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Carrie Underwood to Celebrate Release of “Storyteller” NBC’s “Today”

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Superstar Carrie Underwood will celebrate the Friday, October 23, release of her new album, Storyteller, with a Citi Concert Series performance on NBC’s Today. 

Fans can look forward to a performance that includes Underwood’s co-written current smash single, “Smoke Break.”  On Monday, the song’s lyric video made its debut on and

Making the lyric video all the more fun, Underwood asked her fans to share images of what they like to do when they need a break.  In return, selected photos are highlighted throughout the video.

Produced by Jay Joyce, Mark Bright, and Zach Crowell, Underwood’s 13-song Storyteller album will be available at all music sellers on October 23 and also available in a Target-exclusive version with two additional tracks.  The album can be pre-ordered now on at

Carrie is at radio now with her record-breaking single “Smoke Break,” the first single released from her fifth studio album, Storyteller, out worldwide on October 23, 2015.

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Rascal Flatts Set To Perform New Single On TODAY This Friday!

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Following a summer of playing to packed houses across the country on their RIOT TOUR 2015, CMA “Vocal Group Of The Year” nominees Rascal Flatts will head to NYC for the live television debut of their new single “I Like The Sound Of That,” this Friday (10/9) on TODAY at 8am ET on NBC.

The trio recently wrapped their RIOT TOUR 2015 where “the band shook things up” (St. Louis Post Dispatch) and performed “a concert that deftly mixed the trio’s best-known hits with a short medley of convincing covers in a crowd-pleasing 90-minute set… this tour is a particularly strong showcase for their songs.” (OC Register)  As one of the hottest-selling acts on tour in any genre, having sold 9 million concert tickets to date, this summer’s run brought the group coast to coast and even included a pitstop playing a special Fourth of July show with the legendary Rolling Stones.

Adding to their accolades, the title track from their latest Big Machine Records release, REWIND, was just certified PLATINUM by the RIAA.  As the best-selling country vocal group of the past decade, Rascal Flatts has scored 15 No. 1 songs, sold over 22.8 million albums and over 29 million digital downloads worldwide. The group’s latest single “I Like The Sound Of That” is taken from their ninth studio album, REWIND, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart, making them one of only four acts during the SoundScan era to have eight consecutive studio albums debut in the top spot.

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Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Brad Paisley, Paul Simon and Carrie Underwood Give It Their All for the Hall in NYC

Pictured are (l-r): Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Emmylou Harris, Paul Simon, and Vince Gill. Photo by Rick Diamond, Getty Images for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Photo by Rick Diamond, Getty Images for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

An all-star lineup, reaching across generations and genres, drew a rousing response from a sold-out PlayStationTheater audience during a stylish All for the Hall fundraising concert for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on October 6.
The stripped-down acoustic performances focused attention on the artistry of songwriting and singing—talents delivered with grace and power by the lineup of Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Brad Paisley, Paul Simon and Carrie Underwood.

“The magic of these nights is the diversity that winds up onstage,” said Gill, who co-hosted the evening with Harris. “It’s not just about hits and what’s going on in country music at the moment. It’s so healthy that we’re open-minded and welcome to all things. It’s good that we’re all different.”

Kyle Young, the museum’s chief executive officer, pointed out that the evening’s performers had won a total of 56 Grammy Awards.

“That should tell you everything you need to know,” he said, “about the caliber of artists who are volunteering their time tonight.”

The concert was modeled on the Nashville institution of a “guitar pull,” a casual set-up in which performers take turns presenting songs while the others look on, at times adding harmony or instrumentation. The format encourages relaxed interaction between performers, and the artists on this night mixed jokes, jibes and from-the-heart comments. Paisley often took guitar solos on Gill’s songs, and Gill offered solos on Paisley’s songs, focusing on sharing their mutual talents. Gill, Harris and Underwood often added harmonies to songs by others.

Paisley heralded the guitar-pull tradition, noting that on any given night in Nashville, several clubs will feature songwriters sitting on stools next to each other and performing their songs.

Simon added that while New York musicians did have a community feel, they weren’t as open to revealing themselves and their work with each other in the way Nashville artists are.

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06: (L-R) Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill and Paul Simon perform onstage at The Country Music Hall Of Fame & Museum All For The Hall New York Benefit Concert at PlayStation Theater on October 6, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Country Music Hall Of Fame)

Every other performer mentioned what an honor it was to be part of a show with Paul Simon, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist and as a member of Simon & Garfunkel.

“It truly is one of the greatest thrills of my life to share a stage with this fella,” Gill said in introducing Simon. “He is one of the greatest American songwriters of all time.”

Later, Gill said it was “a bucket list moment” after performing the guitar solo on Simon’s “The Boxer,” an instrumental part originally created by the late Nashville session great Fred Carter.

Simon also performed “Sounds of Silence” and “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard,” a song about New York, he noted. Simon also said he agreed to perform without realizing his beloved New York Yankees would be in a playoff game that night. He then asked for the score and grimaced when told his team was behind at the moment.

Simon also spoke of the time he visited the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in the past, with Harris as his guide.

“I thought it was an extraordinary treasure trove of American history,” Simon said. “I’m pleased and honored to be able to be a participant tonight.”

Paisley noted that he felt “completely out of my element” being onstage with so many of his musical idols, after wisecracking that he had dreamed of this moment in the past, “except that in the dream I’m completely naked.”

Underwood began by saying she felt

“equal parts nervous and honored to be on this stage tonight.” Singing with just an acoustic guitar made her “feel exposed,” she said, adding with a laugh, “Not the underwear type of exposed, but musically exposed.”

She and her guitarist, Shawn Tubbs, then performed her current hit, “Smoke Break”—the first time Underwood ever performed it in such an instrumentally bare manner.

All of the artists spoke about the power of songs to move and motivate people—and underlined the importance of music education in public schools. Harris emphasized how music helps open the minds of schoolkids and has been proven to stimulate brain activity, making it just as important as other academic disciplines.

Underwood told of how music classes and choir practice made her excited about going to school. She did well in other areas, she said, but it was music education that made her eager to attend classes each day.

The concert didn’t feature a set list. The performers decided what to sing on the spur of the moment, inspired by what someone else had played or by the mood they were in when their turn came. As Gill noted, guitar pulls traditionally aren’t just an artist or songwriter performing their biggest hits. It’s also a chance to show off new material, or, in this evening’s case, pull out a favorite cover song, as Simon did when ending the show with the Everly Brothers’ “When Will I Be Loved,” with Gill on high harmony—and the rest of the artists eventually joining in.

Both Harris and Paisley honored recently deceased heroes of theirs. Harris opened with her rendition of Jesse Winchester’s “My Songbird,” which she had recorded in 1978 on her album Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town. Paisley included a verse and chorus of Country Music Hall of Fame member Little Jimmy Dickens’ “Country Boy” before going into his own hit “Southern Comfort Zone.”

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The evening’s first standing ovation came for a group of sixth graders from the Pelham Gardens Middle School in the Bronx. Songwriter Liz Rose (“White Horse,” “You Belong with Me,” “Girl Crush”) worked with students from the school to create an original song using lyrics the students wrote. Armed with guitars and ukuleles, and with songwriter-guitarist Phil Barton helping out, the students and Rose sang the upbeat “Everybody’s Perfect,” delighting the loudly cheering crowd.

The song represented the museum’s long-running Words & Music program, which pairs professional songwriters with students, giving them a chance to express themselves while learning about the process of songwriting. With partners Education Through Music, a New York-based non-profit, the museum will work with several other New York schools through the 2015-2016 school year.

The proceeds of the All for the Hall New York concert will be earmarked for the museum’s education department, which interacted with more than 160,000 people in 2014. Between ticket sales and a spirited live auction, the event netted more than $150,000 and demonstrated the national and international reach of the Museum and its award-winning educational programs.

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Thomas Rhett to Perform at the CMA Awards With……

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One-of-a-kind collaborations are a hallmark of Country Music’s Biggest Night™ and this year that tradition continues with pairings that will be announced each week leading up to the big night on “one-of-a-kind” Wednesdays.

The announcements launch this week with Thomas Rhett teaming up with rock band Fall Out Boy to perform during “The 49th Annual CMA Awards” airing live Wednesday, Nov. 4 (8:00-11 PM/ET) from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on the ABC Television Network.

Thomas Rhett and Fall Out Boy will be sure to get the audience in the groove and on their feet as they come together to perform a special collaboration.

Thomas Rhett is a nominee in the New Artist of the Year category. CMA previously announced the collaboration of Eric Church with iconic Country rocker Hank Williams, Jr. for a world premiere of Williams’ new Nash Icon release “Are You Ready For the Country,” as well as performances by critically-acclaimed CMA Awards hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood.

Winners of “The 49th Annual CMA Awards” will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible voting members of the Country Music Association. CMA Awards balloting is tabulated by the international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends Tuesday, Oct. 27 (6:00 PM/CT).

“The 49th Annual CMA Awards” is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer and Paul Miller is the Director. The CMA Awards will be shot in high definition and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.

Fans can get more information on “The 49th Annual CMA Awards” and sign up for CMA emails and exclusives, including a full nominee recap, by visiting

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