Saturday, December 29, 2012

Pepsi and Beyonce Invite Fans to Help Kick Off the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show


Fans will have the chance to be a part of the First Ever Crowd-Sourced Super Bowl Halftime Introduction And Help Welcome Beyonce to the Stage

PURCHASE, N.Y.,  -- Pepsi and Beyonce are inviting fans to help make this year's Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show one of the most memorable and compelling shows ever.  Beginning on Saturday, December 29th, fans are encouraged to submit photos of specific "poses" in hopes of being selected for a chance of a lifetime – to appear in an on-air introduction welcoming Beyonce to the stage for the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show.
Beginning Saturday, December 29, Pepsi will take over Times Square with digital billboards calling fans to submit their photos.  Fans who visit will be given a series of poses to photograph, including head bopping, feet tapping, and yes, even hips shaking.  Hundreds of photos uploaded at with the hashtag  #PepsiHalftime will be used to introduce the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show and to welcome Beyonce to the world's biggest stage. The show will air on CBS on February 3, 2013.
In addition, people who submit their photos by January 11 th will be entered into a drawing for a chance to be one of 50 lucky fans selected for an unforgettable on-field experience during Beyonce's Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show performance seen by millions of viewers at home.  These fans will be able to bring a friend to New Orleans, participate in dress rehearsals during the week leading up to the show, and be a part of the Halftime Show's on-field dance team on Super Bowl Sunday. 
"Pepsi is bringing to life its 'Live for Now' mindset which places fans at the center of this experience," said Angelique Krembs, vice president of marketing, Pepsi.  "Pepsi is looking for new ways to involve fans in the Halftime Show experience, and 'live' it like never before. And this is just the beginning. Only Pepsi could offer these amazing experiences, and we are proud to be able to work with our partners at the NFL, CBS and with Beyonce in this unique and creative manner."
Pepsi has also created a local promotion for residents of the New Orleans area.  Pepsi will select an additional 50 winners and their guests from Pepsi's local retail partners, and give them an on-field experience at the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show.  These fans will also be on the field during Beyonce's performance. 
Photo submissions for #PepsiHalftime will end on January 19 th. For official rules and information, fans can visit The "NFL Entities" (as defined in the official rules) have not offered or sponsored the sweepstakes in any way.
About PepsiCo
PepsiCo is a global food and beverage leader with net revenues of more than $65 billion and a product portfolio that includes 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in annual retail sales. Our main businesses – Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade, Frito-Lay and Pepsi-Cola – make hundreds of enjoyable foods and beverages that are loved throughout the world. PepsiCo's people are united by our unique commitment to sustainable growth by investing in a healthier future for people and our planet, which we believe also, means a more successful future for PepsiCo. We call this commitment Performance with Purpose: PepsiCo's promise to provide a wide range of foods and beverages for local tastes; to find innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment by conserving energy and water and reducing packaging volume; to provide a great workplace for our associates; and to respect, support and invest in the local communities where we operate. For more information, please visit


Old Rock House announces two shows

BAM! Bluegrass Avalanche in Missouri!
featuring The Hatrick & The Hillbenders
w/ The Get Down Boys
Saturday, February 2nd
Doors 8pm Show 9pm
$8 Advance $10 Day of Show
Over 18 Only

Mystic Nights of the Purple Haze & ORH Concerts Present:
Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball
featuring Big Sam's Funky Nation & Funky Butt Brass Band
Friday, February 8th
Doors 8pm Show 9pm
$15 Advance $20 Day of Show
Over 18 Only

Madonna Announces Completion Of 10 Schools In Malawi In Partnership With buildOn

More Than 4,800 Children To Be Enrolled Next Year

NEW YORK,  -- As part of Madonna's ongoing commitment to support orphans and vulnerable children in poverty stricken Malawi, ten primary schools have been completed that will serve to educate 4,871 children. These schools are located in rural villages across Malawi and are a result of the partnership between Madonna, her charity Raising Malawi and the global nonprofit buildOn.  The ten schools, which were scheduled to be built over 18 months, have been completed six months ahead of schedule.  Six of the schools are already in use and all ten will be up and running in January 2013 for the first day of school in the New Year.
The project was originally announced early this year as a major initiative of Raising Malawi, which has already provided millions of dollars in support of orphanages, a network of orphan care service providers, health clinics, a scholarship program for girls, and the schools with buildOn.
The location for each school was chosen from a list of communities in need of new infrastructure. The Ministry of Education Office in the Kasungu District was an important partner, providing both the teachers and curriculum after each school was completed.
"I am overjoyed that my commitment along with buildOn's to help educate the children of Malawi has come to fruition.  In a country where girls have little opportunity for education, it's additionally inspiring to know that more than half the students attending will be young girls.  The fact that more than 4,800 children in Malawi will get to go to school next year is a tremendous step forward for their individual growth and the growth of Malawi," commented Madonna.
Consistently ranked among the world's 20 least developed countries on the UN's Human Development Index, Malawi has long been challenged by economic stagnation and a lack of access to education.  With support from Madonna and Raising Malawi, buildOn was able double the reach of its school construction program within a year.
"Madonna's commitment to the children of Malawi is inspiring," said Jim Ziolkowski, founder and CEO of buildOn.  "Through Raising Malawi's support we were able to build 10 schools that will educate literally generations of children who need it the most."
Photos of two of the schools and students in attached links:

About Raising Malawi
Raising Malawi was founded in 2006 to bring an end to the extreme poverty and hardship endured by Malawi's 1 million orphans and vulnerable children.  Raising Malawi supports community-based organizations that provide these children and their caregivers with critical resources including food, clothing, shelter, education, medical care, and psychosocial support.
About buildOn
buildOn is a non-governmental organization that is breaking the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education.  Since 1991, buildOn has brought literacy to girls and boys and their parents and grandparents, in developing countries around the world.  In the U.S., buildOn's afterschool service programs mobilize urban teens to lift up their communities through intensive local service and change the world and by building schools in some of the poorest countries on the planet.  To date, buildOn has constructed 500 schools worldwide, including 73 schools in villages in Malawi.
Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo Ready to Rock in the
New Year on FOX News Channel

“All American New Year” Special
Airing Live from Times Square

New York, NY (December 27, 2012) - Rock stars Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo will ring in 2013 during the “All American New Year” special presented by FOX News Channel on December 31.  The New Year’s Eve program will be hosted by Bill Hemmer and Megyn Kelly live from Times Square in New York.  It’s set to air from 11:00 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (ET).

In addition to the exclusive performance by Grammy-winning Benatar and Giraldo, the stellar lineup will include classical vocalist Sarah Brightman, and the cast of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Million Dollar Quartet.  FOX News Channel’s Kimberly Guilfoyle, Greg Gutfeld, Anna Kooiman and Maria Molina will also join the rockin’ year-end celebration.

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo fans can get in on the action during the program by texting holiday messages which will appear on a special screen ticker throughout the broadcast. Texting prompts will be provided during the show.

For show updates and more information, please visit:

Lady Gaga's Born Brave Bus Tour & National Council Promote Youth Mental Health

WASHINGTON, Dec. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Council for Behavioral Health (National Council) has partnered with Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation to promote mental health awareness and resilience among young people. National Council member organizations provide onsite 'bravery tips' and mental health resources as part of a 27-city Born Brave Bus Tour hosted by the foundation in conjunction with Lady Gaga's concert tour.
On the afternoon of each concert, "little monsters," as devoted Gaga fans call themselves, will come together to share stories of bravery and empowerment. The National Council has partnered with the National Association of School Psychologists to offer onsite interactive activities and resources to help these young people understand that mental health problems are common and treatable and that seeking help for themselves or their friends is an act of bravery.
Mental health professionals staffing the tour events will reinforce the message that young people can play an active role in caring for their own mental health and that of their friends and classmates. Key messages of the Born Brave Bus Tour are:
  • Be brave: Know your strengths
  • Act brave: Share your strengths
  • Stay brave: Build your strengths
Youth in need of intervention will be connected to local resources, with information also online at
"The National Council designated 2013 as 'the Year of  Youth,'" said Linda Rosenberg, President and CEO of the National Council. "At a time like this, our members have renewed their commitment to working with their communities to ensure that young people have a brighter future. We are honored to work with Lady Gaga and the Born This Way Foundation to build momentum in communities that will sustain the message of bravery."
Among the National Council's offerings is Youth Mental Health First Aid (, a training that uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis, select interventions, and provide initial help. The course teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of problems that can occur during adolescents, including eating disorders, anxiety, depression, AD/HD, and substance use disorders. Mental Health First Aid has trained 80,000+ people across the US.
"Now more than ever, our kids need access to support within their communities, including mental health services," said Cynthia Germanotta, Born This Way Foundation President and Co-Founder and Lady Gaga's mother. "By connecting youth to these local resources, we hope to plant the seeds that will help them deal with today's challenges and inspire them to continue exercising their strength and bravery well after the Born Brave Bus leaves town. We are incredibly grateful to our partners for helping to make the Born Brave Bus Tour a reality. To have this many reputable national organizations come together at a local level is revolutionary."
The National Council for Behavioral Health (National Council) is the unifying voice of America's behavioral health organizations. Together with our 2,000 member organizations, we serve our nation's most vulnerable citizens -- more than 8 million adults and children with mental illnesses and addiction disorders. We are committed to providing comprehensive, high-quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery and inclusion in all aspects of community life. The National Council coordinates the Mental Health First Aid program across the USA. (
The Born This Way Foundation was created by Lady Gaga and her mother Cynthia Germanotta to foster a more accepting society, where differences are embraced and individuality is celebrated. The Foundation is dedicated to creating a safe community that helps connect young people with the skills and opportunities they need to build a kinder, braver world. (
For more information contact Meena Dayak, or 301.602.8474
SOURCE National Council for Behavioral Health
Where: Detroit, MI

When: June 8 + 9, 2013


Details to come in 2013.

Dailey & Vincent
When Bluegrass takes a walk on the Gospel side . . .

The Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent
Nominated for Best Bluegrass Album
at the 55th GRAMMY® Awards

“The duo of Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent has cracked open the formalism of religious string-band music by reaching out to mainstream country and even some humor to create an irresistible album. Of course, it helps that their duet singing is prettier than just about anyone’s.”
-The Washington Post

“ . . . a Spirit-filled tour de force of hair-raising vocal harmony that crosses Bill Monroe with Bill Gaither and counts off various stripes of country-gospel like so many flowers on the wall, with Southern gospel, old-timey spirituals and mountain-music styles sharing a pew with tunes from Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton and Buck Owens.”
-Country Weekly

“ . . . built around the exquisite harmonies that Jamie and Darrin seem to bring to everything they sing.”
-Bluegrass Today

“ . . . the music lacks nothing in the way of excellent performance and good spirit.”
-Bluegrass Unlimited

“ . . . their strength is the kind of close harmony that made the Louvins and McReynolds household names in country music . . .”
-Country Standard Time

  • The Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent debuted in January 2012 at #1 on Billboard magazine’s Top Bluegrass Albums Chart and at #3 on the Top Contemporary Christian Chart.  Click here to listen to samples of each of the 12 tracks.
  • This is the second GRAMMY® nomination for Dailey & Vincent. The first was in 2011 for the song “Elizabeth” from Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers, which was nominated for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.
  • Both nominated projects were released on Rounder Records and are available exclusively through Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®.

Saturday, December 22, 2012


Bice to make Broadway debut in ‘Pump Boys & Dinettes’ March 2013

Visit www.bobice.comNashville, Tenn. (December 18, 2012) – Bo Bice, Sugar Money Records artist, signs with newly-formed Altar Agency and announces the upcoming lead role in the revival of the 1980’s Broadway musical ‘Pump Boys and Dinettes’. The production will be held at the Circle in the Square Theater with preview performances to commence March 19, 2013 with an official open April 8th.

The original production opened off-Broadway in 1981 and moved to Broadway in February 1982, completing 573 performances over 16 months.  The musical is a tribute to rural American life centered around a roadside restaurant and filling station on Highway 57 in North Carolina.  Tony winner John Doyle (for “Sweeny Todd”, Director) is also set to direct the ‘Pump Boys’ revival, where the cast ensemble doubles as the show’s band.  It received both Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations for Best Musical.

Bice, a runner-up finalist to Carrie Underwood on American Idol’s fourth season, has released three studio albums. He has also recorded and performed with Carlos Santana, Ritchie Sambora, Willie Nelson, Chad Kroeger and Lynyrd Skynyrd, amongst others, and is now expanding his already eclectic repertoire to include Broadway.

“Altar Agency is excited to welcome Bo Bice to their roster,” says General Manager D. Scott Miller.  “We are truly excited with all that is to come in 2013”.
Two new shows announced for Old Rock House

Friday, March 8th
Doors 7pm
Show 8pm $10 Advance $12 Day of Show All Ages

Caveman was born in New York in January of 2010, when a group of friends decided it was time to put aside their boyhood ways and start being men. The sound they crafted in that large, dark room is equal parts chamber pop, dreamscape, and horror film score. At a Caveman show you will hear four-part harmonies, spaced-out guitars, synths, and, yes, much drumming. This has been a gallant year for the band, as since their first birthday they have shared the stage with bands such as Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes, White Rabbits, Here We Go Magic, Cursive, Amazing Baby, and Blue Oyster Cult.

Marcus Foster
The Listening Room Series   
w/ Ruston Kelly
Saturday, March 16th
Doors 7pm
 Show 8pm $17 Reserved $12 General Admission $60 VIP Package All Ages

**VIP Package Includes:
One reserved ticket, VIP early entry into the venue, Access to preshow soundcheck, Exclusive meet & greet with Marcus Foster, Personal photograph with Marcus Foster, Autographed 8x10 photo, Collectible tour poster, Official meet & greet laminate

A key drive behind Marcus´ work is a desire, not only to avoid the comfort zone of recreating old sounds, but to challenge himself in such a way that he can produce music and stories that, whilst in debt to the past, have been yet unheard. After contributing one song to the first Twilight soundtrack in 2008, his popularity with audiences in the U.S. and Europe developed exponentially, which helped to vindicate his commitment to his craft. For 2012, Foster is about to release a new EP The Last House.

Rolling Stone, Washington Post, Rhapsody, AOL’s The Boot and More Name Pickler’s 100 Proof “Best Of 2012”
2013 Promises New Music on Black River Entertainment  
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Spearheaded by the release of her critically-acclaimed album 100 Proof in early January and rounded out with the signing of a new record deal with Black River Entertainment in October, the year 2012 has meant tons of excitement and career momentum for country music songstress Kellie Pickler.  Now, as the nation’s top music critics reflect on what a year it’s been with their “Best Of 2012” album nods, Pickler celebrates the merriment of the season with coveted placement at the top of Rolling Stone’s “Best Country Albums of 2012” list, No. 7 on Washington Post’s “Best Music of 2012” list, No. 2 on Rhapsody’s “Top 30 Country Albums for 2012,” and No. 6 on AOL’s The Boot “Best Country Albums of 2012.” Fans can expect 2013 to also be an exciting year for Pickler as she gears up to release a new single from her forthcoming new album.
Alongside their top rating, Rolling Stone wrote, “100 Proof may be the best traditionalist album of the year. Pickler wraps her big lustrous voice around old-fashioned honky tonk, rollicking road stories and big ballads, all produced with a perfect balance of throwback twang and contemporary sheen.” Critic Chris Richards from the Washington Post added, “Pickler uses that big voice to sing big songs about no-good men, absentee parents, the ghost of Tammy Wynette and her own backbone, which suddenly sounds as if it were made of aerospace-grade titanium.” Lastly, AOL’s The Boot says, “Kellie included what are perhaps the most personal songs of her career, ‘Mother’s Day,’ and ‘The Letter (To Daddy)’, on the project, wearing her heart on her musical sleeve.”
Before the music critics’ end-of-year verdicts were revealed, CMT’s Editorial Director Chet Flippo agreed, “100 Proof is probably the best pure country album in recent years. There are raw and troubling songs, painful personal truths and family sorrows laid bare. But there’s also an indomitable human will to survive and even rejoice in that survival.”
100 Proof is available in stores and online, everywhere music is sold.
To stay updated on additional accolades and find out when you can catch Kellie out on tour, stay tuned to

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Jake Owen, ACA Breakthrough Artist of the Year,
Added to Wisconsin’s Star-Studded Lineup

Country Thunder Adds New Online Merchandise Store
Dec. 31, 2012 Is Last Day To Purchase $99 4-Day Weekend Pass

Twin Lakes, WI (December 14, 2012) – Fresh off of scoring his third consecutive No. 1 single, Jake Owen has been added to the list of country stars set to take the Country Thunder stage in Twin Lakes, Wis., July 18-21, 2013. Additionally, Sarah Darling and Dean Alexander join the line-up, which includes previously-announced performers Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Little Big Town and more. Lady Antebellum’s previously-announced performance at Country Thunder on July 21st has been cancelled, as Hillary Scott is expecting her first baby and will not be able to travel and perform through the summer.

With Christmas right around the corner, Country Thunder has just added a brand new online merchandise store for everyone’s last minute gifts. Whether it is a small stocking stuffer or 4-day passes, has the perfect item for any country music fan!

For those looking to purchase passes December 31, 2012 is the last day to take advantage of the $99 early bird rate, so don’t delay! Visit online at or call 866.802.6418 to purchase today.

Also, due to overwhelming response, Country Thunder has announced the release of a limited number of new campsites available for purchase beginning Friday, Dec. 14 at 9:00am CT.

For campsite owners, all amenities are now available including Port-O-Potty Rentals and Extra Vehicle Passes, so reserve yours today to complete your campsite!

All up-to-date information on Country Thunder can be found at or call the offices at (866) 802-6418.

About Jake Owen
Since releasing his chart-topping album, Barefoot Blue Jean Night, RCA Nashville's Jake Owen has emerged as one of country music’s leading vocalists. The album has delivered three consecutive No. 1 hit singles, the first two of which held the top spot on the chart for multiple weeks - the PLATINUM-selling title track, GOLD-certified “Alone with You" and “The One That Got Away.” Jake’s high-energy live show and captivating songs have landed him sought-after opening slots nationwide with Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw and his first headlining tour, CMT ON TOUR JAKE OWEN: THE SUMMER NEVER ENDS 2012. Jake made CMT history with the most consecutive sold-out shows for the annual nationwide tour since its inception eleven years ago. In 2013, Jake will join Jason Aldean's NIGHT TRAIN TOUR. The Florida native's ode to summer, his new Endless Summer EP, made an impressive debut at #2 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. Jake has appeared on Good Morning AmericaThe Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel LIVE and Chelsea  Lately. He first captured the national spotlight with his hits “Startin’ with Me,” “Don’t Think I Can’t Love You” and “Eight Second Ride.” His revival of “Life in a Northern Town” with Sugarland and Little Big Town in 2008 earned him Grammy and CMA Award nominations. Jake was recently named the American Country Awards' 2012 Breakthrough Artist of the Year adding to his nod as 2009’s Top New Male Vocalist by the Academy of Country Music. Earlier this year, Entertainment Weekly’s music issue ranked him among “The 30 Greatest Artists Right Now.”

5:30-6:30pm Chris Janson
7:00-8:30pm Justin Moore
9:00-10:30pm Dierks Bentley

1:00-2:00pm TBA
2:30-3:30pm Morgan Frazier
4:00-5:00pm Parmalee
5:30-6:30pm Dustin Lynch
7:00-8:30pm Little Big Town
9:00-10:30pm   Keith Urban

1:00-2:00pm TBA
2:30-3:30pm Sweetwater Rain
4:00-5:00pm Phil Vassar
5:30-6:30pm Lee Brice
7:00-8:30pm Chris Young
9:00-10:30pm  Brad Paisley

1:00-2:00pm Dean Alexander
2:30-3:30pm Sarah Darling
4:00-5:00pm Edens Edge
5:30-6:30pm Joe Nichols
7:00-8:00pm TBA
8:30-10:00pm  Jake Owen

(St. Louis – December 13, 2012) St. Louis-native Shirley Brown and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Bobby Womack and Bobby “Blue” Bland headline the 8th Annual St. Louis Blues Festival at Chaifetz Arena at Saint Louis University on Saturday, February 23 at 7 p.m.  Mel Waiters, Charles Wilson, TK Soul and Denise LaSalle are also scheduled to perform.

Tickets are $47.50 and $57.50 and go on-sale on Monday, December 17 at 10 a.m. at, charge by phone at 314-534-1111 and the Chaifetz Arena Box Office.

Cutting her teeth in church at the age of ten, Shirley Brown earned a reputation in the gospel circles around St. Louis for delivering powerful solos. Brown parlayed that success to a recording career in 1974 where her debut single “Woman to Woman” peaked at the top spot on the Billboard R&B charts and yielded a Grammy nomination for Song of the Year.

Singer-songwriter and musician Bobby Womack began his career as the lead singer of The Valentinos and as Sam Cooke’s backing guitarist in the early 1960s. With hits such as “Lookin’ For a Love,” “That’s The Way I Feel About Cha” and “Woman’s Gotta Have It,” Womack’s career has spanned more than 50 years and has reached across multiple genres including rock and roll, gospel, R&B, doo-wop and more. Womack was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.

With the title of one of the most renowned patriarchs of modern soul, Bobby “Blue” Bland is known for his unique grainy voice and snorts, which later came to be known as the “chicken-bone sound.” Since 1957, Bland has had over 30 R&B Top 20 singles including the well-known hits “I Pity the Fool” and “Don’t Cry No More.”  He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 and earned the Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Grammy in 1997.

R&B singer Mel Waiters first began his performing career at local teen clubs in San Antonio. After a stint as a radio disc jockey, Waiters was awarded a government contract to entertain at military bases across the country and later released the albums Suki-Suki Man and Women in Need.

Chicago-native Charles Wilson has become a fixture on the Southern Soul circuit after beginning to perform at age seven. After establishing himself as a blues player, he found his niche in Southern Soul and cut his first album “Blues In The Key Of C” in 1991.

TK Soul, the “Undisputed Bad Boy of Southern Soul” produced his first album, “One Woman Man,” in 2002 and has seen an increase in popularity ever since. His newest album, “Ghetto Superstar” was released in October 2012.

Denise LaSalle, a blues and R&B/soul singer, began singing in local churches in her native Mississippi before moving to Chicago. Her R&B songs are also influenced by country and blues music. LaSalle was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2011.

Global Spectrum ( manages Chaifetz Arena as well as more than 100 other public assembly facilities around the world. Nearly 20-million people attended more than 11,000 events in Global Spectrum venues last year. Based in Philadelphia, PA, Global Spectrum is part of Comcast-Spectacor, one of the world’s largest sports and entertainment companies. Comcast-Spectacor also owns the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League, Ovations Food Services, a food and beverage services provider, New Era Tickets, a full-service ticketing and marketing product for public assembly facilities, Paciolan, the leading provider of venue establishment ticketing, fundraising and marketing technology solutions, Front Row Marketing Services, a commercial rights sales company, and Flyers Skate Zone, a series of community ice skating rinks.



Debut Big Machine Records Disc To Include Standard & An Accelerated Deluxe Version At Most Retail Accounts

Nashville, TN- -- Country music icon Tim McGraw is revealing more details about his highly anticipated release TWO LANES OF FREEDOM.  His first album for Big Machine Records will be released on Feb. 5, 2013 and is set to prove once again that on stage and on record, he remains dedicated to delivering music that is innovative, heartfelt and authentic.

"I feel like I've progressed in my work, and I've always strived to get better," says McGraw. "On my last album, I was discovering some new sounds and new things that I wanted to do, scratching the surface of the direction I wanted to head. This album was a way to reach a little further back, to all that I'd done throughout my career, and bring both sides together—it's a combination of that discovery, along with some rediscovery."

On TWO LANES OF FREEDOM, the sense of nostalgia comes through on the hard-driving current single "One of Those Nights."  The reverie of that song, though, is countered by the humor and joy of "Southern Girl" or the feel-good hangover of "Mexicoma."  McGraw maintains that it was the album's title track that really established the tone for the entire project.

"When we cut 'Two Lanes of Freedom,' there was such a freshness to it," he says. "The track has this sort of Gaelic drive to it and really sets a palette for the whole record because it's so visual—it has that summery, hazy image and I think that made the whole record open up for me."

McGraw reaches some especially emotional depth in his performances on such songs as "Number 37405," the lament of a singer-turned-convict.  Most powerful of all might be "Book of John," a wistful account of a family going through the journal left behind by its late patriarch. The album closes with "Highway Don't Care," a breezy yet complex track that features Taylor Swift (the song is featured as number 13 on the album as a nod to her) and Keith Urban.

1.  Two Lanes of Freedom
     (Jaren Johnston/Jenn Schott)

2.  One Of Those Nights
     (Luke Laird/Rodney Clawson/Chris Tompkins)

3.  Friend Of A Friend
     (Mark Irwin/Josh Kear/Andrew Dorff)

4.  Southern Girl
     (Jaren Johnston/Lee Miller/Rodney Clawson)

5.  Truck Yeah
     (Chris Janson/Danny Myrick/Preston Brust/Chris Lucas)

6.  Nashville Without You
     (Kyle Jacobs/Joe Leathers/Ruston Kelly)

7.  Book of John
     (Jon Nite/Greg Becker)

8.  Mexicoma
     (James Slater/Brad Warren/Brett Warren)

9.  Number 37405
     (Tom Douglas/Troy Jones)

10.  It’s Your World
       (Scott Stepakoff/Josh Osborne/Shane McAnally)

13.  Highway Don’t Care (featuring Taylor Swift and Keith Urban)
        (Mark Irwin/Josh Kear/Brad Warren/Brett Warren)

Annie I Owe You A Dance
(James Slater/ Tom Douglas)

Tinted Windows
(Mark Irwin, Josh Kear, Andrew Dorff)

Let Me Love It Out Of You
(Rachel Thibodeau, Jason Sever, David Tolliver)

Truck Yeah LIVE

In his record-shattering career, McGraw has sold over 40 million albums and dominated the charts with 32 No. one singles.  Since the release of his debut album in 1993, he has won three GRAMMY’s, 14 ACM Awards, 12 CMA Awards, and 10 AMA’s, while simultaneously maintaining a parallel career as a successful actor in such films as The Blind SideCountry Strong, and Friday Night Lights—as well as hosting Saturday Night Live, a rare honor for a singer in any genre.  Nielsen-BDS recently certified McGraw as the most-played Country artist of the past 20 years (1992-2012) with more than 10 million spins detected and Mediabase recognized him as the most-played Country artist in the history of their tracking service.

For more updates and the latest information, visit or follow @thetimmcgraw on twitter.



Florida Georgia Line Scores 2012's Highest Selling Country Debut Album with HERE'S TO THE GOOD TIMES


December 12, 2012
Florida Georgia Line has been heating up the music scene – and just this week – earned the highest debut album sales of 2012 for a new Country artist with nearly 63,000 copies of HERE’S TO THE GOOD TIMES. The debut project on Republic Nashville entered the sales charts at #3 on the Billboard Country Albums and #10 on the Billboard Top 200.
Last night, FGL made their national television performance debut on NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Watch them perform their Platinum-certified debut single, “Cruise,” via (approx. 37:30 mark). This morning (12/13), they stopped by FOX & Friends to play the breakout smash, which has spent two consecutive weeks at #1 on Country radio charts and is the #1 best-selling single for Country this week.
Brian Kelley (Ormond Beach, Florida) and Tyler Hubbard (Monroe, Georgia) worked with producer Joey Moi (Jake Owen, Nickelback) on their 11-track project, which showcases FGL’s eclectic mix of influences ranging from country to hip-hop.
After selling out every date on the CMT Tour with headliner Jake Owen over the last few months, FGL will hit the road again in January 2013 with Luke Bryan’s “Dirt Road Diaries Tour." Their energetic stage presence and infectious lyrics have earned the attention of fans and Superstars – Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Jennifer Nettle’s (Sugarland) and Dierks Bentley – alike.
For tour dates and more, visit
G-Eazy - Must Be Nice Tour
"If you haven’t met G-Eazy yet, your day’s about to get way better” – MTV
After the release of his highest charting album of his career, Must Be Nice, which reached #3 on the iTunes Hip Hop Chart and top ten on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, independent hip hop artist G-Eazy is proud to announce his first nationwide headline run, the “Must Be Nice” tour.
The 34-city tour, sponsored by social media company Musio and G-Pen, will crisscross the entire United States beginning January 30 in Orlando, FL and concluding with a four-day stop in Austin, Texas for SXSW. Major city tour stops include New York, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Denver, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Tickets for the tour will go on sale exclusively for G-Eazy Fan Club members today at 11:00am PST on and Friday, December 14th all tickets will go on sale at 9:00am PST on
“I’m looking to start off 2013 with a bang,” says G-Eazy. “What better way to do that then to go on my first nationwide headline tour? It’s the best way to connect with the fans.”
The tour is coming off a wildly successful year for G-Eazy in 2012 as an independent artist. After completing the over forty dates on the Vans Warped Tour as a featured performer, G followed up with two nationwide tours in the summer and fall; one co-headline with Hoodie Allen on the “Excellent Adventure Tour” and G’s first ever headline tour, the “Plastic Dreams” tour, which sold out in major markets across the country.  The relentless touring led into the release of G-Eazy’s full-length album Must Be Nice on September 26th, which Buzz Media’s Under The Gun Review called “well-written, gorgeously produced.” The 10-track album, featured all original production by G-Eazy and was made available for free via Karmaloop’s private buyer site as well as for purchase with select digital retailers. [Download]
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When: Thursday February 21, 8pm
Where: Old Rock House
Ages: All Ages
Tickets: $15.00 ADV & $20.00 DOS - Fan Club Onsale Now - General Public Onsale Friday December 14, 2012

Camp Lo
Camp Lo performs their time-honored classic Uptown Saturday Night, in its entirety at Lola Saturday December 15th. The show marks the first of several select tour dates to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the Bronx duo's seminal 1997 album.
Camp Lo will perform Uptown Saturday Night from front to back, in its entirety, at each of the shows, while also unveiling new music the duo has been working on with long-time collaborator, prominent producer Ski Beats.
Best known for their singles, "Luchini (This Is It)" and "Coolie High", Camp Lo has released 3 studio albums since 1997, but Uptown Saturday Nightremains the album most adored by their fans. This winter, with new music clearly on the horizon but not quite finished, and the 15th Anniversary ofUptown on the calendar, Camp Lo will give fans what they've been waiting for: Uptown Saturday Night live in concert, in full.
Along for the ride are The Vapors, IndyGround's Steddy P & DJ Mahf and STL king of the decks DJ Needles. 
When: Saturday December 15, 8pm
Where: Lola
Ages: 18+
Tickets: $10.00 ADV & $15.00 DOS

Talib Kweli & Tef Poe
In support of his new album, Prisoner of Conciousness, Talib is taking over Old Rock House alongside local fav Tef Poe. The new album boasts features from Kendrick Lamar, Miguel, Curren$y, Busta Rhymes and RZA.  

According to Talib said "that Prisoner of Consciousness will convey a shift in the way that he approaches writing. "Maybe experimenting might have been the wrong word for me to use, but just a different direction. Songs that are more focused on life and what people are going through, and dealing with the social conditions in that way as opposed to speaking directly to the social conditions. That’s what I’m really trying to do with this album."'

It's safe to say you can expect to hear some of your old favs and future classics. 
When: Saturday December 22, 9pm
Where: Old Rock House
Ages: 18+
Tickets: $15.00 ADV & $20.00 DOS
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American Cancer Society Coaches vs. Cancer Presents 4th Annual High School Shootout January 31st at Scottrade Center

ST. LOUIS, MO – Sports fans won’t want to miss a day filled with premier high school basketball games to benefit a cause that’s close to so many. The American Cancer Society Coaches vs. Cancer® Shootout presented by Ameren Missouri is set for Thursday, January 31, 2013 at Scottrade Center.
                Tickets for this event go on sale Monday, Dec. 17 at 10 a.m. Tickets are available at the Ford Box Office at Scottrade Center, Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000 and online at
Area high school coaches and volunteers of the American Cancer Society Coaches vs. Cancer program  have teamed up to plan the event which will benefit research, education, advocacy and free patient services for our local communities.  Seven games will be played throughout the day, with the first game starting at 10 am and the final contest set for 8:30 pm.  The matchups include programs from Illinois, Missouri, and Kentucky.  More details are available at
This year’s Shootout features local rivalries and games sure to showcase great basketball, including the final two games of the event - matchups between Roxana and Marquette, and Christian Brothers College and Henry Clay. 
Roxana ended the 2011-12 season 22-9 and has a 6’9” Division I recruit coming back named Hunter Reine.  Hunter led the St. Louis area in rebounds and was named the 2011-12 Small-Schools Boys Basketball Player of the Year.  Marquette ended the 2011-12 season 28-3, sixth in the state, and have seven of their top eight players coming back. 
Henry Clay out of Kentucky will face off against St. Louis area CBC High School and boasts six Kentucky state championships out of 26 appearances.  Six of their top eight players are coming back, with their top three being recruited across the nation.  Coach Bobby McCormack of CBC has eight returning players of which three are Division I recruits, and the school has won five state titles out of seven appearances. 
This year’s Shootout schedule includes the following games:
Time                      School                                                                                                   State
10 am                    St. John Vianney High School, Boys                                          Missouri              
                                Lindbergh High School, Boys                                                       Missouri
11:30 am              MICDS, Boys                                                                                      Missouri
                                St. Louis University High School, Boys                                     Missouri
1:00 pm                Quincy Notre Dame High School, Girls                                    Illinois
                                Nashville High School, Girls                                                          Illinois
2:30 pm                De Smet Jesuit High School, Boys                                              Missouri
                                Rockhurst High School, Boys                                                       Missouri
4:00 pm                Break
5:00 pm                Duchesne High School, Boys                                                       Missouri
                                Peoria Notre Dame High School, Boys                     Illinois
6:30 pm                Roxana High School, Boys                                                             Illinois
                                Marquette Catholic High School, Boys                    Illinois
8:00 pm                Christian Brothers College High School, Boys                       Missouri
                                Henry Clay High School, Boys                                                      Kentucky
The Coaches vs. Cancer initiative is collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.  It provides education and prevention information to basketball fans nationwide, inviting fans to join with their local coach in support of the program.        
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back.  For more information about the Coaches vs. Cancer initiative, or if you or someone you know is facing cancer, contact the American Cancer Society 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-227-2345 or

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