Footwear and apparel company Ariat International has partnered with Josh Turner for a series of initiatives in 2012 and 2013. Ariat will sponsor numerous dates on Turner’s 2013 Punching Bag tour, and the artist will be featured in the company’s new “Passion” ad campaign which will appear in a variety of publications. “Josh is a true fan of our brand. We have been working with him for several years, and this formal partnership is a natural progression of the relationship,” said Susan Alcala, Ariat’s vice president of partnership marketing. “It is an honor to have Josh join the extended Ariat team.”
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Whisperin’ Bill Anderson and his acoustic trio had a frighteningly close encounter with nature over the weekend, when his bus collided with a moose near Sandpoint, Idaho. The group was traveling to Libby, Montana for a show when the accident occurred. Luckily, Anderson and his band members are all okay.
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Stoney Creek Records’ up-and-coming group Parmalee is offering fans the chance to assist in song selection for its upcoming 2013 album. The foursome will host a show on StageIt Tuesday, October 30 at 8 pm/CT to play new songs and chat with fans to find out which songs they want to hear. Fans can log on to http://smarturl.it/helppickthesongs to purchase tickets for the show.
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Mac Powell made his Grand Ole Opry debut over the weekend, playing country classics like “Ring of Fire” and “I Saw the Light” along with his own “Mississippi,” the first single from his self-titled country album. “I can honestly say that playing the Grand Ole Opry was one of the highlights of my career,” says Powell. “The support we received from everyone there was amazing!” Powell is also the frontman for multi-platinum Christian rock band Third Day.