Category Archives: Single news

JT Hodges Releases New Track “Lay It Down”

JT-Hodges-Lay-It-Down-CountryMusicRocks.net_

Country charmer JT Hodges has some new music to share! JT’s new single ”Lay It Down” has been released on iTunes and is now available for purchase. Written by Busbee, Liz Rose and Eric Paslay, this song has a rockin’ beat and a sexy, intriguing melody that will definitely make you want to get out of your seat!

“I’m all about making music that makes you wanna move, get your head noddin’ and put you in a mood,” says Hodges.  “This new record is loaded with that sentiment, and this song kicks it all off. So y’all crank it up nice and loud!”

This song is going right to our spring playlist! What do you think?

Don’t forget to check out JT’s upcoming tour dates on his site HERE.

Lady Antebellum Lands Eighth #1 with “Compass”

compass

While most compasses point north, Lady Antebellum’s has pointed them straight to #1! The trio’s current single “Compass” has taken over the top spot on both the Billboard Country Airplay and Mediabase charts, making it their eighth #1 single.

“When we got the news that ‘Compass’ was number one, we were ironically enough, on a 500 mile detour on the bus in Canada trying to avoid an avalanche,” explains vocalist Hillary Scott. “The timing was actually really funny and fortunately we’re going to make it in plenty of time to see all our fans in Vancouver tonight.”

Scott continued by recognizing the work that others put into making the single such a success. “We’re so thankful for all our friends in radio, our record label but especially to all the fans that are on their feet each night when we start the show with this song. The energy is infectious, and it sets the night off on an unbelievable course!”

In addition to celebrating their latest #1 hit, Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, and Dave Haywood will be honored at the GRAMMYs on the Hill Awards on April 2 in Washington DC. The trio will receive the Recording Artists Coalition Award in recognition of their achievements in country music and their philanthropic efforts.

Photo: Official Compass single artwork

Cassadee Pope Makes History With Debut Single

Cassadee Pope WATT

As we have recently reported, Big Machine recording artist Cassadee Pope‘s debut single, “Wasting All These Tears,” was RIAA certified as Platinum for moving one million units. Achieving Platinum status is a feat in itself, but, if you are familiar with Cassadee, you know that this young artist constantly strives for more in her budding country music career.

Well, this comes as no exception, as Cassadee not only received high honors from RIAA, but also broke a country music record in the process. With Cassadee’s certification, she becomes the first solo female country artist to achieve a Platinum-certified debut single since Taylor Swift‘s 2006 release of “Tim McGraw.”

Congratulations to Cassadee on leaving her footprint on history! You are doing country music proud and are representing female artists beautifully!

Brandon Chase Prepares to Release First Single “One”

brandon-chase-one

It’s no secret that we here at Keepin’ It Country are huge fans of Brandon Chase. We interviewed him long before he was on The Voice and are thrilled to bring you some exciting news! Brandon will release his debut single “One” to country radio on March 4th, but he’ll be world-premiering it on air tomorrow with 99.5 KPLX The Wolf in Dallas. Be sure to listen here at 7:30 am central.

Brandon debuted the single last week at the Country Radio Seminar in Nashville to radio stations from across the country with positive response.  Additionally, he’ll promote the single at Day Break with Ron Corning on February 28 and Good Morning Texas on March 4th.

 ”I’m so excited to release the first radio single from my debut album,” says Brandon. “After years of hard work, I’ve finally found my sound.  I can’t wait for people to hear it!”

“One” will be available at all digital outlets on March 4th including iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.

EXCLUSIVE REVIEW: Jo Dee Messina’s “Me” on Monday

Jo Dee Messina

We are getting close, folks! As more information (and a new single/music video) begins to emerge, the March 18th release of Jo Dee Messina‘s album, Me, is drawing closer and closer. Can you feel the excitement?!

We were recently able to catch up with Jo Dee, and she specifically mentioned our next featured track from Me due to its pop roots that stray from the pure country sound you may be accustomed to from this country starlet. The track, aptly titled “I’m Free,” celebrates complete abandonment from something/someone who is weighing you down. As you know, Jo Dee broke the chains that bound her to her former record label and has since experienced more freedom with her musical and career choices.

In the first verse, Jo Dee sings “You tried with all your might, you had to have control. You held on so tight, you almost crushed my soul. And now I’m breaking from these chains, not looking back again.” While some may relate this song to a former relationship, others may apply the lyrics to other situations when they have felt as though they were stuck with no escape. Regardless of what you hear when you listen to this song, the beauty of this track (and all of the others from this album) is that its message is something to which everybody can relate. The chorus of this song proudly boasts “Hey, look at me now I’m flying, ’cause you ain’t got the best of me. Yeah, these wings will take me higher than you thought I’d ever be. Look at me, I’m free.” This track truly mirrors Jo Dee’s place in her career and does so in the most empowering of ways.

“I’m Free” is somewhat unique to Jo Dee’s usual sound, as it is closer to pop rock than country, made especially apparent by the stellar electric guitar arrangement in the bridge of the song. Make no mistake though … a slight stray from a normal sound does not mean a stray from the sensational vocals with which fans have fallen in love. Jo Dee’s voice in this song is as effortless and flawless as you would expect from this artist who is an expert in her craft. “I’m Free” proves that this singer/songwriter can conquer anything she puts her heart, mind, and soul into, and this opinion will surely be echoed by fans as they listen to Me from front to back.

Image courtesy of Jo Dee Messina

VIDEO: Lee Brice Releases Lyric Video for “I Don’t Dance”

lee-brice-i-dont-dance

When Lee Brice married Sara Reeveley in April 2013, he decide to write the song the couple would dance to for their first dance as husband and wife. The result was “I Don’t Dance,” a beautiful love song that would cause any woman to swoon.

The ACM nominee for male vocalist of the year, released the lyric video for the track to Country Weekly and we are absolutely obsessed with this song.

Watch the lyric video for “I Don’t Dance” here:

Video via  Country Weekly .
Image via Facebook.

PREMIERE: Cassadee Pope’s New Video – “I Wish I Could Break Your Heart”

Image courtesy of Big Machine Records and Cassadee Pope

Fresh off the heels of Cassadee Pope‘s Top 10 debut country music single, “Wasting All These Tears,” comes her next sure-to-be hit song, “I Wish I Could Break Your Heart,” and its accompanying music video. Cassadee’s sophomore country single shows a different side of the multifaceted young artist who has experienced enormous successes since breaking into the genre.

“I Wish I Could Break Your Heart” is a song about wishing you could get revenge against someone who hurt you, but, because of the love you had for the person, you would never follow through — even though it sure would be nice! The video for this single shows country music fans a completely different side of Cassadee, specifically in the catchy chorus where she channels her rocker roots, lets loose, and sets her feet firmly in her comfort zone.

Fans who have had the pleasure of seeing Cassadee live will recognize the honesty in the performance aspects of the music video, as the high energy, fun-loving Cassadee you see on your screen is the Cassadee you will get in concert. Fans of one of country music’s biggest breakout female artists as of late will also notice (and enjoy) the sneaky smile that spreads across Cassadee’s face as she sings the vengeful lyrics, almost as if she has a secret that she has no intention of sharing. Another standout quality of this music video is the gorgeous artistry, specifically with the glass heart shattering to the touch throughout and the strategically placed lit hearts in the performance sections.

On an album chock full of potential hits, Cassadee and her team got it right with the release of “I Wish I Could Break Your Heart.” We are certain this single will continue Cassadee on her uphill climb to the top of the list of influential females in country music.

Check out the video below, and let us know what you think!

Image courtesy of Big Machine Records and Cassadee Pope

Review: Ross Cooper’s “Give It Time”

Image Courtesy of Ross Cooper

In a day and age where country music is inching closer to the border of pop, a new artist emerges and takes us back to the roots of our beloved genre. Ross Cooper is entering the scene with a song that drips with honesty and explores the ongoing pain involved with rejection and heartache.

“Give It Time” is a quiet and simplistic ode to facing pain and exploring its propensity to linger. “It makes no difference to me where the pain starts cause there’s always hurt in life,” croons Cooper. “What won’t kill us first, my friends, give it time, just give it time, give it time, just give it time.” Cooper, ultimately, finds a ray of hope and pleads that if grace lifts him back up after his fall, his wounds will heal. However, the forthright lyrics painstakingly remind us that hurt is a demon that is hard to conquer.

With Cooper’s gritty vocals, coupled with an air of helplessness, the project exudes pain in the most truthful way. “Give It Time” transports classic country into the twenty-first century in a way that today’s country fans can relate to, appreciate, and embrace.

Cooper’s album, also entitled Give It Time, will be released on March 18th.

Image Courtesy of Ross Cooper

World Premiere Music: Martina McBride Releases “Suspicious Minds”

martina-mcbride-suspicious-minds

Martina McBride’s soulful album, Everlasting, will hit stores on April 8, but she is teasing fans with the new material. Today, she released “Suspicious Minds,” made famous by Elvis Presley.

“There aren’t very many female versions of that song,” McBride says to USA Today, but “it makes sense for a woman to sing it. I focused on the lyrics on this record. This one is about reacting to jealousy and being possessive. Which women can really relate to.”

Listen now!

*Photo: Kristin Barlow

Billy Ray Cyrus: To Appear On Chelsea Lately on E! Tomorrow, February 13; New Singles Out Now

clicks.skem1.com

Tomorrow’s Valentine’s-themed episode of “Chelsea Lately” will feature multiple Grammy nominated and winning country star, Billy Ray Cyrus. Fans can tune in at 11pm ET/PT on E! Entertainment tomorrow, February 13th, to watch.

This week also saw Cyrus drop two new singles. One being the re-imagining of his 1992 hit “Achy Breaky Heart”, featuring Hip Hop artist Buck22 and Larry King, titled “Achy Breaky Heart Pt 2″.

“It all started with Larry King… We were playing around in the studio and decided to do something fun for the 22nd anniversary of the song,” CYRUS notes of the raucous remake. “It’s so wrong, it’s right. Happy Valentine’s week…”

The other was the considerably more sombre “Hope Is Just Ahead”, a duet ballad Cyrus recorded with music legend Dionne Warwick at Jamie Foxx’s studio in LA. A portion of the proceeds of “Hope Is Just Ahead” will be donated to “Do The Write Thing-National Campaign to Stop Violence”, an organization that helps students at the ground level and tries to prevent violent behavior before it escalates.

Photo: Billy Ray Cyrus Press Photo