RODNEY ATKINS AND RANDY HOUSER JOIN THOMPSON SQUARE

RODNEY ATKINS AND RANDY HOUSER JOIN THOMPSON SQUARE AT
“THIRD ANNUAL JOSIE’S BIRTHDAY BASH”
NOV. 16TH AT NASHVILLE’S WILDHORSE SALOON
All Proceeds to Benefit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Nashville, TN –  Stoney Creek Records’ artist Thompson Square is pleased to announce the addition of platinum-selling singer-songwriter Rodney Atkins and 2011 ACM Top New Solo Vocalist nominee Randy Houser to the bill of the Third Annual Josie’s Birthday Bash,
The annual charity concert, created and organized by husband and wife duo Thompson Square, will benefit children living with Cystic Fibrosis. The event will take place at the legendary Wildhorse Saloon on Wednesday, November 16, and will raise funds and awareness for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The concert will take place from 7:30pm-10:00pm. 
“The country music community is the greatest,” says Atkins. “When Keifer and Shawna called about this event and explained what a great cause it was for, it was an honor for me to say yes.”
“I’m honored to have the opportunity to jump on board to help those undergoing treatment for cystic fibrosis in honor of Josie,” adds Houser. “I know it’s important to Keifer and Shawna, but even more important to all the children living with cystic fibrosis.”
“We’re so grateful to have great friends like Rodney and Randy,” says Keifer. “We know first- hand how hard it is for the families of children who have cystic fibrosis – not to mention how difficult things are for the children themselves.  We’re happy to be able to give back.  This is a cause that’s truly close to our hearts”
Along with star-studded performances, the evening will also feature a silent auction filled with a collection of notable memorabilia beginning when doors open at 6:00 PM. 
Event tickets are currently available at www.wildhorsesaloon.com with general admission starting as low as $17.50 and VIP/meet-n-greet tickets for $100

EVENT DETAILS:
When: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 | 7:30 PM- 10:00 PM | Doors open at 6:00 PM
Where: The Wildhorse Saloon, 120 2nd Ave North, Nashville, TN 
Donation Amount: VIP tickets $100, $45 (reserved main floor and 2nd floor rail seating) $17.50 (GA 2nd and 3rd Floor)  Featuring: Performances by Thompson Square, Rodney Atkins, Randy Houser and more.

ABOUT JOSIE’S BIRTHDAY BASH
The 2011 Josie’s Birthday Bash is an annual charity concert, started by husband and wife duo Thompson Square, to benefit children living with Cystic Fibrosis. The event began three years ago with a simple goal to help a small child in need.  Keifer and Shawna Thompson learned about a close friend’s granddaughter who was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis.  Little Josephine had been sick with pneumonia and hospitalized twice before testing was even suggested for the disease.  Her first diagnosis was asthma.  One week before her second birthday, Josephine was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. 
This chronic disease affects the lungs and digestive systems of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States. 
After hearing of the struggles little Josephine and her family had to overcome, Keifer and Shawna Thompson wanted to do something to help.  For Josie’s birthday, they reached out to their friends in the music community to help make a difference in this small child’s life.  Soon after, the very first Josie’s Birthday Bash was born and was a huge success.  Josie’s Birthday Bash is organized each year by Thompson Square and is near and dear to the duo’s heart.

ABOUT THE CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION
The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a nonprofit donor-supported organization, is to assure the development of the means to cure and controlcystic fibrosis and to improve the quality of life for those with the disease.    The Foundation is the leading organization in the United States devoted to cystic fibrosis. It funds and accredits more than 115 CF care centers, 95 adult care programs and 50 affiliate programs, and more than 70chapters and branch offices nationwide.   For more information about Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, visit www.cff.org
ABOUT THOMPSON SQUARE
One of Country music’s biggest breakout acts of 2011, Stoney Creek Records’ Thompson Square, have earned 12 major awards show nominations in 2011 including an American Music Award nod for “New Artist of the Year,” two CMA nominations for “New Artist of the Year” and “Vocal Duo of the Year” and 7 American Country Awards nominations. The duo’s first single, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not,” reached the coveted #1 spot on both Country radio charts and has sold 1.5 million downloads to-date.  The single is also the most played song of the year on Country radio (Mediabase). “Are You Going To Kiss Me Or Not” spent 5 consecutive weeks at #1 on the Country Digital Soundscan Chart, reached #1 on the Billboard Heat Seekers Chart and was the #1 Country Ringtone for 12 weeks straight.  Additionally, Thompson Square is the only duo to reach #1 on CMT’s Top 50 Artist Chart in 2011. Their current single, “I Got You,” is a Top 10 hit at Country radio.  You can find the dynamic duo on the road opening for multi-platinum country rocker Jason Aldean on his My Kinda Party 2011 Arena Tour.  Thompson Square joins Darius Rucker’s U.S. tour later this fall and joins Lady Antebellum’s We Own the Night 2012 tour in January.  www.thompsonsquare.com

ABOUT RODNEY ATKINS
Platinum-selling singer/songwriter Rodney Atkins has an impressive track record with hitting on sentiments that strike a chord with the country listener: landing six number one hits from his first three albums (“If You’re Going Through Hell,” “Watching You,” “It’s America,” ‘Cleaning This Gun,” “These Are My People,” “Take A Back Road,” and “Farmer’s Daughter,” which quickly skyrocketed to platinum,) and he’s sold over four million singles in the past five years alone. His latest album Take A Back Road hit stores Oct. 4th and features lead single and title track “Take A Back Road,” which has propelled him to even bigger heights with its irresistibly catchy chorus and easygoing, windows-down, breezy summer vibe. It held the No. 1 spot on the Country Billboard charts for two weeks in a row. In 2007, Rodney was named ACM’s Top New Male Vocalist and the same year, he garnered Billboard’s MostPlayed Song of the Year award for “Watching You,” among numerous other award recognitions. Since the start of his success, Rodney has appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Early Show on CBS, Good Morning America, Fox &Friends, CNN Headline News and many more. He is also the national spokesperson for CHEVY Silverado and the National Council for Adoption. For more information on Rodney Atkins, visit www.rodneyatkins.com

ABOUT RANDY HOUSER
Los Angeles Times wrote that Randy Houser adds “grit to the genre” with his 2008 debut album ANYTHING GOES, which positioned the Mississippi-born, soul-drenched country singer and songwriter to become one of the next big artists to emerge in the genre. “Anything Goes” catapulted into the Top 20 after an appearance on Late Show with David Letterman and thefollow-up hit single, “Boots On,” reached Top 5 on Billboard and Mediabase charts.  The album landed Houser nominations at the 2009 CMA Awards and the 2010 ACM and CMT Awards. Houser co-headlined his first tour with longtime pal Jamey Johnson on CMT ON TOUR ‘09 and completed his first USO tour overseas with Johnson and Kellie Pickler in January 2010 before joining Gary Allan on the GET OFF ON THE PAIN TOUR. His new album, THEY CALL ME CADILLAC, was released on Sept. 21, 2010 and was met with praise from The Washington Post and The Boston Globe, among others, naming it a top release of the year.  The album features the hit single “Whistlin’ Dixie” which Houser recently performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Houser was nominated as the Top New Solo Vocalist at the 2011 ACM Awards prior to heading out on the renowned Country Throwdown Tour thissummer with his personal hero, Willie Nelson, and friends. He currently is performing at fairs and festivals around the country. For more information on Randy Houser including upcoming tour stops, please visit www.randyhouser.com.


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