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Merle Haggard Hospitalized In Georgia

Merle Haggard.

Some shocking breaking news this morning from WSMV-TV in Nashville. Country music great Merle Haggard has been hospitalized in Georgia for an unknown condition. His manager told the television station that Merle has been sick for about a week. Merle was to perform in Macon, Georgia last night but fell ill several minutes before his show and was rushed to hospital.

Three upcoming shows have been canceled. We hope Merle has a speedy recovery and will be back on his feet soon!

UPDATE: Merle has canceled the rest of his shows for January, and he was hospitalized for pneumonia, his publicist tells Newsday.

ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute to The Troops Concert Special Airing May 20

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Carrie Underwood, an 11-time Academy of Country Music Award winner, co-penned a song specifically for the Academy’s military tribute show, ACM PRESENTS: AN ALL-STAR SALUTE TO THE TROOPS. Carrie’s performance of “Keep Us Safe” will debut during the broadcast airing this Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 9:00 PM ET/PT on the CBS Television Network.  Coinciding with her performance, the song will be available digitally with proceeds benefiting ACM Lifting Lives®.

“When we were approached to be a part of the show, I was so excited to do something to honor our troops, and because ACM Lifting Lives does such great work. I wanted to take the time to really think about what song I wanted to perform,” shares Carrie.  “I had a writing session scheduled with my co-writers and friends Hillary Lindsey, Luke Laird and Shane McAnally, and I guess the show was weighing on my mind. I think we all left the session knowing the song was special because it basically wrote itself that day!”

In honor of Armed Forces Day (May 17) observances ACM PRESENTS: AN ALL-STAR SALUTE TO THE TROOPS features Dierks Bentley, Lee Brice, Luke Bryan, Merle Haggard, Hunter Hayes, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Kellie Pickler, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Keith Urban, Eli Young Band, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts and The Band Perry paying tribute to our country’s remarkable all-volunteer military force. The two-hour special is co-hosted by LL COOL J and Chris O’Donnell, and produced for television by dick clark productions, to air on Tuesday May 20, 2014 at 9:00-11:00 PM ET/PT on the CBS Television Network. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, R.A. Clark and Barry Adelman are executive producers. Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.

Set your DVR’s, you won’t want to miss this!

ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute To the Troops

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The Academy of Country Music and Dick Clark Productions have announced ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute To the Troops, a concert event featuring some of the biggest names in country music paying tribute to our armed forces, which will be broadcast Tuesday, May 20th, 9:00-11:00pm EST, on the CBS Television Network.

The special will be taped Monday, April 7th, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and feature performances by country music superstars Merle Haggard, George Strait, Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum and The Band Perry among others (to be announced) as a part of the all-star lineup for the event.

REVIEW: The Swon Brothers in South Florida

Photo by Sara Kauss / www.sarakaussmusicians.com

S wonderful! ‘S marvelous! That’s what rang through my head as I watched The Swon Brothers tear up the South Florida Fair stage during their “Swoncert” (try saying that … it rolls right off the tongue) in front of a rowdy crowd. After seeing The Swon Brothers live, this much is clear – these boys were born to be on stage.

The Voice Season 4 Finalists, Zach and Colton Swon, spent their show covering songs ranging from country to classic rock to classic country rock. The boys barreled through the starting line with a cover of Randy Houser‘s “How Country Feels” and quickly transitioned into the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band‘s “Fishin’ In the Dark” (much to our amazing photographer friend, Sara Kauss‘, excitement). The guys manifested their uncanny abilities to harmonize with one another without ever making evident that one brother’s vocal prowess is any more superior than the other.

The Country Music Hall Of Fame® And Museum’s All For The Hall Fundraiser Returns To Los Angeles On March 4

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On March 4th, the Nokia Theater will host the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s All for the Hall fundraiser, making it the first time this event has been held in Los Angeles in three years.

“California, with its rich country music history, has proven to be a supremely appropriate and welcoming location for this event,” said Museum Director Kyle Young. “In fact, some of the state’s contributions to our genre are the subject of our very popular limited-engagement exhibition, The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and California Country, whose run we’ve extended through the end of 2014. Los Angeles has always given our All for the Hall event a very warm welcome, and we look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones in March.”

This year’s fundraiser will be hosted by actress/singer/film producer Rita Wilson, and feature performances by Country Music Hall of Fame members Vince Gill and Emmylou Harris. Joining them will be Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members Heart and Grammy Award-winning artist Jason Mraz.

Exclusive: Interview with Brent Rupard

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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.”

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Maria Taylor

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We recently introduced you to singer-songwriter, Maria Taylor, and now she’s back for an exclusive Q&A.

Taylor has a pretty hectic schedule these days to say the least. She just released her new album, Something About Knowing, is busy being a mom to her little boy who changed her whole world, and will be hitting the road in January!

The singer-songwriter plays the guitar, piano, and drums; would love to have one of her songs on Nashville (one of my favorite shows too); and has always known she wanted to be a musician.

I was lucky enough to interview the multi-talented artist and have her answer some questions for us. She was sweet and genuine, and I’m so glad to give you a chance to get to know her.

George Strait sells out Staples Center in 9 minutes

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Reigning “King of Country” George Strait will be holding court with 17,178 ticketholders during his highly-anticipated appearance at Los Angeles’ STAPLES Center on February 8, 2014. The concert, which sold out within 9 minutes on Friday, Sept. 27, was his first to go on sale and will be Strait’s ninth stop during the last leg of his final, two-year The Cowboy Rides Away Tour.

Tickets for the following dates will go on sale beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the venue’s respective local time zone on Friday, October 4:

January 17, 2014 CenturyLink Center│Omaha, Neb.

*With special guest Eric Church

January 31, 2014 Valley View Casino Center│San Diego, Calif.

*With special guest Miranda Lambert

February 7, 2014 US Airways Center│Phoenix, Ariz.

*With special guest Martina McBride

February 14, 2014 The Palace│Auburn Hills, Mich.

*With special guest Little Big Town

February 15, 2014 Nationwide Arena│Columbus, Ohio

*With special guest Little Big Town

March 22, 2014 Philips Arena│Atlanta, Georgia

*With special guest Sheryl Crow

April 5, 2014 Pepsi Center│Denver, Colo.

*With special guests Merle Haggard and Lee Ann Womack

The STAPLES Center is a world-class sports and entertainment venue, hosting more than 250 events every year. Other notable artists to perform at the arena include Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Prince, U2, Paul McCartney, Garth Brooks, Taylor Swift and more.

Concert-goers will get to hear Strait perform a full set, including many of his 60 No. 1 hits (a record no other artist, in any genre, has achieved). Throughout his distinguished career, Strait has sold more than 68.5 million records to date and is second only to Elvis in certifications, with 33 different platinum or multi-platinum albums to his credit. Billboard will recognize “King George’s” unmatched catalogue of No. 1 singles with its highest accolade, the Legend of Live Award, in November.

Each weekend of The Cowboy Rides Away Tour, Strait will also be joined by special guests including Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Ronnie Dunn, Vince Gill, Merle Haggard, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Lee Ann Womack, Chris Young and more.

Strait will continue to record new music for longtime label home MCA Records and will perform select dates across the country after the tour has wrapped. For more information, please visit georgestrait.com.

EXCLUSIVE: Meet Andrew Pope

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Andrew Pope (no relation to Cassadee, The Voice fans!) is a country musician from Alabama who isn’t afraid to dig deep into the roots of country music in his blooming career. Andrew’s first two singles, If Waylon Could See Us Now and Rowdy Side, were released in 2012. Andrew, who was signed to MillTown Music, released his first full album at the end of 2012. Andrew hopes to release his sophomore album in 2014 and we wanted to make sure that our Keepin’ It Country readers were able to meet Andrew and get to know the artist behind the music before his next big project. So, without further adieu, we introduce you all to Andrew Pope!

Kip Moore celebrates first CMA Nomination

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Platinum selling singer/songwriter Kip Moore is nominated for his first CMA Award in the “New Artist Of The Year” category just weeks after celebrating his third consecutive No. one hit from his debut album, UP ALL NIGHT.

“It’s been a long road. I think back on the thousands of hours of songwriting and hundreds of thousands of miles we’ve logged on the road…I wouldn’t trade any of that for the quick and easy route. I’ve learned so much, and I’m truly honored to be up for the CMA’s ‘New Artist Of The Year’ Award,” said Moore. “I have to admit…this is also a little extra inspiration for us as we finish up the next album!”

Last year, Moore shot out of the gate with the best selling debut country album of 2012, which spawned the platinum, two week chart-topping hit “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck,” followed by two more No. one singles, “Beer Money” and “Hey Pretty Girl.”

Chicago Sun-Times calls him, “A kind of magical cross between the songwriting talents of a Jackson Browne, the grit of a Bruce Springsteen and the twang of a Willie Nelson or Merle Haggard, Moore has taken the top spot when it comes to the title of one of country music’s most promising new stars.”

Moore has relentlessly toured the country coast to coast this year with Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert and Toby Keith amid selling out his own headlining shows, often in just minutes. In November, Moore will join Lady Antebellum for their TAKE ME DOWNTOWN TOUR. For a full list of tour dates and more information, visit www.kipmoore.net.