Fun Photo Friday

In between dates opening for Taylor Swift, Frankie Ballard made his second CMA Music Festival appearance. Ballard’s schedule included autograph signings, a performance at the Chevrolet™ Riverfront Stage and a surprise appearance at Blake Shelton’s fan club party. Ballard also had the chance to hang with a bunch of media girls at the famed Wildhorse Saloon. Ballard’s Top 30 hit “A Buncha Girls” is quickly climbing the country radio singles charts.

(L-R) Back Row: Alanna Conaway (Taste of Country), Brittany Perlin (The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson), Jensen Arrowsmith (Warner Music Nashville), Ashley Dvorkin (FOX News), Sarah Lai (Warner Music Nashville) and Carden Griscom (Warner Music Nashville) Front Row: Allison Barrie (FOX News), Frankie Ballard, Lindsay Mayer (ABC), Linda Kim (E! News) and Tree Paine (Warner Music Nashville) Photo: Courtesy of Warner Music Nashville

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Power-trio Lady Antebellum recently stopped by CMT Top 20 Countdown to chat with host Evan Farmer about their third studio album, Own the Night, along with their newest single, “Just a Kiss.” This all new episode of the show premiered this morning, June 17 at 10am CT.

(L-R): Evan Farmer; Hillary Scott; Charles Kelley; Dave Haywood Photo: Amber McSwain

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Jimmy Wayne opened for his idols Daryl Hall and John Oates recently (6/15) at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, NY.  Wayne has often spoken of his admiration for the pop duo legends, and even covered their hit “Sara Smile” on his last CD. Wayne, who made his debut at LP Field during Music Fest last week, is currently at work on a new CD.

(L-R): Hall, Wayne and Oates. Photo: Kevin Ferguson

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During the 2011 CMT Music Awards, Keifer Thompson, half of the duo Thompson Square, who grew up right outside Joplin, MO, wanted to show his support for the victims of recent tornados. He did so by wearing a black tee-shirt with white lettering simply saying, “Joplin, MO.” The tee-shirt worn by Keifer Thompson is now available for purchase with all proceeds being donated to the Joplin Red Cross to assist in relief efforts. For more details visit

While backstage at the awards show, Kiefer ran into the Gilbert family from Joplin, MO. They shared their personal story of loss during the storms with Keifer, and thanked him for spreading awareness. (L- R) back row: Tiffany Gilbert, Eric Gilbert, Amy Gilbert, Keifer Thompson of Thompson Square. Front row: Lexi Gilbert






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