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Country icon Ronnie Dunn is teaming up with Toby Keith for a big benefit concert benefitting the victims of the Moore, Oklahoma concert. The two superstars have been working hard since they heard the news of the EF5 tornado. The two have actually jumped Garth Brooks’ fence to get him into the show… and it worked.
Ronnie said this on Facebook:
We were up all night firing texts and emails. Toby and I climbed over Garth’s fence. He’s in…just rying to figure out how to make it all happen for the best !!!!….but, “he still has to clear things with Trisha” . Janine (Oklahoma girl) just wants me out of the house…period.
We’re ALL in agreement…”it’s Toby’s town and we want to be respectful and do the right thing by following his lead.”
Everyone involved is feeling like THIS needs to be organic and REAL…..”get down in the dirt”. Take it straight to the people without a tremendous amount of pomp….but BIIIIIG !!!
THIS IS REALLY EXCITING !!! RD
We can’t wait to see who else will join this line-up for a great cause. Our thoughts remain with Moore, Oklahoma.
Kelly Clarkson has been one of the topics up for debate this morning after last night’s Country Music Association Awards. While some country fans are confused why the pop superstar earned a nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year, (which was awarded to fellow Texan Miranda Lambert), the industry has come out in support of Kelly. One of the supporters just happens to be the iconic Ronnie Dunn, formerly of Brooks & Dunn. He took to his Facebook page to defend Kelly Clarkson after some of his own fans were vocal about not welcoming her to country music.
“Mark E Lemothe writes: ” Friends with Kelly Clarkson yet?”
Kelly is a friend and one of the BEST singers I’ve ever been in a room with. Went to Tahiti with her. Texas girl, down home…as real as they come. I think her heart’s in Country Music. She can sing like an angel.”
Check out Kelly’s performance of her country single “Don’t Rush” below with Vince Gill and let us know what you think – do you want to see her go completely country?
We’ve been pretty excited over Kix Brooks‘ brand new solo album “New To This Town.” The former half of the country icon duo Brooks & Dunn just released his album last week. In the special below, Kix plays songs from his new record and talks about the stories behind choosing them and what they mean to him. It’s an indepth, special interview with Kix, who also shares how he convinced Joe Walsh of the Eagles to join him for the title track.
Have you gotten your copy of his new album yet?
Ever wondered what it would be like to get the look like country icon Kix Brooks? To help celebrate the release of his solo album “New To This Town,” fans can get the “Brooks look” by simply interacting with his brand new Facebook application! You can get the iconic mustache without actually having to grow one.
To add the mustache overlay to your picture, visit Kix’s facebook page here, and click the blue “post a reply” button. Follow the steps and you can see what you’d look like as a former half of Brooks & Dunn.
Kix’s “New To This Town” is available everywhere right now, including both digital and physical music retailers. Have you gotten your copy yet? What’s your favorite tracks?
We here at Keepin’ it Country have an exclusive video for country fans from Kix’ Brooks upcoming solo record “New To This Town.” The former half of the legendary Brooks & Dunn will be releasing his new album to stores and digitally on September 11th, but he shares with us the story on why he recorded a cowboy song in “She Knew I Was A Cowboy.”
Check out and hear the story from Kix himself and make sure to stop by amazon where the album is currently streaming. Make sure to pick up your copy of Kix’ “New to This Town” on September 11th – it should be one of the best albums released this year. You can preview the album right now in its entirety on amazon.com/kixbrooks, so watch the exclusive cut-by-cut below and make sure to pre-order your copy today!
Kix Brooks, one half of the legendary country music duo Brooks & Dunn, will finally be releasing his debut solo album on Arista Nashville. “New To This Town,” which was co-produced by Jay Demarcus of Rascal Flatts and Kix himself, will be available online and in stores on September 11th. See the full track listing below.
“I made an album that really is close to my heart, and it’s a whole lot of fun,” shares Kix. “For the most part, the music’s just…it’s kind of fun and games and hangin’ it out there and thinkin’ about gettin’ back in a lot of those clubs and festivals and gettin’ to play again. It’s like, you know, people come to enjoy themselves, and I think this album in a lot of ways is about that.”
Check out the full track listing for “New To This Town” below:
When you’ve been around the business as long as Ronnie Dunn has, there’s not a lot that can surprise you, however, that’s exactly what happened when he got a very special e-mail this week. Ronnie shared some exciting news on Facebook – that he’s been nominated for induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame 2012 ballot. He joins former Brooks & Dunn partner Kix Brooks in the nomination. The inductees are voted on by members of the Hall of Fame and Professional Songwriter Members of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) as well as the board members of the NaSHOF and NSAI.
Read what Ronnie posted on his Facebook page below and make sure to send a congratulations his way!
Wow…I’m blown away !
Congratulations! On behalf of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation (NaSHOF) Board of Directors, it’s a pleasure for me to notify you that you have been nominated for induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, the highest honor that our songwriting community bestows.
Our Nominating Committee, comprised of Hall of Fame members and Music Row historians, met recently to discuss and consider worthy candidates whose first significant works achieved commercial success and/or artistic recognition at least 20 years ago and who have “positively impacted and been closely associated with the Nashville Songwriting Community and deemed to be outstanding and significant.” The final slate of nominees was recommended to, and approved by, the Foundation board.
Very soon, your name will appear on the 2012 ballot along with the names of 11 of your esteemed colleagues. (See below) Three inductees (2 songwriters; 1 songwriter/artist) will be determined by votes cast from Hall of Fame members and Professional Songwriter members of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), as well as the boards of NaSHOF and NSAI.
We wish you the best in the voting,
On behalf of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation Board of Directors and the Hall of Fame Nominating Committee, let me again extend to you our heartfelt congratulations. We look forward to hearing from you soon.
Category 1 – Songwriters
Robert Byrne (1954-2005)
Beth Nielsen Chapman
John Jarrard (1953-2001)
Category 2 – Songwriter/Artists
Mary Chapin Carpenter
One half of the famous former duo Brooks & Dunn, Kix Brooks, is set to headline the “Summer OilPatch Festival” in Drumright, Oklahoma on Wednesday, July 4, 2012. The festival will take place at the Sellers Ranch and gates will open at 11:00 a.m. The best part? Admission is FREE and is open to the public! Lawn chairs are welcome.
The Summer OilPatch Festival is an annual day-long concert and lifestyle event that has grown into one of the state’s largest and most diverse Independence Day Events. The event will also include special guest star, Country singer/songwriter Shawna Russell (whose latest single “Sounds Like A Party” has been chosen as the official theme song of this year’s show), along with LiveWire, the Flat River Band, Bo Phillips and the Red Dirt Rangers.
In addition to the music, the festival is one of Oklahoma’s most unique entertainment experiences. It includes a special children’s fair area, classic cars and motorcycles, and a variety of entertainers including clowns, stilt walkers, skydivers and jugglers. There will also be helicopter landings and a huge fireworks display. The show is co-sponsored by Keystone Gas Corporation, Pacer Energy Marketing and Budweiser.
Since 2008, Rick Sellers, President of Keystone Gas Corporation, co-sponsor and organizer of the event, has booked nationally recognized recording artists to headline the event, including Pop/Country icon, B.J. Thomas, Classic Rockers, Head East and award-winning Country vocal band, Ricochet. With Brooks being added to this year’s lineup, the attendance at the 2012 Summer OilPatch Festival is expected to skyrocket up from previous years.
For more information about the Summer OilPatch Festival, ‘like’ them on Facebook.
Country music legend Ronnie Dunn has pulled out of Ottawa’s Capital Hoedown line-up this Summer, Keepin’ it Country has confirmed. The former half of Brooks & Dunn was set to open up for Reba McEntire in Canada’s capital on August 10th at 7:30 pm EST. While Ronnie will not be making a performance as part of Capital Hoedown, he hopes to visit the nation’s capital in the future. We have no other information on the status of other performers at Capital Hoedown as of yet.
Capital Hoedown was granted two extensions over the last week to pay a $150,000 fee to the City of Ottawa for rental of city-owned property at this year’s festival. They were able to meet their financial obligation at the last minute yesterday, when their second extension was set to expire. Ottawa’s Capital Hoedown is still scheduled to run from August 10th to the 12th in Walter Baker Park.
Ronnie’s current single “Let The Cowboy Rock” is out on radio right now. He released a special edition of his album to Cracker Barrel stores this week, featuring eleven songs that were on his debut self-titled solo release last year, and two previously unreleased tracks. A portion of the sales to this Deluxe Edition will go towards the Wounded Warrior Project.
Ronnie Dunn will be set to take over the New York City Sirius/XM studios with some very lucky fans in a live question and answer session. “Sirius/XM’s Town Hall with Ronnie Dunn” will air this Thursday at 12 pm EST. The special is hosted by Storme Warren, and it’s part of the Town Hall series where artists get intimate on live radio with fans and answer their questions. Ronnie will discuss his self-titled album, his special edition album out next week, his career, and life since Brooks & Dunn.
“I am very excited and honored that I have been invited to take part in the Sirius/XM live ‘TOWN HALL’ series. I look forward to the exchange with the live audience. I am equally as excited to have the opportunity to talk, not only about where my musical journey has taken me over the last 20 years, but to introduce them to music that I hope will serve to lead us into a new beginning.”
Ronnie will then make his way over to Sirius/XM’s Prime Country station for a special broadcast of his concert from The Stage in Nashville back when it was recorded on May 16th. The concert will air Friday at 5 pm EST. Just in case you miss it, the special concert will be rebroadcasted throughout the weekend.