Posted on 24 October 2009 by Bill West
Tim McGraw is everywhere on TV and the internet these days.
He’s supporting a great new CD called Southern Voice and he’s taking the next step to getting face time by adding a big fat concert tour on top of his film schedule. Look for trio Lady Antebellum and The Lost Trailers to open some shows.
Here’s the announcement:
On February 11th, 2010, Tim McGraw and his band, the Dancehall Doctors, will kick off an extensive North American tour in support of his new album, Southern Voice, which was released this week by Curb Records. The “Southern Voice” tour, promoted nationally by Live Nation, will commence at Qwest Center in Omaha, NE on February 11th and conclude at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Virginia Beach, VA on August 15th. For information regarding the online ticket request period and general public on-sale dates, check this web site. Members of McGrawFan, the official tour club will get early access to pre-sale tickets for the entire tour: www.mcgrawfan.com.
“I’m real excited to have this opportunity to hit the road next year with the ‘Southern Voice’ tour and look forward to playing new songs and old favorites for all my fans,” says McGraw, who will perform tomorrow morning on “TODAY” as part of the Toyota Concert Series on Rockefeller Plaza. On October 27th he’ll appear on “The Jay Leno Show,” where McGraw will be joined by Gregg Allman for a very special rendition of “Southern Voice.” McGraw will close out the week with an October 29th performance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”
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Posted on 21 October 2009 by Bill West
Kenny Chesney has announced he’ll be back on the road taking advantage of some of the big music festivals
to get in front of fans without the hassles of having to produce an entire tour.
Kenny will be the headliner of the 2010 Bamajam on June 3rd – 5th in Enterprise AL.
Other performers include Jake Owen and Blackberry Smoke. More info and ticket info comingsoon to bamajammusicfestival.com.
Posted on 21 October 2009 by Bill West
You may have seen the lineup for StageCoach… or maybe Bama Jam… now there’s a brand new mega festival that is coming to the deep South. The Bayou Country Superfest is headed to Louisianna with some BIG names.
The music lineup of the first Bayou Country Superfest is Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, and Brooks & Dunn as headliners of the first-ever music festival held at LSU’s famed Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
The fest will be scheduled over Memorial Day Weekend 2010 (Saturday, May 29 and Sunday, May 30). Bayou Country Superfest will bring together the biggest stars in country music for a huge two-day celebration on the campus of Louisiana State University. Other artists appearing at the Festival include Jason Aldean, Kellie Pickler, Jake Owen, David Nail, Gloriana, and Justin Moore.
Tickets go on sale November 5th. Details at bayoucountrysuperfest.com.
Saturday, May 29
Sunday, May 30
Brooks & Dunn
Tickets for Bayou Country Superfest go on sale Thursday, November 5 at 10:00 a.m. CST through Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets or by calling (800) 745-3000. The Baton Rouge River Center Box Office will be open weekdays from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The Pete Maravich Assembly Center Box Office will be open November 5 through 13, 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on weekdays only. Bayou Country Superfest will be a reserved-seating event, so fans are encouraged to purchase tickets early in order to get the best seats available. Ticket prices are as follows, not including service charges:
Field Level Seats
VIP Golden Horseshoe (stage-front, standing-room-only) $250 (2-day ticket, $500)
Tiger Field (Front Center) $125 (2-day ticket, $250)
Tiger Field (Front Sides) $100 (2-day ticket, $200)
Tiger Field $85 (2-day ticket, $150)
VIP Tiger Club Level $125 (2-day ticket, $200)
Sidelines $75 (2-day ticket, $125)
Tiger Plaza $60 (2-day ticket, $100)
Tiger Terrace/Upper Deck $40 (2-day ticket, $70)
Children under the age of 2 are admitted free (with the exception of the VIP Golden Horseshoe); no seat provided.
Add parking to your ticket purchase in one of LSU’s premium parking lots. Prices range from $15 to $40 per day. Parking can be purchased through Ticketmaster. Please stay tuned for RV parking information.
For information on purchasing a Box Suite for the Festival, please call 504-410-4100.
Posted on 19 October 2009 by Bill West
Taylor Swift has more news to announce: Coming later this month you can buy your very own “Taylor Swift” Taylor Guitar. Taylor guitars have long been know for quality (and a steep price). Taylor’s signature guitar will be a 3/4 size (big kid’s) acoustic with a custom “Love, Love, Love” design around the hole.
The size is often referred to as a “Baby Taylor” brand by the Taylor Guitar company.
It doses not appear to come in sequin / glitter finish.
Here’s the Taylor Co.’s description:
Inspired by memories of writing songs on her own Baby Taylor, Taylor Swift collaborated with Taylor Guitars to design the Taylor Swift Baby Taylor (TSBT). Based on our compact ¾-scale Dreadnought, the TSBT is crafted from a resilient sapele laminate body with a solid Sitka spruce top. Swift’s custom, screen-printed rosette design features the word “Love” three times among a delicate vine motif. The personalized design also features the title of her album Fearless inscribed along with her signature above the bridge. With a slim 1 11/16-inch neck and a compact shape, the guitar is just right for a young player’s hands and anyone who likes to pick up and play on the go.
The TSBT is available at the same price point as the standard Baby Taylor, and comes with a gig bag.
See the photos, specs, and official announcement HERE.
Posted on 17 October 2009 by Bill West
Taylor Swift has been about to bust trying to keep her latest secret. She is scheduled to host Saturday Night Live on November 7th, 2009. She’ll also pull double duty as the shows musical guest.
Swift’s latest booking puts her in rare air in many ways. She’s one of the younger hosts (not THE youngest… we know at least Drew Barrymore hasted as a child). It’s rare to even get the opportunity to host AND do the music. Mostly – in the world of country music – few have ever gotten an invitation to host. Recently Tim McGraw hosted. Garth has several times. Other than that you have to dig to find country movie stars like Dolly and Willie Nelson.
Swift will have no shortage of material to mine. Her age. Her good girl image. Country music. And of course Kanye… and don’t you know everyone is ready to laugh at that!
Taylor says he’s been studying up on recent SNL episodes and that she’s looking forward to performing in a music video / Andy Samburg digital short.
The SNL hosting takes place just a few days before the CMA Awards where she is up for Entertainer Of The Year.
Posted on 14 October 2009 by Bill West
Rumors are flying around the music world about a suspected deal for retired country superstar Garth Brooks to come out of his rest and sign on for a sixteen week run at the Wynn’s Encore Theatre in Las Vegas. Local Las Vegas reporters are fueling the story. He has performed two free VIP shows in the Encore Theater in recent months.
GarthBrooks.com is promising that “Something Exciting Is Coming….” and that they’ll stream it live October 15th.
Will any new music or special re-packaging come with this announcement. Isn’t it time for an Apple / iTunes Deal? Garth has held out on putting his music on line (he has unusual ownership over his song rights) saying he wanted a way for entire albums to be sold not just singles. Apple recently announced such a format – a full album with interactive artwork. I could see a partnership with Apple and a Holiday release of “gPhones” preloaded with Garth’s newest song and all his albums in the new format. After all Garth is all about the repackaging. Fans would love it too.
When he announced his retirement in 2000, Garth said he wanted to spend more time with his three daughters. In his comments Thursday, he said he’s coming out of retirement because his children are older — and he misses the music.
CMT.com reports that Garth Brooks is coming out of retirement, he announced this morning during a press conference at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. He provided the confirmation just hours before a larger press conference taking place at 4 PM Eastern, 3 Central.
While not mentioning any specific city or venue, it has been widely reported that the 47-year-old entertainer will perform an extended engagement at the Wynn Resort in Las Vegas. Following the announcement in Nashville, Garth shuttled approximately 40 members of the news media to the Nashville International Airport for a private flight to an undisclosed location for the afternoon press conference.
During the Nashville press conference, Garth also advocated expanded unionization within the music industry and the need for artists, songwriters, publishing companies and record labels to protect their copyrights on songs and recorded music.
“We need to take back the music,” he said. Then added, “We don’t realize how powerful we are. [Former Capitol Records Nashville chief] Jimmy Bowen told me that once, and he was absolutely right.”
Garth also alluded to the possibility of strong measures to prove the point.
“If the world goes silent for a day, we will realize how powerful we are,” he said. He also noted, “Athletics have got it right. Until we unionize, we have no power.”