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INTERVIEW: CMA Award Winner and Grammy Nominee Deana Carter

She is likely best known for her debut single, “Strawberry Wine,” but singer/songwriter Deana Carter has a plethora of albums, songwriting credits, award nominations, and a CMA Award on her shelf. Admittedly, Read More »

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Exclusive Interview: Paul Jolley

If you know the name Paul Jolley, chances are you were introduced to him by a little show named American Idol. If you don’t know the name Paul Jolley yet, it’s time Read More »

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Exclusive Interview: Dave Barnes

The name Dave Barnes is synonymous with awesome. By day, he’s an independent musician who just recently released his eighth studio album, Golden Days. By night, he’s a bit of a Nashville Read More »

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EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Kari & Billy

Kari Nelson and Billy Arnold (collectively referred to as Kari & Billy) are a couple bound by love and marriage, as well as their talents for music. Kari has toured with John Read More »

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Exclusive Interview: David Fanning

Although you may not know the name David Fanning just yet, chances are if you’ve turned on country radio recently, you’ve heard a song he’s had his hand in. Since arriving in Read More »

ACM 2014 POLLS

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Hey KIC fans…

As you know the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards air this Sunday, April 6th at 8/7c. It’s one of the best musical events of the year, and with the Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan tag team hosting again, you definitely do not want to miss it!

But before Blake & Luke (#Bluke) announce the winners and Las Vegas is rockin’ with performances from our favorite country artists, we want to hear your picks. Vote below in our ACM polls!

 

 

ACM 2014: Female Vocalist of the Year

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ACM 2014: Entertainer of the Year

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JT Hodges Releases New Track “Lay It Down”

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Country charmer JT Hodges has some new music to share! JT’s new single ”Lay It Down” has been released on iTunes and is now available for purchase. Written by Busbee, Liz Rose and Eric Paslay, this song has a rockin’ beat and a sexy, intriguing melody that will definitely make you want to get out of your seat!

“I’m all about making music that makes you wanna move, get your head noddin’ and put you in a mood,” says Hodges.  “This new record is loaded with that sentiment, and this song kicks it all off. So y’all crank it up nice and loud!”

This song is going right to our spring playlist! What do you think?

Don’t forget to check out JT’s upcoming tour dates on his site HERE.

VIDEO: Carissa Leigh Premieres Video For “Bad Boy”

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In her debut single, Carissa Leigh shares what all women really want in a guy. She was inspired when talking with men about what women look for in a man.  ”A woman wants a nice guy, but not really. They really want …the bad boy! And as far as guys? Well, every boy wants to be a little bit bad inside!”

The talented Kristin Barlowe, who has worked with artists such as Jason Aldean, Love and Theft, and Little Big Town, directed the video, which was filmed here in Nashville. The video is about – you guessed it – casting the hottest, baddest men in Nashville!

Check out the video for “Bad Boy” below and let us know what you think!

Hit Spring Break with Luke Bryan

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What would you do for a chance to party on the beach with country cutie Luke Bryan? For this week only, you can enter to win a trip to Tortuga simply by texting TORTUGA to 31996 or by entering online at springbreak6.com/.

The latest edition of Luke’s Spring Break EP series, “Spring Break 6..Like We Ain’t Ever” is available now through digital music retailers. On his latest EP, Luke said:

“The songs for this project came together so fast. These special EP’s all began as a way to get new music out to the fans between studio projects.  I feel like year after year we get a little bit better at writing for this.  I think with these new songs I would be proud to put them on any album we release.”

Did you get your copy yet?  What’s your favorite Luke Bryan song of all time?

 

 

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Congratuations to country singer Jessie James! She welcomed her first baby with NFL star Eric Decker this week. Vivianne Rose Decker was born 8 lbs 2oz and 20 inches long with a full set of hair yesterday early in the morning. Mother and daughter are doing well and are very happy.

 

Jessie James released this picture on Instagram before the birth of her daughter.

 

The “When You Say My Name” singer has been busy with her reality show “Eric & Jessie: Game On!,” with the second season premiere airing on March 30th on E! at 10 pm EST / 9 pm CST.

EXCLUSIVE REVIEW: Jo Dee Messina’s “Me” on Monday

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It feels like forever ago when I first spoke with Jo Dee Messina and her album, Me, was months away from its big release. It also feels like eons ago when I began this weekly track-by-track album review, counting down until March 18th. It is hard to believe that tomorrow is March 18th and Jo Dee’s album will finally be making its way into your phones, iPods, cars, and homes.

To wrap up this “Me on Monday” series, I saved the first track on the album, “Not Dead Yet,” for last. Strategically, “Not Dead Yet” made sense as the final track for review because it sends a very important message to country music fans … Jo Dee is still here, and she is ready to remind you why she was nominated for two Grammys and is a chart-topping hit-maker. Regardless of the hard times Jo Dee faced with her former record label, this bold, confident, talented artist hasn’t let it get the best of her. Instead, she barreled through the difficulties and forged her own path. This song let’s those who doubted her abilities to succeed on her own know how very wrong they were.

Jo Dee sings, “You can put me down, you can count me out, I’m not listenin’ to you. I’ve paid my dues, gotten bent and bruised, I’ve walked a thousand miles in these shoes. I’m here and I’m well. I’ve felt the fire, I’ve been through hell. I’m a little out of breath, but baby I’m not dead yet.” In a song that drips of honesty and forthcomingness, Jo Dee admits the road has seemed dim and, sometimes, there is no clear path at any given moment, but she is ready to hit the ground running anyway. In this song of art imitating life, Jo Dee quips (likely aimed toward her former label) that she will not allow anybody to take her down, as she has enough life left in her to create her own destiny.

And, a charmed destiny she has created, especially considering the caliber of her new albumMe, which will be available tomorrow. From front to back, this album will bring you strong, hard-hitting tracks, as well as emotional ballads that will choke you up and make you sympathize with Jo Dee and/or the character she portrays in the song. From beginning to end, this album will provide you with must-hear tracks, impeccable vocals, and a variety of instrumentation that will appeal to fans of several different styles of country music. I am so excited for you to finally hear what I have been hearing for all of these months, and I thank you for trusting me to guide you toward this album and take you on this weekly ride. I guarantee the destination was well worth your wait.

I would like to extend a very special thank you to Jo Dee Messina and Team JDM for believing in me and adopting me into their special circle to promote this album so vigorously over the last couple of months. It has been a distinct honor and privilege to be involved with such fabulous people.

Eric Church, Toby Keith And Lady Antebellum With Stevie Nicks Added To Lineup Of Performers On The 49TH Annual ACM Awards

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Eric Church, Toby Keith, and Lady Antebellum with legendary musician Stevie Nicks have all been added to the lineup on the 49th Annual ACM Awards, as announced by the Academy of Country Music and Dick Clark Productions.

They will be joining previously announced performers Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Keith Urban, Florida Georgia Line and The Band Perry. The ceremony, hosted by Blake Shelton and Luke Perry, will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM ET/delayed PT on CBS.

Keep on eye on KIC as more performers are announced in the weeks to come!

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ACM Party For A Cause Festival Lineup Announced – April 4-5/Las Vegas

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Finally, what country fans have been waiting for! The ACM Party For A Cause® full lineup has been released along with the schedule!

In case you missed our previous post on this event, here is a quick recap. The Second Annual Party For A Cause will be a two-day music event that will be closing out The Week Vegas Goes Country® festival and leading up to The 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, April 6.

During these two days, the open-air venue of Caesars Entertainment’s The LINQ and feature multiple stages for ongoing LIVE country music performances, interactive games, a country marketplace, and more to be announced. This year’s Party For A Cause® Festival will be hosted by Outnumber Hunger and ACM Lifting Lives and be headlined by Rascal Flatts (Friday) and Keith Urban (Saturday). Tickets may be purchased through tickmaster.com.

INTERVIEW: CMA Award Winner and Grammy Nominee Deana Carter

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She is likely best known for her debut single, “Strawberry Wine,” but singer/songwriter Deana Carter has a plethora of albums, songwriting credits, award nominations, and a CMA Award on her shelf. Admittedly, I bought Deana’s first album in 1996 (with the hologram cover, thank you very much!) and I couldn’t resist kicking off our interview with a play on the CMA Awards Album of the Year Nominee Did I Shave My Legs For This? So, to answer the burning question you all have, no, Deana did not, in fact, shave her legs for our interview. She also did not imbibe any strawberry wine because “it’s not Friday yet!” After I got these (likely) very much anticipated references to Deana’s breakout project out of the way, I was able to hone in on what this talented, poised, hardworking, and unbelievably sweet musician has been doing as of late.

Natalie Stovall & The Drive Premiere “Baby Come On With It” Music Video

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Country newcomers Natalie Stovall & The Drive are currently cruising up the charts with their single, “Baby Come On With It.” The video perfectly matches the rocking country track & the bands’ liveshow with Natalie conducting a party train with her white fiddle. She was recently named one of CMT’s Next Women of Country, and the band is currently crisscrossing the country on tour.

Watch the party in a video here: