Monthly Archives: July 2013

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Jared Blake

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Long before The Swon Brothers and Danielle Bradbery brought country music to NBC’s The Voice, country-rocker Jared Blake was representing country music for “Team Blake” on Season 1. During his time on the show, he worked closely with Blake Shelton, was mentored by Reba and won fans over with his own unique spin on songs like “Use Somebody” and “Not Ready to Make Nice.”

Since appearing on The Voice, Jared has been featured in magazines, touring, and releasing music, with his new single “Countryfied” recently hitting radio. We had a chance to chat with Jared and catch up on what he’s been up to and what the future hold.

KIC: For those readers who may be ‘meeting’ you for the first time in this blog, can you give us a little bit of a back story as to how you began performing?

JB: I started in church. Sang my 1st country song in the 8th grade for the school talent show. “Don’t Rock the Jukebox” by Alan Jackson. The girls screamed and I was hooked.

KIC: You appeared on the first season of The Voice and were a member of “Team Blake.” What was the best thing about that experience and what did you learn from the show?

JB: Reba told me I was exactly what she looked for in a artist and not to change a thing “You’re perfect” she said. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Lady Antebellum Announces Fall Tour with Kip Moore & Kacey Musgraves

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Although Lady Antebellum may have recently gone from a trio to a quartet with the birth of Hillary Scott’s daughter, Eisele, just days ago, the band has already announced plans to hit the road this fall.

The Take Me Downtown Tour 2013 will begin November 8 in Southaven, Mississippi and will hit 17 cities through December 14 in Peoria, Illinois. Tickets go on sale September 13th.

Kip Moore and Kacey Musgraves will open the show.

Help Us Help Maddie Again!

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Last week, we posted the story of Maddie Higgins, a 6-year-old girl with terminal brain cancer who had a big wish to meet Kelly Clarkson. Our fans responded so well to that post that we wanted to keep you updated on Maddie’s situation and help to raise awareness for her fight.

Although her wish to meet Kelly hasn’t come true yet, she was able to have another wish granted, and that was to see snow. The story has been featured by the NY Daily News, CNN, the Huffington Post and more. Now we want to help Maddie get Ellen’s attention. We are posting this in conjunction with Kinsley’s Kure, an organization working to change the lives of terminal kids.
We’d love if our awesome readers help us spread this message, get #FightforMaddie trending, and grab the attention of Ellen. Help us help Maddie! Head to Twitter and start tweeting! Don’t forget to include #FightforMaddie in all of your tweets!

For more info on Maddie’s fight, visit her Facebook page. For more information on Kinsley’s Kure, follow them on Twitter. You can also get more information on Kinsley’s Kure founder and her mission to help terminal children on Twitter.

Dierks Bentley to co-host The View on Friday

Dierks Bentley. Photo credit: The Greenroom PR

Dierks Bentley will be bringing some country to ABC’s The View panel this Friday. He’ll be co-hosting the show starting at 10 am EST. He’ll be debuting a brand new single from his upcoming album “Riser” during the broadcast.

He’s already released his new single “Bourbon in Kentucky” to country radio. The single features guest vocals by rising country singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves.

Are you excited for brand new music from Dierks later this year?

REVIEW: Adley Stump’s Debut Single “Like This”

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If you know anything about NBC The Voice alumnae, Adley Stump, it is that she is the epitome of “a little bit country, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll.” So, what do you get when you add Adley’s fun personality, unique style, and Oklahoma roots? You get Adley’s debut single, “Like This.”

Adley’s eclectic “Like This” has the confidence and attitude of a P!nk hit, the rock ‘n’ roll feel of an Ashlee Simpson (pre-hillbilly dancing on SNL) jam, and a country twist that is incomparable to anyone else on the scene. In fact, it would not surprise us in the least if “Like This” catapulted Adley into country music stardom and served as a catalyst for the next crossover sensation! Play this song on your iPod while you exercise, belt it out when driving in your car with your windows down, or request it at a country bar … the bottom line is, if you want to dance, sing along, and have a great time, you too will love Adley’s single!

“Like This” will be available on Tuesday, July 30th, through all major distributors, including iTunes and Amazon. If you “like this” review enough to download Adley’s single next week, make sure to let us know what you think! We can’t wait to hear your reviews!

Kacey Musgraves to perform Blowin’ Smoke on Leno

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Mercury Records singer/songwriter Kacey Musgraves will perform current single “Blowin’ Smoke” on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Friday, July 26 (11:35pm PT-ET/10:35pm CT).

 “Blowin’ Smoke,” written by Musgraves, Shane McAnally and Luke Laird, follows up previous Top 10 hit “Merry Go ‘Round” and has been described by Billboard Magazine as “a swaggering barroom singalong that proves she has versatility to match her sentimentality.”

The official music video for “Blowin’ Smoke” was shot in LA by director Honey (Kings of Leon/Ke$ha) and has over 1.1 million views to date. To view the video, click here.

Musgraves’ major label debut album, Same Trailer Different Park, was recently selected by Rolling Stone and the Los Angeles Times as a Best Album of 2013 (Mid-Year Report).

The Band Perry goes number one

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Congratulations to The Band Perry! Their latest rocking single “Done” is officially a number one single as it tops the Mediabase country airplay charts this week. It’s the second single from their latest record “Pioneer” to hit number one; with lead single “Better Dig Two” taking over the top spot. It’s the fourth number one of the trio’s career.

The Perry siblings are going to have a pretty busy year this year, as they’ll be performing at the third annual iHeartRadio music festival in Las Vegas on September 20th and 21st at the MGM Grand. The iHeartRadio Music Festival brings together the biggest artists of all musical genres to perform live for fans and for iHeartRadio listeners. Once again, the festival sold out in just minutes.

What’s your favorite The Band Perry single to date? What song do you hope is their next single from “Pioneer”?

Florida-Georgia Line covers Billboard Magazine

Photo Credit: Adam Taylor for Republic Nashville

A musical movement is rocking mainstream country music these days. And with their hit country song of the summer “Cruise,” which is also the biggest Billboard Hot Country Song chart-topper in 50 years, Florida Georgia Line is blurring the lines between country, rock’ n’ roll and urban.  The duo sat down with Billboard to discuss touring, writing, country music and how following their instincts landed them at the top of the charts.

Check out the cover below and read the full story on Billboard’s site:

Florida-Georgia Line are the Billboard magazine cover story.

Florida-Georgia Line are the Billboard magazine cover story.

 

About becoming a duo:

Tyler Hubbard: “From the First song we wrote together we felt we had something cool. We worked easily together, we had a lot in common, and onstage it was really natural. It was a party. We just had fun with it.”

On their songs and their sound:

Tyler Hubbard: “Getting in the studio and letting [producer] Joey [Moi] understand who we are and what we’re going after was the key. He really captured the sound that we wanted, the sound that describes who we are. Just feel good music. Songs that make you want to roll your windows down and drive fast. We wanted something that sounded huge, even the slower songs.”

On common country music themes:

Brian Kelley: Man, that’s been around for years – dirt roads, beer, trucks and girls. That is country music, and I don’t think that ever gonna change.”

About the musical movement of blending music genres currently trending in country music:

Tyler Hubbard: “We write what we want to write. It’s mixing all of it together. We’ve been really blessed that what we love to write is attractive to people right now. People are grasping onto it. It puts us in a slot to be able to get out of the box and step out o the country music boundaries a little bit, and hopefully innovate a little bit.”

Brian Kelley: “I think people are looking for something fresh and new. Our fans seem to spread the music like wildfire. That doesn’t always happen, and it’s special to us and we’re blessed to be a part of it. It’s something really cool. It’s an exciting time, and a time we both hope continues to grow.”

Blackberry Smoke releases new single Aint Much Left of Me

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Coming off the heels of a performance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Blackberry Smoke has released a brand new single “Ain’t Much Left Of Me.” The song was the third most added at country radio stations across the nation last week.

Check out the official lyric video for “Ain’t Much Left of Me” below and let us know what you think of the group’s new single – are you digging it?

Cole Swindell signs with Warner Music

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Congratulations to country singer Cole Swindell! He made a pretty big announcement to his fans this week as he landed a recording contract with Warner Music Nashville. The singer-songwriter opened for select dates on Luke Bryan‘s Dirt Road Diaries tour. His single “Chillin’ It” is out at radio right now. There’s no news yet on when to expect his debut album with the label.

Check out his video announcement below and let us know what you think of Warner’s newest addition to their roster: