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What Country (and Non-Country) Songs Kelly Clarkson Should Cover Next

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Kelly Clarkson has become a genre-defying queen of cover songs lately, throwing a new random offering into each of her live shows. While we love pretty much everything she does, we’re naturally more drawn to her country covers. Here are just a few suggestions that we’d love to hear from Kelly.
 
1. Not Ready to Make Nice by the Dixie Chicks – At a recent concert, Kelly tackled “Wide Open Spaces,” and although we totally dug it, “Not Ready to Make Nice” is the Chicks’ classic that we’re DYING to hear KC take on. It’s got that power and grit that we know Kelly would sound incredible with.

Billy Currington’s Good Directions Certified Platinum

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Congratulations to Billy Currington and the team at Mercury Records Nashville! His “Good Directions” single has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for selling more than one million copies digitally. The song was a co-write by Luke Bryan and Rachel Thibodeau and appears on Billy’s platinum selling album “Doin’ Something Right,” and is the third platinum selling single of his career so far.

“This is my third platinum song and it never gets old. I’m so happy to receive this honor. I’d like to say thank you to Luke Bryan and Rachel Thibodeu for writing such an incredible song. People always tell me it’s one of their favorites and this certification just proves that even more. Thank you!”

Billy’s other platinum singles include “People Are Crazy” from his album “Little Bit Of Everything,” and “Must Be Doing Something Right” from his album “Enjoy Yourself.” Both of those albums were certified gold by the RIAA for selling more than 500,000 copies. He’s currently in studio working on his next album for Mercury Records.

Last Chance to Bid on Great Country Music Memorabilia

Carrie Underwood. photo credit: James White / Sony Music.

Some of country music’s biggest stars have provided autographed guitars, tour tickets, meet & greet packages, personal phone calls, and much more to support the ongoing mission of Musicians On Call (MOC) Nashville.  A list of the items in the auction can be found at www.musiciansoncall.org/auction.  All proceeds from the auction will benefit MOC Nashville.

Auction lots close throughout the day on Thursday, June 21, so interested buyers need to make a bid quickly to claim items from Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Billy Currington, Ronnie Dunn, Hunter Hays, Dolly Parton, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, and many more!

Visit www.musiciansoncall.org/auction to make your bid today!

VIDEO: New Billy Currington Song

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Billy Currington fans were treated to a brand new song at his Knoxville, Tennessee show last week. “Like It Never Happened” is expected to be on Billy’s upcoming new album. Check out the fan-filmed video below and let us know what you think about Billy’s new song.

Lionel Richie and Billy Currington to Premiere “Just For You” on Jimmy Kimmel Live & The Talk

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Lionel Richie teamed up with his Mercury Nashville label mate Billy Currington on the song “Just For You” for his new album, Tuskegee, which was released on Monday, March 26, and has already peaked at No.1 on the iTunes and Amazon.com album charts. They will premiere the song on Jimmy Kimmel Live on April 4 and The Talk on April 5.

As soon as Richie heard Currington’s rough-and-sultry soulful country voice, he immediately knew what song he wanted the Georgia singer to record on his new album that contains 13 of his timeless hits performed as duets with country stars.

Billy Currington Announces Tour Dates

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Billy Currington will soon kick off his first headlining tour, and he has just announced eleven of the upcoming dates!

The trek will first stop in Biloxi, Mississippi on March 24th. Joining Currington on the road will be David Nail and Kip Moore.

The platinum-selling singer is expected to play some of his biggest hits including “People Are Crazy,” “Pretty Good at Drinkin’ Beer,” “Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right,” and “Let Me Down Easy,” as well as his current single, “Like My Dog,” and even a few new unreleased songs.

Check out the list below for the first batch of tour dates:

Luke Bryan & Blake Shelton Top Club Singles Of 2011

Blake Shelton. photo credit: Warner Music Nashville.

Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton have some of the top country music dance singles of 2011, according to a survey done by Marco Club Connection. The radio promotion company surveyed over 250 club owners and DJs in dance clubs across the United States to put together their top 10 dance singles of 2011. Some of the songs that made the list might surprise you. See the full list below, where Blake was the only artist to make it twice with two different singles.

The 2011 Marco Club Connection Top Ten Country Dance Hits are:

1. Luke Bryan – “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)”
2. Blake Shelton – “Footloose”
3. Big & Rich – “Fake ID”
4. Blake Shelton – “Honey Bee”
5. Gloriana – “Wanna Take You Home”
6. Billy Currington – “Love Done Gone”
7. Jason Aldean – “Dirt Road Anthem”
8. Dierks Bentley – “Am I The Only One”
9. The Lacs – “Kickin’ Up Mud”
10. Chris Young – “You”
“We are thrilled that ‘Country Girl (Shake It For Me)’ was selected as the No. 1 dance song of the year,” says Capitol/EMI Records Director of Media and Public Relations, Taryn Pray.  “This single took Luke Bryan to the next level, and it’s great to have the recognition of the dance club community.”
On the success of Warner Music Nashville’s artists on the list, senior vice president of Brand Management & Sales Peter Strickland had this to say:
“What a great way to start off 2012 finding out Warner Music Nashville has four of the Top 5 dance songs. Congratulations to Big & Rich, Gloriana and Blake Shelton.” 
Do you agree with Marco Club Connection’s top 10 country dance hits of the year? What were your favorite songs to dance to last year?

Billy Currington Headlining Next Year

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Billy Currington has announced plans to head out on his first headlining tour next year. While tour dates, or a name, has not yet been announced, Billy has named his opening acts for what should be a party in 2012. Joining Billy on his North American tour are Kip Moore and David Nail.

Stay tuned to Keepin’ it Country for tour dates as soon as they become available from the “Pretty Good At Drinking Beer” singer. What would you call his tour if you had the choice?

CMA Awards Announce First Round Of Presenters

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The Country Music Association announced today its first round of presenters for the 45th annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards. Lauren Alaina,  Dierks Bentley, Laura Bell Bundy, Billy Currington, Kellie Pickler, Jake Owen, Reba McEntire, and Leann Rimes are the first group of presenters for the award show on November 9th.

Singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson will perform his single “Run” live with Sugarland during the broadcast. Sugarland was previously announced as one of the performers at this year’s award show.

The 45th annual CMA Awards will air live from Nashville on ABC at 8 pm EST on November 9th. They’ll once again be co-hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood.

Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame Induct Five

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Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, and songwriters John Bettis, Thom Schuyler, and Allen Shamblin were the five inductees into the Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame last night at the 41st anniversary of the Hall Of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony. The event was held at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel.

Garth was inducted by manager Bob Doyle and Hall of Fame songwriter and producer Allen Reynolds. Five of Garth’s songwriting buddies performed a medley of his hits including “The Thunder Rolls,” If Tomorrow Never Comes,” “We Shall Be Free,” “The River,” and, “When You Come Back To Me Again.”

Alan was inducted by Capitol Nashville boss Mike Dungan. The Wrights performed a medley of Alan’s greatest hits including “Good Time,” “Remember When,” “Chattahoochie,” “Don’t Rock The Jukebox,” and, “Here In The Real World.” Taylor Swift then took the stage to perform “Where Were You.”

John Bettis was inducted by songwriter Michael Clarke, with Brett James and Wayne Kirkpatrick performing a medley of his hit songs. Lynn Anderson joined the set with a performance of “Top Of The World.” Thom Schuyler was inducted by Don Schultz. Fred Knoblich, Tony Arata, and Jelly Roll Johnson performed Thom’s songs including “16th Avenue” performed by Lacy J Dalton. Allen Shamblin was inducted by songwriter Mike Reed, with Lionel Cartright performing a mix of Allen’s songs. Wynonna came onstage for the finale performance of the medley for Allen with “I Can’t Make You Love Me.”

The Band Perry’s “If I Die Young” also received recognition at the ceremony, winning “Song Of The Year” honors for lead singer, and songwriter, Kimberly Perry. Chris DuBois was once again named “Songwriter of the year,” and Taylor Swift won “Songwriter/Artist Of The Year” for the fourth straight year.

The NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International) also named its “10 songs I wish I had written” at the ceremony. Check them out below: