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Country radio will soon be welcoming Dee Jay Silver as a regular on the airwaves with his new syndicated show “The Country Club with Dee Jay Silver”. The RCA recording artist and mixer will use the show as a place to feature country hits and newcomers, all infused with his signature rhythms and samples from other genres.
The tone will be uptempo and modern, providing one to five hours of remixes and mash-ups. “Dee Jay Silver is a star. He’s built a very unique brand. Creating a radio show makes perfect sense. Silver will be ratings gold. We’re going to have a blast!” said Keith Kaufman who is producing and programming the show. Compass Media Networks will provide the syndication.
“I love radio!” Silver said. “Although my schedule is very hectic and I’m always on the road, whenever I’m on the radio, it feels like home. This is going to be tons of fun!”
Sounds like it, Dee Jay. We’re all looking forward to this!
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2014 just got even better for country music’s hottest DJ, RCA Nashville recording artist, Dee Jay Silver. He’s already the first country DJ to be signed by a major Nashville label, and later this week, he’ll be joining Brad Paisley‘s Beat This Winter Tour presented by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®.
Dee Jay will join Paisley on a dozen dates starting January 10th and running through March 1st. The tour also features special guests Chris Young and Danielle Bradbery, with Silver keeping the crowd’s energy up between sets with his country mixing that is sure to include songs from his debut EP, Country Club.
Dee Jay Silver will be appearing on the following dates:
1/10 Pikeville, KY – Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center
1/11 Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center
1/23 Estero, FL – Germain Arena
1/24 Tallahassee, FL – Leon County Civic Center
1/25 Orlando, FL – Amway Center
2/13 Long Island, NY – Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
2/14 Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
2/15 Manchester, MA – Verizon Wireless Arena
2/22 Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
2/27 Ft. Wayne, IN – Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
2/28 Dayton, OH – Ervin J. Nutter Center
3/1 Charleston, WV - Charleston Civic Center
In today’s music, it is common to hear a remix of some of your favorite songs; even heartfelt power ballads have turned into dance hits with the help of some of music’s most talented DJs. And just when you thought DJ’ing couldn’t become anymore unique, enter Dee Jay Silver, the first DJ to be signed to a major Nashville record label. Dee Jay has played in premier venues in virtually every major market in the United States, Mexico, and Canada, but has ultimately found his home in Nashville. Whether he is touring with Jason Aldean and playing in sold out stadiums, performing on the American Country Awards, or remixing the work of some of country’s best known artists, Dee Jay is bringing his talents to the fans of country music in a myriad of ways. Dee Jay took some time out of his day of “bad television” while he recovered from the ACAs in Las Vegas to talk with me about his music, his favorite tour stop to date, and his future plans (which included getting back to Nashville stat!).
What is better than our country music community doing good?
Country artists gathered on January 11th for “Concert for the Cause” and raised over $200,00 for Kids Cancer Alliance.
Sponsored by Morgan Stanley, “Concert for the Cause” took place at the Ice House in Louisville and was hosted by “Listening Room” owner, Chris Blair. With an intimate acoustic and in-the-round setting, Jake Owen headlined the event with special guests Frankie Ballard, Jana Kramer, Paul Overstreet, Jason Sturgeon, Ilya Toshinsky, Scotty Emerick, Josh Osborne, Ben Bradford, and Olivia Lane. In addition to the music, there was a live and silent auction with an after party hosted by Dee Jay Silver.
Kids Cancer Alliance was founded in 1981 and sought to provide a normal camping experience for children with cancer. Throughout the years, the organization continued to grow and expand into what it is today. The non-profit now offers free oncology and sibling camps, teen and family retreats, quarterly events and in-hospital programs as well as financial support.
For more information and to find out how you can help, visit: www.kidscanceralliance.org.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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?
Congratulations to Craig Morgan! The sometimes-tv-star just signed a new management deal with F3 Entertainment in Nashville. This new deal with cover all parts of artist management and television development and production for the singer. While F3 only launched earlier this year by music executive Ken Madson and outdoor industry veteran J.T. Harden. The first project the company will work on with Craig will be his upcoming single on Black River Entertainment “Wake Up Lovin’ You” and his award-winning television show “Craig Morgan: All-Access Outdoors.”
F3 Entertainment’s management roster also includes artists Dee Jay Silver, JJ Lawhorn, Moonshine Bandits, Ty Stone, Ira Dean, football legend Jim McMahon, and former MLB player Ryan Klesko. The F3 television division produces “Hard Core Hunting TV” for Pursuit Channel, consults MMA promotion “Showdown Fights” and shepherds a slate of shows in development.
The Watershed Festival made their big line-up announcement this morning – and it’s a huge one! Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton and Dierks Bentley will headline the inaugural Watershed Music Festival. The festival runs August 3rd to the 5th in George, WA. See the full line-up below and let us know if you’ll be heading to the new festival. Tickets go on sale May 5th through Ticketmaster.com and three-day passes are only $90!
The festival is being run by Live Nation and ACM Promoter of the Year, Brian O’Connell. Brian believes that the unique setting picked for the festival will make it a stand-out event for fans and artists alike.
“The Gorge provides a feeling that is impossible to recreate anywhere else,” said O’Connell. “It is truly a magical place and provides the perfect setting for a cool, eclectic country event. We wanted to create something that didn’t exist, from the caliber of artists to the camping and the atmosphere. I’m excited to be a part of it and see it all come together.”
This isn’t the first time that The Gorge has held events for country music; but it’s the first time for more than one concert at a time, explains Live Nation’s Jeff Trisler:
“In the storied 25 year history of The Gorge, we’ve been fortunate to host many of the nation’s top country artists, but all have been single day concerts,” said Jeff Trisler, President of Live Nation Seattle. “For years, we’ve wanted to host a multiple day country festival that builds on the tremendous success for our annual Sasquatch Music Festival and Dave Matthews Band residency. We believe this event will bring that same sort of excitement and energy to The Gorge for an entirely new group of music fans.”
Artists confirmed for the multi-day country fest include Dierks Bentley, Kix Brooks, Sara Evans, Brantley Gilbert, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Thompson Square, Uncle Kracker, Dwight Yoakam, Tracy Lawrence, Reckless Kelly, The Lost Trailers, Steve Holy, Johnny Reid, Jon Pardi, Thomas Rhett, Morgan Frazier, DeeJay Silver and a local stage will feature regional acts each night. More artists are set to be announced in the coming weeks, so stay tuned to Keepin’ it Country to see who else will be added.
Who do you want to see added to the lineup? Are you thinking of going?
Jason Aldean is still having one heck of a never-ending party. The Academy of Country Music Awards Entertainer of the Year nominee has sold out all 18 dates of his “My Kinda Party” tour so far.. and he’s not done yet! He broke attendance records at New Jersey’s IZOD Center, and Charlotte, VA’s John Paul Jones Arena this weekend alone. These sell-outs mark his 13th venue sell-outs in 2012 already. His tour has sold out all 18 dates of his tour so far this year, including stops at Rodeo Houston at Reliant Stadium where he set the all-time record with 74,901 excited fans. He broke a Shania Twain record at the IZOD Center, selling the most tickets for a country concert ever at the venue with 19,000. Shania’s record was 15, 749 fans in 2003.
Jason upgraded his stage to a 360 degree view for this leg of the tour to give all of his fans the best views in the house. Fellow Georgia natives Luke Bryan and Lauren Alaina have joined Jason on as special guests on his tour. DeeJay Silver has returned once again to make sure the fans keep the party going in-between sets.
“These last few months on the road have been unbelievable, and the crowds this weekend were killer,” said Aldean. “We are off to Vegas next for the ACMs and will hopefully have a little luck on and off the blackjack tables!”
Jason’s current single “Fly Over States” is climbing the charts. It’s sitting in the top 15 on the country singles charts and is coming off the heels of four consecutive number one hits.
The Academy of Country Music has just announced performers for the ACM Fan Jam taking place during the ACM Awards on April 1st. Hunter Hayes, Brantley Gilbert and Scotty McCreery will each perform for fans at the 2nd annual ACM Fan Jam at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
The ACM Fan Jam will be hosted by Zac Brown Band, and DeeJay Silver will also take the stage. It’s the only live-concert event taking place in Las Vegas during the taping of the 47th annual Academy of Country Music Awards. The Awards will be broadcast live on CBS at 8 pm EST from the MGM Grand Garden Arena with Blake Shelton and Reba McEntire returning again to co-host for the 2nd year in a row.
Hunter, Scotty and Gilbert are all competing for fan and industry votes for New Artist of the Year. The winner will be announced live on the ACM Fan Jam stage during the broadcast.
The 17th Annual Inspirational Country Music Awards nominees were announced yesterday in Nashville, Tennessee, and a lot of today’s major stars earned some nods. Carrie Underwood, The Band Perry, Rascal Flatts, Lady Antebellum, Ronnie Dunn, Josh Turner, Ricky Skaggs, George Strait, and Randy Travis were just some of the stars nominated in one of the 22 main categories for the 2011 ICM Awards.
The categories were voted on by members in a variety of different honors like entertainer, song, new artist, group, songwriter, duo, musician, radio station, film, and television. The top 5 finalists in each category will be announced on August 30th. The Oak Ridge Boys, Randy Travis and Susie McEntire are up for the legend/pioneer title.
The 2011 ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards will run October 24th to the 28th in Nashville.
For a full list of the early nominees, click the “read more” button.