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Song by Song: Sheryl Crow to Debut in October

Sheryl Crow

Song by Song, the popular and critically acclaimed original series from Ovation, America’s only arts network, returns with the new season premiere of Song by Song: Sheryl Crow on Tuesday, October 14th at 10PM ET. The documentary music series, from the Emmy®-nominated production company TH Entertainment, will focus on four of Crow’s most-enduring hit songs and the stories and inspiration behind them.

In each half-hour episode, viewers will hear from friends, colleagues and Sheryl Crow herself on the impact of the music on their lives and careers, as well as on the music business and popular culture. Among the featured interviewees, in addition to Crow, are Willie Nelson, Amy Grant, Rascal Flatts, Lissie, Jimmy Iovine (co-founder Interscope Records), David Wild (Rolling Stone), Andrew Hampp (Billboard), Scooter Weintraub (Manager) and Jeff Trott (songwriting partner).

Here is the lineup for Song by Song: Sheryl Crow:

“Strong Enough” – premiering Tuesday, October 14th at 10PM ET. After the first singles on her debut record don’t get any traction, Sheryl finds success with a powerful statement about finding a partner who can truly be her equal.

“If It Makes You Happy” – premiering Tuesday, October 21th at 10PM ET. Following years of singing backup for other artists and contending with envious collaborators, Sheryl proves her autonomy with a hit that solidifies her position as a musical powerhouse who answers only to herself.

“My Favorite Mistake” – premiering Tuesday, October 28th at 10PM ET. Sheryl taps into her personal life for inspiration, leading to an intimate song about a past relationship and creating speculation over her unnamed muse.
“Redemption Day” – premiering Tuesday, November 4th at 10PM ET. Inspired by a trip to war-torn Bosnia, Sheryl writes this song, which is later recorded by Johnny Cash, and ultimately ignites her interest in recording country music.

Upcoming Song by Song programs include Blondie, premiering November 11th, and Lindsey Stirling, premiering December 9th. Ovation kicked off its Song by Song franchise in 2012 with the premiere of Song by Song: Johnny Cash, which focused on the stories behind six of the country music legend’s classic hit songs. The season was a critical and ratings success for the network, inspiring a second six-episode season, Song by Song: Dolly Parton, which premiered in early 2013. Song by Song is produced for Ovation by TH Entertainment.

For more information and images, please visit www.ovationtv.com/media-room

Carrie Underwood Sheds Tears, Rascal Flatts “Tebows” at ACM Honors Ceremony

Jason Davis/Getty Images for ACM

Jason Davis/Getty Images for ACM

The 8th Annual ACM Honors were held on September 9, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee at the Ryman Auditorium, which is often referred to as the “mother church of country music.” The evening was a celebration of special award recipients from the Academy of Country Music, honoring musicians, industry professionals, and artists. Emotions ran high throughout the night, as both presenters and performers recalled memories of the honorees.

Jake Owen hosted the ceremony, and kicked off the night with a performance of Ronnie Milsap’s “Back on My Mind Again.” Milsap was later presented with the Career Achievement Award, and Hunter Hayes performed a medley of Milsap’s hits “I Wouldn’t Have Missed It For the World” and “Smoky Mountain Rain” in his honor.

The Special Awards segment of the ceremony was full of memorable performances, including the Oak Ridge Boys, who received a standing ovation for their performance of “Elvira” in honor of veteran booking agent Paul Moore, recipient of the Mae Boren Axton Award.

“How cool is it to see Carrie Underwood singing ‘oom papa oom papa mow mow’??” said Joe Bonsall.

 Carrie Underwood was visibly emotional during her acceptance of the Gene Weed Special Achievement Award, thanking her husband and her team for their efforts. Jake Owen quipped afterwards that this was just the beginning of her emotional rollercoaster, referring to her recently announced pregnancy. The video highlights showcased her achievements from the live Sound of Music television production to her recorded music and touring. The Swon Brothers performed a medley of her hits “See You Again” and “Wasted” in her honor.

A dynamic trio of powerhouse vocals, Kelly Clarkson, Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum, and Kacey Musgraves, honored Songwriter of the Year Shane McAnally by performing some of his hits that they’ve recorded, including “Tie It Up,” “Downtown,” and “Merry Go Round.”

“These songs are who we are,” said Shane McAnally. He recalled the early days of his career and how he thought that if Kenny Chesney could just hear his songs, he would make it. Sure enough, Chesney ended up hearing and recording “Somewhere With You,” which was McAnally’s first number one hit. Chesney also presented the award to McAnally.

Jason Davis/Getty Images for ACM

Jason Davis/Getty Images for ACM

Rascal Flatts was honored with the Jim Reeves Internal Award, recognizing their contributions to the expansion of country music around the world with their recent European tour stops. Tim Tebow was a surprise guest, and presented the award to the trio. Joe Don Rooney took the opportunity for a photo-op, and all four of them “Tebowed” after receiving the award, which may be a first for the historic Ryman stage.

An additional recipient of the Jim Reeves International Award was industry veteran Steve Buchanan, for his contributions to the global exposure of the Grand Ole Opry and Nashville television show. Buchanan mentioned during his acceptance speech that he is currently working a musical production of the iconic television show Hee-Haw with hit songwriters Shane McAnally and Brandy Clark. Nashville stars Sam Palladio (Gunnar) and Clare Bowen (Scarlett) performed to honor both Buchanan and Rascal Flatts.

The star-studded evening also included legendary Brenda Lee, who presented the Pioneer Award to Bob Beckham’s family and Tony Joe White performed “Polk Salad Annie” in his honor.

Jason Davis/Getty Images for ACM

Jason Davis/Getty Images for ACM

The Poet’s Award went to Cowboy Jack Clement, Buck Owens, Dean Dillon, and Kris Kristofferson for their iconic songwriting contributions to country music. Performers honoring the recipients included Shawn Camp, Billy Burnette, Dierks Bentley, Dwight Yoakam, Rodney Clawson, Lee Ann Womack, Jack Ingram, and Will Hoge.

Other awards presented included:

  • Industry Awards: Venues of the year (Billy Bob’s Texas, Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater, Grand Ole Opry House, Bridgestone Arena), talent buyer of the year (Nicole More), casinos of the year (Mohegan Sun Wolf Den, Mohegan Sun Wolf Arena), and promoter of the year (Brian O’Connell).
  • Studio Recording Awards: bass player of the year (Michael Rhodes), guitar player of the year (Rob McNelley), piano/keyboards player of the year (Charlie Judge), steel guitar player of the year (Paul Franklin), audio engineer of the year (Justin Niebank), specialty instrument player of the year (Bryan Sutton), drummer of the year (Shannon Forrest), and producer of the year (Dan Huff).

Kris Kristofferson closed out the evening by summing it up perfectly:

I feel like I’m in church and I can’t thank you enough.

 

Nicole Palsa
@nicolepalsa

Rascal Flatts Joe Don Rooney and Son Jagger Inspire Golf Apparel for a Good Cause

JD and Jagger Rooney in Sligo Jagger

When Joe Don Rooney of Rascal Flatts is offstage with a little downtime, you’ll most likely find him on the golf course. The guitarist even passed down his love for the links to six-year-old son Jagger . The two recently inspired two clothing lines – mens and boys collections – from golf apparel company Sligo Wear. At first glance, the shirt designs might seem abstract. But the company incorporated Rooney’s beloved argyle patterns, guitar strings, a guitar pick in place of their logo, and a rendering of Jagger’s signature.

A portion of the proceeds from the boys collection will go to the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville .

“It’s such a kick to have Jagger’s name on these cool shirts,” Rooney told GolfWorld.com , “and even better that together we can, in a small way, help those kids who need all of our help so much.”

Check out the clothes online here.

Find Out How Rascal Flatts Stay Healthy on the Road

Rascal Flatts

Country music tends to go hand-in-hand with down-home comforts like Southern fried chicken and cold beer. And, as the band Rascal Flatts knows all too well, the life of a country singer isn’t always conducive to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, either. After years of late-night pizza binges on the tour bus, the award-winning country band is ready to make a change for the better. That’s why they’ve signed on as official spokesmen for the heartburn relief brand Nexium® 24HR , an over-the-counter acid blocker. It’s a cause that’s near and dear to their hearts (no pun intended).

“All three of us have frequent heartburn and we really hate to admit it, but it’s held us back, especially when we’re celebrating with family, friends and, of course, our fans,” explained Gary LeVox, lead singer of Rascal Flatts. “After joining the thousands of people who choose Nexium 24HR every day, we feel protected all day and all night from frequent heartburn. We invite everyone looking for complete protection from frequent heartburn to join us.”

Currently touring the country to promote their ninth and latest album, Rewind, the guys are making a concerted effort to stay healthy on the road.

Rascal Flatts and Sara Evans to Be Showcased on “MDA Show of Strength Telethon”

©2014 Grand Ole Opry / Photos By: Chris Hollo

©2014 Grand Ole Opry / Photos By: Chris Hollo

The Grand Ole Opry is set to be showcased this weekend when the MDA Show of Strength Telethon airs Opry performances by Opry members Rascal Flatts (“My Wish”) and RCA recording artist Sara Evans (“A Little Bit Stronger”).  The long-standing Labor Day Weekend telethon, which helps provide life-enhancing support and services for the families it serves, will air on Sun., Aug. 31, at 9/8 EST/CT on the ABC Television Network.

Past Opry performances on the telethon have included Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan, Martina McBride and Darius Rucker, among others.

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