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Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman & Husband Honor Brother’s Memory with Forgivness

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In 2012 Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town‘s brother-in-law took a motorcycle ride on Thanksgiving eve. The ride, usually done as a group of the guys from the family, was done solo, and he promised to be home by 5:30. Dinner came and went, dessert was served, but Allen Schlapman, father and husband, never returned. Instead, two Williamson County police officers rang the doorbell, explaining that Allen had died instantly when a drunk driver had crossed the center line, hitting the motorcycle head on. And although sorrow and hatred were the initial reaction, the couple tell The Tennessean that they’ve moved passed that.

The first thing I thought: This guy killed my brother. I hope he goes to the electric chair,” Stephen Schlapman said. “Some careless, selfish, inconsiderate stupid drunk hit him, killed him.”

Forgiveness speeds up the process of being able to move on. Until you forgive the person who did you terribly wrong, you can’t move on and you’ll never be able to talk about it.”

Instead, the couple have started a non-profit, The Dogwood Project, that delivers teddy bears and dogwood trees — Allen Schlapman’s favorite kind of tree — to children in Tennessee who lose a parent. The Dogwood Project also gives surviving parents recommendations for grief counselors for their kids.

Since the accident, Gregory Powers was sentenced to 22 years for the death of Allen. He has written a letter to the family, and asked for forgiveness. You can read the entire letter here.

Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Hunter Hayes & MORE on Front & Center

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The critically-acclaimed concert series “Front and Center” and the Country Music Association have teamed up to present four all-new CMA Songwriters Series episodes set to air as part of “Front and Center’s” Spring season on public television (check local listings).

The shows will feature performances from some of the hottest names in Country Music including Brandy Clark, Bob DiPiero, Sara Evans, Hunter Hayes, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, and Charlie Worsham, who have collectively sold more than 20 million albums, won 12 CMA Awards, had 11 No.1 albums, and charted more than 30 No. 1 singles.

Along with a virtual who’s who of songwriters, the shows will be filmed from Marathon Music Works in Nashville on Dec. 1 and 2 (two each day).

Last season “Front and Center” announced its partnership with CMA and taped two shows: one program featured Lady Antebellum and the second was a special 10th Anniversary Celebration of the CMA Songwriters Series with Dierks Bentley. The episodes premiered last month as part of “The 48th Annual CMA Awards” celebration and will continue to air through the end of the year.

“CMA is extremely proud of our songwriters and their many contributions to the success of Country Music,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “And we are thrilled to partner with ‘Front and Center’ again to shine a national spotlight on this important segment of our industry. It’s great knowing that we have a partner who truly appreciates the talent of Nashville’s creative community.”

“The reaction that we received as a result of our partnership with the CMA, and subsequently from the shows that we aired with Lady Antebellum and Dierks Bentley, was overwhelming,” said “Front and Center” Executive Producer Don Maggi. “The acceptance that ’Front and Center’ has received from the Nashville music community, and its fans, left no question that we should do even more for the forthcoming Spring season. Four NEW CMA Songwriters Series shows, with some of the best that Country Music has to offer – a clear victory for the fans that will get to see these artists in a one-of-a-kind setting.”

Evans and McBride will take the stage on Monday, Dec. 1st (6:30 PM/CT), followed by a performance by Hayes (9:30 PM/CT).

Little Big Town will open the performances on Tuesday, Dec. 2nd (6:30 PM/CT), followed by DiPiero and Friends: Clark, McAnally, and Worsham (9:30 PM/CT).

CMA Award winners Evans and McBride will join musical forces for a CMA Songwriters Series “Ladies Night Out.”

The final taping on Tuesday will be Bob DiPiero and Friends. DiPiero was instrumental in the creation of the CMA Songwriters Series back in 2005. A member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, he has notched 15 No. 1 hits including “Little Rock” (recorded by Reba), “Blue Clear Sky” (recorded by George Strait), and “Southern Voice” (recorded by Tim McGraw). He will be joined by 2014 CMA Song of the Year winners, Clark and Shane McAnally as well as Warner Music Nashville recording artist Worsham.

For videos, photos and more from the CMA Songwriters Series please visit CMAsongwritersseries.com.

CMA Songwriters Series to Wrap 10 Year Anniversary in NYC

Photo Credit: Donn Jones / CMA

Photo Credit: Donn Jones / CMA

2014 not only marked the 10th anniversary of the CMA Songwriters Series, but also marked new heights in the growth of the popular series. In celebrating its 10-year anniversary, the Series has not only traveled from the Sundance Film Festival to London, but has also made its national television debut as part of a partnership to air the CMA Songwriters Series through public television’s “Front and Center.”

In December, the CMA Songwriters Series culminates its 10-year anniversary celebration in the venue where it all began when it returns to Joe’s Pub in New York City for a two-night event Dec. 3 and 4 with the writers who were part of those very first shows in 2005. Celebrating its decade-long run, the CMA Songwriters Series features songwriter and host Bob DiPiero performing alongside Radney Foster, Brett James, and Craig Wiseman. Tickets are on sale now and show times for both nights are 6:30 and 9:00 PM/ET.

In January of this year the CMA Songwriters Series kicked off its 10th Anniversary season with standing-room-only shows at the Sundance Film Festival featuring Brandy Clark, James, Chris Stapleton, and Lee Ann Womack.

Later in the year, a very special Songwriters Series that featured Sara Evans joined by songwriters Chris DeStefano, James, and Marcus Hummon plus surprise guest Gavin DeGraw played to a sold out audience in Nashville the night before “The 48th Annual CMA Awards.” Additionally, the series has performed shows in Paradise Island, Bahamas as part of the Atlantis Live Paradise Music Festival Presented by HGTV, as well as Austin, Chicago, New York, and London.

As part of the anniversary-year celebration, CMA partnered with public television’s critically-acclaimed concert series “Front and Center” to present two separate hour-long concert specials for the 2014 fall season. The shows, airing currently, feature the music of CMA Award winner Lady Antebellum as they are joined by special songwriter guests, and a special 10th Anniversary CMA Songwriters Series celebration with 2014 CMA Award winner Dierks Bentley. Bentley is joined by top songwriters Jim Beavers, Ross Copperman, James, and Jon Randall.

Throughout the last decade, the CMA Songwriters Series has been exposing fans across the country and the globe to the artisans who, through their craft, pen hits that touch the lives of millions of music fans. Since it began at Joes’ Pub in New York City in 2005, the CMA Songwriters Series has presented90 shows in 15 cities, including Austin, Boston, Belfast, Chicago, Dublin, London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C. at the renowned Library of Congress.

The series has featured 138 of music’s most gifted storytellers who collectively have 75 CMA Song of the Year nominations.

Some of the artists that have been part of the series include Clint Black, Kix Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Billy Currington, Randy Houser, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Patty Loveless, Ronnie Milsap, Kip Moore, David Lee Murphy, Gretchen Peters, Kellie Pickler, Darius Rucker, The Band Perry, Josh Turner, Carrie Underwood, Phil Vassar, and Chris Young.

For more information on the CMA Songwriters Series visit CMAsongwritersseries.com.

CMA Country Christmas Promises to Be the Best Yet

Carrie Underwood & Michael W. Smith

On Friday, country music’s biggest stars and musical icons joined together on stage to ring in the holidays for the taping of CMA’s Country Christmas. Hosted by Jennifer Nettles, the show promised holiday cheer and musical memories, and it delivered.

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I’m going on record that this will be the biggest and best CMA Country Christmas yet! Not only was the set amazing, and obviously Jennifer Nettles did a fantastic job hosting and performing, but the goose-bump moments were a plenty. Highlights of night included Carrie Underwood and Michael W. Smith performing “All is Well,” LeAnn Rimes absolutely amazing performance of “Carol of the Bells,” Idena Menzel and Jennifer Nettles performance of the ‘Frozen’ classic “Let it Go” and Little Big Town and Michael W. Smith performance of “Silent Night.”

Jennifer Nettles & Idena Menzel

You can see more of our pictures on our Flickr here.

“CMA Country Christmas” airs Monday, Dec. 1st (8:00-10:00 PM/ET) on ABC.

Top Country Tweets of the Week Nov. 2nd-9th

kellie pickler tweet

  1. @kelliepickler ·  Just a typical evening, riding a unicorn… ;) http://instagram.com/p/vKqdDar2qA/
  1. @bretteldredge ·  Holy candy cane sanwhich with extra cheese, I already saw a Christmas commercial!
  1. @BradPaisley ·  Did I hear this right? Loretta Lynn is the new attorney general?! Why couldn’t this have been announced before the CMA’s.

Carrie Underwood tweet

  1. @carrieunderwood ·  Flowers, baby goodies & non-alcoholic wine (grape juice) from my best friend @IveyCake & best co-host @BradPaisley

blake shelton tweet

  1. @blakeshelton · Sooo…. I left my phone in my seat for a minute lastnight…

ladyantebellum tweet

  1. @ladyantebellum ·  just a couple girls chatting while we get ready for the CMAs #CMAawards

little big town tweet

  1. @littlebigtown ·  Night one of the #PainKillerTour. What an amazing crowd in Youngstown, OH. #Selfie

sara evans tweet

  1. @saraevansmusic · Amazing night with these brilliant men! One of the highlights of my career and so inspiring to be on stage with them!
  1. @LukeBryanOnline ·  Went to bed at 245. Up at 8. Can’t sleep from being amazed by last night. Love y’all.

Kacey Musgraves tweet

  1. @KaceyMusgraves ·  Was it all a dream? A delicious, country dream?

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