Friday, March 1, 2013

Scotty McCreery debuts unreleased tune in Nashville

 Country stars debut unreleased tunes in Nashville showcase

Scotty McCreery, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, and many other of your favorite country singers sang some unreleased music!

(Yahoo!) - Outside of an awards show, it's hard to imagine a more star-studded concert than the one put on by Universal Music Group at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium on Wednesday. Get a gander at this bill: George Strait, Lady Antebellum, Eric Church, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, Little Big Town, Vince Gill, Josh Turner, Darius Rucker, Kacey Musgraves, Billy Currington, David Nail, and six other artists came out to perform one acoustic song each (with the exception of King George, who, being a star among stars, was allowed three for his climactic appearance).

The catch was that you had to be a DJ or programmer to attend this noontime showcase during the annual Country Radio Seminar. Those who did got a pretty good idea of what some of the big hits of the coming year will be, as more than half the artists performed unreleased material, with the remainder playing songs that are still fairly fresh newcomers to the chart.
The annual event is also an opportunity for tastemakers to pick out a possible star of the future, when a fresh-faced unknown suddenly gets a standing ovation. Last year, that instant discovery was Kacey Musgraves. This year, it was a young woman named (write this name down) Mickey Guyton. But if Guyton provided the afternoon's biggest wow factor among newcomers, two other forthcoming freshman acts, the Brothers Osborne and Chris Stapleton, also looked likely to cause huge waves in 2013.

Brad Paisley, Vince Gill and Friends Make Opry History


Brad Paisley, Vince Gill and many other top stars helped carve out a slice of Grand Ole Opry history Wednesday night (Feb. 27) at a special performance at the Nashville Convention Center. It marked one of the rare occasions that the Opry has staged a show outside of its permanent homes, the Grand Ole Opry House and the Ryman Auditorium.
Opry member Vince Gill served as the amiable host of the show, which also featured Brad, Little Big Town, Darius Rucker, Josh Turner, Scotty McCreery, Dustin Lynch, Kacey Musgraves and Greg Bates. Little Big Town opened the night with their current hit, "Tornado," followed by "Your Side of the Bed" and their award-winning single "Pontoon."
The evening focused on music, but the show featured its share of comic, lighthearted moments as well. Josh Turner drew laughs when he welcomed guests to the "Grand Ole Convention Center." And host Vince became a bit red-faced after he mispronounced Kacey Musgraves' first name as "Karey." Kacey got him back after Vince apologized, jokingly referring to him as "Vince Neil."
One of the many musical highlights came when Vince and unannounced guest Ashley Monroe performed a duet of Ashley's "Like a Rose," which Vince produced. Brad Paisley brought the historic evening to a close with spellbinding acoustic performances of "This Is Country Music" and his current hit, "Southern Comfort Zone." Vince then joined Brad for the finale, a jamming duet on Brad's "Mud on the Tires."

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