Artist News Wednesday

John Michael Montgomery

>>Danville, KY native John Michael Montgomery became one of the newest members of the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame recently, inducted by brother Eddie Montgomery, of the country duo Montgomery Gentry, at a ceremony in Lexington, KY.


>>Kris Kristofferson will receive the Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) 2011 Career Achievement Award when the Festival presented by Nissan takes place April 14-21 at the Regal Green Hills Stadium 16. Kristofferson will be presented with the award before the Friday, April 15, 8:00 p.m. spotlight screening of Bloodworth, in which the actor portrays a disgruntled and estranged father and musician returning to his family after 40 years of absence. Chely Wright will be in attendance for the Friday, April 15, 5:30 p.m. sneak preview screening of the documentary Wish Me Away. The documentary, by directors Bobbie Birleffi and Beverly Kopf, follows Wright leading up to and after her coming out as openly gay. For more details about the Film Festival, please visit


Pictured during Friday night’s pre-hunt festivities are Beddingfield (l) and Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam (r).

>>Rebel Dawg Records artist Eric Lee Beddingfield took part in the 10th Annual Tennessee Governor’s One Shot Turkey Hunt benefiting the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Foundation in Pulaski, Tennessee recently. Participants were paired with a guide and given one opportunity to bag a bird. ELB came away empty handed, but he did get to perform his “The Gospel According to Jones” hit for the 1,000 or so attendees of the banquet that evening.


>>Chris Young is preparing to make his second visit to entertain U.S. troops stationed overseas, as part of the Stars For Stripes tour. Young will embark on the PIECE OF HOME tour, performing for service members stationed in Iraq and Kuwait, from April 13-21. Not only will Young and his full band perform 5 concerts at 5 camps, he will also offer special acoustic sets at various remote FOBs (Forward Operating Base) for troops who seldom receive celebrity entertainment.


Jacob Lyda (r) and Chumlee (l)

>>Davis Music Group artist Jacob Lyda was in Las Vegas recently to promote his debut single, “I’m Doing Alright” and spent time with Austin “Chumlee” Russell, one of the stars of the History Channel’s hit Pawn Stars. Lyda’s debut album is scheduled for a fall release.





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