Artist Updates: Darius Rucker, Florida Georgia Line, LOCASH, Nashville Universe Awards

Darius Rucker To Be Featured on CMT’s Inside Fame

darius rucker southern styleTwenty years after Darius Rucker first achieved musical success as a member of group Hootie & the Blowfish, the now award-winning country artist shares the moments behind his success in both pop and country with a new episode of CMT’s bio-series Inside Fame: Darius Rucker. The episode premieres Saturday, Feb. 7 at 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Rucker’s upcoming fourth studio album, Southern Style, will release March 31. The singer-songwriter’s Southern Style Tour, featuring Brett Eldredge, will launch May 14 in Holmdel, N. J.

Inside Fame is a CMT original production, with Jayson Dinsmore, Lewis Bogach and John Miller-Monzon serving as executive producers.


Florida Georgia Line, NEEDTOBREATHE Set for Live In The Vineyard Festival

LiveinthevineyardFlorida Georgia Line, NEEDTOBREATHE, Melissa Etheridge, Katy Tiz, Oh Honey, and The Veronicas are slated to perform during the 15th installment of the “Live In The Vineyard” festival. To be held March 26-29 in Napa Valley, Calif., the private festival happens twice per year, and give attendees access to recording artists, top tier wine makers, and acclaimed chefs.

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Storme Warren To Host Third Annual Nashville Universe Awards

Nashville Universe LogoThe third annual Nashville Universe Awards will welcome host Storme Warren (SiriusXM’s “The Highway”) at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville on Monday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. CT. Established in 2012, the awards highlight upcoming artists, from musicians to filmmakers, while introducing them to industry tastemakers.

Nominees in five top categories were recently revealed:

Entertainer of the Year
Don Woods
2 Steel Girls
Gibson Cage
3 Lanes Crossing
Trailer Choir

Male Vocalist of the Year
Troy Hoss
Kevin Klein
Michael Moore
Chris Rogers
Tom Dixon

Female Vocalist of the Year
Amy Rose
Keeghan Nolan
Carmen Brandy
Taylor Parks
Jolina Carl

Vocal Group of the Year
The Southern Experience Band
Darrin Morris Band
Phoenix Drive
3 Lanes Crossing
The Plott Hounds

Song of the Year
The Suitcase – Garrett Steel
Forward – 2 Steel Girls
Kick Start This Party – Tom Dixon
Whiskey Melody – Don Woods
The Cheatin’ Song – 3 Lanes Crossing

LOCASH To Launch ‘2015 I Love This Life Tour’ on Feb. 15

LOCASH. Photo: Jake Harsh

LOCASH. Photo: Jake Harsh

Duo LOCASH will visit a string of popular music markets on its 2015 I Love This Life Tour. The trek will launch Feb. 15 in Westbury, N.Y. Upcoming stops include Evansville, Ind., Melbourne, Fla., Annapolis, Md., Hunter, N.Y., Rhinelander, Wis., Sunrise Beach, Mo., and more. LOCASH’s Preston Brust and Chris Lucas recently signed to Reviver Records, and are ready to bring their energetic live shows to fans. The duo’s new single, “I Love This Life,” will impact country radio during the week of Country Radio Seminar.

“We know we can make this new record deal very successful,” Lucas said. “We’ve got a lot of amazing fans and people who believe in us, and we’ve thrown kindling all over the place — now it’s time to light it.”

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