Country artists take a stand against bullying

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Brian Milson’s breakthrough single, “Nothing Grows in Shadows,” makes a compelling and powerful statement about bullying. It’s available on iTunes and tackles the subject head-on, challenging those who perpetuate bullying and offering support to those who fall victim, before wrapping it up in a verse that makes the subject spine-tinglingly personal about the man who saved his mother’s life. October is National Bullying Prevention Month.

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“I was bullied as a kid,” says the Odessa, Texas-born singer, “and I’m afraid I did a little of it myself, so this song means a great deal to me. The statistics are just horrendous — one out of four kids is bullied.  On any given day, kids just stay home out of a fear of bullying. And 85 percent of the time, there’s no intervention. This is a song that addresses that.”

Milson is making national TV appearances this week to promote the song and video, which can be seen at brianmilson.com.

Also with a bullying prevention song is emerging country singer/songwriter Lizzie Sider, who is traveling to 80 elementary and middle schools in California in an anti-bullying campaign to promote her new song “Butterfly.”

Fifteen-year-old Lizzie wrote the song about her bullying experience and how she overcame the teasing. Her goal is to help kids as a positive role model, having risen above her own ridicule to pursue a career in music. You can hear “Butterfly” at lizziesider.com.

And Morgan Frazier has joined the anti-bullying organization Stand for the Silent by visiting schools in North Carolina and South Carolina. Her new single “Hey Bully” was inspired by her own experience with bullying, which eventually led her parents to remove her from school entirely.

“We must all play a part in educating people of all ages about the devastating effects of bullying,” says the Texan.

According to Stand for the Silent, every 7 seconds a child is bullied in this world, 160,000 kids stay home from school every day due to fear of bullying and 25 percent of high school students in America will actually have a plan to take their own life before they graduate. You can see an acoustic video of “Hey Bully” on youtube.

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NEWLY MARRIED:

 Gloriana’s Tom Gossin married Jamie Moffett Saturday night in Nashville.

 Kelly Clarkson tied the knot with Brandon Blackstock (Reba McEntire’s stepson) in Nashville over the weekend, too.

ENGAGED:

No, these folks are not country, but Kanye and Kim are engaged. But I was thinking of a country matchup with K and K’s daughter North with Randy Houser’s son West .. or maybe not.

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SPEEDY RECOVERY:

Dolly Parton was in a minor accident in Nashville Monday. She tweeted “I am all good … Just a little tired and sore. Resting at home now!”

Dolly heads to Europe in 2014 for a two-month tour, called the Blue Smoke World Tour. Concerts are scheduled for England, Ireland, Scotland, Denmark, Germany and Norway. “Blue Smoke” is the title of Dolly’s soon-to-be-released new studio album.

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WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND:

Just finished reading Douglas Gomery’s “Patsy Cline: The Making of an Icon.” The book published in 2011 but he cites this quote from a 1962 issue of Song Hits magazine:

“‘What is this thing now called country music? …  It is as basic to popular music today as is R&B. Rock is an outgrowth of these two forms.” It offers Patsy Cline as an example of the ‘new’ country music.”

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Ahem … Thompson Square is partnering with Luden’s soothing throat drops in a new multi-media campaign this fall and winter to celebrate “Voices Worth Hearing.” Keifer Thompson said he and wife Shawna used Luden’s all the time.

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Trace Adkins will co-host the American Country Awards with NASCAR’s Danica Patrick on Dec. 10.

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ACM Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan will launch his first tour of 2014 in January. “That’s My Kind of Night Tour” kicks off Jan. 16 in Columbus, Ohio, and will end March 8. Touring with him will be Lee Brice and Cole Swindell.

Luke is nominated for three CMA Awards — Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year and Musical Event of the Year for “The Only Way I Know” with Jason Aldean and Eric Church. The show airs on ABC on Nov. 6. And he has two nominations for the American Music Awards (Nov. 24) — Favorite Male Artist, Country and Favorite Album, Country.

He tells roughstock.com that he recently bagged his first Colorado elk, with a bow. “My hunting season is so busy right now. It’s just kind of whenever I can get out int he foods, I’ll try to get out there,” he tells the country music website.

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Kenny Rogers will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame Oct. 27. But for now he’s celebrating landing in the Top 10 Country charts with Billboard for the debut of his 22nd album, “You Can’t Make Old Friends.” The album debuted at No. 9 and reunites Rogers with Dolly Parton for a new music duet on the title track.

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The 47th annual CMA Awards show will feature a tribute to the late George Jones, featuring George Strait and Alan Jackson. Also scheduled to perform during the show on Nov. 6 are Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Vince Gill, Dave Grohl, Hunter Hayes, Alison Krauss, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Jason Mraz, Kacey Musgraves, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and ZBB.

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