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Thousands to Run in 16th Annual Country Music Marathon Races


The 16th annual Country Music Marathon and Half-Marathon will take place on Saturday, April 25, 2015.  For the fourth year in a row, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is the charity partner for the race.

This year marks the second year that the marathon will start on lower Broadway. Historically the race has started at Centennial Park. The finish line will be at L.P. Field.

More than 30,000 runners are signed up to participate in either the Marathon, Half-Marathon, or 5K. Both the Marathon and Half-Marathon are slated to begin at 7 a.m. Saturday.

Music makes up the heart and “sole” of this event. Live bands will be performing a variety of music from alternative, classic and punk rock to blues, jazz and soul along each mile of the race course. The bands set the tempo for this marathon party, where runners and spectators alike will be “dancin’ in the streets” to these mini-concerts.

It wouldn’t be the St. Jude Country Music Marathon & 1/2 Marathon without a live nighttime concert at Bridgestone Arena! After the race celebrate your accomplishment with friends, family, fellow runners and Martina McBride at the Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Concert Series!

You can still register to run!  Get more info online at:

Kris Kristofferson Covers Tom Petty’s ‘Won’t Back Down’

Kris Kristopherson

Check out music legend Kris Kristofferson recording Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down’ for HISTORY’S 10-hour event series TEXAS RISING which premieres Monday, May 25 at 9 PM ET/PT.

HISTORY’s event series TEXAS RISING will premiere over five nights beginning Memorial Day 2015. The series, which was expanded to 10-hours, details the Texas Revolution and the rise of the legendary Texas Rangers. The series will premiere:

Monday, May 25 at 9PM ET/PT
Tuesday, May 26 at 9PM ET/PT
Monday, June 1 at 9PM ET/PT
Monday, June 8 at 9PM ET/PT
Monday, June 15 at 9PM ET/PT

The Alamo was not the end of the story, it was only the beginning, and TEXAS RISING details what followed in the fight for an independent Texas. In 1836, west of the Mississippi was considered the Wild West and the Texas frontier was viewed as hell on earth. With colliding cultures all fighting for stakes to this territory, no one was safe. But this was a time of bravery, a time to die for what you believed in and a time to stand tall against the fierce Mexican General Santa Anna and his forces. General Sam Houston, the rag tag Rangers and the legendary “Yellow Rose of Texas,” lead this story of the human will to fight for independence despite nearly insurmountable odds and to claim a piece of history for all eternity.

Two-time Oscar-nominated director Roland Joffé (THE KILLING FIELDS, THE MISSION) directs TEXAS RISING with an all-star cast including: Bill Paxton, Brendan Fraser, Ray Liotta, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olivier Martinez, Thomas Jane, Christopher McDonald, Jeremy Davies, Chad Michael Murray, Max Thieriot, Robert Knepper, Rhys Coiro, Crispin Glover, Jeff Fahey, Rob Morrow, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Trevor Donovan and Kris Kristofferson.

In addition to the star-studded cast, the TEXAS RISING soundtrack album will feature new music from legendary performers including the title song, “Take Me To Texas,” performed by George Strait and written by Brandy Clark, as well as Kris Kristofferson’s remake of the Tom Petty classic “Won’t Back Down” and new tracks from Jose Feliciano.

Reba McEntire’s ”Love Somebody” is Sittin at #1


Country Music Hitman, Tony Brown, adds another #1 album to his robust music portfolio as his April 14, 2015 release with Reba McEntire, Love Somebody, hit #1 on this weeks Billboard Country Album Charts. Brown produced 8 of the 12 tracks including the title track on Reba’s, Love Somebody.

“I first worked with Reba on the Rumor Has It album, which included the smash “Fancy”  She is one of the most accomplished artists, not only on stage, but in the studio, as well. She’s an awesome singer performer, and has had the unique ability to record great songs. She has earned her superstar status with her consistent choice of great material and standout performances that exceed most artists in any genre!”

Tony Brown and Reba McEntire have worked together for over 25 years and are no strangers to chart success together. All of their past albums have reached top positions on the US Country Charts, including: Rumor Has It, Reba Duets, Keep On Loving You, For My Broken Heart, Read My Mind, If You See Him, Starting Over and It’s Your Call.

Keith Urban New Album In The Works!

Keith Urban

As a follow up to his 2013 record “Fuse,” Keith Urban has hinted a new album on its way expected in the next year.  In a report by Billboard, Keith is preparing for his ninth studio album, as he is figuring out what the new record would be like.

“Just starting work on the next record. I’m sort of doing the preliminary work of figuring out what the next record is,” Keith said.

He further revealed that he is also currently looking for collaborators in his record. He claimed that he is gearing everything up before he goes inside the studio to record.

“It’s reaching out and talking with people about working with them in the studio, different writers. It’s just lots of ideas and tinkering right now,” Keith adds. “I sort of like the unknowingness of it. I get in the studio and don’t know what we’re gonna do, and that can be enlightening and sort of revelatory, or it can be incredibly frustrating.”


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