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SAM MOORE HONORED WITH TRAILBLAZER AWARD

SAM MOORE HONORED WITH TRAILBLAZER AWARD

The Legendary Soul Man™ Sam Moore was honored with the Trailblazer Award at the annual Dream Ball Gala on Monday, February 19 at the Bomb Factory in the Deep Ellum area of Dallas. The gala is produced by Nancy Lieberman Charities, a 501(c)(3) organization that promotes healthy lifestyles and educational opportunities for young girls and boys, and is dedicated to expanding and ensuring that educational and sports opportunities exist for economically disadvantaged youth. Moore was presented with the Trailblazer Award by former Dallas Police Chief David Brown, and also performed a short set during the program, garnering rave reviews. Fellow honoree Billy Crystal was joined by Bo Derek, Tony Dorsett, Deion Sanders, Jose’ Guzman, and Spud Webb, among other celebrities and local dignitaries, who were also in attendance. The Dream Ball Gala is one of several annual charity events organized by Nancy Lieberman Charities.

On March 31st, Sam Moore will take part in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ opening season festivities to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of playing baseball in Phoenix. Moore, who also was part of a group that sang the National Anthem on Opening Day in 1998, will perform the Star Spangled Banner before the opening of the game against the Colorado Rockies, the same opponent as their first game twenty years ago.

Legendary Soul Man™ Sam Moore’s Grammy award-winning voice has been heard around the globe, across multiple music genres connecting audiences of all generations for more than 60 years. Sam Moore found musical fame as one half of the ’60s powerhouse duo Sam & Dave. With 1967’s hit “Soul Man,” the duo found lasting fame, defined a genre, and altered the course of music history. Their signature sound influenced a diverse array of musical talents, including Al Green, Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Tom Petty, Phil Collins, Elvis Costello, Billy Joel and so many others. Sam & Dave’s music and personas inspired the film The Blues Brothers, and other hits like “Hold On I’m Coming” have appeared on the soundtracks of more than a dozen films. Moore, 81, continues to record and perform to critical acclaim as a solo artist and as a guest performer for dozens of his musical friends. The Legendary Soul Man recently accepted a position as Artist in Residence at Florida International University as part of the College of Arts, Sciences & Education Humanities Project.

The Legendary Soul Man™ Sam Moore recently released his latest album. Sam Moore: An American Patriot, available for purchase including downloads on iTunes, Amazon, and more. The album was inspired by Moore’s performance of “America the Beautiful” on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, where his dear friend and inspiration Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood 53 years earlier and delivered his famous “Dream” speech.

Moore is the recipient of numerous awards including the coveted NARAS Heroes Award, an AFTRA AMEE Lifetime Achievement Award, the ETAM Living Legend Award, Rhythm & Blues Foundation Pioneer Award, and a MOBO Lifetime Achievement Award. He was also inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame for “Soul Man,” and in 2016 his star was permanently placed in the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee.

About The Legendary Soul Man™ Sam Moore:
The first 20-plus years of Sam Moore’s sensational career began by lending his unmistakable lead vocals to soul duo Sam & Dave. The 1967 smash hit “Soul Man,” catapulted the duo’s career up the Pop and R&B Charts, selling more than 10 million records worldwide and ultimately an induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Moore also scored critical acclaim and numerous awards as a solo artist for more than 35 years, performing at some of the world’s most iconic and notable venues, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Hollywood Bowl, The Ryman Auditorium, The Grand Ole Opry, Royal Albert Hall, Nippon Budokan, The John F. Kennedy Center, The White House, Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument. Moore has recently joined Florida International University (FIU) as an Artist in Residence for their Center of Humanities to build a program around the artist histories that shaped our culture through music. For more information on The Legendary Soul Man™ Sam Moore click here.

About The Nancy Lieberman Charities (NLC):
NLC is a 501(c)3 organization funded by charitable donations and committed to promoting and developing healthy lifestyles and educational opportunities for young girls and boys. NLC is dedicated to expanding and ensuring that educational and sports opportunities exist for economically disadvantaged youth. Approximately 85% of the students that we serve with our basketball camps, clinics, Dream Courts™, college scholarships, and school supply programs, throughout the United States, are from low-to-moderate income families. To learn more or to make a donation, please visit nancyliebermancharities.org.

JANIE FRICKE’S ALBUM, COUNTRY SIDE OF BLUEGRASS, AVAILABLE NOW

JANIE FRICKE’S ALBUM, COUNTRY SIDE OF BLUEGRASS, AVAILABLE NOW

Janie Fricke, known to many in the country world for her hits in the ‘80s, is taking a spin at bluegrass with some fresh interpretations of many of her beloved tunes. Her release, Country Side of Bluegrass, is in stores today amid glowing reviews.  In partnership with New Music Deals, the album is available on iTunesAmazon (Download)Amazon (CD)www.janiefricke.com and at Ernest Tubb Record Shops.

The 13-track collection is produced by Bil VornDick, whose credits also include Alison Krauss, Bela Fleck, and Marty Robbins, and features some of the finest pickers in the industry. VornDick had this to say about the project, “Janie’s voice and presentation are among the best, ever! The album will make you smile with enjoyment.”

Reviews of the bluegrass release share VornDick’s positive comments:

No Depression states, “This mix has a real refreshing sound…This is definitely a CD to buy, if you are a fan of country and bluegrass, Splendid!”

Scripps rates the album an “A” and says, “the earthy string music sure brings out a rich new country character even fans of her original sound should enjoy.”

Bluegrass Notes declares, “If you’re discovering her for the first time, you’re in for a treat.”

The Tennessean buzzes, “Bluegrass fans will find little to quarrel with… If you liked Fricke’s country songs, there’s no reason you won’t like the bluegrass versions.”

Music News Nashville also sings Fricke’s praises, “This album is a great reminder of how timeless her talent remains after all this time – just like a fine wine!”

Fricke had a wonderful time recording this album and is looking forward to the year ahead promoting it and touring with 2011 ICM “Inspirational Bluegrass Artist of the Year,” The Roys. “This is an amazingly fun journey, redoing my country hits bluegrass-style, and the response is great!” said Fricke. “I look forward to working shows with The Roys backing me up on many concerts as we tour this year!”

For a list of tour dates and for further information on Janie Fricke, please visit www.janiefricke.com.

Track List:

  1. “You Don’t Know Love”
  2. “Goodbye Broken Heart”
  3. “Do Me With Love”
  4. “Faithless Love”
  5. “He’s A Heartache”
  6. “Please Help Me, I’m Falling (In Love With You)”
  7. “She’s Single Again”
  8. “I’ll Need Someone To Hold Me (When I Cry)”
  9. “Down To My Last Broken Heart”
  10. “Tell Me A Lie”
  11. “It Ain’t Easy Bein’ Easy”
  12. “Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me Baby”
  1. “Ring of Fire” (Bonus Track)
Billboard premieres The Oak Ridge Boys’ latest video “Pray To Jesus”

Billboard premieres The Oak Ridge Boys’ latest video “Pray To Jesus”

The Oak Ridge Boys are excited to announce the exclusive premiere of their latest video, “Pray To Jesus,” a song that was originally recorded by its co-writer, Brandy Clark, who was GRAMMY nominated for “Best New Artist” in 2015. The video recently debuted via Billboard.com and is included in the Oaks’ forthcoming new album, 17th Avenue Revival, available everywhere March 16th via Lightning Rod Records.

Recorded at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A and produced by acclaimed pop/rock producer Dave Cobb, 17th Avenue Revival finds The Oak Ridge Boys returning to their gospel roots. But a different kind of gospel. One that took a hard look at the early days of rock and roll, which was influenced by spiritual, or black gospel.

The Oak Ridge Boys are also set to play the prestigious GRAMMY Museum’s Clive Davis Theater on February 15th, for an intimate conversation and performance spotlighting 17th Avenue Revival. The performance will be hosted by GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Scott Goldman.

The Oak Ridge Boys will also make an appearance on Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family February 14th, which will air the following day on Thursday, February 15th. In addition to providing a little help in the kitchen with hosts Mark Steines & Debbie Matenopoulos, The Oak Ridge Boys are also set to perform.

Tour Schedule:
Feb 16 Cache Creek Casino Resort / Brooks, Calif.
Feb 17 Cactus Petes Resort Casino Gala Showroom / Jackpot, Nev.
Feb 22 Mobile Civic Center Theater / Mobile, Ala.
Mar 01 Florida Strawberry Festival / Plant City, Fla.
Mar 03 Seminole Casino / Immokalee, Fla.
Mar 07 Bridgestone Arena / Nashville, Tenn.
Mar 16 Birchmere / Alexandria, Va.
Mar 17 American Music Theatre / Lancaster, Pa.
Mar 18 Sellersville Theater 1894 / Sellersville, Pa.
Mar 23 Paramount Theatre / Middletown, N.Y.
Mar 24 Zeiterion Performing Arts Center / New Bedford, Mass.
Mar 30 Harvester Performance Center / Rocky Mount, Va.
Mar 31 Harrington Raceway & Casino / Harrington, Del.
Apr 06 Stiefel Theatre / Salina, Ks.
Apr 07 Riverwind Casino / Norman, Okla.
Apr 08 Texan Theater / Greenville, Texas
Apr 13 Newberry Opera House / Newberry, S.C.
Apr 14 Alabama Theatre / North Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Apr 20 The Mansion Theater / Branson, Mo.
Apr 21 The Mansion Theater / Branson, Mo.
Apr 22 Oxford Performing Arts Center / Oxford, Ala.
Apr 27 Medina Entertainment Center / Medina, Minn.
Apr 28 The Arcada Theater, Saint Charles, IL
Apr 29 Peoples Bank Theatre / Marietta, Ohio
Apr 30 Packard Music Hall / Warren, Ohio
May 04 Peoples Bank Theatre / Marietta, Ohio
May 05 BMI Speedway / Versailles, Ohio
May 06 Civic Center / Des Moines, Iowa
May 12 Little River Casino Resort / Manistee, Mich.
May 18 del Lago Resort & Casino / Waterloo, N.Y.
May 19 Paramount Theatre / Rutland, VT
May 20 The Cabot / Beverly, Mass.
May 26 Atwood Music Festival / Monticello, Miss.
Jun 01 Beaver Dam Amphitheatre / Beaver Dam, Ky.
Jun 02 Renfro Valley Entertainment Center / Renfro Valley, Ky.
Jun 08-09 Hartville Kitchen / Hartville, Ohio
Jun 16 Porterfield Country Fest / Marinette, Wisc.
Jun 22 Howard County Fair / Cresco, Iowa
Jun 30 Horseshoe Bossier City / Bossier City, La.

About The Oak Ridge Boys:
The Oak Ridge Boys, who have sold over 41 million units worldwide, are synonymous with “America, apple pie, baseball, pop, rock, gospel and country music.” In addition to their awards and accolades in the country and pop music fields, they have garnered five GRAMMY® Awards and nine GMA DOVE Awards as well as the Mainstream Artist of the Year Award at the ICM Awards. The group—Joe Bonsall, Duane Allen, William Lee Golden, and Richard Sterban—have earned prestigious membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame (2015 Inductees) and Grand Ole Opry, and are known worldwide as one of recording history’s most extraordinary musical successes. They have charted single after single and album after album, celebrating two double-platinum albums and more than 30 Top 10 hits, including No. 1 chart-toppers “Elvira,” “Bobbie Sue,” “Thank God For Kids,” “American Made,” “Y’All Come Back Saloon,” among dozens more. For more information and to view upcoming tour dates for The Oak Ridge Boys, please visit oakridgeboys.com.

About Billboard Magazine: 
Billboard is the world’s most influential music media brand reaching key executives and tastemakers in and around the music business through Billboard Magazine, Billboard.biz, Billboard Conferences, Billboard Bulletin, and other targeted newsletters, and millions of music fans through Billboard.com and Billboard Events. The Billboard brand is built on its exclusive charts and unrivaled reporting on the latest news, issues and trends across all genres of music. Billboard receives hundreds of millions of brand impressions daily through many strategic relationships with major companies across various industries. These relationships leverage Billboard’s brand recognition, proprietary chart data and information resources to develop products, live events and print, television, radio, digital and mobile platforms. In addition to North America, Billboard operates businesses in Brazil, Greece, Japan, Korea and Russia.

About Hallmark Channel:
Hallmark Channel is Crown Media Family Networks’ flagship 24-hour cable television network, distributed nationwide in high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) to 88 million homes. As the country’s leading destination for quality family entertainment, Hallmark Channel delivers on the 100-year legacy of the Hallmark brand. In addition to its signature new, original movies, the network features an ambitious lineup of other new, original content, including scripted primetime series, such as “Good Witch,” “When Calls the Heart” and “Chesapeake Shores”; annual specials including “Kitten Bowl” and “Hero Dog Awards”; and a daily, two-hour lifestyle show, “Home & Family.” Additionally, Hallmark Channel is the exclusive home to world premiere presentations of the acclaimed Hallmark Hall of Fame franchise. Dedicated to helping viewers celebrate life’s special moments, Hallmark Channel also offers annual holiday programming franchises, including “Countdown to Christmas,” “Countdown to Valentine’s Day,” “Summer Nights,” “Fall Harvest” and “Winterfest.” Rounding out the network’s diverse slate are some of television’s most beloved comedies and series, including “The Golden Girls” and “Frasier.”

About Lightning Rod Records:
Formed in 2007, Lightning Rod Records is a Nashville-based independent record label. Over the last ten years, Lightning Rod has released albums by acclaimed artists such as James McMurtry, Billy Joe Shaver, Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires, Paul Cauthen, and Joe Pug.

Lee Gantt & Sara Spicer Available Feb. 5-8 in Nashville For In-Person Interviews

Lee Gantt & Sara Spicer Available Feb. 5-8 in Nashville For In-Person Interviews

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Heidi Hamels, founder of HH Entertainment, will introduce clients Lee Gantt and Sara Spicer at #CRS2018 in Nashville, Feb 5-8, 2018.

“There’s a lot of people out there trying to do the same thing we’re doing,” Hamels surmises. “All I know is these artists we are working with are both salt-of-the-earth type people and insane workaholics. They give everything they have to their goals, and we can’t wait to take them to the next level. 2018 is going to be a big year.”

Lee GanttLee Gantt hails from Columbus, Ohio, and honed his craft while attending college at The Ohio State University, performing at local clubs around the area. His music reflects the story-telling tradition of artists such as Hank Williams Jr and George Jones, while pushing the musical envelope in a likewise manner to today’s biggest artists such as Eric Church and Jason Aldean. He has opened shows for such chart-topping favorites as Dustin Lynch, Chris Young, and Colt Ford. Gantt has already started to develop a loyal legion of fans who follow him throughout his social networks, and have helped to make his 2017 debut EP Casa Blvd, a critically-acclaimed favorite.

For more information on Lee Gantt, visit www.leeganttmusic.com.

Monday, February 5:
8pm / BMI Event (Private)
9-10:30pm / Swingin Doors (free drinks for CRS registrants – bring your badge!)

Tuesday, February 6:
8-10pm / Tequila Cowboy
*HH Entertainment suite appearances at Omni Hotel upon request.

Wednesday, February 7:
*HH Entertainment suite appearances at Omni Hotel upon request.

Sara SpicerSara Spicer’s musical talents first began to resonate with her family when she performed Judy Garland’s evergreen “Over The Rainbow” at age four. Growing up in Pennsylvania, she began performing with her parents, and earned a slot opening for some of the biggest stars in Country Music, such as the iconic stylist Tanya Tucker. One of Spicer’s biggest musical moments (so far) came with her penning the emotional “Heaven’s Gate,” a song about the tragic passing of her mother. Among her live performances include Philadelphia Soul Arena Football League games and Yachtstock RiverJam, the Camden Freedom Festival, and Country Live at Harrah’s.

Sara recently released JUMP, from her New Girl EP, available February 2.

For information on Sara Spicer, visit www.saraspicer.com.

Monday, February 5:
8pm / BMI Event (Private)
9-10:30pm / Swingin Doors (free drinks for CRS registrants – bring your badge!)

Tuesday, February 6:
*HH Entertainment suite appearances at Omni Hotel upon request.

Wednesday, February 7:
*HH Entertainment suite appearances at Omni Hotel upon request.

# # #
Both Lee and Sara are currently accepting interview requests.

** To read the previous Jan. 22, 2018 press release on HH Entertainment’s announcement of Lee Gantt & Sara Spicer at #CRS2018, click here.

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DON MCLEAN TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM BOTANICAL GARDENS MARCH 23

DON MCLEAN TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM BOTANICAL GARDENS MARCH 23

Iconic American singer, songwriter and performer Don McLean is set to release his new album Botanical Gardens on March 23rd 2018 via BMG.

With over 40 gold and platinum records worldwide, his prowess for writing timeless songs is once again captured on Botanical Gardens, as he artfully weaves country, Americana, folk, and boot stomping rock for an eclectic, yet American sound that he is known for.

Botanical Gardens, his 19th studio album and first in 8 years, is arguably one of Don’s most reflective to date. As he characterizes it, “The inspiration for the project started years ago when I would walk in the beautiful gardens in Sydney, Australia near the Opera House. I would dream young dreams and it was a comfort and an inspiration. I was always young inside, like we all are, and I felt it again there.” Further reflecting on the record, Don says, “the whole album really revolves around the title song. Later on I realized that the gardens are really a metaphorical heaven, and there’s a kind of death and rebirth.”

Intimacy can be found at the heart of this record, with Don penning personal numbers looking back on a life well-lived, as well as his observations on youth and love. Recording at Watershed Studios in Nashville also allowed a different kind of intimacy for Don and his band, as they were made to “play close and feel the music”, resulting in a raw, yet tight sound throughout.

In nearly 50 years, Don’s songs have become an iconic staple of American music. His music has been performed by artists as diverse as Elvis Presley, Madonna, Fred Astaire, Drake, James Blake, Chet Atkins, Garth Brooks, Weird Al Yankovic, George Michael, Josh Groban, Coolio and Ed Sheeran.

His biggest hit, “American Pie,” was recently recognized with high honors by BMI for achieving five (5) Million-Air certified airplay awards, along with “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)” achieving three (3) Million-Air certified airplay awards. “American Pie” also has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and is also included in the archive at the Library of Congress. Don McLean was inducted in the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2004.

Official Botanical Gardens track listing:
1. Botanical Gardens
2. The Lucky Guy
3. A Total Eclipse Of The Sun
4. The Waving Man
5. When July Comes
6. You’re All I Ever Had
7. Rock and Roll Your Baby
8. I’ve Cried All The Tears That I Have
9. Ain’t She A Honey
10. The King of Fools
11. Grief And Hope
12. You’ve Got Such Beautiful Eyes
13. Last Night When We Were Young

Don McLean U.S. Tour Dates:
Feb 03 Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center – Deadwood, S.D.
Feb 16 Space Coast Daily Park – Viera, Fla.
Feb 17 The Big Barn – The Woodlands, Texas
Feb 23 Southwest Florida Event Center – Bonita Springs, Fla.
Mar 02 Mesa Arts Center Ikeda Theater – Mesa, Ariz.
Mar 03 Saban Theatre – Beverly Hills, Calif.
Mar 10 Cascade Theatre – Redding, Calif.
Mar 23 City Winery – New York, N.Y.
Apr 13 Greenwich Odeum – East Greenwich, R.I.
Apr 14 The Birchmere – Alexandria, Va.
May 12 Capitol Theatre – Clearwater, Fla.
Click here for Don’s entire tour calendar

For more information on Don McLean visit his websiteFacebookTwitter or Instagram.

About Don McLean:
A New York native, Don McLean is one of the most revered and respected songwriters in American history. After paying his dues in the New York club scene in the late ‘60s, he went on to score mega-hits like “American Pie,” “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night),” “Castles in the Air” and many more. In 2004, McLean was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame by country superstar Garth Brooks. “American Pie” has brought great happiness and hope to millions of people through the years and continues to be honored for its success. In 2000, the song was named one of the Top 5 Songs of the 20th Century by the RIAA and in 2002 was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. 2017 brought a huge honor when the iconic song was inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry, joining less than 500 works including “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” classical music compositions, infamous live broadcasts and similar recordings. McLean continues to tour both North America and abroad bringing a mix of his classic hits with an array of new works, some of which will be released in 2018.

About BMG:
BMG is a new kind of music company. Our mission is clear; to help artists and songwriters make the very most of their songs and recordings in the digital age.

That’s why we offer the best creative support, provide the best access to platforms and work hard to maximize the value of each and every copyright, ensuring all our artists receive all payments promptly and accurately.

We are not a technology company – though we use the best technology. We are not just a music publisher or a record label – although we offer both services.

And as a new music company we know that songwriters and artists don’t work for us – we work for them. It’s a knowledge as clear as our commitment; to make BMG the best international music company – both for songwriters, artists and those who want to use their music.

BMG. The New Music Company