Miranda Lambert to perform at ACM Honors; additional star-studded appearances announced

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The Academy of Country Music has revealed an additional round of talent participating in the 13th Annual ACM Honors, an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards. Talent confirmed to appear include Lauren Alaina, Bobby Bones, Caylee Hammack, Miranda Lambert, Shane McAnally, Midland, Billy Joe Shaver and Chris Young. The event will take place on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. Tickets are available to the public at Ticketmaster.com.

Previously Announced Appearances

Previously announced appearances include, this year’s ACM Entertainer of the Year Keith Urban, Chris Janson, Maddie & Tae, Barbara Mandrell (one of only 7 artists to receive the coveted ACM Triple Crown Award), Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes and Trisha Yearwood.

As previously announced, Special Award recipients to be celebrated at the 13th Annual ACM Honors include Brooks & Dunn and Martina McBride (ACM Cliffie Stone Icon Award), Rodney Crowell, Kye Fleming and Billy Joe Shaver (ACM Poet’s Award), Gayle Holcomb (ACM Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award), Miranda Lambert (ACM Gene Weed Milestone Award), Kacey Musgraves (ACM Jim Reeves International Award), and A Star Is Born (ACM Tex Ritter Film Award). The evening will also honor winners of the Industry and Studio Recording Awards, along with Songwriter of the Year Award winner, Shane McAnally.

City National Bank is the presenting partner of the evening, and 1000 Stories Wine is the official wine partner for the Academy and ACM Honors.

Tickets to ACM Honors are now on sale at www.ticketmaster.com.For more information on the ACM Awards and all ACM events, visit www.ACMcountry.com. You can like Academy of Country Music on Facebook or follow on Twitter at @ACMawards and Instagram @ACMAwards for more immediate updates.

About ACM Honors

ACM Honors is an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the Academy of Country Music Awards, including the Special Awards, Studio Recording Awards, Industry Awards and Songwriter of the Year Award. The 13thAnnual ACM Honors will take place Wednesday, August 21, 2019, at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. The show is executive produced by R.A. Clark, and written and produced by Lisa Lee. VIP tickets to ACM Honors are priced at $750 and regular ticket prices range from $79 - $132. Tickets go on sale to the general public at Ticketmaster.com and the Ryman box office at 10:00 AM CT on Friday, June 7, 2019. For more information, visit www.ACMcountry.com

Riley Green concert review in Evansville, Indiana

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Playlist placement, a social media presence, and other marketing methods all have significant roles within the music industry, but what defines an artist is their songs. In country music, it’s that real-life authenticity through personal perspectives, clever wordplay, and memorable hooks that resonate with fans. Without the right song, an artist has nothing. Riley Green seemingly has everything.

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When he took the stage at the Vanderburgh County Fair in Evansville, Indiana, Riley ignited a bond with the audience that will last long after the final notes fade. You immediately feel a connection like you know him. But maybe even more so because with every song he sang, it felt like he knew you and your life’s story. It’s an instantaneous realization that kept the crowd engaged and hanging on to every offering in his 13-song set.

Riley’s strong storytelling nature contributed to the evening’s pinnacle. The stirring and powerful, “I Wish Grandpas Never Died,” was an acoustic highlight. It’s the kind of song that the genre’s foundation was built upon. And no matter what small-town map dot you call home, there’s a little piece of everyone’s life in that song. This song is the reason we listen to country music - to find ourselves through chords and rhyme.

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His set consisted of material from his latest EP, “Get That Man A Beer,” - a collection of songs featuring some of Nashville’s prime writers. Rhett Akins, Marv Green, and Jonathan Singleton all had a hand in writing the tracks; Dan Huff and Jimmy Harnen produced the project. Plus, well-chosen covers like “In Color” from fellow Alabama-native Jamey Johnson captivated the crowd and prompted singalongs.

Propelled by his debut single, “There Was This Girl,” the rising momentum continues to swing upward. He topped the Mediabase charts earlier this year (not bad for your first single, right?) and has spent the majority of the summer opening for country music’s ultimate spokesperson, Brad Paisley. And judging by this crowd’s response, headlining arenas someday himself would come effortlessly with his well-suited style of country music. Undoubtedly, being true to yourself and singing about what you know is the ultimate way to solidify your place in the country music scene.

“I wish country music still got played on country radio.”

While there are no set rules on what country music is or isn’t, let’s get something clear here. This is what it is. Riley Green proved that this is how it should be sung.

As passionate music fans steeped in tradition, we all want our country music to sound country. And we can debate, analyze, and read a million think-pieces about what qualifies, but Riley is carrying that vision out. Those hard-hitting lyrics and guitar sounds are reminders that good (beyond good, actually) remain. If an audience feels it, you win. And Riley Green won over every single person that stood in the grandstand or danced on the dirt track that Indiana summer night, turning concertgoers into fans and believers.

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More on Riley Green

Visit RileyGreenMusic.com for upcoming tour dates. You’re gonna wanna pre-save “I Wish Grandpas Never Died” on Spotify, too.


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ACM Honors reveals first round of special appearances by country's best

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The Academy of Country Music has revealed the first round of talent participating in the 13th annual ACM HONORS, an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards. Artists confirmed to appear include this year’s ACM Entertainer of the Year Keith Urban, Chris Janson, Maddie & Tae, Barbara Mandrell (one of only 7 artists to receive the coveted ACM Triple Crown Award), Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes, and Trisha Yearwood, with more talent to be announced in the coming weeks. The event will take place on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. Tickets are available to the public at Ticketmaster.com.

City National Bank is the presenting partner of the evening, and 1000 Stories Wine is the official wine partner for the Academy and ACM Honors.

A limited number of VIP “Sit with the Stars” tickets – restricted to only 20 available pairs – are available to the public. VIP seating includes valet parking, viewing area access to the red carpet, premium seating during the event, and an official commemorative ACM Honors Hatch Print. Tickets for VIP are priced at $750.

Award Recipients

As previously announced, Special Award recipients to be celebrated at the 13th Annual ACM Honors include Brooks & Dunn and Martina McBride (ACM Cliffie Stone Icon Award), Rodney Crowell, Kye Fleming, and Billy Joe Shaver (ACM Poet’s Award), Gayle Holcomb (ACM Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award), Miranda Lambert (ACM Gene Weed Milestone Award), Kacey Musgraves (ACM Jim Reeves International Award), and A Star Is Born (ACM Tex Ritter Film Award). The evening will also honor winners of the Industry and Studio Recording Awards, along with Songwriter of the Year Award winner, Shane McAnally.

Tickets to ACM Honors are now on sale at www.ticketmaster.com. For more information on the ACM Awards and all ACM events, visit www.ACMcountry.com. You can like Academy of Country Music on Facebook or follow on Twitter at @ACMawards and Instagram @ACMAwards for more immediate updates.

About ACM Honors

ACM Honors is an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the Academy of Country Music Awards, including the Special Awards, Studio Recording Awards, Industry Awards and Songwriter of the Year Award. The 13th Annual ACM Honors will take place Wednesday, August 21, 2019, at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. The show is executive produced by R.A. Clark, and written and produced by Lisa Lee. VIP tickets to ACM Honors are priced at $750 and regular ticket prices range from $79 - $132. Tickets go on sale to the general public at Ticketmaster.com and the Ryman box office at 10:00 AM CT on Friday, June 7, 2019. For more information, visit www.ACMcountry.com