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Five New Stars Of Country Music – Is Your Favorite One?

Posted on 01 November 2012 by Bill West


Longtime country music fans remember the day when the songs were traditional and the big names were super familiar. It changes with the time. In 1989 there was a new “class” that launched a NEW COUNTRY movement. Names like Clint Black, Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks, Travis Tritt, and Mary Chapin Carpenter were all breakthrough artists that year. Interestingly it was they year one of our new leaders, Taylor Swift, was born.

Now, almost like the circle of life, country music is ushering in a new class of stars. These days the genre is casting away stars like Alan Jackson and George Strait to make room for these new names.

Lately radio play and country song single sales have been all bout five newbies. Taylor Swift, Zac Brown, Eric Church, Lady Antebellum, and Jason Aldean.

Jason Aldean is on top of the mountain as a male vocalist with new country songs spiking to number one at radio and online with downloads and album sales. His 2012 album “Night Train” surprised critics with another instant jump to number one on the all genres Billboard Top 200. His ascent to the pinnacle was clinched with his signature song “Dirt Road Anthem” that blended a modern rap vibe with real country lyrics. His latest releases promise rabid fans that there’s more to come.

Taylor Swift is a somewhat polarizing leader in the new team. Her country songs are undeniably pop leaning, but over one million albums sold in one week (she’s achieved those sales twice) can not be ignored. She is, in fact, bigger than country music now. Still she carries the torch for the country genre and is almost always introduced as a COUNTRY superstar. Swift hit her pinnacle with her most country sounding song so far. The fan favorite “Mean.” It’s hard to tell just how high her star will rise but there’s now doubt she is a good influence for younger fans.

Lady Antebellum is a trio primarily from Georgia (like Aldean). They launched in 2006 with a self titled album and have not slowed down since. The trio broke through to mainstream audiences with the powerful ballad “Need You Now.” That went on to garner pop and mainstream airplay. Three members Hillary Scott, Dave Haywood, and Charles Kelly (brother to singer Josh Kelly) came up with the unique name after noting some of their early press photos had a very “antebellum” feel. Fans often shorten the name to just “Lady A.”

The Zac Brown Band is another game changing group. Lead singer Zac Brown (again, from Georgia) set the table for early success by building a strong jam band following in smaller clubs in the South East. Shortly after number one airplay of “Chicken Fried” they were playing arenas, then stadiums and creating their own music festivals. The unconventional and organic approach struck a chord with all music fans winning them a Grammy Award for best new artist and a non stop string of number one songs.   The ZBB album “Uncaged” was one of the groups strongest sets to date.

Eric Church is perhaps the freshest face in this line up. After years of struggling to get significant airplay he has seemed to lock into his fan base and his sound. He built his base of followers with dynamic live shows and party songs like “Smoke A Little Smoke.” Watch for mainstream music industry and critics to really start to pay attention to Church as his concert tickets continue to sell out (and bigger rooms keep filling) and his album sales sell more and more. Church’s sound (with help from “Pontoon” producer Jay Joyce) has a gritty experimental vibe to it but his vocal twang is almost as country as Willie Nelson.

A few that almost made the list include Blake Shelton (starting to peak with Network TV exposure), Miranda Lambert, Scotty McCreery (radio has not caught up to his massive record sales and fan base yet) and Hootie front man Darius Rucker. These new voices are leading the way to a new country revolution.

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Garth Adds Fall 2011 Wynn Concerts

Posted on 18 May 2011 by Bill West

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Win / Wynn for Garth?

Garth Brooks has jammed to big crowds and rave reviews at the intimate Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas since December 2009. Tickets for the next series of highly anticipated Garth Vegas concerts will go on sale on Saturday, May 21 at 10 a.m. PT. Tickets are $225 plus service charge and tax ($253 total). Tickets are available exclusively at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-877-65-GARTH.

Concert Dates
August 19, 20
September 9, 10
September 23, 24
October 7, 8
October 21, 22
November 4, 5

Concert times
Fridays: 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

Package Information
For the ultimate Garth experience, guests may indulge in the “Unforgettable Garth Package,” which includes three nights in a Wynn or Encore Tower Suite King, two premium Garth Brooks tickets, Garth merchandise valued at $100, dinner at Switch, choice of spa treatments for two and Sunday Jazz Brunch for two at The Country Club. To book this package call 866-770-7929 and mention package code UNFGB. Packages are priced from $839 per night.

About Garth Brooks
Certified by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) as the #1-selling solo artist in U.S. history, Garth Brooks has sold in excess of 128 million albums. He has received every accolade the recording industry can bestow on an artist.

In the midst of one of the most successful careers in music history, Garth retired in 2001, delivered his last record for Capitol Records and moved back to Oklahoma to raise his children. While in retirement, when called upon by events greater than his own self-interest, he returned to the stage.
The President himself requested that Garth headline President Obama’s Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial. He performed as Barack and Michelle Obama, their girls, Joe and Jill Biden and a crowd of over 300,000 lined the mall from the Lincoln Memorial all the way to the
Washington Monument. It was a moment in history when all did the “wave” to Garth’s performance of “Shout” while the President sang along. When the governor of California asked for Garth’s help, he responded by performing five concerts in two days, where proceeds from 83,000 tickets sold were donated to efforts to prevent fire catastrophes. Portions of the live concerts were shown as a TV special, Garth Brooks: Live in L.A., where viewers donated to the organization Fire. He recently finished an astonishing nine concerts to raise money for the flood relief efforts in Tennessee.
ABC World News Tonight declared Garth “The Person of the Week” and the mayor of Nashville came on stage during his last performance to announce that this was a record December for downtown Nashville merchants due to the over 145,000 who attended the concerts.

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MORE GARTH CONCERT DATES FOR VEGAS

Posted on 10 January 2011 by editor


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Garth Brooks has been playing Nashville lately… but the run is over.   It was a short series of flood relief shows that broke ticket records and raised millions.   In fact, during the press conferences for the shows Brooks alluded to staging a larger comback in, say, 2015 when his daughters are grown.   It’s not too far away to plan.   But until then you’ll have to be satisfied with this string of additional Vegas shows.  Enjoy.

Here’s the scoop from the official press release:

Garth Brooks has performed to sold-out crowds and rave reviews at the intimate Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas since December 2009. Tickets for the next series of highly anticipated concerts will go on sale on Saturday, January 15 at 10 a.m. PT. Tickets are $225 plus service charge and tax ($253 total).

Concert Dates:
March 25 & 26
April 8 & 9
June 3 & 4
June 24 & 25
July 22 & 23

Concert times:
Fridays: 8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.

Tickets are available exclusively at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-877-65-GARTH.

Package Information:
For the ultimate Garth experience, guests can enjoy the Unforgettable Garth package which includes: three nights in a Wynn or Encore Tower Suite King, two premium Garth Brooks tickets, Garth merchandise valued at $100, dinner at Switch, choice of spa treatments for two and Sunday Jazz Brunch for two at The Country Club. To book this package call 866-770-7929 and mention package code UNFGB. Packages are priced from $839 per night.

About Garth Brooks
Certified by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) as the #1-selling solo artist in U.S. history, Garth Brooks has sold in excess of 128 million albums. He has received every accolade the recording industry can bestow on an artist.

In the midst of one of the most successful careers in music history, Garth retired in 2001, delivered his last record for Capitol Records and moved back to Oklahoma to raise his children. While in retirement, when called upon by events greater than his own self-interest, he returned to the stage. The President himself requested that Garth headline President Obama’s Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial. He performed as Barack and Michelle Obama, their girls, Joe and Jill Biden and a crowd of over 300,000 lined the mall from the Lincoln Memorial all the way to the Washington Monument. It was a moment in history when all did the “wave” to Garth’s performance of “Shout” while the President sang along. When the governor of California asked for Garth’s help, he responded by performing five concerts in two days, where proceeds from 83,000 tickets sold were donated to efforts to prevent fire catastrophes. Portions of the live concerts were shown as a TV special, “Garth Brooks: Live in L.A.” where viewers donated to the organization Fire. He recently finished an astonishing 9 concerts to raise money for the flood relief efforts in Tennessee. ABC World News Tonight declared Garth The Person of the Week and the Mayor of Nashville came on stage during his last performance to announce that this was a record December for downtown Nashville merchants due to the over 145,000 who attended the concerts.

For more information visit garthbrooks.com

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More Vegas Shows Set For Garth

Posted on 10 November 2010 by editor



LAS VEGAS, Nov. 9, 2010 — Garth Brooks has performed to sold-out crowds and rave reviews at the intimate Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas since December 2009. Tickets for the next series of highly anticipated concerts will go on sale on Saturday, November 13 at 10 a.m. PT. Tickets are $225 plus service charge and tax ($253 total).

Steve Wynn has the following statement regarding the increase in ticket prices:

“My decision to raise the ticket price was a simple one. The demand for Garth was so overwhelming that it caught us by surprise. We could fill a theater many times the size of this, twice a night.

The most important thing for our company is to give people value for their entertainment dollar. The contact with Garth Brooks in the Encore Theater is the equivalent of being in his living room. When the greatest live performer of our time appears in such an intimate theater, the seats should be priced at least competitively with other great Las Vegas entertainers. In terms of value, I believe that Garth Brooks is still under-priced and represents the greatest entertainment value in modern Las Vegas.”

“I am flattered Steve Wynn believes in me as an entertainer and my deal with him is not affected by ticket price. My only concern is the audience. Right now, the Vegas audiences are some of the best I have ever played for and I’d hate to see that change for whatever reason,” said Garth Brooks.

Concert Dates:
December 3, 4, 5
January 21, 22, 23
February 11, 12, 13
February 25, 26, 27

Concert times:
Fridays 8 p.m., Saturdays 8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m., Sundays 8 p.m.

Tickets are available exclusively at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-877-65-GARTH.

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Garth Brooks Vegas Concert Ticket 2010 Dates

Posted on 14 June 2010 by editor

Win / Wynn for Garth?

Garth Brooks has knocked out capacity shows and recieved fantastic write-ups for his intimate Encore Theater shows at Wynn Las Vegas.  Now — more tickets for the next series of concerts are being made available and they’ll go on sale on Saturday, June 19 at 10 a.m. PT. Tickets are available exclusively at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-877-65-GARTH. Tickets are $125 plus fees and tax.

 

Concert Dates:

 

September 10, 11, 12  — October 1, 2, 3 —  October 22, 23, 24

November 5, 6, 7 — November 19, 20, 21

Concert times:

Fridays 8 p.m., Saturdays 8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m., Sundays 8 p.m.

Please note that the name for each individual ticket holder must be provided at time of purchase or the transaction will be cancelled. Tickets will not be available for purchase at the Wynn Box Office on June 19.

Here’s more from the official Press Release

UNAUTHORIZED TICKET SALES

Specific measures have been put in place in an effort to ensure that the tickets for concerts are accessible to fans at face value and through authorized sales channels exclusively. Fans are discouraged from purchasing tickets through unauthorized channels as these tickets will be cancelled.

Please note the following booking procedures and rules and regulations:

At time of purchase, the full name of each person attending the concert must be provided. No changes will be permitted after completion of the order. Incomplete orders will be cancelled.
Limit 4 concert tickets per order or per person or per credit card.
Tickets will be available for pick-up at Will Call at Wynn Las Vegas on the day of the concert. Tickets are not available in advance.
Purchaser will be required to show valid, government-issued photo ID, confirmation number and actual credit card used for payment.
Each individual ticket holder must be present with purchaser to collect tickets upon presentation of valid, government-issued photo ID.
Tickets must be picked up no later than one-hour prior to show time or will be subject to cancellation with no refund.
The age limit for concerts is five years or older; anyone under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult.
Cellular phones, cameras, flash photography and audio/video recording devices are not permitted inside the theater. If you use any of these devices you will be escorted out of the theater.
All ticket sales are final and are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Visit www.visitwynn.com/terms/garthtickets for a complete list of terms and conditions.

About Garth Brooks

Certified by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) as the #1-selling solo artist in U.S. history, Garth Brooks has sold in excess of 128 million albums. He is the only solo artist in RIAA history to have six albums top the 10 million mark. His most recent release, The Ultimate Hits, has been certified five times platinum. Garth became the first artist to put out a simultaneous edition of his latest collection for a charitable cause. November 6, 2007 saw the launch of the pink edition of The Ultimate Hits, available only at the Susan G. Komen Web site. His body of work — including the groundbreaking No Fences, Ropin’ The Wind, The Hits and Double Live — propelled country music as a genre to the front pages of newspapers worldwide and the covers of magazines, to the point where Forbes declared on its cover, “Country Conquers Rock,” and featured Garth in a major music piece. According to the RIAA, Garth Brooks is the top-selling solo artist of the 20th century.

The key to his record-setting success lies within the personality and talent of Garth Brooks. It has been said that through the 1990s, Garth’s only real competition was himself. He brought daring individualism and a love of music to the table. His wide range encompasses a variety of styles which include working-class blues, honky tonk, bluegrass and arena rock. His easy-going, approachable charisma was matched only by his fearless willingness to take chances and step outside the lines. He has had an unprecedented run so far, and opened the doors for many more country artists to follow.

Garth has received every accolade the recording industry can bestow on an artist, including two Grammys, 17 American Music Awards, 11 Country Music Association Awards, 18 Academy of Country Music Awards, five World Music Awards, 12 People’s Choice Awards and 36 Billboard Music Awards. He was named “Artist of the ‘90s” at the 1997 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, received the Artist Achievement Award at the 1997 Billboard Music Awards and was named “Artist of the Decade” at the American Music Awards in 2000 and the Academy of Country Music Awards in 1999.

In the midst of one of the most successful careers in music history, Garth retired in 2001, delivered his last record for Capitol Records and moved back to Oklahoma to raise his children. While in retirement, when called upon by events greater than his own self-interest, he returned to the stage. The latest of these was when the President himself requested that Garth headline President Obama’s Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial. He performed as Barack and Michelle Obama, their girls, Joe and Jill Biden and a crowd of over 300,000 lined the mall from the Lincoln Memorial all the way to the Washington Monument. It was a moment in history when all did the “wave” to Garth’s performance of “Shout” while the President sang along. Once again, Garth was called upon by the network to perform for President Obama’s very first late night TV appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. When the Governor of California asked for Garth’s help, he responded by performing five concerts in two days, where proceeds from 83,000 tickets sold were donated to efforts to prevent fire catastrophes. Portions of the live concerts were shown as a TV special, “Garth Brooks: Live in L.A.” where viewers donated to the organization Fire Intervention Relief Effort (FIRE).

Oct. 15, 2009, Brooks announced that he was out of retirement: “I am naturally nervous, but it feels good to be out from under the low ceiling of ‘retirement’ I put on myself.” Brooks has entered a five-year “relationship” with Las Vegas resort developer, Steve Wynn.

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