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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 »

Randy Houser Scores 3rd Consecutive No. 1

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Last week, Randy Houser scored his third consecutive number one song with “Goodnight Kiss” from his 2013 album, How Country Feels. “Goodnight Kiss” follows in the chart-topping success of his prior platinum singles, “How Country Feels” and “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight.”

If three number one hits in a row wasn’t enough to celebrate, “Goodnight Kiss” also marks Houser’s first number one as a songwriter. He co-wrote the track with Rob Hatch and Jason Sellers.

“I have been so blessed this past year to have such incredible success on country radio and have three number-one’s in a row,” said Houser. “But it’s especially cool to see ‘Goodnight Kiss’ up there this week and to have that recognition now as a songwriter, too.”

Houser is currently on the road with his own headline dates and will open for Brad Paisley this summer. For more information, visit www.RandyHouser.com.

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Miranda Lambert Talks “Platinum”

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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 about life as a 30-year-old girl. She shared: “I always try to make my records be about where I am right now. I’m 30 years old. I’m happily married, but I still have problems good and bad. I face everyday life as a 30-year-old girl. So, I wrote a lot about that.”

Further, she went on to provide some insight into a few tracks. “Bathroom Sink” deals with issues of body image; “Priscilla” addresses the reality of having a famous husband; and “Little Red Wagon” shows off her sense of humor that has come more to the surface thanks to her other half, Blake Shelton.

Lambert feels there is something on Platinum for everybody, and she hopes that everyone can relate. With Miranda’s track record and talent, I don’t think she has anything to worry about.

In the meantime, while we are all anxiously waiting for June 3rd, we can listen to the album’s fantastic lead single and top 10 hit, “Automatic”!

*Photo Credit: Rick Diamond/Getty Images

Jamie Lynn Spears Launches Official Merchandise Store

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Hey Jamie Lynn fans, Jamie has just launched her official online store!  On her site, you will find a collection of t-shirts and tank tops that are uniquely Jamie Lynn! There are a few other items available also, be sure to go check them out at JamieLynnSpears.com.

VIDEO: A Behind The Scene’s Look at Kip Moore’s “Dirt Road”

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Country crooner Kip Moore just released a brand new single, “Dirt Road” and we’ve got some behind the scenes looks for you! It’s always interesting to find out how artists come up with ideas for their new songs, what inspires them, and how they go about putting the songs together. We’ve got a few videos that show you just that for “Dirt Road.” Check them out below!

The Creation of “Dirt Road”

 

The Story Behind “Dirt Road”

“Dirt Road” is now available on iTunes, here:  Dirt Road – Single – Kip Moore

You can catch Kip out on tour starting next month with Tim McGraw. For ticket info head on over to kipmoore.com

ACM 2014 POLLS

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Hey KIC fans…

As you know the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards air this Sunday, April 6th at 8/7c. It’s one of the best musical events of the year, and with the Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan tag team hosting again, you definitely do not want to miss it!

But before Blake & Luke (#Bluke) announce the winners and Las Vegas is rockin’ with performances from our favorite country artists, we want to hear your picks. Vote below in our ACM polls!

 

 

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JT Hodges Releases New Track “Lay It Down”

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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.

VIDEO: Carissa Leigh Premieres Video For “Bad Boy”

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In her debut single, Carissa Leigh shares what all women really want in a guy. She was inspired when talking with men about what women look for in a man.  “A woman wants a nice guy, but not really. They really want …the bad boy! And as far as guys? Well, every boy wants to be a little bit bad inside!”

The talented Kristin Barlowe, who has worked with artists such as Jason Aldean, Love and Theft, and Little Big Town, directed the video, which was filmed here in Nashville. The video is about – you guessed it – casting the hottest, baddest men in Nashville!

Check out the video for “Bad Boy” below and let us know what you think!

Hit Spring Break with Luke Bryan

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What would you do for a chance to party on the beach with country cutie Luke Bryan? For this week only, you can enter to win a trip to Tortuga simply by texting TORTUGA to 31996 or by entering online at springbreak6.com/.

The latest edition of Luke’s Spring Break EP series, “Spring Break 6..Like We Ain’t Ever” is available now through digital music retailers. On his latest EP, Luke said:

“The songs for this project came together so fast. These special EP’s all began as a way to get new music out to the fans between studio projects.  I feel like year after year we get a little bit better at writing for this.  I think with these new songs I would be proud to put them on any album we release.”

Did you get your copy yet?  What’s your favorite Luke Bryan song of all time?

 

 

Jessie James welcomes first baby

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Congratuations to country singer Jessie James! She welcomed her first baby with NFL star Eric Decker this week. Vivianne Rose Decker was born 8 lbs 2oz and 20 inches long with a full set of hair yesterday early in the morning. Mother and daughter are doing well and are very happy.

 

Jessie James released this picture on Instagram before the birth of her daughter.

 

The “When You Say My Name” singer has been busy with her reality show “Eric & Jessie: Game On!,” with the second season premiere airing on March 30th on E! at 10 pm EST / 9 pm CST.

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

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It feels like forever ago when I first spoke with Jo Dee Messina and her album, Me, was months away from its big release. It also feels like eons ago when I began this weekly track-by-track album review, counting down until March 18th. It is hard to believe that tomorrow is March 18th and Jo Dee’s album will finally be making its way into your phones, iPods, cars, and homes.

To wrap up this “Me on Monday” series, I saved the first track on the album, “Not Dead Yet,” for last. Strategically, “Not Dead Yet” made sense as the final track for review because it sends a very important message to country music fans … Jo Dee is still here, and she is ready to remind you why she was nominated for two Grammys and is a chart-topping hit-maker. Regardless of the hard times Jo Dee faced with her former record label, this bold, confident, talented artist hasn’t let it get the best of her. Instead, she barreled through the difficulties and forged her own path. This song let’s those who doubted her abilities to succeed on her own know how very wrong they were.

Jo Dee sings, “You can put me down, you can count me out, I’m not listenin’ to you. I’ve paid my dues, gotten bent and bruised, I’ve walked a thousand miles in these shoes. I’m here and I’m well. I’ve felt the fire, I’ve been through hell. I’m a little out of breath, but baby I’m not dead yet.” In a song that drips of honesty and forthcomingness, Jo Dee admits the road has seemed dim and, sometimes, there is no clear path at any given moment, but she is ready to hit the ground running anyway. In this song of art imitating life, Jo Dee quips (likely aimed toward her former label) that she will not allow anybody to take her down, as she has enough life left in her to create her own destiny.

And, a charmed destiny she has created, especially considering the caliber of her new albumMe, which will be available tomorrow. From front to back, this album will bring you strong, hard-hitting tracks, as well as emotional ballads that will choke you up and make you sympathize with Jo Dee and/or the character she portrays in the song. From beginning to end, this album will provide you with must-hear tracks, impeccable vocals, and a variety of instrumentation that will appeal to fans of several different styles of country music. I am so excited for you to finally hear what I have been hearing for all of these months, and I thank you for trusting me to guide you toward this album and take you on this weekly ride. I guarantee the destination was well worth your wait.

I would like to extend a very special thank you to Jo Dee Messina and Team JDM for believing in me and adopting me into their special circle to promote this album so vigorously over the last couple of months. It has been a distinct honor and privilege to be involved with such fabulous people.