Jerrod Niemann Raises $100,000 for His Charity Thanks to His Pro Rodeo Bull, High Noon

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleJerrod Niemann has raised $100,000 for his Free the Music charity thanks to a prize-winning bull he named after his latest album, High Noon. Jerrod became a Back Seat Buckers Celebrity Stock contractor back in January, and the bull he selected has now gone on to win the 2014 Back Seat Buckers grand prize at the organization's recent championship event at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas.

Jerrod is amazed the bull's success generated $100,000 in prize money for his charity, which supports music education and collects used instruments for children and teens in need.

He says, "I was hoping we'd be able to get in there with High Noon and raise some funds for children and their opportunities to have music as a steady part of their lives, but I didn't realize we could be blessed enough to do so well."

Back Seat Buckers is a bull ownership program created that allows anyone to become a stock contractor and provides care, housing and training for bulls for their first year of competition.

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Kip Moore Gets a Big Honor from His Alma Mater, Valdosta State University

Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleKip Moore could walk away with the New Artist of the Year award at next week's CMA Awards, but he's already received a big honor from his alma mater, Valdosta State University in Georgia.

According to Valdosta Today, Kip is one of five graduates receiving this year's Distinguished Alumni of the Year award from Valdosta State. The announcement was made at the school's Homecoming celebration last weekend, but Kip was not able to attend due to his touring schedule.

Kip will be on hand for the 48th Annual CMA Awards Wednesday, November 5 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Tyler Farr Kicking Off ACM Lifting Lives Club Shows Series in January 2015

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleTyler Farr is kicking off the ACM Lifting Lives Club Shows series with two shows this January. The first one is set for January 9 at Joe's Bar in Chicago, and the second one is happening January 10 at The Rave in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Tickets for Tyler's shows go on sale Friday, and more club dates will be added soon.

Proceeds from each ticket go to the ACM Lifting Lives organization to help people through the power of music. Fans who go to any of the ACM Lifting Lives Club Shows can tweet a picture of their ticket for a chance to win tickets to the sold-out 50th Annual ACM Awards on April 19, 2015 in Texas. Be sure and tag @ACMawards and use #ACMLiftingLivesBenefit in the tweet.

Go to ACMLiftingLives.org for more details.

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Hunter Hayes Saluting the Troops at Monday Night Concert in Nashville

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleHunter Hayes is kicking off CMA Week with a free concert this Monday night outside Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. The show is part of the USO's Every Moment Counts campaign. 

Hunter will help pay tribute to Sergeant First Class Tyler Arnold and his family during his set. Arnold has been deployed six times including stops in Iraq and Afghanistan, which means he's missed quite a few "moments" with his wife and two young daughters. The USO hopes this concert can help create a special memory for them all to share.

Several servicemen and women from Fort Campbell near Nashville will be on hand for Hunter's Monday night concert, too. Dan + Shay and new group The Railers will also perform.

Hunter Hayes is also incorporating the USO's Every Moment Counts campaign into his Tattoo (Your Name) Tour, where invited troops and their families will be honored at every stop on the trek.  You can get involved, too, by downloading the official Hunter Hayes Tour App before they go to the show. Check HunterHayes.com for tour dates.

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Wyatt Smith NFR Party

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Hey Rodeo fans! Giddy up to Billman’s Steakhouse in Ammon this Thursday for a Rodeo party with Cowboy Wyatt Smith! Wyatt is ranked 13th in the world in steer wrestling and is competing in this year’s National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas! Come meet him, get a pic, and an autograph and stick around for […]

Florida Georgia Line Lists Their Biggest Hip-Hop Influences

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line's hip-hop influence is heavy as ever on their new album, Anything Goes, available now. While they're rooted in country music, FGL's Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley have been rap and hip-hop fans since they were kids.

Brian says, " We grew up listening to anybody from Lil’ Wayne, Eminem. Currently, Drake, Wiz Khalifah. ASAP Rocky."

You'll find all those artists on FGL's backstage playlists, too.

Says Tyler, "We do have bus parties, and there’s a lot of rap music that gets played. Hip-hop and country all day and all night, baby."

Look for FGL's new video, "Sun Daze," to premiere on CMT Wednesday.

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