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George Strait Set to Release 20-Song LIVE Album!

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Country icon George Strait is offering fans a 20-track live album recorded at his momentous The Cowboy Rides Away Tour finale at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas. The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium commemorates a night of celebration for one of the most influential figures in country music. Due in stores Sep. 16, the MCA Nashville release contains hits from throughout Strait’s remarkable 30+ year career, features special guests Jason Aldean, Ray Benson, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert and Martina McBride, and introduces George “Bubba” Strait, Jr.

The undisputed “King of Country Music” and reigning ACM and CMA Entertainer of the Year performed for over 1 million fans during his two-year, record-breaking, final U.S. tour. The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium epitomizes the energy and shared emotion largely thanks to a Texas-sized crowd of nearly 105,000. Equally prevalent on the album is Strait’s sentimentality and immense gratitude for his legion of fans.

As previously announced, Strait fans have an opportunity to relive the June 7th, 2014 The Cowboy Rides Away Tour Dallas date with a two-hour “George Strait: The Cowboy Rides Away” concert special airing Aug. 29 exclusively on CMT (check local listings).

The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium Track Listing:
1. Check Yes Or No
2. The Love Bug (with Vince Gill)
3. Fool Hearted Memory (with Jason Aldean)
4. Arkansas Dave (with Bubba Strait)
5. Cowboys Like Us (with Eric Church)
6. That’s What Breaking Hearts Do
7. Marina Del Rey
8. Here For A Good Time (with Sheryl Crow)
9. I Can Still Make Cheyenne
10. Jackson (with Martina McBride)
11. A Showman’s Life (with Faith Hill)
12. Murder On Music Row (with Alan Jackson)
13. The Chair
14. Give It All We Got Tonight
15. Run (with Miranda Lambert)
16. I’ll Always Remember You
17. Ocean Front Property (with Kenny Chesney)
18. Troubadour
19. All My Ex’s Live In Texas (with Jason Aldean, Ray Benson, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow,
Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride)
20. The Cowboy Rides Away

“Alan Jackson: 25 Years Of Keepin’ It Country” Exhibition Opening Next Month at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Photo Credit: Kristy Belcher

Photo Credit: Kristy Belcher

The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will unveil an exhibit highlighting s 25-year career on August 29, 2014. Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin’ It Country is slated to run through March 2015. Additionally, Jackson will be the museum’s next Artist-in-Residence, delivering unique, intimate performances later this year—making him the first artist to be the subject of a museum exhibit while serving as Artist-in-Residence.

“This exhibit will be a rare treat for museum visitors,” said Museum Director Kyle Young. “Fans will recognize artifacts from milestone moments in Alan’s career, as well as items from his life away from the stage that are as personal as many of the songs he has penned over the years. This exhibit and his Artist-in-Residence shows this fall are not to be missed.”

The exhibit will give fans a deep look into Jackson’s career and personal life, showcasing awards, instruments, clothes, personal mementos, albums and music videos. Among the artifacts on display will be:

  • The guitar he played on the CMA Awards when he debuted “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)” just two months after the September 11 terrorist attacks and the nation’s response that inspired the song.
  • The front of an old, red Ford pickup truck that served as Jackson’s first Fan Fair booth, before his sister and brother-in-law had it made into a desk.
  • Items from Jackson’s collection of “Mayberry” memorabilia—a jacket, jersey and autographed picture from Don Knotts—from one of his favorite television shows, The Andy Griffith Show.
  • Jackson’s first tricycle, childhood bike and scooter, evidence that his love of vehicles started early.
  • Harley-Davidson motorcycle from the cover of the seminal album A Lot About Livin’ (And a Little ’bout Love).
  • The water ski Jackson rode, while wearing his trademark white cowboy hat, in the “Chattahoochee” music video.
  • A collection of belt buckles from the Houston Rodeo—which Jackson has played more than 20 times.
  • Handwritten manuscripts of classics like “Drive,” “First Love” (about his ’55 T-bird), “Livin’ on Love” and “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning).”
  • Numerous music awards, a sailfish caught by Jackson and much more.

In his 25-year career, Jackson has been steadfast in his love for traditional music while enjoying major chart success. Since signing his record deal in June 1989, he has sold nearly 60 million albums worldwide and ranks as one of the 10 best-selling country artists of all-time. He has released more than 60 singles—registering 50 Top 10 hits and 35 #1s (including 26 Billboard #1s). He has earned more than 150 music industry awards—including 18 Academy of Country Music Awards, 16 Country Music Association Awards, a pair of Grammys and ASCAP’s Founders and Golden Note Awards. He is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry.

Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is operated by the Country Music Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization chartered by the state of Tennessee in 1964. The museum’s mission is the preservation of the history of country and related vernacular music rooted in southern culture. With the same educational mission, the foundation also operates CMF Records, the museum’s Frist Library and Archive, CMF Press, Historic RCA Studio B and Hatch Show Print®.

More information about the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is available at www.countrymusichalloffame.org or by calling (615) 416-2001.

Alan Jackson Announces 25th Anniversary Tour & CMHOF Exhibit

Photographer Credit: Rick Diamond-Getty Images

Photographer Credit: Rick Diamond-Getty Images

Alan Jackson held a press conference this morning at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville to announce a year-long celebration of his 25th year in the music business.

Jackson’s 25th anniversary celebration is a multi-faceted undertaking that will celebrate his countless – and ongoing – contributions to country music. Dungan, who first worked with Jackson at the start of his career, noted UMG Nashville’s continuing musical partnership with the venerable singer-songwriter, including new music in the coming months. Huie announced plans for a special 25-city, 25th anniversary tour by Jackson, slated to officially begin in 2015. And Young unveiled plans for a special 25th anniversary collaboration with Jackson that will include a Country Music Hall of Fame exhibit and Jackson’s participation as the Hall’s next Artist-in-Residence.

On Friday, August 29th, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will unveil a new exhibit highlighting Alan Jackson’s 25-year career. Additionally, he will be the museum’s next Artist-in-Residence, delivering a unique series of intimate performances later this year; dates and details will be released soon. Jackson is the first artist to be subject of a museum exhibit while serving as Artist-in-Residence. The new, expertly curated exhibit will give fans a deep and personal look into Jackson’s career and personal life, showcasing such things as awards, instruments, clothes and personal mementos, including many that will be easily recognized from his concerts, albums and music videos. The exhibit will include many never-before-seen treasures that are of special meaning to Jackson, all on display for the public to enjoy.

Alan Jackson’s 25-year career has made him one of the most-recognizable faces in music – since signing his record deal in June 1989, he’s achieved heights that most people can only dream of. He has sold nearly 60-million albums worldwide and ranks as one of the 10 best-selling country artists of all-time…those albums have spawned more than 60 charted singles – more than 50 of them went on to become Top 10 hits and 35 of them climbed all the way to #1 (24 of them written or co-written by Jackson, an accomplishment that puts him on par with Paul McCartney, John Lennon and Merle Haggard among the select few artists to write and record that many of their own chart-topping songs). His music has earned him 18 ACM Awards, 16 CMA Awards, a pair of Grammys, induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, ASCAP’s Founders Award, and membership in the Grand Ole Opry – he has received more than 150 major music industry awards.

But the numbers and the accolades only tell a portion of the story – over the last 25 years, Jackson has written and recorded songs that have captured people’s imagination and told their stories, as well as his own. He’s given us the carefree summer spirit of “Chattahoochee,” offered glimpses of his childhood in ”Where I Come From” and “Home,” shared his parents’ story through “Livin’ on Love,” led us onto the dance floor with “Don’t Rock the Jukebox” and “Good Time,” reflected on his own life and family in “Drive” and “Remember When,” and captured the confusion and pain of a stunned and wounded nation in “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning).” Jackson’s music has touched and impacted the lives of people around the world, an accomplishment that can’t be measured, counted or calculated…and that may be the greatest success of his quarter-century career.

Jackson’s concert performances have been an undeniably huge element of his 25-year career. He has played to millions of fans…and his tours take him coast-to-coast across the U.S. and Canada every year. He has thrilled crowds in such far-reaching corners of the globe as Scandinavia, Brazil and Australia, where his first visit in 2011 became the fastest-selling country tour in Australian history. Along the way, he’s shared the spotlight with such peers as George Strait, Jimmy Buffett and Brooks & Dunn…been joined onstage by such friends as Martina McBride and Lee Ann Womack…and his eye for new talent has given many country music fans their first exposure to such now-known names as Brad Paisley, LeAnn Rimes, Rascal Flatts, Little Big Town, The Band Perry, Sara Evans, Jake Owen, Brantley Gilbert and Chris Young…as well as such rising stars as the Eli Young Band, Kip Moore, David Nail and Craig Campbell. He has played venues as small as CBGB’s…as large as the Astrodome…as revered as Carnegie Hall and the Ryman. Jackson’s prominence as a leading touring artist for more than two decades is among the factors that have made him a three-time CMA Entertainer of the Year…and one of only five artists to achieve the honor that many times.

Jackson’s announcement was attended by many fans visiting Nashville for the annual CMA Music Festival. Less than 12 hours earlier, Jackson thrilled – and surprised – festival-goers with an impromptu late-night show at a downtown Nashville honky-tonk, The Stage; his unexpected performance came just a couple hours after he was honored on live television at the CMT Music Awards with the program’s first-ever Impact Award.

Today’s press conference is archived and can be viewed online at www.alanjacksonlive.com.

Alan Jackson Surprises Fans with a Performance at The Stage

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Alan Jackson surprised fans this evening by performing a concert at The Stage, a honky-tonk music venue on lower Broadway in the heart of downtown Nashville. Jackson performed numerous hits and during the show brought up special guests Lee Ann Womack on “Golden Ring,” Kacey Musgraves on “Livin’ On Love,” and Easton Corbin for “Where I Come From.” The unsuspecting fans received a very unique CMA Music Fest experience.

The surprise concert followed the CMT Music Awards where Jackson was honored with the first ever CMT Impact Award, for 25 years of innovative, unique and crowd-pleasing music videos ranging from “Chattahoochee” to “Don’t Rock the Jukebox,” “Gone Country,” “Drive,” “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning),” “Remember When” and, most recently, “Blue Ridge Mountain Song.” Country superstar Carrie Underwood presented him with the award, after the audience was treated to visual highlights spanning the breadth of his ongoing career, through the present. Frequent Jackson collaborator and longtime friend Lee Ann Womack teamed with critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves to perform his #1 hit “Livin’ on Love.”

Jackson’s career to date includes more than 60 charted singles and 55 released music videos, illustrating his prolific impact on country music…not to mention his ongoing embrace of videos as a creative extension of his music and a means of sharing his songs with fans.

Jackson will be on hand for a major press conference and announcement at 9:00am CT on Thursday, June 5th at the Country Music Hall of Fame. The event will be streamed live at www.alanjacksonlive.com

2014 CMT Music Awards Winners List

CMT Awards 2014

The CMT Music Awards are done, and we were surprised by some of the winners. Take a look at the winners.

Group Video of the Year: The Band Perry “Done”
Breakthrough Video of the Year: Cassadee Pope “Wasting All these Tears on You”
CMT Impact Award: Alan Jackson
Male Video of the Year: Blake Shelton “Doin’ What She Likes”
CMT Performance of the Year: Luke Bryan & Lionel Richie “
Collaborative Video of the Year: Luke Bryan & Florida Georgia Line “All Night Long”
Female Video of the Year: Miranda Lambert “Automatic”
Duo Video of the Year: Florida Georgia Line “Round Here”
Video of the Year: Carrie Underwood “See You Again”

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