In a night bursting with great music, ABC’s American Idol host Ryan Seacrest didn’t waste a milli-second opening the show with a simple, “Ladies and gentlemen, Lionel Richie.” Belting out “Dancing on the Ceiling” with Bobby Bones hot on his heels, Lionel was joined by Idol’s season 17 Top 10, many we haven’t seen in weeks, but who would also be showcased in performances throughout the night. Last season’s winner, Maddie Poppe, also returned to the Idol stage for a catch-up visit with Ryan and announcing that she had just released her album. Of course, the focus was on the Top 3 contestants: Laine Hardy, Madison VanDenburg, and Alejandro Aranda. Each of the finalists performed two solo songs of their choosing. Between rounds, viewers got a look into the lives of the rising stars as they returned to their hometowns and visited with friends and family. While each visit showed incredible local support for their contestants, it also revealed overwhelming emotions that the aspiring young stars were feeling.
LAINE HARDY (18) – Livingston, Louisiana
“Home” by Marc Broussard
KATY PERRY: “If you apply yourself like you’ve applied yourself for the next five years, every single week and don’t get lazy, you’re going to be one of the biggest stars on this planet.”
“Jambalaya (On the Bayou)” by Hank Williams Sr.
LIONEL: “Let me tell you what’s a big deal—when the governor of the state says ‘party with the Hardy.’ You’re on your way.”
MADISON VANDENBURG (17) – Cohoes, New York
“Shallow” by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper
LUKE: “You know what’s so exciting is your growth, and we have been pushing you the whole time to dig in and show the world what kind of next level voice you have. It’s been so amazing to watch and you have the twinkle in your eyes that is so beautiful to see.”
“Breakaway” by Kelly Clarkson
KATY: “Madison, you have come so far and I think you just have to continue to nurture and grow this gift you’ve been given because it’s amazing to see this growth. This is just like a master class, it’s a condensed version of what the real world is. And you’re about to spread your wings in the real world, but just keep this work ethic and you’re going to fly so far.”
ALEJANDRO ARANDA (25) – Pomona, California
“Millennial Love” – original
LUKE BRYAN: “I think in life you have those moments where you remember the first time you met somebody or saw somebody, and back in October I’ll never forget the first time I met Alejandro. We have been spoiled by you, week after week, and I want to thank you for that. We love you, we love you from the bottom of our hearts.”
“Tonight” – original
LIONEL: “Throughout this entire process, we’ve watched you try to identify with a place called ‘home.’ And after watching you return back to your hometown, welcome home to the business and welcome home to your heart, my friend.”
After their solo performances, the first elimination took place leaving just two to compete for the win. And the first artist sent home was Madison VanDenburg. Before the winner was announced, both Laine and Alejandro got one final performance.
LAINE – “Bring It On Home” by Sam Cooke
LUKE: “Laine, congrats man. From when I heard you last year, the tone in your voice is just something special and you can’t teach that. Always remember that you’ve just got that tone that is so identifiable. Congratulations. This is the last time I will ever get to comment on you and I love you, bud.”
ALEJANDRO – “Out Loud” original
KATY: “It’s just such an incredible honor to be given this opportunity to be able to give you a little boost for you to find your wings. I think I can speak for all of us, we love what we do and we love when we see a person like yourself shine.”
AND THE WINNER IS: Laine Hardy!
Longtime fans of American Idol will remember that Laine originally auditioned for season 16 of the show, and as much as the judges loved him, he didn’t advance past the Top 50. Then, for season 17, he arrived at the auditions as an accompanist for a friend with no intention of auditioning himself. After he was recognized by Luke and Katy, he gave an impromptu performance and earned a golden ticket to Hollywood. Congratulations to Laine, Alejandro, Madison, and all of these talented young people who have the potential for stardom.
Carrie Underwood – “Southbound”
Montell Jordan with Margie Mays, Austin Michael Robinson and VoKillz with – “This Is How We Do It” by Montell Jordan
Katy Perry and Daddy Yankee – “Con Calma” by Daddy Yankee
Alejandro Aranda with backing orchestra – “10 Years” – original
Adam Lambert – “New Eyes”
Adam Lambert with Dimitrius Graham – “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen
Dan + Shay – “All To Myself”
Dan + Shay with Madison VanDenburg – “Speechless” and “All To Myself” by Dan + Shay
Luke Bryan – “Knockin’ Boots”
Luke Bryan with Laci Kaye Booth – “Every Breath You Take” by the Police
Jon Pardi with Laine Hardy – “Dirt On My Boots” and “Night Shift” both by Jon Pardi
Katy Perry with Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon – “Unconditionally” by Katy Perry
Weezer with Wade Cota and Walker Burroughs – “Africa” by Toto, “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” – Tears for Fears, “Take On Me” by A-ha medley
LURAY, Va. – Today, Ben “Crazy Cooter” Jones announced plans for the Good Ol’ Boys Fest, which will bring a fun weekend of “great music, hot cars, and good times.” Taking place at the Shenandoah Speedway on Highway 340 in Shenandoah, Virginia, on Saturday, August 10 and Sunday, August 11, the ‘Fest’ will be presented by “Cooter’s in the Valley” of Luray, Virginia.
Tickets go on sale Friday, April 5, with a limited number of tickets priced at $35 for the weekend. Once the limited quantity of advance tickets are sold, ticket pricing will increase. Tickets will also be available at all Cooter’s Place locations (Gatlinburg & Nashville, Tennessee and Luray, Virginia).
“This event will pay tribute to the 40th anniversary of America’s favorite family show, The Dukes of Hazzard,” says Ben Jones. “The Shenandoah Valley is the perfect setting for this event, and we are delighted to be presenting the Good Ol’ Boys Fest. We are going to have one more ‘Hot Time in Hazzard’!”
The Good Ol’ Boys Fest will feature cars and stars of the Dukes, plus a special lineup of country music stars and special guests. Among the Dukes cast who will be appearing are Tom Wopat (Luke Duke), Catherine Bach (Daisy Duke), Ben Jones(Cooter), Sonny Shroyer (Deputy Enos) and Rick Hurst (Deputy Cletus).
Ben “Cooter” Jones and his wife Alma Viator have presented a series of very successful “Dukes of Hazzard” events and are the owners of several “Cooter’s” shops and museums in Virginia and Tennessee.
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The highly anticipated 17th season of ABC’s American Idol made its big debut on March 3, and it seems that the only people more excited than the viewers are judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, and Lionel Richie, and host Ryan Seacrest.
They grow them big in Florien, Louisiana, and it seems that they might grow them talented, too. It was hard not to be intimidated by 26-year-old Tyler Mitchell’s 6’4” frame, but whenever as he sang Vince Gill’s tender ballad, “Whenever You Come Around,” he seemed less imposing or more like a gentle giant. Although he admitted he hadn’t performed much before because of fear, his performance was solid enough to earn the humble country boy a shot in Hollywood.
Not everyone went through, but unlike the early seasons of the shows when those rougher auditions became fodder for the internet, most of those who didn’t make it through to Hollywood weren’t shown.
Leave it to a Texas girl to whip out some hardcore country, which is what Laci Kaye Booth did. Hailing from Livingston, Texas, the 23-year-old sang “Mama Tried” by Merle Haggard, but it was her Tammy Wynette-esque tone that won the judges over. “I think you’re the first voice we’ve heard that is really a diamond in the rough,” Katy told the beauty. “I don’t know if you believe that about yourself, but you really have something different.” Luke continued, “You have a timbre in your voice that we didn’t seen from any girl in your lane last year. I think you are very, very close to being a world class.” Lionel also had some sound advice for the young lady: “If you understand how to hone in on your thing and don’t get psyched out by everybody else’s thing, you’re going to be OK.”
In his introductory package, we learned that 25-year-old Nick Townsend was one of four children in his very close Nebraska family. However, in a relatively short amount of both his older and younger brothers committed suicide. As heartbreaking as his story was for anyone to hear, it hit Luke the hardest. The country superstar’s brother passed away before Luke had originally planned to move to Nashville, and his sister died unexpectedly after he made his Opry debut. “The simplicity of how you are able to sell your voice is very understated and nice,” Luke said before also telling him, “I’ve lost both of my siblings and I applaud you.”
It seemed especially poignant that as American Idol was rolling closing credits, they also shared the Suicide Prevention Hotline number.
Auditions for season 17 of American Idol continue on March 6.
For the third year Keith Urban rang in the new year as the headliner for Music City Midnight: New Year’s Eve in Nashville. As the countdown to 2019 began, the singer performed a free show for fans at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park.
Urban continued with a tradition he began during his first NYE headlining set where he honored the artists we lost over the past year with a special medley of songs. For his 2018 tribute the Australia native performed a variety of tunes, including Aretha Franklin’s “Respect,” The Cranberries’ “Zombie” for lead singer Dolores O’Riordan, Roy Clark’s “Rolling In My Sweet Baby’s Arms,” Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” in honor of the late Ed King.
“The last few years we’ve played New Year’s Eve I’ve taken the opportunity to put together a medley of some of the people we’ve lost across the year and I’ve done it again this year. I’m gonna play a couple songs to just recognize a few of the people we have lost,” he said before kicking off the performance.
At the close of the medley, Urban was joined by fellow guitar aficionado, Peter Frampton, who was also on the bill for the New Year’s Eve show. The two went back and forth with a guitar riff-off for a special jam session.
This year’s Music City Midnight brought record attendance with event organizers estimating 175,000 to 200,000 people in the park.
Watch the medley in the video above…
The 2019 Stagecoach Festival returns with a star-studded lineup from April 26-28, 2019. Returning to the Empire Polo Fields in Indio, CA the three-day festival will feature headliners Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt and Jason Aldean. “I always get fired up when I see Stagecoach as one of my stops on tour. This crowd never lets me down,” shared Bryan, who will perform during night one, in a press release. Added Hunt, “Stagecoach is hands down one of the best country music festivals around. We’ve been looking forward to coming back for three years. Can’t wait!”
“Headlining Stagecoach always feels like a bucket list show for me,” shared Aldean, who closes out
the festival. “You can’t beat looking out at the sea of fans with that California backdrop.”
In addition to the superstar headliners will be special performances from Cole Swindell, Luke Combs, Old Dominion, Kane Brown, Cam, Lauren Alaina and many more (see the full lineup below).
The festival will also see the return of Guy’s Stagecoach Smokehouse, featuring some of the country’s best BBQ vendors and pit bosses. Stagecoach will also feature the SiriusXM Spotlight Stage, highlighting some of country music’s brightest new acts. Special artisans will call the festival home when Nikki Lane’s Stage Stop Marketplace sets up camp on the festival groups.
Tickets to the 2019 Stagecoach Festival go on sale beginning Friday, Oct. 19 at 11 a.m. PST at stagecoachfestival.com.
3-Day General Admission $349
3-Day General Admission/Shuttle Combo $409
3-Day Corral Standing Pit $1,399
3-Day Corral C1 Reserved Seating $1,399
3-Day Corral C2 Reserved Seating $899
**Prices as of the October 19 sale
The STAGECOACH 2019 line up (in alphabetical order) is as follows:
Jessie James Decker
The Wild Feathers
STEUBENVILLE – Patrons at the Spot Bar took turns impersonating the King of Cool Thursday night for the start of Steubenville’s 20th-annual Dean Martin Festival, one of the city’s favorite yearly events. Steubenville, Ohio, may be known as the City of Murals, but its other great claim to fame may be bragging rights as the birthplace of legendary singer and actor Dean Martin.
Each year, for three days in the middle of June, thousands of visitors descend on Steubenville for a festival of films, memorabilia, concerts, food, a parade and more. Celebrate the life of the “King of Cool” along the banks of the Ohio River and recall the golden days of Hollywood
Every year in Dino’s hometown of Steubenville, Ohio his life and music is celebrated. Country Music Singer Rose Angelica has been chairman of The Dean Martin Festival for 21 years. “We have had many celebrities and family members here , “
Rose said. “The Fans are the best and have attended from all over the world.” All money raised goes to The Dean Martin Music Scholarship at Steubenville High School, where Dino learned to play the drums, sing and dance.
Dino loved Country Music and sang it on his show every week and in his concerts. His last album was recorded in Nashville and titled The Nashville Sessions. Dean Martin was the only entertainer to have a hit record, movie and tv show out all at the same time. Not even Elvis or Sinatra achieved this. In 1964 he knocked the Beatles out of the #1 spot with Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime.
Dino recorded 33 albums and made 51 movies. His favorite was Westerns. Dino Crocetti, the son of Italian immigrants, started his entertainment career singing in Steubenville and other Ohio nightclubs.
Pictured to the left are: Elvis Jr, Pat Benti. John Griffeth, Russ Loniello, having a good time at the festival
This eventually led to his name change to Dean Martin, and a successful six-decade career as a singer and actor in New York City, Hollywood and Vegas. In 1996, Steubenville Mayor Domenick Mucci assembled the Dean Martin Committee, led by Dean’s daughter Deana and her husband John Griffeth, with the purpose of establishing an annual festival in honor of the entertainer.
Pictured to the right are Actor Lou Martini Jr & Joe DiAlbert who had the pleasure of kick off the festival. Throughout the festival, memorabilia are on display in the Dean Martin Room of the Jefferson County Historical Museum and Library.
Today, the Dean Martin Festival benefits the Dean Martin Scholarship Funds for local high school students pursuing music and the arts. Other occasional events include a film festival, Dino’s Father’s Day Buffet, and the Dean Martin Horse Race at Mountaineer Racetrack and Gaming Resort (mtrgaming.com).
Some of the highlights of the festival included Deana Martin who put up am amazing show as she performed her Dad’s songs and stories much to the delight of the audience. Some history of the festival that some don’t know, Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin performed in the Steubenville parade way back in 1950.
Dino’s 100th Birthday celebration this year will be remembered for the next 100 years for it really was extra special this year, thanks to all who attended.
Following the worldwide success of the soundtrack from The Greatest Showman, filmmakers decided to up the ante by enlisting the help of famous artists to recreate the future classics featured in the film for a new release: The Greatest Showman – Reimagined. Among those acts is country music’s own Zac Brown Band, who perform a countrified version of “From Now On.”
Originally performed by Hugh Jackman, the reinvented track highlights ZBB’s iconic harmonies and hints of twang as they sing “From now on / These eyes will not be blinded by the lights / From now on / What’s waited till tomorrow starts tonight, Tonight / Let this promise in me start / Like an anthem in my heart / From now on.”
In addition to ZBB’s appearance, the new soundtrack features vocal performances from P!nk, Kelly Clarkson, Sara Bareilles, Pentatonix, Kesha, Panic! At The Disco and many others.
The Greatest Showman – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack spent 31 weeks in the Top 10 on the SoundScan/Billboard 200, including two weeks at No.1. With streams exceeding 3 billion, the soundtrack has since earned 4x platinum certification in the United Kingdom and South Korea; 2x platinum in Ireland, Australia, and Singapore; platinum in New Zealand, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, and Indonesia; and gold in Canada, Mexico, and the Philippines.
The record includes “This Is Me,” performed by Keala Settle, and earned Best Original Song – Motion Picture at the 75th Golden Globe Awards and was nominated for Best Original Song at the 90th Academy Awards.
The Greatest Showman tells the story of P.T. Barnum, as he rose from nothing to a worldwide sensation. It features performances from Academy Award-nominee Hugh Jackman alongside Academy Award-nominee Michelle Williams, Zendaya, Zac Efron, and Rebecca Ferguson.
Jason Aldean, Jake Owen and Miranda Lambert With The Pistol Annies Set To Headline 2019 Country Thunder Alberta!!!
CALGARY, ALBERTA – CANADA – While America is celebrating Thanksgiving Day, Canadians are celebrating the announcement of Alberta’s Country Thunder 2019 headliners. Canadian Music Hall of Fame member Terri Clark, once again, did the honors with our friends at Entertainment Tonight Canada in revealing the star-studded roster of talent set to perform at next year’s festival.
Prairie Winds Park will be vibrating when Country Thunder rolls into town as performers will include Jason Aldean, Jake Owen, Miranda Lambert with The Pistol Annies, Terri Clark, Lauren Alaina, Roots & Boots featuring Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippin and Collin Raye, red-hot up-and-comers Shawn Austin,Meghan Patrick, Jimmie Allen, Jordan Davis, Leaving Thomas and the return of the Hunter Brothers, with a promise of more to come.
“Alberta has embraced this festival since-day one, and Calgary has become a special city for us,” says Country Thunder Music Festivals CEO, Troy Vollhoffer. “Prairie Winds Park is a magical place that creates an incredible vibe. The artists love to look out to see the fans packed all the way to the top of the hill. We’re thrilled to return with this line-up for these amazing country music supporters.”
Aldean is the reigning ACM Entertainer Of The Year, who last played Calgary during the 2015 Stampede. Fans in these parts have been clamouring for his return since he’s dropped a plethora of top-five hits, including You Make It Easy, Any ‘Ol Barstool, Lights Come On, They Don’t Know, Drowns The Whiskey and A Little More Summertime . . . to name just a few. Along with the Pistol Annies, Miranda Lambert will create some excitement of her own during Country Thunder Alberta.
The American supergroup which also features Angaleena Presley and Ashley Monroe, released its latest album, Interstate Gospel, earlier this month and it promptly debuted at No.1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart.
As a solo artist, Lambert’s stats are unprecedented – six consecutive No.1 albums and a whopping 57 industry awards (including a pair of Grammys). This performance is going to be a rare treat for CT Nation in Alberta.
Jake Owen makes his long-awaited return to these parts on a hot streak which has included five hit singles from his No. 1 album, American Love. Think of how good I Was Jack (You Were Diane) and American Country Love Song are going to sound under the stars in the gorgeous surroundings of Prairie Winds Park.
Country Thunder Alberta 2019 is rolling in – see you all there!
An all-star cast of performers will hit the stage to pay tribute to country icon Willie Nelson at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Jan. 12.
The tribute concert—Willie: Life & Songs of an American Outlaw—will feature performances by Alison Krauss, The Avett Brothers, George Strait, Jack Johnson, John Mellencamp, Kris Kristofferson, Lee Ann Womack, Lyle Lovett, Norah Jones and The Little Willies, Sheryl Crow, Susan Tedeschi & Derek Trucks, and Vince Gill. Additional artists will be announced in the coming weeks. Willie is also set to take the stage.
The event will honor Willie and feature some of his greatest hits performed by today’s biggest musical stars. The concert will be televised on A&E at a later date in 2019.
Don’t Be Fooled by the Name “The Old Music Guys” This Band is right up there with the Best
Tom Pallardy and the OMG Band (Old Music Guys) recently performed to a sold out crowd at Lucy’s BARge, at Lucy’s Branch Marina in Athens, Alabama. Tom and the group started rocking the barge from sunset with a variety of music which lasted way into the night. It was clear while the band performed their last number that everyone come out and enjoyed the fun and the great music! No one at Lucy’s BARge was ready to go when Tom and the OMG Band finished up but as we sadly know at most venues when the times up the times up.
Tom Pallardy: Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Tom moved to Nashville in 1975 and now loves living in Town Creek, Alabama. In Music City he owned and operated a demo recording studio called Top Tracks and a music arranging company called T.P. Productions where he transcribed music for copyrighting by major artists and publishers. Since the age of 12, Tom has performed or recorded on saxophone, flute, keyboards and vocals professionally throughout the world with a wide variety of artists, including: Chuck Berry, Ike & Tina Turner, The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Percy Sledge, Rufus Thomas, The Coasters, The Boxtops, Vern Gosdin, Johnny Rodriguez, George Jones, Donna Fargo, Helen Cornelius, Stella Parton, Clifford Curry, Tony Joe White, The Dixie Cups & Frankie Ford. His original songs have been recorded by Mel Tillis, Nancy Sinatra, Frankie Ford and many others.
Ernie Norton (Lead/Rhythm Guitar & Vocals) resides in Town Creek, Alabama. He’s been playing guitar (and other instruments), singing smooth vocals, producing demos and doing sound for many bands and shows for 63 years. He’s been part of the “Musical Explosion” at Athens Bible School and has played in area bands as diverse as The Cadillacs Band (Florence), Purple Sage (Rogersville), Replay The Band (Decatur), The Bama Cruisers (Shoals) and The Grace Notes.
Philip Hughes (Bass Guitar/Vocals) lives in Decatur, Alabama and is in demand as a session musician and performer in countless bands of various genres throughout the state. He’s played with Jeff Cook of Alabama; Sister Luck and The Sophisticated Swingers (Decatur); Silvery Moon Band and The Party All Stars (Huntsville); Bottom Dollar Band (Somerville); Hutch Edwards Project and Trey Lewis (Birmingham); Horizon (Cullman) and Lisa Busler (Montgomery), just to name a few.
Mitch Rigel (Drums), formerly of the Shoals, now calls Decatur home. He has been a freelance drummer and educator in the Shoals and North Alabama area for 40 years. He has played with Gary Rossington & The Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Tour as well as the Shoals Big Band, The Edd Jones Orchestra (Birmingham), Guy Lombardo, Sammy Kaye, Jan Garber and Don Glaisser. He also does demo sessions and performs with the Silvery Moon Band and Moondust (Huntsville) and Sister Luck and The Sophisticated Swingers (Decatur).
Randy Fowler (Lead Guitar & Vocals) hails from Southern Middle Tennessee and has been playing guitar and doing demo recording sessions for 39 years. Besides being a part of the house band on the musical variety show “The Country Shindig” for 25 years, he’s been performing lead guitar and vocals in the show group “Showdown”, along with well-known Elvis impersonator Michael Dean, in the Shoals area since 2000.
For bookings, contact Tom Pallardy at email@example.com or call cell# 615-878-6808.