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Blake Shelton opens up on marriage  2014-04-23

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Blake Shelton & his fellow 'Voice' coaches sat down with Carson Daly to talk about different things including his marriage with Miranda Lambert, which seems to be in the tabloid headlines constantly.

Blake, Shakira, Adam Levine & Usher opened up on things viewers may not know.  Blake specifically opened up about his wife by saying,  “I would take this opportunity to say to clear the air,” Shelton begins to tell Daly on ‘Today.’ “You may pick up a magazine or a tabloid any day of the week that’ll say something about, you know, my relationship with Miranda and it’s in turmoil and divorce.”

“The truth is I’ve never felt a stronger bond with, not only with her, but with any other human being in my life,” he gushes over the reigning Female Vocalist of the Year. “I mean Miranda and I have … she’s my life.” (Quotes via TasteofCountry.com)

The Voice airs on NBC on Monday & Tuesday nights.  See the interview above.
Luke Bryan's son creates some artwork  2014-04-21

Luke Bryan posted a humorous twitpic (above) of his son Bo's work which expressed a certain creative side but maybe not the kind of creativity that the singer & his wife Caroline wanted.

Monday night (April 21), Luke posted this photo to his Twitter account to share with his fans.

The piano had a certain artwork etched on the keys which Bo created and then had to clean.  The country entertainer thought it would be funny to document by saying, "He’s scrubbing on it now,” Bryan tweeted. “Ha. Funny stuff.” It seemed, though, the piano needed something stronger than the common cleaner. 

“Alcohol worked,” he wrote. “Man I love alcohol.”

ABC's Nashville TV show expected to return  2014-04-15
Source: MusicRow.com
It looks like ABC is continuing its promotion with the series with their recent Nashville: On The Record taping inside Music City's Ryman Auditorium.  The show featured Charles Esten, Hayden Panettiere, Sam Palladio, Clare Bowen, Joshua Jackson, Chaley Rose, Will Chase, Chris Carmack and others, along with several of Nashville’s top singer-songwriters, including Jaida Dreyer, Ashley Monroe and Striking Matches. It is slated to air April 23 on ABC.

Also a Nashville tour has sold out and an additional date is slated for May 5th in Philadelphia.  Esten, Bowen, Jackson, Palladio & Carmack are scheduled to perform in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, & NYC (with Chase added in NYC).

Sources close to the show say they are confident the show will be picked up for a third season.

Big Machine Label Group who distributed the show's soundtrack reported that it sold 3 million in track sales & will release the series' 4th soundtrack next month.

The show’s season 2 premiere ratings brought in 6.5 million viewers (with an additional 2.9 million DVR viewers), while 2012′s pilot episode garnered 8.93 million viewers, with an additional 3.52 million viewing via DVR.

Many venues in Nashville including the famed Bluebird Cafe have seen extreme differences of added tourism into their hot spots, which can be connected to the show.  The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, & other publications have listed the city of Nashville as the new 'it' city.  

An announcement about the TV show of Nashville is expected to be given soon, & ABC execs are scheduled to report the fall lineup on May 13th in NYC.  The finale of the show airs on May 14th.
Glen Campbell's movie to debut at Nashville Film Festival  2014-04-16
The Nashville Film Festival kicks off tomorrow (April 17th) in Nashville. Movies to debut include "Glen Campbell's I'll Be Me" and "Béla Fleck: How to Write a Banjo Concerto." 

The screening for the 2014 Festival will return to the Regal Green Hills Cinema 16 on April 17-26.  

To see the full music film lineup visit www.nashvillefilmfestival.org.


Billy Ray Cyrus to star in new movie to debut during CMA Fest  2014-04-21
Los Angeles film and production companies, SkipStone Pictures and Risen Media, celebrate the presentation of its newest independent film entitled “Like A Country Song”--featuring the multi Grammy-nominated, American country and rock musician, songwriter and actor, Billy Ray Cyrus. The official motion picture premiere is scheduled to take place during “country music’s biggest week” (CMA Fest-2014) on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at the Regal Cinema (3815 Green Hills Village Dr.) in Nashville, TN. The evening will commence with a cast/celebrity red carpet event at 6:00 PM; the film is scheduled to screen at 7:30PM.

Produced and directed by Johnny Remo, alongside Daniel Backman (co-producer) and Tammy Hyler (co-producer/music supervisor) and executive producers Megan and Allan Camaisa (CEO of Risen Media and Risen Magazine), “Like A Country Song” explores “life happens” experiences of a talented and emerging country singer and reveals the personal character flaws, hurdles and unexpected challenges hindering the momentum of a hopeful career.

“The story premise alone makes for a solid country song and we filmed in Nashville, so we thought it most appropriate to celebrate the release in Music City as part of our multi-city premiere schedule,” says Johnny Remo, Director and Producer, SkipStone Pictures. “The film was shot at some of Nashville’s “must-see” entertainment venues (such as The Listening Room Cafe and The Station Inn) and at the Music Row sound/production studio The Tater Shack, while the soundtrack features a collection of songs from a select group of Music Row publishing companies. We are pleased to introduce the piece before our friends in the country music entertainment sector and its fans.”

Billy Ray Cyrus is poised to make a special appearance at Nashville’s world premiere event, joined by the starring cast and music and film executives, to walk to the red carpet before media, fans and film enthusiasts. In company with Cyrus, the film boasts a decorated cast featuring Joel Smallbone [lead singer of the Christian Rock duo For King & Country (named Billboard Magazine’s 2012 “New Artists To Watch,” the reigning Dove Awards “New Artist Of The Year” and Australia’s TRAA “Artist Of The Year”) and co-producer/star of the movie “Taken”] and Booboo Stewart of the critically acclaimed series “Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Breaking Dawn Part I and Part II” and the upcoming major motion picture “X-Men: Days Of Future Past” (set for a May 2014 release). The “Like A Country Song” leading actors and other cast members will be available for red carpet interviews and media opportunities prior to the movie premiere event.

Celebrity guests/country music stars who have demonstrated early support and confirmed their red carpet participation/premiere attendance include: Jamie O’Neal (“When I Think About Angels”/“There Is No Arizona”), Joe Nichols (“Sunny and 75”/“Tequila Makes Her Take Her Clothes Off”), Collin Raye (“Love, Me”/“I Can Still Feel You”) Jana Kramer and Jennifer Wayne.

The “Like A Country Song” premiere is scheduled to debut in Nashville on Thursday, June 5, 2014 and will be featured in select theaters in Music City and around the nation beginning Friday, June 6, as official. The film will be available in Walmart, via Redbox, Netflix and On Demand following the theater schedule. Billy Ray Cyrus will cap off the momentous “Like A Country Song” celebration with a live performance at the Hard Rock Café outdoor stage in downtown Nashville (100 Broadway) on Friday, June 6 at 5:30PM during CMA Fest week.
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