Yes, I was behind enough that I needed two email purges this morning. The other one had gotten so dang long I figured I'd start a second one. Sheesh, hate when I get so behind.
**Playboy.com’s Uncovered caught up with Pat Green at Joe’s Bar on Academy of Country Music Awards’ honors for 2009 Nightclub of the Year – and asked the Texas-born singer-songwriter to play a cover of a song that inspired him. He chose Nelson’s beloved classic, “I Gotta Get Drunk.” (The video can be seen here
Academy of Country Music Awards’ honors for 2009 Nightclub of the Year – and asked the Texas-born singer-songwriter to play a cover of a song that inspired him. He chose Nelson’s beloved classic, “I Gotta Get Drunk.” (The video can be seen here
**Sugarland has been added to the all-star performance line-up for the 2009 CMT MUSIC AWARDS, which will premiere LIVE on Tuesday, June 16 at 8:00 p.m., ET/PT on CMT and CMT.com. The superstar duo joins Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban and Def Leppard. Tickets to the eighth annual fan-voted awards show at the Sommet Center in Nashville go on sale Saturday, May 2 at 10 a.m., CST .
**Wynonna and Kenny Rogers (Divas Nashvegas' first official "He-Va") will headline this year's highly anticipated Divas Nasvegas 2009 fundraiser for Oasis Center, presented by HCA, set for Saturday, May 16, at 7:00 p.m. in the Loveless Barn, located at 8400 Highway 100, next to the famous Loveless Cafe. Also featured is a rare and very special appearance of legendary country duo The Judds. Naomi Judd will join daughter Wynonna onstage to thrill audiences with some of their classic hits. There's also an auction associated with this event. Check it out here.
**Country Stars Central has a great interview with Pam Tillis here.
** Country music songmasters Jamey Johnson and Randy Houser along with friend and fellow songwriter Jerrod Niemann will be bringing “The Traler Park Revival Show” to the Ryman Auditorium on May 28 at 7:30 p.m. All proceeds from the show will benefit the Opry Trust Fund which provides financial assistance to members of the country music industry in times of need. Years ago, the three artists and a few others got together often and played as “The Traler Park Show.” They’ve added “Revival” to the show name for this benefit since it’s a return to the stage for all three and since the return will be at the Ryman Auditorium, known as the “Mother Church of Country Music.” Pre-Sale tickets are available Wed., April 22 at 10:00 a.m. through Thursday, April 23 at 10:00 p.m. at jameyjohnson.com; randyhouser.com; myspace.com/jameyjohnson; myspace.com/randyhouser and myspace.com/jerrodniemann. Tickets are $20 and will be available at ryman.com, opry.com, 1-800-SEE-OPRY, and the Ryman and Opry House Box Offices on April 24.
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**Kendel Carson shows she's quite a pistol on her new album 'Alright Dynamite,' out June 23 on Train Wreck Records. A magnetic 24-year-old with a honey-dipped voice and serious fiddling chops, Carson demonstrates spunk and sultriness on the album's 14 tracks. At times flirtatious and bawdy, at others wistful and reflective, on the new album Carson demonstrates an exceedingly confident spirit, building upon her 2007 debut 'Rearview Mirror Tears,' named one of the top five Roots albums of the year by Q magazine. Check out her MySpace here.
**Country star Trace Adkins will perform "Til The Last Shot's Fired" as the closing performance of the National Memorial Day Concert on Sunday, May 24. The event will broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol from 8:00pm-9:30pm ET on PBS (check local listings). Each year, the program generates a concert audience of hundreds of thousands on-site at the US Capitol as well as millions more at home watching on television. The tribute will also be broadcast to troops serving around the world on the American Forces Radio and Television Network.
**Country artist Wynonna Judd teams up with Hallmark and Wal-Martthis Mother's Day to honor Moms with Connections from Hallmark's featured favorites. You can give the gift of a RECORDABLE card with music or send a card with sounds featuring a variety of hit songs performed by Wynonna. Trisha Yearwood and Martina McBride are also featured in the collection. These cards are available now!
**Jamey Johnson’s critically acclaimed album, That Lonesome Song, has just been certified gold by the RIAA commemorating 500,000 in sales. That Lonesome Song made “Best Albums of 2008” lists (all genres) by Rolling Stone, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Houston Chronicle, The Dallas Morning News, Billboard, PASTE and many more. iTunes bestowed Johnson’s That Lonesome Song and his debut single, “In Color” with 2008 Top-10 honors (all genres).
**Yallwire.com, Music City Networks and Country Weekly have put together the ultimate prize package for fans to experience country music’s biggest week! The 2009 MCN Fan Club Concert Series will be held June 10 – 13 in Nashville, TN, and the winner of the sweepstakes will get: Round-trip airfare to Nashville, Accommodations for 5 nights, 2 Tickets to all 7 concerts in the MCN Fan Club Concert Series: Emerson Drive, Bucky Covington, Tracy Byrd/Tracy Lawrence, Montgomery Gentry, Lady Antebellum, Sara Evans and Josh Turner, A V.I.P. Meet and Greet with every Fan Club Concert Series artist, 2 Tickets to the Country Weekly Fashion Show Enter here.
**A new country album for Jewel? A tip from a reader: **Reader Lori sent me this great video of The Ballas Hough Band's (Julianne's brother's band) video in which Julianne Hough, Chuck Wicks (look for the bathroom scene, and notice the words he's singing at the time), Jewel, Ty Murray, and Rascal
Flatts all make an appearance.