** Eric Paslay is trending today as Warner/Chappell Music has signed him to a worldwide publishing agreement. From a label spokesperson, “When [Eric] Paslay’s voice comes on the radio, you immediately know you’re getting ready to hear a song sung with emotion that was crafted by a true artisan.” Congratulations, Eric!
** Carrie Underwood is trending today as she’ll celebrate her decade in the music business with a 10th anniversary CMA Music Festival appearance next month on the 13th, as part of the LP Field Nightly Concerts! She’ll also play the Grand Ole Opry twice on the 9th (she made her Opry debut June 10th, 2005).
** Toby Keith is trending today as his 12th Annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic raised a record $1.2 million last week for the Toby Keith Foundation and its work supporting the OK Kids Korral home for pediatric cancer patients and their families. Top auction items included a week’s stay at Keith’s house in Cabo, which sold twice for $70,000 each, an outing with the PGA’s Anthony Kim ($24,500), and a John Deere Gator ($22,000).
** Club shows featuring Gary Allan, Easton Corbin, Tyler Farr, Sam Hunt, Jerrod Niemann, Eric Paslay, Chase Rice and The Swon Brothers around the country, including Joe’s Bar here at home, have raised nearly $30,000 for ACM Lifting Lives in the last five months. A portion of ticket sales for the events across the country were donated to the fundraising arm of the ACM and will help fund organizations which use music to improve lives.
** Kristian Bush is trending today as he’s teamed with Armed Forces Entertainment for a two-week tour of U.S. military bases in Japan! Before heading to Japan, he kicked it off with a Memorial Day concert on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii on Monday night.