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Luke Bryan Brings Back “Farm Tour”

Capitol Records Nashville artist Luke Bryan will embark on his second Farm Tour this fall. The shows celebrating farmers and benefiting local charities will take place in his home state of Georgia in late September.

The Farm Tour shows will be held in Valdosta (Sept. 28), Statesboro (Sept. 29), Carrollton (Sept. 30), and Macon (Oct. 1).

“I come from an area just like those we have chosen to perform in,” said Bryan. “I grew up working on my father’s peanut farm and know how hard these farmers work. We hope to give them a chance to take a break and enjoy themselves with a night of music.”

The idea for the outdoor Farm Tour concerts came from Bryan as a way to give back to local farming communities by celebrating the American farmer and giving them a fun night out. Deltapine® is the official sponsor of the 2010 Farm Tour.

Farm Tour tickets will be available starting today at www.lukebryan.com and through local area retail outlets soon.

Little Big Town Ride For A Cure

Capitol Nashville Recording artist Little Big Town will once again host the Ride For A Cure on Sunday, July 11, benefiting the T.J. Martell Foundation. This marks the fourth year of the band’s involvement in the charity motorcycle outing, beginning at the Tin Roof in Nashville and riding to the Harley-Davidson Superstore in Columbia.

Registration for motorcycle riders and non-riders begins at the Tin Roof at 8AM with performances by Brett Eldridge and others. The ride kicks-off at 10:30AM and will be followed by a post-ride performance in Columbia at 12:30PM by Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Josh Thompson and The Band Perry.

“Every year we look forward to this day when we can get together with our fans and enjoy a beautiful ride, some great music and raise money for a cause that’s so dear to our hearts,” said Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town.

The T. J. Martell Foundation is offering a special VIP ticket for $300 that includes breakfast, access to the VIP areas during the ride, lunch, a gift bag, t-shirt and performance. Rider plus jam tickets are $35 and include the ride, lunch, t-shirt and performance. Jam tickets are $20. Tickets may be purchased online at www.nashvillerideforacure.com.

Proceeds from Ride for a Cure locally supports cancer research at the Frances Williams Preston Laboratories at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. The T.J. Martell Foundation supports leukemia, cancer and AIDS research.

“This is an amazing event with a demographic that is fun to reach,” said Derek Crownover, President of the T.J. Martell Foundation – Southern Region Board of Directors. “There are some true-blue Martell faithful involved. I have known Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town since before she moved to Nashville. So we go way back. It’s great to see Kimberly, Phillip, Karen and Jimi using their tremendous success to help raise money to find cures for cancer.”

Little Big Town will release their new Capitol Nashville album The Reason Why on August 24. The lead single “Little White Church” is currently Top 15 and climbing.

Brooks & Dunn Hall of Fame Show Rescheduled

Regular tickets to Brooks & Dunn’s farewell show are sold out, but a few VIP packages are still available. The August 10 [rescheduled to 9/2] concert at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena is a benefit for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Check out the VIP offerings below and help a great cause.

Hillbilly Deluxe Package ($750)

One (1) Invitation to an intimate dinner the evening of Sept. 1 in the Hall of Fame Rotunda at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, hosted by a few of Brooks & Dunn’s closest musical collaborators (Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn will not attend)

One (1) Floor Concert Seat

Meet & Greet and photo opportunity with Brooks & Dunn on Sept 2, 2010

One (1) complimentary parking space for both the Sept 1 dinner and the Sept 2 concert, within a one-block vicinity of the dinner and concert venue

One (1) Brooks & Dunn merchandise package

One (1) item autographed by Brooks & Dunn

Play Something Country Package ($300)

One (1) Floor Concert Seat

One (1) Brooks & Dunn merchandise package

One (1) item autographed by Brooks & Dunn

“Friend of the Museum” Option

Become a “Friend of the Museum” at the $250 level and receive one (1) ticket to the sold-out Last Rodeo stop in Nashville, in addition to the other benefits of membership. Join at the $500 level and receive two tickets.

A portion of the package price is tax deductible. Visit countrymusichalloffame.org for details and to purchase.

Nashville Rising Concert Sold Out

Tomorrow night’s (6/22) Nashville Rising benefit for flood relief is sold out, but a few VIP ticket packages are still available. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill spearheaded the concert event at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, recruiting a superstar line-up including Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Michael W Smith, Amy Grant, Montgomery Gentry, Luke Bryan, LeAnn Rimes, Martina McBride, ZZ Top, Julie Roberts, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Taylor Swift, Billy Ray Cyrus, Miley Cyrus, Brooks & Dunn, and Toby Keith. Special guests will include Governor Phil Bredesen, Mayor Karl Dean, and entertainment journalist Nancy O’Dell.

The Diamond VIP Package ($1000) includes a premium reserved seat in the first 13 rows of the floor, entrance to post show artist reception at The Palm, signed memorabilia, a Hatch Show print, and a VIP commemorative laminate.

Nashville Rising will benefit the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. The event is being presented by AEG Live/The Messina Group, Live Nation and Outback Concerts.

VIP packages and details at www.nashvillerising.org.

Artists Use Music Fest To Spread Message

Many artists and songwriters are using upcoming CMA Music Festival appearances to benefit their charitable initiatives. Here’s some of the latest:

••••••Musicians On Call, which brings music to the bedsides of hospital patients, will be the beneficiary of two big events this week. Today’s (6/8) 4th Annual Country Weekly Fashion Show and Concert begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Wildhorse Saloon. Luke Bryan will perform, and Joe Nichols will be interviewed. Among the fashion models and/or performers are Bucky Covington, Love and Theft, Bo Bice, Pam Tillis, Trailer Choir, Whitney Duncan, Julie Reeves and others. Clay Walker is hosting the event alongside emcee Suzanne Alexander (GAC).

••••••The Songwriters Series at the Hard Rock Cafe Nashville’s Reverb Room also benefits Musicians On Call. The three night event starts off with a tribute to Kenny Chesney on June 10 with Mac McAnally, Craig Wiseman, and Brett James, airing live on Chesney’s No Shoes Radio. The June 11 evening will feature Chris Tomkins, Dave Berg, and Marc Beeson. Then Dallas Davidson, Tom Douglas, and Wynn Varble will close the series on Sat., June 12. Expect surprise guests. Shows take place at 8:00 PM, with tickets starting at $10 at www.TicketAlternative.com.  Visit www.hardrock.com for additional information.

•••••Chely Wright’s Reading, Writing & Rhythm Benefit Concert has lined up Trisha Yearwood, Rodney Crowell, SHeDAISY, Jamey Johnson, Bucky Covington, Justin Moore, and others to support music education in public schools. Show is today, Tuesday, June 8 at 8:00 PM at TPAC.

••••• Sarah Buxton, Jedd Hughes, Buddy Jewell, Jimmy Fortune of the Statler Brothers, Jim Femino, Tailgate South, Devin Belle, Mike Willis, and Danny Mitchell, will play a benefit for songwriter Tony Lopacinski tonight (6/8) at Dan McGuiness pub from 6 to 10pm.

••••••In its third year as an official CMA Music Festival event, Marty Stuart’s Late Night Jam takes place Wednesday (10:00 PM) at the Ryman Auditorium. Benefiting the MusiCares Nashville Flood Relief Fund, this event will feature Keith Urban, Cowboy Jack Clement, Dallas Frazier, Ronnie Milsap, Ralph Mooney, Connie Smith, Marty Stuart and the Fabulous Superlatives, The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band, and more. www.ticketmaster.com

•••••Online social network and country music lifestyle destination Digital Rodeo is sponsoring the second annual Andy Griggs Celebrity Poker Tournament, to be held Thursday, June 10, at Cadillac Ranch. Winnings will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Middle Tennessee flood victims.

••••Blake Shelton will host the National Rifle Association’s inaugural sporting clay shoot, with proceeds benefiting flood relief efforts through The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. June 10, 2010 at the Tennessee Clay Target Complex from 8:00 am – 1:30 pm.

••••The Teddy Gentry & Friends Benefit for Flood Relief is Thursday, June 10, 7-10pm at 2nd Avenue Live. No cover, all ages.

•••••On Wed., June 9 the Ty Herndon & Friends benefit concert will raise money for the Middle Tennessee chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Michael Peterson, Julie Roberts, Anita Cochran, Diana DeGarmo, Amber Hayes, Herndon and more will perform. Nashville Palace, 7 p.m.

••••• Bo Bice will take the stage of the Tin Roof on Wednesday, June 9 to help raise funds and awareness for Not Alone, a non-profit organization which assists military families. Joining Bice will be Thom Shepherd, Wynn Varble, Rob Crosby, and more. The show starts at 8 PM. Tickets are $10.

••••••••Patty Loveless will be spreading awareness of COPD, the lung disease that took the life of her older sister Dottie, during CMA Music Fest. Throughout the Festival, there will be free screenings offered at the DRIVE4COPD booths at the Sports Zone and Fan Fair Hall.

Benefit For Songwriter Larry Wayne Clark

Larry Wayne Clark, a longtime Nashville songwriter and MusicRow contributor, has been undergoing cancer treatment in his native Canada. Among Clark’s catalog is Chris Young’s first single, “Drinking Me Lonely,” and cuts by the Statler Brothers, Lee Greenwood, Anne Murray, and many others.

Music City friends and colleagues are staging the benefit concert “Nashville Sings for Larry Wayne Clark” to help pay for his medical expenses. The show is set for Monday, June 14, from 6-9 PM at the Red Rooster Bar & Music Hall on Demonbreun. Buddy Jewell, who wrote “Addicted to the Rain” with Clark and included it on his sophomore album, will headline. Also on the line-up are Robin English, Andrea Pearson, Lauren Lucas, Chelsee Oaks, Adam Gregory, Jared Blake, Ryan Laird, Erinn Bates, Cassidy Lynn and renowned guitarist Ladd Smith. Many will perform songs they wrote with Clark.

There will be live and silent auctions. Admission is free, but donations will taken at the door. Everyone who makes a donation of $20 or more will receive a copy of LWC Favorites: Songs of Larry Wayne Clark. The CD is available for purchase at www.larrywayneclark.com/cd.html with all proceeds going to his medical expenses.

Friends who cannot attend the benefit will be able to view streaming video at UARadio. Online donations may be made via PayPal. The “send to” address to use in the US is [email protected] and in Canada it’s [email protected]

For more information, call Robyn Taylor-Drake at 615-726-5810 or [email protected]

Latest Flood Relief Benefits

Standing: Victoria Shaw and Marcus Hummon. Seated: Julie Gold and Don Henry. Photo: Alan Mayor

Victoria Shaw, Marcus Hummon, Julie Gold and Don Henry performed a benefit for MusiCares Friday (5/7) at the Bluebird Cafe. MusiCares has established the Nashville Flood Relief Fund to assist music people affected by the Middle Tennessee Floods. Initial assistance will provide funds for food and clothing, gasoline and transportation, clean up efforts, relocation costs, medicine and other critical supplies. In order to apply for assistance or to donate, please contact the South Regional office at (615) 327-0050 or toll free (877) 626-2748.

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CeCe Winans, Kellie Pickler, Jaci Velasquez and Will Hoge have been added to the line-up for Music City Keep on Playin’ – A Benefit for Flood Relief. The May 16 show will be the first nationally televised telethon and live concert for Nashville flood aid. Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley and Rodney Atkins were previously announced for the event at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. It will air on GAC, WKRN-TV in Nashville on Comcast channel 245 (over the air delivery at 2.2), and Sirius/XM Satellite Radio.

Tickets start at $25 and are on sale at www.ryman.com and www.opry.com, by phone at 1-800-SEE-OPRY or the Ryman box office.

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Pop star Ke$ha is headlining her own flood recovery benefit at Limelight on Wed., June 16. General admission and VIP tickets are available here. “Nashville helped shape me as an artist and as a person and my love for this city is beyond words,” she says. “I will continue to do anything I can to help rebuild this city and support the families and animals who have been affected by this tragedy.” When the singer arrived in Nashville last week she immediately donated 1,000 pounds of dog and cat food to a local animal shelter.
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Music City’s latest fashion craze is “We Are Nashville” T-shirts. After being featured on CNN by Anderson Cooper, demand for the shirts crashed the Cool People Care site which is selling them. The Cool People Care clothing company picked up the saying from a post-flood rallying post on Patten Fuqua’s Predators fan blog. According to the Tennessean, 3,500 T-shirts have been sold so far, with proceeds raising $25,000 for the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee’s Flood Relief Fund. The newspaper also reports that starting Thurs., the Nashville Clothing Co. will be the first retail outlet to carry the shirts.

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Tide, in partnership with Dollar General, is bringing its “Loads of Hope” team to Nashville. Free laundry services for residents and relief workers will be available Wednesday, May 12 through Wednesday, May 19 from 8AM – 6PM. They will be at Dollar General, 2403 Lebanon Pike.

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On May 12, venue Center Stage (514 8th Ave. S.) is hosting a benefit from 3-10 p.m. featuring Marthia Sides, Marty Raybon, Razzy Bailey, Kristina Cornell,  DecemberRadio, Rachel Williams, Thom Shepherd, and more. $5 cover, donations welcome.

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BLEVE Records founder Mickey Milam will donate proceeds from this month’s sales at www.blevemusic.com to the local FOP and IAFF organizations to aid Middle Tennessee First Responders who lost their homes and belongings during the floods.

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During May, Delgado Guitars will donate profits from guitar and accessory purchases, and guitar repair to the flood relief efforts.

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On-air host CW at KMKS in Texas is offering free voiceover services to any flood victim who might need it. Email [email protected]

How To Lend A Hand, Get Help

Photo by Jude Ferrara

The City Paper is keeping a running list of charitable initiatives to help flood victims.

The MusiCares staff wants to remind everyone of their willingness and ability to help those in the music community affected by the recent floods. Call them at 615-327-0050, or toll free at 877-626-2748 or visit www.musicares.com.

Eric Brace & Peter Cooper are donating proceeds from their performance tonight (4/4) at The Station Inn to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee for flood relief. Set starts at 9 pm, following the Doyle & Debbie show.

Music City Roots: Live from the Loveless Cafe is hosting a free show tomorrow night (4/5) because they say “There’s nothing like music to embody the spirit of this city, and encourage everyone to persevere.” Performers donating their time include Elizabeth Cook, 
The Wrights, 
Kevin Gordon
, and Stephen Simmons. Doors open at 6, show starts at 7 PM. 
Donations will be accepted at the door for the Community Foundation.

Clear Channel Rallies For Flood Relief

Clear Channel Nashville is holding a daylong radiothon today (5/4) to benefit local flood relief efforts. All five stations in the cluster (WSIX, WRVW, WLAC, WNRQ, WUBT) will be simulcasting, with on-air talent from each outlet sharing hosting duties until midnight. Proceeds will go to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee’s Tennessee Disaster Response Fund.

The hosts are encouraging donations and keeping listeners up-to-date with the latest news and interviews. This morning Gerry House spoke to Gov. Phil Bredesen and Chief of Police Ronal Serpas during his 7-9 AM time slot.

Roy Orbison Salute; Stars Support Children’s Theatre; Reading Writing Rhythm

April 23, 2010 would have been Roy Orbison’s 74th birthday, and the Hard Rock Cafe Nashville is celebrating the late musician with a benefit for Musicians On Call. Orbison’s wife and local music publisher Barbara Orbison will host the event with a line-up including Harold Bradley & Mallary Hope, Rodney Crowell, Chris Rodriguez & Eden’s Edge, Jeffrey Steele, JD Souther, Sweethearts of the Rodeo, and surprise guests performing songs spanning Roy’s five-decade career. This is just one of the late star’s birthday week events, which also includes the Orbison themed Nashville Sounds game on April 22.

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The Nashville Children’s Theatre’s 13th Annual Dragon’s Concert will feature Jamie O’Neal, Minnie Murphy, Lari White, and Viktor Krauss & Angel Snow. The fundraiser is set for Sunday, May 9th and will be hosted by country comedy favorites Doyle & Debbie, who will also perform. Tickets start at just $30, or VIP admission ($125) includes the patron’s reception, priority seating, live auction and free food and drink
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The 10th Annual Reading, Writing and Rhythm benefit concert will be held on June 8 at TPAC’s James Polk Theater in Nashville. The concert will be raising money to benefit music education programs nationwide. Serving as an unofficial kick-off to the CMA Music Festival, the event will feature Rodney Crowell, Bucky Covington, Justin Moore, Sarah Buxton, Jann Arden, and Reading, Writing & Rhythm’s Founder Chely Wright. Tickets are on sale now and are available for purchase here.