Hot Bluegrass Duo, The Roys, Tape PBS Special

201201201742 Hot Bluegrass Duo, The Roys, Tape PBS Special

"Pa's Fiddle: America's Music" TV taping at Loveless Barn in Nashville. Pictured L-R (front row): Ronnie Milsap, Randy Travis, Natalie Grant, Elaine Roy, Lee Roy. (Back Row): Members of Committed. Photo Credit: J. Westby

Hot Bluegrass duo, The Roys, recently taped a PBS Special celebrating the music of Laura Ingalls Wilder.  Lee and Elaine Roy joined Randy Travis, Ronnie Milsap and numerous other stars for the event, which raised the rafters of the Loveless Barn outside of Nashville last week.  Check out great behind-the-scenes footage and hear the music of Charles “Pa” Ingalls at MTSU Helps Revive Great Old American Music with “Pa’s Fiddle” Project – YouTube.

The PBS Special, “Pa’s Fiddle: America’s Music,” is the brain-child of Dr. Dale Cockrell, director of MTSU’s Center for Popular Music and scholar of the songs embedded in the “Little House on the Prairie” books.  He was joined by MTSU professors and students who worked behind the scenes to capture video for the documentary, titled “Inside Pa’s Fiddle.”

MTSU is playing a key role in keeping the old-time fiddle music alive for future generations. Some of the more popular songs were featured in a recorded PBS pledge-drive special that will begin a two-year broadcast run in June.

TN State Capitol Goes Pink During ICM Week

201110102220 TN State Capitol Goes Pink During ICM Week

TN State Capitol Goes Pink During ICM Week

The Inspirational Country Music Association is this year moving to a new level of Nashville humanitarianism with a “Turning Nashville Pink” theme being embraced both during Inspirational Country Music Week, October 24-27th and the ICM Faith, Family, & Country Awards presentation October 28 at Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Numerous businesses throughout downtown Nashville will display pink in support of the cause during Inspirational Country Music Week, and the state capitol itself will be showered in pink lighting for the entire week to honor and raise awareness for the cause.

The 2011 ICM Faith, Family & Country Awardscontinue as the highpoint finale of Inspirational Country Music Week. This year’s planned schedule will run October 24-28 in Nashville and as in past years is slated to draw a broad cross section of industry, music fans, broadcast media, and artists in a well-orchestrated showcase of music and seminar related activities.

The theme of ICM-Association events this year reflect a commitment to October’s national theme of breast cancer awareness month and the organization’s corporate partnership to raise funds to benefit the Tennessee Breast Cancer Coalition,  It’s an outreach close to the heart of ICM-Association Executive Director, Jason Higgins.

“My own mother is a two time survivor of this devastating disease which now effects one out of eight women nationally,” he noted in a recent interview. “From our platform of having the ability to engage music and major name artists with the meaningful aspects of a vital humanitarianism cause that would benefit Middle Tennessee, we felt our efforts to ‘Paint Nashville Pink’ would be an extremely meaningful addition to this year’s ICM-Association events.”

Special events planned include:

  • Tennessee’s State Capitol will “turn pink” with special lighting effects–October 24—28.
  • A special “pink carpet” roll-out is planned for honoree survivors to enter the Awards Show as VIP guests –interacting with artists and presenters for photo opportunities etc.
  • A VIP honoree seating section is planned onstage at the Awards.
  • NossiCollege of the Arts based in Nashville is contributing  original graphics to be displayed during  ICM-Week as well as producing a series of video vignettes with breast cancer survivors that will be aired during the presentation of the ICM Faith, Family, & Country Awards at Schermerhorn Symphony Center on October 28.
  • A special “Silent Pink Auction” will be held during ICM-Week at the Millennium Maxwell House host hotel, October 24-27.
  • Downtown Nashville businesses and restaurants will display pink in their windows during ICM-Week by special arrangement with the Nashville Downtown Partnership.
  • Special concerts will be held nightly at 6:30 P.M. at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel during ICM-Week with $10.00 ticket prices benefiting the Tennessee Breast Cancer Coalition.

Artists set to perform include:

  •  Monday – Oct. 24     –The Roys, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
  •  Tuesday – Oct. 25   –Point of Grace
  •  Weds. – Oct. 26       –Guy Penrod
  •  Thurs. – Oct. 27       –Jeff Bates, Buddy Jewell

Additionally, new artist Lucas Hoge, star of Animal Planet’s popular television series, Last Chance Highway,will have a special spotlight at the Friday presentation of the ICM-Awards.  His song, How Was I To Know is a tribute to his own mother’s fight against breast cancer.

The October 28 ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards presentation continues as the highpoint finale of Inspirational Country Music Week.

The awards presentation will be co-hosted again this year by GAC-TV’s popular anchor host Storme Warren and Inside Edition’s Megan Alexander.  Major award nominees for this year’s honors include Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Ronnie Dunn, The Band Perry, Josh Turner, Randy Travis, Ricky Skaggs, The Isaacs, and George Strait.  Artists set to perform include the Oak Ridge Boys, Lee Greenwood, Ricky Skaggs, Guy Penrod, Buddy Jewell, and Chuck Day with additional artist presenters and performers to be announced.

The 17th Annual ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards will stream live and air on several networks this year.  Already set to air the telecast: will stream the 2011 ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards live.
Oct 28th, 8PM CST.  For more information resource:

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Randy Travis Books Opry With Carrie Underwood and Friends

201109201706 Randy Travis Books Opry With Carrie Underwood and Friends

Randy Travis Books Opry With Carrie Underwood and Friends

Randy Travis will celebrate his 25th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry on Oct. 4, performing with Carrie Underwood and Josh Turner, among many others.

Travis released a duets album, Anniversary Celebration, in June. Travis will perform songs from the album with his guests, which also include John Anderson, Connie Smith, Joe Stampley and Gene Watson.

Travis was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry early in his career following traditional country hits like “On the Other Hand” and “1982.” In related news, Travis will discuss his album and perform several songs Wednesday (Sept. 21) at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. He has won seven Grammys.

Top 5 ICM Nominations Announced

201108011552 Top 5 ICM Nominations Announced

Top 5 ICM Nominations Announced

The ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards Top 5 finalists were announced today in 22 key categories  advancing the presentation of the 17th Annual Inspirational Country Music Awards in award ceremonies to be held on Friday, October 28th at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

The ICM Faith, Family & Country Top 5 ballot, as determined by first round membership voting by the members of the Inspirational Country Music Association, includes a stellar array of major names in a broad cross section of categories that include entertainer, new artist, song, songwriter, group, duo,  musician, radio, radio station, film, television honors and more.

Major artist nominees on the Top 5 ballot for this year’s  ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards include Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum,  The Band Perry, Ronnie Dunn, The Roys,  Josh Turner, Jeff Bates, Randy Travis, The Grascals,  Ricky Skaggs, The Oak Ridge Boys, Point of Grace, Guy Penrod, The Isaacs, and George Strait.  Film honors finalists  include a competitive field highlighted by family rated major box office contenders including Country Strong,Secretariat, and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

Top 5 finalists in all categories will now be presented to the membership in final round voting that will end on September 30th. Awards will be announced at the October 28th awards presentation.

The 2011 ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards continue as the highpoint finale of Inspirational Country Music Week, an event presented by the Inspirational Country Music Association.  This year’s planned schedule will run October 24-28th in Nashville and as in past years is expected to draw a broad cross section of industry, music fans, broadcast media, and artists in a well-orchestrated showcase of music and seminar related activities.

Nashville’s Millennium Maxwell House Hotel will serve at the host location for ICM Faith, Family & Country Week with a planned Appreciation Luncheon during the week for media and participants set to be held at the historic Wildhorse Saloon.  The awards will serve as the culmination of the week and are for the first time this year are being staged in the unique world-class setting of  the  opulent Schermerhorn Symphony Center in downtown Nashville.

Inspirational Country Music Association Executive Director Jason Higgins notes:  “We feel this year’s presentation will bring the ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards to a new level of recognition within the industry, from the scripting of the show itself to the list of nominees, to the level of presenters, and special guests still to be announced. Working with our host charity, Tennessee Breast Cancer Coalition, promises to offer a very compelling element of humanitarian importance to the event.”

The following 2011 Top 5 ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards nominees are listed in alphabetical order within each category:

Chuck Day
Johnny Lee Cook
Ricky Skaggs
Steve Richard
Tommy Brandt

Male Vocalist
Chuck Day
Greg McDougal
Guy Penrod
Jeff Bates
Tommy Brandt

Female Vocalist
Kali Rose
Laura Dodd
Mary James
Nicole Hope
Sharon Parks

Vocal Duo
Amanda Fessant featuring Tommy Brandt
Bruce & Betsy Mullen
The Roys

Vocal Group or Band
Corey Brooks Band
Last Light Band
Point of Grace
Sunday Drive
The Springs

Mainstream Inspirational Country Song
Bleed Red – Ronnie Dunn
I Won’t Let Go – Rascal Flatts
If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away – Justin Moore
That’s Important to Me – Joey+Rory
The Breath You Take – George Strait

Mainstream Country Artist
Buddy Jewell
Carrie Underwood
Jeff Bates
Josh Turner

Inspirational Country Song
I Wonder What God’s Thinking – The Roys
I’ll Stand Up And Say So – Chuck Day
Loves Gotta Go Somewhere – Steve Richard
Someday Soon – Ricky Skaggs
That’s What Freedom Costs – Russ Murphy

Songwriter (tie in category)
Chuck Day
Greg McDougal
James Payne
Paul Staggs of Branded
Russ Murphy
Tommy Brandt

Legend/Pioneer Award  (This award has already been determined from these Top 5)
Fox Brothers
Melanie Walker
Oak Ridge Boys
Randy Travis
Ricky Skaggs

Hello World – Lady Antebellum: Capitol Nashville, Director-Roman White
I Am Strong – The Grascals w/Dolly Parton: BluGrascal Records , Director-David Corlew
If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away – Justin Moore: Valory Music Co., Director-Peter Zavadil
If I Die Young – The Band Perry: Republic Nashville, Director-David McClister
Mama’s Song – Carrie Underwood: Arista Nashville, Director-Shaun Silva

New Artist
Aubree Bullock
Chuck Hancock
Kali Rose
Lucas Hoge
Renee Spencer

Dennis Agajanian
Doyle Lawson
Greg McDougal
Jayc Harold
Ricky Skaggs

Barry McGee
Chonda Pierce
Jeff Treece
Johnny Lee Cook
LuLu Roman

Radio Personality
J.R. Pitsenbarger
Leon Joplin
Mona Faith
Rich Miller
Scott Perkins

Radio Station
Inspirational Country Radio Network
KABF-Little Rock, AR
WCWV-Summersville, WV
WSM AM 650 – Nashville, TN
WTYS- Marianna, FL

Inspirational Bluegrass Artist
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Nathan Stanley
Ricky Skaggs
The Isaacs
The Roys

Youth In Music (tie in category)
Aubree Bullock
Hannah Faith
Matthew Wacaster
McDougal Kids
Renee Spencer
Voices of Glory

Music Evangelist
Corey Brooks
Greg McDougal
Johnny Lee Cook
Russ Murphy
Tommy Brandt

“Faith, Family & Country Movie”
Country Strong
Pure Country 2: The Gift
Soul Surfer
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Television Network
Gospel Music Channel
Great American Country
TCT Networks

For further information and registration for the 2011 ICM Week in Nashville, resource:

Randy Travis 25th Anniversary Celebration

UK Release 6 June 2011, US Release 7 June 2011.

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Randy Travis 25th Anniversary Celebration

Commemorating Randy’s 25 years as a recording artist, Anniversary Celebration includes a series of duets and re-recordings of classic hits and new songs. Guests on the album include Brad Paisley, Zac Brown Band, Kenny Chesney, Josh Turner, Alan Jackson, Don Henley, Tim McGraw, Shelby Lynn, Carrie Underwood, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, George Jones, Lorrie Morgan, Ray Price, Gene Watson and many others.

1. Everything And All (Feat. Brad Paisley)

2. A Few Ole Country Boys (Feat. Jamey Johnson)

3. Forever And Ever, Amen (Feat. Zac Brown Band)

4. He Walked On Water (Feat. Kenny Chesney)

5. T.I.M.E. (Feat. Josh Turner)

6. Love Looks Good On You (Feat. Kristin Chenoweth)

7. Better Class Of Losers/She’s Got The Rhythm (And I Got The Blues) [Medley Feat. Alan Jackson]

8. More Life (Feat. Don Henley)

9. Can’t Hurt A Man (Feat. Tim McGraw)

10. Promises (Feat. Shelby Lynne)

11. Is It Still Over? (Feat. Carrie Underwood)

12. Road To Surrender (Feat. Kris Kristofferson & Willie Nelson)

13. Diggin’ Up Bones (Feat. John Anderson)

14. Someone You Never Knew (Feat. Eamonn McCrystal)

15. Too Much (Feat. James Otto)

16. Didn’t We Shine (Feat. George Jones, Lorrie Morgan, Ray Price, Connie Smith, Joe Stampley & Gene Watson)

17. Everything And All