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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.

REVIEW: Caroline Kole’s Debut EP – Money To Me

Cole Kole Money To Me EP

We have said it before, and we will say it again – Caroline Kole is a soul much older and wiser than her age. You needn’t have a conversation with Caroline to substantiate that statement. You can simply listen to her music, focus on her beautiful vocals, and let the lyrics take you someplace else in order to understand that Caroline is an artist who is years ahead of her time. This EP contains six original tracks, each of which is distinct in sound and story, and allows Caroline to explore different characters, capturing each one seamlessly and effectively.

Our Favorite Live Moments of 2013

2013

Country music certainly gave us many memorable moments over the last year. Whether it was new artists making their way into the industry, smash hits climbing the charts, notable feuds sprinkled throughout tabloids, or live television performances of classic Broadway shows, our beloved genre definitely did not disappoint. The staff here at Keepin’ It Country was incredibly fortunate to attend many live shows of some of our favorite artists throughout the last year, from which we brought our fans and followers real time coverage. We collectively compiled some of our most memorable live performance moments of 2013, which we witnessed as members of the audience. In reverse chronological order, we bring you Keepin’ It Country‘s first-hand year in review:

Jo Dee Messina – December 22, 2013, Casino Miami – In anticipation of her upcoming album, Me, Jo Dee Messina brought her show to Miami, Florida. In the review heard around the world (thanks to Jo Dee herself!), we excitedly reported about Jo Dee, whose vocals are deserving of a myriad of accolades, undoubtedly re-entering the country music scene with a bang. With stellar performances of well-known hits, sure-to-be future number ones, and incomparable covers, Jo Dee brought the crowd to its feet multiple times. Mark our words — 2014 will be Jo Dee’s year, and we cannot wait to watch her soar.

Jo Dee Messina

Kelly Clarkson‘s Acoustic Show for Green Mountain Coffee – October 10, 2013, New York’s Highline Ballroom – As the ambassador for Green Mountain Coffee, Kelly Clarkson went to Peru to learn about coffee farming and fair trade. She brought her newfound knowledge and out-of-this-world vocals to an invite-only acoustic show at New York’s Highline Ballroom. Joined by only a keyboardist and pair of acoustic guitarists, Kelly wailed through some of her biggest hits, her voice shining in the intimate space. Highlights of the show included a haunting, acoustic solo rendition of “Don’t You Wanna Stay?” and the fan request, “Sober.”

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Brad Paisley at the New Yorker Festival – October 5, 2013, New York’s Gramercy Theater – This was a far cry from a usual Brad Paisley spectacle, but instead featured Paisley in an intimate setting, on-stage with only an acoustic guitar and interviewer, Kelefa Sanneh. It was much a storytellers night, as Paisley traded stories with Sanneh, intertwined with acoustic performances of both his biggest hits and some of his deepest cuts. The night also included an audience Q&A and insight into what was arguably Brad’s most controversial cut, “Accidental Racist.”

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Jennifer Nettles for NASH-FM, August 17, 2013, Hill Country BBQ – It’s not every day that you get to catch one of country’s biggest names in the basement of a BBQ restaurant. However, it was Jennifer’s voice that overpowered the smell of ribs and pulled pork, as she performed a sampling from her forthcoming album, including the album’s first single and title track, “That Girl” while also trading stories with NYC’s NASH-FM’s Blair Garner.

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The Band Perry – July 21, 2013, NYC’s Roseland Ballroom – The singing siblings rocked New York’s historic Roseland Ballroom with a polished and poised performance that would make even the most seasoned veterans jealous. Although their Pioneer album didn’t receive as much acclaim as it deserved in 2013, there is no doubt that the Perry siblings are here to stay with their dynamic stage presence.

The Band Perry In Concert - New York, New York

Jason Aldean – July 20, 2013, Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois – In one of two memorable 2013 live moments selected by our staff involving Jason Aldean, we were lucky to be in the sold out Wrigley Field crowd. Jason, along with Kelly Clarkson, Jake Owen, Thomas Rhett, and Nashville’s first signed DJ, Dee Jay Silver, rocked Chicago like no other country acts have done before. Despite the pouring rain, the sold out crowd stayed put, drank, danced, and sang to their favorite Jason songs, including his award-winning smash hit duet with Kelly Clarkson. Even the White Sox owner, White Sox players, and Atlanta Braves players braved (pun intended) the rain and celebrated country music in the heart of Chicago on that stormy night.

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Striking Matches, Ashley Monroe and Hunter Hayes – MTV’s Artist to Watch show – June 18, 2013, New York’s Webster Hall – Although the night belonged to Hunter Hayes, the highlights of this show were country duo Striking Matches and the woman behind one of 2013’s best country albums, Ashley Monroe. Although the show itself was a bit of a mismatch with the Hunter fans not paying appropriate respect to the openers, both Ashley and Striking Matches held their own. Ashley especially shined on the tongue-in-cheek, “Weed Instead of Roses” and her version of Jason Aldean‘s #1 hit, “The Truth,” which she co-wrote.

Ashley Monroe

Cassadee Pope – June 8, 2013, Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, Florida – Cassadee Pope took the world by storm during Season 3 of The Voice as a member of Team Blake. Soon after being crowned “The Voice,” Cassadee hit the road with vocal superstar trio, Rascal Flatts. At her hometown show (which was featured on CMT’s Frame By Frame), Cassadee shared her talents with her family, friends, and fans. Witnessing this young artist catapult into stardom and return to her roots for the first time in a large venue was an absolute privilege, as Cassadee wow’ed her hometown with her stunning vocals and gave us just a small glimpse of what is yet to come.

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Blake Shelton – iHeart Radio Show – March 27, 2013, iHeartRadio Theater – To go with the release of Based On a True Story…, Blake took the stage for iHeartRadio. The show was streamed online and included Blake’s biggest hits combined with some of his newer tracks. Definite crowd-favorites included sing-along performances of “Austin,” “Honey Bee,” and “Old Red.”

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Jason Aldean – March 2, 2013, Madison Square Garden – It’s not every day that a country artist headlines New York’s legendary, Madison Square Garden. Joined by Thomas Rhett and Jake Owen, Jason owned MSG with his biggest hits, as the audience sang along and hung on to every word. Although he sang some of his newer hits, set list highlights included “Big Green Tractor” and “Amarillo Sky.”

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Miranda Lambert – January 26, 2013 – Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City – Although there were no low points in Miranda Lambert’s performance at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall during the first leg of her Rocked and Reloaded Tour (with Dierks Bentley), it was her performance of “Over You” that left us speechless that night. Performing on the one year anniversary of the death of her childhood friend, Mark Adams, tears streamed down Miranda’s cheeks as she held the microphone out to the audience to help her through the song. And help her they did, singing back each word of “Over You” in a moment that gives me chills just thinking about it.

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We bid adieu to a fabulous year of country music and eagerly look toward 2014. Country music continues to make huge strides as the years progress, and it is foreseeable that the next year will be filled with landmark tours, chart-topping albums/singles, and the continuance of country music flourishing as a whole. What were some of your most memorable concert moments of 2013, and what are you most looking forward to in the 2014 country concert circuit?

REVIEW: Jo Dee Messina Live in Miami

Jo Dee Messina

Jo Dee Messina definitely underestimates herself when she sings the words “I’m Alright.” The definition of “alright” is satisfactory; acceptable; reliable; good. Jo Dee is leaps and bounds above “alright.” Jo Dee is phenomenal; extraordinary; remarkable; sensational. Just when you thought you signed, sealed, and delivered your list of top vocalists to ever exist, we insist that you add one more name to the top of that list!

On Saturday night, December 21, we were fortunate enough to be in Jo Dee’s presence in Miami, Florida, for a “holiday show” in a most intimate setting. Despite the fact that we had quite the scare on the way home from the show (which involved a homeless man, a bottle of windshield cleaner, and his refusal to let go of our windshield wiper until we opened the window in a terribly dangerous part of town to hand him his “dolla”), we had the night of our lives!

Review: Garth Brooks Live from Las Vegas!

Garth Brooks Las Vegas

This past Friday night, Garth Brooks‘ Las Vegas show aired live on CBS from The Wynn to fans’ delight, and the highly anticipated television special certainly did not disappoint! With 8.7 million viewers spending their Black Friday nights curled up on their couches, watching one of country music’s best, the special doubled Lady Gaga’s recently aired Muppets event. Clearly fans do not live by the old cliche “out of sight, out of mind,” and are eagerly awaiting the day Garth announces that he will be bringing his show back out on the road!

Clad in work boots, baggy jeans, a hoodie, and a Wynn Las Vegas baseball cap, Garth owned the stage on which he was only accompanied by a guitar. With stories from his childhood and brief covers of songs on which he grew up, Garth entertained the live and television audiences with his sense of humor, charisma, and stellar vocals. While sharing tales about his large family and their many adventures during Garth’s childhood (such as riding shotgun and fearing for his life as his mother’s lead foot took over the vehicle), Garth covered some of the influential songs that impacted his career. The show could best be classified as “stand-up comedy … with a guitar.”

Garth also “surprised” the audience with a cameo by his superstar country vocalist wife, Trisha Yearwood, who joined her husband on stage for a performance of the couple’s “In Another’s Eyes.” Before leaving the stage, Trisha also gave us a brief sampling of one of her most infamous songs “She’s In Love With the Boy.” Luckily for us diehard Garth fans, we were also blessed with performances (albeit mere clips) of some of Garth’s oldies and goodies, including “Somewhere Other Than the Night” and party classic “Friends In Low Places.” Perhaps the most incredible moment of the night, at least for this particular huge Garth fan, was the performance of “Shameless.” Not only does Garth own the Billy Joel cover every time the words slip through his lips, but during this specific performance, Garth let go of his true and tried stage companion (his acoustic guitar), and sang a portion of the song a cappella. At that point, 8.7 million hearts simultaneously melted.

The two-hour event was a blast from the past, as well as a glimpse into the future, of Garth’s country career and left fans craving more … especially to the tune of a 2014 tour. Between the release of Garth’s eight-disc Blame It All On My Roots boxed set and the live airing of his final Las Vegas show, fans are buzzing about the possibility of Garth coming out of “retirement,” hitting the road, and sharing his music — new and old — with country music fans across the world.

Not only did fans of country music sit with their eyes glued to their televisions on Friday night, but Garth’s peers in the country music industry tuned in to watch their beloved idol entertain the masses. Below are some of our favorite reaction tweets from country musicians:

@DierksBentley: still the man… #garthbrooks

@carrieunderwood: Loving this #GarthBrooks special! Saw the show in Vegas a few years ago…so much joy and love for music! #Inspired #FellowOkie

@TheSwonBrothers: Who does Chuck Norris fear?? #GarthBrooks

@KCMuessigmann: Garth Brooks is the single greatest entertainer EVER born. Biggest influence on my music, as well as every other mid-20’s artist out there.

‏@jodeemessina: OMG! Watching Garth special. He is amazing! Some people have just “got it”. Ha. He just happens to have a LOT of it. Rock on Garth! Xoxo

@TheFarmMusic: That’s about as good as it gets folks …a true entertainer. #Garth

‏@johnrich: Watching #Garth right now. Country music’s Elvis! Also, I never realized how much he and @glennbeck look alike. Am I right?

@mallaryhope: Garth Brooks is the best ever. The end

@WillHoge: there’s some jackass on CBS TOTALLY ripping off Chris Gaines right now. He should sue this dude

@cavanaughmusic: Garth brooks is the man for a reason

If anything became evident during this event, it is that “retirement” has not affected the stunning vocals of this iconic performer, nor has time away from the limelight hindered his ability to bring a memorable show to his fans. Here’s to hoping that Garth is ready to travel the world again for one more “Rodeo”!

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Platinum-Selling, Grammy-Nominated Artist Jo Dee Messina

Jo Dee Messina

Country megastar and two-time Grammy Award nominee, Jo Dee Messina, has been named the Academy of Country Music Awards’ Top New Female Vocalist; Billboard Magazine’s Most Played Country Female Artist of the Year; Boston Music Awards’ Outstanding Country Act, Outstanding Female Vocalist, and Act of the Year; and the Country Music Association Awards’ Horizon Award recipient. She has been atop Billboard’s Country Music Chart and in the Top 15 of Billboard’s 200. She has platinum albums and gold albums and has experienced a myriad of successes. And while she has been seemingly quiet on the radio as of late, she never really said Bye Bye or even took any Downtime. We were unbelievably lucky to catch up with one of country music’s sensations to find out what she has been up to, when we can expect new music, and to chat about her time on the road – both musically and on foot. During our conversation, she convinced us I’m Alright, made it clear that she could handle anything, so Bring On the Rain, and, when the sun came back out, she made sure we knew that, in certain situations, My Give a Damn’s Busted. All in all, we found out that one of our favorite artists is on her way to a comeback with a vengeance and is ready to give the Peace Sign to naysayers!

First thing’s first – let’s clear up some rumors! Jo Dee never went away. In fact, she did quite the opposite; she has been touring, as well as making records for her fans. And while the songs she recorded on her former label may have ended up on shelves, you might be interested to find out that Jo Dee actually was first to record a song called Put Me In the Ground, which is more identifiable as The Band Perry‘s smash hit, Better Dig Two. When Jo Dee’s label failed to believe in the potential of Put Me In the Ground, it became mutually clear for Jo Dee and her label that it was time to part ways. (Oh, and Jo Dee is incredibly excited that the song has been successful for The Band Perry because she loves the song and she loves The Band Perry.)

Jo Dee Messina Set To Tour & Release New Album

Jo Dee Messina

According to The Boot, Jo Dee Messina will be kicking off her tour this month! She will be doing a few dates in the United States before heading  to Canada.

Last year, Messina completed her contract with Curb Records, parted ways with the label, and decided to take full control of her music and career.

For months, she has been working on her upcoming album with a little help from her fans. Through Kickstarter, she was able to raise more than $100,000 for the project, and her fans have also helped her pick every song for the record as well as the first single. The single, “Peace Sign,” was just released through her own label, Dreambound.

She tells Billboard:

They [the fans] picked every song for this record. We’d been working on the record since last year. We’d put little snippets of demos or live performances up on Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube, and let people decide thumbs up or thumbs down. Then, we started getting involved with Kickstarter, and people got a chance to participate in the recording process of the album.

Now, Messina will be hitting the road to play for all of those loyal, supportive fans.

Tour Dates:

9/14 – Honolulu, Hawaii – Hawaii Convention Center
9/21 – Bakersfield, Calif. – Kern County Fair
9/28 – Columbus, Tex. – Colorado County Fair
10/3 – North Battleford, SK – Gold Eagle Casino
10/4 -Swift Current, SK – The Living Sky Casino
10/5 -Yorkton, SK – Painted Hand Casino
10/6 – Melfort, SK – Kerry Vickar Center
10/8 – Grande Prairie, AB – Spurs Cookhouse
10/10 – Edmonton, AB – Cook County Saloon
10/11 – Whitecourt, AB – Eagle River Casino
10/12 – Regina, SK – Casino Regina
10/13 – Winnipeg, MB – McPhillips St. Station

For more information, visit: http://www.jodeemessina.com/Thanks/

Tim McGraw Finds Out Who His Friends Are

Tim and Friends

As we found out years ago, Tim McGraw, along with country music pals, Kenny Chesney and Tracy Lawrence, found out who his friends are. Well, Tim has teamed up with those friends to create a compilation disc, entitled “Tim McGraw & Friends,” scheduled for release by Curb Records on January 22, 2013. Colt Ford helped Tim out on the track, “Twisted,” which will be the first single off the special compilation disc. The album will be exclusively available at Walmart and will include 11 individual tracks:

Jo Dee Messina Leaves Curb Records

Jo Dee Messina.

Country music singer Jo Dee Messina has left her major label home at Curb Records, she announced in a news posting on her official website. Her contract with the label had run out, but she has big plans in store for 2013. Jo Dee, who is currently out on tour and will continue hitting the road next year, is busy writing and working on a brand new album – which she also expects out in 2013.

She shares:

“I am so excited to be able to start fresh. I have so much music to share. Getting it out there to the fans is going to be such a blessing.”

 

We wish Jo Dee well in her new venture and can’t wait to see what she has planned for fans! Check out the live version of “A Woman’s Rant” from her upcoming new album and let us know what you think:

 

(the song begins after 4:47).

Jo Dee Messina To Run Half Marathon

Jo Dee Messina.

Country music singer Jo Dee Messina will be undertaking a big challenge on November 11th: she’ll be running a half marathon in support of the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer research, followed by a concert immediately after she crosses the finish line. The whole event will take place at the Rock N’ Roll San Antonio Marathon, and over 50,000 runners are expected to participate in the fifth annual event.

The event is a big deal for the artist, who shares:

“I’m so excited to be participating in this year’s Rock N’ Roll San Antonio. The Rock N’ Roll Marathon Series is always put together well and they make every runner feel special. I begin my training in a week and already have a pretty good base. I’m not really fast, so I hope I make it back in time for the show. I hear they have a great one planned (she added with a wink). I’m definitely more nervous about the run than the show. But, I’m looking forward to both.”

The Curb Records artist has been busy volunteering her time to help those in need lately. She volunteered at a food bank in October for the yearly Make A Difference Event. For 40 years, hundreds of volunteers across the United States have teamed up on the fourth Saturday of October for Make A Difference Day in their local communities. She teamed up with the Tennessean to help pack food bags at Second Harvest.