Bill Murray Buys Remaining Tickets to SteelDrivers Show, Hands Them Out to Fans
There’s hope for humanity & he stands 6 foot 2 inches & starred in Ghostbusters & Caddyshack
A long-standing staunch supporter of music, Bill Murray has been caught red handed going nuts at Chris Stapleton concerts and other live events, and is a huge fan of one of Stapleton’s first projects, the hard-driving bluegrass band The SteelDrivers. Stapleton moved on, but The Steeldrivers keep going, and were performing at the Charleston Music Hall in South Carolina Thursday, November 9th.
So Murray shows up to the concert, heads to the box office, buys every ticket remaining for the show, and hands them out to everyone who is standing in line. This is according to attendee Adam Glockler, who witnessed Bill’s moment of altruism and snapped the above photo. Bill Murray is a resident of Charleston, and is known to show up around town, snapping selfies with fans, and being the town’s most famous, and most friendly resident.
Bill Murray first met The SteelDrivers in 2010 when he played the part of a funeral parlor owner in the movie Get Low, starring Robert Duvall and Sissy Spacek. The SteelDrivers contributed heavily to the movie’s soundtrack, and that’s where Murray’s fandom was struck.
At a time when it feels like famous people are in the news for all the wrong reasons, it’s good to see a story of one who understands the importance of people, community, and music.
Frontman Gary Nichols recently left the SteelDrivers, with Adam Wakefield of The Voice fame filling in on certain dates. They are playing in Texas later this week, and then a two-night stint at Nashville’s 3rd and Lindsley December 1st and 2nd.
A new musical based on the life story of the Bee Gees
has been sanctioned by Barry Gibb, Yvonne Gibb, and the Estate of Robin Gibb
Barry Gibb will serve as an executive producer on the project, which is being produced by Universal Theatrical Group (UTG), Universal Pictures’ live theatre division. In addition to permission from the group and its representatives, the musical has been enabled by a deal struck with Universal Music Group. Bee Gees musical on the way thanks to deal with Universal Music Group
UMG now represents the Bee Gees’ entire publishing and recorded music catalogues via Universal Music Publishing Group, Capitol Records and Universal Music Enterprises. “This is a wonderful opportunity for our family,” said Barry Gibb. “I’m personally very excited to be a part of the creative process along with Yvonne and Dwina. “It’s another adventure for us and a chance to throw the spotlight on all my brothers and finally the real story of us will be told.” It’s an honor to be working alongside the people I most respect. I can’t wait to get started! “We’re honored to represent the Bee Gees’ publishing and recorded music catalogs and we’re thrilled to be involved in this important new project with Jimmy and the team at UTG.” Sir Lucian Grainge, UMG
Jimmy Horowitz, President of Universal Pictures, said: “On behalf of the entire company, we take great pride in collaborating with Barry on developing a stage musical that captures the scope and significance of his family’s incredible story. “We thank Barry, Yvonne and Dwina Gibb and our longtime collaborator Sir Lucian Grainge and the Universal Music Group who have played a vital role in creating this opportunity, and we look forward to bringing some of the best music ever written to audiences in a unique and thrilling live stage musical event.”Sir Lucian Grainge, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group, said: “The Bee Gees are among the world’s most influential and commercially successful artists. “We’re honored to represent their publishing and recorded music catalogs and we’re thrilled to be involved in this important new project with Jimmy and the team at UTG.“This production will honor the trio’s iconic legacy and help introduce a new generation of fans to a band responsible for some of the greatest songs and melodies in pop music.”
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Bellamy Brothers To Tour South Africa And Namibia Nov 2017
The Bellamy Brothers’s “Let Your Love Flow” Tour Features Well Known South African Country Star Jason Bradley
Lefra Productions is proud to announce that the well-known American Duo, The Bellamy Brothers will be touring South Africa and Namibia in November 2017. They are well-known for international hits like Let Your Love Flow, If I Said You Have A Beautiful Body (Would You Hold It Against Me), Crazy From The Heart and many more. The well know South African country singer, Jason Bradley has been booked as the opening act for the Bellamy Brothers.
Howard and David better known as The Bellamy Brothers Pictured left, a flashback to the 1980’s.
Howard and David continue to prove that the trail they’ve ridden to fame has been as unique as their music itself—music that is now celebrating 40 years of success. South African Country fans are in for a real treat as the “Let Your Love Flow” tour is just around the corner. Pictured right Jason Bradley get’s ready to tour with Howard and David. A tour he will treasure forever, touring with a legendary group as the Bellamy Brothers.
The “Let Your Love Flow” 2017 Tour kicks off Friday 24 November in Namibia
Friday, 24 November 2017 – Windhoek
Saturday, 25 November 2017 – Cape Town (Bok Radio Food Festival) Cape Town Stadium
Sunday, 26 November 2017 – Johannesburg/ Brakpan – Big Top Arena – Carnival City
Wednesday, 29 November 2017 – Krugersdorp/Roodepoort
The Bellamy Brothers latest project is their new album titled ’40 Years’ is an ambitious project that celebrates their career with 20 of their biggest hits and then adds 20 brand new songs in this 2 cd anniversary collection.
Luke Bryan Bound for the ‘American Idol’ Judges Table
After months of speculation, it appears that Luke Bryan was officially be lighting up the American Idol judges table. According to Variety, the show has confirmed that Bryan will be joining Katy Perry on the ABC reboot of the singing competition that brought us Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood. While there’s no word yet as to who will be Idol’s third judge, rumored names have included Lionel Richie, Charlie Puth, and Keith Urban. Auditions for the show are set to begin next week.
By Nashville Gab
Margo Price Joins Outlaw Music Festival
Sunday, September 10, 2017 in Hershey, Pennsylvania at Hersheypark Stadium
Up-and-coming country star, Margo Price, will be joining Willie Nelson and Family, Van Morrison, Sheryl Crow, The Avett Brothers, Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, and Particle Kid on the second leg of the 2017 Outlaw Music Festival Tour. The show will take place at Hersheypark Stadium on Sunday, September 10 in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
Price is currently touring her breakout album, Midwest Farmer’s Daughter (Third Man Records), a record that’s resonated with outlaw and traditional country fans alike due to its masterful songwriting, knockout hooks, and novel-like summary of the Nashville singer’s life.
Price also released a surprise EP, Weakness, last month to critical acclaim. Her addition to the Hershey lineup will make this an unforgettable concert experience.
Outlaw Music Festival, Sunday, September 10, 2017 in Hershey, Pennsylvania at Hersheypark Stadium
Tickets can be purchased at:http://outlawmusicfest.com/hershey
Kenny Chesney Releases ‘LIVE: No Shoes Nation’ Tracklisting
When Kenny Chesney pulled out some tapes to listen to his last 10 years of shows, he was immediately struck by the fervor of No Shoes Nation. And the more he listened, the more he wanted to share all these moments with the people who inspire him – and took the songs to a whole other level out on the road.
“You record songs, you put’em on a record,” Chesney marvels. “You know, people think it stops there. Even when it’s on the radio, that’s really between the listener and their life. But when you have people in your life like No Shoes Nation, I’ve come to believe, we figure out what these songs really mean when we get out there on the road and sing’em together!
“So as I was listening to some of these tapes, I decided: they’re as much the people who’ve been coming out to the shows as anybody’s! I shouldn’t be the only one listening – and that sent me down a tube into all these summers out there rocking. When I told the record company how many songs, they thought I’d lost my mind… And that was before we added ‘Young,’ which really started and defined this chapter, to the list!”
Starting where Florida meets Alabama on the Gulf Coast, Live in No Shoes Nation kicks off with over 40,000 strong hearing “Flora-Bama” for the first time, then proceeds through obscure gems, massive hits and intriguing collaborations. For Chesney, it became a sonic document of all the fun, the moments, the rising and falling action of a million+ citizen place without borders: No Shoes Nation.
“I’ve always said the energy that comes at us, it lifts us up – and really makes us take things even further. Listening, I realized we can’t take that intensity all the way in in the moment,” says the man Los Angeles Times called “the People’s Superstar” of what’s become his next project. “I wondered if everyone who’s come out to one of our shows realizes how incredible they sound; if like us, they’re so in the moment, they had no idea. They’re what makes this music special – and this, to me, was a great way to let them know it.”
With the first recording a medley with Dave Matthews from the close of 2007 Flip Flop Summer Tour, Live in No Shoes Nation pulls rarely played jewels including “I’m Alive,” “Coastal” and the deeply personal “Happy on the Hey Now,” as well as locational homages to Guy Clark with “Hemingway’s Whiskey” and Bruce Springsteen with “One Step Up.” In these quieter moments, the 2016 BMI President’s and CMA Pinnacle Award winner shows his poet’s heart.
Beyond that, there’s the high velocity good feelings that have defined Chesney’s work. Stadium shows, pop-up bar gigs, amphitheaters and the occasional beach takeover; it’s all here. As well as appearances by his friends, co-writers and tour-mates, ranging from Eric Church, Mac McAnally, David Lee Murphy, Old Dominion, Grace Potter, Taylor Swift and the Zac Brown Band.
“No Shoes Nation not only knows no boundaries, we love all kinds of music,” Chesney allows. “It’s why Grace Potter is as loved as Eric Church, why David Lee Murphy gets the same response as Zac Brown and his guys. We love life, we love music and we all really love each other!”
Kenny Chesney: Live in No Shoes Nation
To be released: October 27, 2017
Big Star (with Taylor Swift)
When I See This Bar (with Eric Church)
No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems
Anything But Mine
Down The Road (with Mac McAnally)
Guitars And Tiki Bars
Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven (with Zac Brown Band)
Save It for a Rainy Day (with Old Dominion)
Somewhere With You
I Go Back
One Step Up
You And Tequila (with Grace Potter)
There Goes My Life
Out Last Night
Dust On The Bottle (with David Lee Murphy)
The Boys of Fall
Old Blue Chair
The Joker / Three Little Birds (with Dave Matthews)
Happy on the Hey Now
Kenny Rogers is 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 he fades from the stage, our love for each other will never fade away.”
Blackbird Presents’ Keith Wortman, creator and executive producer of Nashville’s recent highly acclaimed “Sing Me Back Home: The Music of Merle Haggard,” is the creator and executive producer of “All In For The Gambler.” GRAMMY® Award Winner Don Was will serve as music director, and preside over a stellar house band backing the performers at this historic concert event taping. Kenny Rogers’ manager, Ken Levitan, also serves as executive producer. The event will be filmed and recorded for multi-platform distribution throughout traditional media (worldwide broadcast, music, and digital).
“Like millions of fans around the world, Kenny Rogers has been the soundtrack of my life. As he finishes out this beautiful victory lap of touring life, I am honored and privileged to create and produce a show celebrating this special artist on this monumental occasion.” says Keith Wortman, CEO of Blackbird Presents.
For more information visit allinforthegambler.com
Toby Keith Tour Returns To Nashville For First Headlining Concert In 13 Years
The July 20th date at the Ascend Amphitheater will go on sale on Wednesday, June 28th at 10:00am
Because filling venues nationwide in 2016 wasn’t enough, the Toby Keith Interstates & Tailgates Tour is back for a full course of music-fueled partying in 2017. Kicking off this year’s leg with sold out shows in Oklahoma and California, the singer-songwriter and entertainer announced today the addition of his return to Nashville for a headlining show after a 13-year absence. The July 20th date at the Ascend Amphitheater will go on sale on Wednesday, June 28th at 10:00am.
With 30 more dates on the itinerary that will continue through summer (and more to be added), the tour also heralds upcoming new music – Keith’s first since 2015’s critically acclaimed 35 MPH Town. Released on June 23rd, “Wacky Tobaccy,” written with longtime collaborator Scotty Emerick, is now available at all major digital music retailers and services. Out the same day is a music video for the song featuring guest appearances by Willie Nelson, Mac McAnally, and Emerick.
“Wacky Tobaccy is a slogan, a saying that’s been around forever and no one has ever written it in a song,” says Keith. “The song is written to the screws, and it fits in with what we do every night with the party crowd.”
As the tour started, Toby stayed in his native Oklahoma to attend to the important matter of his 14th Annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic in Norman, Oklahoma that raised $1.6 million, a record breaking amount for a single event in the Toby Keith Foundation’s history.
Alison Krauss & David Gray to Co-Headline Fall Tour
Multi-Platinum artists Alison Krauss & David Gray will be touring together throughout the United States this fall. The 21 city, co-headlining tour kicks off on September 18 in Hershey, Pennsylvania, and finishes up in Berkeley, California on October 19, including concerts at Radio City Music Hall in New York City (September 19), the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles (October 17), and two nights at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville (October 1-2).
Ticketing information can be found at www.alisonkrauss.com and www.davidgray.com.
CMA Songwriters Series Returns to CMA Fest
Top songwriters Barry Dean, Brett James, Jon Nite, and Country Music Hall of Fame Inductee Don Schlitz
Top songwriters Barry Dean, Brett James, Jon Nite, and 2017 Country Music Hall of Fame Inductee Don Schlitz shared the stories behind their hit songs to get festivities in full swing during a special performance at the CMA Theater leading into CMA Music Festival Wednesday.
The CMA Songwriters Series is in its 13th season, kicking off the first show of this year at indigo at The O2 in London during the C2C Festival.
Since 2005, the CMA Songwriters Series has presented more than 100 shows in 17 cities including Austin, Belfast, Chicago, Dublin, London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C. at the renowned Library of Congress and John F. Kennedy Center.