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Show Dog-Universal’s J.T. Hodges already has some pretty cool Christmas plans. He’ll be hosting his second annual “Holiday Howler” event benefiting the Brown Dog Foundation on December 3rd. The concert kicks off at 6 pm CST at the Gibson Showroom in Nashville and will feature performances from JT himself as well as Chris Stapleton, Jonathon Singleton, and Whitney Duncan.
The Brown Dog Foundation aims to give animal owners a way to balance medical costs with saving their pet. They strive to find a way to stop pet euthanasia when the animal faces a treatable, but life threatening injury or illness, due to financial issues. The organization aims to find a way to keep quality of life for both the owner and their animal.
About the foundation, JT shares:
“Animals, like people, will get sick or need medical attention at some point in time and as a dog owner, I know those bills can be pricey.”
Tickets can be purchased in advanced at browndogfoundation.com or at the door for $5 each. The event will also feature a silent auction, doggy bags, door prizes, and much more! The Brown Dog Foundation was created in 2006 in memory of Chip, a beloved dog who lived to the age of ten after his family wanted to euthanize him at a pound when he was four years old because of a cell tumor.
Texas native JT Hodges just released the official lyric video for his third single “Sleepy Little Town.” It was a fan-voted single from his debut self-titled album that’s in stores now! Check out the video below and let us know what you think – we think it’s pretty cool.
We’re proud to announce that we’ll be hosting a Twitter Chat with Show Dog-Universal’s J.T. Hodges tomorrow night! Join us at 8 pm CST / 9 pm EST by following both us @keepinitblog and JT: @helloJTHodges and using the hashtag #jthodgesfan. J.T. will be answering fan questions and we’ll be handing out prizes to participants – autographed CD’s from J.T., and even one-of-a-kind #jthodgesfan t-shirts that are not available for purchase! It’s easy to join us and follow along:
- Follow both Keepin’ it Country and J.T. Hodges on Twiter
- Use the hashtag #jthodgesfan when sending in your questions for J.T.
- We’ll pick questions and send them to J.T.!
- To ask your question, or talk with J.T., tweet both @keepinitblog and @hellojthodges and use hashtag #jthodgesfan somewhere in your tweet. That way we can see it and pass it on.
Even if you don’t want to ask a question, feel free to join us and chat! Don’t forget to let us know who you’d love to see next.
We named J.T. as “one to watch” for 2012. He released his self-titled debut country album last month, and is about to release new single “Sleepy Little Town” to radio. Check out the Texas singer-songwriter’s last single, “Goodbyes Made You Mine,” below:
We named J.T. Hodges as one of our “Ones To Watch for 2012″ earlier this year, and now his debut self-titled album is finally in stores! We’ve teamed up with Show Dog-Universal Records and J.T. to give two lucky fans the chance to win an autographed copy of his debut country album. His record, released this week, is available everywhere right now in both digital and physical music retailers. See what we had to say about the album, which features JT’s catchy “Hunt You Down,” his romantic “Goodbyes Made You Mine,” and his upcoming single “Sleepy Little Town”:
“JT Hodges does two things really, really well. His full-bodied voice gives personality and a personal touch to nearly every song. And each song has a distinctive flavour, which both his voice and the instruments help provide…JT Hodges is going to be a star. More than any new artist I’ve heard, he makes interesting, varied, full-blooded music. In the biggest show of respect I can make, I’ll be buying this album myself.”
Do you want to win the album from the ACM New Artist Of The Year semi-finalist? Then find out how below by entering on our Rafflecopter giveaway widget – either here or on our Facebook “giveaway” tab! The contest is open immediately and runs until August 27th at 12:01 am EST. Unfortunately, we are only able to provide the contest to legal residents of the USA and Canada due to shipping costs, except where prohibited. Good luck!
JT Hodges will be a pretty busy guy next week with the release of his debut, self-titled album. He’ll be interacting with fans as he counts down the hours to the release of his highly anticipated album: including an interactive internet chat, a stop his hometown of Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, and visiting of the biggest shopping malls in the world at Mall of America in Minneapolis. He’ll also be previewing his album for his fans with an appearance on Sirius/XM’s The Highway’s broadcast of interviews and band performances, which kicked off on August 13th, and runs until release day on August 21st.
When JT released his debut single “Hunt You Down” last year, he quickly put faith in fans and the music industry and became one of the most engaged artists in country music through social media and constant touring. He even had his fans pick his next single, “Sleepy Little Town,” through a vote on his official Facebook fan page. The single will be released to country radio on September 10th.
“It’s only natural that JT decided to spend release week with the fans who have so actively supported him on his first two singles,” said Bill Kennedy, Show Dog-Universal Music’s VP of Sales, Marketing and New Media. “From the moment we released his first single, JT has been directly engaged with music fans through his various social sites and especially through his touring, We at the label agreed with JT that spending this important first week with the people who brought him to the dance was time well spent.”
JT will kick off his release week events with a special online 30-minute chat and performance at 7 pm CST. It’s the latest episode of “Just Talkin’,” and can be streamed on his Ustream page right here. On August 20th, JT takes it to the streets in his hometown of Dallas-Fort Worth with a special meet-and-greet at Joe T Garcia’s in Fort Worth. On release day, August 21st, he’ll be holding a special in-store performance at the Southwest Loop Best Buy in Fort Worth. On the 24th, he’ll be doing an autograph signing and performance at the Best Buy at the Mall of America.
JT’s self-titled debut CD is one of our favorites of 2012, and is available for pre-order right now on jthodges.com. Fans can order a digital copy through iTunes, or a physical copy through Amazon.
We named Show Dog Universal’s J.T. Hodges our “one to watch for 2012″ earlier this year… and for good reason. His debut country album hits physical and digital stores on August 21st, and he’ll be playing the Sirius/XM Front Porch Stage on Saturday night from 6:30 to 7:30. He’ll be on-stage during Sheryl Crow and right when Alabama starts, but we believe fans need to check out J.T.
Here’s our five reasons why you can’t miss J.T.’s set in Bowmanville, Ontario tomorrow night:
While JT’s debut release is still a few weeks away, check out what we had to say, along with a few other country blog sites!
“JT Hodges does two things really, really well. His full-bodied voice gives personality and a personal touch to nearly every song. And each song has a distinctive flavour, which both his voice and the instruments help provide…JT Hodges is going to be a star. More than any new artist I’ve heard, he makes interesting, varied, full-blooded music. In the biggest show of respect I can make, I’ll be buying this album myself.” – Keepin’ It Country
“I am struck by the versatility and ease of his voice. He has a gritty sound that I believe sets him apart from many of his male counterparts in country music today.” –Focus on the 615
“The 10 songs showcase a singer ready to explode on the national country music scene with a blend of modern soulful tunes and traditional country music lyrics and melodies.” – Roughstock
Tracks on JT Hodges
1. Rather Be Wrong Than Lonely
2. Sleepy Little Town
3. Hunt You Down
4. Give It One More Night
5. When I Stop Crying
6. Goodbyes Made You Mine
7. Leaving Me Later
8. Right About Now
9. Rhythm Of The Radio
10. Green Eyes Red Sunglasses
If you haven’t already, you can check out our full review of JT’s debut album here.
For more information, head on over to jthodges.com.
When I was asked to review JT Hodges’ self-titled debut album, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’d heard his name, and I’d heard some positive reviews, but I couldn’t name a single song of his.
Now I know what to expect. And it’s a lot of good things.
The first notes of the lead song, “Rather Be Wrong Than Lonely”, are a quick drum beat and strong guitar chords that set the pace for my growing enthusiasm. I was into the song before he even began singing. Rarely does an album capture me so quickly, but by the time Hodges made it to the first chorus, I was trying to sing along to his full, sonorous voice.
His much-anticipated album isn’t due in stores untiil August 21st, but Keepin’ It Country fave JT Hodges released the track listing this morning via Instagram. The self-titled album is his debut with a major record label, and we can’t wait to get our hands on it!
Here’s the track-listing:
Rather Be Wrong Than Lonely
Sleepy Little Town
Hunt You Down
Give It One More Night
When I Stop Crying
Goodbyes Made You Mine
Leaving Me Later
Right About Now
Rhythm Of The Radio
Green Eyes Red Sunglasses
JT Hodges will release a new album on August 21 and to thank fans for their support, JT is sending out over 160 prizes to his fans. The contest runs until July 31. The prizes include an exclusive #JTHodgesFan shirt, personalized autographed album, handwritten thank you note, guitar, autographed photos, hats, and Copperpeace guitar straps. Fifty lucky Twitter follows will also get the chance to have their name published in the physical album booklet. The winners for that prize will be announced on July 2.