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Hank Williams Jr has been named as a headliner for this year’s 2nd Annual Taste of Country Music Festival. This iconic performer will be hitting the stage as part of a bevvy of acts that will be on at the Hunter Mountain Resort between June 13 to 15, 2014.
Williams was announced along with artists Eric Paslay, Leah Turner, The Cadillac Three and Jamie Lynn Spears. They will be joining the previously announced list that included: headliner Brad Paisley, co-headliners Dierks Bentley and Brantley Gilbert, and Randy Houser, Thompson Square, Craig Morgan, Thomas Rhett, Tyler Farr, Charlie Worsham, Chase Rice, Blackjack Billy and Gwen Sebastian.
Although a relatively new festival, only in its second year, the Taste of Country Music Festival has already become one of summer’s most highly anticipated events. The “Pretty Early” price level tickets are sold out, but y’all can take advantage, still, of the “Not So Early” pricing at www.tasteofcountryfestival.com. For a limited time, general admission tickets start at the Not So Early price of only $150.00 for a 3-day pass, and VIP packages start at $525.00 for a 3-day VIP “Outlaw Pass” with “Super Outlaw Pass” and “Ultimate Outlaw Pass” packages available as well. Information on VIP package details and pricing, hotel accommodations, mountainside camping, directions and more is available online. But, will Hank Williams Jr being announced, these tickets are not expected to last much longer!
Photo: Taste of Country Music Festival official logo
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Brantley Gilbert took to his website today, requesting the help of his fans to announce his 2014 Let It Ride Tour (with special guests Thomas Rhett and Eric Paslay). Brantley has asked fans (and their crazy a**es) to send videos and photographs representing their cities, in order to be in the running to win a flyaway trip and meet and greet to one of Brantley’s shows.
The tour dates for the Let It Ride Tour are as follows:
3/27 – Lacrosse, WI
3/28 – Bloomington, IL
3/29 – Corinth, MS
4/10 – Greensboro, NC
4/11 – Tuscaloosa, AL
4/12 – Bossier City, LA
4/17 – Macon, GA
4/18 – Louisville, KY
4/19 – Little Rock, AR
4/24 – Stockton, CA
4/25 – Indio, CA
4/26 – Pozo, CA
5/1 – Springfield, MO
5/2 – Evansville, IN
5/3 – Live Oak, FL
5/8 – Grand Rapids, MI
5/9 – Charleston, WV
5/10 – Greenville, SC
5/15 – Omaha, NE
5/16 – Sioux Falls, SD
5/17 – Wichita, KS
5/18 – Denver, CO
Check out Brantley’s official site for details regarding the contest, and let us know where you will be seeing
Brantley in 2014!
Last year, we introduced a new annual feature on Keepin’ it Country – Ones to Watch. Our predictions were pretty spot on last year, with Dustin Lynch and JT Hodges quickly becoming popular with country music fans. This year it’s time for a little love for the ladies – and our first 2013 One to Watch: Rose Falcon.
Rose, a singer-songwriter signed to Show Dog Universal, is the writer behind Country Strong’s hauntingly beautiful “Give Into Me,” and has been named one of CMT’s Next Women of Country. Rose, a songwriter just like her father, has been praised by the legendary Bon Jovi as a “true artist” and “an old soul in the voice of a beautiful young lady.” She recently released her single “If Love Had A Heart” to country radio, and she’s definitely one to watch out for in 2013.
In a country music world where males dominate airplay and it’s hard for a new female to break out, Rose is one you will be cheering for. With her talented writing and pretty vocals, she has what it takes to hold her own at country radio.
Check out her EPK below then read our exclusive interview with Rose. Get to know her before she takes over country – which she will:
The premiere of ABC’s new country-themed drama “Nashville” is turning into a must-watch. Singer-songwriter Eric Paslay will appear on the season premiere tomorrow night at 10 pm EST. He’ll be playing himself backstage at the Grand Ole Opry in the opening scene of the show. “Nashville” will also feature Eli Young Band‘s “Even If It Breaks Your Heart,” a song co-written by Eric with Will Hoge.
Eric, who is currently in the studio working on his debut record with EMI, is nominated for Song Of The Year at the 46th annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards with the number one hit he wrote “Even If It Breaks Your Heart.” It’s his first-ever nomination. It’s one of three number one hits penned by the singer this year, whose other number ones include Love & Theft‘s “Angel Eyes,” and Jake Owen‘s “Barefoot Blue Jean Night.”
Will you be tuning in tomorrow night? What do you think about a major television network trying their hand at the country scene?
4 FINI Inc. announced today the star-studded line-up for its highly popular Country Throwdown Tour. The third-annual, outdoor amphitheater trek will feature an impressive lineup that will deliver energy-packed, exhilarating performances to eager country fans in 20 cities.
Joining headliner Gary Allan, recording artists Josh Thompson, Eric Paslay, and Sunny Sweeney round out the high-profile lineup for the nationwide country music tour that will kick off in Gulfport, Mississippi on May 18 and run through July 8. Special guests on many tour stops, Rodney Atkins (June 1-30) and Justin Moore (May 18-27) will join the roster of superstars and newcomers for the ultimate country music experience.
Gary Allan, country’s modern day outlaw, has won over legions of fans with his signature blend of rugged vocals, rebellious lyrics and raucous live performances. With more than seven million chart-topping albums sold and nearly a dozen Top 10 hits to his credit, Allan sets the tone for what promises to be a dynamic concert event in each and every tour city.
RCA Nashville artist Jake Owen recently played his second Stageit show to benefit St. Jude’s Research Hospital in Tennessee. He raised an incredible $3,000 in just 35 minutes for the hospital.
“If I can’t be on the road playing songs for people,” says RCA Nashville’s Jake Owen, “I’ll do it from my kitchen through a live concert on Stageit.com. The concerts are very spur of the moment,” he says. “There aren’t any mics or cords, just a few guitars and my MAC that has an eyesight camera on it. I Tweet about it ahead of time to let everyone know we’re doing it. The other night we raised 3K for St. Jude in just 35 minutes. I would have been playing music with my friends in my kitchen anyway, so it’s a pretty cool way to give back.”
Jake’s fundraising continues December 10th when he will join his childhood friend, and top ranked American in professional tennis, Mardy Fish, to host the 6th annual “Mardy’s Tennis And Jake’s Music Fest” in Vero Beach, Florida. The concert will include special performances by Eric Paslay, Chris Young, and of course, Jake himself.
Jake’s portion of proceeds will be donated to St. Jude and The Mardy Fish Foundation, whose mission is to provide kids with access to after-school activities that involve exercise, proper nutrition, and enrichment programs in a safe environment.
Wynonna Judd is one of the superstar names on the bill for the 2011 IEBA / WME music conference taking place October 3rd in Nashville, Tennessee. She’ll kick off the night with a performance at 9:45 pm for the annual industry conference with her new band, her hits, and her wit. Other artists that are part of the line-up include Lee Brice, The Band Perry, Jerrod Niemann, Neal McCoy, Eric Paslay, and Tyler Farr for the 500 attendees at the War Memorial Auditorium.
“The WME lineup is a much anticipated one, and there is always something special in store for attendees,” said Tiffany Davis, IEBA Executive Director.
The IEBA is the non-profit trade organization International Entertainment Buyers Association. The group is dedicated to providing networking, artist showcasing, and promote growth in the entertainment industry. The conference goes through October 2nd to the 4th and will focus on showcasing artists of all genres, not just country music.
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The 4th Annual Capitol Street Party is set to take place in Downtown Nashville on Demonbreun Street near Music Row on Wednesday Evening, September 21st, starting at 7PM CST. The FREE event is sponsored by Grand Avenue Chauffeured Transportation and features Jackson and Church, alongside newcomer Eric Paslay. In addition to the party on the street, EMI Records’ newest singer/songwriter Jon Pardi will play a special post-party performance at the Tin Roof.