RICKY SKAGGS ANNOUNCED AS 2018 COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE

Nashville, Tenn. (March 27, 2018) — This fall, a bronze plaque depicting 15-time GRAMMY® Award-winning singer and musician Ricky Skaggswill be added to the Rotunda wall at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum in Nashville. At a CMA-hosted press conference held this morning at the famed institution,Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwoodannounced Skaggs as one of three inductees for the Country Music Hall of Fame Class of 2018.
Later this year, Skaggs will be inducted in the “Modern Era Artist” category, along with the late Dottie West in the “Veterans Era Artist” category and the late Johnny Gimblein the “Recording and/or Touring Musician” category.
“I was totally shocked, and I burst into tears when I heard that I was gonna be the newest inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame,” says Skaggs. “When I came to Nashville in 1980, I came to play music and hopefully get a record deal. All of that happened, but I never dreamed that I’d ever be a member of this hallowed Hall. Why me, and why now was going through my mind.”

Formal induction ceremonies for Skaggs, West, and Gimble will take place at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum in the CMA Theater in the fall. Since 2007, the Museum’s Medallion Ceremony, an annual reunion of the Hall of Fame membership, has served as the official rite of induction for new members.
CMA created the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1961 to recognize noteworthy individuals for their outstanding contributions to the format with Country music’s highest honor.
“There are so many others that have inspired me, encouraged me, ones that I’ve truly learned from, and ones that have made such great contributions to Country and Bluegrass music,” notes Skaggs. “I’m humbled and very grateful to soon be listed among my many heroes in this great Country Music Hall of Fame. What an incredible honor. Thank you Jesus, and thank you CMA.”
About Ricky Skaggs
Earning 12 #1 hit singles, 15 GRAMMY® Awards, 13 IBMA Awards, nine ACM Awards, eight CMA Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), two Dove Awards, the ASCAP Founders Award, three honorary Doctorate degrees, inductions into the Musicians Hall of Fame and GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame, the 2013 Artist-In-Residence at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, an Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award in the Instrumentalist category along with countless other awards, Ricky Skaggs is truly a pioneer of Bluegrass and Country music. Since he began playing music more than 50 years ago, Skaggs has released more than 30 albums and has performed thousands of live shows. He started his own record label, Skaggs Family Records, in 1997 and has since released 12 consecutive GRAMMY®-nominated albums. His latest release, Hearts Like Ours, with his wife, celebrated artist Sharon White of The Whites features the couple dueting on handpicked country love songs. And the Grand Ole Opry member has released his first-ever autobiography, “Kentucky Traveler.” The book details the life and times of Skaggs and provides a descriptive history of Country and Bluegrass music, as told by the master himself. In addition to his regular touring schedule with his band, Kentucky Thunder, he has performed a string of dates with his better half Sharon White along with guitar legend Ry Cooder on the critically-acclaimed “Cooder-White-Skaggs” tour and from time to time hits the road with versatile singer/songwriter and pianist Bruce Hornsby on another critically-acclaimed tour, “Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby with Kentucky Thunder.” Most recently, Skaggs has added Country tour dates as he plugs in and plays full shows of his chart-topping hits.

For more information on Ricky Skaggs, visit rickyskaggs.com.

AARON TIPPIN TALKS 90’S COUNTRY ON THIS WEEKEND’S EDITION OF CMT “HOT 20 COUNTDOWN”

Nashville, Tenn. (March 16, 2018) — Country music hitmaker Aaron Tippin will appear on this weekend’s edition of CMT Hot 20 Countdown.” Tippin joins the national television show to talk about the impact of 90’s country music and how it has influenced today’s music scene.
“It’s so cool to see so many of the young guys and gals out there honoring the music of the 90’s,” says Tippin. “They’re doing a lot of our big hit songs in their shows, and the crowds seem to love it. Over the past few years, I’ve been busier on the road than I have been in years. I think a resurgence is happening. Something’s in the water!”
Tippin appears on the program this SaturdayMarch 17 at 9:00 AM/ET and SundayMarch 18 at 9:00 AM/ET.
This past Tuesday, Tippin joined “Get To You” singer Michael Ray in Nashville for a special collaborative performance at the 2nd Annual “90’s Night” benefit concert.

Ray, one of the night’s featured talents, welcomed surprise guest Tippin to the stage where the two performed the country legend’s #1 hit song, “Kiss This,” before a SOLD-OUT crowd.

The “90’s Night” concert, benefiting the T.J. Martell Foundation, was co-hosted by Buzz BrainardLorianne Crook and Charlie Chase (Crook & Chase), and was held at Marathon Music Works in downtown Nashville. In addition to Ray and Tippin, the lineup featured collaborative performances by Adam Sanders w/ Tracy LawrenceChris Lane w/ John Michael MontgomeryTyler Farr w/ BlackHawkLOCASH w/ Joe Diffie and Tim Rushlow, and Cole Swindell w/ Diamond Rio.
About Aaron Tippin
Aaron Tippin’s traditional sound and focus on working-class themes made him one of the most popular acts of the 90’s. Tippin’s major career hits include “Kiss This,” “My Blue Angel,” “There Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong with the Radio,” “Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly,” “Working Man’s Ph.D.,” and “You’ve Got to Stand for Something.” In 2015, Tippin celebrated 25 years in the music business and released Aaron Tippin 25, a two-disc collection of 25 songs that includes 10 freshly recorded versions of his biggest career hits, as well as 15 brand new songs. The album is available for purchase at aarontippin.com and iTunes. Additionally, Tippin recently teamed with Crossville, Tennessee-based Stonehaus Winery to release his very own wine. “Kiss This” Sweet Cherry wine is available now.

JOHN BERRY RELEASES SINGLE “BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN”

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 12, 2018) —  Grammy Award winner John Berryhas released the single “Beautifully Broken,” written by Jenny Slate Lee and Tiffany Arbuckle Lee. An accompanying video for the song, produced by CJM Productions in Nashville and directed by Jeff Moseley can be watched onlinehere. Both the song and video were simultaneously released on the WSM 650 AM radio program Coffee, Country and Cody and Heartland TV online. The music is the title track for the exhilarating new feature film, “Beautifully Broken.”  The song, which features heartfelt lyrics, is perfectly paired with the compelling film that tells the riveting true story of three families, worlds apart, whose paths seem unlikely to cross. Music is available for streaming on Spotifyand download on Amazon Music and iTunes.

“When I was pitched this song and watched the movie, I was immediately committed to the project,” said John Berry. “The emotion conveyed in the lyrics and throughout the movie ties perfectly with the movie and I am grateful to be a part of this project.”

The movie will be released nationwide later this year and you can hear John Berry’s version of the soundtrack featured at the end of the film as credits roll. The movie has been getting positive reviews and filling up advance release theater screenings. Watch the trailer at beautifullybrokenmovie.com.

About John Berry
GRAMMY Award-winning country star John Berry has placed 20 singles on the country hit parade charts, six of which went Top 5 as well as a #1 on the Billboard and Radio & Records country charts. He has earned numerous Gold and Platinum records. Berry’s co-written “A Mind Of Her Own” and “Kiss Me In The Car” introduced him to radio audiences in 1993. Then, “Your Love Amazes Me,” “What’s In It For Me” and “You And Only You” thrust him to stardom in 1994. “Standing On The Edge Of Goodbye,” “I Think About It All The Time,” and “If I Had Any Pride Left At All” were all major hits the following year. “Your Love Amazes Me” earned Berry a 1995 GRAMMY nomination. In 1996, he scored a GRAMMY win for his participation in Amazing Grace: A Country Salute to Gospel Vol. 1. Berry took “Change My Mind” into the country music Top 5 in that same year. “She’s Taken A Shine” became an even bigger hit in 1997. The same year, he was nominated for CMA Vocal Event of the Year for “Long Haired Country Boy” with Charlie Daniels and Hal Ketchum. Both fans and the media took note when “There He Goes” was released as a 1999 duet with Patsy Cline. Berry’s two most recent albums, What I Love The Most and his holiday album, Christmas, are both available now at johnberry.com as well as iTunes and other digital retailers.  Berry’s TV show, Songs & Stories with John Berry, airs weekly on Heartland Television, The Family Channel, The Country Network, Roku (via Heartland), AMG TV, Country TV (New Zealand), and Keep It Country TV (UK). For more information, visit songsandstories.com.

SHENANDOAH TO APPEAR ON AOL BUILD, GOOD DAY NEW YORK, OPRY CITY STAGE, FOX BUSINESS VARNEY & CO., FOX NEWS RADIO, CELEBRITY PAGE, LIFEMINUTE, DO YOU REMEMBER AND MORE!

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It’s been more than 20 years since Shenandoah released new music to country radio and, for the first time, they’re heading to New York to promote their new album, RELOADED! They’ll appear on AOL Build, Good Day New York, Fox Business’ Varney & Co., Fox News Radio, Celebrity Page, Lifeminute, Do You Remember and make a special appearance at Opry City Stage, which will be their first performance ever in New York City!

Shenandoah’s frontman Marty Raybon and founding member Mike McGuire are RELOADED on their new record released by BMG, which includes 9 of their iconic hits recorded LIVE last year on tour, along with 3 brand new songs produced by Jay DeMarcus. CLICK HEREto pre-order RELOADED (available everywhere March 16).

Monday, March 12
Varney & Co.
11:00 a.m. EST
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Do You Remember
2:00 p.m. EST
Facebook LIVE
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Opry City Stage
8:00 p.m. EST
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Tuesday, March 13
Good Day New York
7-10:00 a.m. EST
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AOL Build
5:00 p.m. EST
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The GRAMMY®, CMA and ACM-winning group will also appear or be featured in Parade, Cowboys and Indians Magazine, The Tennessean, Today’s Christian Living, Washington Post, Sports and Entertainment Nashville, The Boot, PopCulture.Country, Jesus Calling, Rock and Review, Country Gold with Terri Clark, Racing Classic Country, Boot Scootin’ 90s, Audio Driver’s Magazine, The Country Note, Nashville Country Club, New Music Nashville, The Dana Williams Show, Classic Country Jamboree, The Justin Reed Show, Music Update Central, Pure American Country, Power Country, Collin Raye’s Rewind Country and MORE!

Shenandoah will celebrate RELOADED, along with several surprise guest performances, during an album release party March 20 at City Winery in Nashville. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.

RELOADED TRACK LISTING:
1. Next To You, Next To Me (LIVE)
2. If Bubba Can Dance, I Can Too (LIVE)
3. The Moon Over Georgia (LIVE)
4. Mama Knows (LIVE)
5. Sunday In The South (LIVE)
6. I Want To Be Loved Like That (LIVE)
7. Ghost In The House (LIVE)
8. Two Dozen Roses (LIVE)
9. The Church On Cumberland Road (LIVE)
10. Noise
11. That’s Where I Grew Up
12. Little Bit of Livin

Shenandoah continues captivating audiences nationwide with their high-energy show and new single “NOISE,” which is currently No. 33 in the nation on the Music Row Radio Chart. Over the last 30 years, the band has recorded 9 studio albums, 13 No. 1 records and charted 26 singles on the Billboard country charts. Their No. 1 hits include “Two Dozen Roses,” “Church on Cumberland Road,” “Next to You, Next to Me,” “I Want to be Loved Like That,” “Sunday In The South,” “Somewhere in the Vicinity of the Heart” and many more.

For more information, visit ShenandoahBand.comor follow them on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

SHENANDOAH 30TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR:
March 16 Grand Ole Opry – Nashville, Tenn.
March 22 Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre – New Braunfels, Texas
March 23 Municipal Auditorium – Greenville, Texas
March 24 Sugar Creek Casino Hinton, Okla.
April 06 City Stage – Lynn Haven, Fla.
April 12 Pigeon Forge, Tenn. – Dollywood
April 13 Railroad Festival – Amory, Miss.
April 14 Swisher Hospital Fundraiser – Tulia, Texas
April 20 Ho Chunk Casino – Black River Falls, Wisc.
April 21 New Barn Convention Center – Winchester, Ohio
April 28 – Boots & Badges Fundraiser – Lubbock, Texas
May  04 Gilley’s Choctaw Casino – Polola, Okla.
May 12 Niswonger PAC – Greenville, Tenn.
May 11 The Stage at Center Star – Bossier City, La.
May 18  Camp Douglas Armed Forces – Camp Douglas, Wisc.
May 26 City of Grafton Celebration – Grafton, W.V.
June 02 Leon County Expo Center – Buffalo, Texas
June 09 Downtown Carlsbad – Carlsbad, N.M.
June 16  Cameron Elks Lodge’ Fundraiser – Cameron, Mo.
June 17 Porterfield Country Music Festival – Marinette, Wisc.
June 22  Rockbox Theater – Fredericksburg, Texas
June 23 – Texas Opry Theater – Weatherford, Texas
June 30 Tolchester Marina – Chestertown, Md.
July 07 The Smiling Goat Saloon – Zanesville, Ohio
July 14 Moonshine Ranch – Ranger, Texas
July 27 Heritage Park Music On Main – Denison, Texas
July 28 Dundy County Fair – Benkelman, Neb.
August 01 Gallia County Fair – Gallipolis, Ohio
August 22 Grange Fair – Centre Hall, Pa.
August 25 Tivoli Theatre – Chattanooga, Tenn.
Sept. 01 Loretta Lynn Ranch – Hurricane Mills, Tenn.
Sept. 08 The Coyote Store – Gail, Texas
Oct. 05 Come And Take It Celebration – Gonzales, Texas
Oct. 11 The Ritz Theatre – Greenville, Ala.
Oct. 19 Country Tonite Theatre – Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Nov. 08 Center for Rural Development – Somerset, Ky.
Nov. 24 The Caverns – Pelham, Tenn.
(more dates to be announced soon)

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ABOUT SHENANDOAH:
GRAMMY®, CMA and ACM-winning hitmakers Shenandoah are celebrating 30 years of chart-topping hits as the group gears up for new music and non-stop touring in 2018. Fueled by Marty Raybon’s distinctive vocals and the band’s skilled musicianship, Shenandoah became well known for delivering such hits as “Two Dozen Roses”, “Church on Cumberland Road” and “Next to You, Next to Me” as well as such achingly beautiful classics as “I Want to be Loved Like That” and the Grammy winning “Somewhere in the Vicinity of the Heart” duet with Alison Krauss. Today that legacy continues as original members Raybon and Mike McGuire reunite to launch a new chapter in Shenandoah’s storied career. Raybon and McGuire formed the band in 1984 in Muscle Shoals, Alabama with bassist Ralph Ezell, keyboardist Stan Thorn and guitarist Jim Seales. Shenandoah inked a deal with the legendary label and began establishing a national fan base with their self-titled debut in 1987. However, it was the band’s sophomore effort, The Road Not Taken, that spawned their first top ten hits—“She Doesn’t Cry Anymore” and “Mama Knows.” Shenandoah followed with three consecutive No. 1 hits—“Church on Cumberland Road,” “Sunday in the South” and “Two Dozen Roses.” “The Church on Cumberland Road” spent two weeks at the top of the chart and made country music history as it marked the first time that a country band’s first No. 1 single spent more than one week at the summit. It also helped propel sales of the album to more than half a million units thus giving Shenandoah their first gold album. Shenandoah became known for delivering songs that celebrated the importance of faith and family while reveling in the joys of small town life. “Next to You, Next to Me” topped the charts for three weeks and “Somewhere in the Vicinity of the Heart,” a beautiful duet with Alison Krauss, won a Country Music Association Award for Vocal Event of the year and a Grammy for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. Shenandoah also won the Academy of Country Music’s Vocal Group of the Year in 1991. Shenandoah recorded nine studio albums and placed 26 singles on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.

RESTLESS HEART ANNOUNCES “35TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR”

Legendary Country Group Unveils First Round of Live Concert Dates
in Celebration of Career Milestone
Nashville, Tenn. (January 19, 2018) — Legendary country music group Restless Heart has announced the first round of live concert dates for its “35th Anniversary Tour,” a year-long celebration that will take the band across the country performing the hit songs that launched them into stardom more than three decades ago. Over a dozen of performances have been announced with stops in Texas, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, and Kentucky, with more to come.
“35 years… far more than we could have ever imagined or hoped for, and still an absolute privilege to share the stage with all of our original members,” says Restless Heart’s Dave Innis. “That is something to be grateful for and it’s in thanks to all our amazing fans, old and new, who have become friends and family to us throughout the years.”
Larry Stewart, the band’s lead singer, adds, “I’m so honored to hit the stage with my original bandmates every night, and I believe we’re as good as we’ve ever been. To see our fans continue to support us and to see so many new fans attend our shows, it’s humbling. Thank you to our RH family for remaining loyal fans!”
John DittrichGreg JenningsPaul Gregg, Stewart, and Innis, the five original men who make up Restless Heart, have enjoyed one of the most successful group careers in country music history. The band has placed over 25 singles on the charts with six consecutive #1 hits, four of their albums have been certified Gold by the RIAA and they have won a wide range of awards from many organizations including the Academy of Country Music’s “Top Vocal Group.”
Restless Heart “35th Anniversary Tour” Schedule:
Jan 27 – Nashville, TN – Grand Ole Opry
Feb 10 – Waco, TX – Karem Shriner Hall
Feb 17 – Punta Gorda, FL – Downtown Hoedown
Feb 24 – Bowie, TX – Bowie Community Center
March 24 – Manistee, MI – Little River Casino Resort
April 12 – Pigeon Forge, TN – Dollywood Showstreet Palace Theater
April 13 – Hopewell, VA – The Beacon Theatre
May 5 – San Angelo, TX – House of FiFi DuBois
June 16 – Bremen, GA – Mill Town Music Hall
July 3 – Campbellsville, KY – Campbellsville Fourth of July
July 7 – Norman, OK – Riverwind Casino
July 28 – Rural Retreat, VA – Rural Retreat
Sept 8 – Arenzville, IL – Burgoo Festival
Oct 19 – Pigeon Forge, TN – Country Tonite Theatre
Additional tour dates will be announced via the band’s website in the coming weeks. For more information on Restless Heart, visit restlessheartband.com.

Pride to Accept Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

NASHVILLE, TENN. – Country icon Charley Pride is back with his brand new album, Music In My Heart, which is available now. The project serves as Pride’s first album in more than six years, and is released via Music City Records. The highly anticipated project features 13 new studio recordings that were produced by acclaimed singer/songwriter Billy Yates. Fans can purchase Music In My Heart on Amazon, iTunes and wherever music is sold.

Pride has continued to turn heads with the new collection. In addition to a recent feature by Billboard, Pride will also be included in spotlight feature interviews with the Associated Press, Huffington Post, Goldmine Magazine and more. Media is raving, with Billboard saying “Charley Pride’s vocals are just as soothing to the soul as a glass of Granny’s tea and those pair of shoes that you always find yourself drawn to…..just like returning to the well.”

The trailblazing singer will be celebrating street week by traveling to New York City to accept the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Recording Academy® at their 2017 Special Merit Awards. The awards ceremony and live tribute concert will be held on Tuesday, July 11, at The Beacon Theatre, where Pride will also be performing. While in the area, Pride will stop by CBS Evening News, ABC News’ ‘Live From The Couch’, Access Hollywood, Fox News Radio, SiriusXM, CNBC SquawkBox and more.

Pride will also appear at the Summer NAMM Show in Nashville July 15. The multi-Grammy® award winner will be performing songs from his brand new album, along with many of the 36 chart-topping hits that propelled him to superstardom and an induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Music In My Heart Track Listing:
1. New Patches
2. Make Me One More Memory
3. Natural Feeling For You
4. All By My Lonesome
5. It Wasn’t That Funny
6. The Same Eyes That Always Drove Me Crazy
7. I Learned A Lot
8. You’re Still In These Crazy Arms Of Mine
9. The Way It Was In ‘51
10. I Just Can’t Stop Missing You
11. You Lied To Me
12. Standing In My Way
13. Music In My Heart

Charley Pride On Tour:
Jul. 08 – Bossier City, La. – Riverdome At Horseshoe Casino
Aug. 26 – Enniskillen Airport, Northern Ireland – Harvest Country Music Festival
Aug. 27 – Westport House, County Mayo, Ireland – Harvest Country Music Festival
Sept. 10 – Lancaster, Pa. – American Music Theatre
Sept. 22 – Arlington, Texas – Arlington Music Hall
Sept. 23 – Crockett, Texas – Crockett Civic Center
Sept. 29 – Branson, Mo. – The Welk Resort Theatre
Oct. 21 – Shipshewana, Ind. – Blue Gate Theater
Oct. 28 – Wendover, Nev. – Peppermill Concert Hall
Nov. 03-04 – Lincoln City, Ore. – Chinook Winds Casino
Nov. 11 – Mescalero, N.M. – Inn of the Mountain Gods

About Charley Pride:
Charley Pride is celebrating more than 50 years as a recording artist. He has enjoyed one of the most successful careers in the history of country music and is credited with helping to break color barriers by becoming the first black superstar within the genre. A true living legend, he has sold tens of millions of records worldwide with his large repertoire of hits. A three-time GRAMMY® award winner, Pride has garnered no less than 36 chart-topping country hits, including “Kiss An Angel Good Morning,” a massive #1 crossover hit that sold over a million singles and helped Pride land the Country Music Association’s “Entertainer of the Year” award in 1971 and the “Top Male Vocalist” awards of 1971 and 1972. A proud member of the Grand Ole Opry, Pride continues to perform concerts worldwide and has toured the United States, Canada, Ireland, The United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand over the last several years. For more information, visit CharleyPride.com.