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TRAVIS TRITT, TRACY LAWRENCE, DAVID LEE MURPHY, SHANE SMITH, KC & THE SUNSHINE BAND PLUS MORE SET TO TAKE THE STAGE AT BILLY BOB’S TEXAS IN SEPTEMBER

TRAVIS TRITT, TRACY LAWRENCE, DAVID LEE MURPHY, SHANE SMITH, KC & THE SUNSHINE BAND PLUS MORE SET TO TAKE THE STAGE AT BILLY BOB’S TEXAS IN SEPTEMBER

FORT WORTH, Texas – As noted in USA TODAY, the world’s largest honky-tonk, Billy Bob’s IS Texas. Even the readers of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram agree, voting Billy Bob’s as the Best Bar for Music, Best Event Venue and Best Country & Western Bar in the Fort Worthy Awards of 2018.

Billy Bob’s is the home of big-name concerts, bull riding and chicken fried steak with a reputation as gigantic as the state itself…a with a new dance floor, Billy Bob’s Texas fans will be two-stepping throughout the month of September with top name entertainers gracing its historic stage.

SEP 07 – Shane Smith & The Saints
SEP 08 – Muscadine Bloodline
SEP 14 – David Lee Murphy
SEP 15 – Tracy Lawrence
SEP 21 – Travis Tritt
SEP 22 – KC & The Sunshine Band
SEP 28 – Chris Knight
SEP 29 – Granger Smith

The 10-time Academy of Country Music “Nightclub of the Year” has had over 17 million visitors since opening in 1981.

When Tanya Tucker was asked what she wanted on her tombstone, she replied “She’s not here, she’s playing at Billy Bob’s.” Tanya has been a 30-year friend of the club, delivering dynamic performances every time she stops by including her most recent performance in June.

In addition, Merle Haggard made the Guinness Book of World Records for buying the largest round of drinks when he bought 5,095 drinks of Canadian Club for the entire club. The bill totaled $12,737.50 and equaled 40 gallons of whiskey.

Billy Bob’s Texas has also been featured in many notable movies, including Pure Country starring George Strait, Baja Oklahoma starring Lesley Ann Warren, Peter Coyote and Willie Nelson, Necessary Roughness starring Scott Bakula, Sinbad, Robert Loggia and Kathy Ireland, and Over The Top starring Sylvester Stallone just to name a few. In addition, Billy Bob’s Texas can be seen on reruns of many episodes of Dallas and Walker, Texas Ranger.

Billy Bob’s Texas is not just about the concerts, more than 47,500 bulls have bucked in Billy Bob’s Arena to date.

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CHARLEY PRIDE SELECTED FOR THE MISSISSIPPI ARTS + ENTERTAINMENT EXPERIENCE HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2018

CHARLEY PRIDE SELECTED FOR THE MISSISSIPPI ARTS + ENTERTAINMENT EXPERIENCE HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2018

MERIDIAN, Miss. – Country Music Hall of Fame member and Mississippi native Charley Pride, was honored with another industry accolade recently, celebrating his legendary career as a pioneering Country musician. Pride was inducted into the Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience Hall of Fame class of 2018, on August 25th in Meridian, Mississippi, along with four other recipients; singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett, Photographer William Eggleston, Writer and editor Willie Morris, and Blues musician Howlin’ Wolf. Pride also received a ‘Walk of Fame’ star as part of the ceremony.

“I’m very humbled to be part of this Hall of Fame class along with these other accomplished Mississippians,” said Pride. “This honor means a lot to me because it comes from my home state. I am so proud to be from Mississippi!”

Charley Pride was born in Sledge, Mississippi to a sharecropping family, and was raised from humble roots on a farm. Pride’s love of country music was fostered by Grand Ole Opry broadcasts on WSM radio. He saved money for almost a year to purchase his first guitar at age 14 – a Silvertone model from Sears & Roebuck.

In 1966, Pride was signed by Chet Atkins to RCA Records, where his gritty, Southern-accented baritone voice made him a superstar. Pride has received three Grammys, three Country Music Association awards, an Academy of Country Music Pioneer Award, Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry inductions and a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award.

His 52 top-10 hits include “Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone,” “Mississippi Cotton Picking Delta Town,” “Burgers and Fries,” “Roll On Mississippi” and others.

The eighteen other Mississippi artists inducted into the Hall are: painter Walter Inglis Anderson, writer William Faulkner, actor Morgan Freeman, writer John Grisham, puppeteer Jim Henson, bluesman Robert Johnson, actor James Earl Jones, bluesman B.B.King, potter George Ohr, entertainer Elvis Presley, opera singer Leontyne Price, musician Jimmie Rodgers, bluesman Muddy Waters, actor Sela Ward, writer Eudora Welty, playwright Tennessee Williams, Entertainer Oprah Winfrey, and writer Richard Wright.

Charley Pride Tour Dates:
Sep 15 – Crystal Grand Music Theater / Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
Sep 22 – Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino / Salamanca, N.Y.
Sep 28 – Dosey Doe (The Big Barn) / The Woodlands, Texas
Oct 05 – The Welk Resort Theatre / Branson, Mo.
Oct 12 – Grand Ole Opry / Nashville, Tenn.
Oct 13 – Grand Ole Opry / Nashville, Tenn.
Oct 19 – Morse Center / The Villages, Fla.
Oct 26 – The Welk Resort Theatre / Branson, Mo.
Nov 03 – Eisemann Center / Richardson, Texas
Nov 07 – TCU Place / Saskatoon, SK
Nov 09 – Conexus Arts Centre / Regina, SK
Nov 10 – Club Regent Event Center / Winnipeg, MB
Nov 18 – Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center / Midland, Texas
Dec 01 – Jackpot Junction / Morton, Minn.

About Charley Pride:
Charley Pride is celebrating more than 50 years as a recording artist, and his latest album release, Music In My Heart. Pride has enjoyed one of the most successful careers in the history of country music and is credited with helping to break color barriers by becoming the first black superstar within the genre. A true living legend, he has sold tens of millions of records worldwide with his large repertoire of hits. A three-time GRAMMY® award and Recording Academy “Lifetime Achievement Award” winner, Pride has garnered no less than 36 chart-topping country hits, including “Kiss An Angel Good Morning,” a massive #1 crossover hit that sold over a million singles and helped Pride land the Country Music Association’s “Entertainer of the Year” award in 1971 and the “Top Male Vocalist” awards of 1971 and 1972. A proud member of the Grand Ole Opry, Pride continues to perform concerts worldwide and has toured the United States, Canada, Ireland, The United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand over the last several years. For more information, visit CharleyPride.com.

About MAX:
The MAX is a first-of-its-kind multimedia tribute to the rich culture of creativity and the legacy of artists from all mediums who have called Mississippi home. The immersive exhibits at The MAX take you behind the scenes at the birthplace of the stars. Visitors learn how Mississippi and her people have influenced artists of all avenues and how these artists then influenced the world.

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Charley Pride Publicity Contacts:
Jeremy Westby, jpw@2911.us, 833-537-2911 x800
Jason Ashcraft, jason@2911.us, 833-537-2911 x801

MIDLAND ADDED TO BILLY BOB’S TEXAS “HAND PRINTS OF STARS” DURING RECENT SOLD OUT SHOW, JOINING GARTH BROOKS, BLAKE SHELTON, WILLIE NELSON, KEITH URBAN AND SO MANY MORE!

MIDLAND ADDED TO BILLY BOB’S TEXAS “HAND PRINTS OF STARS” DURING RECENT SOLD OUT SHOW, JOINING GARTH BROOKS, BLAKE SHELTON, WILLIE NELSON, KEITH URBAN AND SO MANY MORE!

FORT WORTH, Texas – In 1989, Billy Bob’s Texas began a tradition of enshrining those entertainers who sold out the award-winning “Night Club of the Year” by having the celebrity dip their hands in a concrete slab along with adding their signature. Since that time, some of the biggest names in Country Music have done the same, from Dottie West, Conway Twitty, George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, and Randy Travis to Keith Urban, Garth Brooks, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Cole Swindell, and now – Midland!

“Hands down, it is one of our biggest honors to be included with such a heralded group of legends. We’re simply flattered and humbled to be joining this fabled wall. Billy Bob’s will always feel like we’re coming home. Thank you.” – Midland

“These handprints are something very special for us here at Billy Bob’s,” says VP of Marketing Pam Minick. “They really serve two purposes, one honoring those who made an impact on entertainment and secondly, it’s fun for our visitors to see how their hands match up to the hands of their favorite celebrity.”


In addition to Country Music stars, Billy Bob’s Texas has honored Ringo Starr, Kansas, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, The Monkees, Billy Bob Thornton, Cheap Trick, Heart, Huey Lewis, BB King, Bret Michaels, Buddy Guy, The Temptations, and several more. Of special note, Darius Rucker has two sets of hand prints, why? Well, one for this stellar performance as a solo country artist and two, as the lead singer of Hootie & The Blowfish.

“These handprints have also become something fun for the artists. For instance, Tanya Tucker included her dog’s paw prints. Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel put his boot prints instead of his hand prints. Deana Carter went barefoot. So we have really strived to make this a fun experience for those we decide to include in the program,” add Minick.

Trivia question: Who has the most hand prints on the wall? It’s an artist in Country Music that has had a solo career, was in a duo, and also was in a band.

Answer: John Rich – he has 3 hand prints on the wall, one as John Rich, one as part of Big & Rich, and one as a member of Lonestar.

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DON McLEAN JOINS ED SHEERAN, ROGER DALTREY, VAN MORRISON, AND MORE FOR CHARITY FUNDRAISER; PERFORMS HIS CLASSIC ‘VINCENT’ WITH SHEERAN

DON McLEAN JOINS ED SHEERAN, ROGER DALTREY, VAN MORRISON, AND MORE FOR CHARITY FUNDRAISER; PERFORMS HIS CLASSIC ‘VINCENT’ WITH SHEERAN

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. – Legendary American singer, songwriter and performer Don McLean recently helped raise funds for Teen Cancer America (TCA) and UCLA Health. At the Backyard Concert 2018, McLean joined Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Van Morrison and Roger Daltrey, as well as GRAMMY Award winner Ed Sheeran and others for a once-in-a-generation private concert and live auction. During the concert Don McLean joined Sheeran for a special duet performance of his hit “Vincent”.

“I have been aware of the philanthropic work of Roger Daltrey for many years, and that motivated me to participate,” said McLean. “I enjoyed all the music very much, and Ed Sheeran is very delightful to know and work with. Van Morrison put on a beautiful, swinging show and his band was very refined. Everyone gave their best, and it was a stellar musical evening that raised money for a good cause.”

WATCH: Ed Sheeran & Don McLean rehearsal of “Vincent”

The invite-only event, the fifth in a series that began a decade ago to raise awareness and funds for UCLA Health’s Autism program, launched the Daltrey-Townshend Teen and Young Adult Cancer Program at UCLA and spearheaded the establishment of Teen Cancer America.

Judd Apatow served as Master of Ceremonies for the evening and Howie Mandel as auctioneer for the live auction of a rare collection of music memorabilia and art that was auctioned off throughout the evening. Included in the auction lot was a guitar donated by The Buddy Holly Educational Foundation that experts are saying may be the most valuable ever built for a charity event. The handcrafted guitar, inspired by the Holly classic song, “Learning The Game,” is signed by 75 of the greatest living musicians including Eric Clapton, Robert Plant, Brian May, Bruce Springsteen, Don McLean, Donovan, Brian Wilson, Keith Richards, Dion, Peter Frampton, Graham Nash, Don Everly and Elvis Costello, just to name a few. Peter Bradley Jr. of The Buddy Holly Educational Foundation has spent the last 18 months traveling the world capturing the signatures and stories about how Holly inspired other artists, in preparation for donating the guitar to Teen Cancer America as part of a newly established partnership between the two organizations.

Other auction items included a mechanically and electrically refurbished Bally Pinball Wizard Machine built in 1975 to coincide with the release of the movie/rock opera “Tommy.” It was autographed for the event by most of the stars of the film, including Daltrey, Townsend, Elton John, Tina Turner, Jack Nicholson, and Ann-Margret. Additional auction items included a first off the production line, limited edition The Who motorized scooter and high-value art from famed contemporary street-artist RETNA. The auction was being conducted live, and online at www.ha.com, by Heritage Auctions.

The first four Backyard Concert events raised close to $10 million, with event expenses totaling less than 10 percent of the funds raised. Friday’s concert and auction raised over $3.5 Million for the charities.

Backyard Concert continues to build on this momentum to provide transformative care of kids, teens, young adults and families impacted by the frightening diagnosis of cancer or autism. Support from the event funds a multitude of programs, services and resources provided by both UCLA Health and Teen Cancer America for these young patients. If you would like to make a donation in support of this great cause, please contact Carmen Garcia at 310-255-7721.

Key 2018 event sponsors included Douglas Emmett, Merrill Lynch Private Banking & Investment Group, Eastdil Secured, AEG, Eloise & J.P. DeJoria, Goldenvoice, ABM Parking Services and Patron Tequila.

About UCLA Health:
UCLA Health is among the most comprehensive and advanced health care systems in the world. Together, UCLA Health and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA redefine standards of excellence in health care. Consistently ranked among the best in the nation, UCLA Health is on the cutting edge of biomedical research, and their doctors and scientists do pioneering work across an astounding range of disciplines, from organ transplantation and cardiac surgery to neurosurgery, comprehensive cancer treatment, autism and a multitude of other physical and neuropsychiatric conditions and diseases. Support of this event will provide funding for a number of UCLA Health high-touch patient programs and support services specific to cancer treatment and autism. For more information, visit UCLAHealth.org.

About Teen Cancer America:
Every hour another 13-25 year old is diagnosed with cancer in America. Teen Cancer America transforms the lives for this under-served patient population by working with our country’s leading cancer treatment and research centers. They create specialized clinical care programs, offer therapeutic experiences and provide access to individualized support and resources. This completely unique organization works with the leading healthcare institutions to build state-of-the-art Teen and Young Adult “Social Zones” for both in-patient and out-patient treatment settings. The work of Teen Cancer America has impacted over 5,000 young people and their families nationwide during the last six years. For more information, visit TeenCancerAmerica.org.

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, famous live broadcasts, and similar recordings.

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.

Don McLean On Tour:
AUG 23 Vilar Performing Arts Center / Beaver Creek, Colo.
AUG 24 Strings Music Pavilion / Steamboat Springs, Colo.
SEPT 08 NYCB Theater/ Westbury, N.Y.
SEPT 22 Tupelo Music Hall / Derry, N.H.
OCT 01 Lichtburg Essen / Essen, Germany
OCT 02 Fabrik Hamburg / Hamburg, Germany
OCT 04 Theater 11 / Zürich, Switzerland
OCT 05 Festhalle Harmonie Heilbronn / Heilbronn, Germany
OCT 06 Stadtga / Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany
OCT 08 Passionskirche Kreuzberg / Berlin, Germany
OCT 10 De Oosterpoort / Groningen, Netherlands
OCT 12 Muziekgebouw Eindhoven / Eindhoven, Netherlands
OCT 13 TivoliVredenburg / Utrecht, Netherlands
OCT 18 Savoy-teatteri / Helsinki, Finland
OCT 21 Sentrum Scene / Oslo, Norway
OCT 22 Koncerthuset, Koncertsalen / København S, Denmark
OCT 23 Cirkus / Stockholm, Sweden
NOV 09 Arlington Music Hall / Arlington, Texas
NOV 15 The Wilbur / Boston, Mass.
NOV 16 TBA / Rutland, Vt.
NOV 17 Tarrytown Music Hall / Tarrytown, N.Y.
NOV 30 City Winery / Atlanta, Ga.
DEC 07 Avalaon Theater/ Easton, Md.
DEC 08 Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts / Harrisburg, Pa.
DEC 09 State Theatre of Ithaca / Ithaca, N.Y.
DEC 27 Blue Note Hawaii / Honolulu, Hawaii

2019
JAN 15 Yoshi’s Oakland / Oakland, Calif.
JAN 19 Lewis Family Playhouse / Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
JAN 25 Fox Tucson Theater / Tucson, Ariz.
FEB 01 Sharon Morse Performing Arts Center / The Villages, Fla.
FEB 02 Oxford Performing Arts Center / Oxford, Ala.
FEB 09 Infinity Hall / Hartford, Conn.
MAR 22 TBA / Cerritos, Calif.
MAR 23 TBA / Beverly Hills, Calif.
APR 05 TBA / Alexandria, Va.
APR 06 TBA / Riverhead, N.Y.
MAY 10 TBA / East Greenwich, R.I.
MAY 11 TBA / Peekskill, N.Y.
Click here for Don’s entire tour calendar

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COTTON EYED JOE CELEBRATES 25th ANNIVERSARY — NAMED THE ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC 2018 “NIGHTCLUB OF THE YEAR”

COTTON EYED JOE CELEBRATES 25th ANNIVERSARY — NAMED THE ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC 2018 “NIGHTCLUB OF THE YEAR”

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – For over 25 years, the Cotton Eyed Joe has served as the hottest night club in all of East Tennessee. In fact, this year, it won the ACM (Academy of Country Music) Industry Award for Nightclub of the Year! The ‘Joe’ is already awesome, but it’s about to get a whole lot better! From complete renovations to new offerings, such as valet parking, the “Joe” will have a totally updated atmosphere, perfect for concerts. All of these changes are made possible thanks to the “Joe’s” new owner, Chuck Ward. He’s been in the real estate business for 30 years, and he’s already begun to give the club a much-needed face-lift.

“Everybody loves the Cotton Eyed Joe, and I’m thrilled to be the one who will make them love it even more,” said new owner, Chuck Ward. “I’m working hard to make it better than ever and more visitor friendly. Thanks to everyone who comes out to see us!”

CLUB UPDATES:
Part of the “Joe’s” renovations include new flooring, dance floors, lighting, and pool tables. Coming soon they will have updated restrooms and a permanent stage for their world-famous performances!

NEW CHANGES & OFFERINGS:
Arriving at the ‘Joe’ has never been better because the valet parking services have been enhanced. An all new menu will be making its debut sometime soon at the ‘Joe’. It will be filled with usual pub fare bar food, plus many delicious fresh food choices.

FREE Dance Lessons are held at the ‘Joe’ from 7-9pm on Thursdays and Sundays. Thursday’s Lessons consist of two stepping and line dancing, and Sunday’s lessons consist of line dancing. Cotton Eyed Joe is always teaching new and exciting dance moves!

UNIQUE FACTS:
18+ are always welcome at the Cotton Eyed Joe! CEJ has weekly specials, too, so club goers can have a good time while also saving some cash.

Each week, more than 3,000 people occupy the “Joe’s” 25,000 square foot building, and dance on the 2,500 sq ft dance floor.

One of the coolest features about the “Joe” is how it’s decorated. For example, the DJ booth is an actual semi-truck! The rest of the building is filled with signed photos, western gear, and much more.

The National Anthem is played EVERY NIGHT, followed by the club’s theme song, “Cotton Eyed Joe”.

ACTIVITIES:
In addition to dancing and enjoying your favorite cold beverage, there are many other fun things to do at Cotton Eyed Joe. From video games, to pool tables, or taking a ride on the mechanical bull, it would be impossible not to have a good time at the “Joe.” Additionally, there are also games like Jenga, darts, and Foosball.

Joe’s Closet is a shopping center located inside Cotton Eyed Joe, where t-shirts, hats, koozies, and more can be purchased. This is also the place for coat checks, and where concert tickets can be purchased.

SHOW HISTORY:
Over the years, the Cotton Eyed Joe has housed many incredible performances. Artists include Chris Stapleton, Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell, Chris Janson, Uncle Kracker, Eli Young Band, Dan + Shay, Montgomery Gentry, Brothers Osborne, Aaron Lewis, Joe Nichols, Kane Brown, Chris Lane, Old Dominion, Chase Bryant, Tyler Farr, Morgan Wallen, Maddie and Tae, Bret Michaels, Colt Ford, Gary Allen, Lauren Alaina, William Michael Morgan, Chase Rice, Michael Ray, and many more!

UPCOMING CONCERT EVENTS:
AUG 10 – Tyler Farr
AUG 24 – Colt Ford
SEP 21 – Joe Nichols
SEP 22 – Confederate Railroad
SEP 26 – Josh Blue
OCT 19 – Riley Green

For additional information and upcoming concerts and events, visit Cotton Eyed Joe’s website at www.cottoneyedjoe.com

ABOUT COTTON EYED JOE:
In 2017, Chuck Ward, a real estate investor purchased Cotton Eyed Joe as his “new project.” Less than a year later, the Joe was named “Nightclub of the Year” by the Academy of Country Music. With renovations, concerts, and special events happening weekly, more than 3,000 people occupy the “Joe’s” 25,000 square foot building and dance on the 2,500 square foot dance floor. The “Joe’s” décor includes signed memorabilia, western gear, and a DJ booth made from an actual semi-truck. Those 18+ are always welcome for shows and a good time.

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