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Garth Brooks to Return to Croke Park

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While eagerly awaiting the announcement of 2014 tour dates, fans of Garth Brooks now have even more to look forward to!

Before hitting the road on a world tour, Brooks will play two shows in Dublin, Ireland at Croke Park; a venue he sold out twice in 1997 and has not played since.

“Before we go back on tour in the Fall of 2014, I want to challenge myself, the band and crew,” explains Brooks. “In ’97, we were lucky enough to play Croke Park, the stadium was under construction. 130,000-plus of some of the greatest fans in the world. I was quoted then as saying, ‘When this stadium is finished, I would love to come back and try to fill it again…this time to the brink’ — and we’re back to do just that.”

The country music legend made this announcement today in the Dublin venue, calling the event occurring July 25 and 26 “The Garth Brooks Comeback Special”. Tickets for both shows can be purchased through Ticketmaster beginning Thursday, January 30.

This special event is the perfect kick off to Brooks’ highly anticipated world tour beginning this fall. The superstar is surely up to the challenge and ready to make his dream of filling the stadium again a reality. We can’t wait to see what he has in store for us next!

Exclusive: Interview with Brent Rupard

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“I remember telling my sister when I was very young, ‘I either want to be like Alvin and the Chipmunks or Garth Brooks.'”

That is my favorite quote from my interview with Brent Rupard.

Brent is a proud Kentuckian who took the leap of faith and headed to Nashville in 2010 to pursue his dream and passion – music.

Rupard (pronounced Rooperd he jokingly noted) is from the small town of Shepherdsville, Kentucky. He took a liking to music early in his childhood. After his dad taught him his first guitar chord at age 10, an artist was born as they say and he started writing songs a few years later.

After he made the move to Nashville to pursue his dream career, he soon found a home for his songwriting. With the help of Leann Phelan (ASCAP), he signed a publishing deal with Sea Gayle Music Publishing which is owned by Brad Paisley, Chris DuBois and Frank Rogers.

After about a year of focusing on his writing, he started and is currently working on his debut album. He is hoping for it to be released sometime this year. When asked about his album, he says: “Working on this record has been the highlight of my life. This is a record I’ve always wanted to make. I’ve been fortunate to work on this album with Bryan Simpson and Justin Niebank producing. This record will have the elements of a “rootsy” back porch style with a big ol’ slice of Rock n’ Roll. According to my producer Bryan Simpson, ‘It’s kind of like Garth Brooks meets Levon Helm.’ I have really poured my soul into this project and I hope people get a clear picture of who Brent Rupard is from this debut album.”

Shania vs. Garth – Who’s Your Favorite Veteran?

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After several days of fan bases battling out, the winners have been declared. Your favorite female country music veteran is Shania Twain, and your favorite male country music veteran is Garth Brooks. Just behind Shania were the queen of country music herself, Reba McEntire, and the beautiful songstress, Martina McBride. Riding in Garth’s coattails were the king of country music, George Strait, and country crooner, Vince Gill.

Now that you all have narrowed your choices to one female and one male favorite, it’s time for the artists to go head-to-head for Keepin’ It Country‘s ultimate favorite veteran! Shania and Garth, let the odds be ever in your favor. Let the games begin!

Shania vs. Garth - Who's Your Favorite Veteran?

  • Shania Twain (89%, 157 Votes)
  • Garth Brooks (11%, 20 Votes)

Total Voters: 177

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Keepin’ It Country’s Top Albums of 2013

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Although everyone on our staff loves country music, we have different tastes and don’t always agree. For this reason, we didn’t compile a comprehensive list of our favorite collective country albums of the past year. Instead, some of our staff picked their individual faves. Make sure to let us know your faves of 2013!

Jen’s Picks: 

Cassadee PopeFrame By Frame: I am admittedly one of those music lovers who listens to an album the first time and is simply incapable of forming an opinion. No matter how much I love the artist, I sit there with a blank stare after the first spin. So, in all fairness to the artist, I listen again. That was my experience with Frame By Frame. I listened the first time, and the true stand outs to me were, the already loved, “Wasting All These Tears,” “Easier to Lie,” “I Wish I Could Break Your Heart,” and “11.” And for me to find four songs I like in the first spin is pretty impressive. In subsequent attempts to listen to Frame By Frame, I have found myself loving every track and even using Cassadee’s debut country album to accompany me during long, tedious runs to help the time go by. Each track exemplifies Cassadee’s gorgeous vocals, versatility, and incredible range. Give it a whirl … you will be begging for more from this CRS New Face!

VIDEO: Garth Brooks Honors Billy Joel

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On Sunday night, Garth Brooks took the stage at the Kennedy Center Honors to honor his longtime friend and 2013 honoree, Billy Joel. Brooks performed a pair of Joel’s hits, “Allentown” and “Goodnight Saigon.”

While “Allentown” was rousing, it was “Goodnight Saigon” that is sure to give you chills, as Brooks is joined by a chorus of military vets, who received a rousing standing ovation.

Watch the incredible performance here:

Trisha Yearwood Announces Tour Dates

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There’s something in the air in the Brooks/Yearwood household and it seems to be the aroma of a good ole country concert! While Garth Brooks announced additional New Year’s shows at the Wynn Las Vegas today, Trisha Yearwood stepped forward with an even bigger announcement — a tour!

The following are the currently scheduled tour dates/locations as Trisha takes her show on the road in 2014:

Garth Brooks to Perform Four New Year’s Shows at the Wynn Las Vegas

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After more than four years of sold out one-man shows inside the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas and a top-rated live television concert event this past Thanksgiving Weekend, Wynn Las Vegas is proud to announce a Garth Brooks show like Las Vegas has never seen! Garth Brooks: The Man, His Band and His Music, will take place on January 3rd and 4th, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. “I’ve been itching for the chance to bring my band to Vegas to play this room,” said Garth. “I can’t wait. Steve Wynn told me I could use the theater anytime. I asked him when I could start and his response was, ‘How about New Year’s Eve?’”

Review: Garth Brooks Live from Las Vegas!

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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”!

Two Acts, Two Duos, One Night, One Great Cause

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As you all know, we are having our next Stageit show this Sunday, October 20th, at 8:00pm EST with one of our staff’s favorite duos, JillandKate. However, the night just got even better, as Jill and Kate have teamed up with country music duo, Two Story Road, and the two duos will share the Keepin’ It Country Blog Presents Stageit stage as our first collaborative show to date!

We have introduced you to Jill Pickering and Kate Rapier in the past, but the girls have done so much since our initial exclusive interview with them exactly one year ago that we need to boast about some of their achievements and projects. When we introduced you to JillandKate, the girls were working hard on promoting their album Heart of Stone. The girls continue to perform their music, while continuing to entertain their fans with new and unreleased songs in their catalogs, blogging, making music videos, creating jewelry, and flying up the iTunes charts. They have also released the live version of Heart of Stone, which continues to prove why these girls are on their way to being one of the hottest duos in Nashville.

Two Story Road is categorized as a “new” country duo, but make no mistake — Jamelle and Brandon are no strangers to the country music scene! Both Belmont University graduates, Jamelle and Brandon have each hit the road with some of country music’s biggest acts and have worked with some of Nashville’s most prestigious executives. Jamelle has worked closely with Tommy Sims (Garth Brooks, Eric Clapton, and Sheryl Crow), but perhaps her biggest gig to date has been touring as a background vocalist for country powerhouse, Carrie Underwood. Brandon is also quite familiar with touring with extremely well-known artists, as he hit the road with Gretchen Wilson and Danny Gokey, also hitting the stage with Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, and Sugarland. After years of hitting the road separately, the talented couple decided to merge their talents, working with Tommy Sims and Mark Bright (Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, and Sara Evans), and are ready to travel their future musical path as a united front. As so eloquently stated on http://www.twostoryroad.com, the Fraleys bring to the table “[t]wo incredible stories, finally traveling down the same road.”

We are so excited to see these two duos come together on Sunday night on our very own stage. This is history in the making and would hate for any of you to miss this event! To purchase your Stageit ticket (which is conveniently “pick your price”), click here. Remember, all ticket proceeds are benefitting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, so not only are you going to experience fantastic music, but you will be supporting an amazing cause!

Garth Brooks Returns to Vegas For Eight Fall Shows

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Garth Brooks has announced eight additional Las Vegas concert dates for this Fall! The country music legend will return to the Wynn Las Vegas for eight shows in the Encore Theater in October and November.

Garth added these Fall dates after his Summer shows at the Wynn sold out. Tickets for the upcoming Wynn Las Vegas dates are $175, plus a service charge and tax. All eight shows will go on sale at 10:00am PST today, September 24, 2013. To purchase tickets, click here or call (702) 770-1000.

Garth Brooks Wynn Las Vegas Show Dates and Times:

10/18 — 7:30pm and 10:00pm
10/19 — 7:30pm and 10:00pm
11/8 — 7:30pm and 10:00pm
11/9 — 7:30pm and 10:00pm