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.
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CHARLIE DANIELS RELEASES VIDEO OF “RAGGED OLD FLAG”

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Country Music Hall of Fame member, Charlie Daniels is showcasing his love of the Red, White, and Blue once again in his latest recording that will be available for sale digitally on July 4th via iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon. In addition, a new video produced by d corlew films and featured on CMT.com has been released to celebrate the song.

Daniels version of the Johnny Cash standard “Ragged Old Flag,” also includes vocals by Mark “Oz” Geist, Benghazi Warrior/Survivor and co-author of the autobiography “13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi.”

“The ‘Ragged Old Flag’ project was very personal to me,” said David Corlew, “Ragged Old Flag” Video Producer and Charlie Daniels Manager. “When you have the opportunity to create images for a piece that was written by Johnny Cash, performed by Charlie Daniels- and its content consists of what is closest to my heart: our warriors- present and past, our country, and our flag- it really can’t get any better.”

Daniels founded his charity The Journey Home Project in 2014, managed by Board Members David Corlew, with Joe and Mercedez Longever. The Journey Home Project sees its mission as connecting donors to veterans’ organizations that do the most good. They identify the centers, organizations and programs that can best serve our soldiers and families in their journey to reintegrate back to civilian life, on life’s terms.

For more information on Daniels’ latest projects, visit www.CharlieDaniels.com. To learn more about how to support The Journey Home Project, visit www.thejourneyhomeproject.org.

About Charlie Daniels:
With a career spanning nearly 60 years and exceeding 20 million in sales worldwide Charlie Daniels is the quintessential southerner with a healthy dose of wild west cowboy. For decades, he has connected with his millions of fans in the varying genres of music that reflect his steadfast refusal to label his music as anything other than the “Charlie Daniels Band” sound — music that is now sung around the fire at 4-H Club and scout camps, helped elect an American President, and been popularized on a variety of radio formats. Having celebrated multiple GRAMMY® Awards, CMA Awards, ACM Awards, BMI Awards, GMA Dove Awards, CCMA Awards, his list of accolades is broad; the latest being the newest inductee to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Several of his albums have been RIAA Certified Multi-Platinum® and he has achieved a platinum-selling single in his iconic fiddle-ridden hit, “Devil Went Down To Georgia.” An outspoken American patriot and strong supporter of the U.S. military, his talked-about Volunteer Jam concerts are world-famous musical extravaganzas featuring artists like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ted Nugent, Trace Adkins, Alabama and others, all on one stage for one purpose – to raise funds for our U.S. military. Daniels 80th Birthday Volunteer Jam in 2016 raised funds for The Journey Home Project, a non-profit veterans assistance organization which he co-founded. For more information on Charlie Daniels, please visit www.charliedaniels.com.

About d corlew films:
d corlew films was formed in 2005 by manager/publisher, David Corlew, a 40-year music industry veteran. d corlew films is a multi-faceted film services company. Since its inception, the company’s specialty has been concert/documentary projects as well as documentaries that tell the stories of the interview subjects in a highly personal and intimate way, focusing on the men and women of our Nation’s military.

About The Journey Home Project
The Journey Home Project is a not-for-profit organization that assists other not-for-profits in securing funds to help causes that benefit veterans of the United States Armed Forces. The Journey Home Project was founded in 2014 by Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Daniels and board members: David Corlew, Ed Hardy, Joe Longever and Mercedez Longever. Conscious of the need to assist our nation’s veterans, they have set out to partner with organizations that do the most good, with the least overhead. Working in tandem with these organizations, The Journey Home Project is making a difference in the lives of American patriots.

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