Special Guests The Band Perry, Scotty McCreery and Easton Corbin
“The Escape” Plaza Activities Announced
Special Guests on the “Virtual Opry” Stage
Kristen Kelly, Jana Kramer and Love and Theft
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 3, 2012) More dates and details on Brad Paisley’s must-see Virtual Reality World Tour were released today. The tour will pick back up on Fri., May 18 with shows in St. Louis, Indianapolis and Cincinnati that weekend. Continuing on the tour will be The Band Perry and Scotty McCreery with Easton Corbin joining the tour on select dates.
Paisley continues the Plaza fun tradition for the third year with “The Escape” – a fun-filled outdoor plaza area with games, contests, photo ops, food vendors, and performance stage. Continuing with the tour theme there will be a “Virtual Opry” stage that incorporates a futuristic Grand Ole Opry backdrop and signature mic stands. Performing on the stage starting at 5:00pm will be Kristen Kelly, Jana Kramer and Love and Theft. All three artists will be signing autographs immediately following the performances on the “Virtual Opry” stage.
Other elements of “The Escape” include Virtual Reality World Tour Escape the Lawn Lucky Seats Game where fans can win sponsor prizes and ticket upgrades and Air Force Reserves Flight Commander Challenge with fans throwing airplanes through targets for prizes. Activities throughout “The Escape” plaza area include Air Force Reserves mock jet plane photo station, Mossy Oak Camo-Jam Snapshot Station and Camo Cabanas, slip n slide and inflatables. There will be an “Escape” emcee that will be playing games and passing out prizes to the fans. Sea Ray Boats will host an outdoor boat display. More information on “The Escape” and the “Virtual Opry” stage artists and show times can be found at www.facebook.com/BradPaisleyTour or on twitter @BradPaisleyTour.
Select venues will be collecting food for local food banks with one lucky person winning a meet and greet with Paisley.
About Brad Paisley
Country music superstar Brad Paisley is a consummate singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer, which has earned him three GRAMMYs, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards and 14 Country Music Association Awards including Entertainer of the Year for 2010. He has placed 20 singles at the top of the charts. Paisley’s current album, This Is Country Music, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart and is his sixth consecutive studio album to debut as the nation’s country best-seller. He released his first book, Diary of a Player, on Nov. 1, 2011 and was on the New York Times Best Seller list for two weeks. Paisley’s 2011 “H2O II: Wetter & Wilder Tour” played to over one million fans in the U.S. and Europe.
About The Band Perry:
The Band Perry's "modern throwback" style combines classic Country with an eclectic infusion of Rock, Gospel and Soul, all rounded out by perfect three-part harmonies. Their Republic Nashville platinum debut album, THE BAND PERRY, features two Gold-certified hits – #1 love ballad, “All Your Life,” and cheatin’ anthem “You Lie” – as well as their breakout, Quadruple-Platinum, #1 smash, “If I Die Young,” which has sold more copies than any other Country artist in the last 18 months. They debuted their latest offering, the Top 20 “Postcard from Paris,” during one of the most memorable performances of the 2012 ACM Awards, according to USA TODAY. Most recently, The Band Perry has been nominated for the Billboard and CMT Music Awards. Previously they won both the 2011 ACM and CMA New Artist of the Year as well as CMA Award for Single of the Year, while KimberlyPerry was honored with CMA Song of the Year, for penning “If I Die Young.” They have also been nominated for GRAMMY, TEEN CHOICE, AMA and ACA awards. In the midst of their own headlining dates, The Band Perry is appearing as special guests on Brad Paisley's "VIRTUAL REALITY WORLD TOUR 2012." For more on The Band Perry, visit thebandperry.com.
About Scotty McCreery
Since winning Season Ten of American Idol in May 2011, he has quickly emerged as the most successful new country star of the last year. His debut album, Clear As Day, was certified platinum for sales of more than 1 million units in just three months, and he was named No. 1 on Billboard magazine's list of Top New Country Artists for 2011. He won the Academy of Country Music's New Artist of the Year Award in April and New Artist of the Year Award at the American Country Awards in December. He is nominated for two awards — the all-genre Top New Artist and Top Country Album for Clear As Day — at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards, which will be held on May 20. His video "The Trouble With Girls" is nominated for the USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year at the upcoming 2012 CMT Music Awards. Clear As Day debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and Top Country Albums charts, making him the youngest man in history to open at the top of the all-genre chart with a debut release. It also garnered the highest sales of any country solo album released last year and held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for six weeks. The album's first two singles, "I Love You This Big" and “The Trouble With Girls,” have also been certified gold, and his current single is "Water Tower Town."
About Easton Corbin
Mercury Nashville recording artist Easton Corbin is being lauded for his traditional country sound, authentic lyrics and mastery of understatement. USA Today says Easton “is a country music throwback with an easygoing, old-school style.” He is the first country male artist in 17 years to have his first two consecutive singles reach No. 1 -- “A Little More Country Than That” and “Roll With It.” The Gilchrist County Florida native won all of the Breakthrough Artist awards in December 2010 at the American Country Awards – Artist of the Year: Breakthrough Artist, Single of the Year: Breakthrough Artist and Music Video: Breakthrough Artist for “A Little More Country Than That.” Billboard named Corbin as the Top New Country Artist of 2010. His current single is “Lovin’ You Is Fun,” from his forthcoming sophomore album.Visit www.eastoncorbin.com or www.umgnashville.com to learn more about the Florida native.
About Kristen Kelly
Arista Nashville recording artist Kristen Kelly is new on the radio with the irresistible groove of “Ex-Old Man,” a true-to-life song she wrote with Paul Overstreet and the first single from her major label debut album, releasing later this year. With influences spanning country, classic rock, and the blues, Kristen describes her music as “a little more grease than polish,” pairing powerhouse vocals with lyrics that hit home about real life and real emotion. In its debut week at radio, “Ex-Old Man” was already turning heads, marking the first time in Country Aircheck chart history that a new female artist’s debut single topped the most-added list. A Texas native, Kristen co-wrote 7 of the 11 songs on her upcoming album, helmed by nine-time CMA Award-winning producer, Tony Brown. Keep up with Kristen online at www.KristenKellyMusic.com and on Twitter @KristenKelly.
About Jana Kramer
Jana Kramer, the honey-voiced Nashville newcomer, is getting ready to release her self-titled debut album June 5th, 2012 on Elektra Nashville. The album, recorded by multi award-winning producer Scott Hendricks (Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson, Blake Shelton), features Kramer's first single, "Why Ya Wanna." The track has been blazing an impressive trail up the charts at a record pace, already No. 22 on Billboard in just 15 weeks. Meanwhile, the Michigan native and former One Tree Hill actress has sold over 330,000 digital singles to date, including almost 150,000 of "Why Ya Wanna." Kramer was recently named CMT's inaugural "Listen Up" artist, a campaign spanning across the channel and online. She also recently made her Grand Ole Opry debut, performing on the famous stage April 13th. For more information, please visit: www.JanaKramer.com
About Love and Theft
Love and Theft is a bit different from the group that scored a Top 10 hit two years ago with “Runaway.” But the changes that have affected the group—most notably, signing with RCA Records and downsizing to a duo—have actually brought Love and Theft closer to what it originally set out to be: a band that writes, records and performs honest, soulful country music. “Angel Eyes” is the debut single from Love and Theft’s forthcoming self-titled album being released on Tuesday, July 24. “This really feels like a new beginning for us,” says Stephen. Eric adds, “We have a new label (RCA), a new producer (Josh Leo), there are two of us now instead of three, but the core of Love and Theft is still the same and our sound is still driven by harmonies. Love and Theft recently received news of their first CMT Music Awards nomination in the Duo Video of the Year category for “Angel Eyes.”
Virtual Reality World Tour 2012 – “The Escape” Plaza dates in Bold
May 18 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St. Louis, MO
May 19 Klipsch Music Center Indianapolis, IN
May 20 Riverbend Music Center Cincinnati, OH
June 1 Nikon Theatre Jones Beach, NY*
June 2 Comcast Theatre Hartford, CT*
June 3 Comcast Center Boston, MA*
June 9 Wrigley Field Chicago, IL**
June 15 Blossom Music Center Cleveland, OH
June 16 DTE Energy Music Theatre Detroit, MI
June 22 Country USA Festival Oshkosh, WI****
June 23 Chippewa Valley Country Festival Cadott, WI****
June 29 Saratoga Performing Arts Center Saratoga, NY
June 30 Susquehanna Bank Center Philadelphia, PA
July 14 Calgary Stampede Calgary, AB***
July 15 Craven Country Jamboree Craven, SK***
July 21 Cheyenne Frontier Days Cheyenne, WY***
July 25 California Mid-State Fair Paso Robles, CA*
July 26 Sleep Train Amphitheatre Sacramento, CA*
July 27 Shoreline Amphitheatre Mountain View, CA*
July 28 Harveys Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena Lake Tahoe, NV*
August 10 Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Bethel Woods, NY
August 11 Darien Lake Performing Arts Center Darien Lakes, NY
August 12 Walter Baker Park Ottawa, ON****
August 16 BOK Center Tulsa, OK*
August 17 Snowden Grove Amphitheatre Southhaven, MS
August 18 Gexa Energy Pavilion Dallas, TX*
August 24 Time Warner Cable Music Center Raleigh, NC*
August 25 Jiffy Lube Live Washington, DC*
Sept. 13 Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach Virginia Beach, VA
Sept. 14 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte, NC
Sept. 15 Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood Atlanta, GA
Sept. 27 Jacksonville Arena Jacksonville, FL
Sept. 28 1-800-ASK GARY Amphitheatre Tampa, FL
Sept. 29 Cruzan Amphitheatre West Palm Beach, FL
October 4 Ford Center Evansville, IN
October 5 Nationwide Arena Columbus, OH
October 6 Giant Center Hershey, PA
October 11 Verizon Arena North Little Rock, AR
October 12 CenturyTel Arena Bossier City, LA
October 13 New Orleans Arena New Orleans, LA
October 17 Ashley Furniture Home Store Pavilion Phoenix, AZ
October 18 Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre San Diego, CA
October 20 Hollywood Bowl Los Angeles, CA
Support acts will be The Band Perry and Scotty McCreery - unless noted
*The Band Perry and Easton Corbin
** Miranda Lambert, Chris Young, The Band Perry and Jerrod Niemann
*** The Band Perry only
****Brad only – festival date