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Top 10 Live Tracks (2000 – Now)

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There’s nothing we here at Keepin’ It Country love more than live music, so it only made sense to put together a list of some of our favorite live tracks to share with you all, our lovely readers! This particular list is made up of only live tracks from 2000 – 2012, mostly because trying to go through the entire live history of country music turned out to be a bit daunting. Also, all tracks in consideration had to have been released commercially at some point, so no bootlegs here! (Though that could easily be another list.)

Now that the fine print is out of the way, check out our picks below!

10. Love & Theft – “Don’t Wake Me” – Live in Savannah EP

Love & Theft’s performance of “Don’t Wake Me,” off of the band’s Live in Savannah EP, highlights everything that’s great about the group. Three (now two) great looking guys singing perfect harmonies on killer pop-country songs. Any cut from this album could have made our list, but this was a personal favorite. The band gained certain notoriety when Taylor Swift wrote “Hey Stephen” about member Stephen Barker Liles, but if Love & Theft can keep their moment going with live shows like this one there’s a good chance they’ll give Rascal Flatts a run for their money in a few years.

9. Kenny Chesney – “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy – Live Those Songs Again

Kenny Chesney has long ruled the country music touring circuit; one of the few acts in any genre that can consistently sell out stadiums, so it should be no surprise that he made our list. “Tractor” is a reminder of exactly what makes Kenny so fun to see live. It’s a fun summertime party with the best soundtrack.

Check out the rest of the list after the jump!

Lauren Alaina: In Her Own Words

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Lauren Alaina was just 3 years old when her mother was driving her somewhere in their hometown of Rossville, Ga. The Dixie Chicks were on the radio, and when Mom turned it off and heard her daughter singing the song on her own — in pitch and with every word correct — she did what any perceptive parent would do: She bought her a Dixie Chicks karaoke package and encouraged her to keep singing.

Not much time has passed since then, but Alaina, 17, has blossomed into a singer of precocious technique and sensitivity. She has worked hard for this achievement, singing lead roles in school plays throughout elementary school and winning the talent competition of the Southern Stars Pageant at 8. At age 10, she took top prize in Orlando’s American Model and Talent Competition, beating out more than 1,500 participants, and at 12 Alaina made her first of many visits to Nashville’s Lower Broadway clubs — before 6 PM, of course.

But it was “American Idol” that lifted her into national celebrity in 2011. Finishing second to the equally young, gifted and future Mercury Nashville labelmate Scotty McCreery, she was soon at work on her debut album, Wildflower, with Byron Gallimore producing all but her first single, the power ballad “Like My Mother Does.”

Percussionist Tom Roady Passes Away

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Our thoughts are with the Nashville community and the friends and family of Tom Roady today. The Tennessean is reporting that he passed away Sunday night while on tour.  Tom contributed to the recordings of Emmylou Harris, Ricky Skaggs, Dixie Chicks, Kenny Chesney, Bob Seger, Joan Baez, Wilson Pickett, Tom T. Hall, and James Brown.

He was tragically diagnosed with stage four metastatic cancer in October, but he never let it slow him down. He was rehearsing Sunday for the tour with Ricky Skaggs and The Whites when he passed away.

Tom, a St. Louis native, was a major part of the Nashville music scene. His work appeared on some of the biggest hits in country music including: Brooks & Dunn’s “My Maria,” Kenny Chesney’s “When The Sun Goes Down,” and Vince Gill’s “What The Cowgirls Do.”

He is survived by his wife, Melanie. The service will be held Sunday, December 4th at Highland Park Church in Nashville, Tennessee.

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Dia & Meg Frampton of Meg & Dia

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It’s been a few months since Dia Frampton was named the runner-up of NBC’s first season of “The Voice.” The Team Blake Shelton finalist was just shy of first place by less than 2% between herself and Javier. We caught up with Dia, and her equally as talented and lovely sister Meg, to get all the details on their lives after The Voice, the new album, robots, why people on the internet are mean, if Meg would ever consider trying out for a new season of “The Voice,” and if it’ll be Dia Frampton or Meg & Dia touring with Blake Shelton on his 2012 “Well Lit & Amplified” tour starting in January. See if your questions made the cut below.

Dia also reveals to us her new album release date and title, her single, and the details on a song she recorded with Blake Shelton.

Dixie Chicks To Release Storytellers On DVD November

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While it isn’t a new studio album by the best-selling female group in country music, it’s still something to keep their fans happy during their long break. The Dixie Chicks will be releasing “VH1 Storytellers” on DVD and Blu-Ray November 29th. The DVD was recorded September 2006 in Los Angeles and features the trio performing some of their biggest hits including “Not Ready To Make Nice,” “Cowboy Take Me Away,” and “Wide Open Spaces.” It will also have never-before-seen taped performances of “Lullaby,” “So Hard,” and “Easy Silence.”

Pre-orders are available now on the Dixie Chicks official website.

Watch the trailer below:

Dixie Chicks, Willie Nelson to play benefit concert in Texas

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Remember the Dixie Chicks? Do you miss them? Well, if you live in Texas, you’ll be able to see them perform once again. The Dixie Chicks along with Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, and Asleep at the Wheel are performing at a benefit concert to provide relief for those affected by the wildfires. FIRE RELIEF: THE CONCERT FOR CENTRAL TEXAS,  will be held on October 17th at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, TX. Kyle Chandler from Friday Night Lights and actor Turk Pipkin will be hosts for the event.

The Courtyard Hounds, Shawn Colvin, Steve Miller,The Texas Tornados, and guitarists Eric Johnson and Joe Satriani will be making special guest appearances. All proceeds will go to the Central Texas Wildfire Fund at the Austin CommunityFoundation.

Tickets went on sale last Friday, September 23rd and can be purchased at www.texasboxoffice.com. Tickets start at $25.

Courtyard Hounds live chat tonight

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Wondering whatever happened to the superpower group, The Dixie Chicks? Martie McGuire and Emily Robinson, the women who were often to stage left or right of Natalie Maines, released their first album as a duo together in 2010 as the Courtyard Hounds.

It isn’t just some side-project for the two girls, who formed the group after Maines wanted to take a break from the spotlight. They’ve been working on a follow up album to their debut, due out sometime later this year.

The girls have been interacting with their fans on a regular basis through both Twitter and online video segments. They are going back live tonight, May 31st, at 8:30 pm EST to answer fan questions and remember the good ol’ days of the Dixie Chicks, and are promising to show embarrassing pictures of their past as a trio.

To get your questions in ahead of time, fans can leave a comment here and on the official Courtyard Hounds Facebook page. To watch the live video stream, tune in to Courtyardhounds.com tonight.