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Oklahoma country stars reflect on tornado

Toby Keith.

Our thoughts remain with Oklahoma and the victims of the tornado earlier this week. Country music stars are also reflecting and praying for the region after an EF 5, the highest rating a tornado can receive, touched down in the region.

Toby Keith said:

“This storm has devastated the community that I grew up in. I rode my bike through those neighborhoods. I have family and friends in Moore. My heart and prayers go to those that have lost so much. But Moore is strong and we will persevere. God be with you all.”

Krystal Keith:

“Please pray for my Okie’s today and in the coming days. I am devastated to watch the footage from afar. Feeling pretty helpless today.”

Carrie Underwood:

“I’m thinking about and praying for my beautiful home state and the people in it tonight. Growing up in Tornado Alley, you always know what could happen. It doesn’t change how devastating it is when something does happen. #pray.”

Miranda Lambert:

“Pray. That’s all we can do. Pray for peace for Oklahoma.”

Blake Shelton:

“Just landed in LA and hearing about all the tornados in Oklahoma right now… Get somewhere safe!”

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Curb Records taking Tim McGraw back to court

Tim McGraw.

Just when everyone thought the Curb Records vs. Tim McGraw court battle was finally done, Tim’s former record label threw a curve ball. The label won its battle to take the case to a Federal Court, and have sent us their response to the news. Check out why Curb Records says they’re so happy to be going back to court against Tim McGraw and his new record label Big Machine Records.

The following is a statement sent out by Curb Records:

Curb Records, Inc. was pleased to learn that Nashville’s Federal Court took jurisdiction of Curb Records’ continuing lawsuit with Tim McGraw and Big Machine Records. The lawsuit raises issues of tremendous significance which are important not only to Curb Records, but also to the recording industry and many other industries – the enforceability of contracts in Tennessee. Curb Records contends in the lawsuit that:

  • McGraw ignored his obligation to deliver his required Fifth Option Period album to Curb Records; and
  • The album he did provide, Emotional Traffic, consisted of old material recorded before the time during which he was permitted to record the Fifth Option Period album; and
  • McGraw ignored his delivery obligations and Curb Records’ approval rights; and
  • McGraw destroyed or erased many recordings owned by Curb Records; and
  • McGraw refused to accept his recording advance check and sent the check back to Curb Records so that McGraw could claim non-payment; and
  • McGraw attempted to deliver the required Fifth Option Period album before he was allowed to do so, attempting to end his recording obligations prematurely, among other things.

The Oak Ridge Boys release statement on Margaret Thatcher

The Oak Ridge boys. photo credit: Webster PR.

Legendary country music group The Oak Ridge Boys have released a statement regarding the passing of former United Kingdom Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The Prime Minister passed away earlier today from a stroke. She was 87 years old.

Joe Bonsall released the following statement on the tragic news:

“The Oak Ridge Boys were in attendance when Baroness Margaret Thatcher gave her last public speech. We there at the invitation of then President George W. Bush. As I recall, it was a dinner honoring Ronald Reagan and we sang several songs that evening and got to spend a bit of quality time with Lady Thatcher. It was a great honor and a very memorable event for all of us.”

Margaret Thatcher was the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, and her policies lead the country on a rightward economic course, eventually leading the world out of the Cold War. Leaders and celebrities from all political spectrums from around the world are mourning the loss this week.

The Oak Ridge Boys & Margaret Thatcher

The Oak Ridge Boys &
Margaret Thatcher.

Clive Davis responds to Kelly Clarkson’s criticism

Kelly Clarkson.

Looks like the Kelly Clarkson vs Clive Davis feud just got a little messier. Music mogul Clive Davis responded this morning to an open letter posted by Kelly, where she claims he lied in his new Memoir “Soundtrack of My Life.” In his new book, Clive claims that Kelly cried over him wanting to put her mega-hit anthem “Since U Been Gone” and the rockier “Behind These Hazel Eyes” on her GRAMMY award winning album “Breakaway.” Kelly claims that the story is mixed up with him not liking her “Because Of You” single.

Clive released his own open letter on Twitter just now, saying:

“As anyone who has read “The Soundtrack of My Life” knows, I think Kelly Clarkson is a tremendous vocal talent and performer. In the book, I provide an in-depth look at our years together during which we shared major multi-platinum success, as well as a few creative differences. I am truly very sorry that she has decided to take issue with what I know to be an accurate depiction of our time together. Before the book was published, I had every fact checked with five independent individuals who were present on a daily basis throughout it all. The chapter as it is written was thoroughly verified by each and every one of them. I stand by the chapter as written in my book. At the same time I wish, and will always wish, Kelly’s talent and her career to soar to ever new heights.”

This fight is turning into a he-said-she-said battle. So, KIC readers, who do you think was telling the truth? Are you on Team Kelly or Team Clive?

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Read Kelly’s original letter below:

Kelly Clarkson takes on Clive Davis

Kelly Clarkson.

Music superstar Kelly Clarkson is standing up for herself in a message posted on her Facebook and Twitter accounts today. Music superpower Clive Davis released a memoir, and which Kelly claims he spreads false information about her and she gives her side of what happened.

Kelly, who has released multiple country singles (“Because Of You” with Reba McEntire, “Don’t You Wanna Stay” with Jason Aldean, “Mr Know It All” country version, and “Don’t Rush” with Vince Gill), is frustrated at what Clive wrote in his book.

Read Kelly’s statement below:

So I just heard Clive Davis is releasing a memoir and spreading false information about me and my music. I refuse to be bullied and I just have to clear up his memory lapses and misinformation for myself and for my fans. It feels like a violation. Growing up is awesome because you learn you don’t have to cower to anyone – even Clive Davis.

First, he says I burst into “hysterical sobbing” in his office when he demanded Since You Been Gone be on my album. Not true at all. His stories and songs are mixed up. I did want more guitars added to the original demo and Clive did not. Max, Luke and I still fought for the bigger sound and we prevailed and I couldn’t be more proud of the life of that song. I resent him dampening that song in any way.

But, yes, I did cry in his office once. I cried after I played him a song I had written about my life called “Because Of You.” I cried because he hated it and told me verbatim that I was a “sh*tty writer who should be grateful for the gifts that he bestows upon me.” He continued on about how the song didn’t rhyme and how I should just shut up and sing. This was devastating coming from a man who I, as a young girl, considered a musical hero and was so honored to work with.
But I continued to fight for the song and the label relented. And it became a worldwide hit. He didn’t include that in the book.

He also goes on to say My December wasn’t successful because I co-penned the album and it didn’t have “pop hits”. Well, first let me say, I’ve co-penned many of my “pop hits.” Secondly, My December went platinum (It sold 20,000 less than All I Ever Wanted which followed My December.) Hardly a huge failure. Never Again, the ONLY single they released in the US from that record was a Top 10 hit. I am very proud of that and I have my fans to thank. But, again, what’s most interesting about his story is what he leaves out: He doesn’t mention how he stood up in front of his company at a convention and belittled me and my music and completely sabotaged the entire project. It never had a chance to reach it’s full potential. My December was an album I needed to make for myself for many reasons and the fact that I was so completely disregarded and disrespected was so disheartening, there really aren’t words to explain….

Anyway, I love my job. I love my music. I love my fans. I love my label and all of my professional relationships… now. And I am grateful for Clive for teaching me to know the difference.

Cheers to another amazing year! And, as always, thanks for listening!


What do you think about Kelly’s message? Do you support the 2012 Country Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year nominee standing up for herself? Read her statement here on Whosay.

The Civil Wars Announce Tour Cancellation


Indie country music duo The Civil Wars surprised fans last night with a big announcement: that all future tour dates are officially off. They cancelled their tour in an official message on their website, with some pretty strong language that doesn’t sound good for the future of the duo. While there’s no confirmation on if this means a potential breakup of the group, they are apologising to fans who have booked travel plans and were looking forward to seeing the rising group live.

The Civil Wars are a GRAMMY-winning duo made up of John Paul White and Joy Williams.

Here is the message they left for fans:

The Civil Wars – Tour Cancelations

We sincerely apologize for the canceling of all of our tour dates. It is something we deeply regret. However, due to internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition we are unable to continue as a touring entity at this time. We thank each and every one of you for your amazing love & support. Our sincere hope is to have new music for you in 2013.

- Joy Williams & John Paul White.

PS – We understand that there are many of you stuck with service charges and travel reservations due to our abrupt cancelations. Please email us at if there are costs incurred that you would like to be reimbursed for, include a scan or attachment to your receipt(s) of the costs, and we will do our best to reimburse you for non-refundable charges.

Read the official announcement here on their website and let us know what you think – is this the end of The Civil Wars?

Eric Church Reacts To Five CMA Nominations

Eric Church. photo credit: John Peets.

Platinum-selling country superstar Eric Church had no idea that he’d have a day like today when he woke up this morning. He leads all artists with five nominations going into the CMA Awards this November, and he found out after the nominees were announced on ABC earlier today. He received his first-ever New Artist of the Year nomination at last year’s CMA Awards show. He’s up for Male Vocalist of the Year, Album Of The Year with “Chief,” Single Of The Year with “Springsteen,” Song Of The Year with “Springsteen,” and Music Video Of The Year with “Springsteen.”

Eric had no way of knowing he had so many nominations after losing his cell phone while on vacation. He was swimming in the Gulf Of Mexico when his phone went missing. It wasn’t until his label, on his return to Nashville today, had whisked him away to their office and projected the press release on the wall that he found out.

Eric shares:

“I really don’t even know what to say! I’m still a little bit in shock… I’m truly speechless. I think it’s a testament to the fans that believed in the music… loved the music… and told people about the music because otherwise we don’t really have the track record to be the most nominated at this point in our career. I think that it’s truly because of the fans… they did something I think is going to be judged as pretty special.”
In order to thank them for all of their support over the years, Church created a special video address that went out to Church Choir members exclusively today.
On Sept. 13, Church will kick off the fall leg of The Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour in Amherst, MA and will release his first-ever live album in 2013.

Trace Adkins Cancels Show Due to Wildfires

Trace Adkins. photo credit: Showdog-Universal Records.

Country music star Trace Adkins decided to cancel his Cle Elum, Washington show last night out of concern for the safety of his fans and residents in the area. There are wildfires in the area that has already taken 22,000 acres nearby. He posted a statement on his website encouraging fans to stay safe. Read the official statement from Trace Adkins below:

With heartfelt concern for the residents of Cle Elum, WA who are currently facing devastating wildfires, I can not in good conscience stage a concert this Friday while the community is under such strain.

 We have been following the developments closely and while the Swiftwater Cellars Amphitheater is not directly in the fire’s path, Gov. Gregoire has declared a state of emergency and reports indicate that the fire, which has claimed 22,000 acres, will require up to seven more days before it is comfortably contained.

 I know all too well what residents are feeling as they evacuate their homes. I thank God that reports indicate no loss of life. As the hundreds of firefighters, National Guardsmen and community leaders work overtime to keep everyone safe, I hope that those who have the means will also offer their help.

 This local website provides a rundown of how to help, whether you are across the country or just a town away:–Ellensburg-wildfire-victims.

 We look forward to returning and celebrating the community’s strength once this crisis has passed.

Trace knows all too well the damage fire can do as he lost his home last year to a fire. No one was injured in the incident and his family escaped safely.

Kellie Pickler Discusses Split from Sony

Kellie Pickler.

Fans were shocked when Kellie Pickler and BNA Nashville announced their amicable split earlier this month. The singer released her new album “100 Proof” only this year. It was our favorite album from Kellie yet, and hers, too. She opened up with Entertainment Weekly about the split and the album making process, which she admits was “hell” this time around.

Kellie explains the difference between making an album at 19, and why she feels “100 Proof” was more who she was:

Luke Wooten and Frank Lidell — they helped me discover the artist in myself. Since American Idol, it’s been like a blur. I’ve been pulled in a hundred different directions by a hundred different people. You know, signing contracts that I couldn’t read, but I was 19 and green and it was, “Sign this contract or go back to working in fast food,” and I didn’t want to do that.”

Kellie continues:

“Luke and Frank sat me down and I got to just sit with an acoustic guitar and I got to sing songs to them that I grew up on. You know Tammy, Merle, Waylon, Al Dexter, Kitty Wells. I could just go on and on and on. I just love traditional country music. They saw that in me, and that’s real. That’s me. When this album came out, the people that know me, my friends, went, “There’s Kellie. There you are.”

Kellie was frustrated with what she believed was a lack of promotion behind her when her album was released. She didn’t like not having a single out on the radio when her album hit stores:

“Well, it wasn’t promoted. When my album came out, I didn’t even have a song out on the radio. Nobody does that. [The label was] spread thin. When I was making my record, the CEO left. He retired. They brought in Gary [Overton]. My A&R left. They brought in somebody else. I went through four heads of promotion when my record was coming out. The only consistency was inconsistency.”

As for what label she’s looking at joining now – she isn’t sure. Kellie is thinking about both major and independent albums, but there’s one thing that she wants from her potential new home:

“I’ve thought about the major labels versus the more independent ones. The ones that actually can probably do more for you. They have more to prove. [You want] to sign with someone that is about the music and gets you.”

Good luck, Kellie! Read the full interview on Entertainment Weekly’s site here.

Miranda Lambert Re-Schedules More Concerts

Texan Miranda Lambert is apologizing to fans today after being forced to postpone more shows due to an illness. She released a statement for her fans explaining that her doctor has ordered her to continue to rest her vocals, which she had overextended while on tour. All tickets will be honored at the new October dates for this weekend’s shows.

“I’m so sorry to disappoint the fans that have already bought tickets to see me,” said Miranda. “I’m taking care of my voice and I can’t wait to get on the road again and bring you a hell of a show.”

“ON FIRE” tour dates rescheduled are her Orange Beach, AL for October 4th, Atlanta, GA for October 5th, and Pelham, AL for October 6th. We hope Miranda feels better soon and can get back out on the road – she puts on an amazing live show.