Sunday, 29 Mar 2015

Music News

Cabela's Taps Country Music Newcomer Lucas Hoge As Newest Brand Ambassador

lucasNASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 24, 2015) – Cabela's Incorporated, the World's Foremost Outfitter® of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, has signed rising country music star Lucas Hoge as its newest brand ambassador. Cabela’s also will serve as the exclusive sponsor for the “Lucas Hoge 2015 Tour” and national radio tour promoting Hoge's forthcoming new single, "Power of Garth," to be released by Reviver Records.

As part of the endorsement, Hoge will appear as a special guest and performer at select Cabela's store grand openings throughout the year. He also will host a brand-new, consumer-facing online video series in which he will provide objective consumer reviews on new equipment, apparel and accessories from the Cabela's product line on a monthly basis. Each video will also include an exclusive acoustic performance.

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Dollywood Celebrates 30 Years

dollyPIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (March 20, 2015) — Every season brings a completely new experience for Dollywood guests, and the park’s 30th anniversary celebration provides six spectacular festivals and a number of surprises to delight visitors in 2015. From amazing stage shows and award-winning roller coasters to a nightly summer fireworks display and the seven-time winner for Best Christmas Event, guests can enjoy seasons of fun at Dollywood!

For the first time in a decade, the Showcase of Stars brings some of the biggest names in entertainment to Dollywood. Dolly Parton, whose last benefit concert at Dollywood was in 2005, kicks off the series with four concerts Aug. 8-9 at D.P.’s Celebrity Theater, a venue which provides the perfect atmosphere for fans to enjoy this stellar concert schedule. Performers include Parton herself, as well as a few special friends. Showcase of Stars takes place in August and September.

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Chubby Knuckle Choir Releases "Reveille" April 21

chubbyAUSTIN, Texas — Lane Gosney, founder of the lauded Bugle Boy listening room in La Grange, Texas, knew the Chubby Knuckle Choir was something special within minutes of her first encounter. Just watching them in the act of mixing country, bluegrass, rock ’n’ soul and swamp blues into a true Americana stew — cooked on everything from banjo and rub-board to Brazilian and African drums — was a thrill she had to share. The Bugle Boy Foundation chose the Chubby Knuckle Choir for its 2014 Founder’s Choice Talent Trust award, a pay-it-forward financial assistance and mentorship program for up-and-coming recording artists.

The band shows its gratitude with Reveille, releasing April 21 with distribution by Smith Music Group. The name, of course, is a nod to the Bugle Boy; the music is a nod to multiple cultural and musical influences coursing through five joyful music-makers.

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Sounds Of Texas Music Kicks Off 18th Season

bruceCONROE, Texas — From the moment it opened in 1935, Conroe’s Crighton Theatre attracted top performers and productions to its elegant stage, and the tradition continues with the Sounds of Texas Music Series. Now in its 18th year, the series opens its 2015 season with a performance by Americana artists Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis and co-headliner John Fullbright at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at the historic theater, at 234 N. Main St., Conroe.

Austin residents Robison and Willis, the country-influenced royal couple of Americana music, have been touring in support of their successful 2014 album, Our Year. Oklahoma native Fullbright earned a Grammy nomination for his first album, 2012’s From the Ground Up; its 2014 follow-up, Songs, is an even stronger testament to this rising star’s songwriting and performing talents.

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The Nightowls To Play Official Showcase At SXSW

nightAUSTIN, Texas — Up-and-coming band, The Nightowls, has earned a showcase slot at this year’s South By Southwest Music Festival. The band, just named one of Austin Monthly’s “10 to Watch in 2015,” will play at 11 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at the Palm Door on Sabine Street.

The 10-piece ensemble has certainly shown a knack for intensifying Austin nights! Indeed, they have been there, done that, and even wrote the winning song about it. Commissioned by the Austin Convention and Visitor’s Bureau as the city’s official theme song, “Nobody Wants to Leave” was a cut on the band’s EP, Good As Gold B-Sides (September 2014). B-Sides is the follow-up to 2014’s Good As Gold, which will celebrate its vinyl release on May 5.

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Brad Paisley Joins Big and Rich, Joe Nichols And More For Texas Thunder

bradGARDENDALE, TX (March 10, 2015) – Just when you thought it couldn’t get any bigger or better, Texas Thunder has added Grammy award-winning Country superstar Brad Paisley to its already stacked line-up! Paisley will join previously-announced performers Florida Georgia Line, Big & Rich, Thomas Rhett, Joe Nichols, Frankie Ballard, Tracy Lawrence, Dallas Smith, Clare Dunn and Jon Pardi on the Texas Thunder stage in Gardendale, Texas, Aug. 21-23.

Three-day, general admission tickets to the premier camping and lifestyles festival of West Texas are available for a limited time for the early-bird price of $120. And grab your campsite while they last starting at just $110! For more information or to purchase tickets and camping, please visit www.texasthunderfest.com or call (855) 362-0535.

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Amy McCarley To Play Shows In Austin During SXSW

amyAUSTIN, Texas - On the heels of her sophomore album, Jet Engines, award-winning singer-songwriter Amy McCarley will play several showcases in Austin in March during South By Southwest 2015.

McCarley’s strong vocals and Dylan-like delivery lend instant credibility to the words she pens. No Depression dubbed her voice “a nuanced instrument best paired with a strong lyrical hook.”

Unique and relatable, her songs are being embraced by folk, alt-country and Americana fans alike. McCarley was named an “Artist to Watch” in her native North Alabama (The Huntsville Times, 2012) and earned an honorable mention in American Songwriter’s Lyric-Only Contest (Nov/Dec 2014) for “Everybody Wants To,” a song also voted among the best songs of 2013 (Huntsville Times).

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