Jerrod Niemann Will Raise ‘Em Up with Keith Urban and Brett Eldredge for His 35th Birthday

Jerrod Niemann

Jerrod Niemann

Jerrod Niemann will join Keith Urban’s Raise ‘Em Up Tour tomorrow night, which is a cool coincidence for him because it also happens to be his birthday.  Jerrod turns 35 tomorrow and he says it will be the best birthday present ever to celebrate it the first night out with Keith.  Brett Eldredge will also be on the tour this summer and Jerrod says, “It’s gonna be very exciting to be on tour with Keith Urban this summer …  So I just want to say thank you to him for letting me and my buddy Brett Eldredge come out and spend the summer with him.  It’s gonna be a blast.”

 

Jerrod will play 20 dates through September 7th with Keith.  You can see a complete list of his tour dates here.

 

Kenny Chesney Returns to Director’s Chair for Steve Spurrier Documentary

Kenny Chesney

Kenny Chesney

Kenny Chesney has returned to the director’s chair for another football documentary.  According to southcarolina.rivals.com, this time he has teamed up with Shaun Silva, who has directed many of Kenny’s videos, to co-direct a documentary about South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier, which is one installment of a four part SEC documentary series that will air on the SEC Network between August 14th and September 4th.

 

The documentary entitled The Believer, “reveals the essence of the most competitive man in the most competitive football conference in the nation,” according to a flier released at SEC Media Days.  The Kenny Chesney/Shaun Silva directed piece will air on the SEC Network on August 27th.

 

This will mark the third football-based documentary that Kenny has helped create.  He previously worked on The Boys of Fall and The Color Orange: The Condredge Holloway Story.

Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore, The Band Perry and More Set to Take Over Brickfest This Weekend

Brantley Gilbert

Brantley Gilbert

Big Machine will be bringing all kinds of country music to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend for the “Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Powered byBigMachineRecords.com.”  The Band Perry, Justin Moore and Brantley Gilbert will headline the Brickfest Music Festival Stage, plus there will be performances throughout the weekend by A Thousand Horses, Drake White, Lauren Jenkins, Ashley Campbell and Scotty Emerick.  The music will serve as the pre-parties for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Indiana 250 on Saturday and the Sprint Cup Series Brickyard 400 on Sunday.

 

All of the concerts will be free with track admission.  You can purchase race tickets and get more information here.  In addition to the live music, fans already at the race will be able to win the chance to “Kiss the Bricks” by entering a Twitter contest using the hashtag #KissTheBricks,  You can get more details about the contest here.

Craig Morgan Raises $60,000 for Foundation to Help Foster Children

Left to right: Tracy Lawrence, Kevin Windham, Fred Andrews, Craig Morgan, Chuck Wicks, Randy Hawkins (Photo Credit: Angelyn Tinsley/Edwards Photography Studios)

Left to right: Tracy Lawrence, Kevin Windham, Fred Andrews, Craig Morgan, Chuck Wicks, Randy Hawkins (Photo Credit: Angelyn Tinsley/Edwards Photography Studios)

Craig Morgan hosted his eighth annual charity event over the weekend in his hometown of Dickson, Tennessee, and with the help of his friends and fans he managed to raise $60,000 for The Dickson County Craig Morgan Foundation, which assists foster children in Dickson County and throughout Middle Tennessee.

 

The event consisted of a motocross exhibition with some of Craig’s celebrity motocross friends, a group trail ride, a silent auction and a concert featuring Craig, Tracy Lawrence and Chuck Wicks.

 

Craig eventually hopes to raise enough money through his charity events to build and maintain a home in Dickson County Tennessee for temporarily displaced children, with a long-term goal of starting similar homes around the country.


Sam Hunt’s Football Discipline Pays Off in Nashville

Sam Hunt

Sam Hunt

Before Sam Hunt moved to Nashville to pursue his music career, he was a serious football player, playing quarterback for the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  He says the discipline football required of him definitely helped him when he moved to Nashville.  “It required a lot of discipline if I wanted to be good,” Sam told The Country Vibe, “and I was very, very, very competitive and I wanted to be good, so I wanted to do all the things that I needed to do to be good.  And that meant workin’ hard, workin’ out, gettin’ rest, not running around and getting into too much trouble and all those things that the discipline of football does for you.”

 

Once he moved to Nashville Sam says, “I just sort of kept that routine going.  I didn’t really get distracted by a lot of the things that can distract someone from the country who moves to a big city like Nashville.  That helped out a ton because I really sort of put my nose to the grindstone those first few years and just worked the way a football player would work.”

 

Sam’s discipline is paying off.  He’s had songs he’s co-written recorded by Kenny Chesney (“Come Over”), Keith Urban (“Cop Car”) and Billy Currington (“We Are Tonight”), and his debut single “Leave the Night On” is top 25 and climbing.