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Jo Dee Messina’s Official Album Release Date

Image courtesy of Jo Dee Messina

If you read our October 2013 interview with Jo Dee Messina, you likely noticed that we announced a March 18, 2014 release of her next studio album, Me. Today, Jo Dee’s camp confirmed that March 18th will, indeed, be the release of the highly anticipated fan-funded project.

Today, on JoDeeMessina.com, it was announced that Jo Dee’s new full-length album will be released Tuesday, March 18th. The album, entitled Me, which was chosen by fans, has been described as Jo Dee’s “most personal album to date as she wrote or co-wrote many of the songs and will release it on her own newly established label, Dreambound Records, with distribution by eOne Music.” From the beginning to the end of the creation of this album, Jo Dee has been able to maintain complete creative control, something that was lacking in her career before this point.

POLL: Grammy – Record Of The Year


Thank-you for voting in our Grammy polls, please keep it up! There are some battles going on right now. Make sure you check them out!

We posted the polls for all of the Grammy country categories, but we thought we would do one more for fun!

This category isn’t in the country genre but two of our own, Taylor Swift & Kelly Clarkson, are nominated for “Record of The Year.”

Who do you want to win?

Grammy - Record Of The Year

  • Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) - Kelly Clarkson (92%, 22 Votes)
  • We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together - Taylor Swift (8%, 2 Votes)
  • Lonely Boy - The Black Keys (0%, 0 Votes)
  • We Are Young - Fun. ft. Janelle Monae (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Somebody That I Used To Know - Goyte ft. Kimbra (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Thinkin Bout You - Frank Ocean (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 24

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POLL: Grammy – Best Country Album


It’s time for our poll for the last country music category… Best Country Album!

Make sure you vote in our other Grammy polls as well, and check back later to see the results!

The Grammys air on Sunday night at 8 p.m. EST. on CBS. Good luck to all the nominees! We’ll be watching.

Grammy: Best Country Album

  • Four The Record - Miranda Lambert (68%, 23 Votes)
  • Living For A Song: A Tribute To Hank Cochran - Jamey Johnson (12%, 4 Votes)
  • Uncaged - Zac Brown Band (9%, 3 Votes)
  • Hunter Hayes - Hunter Hayes (9%, 3 Votes)
  • The Time Jumpers - The Time Jumpers (2%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 34

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POLL: Grammy – Best Country Song


Up next… “Best Country Song.”

I think noticeably absent from this category are Blake Shelton & Miranda Lambert for their heart breaking and beautiful co-written song, “Over You.”

What do you think? Any other songs you feel were slighted a nomination in this category?


POLL: Grammy - Best Country Song

  • Blown Away (61%, 41 Votes)
  • Springsteen (25%, 17 Votes)
  • Cost of Livin' (7%, 5 Votes)
  • Even If It Breaks Your Heart (4%, 3 Votes)
  • So You Don't Have To Love Me Anymore (3%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 67

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POLL: Grammy – Best Country Duo/Group Performance


Hey friends!

We’re continuing with our Grammy polls…

Up now is the “Best Country Duo/Group Performance” category. Vote for your favorite!

Also, sound off in our comments section and let us know who you think was snubbed a nod.

Grammy: Best Country Duo/Group Performance

  • Pontoon - Little Big Town (66%, 21 Votes)
  • Even If It Breaks Your Heart - Eli Young Band (19%, 6 Votes)
  • Safe & Sound - Taylor Swift & The Civil Wars (9%, 3 Votes)
  • I Just Come Here For The Music - Don Williams ft. Alison Krauss (6%, 2 Votes)
  • On The Outskirts Of Town - The Time Jumpers (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 32

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UPDATE: Carrie Underwood’s “Good Girl” Cracks Top 40

Photo Credit - James White

Carrie Underwood’s “Good Girl” is getting great reception from radio.

The single was released to radio just a few days ago (Feb. 23) and it’s already cracked the Top 40.  It debuted in today’s Mediabase chart, first appearing at #40 and then officially moving  up to #37.  Clearly, with “Good Girl,” Carrie’s got a climber!

“Good Girl” is the lead single off of Carrie’s upcoming album, which will be released on May 1.  The song is co-written by Carrie along with Chris DeStefano and Ashley Gorley.  It’s produced by Mark Bright, who produced her two previous albums as well as seven tracks from her debut album Some Hearts.  Read our review of the single here.  (Spoiler alert:  We like it!)

The single is currently available exclusively on iTunes.  It will be available through Amazon.com on Tuesday Feb. 28.

Since her recording debut in 2005, the American Idol winner has sold more than 14 million albums with Some Hearts, 2007’s Carnival Ride, and 2009’s Play On.  She’s a five-time GRAMMY Award winner, a two-time Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year, a three-time Country Music Association and ACM Female Vocalist winner, and a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry.

If that’s not enough, she’s joined Twitter!  Carrie can officially be found at @carrieunderwood.  There have been plenty of fakes out there, but this one is finally the real deal!

(UPDATE 2/27“Good Girl” leaps to #32 this morning!  Chart positions are not official until the end of the week, so it will be interesting to see how high it climbs.)

(UPDATE 2/28:  “Good Girl” at #28 in this morning’s report.)

(UPDATE 2/29:  “Good Girl” at #24!)

GRAMMY Gab: The Band Perry And The New Artist Award

The Band Perry. photo credit: Big Machine

The Band Perry is up for Best New Artist Award at tomorrow night’s GRAMMY Awards.  Kimberly, Neil and Reid are up against non-country performers Bon Iver, J. Cole, Nicki Minaj and Skrillex.  So what are the odds of TBP taking home the trophy? Recent history says, pretty good.  Overall, history, not so much.

Recently country performers have done very well with the Best New Artist  category.  Recent winners include The Zac Brown Band (2009), Carrie Underwood (2006), Shelby Lynne (2000) and LeAnn Rimes (1996).  Before that, we have to go all the way back to Bobbie Gentry in 1967, the same year The Beatles took home the Album of the Year Award for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.  (Gentry also won a GRAMMY that year for Best Contemporary Female Solo Vocal Performance for “Ode To Billie Joe.”  I’d certainly count that as country!)

Dierks Taking His “Home” Coast To Coast

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In the coming days, Dierks Bentley and his Home will be here, there and everywhere.  The award-winning artist is preparing to promote Home, his sixth studio album, by connecting with fans coast to coast.  Between fan events, television appearances and exclusive album release shows, there will be a deluge of Dierks.

The album release date is Tuesday, February 7.  But Dierks is kicking off the celebration tonight with a sold out show at the Ryman Auditorium.  Tonight’s performance will also mark the last concert played on the current stage of the landmark venue before it undergoes renovation.

Tara Keith Captures Competition Crown — Now GRAMMY Bound

tara keith

It’s not Toby Keith, but Tara Keith (no relation) who will be making a splash at this year’s GRAMMY awards.  The Hamilton, Ontario-based singer won Hitlab’s Emerging Talent Competition and in doing so grabbed herself a GRAMMY gig.  The competition launched back in November and was designed to provide an unsigned musician the chance to perform at an official GRAMMY Week event.

Keith, a former contestant on Canadian Idol, was selected by a combination of fan votes and a blue-ribbon committee of music professionals.  The 22-year-old, who is now living in Nashville, will perform as a headline act at the 3rd Annual Social Media Rock Stars Summit reception on Friday, Feb. 10.  As part of the grand prize, Keith will also walk the red carpet and attend the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards and official GRAMMY  Celebration after-party on Sunday, Feb. 12.

Keith’s performance will be streamed live on GRAMMY Live, a three-day live stream platform of coverage on GRAMMY Week events on GRAMMY.com and CBS.com.

iTunes Taps Aldean, Church and Thompson Square

iTunes rewind

There’s still three weeks left to the year, but our friends over at iTunes don’t need that time to announce their top picks for 2011.  Here are their Country selections for iTunes Rewind 2011:

Album of the Year:  My Kinda Party by Jason Aldean

Song of the Year:  Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not by Thompson Square

Breakthrough Artist of the Year:  Eric Church

It’s no surprise that all three artists tabbed by iTunes are also nominated for the Grammy Awards.  Aldean has multiple nominations:  Best Country Album for My Kinda Party; Best Country Solo Performance for Dirt Road Anthem and Best Country Duo/Group Performance for Don’t You Want to Stay with Kelly Clarkson.

Thompson Square is nominated for Best Country Duo/Group Performance and Best Country Song for their chart-topping Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not and Church is nominated for Best Country Album for Chief.