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CMT Instant Jam: Kenny Chensey Premieres Next Weekend

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Three weeks ago, 500 lucky University of Georgia students and Athens residents were given the exclusive opportunity to see Kenny Chesney perform live at the legendary Georgia Theatre. Now the rest of Chesney’s fans can experience the No Shoes Nation party first-hand when CMT INSTANT JAM: KENNY CHESNEY airs Saturday, September 27th at 10:00 p.m., ET/PT. Launching CMT’s all-new pop-up concert series, the one-hour premiere features live performances from Chesney, along with a behind-the-scenes look at all the excitement leading up to his show. Viewers can get a sneak peek of Chesney’s “American Kids” performance exclusively on the CMT Artists App beginning tomorrow morning at 11:30 a.m. ET, and catch the video during CMT and CMT Pure music hours beginning Monday, September 22nd.

“On the rare occasion that big artists play small rooms, most fans can only dream of being a part of the experience,” says John Hamlin, SVP Music Events and Talent, CMT. “Instant Jam gives everyone a chance to attend an extremely exclusive show. Kenny Chesney is the master of surprise concerts in small clubs, so I can’t think of a better artist for our first episode.”

The 4-time Country Music Association and 4-consecutive Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year brings some of his best known hits and brand new music to CMT INSTANT JAM. Performing in front of a high-energy crowd, Chesney’s set list features “Beer In Mexico,” “I Go Back,” “Don’t Happen Twice,” “Out Last Night” and “Boys of Fall,” in addition to “Til It’s Gone” and “American Kids” from his September 23 release, The Big Revival. CMT INSTANT JAM documents the top-secret show from start to finish – beginning in the morning when posters and fliers announcing the concert were distributed in downtown Athens; continuing on to capture hundreds of enthusiastic fans as they flocked to the campus’ Phi Mu sorority house to snag a wristband, which were gone in less than eight minutes; and concluding with the final notes that played inside the Georgia Theatre.

“That crowd was so on fire,” Chesney said of the capacity-plus crowd. “To be in such a live room, with that kind of energy, it makes you want to play all night long. I’m so glad CMT was there to capture that moment. Getting to play clubs that size? It’s a whole other thing, and I always love it.”

For more information on CMT INSTANT JAM: KENNY CHESNEY, visit www.cmt.com


Jerrod Niemann Asks for Donations in Lieu of Wedding Gifts

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Details on country crooner Jerrod Niemann’s imminent nuptial plans with fiancée, Morgan Petek in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Sunday, October 12th, have been revealed exclusively to People Magazine. In lieu of wedding gifts, Niemann and Petek have requested donations be made to Niemann’s recently established non-profit organization, Free The Music USA.

Born out of the couple’s deeply rooted belief that every child deserves the opportunity to explore their own musical talent, Free The Music USA is dedicated to collecting used musical instruments and giving them to children in need. Philanthropy has always been a cornerstone of Niemann and Petek’s relationship, and their shared passion for promoting music education is perfectly reflected in Free The Music USA. Donations in honor of their upcoming nuptials can be made here.

Niemann made headlines recently, capturing the attention of Music Row, with maverick creativity and on-stage antics at his first headlining performance at the iconic Ryman Auditorium on Friday, September 12th. Although he has played her hallowed stage on occasion, Niemann fulfilled a lifelong dream on Friday by having his name appear on the ticket as the marquee act. Openers Logan Mize and Chris Lane amped up the crowd for Niemann’s unforgettable 75-minute set, which included his current single “Buzz Back Girl,” “Lover, Lover,” “Donkey,” as well as fan-favorite “One More Drinkin’ Song.”

“From stepping on the stage at the Ryman the other night, to this very moment, I still can’t believe I’ve had the great honor of a headlining a show at The Mother Church Of Country Music,” says Niemann. “From all of the familiar faces in the auditorium that night, to the first timers, I must say the crowd took the show to another level. I will never forget or take for granted the way they made me and the guys feel. Chris [Lane] and Logan [Mize] really set the tone for an amazing night and played awesome sets. Simply a dream come true.”

Niemann found huge success this year with his RIAA Platinum-certified multi-week number one hit “Drink to That All Night” from his third major label release High Noon. He recently announced his headlining Get Your Buzz Back Tour, which kicks off in Myrtle Beach, S.C. on Oct. 24th. Niemann’s latest single, “Buzz Back Girl,” was just released to country radio and is currently climbing the charts.

Get Your Buzz Back Tour dates are as follows:
October 24, 2014 | House of Blues | Myrtle Beach, S.C.
October 25, 2014 | The Fillmore | Charlotte, N.C.
October 31, 2014 | The Fillmore | Silver Spring, Md.
November 1, 2014 | Irving Plaza | New York, N.Y.
November 6, 2014 | Theatre Of The Living Arts | Philadelphia, Pa.
November 12, 2014 | Egyptian Room | Indianapolis, Ind.
November 13, 2014 | House of Blues | Chicago, Ill.
November 14, 2014 | House of Blues | Cleveland, Ohio
November 15, 2014 | St. Andrews Hall | Detroit, Mich.
November 16, 2014 | The Bluestone | Columbus, Ohio
November 20, 2014 | House of Blues | San Diego, Calif.
November 21, 2014 | House of Blues | Anaheim, Calif.
November 22, 2014 | House of Blues | West Hollywood, Calif.
December 4, 2014 | House of Blues | Houston, Texas
December 5, 2014 | Saenger Theater | Mobile, Ala.
December 6, 2014 | House of Blues | Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

For more information, visit www.jerrodniemannofficial.com

Charlie Daniels Announces the Volunteer Jam!

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Charlie Daniels announces the legendary “Volunteer Jam,” which began in 1974 at War Memorial Auditorium when Daniels and his friends recorded a live version of “Fire On The Mountain,” will take place at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, on August 1212, 2015, to raise awareness and funds for The Journey Home Project. Tickets for Charlie’s Volunteer Jam will be available online at charliedaniels.com, thejourneyhomeproject.org, or through Ticketmaster starting Spring 2015.

“We are extremely excited that Charlie will be bringing the Volunteer Jam back to Nashville. Everyone can only guess who his surprise guests are going to be,” says The Journey Home Project board member Ed Hardy. “Charlie is a big man with a big heart. His love and passion for our troops and veterans is unparalleled. We definitely could not do this without him.”

The announcement comes on the heels of the inaugural Journey Home Project fundraising event, which took place at The Palm on Tuesday, September 9th, to a sold out audience. Guests were treated to music by Rodney Atkins, Mandy Barnett, Ryan Weaver and Daniels, but the big surprise of the night was the interaction with troops in Afghanistan through a special uplink coordinated by David Corlew and the Special Operations community.

“It was a very special moment, there was not a dry eye in the room” says The Journey Home Project board member David Corlew. “I have been very fortunate traveling to Afghanistan where I visited our troops and have built a personal relationship with many of them. Being able to connect our supporters with those that we are raising money for was something nobody expected, and that was special.”

The Charlie Daniels Scholarship for Heroes Fund, which is part of the Yellow Ribbon Education Program at Lipscomb University, was created by Daniels and Corlew to raise money to allow our military heroes to receive an excellent education. Those efforts will continue through The Journey Home Project, which was established to cultivate and bring all fundraising efforts under one umbrella.

The Journey Home Project mission is to help connect people who might not come into contact with soldiers on a daily basis, but who care. The organization will also assist other not-for-profits in securing funds to help causes that benefit Veterans of the United States Armed Forces.

Lady Antebellum Release “I Did With You” Music Video

Lady Antebellum‘s song “I Did With You” is featured in the new Nicholas Sparks film, The Best of Me. The trio just released the music video for the tune.

Hunter Hayes, David Nail, Kacey Musgraves, Colbie Caillat, Kip Moore, Eli Young Band, Eric Paslay, Thompson Square, Thomas Rhett, Phoebe Hoffman and newcomers SHEL and Gareth Dunlopthe all have a place on the soundtrack that hits stores on October 7th.

Relativity Studios will release the film, starring Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden, in theaters nationwide on October 17.

See the tracklisting here.

Tim McGraw Gets Serious About Music with Jimmy Fallon

Tim McGraw released his new album, Sundown Heaven Town this week and he stopped by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to perform and an exclusive one-on-one interview to get serious and discuss his career and his long list of country hits including ‘Dem Smurf Bastards’ and ‘Cargo Pants (Everyone’s Wearing Them).’

Have you bought Sundown Heaven Town? What do you think??

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