At Monday’s CMT Next Women Of Country showcase, Season 10 American Idol runner-up, Lauren Alaina, debuted a new song called Same Day, Different Bottle. Lauren co-wrote the track about alcoholism, which hits extremely close to home for the country star.
At the BMI Country Awards, Lauren explained her personal connection to the song:
“The song is about my father,” she confirmed. “He actually got out of rehab today! I haven’t gotten to see him yet, because he’s back in Chattanooga, where I’m from. That song was like therapy for me. It’s not easy growing up in a household with something like that. I love my dad — he’s one of my favorite people in the world — and he’s a great person. He just struggled with alcohol, and he’s overcoming it right now, so I’m really proud of him. I played him the song, and he loved it. It made him cry. I think it was good for him to hear my side and to see how it affected me. Today is a new beginning for him. It’s gonna be a battle for the rest of his life, but I’m going to be right there with him, and pray that every day he doesn’t want to drink it up and touch a bottle. I hope it’s no longer the same day, different bottle. Different day, no bottle!”
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!
Sidewalk/Curb recording artist Morgan Frazier‘s debut music video, Hey Bully, world premiered on act.mtv.com. The video addresses tough, real world issues and does not shy away from the truth about bullying. Morgan, who was picked on herself, to the point where she was taken out of school and home schooled thereafter, co-wrote the country tune with Sherrie Austin and Tiffany Goss.
“I am so glad that MTV is helping to bring this issue to the forefront, and I applaud act.mtv.com for encouraging folks to truly act on this and to join Stand For The Silent and myself. . . . I’ve had the pleasure of working with Kirk and Laura Smalley of Stand For The Silent everywhere from middle and high schools to major corporate headquarters to address bullying head on. The effects of bullying and the tragedies it can leave behind in today’s world must end. We made this video in an effort to get parents, kids and educators talking about the reality of this issue and to teach kids that suicide is not an option. One child lost is one too many,” says Morgan.
If you haven’t heard of Maggie Sajak yet, it’s time we introduce you to the rising pop-country star. She recently released the music video for “Wild Boy,” the follow up single to her debut, “First Kiss.”
The track and video reflect Maggie’s growth, as both an artist and a person. “For better or worse, most of us girls have had a wild boy in our life, and we’ve had to decide when to put our hearts on the line,” says Sajak.
The video is a reflection on personal experiences, a collaboration of top photographers, directors, stylists and artists, whose artistic interpretation of the song led to an honest and refreshing video. “It was such an honor to work with so many creative minds when filming. The directors wanted to create an open environment where we could all work together to organically craft a video that truly embodied the song, and we were able to do just that.”
Straight off the road with Rascal Flatts comes former Broadway Baby and current country music artist, Laura Bell Bundy, who is taking her electric stage presence to Wisconsin for Country Fest 2013! Laura will be hitting the stage with DJ Soulman in the Electric Country Leinie Lodge Friday, June 28th, and Saturday, June 29th.
Check out Laura’s big announcement regarding Country Fest below, but not before we share more exciting news with you! For those of you who are unable to catch what are sure to be killer performances, we are absolutely thrilled to share with you that Laura has released a brand new song to iTunes, entitled “Two Step”, which also features up-and-comer, Colt Ford. “Two Step” is a part of the Dance Y’all Volume 1 EP, which also includes Florida Georgia Line, Greg Bates, and Thomas Rhett. You can purchase a digital copy of “Two Step” by clicking here.
Make sure to visit us on social media and let us know what you think of Laura’s latest track!
If you have been on the Internet this week, you most certainly have heard the controversy surrounding Brad Paisley and LL Cool J’s new track, “Accidental Racist” (featured on Brad’s new album “Wheelhouse”). “Accidental Racist” portrays a white male (Brad) and a black male (LL Cool J) speaking to one another from the heart, explaining what it is like to be of a particular race and asking the other to understand the stereotypes and misconceptions that go hand-in-hand with people of all races.
A portion of the “Accidental Lyrics” are as follows:
To the man that waited on me at the Starbucks down on Main, I hope you understand When I put on that t-shirt, the only thing I meant to say is I’m a Skynyrd fan The red flag on my chest somehow is like the elephant in the corner of the south And I just walked him right in the room Just a proud rebel son with an ‘ol can of worms Lookin’ like I got a lot to learn but from my point of view
I’m just a white man comin’ to you from the southland Tryin’ to understand what it’s like not to be I’m proud of where I’m from but not everything we’ve done And it ain’t like you and me can re-write history Our generation didn’t start this nation We’re still pickin’ up the pieces, walkin’ on eggshells, fightin’ over yesterday And caught between southern pride and southern blame
They called it Reconstruction, fixed the buildings, dried some tears We’re still siftin’ through the rubble after a hundred-fifty years I try to put myself in your shoes and that’s a good place to begin But it ain’t like I can walk a mile in someone else’s skin
‘Cause I’m a white man livin’ in the southland Just like you I’m more than what you see I’m proud of where I’m from but not everything we’ve done And it ain’t like you and me can re-write history Our generation didn’t start this nation And we’re still paying for the mistakes That a bunch of folks made long before we came And caught between southern pride and southern blame.
White Man, I wish you understood What the world is really like when you’re livin’ in the hood Just because my pants are saggin’ doesn’t mean I’m up to no good You should try to get to know me, I really wish you would Now my chains are gold but I’m still misunderstood I wasn’t there when Sherman’s March turned the south into firewood I want you to get paid but be a slave I never could Feel like a new fangled Django, dodgin’ invisible white hoods So when I see that white cowboy hat, I’m thinkin’ it’s not all good I guess we’re both guilty of judgin’ the cover not the book I’d love to buy you a beer, conversate and clear the air But I see that red flag and I think you wish I wasn’t here.
What is your take on “Accidental Racist”? Do you think this song successfully addresses the longstanding issue of racism in our country, or do you think the lyrics add more fuel to the proverbial fire? Tell us your position on this highly controversial song!
Country music’s biggest superstar was just given yet another accolade earlier this week. Big Machine’s Taylor Swift was named the Top Digital Selling Artist by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) based on the downloads of her music alone. That’s quite a feat for Taylor, who will be embarking on her “RED” world tour this year.
In other Taylor news, she’ll be debuting her brand new music video for “22″ on tomorrow’s Good Morning America. The broadcast will feature the full premier of the video, which will then be available after 11:30 am EST after her label releases the video to all outlets. Fans will be able to catch the first airing of the video on gma.yahoo.com as well as abcnews.com.
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.