Miranda Lambert shows off her acting skills in her new music video for “Mama’s Broken Heart,” where the singer goes a bit crazy after a breakup. The beginning of the video brings back memories of the Stepford Wives movie, as Miranda enters her fancy, upper-class home with her true southern jacked-to-Jesus hairdo. But, she has a bit of revenge up her sleeve. Once inside, she loses it and begins acting crazy. By the end of video, Miranda’s perfectly done-up hair is disheveled, her fishnet stockings are ripped, and her makeup is smeared all over her face.
My personal favorite scene is of her at the dining room table, making faces as she takes her anger out on her food. Check out the video below, and let us know what your favorite part is!
In Nashville last week, the annual Country Radio Seminar (CRS) took place. Country music stars were out in abundance at various special events providing everyone in attendance with great performances, brand new songs, cool collaborations, and a whole lot of fun!
One of the biggest nights during CRS week is the Sony Boat Show, and Kelly Clarkson sure did wow the crowd this year!
Clarkson debuted a new song titled, “Ain’t Gonna Like This,” which she co-wrote with her long-time guitarist and close friend, Aben Eubanks. If you follow Clarkson’s career, you will know that a Clarkson-Eubanks collab always results in some great music.
In the song, Clarkson references her musical heroes and influences, and sings her love for all genres of music. “Singin’ what I’m feelin’ inside/I don’t care what it is, what you call it, here it is.” … If you don’t like Reba/If you don’t like Trisha/If you don’t like Aretha/I don’t even wanna meet ya/If none of my heroes make your list/Well then you ain’t gonna like this.” (Big thank-you to Aben Eubanks for the correct lyrics.)
To top off the excitement over the new country track, Clarkson had a little help from her friends, The Pistol Annies, who provided the background vocals for the performance.
Twitter was abuzz with compliments for the song as well as for Clarkson and the Annies. They even got a standing O!
Some of my favorite tweets from the night:
@JosephHudak3: @kelly_clarkson is playing the Sony boat and I may lose my mind. Her voice is That Good. #CRS2013 — Joseph Hudak
@shaunridder: It’s official, @kellyclarkson IS country. We love her. How can you not? #Adorable #CRS2013 @sonynashville — Shaun Ridder
@Linda1Ryan: Woah! @kelly_clarkson cutting it up with the @pistolannies #sonyboatshow #rockinmyworld — Linda Ryan
We hope this song is going to be released to country radio soon. It has the makings of a mega hit written all over it. With its rockin’ country soul vibe, it would be a great follow-up to her current hit ballad, “Don’t Rush.”
And no, Kelly, we don’t like the song… we love it!
There are not any high quality videos of the performance yet, but you can still hear most of the song and hear Clarkson wail some super high notes as only she can. Check it out below.
It’s no coincidence that Carrie Underwood‘s tour was titled the “Blown Away Tour,” as she blew away audiences and critics alike across the United States, the UK and Australia in 2012. The first leg of the 62 city tour wrapped on December 22, and according to Pollstar‘s Year-End chart, Underwood was the top female touring artist of the year.
Didn’t see Carrie in 2012? The tour will re-launch a second leg on February 13, 2012, sponsored by vitaminwater® and supported by Hunter Hayes. Additionally, $1 from each ticket sale will go to Red Cross Disaster to relief to provide shelter, food and emotional support for those in need.
It’s not everyday that you meet a mega-talented country singer from New Jersey. Yes, from the land of Snooki and the Situation, at least one person is keeping country music alive. She recorded her first EP “The Things You Left Behind” at Blackbird Studios, the home of Martina McBride and her voice and styling recall the likes of Martina & Sara Evans. We at Keepin’ It Country would like to introduce you to Apryl Evans. You may not know her name yet, but we promise you will.
KIC: For those readers who may be ‘meeting’ you for the first time in this blog, can you give us a little bit of a back story as to how you became a singer/songwriter?
AE: The story of how I ended up on this path actually starts way back when I was only nine years old and tried out to sing the part of Belle from Beauty and the Beast in a school concert, having no idea whether or not I even had a voice worth listening to. Well, needless to say, I ended up getting the part and my music teacher had no idea what kind of monster she had just created (laughs). For the longest time though, I just used my voice to sing at local concerts and high school/college events and what not, but that all changed the day I stumbled upon a songwriting group a few years ago and discovered that songwriting is such amazing therapy. Once that happened, I knew I needed to get my music recorded and share it with the world!
Carrie Underwood has been blowing away audiences across the Unites States on tour through out 2012, and will continue to tour the states in 2013. Underwood just announced that she’s out to blow away the rest of the world this spring, taking her tour to Ireland and the United Kingdom. The first overseas stop will be in Dublin on March 14th, followed by Belfast on March 15th, and then continue on to London, England to headline March 17th. The London show will be part of the first-ever “Country To Country” music festival being held at London’s O2 Arena. The “Blown Away” tour has also added 4 additional stops in Canada next year bringing the total of shows on the tour’s run to well over 100.
Country music superstar Carrie Underwood has been announced as the newest addition to the performer line-up at this year’s American Music Awards. She joins fellow country crossover act Taylor Swift as the country performers on the evening. Other acts announced today were P!nk and Pitbull for the 40th Anniverary American Music Awards. It’s a fan-voted all-genre music event that will air live from L.A.’s Nokia Theatre on Sunday, November 18th at 8 pm EST on ABC. Additional acts and presenters will be announced as the date gets closer. Who do you hope gets added next?
For the sixth year in a row, the results will be decided by online voting. Fans can vote at the Coca-Cola AMA voting website, amavote.com, as well as AMA.abc.com. Artists will be honored in the categories of Pop/Rock, Country, Rap/Hip-Hop, Soul/R&B, Alternative, Adult Contemporary, Latin, Contemporary Inspirational and — for the first year ever — Electronic Dance Music. Fans can go to the official homepage of “The 40th Anniversary American Music Awards,” ama.abc.com, to find nominations, performer and presenter announcements, artist information and more.
For the fourth consecutive year, the live online pre-show “Coca-Cola Red Carpet LIVE! @ The 2012 AMAs” will stream live for fans worldwide starting at 5pm ET / 2pm PT and will be hosted by Lance Bass, Kimberly Cole, Brad Goreski, Sean Kingston, Eden Sher and Tristan Wilds, as well as the Nokia correspondent Andy Grammer. Viewers will be able to watch the live show on ABC.com, AMAs365.com, Cokemusic.com, Livestream, Ustream, YouTube, and through AP Live Entertainment. Livestream and Ustream-powered video players will be made available to media partners, as well as for the websites and Facebook Pages of participating talent.
Carrie Underwood announced today that “The Blown Away Tour” will now extend into 2013 with forty additional tour dates. Originally, Carrie’s tour was set to end in Sunrise, Florida on December 22, 2012, but the tour will now resume in Colorado Springs, Colorado on February 13, 2013 and continue for thirty-nine more shows to follow. Hunter Hayes will also continue to tour with Carrie as her opening act. The donation of $1 from each ticket sold on the North American leg of “The Blown Away Tour” will continue in 2013 to support Red Cross disaster relief.
Country music fans are about to get a double dose of Martina McBride. The country superstar will continue her highly acclaimed “One Night” intimate theater tour throughout fall before embarking on her own Christmas-themed tour entitled “The Joy Of Christmas.”
“I am extremely excited to get back out on the road this fall to continue our ‘ONE NIGHT’ tour. The reaction from fans this spring and summer has been fantastic. I have never done such an intimate tour before that allows me connect with my fans in such a close way.”
She’s excited for the Christmas tour for a pretty special reason. She continues:
“The Christmas season is by far the McBride family’s favorite time of the year. Holiday music is some of my most favorite to sing and it reminds me of the memories I have growing up that I’ve shared with my daughters. I have compiled all of my favorite Chistmas songs and will package them together in a fun concert for all.”
See her new list of tour dates below and let us know if you’ll be seeing Martina before the end of 2012:
Country music beauties Kellie Pickler, Taylor Swift, and Julianne Hough have made Maxim magazine’s 2012 Hot 100 Women list. They’re the only country stars to make the list, but are representing pretty well with the reader votes: Taylor ranks in at number 26, Kellie at number 72, and Julianne at number 47. They beat out Pippa Middleton, Nicki Minaj, Nina Dobrev and more. Supermodel Bar Refaeli took the number one spot. See the full list here on Maxim’s site.
Do you agree with the rankings? Who do you think is country music’s hottest woman?
Just when you thought the line-up for the Blake Shelton Cruise was perfect as is and you couldn’t be happier…then it gets even bigger! The newest additions to the line-up are Joanna Smith, Brandon & Leah, Clayton Anderson, HER & Kings Country and hot off the NBC hit series The Voice, RaeLynn. The total lineup now is up to 14 artists, wow!
We want you to come join us on the Blake Shelton Cruise! Head on over to blakesheltoncruise.com and book now before it’s sold out! Don’t forget to mention us, Keepin’ It Country, when you book (new bookings only) and you’ll get a FREE gift! Everyone loves free gifts, right?!
The cruise sets sail from Miami, FL on October 14th and returns on October 21st after hitting up San Juan, St. Thomas, Tortola and Nassau. You won’t want to miss this cruise!