Support Texas Musicians by Voting in the Ameripolitan Music Awards

For a truly interactive experience, you can also download the free BallotBlaster app to play samples of your favorite nominees using the Dale Watson inspired interactive juke box player. iPhone and iPad users can get the Ballot Blaster app from iTunes. Android users can download the app from Google Play Store. Tap to play and swipe to vote with the BallotBlaster app.

Cast Your Vote!

Here’s how the voting will work this year. The winner will be selected by a combination of the Fan Vote and Judge’s Vote. Fans will get one vote in each category and voting will end on December 30th, at midnight.  We will also have some of our friends from the industry (radio PD’s, professional songwriters, talent buyers, studio musicians, producers, etc…) weigh in and vote as well.  We’ll then take the ranking of the fan vote and the ranking of the judge’s vote, average them together and announce the winners at the beginning of next week!  

-Texas Music Pickers

MULTIPLE GRAMMY AWARD WINNER MIRANDA LAMBERT HEADLINES THE 18th ANNUAL “A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS


MULTIPLE GRAMMY AWARD WINNER MIRANDA LAMBERT HEADLINES
THE 18th ANNUAL “A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS,” ON CBS, AN ENTERTAINMENT SPECIAL CELEBRATING FAMILIES WHOSE LIVES HAVE BEEN CHANGED THROUGH ADOPTION, TO BE BROADCAST FRIDAY, DEC. 23
 


Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Miranda Lambert headlines the 18th annual A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, to be broadcast Friday, Dec. 23 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
 
Miranda Lambert performs “Pushin’ Time” and “Keeper of the Flame” from her recently released and critically acclaimed sixth studio album, The Weight of These Wings, which spent two weeks at Number One on the Billboard Country Album Charts and is currently Number Three. The double album debuted at Number Three on the Billboard Top 200 Chart, which spans all genres. Lambert also performs the heart-warming, “The House That Built Me,” which is the song that earned Miranda her first Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance (her second Grammy win was for Best Country Album for Platinum in 2014).
 
A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS features uplifting stories of adoption from foster care and raises awareness of this important social issue.  At the emotional conclusion of the program, Miranda greets some of the families featured in these stories while “Jingle Bells” plays in the background.
 
The special is presented in association with the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and the Children’s Action Network.  Wendy’s founder, Dave Thomas, who was adopted, established the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption in 1992.  It is dedicated to dramatically increasing the adoptions of children in North America’s foster care system. 
 
The Children’s Action Network was founded in 1990 by leaders in the entertainment industry in order to harness the power of the entertainment media on behalf of children.  The special is a part of CAN’s National Adoption Campaign to raise awareness of the joys of adopting and to find homes for the children who are waiting.
 
The 18th annual A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS with Miranda Lambert is produced by Triage Entertainment and Goldsmith Entertainment. Karen Mack, Stu Schreiberg, Stephen Kroopnick and Marilyn Seabury are the executive producers.  Kelly Brock is the producer, Kimberly Steer is the supervising producer and Mary Donaldson is the coordinating producer.  Mike Simon is directing the special.
 

'Bluegrass Christmas in the Smokies Music Festival' In Pigeon Forge to Benefit Disaster Relief Efforts, Hosted by Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road

'Bluegrass Christmas in the Smokies Music Festival' In Pigeon Forge to Benefit Disaster Relief Efforts, Hosted by Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road

Pigeon Forge, Tenn. (December 2, 2016) -  The annual Bluegrass Christmas in the Smokies Music Festival, will be held December 7-10 at the Ramada Inn & Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Hosted by Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road, the festival brings together many traditional bluegrass and gospel bands for an early Christmas celebration.

James Taylor Added to 94th Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Talent Lineup

TICKET LOTTERY OPENS, OCTOBER 7

 LIGHTING CEREMONY TAKES PLACE DECEMBER 1, TELECAST EXCLUSIVELY ON HALLMARK CHANNEL DECEMBER 5 (7 P.M. ET/PT) AND SIMULCAST ON DIRECTV 4K ULTRA HD

 WASHINGTON (October 6, 2016) James Taylor has been added to the lineup for the 94th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony. Find out who else has been announced so far at www.thenationaltree.org. Taking place on Thursday, December 1, on the Ellipse at President’s Park (White House), the special event wraps the National Park Service centennial year and celebrates the launch of a second century of stewardship. Through a partnership with the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, the National Christmas Tree Lighting will be telecast exclusively on the Hallmark Channel on Monday, December 5, and simulcast on DirecTV 4K Ultra HD. *

 

Free tickets for the 94th annual tree lighting ceremony presented by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation are awarded through an online lottery, which opens tomorrow, October 7, at 10 a.m. EDT and closes at 10 a.m. EDT on Monday, October 10. To enter the lottery, visit www.thenationaltree.org and click the "TICKET LOTTERY" link. Those without computer access may call 877-444-6777 (TDD 877-833-6777) to enter the lottery. Lottery winners will be notified on October 27.

 

Dates to note:

  • Tomorrow, October 7 at 10 a.m. EDT: Free ticket lottery opens
  • October 10 at 10 a.m. EDT: Free ticket lottery closes
  • October 27: lottery winners will be notified
  • December 1: National Christmas Tree Lighting takes place on the Ellipse in President’s Park
  • December 5 at 7 p.m. ET/PT: National Christmas Tree Lighting telecast exclusively on the Hallmark Channel and simulcast on DirecTV 4K Ultra HD

An American holiday tradition started by President Calvin Coolidge in 1923, the National Christmas Tree Lighting is a great example of the countless ways there are to #FindYourPark. Launched in March 2015, Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque is a public awareness and education movement to inspire people to connect with, celebrate, and support America’s national parks and community-based programs. Celebrating the National Park Service Centennial and setting the stage for the Service's next 100 years, Find Your Park invites people to discover and share their own unique connections to our nation's natural landscapes, vibrant culture, and rich history.

Keep up with the National Christmas Tree on Twitter at @TheNationalTree, follow #NCTL2016 on social media, and visit www.thenationaltree.org for more information about the event and its history.

Kyle Park Gets Rowdy in ‘Rednecks With Paychecks’ Video

By Sterling Whitaker

Kyle Park and his rowdy friends aren’t afraid to get a little dirt under their fingernails in his “Rednecks With Paychecks” video. The Texas-based country artist knows how to show his fans a good time, and that’s evident in the clip, which is premiering exclusively via Taste of Country.

The “Rednecks With Paychecks” video was filmed in St. Hedwig, Texas, just outside of San Antonio, and in fact, part of the shoot took place at an actual place called Rednecks With Paychecks Offroad in St. Jo, Texas, a mud bog that also features music and other activities. Park worked with director Paul De La Cerda — who has previously worked extensively with Granger Smith — on the fun-filled video, which includes plenty of pretty country girls, jacked-up trucks, off-roading fun and country music.

Park co-wrote the song with Trent Willmon, whose credits include Little Big Town, Brad Paisley, Eric Church and more. The lyrics appeal to work-hard, play-hard, diehard blue collar Americans.

“We’re just rednecks with paychecks / We’re American made, bona fide blue collar / Working for a dollar, just hoot and holler for the weekend / With some good friends / We’re gonna blow a little dough, do a little livin’ / ‘Cause you can’t take it with you up to redneck heaven,” Park sings in the chorus.

“This is a song for the boys (and girls) who love their toys — jet skis, RVs, jacked-up pickups, huge BBQ pits, etc. Anything with four wheels, a warning label, a throttle or an outboard motor,” Park says. “We all know a few rednecks with paychecks!”

For more information on Kyle Park, visit his official website. “Rednecks With Paychecks” is available for download at iTunes.

Texas Music Fest in Steamboat Releases Line Up

First week in January – Six days, 40 bands, a world-class ski resort – does it really get any better than the MusicFest? The MusicFest draws thousands of ski-lovin’, music-lovin’ folks to the snow swept peaks of Colorado each January.

The largest group ski trip of its kind in the nation, the MusicFest brings the finest Texas and Americana music to the world-class ski resort of Steamboat, Colorado for a week full of sport and song. The festival boasts a stunning roster that includes both legends and rising talents alike.

Dickson Productions has over 30 years of experience as the premier travel package provider. With Dickson Productions working on your behalf, you can hit the slopes and also get tons of music favorites at wholesale prices. All lodging accommodations for the MusicFest are located ski-in/ski-out or within minutes of the mountain base, and participants personally choose all the options.

Pay Attention!

Pay attention now…  Martina McBride & Friends will be at the University of Texas Bass Concert Hall on Sept. 17th for a big show benefitting the fight against Cancer through the Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at St. David’s Healthcare in Austin.

Tickets to the show are going fast but KACQ Radio just happens to have obtained a few of those tickets to give to some lucky people who are paying attention.

Check it out, if you are paying attention between 6:30 and 9AM, and you hear a Martina McBride song, call in fast…the first caller gets a pair of tickets.

So – Pay attention.

WILLIAM CLARK GREEN ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF WILLIAM CLARK GREEN – LIVE AT GRUENE HALL

August 2, 2016 — This afternoon, critically acclaimed road warrior William Clark Green confirms he will release WILLIAM CLARK GREEN – LIVE AT GRUENE HALL on September 23.   A fiery entertainer with swagger in spades, Green is known for selling hard tickets from New York to Denver.   While the concept of a live album can be daunting for many, it was a natural fit for Green who plays over 150 dates a year. A challenge he welcomed with open arms.

When asked why Gruene Hall?  William quickly answered, “Gruene Hall’s history – it’s a blessing to be a part of it. It’s about as rich in Texas music tradition as it gets. Just about everyone has played there, past and present.”  He continued, I’m very fortunate to be part of a record that was recorded there. For them to allow us to do that – I owe them many thanks.”

Many artists have paid tribute to the rich history of venue, by recording live albums in the dancehall, including two that stand out among the pack for Green. “Two of my favorite live records are “Jerry Jeff Walker – Live At Gruene Hall” and “Jack Ingram – Live At Gruene Hall.”

In fact, Jack Ingram lends his vocals to “Goodnight Moon” on the live album.  Other artists featured include Dani Flowers on “Final This Time,” Ross Cooper on “It’s About Time” and Randall Clay on “Ringling Road.”  In all, the album is comprised of twenty-one tracks.  Each filled with Green’s signature smoky vocals delivered with a confidence owned only by the most seasoned touring veterans.

WILLIAM GLARK GREEN – LIVE AT GRUENE HALL adds to the proud Texas tradition of recording live.  Green’s choice to record at the legendary Gruene Hall is sure to enchant Texas music fans who have already made Green a house hold name in the Lonestar State.  The live album is also the follow up to his critically acclaimed Thirty Tigers release RINGLING ROAD.  The album received high praise from the likes of Rolling Stone Country, American Songwriter, and Billboard among numerous others.  Produced by the talented Nashville based treasure Rachel Loy, the album was one of only three albums produced solely by a female to make its debut inside the Top 20 in decades.

His electrifying live shows coupled with a warm, approachable, guy next-door charm have made Green a favorite among fans and critics. Regarded as an up and coming star on the national touring scene, Green will make stops this year in major cities across the nation including: New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston, DC, Indianapolis, Memphis, Nashville, Dallas, Houston, Denver, Los Angeles and Atlanta, among others.

"BOOTS, BIRDS & BIRDIES”

BLOCK PARTY, GOLF TOURNAMENT, & CLAY SHOOT TO BENEFIT BOOT CAMPAIGN TO TAKE PLACE OCTOBER 21-22, 2016 IN PLEASANTON, TEXAS (JUST SOUTH OF SAN ANTONIO)

Lieutenant (Ret.) Morgan Luttrell, U.S. Navy and Boot Campaign Hero Ambassador to Speak at Golf Tournament Celebration

The 2nd Annual “Boots, Birds & Birdies” returns to south Texas with nonstop fun including a BLOCK PARTY FREE FOR MILITARY, CLAY SHOOT & GOLF TOURNAMENT, and HERO DINNER all to benefit Boot Campaign on October 21-22, 2016. Special guest Lieutenant (Ret.) Morgan Luttrell, U.S. Navy and Boot Campaign Hero Ambassador to speak at Saturday night’s Hero Dinner.

Proceeds from Boots Birds & Birdies benefit Boot Campaign, a national 501(c)3 a national military nonprofit dedicated to promoting patriotism for America and our military community, raising awareness of the unique challenges service members face during and post-service and providing assistance for military families of all generations.

Boots Birds & Birdies events include: 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21:
7:30 – Block Party with live entertainment at Kadobe’s Bar & Grill, located at 205 E Hunt St, Pleasanton, TX. Admission is $10 per person and free to all veterans and active duty service members. Special guests include U.S. Navy, Army Ranger, Article 15 CEO and social media influencer Mat Best and Boot Campaign Hero Ambassadors Staff Sergeant (Ret.) Johnny 'Joey' Jones, U.S. Marine Corps EOD, the Lone Survivor Marcus Luttrell, Lieutenant (Ret.) Morgan Luttrell, U.S. Navy and Boot Campaign Hero Ambassador, and many other veterans as well. 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22:
8 -10 a.m. - Birds & Birdies Golf and clay shoot for mulligans located at the Pleasanton Country Club, 1801 McGuffin Dr., Pleasanton, TX 78064.

10:00 a.m. – 3 p.m. - Presented by Always Atascosa Dodge, the golf tournament will follow the clay shooting challenge. Golf teams will play a 4-person best ball tournament. 

7:15 p.m. – Hero Dinner, auction, live music and exclusive presentation featuring Lieutenant (Ret.) Morgan Luttrell will take place at Strawberry Pines located at 1287 W Fm 476, Poteet, TX 78065. 

FRIDAY NIGHT BLOCK PARTY VIP TICKETS, BIRDS & BIRDIES GOLF REGISTRAION AND HERO DINNER TICKETS can all be purchased at www.bootsbirdsandbirdies.com. Tickets are first come first serve.

“I have always felt guilty that so many men and women were sacrificing for my freedom, facing the enemy all over the world. I’m too old and fat to fight, but Pam and I could take the time to offer support and financial assistance,” says John Hughes, Atascosa County resident and event host. "South Texas residents are extremely self-sufficient and amazingly giving of their hearts and their wallets. Boots Birds & Birdies is a perfect family event to show your patriotism, have fun and raise money for our Veterans." 

Event sponsors to date include: Security Services Federal Credit Union, CAM safety, JBR Management, Article 15 Clothing, LeadSlinger Whiskey,Rakowitz Engineering, Atascosa Dodge, Ghost Creek Outfitters, J W Hughes Excavation & Sinor Ranch. For sponsorship information, donating auction items or questions please contact event host John Hughes at jwhughes@jwhughes.com

ABOUT BOOT CAMPAIGN
Established in 2009, Boot Campaign is a national 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to promoting patriotism for America and our military community; raising awareness of the unique challenges service members face during and post-service; and providing assistance to military personnel, past and present, and their families. Retail sales of combat boots, apparel and mission-focused merchandise, general public donations and corporate sponsorships fund programs that support military families. Join the #BootsOn conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @BootCampaign and visit BootCampaign.org to learn more.