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Greg Bates‘ biggest dream came true last week, when he played the Grand Ole Opry for the first time in his career. Greg performed his single “Did It For The Girl” for the first time on the historic stage, a song that he co-wrote from his upcoming full-length album due out later this year. The single was the second-most added to country radio this week with 29 adds, behind only superstar Keith Urban.
“I have always dreamed of playing The Opry. Just to stand in that famous circle where so many legends before me have performed was an absolutely amazing experience,” said Bates. “Thank you, Pete for the incredible opportunity.”
The Opry crowd was full of Greg’s family and friends, who came out to support the Nashville native. As a thank you for the support, he dedicated his special song “Brothers” to his brother. Greg wrote the song about his brother.
His first single, “Did It For The Girl,” is available now. Check it out on iTunes here and let us know what you think about Big Machine’s newest artist. He’ll be releasing a full-length album later this year. His album was produced by Jimmy Ritchey. Greg plans to honor his musical heroes with the album, such as Alan Jackson, Dwight Yoakam and George Strait.
Check out the pictures below from Greg’s Opry debut:
While hailing from California, Brodie Stewart still has some southern roots. As a young child, some of Brodie’s favorite things to do were attending the Rodeo, listening to country music, singing and playing the guitar. This is what influenced Brodie to start his own southern rock band, where he got to tour the country opening up for big artists in sold out arenas.
After this, Brodie returned to his love of country music. He wrote tracks for his own band, and also wrote and produced songs for various other artists. It wasn’t long until Brodie was signed by Martin Kierszenbaum, the president of Cherrytree/Interscope Records, for a song/production deal to their label. Not long after that, Brodie signed a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Music Publishing.
While gearing up for the release of their debut album, “Born American,” The Brodie Stewart Band has been touring the west coast opening up for big names such as Lee Brice, Thompson Square, Easton Corbin, Joe Nichols, Blues Traveler, Lonestar, Chris Cable, Jason Michael Carroll, Terri Clark, Josh Gracin, Casey James, The Farm, Moonshine Bandits, Greg Bates, Christian Kane, Chuck Wicks, and many more!
Straight off the road with Rascal Flatts comes former Broadway Baby and current country music artist, Laura Bell Bundy, who is taking her electric stage presence to Wisconsin for Country Fest 2013! Laura will be hitting the stage with DJ Soulman in the Electric Country Leinie Lodge Friday, June 28th, and Saturday, June 29th.
Check out Laura’s big announcement regarding Country Fest below, but not before we share more exciting news with you! For those of you who are unable to catch what are sure to be killer performances, we are absolutely thrilled to share with you that Laura has released a brand new song to iTunes, entitled “Two Step”, which also features up-and-comer, Colt Ford. “Two Step” is a part of the Dance Y’all Volume 1 EP, which also includes Florida Georgia Line, Greg Bates, and Thomas Rhett. You can purchase a digital copy of “Two Step” by clicking here.
Make sure to visit us on social media and let us know what you think of Laura’s latest track!
Last Tuesday, February 19th, we here at Keepin’ It Country had the pleasure of welcoming Mr. Bobby Bones to Nashville! The press conference took place at the Ford Theater in the Country Music Hall of Fame, where Bobby and his radio crew answered questions and took photos with some of Bobby’s favorite country stars, who were invited to help welcome him to his new city.
To start off the conference, Brad Paisley (although he couldn’t be there in attendance) shared a special video message announcing that he would be Bobby’s first guest on Monday, February 25th. The Big 98′s AntMan and Amy Paige then hosted a question & answer session with Bobby, opening up questions to anyone in attendance. Some of the country stars in attendance at the conference were Brett Eldridge, Charlie Worsham, Chris Janson, Craig Campbell, Dustin Lynch, Eric Paslay, The Farm, Gloriana, Greg Bates, Jake Owen, Jana Kramer, Joe Nichols, Joel Crouse, Josh Thompson, Jon Pardi, Kristin Kelly, and Parmalee.
“Thank you guys all for coming, it really means a lot to me and I’m gonna play your records a whole lot more since you’re here” Bobby joked, to all the artists who took their time to attend.
Bobby informed us that he grew up on country and he already feels at home in the transition from hosting on Top 40 radio to Country. ”To entertain and be with country music, it just feels so natural, and I feel like there is a big wide open avenue for a show like ours that makes people laugh, that relates and identifies with the new generation of country. I think that’s our goal and that’s what we’re set here to do.”
The Bobby Bones Show first started in Austin, TX in 2003. It debuted in Nashville on February 18th, 2013 and is now syndicated on Country radio stations nationwide. You can tune in Monday through Friday from 5 to 10am central time.
We’re glad to have you here in Nashville, Bobby! You can check out our photos from the event below!
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Saddle up, country fans, there’s a new rodeo in town and it hits your television screens every Wednesday night on ABC at 10:00pm ET/9:00pm CT. The new and highly anticipated “Nashville” stars Connie Britton and Hayden Panettierre as country music artists who come together, despite Britton’s character’s desire to keep her distance from that “brat.” Connie Britton plays Rayna Jaymes, a forty-something artist who is having trouble staying afloat as a newer generation, headed by Panettiere’s Juliette Barnes, starts to take over the country music scene. Picture a Faith Hill meets Reba McEntire when you think of Jaymes — attractive, stylish, unparalleled talent and success — and a street-walking Taylor Swift when you think of Barnes — young, fun, but overly flirtatious. Now that Jaymes has to contend with the fresh, young, new artists, her record label has recognized an obvious dip in her popularity. While Jaymes will tell you that she has gone triple platinum in the past, her record label isn’t interested in past successes and fears that if she does not make a drastic move — and fast — her career will take the Mindy McCreedy route (if you are asking “who?”, that is exactly my point). So, in a last-ditch effort to give Jaymes’ career a little bit of CPR, the record label recommends that Jaymes call it quits on her own tour and join forces with Barnes as her *gasp* opening act. Now picture this — Reba opens for Kellie Pickler. It’s on par with that. Naturally, Jaymes has no interest in being the pre-cursor to a little fiery country-singing Britney Spears, but something tells us she’s fighting a losing battle!
Like any other late-night primetime show, there also exists love, infidelity, family angst, and this serving comes with a heaping side of politics. What should you take away from episode 1 of this much-talked-about new show? Just because something seems a certain way on the outside, it doesn’t mean it is just that. Fame has its falls and behind every person who has his or her name in lights lies darkness. Nashville just allows us the opportunity to shine a flashlight on the dark side — at least as far as these fictitious superstars are concerned. Bottom line, this show has it all — glitz and glam, love and scandal, cute kids, and a killer cast. If you aren’t tuning in, we suggest you change that immediately, because we have a feeling it is going to be better than any eight-second ride!
Tune in next week for music, drama, political banter, and a glimpse of the streets of Nashville. And don’t forget to check back here every week for our weekly review as country music takes over television (as it should be).
Episode 1 Playlist (head over to iTunes to download several of these tracks):
“Already Gone” – Performed by Rayna Jaymes
“Back Home” – Performed by Deacon (character)
“Boys and Buses” – Performed by Juliette Barnes
“It’s My Life” – Performed by Rayna Jaymes
“Love Like Mine” – Performed by Juliette Barnes
“If I Didn’t Know Better” – Performed by Scarlett and Gunnar (characters)
“Even If It Breaks Your Heart” – Eli Young Band
“Small Town USA” – Justin Moore
“Type of Gurl” – Rasheeda
“Too Good To Be True” – Eden’s Edge
“Sin For A Sin” – Miranda Lambert
“Did It For the Girl” – Greg Bates
“Stand By Your Man” – Tammy Wynette
“Rose-Colored Glasses” – John Connlee
Big Machine Music made a big addition to its songwriter lineup this week with the signing of songwriter-producer Aaron Scherz. The writer already has cuts on with the label’s Greg Bates and RCA Nashville’s Joanna Smith. He’s previously worked with Effusion Entertainment and with Big Machine’s Martha and Mike Molinar.
Mike Molinar said about the signing:
“Martha and I are happy to extend our relationship with Aaron. He is one of the most gifted, young, songwriter/producers on Music Row. We hope to utilize all of his talents, especially when it comes to identifying and developing new songwriter/artists.”
The Texas native co-wrote the title track to Tracy Lawrence‘s 2009 Grammy-nominated album “The Rock.” He’s also made national jingles for major companies Coca-Cola and Dodge.
Big Machine has released their list of performers for the 19th annual Crown Royal Presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard powered by Bigmachinerecords.com. The race, which takes place on Sunday, July 29th, will be held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Headlining the show is sibling trio The Band Perry, with additional performances by Justin Moore, the Mavericks, Greg Bates, and Sunny Sweeney. Paul Malo, the lead singer of The Mavericks, will be performing the national anthem before the race.
The Band Perry will headline the pre-race show between 8:30 and 11 am EST. The race kicks off at 1 pm EST. The performances will take place on the infield stage inside Turn 2, near the IMS Hall of Fame Museum. Tickets are still available for the race at www.imstix.com.
Big Machine’s Brantley Gilbert is ready for the big leagues. The country-rocker will be heading off on his first headlining tour right after celebrating his second-ever number one single “You Don’t Love Her Like I Do.” Brantley’s tour, “Hell On Wheels Tour,” kicks off Thursday, September 27th in Lafayette, IN and will feature special guests Uncle Kracker, Greg Bates and Brian Davis on select dates.
The country rebel has served time touring with Toby Keith and Eric Church with a high energy, fist pumping show. At only 27 years old, he’s already received some pretty big recognition from the industry: a nomination for 2012 Academy of Country Music (ACM) New Artist Of The Year, and his first-ever nod in Song Of The Year at the 2011 Country Music Association (CMA) Awards.
Check out Brantley’s tour dates below and let us know if you’ll be heading out to see him on one of these dates:
Upcoming Tour dates subject to change:
9/27 — Lafayette, IN – Elliot Hall of Music
9/28 – Poplar Bluff, MO – Black River Coliseum
10/4 – Missoula, MT – Adams Center
10/5 – Bozeman, MT – Brick Breeden Fieldhouse
10/6 – Boise, ID – Taco Bell Arena
10/11 – Dodge City, KS – United Wireless Arena
10/18 – Amarillo, TX – Amarillo Civic Center
10/20 – San Antonio, TX – Cowboys Dance Hall
Big Machine Label Group announced the launch of Big Machine Music today. Big Machine Music is “a creative service expansion and rebranding of the label’s pre-existing publishing entity, Super 98 Music,” according to the publicity department of Big Machine Records. Mike Molinar and Martha Earls, both veteran music publishers, will lead the new project. Both will oversee songwriter signings, artist/writer and catalog growth. Big Machine Label Group President and CEO Scott Borchetta said this about the expansion and the people involved:
Mike & Martha are perfectly aligned with our strategy of development and vision on how to build out Big Machine Music. I’m really thrilled that they are bringing their passion and expertise as they join us and put our company squarely into the publishing world
Together, Molinar and Earls bring over 30 successful years of working with Nashville-based publishing companies to the table. The two have worked together on many hit songs, including the crossover smash hit “Easy” by Rascal Flatts and Natasha Bedingfield, which was published by Effusion Music Publishing. Both Molinar and Earls worked together at Effusion previously.
Martha and I are honored to extend Scott’s vision into our incredible songwriting community. With the horsepower of the entire Big Machine team, we look forward to the opportunities that we can collectively offer our current and future songwriters and artist/writers – Mike Molinar
Big Machine Music Publishing artist/writers include The Valory Music Co.’s Justin Moore, Republic Nashville’s Sunny Sweeney and Greg Bates and Broken Bow’s Dustin Lynch. Big Machine Music Publishing will also represent clients from Effusion Music Publishing.
On Saturday, country music’s newest sweethearts, The Band Perry visited Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) to join with NASCAR in announcing that the summer’s Sprint Cup Series will be named after an everyday American hero through a new partnership between Crown Royal Whisky, the IMS and BigMachineRecords.com. Under the official title, Crown Royal Presents the “Your Hero’s Name Here” 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com, fans will have the opportunity to vote for the race’s namesake. The race weekend will also feature performances by The Band Perry, Justin Moore, the Mavericks & Greg Bates.
The Band Perry had the privilege of announcing the five finalists who may win the opportunity to have the race named after them. They include veteran and philanthropist, Dale Beatty, ICU Nurse, Lindsey Marquez, Fire Lieutenant and EMT, Curtiss Shaver, Deputy Sheriff John Thomas & veteran and Purple Heart recipient, Brandon Veatch. The winner out of these lucky five will have their name on all race signage, apparel, TV broadcasts, as well as the opportunity to meet the country stars and attend the performances, wave the green flag to start the race and deliver the trophy to Victory Lane.
“There’s no track in the world like the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and I’m thrilled that we will return as a race sponsor in 2012 for the Crown Royal presents the ‘Your Hero’s Name Here’ 400 at the Brickyard powered by BigMachineRecords.com!” said Scott Borchetta, President and CEO of the Big Machine Label Group. “We will again bring our most exciting artists to the stage for a great pre-race musical experience for the fans.”
“Once again the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is excited to offer a weekend full of great racing and great music,” said Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation president and CEO Jeff Belskus. “Our fans are in for a real treat when some of the best names in the Big Machine Label Group combine with Crown Royal and some of the best names in racing to provide a great day of entertainment for our fans.”
If you’d like to cast a vote for one of these incredible finalists, you can visit Facebook.com/CrownRoyal and click the “Crown Your Hero” tab. The voting will run until June 28th.
If you’d like to attend the big race, tickets start at just $30 and can be purchased online at www.imstix.com, by calling the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700, or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area, or by visiting the ticket office at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday-Friday. Children 12 and under will receive free general admission to any IMS event in 2011 when accompanied by an adult general admission ticket holder.
Check out photos of the Band Perry at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway here: