Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves and Midland Rock a Medley on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Karen Fairchild still remembers when she and her bandmates in Little Big Town finally felt like a success.
“We knew we made it when Philip (Sweet) got a car,” she said on Thursday afternoon. She and her bandmates laughed, and so did the crowd of several hundred who came to see them in Nashville that day.
“We’d get stuck picking him up everywhere. It was like a morning ritual of ‘Who’s picking Philip up?’”
Today, the signs of success are little grander for the country quartet. On Thursday, they were inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame, joining a club that includes Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and Dolly Parton.
Their star was one of three going into the pavement of Walk of Fame on Thursday.
The ceremony also included posthumous inductions for Tom Ryman — who built the church that would one day become the Ryman Auditorium — as well as the venue’s trailblazing theater manager Lula C. Naff. The Ryman is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year.
Little Big Town was introduced by their friend Keith Urban, who recalled being transfixed when he first heard their breakout hit “Boondocks” on the radio.
“I was fascinated to meet the people who made that sound, and I realized what it was. It’s the closest thing to a family band that you’ll ever meet. It’s that sound that’s not connected by blood or last name – well, in the case of Jimi (Westbrook) and Karen, now it is. But there’s no connection, except the spirit. That’s what I feel when I hear Little Big Town.”
Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show told the story of Tom Ryman, a riverboat captain who was moved by a sermon to build the Union Gospel Tabernacle, which eventually became the Ryman. He said Ryman’s effort came from a question he was asked by preacher Sam Jones: “What will you do for your fellow man?”
“The story of Tom Ryman is not just a tall tale, but a parable for all of us,” he said.
Accepting the star, Ryman Hospitality Chairman and CEO Colin Reed wondered what Nashville might have been without it.
“Can you imagine what would have happened in this city over the last 125 years if that beautiful building was not built?” asked Colin Reed, Ryman Hospitality Chairman and CEO. “…It seems to me that Tom Ryman gave this town its initial home in this now great city.”
Naff was a female trailblazer in the entertainment industry, who first began booking performances at the Ryman in 1904. 40 years later, she would bring the “Grand Ole Opry” to the venue.
“Under Lula’s leadership, everyone who was anyone played the Ryman,” said country singer Jeannie Seely.
“I’m inspired by her fearlessness,” said Sally Williams, SVP of Programming and Artist Relations for Opry Entertainment. “I cannot imagine how courageous she had to be to do what she did (at) any time, much less when she did.”
Along with honoring Nashville’s past, Little Big Town looked towards the future.
“We were driving these same streets, and now we’re here with you guys,” Fairchild said. “It really can happen. You just have to believe. You’ve got to have faith and perseverance. This is for all the dreamers out there, and we look forward to standing up here and handing this plaque to someone else.”
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The RHS Community Foundation is proud to announce An Evening with Gladys Knight and Friends, a benefit concert taking place on October 29th, 2017 at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville, NC. The event, featuring performances by Gladys Knight, Little Big Town, Asheville’s own Lyric, and other surprise guests, will donate all proceeds from ticket sales to the Reynolds Community Center in Canton, NC- just 20 miles west of Asheville. Tickets for the event go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, August 29th at 10AM ET.
Funds raised from the concert event will benefit the RHS Community Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by Gladys Knight and her husband William McDowell. The RHS Community Foundation’s flagship project is to build the Reynolds Community Center in Canton, NC and sustain its programs for the community. The building, which once housed a school for African-American kids grades K-12, was attended by William McDowell when he was a child. McDowell’s direct connection to the community and its residents is what fuels the foundation’s goal to create a cultural centerpiece for Western North Carolina residents.
“The building which will house the Reynolds Community Center has a historical significance to not only my wife and myself, but also to the residents of the region,” says RHS co-founder William McDowell. “It once served as a hub of learning and support to so many people. I want to once again restore that foundation so that current and future residents of Western North Carolina have a place to gather, learn, and support each other for generations to come. The Foundation honors the legacy of my grandparents who taught me to leave a huge footprint that’s easy to follow.”
Tickets officially go on sale next Tuesday, August 29th and range from $55-$125 (plus fees) for general admission and $500 (plus fees) for VIP. A pre-sale for US Cellular Center and Thomas Wolfe Auditorium newsletter subscribers will begin on Friday, August 25 and end on Monday, August 28. VIP tickets include priority seating, a pre-show reception with Gladys Knight and Little Big Town, beverages and hor d’oeuvres, plus access to exclusive auction items featuring vacation packages, sports and music memorabilia, local business gift certificates, and more.
Tickets for An Evening with Gladys Knight and Friends can be purchased through the US Cellular Center Box Office, online here and by phone at 800-745-3000.
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The Academy of Country Music has revealed the first round of performers and ticket on-sale date for the 11th ANNUAL ACM HONORS™, an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards. Music superstars confirmed to perform at the televised event include Kelsea Ballerini, Vince Gill, Toby Keith, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Brad Paisley, Thomas Rhett, Hillary Scott, and George Strait. The 11th Annual ACM Honors will tape Wednesday, August 23 at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN, and broadcast on Friday, September 15 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Tickets will go on-sale to the general public at Ticketmaster.com and the Ryman Auditorium box office today, August 9 at 10:00 AM CST.
As previously announced, Special Award recipients celebrated at the 11th Annual ACM Honors will include Kelsea Ballerini (Gene Weed Milestone Award), Toby Keith (Poet’s Award), Bob Kingsley (Mae Boren Axton Service Award), Reba McEntire (Mae Boren Axton Service Award), “Nashville” (Tex Ritter Film Award), Dolly Parton (Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award), Shel Silverstein (Poet’s Award, awarded posthumously), and George Strait (Cliffie Stone Icon Award). The evening will also honor winners of the Industry and Studio Recording Awards, along with Songwriter of the Year Award winner, Lori McKenna.
For more information, please visit www.ACMcountry.com.
KENNY ROGERS ANNOUNCES STAR-STUDDED CONCERT IN NASHVILLE CELEBRATING 60-YEAR CAREER
“ALL IN FOR THE GAMBLER: KENNY ROGERS’ FAREWELL CONCERT CELEBRATION”
TICKETS ON SALE JULY 21 AT 10AM CT VIA TICKETMASTER
Blackbird Presents and Kenny Rogers are proud to announce “All In For The Gambler: Kenny Rogers’ Farewell Concert Celebration,” an all-star concert event taping at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 7PM CT. This once-in-a-lifetime concert event will honor Kenny Rogers’ historic 60-year career and will feature the final performance together by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, one of popular music’s most beloved duets of all time. “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 Rogers. “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.”
This one-night-only concert event taping will bring together fans, friends and music icons to celebrate Kenny Rogers. “All In For The Gambler” will feature performances by Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Little Big Town, Alison Krauss, The Flaming Lips, Idina Menzel, Jamey Johnson, Elle King and many other special guests to be announced in the coming weeks. “Kenny is like a family member to me. 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,” says Dolly Parton. “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 25th 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 hefades from the stage, our love for each other will never fade away.”
Tickets go on sale July 21, 2017 at 10AM CT online at Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster locations 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.
Little Big Town, Darius Rucker, Wynonna & More to Perform During Special Grand Ole Opry “Total Eclipse” Show on Aug. 21
If you needed another reason to come to Nashville, the sun and moon are providing one next month—and so is the Grand Ole Opry.
A total solar eclipse will be occurring on Monday, August 21. And Nashville just happens to be the biggest city in the country in the direct path of the eclipse (beginning at 11:58 a.m. CT in Nashville with the total eclipse at 1:27 p.m.).
The Grand Ole Opry will be getting the party started a day before on August 20 with a special Sunday show dubbed Total Eclipse that features Little Big Town, Darius Rucker, Wynonna and more.
The Opry eclipse celebration is set to continue the next day with a free Total Eclipse Plaza Party. Guests can expect live music on the Plaza stage, commemorative gifts, food and drinks and eclipse glasses. The Opry will feature a one-of-a-kind Total Eclipse soundtrack to accompany the approximately two minutes of eclipse totality.
Tickets go on sale on July 7 at 12 p.m. CT for the Opry show on August 20.
LBT won ‘Group Video of The Year’
Performing ‘When Someone Stops Loving You’
Rascal Flatts, Little Big Town, Chris Stapleton, and More Performing on The Voice Finale!
It will be a star-studded finale of Season 12 of The Voice with some of country music’s biggest stars hitting the stage! Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts, and Chris Stapleton will be performing on Tuesday’s (May 23rd) two-hour finale.
The four remaining finalists, Lauren Duski and Aliyah Moulden from Team Blake Shelton, Chris Blue from Team Alicia Keys, and Jesse Larson from Team Adam Levine, will also be performing. Other guest singers include Gladys Knight, Miley Cyrus, Zedd, Alessia Cara, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, and former The Voice Coach, CeeLo Green.
— The Voice (@NBCTheVoice) May 19, 2017
Before The Voice winner is announced on Tuesday’s finale, the remaining four finalists will hit the stage for fan votes one last time on Monday night. Each finalist will be performing a duet with their coach. Lauren and Blake will be singing ‘There’s a Tear in My Beer’ by Hank Williams. Blake will join Aliyah on ‘Dancing in the Streets’ by Martha & The Vandellas. Jesse and Adam will be singing ‘Let’s Go Crazy’ by Prince, and Chris and Alicia will be teaming up for ‘Diamonds and Pearls’ by Prince & The New Power Generation.
Watch as Season 12 finalists talk about their favourite moments on The Voice, including a special dance Blake was taught that he wants to use next year in the Blind Auditions!
“Good Morning America” announced its 2017 Summer Concert Series lineup, featuring some of the hottest chart-topping music stars live from SummerStage in New York City’s Central Park for the eighth year.
LBT will perform on June 23 (#LittleBigTownOnGMA). The concert will be free and open to the public from 7a.m. to 9 a.m. ET.
Viewers interested in joining “GMA” in Central Park are encouraged to arrive at Rumsey Playfield via the 72nd Street entrance on Fifth Avenue at 6 a.m. when the park opens to the public.
The full lineup can be seen here.