Artist Updates (11/13/12)

Ty England and wife Justina

Congratulations go out to Love and Theft member Eric Gunderson, who recently announced that he and wife Emily are expecting their first child in May 2013. The couple has been married since April 2010.

MusicRow also sends congrats to singer Ty England (“Should’ve Asked Her Faster”), who recently tied the knot with Justina Cardoza in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. The couple currently lives in Oklahoma City and England continues to perform shows nationwide. He plans to begin recording a new album in 2013.

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EMI Nashville’s Kelleigh Bannen has been named CMT’s “Listen Up” Artist of the Month for November. Fans can now visit to see exclusive videos of Bannen at the Capitol Street Party in downtown Nashville last month. Songs include “Sorry on the Rocks,” “Rose Colored Glasses,” “I Wore Green,” and more.

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Jo Dee Messina pulled double duty over the weekend in San Antonio, running 13.1 miles in the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon & 1/2 Marathon to benefit Susan G. Komen and then headlining the finish line concert after the race. Messina finished the race in 2:36:50, and performed the show still wearing her compression socks and running shoes. Over the event’s 5-year history in San Antonio, runners have raised nearly $6 million for charity.

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Deborah Allen has joined with Altimarc network and the Franklin Theatre to launch Digital Entertainment Broadcast-TV (deb-tv). Production will begin Nov. 19 for “The Deborah Allen Show… Live at the Franklin Theatre,” a variety show featuring interviews, videos, and performances. Initial guests include Steve Cropper, Pam Tillis, Steel Magnolia, and more.

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In touring news, Dwight Yoakam has started a string of Australian dates to support his critically acclaimed new album 3 Pears, which was Yoakam’s highest charting debut on the Billboard 200 upon its release. Yoakam will be back in the United States November 26 for several shows through the end of 2012. See tour dates here.


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