Music for Newtown Fundraiser to Include Country Memorabilia; The Band Perry Plans ‘Pioneer’ Party + More: Country Music News Roundup
Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, the Eagles and Lisa Marie Presley are among the artists who have donated music memorabilia to an auction benefiting those affected by last December's Sandy Hook school shootings.
The Music for Newtown fundraiser will generate money for local residents rebuilding their lives following the tragic event in Newton, Conn. Taylor and the Eagles have both offered up signed guitars, Tim McGraw and Mika are putting tickets to upcoming shows up for auction, and Lisa Marie Presley has signed a tambourine that will go up for bids. All proceeds from the sale will go towards the Sandy Hook School Support Fund, which was set up following the shooting that claimed the lives of 20 children and six adults. The online auction begins March 25 at 3:00 PM ET. Click here for more information.
Kacey Musgraves will perform her Top 10 hit, "Merry Go 'Round" on NBC's "Today" show, Tuesday, March 19. The tune has sold more than 500,000 digital downloads and is certified gold. Tuesday also marks the release of the Texas native's critically-lauded album, Same Trailer Different Park. Pre-order the album here to receive an instant download of Kacey's buzzworthy tune, "Follow Your Arrow."
Brad Paisley will headline the 3rd Annual ACM Fan Jam and Post-Award concert, with special guests Dierks Bentley and Hunter Hayes joining the Fan Jam. ACM New Artist of the Year nominees Brantley Gilbert, Jana Kramer and Florida Georgia Line have also been added to the lineup. Also making a special appearance during the event will be LL Cool J, who appears on Brad's upcoming album, Wheelhouse. ACM Fan Jam takes place in Las Vegas during and after the 48th Annual ACM Awards, which will be broadcast live, Sunday, April 7, at 8:00 PM ET (delayed PT) on CBS. Live ACM Fan Jam performances will be presented during the awards show via remote, from the Orleans Arena. Also during the Fan Jam, the ACM New Artist of the Year winner will be announced and the award presented on the ACM Fan Jam stage. Fans can vote for their favorite New Artist at www.VoteACM.com beginning Monday, March 25.
The Band Perry will preview new music from their upcoming album, Pioneer, to family, friends and fans in their hometown of Greeneville, Tenn., on Saturday, March 30. The free concert and autograph signing will also raise awareness for the "Outnumber Hunger" initiative, which helps fight hunger in local communities.
Clay Walker has announced the launch of "Stick With It!," a national public service announcement campaign to educate relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) patients about the importance of remaining adherent to a disease management routine for the long-term. Teva Pharmaceuticals and Band Against MS -- the charity Clay founded a decade ago to help those living with the disease -- will kick off "Stick With It!" in conjunction with Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week and will raise money to fund MS research via the campaign's Facebook page. Research has shown that combining a treatment regimen with lifestyle management including proper diet and exercise can actually reduce the frequency of relapses.
Time's running out to get your hands on Zac Brown's 2012 Ram Laramie Longhorn. The Ram truck is being auctioned off as part of RamJam on eBay Motors until 8:00 PM ET, Friday, March 15. All auction proceeds will go towards benefiting Zac's Camp Southern Ground, which will open in 2014, helping special needs children with various therapeutic and recreational services. Trucks from Brantley Gilbert, Billy Currington and Kellie Pickler have already been auctioned off. Easton Corbin's truck auction begins March 18. Click here for more information.
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