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CMA Fest Day 1 Recap

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Day one of CMA Fest was awesome. Unfortunately, we were a tad unorganized and got our days mixed up, but we still go to experience a lot of what the festival has to offer.

First we hit the Hardrock Stage to check out a favorite band of ours, Halfway to Hazard. If you haven’t seen these guys, you’re missing out. Awesome live show!

Then we caught a small bit of the iconic Kentucky Headhunters, who still sound freaking amazing by the way.

We decided to check out a brand spankin’ new band, Unbrakeable at Plush. This is Keith Urban’s former long-time guitar player Brian Nutter and his wife Blake. These guys are certainly one’s to watch.

After that we headed into the Fan Fair X to see a special announcement about Keith Urban being the ambassador for the new Music Matters initiative.

We also caught Craig Campbell and Maddie and Tae at Riverfront before checking out Kelsea Ballerini at the HGTV Lodge (who we loved so much and are buying her album as we speak).

Of course we headed to LP Field to check out the ever amazing Alan Jackson along with Sam Hunt, Dierks Bentley, and Rascal Flatts.

It was a hot, sweaty, sticky, stinky and fun day! Tomorrow, more of the same… Can’t wait to share all of our adventures with you! See all our photos here!

Alan Jackson Wraps First Leg of ‘Keepin’ It Country Tour’

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Alan Jackson just wrapped the spring run of his 25th Anniversary Keepin’ It Country Tour to a capacity crowd at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver (Morrison), CO. Sponsored by Kubota Tractor Corporation, the tour made stops to massive critically-acclaimed reviews and sold out crowds in Los Angeles, Nashville, Kansas City, Green Bay, the tour’s kickoff in Fort Myers, FL and the famed Houston Rodeo among others.  Jon Pardi and  Brandy Clark joined Jackson on this first leg of the tour.

Throughout the tour, Jackson received rave reviews from fans and critics alike:

“The enduring quality of the 56-year-old Georgia native’s work — ‘Don’t Rock the Jukebox’ and ‘Chattahoochee,’ or ‘I Don’t Even Know Your Name’ and ‘Here in the Real World’ — allows it sound as relevant in 2015 as it did in 1989 or 1992.” – Ft. Worth Star Telegram

“With a few chords and a deft phrase or two, Jackson can do in three minutes what some artists never accomplish in entire careers.” – Ft. Worth Star Telegram

“From the high-pitched screams coming from the crowd, you would have thought Justin Bieber was playing at Valley View Casino Center Friday night.” – San Diego Union Tribune

“Jackson’s tour, which stopped Friday night for a sold-out concert at the Nokia Theatre, might be an assurance that he won’t be next to disappear.” – Los Angeles Times

“From the moment he sauntered onto the stage and began singing “Gone Country,” the audience was his to command.” – San Diego Union Tribune

“An artist who knows how to get you with a hook (‘Livin’ on Love,’ ‘Drive’), Jackson’s music is unapologetically grounded in honky tonk. Pure country in its purest form …” – Green Bay Press Gazette

“Jackson already has, as he admitted onstage, more hits than can fit in a two-hour concert, but if country music is lucky enough to get another 25 years of music from the singer, to quote one of his own songs, ‘that’d be all right.’” – Tennessean

Jackson’s Keepin’ It Country Tour takes a break before heading out again early this summer in advance of the July 17 release of his first studio album of new music in three years, Angels and Alcohol. Jackson will headline shows at the Rock The South music festival in Cullman, AL (June 20), Calgary, AB (July 7), the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles, CA (July 28), Minnesota State Fair (Aug 30), Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, IL (Aug 31) and Chasin’ The Sun music festival in Panama City (Sept 26). Tickets and information for all Keepin’ It Country Tour dates will be available via local outlets and by visiting www.alanjackson.com, where you can find information about Alan, his tour schedule, music and more.

Jackson will release Angels and Alcohol, his 15th studio album, on July 17. The album was produced by Jackson’s long-time collaborator and friend Keith Stegall who has produced every one of Jackson’s 23 albums over the past 25 years with the exception of one album – Like Red On A Rose (Alison Krauss).

Angels and Alcohol is available for preorder by clicking HERE

Presenters Announced for 50th Annual ACM Awards

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The Academy of Country Music® and dick clark productions announced today that Troy Aikman, Beth Behrs, Clint Black, Lee Brice, Kelly Clarkson, Brett Eldredge, Brantley Gilbert, Mickey Guyton, Hunter Hayes, Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev, Taya Kyle, Dr. Phil McGraw, Justin Moore, Nancy O’Dell, Jake Owen, Thomas Rhett, Tony Romo, Darius Rucker, Steven Tyler, Keith Urban, Sofia Vergara, Reese Witherspoon, Jason Witten, Trisha Yearwood, Dwight Yoakam, Alabama, and Big & Rich have been added as presenters for the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards, Country Music’s Party of the Year. The ceremony, co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, will be broadcast LIVE from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Sunday, April 19th at 8:00 PM – 11:30PM ET/delayed PT on CBS.

Previously announced performers for the star-studded event include Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Reba, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Keith Urban, Brooks & Dunn, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts, special duets by Christina Aguilera with surprise artists as well as Nick Jonas with Dan + Shay plus Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett and Cole Swindell, the nominees for New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl’s.

Tickets for the 50th ACM Awards® are available at Ticketmaster.com. Tickets to the ACM Awards sold out last spring in a record 18 minutes, but as staging changes became final for the telecast, seats to the previously SOLD OUT Awards have been added. For more information on the ACM Awards and all ACM events, visit www.ACMcountry.com.

Alan Jackson is Ready to ‘Rock The South’ for Charity

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“Rock The South” — the Southeast region’s fastest growing festival taking place June 19-20 in Cullman, AL — has donated more than $150,000 to local charitable organizations since it’s 2012 origin and continues investing into its community by adding two new beneficiaries: “The Link” of Cullman County and “No White Flags for Cancer.”

Dawn Owens, Founder/Exec. Director of “The Link” of Cullman County says,

“We’re so proud to partner with ‘Rock the South’ because this event reminds us how the April 27th tornado disaster made us stronger, and unity is a primary focus in what we do as ‘The Link’ — we’re better when we work together.”

“From the beginning, ‘Rock the South’ has been about overcoming obstacles and giving back,” says Jay Barker, Co-founder of “Rock The South.” “This year, we’re excited to focus on ‘The Link’ of Cullman County and ‘No White Flags for Cancer’ to continue helping those in need.”

“‘Rock The South’ has become a rallying point for local charities long after tornado rebuilding efforts have concluded,” says Jamie Lynn Lumbersom, Director of Marketing for “No White Flags for Cancer.” “Through the event’s proceeds, we’re able to offer help to local families and children fighting medical battles — It’s become a celebration of community and giving back.”

This year’s festival lineup includes Alan Jackson, Brantley Gilbert, Sara Evans, Blackberry Smoke, Eric Paslay, Jon Pardi, Travis Tritt, Tyler Farr, Corey Smith, Chris Weaver Band, Big Smo, Downsouth, Dee Jay Silver, with more to be announced in coming weeks.

Festival goers can take advantage of Early-Bird ticket pricing ($49-$449) through Thurs., Apr. 30. For more information, visit rockthesouth.com, and follow the festival on its socials here:

Facebook: facebook.com/RockTheSouth
Twitter: twitter.com/rockthesouth
Instagram: instagram.com/rockthesouth

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