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When NASH FM 94.7 premiered last year, New Yorkers breathed a sigh of relief as country had finally returned to the Big Apple. As the station continues to strike a chord with listeners in the Tri-State Area, Cumulus announced that “America’s Morning Show” will be hitting the air TOMORROW. June 20. The all-star cast at the helm of this endeavor includes radio veteran Blair Garner and music stars Terri Clark, Sunny Sweeney, Chuck Wicks and Lee Ann Womack.
The new morning show will begin later this month, airing weekdays from 6-10am. The show will feature country’s biggest hits and stars, as well as New York traffic and weather. The show will originate in Nashville before a studio audience, with frequent broadcasts from the NASH FM studios in Manhattan.
No one is more excited to take on New York’s country fans than Garner. “I am thrilled to begin waking up the New York area’s Country listeners on NASH FM 94.7 with an uplifting Country start to the day,” He said. “New Yorkers are embracing NASH FM in an amazing way and I look forward to bringing the Country music lifestyle to the Big Apple straight from Nashville.”
For more information on “American’s Morning Show,” make sure to follow them on Twitter and Facebook. You can also follow the all-star cast: @blairgarner, @chuckwicks, @terriclarkmusic, @leeannwomack & @gettinsweenered.
DVR Alert! Tonight at 8:30 EST/7:30 CST GAC is airing a very special program, “Holiday Notes from Home,” to honor servicemen and women and their families. While we’re always up for tuning in for a good cause, featured performers include country music favorites Little Big Town and Lee Ann Womack, making this an even higher priority on our must-see TV list.
The performance itself was a way to give back to military families. Filmed in October on the Grad Ole Opry stage, the event was free to the public and priority was given to military families. Now, “Holiday Notes from Home” will are on The Armed Forces Radio and Television Network, in addition to GAC.
Tune in tonight, then let us know what you thought of the show in the comments!
Lee Ann Womack headed back into the studio this week to start work on her new record. It has been three years since Womack’s last album, Call Me Crazy, which spawned the hits ‘Last Call’ and ‘Solitary Thinkin’.
When asked about her upcoming music, Womack shared:
“I have so many ideas and so many things that I want to try on our way to creating this music. You realize after a few albums, every record matters, and I want to make sure each one really says something special and represents what this music can be in a way that stands out.”
In between working on her upcoming project, Womack will also play some select tour dates throughout the end of the year. You can check out her website for more information regarding the upcoming shows.
LeeAnn Womack will be holding her third annual “Laws Balls Holiday Chat” for her Lee Ann Womack Social Club & Country Music Appreciation Society members. The one-hour chat takes place this Saturday, December 3rd starting at 6 pm PT. It’s free for all Social Club members to participate in the event. This time around, however, every fan who RSVP’s or asks a question will find themselves part of her Christmas tradition!
“You always want to make these things a little special,” said Lee Ann. “What can you do to make the fans realize how much they mean to you? And I was taking out our decorations at home a few weeks ago, and it struck me! This year, we’re not only going to decorate a tree… but everyone who asks a question or RSVPs is going to have their name on an ornament I’ve made. Then when we take the tree down, because we’re not going to leave your balls in Vegas, we’ll send them to each of you as a special gift to remember this past year!”
Some fan club members are planning on traveling to Las Vegas for the National Rodeo Finals week that she is performing at. Those fans will have a special opportunity to have their own meet and greet with the singer, and take pictures by her Christmas tree and take an ornament home.
Fans can still register for free to join the Social Club at lawsocialclub.com/.
Riding high from the RIAA Gold Certification of lead single, “Whatever She’s Got,” David Nail will release his third album, I’m A Fire, on March 4. The MCA Nashville artist worked with producers Frank Liddell, Chuck Ainlay and Glenn Worf.
Nail says “There’s so many moments on this record that make me think about the last four years that I’ve been married, and I’m a Fire just sums it all up.” He adds “It [the title track] says, ‘I’ve walked through flames, come out on the other end, and the foremost reason is because of you.’”
The album features 11 new tracks including “When They’re Gone (Lyle County)” featuring Little Big Town and co-written by Brett Eldredge, “Kiss You Tonight” a song that expresses the strong emotion that we all feel at some point in our lives for another, the steamy “Burnin’ Bed” (co-written by Brandy Clark) and a duet version of Glen Campbell’s “Galveston” with Lee Ann Womack.
The King of Country, George Strait, announced the final dates for his 2014 Cowboy Rides Away Tour this morning at a press conference at AT&T stadium in Dallas. The tour will begin in Lousiana in January and wrap up on a TBA date in Dallas.
Each week, a different opening act will join Strait on the road, and the list of openers include some of the biggest stars in country music, including Martina McBride, Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Ronnie Dunn, Vince Gill, Miranda Lambert and Merle Haggard with Lee Ann Womack.
“The first leg of the tour earlier this year was very fun, but also very emotional,” Strait says. “Every city and venue holds such great memories. I’m really looking forward to seeing our fans out on the road in 2014.”
A pre-sale will begin on September 24th for Strait fan club members, and the general sale will begin on September 27th. For more information, please visit http://www.georgestrait.com.
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The Grand Ole Opry® presented by Humana® honored one of its most beloved members, Loretta Lynn, last night with a show celebrating her 50thOpry Anniversary. Leading up to Lynn’s closing performance, several of her friends took the stage throughout the night to honor her in words and song.
“The greatest moment of my life was when they inducted me into the Grand Ole Opry. That’s a feeling you only feel once in a lifetime. And I’m glad I did.”
Check out some of the pictures from the night and let us know what your favorite album of Loretta’s is. Remember to click on the images to see them full-sized! All pictures are courtesy of the Opry / Chris Hollo.
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A very special night is planned at the Grand Ole Opry to help celebrate Loretta Lynn‘s 50th anniversary at the Opry. Loretta, who joined the Opry on September 25th, 1962, will be joined by Miranda Lambert, Lee Ann Womack, Trace Adkins, and the Pistol Annies will make their Opry debut on the special night. Also making her appearance is Loretta’s sister, Crystal Gayle.
“There is no one at the OPRY, in Country music, or on Earth, quite like Loretta Lynn,” said Opry VP/GM Pete Fisher. “Her influence as a recording artist and songwriter reaches across musical genres, cultures, and generations. She’s earned her place among America’s musical icons, and we look forward to celebrating 50 years of Opry membership with her next month.”
The show will take place on Tuesday, September 25th – her exact 50th anniversary date. Tickets are available at opry.com.
GAC has announced artists and ticket info for their 4th annual CMA Fest kickoff breakfast. The Breakfast will take place at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, June 8 at the Country Music Hall of Fame in downtown Nashville. Tickets are $45 each and go on sale this Thursday at 11 a.m. on www.gactv.com.
Country music is probably the most accepting and welcoming genre in music. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that newcomers enter the scene often and immediately imprint our hearts with their sincerity and gratitude, and win our support with their undeniable talents. The staff at Keepin’ It Country has compiled a list of those we are Keepin’ Our Eyes On in 2014. We suggest you all take notes and keep a close lookout for these up and coming artists. We have a feeling they will be filling your iPods and blaring from your stereo speakers in the very near future.
Jenn Bostic – With a hit record in the United Kingdom and nearly half a dozen Independent Country Music Awards under her belt, “Jenn Bostic” is becoming a name commonly uttered by country music fans alike. If you haven’t heard Bostic’s breakout song, “Jealous of the Angels,” you are missing out on a song that will simultaneously touch and break your heart, all the while soothing your soul. It won’t take long until the United States’ radio stations take notice of this talented, warm, and beautiful artist. Mark our words.
Brandy Clark – She may hate orange and she may not look good in stripes, but she sure does sound sensational singing about same. With impressive songwriting credentials under her belt, Clark contributed her vocal talent to Sheryl Crow’s 2012 tour. Clark later released an EP, entitled Brandy Clark, and a full-length album, 12 Stories, which has received countless rave reviews. With the release of 12 Stories taking place so late in 2013, the album has barely had time just yet to circulate to its fullest potential, but we anticipate that radio stations are going to take notice sooner, rather than later, and make Clark a household country music name.
Lucy Hale – You may have been watching Hale for years in her role as Aria Montgomery on ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars. However, you might have been unaware that Hale first entered our homes on the small screen due to her musical talents. Ten years after Hale introduced her vocal abilities to America, she has returned, honoring her Tennessee roots, and recently released her debut country music single. If “You Sound Good To Me” is any indication of what Hale’s entire album is going to prove, consider Hale the next successful crossover artist from television to music.
Caroline Kole – She entered the scene as a pre-teen, sharing the stage with iconic country singer, Reba McEntire. She shares management with McEntire, Blake Shelton, and Kelly Clarkson. She is only sixteen years old. At sixteen, Kole has had experiences that most of us could only dream about and she is not even close to being done. Kole’s debut EP is being released this Tuesday, January 14, 2014, and is unmistakably a perfect introduction to country music fans. What will fans take from this album? Kole is mature; Kole is talented; Kole is bringing country back … and Kole, along with her classic country sound, are here to stay.
Jamie Lynn Spears – You have likely known of Spears for most of her life because of her family. You might have watched her on Zoey 101 or read about her in a magazine or twenty. However, this is a Jamie Lynn Spears you never knew before and is worth taking time to get to know. Bursting into country music with a song that people were initially skeptical about, Spears shocked the country music world with her raw, beautiful vocals on “How Could I Want More?” The track left country music fans wanting more, and we anticipate that Spears will provide more … and continue to make a name for herself in music.
Frankie Ballard – Although Frankie Ballard had moderate country success a few years ago with “A Buncha Girls,” his current single “Helluva Life” is currently climbing the radio airwaves in anticipation of the release of his forthcoming album with Warner Brothers, Sunshine and Whiskey. Ballard possesses a laid-back style and an effortlessly country voice that is sure to continue to endear him to country fans and help him truly break out in 2014.
Austin Webb – We dare you to listen to Austin Webb’s “Slip On By” and not stop in your tracks and feel the goosebumps rise on the back of your neck. Then give a listen to “It’s All Good” and you’re sure to find a smile creep over your lips. Webb possesses a soulful voice and storytelling ability that is hard to come by in today’s music scene and he’s also killer on the harmonica. His sound hearkens back to a seemingly bye-gone era in country music that we’d fully support him ushering back. He’s currently working on his debut album with Byron Gallimore (Lee Ann Womack, Tim McGraw) and we can’t wait to hear it.
Chase Rice - Once upon a time, Chase Rice was just another contestant on CBS’s Survivor, and although he may not have won that reality show, his country career took off in a big way due to a little song named “Cruise.” He co-wrote the Florida-Georgia Line megahit and released his own EP “Ready Set Roll” that is sure to win over country music fans. Rice will hit the road with Billy Currington and Brett Eldredge later this year, while also hopefully completing a full-length album.
Eric Paslay – There’s absolutely no denying the ear-wormability of Eric Paslay’s current single, “Friday Night.” While that catchy tune has finally given Paslay attention as an artist, you’re undoubtedly already a fan of his work. He’s written tracks like Jake Owen‘s #1 hit “Barefoot Blue Jean Night,” Love and Theft‘s “Angel Eyes” and Eli Young Band‘s “Even if it Breaks Your Heart.” At six feet, four inches, the man is a giant walking hit factory and we expect to hear much more from Paslay in 2014, as he continues to hone his leading man skills on tour with Brantley Gilbert and Thomas Rhett.
Dan + Shay - This Warner Music Nashville duo, consisting of Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney, was formed just a little over a year ago, but they have come onto the country scene in full force. They released their debut single “19 You + Me” back in October, and it was the most added debut single of 2013. It is currently climbing the Billboard Country Airplay and Hot Country Songs charts, and this week, it also debuted on Billboard’s Hot 100. “19 You + Me” is one of those songs that you love on first listen and then hit repeat, and we expect it to continue its rise. Plus, we hear a bit of Rascal Flatts in there, and really, that’s always a good thing. If the single and their YouTube videos are any indication of what is to come, Dan + Shay will definitely be making a big name for themselves.
Jill and Kate – We have been fans of Jill Pickering & Kate Rapier, collectively Jill and Kate, for years. After being long-time members of Kelly Clarkson‘s band and touring worldwide, the girls decided in 2012 to focus full-time on their own music. They have independently released a handful of albums and EPs (their most recent – Heart of Stone), and will be releasing new music this year. There are not many voices who sound as cohesive and blend as effortlessly well together as Jill and Kate’s do. Keep your eyes on this talented duo… we think this may be their break-out year.
The Swon Brothers – With Cassadee Pope and Danielle Bradbery already impacting country music in a big way, we think this fellow The Voice/Team Blake duo is next (Blake Shelton really has an ear for talent, doesn’t he?). The Swon Brothers, signed to Arista Nashville, recently released their new single “Later On” and the song hit number one on the iTunes Country Songs Chart within 24 hours. It will officially be sent to radio next month and their debut album is set for later this year. The brothers – Zach and Colton – are well on their way.
Striking Matches - Striking Matches, made up of Sarah Zimmerman and Justin Davis, recently signed with Capitol Records’ new label, I.R.S. Records Nashville. They have been gaining momentum and much notoriety with writing several songs for the hit ABC television show, Nashville, as well as partnering with CMT and having the backing of the Grand Ole Opry. The duo already has a self-titled EP under their belts, and they are now hard at work on their debut album. They are sure to continue their rise in country music.
Blackjack Billy - Composed of Rob Blackledge, Noll Billings, Jeff Coplan, Patrick Cornell, and Brad Cummings, this country rock band independently released their debut single “The Booze Cruise” last March. The song became a SiriusXM “The Highway” find as well as the biggest-selling song on iTunes by a band without a major label for the first half of 2013. Later in the year, the band was signed to Bigger Picture Music Group and released a five-song EP entitled Get Some. They have the sound; they have the look… With the backing of the label, we are sure to hear even more from them this year.