KRIS KRISTOFFERSON TO PERFORM AT ‘STAGECOACH’ FESTIVAL

Stagecoach: California's Country Musical Festival ©Goldenvoice and The Messina Group.

"Stagecoach: California's Country Musical Festival" logo courtesy Goldenvoice and The Messina Group.

Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson is the final performer to join the line-up for this year’s Stagecoach:California’s Country Musical Festival ; he’ll fill the slot originally held by country music legend Loretta Lynn.

Earlier this week, Lynn cancelled the next few weeks of her 2011 tour based on her ongoing recuperation from recent knee surgery.  

Kristofferson–who performed at the inaugural Stagecoach in 2007–will kick off his upcoming tour with this performance.

Set times for this year’ Stagecoach on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1 at the beautiful Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, will be announced next week.

For more information on tickets, visit www.stagecoachfestival.com.

STEEL MAGNOLIA, CBS AND CHEVY IN TROOP CHARITY

"Steel Magnolia" Photo Credit: Jeff Davis (Courtesy of Big Machine Records)

"Steel Magnolia" Photo Credit: Jeff Davis (Courtesy of Big Machine Records)

Big Machine Records duo, Steel Magnolia, Chevrolet and CBS Radio helped gather over 800 cell phones for Chevrolet’s Cell Phones For Soldiers campaign.

The initiative raises funds to purchase pre-paid calling cards to send to soldiers serving abroad.

Students from Ft. Pierce, Florida’s John Carroll High School and Tampa, Florida’s Braden River High School collected the most phones, winning acoustic performances from the hot duo, Meghan Linsey and Joshua Scott Jones.

“We really love this campaign. We know what it’s like to be away from home. Being able to connect our soldiers with their loved ones back home and play for these students who worked so hard for this cause is a win-win all the way around,” said Linsey.
“It was cool that Chevy supported this campaign and of course we love our friends at WIRK and WQYK who helped promote it,” said Jones.

Steel Magnolia treated over 1,000 students at both schools to a free concert that included a performance of the Top 10 smash, Keep On Lovin’ You, and their current single, Last Night Again.

COUNTRY’S NEAL McCOY NOW WITH BLASTER RECORDS

Neal McCoy courtesy Blaster Records

Neal McCoy courtesy Blaster Records

Neal McCoy, referred to by fans & musical comrades as ‘The Entertainer’s Entertainer’, is bringing his multi-award winning, multi-platinum career to the roster of Blaster Records, as announced this week by label Chairman Tom Porter.

The consummate performer boasts a career track of three platinum album certifications, beginning with his breakthrough disc No Doubt About It in 1994, which produced back-to back #1 singles with both the title track and Wink.

McCoy has gained Entertainer of the Year honors twice on his way to winning numerous industry and fan voted awards.  His  style and charismatic music helped the Texas native to earn multiple Top 10 singles along with gold certification on the Billboard charts.

One of the industry’s most active touring artists, McCoy is credited with amassing a major fan following and brand loyalty in his 21 year career in the industry.

McCoy’s latest endeavor in the field of entertainment introduced his talents as an author with the release of his first book, A NEW MOUNTAIN TO CLIMB: Heroes I’ve Met And The Mountains They Climb Every Day.

Blaster Records label head Tom Porter stated about making the signing announcement:  p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 16.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px ‘Times New Roman’} “Anytime you can add a performer of the caliber of Neal McCoy to your label roster, you can’t help but feel an inexplicable and exhilarating advantage in the popular world of country music. Blaster Records is excited and honored to be a part of Neal’s incredible team and we look forward to big things in the future.”

In signing to the growing Blaster roster, McCoy joins break-out brother duo Brother Trouble as a major immediate concentration in the label’s focus in the field of country music.

SUGARLAND’S ‘TONIGHT’ ON ITUNES

Sugarland's "Tonight" music video ©Mercury Records/Universal Music

Sugarland's "Tonight" music video ©Mercury Records/Universal Music

The reigning CMA and ACM Vocal Duo of the Year Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush of Sugarland world premiered their smoldering new video for their just released single Tonight on iTunes yesterday.

AOL will begin streaming Tonight on April 21.

“We were inspired in writing this song by the emotional longing we heard in the soundtracks of iconic 80’s movies like the Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink and Say Anything,” said Sugarland’s Kristian Bush. “The feeling of being so in love that you would trade everything for just one day with that someone.”

Sugarland is currently on their 2011 The Incredible Machine Tour.  Last year’s The Incredible Machine Tour was one of Pollstar’s Top 50 North American Tours of 2010 and has been described as “stunning,” “fantastically fun” and “not one to be missed.”

CARRIE UNDERWOOD’S GOT AN UNDERWHELMING PERSONAL LIFE

1-22Since appearing on and winning American Idol in 2005, Carrie Underwood has gone from “the girl next door” to one of the most famous people in the world. Since Idol, Underwood has had hit albums, won five Grammys and numerous other awards. Underwood can add “actresss” to her list of accomplishments, now that she’s starring in the crowd pleaser Soul Surfer, which is in theatres now.
 
In spite of all that fame. Underwood told us she still doesn’t feel like a celebrity. (Click on the media bar below to hear Carrie Underwood)
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TEDDY GENTRY INTRODUCES NEW VOICES IN NEWEST ALBUM

Teddy Gentry's 'Best New Nashville' album cover

Teddy Gentry's 'Best New Nashville' album cover

Teddy Gentry has long been celebrated as a member of the country supergroup Alabama, and he is also the force and inspiration behind multiple other music successes in Nashville.

Now, Gentry, and Porter-Gentry Productions, are lending a guiding hand to a very special CD that provides country music fans with an inspired assortment of new music.

The CD, Teddy Gentry’s Best New Nashville, produced by Gentry, includes 12 new songs performed by 12 new artists and will be available exclusively at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®, starting May 16.

Each pairing of song and artist on this CD was carefully considered and planned by Gentry, who collects songs the way some people collect stamps.

Gentry regularly works with up-and-coming artists on stage and in the studio, and his advice in choosing a new song is to always make sure that there is an emotional connection. “I tell them that they really have to love a song because, if it’s a hit, they’ll be performing it for a very long time,” said Gentry.