Nashville community in this special way.”

The 2014 Parade theme is “Sharing the Warmth,” spotlighting the importance of the help Piedmont and our participating warm-hearted customers provide to those in need. All proceeds from the parade will benefit Piedmont’s Share the Warmth program, which assists local low-income families who need help paying energy bills at any point during the year, regardless of their energy source. Since 2003, Piedmont Natural Gas and its customers, along with the Piedmont Natural Gas Foundation, have donated more than $1.5 million to Share the Warmth energy assistance funds. For more information about the Share the Warmth program, visit

To stay up to date on parade happenings and announcements, visit the Nashville Christmas Parade Facebook page at

CMT to Reair the “48th Annual CMA Awards”

CMA Awards

Country music fans can relive the excitement of the “48th Annual CMA Awards” when CMT hosts the cable premiere on Friday, November 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.  The awards show, which originally aired live from Nashville on ABC, is co-hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and features surprise guests and all-star performances from country and pop superstars, including: Jason Aldean, The Band Perry, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, the Doobie Brothers, Florida Georgia Line, Ariana Grande, Hunter Hayes, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Loretta Lynn, Tim McGraw, Ashley Monroe, Kacey Musgraves, Jennifer Nettles, Paisley, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Cole Swindell, Meghan Trainor, Underwood and Keith Urban. CMT will repeat the “CMA Awards” again on Saturday, November 22 at 3 p.m. ET/PT.

Leading into the awards, CMT will also re-telecast “Countdown to the CMA Awards: 15 Songs that Changed Country Music with Robin Roberts,” airing Friday, November 21 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The special shines a spotlight on 15 iconic songs that made a permanent mark on the country music world, recounting the unique stories behind each.

For an instant recap of the evening’s highlights, fans can visit for in-depth coverage, including winner recaps, performance highlights, photo galleries, exclusive video coverage and a recap from CMT’s RED CARPET SPECIAL. More than 40 years of “CMA Awards” history is available on, along with more than 30 photo galleries featuring the most memorable fashion moments over the years.


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