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REVIEW: Sara Evans’ “Slow Me Down”

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Sara Evans has been climbing the charts and playing through your stereo speakers since the late 1990′s, and if there is one thing we can say about Evans, it is that nobody can slow her down. At a time where it seems that a lot of our favorite veteran female country singers are releasing new music, Evans is back with an album, Slow Me Down, that will not disappoint. With three duets (two of which might surprise you!) and several new solo tracks to introduce, Evans reminds us all why she entered the hearts of country music fans many years ago and why she has remained in our hearts since.

On this, Evans’ seventh studio album, the pristine artist proves that her music career remains full speed ahead. Slow Me Down kicks off with the chart-climbing title track, which talks about a relationship that is nearly over, but before one of them walks out the door, the other is given a final chance to hurry up and say the right thing. “Slow Me Down” is an appropriate start to this eclectic collection of tracks because, right from the beginning of this album, Evans hits the ground running with potential hit after hit.

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

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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

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

Frankie Ballard Releases “Sunshine & Whiskey” Album

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Frankie Ballard released his album, Sunshine and Whiskey, yesterday through Warner Bros. Records. Produced by Marshall Altman, the 11-track collection features Ballard’s Top 10-and-climbing single, “Helluva Life.” The song is his fastest rising single to date, and has sold about 300,000 digital copies so far.

“I’ve wrenched and wrestled with this album for two years, and now it’s time for it to be in the judgement seat. I hope she is met with loving arms,” said Ballard. “People will learn a lot about me when they listen to this project.” Ballard played guitar parts for every song on the album, and also co-wrote “It Don’t Take Much.”

To celebrate the release, Frankie will be on Fox & Friends tomorrow so set your DVRs!

If “Helluva Life” is any indication for the rest of the album, Sunshine and Whiskey is sure to bring on even more success!

Track listing:

1. Young & Crazy
2. Sunshine & Whiskey
3. It Don’t Take Much
4. Helluva Life
5. Drinky Drink
6. Tell Me You Get Lonely
7. Sober Me Up
8. I’m Thinking Country
9. Tip Jar
10. Don’t You Wanna Fall
11. Don’t Tell Mama I Was Drinking

For upcoming tour dates and more info, visit: www.frankieballard.com. And don’t forget to purchase Sunshine & Whiskey on iTunes.

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

Image courtesy of Jo Dee Messina

We are one week closer to Platinum-selling recording artist and Grammy-nominee, Jo Dee Messina‘s, album release. We are “Breaking It Down” for you here: Me, a project that is very dear to Jo Dee’s and her fan’s hearts, will become available on March 18, 2014. Every drop of blood, ounce of sweat, and stream of tears aided in making this one of her best projects to date.

This week, seven weeks before the big day, the selected track off Me is “Breaking It Down.” “Breaking It Down” is about a relationship where there seems to be a communication disconnect and, no matter how much the woman tries to explain to the man exactly what she needs from him, he just doesn’t seem to understand. Ultimately, the woman reaches her breaking point, can’t continue to fight so hard for her happiness in the relationship, and opts to walk away. Or, in alternate meaning, some might say this could be a message from Jo Dee to her former record label …

Jo Dee’s vocals on this track will take you back to the beginning, when you first fell in love with this artist. Jo Dee is a sassy powerhouse who makes every word she utters believable. Jo Dee sings “‘Cause I feel that you oughta know that I need more than I’ve been getting out of you. I’m tired of excuses, this is useless, so now, I’m breaking it down” in a way that you can envision yourself driving down the street, windows down, belting along with her in a moment when you feel as though you need freedom (albeit likely not in key). The bridge, which is the most catchy part of the song, says “I’m breaking it down step-by-step, line-by-line. I’m breaking it down so you know why it’s crumbled to the ground.” The beat of this portion of the song makes you want to clap your hands and will, undoubtedly, be a crowd favorite when Jo Dee takes her new music out on the road for her adoring fans.

Remember, there are only seven weeks left until this iconic female country singer releases this very personal album, reconnects with old fans, and welcomes new. We will see you back here next week as we continue to celebrate the upcoming release of Jo Dee Messina’s Me.

The Swon Brothers Ship Debut Single, “Later On” to Country Radio

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Arista recording artists, The Swon Brothers, have officially announced “Later On” as the debut single for their upcoming album. After playing it live, in a celebrated return performance to The Voice in December, the Team Blake finalists have been drumming up anticipation for this release.

The single shipped today to country radio stations and although, the official radio airplay date is set for March of this year; fans have been able to download the song from iTunes since December. Within 24 hours of its availability, listeners pushed “Later On” to #1 on iTunes’ Top Country Song charts!

The duo is pleased that the song is resonating with their fans as much as it does with themselves. Zack Swon was quoted as saying, “We are beyond blessed and excited to be releasing our very first single on Arista Nashville! We believe that with the love and support from our fans this song has big potential.”

“We’ve waited and prayed for this moment our whole lives and it’s finally here! We are more than ready to meet all the folks at country radio and want to say thank you in advance for welcoming your two new brothers to the family!” added by his brother, Colton Swon.

For now, The Swon Brothers are hard at work with producer Mark Bright (Carrie Underwood and Sara Evans) on their debut album under Arista Nashville. The date for the album may be set for later this year, but fans who just can’t wait, can download the debut single, “Later On”, here.

And for fans who just can get enough of this fun and talented brother duo, you can catch the replay of their performance on The Voice, here.

Toby Keith To Release “Drinks After Work” Album

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There is more new music coming your way, country fans…

Toby Keith‘s upcoming album, Drinks After Work, is set for release on October 29th!

The album will be available in both 10-track standard and 13-track deluxe editions. Keith once again took the reigns as sole producer as well as lead songwriter. Longtime collaborators Scotty Emerick, Bobby Pinson and Rivers Rutherford co-wrote several tracks.

The deluxe edition includes a tribute to Keith’s bandleader, Chuck Goff, who passed away unexpectedly earlier this year. The song is titled, “Chuckie’s Gone” and the album is also dedicated to Goff.

The liner notes read:

This album is dedicated in memory of Chuck Goff, our longtime bandleader-bass player. He will live on forever in our thoughts and in our performances. We miss ya, Shmudlo.

The lead single, “Drinks After Work,” is currently working the charts.

Here is the track listing:

1. Shut Up And Hold On

2. Drinks After Work

3. Before We Knew They Were Good

4. Little Miss Tear Stain

5. The Other Side Of Him

6. Last Living Cowboy

7. Show Me What You’re Workin’ With

8. Whole Lot More Than That

9. I’ll Probably Be Out Fishin’

10. Hard Way To Make An Easy Living

Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks:

11. Call A Marine

12. Chuckie’s Gone

13. Margaritaville (with Sammy Hagar)

For more information, visit www.tobykeith.com.

Thompson Square Releases “Just Feels Good” Album

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Thompson Square is back with new music!

Today, the country duo released their second album, Just Feels Good.

Just Feels Good is the follow-up to their self-titled debut album, which contained the number one platinum-selling smash, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not.” Their debut record garnered them several awards including the CMA for Vocal Duo of the Year and ACM for Top Vocal Duo.

Just Feels Good includes their current single, “If I Didn’t Have You.” The song was a Top 20 hit on U.S. Billboard Country Songs chart and a Top 10 charter with U.S. Billboard Country Airplay.

Track List:

1. Everything I Shouldn’t Be Thinking About
2. Here We Go Again
3. You Don’t Get Lucky
4. That’s So Me and You
5. I Can’t Outrun You
6. Testing the Water
7. For the Life of Me
8. If I Didn’t Have You
9. Here’s to Being Here
10. Just Feels Good
11. Maybe It’s You
12. Run
13. Home Is You

The husband and wife team are making the promo rounds this week. Below is the list of their stops.

Press Tour:

3/27
-Joe’s Bar on Weed Street – Chicago, IL – 8:30pm CT

3/28
-Livestream Sessions (http://new.livestream.com/livestreamsessions/ThompsonSquare) – 4:00pm EST
-GAC Headline Country

3/29
-Fox & Friends 6:00 AM EST
-Verizon Wireless @VZWMusic Takeover – 11:00 AM EST
-PBR Bar at Xfinity Live! – Philadelphia, PA

3/30
-CMT Hot 20 Countdown – 11:30 AM EST
-Hard Rock – Boston – Country 102.5 VIP Club member Private CD Listening Party

Blake Shelton “Based On A True Story” Available Now!

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The wait is over, BS fans!

It’s no secret that we here at Keepin’ It Country love Blake Shelton. Needless to say, we are pumped that album release day for Based On A True Story is here.

The reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year is having quite a busy week. Season 4 of NBC’s The Voice kicked off last night, his new album drops today, and a whirlwind round of promo appearances begins.

Plus, the album’s lead single “Sure Be Cool If You Did” marked its third consecutive week at number one last Tuesday. That’s an impressive 13 number ones for Mr. Shelton!

Track Listing:

1. Boys Bound Here (Feat. Pistol Annies And Friends)
2. Sure Be Cool If You Did
3. Do You Remember
4. Small Town Big Time
5. Country On The Radio
6. My Eyes (Feat. Gwen Sebastian)
7. Doin What She Likes
8. I Still Got A Finger
9. Mine Would Be You
10. Lay Low
11. Ten Times Crazier
12. Granddadys Gun

You can catch Blake everywhere the next couple of weeks. Here is a list of press stops:

3-26 – The Today Show (NBC)

3-27 -  Clear Channel’s iHeartRadio Live

3-28 – Live! With Kelly & Michael (ABC) and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (NBC)

3-29 – Special Private Concert - US 99.5’s Live Country Series at Joe’s Bar in Chicago

4-2 – The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (NBC)

4-3 – The Talk (CBS) and Chelsea Lately (E!)

4-7 – Co-hosting the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards (CBS)

Based On A True Story is available everywhere. Congrats to Blake on another album release!

iTunes Link: Blake Shelton, Based On A True Story

Check out Blake discussing the album on GAC:

Taylor Swift Fans Are Seeing “Red”

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Today marks the release of Taylor Swift‘s fourth album, “Red.” To celebrate this event, Clear Channel Radio will be airing an album release party, hosted by Ryan Seacrest (check your local listings for what time this event will air). The radio special will include songs and clips from Taylor’s new album, as well as an exclusive interview. Taylor will also share personal stories and her influences behind the tracks which make up the highly-anticipated “Red.”

Clear Channel is also instituting an “Artist Integration Program,” which will allow Taylor’s fans to access exclusive extended versions of interviews online, complete with video content and instant access to download a copy of “Red.” As if Clear Channel isn’t already bringing enough Taylor excitement to her fans, now through November 9th, fans can enter for their chance to win a “24-Hour Dream Life” contest. One lucky fan will be selected to bring three of his or her friends on a private jet for a behind the scenes tour of Taylor’s new show, front row seats at two tour stops, and backstage meet and greet passes with Taylor. The winner will also receive a signed guitar. Tune into any Clear Channel radio station every hour, every day for the keyword to text so you can be entered into the contest.

Clearly there is no better time than now to be a Taylor Swift fan, and Clear Channel has kicked it into overdrive to make sure the fans never forget this album release. Enjoy your day, Taylor fans, and congratulations to Taylor on what is sure to be another record-breaking hit album!