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  • Humming House’s “Freight Train” Gets Fans Onboard

    cmtedge.com
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    The Nashville band Humming House is putting a new spin on making a live record. Rather than simply recording a local gig, the upbeat ensemble invited a bunch of fans and friends to a small studio in East Nashville and tapped at least one keg. The result? Humming House Party! “Like most touring bands, we pass our time on the road listening to our favorite records,” Humming House frontman Justin Tam tells CMT Edge. “Over the past year and particularly during our spring tour to SXSW, our soundtrack was the Beach Boys classic 1965 album, Beach Boys’ Party! Inspired by the jubilant and…
  • 2014 CMA Awards Nominees To Be Announced September 3

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    Jarrod Vrazel
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:32 am
    The 48th Annual CMA Awards nominees will be announced by Little Big Town  Darius Rucker  September 3, 2014 in New York City.  Airing Wednesday, November 5 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on ABC, The 48th Annual CMA Awards is broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. "We are thrilled to be a part of the CMA Awards announcements on GMA next week," exclaimed Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town. "The CMA and GMA have always been huge supporters of this band so anything we can do to be involved is always fun for us. We are looking…
  • CMT Crossroads: John Legend and Lee Ann Womack Will Air Sept. 26

    All Country News
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:54 pm
    John Legend and Lee Ann Womack have been confirmed for the next episode of CMT Crossroads. The Grammy-winning musicians will tape the episode in Franklin, Tennessee.
  • Bruce Hornsby Expresses “Two-Handed Independence”

    cmtedge.com
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Bruce Hornsby‘s adventurous Solo Concerts stretches (“Mandolin Rain”) and shatters (“Where No One’s Mad”) musical boundaries. The Virginia native’s piano work astonishes throughout with an innovative playing style he calls “two-handed independence.” “In 1995, I turned 40,” Hornsby says. “I thought, what do I want to do? Just sail off into the sunset? Rest on my laurels and play the same way the rest of my life? Do I want to ramp it up a notch and deal with some areas of virtuosic piano that I’d never explored? I chose the latter.” CMT Edge spoke…
  • Country Music Moves Beyond Nashville

    NYT > Country Music
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Country music is gaining popularity outside North America.
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  • 2014 CMA Awards Nominees To Be Announced September 3

    Jarrod Vrazel
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:32 am
    The 48th Annual CMA Awards nominees will be announced by Little Big Town  Darius Rucker  September 3, 2014 in New York City.  Airing Wednesday, November 5 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on ABC, The 48th Annual CMA Awards is broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. "We are thrilled to be a part of the CMA Awards announcements on GMA next week," exclaimed Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town. "The CMA and GMA have always been huge supporters of this band so anything we can do to be involved is always fun for us. We are looking…
  • Hunter Hayes Tattoo (Your Name) Tour

    Jarrod Vrazel
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:41 am
    Hunter Hayes announced  the Tattoo (Your Name) Tour following a performance on the Today Show’s Toyota® Concert Series this morning (August 22).  Kicking off kick off October at the Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, PA, Hayes will be joined by special guests Dan + Shay and The Railers. During the TODAY Show performance, Hayes entertained the massive crowd gathered in the plaza with his current Top 30-and-climbing single “Tattoo” as well as the No. 1 smash hit “I Want Crazy” and moving fan favorite,…
  • Garth Brooks Adds 11th Chicago Concert

    Jarrod Vrazel
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Garth Brooks has added a new concert to his Chicago dates - the eleventh show will be at 10:30 pm September 5.  Tickets for the new show go on sale Saturday August 23 at 10 am. “After seeing how happy everyone was in Atlanta about ticket access, I feel whatever the problem was has now been fixed,” Brooks said. “I would like to put on one more show in Chicago so people that wanted tickets and could not get in the system, now have a chance to see the show and get their tickets at face value and NOT have to go through the scalper/broker systems if they don’t want…
  • George Strait The Cowboy Rides Away Live Album

    Jarrod Vrazel
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:25 am
    George Strait's new live album, The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium, will be released September 16, 2014.   Featuring hits from throughout Strait’s remarkable 30+ year career, the album features special guests Jason Aldean, Ray Benson, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert and Martina McBride, and  George “Bubba” Strait, Jr.    The undisputed “King of Country Music” and reigning ACM and CMA Entertainer of the Year performed for over 1 million fans during his two-year,…
  • George Strait : The Cowboy Rides Away TV Special on CMT

    Jarrod Vrazel
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:45 am
    George Strait : The Cowboy Rides Away television special premieres on CMT Augusut 29 at 7:00-9:00 p.m. ET/PT.  Filmed lived from his final concert in Dallas, Strait is joined onstage by Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride and George "Bubba" Strait, Jr.  George Strait : The Cowboy Rides Away is an historical account told through the music from the superstar’s storied career. The special features new interviews with Strait, along with a selection of his incredible 60 No.
 
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  • Bruce Hornsby Expresses “Two-Handed Independence”

    27 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Bruce Hornsby‘s adventurous Solo Concerts stretches (“Mandolin Rain”) and shatters (“Where No One’s Mad”) musical boundaries. The Virginia native’s piano work astonishes throughout with an innovative playing style he calls “two-handed independence.” “In 1995, I turned 40,” Hornsby says. “I thought, what do I want to do? Just sail off into the sunset? Rest on my laurels and play the same way the rest of my life? Do I want to ramp it up a notch and deal with some areas of virtuosic piano that I’d never explored? I chose the latter.” CMT Edge spoke…
  • Monica Heldal Holds Out Hope for “Scarlet”

    27 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Monica Heldal will be heading to the United States this fall after staking her claim as one of Norway’s most promising singer-songwriters. Earlier this year, she won two Spellemannprisen Awards – Norway’s version of the Grammys – for best new artist and best pop solo artist. However, her subdued music also incorporates elements of Americana, bluegrass and Irish folk. “Scarlet” is a new recording that will appear on the digital version of Heldal’s debut album, Boy From the North, scheduled for a U.S. release on Sept. 16. She tells CMT Edge the narrative wasn’t inspired by the…
  • Humming House’s “Freight Train” Gets Fans Onboard

    26 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    The Nashville band Humming House is putting a new spin on making a live record. Rather than simply recording a local gig, the upbeat ensemble invited a bunch of fans and friends to a small studio in East Nashville and tapped at least one keg. The result? Humming House Party! “Like most touring bands, we pass our time on the road listening to our favorite records,” Humming House frontman Justin Tam tells CMT Edge. “Over the past year and particularly during our spring tour to SXSW, our soundtrack was the Beach Boys classic 1965 album, Beach Boys’ Party! Inspired by the jubilant and…
  • Cahalen Morrison Keeps Classic Country Tied Up Tightly

    26 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Cahalen Morrison & Country Hammer take a swing at traditional country music on “Over and Over and Over Again” and end up hitting the proverbial nail on the head. Talking about his love of classic country, Morrison tells CMT Edge, “I think it is the combination of humor and love in most of the music. The greats really called out a lot of the ridiculousness of relationships and joked about a lot of the things that are really taboo — like love, sex, drugs, etc. “Whether a lot of the material was meant to be joking or serious is beside the point, and a lot of it can really be…
  • The Howlin’ Brothers Bring the Blues to “Night and Day”

    25 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Somewhere between the blues and bluegrass, you’ll find the Howlin’ Brothers. The old-time-inspired trio is based in Nashville, yet they’re hardly ever home. However, those endless travels sparked a few song ideas for their newest album, Trouble. For example, the high-intensity “Night and Day” emerged after performing at a Canadian music festival. “We were playing up at the Winnipeg Folk Fest, and I got to catch Bambino and his set,” says Ian Craft, who plays fiddle and banjo in the Howlin’ Brothers. “It was awesome. I got to see, like, 400 people as soon as his set started,…
 
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  • Food Network’s Trisha Yearwood Nominated for 2014 CableFAX Award

    Sarah Wyland
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Courtesy of FoodNetwork.com Trisha Yearwood is cooking up more than just new music. Her Food Network show, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, has been a recipe for success. Last year, she won the “Best Host – Food” CableFAX Program Award and is a finalist once again for this year’s honor. Winners will be announced on October 14. Tour Trisha Yearwood’s kitchen >> Country stars share their favorite recipes >> Yearwood recently signed with Sony Music Nashville and RCA Records and announced her new album, Prize Fighter. The project, which does not have a…
  • The LogHeads Visit Knott’s Berry Farm

    Molly Spining
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:26 am
    To prepare for Camp Snoopy‘s 30th birthday celebration, Knott’s Berry Farm asked the stars of Great American Country’s series LogHeads to outfit the theme park in custom-made Rocky Top Log Furniture. The main restaurant at Camp Snoopy, in Grizzly Creek Lodge, needs a major renovation. In tonight’s new episode of LogHeads, which airs at 9 p.m. ET, Tommy and Gwen Mitchell travel to the theme park, where he and his team build 90 chairs, 41 tables, 38 benches, two buffets and a custom hall tree bench. Don’t worry, the LogHeads also spent some downtime exploring…
  • Little Big Town Announces The Pain Killer Tour

    Sarah Wyland
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:09 pm
    Photo courtesy of UMG Nashville. Little Big Town will launch The Pain Killer Tour on November 8 in Youngstown, Ohio. The tour, which will feature Brett Eldredge and Brothers Osborne as special guests, will stop in 13 cities, wrapping on December 13 in Rockford, Illinois. The band will release their new album, Pain Killer, on October 21. Top Tours of 2014 >> Celebrity Motor Homes >> “We are so excited to share Pain Killer and get on the road for this tour,” Karen Fairchild said. “Kimberly, Phillip, Jimi and I are thrilled to have such amazing openers in Brett and…
  • 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards Red Carpet Looks We Loved

    Molly Spining
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:17 pm
    When awards season comes around, we’re all about the celebs’ red carpet looks. Somehow, every single year the stars continue to impress us with their bold sartorial choices. In case you missed Monday night’s Primetime Emmy Awards, we collected our top five favorite outfits from the red carpet. Dresses in sparkly silver, red or white ruled the carpet, but one brave actress broke the mold, wearing a short and sassy navy number. Check out our favorite (most unexpected) looks! Photo courtesy of Getty Images Kate Walsh attended as a presenter in a bright yellow Stephane Rolland…
  • Love and Theft’s Stephen Barker Liles Marries In Nashville

    Sarah Wyland
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:08 am
    Photo courtesy of PEOPLE Country. Love and Theft’s Stephen Barker Liles married fiancee Jenna Michelle Kennedy on Sunday, August 24 at the Ruby, a boutique events center in Nashville, reports PEOPLE Country. Liles proposed to Kennedy last May and the couple welcomed a son, Jett Barker Liles, on December 2, 2013. Country Stars’ Wedding Photos >> Great American Weddings Photo Gallery >> “I am so blessed to have [Jenna] in my life and for us to become one,” Liles told People. “She is my best friend, and I am so grateful for the Lord bringing her into my life.” Liles…
 
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  • Escobar hit man freed

    27 Aug 2014 | 6:43 pm
    John Jairo Velasquez -- the top hit man for notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar in the '80s, known in Colombia as the "narcoterrorism era" -- is a free man for the first time in 22 years.
  • Laird Hamilton rides Cali hurricane surf

    27 Aug 2014 | 6:35 pm
    The latest Hurricane off the west coast produced some serious waves, much to the delight of area surfers.
  • Ebola doctors volunteer despite risk

    27 Aug 2014 | 6:28 pm
    Healthcare workers in Liberia carry on despite the growing number of casualties among their own. Nima Elbagir reports.
  • Girl, 9, kills gun instructor with Uzi

    27 Aug 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Gun experts say Charles Vacca bears much of the blame for the accident that took his life, from allowing a young child to fire a fully loaded submachine gun to standing in the wrong place.
  • How granmda got hooked on heroin

    27 Aug 2014 | 6:22 pm
    Cynthia Scudo was a mother and a grandmother who worked full-time. But behind her all-American image was a dark secret that could have killed her.
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  • Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Lineup Revealed; Stream New Lucinda Williams, Hal Ketchum Songs; Jim Lauderdale Documentary Due in September

    Juli Thanki
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:58 am
    There’s a feature on Mac Wiseman in the new issue of Country Weekly; you can also stream a song from his new album here. Dolly Parton is going to appear on The Foo Fighters’ new HBO series, Sonic Highways, which premieres October 17. Stream the title track to Hal Ketchum’s forthcoming record, I’m the Troubadour. Our pal Jeremy Dylan’s Jim Lauderdale documentary, The King of Broken Hearts, (“one of the most engaging music documentaries of the last few years,” says some dork) will be officially released on September 15. Trisha Yearwood’s new single, “PrizeFighter,” will also…
  • Album Review: Paul Thorn — Too Blessed to Be Stressed

    Juli Thanki
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:07 am
    The phrase “feel-good album” conjures up memories of subpar songs about people bravely fighting cancer or disability while dispensing wisdom. Good thing you can always rely on Paul Thorn to keep things from getting too mawkish. The soulful singer-songwriter is in fine form on his new album, Too Blessed to Be Stressed, which manages to be uplifting without descending into sap, cliché, or lyrics about kids dressed as bags of leaves. Where the track listing of his last album, 2012’s What the Hell is Goin’ On, was largely covers of songs by artists like Ray Wylie Hubbard and Buddy and…
  • Americana Awards Performers Announced; Lyle Lovett Plays Letterman; New Album Releases

    Juli Thanki
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:53 am
    Ranger Doug reads more than you, is bored to tears by Gertrude Stein. Little Big Town unveiled the cover of their next album and announced several dates on their “Pain Killer Tour.” Read the introduction to Steve Lowenthal’s Dance of Death, a biography of John Fahey. Jason Isbell, Rodney Crowell, Valerie June, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Patty Griffin, Loretta Lynn, and Taj Mahal are among the artists slated to perform at the Americana Honors and Awards Ceremony on September 17. Emmylou Harris, Marty Stuart, Elizabeth Cook, and Todd Snider are on the list of presenters. The Band…
  • Austin City Limits to Stream Nickel Creek Taping; Emmylou Harris Cancels Show; New Music Videos

    Ken Morton, Jr.
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:08 am
    The door definitely remains open for Taylor Swift to return to country music according to radio consulting firm Albright & O’Malley & Brenner’s “admittedly unscientific” poll of of 60 country music station programming executives. Mike O’Malley writes that, “By more than 4:1 the panel hoped that Taylor Swift would cut another country song in the future with 30% feeling country radio would miss Taylor. 17% said they didn’t think they would play any new Taylor Swift songs now that she’s ‘gone pop.’” Peter Cooper called out those…
  • Roots Watch: Jesse Winchester — Depth Threats and the Everlasting Boogie

    Barry Mazor
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    The cliché about musical sons of the Deep South (believed in most fervently of all by some sons of the place themselves) is that the true Southern Man, a child of nature with peat moss and mustard greens between his toes, does not and will not discombobulate himself with such encumbrances as complicated philosophical thought and arduous contradictions.  The extraordinary singer and songwriter Jesse Winchester, son of an airman, born on a Bossier City, Louisiana Air Force base, and raised in rural Mississippi and in Memphis, was aware of these directives, digested them even, could not have…
 
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  • Quotable Country – 08/24/14 Edition

    C.M. Wilcox
    24 Aug 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. The thing about Nashville is: Nashville is not Nashville any longer. When I was a kid, there were 400,000 people here. Over two million now. People who are moving here have no regard for the history of this city. They have no regard for our landmarks or anything. They’re just tearing everything down and throwing up these terrible glass buildings everywhere. The thing is, because of that stupid television show—it makes us looks like douchebags. It makes everyone who lives in Nashville look douchebags. That’s the thing. The city…
  • EmiSunshine Plays “Johnny, June, and Jesus”

    C.M. Wilcox
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:51 am
    EmiSunshine made her Grand Ole Opry debut earlier this month. There’s no shame in admitting that you were nowhere near this cool at 10 years old. (You probably didn’t have 210,247 Facebook likes at 10 years old, either.)
  • Quotable Country – 08/17/14 Edition

    C.M. Wilcox
    17 Aug 2014 | 5:08 pm
    Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. I just kind of side in with whoever I’m with on things. Call it two-faced, or whatever, but if you show your true face every time, you’re in trouble, you know? People cause me to project a different personality, and the effect of their personality on me causes me to halter somewhat. I’ve tried to have a personality that goes along with the saying ‘When in Rome, do as the Romans do.’ You go down there to Rome and act like a gung-ho Texan, and some Italian might walk up and whip your ass. ● — Shape-shifting country legend…
  • Country Haiku #515

    Country Haiku
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:57 pm
    This song’s about dirt And stuff you can do with it So yeah, we’re way deep
  • Quotable Country – 08/10/14 Edition

    C.M. Wilcox
    10 Aug 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. We’re writing what people want to hear. So what’s the backlash? More ticket sales? More money coming into Nashville? What’s wrong with that? ● — Dallas Davidson to Country Aircheck on bro country. “I love bro country,” [Craig] Wiseman says. “It’s been years since I’ve been a fan of everything as much as I have been lately, where I can just leave Country radio on and dig every song that goes by for an hour or two.” Wiseman is puzzled by those who say they’re tiring of the music. He recalls a pre-show dinner with…
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  • Josh Abbott Band – “Hangin’ Around”

    Matt Bjorke
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Texas-based country music band Josh Abbott Band is set to take the nation by storm with their first official single released from their new record deal with Warner Music Nashville. “Hangin’ Around” has everything we’ve come to like about the band including Abbott’s trademark vocals. It’s now one of SiriusXM The Highway’s most-requested new tracks. Take a listen (above) to “Hangin’ Around.” The post Josh Abbott Band – “Hangin’ Around” appeared first on RoughStock.
  • Blake Shelton – “Neon Light”

    Matt Bjorke
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Blake Shelton’s new album Bringin’ Back The Sunshine will be released in a few weeks. As with every superstar release, a pre-album track has been sent to radio and iTunes with “Neon Light” being that preview track. “Neon Light” blends the best of both worlds for Blake Shelton with a nod to the past with his vocal phrasing and the lyrics of the track while the production from Scott Hendricks keeps it fresh and modern, with a cool use of banjo and programmed tracks. Some may dislike the way this song is going but we find it to be the perfect balance of the…
  • Marshall Tucker Band To Release Vintage Recordings

    Alanna Conaway
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Just when you thought you had it all when it comes to the legendary Marshall Tucker Band, they are coming out with a historic recording from their 1977 Englishtown, New Jersey concert that reportedly drew more than 150,000 fans. Live From Englishtown is set to hit the marketplace on September 30, 2014 via the band’s Ramblin’ Records and will be distributed nationally through RED Distribution. “The 1977 Englishtown concert was one of the largest shows in the history of The Marshall Tucker Band,” say MTB’s founding member and lead vocalist, Doug Gray. “This…
  • Tim McGraw Comes Swinging With “Shotgun Rider” As Latest Single

    Alanna Conaway
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:47 am
    Tim McGraw is preparing for the release of his upcoming album, Sundown Heaven Town, with the release of a brand new single, “Shotgun Rider.”  The breezy track touts romantic notions with an infectious melody and was made available to radio this week via Play MPE. “This is one of those songs that really paints a picture and sets a mood,” says McGraw. “In my mind, you look over and see the person that you love next to you sitting in the front seat, and you think, ‘How good do I have it? Life is perfect.’ There is a certain warmth to this song and…
  • Rascal Flatts Tapped for MDA Show of Strength Telethon

    Alanna Conaway
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    One thing you can count on when it comes to country music is that artists will always go above and beyond the call of duty to help give back. Well now, the Grand Ole Opry is set to be showcased this weekend when the MDA Show of Strength Telethon airs Opry performances by Opry members Rascal Flatts (“My Wish”) and RCA recording artist Sara Evans (“A Little Bit Stronger”). The long-standing Labor Day Weekend telethon, which helps provide life-enhancing support and services for the families it serves, will air on Sunday, August 31, at 9/8 EST/CT on the ABC Television Network. Past Opry…
 
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  • Shania Twain's manager shares some insight on Shake It Off..

    Ashley
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:05 pm
    The song literally has so much steam it could bulldoze through a mountain. It just made a debut on Billboard Hot 100 in the NUMERO UNO spot and doesn't show signs of slowing down. So, is Nashville bitter about it yet? If Jason Owen's opinion means anything, then not at...
  • Sam Hunt knows how to score...

    Ashley
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:43 am
    The former college quarterback is familiar with scoring on the field and off. Wait...that didn't sound right. What I meant is now he also knows how to score on the charts. The new country hottie scored the highest Highest Debut on Top Country Albums With 'X2C' I'd say that's not...
  • Ever want to own a piece of Naomi Judd?

    Ashley
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:36 am
    Your opportunity to own a piece of Judd history is very close.. The Beverly Hills auction firm Julien's will put together an auction in November to help the legend help auction off some of her treasures! And this isn't just any ol' auction. This auction includes a collection that includes...
  • LeAnn Rimes and Trace Adkins sing Chelsea Lately off into the sunset

    Shannon
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:13 am
    Chelsea Handler is on her way to Netflix for a new talk show. To help make her last episode of Chelsea Lately on E! memorable, a whole bunch of celebs got together to sing a funny We Are The World spoof. Joining the group were none other than Trace Adkins...
  • Josh Gracin gets back to the music

    Shannon
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:55 am
    After scaring fans earlier this month with what appeared to be a suicide note on Facebook, Josh Gracin is back on Facebook and back to his music. Yesterday, he posted two videos on Facebook of him singing songs from a recent songwriting session. He's also back on the road. On...
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  • Five news organizations host series of Austin City Council candidate forums

    Erin Geisler
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:59 pm
    AUSTIN, Texas — Aug. 27 2014 — Five Austin news organizations are hosting a series of candidate forums for the 10 Austin City Council districts and the mayoral race.“The Austin Chronicle,” “The Austin Monitor,” KUT News, KXAN-TV (NBC affiliate) and Univision are collaborating to host “Ballot Boxing,” a series of in-district Austin City Council candidate debates as a prelude to the city’s geographically-dependent-City Council elections.The series will include audience participation and, in some cases, live web streaming.
  • City Council Will Consider Turning 'Barking Springs' Into an Off-Leash Park

    Andrew Weber
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:43 pm
    The Austin City Council will consider whether or not to turn the "free side" of Barton Springs Pool – some call it "Barking Springs" – into a city park.A proposal from Council Member Chris Riley on tomorrow's agenda calls for studying the idea of turning the spillway that bridges the springs and Lady Bird Lake into an off-leash dog park, as well as allowing swimming there. Riley's resolution would direct City Manager Marc Ott to ask the Parks and Recreation Board and the Animal Advisory Commission what city code would need to be changed to make the park a…
  • Who Exactly Are the Local, State & Federal Authorities on the Texas-Mexico Border?

    Ben Philpott
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:23 am
    Security at the Texas-Mexico border has grown exponentially after an influx of undocumented, and often unaccompanied, migrant children in recent months. In response to the surge, Texas Governor Rick Perry has deployed up to one thousand National Guard troops. In addition, there's been a surge in federal Border Patrol agents and Department of Public Safety troopers.Suffice to say, there are a lot of boots on the ground along the Rio Grande. But what exactly is the role and responsibility of every local, state and federal agency in securing the border?
  • Back Home, Freed American Journalist Says He's 'Overwhelmed By Emotion'

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:19 am
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bA8OY7intFQ
  • AISD Passes 2015 Budget, Approves Pay Increase for Teachers & Employees

    Kate McGee
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:34 am
    Last night, the Austin Independent School District board approved a 2015 budget of over $1 billion, which includes pay increases for teachers and employees.However, those increases are a one-time deal due to the so-called "recapture program" in the state's school finance laws, which will require a reallocation of $175 million in Travis County property taxes this year.
 
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  • Building Buzz

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:20 am
    Mark Ramsey did a terrific presentation a few years ago at CRS on “How To Build A Buzz Plan.”  Here’s a brief replay.Step #1 - using buzz to your advantageAre we buzz-worthy?1.  Are we that good?2.  What’s NEW?3.  Is the station easy to talk about?4.  Authenticity rules.  Make only claims you can support.5.  Find network “hubs” (influencers in your social circle)6.  Get those "huggers" involved in your radio station.7.  Give away “free samples,” bite-size audio and video chunks of your radio station.8.  Be outrageous and…
  • How's Your PR?

    25 Aug 2014 | 6:18 am
    Do you have regular contact with all of the media people who tend to write about radio?If not, put together a group meeting with as many of your talent and management team as possible and "meet the press" as a group.  They are reporters.  All it will take is for you to pay for the nibbles and beverages.Don't do it until you have "news" for them.  Write a press release with the who, what, where, when, why and how.  Include your contact name and number.  Plan on starting with a "statement" about what you're doing that you hope they cover.  Take questions.If some…
  • Studying The Target

    22 Aug 2014 | 8:17 am
    “Focus,” as author Al Ries (and his daughter in the years since) has been preaching (he wrote a great book on it) is the key to owning a category in a prospect’s mind.  Also, the focus needs to be on the needs of the user not the product you’re hoping to sell.  That starts by getting to know who it is you want to listen to your radio station.Otherwise, you're guilty of "fire, ready. aim."Odds are you are either younger or older than they are.  So, what can you do to create a reality-based picture that will prove to be effective?Join a local service club that attracts…
  • The Wrong Profession

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:22 pm
    I don't care so much about the ones who won't do the work; the people who sign up with The Jock Doc, pay their money and expect that just by talking with me for fifty minutes a week, they'll somehow improve.No, the ones who really get to me are those who practice and think and do their assignments, and yet, after six weeks together, I'm pretty sure they'll never make it as radio personalities.I'd be the last one to tell them that, and it's not because I'm afraid to hurt their feelings; it's because there's an old radio truism: everybody in this business, me included, has had one person along…
  • Get More Remotes/Appearances

    19 Aug 2014 | 6:09 am
    Talent fees can be a nice “extra” bonus, and it seems like certain air personalities have a few secrets that make them the one that clients request more than everyone else.Ask for a tour of the business in advance.  You’ll be better able to talk about ‘behind the scenes’ stories you pick up.Find out direct from the boss/manager what main points they want to make during your broadcast.Never ask “how’s it going?”  Seldom will a client tell talent that things are going terrifically and they are making tons of money.  They’re afraid you’ll ask for a higher rate…
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  • DARIUS RUCKER RELEASES NEW SINGLE “HOMEGROWN HONEY”

    Country Music News
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Capitol Records Nashville’s Darius Rucker released his new single, “Homegrown Honey,” to Country radio today. “Homegrown Honey” was written by Darius, label mate Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum and Nathan Chapman. This is the first single from Darius’ fourth solo country album to be released in early 2015. “Homegrown Honey” is currently available for purchase at all digital retailers. “This is the first time I’ve gotten to write with my buddy Charles Kelley and their [Lady Antebellum's] producer Nathan Chapman and I’m sure glad we did!,” shares…
  • LUKE BRYAN’S CRASH MY PLAYA LINE-UP REVEALED FOR JANUARY 23-27, 2015

    Country Music News
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:21 am
    Four-day Musical Event Packages Available Today RIVIERA MAYA, Mexico (August 22, 2014) – Ticket packages for the highly anticipated Luke Bryan Crash My Playa concert, presented by CID Presents, are now available. The exclusive four-day country concert event – including performances from Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and Cole Swindell – will take place in Riviera Maya on January 23 – 27, 2015. This intimate country concert experience has limited availability, and full package details and reservations can be found at www.crashmyplaya.com. All packages for Luke Bryan’s Crash My…
  • HUNTER HAYES ANNOUNCES TATTOO (YOUR NAME) TOUR!

    Country Music News
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:16 am
    Fall headlining tour to kick off Thursday, October 30 at Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pennsylvania NASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 22, 2014) – Following a sizzling performance on the TODAY Show’s Toyota® Concert Series this morning, four-time GRAMMY nominee Hunter Hayes officially announced his fall headlining tour, the Hunter Hayes Tattoo (Your Name) Tour, set to kick off Thursday, Oct. 30 at the Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Penn. Warner Music Nashville labelmates Dan + Shay and The Railers will join Hayes as supporting acts for the tour, which will be produced by AEG…
  • THE SECRET SISTERS TO APPEAR ON “TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON” ON FRIDAY, AUG. 22

    Country Music News
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:04 pm
    The Secret Sisters Performance Will Support Their Album PUT YOUR NEEDLE DOWN: DELUXE EDITION, Available Exclusively at all Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® Locations and CrackerBarrel.com Nashville, Tenn. – (Aug. 18, 2014) – Critically-acclaimed musical duo The Secret Sisters will perform on NBC-TV’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Friday, Aug. 22. The duo will perform the song “Iuka” from their current album Put Your Needle Down: Deluxe Edition, which is available exclusively at all Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations and…
  • Brantley Gilbert Headlining Lakeside Country Bash

    Shauna Castorena
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Brantley Gilbert announced as headliner for the annual Lakeside Country Bash fundraising concert in Fort Meyers, FL Saturday December 13th Tickets go on sale Friday, Aug. 22 for the sixth annual Lakeside Country Bash to benefit Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation. The concert features chart-topping country artist Brantley Gilbert and will be held Saturday, Dec. 13 with gates opening at 2 p.m. at Lakes Regional Park. Gilbert earned the Recording Industry Association of America’s gold certification for his third album “Just As I Am” released by Valory Music Group. The album also…
 
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  • Bob Seger Set To Ride Out On 10/14

    That Nashville Sound
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:42 am
    Bob Seger announced that he will release a brand new album entitled Ride Out on October 14 that will include a brand new single called "Detroit Made."Produced by Seger, the new collection stays true to his legendary sound as he effortlessly marries rock, blues and country, yielding an album with all the hallmarks of the rocker’s deep catalog of hits. Seger began teasing tracks from the album during his 2013 tour, including “Detroit Made,” “All of The Roads” and “California Stars.” “I feel really good about this record,” says Seger. “This album touches on how I think a lot…
  • New Music Video From Chris Lane- "Broken Windshield View"

    That Nashville Sound
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:58 am
  • Chely Wright Looks To Kickstarter To Fund New Album

    That Nashville Sound
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:59 am
    Chely Wright has announced that she'll be heading back into the studio to record a new album and has gone to the fans that have been supporters of hers to help her crowd-fund the project to get it recorded and then promoted- with a hopeful release date of summer 2015.  Says Wright:"I’ve been writing a lot of songs in the past few years and I'm ready to start recording my next album. I need your help. We’re officially kicking off my Kickstarter Campaign. I will make a record in the same way I’ve always made records—using the best musicians, the best engineers and recording in the…
  • New Live Music Video From Crystal Shawanda- "I Will Love Always Love"

    That Nashville Sound
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:58 am
  • New Music Video From George Strait- "Give It All We Got Tonight"

    That Nashville Sound
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:52 am
 
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  • Bob Seger Set To Ride Out On 10/14

    That Nashville Sound
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:42 am
    Bob Seger announced that he will release a brand new album entitled Ride Out on October 14 that will include a brand new single called "Detroit Made."Produced by Seger, the new collection stays true to his legendary sound as he effortlessly marries rock, blues and country, yielding an album with all the hallmarks of the rocker’s deep catalog of hits. Seger began teasing tracks from the album during his 2013 tour, including “Detroit Made,” “All of The Roads” and “California Stars.” “I feel really good about this record,” says Seger. “This album touches on how I think a lot…
  • New Music Video From Chris Lane- "Broken Windshield View"

    That Nashville Sound
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:58 am
  • Chely Wright Looks To Kickstarter To Fund New Album

    That Nashville Sound
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:59 am
    Chely Wright has announced that she'll be heading back into the studio to record a new album and has gone to the fans that have been supporters of hers to help her crowd-fund the project to get it recorded and then promoted- with a hopeful release date of summer 2015.  Says Wright:"I’ve been writing a lot of songs in the past few years and I'm ready to start recording my next album. I need your help. We’re officially kicking off my Kickstarter Campaign. I will make a record in the same way I’ve always made records—using the best musicians, the best engineers and recording in the…
  • New Live Music Video From Crystal Shawanda- "I Will Love Always Love"

    That Nashville Sound
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:58 am
  • New Music Video From George Strait- "Give It All We Got Tonight"

    That Nashville Sound
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:52 am
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