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Just when we thought the lineup for Toby Keith‘s Oklahoma Relief Concert couldn’t get any bigger, Carrie Underwood has been added to the July 6th lineup, at least via satellite. She will be performing that night at the Grand Ole Opry, but her performance will be aired via satellite to the Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman.
The benefit concert will take place Saturday, July 6 at the University of Oklahoma’s Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla. Doors open at 1:30pm, show time is 3pm.
Updates on the event and lineup will be posted at www.tobykeith.com.
As we previously reported here on Keepin’ it Country, country superstar, and Oklahoma native, Toby Keith has been busy organizing a tornado relief concert. His charity concert, which will be held on July 6th at Memorial Stadium at the University of Oklahoma, will raise money for victims of the May 20th deadly tornadoes. Tickets will be $25 each and will go on-sale on Friday, June 21st, with proceeds benefiting the United Way of Central Oklahoma.
About the concert and the devastation in his home town of Moore, Toby said:
“I grew up in Moore, I live in Norman and I’ve got lots of family and friends who were directly affected.”I know these folks and they’re resilient, but we’re going to keep helping them any way we can. I’m proud to get together with some others from around here who are just as committed as I am to supporting these communities.”
We are also running a special event in support of the United Way of Central Oklahoma. Keep checking out Keepin’ it Country for our online auctions.
Country icon Ronnie Dunn is teaming up with Toby Keith for a big benefit concert benefitting the victims of the Moore, Oklahoma concert. The two superstars have been working hard since they heard the news of the EF5 tornado. The two have actually jumped Garth Brooks’ fence to get him into the show… and it worked.
Ronnie said this on Facebook:
We were up all night firing texts and emails. Toby and I climbed over Garth’s fence. He’s in…just rying to figure out how to make it all happen for the best !!!!….but, “he still has to clear things with Trisha” . Janine (Oklahoma girl) just wants me out of the house…period.
We’re ALL in agreement…”it’s Toby’s town and we want to be respectful and do the right thing by following his lead.”
Everyone involved is feeling like THIS needs to be organic and REAL…..”get down in the dirt”. Take it straight to the people without a tremendous amount of pomp….but BIIIIIG !!!
THIS IS REALLY EXCITING !!! RD
We can’t wait to see who else will join this line-up for a great cause. Our thoughts remain with Moore, Oklahoma.
Us here at Keepin’ it Country want to wish all the moms out there a happy Mother’s Day! Just in case you’re looking for a playlist of songs to help celebrate the weekend with your Mom, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite country songs about moms. Take a listen to our list below and let us know what YOUR picks are for mother’s day.
MAMA’S SONG – CARRIE UNDERWOOD
A personal song written by Carrie herself to her mom is our first pick for our Mother’s Day playlist. The music video features Carrie and her real life mom, as pictured to the side of this post, on her wedding day as she tells her mom that she doesn’t need to worry about her daughter, because she learned from her. “Mama’s Song” was the fourth single from Carrie’s “Play On” album, which was co-written by Carrie with Luke Laird, Kara DioGuardi, and Marti Frederikson. BONUS: The video also features Carrie’s real-life husband, Mike Fisher.
Check out the rest of our picks below:
Garth Brooks is being sued by a former business partner. The country icon is facing the heat against Lisa Sanderson, reports TMZ, for unpaid salary, bonuses, and and punitive damages. She worked with Garth for over 20 years as a television producer to help jump-start his acting career, and she is claiming that it was Garth himself who stopped him from roles in “Saving Private Ryan,” and “Twister.” She also claims that he killed deals with Disney, Fox, and many others because of the way he acted or because of his demands.
The lawsuit was filed by Marty Singer and Allison Hart. Lisa is asking for $425,000 from Garth, claiming she was lied to about the salary she’d receive if she stuck around.
Read the whole story over at TMZ and let us know what you think – do you believe this story? Or do you think it’s someone trying to cash in on a country legend? Sound off below, or on our Twitter and Facebook pages.
The 48th annual Academy of Country Music Awards are taking place this Sunday, April 7th, in Las Vegas. As we all know, the red carpet and stage fashion choices are some of the most talked about items when it comes to award shows. Back, due to popular demand, is our very own pre-award show fashion reminiscent feature! This time, we take a look at the couples and collaborations of ACMs past … and, boy, have there been some questionably horrific and unquestionably sensational choices in ACM history!
Yesterday we were part of a teleconference with CBS and Academy of Country Music producers for the upcoming ACM awards this weekend. We got to know quite a few exciting secrets for the award show this weekend, and of course we couldn’t wait to tell our fans and readers on Twitter! If you’re following us on Twitter (@keepinitblog) you will have already heard these really cool performances, but we are recapping them now so everyone can keep track of what might be the most-fun Academy of Country Music Award show ever.
Unfortunately, we were unable to make it to the ACMs this year because of budgetary reasons, so we’ll be live-tweeting them from home along with you! Make sure you join us Sunday afternoon for our exclusive KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY PRESENTS… Jason Charles Miller stageit show at 3 pm EST, before the ACMs kick off live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas at 8 pm EST. Use hashtag #KIC to join in our fun!
Jewel will perform a special Lifting Lives segment with a mash-up of her hit single “Hands Clean” and “Fill A Heart,” an original song by singer-songwriter Tori Kelly.
Hunter Hayes will get two pretty cool performances – he’ll be debuting his new single “I Want Crazy” with Stevie Wonder, and will mix in one of Stevie’s big hits. Hunter will return later in the show with Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley live from the ACM Fan Jam. How did Stevie and Hunter get together? Turns out Hunter covers Stevie’s songs on tour, and Stevie discovered them and became a fan of Hunter.
Luke Bryan will be debuting a brand new single “Crash My Party” during the award show..
Reba will introduce a very special duet performance from Garth Brooks and George Strait who will be paying tribute to the late Dick Clark. It’s going to be a pretty emotional performance, so make sure you tune in for this one.
Do you have any questions about the ACMs? We’ll answer what we can on Facebook and Twitter!
For the second year, the Grand Ole Opry is teaming up with artists, radio stations, attractions, and other partners from across the country for a high-tech Easter Egg Hunt via Twitter this Friday, March 29. Prize eggs will be hidden around the Opry’s hometown of Nashville as well as in several mystery cities across the U.S., and fans will find clues to the eggs’ hiding spots by following @opry on Twitter throughout the day Friday.
Among the prizes up for grabs from the Opry and participating partners are tickets to see Alabama, Terri Clark, Kacey Musgraves, and more coming up at the Opry; autographed CDs and merchandise from several artists including Trace Adkins, Garth Brooks, Josh Turner, and Carrie Underwood; and more.
Fans will also be able to participate in a Virtual Opry Egg Hunt and enter for a chance to win a grand prize trip to Nashville by searching for virtual eggs throughout opry.com on Friday. Will you be joining in the hunt?
In exciting ACM news, The Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions announced that George Strait and Garth Brooks will perform together for the first time ever to pay tribute to Dick Clark. Strait & Brooks are the two most recent recipients of the ACM Artist of the Decade Award. The ACM Artist of the Decade Award will be renamed the ACM Dick Clark Artist of the Decade Award, in honor of the iconic figure and longtime producer of the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS. The show will air live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7 at 8PM EST on CBS.
“Dick helped make country music accessible to a larger fan base and his efforts will not be forgotten. Garth and I were so grateful when we each received the ACM Artist of the Decade Award, so it’s only fitting that we’ll be honoring him with this tribute performance at the ACMs,” said George Strait.
Garth added, “I commend the Academy on naming the ACM Artist of the Decade Award after Dick Clark. Although there is no award the entertainment industry has that can match the magnitude of the star Dick Clark was, and still is, it is an honor to get to be a part of the Academy’s tribute to him. There may be others who have contributed as much to the music industry, but there is definitely no one that has contributed more than Dick Clark. He was music’s best friend, and a dear friend to me.”
Previous recipients of the ACM Artist of the Decade Award include Strait in 2009, Brooks in 1998, Alabama in 1988, Loretta Lynn in 1979 and Marty Robbins in 1969. The ACM Dick Clark Artist of the Decade Award is an Academy honor bestowed on a country music artist only once every decade.
This Sunday marks the 40th Anniversary of the American Music Awards, and when we think of decades past, we think of one thing — crazy fashion choices! So, in anticipation of this year’s big show, we decided to do a little fashion policing of our own (sorry Joan), because though the awards are really about the music, the thing that seems to get the most lasting buzz is the red carpet do’s and don’t's! Below are our staff’s picks for country music’s fashionistas and fashion faux pas in AMA history!