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Review: Dustin Vye EP

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Last year, Keepin It Country had the great priviledge of introducing up and coming country singer Dustin Vye in an exclusive interview. The interview mentioned to keep an eye out for a forthcoming EP. On April 15, the EP landed on both iTunes and Bandcamp. And now, it’s our pleasure to be asked to review his debut EP, Dustin Vye, for our readers!

Dustin Vye’s self-titled EP is a great mix of rockin numbers, great for gettin on your line dance, and ballads to snuggle in close to your special someone. It starts out with a bang with the great ‘don’t let the door hit ya in the butt on your way out’ number “So Long”, sure to be resonant with anyone who realized they were just better off without someone.

“Chance” and “Country Life” are great country anthems, one about a girl who catches the songwriter’s eye and one about the simpler life out of the city. Both have great rhythms to keep the toes tapping and melodies you’ll be humming for days.

“Let Her Go” and “Never Loved” are the EP’s two soulful loved and lost ballads. The heartbreak is underscored by minor chords and a prominent fiddle that serve to pull the listener into the singer’s state of heart.

The Dustin Vye EP is a strong debut from a talented young man and is sure to be a great addition to the collection of any country fan. Whether you are looking for a crowd-pleaser for a party or a partner in heartbreak, this EP is for you!

Photocredit: Dustin Vye Official EP Cover

INTERVIEW: CMA Award Winner and Grammy Nominee Deana Carter

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She is likely best known for her debut single, “Strawberry Wine,” but singer/songwriter Deana Carter has a plethora of albums, songwriting credits, award nominations, and a CMA Award on her shelf. Admittedly, I bought Deana’s first album in 1996 (with the hologram cover, thank you very much!) and I couldn’t resist kicking off our interview with a play on the CMA Awards Album of the Year Nominee Did I Shave My Legs For This? So, to answer the burning question you all have, no, Deana did not, in fact, shave her legs for our interview. She also did not imbibe any strawberry wine because “it’s not Friday yet!” After I got these (likely) very much anticipated references to Deana’s breakout project out of the way, I was able to hone in on what this talented, poised, hardworking, and unbelievably sweet musician has been doing as of late.

REVIEW: Sarah Darling, Jenn Bostic, and Emily Brooke in South Florida

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Occasionally you go to an intimate show and are fortunate to experience an incredible performer up close and personal. Very rarely are you able to have that experience multiplied by three. On February 26th in Jupiter, Florida, Nashville recording artist, Sarah Darling; UK chart topper, Jenn Bostic; and local teenage prodigy, Emily Brooke, shared the stage at Tiki 52 for one night only … And it was a night that attendees won’t soon forget.

Emily Brooke opened the night with a bang, almost literally, as she took on Miranda Lambert’s “Kerosene.” As always, Emily charmed the crowd immediately with her soulful voice, stunning guitar playing, and adorable personality, made especially apparent by the huge smile that crossed her face when the audience joined her in a loud “HA!” during this hot opener. In true Emily Brooke fashion, she introduced almost every song, told cute little stories, made herself giggle, and, like a seasoned professional, swiftly returned to her set list seamlessly. A crowd favorite was Darius Rucker’s “Wagon Wheel,” which Emily introduced and then, elatedly, said that she heard someone in the audience say how much she loved this song. Onlookers sang and clapped along as Emily strummed the guitar and crooned this popular tune that oftentimes receives a warm reception and rave reviews. Other highlights of Emily’s set list included Hunter Hayes’ “All You Ever,” The Civil Wars’ “Devil’s Backbone,” and original song (on Emily’s Here Right Now album with a corresponding video on YouTube) “Dance Hall.”

Eric Church’s The Outsiders Full Album Now Available In Stores, On iTunes

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Yesterday country rocker, Eric Church, released the full album The Outsiders. The Outsiders is available in CD format through his online store and the full-album digital download is available on iTunes.

Church also announced that he will be supporting the album with a quickie 2 day, 6 city, free concert mini-tour! Check here to see if your city is on the list.

Photo: Official Album Cover The Outsiders

Pre-Order Jo Dee Messina’s “Me”

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We have been raving about Jo Dee Messina and her upcoming album, Me, for several months and wishing time would fast forward so you all could experience this album for yourselves. Today, we welcome you back to Keepin’ It Country with exciting news! There are only six weeks left until the big release, and you can now pre-order the album on iTunes! Upon ordering the album, you will immediately be able to download two songs off of Me – the first single, “Peace Sign,” and the sassy “A Woman’s Rant.” These two catchy, upbeat future hits have the power to tide you over until the March 18th release date!

Twelve spectacular songs for $9.99 and two early downloads … What a perfect way to start your New Music Tuesday!

Pre-Order Danielle Bradbery’s Album Today

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Season Four The Voice champion, Danielle Bradbery, has completed her self-titled debut album, and Danielle Bradbery is now available for pre-order on iTunes. Danielle’s fifteen track debut project will be released on November 25, 2013, just in time for the holidays. The following is the track list for the album:

REVIEW: Adley Stump’s EP “Like This”

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The Voice contestant and friend to Keepin’ It Country, Adley Stump, released a four-track EP today, entitled Like This. Like This features four extremely different tracks, ranging from angry to sad and sassy to vulnerable. Adley explores love lost on different levels, whether it is because of a man who puts up walls and is afraid to let someone in or whether that man ended up sneaking around with someone else. As Miranda Lambert sings in Baggage Claim, “behind every woman scorned is a man who made her that way;” and if these tracks are indicative of Adley scorned, we are sorry to tell you, Adley, but we hope you stay that way!

Kacey Musgraves steals second spot in UK charts

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Mercury Records singer/songwriter Kacey Musgraves has taken her debut album Same Trailer Different Park to international markets with its release in the UK last Monday. Three days after its release, the album sits in the No. 2 position on the iTunes Country Chart behind Taylor Swift.

The Guardian raved about Musgraves’ Same Trailer Different Park, touting “Not since the emergence of Taylor Swift has there been as much buzz in the genre about a young artist’s crossover potential,”  adding “She [Musgraves] sings with an affectless detachment…and uses it to cut sharply through the lies people tell themselves.”

Kacey also announced a Record Store Day show at London’s Slipped Discs on Saturday at 4pm to celebrate the vinyl release of Same Trailer Different Park (available now on Amazon).

For more on Kacey, visit her official site at kaceymusgraves.com.

Brad Paisley’s Wheelhouse album up for streaming

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Country music fans who just can’t wait to hear new music from superstar Brad Paisley are in luck! Starting right now, you are able to stream his entire full new album “Wheelhouse” on iTunes! “Wheelhouse” is the latest record from Brad, which hits digital and physical retailers on April 9th. The Arista Nashville singer-songwriter’s album features lead single “Southern Comfort Zone” and current chart climber “Beat This Summer.” To check out his album, and listen to the stream, click here to go to iTunes.

Make sure to tune in this Sunday, April 7th at 8 pm EST to catch Brad’s opening performance of the Academy of Country Music Awards! As we revealed earlier this week on Twitter, Brad will be part of a big opening number alongside Blake Shelton, Sheryl Crow, Luke Bryan and the Pistol Annies with “Boys ‘Round Here.” He’ll be making more appearances throughout the award show, so make sure you tune in!

Lady Antebellum’s “Downtown” Available On iTunes

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One of our favorite country groups, Lady Antebellum, released their new single, “Downtown,” today.

“Downtown” serves as the lead single for the trio’s upcoming fourth album, and is now available for download on iTunes.

Lady A’s Hillary Scott had this to share about the new song:

“There’s some sass to this track that makes it really fun to sing…it’s definitely a roll down the windows and bob your head kind of thing. We thought it was a fun way to launch the next record and a fitting preview of what’s to come!”

To purchase the single on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/downtown-single/id596812123.

Don’t forget to check out the official lyrics video:

And for all things Lady A visit: www.ladyantebellum.com.