Artist Updates (5-28-13)

After wrapping her 110-city “Blown Away Tour” in Abbottsford, B.C. on Thursday night, Carrie Underwood joined rock legends The Rolling Stones during their concert in Toronto on Saturday (May 25) as a surprise guest. Underwood and The Rolling Stones performed “It’s Only Rock ‘N Roll (But I Like It).”

Carrie Underwood performs with The Rolling Stones. Photo: Christopher Wahl/Getty

Carrie Underwood performs with The Rolling Stones. Photo: Christopher Wahl/Getty

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Sweetwater Rain recently stopped by Curb Records to present ACM Lifting Lives®, the charitable arm of the Academy, with a $10,000 donation. ACM Lifting Lives board members, President Bill Mayne and Vice President Lori Badgett, were on hand to accept the generous contribution.

The music video for the group’s single “Starshine” can be seen on GAC, CMT, and TCN and has garnered over 100,000 views on YouTube. The trio is gearing up to release their sophomore single, “Pray For Me,” in the summer of 2013.

Pictured (L-R): Fred Stallcup, ACM Lifting Lives President Bill Mayne, ACM Lifting Lives Vice President Lori Badgett, Danny Rivera, Thomas Hewlett

Pictured (L-R): Sweetwater Rain’s Fred Stallcup, ACM Lifting Lives President Bill Mayne, ACM Lifting Lives Vice President Lori Badgett, Sweetwater Rain’s Danny Rivera and Thomas Hewlett

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alabamaofficial111 Alabama‘s Back to the Bowery Tour two-night stop in Atlanta marks the highest-grossing run for a country artist in Fox Theatre history, with over $498,000 in ticket sales. The legendary group performed for sold-out houses on both nights with over 8,500 in attendance – a new house record. The two-night engagement was the first time Alabama had ever played the Fox Theatre.

“We had two amazing nights. More amazing than I ever dreamed they would be,” says Alabama frontman Randy Owen. “It was great to finally play the Fox, and thanks to the fans and all involved for turning it into a very special memory for us.”

“We could not be more pleased with the outcome of the ALABAMA performances,” said Allan Vella, President and CEO of the Fox Theatre. “They are an exceptional band and we hope that they will visit Atlanta and the Fox again soon.” Promoter Steve Litman of Steve Litman Presents added, “ALABAMA proved once again that they undeniably deserve their legendary status with two amazing SRO shows that thrilled Atlanta.”

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best of bluegrass logo11The first-ever Best of Bluegrass festival has confirmed a solid lineup of artists for its inaugural event, to be held June 3-8 in Lexington, Ky. Dailey and Vincent, IIIrd Tyme Out, The Cleverlys and Lonesome River Band are a few of the performers that have been named as part of the lineup, along with Masters of Bluegrass, featuring Del McCoury, JD Crowe and Bobby Osborne.

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray reflected on both the short-term and long-term benefits of the event. “Both tourism and economic development will be byproducts of festivals like this and we remain convinced that Lexington should play a major role in the bluegrass industry’s big events, including their two-day convention and awards show,” says Gray.

 

 

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