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Caroline Kole makes her first CMA Fest appearance

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Up-and-coming singer/songwriter, Caroline Kole, made her first appearance at the CMA Music Festival on June 8th when she performed at the Martin Guitar tent. She sang a three song set that included a cover of Miranda Lambert’s ‘White Liar’ as well as Caroline’s original song, ‘Nobody But Me.’ The song ‘Nobody But Me,’ is about not letting anyone decide how your life is going to go and doing what you think is best and writing your own story. On June 10th, Caroline also played on the Hard Rock Acoustic stage, where fans stopped to watch as soon as they heard her start to sing. At fourteen years old, she has a stage presence that makes anyone want to stop and listen to what comes out of this young girl.

Payton Rae Turns Heads at CMA Music Festival

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Payton Rae may only be 16-years-old, but the Internet phenom showed her star power in Nashville during CMA Music Fest last week. She wowed fans at the Hard Rock Cafe Stage, with both her voice and her fashion choice. Rae rocked a pair of pink Betsey Johnson dresses to show off her self-proclaimed “passion for fashion!”

In addition to wow-ing crowds, Payton was wowed by some of the performances she got to see. “All of the performances I saw this week were over the top amazing,” said Payton. “If I had to pick my favorites, I would have to say Carrie Underwood’s ‘Good Girl’ performance at the 2012 CMT Music Awards and Hunter Hayes’ show at LP Field.”

While Payton was setting the stage ablaze in Nashville, her new single, “Stomp The Fire Out,” hit country radio and all of the major video channels, including The Country Network (TCN), GACtv.com and AOL. The CMA highlighted Payton Rae on their blog, noting that the 16-yr old “Generation YouTube” Internet star “draws the next generation of @CountryMusic enthusiasts.” Payton is already a huge star on social media, with over 140,000 Twitter followers, 68,000 Facebook fans and over 6.6 million YouTube channel views in less than two years. 

While her single climbs the country charts, Payton Rae is preparing to hit the road on the 2012 Camplified Tour, beginning in July. The tour, which is in its 11th year, showcases emerging teen stars by bringing them to over 50 camps and putting them before over 50,000 campers between the ages of 6 and 17.

For more info on Payton, please visit: www.paytonraemusic.com.

Chris Young Hosts a Virtual Meet & Greet with Fans

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After signing autographs and hosting a fan club party for fans — events that, combined, lasted over nine hours at CMA Music Festival in Nashville — Chris Young had to bid adieu to hit the road for some tour stops. However, this did not keep Young from showing his gratitude to his fans he had to leave behind in Nashville.

Young utilized Netwave Technology while sitting backstage awaiting his set on Miranda Lambert‘s “On Fire ” Tour so that he could spend a tenth hour with his fans through a virtual meet and greet session. Fans continued to wait in line to meet Young, but this time, they communicated with him via video chat, where Young took a minute to speak to each individual fan and sign a digital autograph for them. As if this wasn’t enough, Young then went to Twitter and announced a Skype session with CMA Music Festival attendees while he was in Chicago. Young made history with his selfless actions, as he was the only artist this year to host a virtual meet and greet from Fan Fair Hall at CMA Music Festival.

Tiffany Houghton Self-Titled Debut EP Available Today

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She may have just graduated high school, but country newcomer Tiffany Houghton didn’t throw your typical graduation party. Instead, she packed a show at the House of Blues Dallas and released her self-titled debut EP. With a small group of friends and family in tow, Tiffany toasted to her album release in Nashville at the Crowd Surf Offices. The group toasted with homemade “Crownies” (chocolate chip cookies with a brownie inside) and Tiffany Blue punch.

Tiffany’s EP features her current single, “Only One,” which is an upbeat break-up anthem. Know for her captivating and sweet voice, Tiffany uses the tracks of her EP to tell true stories of country music. Additionally, she wrote and produced all of the tracks on her new release.

Tiffany will be soaking in the CMA Fest excitement and has teamed with  Roughstock.com for a contest where a fan can win dinner with Tiffany and 3 of their friends. Additionally, she will also be appearing at the BBQ Beach Meet & Greet on 6/9 and 6/10 from 3:00-4:00 PM  and stopping by the Martin Guitars tent located on Broadway on 6/9 at 12:00 noon.
  
For additional information on Tiffany Houghton, please visit www.tiffanyhoughton.com.

 

Cracker Barrel Connects with Country Music Fans at CMA Fest

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Cracker Barrel has become a home for country music and Americana, so it’s only fitting for the restaurant to be a part of 2012 CMA Music Fest. Thanks to Cracker Barrel, fans will have the opportunity to meet artists, catch performance and win prizes from artists who have participated in Cracker Barrel’s exclusive music program.

“The success of the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store exclusive music program is really due to the passion of the fans,” explains the program’s marketing manager, Julie Craig. ”We want to have a chance to meet them and say thank you, as well as introduce new fans to the great music available at their local Cracker Barrel.”

Artists participating in this include Josh Turner, Jason Michael Carroll, The Oak Ridge Boys, Eden’s Edge and more.

Representatives from Cracker Barrel and the Cracker Barrel exclusive music program will be on location at both Fan Fair Hall as well as Riverfront Park throughout the festival:

Thursday, June 7:  
Dailey & Vincent Autograph Session 11:30 – 12:30 PM Fan Fair Hall-NCC Cracker Barrel Booth
Josh Turner Autograph Session 2 – 3:00 PM Fan Fair Hall-NCC Cracker Barrel Booth
Jason Michael Carroll You’ve Been Sentenced Game Show 2 – 4:30 PM Hard Rock Cafe
Eden’s Edge Autograph Session 4 – 5:00 PM Fan Fair Hall-NCC Cracker Barrel Booth
   
Friday, June 8:  
Jason Michael Carroll Autograph Session 10:30 – 11:30/ 12:30 – 1:30 PM Fan Fair Hall-NCC Cracker Barrel Booth
Oak Ridge Boys Autograph Session 2 – 3:30 PM Fan Fair Hall-NCC Cracker Barrel Booth
   
Saturday, June 9:  
Teddy Gentry & Best New Nashville: Autograph Session 11:30 – 2:30 PM Fan Fair Hall-NCC Cracker Barrel Booth
Teddy Gentry, Garrett Steele, 3 Lanes Crossing, Amber Shalene & Chip Davis
Jason Michael Carroll Performance – Durango Stage 11:30 – 12 PM Fan Fair Hall-NCC Acoustic Corner
Jason Michael Carroll Autograph Session 12:00 – 1 PM Fan Fair Hall-NCC WSM-AM Booth
   
Sunday, June 10:  
The Grascals Autograph Session 10 – 11:00 AM Fan Fair Hall-NCC Cracker Barrel Booth
Jason Michael Carroll Autograph Session 11:00 – 12:00 PM Fan Fair Hall-NCC Cracker Barrel Booth

Bucky Covington Shares Details for Sold-Out Fan Club Party & Free Public Concert

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Bucky Covington will be partying with his most-devoted fans on Wednesday, June 6, at Whiskey Bent Saloon in Nashville. Tickets to this event were a hot commodity and the party was sold-out within hours. Due to the overwhelming response, Bucky has opted to extend the party with a free, full-band show later that same night.

The sold-out fan club party will begin at 8:30pm for ticket holders and will include autographs, a fan Q&A, an acoustic performance and the opportunity to mingle with Covington. Following this intimate event, the downstairs area of Whiskey Bent will open to the public for a free, full-band performance that will start around 10:30pm.

 Fans that aren’t in Nashville can get their Bucky Covington fix by listening to his new single, “I Wanna Be That Feeling,” off his forthcoming album “I’m Alright.” For more info on Bucky, check out: www.buckycovington.com.

Dierks Bentley’s Father Passes Away

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Keepin’ It Country would like to extend our deepest thoughts and condolences to Dierks Bentley and his family with the passing of Dierks’s father Leon Bentley. Leon passed away on Friday, June 1st, in Phoenix, surrounded by family. He was 88.

In light of his father’s passing, Dierks cancelled a performance on Saturday night in Washington D.C., as well as Wednesday’s fan club part for CMA Music Festival. According to CMT.com, he will resume his tour schedule on June 9th in Detroit and will appear at LP Field on June 10th.

Dierks tweeted, “my dad died yesterday. it was an honor to comfort him as he left us. thank you fans for the time and understanding.” He also shared this moving photograph.

Hunter Hayes Hits Nashville

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Hunter Hayes will hit Nashville next week during CMA Music Festival for several appearances and live performances. Hunter will kick off the week on Wednesday, June 6th at the 2012 CMT Music Awards. On Thursday, June 7th at 11 am, Hunter will sign for fans at The Warner Sound booth inside the Nashville Convention Center. Following the signing, Hunter and his band will perform at 6PM at Downtown Nashville’s aVenue. Hunter has billed his nearly two-hour set list “Music City’s Most Wanted.”

On Saturday June 9th, Hunter will share the stage with country music stars Eric Church, Luke Bryan, and Faith Hill. To wrap up his week in Nashville, Sunday, June 10, Hunter will make a stop at the Martin Guitar tent on Broadway at 1:30PM. He will then head to a sold out “Coffee Break Experience” with fans later that afternoon.

If you are unable to make it to CMA Fest, have no fear. You, too, can get your fill of Hunter soon. Hunter will be featured in the upcoming new episode of CMT Crossroads: Joe Walsh and Friends, starring Joe Walsh from The Eagles, accompanied by Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Sara Evans, Luke Bryan and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top. The artists will perform Walsh’s hits and Eagle’s classics. The show premieres on Saturday, June 23rd at 11 PM ET.

For more information and a complete rundown of Hunter Hayes’ CMA Festival activities, please visit www.HunterHayes.com. Let us know if you are heading to CMA Fest and what Hunter events you plan to attend!

Katie Armiger Extends “Get Smart” Tour

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Fans of Katie Armiger who haven’t had the opportunity to check her out on tour yet are in luck. The songstress has added over twenty-five new dates to her “Get Smart Tour,” which is sponsored by Great American Country (GAC). The tour will end up hitting over fifty major cities across the U.S. with a stop at the Bud Lught Stage at the Bridgestone Arena on June 8th for CMA Music Fest.

The tour began in March and will continue through November, and has already been a great experience for Armiger. “This tour has been incredible so far getting to meet and make new fans – and it only keeps getting better,” said Katie. “No artist can ask for a better outcome from a tour than for it to be a success that dates are continually being added. Thank you to everyone for all of your support, it’s because of all of you that this tour is what it is!” 

The aptly named “Get Smart Tour” is Armiger’s first as a headliner and is hitting colleges, universities, fairs and festivals across the country. Armiger will be sure to play her hit songs including “Scream,” Kiss Me Now” and “Leaving Home,” while mixing in some new material that she’s been writing for her upcoming fourth album.

Amongst her repertoire as an acclaimed independent artist, Armiger was voted by fans as Country Weekly’s #1 hottest bachelorette. She has previously opened for the likes of Darius Rucker, Ronnie Dunn, Little Big Town, Kellie Pickler, and Luke Bryan

For more information and a full list of tour dates, check out www.katiearmiger.com.

Jana Kramer Sneak Peeks Her New Album on iTunes

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Jana Kramer sent out an e-mail to her fans last night with a special surprise. Jana has leaked a new track from her upcoming album on iTunes for those of us who are eagerly and impatiently awaiting her June 5th drop date. “Good Time Comin’ On” can be found on iTunes now. You can click here to purchase your sneak peek at Jana’s album today!

If this is not enough to hold you over until June 5th, Jana will be performing on the Fox & Friends Summer Concert Series on June 1st. Make sure to check your local Fox station for an air date and time.

And, for those of you attending CMA Music Festival, Jana will be performing on the Chevrolet River Stage and having an album release party on June 7th. If you will not be present in Nashville, Tennessee, have no fear. Jana will be out on tour all summer – hopefully in a city near you! Keep checking back at her website, www.janakramer.com, for an updated tour schedule.

We here at Keepin’ It Country would like to congratulate Jana on her upcoming debut album! We know that this is just the beginning of a very successful career in country music!