CMA Gets 2012 CMA Music Festival Rolling With Free Parade and Block Party

201205221550 CMA Gets 2012 CMA Music Festival Rolling With Free Parade and Block Party

The Eighth Annual CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Parade will be held on Wednesday, June 6. Fans are pictured gathering for The Seventh Annual CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Parade during the 2011 CMA Music Festival. Photo credit: John Russell.

CMA kick starts 2012 CMA Music Festival onWednesday, June 6 with The Eighth Annual CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Parade at 11:00 AM/CT, followed by The Seventh Annual CMA Music Festival Block Party at 12:30 PM/CT.

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Country icon Glen Campbell will be the Grand Marshal for The Eighth Annual CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Parade on Wednesday, June 6. Photo credit: Robert Sebree.

Country icon Glen Campbell will be the Grand Marshal for the Parade. Campbell last performed at CMA Music Festival in 2004. He has received two CMA Awards, including CMA Entertainer of the Year (1968) and Male Vocalist of the Year (1968), and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005. Last year, Campbell announced he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Since then, he released his final album, the critically-acclaimed Ghost on the Canvas, and is in the midst of his successful Goodbye Tour.

“Last year more than 16,000 fans lined Broadway for the Parade and with our beloved Glen Campbell as Grand Marshal this year we are expecting even more people to come out and show their support and love for this iconic Country Music figure,” said Sheri Warnke, CMA Senior Vice President of Communications and Marketing.

The Eighth Annual CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Parade will launch from Tenth Avenue on Broadway and end at Riverfront Park, site of the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage (First Avenue). One of the most popular features of the parade is the 40 Country Music artists riding in a wide variety of Chevrolet vehicles including vintage Corvettes.

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Platinum-selling Country group Little Big Town will participate in The Eighth Annual CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Parade and The Seventh Annual CMA Music Festival Block Party on Wednesday, June 6. Photo credit: Williams+HIrakawa.

Platinum-selling Country group Little Big Town has a different mode of transportation planned for the Parade. In support of their new single “Pontoon” each member of the group, Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet, and Jimi Westbrook, will be riding on four different Premier pontoon boats alongside lucky fans.

“What could we do for the fans that would be unique? Well, we can ride them around on a pontoon at the CMA Festival Kick-Off Parade!,” said Fairchild. “After the parade we’ll have the honor of kicking off the Block Party at the Riverfront Stage singing ‘Pontoon.’ It’s a good way to start CMA Fest, don’t you think?”

Little Big Town will be performing as part of the LP Field Festival lineup on Saturday, June 9. The group has received a career total of nine CMA Award nominations to date. The foursome recently recorded “Deep River Woman” with Lionel Richie for his current album Tuskegee, which hit the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart. Little Big Town’s fifth studio album, produced by Jay Joyce, will be released later this year and features the first single, “Pontoon,” which is at radio now.

With Campbell as Grand Marshal, other artists are lining up to participate in the Parade including Bill Anderson, Lynn Anderson, Katie Armiger, Craig Wayne Boyd, Weston Burt, Craig Campbell, Bucky Covington, Cowboy Troy, Ira Dean, Jaida Dreyer, Due West, Tyler Farr, Florida Georgia Line, Flynnville Train, Colt Ford, The Grascals, Greg Hanna, Amber Hayes, Angie Johnson, Little Big Town,LoCash Cowboys, Rachele Lynae, Manuel, The McClymonts, Randy Montana, Lorrie Morgan, Craig Morrison, The Oak Ridge Boys, Chase Rice, Marlee Scott,  Matt Stillwell,  Payton Rae, David St. Romain, The Roys, Jason Sturgeon, Trent Tomlinson, Trailer Choir,  Rhonda Vincent, and Corey Wagar.

Other participants include the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales, BIC® Soleil Sunshine Squad, Carl Black Chevrolet and the Luke Bryan/Eric Church 2012 Chevrolet Silverado, The 22nd Annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge, Cooter’s Garage General Lee, GEICO Gecko, Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee, Gnash and the Nashville Predators Dancers and Ice Girls, the Jelly Bean on Tour Bus, military veterans riding the Music City Trolley, Music City Drum and Bugle Corps, a 40×60 foot American flag that will be carried by veterans and representatives of Nashville’s Fire Department, Metro Nashville Police Department Drill and Ceremony Team, Metro Police Mounted Unit, Metro Police Special Operations Boat and SWAT Rescue Truck, Nashville Rollergirls, Nashville Zoo and Twiga (the Zoo’s giraffe mascot), Operation Troop Aid, Travel Channel’s Destination Summer Tour Bus, and more.

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The Keep the Music Playing All Stars Marching Band will perform during the The Eighth Annual CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Parade on Wednesday, June 6. The band is pictured performing during The Seventh Annual CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Parade during the 2011 CMA Music Festival. Photo credit: John Russell

Making its second appearance in the Kick-Off Parade is the Keep the Music Playing All Stars Marching Band, which is made up of 125 students representing eight Metro Nashville Public Schools including Antioch High School, East Literature Magnet School, Hillsboro High School, Hunters Lane Comprehensive High School, John Overton High School, Maplewood High School, McGavock High School, and Stratford STEM Magnet High School playing together for the first time under the direction of Antioch High School band director Scott Miller, associate director Caryn Miller, and Jarrett Jones, who will be assisting with the drum line.

Since 2006, CMA has donated half the net proceeds from the Festival to support music education through the Keep the Music Playing program on behalf of the artists who make appearances and perform for free.

To date, more than $6.1 million has been donated to purchase musical instruments and supplies, providing thousands of students in Metro Schools with the resources and opportunities they could not have afforded on their own, and giving many of them a strong reason to remain in school. The total also includes a $1 million endowment gift for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Words & Music program, which assists language arts and music teachers with classroom instruction in the basics of songwriting.

Following the parade, The Seventh Annual CMA Music Festival Block Party will take place at the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage. Free and open to the public, the concert starts at 12:30 PM with Little Big Town kicking it off followed by Brazilbilly, Eric Lee Beddingfield, and LoCash Cowboys.

The Block Party is just the beginning, with four more days of live entertainment throughout downtown Nashville.

Featuring concerts, autograph signings, family activities, and more, CMA Music Festival is the Ultimate Country Music Fan Experience – a four-day celebration of America’s music. In 2011, the event drew a record-setting 65,000 fans from all 50 states and 26 nations and, for the second consecutive year, sold out in advance each night at LP Field for the star-packed Nightly Concerts. According to the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, direct visitor spending generated by the Festival totaled more than $30 million. CMA Music Festival is a four-time winner of the International Entertainment Buyers Association’s LIVE! Award for Festival of the Year (2004, 2006, 2008, 2010).

CMA Music Festival is organized and produced by the Country Music Association. Fan Fair® is a registered trademark of CMA. Chevrolet™ is the Official Ride of Country Music. American Airlines is the Official Airline of the CMA Music Festival. BIC is an Official Partner of the 2012 CMA Music Festival. Connect with CMA online at CMAfest.com, Facebook.com/CMA and Twitter.com/CountryMusic.

Vince Gill, Brad Paisley and Keith Urban To Pay Tribute To Glen Campbell

201111012042 Vince Gill, Brad Paisley and Keith Urban To Pay Tribute To Glen Campbell

Country Music Hall of Fame member and former CMA Entertainer of the Year Glen Campbell will be honored in a performance by Vince Gill, Brad Paisley, and Keith Urban during "The 45th Annual CMA Awards" Photo courtesy of Big Hassle PR

Reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Brad Paisley and former CMA Entertainers of the Year Vince Gill and Keith Urban will pay tribute to Country Music Hall of Fame member and former CMA Entertainer of the Year Glen Campbell during “The 45th Annual CMA Awards.” The three guitar virtuosos’ performance saluting the legendary singer/musician will be a highlight of “Country Music’s Biggest Night(tm).”

“The 45th Annual CMA Awards,” hosted by Paisley and Carrie Underwood, airs live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov. 9 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network. Previously announced performers include Jason Aldean, The Band Perry, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Sara Evans, Faith Hill, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Scotty McCreery, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Thompson Square, Keith Urban, Chris Young, and Zac Brown Band, plus Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter singing their hit collaboration “You and Tequila;” Rascal Flatts and Natasha Bedingfield singing their current hit duet “Easy;” Lionel Richie performing a medley of hits with Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts, and Darius Rucker; and co-hosts Paisley and Underwood in their first live televised-performance of their No. 1 song “Remind Me.”

Campbell was named both CMA Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year in 1968, and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005. The legendary performer has sold more than 45 million albums and recorded such classic hits as “Wichita Lineman,” “Gentle On My Mind,” “Galveston,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Southern Nights,” and “Rhinestone Cowboy.” As a musician, Campbell was part of the much-heralded Wrecking Crew that performed on a variety of artists’ albums. His guitar prowess is featured on the Beach Boys’ seminal album Pet Sounds and on Frank Sinatra’s megahit “Strangers in the Night,” among others. He acted alongside John Wayne in the movie “True Grit,” and hosted “The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour” on television from 1968-1972. Earlier this year, Campbell announced he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. He is in the midst of his successful Goodbye Tour after releasing his final album, the critically-acclaimed Ghost on the Canvas.

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Vince Gill will perform with Brad Paisley and Keith Urban in a salute to Glen Campbell during "The 45th Annual CMA Awards" on Nov. 9, broadcast live on ABC Television from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. Photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville. Photo courtesy of Universal Music Group Nashville.

Gill is No. 3 on the list for the most career wins in CMA Award history, having won 18 CMA Awards thus far, including two Entertainer Awards (1993, 1994), five consecutive Male Vocalist Awards (1991-1995, tying him with George Strait for the most wins in that category), two Album Awards (1993 for I Still Believe in You and 1994 for Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles), and a record-holding four Song of the Year Awards (1991 for “When I Call Your Name,” 1992 for “Look at Us,” 1993 for “I Still Believe In You,” and 1996 for “Go Rest High On That Mountain”). Gill served as host of the CMA Awards for 12 consecutive years (1992-2003), a record for hosts of any nationally televised Awards show. He released his new album, Guitar Slinger, last week.

201111012054 Vince Gill, Brad Paisley and Keith Urban To Pay Tribute To Glen Campbell

Brad Paisley will perform with Vince Gill and Keith Urban in a salute to Glen Campbell during "The 45th Annual CMA Awards" on Nov. 9, broadcast live on ABC Television from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. Photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

The reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year, Paisley received five nominations in 2011 for Entertainer; Male Vocalist; Album for This is Country Music; and Musical Event and Music Video of the Year for “Old Alabama,” featuring Alabama. Paisley has won 14 CMA Awards to date, including three consecutive Male Vocalist Awards (2007-2009) and Album of the Year (in 2006 for Time Well Wasted). This is his fourth consecutive year to co-host the CMA Awards with Underwood.

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Keith Urban will perform with Vince Gill and Brad Paisley in a salute to Glen Campbell during "The 45th Annual CMA Awards" on Nov. 9, broadcast live on ABC Television from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. Photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville. Photo courtesy of Universal Music Group Nashville. Photo courtesy of Capital Records Nashville.

Urban received two nominations this year: Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year. He has won four CMA Awards to date: Entertainer in 2005 and three consecutive Male Vocalist of the Year Awards (2004-2006). Urban’s current album is Get Closer.

“The 45th Annual CMA Awards” is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer, Paul Miller is the Director, and David Wild is the writer. The special will be shot in high definition and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.

Premiere Radio Networks is the official radio packager of the CMA Awards. Chevrolet(tm) is a Proud Partner of the CMA Awards and Official Ride of Country Music. American Airlines is the Official Airline of the 2011 CMA Awards. Macy’s is the official presenting partner of the CMA Awards Red Carpet. CMA is a Proud Supporter of DRIVE4COPD.

 

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Will Hoge and Glen Campbell at GAC

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Will Hoge and Glen Campbell at GAC

Nashville singer/songwriter Will Hoge ran into the legendary Glen Campbell at the GAC studios today.

Hoge taped a segment for “On the Streets” that will air Sept. 27, the same day he releases his seventh studio album, NUMBER SEVEN.

Glen Campbell – Ghost On The Canvas

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Glen Campbell - Ghost On The Canvas

“Ghost On The Canvas,” is Glen Campbell’s final studio record, his voice, guitar playing and songs are amazing as ever and remind us why he is such a giant musical icon.

Glen has won Grammys in both the Pop and Country categories and placed 27 tunes in the Country charts’ Top 10. His timeless variety show “The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour” reached over 50 million viewers per week and featured top musical guests such as Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Linda Ronstadt, Liza Minnelli, Cher, Judy Collins and Joan Baez among many others.

A member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Glen’s career has spanned over fifty years.

Produced by Julian Raymond (The Wallflowers, Cheap Trick, Roseanne Cash), the stunning new album “Ghost On The Canvas” will be released this summer and features collaborations with Paul Westerberg, Jakob Dylan, Chris Isaak, Guided by Voices’ Bob Pollard, surf-guitar legend Dick Dale, Daddy Warhols and Billy Corgan, among others.

“Working with Glen first on ‘Meet Glen Campbell’ and now on ‘Ghost On The Canvas’ is the highlight of my musical career.” says Raymond. “Glen’s performance on ‘Ghost On The Canvas’ is amazing and some of the best recording he has ever done.”

“One of the great things about this project was working with Julian Raymond again.” Glen states. “Julian is the one who came up with the concept and hand picked each song. Like our first album together, it was Julian’s vision that inspired me to get back in the studio and reinterpret this great music into my own style.”