MICKEY GILLEY HONORED WITH CALGARY WHITE HAT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 4, 2018) – Legendary country music artist Mickey Gilley was presented the Calgary White Hat Saturday night at the Deerfoot Inn & Casino in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

“It was a great honor receiving the White Hat in Calgary, just about like when I got the star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, it was awesome!” said Gilley.

The Calgary White Hat recognizes the recipient as an honorary citizen of Calgary and is a symbol of friendship and hospitality that has been bestowed upon celebrities and government officials alike since 1948. Other notable recipients include former U.S. Presidents Clinton and Bush, the Dalai Lama, Oprah and the Rolling Stones. 

“It is a distinction given to visiting dignitaries as an Official City Welcome, making our guests Honorary Calgary citizens,” said Kevin Hendrickson of the Calgary Stampede Promotional Committee. “Mr. Gilley was chosen for his lifelong work in the country music industry. We wanted to extend our respect and the lifelong work that he has brought to country music.”

Mickey Gilley is currently traveling and performing both solo and together with Johnny Lee on their “Urban Cowboy Reunion Tour.” The tour kicked off earlier this year and the two have been playing to sold out crowds all over the country. 

About Mickey Gilley
Country music artist Mickey Gilley has been wowing fans with his haunting sound of Louisiana rhythm and blues since 1957. The Mississippi native grew up with his two famous cousins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Jimmy Swaggart, surrounded by the influence of music. Gilley made his chart-topping debut with his song “Is It Wrong For Loving You,” in which Kenny Rogers played the guitar. After moving to Pasadena, Texas, in 1971, he opened his world famous honky-tonk nightclub, Gilley’s. He continued to show chart success with hits like “City Lights” and “Don’t The Girls All Get Prettier at Closing Time,” both of which reached number one on the Billboard Country chart. In 1980, Gilley appeared in the film “Urban Cowboy” alongside John Travolta and Johnny Lee. At age 82, Gilley is still going strong and is currently on the Urban Cowboy Reunion Tour alongside Johnny Lee, playing more than 40 dates across the United States in 2018.

Keep up with Mickey on FacebookTwitter, or visit his website at gilleys.com.

THE OAK RIDGE BOYS NEW ALBUM 17th AVENUE REVIVAL AVAILABLE NOW!!

pecial Vinyl Version of ’17th Avenue Revival’ Available Exclusively At Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Locations

Hall of Famers Set To Appear on Fox & Friends, Good Day NY, Varney & Company, Access Hollywood, PBS’s METRO FOCUS, IMUS in the Morning and more this week!!

“There’s a common thread linking the tracks, and gospel music in general: Humans locating the hope to be transported somewhere better.”​
– Jon Freeman, Rolling Stone Country

“The Oak Ridge Boys have a deep history of gospel singing, and they have no trouble picking up the habit here.”
– Jeff Gage, Rolling Stone

“The set is in fact an “organic” move for the Oaks, whose deep southern gospel music roots–along with early rock ‘n’ roll/R&B energy–have always been the bedrock of their unique country sound.”
– Jim Bessman, Centerline

“An album that shows that, well in their fifth decade of recording and touring together, the ‘Mighty Oaks’ still have plenty of fuel in the creative ignition.”
– Chuck Dauphin, Sounds Like Nashville

“You now have the perfect reason to put down that god-forsaken phone, buy the album…”
– Clay Stevens, American Songwriter

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With the release of their highly anticipated new album 17th Avenue Revival (March 16, Lightning Rod Records), The Oak Ridge Boys are hitting the Big Apple this week where the quartet will make appearances on Good Day NY, Varney & Company, Access Hollywood, PBS’s METRO FOCUS, Fox & Friends, IMUS in the Morning, SiriusXM, and much more! In addition, Duane Allen, Joe Bonsall, William Lee Golden and Richard Sterban will also make appearances on The 700 Club, DoYouRemember?, Paste, Nashville Insider, RFD-TV, The Big Interview with Dan Rather, Cheddar, LifeMinute, Heartland, Jesus Calling, Southern Living, Fox News Radio, Celeb Secrets, Country Rebel, and Larry’s Country Diner with hit times coming soon!!!

17th Avenue Revival brings The Oak Ridge Boys back to their gospel roots, but with an edge. Under the direction of famed-producer Dave Cobb, the Grand Ole Opry and Country Music Hall of Fame members touched on uncharted territory—and for a long-tenured act like The Oak Ridge Boys, that’s saying something. Somewhat retro, yet new and fresh at the same time, there was no vocal stacking and very few overdubs. For two of the songs, the Boys gathered around one microphone and let the harmonies shine, just as Dave Cobb had planned initially.

Since the start of their highly decorated career, the Oaks have achieved five GRAMMY® Awards, and multiple CMA, ACM and Dove Awards for their crossover brand of pop, country and gospel music that spans multiple generations.

About The Oak Ridge Boys:
The Oak Ridge Boys, who have sold over 41 million units worldwide, are synonymous with “America, apple pie, baseball, pop, rock, gospel and country music.” In addition to their awards and accolades in the country and pop music fields, they have garnered five GRAMMY® Awards and nine GMA DOVE Awards as well as the Mainstream Artist of the Year Award at the ICM Awards. The group—Joe Bonsall, Duane Allen, William Lee Golden, and Richard Sterban—have earned prestigious membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame (2015 Inductees) and Grand Ole Opry, and are known worldwide as one of recording history’s most extraordinary musical successes. They have charted single after single and album after album, celebrating two double-platinum albums and more than 30 Top 10 hits, including No. 1 chart-toppers “Elvira,” “Bobbie Sue,” “Thank God For Kids,” “American Made,” “Y’All Come Back Saloon,” among dozens more. For more information and to view upcoming tour dates for The Oak Ridge Boys, please visit oakridgeboys.com.

About Lightning Rod Records:
Formed in 2007, Lightning Rod Records is a Nashville-based independent record label. Over the last ten years, Lightning Rod has released albums by acclaimed artists such as James McMurtry, Billy Joe Shaver, Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires, Paul Cauthen, and Joe Pug.

About Thirty Tigers:
Thirty Tigers is a music marketing, management, distribution, and publishing company based in Nashville, Tennessee. Thirty Tigers Distribution has served as a label infrastructure for a vast client base including The Avett Brothers, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, Chase Rice, Lucinda Williams, Ryan Bingham, Patty Griffin, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, Trampled By Turtles, and many others in their 15 years of working with Sony/RED Distribution, now The Orchard.

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.

MADAME TUSSAUDS NASHVILLE UNVEILS LIFE-LIKE WAX FIGURE HONORING RANDY TRAVIS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 1, 2017) – Madame Tussauds, the world-renowned wax attraction that opened its Nashville location in April, officially revealed their newly minted Randy Travis wax igure on December 1st during a special event honoring the country legend. Photos from the reveal are available via Dropbox.

To capture the Country Music Hall of Fame member’s likeness, Travis underwent a “sitting” with Madame Tussauds studio artists in Nashville. The research team took more than 300 measurements while Travis himself donated personal items of clothing to create a true likeness.

The figure is dressed in late 1990’s style featuring a suede embroidered jacket, jeans Travis donated himself and a 1991 Gibson J-185 guitar.

“I have been excitedly waiting to see the figure in person,” said Travis. “The Madame Tussauds team did a fantastic job capturing my likeness and I can’t wait for my fans to stop by the attraction to see it for themselves.”

After 40 years of dedication and influence in the country music genre, Travis’ legacy will be immortalized by the figure on display at Madame Tussauds Nashville.  Randy’s wax figure will be the 50th figure in the attraction and the last one introduced for 2017.

Each Madame Tussauds figure is truly a work of art, involving teams of professional artists and sculptors who spend months on extensive research and take more than 300 measurements to recreate world-famous icons, to achieve the kind of astonishing realism that has been at the heart of the 250-year Madame Tussauds legacy.

With a completely different concept, the attraction in Nashville is the company’s first offering in the U.S. that focuses solely on music icons that have shaped America’s musical landscape. Guests are encouraged to have fun with the famous stars from musical genres such as Country, Rock n Roll, Jazz, Blues and Pop.

Additional figures hitting the stage at Madame Tussauds Nashville include Beyoncé, Billie Holiday, Blake Shelton, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Carl Perkins, Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker, Diana Ross, Ella Fitzgerald, Elvis Presley, George Jones, George Strait, Hank Williams, Jason Aldean, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Keith Urban, Kenny Rogers, Kid Rock, Little Jimmy Dickens, Louis Armstrong, Luke Bryan, Miley Cyrus, Minnie Pearl, Muddy Waters, Patsy Cline, Rayna Jaymes & Deacon Claybourne, Reba McEntire, Rihanna, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, and Waylon Jennings.

To stay up to date visit the attraction’s website and join the newsletter at https://www.madametussauds.com/nashville.

Additionally, stay connected on social media for real-time updates:

About Madame Tussauds Nashville
Madame Tussauds Nashville attraction is a new interactive wax experience where guests have the unique opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the world’s biggest musical icons. Built to honor Music City and its deep roots into America’s history, Madame Tussauds will host visitors from across the globe as they enjoy a historical walk through America’s musical past and present with vivid scenes supporting the colorful cast of figures. Conveniently located within Opry Mills Mall across the street from the Grand Ole Opry.

Visit www.madametussauds.com/nashville or the attraction’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/mademetussaudsnashville for more information.

About Merlin Entertainments plc
Merlin Entertainments plc is a global leader in location based, family entertainment. As Europe’s Number 1 and the world’s second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates over 100 attractions, 13 hotels and 5 holiday villages in 24 countries and across 4 continents. The company aims to deliver memorable experiences to its more than 60 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its c.27,000 employees (peak season). Visit www.merlinentertainments.biz for more information.

About Randy Travis
With lifetime sales in excess of 25 million, Randy Travis is one of the biggest multi-genre record sellers of all time and a recent inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame class of 2016. His honors include seven Grammy Awards, 10 Academy of Country Music statuettes, 10 American Music Awards, two People’s Choice awards, seven Music City News awards, eight Dove Awards from the Gospel Music Association and five Country Music Association honors. In addition, three of his performances earned CMA Song of the Year honors, “On the Other Hand” (1986), “Forever and Ever Amen” (1987) and “Three Wooden Crosses” (2002). To date, he has 18 No. 1 singles, 29 top-10 smashes and more than 40 appearances in feature films and television shows to his credit. Ten of his albums are Gold Records. Eight are Platinum. Two have gone Double Platinum. One is Triple Platinum and another is Quintuple Platinum. In 2004, Randy was honored with his own star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is honored on the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville, TN. He has been a member of the cast of the Grand Ole Opry since 1986. Since his near fatal stroke in 2013, with the help of his wife Mary and rigorous physical therapy, Randy continues to make improvements in his speaking, walking, and yes, singing.

For more information please visit randytravis.com.

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Kenny Rogers to Appear on RFD-TV

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Three-time Grammy winner Kenny Rogers will appear on RFD-TV’s RURAL AMERICA LIVE to discuss his life, legacy, current final world tour, “The Gambler’s Last Deal” and plans for the future. Known for his instantly identifiable raspy vocals and an extraordinary ability to vividly inhabit each song he performs, Rogers has enjoyed great success during his storied career of nearly six decades with over 120 million albums sold and 24 Number One hits. He recently sat down with RFD-TV anchor Christina Loren to tape the one hour special.

“I really enjoyed sitting down with Christina for a great conversation,” said Kenny Rogers. “She was very thoughtful in her questions. In looking back over my career as I prepare to retire from the road, it was fun for me to relive some of the moments brought up in the interview that I don’t think about all that often. I can’t thank the fans enough for all of their support. It’s allowed me to do what I love all of these years.”

“Before the cameras started rolling Kenny let me know that no subject was off-limits. As the story of his remarkable life unfolds, he fearlessly opens up about his greatest moments along with moments of weakness,” said RFD-TV anchor, Christina Loren. “I think that viewers will get a better picture of Kenny Rogers from this interview than ever before as he honestly recaps his legendary career from start to finish.”

Kenny Rogers is a legendary music icon; one of the elite few who is instantly recognized around the world. A groundbreaking recording artist, distinctive vocalist and consummate entertainer, Rogers has played to millions of fans around the globe and has charted a record in each of the last seven decades. The first country artist to consistently sell out arenas, Rogers was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013. He also enjoyed incredible crossover success — his 28 Billboard Adult Contemporary Top 10’s is sixth-best all-time, and fourth-best among men, trailing only Elton John, Neil Diamond, and Elvis Presley. Rogers’ smash hit, “The Gambler,” became a TV movie, starring Rogers himself in the title role as Brady Hawkes. The movie spawned four follow-ups, making it the longest running miniseries franchise on television and launched a second career for Rogers as an actor on television and film.

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About Rural Media Group, Inc. (RMG):
Rural Media Group, Inc. is the world’s leading provider of multimedia content dedicated to the rural and Western lifestyle. With a mission of reconnecting “city with country,” RMG is the parent company of RFD-TV, RURAL RADIO, The Cowboy Channel, and RFD-TV The Magazine. RMG networks are distributed to more than 100 million homes worldwide by DBS, telco and cable systems including DISH Network, DIRECTV®, Comcast, AT&T U-Verse, Mediacom, Charter Spectrum, Suddenlink, Cox, and more than 600 independent rural cable systems. Corporate headquarters and broadcast operations are in Nashville, Tennessee.