Chris Stapleton Picks Next Single

Chris Stapleton has chosen Millionaire to be the next single off his latest album From A Room: Volume 2, and it will hit radio on April 23, 2018. The song was originally written and recorded by Kevin Welch, for his 2002 album.

Chris says he loves the song, noting it’s “fun to play,” and “fun to sing.” “It’s a great melody. It’s great lyrics. It’s great everything,” he shares. “To me, that’s a great song, and I just loved it so it was time to do it.”

Source: Chris Stapleton

EBF Jazz Band Qualifies for Championships

(IOWA CITY, Iowa) – The Eddyville Blakesburg Fremont (EBF) High School Jazz band was hard at work on Saturday competing in class 2A at the South East Iowa Bandmasters Association District Jazz Contest. The fruits of their labor paid off when they came home with a second-place finish just behind Mid-Prairie High School, qualifying them for the Iowa Jazz Championships at Iowa State University on April 5.

Only the first and second place finishers from the South East Iowa Bandmasters Districts were eligible to go on to the Iowa Jazz Championships. Outstandingly, this is the 32nd year in a row that the band has qualified for championships.

Under the direction of Joe Overton, the band was able to take home awards overall as well as for individual performances. Several students received an Outstanding Soloist Award for their solo performances: Kendal Durst for bass; Grace Manternach for flute; Eric Schutt for trombone; Harrison Mock for trumpet; Julia Fairchild for vibes; Cyrus Rogers for tenor sax; Elijah Hartman for drums; Maggie Voyles for piano; Tara Diephius for tenor sax; Cameron Kolthoff for trumpet; Delanee Van Zante for alto sax; and Emma Mock for clarinet. The EBF Sax Section also received an Outstanding Section Award for their superior performance.

What’s next? The EBF High School Jazz Band is off to perform in concert with the Junior High Jazz Band on Thursday, March 22 at the EBF High School at 7:00 PM. After that, it’s on to the Iowa Jazz Championships in Ames on April 5 at ISU. The band will take the stage at 9:00 AM for the 2A contest.

“Friends and supporters of the band are encouraged to attend and lend your support,” said Joe Overton, Band Director, via a media release sent on Monday, March 5.

By Hailey Brown, KBOE/KMZN;Photo provided by Joe Overton

Toby Keith Celebrating First Hit With A Tour

Toby Keith is celebrating the 25th anniversary of his first hit, “Should’ve Been A Cowboy,” with a new tour.

Keith is set to kick off the “Should’ve Been A Cowboy Tour XXV” on April 6, 2018, in Salt Lake City, Utah, wrapping up Sept. 25 in Puyallup, Washington, with additional dates to be announced soon.

Check out the first few dates below and click here for the complete schedule.

April 6: Salt Lake City, UT – Vivint Smart Home Arena

April 7: Florence, AZ – Country Thunder

April 8: Huntington Beach, CA – Coastal Country Jam

May 27: Daytona Beach, FL – Country 500 Fest

June 8: Myrtle Beach, SC – Carolina Country Music Festival

June 17: Santa Rosa, CA – Country Summer

July 5: Ft. Loramie, OH – Country Concert at Hickory Hill Lakes

July 6: Battle Creek, MI – Firekeepers Casino

July 13: Hinckley, MN – Grand Casino Amp

July 14: Rhinelander, WI – Hodag

July 19: Harrington, DE. – Delaware State Fair

Source: Toby Keith

John Rich’s Granny Had to Approve His New Whiskey

John Rich of Big & Rich celebrated his 43rd birthday (Jan. 7) a day early, with a Saturday night party at his house introducing the launch of his new Redneck Riviera whiskey. When discussing the creation of the liquor to his guests, Rich admitted that before he could put his stamp on the drink, he had to run it by someone very important first: His grandma.

“I had to run this by the greatest whiskey drinker that I personally know,” Rich explained, in a video captured by Nashville Noise. “Someone who drank whiskey decades longer than I have; someone I trust implicitly. I trust her taste and her opinion probably more than any other human being on the face of the earth: My Granny Rich.”

As Rich explained, his granny will be 86 in February, and she’s one tough/self-reliant lady. She still holds down a 40-hour-a-week job, lives alone without assistance, and “has been a whiskey sipper since she said she was 14 years old.”

Rich hilariously related bringing the whiskey to his grandma’s shop for her to have a taste, cautioning her that it was only 10:30AM, perhaps a bit early for alcohol. “She said ‘That’s never stopped me before,'” he grinned.

Granny Rich ended up telling her grandson that the whiskey was a lot smoother than any other that she’d ever had, and apparently even had a little more…or perhaps a lot more. “Well, John Daniel, I done think you rung the bell,” was her final judgement.

So, all whiskey drinkers heed: If it’s good enough for Granny Rich, it’s got to be some pretty good stuff overall!

Rich also pointed out that the whiskey is a strongly American product. Made in Portland and soon to be made more widely available, even the liquor’s bottle is made in the USA.

The artist created his Redneck Riviera brand in 2014, dubbing it America’s “work hard, play hard” brand celebrating the everyman. It includes bars in Nashville and Las Veags, as well footwear, apparel, hospitality and licensed products.


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