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Garth Brooks Mother's Day Suprise  2015-05-08
A woman from Darlington, Wisc. gets the surprise of a lifetime for Mother's Day: Meeting Garth Brooks.

Karen Garrison, a hair salon owner, has been been a fan of Garth Brooks from the start. She even went as far as to naming two of her children, Garth and Brook, after the country singer. Brooks surprised the mother of three after her daughter told her she'd been nominated for the Good Morning America Mother's Day Surprise contest.

“This was an ultimate thank you from us kids, but also the people that you’ve also become a second mother to,” Brook said. “You take care of everyone, and it’s a big thank you from us.”

Garth Brooks waits behind the corner while Garrison talks to a GMA reporter about him, and to her shock, Brooks comes out to give her a big hug. As if meeting Garth Brooks was not enough, the whole family is being flown out to Omaha, Neb. on his private jet to see him and Trisha Yearwood live. 

What happens when Garth Brooks shows up to surprise one lucky mom—nominated by her own kids for everything she's done for them. #GarthAtTheDoorHer full story: http://abcn.ws/1zJI5Tk

Posted by Good Morning America on Friday, May 8, 2015
Luke Bryan: Dirt Road Diary Presented by Citi Opens May 22 & Runs Through Nov. 8 at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum  2015-05-08
The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will explore the life and career of reigning CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan with the summer exhibition Luke Bryan: Dirt Road Diary presented by Citi, which opens May 22 and runs through November 8.

Opening weekend festivities will include a songwriter session on May 23 at 2 p.m. featuring Ashley Gorley and Rodney Clawson, who’ve written many #1 hits for Bryan. Family programming at 12:30 p.m. on May 23 will give visitors a chance to design their own album covers, inspired by Bryan’s work. Additional programming planned for the exhibition’s run will feature a performance August 1 by the Peach Pickers (Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, and Ben Hayslip). The songwriters’ collaborations have yielded a string of #1 singles for fellow Georgian Bryan. And a conversation with Bryan’s producer, Jeff Stevens, will be part of the museum’s Music Masters series, on August 8. Visit countrymusichalloffame.org for details.

Luke Bryan: Dirt Road Diary will examine the singer-songwriter’s roots and rise to stardom. The son of a peanut farmer, Bryan was born and raised in a small town in Georgia, where he grew up fishing and hunting, singing in the church choir, and playing baseball. His parents gave him a guitar when he was fourteen, and soon Bryan was writing songs and leading his own band. It took him twenty years of hard work and perseverance, but he is living his childhood dream.

For the exhibit, Bryan has loaned the museum a wealth of artifacts to represent his life and career. Highlights include:
  • Little League baseball uniform and glove
  • Second grade school backpack and denim jacket
  • First guitar, which his parents gave him when he was fourteen
  • A script from his high school production of Annie Get Your Gun, in which he starred
  • Handwritten lyrics to his 2014 chart-topping single, “I See You”
  • Stage props from his Spring Break concerts
  • Tour posters
  • Stage clothes worn by Bryan at concerts and awards shows
  • Music awards, including trophies for his ACM and CMA Entertainer of the Year wins
  • Bow and arrows used by Bryan on the Outdoor Channel reality series Buck Commander: Protected by Under Armour.
For more information about the exhibit including photos and video, click here. Follow @countrymusichof on Twitter and join the conversation using #ThisIsLukeBryan

Since the debut of his first album in 2007, Luke Bryan has placed 12 singles at No. 1 and sold nearly 7 million albums with 27 million digital tracks from his four studio albums and has been named Entertainer of the Year by both the Academy of Country Music (twice) and Country Music Association. Luke’s latest studio album Crash My Party was 2013’s best-selling country album which sold over two million copies with 8 million digital downloads, is certified Double Platinum, won the Billboard Music Award for “Top Country Album” and contains six consecutive No. 1 hit singles. In 2014, Luke achieved the best touring year of his career with 1.7 million fans attending his concerts. This weekend he will launch a new tour, “Kick The Dust Up Tour,” which will play through October and includes seven stadium dates.
Tyler Farr's Suffer In Peace Debuts in Top 5  2015-05-08
A week after Tyler Farr’s new album released, Suffer In Peace sits in the top 5 on the BILLBOARD Top 200 Albums and BILLBOARD Country Albums Charts. This is the second time Farr has reached the Top 5 sales position, with 41,629 in total album activity. Previously with the release of his debut album Redneck Crazy, which released in 2013, landed Farr at No. 2 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart and #5 on the Billboard Top 200. With today’s chart position, it marks Farr as the only solo male country artist in the last 10 years to have his first two studio albums debut in the top-5 on the Billboard 200 Chart.

Likewise, “A Guy Walks Into A Bar” the debut single off Suffer In Peace, an album that the New York Times describes as a “collection of Southern rock cut through with real moments of tenderness,” is also sitting in the top 5 on the country radio airplay charts this week and still rising. Just last week while visiting NBC’s TODAY for a performance of “A Guy Walks Into A Bar,” the hosts of TODAY surprised Farr with a plaque commemorating the RIAA Gold certification of the hit song.

Suffer in Peace is the Missouri native’s sophomore album and sharing the production duties are Jim Catino and Julian King. In addition to “A Guy Walks Into A Bar” the album also features a duet with Farr’s friend and tour mate Jason Aldean aptly titled “Damn Good Friends,” the patriotic “Why We Live Here” which was inspired by Farr’s tour of US Naval bases overseas during this past holiday season, and the title track “Suffer In Peace” which Rolling Stone Country points out “…the bulk of the album does what few contemporary country releases do today: explore the human condition. Especially in its title track.”

Fans can catch the man Entertainment Weekly calls “Country’s King of Heartbreak” on tour throughout the spring and summer with Jason Aldean on Aldean’s Burn It Down tour as well as Farr’s own headlining dates. Visit TylerFarr.com for more tour dates.

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Miranda Lambert's song for the movie Hot Pursuit is available to purchase  2015-05-06
Miranda Lambert revealed live on Ryan Seacrest ON AIR  that she wrote a song, “Two of a Crime”, after being asked by Reese Witherspoon to contribute a track for the upcoming comedy, “Hot Pursuit.”  Purchase the song on iTunes HERE.

Miranda explains, “Reese texted me and told me about the movie and wanted me to write something or sing or both. I got inspired. I love Reese and Sofia. It was a bit of a “Thelma and Louise” theme and that’s totally up my alley. It is really so fun to be part of it. It was the first time I wrote a song specifically for a movie, so it was a different experience for me.” Miranda wrote the song with frequent collaborators Natalie Hemby and Nicolle Galyon. The notes from Reese were that she wanted to have a “Southern and a Latin flavor” represented in the song. Miranda's recording of “Two of a Crime” will be available at iTunes on April 28th. New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures present, a Foxy/Pacific Standard production, an Anne Fletcher film, “Hot Pursuit.” Set to hit theaters on May 8, 2015, the film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. www.HotPursuitMovie.com

Brantley Gilbert Reveals tattoo in honor of his Second Amendment Support  2015-05-07
Brantley Gilbert recently revealed on his Facebook page, a new tattoo he got in honor of his love for the second amendment.

The singer/songwriter has never been one to be secretive about his support to own and carry guns. Even traveling overseas at the C2C Festival, Gilbert made sure to make a tongue and cheek remark about their lack of guns in the country.

Brantley Gilbert is up for two big country Billboard music awards and is set to be married to his fiance whom he was engaged to last year.

Find more news at BrantleyGilbert.com

See our Coverage from last year's Memorial Day weekend from Athens to Arlington trip to promote Brantley Gilbert's critically acclaimed album Just As I Am
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