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Christmas Kids 2014 Auctions

December 14th, 2014

It’s time again for our annual Christmas Kid Auctions! This is your chance to own items from some of your favorite country stars (& some other items mixed in as well) and also help children have a better Christmas! Any of the items that are autographed are 100% authentic. The items were either signed in person or obtained from the artist’s management, etc. Some of the items are personal items that I donate. Some are donated from close friends. The only money that does not go directly to the kids is the auction fees & shipping & handling fees. For more information on Christmas Kids please visit: http://countrymusiccares.net/christmaskids To view all of the items we currently have listed view our eBay page HERE.

Chuck Wicks Signed Rough EP
Little Big Town Signed Tornado CD
Thomas Rhett Get Me Some of That Single CD
Cassadee Pope Poster
Ferras Signed EP
Taylor Swift Promo Sticker
Miranda Lambert CMA Artist of the Year Promo
Jaci Velasquez Signed Diamond CD
Laura Bell Bundy Two Step Single CD
Taylor Swift CMA Promo Card Game
Little Big Town Painkiller Poster
Dierks Bentley Feel That Fire Hot Sauce
Eli Young Band Dust Poster
48th Annual CMA Awards Program
Boys Like Girls Autographed Photo
The Band Perry Signed Pioneer CD
People Magazine Featuring Florida Georgia Line
Mallary Hope Signed CD
Blake Shelton CMA Promo Material
The Band Perry Promo Mousepad
Justin Bieber Believe Poster
Country Music Coozies
Jerrod Niemann Promo Poster
The Band Perry Promo Calendar
Josh Turner Autographed 8×10 Photo
Kenny Chesney Life on a Rock Poster
Rascal Flatts Payback Single CD
Keith Urban Poster
Lucy Hale Ragged Mag
Justin Moore Autographed Album Insert
Justin Moore Poster
Brantley Gilbert Halfway to Heaven Deluxe Autographed Album Insert
Little Big Town Signed Painkiller CD
The Band Perry CMA Vocal Group of the Year Promo Item
Taylor Swift Red Tour Program
8th Annual ACM Honors Program
Scotty McCreery Autographed Fan Club Party Poster
Brothers Osborne Signed EP
Florida Georgia Signed Here’s to the Good Times CD
Taylor Swift Autographed Fearless Platinum Album Insert

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Christmas Kids 2013 Auctions

December 8th, 2013

It’s time again for our annual Christmas Kid Auctions! This is your chance to own items from some of your favorite country stars and also help children have a better Christmas! Any of the items that are autographed are 100% authentic. The items were either signed in person or obtained from the artist’s management, etc. Some of the items are personal items that I donate. I donate the item and the auction fees. The only money that does not go directly to the kids is the shipping & handling fees. For more information on Christmas Kids please visit: http://countrymusiccares.net/christmaskids To view all of the items we currently have listed view our eBay page HERE.

Round 1 (Ended December 11, 2013:
Taylor Swift Entertainer Redefined Promo
Kip Moore Signed 8×10
Chuck Wicks Signed Rough EP
Mallary Hope Autographed CD
Florida Georgia Line “Here’s to Good Times” Autographed CD
2012 CMA Awards Program
Chris Young Autographed A.M. CD
Carrie Underwood 5 Year Opry Membership Poster
Kacey Musgraves Autographed “Same Trailer Different Park”
Kellie Pickler Autographed “Small Town Girl” CD
Brett Eldredge Autographed “Bring You Back” CD
Taylor Swift Live from NYC Poster
Jake Owen Signed “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” CD
Eli Young Band Single CD
Little Big Town Signed Tornado CD

Round 2 (Ended December 12, 2013):
Lauren Alaina Signed “Wildflower” CD
Kristen Kelly Signed 8×10
Casey James Autographed CD
2013 CMA Awards Program
The Band Perry Autographed Poster
The Henningsens Signed EP
Florida Georgia Line Promo Material
Luke Bryan Autographed “Crash My Party” CD

Round 3 (Ended December 13, 2013)
Justin Moore Promo 8×10
Lee Ann Womack Promo Photo
Eli Young Band Single CD
Sarah Darling Signed 8×10

Round 4 (Ended December 15, 2013)
Taylor Swift Autographed Album Insert
Carrie Underwood Autographed “Play On” Poster
Big & Rich Signed Photo
Edens Edge Signed EP
Sara Evans Signed Fan Club Party Poster
Love & Theft Autographed CD (Original 3 Members)
Katy Perry Part of Me 3D Glasses
Kellie Pickler Signed 100 Proof CD

Round 5 (Ended December 20, 2013)
Taylor Swift ACM Promo Sticker
Lauren Alaina Signed 8×10
The Band Perry Signed Fan Club Party Photo
Hunter Hayes Signed Poster
Carrie Underwood Signed “Blown Away Tour” Live DVD

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CMA Fest Fan Fair X Schedule

May 20th, 2013

One of the coolest parts about CMA Fest is that you can meet some of your favorite artists!cma-music-festival-2013_logo Check HERE for the schedule of all the autographs signings in the brand new Fan Fair X located inside the brand new Music City Center!

A small portion of the autograph signings are ticketed. You can enter your picks, HERE. Each individual is able to register for a chance to win 2 passes for one of their favorite artists! Once you register you are given 35 picks, but have a chance to earn 10 more by signing up for the e-mail list and another 10 for a Facebook “like.”

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Grand Ole Opry Adds New Exhibit Highlighting ABC’s “Nashville” to Backstage Tours

May 14th, 2013

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Beginning today, fans enjoying backstage tours of the Grand Ole Opry House can get a little closer to NASHVILLE, the hit drama just renewed for a second season on ABC.

Charles (Chip) Esten, who plays Deacon Claybourne on the series, hosts a new video as part of the exhibit in Studio A of the Opry House. The exhibit also features show memorabilia including a sequined dress worn by Juliette Barnes (portrayed by actress Hayden Panettiere) for her Opry debut in the first episode of the series; an ensemble worn by Rayna Jaymes (portrayed by actress Connie Britton); Barnes’ Gretsch White Falcon guitar; and more, including road cases, microphones, backstage passes, and laminates created for the “Red Lips White Lies Tour” featuring co-headliners Barnes and Jaymes.

The Grand Ole Opry House was featured prominently in the series premiere of NASHVILLE, and is set to appear on screen again this Wednesday, when Scarlett O’Conner (actress Clare Bowen) makes her Opry debut. Opry House Studio A has been seen in the series’ first season as both a rehearsal hall used by Jaymes and the site of a political fundraiser.

Grand Ole Opry House Backstage Pass Tours are available seven days a week through October (based upon Opry House availability) and after most Opry performances. Tickets and information are available at opry.com, 800-SEE-OPRY, and at the Opry House Box Office.

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Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum Announces Events for CMA Music Festival Week

May 14th, 2013

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As Nashville gears up to welcome thousands of country music fans for the CMA Music Festival, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum stands ready to greet them. During June 4-9, the museum will offer a packed schedule of autograph signings, performances and special programs; visitors can also take advantage of special museum hours, discounts and breakfast at the museum’s Two Twenty-Two Grill. More information about events and special promotions can be found at countrymusichalloffame.org/cmafest.

Foremost among the museum’s Music Fest-week events is the return of its series Live from the Museum Store, Presented by CMT, which will include autograph signings with CMT host Katie Cook, Lee Greenwood and Thompson Square; and free performances and autograph signings with Craig Campbell, Kristen Kelly, Love and Theft and Tate Stevens. The museum will also present a special Songwriter Session with Brett James and a tribute to hit songwriter Hank Cochran by Jamey Johnson. Museum admission is not required for Live from the Museum Store, Presented by CMT events; however, a purchase of artists’ merchandise from the Museum Store is necessary to participate in the autograph signings. The Songwriter Session and Hank Cochran tribute are included with museum admission and are free to museum members.

Visitors who present their official CMA Music Festival badge or ticket at the door will enjoy special discounts, including $4 off adult general admission to the museum or a $10 discount on museum membership. (No other discounts apply. Not valid on discount packages.) Offers are valid June 4-12, 2013.

In addition to the dining and retail discounts museum members enjoy throughout the year, they also can take advantage of a fast pass ticket line and receive exclusive access to the second annual Member Lounge, which offers a place to cool off, relax and grab a few refreshments. The Member Lounge, sponsored by Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated, is open June 6-8, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

New to Music Fest-week is breakfast at the museum’s Two Twenty-Two Grill. In addition to the restaurant’s normal lunch schedule, 11:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m., breakfast will be offered 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m., on June 6-9. Reservations can be made by calling (615) 291-6759. A snack bar, Two Twenty-Two 2Go, is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.

The museum will also have special hours during the week. On June 5, the museum is open 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; on June 6-9, the museum is open 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Finally, Music Fest-week will offer visitors their first chance to see Carrie Underwood: The Blown Away Tour Exhibition, which opens on June 5, and a last chance to check out Patsy Cline: Crazy for Loving You, which closes June 10.

A schedule of Live from the Museum Store, Presented by CMT events, other programming and special museum hours for CMA Music Festival week is below:

Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Museum hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Noon Thompson Square: Signing Museum Store
Thompson Square will sign their book Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not.

8:00 p.m. Hot Nights at the Hall with Ashley Monroe
This museum-members-only event includes live music, food, autograph signings and exclusive after-hours access to the museum. Hot Nights is sponsored by Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated, Music City Tents and Events and RJ Young. Visitors who wish to attend may purchase a museum membership in advance or at the event. Visit the website for details.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Museum hours: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
3:30 p.m. Kristen Kelly: Performance and Signing Plaza, Museum Store
Kelly will sign her EP Kristen Kelly and a poster.

Thursday, June 6, 2013
Museum hours 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. Lee Greenwood: Signing Museum Store
Greenwood will sign his book Does God Still Bless the USA?: A Plea for a Better America and his CD I Want to Be in Your World.

2:00 p.m. Love and Theft: Performance and Signing Plaza, Museum Store
Love and Theft will sign their CD Love and Theft.

Friday, June 7, 2013
Museum hours 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
10:30 a.m. Craig Campbell: Performance and Signing Plaza, Museum Store
Campbell will sign his CD Never Regret.

3:00 p.m. Tate Stevens: Performance and Signing Plaza, Museum Store
Stevens will sign his CD Tate Stevens.

Saturday, June 8, 2013
Museum hours 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. Songwriter Session w/Brett James Ford Theater
One of the most successful writers in contemporary country music, Brett James has written hits including “Blessed” (Martina McBride); “Cowboy Casanova” and “Jesus, Take the Wheel” (Carrie Underwood); “The Man I Want to Be” (Chris Young); “Out Last Night” (Kenny Chesney); “The Truth” (Jason Aldean); “When the Sun Goes Down” (Kenny Chesney) and “Who I Am” (Jessica Andrews). Included with museum admission. Free to museum members. Limited seating. Program pass required.

Sunday, June 9, 2013
Museum hours 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. Joe Fick: Slap Bass Demonstration Hall of Fame Rotunda
“Slick” Joe Fick has performed or recorded with Sonny Burgess, James Burton, D.J. Fontana, Wanda Jackson, the Jordanaires and Boots Randolph. His rockabilly band, the Dempseys, was named Beale Street Entertainers of the Year in 2009. Fick portrayed Elvis’s bass player, Bill Black, in the 2006 Johnny Cash biopic, Walk the Line. Included with museum admission. Free to members.

2:00 p.m. Living for a Song: Tribute to Hank Cochran Ford Theater
Featuring Jamey Johnson
An accomplished songwriter, Jamey Johnson has written hits for himself (“In Color”) and for other artists (George Strait’s “Give It Away”). His most recent album, Living for a Song, features 16 classics written by the late songwriting legend Hank Cochran. For this panel discussion about the album, Johnson joins Cochran’s widow, Suzi Cochran, and Buddy Cannon and Dale Dodson, Cochran’s friends and producers of the album. Johnson will perform briefly, and the program will be illustrated with vintage photos, film footage and recordings. This program is presented in support of the exhibit Patsy Cline: Crazy for Loving You. The event will be streamed live on countrymusichalloffame.org. Included with museum admission. Free to museum members. Limited seating. Program pass required.

2:00 p.m. Katie Cook: Signing Museum Store
Cook will sign her books Little Big Benny: The Boy Who Didn’t Know He Was the Universe,
Little Big Benny: Double Stick Karma and Little Big Benny: The Wicked Itch.

The Songwriter Session, Slap Bass Demonstration and the Cochran tribute are included with museum admission ($22 for adults, $14 for children ages 6 to 17, and free for children under 6) and free to museum members.

Seating for the programs is limited, and program passes are required for admittance. (Visit the museum’s website for complete admission and signing details.)

Artist performances on the plaza do not require admission. Please note: signing passes are required for all autograph signings and will be included with transaction at time of purchase of artists’ product. Most signing passes can be obtained on the museum’s website beginning May 15 at 10:00 a.m. CDT. They can also be obtained in the Museum Store beginning on June 3 at 9:30 a.m. CDT. List of confirmed artists is subject to change. Please visit countrymusichalloffame.org/cmafest to view an up-to-date schedule and signing guidelines.

The museum offers discounted admission ($20) to seniors (60 and older), the military and students (with valid IDs). Group rates are available for tours of 15 or more. There is no charge to visit the Curb Conservatory or the Museum Store.

Museum programs are made possible, in part, by grants from the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission and by an agreement between the Tennessee Arts Commission and National Endowment for the Arts.

Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is operated by the Country Music Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization chartered by the state of Tennessee in 1964. The museum’s mission is the preservation of the history of country and related vernacular music rooted in southern culture. With the same educational mission, the foundation also operates CMF Records, the museum’s Frist Library and Archive, CMF Press, Historic RCA Studio B and Hatch Show Print®.

More information about the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is available at countrymusichalloffame.org or by calling (615) 416-2001.

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Thumbs Up for What’s Right Benefit Concert

May 14th, 2013

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Inaugural benefit concert to support Thumbs Up For Lane Goodwin Foundation and the Payton Wright Foundation on Wednesday, May 15 at Tin Roof on Demonbreun Street in Nashville, will include music by Love and Theft, David Nail, Chris Janson, Kristen Kelley, Randy Montana, Lee Miller, Brasher Bogue, Falter & Special Guests

Please join us for an action packed evening that also includes a live auction, outdoor beer garden and much more!

General admission tickets are $25.00 and are available at Tin Roof’s website: http://tinroofnashville.tunestub.com/show.cfm?id=99705

Sponsors: SunTrust, Lucchese, Decosimo, Harris Real Estate & Auction, and breweries Turtle Anarchy, Blackstone, Jackalope, Fat Bottom, and Starr Hill.

For more info on the event go to http://www.jimhaveypr.com/TUFWWbenefit.html

Follow the event on Twitter at https://twitter.com/TUFWWbenefit for updates.

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Jerrod Niemann Headlines “YEP Presents Classic Country Revival”

May 14th, 2013

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Jerrod Niemann will headline the Third Annual YEP Presents Classic Country Revival, which will take place on Wednesday, May 29, at 3rd and Lindsley. Doors open at 6:00 PM and the show begins at 7:00 PM. Tickets will go on sale today (May 7), and are $10 in advance at www.3rdandlindsley.com or $15 at the door. Additional performers will include James Otto, Sarah Darling, Striking Matches, Brinley Addington, Westbound Rangers, Two Story Road, and Ben Danaher, as well as special guests. All proceeds will be donated to the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum.

The Classic Country Revival will pay tribute to country music legends, as each artist will perform two songs that were originally made famous by inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame. The event aims to promote the history of the artists enshrined in the Country Music Hall of Fame to a younger generation.

“The artists inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame created the foundation that our industry is built on,” said Marc Rucker, Crush Management Nashville and a member of the Board of Directors for the Young Entertainment Professionals Network (YEP). “We want to pay tribute to them and make sure their legacy is remembered and revered for generations to come. Accordingly, we’ll be donating the proceeds from this event to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.”

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Line Up Announced for 23rd Annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge

May 14th, 2013

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This year’s roster includes the following players. More updates to come.

Florida Georgia Line
Scotty McCreery
Lauren Alaina
Chuck Wicks
Greg Bates
Craig Campbell
Brett Eldredge
Maggie Rose
David Nail
Chase Rice
LoCash Cowboys
Phil Vassar
Krystal Keith
Scott Hamilton
Two Foot Fred
Storm Warren (emcee)

As they have for 23 years, Country stars will step up to help City of Hope Strike Out Cancer. While last year’s game between longtime rivals, Grand Ole Opry and After MidNite with Blair Garner ended in a tie – both teams have something to prove and are eager to start raising funds.

Over the years, the game has raised well over $2 million dollars benefitting City of Hope’s life-saving mission – finding cures and better treatments for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.

The 23rd Annual Celebrity Softball Challenge will be played on Saturday, June 8, 2013, 9 a.m. at Greer Stadium, Nashville, TN!

This year City of Hope launched our first-ever StageIt contest, where the top two fundraising artists will each earn a spot on one of our teams. The contest doesn’t end until May 15th and there are more shows planned, so there is still time for the results to change, but as of now here are our top three fundraisers:

SaraBeth Swagerty
Donica Knight
Lucy Angel

Tickets are on sale now, HERE. Check back often for an updated list of confirmed players.

Check out photos from the 2012 City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge on Facebook.

Be sure to “Like” City of Hope on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. And if you have photos of your own, tag “City of Hope” in them.

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Fan Fair X Takes 2013 CMA Festival to the Extreme!

March 13th, 2013

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Lady Antebellum First Artists to Enlist for the EXciting, EXpanded New AT&T U-verse Fan Fair X Exhibit Hall in Nashville’s State-of-the-Art Music City Center

X marks the coolest daytime spot for Nashville’s “signature” event in the new AT&T® U-verse® Fan Fair X (FFX) with autograph signings, concerts, lifestyle exhibits, marketplace, live broadcasts, demonstrations, and more in the brand new, cutting-edge Music City Center during 2013 CMA Music Festival, June 6-9 in Nashville.

“The relationship between our artists and the fans is at the very heart of what this event was founded on, and we continue to embrace that legacy with Fan Fair X,” said CMA Chief Executive Officer Steve Moore. “By moving to the Music City Center, we are able to provide more opportunities and activities to enhance this treasured experience for the fans.”

The all-new Fan Fair X features all the popular features from past Fan Fair eXperiences and eXpands it to create the most eXceptional, eXciting, and eXtraordinary artist/fan encounters in the 40+ year history of the event.

Leading the way is Lady Antebellum with “Lady A Day at FFX.” To kick the week off, the group will cut the ribbon when the doors officially open to the FFX on Thursday, June 6. From the new Fan Fair X, Lady A will perform, sign autographs in their custom “backstage” booth @ClubLabellum, answer questions from fans in an interview segment called CMA Close Up, and is launching their PING PONG & SONGS event to include the thousands of fans in town for the Festival. Fans can also register at FFX for a private meet and greet with the group at LP Field on Friday, June 7.

“I’m looking forward to being in the new Music City Center,” said Lady A’s Hillary Scott. “We’re really excited to be given the opportunity to merge our PING PONG & SONGS event with Music Fest and this new fan experience CMA is creating. Now that fans from all over the country will be able to play ping pong against us, Charles and Dave are going to have to brush up on their skills! All the money we raise at our booth will go to LadyAID – it’s going to be so fun for us and for the fans!”

The Platinum-selling group, made up of members Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, and Scott, has won seven CMA Awards, including Vocal Group (2009-2011), Single (2009 for “I Run to You” and 2010 for “Need You Now,” which also earned them an additional Award for producing), and New Artist of the Year (2008). They first performed at CMA Music Festival in 2007 on the Riverfront stage and have performed at LP Field every year since (2008-2012). They will be performing again during the Nightly Concerts in 2013. LadyAID™ was set up by the trio as a philanthropic effort created to bring awareness to and generate support for children in need locally, nationally, and globally. The multi-level organization is a component fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. For more information, visit LadyAID.org.

Scott is no stranger to the world’s biggest meet and greet. When she was just 5-years-old, she started attending the event with her famous mom Linda Davis when CMA Music Festival was known as International Fan Fair and held at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds.

What does she recall of those early years? “Heat! It was really hot. There was no air conditioning, whatsoever. So, I remember sweating a lot, but that’s the thing, Country fans are just so loyal. I’ve been seeing the same people sweat it out at Fan Fair and now CMA Fest since I was 5-years-old…That is just the coolest thing about this genre and those that love it and follow it. They’re just in it for the long haul, and I love that.”

“I think CMA Fest is one of the best fan opportunities in music,” said Haywood. “It’s the best festival that’s put on for fans to get up close with their favorite artists. It’s also cool because there are the stadium shows that have everybody in Country Music out there playing every night.”

“CMA Fest gives us a chance to connect directly with our fans in a way we don’t get to any other time of the year,” said Kelley. “This year, CMA is letting us go all out, so we’re going to bring in the whole touring setup, ping pong and all, and invite as many fans as we can fit @ClubLabellum there at FFX!”

FFX offers fans an enhanced experience by adding two new stages, demonstrations, events, and exhibits including the Marketplace with boutiques and artisan booths, and Rockology, featuring an amazing gallery of stunning music memorabilia including Elvis Presley’s 1975 custom Cadillac Coupe De Ville which still retains the bullet hole from the Graceland security officer (who also happened to be Elvis’ uncle) who mistakenly fired a shot into the car. With an expanded footprint, FFX affords more people the opportunity to experience the Festival in comfort and style.

This marks the second year that AT&T has been title sponsor of the exhibit hall experience, first at the Nashville Convention Center and now FFX at the Music City Center.

“We’re excited to be part of this great event and help bring the new Fan Fair X experience to CMA Music Festival’s passionate fan base,” said Brian Collins, assistant vice president U-verse marketing, AT&T Home Solutions. “AT&T U-verse brings customers the best in television entertainment, and Fan Fair X will provide more opportunities than before for fans to get autographs, view concert and lifestyle exhibits, and more.”

The AT&T sponsored stage in FFX will feature performances from Nashville’s great songwriters, celebrity Q&A sessions, and more. But AT&T’s sponsorship of the CMA Music Festival extends beyond FFX to Broadway where the company will showcase its U-verse products and wireless services.

FFX is open Thursday through Saturday (June 6-8) from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM/CT and from 10:00 AM-3:00 PM on Sunday (June 9). Venue doors open at 9:00 AM.

FFX is free to all CMA Music Festival four-day ticket holders. If you do not have a four-day Festival ticket, CMA is making available tickets to FFX for $10 a day; or $25 for a four-day pass to Fan Fair X. Ticket information will be posted closer to the event and will be available at CMAfest.com.

Launched in 2012 and back again in 2013 is an improved online autograph drawing so that fans don’t spend time waiting in long lines only to leave empty handed and disappointed.

“The fans spoke and we listened,” said Moore. “We learned a lot last year and received great feedback from the fans. And we have instituted many of their suggestions as we continue to make this system, fairer, safer, and easier for everyone.”

The new procedures for autograph seekers enhance the overall Festival experience, improve safety, and make the process for securing a treasured autograph with the most popular artists equitable for all Festival goers. The new system will be a drawing with online sign ups and advance notification, which will enable Festival-goers to better schedule their time so they can attend concerts and take part in free events and activities rather than waiting in line in hopes of securing a signature. The advance sign-up system creates a level playing field for all fans to enter for their chance to win an autograph signing ticket.

Of the hundreds of artists appearing in FFX over the four-day event, only a projected 10 percent of signings will require a ticket. All others will be open, non-ticketed signings. A list of autograph sessions that require tickets and directions on how to enter will be posted May 20 at CMAfest.com.

Previously announced performers for this one-of-a-kind, award-winning festival include Gary Allan, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Kelly Clarkson, Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Jake Owen, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift, The Band Perry, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, and Zac Brown Band (with more artists to be announced soon).

Fans can purchase four-day CMA Music Festival tickets, which include the nightly concerts at LP Field and access to the new FFX at Music City Center, through Ticketmaster at Ticketmaster.com or 1-(800)-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 1-800-CMA-FEST (262-3378). Ticket prices are based on the level of seating and range from $135 to $350 plus handling fees. A limited number of four-day parking passes for LP Field are also available (parking is not included in the Festival ticket price), ranging from $60 for Cars to $140 for an RV/Motorcoach, plus handling fees. Parking passes are available by calling 1-800-CMA-FEST.

Ticket and parking prices are subject to change without notice. All sales are final and non-refundable. Children 3 years and younger are admitted FREE. For information on ADA seating, please call 1-800-CMA-FEST.

Fans can stay in the loop by visiting CMAfest.com, the official website of CMA Music Festival, where they can sign up for the CMA Exclusive e-news. Fans can also connect with CMA at Facebook.com/CMA, Twitter.com/CountryMusic, Pintrest.com/CMAworld, and Instagram.com/CMA_Country_Music_Association.

The Ultimate Country Music Fan Experience began in 1972 as Fan Fair®, bringing 5,000 fans to Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium. More than 40 years later, the legendary festival has become the city’s signature event, which annually attracts tens of thousands of fans from all 50 states and around the globe and has raised $7.6 million for music education since 2006.

In 2012, more than 450 artists performed more than 200 hours of concerts. The event drew a record 71,000 fans daily from all 50 states and 24 nations and for the third consecutive year sold out each nightly concert at LP Field. According to the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, direct visitor spending generated by the Festival totaled more than $35 million. CMA Music Festival is a four-time winner of the International Entertainment Buyers Association’s LIVE! Award for Festival of the Year (2004, 2006, 2008, 2010).

And 2013 is definitely the time to experience CMA Music Festival. According to Budget Travel Magazine, Nashville is one of the Top 10 Best Budget Destinations and CMA Music Festival is “the” time to visit. And Conde Nast Traveler selected Nashville as one of the Best Places to Go this year citing easy access to “incredible live music.”

CMA Music Festival will once again be filmed for a national television special to air on the ABC Television Network. This is the 10th consecutive year that the event has been filmed for a network television special, a feat no other music festival has achieved. “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” will be executive-produced by Robert Deaton.

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Christmas Kids Auctions 2012

December 8th, 2012

It’s time again for our annual Christmas Kid Auctions! This is your chance to own items from some of your favorite country stars and also help children have a better Christmas! Any of the items that are autographed are 100% authentic. The items were either signed in person or obtained from the artist’s management, etc. Some of the items are personal items that I donate. I donate the item and the auction fees. The only money that does not go directly to the kids is the shipping & handling fees. For more information on Christmas Kids please visit: http://countrymusiccares.net/christmaskids To view all of the items we currently have listed view our eBay page HERE.

Autographed Danny Gokey My Best Days CD
Autographed Chris Young Country Weekly Magazine
Autographed Little Big Town 8×10 Photo
Autographed Lauren Alaina American Idol Season 10 Highlights CD
Autographed Hunter Hayes CD
46 Annual CMA Awards Program
Autographed Mallary Hope CD
Autographed Laura Bell Bundy 8×10 Photo
Autographed Toby Keith Hope on the Rocks CD
Autographed Whitney Duncan CD
Autographed Kellie Pickler CD
Trace Adkins Proud to Be Here Deluxe CD
Dierks Bentley I Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes Single CD
Carrie Underwood Opry Induction Poster
Autographed Kip Moore 8×10 Photo
Autographed Jana Kramer Limited Edition Deluxe Walmart ‘Zine Pack CD
Autographed Josh Turner 8×10 Photo
Autographed Boys Like Girls Photo
Autographed The Band Perry 8×10 Photo
Gwen Sebastian V.I.P. Barefoot Girl Set
Autographed Love & Theft 8×10 Photo
Katy Perry Part of Me 3D Glasses
Autographed Trace Adkins Proud to be Here CD
Autographed Thompson Square 8×10 Photo
Keith Urban Opry Induction Program
Rachel Holder Christmas Eve CD
Anna Garrott Only Time Will Tell CD
Autographed JT Hodges CD
Autographed Laura Bell Bundy 8×10 Photo #2
Heidi Newfiled What Am I Waiting For Single CD
Mica Roberts Days You Live For CD
Megan Mullins Long Past Gone CD
Autographed Kip Moore CD
Autographed Whitney Duncan 8×10 Photo
Autographed Chris Young Opry Program
Taylor Swift Cover The Hair Book Magazine
Autographed Kellie Pickler 8×10 Photo
Taylor Swift Speak Now Guitar Pick
Autographed Miley Cyrus “Miles to Go” Book
Taylor Swift Speak Now Guitar Pick #2
Autographed Carrie Underwood Opry Program
Autographed Taylor Swift Red Album Cover

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Join Our 4th Annual Ten Until Ten

November 26th, 2012


It’s time for our 3rd annual 10 Until 10 follower drive! Three years ago Team Whit Duncan came up with a creative idea to help raise money and the support we received in the following days was overwhelming! Please join us again this year to help our Christmas Kids. If you’d like to commit to donate $0.10 per new follower please send us an @ reply on Twitter or a DM with your current follower count. If you aren’t a frequent Twitter user and would prefer to donate $0.10 per each new Facebook “like” that would be wonderful as well. :) Thanks in advance for your support*
**If you click this this link you can make sure you’re following all of the below users in seconds!** http://twitter.com/CntryMusicCares/ten-until-ten/members

We have an artist participating this year!! Thank you Whitney Duncan for your generosity!! Follow here: @whitneyduncan

Fan Twitters:
Carrie Underwood Fans: @CUnews4Fans
Dustin Lynch Fans: @DustinLynchFans
Mallary Hope Fans: @MallaryHopeFan
Kristen Kelly Fans: @KristenKellyFS
Luke Bryan Fans: @LukeBryan_smile
Whitney Duncan Fans: @TeamWhitDuncan

Other Participants:
Authentic Shared Music Review: @AuthenticSMR
Front Row News: @FrontRowNews

Facebook Fans – Donating $0.10 Per New Fan

After 12/10 the fan Twitters will personally make a donation to Christmas Kids! If you would like a tax receipt one can be provided. You can make your checks payable to “Christmas Kids” & contact us for the mailing address.

If you do not need a tax receipt you can make a donation via Paypal to: countrymusiccares@hotmail.com
*Please note that signing up for 10 Until 10 means that you are committing to make a donation (minimum of $10) regardless of how many followers you gain. We had an issue with individuals not making their donations in past years. Please, only serious participants! This is meant to be a fun way to raise awareness, not to harass people!

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23rd Annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge Tickets on Sale NOW!

November 17th, 2012


The City of Hope‘s Celebrity Softball Challenge is always a fan favorite event during CMA Music Festival! Last year they were asked to become an official part of the week’s activities! Next year the game will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2013, at 9:00 AM. The event will again take place at Nashville’s Greer Stadium with prices ranging from $20-$50 before applicable fees.

You can check our some of our photos from last year’s event, HERE. The roster included heavy hitters such as Carrie Underwood, David Nail, Lauren Alaina, and Scotty McCreery. Rising artists such as Mallary Hope, Whitney Duncan & Kristen Kelly also participated in the event!

Keep checking back for updates on the roster!

Purchase tickets, HERE!
Find out more about the City of Hope, HERE!

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Tracy Lawrence Hosts 7th Annual Turkey Fry

November 17th, 2012

Launched in 2006, the Tracy Lawrence “Mission Possible” Turkey Fry has brought in close to 6,000 turkeys and provided more than 35,000 meals to help the Nashville Rescue Mission feed the homeless in Middle Tennessee.

This year’s Turkey Fry is Tuesday, November 20th from 8 am to 5 pm in the parking lot of the Nashville Rescue Mission—located at 639 Lafayette Street, Nashville, TN. Tracy’s goal is to fry over 500 turkeys for the homeless and hungry during this year’s annual event.

Each year Lawrence gets a little help from entertainment and sports celebrity friends to prepare food and fry turkeys. The event has been supported by some of music finest such as Jason Aldean, John Rich, 3 Doors Down front man Brad Arnold, and Restless Heart. Sports celebrities such as Tennessee Titans Rob Bironas, Daniel Graham, and Jordan Babinaeux have donated and prepared turkeys to the event. This year Tennessee Titan player Rob Bironas and the Tennessee Titan Cheerleaders will be on deck to support the cause.

“The Nashville Rescue Mission is a blessing to our community,” says Lawrence. “Each year I am humbled by the outpouring of support from friends who give their time to be part of the Turkey Fry. This special day allows us the opportunity to help raise awareness of the great services the Mission provides everyday to the homeless and those in need.”

The event is free and open to the public, though donations are appreciated. If you can’t make it, follow @NashvilleRescue on Twitter for updated information throughout the day, as well as LIKE the Mission’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/nashvillerescuemission to see photos of your favorite celebrities frying turkeys.

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Craig Morgan Raises $13,000 for Wounded Warriors

November 17th, 2012

Left to right: Craig Morgan, Dan Nevins (Wounded Warrior Project)
Photo credit: Kelly Crayne Photography

Country music star and former soldier Craig Morgan performed at the Inaugural Old City Music Fest at the St. Augustine MarketPlace over the weekend. The concert, which drew more than 7,000 people, was held on Veteran’s Day, Sunday, November 11. Prior to taking the stage in Florida, Morgan made a $13,000 donation to the Wounded Warriors Project to support the organization’s mission to honor and empower wounded service members.

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‘Nashville to You Tour’ comes to FOB Sharana

November 17th, 2012

Hillary Lindsey (left) introduces Billy Montana to the troops after her set of two songs during a performance on Forward Operating Base Sharana, Afghanistan, Nov. 14, 2012. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Nicolas Morales, Task Force 4-1, Public Affairs)
Read more: http://www.dvidshub.net/image/783066/nashville-you-tour-comes-fob-sharana#.UKcqVhhpazQ#ixzz2CSR1Qjwz


Five country music songwriters visited service members on Forward Operating Base Sharana, Afghanistan, the deployed-home of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division.

Tunes like “Jesus Take the Wheel” and “Not Me” resonated throughout the bandhall, giving service members a well deserved break from combat operations.

Ray Scott, Hillary Lindsey, Keni Thomas (a former Army Ranger), Troy Verges and Billy Montana played and sang songs that are aired on radio stations all over the U.S.

Read more HERE.

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