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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
Sugarland
Thompson Square
The Civil Wars

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

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

Song:
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

Musician:
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

THE ULTIMATE COUNTRY MUSIC FAN EXPERIENCE!

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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The Band Perry Partners With Greeneville Astros To Raise Money For United Way

Hometown Team Celebrates Sibling Trio With Custom Bobbleheads 

Nashville, TN – (July 2, 2012) – Republic Nashville’s The Band Perry, partnered with their hometown baseball team – Greeneville Astros – on Thursday evening (6/28) to thank those who made donations to the United Way. The sibling trio is always the first to step up to the plate to support their beloved hometown of Greeneville, TN, and were honored to perform a special acoustic concert for the 200 VIP guests. The private event took place just before the Greeneville Astros baseball game.

“We love small towns and we especially love OUR small town.  Performing for our friends and neighbors and raising money for United Way at the same time meant a lot to us,” says Kimberly Perry.

The team celebrated The Band Perry’s appearance and showed additional support for the non-profit by creating custom bobbleheads for the game. That night, all patrons received the collectables and $1 of every ticket sold benefited United Way.  http://www.unitedway.org/

After their performance, Kimberly, Reid and Neil threw the first pitch of the game and had the opportunity to visit with The Astros’ General Manager David Lane and Owner Scott Niswonger.

“It was an honor to spend time with Mr. Niswonger and Mr. Lane and be a part of such a special evening in the community,” says Reid Perry.

“We were excited about throwing out the first pitch at the game! We love sports and even though we are baseball rookies we had a blast on the field with the professionals,” says Neil Perry.

Following the game, TBP headed back to the bus for more shows as special guests on Brad Paisley’s tour. Currently they are also nominated for a TEEN CHOICE award for Choice Country Group and fans can cast their vote right now at http://teenchoiceawards.com/.

“We’re The Band Perry and we play Country Music!”

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Video Walls From Sugarland, Martina McBride And The Band Perry

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The Band Perry Surprise Students At Doak Elementary School To Raise Money For Relay For Life

The Band Perry with Doak Elementary student Jocelyn Keefer Left to Right: Neil Perry, Jocelyn Keefer, Kimberly Perry and Reid Perry

Benefits American Cancer Society & Honors The Life Of Former Greene Co. Teacher

Nashville, TN– (Tuesday, April, 10 2012) Five hundred and ninety-six students at Doak Elementary School in Greeneville, TN knew they were helping others by raising funds and awareness for the Greene County Relay for Life’s cancer initiatives but they had no idea that their generosity would actually put them in front of one of the hottest trios in Country music — The Band Perry! The siblings, who are local celebrities, initially offered students an autographed photo as an incentive for their efforts, then decided making a visit would be a better way to celebrate.

Kimberly, Neil and Reid Perry of Republic Nashville’s The Band Perry surprised the students last Thursday morning, rewarding them for their dedication to the annual community fundraiser, which benefits the American Cancer Society.

Second grader Makeelee Nelson, who had seen the band in concert but had never met the them, was moved beyond words before finally blurting out, “I’m so gonna faint!”

The school’s support of ACS is a way to honor the work and dedication of the late teacher Lisa White, a cancer victim who was a long-time supporter of the Greene County Relay for Life. Each year since White’s passing, the Doak School has held a fundraising campaign, and last year, raised more then $34,000. This year’s goal is $35,000 and The Band Perry’s visit and autograph session was just one of the ways that the students and faculty of Doak School are trying to meet that goal.

The Grammy-nominated group said they were thrilled to be a part of this event, especially since funds were going to the American Cancer Society.

Visiting Doak, where her friend taught school, was very special and moving to Kimberly.

“Cancer is something that has touched our lives,” Kimberly Perry said. “We had an aunt who passed away from cancer, and Lisa White was a dear friend of ours. To honor those ladies’ lives in this way — and to raise some money for the American Cancer Society — is something we like being a part of.”

The siblings enjoyed their brief stay at home in the Tennessee mountains during a moment’s break in their busy touring and performance schedule. In addition to being part of Brad Paisley’s VIRTUAL REALITY TOUR, 2012 has seen the band headlining many of their own shows, including performances across the pond in London and Dublin.

Tonight, The Band Perry will join an A-list group of performers at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville during All for the Hall, a fundraising concert benefiting the Country Music Hall of Fame. They will appear on ACM PRESENTS: Lionel Richie and Friends – In Concert, this Friday (April 13) on CBS, beginning at 9PM ET/PT.

GAC NIGHTS -ACM PRESENTS LIONEL RICHIE & FRIENDS, previewing the special, will broadcast on Wednesday (April 11) on GAC (Great American Country) at 9PM ET.

The group’s latest single, “Postcard From Paris,” is the band’s fifth single from their Platinum-certified, self-titled, debut album.

For more info, news and a complete list of tour dates, please visit www.thebandperry.com.

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

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Photo Copyright Marloes Lucy Duizer

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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Alan Jackson, The Band Perry, Thompson Square, Phil Vassar, Kellie Pickler And More Added To Arizona Country Thunder

4-day passes currently only $120, new hotel and transportation packages now available

Country Thunder logo.1Florence, AZ (December 2, 2011) – As 2011 comes to close we are one step closer to Arizona Country Thunder, and organizers are proud to unveil over ten additional acts that have joined the festival line-up, including 3-time CMA Entertainer of the Year Alan Jackson as Sunday’s headliner!  Jackson has earned 16 CMA Awards, 17 ACM Awards, 35 #1 hits, and has sold nearly 60 million albums to date – all of which make him one of the most successful and respected singer-songwriters in music today.  Jackson is set to close out the 19th annual Arizona Country Thunder festival and will join previously announced headliners Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, and Big & Rich for the premiere country music, camping, and entertainment festival taking place on April 12-15, 2012.

Numerous other artists have also been added to the line-up, starting with Texas based talents like Wade Bowen and the Eli Young Band who will take the stage on Thursday along with fan-favorite Craig Morgan.  Morgan, recently signed to Black River Entertainment, has just released his new album “Good Ole Boy”, sure to add to his current count of 14 number one hits! Big & Rich previously announced for Friday night, will be joined by Steve Holy, hit-maker Jake Owen, country sweetheart Kellie Pickler, and Sawyer Brown, who has continued their success for over 20 years through non-stop energetic performances and chart topping hits including “Some Girls Do” and “Thank God For You”.  Saturday’s line-up includes headliner Blake Shelton,  Country Thunder favorite Neal McCoy, ACM and CMA winner Joe Nichols, recently Grammy nominated duo Thompson Square, and hot new country act, The Farm!

For the final day of the festival, country music’s leading piano man and two-time ACM winner Phil Vassar will take the stage. With two current albums, Noel and Hits Live On Broadway, Vassar continues to entertain country fans nationwide with his boundless energy and infectious sound.  Also performing on Sunday with Jackson is Illinois native Brett Eldredge, and The Band Perry, who has recently been honored with three CMA Awards, including the coveted “New Artist of the Year” award.

For full access to the festival, you can purchase a 4-day pass for only $120, and new this year, the festival is offering the opportunity to purchase seats closer to the stage with (GA) RSVD seating with prices ranging from $200-$375. Another great addition this year is the new hotel + transportation packages offered through Country Thunder, so be sure to visit www.countrythunder.com or call (866) 802-6418  for further information or to purchase all things Country Thunder!

Current announced line-up:
Thursday – Main Stage
4:00-5:00pm    Wade Bowen
5:30-6:30pm    Eli Young Band
7:00-8:30pm    Craig Morgan
9:00-10:30pm  Dierks Bentley
Friday – Main Stage
2:30-3:30pm    Steve Holy
4:00-5:00pm    Sawyer Brown
5:30-6:30pm    Kellie Pickler
7:00-8:30pm    Jake Owen
9:00-10:30pm  Big & Rich
Saturday – Main Stage
2:30-3:30pm    The Farm
4:00-5:00pm    Neal McCoy
5:30-6:30pm    Joe Nichols
7:00-8:30pm    Thompson Square
9:00-10:30pm  Blake Shelton
Sunday – Main Stage
4:00-5:00pm    Brett Eldredge
5:30-6:30pm    Phil Vassar
7:00-8:30pm    The Band Perry
9:00-10:30pm  Alan Jackson

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The Band Perry Sells Out The Ryman In 20 Minutes

Nashville, TN (August 26, 2011) – In just 20 minutes today, all 2,300 tickets to The Band Perry’s first headlining show in Nashville, TN at the Ryman Auditorium on February 20, 2012 were sold out. The immediate response to the upcoming show echoes the overwhelming welcome the sibling trio has received by Country music fans nationwide since their debut album, THE BAND PERRY, was released in October 2010.

In today’s edition of The Tennessean, Kimberly Perry – lead vocalist for the trio that also includes brothers Reid and Neil – spoke emotionally about headlining the historic venue in a town that has already given them so much support. “It’s an amazing thing. So much of our creative efforts have come inside Nashville … and it’s the center of our creativity. We so much revere that (Ryman) stage. And I feel like there’s an amazing spirit about that place.”

While TBP has previously graced the Ryman stage during the Grand Ole Opry and other multi-artist events, this will be their debut as headliners on this revered stage.

With their brand-new romantic ballad, “All Your Life” just now arriving on the airwaves and shaping up to be their next big hit, tickets to the February date will surely be one of Nashville’s most sought after Valentine’s Day gifts.
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Massive Photo Wall From The 2011 CMA Music Fest Featuring Reba, Blake, Miranda, Taylor, Martina And Many, Many More

Our friend Stephanie, your host on our Facebook Fan Page for The Country Site featuring Reba McEntire, attended the 2011 CMA Music Fest. She took some amazing pictures and was kind enough to allow us to post them here on the site. Enjoy!

Featured below: Ashton Shepherd, The Band Perry, Big & Rich, Blake Shelton, Chris Young, Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley, The JaneDear Girls, Jimmy Wayne, Josh Turner, Scotty McCreery, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Lauren Alaina, Miranda Lambert, Pistol Annies, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire, Shania Twain, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Thompson Square and Trace Adkins.
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