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Chase Rice is Headed Back to School

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Chase Rice’s allegiance to his alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and its Tar Heels is well documented, but viewers will have the chance to see Rice return to his roots for the first time as a headlining artist in a new episode of CMT Hot 20 Countdown premiering tomorrow, April 23rd at 9 a.m. ET/PT Rice filmed the episode during a recent tour stop at the university on Campus Events Network Presents College Days, Country Nights: The Chase Rice Back to College Tour, which is his fourth headlining run after opening for Kenny Chesney on The Big Revival Tour 2015 and consistently selling out 2,000 – 3,000 seat capacity venues on his JD and Jesus Tour last fall.

Currently at work on his next Columbia Nashville / Dack Janiels Records album expected in late 2016, Rice seized the opportunity to hit the road this spring and perform his new music for what Pollstar notes is “the most discerning crowd there is: college kids.”

“Music has taken me all over the country, all over the world these last couple of years, and it’s given me a life I only could’ve dreamed about when I was in college,” Rice said upon returning to his former stomping grounds at UNC and even touring the campus football facilities where he used to train as a linebacker for the team. “But Carolina will always have my heart. I will always be a Tar Heel, and that makes this particular show really special to me. I learned a lot about life while I was here, not just as a student or a football player but getting injured and losing my dad when I was a senior in school – those experiences changed my life forever. Ultimately, they brought me to music and so it’s really cool to bring it all back to where it started.”

The Chase Rice Back to College Tour continues tomorrow at Southern Illinois University and concludes at the University of New Hampshire on May 7, after which Rice will continue to perform select headlining shows and festivals throughout the summer. Upcoming dates are as follows:

Saturday, April 23 – SIU Arena – Carbondale, Ill.*
Sunday, April 24 – Off the Rails Music Fest – Frisco, Texas
Friday, April 29 – EGSC Bobcat Athletics Complex – Swainsboro, Ga.*
Saturday, April 30 – Suwannee River Jam – Live Oak, Fla.
Friday, May 6 – Ives Concert Park – Danbury, Conn.*
Saturday, May 7 – University of New Hampshire – Durham, N.H.*
Thursday, May 12 – Soul Kitchen – Mobile, Ala.
Friday, May 13 – The Fillmore – Charlotte, N.C.
Thursday, May 19 – Clarksburg Amphitheater – Clarksburg, W.V.
Friday, May 20 – Celebrate Virginia After Hours – Fredericksburg, Va.
Saturday, May 21 – Innsbrook After Hours – Glen Allen, Va.
Thursday, June 2 – The Rialto Theatre – Tucson, Ariz.
Saturday, June 4 – Country Summer 2016 – Santa Rosa, Calif.
Friday, June 10 – Country Fest – North Lawrence, Ohio
Saturday, June 11 – Carolina Country Music Fest – Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Friday, June 17 – Illinois State Fairgrounds – Springfield, Ill.
Saturday, June 18 – Country USA – Oshkosh, Wisc.
Sunday, June 19 – Country Fest – Cadott, Wisc.
Friday, June 24 – Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, Okla.
Saturday, June 25 – Country Stampede – Manhattan, Kan.
Saturday, July 9 – Buchanan County Fair – Independence, Iowa
Sunday, July 10 – Summerfest – Milwaukee, Wisc.
Friday, July 15 – Windy City Smokeout – Chicago, Ill.
Saturday, July 16 – Country Fan Fest – Tooele, Utah
Friday, July 22 – Night in the Country Music Festival – Yerington, Nev.
Friday, July 29 – Creekfest – Cherokee, Iowa
Saturday, July 30 – Buffalo County Fair – Kearney, Neb.
Sunday, July 31 – Cape Blanco Country Music Festival – Sixes, Ore.
Friday, Aug. 5 – Buckle Up Music Festival – Cincinnati, Ohio
Sunday, Aug. 7 – Boots and Hearts Festival – Oro-Medonte, Ont.
Wednesday, Aug. 10 –Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo – Sikeston, Mo.
Saturday, Aug. 13 – Willamette Country Music Festival – Brownsville, Ore.
Wednesday, Aug. 17 – Midland County Fair – Midland, Mich.
Friday, Aug. 26 – Dutchess County Fair – Rhinebeck, N.Y.
Saturday, Aug. 27 – Keloorah Festival – Brooklyn, Mich.
Sunday, Sept. 4 – Tumbleweed Music Festival – Kansas City, Mo.
Saturday, Sept. 10 – York Fair – York, Pa.
Saturday, Sept. 17 – City of Buford Fall Festival – Buford, Ga.

*Denotes dates for Campus Events Network Presents College Days, Country Nights: The Chase Rice Back to College Tour.

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Jennifer Nettles & Cheap Trick “I Want You to Want Me”

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Jennifer Nettles and Cheap Trick will blow your minds when CMT Crossroads airs on Thursday, March 24th at 11 pm ET/PT.. Check out this killer performance from the show of them performing “I Want You to Want Me.”

Chad Michael Murray to Star as Sam Phillips in “Million Dollar Quartet”

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CMT announced that Chad Michael Murray (“Agent Carter,” “Outlaws and Angels” and “Texas Rising”) will portray rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Sam Phillips in the upcoming scripted drama inspired by the musical “Million Dollar Quartet.” Jennifer Holland (“American Pie Presents: The Book of Love,” “American Horror Story”) will play Sam’s devoted wife Becky Phillips, while Margaret Anne Florence (“Inside Amy Schumer,” and “30 Rock”)is set to play his assistant-turned-girlfriend, Marion Keisker. Production begins this spring in Memphis with the series slated to premiere this November on CMT.

Phillips founded Sun Records, breaking and guiding young musicians like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Ike Turner and more. During the tumultuous civil rights movement, Phillips advocated for racial equality and broke barriers within the music industry. He was aided with the unwavering support of his wife Becky, as well as his longtime assistant Marion, who is best known for being the first person to record Elvis Presley.

Murray and Holland join previously-announced cast members Drake Milligan (Elvis Presley), Kevin Fonteyne (Johnny Cash), Christian Lees (Jerry Lee Lewis) and Jonah Lees (Jimmy Swaggart). The series is timed to the historic 60th anniversary of the famed “Million Dollar Quartet” recording sessions featuring icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.

“Million Dollar Quartet” (working title) is a coming-of-age story set in Memphis during the tumultuous early days of the civil rights movement, and tells the untold true story of nothing less than the birth of rock ‘n’ roll. Guided by Sam Phillips, young musicians like Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis combined the styles of hillbilly country with the 1950s R&B sound created by artists like Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Fats Domino and Ike Turner, and changed the course of music forever. The series chronicles these young artists’ often jarring and sudden meteoric rise to fame in the face of sweeping political change and social unrest.

“Million Dollar Quartet” is produced by Thinkfactory Media with Leslie Greif (“Hatfields & McCoys”) as executive producer, Gil Grant (“24” and “NCIS: Los Angeles”) as executive producer and showrunner, Barry Berg as co-executive producer and Herb Nanas and Colin Escott as producers. Oscar nominee Roland Joffé will direct, with Jayson Dinsmore and Julia Silverton as executive producers for CMT. The series is based on the book written by Floyd Mutrux and Escott, with original concept and direction by Mutrux. Casting done by Fern Champion and Sharon Lieblein.

CMT Reveals Crossroads with Charles Kelley, Jennifer Nettles, Luke Bryan & Thomas Rhett!

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CMT today announced it has recruited some of music’s biggest stars to join forces for four new explosive episodes of “CMT Crossroads,” the network’s highly-acclaimed and longest-running music franchise. The new episodes kick off with Cheap Trick and Jennifer Nettles on March 24th at 11pm ET. Additional episodes premiering throughout the summer include Jason Derulo/Luke Bryan, Rob Thomas/Charles Kelley and Nick Jonas/Thomas Rhett.

With a catalog of hits spanning decades, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2016 inductees Cheap Trick and Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Jennifer Nettles, who is headlining the CMT Next Women of Country Tour, will collaborate for the first time with “CMT Crossroads” premiering on Thursday, March 24th at 11 pm ET/PT.

Multi Grammy-winning singers and songwriters Rob Thomas and Charles Kelley will come together for an unforgettable episode featuring soulful lyrics and harmonies. Though both men are hit-makers in different genres, they each have dual careers as members of bands (Matchbox 20 and Lady Antebellum, respectively), as well as solo artists. This episode of “CMT Crossroads: Rob Thomas and Charles Kelley” will premiere later this spring.

Before Luke Bryan begins selling out stadium concerts this summer, he joins Jason Derulo, one of pop music’s biggest stars, on stage for a performance that will blend their styles and voices for what’s sure to be a full-throttled genre-bending musical bang worth of music in “CMT Crossroads: Jason Derulo and Luke Bryan” which will premiere this summer.

Nick Jonas and Thomas Rhett are two of music’s hottest male stars at the top of their games, set to come together to re-interpret their collective catalog of chart-busting hits in what’s sure to be a smoldering mash-up of pop and country. “CMT Crossroads: Nick Jonas and Thomas Rhett” premieres this summer.

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