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REVIEW: Miranda Lambert – Platinum

Miranda Lambert released her fifth album on Wednesday, choosing a simple play on the word Platinum for the title. She could be referring to her platinum blonde hair but, seeing as how Read More »

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Miranda Lambert Talks “Platinum”

Miranda Lambert recently discussed her upcoming album, Platinum, with ABC News Radio. Platinum is set for release on June 3rd, and the 5-time ACM Female Vocalist of the Year is writing all 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 The Herrold Sisters

Hannah and Abby Herrold, collectively The Herrold Sisters, are a sibling singer-songwriter duo from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Fifteen-year-old Hannah and twelve-year-old Abby may be young, but they certainly have big dreams and they Read More »

Kelly Clarkson Welcomes Baby Girl!

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Kelly Clarkson is a mom!

The multi-genre singing sensation gave birth to River Rose Blackstock on Thursday, June 12th! Earlier today, Clarkson made the highly anticipated announcement to her fans via Twitter and Facebook.

The little girl’s arrival also means that Reba McEntire has a new grand baby. Kelly’s husband, Starstruck Management Group’s Brandon Blackstock, is Reba’s stepson.

We don’t want to put pressure on the 2-day old baby girl, but her name is perfect for country music. With her mama’s incomparable pipes and her music royalty family, we may have a future star on our hands.

Welcome to the world, River Rose! We want to send the biggest congratulations to Kelly and Brandon! We are so happy for them and their beautiful family.

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Richie Sambora Joins Zac Brown Band for Epic CMA Fest Performance

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Before heading to Europe for his upcoming tour with Orianthi, Richie Sambora was excited to head to Nashville, TN, surprising crowds with an incredible appearance during Zac Brown Band’s set at the CMA Music Festival. The collaborative performance, which saw Richie and the acclaimed country/folk band riffing on the iconic hit “Wanted Dead or Alive” had the crowd amped up over at LP Field.

Said Richie Sambora “What a blast playing with my brother Zac Brown. Nashville has always welcomed me with open arms and it was incredible to jump on stage and feel the energy of that amazing crowd!”

Richie’s European tour kicks off June 13th with a sold out show in London.  He’ll be back in the states for 3 special performances in NYC, being announced shortly.

Jana Kramer Added to All-Star Kicker Country Stampede Line Up

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Kicker Country Stampede, to be held June 26-29 in Manhattan, Kansas, is delighted to announce that all camping & reserved seating is officially sold out for the first time in the 19-year history of the festival. Festival organizers recently surveyed the grounds and added an additional 200+ camping sites, which sold out immediately upon releasing them to the public.

“What a milestone!  We want to thank the fans for their continued support throughout the years!” said Wayne Rouse, general manager of Kicker Country Stampede. “For the first time, the demand for camping has exceeded the supply! However, we want as many fans to have the opportunity to experience Stampede as possible, so we are looking into ways to accommodate even more folks in future years!”

Country’s fastest rising female star Jana Kramer has been added to the star-studded line-up, which includes Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Chris Young, Easton Corbin, Lee Brice, Joe Nichols, Randy Houser, Dustin Lynch, Thomas Rhett, Charlie Worsham, Tyler Farr, Joe Diffie, Will Hoge, Jon Pardi, 6 Degrees West, The Railers and Logan Mize.

The last day to purchase four-day tickets for $145 and VIP tickets for $565 is Wednesday, June 25. There are a very limited number of VIP tickets remaining, so get yours now before it’s too late! For more information on tickets or for any of your Kicker Country Stampede needs, visit www.countrystampede.com or call 800-795-8091.

REVIEW: Miranda Lambert – Platinum

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Miranda Lambert released her fifth album on Wednesday, choosing a simple play on the word Platinum for the title. She could be referring to her platinum blonde hair but, seeing as how her last four albums all went platinum in sales, it is more likely an easy prediction. This album finds Lambert at her most introspective and nostalgic, everything from the lyrical content to the adventurous spirit of the compositions, Platinum relishes the past. Though she presents more of her rootsy side, she blends it with the modern pop sensibility, pushing herself as only a fully-developed artist is able to do.

It is musically her most diverse album to date, going from lively guitar shredding in “Little Red Wagon” to a lap-steel ballad in “Smokin’ and Drinkin’ (feat. Little Big Town)”. On Platinum we find Lambert stretching the limits of the genre and experimenting sonically while keeping her strong voice and persona intact. It is this voice that holds the album together, guiding us through her corner of the south, sharing the perspective of a confident, strong and charismatic woman who offers no apologies. From feminist issues to her marriage to Blake Shelton, she takes her daily concerns and filters them through her realistic and often humorous perspective.

Toby Keith raises $950,000 for Oklahoma Kids Korral

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Congratulations to country music superstar Toby Keith! The Oklahoma native paid back his home state with a huge donation for the Oklahoma Kids Korral. The money was raised through his 11th annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic event. His golf tournament was attended by over 800 eager participants making up 44 teams. The event also held a silent auction, which ended up bringing in the big money.

Some of the top bids were:

Dinner with Toby Keith at the Oklahoma Kids Korral: $52,000
Bull Elk Hunt at Express UU Bar Ranch: $37,500
Arnold Palmer/Jack Nicklaus Memorabilia piece: $35,000
Toby Keith Behind the Scenes Experience: $30,000
Brush Creek Ranch Getaway: $30,000
African Safari: $25,000

The Oklahoma Kids Korral is a free-cost home away from home for pediatric cancer patients.

Jamie O’Neal releases first album in five years

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Country artist Jamie O’Neal finally released her long-awaited album last week. “Eternal” is her first album released in nearly five years.

Released on May 27th, Eternal features O’Neal’s take on 10 classic country hits plus an original bonus track co-written by Jamie. Cover’s include “Golden Ring” (George Jones/Tammy Wynette), “Help Me Make It Through The Night” (Kris Kristofferson), and “Leavin’ On Your Mind” (Patsy Cline).

Check out the official music video for Jamie’s “Wide Awake” and let us know what you think. Are you excited for her new music? Did you get a copy?

Miranda Lambert releases Platinum

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Today’s the day that Miranda Lambert and her fans have been waiting for! The Texan superstar released her brand new studio album “Platinum” today to digital and physical music retailers. It’s her fifth record with Sony Music Nashville, and features some pretty big duets from her friends like Little Big Town, The Time Jumpers and Carrie Underwood.

“Platinum” is the follow-up to her highly successful “Four The Record.”

Stay tuned for our review of “Platinum”. What’s your favorite tracks on Miranda’s new album? Do you think it’s her best album yet?

ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute to The Troops Concert Special Airing May 20

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Carrie Underwood, an 11-time Academy of Country Music Award winner, co-penned a song specifically for the Academy’s military tribute show, ACM PRESENTS: AN ALL-STAR SALUTE TO THE TROOPS. Carrie’s performance of “Keep Us Safe” will debut during the broadcast airing this Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 9:00 PM ET/PT on the CBS Television Network.  Coinciding with her performance, the song will be available digitally with proceeds benefiting ACM Lifting Lives®.

“When we were approached to be a part of the show, I was so excited to do something to honor our troops, and because ACM Lifting Lives does such great work. I wanted to take the time to really think about what song I wanted to perform,” shares Carrie.  “I had a writing session scheduled with my co-writers and friends Hillary Lindsey, Luke Laird and Shane McAnally, and I guess the show was weighing on my mind. I think we all left the session knowing the song was special because it basically wrote itself that day!”

In honor of Armed Forces Day (May 17) observances ACM PRESENTS: AN ALL-STAR SALUTE TO THE TROOPS features Dierks Bentley, Lee Brice, Luke Bryan, Merle Haggard, Hunter Hayes, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Kellie Pickler, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Keith Urban, Eli Young Band, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts and The Band Perry paying tribute to our country’s remarkable all-volunteer military force. The two-hour special is co-hosted by LL COOL J and Chris O’Donnell, and produced for television by dick clark productions, to air on Tuesday May 20, 2014 at 9:00-11:00 PM ET/PT on the CBS Television Network. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, R.A. Clark and Barry Adelman are executive producers. Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.

Set your DVR’s, you won’t want to miss this!

Lady Antebellum to Debut New Single “Bartender” on American Idol Finale

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Seven-time GRAMMY award-winning trio Lady Antebellum will make the television debut of their sultry new single “Bartender” this Wednesday (5/21) on the season finale of American Idol at 7:00P CT on FOX. The new track is now available for purchase on iTunes and is also officially going for adds at country radio this week.

To listen to “Bartender,” click here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2014/05/19/lady-antebellum-bartender-first-listen/9261145/

From Los Angeles, the trio will cross the country to perform on Good Morning America on Friday (5/23), where they’ll kick off the show’s Summer Concert Series live from Central Park. Fans outside of New York City will be able to catch the group on their headlining 2014 TAKE ME DOWNTOWN TOUR through the fall. For a full list of upcoming television appearances and tour dates, visit www.ladyantebellum.com.

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JT Hodges Takes Fans Into the Studio in the Video for “Lay It Down”

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Singer – songwriter, JT Hodges releases a highly anticipated studio performance of his summer smash, “Lay It Down”!

JT takes fans behind the scenes in his latest release, making them feel as if they are a part of the recording process at Destiny Studio in Nashville. The video premiered on SiriusXM The Highway, where the song has been a fan favorite since release.

JT shares, “I’m all about making music that makes you wanna move, get your head noddin’ and put you in a mood,” which perfectly sums up his new track, “Lay It Down”. Combining the infectious “uh uh uhh’s” with the sultry melodies, this tune definitely has it all!

Hodges will be playing this song among others at his upcoming performance at Show Dog Universal’s Fan Appreciation party on June 5th at The Silver Dollar Saloon as part of CMA Fest. Stay tuned for other performances to be announced shortly!

Watch the video for “Lay It Down” here: