Friday Fun: Festivals, Craig Morgan, Sugarland and More

The Sirius XM Nashville crew celebrated United Cerebal Pasley's Casual Friday today in their Sommet Center Tower offices. Pictured (L-R, back row) Joyce Rizer, Jon Anthony, Corey Duke, Steve Popvich (L-R, front row) Kyle Cantrell, Amy Paige, Bill Hartwig

The Sirius XM Nashville crew celebrated United Cerebal Pasley's Casual Friday today in their Sommet Center Tower offices. Pictured (L-R, back row) Joyce Rizer, Jon Anthony, Corey Duke, Steve Popvich (L-R, front row) Kyle Cantrell, Amy Paige, Bill Hartwig

Organizers have confirmed a major new country music festival in Baton Rouge, to be held Memorial Day Weekend 2010 (May 29-30, 2010) at the LSU Tiger Stadium. The brains behind the event are heavy hitters Festival Productions, Inc.–New Orleans (which produces the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival), AEG Live and The Messina Group. It is tentatively dubbed the Bayou Country Superfest. The Festival’s talent lineup, ticket structure, hotel information and many other details will be released this fall.
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The Hannah Montana soundtrack was the only Country album to receive an RIAA certification during May. That album—which blurs the Country/pop line but falls under the Country SoundScan category—went Platinum in only two months. This is Miley Cyrus’ ninth career Platinum award.
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BNA Records has reissued Craig Morgan’s latest album That’s Why with the new single “Bonfire” added to it. Also added to the disc is Morgan-penned tune, “This Ain’t Nothin’.” “Bonfire” hit radio last month and is proving to be one of the fastest rising songs of Morgan’s career.
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Sugarland will perform on PBS’s Soundstage on July 2. The acclaimed primetime music television series will showcase Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush playing their moving songs such as “Joey,” hits like “Stay,” and “Baby Girl,” as well as covers including ones originally done by fellow Georgians R.E.M.

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Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) is now accepting applications for the 2009-2010 Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad. JALC invites ensembles specializing in jazz, urban/hip hop and American roots music such as bluegrass, blues, Cajun, country, gospel and zydeco to apply. As part of the program, ensembles tour internationally with The Rhythm Road to promote cross-cultural understanding through their music. The deadline for applications is Aug. 10, 2009. Details and the application at http://www.jalc.org/TheRoad_noFl/formusicians.html

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