Georgia Major Artist News
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(sources: AllAboutCountry.com, CMT.com, MusicRow.com and others as noted)
KENNY ROGERS PASSES
(March 23rd) Kenny Rogers, a Country Music Hall of Fame member and legendary artist who delivered classic hits as "The Gambler," "Lady," "Islands In The Stream," "Lucille," and "She Believes In Me," passed away in his home in Georgia, on Friday, March 20. He was 81. Rogers garnered 20 No. 1 country hits between 1977 and 1987, many of which climbed the pop charts. During his lengthy career the international star sold more than 50 million albums in the United States alone. Rogers was a five-time CMA Award-winner and entered the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013. Growing up in public housing in Houston, he was exposed to R&B, pop, and jazz as well as country. His first professional group was a late-1950s vocal act called the Scholars, which had local hits in Houston. "That Crazy Feeling," a 1958 solo hit on Carlton Records, earned him an appearance on "American Bandstand." During the early 1960s, Rogers played bass, and occasionally sang, in a Houston jazz trio. Membership in the New Christy Minstrels folk group spurred the founding of the First Edition, in which Rogers and other former Minstrels mixed folk, rock and country sounds. The new group went to No. 5 on the pop chart in 1967 with Mickey Newbury's psychedelic "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)" and gained several additional pop hits on Reprise Records. After the group's breakup in 1974, producer/executive Larry Butler signed Rogers to United Artists Records, on which he had modest hits until the stunning success of the mournfully catchy, Grammy-winning "Lucille" in 1977, which reached No. 1 on the country chart and No. 5 on the pop chart. For the next dozen years Rogers logged hit after hit, including "The Gambler" (1978-79), penned by Don Schlitz, "She Believes in Me" (1979) and "Coward of the County" (1979-80). In 1980, on Liberty Records, Rogers' No. 1 hit "Lady," a romantic ballad written by pop star Lionel Richie, ruled the pop charts for six weeks. Successful duets included "Every Time Two Fools Collide" with Dottie West (1978) and the crossover smash "Don't Fall in Love with a Dreamer" with Kim Carnes (1980). In addition to his five CMA Awards wins, Rogers piled up three Grammys as the country-pop era reached a peak, adding to his stature as one of country's first artists to sell out arena shows. Already a veteran TV performer, Rogers gained further exposure through acting in made-for-television movies, including a series of five treatments of "The Gambler." His hit "Love the World Away" was a theme song in the era-defining 1980 film Urban Cowboy. The 1980s also saw hits on Liberty and RCA, including "Love Will Turn You Around" (1982), the Sheena Easton duet "We've Got Tonight" (1983), and the memorable Dolly Parton duet "Islands in the Stream" (1983), all country No. 1 songs that made the pop charts. Rogers appeared front and center in the megastar collaboration "We Are the World" (1985), scoring additional chart-toppers such as "Crazy," "Real Love," and the sensual George Martin-produced "Morning Desire." But the solo hit "Tomb of the Unknown Love" (1986) and the Ronnie Milsap duet "Make No Mistake, She's Mine" (1986) were Rogers's last No. 1 country records until "Buy Me a Rose" (1999-2000), recorded with Alison Krauss and Billy Dean. Later in life, Rogers invested in Branson, Miss., ventures, published several well-received photography books, authored two children's books, engaged in major philanthropic endeavors, and launched a chain of restaurants. Though his chart success slipped in the late 1980s and 1990s through stints with Giant, Atlantic, Reprise and Magnatone, "Buy Me a Rose" (on Dreamcatcher) gave him a boost at the outset of the 21st century. He continued to tour and released hits collections and albums of new material, the latter including Water & Bridges (Capitol Nashville, 2006), which yielded the Top 20 hit "I Can't Unlove You." (Sources: MusicRow.com)
GEORGIA ACTS RECEIVE ACM NOMINATIONS
(Feb 27th) Several Georgia acts where nominated today for ACM (Academy of Country Music) Awards. Both Luke Bryan and Thomas Rhett are up for Entertainer of the Year. Thomas Rhett was nominated for Male Artist of the Year. Florida Georgia Line is up for Duo of the Year. Lady Antebellum and Little Big Town will battle for Group of the Year. Caylee Hammack was nominated for New Female Artist of the Year. Thomas Rhett's cd, Center Point Road is up for Album of the Year. Lady Antebellum's "What If I Never Get Over You" was nominated for Single of the Year. Little Big Town "Sugar Coat" is up for Video of the Year. Caylee Hammack is part of a group lead by Miranda Lambert for Event of the Year, with "Fooled Around And Fell In Love". Also, nominations for Industry Awards, Duluth's Infinite Energy Center was nominated for Arena of the Year. Keith Urban will host April 5th ceremony from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, which will air on CBS.
GEORGIA ACTS RECEIVE GRAMMY NOMINATIONS
(Nov 22nd) Several Georgia acts are up for a Grammy Award, held Jan 26th at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Little Big Town is up for best Country Duo performance with "The Daughters". And Thomas Rhett gets a nomination for Best Country Album with "Center Point Road".
LADY ANTEBELLUM TO RECEIVE STAR ON MUSIC CITY WALK OF FAME
(Oct 2nd) Lady Antebellum will receive a star on Nashville's Music City Walk of Fame, on Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. in the Music City Walk of Fame Park. They will receive the 85th star. Inductees are recognized for their significant contributions to preserving the musical heritage of Nashville and for contributing to the world through song or other industry collaboration. Mayor John Cooper said "This wonderful park -- a place that both visitors and Nashvillians can enjoy -- represents the best of Music City." The Music City Walk of Fame was created in 2006 on Nashville's Music Mile, a roughly one-mile stretch that connects downtown to Music Row. Permanent sidewalk medallions with the names of the inductees are displayed in a star-and-guitar design.
RHETT AKINS NAMED SONGWRITER OF THE DECADE
(Sept 17th) Georgian, 90's hit maker and now songwriter, Rhett Akins was honored with the ACM Songwriter of the Decade Award during a surprise presentation backstage at his son Thomas Rhett's recent tour stop at the United Center in Chicago. This honor is one of seven new ACM Decade Awards categories. Factors considered for the ACM Songwriter of the Decade Award include success of body of work at radio, commercial media, sales and streaming, creative integrity, artistic merit and ACM Award recognition. To that end, Akins was named ACM Songwriter of the Year in 2017 and was nominated in the same category in 2011 and 2013. His first ACM nomination came in 1997 for Top New Male Vocalist. During his 24 years of hit making, Akins has had 30 No.1 singles and 36 BMI Awards. The ACM Decade Awards were ratified by the ACM Board of Directors, following a stringent examination by more than 20 Board members and the ACM Special Awards Committee, co-chaired by Chuck Aly and Kelly Rich. The ACM Song of the Decade Award was recently awarded to Miranda Lambert, and songwriters Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin, for "The House That Built Me." Recipients of the remaining Decade Award categories (Album, Artist-Songwriter, Breakout Artist, Single, and Music Event) will be announced in the coming weeks. (Source: MusicRow.com) Photo L-R: Ed Warm, Academy of Country Music Chairman; RAC Clark, ACM Interim Executive Director; Sonya Akins; Rhett Akins; Lauren Akins; Willa Gray Akins; Ada James Akins; Thomas Rhett. Photo Credit: Alex Justice
JORDAN RAGER JOINS ZAXBYS FOR TOUR
(Sept 13th) Zaxby's, known for its chicken fingers, wings and salads, announces its inaugural Insane Music Tour featuring Riser House Entertainment's recording artist AND Georgian, Jordan Rager. The tour, in partnership with Nashville-based Artistry Alliances, launches in Mississippi on Sept. 12-13 at 4:30 p.m. with additional appearances this fall in Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky and Georgia. He'll be in Georgia for two shows in October. "Anybody who knows me, knows how big of a fan I am of Zaxby's. I couldn't be more excited to partner with them for the Zaxby's Insane Music Tour this fall," Rager said. "I'm looking forward to getting to go some places I haven't been in a while, meeting fans and playing my new music for everyone." Jordan Rager is the first performer in Zaxby's new entertainment series, featuring various artists each year.
GEORGIA ACTS NOMINATED AGAIN IN CMA AWARDS
(Aug 28th) Georgia again is well represented as nominees in the 53rd Annual CMA Awards, to be held Nov 13th from Nashville. Thomas Rhett was nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year. Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town & The Zac Brown Band are up for Vocal Group of the Year. Florida Georgia Line will be in the running for Vocal Duo of the Year. Thomas Rhett's Album "Center Point Road" is up for Album of the Year. For the remaining list of nominees, go to cmaawards.com/nominees-winners/. (Source: CMA)
ZAC BROWN BAND'S NEW ALBUM COMING IN SEPTEMBER
(July 30th) Zac Brown Band will be releasing their sixth studio album, "The Owl," to be released via BMG on September 20, 2019. It will be available on vinyl, CD and download across digital streaming platforms and is available for pre-order now. The new digital single of the album "Leaving Love Behind," is out now and available across all digital streaming platforms. This is their first release since "Someone I Used To Know" debuted on Billboard's Hot Country Song Chart in November 2018. They went on to win a 2019 CMT Award for Group Video of the Year. "We've been working tirelessly on this album over the past couple years, ensuring every detail is perfect," said Zac Brown. "We are always pushing ourselves as musicians by blurring genre boundaries and incorporating all kinds of music we are personally inspired by, elevating what we are capable as a group. This album will have something for everyone, "The Owl" is exciting, raw, and unexpected. We couldn't be prouder of what we've accomplished on this record and can't wait to finally share it with the fans." "The Owl" follows Zac Brown Band's 2017 studio album, "Welcome Home." Prior to that release Zac Brown Band released four studio albums beginning with their debut major label studio album, "The Foundation," certified 5x platinum. A three-time Grammy Award winning band, Zac Brown Band have sold more than 30 million singles, have achieved 15 No. 1 radio singles and have topped both Country Airplay and Mainstream Rock Songs charts. (Source: AllAboutCounty.com)
BILL ANDERSON HONORED IN NASHVILLE
(July 5th) Love From Music City, a nonprofit founded by Shanda and Robb Tripp, announced today that country music legend and Grand Ole Opry star 'Whisperin' Bill Anderson will be honored with the lifetime achievement award on Thursday Sept. 5. Bluegrass stars Daily and Vincent will headline the gala and perform live on stage. The event will take place from 7 - 9:30 p.m. at the Bluegrass and Yacht Club (550 Johnny Cash Pkwy.) in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Love From Music City (LFMC) supports and sponsors orphan projects in 12 countries including the U.S. and underwrites three orphanages in the country of Haiti; one is exclusively for handicapped children. The Love From Music City Gala is an entertaining fundraiser to bring businesses and people of the community together to help reach many hurting people in our own community and bring hope to those suffering abroad. (Source: MusicRow.com)
GEORGIA ACT WIN AT CMT AWARDS
(June 6th) Georgia acts took home a CMT Award last night from the awards show in Nashville. Kane Brown won Male Video of the Year for "Lose It". Group Video of the Year went to Zac Brown Band for "Someone I Use To Know".
KENNY ROGERS SETS RECORD STRAIGHT ON HIS HEALTH
(May 31st) Kenny Rogers has set the record straight on the "wild misinformation" that he is dying. In response to a report from Radar Online that said he was in decline, the 80-year-old music vet's representatives released a statement on Friday (May 31) to correct the rumors. "Due to recent wild misinformation and speculation from several media outlets, we are issuing the following statement on behalf of Kenny Rogers," his reps wrote. "Kenny was recently admitted to a local Georgia hospital and treated for dehydration. Rogers will remain there to complete some physical therapy to get his strength back prior to discharge. He appreciates the concern and well wishes he has received from his fans and can assure everyone he plans on sticking around through the years to come." (Source: IHeart.com)
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE WIN AT BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS
(May 7th) Florida Georgia Line came up big at the Billboard Music Awards, held on May 1st from Las Vegas. Their song "Meant To Be" with Bebe Rexha, was named top country song.
JASON ALDEAN AND THOMAS RHETT IS HONORED AT LAST NIGHT'S ACM AWARDS
(April 8th) Jason Aldean was honored last night at the ACM Awards in Las Vegas as the Artist of the Decade. Aldean has netted 13 total ACM Awards in his career (including three consecutive Entertainer of the Year honors). He took the stage to perform "Lights Come On," before welcoming Kelly Clarkson back to the stage for their 2010 hit "Don't You Wanna Stay." He then offered "Dirt Road Anthem." "I've had a hell of a decade," Aldean said. "My whole team, thank you for the last 15 years. More than anything thank you to the country music fans, country radio. You guys have changed my life forever." Thomas Rhett won Male Artist of the Year. Sources: MusicRow.com
RAY STEVENS ELECTED TO COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME
(March 19th) Atlanta born and country music legend, Ray Stevens, was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville yesterday. They will join Brooks & Dunn into the hall. Ray has been known for his comedic songs such as "The Streak", "Guitarzan" and "Ahab The Arab" but had many "singing" hits as well like "Everything Is Beautiful" and "Misty". He as the first artist to record the Kris Kristopher classic "Sunday Morning Coming Down". He has continue to record new comedic songs well into the 2000's and currently is hosting his "Caba-Ray" show on RFDTV. He will be formerly inducted with Brooks & Dunn in a fall ceremony at the Hall.
JASON ALDEAN TO RECEIVE ARTIST OF THE DECADE AT ACM AWARDS
(March 6th) The ACM announced Wednesday that Aldean will join only five other honorees who have received the award since 1969: Marty Robbins, Loretta Lynn, Alabama, Garth Brooks and George Strait. The award is given to a country artist or group who has dominated the genre over the decade through radio, digital media, sales and streaming, events, touring, television and artistic merit. With 13 ACM Awards, Aldean has had four consecutive albums reach No. 1 on Billboard's 200 albums chart and 16 No. 1 singles on Billboard's country airplay chart, which tracks radio airplay. The ACMs will air live from Las Vegas on April 7 on CBS. (Source: Tenneseean.com)
GEORGIA ACTS NOMINATED FOR ACM AWARDS
(Feb 21st) Georgia acts once again are heavily nominated in the 2019 Academy of Country Music Awards. Jason Aldean was nominated for Entertainer of the Year as well as Event of the Year with Miranda Lambert for "Drowns The Whiskey". Luke Bryan also was nominated for Entertainer of the Year and Single of the Year for Single of the Year "Most People Are Good". Thomas Rhett was nominated for Male Artist of the Year. Kane Brown is up for Single of the Year with "Heaven". Sugarland is nominated for Video of the Year with "Babe". The 54th Academy of Country Music Awards, to be held Sunday, April 7 in Las Vegas on CBS.
JOHN BERRY ANNOUNCES HE HAS THROAT CANCER
(Jan 22nd) Georgia star and hit maker, John Berry has announced he has throat cancer. In November, before his Christmas Tour launched, Berry says he started feeling like there was a "catch" in his throat that felt like the "skin of a Spanish peanut" was stuck. He looked and saw his tonsils were swollen. He went to doctor and was put on antibiotics and steroids for a tonsil infection, but the problem persisted. He was able to do the entire tour and sounded fine, but didn't feel well. So after another round of antibiotics and steroids, his wife, Robin, made an appointment with an ear, nose and throat specialist on Jan. 4. A CT scan revealed two tumors in his tonsils. Following surgery to remove both tonsils and part of his soft palate, Berry got the biopsy results and was told he had tonsil cancer. Berry assures fans that this particular cancer is "highly treatable and has an incredible cure rate," with Robin chiming in that there is over a 90% cure rate. (Sources: Billboard.com)
MARK WILLS ASKED TO BE NEWEST MEMBER OF GRAND OLE OPRY
(Dec 27th) Mark Wills was asked by Vince Gill on Dec 21st, at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, to be their newest member. Mark, originally from Blue Ridge, has been a staple in country music since he broke onto the scene in 1996 with his first hit "Jacob's Ladder". He had more hits with "Places I've Never Been", "I Do" ", "Dont Laugh At Me", "Wish You Were Here" and 'She's In Love". Like most Georgia stars, Mark started out his music career as for years was the house act at the old Buckboard Saloon in Marietta with is band, "The Bandits". He'll be formerly inducted as a member on Jan 11th. Watch the video below of Vince Gill inviting him to be a member.
GEORGIA ACTS NOMINATED FOR GRAMMY AWARDS
(Dec 10th) Several Georgia country acts has been nominated for a Grammy Awards, which will be held Feb 10th, in Los Angeles. Little Big Town is up for Best Country Duo or Group Performance for "When Someone Stops Loving You". Florida Georgia Line is nominated in the same category for "Meant To Be". Cole Swindell is up for Best Country Song for "Break Up In The End" as well as Little Big Town's "When Someone Stops Loving You." Rhett Akins co-wrote "I Lived It", nominated for Best Country Song, sung by Blake Shelton.
THOMAS RHETT WINS VIDEO OF THE YEAR
(Nov 15th) Thomas Rhett was the only Georgia act last night to win a CMA Award, from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Thomas won for his video "Marry Me". For a full list of winners, go to www. musicrow.com/2018/11/cma-awards-winners-2018/ (Source: MusicRow.com)
GEORGIA ACTS NOMINATED IN THE AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS
(Sept 20th) Several Georgia acts are nominated for an award at the 2018 American Music Awards, from the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles on Oct 9th. The show will air on tv by ABC. Georgia Florida Line is up for Collabration of the Year with Bebe Rexha for "Meant To Be". Kane Brown, Luke Bryan and Thomas Rhett are the Favorite Country Male nominees. Florida Georgia Line is nominated for Favorite Duo or Group Country. Kane Brown's "Kane Brown" and Thomas Rhett's "Live Changes" are up for Favorite Country Album. Kane Brown "Heaven" and Florida Georgia Line's "Meant To Be" are nominated for Favorite Country Song. (Source: TheAMAs.com)
GEORGIA STARS NOMINATED FOR CMA AWARDS
(Aug 28th) Many Georgia stars were once again nominated in the upcoming Country Music Association Awards, airing Nov 14th from Nashville. Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan were nominated for Entertainer of the Year. Thomas Rhett is up for Male Vocalist of the Year. Lady Antebellum and Little Big Town will be in the running for Vocal Group of the Year. Florida Georgia Line and Sugarland were nominated for Vocal Duo of the Year. Lauren Alaina is up for New Artist of the Year. Jason Aldean (along with Miranda Lambert) is up for Single of the Year with "Drowns The Whiskey" and song also is nominated for Song of the Year & Vocal Event of the Year. Florida Georgia Line's "Meant To Be" with Bebe Rexha is also nominated for Vocal Event of the Year. Video of the Year nominees includes "Babe" by Sugarland and "Marry Me" by Thomas Rhett. The show will air live on ABC on Nov 14th from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. (Source: CMAAwards.com)
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).