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Guy Penrod’s “March Madness Song Tournament” Winner Announced

iPod Touch® Awarded & Special Fan Discounts “LIVE”

Nashville, TN (March 31, 2011) — Guy Penrod’s “March Madness Song Tournament” was a “huge success” according to the entertainer, with nearly 10,000 votes cast before the winning song made it to the top.  The contest’s winning song? The #2 seeded “Then Came The Morning,” which defeated the #1 seeded, “Knowing You’ll Be There,” by 50.6% to 49.4%. “I’m a singer, not a statistician,” laughs Guy.  “But I know that’s really close.”  The Grand Prize winner, Cindy Craemer from East Peoria, Illinois, should receive her iPod Touch (pre-loaded with all of Guy’s music) in just a few days.



For those who didn’t win the contest’s grand prize, Guy is offering a special, short-term 25% discount on the BEST OF GUY PENROD CD, and his current disc, BREATHE DEEP.  Fans who participated in the Song Tournament, or who sign up to receive Guy’s email newsletter, will receive an email this week with a coupon code that can be redeemed on guypenrod.com.”It’s just another way to thank all of those folks who participated in the contest,” Penrod says.

For those who prefer to see their favorite stars “live,” Guy’s Spring Tour will give his fans ample opportunities in April.

April 8 – Lancaster, SC
April 9 – Gardendale, AL
April 14 – Paducah, KY
April 15 – Sikeston, MO
April 16 – Tulsa, OK
April 17 – Ada, OK
April 21 – Greensburg, PA
April 22 – Adrian, MI
April 23 – Traverse City, MI

April 24, Westerville, OH

April 29 – Ashland, KY
April 30, Renfro Valley, KY


To see Guy’s complete touring schedule, hear audio clips and purchase product, visit guypenrod.com.



Tootsies Logo

Please join us at the World Famous Tootsies Orchid Lounge
to celebrate the opening of the Tootsies Exhibit at the
Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum

Location: Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge
Friday April 1st, 2011

~Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be provided~

Hope to see you there!

Please RSVP to Brittni  – brittni@websterpr.com


NASHVILLE, TN – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will honor a Nashville institution, Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, with a new photographic exhibition, Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge: Thirty-Four Steps and Fifty Years.  The exhibit, which opens April 1, will be presented in the Museum’s West Gallery and will run through September 30, 2011.

In 1960, Jeff and Hattie Louise “Tootsie” Bess bought a small restaurant on Broadway in Nashville and rechristened it Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge.  With its proximity to the Ryman Auditorium, the club became a haven for many Grand Ole Opry stars, who would run over and grab a drink between sets.  As Willie Nelson described the trek, “It’s 17 steps to Tootsie’s – and 34 steps back.” 

Through the years, Tootsie’s regulars included country stars such as Patsy Cline, Webb Pierce, Charley Pride and Faron Young, as well as up-and-coming songwriters Bill Anderson, Tom T. Hall, Harlan Howard, Kris Kristofferson, Roger Miller and Mel Tillis.  When the Opry moved to the Opryland complex in 1974, Tootsie’s fell out of favor.  And by the time Tootsie Bess died in 1978, downtown Nashville was experiencing the urban blight that affected many cities in the 1970s.  In danger of closing, Tootsie’s was brought back to life by entrepreneur Steve Smith, who bought the club in 1992.  Smith’s structural renovations and canny musical bookings, which included future country star Terri Clark, breathed new life into the club.  Coinciding with this was the re-emergence of downtown Nashville as an entertainment district.  Today, Tootsie’s provides a historic anchor amid a thriving entertainment scene.

Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge: Thirty-Four Steps and Fifty Years features a dozen photographs that capture memorable moments at Tootsie’s, both onstage and off, including shots of Jamey Johnson and Mel Tillis performing together; Kenny Chesney and rocker Steve Miller onstage; and Kid Rock admiring the club’s décor, featuring walls plastered with 50 years of artist photographs.  The exhibit will also include text panels and additional historic photos detailing the venerable club’s half-century of history.  

About the Country Music Hall of Fame®and Museum
Accredited by the American Association 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®.


Jason Aldean

Aldean to Debut “Dirt Road Anthem” on 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards

Nashville, TN – March 30, 2011 –  ACM Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year nominee Jason Aldean will release “Dirt Road Anthem” as the third single off his PLATINUM selling album MY KINDA PARTY.  The fan-favorite track that suggests Aldean’s influences range from Snoop Dogg to Charlie Daniels will make its network television debut when he performs live Sun., April 3 on the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on CBS.  The song will be on country radio’s desk and available via PLAY MPE on April 4.

“I always get excited to test new songs out on the road,” said Aldean. “This one is a little different because it kicks off with the chorus, so everyone starts sorta grooving along with it…and then we hit that first verse with the rapid fire lyrics, and the fans go nuts.  I know we’re pushing some boundaries with a song like this, but I also think people expect that from me now.  I’m really taking the fans’ lead on this one, but I think it’s going to be a killer single for us on the road this summer.”

To stream “Dirt Road Anthem,” click here: http://www.thegreenroompr.com/jasonaldean.html

MY KINDA PARTY has already spawned the three week No. one smash “Don’t You Wanna Stay” with Kelly Clarkson, and its title track took the top spot on the Mediabase country singles chart in December.  The album hit big out of the gate, selling over 193,000 albums its first week, more than any debut by a male vocalist in over three years and was certified PLATINUM only eleven weeks after release.

Following the ACM Awards, Aldean will pick his MY KINDA PARTY tour back up for 38 more dates through August.  For a full list of appearances and upcoming tour dates, visit www.jasonaldean.com.


NASHVILLE – CMA is once again looking for top-notch volunteers to help during 2011 CMA Music Festival which will be held Thursday through Sunday, June 9-12, in Downtown Nashville. This marks the second year the trade association has asked the citizens of Middle Tennessee and beyond to help the Nashville community by serving as ambassadors during the event. Half of the net proceeds from 2011 CMA Music Festival will be donated to support music education in Metro Nashville Public Schools through CMA’s Keep the Music Playing program.

“Through the generous help of last year’s nearly 300 volunteers, we were able to give $2.9 million back to the community by supporting music education and flood relief,” said CMA Chief Executive Officer Steve Moore. “Our volunteers stepped up as ambassadors for Nashville, and we look forward to once again turning their benevolent efforts into much needed funding for the music students in Metro Nashville Public Schools.”

Anyone interested in volunteering can attend CMA’s Volunteer Fair from 4:00-7:00 PM/CT, Thursday, April 7 or 10:00 AM-2:00 PM/CT, Saturday, April 9 at the CMA office at One Music Circle S., Nashville (TN, 37203) to fill out an application and learn more about the volunteer opportunities. Those who cannot attend the Volunteer Fair may also submit an application online at CMAfest.com.

There are some requirements to volunteer: You must be at least 18-years-old, in good physical health, and able to work a minimum of two days during the Festival. Many of the jobs require standing for long periods, extensive walking, some light lifting, and outside duties in the heat (and possible rain). Jobs range from manning the information booths, to handing out product samples, to keeping the photo lines running smoothly. Some posts require a valid Tennessee driver license. Volunteers are also needed for the CMA Music Festival kick-off events on Wednesday, June 8. CMA will provide volunteers parking, event T-shirts, catering during working hours, and two tickets to one of the nightly shows at LP Field.

Celebrating its 40th anniversary since starting as Fan Fair® in 1972, CMA Music Festival is Nashville’s signature music event.  Dubbed by USA Today as “the crown jewel of Country Music festivals.” the event features concerts, autograph signings, family activities, and more. In 2010, the Festival drew a record-setting 65,000 fans from all 50 states and 26 nations. 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).

The Festival has benefited charity since 2001, but in 2006 the CMA Board of Directors decided to channel all funds to one central cause important to all the artists who participate in the event – music education in Metro Nashville Public Schools – through a partnership with the Nashville Alliance for Public Education. To date, CMA has donated more than $4.7 million to purchase the much-needed musical instruments and equipment that give students a strong reason to remain in school, as well as to help fund the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s “Words & Music” program, which assists language arts and music teachers with classroom instruction in the basics of songwriting.

CMA Music Festival’s financial impact extends beyond its charitable merits. According to the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, direct visitor spending generated by the Festival totaled more than $23 million.

For up-to-the-minute information about four-day ticket packages, single night tickets to the Nightly Concerts at LP Field, travel information, schedules, artist appearances and more, visit www.CMAfest.com to sign up for CMA Exclusive e-news and join the CMA MOB mobile community. Fans may also want to check out CMA’s Facebook (www.facebook.com/CountryMusicAssociation), Twitter (www.Twitter.com/CountryMusic), and YouTube (www.YouTube.com/CountryMusicAssoc) pages.


CMA Music Festival is organized and produced by the Country Music Association. Premiere Radio Networks is the official radio broadcaster. Fan Fair® is a registered trademark of CMA.



The Commodores visit Monaco’s Royal Family!
The Commodores and Monaco Royalty enjoy a mid-day cocktail brunch to celebrate the successful Princess Grace Foundation benefit held last week.   During the brunch, the Commodores surprised the guests and serenaded them with an acoustic performance of their Motown hit “Easy”.  It was the perfect finale to their performance at the Bal de la Rose the night before.