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Nashville’s Chris Carmack Added to Ty Herndon’s Concert for Love and Acceptance

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Ty Herndon has announced the addition of Nashville’s Chris Carmack, Deborah Allen and Antigone Rising to the lineup of the inaugural Concert for Love and Acceptance. The event, presented by Herndon and GLAAD, will feature artists and celebrities appearing in support of at-risk youth in the Nashville community and will take place at City Winery (609 Lafayette St.) in Nashville, Tenn.

Accomplished actor and singer Chris Carmack is best known for his role as charming “Will Lexington” on ABC’s critically-acclaimed, Golden Globe, Primetime Emmy, People’s Choice and Critics’ Choice Television Award-nominated series “Nashville.” Carmack is featured on THE MUSIC OF NASHVILLE soundtracks and was a featured performer on the 2014 and 2015 NASHVILLE tours.

Award-winning singer, songwriter, producer and Grammy-nominated recording artist Deborah Allen is known as one of the music industry’s most diverse and dynamic talents. With more than 1,600 published songs, including her own hits like “Baby I Lied,” “Rock Me” and “I’ve Been Wrong Before,” Allen has written songs recorded by an impressive list of artists, including LeAnn Rimes, Tanya Tucker, Patty Loveless, Brooks & Dunn, Janie Fricke, Conway Twitty, Loretta Lynn, Sheena Easton, Diana Ross, Issac Hayes and Fleetwood Mac, among others.

Female alt-country rock band, Antigone Rising, plays upwards of 280 shows a year. They are best known for their relentless touring and masterful musicianship and have shared the stage with acts like The Rolling Stones, Rob Thomas, Aerosmith, The Bangles and more.

The first-of-its-kind country music event, which will take place during CMA Fest, will be co-hosted by Herndon and political commentator and author Meghan McCain. Performers and special guests previously announced include Desmond Child, Melinda Doolittle, Shelly Fairchild, Crystal Gayle, Billy Gilman, Jennifer Knapp, Jamie O’Neal, and Pastor Stan Mitchell of GracePointe Church. Additional performances and appearances will be announced.

Tickets are available now at Proceeds benefit GLAAD’s work to accelerate acceptance.

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Rodney Atkins Rallies Friends for Fifth Annual “Music City Gives Back” Concert

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Rodney Atkins will once again take over the busy streets of downtown Nashville to host the fifth annual “Music City Gives Back” concert on Tuesday, June 9th. Launched in 2011 as a way to raise funds for Nashvillians who suffered devastating losses during the 2010 flood, this year’s concert will support the W.O. Smith Music School. Atkins will host a star-studded lineup for the event, with Atkins, Lee Brice, Tyler Farr, Maddie and Tae and Kip Moore all set to perform.

“I’m grateful to be hosting this special event for the fifth year in a row alongside a stellar group of artists,” said Atkins. “It truly means a lot to be able to give back through what I love to do most – play music.”

The concert is free to the public and DJ Silver will kick off the festivities at 6:00 p.m. between 2nd and 3rd Avenue on Broadway. Select artists will also be available to sign autographs in the sponsor activation area on Broadway from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and fans can stop by the Team Cocktail booth to pick up official Music City Gives Back apparel and accessories; have a drink, play cornhole and more.

Carl Black Chevrolet, Wrangler and ALLY Financial are returning for the fifth year as presenting sponsors for Music City Gives Back. Carl Black Chevrolet will stream the show live on and Wrangler will broadcast the show live on, a first-of-its-kind mobile and online destination for all Western lifestyle content. Fans can also access unique behind-the-scenes footage captured during the Music City Gives Back concert by visiting

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Carrie Underwood Kicks off Summer at CMA Fest!


On the day after the unofficial start of summer, Carrie Underwood tapped her social networks to announce that she will be performing at LP Field during the 2015 CMA Music Festival Nightly Concerts. Her performance at this year’s CMA Music Festival will mark the 10th anniversary of her first performance in 2005 following her victorious run on “American Idol” that same year.

“We know our fans will be thrilled to kick off summer with Carrie at CMA Music Festival,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer.
The Ultimate Country Music Fan Experience™, CMA Music Festival takes place Thursday through Sunday, June 11-14 in Nashville.

Underwood performs Saturday, June 13. She joins previously announced performers including Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Lee Brice, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line, Randy Houser, Sam Hunt, Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Maddie & Tae, Neal McCoy, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Thomas Rhett, Darius Rucker, Cole Swindell, The Band Perry, The Oak Ridge Boys, Keith Urban, Wynonna & The Big Noise, Chris Young, and Zac Brown Band. This year’s National Anthem singers include Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Lee Greenwood, Kellie Pickler, and Restless Heart.

Tickets to the Nightly Concerts at LP Field sold out in November. Across the river from the stadium, there are countless free and low-cost entertainment options for fans visiting downtown Nashville as part of the CMA Music Festival. Seven free entertainment stages give fans an opportunity to choose their musical adventure, including the hugely popular Chevrolet Riverfront Stage, which consistently fills the Cumberland riverbank each of the four days.

AT&T U-verse® Fan Fair X at Music City Center moves the CMA Music Festival party inside, with musical performances on three stages, artist interactions, meet-and-greets, shopping and other unique fan experiences. Tickets to AT&T U-verse Fan Fair X are available now at (AT&T U-verse Fan Fair X admission is included in four-day CMA Music Festival tickets). AT&T U-verse Fan Fair X tickets are $10 per day or $25 for a four-day pass.

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Billy Currington’s “Don’t It” is #1

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Benefiting from release week excitement and hourly iHeartMedia airplay on their respective opening days, Luke Bryan’s “Kick the Dust Up” and Hunter Hayes’ “21” both debut on this week’s Billboard Country Airplay chart.

Officially launched last Tuesday, Bryan’s “Kick the Dust Up” opens at #19 on the audience-driven Billboard chart. The song is the lead single from the country superstar’s forthcoming “Kill the Lights.”

“21,” which arrived on Thursday, May 21, reaches #32 on Billboard’s weekly airplay chart. Not tied to an album, “21” is part of a new campaign that involves launching singles and EPs exclusively through digital channels.

In conjunction with their Billboard Country Airplay bows, “Kick the Dust Up” and “21” open at #28 and #43, respectively, on the Mediabase country radio singles chart.

Billy Currington’s “Don’t It” is this week’s #1 song on both Mediabase and Billboard.

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