Georgia Major Artist News

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(sources: AllAboutCountry.com, CMT.com, MusicRow.com and others as noted)

GEORGIA ACTS UP FOR BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS THIS SUNDAY

(May 19th) Several Georgia starts are up for awards in the 2017 Billboard Music Awards, airing this Sunday night on ABC. Luke Bryan is up for the Chart Achievement Award as well as Top Country Tour. Florida Georgia Line is up for Duo or Group of the Year, Top Country Artist, Country Album of the Year and twice for Country Song of the Year ("H.O.L.Y." & "May We All". Jason Aldean also is up for Top Country Artist, Top Country Album. Little Big Town us up for Top Country Song with "Better Man"

JASON ALDEAN TO GET HIS OWN EXIBIT AT HALL OF FAME

(May 12th) The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum (CMHoF) will explore the life and career of Jason Aldean in a new exhibit, Jason Aldean: Asphalt Cowboy, set to open May 26. The exhibit is presented by outdoor merchandiser, Field & Stream, for which Aldean is a spokesperson. Asphalt Cowboy will include childhood mementos, memorabilia from Aldean's early career, stage wear, guitars, awards, photos and more from Aldean's personal collection. "In 'Asphalt Cowboy' Jason sings about running underneath the stars on a ride that won't let him go," said museum CEO Kyle Young. "Years of touring across the country, burning up the asphalt, have led him to country music superstardom on a ride that's far from over. We are pleased that he will join Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood among the contemporary artists we have featured in special summer exhibits examining country music in the twenty-first century." "I could not be more honored to have an exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum," said Aldean. "To look around the space and see my personal heroes and artists who helped shape country music is a surreal feeling. To be a part of a legacy like this really is a dream come true." "When we first started working with Jason, it was our goal to create an authentic partnership with someone who is genuinely passionate about the outdoors," said Lauren Hobart, executive vice president & chief customer & digital officer for DICK'S Sporting Goods, which owns and operates Field & Stream. "We are not only thrilled to be supporting Jason's exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, but we're excited to help bring country music fans and outdoor enthusiasts closer to the music they enjoy." For more information, visit countrymusichalloffame.org. (Source: MusicRow.com)

GEORGIA ACTS AGAIN DOMINATE CMT AWARDS

(May 11th) Georgia superstar artists, again dominate the CMT Awards, airing on CMT, on June 7th from Music City Center in Nashville. Cole Swindell is up for Video Of The Year with "Middle Of A Memory" along with Florida Georgia Line with "H.O.L.Y", Little Big Town "Better Man", Luke Bryan with "Huntin, Fishin' and Lovin' Every Day" and Thomas Rhetts' "Star Of The Show". Included in the Male Video of the Year are Jason Aldean with "Lights Come On", Luke Bryan "Huntin, Fishin' and Lovin' Every Day" and Thomas Rhett with "Star Of The Show". Lauren Alaina is up for Female Video Of The Year with "Road Less Traveled". Florida Georgia Line is up for Duo Video of the Year with "H.O.L.Y". Lady Antebellum is up for Group Video of the Year with "You Look Good" as well as Little Big Town "Better Man". In the Breakthrough Video of the Year, Kane Brown is nominated with "Used To Love You Sober" along with Lauren Alaina with "Road Less Traveled". Alan Jackson, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Trisha Yearwood is nominated in the Collaborative Video of the Year with "Forever Country" as well as Florida Georgia Line with Tim McGraw in "May We All". Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Thomas Rhett each have a nomination in the CMT Performance of the Year award. (Source: CMT.com)

JOHN BERRY TO HAVE OWN TV SHOW

(April 25th)

John Berry is set to launch his own television show, Songs And Stories With John Berry, this summer. The 30-minute program will be taped this May at Nashville's Douglas Corner, and will debut in July on Heartland TV, The Family Channel, The Country Network, the Angel Two Network, AMG Network, and VTN Network. Songs and Stories With John Berry will highlight the the songs and music that have inspired artists and careers. The first season will feature Berry and guests Billy Ray Cyrus, Craig Morgan, Clay Walker, Suzy Bogguss, Mo Pitney, Neal McCoy, Billy Dean, and more. The idea began in 2001 as a two-week run of shows, and has developed into two years of concerts, and two-disc CD set (released in 2003), a short story book (2012), and now a television program. "As an artist whose life and career direction was profoundly changed by a song, I am thrilled to bring the world an opportunity to see and hear firsthand from some of my friends and fellow artists the stories surrounding the importance of some of their favorite and most meaningful songs," says Berry. "For me and so many others, songs help us express what we feel inside and stories are the inspiration for the song that lies within." Admission to the live show tapings is free and on a first-come, first-serve basis. Douglas Corner is located at 2106 8th Ave. S. in Nashville.

"Songs And Stories with John Berry" Taping Schedule: Monday, May 15 5:00 pm: Billy Dean, 7:00 pm: Mo Pitney, 9:00 pm: Neal McCoy, Tuesday, May 16, 5:00 pm: Suzy Bogguss ,7:00 pm: Collin Raye, 9:00 pm: Craig Morgan. Wednesday, May 17, 5:00 pm: Mark Wills, 7:00 pm: Delbert McClinton, 9:00 pm: Billy Ray Cyrus, Thursday, May 18, 5:00 pm: Jason Crabb, 7:00 pm: Clay Walker, 9:00 pm: Lee Roy Parnell. (Source: MusicRow.com).

GEORGIAN'S ALAN JACKSON & JERRY REED TO ENTER HALL OF FAME

(April 6th) Georgia country legends Alan Jackson and Jerry Reed have been named to enter the Country Music Hall Of Fame, in an press conference yesterday, hosted by Vince Gill. Often called the "modern Hank Williams", Jackson, a songwriter, recording artist, and performer, he brought tradition-drenched country music into the new century. Jackson was born and raised in Newnan and part of the I-75 highway has been named afterhim. A member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Jackson has sold more than sixty million albums and notched twenty-six Billboard #1 country singles. His often-autobiographical songs are marked by humility, humor, and eloquent simplicity. He is a three-time CMA Entertainer of the Year, and his plainspoken "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)" won a Best Country Song Grammy. Jackson revived songs recorded by Country Music Hall of Fame members Tom T. Hall, George Jones, and Don Williams, and he wrote gems including "Chasin' That Neon Rainbow," "Drive (For Daddy Gene)," "Livin' on Love," and "Remember When," all of which mined personal experience in communicating communal truth. In a recording career that began in 1989, he has lived by a simple edict: "Keep it country." Jackson also is in the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.

Born in Atlanta, Jerry Reed made indelible marks on country music as a recording artist, a songwriter, and a virtuoso guitarist. Reed's guitar work was marked by syncopation and complexity, while his songwriting and stage persona conveyed strutting wit and backwoods intelligence. Raised in Georgia, he moved to Nashville in 1962, taking jobs as a session guitarist and writing songs for country heavies including Porter Wagoner. Encouraged by guitar great Chet Atkins, Reed developed an instantly recognizable and idiosyncratic guitar style that suited humor-filled compositions including "Guitar Man" and "Amos Moses." He and Atkins won a 1970 Grammy for instrumental album Me and Jerry, and Reed followed that a year later with a Grammy for country male vocal performance on "When You're Hot, You're Hot." A third Grammy, this one for country instrumental performance, came in 1993 for another duo effort with Atkins. Other major Reed hits include "Lord, Mr. Ford," "East Bound and Down," and "She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)." He also won positive notice for his acting roles in films including W.W. and the Dixie Dance Kings, and Smokey and the Bandit. "Every move he made was to entertain, and make the world more fun," said Reed devotee Brad Paisley. "Because he was such a great, colorful personality with his acting and songs and entertaining, sometimes people didn't even notice that he was just about the best guitarist you'll ever hear."

Also entering is songwriter Don Schlitz. The Medallion Ceremony, which officially inducts the newest members, will be held in the fall. (Sources: Country Music Hall of Fame press release)

JASON ALDEAN & THOMAS RHETT COME UP BIG AT THE ACM AWARDS

(April 3rd) Georgia stars continue to dominate the country awards with Jason Aldean & Thomas Rhett winning big at last nights ACM Awards in Las Vegas. Jason Aldean took home the Entertainer of the Year and Thomas Rhett won his first Male Vocalist of the Year award. Little Big Town repeated as Vocal Group of the Year. Thomas Rhett also won for Song Of the Year with "Die A Happy Man". Florida Georgia Line with Tim McGraw won for Event of the Year with their song "May We All". FGL also won with Single of the Year with "H.O.L.Y". For Jason, it was his first Entertainer of the Year in any award and the same with Thomas, winning his first Male Vocalist of the Year.

COLT FORD FEATURED IN NEW COUNTRY NETWORK SHOW

(March 30th) The Country Network is set to premiere its newest field party-inspired series, titled "Saturday Night Field Party" on Saturday, April 15 at 9 p.m. The weekend show will feature Average Joes' recording artist Colt Ford as guest host in the first four episodes leading up to his album release, "Love Hope Faith," to be released on May 5. The hour-block Field Party will showcase the best of videos that will speak straight to the heart of rural America--make you want to shut down the John Deere, spark up the bonfire, and crank up those tunes! The Country Network's Cary Rolfe comments, "Every Saturday night, in fields across America, trucks are bring circled, tailgates dropped, bonfires lit, and this kind of music is blaring from the speakers," continuing, 'Saturday Night Field Party' is meant to bring that party to your living room, and what better way to kick it off than with the King himself, Colt Ford." "I'm excited to introduce The Country Network's 'Saturday Night Field Party,'" said Colt Ford. "Country fans will love this new series where they can get down and party with their favorite artists. What a great way to spend a Saturday night in the heartland!" So grab a cold one from the fridge and park it on the couch, and tune in every Saturday at 9 p.m. for a "Saturday Night Field Party." Colt Ford is the first to take the reins, but other musical guests will also be guest hosting the show throughout its inaugural season. New episodes will be re-aired that following morning at 1 a.m. (Source: Avergage Joe Entertainment).

GEORGIA ARTIST STILL DOMINATE ACM AWARDS NOMININATIONS

(Feb 16th) Georgia artist still dominate the ACM Awards with nominations that were announced this morning by Lady Antebellum. Up for Entertainer of the Year are Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line. For Male Vocalist of the Year, Jason Aldean and Thomas Rhett. Vocal Duo of the Year, Florida Georgia Line ., Vocal Group of the Year, Lady Antebellum and Little Big Town., New Male Artist of the Year, Kane Brown., New Female Artist of the Year, Lauren Alaina., Album of the Year, "Dig Your Roots" by Florida Georgia Line., Single of the Year, "H.O.L.Y" by Florida Georgia Line. Song of the Year, "Die A Happy Man" Thomas Rhett. Video of the Year "Forever Country" Luke Bryan, Alan Jackson, Vocal Event of the Year, "Forever Country., "May We All" Florida Georgia Line with Tim McGraw. The show will air April 2nd from Las Vegas with Luke Bryan co-hosting again with Dierks Bentley. For a full list of the nominees, go to acmcountry.com

LUKE BRYAN TO SING NATIONAL ANTHEM AT SUPER BOWL

(Jan 23rd) Luke Bryan announced prior to the Atlanta Falcons / Green Bay National Conference Championship yesterday, that he would be signing the National Anthem at Super Bowl 51 in Houston. The Super Bowl will be between his homestate Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots. Luke becomes the first male singer to sing the anthem since Billy Joel in 2007. Also, Lady Antebellum annouced they will be performing at the Pre Game party at the NRG Center prior to the game.

GEORGIA ARTIST NOMINATED FOR PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS

(Jan 2nd) Several Georgia artist have been nominated in the 2017 People's Choice Awards. Luke Bryan & Sam Hunt are both up for Favorite Male Country Artist. Little Big Town, Florida Georgia Line and Zac Brown Band are nominated for Favorite Country Group. The 43rd People's Choice Awards, honoring the best in popular culture for 2016, will be held on January 18, 2017, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, and will be broadcast live on CBS at 9pm EST.