Thursday, June 30, 2011

Justin Moore's New Album 'Outlaws Like Me' Debuts At #1


OUTLAWS LIKE ME, the new album from Valory Music Co. artist Justin Moore, debuts as the #1 BEST SELLING Country album according to Billboard’s Scoundscan chart. The new set also enters Billboard’s Top 200 albums chart at #5. The 3rd highest Country debut this year, beating first week numbers from many superstar artists, including recent releases from Ronnie Dunn and Sara Evans.

Outpaced this year by only Brad Paisley’s THIS IS COUNTRY MUSIC and Alison Krauss and Union Station’s PAPER AIRPLANE, this impressive debut further underscores Justin Moore’s status as one of the hottest artists in country music.

Moore kicked off the street week for his sophomore album  in New York City, making appearances on “Fox News”, “ABC News” and “Better TV.” He also interviewed with radio and television stations around the country via satellite from a boat in the lake in Central Park. 

Critics have lauded this Arkansas native’s backwoods charm, prompting The Washington Post to describe his music as “consistently brawny and upbeat, reminiscent at times of Hank Williams Jr.” and The New York Times hails him as a “a strong and versatile singer,” as well as a songwriter whose lyrical “fantasies of regional pride and class revenge are the meat and potatoes of modern country music”.

The album’s lead single If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away is also headed for the #1 spot.  It is the fastest rising single of his career sitting at #4 this week and has sold nearly 300,000 copies to date. 

Keep up to date with Justin Moore by visiting his official website, www.MooreJustinMusic.com.

Zac Brown Band's New Video "Knee Deep" Featuring Jimmy Buffett

It's finally here!!! Check out the Zac Brown Band's new video "Knee Deep" featuring Jimmy Buffett. 

Craig Campbell Performs A "Low-Dough" Show To Benefit A Local Children's Hospital


CMA Radio Station of the Year - 99.5 The Wolf and Duke's Bar & Grill once again outdid themselves by bringing in class act artist - Craig Campbell for an acoustic "low-dough" show benefiting the Doernbecher Children's Hospital.  Craig has quickly become country music's favorite "Family Man" as his debut single made a significant impact to country radio.  

Craig Campbell also makes a significant impact while performing on stage giving fans a genuine country music performance.  When Craig asked fans how many bought his debut cd, almost every hand was raised and the crowd proved it by singing along to songs such as "When I Get", "You Probably Ain't", "I Bought It", and many more.  Campbell also played a classic country medley which was a real treat to the fans.  Craig's rich solid vocals that you hear on the radio radiated as he performed his hit single "Family Man". It is always a great moment when fans sing an artist's song back to them and the crowd did not let Craig down as they sang his smash hit "Family Man" right along with him.  "Fish" is Campbell's new single that is quickly becoming a fan favorite on country radio and is definitely a crowd pleaser.  While every show must come to an end, Craig comes back and gives fans what they want - more great music!!  Campbell finalizes his encore with country classic "Fishing In The Dark" in which he appropriately blends in his current hit single "Fish" to complete the evening.  Check out some additional photos from the event by clicking HERE.  

If you haven't caught a Craig Campbell show yet, be sure to add it to your To-Do List.  You will not be disappointed - except for maybe when the show comes to an end.  If you haven't already picked up Craig's debut self-titled album, Craig Campbell, be sure to do so as it is a must-have for your CD collection.  

Keep up to date with Craig Campbell and see if he is coming to an area near you by visiting his official website www.CraigCampbell.tv.

    




Wednesday, June 29, 2011

CONTEST: Enter To Win An Acoustic Guitar Autographed By Ashton Shepherd

***CONTEST CLOSED***
Congratulations Sarah M!!! 

Ashton Shepherd's new album Where Country Grows will be available everywhere on July 12th.  Ashton's new album includes her sassy new single "Look It Up" which is consistently climbing the charts!!  You can pre-order your copy of Where Country Grows by clicking HERE

To celebrate the release of Where Country Grows, we have an Acoustic Guitar Autographed by Ashton Shepherd to give away to one lucky CountryMusicRocks reader, thanks to our friends at Universal Music!!  One winner will be randomly selected after contest closes on July 12th. (One Entry Per Person Please)

To enter to win the Autographed Guitar, please click HERE.

Where Country Grows will be available at all digital retailers & retail stores on July 12th.  This is a must-have CD for your collection.  Pre-order yours at Ashton's official website www.AshtonShepherd.com or on iTunes by clicking HERE and for the Deluxe version click HERE.

Kenny Chesney Sees Eye To Eye With Costa Del Mar Sunglasses


Everything gets hotter when the sun goes down. But for those who don’t wear their shades at night, Kenny Chesney and Costa Del Mar sunglasses share a vision of how to heat things up in the daylight hours too, while also benefiting coastal conservation.

As Chesney might have sung it, Costa sells no shoes, no shirts — just sunglasses. But these aren’t just any sunglasses. The five handcrafted Kenny Chesney Limited Edition Costa sunglasses feature Chesney’s signature and unique hand-drawn artwork etched into each frame style, illustrating some of his favorite song lyrics and past tours. (His design work adorns the packaging too.) With a portion of each pair’s sales presented to the Coastal Conservation Association, they range from $149 to $249 and are available from www.CostaDelMar.com, various retailers and at Chesney’s shows.

“The relationship with Costa and what they stand for goes hand in hand with the music I make,” said the six-time CMA Awards winner, whose current BNA Records album Hemingway’s Whiskey features the No. 1 hits “The Boys of Fall,” “Live a Little” and “Somewhere With You.” “It’s important for all generations to be able to enjoy the ocean like I did.” 

Costa agrees. “Our partnership with Kenny and Costa actually stretches back to late 2009, when Costa came onboard as the official partner to launch NoShoesRadio.com,” said Brett Palmer, President/CEO, AbiJack Management.

According to Palmer, Chesney mentioned at that time how he’d love to help design his own line of Costa sunglasses. Then, in 2010, Al Perkinson, Costa VP of Marketing, approached AbiJack and Chesney about that very idea. This led to talk of how to integrate Costa with Chesney’s 2011 tour.  And now? They’re “Goin’ Coastal” together.

“What’s really cool is all our partnerships have happened organically,” said Chesney’s manager Clint Higham, President, Morris Artists Management. “None are forced.”
Word has spread through e-mail blasts, special tents set up at all of Chesney’s 2011 “Goin’ Coastal” tour stops and Facebook pages for both Chesney and Costa. All seems to be going swimmingly: At Tampa, Fla., one of the first dates of the tour, Costa sold more sunglasses than they ever have at a one-day event, according to Palmer. Plus, Perkinson noted, radio stations are giving away prize packs of tickets and Costas at each tour stop.

“We’re traditionally geared more toward men and toward fishing, and Kenny has helped broaden our audience to more women and more of a coastal lifestyle,” said Perkinson. “And we’re helping get him more into the conservation side of things. So I think it’s a real mutually beneficial partnership.” 

*above article courtesy of CMA Close Up News Service 

CountryMusicRocks has your chance to win a pair of Kenny Chesney Costa Sunglasses.  For your chance to win, please click HERE.  

Brantley Gilbert Rocks A Sold-Out Show


Brantley Gilbert definitely knows how to make Country Music Rock!!  It's no wonder he reached Eventful's #1 spot last month, beating out Justin Bieber!!  With just the right amount of twang, grit & edge; Gilbert puts on a live show that fans enjoy to the fullest.
CMA Radio Station of the Year 99.5 The Wolf and Duke's Bar & Grill once again bring in top notch entertainment for country fans to enjoy.  With a sold-out show, Brantley Gilbert rocked the night the moment he set foot on stage giving fans a solid performance.  Setting the tone for what was ahead for the evening, Gilbert kicked the night off with two widley popular songs "My Kinda Party" & "Dirt Road Anthem" - both of which he wrote/co-wrote and Jason Aldean subsequently recorded.  Fans were treated to Gilbert's revisited version of "Dirt Road Anthem" with Brantley's additonal 3rd verse to the song.  Brantley's hit single "Country Must Be Country Wide" has been blazing on country radio and his performance of the hit single is just as electrifying.  "Kick It In The Sticks", "Take It Outside" & "My Kinda Crazy" were just a few of the many songs Brantley performed along with the band's oustanding rock-jam.  Brantley Gilbert may be just now introducing himself to country radio but his stage presence assures fans that he is no rookie!

Brantley Gilbert is currently on Willie Nelson's Country ThrowDown Tour as well as some of his own headlining tour dates.  To see if he is coming to an area near you, please visit his official website www.BrantleyGilbert.com.

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James Wesley's New Video "Didn't I"

Check out James Wesley's new video for his current single "Didn't I".  James is currently on tour with Taylor Swift and will then be on the road with Miranda Lambert later this year.  Keep up to date with James by visiting his official website www.JamesWesleyMusic.com.

Gloriana Offers Fans Free Download of "Soldier Song"


In celebration of Independence Day and all the men and women who serve or have served in the military Gloriana will release “Soldier Song,” from their forthcoming album, as a free download for one week exclusively through Facebook.  

Beginning tomorrow, June 30th until Thursday, July 7th fans can download “Soldier Song” by going to http://facebook.com/gloriana. The song, written by Tom and Mike Gossin and multi Grammy Award winning producer Matt Serletic, was inspired by the band’s experience during their trip overseas to perform for the troops stationed in the Middle East and Europe in November.

Gloriana, whose current single “Wanna Take You Home” is climbing the country charts, also asked fans to submit photos of friends and family members in the service for a special video that was created for “Soldier Song.” The video will also be available exclusively at http://facebook.com/gloriana from June 30th to July 7th.  

“After our trip overseas we were so inspired by the military men and women we met,” said Mike Gossin. “We wrote “Soldier Song” to show our gratitude and give something back to all the service men and women out there. The timing couldn’t be better than 4th of July weekend to celebrate this song by releasing it to our fans.”

Gloriana recently took time out of their busy touring schedule to shoot the video for “Wanna Take You Home” in Nashville, which will premiere in mid-July. The foursome are currently on the road performing at Festivals and Fairs across the country in support of their forthcoming second studio album on Emblem Music Group/ Warner Bros. Records.  Fans can get up to date information on the tour, with shows being added, by going to www.Gloriana.com.

Robin Meade's Debut Album 'Brand New Day' Receives Strong Reviews


HLN’s Robin Meade is receiving strong reviews, industry respect and Twitter buzz for her debut album Brand New Day, featuring the lead-off single, a cover of Don Henley’s “Dirty Laundry.” The album, available exclusively at Target stores nationwide and iTunes, landed at #25 on iTunes in its first week.
 
“She is the real deal and it shows all over this…” writes Chuck Dauphin of Music News Nashville, saying: “One listen to the album, and I think you’ll agree that Meade rises to the challenge and meets it dead on.”
 
Nearly 7 million Twitter users received word of the record via such notables as CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, HLN’s Joy Behar and Dr. Drew Pinsky, John Rich of Big and Rich and Big Boi of OutKast. John Rich tweeted, “She’s kick ass, and there are not many singers you’ll hear me say that about.” 
 
Beyond Twitter, Meade is all over radio and TV in the past week.  She has spoken to dozens of radio and TV stations across the country promoting the single and album, while being featured on such shows as the entertainment magazine show “EXTRA,” CNN’s “AC360,”  HLN's “Showbiz Tonight,” “The Joy Behar Show” and many more.  The story about her debut album was also in the pages of Country Weekly, The New York Daily News, USAWEEKEND.com and others.
  
"I'm so grateful to the country community, music fans and both new and loyal viewers for receiving my music so warmly," says Meade. "Writing and recording this album was a life-changing experience for me and the realization of a longtime dream…I hope people find their own piece of truth in these songs."
 
In conjunction with the release of the album, HLN's "Morning Express with Robin Meade" launched “Rise and Shine,” a contest that asks her viewers to write and perform an original "Morning Express" theme song. The winner scores a trip to Atlanta to meet the “Morning Express” team, a VIP tour of the news studio and a professional recording session for the song they created. The show will select up to ten of the best entries; viewers can vote for their favorite at CNN.com/Robin and the winner will be announced on the air in September.
 
This week, Meade will head to Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, Georgia, to host and perform at the 2011 Independence Day Concert featuring Wynonna and the Air Force Reserve Band.  Meade will be performing with both during the concert, which will be aired exclusively on the Armed Forces Network July 4th to US service personnel around the globe. This is the latest effort by Meade to voice her support for the troops, something she and the “Morning Express” team have been committed to for years. 
 
Meade can be seen Monday through Friday from 6am-Noon Eastern as the anchor of "Morning Express with Robin Meade" on HLN. 
 
Her debut album Brand New Day (produced by Nashville heavy-hitter Victoria Shaw)  is available exclusively at Target stores and iTunes. 
 

The JaneDear Girls To Perform At The Grand Ole Opry


Warner Bros. Records’ red hot duo the JaneDear girls are calling shotgun this Friday, July 1 as they take the stage at the Grand Ole Opry for the second time. Their Opry performance will include their current rising up-tempo single, “Shotgun Girl,” which continues to climb the Country charts. the JaneDear girls join Darius Rucker, Marty Stuart, The Isaacs, Ricky Skaggs and more in the line-up for Friday’s show.

“I grew up listening and admiring the music of all the great artists who have performed at the Grand Ole Opry and ever since I was a little girl I’ve dreamed of what it would be like to be on that stage,” said Susie. “It’s an incredible feeling to be on the stage performing our songs and we’re so grateful and excited to have the opportunity to do it again!”

To purchase tickets to see the JaneDear girls perform at the Grand Ole Opry, please visit www.Opry.com.

For more information on the JaneDear girls, please visit www.theJaneDeargirls.com.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

George Strait's New Single "Here For A Good Time" Is Now Available


George Strait’s newest hit single “Here For A Good Time,” which is already sitting at No. 20 on the Billboard country singles chart after only three weeks, is available now at all digital retailers. The single was his highest debut since his 2008 smash “I Saw God Today” and was the most added single at radio for two straight weeks.

Click HERE to purchase “Here For A Good Time.”

“Here For A Good Time,” written by Strait, his son Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon, is the first single and title track to his upcoming album scheduled to be released this year. 

With a career spanning more than 30 years, George Strait has the most number one singles of any artist in history including Elvis (57 to date inclusive of all charts).  He has sold nearly 69 million records and with 33 different platinum or multi-platinum albums has the most RIAA platinum certifications in country music and the third in all genres, behind The Beatles and Elvis Presley. Strait was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006.

Strait’s last CD Twang debuted at #1 on The Billboard 200 chart and the Top Country Albums chart.  This is the fourth time in Strait's career that a new release has debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart and the 13th time debuting at #1 on the Top Country Albums chart. 

Keep up to date with George by visiting his official website, www.GeorgeStrait.com.

Taylor Swift Celebrates Her 8th #1 Single With "Mean" & Earns Rave Reviews For Her Speak Now Tour


4-time Grammy winner Taylor Swift this week celebrates her 8th #1 record, as “Mean,” the third single from her Triple-Platinum-plus Speak Now album, tops the Mediabase / Country Aircheck Country Singles Chart, becoming her 3rd consecutive #1 song from the album (released on Big Machine Records). “Mean” also holds the #1 video slots at both at CMT (2 weeks) and GAC (3 weeks). 

Taylor played to over 110,000 fans at Boston’s Gillette Stadium over the weekend, with her two back-to-back sold-out shows capping the first month of the North American leg of the SPEAK NOW World Tour.

On Saturday, the Boston night skies opened and Taylor played the second half of that night’s show in the pouring rain, soaking wet. Midway through “You Belong With Me” the light rain became a downpour, but Taylor (the first and only female artist to ever sell out Gillette) never missed a beat, getting soaked to the skin but continuing the outdoor show as 55,000 drenched fans sang along with her. 

One month into the tour, Taylor’s Speak Now show is already garnering universally high praise from critics around the nation:

“One of the genre's most ambitious acts has created one of the genre's most ambitious tours. Broadway-inspired…the two-hour production was an overwhelming experience. There's an enormous amount of detail that worked to make the Speak Now Tour a sort of next step in country concert presentation….it blended the pacing, the music and the artist's personality in a way that transfixed. It's a production - and an ability - that her peers in the business will continue to study.” – Billboard

“Topping her elaborate ‘Fearless World Tour’ would seem a tall order, but the ‘Speak Now’ show didn’t just clear the bar, it left it behind in a cloud of spent rocket fuel.” -- Country Aircheck

 “What a show….Swift proved herself to be in strong voice right out of the gate. The cumulative effect of it all was jaw-dropping. The jet engine-level shrieking that greeted every shake, shimmy and smile Swift offered suggests that she is an artist completely in tune with what her audience wants from her.” – Buffalo News

“Pop-country phenom Taylor Swift kept a sold-out crowd at Gillette Stadium spellbound last night, tightening her iron grip on music with each note.”  -- Boston Herald

“Swift delivered a spectacle worthy of the pandemonium. She's now a performer as ambitious and polished, if not as provocative, as Madonna or Britney Spears or Lady Gaga, using her music as the basis for a theatrically minded show that didn't miss a trick. Swift's show kept the crowd dazzled and charmed, taking in the sights even as they sang along at a volume that competed with the sound coming from the stage.”  --The Oakland Press (Detroit)

 “A visual and auditory feast. If you’re on the fence about whether to go, get in the car. You won’t be disappointed. In fact, if I could, I’d drive another 100 miles to see it all again. I already thought she was brilliant. Now I think she’s a genius.” – Palm Beach Post

“A show in the truest sense of the word – a pop concert and musical theater production rolled into one very impressive package….a seamless, captivating performance. Swift has been named country music’s top entertainer a couple of times. After the great “Speak Now” tour, look for that to happen again.” – Lincoln (NE) Journal Star

 “A visually striking, sonically superb show. At only 21 years old, Swift may be better than anyone at mixing pop hooks with country storytelling for instant sing-alongs.” – Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

“Full of energy, emotion, and spectacular production….a polished, attention- grabbing night of entertainment. No one walked away disappointed.” – Music Row

“Watching Taylor Swift there's no mystery why she was the one who went from little-known Anthem singer to one of the world's biggest stars. It's how poised and genuine she is, both on the stage and strolling the crowd grabbing hands and offering hugs.” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“A high-paced, colorful success. Taylor Swift really does know how to walk the line. Not the line between country and pop, but the line between glam and natural, between wow and what's up, between Broadway and back porch. Her greatest triumph was her remarkable ability to obliterate the lines between the various factions in her audience and connect with all of them.” – Minneapolis Star-Tribune

 “If anyone knows any reason why Taylor Swift’s sold-out concert last night at Nationwide Arena wasn’t as an impressive display of girl (and young woman) power that’s been seen and heard in recent memory, let them speak now or forever hold their peace.” – Columbus Dispatch

“Swift impressively managed to shrink the arena into an intimate space to tell her stories to her ‘Florida friends.’”– Orlando Sentinel

“Every part of her two-hour performance - from the costume changes to the fake snow to the fire-wielding aerialists - felt like the product of a talented young woman firing on all cylinders. Swift still felt every bit as likeable and down-to-earth as ever. For their part, the crowd of more than 15,000 treated Swift with utter reverence, singing along or listening quietly, depending on the number.” – St. Paul Pioneer Press

“An astonishing new live show — which might be the most elaborate one staged by a country artist since Garth Brooks flew on wires.” – Tennessean

“Swift set a high bar. The country-pop singer thrilled a sold-out crowd during an endearing two-hour performance that never lacked for charm, or for that matter, talent.” – Hartford Courant

“Near-flawless. Swift’s new production puts the show in showstopper.” – Omaha World Herald

For updated tour information, please log on to: www.taylorswift.com

James Wesley Premiering Video For New Single "Didn't I" & Offering Fans A Free Song Download


The redesigned MP3.com will premiere James Wesley’s new music video for his current single, “Didn’t I,” as part of the site’s 30-day relaunch campaign.  This exclusive premiere of the video will be available for viewing online at MP3.com, Wednesday, June 29, along with a free download of the song.

Directed by
Marcel Chagnon with PoDunk Productions and produced by Jay Nelson, the music video was filmed at an 1800’s colonial farmhouse in Columbia, TN. Wesley got a chance to showcase his acting chops in the video, which was no walk in the park, as most of his shots were filmed while being doused in over 500 gallons of water. “The Maury Country Volunteer Fire Department was kind enough to provide the ‘rain’ for the video,” explains Wesley. “It was hot, so it felt really good!”

To view the 24-hour exclusive premiere and get the free download, visit
www.mp3.com
James Wesley is currently one of the opening acts on Taylor Swift'sSpeak Now World Tour.”  To get a complete list of tour dates, visit www.jameswesleymusic.com.

Rascal Flatts To Debut Their New Video "Easy" Featuring Natasha Bedingfield On July 1


CMT and CMT.com will host the exclusive world premiere of Rascal Flatts’ new video “Easy” from their Big Machine Records release Nothing Like This on Friday, July 1 at 10:45 a.m. ET, featuring special guest Natasha Bedingfield.  As part of the premiere, CMT will debut a 15-minute special CMT PREMIERES: RASCAL FLATTS FEAT. NATASHA BEDINGFIELD “EASY,” which includes interviews with the band and behind-the-scenes footage from the video shoot.

“Easy” will premiere across CMT’s multiple properties including CMT, CMT.com, CMT Pure and the network’s new social media game, CMT Platinum Life: Country.  As the network’s first video premiere in the social realm, gaming fans can earn virtual prizing when they stream the video in Platinum Life: Country.  The video will also debut on Palladia, MTV Networks’ high-definition music channel, and air on VH1 Top 20 Countdown on Saturday, July 2.

Kenny Chesney's "Anything But Mine" Was A Magical Moment For Him In Cleveland, OH


The summer party is in full swing as Kenny Chesney enters the second half of his ‘Goin’ Coastal’ Tour with a weekend run through the Midwest which included Cleveland, OH, Indianapolis, IN and Columbus, OH.
 
On the sold-out show in Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Star said, “While the 43-year-old has little left to prove, signature hits and onstage charisma are bound to keep him on top.”

For Chesney, one of the standout shows of the weekend was at the Blossom Music Center and he said, “The highlight for me this weekend was doing ‘Anything But Mine’ in Cleveland. That was just a magical, intense, moment of connection between everyone on stage and everyone in the audience. That moment reminded me of how powerful music really is and how much people live with these songs.”

Heading into the long holiday weekend, Chesney will stop at the Riverbend Amphitheater for a sold-out show in Cincinnati, OH before the July 2 show at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field. A few tickets remain available for the July 2 show. 

Keep up with Chesney and see if he is "Goin' Coastal" on tour near you by visiting his official website, www.KennyChesney.com.

Chris Young Giving Fans A Sneak Peek Of Album Title Track "Neon"


With only two weeks to go to the release of his highly anticipated third studio album, Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Chris Young is giving fans a sneak peek at the title track when Neon becomes available for pre-order beginning today on iTunes at http://bit.ly/ljyVdh.

In addition to the standard ten song album, a deluxe version of NEON is available for digital pre-order, featuring two previously unreleased bonus tracks — “I’m Gonna Change That” and “Don’t Leave Her (If You Can’t Let Her Go)” – along with a photo gallery containing new images of the man voted Country Weekly’s Hottest Bachelor. As an added bonus, fans who pre-order the deluxe version will receive an immediate download of the Neon title track before the album releases on July 12.

Neon features the smash lead single “Tomorrow,” the fastest‐rising song of Young’s career. The project includes ten brand new songs from the singer whom Billboard calls “a bona‐fide star!” Produced by James Stroud, 7 of the 10 songs from NEON were co‐penned by Young, including “Tomorrow.”  The "heartfelt ballad," as declared in a recent People review is Top 5 and climbing on the Billboard chart.  The hot new music video for "Tomorrow" can be streamed HERE.
 
OFFICIAL NEON TRACK LISTING:
1. “I Can Take It From There” (Chris Young/Rhett Akins/Ben Hayslip)
2. “Lost” (Chris Young/Chris DuBois/Ashley Gorley)
3. “Tomorrow” (Chris Young/Frank Myers/Anthony Smith)
4. “Save Water, Drink Beer” (Megan Connor/Ross Copperman/Jon Nite)
5. “Neon” (Shane McAnally/Josh Osborne/Trevor Rosen)
6. “Old Love Feels New” (Chris Young/Brett James/Tim Nichols)
7. “You” (Chris Young/Luke Laird)
8. “Flashlight” (Chris Young/Robert Arthur/Johnny Bulford)
9. “When She’s On” (Monty Criswell/Shane Minor)
10. “She’s Got This Thing About Her” (Chris Young/Cory Batten/Kent Blazy)

Keep up to date with Chris Young by visiting his official website, www.ChrisYoungCountry.com.

Luke Bryan & LongHorn Steakhouse Want You To "Go West With Luke" - Last Day To Enter


LongHorn Steakhouse is inviting restaurant guests to "Go West with Luke" for the chance to win an all-expense paid trip to Sundance, Utah, to spend a day on the Provo River with country music star Luke Bryan.
LongHorn's "Go West with Luke" sweepstakes will award two grand-prize winners and their guest with airfare and transportation to Sundance, a weekend stay from Aug. 5 through Aug. 7 at the scenic Stewart Mountain Lodge, a private acoustic performance by Luke Bryan, an autographed copy of Luke's new album in stores August 9, "Tailgates & Tanlines," and the opportunity to step away from their busy lives and spend time with one of country music's most popular stars in a relaxed, Western setting.
Through June 28, entrants can submit a sweepstakes entry through the "Go West with Luke Sweepstakes" tab on LongHorn's Facebook page ( www.facebook.com/longhornsteakhouse ). LongHorn will randomly select the two grand-prize winners, which will be announced via LongHorn's Facebook page on or before July 18.
"I love the outdoors, and I look forward to any chance I get to fish," said Luke. "And being able to share that with some of my biggest fans and play new music for them makes it even better!"
"'Go West with Luke' will give two lucky fans a once-in-a-lifetime chance to spend time with one of country music's most talented stars, Luke Bryan, in the relaxed Western setting of Sundance," said Shelly Welch, senior vice president of brand marketing for LongHorn Steakhouse. "LongHorn is proud to provide our guests with exclusive opportunities to connect with country music artists, and this promises to be an unforgettable experience for our winners to make a genuine connection with Luke."
Entrants must be 21 years of age and a U.S. resident (excluding Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico). Only one entry is allowed per person. For complete rules, visit LongHorn's Facebook page.
Now hurry up and enter by clicking HERE!!! 

Margaret Durante's "Maybe Tonight" Music Video Debuts at #1


Rising country star Margaret Durante made her record-breaking GAC Top 20 Country Countdown debut this weekend with her "Maybe Tonight" music video, which entered the countdown at an incredible #1! The 23-year-old singer-songwriter from Maryland was added to rotation on the channel only two weeks ago, but fans rallied their votes for the newcomer, giving her the impressive debut on the weekly video countdown. Margaret is the first artist signed to an independent label to ever debut at the top of the chart in the history of the show.

"I am just so humbled and thrilled by this," says Margaret.  "I am so proud of this song and this video and I'm so thankful for everyone who took the time to vote."

Directed by Kristin Barlowe, the clip for "Maybe Tonight" (co-written by Durante, Blair Daly and Rachel Proctor) highlights Margaret's fun-loving and light-hearted side as she and her love interest flirt their way through the early stages of a new relationship. Fans also get to see a spontaneous side of Durante, as she leads a troupe in a dance on the streets of downtown Nashville.

Keep up to date with Margaret by visiting her official website, www.MargaretDurante.com.

Sugarland's Incredible Machine Tour Week in Review

Kristian's old friend Ellis Paul opened three shows with Sugarland this weekend, and Sugarland TV sat down with the pair to talk about writing and the challenges of crafting a "simple song." 

The JaneDear Girls Team Up With Nick Jonas & Quaker Chewy For The Next Young Superstar


Warner Bros. Records’ red hot duo the JaneDear girls join Nick Jonas and Quaker Chewy to find the first ever Quaker Chewy Superstar. The campaign invites children ages 8 to 14 to sing to one of four songs, which include the JaneDear girls’ Top 15 hit “Wildflower.” “Just the Way You Are” by Bruno Mars, “NothinOn You” by B.o.B. featuring Bruno Mars and “Breathe” by Michelle Branch are the other sing-along karaoke tracks available for contestants.

The contest winner will receive a $5000 cash prize, record a song produced by Nick Jonas and be signed to the Jonas Management Group. For more information on the contest, visit the official Quaker Chewy Superstar website at: www.ChewySuperstar.com

For more information on the JaneDear girls, please visit www.theJaneDeargirls.com

The Doobie Brothers Release Live CD & DVD "Live At The Greek Theatre 1982"


Last Friday, Luke Bryan and The Doobie Brothers met at CMT Crossroads Stage for an amazing performance.  Its nice to hear artists sing other artist's songs, but it is even a bigger treat when they are on stage together collaborating on each other's music.

While The Doobie Brothers visited the country music world last week, they are now back to their old stomping ground with their new release.  Today The Doobie Brothers Live At The Greek Theatre 1982 will be released on CD and DVD through Eagle Rock Entertainment.
The rafters of Berkeley, California’s famed Greek Theater shook with rock’n’roll fervor as the final date of the final tour of hometown heroes The Doobie Brothers brought many in the crowd that night to tears. 

Billed as their “Farewell Tour,” the band, guitarist/vocalist Pat Simmons, keyboardist/vocalist Michael McDonald, drummer Keith Knudson, guitarist/violinist/harmonica player John McFee, saxophonist/keyboardist/flautist Cornelius Bumpus, drummer/percussionist Chet McCracken, bassist Willie Weeks, and conga player Bob LaKind, pulled out all the stops on a set that revisited their every era.

This incredible night included the surprise return of band co-founder Tom Johnston for the final two numbers. On their biggest hit, “Listen To The Music,” original member John Hartman also joined the band as did former members Tiran Porter and Michael Hossack. It would prove to be the last onstage Doobie Brothers music for five years.
The two-hour 21-track DVD includes five bonus songs cut from the original film of the event:  “Little Darlin’ (I Need You),” “One Step Closer,” “Dependin’ On You,” “Real Love” and “”No Stoppin’ Us Now” as well as interviews with the band and its manager.

Since their self-titled debut in 1971, The Doobie Brothers have released thirteen studio albums, as well as several live albums and “Best Of” compilations. Live At The Greek Theatre 1982 is a welcome addition to their stunning musical repertoire, that captures an unforgettable celebration of their career.

CD Track Listing:
1) Listen To The Music
2) Sweet Maxine
3) Rockin’ Down The Highway
4) You Belong To Me
5) Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me)
6) Long Train Runnin’
7) Black Water
8) Minute By Minute
9) Slat Key Soquel Rag
10) Out On The Streets
11) What A Fool Believes
12) Jesus Is Just Alright
13) Takin’ It To The Streets
14) China Grove
15) Listen To The Music

BONUS TRACKS:
16) Little Darling (I Need You)
17) One Step Closer
18) Dependin’ On You
19) Real Love

DVD Track Listing:
1) Listen To The Music
2) Sweet Maxine
3) Rockin’ Down The Highway
4) You Belong To Me
5) Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me)
6) Long Train Runnin’
7) Black Water
8) Minute By Minute
9) Slat Key Soquel Rag
10) I Keep Forgettin’
11) Out On The Streets
12) What A Fool Believes
13) Jesus Is Just Alright
14) Takin’ It To The Streets
15) China Grove
16) Listen To The Music

BONUS TRACKS DVD:
17) Little Darling (I Need You)
18) One Step Closer
19) Dependin’ On You
20) Real Love  
21) No Stoppin’ Us Now

Monday, June 27, 2011

Blake Shelton's "Honey Bee" Sits Sweet At #1 For Third Consecutive Week


Reigning CMA Male Vocalist of the Year, Blake Shelton’s hit “Honey Bee” is No. 1 on the Billboard charts for the third consecutive week. “Honey Bee” is off Shelton’s eighth studio album, Red River Blue, available everywhere beginning July 12. iTunes pre-order begins tomorrow, June 28 and includes the full album plus bonus tracks and five pre-order LIVE tracks from Blake Shelton LIVE: It’s All About Tonight. Wal-Mart will offer a CD/DVD Exclusive which will include the DVD for Blake Shelton LIVE: It’s All About Tonight.

“Honey Bee” is Shelton’s fourth consecutive No. 1 single, which he performed LIVE on NBC’s “The Voice” last week with Team Blake vocalists, Dia Frampton and Xenia. “Honey Bee” tops the charts with nearly one million in digital single sales, holding the record for the fastest selling digital single to be certified gold by the R.I.A.A. by a country male. Shelton is currently one of the musician coaches on NBC’s “The Voice” along with superstars Christian Aguilera, Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine. Tune-in tomorrow and Wednesday night to NBC for the finale of “The Voice” at 9/8c.

Pre-sale options are available now at www.BlakeShelton.com for Red River Blue:
Digital Album Plus Immediate Downloads - $14.99
Full digital album download delivered on 7/12, Immediate MP3 download of “Honey Bee,” Video download of “Honey Bee” Video download of “Honey Bee – Behind the Scenes”
CD Plus Immediate Downloads - $19.99
CD, Immediate MP3 download of “Honey Bee,” Video download of “Honey Bee” Video download of “Honey Bee – Behind the Scenes”
Basic Package - $39.99
CD, Immediate MP3 download of “Honey Bee,” Video download of “Honey Bee” Video download of “Honey Bee – Behind the Scenes,” Shot Glass, Leather Cuff Bracelet
Premium Package - $49.99
Autographed CD, Immediate MP3 download of “Honey Bee,” Video download of “Honey Bee” Video download of “Honey Bee – Behind the Scenes,” Shot Glass, Leather Cuff Bracelet, Unisex Athletic Fit Black Photo T-Shirt
Limited Edition Autographed Commemorative Plaque - $250
16x16 framed plaque personalized with your name and autographed by Blake
For additional information on Blake Shelton, please visit www.BlakeShelton.com

Luke Bryan Strikes A Gold Certification With Hit Single "Country Girl (Shake It For Me)"


Luke Bryan’s current single, “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” has been certified Gold by the RIAA.  The up-tempo Top 1hit is the lead single off Luke’s Tailgates and Tanlines album due out on August 9.  Co-written with songwriting vet Dallas Davidson, “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” is Luke’s third Gold-certified single.

The song debuted at #1 in U.S. country digital singles sales with 105,498 downloads and is the fastest rising single of his career.  It follows Luke’s recent three back-to-back #1 singles "Do I," "Rain Is A Good Thing” and "Someone Else Calling You Baby," all from his Gold-certified album Doin’ My Thing.  

The Georgia born singer-songwriter isn’t showing any signs of slowing down soon. After an electrifying standout performance at the 2011 CMT Awards, Luke became the top-searched term on Google that evening.  Luke also appeared with the Doobie Brothers in the latest installment of CMT Crossroads, which aired last week.   

Fans can catch Luke on the road this summer with Tim McGraw’s “Emotional Traffic Tour,” and can look forward to his headline tour - “CMT ON TOUR: Luke Bryan Tailgates & Tanlines” launching this fall.

For more information, be sure to check out www.lukebryan.com.

Blake Shelton & Brad Paisley To Perform Together On NBC's 'The Voice'


All four musician coaches – Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton – will team up to perform the Rolling Stones’ classic “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” on the live performance of NBC’s “The Voice,” Tuesday, June 28 (9-11 p.m. ET). In addition, country star Brad Paisley joins fellow R&B/pop sensations Pitbull and Ne-Yo as special guest performers on the hit vocal competition series that same night.

The announcements were made by Paul Telegdy, Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming, NBC and Universal Media Studios.

“We are excited to see all of our musician coaches perform together as we near the much-anticipated finale of our first season,” said Telegdy. “Likewise, we gladly welcome such a wide variety of established musical stars as Brad Paisley, Pitbull and Ne-Yo to our thrilling performance show that precedes the results show the next night. As time goes by, ‘The Voice’ is creating an impact and attracting more recognized recording stars who want to join the festivities.”

The four finalists are Dia Frampton, Javier Colon, Beverly McClellan and Vicci Martinez, who will perform on the June 28 show with the winner announced on Wednesday, June 29 (9-11 p.m. ET).

The three-time Grammy Award-winning Paisley will perform “Don’t Drink the Water” with Shelton. It is from Paisley’s recently-released album “This Is Country Music,” which includes the song featuring Shelton.


Tune-In tomorrow night to NBC’s “The Voice,” (9-11 p.m. ET)

Kenny Chesney & The CMA Songwriters Series Is Heading To Boston


Country superstar Kenny Chesney will appear for the first time in the perennially popular CMA Songwriters Series, which will make its Boston debut on Thursday, Aug. 25 (8:00 PM/ET) at the Royale Nightclub, a newly renovated opera house in downtown Boston's Theater District.

Chesney, whose songwriting credits include such instant classics as "Beer In Mexico," "You Had Me From Hello," "Out Last Night," "I Go Back," and "I'm Alive" (a duet with Dave Matthews), has won four consecutive CMA Entertainer of the Year Awards, scored 22 No. 1 singles, and sold more than 30 million albums. In addition, "Corona Presents Kenny Chesney's is Goin' Coastal Tour" has sold more than one million tickets.

Joining Chesney will be Matraca Berg ("You and Tequila"recorded by Chesney, "Strawberry Wine" recorded by Deana Carter, "If I Fall You're Going Down With Me" recorded by The Dixie Chicks, and "XXXs and OOOs [An American Girl]" recorded by Trisha Yearwood); Brett James ("Jesus Take the Wheel" recorded by Carrie Underwood, "The Truth" recorded by Jason Aldean, and "When the Sun Goes Down" and "Out Last Night," both recorded by Chesney); Wendell Mobley ("I Melt" and "Fast Cars and Freedom," both recorded by Rascal Flatts, "Strange" recorded by Reba, and "There Goes My Life" recorded by Chesney);  Craig Wiseman ("Live Like You Were Dying" and "Where the Green Grass Grows," both recorded by Tim McGraw, and "The Good Stuff" and "Summertime," both recorded by Chesney); and the evening's host, Bob DiPiero ("Southern Voice" recorded by Tim McGraw, "Blue Clear Sky" recorded by George Strait, and "You Can't Take the Honky Tonk Out of the Girl" recorded by Brooks & Dunn).

"We are extremely excited to be working with CMA for the first time here at Royale," said Jamison La Guardia, Director of Marketing and Events for Royale Nightclub. "Having a world class artist such as Kenny Chesney performing along with some of the best songwriters from Nashville will surely make this an event to remember!"

Tickets to the Aug. 25 show are $75 for VIP seating, $45 for floor seating and $30 for General Admission and will go on sale Friday, July 1 at noon ET. Tickets will be available through Ticketmaster.com, at any Ticketmaster outlet, or by phone at (800) 745-3000. Fans can avoid service fees by purchasing tickets at the Royale Nightclub box office (279 Tremont Street) on Fridays between noon and 6:00 PM/ET. Tickets are non-transferable and will be available at the box office will call only. Purchasers must present a photo ID in order to retrieve their tickets. 

Craig Morgan Sends New Single "This Ole Boy" To Country Radio



Craig Morgan has brought many hit singles to country music listeners over the years such as "Redneck Yacht Club", "That's What I Love About Sundays", "Bonfire" and many, many more.  Craig is back and giving his fans more great music as he just released his brand new single "This Ole Boy" to country radio which will be on his forthcoming studio album.

"This Ole Boy" is an upbeat classic country song of a boy who is in love with a girl that is "hotter than South Georgia in July".  It's a sweet summer tune that is simple yet memorable coupled with Craig's seasoned vocals.  With catchy lines like "She's my shotgun rider, I'm the lucky dog beside her" and "This ole boy got it goin' on, got the good Lord smilin' on me", you have yourself a country song that will remain as a keeper on your playlist.

The new track is written by Ben Hayslip, Rhett Atkins & Dallas Davidson.  In a recent interview, Craig told us he fell in love with the song as soon as he heard it.  He also told us that his upcoming album he is working on now is sonically the best work he's ever done, with stronger songs and that in years to come people will talk about this new album as the one that did something new for him.  We are excited for Craig's new album which is anticipated for release later this year.  Listen to our entire interview by clicking HERE.

Be sure to start requesting "This Ole Boy" at your favorite country radio station.  Keep up to date with Craig & see if he is coming to an area near you by visiting his official website, www.CraigMorgan.com