John Mayer Joining the Incredible Roster for Zac Brown Band’s Southern Ground Music & Food Festival in Charleston, Oct. 20-21

Grammy-award winning, John Mayer, had so much fun at the Southern Ground Music & Food Festival in Nashville, that he has been added to the lineup for Charleston’s SGMFF descending on Blackbaud Stadium on Oct. 20-21st where Brown’s “vision of combining world class fare with live music became a stunning reality.”

Zac Brown Band will lead the bill with nightly performances, in addition to The Avett Brothers, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, and Los Lonely Boys. Both events will feature Michael Franti & Spearhead, The Jerry Douglas Band, and Southern Ground Artists including Sonia Leigh, Nic Cowan and Blackberry Smoke, among others.

Curated by the band – from the appetizers to the openers, and the entrees to the headliners – festival-goers can expect two evenings of the finest musical acts, delicious offerings from the culinary world’s best chefs – under the helm of Southern Ground Executive Chef Rusty Hamlin, and an all around “incredible level of production” (Charleston City Paper) guaranteed to be a sensory experience like no other music festival.

Southern Ground Music & Food Festival – Charleston, SC

Nightly performances by ZBB with special sit in from John Mayer, and more tba!
The Avett Brothers
Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
The Charlie Daniels Band
Michael Franti & Spearhead
The Wailers
The Jerry Douglas Band
Los Lonely Boys
JJ Grey & Mofro
Clay Cook
Coy Bowles & The Fellowship
The James Arthur Band
John Driskell Hopkins & Balsam Range
And Southern Ground Artists:
Blackberry Smoke
Nic Cowan
Dugas
Sonia Leigh
Levi Lowrey
The Wheeler Boys
The Wood Brothers

The festival offers customized Front Porch Stage Boxes to provide concert-goers with on-stage seating, feet away from the performers; a four-course gourmet meal prepared by Chef Rusty and his hand-selected crew of acclaimed chefs; and complimentary beverages including premium beer, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks.

Additional concessions will be available from “Cookie,” Zac Brown Band’s tractor trailer-sized mobile kitchen, which will offer a la carte items prepared with Brown’s famous Southern Ground Grub GA Clay Spice Rub and Zac’s own Brown Sauce, as well as selections from local restaurants, providing the best gourmet Southern fare.

About Mayer:
The consistency with which John Mayer combines word craft and melody has earned him rarefied status as a respected songwriter and musician. As one of few musicians to achieve both critical acclaim and popular appeal, the seven-time Grammy Award winner has earned accolades for each album release while selling in excess of 17 million albums worldwide. He has also been included in Time Magazine’s annual Time 100 list of the most influential contemporary thinkers, leaders, artists and entertainers, and twice been featured on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine’s annual “Guitar” issue. John Mayer’s latest album “Born and Raised” was recently certified Gold.

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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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Celebrate National Fried Chicken Day With Zac Brown Band’s ‘Chicken Fried’

Today is National Fried Chicken Day!

What better way to celebrate than to relive Zac Brown Band’s breakthrough hit Chicken Fried.

And, I guess another great way to celebrate would be to enjoy a heaping helping of fried chicken for lunch, huh?

Well, you’re in luck there as well. Here’s a KFC coupon to celebrate National Fried Chicken Day.

Enjoy the video and some fried chicken!

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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

Outlaws

Herrick

Dustin Lynch

Tyler Reeve

The FARM

David Kroll

The Lost Trailers

John Nemeth

Joanna Smith

Connor Christian
& Southern Gothic

Bill Gentry

Martin McDaniel

Buffalo Clover

Honey Island Swamp Band

Aerias

Zac Brown Band

Alan Jackson

NEEDTOBREATHE

Ronnie Milsap

Stryper

Michael Sweet

John Elefante

Casey James

Wood Brothers

Badfinger

Sonia Leigh

Nic Cowan

Aaron Parker

Levi Lowrey

Dugas

Albert Castiglia

Wheeler Boys

Kid Rock

Sheryl Crow

Jamey Johnson

Gov’t Mule

Uncle Kracker

Yelawolf

Randy Montana

Breaking Laces

Drake White

Rosehill

Big Smo

Mockingbyrd

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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Featured Lyrics From Zac Brown Band’s ‘Different Kind Of Fine’

Lyric above from Zac Brown Band’s Different Kind of Fine.

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Photo – Zac Brown With One Of America’s Finest In Iraq

This photo means a lot to me. The soldier shaking Zac Brown’s hand is one of my fraternity brothers from Alabama. The photo was taken back in 2009 at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Stryker. Zac and the boys missed the CMA’s that year to tour Iraq. I can’t say enough about the men and women who risk their lives to insure you and I continue living the wonderful life we live in America. And, I applaud and thank the Zac Brown Band for meeting, greeting and entertaining our troops. Well done Zac!

P.S. Stay safe Chad. Miss ya brother!

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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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The Zac Brown Band Video Music Wall Is Live – Watch All Of Zac Brown Band’s Official Music Videos On One Page

The Zac Brown Band Video Music Wall is now live. Watch all of Zac Brown Band’s official music videos on one page. To introduce the wall, let’s take a look at their very first official music video for their first number one hit Chicken Fried. Enjoy!

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Zac Brown Band’s 2011 Concert Tour – One Of The Best Shows You’ll See All Year

If you haven’t seen the Zac Brown Band in concert, we highly recommend you find a show near you and GO! We saw them here in Atlanta last year, and it was our favorite concert of 2010.

Zac is extremely gracious on stage and allows his bandmates to shine just as much as himself. One of the best live performances from last year was when Zac teamed up with Joey & Rory for an awesome live version of their number one hit Free. It’s a perfect example of what to expect at a Zac Brown Band concert. Enjoy the video and enjoy the show!

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