Band Will Shoot A Video Of Their ACM Awards Song “Here’s Hope”
Little Big Town has teamed with ConAgra Foods to support the company’s Child Hunger Ends Here campaign. The partnership is aimed at inspiring people to get involved in their local communities to help end child hunger in the United States, and raise awareness of the issue.
As part of the partnership, Little Big Town is shooting an exclusive video of the original song “Here’s Hope” in the style of their popular Web series “Scattered, Smothered, and Covered.” Fans can visit the ConAgra Foods Facebook page in September to see the video, along with other exclusive content, and participate in a Q&A session with the band.
Little Big Town’s previous involvement with the campaign came during last spring’s Academy of Country Music Awards when they performed “Here’s Hope” on the show, an anthem written to support the cause by fellow artist Hunter Hayes and other writers.
Says the band’s Phillip Sweet in a press release, “Having gone through difficulties with my own family and growing up in a single-parent household with five siblings, I’ve had first-hand experience with not knowing sometimes where our next meal was coming from. We had to be creative and work together as a team and a family to make ends meet. We could not have done it without the help of friends and our community. Our children should never have to wonder where their next meal is coming from, and with the passionate work and generosity of everyone involved with ConAgra Foods and this endeavor, hopefully child hunger will one day be a thing of the past.”
ConAgra is the maker of such brands as Chef Boyardee, Egg Beaters, Hebrew National, Hunt’s, Marie Callender’s, Orville Redenbacher’s, PAM, Reddi-wip and Slim Jim.
Singer Will Be Honored By Miranda Lambert, Trace Adkins, Lee Ann Womack And More
Loretta Lynn will mark her 50th anniversary as a member of The Grand Ole Opry with a special show on the venerable Opry stage Sept. 25.
Among the fellow artists who will be on hand to help celebrate Lynn and her achievement are her sister Crystal Gayle, plus friends Miranda Lambert, Lee Ann Womack, and Trace Adkins, as well as Pistol Annies, who will be making their Opry debut.
Lynn joined the Opry cast on Sept. 25, 1962.
During her first ever appearance on the show, at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, Lynn sang her debut single, “I’m A Honky Tonk Girl” and says all she can remember about that first performance is tapping her foot.
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• Toby Keith’s latest album, “Hope On The Rocks,” will be released Nov 13. It will include his current single, “I Like Girls That Drink Beer.” Co-written by Keith and collaborator Bobby Pinson, that song is one of the album’s 10 cuts. A deluxe edition will offer 14 cuts. As usual, Keith produced the set and served as its primary songwriter. Watch the clever new lyric video for “I Like Girls That Drink Beer” here.
• Trace Adkins and Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress/singer Kristin Chenoweth will return as hosts of the third annual “American Country Awards,” set to air live from Las Vegas on FOX in December. A specific date has not been announced for the show, which airs live from Mandalay Bay. Award nominations will also be announced soon.
Adkins and Chenoweth (right) were paired for the first time last year. Adkins hosted the show solo in its first year.
“The ACAs honor the best and brightest of country music, from the hotshot breakthrough artists to the icons,” says Adkins in a press release. “I’m looking forward to cutting loose again with Kristin, who’s quite the firecracker comedienne, while we also take viewers through an evening of great music and awards.”
“I’m excited to return to the ACA stage with Trace and his big personality and even bigger boots,” says Chenoweth in the same release. “We had a blast last year and I plan to pull out all the stops to make sure everyone has a good time.”
• Following the Aug. 18 motorcycle accident that claimed the leg of Wynonna Judd’s new husband, Cactus Moser, Judd has issued a new statement about his recovery. Moser is also the drummer in Judd’s band, The Big Noise.
“We continue to feel loved and supported by the outpouring of messages from people around the world,” she writes. “Cactus continues to improve every day as he begins his road to rehabilitation. We are looking forward to the day when we will be back together on stage again, and I believe we will be stronger than ever. Until then, I will be out on the road with the rest of the band while I wait lovingly and patiently for my husband to return to The Big Noise.
“We have received hundreds of inquiries from people wanting to show support to Cactus in some way,” she continues. “In lieu of flowers, gifts and cards, Cactus is asking for family, friends and fans to make a donation in his name to Homes For Our Troops, a non-profit, non-partisan organization committed to helping military personnel who have returned home with serious disabilities. Please visit homesforourtroops.org/cactusmoser to learn more. Cactus will be notified of every dollar donated in his name, and you can even include a message to him along with your donation.”
After postponing some dates following the accident, Judd will resume her tour with her band August 30 in Peshawbestwon, Mich. She has also rescheduled the string of shows that had been postponed in the week following the accident. Her current tour dates are scheduled through Dec 22.
• Eric Church’s touring band is joining forces to host an 18-hole golf tournament in Nashville on Sept. 25 to raise money for the Recording Academy’s MusiCares charity, a non-profit Grammy organization that provides critical assistance for music professionals in times of need. They are inviting other musicians and industry professionals to join them in forming the 36 teams needed for the fundraiser, to be called “Put A Club In My Hand” (a play on one of Church’s hit song titles), at Gaylord Springs Golf Links.
Spearheading the event is Church’s bass player, Lee Hendricks, who came up with the idea alongside Church’s other band members: Jeff Cease, Jeff Hyde, Driver Williams and Craig Wright, as well as Church’s set carpenter, Michael Todd Stembridge.
“I lost a lot of equipment in the Nashville flood [in 2010], but MusicCares came in immediately and helped me recover from those financial losses,” says Hendricks. “We, as a band, would love to see Music City step up and repay them for helping to alleviate so much hardship within our community in such a dire time of need, and also acknowledge what they do on a daily basis to make sure all of us are taken care of. They’ve done so much for us, we want to give back.”
Church says of his band’s involvement, “I could not be more proud to have my guys step up and decide to do something on their own to give to an organization that helps so many musicians in need. They realized how much they had been helped and wanted to ensure other people would have that opportunity in the future. I certainly will be supporting their efforts and want everyone else to join me.”
Singer And Wife, Denise, Have One More Daughter To Get Through High School
With one daughter already through college, and another graduated from high school this year, Alan Jackson and his wife, Denise (pictured), are preparing to be empty nesters when their third and youngest daughter Dani, 15, finishes high school herself in a couple more years. While that prospect makes some parents melancholy, Jackson takes a different view.
“Denise and I . . . both feel like you raise them for that,” he recently told MSN Music. “I don’t like to be the kind of parent that’s trying to keep them under my wing. You’ve got to let them go and make their own way, and you’re just proud for them and anxious for them to do well.”
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Singer Also Compares Baseball To Performing Live
Scotty McCreery is about to start his freshman year at North Carolina State University, a choice he admits was a detour in his longtime plan to attend college in Nashville, where he’d be closer to the hub of the country music industry.
“For my whole life I planned to come to college in Nashville,” he recently told MSN Music. “Belmont [University] and Middle Tennessee State [University] were on my list. I really think if this [winning ‘American Idol’] hadn’t have happened to me, I probably would have ended up there. But being on the road and seeing how I can do a lot of the business stuff at home—or Nashville’s just an hour flight—I think that kind of swayed me to the decision,” he said.
“I think I’m only going to have a two-day schedule at college, and work on the off-days,” he added. “So either way, I’m going to get a lot of work done at school and in my music career as well.”
McCreery also had plenty to say about his current touring partner, Brad Paisley.
“Brad’s the man,” he said with a smile. “He’s such a class act and such a good guy. He’s always the first one to say ‘hey’ or invite me to come eat dinner with him. He’s just a normal guy, and it’s cool to see that in an industry where not everybody is like that.”
On tour, McCreery said, “When some guys go to the bus and sleep, I go out there every single night and watch him sing [from] the sound booth, because you’re learning every night when you’re seeing him do his thing. He’s doing something different every night, the way he interacts with the crowd. He’s just a pro, and he’s the top dog, so I’ve got loads and loads of respect for him.”
McCreery, who enjoyed playing baseball for his high school team, also was asked by MSN Music to compare scoring a no-hitter in a baseball game to being on stage in front of 10,000 people. Not surprisingly, he said, there’s a clear winner.
“For me, it’s getting on stage,” he said. “That’s the rush for me. That’s what I live for. That’s my passion. Baseball is a hobby. I love doing it. It’s what I grew up doing, but the music is just on a whole other level.”
The Duo Recorded An Exclusive Performance Video Featuring Their Puppy
Hot country duo Thompson Square has partnered with Purina Dog Chow for a promotion that aids wounded U.S. troops. To raise awareness for the campaign, the duo’s Keifer and Shawna Thompson recorded an exclusive performance for Purina of a song written by Keifer a decade ago called “A Dog’s Life.” The song’s story is told through the eyes of a dog.
The video, which was shot in New York City, features the couple’s adorable and camera-loving puppy, Etta, in a starring role. Watch it here.
As part of the Dog Families Know promotion, which runs through Aug. 31, Facebook users can upload a photo, video or a story about how their dog has impacted their family at Facebook.com/DogChow. For each upload, Purina will donate a dollar (and up to $25,000 total) to the charity Patriot Rovers, which raises and trains service dogs to work with our wounded troops, or those experiencing post-traumatic stress and needing help re-adjusting to daily life after returning to the U.S.
The dog-loving Thompsons recently brought Ella into the family following the loss of their 16-year-old Yorkshire Terrier, Harley, which Keifer had bought as a gift for Shawna in the first year they were dating. That dog also served as the ring-bearer in their wedding. After the loss of Harley, Shawna says, getting Etta “put a smile back on my face.”
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