Friday, October 19, 2012

Inbox Update: Jason Aldean, Austin City Limits

Here are the latest noteworthy news bits plucked from my inbox. Have a great weekend everybody!


Aldean's Fifth Album NIGHT TRAIN In Stores Now
CMA Entertainer of the Year nominee Jason Aldean continues a whirlwind album release week with a major surprise announcement today (Oct. 18, 2012) with the first announced stadium dates planned for his 2013 NIGHT TRAIN TOUR

Aldean kicked off the day at Boston’s Fenway Park with Red Sox EVP/COO Sam Kennedy on hand to announce his July 13, 2013 date, making history as the first country artist to ever play the famed stadium.  He traveled to Chicago’s Wrigley Field this afternoon and was joined by Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts to reveal that his long history of record-breaking Chicago area shows helped catapult him to stadium level headliner for the July 20 tour stop.  The Macon, GA native and lifelong Georgia Bulldogs fan ended the day in Athens, GA by surprising a crowd of UGA students who thought they were attending a pep rally.  When the curtain dropped, Aldean appeared to reveal that he will hold the first ever concert at Sanford Stadium on April 13, 2013.  He was welcomed by football head coach Mark Richt and followed the surprise with a special performance for fans.
"It takes a lot to make me nervous, but walking out of the dugout at Fenway this morning to announce our show there definitely did it," said Aldean.  "It's the kind of moment you dream about your whole career, so I tried to take a minute to soak it up, but it's pretty overwhelming.  It was an incredible day as we went on to Wrigley for that announcement and then finished it up tonight with a surprise performance for the fans at University of Georgia.   It's a day that I'm never going to forget."
Boston, MA – July, 13, 2013
Fenway Park
Support:  Miranda Lambert, Jake Owen, Thomas Rhett
On Sale: Oct. 26, 2012 at 10am ET
Chicago, IL – July 20, 2013
Wrigley Field
Support:  Kelly Clarkson, Jake Owen, Thomas Rhett
On Sale: Nov. 3, 2012 at 10am CT
Athens, GA – April 13, 2013
Sanford Stadium
Support:  Luke Bryan, Jake Owen Thomas Rhett
On Sale: Nov. 2, 2012 at 10am ET
Aldean’s fifth studio album for Broken Bow Records, NIGHT TRAIN, was released on Tuesday (Oct. 16, 2012) to mass critical and fan praise. The album has already produced a record-breaking, multi-week No. one single with “Take A Little Ride,” and comes on the heels of the top-selling country album of last year and reigning CMA Album of the Year MY KINDA PARTY.
Aldean recently earned three Country Music Association Awards nominations for the Nov. 1 show, in the categories of Entertainer of the YearMale Vocalist of the Year and Single of the Year for "Dirt Road Anthem."  Additionally, he has sold out every show on his current MY KINDA PARTY TOUR presented by State Farm®, – often in minutes at the day of on sale – and has broken over 40 venue attendance records.  The tour has gone on to sell an unparalleled 1.9 million tickets and wraps Oct. 27 in Dallas, TX.

For a full list of appearances and more information on NIGHT TRAIN, please visit


Episode Airs October 20, 2012, on PBS Stations

Music legends Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples come together for the first time on Austin City Limits (ACL) in a powerful new episode airing Saturday, October 20, on PBS (check local listings for times). The two incredible artists deliver passionate performances and represent a perfect pairing of blues, soul, rock and R&B. Nine-time Grammy winner Bonnie Raitt returns for her third appearance on Austin City Limits, and legendary soul/gospel singer Mavis Staples makes her ACL debut.

The double-header episode features Raitt and Staples each performing separate sets, before teaming up on the ACL stage for an inspired rendition of Randy Newman's “Losing You.” “Thanks for coming out to see our soul sisters extravaganza tonight,” hails Raitt as the singers join forces for a roof-raising performance of the folk/gospel anthem “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” bringing the audience at the Moody Theater in downtown Austin to its feet.

ACL Executive Producer Terry Lickona says, “What’s not to love about Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples? Bonnie brings more of the same magic she did on her first appearance 30 years ago. Mavis doesn’t have to prove anything, but she delivers the performance of a lifetime, and together they rank as one of ACL’s best shows.”

A true original, Raitt performs tracks from her critically-acclaimed 2012 release Slipstream and a few classics from her remarkable career. “This is worth 40 years on that tour bus, just to feel like this,” says a triumphant Bonnie Raitt from the ACL stage. With Slipstream, Raitt launched her own record label, Redwing Records, and the chart-topping release marks her return to studio recording after a seven year absence.

Called “one of the world's mightiest gospel pop singers” by Time Magazine, Mavis Staples won the first Grammy of her storied career in 2011 for Best Americana Album for her Anti- Records release, You Are Not Alone, produced by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy. Her debut appearance on ACL finds the iconic singer at her most powerful, performing soulful renditions of tracks from the universally-acclaimed Grammy-winning release, as well as songs from The Staples Singers-era.


Bonnie Raitt
Used to Rule the World
Down to You
One Million Miles
You Can't Fail Me Now
Thing Called Love

Mavis Staples
Creep Along, Moses
Wrote a Song For Everyone
You Are Not Alone
Freedom Highway
Losing You (with Bonnie Raitt)
Will the Circle Be Unbroken (with Bonnie Raitt)

Season 38 Current Broadcast Schedule (seven additional episodes/artists to be announced)
October 6, 2012 | Radiohead
October 13, 2012 | Bon Iver
October 20, 2012 | Bonnie Raitt with Mavis Staples
October 27, 2012 | The Shins | Dr. Dog
November 3, 2012 | The Civil Wars | Punch Brothers
November 10, 2012 | ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2012 (Hosted by Jim Lauderdale and featuring performances by Carolina Chocolate Drops, Richard Thompson, Alabama Shakes, Lifetime Achievement Honoree Bonnie Raitt and more)

The complete line-up for the full 13-week season, including seven episodes to air beginning January 2012, will be announced at a later date. Check for additional episode updates.

About Austin City Limits
Austin City Limits (ACL) is a television series on PBS that records and broadcasts original musical performances from exciting new talent and legendary artists of all genres.

Austin City Limits is the longest-running music series in American television history and remains the only TV series to ever be awarded the National Medal of Arts. In 2012, ACL received a rare institutional Peabody Award for excellence and outstanding achievement. The historic KLRU Studio 6A, home to 36 years of ACL concerts, has been designated an official Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Landmark. In 2011, ACL moved to the new venue ACL Live at The Moody Theater in downtown Austin.

ACL is produced by KLRU-TV and funding is provided in part by AMD, Budweiser, the Austin Convention Center Department and Dell. Additional funding is provided by the Friends of Austin City Limits. Learn more about Austin City Limits, programming and history at

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