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by Kristi Lee // Thursday, March 27, 2008 // News, Upfront, Promo Music // 0 Comments


Kenny Chesney wants to help some country music hopefuls get closer to making their dreams a reality. That's why he's introducing the Big Star Contest, which he'll use to choose his local opening acts in 34 markets this summer. Here's how it will work: Chesney's 14 NFL stadium shows will feature a battle of the bands the night before the actual concert. Arena and auditorium concerts will have their Big Star Battle of the Bands at local clubs a couple of weeks out. Each winner will be assigned their own tour manager, given day of show details, and be the Big Star for their friends, family and hometown crowd when Kenny takes his "Poets & Pirates Tour" to their city. One grand prize winner will be given a tour bus for the final weekend of the tour where they will open all three shows in Tulsa, St. Louis and Indianapolis as part of the actual tour, plus 25 thousand dollars and the opportunity to audition for Sony BMG executives, the home of Kenny's label, BNA Records.


by Kristi Lee // Tuesday, March 25, 2008 // News, Upfront, Promo Music // 0 Comments


Sara Evans is engaged! One of Sara's reps exclusively tells /People/ that Evans and former University of Alabama quarterback Jay Barker plan to marry though no date has been set yet. The two reportedly began dating before last Thanksgiving after Sara's very public divorce was finalized in September. Each has kids from a previous marriage - Evans a mom to three and Barker a dad of four.


by admin // Monday, March 24, 2008 // News // 0 Comments

Charlie Daniels
Pictured L to R: David Corlew (Daniels' longtime manager and President of Blue Hat Records), Charlie Daniels Jr., Hazel Daniels, Charlie Daniels, and Jody Williams (BMI's Vice-President of Writer/Publisher Relations).

(Nashville, TN - March 19th, 2008) The legendary Charlie Daniels gathered with friends and family in a special reception at BMI's Music Row offices to celebrate Daniels' fifty-year milestone in the music industry. Attendees enjoyed fellowship and cocktails in BMI's main lobby, transformed into a gallery of Charlie Daniels' photos and memorabilia documenting his prolific career.

The event, hosted by BMI's Vice-President of Writer/Publisher Relations Jody Williams, included presentations and recognitions from Williams; Adjutant of Tennessee Major General Gus Hargett; Nashville Mayor Karl Dean; Gaylord Entertainment's Senior Vice President of Media and Entertainment Steve Buchanan, on behalf of the Grand Ole Opry; Senior Vice-President of the William Morris Agency Steve Hauser, President of Richards & Southern Terry Calonge, National Liaison for The Spirit of America Tour Cathy Gurley; and Daniels' longtime manager and President of Blue Hat Records, David Corlew. Presenters recognized Daniels' considerable achievements, both musical and humanitarian: his dedication to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces, the historical and cultural impact of his Volunteer Jam concerts and his legacy as both a musician and songwriter were among the points of praise.

During the event, Daniels received many honors including a certificate of merit from the Governor of Tennessee, the Adjutant Distinguished Patriot Medal, a proclamation from the City of Nashville, a letter from the President of the United States, and a plaque to commemorate Daniels' record sales of 500,000 units on Blue Hat/Koch.

2008 has already proven to be an eventful year for Charlie Daniels. He was recently inducted into the Grand Ole Opry and was awarded a Career Achievement Award by the Country Radio Broadcasters. He is also gearing up for the 2008 Volunteer Jam Tour, which kicks off next month.

Born in Wilmington, NC, Daniels was raised on a musical diet that included Pentecostal gospel, local bluegrass bands, rhythm & blues, and country music. He has scored hits on the rock, country, pop and Christian charts and counts awards from the Country Music Association (CMA), Academy of Country Music (ACM), TNN/Music City News Awards, and the Gospel Music Association (GMA) among his many accolades. His signature song, "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," topped both country and pop charts, bringing him international acclaim. As of September 30, 2007, BMI has recorded more than four million performances of the tune.

Daniels' current Blue Hat/Koch Records CD release, Deuces, is his first duet album and features guest artists Travis Tritt; Bonnie Bramlett; Gretchen Wilson; Vince Gill; Earl, Gary & Randy Scruggs; Dolly Parton; Darius Rucker; The Del McCoury Band; Brenda Lee; Brooks & Dunn; Marty Stuart; Montgomery Gentry; and Brad Paisley.

by Kristi Lee // Monday, March 24, 2008 // News, Upfront, Promo Music // 0 Comments


Kenny Chesney is rolling out his biggest stage production yet for the NFL stadium dates on his upcoming "2008 Poets & Pirates Tour." At those shows, Kenny will unveil a Double T configuration, featuring four Sand Bars instead of the usual two. This massive staging will allow Kenny and his band to cover twice as much ground than usual. Chesney says, "You know, I am always trying to think of what would be cool to me. When I was sitting out in the lawn or up in the cheap seats, what would've made me go, 'THAT is the coolest thing I've seen in a long time.' There are so many possibilities, but you want something that's who you are. And for me, the idea that we could make the sand bar even bigger... get even more people down front and close to us, well, that seemed like a great way to make every stadium seat seem even closer - because we can get closer to the fans, we can feel that energy and really give it back."