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Zac Brown Band to be Featured in Exhibit at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

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The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will explore Zac Brown Band’s rise to fame in Homegrown: Zac Brown Band, a career-spanning exhibition that opens July 22 and runs through July 2017. The exhibition will include stage wear, guitars, song manuscripts, photos and more from the band’s personal collection.

“It’s an incredible honor to have the history of our band captured by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum,” says Zac Brown. “From day one, it has always been about connecting with our fans by writing songs that come from our hearts, performing at our best, and creating unique ways to engage with them beyond the stage. It has been a crazy journey, and we’ve grown as musicians, as performers, and as individuals. We thank our fans for all their support and hope they enjoy the exhibit as much as we do.”

“Zac Brown Band did not set out to be country music stars,” says museum CEO Kyle Young. “Instead they ignored genre restrictions and focused on creating upbeat and soulful sounds that resonated with fans. Fifteen #1 hits later, they are one of the most innovative groups in country music today. With this exhibition we will trace the band’s organic path to stardom that can only be described as ‘homegrown.’”

Formed in Atlanta in 2002, the band scored their first hit in 2008 with “Chicken Fried” and have been making radio history ever since.  Eight members strong, the band’s lineup includes Zac Brown (lead vocals/guitar/piano/bass/banjo), Jimmy De Martini (violin/vocals), John Driskell Hopkins (banjo/guitar/vocals), Coy Bowles (guitar/keys/banjo/vocals), Clay Cook (guitar/keys/mandolin/vocals), Chris Fryar (drums/vocals), Daniel de los Reyes (percussion) and Matt Mangano (bass/vocals).

Known widely for their musicianship, Zac Brown Band has earned critical praise for their live show as “one of modern country’s most exciting acts” (Rolling Stone). In 2015 their stadium tour made history with the first-ever, three-night sell-out at Fenway Park (105,000 tickets).  Expanding their pre-show “Eat & Greet” ritual, the band has established the annual Southern Ground Music & Food Festival, an experience that allows Zac Brown Band to bring together their love of eclectic music and authentic food.

Over the years, the band has showcased their diverse musical tastes through collaborative performances with Gregg Allman, Jimmy Buffett, Chris Cornell, Dave Grohl, Alan Jackson, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen and James Taylor, among many others.

Off stage, Brown, a former camp counselor, has devoted his time to launching Camp Southern Ground, a destination that will allow children to overcome academic, social and emotional difficulties so that they might reach their full potential. The state-of-the-art campus will have activities to challenge, educate and inspire campers, with a special emphasis on children with neurobehavioral disorders, social or emotional challenges, and those with family members serving in the military.

For more information about the exhibit, click here. Follow @countrymusichof on Twitter and join the conversation using #ZacBrownBandExhibit.

Zac Brown Band + Florida Georgia Line to Headline Atlantic City Beach

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Atlantic City’s world-famous beach and boardwalk are known for drawing some of the biggest musical acts to the shore for unforgettable performances, and with today’s announcement of the 2016 Atlantic City Beach Concert Series, the East Coast destination will host another stellar lineup and the biggest concert series on the beach to date. Presented by Live Nation and in partnership with the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA), Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer Band with special guest G. Love & Special Sauce kicks off the festivities on Saturday, August 13th, followed by Zac Brown Band with Drake White and The Big Fire on Thursday, September 1st and then Saturday, September 3rd with Florida Georgia Line with Cole Swindell, The Cadillac Three and Kane Brown.

The past two years of concerts have seen capacity crowds on the beach, and this summer promises to be even bigger with fans from all over joining in on the party. The sun, sand and ocean make up the perfect backdrop for a summer concert experience.

Tickets for Zac Brown Band go on sale Friday, May 27th at 10am; tickets for Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer Band go on sale Friday, June 3 at 10am; tickets for Florida Georgia Line go on sale Friday, June 10 at 10am. Tickets will be available at Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster Outlets or by-phone at 800-745-3000. There will be General Admission (GA) and Gold Circle GA tickets – where fans will be the closest to the stage, as well as VIP options available. For additional information on tickets, show details and VIP packages please visit Ticketmaster.com.

“Presenting world-class entertainment to Atlantic City year after year is an honor to say the least,” said Geoff Gordon, Live Nation Philadelphia Regional President. “Our team, along with Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA), the mayor’s office, and all our municipal and city partners, couldn’t be more excited to be a part of another year of summer programming for the city.”

“CRDA is excited to partner with Live Nation to bring these popular artists to the Atlantic City beach this summer. This series of events will add to Atlantic City’s reputation as the Entertainment Capital of the Jersey Shore. We look forward hosting tens of thousands of fans and introducing them to all the great entertainment experiences Atlantic City has to offer,” said John Palmieri, executive director of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA).

Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian said, “This is shaping up to be one fantastic summer at the Jersey Shore once again! We are welcoming back Live Nation to Atlantic City, and this time they have even more fun-packed shows to unveil on our beautiful beaches. For the past two years, the Atlantic City Beach Concerts have been beyond memorable to anyone who has attended them. There is nothing like mixing a beautiful beach, next to a fabulous ocean, underneath a shining sun with amazing sights and sounds all at once from Live Nation’s lineup of world-class entertainers. Atlantic City has it all. As Mayor of Atlantic City, I would like to personally invite you to come down and get some sand in your shoes this summer!”

Atlantic City Beach Concert Series
Date Performer On-Sale
Sat., Aug. 13 Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer Band Fri., June 3 @ 10 am
Thu., Sept. 1 Zac Brown Band Fri., May 27 @ 10 am
Sat., Sept. 3 Florida Georgia Line Fri., June 10 @ 10 am

Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood & MORE Earn Billboard Music Awards Nominations

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The finalists for the 2016 Billboard Music Awards have been announced, and unfortunately, no country acts made the cut in the all-genre categories. Here are the list of nominees in the country categories.

Top Country Artist:
Zac Brown Band
Luke Bryan
Sam Hunt
Chris Stapleton
Carrie Underwood

Top Country Album:
Chris Stapleton, Traveller
Luke Bryan, Kill The Lights
Sam Hunt, Montevallo
Zac Brown Band, Jekyll + Hyde
Carrie Underwood, Storyteller

Top Country Song:
Sam Hunt, “Break Up In A Small Town”
Sam Hunt, “Take Your Time”
Little Big Town, “Girl Crush”
Thomas Rhett, “Die A Happy Man”
Chris Young, “I’m Comin’ Over”

The 2016 Billboard Music Awards will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on May 22nd.

Finalists Announced for “2016 American Country Countdown Awards”

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Finalists for the 2016 AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS were announced. Country superstar Luke Bryan dominates the list with seven category nods, followed by newcomer Sam Hunt with five, Thomas Rhett and Zac Brown Band each with four, and Florida Georgia Line with three. Additionally, megastar and multi-category finalist Carrie Underwood has been added as a performer, joining previously announced performers Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett and more. The AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS are based on country music’s longest-running radio countdown show, “American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks,” which has recognized the best in country radio for more than 40 years. This year’s host and additional performers and presenters will be announced soon.

The 2016 American Country Countdown Awards will air live from the Forum in Los Angeles, CA, Sunday, May 1 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. The two-hour event is the first country music awards show to air live from Los Angeles in more than 10 years. Tickets for the AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS at the Forum are on sale now at www.ticketmaster.com.

In addition to Underwood, A Thousand Horses, Blake Shelton, Cam, Carrie Underwood, Dan + Shay, Jana Kramer, Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, and Old Dominion each were named finalists in two categories. Brothers Osborne, Chris Janson, Chris Stapleton, Garth Brooks, Karen Fairchild, Kenny Chesney, Little Big Town, Michael Ray, and Miranda Lambert also received nods.

Below are the finalists for the 2016 AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS:
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Blake Shelton
Florida Georgia Line
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Sam Hunt

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Blake Shelton
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Sam Hunt
Thomas Rhett

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Cam
Carrie Underwood
Jana Kramer
Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert

GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR
A Thousand Horses
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Old Dominion
Zac Brown Band

BREAKTHROUGH MALE OF THE YEAR
Chris Janson
Michael Ray
Sam Hunt

BREAKTHROUGH FEMALE OF THE YEAR
Cam
Jana Kramer
Kelsea Ballerini

BREAKTHROUGH GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR
A Thousand Horses
Dan + Shay
Old Dominion

SONG OF THE YEAR
“Stay A Little Longer” – Brothers Osborne
“Home Alone Tonight” – Luke Bryan featuring Karen Fairchild
“Strip It Down” – Luke Bryan
“Die A Happy Man” – Thomas Rhett
“Homegrown” – Zac Brown Band

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
“Storyteller” – Carrie Underwood
“Traveller” – Chris Stapleton
“Kill the Lights” – Luke Bryan
“Montevallo” – Sam Hunt
“Jekyll + Hyde” – Zac Brown Band

DIGITAL SONG OF THE YEAR
“Girl Crush” – Little Big Town
“Kick The Dust Up” – Luke Bryan
“Die A Happy Man” – Thomas Rhett

DIGITAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
“Anything Goes” – Florida Georgia Line
“Montevallo” – Sam Hunt
“Tangled Up” – Thomas Rhett

TOURING ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Garth Brooks
Kenny Chesney
Luke Bryan
Shania Twain
Zac Brown Band

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