Brooks & Dunn To Be Honored With NASH Icon Award
Brooks & Dunn will receive the NASH Icon Award Presented by Ford F-Series, and will perform at the 2016 American Country Countdown Awards, airing live from the Forum in Inglewood, California, on Sunday, May 1 on FOX.
Reba McEntire, recipient of the 2014 NASH Icon Award and longtime friend of Brooks & Dunn, will present the award, which is given to an artist whose extraordinary talent has influenced generations of musicians and honors the accomplishments and artistry of the recipient.
“Brooks & Dunn have indelibly etched their legacy as the biggest-selling duo in country music history,” said executive producer Mark Bracco. “Their outstanding career achievements have influenced legions of artists and fans alike, and we’re proud to recognize their tremendous success and ongoing musical impact with this well-deserved award.”
Jimmy Wayne Celebrates 200th Opry Performance, Deal With Coca-Cola, And Book Success
Jimmy Wayne celebrated his 200th Grand Ole Opry performance on Friday, April 15, days before the launch of Coca-Cola’s national “Share A Coke And A Song” campaign, which features the lyrics to Wayne’s Top 10 hit, “I Love You This Much,” on bottles and cans of Coca-Cola nationwide.
“The first time I played the Opry was in 2003 and every time since then I’m reminded just how lucky I am to learn directly from the people who’ve helped build this business,” Wayne said. “I’ve learned so much from pioneers like Bill Anderson, Connie Smith, John Conlee, Charlie Daniels, Jeannie Seely, Riders In The Sky and Ricky Skaggs. They’re as nice backstage as they are on stage — they treat everyone with respect and kindness, and those are the key components in building any successful business. I appreciate Pete Fisher and Gina Keltner for inviting me back all these times. I can’t wait to hit 300!”
Immediately following his performance, the singer, songwriter, author and keynote speaker was recognized with a plaque from publisher Thomas Nelson in commemoration of his book, Walk To Beautiful, appearing three times on the New York Times’ Bestsellers list in just 18 months.
Easton Corbin Partners With Eckrich, Operation Homefront To Honor Military Families
Mercury Records artist Easton Corbin partnered with food company Eckrich and Operation Homefront to honor military families in various cities while on tour as part of Carrie Underwood’s The Storyteller Tour.
Corbin has surprise the families backstage with a gift of $5,000 in free groceries, courtesy of Eckrich. There are more events scheduled through early summer. The families get to stay and enjoy Corbin’s performance during The Storyteller Tour headlined by Carrie Underwood.
“It is an honor to be able to surprise and thank our military families with my partners at Eckrich,” said Corbin. “This is a really special campaign and I’m really happy Eckrich asked me to a part of it. It’s great to be able to give something back to them and I hope it helps ease the burdens of these families for everything they have already sacrificed.”
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