Don Henley to give the keynote at the Americana Music Festival in Nashville – 2015-09-04

The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum and the Americana Music Association continue their partnership this year, presenting stellar events in the Ford Theater and CMA Theater during the 16th Annual Americana Music Festival & Conference, presented by Nissan, September 15-20, 2015.

Americanafest 2015 will feature more than175 showcase performances and more than 50 educational workshops and panels, making it Nashville’s most comprehensive music education event. Festival and conference registrations may be purchased HERE ($365 for Americana Music Association members / $465 for non-members) until Thursday, September 10. Rates will increase to $500 for walk-up admission.

These special Americana-Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum events include a keynote interview, by educator and former Del Fuegos member Warren Zanes, with country-rock pioneer Don Henley. Other events include a songwriter session with critically acclaimed Mary Gauthier; a conversation with and performance by Country Music Hall of Fame member Mac Wiseman; and a roundtable discussion hosted by Jon Bream, author of Dylan Disc by Disc: The Nashville Recordings, with author Holly George-Warren, singer-songwriter Marshall Chapman, steel guitarist and curator Pete Finney, journalist Geoffrey Himes, and British singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock.

Dates, times, admission guidelines and additional information are included in the detailed schedule below.

AMERICANAFEST AT THE COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM

Wednesday September 16
Dylan Disc By Disc: The Nashville Recordings with Author Jon Bream
Noon – 1:30pm
Ford Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Jon Bream is a music critic for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and author of the just-published book Dylan: Disc by Disc, in which Bream talks with 55 musicians, journalists and scholars about every album recorded by Dylan. For this session Bream will host a conversation about the albums Dylan recorded in Nashville, including Nashville Skyline and Blonde on Blonde. Singer-songwriter Marshall Chapman; Pete Finney, steel guitarist and guest curator of the museum exhibit Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City; author Holly George-Warren; music journalist Geoffrey Himes; and artist Robyn Hitchcock join Bream.

Offered in support of the exhibit Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City, presented by Citi. Following the program, Bream will sign copies of his book, purchased from the Museum Store. The program will be streamed live at countrymusichalloffame.org. Included with museum admission. Free to museum members and AMA badge holders. Limited seating. Program pass required.

Thursday, September 17
Keynote with Don Henley, interviewed by Warren Zanes
12:30pm – 1:30pm
CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

As a founding member of the Eagles and as a solo artist, Don Henley has scored such enduring pop hits as “Desperado,” “Hotel California,” “The Long Run,” “The Boys of Summer,” “The Heart of the Matter,” and “The End of the Innocence.” He is an eight-time Grammy winner, and a preservationist who founded the Walden Woods Project and the Caddo Lake Institute for ecological education and research. On September 25, Henley releases Cass County, his first solo album in fifteen years. It features contributions from Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, Miranda Lambert, and Martina McBride. On September 16, Henley will receive the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Trailblazer Award. Musician and teacher Warren Zanes will host this interview. This program will be streamed live at countrymusichalloffame.org. Included with museum admission. Free to museum members and AMA badge holders. Limited seating. Program pass required.

Saturday, September 19
Songwriter Session: Mary Gauthier
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Ford Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Though she only started writing in her mid-thirties, Mary Gauthier immediately gained critical acclaim for the fearless honesty and compelling characters in her songs. Her 2005 breakout album, Mercy Now, landed on numerous “Best of” lists and Gauthier won the Americana Music Association award for New Artist of the Year. She is an in-demand teacher of songwriting, and her latest release, Trouble in Love, also has been lauded by critics. Gauthier’s songs have been recorded by Tim McGraw and Blake Shelton, and by Jonathan Jackson on the ABC-TV series Nashville. This program will be streamed live at countrymusichalloffame.org. Included with museum admission. Free to museum members and AMA badge holders. Limited seating. Program pass required.

Mac Wiseman: Conversation, Performance and Signing
2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Ford Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
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Toby Keith to appear on Stephen Colbert for his first official week on The Late Show – 2015-09-04

When he introduced Toby Keith’s recent induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Stephen Colbert told the esteemed audience he showed up “because Toby has always showed up for me.” Next week, Keith will do it again as one of the first guests on The Late Show
With Stephen Colbert.

The multi-platinum entertainer and irreverent television icon have a long history that includes Keith’s four appearances on the Colbert Report, plus the Christmas special and the show’s finale. So it is fitting that Toby would join the first week lineup of Colbert’s new role as host of The Late Show on Thursday, September 10.

In other news, Keith was recently nominated for a British Country Music Award in the International Song of the Year category. The song, “35 mph Town,” is the title track from his new album which is scheduled for release on October 9.

Toby Keith and Stephen Colbert at the Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction in June 2015
Another chapter in the anthology of arguably the most prolific self-directed creative forces in country music history – if not music history – 35 mph Town features Keith as producer (with Bobby Pinson) and principle songwriter, in addition to being the artist, lead vocalist and a contributing musician.

The 10-track album credits Keith on nine cuts, seven with Pinson and one each with Scotty Emerick and Rivers Rutherford. The album also features the sly social commentary single “Drunk Americans,” which was written by Brandy Clark, Bob DiPiero and Shane McAnally.

As he prepares for the launch of the album and a national media blitz in support, Keith continues to headline the Good Times & Pick Up Lines Tour Presented by Ford F-Series, drawing standing-room-only crowds from coast to coast. Continue Reading →

Carrie Underwood livestreams herself backstage before a show using Periscope – 2015-09-04

Carrie Underwood spent time with her fans on Periscope backstage before a Pennsylvania show. The new application is giving fans a one on one connection with artists or anyone who are livestreaming through the phone app.

The questions were rolling in quickly for the Underwood who was trying to keep up with all of the comments. The singer announced her new single “Smoke Break” via social media (Facebook) a week ago. 

She returns to host the CMA Awards this November with Brad Paisley. She mentions to a fan asking about Paisley that they will be having their first CMA Awards meeting soon. The nominations will be announced September 9th on Good Morning America. See more HERE

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Conan Goes ‘Rock And Roll Again’ With Blackberry Smoke Performance On Sept. 14 – 2015-09-03

 This is shaping up to be a banner year for the Atlanta-based band Blackberry Smoke. The hard workin’, ass kickin’ southern rock outfit has been playing sold-out shows around the world to an ever-expanding audience since the February release of Holding All The Roses, their critically-acclaimed debut for Rounder Records and fourth studio album. Blackberry Smoke, who is currently on tour with legendary rock band ZZ Top, have announced new dates in Europe and the US, extending into early 2016, which will kick off with the group headlining the Outlaw Country Cruise in February.
 
Blackberry Smoke will perform their latest single, “Rock and Roll Again,” on TBS’s CONAN on Sept. 14. The video for the upbeat love song, which was shot on location in Atlanta, will also be unveiled in September. The performance comes just in time for the digital release of their new EP Wood, Wire and Roses on September 18.
 
And just in time for football season, “Holding All The Roses,” the title track from the EP, will be featured on the soundtrack for EA Sports’Madden NFL 16, which dropped on August 25. Madden NFL 16marks the return of the legendary EA Trax soundtrack, recognized as the industry’s foremost music showcase. In addition to Blackberry Smoke, the Madden NFL 16 soundtrack features more than 30 tracks from artists you already know and love, including The Weeknd, Yelawolf, Lee Brice, twenty one pilots, James Bay and Sigma. The mix also includes brand new music from John Newman, Don Broco, Robert DeLong, Fashon, and Rag‘n’Bone Man.
 
“For the last few years, our Madden soundtracks focused on recreating the stadium experience,” explains Steve Schnur, Worldwide Executive of Music and Marketing for EA. “But withMadden NFL 16, we’ve now returned to our roots for introducing new artists and new music. This soundtrack is truly one of our most adventurous, and one we think fans will enjoy the mix of genres and artists we’ve included. Once again, ‘Madden Music’ will define the sound of the upcoming season.”
 
Blackberry Smoke is scheduled to play the following tour dates, presented by Ole Smoky Moonshine.

Blackberry Smoke On Tour
 
**with ZZ Top
 
9.1 Ascend Amphitheater, Nashville, TN**
9.3 Bold Sphere Music, New Orleans, LA**
9.4 Music Hall of Fair Park, Dallas, TX**
9.7 Rialto Theatre, Tucson, AZ
9.10 Thunder Valley Casino Resort, Lincoln, CA**
9.11 Mountain Winery, Saratoga, CA**
9.12 Los Angeles County Fair, Pomona, CA**
9.13 Humphrey’s Concerts By The Bay, San Diego, CA**
9.16 Idaho Center Amphitheater, Boise, ID**
9.17 The Depot, Salt Lake City, UT
9.18 Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, Telluride, CO**
9.20 CAM-PLEX Heritage Center, Gillette, WY**
9.22 Bismarck Civic Center, Bismarck, ND**
9.23 The Swiftell Center, Brookings, SD**
9.25 Pinewood Bowl Amphitheater, Lancaster, NE
9.26 McGrath Amphitheater, Cedar Rapids, IA**
10.1 Paradiso Grote Zaal, Amsterdam, Netherlands
10.3 Academy, Birmingham, UK
10.4 Academy, Sheffield, UK
10.5 Academy, Newcastle, UK
10.6 Academy, Manchester, UK
10.8 The Forum, London, UK
10.9 Lafayette Theatre, Lafayette, IN
10.10 Madison Theater, Covington, KY
10.17 BUT Madrid, Madrid, Spain
10.18 Sala Bikini, Barcelona, Spain
10.20 Trabendo, Paris, France
10.22 Alcatraz, Milan, Italy
10.23 Dynamo, Zurich, Switzerland
10.24 Flex, Vienna, Austria
10.26 C-Club, Berlin, Germany
10.29 Debaser Medis, Stockholm, Sweden
10.30 Mejeriet, Lund, Sweden
12.6 MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
12.8 MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
2.7 – 2.11 Outlaw Country Cruise, Miami, FL
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First off we have to say a BIG THANK YOU! To each and everyone of our Kickin’ Country listeners! Without YOU, we could never do this: Today we celebrate our 12 year anniversary of broadcasting country music world wide online at KickinCountry.com! THANK YOU!

First off we have to say a BIG THANK YOU! To each and everyone of our Kickin' Country listeners! 
Without YOU, we could never do this:  Today we celebrate our 12 year anniversary of broadcasting country music world wide online at KickinCountry.com! 
THANK YOU!

First off we have to say a BIG THANK YOU! To each and everyone of our Kickin’ Country listeners!
Without YOU, we could never do this: Today we celebrate our 12 year anniversary of broadcasting country music world wide online at KickinCountry.com!
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DIY Wedding Photo Booth

When you hear “DIY wedding,” your first thought is either A) “UGH, never! That’s why wedding planners exist,” or B) “Let’s get started! I’m all about crafting.” Whichever camp you fall into, a DIY photo booth project is one that every type of bride can handle. With all of the apps and selfie sticks available, […] Continue Reading →

Interview: The Junk Gypsies Talk Their Latest Projects

If you know (and love) the Junk Gypsies as much as we do, then you probably can’t get enough of their newest season on Great American Country. Sisters Amie Sikes and Jolie Sikes-Smith bring their rebellious spirit and colorful imagination to “gypsify” what most would consider garbage. Their unusual design masterpieces this season bring life […] Continue Reading →