LEE GREENWOOD'S 'GOD BLESS THE USA' TO BE FEATURED IN NPR'S MORNING EDITION AS PART OF THEIR 'AMERICAN ANTHEMS' SERIES

Grammy-winning country music artist Lee Greenwood, along with his iconic and patriotic hit song "God Bless the USA," was featured on the latest edition of NPR's American Anthem series. Greenwood's interview with NPR's Don Gonyea aired on Tuesday, September 11, during NPR's Morning Edition.



"God Bless the USA" is one of fifty songs that were chosen by NPR to be featured in their American Anthems series. The series focuses on the stories behind the songs, and how they "Challenge, Unite and Celebrates" our American cultural experience throughout history. Making it's debut on July 4, the series has featured a variety of artists and songs which span the genre gamut; including Madonna's "Like A Virgin," The White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army," Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone," Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It," Martha Reeves & The Vandellas' "Dancing In The Streets," and "The Star Spangled Banner."

“As I stated in my song, ‘God Bless the USA,’ ‘There ain't no doubt I love this land.’ My love of the land came from being raised on a farm in California and singing for USO shows while I was still in high school,” Greenwood said in a recent statement on the song's origin. "I'm honored this song is still being shared today, and more importantly, being recognized as a song which unites, because that is exactly the reason why I wrote it."

Lee Greenwood on Tour: SEP 15 Beachaven Vineyards & Winery / Clarksville, Tenn. SEP 18 Ashland County Fair / Ashland, Ohio SEP 21 River Road Ice House / New Braunfels, Texas SEP 22 Strand Theater / Shreveport, La. OCT 11 Ruidoso Downs Race Track / Ruidoso Downs, N.M. OCT 12 Cendera Event Center / Ft. Worth, Texas OCT 13 Sheraton DWF Hotel / Irving, Texas OCT 19 WVA Creative Arts Center / Morgantown, W.Va. OCT 20 Charleston Civic Center / Charleston, W.Va. OCT 27 Neewollah Festival - Memorial Hall / Independence, Kan. OCT 28 Texas Theater / Greenville, Texas NOV 07 Dick Clark's American Bandstand Theater / Branson, Mo. NOV 08 Riverside Resort Hotel & Casino / Laughlin, Nev. NOV 12 TBA / Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas NOV 17 Belterra Casino Resort / Florence, Ind. DEC 05 Dick Clark's American Bandstand Theater / Branson, Mo. DEC 07 Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts / Fairfield, Iowa DEC 21 Shooting Star Casino / Mahnomen, Minn. For a complete tour schedule, click here.

For more information on Lee Greenwood, visit his website at leegreenwood.com or to schedule an interview with him, please click here.

About Lee Greenwood: Throughout his expansive career, international country music icon Lee Greenwood has earned multiple CMA and ACM Awards, a Grammy Award for Top Male Vocal Performance on “I.O.U,” in 1985, and a multitude of other prestigious award nominations. His discography includes twenty-two studio albums, seven compilation albums, seven No. 1 hits and thirty-eight singles including songs like “It Turns Me Inside Out,” “Ring On Her Finger Time on Her Hand,” “She’s Lyin,” “I don’t Mind the Thorns if You’re the Rose,” “Dixie Road,” “Somebody’s Gonna Love You,” “Going Going Gone,” “You Got A Good Love Comin,” among others. His stand-out hit “God Bless the U.S.A.” has been in the top five on the country singles charts three times (1991, 2001 and 2003), giving it the distinction of being the only song in any genre of music to achieve that feat. It was also No. 1 on the pop charts after 9/11. Known for his stand-out patriotism and support of the U.S. Military, Greenwood has been honored with the Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s National Patriot’s Award, and entertained troops on more than 30 USO Tours. Greenwood was appointed to the council of the National Endowment for the Arts in 2008 by President George W. Bush, confirmed by the United States Senate, and continues to serve on the NEA at the pleasure of the President. His latest book release is a children’s book called “Proud To Be An American,” which is currently available in stores, on Amazon and leegreenwood.com.

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DEBORAH ALLEN ADDS TWO NEW MILLION-AIR AWARDS TO HER LIST OF HONORS

Janie Fricke and John Conlee Songs, Written by Allen, Surpass 1 Million Airplay Spins

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JOHNNY LEE CONTINUES 'URBAN COWBOY REUNION TOUR' WITH MICKEY GILLEY THROUGHOUT FALL 2018

Lee’s Autobiography 'Still Looking For Love' Remains Fan Favorite

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BILLY RAY CYRUS TO PERFORM ON GOOD DAY NEW YORK, PREMIERES ACOUSTIC VERSION OF GLOBAL HIT "GODDESS OF DEMOCRACY"

Billy Ray Cyrus' whirlwind media tour in New York continues as his global hit, "Goddess of Democracy," builds a steady, grassroots foundation within a few days of posting the viral video. On Thursday, the songwriter/superstar will debut an acoustic version of "Goddess of Democracy" during a performance on Good Day New York (airing during 9 a.m. ET hour).

"Goddess of Democracy" is the first release from his forthcoming album, The Snake Doctor Circus, set for release this fall.

During a performance on the TODAY Show, Cyrus dedicated his patriotic anthem,"Some Gave All," to Sen. John McCain while promoting "God Bless The Broken Road," which is in theaters nationwide this Friday, Sept. 7. Proceeds from the film will go to DAV, a nonprofit charity that provides support for veterans of all generations and their families. The more successful the movie is, the more veterans the DAV gets to serve.

For more information on DAV, visit DAV.org.



About Billy Ray Cyrus: Billy Ray Cyrus continues captivating audiences with his distinctive vocal style and charismatic stage presence. Throughout the course of nearly three decades, Cyrus has achieved worldwide success as a singer, songwriter, actor and producer. The Flatwoods, Kentucky native exploded onto the music scene when his first album, Some Gave All, debuted on the all-genre Billboard album charts at No. 1 and stayed there for a record-breaking 17 weeks in 1992. The lead single, "Achy Breaky Heart," became a phenomenon as the single went multi-platinum. Some Gave All also went on to sell 9 million copies. Along the way, Cyrus charted 35 singles, 16 of which are Top 40 hits, including “Could’ve Been Me,” “Where’m Gonna Live When I Get Home,” “She’s Not Cryin,” “Some Gave All,” “Ready, Set, Don't Go" and many more. Cyrus has also enjoyed a successful career as an actor in “Doc” and “Still The King,” as well as the Disney series “Hannah Montana” with his daughter Miley Cyrus.



For more information on Billy Ray Cyrus and his upcoming projects, visit BillyRayCyrus.com.

COTTON EYED JOE WELCOMES JOE NICHOLS, CONFEDERATE RAILROAD, RANDY ROGERS BAND, DEVIN DAWSON & COMEDIAN JOSH BLUE IN SEPTEMBER

Famed Nightclub Celebrates With New Dance Floors, Lighting, Pool Tables, Concerts and more!

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BILLY RAY CYRUS PERFORMED ON TODAY SHOW SEPTEMBER 5 IN SUPPORT OF DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS (DAV) AND "GOD BLESS THE BROKEN ROAD"

Following the overwhelming demand of "The Goddess of Democracy," a new song from his forthcoming album, Billy Ray Cyrus and The Snake Doctor Circus, Cyrus returned to the TODAY Show Wednesday, Sept. 5 to promote a cause he's passionate about: supporting U.S. veterans.

As a DAV (Disabled American Veterans) celebrity ambassador, Cyrus provided a re-recording of his multi-platinum selling smash, "Some Gave All," to be included in a new movie benefiting DAV. "God Bless The Broken Road," which is in theaters nationwide next Friday, Sept. 7, tells the inspirational story of a young mother who loses her husband in Afghanistan and struggles to raise their young daughter in his absence.

"I wrote 'Some Gave All' about a Vietnam veteran, so I am honored that DAV and its new film “God Bless The Broken Road” included my song. Veterans are the heartbeat of America. So go to the theatres September 7 and support Disabled American Veterans!" Billy Ray Cyrus shared.

"God Bless The Broken Road" focuses on the importance of family, friends, and faith, while paying tribute to those who serve in the United States Military.

Proceeds from the film will go to DAV, a nonprofit charity that provides support for veterans of all generations and their families. The more successful the movie is, the more veterans the DAV gets to serve.

For more information on DAV, visit DAV.org.



About Billy Ray Cyrus: Billy Ray Cyrus continues captivating audiences with his distinctive vocal style and charismatic stage presence. Throughout the course of nearly three decades, Cyrus has achieved worldwide success as a singer, songwriter, actor and producer. The Flatwoods, Kentucky native exploded onto the music scene when his first album, Some Gave All, debuted on the all-genre Billboard album charts at No. 1 and stayed there for a record-breaking 17 weeks in 1992. The lead single, "Achy Breaky Heart," became a phenomenon as the single went multi-platinum. Some Gave All also went on to sell 9 million copies. Along the way, Cyrus charted 35 singles, 16 of which are Top 40 hits, including “Could’ve Been Me,” “Where’m Gonna Live When I Get Home,” “She’s Not Cryin,” “Some Gave All,” “Ready, Set, Don't Go" and many more. Cyrus has also enjoyed a successful career as an actor in “Doc” and “Still The King,” as well as the Disney series “Hannah Montana” with his daughter Miley Cyrus.



For more information on Billy Ray Cyrus and his upcoming projects, visit BillyRayCyrus.com.

TRAVIS TRITT, TRACY LAWRENCE, DAVID LEE MURPHY, SHANE SMITH, KC & THE SUNSHINE BAND PLUS MORE SET TO TAKE THE STAGE AT BILLY BOB'S TEXAS IN SEPTEMBER

Plus, Billy Bob's wins as Best Bar for Music, Best Event Venue and Best Country & Western Bar in the Fort Worthy Awards of 2018

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CHARLEY PRIDE SELECTED FOR THE MISSISSIPPI ARTS + ENTERTAINMENT EXPERIENCE HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2018

Charley Pride honored along with singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett, Photographer William Eggleston, Writer and editor Willie Morris, and Blues musician Howlin’ Wolf

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Canadian Country Artist Eric Ethridge Wins Prestigious Grand Prize in 2018 Unsigned Only Music Competition

The Unsigned Only Music Competition has announced its 2018 winners today, including those in the Country genre. Established in 2012, Unsigned Only is open to all artists who are unsigned to a major record label, and over the years it has become an important source for discovering new talent. Winners in 13 categories were selected from 6,000 entries submitted by entrants in 95 countries throughout the world.

The most prestigious honor, the 2018 Grand Prize, is awarded to country artist Eric Ethridge from Sarnia, ON, Canada for his song “Girl On Fire.” Ethridge’s win marks the third time a Country artist has taken home the Grand Prize since the competition’s inception only six years ago.

In addition to winning $20,000 in cash (US) and $20,000 (US) in merchandise and services, Ethridge also receives one-on-one mentoring from a group of upper-echelon music industry executives, including: Dan Chertoff (VP of A&R, RCA Records); Riggs Morales (VP of A&R and Artist Development, Atlantic Records); Nick Haussling (Sr, Director of A&R, Concord Music); Kim Stephens (President, Forward Entertainment); Zoe Young (VP of A&R, Epic Records); Doug Johnson (VP of A&R, Black River Entertainment); and Allison Jones (Sr. VP of A&R, Big Machine Label Group).

Canadian native Eric Ethridge is a country artist whose career has been gaining momentum in the past few years; he was mentioned in Rolling Stone, won the CCMA Discovery Program, charted on the Canadian Country charts, and most recently was debuted on SiriusXM’s The Highway. His much-anticipated debut EP was released in July, 2018 and peaked at #1 on the iTunes Country chart and #3 on the all-genres chart. His impressive catalogue of material, including the winning song “Girl On Fire," proves that he is an artist who consistently stamps his songs with the same melodic and vocal prowess. A doctor-turned-country-artist, Ethridge has a strong connection with fans and listeners, evidenced by his songs being streamed over three million times in the short time since the EP was released.

“Being named the Grand Prize winner of the 2018 Unsigned Only Music Competition has truly been an incredibly humbling and life changing experience.” said Ethridge. “This opportunity has truly given me the chance to take my career to the next level and live my passion, and for that, I’ll be forever grateful.”

“The Grand Prize winner needs to be an artist who possesses extraordinary talent and is ready to take the next step in his or her career,” said UO founders, Candace Avery and Jim Morgan. “We are always on the lookout for that artist who not only creates music that will be in demand but who also makes music that is enduring. Ethridge embodies these traits, and he is one of the most exciting artists Unsigned Only has been privileged to discover. We are proud to honor him with the 2018 Grand Prize.”

Garnering First Place in the Country category is Kaylee Bell for the song “Getting Closer.” Hailing from Waimate, New Zealand, she already has an impressive list of accolades to her name, including being crowned the Unsigned Only Grand Prize winner in 2015. Additional awards include winning the NZ Golden Guitar at age 18 and then Toyota Star Maker in 2013. She has had over ten Top 10 singles on the Australian Country Music charts, and more recently her UO-winning single “Getting Closer,” written with Australian country music star Morgan Evans, has gained international attention, surpassing one million Spotify streams. Bell was also invited to perform the #1 US single “We Were Us” with international superstar Keith Urban on his Light The Fuse Tour of Australia in 2014 and again on his 2016 Ripcord World Tour, and she was the support act for The Dixie Chicks on their 2017 World Tour in New Zealand.

Taking home Second Place honors is the 5-piece country band Virginia Creek for the song “Kiss Me Sober.” Virginia Creek’s modern country sound is infused with elements of hard rock and blues. The band met and began their project on the tiny Island of Chincoteague VA, which inspired their popular anthem "Up The Bay." They released their debut EP, Rise and Shine, in early April of 2018, and within the first two weeks of release they sold over 800 physical copies of the album and received more than 2,000 downloads from digital sources. They have been featured on two major radio shows (WOW Country 99.3 FM & Bay Country 97.9 FM) to promote their three-song EP, and all three songs are now in regular rotation on both stations.

The complete panel of 2018 judges includes: Aimee Mann; David Crowder; Frank Foster; Jack Ingram; Aaron Shust; Lydia Loveless; O.A.R.; Grouplove; Josh Jackson (Co-Founder and Editor-In-Chief, Paste Magazine); Anthony DeCurtis (Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone); Lyndsey Parker (Managing Editor, Yahoo Music); Jed Gottlieb (Music & Theater Writer, Boston Herald); Kevin McNeese (President, NewReleaseToday); David Sikorski (Sr. Editor, EARMILK Media Inc.); Hardeep Phull (Music Editor, NY Post); Jeff Zuchowski (VP, Artist Marketing / Industry Relations, Pandora); John Dibiase (President, Jesus Freak Hideout); Miriam Di Nunzio (Arts Editor / Entertainment, Chicago Sun-Times); David Silbaugh (Talent Buyer, Summerfest); Brandon Chitwood (Assistant Director, EDM Joy); Matt Maher (Artist Manager, ROAR Mgmt); Chad Jensen (Artist Manager, Jensen Artist Mgmt); Brinson Strickland (President, Collective Music Nashville); Deborah Klein (JV Partner and Artist Manager, Primary Wave Ent); Chris Sampson (EVP, Programming Superfly Presents ); Kristyn Ciani (Talent Buyer, C3 Presents); Alicen Schneider (Sr. VP, Music Creative / NBC Ent); Connie Farr (Music Supervisor / Creative Director, ThinkSync Music); Evan Stein (Owner, Experience Music Group); James Kempner (Owner, JMK Connections); Jennifer Taunton (Music Supervisor, Level Two Music); Jessica Cole (Founder/President, Lyric House); Samantha Carew (Music Creative, Sky TV); and Velma Barkwell (Music Supervisor, East End Music Productions).

Unsigned Only is sponsored by: Berklee College of Music; Celebrity Access; D’Addario; Eventide; Eventric; Groove 3; Hybrid Studios; Lurssen Mastering; Magix; Merch Cat; Musician Wellness; Musicians Institute; PRA Systems; Pro Tour Nutrition; Radio Airplay; Shure; Symphonic Distribution; The Music Business Registry; and Vocal Eze.

Unsigned Only is now accepting entries. This year, Unsigned Only has added five new categories for artists to enter. The complete list of categories includes: AAA (Adult Album Alternative); AC (Adult Contemporary); Americana; Blues; Christian; Country; EDM; Folk/Singer-Songwriter; Instrumental; Jazz; Latin Music; Pop/Top 40; R&B/Hip-Hop; Rock; Screen Shot (songs suitable for placment in film, tv, etc.); Teen (for artists 18 years old and younger); Vocal Performance; and World Music.

For more information, go to: https://www.unsignedonly.com

To hear the winning songs, download low-res photos, and view the complete list of winners, go to: https://www.unsignedonly.com/winners For high-res photos, please contact Candace Avery at press@unsignedonly.com


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The complete list of 2018 Country winners includes:

Grand Prize Eric Ethridge (Sarnia, ON, Canada) – “Girl On Fire”

First Place Kaylee Bell (Waimate, New Zealand) – “Getting Closer”

Second Place Virginia Creek (Chincoteague, VA, USA) – “Kiss Me When You’re Sober”

Honorable Mention Breaking Southwest (Dallas, TX, USA) – “Put Up A Fight” Chris Bullard (Ardmore, OK, USA) – “Red Lights” Eric Ethridge (Sarnia, ON, Canada) – “Liquor's Callin' The Shots” Gabe Marshall (Jacksonville, IL, USA) – “Burning The Sand” Hasting and Co (New Carlisle, OH, USA) – “Can't Get Enough” Jesse Labelle (Nashville, TN, USA) – “Two Hearts And A Diamond” Kyle Daigle (Belle River, LA, USA) – “Gone” Sarah Miles (Princeton, NJ, USA) – “Stay” Sweet Tea Trio (Wilsonville, AL, USA) – “Needle In A Haystack”

COTTON EYED JOE CELEBRATES 25th ANNIVERSARY -- NAMED THE ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC 2018 "NIGHTCLUB OF THE YEAR"

New Owner Brings Famed Nightclub New Dance Floor, Lighting, Pool Tables, Concerts and more!

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MIDLAND ADDED TO BILLY BOB'S TEXAS "HAND PRINTS OF STARS" DURING RECENT SOLD OUT SHOW, JOINING GARTH BROOKS, BLAKE SHELTON, WILLIE NELSON, KEITH URBAN AND SO MANY MORE!

In 1989, Billy Bob’s Texas began a tradition of enshrining those entertainers who sold out the award-winning “Night Club of the Year” by having the celebrity dip their hands in a concrete slab along with adding their signature. Since that time, some of the biggest names in Country Music have done the same, from Dottie West, Conway Twitty, George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, and Randy Travis to Keith Urban, Garth Brooks, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Cole Swindell, and now - Midland!

“Hands down, it is one of our biggest honors to be included with such a heralded group of legends. We’re simply flattered and humbled to be joining this fabled wall. Billy Bob’s will always feel like we’re coming home. Thank you.” – Midland

“These handprints are something very special for us here at Billy Bob’s,” says VP of Marketing Pam Minick. “They really serve two purposes, one honoring those who made an impact on entertainment and secondly, it’s fun for our visitors to see how their hands match up to the hands of their favorite celebrity.”

In addition to Country Music stars, Billy Bob’s Texas has honored Ringo Starr, Kansas, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, The Monkees, Billy Bob Thornton, Cheap Trick, Heart, Huey Lewis, BB King, Bret Michaels, Buddy Guy, The Temptations, and several more. Of special note, Darius Rucker has two sets of hand prints, why? Well, one for this stellar performance as a solo country artist and two, as the lead singer of Hootie & The Blowfish.

“These handprints have also become something fun for the artists. For instance, Tanya Tucker included her dog’s paw prints. Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel put his boot prints instead of his hand prints. Deana Carter went barefoot. So we have really strived to make this a fun experience for those we decide to include in the program,” add Minick.

Trivia question: Who has the most hand prints on the wall? It’s an artist in Country Music that has had a solo career, was in a duo, and also was in a band.

Answer: John Rich – he has 3 hand prints on the wall, one as John Rich, one as part of Big & Rich, and one as a member of Lonestar.

BRENDA LEE, WYNONNA JUDD, TANYA TUCKER, BILLY RAY CYRUS, BILL ANDERSON AND DAVID BELLAMY MOURN THE PASSING OF ARETHA FRANKLIN

"The music industry lost a lot of it's soul with the passing of the great Aretha Franklin. With all of her success, stardom and notoriety, she kept her feet close to the ground and gave her heart to the world. " - Brenda Lee

“I am just heartbroken. This cannot be happening. Oh how I love her. Meeting her was such a highlight. She is THE shero who changed my life. Her voice. Listening to her brings me closer to Heaven and I will love her forever. We have lost an American treasure. It's the end of an era.” - Wynonna Judd

"I never had the chance to meet her, but I love her. I mean, doesn’t everyone? She is the grand dame of soul! She could sing anything and make you believe it! I regret not having met a few of my heroes and icons in the music business, and she is definitely one of them. My thoughts and prayers are with Aretha’s family. All my love and great admiration to her!" - Tanya Tucker

"I never had the pleasure of meeting Aretha Franklin, but I was extremely honored when she recorded a song I co-wrote back in the seventies. The song was called, "I May Never Get To Heaven," and was later a No. 1 country hit for Conway Twitty. Aretha put her own unique, personal stamp on it, and as great artists often do, made the song her very own. I admired her tremendously, and never tired of telling people that she recorded a song that I had a hand in writing. Rest in peace, Ms. Aretha, and thank you for the sunshine you brought into this country boy's life." - Bill Anderson

"Rest in peace Aretha Franklin. An amazing talent with one of the most moving voices of all time. Your music will live on forever." - Billy Ray Cyrus

"I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of such a musical icon. Aretha was simply the greatest singer of her generation. My thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time." - David Bellamy

THE LEGENDARY SOUL MAN SAM MOORE REMEMBERS ARETHA FRANKLIN

Sam Moore and Aretha Franklin attend the 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Concert at Madison Square Garden on October 30, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage)

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JASON ALDEAN CELEBRATES 20TH CAREER NO. ONE ON 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF MOVING TO NASHVILLE

Multi-Week Chart Topper “You Make It Easy” is the First RIAA PLATINUM Certified Country Single Released in 2018, While REARVIEW TOWN Simultaneously Becomes First Country Album Released This Year to Earn RIAA GOLD Certification

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THE JUDDS VISIT COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM® EXHIBIT THE JUDDS: DREAM CHASERS

The Judds: Dream Chasers Exhibit Open Now

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BILLY MINICK INDUCTED INTO PRORODEO HALL OF FAME

Billy Bob’s Texas partner Billy Minick’s years and years in the rodeo business have been recognized with the highest honor. Minick, a stock contractor, was enshrined in the ProRodeo Hall of Fame, Aug. 4, in Colorado Springs, Colo.



The gravity of the honor wasn’t lost on Minick, who was short on words when he received the phone call that he was being inducted – he hadn’t had time to process his new place in immortality. “It took my breath away at first,” said Minick, 79. “I got a few tears. To be among those guys, even the past and the present and future cowboys, it’s kind of like that famous old quote that’s been said by all the cowboys, and even in song: ‘All I ever wanted to be was a cowboy.’”

Minick began his professional rodeo career in 1959, enlisting in the Rodeo Cowboys Association after winning titles in both high school and college. His first ProRodeo was the Mesquite (Texas) Championship Rodeo. At the peak of his rodeo career, Minick qualified for the National Finals Rodeo as a bull rider in 1966. That season he finished fourth in the world standings. Although Minick reached the NFR as a contestant, that wasn’t his calling. Being a stock contractor was.



In 1968, Minick purchased the Harry Knight Rodeo Company from Knight and legendary entertainer Gene Autry. The Billy Minick Rodeo Company produced top NFR bucking stock from 1968-76, including saddle bronc horse Streamer in 1972 and the bull Tiger in 1973. Tiger, considered one of the rankest bulls of all time, also won Bull of the Year in 1974. Minick also had other noteworthy stock, including bareback horse Payload and other horses Lonesome, Crazy 1 and My Fair Lady, and bulls V61 and Mr. Bubbles.

Through the years, Minick helped to produce rodeos such as the Fort Worth (Texas) Stock Show and Rodeo, Rodeo Houston, the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, the Santa Rosa Roundup (Vernon, Texas), and Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days.



Minick, who was born Jan. 10, 1939, in Fort Worth, Texas, is recognized as being instrumental in bringing the historic Fort Worth Stockyards back to prominence. Minick also hosted the inaugural Justin Cowboy Crisis fundraiser with John Justin and Major League Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan. Minick was a PRCA Winston Tour team sponsor and produced two Winston Tour events in Fort Worth.

ROAN YELLOWTHORN READIES FIRST STUDIO ALBUM 'INDIGO' FOR SEPT. 28 RELEASE VIA BLUE ÉLAN RECORDS

The album's first single "Talk About It" debuted with video on August 17, plus more tour dates to be announced soon

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KELSIE MAY HONORED BY STATE OF KENTUCKY, WITH SECTION OF THE COUNTRY MUSIC HIGHWAY DEDICATED IN HER HONOR

Kelsie May, the Louisa, Kentucky native who made a name for herself as a contestant on NBC’s The Voice (Season 8 / Team Blake), was honored by Kentucky State Representative Jill York recently, who dedicated a section of the Country Music Highway (HWY 23 in Eastern Kentucky) in May’s honor.

"There are a lot of reasons to have your eyes on young people today,” Rep. York said, standing adjacent to Kelsie May during the ceremony. “This young lady beside us - with her talent, with her faith, with her drive - and the abilities she has to tell the stories of our families, our regions, and our patrons in Eastern Kentucky...this is the one. This is the positive note. And that is why this makes her so special, and so very worthy of celebrating."



Kelsie recently signed with Blue Sapphire Music, distributed through Sony RED/The Orchard, and recently released her latest single “Driving” July 6th.

Singing all her life, but not landing on stage until the mere age of thirteen, Kelsie has already contributed remarkable light into the Country Music world. After quickly being introduced to Bernard Porter, President and Founder of PCG Nashville, she was invited to train at the coveted and leading artist development company in Nashville, Tennessee.

“East Kentucky, a land of natural resources, is also an area rich in natural talent," says Bernard Porter, President and Founder of PCG Nashville. "Kelsie May represents this state encompassing all that makes it special! She is a true Kentucky gem!"

For more information, visit www.kelsiemay.com.

Kelsie May On Tour: SEP 09 - Septemberfest / Louisa, Ky. OCT 07 - Apple Days / Paintsville, Ky. DEC 01 - Christmas & Ida Festival & Parade of Lights / Ida, Mich.

(L-R) Kelsie May, Ky. State Rep. Jill York Photo by Crissy Musick

FASTLIFE INSURANCE TAPS BILLY RAY CYRUS AS CELEBRITY SPOKESPERSON

National insurance distributor FastLife announced today that international country music icon Billy Ray Cyrus is its newest celebrity spokesperson. For the Florida based company, Cyrus is scheduled to appear in a variety of television, radio and social media spots promoting FastLife’s revolutionary means of distributing insurance without the need for medical exams.

“I'm honored to be associated with such a great and reputable company like FastLife. Helping people help themselves and their families... that's cool,” Billy Ray Cyrus shared.



FastLife CEO and Founder Phillip Wasserman states, “Billy Ray Cyrus is the ultimate family man and I have the utmost amount of respect for him and his incredible values. With FastLife’s underlying mission to help people protect their loved ones through insurance, we couldn’t think of a better person to be the face of our company and we’re very excited to be working with him.”



Producing the television spots for FastLife is former President of Paramount Studios Mark Bakshi who has since produced a number of feature films including "Moneyball" starring Brad Pitt and Foxcatcher with Steve Carell.



“I’m delighted to be producing these spots for FastLife and to be working with Billy Ray, who I deeply admire and have been a big fan of for many years,” says Bakshi from his southern California based offices.



The TV spots are expected to air nationally on a variety of networks such as ESPN, CNBC and other national platforms. Those interested in previewing one of the commercials, CLICK HERE.



About FastLife Insurance: FastLife Insurance, Inc. is a cutting-edge, revolutionary insurance distribution firm led by industry veteran Phillip Wasserman. Located in Sarasota, Florida, FastLife is well known for its cloud based, proprietary technology that streamlines the process of getting insurance into place. FastLife prides itself by having developed a unique means of (in most cases), getting insurance policies issued without the need for medical exams.



As one of the nation’s fastest growing companies, FastLife consists of a national network of licensed insurance agents and represents some of the largest, highest rated life insurance companies in the United States.



For more information, please visit FastLife.Life



About Billy Ray Cyrus: Billy Ray Cyrus continues captivating audiences with his distinctive vocal style and charismatic stage presence. Throughout the course of nearly three decades, Cyrus has achieved worldwide success as a singer, songwriter, actor and producer. The Flatwoods, Kentucky native exploded onto the music scene when his first album, Some Gave All, debuted on the all-genre Billboard album charts at No. 1 and stayed there for a record-breaking 17 weeks in 1992. The lead single, "Achy Breaky Heart," became a phenomenon as the single went multi-platinum. Some Gave All also went on to sell 9 million copies. Along the way, Cyrus charted 35 singles, 16 of which are Top 40 hits, including “Could’ve Been Me,” “Where’m Gonna Live When I Get Home,” “She’s Not Cryin,” “Some Gave All,” “Ready, Set, Don't Go" and many more. Cyrus has also enjoyed a successful career as an actor in “Doc” and “Still The King,” as well as the Disney series “Hannah Montana” with his daughter Miley Cyrus.



For more information on Billy Ray Cyrus and his upcoming projects, visit BillyRayCyrus.com.

THE CHARLIE DANIELS BAND, JAMEY JOHNSON, RANDY HOUSER, JACK INGRAM AND MORE SET TO TAKE THE STAGE AT BILLY BOB'S TEXAS IN AUGUST

Plus catch Deryl Dodd, Corey Smith, Drake White, and Stoney LaRue in August at the world's largest Honky Tonk

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