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Miranda and Little Big Town set to Co-Headline Tour

Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town Set to Co-Headline Tour

If you couldn’t get enough of Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town’s collaboration on “Smokin’ and Drinkin’,” this news is for you! The award-winning acts announced today that they would be hitting the road together on The Bandwagon Tour this coming summer. The show will be a part of LiveNation’s annual Megaticket, which went on sale January 26.So far the co-headliners have announced thirteen dates. Additional dates and support acts are expected to be shared in the near future.The Bandwagon Tour dates:

7/12/18                     Charlotte, NC                          PNC Music Pavilion
7/13/18                     Cincinnati, OH                        Riverbend Music Center
7/14/18                     Indianapolis, IN                     Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
7/20/18                     Hartford, CT                          XFINITY Theatre
7/21/18                     Mansfield, MA                        XFINITY Center
8/2/18                       Orange Beach, AL                  The Wharf at Orange Beach
8/3/18                       Tampa, FL                              MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
8/4/18                       West Palm Beach, FL            Coral Sky Amphitheatre
8/16/18                     Darien Center NY                  Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
8/17/18                     Pittsburgh, PA                        KeyBank Pavilion
8/18/18                     Philadelphia, PA                    BB&T Pavilion
8/23/18                     Toronto, ON                           Budweiser Stage
8/24/18                     Clarkston, MI                         DTE Energy Music Theatre

 – MusicStartsHere


MCG: Talking Private Information and Sick People

MusicCityGhost Talking Private Information and Sick People


Your Private Information Given Out Freely:  Most people are at least a little hesitant to send out their private banking information on the internet unless they are sure the person receiving their email is someone they can trust.  Why would a music promoter send out the new song or songs they are promoting with 100 plus email addresses in the header?  Don’t they realize the other 99 people being sent the email now have your email as well.  Many times after receiving one of those kind of emails with multiple names included, I started receiving email from people I didn’t know.  Most of those emails were not only unsolicited but unwanted.  If a promoter wants to look professional they should consider using a data base email managing service to deliver their bulk emails.  Once your email addresses are uploaded to one of these services, your email will be sent to each person individually and all the other people listed in your data base are not shown.  A promoter works hard to gather up all those email addresses and to me it doesn’t make sense to give them all away in a single push of the send button.  

Sick people running businesses:  When a person running a business makes a decision that is very questionable, we respond by saying, “He’s sick.”  It turns out that statement in some cases is truer than we all thought.  We have all been affected by a company’s owner either firing an employee or picking a fight with someone over what appears to have no reason.  In some instances the owner of the company will say or do something that has everyone involved scratching their heads in wonder of what they were thinking.  It turns out that the truth is they weren’t thinking.  It has been proven over and over again that certain medications affect not only memory but also cognitive thinking.  In addition to the side effects of severe medical issues, there are those whose behavior is a result of their childhood upbringing.  Then there are all of those people who are determined to self destruct their careers the moment they realize they are doing very well.  I can deal with these situations on a daily basis fairly well.  What gets to me worse than anything is when these people profess to be Christians.  They hide under the fact that they are a Christian and so they prayed about their decision and therefore everything is as it should be.

– The Music City Ghost [File#2018/04]


Scotty McCreery Gives Fans Nostalgic New Song

Scotty McCreery Gives Fans Nostalgic New Song, ‘Home In My Mind’

Scotty Co-Wrote All 11 Songs On The Album

Scotty McCreery has been taking fans on a journey of his personal growth, song by song, with his upcoming album, Seasons Change—and the fourth single he’s released from the project, “Home in My Mind,” reveals yet more about his newly matured mindset.

The song explores the bittersweet feeling of longing to be home when out on the road…and how it’s going to take a little longer to get back than McCreery would like, but he’s got all the comforting images right there in his head.

As the chorus goes: “I’m going home in my mind / Cruisin’ by them Carolina pines / Taking it slow down 35 / Down timber drive / I can already feel your hand in mine / Sweet tea porch swing supper on the stove / Everything I’ve been missing on the road / I can’t be there tonight / But when I close my eyes / I’m going home in my mind.”

Seasons Change is McCreery’s first album release since 2013’s See You Tonight. The lead single “Five More Minutes” is a poignant track that honors the memory of his late grandfather Bill McCreery. He’s also shared “In Between” and “Wherever You Are,” the latter inspired by his fiancee, Gabi Dugal.The singer co-wrote all 11 songs on the album.

“In the last five years, I have grown from a teenager to a man, moved out on my own, lost my grandfather, proposed to the love of my life, and learned more about myself than I could have imagined,” McCreery says of the project. “This all shows up in the 11 songs on Seasons Change, and I cannot wait to share this music with my fans after such a long time between releases.”

Seasons Change is set for release on March 16.

Scotty McCreery Talks About How His New Song Impacted His Father

 – TasteOfCountry

Jack Blanchard Column: 1971 Visit To Disney World

Thousands of intelligent good-looking readers.

A 1971 Visit To Disney World

From my Orlando newspaper column, 1971 That was Walt Disney World’s first year

Saturday afternoon, through no fault of my own, 
I found myself being patted on the butt by the Disney turnstile. 
I had already been forced to memorize “Goofy 746-118B” 
under threat of never seeing my car again. 

I tried to get back out through the turnstile, 
but Misty and our guest took me by the ears, 
and dragged me, sobbing, into The Magic Kingdom. 
The music of a 200 piece rock band 
was being magically forced through a 3-inch loudspeaker.

At a lunch counter we stood in line for a while,
and we were abruptly awakened by a teenage counter girl.
She glared at us silently, waiting for our order.

They must have been out of Mouseburgers,
because all she gave us was a small cardboard box
containing three small cardboard hamburgers.
“The one on top is ‘without sauce'”, she said.
That was true. None of them had sauce.
I was startled to find she could talk.

At the first big show,
there were several hundred of us waiting in the theater lobby
We were jockeying for position.

A young hostess with the microphone had been waiting for this.
she screamed into the P.A. system, which was set at number ten.
A lady in front of me rolled her eyes and collapsed to the floor.
To my left, a businessman clutched his chest
and flung himself over the railing.
A child’s voice cried, “I didn’t know the Lord was a lady!”

so you might just as well stand there and listen to what I have to say!”
The meek dropped like flies all around us.

“When I see fit to open the doors you will quickly move into the theater
and hurry to the opposite end of the room, 
dragging your dead and wounded!
There will be no eating, drinking, smoking…
no talking, no flash cameras, no holding hands, and no giggling!
All right! You may now march into the auditorium
in a quiet orderly manner.
We hope you enjoy our presentation.”

Inside, another starlet took over.
She was good, but she couldn’t top her ugly sister out front.
She sort of sang her speech:
“Immediately upon the conclusion of our presentation
you will exit swiftly to the left of the herd.
Do not touch or lean on the railings!
They were only constructed to maintain discipline…
blah blah blah oral hygiene and regular dental care.”

After the show I said:
“How ’bout a nice relaxing boat ride back to the parking lot?
Fun’s fun, but I’m worn out!”

The ferry captain waited till we were away from shore
to do his number on us.
He never once stopped mumbling over the mike,
which sounded like a giant toilet paper tube.
Not one word was in any known language.
It sounded like a Winston Churchill speech played backwards.
His volume was a couple of decibels above the point of pain,
and passengers were leaping ecstatically overboard.

At the main exit we were divided into squares,
and loaded onto people movers.
The conductress of the tram was armed with a microphone.
A man behind me said:
“We just got here and they’re threatening us already!”
I said; “Yes. Isn’t it great?”

I got off Misty’s lap.

“If you drop a package, a baby, or if your hat blows off
we are NOT allowed to stop!”
The tram began to move.

“We will pass throught the Happy, Dopey, Grumpy,
and Freaky sections of the parking area!
We have twelve thousand cars parked here,
and if you miss your section we can NOT take you back!
So, Lots o’ luck. Ha ha.”

“This is our first stop.
Grumpy people exit quickly to the driver’s right!
Goofy people exit to the left!”

We exited to the right.
We were grumpy people.

Jack Blanchard

Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan… 
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Billboard Duet of the Year, Grammy and CMA Finalists.  

© Jack Blanchard, 2018.

Cash Campbell Remembers Little Things in New Video

Cash Campbell Remembers the ‘Little Things’ in New Video

Let’s face it: breakups are unbelievably hard. Flashbacks captivate a broken heart’s every move and it typically always goes right back to the “Little Things” in a relationship, or so Cash Campbell believes. In the video for his newest song, Campbell acts as somewhat of a narrator overseeing the happy moments in a relationship. Although the sun finally set on what once was for the couple, all they can remember were those good memories with one another.

Campbell actually found the inspiration for the track within his own life, using the verses as a therapeutic release from the haunting thoughts of the girl he used to love. Although going back in time wasn’t the easiest task to put down on paper, the reminiscent wave rushed over Campbell and he knew others could relate who’d been through the same thing. “So I wrote this song with a couple of my buddies and this is actually the first song we recorded. We were kind of releasing them out of order. But all three of the verses are actually real stories from my life. Most of them high school and one of them college. But yeah, so there’s this definitely personally, kind of puts you in the feels, so you’re like, ‘Yep, that was that point in my life.’ Kind of fun, just another day. Depends on how you feel in the moment when you’re thinking back; nostalgia,” Campbell told Sounds Like Nashville about the song. While creating the song was a hands-on process for the singer, he stepped away from the video treatment and let a director come in to make the song into a visual masterpiece.

“This one, I actually, is the first video I’ve gotten to be a part of where I had nothing to do with it. He… I’ve gotten to be pretty hands on with all of the other videos. Most of them were my ridiculous crazy ideas that me and my friends just try to figure how to pull them off. This was the other way around where he was like, ‘Hey I heard this song, I’ve got this thought, how much do you trust me?’ And I was like, I trust you implicitly. Let’s do it. So I just kind of got to walk around and avoid being hit by pigeons while he did all the hard work, really,” he explained.

William Shatner talks Collaboration With Country Icon

William Shatner Teases Collaboration With Country Music Icon

William Shatner is being very cryptic when it comes to his new music. While the legendary Star Trek actor and director has confirmed that he’ll be releasing country music later this year following his signing with Heartland Records, he’s mum on a country icon he’s been working with. However, in a 30-second video clip posted to YouTube, Shatner promises “great songs” are on the way.

“Country music, I love it!” Shatner exclaims. “I’ve got friends in the country music industry. I want to do country music and I’m going to do country music with an icon. I can’t tell you who it is right now but it’s going to be so much fun.” Shatner went on to rave about the songwriters in the Nashville community, admitting that he’s astonished at their process.

“I’ve got the songs. They write songs like people write poetry, it’s really incredible what these artists who write country music can do!” he adds. “I’ve got some great songs that I want to do and I’m going to do them very soon with somebody you love. I’ll talk to you later.”

On Feb. 15, Heartland Records Nashville announced that Shatner had signed with the label. The record label said he is “currently working on a very special project that will be released later this year.”Shatner is not entirely a newcomer to country music. He’s appeared on the CMA Awards with Brad Paisley, and also made cameos in Paisley’s videos for “Online” and “Celebrity.”

 – TasteOfCountry

Evangelist and Man Of God Billy Graham Dead At 99

Evangelist and Man Of God Billy Graham Dead At 99

Billy Graham known all over the world for his decades of work as an evangelist dies

According to the New York Times, Graham died at his home in Montreat, N.C., on Wednesday (Feb. 21). He was 99 years old. Jeremy Blume, a spokesman for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, confirmed the news. Graham had dealt with a number of illnesses in his last years, including prostate cancer, build up of fluid on the brain and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Graham became probably the best-known Christian evangelist in the world during his six decades of preaching the gospel. His website states that he preached to nearly 215 million people in more than 185 countries over the course of his long ministry.

Graham was known as “America’s pastor,” and he served as a counselor to many U.S. presidents. He also had a strong connection to country music. Graham brought his massive, stadium-filling crusades to Nashville three times, in 1954, 1979 and 2000. He was close friends with and a spiritual guide to a number of country artists, including Johnny Cash, Charlie Daniels and Ricky Skaggs. In an email to Nashville’s Tennessean newspaper in 2009, Graham counted Johnny and June Carter Cash among his dearest friends.

“(Nashville is) one of the most dynamic cities I’ve ever visited, forward-looking and full of energy,” he wrote. “The Nashville of the 1950s is a far cry from the Nashville of today but there’s a reason for that: the spirit of its people. I hope you never lose that enthusiasm.”

Country musicians including Brooks & Dunn,  Alan Jackson, Sara Evans, Josh Turner and Brad Paisley came together for the soundtrack to the movie Billy: The Early Years in 2008. Turner also appeared in the film.

 – TasteOfCountry

Luke Combs Recalls Being Front-Row Fan

Luke Combs Recalls Being Front-Row Fan

When Eric Church Took the Stage, Combs Took Notes

There’s a little bar in North Carolina that Eric Church played in February 2014, right after he’d released his album The Outsiders. And there was a fan from his alma mater — Appalachian State University — at the Coyote Joe’s show that night, in the front row, deciding it was about time to move west to Nashville. Someone was taking pictures from the side of the stage, and happened to capture Luke Combs in an Eric Church t-shirt, and in awe of whatever Church was singing. “Thought this was a really cool photo to share. This was taken on February 14th, 2014, almost exactly 4 years ago to the date. That guy on the right had just released his 4th record and man was it good,” Combs wrote to explain the Instagram picture.

“That kid on the far left… that’s me. “A kid with a dream and a hell of a lot of inspiration from that guy on the right. Hard to believe it’s only been 4 years, it seems like a lifetime ago, and in many ways it was but that show lit a fire under my ass. That’s the day the kid you see on the left KNEW that he wanted to do what that guy on the right was doing. Thanks for the inspiration, Chief.”

In the four years since Combs saw that Church show, he has gone on to release three EPs, and then ultimately, a major label studio album This One’s For You. The three singles he’s released from that album so far — “Hurricane,” “When It Rains It Pours” and “One Number Away” — have all made it to the top of the charts. But before Combs took off for Nashville, he’d paid his dues throughout his college years, singing and songwriting around North Carolina. He even told his college newspaper that he’d gone two rounds on The Voice. Combs also shared his post-college career plan. “Full-time music for as long as I can survive,” he’d said.

 – cmtt

Lauren And Carly Radio Seminar’s New Faces

Lauren Alaina and Carly Pearce Steal Country Radio Seminar’s New Faces Show

Luke Combs, Midland and Michael Ray Also Wow Sold-Out Crowd

Nashville’s Country Radio Seminar (CRS) 2018 closed with a sold-out New Faces of Country Music Concert at the Omni Hotel’s Broadway Ballroom on Wednesday (Feb. 7). And if the everyone inside took a shot for every time a performer thanked country radio for playing their music and changing their lives, they’d be drunker than a bachelorette party honky-tonking on Lower Broadway.

Part live thank you note and part awards show, the annual event is always one of the most anticipated CRS events with performances by rising artists who were voted on by country radio professionals from around the world as the format’s stars of tomorrow. The 2018 headliners were Lauren Alaina, Luke Combs, Midland, Carly Pearce and Michael Ray. Between performances, the 2018 CRS/Country Aircheck Awards were presented, recognizing top country radio professionals and stations of the year.

NASHVILLE, TN - FEBRUARY 07: Cameron Duddy, Mark Wystrach and Jess Carson of Midland, Lauren Alaina, Luke Combs, Carly Pearce and Michael Ray take photos backstage for New Faces of Country Music Show for Day 3 of CRS 2018 on February 7, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CRS)
Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CRS

Alaina and Pearce each stole the show, delivering the night’s most moving performances. Pearce kicked things off, delivering four songs from her debut album Every Little Thing. She stomped out imaginary footlights while singing her sultry new single, “Hide the Wine,” and gave a soul-baring performance of the No. 1 title hit.

“I think about how in 12 months you came together and got behind a song about a guy who broke my heart,” Pearce told the crowd. “Thank you from the bottom of my heart for changing my life. I’m so grateful.”

A video before Alaina’s performance showed the crowd of industry professionals the powerful impact of supporting women musicians. In one scene, Alaina was live onstage sharing the spotlight with a little girl singing all the words to her first No. 1 “Road Less Traveled.” In another scene, Alaina’s hugging throngs of adoring female fans who will love her no matter what. Then there were clips of her singing in front of a packed audience at Colorado’s famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

Alaina was one of the show’s final performers, and it’s a good thing, too, because it’s not easy following her powerhouse vocals. When she took the stage, she blew the room away singing empowering lyrics that any artist would dream of calling their own. In her opener “Three,” she sang, “A lot of miles, a lot of tears / You’ve given me some of my best years / There’s so much I had to miss out on / Six years of missing home for three minutes on the radio.” She soared through her latest single “Doin’ Fine,” and breezed through Kane Brown’s parts on their No. 1 collaboration, “What Ifs.” Then she left everyone in the hall paralyzed in wonder when she closed with “Road Less Traveled.”

Michael Ray premiered “Her World Or Mine” from a forthcoming album in the works and entertained with his breakout songs “Kiss You in the Morning,” “Think a Little Less” and “Get to You.”

Always hysterically irreverent and fashionably dressed, Midland’s Jess Carson, Cameron Duddy and Mark Wystrach displayed their honeyed harmonies on “Make a Little,” “Burn Out,” “Gator Boys” and “Drinkin’ Problem.”

Coming off two sold-out shows at the Ryman Auditorium, Combs condensed his regular set to “Honky-Tonk Highway,” “When It Rains It Pours,” “One Number Away,” “Hurricane” and an abbreviated version of Brooks & Dunn’s “Boot Scootin’ Boogie.”


All for the Hall Returns to New York

All for the Hall Returns to New York

Maren Morris, Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Kesha, Carly Pearce and More Support Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Live

On the eve of Valentine’s Day (Feb. 13), Vince Gill, Maren Morris, Emmylou Harris and Kesha assembled to honor their love of country music live at New York City’s Times Square Playstation Theater. The evening was an intimate guitar pull benefiting the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s education programs, which teach folks about the genre’s enduring legacy. Highlights included Gill covering Rodney Crowell’s “Til’ I Gain Control Again,” Harris singing “Love and Happiness,” Kesha performing “Godzilla” and Morris singing “I Could Use a Love Song.” Thankful to be part of the night, Morris called the event, “the craziest guitar pull I’ve ever done.”

The show kicked off with a performance by fifth-grade students from P.S. 169 Baychester Academy on “We Are the Song,” an original they co-wrote with Carly Pearce, Liz Rose and Phil Barton as part of the museum’s Words & Music program. Spotted in the audience were CMT Next Women of Country Tour’s Sara Evans and RaeLynn, as well as Morris’ fiancé Ryan Hurd.

Enjoy scenes from the evening:

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Musicians Maren Morris, Emmylou Harris and Vince Gill perform onstage at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's 'All for the Hall' Benefit on February 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Country Music Hall Of Fame)
Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Country Music Hall Of Fame
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Musician Kesha performs onstage at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's 'All for the Hall' Benefit on February 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Country Music Hall Of Fame)
Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Country Music Hall Of Fame
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Musician Vince Gill performs onstage at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's 'All for the Hall' Benefit on February 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Country Music Hall Of Fame)
Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Country Music Hall Of Fame
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Songwriter Phil Barton, musician Sara Evans and songwriter and publisher Liz Rose attend the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's 'All for the Hall' Benefit on February 13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Country Music Hall Of Fame)
Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Country Music Hall Of Fame
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Musician and CMT Next Women of Country RaeLynn Davis and musician Carly Pearce attend the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's 'All for the Hall' Benefit on February 13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Country Music Hall Of Fame)
Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Country Music Hall Of Fame

Lauren Tingle is a Tennessean and storyteller who eats music for breakfast, lunch and dinner. When she’s not writing or rocking out, she enjoys yoga and getting lost in the great outdoors.

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