Corey Smith Releases "Halfway Home"

Georgia-based singer/songwriter Corey Smith shows off his sentimental side with the release of his new song “Halfway Home” from his unfolding project, the Great Wide Underground. On the heels of his middle-finger-waving single, "Empty Rooms," “Halfway Home” makes a 180 degree turn and dives into the struggle of being a full time touring artist, husband, and father of two. With touching lyrics and a production that sounds like a Sunday drive, "Halfway Home" is now available at smarturl.it/CSHalfwayHome.
 
This might seem like my choice to you
But leaving’s something that your dad has gotta do
And it’s nothing we can’t make it through

“In my experience, I’ve found that the most meaningful songs are usually the easiest ones to write,” says Smith. “They reveal themselves quickly, as if the words are there waiting to be given voice. Creating them feels more like remembering than inventing and their completion comes with a powerful sense of euphoria, as if a weight has been lifted. That’s how “Halfway Home” was. It was the easiest song I’ve written in a long time and, not coincidentally, it’s a song that will mean a great deal to me and my family for years to come. Now that it’s out in the world, I sincerely hope others find meaning in it as well.”

Listen now: smarturl.it/CSHalfwayHome

Sara Evans Joins President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump to Celebrate the Fourth of July at the White House

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President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will celebrate Independence Day at the White House by welcoming military families to the South Lawn for an afternoon picnic.  In the evening, staff and guests will join the military families to enjoy the traditional fireworks display provided by the National Park Service.

The President and First Lady are excited to extend this year’s Fourth of July celebration to people across the country through a television partnership that will allow viewers to take part in special live performances on the South Lawn of the White House.  Hosted by the National Park Service, and the National Park Foundation, the 90 minute event will feature live performances from musical artists Sara Evans, pianist Lola Astanova, former American Idol finalist Jax, recent American Idol contestant Jonny Brenns, “The President’s Own” United States Marines Band, The United States Navy Band Sea Chanters, and The United States Air Force Band’s Max Impact.

“I’m delighted to welcome this new addition to the annual White House July 4th celebration,” said First Lady Melania Trump.  “Americans will be able to tune in from their homes and be part of the festivities.  Thank you to the National Park Service, the National Park Foundation, and the event sponsors for helping make this possible.”

The program is set to start at 8:00p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the Hallmark Channel. 

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Award-Winning Artist Steve Wariner Honored with Country Radio Broadcasters’ 2018 Artist Career Achievement Award

Award-winning artist, highly regarded guitarist, and hit songwriter, Steve Wariner was honored with the 2018 CRB Artist Career Achievement Award during the Country Radio Hall of Fame awards and induction ceremony held at the Vanderbilt Marriott in Nashville, Tennessee on June 20, 2018.

CRB Executive Director Bill Mayne presented Wariner with the award, which is given to an individual artist or act that, through their creativity, vision, performance or leadership has made a significant contribution to the development and promotion of Country music and Country radio.  Country superstars and friends of Wariner’s, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood made a surprise appearance to honor Wariner on his special night.  

Wariner commented, saying “What an honor it was to receive the Career Achievement Award last night.  I’m incredibly grateful to all of Country Radio for supporting me throughout my career, Bill Mayne, R.J. Curtis, and Kurt Johnson for thinking of me for such an honor, and to Garth and Trisha for surprising me with their attendance.  Them being there was truly the cherry on top of a very special evening.”

Clint Black and wife Lisa Hartman Black to share the stage for limited performances of “A Clint Black Christmas”

GRAMMY award winning, country music icon, Clint Black will welcome his wife Lisa Hartman Black to the stage for Christmas-inspired performances this December.  With more dates to be added, “A Clint Black Christmas” will hit Fort Worth, TX, Dallas, TX and Charles Town, WV.  The holiday-themed show will include a sampling of Clint Black fan favorites as well as music from both of his Christmas albums: Christmas with You and Looking for Christmas. 
 
“I always look forward to the chance to play songs from my Christmas collection at these holiday shows,” shares Black. “This year, I am overjoyed to have Lisa joining me on stage on some dates. Along with performing our past duets, I refashioned a song from my Christmas collection into a duet for my musical, Looking for Christmas. We’re excited to share that one with the audiences.”  
 
News of the on-stage Christmas collaboration comes several weeks after Black announced the debut of his first musical, Looking for Christmas. Based on the music from the album of the same name, the musical follows the story of Staff Sergeant Mike Randolf and his family as they settle back into life after he returns from Afghanistan.  His youngest daughter’s search for the true meaning of Christmas helps him make peace with his past on the battlefield.  Looking for Christmas: The Musical will open at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, CA on November 20th and run through December 16th.  
 
CLINT BLACK CHRISTMAS PERFORMANCES:  
December 2nd            Fort Worth, TX
December 3rd            Dallas, TX
December 7th & 8th    Charles Town, WV
 
It is one of the most storied careers in modern music. Clint Black surged to superstardom as part of the fabled Class of '89, reaching #1 with five consecutive singles from his triple-platinum debut, Killin' Time. He followed that with the triple-platinum Put Yourself in My Shoes, and then a string of platinum and gold albums throughout the '90s. Perhaps most impressively, Black wrote or co-wrote every one of his more than three dozen chart hits, including "A Better Man," "Where Are You Now," "When My Ship Comes In," "A Good Run of Bad Luck," "Summer's Comin'," "Like the Rain" and "Nothin' But the Taillights," part of a catalog that produced 22 #1 singles and made him one of the most successful singer/songwriters of the modern era. 
 
Along the way, Black has sold over 20 million records, earned more than a dozen gold and platinum awards in the U.S. and Canada, landed nearly two dozen major awards and nominations, including more than a dozen GRAMMY nominations, and earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 
 
As an actress, Lisa Hartman Black rose to prominence on Knots Landing and is the only prime-time TV character to be killed off one season and brought back by popular demand as a different character. Her first duet with husband Clint Black, “When I Said I Do,” reached Number 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts and was ultimately nominated for a Grammy Award.  In 2005 the duet was ranked #11 on CMT’s 100 Greatest Duets in Country Music. Their second duet, “Easy for Me to Say” reached Number 27 on the country music charts.  
 
For more information on Clint Black please visit www.clintblack.com.

Sara Evans To Receive NABEF Service To America Leadership Award

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Multi-platinum country music star Sara Evans will receive the 2018 Service to America Leadership Award from the NAB Education Foundation (NABEF). Evans will receive the award at NABEF’s Celebration of Service to America Awards on June 12 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.

The Service to America Leadership Award recognizes individuals and organizations responsible for improving the lives of others through extraordinary public service. It is considered NABEF’s highest individual honor.

Evans holds five number one country singles including “No Place That Far,” “Suds in the Bucket,” “A Real Fine Place to Start,” “Born to Fly” and “A Little Bit Stronger.” She performs nearly 100 shows a year and in 2018 headlined the “CMT Next Women of Country Tour.” Her music has earned her the prestigious Academy of Country Music Top Female vocalist accolade and Country Music Association Video of the Year trophy, as well as numerous American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards and Grammy Awards nominations. Her most recent studio album, “Words,” debuted at number two on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart.

In addition to her country music career, Evans serves as a Red Cross ambassador and in 2008 was presented with the disaster-relief organization’s national Crystal Cross award for her advocacy efforts. Also, she recently raised more than $10,000 for the CMA Foundation, which helps fund quality and sustainable music education programs throughout the U.S.

“Sara Evans continues to grace the country music charts with her stunning voice and lyrical authenticity to the delight of fans everywhere,” said NABEF President Marcellus Alexander. “She also gives voice to a diverse group of causes working to make our world a better place. It is an honor to present her with NABEF’s highest award.”

Evans has also provided support for groups such as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Children’s Miracle Network, Alabama Forever and the Children’s Hospital in Birmingham.

Additional Service to America award winners are listed here.

Evans will perform a small selection of songs at the event. Press interested in covering the Celebration of Service to America Awards can contact Dan Lemle.

About The Celebration of Service to America Awards
The Celebration of Service to America Awards are sponsored and produced by NABEF with major support from the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), Bonneville International and Hearst Television. In recent years, Jon Bon Jovi; Sharon Stone; Gary Sinise; Paul Simon; Stevie Wonder; Glenn Close; Jeff Bridges; Quincy Jones; Sir Elton John; Bill Clinton; Laura Bush; Muhammad Ali; among others, have been presented with the Celebration of Service to America Leadership Award at the event. Details about the Celebration of Service to America Awards are available at www.nabef.org/sta.

About NABEF
The National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to reinforcing the future of broadcasting through a commitment to education and to advancing excellence in the diversity and community service efforts of our industry. Learn more at www.nabef.org.

About NAB
The National Association of Broadcasters is the premier advocacy association for America's broadcasters. NAB advances radio and television interests in legislative, regulatory and public affairs. Through advocacy, education and innovation, NAB enables broadcasters to best serve their communities, strengthen their businesses and seize new opportunities in the digital age. Learn more at www.nab.org.    

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Country Radio Broadcasters Announce Recipients of 2018 Artist Career Achievement Award and President’s Award

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The Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. have announced Steve Wariner as the recipient of the 2018 CRB Artist Career Achievement Award, and Charlie Morgan as the recipient of the 2018 President’s Award. Both awards will be presented during the Country Radio Hall of Fame Dinner and Awards ceremony, to be held on Wednesday, June 20that 6 p.m. CDT at the Marriott Nashville (Vanderbilt, 2555 West End Avenue, Nashville, Tenn.).  

Twenty albums into his five-decade career, 2018 CRB Artist Career Achievement Award recipient, Steve Wariner has become a modern-day multi-genre icon earning fourteen #1 hits, over 30 Top 10 hits, three Gold albums, four GRAMMY Awards, three CMA Awards, one ACM Award, a Christian Country Music Association Award, a TNN/Music City News Award, a CMA Triple Play award, and 15 BMI Million-Air Awards. He is a member of the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame, the National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame, the Music City Walk of Fame, and one of only five guitar players in the world to be given the "Certified Guitar Player" (CGP) award by Chet Atkins. The now Grand Ole Opry member was discovered by the legendary Dottie West at just 17 years old as he played a set in an Indiana club. West hired him on the spot to be her bass player. Upon accepting the offer, Wariner played bass for three years with her before his next gig playing in Grand Ole Opry member, Bob Luman’s band and was a featured musician on Luman’s Alive and Well record, which was produced by Johnny Cash. Working with Luman’s band led to Wariner being commissioned by his idol Chet Atkins to play bass in his band. It was Atkins that eventually signed Wariner to his first recording contract at RCA in 1977 and produced Wariner’s first recording session at the historic RCA Studio B. 

The CRB Artist Career Achievement Award is presented to an individual artist or act that, through their creativity, vision, performance or leadership has made a significant contribution to the development and promotion of country music and country radio.

“Steve Wariner is still enjoying of one of the most amazing careers in Country music history; singer, songwriter, Grand Ole Opry member, contributor to his fellow artists, and a member of the most prestigious clubs for extraordinary guitarists. All of this in addition to being the best friend any one on earth could be blessed to have!” says Bill Mayne, Executive Director of CRB.

Charlie Morgan is Senior Vice President/Market Manager of Emmis New York, which includes WBLS, WLIB and WQHT.  Morgan has supervisory responsibility for Emmis-Indianapolis, which includes WIBC, WFNI, WYXB, WLHK and Network Indiana. A Butler University graduate, Morgan has over 35 years of radio experience, the first 23 years with Susquehanna (now Cumulus) Radio, (WFMS/WJJK/WISG) in roles from Morning host to SVP/Market Manager. In 2007, Morgan joined the team at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway, serving as President and COO of IMS Productions. In 2009, he returned to radio joining the Emmis team managing the Indianapolis cluster for seven years (WLHK, WIBC, WYXB, WFNI) and now the Emmis New York cluster (WBLS, WQHT, WLIB.)  Additionally, in 2013 Morgan formed the Rith Group, a marketing consulting agency with longtime associate Bob Richards. Morgan has been widely recognized for his leadership in Radio, honored on multiple occasions as one of the top Managers in radio, most recently in 2016.  Also named the 2013 Country Aircheck/Country Radio Broadcaster’s Large Market Manager of the year and the 2012 Radio Wayne Award winner for Market Manager of the Year.  Additionally, Morgan has received the CMA Large Market Personality of the Year Award in his on-air role and been General Manager of stations receiving multiple CMA, ACM and Marconi Awards for Station of the Year. Morgan has served the industry as President of the Board of the Country Radio Broadcasters, and is a current Board Member of the Country Music Association, the New York Market Radio Group (NYMRAD), and the New York State Broadcast Association. In addition to his industry involvement, Morgan is active in the community. He currently serves on the Boards of Heartland Films, and Classical Music Indy.  Morgan was past Chairman of the 500 Festival Board of Directors.

CRB/CRS President, Kurt Johnson comments, “Charlie is simply one of the best at what he does. And he does a lot. It’s hard to think of anyone who’s made more impact as a leader across a diverse list of organizations in and around Country Radio, earning accolades at every step. He’s been a fixture at CRB and CRS for years and is a good friend to artists, managers, labels, DJs…basically pro’s in every part of Country music. Charlie personifies the spirit of CRS and I’m proud to give him the President’s Award on behalf or the CRB Board.”

The Country Radio Hall of Fame event will also honor the “Class of 2018” radio inductees that were announced during Country Radio Seminar (CRS) 2018. Seven on-air personalities and two off-air broadcasters will be honored and include Radio category honorees Michael O'Malley of the Albright, O'Malley & Brenner consulting firm, and the late Lisa McKay, VP/Programming at Curtis Media/Raleigh, who doubled as PD for WQDR. The On-Air Personality category includes Andy Ritchie and Alison Mencer ("Andy & Alison") formerly of WIVK/Knoxville; Steve Harmon and Scott Evans ("Harmon And Evans") formerly of KPLX/Dallas and WXTU/Philadelphia; and Bill BarrettTim Fox, and Tracy Berry ("Barrett, Fox, And Berry) still active at KKNU/Eugene, OR. 

The Country Radio Hall of Fame is dedicated to the recognition of those individuals who have made significant contributions to the radio industry over a 20-year period, 15 of which must be in the Country format. The Country Radio Hall of Fame was founded in 1974 to recognize outstanding individuals working in the broadcasting industry who are promoting the Country radio format. 

CMA FEST ANNOUNCES CLOSE UP STAGE AT XFINITY FAN FAIR

NASHVILLE—Xfinity Fan Fair X, CMA Fest’s Ultimate Country Music Fan Experience where fans get up close and personal with their favorite artists, returns to Music City Center daily Thursday, June 7 through Sunday, June 10(9:30 AM-5:00 PM). One of the biggest draws is the Artist of the Day session, which spotlights one of Country Music’s favorite acts each day by offering a glimpse into their careers from the CMA Close Up Stage. Dierks Bentley will appear on Thursday, Luke Bryan on Friday, Dustin Lynch on Saturday and Kelsea Ballerini on Sunday.   
Country Music superstar Jason Aldean closes out the first night of CMA Fest Thursday, June 7 with a performance at Nissan Stadium. Aldean joins hundreds of previously announced acts performing on 11 stages throughout downtown Nashville during CMA Fest. A limited number of four-day tickets for the nightly concerts at Nissan Stadium are still available at CMAfest.com/tickets or through the CMA Box Office at 1-800-CMA-FEST.

Additional Close Up Stage programming includes: 
• Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum presents an interview with 2018 inductee Ricky Skaggs, hosted by Museum Editor Peter Cooper
• The Making of Words with Sara Evans, joined by producer Mark Bright, songwriters Victoria Banks and Emily Shackelton, and hosted by CMT’s Leslie Fram
• “Good Ole Days” – A look at Tracy Lawrence’s career through the lens of his latest album, Good Ole Days, hosted by SiriusXM’s Storme Warren
• “How to Survive Anything” with Naomi Judd
• Bluebird Café songwriters round featuring Jake Etheridge, Adam Hambrick and Tenille Townes
• Songwriters round with Bill Anderson and Bobby Bare


The full CMA Close Up Stage lineup is available on the CMA Fest app. Additional stages and programming taking place at Xfinity Fan Fair X will be announced soon. Tickets for Xfinity Fan Fair X are available for $10 each day or $25 for a four-day pass. Visit CMAFest.com/tickets to purchase. 

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Country Music Icon Clint Black To Debut Looking For Christmas Musical This November

GRAMMY award winning, country music icon, Clint Black will bring his 1995 chart-topping holiday album to life this November with the debut of his new musical, Looking for Christmas at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, CA on November 20th.  The musical is a heartwarming original story that follows Staff Sergeant Mike Randolf and his family as they settle back into life after he returns from Afghanistan.  His youngest daughter’s search for the true meaning of Christmas helps him make peace with his past on the battlefield. 

“I’m so excited to announce that I’m bringing my album Looking For Christmas to life this holiday season in Musical form,” said Black. “As a huge fan of Christmastime, I’m always thinking of our military families and what they face during the holidays. I’m especially happy to highlight their story with Looking For Christmas.”

Music and lyrics for the show were inspired by Black’s Christmas album of the same name but also includes a few new tunes written especially for the program by Black. The idea for this musical and book were dreamt up and written by Black and James D. Sasser and is directed by Kent Nicholson and produced by 959 Productions.

Looking for Christmaswill run November 13 – December 16, 2018 at the Old Globe Theatre with the opening on November 20. 

CMA Expands Partnership With U.S. Bank - Adds May 2 Songwriters Series With Sara Evans, Trent Harmon, Rob Hatch & Eric Paslay

The Country Music Association has expanded its partnership with U.S. Bank to launch a community building initiative that will impact four major U.S. cities through 2018. Already a presenting partner for the critically acclaimed CMA Songwriters Series, U.S. Bank will broaden its support by providing much-needed resources to music education programs across the country. 

Through its Community Possible platform, focused on the areas of Work, Home and Play, U.S. Bank is launching this new Places to Play partnership with the CMA Foundation focusing on arts and culture learning through play space renovations. Places to Play is an initiative U.S. Bank started in 2015 with the naming of U.S. Bank Stadium, focused on creating and refurbishing high-quality, accessible play spaces in low- to moderate-income communities it serves. This new partnership with CMA will support music education programs that teach important life skills and develop the future leaders of tomorrow. 

The partnership is currently focused on strengthening programs in Cincinnati, Chicago, Los Angeles and Seattle. Both entities look forward to the community impact this new partnership will have moving forward.

CMA Songwriters Series Presented by U.S. Bank will visit the four cities in 2018 as part of the initiative to host intimate performances with some of Country Music’s most exciting songwriting talent. Tickets are on sale now for the May 2 performance at Cincinnati’s Memorial Hall, featuring Sara Evans, Trent Harmon, Rob Hatch and Eric Paslay. Additional details for performances in Chicago, Los Angeles and Seattle will be announced soon. 

“We are thrilled to be launching this new partnership with U.S. Bank throughout the country,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “Not only will we be bringing top-notch performances to these four markets, but we will leave a lasting impact in these cities with a deeper dive in the education space.” 

“At U.S. Bank, we believe in the power of play,” said Reba Dominski, Chief Social Responsibility Officer for U.S. Bank and president of the U.S. Bank Foundation. “It brings joy, helps develop problem-solving skills and stimulates creativity. By expanding our Places to Play program with CMA, we will help create vibrant communities by refurbishing classrooms and providing instruments and educational training for music teachers. We are beyond excited to get started.”

Sara Evans Wraps Up CMT’s 4th Annual Next Women of Country Tour

Surprises Tourmates RaeLynn and Kalie Shorr With Plaques Commemorating the Successful Tour

 RaeLynn, Sara Evans and Kalie Shorr at Saenger Theater (Mobile, AL) on April 7 for the final stop of CMT’s 4th annual Next Women of Country Tour

RaeLynn, Sara Evans and Kalie Shorr at Saenger Theater (Mobile, AL) on April 7 for the final stop of CMT’s 4th annual Next Women of Country Tour

ACM and CMA Award winning country music star Sara Evans spent the weekend performing in the southeast, wrapping up CMT’s 4th annual Next Women of Country Tour. “CMT Next Women of Country presents Sara Evans All The Love Tour featuring RaeLynn and Kalie Shorr” launched in February in New York City with fifteen shows from coast to coast. Special guests RaeLynn (“Lonely Call,” “Love Triangle”) and Kalie Shorr (“Fight Like A Girl,” “Two Hands”), both part of CMT’s “Next Women of Country’s” impressive roster of artists, were surprised onstage at Saenger Theater (Mobile, AL) where Sara presented them with a custom plaque at the final show, commemorating the tour’s success. Fans can relive Sara, RaeLynn, and Kalie’s final performance of the fan favorite encore, 80s pop anthem “Girls Just Want To Have Fun,” via the Facebook Live stream.

Fun facts about the tour include racking up nearly 40,000 miles on 3 tour busses and 1 sprinter van and playing to over 12,000 fans including 500 one-on-one VIP Meet & Greets with Sara. Keeping with the “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” theme, 30 bottles of red wine were consumed.

2017 was a landmark year for Sara Evans – the multi-platinum selling country music star launched Born To Fly Records where she released Words, her “impressive album….which captures an artist in full musical flight” (Associated Press). The heartfelt album features fourteen separate female songwriters, including Evans, Ashley Monroe, Caitlyn Smith, Hillary Lindsey, Hillary Scott, Liz Henberger, and Sonya Isaacs.

First launched in 2013, CMT’s “Next Women of Country” continues to grow with confident, fun and talented female singer/songwriters who are taking the country music world by storm. The campaign emphasizes undiscovered female artists and several alumnae – Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark, Cassadee Pope and Ashley Monroe included – have achieved both commercial and critical acclaim. Since 2015, the franchise has promoted female-fueled tours at more than 40 dates with Kelsea Ballerini, Brandy Clark, Lindsay Ell, Jana Kramer, Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles and Tara Thompson.

Sara Evans, RaeLynn and Kalie Shorr Kick Off CMT Next Women of Country Tour with SOLD-OUT New York City Show!

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ACM and CMA Award winning country music star Sara Evans headlined the 4th annual CMT Next Women of Country tour last night, kicking off the series with a sold-out show at New York City’s B.B. King’s Blues Club! In addition to electrifying sets from Sara and special guests RaeLynn and Kalie Shorr, the packed house was treated to a special encore with the three artists performing a special rendition of the 80s anthem “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.”  
 
The 15-city “CMT Next Women of Country presents Sara Evans All The Love Tour featuring RaeLynn and Kalie Shorr” heads to Concord, NH for a special Valentine’s Day show before dates in Albany, Verona and Medford to round out the first weekend.
 
Adding to the great week, Evans is set to appear on the syndicated daytime talk show "Pickler & Ben," hosted by country singer Kellie Pickler and Emmy-winning television personality Ben Aaron.  The episode will premiere on February 15 and re-air on CMT.  Check PicklerandBen.com for tune in information.
 
Tickets and VIP packages for the “CMT Next Women of Country presents Sara Evans All The Love Tour featuring RaeLynn and Kalie Shorr” are on sale now. For full list of dates and to purchase tickets, visit SaraEvans.com and NextWomenTour.CMT.com.

Sara Evans Joins Star-Studded Lineup for Volunteer Jam

STAR-STUDDED LINEUP FOR VOLUNTEER JAM XX CONTINUES TO GROW WITH TODAY’S ANNOUNCEMENT OF: ALABAMA, CHRIS YOUNG, LEE BRICE, SARA EVANS & TRAVIS TRITT

 ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME EVENT INCLUDES SUPERSTARS ALISON KRAUSS, BILLY GIBBONS OF ZZ TOP, CHRIS JANSON, EDDIE MONTGOMERY, JAMEY JOHNSON, & MANY MORE

VOLUNTEER JAM XX: A TRIBUTE TO CHARLIE

MARCH 7, 2018 - BRIDGESTONE ARENA - NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE

TICKETS ON SALE NOW VIA TICKETMASTER

Music stars Alabama, Chris Young, Lee Brice, Sara Evans and Travis Tritt have been added to the lineup for this year’s Volunteer Jam XX. The once-in-a-lifetime event already includes Charlie Daniels and The Charlie Daniels Band, Alison Krauss, Billy F Gibbons of ZZ Top, Blackberry Smoke, Bobby Bare, Chris Janson, Chuck Leavell, Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry, Jamey Johnson, Justin Moore, The Oak Ridge Boys, and Ricky Skaggs. More special guests are to be announced in the coming weeks.

The legendary annual Volunteer Jam is back again, bringing the best musicians and most unforgettable music moments to Nashville. From last-minute surprise guests to legendary collaborations, each Volunteer Jam is a special experience. Country Music Hall of Famers, Alabama, "I'm Comin' Over" chart-topping singer Chris Young, and ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons will bring the heat with Southern rock, soul, and country music filling the historic Music City venue.

Storme Warren will be returning as host of “Volunteer Jam XX” and for the first time ever

Fans won’t want to miss this year’s “Volunteer Jam XX: A Tribute To Charlie.” The all-star concert event is at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 7 PM CT.

Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster locations and the Bridgestone Arena box office. A portion of the proceeds from 2018’s Volunteer Jam will be donated to The Journey Home Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit co-founded by Daniels and manager David Corlew to help Veterans.

“This year we get back to basics, back to the free form rocking traditions the Volunteer Jam was known for.  I’m planning a jam at the last part of the show that will blow the roof off Bridgestone. And we’ve got the pickers coming this year that can make that happen big time.” says Charlie Daniels.

“We are honored to produce this year’s Volunteer Jam at the Bridgestone. We’re putting together an incredible lineup of music legends and Nashville stars with a set list that will be talked about for years to come. It’s going to be a great night to jam!” says Keith Wortman, CEO of Blackbird Presents, executive producer of “Volunteer Jam XX: A Tribute To Charlie,” creator and executive producer of Nashville’s recent highly acclaimed “All In For The Gambler: Kenny Rogers’ Farewell Concert Celebration” and “Sing Me Back Home: The Music of Merle Haggard”.

GRAMMY® Award Winner Don Was will serve as music director, and preside over a stellar house band including Chuck Leavell, Kenny Aronoff at this unforgettable concert event.

FOR COMPLETE SHOW DETAILS, VISIT THE OFFICIAL CONCERT WEBSITE:
VolunteerJamXX.com

Sara Evans Partners With CMT For Its 4th Annual Next Women of Country Tour

"CMT Next Women of Country presents Sara Evans All The Love Tour featuring RaeLynn and Kalie Shorr" launches February 12 in New York City
 
Tickets on-sale Friday, December 22
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SaraEvans.com and NextWomenTour.CMT.com

ACM and CMA Award winning country music star Sara Evans has partnered with CMT for its 4th annual Next Women of Country Tour in 2018. “CMT Next Women of Country presents Sara Evans All The Love Tour featuring RaeLynn and Kalie Shorr” launches February 12 in New York City with fifteen shows from coast to coast. Special guests RaeLynn (“Lonely Call,” “Love Triangle”) and Kalie Shorr (“Fight Like A Girl,” “Two Hands”) are among the impressive roster of CMT’s “Next Women of Country” artists. 


“We are thrilled to announce our 4th Annual ‘Next Women of Country’ Tour and partner with the amazing Sara Evans,” said Leslie Fram, SVP of Music Strategy & Talent, CMT. “This tour was created to give emerging female artists a stage to play on and this year we are proud to welcome RaeLynn and Kalie Shorr.”
 
“I absolutely love that CMT champions female artists with the Next Women of Country Tour and am so honored to be headlining it in 2018,” said Sara.  “I can’t wait to hit the road with RaeLynn and Kalie. They are both incredible singers, songwriters, and overall artists and we’re going to have a blast!”
 
Tickets and VIP packages for the “CMT Next Women of Country presents Sara Evans All The Love Tour featuring RaeLynn and Kalie Shorr” go on sale beginning Friday, December 22 at 10am (local time). Tickets can be purchased at SaraEvans.com and NextWomenTour.CMT.com.
 

CMT Next Women of Country presents Sara Evans All The Love Tour featuring RaeLynn and Kalie Shorr

February 12, 2018     New York, NY     B.B. King’s Blues Club

February 14, 2018     Concord, NH     Capitol Center for the Arts – Chubb Theatre

February 15, 2018     Albany, NY     The Palace Theatre

February 16, 2018     Verona, NY     Turning Stone Resort Casino – The Showroom

February 17, 2018     Medford, MA     Chevalier Theatre

February 23, 2018+     Athens, OH     Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium

February 24, 2018     Richmond, KY     EKU Center for the Arts

February 25, 2018     Joliet, IL     Rialto Square Theatre

March 9, 2018++     Salina, KS     Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts

March 10, 2018     Pocola, OK     Choctaw Casino Resort - Centerstage

March 15, 2018     Kansas City, MO     Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts – Muriel Kauffman Theatre

March 16, 2018     Prior Lake, MN     Mystic Lake Casino – Mystic Showroom

March 17, 2018+     Waukegan, IL     Venue TBA

April 6, 2018     Lake Charles, LA     Golden Nugget

April 7, 2018     Mobile, AL     Saenger Theatre

*Dates subject to change, please check saraevans.com for the latest information
+Tickets on sale January 5
++Tickets on sale December 21

Sara Evans to Reprise Limited Engagement “At Christmas Tour” for 2017

Multi-platinum-selling country entertainer SARA EVANS will reprise her popular, limited-engagement At Christmas Tour this year, with seasonal shows created to deliver the holiday spirit to young and old. Tickets are available now at SaraEvans.com where fans can also upgrade to a VIP package, including a Meet and Greet to chat and take a photo with Sara plus an exclusive merchandise item. Check out Sara’s full list of tour dates including stops in Branson, MO, Wetumka, AL, Florence, AL, Huntingdon, TN (Sold Out) and Renfro Valley, KY HERE.

At Christmas, released in 2014, is Sara’s first full-length Christmas recording. The 10-song collection features well-known holiday classics including “Silent Night,” “Winter Wonderland,” “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” and “O Come All Ye Faithful” plus the seasonal original song and title track, written by Shane Stevens and Toby Lightman.

Evans released her eighth studio album, Words, this summer and it quickly shot to #1 on the iTunes Country Albums Chart. The 14-song project, released on her own Born To Fly Records, has been dubbed the album of her lifetime and “captures an artist in full musical flight” (Associated Press).

Listen to or Buy Words Now
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Listen to or Buy At Christmas Now
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