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Chris Young Plays ABCs Nashville

Posted on 10 January 2013 by Bill West

Chris YoungChris Young is forging a huge career in country music.   Next up he will get some major face time on ABC’s Nashville this month and it’s happening at a time when traditional country music is starting to slide out of vogue, and country songs are crossing over to pop more and more.  Still Young has a string of real hits to carry him through until a time comes and hats and twang and weeping fiddles get more credit.

Young has always had that twang.   He grew up just outside of Nashville in Murfreesboro, TN (born Alan Chris Young June 12, 1985) where you can’t avoid the country influence or the recording industry money.

His undeniable “big break” was as a contestant of Nashville Star in the shows early years.  He won the contest along with a recording deal on RCA Nashville.  Still the accolades and fans from the show were not enough to land Young a real hit record as his two singles from his self named debut album failed to crack the country Top 40.

Although he released Voices in May 2008 it never became a hit until it was later rereleased in late 2009.   The “Voices” album launched big hits to finally plant Youngs flag as one to watch in country music.   Gettin’ You Home, The Man I want to Be and Voices all hit number one. With the release of his third album “Neon” his momentum and stellar music pushed him even further.  His lead single from the album, Tomorrow was a quick success as was the fan favorite You.  Both hitting number one.

Young has joined major tours with Miranda Lambert and Jason Aldean and looks to continue to work his way into headlining his own show like his Liquid Neon Tour.

With the release of Neon in 2011 Young stepped away from his signature cowboy hat to go hatless.  It was a move he says was not over calculated but fans noticed.

He continues on a path to become one of the young A-listers winning awards at the American Country Awards and the CMT Music Awards.

Next up he showcases his acting chops with a guest spot on the ABC hit series Nashville.  The episode – also featuring Brantley Gilbert will air January 23rd.

Find out more about Chris Young at his offial website from RCA

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Blake Shelton Hits A List

Posted on 21 July 2011 by editor

Blake has it going on.   Reigning CMA Male Vocalist of the Year and country music’s most interesting man (Have you seen the funny vids at, Blake Shelton, continues his wave of success with his new Warner Bros. Records release, Red River Blue as the largest selling album in the U.S.

Blake Shelton Red River Blue

Red River Blue #1 Debut

This amazing debut comes hot on the heels of a string of No. 1’s which include: Soundscan Top Current Albums chartSoundscan Top Country Albums chartiTunes Overall Albums ChartiTunes Country Albums Chart and his multi-week insatiable hit “Honey Bee. The single is the fastest-selling digital Platinum single for a male country solo artist. Red River Blue is the highest digital percentage for Shelton with almost 30% of his album sales and marks his highest selling album debut to date.  This success also comes at a time when Blake is enjoying a new marriage to Miranda Lambert and TV success on The Voice.

Chris Young also hit with his third release last week with 70 some thousand copies.  Good for second in Country.

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Chris Young- Voices

Posted on 26 July 2010 by Bill West

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Chris Young Voices

Posted on 27 May 2010 by editor

It’s number-one number two for one happy guy from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, as Chris Young scores his second consecutive number-one single, hitting the chart summit this week with “The Man I Want to Be.” It was only last October when Chris had his first chart-topper with “Gettin’ You Home,” and Chris says it’s just an amazing feeling to make it two in a row. Of course, while two number-ones are terrific, Chris can’t help but smile as he thinks about being on tour now with Alan Jackson. He laughs, “If I repeat this, like, 80 times, I can have the same show Alan Jackson does.”

But even as Chris continues to make his own mark on chart history, he’s offering a tip of the hat to some of the artists who’ve influenced him, and you can hear his salute to those music makers with the May 25th release of Chris’ Voices EP.
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It’s an all-acoustic digital album, available exclusively on the iTunes Store, and it contains Chris’ recordings of three classic favorites: Vern Gosdin’s “Chiseled in Stone,” Keith Whitley’s “I’m Over You,” and John Anderson’s “Swingin’.” For Chris, releasing the EP was a way to offer something special for his fans while also celebrating some of his favorite artists and songs. And doing it all acoustically was another way that Chris thought it could be a cool project. Chris says, “It’s just really pure…if you were sittin’ there across from me, and I wanted to play these three songs, this is what I would do.”Shop on iTunes

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Posted on 20 April 2010 by Bill West

Rascal Flatts In concert

NASHVILLE – (April 18, 2010) – The decade’s top-selling and most awarded group in country music RASCAL FLATTS will launch a new tour this summer, “JC Penney Presents Rascal Flatts Nothing Like This Tour.” The first leg will launch on June 25 in Raleigh, North Carolina at the Time Warner Cable Pavilion and will continue with 26 shows through September 19 at Boston’s Comcast Center. Kellie Pickler and Chris Young will open.

Rascal Flatts recently wrapped “Rascal Flatts American Living Unstoppable Tour” which played 57 shows during its run of June 2009 to March 2010 with a fan attendance near 800,000. This total also includes the two sold-out stadium concerts at Chicago’s Wrigley Field and Columbus’ Crew Stadium last summer.

RASCAL FLATTS spent their time off this spring recording new music expected out this fall.

RASCAL FLATTS’ Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney have kicked off 2010 with a bang as they mark not only the beginning of a new decade but also celebrate ten years of making great music together, becoming one of the hottest touring acts and the top country group of the new millennium. The band has delivered 11 #1 singles to the top of the chart and have more titles in Billboard’s Top 100 Songs of the Decade than any other group in the format. Over ten years the band has sold more than 20 million albums and 25 million digital downloads while all six of their studio albums make Billboard’s Top 100 Country Albums of the Decade listing. As the most awarded country group of the new Millennium Rascal Flatts has brought home nearly 40 trophies from the Academy of Country Music, American Music Awards, Country Music Association, People’s Choice Awards and more. In concert, Rascal Flatts continues to be one of the hottest touring acts of the decade with more venue attendance records than any other country act. They have played 400 dates as a headline act, over 700 since 2000, with a ticket tally of nearly 6 million. Among these shows includes 3 consecutive sold-out performances at Madison Square Garden and the band also became the first and only country music act to sell out Wrigley Field.Gary, Jay and Joe Don have traveled to visit U.S. troops in Iraq on a USO Tour and partnered with the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tennessee to raise over 3 million dollars in the past few years. Visit to learn more about a decade of Rascal Flatts.

Since the release of her gold certified, debut album Small Town Girl in 2006, American Idol finalist and BNA Records recording artist Kellie Pickler has been anything but idle. Small Town Girl debuted #1 on Billboard’s Country Album Chart and became the best-selling debut release from a solo country artist in that year, yielding two Top 15 hits, “Red High Heels,” and “I Wonder.” Kellie Pickler’s current self-titled, sophomore album Kellie Pickler also debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country Album Chart. Her newest single, “Makin’ Me Fall In Love Again,” is the follow-up to her Top 15 hit “Didn’t You Know How Much I Loved You.” Of her sophomore album’s 10 songs, Kellie wrote five of them, including her first Top 10 single, “Best Days Of Your Life,” which has amassed over one million digital transactions to date. Kellie has shared the stage on tour with Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley, Sugarland, Rascal Flatts and Alan Jackson. In addition to her music, Kellie works tirelessly with many charities including Soles4Souls, The American Red Cross and has participated in 3 USO Tours, entertaining troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, Germany and England.

RCA Nashville recording artist Chris Young recently scored his first #1 smash with “Gettin’ You Home,” and the Tennessee native is on the charts now with “The Man I Want to Be,” the hit title track to his acclaimed sophomore album. With his rich, warm baritone and penchant for writing relatable, slice-of-life songs, Young emerged as an immediate fan-favorite when his self-titled first album became the highest-selling debut by a new country male in 2006. Earlier this year, his talents earned Chris an ACM Award nomination as Top New Solo Vocalist. For more information, visit him online at

6-25 Raleigh NC Time Warner Cable Pavilion
6-26 Charlotte NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
6-27 Atlanta GA Lakewood Amphitheatre
7-16 Stateline NV Harvey’s Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena
7-17 Stateline NV Harvey’s Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena
7-22 Wichita KS In Trust Arena
7-23 Tulsa OK BOK Center
7-24 Frisco TX Pizza Hut Park
7-30 Virginia Beach Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7-31 Hartford CT Comcast Theater
8-6 Cincinnati OH Riverbend Music Center
8-7 Indianapolis IN Indiana State Fair Grandstand
8-8 Columbus OH Columbus Crew Stadium
8-12 Hershey PA Hershey Park Arena
8-13 Scranton PA Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
8-14 Washington DC Jiffy Lube Live
8-27 St Louis MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
8-29 Louisville KY Kentucky State Fair- Freedom Hall
9-2 Bethel NY Bethel Woods
9-3 Darien Lake NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
9-4 Syracuse NY New York State Fair Grandstand
9-5 Toronto Ontario Molson Amphitheatre
9-16 Cleveland OH Blossom Music Center
9-17 Pittsburgh PA First Niagara Pavilion
9-18 Philadelphia PA Susquehanna Bank Center
9-19 Boston MA Comcast Center

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