Sara Evans and The Barker Family Band Close Limited Engagement Bloodline Tour with Sold-Out Shows in Atlanta, Chicago and Nashville

SiriusXM’s Y2Kountry to offer special broadcast of sold-out Nashville show over Memorial Day weekend

 Olivia Barker to perform June 9 on the Radio Disney Country stage 
at CMA Music Festival

Sara Evans, along with daughter Olivia (16) and son Avery (19), closed their limited engagement City Winery and SiriusXM Y2Kountry present Sara Evans and The Barker Family Band – Bloodline Tour on a high note over the weekend, playing to sold-out audiences in Atlanta (5/15), Chicago (5/17) and Nashville (5/18). The six intimate acoustic shows entertained audiences over two weeks, leading Country Standard Time to declare of the Boston date, “give a heavy dose of credit to Evans for taking on a one-off side project that clearly is fun for her and family, but more importantly delivers musically…the front porch kind of night…provided the chance to see Evans in a way you may never see her again.”

 Fans unable to catch one of the limited engagement dates can tune-in to SiriusXM’s Y2Kountry over Memorial Day weekend to hear a special broadcast of the sold-out City Winery Nashville show. Tune to channel 61 on Friday, May 24 at 5pm ET; Saturday, May 25 at 8am and 8pm ET; Sunday, May 26 at noon ET and Monday, May 27 at midnight and 3pm ET for this exclusive airing.

 The tour and EP were intended from the outset to showcase this moment in time for the family as Avery, a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, and Olivia, a powerhouse vocalist and songwriter, embark on their own solo music careers. Evans tells The Tennessean’s Cindy Watts “I think Olivia would agree with me that being on the tour bus is her favorite place to be in the whole wide world. We’ve all spent the last 20 years out there. Them being part of my music for a short while is not that weird to them.”

 The trio released The Barker Family Band EP last month, including mesmerizing harmonies on original songs and covers including Beyonce’s “XO,” – spinning on Radio Disney Country ‑ and Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” – spinning on SiriusXM’s Y2Kountry. The family focused project showcases Sara and Olivia trading-off lead vocals throughout the project while Avery plays acoustic and electric guitar on the tracks. The project is co-produced by Sara and Ben Fowler. 

 Olivia will take a solo turn on Sunday, June 9 as she performs on the Radio Disney Country Stage at Xfinity Fan Fair X during CMA Music Festival. More information can be found at cmafest.com/fanfairx.

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Corey Smith Releases "Down Easy"

Songwriter, artist, and producer - Corey Smith continues to push the boundaries of his creative process by producing his new single, “Down Easy” in his newly assembled home studio. Located in Jefferson, GA, the town Smith that grew up in, his new setup offers Smith complete creative control of new music from the first word written to the last note mixed.  The song can be heard here: http://smarturl.it/DownEasy

 “This is the first single that I’ve been able to produce in my home studio,” said Smith. “I’ve gotten better at using producing as an extension of the songwriting.”

Written while sitting on Smith’s back porch, the song focuses on the light at the end of the metaphorical tunnel and celebrates that which keeps you going through hardships.  

“Sometimes shit’s disappointing,” says Smith. “Down Easy” is about how we cope with the less than desirable outcomes that life can throw at us. In my case, it’s the love of my family that keeps me going on a hard day.”

Corey Smith continues moving his Great Wide Underground tour across the country in 2019.  New this year, fans in select cities will be able to experience the live show in intimate settings with the addition of solo acoustic performances and acoustic trio sets. Tune into www.coreysmith.com/tour for a list of all tour dates and for more information on the new setups.

You can watch the official lyric video for “Down Easy” here: http://smarturl.it/DownEasylv

About Corey Smith: Corey Smith, the fan-made man, has sold over 1 million concert tickets, 1.5 million digital singles and over 220,000 albums.  Smith has amassed an unfailingly devout fan base, not only in his native Southeast region, but all around the nation, simply by telling it the way it is.  He has released 10 albums.  Smith’s concerts, which were documented on his last live record, Live in Chattanooga, regularly sell out, with audiences singing along to such fan favorites as the coming-of-age anthem “Twenty-One,” the nostalgic time warp “If I Could Do It Again” and the group hug “I Love Everyone.” Corey consistently tours, hitting around 120 dates per year and has begun releasing singles from his upcoming project, the Great Wide Underground.

About the Great Wide Underground: Corey Smith wrote, produced, and mixed all music from the Great Wide Underground.  Written on the road and then tracked with his touring band in a Georgia studio, the project celebrates the raw authenticity that has become a trademark of Smith’s music. The first single release under the Great Wide Underground umbrella launched in May 2018 with “Empty Rooms” followed by “Halfway Home” and then “Honky Tonkin’ in My Blood.”  For more information about the Great Wide Underground in Corey’s own words, check out this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAQqhShva8w

 

Sara Evans And The Barker Family Band Add Additional Shows To Limited Engagement Bloodline Tour

Following the recent release of The Barker Family Band EP, multi-platinum entertainer Sara Evans, along with daughter Olivia Barker (16) and son Avery Barker (19), have added additional shows to their limited engagement City Winery and SiriusXM Y2Kountry present Sara Evans and The Barker Family Band – Bloodline Tour. The trio has added a second show in Boston, for a total of seven shows over six days in May. In addition, California country act Fairground Saints have been added as special guests to open all shows of the Bloodline Tour.

May 7 at 8pm Washington, D.C.

May 8 at 8pm New York, NY

May 9 at 5pm Boston, MA

May 9 at 9pm Boston, MA

May 15 at 8pm Atlanta, GA

May 17 at 7pm Chicago, IL

May 18 at 8pm Nashville, TN

Tickets are on-sale now at SaraEvans.com/Tour and guests can expect to hear mesmerizing harmonies on original songs and covers including Beyonce’s “XO,” – spinning on Radio Disney Country ‑ and Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” – spinning on SiriusXM’s Y2Kountry. The family focused project showcases Sara and Olivia trading-off lead vocals throughout the project while Avery plays acoustic and electric guitar on the tracks. The project is co-produced by Sara and Ben Fowler.

Catch Sara Evans and The Barker Family Band on Emmy-nominated daytime talk show “Pickler & Ben” today, Tuesday, April 23rd.

Sara Evans's The Barker Family Band EP Available Now

Trio to appear April 23 on “Pickler & Ben” ahead of limited-engagement tour kickoff May 7 in Washington D.C.

Nashville, TN — April 12, 2019 — Multi-platinum entertainer Sara Evans’s side-project, The Barker Family Band, with daughter Olivia Barker(16) and son Avery Barker(19), releases today via all digital partners at saraevans.co/TheBarkerFamilyBand. The 6-song EP offers a snapshot of this moment in time for the family and showcases mesmerizing harmonies on original songs and covers including Beyonce’s “XO,” – spinning on Radio Disney Country ‑ and Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” – spinning on SiriusXM’s Y2Kountry. Watch the People.com exclusive premiere of the “Dreams” lyric video HERE. The family focused project showcases Sara and Olivia trading-off lead vocals and harmonies throughout the project while Avery played acoustic and electric guitar on the tracks. The project is co-produced by Sara and Ben Fowler.  

Tune in Tuesday, April 23 as The Barker Family Band appear on Emmy-nominated daytime talk show “Pickler & Ben” – find a complete listing of stations and showtimes HERE

Sara, along with Olivia and Avery, will embark on the limited engagement acoustic tour — City Winery and SiriusXM Y2Kountry present Sara Evans and The Barker Family Band – Bloodline Tour —launching May 7 in Washington, D.C. with six shows at City Winery locations throughout the month of May. Tickets are on-sale now at SaraEvans.com/Tour.  

Purchase tickets for City Winery andSiriusXM Y2Kountry present Sara Evans and The Barker Family Band – Bloodline Tour at SaraEvans.com

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Clint Black To Present At The 54th Academy Of Country Music Awards

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The Academy of Country Music® announced today that Luke Bryan, Old Dominion, Blake Shelton and Keith Urban have been added to the exciting lineup of live performances for the 54TH ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™ and will be joined by a star-studded list presenters including Lauren Alaina, Beth Behrs, Clint Black, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Jessie James Decker, Hunter Hayes, Jay Hernandez, Lady AntebellumMidland, Nancy O’Dell, Danica Patrick, Dennis Quaid, Wilmer Valderrama and more to be announced in the coming days. The awards telecast, hosted by Reba McEntire, will air LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 8:00 PM ET / delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

Tickets for the ceremony are available for purchase now at www.axs.com. For more information on the ACM Awards and all ACM events including ACM Party for a Cause®, visit ACMcountry.com. You can also like Academy of Country Music on Facebook or follow on Twitter and Instagram for more immediate updates

Academy Of Country Music® Adds Clint Black To 7th Annual ACM Party For A Cause® Lineup

The 7th Annual ACM Party for a Cause®, taking place on Friday, April 5 – Sunday, April 7, 2019 in Las Vegas, will consist of fan events and private parties leading up to and immediately following the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards™, Country Music’s Party of the Year®. The Academy-hosted marquee events slated for this year’s Party for a Cause include ACM Stories, Songs & Stars, ACM Lifting Lives Topgolf Tee-Off, ACM Decades and the ACM Awards Official After Party presented by Security Benefit. Each event will feature performances by country music’s biggest names and hottest new talent.

Portions of all event proceeds will benefit ACM Lifting Lives®, the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music, which works to lift lives through the power of music. For additional information and/or to purchase tickets, visit PartyForaCause.com.

Sunday, April 7th at 8pm - ACM Awards Official After Party presented by Security Benefit

About: Party the night away with your favorite country stars at the official 54th ACM Awards after party

Location: Marquee Ballroom, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino

Talent: Hosted by Shawn Parr and Big Kenny, plus performances by Jimmie Allen, Big Kenny, Clint Black, Jessie James Decker, Lindsay Ell, Brantley Gilbert, Adam Hambrick, Caylee Hammack, Walker Hayes, High Valley, LOCASH, AJ McLean, Cassadee Pope, Runaway June, Dylan Scott and Brett Young

About ACM Lifting Lives®

ACM Lifting Lives® is the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music dedicated to improving lives through the power of music. Through partnerships with artists and strong ties in the music industry, ACM Lifting Lives develops and funds music-related therapy and education programs, and serves members of the community who face unexpected hardships through its Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund. Generous donations and the support of artists and fans ensure ACM Lifting Lives is able to fund everything from disaster relief and helping communities in need, to music education in schools and music camps for those with disabilities, to supporting programs that use music therapy as a means to help our veterans and wounded warriors, while providing grants to help them ease back into life. For more information, please visit www.ACMLiftingLives.org.

ADA Worldwide Partners With Sara Evans And Born To Fly Records On Global Distribution Deal

ADA Worldwide today announced an exclusive partnership with multi-platinum entertainer Sara Evans and her label, Born To Fly Records. ADA Worldwide will support the Nashville-based label across sales and distribution on a global scale. Launched in 2017, Born To Fly Records is home to Evans’ critically acclaimed eighth studio record, Words, which was named one of Billboard and Rolling Stone’s Top Country Albums of the Year. The ACM Female Vocalist of the Year is currently prepping her new album, due later this year.
 
“As ADA continues to put an emphasis on building its Nashville roster, we are thrilled to join forces with such an acclaimed, decorated artist in country music such as Sara, as she enters this phase in her career,” says Warner Music Group President of Independent Music & Creator Services, Eliah Seton.
 
"On behalf of Sara, Born To Fly Records and Collective Artist Management, we’re excited to enter into this partnership with ADA and the overall Warner team,” said Craig Dunn, Vice President, Collective Artist Management. “Their passion and track record speak for itself and we’re thrilled to have Sara Evans alongside the long list of accomplished artists on the ADA roster.”

Adds ADA President, A&R and Label Services, Kenny Weagly, “We’re very excited to partner with Sara on the next steps of her already-lauded career, which is illuminated with No. 1’s, prestigious awards, platinum success and numerous tours. In addition to our partnerships that include Aaron Watson’s Big Label Records and Broken Bow Records, joining forces with an artist such as Sara further exemplifies ADA’s focus and commitment to the music coming out of Nashville.” 

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The Barker Family Band With Sara Evans Limited Engagement Tour Tickets And Ep Now Available To Order

Multi-platinum entertainer Sara Evans’ side-project, The Barker Family Band, with daughter Olivia Barker(16) and son Avery Barker(19), is now available for pre-order at saraevans.co/TheBarkerFamilyBand. The 6-song EP, releasing April 12, offers a snapshot of this moment in time for the family and showcases mesmerizing harmonies on original songs and covers including Beyonce’s “XO,” premiering exclusively via Billboard, and “Dreams” (Fleetwood Mac). Hear “Dreams” now on your favorite streaming platform and get an immediate download when you pre-orderThe Barker Family Band EP at saraevans.co/TheBarkerFamilyBand. In addition, a limited number of CD bundles are available at SaraEvans.com. Priced at $29 the package will include an autographed CD copy of the EP along with an 8x10 photo and Barker Family Band t-shirt.

 Sara, along with Olivia and Avery, will embark on the limited engagement acoustic tour — City Winery and SiriusXM Y2Kountry present Sara Evans and The Barker Family Band – Bloodline Tour —launching May 7 in Washington, D.C. with six shows at City Winery locations throughout the month of May. Tickets are on-sale now at SaraEvans.com/Tour.  

City Winery and SiriusXM Y2Kountry present Sara Evans and The Barker Family Band – Bloodline Tour

May 7 - Washington, D.C. - City Winery

May 8 - New York, NY - City Winery

May 9 - Boston, MA - City Winery

May 15 - Atlanta, GA - City Winery

May 17 - Chicago, IL - City Winery

May 18 - Nashville, TN - City Winery

Purchase tickets for City Winery and SiriusXM Y2Kountry present Sara Evans and The Barker Family Band – Bloodline Tour at SaraEvans.com

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Sara Evans Surprises Fans with The Barker Family Band Side Project

Collaboration with daughter Olivia Barker and son Avery Barker for EP and limited-engagement acoustic tour launching spring 2019

Nashville, TN — March 8, 2019 — Multi-Platinum entertainer Sara Evans got her start in music at the age of 5, leading The Evans Family Band with two of her siblings. Her solo career took off after signing with RCA Records, going on to score five #1 singles, including “Born To Fly” and “A Little Bit Stronger,” selling millions of records and taking home trophies from the Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association. Family has remained a constant since day one as her brother Matt and sister Lesley continue to perform in her live band and her three children – Avery, Olivia and Audrey – were raised on the road, watching shows from the side stage.


Sara has a new solo album is in the works for 2019 however she was inspired to go in the studio earlier this year with her own family, daughter Olivia Barker(16) and son Avery Barker (19), to record a small side-project after fan reaction to acoustic renditions of “Dreams” and “Born To Fly” posted to Instagram. The result: a 6-song EP — The Barker Family Band — and limited engagement acoustic tour — City Winery and SiriusXM Y2Kountry present Sara Evans and The Barker Family Band – Bloodline Tour —launching this spring.
 
“Family is everything to me and making a record like this has been a dream for me since my kids were little,” said Sara. “They were literally raised on a tour bus around music and this is something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time. I’m honored that I get to make this music with them before they embark on their own careers as musicians.”
 
As Olivia, a powerhouse vocalist and songwriter, and Avery, a singer/songwriter, guitar player and multi-instrumentalist, embark on their own solo music careers, Evans is thrilled to share The Barker Family Band EP on April 12 as a snapshot of this moment in time for the family. Mesmerizing harmonies are showcased on covers including Beyonce’s “XO” and Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams,” along with an original song, “The View,” written by Olivia and Avery. Sara and Olivia trade off lead vocals and harmonies while Avery played acoustic and electric guitar on the tracks. The project is co-produced by Sara and Ben Fowler.
 
The Barker Family Band track listing

  1. “Born To Fly Intro” – lead vocals Sara Evans

  2. “Dreams” – lead vocals Sara Evans

  3. “XO” – lead vocals Olivia Barker

  4. “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” – lead vocals Sara Evans

  5. “The View” – lead vocals Olivia Barker

  6. “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” – lead vocals Olivia Barker 

The trio will also embark on the 6-city limited engagement City Winery andSiriusXM Y2Kountry present Sara Evans and The Barker Family Band – Bloodline Tour in late spring, with tickets on-sale starting March 14 at SaraEvans.com.


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DateCityVenueMay 7Washington, D.C.City WineryMay 8New York, NYCity WineryMay 9Boston, MACity WineryMay 15Atlanta, GACity WineryMay 17Chicago, ILCity WineryMay 18Nashville, TNCity Winery

 

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The Hits. Hats. History. Tour Kicks Off May 2nd in Charlotte

Country music icons Trace Adkins and Clint Black will make a triumphant return to the stage together as part of the Hits. Hats. HistoryTour. Pre-sale tickets go on sale March 5, with all remaining tickets going on sale March 8 at 10 a.m. (local time). 

The Hits. Hats. History. Tour kicks off May 2 in Charlotte, North Carolina and travels to nine different cities through August 9, with additional dates announced in the coming weeks. This summer tour will get that much hotter via the addition of a series of special guest artists such as Terri Clark, John Berry and Craig Campbell.

 “It’s been a few years since Clint and I shared the stage,” explains Trace Adkins, a three-time GRAMMY nominated BBR recording artist. “Since then, we have both been fortunate to have added a few more hits, and hats to our collection. Looking forward to this!” 

“Trace and I toured together back in the 90s and I’m really looking forward to sharing the stage with him again!” said Black, a GRAMMY award winner and one of the most successful singer/songwriters of the modern era.  “He’s a lot of fun and a real pro.”

In addition to the Hits. Hats. History. Tour, Black will launch his “Still Killin’ Time 30th Anniversary Tour” in March to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of his triple platinum, seminal album, Killin’ Time.  To this day, it is recognized as one of country music’s most authoritative recordings, it’s influence still heard on many of the recordings that have followed. 

Adkins is also on the road this summer as part of his current Don’t Stop Tour 2019. Currently, the “You’re Gonna Miss This” hit-maker is out with his “Hillbilly Bone” buddy Blake Shelton as part of his Friends & Heroes 2019 Tour, which concludes March 23 in New York. And while the Grand Ole Opry member certainly has much on his plate as of late, he is still set to lend his voice to the character of Robert in the forthcoming “Dally & Spanky,” due out later in 2019.

HITS. HATS .HISTORY. TOURMay 2  – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre – Charlotte, NC*
May 3 – Suwannee River Jam – Live Oak, FL^
May 4 – The Bowl – Sugar Hill, GA*
May 5 – CCNB Amphitheatre – Simpsonville, SC*
June 6 – White Oak Amphitheatre – Greensboro, NC<
June 8 – Foxwoods Amphitheatre – Mashantucket, CT<
June 9 – Bank of New Hampshire Amphitheatre– Gilford, NH<
August 8 – Smart Financial Centre – Sugar Land, TX<
August 9 – H-E-B Center at Cedar Park – Cedar Park, TX<

*Features John Berry ^Features Craig Campbell <Features Terri Clark

 For more information and tour dates, visit clintblack.com.

Clint Black Celebrates Milestone With The "Still... Killin' Time 30th Anniversary Tour"

GRAMMY Award winning country music icon Clint Black will spend 2019 on the road with his fans celebrating 30 years of his triple platinum selling debut album Killin’ Time.  The “Still… Killin' Time 30th Anniversary Tour” launches in March in Norman, Oklahoma and will continue throughout the year with new dates still to be announced. Tickets are available at clintblack.com/tour

Killin’ Time, to this day, remains one of the highest selling debut albums in country music. The groundbreaking album became a seminal recording as it helped bring the genre back to mainstream audiences. Its influence can be heard in many of the albums that followed, and its modesty and sincerity still resonate with artists and fans alike. Clint will be performing a number of songs from Killin’ Time including classic No. 1 hits like “A Better Man,” “Nobody’s Home,” and “Killin’ Time.” 

Clint says, “My songs and especially the songs from Killin’ Time are the glue that connects me to my fans. I’m excited that they’ve been a part of the soundtrack to their lives for so many years.”

Tune In Alert: Sara Evans Sets Trio Of TV Appearances

Country on Campus (CMT), Real Country (USA Network), and The Talk (CBS) air this month 

 Sara’s Slacker Radio #WCE country station

featured host spot begins December 17

Multi-platinum entertainer Sara Evans has a trio of TV appearances set for this month as she rounds out the final five dates of her popular, limited-engagement “At Christmas Tour” running through December 15.

Sara and husband Jay Barker take viewers with them to Tuscaloosa, Alabama in “Country on Campus.” The couple are joined by sports broadcaster Bonnie Bernstein as they explore their passion for college football and a household divided between the University of Alabama, where Jay played quarterback for the Crimson Tide during their 1992 National Championship winning season, and home state pride for Sara with the University of Missouri. The episode airs on CMT December 8 and 9 at 9am eastern/8am central during “CMT Hot 20.”

On December 10,  Sara joins Jake Owen, Travis Tritt and Shania Twain as a guest panelist on USA Network’s new country music showcase, “Real Country,” which broadcasts at 11pm eastern / 10pm central.  She returns to guest cohost “The Talk” on December 11,  joining hosts Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood, and guest cohost Angie Martinez for the live talk show airing at 2pm eastern / 1pm central on CBS.

After wrapping her “At Christmas Tour” mid-month, Sara joins Slacker Radio as featured host of their #WCECountry (Woman Crush Everyday) station. Visit https://www.slacker.com/station/wce-country beginning December 17 to hear more!

Country Music Icon Clint Black Unveils The Clint Black Christmas Collection

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Country icon and GRAMMY Award winner Clint Black is ringing in the holiday season with his trademarked Christmas cheer and a very special studio album. The Clint Black Christmas Collection, out today via Clint’s own Blacktop Records, features songs from his 1995 Christmas album Looking for Christmas, along with some new recordings written for his recently premiered holiday musical of the same name. You can listen to The Clint Black Christmas Collection at the link provided HEREAdditionally, the album is available for purchase in various holiday bundles at www.clintblack.com.

Clint says, “In writing the first album, Looking for Christmas, I learned where our centuries old traditions came from, and I knew I would have to continue writing songs to help grow the collection. This year, I’m thrilled to share even more new songs, including those from my holiday musical, Looking for Christmas, and those featuring my lovely wife and daughter.”

Keeping with the spirit of Christmas, this self-produced release is a family affair for Clint. His wife Lisa Hartman Black joins Clint for a beautiful rendition of his 1995 cut “The Finest Gift.” Lily Pearl Black makes a splash on her recording debut with the gorgeous “Magical Christmas,” one of her dad’s new songs on the album. Also appearing on this collection are classics like “Light the Fire” - written for the animated television series Transformers: Rescue Bots- and “The Kid,” which features a co-writing credit from the late great country music star Merle Haggard. 

Clint’s new holiday musical, Looking for Christmas, made its debut at The Old Globe theater in San Diego on November 20th, and was recently extended to run until December 31st. Following its run at The Old Globe, Looking for Christmas will embark on a holiday tour in the 2019-20 season. 

Corey Smith Releases Music Video And Single For High Energy New Song "Honky Tonkin' In My Blood"

Georgia-based, singer/songwriter Corey Smith, known for his independent attitude and lyrical honesty (“Let Me Love You On a Back Road” and “I Love Everyone”), dives deep into his own psyche with the release of “Honky Tonkin’ in My Blood.” Out today, this third track from his forthcoming Great Wide Underground project reflects on how his relationship with his father helped to shape his Honky Tonkin’ nature.

Fans can listen to the track now at http://smarturl.it/CSHonkyTonkin and also watch the music video that premiered today here: https://youtu.be/16SusYkAl70

“Most folks in my world know what ‘honky tonkin’’ means”, says Smith. “If you have to explain it too much, you’re obviously talking to someone who doesn’t understand country music. The word conjures up images of hardwood dance floors, cowboy apparel, neon beer signs, pool tables, mechanical bulls and bar stools. It also makes us think of the styles of music heard in such places. I think of Willie, Waylon, Skynyrd, David Alan Coe and Delbert McClinton. But ‘honky tonkin’’ is more than the sum of its parts. It’s kind of a way of life. It’s about bucking convention, taking chances, letting loose and being a little reckless at times. It’s certainly not for everyone, but for those of us born with a wild streak, it’s an important aspect of our live.”

Like an answer to a question, “Honky Tonkin’ in My Blood” examines a life of sneaking into taverns and listening to living room jam sessions and considers how both experiences and genetics can mold not only a person’s life but the music s/he creates.

Corey wrote, produced, and mixed all music from the Great Wide Underground. Written on the road and then tracked with his touring band at Lee Davis Studio in Maysville, GA, the project celebrates the raw authenticity that has become a trademark of Smith’s music. For more information about the Great Wide Underground in Corey’s own words, check out this
video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAQqhShva8w

Sara Evans Guest Co-Host The Talk: Surprised With Gold Plaque For Stronger

Multi-platinum entertainer Sara Evans traveled to Los Angeles this week where she appeared on “The Talk” (CBS) as guest co-host earlier today. Sara joined hosts Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne and Sheryl Underwood, along with guest co-host Dania Ramirez for the live talk show where they discussed current topics and interviewed the cast of The Conners. Sara was also surprised during the broadcast with a plaque for her R.I.A.A. GOLD certified album, Stronger, which includes the platinum-selling, two-week No. 1 single, “A Little Bit Stronger.” See the full show HERE and Sara’s Stronger surprise HERE.

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Clint Black To Launch U.S. Tour Of New Musical - Looking For Christmas

Clint Black and The 959 Group are thrilled to announce the new Clint Black musical, Looking for Christmas, will embark on a holiday tour in the 2019-20 season. The country music icon’s new American musical will make its world premiere November 20, 2018 at The Old Globe in San Diego. Tour cities and dates will be announced at a later date. 

Inspired by Black’s 1995 chart-topping holiday album of the same name, Looking for Christmas is a new musical about family, loyalty, and the magic of Christmas. Amid the commotion of the holidays, Staff Sergeant Mike Randolf returns from Afghanistan and home to his family. But before Mike can open his heart to the joy and spirit of the season, he must make peace with the past and let go the ghosts of the battlefield. While Mike’s wife helps him readjust to civilian life, it’s their precocious young daughter’s sweet search for the true meaning of Christmas that leads the family toward healing. This heartwarming musical is sure to become an enduring holiday classic.

“I am thrilled to be able to take this musical on the road,” said Black. “The message, which was inspired by the sacrifices our servicemen and women and their families make, especially over the holidays, is something that we must always remember.”

Looking for Christmas features music and lyrics by Clint Black, a book by James D. Sasser with Clint Black, direction by Kent Nicholson, and music direction and supervision by Matt Hinkley. The tour is produced by The 959 Group (Kent Nicholson, James D. Sasser, Charles Vincent Burwell, Henry Ivey, and Juliet Ivey) and Clint Black with Executive Producer Greg Schaffert and General Manager Fifth Estate Entertainment (Nathan Gehan).

 Looking for Christmas will premiere at The Old Globe in San Diego with performances beginning November 11 and now extended to December 31, 2018. Tickets are now available at TheOldGlobe.org.

 For more information on Looking for Christmas, visit LookingForChristmasMusical.com.