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Exclusive Interview: Dave Barnes

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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 superhero, moonlighting as a mentor, award-winning songwriter, standup comedian, husband and new father.

We recently had the chance to chat with Dave about his new album, writing country hits, his incredible 12 year journey in the music industry and his big plans for 2014.

KIC: This is your 8th studio album – what can fans expect from Golden Days?

DB: Hopefully a subtle combination of more of what they hopefully like about what I do, while pushing the boundaries a bit musically and lyrically from what I’ve talked about and how I’ve done that before.

Win Tickets to the Star-Studded Tortuga Festival

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Tortuga Music Festival, a two-day, multi-stage music festival featuring some of the biggest names in country, rock and roots music, will be held on the beaches of Fort Lauderdale, Florida on April 12-13, 2014. After months of anticipation, the Tortuga star-studded lineup has been completed and the artists have been announced, much to the excitement of Tortuga-goers everywhere.

This year’s incredible lineup consists of the following artists: Luke Bryan; Eric Church; Hank Williams, Jr.; Train; Dierks Bentley; Brantley Gilbert; Sheryl Crow; Billy Currington; Slightly Stoopid; Ziggy Marley; 38 Special; Brett Eldredge; Parmalee; Cole Swindell; Brett Dennen; Delta Rae; Eric Paslay; Moon Taxi; The Revivalists; White Denim; Frankie Ballard; Chase Rice; Brothers Osborne; Blackjack Billy; Sons of Fathers; and Quaker City Night Hawks.

And the best news of all … You can be there LIVE to experience these amazing artists, soaking up the sun in paradise! Tortuga is giving away two tickets to this unique event, benefiting the Rock the Ocean Foundation, to one lucky fan. To enter, all you need to do is donate or dedicate your status update on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the following message, image and #tag (bonus points if you mention the artist you are most excited to see!): “I can’t believe this lineup! Check out www.TortugaMusicFestival.com! #GetMeToTortuga” It’s that easy to get yourself one step closer to two days on the white, sandy beaches of South Florida!

Good luck to all of you who enter! We look forward to seeing you at Tortuga!

Lady Antebellum Extends Take Me Downtown Tour

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Great news, country fans… Lady A is extending their Take Me Downtown Tour!

With approximately 36 new dates added, that brings the trek to about 80 cities. The tour will now run throughout the summer with the next leg beginning on March 22 in Phoenix, AZ at Ak-Chin Pavilion.

The trio is excited to bring the show to more fans and give it their all every night. “The energy from the crowds on opening weekend was like a drug…it was totally intoxicating,” said Charles Kelley. “It felt so unbelievable to be back on stage together, and each night was better than the last. We’re going on to North Dakota this weekend and from now through the summer amphitheater shows, we’re going to try and raise the bar night after night.”

Kip Moore and Kacey Musgraves are currently out on the road with Lady A, and will continue on for the early summer shows. A combination of Billy Currington, David Nail and Joe Nichols will open for the remainder of the new dates.

TAKE ME DOWNTOWN TOUR 2014 North American Summer Dates:

Who Is Keepin’ It Country Keepin’ Its Eyes On?

Country music is probably the most accepting and welcoming genre in music. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that newcomers enter the scene often and immediately imprint our hearts with their sincerity and gratitude, and win our support with their undeniable talents. The staff at Keepin’ It Country has compiled a list of those we are Keepin’ Our Eyes On in 2014. We suggest you all take notes and keep a close lookout for these up and coming artists. We have a feeling they will be filling your iPods and blaring from your stereo speakers in the very near future.

The Ladies:

Jenn Bostic – With a hit record in the United Kingdom and nearly half a dozen Independent Country Music Awards under her belt, “Jenn Bostic” is becoming a name commonly uttered by country music fans alike. If you haven’t heard Bostic’s breakout song, “Jealous of the Angels,” you are missing out on a song that will simultaneously touch and break your heart, all the while soothing your soul. It won’t take long until the United States’ radio stations take notice of this talented, warm, and beautiful artist. Mark our words.

Brandy Clark – She may hate orange and she may not look good in stripes, but she sure does sound sensational singing about same. With impressive songwriting credentials under her belt, Clark contributed her vocal talent to Sheryl Crow’s 2012 tour. Clark later released an EP, entitled Brandy Clark, and a full-length album, 12 Stories, which has received countless rave reviews. With the release of 12 Stories taking place so late in 2013, the album has barely had time just yet to circulate to its fullest potential, but we anticipate that radio stations are going to take notice sooner, rather than later, and make Clark a household country music name.

Lucy Hale – You may have been watching Hale for years in her role as Aria Montgomery on ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars. However, you might have been unaware that Hale first entered our homes on the small screen due to her musical talents. Ten years after Hale introduced her vocal abilities to America, she has returned, honoring her Tennessee roots, and recently released her debut country music single. If “You Sound Good To Me” is any indication of what Hale’s entire album is going to prove, consider Hale the next successful crossover artist from television to music.

Caroline Kole – She entered the scene as a pre-teen, sharing the stage with iconic country singer, Reba McEntire. She shares management with McEntire, Blake Shelton, and Kelly Clarkson. She is only sixteen years old. At sixteen, Kole has had experiences that most of us could only dream about and she is not even close to being done. Kole’s debut EP is being released this Tuesday, January 14, 2014, and is unmistakably a perfect introduction to country music fans. What will fans take from this album? Kole is mature; Kole is talented; Kole is bringing country back … and Kole, along with her classic country sound, are here to stay.

Jamie Lynn Spears – You have likely known of Spears for most of her life because of her family. You might have watched her on Zoey 101 or read about her in a magazine or twenty. However, this is a Jamie Lynn Spears you never knew before and is worth taking time to get to know. Bursting into country music with a song that people were initially skeptical about, Spears shocked the country music world with her raw, beautiful vocals on “How Could I Want More?” The track left country music fans wanting more, and we anticipate that Spears will provide more … and continue to make a name for herself in music.

 

The Gentlemen:

Frankie Ballard – Although Frankie Ballard had moderate country success a few years ago with “A Buncha Girls,” his current single “Helluva Life” is currently climbing the radio airwaves in anticipation of the release of his forthcoming album with Warner Brothers, Sunshine and Whiskey. Ballard possesses a laid-back style and an effortlessly country voice that is sure to continue to endear him to country fans and help him truly break out in 2014.

Austin Webb – We dare you to listen to Austin Webb’s “Slip On By” and not stop in your tracks and feel the goosebumps rise on the back of your neck. Then give a listen to “It’s All Good” and you’re sure to find a smile creep over your lips. Webb possesses a soulful voice and storytelling ability that is hard to come by in today’s music scene and he’s also killer on the harmonica. His sound hearkens back to a seemingly bye-gone era in country music that we’d fully support him ushering back. He’s currently working on his debut album with Byron Gallimore (Lee Ann Womack, Tim McGraw) and we can’t wait to hear it.

Chase Rice - Once upon a time, Chase Rice was just another contestant on CBS’s Survivor, and although he may not have won that reality show, his country career took off in a big way due to a little song named “Cruise.” He co-wrote the Florida-Georgia Line megahit and released his own EP “Ready Set Roll” that is sure to win over country music fans. Rice will hit the road with Billy Currington and Brett Eldredge later this year, while also hopefully completing a full-length album.

Sam Hunt – Sam Hunt may not be a household name just yet, but chances are, you know at least one of his songs. If you’re reading this blog, it’s safe to guess you’ve heard Kenny Chesney‘s “Come Over,” Billy Currington‘s “We Are Tonight” and Keith Urban‘s “Cop Car.” Yep, each of those tracks were co-penned by Hunt, whose debut “Raised On It” is currently burning up Sirius XM’s The Highway. Hunt may not look like your typical country star, but with hits like that behind him, there’s no denying his country star potential and we expect big things from him in 2014.

Eric Paslay – There’s absolutely no denying the ear-wormability of Eric Paslay’s current single, “Friday Night.” While that catchy tune has finally given Paslay attention as an artist, you’re undoubtedly already a fan of his work. He’s written tracks like Jake Owen‘s #1 hit “Barefoot Blue Jean Night,” Love and Theft‘s “Angel Eyes” and Eli Young Band‘s “Even if it Breaks Your Heart.” At six feet, four inches, the man is a giant walking hit factory and we expect to hear much more from Paslay in 2014, as he continues to hone his leading man skills on tour with Brantley Gilbert and Thomas Rhett.

Duos/Groups:

Dan + Shay - This Warner Music Nashville duo, consisting of Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney, was formed just a little over a year ago, but they have come onto the country scene in full force. They released their debut single “19 You + Me” back in October, and it was the most added debut single of 2013. It is currently climbing the Billboard Country Airplay and Hot Country Songs charts, and this week, it also debuted on Billboard’s Hot 100. “19 You + Me” is one of those songs that you love on first listen and then hit repeat, and we expect it to continue its rise. Plus, we hear a bit of Rascal Flatts in there, and really, that’s always a good thing. If the single and their YouTube videos are any indication of what is to come, Dan + Shay will definitely be making a big name for themselves.

Jill and Kate – We have been fans of Jill Pickering & Kate Rapier, collectively Jill and Kate, for years. After being long-time members of Kelly Clarkson‘s band and touring worldwide, the girls decided in 2012 to focus full-time on their own music. They have independently released a handful of albums and EPs (their most recent – Heart of Stone), and will be releasing new music this year. There are not many voices who sound as cohesive and blend as effortlessly well together as Jill and Kate’s do. Keep your eyes on this talented duo… we think this may be their break-out year.

The Swon Brothers – With Cassadee Pope and Danielle Bradbery already impacting country music in a big way, we think this fellow The Voice/Team Blake duo is next (Blake Shelton really has an ear for talent, doesn’t he?). The Swon Brothers, signed to Arista Nashville, recently released their new single “Later On” and the song hit number one on the iTunes Country Songs Chart within 24 hours. It will officially be sent to radio next month and their debut album is set for later this year. The brothers – Zach and Colton – are well on their way.

Striking Matches - Striking Matches, made up of Sarah Zimmerman and Justin Davis, recently signed with Capitol Records’ new label, I.R.S. Records Nashville. They have been gaining momentum and much notoriety with writing several songs for the hit ABC television show, Nashville, as well as partnering with CMT and having the backing of the Grand Ole Opry. The duo already has a self-titled EP under their belts, and they are now hard at work on their debut album. They are sure to continue their rise in country music.

Blackjack Billy - Composed of Rob Blackledge, Noll Billings, Jeff Coplan, Patrick Cornell, and Brad Cummings, this country rock band independently released their debut single “The Booze Cruise” last March. The song became a SiriusXM “The Highway” find as well as the biggest-selling song on iTunes by a band without a major label for the first half of 2013. Later in the year, the band was signed to Bigger Picture Music Group and released a five-song EP entitled Get Some. They have the sound; they have the look… With the backing of the label, we are sure to hear even more from them this year.

Billy Currington’s Music Video For “Hey Girl”

Have you seen Billy Currington‘s music video for his latest hit, “Hey Girl?” The video was shot in downtown Nashville and just as the song portrays, it shows Billy seeing a girl that grasps his attention and he follows her through a crowd trying to figure out a way to get her attention. In the end he wins, and gets her to dance with him. Watch the video below and let us know what you think!

“Hey Girl” is the lead single from his upcoming album, We Are Tonight, which is set to hit shelves on September 17.

Jared Blake from NBC’s The Voice Releases First Single “Countryfied”

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Long before country was a mainstay on NBC’s The Voice, Jared Blake brought country to the small screen as a member of Team Blake in 2011. Now Blake has released his first single “Countryfied” to radio, with an album to follow. The track was produced by Grammy-winner, Skidd Mills (Saving Abel).

Blake is currently performing on his nationwide “Countryfied Tour” promoting the single and playing live shows at some of the nations’ largest events and biggest stages. He has recently performed alongside of Billy Currington and Jerrod Niemann.

For more information on Jared Blake, please visit: www.jaredblakemusic.com, Facebook & Twitter. You can also download his new single here.

Billy Currington launches Merch Hut site

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Mercury Nashville country artist Billy Currington gave a pretty cool surprise to fans today. He launched his brand new Merch Hut website, where fans are able to purchase merchandise, music, and more from the singer. The site is now live at bcmerchhut.com.

Some of the items include Let Me Down Easy panties, Pretty Good at Drinkin’ Beer koozies, his albums, and more. Are you going to get anything from
Billy’s new online store?

Billy’s latest single “Hey Girl” is out at country radio now.

Billy Currington dropped by NASCAR race

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Things are starting to get a little worse for Billy Currington. After news that he was indicted on making terroristic threats towards a charter boat captain who had passed by his dock, NASCAR has announced that he will be replaced by Josh Turner at the Sprint All-Star Race. The line-up change was made official on Friday morning. The race and concert was scheduled for May 18th, and officials chose to go with the South Carolina native as Billy’s replacement.

Marcus Smith, President and general manager of the Charlotte Motor Speedway, said:

“Due to Currington’s recent indictment, we elected to change our act for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.”

Billy had turned himself in to authorities on April 15th after he was indicted. He posted bail a few hours later in Savannah, Georgia. His indictment also included an elder abuse charge as the boat captain is over 70 years old.

 

Billy Currington indicted for Terroristic Threats

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According to a report in The Tennessean, Billy Currington was indicted by a Georgia jury for making “terroristic threats” towards a charter boat captain. The ship was making a tour with two paying customers when they passed by Billy’s home, and Billy became upset and starting shouting. The boat continued on its tour, but circled back later… with an even bigger reaction from the country star. Billy grabbed a camera and chased the ship back to its slip, threatening to beat up the captain once he was back on land.

The police report quoted in the article goes on to say that Billy nearly knocked an elderly man into the water on a nearby dock when he got too close while chasing the charter. The country star was not arrested after the incident, but police were called to the scene.

Billy thanked his fans on Twitter for sticking by him during his legal battle. He said:

“Hey guys, I wanted to thank everyone for the huge amount of support that I have received already. Unfortunately, I can’t comment on this situation as this is an ongoing legal matter. It means a lot to me to have your support during this time.”

He also took to his Twitter page on the date of the incident, on April 17th, to say:

“harrassing artists often at their home by boat should be illegal. thas all i know.”

The Tennessean is also reporting that Billy intended to file his own charges against the boat captain, but was unable to find documents acknowledging this today. What do you think? Did Billy go overboard, or does he have a point about celebrity privacy? Let us know below, on Facebook, or on our Twitter page.

Billy Currington Announced As Road to Ram Jam Artist

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Platinum-selling country artist Billy Currington is the latest artist added to the Road To Ram Jam Concert series. He’s joining the previously announced Kellie Pickler, Easton Corbin, Brantley Gilbert, and Zac Brown Band as artists featured in the series. The Road To Ram Jam, presented by Ram Trucks, features five of today’s hottest country artists and provides fans the opportunity to win cool and exclusive prizes, like a trip for two to the invitation-only 2012 Ram Jam Concert Event December 29th in Nashville, Tennessee where all five will perform.

The series aims to bring country music fans closer than ever to their favorite artists through contests, video content, and opportunity to win collectibles like vinyl records, posters, and other merchandise through radio stations throughout the United States, and free music downloads. Fans can enter the sweepstakes to win a trip for 2 to the invitation-only concert event at RamTrucks.com/roadtoramjam or on the Ram Trucks Facebook page.

“It’s an honor to be included along with such great artists as Brantley, Kellie, Easton and Zac Brown Band. I look forward to performing with them this December in Nashville,” said Billy Currington. “Also, thank you Ram for giving me another opportunity to work with Team Rubicon. They will be the real winners in this sweepstakes.”

Billy is offering his fans a free download of his single “Swimmin’ in Sunshine” when they enter the sweepstakes above. All five artists have received a one-year lease on a 2012 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn Truck. The trucks will be auctioned off in early 2013  with proceeds going towards a charity of each artists’ choice. Proceeds from Billy’s truck will benefit Team Rubicon. Team Rubicon unites the skills  and experiences of military veterans with medical professionals to rapidly deploy emergency response teams into crisis situations. For more information on Team Rubicon, visit teamrubiconusa.org.