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Saturday, December 07 2013 @ 03:41 AM EST
Monday, November 25 2013 @ 03:31 PM EST
Contributed by: Melissa.Coker
Country songstress and "Dancing with the Stars" champion Kellie Pickler is tickled to be celebrating a lot lately and surely leaving listeners floored.
The recent debut of new album The Woman I Am at No. 4 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart gets things off on the right foot, and following suit, the country music singer/songwriter quicksteps her way into multiple television appearances. Tonight (11/25), the reigning Mirror Ball Champion returns to ABC-TV’s “Dancing” during its Finale Week to perform her successfully roaming laid-back single “Little Bit Gypsy.” (“Dancing with the Stars” airs 8:00-10:00 PM/ET). After flying cross-country, Pickler will perform on ABC Television’s “The View” on Tuesday, Nov. 26. Check out "The View" when it airs live at 11:00 AM/ET.
On Thanksgiving Day, Pickler will make her debut riding a float and performing on “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.” The event is carried live on NBC Television from 9 AM – 12 PM (noon)/ET on Thursday, Nov. 28.
But that's not all, folks. Pickler will wrap up with holiday cheer when she performs “The Man with the Bag” on “CMA Country Christmas” on Monday, Dec. 2 (9:00-11:00 PM/ET) on ABC. However, the lady's take on "Bag” is now already available for purchase everywhere digital music is sold.
In case you missed it there are two other recent TV appearances of note Pickler's gifted fans with, too. On Wednesday, Nov. 13, Pickler appeared on the syndicated “The Ellen DeGeneres Show", where Ellen laugh-inducingly attempted to get her "a little bit typsy." Watch the interview here http://tinyurl.com/khpgs46
and performance here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVE4xsK7sGk.
Later that night, she showed up for a unique visit to CBS's “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.” (Which contrary to some reports is NOT called "Late Night with Craig Ferguson.") Watch that interview here: http://tinyurl.com/l4jnvrn.
Plus, Pickler really shows off how to horse around but still stays stable with her "Late Late" version of "Gypsy." Watch here: http://www.cbs.com/shows/late_late_sh...-performs/
And? Word down under is that halfway around the globe, Pickler’s music video for “Someone Somewhere Tonight” reached No. 1 on the Country Music Channel (CMC) Top 50 Music Videos Chart in Australia for the week starting Nov. 23, 2013. The video, which reunites Pickler with her “Dancing with the Stars” dance coach and partner Derek Hough, is also nominated for a 2013 American Country Award (ACA) for Music Video of the Year: Female. “Someone” is found on "Woman", which was produced by Luke Wooten and Frank Liddell. The album features 12 songs, including three co-written by Kellie. This is her first album for Black River Entertainment.
For tour schedules and more information, please visit www.KelliePickler.com. You can follow her on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/KelliePickler
and on Twitter @KelliePickler. Watch an official lyric video for "Little Bit Gypsy" here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vgq3PcveAH4.
Monday, October 21 2013 @ 11:27 AM EDT
Contributed by: Melissa.Coker
Singer/songwriter Kacey Musgraves released her new single “Follow Your Arrow” to country radio today. "Arrow” is written by Kacey, Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally and is the third single off the Texas native’s critically-acclaimed major label debut Same Trailer Different Park (which was released in March).
“Follow Your Arrow,” a song about living your life without fear of judgment, continues to be listed as one of the special moments off Same Trailer Different Park. About “Follow Your Arrow” Billboard touts “…the song represents a bold statement from one of the top new voices in the format.” USA Today says it’s “the highlight of this major-label debut,” while The New York Times says it’s “a jaunty anthem about doing what you want and loving whom you love no matter what judgmental moralists or your own inhibitions might say.”
“I couldn't be more proud of creating ‘Follow Your Arrow,’” said Musgraves. “Sonically and musically it's where my head's at right now, and I'm really enjoying connecting with people all over the world that agree. It's a positive anthem for all of us and I'm so excited to be sharing it with everyone.”
Another ultra-talented country female is aiming pretty well herself lately: "Arrow" co-writer Brandy Clark releases her own album, "12 Stories", on October 22nd. You've probably seen the judiciously fun-loving and bordering on murderous video for its lead single "Stripes" on CMT, GAC, and other country video outlets, but if not click here: http://www.cmt.com/videos/brandy-clar...ipes.jhtml
It features cameos from both tremendously talented clever country "renegade" Ray Scott (as a prison guard) and also from none other than Nancy Grace (naturally). For more info including write-ups in Rolling Stone(!) check out Clark's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/theBrandyClark
On November 6th, Musgraves will vie for SIX awards at this year’s 47th Annual CMA Awards, which will air live on the ABC Television Network (8:00-11:00 PM/ET). Kacey, a first-time CMA Awards nominee, garnered nominations for Album of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, New Artist of the Year, Single of the Year and two Song of the Year nominations; making her the first new female artist in history to top CMA nominations.
Wednesday, October 16 2013 @ 12:34 PM EDT
Contributed by: ACstaff
Sammy Kershaw Keeps Throwin' Punches...
Twenty years after landing his first #1 Hit, GRAMMY-nominated county music star SAMMY KERSHAW is back in the studio rerecording many of the chart toppers that made him a household name.
On November 11, Kershaw will release BIG HITS: VOLUME 1 (Big Hit Records). The album contains ten of his biggest career hits in addition to two brand new songs. Newly rerecorded songs on the album include "She Don't Know She's Beautiful," "Cadillac Style," "Queen of My Doublewide Trailer," and "Third Rate Romance," among others.
"It felt good to go back into the studio and rerecord some of my hits," says Kershaw. "The technology we have in the music business now makes them sound much more fresh and updated but the heart and soul is still there in every song."
Saturday, October 05 2013 @ 10:25 AM EDT
Contributed by: Melissa.Coker
Legendary music icon Kenny Rogers returns with his brand new album "You Can’t Make Old Friends" on October 8th via Warner Bros. Records. Fans can stream the record in advance of release through October 7th on Amazon.com. The 11-track album reunites Rogers with long-time friend and collaborator, Dolly Parton, for a brand new duet on the title track, “You Can’t Make Old Friends,” for which the official music video (filmed in Nashville) was exclusively debuted on Good Morning America last month.
In celebration of the album release, Rogers has begun a series of media appearances that kicked off with an interview and performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! this past Wednesday (video HERE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yU25QFuymWk.
) Rogers was featured on Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family earlier today and will be on Extra! tonight. Fans can also catch him Saturday on GAC’s "Backstory." On Monday, October 7th, Rogers will appear on CBS This Morning and on October 8th, he will perform on Fox & Friends and will be featured live on Bloomberg TV. The media tour wraps up with a visit to Kathie Lee & Hoda on The Today Show Wednesday, October 9th followed by an interview on The Rachael Ray Show, which airs Friday, October 11th.
"I don't care if it's a hit song," said Rogers. "I just like having our friendship [mine's and Dolly's] documented.
With a collaboration of producers, including Kyle Lehning, Warren Hartman, and Dann Huff, You Can’t Make Old Friends is Rogers’ first country album since the release of Water & Bridges in 2006. He considers this upcoming release the most varied and complete album of his lifetime. "I can honestly say this may be the best album I've ever recorded,” he added. “The musical diversity is extraordinary. It goes from songs I would normally sing, to songs I would normally never even listen to. In this business, you do albums to both grow artistically, and for the sheer love of music. We chose what I think are the most diverse and best songs I've ever had access to."
A trailblazing recording artist, vocalist, and entertainer, Rogers has sold more than 120 million records worldwide and recorded more than 65 albums during his illustrious 56 years in show business. Rogers has charted a record within each of the last seven decades and scored a hit single in the past six. He was the first country artist to consistently sell out arenas and quickly became a pop superstar as well – his 28 Billboard Adult Contemporary Top 10's is fourth-best all time among men, trailing only Elton John, Neil Diamond, and Elvis Presley. He has recorded 12 No. 1 albums and 24 No. 1 hits – “The Gambler,” “Lady,” “Lucille,” “Coward Of The County,” “She Believes in Me,” “Islands in the Stream” (with Dolly Parton) and “Every Time Two Fools Collide” (with Dottie West) among them. His Greatest Hits album has sold over 24 million copies worldwide to date. He is the RIAA’s 8th best-selling male artist of all time with one Diamond album, 19 Platinum albums and 31 Gold albums.
Kenny Rogers – You Can’t Make Old Friends – Track Listing
1. You Can’t Make Old Friends (Duet With Dolly Parton)
2. All I Need Is One
3. You Had To Be There
5. Turn This World Around
6. Dreams Of The San Joaquin
7. Don’t Leave Me In The Night Time (Featuring Buckwheat Zydeco)
8. Look At You
9. Neon Horses
10. When You Love Someone
11. It’s Gonna Be Easy Now
Tuesday, September 24 2013 @ 12:23 PM EDT
Contributed by: Melissa.Coker
Critically acclaimed Texas singer-songwriter television series Troubadour, TX takes to the stage (and many a music lover's TV screen) to begin its third season on September 28 with new artists and special appearances. Kris Kristofferson serves as segment host and Stacy Dean Campbell as host of the award-winning, 22-episode series. Kristofferson offers personal stories throughout the series and his thoughts of what it is to be a singer-songwriter while Campbell gives viewers a unique perspective into the lives and behind the scenes of today's troubadours.
After three years in development, 18 months in production, 194,000 miles and 22,000 hours of footage, Troubadour, TX premiered across America in 2011, introducing dozens of singer-songwriters as they chased their dreams across the Lone Star state. For its first season, the critically acclaimed series garnered an impressive 10 Telly Awards in categories including Musical Score, Editing, Sound Design and Creative Excellence in Docu-Reality-Musical Entertainment. Like last season, the groundbreaking, documentary-meets-reality TV series is focusing on a concentrated lineup of talent, characterized as artists either “Chasing The Dream” or “Living The Dream.”
“Chasing The Dream” artists returning from season 2 are: Josh Grider, Kylie Rae Harris, Cody Johnson, female trio Michaelis and Zane Williams. Newcomer Curtis Grimes will be added to the line-up as well. Special appearances from other “Chasing The Dream” artists include: Trent Willmon, Bri Bagwell, Bonnie Bishop, Brennen Lee and Noel McKay, Ray Johnson, Green River Ordinance, Waylon Payne, Thomas Michael Riley, The Rankin Twins, Josh Weathers, and others.
“Crisscrossing the great state of Texas with a couple of my fellow troubadours is heaven for a guy like me,” said oft-featured award-winner Zane Williams. “And of all the things I love about this state, its music fans are my favorite."
"Living the Dream” artists Wade Bowen and Roger Creager are also returning from Season 2. Plus appearances by Deryl Dodd, George Ducas, Radney Foster, Jack Ingram, Randy Rogers, Allen Shamblin, Max Stalling, Larry Joe Taylor, Rick Trevino, Walt Wilkins and more are planned. Several of these "Dream"ers, by the way, have either recently or are soon to be releasing new music and/or albums including George Ducas, Rick Trevino, Radney Foster, and The Randy Rogers Band.
For more information about the series, broadcast times and stations, visit http://www.TroubadourTX.com
Tuesday, September 17 2013 @ 11:52 AM EDT
Contributed by: ACstaff
Taylor Swift Sees Red and Stays Country
By Kip Kirby
© 2013 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc.
In just seven years, Taylor Swift has become a household name and a global phenomenon. She has won CMA’s Entertainer of the Year twice (2009 and 2011), been named Billboard’s Top Artist of the Year (2013) and taken home Album of the Year honors at the 2010 Grammy Awards – the youngest artist and the first female solo Country artist ever to do so. (Her Grammy total stands at seven, her CMA Awards at six.) Time has named her one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World.” Rolling Stone has featured her twice on its cover. She writes or co-writes all her songs, has topped multi-genre radio airplay and digital download charts around the world and appeared in Hollywood films and hit television shows. She runs 13 Management, and is involved in every component of her publishing, recording, concert production and endorsement deals.
She’s also just 23 years old — and having the time of her life. Whether sharing the stage with Tim McGraw and Keith Urban on “Highway Don’t Care” at this year’s CMA Music Festival, playing for 80,000 screaming fans at London’s Wembley Stadium or harmonizing onstage with Mick Jagger at a June Rolling Stones concert in Chicago, Swift sees her success as an opportunity to promote Nashville and the music she loves. In fact, that’s one of the reasons she makes overseas touring a priority.
“Going outside of your comfort zone geographically is not an easy thing, you know,” she explained during a break in a typically busy day. “It’s something a lot of artists don’t like to do. You can be at one stage of your career in America and then have to start over in another territory. But we started doing that about five years ago, and I’m so thankful we did because now we can go over there, and we play arenas in Europe and we play stadiums in Australia. It’s been amazing to see how my music has thankfully worked in Europe and Asia and the places we’ve gone and that we’ve gone out of our way to go. It’s amazing to look out into a sold-out crowd of people who don’t speak English yet they’re singing along to every word of your songs. The fact that it’s paid off in that way makes me so proud to be from Nashville. It’s an investment I’m so happy we made.”
Wednesday, September 11 2013 @ 01:42 PM EDT
Contributed by: ACstaff
Vince Gill Confronts Westboro Baptist Church Protesters
Written by CMT.com
Vince Gill showed no reluctance in confronting protesters from the Westboro Baptist Church prior to a Sunday (Sept. 8) concert appearance in Kansas City, Mo.
The church, based in Topeka, Kan., is well known for its protests against gays, Jewish institutions and other groups. The church members have picketed at funerals of U.S. soldiers killed in combat on the grounds that God is punishing the U.S. for its immorality.
In Gill's case, they were drawing attention to the fact that he is divorced and now married to singer-songwriter Amy Grant. He was married to Janis Oliver of Sweethearts of the Rodeo from 1980 until 1998. Grant was married to singer-songwriter Gary Chapman from 1982 until 1999. Gill and Grant have now been married for 13 years.
During Sunday's encounter outside the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Gill talked to the protesters as he walked outside the concert venue.
"Vince Gill, what in the world are you doing out here?" a woman asked.
"I just came to see what hate looked like," he replied.
"Well, more importantly, what are you doing with another man's wife?" she said.
"I came out to see what hatred really looked like in the face," he said.
"Don't you know that divorce plus remarriage equals adultery?" she responded. "Jesus Christ said that."
"Did he?" Gill said. "You know what else he said? He said a lot of stuff about forgiveness, about grace. You guys don't have any of that."
Gill kept his composure during the exchange, although at one point, he said to one of the protesters, "I've seen you on TV, man. You're a big dip-s***. You know that, don't you?"
Westboro is not affiliated with any major Baptist denomination. The two largest Baptist denominations, the Southern Baptist Convention and the Baptist World Alliance, have denounced Westboro's protests through the years.
Westboro is headed by Fred Phelps, prompting Gill to say at the end of the short video clip, "Are any of you guys Phelpses? Or are you guys like the C team?"
Contacted Monday afternoon, a spokesperson for Gill told CMT.com
that the Country Music Hall of Fame member has no plans to comment on the encounter.
Earlier this year, Westboro announced plans to protest George Jones' lifestyle during his funeral service at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, but the demonstration never materialized. They recently protested outside a Taylor Swift concert in Kansas City.
According to the church's website, protesters also plan to picket Mumford & Sons' Sept. 20 concert in Bonner Springs, Kan. In a press release, organizers claim that "Mumford & Sons happily push the soul-damning lie that 'it's OK to be gay' for filthy lucre's sake."
Tuesday, September 03 2013 @ 09:52 AM EDT
Contributed by: ACstaff
Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton Reunite On "Old Friends"
With an astonishing recording career that now spans over seven decades, you would think music legend Kenny Rogers had already accomplished it all. However, you’d be wrong.
Rogers returns with You Can’t Make Old Friends on October 8th via Warner Bros. Records, proving – once again – that he still has plenty to say. The album reunites Rogers with long-time friend and collaborator, Dolly Parton, for a brand new duet on the title track, “You Can’t Make Old Friends.” It was thirty years ago almost to the day when Kenny and Dolly released “Islands In The Stream,” which went on to become an instant classic and one of the most successful singles by a duo in history.
"What a thrill it was for me to work again with my buddy, Dolly Parton, and what a special song,” remarked Rogers. “Working with Dolly is always a little like going home. Everything felt comfortable."
With a collaboration of producers, including Kyle Lehning, Warren Hartman, and Dann Huff, You Can’t Make Old Friends is Rogers’ first country album since the release of Water & Bridges in 2006. Rogers considers this upcoming release the most varied and complete album of his lifetime.
"I can honestly say this may be the best album I've ever recorded,” added Rogers. “The musical diversity is extraordinary. It goes from songs I would normally sing, to songs I would normally never even listen to. In this business, you do albums to both grow artistically, and for the sheer love of music. We chose what I think are the most diverse and best songs I've ever had access to."
Monday, August 26 2013 @ 10:00 AM EDT
Contributed by: Melissa.Coker
Gary Allan's camp (not literally) has made it known that his third single (the follow-up to "Pieces") from current highly successful album "Set You Free" is the fan favorite poignant heartache of "It Ain't the Whiskey." The song was written by Greg Barnhill, Cole Degges, and Jim Daddario and produced by Jay Joyce.
Also, Gary recently settled in for some shoptalk - literally. More specifically, talk of his Nashville clothing shop The Label.
"You don't have to have a million dollars to shop here...although we like it," Allan ad-libs with a laugh. Watch this video of his interview with Nashville TV station NewsChannel5 (WTVF) for more: http://www.newschannel5.com/Global/ca...Id=9189965
Just remember you can't put a price on Gary or a label on his music. Only on his clothes are those items welcome. And you're welcome to visit The Label anytime for your own fashionable pieces of the singer.
To catch a live "Whiskey" performance please click here: http://tinyurl.com/kx8dut4
Wednesday, August 21 2013 @ 08:33 AM EDT
Contributed by: ACstaff
Garth Brooks to Tour in 2014
Garth has ended his contract with the Wynn Casino in Vegas and word is he will hit the road in the fall of 2014 for a long-awaited World Tour and return to country music. Garth retired from touring to focus on raising his children, but with his youngest daughter set to graduate it's a good time for new-grand-daddy Garth to fire up the trucks and see if lightning can strike again for the 90's favorite country artist.
In true Garth marketing style, his website has been updated ever so slightly, with an invite to sign-up to be the first to know... something.
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