Artist Updates (8/16/12)

Trace Adkins has canceled his performance scheduled for tomorrow (8/17) at the Swiftwater Cellars Amphitheater in Cle Elum, WA, due to the region’s devastating wildfires that have burned 28,000 acres. “With heartfelt concern for the residents of Cle Elum, WA who are currently facing devastating wildfires, I can not in good conscience stage a concert this Friday while the community is under such strain,” said Adkins in a statement. Those interested in helping the community can go here for more information.

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Keith Urban takes fans to a few of his favorite spots in Nashville in new episode of “Going Home” on Ram Country on Yahoo! Music. The singer discusses his arrival in Nashville and being asked to join the Grand Ole Opry, and pays visits to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Ryman Auditorium, and Blackbird Studio. See it here.

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Dwight Yoakam appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night (8/15) to debut his new song “Nothing But Love,” which appears on his upcoming release 3 Pears. The occasion marked Yoakam’s 25th appearance on the show. See the performance here. 3 Pears is due for release September 18 and includes two-tracks co-produced with Beck.

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Sibling trio High Valley (Brad, Bryan, and Curtis Rempel) has partnered with Rodeowave Entertainment to launch the band’s first US single, “Love You For A Long Time” (written by Brad Rempel, Jared Crump, and Ben Stennis). Originally from Alberta, Canada, High Valley is currently working on its new album with producers Phil O’Donnell and Jeremy Spillman. The single goes for adds September 10.

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Ralph Stanley has signed with The Paradigm Agency for his live performance bookings. The bluegrass master currently plays over 100 dates per year, and has been performing since 1946. Stanley will continue to be represented for publicity by Morris Public Relations.

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Ole Smoky Moonshine, Tennessee’s first legal moonshine, has announced partnerships with Average Joes’ Matt Stillwell and Stonehall Entertainment’s Phoenix Stone. Stillwell’s breakout single “Shine” was an ode to the spirit, and Stone’s debut single currently impacting radio is “100 Proof Moonshine.” More on Ole Smoky here.

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