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Montgomery Gentry Release “Folks Like Us” Video

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Montgomery Gentry’s brand new music video for Folks Like Us,” is premiering today, May 27, exclusively across CMT platforms including CMT, CMT Pure, MontgomeryGentry.CMT.com and CMT Artists App. The song is the title track from the new album, their first in over 3 years, set to release June 9 on Blaster Records. The project once again teams the storied duo with award winning producer Michael Knox (Jason Aldean, Thomas Rhett).

The music video, directed by Stephen Shepherd and filmed in Springfield, TN late last month, is a poignant portrait of Middle America, and sure to add to their hits list as an undeniable blue-collar anthem for  “boot wearin’, God fearin’ ‘FOLKS LIKE US’”.

Fans who pre-order the new album now will have instant access to 3 songs (“Headlights”, “Folks Like Us”, and “Two Old Friends”) from the project.

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Grand Ole Opry and iHeart Radio Ready Their Rosters to Strike Out Cancer

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The Grand Ole Opry and iHeart Radio are readying their rosters as they prepare to strike out cancer at the City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game. More than 25 music and sports stars will step up to the plate for this 25th anniversary event, taking place June 13 from the new First Tennessee Park during CMA Music Festival. Tickets are available now at http://bit.ly/csg15pr.

Country standouts Angie Johnson, Bret Michaels, Bucky Covington, Deana Carter, JT Hodges, Phil Vassar and The Bobby Bones Show, along with Titans cornerback Perrish Cox and current and former Nashville Predators players Seth Jones and Stu Grimson, will play alongside previously announced participants Aaron Watson, Charles Esten, Chuck Wicks, Lauren Alaina, Lindsay Ell, Little Big Town, Love and Theft, and Vince Gill to strike out cancer with City of Hope. Winning StageIt performers SaraBeth and Doug McCormick will also take to the field for the anniversary event. CMT After Midnite’s Cody Alan and The Crook and Chase Countdown’s Lorianne Crook will emcee and offer play-by-plays for the thousands of fans in attendance.

Team Opry: Aaron Watson, Bucky Covington, Charles Esten, Chuck Wicks, Deana Carter, Eric Gunderson (Love And Theft), JT Hodges, Jimi Westbrook (Little Big Town), Kimberly Schlapman (Little Big Town), Phil Vassar, SaraBeth, Stu Grimson and Vince Gill.

Team iHeart Radio: Angie Johnson, Bret Michaels, Doug McCormick, Karen Fairchild (Little Big Town), Lauren Alaina, Lindsay Ell, Perrish Cox, Phillip Sweet (Little Big Town), Seth Jones, Stephen Barker Liles (Love And Theft) plus The Bobby Bones Show’s Bobby Bones, Eddie and Lunchbox.

Joining the lineup is Music City native Stephen Bess, who received lifesaving treatment for acute lymphocytic leukemia more than two years ago at City of Hope. He and his genetically matched stem cell donor, who reside nine time zones apart, will meet for the very first time in a special ceremony before taking the field for the 25th Annual Celebrity Softball Game.

A pioneer in the treatment of bone and blood marrow diseases, City of Hope has performed more than 12,000 lifesaving bone marrow transplants. It also is a leading biomedical research institute for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening illnesses. The City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game, presented by Staples and sponsored by PEOPLE Country, raises funds for that research.

Each year, the Celebrity Softball Game regularly features some of Country Music’s biggest and hottest stars. Over the years, Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Scotty McCreery, Vince Gill and many more have taken to the field in support of City of Hope’s lifesaving mission.

City of Hope is an independent biomedical research institution and comprehensive cancer center where scientists and physicians quickly transform scientific discoveries into better treatments and prevention strategies for people around the world. Support from the Nashville community and its country music artists directly benefit City of Hope’s mission to find cures for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.

Tickets for the game can be purchased through Ticketmaster. Get more information on the game and the line-up of celebrities at www.cityofhope.org/softball. Those not able to attend the game can still support the cause. A variety of unique merchandise and experiences, including meet-and-greets with the hottest artists, will be available for bid at charitybuzz.com. The proceeds will benefit City of Hope’s mission to eradicate cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

 

 

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Kellie Pickler to Receive Very First Operation Troop Aid “Chris Kyle” Patriot Award

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Operation Troop Aid (OTA), the elite non-profit military care package charity, will recognize country music star Kellie Pickler as the recipient of the first Operation Troop Aid Chris Kyle Patriot Award (formerly the Operation Troop Aid Patriot Award, now named in memory and honor of the late American Sniper and U.S. Navy SEAL, Chris Kyle). Pickler receives the acknowledgement for her unwavering and impassioned support and contributions to the United States Armed Forces and their families. The Navy SEAL’s parents, Wayne and Deby Kyle, and OTA Founder, Mark Woods, will make the presentation to Pickler from the LP Field stage (following her performance of the National Anthem to open the night concert) on Saturday, June 13 at the 2015 CMA Music Festival.

Operation Troop Aid is a military organization (specializing in entertainment and care package distribution) founded to make a positive difference in the everyday lives of our military and to inspire our troops by actively demonstrating that fellow Americans stand with them. OTA Founder, Mark Woods joins Mr. and Mrs. Kyle to honor their son, his legacy and his contributions to the U.S. military and its veterans. Deby and Wayne Kyle will be in Nashville Thursday and Friday, June 11-12, 2015, as part of a mini media junket to introduce the Operation Troop Aid Chris Kyle Patriot Award as official and make the presentation to Pickler at LP Field on June 13.

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Jon Pardi Releases “Back on the Backroads” Music Video

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Capitol recording artist Jon Pardi recently released his latest music video “Back on the Backroads” – in support of his brand new EP, The B-Sides, 2011-2014Available HERE.

While Pardi works on his sophomore studio album, he responded to fan demand for more music with the release of the six-song digital EP. The B-Sides features six previously unreleased tracks recorded for consideration for Pardi’s debut album, Write You A Song.  Although they did not make the final track listing for Write You A Song, Pardi continues to play many of these songs in his live show. Fans have learned the lyrics over time and sing along, yet have not been able to personally own the tracks until now.

As he did with ten of the titles on his Best of 2014-named Write You A Song, Pardi co-produced and co-wrote all of the songs on The B-Sides including “Back on the Backroads.” Pardi captures depth with his insightful “Borrowed Time,” futile longing in “Rainy Night Song” and self-inflicting torment in “Fightin’ the Fool.”

Following the recently wrapped Keepin’ It Country 25th Anniversary tour with Alan Jackson, Pardi has a full summer tour schedule lined up including stops from Cullman, Ala. to New York, N.Y. and Dover, Del. to Twin Lakes, Wis. For a full list of tour dates, news, images and more, visit www.JonPardi.com.

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