Since signing with MCA Nashville in 2003, country music superstar Josh Turner has sold more than five million albums, had four singles climb to the top of the charts, entertained fans with sold-out shows across the country, received numerous award nominations, and was one of the youngest artists asked to join the Grand Ole Opry. Throughout this successful and demanding career, his life has remained strongly centered on his Christian faith and his family. Sharing stories from both his life and lessons he’s learned over the years as a son, brother, friend, husband, and father, Turner has written his first book, Man Stuff: Thoughts on Faith, Family, and Fatherhood, which will be released on April 29 with Thomas Nelson, an imprint of Harper Collins Christian Publishing.
“I was raised in a strong Christian family in a tight-knit community in rural South Carolina,” said Turner in the book’s introduction. “I was taught essential life lessons, like the value of a dollar, what hard work feels like, and how important an education is. I was taught why being thoughtful, respectful, and considerate of others makes life more fulfilling, and why trusting God with your life’s decisions is wise. If all that sounds a little old-fashioned, well, that’s because it is. And I’m okay with that.”
He continues, “In this book you’ll learn a little bit more about how God has shaped and continues to shape me. You’ll also learn about my wife, my boys, and the family I grew up in. I hope you see that the everyday small things in this life really do add up to matter a great deal in the long run. And I hope you’ll smile—even laugh—and gain a little wisdom along the way. Maybe even a lot.”
Jase Robertson, star of A&E’s hit television series Duck Dynasty, will provide the forward for Man Stuff. Last year, Turner sang a duet with Robertson’s wife Missy on the song “Why I Love Christmas” from the Platinum-certified holiday album, Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas.
The CMA will reveal performers for the four nights of LP Field shows at 2014's CMA Music Festival via social media starting Monday March 3rd.
Clues will be posted daily through March 18, with a full lineup announcement on March 19.
"We have a very strong, dedicated, and loyal social media audience," says CEO Sarah Trahern. "They are the ones who are constantly engaged with the festival, so of course we want to let them be the first to find out who will be performing this year."
Clues can be tracked using hashtag #CMAFestGuess.
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Codie Prevost is excited to announce that this Saturday March 1, 2014 his brand new album “All Kinds Of Crazy” will be released worldwide through Itunes, www.codieprevost.com, and HMV locations across Canada.
On that day, he will be hosting a 12 hour online cd release party from 9amEST to 9pmEST where he will chat with fans on Facebook, Twitter and perform 4 mini acoustic concerts on USTREAM at various times during the day. There will be hourly giveaways & all kinds of crazy fun to be had.
Join him online this Saturday March 1st to celebrate the release of his new album “All Kinds Of Crazy”!
UStream Concert Schedule:
10:00 a.m. EST
1:00 p.m. EST
5:00 p.m. EST
8:00 p.m. EST
Dierks Bentley's new album Riser was released on February 25th. To go along with the release, Dierks debuted the game Riser Bird. When you share your score you are automatically entered to win one of five autographed copies of Riser. One grand prize winner will win a flyaway to a Riser tour rehearsal! Good luck, it's HARD!!
The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will look at a year in the life of Grammy Award-winning superstar Miranda Lambert with the exhibition Miranda Lambert: Backstage Access, which opens on May 16th and runs through November 9, 2014.
The exhibition will include gowns, stage costumes, awards and more from the reigning and four-time CMA and ACM Female Vocalist of the Year. Lambert’s own Tweets will provide the narrative thread of this journey through the artist’s life in 2013.
“The Country Music Hall of Fame is a place to cherish what country music is all about, and I'm so honored to have an exhibit in this treasured hall,” said Lambert.
“Miranda Lambert is one of contemporary music’s most popular and acclaimed artists, and for good reason,” said Museum Director Kyle Young. “She’s a dynamic performer; an emotive and powerful vocalist whose voice is equally at home with lyrics tough or tender; and a songwriter with a deft touch for feeling and place. Her numerous hits, from empowering anthems like “Gunpowder and Lead” to introspective set pieces like “The House That Built Me,” are rich contributions to country music’s storytelling tradition. We are looking forward to taking our visitors behind the scenes with Miranda during her amazing successes in 2013.”
For more information visit here.
In celebration of Johnny Cash’s birthday, JT Hodges has released a cover of “Get Rhythm” in honor of the country music legend.
Hodges chose to cover Cash's classic "Get Rhythm” because the song, "'is one of [his] favorites [as it’s] one of the staples of that Memphis 50's rock and roll sound.”
A true and loyal fan of the country icon, JT lives his life by his favorite Johnny Cash quote: 'Never follow trends and you'll never go out of style’
Hodges goes on to say that, “with music that crossed genres and generations, and inspired so many of us, I would say those words are as true as gets when it comes to Johnny Cash.” We couldn’t agree more! Happy birthday, Johnny Cash!
Watch the video below.
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At the iHeartRadio show celebrating the release of Riser, Dierks Bentley preformed an awesome cover of Avicii's "Hey Brother." Take a listen here.
Country music newcomer Carissa Leigh has released her debut single "Bad Boy" on iTunes.
Carissa was inspired when talking with men about what women look for in a man. "A woman wants a nice guy, but not really. They really want... the bad boy! And then we kind of started playing around with 'what is a bad boy?'".
The song kicks off with an infectious guitar riff that draws you in. Carissa's vocals set the mood for the rest of the wild song and gets you ready for the ride.
Carissa Leigh made sure everyone can relate to her single sharing, "I think every boy wants to be a little bit bad". With just enough twang and a whole lot of dark and mysterious, "Bad Boy" is sure to take over country radio!
Carissa Leigh's video for "Bad Boy" will be released on VEVO in early March.
Purchase "Bad Boy" on iTunes
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The Boot Campaign is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating awareness, promoting patriotism, and providing assistance to military personnel, past and present, and their families. It was designed to bridge the gap between the American citizen and the soldiers that protect us. Wearing combat boots with everyday clothing starts a conversation and can influence those around you. Texas based Whiskey Myers is the latest band of "rebel" musicians to don a pair of combat boots to support the campaign. Whiskey Myers has their #BOOTS on, get yours!
To learn more about the Boot Campaign visit here.
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Chris Janson's new five song EP "Take It To The Bank" comes out on Tuesday February 25th. Janson wrote or co-wrote four out of the five tracks. He said "This is an eclectic group of tunes for the fans that have heard these songs in my show and have been asking for them." Columbia Nashville will release the project to digital retailers. For more information and track listing visit his website chrisjanson.com