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ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute To The Troops Details Released

acm salute to troops

The Academy of Country Music has announced additional information regarding the servicemen and women from the United States Armed Forces, who performed on stage with some of the biggest names in country music during ACM PRESENTS: AN ALL-STAR SALUTE TO THE TROOPS, taped on Monday, April 7th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. In honor of Armed Forces Day (May 17) observances, the two-hour concert event, co-hosted by LL COOL J and Chris O’Donnell, will air Tuesday, May 20th at 9:00 PM ET/PT on CBS.

Dierks Bentley, Lee Brice, Luke Bryan, Merle Haggard, Hunter Hayes, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Kellie Pickler, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Eli Young Band, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts and The Band Perry all performed and paid tribute to our country’s remarkable all-volunteer military force. Many of the artists were joined on stage by service members from the United States Armed Forces including Marine Capts. John Ed Auer & Matt Smith (performance with Lady Antebellum), Army Sgt. Christiana Ball (performance with Lee Brice), Navy STG3 Destiny Mills Coates (performance with Keith Urban), Marine Lt. Col. Mike Corrado (performance with Toby Keith), Army Spc. Kelly A. Gregg (performance with The Band Perry), Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Katie Spira (performance with Hunter Hayes), Marine Staff Sgt. Brandon Valentine (performance with Rascal Flatts) and Air Force Staff Sgt. Baily Zimmerman (performance with Kellie Pickler), in addition to, Air Force Master Sgt. Harry Bounds, Navy Lt. Chelsea Brunoehler, and Coast Guard ME1 Noah Reinhart (who joined the other service members on stage for a special performance with Toby Keith). Additional information on military participants is listed below.

U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh was in attendance and thanked ACM, talented artists and all who give of themselves and their time to support the troops and their families.

During a special moment, superstar Toby Keith was surprised onstage by USO CEO, retired Brig. Gen. John Pray, who presented him with the Spirit of the USO honor in recognition of his many USO tours and longtime support of our U.S. military.

The special also includes moments and stories of incredible bravery and integrity in addition to appearances and presentations by Marcus Luttrell (retired U.S. Navy SEAL), Joe Mantegna (“Criminal Minds”), Craig Morgan (U. S. Army Veteran/Country Music Artist), Nancy O’Dell (“Entertainment Tonight”), and Sheryl Underwood (former Staff Sergeant in the Air Force Reserves/“The Talk” host). Proceeds from ticket sales for ACM PRESENTS: AN ALL-STAR SALUTE TO THE TROOPS benefitted ACM Lifting Lives.


• U.S. Marine Corps Capt. John Ed Auer, Performed on fiddle with Lady Antebellum
Current Position/Duty Station: Silent Drill Platoon Commander, stationed at the Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C.
• U.S. Army Sgt. Christiana Ball, Performed on vocals with Lee Brice
Current Position/Duty Station: Drill Sergeant for Initial Entry Military Police Soldiers, stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri
• U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Harry Bounds, Participated in finale with Toby Keith
Current Position/Duty Station: Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician, stationed at Seymour-Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina
• U.S. Navy Lt. Chelsea Brunoehler, Participated in finale with Toby Keith
Current Position/Duty Station: Instructor Pilot at Training Air Wing FIVE in Milton, Florida
• U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Mike Corrado, Performed on vocals with Toby Keith
Current Position/Duty Station: Executive Officer, Wounded Warrior Regiment, stationed at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia
• U.S. Army Spc. Kelly A. Gregg, Performed on vocals with The Band Perry
Current Position/Duty Station: Patient Administration Specialist, stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas
• U.S. Navy STG3 Destiny Mills-Coates, Performed on vocals with Keith Urban
Current Position/Duty Station: a Student at the Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center at Naval Base Point Loma, California
• U.S. Coast Guard ME1 Noah Reinhart, Participated in finale with Toby Keith
Current Position/Duty Station: Maritime Enforcement Specialist, assigned at U.S. Coast Guard Island Alameda in California.
• U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Matt Smith, Performed on guitar with Lady Antebellum
Current Position/Duty Station: Assistant Operations Officer, stationed at the Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C.
• U.S. Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Katie Spira, Performed on vocals with Hunter Hayes
Current Position/Duty Station: Executive Officer aboard the Cutter ADAK
• U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Brandon Valentine, Performed on vocals with Rascal Flatts
Current Position/Duty Station: Radio Operator, stationed at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twenty-nine Palms, California
• U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Baily Zimmerman, Performed on vocals with Kellie Pickler
Current Position/Duty Station: Aircrew, Aerospace Medical Craftsman, stationed at Pope Army Airfield, North Carolina

ACM PRESENTS: AN ALL-STAR SALUTE TO THE TROOPS was produced for television by dick clark productions and taped at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Monday April 7, 2014 and will air on Tuesday May 20, 2014 at 9:00-11:00 PM ET/PT on the CBS Television Network. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, R.A. Clark and Barry Adelman are executive producers. Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.

50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards SOLD OUT!

ACM 50

Music fans turned out in droves today when tickets became available for the largest celebration in country music history, SELLING OUT 70,000 TICKETS IN 18 MINUTES for BOTH the 50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, Country Music’s Party of the Year® on April 19, 2015 from AT&T Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys, AND for ACM Party for a Cause®: 50 Years of Music & Memories on April 17-18, 2015 at Globe Life Park, home of the Texas Rangers, in Arlington, Texas. The events were the biggest—and fastest—selling in the Academy’s history.

“We want to thank the fans for their continued support. This sale was unprecedented and far exceeded our expectations,” said Bob Romeo, CEO of the Academy. “We’re working hard to plan more events to accommodate as many fans as we can. Country music is alive and well in North Texas!”

There may be tickets made available as staging for all ACM events becomes finalized and production kill seats open up to reveal more space in each venue – if that happens, the ACM A-List will be notified first. Fans are encouraged to sign up for the ACM A-List for FREE at to receive event updates.

The 50th ACM Awards will be broadcast LIVE for the first time ever from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. Four-time ACM Award winners Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan will return to co-host this super-sized night of incredible country music performances, which will cap off three days of events, including the 3rd annual ACM Party for a Cause®: 50 Years of Music & Memories on April 17-18, 2015 at Globe Life Park, in Arlington, Texas. This two-day outdoor music event will include multiple stages for ongoing LIVE country music performances, interactive experiences, a family-friendly country marketplace with food trucks and vendors from around the country, and much more. All participating artists will be announced at a later date.

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Rascal Flatts Lip Syncing Fiasco Was Over Blown

Rascal Flatts

In the history of overblown country music controversies, the Rascal Flatts lip-synching story is near the top. As widely reported, the band’s lead singer lost his voice shortly before last week’s 49th Annual ACM Awards in Las Vegas and elected to go on with the show – with some pre-recorded help. Turns out, it’s not that uncommon an occurrence … and not because country singers can’t sing.

“There have been plenty of people who have lip-synched on our show,” awards producer RAC Clark tells us. “There are a lot of activities in Las Vegas with other concerts, private shows, radio remotes – there is a lot of talking. Not to mention the lack of humidity and hotel air. Some artists, especially those with a finely tuned instrument like Gary LeVox’s, can only handle so much.”

Flatts fans can rest easy – LeVox’s status as one of the most respected vocalists in the genre is firmly intact.

Rascal Flatts are set to released “Rewind,” on May 13.

Country Music Brings Out the Best in the Fans & Artists

Easton Corbin

Last weekend, Country Music Tattle Tale was whisked away to Las Vegas to cover the events surrounding The 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards courtesy of Ram Trucks. The whirlwind of a trip included a sit down Q & A and an invitation-only concert with Easton Corbin, an amazing Saturday full of live music and fan experiences at The Party for a Cause and Ram Trucks Ride and Drive, and hanging out with a small gathering of several thousand people to cheer-on our favorite artists at the ACM Fan Jam.


I love country music for a variety of reasons. I grew-up listening to the twang of a steel guitar and the shred of a bow against a fiddle. But I continue to love it for more than just its sound. Country music is built of people. The fans and artists use unique opportunities like the events surrounding the ACM Awards to build actual relationships with each other. Even while being dragged around from place to place by publicists, they took the time to sign autographs and pose for pictures or just chat with fans who were obviously so excited to be talking to them.

ride and drive

At Saturday’s Party for a Cause at The Linq in Las Vegas, fans waited all day in the sun to catch a glimpse and a listen to their favorite country artist…big and small. Some waited in lines for hours to get an autograph, a handshake or a hug. And, unlike any other genre, the feeling of appreciation and gratitude is mutual. Randy Houser and Easton Corbin both paid a visit to the Ram Truck booth to sign for fans. Each fan got a genuine experience complete with a chat, autograph and or hug. The guys are well aware that without the fans, their dreams wouldn’t be coming true.

keith urban

Saturday night’s show was indeed a highlight of the trip for me along with thousands of others. The gates opened, and within moments, fans staked their claim on the hot pavement in preparation to be entertained for the next twelve hours. Love and Theft and Austin Webb kicked-off the day on separate stages followed by Jerrod Niemann, Kip Moore, Joe Nichols, Chris Young, and Keith Urban.

Even while on stage, each artist took the time to thank the fans for sticking-it-out on the hot parking lot under the sunshine. Lots of individual attention was given with smiles and hand slaps. The sing-a-longs were loud and boisterous, and each artist seemed to relish in the moment. That is what makes country music great! The artists aren’t just on stage to put on a show. It’s their way of saying thanks to each individual fan that helped make their dreams come true.


To see more photos of our weekend click here.

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