Artist Action: Reba, Darius Rucker, Wade Bowen, Thompson Square, Emi Sunshine

Reba and Darius Rucker.

Reba and Darius Rucker.

Reba and Darius Rucker Reveal Impactful Movies During CMA Fest

Fandango will debut new episodes of I Love Movies, part of its Movieclips Original Video Series, featuring Darius Rucker and Reba during the nightly concerts at LP Field during the CMA Music Festival in Nashville on June 11-14.

The episodes will offer interviews from Esquire Magazine‘s writer-at-large Cal Fussman, sharing how movies have inspired and influenced country superstars in pivotal moments of their lives.

Other venues will display the features throughout the week, in addition to inclusion on Fandango’s digital network, which runs through the fall and is timed with the 49th Annual CMA Awards in November.

“Movies helped shape who I am today,” said Rucker. “It’s joyous to see something meaningful on the big screen, providing important moments in your life. I remember the first time I saw Purple Rain, I was instantly changed. I’m getting chills just thinking about it.”

“Music and movies have inspired me in so many ways,” said Reba. “Both are not only significant parts of my career but my life. A great lyric or line from a film has the ability to take your mind somewhere new. I’m excited to share some of my favorite moments with I Love Movies.”

“Country Music and the movies are kindred spirits, as both share authentic life stories that leave meaningful, lasting effects on their audiences,” said Adam Rockmore, head of marketing at Fandango.

Fandango sells tickets to more than 26,000 screens nationwide, entertaining and informing consumers with reviews, commentary, celebrity interviews and trailers.

Wade Bowen's 17th Annual Bowen Classic, Photo: Todd Purifoy, Purifoy Photography

Wade Bowen’s 17th Annual Bowen Classic, Photo: Todd Purifoy, Purifoy Photography

Wade Bowen Raises over $275k for Local Texas Charities

Wade Bowen‘s 17th Annual Bowen Classic raised over $275,000 this past weekend (May 31-June 1) in Waco, TX with performances from Randy RogersTuff Hedeman, Cody Canada and The Departed and Willian Clark Greek.

The celebrity golf tournament was held at Cottonwood Golf Course.

Over $1.25 million has been raised in total, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting local Waco charities: Avance and The Boys and Girls Club of America.

Thompson Square. Photo: Weston Heflin

Thompson Square. Photo: Weston Heflin

Thompson Square Releases “Trans Am” Music Video

Thompson Square revealed its new music video for current single “Trans Am” today (June 5) exclusively with CMT (CMT Pure,, CMT Artists App). and also helped in the roll-out of the video, which was directed by Wes Edwards. Shot over a 15-hour day inside Nashville’s Soundcheck sound stage, the treatment offered the duo its first live performance video, which includes bandmates and the actual staging and lighting rigs from Thompson Square’s live concerts.

This Sunday (June 7), Keifer and Shawna Thompson guest star on popular DIY Network program Salvage Dawgs, at 9 p.m. CT.

Emi Sunshine.

Emi Sunshine.

Emi Sunshine Launches Kickstarter For Broken Down Van

Ten-year-old performer Emi Sunshine has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for her van, which broke down prior to her upcoming summer tour. Prizes, limited edition t-shirts, and more are available to aid in buying a new mode of transportation.

Her tour is planned to hit destinations including Canada, New York, Las Vegas and California.

“We hope that this Kickstarter will give us the funds needed to purchase a new van/bus and we hope that it can be a way for the fans to directly take part in our journey to spread our music to as many ears as possible,” said a release from Sunshine’s mailing list.


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