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Official 2014 Academy of Country Music Awards ZinePak Available March 18

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With the ACM Awards practically around the corner, The Academy of Country Music and ZinePak paired up to release the OFFICIAL 2014 ACMS AWARDS ZINEPAK, a limited-edition package exclusively for the ACM Awards. The pack features a 120 magazine and two CS with 21 songs, as well as a ballof of this year’s ACM nominees and six collectible guitar picks. The ZinePak will be available at Walmart stores on March 18 and retails for $10.

“This year’s ACM Awards ZinePak is better than ever,” said Lisa Lee, the Academy’s senior vice president of Creative & Content Production. “Fans can find out everything they need to know about this year’s ACM Award nominees, immerse themselves in the best music of the year and even play along at home with their own ballot. It’s a must-have for any country fan.”

Artists included on the collection include Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Taylor Swift, Lee Brice, Brett Eldredge, Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line and many more.

There were also be interviews and other exclusive content, including a look into the ACMs. ZinePak co-founder Brittany Hodak said, “We are so excited to give fans even more exclusive content in this year’s ACM Awards ZinePak through the ZinePak All Access app! By scanning specific pages, fans can watch interviews from stars like Luke Bryan, Jerrod Niemann, Eric Paslay and Blake Shelton.”

The 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will air on Sunday April 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network, hosted by Blake Shelton & Luke Bryan.

See the ZinePak & full track list here: http://bit.ly/ACM14

 

Brett Eldredge, Justin Moore & Kip Moore Announced as ACM New Artist Nominees

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And then there were three…

Results from the first round of voting for the Academy of Country Music “New Artist of Year” are in, and the eight semi-finalists have now become three official nominees.

The ACM’s and Kohl’s Department Stores have announced that Brett Eldredge, Justin Moore and Kip Moore are the nominees for the New Artist category.

The final round of voting will run from March 24th to April 6th.  To vote, visit: www.VoteACM.com. The winner will be announced live on the 49th Annual ACM Awards on April 6th. Country superstars Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan will return with their contagious personalities and all-around charm to host the event.

Congratulations to Brett, Justin and Kip! It’s sure to be a tough race.

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!

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.

ACM ‘New Artist of the Year’ Semi-Finalists Announced

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The 49th Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards airs April 6th on CBS and, as always, fans will vote and choose the winner for “New Artist Of The Year”.

The ACM and Great American Country have announced the talent-filled list of eight semi-finalists: Lee Brice, Brett Eldredge, Tyler Farr, Justin Moore, Kip Moore, Kacey Musgraves, Thomas Rhett, and Parmalee. With these great artists, it is sure to be a tight race.

Voting begins on Jan. 21st and runs through Feb. 4th. The three top nominees will then move on to the final voting round, which goes from March 24th until April 6th.

The winner will be announced live during the ACM broadcast this spring.

To vote, visit www.VoteACM.com or www.GACTV.com/ACM.

David Nail Announces Release Date & Track List For New Album

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Riding high from the RIAA Gold Certification of lead single, “Whatever She’s Got,” David Nail will release his third album, I’m A Fire, on March 4. The MCA Nashville artist worked with producers Frank Liddell, Chuck Ainlay and Glenn Worf.

Nail says “There’s so many moments on this record that make me think about the last four years that I’ve been married, and I’m a Fire just sums it all up.” He adds “It [the title track] says, ‘I’ve walked through flames, come out on the other end, and the foremost reason is because of you.’”

The album features 11 new tracks including “When They’re Gone (Lyle County)” featuring Little Big Town and co-written by Brett Eldredge, “Kiss You Tonight” a song that expresses the strong emotion that we all feel at some point in our lives for another, the steamy “Burnin’ Bed” (co-written by Brandy Clark) and a duet version of Glen Campbell’s “Galveston” with Lee Ann Womack.

Keepin’ It Country’s Top Albums of 2013

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Although everyone on our staff loves country music, we have different tastes and don’t always agree. For this reason, we didn’t compile a comprehensive list of our favorite collective country albums of the past year. Instead, some of our staff picked their individual faves. Make sure to let us know your faves of 2013!

Jen’s Picks: 

Cassadee PopeFrame By Frame: I am admittedly one of those music lovers who listens to an album the first time and is simply incapable of forming an opinion. No matter how much I love the artist, I sit there with a blank stare after the first spin. So, in all fairness to the artist, I listen again. That was my experience with Frame By Frame. I listened the first time, and the true stand outs to me were, the already loved, “Wasting All These Tears,” “Easier to Lie,” “I Wish I Could Break Your Heart,” and “11.” And for me to find four songs I like in the first spin is pretty impressive. In subsequent attempts to listen to Frame By Frame, I have found myself loving every track and even using Cassadee’s debut country album to accompany me during long, tedious runs to help the time go by. Each track exemplifies Cassadee’s gorgeous vocals, versatility, and incredible range. Give it a whirl … you will be begging for more from this CRS New Face!

CRS 2014 New Faces of Country Music

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Country Radio Seminar (CRS) officials have announced which country music newcomers will show off their talents as the CRS 2014 New Faces of Country Music Show performers. The 2014 performers are Brett Eldredge, Tyler Farr, Cassadee Pope, Thomas Rhett, and Charlie Worsham — a talented crew of country stars on the rise. Each of the artists will take the stage on Friday, February 21, 2014 at the Nashville Convention Center for radio programmers and key industry personnel.

This annual industry event takes place during the Country Radio Seminar, and the new artist showcase event officially closes out the three-day seminar. The New Faces Show is one of the most anticipated performances each year at CRS, as it allows these new artists the opportunity to showcase their talents to radio and industry professionals.

Congratulations to these phenomenal new artists who were selected by radio personnel to perform at this year’s CRS New Faces event! We are eager for what each of these artists has in store for us in 2014!

Keepin’ It Country’s CMA Predictions

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The CMA’s are upon as once again, so the Keepin’ It Country Staff narrowed down our picks for the night’s biggest awards. Let us know who you agree with!

Entertainer of the Year Nominees: Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Taylor Swift

Nicole: It’s not an easy choice here, and there’s definitely the obvious inclusion of George Strait for sentimental reasons, but I have to give this to Blake. He played a huge summer tour, anchors the judging panel on The Voice season after season and put out quite a few huge hits. He’s arguably the biggest thing in country right now so I have to give it to him.

Jessica: Luke Bryan has had a huge year, and I think he’s taken one of the top spots in country music right now. You can’t deny those dance moves!

Jennifer: Luke Bryan – With sold out shows across the country and yet another #1 hit song (despite Zac Brown’s disdain for said song), no one is killing it on radio or on the road quite like Luke.

Jeanna: Blake Shelton or Taylor Swift? Both have really helped broaden the country music audience and impact the genre in such a significant way. Taylor is massive with her sold out tours worldwide and cross-over success. Blake is the face of the genre at the present time, and he has helped put country on the map and bring it to focus with The Voice. Luke Bryan had a big year and is a possibility too. However, I feel like it’s Blake’s time for this right now so I’m giving this one to him.

Celebs Tweet the Darnedest Things!

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Welcome to another entertaining installment of Celebs Tweet the Darnedest Things! Without further ado, we present to you the recent tweets that made us laugh, message each other, laugh some more, and hit “favorite” to preserve the tweets for today’s edition!