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A Recap of our ACM Performance Announcements

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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!

The ACMs will kick off with a big opening performance of “Boys ‘Round Here” with Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Pistol Annies, Sheryl Crow, and Brad Paisley.

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.

Taylor Swift will have country superstars Keith Urban and Tim McGraw joining her for “Highway Don’t Care.”

Luke Bryan will be debuting a brand new single “Crash My Party” during the award show..

Kelly Clarkson will be performing her country single “Don’t Rush” with a special, announced guest. Is it Vince Gill? We don’t know, but we know he was approached along with someone else.

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!

Hunter Hayes to perform new music at ACM Awards

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Country’s hottest rising star in Hunter Hayes has a special surprise for his fans this weekend. He’ll be premiering his brand new single, “I Want Crazy,” at the Academy of Country Music Awards on April 7th. The news comes right after his latest single “Somebody’s Heartbreak” topped the Mediabase country charts, which measures airplay on American radio.

The 48th annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards will air live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7th at 8 pm EST on CBS. Hunter’s Warner Music Nashville label mate Blake Shelton will co-host the awards with first-time host Luke Bryan. Will you be tuning in?

Brad Paisley Prepares for Album Release

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This Monday (04/01), Brad Paisley will be testing out his anchor skills as he joins the anchors of Good Morning America as a special guest. This appearance is undoubtedly going to get fans even more excited for the April 9th release of his new album, Wheelhouse, as well as his Building A Wheelhouse Interactive Book.

To get fans revved up, Brad is holding a Wheelhouse Scavenger Hunt for his fans. This interactive contest aims to provide fans with a look into the making of Wheelhouse. Each day during the contest, the artist will post clues to the location of a hidden icon, photo or video via Twitter or Facebook. The first person to locate the hidden item will then win a prize after returning to the promotion site. All participants are eligible to win the grand prize – a flyaway for the winner and a guest to a Brad Paisley contest, as well as a meet and greet and accommodations.

Paisley’s second  single off the upcoming album, “Beat This Summer,” is already #17 on the Billboard national airplay charts. The lead single, “Southern Comfort Zone,” recently became a number one hit, the 21st for the artist. “Beat This Summer” is available instantly when you pre-order Wheelhouse.The album includes special guests Dierks Bentley, Roger Miller, Hunter Hayes, Matt Kearney, Charlie Daniels and LL Cool J.

Fans can also pre-order Building A Wheelhouse, which offers an interactive look at the songwriting and production aspects of the album.

Blog Rodeo: Everyone Loves Country Music

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It may be hard to believe, but once upon a time, you had to trek down to a record store if you wanted to purchase new music. You’d have to buy a full album and you could only listen to the radio stations that were broadcast in your area. There was no iTunes, no iHeartradio, no Spotify. Heck, there wasn’t even a Napster. Additionally, there were no camera phones, no gossip blogs, no reality television and certainly no Twitter. It’s crazy to imagine a world without all of these things, but once upon a time, it existed.

In that world, it would be nearly impossible for a kid from New York to be exposed to country music. While the mainstream scene was full of Backstreet Boys & Britneys, cowboy hats and boots would’ve seemed out of place. That “country western” music had no place on MTV, no one cared who Shania Twain was dating, and “Amazed” by Lonestar was the most country of  country music we’d ever hear.

Fast forward less than fifteen years, and New York now has a country radio station, Taylor Swift‘s rotating boyfriends are national news & it’s no longer unusual for a country concert to sell out Madison Square Garden. Anyone anywhere in the world can go on iTunes to download that oddly catchy “merry go round song” they heard a snip of, and then they can pop on over to Spotify and stream the whole album. The world has evolved through technology, and likewise, so has country music’s role in the mainstream.

Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood & More Added to ACM Awards Performers

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The 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards announced today that superstars Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum and Little Big Town will perform on the April 7th show.

Airing live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on CBS, the show will be hosted by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan, who have become affectionately referred to as “Bluke” on Twitter.

The above artists join an already star-studded show that features performances by Luke Bryan, Kelly Clarkson, Hunter Hayes, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, George Strait and the Band Perry.

First Round of Performers Announced For 48th Annual ACM Awards

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The Academy of Country Music announced the first round of performers today for the 48th Annual ACM Awards, and the line-up is already a great one with some of our favorites!

Set to take the stage that night are: Luke Bryan, Kelly Clarkson, Hunter Hayes, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, George Strait, and The Band Perry.

The big event will take place on Sunday, April 7th. With Shelton & Bryan hosting this year, the show will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.

We can’t wait!

More performers will be announced in the upcoming weeks so check back with us for updates!

Exclusive Interview: Introducing Tiffany Houghton

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I recently had the opportunity to sit down with country up and comer, Tiffany Houghton, while she was visiting New York. Upon meeting the Texan talent, she apologized profusely for her “messy” hotel room and excitedly told me about her adventures in the big apple.

Although she may be only nineteen, and technically, a Nashville newbie, Tiffany Houghton has always been driven by her love for music. When I asked Tiffany how she got into performing, without skipping a beat, she responded “Oh, I was born. I’ve always loved music. They say that I could sing before I could talk. I’ve always loved to perform,” She tells us. “I’d get on our kitchen counter and sing to the family. But I really got professionally into music when I was 10 and moved to NY, and did some Broadway and musicals and some acting.”

POLL: Grammy – Best Country Album

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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 Solo Performance

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Music’s biggest night (and a personal favorite) is almost here… The Grammy Awards!

The show will air this Sunday, February 10th at 8 p.m. EST. on CBS.

But before the Grammys kick off, we want to hear from you! We’ll be rolling out polls for the country music categories the rest of the week.

First up… Best Country Solo Performance!

Vote and let us know who you would like to take the trophy home.

GRAMMY: Best Country Solo Performance

  • Home - Dierks Bentley (40%, 52 Votes)
  • Blown Away - Carrie Underwood (31%, 40 Votes)
  • Over - Blake Shelton (16%, 20 Votes)
  • Springsteen - Eric Church (6%, 8 Votes)
  • Wanted - Hunter Hayes (5%, 6 Votes)
  • Cost of Livin' - Ronnie Dunn (2%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 129

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DVR Alert: Hunter Hayes Makes National Television Appearances

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Country cutie Hunter Hayes is busy this week making several appearances on national television programs. Tomorrow (02/07), Hunter will appear on GAC’s Headline Country at 3PM (EST), as well as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35PM (EST) on NBC. You can also catch the singer on NBC’s Access Hollywood Live on Friday, February 8th (check local listings).

Hunter just announced that he will also be performing on Sunday night’s Grammy Awards where he is nominated for “Best Country Album”, Best Country Solo Performance for “Wanted”, and the Pepsi “Best New Artist” award. Be sure to tune in to the many Hunter-filled T.V. shows this week!

Below, Hunter discusses his nomination for “Best New Artist” at the Grammys: