Country singer Chris Janson is about to finally achieve a major milestone – his first Grand Ole Opry performance. Bigger Picture Group’s hot country newcomer and dynamic multi-instrumentalist Chris Janson will make his Grand Ole Opry debut this Friday, February 15. Janson will perform on the legendary stage his addictive new single “Better I Don’t,” which is quickly climbing up the charts and was the second most added song to country radio playlists nationwide the week of release.
“Words can’t describe how humbled I am, that I’ve been asked to play the Grand Ole Opry,” shares Janson. “This will be my greatest career highlight, hands down. Dreams do come true. I’m so grateful.”
On Tuesday, October 30th, the Fourth Annual Opry Goes Pink event will take place. Kellie Pickler (a country artist who has already made a huge impact this year, shaving her head in honor of her friend who was going through chemotherapy to fight her battle with Breast Cancer) will flip the switch on the Opry’s barn backdrop, turning it pink for the night. The show will also include performances by The Farm, Mindy Smith, The Isaacs, Kristen Kelly, Jimmy Dickens, Sarah Darling and others. There will also be activities recognizing breast cancer survivors and the continuing fight against the disease. Five dollars from every ticket sold will be donated to Women Rock For The Cure. You can click here to buy your tickets to this event.
Congratulations to RPM artist Maggie Rose, who will be making her Grand Ole Opry debut this Friday at the Grand Ole Opry House. Also in the line-up for the night will be Jean Shepherd, Restless Heart, Jimmy Dickens, Bill Anderson and more! Tickets are still available for Maggie’s appearance.
Maggie will be joining us on the Blake Shelton Cruise this October! There’s still limited rooms available for the country music party of the year! If you mention Keepin’ it Country when you book your new reservation we’ll send you a free gift on-board! Check out the amazing line-up of the biggest live country music event ever to set sail at blakesheltoncruise.com and book your cabin before its too late!
Here at Keepin’ it Country we love to introduce our readers to fantastic, undiscovered talent in country music. In Candi Carpenter‘s case, however, she’s been getting attention from all the right people for all the right reasons. The singer-songwriter has received praise from Little Jimmy Dickens, Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers, and even Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers. Candi left her Michigan school at a young age to follow her passion in Music City, opening for legends like Loretta Lynn, Vince Gill, Porter Wagner, Bill Anderson and Little Jimmy Dickens. She’s learned to play guitar, harmonica, and even yodel!
Candi might be recognized from her appearances in Alan Jackson‘s “Too Much Of A Good Thing,”Kid Rock‘s “All Summer Long,” or as the guitar player in Brooks & Dunn‘s “Put A Girl In It” music videos. She’s a rising star and country fans are about to hear a lot about her pretty soon. Get to know Candi here with us at Keepin’ it Country before she hits it big.
“Candi happens to be one of my favorite people in country music. She has it all.” – Little Jimmy Dickens
Showdog-Universal’s J.T. Hodges was named one of our artists to watch this year. We had the chance to catch up with J.T. back at CRS in Nashville and find out what exactly he’s been up to since we last spoke in January. His mixture of rock and country has helped him fit right in on the country music charts, and we are sticking by our prediction of big things for the energetic performer in 2012.
J.T. shared with us a little on his current single “Goodbyes Made You Mine,” which will have its music video premiere on CMT’s Big New Music Weekend this weekend. It’s the second single from J.T.’s upcoming album, due out later this year. We found out the release date to J.T.’s debut album on Showdog, so find out below in our little look at J.T’s new single and album below:
In less than two weeks since Hunter Hayes released his new music video for “Wanted” to GAC, he’s already taken over the charts. The music video has already taken the number one spot on the fan voted Top 20 Countdown, and in the same week, already broke into Billboard’s top 40 chart.
As if that wasn’t enough already, Hunter was invited back on-stage at the Grand Ole Opry for an encore by Little Jimmy Dickens.
“I don’t know what else to say but THANK YOU, to my fans, for voting me into GAC’s Top 20 Countdown, and to be #1, I am so excited,” said Hunter. “To top off the night I got to see you all in person, screaming and singing along to every single word at the OPRY! You guys are absolutely the best!”
Hunter is currently out on his “Most Wanted” tour. His next stop is tonight at The Brick in Minneapolis, MN, and tomorrow night at The Rave in Milwaukee, WI.
Country music trio The Farm will finally be making their Grand Ole Opry debut on Friday, February 10th. It’s an exciting accomplishment for any country music artist, especially this group. Krista Marie shared her excitement:
“One of the very first things I did after moving to Music City, was visit the Grand Ole Opry. It was so exciting and intimidating to stand on the stage where all the legends have played. The last time my grandmother came to visit, she said, ‘I can’t wait until the day that you are playing here. I won’t miss it.’ It’s now two years since she passed, but I know that she will be there, and have the best seat in the house. I’m honored to be sharing this special moment with my amazing partners, Nick and Damien.””
Damien Horne believes that the moment has a special place because of who he is:
“Playing the Grand Ole Opry is a dream of all dreams, as an artist, a fan and an African American. I am honored and humbled by this opportunity.”
Nick Hoffman is just as excited as his two partners. He had the last word on the big moment:
“Being invited to play the Grand Ole Opry is, simply put, a dream come true. As a fiddle player, one of my earliest inspirations was and still is the great Opry star Roy Acuff. When I first saw him spin his bow and play that fiddle on TV, I knew that Nashville was the place for me. All of my heroes are Opry Stars. I still spin my bow around on stage as a bit of a tribute to Mr. Acuff. It’ll be one of the great moments of my life to stand where they stood.”
Usually folks start the New Year by looking forward. I’m starting 2012 by looking back, a “second look” if you will, at Sunny Sweeney’s“Concrete.”
The album’s been out for more than four months now and has received a mountain of critical acclaim. All of the praise is well-deserved as the release is as solid as its name and was one of the best of 2011.
It was a celebration at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville last night.
As the Opry marked its 86th birthday, Rascal Flatts were officially inducted as members into the Opry family.
The trio could not have been more appreciative of this distinguished honor. Before they took the stage, Gary, Jay, and Joe Don reflected on the occasion.
Gary LeVox: It is so humbling to carry the Opry flag. There’s no higher pinnacle.
Jay DeMarcus: One of the titles we’re most proud of is members of the Grand Ole Opry.
Joe Don Rooney: We are humbled by this and can’t wait to see what the future has in store for us and the Grand Ole Opry.
The group was inducted by Opry member Little Jimmy Dickens and Opry general manager Pete Fisher. They also received a surprise congratulatory video message from President George W. Bush, who acknowledged the group’s exceptional dedication to music, the community, as well as our country and armed services.
Congratulations, once again, to Rascal Flatts on this career milestone!
Looking at going to see a show at the historic Grand Ole Opry? This Tuesday might be a good time to go. With Sunny Sweeney, Steel Magnolia, Jimmy Dickens and Dierks Bentley all set to appear, it’s guaranteed to be a great show.