Kenny Chesney Drew Brees Matthew McConaughey - CountryMusicRocks.net

In a city famous for live music, Kenny Chesney and band took the stage, Saturday May 12, at the House of Blues in New Orleans to wrap up the 3rd Annual “Amazing Race” Charity Event. The race is a signature event of the Brees Dream Foundation, which was founded by New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and wife Britney. This year, the event partnered with the Just Keep Livin Foundation, founded by Matthew McConaughey and fiancée Camila Alves.

Of the show Chesney said, “We’ve been in tour rehearsals for weeks now so it was great for us to get on stage and feel the energy and feedback from the crowd. Tonight was all about playing music to help celebrate this great event.  People in this town love music and helping out their neighbor and I was glad to be a part of it.”

The intimate setting of the House of Blues allowed for some very special moments. A one of kind auction item allowing the highest bidder to sing on stage with Kenny raised $10,000. The two sang his # 1 hit, “Somewhere With You.” The night ended with Drew Brees and Matthew McConaughey uniting with Chesney on stage for an encore performance of Chesney’s gridiron anthem, “Boys of Fall.” 

“Kenny has been a dear friend and always expressed interest in working with the foundation. This is such a wonderful way to end the race and his support means the world to us,” said Brees and McConaughey.

With the “Brothers of the Sun” Tour kick off only three weeks away, it’s back to rehearsals for Chesney and crew. The all stadium, 20 + city tour with longtime friend Tim McGraw, begins in Tampa, FL on June 2. In addition, Chesney’s highly anticipated 13th studio album, Welcome to the Fishbowl, is available June 19.

The Brees Foundation and the Just Keep Livin’ Foundations partnered for the 3rd Annual “Amazing Race” which to provides after school fitness and wellness programs in the New Orleans area.  All proceeds from the event will benefit the charities as well as go towards providing care, education and opportunities for children and families in Louisiana and the Gulf Coast.

Greg Bates Grand Ole Opry Debut - CountryMusicRocks.net

Pictured (L-R): Republic Nashville President Jimmy Harnen, Effusion Entertainment’s Martha Earls, Republic Nashville’s Mark Gray, Greg Bates, Stacy Blythe, Megan Knutson, Kelsey Chandler, Nikki Burns, Producer Jimmy Ritchey, and Effusion Entertainment’s Mike Molinar (Photos Courtesy of Republic Nashville)

One of Greg Bates’ biggest dreams came true Friday night (4/27), as he took the stage at the historic Grand Ole Opry to make his debut. He performed his new single, “Did It For The Girl,” which he co-wrote. The song was the second most added single at radio the week of its release with 29 adds, just behind Superstar Keith Urban.

“I have always dreamed of playing The Opry. Just to stand in that famous circle where so many legends before me have performed was an absolutely amazing experience,” said Bates. “Thank you, Pete for the incredible opportunity.”

The crowd was full of family and friends, all supporting the Nashville native. He dedicated his second song of the night, “Brothers” to one very special guest, his brother, who he wrote the song about.

“Did It For The Girl,” is now available at iTunes and can be purchased HERE.  A full-length album is expected later this year.

Thompson Square Thank You Note - CountryMusicRocks.net

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What a difference a year or two can make, especially for Thompson Square as they won ACM Vocal Duo of the Year last weekend at the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.  So proud of Keifer & Shawna and all that they have accomplished!  Their new single “Glass” is at Country Radio now.  Be sure to contact your favorite Country Radio Station and request it!!

Rascal Flatts Changed Movie NYC - CountryMusicRocks.net

Rascal Flatts celebrated their new album release last night in New York City at the AMC Theater in Times Square with their special movie-theater concert Rascal Flatts – CHANGED: One Night Exclusive Movie-Theatre Event.

The movie included exclusive concert performance footage of the group’s biggest hits and new music from Changed, released in stores this week, as well as in-depth personal interviews with Gary LeVox, Joe Don Rooney and Jay DeMarcus. The movie was presented by NCM Fathom Events, Big Machine Records & AEG Network Live.

Actor Ashton Kutcher, musicians Jay DeMarcus, Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean and Jake Owen pose backstage at the 47th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 1, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for ACM)

Actor Ashton Kutcher, musicians Jay DeMarcus, Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean & Jake Owen pose backstage at the 47th Annual ACM Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 1, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for ACM)

Ashton Kutcher presented the award for ACM Female Vocalist of the Year this past Sunday at the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.  Kutcher created quite the buzz as many were offended by his mockery of country music.  Looks like Jason, Kenny, Jay, and Jake were having a good time with Ashton.


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