Vince Gill to Be Honored as a BMI Icon This November at 62nd Annual BMI Country Awards

Morris PRVince Gill will be honored as a BMI Icon at the 62nd Annual BMI Country Awards Tuesday, November 4 in Nashville. The music rights organization gives the Icon award to “songwriters who have had a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers.” Previous recipients include Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn and Hank Williams, Jr.

The BMI Country Awards are an invitation-only event held every year the night before the CMA Awards.



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Lady Antebellum Debuting Heartland Home Bed and Bath Linen Collection Next Week

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum already provides sweet sounds for their fans’ ears. Now they’re expanding their vision to the bedroom and bathroom with a new line of bed and bath linens called Lady Antebellum’s Heartland Home Collection. Lady A has teamed up with New York-based textile manufacturer Divatex to create the linen line featuring plaid, floral and solid designs.

Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott says, “We’ve had the chance to tour all over the country and see some really amazing things that inspired these designs. This collection pays homage to all that is great about American style…we are looking forward to sharing it with our fans!”

Lady Antebellum’s linen line will debut during New York’s Fall Home Fashion Week next week.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockThomas Rhett’s father was a country star in the ’90s before he became one of Nashville’s top songwriters. What is his name? ANSWER: Rhett Akins.


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Garth Brooks Hosting Teammates for Kids Football Camp in Atlanta

CMAGarth Brooks‘ Teammates for Kids organization will host a sports camp in every city Garth plays on his world tour. His run of seven shows in Atlanta starts September 19, and Garth will be on hand for the Teammates for Kids Football ProCamp-Atlanta that same weekend. 150 young people from the Children’s Restoration Network will attend the camp and receive instruction from Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White.

Garth attended a Teammates for Kids basketball camp in Chicago last weekend while in town for his shows for the Windy City. He’ll host another Teammates for Kids sports camp when he plays Jacksonville, Florida, the weekend of October 10.


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Jason Aldean Says CMA Awards Snub Is “Frustrating”

James Minchin IIIJason Aldean admits feeling frustrated over the fact that he was shut out of the nominations for the CMA Awards last week.

Speaking with Rolling Stone Country, Aldean points to his successful Burn It Down tour, and his five-night run at various Major League Baseball stadiums this summer. He says, “Obviously it’s disappointing. We’re still out there selling out shows. With maybe the exception of Luke [Bryan], I don’t think there is anybody else out there that is doing the kind of touring numbers that we’re doing. It’s frustrating, man.”

Aldean adds, “It does suck a little bit when awards season comes around and you feel like you’re, as far as artists go, you’re up there at the cream of the crop, and to get overlooked like that is upsetting.”

However, he says he’s not going to “pitch a fit” over the slight. He notes other acts that he believes didn’t receive their proper due from the CMAs, including tourmates Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr. He laments, “Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan having ‘This Is How We Roll,’ one of the biggest songs of the year, and not getting a nod for [Musical Event]. I don’t really understand how they come up with that stuff.”

The CMA Awards will be held November 5.


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Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, The Band Perry and More Perform on Fashion Rocks

Fashion RocksMiranda Lambert, Luke Bryan and The Band Perry were among the performers on the CBS Fashion Rocks special on Tuesday night.

Miranda was the second performer of the night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. She sang “Little Red Wagon” off her most recent album, Platinum.

Luke sang “I See You,” and The Band Perry delivered a rendition of their hit “DONE.”

The two-hour broadcast also featured musical guests such as Usher, Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj, Duran Duran, MAGIC! and KISS.


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Carrie Underwood Gets Emotional, Rascal Flatts “Tebows” at 8th Annual ACM Honors

ACMCarrie Underwood‘s emotions got the best of her as she accepted her trophy at the 8th Annual ACM Honors at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium Tuesday night. Wearing a pink-and-white gown with a belt above her baby bump, Carrie teared up as she accepted the Gene Weed Special Achievement Award recognizing her recording and tour career as well as her acting work in NBC’s live production of The Sound of Music and other ventures. Fellow Oklahoma natives The Swon Brothers sang a medley of “See You Again” and “Wasted” in Carrie’s honor.

Tim Tebow made a special guest appearance to present the Jim Reeves International Award to Rascal Flatts. That trophy recognizes the band’s efforts in taking country music to Europe on multiple tours. After accepting the trophy, the Flatts called Tim over to “Tebow” with them onstage. The crowd applauded as all four of them took a knee and posed in Tim’s famous kneeling prayer position.

Kacey Musgraves, Kelly Clarkson and Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott teamed up to perform a medley of songs they recorded written by ACM Songwriter of the Year, Shane McAnally. The three singers all backed each other up as Hillary first sang Lady A’s “Downtown,” Kelly took the lead on “Tie It Up” and Kacey closed it out singing “Merry Go Round.” Kenny Chesney was also on hand to present Shane with the Songwriter trophy.

Hunter Hayes and the show’s host Jake Owen both sang in honor of this year’s ACM Career Achievement Award winner, Ronnie Milsap. Dierks Bentley honored Poet’s Award winner, the late Buck Owens, with a performance of “Love’s Gonna Live Here.”

Lee Ann Womack, Dwight Yoakam, Jack Ingram and Nashville‘s Sam Palladio and Clare Bowen also sang in honor of this year’s ACM special awards recipients. Thomas Rhett and Justin Moore were also on hand to present the Industry Awards and Studio Recording Awards categories.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockWillie Nelson contributes a cover of the Beatles‘ “Yesterday” for The Art of McCartney, a new release coming out November 18 celebrating Paul McCartney‘s vast songwriting catalog. Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Def Leppard and Barry Gibb are among the other artists covering McCartney songs on The Art of McCartney.  

New interview content with Tim McGraw will be posted daily now through next Tuesday at TimMcGraw.CMT.com to promote his new album, Sundown Heaven Town, due out Tuesday, September 16.


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Sam Hunt to Release Full-Length Debut Album, “Montevallo,” on October 27

MCA NashvilleCountry newcomer Sam Hunt will release his debut album, Montevallo, on October 27 featuring his hit single “Leave the Night On.” Sam co-wrote all 10 songs on the project including “Cop Car,” which was a big hit for Keith Urban earlier this year.

He says, “This is such a personal album for me. Each song holds truth and comes from my own life experiences. To get these songs out into the hands of the fans is both exciting and liberating.”

Look for Sam to make his national TV debut on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers on September 24. He heads out on the CMT on Tour: Up in Smoke tour with headliner Kip Moore on September 25 at the Best Buy Theatre in New York City.

Here’s the Montevallo track listing:

“Take Your Time”
“Leave the Night On”
“House Party”
“Break Up in a Small Town”
“Single for the Summer”
“Ex to See”
“Make You Miss Me”
“Cop Car”
“Raised on It”
“Speakers”


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Thomas Rhett Joins Martin Guitars Ambassador Program

Image Courtesy Martin GuitarsThomas Rhett plays three Martin guitars when he’s on tour, so it’s a natural fit for him to be named as the newest artist in the Martin Ambassador Program. The campaign recognizes artists who have an “understanding and appreciation of the guitar’s history and craftsmanship.” Dierks Bentley, Hunter Hayes, Ed Sheeran and Colbie Caillat are among the other artists in the Martin Ambassador Program.

Thomas says, “When I started playing, I knew I’d need a quality guitar. It’s such an honor for Martin to be so supportive of my career and ask me to be one of their Ambassadors.”

Thomas recently toured the Martin factory in Nazareth, PA to meet the guitar’s craftsmen and women. He also began discussions about creating his own custom Martin guitar.


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