Tuesday, February 7, 2012

MADONNA WORLD TOUR 2012
 
PERFORMING LIVE NOVEMBER 1ST AT SCOTTRADE CENTER !
 
TICKETS WILL GO ON SALE MONDAY, MARCH 5TH AT 10AM AT LIVENATION.COM AND THE BOX OFFICE!

LOS ANGELES , CA (February 7, 2012) - Madonna is having a huge party and everyone’s invited.  The Madonna 2012 World begins May 29th 2012 in Tel Aviv, Israel it was officially announced by Live Nation Entertainment, the tour’s international promoter.  The shows will include arenas, stadiums and special outdoor sights including the Plains of Abraham in Quebec and a return visit to South America as well as Australia where she has not performed in 20 years.  The tour will stop in 26 European cities including London , Paris , Milan and Berlin .

The first of 26 North American shows is scheduled for August 28th in Philadelphia and includes a September 6th show in NY’s Yankee Stadium and an October l0th performance at LA’s Staples Center .  Tickets are scheduled to go on sale beginning February 10th in Tel Aviv and the United Kingdom , with North American tickets going on sale beginning February 13th.  Tickets for North America are available at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com.  A complete itinerary of Madonna 2012 follows this release.

Madonna’s previous tour, the phenomenally successful “Sticky & Sweet” Tour reaffirmed her status as one of the most successful touring artists of all time.  The historic tour included such incredible touring feats as a 70,000 seat sell-out in Werchter , Belgium , an 85,000 sell-out in Helsinki (the largest show ever in the Nordic countries by a solo artist), a 40,000 ticket sell-out in Oslo , Norway , and 72,000 tickets sold out in one day in Tallinn Estonia . Other record breaking ticket sales  around the globe include 650,000 tickets sold in her series of South American dates, 72,000 tickets at Zurich's Dübendorf Airfield - the largest audience ever assembled for a show in Switzerland, 75,000 tickets in London and four sell outs in New York's Madison Square Garden (60,364 tickets).  
 
The announcement of Madonna’s 2012 World Tour follows an extraordinary week which included a monumental extravaganza of a performance at the Bridgestone Super Bowl Halftime which was seen in over 200 countries by over a billion people. Last week also saw the release of Madonna’s new single, “Give Me All Your Luvin” from her highly anticipated new album MDNA on Live Nation Entertainment/Interscope Records - scheduled to be released on March 26th.  Pre orders have already catapulted MDNA to No. 1 on iTunes in 50 countries including the US , UK , Germany , France , Spain , Canada , Italy , Sweden and the Netherlands .  The single’s video directed by Megaforce which also stars Nicki Minaj and MIA previewed on American Idol.  Additionally, the Madonna directed Golden Globe Award winning film “W.E.” opened in NY and LA with other markets to follow later in the month.
 
“Madonna’s track record as a world class entertainer and touring artist speaks for itself.  Her artistry, talent and creative productions get bigger and better with each tour and Madonna 2012 will be no exception. We are thrilled to have her back on the road and know her fans feel the same,” commented Arthur Fogel, CEO Live Nation Entertainment Global Touring and Madonna tour promoter. 
 
In the course of her phenomenal career, Madonna has a record breaking 37 Top 10 hits on Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles Chart along with a record breaking 40 Number 1’s on Billboard’s Dance/Club Play Song Charts.  No other act has more Top 10’s on the Hot 100 or Number 1’s on the Club Chart.  Madonna has sold over 300 million albums and holds the record for the most successful tour by a solo artist in history. She is a seven time Grammy winning singer, songwriter, producer and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee. Her last CD “Hard Candy,” debuted at Number 1 in 37 countries including US, UK , Canada , France and Australia .  Madonna 2012 World Tour is the Material Girl’s 9th Tour.  Her first tour was the l985 Virgin Tour.      

Madonna’s recent Golden Globe winning song "Masterpiece" from The Weinstein Company film ”W.E.” as well as “W.E. Music From The Soundtrack “W.E.” film have both been released digitally on Interscope Records. A physical release will be in stores in the UK on February 6th and on February 14th in the US .

US residents ordering tickets online to a US performance will receive their choice of a digital or physical copy of Madonna’s new MDNA album with every ticket purchased.

Citi® is the official credit card of US leg of Madonna’s upcoming world tour. Citi® cardmembers will have access to presale tickets beginning Wednesday, Feb. 8th at 10am through Citi's Private Pass® Program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.

Icon is Madonna's official fan club. Lifetime Legacy members of Icon will receive first access to tickets and VIP Packages starting February 7, 2012. Registered free Icon members will have the opportunity to purchase an “Icon Live Pass,” which gives them access not only to ticket & VIP Package pre-sales, but also to a tour devoted forum and an exclusive tour gift. Fans can sign up for a free Icon membership at Madonna.com today.

VIP Packages will are available through VIP Nation, including premium seats, exclusive merchandise and more. For more information please visit: www.VIPNation.com 


ABOUT LIVE NATION ENTERTAINMENT:
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Ticketmaster.com, Live Nation Concerts, Front Line Management Group and Live Nation Network.  Ticketmaster.com is the global event ticketing leader and one of the world’s top five eCommerce sites, with over 26 million monthly unique visitors.  Live Nation Concerts produces over 20,000 shows annually for more than 2,000 artists globally.  Front Line is the world’s top artist management company, representing over 250 artists.  These businesses power Live Nation Network, the leading provider of entertainment marketing solutions, enabling over 800 advertisers to tap into the 200 million consumers Live Nation delivers annually through its live event and digital platforms. For additional information, visit www.livenation.com/investors.  

 

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

For Immediate Announcement
 
DANIEL TOSH
 
 
 
SATURDAY, APRIL 21
7pm
 
 
Tickets on Sale This Friday, February 3 at 10am!
 
 
TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE SCOTTRADE CENTER BOX OFFICE, LIVENATION.COM,
TICKETMASTER AND CHARGE BY PHONE             1-800-745-3000      .
 
All dates, acts, and ticket prices are subject to change without notice.
Tickets may be subject to fees
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GRAMMY® Nominee Adele to Make Much Anticipated Return to the Stage on the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards®

 

Singer Will Perform Live for the First Time Since Undergoing Vocal Cord Surgery Last Fall

Music's Biggest Night® — Hosted by Rapper/Actor LL COOL J — Airs Live on CBS Sunday, Feb. 12, 8 ET/PT


SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Current GRAMMY® nominee Adele will make her much anticipated return to the live stage on the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards ( www.grammy.com ). This will be her first time performing live in nearly five months since being forced to cancel a sold-out U.S. tour to undergo surgery on her vocal cords. Music's Biggest Night® — hosted by two-time GRAMMY winner LL COOL J — takes place live on Sunday, Feb. 12 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast in high definition and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The show also will be supported on radio worldwide via Dial Global, and covered online at GRAMMY.com and CBS.com, and on YouTube at www.youtube.com/thegrammys . Additional performers, presenters and special segments will be announced soon. For GRAMMY coverage, updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy®'s social networks on Twitter and Facebook: www.twitter.com/thegrammys , www.facebook.com/thegrammys .
"I'm immensely proud to have been asked to perform at this year's GRAMMY Awards," said Adele. "It's an absolute honor to be included in such a night, and for it to be my first performance in months is very exciting and of course nerve-racking, but what a way to get back into it all."
Two-time GRAMMY winner Adele has six nominations: Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best Short Form Music Video for "Rolling In The Deep"; Album Of The Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for 21; and Best Pop Solo Performance for "Someone Like You."
Previously announced performers for the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards include Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson ; Glen Campbell with The Band Perry and Blake Shelton ; Coldplay and Rihanna; Foo Fighters; Bruno Mars ; Paul McCartney ; Nicki Minaj; and Taylor Swift . Aldean, The Band Perry, Minaj, and Shelton will perform on the GRAMMY telecast for the first time, while Adele, Campbell, Clarkson, Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Mars, McCartney, Rihanna, and Swift are returning to the GRAMMY stage. LL COOL J has hosted "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night" since its inception in December 2008, and this is his first time hosting the annual GRAMMY Awards telecast.
The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards are produced by John Cossette Productions and AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy®. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer, Louis J. Horvitz is director, and David Wild and Ken Ehrlich are the writers.
Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com . For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like "The GRAMMYs" on Facebook, and join The GRAMMYs' social communities on YouTube, Tumblr, Foursquare, GetGlue, and Instagram.

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Bill Anderson: 
The Measure of Songwriting Excellence

By Deborah Evans Price
© 2012 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc.
It’s been more than five decades since a 23-year-old Bill Anderson became the youngest writer to earn BMI’s Country Songwriter of the Year honor – a record until 20-year-old Taylor Swift’s win in 2010. Since then, he’s received numerous accolades, including two CMA Song of the Year trophies in a three-year span. In November, he was honored by Bear Family Records’ release of a four-CD anthology, Bill Anderson: The First 10 Years, 1956-1966. And he’s seen a lot of changes on Music Row.
“One of the biggest changes is the proliferation of co-writing,” he said. “When I came to Nashville, there were not that many of us writing songs for a living. Most of us wrote by ourselves. Back in those days, we were so restricted to who we could write with because they wouldn’t split copyrights. Lord knows ASCAP wouldn’t split things with BMI and vice versa, so you had to write with people in your own camp. Those walls have come down. Now we can write with anybody and everybody will split copyrights. It has opened up a whole world of freedom for songwriting.”
Anderson’s ability to adapt has allowed him to flourish in today’s collaborative climate. His credits include Kenny Chesney’s “A Lot of Things Different,” which he wrote with Dean Dillon; the Mark Wills hit “Wish You Were Here” (Anderson, Skip Ewing and Debbie Moore); and The Oak Ridge Boys’ “Jonah, Job and Moses” (Anderson and Tia Sillers), which won a Gospel Music Association Dove Award. Anderson won CMA Song of the year honors in 2005 for the Brad Paisley/Alison Krauss hit “Whiskey Lullaby” (Anderson and Jon Randall) and again in 2007 for George Strait’s “Give It Away” (Anderson, Buddy Cannon and Jamey Johnson).
“He still writes a lot of great songs and he also still works very hard,” said Anderson’s longtime fan and frequent collaborator Brad Paisley. “A lot of people have an era when they write great. For a decade or two they’re on fire and can do no wrong, then for whatever reason perspective changes and they don’t write like they used to — or maybe they do write like they used to but meanwhile styles and tastes change. Those things don’t apply to Bill. He has the ability to write whatever needs to be recorded in that era. If you think about the hits that he’s had over the last few years, they are important and current sounding and, at the same time, they sound like Bill Anderson songs. He’s changed just enough to pull off that sort of thing. It’s really inspiring.”
Though his distinctive vocal style earned him the nickname “Whispering Bill” and his stage skills keep him on the road year after year, at his core Bill Anderson is first and foremost a songwriter. In fact, his most recent album is simply and aptly titled Songwriter, on TWI Records.
Born in Columbia, S.C., Anderson grew up around Atlanta. As a child, he was fascinated with music and began writing songs when he was 9. “I subscribed to Country Song Roundup magazine,” he remembered. “I got all those song lyrics every month, and the first thing I would look at was who the writers were. I formed little pictures of people of the names I kept seeing over and over, and I would look at who the publishers were.”
Hank Williams was an early influence. “The reason I became such a big fan was that Hank Williams wrote most of his songs and that really appealed to me,” Anderson said. “I figured that this guy writes and he sings it, so this must be him. This must be who he is. I sensed an honesty in that music, and that was very influential to me.
“I’ve always loved to write,” continued Anderson, who began his career as a sportswriter. “I did some work for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and for some weekly papers around Atlanta, but when I got to the University of Georgia and met a couple of guitar pickers over there, that focus shifted to music and I started seriously to write songs.”
Anderson wrote the classic “City Lights” when he was just 19 years old and then moved to Nashville after Ray Price turned the song into a hit. Signed to Decca Records, Anderson created more successful titles, including “Po’ Folks,” “Mama Sang a Song,” “Tips of My Fingers,” “Eight by Ten” (written with Walter Haynes) and his signature song, “Still.” Eventually, after a hiatus from songwriting, Anderson started working with a new group of collaborators and creating hit songs for a new generation. He credits Steve Wariner for providing the motivation that spurred a new chapter in his career when Wariner recorded “Tips of My Fingers” in 1992 and took the song to No. 1. “That knocked down the wall and opened up my mind,” he said. “I was still shy because I thought ‘This is a whole new generation of writers and publishers and record people. I don’t know these people and they don’t know me.’”
A mutual friend encouraged him to call Vince Gill, but Anderson was hesitant. “I said, ‘Vince doesn’t even know who I am,’” he recalled. “I was wrong. I called him and got his Code-A-Phone (answering machine) and he answered (on his outgoing message) impersonating me; he says, ‘This is Whispering Gill.’ That gave me a little more confidence. We got together and wrote two songs. He ended up recording both of them. One was a No. 1 record: ‘Which Bridge to Cross (Which Bridge to Burn).’”
As he began collaborating more frequently, Anderson had to adjust his way of thinking. “One of the first things I had to do was totally put my ego aside as a writer because I had written most everything by myself,” he said. “I had done very, very little co-writing. When I started thinking seriously about getting back into music again, I realized that music had changed. Chord structures and melodies were more complicated, so I knew that I needed help. I knew that I couldn’t write songs for today’s market totally by myself. I needed input from people who were out there doing it, so I just checked my ego at the door. Vince was the first person I wrote with. I had felt like I was there to learn from him. The answers were the same, but somebody changed the questions.”
Since then, Anderson has paired with many of Music Row’s top writers and built an enviable catalog of hits. “I love writing with the young writers who have their perspective on it but who are open to listening to my perspective as well,” he explained. “That is the best of both worlds. Lyrics have always been my strength, even though I have written a ton of melodies. But most of the young writers today are more sophisticated in writing melodies than I am. Melodies today are a little more pop-influenced and R&B-influenced, so I embrace what other writers bring in that regard.”
Anderson had taken note of other aspects of songwriting that have also changed. “Today the first thing they want is an uptempo song with a positive message. Country Music kind of had the image of being a negative music, and in a lot of ways it was. It is much more positive music today, and as a result I think it appeals to a larger audience.”
Ironically, one of Anderson’s biggest hits flies in the face of that observation. The Dixie Chicks had a hold on “Whiskey Lullaby” when Brad Paisley put a secondary hold on it. “We did not write that song as a duet,” Anderson said. “But Brad had the vision and foresight to picture it as a duet and then had the good sense to ask Alison Krauss to sing it with him.”
Jamey Johnson is another one of Anderson’s favorite younger singer/songwriters. “He is a genius,” he declared. “I love writing with Jamey. He is so creative and one of the fastest writers I have ever worked with. I love him as a person. He has a deep sense of tradition and respects what has come before him, but he wants to take it to a new place and a new audience. That is exactly what our business needs.”
When it comes to securing cuts, Anderson prefers letting his publisher do the pitching. He spent several years with Moss Rose Publishing and is currently signed to Sony/ATV Tree, but during his early days in Nashville, he was with Buddy Killen’s Tree Publishing. “Buddy was more than a publisher,” Anderson said. “He was a mentor. There may have been more of that in the early days, probably because the whole scene was so much smaller. It wasn’t like Buddy had 50 or 60 writers over there, like some companies do today. There were probably less than half a dozen of us. Buddy could afford the time to do a lot of pitching. He was very close to the artists, particularly Jim Reeves. I had four Jim Reeves cuts, and I can credit every one of those to Buddy being out there pitching.”
One constant in Anderson’s lengthy career has been his relationship with BMI, which he joined in 1958 and never left. “He shows up every day and competes with the best of the best,” said Jody Williams, VP, Writer/Publisher Relations, Nashville, BMI. “He knows the nuances floating in the air of the songwriting community. He’s current.”
He’s also timeless. “Bill writes songs that become legends,” Williams continued. “He’s a legendary recording artist and songwriter, still creating more than 50 years after the beginning of his career, and his contributions remain relevant. He’s a mentor and friend to countless singers and songwriters, and his energy level rivals that of a 25-year-old. That’s an icon.”
Iconic, timeless and apparently ageless as well, Anderson embarks in February with Nashville songwriter Bob DiPiero and artist/songwriter Clint Black to the United Kingdom and Ireland, on the first international performances of the CMA Songwriters Series, an in-the-round concert featuring many of Music City’s top writers.
On the Web: www.BillAnderson.com
NEW ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Tyrone Vaughan

By Bob Doerschuk
© 2012 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc.
There’s a ton of Country and lots of rockin’ blues throughout Downtime, released in January on the Kickitup indie imprint. And all of it is unmistakably Texan, which of course is to be expected, given Tyrone Vaughan’s Lone Star pedigree. His father is Jimmie Vaughan, whose steely guitar tone and funk phrasing surfaces in the rhythm that drives “Ladies Man,” with the spirit of his uncle — the late Stevie Ray Vaughan, summoned through wah-wah guitar fills. But though his playing evokes his illustrious relations, the younger Vaughan doesn’t hesitate to also drop a banjo in the middle of that track.
Through The Fabulous Thunderbirds, with whom his dad played lead guitar, Vaughan became intimately familiar with the blues as a child. His fiery six-string chops and strong, assertive vocals propelled him full-speed into the Austin club circuit right after high school.
As lead guitarist and songwriter with Breedlove, a road-toughened band that packed rooms throughout the state, Vaughn rediscovered his family's Country roots. He also sharpened his game through gigs with Stevie Ray’s Double Trouble, blues piano legend Pinetop Perkins and ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, among others. Now, with Downtime, Vaughan takes the reins. He co-wrote all 10 of its songs, many of them musical cocktails with multiple influences stirred in. But from the wryly humorous, steel-glistened lament “She Could've Had Anything,” to the single and title track, we are neck-deep in Country, not just in the feel and arrangements but in the blue-collar imagery of saloons, trucks, fishing and “working that line.”
What’s in a name? If that name is Vaughan, plenty.
IN HIS OWN WORDS
DREAM DUET PARTNER“Miranda Lambert.”
ITEMS IN YOUR PERSONAL TIME CAPSULE“Patsy Cline’s voice, Jimi Hendrix’s music and Johnny Cash’s biography.
LUCKY CHARM“A juju bag blessed by a high priest in New Orleans.”
WHAT YOU SING IN THE SHOWER“Soul songs by Donny Hathaway.”
FAVORITE FOOD ON THE ROAD“Anything light — sushi, salads …”
GREATEST PERFORMANCE TO DATE“I performed with Billy Gibbons one night at one of my dad's shows in New Orleans.  I think it’s what I didn’t play that was so impressive. ‘Less is more, son!’”
SOMETHING WE’D NEVER GUESS ABOUT YOU“I like chess, golf, cooking and vocal meditations.”
On the Web: www.TyroneVaughan.com
HARRIET'S TELL THE RIGHT STORY 


Out Now!!!
  
DEBUT EP AVAILABLE FOR FREE DOWNLOAD 
=The debut EP from Los Angeles band Harriet is now available for free download at HarrietMusic.ComFronted by former Dawes member Alex Casnoff, the Los Angeles based quartet will celebrate the release of the EP with a headlining performance at LA's Harvard and Stone on Thursday, February 2nd. 

Inspired largely by classic storytelling and the spectacle of the movies, Tell The Right Story weaves eerily romantic ballads with unwavering anthems, and features classic elements of Americana and folk music contrasted with futuristic electronic samples and beats.

"I wanted it to feel big... cinematic. I wanted every song to be a movie, " said Casnoff. "I wanted it to feel like an occasion. I wanted it to feel like a wedding."

Casnoff was formerly a member of notable Los Angeles bands Dawes and PAPA, bands both named after grandfathers. In flipping the tradition, Casnoff decided to name the band after his grandmother, Harriet. After touring the country for years with his prior bands and with a growing arsenal of his own songs, Casnoff stepped into the studio in June 2011, armed with his nicest suit and a bottle of fine tequila, to record what would become Tell The Right Story. The result is a striking collection of songs that draw on the influence of classic American singer-songwriters, film, electronic music, and Casnoff's experience as a touring musician.

"I may have seen every gas station in the country, but the America I feel indebted to is not in the past, at least not that far. I am a product of my time. We make music about the retro-future. Music about coping. Anti motivational motivational music."

Harriet is Alex Casnoff, Aaron Folb (bass), Henry Kwapis (drums), and Adam Gunther (guitar). Tell The Right Story was produced by Sean O'Brien and recorded in Los Angeles and Sacramento. 
 
Harriet - I Slept With All Your Mothers
Harriet - Tell The Right Story [YouTube Stream]
"Hints at some of Dawes' more dynamic moments while capturing Casnoff's own unique emotional delivery." 
Paste

"Nodding to Wilco with the right touch of Queens of the Stone Age-style grit, Harriet eloquently transform alternative rock... elegantly ethereal and heart-wrenchingly honest. From sparsely soothing piano passages to dreamy distorted hooks, this is the best story the indie world has produced in a long time..."  
ARTISTdirect
"... Notably cinematic in nature with pointedly dramatic lyrics and melodies. "I Slept With All Your Mothers" is an aching indie rock number, as heavy in parts as it is forlorn."  
RCRD LBL

 "Like the lovechild of Neutral Milk Hotel and Wilco, delivered twenty years late. It's a full-bodied elixir for the heartbreak of a crashing American Dream."
Neon Gold  
 
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UPCOMING LIVE DATES

February 2, 2012 - Harvard & Stone - Los Angeles, CA [EP RELEASE SHOW]
February 5, 2012 - Bootleg Theater - Los Angeles, CA
February 20, 2012 - Bootleg Theater - Los Angeles, CA
March 3, 2012 - Hotel Cafe - Los Angeles, CA
March 14-18 - SXSW - Austin, TX

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Rising Country Music Star Brantley Gilbert Joins Boot Campaign 

Laces Up Combat Boots to Show Gratitude for U.S. Troops

 

NASHVILLE, TN (January 30, 2012): The Boot Campaign welcomes Brantley Gilbert to its grassroots efforts of showing gratitude for soldiers, raising awareness of their needs and supporting their transition home after combat.  To launch Brantley Gilbert’s involvement in the Boot Campaign, his official Boot Campaign photo is featured on the homepage of BootCampaign.com starting Monday, January 30, 2012.  Brantley Gilbert’s boot photo is being promoted on Boot Campaign social media pages on Facebook and Twitter.

ABOUT BRANTLEY GILBERT
At the young age of 27, Brantley Gilbert already has a list of impressive industry accolades. The rising star made his debut at #2 on the Billboard Country Albums chart upon releasing HALFWAY TO HEAVEN DELUXE in September and along with the original has already sold over 400,000 albums to date. His first single on The Valory Music Co., “Country Must Be Country Wide,” recently scored the #1 spot at Country radio. His current single “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do,” is Top 30 and rising. As a celebrated songwriter, Gilbert has penned three #1 hits – “My Kinda Party,” “Dirt Road Anthem,” and most recently, “Country Must Be Country Wide.” This past November, he received his first award nomination at the CMA Awards for Song of the Year. In addition to playing his own headlining dates, Gilbert is on the road with Eric Church for his The Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour.

ABOUT BOOT CAMPAIGN
The Boot Campaign is a 501c3 non-profit, grassroots military appreciation and veteran awareness campaign started by five women from Texas, known as the Boot Girls.  The Boot Girls launched the Boot Campaign in 2009 to spread awareness of the needs of military personnel returning home from combat and express gratitude to current military.  Through the sale of military combat boots, the Boot Campaign donates proceeds to a group of partner charities that work with soldiers healing from a variety of physical and emotional combat wounds, embodying the campaign motto that, “When They Come Back, We Give Back”.  www.BootCampaign.com

 
SOLD OUT!
 
 
 
April 29
 
 
All dates, acts, and ticket prices are subject to change without notice.
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ELI YOUNG BAND EARNS THREE ACM AWARD NOMINATIONS
BAND KICKED OFF “KEEP ON DREAMIN’” TOUR 
Nashville, Tennessee-- This Eli Young Band earned three nominations for the 2012 Academy of Country Music Awards. The band earned nominations for Single of the Year and Song of the Year for their PLATINUM-plus smash “Crazy Girl,” which was also named Billboard’s #1 Country Song of 2011. The band also received a nomination for Vocal Group of the Year.
Last night, the band kicked off the first leg of their “Keep On Dreamin’ Tour” in West Palm Beach, FL. Special guest, Capitol Records recording artist Eric Paslay, will join the tour for select dates, beginning this Friday (1/27). Several of the shows have already SOLD OUT, including a 2-night stand in Chicago. In March, EYB will take a break from their tour to fly to the land down under for two weeks as the sole support for the Tim McGraw and Faith Hill nationwide Australian tour. Upon returning to the U.S, EYB will make a stop in Vegas on April 1 for the ACM Awards prior to resuming their scheduled dates for the “Keep On Dreamin' Tour.” The band will headline in 23 cities nationwide before the tour comes to a close in Las Vegas, NV on April 28. 
Weeks ago, the band was tapped as USA Today’s “On The Verge” artist of the week and just day’s later the band made their second appearance on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.  Other recent TV appearances have included spots on Late Show With David Letterman, the ACA Awards (FOX) and FOX’S American Country New Year’s Eve Live.
This Monday (1/23), their new single “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” made a splash at Country radio, grabbing 44 adds the first week. The accompanying video has garnered over 158,000 downloads after earning a coveted spot as the iTunes Video of the Week.
Be sure to catch EYB on tour and see what the buzz is about.  A partial list of tour dates follows, additional date to be announce in the coming weeks. 
Log onto www.eliyoungband.com for more information. 
JANUARY
25: West Palm Beach, FL
27: Oxford MS-Lyric Theatre – w/Eric Paslay
28: Norman, OK
29: College Station TX-Harry's  – w/Eric Paslay
FEBRUARY
14: Jackson, MS
15: Fayetteville AR-George's – w/Eric Paslay
16: Columbia MO-Blue Note – w/Eric Paslay
17: Wichita KS-Cotillion – w/Eric Paslay
18: Dallas, TX
25: Chicago IL-Joe's – w/Eric Paslay
26: Chicago IL-Joe's – w/Eric Paslay
29: St. Louis MO-The Pageant – w/Eric Paslay
MARCH
1: Detroit, MI
2: Pittsburgh PA-Pepsi Roadhouse – w/Eric Paslay
5: Houston, TX
6: Baton Rouge LA-Varsity Theatre – w/Eric Paslay
7: Nacogdoches TX-Banita creek – w/Eric Paslay
10: Austin, TX
APRIL
6:  Miami, OK
11: El Paso TX-Whiskey Dick's – w/Eric Paslay
26: Stillwater, OK
28: Las Vegas, NV
ABOUT REPUBLIC NASHVILLE: In May 2009 Scott Borchetta, President and CEO of the Big Machine Label Group and Monte Lipman, President and CEO of Universal Republic, announced the formation of its new label partnership – Republic Nashville. Former Capitol Records Promotion executive Jimmy Harnen serves as President of the label. The imprint is headquartered on Music Row and utilizes the combined resources of Big Machine and Universal Republic Records. The two companies first joined forces in 2007 to propel Country Superstar Taylor Swift. Republic Nashville's artist roster includes Grammy-winning, multi-platinum superstar Martina McBride; Grammy-nominated, Triple-Platinum sensations The Band Perry; Platinum Eli Young Band; one-to-watch Sunny Sweeney and newcomer Greg Bates.

Blues Traveler Celebrates 25-Year Milestone With a 2-CD Retrospective Featuring All Their Hits Plus New Recording and Unreleased Rarities


LOS ANGELES, Jan. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Over the course of their illustrious 25-year career, Blues Traveler have sold more than 10 million combined units worldwide, played over 2,000 live shows in front of more than 30 million people, and, in "Run-Around," had the longest-charting radio single in Billboard history, which earned them a Grammy® for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.  A television favorite, they have been featured on Saturday Night Live, Austin City Limits, VH1's Behind the Music and they hold the record for the most appearances of any artist on The Late Show with David Letterman .
On March 6, 2012, Hip-O Select/Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) releases Blues Traveler: 25 , a 2-CD retrospective that spans the first 25 years of the band's incredible recording career. 25 features a total of 29 tracks including a newly recorded cover version of Sublime's "What I Got," their greatest hits, B-sides, unreleased demos and rarities— among them a remix of "Run-Around" by acclaimed electronic producers Gunslinger, and excerpts from the band's online concept album Decision of the Skies: A Traveler Tale of Sun and Storm.
Remarks vocalist John Popper, "In a quarter century, through every possible kind of high and low, through every dream realized, through every hope dashed, always there was a return to that dedication and belief in the music and in each other. On behalf of all of Blues Traveler, I am privileged to express how honored we are, how deeply proud we are to share with you the first of our quarter-century celebration and appropriate look back at some favorites you may find familiar as well as rarities that for some reason or another have yet to see the light of day. In our hearts we view this as a time to step back to look at what we've done. We hope you will share that experience with us with as much satisfaction as we have had in bringing it to you."
Originally from the suburbs of New Jersey, Blues Traveler moved to New York in the late '80s where they became an integral part of a new wave of artists coming up in the jam-band scene, packing clubs like Nightingale's, Wetlands and Mondo Cane. The band's live reputation landed them a deal with A&M Records and over the years they released a string hit albums including their 1990 self-titled debut; 1991's Travelers & Thieves; 1993's Save His Soul; the platinum selling Straight on till The Morning; and their massive, 1994 multi-platinum breakthrough release Four.
Disc one of Blues Traveler: 25 features the band's biggest hits and staple tracks representing all nine of their studio albums. Included are their No. 1 hit single "Run-Around," and their top 20 hit "Hook." Both songs were taken from 1994's Four which climbed to No. 8 on the Billboard 200 and has now sold over six times platinum. Other tracks featured are the No. 4 hit single "Carolina Blues" from 1997's Straight on till Morning, which reached No. 11 on the Billboard 200; the band's first top 20 hit "But Anyway" plus "Gina" and "100 Years" taken from their 1990 self-titled debut; "Amber Awaits" and "After What" from their top 50 album Bastardos!, an album produced by former Wilco member Jay Bennett; the hard-rocking, Led Zeppelin-esque track "How You Remember It" and "You, Me And Everything" from their most recent 2008 release, North Hollywood Shootout; plus a new 2011 recording of Sublime's "What I Got" which is only available on this two-CD set. 
Disc Two of 25 is a collection of rarities including B-sides, unreleased demos and studio tracks. Featured are early demo versions of "But Anyway" and "Trust In Trust" recorded in 1988; the quirky "The Poignant and Epic Saga of Featherhead and Lucky Lack" which was recorded in 1993 but never made it to an album; the unreleased studio track "Demon" which was written in 2000 during a songwriting session in Austin; plus the tracks "12 Swords," "The Sun and the Storm" and the 20-minute odyssey "Traveler Suite," all taken from their 2000 concept album Decision of the Skies: A Traveler Tale of Sun and Storm, which was originally only made available as a download through the band's website.  
As Blues Traveler prepares for the next 25 years, they are currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on their tenth studio album.  They are about to embark on a nationwide tour celebrating 25 years of making music, and Blues Traveler: 25 offers a glimpse into the evolution of one of the most beloved artists to come out of the jam-band scene.

  Disc 1-Greatest Hits
  1. Run-Around
  2. Hook
  3. The Mountains Win Again
  4. But Anyway
  5. You, Me and Everything
  6. Amber Awaits
  7. After What
  8. Back In The Day
  9. Girl Inside My Head
  10. Carolina Blues
  11. Let Her and Let Go
  12. Gina
  13. 100 Years
  14. What's For Breakfast
  15. NY Prophesie
  16. Unable To Get Free
  17. How You Remember It
  18. What I Got (bonus track)

Disc 2-B-sides/Unreleased
  1. The Demon
  2. The Poignant and Epic Saga of Featherhead and Lucky Lack
  3. Blue Hour
  4. Trust In Trust
  5. Didn't Mean To Wake Up
  6. But Anyway'88
  7. Random Amounts
  8. Twelve Swords
  9. The Sun and The Storm
  10. Traveler's Suite
  11. Run Around (Gunslinger Remix) (bonus track)
ERIC CHURCH GARNERS ACM NOMINATIONS FOR ALBUM OF THE YEAR AND VIDEO OF THE YEAR
 
Blood, Sweat & Beers Arena Tour Sets First Week Venue Records
 
Nashville, Tenn. (Thursday, January 26, 2012) – Eric Church surprised fans at the 2011 ACM Awards with his Awards show performance debut of his hit “Smoke A Little Smoke” from the RIAA Certified Gold sophomore release, Carolina.  Many speculated it was the start of incredible things to come for the EMI Records Nashville singer, and they were right.  Additional milestones soon followed: No. 1 album debut on the Top 200 Billboard charts with CHIEF, his first-ever GRAMMY nomination for Album of the Year, his first No. 1 single with “Drink In My Hand,” which was recently RIAA Certified Gold, and now, his first industry-voted ACM nominations for Album of The Year for CHIEF and Video of The Year for "Homeboy."
 
"I've never minced words about the fact that my passion is making great records for the sake of the music," says Church.  "The fact that the ACM's have nominated us for the album category is quite the honor and frankly the one I revere the most.  "Homeboy," both musically and visually, is a song that tells a compelling story.  I have a very special place in my heart for the video, and  I'm very grateful that it is getting recognized.  It's been one hell of a year!"
 
Turning heads out on his first-ever headlining arena tour, Eric Church: The Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour, Church is seemingly on fire right now when it comes to inching closer to achieving sought-after megastar success.  He set venue records in Southaven, MS over the weekend with a record attendance for a show in that arena – beating a record previously set with his performance alongside Jason Aldean. After witnessing his live show, the Los Angeles Times said, “Vehement… propelled further still by the voices of his fans singing along.” Followed by the Oakland Tribune who said, “[Church is] arguably the hottest artist in country these days… this guy’s a major talent and soon to be one of country’s premier stars.”
 
To purchase tickets for Eric Church: The Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour, which includes special guest Brantley Gilbert, visit www.ericchurch.com. VIP Packages are also available for fans that want to experience an up-close, exclusive backstage acoustic concert.
 
The ACM Awards winner for the Album of the Year and Video of The Year categories will be announced LIVE on CBS on Sunday, April 1 at 7 p.m. CT / 8 p.m. ET.
 
For more information on Eric Church, visit his official website at http://www.ericchurch.com.
At the OId Rock House

GREEN RIVER ORDINANCE
Under Fire North American Tour

Friday, April 6th
Doors 7pm Show 8pm
$12 Advance $15 Day of Show
All Ages
(on-sale Fri. 1/27 @ 5pm)


GRO will be releasing their new LP “Under Fire” on February 28th 2012. The band delivers a raucous blend of acoustic-driven power-pop rock that, while changing often in tempo and timbre, never sounds anything less than pristine, dynamic, smart, and uniquely Green River Ordinance. They’ve sold over 20,000 copies between their 2 independent releases: their full length debut, Beauty of Letting Go and their EP, Way Back Home. They’ve packed houses across the Country, and have toured with the likes of Bon Jovi, Collective Soul, The Click 5, Blue October, Bowling for Soup, Flickerstick, Eisley, Simple Plan, Mutemath, Matt Wertz, Lovedrug and many other bands already established in the music world.


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William Shatner’s One Man Show coming to Peabody Opera House



Los Angeles, CA –   Television and movie legend William Shatner will bring his one man show SHATNER’S WORLD: WE JUST LIVE IN IT (www.shatnersworld.com) to cities across the U.S. in 2012.  Tickets for all cities go on-sale the weekend of February 3rd.  The tour follows a three week run Broadway’s Music Box Theatre from February 14 - March 4.

The two-hour show will take audiences on a voyage through Shatner’s life and career, from Shakespearean stage actor to internationally known icon and raconteur, known as much for his unique persona as for his expansive body of work on television and film.  

 “I’m looking forward to taking this show on the road and playing for audiences across the country, says William Shatner. “It’s taken me 80 years to get this show right! “

SHATNER’S WORLD: WE JUST LIVE IN IT is produced by Innovation Arts & Entertainment; Larry A Thompson Organization; Adam Troy Epstein; Larry A Thompson; Seth Keyes; and Josh Sherman.  The show is directed by Scott Faris.  Other creative team members include:  Edward Pierce, Scenic Design; Ken Billington, Lighting Design; and Peter Fitzgerald, Sound Design.


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William Shatner is an award-winning actor, director, producer, writer, recording artist, philanthropist and horseman.   In 1966, he originated the role of Captain James T. Kirk in the TV series Star Trek, which spawned a film franchise where he returned as Kirk in seven of the movies, one of which he directed.   He played the title role in the hit series T.J. Hooker before hosting TV’s first reality-based series, Rescue 911.   He won Emmys and his first Golden Globe for his portrayal of Denny Crane on The Practice and Boston Legal and received four more Emmy nominations as well as Golden Globe and SAG Award nods. His interview series, Shatner's Raw Nerve, aired on Bio, and he recorded the critically acclaimed album Has Been. The Milwaukee Ballet performed “Common People,” which was set to songs from the record; the event is featured in the documentary Gonzo Ballet.  Seeking Major Tom, featuring a number of heavy metal covers and songs by U2, Frank Sinatra, Queen and Pink Floyd, was released last year. Shatner has authored nearly 30 best-sellers.
His autobiography, Up Till Now, was a New York Times best-seller, and Shatner Rules was released in 2011.  His comic book series,William Shatner Presents is based on his novels Tek War, Man O’ War, and Quest for Tomorrow, along with a new title: Chimera.  He has also been successful in another area - horse breeding.  A dedicated breeder of American Quarter horses, he has had enormous success with the American Saddlebred, developing and riding world champions and has won numerous world championships in several events.  He united his passions for horses and philanthropy with the Hollywood Charity Horse Show, benefitting L.A.-based children’s charities. He appeared on Broadway in A Shot in the Dark, The World of Suzie Wong, and Tamburlaine the Great. And no, there is nothing this man does not do.
2012 U.S. Tour Dates
March 10        Los Angeles, CA        Pantages Theatre
March 11        San Francisco, CA        Orpheum Theatre
March 13        Philadelphia, PA        Merriam Theater
March 15        Minneapolis, MN        Orpheum Theatre
March 16        Chicago, IL             Auditorium Theatre
March 18        Milwaukee, WI        Riverside Theatre
March 20        Denver, CO            Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre                                                                                                                                                               
March 22        Dallas, TX            Majestic Theatre
March 23        Houston, TX            Jones Hall
April 12        St. Louis, MO            Peabody Opera House
April 13        Cincinnati, OH        Proctor and Gamble Hall
April 14        Cleveland, OH        State Theatre
April 15        Columbus, OH        Ohio Theatre
April 17        Charlotte, NC            Blumenthal Center
April 19        Detroit, MI                  Opera House
CAT-LOVING CROONER KELLIE PICKLER HELPS DESIGN SWEATER THAT WILL HAVE FELINE FASHIONISTAS SAYING “ME-WOW”
 
 
Pickler and the Makers of Fresh Step® Litter Encourage Others to Wear Their Cat Pride this February to Help the ASPCA
 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (January 24, 2012) – Dog lovers are never shy about publicly parading their pooch pride. But too often cat affection is locked behind closed doors.  No more, says the makers of Fresh Step® litter.
 
In honor of Cat Appreciation Month this February, the makers of Fresh Step litter have teamed up with cat-loving country star Kellie Pickler to ask cat lovers to flood Facebook with images of them wearing their favorite cat-centric clothing.
 
Don’t have any kitty couture? No problem. The Fresh Step brand has partnered with Pickler and fashion designer Geren Ford to design a must-have limited-edition cat sweater.  The sweater will be available for purchase online at www.aspcaonlinestore.com, with 100 percent of proceeds benefiting the ASPCA® (The American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®).  Cat lovers who aren’t in the market for a new sweater can get in on the fun, too.  The Fresh Step Facebook page houses an online application that lets people digitally place the Pickler sweater onto a photo of themselves on Facebook.  The Fresh Step litter team will donate $1 to the ASPCA for every photo posted, through March 15, 2012, up to $100,000.
 
“It’s time for cat lovers to truly display their cat pride,” said Pickler, whose new album 100 Proof launches this week. “I collaborated with fellow cat lover and designer Geren Ford to create a sweater that we hope any cat parent would wear to show their kitty pride and that all animal lovers can wear in support of the ASPCA.”
 
The oatmeal heather-colored tunic “Kitty Crooner” sweater with green sequin embellishments celebrates Pickler’s country roots and gives wearers a modern vintage look.  The sweater will be available for purchase at www.aspcaonlinestore.com for $35 while supplies last.
 
Public Displays of Online Cat-fection Ignite “Purrs” Nationwide
 
In addition to the limited-edition sweater, Fresh Step will offer four digital sweater options for cat lovers to dress up their social media self at www.facebook.com/freshstep.  On top of the ”Kitty Crooner” design, fashion designer Geren Ford created three other fun digital cat sweaters – a fashion-forward piece, a kitschy sweater and one that’s just plain cute.  Facebook visitors can place the sweaters over their uploaded pictures and resize all elements of the sweater to get that catwalk-ready fit.  Once done, it is easy to share the photo with friends or to make it a profile picture.  Simply “trying on” these digital sweaters will activate the $1 donation to the ASPCA, up to $100,000.
 
“Cats are pretty much the coolest animals alive. They’re mysterious, finicky and funny,” said David Kargas, a spokesperson for the Fresh Step litter brand and owner of two cats.  “Rather than keeping that love behind closed doors or in the anonymity of YouTube channels, we want to bring it out into the open and invite people to show just how much they love cats.  And while they do it, they can do some good too, as Fresh Step will support the ASPCA’s programs in their honor.”
 
Animal lovers will also have the opportunity to win Pickler’s very own “Kitty Crooner” sweater.  After launching the sweater during a series of media interviews, Pickler will autograph the sweater, which will then be sold in an auction at www.charitybuzz.com/aspca through Feb. 14. Included in the auction package are two tickets to an upcoming Pickler concert, a meet-and-greet with Pickler at that concert, and an autographed copy of her new CD 100 Proof. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the ASPCA.
 
“We cannot think of a better time to show your affection for cats than the month of February, when love is already in the air,” said Elysia Howard, vice president of marketing and licensing for the ASPCA. “But on a more serious note, it’s fun and creative programs like these that help the ASPCA step in and provide assistance to animal welfare groups across the country when they are in need. We are excited to see all of the amazing examples of cat pride roll in during the campaign, and we are thankful for the generous contributions that help us continue our life-saving work.”
 
The makers of Fresh Step litter are committed to helping cats and, since 2001, have donated more than $2.5 million to the ASPCA. 
 

GRAMMY® Nominees Coldplay and Rihanna to Perform Live Together for the First Time

NOMINEE AND 2012 MUSICARES PERSON OF THE YEAR PAUL MCCARTNEY ALSO SET TO PERFORM ON THE 54TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS®

Music's Biggest Night® — Hosted by Rapper/Actor LL COOL J — Airs Live on CBS Sunday, Feb. 12, 8 ET/PT

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Current GRAMMY® nominees Coldplay and Rihanna will perform live together for the first time, and nominee and 2012 MusiCares® Person of the Year Paul McCartney is set to perform as part of the stellar lineup for the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards ( www.grammy.com ). Music's Biggest Night® — hosted by two-time GRAMMY winner LL COOL J — takes place live on Sunday, Feb. 12 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast in high definition and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The show also will be supported on radio worldwide via Dial Global, and covered online at GRAMMY.com and CBS.com, and on YouTube at www.youtube.com/thegrammys . Additional performers, presenters and special segments will be announced soon. For GRAMMY coverage, updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy®'s social networks on Twitter and Facebook: www.twitter.com/thegrammys , www.facebook.com/thegrammys .

Four-time GRAMMY winner Rihanna has four nominations: Album Of The Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for Loud; and two nods in Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "What's My Name?" (with Drake), and "All Of The Lights" (with Kanye West, Kid Cudi & Fergie).
Seven-time GRAMMY-winning group Coldplay is up for three awards: Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for "Paradise," and Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song for "Every Teardop Is A Waterfall."
14-time GRAMMY winner and 2012 MusiCares Person of the Year McCartney is nominated for Best Historical Album for Band On The Run (Paul McCartney Archive Collection — Deluxe Edition).
Previously announced performers for the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards include current GRAMMY nominees Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson , Foo Fighters, Bruno Mars , Nicki Minaj, and Taylor Swift . Aldean and Minaj will perform on the GRAMMY telecast for the first time, while Clarkson, Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Mars, McCartney, Rihanna, and Swift are returning to the GRAMMY stage. LL COOL J has hosted "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night" since its inception in December 2008, and this is his first time hosting the annual GRAMMY Awards telecast.
The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards are produced by John Cossette Productions and AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer, Louis J. Horvitz is director, and David Wild and Ken Ehrlich are the writers.
Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com . For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like "The GRAMMYs" on Facebook, and join The GRAMMYs' social communities on YouTube, Tumblr, Foursquare, GetGlue, and Instagram.


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