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New Artist: Candi Carpenter Exclusive Interview


Here at Keepin’ it Country we love to introduce our readers to fantastic, undiscovered talent in country music. In Candi Carpenter‘s case, however, she’s been getting attention from all the right people for all the right reasons. The singer-songwriter has received praise from Little Jimmy Dickens, Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers, and even Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers. Candi left her Michigan school at a young age to follow her passion in Music City, opening for legends like Loretta Lynn, Vince Gill, Porter Wagner, Bill Anderson and Little Jimmy Dickens. She’s learned to play guitar, harmonica, and even yodel!

Candi might be recognized from her appearances in Alan Jackson‘s “Too Much Of A Good Thing,” Kid Rock‘s “All Summer Long,” or as the guitar player in Brooks & Dunn‘s “Put A Girl In It” music videos. She’s a rising star and country fans are about to hear a lot about her pretty soon. Get to know Candi here with us at Keepin’ it Country before she hits it big.

“Candi happens to be one of my favorite people in country music. She has it all.” – Little Jimmy Dickens

Read our exclusive interview with Candi below:

Early ACM Winners Announced


Kenny Chesney, Vince Gill and Ricky Skaggs are early winners for the 47 annual Academy of Country Music! They were announced today as off-camera winners before the April 1st award show. The telecast airs live on CBS on April 1st from Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena at 8 pm EST. They are once against hosted by Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton for the second year in a row. Some awards were announced early due to time constraints of the live broadcast.

The following special awards, industry awards, and MBI awards will be given out in a special ACM Honors ceremony in Nashville on September 24th.

The ACM Special Awards are voted on by the ACM Board of Directors and are awarded when the ACM Board of Directors feels that these are clear and deserving candidates. Industry professionals are voted on by the professional members of the Academy. The MBI category is voted on by professional members of the Academy classified in the Artist-Entertainer/Musician-Bandleader-Instrumentalist category, and the Producer-Engineer-Studio Manager sub-category. The songwriter of the year ballot is voted on by the professional members of the Academy in the following categories; Artist-Entertainer/Musician-Bandleader-Instrumentalist, Composer, Music Publisher/SRO, Record Company, and the Producer/Engineer/Studio Manager membership.

See the full list of winners below:

Reba McEntire is One of The Country Music Hall of Fame’s Newest Inductees


Reba McEntire, Jean Shepard and songwriter Bobby Braddock were proudly inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame last night. Quite a handful of celebrities attended to help honor the inductees, including Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Dolly Parton, George Jones, Martina McBride, Kelly Clarkson, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton. Some of the attendees also performed, including Martina McBride and Kelly Clarkson who sang “Does He Love You” together for Reba.