Which Song Do You Think Wins Song Of The Year During The 2012 CMA Awards?

This is a really hard one for us. We love all of the songs, but if we had to choose one, it’d be Eric Church’s Springsteen. The first time we heard Eric’s album Chief, this was immediately our favorite song. What about you? Which song do you hope wins?

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And The CMA Award Nominees Are….

Wednesday morning, the nominations for the 46th Annual Country Music Association Awards were announced on Good Morning America by Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan, who took over for Lady Antebellum who weren’t able to fly out of Nashville due to bad weather. The winners will be announced on November 1, 2012, and the show will be hosted by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley for the 5th consecutive year.

Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the 46th annual CMA Awards Nominations:

The nominations are:

Entertainer Of The Year:
Jason Aldean
Kenny Chesney
Brad Paisley
Blake Shelton
Taylor Swift

Male Vocalist:
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Blake Shelton
Keith Urban

Female Vocalist:
Kelly Clarkson
Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

New Artist:
Lee Brice
Brantley Gilbert
Hunter Hayes
Love & Theft
Thompson Square

Vocal Group:
Eli Young Band
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band

Vocal Duo:
Big & Rich
Love & Theft
Thompson Square
The Civil Wars

Dirt Road Anthem – Jason Aldean
God Gave Me You – Blake Shelton
Home – Dierks Bentley
Pontoon – Little Big Town
Springsteen – Eric Church

Chief – Eric Church
Four The Record – Miranda Lambert
Home – Dierks Bentley
Own The Night – Lady Antebellum
Tailgates & Tanlines – Luke Bryan

Even If It Breaks Your Heart – Written by Will Howe & Eric Paslay
God Gave Me You – Written by Dave Barnes
Home – Written by Dan Wilson, Brett Beavers & Dierks Bentley
Over You – Written by Miranda Lambert & Blake Shelton
Springsteen – Written by Eric Church, Ryan Tyndell & Jeff Hyde

Musical Event:
Dixie Highway – Alan Jackson & Zac Brown Band
Feel Like A Rockstar – Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw
Roll Me Up And Smoke Me Before I Die – Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg, Kris Kristofferson & Jamie Johnson
Safe & Sound – Taylor Swift ft. The Civil Wars
Stuck on You – Lionel Ritchie & Darius Rucker

Music Video:
Come Over – Kenny Chesney
Over You – Miranda Lambert
Pontoon – Little Big Town
Red Solo Cup – Toby Keith
Springsteen – Eric Church

Sam Bush – Mandolin
Paul Franklin – Steel Guitar
Dann Huff – Guitar
Brent Mason – Guitar
Mac McAnally – Guitar

CMA Music Festival Photo Wall: Miranda Lambert, Jake Owen, Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley and more


Our very own Marloes Lucy Duizer recently traveled to Nashville for the 41st edition of the CMA music festival. She was able to take amazing pictures of the following artists: Miranda Lambert, Jake Owen, Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Eric Church, The Band Perry, Lady Antebellum, Brantley Gilbert, Sunny Sweeney, Chuck Wicks, Darius Rucker, Rodney Atkins, Clint Black, David Nail, Zac Brown Band, Brad Paisley, Jana Kramer, Lauren Alaina, Thomas Rhett, Colt Ford, the Southern Nights Cast, Lee Brice, Josh Turner, LoCash Cowboys, Big Kenny and Jo Dee Messina. Have a look below.

About CMA music festival:

Created for the fans in 1972 and committed to the fan experience ever since the CMA music festival brings it all together – artists, music, autographs, pictures, activities, and more – all for you, the most devoted fans in the world!

Hundreds of artists from up and comers, to legends and superstars performing on multiple stages throughout downtown Nashville

Thousands of fans from around the world coming together in the epicenter of the Country Music community to party

Countless opportunities to get close to the stars for a treasured autograph or priceless picture

Once-in-a-lifetime occasion to discover new artists before they hit it big, hear new music, and meet other fans who share your passion for Country Music in Music City USA

It really is a special occasion and the event of the year for many country music fans.

Tickets for 2013 CMA Music Festival, which will be held Thursday through Sunday, June 6-9, are available now. Fans can order tickets by calling the CMA Box Office at 1-800-CMA-FEST (262-3378) or Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000. To purchase tickets online, visit www.ticketmaster.com.

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BamaJam 2012 Welcomes Stars Of CMT’s “Sweet Home Alabama” And “Southern Nights”

Register to Win a Chance to Meet Reality Show Stars Devin, Cody and Bubba

Enterprise, AL (May 25, 2012) BamaJam 2012 is pleased to welcome the stars of CMT’s hit reality shows “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Southern Nights,” Devin, Cody and Bubba. Stay tuned and make sure you like BamaJam 2012’s Facebook page and follow them on Twitter for more information on how to enter to win an opportunity to meet Devin, Cody and Bubba. BamaJam 2012, slated for June 14-16 in Enterprise, Ala., performers include Kid Rock, Tim McGraw, Zac Brown Band, Alan Jackson, Eric Church, Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, NEEDTOBREATHE, Casey James, Gov’t Mule, Uncle Kracker, Yelawolf, Ronnie Milsap, Jamey Johnson, Third Day, Stryper and more. (A full line-up can be seen below.) For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.bamajam2012.com or Ticketfly.com, or charge by phone at (877) 4FLYTIX or (877-435-9849).

BamaJam 2012 is pleased to offer the VIP Artist Area ticket for only $399. The VIP Artist Area ticket will grant you access to get up close and personal with the stars themselves while they are performing! There are a limited number of VIP Artist Area Tickets, so act fast. VIP Artist Area Tickets do not have to be purchased in addition to General Admission Tickets. Lawn chairs are permitted in the VIP Artist Area.

Devin Grissom is a 21-year-old college student at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Grissom was previously the bachelorette in Season 1 of CMT’s reality dating competition “Sweet Home Alabama,” in which 20 bachelors vied for her affections. She is also currently starring in the new CMT reality series “Southern Nights.”

Raised in Cordova, Tenn., the blue-eyed blonde Grissom considers herself to be a true southern belle who values and respects the traditions of the South. A huge sports fan, Devin spends her Saturdays in the fall watching SEC football games and hopes to pursue a public relations career in professional sports.

Cody Harris, a 23-year-old professional rodeo cowboy from Robertsdale, Ala., is one of the most popular stars on the CMT reality series “Southern Nights.” He was previously one of the bachelors competing for the affections of Devin Grissom in Season 1 of the CMT reality dating competition series “Sweet Home Alabama.”

Raised in a family that has strong roots in the rodeo, Cody has emerged as a young rising star. In addition to his work in the rodeo circuit, he raises cattle and is a respected trader in the cattle market. A real cowboy, Cody always keeps his cowboy hat on, but does make exceptions, he says, when he’s kissing a pretty girl or taking an occasional shower.

Bubba Thompson was one of 22 bachelor contestants striving for the affections of Paige Duke on the third season of the CMT reality dating competition “Sweet Home Alabama.” A 31-year-old cattle rancher and horse trainer, Thompson is the co-owner of Faith Cattle Co. in Geneva County, Ala.

Bubba has moved on with the next chapter of his life, encouraged by a major publishing company to sit down and write a book about his thoughts on the cowboy life. “The Cowboy Code:  How to Treat a Lady.” The book will feature manly advice to the thousands of ladies who wrote with questions and inspired Thompson to give advice on how to get a man to cowboy up and treat them with the respect they deserve.

Fans of all music genres will experience non-stop entertainment by today’s most popular acts from dual headline stages set at the pristine 1600-acre BamaJam Farms, “Where God and Country Coincide.” Come for the music, cool down in the new water park, explore the ATV trails, tailgate at the camping sites, park the RV with full service amenities or swing a club or two at the par 3 executive golf course onsite. As a special consideration to BamaJam 2012 ticket holders, the water park, ATV trails and golf course will only be available to festival attendees, at a reduced fee. Country star and BamaJam Farms spokesman Darryl Worley will perform and host the opening night of what promises to be one of the grandest outdoor entertainment extravaganzas.

Thursday Friday Saturday
Tim McGraw

Eric Church

Willie Nelson

Darryl Worley

Third Day



Dustin Lynch

Tyler Reeve


David Kroll

The Lost Trailers

John Nemeth

Joanna Smith

Connor Christian
& Southern Gothic

Bill Gentry

Martin McDaniel

Buffalo Clover

Honey Island Swamp Band


Zac Brown Band

Alan Jackson


Ronnie Milsap


Michael Sweet

John Elefante

Casey James

Wood Brothers


Sonia Leigh

Nic Cowan

Aaron Parker

Levi Lowrey


Albert Castiglia

Wheeler Boys

Kid Rock

Sheryl Crow

Jamey Johnson

Gov’t Mule

Uncle Kracker


Randy Montana

Breaking Laces

Drake White


Big Smo


Tyler Farr

Moreland & Arbuckle

Jaida Dreyer

Bridge To Grace

Greg Bates

Downside Up

BamaJam 2012 is a production of BamaJam Productions, LLC.  For more information about BamaJam 2012 artists, tickets, camping, directions, parking, sponsors, jobs and vendors, please visit www.bamajam2012.com

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Eric Church Takes A Shot At Blake Shelton And His Tenure On The Voice

TasteofCountry.com is reporting that in the most recent issue of Rolling Stone magazine, Eric Church questions Blake Shelton’s decision to be a judge on The Voice. Specifically, Church said,

“Honestly, if Blake Shelton and Cee Lo Green f—ing turn around in a red chair, you got a deal?” he says, referring to how winners their start in the business. “That’s crazy. I don’t know what would make an artist do that. You’re not an artist.”

Obviously, comments like that aren’t going over too well with Blake or those who got their start through shows like American Idol, Nashville Star, etc. One of those who took exception to his comments was Mrs. Shelton herself. Miranda, who was a contestant on Nashville Star and who took Church out on tour with her in 2012, tweeted:

“Thanks Eric Church for saying I’m not a real artist. Or @kelly_clarkson, @carrieunderwood & @KeithUrban. You’re welcome for the tour in 2010.”

New Artists Announced For CMA Music Festival 2012 – Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley And Zac Brown Band Among Those Added

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We have some good news for everyone planning to go to the 2012 CMA Music Festival this summer in Nashville. Our friends at TheBoot.com just announced a list of artists who have been added to the CMA Music Festival line up.

Added to the previously announced Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean and The Band Perry are Faith Hill, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts and Zac Brown Band.

It looks like the 2012 festival is going to be just as exciting and star-studded as last year.

Read the entire article on TheBoot.com.

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Carrie Underwood, Charlie Daniels, Eric Church, Rascal Flatts, Dierks Bentley, Troy Gentry, Craig Morgan, Tracy Lawrence Among Others Join Forces To Support TN Titans Placekicker With Pro Bowl Nomination



Nashville, Tenn. (December 17, 2011) — Rob Bironas is astonished by the amount of support generated by his friends during the final hours of his NFL 2012 Pro-Bowl campaign.  Thousands have already cast their vote to secure the Tennessee Titans placekicker a coveted spot on the starting lineup of the AFC’s special teams for the January 29th battle in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Less than 48 hours remain for the official NFL Pro-Bowl balloting, which will conclude midnight Sunday.  Vote NOW!
Rob’s friends and fans are passionate about sending him off to Honolulu next month.  So many have sent in viral video support that he has created two separate video vignettes for his official website, www.robbironas.com.

“I am overwhelmed by the support of so many good friends I’ve met while playing for the Tennessee Titans,” said Bironas. “Who would have thought something as simple as a video would create such a buzz?! Thanks for your support.”

In the first episode, Joe Don Rooney (of Rascal Flatts), Dierks Bentley, Chad Warrix, Storme Warren (SiriusXM’s ‘The Highway’ / GAC’s ‘Headline Country’), Troy Gentry (of Montgomery Gentry), Craig Morgan, Phil Vassar, Lee Roy (of The Roys), Charlie Daniels and Kid Rock pay tribute.

Round two, scheduled to premiere today, features fun bits from Carrie Underwood, ALL the Flatts gang, including Jay DeMarcus and Gary LeVox (and Joe Don Rooney), Chad Warrix (an encore performance), Tracy Lawrence, Nashville Predators’ right wing dangler Jordin Tootoo, TN Titan quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, Eric Church, Keith Anderson and Colt Ford.

To cast YOUR vote for Rob and other favorite Pro-Bowl nominees, visit the Official 2012 NFL Pro Bowl ballot page at www.nfl.com/probowl  iPhone and Android users can visit the MOBILE ballot at www.nfl.com/m/probowl/ballot

Rob BironasAbout Rob Bironas:
PRO STATS: A powerful right-footed kicker in his seventh NFL season, Rob Bironas has earned the right to be named among the best players at his position.  Statistically one of the top 10 kickers in NFL history, he made 85.6 percent of his field goals in the first six years of his career and became one of the top two scorers in club history. 

Prior to winning a roster spot with the Titans in 2005, Bironas spent time in training camp with the Green Bay Packers in 2002, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2003 and the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2004.  Meanwhile, he spent two seasons in the Arena Football League and one season in Af2.  In 2003, he made 12 of 27 field goal attempts for the Af2’s Charleston Swamp Foxes.  In 2004, he played for the Carolina Cobras and converted 17 of 40 field goal attempts and 70 of 89 PATs.  In the spring of 2005, he connected on seven of 16 field goal attempts and 99 of 117 extra point attempts for the AFL’s New York Dragons.

For more information, visit www.robbironas.com

Rob is an avid philanthropist and advocate for children’s charities and music education.
 Please help him by lending support to the following organizations:

The Rob Bironas Fund http://robbironas.com/bironas-fund/

Christmas 4 Kidshttp://christmas4kids.org/

Make-A-Wish Foundationhttp://www.wish.org/

NAMM’s Wanna Play Musichttp://www.wannaplaymusic.com/

WATCH: – http://www.wannaplaymusic.com/artists/rob-bironas

Nashville Symphonyhttp://www.nashvillesymphony.org/

NFL Play60http://www.nflrush.com/play60

Follow: – @robbironas www.twitter.com/robbironas

Fan: – www.facebook.com/robbironas

Watch: – www.youtube.com/user/officialrobbironas

Team Info: – www.titansonline.com

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Eric Church’s Chart-Topping Chief Earns Grammy Nomination For Best Country Album

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Thursday, December 1, 2011) — EMI Records Nashville’s Eric Church’s chart-topping album, CHIEF, which was released on July 26, 2011 and features his latest Top 10 and climbing single, “Drink In My Hand,” as well as the Top 15 “Homeboy,” has earned Church his first GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Album at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards.

“The GRAMMYs are the ultimate honor for any recording artist.  It’s very cool that they recognized CHIEF in what I feel is the most coveted category,” shares Church.  “I got into the music business because of great records and the feelings they imparted on my heart.  I’ve poured everything I am into making those kinds of albums, and I am very thankful for this nod.”

Produced by Jay Joyce, CHIEF was a labor of love for Church who secluded himself in a cabin in his home state of North Carolina for over a month to write the record with notable hit-makers Casey Beathard, Luke Laird, Jeff Hyde and more.  The album was recorded and mixed by Joyce in his Nashville, Tennessee studio.

Following rave reviews from Rolling Stone, PEOPLE Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, and more, it appears The Boston Globe’s prediction rings truest of all, “Every good artist reaches a watershed moment and Eric Church has arrived at his with ‘Chief’.”

Church recently announced his first headlining tour – The Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour – scheduled to hit 50 markets beginning with Fort Smith, Arkansas on January 19.

For more information, please visit www.ericchurch.com.  The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards will air on CBS on February 12, 2012 at 8/7 p.m. CT.

Chief on Amazon: http://amzn.to/EricChurchChief

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Eric Church And Wife Katherine Welcome New Baby Boy, Boone McCoy Church

Nashville, Tenn. (Thursday, October 6, 2011)

One of country music’s most dynamic entertainers is now working on pleasing an entirely new audience.  Eric Church and wife Katherine are proud to welcome their first child—Boone McCoy Church.

Boone was born on Monday, October 3 at Centennial Women’s Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee at 8:35 a.m. CT and weighed 7 lbs. and 11 oz.

“Everybody always tells you what an awesome and unique experience being a parent is.  Words can never do the feeling justice.  I am very thankful and blessed to have a healthy and happy baby boy and baby mama,” shares Eric.

Although Church has been touring extensively throughout 2011, he does have plans to reduce the number of his performances throughout the remainder of the year to enjoy time with his family.  The last time Church took time away from the road was to write his chart-topping third studio album, CHIEF.  However, Church does expect an entirely new set of inspirations to come from his time at home.

“It will be interesting to see how this new chapter in our life manifests itself musically,” Eric adds.  “I’ve always made music that was representative of real life.  Life doesn’t get more real than having a newborn at home.”

The Church family will be releasing photos in the coming weeks of the latest addition to their family.  Stay tuned to www.ericchurch.com for more details.

Eric Church’s New Album ‘Chief’ Released Today – Check Out ‘Homeboy’ One More Time

Erich Church Chief Album

Eric Church’s third studio album, Chief, was released today by Capitol Nashville. Eric’s first single from the album, Homeboy is steadily moving up the country charts. As of today, it’s sitting at #13 on the Billboard Hot Country charts. Amazon has the album on sale right now for only $7.99. We’ve already sampled the entire CD, and it’s well worth the money. Enjoy!

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