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International Songwriting Competition (ISC) Announces 2017 JudgesInternational Songwriting Competition (ISC) Announces 2017 Judges
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2017

The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is pleased to announce its panel of judges for the 2017 competition. Established in 2002, ISC is the world's largest songwriting competition, receiving entries from more than 130 countries. (more...)

Shannon McNally Releases New Studio Album 'Black Irish' TodayShannon McNally Releases New Studio Album 'Black Irish' Today
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2017

Shannon McNally releases her tenth studio album, Black Irish today on Compass Records. Produced by Americana icon Rodney Crowell, the album is a turning point in the singer/guitarist's career, the result of recent years of hardship and finding hope through a musical counterpart. (more...)

Lincoln Center Announces MIDSUMMER NIGHT SWING 2017Lincoln Center Announces MIDSUMMER NIGHT SWING 2017
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2017

Midsummer Night Swing, Lincoln Center's premier summer dance party, today announced its 2017 season, running June 27 to July 15. Now in its 29th year, the series presents 15 evenings of social dance under the stars, featuring a lineup of artists who reflect the various music styles New York City has to offer.  (more...)

Perseverance Theatre Sets Spring 2017 Anchorage, Kenai Peninsula Tour of THE WINTER BEARPerseverance Theatre Sets Spring 2017 Anchorage, Kenai Peninsula Tour of THE WINTER BEAR
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2017

Southcentral Foundation and Perseverance Theatre will present The Winter Bear, a play by former Alaska Writer Laureate Anne Hanley, in the communities of Anchorage, Seward, Seldovia and Soldotna. Admission to all performances is free. (more...)

Flat Rock Playhouse presents THEATRE WITH THE STARSFlat Rock Playhouse presents THEATRE WITH THE STARS
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2017

The Stars aren't only out to play in February!  This April, Hendersonville's favorite non-profit focused competition returns with five brand-new, local celebrities signed on to Flat Rock Playhouse's third annual Theatre with the Stars! The State Theatre of North Carolina is excited to continue its tradition in this one-night only song, dance and theatre extravaganza in which local "stars" partner with Flat Rock Playhouse "pros" and compete with the hopes of raising the most votes to win the title, as well as $1000 for their selected non-profit of choice. (more...)

Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers to Salute Kenny Rogers at 2017 Texas Medal of Arts AwardsLarry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers to Salute Kenny Rogers at 2017 Texas Medal of Arts Awards
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2017

GRAMMY® Award-winning Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers will salute fellow Texan and music legend Kenny Rogers at the 2017 Texas Medal of Arts Awards onToday, February 22 at the Texas Performing Arts Center in Austin.  The Gatlin Brothers and vocalist Vikki Carr will perform Rogers' classic hit 'Islands In the Stream' before presenting him with theLifetime Achievement Award.  Larry Gatlin and Carr will also perform Rogers' 1980 #1 hit, 'Lady.' (more...)

Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers to Salute Kenny Rogers at 2017 Texas Medal of Arts AwardsLarry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers to Salute Kenny Rogers at 2017 Texas Medal of Arts Awards
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2017

GRAMMY® Award-winning Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers will salute fellow Texan and music legend Kenny Rogers at the 2017 Texas Medal of Arts Awards onWednesday, February 22 at the Texas Performing Arts Center in Austin.  The Gatlin Brothers and vocalist Vikki Carr will perform Rogers' classic hit 'Islands In the Stream' before presenting him with theLifetime Achievement Award.  Larry Gatlin and Carr will also perform Rogers' 1980 #1 hit, 'Lady.' (more...)

Asleep at the Wheel Presents MERRY TEXAS CHRISTMAS Y'ALLAsleep at the Wheel Presents MERRY TEXAS CHRISTMAS Y'ALL
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2016

With Texas twin fiddles and boogie piano, great vocals and sizzling guitars, Ray Benson's Asleep at the Wheel is a 10-time Grammy winning band serving up the very best in western swing and distinctive Wheel favorites, plus a program full of tunes from their all new Christmas collection, Lone Star Christmas Night. Expect melodies like 'Christmas in Cowtown,' 'Baby It's Cold Outside,' 'Deck the Halls Boogie,' 'What Child Is This' and 'Merry Texas Christmas Y'all,' - all with group founder and lead Ray Bensen's inimitable talent and twinkling spirit and the enormous talents of his eight-member band, including the fresh styles of Katie Shore (fiddle, vocals), Dennis Ludiker (fiddle, mandolin) and Connor Forsyth (keyboard, vocals). (more...)

The McCallum Theatre Is ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL For The HolidaysThe McCallum Theatre Is ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL For The Holidays
by David Green - Dec 9, 2016

The McCallum Theatre presents Asleep at the Wheel and "Merry Texas Christmas, Y'all!" on Sunday, December 18, at 7:00pm.Asleep at the Wheel has recorded two albums of Texas-centric holiday music through its four-decade history, but it was just a few years ago that the group launched this first-ever western swing holiday concert. Expect a wonderful evening that combines Asleep at the Wheel's most popular songs, new material, and holiday favorites such as "Christmas in Jail," "Merry Texas Christmas, Y'all," "Mele Kalikimaka," "Swingin' Silent Night" and many more. (more...)

RFD-TV Debuts a Fresh Fall Slate of ProgrammingRFD-TV Debuts a Fresh Fall Slate of Programming
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2016

RFD-TV announced the details of its fall 2016 schedule highlighting several new series, new seasons, and returning favorites. (more...)

Chris Cornell, Lorde & More to Judge 2016 International Songwriting CompetitionChris Cornell, Lorde & More to Judge 2016 International Songwriting Competition
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2016

Nashville, TN: The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) today announced its panel of judges for the 2016 competition. Included on the panel are many iconic, high-profile recording artists (more...)

Chris Cornell Among Judges of 2016 International Songwriting Competition (ISC)Chris Cornell Among Judges of 2016 International Songwriting Competition (ISC)
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2016

The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) today announced its panel of judges for the 2016 competition. Included on the panel are many iconic, high-profile recording artists (more...)

Sneak Peek - American Masters to Present of THE HIGHWAYMEN: FRIENDS TILL THE ENDSneak Peek - American Masters to Present of THE HIGHWAYMEN: FRIENDS TILL THE END
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2016

Frequently referred to as 'the Mount Rushmore of country music,' The Highwaymen Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, and Kris Kristofferson were American country music's first bona fide supergroup (more...)

Sneak Peek - American Masters to Present of THE HIGHWAYMEN: FRIENDS TILL THE ENDSneak Peek - American Masters to Present of THE HIGHWAYMEN: FRIENDS TILL THE END
by TV News Desk - Mar 29, 2016

Frequently referred to as 'the Mount Rushmore of country music,' The Highwaymen Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, and Kris Kristofferson were American country music's first bona fide supergroup (more...)

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real to Release New Album SOMETHING REAL, TodayLukas Nelson & Promise of the Real to Release New Album SOMETHING REAL, Today
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2016

SOMETHING REAL is about to come your way. On February 26, 2016, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real will deliver its heavily-anticipated third album, SOMETHING REAL, on the Royal Potato Family imprint. (more...)

Charley Pride to Receive Master Award at 3rd Annual Ameripolitan Music AwardsCharley Pride to Receive Master Award at 3rd Annual Ameripolitan Music Awards
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2016

?The 3rd Annual Ameripolitan Music Awards will be held Tuesday, February 16th, 8:00 pm at the historic Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Avenue in downtown Austin, Texas with music legend and past Ameripolitan winner Ray Benson as host. Charley Pride (Master Award) will join Wanda Jackson (Founder of the Sound) and Red Simpson (Founder of the Sound) as special award recipients. Tickets are available at austintheatre.org, the Paramount Theatre box office, and by phone at (512) 474-1221.  (more...)

The Doyle & Debbie Show to Run at Stateside at the Paramount This Valentine's DayThe Doyle & Debbie Show to Run at Stateside at the Paramount This Valentine's Day
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2016

Ameripolitan Awards Productions announces the addition of critically acclaimed The Doyle & Debbie Show to the Ameripolitan Music Awards weekend celebration. Created by Bruce Arntson, and starring Bruce Arntson, Jenny Littleton and Matt Carlton, The Doyle & Debbie Show will run two days before the awards at Stateside at the Paramount, on February 14-15, 2016 at 7pm. (more...)

Asleep at the Wheel Says MERRY TEXAS CHRISTMAS Y'ALL at The Grand TonightAsleep at the Wheel Says MERRY TEXAS CHRISTMAS Y'ALL at The Grand Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Dec 22, 2015

Nine-time Grammy award winners, Asleep at the Wheel returns to The Grand 1894 Opera House with a popular western swing holiday themed concert, 'Merry Texas Christmas Y'all,' tonight, December 22, 2015 at 8pm and is part of Galveston Island's Winter Wonder Island Celebration. (more...)

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real to Release New Album SOMETHING REAL, 2/26Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real to Release New Album SOMETHING REAL, 2/26
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2015

SOMETHING REAL is about to come your way. On February 26, 2016, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real will deliver its heavily-anticipated third album, SOMETHING REAL, on the Royal Potato Family imprint. (more...)

Asleep at the Wheel to Say MERRY TEXAS CHRISTMAS Y'ALL at The Grand, 12/22Asleep at the Wheel to Say MERRY TEXAS CHRISTMAS Y'ALL at The Grand, 12/22
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2015

Nine-time Grammy award winners, Asleep at the Wheel returns to The Grand 1894 Opera House with a popular western swing holiday themed concert, 'Merry Texas Christmas Y'all,' on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 8pm and is part of Galveston Island's Winter Wonder Island Celebration. (more...)

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