RED DIRT ROCKER RICH O'TOOLE MAKES TEXAS HISTORY WITH THE RELEASE OF FIRST EVER TEXAS THEMED CUSTOM EMOTICONS

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.

 

COUNTRY ROCKER JT HODGES MAKES CMA FEST HISTORY WITH FIRST EVER FLASH MOB DURING BUD LIGHT PLAZA STAGE PERFORMANCE

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, CMT.com 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 www.jthodges.com.

COUNTRY SUPERSTARS HUNTER HAYES, JT HODGES, SCOTTY McCREERY, THE SWON BROTHERS, SONGWRITER HEATHER MORGAN & RENOWNED PRODUCER ROSS COPPERMAN TO PARTICIPATE IN 6th ANNUAL ACM LIFTING LIVES MUSIC CAMP JUNE 19-23, 2015 IN NASHVILLE, TN

HUNTER HAYES TO WORK WITH CAMPERS IN-STUDIO & PERFORM IN CAMP FINALE AT THE GRAND OLE OPRY ON TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2015

 

TICKETS ON SALE NOW AT OPRY.COM

 

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 www.opry.com. 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 jenelle@acmcountry.com.   To learn more about ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp or to receive notifications about admission for 2016, please visit http://bit.ly/1EQ6li6.

 

 

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 www.ACMLiftingLives.org

 

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.

Multi-Grammy Nominated Duo dailey & Vincent's Alive! In Concert DVD Debuts at #2 on Billboard Music Video Sales Chart Across All Genres Following Foo Fighters

While the Dailey & Vincent - Alive! In Concert CD Holds Strong at #1 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart for Second Consecutive Week
 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Following their CD's #1 debut on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart and #28 on the Billboard Top Country Chart, which has maintained it's spot for the second consecutive week, Dailey & Vincent's first ever live DVD, "Dailey & Vincent - ALIVE! In Concert," debuts at #2 on the Billboard Music Video Sales Chart, following close behind the Foo Fighters' "Sonic Highways."

Featuring almost three hours of performances and documentary bonus footage, the DVD is available exclusively in all 634 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store locations. “I'm very humbled to see our ‘Dailey and Vincent – ALIVE in Concert’ Cracker Barrel Ole Country Store release debut at #1! Thank you to all of you who have bought and believe in us. And huge thanks to  Cracker Barrel, Springer Mountain Farms, and our other supporters ” said Jamie Dailey of the achievement. The CD is also available exclusively at all Cracker Barrel Old Country Store locations and online at CrackerBarrel.com.

The duo kicked off their album launch week at the Grand Ole Opry where they performed favorites off the new album, “Mississippi River,” “Leave my Heart in Tennessee,” and the heart-warming patriotic piece “American Pride,” where they received a standing ovation from the packed house.
 

 
Dailey & Vincent singing "American Pride" at the Grand Ole Opry on April 28, 2015.
©2015 Grand Ole Opry / Photo By: Chris Hollo
 
 
“Dailey & Vincent - ALIVE! In Concert” features15 songs by the "Rockstars of Bluegrass" that were recorded live during a performance at the Hylton Performing Arts Center, located on the Prince William campus of George Mason University in Manassas, Virginia. This the third Dailey & Vincent CD to be released exclusively with Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, following the successful "Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers" and "The Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent" projects. 

The live concert performance made its broadcast debut on presenting station Nashville Public Television (NPT) on Dec. 17, 2014 and generated many contributions to the station. It will be broadcast to more than 64% of the country on public television stations nationwide during the next two years, thanks to the underwriting of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and other sponsors.

 

Nashville Stars Join Together for a Benefit to Raise Fund for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on Thursday, May 14

 
With Performances by JT Hodges, Love and Theft, Trent Tomlinson and More
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Join us for a night of entertainment and generosity, supporting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, by helping raise funds for blood cancer research at the Bourbon Blues & Boogie Bar in Nashville, Tenn. on Thursday, May 14 at 6:00 p.m. with special appearances by:
Jamie Paulin
Justin Wilson
JT Hodges
Trent Tomlinson
Love and Theft

An incredible night of music will highlight the evening of cocktails, hors-d'oeuvres plus live and silent auction items.  Buy your tickets today!
 
Who: JT Hodges
What:The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
When: Thursday, May 14 at 6p.m.
Where: Bourbon Blues Bar & Boogie Bar
Tickets: Tickets can be purched here

 

Multi-Grammy Nominated Duo's First Live Album Debut's at #1 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Dailey & Vincent continue to live up to their title "Rockstars of Bluegrass," dubbed by CMT, as their first ever live album, "Dailey & Vincent - ALIVE! In Concert," debuts at #1 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart and #28 on Top Country Chart it’s first week. The album is available exclusively in all 634 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store locations and online at CrackerBarrel.com.
 “I'm very humbled to see our ‘Dailey and Vincent – ALIVE in Concert’ Cracker Barrel Ole Country Store release debut at #1! Thank you to all of you who have bought and believe in us. And huge thanks to  Cracker Barrel, Springer Mountain Farms, and our other supporters ” said Jamie Dailey of the achievement.
 The duo kicked off their album launch week at the Grand Ole Opry where they performed favorites off the new album, “Mississippi River,” “Leave my Heart in Tennessee,” and the heart-warming patriotic piece “American Pride,” where they received a standing ovation from the packed house.
 
Dailey & Vincent singing "American Pride" at the Grand Ole Opry on April 28, 2015.
©2015 Grand Ole Opry / Photo By: Chris Hollo 
 
“Dailey & Vincent - ALIVE! In Concert” features15 songs by the multi-GRAMMY Award nominated duo that were recorded live during a performance at the Hylton Performing Arts Center, located on the Prince William campus of George Mason University in Manassas, Virginia. This the third Dailey & Vincent CD to be released exclusively with Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, following the successful "Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers" and "The Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent" projects.  

Featuring almost four hours of performances and documentary bonus footage, the DVD version of "Dailey & Vincent - ALIVE! In Concert" will also be available exclusively at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store for a limited time before being made available at other retail outlets.

The live concert performance made its broadcast debut on presenting station Nashville Public Television (NPT) on Dec. 17, 2014 and generated many contributions to the station. It will be broadcast to more than 64% of the country on public television stations nationwide during the next two years, thanks to the underwriting of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and other sponsors.

“It's a sweet celebration today with our #1 position,” said Darrin Vincent. “Thank you to our underwriters: Cracker Barrel, Springer Mountain Farms, the Hylton Performing Arts Center, and the Niswonger Performing Arts Center. I've been very emotional wishing I could share this moment with a couple of hereo's and inspirations in my life, Don Light our first manager and my father Johnny Vincent, who two days after recording ALIVE! took sick and past away a few weeks later. I'm so thankful for all your encouraging words, and support of Dailey & Vincent. And one last thank you to our management team at APEX Entertainment Management for your brilliant talents, and to all of our band members. You are all a tremendous blessing, and to Jamie Dailey my brother, can it get any better.”

©2015 Grand Ole Opry / Photo By: Chris Hollo
Images are provided gratis for journalistic use for one year from date of release in conjunction with coverage pertaining to the event of the photo.  All other uses require express written permission from Grand Ole Opry, LLC.

 

Country Rocker Announces His 2015 Summer Tour and the Upcoming Release of First Ever Texas Themed Emojis

Nashville, TN - As his new single, "Talk About the Weather," rapidly climbs the Texas radio charts with the highest spin increases for the week ending April 24 (+197 on TMC and +184 on TRRR), Country rocker Rich O'Toole announces dates for his 2015 Summer Tour, holding a VIP Bus Bash at each tour stop. For only $20, this unique meet and greet allows fans to mingle and have photo opportunities with O'Toole on his tour bus while recieving exclusive swag including CDs, koozzies and autographed photos. Scheduled to rock the Southwest, the tour kicks off with fellow Texas sensation Bart Crow on May 8 in Little Rock, Ark.

The Texas Titan also proudly announces his upcoming partnership with social media mecca "Sorry, I'm Texan" to launch highly anticipated Texas-themed emojicons: TexMoji. 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. "It's coming soon. Some come on ya'll, let's get to TEXtin'!"  This fun, new app will be available in late May.

O'Toole will 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, 2015With the launch of Red Dirt Pub Crawl ticket sales, TexMoji and his 17 Army clothing line, which donates 10% of proceeds to entrepreneurs in the arts, O'Toole is expanding his regional brand globally. The list of summer tour dates are below, for a full list of tour dates visit Rich's website

Multi-Grammy Nominated Duo's Live CD and DVD Now Available Exclusively in All Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® Locations and CrackerBarrel.com

LEBANON, Tenn. (Apr. 27, 2015) – The first-ever live album from the “Rockstars of Bluegrass,” "Dailey & Vincent - ALIVE! In Concert" is now available exclusively at all 634 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations and online at crackerbarrel.com.  

Featuring 15 songs by the multi-GRAMMY Award nominated duo, Dailey & Vincent - ALIVE! In Concert was recorded live during a performance at the Hylton Performing Arts Center, located on the Prince William campus of George Mason University in Manassas, Virginia. This is the third Dailey & Vincent CD to be released exclusively with Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, following up on the successful "Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers" and "The Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent" projects.  

Also beginning today, the DVD version of "Dailey & Vincent - ALIVE! In Concert" will also be available exclusively at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store for a limited time before being made available at other retail outlets. The DVD features almost four hours of performances and documentary bonus footage.

The live concert performance made its broadcast debut on presenting station Nashville Public Television (NPT) on Dec. 17, 2014 and generated many contributions to the station. It will be broadcast to more than 62% of the country on public television stations nationwide during the next two years, thanks to the underwriting of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and other sponsors.

ACM-Nominated Artist Premieres New Single "Ray Bans" on Sirius XM and Releases New EP "Locks on Doors" to iTunes Today

Nashville, TN - Following the People.com exclusive streaming release of his new single, "Ray Bans," and his third place victory at the annual ACM Lifting Lives Celebrity Golf Challenge in his hometown of Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, ACM-nominated artist JT Hodges announces the release of his highly anticipated EP "Locks on Doors" to iTunestoday. 

 

 
JT Hodges poses with his third place trophy at the ACM Lifting Lives Golf Classic with host Darius Rucker. 
(L-R) CAA’s Darin Murphy, Cody Moore, WME’s Joseph Martin, Darius Rucker, JT Hodges, 21 Guns Management’s Ryan O’Nan

The EP features the infectious summertime single, "Ray Bans," which premiered on SiriusXM's The Highway this morning while Hodges sat down to discuss the EP on Mornings with Storme Warren. "Locks On Doors" includes sure-to-be fan favorites such as "Girls Like It," "Gonna Need A Guitar," and the title track "Locks On Doors." Hodges will later appear on SiriusXM's Happy Hour with Buzz Brainard this Friday, April 24, 2015 beginning at 4 p.m., before heading down to Tin Roof Broadway for his free EP release party at 9:15 p.m.. 

“The EP, 'Locks on Doors,’ is a compilation of songs I’ve always kept close to me. You could kind of say I’ve locked them behind a door, but it was time for these songs to be set free,” said Hodges of the new project. “These songs were me. The production, the music, the arrangements, all represent who I am stylistically as an artist. For the first time I was free to make music instinctively rather than calculated and for the first time every song went beyond what I imagined it could be. I’m proud of that.”

In honor of Earth Day, Hodges releases his eco-friendly EP packaged with a sleeve made of recycled paper and vegetable based inks.

Hodges will conclude his whirlwind week with his return to the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday, April 25, where he will hold an in-store signing of his EP after the performance in the Opry Shop. Transitioning to a more raucous atmosphere, Hodges will kick off the first concert of the season for Whiskey Jam's Outdoor Summer Series onMonday, April 27. The party begins at 7 p.m. in the parking lot of Loser's Bar and Grill in Nashville, TN. Hodges will then take his high energy show on the road, with performances in Chicago, Seattle, Las Vegas, Tampa, Houston and more. View his full tour schedule here

 

 
JT Hodges' "Locks on Doors" EP Industry Listening Party. (L-R) 21 Guns Management's Ryan O'Nan, The Opry's Steve Buchanan, CMT's Leslie Fram, SiriusXM's John Marks, JT Hodges, The Opry's Pete Fisher, Paradigm's Curt Motley

 

ACM-NOMINATED ARTIST JT HODGES RETURNS TO THE GRAND OLE OPRY ON SATURDAY, APRIL 25

With In-Store Appearance and EP Signing Following Performance

 

NASHVILLE, TN - Following the release of his sizzling summertime single "Ray-Bans" and newly released EP "Locks On Doors," ACM-nominated artist JT Hodges will return to the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday, April 25 2015 at 7 p.mDirectly following the performance, Hodges welcomes fans to join him at an in-store appearance at the Opry Shop to sign copies of his new EP "Locks On Doors."

Slated for an April 22 release, the EP will feature the first infectious single, "Ray-Bans," which will premiere on SiriusXM that same day. The EP will also showcase sure-to-be fan favorites such as "Girls Like It," "Gonna Need A Guitar," and the title track "Locks On Doors." The blue-eyed country heartthrob 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 secured 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.

Who: JT Hodges
What: JT Hodges at the Grand Ole Opry and in-store appearance at the Opry Shop
When: Saturday, April 25 2015. Performance at 7 p.m.; in-store appearance at 9:15 p.m.
Where: Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN
Tickets: Tickets begin at $32 and can be purchased at Opry.com

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