And Teams Up With Tunespeak to Give Fans a Chance to Win Prizes
NASHVILLE, TN - Dubbed one of 2015 CMT Awards' "Dapper Country Gents," JT Hodges exclusively premiered his new sizzling summertime music video "Ray Bans" across all  CMT platforms Wednesday, July 29.  The first single off Hodges' highly anticipated EP, "Locks on Doors,"  "Ray Bans,"  continues to blaze up Sirius XM's The Highway Chart following the exclusive streaming release on and its premiere on Sirius XM's The Highway this past spring.
The infectious single was inspired by Hodges' wife of ten years during their vacation in Cozumel, Mexico. "... My wife was just feeling the music and took my Ray-Bans and went off on the dance floor with them on,” the esteemed country artist tells “I just remember watching her and thinking, 'Wow, what a cool image.' "
Directed by Marcel and self produced by Hodges, with the help of Ryan O'Nan of 21 Guns Management, the reminiscent music video tells the story of a lost summer love with flashback visions of the girl that got away.
Teaming up with Tunespeak, the blue-eyed heartthrob will be engaging fans through giveaways to help spread the word about his hot new video through viewing, listening and sharing content on social media platforms. Fans can sign-up on Tunespeak via their Facebook account and start collecting points for a chance to win prizes including a pair of the Hodges' personal Ray Bans, opportunities for meet & greets and signed merchandise. Each point earned is equivalent to one entry into the contest in which entries are unlimited.
In addition to Hodges' new EP "Locks on Doors," which features fan favorites such as "Girls Like It," "Gonna Need A Guitar" and the title track "Locks On Doors," he is also featured on the commemorative "Opry 9.0, Vol. 1: Discoveries from the Circle" album with other next generation artists Chase Bryant and Drake White, which was recently released in celebration of the Opry's 90th Anniversary.


Alongside Andy Griggs and Scooter Brown Band
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Following the continued success of his latest single "Talk About the Weather" as it reaches #5 on the Texas Regional Radio Charts, Red Dirt rocker Rich O'Toole joins Andy Griggs, amongst others, at the Rocky Mountain Gun Club/Superior Oilfield Services' "Pickin' on the Pinyon" benefit show, located at the Ruttin Bull Pavilion in Glade Park, Colo. on Saturday, August 22 in support of Base Camp 40.
Using the gifts and healing effects of the great outdoors, Base Camp 40 creates and provides peaceful environments within nature for our nation's veterans to rediscover, restore and reflect. BC40 is currently expanding to take veterans on a variety of outdoor adventures throughout the country, for the need of support is greater than ever as more of our warriors return home.

In addition to "Pickin' on the Pinyon", the charitable country singer gives back in many ways, including through his 17 Army clothing line, which donates 10% of proceeds to entrepreneurs in the arts. O'Toole has also recently gained recognition when he teamed up with social media mecca "Sorry I'm Texan" to release TexMoji which debuted at #2 on Top Paid Apps. The app features Lone Star staples such as the state flag, some of Texas' beloved beverages, tacos, and famous landmarks. "If you enjoy using emojis and you're Texan by birth or by heart, then you'll love using TexMojis," says O'Toole. "So let's get to TEXtin' ya'll!" 

O'Toole will also be returning to Ireland, along with Texas country heavyweights Casey Donahew Band, Bart Crow, William Clark Green and more to bring a little red dirt to the Emerald Isle for the third annual Red Dirt Pub Crawl December 1-8, 2015. 

Who: Rich O'Toole
What: Pickin on the Pinyon
When: Saturday, August 22
Where: Ruttin' Bull Pavilion in Glade Park, Colo.
Tickets: Tickets start at $40 and can be purchased here.



NASHVILLE, Tenn. – During their third consecutive sold-out show last night for Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman, the “Rockstars of Bluegrass,” Dailey & Vincent, proudly announced their first national, year-long TV series, The Dailey & Vincent Show. Presented by Springer Mountain Farms, the series is filmed in front of a live audience at the historical Franklin Theatre in Franklin, Tenn. and is scheduled for a Fall 2015 debut on RFD-TV.

"Words can’t describe the joy and humbleness I feel as our TV show comes to life! We’ve been conceptualizing this show for years and it brings happy tears to my eyes now that our dreams have come true. This is truly a story of reaching beyond your imagination and deep within your soul to create the best music and television program that we can. I sure hope you enjoy watching The Dailey & Vincent Show as much as we’ve enjoyed making it," said Darrin Vincent.

The Dailey & Vincent Show is slated to premiere on Saturday, September 5, 2015 at 9:30 PM EST / 8:30 PM CST on RFD-TV for a 26-episode run through the end of August 2016. This weekly 30-minute music, entertainment, and lifestyle show − chock-full of music, humor and fun − will include live performances by Dailey & Vincent and special guest artists, as well as cooking and interview segments. Each episode, produced and directed by Travis Television and executive produced by Zac Koffler of APEX Entertainment Management, will welcome some of Dailey & Vincent's good friends and influences, such as Vince Gill, Dan Tyminski, The Oak Ridge Boys and Jimmy Fortune of the Statler Brothers among other famed Country, Bluegrass and inspirational acts. Episodes will air Saturday evenings on RFD-TV at 9:30pm EST / 8:30pm CST.

"As a teenager I used to lie in the floor and watch my favorite TV shows, Nashville Now and the Statler Brothers Show and dream about what it would feel like to have my own TV Show someday. Now, thanks to our friends at Springer Mountain Farms Chicken and the hard work from our manager Zac Koffler, that dream has come true and I couldn't be more excited or thankful," said Jamie Dailey.

The duo’s first ever live album, "Dailey & Vincent - ALIVE! In Concert," made a triumphant return to #1 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart for a total of eight out of nine weeks at the top of the chart. Also with great success, the live DVD remains in the top 30 on the Billboard Music Video Sales Chart across all genres after debuting at #2 following the Foo Fighters. 


Anyone interested in attending a live taping of the Dailey & Vincent show at the Franklin Theatre, should submit the following information to

  • Full Name
  • Age  
  • City and State of residency 
  • Date you wish to attend   

Live Taping Schedule:

July 28: 3pm - 10pm

July 29: 3pm - 10pm

Additional live taping dates to be announced on a rolling basis.




About Dailey & Vincent:

Dubbed by CMT as the "Rockstars of Bluegrass," the Dailey & Vincent duo has been hailed throughout the music industry as one of the most exciting, reputable and elite Bluegrass bands in America. They have received numerous awards and nominations for their uniquely contagious and riveting music, including:  three GRAMMY nominations, 14 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards (including three Entertainer of the Year Awards, three Vocal Group of the Year Awards and one Album of the Year Award) and four Dove Awards (including the Bluegrass Album of the Year Award and Bluegrass Song of the Year Award.)  

2014 was a record year for Dailey & Vincent with a GRAMMY nomination for Bluegrass Album of the Year, a first-time performance at Carnegie Hall in June, their Second Dailey & Vincent Festival in Denton, N.C. in September, and their very first headlining cruise (which sold out and set sail February 14, 2015).  

Prior to forming the duo in 2007, both Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent were already seasoned veterans in the Bluegrass world, having garnered great personal success.  A four-time IBMA Vocalist of the Year Award winner, Dailey sang and performed with groups such as Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. Vincent has accumulated five GRAMMY Awards, has been voted Bluegrass Bass Player of the Year four years in a row (2009-20012), and is a former, ten-year band member for the GRAMMY Award-winning Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder. Both have performed alongside famous acts such as Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris and more.  The duo performs over 120 shows per year with an 85% sell-out rate in the United States and presently resides at No. 34 on Pollstar’s “Concert Pulse.”  

Dailey and Vincent will hold their 2016 WaterFest Cruise on Feb. 14-20, 2016.  The cruise to the Western Caribbean will feature performances from Dailey & Vincent, Ricky Skaggs, Jimmy Fortune, and more. The first 200 passengers to register for the cruise will get a free one-day general admission pass to the Third Annual Dailey & Vincent LandFest (Sept. 17-19, 2015 in Denton, N.C.).  For cruise tickets reservations, call (844) 233-3393.  For more information on LandFest, including performers, ticket information, and more, visit 

About Springer Mountain Farms:

Built on strong family values, Springer Mountain Farms is a Mt. Airy, Ga. based poultry producer that promises the healthiest, most flavorful and top quality chickens on the market. The family-owned business was the first poultry company in America to be certified by the American Humane Association for the humane treatment of chickens. Springer Mountain Farms’ chickens are raised on a pesticide-free vegetarian diet without the use of antibiotics, steroids, growth stimulants or hormones. To learn more about Springer Mountain Farms, visit or mobile at Find us on Facebook, Twitter @springermtnfarm and Pinterest.

About RFD-TV: 

RFD-TV is the flagship network for Rural Media Group, the world’s leading provider of multimedia content dedicated to the rural and Western lifestyle. Reconnecting city with country, RMG is the parent company of RFD-TV, FamilyNet, RFD-TV The Magazine, and RFD-TV The Theatre. Launched in December 2000, RFD-TV is the nation’s first 24-hour television network featuring programming focused on the agribusiness, equine and the rural lifestyle. Along with traditional country music and entertainment, RFD-TV programming includes Market Day Report, Rural Evening News, Western Sports Weekly, top rodeo events such as The American, and award-winning musical entertainment such as The Marty Stuart Show, Reno’s Old Time Music, The Molly B Polka Party, and Larry’s Country Diner. For more information, visit



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Heather Blankenship



With Headlining Performances by Platinum Selling Duo Love and Theft
and Texas Music Mainstay Casey Donahew Band
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - (July 2, 2015) – Dubbed by Great American Country (GAC) as one of last summer's Top Tours, Festivals + Rockin’ Road Trips, the Second Annual Buckin Wild Music Fest returns to the Lost Creek Ranch and Arena on historic Route 66 west of Erick, Oklahoma, adding a third night to the party July 16-18.
Capturing the hearts of fans all over Western Oklahoma, the Texas Panhandle and beyond, with more than 3,000 in attendance last year, the highly anticipated festival remains one of the first and only festivals in the area to combine live Country and Red Dirt music, bull riding, camping, and much more. Many avid festival-goers have already staked out their campsites from last year, claiming Buckin Wild Music Fest as their own new summer tradition. 
“What happened last year validated our vision for The Buckin Wild Music Fest,” said Donny G. Liles, the festival’s founder and producer, and Managing Partner of ALL Entertainment LLC.  “We had great artists who delivered fantastic entertainment, but we kept the focus on the people they were entertaining. That’s why it worked. We kept it real.”  
The All-American, home-grown festival is proud to announce 16 acts in its 2015 line-up. Topping the list again this year is platinum-selling duo Love and Theft, set to perform on the main stage Saturday night. The CMA, ACM and CMT nominated duo’s latest single, “Whiskey on My Breath,” is a current mainstay on Sirius XM's “The Highway,” and the Grand Ole Opry stage in Nashville, in hot pursuit of another #1 spot on the Billboard charts, following their 2013 #1 hit “Angel Eyes.”
Friday night also brings a fired-up roster with headliner Texas Music Mainstay Casey Donahew Band, whose high-energy, leave-it-all-on-the-stage throw-downs and latest album, “Standoff,” which debuted a #1 on the Country iTunes chart, have propelled them onto the national music scene. Other hit makers to perform include Trent Tomlinson, American Young, Tyler Wilhelm, JW Lane and County Road X, Tommy Gallagher Band, Elaina Kay, Sarah Dunn Band, Steve Brack, a Few Dollars More, Kaitlyn Butts, Troy Cartwright, Boone Cook and the Remains, Ethan Stedman, Shep and Tear Stained Eye and more well-loved local area artists. Following the artists' performances on Friday and Saturday, there will be a Post-Show Artist Jam led by American Young outside on the main stage. 
Kicking off the festival, Thursday night will offer a FREE Artist Acoustic Showcase to all festival ticket holders. The showcase will create an intimate setting of hay bale seating inside the arena for casual acoustic performances by festival artists who will swap songs and share the stories behind them. “This is part of what makes Buckin Wild unique, the connection among the artists and the fans.  On or off the stage, everyone has a great time,” said festival founder and producer, Donny G. Liles.
Friday night's Lost Creek Invitational Bull Riding Competition is sure to kick up the dust with top-notch riders and bulls on the PBR (Professional Bull Riders Association circuit competing for the $20,000 pay out.
The Buckin Wild Music Fest is proud to team up with the Cystic Fibrosis Oklahoma Chapter once again in 2015, hosting numerous fund raising activities for “adding tomorrows.”
The laid back, friendly atmosphere at the beautiful Lost Creek Ranch will again have both fans and artists treated to down-home, Western-style hospitality and good eats.  This year the Buckin Wild Music Fest has excellent vendors serving a wide range of foods, in addition to a great group of local volunteers and professionals helping.
Tickets and detailed information about the festival are available online at  For updates, follow Buckin Wild Music Fest on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and use #BWMF. 
For more information, call 580.799.5973 or email to
About Love and Theft
ACM, CMA, and CMT-nominated duo Love and Theft, made up of singer/songwriters Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson, first hit the scene with their debut single “Runaway” which landed in the top 10 on the Billboard Country Charts. They followed it up with their #1 platinum hit, “Angel Eyes,” from their self-titled album from RCA Records Nashville. The album also yielded "If You Ever Get Lonely,” “Running Out of Air,” and fan-favorite “Amen.” Celebrated for their distinctive style, sparkling harmonies, and sonic depth, Love and Theft independently released their latest album, “Whiskey On My Breath,” produced by Josh Leo (Alabama) earlier this year, which garnered the attention of, Rolling Stone, Billboard, and more. The title track and latest single, “Whiskey on My Breath,” is a current mainstay on Sirius XM’s “The Highway,” and the Grand Ole Opry stage in Nashville.
About the Casey Donahew Band
In just over 10 years, The Casey Donahew Band has risen from favorites on the local Texas music scene to a nationally popular touring act that consistently sells out venues across the country. From Red Rocks to their regular stomping ground Billy Bob’s, the band burns up stages of all sizes, serving up its own sizzling brand of alt country to its devoted band of eager fans. Donahew has topped the Texas charts time and again with each single, racking up TEN #1 singles throughout the course of his impressive, self-made career. With the help of wife Melinda, he has painstakingly carved out a niche for himself on the country scene and built his career from the ground up, one show at a time. His efforts have pushed him to heights he never could have imagined when he first plugged in on stage at the Thirsty Armadillo bar back in Fort Worth’s Stockyards in the Fall of 2002, and began constructing his own field of musical dreams. The Lone Star favorite now routinely packs venues across the country selling out rooms on a regular basis. Powering those shows are his successful albums, which consistently land at the top of the iTunes sales charts as well as songs on the Texas radio charts.  Donahew has released four independent albums to critical and commercial acclaim.  His 2011 release, DOUBLE WIDE DREAM, debuted at #2 on the ITunes Country Chart and #10 on the Billboard Country Chart and spawned three #1 singles: the title track, “ Double Wide Dream,” “Let’s Not Say Goodbye Again,”  and “One Star Flag.” Casey’s latest CD, STANDOFF, quickly topped the iTunes Country Chart at #1 upon its release and also hit the Overall iTunes Chart in the #8 position.  STANDOFF has also yielded four #1 radio singles “Whiskey Baby,” “Small Town Love,” “Lovin’ Out of Control,” which is Donahew’s fastest rising single to date, and the most recent #1, “Not Ready To Say Goodnight.”



Corpus Christi Hooks' Theme Song by O'Toole Now Availible on iTunes
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - As the 4th of July holiday approaches and Rich O'Toole's latest single, "Talk About the Weather," cruises to the top ten on the Texas Regional Radio Charts, the Texas Music Mainstay gives a patriotic performance for Senator Ted Cruz's rally in Houston, Texas, yesterday afternoon. Following Sen. Cruz's speech about putting out fires in America, O'Toole kicked off his set with his rendition of "The Fireman" by George Strait. The performance continued with his hot new single, "Talk about the Weather," along with his other Texas Radio Chart toppers. "It was an honor to play for Senator Cruz at his rally in my hometown of Houston. We share similar values, and I wish him the best of luck in his campaign," says O'Toole after the successful rally.
O'Toole continues to make waves throughout Texas, just in time for the 4th of July holiday, with the release of Corpus Christi Hooks' new theme song "I'm Hooked," to iTunes.

The Texas Titan embarks on the "Almost Famous Tour" with Johnny Cooper this summer, following the release of TexMoji, which reached #2 on Top Paid Apps. Teaming up with social media mecca "Sorry I'm Texan," the app features Lone Star staples such as the state flag, some of Texas' beloved beverages, tacos and famous landmarks. "If you enjoy using emojis and you're Texan by birth or by heart, then you'll love using TexMojis," says O'Toole. "So let's get to TEXtin' ya'll!" 

O'Toole will also be returning to Ireland, along with Texas country heavyweights Casey Donahew Band, Bart Crow, William Clark Green and more to bring a little red dirt to the Emerald Isle for the third annual Red Dirt Pub Crawl December 1-8, 2015. With the release of TexMoji, his involvement in Red Dirt Pub Crawl and his 17 Army clothing line, which donates 10% of proceeds to entrepreneurs in the arts, O'Toole is expanding his regional brand globally. 

About Rich O'Toole
Having garnered fourteen top ten hits on Texas radio, over one million plays on Spotify, 100,000 downloads on iTunes and over half a million views on YouTube, Red Dirt Rocker Rich O'Toole is taking the country music scene by storm and making waves across the nation with his new single "Talk About the Weather."
Rich O’Toole has captivated fans with his Springsteen-flavored sound while performing with country music heavyweights Willie Nelson, Dierks Bentley, Eli Young Band, Lee Brice, Randy Rogers Band, The Josh Abbott Band and more.  
After receiving sterling reviews from Country Weekly, The Boot, Taste of Country, and Texas Music Times, it's obvious this Texas Titan has more to talk about than just the weather. O'Toole is expanding his brand and reaching new heights with his latest album "Jaded" and the launch of his new clothing line 17 Army, with a portion of proceeds benefitting entrepreneurial artists. This spring, O'Toole can be found kicking up dust on his Spring Mid-West Acoustic tour.
For more information on Rich, visit




Chase Bryant, JT Hodges and Drake White Included
on First Volume of the Opry’s Artist Discovery Series

NASHVILLE- (June 25, 2015)-- In the midst of its milestone 90th Anniversary celebration, the Grand Ole Opry is launching a series of projects spotlighting the country music careers destined to propel the show toward the century mark. OPRY 9.0, Vol 1: Discoveries From the Circle will be released on June 30 and includes memorable live Opry performances from next generation artists Chase Bryant, JT Hodges and Drake White. More volumes in the 9.0 series are scheduled for release later in the Opry’s anniversary year with featured discovery artists to be announced.  

“Since November 1925 when Opry founder George D. Hay introduced fiddle player Uncle Jimmy Thompson on a new Nashville radio station, the Opry has celebrated new artists making their mark on country music and shaping its future,” said Pete Fisher, Opry vice president and general manager. “Drake, JT, and Chase as well as those to be featured in future 9.0 releases represent a class of artists who’ve stood out to Opry audiences tuned in around the world and have pointed to great things ahead for country music fans and for the Opry.

Each of the artists to be featured on the 9.0 series will make numerous Opry appearances throughout the show’s 90th anniversary year and will be scheduled for Opry Shop in-store appearances in support of the project. Hodges’ next Opry appearance and in-store signing is scheduled for July 10, with Bryant following on July 14. The 9.0 audio project will be supplemented with other artist discovery content on, throughout the Opry’s social media platforms, at live Opry performances, and with the Opry’s country radio partners.  


OPRY 9.0, VOL I: Discoveries From The Circle:

1.         Drake White                It Feels Good

2.         Drake White                Back To Free

3.         JT Hodges                   Locks On Doors

4.         JT Hodges                   Ray Bans

5.         Chase Bryant              Yours Tonight

6.         Chase Bryant              Change Your Name  

OPRY 9.0, Vol I: Discoveries From The Circle, will be available at the Opry’s four Nashville retail stores as well at and all major digital retailers and streaming services. The album was executive produced by Steve Buchanan, President, Opry Entertainment Group, and Fisher

About Chase Bryant:
One of the most celebrated new artists in today’s Country music landscape, 22-year-old Chase Bryant was raised in Orange Grove, TX (pop. 1,200). Bryant’s grandfather played piano for Roy Orbison and Waylon Jennings. His uncles co-founded the chart-topping group Ricochet. Bryant’s guitar-wielding Top 10 debut single “Take It On Back” has reached 2 MILLION combined views on YouTube/ VEVO, spent 15 consecutive weeks on the CMT Hot 20 Countdown and seven weeks on the GAC Top 20 Country Countdown. Internationally, the single was a Top 20 hit in Canada and earned the #1 spot on Australia’s CMC Countdown.

Bryant is crossing the country as part of Tim McGraw’s Shotgun Rider Tour and new single “Little Bit of You” is climbing the Country Radio charts.  Bryant’s debut EP, which he co-produced alongside Derek George (Randy Houser), is available at digital retailers now.

About JT Hodges:
ACM-nominated artist JT Hodges hit the country music scene under Show Dog Universal with his Billboard Hot Country charting debut "Hunt You Down" from his self-titled album in 2011. His follow up single "Goodbyes Made You Mine" raced up the charts and garnered over one million views, while "Sleepy Little Town" spent two weeks at #1 on SiriusXM's The Highway. Hodges' current single, "Ray Bans," off his newly released EP, "Locks on Doors" is currently climbing Sirius XM's The Highway chart.

The piercing blue-eyed Texas native captured hearts of fans across the nation while performing with the likes of  Eric Church, Eli Young Band, Toby Keith and Miranda Lambert. In December 2013 he received rave reviews from The New York Times on his starring performance in the Hallmark Film Finding Christmas, helping to secure the film as the #1 rated movie of the week. His heartwarming rendition of "Joy to the World" from the film was released digitally the same month. For more information about JT Hodges, visit

About Drake White:
Named one of Billboard Magazine’s “Top 10 Country Artists to Watch,” DRAKE WHITE is an accomplished songwriter with a rock-infused, organic country sound and signature foot-stomp. He continues to stun crowds with his incredible live show and soulful voice. Backed by his band The Big Fire, Drake has previously toured with Superstars including Willie Nelson, Eric Church, Toby Keith and more. It is no wonder that the Alabama native was featured in Rolling Stone’s 10 Country Artists You Need To Know. Drake’s new single “It Feels Good” takes a trip down to the Bayou in a fun-loving video. It is currently available on iTunes and he is working on his debut album. In addition to tour dates throughout the summer, Drake will hit the road this fall with Little Big Town. 




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Encino, CA (June 22, 2015) – ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp is in session this weekend in Nashville, Tenn. with campers from around the country participating in a week of activities and excursions around Music City.  The residential camp has the dual purpose of studying Williams syndrome while providing music enrichment through performance and education.

On Saturday, country artist JT Hodges dropped by the famous Wildhorse Saloon to spend time with the campers while they shared stories from the first days of camp and participated in a line dancing session. 

On Sunday, Arista Nashville duo The Swon Brothers dropped by and participated in a karaoke event at Winner’s with the campers and performed their hit “Later On.”

The camp is a partnership between ACM Lifting Lives and Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.

Click here to watch a recap from the Wildhorse Saloon and an interview with JT Hodges.   

EPK link to download footage from the Wildhorse Saloon:

Click here to watch a recap of karaoke and an interview with The Swon Brothers.

EPK link to download footage from karaoke at Winner’s:

Photo #1 L-R: Lorie Lytle, ACM Lifting Lives Board Member and Music Camp Founder; Hannah Martin, Manager, ACM Lifting Lives; JT Hodges; Tiffany Moon, ACM EVP/Managing Director.

Photo #2: JT Hodges interacts with campers at the Wildhorse Saloon during ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp.  

Photo #3: The Swon Brothers pose with campers at ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp.

Photo #4 L-R: Ed Warm, ACM Lifting Lives Vice President; Colton Swon; Zach Swon; Hannah Martin, ACM Lifting Lives Manager

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Media Contacts: 

Jenelle Scott

Academy of Country Music

(818) 815-4218



NASHVILLE, Tenn. - On the heels of the History Channels' "Texas Rising" mini series finale, Texas native Rich O'Toole embarks in a new era of history with the launch of Texas themed custom emoticons: TeXMoji. Ranking #2 on the Top Paid Apps, following strong behind the popular app "Minecraft," the highly anticipated app is now available on all software-updated iPhones through the App Store, with an Andriod version in the works. The new app can be purchased here
Putting the "Tex" in "Texing," O'Toole sent the first text of the Lone Star State flag custom emoticon followed by his favorite Texas inspired cuisine, a taco. O'Toole's brainchild finally came to life with the help of his partner and social media mecca "Sorry, I'm Texan" and app developer Rock Sauce.  CEO of Rock Sauce, Q Manning was beyond excited to get started on the project. "For us, TexMoji was one of those applications we couldn't wait to work on! We're a team of Texans, so getting the chance to show our pride by making something everyone could use was beyond exciting. The TexMojis are big & beautiful, each showcasing what makes Texas such a wonderful place," he said.
The app will feature Lone Star staples such as the state flag, some of Texas' beloved beverages, tacos, and famous landmarks. "If you enjoy using emojis and you're Texan by birth or by heart, then you'll love using TexMojis," says O'Toole. "So let's get to TEXtin' ya'll!"
To celebrate the highly anticipated release of the new TexMoji App there will be a release party held at the Holy Mountain in Austin, Texas on Friday, June 26. The launch party will be offer fans a raffle of Texas themed prizes by many recognizable state icons to show Lone Star State pride.
For user-friendly information such as privacy policy, cutting and pasting and other general custom TexMoji questions, please click here.
Following the release of the TexMoji app, O'Toole continues to make waves throughout Texas with the release of a theme song for the Corpus Christi Hooks baseball team, "I'm Hooked." Not many baseball teams have a theme song, but the Corpus Christi Hooks now do, thanks to Rich O'Toole. "It was such an honor to write the theme song for The Hooks, I'm a giant fan and love the game of Baseball. I was hooked before they ever asked," says O'Toole of the experience.
The is song is slated for a June 19 release through iTunes.



Named One of the Top "10 Artists You Need to See at 2015 CMA Music Fest"

Nashville, TN (June 17, 2015) - Named as one of the top "10 Artists to See at the 2015 CMA Fest", JT Hodges made CMA Fest history with the festival's first ever flash mob during his performance of his new summertime single, "Ray Bans," on the Bud Light Plaza Stage, Saturday, June 13.  Channel 4 WSMV captured the historical moment, which aired on the nightly news.

Kicking off CMA Fest in style, named Hodges as one of country's "Dapper Country Gents" on the Red Carpet at the 2015 CMT Awards among Sam Hunt, Hunter Hayes, Florida Georgia Line and more.

Hodges was honored to participate in City of Hope's Celebrity Softball Game with other country music heavyweights Vince Gill, Love and Theft, Phil Vassar and more. Opry GM and team coach, Pete Fisher, had strong confidence in Hodges, placing him at second base. Hodges jokingly told PEOPLE, "I haven't really prepared, so I'm just going to have to rely on supreme athletic ability." Despite their lost to team iHeart Radio led by radio personality Bobby Bones of The Bobby Bones Show, Hodges kept in good spirits after helping raise over $200,000 to help strike out cancer.

Making his rounds, Hodges gave performances throughout the week at the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman, the Bud Light Plaza Stage and Sirius XM for their Superfan Concert Series, where he left his mark with his trending new single, "Ray Bans," as well as other hits from his recently released EP, "Locks on Doors."

With a memorable performance in an intimate setting at the Sirius XM Superfan Concert Series Show, Hodges left fans wanting more. Al Skope of Sirius XM's The Highway, said on air about Hodges rendition of Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer," "I've been to a lot of music fests. Every music fest has its moment for me that kinda makes the whole week. That was it right there."

Following the CMA Fest, the ACM nominated artist will also be participating in the ACM Lifting Lives® and the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities' 6th Annual ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp, at the Wildhorse Saloon, Saturday, June 20 in Nashville, TN.  Other country music artists participating in the music camp events include Hunter Hayes, Scotty McCreery, The Swon Brothers, songwriter Heather Morgan and songwriter/producer Ross Copperman.

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About JT Hodges:  

ACM-nominated artist JT Hodges hit the country music scene under Show Dog Universal with his Billboard Hot Country charting debut "Hunt You Down" from his self-titled album in 2011. His follow up single "Goodbyes Made You Mine" raced up the charts and garnered over one million views, while "Sleepy Little Town" spent two weeks at #1 on SiriusXM's The Highway. 

The piercing blue-eyed Texas native captured hearts of fans across the nation while performing with the likes of  Eric Church, Eli Young Band, Toby Keith and Miranda Lambert. In December 2013 he received rave reviews from The New York Times on his starring performance in the Hallmark Film Finding Christmas, helping to secure the film as the #1 rated movie of the week. His heartwarming rendition of "Joy to the World" from the film was released digitally the same month. 

For more information about JT Hodges, visit






ENCINO, CA (June 15, 2015) – ACM Lifting Lives® and the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities will partner again for the 6th Annual ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp, June 19-June 23, 2015, in Nashville, TN.  Country music artists Hunter Hayes, JT Hodges, Scotty McCreery, The Swon Brothers, songwriter Heather Morgan and songwriter/producer Ross Copperman have graciously agreed to volunteer their time with the campers at various points throughout the week.


The Camp, a week-long residential program open to individuals with Williams syndrome, talented in music from around the nation, has a dual purpose of studying Williams syndrome while providing music enrichment through performance and education. ACM Lifting Lives funds the costs of the Camp in addition to providing scholarships to several campers, enabling the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center to advance its mission of improving the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families through research, training and service.


Campers will participate in a songwriting workshop and recording session, along with other music-oriented activities, culminating in a live performance on the world famous Grand Ole Opry.


Throughout the week, campers gain invaluable experience through visits from top-tier country music veterans. Prior camps have featured artist visits from Lauren Alaina, Gary Allan, Lee Brice, Kix Brooks, Luke Bryan, Brett Eldredge, JT Hodges, Julianne Hough, Casey James, Chris Janson, Jana Kramer, Lance Miller, Eddie Montgomery, David Lee Murphy, Jerrod Niemann, Jake Owen, LeAnn Rimes, Darius Rucker, Carrie Underwood, Paul Worley, Wynonna, Big & Rich, Little Big Town, Love and Theft, The Band Perry, The Swon Brothers and more. This year’s schedule includes:


Friday, June 19                   Songwriting Workshop with Ross Copperman and Heather Morgan (9:00am-11:30am)                  

Saturday, June 20              Wildhorse Saloon with JT Hodges (5:00pm-7:30pm)                        

Sunday, June 21                 Dinner & Karaoke with The Swon Brothers (5:30pm-7:00pm)    

Monday, June 22               Studio Day at Ocean Way with Hunter Hayes and producer Ross Copperman (9:00am-11:30am)
                                            Bluebird Café with Scotty McCreery (2:30pm-3:30pm)

Tuesday, June 23               LIVE Performance with Hunter Hayes on the Grand Ole Opry.  Tickets for Tuesday evening’s performance are available now at Others scheduled for the Opry that night include Rascal Flatts, Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers, and more.


Media RSVP:       To inquire about covering any of the artist interactive elements listed above, please contact Jenelle Scott at   To learn more about ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp or to receive notifications about admission for 2016, please visit



About ACM Lifting Lives

ACM Lifting Lives® is the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music dedicated to improving lives through the power of music.  Through partnerships with artists and strong ties in the music industry, ACM Lifting Lives develops and funds music-related therapy and education programs, and serves members of the community who face unexpected hardships through its Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund. Through generous donations and the support of artists and fans, ACM Lifting Lives is able to fund everything from disaster relief and helping communities in need, to music education in schools and music camps for those with disabilities, to supporting programs that use music therapy as a means to help our veterans and wounded warriors, while providing grants to help them ease back into life. For more information, please visit


About Williams syndrome

Williams syndrome is a rare genetic condition (estimated to occur in 1/7,500 births) that causes medical and developmental problems. It is associated with an unusual pattern of strengths and weaknesses in linguistic and cognitive profiles, as well as intellectual disability.