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Rascal Flatts Kicks Off Residency with Concert at The Joint

Grand entrance photo credit: Patrick Gray / Erik Kabik Photography

Grand entrance photo credit: Patrick Gray / Erik Kabik Photography

Rascal Flatts celebrated the beginning of its Rascal Flatts Vegas Riot! residency with a grand arrival at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and a high-energy performance at The Joint on Wednesday, Feb. 25th. Rascal Flatts Vegas Riot! continues at The Joint Feb. 27 – 28 and March 4, 6 – 7, 11 and 13 – 14.

The event kicked off with the renowned Foothill High School Marching Band as they marched out to one of Rascal Flatts’ No. 1 songs “Fast Cars and Freedom” in front of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s iconic guitar. Once in position, Rascal Flatts band members, Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney, revved the engines of NASCAR petty cars and burned out past hundreds of screaming fans, signaling the beginning of their residency in true Sin City style, courtesy of Richard Petty Driving Experience.

Concert photo credit: Erik Kabik / Erik Kabik Photography

Concert photo credit: Erik Kabik / Erik Kabik Photography

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Vice President of Entertainment Chas Smith and AEG Live Las Vegas’ Vice President of Booking Bobby Reynolds welcomed Rascal Flatts onto the stage. Smith and Reynolds presented the group with an official proclamation from Clark County, which declared Wednesday, Feb. 25 as “Rascal Flatts Vegas Riot! Day.”

“Tonight’s the big opener, and we’re thrilled to death to be at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and to be the first country residency at The Joint,” said LeVox. “…we’d love to have you come out. I don’t think you’ve ever seen us before like this Riot tour.”

Following, Rascal Flatts presented Travis Pardee, the director of bands at Foothill High School, with a giant $5,000 check for the high school’s music program and to thank the students for their hard work. The donation was made on behalf of Rascal Flatts, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and AEG Live Las Vegas. The trio concluded the event by posing for photos with the race cars, signing autographs and leading the marching band through The Joint’s front doors.

That evening, Rascal Flatts took the stage for the first concert of its nine-show residency. The packed house went wild as the band played top hits such as “Riot,” “Mayberry,” “Bless the Broken Road,” “Me and My Gang,” and many more. High-definition video displays, large LED screens, colorful lights, incredible solo breaks and covers like Hozier’s “Take Me To Church” completed the night of pure entertainment. The guys came back to the limelight for a bursting encore, playing “Life is a Highway” as fans danced along.

“We’re going to be here for three weeks,” exclaimed DeMarcus. “ Vegas will never be the same.”

Tickets start at $39.50 (plus applicable service fees) and can be purchased at the Hard Rock Hotel box office, by calling 888.9.AXS.TIX or online at www.axs.com/rascalflattsvegas. For VIP ticket packages including premium seating options, please contact jointvip@hrhvegas.com. For groups of 12 or more, please call 702.693.4017 or contact darson@hrhvegas.com.


LoCash Kick-off CRS with a Killer Performance and a Car!

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LOCASH kicked 2015 Country Radio Seminar into full throttle with a surprise giveaway of a brand-new, state-of-the-art 2015 FORD Mustang LC1 last night at their live concert showcase for new single, “I Love This Life.” Courtesy of Reviver Records and Champion Ford in Owensboro, Kentucky, CMT Manager of Music Strategy, Stacey Cato, was awarded the keys to the special LOCASH Edition Mustang, valued at $35,105 at their jam-packed showcase last night.

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To be entered into the random prize drawing, credentialed CRS attendees present at the first night of the Reviver Records’ CRS concert series were given key-shaped USB drives featuring a drawing number, LOCASH’s new single, “I Love This Life,” and pre-recorded radio liners. Reviver Records President and CEO, David Ross, alongside Preston Brust and Chris Lucas of LOCASH drew the winning number at random at the close of the concert, which also featured Reviver’s newly-signed Lucas Hoge and special guest Little Anthony.

“I’ve never won anything like this in my life, not even a raffle,” Cato said. “I’m absolutely blown away…this is so awesome. I’m really kind of speechless! Thanks to LOCASH, and their team and everyone here tonight… this is incredible.”

This announcement comes as LOCASH celebrates the biggest radio debut of their career with “I Love This Life,” as one of the Top 5 most-added songs at country radio in just its first week out of the gate since going for adds on Monday.

Tonight (February 26), join Reviver Records for additional music and surprises at performances by Samantha Landrum and Blackjack Billy, beginning at 10:30 p.m. in the Fisk Ballroom. Event is open to credentialed CRS attendees only.

For more information on LOCASH, visit www.locashmusic.com.

Old Dominion Inks Deal with RCA Nashville

Photographer Credit: Alan Poizner

Photographer Credit: Alan Poizner

Turns out all those country music experts were right: Old Dominion is the band to watch in 2015. The hard-working, hard-rocking Nashville quintet has signed with RCA Nashville, taking the next step on a path that started 10 years ago. The move comes months after the group released its self-titled debut EP and as its hot new single “Break Up With Him” climbs the charts.

“We couldn’t be more excited to join the RCA Nashville family,” shares frontman Matt  Ramsey. “As a band, we are eager to start our next chapter and are grateful for the opportunity to do that with the support of an amazing promotion and marketing team in RCA.”

Old Dominion, comprised of Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen, Whit Sellers, Geoff Sprung and Brad Tursi, lands the deal 20 months after signing with Morris Higham Management. The news comes as Old Dominion prepares to head out on Kenny Chesney’s The Big Revival stadium tour this summer, a career-making stage that has put many future stars in front of millions of fans.

It’s been those fans, won over a decade on the road, who have driven Old Dominion’s breakthrough. Their reaction to the independently released “Old Dominion” EP–produced by a savvy hit-making GRAMMY Award-winning producer and songwriter Shane McAnally–caught the attention of program directors across the nation.

“Break Up With Him,” an unconventional love song that that mixes rock, country and blues with a bit of hip-hop swagger, reached No. 1 on SiriusXM’s “The Highway Hot 45 Countdown” for six weeks and was added by major-market program directors as an “album cut.” The band later released it as a single by popular demand and it’s climbing the charts at country radio.

The deal with RCA Nashville, where Old Dominion joins a roster that includes Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert and Jake Owen, means more music is on the way.

“There has been a VERY loud buzz about Old Dominion around the Sony Music Nashville offices for some time now; so much that the three imprints were all fighting for the chance to work with the band,” says Sony Nashville CEO, Gary Overton. “I am pleased to announce the signing of Old Dominion to RCA Records Nashville.”

“Rarely in our business do you meet artists who are a ‘triple threat’– singer, songwriter, and musician. On top of those qualities, which each of them possesses, Old Dominion provides a truly amazing live experience,” says Morris Higham Management President, Clint Higham. “The team at Morris Higham Management is honored to represent the band and is looking forward to the partnership with RCA Nashville.”

Along with its rowdy road schedule, Old Dominion also plans to record and release new music in 2015.

For more information about Old Dominion or to hear “Break Up With Him,” visit www.olddominionband.com and www.facebook.com/olddominion or follow @OldDominion on Twitter and @OldDominionMusic on Instagram.

Appearing in Photo  Front Row (L-R): Old Dominion’s Whit Sellers, Trevor Rosen, Matthew Ramsey, Geoff Sprung, Brad Tursi  Back Row (L-R): Clint Higham (Morris Higham Management), Shane McAnally (producer), Keith Gale (SVP/National Promotion, RCA), Gary Overton (Chairman & CEO, Sony Music Nashville), Jim Catino (VP, A&R, Sony Music Nashville), Taylor Lindsey (Director, A&R, Sony Music Nashville), Will Hitchcock (Morris Higham Management), Nate Ritches (Morris Higham Management)

Kacey Musgraves New Single “Biscuits” Going to Country Radio Next Month

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Texas-native and Nashville-based singer/songwriter Kacey Musgraves will be releasing a new single, “Biscuits,” to country radio March 16th.  This will be the debut single from her upcoming Mercury Records Nashville sophomore album which follows up GRAMMY “Best Country Album” and ACM “Album Of The Year” winner, Same Trailer Different Park.

“Biscuits” was written by Musgraves, Shane McAnally, and Brandy Clark, and will be available at iTunes March 17th.

“I’m very proud to be kickin’ things off with Biscuits! I think it’s the perfect preview to the record we had SO much fun making,” exclaimed Musgraves.  “The sound of this song represents so many of the things I love about country music. And be warned – it may inspire a square dance.”

Musgraves is currently on the road headlining her ‘Same Tour Different Trailer’ tour across the US.

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