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Mustached Man Monday for Movember

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Today, on this Monday in Movember, we introduce you to Chris Janson. Chris is, ironically, in the process of growing out his facial hair in honor of this month, so it definitely made sense for us to spotlight this spirited new artist!

Chris Janson began collaborating as a songwriter at eighteen years of age with classic rock band, Guns N’ Roses. In 2009, Chris recorded two duets with Holly Williams, granddaughter of Hank Williams, Sr., on her album Here with Me. Instead of heading to veterinary school, which was his original plan, Chris made the move that many musicians before him likewise made — the move to Nashville, Tennessee.

CMT to celebrate Willie Nelson’s 80th birthday

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Here’s one special you won’t want to miss. CMT is planning on celebrating country icon Willie Nelson‘s 80th birthday with a very special taping of “CMT Crossroads: Willie Nelson & Friends From Third Man Records.”Announced to be part of the big birthday celebration will be performers Ashley Monroe, Jamey Johnson, Sheryl Crow, Neil Young, and Leon Russell. The episode will air in May, but we don’t have an exact date yet.

Fans are also asked to take part in Willie’s 80th birthday celebrations by visiting birthday.willienelson.com/ and submitting a video talking about why you’re a fan of the country legend. The birthday submissions are being put together by Farm Aid,who is gathering up good wishes for Willie Nelson from America’s family farmers, and artists. They’ll round up your funniest, most heartwarming testimonials to make a video for Willie on his big day on April 30, 2013.

One of the artists helping to celebrate with a video message is Kenny Chesney. Check out his special birthday message for the icon:

George Strait sells over 72,000 tickets in 6 minutes

George Strait.

George Strait is in San Antonio this weekend for the final day of competition at his 31st Annual George Strait Team Roping Classic, so it’s only appropriate that the King of Country celebrates another career milestone in the city today— San Antonio’s Alamodome announced their fastest and largest sell-out of over 72,000 tickets sold in just six minutes as part of his final two-year tour, The Cowboy Rides Away Tour.

The tour stop will take place on June 1, 2013 and will mark Strait’s eighth performance at the venue since he opened the facility that is affectionately referred to as, “The house they [the city] built for George.” 

Strait’s The Cowboy Rides Away Tour placed No. 1 on Pollstar’s Concert Pulse last week, averaging $1.4 million in gross sales per show, topping Justin Bieber, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Dave Matthews Band, and The Who (top 5 respectively).

trait is currently working on a forthcoming album slated for release late spring. The album will feature his current single, “Give It All We’ve Got Tonight,” which is Top 15 and climbing. The single could mark Strait’s 60th No. 1 on longtime label, MCA Records Nashville. Fans are encouraged to visit sixtyforsixty.com to help spread the news.

The tour will continue next weekend with a record-breaking stop of over 77,000 in attendance at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas.

Check out The King of Country Music’s upcoming tour dates below and make sure to let us know if you’ll be going!

Kenny Chesney Has Big Fall Plans

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Country superstar Kenny Chesney is not ready to rest after his 23 stadium-date summer tour. His fall schedule is filling up fast and includes a new single, a milestone award, a new app, three CMA nominations, and more to be announced very soon.

September 5 – Chesney, a four-time CMA Entertainer of the Year winner, was once again nominated for the award, along with Music Video of the Year for “Come Over” and Musical Event of the Year for “Feel Like a Rock Star,” his duet with Tim McGraw. The award ceremony will be held at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on November 1.

September 6 – His new single “El Cerrito Place,” from the gold-certified ‘Welcome To The Fishbowl,’ shipped to radio last week and was Monday’s most-added song on country radio, according to Mediabase. It’s the follow up to the smash track “Come Over,” which was Chesney’s twenty-fourth #1 single.

“The longing of this frustrated, angry, soul-searching emotion this person is feeling… I think it defines a lot of people,” Chesney said of “El Cerrito Place.” “I have felt all that emotion, and I’ve lived the song for so long. I just love what it says and I love the way Keith Gattis wrote it.”

September 22 – Chesney and his band will join Neil Young, Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews and John Mellencamp at Farm Aid on September 22. The concert, which will benefit the nation’s family farmers, will be held at Hershey Park Stadium in Hershey, PA. Chesney last performed at Farm Aid’s 25th anniversary concert in 2010.

September 24 – The Academy of Country Music will honor Chesney with a Crystal Milestone Award, which celebrates his selling more than 10.5 million tickets on recent tours and honors Chesney for helping developing country acts gain nationwide exposure. The event will be held at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.

More to come – Chesney will release a package of mobile apps, designed to bring the experience of his albums and live shows directly to the user and will be announcing other special Fall 2012 performances.

Only 8 Dates Left For Jason Charles Miller’s “Uncountry” Tour…Get Your Tickets Now!

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Jason Charles Miller is getting ready to wrap up his “Uncountry” Tour and we don’t want you to miss out on the last set of shows!

Miller is the lead singer of the band Godhead, and is now discovering his solo side with his first solo debut album, Uncountry. Miller has a strong love for Country and Blues music, and sites the following as some of his musical influences: Johnny Cash, Neil Young, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, Fleetwood Mac, and Bad Company.

Check the list below for the date nearest you, and head on over to www.jasoncharlesmiller.com to get your tickets!

2/19/12 – Harrisburg, SD

2/20/12 – Des Moines, IA

2/21/12 – Kearney, NE

2/22/12 – Topeka, KS

2/24/12 – Golden, CO

2/25/12 – Albuquerque, NM

2/26/12 – Durango, CO

2/28/12 – W. Hollywood, CA

Willie Nelson to air Farm Aid 2011 on Sirius-XM Radio

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Country legend Willie Nelson is getting ready to have the 2011 Farm Aid special this Saturday, August 13th on his Sirius-XM radio’s “Willie’s Roadhouse” channel. The special will air at 2 pm EST and will feature backstage artist interviews, behind the scenes coverage, and will be hosted by Dallas Wayne of Sirius-XM fame.

Performances confirmed include Neil Young, Nelson, John Mellencamps, Dave Matthews, Jamey Johnson, Jakob Dylan, Jason Mraz, Ray Price and Billy Joe Shaver. Other special performances will be announced as the date gets closer.

For more information visit farmaid.org/.

The Band Perry Announce “We Are Pioneers World Tour”

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Pioneers are everywhere and they’re coming to find you!

Country’s favorite sibling trio, The Band Perry, has announced their first worldwide headline tour. The We Are Pioneers World Tour will kick off in Gothenburg, Sweden on November 8, 2013 and trek across Europe before the band returns home to play throughout North America.

The siblings are pumped! “We live to play. In our minds everything we do – writing, recording, interviews, appearances – is the means to the live end. To fully and totally understand our band, you have to see us live. It’s the three of us in our element, our living room, our therapy session, our recess. We can’t wait to bring WE ARE PIONEERS to the world,” said Kimberly Perry.

“We are very fortunate that we get to walk on stage and do what we love to do – and it’s our fans that have given us that opportunity. We sincerely appreciate each and every one of them, and we are looking forward to meeting new people across the world and making The Fans Perry a global community,” added Reid Perry.

For a list of tour dates released so far, visit: https://thefansperry.com/news/band-perry-announce-we-are-pioneers-world-tour. Various local acts will open overseas, while Easton Corbin and Lindsay Ell will join the trio on the North American dates.

And in the words of Neil Perry:

We believe pioneers are everywhere. Big and small, young and old, on North-American shores and abroad – we are coming to find you!

Get those tickets, pioneers! You don’t want to miss TBP!

Check out a preview video below:

10 songs for Mother’s Day

Carrie Underwood and her mom.

Us here at Keepin’ it Country want to wish all the moms out there a happy Mother’s Day! Just in case you’re looking for a playlist of songs to help celebrate the weekend with your Mom, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite country songs about moms. Take a listen to our list below and let us know what YOUR picks are for mother’s day.

MAMA’S SONG – CARRIE UNDERWOOD

A personal song written by Carrie herself to her mom is our first pick for our Mother’s Day playlist. The music video features Carrie and her real life mom, as pictured to the side of this post, on her wedding day as she tells her mom that she doesn’t need to worry about her daughter, because she learned from her. “Mama’s Song” was the fourth single from Carrie’s “Play On” album, which was co-written by Carrie with Luke Laird, Kara DioGuardi, and Marti Frederikson. BONUS: The video also features Carrie’s real-life husband, Mike Fisher.

 

Check out the rest of our picks below: 

Exclusive Interview: Sean Patrick McGraw

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When we reached out to Sean Patrick McGraw for an interview, we knew that he was ridiculously  talented, but after chatting with him, we learned that he’s both ridiculously talented AND ridiculously hilarious. Read on to hear what Sean has to say about his stint on reality TV, Montgomery Gentry recording his song, “My So Called Life,” and sharing the stage with some of country’s biggest names. If that’s not enough, he also shares his candid opinions on Taylor Swift, karaoke and a little Dustin Lynch song called “Cowboys and Angels.”

Read on to meet the sarcastic, hilarious and uber-talented, Sean Patrick McGraw.

The Band Perry Premiering New Single Next Week

The Band Perry.

Republic Nashville’s breakout group The Band Perry will premiere their brand new single “Better Dig Two” through two platforms on Monday.  The single will be digitally delivered to Country radio and stream via rollingstone.com at 2:00P CT. The sibling trio’s latest offering is the first from their highly-anticipated sophomore album, slated for release in early 2013.

Everyone is pretty excited for the new single from the super-trio. Jimmy Harnen, President of Republic Nashville/EVP Big Machine Label Group, shares:

 ”The Republic Nashville Promotion team has been crisscrossing the United States for the past two weeks playing the song for Country radio programmers and have gotten amazing reviews!”

The tune will be available for purchase at iTunes on Tuesday and the CMA Vocal Group of the Year nominees will debut “Better Dig Two” during the CMA Awards live broadcast on Thursday, beginning at 8:00P EST / 7:00P CST on ABC. Just last year at the awards, they won New Artist of the Year; Single of the Year and Kimberly Perry was honored with Song of the Year, for penning “If I Die Young.”

The band is pumped about their new single and the support they’re getting for it already. They said:

“We are so appreciative of Country radio’s generous welcome and are excited that Rolling Stone is involved in premiering “Better Dig Two!” said Kimberly Perry.
 
“As we wrap up a great year of touring, we look forward to finishing this new record and delivering it to our fans everywhere,” said Reid Perry.
 
Neil Perry added, “After spending countless hours in the studio working on our next album, we are very excited for everyone to hear our first single, “Better Dig Two.”