ACMs announce new performances but will the show go on???
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3/12/20
By: @KurtBardella from Arlington, VA

CHEERS

Happy Birthday to Team Big Machine’s Stella Kuipers

TOP SHELF

The Academy of Country Music® announced the first round of performers for the 55TH ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™, Country Music’s Party of the Year®, honoring the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry. 55th ACM Awards® Host and nominee Keith Urban and nominee Miranda Lambert have been added as performers. Lambert will also perform with ACM Award nominated artists Lindsay Ell, Caylee Hammack, Elle King, Ashley McBryde and Tenille Townes for a can’t-miss live television premiere performance of the Music Event of the Year nominated song, “Fooled Around and Fell in Love.”

Statement on behalf of the Academy of Country Music®:

The Academy of Country Music® and dick clark productions remain committed to serving fans and our Country Music community by producing THE 55th ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™ live from Las Vegas on April 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.  We are closely monitoring the situation along with the MGM team, who are in continuous contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Southern Nevada Health District, and other agencies and experts for guidance. We will take every precaution to ensure the safety of our artists, staff, crew, guests and attendees.

SOUND-CHECK

  • Shania Twain and Billy Ray Cyrus will be on today’s edition of The Kelly Clarkson Show
  • The Dixie Chicks will perform on tonight’s episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert & on the March 16th edition of ELLEN
  • Keith Urban, Chris Stapleton, Ricky Skaggs, Lee Brice, Jay Leno, Trisha Yearwood and more honor Garth Brooks as he receives the prestigious Gerswhin Prize for Popular Song on a PBS special airing on March 29th at 9/8c
  • The 55th Academy of Country Music Awards airs on Sunday, April 5th on CBS
  • Garth Brooks receives the “ICON Award” at the Billboard Music Awards on April 29th on NBC

WITH YOUR HAIR-OF-THE-DOG

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ON THE JUKEBOX

Lee Brice will release a new single, “One of Them Girls” in early April

ON THE HOUSE

It is impossible to escape the impact that the Coronusvirus is having on our everyday lives. Yesterday alone, the NBA postponed the rest of their season after the Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert was diagnosed with the virus, beloved actor Tom Hanks and his wife (and musician extraordinaire) Rita Wilson also revealed that they had been diagnosed with the virus while in Australia, and the Houston Rodeo was canceled – meaning concerts from Brad Paisley, Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban, Kane Brown, Cody Johnson, Dierks Bentley & Luke Bryan were also canceled. Today’s edition led with new performances announced for the ACM Awards. Realistically, I think we can expect some big changes to the ACMs, if not an outright postponement, especially given the news that a Vegas strip tourist from NYC was just confirmed to have the virus. My advice, for whatever that is worth, is to act decisively and in the public welfare’s best interests. Awards can be given out later. Performances can be experienced another time. The best thing to do when facing situations like this is to accept reality and act accordingly. Wishful thinking won’t change the facts and the facts are, as Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testified yesterday is that Americans should expect “more cases and things will get worse than they are right now.” 

FRONT OF THE HOUSE

The Hot Country Knights made their Grand Ole Opry debut where they revived a long-standing comedic element that’s been integral to Opry history, harkening back to the days of Little Jimmy Dicken and String Ben Akeman. With tongue firmly in cheek, the Knights “mixed humor and honky-tonk hooks” (Rolling Stone) during performances of their debut single “Pick Her Up” (feat. Travis Tritt) and “the power ballad” (Billboard) “Asphalt” from their forthcoming album THE K IS SILENT, out May 1st. Additionally, with the help of Lil Doug, the Knights showed off the tightest line dance of all time during the “Moose Knuckle Shuffle.” 

TAILGATE WATCH

ON THE BAR WALL

CRUSHIN IT

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BUZZIN

DAN SMALLEY is unwavering, echoing hard-lived experiences and removing any filters throughout his forthcoming IF I’M BEING HONEST EPThe four-song set is due March 20th via Big Machine Records and places him solidly within Country music’s rich legacy of storytellers. Smalley draws candidly on his own life story to deliver compelling tales of persistence, love, and redemption.

NEAT

When Miranda Lambert was a sophomore in High School, she petitioned to start a choir and 65 kids signed up. At her Wild Card Tour stop in Dallas, TX at the American Airlines Center, she invited the Choir up to sing “Tin Man” with her onstage.
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BACKSTAGE PASS

Travis Tritt has signed a record deal with LA-based label, Big Noise Music Group, ahead of the release of his new original full-length album, which is due out later this year. Produced by award-winning producer Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, The Highwomen, Sturgill Simpson), the album marks Tritt’s first original album release in over twelve years.

LAST CALL

Need a fun music video to watch and forget about the world’s troubles – check out this rowdy one with Dean Brody feat The Reklaws appropriately named “Can’t Help Myself”
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