LBT is nominated for 4 awards, at the 51st CMA Awards.
SINGLE OF THE YEAR (Award goes to the artist, producer, and mix engineer) – “Better Man” – Little Big Town. ALBUM OF THE YEAR (Award goes to the artist and producer) – “The Breaker” – Little Big Town VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR (Award goes to the group) MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR (Award goes to the artist and director) – “Better Man” – Little Big Town
Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will team up for the 10th time to co-host the upcoming CMA Awards, which will air live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 8-11 p.m. ET, on ABC.
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.
The Music City Walk of Fame will pay tribute to the Ryman Auditorium in celebration of the historic venue’s 125th anniversary with the induction and presentation of stars to Little Big Town, the Grammy-Award winning Country Music mega-group in residency at the Mother Church, along with two luminaries in the Ryman’s past: Tom Ryman, the riverboat captain who was inspired by a revival preacher to build the Union Gospel Tabernacle; and Lula C. Naff, the theater manager who helmed the Auditorium for more than 40 years and famously booked the Grand Ole Opry there, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp announced today.
The induction ceremony that will take place on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 at 1 p.m. in Walk of Fame Park. The event is free and open to the public.
“Tom Ryman had a vision. Lula Naff had a plan. And their tenacity and skill created one of Nashville’s most beautiful and iconic buildings – and one of the greatest music venues the world has ever seen,” Mayor Megan Barry said. “Now Little Big Town is adding a new chapter to the story of the Mother Church of Country Music with its unprecedented Ryman residency. The induction of each of these legends into the Music City Walk of Fame couldn’t be more appropriate as the Ryman celebrates 125 years of gorgeous music and amazing history.”
The inductees will receive the 75th, 76th and 77th stars on the Music City Walk of Fame. 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.
“We are overjoyed to receive these honors on behalf of Captain Tom Ryman and Lula C. Naff,” shares Michael Guth, COO of Opry Entertainment Group, “As stewards of this historic venue, it is a great pleasure to honor these two vital figures from our history who pioneered the creation and development of this treasured establishment. Because of the vision of Captain Tom Ryman and the drive of Lula C. Naff, today the city of Nashville is home to one of the most iconic and storied legacies in modern culture.”
In celebrating the Ryman’s 125th anniversary, Little Big Town will have performed 10 shows by the end of 2017 at the Ryman Auditorium during their year-long residency. Consisting of members Karen Fairchild, Phillip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman, and Jimi Westbrook, Little Big Town is a member of the Grand Ole Opry, had the biggest country single of 2015 with “Girl Crush,” and earlier this year released their seventh studio album,The Breaker, which debuted #1 on the Billboard Country Charts.
Ryman and Naff are being honored for their central roles in creating and developing the Ryman. Since its inception, the Ryman Auditorium has hosted an array of speakers and performers, including Johnny Cash, Charlie Chaplin, Patsy Cline, Elvis Costello, Bob Dylan, Foo Fighters, Peter Frampton, Harry Houdini, Helen Keller, Gladys Knight, President Teddy Roosevelt, Mae West, Jack White, Hank Williams Sr., ZZ Top, and the list goes on.
The Ryman has played a central role in helping create Music City. The Grand Ole Opry called the Ryman Auditorium home for 31 formative years from 1943 to 1974. Earl Scruggs is credited with creating a new genre of music – bluegrass – from the Ryman stage. Johnny Cash met future wife June Carter backstage at the Ryman. And Patsy Cline became an Opry member at the Ryman. While the Grand Ole Opry now takes place at the Grand Ole Opry House, the show returns to the Ryman during the winter months for Opry at the Ryman.
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.
The Music City Walk of Fame is an official project of Music City, Inc., the charitable foundation of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, and is produced with the support of founding sponsor Gibson Brands and sponsors the City of Nashville and Metro Parks and Recreation. Nominations are open to the public and are accepted in the categories of Artist, Musician, Songwriter, and Producer/Music Industry Executive. Application forms are reviewed by the Music City Walk of Fame anonymous selection committee. For more information about the Music City Walk of Fame, go to visitmusiccity.com/walkoffame.
Old Dominion packs a lot of vocal power on their own, but they’re taking things to a whole new level with this Little Big Town collaboration.
That’s right, the two groups have teamed up for a new song called “Stars in the City.” It’s included on Old Dominion’s sophomore album, “Happy Endings,” out Aug 25. We’re proud to give you your first taste of the song here.
In this clip from the recording studio, Old Dominion lead singer Matthew Ramsey explains what it was like to work with Karen, Jimi, Phillip and Kimberly from Little Big Town.
He says, “They came in and it was amazing just to watch them work their magic on that song, figuring out their parts with us. They really care about the song and care about their performance on it. It’s rare to find such talent and such genuinely nice people at the same time.”
Recording with Little Big Town made Matthew realize just how far Old Dominion has come since they released their debut album, “Meat and Candy,” in 2015. That album included the hits “Break Up With Him,” “Snapback” and “Song For Another Time.”
He adds, “It was a very surreal moment to realize that here we are on this playing field with some major players, and it was really cool to watch them work.”
Old Dominion is closing in on yet another No. 1 hit this week with “No Such Thing as a Broken Heart,” the lead single from “Happy Endings.”
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.
Old Dominion’s new album, Happy Endings, will feature a dozen tracks, including a collaboration with Little Big Town.
Along with the LBT duet “Stars in the City,” the five-man-band’s sophomore effort closes with a live cut, titled “Can’t Get You.”
Fans who pre-order the record now will instantly be able to download the track “Written in the Sand,” as well as the lead single, the top-15 hit, “No Such Thing as a Broken Heart.” Three more songs will also be unlocked before the project’s August 25 release.
Here’s the complete track listing for Old Dominion’s second album, Happy Endings:
“No Such Things as a Broken Heart”
“Not Everything’s About You”
“Be with Me”
“Written in the Sand”
“So You Go” “Stars in the City” (featuring Little Big Town)
“New York at Night”
“A Girl Is a Gun”
“Still Writing Songs About You”
“Can’t Get You” (Live)
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