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Country stars to replace Blair Garner

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With popular radio host Blair Garner leaving his spot on the show he created “After Midnite,” some of country music’s brightest stars will be filling in. Blair will be moving on to a brand new spot with New York City’s NASHFM. His final program date is July 31st for “After Midnite.”

Stars booked to perform fill-in duties throughout the month of August include Carrie Underwood, Jake Owen, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, and Lady Antebellum‘s Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood.  The artists will take over for a week each through August. There will be a new host announced in August.

Blair will be hosting the morning show on NASHFM. Will you be tuning in?

America’s Morning Show with Blair Garner, Chuck Wicks, Lee Ann Womack & More to Launch Tomorrow

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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.

Blair Garner To Give Listeners A Day In The Life View of Scotty McCreery

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After MidNite host Blair Garner will make his way to Garner, N.C., hometown of Season 10 American Idol Winner Scotty McCreery, on Friday, May 4th, to spend a day in Scotty’s life. Garner will sit down for a conversation with Scotty about his journey from being a typical high school teen, to winning season 10 of American Idol and becoming a country star on the rise. Since we all know Scotty loves his baseball, Garner will attend one of McCreery’s baseball games, followed by a dinner gathering at the McCreery home, where he will speak candidly with McCreery’s family, teammates, fans, high school principal and “Miss Garner 2012″ Johna Edmonds. Exclusive audio and video from the special visit will be featured on After MidNite and www.AfterMidNite.com next week.

“Scotty has had such an impact on the country music world as an American Idol winner AND for prioritizing his education while pursuing a career in the music industry,” said Garner, who recently discovered his ancestors settled in Garner, North Carolina.  “We thought it would be fun to go and catch Scotty in his own backyard for a change instead of having him come to our studio.  The town has really rolled out the red carpet for us, and we can’t wait to meet everyone and catch Scotty on the field!”

McCreery, who put high school on hold to audition for American Idol, made chart history by becoming the first country artist to debut an album at number one the Billboard 200 chart.  He was recently honored as the fan-voted “New Artist of the Year” at the 2012 ACM Awards.  McCreery has also received two 2012 Billboard Music Award nominations for the all-genre “Top New Artist” and “Top Country Album” for Clear As Day, and a 2012 CMT Music Award nomination in the “USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year” category for his The Trouble With Girls video.  After finishing up his concert tour with Brad Paisley this spring, McCreery decided to return to Garner Magnet High School to complete his senior year and reprise his role as the varsity baseball team’s relief pitcher.

For more information, please visit www.AfterMidNite.com.

Blair Garner Takes “After MidNite” to Vegas For ACMA’s

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Blair Garner, host of After MidNite and winner of the 2011 ACM “National On-Air Personality of the Year” award, will take his show to Vegas this weekend for a variety of events and a post-show broadcast from the Academy of Country Music’s 47th Annual ACM Awards. Garner will be hosting the Fremont Street Experience, a free concert that takes place tonight and Saturday, March 31, for the third year in a row. Artists set to perform are Love and Theft, Hunter Hayes, Brantley Gilbert, Scotty McCreery, Luke Bryan, Jana Kramer, Craig Campbell, Eli Young Band, Laura Bell Bundy and Eric Church.

Right after the 47th Annual ACM Awards show telecast on CBS on Sunday, April 1, After MidNite will broadcast from its remote studio backstage, interviewing artists immediately after their ACM Awards experience. Artists ste to appear are Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, David Nail, Kip Moore, Easton Corbin, Lauren Bell Bundy, Jake Owen, Brantley Gilbert, Scotty McCreery, Dustin Lynch, James Wesley, Hunter Hayes, Thompson Square, Randy Houser, Zac Brown Band, Craig Campbell, Uncle Kracker, Eli Young Band, The Band Perry and some surprise guests. A special segment featuring Blake Shelton will also air. The After MidNite remote studio is sponsored by Great American Country and Green Mountain Coffee, which will provide the artists with free coffee.

You can catch the After MidNite ACM Awards special broadcast the morning of April 2 (from midnight to 6 a.m.) and portions will re-air the weekend of April 7-8. Affiliates of The Blair Garner Show in Canada will also air segments the week of April 2. For more information and guest updates, please visit www.AfterMidnite.com.

Blair Garner Releases Album “Beyond The Hits”

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The host of Premiere Radio Networks’ “After Midnite With Blair Garner will be releasing an album featuring the country music stars he’s had on his syndicated program over the last few years. “Beyond The Hits: 20 Years From Country’s Top Stars” will be available January 10th from Blair’s production company Tripower.

Artists featured on the album include Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley and many more of country’s biggest stars.

“It’s no understatement to say I am a fan of country music,” said Blair. “Not just a fan of the artists, but a fan of everyone involved: the songwriters, musicians, producers, all of it. Obviously not all the songs get the spotlight of being a single; it just doesn’t work that way. Because of that I think some songs may not get their fair share of attention. Beyond The Hits looks to change that. We want fans to realize the sheer depth and brilliance of these artists. Every cut on Beyond could have been, in my opinion, a number one. I’m just lucky to be the guy to bring them to light.”

The album will be available for $9.99 on iTunes on January 10th. A portion of purchases will go towards various charities he supports in the United States.

Blair Garner Takes On Brad Paisley’s H20 II Tour

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Blair Garner is one brave guy. He decided to take on Brad Paisley’s H20 II tour this weekend for his “After Midnite Live” radio program. Blair will take his listeners backstage at the tour stop in Tampa, Florida and will have interviews not only with Brad, but with openers Jerrod Niemann, Blake Shelton, JaneDear Girls, Sunny Sweeney and Eden’s Edge. You can catch his exclusive interviews this weekend on his weekly program.

This weekend’s episode is the fifth in the “After Midnite Live” series. He takes 2.7 million listeners backstage at their favorite country tours and behind-the-scenes at different stops. This Summer Blair has featured Kenny Chesney’s “Goin’ Coastal Tour”, Tim McGraw’s “Emotional Traffic Tour” (and spoke with Tim’s mom!), Sugarland’s “Incredible Machine Tour,” and Dolly Parton’s “Better Day” tour.

Blair Garner Takes After Midnite On Tour With Country Music Superstars

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Premiere Networks host Blair Garner announced today he is taking After MidNite on the road this year to bring listeners backstage at several superstar concerts. In addition to exclusive interviews with Country music’s biggest artists, Garner will give his 2.7 million weekly listeners a sneak peak as they get ready to take the stage at major venues across the country.

“We want to give our listeners a chance to hear from the artists while on the road, and pull back the curtain a bit and share some of what it takes to put on a show,” said Garner. “This past week, we were in Los Angeles and spoke with Dolly Parton and her manager backstage at the Hollywood Bowl, and then we went backstage at The Greek Theatre and spoke with Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush.” In addition to Nettles and Bush, Garner also spoke with Sugarland’s manager Gail Gellman, who spoke about the unique qualities that drew her to the group initially; the production manager responsible for setting up the stage set at every stop; the lead chef who travels with the tour; and their opening act Casey James.

Our Favorite Live Moments of 2013

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Country music certainly gave us many memorable moments over the last year. Whether it was new artists making their way into the industry, smash hits climbing the charts, notable feuds sprinkled throughout tabloids, or live television performances of classic Broadway shows, our beloved genre definitely did not disappoint. The staff here at Keepin’ It Country was incredibly fortunate to attend many live shows of some of our favorite artists throughout the last year, from which we brought our fans and followers real time coverage. We collectively compiled some of our most memorable live performance moments of 2013, which we witnessed as members of the audience. In reverse chronological order, we bring you Keepin’ It Country‘s first-hand year in review:

Jo Dee Messina – December 22, 2013, Casino Miami – In anticipation of her upcoming album, Me, Jo Dee Messina brought her show to Miami, Florida. In the review heard around the world (thanks to Jo Dee herself!), we excitedly reported about Jo Dee, whose vocals are deserving of a myriad of accolades, undoubtedly re-entering the country music scene with a bang. With stellar performances of well-known hits, sure-to-be future number ones, and incomparable covers, Jo Dee brought the crowd to its feet multiple times. Mark our words — 2014 will be Jo Dee’s year, and we cannot wait to watch her soar.

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Kelly Clarkson‘s Acoustic Show for Green Mountain Coffee – October 10, 2013, New York’s Highline Ballroom – As the ambassador for Green Mountain Coffee, Kelly Clarkson went to Peru to learn about coffee farming and fair trade. She brought her newfound knowledge and out-of-this-world vocals to an invite-only acoustic show at New York’s Highline Ballroom. Joined by only a keyboardist and pair of acoustic guitarists, Kelly wailed through some of her biggest hits, her voice shining in the intimate space. Highlights of the show included a haunting, acoustic solo rendition of “Don’t You Wanna Stay?” and the fan request, “Sober.”

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Brad Paisley at the New Yorker Festival – October 5, 2013, New York’s Gramercy Theater – This was a far cry from a usual Brad Paisley spectacle, but instead featured Paisley in an intimate setting, on-stage with only an acoustic guitar and interviewer, Kelefa Sanneh. It was much a storytellers night, as Paisley traded stories with Sanneh, intertwined with acoustic performances of both his biggest hits and some of his deepest cuts. The night also included an audience Q&A and insight into what was arguably Brad’s most controversial cut, “Accidental Racist.”

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Jennifer Nettles for NASH-FM, August 17, 2013, Hill Country BBQ – It’s not every day that you get to catch one of country’s biggest names in the basement of a BBQ restaurant. However, it was Jennifer’s voice that overpowered the smell of ribs and pulled pork, as she performed a sampling from her forthcoming album, including the album’s first single and title track, “That Girl” while also trading stories with NYC’s NASH-FM’s Blair Garner.

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The Band Perry – July 21, 2013, NYC’s Roseland Ballroom – The singing siblings rocked New York’s historic Roseland Ballroom with a polished and poised performance that would make even the most seasoned veterans jealous. Although their Pioneer album didn’t receive as much acclaim as it deserved in 2013, there is no doubt that the Perry siblings are here to stay with their dynamic stage presence.

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Jason Aldean – July 20, 2013, Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois – In one of two memorable 2013 live moments selected by our staff involving Jason Aldean, we were lucky to be in the sold out Wrigley Field crowd. Jason, along with Kelly Clarkson, Jake Owen, Thomas Rhett, and Nashville’s first signed DJ, Dee Jay Silver, rocked Chicago like no other country acts have done before. Despite the pouring rain, the sold out crowd stayed put, drank, danced, and sang to their favorite Jason songs, including his award-winning smash hit duet with Kelly Clarkson. Even the White Sox owner, White Sox players, and Atlanta Braves players braved (pun intended) the rain and celebrated country music in the heart of Chicago on that stormy night.

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Striking Matches, Ashley Monroe and Hunter Hayes – MTV’s Artist to Watch show – June 18, 2013, New York’s Webster Hall – Although the night belonged to Hunter Hayes, the highlights of this show were country duo Striking Matches and the woman behind one of 2013’s best country albums, Ashley Monroe. Although the show itself was a bit of a mismatch with the Hunter fans not paying appropriate respect to the openers, both Ashley and Striking Matches held their own. Ashley especially shined on the tongue-in-cheek, “Weed Instead of Roses” and her version of Jason Aldean‘s #1 hit, “The Truth,” which she co-wrote.

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Cassadee Pope – June 8, 2013, Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, Florida – Cassadee Pope took the world by storm during Season 3 of The Voice as a member of Team Blake. Soon after being crowned “The Voice,” Cassadee hit the road with vocal superstar trio, Rascal Flatts. At her hometown show (which was featured on CMT’s Frame By Frame), Cassadee shared her talents with her family, friends, and fans. Witnessing this young artist catapult into stardom and return to her roots for the first time in a large venue was an absolute privilege, as Cassadee wow’ed her hometown with her stunning vocals and gave us just a small glimpse of what is yet to come.

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Blake Shelton – iHeart Radio Show – March 27, 2013, iHeartRadio Theater – To go with the release of Based On a True Story…, Blake took the stage for iHeartRadio. The show was streamed online and included Blake’s biggest hits combined with some of his newer tracks. Definite crowd-favorites included sing-along performances of “Austin,” “Honey Bee,” and “Old Red.”

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Jason Aldean – March 2, 2013, Madison Square Garden – It’s not every day that a country artist headlines New York’s legendary, Madison Square Garden. Joined by Thomas Rhett and Jake Owen, Jason owned MSG with his biggest hits, as the audience sang along and hung on to every word. Although he sang some of his newer hits, set list highlights included “Big Green Tractor” and “Amarillo Sky.”

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Miranda Lambert – January 26, 2013 – Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City – Although there were no low points in Miranda Lambert’s performance at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall during the first leg of her Rocked and Reloaded Tour (with Dierks Bentley), it was her performance of “Over You” that left us speechless that night. Performing on the one year anniversary of the death of her childhood friend, Mark Adams, tears streamed down Miranda’s cheeks as she held the microphone out to the audience to help her through the song. And help her they did, singing back each word of “Over You” in a moment that gives me chills just thinking about it.

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We bid adieu to a fabulous year of country music and eagerly look toward 2014. Country music continues to make huge strides as the years progress, and it is foreseeable that the next year will be filled with landmark tours, chart-topping albums/singles, and the continuance of country music flourishing as a whole. What were some of your most memorable concert moments of 2013, and what are you most looking forward to in the 2014 country concert circuit?

America’s Morning Show Kicks off with Kelly Clarkson, Hunter Hayes & Thompson Sqaure

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On Thursday, June 20th, America’s Morning Show hit the airwaves featuring Blair Garner and an all-star cast of country music stars including Terri Clark, Chuck Wicks & Sunny Sweeney. As if that lineup wasn’t big enough, the show’s first interviews included some of music’s biggest names, including Kelly Clarkson, Hunter Hayes and Thompson Square.

Our friends over at America’s Morning Show provided us with all of these great interviews!

Listen here as Kelly Clarkson discusses her lost engagement rings, her new country single and her love for Terri Clark, including some musical confusion and a little bit of singing.

 

Listen here as Hunter Hayes prepares for a performance on The Today Show, talks about racing cars with Blair and discusses his new re-release Encore and recording with Jason Mraz!

 

Listen here to hear Thompson Square discussing vocal rest and the #1 party for “If I Didn’t Have You.”

Blake Shelton & Keith Urban Lead Third Shift Awards

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Country music superstars, and The Voice coaches in their respective countries, Keith Urban and Blake Shelton are leading nominations in Blair Garner’s first annual After Midnite Third Shift Awards. As they get closer to the finish line, Keith is leading with nominations in “Fanatical Fans,” “Fantasy Duet,” “Pedal to the Metal,” and “Pin-Up Male” categories. Blake earned quite a few nods himself in “Artist Of The Year,” “Pop-A-Top,” and “Top Twit” awards.

Artists finding themselves up for two nominations in the fun award show include Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood and Chris Young. Other artists with nominations include Scotty McCreery, Rodney Atkins, Kip Moore, Jake Owen, Kellie Pickler, Reba and Shania Twain.

The final round of voting will take place August 15th through to the 22nd and the winners will be announced on the radio program on August 29th. See the list of nominees below: