The Band Perry Joins Forces with Rock Legends The Who to Help Support Teen Cancer Patients

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleThe Band Perry has signed on as national ambassadors for Teen Cancer America, an organization spearheaded by rockers Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshed of The Who. The country group joined Roger Daltrey for a press conference to announce the partnership Monday in Nashville just before The Who’s concert at the city’s Bridgestone Arena.

The organization seeks to help eliminate the isolation teenage cancer patients feel when they are in the hospital receiving treatment. While children and adults battling cancer often have support programs and activities while in the hospital, teen patients can sometimes fall through the cracks.

The Perry siblings are very familiar with the medical field, thanks to their dad, who is a pediatrician. The Band Perry’s Kimberly Perry tells ABC Radio, “We would go with him on rounds all the time. We have noticed that so many of the medical systems cater to either young children or adults. It’s almost like these teenagers and young adults, they’re in the no man’s land.” (THE BAND PERRY AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1)

Teen Cancer America seeks to bring those teenagers together to help support each other through specialized facilities and programs at medical centers.

Roger Daltrey explains, “Like a child wants a nursery with a teddy bear, they want a room where they can do the things that teenagers do and young adults do. They want a room where they can watch sports, cook for themselves, have a bit of fun, talk to each other. The best therapist for this lot is to talk to each other. No one is better.”

Teen Cancer America has partnered with Nashville’s Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt to bring those programs and facilities to teenage cancer patients in Music City. Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend founded Teen Cancer America for the United States in 2012 after serving as patrons of the similar Teenage Cancer Trust in the United Kingdom for more than 20 years.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCarrie Underwood, Easton Corbin and Scotty McCreery are performing at the Grand Ole Opry’s CMA Music Festival kickoff show Tuesday, June 9 in Nashville. Tyler Farr and newcomer Mo Pitney will perform at the free Opry Plaza Party in front of the Grand Ole Opry House that afternoon, too.

Country newcomer Kelsea Ballerini‘s debut album, The First Time, is now streaming at KelseaBallerini.CMT.com before it’s available for purchase on Monday, May 18.

Country newcomer Logan Mize releases his debut EP, Pawn Shop Guitar, on May 19 featuring the single, “Can’t Get Away from a Good Time.”

Wynonna will co-host CBS’s The Talk on Tuesday, May 12 and Wednesday, May 13 when the show broadcasts from New York City.


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Billy Currington Tries to Work Out His Tour Schedule So He Experiences Summer Year-Round

Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleBilly Currington has named his new album Summer Forever, and that title sums up Billy’s approach to touring, too. While some artists brave the harsh winter months to play for fans suffering from cabin fever, Billy tells ABC Radio, “I don’t do that anymore! I don’t tour no Canada in no February! I’m in Hawaii in February.”

Billy had to start his 2015 tour a little earlier, so he did play a few arena shows with snow on the ground outside this year.

“It was cold, and it affects me,” Billy admits. “I mean, there’s a heater going on the bus, my skin’s drying out, I’m having to drink tons more water.”

Since Billy prefers to be outdoors most of the time, he felt cooped up having to stay on his tour bus or inside the arena due to the cold.

He adds, “I don’t want to cry about it, but I have to adapt to get out there. But I’m always dying for the spring when I’m on the mainland.”

Billy has a sweet gig playing The Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on May 29. His new album, Summer Forever, is due out June 2 featuring his latest hit, “Don’t It.”


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Scotty McCreery Reacts to the End of “American Idol”

Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleScotty McCreery‘s country career took off after he won American Idol in 2011. Now that the show is coming to an end after next year’s 15th season, Scotty says he’s grateful to Idol‘s producers, judges and viewers for giving him his big break.

Scotty tells The Tennessean,”American Idol has been a dominant force in our pop culture for almost a decade and a half, but all good things must come to an end.”

The first installment of American Idol‘s two-night finale of the current, 14th season airs Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on FOX.


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Justin Moore Adjusts to Being a Seasoned Veteran on the Road

Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.Justin Moore released his debut single just seven years ago, but he’s already starting to hear from new acts who have drawn on his music for inspiration. At just 31 years old, Justin’s adjusting to being the seasoned veteran on tours with up-and-coming country singers.

Speaking of influencing other young musicians, Justin tells Billboard, “I don’t think that any of us start out to be that. We still think of ourselves as looking up to whoever we did. But it definitely makes you feel good and is humbling to hear that kind of stuff.”

Justin is taking the entire “elder statesman” role in stride, though.  He says with a laugh, “I asked my wife, ‘When did I get to be the old guy?”

Look for Justin to release new music very soon.


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Eric Church Reveals Which George Strait Song Affects Him the Most

Image Courtesy CMAEric Church learned a lot watching George Strait end his touring career with The Cowboy Rides Away tour last year. Eric opened several shows on the trek, and the song that affected him the most at every concert was the Strait hit “Troubadour.” The song talks about a singer still feeling young and vital even though they don’t have much longer in the spotlight.

Eric tells Rolling Stone, “It was an emotional thing for me, seeing him wrap up his career the way he wanted to. I think about this song a lot when I’m on stages. Will I be on this stage again? There’ll be a time when I won’t be. My day will come too.”


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockCole Swindell and Luke Bryan both graduated from which college? ANSWER: Georgia Southern University.


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Chris Young Releases New Single, “I’m Comin’ Over”; Announces New Summer Sweepstakes

Image Courtesy David McClister/Sony Music NashvilleChris Young has a brand-new single out at country radio, titled “I’m Comin’ Over.” He co-wrote the track as the lead single from his upcoming, as-yet-untitled fifth studio album.

“‘I’m Comin’ Over’ describes that feeling when you can’t get someone off your mind and you just have to be with them no matter the consequences,” Chris explains. “It’s my first new music in almost three years and I’m really excited to share it with my fans.”

In celebration of the new single, Chris is launching the Summer of “I’m Comin’ Over” sweepstakes at ChrisYoungCountry.com. One lucky winner will get round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations and tickets to see Chris Young concerts in select cities.

The first part of the sweepstakes kicks off Tuesday, May 12 when you can enter to win a two-night stay at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas for Chris’s June 6 concert at the resort. Chris will even “come over” to deliver the concert tickets in person.

Look for Chris’s new album to be released later this year.


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Tyler Farr Engaged to Girlfriend, Hannah Freeman

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleCongratulations to Tyler Farr on his engagement to girlfriend, Hannah Freeman. Tyler made the big announcement on Mother’s Day with an Instagram post showing Hannah displaying her engagement ring.

 

Proud to say I’m engaged to my best friend and the most amazing woman I’ve ever known

A photo posted by Tyler Farr (@tylerfarr) on May 10, 2015 at 11:08am PDT

 

Tyler says, “Proud to say I’m engaged to my best friend and the most amazing woman I’ve ever known.”

Tyler got special access to Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium to use as the venue for the proposal.

He adds, “Truly the best moment of my life! And I honestly couldn’t think of a better church than the mother church of country music.”

The couple has been together for two-and-a-half years.

 


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Little Big Town Announces Pain Killer Tour Fall Dates

Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town‘s been on the road with their Pain Killer tour since last November, and they’ve just revealed additional dates that’ll keep them on the road into this coming November.

The just-announced fall leg of their tour begins October 8 in Bemidji, MN and ends November 21 in Spokane, WA, for 17 new dates in all.  You can find more info, including when and where to buy tickets, at LittleBigTown.com

If you can’t make any of the lives dates, don’t forget you can see Little Big Town perform their #1 hit “Girl Crush,” with Faith Hill, live on the Billboard Music Awards Sunday, May 17 on ABC.

Here are the new Pain Killer tour dates:

10/8 — Bemidji, MN, Sanford Center
10/9 — Ames, IA, Stephens Auditorium
10/10 — Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theatre
10/15 — Greensboro, NC, Greensboro Coliseum
10/16 — Greenville, SC, Bon Secours Wellness Arena
10/17 — St. Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheatre
10/22 — Bismarck, ND, Bismarck Events Center
10/23 — Rapid City, SD, Barnett Arena
10/24 — Brookings, SD, Swiftel Center
10/30 — Bloomington, IL, US Cellular Coliseum
11/12 — Missoula, MT, Adams Center
11/13 — Boise, ID, Taco Bell Arena
11/14 — Portland, OR, Keller Auditorium
11/17 — Kelowna, BC, Prospera Place
11/19 — Abbottsford, BC, Abbottsford Centre
11/20 — Seattle, WA, Paramount Theater
11/21 — Spokane, WA, INB Performing Arts Center



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