Chris Young’s Flight Plan for A.M.

By Lorrie Hollabaugh

© 2013 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc.

Fan club parties pop up all over Nashville just before and during each CMA Music Festival. But this year, Chris Young’s celebration strayed a bit from the usual format.

First, it happened at Ocean Way Nashville Recording Studios, where Young had cut his previous two albums, along with his most recent, A.M., with producer and close friend James Stroud.

Second, to make sure he could spend more time with each attendee, he increased the number of his get-togethers around the nation while scaling back attendance at each. This year, 100 fans — about one-fifth the number from 2012 — enjoyed especially personal interactions with their favorite artist. Continue reading

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Taylor Swift Sees Red and Stays Country

By Kip Kirby

© 2013 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc.

In just seven years, Taylor Swift has become a household name and a global phenomenon. She has won CMA’s Entertainer of the Year twice (2009 and 2011), been named Billboard’s Top Artist of the Year (2013) and taken home Album of the Year honors at the 2010 Grammy Awards – the youngest artist and the first female solo Country artist ever to do so. (Her Grammy total stands at seven, her CMA Awards at six.) Time has named her one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World.” Rolling Stone has featured her twice on its cover. She writes or co-writes all her songs, has topped multi-genre radio airplay and digital download charts around the world and appeared in Hollywood films and hit television shows. She runs 13 Management, and is involved in every component of her publishing, recording, concert production and endorsement deals. Continue reading

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Blake Shelton’s Ten Times Crazier Tour Kicks Off Tomorrow, July 19 Featuring Special Guests Easton Corbin and Jana Kramer

On the Cover of Men’s Journal Magazine

CMA Awards’ reigning Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year, Blake Shelton, kicks off his “Ten Times Crazier” tour tomorrow, July 19, at Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach featuring special guests Mercury Recording artist, Easton Corbin, and ACM New Female Vocalist of the Year, Jana Kramer. With over 50k tickets already sold for the first three nights alone, you can rest assured this tour will live up to its Ten Times Crazier moniker. The tour, with dates running through the fall, will feature songs from Blake’s No. 1 charting album, Based on a True Story…, which includes his latest single “Mine Would Be You” along with fan favorites that Blake hasn’t performed over the last few years. Blake is also featured on the cover of Men’s Journal‘s current issue on stands now. Continue reading

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Proceeds To Benefit Military Families

Buffets, Inc.® is proud to announce its latest tie-in with country music, this time with the singer/songwriter/actor Billy Ray Cyrus and his 13th studio album, Change My Mind.  Beginning today, guests can pick up Cyrus’ latest CD at Ryan’s®, Country Buffet®, HomeTown® Buffet, Old Country Buffet® and Fire Mountain® for a special $8.99 price, while supplies last.  Proceeds from the CDs will support the Armed Services YMCA® (ASYMCA) for Operation Outdoors, a camp program that assists the children of military personnel during deployment. Continue reading

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