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(sources: AllAboutCountry.com, CMT.com, MusicRow.com and others as noted)

LUKE BRYAN FIRST COUNTRY ACT TO PLAY DODGER STADIUM IN L.A..

(July 31st) Luke Bryan was officially the first Country artist to headline Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles with his show this past Saturday, July 28th . The show marked Bryan's eighth concert as part of "What Makes You Country Tour XL Stadium Sized," which has five more stadium sized shows left in Denver; St. Louis; Chicago; Vancouver, BC and Detroit. Bryan was presented with eight "Million-Air Awards" by BMI for several songs hitting one million U.S. broadcast performances including "Move (1 million), "Fast (1 million), "Huntin' Fishin; and Lovin' Every Day (1 million), "I See You" (2 million), "Someone Else Calling You Baby" (2 million), "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye" (2 million), "This Is How We Roll" with Florida Georgia Line (2 million), and Billy Currington's hit--which Bryan wrote--"Good Directions" (4 million). (Sources: AllAboutCountry.com)

LUKE BRYAN LATEST GEORGIA START TO GET HIS OWN BAR IN NASHVILLE

(July 11th) Luke Bryan is the latest Georgia country star who will soon have a restaurant in downtown Nashville, according to the Nashville Business Journal. Metro Historic Zoning Commission documents indicate the star is partnering with TC Restaurant Group to lend his name to a restaurant at 301 Broadway in Nashville. Bryan's new venue will join a string of other star-studded restaurants that have opened in recent years, or are set to open, including venues launched by Jason Aldean, Alan Jackson, Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line, John Rich and Kid Rock. Dubbed Luke's 32 Bridge Food + Drink, the 30,000-square-foot complex at 301 Broadway will feature six levels of entertainment space with eight bars, including Broadway's only multi-level rooftop bars with sushi menu, four stages of live music and two restaurants. The facility, in partnership with TC Restaurant Group, is scheduled to open this month.

The venue's name was inspired by Bryan's childhood home near Route 32 Bridge in Lee County, Georgia and is housed in Nashville's iconic American National Bank Building. "When I first moved to Nashville I played several of the bars on the ionic Broadway Street," Bryan said. "I never would have dreamt that I would one day be a part of a place that could offer the same dream to others. Because of Music City and the fans all across the country, the reality of this amazing venue has become possible."

Luke's 32 Bridge Food + Drink will offer one-of-a-kind drinks including some of Luke's personal choices like "Backstage" (vodka, grapefruit, with or without salt), "Play It Again" (cherries, vanilla bourbon, lemon juice, sugar), "Luke's Old Fashioned" (muddled cherries and oranges, cubed sugar and bitters, ice, whiskey and water), plus more. (Source: MusicRow.com)

ALAN JACKSON AND BILL ANDERSON INDUCTED INTO SONGWRITERS HALL

Alan Jackson and Bill Anderson both were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame 49th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner at New York Marriott Marquis Hotel on June 14. Presenter Keith Stegall introduced inductee Alan Jackson, who he called "one of the best we've ever had," after performing "Don't Rock The Jukebox." Prior to his memorable performance of "Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)," Jackson said, "it's such an honor to be included." Steve Wariner offered a rendition of "The Tips Of My Fingers" before inducting Bill Anderson who delivered an heartfelt and comical speech prior to performing "Still." (Sources: MusicRow.com)

GEORGIA STARS WIN AT CMT AWARDS

Little Big Town won Group Video of the Year last night at the CMT Awards,, for their video of "When Someone Stops Loving You". Florida Georgia Line won for CMT Performance of the Year with The Backstreet Boys for the video of "Everybody" (From CMT Crossroads). Kane Brown won Collaborative Video of the Year with Lauren Alaina, for the video "What Ifs". The Awards held last night at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.

ALAN JACKSON TO RECEIVE THE CLIFFIE STONE ICON AWARD

(May 16th) Alan Jackson will receive the Cliffie Stone Icon Award at this year's ACM Honors. This award is presented to a country music artist, duo/group or industry leader who throughout their career has advanced the popularity of the genre through their contributions in multiple facets of the industry such as songwriting, recording, production, touring, film, television, literary works, philanthropic contributions and other goodwill efforts. Honorees will be celebrated during the 12th ANNUAL ACM HONORS(TM), an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards. The Academy of Country Music Special Awards are voted on by the ACM Board of Directors for specific achievements. The event will take place Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. (Source: AlanJackson.com)

JASON ALDEAN LATEST TO OPEN BAR IN NASHVILLE

(May 16th) Jason Aldean, who will release his eighth studio album, "Rearview Town," this month, is developing the first restaurant and bar bearing his name above Tequila Cowboy. He will join celebrity restaurateurs Alan Jackson, Jimmy Buffett, Gavin DeGraw, Dierks Bentley and Florida Georgia Line on the popular tourist strip. Meanwhile, Blake Shelton's Ole Red is in the midst of hiring staff and booking performers for a May opening at 300 Broadway -- nearly next door to Aldean's future eatery. The Metro Historic Zoning Commission approved construction of a 25-foot-tall rooftop structure for Jason Aldean's Kitchen + Rooftop Bar atop a complex of restaurants owned by T.C. Restaurant Group LLC in December. A mechanical bull is included in the initial plans, along with a bar and stage, though final plans have not yet been released. At street level, Wanna B's Karaoke Bar, Luigi's City Pizza, Sun Diner and Tequila Cowboy will remain. The complex, along 305-311 Broadway, will get a street-level makeover as part of the addition. Changes will include redesigning Tequila Cowboy's storefront from a horseshoe to a rectangular-shaped design, with new doors and stairwells on either side leading to the rooftop, according to plans. (Source: Tenneseean.com)

GEORGIA ARTIST NOMINATED FOR CMT AWARDS

(May 9th) Several Georgia stars were nominated for CMT Awards, that was announced yesterday from Nashville. Florida Georgia Line nominated for Video of the Year for "Meant To Be", as well as Jason Alden for "You Make It Easy", Kane Brown feat. Lauren Alaina, "What Ifs" and Thomas Rhett for "Marry Me". Nominated for Male Video of the Year were Jason Aldean, "You Make It Easy" Luke Bryan, "Light It Up" and Thomas Rhett, "Marry Me". Lauren Alaina, "Doin' Fine" was nominated for Female Video of the Year. Nominated for Duo Video of the Year were Florida Georgia Line, "Smooth". For Group Video of the Year, Lady Antebellum, "You Look Good", Little Big Town, "When Someone Stops Loving You" and Zac Brown Band, "My Old Man". Collabrative Video of Year nominees included Bebe Rexha feat. Florida Georgia Line, "Meant To Be", Cole Swindell feat. Dierks Bentley, "Flatliner", Kane Brown feat. Lauren Alaina, "What Ifs" and Thomas Rhett feat. Maren Morris, "Craving You". And nominated for Performance Video of the Year, Backstreet Boys and Florida Georgia Line, "Everybody" (From CMT Crossroads), Charles Kelley, Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker and Derek Trucks, "Midnight Rider" (From 2017 CMT Music Awards), Earth, Wind & Fire and Lady Antebellum, "September" (From CMT Crossroads) andJason Aldean, Keith Urban, Chris Stapleton and Little Big Town, "I Won't Back Down" (From 2017 CMT Artists of the Year). The Awards show will be live on CMT, Wed night, June 6th.

JASON ALDEAN WINS ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR AT THE ACMS

(April 16th) Jason Aldean won Entertainer of the Year at last night's Academy of Country Music Awards, in Las Vegas. This was his third straight EOTY award at the ACM. Other Georgia or Ga related acts that won last night was Lauren Alaina for Best New Female Artist. Sam Hunt won Single of the Year with "Body Like A Backroad". Rhett Akins won Songwriter of the Year. For the rest of the winners, go to www.acmcountry.com .

GEORGIA ACTS NOMINATED FOR ACM AWARDS

(March 1st) Georgia artist once again were nominated in this year's Academy of Country Music Awards, that were announced this morning. Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan are both up for Entertainer of the Year. Aldean along with Thomas Rhett was nominated for Male Artist of the Year. Florida Georgia Line, once again is nominated for Vocal Duo of the Year. Lady Antebellum with Little Big Town are again nominated for Vocal Group of the Year. Lauren Alaina is up for New Female Artist of the Year. Kane Brown is nominated for New Male Artist of the Year. Thomas Rhett and Little Big Town also was nominated for Album of the Year. Little Big Town and Sam Hunt were both nominated for Single Of The Year. Hunt also was nominated for Song of the Year. Thomas Rhett got one other nomination for Video of the Year and his duet with Maren Morris is up for Vocal Event of the Year. Rhett Akins also was nominated for Songwriter of the Year.

DARYLE SINGLETARY PASSES

(Feb 14th) Georgia born 90's hit maker Daryle Singletary, passed away at this home in Nashville, this past Monday morning. He was 46. He had just played two shows this past weekend in Alabama and Louisiana. Daryle was well regarded as having one of the best "traditional" country voices around. He had hits in the 90's with "Too Much Fun", "I Let Her Lie", "The Note" and others. He began his career as a Southern gospel singer and considered Ricky Skaggs, George Jones and Keith Whitley as his musical influences. He is survived by his wife, Holly, and their four children.

JOHN BERRY TO BE HONORED BY GEORGIA

(Feb 13th) This Thursday morning (2/15/18) at 10 am EST, the Georgia State Senate, from the Senate floor of the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta, will formally recognize and present John Berry with an official Senate Proclamation celebrating his amazing 25 year career in music and praise his efforts at shining a bright light on the state of Georgia and bringing so much pride and joy to others through his music. Before the proclamation is presented, John will meet the Honorable Nathan Deal, Governor of the State of Georgia in his office. You are invited to attend the ceremony in person or watch via a live Internet broadcast, streamed via the Georgia General Assembly's website. https://livestream.com/accounts/26021522/events/7940809 . It will be held in the Senate Chamber of the Georgia State Capitol located at 206 Washington St SW, Atlanta, GA 30334 beginning at 10:00 am EST. Guests are invited to watch in person from the Gallery section of the Capitol. Please join us in congratulating John on this important occasion and join in person or online. We would like to thank Georgia Senator John Wilkinson of the 50th District for his help in spearheading this honor, as well as Senator Butch Miller (President Pro Tempore) and Dr. Tim Brown. (Source: John Berry Facebook)

ALAN JACKSON & BILL ANDERSON INDUCTED INTO THE SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME

(Feb 7th) Georgia legends Alan Jackson and Bill Anderson has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, announced yesterday, Feb 6th. The induction event will take place on June 14 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. Alan Jackson, that was recently inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, has wrote some of country music's biggest hits in the last 25 years. "Chattahoochee", "Remember When", "Gone Country" "Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)", "Chasing That Neon Rainbow" and many others were the part of the soundtrack of the 1990s into the 2000s, probably country music's peak years. Bill Anderson has wrote great hits over the decades started with "City Lights" , a hit for Ray Price in 1958 to Whiskey Lullaby for Brad Paisley. Both continue to write and record today.

GEORGIA STARS NOMINATED FOR GRAMMY AWARDS

(Nov 28th) Several Georgia country stars were nominated for Grammy Awards as they were announced this morning. Sam Hunt (Body Like A Backroad) is up for Best Solo Performance. Zac Brown Band (Roots), Lady Antebellum (You Look Good) and Little Big Town (Better Man) are nominated for Duo / Group Performance. Body Like A Backroad by Sam Hunt is up for Best Country Song as well as Better Man by Little Big Town. Lady Antebellum's CD "Heartbreak" is up for Best Album. The 60th Grammy Awards will air live from New York's Madison Square Garden Jan. 28 on CBS.

SUGARLAND TO GET BACK TOGETHER

(Nov 21st) Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush have made it official, they are getting the band back together. The pair took to the Sugarland official Facebook page to share a brief Facebook Live video Friday (11/17) with fans to reveal that they have been writing and recording together, and that new music will be forthcoming. At the moment, no details are known about the reunion or the new music, Sugarland was visibly together during "The 51ST Annual CMA Awards," during which they appeared together to present the award for Vocal Duo Of The Year. Following the Awards, the pair also reunited on stage at the Big Machine Label Group after party to play some of their biggest hits, leading many to believe that the pair will be a part of the BMLG family, where Nettles has been signed in recent years. (Source: AllAboutCountry.com)

LITTLE BIG TOWN WINS AT LAST NIGHTS AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS

(Nov 20th) Little Big Town (which half the group is from Georgia), won Vocal Group of the Year at last nights American Music Awards, held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Other country winner were Keith Urban for Country Male, Carrie Underwood for Country Female. Keith Urban also won for Favorite Country Album and Song, for "Ripcord" and "Blue Aint Your Color".

LITTLE BIG TOWN WINS AT LAST NIGHTS CMA AWARDS

(Nov 9th) Little Big Town (which half the group is from Georgia), won Vocal Group of the Year at last nights Country Music Association Awards in Nashville. Also, their song "Better Man" won Song Of The Year (written by Taylor Swift). Other winners were: Garth Brooks for Entertainer of the Year, Miranda Lambert for Female Artist of the Year, Chris Stapleton for Male Artist of the Year, Jon Pardi for New Artist of the Year, Brothers Osborne for Duo of the Year. Alan Jackson was honored at the end of the show for being inducted into the Hall of Fame, closed out the show by playing two of his hits, "Chasing The Neon Rainbow" and "Don't Rock The Jukebox".

ALAN JACKSON & JERRY READ OFFICALLY IN HALL OF FAME

(Oct 26th) Georgians Alan Jackson and Jerrry Reed was officially inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, this past Sunday, at the Medallion Cermony in Nashville. Alan Jackson received his medallion from Loretta Lynn. Alan is regarded as one of the top country acts in the last 25 years and with country music's ever evolving change change in styles, Alan stuck closed to his traditional roots in his music. Hailing from Newnan, where part of I-85 is named after him, Alan moved to Nashville in the late 80s to pursue his career. After signing a record deal, he went on to have 35 number one hits, over 60 songs on the charts, while winning winning many awards from the CMAs, ACMs, Grammys and others. His signature songs were about the simple man and southern life such as "Chattahoochee", "Dont Rock The Jukebox", "Here In The Real World" and he helped heal the country after 911 with "Where Were You When The World Stop Turning". Jerry Reed, which was born and raised in Atlanta was prob best know for his acting in the 70s hit movie "Smokey & The Bandit",, but he was a very successful hit maker and reknowned guitar player. His career spanned from the 60s to the 80s with signature songs such as "Guitar Man", Amos Moses", "When You're Hot, You're Hot" and his hit song from the Bandit movie "East Bound And Down".

GEORGIA STARS AGAIN NOMINATED IN CMA AWARDS

(Sept 5th) The nominees for the CMA Awards was announced yesterday and once again, Georgia starts lead the nomination list. Luke Bryan is once again up for Entertainer of the Year. Thomas Rhett was nominated for Male Artist of the Year. Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town and Zac Brown Band are up for Group of the Year. Little Big Town is nominated for Album of the Year with "The Breaker", so is Lady Antebellum with "Heart Break". "Better Man" by Little Big Town is nominated for Single of the Year as well as Song of the Year. "Body Like A Backroad" too is up for Song of the Year, by Sam Hunt. Rhett Akins is a co-writer on "Dirt On My Boots", nominated for Song Of the Year. Florida Georgia Line is up for Duo Of The Year. Thomas Rhett (with Maren Morris) is up for Event Of the Year, with "Craving You". "Better Man" video is up for Video of the Year, as well as Thomas Rhett's "Craving You". Lauren Alaina is nominated for New Artist of the Year. The awards show will be broadcast on Wed night, Nov 8th, on ABC from Nashville.

JASON ALDEAN HAS MACON STREET NAMED AFTER HIM

(Aug 14th) Jason Aldean was honored this past week in Macon as a street was re-named after him. Jason Aldean was honored at ceremony in which a street sign bearing his name was unveiled outside the future Children's Hospital. Jason Aldean Way will run along 888 Pine St., outside the new Children's Hospital set to open in 2019. "It's been 19 years since I moved to Tennessee," the 40-year-old country music star said at the Medical Center, Navicent Health. "You want to go out and sort of make your hometown proud, you know? ... This is a huge honor." Last year, Aldean played a "Concert For The Kids" at the Grand Opera House, which raised a half million dollars for the new Children's Hospital, which is currently under construction. His second benefit concert is expected to raise even more money for the new facility. "I think it's going to be something special," said Aldean, who has two children and a third on the way. "To me, there's nothing more precious than the kids. As a parent, you just want to know there's a place to take your kid if something ever were to happen ... It kind of puts your mind at ease." Aldean heard someone call him a "hometown hero" before the ceremony. "I'm a singer," he said. "The heroes are the people who are upstairs taking care of these kids. I get to sing songs for a living and it allows me to do things like this. ... I'm glad I'm in a position to help out." Aldean's stomping grounds are off Hartley Bridge Road in Macon. He graduated from Windsor Academy in 1995 and said the Ocmulgee National Monument, where his mother used to work, is among his favorite places here. (Pictured: Jason Alden's parents) (Source: Macon.com)

KENNY ROGERS TO HOLD FAREWELL CONCERT

(July 19th) Kenny Rogers' 60-year career will be capped with a farewell concert at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on Oct. 25. The showcase, dubbed All In For The Gambler: Kenny Rogers' Farewell Concert Celebration, will feature the final duet by Kenny and Dolly Parton, one of country music's most beloved tandems. The concert will also feature performances by Little Big Town, Alison Krauss, The Flaming Lips, Idina Menzel, Jamey Johnson, Elle King and more guests to be announced soon. "As I'm bringing this chapter of my career to a close, this will be an unforgettable way to celebrate with my talented friends, who I'm so grateful to have crossed paths with," says Kenny. "It means so much that they would feel compelled to do this for me. Of course, the night would not be the same without Dolly Parton being part of it. We've enjoyed a special friendship for decades, and I'll forever look back fondly on the many collaborations, performances and laughs we've shared as some of the most extraordinary moments of my career. I know it will be a moving experience for us standing on that stage together for one last time." "Kenny is like a family member to me," says Dolly. "We have been friends for over 30 years and made musical magic together. Since 1983, when we released 'Islands in the Stream,' everyone has had an expectation to see Kenny everywhere I go and me with him wherever he goes. Well, I guess for many of those fans that wanted to see us together, this will be that night. Performing with Kenny for the last time ever on October 25 is going to be emotional for both of us, but it's also going to be very special. Even though Kenny may be retiring, as he fades from the stage, our love for each other will never fade away." Tickets go on sale July 21 at 10 a.m. CT at Ticketmaster, by phone at 800-745-3000 and the Bridgestone Arena box office. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the T.J. Martell Foundation and the Kenny Rogers Children's Center. (Sources: MusicRow.com)

ZAC BROWN TO OPEN NEW RESTRUANT AT RENOVATED PHILLIPS ARENA IN ATLANTA

(June 29th) Atlanta's Phillips Arena will undergo a $192.5 million renovation with Zac Brown opening a new venue inside. Zac Brown, an Atlanta native, is the lead singer of the three-time Grammy Award-winning multiplatinum Georgia-based Zac Brown Band. The restaurant -- Zac Brown's Social Club -- will be Southern gourmet-style and feature a live music stage. The Zac Brown Band is known for its "Eat & Greet" experience, where the group treats about 150 fans to a farm fresh, Southern-style meal cooked by their Executive Chef Rusty Hamlin and served from 'Cookie,' a custom-built commercial kitchen on a 54-foot long, 18-wheeler. Brown already owns a Zac Brown's Southern Ground restaurant at the outdoor amphitheater PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, N.C. Proceeds from both Southern Ground and Social Club restaurants will benefit Camp Southern Ground, a 400-plus acre inclusive summer camp for ages 7-17, located in Fayetteville, Ga. "Food has always been a passion of mine, from owning my own restaurant on Lake Oconee, to opening the Southern Ground Social Club," Brown said in a statement. "I love what food does for friends and family. It gives us all something to gather around and a centerpiece for the time we spend together. I'm excited to open Zac Brown's Southern Ground and to share it with all of Atlanta." (Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle)

GEORGIA ACTS UP FOR BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS THIS SUNDAY

(May 19th) Several Georgia starts are up for awards in the 2017 Billboard Music Awards, airing this Sunday night on ABC. Luke Bryan is up for the Chart Achievement Award as well as Top Country Tour. Florida Georgia Line is up for Duo or Group of the Year, Top Country Artist, Country Album of the Year and twice for Country Song of the Year ("H.O.L.Y." & "May We All". Jason Aldean also is up for Top Country Artist, Top Country Album. Little Big Town us up for Top Country Song with "Better Man."

JASON ALDEAN TO GET HIS OWN EXIBIT AT HALL OF FAME

(May 12th) The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum (CMHoF) will explore the life and career of Jason Aldean in a new exhibit, Jason Aldean: Asphalt Cowboy, set to open May 26. The exhibit is presented by outdoor merchandiser, Field & Stream, for which Aldean is a spokesperson. Asphalt Cowboy will include childhood mementos, memorabilia from Aldean's early career, stage wear, guitars, awards, photos and more from Aldean's personal collection. "In 'Asphalt Cowboy' Jason sings about running underneath the stars on a ride that won't let him go," said museum CEO Kyle Young. "Years of touring across the country, burning up the asphalt, have led him to country music superstardom on a ride that's far from over. We are pleased that he will join Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood among the contemporary artists we have featured in special summer exhibits examining country music in the twenty-first century." "I could not be more honored to have an exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum," said Aldean. "To look around the space and see my personal heroes and artists who helped shape country music is a surreal feeling. To be a part of a legacy like this really is a dream come true." "When we first started working with Jason, it was our goal to create an authentic partnership with someone who is genuinely passionate about the outdoors," said Lauren Hobart, executive vice president & chief customer & digital officer for DICK'S Sporting Goods, which owns and operates Field & Stream. "We are not only thrilled to be supporting Jason's exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, but we're excited to help bring country music fans and outdoor enthusiasts closer to the music they enjoy." For more information, visit countrymusichalloffame.org. (Source: MusicRow.com)

GEORGIA ACTS AGAIN DOMINATE CMT AWARDS

(May 11th) Georgia superstar artists, again dominate the CMT Awards, airing on CMT, on June 7th from Music City Center in Nashville. Cole Swindell is up for Video Of The Year with "Middle Of A Memory" along with Florida Georgia Line with "H.O.L.Y", Little Big Town "Better Man", Luke Bryan with "Huntin, Fishin' and Lovin' Every Day" and Thomas Rhetts' "Star Of The Show". Included in the Male Video of the Year are Jason Aldean with "Lights Come On", Luke Bryan "Huntin, Fishin' and Lovin' Every Day" and Thomas Rhett with "Star Of The Show". Lauren Alaina is up for Female Video Of The Year with "Road Less Traveled". Florida Georgia Line is up for Duo Video of the Year with "H.O.L.Y". Lady Antebellum is up for Group Video of the Year with "You Look Good" as well as Little Big Town "Better Man". In the Breakthrough Video of the Year, Kane Brown is nominated with "Used To Love You Sober" along with Lauren Alaina with "Road Less Traveled". Alan Jackson, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Trisha Yearwood is nominated in the Collaborative Video of the Year with "Forever Country" as well as Florida Georgia Line with Tim McGraw in "May We All". Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Thomas Rhett each have a nomination in the CMT Performance of the Year award. (Source: CMT.com)

JOHN BERRY TO HAVE OWN TV SHOW

(April 25th)

John Berry is set to launch his own television show, Songs And Stories With John Berry, this summer. The 30-minute program will be taped this May at Nashville's Douglas Corner, and will debut in July on Heartland TV, The Family Channel, The Country Network, the Angel Two Network, AMG Network, and VTN Network. Songs and Stories With John Berry will highlight the the songs and music that have inspired artists and careers. The first season will feature Berry and guests Billy Ray Cyrus, Craig Morgan, Clay Walker, Suzy Bogguss, Mo Pitney, Neal McCoy, Billy Dean, and more. The idea began in 2001 as a two-week run of shows, and has developed into two years of concerts, and two-disc CD set (released in 2003), a short story book (2012), and now a television program. "As an artist whose life and career direction was profoundly changed by a song, I am thrilled to bring the world an opportunity to see and hear firsthand from some of my friends and fellow artists the stories surrounding the importance of some of their favorite and most meaningful songs," says Berry. "For me and so many others, songs help us express what we feel inside and stories are the inspiration for the song that lies within." Admission to the live show tapings is free and on a first-come, first-serve basis. Douglas Corner is located at 2106 8th Ave. S. in Nashville.

"Songs And Stories with John Berry" Taping Schedule: Monday, May 15 5:00 pm: Billy Dean, 7:00 pm: Mo Pitney, 9:00 pm: Neal McCoy, Tuesday, May 16, 5:00 pm: Suzy Bogguss ,7:00 pm: Collin Raye, 9:00 pm: Craig Morgan. Wednesday, May 17, 5:00 pm: Mark Wills, 7:00 pm: Delbert McClinton, 9:00 pm: Billy Ray Cyrus, Thursday, May 18, 5:00 pm: Jason Crabb, 7:00 pm: Clay Walker, 9:00 pm: Lee Roy Parnell. (Source: MusicRow.com).

GEORGIAN'S ALAN JACKSON & JERRY REED TO ENTER HALL OF FAME

(April 6th) Georgia country legends Alan Jackson and Jerry Reed have been named to enter the Country Music Hall Of Fame, in an press conference yesterday, hosted by Vince Gill. Often called the "modern Hank Williams", Jackson, a songwriter, recording artist, and performer, he brought tradition-drenched country music into the new century. Jackson was born and raised in Newnan and part of the I-75 highway has been named afterhim. A member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Jackson has sold more than sixty million albums and notched twenty-six Billboard #1 country singles. His often-autobiographical songs are marked by humility, humor, and eloquent simplicity. He is a three-time CMA Entertainer of the Year, and his plainspoken "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)" won a Best Country Song Grammy. Jackson revived songs recorded by Country Music Hall of Fame members Tom T. Hall, George Jones, and Don Williams, and he wrote gems including "Chasin' That Neon Rainbow," "Drive (For Daddy Gene)," "Livin' on Love," and "Remember When," all of which mined personal experience in communicating communal truth. In a recording career that began in 1989, he has lived by a simple edict: "Keep it country." Jackson also is in the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.

Born in Atlanta, Jerry Reed made indelible marks on country music as a recording artist, a songwriter, and a virtuoso guitarist. Reed's guitar work was marked by syncopation and complexity, while his songwriting and stage persona conveyed strutting wit and backwoods intelligence. Raised in Georgia, he moved to Nashville in 1962, taking jobs as a session guitarist and writing songs for country heavies including Porter Wagoner. Encouraged by guitar great Chet Atkins, Reed developed an instantly recognizable and idiosyncratic guitar style that suited humor-filled compositions including "Guitar Man" and "Amos Moses." He and Atkins won a 1970 Grammy for instrumental album Me and Jerry, and Reed followed that a year later with a Grammy for country male vocal performance on "When You're Hot, You're Hot." A third Grammy, this one for country instrumental performance, came in 1993 for another duo effort with Atkins. Other major Reed hits include "Lord, Mr. Ford," "East Bound and Down," and "She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)." He also won positive notice for his acting roles in films including W.W. and the Dixie Dance Kings, and Smokey and the Bandit. "Every move he made was to entertain, and make the world more fun," said Reed devotee Brad Paisley. "Because he was such a great, colorful personality with his acting and songs and entertaining, sometimes people didn't even notice that he was just about the best guitarist you'll ever hear."

Also entering is songwriter Don Schlitz. The Medallion Ceremony, which officially inducts the newest members, will be held in the fall. (Sources: Country Music Hall of Fame press release)

JASON ALDEAN & THOMAS RHETT COME UP BIG AT THE ACM AWARDS

(April 3rd) Georgia stars continue to dominate the country awards with Jason Aldean & Thomas Rhett winning big at last nights ACM Awards in Las Vegas. Jason Aldean took home the Entertainer of the Year and Thomas Rhett won his first Male Vocalist of the Year award. Little Big Town repeated as Vocal Group of the Year. Thomas Rhett also won for Song Of the Year with "Die A Happy Man". Florida Georgia Line with Tim McGraw won for Event of the Year with their song "May We All". FGL also won with Single of the Year with "H.O.L.Y". For Jason, it was his first Entertainer of the Year in any award and the same with Thomas, winning his first Male Vocalist of the Year.

COLT FORD FEATURED IN NEW COUNTRY NETWORK SHOW

(March 30th) The Country Network is set to premiere its newest field party-inspired series, titled "Saturday Night Field Party" on Saturday, April 15 at 9 p.m. The weekend show will feature Average Joes' recording artist Colt Ford as guest host in the first four episodes leading up to his album release, "Love Hope Faith," to be released on May 5. The hour-block Field Party will showcase the best of videos that will speak straight to the heart of rural America--make you want to shut down the John Deere, spark up the bonfire, and crank up those tunes! The Country Network's Cary Rolfe comments, "Every Saturday night, in fields across America, trucks are bring circled, tailgates dropped, bonfires lit, and this kind of music is blaring from the speakers," continuing, 'Saturday Night Field Party' is meant to bring that party to your living room, and what better way to kick it off than with the King himself, Colt Ford." "I'm excited to introduce The Country Network's 'Saturday Night Field Party,'" said Colt Ford. "Country fans will love this new series where they can get down and party with their favorite artists. What a great way to spend a Saturday night in the heartland!" So grab a cold one from the fridge and park it on the couch, and tune in every Saturday at 9 p.m. for a "Saturday Night Field Party." Colt Ford is the first to take the reins, but other musical guests will also be guest hosting the show throughout its inaugural season. New episodes will be re-aired that following morning at 1 a.m. (Source: Avergage Joe Entertainment).

GEORGIA ARTIST STILL DOMINATE ACM AWARDS NOMININATIONS

(Feb 16th) Georgia artist still dominate the ACM Awards with nominations that were announced this morning by Lady Antebellum. Up for Entertainer of the Year are Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line. For Male Vocalist of the Year, Jason Aldean and Thomas Rhett. Vocal Duo of the Year, Florida Georgia Line ., Vocal Group of the Year, Lady Antebellum and Little Big Town., New Male Artist of the Year, Kane Brown., New Female Artist of the Year, Lauren Alaina., Album of the Year, "Dig Your Roots" by Florida Georgia Line., Single of the Year, "H.O.L.Y" by Florida Georgia Line. Song of the Year, "Die A Happy Man" Thomas Rhett. Video of the Year "Forever Country" Luke Bryan, Alan Jackson, Vocal Event of the Year, "Forever Country., "May We All" Florida Georgia Line with Tim McGraw. The show will air April 2nd from Las Vegas with Luke Bryan co-hosting again with Dierks Bentley. For a full list of the nominees, go to acmcountry.com

LUKE BRYAN TO SING NATIONAL ANTHEM AT SUPER BOWL

(Jan 23rd) Luke Bryan announced prior to the Atlanta Falcons / Green Bay National Conference Championship yesterday, that he would be signing the National Anthem at Super Bowl 51 in Houston. The Super Bowl will be between his homestate Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots. Luke becomes the first male singer to sing the anthem since Billy Joel in 2007. Also, Lady Antebellum annouced they will be performing at the Pre Game party at the NRG Center prior to the game.

GEORGIA ARTIST NOMINATED FOR PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS

(Jan 2nd) Several Georgia artist have been nominated in the 2017 People's Choice Awards. Luke Bryan & Sam Hunt are both up for Favorite Male Country Artist. Little Big Town, Florida Georgia Line and Zac Brown Band are nominated for Favorite Country Group. The 43rd People's Choice Awards, honoring the best in popular culture for 2016, will be held on January 18, 2017, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, and will be broadcast live on CBS at 9pm EST.