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Andrew Pope (no relation to Cassadee, The Voice fans!) is a country musician from Alabama who isn’t afraid to dig deep into the roots of country music in his blooming career. Andrew’s first two singles, If Waylon Could See Us Now and Rowdy Side, were released in 2012. Andrew, who was signed to MillTown Music, released his first full album at the end of 2012. Andrew hopes to release his sophomore album in 2014 and we wanted to make sure that our Keepin’ It Country readers were able to meet Andrew and get to know the artist behind the music before his next big project. So, without further adieu, we introduce you all to Andrew Pope!
The lineup for George Jones‘ Tribute Concert at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena just got even bigger. In addition to an already packed lineup, it was announced today that George Strait, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Reba McEntire and Alabama will also be performing at the November 22nd show.
“I am thrilled and honored that so many of George’s friends are coming to what would have been his last concert, but is not a fitting tribute,” says Nancy Jones. “George loved these artists and before passing had actually wrote letters to almost all of them.”
The new list of performers will join an already star-studded lineup that includes Alan Jackson, Dierks Bentley, Travis Tritt, Tanya Tucker, Josh Turner, The Oak Ridge Boys, Charlie Daniels, Jamey Johnson, Montgomery Gentry, Sam Moore, and others. All previously announced artists are currently being reconfirmed.
For more information on George Jones, please visit www.georgejones.com.
The #Road2FarmAid, announced last week, is one of many ways that Farm Aid is connecting with fans as it gears up for its annual benefit concert on Sept. 21 at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
The #Road2FarmAid, which officially launched Aug. 28 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, invites stories from people who are attending the Farm Aid 2013 concert and anyone wanting to share their own vision for strong farm and food communities. Participants who tag their photos and videos on social media sites will be eligible to win a grand prize of two front-row tickets to Farm Aid 2013, which sold out after just four days. Details about photo and video contest eligibility are available at farmaid.org/contest.
”Everybody has a role to play in the Good Food Movement – each one of us can take action to support family farmers with our food choices and at the ballot box,” said Jennifer Fahy, a spokesperson for Farm Aid. “The #Road2FarmAid is an invitation to engage in a conversation about family farmers and the good food they produce. It’s a celebration of family farm agriculture with an added bonus: people can win some cool prizes!”
Farm Aid also announced today that Jamey Johnson, Sasha Dobson, Jesse Lenat, Insects vs. Robots and The Blackwood Quartet have joined the already star-studded Farm Aid 2013 lineup.
A webcast from Farm Aid 2013 will air Saturday, Sept. 21, from 5 to 11 p.m. EDT at farmaid.org. The webcast will feature artist performances and a behind-the-scenes glimpse of Farm Aid 2013, including interviews with artists, farmers and fans; demonstrations from the HOMEGROWN Village, where concertgoers engage in interactive exhibits about farming and food; a look at Farm Aid’s signature HOMEGROWN Concessions®, which brings family farm food to concertgoers; and a peek into the production side of things, showcasing what it takes to produce this major music, food and farming festival.
The Farm Aid 2013 concert will also be broadcast live on Willie Nelson‘s SiriusXM channel, Willie’s Roadhouse (56) and through the SiriusXM Internet Radio app on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.com, on Sept. 21, beginning at 2 p.m. EDT. The live broadcast will also include behind-the-scenes coverage and backstage interviews with host Dallas Wayne.
In addition, for the first time, concertgoers will be able to access the entire Farm Aid experience in the palm of their hands with the official Farm Aid 2013 mobile app, which will be available soon for iPhone and Android devices. Fans will be able to view the entire Farm Aid 2013 schedule and add artists, workshops and artist briefings to make their own personalized schedule for the day.
Farm Aid 2013 is sponsored by Chipotle Mexican Grill, Amy’s Kitchen, Farm Family Insurance, Horizon Organic, American Harvest, Rudi’s Bakery, Organic Valley, Applegate, Greener Fields Together, EcoScraps, PLOTSAVER and Taste NY.
Here’s one special you won’t want to miss. CMT is planning on celebrating country icon Willie Nelson‘s 80th birthday with a very special taping of “CMT Crossroads: Willie Nelson & Friends From Third Man Records.”Announced to be part of the big birthday celebration will be performers Ashley Monroe, Jamey Johnson, Sheryl Crow, Neil Young, and Leon Russell. The episode will air in May, but we don’t have an exact date yet.
Fans are also asked to take part in Willie’s 80th birthday celebrations by visiting birthday.willienelson.com/ and submitting a video talking about why you’re a fan of the country legend. The birthday submissions are being put together by Farm Aid,who is gathering up good wishes for Willie Nelson from America’s family farmers, and artists. They’ll round up your funniest, most heartwarming testimonials to make a video for Willie on his big day on April 30, 2013.
One of the artists helping to celebrate with a video message is Kenny Chesney. Check out his special birthday message for the icon:
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
Total Voters: 34
Fans who were looking forward to Willie Nelson and Jamey Johnson‘s “Railroad Revival Tour” are going to be pretty disappointed this week. According to the tour’s website, the tour has been completley cancelled and all fans will receive refunds on their credit cards by October 21st. The site quotes “complications would not permit us to host the shows in the manner intended” as the reason for the cancellation.
The tour was scheduled to kick off on October 20th, with several stops in cities from California to Georgia. Willie and Jamey were to be joined by several different acts throughout the tour. No other information on reason for cancellation has been provided at this time. Were you planning on attending?
“In Color” singer Jamey Johnson is getting ready to start the media rounds for the release of his brand new album. His album, “Living For A Song: A Tribute To Hank Cochran” will be released on Tuesday, October 16th. He kicks off his media appearances tomorrow on the syndicated radio program Imus in the Morning, and on Friday he’ll perform alongside Alison Krauss on the Late Show With David Letterman on CBS at 11:35 pm EST. Alison is one of the several artists making guest appearances on the record. On Monday, October 15th, Jamey will sit down with WSM-A/Nashville at 7 pm CST with Gaylord Classic Country for a chat with Eddie Stubbs.
Artists appearing on the record include Asleep At The Wheel, Bobby Bare, Hank Cochran, Elvis Costello, Ronnie Dunn, Vince Gill, Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Ray Price, Leon Russel, George Strait, and Lee Ann Womack.
Jamey will shortly be revealing plans for a brand new tour.
Check out the full track listing below:
Jamey Johnson will be bringing a few friends of his to a special show at the historic Ryman Auditorium to help celebrate the release of his upcoming Hank Cochran tribute album. The “In Color” singer’s “Living For A Song: A Tribute To Hank Cochran” will hit stores digitally and physically on September 25th. He’ll play the 16-track album live at the show on Tuesday, October 16th with some still-unnamed special guests. Tickets will go on-sale on Friday, September 7th at 10 am CST on opry.com.
The record will be released on vinyl, CD’s, and digitally. The vinyl release will be a limited edition and is available for pre-orders right now. Fans who pre-order the record will receive an instant digital download of “Don’t You Ever Get Tired Of Hurting Me,” which is a duet between Jamey and Willie Nelson.
Jason Charles Miller is definitely not your ordinary urban cowboy. Rather, he represents the dark, gritty side of country music – the type of country music that should receive more acknowledgement than it does.
Regardless, this Virginia native knows his way around the entertainment industry. Although he might be most known for heading the rock band Godhead, Jason has travelled many paths throughout his life. His impressive resume includes writing, producing, voiceover recording and acting. If that wasn’t enough, Jason is busy overseeing his own recording studio, Central Command Studios.
We caught up with Jason today to talk about the release of his new single “Up To Me,” his recent signing with Render Records, how he feels about the music industry and what he has to offer.
We can promise you that this man has a mind and heart evident in both his thoughts and music that any country music fan could appreciate and love. Take a look for yourself:
Bocephus is heading back on the road. Be warned: don’t expect it to be a tight-lipped trip.
Hank Williams Jr. has been pretty quiet in the months following his controversial comments about President Obama that got his “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight” removed from ESPN’s “Monday Night Football.” But fans should be hearing plenty about it on his tour. We’re told he’ll be playing new material that was written within weeks of his 2011 controversial remarks.
Along with the new material, he’ll also be playing fan favorites. With 20 gold albums, six platinum albums, 13 chart-topping albums, and ten #1 singles, how could he not? “A Country Boy Can Survive,” “Dixie on My Mind,” and the already mentioned “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight” are expected to be on the playlist.