This week’s music video is Sara Evans, “A Little Bit Stronger.” The platinum hit served as the lead single for her sixth album, Stronger. I think the track is pretty much perfect. Great song, great lyrics, and I love the message. It was one of my favorite songs of 2011 without a doubt, and I was surprised it did not receive a Grammy nod. I think it was one of the biggest snubs this year, and Evans deserved to be nominated for “Country Song of the Year” or “Best Country Solo Performance.”
Pick Pickler! This week’s choice features an awesome live rendition of Kellie Pickler performing her song, “Tough.” It is the lead single from Pickler’s highly anticipated album, 100 Proof, which is set for release on January 24th. It is definitely one of the albums dropping this year to which country music fans are most looking forward. I have been following Pickler’s career since American Idol. Not only is she one of my favorite Idol contestants ever, but she is one of my favorite country singers. I cannot wait to hear 100 Proof.
Have you heard of Buddy Brown? I was searching Youtube and came across some of his excellent country song covers, and had to share with you all. This week’s video is his version of Jake Owen‘s, “Barefoot Blue Jean Night.”
Brown is a Gibson endorsed artists along with Costa Del Mar. His self-titled EP is available on iTunes. “Why You Won’t Dance” is a stand-out track for me.
Really, really good stuff. You should check him out! Plus, his covers on Youtube are some of the best I have heard.
Jake Owen set to take on the annual college football classic, the Orange Bowl!
The country star will perform prior to the Discover Orange Bowl in Miami Gardens on January 4th. Owen will headline a concert at the Bud Light Orange Bowl Game Day Fan Zone before the match-up between Clemson and West Virginia.
Pop/rock sensation, Train, will headline the half time show while NBC’s The Voice winner, Javier Colon, will perform the National Anthem.
2011 has been quite a year for country music. We’ve seen touching, real-life singles like “Cost Of Livin’” to new party anthems like “Red Solo Cup.” There’s been albums that have broken records, and albums that have surprised fans. We’ve had all-girl groups form, and some groups losing members this year. One thing is for sure… 2011 has been a big one for country music.
We’ve put together our top eleven list of the eleven best albums released this year. Some of our picks may surprise you, so make sure to take a look and let us know on Twitter, Facebook, or right here in the comments about what you think, how you feel, and if you think we missed someone we shouldn’t have.
Bad weather forced Jake Owen to cancel his charity concert at Holman Stadium in his home-town of Vero Beach, Florida on Saturday night. The concert was set to be the finale to the fundraising weekend for Jake and his high school friend, and tennis star, Mardy Fish. The duo host the “Mardy’s Tennis And Jake’s Music Fest” annually to help raise money for St. Jude’s Research Hospital as well as children’s athletic and music programs in their home-town.
Late Saturday afternoon Jake tweeted:
@jakeowen: my charity show will have to be rescheduled due to the weather. Such a bummer. I’m sad thinking about it. Thanks again
Jake had more to say on his disappointment of being forced to cancel the event, which he says will be rescheduled:
“Everyone always works so hard putting this event together. The situation was out of our control and it was so disappointing when we couldn’t perform at the stadium, but the concert is just one part of the weekend’s events. We still raised money for a really great cause and the show will definitely be rescheduled.”
C&H Events coordinator Jon Keeney said that the outdoor venue at Holman Stadium at the Vero Beach Sports Village made the concert a public safety concern with the poor weather. He says that Jake was the most resistant to cancelling the show because he didn’t want to disappoint the five thousand fans who had already purchased tickets for the evening.
Jake made up for not being able to hold an official concert, and instead performed an impromptu concert at the Riverside Cafe in Vero Beach, where he used to be found singing his songs on Sunday afternoon during his college days. Jake and his friend, Chris Young, came to the cafe to perform since that’s what they came to the city to do. Jake and his band, along with Chris, sang into the early morning hours for the standing-room-only crowd that packed the venue.
RCA Nashville artist Jake Owen recently played his second Stageit show to benefit St. Jude’s Research Hospital in Tennessee. He raised an incredible $3,000 in just 35 minutes for the hospital.
“If I can’t be on the road playing songs for people,” says RCA Nashville’s Jake Owen, “I’ll do it from my kitchen through a live concert on Stageit.com. The concerts are very spur of the moment,” he says. “There aren’t any mics or cords, just a few guitars and my MAC that has an eyesight camera on it. I Tweet about it ahead of time to let everyone know we’re doing it. The other night we raised 3K for St. Jude in just 35 minutes. I would have been playing music with my friends in my kitchen anyway, so it’s a pretty cool way to give back.”
Jake’s fundraising continues December 10th when he will join his childhood friend, and top ranked American in professional tennis, Mardy Fish, to host the 6th annual “Mardy’s Tennis And Jake’s Music Fest” in Vero Beach, Florida. The concert will include special performances by Eric Paslay, Chris Young, and of course, Jake himself.
Jake’s portion of proceeds will be donated to St. Jude and The Mardy Fish Foundation, whose mission is to provide kids with access to after-school activities that involve exercise, proper nutrition, and enrichment programs in a safe environment.
Jake Owen premiered his new music video “Alone With You” for his fans today on his Facebook page. Watch the new music video below and let us know what you think of the sexy video:
On the new single, Jake had to say:
“I think a lot of people can relate to the lyrical content of ‘Alone with You,’” says Jake. “The line in the song ‘But you kiss me when you’re drunk’ is so real and the music video is true to the storyline of the song. Basically, it’s about not finding love…but comfort in someone’s arms who really isn’t the one for you and sometimes no one else knows about it but the two of you. The video also features a supporting role by my bulldog Merle. He should win an award.”
Yesterday, Jake celebrated his number one single “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” in Nashville. It’s one of the rare six country songs to hit platinum in 2011.
Hey friends! It’s time for our “Video Picks of the Week!”
If you missed last week’s kick-off post, “Video Picks of the Week” is our new weekly feature where we will choose three videos: an official music video, a live performance video, and a song cover video.
This week’s music video is Jake Owen’s number one hit, “Barefoot Blue Jean Night.” The song was the lead-off single to his current album of the same title. His video for his current single, “Alone With You” is set to be released soon.
Live Performance Video
Our live performance video is Reba McEntire singing “She Thinks His Name Was John” at the 1994 Billboard Music Awards. The song was the second single off of her “Read My Mind” album and sparked controversy at the time for its subject matter. “She Thinks His Name Was John” is about a woman who contracts HIV after a one night stand. It is a powerful, heartbreaking song sung by one of the best musical storytellers in the business.
The pick for cover song this week goes to singer-songwriter, Ashley Arrison. This video is Arrison’s beautiful version of Miranda Lambert’s “More Like Her.” If you have not heard the talented Arrison’s music, you must check it out. It is available on Itunes! You can follow her on Twitter: @ashleyarrison, and stop by her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ashleyarrisonmusic.
The 2012 Florida Strawberry Festival takes place in Plant City, Florida March 1-11, 2012. Artists in the past that have performed at the festival include, Lady Antebellum, Big and Rich, Gretchen Wilson, Terri Clark, Tanya Tucker, Trace Adkins and more. The theme for this year’s festival is “Growing Sweet Memories,” and sweet memories are what will be made with this year’s lineup. Hank Williams Jr, Reba McEntire, Demi Lovato, Luke Bryan and the Oak Ridge Boys are among those scheduled to play. Check out the full lineup after the jump.