Friday, April 30, 2010

Catching Up With Whitney Duncan In A Recent Interview

We had the opportunity to catch up with Whitney Duncan and discussed her newly released album 'Right Road Now' as well as some other little tid-bits. We also included several questions from her fans. So check it out and get to know more about Whitney Duncan.  

CMR: Thank you so much for taking the time to interview with us, we certainly appreciate it. We received an overwhelming response with questions from your fans so we will be sure to include some of those in our interview.  
WD: Thank you! My fans are awesome!  

CMR: You just recently released Right Road Now & I know we are enjoying the album and from the sounds of it, your fans are enjoying it too. What did you do to celebrate its release?  
WD: I took myself shopping and bought new shoes on the day it was released! Ha! I plan on getting together with some of my co-writers, band members, & friends in the next couple of weeks to celebrate!  

CMR: You did an amazing, selfless act and did a USO Tour in Iraq and Kuwait. What was that experience like for you and can you see yourself doing something like this again?  
WD: I would do it again in a heartbeat. It was one of the greatest experiences of my life! It was nice to give back a little bit to the guys & girls that keep us safe over here. They are the selfless ones. They treated me & my band so amazing...and showed us the ropes a bit. I've realized if I wasn't in the music business, I'd probably be a sniper. LOL  

CMR: You looked stunning on the orange carpet at the ACM Awards a few weeks ago. What was your favorite part/experience while out in Vegas for the event?  
WD: Thank you!!! The show was great, and walking the orange carpet was so fun. But my favorite part was after it was over & I got to take off my shoes (they were the most uncomfortable shoes EVER) I went to some of the parties & hung out with some great friends & new acquaintances. :) 

CMR: You performed at the Grand Ole Opry late last year, what was that like for you?  
WD: It was truly an honor! It's always been a dream/goal of mine. When I stepped out on that stage, it was a pretty emotional experience. Plus, my whole family got to come watch, so that was nice!  

CMR: Here is one of our favorite questions; if you could pick any artist to record a duet with, whom would you pick and why?  
WD: Picking 1 is difficult!! Either John Cougar Mellencamp, Bruce Springsteen, Jonny Lang, or Ray LaMontagne. I love all their voices. 

CMR: Your talented not only as a singer but also as a writer and you co-wrote all the songs on your new album, was it difficult to pick what songs to put on this album?  
WD: OH yeah! We had 2 extra songs, & to pick which 2 had to be left off was pretty impossible, which is why we gave the fans 3 options and had them pick their favorite. I would've gone round and round over which one to include, so they saved me the torture. :)  

CMR: Do you have an absolute all time favorite song that you have written and why would you call it your favorite?  
WD: I do, and it's not on this album. But it will be on the next. It's about where I'm from & just a really touching song. Don't want to give away the title just yet;) lol  

CMR: Melanie from Louisville wants to know what is your favorite TV Show & Favorite Movie? 
WD: TV shows--Gossip Girls, Brothers & Sisters Movies--The Godfather, Pride & Prejudice, Princess Bride, Seven, The Notebook, Sweet Home Alabama  

CMR: John from Montana wants to know which type of guitar you prefer to play, acoustic or electric?  
WD: ELECTRIC!!!! Hands down!!!  

CMR: Katie from Baltimore wants to know, who is one of your musical inspirations? 
WD: Elvis was the biggest! He's the whole reason I started singing & performing.  

CMR: Amy from Wisconsin wants to know what is the last album you bought?  
WD: Mine, haha. Miranda Lambert-Revolution Gary Allan--Get off on the pain  

CMR: Chris from San Diego wants to know if you ever tried surfing and did you like it? If not, would you ever give it a try?  
WD: I have surfed...twice actually. Learned in Hawaii, & then also tried it again in Galveston, TX. I got up pretty fast, but it is hard! I'd try it again...i think i just need a better teacher than the one I had. ;) 

CMR: Thank you so much for taking the time and talking with us. We wish you the best of luck and hope you enjoy the amazing year that is ahead of you.  
WD: Thank you again! So far this year has been amazing! & it keeps getting better. :) Thanks to all the fans that sent the questions & bought "Right Road Now". Love ya'll! 

If you don't already have a copy of "Right Road Now" be sure to get yourself a copy from iTunes or directly from Whitney Duncan's website: www.whitneyduncan.com  

Photo Credit: Jeff Lipsky

Keith Urban & John Mayer Will Team Up Again

Keith Urban & John Mayer will team up again for a live performance on August 28th at The Gorge in George, WA. A pre-sale thru CMT.com will be offered on May 3rd starting at 10am PST and run through May 7th. Tickets will be on sale to the public on Saturday, May 8th. Fanclubs for both Keith Urban and John Mayer will also be offering pre-sale tickets that will go on sale May 1st. Keith stated: "I had the best time playing with John on CMT Crossroads. There's a certain simpatico between us as guitar players that, I think, comes from sharing the same desire to express the unwritten. Playing together at the Gorge will be like adding a musical score to the most magnificent setting in a film." For further details on the event, please visit Keith Urban's official website: www.keithurban.net

Martina McBride Moment #35 - "Badonka-prank"

On the last night of the Shine All Night Tour with Trace Adkins, Martina McBride "Badonka-pranks" Trace in her Martina Moment #35.

Gary Allan Extends the 'Get Of On The Pain' Tour

Not only is Gary Allan Country's Hottest Bachelor and on the cover of Country Weekly, but fans will get to see more of Gary as he announced his plan to extend his “Get Off on the Pain Tour.” The tour will resume on September 16 in Salt Lake City, UT and hit more than 30 markets before the end of the year.

Gary had a successful first leg of the tour and included several sold out shows including; Los Angeles, Nashville, Chicago, Atlanta, Houston and New Orleans. After a huge first run, Allan and his team couldn’t pass up a chance to build upon their successes.

“The first leg of the tour concentrated on intimate venues I’d always wanted to headline, like The Fillmore and The Ryman,” said Allan. “On the next leg of the tour we are going to bigger arenas and amphitheaters. It is exciting to take the tour to the next level. It’ll be a great night of hard rocking music. The fans are in for a party!”

To add to the excitement, Randy Houser and Jerrod Niemann have signed on to join Allan on this leg of the tour.

For more information on upcoming tour dates, please visit Gary's Official site: www.garyallan.com

Blake Shelton Endorsing Signature Guitar

Although cammo usually has the effect of hiding things, well... not when Blake Shelton is concerned. Michael Kelly Guitar Company announced that it has teamed up Blake Shelton and created a signature model guitar featuring a distinctive camouflage design motif on its body and headstock.

“We are excited to have Blake endorse our guitars and to present this special instrument to the music community,” said Bill Xavier, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Hanser Music Group, the parent company of Michael Kelly Guitar Company. “We believe this signature model reflects Blake’s artistry as a musician and his one-of-a-kind personality.”

To purchase your own Blake Shelton Signature Guitar, please visit Michael Kelly's direct website: www.michaelkellyguitars.com

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Alan Jackson Dedicating Concert To Families Of WV Miners

Alan Jackson is dedicating his May 22nd concert in Charleston, West Virgina to the families who lost loved ones in the Upper Big Branch Mining Disaster. The profits from this show will be donated to the Montcoal Mining Disaster Fund. Ticket prices for seating in specific sections of the Charleston Civic Center have been reduced to $20. "This is a very wonderful donation from Alan and, on behalf of our state, I'm honored for our miners, their families and the rescue workers," West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin said. "Alan is a world-famous entertainer who has never forgotten his small-town roots and the importance of family." Also performing at this concert is Josh Turner and Chris Young.

Kid Rock To Host The 2010 CMT Awards

It's official, Kid Rock will be hosting the 2010 CMT Awards. The Awards will air live on June 9 at 8 p.m. ET/PT from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. Kid Rock made the announcement on his official website earlier today. "The rumors are true," Kid Rock says. "I'm hosting the CMT Awards live from Nashville on June 9. ... All I can promise is I will be awesome." We want to hear from you. What do you think of this year's award host??? Leave a comment below....

CMA Music Festival Announces Riverfront Park Lineup


The artists performing at Riverfront Park has been announced today. The daily concerts on the Riverfront Park Stage are one of the most popular events at CMA Music Festival, and this year’s artist lineup is guaranteed to thrill the fans and continue that tradition. The current daily artist lineups are revealed below in alphabetical order:

Thursday, June 10: The Judds will give the kick off performance, followed (alphabetically) by Keith Anderson, Diamond Rio, Colt Ford, Joey + Rory, Love and Theft, Neal McCoy, Jake Owen, Josh Thompson, and Clay Walker.

Friday, June 11: Rodney Atkins, The Band Perry, Bucky Covington, Eli Young Band, Jack Ingram, Patty Loveless, Craig Morgan, Sawyer Brown, Gretchen Wilson, and Chris Young.

Saturday, June 12: Big Kenny, Lee Brice, Mark Chesnutt, Emerson Drive, Gloriana, Josh Gracin, Lorrie Morgan, David Lee Murphy, Joe Nichols, and Mel Tillis.

Sunday, June 13: The Bellamy Brothers, Sammy Kershaw, Lonestar, Jo Dee Messina, James Otto, Restless Heart, Steel Magnolia, Pam Tillis, Uncle Kracker, and Darryl Worley.

Performance order will be listed on www.CMAfest.com closer to the event. Artists and dates subject to change.

Admittance to the Riverfront Park Stage is free, but four-day ticket holders have an exclusive 45-minute, early-entrance window before the gates open to the general public.

Julianne Hough has been added to the artist lineup for the Nightly Concerts at LP Field on Friday, June 11.  Artists already announced for the Nightly Concerts include Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, Easton Corbin, Billy Currington, Danny Gokey, Randy Houser, Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Justin Moore, Brad Paisley, Kellie Pickler, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Josh Turner, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, and Zac Brown Band.

Dierks Bentley's Performance On The Tonight Show Of 'Up On The Ridge'

Lady Antebellum's American Idol Performance

Lady Antebellum did an outstanding performance, as always, last night on American Idol. Check it out here:

Toby Keith Plans Upcoming USO/Armed Forces Tour

Toby Keith will be heading out again on his 8th USO/Armed Forces tour. He will be embarking on a 14-day, 4 country trek, which will take place in Germany, Korea and the Persian Gulf, to visit and entertain the troops. Since his first USO tour in 2002, Toby has traveled to more than 10 countries to perform for more than 140,000 service men and women. In 2009, Toby received the Distinguished Service Award from the Military Officers Association of America. The award honors civilians who actively support military personnel.

Joe Nichols Becomes the Face For Roper

Roper Apparel and Footwear just announced that Joe Nichols is going to be the face of the brand, which, among other things, includes an extensive advertising and marketing campaign.

The advertising campaign will kick off in May with a series of magazine ads, leading up to the CMA Music Festival in Nashville. Joe will also be featured on Point-of-Purchase marketing materials in 1,100 retail stores nationwide.

“Joe embodies the traits of tradition, hard work and family; three things we feel define the Roper brand,” says Roper Marketing Director Kerry Vastine. “We hope that this is just the beginning of a long and lasting relationship between Joe and Roper.”

“I am very excited about my relationship with Roper and like the fact that this partnership developed naturally,” Nichols says. “There are quite a few similarities in our attitudes toward our respective businesses, and I appreciate that. This partnership feels good, and I am happy to be a part of it.”

In addition, Nichols will also participate in a number of autograph signings and in-store appearances at Roper Retailers, beginning with the Roper booth at CMA Music Festival. The company also plans to offer several contest opportunities throughout the year. Be sure to stay tuned!!!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Keith Urban & John Mayer On The Next CMT Crossroads

CMT Crossroads: John Mayer and Keith Urban is set to premiere June 18 on CMT. The episode was taped near Nashville before an invitation-only audience, Mayer and Urban are the first artists to ever perform on two episodes of the concert series. John Mayer teamed up with Brad Paisley and were featured in an episode that premiered in May 2004. Keith Urban joined up with John Fogerty and premiered in an episode back in February 2005. This latest taping with John Mayer and Keith Urban includes collaborations on Urban's "If Ever Could I Love," "Til Summer Comes Around" and "Sweet Thing". John Mayer's "Perfectly Lonely" and "Gravity" are featured in the episode. Their performance concludes with a cover of George Michael's 1987 pop hit, "Faith." We can't wait for this episode to air as it will be one not to miss!!

Lady Antebellum Webisode Wednesday #103

Trace Adkins New Single 'This Ain't No Love Song' Set To Release Next Month

Trace Adkins is releasing his next new single, "This Ain't No Love Song" on Monday, May 17th. This single was written by Tony Lane, Marcel and David Lee, and the song is the lead single from Trace's forthcoming album due to release on August 24th on Toby Keith's newly formed record label with Show Dog - Universal Music.

This is not your standard love song from Adkins but a tune on the subject with a clever twist. Trace's voice shines to the point where you wonder if the song was written especially for him. The platinum-selling singer pulls in equal parts of a melodious ballad mixed in with some backwoods country charm.

"We are so pumped to have Trace join our roster, and equally as excited that he has given us such a fantastic album," stated Mark Wright, President, Show Dog - Universal Music. "The first single is a great example of how Trace can take a lyric and put the listener right in the middle of the storyline. This is a perfect match of a brilliant communicator delivering an incredible piece of music."

"Toby has said this new music has a smile on it and maybe that's just a reflection of where I'm at right now," says Adkins. "I have this new sense of invigoration and making this record was a lot of fun."

Trace Adkins will debut his new single at the 59th Annual Miss USA pageant that airs LIVE on NBC, Sunday, May 16 from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas (7:00 pm ET/PT).

Trace's new album, Cowboy's Back in Town hits stores nationwide August 24.

Go Behind The Scenes With Miranda Lambert on 'The House That Built Me'


Reba McEntire Having More Fun Now Than Ever

It’s no secret that Reba McEntire loves what she does. She always approaches each chapter in her career with her signature drive and dedication, but what may come as a surprise to some is that she says she’s never enjoyed her career more than now. “I think I’m having more fun now that I did 10, 15 years ago,” Reba tells ACM Tempo in a recent interview. “There are so many new people. To get to see and meet the new people, that’s the fun part! It’s so exciting in country music right now. The veterans are still there, but the newcomers are coming on. It’s just so much fun to see the newcomers coming on, and still be part of it – and I’m grateful that they’re still letting me be part of it.” And part of it is she ever! With “I Keep On Loving You”, the follow-up single to the longest-running #1 of her career “Consider Me Gone”, quickly headed for the chart’s pinnacle, her latest album being certified Gold, and a wildly successful co-headlining tour with George Strait poised to unveil a fall leg, Reba’s career has never been hotter. This week, Reba will tape an edition of CMT Unplugged at Studio 330. Reba was selected to represent Country Music as part of MTV Networks’ multi-genre re-launch of their Unplugged series, which will be featured across CMT, MTV and VH1’s multi-media platforms when it premieres in May. *Press Release Courtesy of TVMC

Taylor Swift Concert Ticket Giveaway Thru American Greetings

As the sponsor of Taylor Swift’s sold-out FEARLESS 2010 concert tour, American Greetings this week announced a concert ticket giveaway in 10 select US cities. Fans and greeting card enthusiasts of all ages are encouraged to enter by becoming a fan of American Greetings on Facebook. A random drawing of concert tickets and weekly prizes will be given away to support the exclusive partnership between American Greetings and Taylor Swift. The contest ends on May 31, 2010. Taylor’s cards for your life stories and love stories arrived in retail stores earlier this year. The eclectic line of cards is a true reflection of the singer/songwriter’s creative style, and the authenticity of her writing immediately resonated with consumers of all ages. Now, the unique features that have made her paper cards such a success are being brought to life online through new e-cards from AmericanGreetings.com. Featuring the music of hits like “Love Story” and “Fearless,” the designers at American Greetings Interactive have created e-cards to celebrate the love shared between friends or that special someone, along with a reminder to be fearless on your next birthday. Currently, five e-cards are available with more cards being added to the collection in the coming months. The new e-cards can be found online at http://www.americangreetings.com/ecards/taylorswift. *Press Release Courtesy of BMR

Zac Brown Band's Video For Newest Single 'Free'

Zac Brown Band's video for their current single "Free" from their new DVD 'Pass The Jar' which is available on May 4th.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Kenny Chesney Summer In 3D Earns $1.2Million During Opening Week/Weekend

The anticipated Kenny Chesney Summer In 3D movie opened last week earning a successful $1.2 million during its first 4 day run at theaters. Summer In 3D's opening night showings earned the film #7 on its opening day. By Thursday, the film out-earned all 3D films by legitimate music acts other than the Rolling Stones and U2, keeping in mind that the Stones & U2's films were in the theaters for extended runs, while Kenny's film is only slated for two weeks with limited showings. “I’ve always wished the fans could see what I see, and with this they can,” said Chesney, who emerged somehow refreshed after spending hundreds of hours in the film’s editing process. “And I got to see it all from places I can’t usually see, too. In editing, I could get the enormity of this thing. It was good for me to be able to reflect on all this, and to wrap my arms around it. Somehow, you wind up inspired.” Summer In 3D runs thru Sunday, May 2nd. Times & locations can be found at www.thehotticket.net