Monthly Archives: September 2011

Brett Eldredge Becomes Hall of Fame Family

Brett Eldredge. photo credit: Warner Music Nashville

Brett Eldredge became the first new artist to receive an honorary “Friends & Family” membership into the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The honor was given to Brett on the evening of his tenth Grand Ole Opry performance, which featured his new hot single “It Ain’t Gotta Be Love.”

You can catch Brett on tour throughout the rest of the year. His next tour stop is Saturday in Washington at the Washington State Fair. For a full list of tour dates see his official site.

Carrie Underwood Rocks New ‘Do At iheartradio Festival

Carrie Underwood at iheartradio Festival. photo credit: iheartradio

Carrie Underwood blew the roof off of the iheartradio Music Festival in Las Vegas on the weekend, and with a new hair-do too! See her performance of one of my favorites “I Know You Won’t” live from the iheartradio festival right here and let us know what your favorite live performance is of Carries.

Rascal Flatts Perform With Natasha Bedingfield At iheartradio Festival

Natasha Bedingfeld & Gary Levox of Rascal Flatts. photo credit: iheartradio

Rascal Flatts surprised fans at the iheartmusic festival in Las Vegas on the weekend by bringing out British pop singer Natasha Bedingfield for a live version of their hit duet “Easy.” Billboard had an exclusive red carpet interview with the boys and Natasha at the iheartmusic Festival before they hit the stage. See the interview below the “read more” button.

Rascal Flatts will enjoy some downtime for the first time in a while, before releasing a brand-new studio album next April and embarking on another Summer-long tour. Expect another new single from Rascal Flatts soon, who are to become the newest members of the Grand Ole Opry in October.

Exclusive Interview: Dave Barnes

Dave Barnes. photo credit: LeAnn Mueller & Razor and Tie

We had the chance to speak with Dave Barnes, a talented singer-songwriter who considers himself to be a songwriter first. His name has become popular with country music fans as the writer for Blake Shelton’s current single “God Gave Me You,” but he’s also friends with Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott.

We asked him his opinion on Blake’s version of his song, how he came up with “God Gave Me You,” his friendship with Hillary, and his involvement with the “Mocha Club.” See what the down-to-earth singer had to say by clicking the “read more” tag.

Martina McBride To Sing Anthem At NFL Game

Martina McBride. Photo credit: Big Machine records

Martina McBride has been announced as the National Anthem performer for the Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets football game on October 2nd, 2011. Her performance will be broadcast live on NBC at 8:30 pm EST. The game serves as the first in the Breast Cancer Awareness games that the NFL is putting on throughout the month of October. During October, NFL Breast Cancer Awareness games will have a special football with a pink ribbon decals, pink equipment worn by the players, pink coins used for the coin toss, pink goal post padding, and even cancer awareness jackets for the cheerleaders on both teams.

Luke Bryan Performs On Ellen!

Luke Bryan.

Did you miss Luke Bryan’s performance of “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” on the always entertaining Ellen show? Watch it right here and be prepared to laugh when he goes into the audience to find a “country girl” to dance with. You’ve been warned!

Luke’s currently on tour with “CMT On Tour: Luke Bryan Tailgates & Tanlines” across the United States and soon his “Farm Tour 2011″ tour. For tour dates see his official website.

Julianne Hough Makes Nashville Lifestyle’s Most Beautiful

Julianne Hough.

Nashville Lifestyle magazine released its list of most beautiful people and Julianne Hough made the final cut. Julianne, a sometimes country artist sometimes dancer sometimes actress, stars in the Footloose remake out in theaters everywhere tomorrow. She’s also the cover girl for the issue out in stores now.

Other Nashville celebrities who made the list include GAC’s Suzanne Alexander, Titans Linebacker Will Witherspoon, Blain Bishop and many others. See the full list HERE and in the issue out now!

She’s Country Tour with Heidi Newfield and Bridgette Tatum


Heidi Newfield has made a name for herself as a solo act with songs like ‘Johnny and June,’ after having left the group, Trick Pony. Bridgette Tatum is an amazing artist in her own right, most known for the songs that she has written. The most common one being Jason Aldean’s ‘She’s Country.’ Well, these two singer/songwriters are taking that song and going on tour. The She’s Country Tour, sponsored by Pendleton Whiskey kicks off November 2nd in Little Rock, Arkansas. Dates and more after the jump.

McClymonts To Make Second Opry Appearance

The McClymonts. photo credit: Webster PR.

Australian country music trio The McClymonts are getting ready to perform at their second-ever Grand Ole Opry appearance on September 30th. The girls had their first performance at the historic venue on September 9th. They’re hot from the success of their native Australia and are trying to break-out now in the heart of country music with the invitation to perform for the second time this month, and second time of their careers.

The McClymonts are Australia’s hottest all-female group right now, and they released their debut album “Wrapped Up” in North America back on August 23rd. The album was featured in USA Today’s Pick of the Week article on August 22nd. The album was produced by Taylor Swift’s producer, Nathan Chapman, as well as Adam Andlers from Glee. It outsold Alan Jackson, Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw and even Kenny Chesney in Australia.

WINNERS ANNOUNCED: Win The Dirt Drifters “This Is My Blood”

The Dirt Drifters.

Do you want to win yourself a copy of Warner Brothers Nashville’s The Dirt Drifters “This Is My Blood”? Two lucky readers could win their debut album on the label from us here at Keepin’ it Country Blog. To enter, click on the “Read more” button and fill out the form. The contest begins immediately until Sunday evening at 6 pm EST. We will announce the winner on Monday. Only one entry per person, but the sweepstakes is open everywhere except where prohibited. Good luck!

Don’t forget to read our exclusive interview with the band last week HERE.

“This Is My Blood” is available everywhere right now, so don’t forget to get a copy or two for your friends and family!


Congratulations go out to Brad L & Ray A, our two winners of the Dirt Drifters contest. Congratulations boys!