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Country Music Hits the Sands of Sunny South Florida

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When you think country music, you typically envision open fields, farms, little green tractors, cowboy boots, and ten-gallon hats. When you think Kenny Chesney, you think all of those things – plus a little blue chair. Now take all of those things and add in the warm, beautiful beaches of Fort Lauderdale, Florida and a great cause and you have the incredibly exciting inaugural Tortuga Music Festival!

Kenny Chesney, along with pop, rock, and other country artists (20+ artists, mind you) you will be participating in Rock the Ocean’s first ever beach concert event on April 13-14. The artists will perform on three stages, each of which is directly on the beach. The lineup includes Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, The Avett Brothers, Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite, Gary Allan, Jake Owen, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Gary Clark, Jr., Eli Young Band, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Grace Potter, Kip Moore, Gloriana, G. Love & Special Sauce, Donavon Frankenreiter, Mac McAnally, The Wailers, Sister Hazel, Dangermuffin, Rayland Baxter, and The Bright Light Social Hour.

Kenny Chesney Turns Producer

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You may recall Kenny Chesney‘s hit, “You and Tequila.” You may also recall that female vocals that provided some depth and beauty to the track. That female vocalist is Grace Potter, and the musical bond she and Chesney created continues on as the two joined forces again; this time to create tracks for Potter’s album.

With his longtime co-producer Buddy Cannon, Chesney produced “Stars” and “Ragged Company” on the deluxe version of Potter’s “The Lion The Beast The Beat” album which was released this week. Chesney first heard “Stars” in February. “We were hanging out in her kitchen and she grabbed her guitar and played me a verse and chorus of the song which she was still writing,” recalls Chesney. “I love the creative process. I was there when the song was born and we nurtured it through the studio and onto the record. That’s pretty cool.” Chesney and Alison Krauss also provide background vocals on the song.

“Ragged Company” first appeared on Potter’s 2006 debut album and they reprised the song with guest vocalist Willie Nelson. Chesney’s “Welcome To The Fishbowl” album will be released next week and features Grace Potter on the song “El Cerrito Place.”

POLL: ACM Awards – Vocal Event Of The Year

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The polls continue…

The ACM Vocal Event of the Year nominees include:

  • Country Boy – Aaron Lewis ft. George Jones & Charlie Daniels
  • Don’t You Wanna Stay – Jason Aldean w/ Kelly Clarkson
  • Old Alabama – Brad Paisley ft. Alabama
  • Remind Me – Brad Paisley w/ Carrie Underwood
  • You And Tequila – Kenny Chesney ft. Grace Potter
Let us know your pick!

ACM Awards: Vocal Event Of The Year

  • Don't You Wanna Stay - Jason Aldean w/ Kelly Clarkson (57%, 16 Votes)
  • Remind Me - Brad Paisley w/ Carrie Underwood (18%, 5 Votes)
  • Country Boy - Aaron Lewis ft. George Jones & Charlie Daniels (11%, 3 Votes)
  • You And Tequila - Kenny Chesney ft. Grace Potter (11%, 3 Votes)
  • Old Alabama - Brad Paisley ft. Alabama (3%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 28

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POLL: ACM Awards – Song Of The Year

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Up next… Song of the Year.

The ACM for Song of the Year is awarded to the composers, publishers, and artists.

For this category, we have… “Crazy Girl,” “Home,” “Just A Kiss,” “Threaten Me With Heaven,” & “You And Tequila.” Which song gets your vote?

ACM Awards: Song Of The Year

  • Crazy Girl - Eli Young Band (45%, 10 Votes)
  • Just A Kiss - Lady Antebellum (32%, 7 Votes)
  • Threaten Me With Heaven - Vince Gill (14%, 3 Votes)
  • Home - Dierks Bentley (5%, 1 Votes)
  • You And Tequila - Kenny Chesney ft. Grace Potter (4%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 22

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Thank-you for voting and don’t forget to vote in our other ACM Awards’ polls as well!

Jake Owen Scores Another Number One Single

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This week, Jake Owen holds the number one position on Billboard’s Hot Country songs chart with his single “Alone With You”.  With his hit song “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” going number one on the charts just last September, Jake definitely has a lot to be happy about.

When asked to reflect on his current number one, Jake had this to say:

“When we started playing ‘Alone with You’ out on the Keith Urban tour last year, I realized that it was a song people really connected to. At the very end of the song, when I would sing, ‘But you kiss me when you’re drunk,’ people would literally laugh out loud. And I think it’s because they had been there, done that. Guys and girls could relate to it. So, when it came time to choose the follow-up single to ‘Barefoot Blue Jean Night,’ I just trusted my gut instinct and the overwhelming response from the people at our shows. I am so thankful to so many people right now.”

You can watch Jake perform “Alone With You” tonight on the Tonight Show With Jay Leno on NBC at 11:35PM EST.

Also, you can pick up your tickets HERE for Jake’s upcoming shows this summer – he will be part of the Brothers of the Sun tour with Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, as well as Grace Potter and The Nocturnals. The anticipated stadium tour will start in Tampa, Florida on June 2.

Kenny Chesney’s Fans Head Out Last Night

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With warm weather finally here, production of Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw‘s “Brothers of The Sun Tour” is now in full swing. Kenny had decided on a special way to thank his fans for the support over the years by having them be part of a picture collage during his performance of “Out Last Night” during the tour. He asked his fans to submit pictures of themselves out having fun to be considered for the video montage in his official fanclub, and thousands of entries were received by Kenny and his team. The video is being edited now, and the final product will be revealed on the tour.

The coast-to-coast stadium tour kicks off June 2nd in Tampa, Florida with Grace Potter & The Nocturnals opening for the superstars. On June 19th, Kenny will release a brand-new studio album on BNA Records. It will be the follow-up to the critically acclaimed “Hemingway’s Whiskey,” which spawned the number one hits “Boys Of Fall” and “You And Tequila.”

Kenny is the most-nominated artist going into the 47th annual Academy of Country Music Awards on April 1st. See if he can sweep the award show when it airs live on CBS from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Top 20 Singles Of 2011

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2011 has been one heck of a year for country music. We’ve seen singles from all different sides of the spectrum: from songs that make you want to get up and dance, to songs that make you want to cry. Country has always been very good at dealing with real-life issues. It’s the story songs that make country music the genre it is. It has a way of moving you, either to get up and party, or to remember what’s really going on in the world.

It was hard to narrow down the highlight songs of the year into one package, but Ted Efron and myself sat down to do just that. There might be some surprises on our list, but these are the songs that defined a genre for 2011. Take a look at our list below and let us know if you agree, disagree, or think we forgot someone we shouldn’t have. Not all of these songs are singles, some are just the best album tracks that should have been singles this year.

Grace Potter Didn’t Know Kenny Chesney Before Duet

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In a backstage interview with HitFlix at The Grammy Nominations Concert, Grace Potter admits she was surprised to get a call from Kenny Chesney “out of the blue” to sing on the Grammy-nominated “You And Tequila.” She had never met the man before the phone call, and has no idea how he had heard of her before:

“Kenny called me out the blue,” she said. “I didn’t know him from Adam. I guess someone had sent him some of my music and he had it on his iPod shuffle and he was in St. John floating around on his boat or doing whatever it is that Kenny Chesney does when he’s in the islands and he heard my voice..He was very excited with my voice and thought it would fit the song.”

Grace Potter and her band The Nocturnals will be opening for Kenny on his tour next year with Tim McGraw.

Kenny Chesney to Debut New Music Video

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Kenny Chesney’s latest hit, “You And Tequila,” is set to hit country music video playlists tomorrow afternoon. First airing on CMT at 3pm EST, Chesney will also make VH1′s video countdown Saturday morning on the Top 20 Video Countdown.

The debut will feature behind the scenes footage from the music video shoot, as well as Chesney’s thoughts on his latest single. The video was shot by Shaun Silva in different locations in Malibu, California. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals were also part of the music video, as they were the single.

“I’m so excited to have made this record and video with Grace Potter. Everything about it was inspiring and fun. The way music should be.”

You and Tequila is from his latest effort, Hemingway’s Whiskey.