NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Grammy Award winning, Songwriters Hall of Fame Member John Prine passed away at age 73 due to Covid-19. Some of his most legendary hits include, “Hello in There,” “Sam Stone,” “Angel From Montgomery” and “Paradise.” Prine used these masterpieces to highlight moments that the average mind grazed over with empathetic words and light-hearted lines. Writing for big industry names such as Johnny Cash, George Strait, Don Williams, the Everly Brothers, Carl Perkins and Bette Midler, all while being a singer, author, actor and record label owner, leaves Prine with one of the most renowned legacies in music history. Prine was not only a poetic prodigy, but a friend to many in the music and entertainment industry.
Fellow artists mourn the loss of their friend and share fond memories that have left them forever inspired by the timeless, John Prine.
“I have enjoyed John’s music for many years. He was a truly gifted man and he will be missed. My prayers go out to his family.” – Charley Pride
“All of The Oak Ridge Boys are saddened by the loss of John Prine. The man was a genius songwriter! I have been listening to his music and praying for him since he got sick and to be honest I didn’t really know John personally but my heart is heavy nonetheless.” – Joe Bonsall / Oak Ridge Boys
“Nashville has lost another legendary artist. John Prine will always be remembered for his great music. I will always remember John’s wonderful smile and how nice and caring he was. Sending lots of love to his family.” – Crystal Gayle
“So sad to see another great music legend leave us. My family sends prayers to John Prine’s family.” – Lee Greenwood
“John was a sweet genius who always had time for conversation with me and as a songwriter, he was untouchable.” – T. Graham Brown
“After having the honor of seeing John Prine on a few occasions, it was no secret how much he is loved and admired. I last saw him at the Marty Stuart Late Night Jam, and was fortunate to have a front row seat. I captured many great photos, and will cherish the photos as a wonderful memory of witnessing one of the greatest songwriters to walk God’s Earth.” – Rhonda Vincent
“I really feel like we’ve lost one of our generation’s great champions for living outside the senses.” – Lacy J. Dalton
“John Prine was a treasure! He inspired every singer/songwriter who has ever lived. He has survived several health challenges and I was praying that he would survive this. There was only one John Prine. Everyone looked up to him and he will be missed by not only Nashville, but around the world. We love you, John.” – Deborah Allen
“I used to sing his song “Paradise” about Muhlenburg county during my shows in clubs. It was written about how the coal mines stripped away the vegetation and trees. He also wrote “Angel From Montgomery,” which was a hit by Bonnie Raitt. This is the kind of music that I have always loved. It was a touch of blues and a touch of pop. I have always loved his music and style. He was a leader in the “awareness” songs and was a huge influence in my life and my approach to music. You will be missed, John.” – Janie Fricke
“I first met John Prine in the 70’s backstage at the Grand Ole Opry. He was perhaps one of the nicest guys I’ve ever had the honor to meet. No star attitude whatsoever. He was just an average guy who loved words. And he became one of the greatest wordsmiths of our time. His lyrics are pure poetry. He never worried about making his songs commercial. He wrote from the heart and the gut. Ironically I was in the studio last month and recorded one of his songs that I’ve loved for years called “Blue Umbrella.” John would say in three minutes what an author would say in 256 pages. What a talent!” – Tim Atwood
“So sad to hear the passing of the legendary John Prine. One of the most influential songwriters of our time gone way too soon! His music will live on forever.” – J.D. Shelburne
“John Prine was one of the most beloved and well-versed songwriters in the business, and his passing is a huge loss to songwriters and fans alike. The mark he made on the americana/folk/country music industry was remarkable – one that no one else could ever dream of accomplishing. His songwriting will be deeply missed, but even more than that is his infectious smile and sweet spirit. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of John’s family and friends, as well as all the fans he has made over the years. There will truly never be another John Prine.” – Paige King Johnson
Photo Credit: Variety 4/2020, Danny Clinch
In barely its third year, TailgateFest has already established itself as a premier festival for country music fans, throughout Southern California. The festival which has, rightfully, been dubbed the #BestWeekendEver has successfully combined; great music lineups, mouth watering food, and the best part of a country festival… Tailgating.
During TailgateFest, attendees have options while watching the concert. They can stand near the stage, just like any other festival, or they can keep partying from the bed of their trucks and enjoy the concert without ever having to leave the comfort of their vehicle.
Most of the TailgateFest attendees, that we have spoken with, mentioned that they enjoy being able to watch the concert from their vehicles, but almost to a person, each one has said that the best part of tailgating at TailgateFest, is the new friends they’ve made. “This festival has a different feel to it” said Michelle, from Corona. “I became friends with the people we were parked next to during the first TailgateFest. Now, we go out line dancing, to birthday parties and are really good friends.”
Since its inception in 2018, Alyson Richards and Melissa Carbone, the owners of TailgateFest, have had a vision of combining all of the great things that fans enjoy from music festivals. These phenomenal women are recreating what music fans have come to expect from a festival. The friends came up with the concept for TailgateFest, when they attended a music festival and had to stop enjoying themselves in the tailgating area, to go watch the concert. “This is the Burning Man for the other 98%” said Alyson Richards. “Aside from a great lineup and amazing food. We want country fans to enjoy interacting with each other and continue having a good time from their tailgating spot, when the artists take the stage.”
Alyson and Melissa’s approach has made TailgateFest, one the most fan-friendly festivals we’ve ever attended. Last year, country artists were seen walking around the tailgating campgrounds interacting with fans and giving away Wyld Gear coolers. Fans can also enjoy TailgateFest poolside with the Boots & Bikinis option. This option allows fans to watch the concert from a pool, located steps away from the stage. There are also RV Campsite options where up to 10 people can enjoy the comforts of an RV in between sets.
But wait there’s more…
This year TailgateFest will have another star studded lineup, which will include Dierks Bentley, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Justin Moore and TLC. The festival will also have a new home, at Auto Club Speedway, in Fontana. The new location will allow TailgateFest to offer a few more ticket options, which will give fans plenty of opotrunities to enjoy themselves, without breaking the bank. Our personal favorite addition to TailgateFest tickets, is the pre-packed tailgating option. This add-on allows you to select food, drinks, equipment and almost anything you’ll need for the weekend, without having to pack it into your vehicle. You just show up to TailgateFest, pick up your order and set up your camping spot. This is especially a great option for anyone with a smaller vehicle or a larger group. It also takes the worry out of packing for the festival, because everything has already been done for you.
As of this article, TailgateFest will take place as scheduled, with health and security precautions, in place, to ensure the safety of all attendees. But with all of the uncertainty that 2020 has brought us, so far, one thing we’re certain of, is that TailgateFest 2020 will DEFINITLY be an amazing experience. Alyson, Melissa and all of the women & men at TailgateFest, are working hard to ensure the best experience is had by everyone in attendance and they hope you’ll join them to experience the #BestWeekendEver, for yourself.
To get your TailgateFest tickets or for more info, visit www.LATailgateFest.com
Tailgate Fest has already made its national footprint as the host location of CMT’s ‘Hot 20 Countdown’. This will be their third year broadcasting live from the festival.
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 (Los Angeles, CA) – Southern California’s most epic party returns for its third year, and now at the most on-brand venue yet: the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA. Tailgate Fest has gained cult status and been dubbed “SoCal’s Newest FOMO Festival” from being the only fest in the world where the tailgating doesn’t stop when the show starts. And now neither does the pool party. For an extra special and unique experience, check out the ‘Boots and Bikinis’ mega pool party that puts you close enough to the stage that you could splash the artists.
Moving to Fontana’s Auto Club Speedway (45 minutes outside Los Angeles), is a move that responds to the explosive growth and space needed for this first of its kind type of festival experience. Festival goers will have even more land to set up that perfect base camp than last year. Tailgate Fest is pleased to reveal their third year line up, which include certified platinum artist Dierks Bentley and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Lynyrd Skynyrd who are headlining, with Billy Currington, Justin Moore, Carly Pearce, A Thousand Horses, Logan Mize, Ross Ellis, and R&B icons, TLC, making up the list. Attendees will enjoy two days of nonstop entertainment between August 15-16. They may enjoy from the comfort of their own truck-side havens, side-stage at the ‘Boots and Bikinis’ mega pool party, which is back and taking on a life of it’s own as the fan favorite of the 2019 festival, or even stage front like typical concert experiences. This is the festival made by the fans for the fans and caters to the experience the fan wants to curate. Tailgate Fest has even added “Pre-Packed Tailgate Packages” for this years event to answer the call for those who want to tailgate, but don’t want to shop and prep. Centered around the unanimous sentiment that tailgaters don’t want to pack up the party, Tailgate Fest brings the stages truck-side and aims to bridge the gap between celebration and comfort. But Tailgate Fest doesn’t want you to stress if you don’t have a tailgating setup! There are also traditional concert tickets for sale as well.
“One of the best parts of Tailgate, and also most unique, is that it compels people to engage in a visceral social interaction which has become harder and harder to find. Even our artists walk around and grab beers and pop in to see the action, which is pretty unheard of at most festivals. It’s becoming such a community of camaraderie based around the love of music, tailgating and camping culture, summer, love and fun,” said Tailgate Fest creator Melissa Carbone.
Passes are available now on the Tailgate Fest website (latailgatefest.com). General admission two-day passes are currently $99 while VIP passes for the weekend are $329 and include amenities like viewing decks, premium bathrooms, private lounges, early entry, and entry to ‘Boots and Bikinis’. The Super VIP Pass is also available for $599 and includes all VIP amenities in addition to elevated access to the stage-side swimming pool and special platform, exclusive private performances and parties, bottle service, and more. RV camping upgrades are available for purchase as well. For the ultimate tailgating experience, you can reserve your very own fully-stocked, private Airstream! The ‘Hicksville USA Trailer Park’ package also includes Ten Ultimate VIP passes, catered BBQ lunches, snacks and beer, the ‘Boots & Bikinis’ mega pool party VIP treatment, meet & greet with the artists of your choice, backstage and on-stage viewing, and much more for only $9,999. There are a limited number available of this once in a concert lifetime package, so act now!
Yeah, this summer is going to rock.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Capitol Records Nashville’s Darius Rucker was surprised with a plaque celebrating the RIAA’s recent 8x-Platinum certification of his hit song “Wagon Wheel” during a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum yesterday, February 12. Since topping the charts for back-to-back weeks in 2013, “Wagon Wheel” has now become one of the top five best-selling Country songs of all time and Rucker is now the only solo male country act to achieve the honor of an 8x-plus multi-Platinum song in RIAA’s history.
Lured under the pretense of seeing his exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, Rucker was surprised when he rounded the corner to see his record label of 14+ years, UMG Nashville, holding a plaque. “What are y’all doing here?!” Rucker remarked, taking in the presence of label heads and esteemed industry guests from the RIAA gathered around his exhibit, which features the suit he wore in the “Wagon Wheel” music video alongside other memorabilia from his remarkable career. After hearing the news – and pausing to really read the plaque’s inscription – an in-awe Rucker added, “I don’t believe you. I don’t believe this! Wow, what a testament to the fans and their love of Country music.”
“Wagon Wheel,” originally released by Old Crow Medicine Show in 2004, was written by the band’s lead singer, Ketch Secor, and was based on a sketch by Bob Dylan, who is credited as a co-writer. The single was featured on Rucker’s Gold-certified, No.1 album True Believers and has since accumulated over 960 million global streams. “Wagon Wheel” also won a GRAMMY for Best Country Solo Performance at the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards, the third of Rucker’s career.
“Even in my wildest dreams for ‘Wagon Wheel,’ the singer was never me or Bob,” remarked Secor upon learning of the song’s new accolade. “It could have been a lot of different people who had the big hit with it. It could have been one of those perfect-smile guys with the made-for-TV personalities. That it was instead a salt of the earth singer like Darius is something divine I’ll leave to the theologians to figure out.”
Mike Dungan, UMGN Chairman & CEO, recalls the conversation he had with Rucker when he first decided to record the song: “Darius called my cell phone one night and told me that he was in the audience for the talent show at his daughter’s high school. He said, ‘Hey man, do you know that song ‘Wagon Wheel?’ I just watched a band full of kids perform it, and it reminded me of how great that song is, and I want to cut it.’ I said, ‘you’re crazy,’ to which he said, ‘well I’m cuttin’ it! I’ll talk to you later!’ We (the label) thought that this was going to either be huge… or a disaster. He was right, everybody’s happy, life is good!”
“On behalf of RIAA, we’re so pleased to mark such an amazing accomplishment,” said Jackie Jones, Vice President of Industry Relations at the Recording Industry Association of America. “A certification of this magnitude is incredibly rare—occurring only a few times in our organization’s history. Darius, his team and the entire UMG Nashville family should be very proud of this historic moment in music.”
The Associated Press broke the news, capturing the plaque presentation surprise which can be viewed HERE.
About Darius Rucker
Rucker first achieved multi-Platinum status in the record industry as lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the GRAMMY Award-winning band Hootie & the Blowfish. Since releasing his first Country album in 2008, he’s enjoyed four No. 1 albums on the Billboard Country chart and nine No. 1 singles at Country radio, earning a whole new legion of fans. As a lifelong philanthropist, Rucker is a constant supporter of the MUSC Children’s Hospital in his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina. He has also raised millions of dollars for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through his annual Darius & Friends benefit concert and golf tournament, as well as for more than 200 charitable causes supporting public education and junior golf programs in South Carolina through the Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation. Rucker recently wrapped the Group Therapy Tour with his Hootie & the Blowfish bandmates as they celebrated the 25th anniversary of generation-defining smash Cracked Rear View in addition to the November 1 release of Imperfect Circle, their first album in nearly 15 years. For more information, visit www.dariusrucker.com and follow on social media @DariusRucker.
Stagecoach has always been a festival that has highlighted up & coming artists, both male and female. But this year’s Stagecoach has a plethera of talented, female artists, as it continues to promote equity and equality within country music.
While last year’s festival featured a handful of female artists that slayed the entire weekend, but some attendees were critical of the quantity of female artists that performed at the festival. Whether by choice or availability, last year’s festival featured 11 female or coed artists. This year’s festival will have 17 female or co-ed artists, many of whom are up and coming and will perform to the sold out, festival crowd.
Regardless of the year, Stagecoach has always been at the forefront of giving female artists a place to perform in front of some of the largest crowd in the country. Stagecoach has also had a history of having a female headliner on Saturday nights, which have featured Miranda Lambert, Shania Twain and Carrie Underwood.
This year, Stagecoach will feature some amazingly talented female artists, that the majority of country artists may not know. Below we are providing a brief summary of some of our favorite female artists that you should definitly catch during Stagecoach 2020!
RaeLynn– This award winning singer/songwriter is sure to performing her hits, like “Love Triangle” and “God Made Girls”, but her on-stage performance and presence is the real reason to be sure to catch this Queen.
Nikki Lane– This badass artist has a Stagecoach Marketplace named after her, so you know she’s good! Nikki takes you back with a style that reminds listeners of 60’s country twang that is inspired by Loretta Lynn and Merle Haggard
Ingrid Andress– With her hit song “More Hearts Than Mine”, Ingrid Andress is sure to be a fan favorite at Stagecoach. This artist will drop her debut album in March and will be on tour with Dan + Shay in the Spring.
Tenille Townes– A promising new artist that has been compared to Chris Stapleton and Adele. Her song “Somebody’s Daughter” put country music on notice, and she’s definitly a ‘must see’ at Stagecoach 2020
Gabby Barrett– A finalist on 2018’s American Idol, Gabby Barrett was designated a “Highway Find” by Sirius XM Radio. Her voice, her style and her lyrics are more than enough reasons to catch her set on Stagecoach Sunday
Temecula Road– This trio is no stranger to Stagecoach. Growing up in the city of Temecula, CA, Temecula Road has wow’d fans and audiences, alike, with their style of music, for years. This year’s performance will include their recent releases, “Never Knew I Needed You” and “Maybe Not”. Be sure to catch them on Saturday at Stagecoach.
Caylee Hammack– This firey redhead has experienced more in her 24 years than most people have in their entire lives. Her depth and powerful voice have alotted her the opportunity to perform with Dierks Bentley and at several festivals across the country. Be sure to catch her at Stagecoach on Saturday, you won’t be dissapointed.
“The memories of playing live are what have kept the fire burning for us,” shared Kix Brooks. “Performers who have had the kind of nights like we’ve had with our fans, can never really let that go. Live is where we’re most at home, and it’s gonna feel good to be back in the saddle, let’s rodeo! We’ll see y’all out there on the trail.”
Brooks & Dunn REBOOT 2020 Tour Official Dates:
5/15 St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
5/16 Indianapolis, IN – Ruoff Music Center
5/22 Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
5/23 Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
5/29 Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
5/30 Orange Beach, AL – The Wharf Amphitheater
6/5 Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion
6/6 Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Presented by Huntsman
6/26 Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
6/27 Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
8/28 Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
8/29 Burgettstown, PA – S&T Bank Music Park
9/4 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
9/5 Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
9/10 Atlanta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
9/11 Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
9/18 Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
9/19 Chicago, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
With 40 Top 10 songs, and 20 plus No. One hits stretching back to 1991, two GRAMMY awards, dozens of ACM and CMA honors and a discography counting more album sales than any duo in history – regardless of genre – New York Times heralded that Brooks & Dunn “helped drive the power-country era of the early-to-mid 1990s and continued to benefit from the sea change in the genre they helped initiate right through their most recent albums.” Their original “Merle Haggard meets The Rolling Stones” vibe made them progressive stars in their own right. The duo’s critically-acclaimed collaboration project REBOOT debuted at No. One on Billboard’s Top Country Albums last year. The impressive feat marks the first time the duo has topped the album charts since 2009 while simultaneously earning the duo their 10th Billboard 200 Top 10 album, the most of any country duo or group in the chart’s history. The duo are currently nominated for a GRAMMY for “Best Country Duo/ Group Performance” for their collaboration with Luke Combs on “Brand New Man” on the album. The duo was also just inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in the “Modern Era Artist” category. A Country Music Hall of Fame exhibit on Brooks & Dunn also opened last fall and will run through July 19, 2020.
6/11 Indianapolis, IN – Ruoff Music Center
6/12 Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
6/13 Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
6/25 Chicago, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
6/27 Pittsburgh, PA – S&T Bank Music Park
7/18 Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion
7/23 St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
9/3 Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
9/4 Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center
9/5 Buffalo, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater
9/10 Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
9/11 Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
9/12 Washington, DC – Jiffy Lube Live
9/17 Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
9/18 Boston, MA – Xfinity Center
9/19 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
10/1 Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
10/2 San Diego, CA – North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
10/3 Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre
10/7 Denver, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
10/9 Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
10/10 Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
10/15 Atlanta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
10/16 Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
10/17 West Palm Beach, FL – Coral Sky Amphitheatre
They’ve risen from a humble Nashville honky tonk to the biggest stages in the world, and are now venue-packing, role-model members of the Grand Ole Opry (2011) and Hollywood Walk Of Fame (2012), who have showcased their commitment to music, faith and family for fans across the globe. In 2006, the trio were the top-selling artist in the world for all genres of music. The group also became household names appearing in blockbuster movies, hit TV shows and major soundtracks throughout the past 20 years. It all adds up to what Rolling Stone has labeled “an indisputably influential career,” and 2020 will mark a well deserved victory lap.
About Rascal Flatts:
Hailed as one of the most influential groups in modern country history, Rascal Flatts are a chart-topping trio created by vocalist Gary LeVox, multi-instrumentalist Jay DeMarcus and guitarist Joe Don Rooney. Since their founding in 2000 and subsequent breakout with the Top 5 hit, “Prayin’ for Daylight,” the band has gone on to infuse country’s traditional mainstream with smooth-pop textures, arena-rocking energy and faithful positivity, impacting countless fans and fellow artists along the way. They’ve racked up 17 Number One hits, over 23.4 million albums sold, 35 million digital downloads, 2.2 billion streams worldwide and 4.4 billion streams solely on Pandora, while also selling over 11 million concert tickets and earning more than 40 trophies from the ACA, ACM, AMA, CMA, People’s Choice and more, making them the most awarded country group of the past decade. The Grand Ole Opry members will bring an unforgettable chapter in country’s long story to a close in 2020, celebrating their 20th anniversary with Rascal Flatts Farewell: Life Is A Highway Tour – the nationwide farewell tour of their celebrated career. For more information visit rascalflatts.com.
Old Dominion was on the home stretch of their “Make It Sweet” tour and had just finished two nights in Las Vegas. The band had every reason to mail in a performance; tail end of their tour, smaller venue, day after Vegas… but instead, they demonstrated why they are the ACM Vocal Group of the Year.
The band came out with a style and energy, that was contagious. They had the crowd on their feet and singing along to their hits, most of the night. The only time everyone sat down was when Matthew, Trevor and Brad, did a brief history of some of the songs they had written for other artists. Because of that night’s layout at the Fantasy Springs Events Center, the “oohs” and “awes” could be heard from the crowd as the band performed some songs made famous by Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt and Michael Ray. It was easlily the highlight of the evening.
The band finished the night performing songs from their latest, self-titled album, which included “One Man Band“, a song that the next day would be announced as their latest #1.
The band will continue continue to tour into 2020 with the “We Are Old Dominion Tour” which will take them into Canada, then they’ll join up with their friend Kenny Chesneyon the “Chillaxification” tour. The next time Old Dominion will be in Southern California will be on August 1st at SoFi Stadium. Be sure you get your tickets when they come to your town… you will not be dissapointed.
For more info on Old Dominion, check out www.WeAreOldDominion.com
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