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REVIEW: Miranda Lambert – Platinum

Miranda Lambert released her fifth album on Wednesday, choosing a simple play on the word Platinum for the title. She could be referring to her platinum blonde hair but, seeing as how Read More »

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Miranda Lambert Talks “Platinum”

Miranda Lambert recently discussed her upcoming album, Platinum, with ABC News Radio. Platinum is set for release on June 3rd, and the 5-time ACM Female Vocalist of the Year is writing all Read More »

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Exclusive Interview: Paul Jolley

If you know the name Paul Jolley, chances are you were introduced to him by a little show named American Idol. If you don’t know the name Paul Jolley yet, it’s time Read More »

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Exclusive Interview: Dave Barnes

The name Dave Barnes is synonymous with awesome. By day, he’s an independent musician who just recently released his eighth studio album, Golden Days. By night, he’s a bit of a Nashville Read More »

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Exclusive: Interview with The Herrold Sisters

Hannah and Abby Herrold, collectively The Herrold Sisters, are a sibling singer-songwriter duo from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Fifteen-year-old Hannah and twelve-year-old Abby may be young, but they certainly have big dreams and they Read More »

Jamie Lynn Spears Surprises Fans With The Journey EP Spotify Stream

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Jamie Lynn Spears surprises fans with a week-long Spotify stream of The Journey EP! Still set to release on May 27th, fans can get a sneak peek of the five full tracks off of Jamie Lynn’s highly anticipated debut EP.

Including the hit, “How Could I Want More”, Jamie Lynn’s EP features five tracks co-written with some of Nashville’s most talented writers: Liz Rose, Chris Tompkins, Lisa Carver, Tyler Hayes, Rivers Rutherford, and Corey Crowder.

The Journey Track Listing:
1. “Shotgun Wedding”
2. “Run”
3. “How Could I Want More”
4. “Mandolin Summer Sun”
5. “Big Bad World”

The Journey EP will be available on iTunes May 27th. We invite you to preview the EP on Spotify NOW, and pick out your favorite tracks!

Travis Tritt Releases New Single, “That’s What Dreamers Do”

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Award-winning country artist Travis Tritt has released a new single, titled “That’s What Dreamers Do.”

The heart-touching ballad resonates with dreamers of all kinds and embraces the struggles and joys of being a dreamer. Tritt wrote the song for the independent biopic film, As Dreamers Do, which he narrates. The film is based on the early life of Walt Disney.  View the trailer for the film at www.WaltMovie.com.

The song features a full string arrangement, which was composed by melvin MAESTRO lightford of Lightworks Muzik.

“That’s What Dreamers Do” is Tritt’s second single release since forming Post Oak Recordings.  Tritt formed the label in 2012 and shortly after released his full length album The Calm After… Included on the album is a duet with Tritt’s daughter, Tyler Reese. The song, “Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough,” is a cover of the 1980s pop hit. Together, they released a video for the track, which is available for viewing here.  Four of the songs on the album, co-produced by Randy Jackson, were either written or co-written by Tritt.  The album is available on iTunes and other major digital retailers.

The single, “That’s What Dreamers Do,” is available through iTunes and www.TravisTritt.com.

Photo courtesy: Post Oak Recordings

More Stage Lineups Announced For 2014 CMA Music Festival

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You’ve been waiting and here they are! We’ve got the lineups for the Bud Light Stage, the Samsung Galaxy Stage, Chevrolet Roadhouse Stage, The Buckle State, and the BMI Tailgate Party!

Also – three artists have been added to the LP Field lineup! The Charlie Daniels Band, Sara Evans and Travis Tritt.

Bud Light Stage: Lauren Alaina, Keith Anderson, Katie Armiger, Kelleigh Bannen, Jeff Bates, Big Smo, BlackHawk, Brothers Osborne, Mark Collie, Bucky Covington, Joel Crouse, Sarah Darling, Clare Dunn, Morgan Frazier, JT Hodges,  Will Hoge, Home Free, Sam Hunt, Chris Janson, Joshua Scott Jones, Krystal Keith, Meghan Linsey, Robin Meade, Granger Smith, Jamie Lynn Spears, Chris Stapleton, Striking Matches, Sundy Best, The Henningsens, Leah Turner, Trick Pony, Aaron Watson, Austin Webb, Drake White, Chuck Wicks and Holly Williams.

Samsung Galaxy Stage: Robby Armstrong, Rob Baird, Ty Bates, Dakota Bradley, David Bradley, Laura Bell Bundy, Cam, Brandon Chase, Cowboy Troy and DJ Sinister, Heath Haynes & The High Dollars, Sam Hollyman, Joey Hyde, Jukebox Mafia, John Karl, Ryan Kinder, John King, Jenny Leigh, Cheryl LuQuire, Rachele Lynae, Brian Milson, Danielle Peck, Pierce Avenue, Stephanie Quayle, Raven Cliff, Julie Roberts, Gwen Sebastian, Canaan Smith, Phoenix Stone, The Brothers Road, The Nelsons, The Railers, The Stickers, Chad Warrix, Ryan Weaver, Jesse Keith Whitley and Zane Williams.

Chevrolet Roadhouse Stage: Ballie and the Boys, Brinn Black, Cast of “Crazy Hearts Nashville,” Cerrito, Jaida Dreyer, Jordan Grassi, Marty Haggard, Lyndsey Highlander, Rachel Holder, Levi Hummon, Angie Johnson, Stevens Layne, Matt Mason, Walker McGuire, Randy Montana, Music City Doughboys, Aaron Parker, Jacob Powell, Brent Rupard, Lizzie Sider, The Danberrys, Keni Thomas and Whiskey Rose.

The Buckle Stage: Carlton Anderson, Kelsea Ballerini, Bonner Black, Misty Rae Carson, Karlie Chayne, Steven Clawson, Courtney Cole, Hannah Dasher, Jacob Davis, GirlBilly, Ryan Griffin, Curtis Grimes, Adam Hambrick, Brett Kissell, Ryan Lafferty, Brandon Lay, Josh London, Daisy Mallory, Michaelis, Oklahoma, Carly Pearce, David Ray, Jameson Rodgers, Smithfield, Walker County and Hailey Whitters.

BMI Tailgate Party: A Thousand Horses, Blackjack Billy, Chase Bryant, Adam Craig, DJ Du, Brett Eldredge, David Fanning, Sara Haze, Chris Lane, Natalie Stovall and The Drive, Michael Ray, Josh Thompson and Whiskey Jam.

That’s 5 more stages and 137 more artists! The Bud Light stage will be located at the Bridgestone Arena Plaza, The Samsung Galaxy Stage at the Walk of Fame Park, and the Chevrolet Roadhouse Stage in Fan Alley.

For more information on the CMA Music Festival, head on over to CMAfest.com or text the word FESTIVAL to 66937.

CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Concert To Take Place on June 4

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The 2014 CMA Music Festival will kick off in rockin’ style this year with the CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Concert on the Chevrolet™ Riverfront Stage. This free concert takes place on Wednesday, June 4 from 11:00am – 4:30pm/CT, the day before the official start of the festival.

This must-see lineup includes international talent, Southern rock icons, and a Country artist with a royal pedigree. The concert will eature eight diverse acts, including four international artists: Lindsay Ell, Tim Hicks, and Small Town Pistols from Canada, and Morgan Evans from Australia. Rounding out the lineup are honky-tonk traditionalists Brazilbilly, Shooter Jennings performing with Waymore’s Outlws, his father Waylon Jennings’ touring and studio backing band, three time Grammy-nominated bluegrass ensemble The Grascals, and Southern rock legends The Marshall Tucker Band.

Gates at Riverfront Park will open at 10:00 AM/CT for fans to find the perfect spot to enjoy this great, day-long concert.

For more information on the festival, you can head on over to CMAfest.com

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Lineup For Free Riverfront Concerts at CMA Fest Announced

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This year’s CMA Music Festival is right around the corner and you won’t want to miss this great lineup for the Chevrolet™ Riverfront stage! The lineup for the free daily concerts is packed with more than 50 artists, from Country music legends to the brightest up-and-coming stars.

CMA Award nominees Big & Rich will kick off the festival on Thursday, June 5 at 10:00 AM central time. “Big & Rich will bring a great energy to the official start of the Festival, and I know our fans will not want to miss their performance,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer.

Those scheduled to perform at the Chevrolet™ Riverfront Stage include Frankie Ballard, Big & Rich, Danielle Bradbery, Kristian Bush, Craig Campbell, Jason Michael Carroll, Terri Clark, Billy Ray Cyrus, Dan + Shay, Tyler Farr, Colt Ford, Gloriana, LoCash Cowboys, Lonestar, Love and Theft, Dustin Lynch, Craig Morgan, Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis, David Nail, Jon Pardi, Parmalee, Eric Paslay, Kellie Pickler, Cassadee Pope, Collin Raye, Chase Rice, Maggie Rose, Corey Smith, Cole Swindell, The Cadillac Three, The Swon Brothers, Uncle Kracker, Clay Walker, Darryl Worley, Charlie Worsham, and Wynonna.

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

Carrie Underwood Named To Time Magazine’s Most Influential List

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Carrie Underwood is a true success story. She’s one of the two biggest names to come from the most influential music television competition show  of all-time, American Idol. She’s a multi-platinum selling recording artist with 18 number one hits. She’s a winner of six Grammy Awards, sixteen Billboard Music Awards, seven American Music Awards, and eleven Academy of Country Music Awards as well as a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Needless to say, she is a country superstar in every sense of the word.

To add to the ever-growing list of accomplishments, Underwood was named to Time Magazine’s “Most Influential List” last week.

Fellow country star and good friend, Brad Paisley, had nothing but glowing things to say about Carrie and this new honor.

He shared: “I remember Carrie Underwood early on telling me how badly she wanted to earn her place in our industry. It was 2005, and she had just won American Idol and had her first No. 1 song. Fast-forward to 2014. Not only has she earned her place, she’s also raised the bar. She’s a prolific songwriter, a trendsetter and an Opry member. She can sing the fire out of a song and tell a joke. I’m always amazed at her comedic timing and instincts when we co-host the CMA Awards.”

And what may have been Paisley’s best compliment of all while acknowledging Underwood, he went on to say: “So many young girls want to be just like her. In that sense, I see hope for the world. If I had a daughter, nothing would make me happier than to hear her say she wanted to grow up to be like Carrie Underwood.”

Congratulations to Carrie!!

Cole Swindell Celebrates Success for “Chillin’ It”

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When Cole Swindell stepped on the stage of a nightclub in downtown Nashville earlier this week, he thought he was going to play a few songs for a taping of CMT Listen Up in front of a live audience of some of his biggest fans. Little did he know, his label, Warner Music Nashville, had quite the surprise in store for the singer.

Swindell was presented with two certification plaques for his hit single “Chillin’ It,” one in honor of the song’s RIAA gold certification for 500,000 downloads and another for its platinum certification for 1 million downloads.

“You only get a first single once,” Swindell explained to the audience. “The fact that it was accepted by not only radio but over 1 million fans is beyond anything I could ever have dreamed up. This is something I will never forget.”

Fans can hear Swindell sing “Chillin It’” as well as his latest single “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight” on tour with Luke Bryan.

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David Nail Single “Kiss You Tonight” Penned By David Cook

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Country star David Nail and American Idol winner David Cook once played together at a celebrity softball game. The pair didn’t even meet that day; they just played together.

When Nail first heard a demo of his latest single, “Kiss You Tonight,” he had no idea that “the David Cook” credited for writing the song was the same one with whom he once played softball.

“When I heard it and saw the writers’ names, I thought there was no way that can be the same David Cook,” Nail says. “That’s a very common name. You’d think it would be because we’re both from Missouri, and I love all things and people Missouri.”

Social media eventually caused Nail to make the connection between the songwriter and the Idol alum. He explains, “There was about a two-day span where his army of Idol followers took over my Twitter because of this song. So I knew it was that David Cook.”

Nail was drawn to the song due to its simplicity and emotionality. “I love the sentiment of a guy just saying, ‘Hey, if you just allow me the opportunity to come over to your house and kiss you, everything else will take care of itself,’” he says.

Cook, who is currently in Nashville working on his upcoming album, is proud not only of the song, but of its release as a single by Nail.  He says, “It was my third write, once I moved to town. That song just snowballed. David put it on hold, and it was that way for a few months. Then it was going to go on the record, and it was that way for a few months. Then the single thing happened super-quick. It has opened some doors to doing more, which is great.”

With both artists praising one another and the single, maybe another collaboration will happen in the future!

Photo courtesy of David Nail’s website

Martina McBride Announces Everlasting Tour

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Superstar Martina McBride’s most recent album entitled Everlasting features twelve classic soul and R&B songs, to which McBride adds her own spin with her flawless voice.  Now fans will get to hear the songs live as McBride begins her Everlasting tour throughout the country this summer.

Rehearsals for the tour, which kicks off on May 8 in Salina, KS are underway, and McBride could not be more excited to share her new music with her fans.  She aims to create a show directly out of the 60’s and 70’s to accompany the classic feel of the album.

“It’s coming out exactly as I dreamed it,” she says. “It’s so much fun, and I want it to really be a visual experience for the audience as well as a musical experience. So, it’s a little bit of a throwback to Motown. We’ve got the guys all in matching suits. I’ve got a horn section for the first time — a four-piece horn section. We’ve got a three-piece background vocal section. I’ve never carried a background vocal section, so that’s a lot of fun.”

The tour is completely different than anything fans have seen from McBride or any other artist recently.  McBride explains, “I think it’s really unique and fresh, and the fact that we only get to do it for a short period of time is … I’m missing it before it even starts, so I really hope people come out and experience it because it’s gonna be really special.”

As she continues planning and rehearsing for the Everlasting Tour, McBride has even more to celebrate. Her Everlasting album went straight to number one on the Billboard charts when it was released on April 7.

Of this honor, McBride told CMT, “It’s really special and gratifying. You never know how people are going to react to it — whether they’re going to like it or not like it — so it’s always a little nerve-wracking to put any new music out. It feels good when you work so hard on a project that you really believe in and love, and people accept it.”

It’s safe to say that the memories from Martina McBride’s tour, like the songs from her latest album, will be everlasting.

For more information about the Everlasting Tour, visit McBride’s website.

Photo: Everlasting album cover