ACM winners join Summerfest

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 Luke Bryan, the ACM Entertainer of the Year, will headline the Summerfest music festival on July 3. He will be playing the Marcus Amphitheatre with Thompson Square (ACM Vocal Duo of the Year) and Florida Georgia Line (ACM New Vocal Duo or Group of  the Year and New Artist of the Year). Tickets are on sale now for the 11-day music festival, June 26 to 30 and July 2 to 7. More than 800 acts are scheduled to perform at this event in Milwaukee.

Other headliners include Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean (ACM Male Vocalist of the Year), Rush, Tom Petty, New Kids on the Block, Avett Brothers, Jake Owen, Thomas Rhett, Brantley Gilbert (ACM New Male Vocalist of the Year), Love and Theft, The Eagles, The Mavericks, Styx, Switchfoot, Phil Vassar, REO Speedwagon, Craig Morgan, Kip Moore, Janna Kramer (New Female Vocalist of the Year), Foreigner,  and more. Tickets start at $17 a day or $60 for the whole festival. Details at

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Alan and Denise Jackson were recently honored for their efforts to bring greater awareness to colon cancer. The couple were presented the Colon Cancer Alliance's Sapphire Award. Denise is a colon cancer survivor.

Since December, the Jacksons have donated all proceeds from their recent book, "Seasons of Sweetbriar," which showcases photos of their previous estate, to the CCA. In addition, Alan played to a sold-out crowd at the CCA's annual Stars Go Blue benefit concert in Nashville on March 20. 

With no family history of colon cancer, Denise was diagnosed in 2010 at age 50. The disease is often beatable if detected early through screening.

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Cold River recording artist Katie Armiger was recently invited to become an honorary “Friends and Family” member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. 

Katie, 21, has opened for some of country music's biggest artists including Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Little Big Town, Eli Young Band, Darius Rucker, Josh Turner, Rodney Atkins and Kellie Pickler. She released her current album, "Fall Into Me," this year. It includes the Texas native's current single "Playing With Fire,'" and video, where sparks and flames fly. 

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If you've been to Arby's, Denny's Carl Jr's, Hardee's, KFC, McDonalds, Taco Bell or Wendy's lately, you may have seen country songstress Lisa Matassa. Her video, "Somebody's Baby," is playing to 1,600-plus restaurants through Indoor Direct's Dining Network Quick Service Restaurant Channel through most of April. 

Lisa has opened shows for Dierks Bentley, Leann Rimes, Eric Church, Ronnie Dunn and Lee Brice. She studied opera as a child, but grew up listening to artists including Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn and Johnny Cash. For more about Lisa, visit

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Collin Raye, Mark Wills, Jim Ed Brown, Jan Howard, Eddy Raven and David Ball have provided their support to the HonorOne campaign by recording PSAs to encourage Americans to make a pledge of $10 to the organization, which assists service men and women and their families. For each $10 sent to, the supporter will receive a God Bless the USA Reminder Coin and be part of a patriotic shadow box gift to a wounded veteran. 

Each box is handmade in the U.S. by a disabled worker. One hundred percent of the profits are donated to military charities, including those that provide family and PTSD counseling for soldiers returning from the battlefield. For more info or to support the campaign, visit

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Brad Paisley may be taking some heat for the lyrics to a song he recorded with LL Cool J on his new album "Wheelhouse." A special edition of the CD is available at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, which hit stores yesterday. The release includes three extra tracks. Brad produced this album and wrote or co-wrote all 17 tracks.

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Professor Willie Nelson? Not quite, but the country legend will receive an honorary doctorate of music from the Berklee College of Music on May 11. Also receiving the honorary degree will be Carole King and Annie Lennox. 

The three artists are being recognized for their achievements and influence on music, and their contributions to American and international culture. 

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Meghan Linsey, of the country duo Steel Magnolia, is featured on the debut release of singer/songwriter Cody Belew's single, "Baby, Get Out." Written by Belew, the song is a roller coaster of emotions between two longtime lovers. The song is a relationship journey that asks each to give everything or get out. 

Belew made his worldwide debut on Season 3 of "The Voice" as one of the top eight finalists. His next song, "Say Love," will benefit Heifer International and its efforts to end world hunger.  For more info, visit

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