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“I remember telling my sister when I was very young, ‘I either want to be like Alvin and the Chipmunks or Garth Brooks.’”
That is my favorite quote from my interview with Brent Rupard.
Brent is a proud Kentuckian who took the leap of faith and headed to Nashville in 2010 to pursue his dream and passion – music.
Rupard (pronounced Rooperd he jokingly noted) is from the small town of Shepherdsville, Kentucky. He took a liking to music early in his childhood. After his dad taught him his first guitar chord at age 10, an artist was born as they say and he started writing songs a few years later.
After he made the move to Nashville to pursue his dream career, he soon found a home for his songwriting. With the help of Leann Phelan (ASCAP), he signed a publishing deal with Sea Gayle Music Publishing which is owned by Brad Paisley, Chris DuBois and Frank Rogers.
After about a year of focusing on his writing, he started and is currently working on his debut album. He is hoping for it to be released sometime this year. When asked about his album, he says: “Working on this record has been the highlight of my life. This is a record I’ve always wanted to make. I’ve been fortunate to work on this album with Bryan Simpson and Justin Niebank producing. This record will have the elements of a “rootsy” back porch style with a big ol’ slice of Rock n’ Roll. According to my producer Bryan Simpson, ‘It’s kind of like Garth Brooks meets Levon Helm.’ I have really poured my soul into this project and I hope people get a clear picture of who Brent Rupard is from this debut album.”
Scotty McCreery’s new album See You Tonight was released this week!
McCreery rose to fame during American Idol Season 10 and went on to be crowned the winner that year. However, the young singer’s success did not stop there and we don’t see it slowing down anytime soon. His first album, Clear As Day, is RIAA platinum certified as well as record breaking. McCreery was the youngest male ever to top the 200 Billboard Chart with a debut album, and also the first country act to open at number one with a debut album.
Produced by Mark Bright and Frank Rogers, See You Tonight consists of thirteen tracks with McCreery having co-writing credit on five songs.
McCreery has been working on the album for the better part of the year and shared:
This album is a big step from the first one, and I can’t wait for everybody to hear it. [...] I feel like I accomplished what I wanted to sound like and say.
And of course, for Scotty, it always goes back to those who helped get him here – the fans:
All of my success goes back to the fans. I try to put in all of the hard work I can, but it means nothing to me without the fans, which have been there by my side since day one. It’s all about saying thanks to the fans.
The singer-songwriter is very busy right now on his album promo run including Fox & Friends and The Tonight Show With Jay Leno as well as hosting album release events in Nashville, New York and North Carolina.
The album is available in three versions: a regular version, Deluxe version (3 additional songs), and a Deluxe Wal-Mart version (2 tracks in addition to the deluxe version). Make sure you grab your copy!
See You Tonight track listing:
2. See You Tonight
3. Get Gone With You
4. Feelin’ It
5. Feel Good Summer Song
7. Can You Feel It
8. The Dash
9. Blue Jean Baby
10. Forget to Forget You
11. I Don’t Wanna Be Your Friend
12. Carolina Moon
13. Something More
ALBUM BUY LINKS:
iTunes - http://smarturl.it/i857e4
iTunes Deluxe - http://smarturl.it/SeeYouTonight
Wal Mart Deluxe - http://www.walmart.com/ip/28997618
For more information, visit www.ScottyMcCreery.com.
The third annual Darius Rucker and Friends line-up has been announced, and Monday should be a great time! The event, which raises money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Nashville, includes a celebrity golf tournament and concert at the Wildhorse Saloon. Special guests expected to appear include Sunny Sweeney, Clint Black, Rodney Atkins, Chuck Wicks and a few more surprises. Doors open at 6 pm and the concert kicks off at 7:30 pm in downtown Nashville. Event posters and t-shirt sales from the night will directly benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital
“We’ve had so much fun the last two years with friends jamming on stage for a great cause,” says Rucker. “I’m excited to continue that tradition with this year’s event.”
The Hootie & The Blowfish frontman is working on his third solo country album with producer Frank Rogers. The record will serve as the follow-up to 2010′s “Charleston, SC 1966″ and his now-platinum “Learn To Live” from 2008.
A limited number of tickets still remain for Monday night’s concert, and fans can purchase tickets at the Wildhorse Saloon or by calling them directly at 615-902-8200.
Darius Rucker was honored last week by ASCAP and UMPG for his number one single “This” in Nashville. He’s in Nashville recording his third country studio album. He celebrated the night with song writers Kara DioGuardi and Frank Rogers.
“‘This’ was a special song for me because it was the first time I ever wrote a song on iChat,” Rucker shared with the intimate crowd. “Kara [DioGuardi], who had started writing the song with Frank [Rogers], was in Los Angeles and we were in Nashville! I just thought it was the perfect song to really bridge the gap from Learn to Live to this album.”
“I come from that ‘album age,’ so with this next record–while we’re writing a lot of material that’s different from Learn to Live and Charleston–we’re still focusing on creating an album fans will hopefully want to listen to from start to finish,” says Rucker.
Congratulations to all the nominees for the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music! Here’s the full list of nominees for the April 1st award show. Watch who wins live on CBS from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton will once again return to co-host the night.
For the fifth year, fans will select the winner of the Academy’s most prestigious honor, Entertainer of the Year, and for the fourth year, the New Artist of the Year category will also be opened up to fan voting. Nominees for New Artist of the Year were not announced in the press conference today because fan voting for those semi-finalists will close on January 30 (see page 2 below). The winners of Entertainer of the Year and New Artist of the Year will be announced live during the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.
Kenny Chesney leads with nine nominations, including Entertainer of the Year, a category he has won four times since 2004. He is nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year, a category he has been nominated in nine times previously. He is twice nominated for Album of the Year for Hemingway’s Whiskey, as both artist and producer, and also earned double nominations for Single Record of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year as both artist and producer for “You And Tequila” with Grace Potter. Chesney is also nominated for Song of the Year for “You And Tequila” with Grace Potter.
Jason Aldean is nominated for six awards, including his second consecutive nods for Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year. He is nominated for Album of the Year for My Kinda Party, and has nominations for Single Record of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year for “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” featuring Kelly Clarkson. He is nominated for Video of the Year for “Tattoos On This Town.”
Lady Antebellum leads group nominations with five nods, including Vocal Group of the Year, which they have won for two consecutive years. They are also nominated for Album of the Year as artists and producers for Own The Night, and for Song of the Year and Video of the Year for “Just A Kiss.”
Reigning Male Vocalist of the Year, Brad Paisley, is nominated for four awards, including his fifth consecutive nomination for Entertainer of the Year and eighth nomination for Male Vocalist of the Year, which he has won five times consecutively between 2006-2010. He received two nominations in the Vocal Event of the Year category for “Old Alabama” with Alabama and “Remind Me” with Carrie Underwood.
Toby Keith received three nominations for “Red Solo Cup,” including Video of the Year, which he last won in 2003 for “Beer For My Horses.” He also received a double nomination as artist and producer for Single Record of the Year for “Red Solo Cup.” Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill is also nominated for Nightclub of the Year in Minneapolis, MN (a nod that is not among Keith’s total nominations count, because it is awarded to the venue itself not it’s owners).
Reigning Entertainer of the Year, Taylor Swift, leads solo female nominees with three nominations, including her third consecutive nod for Entertainer of the Year. If Swift wins Entertainer of the Year, this will be her second consecutive win in that category. Swift is nominated for the fifth time for Female Vocalist of the Year, and for the third time for Video of the Year for “Mean.”
See the full list of nominees below:
Arista Records artist Brent Anderson will make his Grand Ole Opry debut Saturday night at the historic Ryman Auditorium. He’ll be performing his debut single “Amy’s Song,” which he co-wr0te with Craig Fuller (founding member of the group Pure Prairie League), and Chris DuBois (writer of Brad Paisley‘s “Remind Me” and “Old Alabama”). Fuller and one-time Pure Prairie League lead singer Vince Gill sing backing vocals on the track.
“To get the chance to play it now, especially while the Opry is back home at The Ryman, is an incredible feeling. I feel so lucky and blessed for the opportunity. I can’t imagine what it will feel like to stand on that stage, but I’m excited to find out.”
The Mississippi native co-wrote all the songs on his upcoming album, produced by Frank Rogers (Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker). Watch Brent perform his debut performance in the live video below:
Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton and Taylor Swift stand to take home an impressive five awards each at the 45th Annual CMA Awards, airing November 9th on ABC. The impressive bunch are also all nominated for the prestigious Entertainer of the Year Awards, along with Keith Urban.
Check out a full list of the nominees after the jump!
Kenny Chesney, Vince Gill and Ricky Skaggs are early winners for the 47 annual Academy of Country Music! They were announced today as off-camera winners before the April 1st award show. The telecast airs live on CBS on April 1st from Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena at 8 pm EST. They are once against hosted by Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton for the second year in a row. Some awards were announced early due to time constraints of the live broadcast.
The following special awards, industry awards, and MBI awards will be given out in a special ACM Honors ceremony in Nashville on September 24th.
The ACM Special Awards are voted on by the ACM Board of Directors and are awarded when the ACM Board of Directors feels that these are clear and deserving candidates. Industry professionals are voted on by the professional members of the Academy. The MBI category is voted on by professional members of the Academy classified in the Artist-Entertainer/Musician-Bandleader-Instrumentalist category, and the Producer-Engineer-Studio Manager sub-category. The songwriter of the year ballot is voted on by the professional members of the Academy in the following categories; Artist-Entertainer/Musician-Bandleader-Instrumentalist, Composer, Music Publisher/SRO, Record Company, and the Producer/Engineer/Studio Manager membership.
See the full list of winners below:
Austin City Limits and KASE-Austin have announced their decision to postpone the “Susan G. Komen Concert For The Cure” in Austin, Texas. The charity concert was to feature Sara Evans and Gloriana. Concert organizers are asking fans to support the Central Texas wildfire victims by attending the Fire Relief Concert to be held on October 17th, which was the original date for “Concert For The Cure”. The Fire Relief concert will be held at the Frank Erwin Center and will feature George Strait and the Randy Rogers Band.
A future date for the concert will be announced. All tickets will be honored at the future date, but refunds are being accepted at the original point of purchase.
The Seventh Annual CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Parade” will begin at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, June 8, and will feature artists and celebrities riding down Broadway in a variety of Chevrolet vehicles including Corvettes and Silverados. The parade will start at 10th Avenue and end up at Chevrolet Riverfront Park.
Confirmed to participate in the parade is Deborah Allen, Lynn Anderson, Katie Armiger, Sherrie Austin, Bo Bice, Bomshel, Ash Bowers, Crystal Bowersox, Lee Brice, Carter’s Chord, Dailey & Vincent, Sarah Darling, Billy Dean, Dirt Drifters, Eli Young Band, Tyler Farr, Ashley Gearing, Andy Griggs, The Harters, Walker Hayes, Her & Kings County, Ty Herndon, JT Hodges, Steve Holy, Buddy Jewell, Jason Jones, LoCash Cowboys, Lunabelles, Miss Willie Brown, The Roys, Daryle Singletary, Stealing Angels, Josh Thompson, Tiffany, Rhonda Vincent, and Mark Wills. Both The Oak Ridge Boys and Bill Anderson will serve as Grand Marshalls for the event.