Academy of Country Music and CBS announce 'ACM Sessions'by jmaloni
New online concert series "ACM Sessions" debuts with ACM Awards co-host Luke Bryan; now available on CBS.com
Country music fans everywhere can now experience performances from their favorite artists with the launch of "ACM Sessions," a new online concert series from the Academy of Country Music and CBS Interactive. The new series, available on CBS.com, brings fans year-round access to country music's biggest stars with on-demand performances and interviews.
The first "ACM Sessions" performance launched Tuesday and features two-time ACM Award winner Luke Bryan. The performance was taped in front of a live audience at the legendary Whiskey a Go Go on Hollywood's Sunset Strip and features Bryan performing some of his hits and songs off his new album, "Spring Break...Here to Party," along with a Q-and-A session about his music and upcoming role as co-host of the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, which will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 7 (8 p.m.) on CBS.
CBS.com will offer country music fans a host of other features and programming leading up to the Academy of Country Music Awards. In addition to "ACM Sessions," CBS.com will play host to the "Road to the ACM Awards," a Web series chronicling Dierks Bentley, Eli Young Band and Hunter Hayes' ACM journey, as well as photo galleries, contests - including the opportunity to win a trip for two to the 2014 ACM Awards or a 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 - and more. Fans can also vote for the ACM Awards' two fan-driven categories, Entertainer of the Year and New Artist of the Year.
During ACM Weekend and the live broadcast, fans can follow CBS.com's social media ambassador, "The Young And The Restless" star Michelle Stafford, as she goes backstage, interviews this year's performers and nominees, checks out rehearsals and hits the red carpet to bring fans VIP access to the ACM Awards. To follow Stafford, visit http://www.cbs.com/shows/academy_of_country_music/follow-michelle/ or follow her on Twitter @TheRealStafford.
Fans can watch "ACM Sessions" on-demand on CBS.com at http://www.cbs.com/shows/academy_of_country_music/luke-bryan/. Additionally, the show is available on-demand through CBS properties and select CBS Audience Network partners. The CBS Audience Network consists of dozens of distribution partners, as well as websites from CBS's owned television stations, radio stations and affiliated stations.