SONY MASTERWORKS TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM BY COUNTRY MUSIC ICON DOLLY PARTON

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BLUE SMOKE WILL BE RELEASED INTERNATIONALLY IN CONJUNCTION WITH WORLDWIDE TOUR Iconic singer, songwriter, musician, actress and philanthropist Dolly Parton is proud to announce her latest recording endeavor, a partnership between her own label Dolly Records and Sony Masterworks.  The label deal will launch her new album Blue Smoke in New Zealand/Australia on January 31, 2014, to coincide with her … Read More

The Court Yard Hounds Aren’t Just Whistling Dixie

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By Ken Tucker © 2013 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc. Let’s get this out of the way right up front. The Court Yard Hounds, composed of sisters Emily Robison and Martie Maguire, will always be linked to another group they’re a part of — the Dixie Chicks. Formed in 1989 with Laura Lynch and Robin … Read More

Crystal Shawanda Set To Perform In Washington, DC At Native Nations Inaugural Ball

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Country music artist, Crystal Shawanda, has been selected to perform during the Native Nations Inaugural Ball, which takes place at The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian on the evening of the Presidential Inauguration, January 21, 2013. This event will not only celebrate this historic civic event, but will also serve as a fundraiser for the museum in its … Read More

BLAKE SHELTON AND MIRANDA LAMBERT MAKE IT A FAMILY AFFAIR AT “THE 46th ANNUAL CMA AWARDS”

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Shelton Receives Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year Awards; Lambert Is Named Female Vocalist of the Year; Eric Church, Little Big Town and Thompson Square Win Their First CMA Awards; Willie Nelson Receives the First CMA Lifetime Achievement Award, Which Will Now be Known as the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton continued their reigns … Read More

Sony Unveils 8 Hours/Taylor Swift, a Limited Edition Book Shot by Famed Photographer Nigel Barker

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Signed copies to be auctioned off to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of America Sony Electronics today announced the release of 8 Hours/Taylor Swift, a photo book featuring the 6-time Grammy award winning artist, photographed by Nigel Barker. The book is the first of its kind and will be available for a limited time at Sony stores. The book … Read More

GOOD MORNING AMERICA ANNOUNCES SPECIAL KICK OFF TO TAYLOR SWIFT’S “RED” PROMOTIONAL TOUR TO INCLUDE EXCLUSIVE GMA FALL CONCERT PERFORMANCE AND DEBUT OF HER NEW SONG ON “THE 46TH ANNUAL CMA AWARDS”

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“Good Morning America” announced that multi-Platinum-selling artist Taylor Swift will kick-off a promotional tour for her highly-anticipated album Red with an exclusive GMA fall concert presentation and made the exclusive announcement that Taylor will debut her new song “Begin Again” on “The 46th Annual CMA Awards.” Although Taylor’s performance on the CMA telecast was confirmed months ago, the special announcement … Read More

Love and Theft Return for Act Two

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Love and Theft has made its big debut — for the second time. By Sarah Skates © 2012 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc. The band’s self-titled album, released July 24, is a showcase of its evolution in recent years. Members Eric Gunderson and Stephen Barker Liles approached their latest effort very differently from their first … Read More

LITTLE BIG TOWN TO PLAY CMA SONGWRITERS SERIES AT NEW YORK CITY’S JOE’S PUB ON AUG. 1

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Natalie Hemby and Host Bob DiPiero Round Out the Line Up The CMA Songwriters Series returns once again to New York City’s Joe’s Pub on Wednesday, Aug. 1 (6:30 and 9:00 PM/ET). Tickets for this popular series go on sale Friday, June 29. Featuring nine-time CMA Award nominee Little Big Town, consisting of members Karen Fairchild, Phillip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman, … Read More

“Country’s Family Reunion Salute To The Kornfield” To Premiere On RFD-TV January 6

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Colorful Cast of Beloved Hee-Haw Show Reunite to Share Stories & Reminisce Another series from Gabriel Communications’ ever-popular Country’s Family Reunion will premiere on RFD-TV beginning on Friday, January 6 at 7 P.M. CST/8 P.M. Eastern.* “Country’s Family Reunion Salute to the Kornfield,” features the beloved cast members from the long-running television show HEE HAW with Roy Clark, Buddy Alan … Read More

Nashville Music Garden’s “Country Music Blooms Online Auction” Launches Just In Time For Holiday Shopping

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From Barbara Mandrell to Miranda Lambert, Coveted Items from Country Music Icons Hit the Auction Block November 25-December 5 on Nashvillemusicgarden.com to Raise Funds for One-of-a-Kind Tribute Garden Those who dream of a backstage meeting with Martina McBride, wearing one of LeAnn Rimes’ trendy dresses, getting a line of inspiration from Keith Urban before writing their own hit song, or … Read More

Lauren Alaina, Dierks Bentley, Billy Currington, Jake Owen, Kellie Pickler, Reba, And Leann Rimes Will Present Awards On “The 45th Annual CMA Awards”

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Matt Nathanson to Perform with Sugarland Laura Bell Bundy to Host and Present Awards During Pre-Telecast Ceremony 2011 “American Idol” runner-up Lauren Alaina, 2005 CMA Horizon Award winner Dierks Bentley, Billy Currington, Jake Owen, Kellie Pickler, 2011 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee and six-time CMA Award winner Reba, and 1997 CMA Horizon Award winner LeAnn Rimes are the first … Read More