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Florida Georgia Line adds more dates to their Anything Goes Tour  2015-01-15
Superstar duo Florida Georgia Line will be hitting the road full throttle with their worldwide headline ANYTHING GOES TOUR 2015, kicking off tonight (1/15) in Toledo, OH, and extending into the fall. FGL will bring their seize-the-day attitude and raucous party anthems to new stops coast to coast in Austin, Dallas, Boston, Atlanta and more.

Exclusively promoted by Live Nation and sponsored by Mountain Dew®, the sizzling ANYTHING GOES TOUR 2015 features openers ACM New Artist of the Year nominee Thomas Rhett and Warner Bros. records rising singer-guitarist Frankie Ballard.

Of their live show, the Los Angeles Times lauded, “Florida Georgia Line pump out plenty of rock energy” while Billboard raved, “FGL’s intense harmonies and high energy … are unlike anyone else.” CMT described their performances as “heavy with guitars and smoke, a good dose of banjo and some well-timed swigs out of a Fireball Whisky bottle.” The Seattle Times proclaimed, “…Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley turned in a pitch-perfect set that touched on all their hits. They also introduced a couple of new songs and gave 10,000 people a reason to sing along and scream for 80 minutes.”

Following the sold-out opening weekend in Toledo, OH, Dayton, OH and Charlottesville, VA, the reigning ACM and CMA Vocal Duo of the Year will celebrate the tour launch with an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show this Tuesday (1/20) and perform their current Top 10 smash “Sun Daze.” Check local listings for broadcast details.


5/9 - Columbia, MD
5/28 - West Palm Beach, FL
5/29 - Tampa, FL
5/30 - Birmingham, AL
7/24 - Philadelphia, PA
7/25 - Washington, DC
7/26 - Virginia Beach, VA
8/7 - Bethel, NY
8/8 - Darien Center, NY
8/13 - Raleigh, NC
8/14 - Charlotte, NC
8/15 - Pittsburgh, PA
8/20 - Beaumont, TX
8/21 - Austin, TX
8/22 - Dallas, TX
8/27 - Bakersfield, CA
8/28 - Sacramento, CA
9/10 - Holmdel, NJ
9/11 - Hartford, CT
9/12 - Boston, MA
9/24 - Wichita, KS
9/25 - Tulsa, OK
9/26 - St. Louis, MO
10/3 - San Diego, CA
10/9 - Albuquerque, NM
10/10 - Phoenix, AZ
10/15 - Southaven, MS
10/16 - New Orleans, LA
10/17 - Atlanta, GA

Fans can purchase tickets beginning the week of Jan. 26th for select cities as part of Live Nation’s Country Megaticket at www.Megaticket.com, and additional ticketing information will be available in the coming weeks via floridageorgialine.com and LiveNation.com.
Dolly Parton signs development deal with NBC  2015-01-17
NBC has signed a development deal with Dolly Parton, one of the most honored female country musicians of all time and an American icon.

"I am so excited to be involved with my friend Bob Greenblatt, who produced the Broadway version of '9 to 5: The Musical' with me, and my longtime friend and former agent Sam Haskell. We want to create projects for NBC that are both fun and inspirational with a family audience in mind," said Dolly Parton.

In conjunction with production partner Sam Haskell of Magnolia Hill Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television, NBC will develop a slate of two-hour TV movies based on the songs, stories, and inspiring life of Dolly Parton. This extraordinarily prolific country music artist and movie star will produce these projects that are meant to appeal to an inclusive family audience.

"I don't know anyone in the world who doesn't love Dolly Parton, and the idea of developing television movies inspired by her incredible life and the stories she has sung about for decades is exciting to all of us at NBC," said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment." I hope we will create some uplifting movies that the entire family can enjoy together, a genre of programming that still seems largely untapped on television."

Added Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment: "We all feel so lucky to be in business with Dolly. We're so excited about working with her to infuse these movies with her incredible work ethic and that genuine hopefulness and positive outlook that has been her trademark for years. And you can bet there will be a lot of her music in them too."

Over the past 40 years, Parton has 41 albums that have reached the top 10 in the country charts - the most for any artist - as well as 25 albums have either been certified gold, platinum or multi-platinum. In addition, 110 singles have reached the country charts. She has won 10 Grammy Awards, 10 Country Music Assn. Awards and 7 Academy of Country Music Awards. In fact, Parton has been nominated for 46 Grammys as both she and Beyonce are the most Grammy-nominated women of all time.

She was twice nominated for an Oscar for her original songs "9 to 5" and "Travelin' Thru," for the film "Transamerica." As an actress, Parton was nominated for three Golden Globes (two for "9 to 5," one for "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas") and won two People's Choice Awards.

Dierks Bentley Adds an Extra Special surprise in Polar Plunge 2015  2015-01-14
Dierks Bentley finally held his Polar Plunge of 2015 in Nashville at the Percy Priest Lake.  The annual tradition was extra special as this year the artist included his tourmates Kip Moore, Maddie & Tae and Canaan Smith, who are joining him on June 5th 2015 for the Sounds of Summer Tour.  

The group of artists will travel to 40 cities and tickets go on sale January 26th. You can watch the video below to see Dierks encourage his future tournamates to take the plunge with him.

“Kip, Maddie & Tae and Canaan are three of the hottest rising artists out there right now, and I feel fortunate to be spending the summer with them,” said Dierks, whose single “Say You Do” is now picking up airplay. “If our first ‘tour meeting’ is any indication, they are up for anything, which is awesome. No one is going to have more fun this summer than us!”

Scotty McCreery's Grandfather Dies  2015-01-14
Condolences to Scotty McCreery on the passing of his grandfather, Bill McCreery. Scotty describes his beloved grandfather, who was 86 years old when he passed without warning, as a hard worker who was devoted to his wife of 57 years. "Together, they raised three children and were inspirations for their six grandchildren," he writes.

In remembrance, Scotty adds:

"As his only grandson, it will be an honor to carry on the family name. Thank you Granddad for everything, but especially the lessons on love and respect, the golf and diving lessons AND that McCreery deep voice."

During his life, Bill McCreery served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force and then spent 10 years working for the U.S. Civil Service in Kittery, Maine.

Best wishes to the McCreery family during this difficult time.
Alan Jackson's 25th Anniversary Keepin' It Country Tour is coming to Nashville  2015-01-14
Country superstar Alan Jackson brings his 25th Anniversary tour to the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on April 11 for NRA Presents Alan Jackson’s 25th Anniversary KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY TOUR with special guests Jeff Foxworthy and Jon Pardi. Tickets go on sale tomorrow Thursday, January 15 at 10:00 a.m.

The concert adds to an exciting week in downtown Nashville, as the Saturday night show takes place during the 144th NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits. The event, which regularly draws more than 70,000 attendees is set at the Music City Center for 2015 and includes acres of the latest products in firearms, accessories, apparel; addresses by national leaders; and a variety of family friendly events all across the city.

Tickets and information for all KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY TOUR dates will be available via Ticketmaster.com and by visiting www.alanjackson.com, where you can find information about Alan, his tour schedule, music and more. VIP tickets and packages are also available.

NRA Presents Alan Jackson’s 25th Anniversary KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY TOUR with special guests Jeff Foxworthy and Jon Pardi, and sponsored by Kubota Tractor Corporation, will be a memorable celebration for his longtime fans as well as legions of new fans who are discovering his music through the many songs that have withstood the test of time and influenced many new artists of today. Fans will hear the songs they love from the man who wrote them and made them famous - from his massive debut hit, “Here In The Real World” to “Chattahoochee,” “Drive,” “Gone Country,” the summertime party-anthems “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” and “Good Time,” and many, many more.

Jackson’s tour is an extension of the already year-long 25th anniversary celebration which kicked off this summer with the opening of his exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin’ It Country, which will run through March 2015. This month the multi-platinum selling Grammy winner is also playing two record-breaking sold out shows at the Country Music Hall of Fame’s CMA Theater making him the first simultaneous artist-in-residence and major museum exhibit subject.
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