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Los Angeles, CA (May 29, 2013) – In its first weekend outing, the Up In Smoke tour featuring Cheech & Chong, WAR, and Tower of Power SOLD OUT 3 out of 3 shows!  The show consists of musical selections by Tower of Power and WAR performing their greatest hits with lots of interaction from Cheech & Chong.  Cheech & Chong re-enact many sketches from their blockbuster movies, in addition to performing with both bands.  The show is hosted by Shelby Chong, Tommy’s lovely wife.

Up In Smoke Tour:
05/31 Austin, TX / Moody Theatre
06/01 Grand Prairie, TX / Verizon Wireless Theatre @ Grand Prairie
08/14 Westbury, NY / NYCB Theatre
08/15 Bethel Woods, NY / Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
08/23 Atlanta, GA / Chastain Park Amphitheatre
11/08 Newkirk, OK / First Council Casino
11/09 Concho, OK / Lucky Star Casino

Trade shot caption (From L to R):
TOP Manager Tom Consolo, WAR Manager Joel Brandes, WAR’s LonnieJordan, Cheech Marin, Shelby Chong, Tommy Chong, TOP’s Stephen “Doc”  Kupka, TOP’s Emilio Castillo, TOP’s Larry Braggs, and The Agency Group’sGuy Richard.

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June 9 Show Includes Appearances and Performances by The Oak Ridge Boys, Collin Raye, Linda Davis, George Hamilton IV, Aaron & Amanda Crabb and Many More!


royclark1Nashville, Tenn. (May 29, 2013) – Hall of Fame member and seven-time CMA Award winner Roy Clark (“Thank God and Greyhound,” “Yesterday When I Was Young,” “Come Live with Me” and “Riders in the Sky”) has joined the list of artists to appear at Sunday Mornin’ Country® on June 9, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. to be held at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. Clark joins a stellar line up, which will feature GRAMMY Award-winning group, The Oak Ridge Boys, with appearances by Collin Raye, Lynn Anderson, Lulu Roman, Charlie McCoy, Aaron & Amanda Crabb, Fox Brothers, Melanie Walker, Cowboy Joe & the Babcocks, Casey Rivers, The Nashville Edition®, Dianne Sherrill, Rick Hammer & The Tennessee River Boys, Holly Watson, Debbie Bennett with the Country Chorale®and The Sunday Mornin’ Country® Band. The show will be co-hosted by long-standing Grand Ole Opry member George Hamilton IV and GRAMMY Award-winning artist Linda Davis. Advanced tickets are on sale now for $18 and can be purchased online at opry.com, the Opry Box Office, or by visiting ticketmaster.com.

Now in its 34th year, Sunday Mornin’ Country® has been named a Top-20 Tourism Society Event and provided hundreds of fans with a remarkable Country and Gospel performance. A perfect closure to CMA Music Fest weekend, fans can see over a dozen Country and Gospel artists perform and share what their faith means in their daily lives. For more information on Sunday Mornin’ Country®, please visit www.musiccitychristianfellowship.org.

Long-time Hee Haw star, Roy Clark, is the pioneer that transformed Branson, MO into a live country music hot spot. Since the start of his prolific career, Clark has amassed seven CMA Awards, seven ACM Awards and a GRAMMY Award for Best Country Instrumental Performance for “Alabama Jubilee.” Clark became the 63rd member of the Grand Ole Opry and has shared the stage with legends like Hank Williams and Grandpa Jones. In 2009, Clark was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. Charting eight Top-10 hits and 23 Top-40, Clark has claimed his own Country Music legacy.

Alongside his wife of 50 years, Barbara, Clark still enjoys traveling and performing for his fans. For more information on Roy Clark, visit www.royclark.org.

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LANTANA Brings Texas Flair To Nashville During CMA Music Festival Week

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LANTANA Brings Texas Flair To Nashville During CMA Music Festival Week

Duo Will Record New CD & Perform Show At Big Shotz

Lantana porch shot standing

Biz Haddock and Dalene Richelle

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Nashville, TN (May 28, 2013) -Popular Texas group LANTANA will be in Nashville during CMA Music Festival week to record their upcoming CD with producer Johnny Garcia (Collin Raye, Mindy McCready, Sherrie Austin). They’ll break from the studio just long enough for a 60-minute acoustic performance fromnoon – 1 p.m. CDT on Saturday, June 9 at Big Shotz (115 Second Avenue North).

Formed as a trio in 2006 and known for their intricate harmonies, LANTANA now features just two vocalists: Texan native Biz Haddock and Canadian musician Dalene Richelle.  Joined together, the two friends create an intriguing musical mix that engages audiences wherever they perform.

LANTANA has entertained fans at some of the largest and most prestigious venues in the U.S., including the Houston Astrodome, Louisiana Superdome, Texas Stadium, State Fair of Texas (2006, 2009-2012), and CMA Music Festival events (2009).

“We love small, intimate venues as well and are really looking forward to our set with Johnny at Big Shotz,” notes Haddock.

LANTANA’s debut CD release, UNBRIDLED, was named one of the Top 10 CDs of the Year (2006) by the Dallas Morning News.  The disc also earned them two Top 10 hits (“Country As A City Girl Can Be”and “Texas”) on the Texas Music Chart, a feat superseded by only one other female group prior to LANTANA — The Dixie Chicks.  





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CarolynCorlew_MSTN_medNashville, Tenn. (May 28, 2013) – Longtime Charlie Daniels Band background vocalist Carolyn Corlew was recently crowned Ms. Tennessee Senior America on April 27th, 2013.  In August 2012, Corlew won the title of Ms. Senior Wilson County at the Wilson County Fair.  While representing Wilson County at the Tennessee State convention, Corlew encouraged ladies that have reached the “Age of Elegance” to consider participating in this pageant.

Ms. Senior America Pageant is the world’s first and foremost pageant to emphasize and give honor to women who have reached the “Age of Elegance.”  It is a search for the gracious lady who best exemplifies the dignity, maturity and inner beauty of all senior Americans.

The Ms. Senior America Pageant philosophy is based upon the belief that seniors are the foundation of America, and our most valuable treasure.  It is upon their knowledge, experience and resources that the younger generation has the opportunity to build a better society.

The National pageant is scheduled for October 20-25, 2013, on the boardwalk at Atlantic City, NJ.

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The World’s Greatest Country Music Festival set for July 11 – 14, 2013;
Weekend tickets available for $179 until June 1st at cravencountryjamboree.com

Craven, Saskatchewan (May 27, 2013) – The Craven Country Jamboree continues to astound with the amazing lineup set to play the World’s Greatest Country Music Festival from July 11-14, 2013 in Craven Saskatchewan. Once again, long-time weekend hosts, Williams and Ree, will serve as festival ambassadors.

“This may be the lineup to end all lineups,” said Troy Vollhoffer, executive producer. “We are always proud to bring the biggest and the best acts that are available, but this year I think we’ve outdone ourselves. The lineup is deep with a great mix of young, classic, and a trio of superstars. There is definitely something here for everyone. It’s going to be an explosive show in 2013.”

Tickets are still available at $179, but they won’t last long. Ticket prices will increase to $199 on June 1st.  Visit cravencountryjamboree.com to purchase tickets and camping.

Thursday, July 11 (Beer Garden kick-off party)
8:00 pm – Williams & Ree
9:00 pm – Phil Vassar

Friday, July 12
4:00 pm – Small Town Pistols
5:30 pm – Sawyer Brown
7:00 pm – Brantley Gilbert
9:00 pm – Tim McGraw

Saturday, July 13
2:30 pm – High Valley
4:00 pm – Williams and Ree
5:30 pm – Randy Travis
7:00 pm – Doc Walker
9:00 pm – The Dixie Chicks

Sunday, July 14
1:00 pm – CKRM Big Talent Contest Winner
2:30 pm – Bill Anderson
4:00 pm – Gloriana
5:30 pm – Chad Brownlee
7:00 pm – Scotty McCreery
8:30 pm – Kenny Chesney

About Craven Country Jamboree:
The Craven Country Jamboree is the longest running music festival in Canada offering an amazing experience on the same picturesque site for over 30 years.

In July, fans enjoy world-class entertainment and quaint prairie charm. The festival attracts super stars like Kenny Chesney, George Strait and Taylor Swift, and features new Canadian talent each year.

Besides the main stage talent, the Pump Roadhouse beer gardens features fun local acts to the thousands of people attending each night. As well, there are plenty of ther activities to keep fans entertained like bull-riding demonstrations, a hypnotist, a song-writers circle, and Circus Electronica, an electronic dance party.

Across the river, the Craven Country Jamboree can accommodate 8,500 campers, easily becoming the third largest town in Saskatchewan each year.

With its storied history, famous performers, and friendly appeal, the Craven Country Jamboree puts Canada on the map on the world stage of festivals.

For more information, visit Craven Country Jamboree at www.cravencountryjamboree.com, like us on Facebook at www.fb.com/cravencountryjamboree, or follow @CCJsask.
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CreativelyMusical.com Artist of the Week May 26, 2013: Arvel Bird

The one thing the Internet has allowed music lovers to do is explore the vast amount of independent and undiscovered musicians and artists out there in the world. One is no longer limited to what is on the radio, the television or the local scene and record shops. You can learn about the music of just about any country in the world. From traditional music to interpretations of pop music with a cultural twist.

Riding in a car with an eight year old who will listen to the same song as many times in a row as you let her, the phrase expand your horizons comes up quite a bit. If we play her other music, she’s quick to ask to get back to her songs. I am guilty of playing the some playlist every day, but I always make time for finding new music, pulling out an old playlist or even those old-fashioned vinyl records. Even though I love my daily playlist, I have a vast music collection and I always have to dip into it every now and again.

I have been expanding my horizons in a bunch of different directions over the last couple years. Looking for digital versions of songs that I heard on the radio and watched on MTV as I was growing up, looking for vinyl albums that have the songs I can’t find digitally and finding new music where I haven’t looked before. I have been listening to deep album cuts of my favorite artists and listening to more of other artists I like. I use the similar artists feature on Rhapsody to find more music similar to what I like. I almost always find stuff I hadn’t heard before, some old and some new, and much of the time I wondered I how missed the stuff that was around when I was growing up.

Sometimes mainstream artists lead you to the not-so-mainstream stuff. That’s the case with this week’s CreativelyMusical.com Artist of the Week, Arvel Bird. I would have probably never discovered his music if I hadn’t spent so much time expanding my horizons. My path to him is Rickey Medlocke. When I first started learning more about Rickey, I found out that he was inducted in to the Native American Music Awards Hall of Fame at the 10th Annual Native American Music Awards. That’s where the path started…the NAMALIVE.com web site. I started listening to pow wow recordings and various traditional artists of the Native American tribes.

That led to learning more about the cultures and eventually I attended my first pow wow here in Middle Tennessee. It was my second pow wow in October of 2012 that I first heard of Arvel Bird. He mixes Native American music with Celtic music for a unique blend of beautiful harmonies. He plays the violin or fiddle, which was a big draw for me. Although I hadn’t played much in years, I did play the violin for 10 years of my life in school. From the second grade to the twelfth grade, I played the violin. I played mostly classical music, but a few popular tunes and standards along the way. I even found sheet music of some of my favorite songs and learned to play them.

Like I said, I haven’t really played in years. Arvel’s mix of Celtic and Native American music is really appealing to me. My heritage is a large part Irish, and I do like some traditional Irish music. Add in the violin and it’s a winner to me.

At the pow wow he went through a variety of selections from his catalog, but the one song I remember the most had a verse in it about a hawk and it not letting the other smaller birds around it bother it or distract it from it’s goal. I have witnessed hawks do just that and it is amazing every time. Listening and watching Arvel perform was spiritual for me. Although I can’t claim any Native American heritage that I know of, the two pow wows I have attended have felt that way – spiritual experiences that are enlightening.

Music is supposed to touch your soul, it does touch your soul. Native American music, Arvel Bird’s music in particular, does just that in a spiritual way. I will share just a few selections of his catalog, but I strongly recommend that you give his full catalog a listen. It has a little bit of everything, a fusion of styles and music for your spirit.

Arvel Byrd Live!: (Rhapsody Link) http://www.rhapsody.com/artist/arvel-bird/album/arvel-bird-live

You can find his music on Rhapsody, Amazon and his web site ArvelBird.com.

You can also find Arvel Bird on Facebook, Twitter and MySpace

Here are some of the photos that I took of him at the Tennessee State Pow Wow in October, 2012.

After listening to Arvel Bird for the first time, I pulled out my phone and looked him up on Facebook. I went home and added him to my Rhapsody and Amazon libraries, too. The Animal Totems CDs are my favorites, but I recommend listening to his entire catalog.


Country Newcomer Joanna Mosca Releases Engaging New Single

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Country Newcomer Joanna Mosca Releases Engaging New Single
Poignant Ballad “I Guess That Says It All” Written By Hitmakers Bryan White, Travis Thibodaux, Steve Williams

Mosca Makes CMA Music Festival Debut

JoannaMosca_lrgNashville, TN (May 23, 2013) — Country newcomer Joanna Mosca‘s mesmerizing voice has been compared those of Reba McEntire and Stevie Nicks, but her vocals are distinctly her own on her newest single, “I Guess That Says It All.”  Released May 13 on CDX Vol. 570, the poignant ballad was written by hitmakers Bryan White, Travis Thibodaux and Steve Williams. Resonating with honest emotion and a wealth of heartache, the tune is sure to engage listeners who have lived these lines before.

“I guess you’re leavin’
You walked out the door
The ring on the table
Broken pictures on the floor
You can’t do this anymore
I guess that says it all”

“When Bryan first played me this song I found the lyrics were real, raw and heartfelt, and it made me cry,” Joanna comments.  “It’s about a relationship that has ended, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”  The single is from Joanna’s dynamic White-produced EP, LET IT ALL BEGIN, and fans can enjoy an acoustic video performance at http://youtu.be/11p-fYWIbas.

Mosca will make her CMA Music Festival debut with three performances at:
Wednesday, June 5 –  between 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. CMR Nashville’s 3rd Annual International Show at Whiskey Bent Saloon 

Thursday, June 6  – 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.  NCVB Stage (Bridgestone Glass Tower)

Sunday, June 9  – 2:30 – 2:50 p.m.  CMA Chevrolet Roadhouse Stage
Fans can stop by and meet Joanna at 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 9 at the CHEVY Booth in the Music City Center.

Joanna’s career began with the release of three consecutive Top Ten FMQB AC Radio Chart singles between 2006 and 2008.  In 2010 she released her first full-length album, JOANNA MOSCA, which contained six original tunes.  The album’s first single “Keep On Going” shot onto the Billboard Top 30 AC Chart, and earned her a spot on Music Connection magazine’s Top 100 Independentrecording artists’ list.  In 2012, Joanna was named “Who New To Watch,” in CMA’s Close Up Magazine.  Mosca was born in Connecticut but currently resides in New York where she has studied acting at the prestigious HB Studio in NYC with teachers who included Uta Hagen and Sir Anthony Hopkins.  She has starred in a series of three one-woman shows in New York City that reviewers praised.

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Johnny Cash US Postage Stamp Launch at Ryman Auditorium June 5

Save the Date!

Johnny Cash US Postage Stamp Launch at Ryman Auditorium June 5, 10:30 – noon

JohnnyCash-Forever-single-BGv1NASHVILLE, TN (May 23, 2013) — On behalf of the U.S. Postal Service and Cash family, please save the date for the unveiling of the U.S. Postal Service’s Johnny Cash stamp on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at the Ryman Auditorium (116 Fifth Avenue, Nashville, TN).
Starting at 10:30 a.m., a special ceremony will recognize the Man in Black’s contributions to music and pop culture, followed by a series of appearances from a few of Johnny Cash’s closest friends and family including John Carter Cash, Carlene Carter, and other guests to be announced.  Admission to the event is free and open to the public.

Johnny Cash is memorialized in a limited-edition Forever stamp, issued by the U.S. Postal Service on June 5, 2013.  Designed by Neal Ashby, a three-time Grammy nominee for Best Recording Packaging, and art director Greg Breeding, the Johnny Cash stamp features a photograph captured by Frank Bez during the photo session for Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash (1963).  The stamp is part of U.S. Postal Service’s Music Icon Series, which also includes stamps honoring Lydia Mendoza (available now) and Ray Charles (to be released in September).   The stamps are available for purchase  at the Ryman Auditorium on June 5 from 9 a.m. until noon, at the CMA Festival Fan Fair X at LP Field June 6-9, local post offices and online at usps.com/stamps.

For more information about the Johnny Cash stamp visitwww.usps.com/stampswww.facebook.com/uspsstamps or beyondtheperf.com.

More details to follow.

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