Artist Tidbits Friday

Joe Don Rooney at the 2010 tournament. Photo Courtesy

Rascal Flatts lead guitarist Joe Don Rooney will be competing for the second year in a row in the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament July 15 – 17 at Lake Tahoe, Nevada’s Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course. Rooney will be joined by over 75 other celebrities and athletes from all over the country, including Michael Jordan and Ray Romano, as they converge on Lake Tahoe for the 22nd annual event, which awards $600,000 in prize money. The event will air live on VERSUS (July 15 4-7 pm ET) and on NBC Sports (July 16 and July 17 from 3-6 pm ET). For the sixth consecutive year, the official tournament charity is LIVESTRONG®. Visit


Buddy Jewell, winner of USA Network’s Nashville Star debut season, has released his latest album project I Surrender All and has signed with Cathy Nakos of CN Productions for management direction. Last year, Buddy formed his own label imprint, Diamond Dust Records, which was inspired by his dedication to our US troops and Christian charity organization Compassion International. The debut single “Somebody Who Would Die For You,” topped the Christian Country chart. His new single “Jesus, Elvis and Me” is shipping to Country, Gospel and Christian Country stations this month.


Carter’s Chord will make their New York City debut when they join Joan Osborne during her summer residency at the prestigious City Winery. The Show Dog-Universal Music group is set to perform on August 4. Carter’s Chord recently released their six-song EP Wild Together. Sisters Becky, Emily and Joanna Robertson co-wrote the songs on Wild Together, which was co-produced by Toby Keith and Mark Wright. Visit and


Blaster Records duo, Brother Trouble and their band, went by the CMA offices to pick-up their official CMA Membership packets and brought an ice cream truck to treat the entire CMA Staff.

(L-R): Christopher Seay-CMA Membership & Balloting Assnt., Betsy Walker- CMA Sr.Coordinator Membership Relations, Jay McCarthy-Bigger Picture Group, Brandi Simms- CMA Sr. Mgr Membership, Mark Sutton-Brother Trouble, Steve Moore-CMA C.E.O., Jason Sutton-Brother Trouble and Allen Mitchell-Bigger Picture Group



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