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Trace Adkins & Danica Patrick To Host American Country Awards

Trace Adkins

The 4th annual American Country Awards will take place on December 10th!

Trace Adkins has co-hosted the fan-voted awards show since its inception, and he has a new parter to share the hosting duties this year. He will be joined by NASCAR superstar, Danica Patrick!

“I can’t wait to see if I have what it takes to keep up with this racing superstar,” said Adkins.

Patrick is also looking forward to her co-host role. She shared: “I’m so excited to host the American Country Awards with Trace Adkins. I have no doubt he’ll be able to keep up with me. I’ve become a huge fan of country music since I came to NASCAR and have been fortunate to be in videos with Miranda Lambert and Colt Ford. This is going to be a really cool experience and I’m excited to be a part of it. It’s going to be a great show!”

Nominees, performers, and presenters will be announced soon.

The ACAs will air live from the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas at 8:00 PM ET on FOX.

Kristin Chenoweth Announces Tour, Offering Country And More


As promised, Kristin Chenoweth will be hitting the road to support her debut country album Some Lessons Learned.  Today the Emmy and Tony award-winning actress announced a 19-city North American tour.  Her first-ever tour will start May 9th in Seattle, WA and will wrap up June 24th in Kristin’s hometown of Broken Bow, OK.

The multi-talented Chenoweth will be performing songs from Some Lessons Learned, along with some of her most memorable songs and Broadway show tunes, including music from “Wicked,” “Promises, Promises,” and “Glee.”

Chenoweth co-hosted the American Country Awards back in December.  After the show, she told us that she planned on touring.  But those tour plans were temporarily put on hold while she was working on “GCB,” her new TV series on ABC.  The series premieres on March 4th with Chenoweth playing the role of Carlene Cockburn.

Below are the tour dates, cities and venues.  Tickets for select cities go on sale starting March 9th.

CONCERT REVIEW: Thompson Square — Love, Marriage & Music


In April of 2010 a still little-known Shawna and Keifer Thompson of Thompson Square were in Spokane, Washington as part of a radio station tour.  While sitting in a Guitar Center parking lot they heard their single “Let’s Fight” on the radio for the first time.  It was a big moment for the husband and wife duo and, understandably, they were excited about it.  Keifer was so excited he got out and told a woman in a nearby car to switch her radio to listen to the song.

Twenty months later, Thompson Square doesn’t need to go car-to-car to get people to listen to them.  And they certainly don’t need to look very hard to find people who know and love their music.  Last night Shawna and Keifer were again in Washington State, this time playing with Jerrod Niemann before a sold out crowd at the Snoqualmie Casino.

REVIEW: Sherrie Austin “Circus Girl”


It’s fitting that Sherrie Austin’s new album is called “Circus Girl.”  With this project, the affable Australian singer/songwriter walks a high wire without a net.  The album is self-written, self-produced and self-financed.  Fortunately, we can apply one more “s-word” to Austin’s album:  Satisfying.

It’s been eight years since her last release.  It’s an understatement to say the country music landscape has changed a lot in that time.  It would’ve been easy for Austin to try to reinvent who she is to fit that landscape.  But instead of changing herself, she finds success simply by being herself.

Austin had a hand in writing every one of the 13 tracks on the album.  She gives each song the voice of one who has lived life and learned about herself with every step and misstep along the way.  It’s this voice of experience that gives the album its heart.

EXCLUSIVE: ACA Red Carpet Interview with Thompson Square!

We caught up with Shawna and Keifer of Thompson Square at the American Country Awards last Monday on the red carpet! Find out what they had to say about getting to where they are now, daring to dream as big as the Grammy’s, and touring with Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker.

The duo was nominated for seven American Country Awards and took home three last Monday night, winning for Single of The Year: Duo or Group for “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not”, Single of The Year: New Artist for “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not”, and Music Video: Duo, Group or Collaboration for “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not.”

Thompson Square is heading out on tour this summer with Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker, check out Ticketmaster to find a show near you!

“Idol” Advice: McCreery Listens To Underwood’s Wisdom


American Idol’s latest country winner is taking life lessons from its first country winner.  Naturally, we’re talking about Scotty McCreery and Carrie Underwood.

Underwood, as we all know, has become arguably the most successful of all the Idol winners. (Kelly Clarkson fans might say different, but that’s why we say “arguably”.)  Her list of awards is too long to list here, but her most recent honors came this week at the American Country Awards at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.  The fan-voted show honored Underwood with three awards (which come in the form of a customized Fender Telecaster guitar):  Female Artist of the Year; Female Single of the Year and Female Video for “Mama’s Song”.

The event was McCreery’s first award show and he didn’t go home empty-handed.  Fans voted him New Artist of the Year, choosing him over Thompson Square, The Band Perry, Jerrod Niemann and The Pistol Annies.

Around The Social Networks: Stars Weigh In On ACAs

Photo Credit: Dave Proctor/Startraks

The stars took to Twitter and social networking sites to sound off on last night’s American Country Awards! They shared their appreciation to their fans, highlights from the event, and some pictures.

Here is what they had to say:

Jason Aldean:

@Jason_aldean Thank u guys so much for all the votes for the ACA… Now i gotta figure out where to put 6 guitars! Yall are awesome! See u in 2012, now its time to celebrate in Vegas baby!

Blake Shelton:

@Blake_shelton Thanks to every one of y’all who took time to vote for me for the ACA’s.. And for all the thoughts and prayers for dad! He’s happy about it!

Scotty McCreery:

@ScottyMcCreery HUGE thanks to all the fans out there who helped me win my first award tonight! yall are incredible n younever cease to amaze me! love yall!

Chris Young:

@Chrisyoungmusic I have the best fans in the world. And that’s not just saying it. I mean it. I have had a record deal for six years thanks to you. #thankyou

Kelly Clarkson:

@Kelly_clarkson I just found out I won 2 awards tonight with @Jason_Aldean! I had no clue we were even up for any awards haha! That’s awesome! Go us :)

Lauren Alaina:

@Lauren_Alaina Finally got to see @Jason_Aldean and thank him for letting me be part of his tour! (:

Josh Turner:

@Joshturnermusic Hanging backstage at ACA’s with my beautiful co-presenter Jordin Sparks.

Jordin Sparks:

@jordinsparks ?’d presenting 2 my girl Carrie & getting serenaded by @joshturnermusic? My heart skipped a few beats! Josh! I think we need 2 do a song! ;)

Eli Young Band:

@Eliyoungband Awesome #ACAs moment: our dressing room is right next to @TheAlabamaBand !!

The Alabama Band:

@thealabamaband Here’s a pic of Randy backstage with Blake Shelton getting ready for the show last night!

American Country Awards Nominees Announced!

The second annual American Country Awards will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Monday, Dec. 5 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. Jason Aldean and Zac Brown Band lead with eight nominations each; Thompson Square follow in second with seven nods; and The Band Perry and Taylor Swift each earned six.

Starting today, fans can vote once each day for their favorite American Country Awards nominees at www.theacas.com.

Voting is open until Friday, Nov. 11 for all categories, except for Artist of the Year, which closes on Friday, Dec. 2. The nominees for each award category have been determined by four media measurement companies: BigChampagne (record sales and media consumption); Great American Country (video airplay); Mediabase (radio airplay); and Pollstar (touring data).

The two-hour awards show is hosted by Trace Adkins and Kristin Chenoweth, and it is the only country music awards show that gives fans the opportunity to vote for their favorite artists not only in traditional categories but also in previously unrecognized areas of the business such as touring, encompassing the entire spectrum of country music and bestowing honors that no other awards show has.
Performers and presenters will be announced soon.
The list of categories and nominees for the American Country Awards are as follows:

Trace Adkins and Kristin Chenowith to Host 2011 ACA’s

Trace Adkins.

Trace Adkins is returning to hosting duties again this year for the second annual American Country Awards, but this time he’s bringing in help. Actress and singer Kristin Chenowith of Glee fame will be his co-host the ACAs this year. The awards are set to air December 5th at 8 pm EST on Fox live from Las Vegas.

The American Country Awards are produced by the same team behind the Teen Choice and Kids Choice Awards.