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Super Star Lineup Announced For Ty Herndon’s 2017 Concert For Love and Acceptance!

2017 Concert for Love and Acceptance adds
Mickey Guyton, Dana Goldberg, and Trent Harmon

Ty Herndon partners with CMT and GLAAD for event at Wildhorse Saloon


 Ty Herndon’s 2017 Concert For Love and Acceptance, hosted by Cody Alan, has added more talent to its already stellar lineup.  In addition to Ty Herndon, Billy Gilman, Kree Harrison, Ryan Kinder, Runaway June, Lorrie Morgan, Michael Ray, Street Corner Symphony, and Thompson Square, the concert will also include performances by Trent Harmon, who gained national attention for winning the fifteenth and final season of American Idol, and Capital Nashville recording artist Mickey Guyton.  In addition, critically acclaimed comedian Dana Goldberg is also set to appear, making her Nashville debut.

The event, created to support at-risk youth, is set for Thursday, June 8 starting at 7 p.m. at Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville, Tenn.

In 2015, the Concert for Love and Acceptance was voted one of the Top 10 events held during the CMA Music Festival week.

In 2015, our event sold out weeks before the show,” said Ty Herndon.  “We are looking forward to another great night of music and celebration of love and acceptance.

Herndon created and co-hosted the first Concert for Love & Acceptance alongside GLAAD in 2015, when his 20th anniversary fan club party turned into a coalition of artists gathering in support of Nashville’s at-risk youth. The fundraiser evolved from his desire to foster positive cultural change and encourage Nashville’s youth to live to their fullest potential.

‪For more information on Concert for Love and Acceptance or to purchase tickets, please visit www.TyHerndon.com.




Take A Trip Back to the “Wild West” with Runway June

Country music trio, Runaway June, have just recently released their latest song “Wild West.” Naomi CookeHannah Mulholland and Jennifer Wayne formed the trio after a write together that was formed out of chance and now are a part of Wheelhouse Records.



Runaway June’s debut single “Lipstick” had a successful run on country radio (making the top 25) and they are looking forward to release their debut album in the upcoming future.

Wow what a night Wichita!!!! We are in such a high!!!!!!!! #LoveMeLikeTheWildWest

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“Wild West” Song Review



“Wild West” is a love song that pays homage to the late John Wayne, who just happens to be Wayne’s grandfather. Wayne has always wanted to write a song that included her grandfather and the rest is history. “Wild West” is an organic love song that draws connections to western times when lovers would ride off into the sunset on horseback. The western imagery is prevalent throughout the song with the lyrics describing older times:

Love me like the wild, wild, wild west / Ride me off in the sunset / Outlaws making a run for it / Well come on boy, be my cowboy / Keep me by your side all night / Hold me tight / Like a pearl-handle .45 / And just let me be the whiskey on your breath / Love me like the wild, wild, wild, west


With Cooke at the forefront, her vocals are a blast from the past etching the setting of the song with Mulholland and Wayne providing the echoing harmonies that leaves listeners in a trance. The backing track includes the traditional steel guitar with a fiddle, that perfectly sets the mood of the song and paints the picture that Runaway June sets to create with their lyrics with every stroke of the brush. What is then formed is a masterful piece of art that will have listeners playing the song over and over again. The imagery of the wild west is continued throughout the song:

I wanna feel like we jumped a train to Santa Fe / Like we’re desperadoes, making our getaway / Wanna hideaway on some prairie / Underneath the blanket of stars / And just get lost in your arms

“Wild West” concludes with, “Baby you could steal my heart like Jesse James or go out guns blazing just like old John Wayne.” Overall, “Wild West” is a song that listeners all around will be able to connect with and will be able to feel the emotion throughout. “Wild West” offers a little something for every type of listener, old and young. There is something undeniably special about Runaway June, with vocals that have not been heard in many years, offering a fresh voice to the modern country music scene. Runaway June is forging their sound and presence that will propel them to the top of the charts in the near future. Runway June is a force to be reckoned with and will continue on creating a lot of noise, only intensifying in sound as time goes on.

Watch Runaway June Perform “Wild West”

Additional Events & Superstar Announced For ACM Party For A Cause!






Ticket Packages to be Available for Pre-Sale on Friday, February 17 and 

On-Sale Saturday, February 18 on www.ACMpartyforacause.com


Series of Fan Events To Take Over Las Vegas


ENCINO, CA (February 9, 2017) – The Academy of Country Music® revealed today exciting details including the musical lineup, additional industry and fan events, as well as ticket on-sale dates and hotel codes for The Week Vegas Goes Country®, including the 5th Annual ACM Party for a Cause® – along with the52nd Academy of Country Music Awards™, Country Music’s Party of the Year®, which will broadcast LIVE for the first time ever from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 8:00 PM ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.


This year, ACM Party for a Cause will consist of industry and fan events located at different venues across Las Vegas including a new host hotel, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, and several others from Thursday, March 30 – Sunday, April 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV.

The Academy of Country Music has announced additional events which will add to the all-star lineup for The Week Vegas Goes Country. These newly added festivities will kick-off on Friday, March 31 with the ACM Party for a Cause: Barnival Songwriter Showcase, continue Saturday, April 1 with an ACM Party for a Cause: Tailgate Party presented by Country Rebel at Stoney’s Rockin’ Country, and close out on Sunday, April 2 with ACM Pool Party for a Cause: Rehab at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Each of the festivities for The Week Vegas Goes Country will feature performances by some of the biggest names and hottest new talent in country music including Lauren Alaina, Drew Baldridge, Kelsea Ballerini, Kane Brown, Bailey Bryan, Scooter Carusoe, Brent Cobb, Easton Corbin, Billy Currington, Dan + Shay, Clare Dunn, Russell Dickerson, Lindsay Ell, Seth Ennis, Ryan Follese, Kenny Foster, Ashley Gorley, Walker Hayes, HISH, Ryan Hurd, Chris Janson, Ryan Kinder, Lady Antebellum, Luke Laird, LANCO, Tracy Lawrence, Jackie Lee, LOCASH, Love & Theft, Shane McAnally, Scotty McCreery, Alyssa Micaela, Midland, William Michael Morgan, Kip Moore, Jerrod Niemann, Old Dominion, Jake Owen, Jon Pardi, Eric Paslay, RaeLynn, Michael Ray, John Rich, Darius Rucker, Runaway June, Dylan Scott, Aubrie Sellers, Dee Jay Silver, Chris Stapleton, Michael Tyler, Clay Walker, Aaron Watson, Hailey Whitters, Brett Young and more to be announced!


ACM PROFESSIONAL MEMBER AND ACM A-LIST MEMBER TICKET ON-SALE: Both can purchase tickets beginning at 10:00 AM (PT) Friday, February 17, 2017 by visiting www.partyforacause.com.The pre-sale code will be emailed prior to the on-sale.

GENERAL PUBLIC TICKET ON-SALE: Tickets will go on-sale to the general public at 10:00 AM (PT) Saturday February 18, 2017 at www.partyforacause.com.



6:00 PM                95.5 The Bull’s 9th Annual All-Star Guitar Pull

Location: Red Rock Ballroom, Red Rock Casino Resort Spa

Performers: Lauren Alaina, Jon Pardi, Darius Rucker, Chris Stapleton

10:00 PM             ACM After Party for a Cause at Stoney’s Rockin’ Country

Location: Stoney’s Rockin’ Country

Performers: Alyssa Micaela, Midland, Michael Ray


FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 2017:

7:00 PM                LOCASH with Ryan Follese and Michael Tyler at House of Blues

Location: House of Blues, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino

Performers: LOCASH, Ryan Follese, Michael Tyler


8:00 PM                ACM Party for a Cause: WME Bash at the Beach

                                Location: Mandalay Bay Beach, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino

                                Performers: Jake Owen and more to be announced


8:30 PM                ACM Party for a Cause: Songwriter Showcase presented by AIMP

Location: The Pearl, Palms Casino Resort

Performers: Ashley Gorley, Luke Laird, Shane McAnally, and more to be announced


10:00 PM             ACM After Party for a Cause at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill

Location: Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill, Harrah’s Las Vegas

Performers: Lindsay Ell, Ryan Kinder


10:00 PM             ACM After Party for a Cause at Virgil’s Real BBQ

Location: Virgil’s Real BBQ, The LINQ Promenade

Performers: Bailey Bryan, Kenny Foster


10:00 PM             ACM Party for a Cause: Barnival Songwriter Showcase

                                Location: Mizuya Lounge, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino

                                Performers: Scooter Carusoe, Brent Cobb, Aubrie Sellers, Hailey Whitters



12:00 PM             ACM Party for a Cause: Tailgate Party presented by Country Rebel at Stoney’s Rockin’ Country

                                Location: Stoney’s Rockin’ Country

Performers: Love & Theft, William Michael Morgan, Runaway June, Dylan Scott, Aaron Watson and more to be announced

1:00 PM                ACM Pool Party for a Cause at GO Pool

Location: GO Pool, Flamingo Las Vegas

Performers: Jackie Lee, Jerrod Niemann, Old Dominion, Dee Jay Silver

5:00 PM                ACM Party for a Cause at The Joint

Location: The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Performers: Drew Baldridge, Kelsea Ballerini, Ryan Hurd, Lady Antebellum, Kip Moore, Eric Paslay, Dee Jay Silver, Brett Young


7:00 PM                ACM Party for a Cause at House of Blues presented by CAA

Location: House of Blues, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino

Performers: Lauren Alaina, Billy Currington, Dan + Shay, Seth Ennis


8:00 PM                ACM Party for a Cause: WME Bash at the Beach

                                Location: Mandalay Bay Beach, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino

                                Performers: To Be Announced

10:00 PM             ACM After Party for a Cause at Redneck Riviera

Location: The Grand Bazaar Shops in front of Bally’s Las Vegas

Performers: John Rich, Clay Walker


SUNDAY, APRIL 2, 2017:

12:00 PM             ACM Pool Party for a Cause: REHAB

                                Location: REHAB, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

                                Performers: HISH

8:00 PM                ACM Awards Official After Party at The Joint

Location: The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Performers: Kane Brown, Easton Corbin, Clare Dunn, Dee Jay Silver, Walker Hayes, LANCO, Scotty McCreery and more to be announced

8:00 PM                ACM Awards Official After Party at Park Theater

Location: Park Theater, Monte Carlo Resort and Casino

Performers: Russell Dickerson, Chris Janson, Tracy Lawrence, RaeLynn, Clay Walker, HISH

For more information on the ACM Party for a Cause®, visit www.ACMpartyforacause.com, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter at @ACMparty for more immediate updates!


Variety Beat’s 18 Artists to Obsess Over in 2017

2016 is quickly coming to a close and with that another year of music ends as well. In 2016 we saw many new artists breakthrough such as Maren MorrisKelsea BalleriniBrett Young and Brothers Osborne among others. We will be looking forward to which artists will breakthrough in 2017 and ones we are still gonna be obsessing about. Here is our list (in no particular order) for 18 artists that should be on your radar in the upcoming year.

Brooke Eden


Eden released her debut EP, “Welcome To The Weekend,” this year and is slated to release her full length album later in 2017. Eden has opened for artists such as Alan JacksonDierks Bentley and Tim McGraw to name a few. Eden also made her Grand Ole Opry Debut on November 19th. With Eden’s raw vocal talent and high intensity live shows, Eden is one you will not want to miss in 2017. Eden is also currently scheduled to play at Luke Bryan’sCrash My Playa and at Stagecoach next year.

Notable Songs: “Act Like You Don’t,” “Diamonds” and “Silence Speaks”

Kelleigh Bannen


Bannen has had a whirlwind of an adventure in 2016 with the departure from her record label. However, that did not stop Bannen from having an incredible year and releasing her debut EP, “Cheap Sunglasses” in June of 2016. Bannen currently also runs a blog and podcast  (free on iTunes) titled, This Nashville Life, which gives a behind the scenes look at what it is like being an artist in Nashville. Our Editor was also on the podcast and you can listen to it here! Bannen’s vocals instantly grab your attention and you will be hearing a lot more from her in 2017. Bannen is also currently scheduled to play at Luke Bryan’sCrash My Playa, in January 2017.

Notable Songs: “Cheap Sunglasses,” “Welcome to the Party” and “Once Upon A”

Ryan Hurd


Hurd has had a successful career as a hit songwriter. Writing songs like Blake Shelton’s “Lonely Tonight,” Dierks Bentley’s “I’ll Be The Moon,” and Florida Georgia Line’s “Island.” In 2016 Hurd released some songs of his own on Spotify and is currently working on new music in the upcoming year. Hurd’s unique voice sets him apart from other artists and is making a name for himself. Hurd is currently gearing up for his tour with Maren Morris on select dates and with Thomas Rhett starting in the end of February.

Notable Songs: “Hold You Back,” “Love in a Bar” and “City Girl”

Kalie Shorr


Shorr has had a successful 2016 with her debut single, “Fight Like A Girl,” which received significant airplay on Sirius XM’s The Highway. Shorr is also featured as a Highway Find and earned a spot to play at the CMA Music Festival Kick Off Concert during CMA Fest this past year. Shorr also currently plays every Monday night at Song Suffragettes along with other female songwriters. Shorr has a voice that is grabbing the attention of Nashville and is on the verge of stardom in 2017.

Notable Songs: “Fight Like A Girl,” “He’s Just Not That Into You” and “Break the Breakup”

Carly Pearce


Pearce has been making a big splash in 2016 and is looking to continue the success into 2017. Pearce’s fierce attitude and one of a kind vocals makes her a clear standout from the rest. Pearce was the duo partner on Josh Abbott Band’s song “Wasn’t That Drunk,” which also lead to a live performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live over the summer. Pearce has also been getting significant airplay on Sirius XM’s The Highway with her latest single, “Every Little Thing,” and has opened for artists such as Kelsea BalleriniJosh Abbott Band and Eli Young Band. Keep an eye out for upcoming releases from Pearce in 2017, she is one that you will not want to miss.

Notable Songs: “Blame The Whiskey,” “Wasn’t That Drunk” and “Every Little Thing”

Lindsay Ell


Ell is originally from Canada, but is currently residing in Nashville. Ell is known for her killer guitar playing skills with a strong vocal talent to go along with it. Ell has opened up for artists like Brad PaisleyThe Raging Idiots, and Eric Paslay all in 2016. Ell also shared the stage with Carrie Underwood as a guitar player during Underwood’s performance at the 2016 CMA Awards. Ell released her second single, “All Alright,” this year and she is currently working on a future project that is due out in 2017. Ell will also be opening for Brad Paisley‘s Life Amplified Tour in February.

Notable Songs: “By the Way,” “All Alright” and “Criminal”

Luke Combs


Combs recently signed with Columbia Nashville under the Sony Music Group in October of 2016. Combs released his debut single “Hurricane,” which has been gaining in popularity and reached the Billboard Hot Country Top 40Combs offers a new sound that will have you listening to his debut EP on repeat. Combs is currently gearing up for his opening spot on Brantley Gilbert‘s The Devil Don’t Sleep Tour in early 2017. 2017 is looking to be a huge year for Combs with no signs of slowing down.

Notable Songs: “Hurricane,” “Used to You” and “Memories Are Made Of”

Runaway June


Runaway June is a trio with members, Naomi CookesHannah Mulholland and Jennifer Wayne. Runaway June brings in a new dynamic to country radio that has not been heard since the Dixie Chicks. Runaway June’s debut single, “Lipstick,” recently reached the top 30 at country radio, which is the first time in over a decade that an all-female trio has accomplished this feat. Runaway June also shared the stage with Carrie Underwood at the 2016 CMA Awards. With Cookes on lead vocals and jaw-dropping harmonies, Runaway June creates an organic sound that is unlike any other group. Look for Runaway June to make a huge splash in 2017.

Notable Songs:  “Lipstick,” “Wild West” and “Blue Roses”

Jamie Lynn Spears


Spears first shined with her debut single, “How Could I Want More,” which was released back in late 2013. Spears also released her debut EP, The Journey, in 2014 and her latest single, “Sleepover,” in the summer of 2016. Spears also has had success as a songwriter with Jana Kramer‘s “I Got the Boy,” which entered the top 10 on Country airplay. Spears’ authentic sound and natural songwriting skills creates a fresh Country sound. Spears has been working with some of the biggest songwriters in Nashville and has over 100 songs under her belt. Be on the look out for future releases by Spears in the upcoming year.

Notable Songs: “Sleepover,” “How Could I Want More” and “Run”

Olivia Lane


Lane’s country twang is infused with pop influences to create a distinguishing sound with colorful lyrics to express her life experiences, that sets her apart. Lane released her self-titled EP in the summer of 2016 with the lead single, “Make My Own Sunshine.” Lane has an infectious, bubbly personality that shines while she is on stage. Lane has opened for artists such as Wynonna and Frankie Ballard and she is currently getting ready for her She Fits Tour, which will bring a free concert to lucky contest winners. Lane is constantly in the studio and writing new music for future releases, be on the look out for a full length album in the near future.

Notable Songs: “Make My Own Sunshine,” “Quarter Life Crisis” and “You Part 2”

Russell Dickerson


Dickerson has just recently signed to Sony Music and is gearing up to release his debut single, “Yours,” to Country radio in 2017. Dickerson released his debut EP, Yours, in 2016 which features four songs. Dickerson’s songs have been featured on Sirius XM’s The Highway and his EP debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Heart Seeker Chart. Dickerson has opened for artists such as Florida Georgia LineCanaan Smith and Billy Currington, bringing his high energy stage presence. Dickerson is currently finishing up his first headlining tour and is then heading out on the road on Thomas Rhett‘s Home Team Tour in 2017.

Notable Songs: “Yours,” “Blue Tacoma” and “MGNO”

Courtney Cole


Cole has already gained the attention from female superstar, Miranda Lambert, opening for Lambert on her Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars Tour in 2015. Cole currently has her four song EP, #NoFilter, on Spotify and just released her newest song, “Free.99.” Cole features modern-day production while still producing a natural Country sound that is her own. Cole’s voice is one that you will be hearing a lot more of and be on the look out for new music in 2017.

Notable Songs: “Drunk,” “Loud” and “Fall Like Rain”

Mallary Hope


Some of you may recognize Hope from Darius Rucker‘s previous two albums, being his duet partner on two of songs. Hope was also a co-writer of Lauren Alaina‘s song, “Georgia Peaches” and “The Locket” back in late 2011. Since then, Hope has released some of her own music with her songs “Love Lives On” and “Blossom In the Dust” both reaching the top 50 on the charts. This past year Hope signed with Curb Records and is currently in the process of recording her debut Christian album due out next year. With Hope’s soothing voice with her hitting high notes so effortlessly, it is clear to see why she is one to be on the lookout for in 2017.

Notable Songs: “Love Lives On,” “Blossom In the Dust” and “I Will Love You Still”

William Michael Morgan


Morgan has had his first breakout moment in his career with his debut single, “I Met a Girl,” reaching the #1 spot on the Country Airplay Charts. Along with this, Morgan released his debut album, Vinyl, in 2016. Morgan brings the classic country sound to the mainstream while creating a sound that fans new and old will love. Morgan’s deep lyrically content and life experiences pens together memorable songs that fans alike can relate to. Be sure to keep Morgan on your radar in 2017 as you will be hearing more and more of him.

Notable Songs: “I Met a Girl,” “Vinyl” and “Backseat Driver”

Mary Sarah


Sarah was recently on the season 10 of NBC‘s The Voice, where she reached the top 5 and wowed fans of the show. Sarah also released her debut album back in 2015 and more recently made her Grand Ole Opry debut back on May 31st of this past year. Sarah has the vocal ability to hit any note which is paired with her natural Country sound. Sarah also has the ability to sing songs of the past with ease and add her own spin to those classics, along with modern-day sound. Keep an eye out on Sarah as she is busy in the studio looking to put out new music in 2017.

Notable Songs: “Dress Up This Town,” “More Jack Than Ice” and “There Goes That Memory Again”

Livy Jeanne


Jeanne is Alberta-born singer who has just recently made the move to Nashville this year. Jeanne has had success in Canada with two of her songs charting on Canadian radio charts. Jeanne was also a 2016 CCMA Discovery Program finalist, which is a program that seeks to find the next big country music star. Jeanne released her debut album in 2015 and has worked with hit songwriters such as Phil Barton and Danny Myrick. Jeanne’s effortless and full of life voice, brings in a refreshing sound that keeps fans wanting more. Jeanne is currently working hard on new music that will be out sometime in the near future.

Notable Songs: “I Got Your Number,” “80 Proof” and “Fake It Past Goodbye”

Megan & Liz


Twin sisters, Megan Mace and Liz Mace have recently made the switch from Pop to Country in the past few years and are starting to make a big splash. Megan & Liz are currently featured with My Country Nation and they also work closely with Radio Disney Country. Most recently, Megan & Liz released their second EP in early 2016 along with other singles spread throughout the year. Megan & Liz have also opened for artists like Russell Dickerson on his most recent tour. Megan & Liz bring a dynamic sound to the scene with flawless harmonies that will turn heads wherever they are performing. Megan & Liz are on the cusp of stardom and are well on their way to breakout in 2017.

Notable Songs: “Drive,” “Almost” and “New at This”

Hayley Orrantia


Some of you may be familiar with Orrantia from ABC’s hit comedy, The Goldbergs or from The X Factor where Orrantia reached the Top 9 a part of the group, Lakoda Rayne in 2011. Today, Orrantia has been working with top Nashville producers and songwriters such as Mark Bright and Corey Crowder. Orrantia’s latest single “Strong, Sweet & Southern” was released back in September. Orrantia proves to be someone to keep an eye on with her outgoing personality paired with her crisp and mellifluous voice. Orrantia has been working on her forthcoming EP that is due out some time in 2017.

Notable Songs: “Love Sick,” “Until Then” and “Strong, Sweet & Southern”

With 2017 just around the corner there is no telling what this year will bring. Who will become the next big artist? That question does not have an answer, but what is for certain is that there are an endless amount of artists on the brink of stardom. There is no telling what 2017 can bring to the music scene and the possibilities are endless.

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Interview: Runaway June Talks Their New Single “Lipstick” And The Importance Of Women In Country Music

The dust of CMA Fest may have settled, but the post coverage is just beginning! What a wonderful weekend of seeing so many talented performers and having the chance to talk to some up and coming Country Music Acts!

Here at Variety Beat, we are big fans of Women of Country Music, so it was an honor to chat with a female trio by the name of Runaway June! The trio is made up of Naomi Cooke, who is 1 of 11 siblings (she dishes on what it was like growing up with so many!), Hannah Mulholland, who told us about her cooking blog and Jennifer Wayne who competed on the TV Show, The Amazing Race!


The ladies share how they came up with their group name, their empowering single “Lipstick” (ladies you need a man who will ruin your lipstick, not your mascara- unless it’s for a good reason), their dream tours and why it’s important to have women be heard on Country Radio. Their side of the story needs to be heard after all. Let’s start empowering more female country artists, they sing the words other females connect with!