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Mustached Man Monday in Movember

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For the final Monday in Movember, we decided to spotlight a man who reached a milestone in his career most recently…His first ever platinum single! Tyler Farr is a singer/songwriter from a small town in Missouri. Tyler learned about country music from his stepfather, who played guitar for the legendary George Jones.

Once Tyler realized his love for country music, he moved to Nashville to pursue his dream of becoming a musician. Tyler began working at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, a popular bar in Music City. After working at Tootsie’s for several months, Tyler convinced the management to allow him to perform. Tyler started performing four nights a week, along with maintaining his job as a bouncer.

Tyler also found himself becoming friends with Rhett Akins, who saw Tyler’s talent and wanted to work with him. Tyler ultimately worked with some of the best writers in Nashville and was signed to BNA Records. Tyler has written for Colt Ford and opened for Jerrod Niemann and Lee Brice before releasing his debut album, Redneck Crazy. The title track of Redneck Crazy recently was awarded with RIAA Platinum Certification.

Congratulations, Tyler, on your recent successes! Keep this artist’s name in your minds, ladies and gentlemen. Tyler is certainly going to be a huge part of country music moving forward!

Exclusive Interview: Introducing Mariah Grace

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We had the chance to chat with rising country star, Mariah Grace. She couldn’t have been sweeter and opened up to us about everything from songwriting to releasing her first EP to her faith and her musical inspirations. Despite an impressive resume that includes magazine features, high-profile performances and acclaim, she remains grounded, humble and thankful for everything that’s come her way so far.  Without further ado, meet Mariah Grace.

KIC: For those readers who may be ‘meeting’ you for the first time in this blog, can you give us a little bit of a back story as to how you began performing? 

MG: I have been singing my whole life. My family has always said I was singing before I could talk. When I was only a few months old I was humming and singing twinkle twinkle little star with my Mimi who was an amazing singer, and My Momma said she knew then that God had blessed me with my gift to sing. I first stepped out onto a stage to perform at age 2, and have been performing ever since. My whole life I have been in front of the camera, in front of a crowd, and singing everywhere and anywhere I could and for everyone and anyone. The stage is my home.

KIC: You list Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton as your biggest inspirations – What do you take from them and are there any current artists you idolize?

MG: I have looked up to Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton my whole life. They have both taught me to go after what I love, and to never give up. I idolize anyone who goes after their dreams. As for an artist right now that I idolize, That would hands down be Carrie Underwood. I am so blessed for all of the country music artists before me who make it possible for girls like me to be living out our dreams. I have certainly been blessed with the best of them. My fellow artist friends and mentors have helped me so very much.

Big Laura Bell Bundy News!

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Straight off the road with Rascal Flatts comes former Broadway Baby and current country music artist, Laura Bell Bundy, who is taking her electric stage presence to Wisconsin for Country Fest 2013! Laura will be hitting the stage with DJ Soulman in the Electric Country Leinie Lodge Friday, June 28th, and Saturday, June 29th.

Check out Laura’s big announcement regarding Country Fest below, but not before we share more exciting news with you! For those of you who are unable to catch what are sure to be killer performances, we are absolutely thrilled to share with you that Laura has released a brand new song to iTunes, entitled “Two Step”, which also features up-and-comer, Colt Ford. “Two Step” is a part of the Dance Y’all Volume 1 EP, which also includes Florida Georgia Line, Greg Bates, and Thomas Rhett. You can purchase a digital copy of “Two Step” by clicking here.

Make sure to visit us on social media and let us know what you think of Laura’s latest track!

Tim McGraw Finds Out Who His Friends Are

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As we found out years ago, Tim McGraw, along with country music pals, Kenny Chesney and Tracy Lawrence, found out who his friends are. Well, Tim has teamed up with those friends to create a compilation disc, entitled “Tim McGraw & Friends,” scheduled for release by Curb Records on January 22, 2013. Colt Ford helped Tim out on the track, “Twisted,” which will be the first single off the special compilation disc. The album will be exclusively available at Walmart and will include 11 individual tracks:

Nominees for ACAs Announced

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The nominees were just announced earlier this morning for this year’s American Country Awards. The third edition of the fan-voted award show will once again air live on FOX from Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. While the co-hosts remain the same with Trace Adkins and Kristin Chenoweth, there is something new about the award show – the addition of the “Song Of The Year” category which will honor country music’s top songwriters of 2012. The nominees for Song of the Year are determined by the National Songwriters Association International (NSAI). The award show will air live on December 10th on FOX at 8 pm EST.

Artists leading all nominees this year are Luke Bryan with seven, and Lady Antebellum tying for second with Zac Brown Band with six nominations each. Eric Church and Taylor Swift both have five nominations each. Check out the full list of nominees below and let us know who you’ll be voting for. Fans can vote at theacas.com for their favorite artists, and make sure to tune in December 10th to see who wins!

Performers and presenters will be announced shortly, so stay tuned for that announcement too!

Colt Ford Releases Declaration of Independence TODAY!

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Country music’s resident rapper, Colt Ford, released his brand new album “Declaration of Independence” to stores nationwide TODAY. The brand new studio album features collaborations with Jason Aldean, Wayna Morris of Boys II Men, Kix Brooks, Montgomery Gentry, Jake Owen, Darius Rucker, and many more country stars. The record was produced by Dan Huff (Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban), along with long-time collaborator Shannon “Fat Shan” Houchins.

“This album is very real and honest and by far the best record I’ve ever made,” Colt says with pride.  “The last two records—I stand up and cheer for them—but I tried to make a lot of people happy on the last two records and I took the edge off of it. On this record I put the edge back on there.”

“Declaration of Independence” is being released on Colt’s own Average Joe’s Entertainment. Over his career so far, Colt has already sold more than one million albums and over three million downloads of his songs. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see those numbers quickly rise with the guest stars lending their talents to Colt’s album. Check out the official track listing of Colt’s new album below and let us know what is your favorite country collaboration of all-time:

Colt Ford and Jake Owen Have a New Single

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With so much buzz surrounding Colt Ford’s latest sinlge “Back” with Jake Owen, Ford decided to more up the release date and make the single available on iTunes now!  “Back” is the first single off Ford’s new album, Declaration of Independence, which is set to hit stores on August 7th.  The song was written by Colt Ford, Shannon Houchins, Noah Gordon, and Mike Hartnett and finds Ford reminiscing about some of his favorite childhood memories.

This is such a personal song for me.  It’s my life.  It’s about my past and my future.  I talk about friends that are no longer here and I talk about the way I grew up…To have one of my best friends in the music business, Jake Owen, be a part of this song with me is a big deal.  It’s a song that I wanted a friend of mine to be a part of and Jake is just on fire and one of my favorite singers. He captured the emotion that I had in this song.  I think everyone, when they hear this song, will want to call home.

Buy your copy of “Back” on iTunes today!

GAC Booth Announces Schedule For CMA Fest Autograph Sessions

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We’re getting closer and closer to this year’s CMA Music Festival and GAC has just announced who will be signing at their booth this year! Check out who you can have a chance to meet below.

Thursday, June 7:

• 10-11 a.m. – JT HodgesColt Ford
• 12-1 p.m. – Katie Armiger, Gwen Sebastian
• 2-3 p.m. – Craig Campbell, Jerrod Niemann
• 4-5 p.m. – Bryan White

Friday, June 8:
• 10-11 a.m. – Mallory Hope, Miss Willie Brown
• 12-1 p.m. – Randy Montana, Phil Vassar
• 2-3 p.m. – Heidi Newfield, Suzanne Alexander
• 4-5 p.m. – Sarah Darling, Chris Cagle

Saturday, June 9:
• 10-11 a.m. – Jason Michael Carroll
• 12-1 p.m. – Canaan Smith
• 2-3 p.m. – Billy Gilman, Trailer Choir

Sunday, June 10:
• 10-11 a.m. – Wade Brown, Due West
• 2-3 p.m. – Glen Templeton

Please remember that autograph guidelines have changed for this year’s CMA Fest. Here is a highlight of how the new procedure works:

Fans will now enter a random drawing for the opportunity to meet various artists appearing in the Fan Fair Exhibit Hall. You will be able to enter the drawing at CMAfest.com. between May 14 (starting at 10:00 AM/CT) and May 28 (ending at 5:00 PM/CT). You will enter in your contact information and then select from the list of participating artists singing autographs in the Hall. You may select as many or as few artists as you’d like to meet. Once you submit your entry, you will not be allowed to go back in and change it so choose carefully! Duplicate entries will not be considered and all winners will be notified by Friday, June 1 via email.

CMA will also have a limited number of tickets on-site at the Festival for those who can’t get to a computer to register ahead of time. For more information on this, please see the Fan Fair Hall page at CMAfest.com.

Not every artist participating in the Fan Fair Hall will be part of the autograph drawing. There will be many opportunities for patrons to obtain multiple autographs from artists by just walking around the Fan Fair Hall. So don’t lose hope if you don’t get picked!

Video Picks Of The Week: March 5, 2012

Brantley Gilbert

Hello friends…

We are back with our “Video Picks of the Week.”

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Brantley Gilbert is one of my new favorites. He’s the perfect mix of country and rock, and I love the tone of his voice and overall vibe.

Brantley was signed to Valory Music Group in 2011, and you definitely know him for his songwriting skills as well. Most notably, he has written songs for Jason Aldean and Colt Ford. He was a co-writer on “Dirt Road Anthem” and “My Kinda Party,” both of which were eventual mega-hits for Aldean.

This week’s pick is Brantley’s music video for his single, “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do.” The track is the second single off of his album “Halfway To Heaven.” The album is available on iTunes!

 

Continue reading for our live performance and cover song video picks…

Get Your Tickets For Colt Ford’s “Declaration of Independence Tour” Now!

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Colt Ford is coming to a city near you and is offering several different bonus packages for buyers! When you purchase your ticket, you’ll automatically receive a free download of four never before heard songs from Colt, The LacsJB and the Moonshine Band and Lenny Cooper. How cool is that?!

• The “Basic Package” is $25.00 and includes a ticket and a free download of the DOI Tour EP

• The “Silver Package” is $40.00 and includes a ticket, free download of the DOI Tour EP, and a DOI Tour T-shirt.

• The “Gold Package” is $50.00 and includes a ticket, free download of the DOI Tour EP, a DOI Tour T-shirt, and a pre-ordered copy of Colt’s new album “Declaration of Independence.”

• The “Platinum Package” is $150 and includes a ticket, free download of the DOI Tour EP, a DOI Tour T-shirt, a pre-ordered copy of Colt’s new album “Declaration of Independence”, a VIP Pass to the pre-show acoustic performance, and a meet and greet!

• The “Double Platinum Package” is $300.000 and includes 4 tickets, 4 free downloads of the DOI Tour EP, 4 DOI Tour T-shirts, 4 pre-ordered copies of Colt’s new album “Declaration of Independence”, 4 VIP Passes to the pre-show acoustic performance, 4 meet and greets, and special RV parking! This package is only available on select dates.

For a list of tour dates and to purchase tickets, click HERE or visit www.coltford.com.