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Review: Garth Brooks Live from Las Vegas!

Garth Brooks Las Vegas

This past Friday night, Garth Brooks‘ Las Vegas show aired live on CBS from The Wynn to fans’ delight, and the highly anticipated television special certainly did not disappoint! With 8.7 million viewers spending their Black Friday nights curled up on their couches, watching one of country music’s best, the special doubled Lady Gaga’s recently aired Muppets event. Clearly fans do not live by the old cliche “out of sight, out of mind,” and are eagerly awaiting the day Garth announces that he will be bringing his show back out on the road!

Clad in work boots, baggy jeans, a hoodie, and a Wynn Las Vegas baseball cap, Garth owned the stage on which he was only accompanied by a guitar. With stories from his childhood and brief covers of songs on which he grew up, Garth entertained the live and television audiences with his sense of humor, charisma, and stellar vocals. While sharing tales about his large family and their many adventures during Garth’s childhood (such as riding shotgun and fearing for his life as his mother’s lead foot took over the vehicle), Garth covered some of the influential songs that impacted his career. The show could best be classified as “stand-up comedy … with a guitar.”

Garth also “surprised” the audience with a cameo by his superstar country vocalist wife, Trisha Yearwood, who joined her husband on stage for a performance of the couple’s “In Another’s Eyes.” Before leaving the stage, Trisha also gave us a brief sampling of one of her most infamous songs “She’s In Love With the Boy.” Luckily for us diehard Garth fans, we were also blessed with performances (albeit mere clips) of some of Garth’s oldies and goodies, including “Somewhere Other Than the Night” and party classic “Friends In Low Places.” Perhaps the most incredible moment of the night, at least for this particular huge Garth fan, was the performance of “Shameless.” Not only does Garth own the Billy Joel cover every time the words slip through his lips, but during this specific performance, Garth let go of his true and tried stage companion (his acoustic guitar), and sang a portion of the song a cappella. At that point, 8.7 million hearts simultaneously melted.

The two-hour event was a blast from the past, as well as a glimpse into the future, of Garth’s country career and left fans craving more … especially to the tune of a 2014 tour. Between the release of Garth’s eight-disc Blame It All On My Roots boxed set and the live airing of his final Las Vegas show, fans are buzzing about the possibility of Garth coming out of “retirement,” hitting the road, and sharing his music — new and old — with country music fans across the world.

Not only did fans of country music sit with their eyes glued to their televisions on Friday night, but Garth’s peers in the country music industry tuned in to watch their beloved idol entertain the masses. Below are some of our favorite reaction tweets from country musicians:

@DierksBentley: still the man… #garthbrooks

@carrieunderwood: Loving this #GarthBrooks special! Saw the show in Vegas a few years ago…so much joy and love for music! #Inspired #FellowOkie

@TheSwonBrothers: Who does Chuck Norris fear?? #GarthBrooks

@KCMuessigmann: Garth Brooks is the single greatest entertainer EVER born. Biggest influence on my music, as well as every other mid-20′s artist out there.

‏@jodeemessina: OMG! Watching Garth special. He is amazing! Some people have just “got it”. Ha. He just happens to have a LOT of it. Rock on Garth! Xoxo

@TheFarmMusic: That’s about as good as it gets folks …a true entertainer. #Garth

‏@johnrich: Watching #Garth right now. Country music’s Elvis! Also, I never realized how much he and @glennbeck look alike. Am I right?

@mallaryhope: Garth Brooks is the best ever. The end

@WillHoge: there’s some jackass on CBS TOTALLY ripping off Chris Gaines right now. He should sue this dude

@cavanaughmusic: Garth brooks is the man for a reason

If anything became evident during this event, it is that “retirement” has not affected the stunning vocals of this iconic performer, nor has time away from the limelight hindered his ability to bring a memorable show to his fans. Here’s to hoping that Garth is ready to travel the world again for one more “Rodeo”!

Keepin it Country Announces First Round of Performers

Chris Cavanaugh & Adley Stump.

Keepin’ it Country announces first round of performers for KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY PRESENTS
Online concert series presented by Stageit to bring country music to a personal level


January 24, 2013 – Keepin’ it Country is aiming to bring country music back to its roots by holding online, intimate concert sessions with some of today’s brightest up-and-coming acts and hit songwriters. The one-of-a-kind online series, KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY PRESENTS, will showcase what country music is known for – its stories in its songs – through performances with the artists live from their homes and tour buses. The concerts are presented by STAGEIT.COM. Each concert will be streamed live via webcam and give fans the chance to get to know their favorite new artists through a live chat and private pay-per-view events. Each event will be at a low cost and with limited tickets available.

KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY has become one of the leading and innovative country music blogs today. Already the most-read in Canada, KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY has focused on introducing country music fans to new acts they should get to know. KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY PRESENTS is another avenue the blog has created to bring country music blogging into the social media driven world today.

KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY PRESENTS will be open worldwide to fans and each concert will only be $5 per ticket. Each event is streamed live on location, and is only available to those with tickets. They will be one-time events and will not be recorded for later, giving fans private concert experiences right from their computers. Fans are able to request songs from the artist and have real time conversations via the chat box during the 30-minute performance.

KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY is proud to announce the first two artists of its brand new online showcase. KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY PRESENTS will kick off on January 31st, 2013 at 9 pm EST/ 8 pm CST with independent singer-songwriter CHRIS CAVANAUGH. Chris has opened for artists like Kix Brooks, Jake Owen, Luke Bryan, Chris Young, Lee Brice, Jerrod Niemann, Thompson Square, Justin Moore, Josh Thompson, Joe Nichols, The Randy Rogers Band, and is a co-writer on Steve Holy’s “Like I’m Famous.” He gained attention of country music fans during his performances on the BLAKE SHELTON CRUISE in October 2012. Tickets are on-sale now for Chris Cavanaugh’s performance.

Additionally, KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY is announcing the addition of THE VOICE’s ADLEY STUMP as its second headliner. Adley rose to fame as a member of TEAM BLAKE SHELTON on the second season of THE VOICE, competing against RAELYNN in the Battle Rounds and earning the praise of Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton. The powerful country vocalist has been busy touring and promoting her debut independent EP “LIKE A LADY,” and as part of her headlining performance with KEEPIN’  IT COUNTRY PRESENTS on Feburary 5th, 2013, she will engage country fans with a live twitter chat with KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY at @keepinitblog on February 4th, 2013.

Tickets are available right now via stageit.com/keepin_it_country_presents/chris_cavanaugh/18774 for the first performance, featuring Chris Cavanaugh, on January 31st at 9 pm EST/ 8 pm CST. Additional performers, including number one hit songwriters, signed artists, and rising independent stars, will be announced in the coming weeks.


Lydia Picknell
Keepin’ it Country Media & Radio
(613) 302-9457


KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY is an independent country music blog with writers from across North America, delivering the latest news from Nashville on today’s hottest stars and highlighting new talent. Excerpts from KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY’s interviews have appeared in various major news media outlets, including a national chain of radio stations, PEOPLE magazine, Country Weekly, US Weekly, The Tennessean, and have gone viral. KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY focuses on introducing country music fans to new, hot talent they may not have heard about yet and that deserves to be heard. It is the leading country music blog in Canada, and one of the top ten in the United States.

KEEPIN’ it Country was founded by two owners, Jessica Crans and Lydia Picknell, for a love of country music and as a way to share that love. The entertainment brand has amassed a loyal social media following in under two years, including over 20,000 Twitter followers and a social media reach of 2.9 million in one night during the 2012 Academy of Country Music Awards broadcast.


Blake Shelton Cruise Adds 5 More Performers

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Wow! The list of performers for the Blake Shelton Cruise just keeps growing by the minute! They’ve announced the addition of five more performers to the already amazing line-up for the largest live country music event at sea today. Now joining the biggest country music party at sea will be Brinley Addington, Chris Cavanaugh, Chuck Wicks, JJ Lawhorn, and Logan Mise. They join previously announced performers Trace Adkins, Justin Moore, Neal McCoy, Jerrod Niemann, Lee Brice, Randy Houser, Jana Kramer, Tyler Farr, Brett Eldredge, Frankie Ballard, McKenna Faith, Easton Corbin, and of course, the man himself, Blake Shelton, who will perform two shows on his cruise.

The Blake Shelton Cruise leaves Miami on October 14th, and returns on October 21st. Fans will visit Nassau, Tortola, San Juan and St. Thomas during the 7-night cruise. If you mention Keepin’ it Country when you book your new reservation, we’ll send you a gift on-board! For more information on this fantastic cruise, or to book your cabin before its too late, visit blakesheltoncruise.com. Remember to mention Keepin’ it Country to qualify for the free gift from us and we’ll see you on-board!

Rumor has it that a The Voice contestant will be announced shortly. Who do you hope gets added to the cruise next?

CountryMusicIsLove to Host 3rd Annual City of Hope Benefit Concert


If you find yourself in the Nashville area at the end of this month, you won’t want to miss this great opportunity to support our fellow country music bloggers CountryMusicIsLove and the City of Hope!

CountryMusicIsLove is proud to announce the 3rd Annual CountryMusicIsLove Concert benefiting City of Hope, one of the nation’s leading research, treatment and education centers for cancer and other life-threatening diseases. This year’s concert will feature acoustic performances by Micheal Ray, Chris Cavanaugh, Kristen Kelly, THE FARM, JT Hodges, Chuck Wicks, Love and Theft, Casey James, and Craig Campbell. Whitney Duncan will do double duty as host and performer for the second year in a row.

The cause hits close to home for many of the artists, including Casey James. “My family has been massively affected by cancer,” James shares. “My Paw-Paw passed away last year from cancer. My Nana passed away from cancer and my mother is a two-time cancer survivor, thyroid and breast. I can go on and on. There’s a large history of that in my family. Anything I can do to help and to do my part to make things better, I’ve always been into doing that, so it was an honor to be asked to come out and play. I’m excited to play the music and come see the fans, but most excited just to be a part of the whole thing.”

The 3nd Annual CountryMusicIsLove Concert benefiting City of Hope will be held February 21, 2012 at 7:30pm at Exit/In in Nashville, Tenn. Tickets are $15 and 100% of tickets sales will be donated to City of Hope. Tickets are available here: http://bit.ly/cmiltickets.

Please visit http://www.countrymusicislove.com/2012-benefit-concert for additional information.