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  • Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus Up for Gospel Music’s Top Honor

    Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus Up for Gospel Music’s Top Honor

    The same day Rascal Flatts picked up the CRS 2012 Artist Humanitarian Award, Jay DeMarcus discovered he may be taking home some more trophies.  Jay tweeted, “Very thankful… 3 Dove Award nominations!!” after finding out he’s up for the Gospel Music Association’s top honor.  Two projects he produced are in the running for Country Album of the Year:  Brighter One by Marshall Hall and New Day from The Martins.  A track from the latter is also up for Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year. The 2012 GMA Dove Awards will be handed out April 19 at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre. Rascal […]

  • Vince Gill Parts Ways with Longtime Label

    Vince Gill Parts Ways with Longtime Label

    It was an ironic moment when Vince Gill appeared at Universal Music Group’s big show Wednesday at the Country Radio Seminar since Vince’s latest album, Guitar Slinger, is his last for Universal’s MCA label after more than two decades with the company.   Explaining he was there simply as a “thank you” to radio, Vince went on to say, “For the first time in 30 years, I don’t have a record label,” adding, “Don’t know that I want one.”  Vince thanked his family at MCA for a “sweet ride the last 23 years,” before performing a song from Guitar Slinger, […]

  • Justin Moore Caught Up in "Linsanity"

    Justin Moore Caught Up in "Linsanity"

    With a tweet and a picture, Justin Moore made it clear that he’s not immune to “Linsanity” — the craze touched off the Cinderella story of the emergence of New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin who has gone from last man on the bench to overnight NBA star. “Guess where I am? What’s happening Jeremy Lin?” he tweeted apparently from a courtside seat at New York’s Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night where he snapped the photo of Lin in action against the Atlanta Hawks.  Justin went on to wonder if he was wearing the only pair of cowboy […]

  • Alan Jackson Plays Hit After Hit for Crowd at Country Radio Seminar

    Alan Jackson Plays Hit After Hit for Crowd at Country Radio Seminar

    Alan Jackson performed at the annual Country Radio Seminar Thursday giving the convention goers a set filled with his biggest hits and his new single, “So You Don’t Have to Love Me Anymore.”  He recalled his early days at radio and performed bits of his early hits “Here in the Real World” and “Chattahoochee” during the show.  Alan also acknowledged all the hungover radio folks in the lunch-time crowd performing “Pop a Top,” “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” and his George Strait duet “Designated Drinker.” During the set, Alan told the story of Zac Brown pitching him the hit song “Chicken […]

  • CMT Gets the Jump on CMA Music Festival with Awards Show

    CMT Gets the Jump on CMA Music Festival with Awards Show

    CMT is polishing up a new batch of buckle trophies and getting ready to hand them out.  The 2012 CMT Music Awards will be Wednesday, June 6 in Nashville.  Typically held at the Bridgestone Arena, CMT’s show differs from other country award fests, as the winners are chosen exclusively by fans online.  The CMT Music Awards also typically include presenters and performers from other genres.  Last year, Kid Rock hosted, while Ludacris joined Jason Aldean for a rap-infused version of “Dirt Road Anthem.”  The show happens on the eve of the 2012 CMA Music Festival, which kicks off June 7 […]

  • The Stars Come Out for Lady Antebellum’s Music City Show

    The Stars Come Out for Lady Antebellum’s Music City Show

    Lady Antebellum fans got even more than they bargained for during the trio’s star-studded show at Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium Wednesday night.  Both Luke Bryan and Sara Evans made surprise appearances at the sold-out show.  Sara sang “Stronger,” which was co-written by Hillary Scott, while Luke performed the hit he wrote with Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, “Do I.”  Lady A continues their tour this weekend in Detroit and Evansville, Indiana. Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

  • Eighteen-Year-Old Cancer Patient Hoping to Take Taylor Swift to the Prom

    Eighteen-Year-Old Cancer Patient Hoping to Take Taylor Swift to the Prom

    Taylor Swift has made millions of fans smile around the world, but she has the chance to make one special 18-year-old boy’s senior prom really special. Kevin McGuire of Somderdale, NJ is battling a rare form of cancer for a second time. The drug that treats that form of cancer is in short supply, but Kevin is still determined to beat the disease according to Philadelphia Fox affiliate WTXF. He’s also hoping to take his celebrity crush, Taylor Swift, as his date to the prom this June, which just happens to fall on his birthday. To promote his cause, Kevin’s […]