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And the Nominees for the 50th Annual ACM Awards Are….


Nominations were announced today for the 50th ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, Country Music’s Party of the Year®, honoring country music’s superstars and hottest emerging talent. Hosted by ACM Award winners Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan, the ACM Awards will be broadcast LIVE, and as previously announced, extended by half an hour in celebration of its golden anniversary, from the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX on Sunday, April 19th, 2015 at 8:00 PM – 11:30PM ET/delayed PT on CBS.

Nominees were revealed online via the fourth annual ACM digital press conference this morning. Jason Aldean, Lee Brice, Kristian Bush, Brandy Clark, Tara Lipinski, Dustin Lynch, Joel McHale, Nancy O’Dell, Melissa Peterman, Jamie Lynn Spears and the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders all announced nominations via photo postings to the Academy’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts during the online event.

Fans will once again help select the winner of both the Academy’s most prestigious honor, Entertainer of the Year, and the New Artist of the Year. As previously announced, Brett Eldredge, Tyler Farr, Sam Hunt, Kip Moore, Thomas Rhett, Chase Rice, Cole Swindell, and Dan + Shay are the semi-finalists for this year’s ACM New Artist of the Year Award. These top eight (8) artists from the first round of ACM professional voting will compete via fan vote at and, combined with the ACM professional membership vote, to determine the three nominees for the award. An additional combined fan and professional membership vote will determine the winner. The winners of Entertainer of the Year and New Artist of the Year will be announced live during the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards.

Miranda Lambert earned eight nominations, including her forth nomination for Entertainer of the Year and ninth consecutive nod for Female Vocalist of the Year, with additional nominations for Album of the Year, plus Single Record of the Year and twice for Song of the Year, as artist and songwriter, for “Automatic.” Her nominations continue with Video of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year for “Somethin’ Bad” with Carrie Underwood. Lambert is the reigning ACM Female Vocalist of the Year.

Dierks Bentley received seven nominations, including Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year for Riser, Single Record of the Year and Video of the Year for “Drunk On A Plane.” In the category for Song of the Year, Bentley is nominated twice for “I Hold On,” as artist and songwriter. Bentley is also nominated for Vocal Event of the Year with The Cadillac Three, Florida Georgia Line and Mike Eli for “The South.”

Reigning Vocal Duo of the Year Florida Georgia Line were nominated for five awards, including their first in the Entertainer of the Year category, third consecutive nod for Vocal Duo of the Year, Single Record of the Year for “Dirt,” and twice in the Vocal Event of the Year category, once for “The South” with The Cadillac Three, Dierks Bentley and Mike Eli, and “This Is How We Roll” with Luke Bryan.

Luke Bryan received four nominations, including his third consecutive nomination for both Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year. He also earned a Song of the Year nomination for “Drink A Beer” and Vocal Event of the Year nomination for “This Is How We Roll” with Florida Georgia Line.

Kenny Chesney was nominated for four awards including Song of the Year, Video of the Year and twice in the Single Record of the Year category as an artist and producer. All of Chesney’s nods were attributed to his hit song, “American Kids.”

Eric Church earned four nominations, including a nod for Male Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year for The Outsiders. Church is also nominated twice in the Song of the Year category, as the artist and songwriter, for “Give Me Back My Hometown.”

The Academy of Country Music’s professional membership selects the nominees and winners of the Academy of Country Music Awards, and selects the final top five nominees of the Entertainer of the Year category. New Artist of the Year final nominees will be selected by a combined vote of the fans and professional members.

Fan voting for Entertainer of the Year begins on Wednesday, April 8 at 3:00 PM ET/12noon PT at and will close during the third hour of the LIVE broadcast. First round fan voting for New Artist of the Year is now open at and, and will close on Tuesday, February 10 at 6:00 PM ET. The final three nominees will be announced in the coming weeks and will move on to compete in the final round of voting for the New Artist category at Final round fan voting for the New Artist of the Year category begins on Wednesday, April 8 at 3:00 PM ET/12noon PT and will close at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT on Sunday, April 19 (before the LIVE telecast begins).
Following is the list of final nominees. Winners in each of the categories, except where noted, will be presented with an ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARD during the live television broadcast:

• Jason Aldean
• Garth Brooks
• Luke Bryan
• Miranda Lambert
• Florida Georgia Line

• Jason Aldean
• Dierks Bentley
• Luke Bryan
• Eric Church
• Brad Paisley
• Blake Shelton

• Brandy Clark
• Miranda Lambert
• Martina McBride
• Kacey Musgraves
• Carrie Underwood

• Brothers Osborne
• Dan + Shay
• Florida Georgia Line
• Maddie & Tae
• The Swon Brothers

• Lady Antebellum
• Little Big Town
• Rascal Flatts
• The Band Perry
• Zac Brown Band

ALBUM OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]
• Old Boots, New Dirt – Jason Aldean
Producer: Michael Knox
Record Label: Broken Bow Records
• Pain Killer – Little Big Town
Producer: Jay Joyce
Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville
• Platinum – Miranda Lambert
Producers: Chuck Ainlay, Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf
Record Label: RCA Nashville
• Riser – Dierks Bentley
Producers: Ross Copperman, Jaren Johnston
Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville
• The Outsiders – Eric Church
Producer: Jay Joyce
Record Label: EMI Records Nashville

SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]
• American Kids – Kenny Chesney
Producers: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney
Record Label: Blue Chair Records/Columbia Nashville
• Automatic – Miranda Lambert
Producers: Chuck Ainlay, Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf
Record Label: RCA Nashville
• Dirt – Florida Georgia Line
Producer: Joey Moi
Record Label: Republic Nashville
• Drunk On A Plane – Dierks Bentley
Producer: Ross Copperman
Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville
• I Don’t Dance – Lee Brice
Producer: Lee Brice
Record Label: Curb Records

SONG OF THE YEAR [TIE] [Awarded to Songwriter(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)]
• American Kids – Kenny Chesney
Songwriters: Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird, Shane McAnally
Publishers: Big Red Toe Music (BMI), Creative Nation Music (BMI), Farm Town Songs (BMI), Smack Ink (ASCAP), Songs Of Universal, Inc. (BMI), Twangin And Slangin Songs (BMI), Universal Music Corporation (ASCAP)
• Automatic – Miranda Lambert
Songwriters: Nicolle Galyon, Natalie Hemby, Miranda Lambert
Publishers: EMI Blackwood Music, Inc. (BMI), Pink Dog Publishing (BMI), Sony/ATV Tree Publishing (BMI), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI), Wruckestrike (BMI)
• Drink A Beer – Luke Bryan
Songwriters: Jim Beavers, Chris Stapleton
Publishers: House of Sea Gayle Music (ASCAP), Sony/ATV Tree Publishing (BMI), WB Music Corp. (ASCAP)
• Follow Your Arrow – Kacey Musgraves
Songwriters: Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves
Publishers: 351 Music (BMI), Highway 508 Songs (ASCAP), House of Sea Gayle Music (ASCAP), Smack Ink (ASCAP), Universal Music Corporation (ASCAP), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI)
• Give Me Back My Hometown – Eric Church
Songwriters: Eric Church, Luke Laird
Publishers: Creative Nation Music (BMI), Longer And Louder Music (BMI), Songs Of Universal, Inc. (BMI), Sony/ATV Tree Publishing (BMI), Twangin And Slangin Songs (BMI)
• I Hold On – Dierks Bentley
Songwriters: Dierks Bentley, Brett James
Publishers: Atlas Holdings (ASCAP), Big White Tracks (ASCAP), External Combustion Music (ASCAP), Songs of Brett (ASCAP), WB Music Corp. (ASCAP)

• Rodney Clawson
• Ashley Gorley
• Luke Laird
• Josh Osborne
• Chris Tompkins

VIDEO OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)] *(Off Camera Award)
• American Kids – Kenny Chesney
Director: Shaun Silva
Producer: Don Lepore
• Cop Car – Keith Urban
Director: John Urbano
Producer: Michelle Abnet
• Drunk On A Plane – Dierks Bentley
Director: Wes Edwards
Producer: Clarke Gallivan
• I’m Not Gonna Miss You – Glen Campbell
Director: James Keach
Producer: Julian Raymond
• Somethin’ Bad – Miranda Lambert Duet With Carrie Underwood
Director: Trey Fanjoy
Producer: Trent Hardville

VOCAL EVENT OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]*(Off Camera Award)
• Lonely Tonight – Blake Shelton Featuring Ashley Monroe
Producer: Scott Hendricks
Record Label: Warner Bros. Records
• Meanwhile Back At Mama’s – Tim McGraw Featuring Faith Hill
Producers: Byron Gallimore, Tim McGraw
Record Label: Big Machine Records
• Somethin’ Bad – Miranda Lambert Duet With Carrie Underwood
Producers: Chuck Ainlay, Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf
Record Label: RCA Nashville
• The South – The Cadillac Three Featuring Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley & Mike Eli
Producers: Dann Huff, Justin Niebank
Record Label: Big Machine Records
• This Is How We Roll – Florida Georgia Line Featuring Luke Bryan
Producer: Joey Moi
Record Label: Republic Nashville

The Band Perry, Josh Turner and Will Hoge Join Rock the Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival


Rock The Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival has added even more amazing performers to its already stellar music line-up.  Joining headliners Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown Band will be: multi-platinum sibling trio The Band Perry, “Lay Low” hit-maker Josh Turner, Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Will Hoge and “Lay It On Me” singer Dylan Scott.  The third annual festival returns to the sands of Fort Lauderdale Beach Park in Florida on April 11th and 12th. Tens of thousands of fans are expected to enjoy the sun, songs, sand and surf at this unique oceanfront event.

Already announced to also share the stage with Chesney and Zac Brown Band are: Florida native and “Beachin’” singer Jake Owen, CMA award-winning supergroup Little Big Town, baritone honky-tonk crooner Trace Adkins, ska-punk band Sublime with Rome, powerhouse vocalist David Nail, South Florida-formed country-rock veterans The Mavericks, genre-bending Colt Ford, “Ready Set Roll” singer Chase Rice, “Leave The Night On” hit-maker Sam Hunt, “Sunshine & Whiskey” chart-topper Frankie Ballard, “Take It On Back” singer Chase Bryant, gritty rock quintet Dirty Guv’nahs, grunge-country trio The Cadillac Three, country quintet Old Dominion, envelope-pushing country duo Maddie & Tae, outlaw country singer Nikki Lane, newcomer Brooke Eden, soulful singer-songwriter Drake White and The Big Fire and folk-bluegrass band Judah & The Lion.

Tickets and complete festival pricing be found at

Kenny Chesney Sells Out “The Big Revival” Tour Kick Off

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After pre-sales pressure for his March 26th kick-off of 2015 The Big Revival Tour, Kenny Chesney prompted the addition of a second show on March 27th, the tickets were no more available than they were gone.
“Getting ready for a big year and I love the idea that people are as ready for us to get out there as we are to get back on the road,” says the only country artist in Billboard’s Top 10 Touring Acts of the Past 25 Years. “To do back-to-back nights in Nashville, that’s always a good thing… It’s too cold for a stadium show, so that’s the next best thing!”

Having played to 42,000+ at his Flora-Bama-Jama on the beach along the Alabama/Florida state line last August, Chesney’s time off the road was spent focusing on the making The Big Revival, which has already yielded the GRAMMY-nominated multiple week #1 “American Kids” and his 26th chart-topper “’Til It’s Gone.”

With a lot of new music slated for the tour, the eight-time Entertainer of the Year wanted to start things off close to home – and be able to share the new music and new show with old friends–as he says of the decision to start where he lives. As he explains, “Sometimes it seems like Nashville lands where it lands… and it doesn’t stand out. We don’t get to play Nashville very often, and after the inspiration and creativity that went into making this record, I wanted to kick-off The Big Revival Tour in the place the music came together.

“And the fact that we had to add a second show before we even got the tickets on sale feels like this is going to be an awesome year! To me, it’s about the passion the people who love this music bring. They give us the fuel to really push – and I promise we’re working on creating a really rocking show!”

Due to unprecedented demand, the promoters worked with management to locate as many tickets as possible. Having combed through all the potential seats, several hundred seats with obstructed views are being made available for those hardcore fans who couldn’t get tickets.

“Anyone who wants to come, we want you to be here with us!” the man The Wall Street Journal called “The King of the Road” offers. “After a year and a half off since we’ve really been on the road, I think this is going to be one of the shows where the band and I let off a lot of steam. We have new songs to play, a few surprises – and the idea that we want to take The Big Revival, apply music and come away with a whole new attitude about living!”

The Big Revival Tour is about celebrating life, music, friends, the way you feel and getting to see the show that – for a whole lot of people — makes summer official.

Kenny Chesney’s The Big Revival Tour is presented by Corona Lite and sponsored by Blue Chair Bay.

Kenny Chesney to Kick-off ‘The Big Revival Tour’ in Nashville!

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With nearly two-dozen NFL-sized stadiums plays slated for this summer, Kenny Chesney took a good look at his remaining dates and thought about the show he was planning for this tour. Knowing each venue has individual needs – and scaling down from stadium- size, especially the amphitheaters, can remove some of the impact, he chose carefully.

“For all the time we had to create for The Big Revival Tour,” Chesney says, “I wanted to make sure the fans got to experience it. I love amphitheaters and all the fun… But I want to give the fans the same impact with the show, because The Big Revival Tour’s set up to be pretty special.”

Chesney’s non-stadium The Big Revival Tour shows will be played mostly in enclosed arenas. Not all the dates have been announced – in part due to seeking the best venues to streamline the production and not lose impact – but an almost complete tour schedule is attached. After a year off the road, Chesney is ready to get back to the fans, starting March 26th at the Bridgestone Arena.

“I can’t begin to describe the difference spending the time and being able to really focus on creating an album in terms of the songs, the production, the intensity,” Chesney says. “It feels like the same way we put this year’s tour together! We had more time to consider what we wanted, so we were able to get more creative and could dream a little more wide open…

“A year away from the fans, whether people realize it or not, is hard on me. I live to play – as much as I live to write songs and make music. So I’m ready to get out there and play this new music for people. I want give them a taste of how good The Big Revival is — and hear them singing ‘Til It’s Gone,’ ‘American Kids’ or even ‘The Big Revival’ back to me!”

Having sold in excess of a million tickets each of his headlining tours, Chesney is the only Country Artist in Billboard’s Top 10 Tour Acts of the Last 25 years – and that’s with only 12 years as a headliner. After his first stadium concert – 2003’s Neyland Stadium show, selling over 60,000 tickets in Knoxville – Chesney has played 111 football stadium shows in total.

“It’s a different kind of show, a different kind of energy – and what the fans bring in that environment hits every one of us onstage so hard,” Chesney says of the rush. “Every show is incredible, but there’s something about those really big ones. I think we were able to channel some of that excitement into the songs on this record – and I want to see if we can bring that intensity to the arenas and the few amphitheaters we’re playing this summer.”

The Big Revival, his 13th #1 Billboard Country Album debut, already yielded his 25th #1 with the multiple week chart-topper “American Kids,” also nominated for Best Country Song at the Grammys. “’Til It’s Gone,” the follow-up, is poised just outside #1 this week with a bullet.
Even the critics concur. Rolling Stone offered The Big Revival “continuously brings a sense of musical energy and emotional urgency.” while USA Today called it, “a coming-of-age tale full of life-changing memories” and The Associated Press wrote, “avoids the clichés flowing through contemporary country songs by injecting some real-life gravitas.”

“This new music takes the show to a whole other level,” Chesney says. “I’m so ready to get out there with the fans… and I think it’s gonna be a summer you won’t forget.”

Kenny Chesney’s 2015 The Big Revival Tour
Sponsored by Corona Light
March 26 Bridgestone Arena Nashville, TN
March 27 Surprise tba
March 28 Colonial Life Arena Columbia, SC
April 8 Bon Secours Wellness Arena Greenville, SC
April 9 Legacy Arena At The BJCC Birmingham, AL
April 11 Tortuga Music Festival Fort Lauderdale, FL
April 16 Greensboro Coliseum Greensboro, NC
April 17 KFC Yum! Center Louisville, KY
April 23 Times Union Center Albany, NY
April 24-25 Mohegan Sun Center Uncasville, CT
April 29 Arena Glendale, AZ
May 2 Levi’s Stadium San Francisco, CA
May 6 Scottrade Center Saint Louis, MO
May 7 Wells Fargo Arena Des Moines, IA
May 9 Lucas Oil Stadium Indianapolis, IN
May 14 BOK Center Tulsa, OK
May 16 AT&T Stadium Dallas, TX
May 21 Austin 360 Amphitheater Austin, TX
May 22 BBVA Compass Stadium Houston, TX
May 23 BCS Superfest Baton Rouge, LA
May 27 Merriweather Post Pavillion Columbia, MD
May 28 PNC Arena Raleigh, NC
May 30 Heinz Field Pittsburgh, PA
June 4 Ford Center Evansville, IN
June 6 Soldier Field Chicago, IL
June 11 Time Warner Cable Arena Charlotte, NC
June 13 Georgia Dome Atlanta, GA
June 14 Florida Country Superfest Jacksonville, FL
June 18 Denny Sanford Premier Ctr. Sioux Falls, SD
June 20 Lambeau Field Green Bay, WI
June 21 Ohio Country Superfest Columbus, OH
June 25 Ambleside Vancouver, BC
June 27 Century Link Field Seattle, WA
July 8 CMAC Canandaigua, NY
July 9 Quicken Loans Arena Cleveland, OH
July 11 Lincoln Financial Field Philadelphia, PA
July 16 Pinnacle Bank Arena Lincoln, NE
July 18-19 Target Field Minneapolis, MN
July 22 Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys Lake Tahoe, CA
July 23 SaveMart Center Fresno, CA
July 25 Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA
July 29 Snowden Grove Southaven, MS
July 30 Arkansas Music Pavilion Rogers, AR
August 1 Arrowhead Stadium Kansas City, MO
August 6 Energy Solutions Arena Salt Lake City, UT
August 8 SA Field at Mile High Denver, CO
August 13 Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion Bangor, ME
August 15 Metlife Stadium E. Rutherford, NJ
August 19 Canadian Tire Center Ottawa, ONT
August 20 tba
August 22 Ford Field Detroit, MI
August 28-29 Gillette Stadium Foxboro, MA
2015’s The Big Revival Tour is presented by Corona Light.

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