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INTERVIEW: CMA Award Winner and Grammy Nominee Deana Carter

She is likely best known for her debut single, “Strawberry Wine,” but singer/songwriter Deana Carter has a plethora of albums, songwriting credits, award nominations, and a CMA Award on her shelf. Admittedly, 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 Kari & Billy

Kari Nelson and Billy Arnold (collectively referred to as Kari & Billy) are a couple bound by love and marriage, as well as their talents for music. Kari has toured with John Read More »

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Exclusive Interview: David Fanning

Although you may not know the name David Fanning just yet, chances are if you’ve turned on country radio recently, you’ve heard a song he’s had his hand in. Since arriving in Read More »

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

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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!

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Eric Church To Top The Billboard Charts?

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Billboard Magazine will be officially publishing their Top 200 Albums Chart tomorrow, but speculation is already abound that Eric Church will be claiming the top spot for The Outsiders! If this happens, he’d be leading the way for country music to have the biggest sales week for an album in the past six months.

Estimates for sales are already out there, but keep an eye on KIC and we’ll make sure to post the official numbers tomorrow! Could be Eric will be nipping on the heels of Luke Bryan’s Crash My Party.

Let’s keep our fingers crossed!

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Lucy Hale’s Album “Road Between” Set For June 3rd Release

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Country music newcomer, Lucy Hale, recently revealed plans to release her country debut album in late spring. Lucy’s debut record, Road Between, will release June 3rd on DMG Nashville/Bigger Picture Group.

“This has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl singing Faith Hill and Shania Twain songs into my hairbrush in the mirror,” reveals Lucy. “It was both exciting and scary for me to be so vulnerable making this album, and it’s turned out to be something genuinely me and something I’m really proud to share.”

The exciting news doesn’t stop here for Lucy! She has been invited to make her debut on the Grand Ole Opry this Friday, February 21, 2014!

Congratulations to Lucy! Let us know what you are looking forward to most as Lucy’s bright country music career progresses!

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

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With one month to go until the release of Jo Dee Messina‘s new album, Me, I am still recovering from the emotional roller coaster that was caused by last week’s featured song, “Say Goodbye to Superman.” To offset the heartbreaking ballad that I had on repeat all last week (okay okay … I was still listening to it this morning), this week the feature songs (yes, plural) are the upbeat “Take It” and “He’s Messed Up.”

“Take It” is a song that, undoubtedly, can be translated into an anthem of freedom for Jo Dee, as she embarks on the new journey of an independent artist. In a true art imitating life moment, Jo Dee sings “I’m breaking free from these chains that bind me; anything that ties me down.” “Take It” is a song about embracing what lies ahead, rather than letting the weight of the world stay on your shoulders. The song teaches a lesson about letting go, looking forward, and hitting the accelerator without hesitation. Drop your convertible top, roll down the windows, crank this song on high as you cruise down the street. Nothing is going to hold you back, and if you have a moment of doubt, let Jo Dee’s words and actions inspire you!

“He’s Messed Up” is a unique song for a very special reason — Jo Dee’s fans were involved in the recording of this track. During the chorus, there are background responses to the lyrics, as well as clapping throughout. The voices and hands you hear belong to fans who donated to the Kickstarter project to produce this album. The message in this song is that, no matter how much you wish someone will change for you, it is inevitable that the person will always remain the same. Jo Dee encourages those who have had the lingering thought of “he will change for me” to put on their walking boots because, to put it simply, “he’s messed up.” You will find yourself bopping your head side to side and/or up and down as you listen to this song that is reminiscent of a No Doubt sound … if Gwen Stefani suddenly acquired a twang. The highlight of this track, other than the cameo by supportive fans, comes early in the second verse, but you will have to pre-order the album and/or follow Jo Dee on Facebook and Twitter to uncover this highlight!

Remember, there are only five weeks left until Me is released. You can pre-order the album now on iTunes and receive two immediate downloads (“Peace Sign” and “A Woman’s Rant“).

Danielle Bradbery Teams Up With the Give a Note Foundation

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Danielle Bradbery is teaming up with the Give a Note Foundation and Disney Performing Arts for the Music In Our Schools national bus tour. From March 2nd – March 8th, Danielle and representatives from the organizations will travel across America, reminding students, parents, teachers and community leaders not to forget the importance of music education.

March is National Music In Our Schools Month, and at tour stops at high schools over a one-week period, Danielle will be a special performancer at each school. Danielle will address students and perform songs from her self-titled debut album, including her hit song, “The Heart of Dixie.”

Beginning at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California on March 2nd, the tour will visit high schools in five cities:

March 3rd – Eldorado High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico
March 4th – Cypress Ranch High School near Houston, Texas
March 5th – Classen School of Advanced Studies in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
March 6th – Antioch High School near Nashville, Tennessee
March 7th – Northwest School for the Arts in Charlotte, North Carolina

The tour will conclude on March 8th at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. For information about the tour, real-time updates, and photographs, visit: http://giveanote.nafme.org.

Craig Morgan Gives Back During The Journey Tour

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Country singer Craig Morgan has always been a fan of giving back to causes close to his heart.  He has recently partnered with Kidde Fire Safety to distribute Kidde Worry-Free smoke alarms throughout Morgan’s The Journey Tour.

Kidde will donate 5,000 smoke alarms – a $125,000 value – to fire departments along the tour’s stops.  The alarms will be installed in homes in need throughout the communities.  The first batch of alarms was donated to Morgan’s hometown fire department in Dickinson, TN on Feb. 11 with the help of the Tennessee State Division of Fire Prevention and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

Morgan, a spokesperson for Kidde, is thrilled to speak out for such an important cause and explains, “As a former first responder, I’ve seen the damage home fires can cause. Many home fire deaths are preventable, and I want to do what I can to help keep families safe”

Chris Rovenstine, vice president sales and marketing at Kidde, is just as excited to work with Morgan, saying, “Kidde’s mission is to help save lives, and we are pleased to work with Craig on this campaign. Dead or missing batteries are the main reasons smoke alarms don’t sound in a fire. By providing sealed-battery smoke alarms to local fire departments, we can help protect families who otherwise may not be able to replace an outdated alarm.”

In addition to Morgan’s hometown of Dickinson, fire departments in Buffalo, Columbus, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Austin, Phoenix, and San Diego will also received Kidde smoke alarms.  More departments will be added throughout the tour.

To learn more about fire prevention, visit Kidde’s website, and to stay up to date with Craig Morgan’s tour dates, check out his website.

Photo credit: Ed Rode

WORLD PREMIERE VIDEO – Blake Shelton “Doin’ What She Likes”

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Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Blake Shelton is back with his new video for his new single, “Doin’ What She Likes.” The video is done in true Blake-style and we love it!

Watch here and let us know what you think!

Review: Ross Cooper’s “Give It Time”

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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.

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World Premiere Music: Martina McBride Releases “Suspicious Minds”

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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!

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Eric Church’s The Outsiders Full Album Now Available In Stores, On iTunes

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Yesterday country rocker, Eric Church, released the full album The Outsiders. The Outsiders is available in CD format through his online store and the full-album digital download is available on iTunes.

Church also announced that he will be supporting the album with a quickie 2 day, 6 city, free concert mini-tour! Check here to see if your city is on the list.

Photo: Official Album Cover The Outsiders