ERIC CLAPTON’S CROSSROADS GUITAR FESTIVAL WATCH PARTY AT HARD ROCK CAFE ON STRIP

HARD ROCK CAFE® TO HOST HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED ERIC CLAPTON’S CROSSROADS GUITAR FESTIVAL WATCH PARTIES ON SEPTEMBER 20-21

JOE HAND PROMOTIONS TO DISTRIBUTE COMMERCIAL RIGHTS OF CROSSROADS FESTIVAL TO ESTABLISHMENTS LOOKING TO ATTRACT MUSIC FANS

Hard Rock Cafe® locations nationwide will show the highly-anticipated Crossroads Guitar Festival on Friday, September 20 and Saturday, September 21 through a partnership with Joe Hand Promotions in association with RRE, LLC.

Widely considered one of the world’s all-time greatest guitarists and known amongst his peers as a great collaborator, Eric Clapton will perform the fifth installment of his Crossroads Guitar Festival, on Friday, September 20, and Saturday, September 21 from the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, TX. Performances are available at 5 p.m. PDT on Friday September 20th and 4 p.m. PDT on Saturday, September 21st for a live simulcast at Hard Rock Cafe and other music venues, bars, restaurants and performing arts centers across North America through Joe Hand Promotions.  It will be shown free of charge to the public on the 3rd floor of the Hard Rock Cafe and on the Cafe’s new 20ft 4k digital screen.

The festival promises two nights of “performances and impromptu collaborations from the world’s most legendary guitar players” with a different line up each night that includes Eric Clapton, John Mayer, Jeff Beck, Joe Walsh, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, Peter Frampton, Robert Cray, Vince Gill, and the Tedeschi Trucks Band, among others. Both nights are expected to be at least a four-hour performance.

All profits from the Festival will benefit The Crossroads Centre in Antigua, a treatment and education facility founded by Eric Clapton for chemically dependent persons.

Live music venue owners and promoters, and bar owners and operators are encouraged to contact Joe Hand Promotions at 1-800-557-4263 or visit joehandpromotions.com to arrange for a showing of Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival at their establishment. Participating locations will be included on Joe Hand Promotions’ Bar Finder search on the company’s website.

To find a Hard Rock Cafe or other participating bar or restaurant showing Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival, visit www.joehandpromotions.com/venue-search.

“The highly-anticipated Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival brings together many of the world’s top musicians for two fantastic nights of live music,” said Joe Hand, Jr., President, Joe Hand Promotions. “Music fans from across North America can experience the sights and sounds of the Crossroads Festival with their friends and other music fans at their favorite dining establishment or live music venue. We’re excited to work with RRE in bringing the live simulcast to millions of music fans across the country.”

“Hard Rock Cafe is an iconic, internationally recognized dining and entertainment brand, known for its deep connection to music,” added Hand. “With Hard Rock Cafe, the highest-profile group within this segment, we expect other bars and restaurants to want to jam with Clapton and his guests and show Crossroads at their establishment.”

The Crossroads Guitar Festival features two different nights of live music with Clapton performing on both nights with special guests on different nights. The line-up of confirmed guests includes:

John Mayer, Alan Darby, Albert Lee, Andy Fairweather Low, Billy Gibbons, Bonnie Raitt, Bradley Walker, Buddy Guy Band, Daniel Santiago, Doyle Bramhall II, Gary Clark Jr., Gustavo Santaolalla, James Bay, Jeff Beck, Jerry Douglas, Jimmie Vaughan, Joe Walsh, Jonny Lang, Keb Mo, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Los Lobos, Pedro Martins, Peter Frampton, Robert Cray, Robert Randolph, Sheryl Crow, Sonny Landreth, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Tom Misch, and Vince Gill.

Joe Hand Promotions, the leading provider of live content to bars, restaurants, and dining establishments, in partnership with RRE, is making Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival available at Hard Rock Cafe, and other bars, restaurants and live music venues. Joe Hand Promotions has been bringing fan communities together to watch sporting events since 1971. Joe Hand Promotions has presented more than 25,000 events to establishments while boosting their food and beverage sales, expanding their customer base, and increasing their late-night revenues. Joe Hand Promotions provided live music venues with the Grateful Dead’s three-show Fare Thee Well from Chicago in 2015.

About Hard Rock®:

With venues in 74 countries spanning 248 locations that include owned/licensed or managed Hotels, Casinos, Rock Shops® and Cafes – Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s most valuable collection of music memorabilia at more than 83,000 pieces, which are displayed at its locations around the globe. In 2018, Hard Rock International was recognized as a Forbes Magazine Top Employer for Women and Land Operator of the Year at the Global Gaming Awards. In 2019, Hard Rock International was honored as one of Forbes Magazine’s America’s Best Large Employers, Forbes Magazine’s Top Employers for Women and No. 1 in J.D. Power’s 2019 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Study among Upper Upscale Hotel Chains. Hard Rock destinations are located in the world’s greatest international gateway cities, including its two most successful flagship properties in Florida and home to the world’s first Guitar Hotel® in South Florida, where its headquarters are located. The brand is owned by HRI parent entity The Seminole Tribe of Florida. For more information on Hard Rock International visit www.hardrock.com or shop.hardrock.com.

Harry Connick Jr., Kris Kristofferson, Alan Jackson, Kenny Chesney, Vince Gill & More Celebrate George Jones 50 Years Of Hits Sun, Jun 9 On AXS TV

HARRY CONNICK JR., KRIS KRISTOFFERSON, AARON NEVILLE, ALAN JACKSON, KENNY CHESNEY, VINCE GILL, EMMYLOU HARRIS, MARTINA MCBRIDE, WYNONNA, TANYA TUCKER AND MORE CELEBRATE GEORGE JONES 50 YEARS OF HITS AIRING SUNDAY, JUNE 9 ON AXS TV

 

‘George Jones: The Grand Tour Celebrating His Ultimate No Show’ Coming Soon!

George Jones, the definitive country singer of the last half-century, was a member of The Country Music Hall of Fame and The Grand Ole Opry, received the coveted Kennedy Center Honor and was the recipient of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement award. Now on Sunday, June 9, Trace Adkins, Kenny Chesney, Harry Connick, Jr., Joe Diffie, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Emmylou Harris, Alan Jackson, Sammy Kershaw, Uncle Kracker, Kris Kristofferson, Shelby Lynne, Martina McBride, Lorrie Morgan, Aaron Neville, Connie Smith, Trick Pony, Randy Travis, Tanya Tucker and Wynonna will celebrate George’s 50 Years Of Hits in an all-star celebration airing on AXS TV at 9pm ET and 12am ET.

Jones’ career never left the top of the country charts having recorded more than 100 albums during his career and more than 150 of those songs were hits, including 60 Top 10 singles. His songs including “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” “Tennessee Whiskey,” Still Doin’ Time,” “A Good Year For The Roses,” “She Thinks I Still Care,” and so many others are covers every bar band performs on a nightly basis.

Jones was often referred to as The Possum, for his facial features and the shape of his nose, or No Show Jones, for his sudden disappearing act before a show. However, when Jones finally did take the stage he was a hardcore honky tonker that sang songs about heartbreak and hard drinking times that echoed his own turbulent life. By most accounts, George Jones was the finest vocalist in the recorded history of country music.

 

ALAN JACKSON & CHRIS STAPLETON ADDED TO PERFORMANCE LINEUP FOR 11TH ANNUAL ACM HONORS AIRING SEPTEMBER 15 AT 9PM PT/ET ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK

 

ALAN JACKSON & CHRIS STAPLETON ADDED TO PERFORMANCE LINEUP
FOR 11TH ANNUAL ACM HONORS AIRING SEPTEMBER 15 AT 9PM PT/ET
ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK

JASON ALDEAN, BOBBY BONES, ROSS COPPERMAN,
LADY ANTEBELLUM & JIMMY WEBB TO PRESENT

PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED PERFORMERS WHO WILL ALSO PRESENT INCLUDE
VINCE GILL, LITTLE BIG TOWN, MAREN MORRIS, BRAD PAISLEY & HILLARY SCOTT

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Cassadee Pope & Brett Young to Present and Clare Bowen & Charles Esten to Perform In Special Off-Camera Moments

Event to Tape at Nashville’s Historic Ryman Auditorium on Wednesday, August 23;
Tickets Available Now at Ticketmaster.com and the Ryman Box Office

 

The Academy of Country Music® announced that Alan Jackson and Chris Stapleton will perform at the 11th ANNUAL ACM HONORS™. It was also announced that Jason Aldean, Bobby Bones, Ross Copperman, Lady Antebellum and Jimmy Webb along with previously announced performers Vince Gill, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Brad Paisley and Hillary Scott will present to previously announced honorees. In addition, Clare Bowen, Charles Esten, Cassadee Pope, and Brett Young will participate in special off-camera moments in the ceremony taking place Wednesday, August 23 at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium.

Jackson and Stapleton join the previously announced performance lineup including Kelsea Ballerini, Vince Gill, Toby Keith, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Brad Paisley, Thomas Rhett, Hillary Scott, and George Strait.

The 11th Annual ACM Honors is an evening dedicated to celebrating the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards. The two-house televised special will tape on Wednesday, August 23 at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium and air on Friday, September 15 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Tickets for special taping are available now for purchase at Ticketmaster.com and the Ryman Auditorium box office.

For more information about the Academy of Country Music and the ACM Honors, please visit www.acmcountry.com.

About ACM Honors:
ACM Honors™ is an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the Academy of Country Music Awards, including the Special Awards, Studio Recording Awards and Songwriter of the Year Award winners. The 11th Annual ACM Honors takes place Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium and will be produced for television by dick clark productions to be broadcast on Friday, September 15 (9:00-11:00pm ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, R.A. Clark, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are executive producers. Pete Fisher and Tiffany Moon are executive producers for the Academy of Country Music. Tickets to ACM Honors are priced at $60 and $100 and will go on sale to the general public at Ticketmaster.com and the Ryman box office at 10:00 AM CT on Wednesday, August 9, 2017. For more information, visit www.ACMcountry.com

MUSIC SUPERSTARS KELSEA BALLERINI, VINCE GILL, TOBY KEITH, LITTLE BIG TOWN AND MORE REVEALED AS PERFORMERS FOR THE 11TH ANNUAL ACM HONORS

 

MUSIC SUPERSTARS KELSEA BALLERINI, VINCE GILL, TOBY KEITH,
LITTLE BIG TOWN, MAREN MORRIS, BRAD PAISLEY,
THOMAS RHETT, HILLARY SCOTT, AND GEORGE STRAIT
REVEALED AS PERFORMERS FOR THE 11TH ANNUAL ACM HONORS™

TWO-HOUR SPECIAL TO AIR FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 AT 9PM PT/ET
ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK

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Musical Event to Tape at Nashville’s Historic Ryman Auditorium on Wednesday, August 23

Tickets Available Beginning August 9 at 10AM CST at Ticketmaster.com and the Ryman Box Office

 

The Academy of Country Music® has revealed the first round of performers and ticket on-sale date for the 11th ANNUAL ACM HONORS™, an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards®. Music superstars confirmed to perform at the televised event include Kelsea Ballerini, Vince Gill, Toby Keith, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Brad Paisley, Thomas Rhett, Hillary Scott, and George Strait. The 11th Annual ACM Honors will tape Wednesday, August 23 at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN, and broadcast on Friday, September 15 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

 

 

Tickets will go on-sale to the general public at Ticketmaster.com and the Ryman Auditorium box office today, August 9 at 10:00 AM CST.

As previously announced, Special Award recipients celebrated at the 11th Annual ACM Honors will include Kelsea Ballerini (Gene Weed Milestone Award), Toby Keith (Poet’s Award), Bob Kingsley (Mae Boren Axton Service Award), Reba McEntire (Mae Boren Axton Service Award), “Nashville” (Tex Ritter Film Award), Dolly Parton (Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award), Shel Silverstein (Poet’s Award, awarded posthumously), and George Strait (Cliffie Stone Icon Award). The evening will also honor winners of the Industry and Studio Recording Awards, along with Songwriter of the Year Award winner, Lori McKenna.

The Academy of Country Music will present trophies to previously announced Special Award recipients Eric Church (Merle Haggard Spirit Award) and Willie Nelson (Poet’s Award) at a later date.

Additional details will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information, please visit www.ACMcountry.com.

 

About ACM Honors:
ACM Honors™ is an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the Academy of Country Music Awards, including the Special Awards, Studio Recording Awards and Songwriter of the Year Award winners. The 11th Annual ACM Honors takes place Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium and will be produced for television by dick clark productions to be broadcast on Friday, September 15 (9:00-11:00pm ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, R.A. Clark, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are executive producers. Pete Fisher and Tiffany Moon are executive producers for the Academy of Country Music. Tickets to ACM Honors are priced at $60 and $100 and will go on sale to the general public at Ticketmaster.com and the Ryman box office at 10:00 AM CT on Wednesday, August 9, 2017. For more information, visit www.ACMcountry.com

Aaron Lewis Continues ‘Sinner’ Tour With Jam Packed Schedule

AARON LEWIS CONTINUES SINNER TOUR WITH JAM PACKED SCHEDULE

Aaron Lewis is starting 2017 where he ended 2016…with sold out performances this past weekend in Greensboro, Raleigh and Charlotte and an upcoming sold out schedule promoting his critically acclaimed album SINNER (Dot Records).

The self-proclaimed “Northern Redneck” and Staind frontman achieved critical and commercial success with SINNER earning him the #1 position on the Top 200 Albums, Top Country Albums and Top Digital Albums Charts upon release.

The 12-track project, voted one of Whiskey Riff’s 40 Best Country Albums of 2016, was recorded in only 16 hours at Nashville’s Blackbird Studios with producer Buddy Cannon (George Strait, Merle Haggard, George Jones). Lewis single-handedly penned eight of the songs, in addition to covering Chris Stapleton’s “Whiskey and You” and The Dixie Chicks’ “Travelin’ Soldier.” Lewis collaborates with Willie Nelson on the album’s title track while Grammy® Award-winning artists Alison Krauss, Dan Tyminski and Vince Gill are also featured.

SINNER was also one of Billboard’s 10 Best Country Albums of 2016. “The no-holds-barred honesty of tracks such as “I Lost It All” and “Mama” were some of the finest writing from a male artist this year.” – Billboard

The Boot raves, “Aaron Lewis shows a surprising understanding and respect for country music with his latest album, SINNER. Drawing from his childhood influences of listening to country music in his grandfather’s car, SINNER shows Aaron’s abilities as a singer, songwriter, musician and stylist. SINNER might just be the record that propels Aaron to a permanent place in country music.” Maverick Magazine’s Eric Dahl concurs, “Aaron Lewis brings a raw honesty to his songs on the new album SINNER that Country Music radio hasn’t heard in a long time. The imagery of the lyrics sucks you in, but his mournful voice and guitar keep you!”

To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.AaronLewisMusic.com.

Aaron Lewis On Tour
Jan. 20 – Buckhead Theatre – Atlanta, Ga.
Jan. 21 – Blind Horse Saloon – Greenville, S.C.
Jan. 22 – Montgomery Performing Arts Centre -Montgomery, Ala.
Jan. 25 – The Joy Theater – New Orleans, La.
Jan. 26 – Banita Creek Hall – Nacogdoches, Texas
Jan. 27 – Cowboys Dance Hall – San Antonio, Texas
Jan. 28 – Billy Bob’s – Fort Worth, Texas
Jan. 29 – 2017 Karbach Cook Off @ Lucky’s Pub – Houston, Texas
Feb. 01 – The Fillmore – Silver Spring, Md.
Feb. 02 – Trocadero Theatre – Philadelphia, Pa.
Feb. 03 – House of Blues Boston – Boston, Mass.
Feb. 04 – Town Ballroom – Buffalo, N.Y.
Feb. 09 – House of Blues – Orlando, Fla.
Feb. 10 – The Dallas Bull – Tampa, Fla.
Feb. 11 – The Ranch – Fort Myers, Fla.
Feb. 12 – Seminole Hard Rock – Hollywood, Fla.
Feb. 16 – Louisville Palace – Louisville, Ky.
Feb. 17 – The Fillmore – Detroit, Mich.
Feb. 18 – Rusty Spur – Fort Wayne, Ind.
Feb. 24 – The Blue Note – Columbia, Mo.
Feb. 25 – Orpheum Theater – Madison, Wisc.
Feb. 26 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, Minn.
Feb. 27 – Green Bay Distillery – Green Bay, Wisc.
March 02 – Iron City – Birmingham, Ala.
March 03 – Riverdome At Horseshoe Casino – Bossier City, La.
March 04 – Hard Rock Live – Biloxi, Miss.
March 10 – Limelight Eventplex – Peoria, Ill.
March 11 – Joe’s Live – Rosemont, Ill.
March 12 – VooDoo Lounge At Harrah’s Casino – Kansas City, Mo.
March 18 – Riverwind Casino Showplace Theatre – Norman, Okla.
March 19 – Horseshoe Casino – Tunica – Robinsonville, Miss.
March 31 – Firekeepers Casino – Battle Creek, Mich.
April 01 – Cotton Eyed Joe – Knoxville, Tenn.
April 07 – Turning Stone Resort & Casino – Verona, N.Y.
April 19 – House of Blues – San Diego, Calif.
April 21 – Silver Legacy Casino – Reno, Nev.
April 22 – Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort – Jackson, CA
April 23 – Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort – Jackson, Calif.
April 28 – Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, N.J.
April 29 – Mountaineer Casino – Chester, W.Va.
May 28 – Foxwoods Resort Casino – Mashantucket, Conn.
June 24 – Choctaw Casino Resort – Durant, Okla.

Cyndi Lauper Debuts On “Austin City Limits” This Saturday, January 14 on PBS

CYNDI LAUPER DEBUTS ON “AUSTIN CITY LIMITS” THIS SATURDAY, JANUARY 14 ON PBS

Entertaining Hour of Classic Hits, New ‘Detour’ Songs and Stories Behind Them

 Grammy®, Emmy® and Tony®-winning music icon Cyndi Lauper is taking her country DETOUR to landmark television music series “Austin City Limits” (ACL) this Saturday, January 14 on PBS (check local listings). Lauper debuts on the ACL stage in an entertaining hour of classic hit songs and the stories behind them.

Lauper recently wrapped up a headlining nationwide tour in 2016 after reigning in a new legion of fans with her new country-tinged album DETOUR, which features a collection of country covers from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s (track listing below). DETOUR, which debuted No. 4 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, features duets with several special guests, including country music royalty: Emmylou Harris (on the title track), Willie Nelson (“Night Life,” a song he wrote over 50 years ago), Vince Gill (Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty’s “You’re The Reason Our Kids Are Ugly”) and Alison Krauss (Dolly Parton’s “Hard Candy Christmas.”) Jewel also makes an appearance on DETOUR, showcasing her prodigious yodeling skills on “I Want To Be A Cowboy’s Sweetheart,” which was the first country song by a woman to sell one million copies.

Providing viewers with a front-row seat to the best in music performance for over 40 years, Austin City Limits continues the legendary run showcasing more icons, innovators and highly-anticipated debuts. The series airs weekly on PBS stations nationwide (check local listings) and full episodes are made available online for a limited time at pbs.org/austincitylimits immediately following the initial broadcast. The show’s official hashtag is #acltv.

DETOUR TRACK LISTING:
1. “Funnel Of Love”
2. “Detour” – Featuring Emmylou Harris
3. “Misty Blue”
4. “Walkin’ After Midnight”
5. “Heartaches By The Number”
6. “The End Of The World”
7. “Night Life” – Featuring Willie Nelson
8. “Begging To You”
9. “You’re The Reason Our Kids Are Ugly” – Featuring Vince Gill
10. “I Fall To Pieces”
11. “I Want To Be A Cowboy’s Sweetheart” – Featuring Jewel
12. “Hard Candy Christmas” – Featuring Alison Krauss

DETOUR available on CD ($18.98), LP ($24.98) and digitally.

Vince Gill and Lyle Lovett Reunite for “Songs and Stories” Tour

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Vince Gill and Lyle Lovett Reunite for “Songs and Stories” Tour

Charismatic performers will showcase their musical versatility at The Smith Center, March 24

 

On Friday, March 24, the always witty Vince Gill and the reliably wry Lyle Lovett will reunite for a one-night-only performance at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas as part of their “Songs and Stories” national tour, kicking off in March 2017 after the duo teamed up for a series of concerts in 2015 and 2016 that left fans begging for more.

 

A reviewer for Elmore Magazine raved, “The evening reminded me of the Rat Pack, with pals Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra doing comedy and music and having a great time. . . . This was not the show I had looked forward to—it was much better.”

 

Each show will be a series of intimate solo and duo performances, during which the artists will serve as their own accompanists.

 

“For a night like this, there is no plan,” Gill said. “I know Lyle won’t have a plan, and I won’t either. What he plays will inspire me, and probably vice-versa. It’ll be like playing ping-pong. Whatever song he chooses to sing will inspire the next song that comes out of me.”

 

“I enjoy shows that are not planned out,” Lovett observes. “This will be two songwriters in the round. It’s informal, so there will be lots of ad-libbing. It will be like little snapshots of our experiences.”

Both performers have reaped armfuls of Grammys and kindred laurels for their musical versatility and memory-engraving songwriting.

 

“Just two guys sitting on stools, telling stories and singing songs,” Gill says. “No big bands.  I saw James Taylor once with just him and his guitar, and after that show I felt like I knew him a whole lot better than I ever did before. That’s what’ll happen between Lyle and me, too, and I’m looking forward to it.”

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Additional dates and locations include:

March 22 – Thousand Oaks, CA – Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza

March 23 – Mesa, AZ – Mesa Arts Center – Ikeda Theatre

March 25 – Reno, NV – Silver Legacy Hotel Casino

March 26 – San Francisco, CA – Nourse Theatre

March 27 – San Rafael, CA – Marin Center

March 28 – San Jose, CA – City National Civic

March 29 – Visalia, CA – Visalia Fox Theatre

March 30 – Santa Ynez, CA – Chumash Casino

 

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit TheSmithCenter.com.

Tune In: Cyndi Lauper To Appear On “Tavis Smiley” Tonight And Tuesday Night

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TUNE IN: CYNDI LAUPER TO APPEAR ON “TAVIS SMILEY” TONIGHT AND TUESDAY NIGHT

 

International superstar Cyndi Lauper will appear on Tavis Smiley tonight Monday, October 17 and tomorrow evening, Tuesday, October 18 to open up about her latest album DETOUR (available here). Recorded and produced in Nashville, the groundbreaking album spent months on the Billboard Country charts and contains a collection of country covers from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s (track listing below). The album features duets with several special guests, including Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Vince Gill and Alison Krauss.

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October 17
“The Tavis Smiley Show”
11:30pm (PBS Los Angeles)
12:30am (PBS New York)
Click here for local listings

October 18
“The Tavis Smiley Show”
11:00pm (PBS Los Angeles)
12:00am (PBS New York)
Click here for local listings

“Tavis Smiley” is a high-energy exchange of views, information, and insight hosted by Tavis Smiley. The one-hour weekly program offers a unique blend of news and newsmakers in expanded conversations. The show has featured regular commentators including Cornel West, Connie Rice, Deroy Murdock, Omar Wasow, Kimberle Williams Crenshaw, Rachael Ross, Kathryn Lopez, Antonio Gonzalez, Jonathan Walton, George Johnson and others. Each weekend Tavis engages commentators and guests in substantive and provocative discussions on a wide range of topics including: politics, health, finance, sports, technology and pop culture.

DETOUR Track Listing:
“Funnel Of Love”
“Detour” – Featuring Emmylou Harris
“Misty Blue”
“Walkin’ After Midnight”
“Heartaches By The Number”
“The End Of The World”
“Night Life” – Featuring Willie Nelson
“Begging To You”
“You’re The Reason Our Kids Are Ugly” – Featuring Vince Gill
“I Fall To Pieces”
“I Want To Be A Cowboy’s Sweetheart” – Featuring Jewel
“Hard Candy Christmas” – Featuring Alison Krauss

Follow Cyndi Lauper on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram! Visit CyndiLauper.com for more information.

Cyndi Lauper Appearance
Dec 03 Beacon Theatre – New York, NY

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About Cyndi Lauper
Cyndi Lauper is a Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award-winning (for her Kinky Boots score) artist who, after 30 sterling years and global record sales in excess of 50 million albums, has proven that she has the heart and soul to keep her legion of fans compelled by her every creative move. With her first album, She’s So Unusual, Lauper won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist and became the first female in history to have four top-five singles from a debut album. Since then, Lauper has released ten additional studio albums and was recently inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Her upcoming 11th studio album, Detour, recorded late last year in Nashville, will showcase her signature takes on classic country songs from the 1950’s and 60’s. The album will also feature appearances by some of country music’s most-celebrated artists including Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, and Willie Nelson. Overall, during her storied music career, Lauper has been nominated for 15 Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, seven American Video Awards and 18 MTV Awards. She recently captured her journey through music and life in her New York Times best-selling autobiography, Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir. As an actress, Lauper made her Broadway debut in The Threepenny Opera alongside Alan Cumming in 2006. She has appeared in numerous television shows, including “Mad About You” (Emmy Award) and “Bones” and films including The Opportunist with Christopher Walken, Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, Life With Mikey, Off and Running and Vibes. Lauper also continues her philanthropic work through her foundation, the True Colors Fund.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Tops Bluegrass Chart at #1, Reaches #11 on Country Albums and Americana Folk Charts

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Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Friends – Circlin’ Back: Celebrating 50 Years Tops
Bluegrass Chart at #1, Reaches #11 on Country Albums and Americana
Folk Charts in First Week of Sales

For five decades, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has remained one of the most iconic names in American roots music. With one foot planted in the traditions of country-folk and the other pointing toward something new and unexpected, the group continues to tour and release music, influencing multiple generations of audiences and artists along the way. Nearly a dozen of those artists join the group on this year’s Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Friends – Circlin’ Back: Celebrating 50 Years concert album, released Sept. 30 on NGDB’s own label, distributed by Warner Nashville. As of yesterday’s SoundScan report,Circlin’ Back hit #11 both on the Country Albums chart and Americana Folk chart, while topping the Bluegrass chart at #1 in the first week of sales. Continuing the 50th anniversary celebration, the band played early and late sets at the Grand Ole Opry’s Birthday Bash on Saturday, Oct. 8 in Nashville, TN.

About the record: Recorded live at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Friends captures a group of longtime road warriors who’ve yet to lose their grit, joined onstage by John Prine, Sam Bush, Vince Gill, Jerry Jeff Walker, Alison Krauss, Rodney Crowell, Byron House, and Jerry Douglas. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer (and early Dirt Band member) Jackson Browne joined in, along with longtime member Jimmy Ibbotson, while a sold-out crowd sings along in the background. From country classics to deep cuts, the tracklist finds bandmates Jeff Hanna (guitars/vocals), Jimmie Fadden (drums/harmonica/vocals), Bob Carpenter (keyboards/accordion/vocals) and John McEuen (banjo/fiddle/guitar/mandolin) swapping harmonies, trading solos, and shining new light on a catalog of vital, vibrant music.

Long before Americana music had a name, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band helped lead the charge, mixing elements of country, bluegrass, folk, mountain music, and rock & roll into a sound that celebrated the full range of American music. The guys were traditionalists and trendsetters, performing songs that nodded to the past while still pushing toward the future. Released in 1972 – just six years after the group formed in Southern California – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s Will the Circle Be Unbroken still stands as one of the most beloved albums in the country catalog, pairing the young band with legends like Roy Acuff, Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs, and Mother Maybelle Carter.

Many decades have passed since that milestone album’s release, with the members of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band now enjoying their own legendary status. They continue to blur lines between genres, however, and the upcoming Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Friends accomplishes something very similar to the classic Will the Circle Be Unbroken pairing the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band with the hit-makers, rule-breakers, and iconic figures of today’s roots music community. This time, Hanna, Fadden, Carpenter, and McEuen are the elder statesmen, passing down their influence and inspiration to a younger class without giving up the torch just yet. There’s more music to be made, after all. More shows to play. Another half-century to chase down. The circle rolls on.

Fans are able to purchase the cd or cd/dvd combo via www.nittygritty.com, Amazon (cd or cd/dvd), and iTunes (cd or dvd).

For more information on NGDB, please visit www.nittygritty.com.

Huffington Post talks to Jeff Hanna re: IBMA and Circlin’ Back
Barry Mazor interviews Jeff Hanna on Acme Radio’s Roots Now, talks new record & 50 years
LA Times premieres “Truthful Parson Brown” with Jackson Browne
Relix Magazine premieres “Catfish John” with Alison Krauss

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Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Friends – Circlin’ Back: Celebrating 50 Years CD track listing:

1. “YOU AIN’T GOING NOWHERE”
2. “GRANDPA WAS A CARPENTER” feat. JOHN PRINE
3. “PARADISE” feat. JOHN PRINE
4. “MY WALKIN’ SHOES”
5. “TENNESSEE STUD” fest. VINCE GILL
6. “NINE POUND HAMMER” feat. SAM BUSH with VINCE GILL
7. “BUY FOR ME THE RAIN”
8. “THESE DAYS” feat. JACKSON BROWNE
9. “TRUTHFUL PARSON BROWN” feat. JACKSON BROWNE with JERRY DOUGLAS, SAM BUSH
and BYRON HOUSE
10. “KEEP ON THE SUNNY SIDE” feat. ALISON KRAUSS
11. “CATFISH JOHN” feat. ALISON KRAUSS
12. “AN AMERICAN DREAM” feat. RODNEY CROWELL with ALISON KRAUSS
13. “LONG HARD ROAD (THE SHARECROPPER’S DREAM)” feat. RODNEY CROWELL
14. “MR. BOJANGLES” feat. JERRY JEFF WALKER
15. “FISHIN’ IN THE DARK” feat. JIMMY IBBOTSON
16. “BAYOU JUBILEE/SALLY WAS A GOODUN”
17. “JAMBALAYA”
18. “WILL THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN”

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Friends – Circlin’ Back: Celebrating 50 Years DVD track listing:

1. “YOU AIN’T GOING NOWHERE”
2. “GRANDPA WAS A CARPENTER” feat. JOHN PRINE
3. “PARADISE” feat. JOHN PRINE
4. “MY WALKIN’ SHOES”
5. “TENNESSEE STUD” fest. VINCE GILL
6. “NINE POUND HAMMER” feat. SAM BUSH with VINCE GILL
7. “BUY FOR ME THE RAIN”
8. “THESE DAYS” feat. JACKSON BROWNE
9. “TRUTHFUL PARSON BROWN” feat. JACKSON BROWNE
with JERRY DOUGLAS, SAM BUSH and BYRON HOUSE
10. “KEEP ON THE SUNNY SIDE” feat. ALISON KRAUSS
11. “CATFISH JOHN” feat. ALISON KRAUSS
12. “AN AMERICAN DREAM” feat. RODNEY CROWELL with ALISON KRAUSS
13. “LONG HARD ROAD (THE SHARECROPPER’S DREAM) feat. RODNEY CROWELL
14. “MR. BOJANGLES” feat. JERRY JEFF WALKER
15. “RIPPLIN’ WATERS” feat. JIMMY IBBOTSON
16. “FISHIN’ IN THE DARK” feat. JIMMY IBBOTSON
17. “BAYOU JUBILEE/SALLY WAS A GOODUN”
18. “JAMBALAYA”
19. “WILL THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN”

On Tour:
Oct. 21 Dosey Doe – The Woodlands, Texas
Oct. 22 The Majestic Theatre – Dallas, Texas
Nov. 10 Grand Theatre – Frankfort, Ky.
Nov. 11 Midland Theatre – Newark, Ohio
Nov. 12 Temple Theatre – Saginaw, Mich.
Nov. 13 MotorCity Casino Hotel – Detroit, Mich.

ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC® WELCOMES DAILEY & VINCENT FOR A VISIT

ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC

ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC® WELCOMES

DAILEY & VINCENT FOR A VISIT

DAILEY & VINCENT
Dailey & Vincent sign a guitar at the Academy of Country Music in Encino, CA.

Photo: Michel Bourquard/Courtesy of the Academy of Country Music

The Academy of Country Music welcomed Bluegrass superstar duo Dailey & Vincent to the office while they were in Los Angeles recently.  While at the Academy, they performed their hits, “Steel Drivin’ Man,” “Big River,” and “River of Time.” The duo is currently on the road for their “Musical Landmarks of America” tour, which includes stops at iconic venues such as the legendary Carnegie Hall, the Library of Congress’ Coolidge Auditorium and the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN among others.

Watch a video from Dailey & Vincent’s visit featuring an exclusive interview and clips from their performance.

For the second consecutive year, the duo sold out the Ryman Auditorium, where they first debuted their music as a duo in 2007, for the Springer Mountain Farms Bluegrass Nights series performance scheduled for Thursday, July 17.  Also coming this fall is the duo’s first ever LIVE CD, DVD, and a Public Television concert special on September 13, at the Hylton Performing Arts Center  on the Prince William Campus of George Mason University in Manassas, VA.

 

About Dailey & Vincent:
The Dailey & Vincent duo has been hailed throughout the music industry as one of the most exciting, reputable and elite Bluegrass bands in America, having won numerous awards for their uniquely contagious and riveting music, including:  13 IBMA Awards (International Bluegrass Music Awards) as 3-time “Entertainer of the Year,” 3-time “Vocal Group of the Year” and “Album of the Year;” 3 Grammy Award Nominations including nomination for the 2014 “Bluegrass Album of the Year;” and; 2 Dove Awards for “Bluegrass Album of the Year.”  

2014 is shaping up to be a record year for Dailey & Vincent: They enter 2014 with a GRAMMY nomination for Bluegrass Album of the Year (their 3rd GRAMMY nom), a 1st-time performance at Carnegie Hall in June, their 2nd Dailey & Vincent Festival in Denton, NC in September, and the announcement of their very first headlining cruise (which will set sail in early 2015).   

Prior to forming the duo in 2007, both Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent were already seasoned veterans in the Bluegrass world, having garnered great personal success.  A 4-time IBMA ‘Vocalist of the Year’ award winner, Dailey sang and performed with groups such as Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. Vincent has accumulated 5 GRAMMY Awards, has been voted Bluegrass Bass Player of the Year 4 years in a row (2009-20012), and is a former, 10-year band member for the GRAMMY Award-winning Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder. Both have performed alongside famous acts such as Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris and more.  The duo performs over 120 shows per year with an 85% sell-out rate in the United States and presently resides at #34 on Pollstar’s “Concert Pulse.”  

For more information about Dailey & Vincent, visit www.daileyandvincent.com.

 

ACM Special Awards Winners Announcement

BOBBY BRADDOCK, KENNY CHESNEY, VINCE GILL, EMMYLOU HARRIS,
GAYLE HOLCOMB, ALAN JACKSON, ROGER MILLER, BILLY SHERRILL,
RICKY SKAGGS AND DWIGHT YOAKAM
ANNOUNCED AS OFF-CAMERA WINNERS
FOR THE 47th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS

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Special Awards, Industry Awards, MBI Honorees and Songwriter of the Year Will Be Feted at 6th Annual ACM Honors Event Held on September 24, 2012 in Nashville

Today the Academy of Country Music is announcing the winners of awards that will not be televised during the live telecast of the 47th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, telecast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network, due to time constraints.   Special Awards, Industry Awards, MBI (Musician, Bandleader, Instrumentalist) and Songwriter of the Year honorees will be feted at the 6th Annual ACM Honorsevent on September 24, 2012 in Nashville.

 

The Academy of Country Music Special Awards are voted on by the ACM Board of Directors and are awarded during years where the Board of Directors feels there are clear and deserving candidates. Industry Awards are voted on by professional members of the Academy. The MBI ballot is voted on by professional members of the Academy classified in the Artist-Entertainer/Musician-Bandleader-Instrumentalist category, and the Producer-Engineer-Studio Manager sub-category (contained within the Affiliated category).  The Songwriter of the Year ballot is voted on by professional members of the Academy in the following categories; Artist-Entertainer/Musician-Bandleader-Instrumentalist, Composer, Music Publisher/PRO, Record Company, and the Producer/Engineer/Studio Manager subcategory (contained within the Affiliated category).

 

SPECIAL AWARDS

Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award

Emmylou Harris, Billy Sherrill, Ricky Skaggs and Dwight Yoakam have been chosen to receive the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award honoring individuals who are pioneers in the country music genre.

Emmylou Harris brought a graceful delivery, beautiful harmonies and a wealth of exceptional material to her career in country music. Harris was discovered at a nightclub in Washington D.C., then provided her signature vocals to Gram Parsons’ seminal recordings. On her own, she arrived on the country charts in 1975. Over the next decade, she racked up 21 Top 10 singles, including five No. 1 hits. The Trio album with talented friends Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt earned the 1987 ACM Award for Album of the Year. Harris was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008.

Billy Sherrill produced many of country’s most famous names and wrote numerous classics throughout the 1960s and 1970s. The Alabama native joined Epic Records in 1964, where his credits as both a producer and songwriter included David Houston’s “Almost Persuaded,” Charlie Rich’s “The Most Beautiful Girl” and Tammy Wynette’s “Stand By Your Man.” He also served as a producer on George Jones’ “He Stopped Loving Her Today” (which earned Sherrill an ACM Award for Producer of the Year), as well as Johnny Paycheck’s “She’s All I Got” and Tanya Tucker’s “Delta Dawn.” He joined the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010.

Ricky Skaggs energized country music in the 1980s by taking his traditional sound in a lively new direction. Over that decade, the Kentucky native charted 19 Top 10 singles, including 11 No. 1 hits. Rather than writing his material, he gathered first-rate songs by the likes of Guy Clark, Bill Monroe, Webb Pierce, Mel Tillis and Cindy Walker. He was named the ACM’s 1981 Top New Male Vocalist and received five ACM Awards for Touring Band of the Year. Since that time, Skaggs has focused on bluegrass music and now leads one of the most respected ensembles in the genre.

Dwight Yoakam captured the imagination of traditionalists and new listeners alike by giving hillbilly music a modern twist. Born in Kentucky but based in Los Angeles, Yoakam debuted with a twangy cover of Johnny Horton’s “Honky Tonk Man,” which led him to the ACM’s 1986 Top New Male Vocalist trophy. In all, Yoakam landed 14 Top 10 hits – some he wrote (“I Sang Dixie”) and others he revived (Elvis Presley’s “Little Sister”). Along with acclaimed albums and music videos, Yoakam proudly partnered with Buck Owens on the endearing 1988 duet, “Streets of Bakersfield.” He remains active in music and film.

Past recipients of the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award include Alabama, Garth Brooks, Johnny Cash, Charlie Daniels, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Brenda Lee, Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, The Oak Ridge Boys, Dolly Parton, Charley Pride, Jerry Reed, Tex Ritter, Marty Robbins, Kenny Rogers, Mel Tillis, Randy Travis, Conway Twitty, Porter Wagoner, Hank Williams, Sr., Hank Williams Jr. and Bob Wills, among others.

Crystal Milestone Award

Kenny Chesney, four-time ACM Entertainer of the Year, has sold more than 10,500,000 tickets on his 11 national tours, selling out stadiums across the country. His successful shows have promoted the entire genre to delighted fans while helping other country acts and cross-over artists gain exposure nationwide. The Academy is honoring Kenny for this remarkable achievement.

Past recipients of the Crystal Milestone Award include Garth Brooks and Jennifer Nettles.

Career Achievement Award

Vince Gill has been chosen to receive the Career Achievement Award, which is presented to an individual artist, duo, group or multiple artist collaboration who have advanced the popularity and acceptance of country music through their endeavors in the entertainment industry in multiple areas during the preceding calendar year.

Vince Gill returned to the country scene in 2011 with an appealing new album, Guitar Slinger, and the enthusiastic response proved that he had been missed. Nashville Mayor Karl Dean proclaimed an official Vince Gill Week in conjunction with the album’s release. Gill also served as Grand Marshal of Nashville’s Christmas parade. In addition, Gill and wife Amy Grant graced the cover of Good Housekeeping, while Sting shared the stage with him on an acclaimed CMT Crossroads. Meanwhile, the Country Music Hall of Fame member appeared on multiple talk shows and earned a Grammy nod for “Threaten Me With Heaven.”

Past recipients of the Career Achievement Award include John Anderson, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Johnny Paycheck, Carl Perkins, Reba and Kenny Rogers.

Jim Reeves International Award

Alan Jackson has been chosen to receive the Jim Reeves International Award, which is presented to an individual for outstanding contributions to the acceptance of country music throughout the world.

Alan Jackson’s down-home music and laidback personality has translated well internationally. He played for eager audiences in Sweden and Norway in August 2011, brought back by popular demand following his 2009 shows. Jackson’s album, Good Time, has also earned platinum sales in Norway. Jackson also toured Australia for the first time in March 2011. He’ll play four arena shows in Canada in April 2012, as well as a summer concert at the Craven Country Jamboree in Saskatchewan. Jackson won his first ACM Award as 1990’s Top New Male Vocalist, an honor that coincided with career-building tour dates in the UK and Germany.

Past recipients of the Jim Reeves International Award include Garth Brooks, Dick Clark, Roy Clark, Merv Griffin, Charlie Nagatani, Buck Owens, Dolly Parton, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban, among others.

Mae Boren Axton Award

Gayle Holcomb has been chosen as the recipient of the Mae Boren Axton Award, which is given in recognition of years of dedication and service by an outstanding individual to the Academy of Country Music.

Gayle Holcomb, a country music industry leader at William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, has served as an Academy of Country Music board member for 17 years and five years as ACM chairman.  During her tenure as chair, Holcomb was a driving force for the organization’s rapid change and growth, including moving the Awards show from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 2003.  Holcomb helped launch ACM Lifting Lives in 2005, guiding the vision for the charity as it got underway initially, and continuing her support of the organization by becoming chairman.  She made the initial endowment to form the ACM Lifting Lives’ Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund, in honor of her mother, to enable the Fund to respond quickly to unforeseen, immediate financial needs of ACM members, staff and members of the country music community.

Past recipients of the Mae Boren Axton Award include John Dorris, Rod Essig, Jack Lameier, Marge Meoli, Ray Pilzak, Gaynelle Pitts, Gene Weed and David Young.

Poet’s Award

Bobby Braddock and Roger Miller have been selected to receive the Poet’s Award, which honors songwriters for outstanding musical and/or lyrical contributions throughout their careers in the field of country music.

Bobby Braddock is a master storyteller with more than 40 years of songwriting success. A Florida native, Braddock moved to Nashville in 1964 and worked for a time as Marty Robbins’ piano player. His classic cuts include Tammy Wynette’s divine “D-I-V-O-R-C-E” and George Jones’ iconic (and ACM Award-winning) “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” as well as the famous couple’s enduring duet, “Golden Ring.” Braddock also earned ACM nominations as a songwriter for Tracy Lawrence’s “Time Marches On,” Toby Keith’s “I Wanna Talk About Me” and Billy Currington’s “People Are Crazy.” He joined the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2011.

Roger Miller charmed listeners with characteristic wit on classics like “King of the Road” and “Dang Me.” Miller, an Oklahoma native, grabbed early songwriting success with Ray Price’s “Invitation to the Blues.” In 1985, he earned acclaim for writing the score of the musical Big River. To honor his brilliant career, he received the 1987 ACM Pioneer Award. Miller died in 1992 and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1995. Contemporary stars like Brooks & Dunn and Alan Jackson have kept his legacy alive with terrific renditions of “Husbands and Wives” and “Tall, Tall Trees,” respectively.

Previous recipients of the Poet’s Award include Bill Anderson, Hank Cochran, Merle Haggard, Tom T. Hall, Harlan Howard, Fred Rose, Don Schlitz and Cindy Walker.

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR – Dallas Davidson

INDUSTRY AWARDS

CASINO OF THE YEAR – Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas, NV

DON ROMEO TALENT BUYER OF THE YEAR – Jimmy Jay – Jayson Promotions, Inc.

NIGHTCLUB OF THE YEAR – Billy Bob’s Texas – Ft. Worth, TX

PROMOTER OF THE YEAR – Brian O’Connell – Live Nation

VENUE OF THE YEAR – Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN

MBI (MUSICIANS, BAND, INSTRUMENTAL) AWARDS:

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR – Frank Liddell

AUDIO ENGINEER OF THE YEAR – Justin Niebank

BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Michael Rhodes

PERCUSSIONIST/DRUMMER OF THE YEAR – Shannon Forrest

GUITARIST OF THE YEAR – Kenny Greenberg

FIDDLE PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Stuart Duncan

PIANO/KEYBOARD PLAYER OF THE YEAR – John Hobbs

SPECIALTY INSTRUMENT(S) PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Aubrey Haynie

STEEL GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Paul Franklin

About the Academy of Country Music Awards

The 47th Academy of Country Music Awards is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry.  The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.  Orly Adelson and R.A. Clark are executive producers.  Barry Adelman is producer, and Bob Bardo is the executive in charge of production. Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.  For more information, please visit www.acmcountry.com.