Nashville, TN – Fans of RFD-TV's The American, presented by DISH can stay up to date on all the events taking place in both the Cowtown Coliseum and AT&T Stadium with RFD-TV’s The American Rodeo app! The FREE app is now available for iPhones in the App Store and Android users can access it through the Google Play Store. Get news, athlete info, schedules, alerts and live scoring all week long!
RFD-TV's The American Rodeo app features include:
Customizable schedule so you never miss a moment 
News and social feed with the latest info 
Detailed schedule for both Semi-Finals and the Finals
Fan Zone Schedule
List of all competing athletes which can be sorted by event (Bareback, Saddle Bronc, etc.)
LIVE results and alerts to keep you in the know
Links on how to watch The American LIVE
About RFD - TV
RFD-TV is the flagship network for Rural Media Group. Launched in December of 2000, RFD-TV is the nation’s first 24-hour television network featuring programming focused on the agribusiness, equine and the rural lifestyles, along with traditional country music and entertainment. RFD-TV produces six hours of live news each weekday in support of rural America and is a leading independent cable channel available in more than 50 million homes on DISH Network, DIRECTV®, AT&T U-Verse, Charter Spectrum, Cox, Comcast, Mediacom, Suddenlink, and many other rural cable systems. In addition, RFD-TV can be streamed online via The Country Club at rfdcc.com, DIRECTV NOW, Roku, and Sling TV’s Heartland Extra package. For more information, please visit RFDTV.com.
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About RFD-TV's The American:Taking place at Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium on Feb. 25, 2018, RFD-TV’s The American is the richest single-day event in the history of rodeo. With $2 million on the line, the best athletes in the world will gather in Arlington, Texas to battle for the biggest single paycheck of their lives. The American invites the top athletes from the 2017 PRCA, WPRA and PBR world standings and pits them against underdogs who advance from the American Semi-Finals. If a nationally ranked athlete wins, the prize is $100,000, but if a qualifier from the Semi-Finals – or an athlete who earned an exemption – wins THE AMERICAN, that contestant shares in a $1 million bonus pool. For more information, please visit: www.americanrodeo.com and www.RFDTV.com. Follow us on Twitter: @RFDTVAMERICAN and find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/RFDTVTheAMERICAN. To buy tickets, go to AmericanRodeo.com 



January 26, 2018





Along With Opening Artist Additions



NASHVILLETenn. - Get your cowboy boots ready - "The World's largest Outdoor Rodeo," Cheyenne Frontier Days officially announces the complete lineup for the 2018 Frontier Nights with the addition of Nickelback on July 26 and Toby Keith on July 27. Held at Frontier Park in Cheyenne, Wyoming, July 20-29 “The Daddy of 'Em All,” will feature some of the biggest names in country music.  

Also announced today is the complete list of opening artists. Kicking off the first night of Cheyenne Frontier Nights, breakout artist Michael Ray will join superstar duo Florida Georgia Line on Friday, July 20. Platinum-certified for his single, "Ready Set Roll," Chase Rice will join record-breaking seven-time No. 1 hit-maker Cole Swindell as he headlines on Saturday, July 21. Following two back-to-back nights of Championship Bull Riding, Grammy-nominated singer and co-writer of the most downloaded song by a female country artist since 2015, Cam will take the stage to open for Eric Church on Wednesday, July 25. Dubbed as "one of the most versatile [acts]" Bobby Bones & The Raging Idiots with second generation cowboy Ned LeDoux will both open for newly announced headliner Toby Keith on Friday, July 27. Closing the final Frontier Nights performance alongside Dierks Bentley on Saturday, July 28 will be ACM, CMT and CMA nominee Kip Moore. 

Tickets will be available for purchase on Friday, February, 2 at 9 a.m. MT on www.cfdrodeo.com, the Cheyenne Frontier Days ticket office or by phone at 307-778-7222. 






RFDTV's The American 2018 Invitees Announced

January 3, 2018 -- Made public for the first time on tonight’s edition of “Road to THE AMERICAN,” – the ten invited athletes from each event who will get their chance to compete for $2 million at “the world’s richest one-day rodeo” on February 25!  Here they are:


* Denotes previous AMERICAN Champion or Reserve Champion





Tanner Aus *

Granite Falls, MN

Dakota Eldridge

Elko, NV

Caleb Bennett

Tremonton, UT

Ty Erickson *

Helena, MT

Clayton Biglow

Clements, CA

Scott Guenthner

Provost, AB, Canada

Richmond Champion *

The Woodlands, TX

Olin Hannum

Malad, ID

Mason Clements

Santaquin, UT

Kyle Irwin

Robertsdale, AL

Steven Dent

Mullen, NE

Tanner Milan

Cochrane, AB, Canada

Orin Larsen

Inglis, Manitoba, Canada

Tyler Pearson

Louisville, MS

Tim O’Connell *

Zwingle, IA

Baylor Roche

Tremonton, UT

JR Vezain

Cowley, WY

J.D. Struxness

Appleton, MN

Jake Vold

Ponoka, AB, Canada

Tyler Waguespack

Gonzales, LA




Luke Brown

Morgan Mill, TX

Jade Corkill

Fallon, NV

Charly Crawford

Prineville, OR

Paul Eaves

Lonedell, MO

Kaleb Driggers *

Hoboken, GA

Travis Graves *

Jay, OK

Dustin Egusquiza

Mariana, FL

Joseph Harrison

Overbrook, OK

Chad Masters

Clarksville, TN

Kory Koontz

Sudan, TX

Riley Minor *

Ellensburg, WA

Jake Long

Coffeyville, KS

Coleman Proctor

Pryor, OK

Brady Minor *

Ellensburg, WA

Erich Rogers *

Round Rock, AZ

Junior Nogueira *

Presidente Prudente, Brazil

Clay Smith

Broken Bow, OK

Cory Petska *

Marana, AZ

Clay Tryan

Billings, MT

Billie Jack Saebens

Nowata, OK




Hardy Braden

Welch, OK

Trevor Brazile *

Decatur, TX

CoBurn Bradshaw

Beaver, UT

Tuf Cooper

Decatur, TX

Jacobs Crawley

Stephenville, TX

Marcos Costa

Childress, TX

Sterling Crawley

Stephenville, TX

Shane Hanchey

Sulphur, LA

Brody Cress

Hillsdale, WY

Cooper Martin

Alma, KS

Cody DeMoss *

Heflin, LA

Timber Moore *

Aubrey, TX

Layton Green

Meeting Creek, AB, Canada

Caleb Smidt

Huntsville, TX

Zeke Thurston

Big Valley, AB, Canada

Cory Solomon

Prairie View, TX

Jake Wright *

Milford, UT

Cade Swor

Chico, TX

Ryder Wright

Milford, UT

Marty Yates *

Stephenville, TX




Taci Bettis

Round Top, TX

Eduardo Aparecido

Gouvelandia, GO, Brazil

Ivy Conrado

Hudson, CO

Dener Barbosa

Paulo De Faria, SP, Brazil

Stevi Hillman

Weatherford, TX

Cooper Davis

Jasper, TX

Lisa Lockhart *

Oelrichs, SD

Sage Kimzey *

Strong City, TX

Hailey Kinsel *

Cotulla, TX

Derek Kolbaba

Walla Walla, WA

Nellie Miller

Cottonwood, CA

Jose Vitor Leme

Ribas do Rio Pardo, MS

Amberleigh Moore

Salem, OR

Jess Lockwood

Volborg, MT

Kassie Mowry

Springer, OK

Kaique Pacheco

Itatiba, SP, Brazil

Tillar Murray

Fort Worth, TX

Fabiano Vieira

Pérola, Paraná, Brazil

Tiany Schuster

Krum, TX

Stormy Wing

Dalhart, TX




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December 7, 2017
Frontier Nights® Lineup Announced Live from Las Vegas as WNFR Kicks Off
CFD Montage on Fremont Street during 2016 WNFR

NASHVILLETenn. - In a live announcement made from the Downtown Las Vegas Events CenterCheyenne Frontier Days™ (CFD) announced all but two of the names for the 2018 Frontier Nights®entertainment series. In addition to the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Rodeo, the Championship Bull Riding (CBR) World Finals will return to the arena in 2018.

Tickets will go on sale Saturday, December 16 at 9 a.m. MTSat www.cfdrodeo.com, through the Cheyenne Frontier Days™ Ticket Office, and by calling (307) 778-7222.

Florida Georgia Line, Cole Swindell, Charlie Daniels Band with special guest Tracy Lawrence, Eric Church, and Dierks Bently were announced live, from Las Vegas and live-streamed on the Wrangler Network.

“We are excited about the lineup for 2018,” Contract Acts chairman Scott Fleming said. “We are working on securing the remaining performances and will have a follow-up announcement at that time.”

Championship Bull Riding returns to Cheyenne Frontier Days to crown the 2018 CBR World Champion bull rider with a $100,000 check. Bull riding icon Tuff Hedeman presides over the action matching the best riders to the industry’s best bucking bulls. Six-time World Champion Sage Kimzeybroke all CBR records in 2017 when he won an unprecedented third CBR World title.

Cole Swindell
Florida Georgia Line
Eric Church
Additionally, the 122nd annual “Daddy of ‘em All®” will feature nine days of PRCA professional rodeo that will culminate in Championship Sunday where champions are crowned and legends are made.
There will be hundreds of vendors, a full carnival, artists, food and music that celebrate the history and culture of the American West. 
Night show ticket prices will range from $29 to $71, with daily rodeo tickets costing $20 to $35. A $3 discount is offered on rodeo tickets purchased before July 1.
Fans can upgrade to a Frontier Nights® Fast Pass for early admission to the Party Zone, a voucher for best-available same-day rodeo tickets and a souvenir rodeo program. For a full events schedule and profiles of musical acts, go to www.cfdrodeo.com.   
All tickets concert performances will go on-sale December 16 at 9 a.m. MST. 
Charlie Daniels Band
Dierks Bentley
Tracy Lawrence
 2018 Cheyenne Frontier Days™ Entertainment Schedule:
July 20:                       Florida Georgia Line
July 21:                       Cole Swindell
July 22:                       Charlie Daniels Band with special guest Tracy Lawrence
July 23-24:                  Championship Bull Riding – World Finals 2018 - The Road to Cheyenne
July 25:                       Eric Church
July 26:                       TBA
July 27:                       TBA
July 28:                       Dierks Bentley
July 21 – 29:               PRCA Rodeo action



NASHVILLE, Tenn. -  Paying out nearly 2.5 million dollars in its first four years, as one of the top 10 paying rodeos, RFD-TV's The American Semi-Finals will return to the historic Cowtown Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas to make dreams come true for the winning contestants who will also advance to the finals at AT&T Stadium. Kicking off "The World's Richest One Day Rodeo," RFD-TV's The American Semi-Finals will be held February 20th-24th following the qualifier, on February 18th. Tickets are now available starting at $10 and can be purchased at www.stockyardsRodeo.com.
The Semi-Finals will kick off on Tuesday at noon with barrel racing slack, followed by tie-down roping slack Wednesday morning. Wednesday night's bull riding will feature head-to-head action with some of the best bull riders in the world as they compete for the chance to advance to the finals, with rodeo performances beginning Thursday through Friday and concluding with the Saturday finals matinee.
The events and pricing is as follows:




Ticket Price

Sunday, Feb 18

4:00 PM

RFD-TV's The American Qualifier


Tuesday, Feb 20

12:00 PM

Barrel Racing Slack


Wednesday, Feb 21

8:00 AM

Tie Down Roping Slack


Wednesday, Feb 21

7:00 PM

Bull Riding 1st Round


Thursday, Feb 22

7:00 PM

Performance 1


Friday, Feb 23

7:00 PM

Performance 2


Saturday, Feb 24

1:00 PM

Shoot Out


Last year during the 2017 Semi-Finals, "The American dream" came true for a Brazilian bull riding champion, a steer wrestler with the biggest win of his career, a 12-year-old girl, and a couple of teenage ropers. 
It was Kelsey Lutjen, an “All-American” rodeo athlete and no stranger to the winner’s circle, who took home the largest barrel racing check totaling $56,067.36. 
Steer wrestler from Mamou, Louisiana, Rowdy Parrott, also had a big cash out at the Semi-Finals in 2017 when he brought his steer to the ground in 4.21 seconds, winning a total of $21,168. During last year’s kick off to the finals, tie-down roper, Timber Moore was awarded a check for $50,940.51 after dominating the competition with the fastest time of the night. 
Also making a return to the Ft. Worth Stockyards will be RFD-TV’s FanZone. Featuring hours of entertainment leading up to the nightly Semi-Finals rodeo performances, this year’s FanZone is expected to be bigger and better than ever with a new RFD-TV Store in the former Stockyards Visitor Information Center, live music, food vendors, and more. Additional line-up details to come. 
Standard tickets prices to The American range from $10-$150. New this year is the "All-American Package," which includes the best seats in the house, VIP Tour of AT&T Stadium, food and beverage, dirt access, and a special meet and greet with the best cowboys and cowgirls in the world, all for $500. There are also combo tickets available for the PBR Iron Cowboy event on Saturday, February 24 and The American on Sunday, February 25.
Tickets to The American Finals can be purchased online here or by phone at 1-800-745-3000.



NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The dust may have settled at the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) World Finals this past Sunday, November 5, but RFD-TV's The American is just getting cranked up as they announce the first invitees (Top 10 in the world) to compete at "The World's Richest One-Day Rodeo." The top 10 invitees making their way to Arlington, Texas on February 25, 2018 and eligible for part of the $2,000,000 payout are as follows: 
Jess Lockwood
Derek Kolbaba
Cooper Davis
Eduardo Aparecido
Kaique Pacheco
Chase Outlaw
Jose Vitor Leme
Dener Barbosa
Stormy Wing
Fabiano Vieira
“Every year we bring the best of the best to AT&T Stadium for RFD-TV’s The American,” said Randy Bernard.  “The PBR has some of the best bull riders riding the rankest bulls, so once again, we’ll have the top 10 bull riders in the world competing at The American.”
The PBR's youngest World Champion, Jess Lockwood, 20, was crowned 2017 champion this past Sunday afternoon at T-Mobile Arena when challengers, and two of his closest friends on tour, Cooper Davis (3rd place) and Derek Kolbaba (2nd place) bucked off in the final round. "I really don't pay attention that much to what the other guys are doing," Lockwood, whose father Ed pulled his bull rope all six rounds, said. "It all comes down to your bull riding and how you do." Also joining Lockwood in the series of qualifiers is Jose Vitor Leme (7th place) who won the 2017 World Finals event title as the only rider to go a perfect 6-for-6 at the five-day event. 
"The Iron Cowboy paired with the American in our 5th year together should be a highlight on the 2018 schedule for all western sports fans," said Sean Gleason, CEO, PBR. "Last week's incredibly exciting PBR World Finals showed the emergence of great young bull-riding talent, and we're looking forward to seeing these new stars compete alongside veteran cowboys in one of the best events of the year."
Returning to the home of The Dallas Cowboys, AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX, on February 25, 2018, tickets for RFD-TV's The American, "The World's Richest One-Day Rodeo," are on sale now. In its fifth consecutive year, The American, features pro athletes competing alongside amateur cowboys who have advanced from the semi-finals in seven different events for a prize worth more than $2,000,000. 
Standard tickets prices range from $10-$150. New this year is the "All-American Package" which includes the best seats in the house, VIP Tour of AT&T Stadium, food and beverage, dirt access, and a special meet and greet with the best cowboys and cowgirls in the world, all for $500. There are also combo tickets available for the PBR Iron Cowboyevent on Saturday, February 24 and The American on Sunday, February 25.
Tickets can be purchased online here or by phone at 1-800-745-3000.



NASHVILLE, Tenn. - As Americans commemorate Veterans Day this week, country singer-songwriter and Army veteran Luke Pell together with his friend and other fan favorite from ABC's hit television series The BacheloretteWells Adams, donated $25,000 from their Family Feud winnings to the CreatiVets organization.
This past May, Pell competed on ABC's Celebrity Family Feud, a special celebrity version of the iconic game show Family Feud (hosted by Emmy Award-winning game show host Steve Harvey) for the opportunity to win up to $25,000 to donate to charity. Pell’s team chose Luke’s preferred charity CreatiVets and they won the competition.

The Chicago-based, non-profit organization pairs veterans with accomplished songwriters to offer relief and healing to those service members who are affected from PTSD and other injuries from their service. The organization's purpose is to use various forms of art, including: songwriting, visual arts, and creative writing to help disabled veterans transform their stories of trauma into an art form that can inspire and motivate continued healing.  

While attending The United States Military Academy at West Point, Pell was a starting safety for the Army Black Knights. After graduating, Pell Served in the Army for an additional five years and was stationed overseas in Afghanistan. During his time at West Point, Pell found an escape from the stress and demands of everyday life in his guitar. Pell now resides in Nashville, TN where he has been focusing on his growing music career.

Pell is represented by United Talent Agency and just finished an 85 date cross country tour which included a performance at CMA Fest, headlining club dates, and shows sharing the stage with Dan + Shay, Luke Combs, Tucker Beathard, & more. He has recently appeared on several nationally-syndicated shows, including The Bobby Bones Show, Sirius XM's The Highway, America's Morning Show, Entertainment Tonight, and Extra. Pell is currently in the studio with producer Ash Bowers working on his debut project due out January of 2018.



Nashville, Tenn. - Shining light on ALS and showing their support for Love and Theft’s Stephen Barker Lilies and family, country music’s biggest stars come together for an acoustic filled evening at the Historic Ryman Auditorium on December 4, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. to benefit The ALS Association of Tennessee and the Burchett & Liles Family in their fight against ALS together.

Tyler Farr will also join friends and fellow artists Love and Theft, Florida Georgia Line, Jerrod Niemann, Craig Campbell, Canaan Smith, Trent Tomlinson, The Warren Brothers, and Stevie Monce for a night of hope and healing. The evening will be hosted by SiriusXM The Highway’s Storme Warren, Stephen Baker Liles from Love and Theft and Dee Jay Silver.

Concert tickets go on sale Friday, October 20, 2017 at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com, the Ryman box office, www.ryman.com and by phone 800.745.3000. Tickets are $125, $75 and $55.

Shine for Susie ALS Benefit Concert was formed as a partnership between The ALS Association of Tennessee and the Burchett & Liles Family to raise funds in the fight against ALS. Susie Burchett, mother of Stephen Barker Liles from Love and Theft, was diagnosed with ALS in March of 2017.

Together, our efforts are helping to improve the daily lives of people living with ALS, including Susie’s.

“I've had the privilege of helping with many charities through the years, but when the cause touches your life, it changes everything,” said Stephen Barker Liles from Love and Theft. “When my mother was diagnosed with ALS, in March of this year, I was devastated. But I also felt called to make a difference to help her and others through my musical platform. I'm incredibly grateful for some of my dear friends who are joining me to shine light through our music and bring hope to millions.”

ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Eventually, people with ALS lose the ability to initiate and control muscle movement, which often leads to total paralysis and death within two to five years of diagnosis. For unknown reasons, NFL players are four times as likely to develop ALS and veterans are twice as likely to develop ALS as the general population.

The simple fact is, ALS can strike anyone, anytime.

“There are so many important causes that merit our support,” said Burchett and Liles Family. “Often however, we don't choose those causes...they choose us. For our family, having our mother, wife, grandmother diagnosed with ALS presented a galvanizing opportunity to support the needed cause of ALS. We hope this event will provide more awareness, funds for research, and financial support to all touched by this debilitating disease.”

For information on sponsorship packages or if you have any additional questions before you purchase, please contact Ashlee Moon at 615.331.5556 or send an email to ashlee.moon@alstn.org.

"We are thrilled to curate this first-of-its-kind unique concert experience for the Tennessee Chapter alongside the Burchett and Liles Family. The enthusiasm and willingness this family has brought to the table to secure some of the industry's most talented artists to perform is truly amazing. They continue to work tirelessly with our team to create an unforgettable musical experience," said Steve Wallace, CEO of The ALS Association of Tennessee.

“Our Chapter is truly grateful to have this important partnership and we are thankful to all the musical guests, who have graciously lent their time and talents to support the Association’s efforts in brightening the lives of ALS patients and families in our community," said Wallace


Following Entertainer of the Year Award at the 2017 Rocky Mountain Country Music Awards



Nashville, TN - The newly crowned 2017 Rocky Mountain CMA Entertainer of the Year, Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band, announced today their Las Vegas return to perform the 9th round opening ceremony at the 2017 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo on Friday, December 15 at the Thomas & Mack Center. The former saddle bronc rider turned singer-songwriter will be performing a song off his latest album, Rodeo Cold Beer, which debuted in the Top 10 on the iTunes Country Album chart and was most recently awarded Album of the Year at the 2017 Rocky Mountain Country Music Awards on October 13.  


Earning the #1 spot on the Billboard Heatseekers Mountain chart, the ten song collection features tracks about love, endurance, brotherhood and soul searching, among other topics, includes the single “Down With That,” which won 2016 Rocky Mountain CMA Song of the Year. Also among Rodeo Cold Beer’s tracks is “Silhouette,” a seductive and sultry song, penned by Josh Thompson (“Any Old Barstool”), Josh Dorr and Andrew Paul Petroff. 

Fans can purchase Rodeo Cold Beer here



Other performance times in Vegas during Wrangler National Finals Rodeo are as follows:

Thursday, December 7: Smith Rodeo Party

Saturday, December 9: Gilley's Las Vegas

Sunday, December 10: Gilley's Las Vegas

Monday, December 11: Gilley's Las Vegas

Friday, December 15: Wrangler National Finals Rodeo - Ninth Round Performance - Thomas & Mack Center



The Wyoming native, who also performed at the opening ceremony of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in 2016, was recently chosen as one of five artists from around country the who identify with a specific region (LA, Detroit, Charleston Memphis and Wyoming) to represent his home state of Wyoming for the USA Through Music campaign that will air as a short film on BBC World News.






Please contact us if you would be interested in either pre-coverage of the performances in the 
form of a phone or in-person interview or if you wish to attend any of the performances for on-site 
coverage and interviews.




About Chancey Williams and The Younger Brothers Band:
Saddle bronc rider turned country singer-songwriter, Chancey Williams has gone from competing on horseback to performing on center stage at major rodeos. The only artist besides Chris LeDoux to both ride and entertain at the world’s “Daddy of ‘Em All” rodeo, Cheyenne Frontier Days, Williams is the authentic next cowboy of country music. Growing up on a ranch in the Cowboy State (Wyoming), Williams learned the cowboy-way-of-life from his father, and like his dad, Williams found himself a successful bronc rider, winning the National High School Rodeo Finals, the College National Finals and a couple rounds at Cheyenne Frontier Days. In 2013 Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band released their first album, Echo, which graced the Billboard Heatseekers Chart. In July 2015, the group released the single for “Down With That," which earned the 2016 Rocky Mountain CMA Song of the Year award. The “Down With That” music video amassed over 180k views on YouTube. Williams and the Younger Brothers Band have opened for their heroes (Chris LeDoux, Merle Haggard, Alabama, Dwight Yoakam), as well as several current mainstream country acts (Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church). The band released their sophomore album, Rodeo Cold Beer, on May 19. 



Nashville, TN - Following their Top 10 debut on the iTunes Country Album chart, saddle bronc rider turned singer-songwriter, Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band debuts their music video for the title track - "Rodeo Cold Beer," off their newest album, today, Monday September, 11 on The Country Network, reaching over 40 million households and most major U.S. metro markets.  
Earning the #1 spot on the Billboard Heatseekers Mountain chart, the ten song collection features tracks about love, endurance, brotherhood and soul searching, among other topics, includes the single “Down With That,” which won 2016 Rocky Mountain CMA Song of the Year. Also among Rodeo Cold Beer’s tracks is “Silhouette,” a seductive and sultry song, penned by Josh Thompson (“Any Old Barstool”), Josh Dorr and Andrew Paul Petroff. The Band has shared the stage with stars such as Old Dominion, Toby Keith, Billy Currington, Eli Young Band, Aaron Watson, and more.
Click here to purchase Rodeo Cold Beer.