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Dierks Bentley Announces 30-City Spring Tour

Multiple GRAMMY nominee and chart-topping country music star Dierks Bentley is slated to headline the 2011 JÄGERMEISTER COUNTRY TOUR kicking off March 17.  The 30-city tour runs through mid-May and will feature special guest Columbia Nashville road warrior Josh Thompson and brand new A&M/Octone duo Miss Willie Brown.  Each concert will also feature a local Jägermeister sponsored country act.

Pre-sale tickets are available to fan club members through www.dierks.com, while the general public will be able to purchase tickets beginning Jan. 21 and Jan. 28 through Ticketmaster.  The remaining cities will go on sale over the coming weeks.

“It’s a good thing we’ve got a video crew on the road with us capturing everything that goes down,” laughed Bentley.  “Putting my band, Josh Thompson, the Miss Willie Brown girls and a few thousand fans in a Jägermeister sponsored room with loud country music sounds like a pretty solid recipe for a great night!”

“For the brand’s 20th music tour, Jägermeister is bringing top country star Dierks Bentley to the stage to show our dedication and loyalty to country music,” says Bill Henderson, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Advertising at Sidney Frank Importing Company, Inc.  “In addition to this great line-up, Jägermeister is sponsoring over 25 country music acts to open the shows and is looking for more.”

2011 Jägermeister Country Tour Dates:
3/17            Wallingford, CT *
3/18            Sayreville, NJ **
3/19            Atlantic City, NJ **
3/20            Pittsburgh PA **
3/24            Lewiston, ME **
3/25            Poughkeepsie, NY
3/26            Reading, PA            **
3/27            Westbury, NY **
4/1              Los Angeles, CA **
4/2              Las Vegas, NV **
4/6              Houston, TX            **
4/7              Mescalero, NM **
4/13            Asheville, NC
4/14            North Myrtle Beach, SC **
4/15            Melbourne, FL
4/16            Boca Raton, FL                                           
4/21            Mankato, MN
4/22            Sioux Falls, SD
4/23            Clear Lake, IA
4/27            Salina, KS
4/28            Bloomington, IL
4/29            Saint Charles, MO                                                        
5/5              Akron, OH
5/6              Detroit, MI
5/7              Indianapolis, IN
5/11            Augusta, GA
5/12            Charleston, SC
5/13            Norfolk, VA
* Tickets On Sale Jan. 21
** Tickets On Sale Jan. 28

Billy Taylor - July 24, 1921 - December 28, 2010

Dr. Billy Taylor, a Jazz pianist, composer, educator and broadcaster who encompassed that rare combination of creativity, intelligence, vision, commitment and leadership, qualities that made him one of our most cherished national treasures, died in New York on December 28, 2010.  He was 89 and lived in Riverdale, New York.

The cause was heart failure, according to his daughter, Kim Taylor-Thompson.

The distinguished ambassador of the jazz community to the world-at-large, Dr. Billy Taylor's recording career spanned over six decades. He also composed over three hundred and fifty songs, as well as works for theatre, dance and symphony orchestras.

Among his most notable works is "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free", achieving great popularity with Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Nina Simone covered the song in her 1967 album Silk and Soul, and the song continues to be recorded by many artists worldwide, most recently by Levon Helm.

Playing the piano professionally since 1944, he got his start with Ben Webster's Quartet on New York's famed 52nd Street. He then served as the house pianist at Birdland, the legendary jazz club where he performed with such celebrated masters as Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis. Starting in the 1950s, Billy Taylor ked his own Trio, as well as performed with the most influential jazz musicians of the twentieth century.

After many years of recording for leading record labels, in 1989, Taylor started his own "Taylor Made" record label to document his own music, releasing four albums, and in the late 90s, "Soundpost Records," releasing his two final recordings.

Dr. Taylor was not only been an influential musician, but a highly regarded teacher as well, receiving his Masters and Doctorate in Music Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and serving as a Duke Ellington Fellow at Yale University.

He also hosted and programmed such radio stations WLIB and WNEW in New York, and several  award winning series for National Public Radio. In the early 1980s, Taylor became the arts correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning.

Dr. Billy Taylor was one of only three jazz musicians appointed to the National Council of the Arts, and also served as the Artistic Advisor for Jazz to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where he developed one acclaimed concert series after another including the Louis Armstrong Legacy series, and the annual Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival.

With over twenty three honorary doctoral degrees, Dr. Billy Taylor was also the recipient of two Peabody Awards, an Emmy, a Grammy and a host of prestigious and highly coveted prizes, such as the National Medal of Arts, the Tiffany Award, a Lifetime achievement Award from Downbeat Magazine, and, election to the Hall of Fame for the International Association for Jazz Education.

Dr. Taylor's survivors include his wife, Theodora and his daughter, Kim Taylor-Thompson.  A son, Duane, passed away in 1988.

Smack Thompson @ The Fox Theater

Smack Thompson is a rock, funk, jam quartet fresh out of Boulder, Colorado. In the year that Smack has been playing together, they have won many fans with their deeply funky grooves and infectious melodies. Sky King, from Baltimore, Maryland, plays a nasty guitar and engages in a diverse range of appealing vocal styles. Otis Lande, from Boulder, Colorado, is the master of the low end and plays with a precise funkiness. Joe Havens, from Granville, Ohio, lays down funky beats like a metronome wish it could. And Stephen Thurston, from Boulder, Colorado, ties it all together with his virtuosic keyboard playing. You will hear original vocal and instrumental tunes mixed with the finest selection of covers. Come check out a show and get your Thompson Smacked!

Smack Thompson will play the Fox Theater on January 8th, so be sure to check them out.