Inaugural AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS Bestows Special Honor; Presented Onstage During Live Telecast by Vince Vaughn
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Dec. 16, 2014) – When Kenny Chesney sang “Til It’s Gone” during the live telecast of the first AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS on FOX, the Top 5 hit was delivered not as a love song to a paramour, but as an invitation and celebration to everyone who’s loved the East Tennessean’s music. On hand was good friend Vince Vaughn who presented the eight-time Entertainer of the Year the Groundbreaker Award in recognition of the places and people Chesney has brought his music to.
As Vaughn told the sold out audience in Nashville’s Music City Center, “Few artists have single-handedly elevated country music to new heights. They are the groundbreakers. They are the artists who will never be forgotten. In stadiums and arenas all over America, Kenny’s been a game-changer in live music. Tour after tour, album after album, great song after great song, Kenny Chesney continues to thrill county fans and break ground as only he can.” For Chesney, visibly moved by the award, it was a moment to reflect upon the miles traveled, memories made and people rocked. Acknowledging that God gave him a song – and that song took him places he could never have imagined, he haltingly offered, “So many of you fans out there tonight, here in this room and out there watching on TV... have allowed me to literally hold your lives in my hand through my music and the songs we’ve all shared over the years. I take that responsibility seriously, and I thank you for caring about the music.”
Church scores four GRAMMY nominations and his Platinum Certified album The Outsiders, remains the highest selling of any country album in 2014
Nashville, Tenn. (Dec. 16, 2014) – Eric Church is set to finish 2014 as country music’s top-selling artist with the highest debut and sales of any release in the format for 2014 as the critical and commercial success The Outsiders reaches Platinum status, marking more than 1 million in sales.
The Outsiders was one of the year’s top albums regardless of genre as verified by Billboard. Released Feb. 11, the album sold more than 288,000 copies in its first week. That stood up as 2014’s fourth biggest debut (only behind Taylor Swift, One Direction, and Coldplay). The sales earned Church inclusion a prestigious list of international pop stars as 2014’s top-selling artists including Swift, Beyonce, Sam Smith, and Lorde.The Outsiders also won the Album of the Year Award at last night’s inaugural American Country Countdown Awards.
The EMI Records Nashville release was a hit with critics and tastemakers as well and is popping up on many best-of year-end lists. Rolling Stone says the album “is full of future classics” and American Songwriter lauds Church’s previous work and says, “‘The Outsiders’ dwarfs all of it in sheer scale and grandiosity.”
OLD DOMINION Tapped for KENNY CHESNEY’S THE BIG REVIVAL TOUR Stadium Shows
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First Indie Act To Be Part of a Major Stadium Tour
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014) – Old Dominion, the ReeSmack/Thirty Tigers sensation produced by Grammy winner Shane McAnally, has built their career on the music, the work and the playing. The band of veteran songwriters, who are currently No. 2 on SiriusXM’s “The Highway Hot 45” with their hit “Break Up With Him,” have charted twice before with “Dirt On A Road” and “Shut Me Up” on iTunes, Spotify and SiriusXM’s “The Highway” – and that momentum has earned them one of country music’s most coveted invitations: a slot on Kenny Chesney’s The Big Revival Tour’s 17 stadium shows.
“We couldn’t believe it when we got the call,” says the band’s leader Matt Ramsey. “As an independent band, you fight for any chance to get your music in front of as many people as possible - and you can fit a lot of people in a stadium! We are beyond excited and honored that an iconic artist like Kenny is sharing his stage and his fans with Old Dominion. It truly is the opportunity of a lifetime for us and we are gonna bring it to the No Shoes Nation!” Old Dominion – comprised of Ramsey, multi-instrumentalist Trevor Rosen, lead guitarist Brad Tursi, drummer Whit Sellers and bassist Geoff Sprung – has provided songs for a variety of hit makers including The Band Perry’s No.1 song “You Better Dig Two,” and “Chainsaw” as well as Craig Morgan’s “Wake Up Lovin’ You.” Old Dominion has also received cuts by Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Jake Owen and Chesney with songs currently climbing the charts including Dierks Bentley’s “Say You Do” and Tyler Farr’s “A Guy Walks Into A Bar.” But rather than limit themselves to writing for others, the five came together to make their own kind of country – stripped back, raw, a little funky, but muscular enough to hold its own on today’s country radio.