LakeFest is the kick-off for the annual Amelia Earhart Festival in Atchison. The festival celebrates the life and spirit of the famous aviatrix, who grew up in Atchison before embarking on her flying career, which carried her to worldwide fame. The festival includes a downtown fair, education and research events, children’s events, the Pioneering Achievement Award presentation and much more, including a fireworks show on the banks of the Missouri River considered to be the best in the Midwest. The event draws tens of thousands of visitors each July.
Columbia Nashville’s Tyler Farr releases his highly anticipated sophomore album, Suffer In Peace, on April 28th. Suffer In Peace made its debut in the top 5 on the BILLBOARD Top 200 Albums and BILLBOARD
Country Albums Charts. Previously with the release of his debut album Redneck Crazy, which released in 2013, landing Farr at No. 2 on the Billboard Country Albums Chartand #5 on the Billboard Top 200 made Farr the only solo male country artist in the last 10 years to have his first two studio albums debut in the top-5 on the Billboard 200 Chart.His #1, platinum-selling title-track “Redneck Crazy” was called the “song of the summer” by The New York Timesand projected Farr forward to celebrate back-to-back #1 singles, including his first #1 as a songwriter, with his Gold-certified hit “Whiskey in my Water.” The Missouri native’s dry wit and energetic live show have earned him industry recognition as a 2014 CRS New Faces of Country Radio and 2014 Music Row “Breakthrough Artist of the Year” nominee, as well as rave reviews for his coveted opening slots touring with Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert and Lee Brice. Tyler has appeared on the Today Show and Fox & Friends’s All American Summer Concert Series. Tyler’s first single off the newly released Suffer In Peace album, “A Guy Walks into a Bar,” is proving to be Farr's third radio hit, currently residing in the Top 5 at country radio, and is now RIAACertified GOLD.
The best music is about connection, that place where words and music allow an artist's reality to fire real emotion in listeners. And it's just that connection that has been at the heart of Frankie Ballard's rise as an artist.
"I see people relating to the words of these songs," he says, "using the lyrics to reflect on their own lives."
Nowhere has that been more evident than in Ballard's three consecutive number one singles off of his debut album; his first single to hit number 1, "Helluva Life," in late 2013, followed by the album's title track "Sunshine & Whiskey" in 2014, and "Young & Crazy" in summer 2015. Fans are owning every line of these hit singles as they sing it back in concert and use social media to share their own stories of good times and bad, and the way romance puts a shine on all of it. As they sometimes do, this album's mantras that "bad times make the good times better" and "gotta do a little wrong so I know what's right" from two of Ballard's number one singles have become rallying cries and life-affirming mottos.
It also rings true to the life Ballard himself has been living.
"I've been slugging it out on the road for a long, long time," he says with a characteristic smile, "and it's great when I'm far from home to have people out there know who I am and to feel like we've created a real bond."
"My bread and butter is playing live," he says. "The band and I really hammer the road and I don't want to slow down. We give everything we've got to put on a heck of a show. And the best is when the connection comes through one of your songs. To watch someone sing your song at the top of their lungs because they've been through the same thing, well, that means as much to a performer as it does to a fan, and that's what keeps me going. I'm always trying to push myself to the next level with my stage performance. The fans deserve something great."
"Sometimes it's just busting your butt--at least that's what my journey has been. I want people to go, 'This guy knows where I've been.'"
Night after night, show after show, that's just the connection Frankie Ballard is making.
With her empowering Top 20 hit, “God Made Girls,” RaeLynn had the highest charting debut single by a solo female artist in 2014. The song skyrocketed to the #1 spot on the iTunes Country Songs chart and earned GOLD-certification by the RIAA for sales exceeding 500,000 copies in addition to the music video garnering over 17 million views. The music video earned her a pair of CMT Music Award nominations for Female Video of the Year and Breakthrough Video of the Year.
Now, her follow-up, “For A Boy,” is available on iTunes. RaeLynn is currently the #5 biggest selling female country artist in the last year.
The vibrant 20-year-old was selected as one of CMT’s Next Women of Country and recently released her "ME" EP. RaeLynn penned the collection of five tracks for The Valory Music Co. project, which climbed into the Top 5 on iTunes Top Country Albums chart on release day. Taste of Country insists, “fans of every age will find a trio of lyrics to get behind” and Popcrush calls her “cheerful, charming, ultra-talented and downright hilarious.”
Just like her musical hero Dolly Parton, RaeLynn embraces her Country roots with a flash of pizazz, commemorating her Grand Ole Opry debut with an “Op-Rae Selfie” from center stage. The Voice (season 2) alum, who has returned to the show to perform, is featured on “Buzzin’” from coach Blake Shelton’s latest album.
On top of her own headlining dates, RaeLynn has performed on three different arena tours this year. She toured with fellow Texan Miranda Lambert on her CERTIFIED PLATINUM and ROADSIDE BARS & PINK GUITARS tours and opened on the RIOT TOUR with Rascal Flatts.
This past March, RaeLynn partnered with the National Association for Music Education and Give a Note Foundation to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Music in Our Schools Month. To support the foundation’s mission and encourage music students nationwide, RaeLynn penned “Always Sing,” which is available on iTunes.
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