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BILLY YATES SIGNS ON FOR SECOND SEASON IN BRANSON - February 4, 2017

After a successful run in 2016, Billy Yates announces a return to the hit country music show, RAIDING THE COUNTRY VAULT, this year at the Starlite Theatre on the World-Famous 76 Strip in Branson, Missouri.

The show will once again feature classic country hits, along with fun, educational facts about the songs on giant screens behind the performers, plus a state-of-the-art laser light show like no other in Branson. "I love the fact that we are performing real country music with such an impressive production around us", says Yates, who's background in country music includes 49 featured performances on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, plus an impressive artist career in Europe where he has toured for the past 14 years. "The cast includes some of my Nashville buddies like Michael Peterson, Michelle Poe, and Keith Horne, plus Branson's sweetheart, Melody Hart. These guys all know what country is and do it as well as anyone."

Make sure to come see Billy and the entire cast of Raiding the Country Vault this year. Shows begin on March 9th and run through December 16th. Check the tour dates page to see more details. Order tickets online at www.starlitetheatre.com or call 866.991.8445.

BILLY YATES PROUDLY WEARS PRODUCER'S HAT FOR CHARLEY PRIDE PROJECT - January 16, 2017

Being a producer takes hours and hours in the studio, learning the skills that make you good at what you do.

Billy Yates has spent countless hours producing and making his own records through the years and in the last few years began displaying those skills on other artist's projects, making a number younger, newer artists dreams come to life.

Recently, that hard work began paying off and Billy was asked to produce one of his heroes, the legendary Charley Pride. Yates and Pride have been working long hours, putting together what promises to be some of Charley's best work in many years.

Congratulations, Billy!

Stay tuned for more details on this historic musical project!

BILLY YATES IN BRANSON PRODUCTION, "RAIDING THE COUNTRY VAULT"! - April 12, 2016

(Branson, Missouri) - Country music fans rejoice! Producers of the acclaimed Las Vegas production “Raiding the Rock Vault” will premiere a new show, “Raiding the Country Vault,” at the Mansion Theatre in Branson, MO on Friday, May 6. The new production brings together musicians from country music’s most iconic acts to play a set list featuring the biggest hits of America’s most beloved genre. Tickets for “Raiding the Country Vault” are on sale at www.themansiontheatre.com.

“In ‘Raiding the Rock Vault,’ musicians from famous bands in classic rock recreate the timeless music of an entire generation,” said producer Sir Harry Cowell. ‘In ‘Raiding the Country Vault,’ we’ve carefully selected talented performers and songs that bring the history of country music to life for audiences.”

The impressive lineup of musicians in “Raiding the Country Vault” includes Kent Wells [Guitar] (Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton) who will also act as the show’s Musical Director. Wells is well known for acting as Musical Director and Producer for Dolly Parton for the better part of 15 years. The band lineup continues with: Colt Prather [Lead Vocals and Lead Guitar] (Alan Jackson, Ronnie Milsap), Michelle Poe [Lead Vocals and Bass] (Dierks Bentley, Hank Williams, Jr.), Billy Yates [Lead Vocals and Guitar] (George Jones, Kenny Chesney), and Billboard chart toppers Michael Peterson (From Here To Eternity, Drink, Swear, Steal & Lie) [Lead Vocals and Guitar] and Mila Mason (Dark Horse) [Lead Vocals] (Mindy McCready).

“Raiding the Country Vault” will feature a set list of country music’s most renowned favorites by legendary artists including: Conway Twitty, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Buck Owens, Charlie Daniels Band, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Garth Brooks, Dolly Parton, Dwight Yoakam, George Strait, and many, many more.

“Raiding the Rock Vault,” which premiered in Las Vegas in 2013 to popular and critical acclaim, has the distinguished honor of being the #1 Las Vegas Show on TripAdvisor and each year has been awarded “Best of Las Vegas” by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

“’The great Simon Napier-Bell and I had a vision for ‘Raiding the Country Vault’ for a long time and it’s finally come to fruition,” said Cowell. “The success we’ve seen in Las Vegas with ‘Raiding the Rock Vault’ has been a dream come true and we’re excited to bring ‘Raiding the Country Vault’ to Branson. We’re also thrilled to be working alongside Paul Dexter, our writer, director and production designer from ‘Raiding The Rock Vault’ to help continue our exciting brand.”

The Mansion Theatre, located at 189 Expressway Lane, has undergone a two-year renovation in preparation for the 2016 season. With 3,000 seats, the venue is the largest of its kind in Branson and features an expansive stage. “Raiding the Country Vault” will perform 100 shows in 2016.

BILLY YATES AND RICHARD LYNCH ARE NOMINATED FOR 2016 NEW MUSIC AWARD - January 16, 2016

(Nashville, TN) - New Music Weekly magazine has announced the nominees for the 2016 New Music Awards. The leading radio publication is honoring recording artists, radio stations, programmers, record labels and industry professionals from both the major and independent arena. Industry personnel, radio programmers, subscribers and music fans had a helping hand in the nomination process by digital voting ballot.

In recognition of the success of the duet, “She’s Got Me Drinkin’ Again”, Ohio native, Richard Lynch, along with Missouri born, Nashville based, Billy Yates, celebrate a nomination for best “New Group/Duo”.  Also in the category are A Thousand Horses, Dan & Shay, Old Dominion, and Parmalee.

The annual New Music Awards are given for excellence in music to both recording artist and radio stations, by New Music Weekly magazine. First round nominations are submitted by members of the press, radio, music industry and fans, with the top performing nominees being selected for the final ballot. Voting for the winners is underway now at http://newmusicweekly.com/?page_id=67190.

The record was written and produced by Billy Yates and released on his M.O.D. Record Label.

Learn more about Richard Lynch at www.richardlynchband.com

 

YATES OFFERS "FAVORITES II", TWENTY TWO SONGS FOR $9.99 ONLY AT CDBABY! - December 6, 2015

(Nashville, TN) - "FAVORITES II" is the eleventh record released by award-winning singer/songwriter, Billy Yates, on his own M.O.D. Record Label. This twenty-two song collection offers twenty previously released fan favorites, plus two brand-new, never before heard tracks, "Three Tequila, Floor" and "She's Got Me Drinkin' Again".

If you're looking for that traditional country fix, then look no farther. With songs like "Bill's Barber Shop", "Famous For Bein' Your Fool", "Only One George Jones", and "The Man I Used To Be", you'll why the Nashville based singer is one of the most sought after artists on the European circuit.

Don't hesitate to sample and download your copy of Billy Yates' "FAVORITES II" today, sold EXCLUSIVELY at www.cdbaby.com!

BILLY COMPLETES ANOTHER STRING OF SOLD OUT EUROPEAN SHOWS - July 14, 2015

Billy Yates' "Too Country" tour recently made stops in Holland, Denmark, Switzerland, and in Norway. One of the highlights for Yates was the fact that his fourteen year old son, Grayson and wife, Nancy, accompanied him on the tour. At the first stop in Holland, young Grayson made his European performing debut and received such a warm welcome and made many fans. I'm sure it won't be Grayson's last trip to perform in Europe!

With four shows in just over two weeks, it left the entire family with some time to see the sights and enjoy the trip with a number of European friends. "It's always fun to have the family over with me and for them to meet so many of the friends I've made there over the years," said Yates, who has been touring Europe for the past fourteen years.

Watch for more European tour dates coming up soon, including a UK show on October 1 in England, then on to Spain and France later that same month.

Check out the tour dates page here for details!

BILLY YATES CONTRIBUTES TO GEORGE JONES MUSEUM - April 29, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn (April 28, 2015) – When you visit the newly opened George Jones Museum in Nashville, you’ll not only see Billy Yates’ contribution to George Jones musical legacy through his songs, such as Jones’ 1993 CMA Vocal Event of the Year, “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair” and Jones’ Grammy-Award-Winning, “Choices”, but you’ll also see Yates artistic talents on display.

Having done several art projects, which include a mural on one of George’s tour busses a few years ago, and knowing that Jones always appreciated Yates’ artistic talents, Nancy Jones asked the award-winning singer/songwriter to design all of the outdoor signs for the new museum. “This was a true labor of love for the artists that has done so much for me personally and for my career. It was an absolute honor to design the signs, knowing that it would be the first thing people see as they approach the museum on 2nd Avenue in Nashville,” says Yates, who wrote a total of six songs for the Country Music Legend.

Yates also attended the red carpet grand opening of the new museum along with various friends and admirers of George Jones. Those included, Tracy Lawrence, The Roys, T. Graham Brown, Rhonda Vincent, Danny Shirley (Confederate Railroad), Dierks Bently, Tim Rushlow (Little Texas), Lee Greenwood, Buddy Jewell, Daryle Singletary, Jan Howard, Jeannie Seely, Moe Bandy, Lynn Anderson, among others.

 

COUNTRIEST of the COUNTRY tickets on sale now! - April 9, 2015

The 11th Annual Billy Yates' Countriest of the Country show on June 9th at the new George Jones Museum is selling out fast! Get your tickets today at www.countriestofthecountry.eventbrite.com.

Artists already confirmed are T. Graham Brown, Jimmy Fortune, Jason Crabb, Mo Pitney, Jeff Bates, Buddy Jewell, Jeannie Seely, Teea Goans, Lu Lu Roman, EmiSunshine, John Berry, Emily Brooke, and Grayson Yates, plus guest host, Keith Bilbrey, with "Hit Songwriters in the Round" featuring Buddy Cannon, Whitey Shafer, and Dallas Frazier.

Tickets start at $20.00 and all money goes to Christmas for the Children.

More artists will be announced soon!

HEARTS for the ARTS in Doniphan, MO - April 8, 2015

Get tickets now for Billy's Hearts for the Arts show in his hometown of Doniphan, Missouri. This May 23rd show at the Doniphan High School Gym promises to be a great evening of stories and songs with Country Music Hall of Fame member and former lead singer with the Statler Brothers, Jimmy Fortune. Also on the show is Nashville Star Winner and hitmaker, Buddy Jewell...plus special guest, Jalen Andrews.

Tickets are available online at www.heartsforthearts.eventbrite.com and in Doniphan, MO at Southern Bank.

The show starts at 7pm, doors will open at 6. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

All proceeds go to the Billy Yates Hearts for the Arts Scholarship Fund.

 

STATE OF MISSOURI TO HONOR YATES - January 20, 2015

MISSOURI SET TO NAME HIGHWAY AFTER SINGER/SONGWRITER BILLY YATES

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (January 20, 2015) – The Missouri House of Representatives will convene on January 26th to present a resolution sponsored by Representative Steve Cookson honoring country music songwriter/artist Billy Yates. This past year, the city of Doniphan by Proclamation declared a stretch of highway within the city limits, the BILLY YATES HIGHWAY in conjunction with declaring every fourth Friday of May the City’s official “BILLY YATES DAY”. Representative Cookson has filed legislation to designate the same portion of U.S. Highway 160 in Ripley County the “Billy Yates Highway”.

State Highway 160 is the main motorway that runs through the city. ‘Billy Yates Highway’ will officially be dedicated during a ceremony to be held tentatively on May 23rd in Doniphan. Yates, along with friends, Jimmy Fortune and Buddy Jewell will be on hand and will perform a show that evening at the Doniphan High School Gymnasium to raise funds for the newly established BILLY YATES HEARTS FOR THE ARTS SCHOLARSHIP, which will be awarded each year to a deserving student with plans for a career in the arts.

Billy Yates is a Nashville based singer/songwriter whose songs have been recorded by artists such as George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Sara Evans, Gary Allan, Joe Nichols, Chris Young, John Michael Montgomery, Daryle Singletary, The Oak Ridge Boys, Gene Watson, Rhonda Vincent, and more.

Yates also co-wrote the George Jones classics, “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair” and the Grammy-award winning, “Choices”.

A seasoned entertainer, Billy Yates also tours Europe extensively where his traditional style of Country Music has created thousands of fans who attend his sold-out concerts in almost every European country. He was recently named the ECMA Male Vocalist of the Year. Yates holds the distinct honor of being one of the first American artists to perform in China’s former capital city, Xian. He is also the first American artist to be featured on the popular Irish TV documentary, Opry an luir, and is the first American artist to record in the traditional Irish Gaelic language.

Billy Yates has released ten CD’s on his own M.O.D. Record Label, including his latest release, “These Old Walls” which was released on January 13, 2015.

Learn more about Billy Yates at www.billyyates.com.

December 17, 2014

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BILL CODY TO DEBUT SONGS FROM "THESE OLD WALLS" CD - December 16, 2014

WSM 650AM AND BILL CODY TO DEBUT NEW MUSIC FROM BILLY YATES

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, January 13th and set your alarm for 8:30am CST, then tune in to Bill Cody's "Coffee, Country, and Cody" show on WSM 650AM to hear songs from Billy's new "These Old Walls" CD.

You can listen in online at www.wsmonline.com to hear Bill Cody talk to Billy about his new music and hear, for the first time, cuts from "These Old Walls", which will officially be released that same day.

NEW MUSIC FROM BILLY - December 14, 2014

BILLY YATES ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM, RELEASES NEW EUROPEAN SINGLE

Nashville, TN - Billy Yates has new music coming soon. Today, he announces his new album, These Old Walls, along with the release of his lead European single, “Zeros”. The official release date for the new disc is set for January 13, 2015, with pre-orders available on iTunes as soon as next Friday, December 19th, along with a single download available of the new single, “Zeros”.

The single will be available to European radio presenters via the January HotDisc Rush Released Promo CD to coincide with the release of the full album.

The new twelve song collection offers up some of Yates’ finest work to date, ranging from the Western Swing flavored first single, “Zeros”, to the slow and reminiscent title track, “These Old Walls”.

BILLY IS BACK AT THE GRAND OLE OPRY - September 23, 2014

Billy will once again grace his favorite stage... the stage where all of his musical heroes have stood... the world-famous Grand Ole Opry! This will be Yates' 48th performance on the Opry, counting eleven performance on the Grand Ole Opry's Country Classics shows. Learn more at www.opry.com or listen in online at www.wsmonline.com. Also featured on the show are Vince Gill, Steve Wariner, The Whites, Striking Matches, Connie Smith, Jean Shepard, John King, Amber Digby, Jonathan Jackson, and more!

BILLY IS ADDED TO WHITEY SHAFER FUNDRAISIGN EVENT - September 22, 2014

"That's The Way Love Goes - A Benefit for Legendary Singer Songwriter Whitey Shafer" will be held on October 7th at Nashville's Honky Tonk Central. The show will feature a cast of gifted artists, all singing their favorite Whitey Shafer songs, to honor the man who has influenced so many with his hits, such as, "All My Exe's Live In Texas", "I Never Go Around Mirrors", "Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind", and so many more. The show is produced by Corey Frizzell (Lefty's nephew) and all proceeds will go to Whitey and his family to help offset major medical costs due to recent health issues. The $20 ticket includes performances by Jerrod Niemann, Lee Roy Parnell, Ken Mellons, Daryle Singletary, and more. Tickets are limited and will be available at the door.

DON'T MISS BILLY AND FRIENDS AT PUCKETT'S IN FRANKLIN, TENNESSEE - September 18, 2014

Billy Yates will host an amazing evening of hit songs with Country Music Hall of Famer, Jimmy Fortune, along with guitar virtuoso/singer/songwriter, Eddie Heinzelman at the legendary Puckett's restaurant in Franklin, Tennessee on Saturday, October 4th. Be sure to call now to make reservations for the show and dinner at 615-794-5527. Puckett's is located at 120 Fourth Avenue South, Franklin, TN 37064. There is a cover charge of only $12.

YATES ANNOUNCES SCHOLARSHIP FOR THE ARTS - July 8, 2014

In conjunction with the just announced annual "Billy Yates Day" in Yates hometown of Doniphan, Missouri, Billy has announced his plans for an annual show/fundraiser on or near the proclaimed fourth Friday of each May. The profits from the show will go to a local student planning to pursue a career in the arts. The scholarship will be presented at the end of each school year.

YATES IS HONORED IN HIS HOMETOWN - July 6, 2014

Billy's hometown of Doniphan, Missouri, recently honored the local hero with the unveiling of a sign that will greet all who travel into the city. The sign proudly proclaims Doniphan as the hometown of the International award winning singer/songwriter. The Fourth of July ceremony at Doniphan's River Front Park was also the place where the local Art Guild names Yates as an honorary member. The mayor, Terry Cooper, also presented Yates with a proclamation, naming the fourth Friday of each May as "Billy Yates Day".

FULL LINE UP FOR COUNTRIEST of the COUNTRY SHOW ANNOUNCED - May 19, 2014

Tuesday, June 3rd, the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville will be the place to see 20 of Nashville's finest performers!

Billy's 10th annual COUNTRIEST of the COUNTRY SHOW will feature performances by host, BILLY YATES, along with LARRY GATLIN, COLLIN RAYE, DARRYL WORLEY, T GRAHAM BROWN, JOHN BERRY, JIMMY FORTUNE, RHONDA VINCENT, DARYLE SINGLETARY, MARTY RAYBON, BUDDY JEWELL, JEFF BATES, MANDY BARNETT, JASON CRABB, GARY CHAPMAN, THE DEVIOUS ANGELS, and GRAYSON YATES, plus "Hit Songwriters in the Round" with  MAX T. BARNES, JIM COLLINS, and KENNY BEARD.

Get tickets at the Wildhorse Saloon box office or at www.wildhorsesaloon.com or at http://www.ticketmaster.com/countriest-of-the-country-nashville-tennessee-06-03-2014/event/1B004C58D47FC3AD?artistid=1968575&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=2

 

ANNUAL COUNTRIEST of the COUNTRY SHOW FINDS NEW HOME AT THE WILDHORSE SALOON - January 19, 2014

Billy Yates announces today that his 10th Annual COUNTRIEST of the COUNTRY Show, held this year on Tuesday, June 3rd, will move to The Wildhorse Saloon in downtown Nashville.

For the past eight years the Country Music Fundraiser that many consider to be the best show of CMA Fest has been held at the historical Ernest Tubb Troubadour Theatre. "I am so thankful for David McCormick and his staff at the theatre for allowing us to host the show there each year. I knew that the day would come that we'd outgrow this historical venue and that day is finally hear", says Yates. "After careful consideration, we've decided to take the show from a 350 - 400 seat venue to The Wildhorse Saloon in downtown Nashville where we will be able to accommodate nearly 1500 real country music fans".

The show which proudly promotes the more traditional side of the genre offers up to twenty guests artists. Performers in the past have included, Joe Diffie, Gene Watson, Collin Raye, Doug Stone, Darryl Worley, Jeff Bates, Buddy Jewell, Daryle Singletary, Jimmy Fortune, Rhonda Vincent, Highway 101, The Whites, and Leona Williams among others.

This year's show already includes, Daryle Singletary, Jeff Bates, Buddy Jewell, Julie Roberts, and Jimmy Fortune, with many more artists to be added in the coming weeks.

Tickets are available now at http://www.ticketmaster.com/countriest-of-the-country-nashville-tennessee-06-03-2014/event/1B004C58D47FC3AD?artistid=1968575&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=2. Mark your calendars and tell your friends! Watch for future announcements regarding additional artists!

All profits from the show are donated to 'Christmas for the Children'.

BILLY YATES IRISH TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED - January 6, 2014

The following dates will make up the February Ireland tour with Collin Raye:
 
Wednesday Feb. 19th at The Great Northern Hotel, Bundoran, County Donegal
Thursday Feb. 20th at The Millenium Forum Theatre, Derry City
Friday Feb. 21st at The RDS Main Hall, Dublin
Saturday Feb. 22nd at The Darnley Lodge, Athboy, County Meath
Sunday Feb. 23rd at The Armagh City Hotel, Armagh
Doors Open at 7pm for 8pm Show.
All Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, the venue box office and LCMPromos.com. Anyone wishing to travel, there are Great Accommodation Packages available for all shows - contact LCMPromos at: +353-87-290-9960

YATES TO PERFORM AT BRITISH AWARDS - November 19, 2013

The annual British Country Music Association will host it's annual awards gala this coming Sunday night, November 24th at the beautiful Concord Suite at Heathrow in London. A 'Who's Who' among British entertainers are scheduled to appear, including long-time UK favorite, Charlie Landsborough, plus appearances by Henry Smith, Pete Kennedy and several others.

While Nashville is well represented among nominees that include Vince Gill, Tim McGraw, and Carrie Underwood, among others for International Act of the Year, the only American artist that is scheduled to perform live on the show will be Grammy-Nominated singer/songwriter, Billy Yates. Yates will close the show with an eight song set.

For the last ten years, Yates has carved a niche among country music lovers around the world. He tours extensively in Europe, headlining concerts in nearly every European country imagineable. In addition to his popularity in Europe, the frequent Grand Ole Opry guest performer has also performed in front of sold-out shows in, China and in Japan, where he was asked to perform at the world-renown, Country Gold Festivial in Kumumoto, Japan in 2011.

Yates was recently featured on the Irish TV series, 'Opry an Luir where he was the first American artist to be spotlighted in the popular hour-long special which went into nearly ten thousand homes via the BBC and TG4 channels. The show was hosted by Irish mega-star, Daniel O'Donnell. During the full concert, filmed in the beautiful Newry Hall in Northern Ireland, Yates and O'Donnell performed a duet on the traditional classic, "I Wonder Where You Are Tonight".

Plans are in the works for an Australian tour this coming Summer, plus additional dates all around the UK and in Europe. Watch this site for a formal announcement in the coming weeks.

BILLY EMBARKS ON ANOTHER EUROPEAN/UK TOUR - November 13, 2013

Here are the dates for the upcoming Ireland/England shows:

Wednesday, November 20th - The Red Cow, Morans Hotel, Dublin

Thursday, November 21st - The Riverbank House Hotel, Wexford

Friday, November 22nd - The Darnley Lodge, Athboy, Co. Meath

Saturday, November 23rd - The Berkoff Performing Arts Centre, Old Odiham Rd., Alton

Sunday, November 24th - BCMA Awards show, London, Heathrow

BACK AT THE OPRY - July 24, 2013

Billy will once again grace the world-famous stage of the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday night, July 27th! This will mark well over 50 appearances for him, so be sure to tune in if you can't be there in person. The show starts at 7:00 p.m. CDT / 8:00 p.m. EDT. Billy will be on the portion of the show hosted by Bill Anderson. This will happen at approximately 8:00 p.m. CDT. Get tickets or learn more at www.opry.com or listen live at www.wsmonline.com.

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BILLY TO APPEAR ON LARRY'S COUNTRY DINER - July 21, 2013

Don't forget to catch Billy Yates on RFD-TV's most popular show, Larry's Country Diner, where he'll be the featured performer on the weekly variety show.

The show will air two times: Saturday, July 27th at 10:00 p.m. CDT / 11:00 p.m. EDT, and again on Sunday, July 28th at 6:00 p.m. CDT / 7:00 p.m. EDT.

 

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