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 THUNDER IN ARIZONA

Country Thunder in Florence, Arizona

Country Thunder in Florence, Arizona

Country Thunder has arrived.  Today marks the kick-off of the 4-day festival, with music, fun, and attractions for everyone.

A special announcement has been made that the award-winning bluegrass band, The Grascals, has joined the Crown Stage line-up and will be kicking off Sunday’s festivities at noon.

Starting today at 5:00 pm, the lineup includes Craig Campbell, Jason Jones, Steel Magnolia and Sawyer Brown.

Tomorrow, April 8, the performances begin at 12:30  pm with Brother Trouble, Ryan Laird, JaneDear Girls, Brantley Gilbert, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Eric Church and Jason Aldean.

For Saturday. April 9, it all starts at 11:00 with Ryan Laird, Brother Trouble, Rio Grand, Neal McCoy, The Bellamy Brothers, Rodney Atkins, Little Big Town and Martina McBride.

For the final day Sunday at 12:00 pm the performers are The Grascals, Eden’s Edge, Troy Olsen, Gloriana, Sara Evans, Clay Walker and Toby Keith.

Everything else you might want to know at www.countrythunder.com.


‘COUNTRY THUNDER’ ADDS CHARLIE DANIELS BAND

Country Thunder

WISCONSIN COUNTRY THUNDER JULY 21-24

The line-up continues to grow at the Wisconsin Country Thunder concert at Twin Lakes, WI, as Sara Evans, Josh Turner, The Charlie Daniels Band, Brett Eldredge, and Edens Edge join the festival, set for July 21-24.

Previously announced talent includes Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Martina McBride, The Zac Brown Band, Darius Rucker, Craig Morgan, Neal McCoy, Sawyer Brown, Lorrie Morgan, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Steel Magnolia, Easton Corbin, Jason Jones and Stealing Angels.

Taking place July 21-24, music fans can cowboy-up for a full 4-day general admission pass. Several tent and campsite options are available, offering primitive rugged to rustic and modern amenities.

Tickets and additional information available online: www.countrythunder.com

K.D. LANG AND THE SIS BOOM BANG TO TAKE THE “STAGECOACH” STAGE

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k.d. lang and the Siss Boom Bang will perform at the fifth STAGECOACH: CALIFORNIA’S COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL and comes with the debut of the release of the Sing it Loud album due out April 12th.

In addition, this year marks the debut of Lake Eldorado to STAGECOACH’s bustling onsite camping experience, which already features one of the largest gathering of RV campers in the Southwest.

The STAGECOACH 2011 line-up already features the return of some of country music’s top charting artists including:  Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker, Josh Turner, Easton Corbin, Loretta Lynn, Chris Young, Leon Russell, Ricky Skaggs, Jerry Douglas Trio, Gatlin Brothers, Jack Ingram, k.d. lang and the Siss Boom Bang, Mel Tillis, Rodney Crowell, Rhonda Vincent, The Punch Brothers, The Secret Sisters, Steel Magnolia, Joanna Smith, Wanda Jackson, The Coal Porters, Stealing Angels, The Gourds, Rosie Flores, Junior Brown, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, The Cleverlys, Phosphorescent, Truth & Salvage Co. and The Harters.

The festival will take place on Saturday, April 30th and Sunday, May 1st at the beautiful Empire Polo Club in Indio, Ca.

More at www.stagecoachfestival.com