NASHVILLE, Tenn. – February 10, 2011 – 4 FINI, Inc., announced today exciting additions to this year's Willie Nelson's Country Throwdown tour, including the artists to be spotlighted on the Bluebird Café stage, line-up additions, VIP package details, and additional concert dates.
The second-annual, outdoor amphitheater trek will feature two stages and seven headliners, including Jamey Johnson, Randy Houser, Lee Brice, Brantley Gilbert, Craig Campbell, and Lukas Nelson & the Promise of the Real. And just added, Jack Ingram will be performing on the final dates of the tour (June 30 – July 4) and will be part of the July 4 extravaganza show. The event promoter also announced today the six emerging singer-songwriters who will perform on the Bluebird Café Stage where fans will have the opportunity to enjoy the unique and intimate “in the round”-style sets made famous at Nashville's Bluebird Café. Adam Hood, Caitlyn Smith, Austin Lucas, Brent Cobb, Dani Flowers, and Erin Enderlin have signed on for the Bluebird Café Stage and also will be front and center on a specially designed set during the main stage set changes.
“We are very excited that The Bluebird Café is once again a part of Country Throwdown," said Erika Wollam Nichols, COO / GM of the Bluebird. "Last year’s tour brought songwriters to the forefront all across the county and allowed attendees the chance to hear some of Nashville’s best songwriters “up close and personal” – just like at The Bluebird. We are looking forward to having this year’s writers representing The Bluebird Café on tour!”
The nationwide tour, which will kick off in Philadelphia, Pa., on May 27 and extend through July 4, now also will include scheduled stops in York, Pa. (May 30); Orange Beach, Ala. (June 5); Columbia, Mo. (June 10); Lawrenceville, Ga. (June 12); Morrison, Co. (June 21); Cathey's Valley, Calif. (June 26); Mission, Texas (June 30); and Siloam Springs, Ark. (July 3). The tour will conclude in Texas (city and venue is TBD) with a special July 4 show with Willie Nelson.
Music lovers who spring for the specially designed VIP Tailgate Package to be available at all shows will enjoy early entrance to the venue, commemorative VIP laminate, access to a VIP tailgating area inside the venue with specials on food and drinks, a Throwdown flask, event parking pass, and more. Full VIP Tailgate Package information can be found at www.countrythrowdown.com
Country Throwdown is thrilled to announce that CMT has signed on to be the tour's media sponsor this year. “The CMT and Country Throwdown partnership is a natural fit. The stellar lineup and independent spirit of this tour embody our core values and allow us to work together to continue expanding the reach of country music.” said Jay Frank, SVP Music Strategy at CMT.
Ticket pre-sale begins Friday, February 11, 10 a.m., nationwide
. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www. countrythrowdown.com
. A portion of the ticket price will benefit Unite the United.
About Willie Nelson's Country Throwdown
The only tour of its kind in the world of country, Willie Nelson’s Country Throwdown Tour continues its tradition of spotlighting top country music artists and emerging singer-songwriters. The not-to-be-missed festival environment, day-long music on multiple stages, and special attractions provide guests with an unforgettable music experience, all at an affordable ticket price. Tour sponsors include HARLEY-DAVIDSON, DICKIES, CMT, PEOPLE COUNTRY, NAMM, THE BLUEBIRD CAFÉ, BMI, YALLWIRE, KEEP A BREAST, SHIRTS FOR A CURE, AND AZUNIA.
With a six-decade career and 200-plus albums, headliner Willie Nelsonis the creative genius behind the historic recordings of "Crazy," "Red Headed Stranger" and "Stardust." He has earned every conceivable award as a musician and amassed reputable credentials as an author, actor and activist. In 2009, his new album releases included "Naked Willie," "Willie and the Wheel"and the critically acclaimed "American Classic." Last April, "Willie Nelson's Country Music," produced by Grammy- and Oscar-winning T Bone Burnett, was released on Rounder Records and recently received a Grammy Nomination for Best Americana Album.
Bluebird Stage Artists
Adam Hood has already built a strong following by touring nearly 300 days a year, most recently opening for the legendary Leon Russell. He also has opened shows for such artists as Pat Green, Todd Snider, Delbert McClinton, Dave Alvin, Ian Moore, and Shelby Lynne, among many others. His new CD, “Different Groove,” is his first full studio album.
Caitlyn Smith is one of Music City’s hottest up-and-coming songwriters. She started singing at the age of 7, began playing guitar and writing original songs by the age of 11, and by 20, Smith had released three independent records. In 2010, Smith signed on as a staff songwriter with Brett James’ Cornman Music/Stage Three Music Inc. Her songs have been featured on TV shows such as MTV’s “Jersey Shore,” “The Real World” and “One Tree Hill.”
Erin Enderlin has had songs recorded by Alan Jackson, Randy Travis, Terri Clark, Lee Ann Womack, Adam Brand, and Luke Bryan. These include Jackson’s top 5 hit “Monday Morning Church,” which won an NSAI award as one of the ten “Songs I Wish I’d Written” honored in 2005, and Lee Ann Womack’s single “Last Call,” which won the same award in 2009.
Following the release of his solo debut, "The Common Cold," in 2006, Austin Lucas has steadily built upon his recorded output, releasing "Putting The Hammer Down" in 2007 and "Somebody Loves You," which debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard Bluegrass chart, in 2009. He also found time to record a collaborative record and a number of limited-run vinyl singles, including a stripped-down rendition of Dolly Parton’s "To Daddy." His fourth album, "A New Home in the Old World," was released this year.
A singer-songwriter from Ellaville, Georgia, Brent Cobb recently moved to Nashville after recording his debut album, "No Place Left To Leave in Los Angeles," recorded with Shooter Jennings and his band The 357s. He has quickly established a name for himself as a country/folk songwriter with songs whose wisdom belies his years; he may be young on paper, but the life experience he brings into his songs would suggest quite the opposite.
Dani Flowers began singing at age three and at six; she began piano lessons and made her first public appearance at a county fair. By 17, she was playing fiddle, banjo, guitar and mandolin. Her soon-to-be-released debut album is a collection of songs that’s the perfect blend of the traditional country that shaped her artistry and a fresh, young sound shaped by her personal perspective. She wrote every song on the album, which includes her first song, “Someone Else’s Heartache,” co-penned with Lee Ann Womack and Dale Dodson.
5/27 - Philadelphia, PA @ The MANN
5/28 - Gilford, NH @ Meadowbrook US Cellular Pavilion
5/29 - Essex Junction, VT @ Champlain Valley Expo
5/30 - York, PA @ Sovereign Bank Stadium
6/3 - Nashville, TN @ The Woods at Fontanel
6/4 - Little Rock, AR @ North Shore Park at the Arkansas River in North Little Rock
6/5 - Orange Beach, AL @ The Amphitheater at the Wharf
6/9 - Southaven, MS @ Snowden Grove Amphitheater
6/10 - Columbia, MO @ Midway Exposition Center
6/11- Sparta, IL @ World Shooting & Recreation Complex
6/12 - Lawrenceville, GA @ Coolray Field
6/16 - Roanoke Rapids, NC The Rapids Jam / (Part of the RAPIDS JAM three day festival)*
6/17 - Simpsonville, SC @ Charter Amphitheater at Heritage Park
6/18 - Waldorf, MD @ Regency Stadium
6/19 - Knoxville, TN @ World’s Fair Park
6/21 - Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheater
6/23 - Del Mar, CA @ Grandstand
6/24 - Ontario, CA @ Citizens Business Bank Arena
6/25 - Pozo, CA @ Pozo Saloon
6/26 - Cathey’s Valley, CA @ Coyote Springs Ranch
6/30 - Mission, TX @ Las Palmas Race Park
7/1 - Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street Amphitheater
7/2 - Eufala, OK @ Eufala Cove Amphitheater
7/3 - Northwest Arkansas Osage Creek Amphitheater Northwest, AR Willie's Picnic and Throwdown
7/4 - SHOW INFORMATION TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON
* Rapids Jam is a three day country music and camping festival in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, June 16-17-18. The first day of the festival kicks off with the Willie Nelson Country Throwdown Tour featuring Willie Nelson, etc. Single day and weekend general admission tickets, plus reserved tickets are available at www.rapidsjam.com.
About 4 FINI, Inc. and Kevin Lyman:
Kevin Lyman is the producer and creator of the successful Vans Warped Tour, the longest running traveling music and extreme sports festival in the world today. With the Vans Warped Tour, Lyman pioneered the successful integration of corporate sponsors with the extreme lifestyle, creating a blueprint for sponsorship integration widely duplicated in the marketplace today. In 2005, Kevin teamed up with John Reese to form Taste of Chaos, LLC (TOC, LLC) and produced the Rockstar Taste of Chaos Tour. In 2008, TOC, LLC presented the first annual Rockstar Mayhem Festival, a summer metal festival featuring 15 metal bands including headliners Slipknot and Disturbed. A success by all standards, Rockstar Mayhem Festival perhaps most notably integrated the camaraderie Lyman had created on the Vans Warped Tour into a metal festival. Kevin and his company 4 Fini, Inc. have produced numerous other successful tour productions. Kevin is a music industry authority on multiple corporate branding projects, helping companies maintain the valuable street level credibility that endears their products to the youth market.
The previously announced show on July 3rd at the Osage Creek Amphitheater will be a special Willie Nelson's Picnic and Throwdown show date, where Country Throwdown will team up with Willie’s Picnic for an even bigger day of music. All Throwdown artists will be playing alongside Willie and his Friends. Doors will open earlier that day, so concert goers will have a full day of music and activities. Look for details, location and more information soon on the website.
About Unite the United:
The Unite the United Foundation is a public 501 (c) (3) non-profit, fundraising organization founded by the producers of the Vans Warped Tour, Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival and Willie Nelson’s Country Throwdown. It is our mission to encourage fans, artists and industry leaders from the music, touring and action sports worlds to work toward a positive change in our national community by supporting grassroots charities and participating in community volunteerism events across the United States.
Dickies® is the leading global brand of innovative and trusted work wear. The brand has an unwavering commitment and proud heritage of providing tough, quality clothing to workers for more than 88 years. The Dickies brand has grown from bib overalls to World War II U.S. military uniforms to its iconic Original 874® Work Pant to footwear and much more. Embraced by workers everywhere, Dickies is defined by the people who wear our apparel–independent, no nonsense and a little rough around the edges. As the signature brand in the portfolio owned by Williamson-Dickie Mfg Co., Dickies products are available in more than 60 countries worldwide. For more about Dickies, visit dickies.com
: CMT, a unit of Viacom’s MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B), is the leading television and digital authority on country music and entertainment, reaching more than 91 million homes in the U.S. CMT and its website, CMT.com
, offer an unparalleled mix of music, news, live concerts and series and is the top resource for country music on demand. The network’s digital platforms include the 24-hour music channel, CMT Pure Country, CMT Mobile and CMT VOD.
PEOPLE Country: Will provide fans access to the latest news, behind-the-scenes features, photo galleries, reviews, and free music downloads from the industry’s legends and hottest rising stars. These newsstand-only issues offer a look into the lives of Country’s hottest stars and the Country lifestyle. PEOPLE Country will publish 4 issues in 2011. As the Presenting Print Media Sponsor, PEOPLE Country editors are producing the Official Country Throwdown Tour Program.
The National Association of Music Merchants, commonly called NAMM in reference to the organization's popular NAMM trade shows, is the not-for-profit association that unifies, leads and strengthens the $17 billion global musical instruments and products industry. NAMM's activities and programs are designed to promote music making to people of all ages. NAMM is comprised of more than 9,000 Member companies. For more information about NAMM, interested parties can visit www.namm.org
or call 800-767-NAMM (6266).
The Bluebird Café
The Bluebird Café is renowned as one of the world’s preeminent listening rooms and has gained international recognition as a songwriter’s performance space where the “heroes behind the hits” perform their own songs; songs that have been recorded by chart-topping artists in all genres of music. Located in a small strip mall outside of downtown Nashville, the 100 seat venue is unassuming in appearance but over the past 28 years some of the most significant songwriters and artists have performed on this stage, and many of them have launched their careers, including Kathy Mattea, Garth Brooks, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Vince Gill, John Prine, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Michael Johnson. In 2008, The Bluebird Café was purchased by the Nashville Songwriters Association International, the world’s largest songwriter trade association. NSAI’s stewardship has supported, and will continue to maintain, the venue’s long-standing commitment to the song and the songwriter. From the weekly Monday Open Mic shows, to the audition-only Sunday Writers Nights, The Bluebird invites up and coming songwriters to practice their craft and develop their skills through performance opportunities. The rest of the week, songwriters’ performances continue to showcase some of the finest writers working in the business today – both Nashville-based talent along with internationally recognized songwriters in virtually every musical genre.
Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI) is an American performing right organization that represents more than 475,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in all genres of music and more than 6.5 million works. The U.S. corporation collects license fees from businesses that use music, which it then distributes as royalties to the musical creators and copyright owners it represents. BMI's sponsorship of the Country Throwdown Tour exemplifies the organization's continued dedication to fostering auspicious new talent. www.bmi.com
"Yallwire takes pride in creating a rich community of diverse country music entertainment, serving the artists and the lives they impact. Launched in 2006, Yallwire features music videos and high-definition (HD) original productions that include live concert footage, behind-the-scenes interviews, and an inside look at the industry's most renowned events. Through its network of on- and offline platforms, Yallwire can reach over 18 million music enthusiasts every month and is continually growing its viewer base.
Yallwire's online entity, Yallwire.com
, is the leading independent provider of on-demand country music entertainment on the web, creating a homespun place for fans to gather and celebrate their country roots. And Yallwire has broadened its reach beyond the net by striking distribution partnerships with Verizon FiOS TV, Roku and out-of-home network indoorDIRECT, along with many more partners in the pipeline. Additionally, Yallwire has launched a companion 4G mobile video site for on-the-go fans to catch the latest music videos and exciting original content."
KEEP A BREAST:
Keep A Breast Mission
The Keep A Breast Foundation (KAB) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to help eradicate breast cancer by informing young people about methods of prevention, early detection and support. Through art events, educational programs and fundraising efforts we seek to increase breast cancer awareness among young people so they are better equipped to make choices and develop habits that will benefit their long-term health and well-being.
SHIRTS FOR A CURE:
The Shirts For A Cure Project (SFAC) was launched to give voice to the social concerns of bands and their many fans as well as to raise awareness about breast cancer prevention. SFAC produces and sells exclusive tee shirts which we are very excited to bring to the 2011 County Throwdown Tour. Stop by our booth to check out our unique shirts and help fight cancer. www.shirtsforacure.com
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