Monthly Archives: July 2013

Alabama to celebrate 40 years with Friends album

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One of country music’s most successful and influential groups of all time, ALABAMA, will release their highly anticipated new album, ALABAMA & Friends, on Tuesday, August 27 through Show Dog-Universal Music. The project is a tribute album, honoring the legendary group that helped change the face of country music.

ALABAMA & Friends will feature some of country music’s hottest stars — all delivering their own unique versions of the multi-platinum-selling band’s biggest hits, including Jason Aldean (“Tennessee River”), Luke Bryan (“Love in the First Degree”), Kenny Chesney (“Lady Down on Love”), Eli Young Band (“The Closer You Get”), Florida Georgia Line (“I’m in a Hurry (And Don’t Know Why)”), Jamey Johnson (“My Home’s in Alabama”), Toby Keith (“She and I”), Rascal Flatts (“Old Flame”) and Trisha Yearwood (“Forever’s As Far As I’ll Go”).

The 11-song collection will also feature the band’s first new tracks in over 10 years – “All American” (written by Trey Bruce) and “That’s How I Was Raised” (written by Charley Stefl, Tony Ramey, Skip Sasser and Trent Tomlinson), which has the group teaming again with legendary producer Harold Shedd who worked closely with the group in their early years.

Are you excited for new music from Alabama? Which duet are you most excited to hear?

See the full track listing below:

Luke Bryan Reveals “Crash My Party” Track Listing

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In preparation to release his new album, Crash My Party, Luke Bryan has revealed the track-listing and cover art. The title track is already a #1 hit, and we’re sure there’s many more to follow.

“I decided ‘Crash My Party’ was perfect for this album because like the song, the album goes beyond the literal meaning of the title,” Bryan says. “The song isn’t what you think it is, it is unexpected, and I think in the same way fans will definitely hear some surprises on my new album. It still reflects my sound but you will get to hear a little bit deeper, different side to me musically as well.”

“Crash My Party” is slated for release on Aug. 13 via Capitol Records. A deluxe version featuring 4 extra tracks, “What Is It With You,” “Sunburnt Lips,” “Better Than My Heart” and “Your Mama Should’ve Named You Whiskey” will be available exclusively at Target. It is currently available for pre-order.

Chuck Wicks Releases “Salt Life” Music Video

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He may be a new morning show DJ, but Chuck Wicks is still passionate about his music. The singer released his new video for “Salt Life” today on CMT Pure, CMT Mobile and CMT.com. “Salt Life” is the first single from Rough, Wicks’s EP released in April.

Fans can also hear Wicks every weekday from 6am – 10am on  “America’s Morning Show” on New York’s NASH FM 94.7.

Help Us Help Maddie Make Her Dream Come True

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While perusing Twitter last night, we caught sight of the hashtag #FightforMaddie, and upon further reading, we knew we had to support this cause. Maddie is only 6-years-old and is suffering from relapsed brain cancer for the third time. Her last wish is to meet Kelly Clarkson, and we want to help make that happen by raising awareness.

We thought we would ask all of our awesome readers to help us spread this message, get #FightforMaddie trending, and grab the attention of singing sensation, Kelly Clarkson. Help us help Maddie make her dream come true! 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.

Keepin’ it Country Presents… Ryan Beaver!

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We here at Keepin’ it Country are super excited to announce our next KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY PRESENTS show featuring Ryan Beaver! This country music newcomer is one of country music’s best kept secrets that we can’t wait to share. We interviewed Ryan recently and are thrilled to continue to introduce our readers to this mega-talented Texan.

Ryan will be taking over our online acoustic stage on Thursday, August 8th at 9 pm EST/ 8pm CST, so make sure to get your tickets before they’re gone!

GET YOUR TICKETS AT: http://www.stageit.com/keepin_it_country_presents/ryan_beaver/26315

KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY PRESENTS is brought to you by keepinitcountryblog.com and stageit.com. Fans are able to chat and interact LIVE with our artists by chat room, and watch live performances from the comfort of their homes. Fans are able to request their favorite songs and tip the artists during the performance right from the site! Each show is a one-time-only event and pay-what-you-can, ensuring that country fans are able to discover the newest acts that they might not have been able to otherwise.

Billy Currington’s Music Video For “Hey Girl”

Have you seen Billy Currington‘s music video for his latest hit, “Hey Girl?” The video was shot in downtown Nashville and just as the song portrays, it shows Billy seeing a girl that grasps his attention and he follows her through a crowd trying to figure out a way to get her attention. In the end he wins, and gets her to dance with him. Watch the video below and let us know what you think!

“Hey Girl” is the lead single from his upcoming album, We Are Tonight, which is set to hit shelves on September 17.

Exclusive Interview: Introducing Ryan Beaver

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For those not yet familiar with Ryan Beaver, we want to change that for you. The Texan musician/singer-songwriter has released two albums independently and built quite the loyal following in and around his home state. In our exclusive interview, we discuss his inspirations, his recent move to Nashville, George Strait and more.

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?

RB: I’ve always had a love affair for music, songs, instruments, & musicians. It began very young as my Mother played piano and my Father played his records. It was always a special thing for me that developed over time. Eventually I couldn’t stop thinking about it day in and out and began to write songs. It’s like an infectious disease. Once you catch it, there is no cure. 

KIC: You’ve released two albums independently, with the most recent coming out in 2011. What’s next for you?

RB: A third album is in the works. I should be recording it this fall and will be looking forward to its release. I’ll give it everything I have and it still won’t feel done. That’s just how I am. I can’t wait to share my new songs and stories with the fans of what I do. I also can’t believe how lucky I am to be calling this a job. 

Auction #9: Pink Pistol Prize Package

Miranda Lambert. photo credit: W magazine.

Our latest auction up for bidding is a pretty cool prize package from Miranda Lambert‘s Pink Pistol store in Tishomingo, Oklahoma. The winning bidder will receive a package that contains:  ONE (1) PINK PISTOL WINE GLASS, ONE (1) PINK PISTOL KOOZIE, ONE (1) PINK PISTOL HAT, ONE (1) PINK PISTOL CUP, ONE (1) PINK PISTOL KEY CHAIN, AND ONE (1) “HIDE YOUR CRAZY” COFFEE.

All proceeds from our online auctions will go directly to those in most need following the disaster. The United Way will use all our donations for helping victims and NOT for administrative fees.

Pink Pistol auction prize.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kenny Chesney to debut new music video

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Country superstar Kenny Chesney will debut his brand new music video for “When I See This Bar” with USA Today next week! The video will premier on July 18th on USA Today’s website.

About the new video and single, Kenny said:

“I think people, whether they’re country fans, music fans or just alive, all have a place like this, a place where they grew up, fell in love, learned to move on. You may never go back there, or only go back as a pilgrimage to who you were and how much you’ve grown … But that place? That place is always alive in your heart.”

Kenny was recently named People Country’s Hottest Man of 2013 in the May issue, beating out Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Jake Owen and more.

Are you excited for Kenny’s new video?

Miranda Lambert’s Muttnation comes to the rescue

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Miranda Lambert‘s Muttnation charity came to the rescue of one special New Jersey animal shelter. The wife of a Philadelphia country station DJ met the superstar backstage during a meet-and-greet in Atlantic City, NJ and told her the story about Popcorn Park Zoo in Forked River, New Jersey. Mike Razz’s wife, Kelly Beasley, approached the singer about the organization because of Miranda’s partnership with Pedigree to feed an animal shelter for a year. Kelly had previously nominated the Zoo for the prize through Muttnation and Pedigree.

Miranda made a $5,000 donation on behalf of Muttnation Foundation to Popcorn Park Zoo after learning that they also served as an animal shelter that housed exotic animals that were abused or neglected. After learning about the background of the Popcorn Park Zoo, Miranda introduced the Philadelphia station to her mother, Bev Lambert, who serves as chair for Muttnation.

Muttnation Foundation is a donation-supported charity that works to end pet suffering and homelessness in the United States. The organization works to build awareness of pet adoption, build no-kill shelters for better animal care, increase spay and neuter awareness, and train shelter dogs for therapy programs such as wounded military personnel or dogs-in-prison programs.