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Kenny Chesney Helps Tell the Story of ‘The Believer’

Football season is almost here! If you’re finding it hard to wait, Kenny Chesney has something to tide you over until then.  Kenny has teamed with award winning director Shaun Silva to co-produce a documentary on legendary football coach Steve Spurrier called The Believer.

This is the third football piece Kenny has produced, following 2011′s The Color Orange: The Condredge Holloway Story and 2010′s The Boys Of Fall. The Believer will air on ESPN Aug. 27 as part of the SEC Networks “SEC Stories” series.


Keith Urban Pens Open Letter to Preserve Nashville’s History

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Keith Urban has called Nashville home for many years and most of his career. In recent months and years, Nashville’s popularity and growth have put it’s history at risk. Keith has penned an open letter in The Tennessean, encouraging growth but also asking Nashvillians to stand-up and fight to preserve the culture.

I made my first trip to Nashville from Australia in the summer of 1989. I checked into the Shoney’s Inn on Demonbreun, then headed straight into the legendary Music Row.

It was instantly magical being among rows of the most charming cottages and simple buildings that were housing the global center of country music. I knew instantly that this was where I belonged, and I became a Nashville resident in 1992.

From that moment on, I would drive to the Row almost daily in my rented crap car to write, record demos and generally hang around, meeting all kinds of people. Music Row became my center, because Music Row IS a center.

Evolution is a constant part of music and life, but for me what’s always been at the heart of country music is simplicity and community. Music Row is where the past, present and future meet, and that’s a vital part of keeping balance. You can feel it as you drive along 16th and 17th avenues and see so many original buildings, including RCA’s Studios A and B; the house where Warner Brothers first opened their doors; Quad Studios, where Neil Young recorded “Harvest”; and Hillbilly Central, where Waylon Jennings and the boys transformed the status quo by revolutionizing the way artists could take creative control. … Not to mention the countless publishing houses where classic songs were and are written, pitched and demoed.

The past, present and the future are ALL still here — but the Row is currently under threat from developers. Nashville has exploded as a music town, and not just country music. Musicians from all genres, all over the world are making the pilgrimage here to immerse themselves in the kind of creative center that so many other cities have lost but that Nashville still maintains.

Nashville’s growth is exciting, but not at the risk of losing the creative epicenter that is Music Row and that truly makes Nashville Music City.

I sincerely hope that those who have made Nashville their home over the years, and those who have recently discovered our fair city, will come together as a united front and continue to be vocal about preserving and fortifying our beloved Music Row.

This comes just after the legendary Studio A was purchased by a developer. However, he promises to keep the studio intact. Printer’s Alley is also the next landmark in talks to be destroyed. Nashville must stand-up for its history.

CMA Partners with iTunes for CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock

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The Country Music Association and iTunes will join forces to promote “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock.” The three-hour primetime concert special airs Tuesday, Aug. 5th (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on ABC.

“CMA is thrilled to partner with iTunes on this multi-platform promotional program that not only supports tune-in efforts for our TV special, but also airplay and sales for the stellar lineup of artists featured in the show,” said Damon Whiteside, CMA Senior Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Partnerships. “We have created a powerful, integrated model to bring television, social media, digital radio, and retail together for the advancement of the Country Music industry.”

Beginning this week, songs by CMA Music Festival performers will be featured on a dedicated CMA Music Festival station on iTunes Radio featuring artists from the CMA Music Festival TV special. In addition to the specially created iTunes Radio station, CMA Music Festival content and tune-in messaging will be featured throughout the iTunes store as well as messaging on the company’s Facebook page (facebook.com/itunes) and Twitter account (@iTunesMusic).

Throughout the broadcast of “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock,” viewers will be invited to visit a specially created CMA Music Festival store at iTunes.com/CMAFestival to purchase music from the artists appearing on the ABC special.
“CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” first aired in 2004. This is the 10th time ABC will broadcast the special – which invites the whole country to America’s largest Country Music celebration. The annual special will air on ABC through 2021.

Lee Brice, Randy Houser and Jerrod Niemann Live Out Lifelong Dream

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Lee Brice, Randy Houser and Jerrod Niemann took a break from their busy touring schedules last night to fulfill one of their lifelong dreams — to perform together on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry.

“The Grand Ole Opry experience last night was truly a dream come true,” said Niemann. “Lee, Randy and I are still wondering how we went from sitting in the Opry seats watching our heroes sing to being three guys up there on that Opry stage playin’ music together. We’re so lucky and so thankful!”

“It’s always great to come home to Nashville and play the Opry. It’s a huge honor and to get to share the experience with my buddies Lee and Jerrod, after all we’ve been through together, made it that much more memorable,” Houser added.
“I love the Opry. I’ve played everywhere and it’s still the only place that makes me nervous – it’s just so special,” Brice told the sold out crowd. “When I got the call to perform, I asked if I could invite Randy and Jerrod to join me, and tonight, with all of you, we’re getting to make one of our dreams come true.”

During an intimate acousitc set, Jerrod Niemann put a six-string twist on his hit, “Drink To That All Night,” and Randy Houser delivered powerful vocals on his current single, “Like A Cowboy.”

To top it off, Lee performed a tender version of “I Don’t Dance,” a song written as a wedding gift to his wife, Sara. As she watched from the wings he belted out the moving ballad to a mesmerized audience.

The song – currently at #3 and climbing the Mediabase Country chart – is the title track to Lee’s third studio album due out on Curb Records, Sept. 9th. Lee is the 16-track project’s chief producer, on which he played over 80% of the instruments, including banjo, drums and lead guitar.

 

Keith Urban Releases Statement About Alleged Rape at His Concert

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Keith Urban has released a statement about the alleged rape that took place at his concert last week.

“My team and I were horrified to learn of the events reported in Boston this past weekend and our hearts and prayers go out to all those affected. This type of behavior stands in stark contrast to the spirit of our shows.” – Keith

The suspect, 18-year-old Sean Murphy of Boston allegedly took the girl’s hand and led her away from her friends to another section of the lawn, promising to bring her back. Assistant District Attorney Melissa Tafe said the girl told police she went with the defendant because “she was afraid of what would happen” if she didn’t go. The two had met and exchanged kisses earlier in the evening.

The incident was stopped only after a witness intervened and asked the girl if she was consenting. When the girl said no, the woman allegedly pulled the suspect off the girl, according to police.

Sean Murphy has pleaded not-guilty.

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