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REVIEW: JT Hodges Debut Album

JT Hodges.

When I was asked to review JT Hodges’ self-titled debut album, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’d heard his name, and I’d heard some positive reviews, but I couldn’t name a single song of his.

Now I know what to expect. And it’s a lot of good things.

The first notes of the lead song, “Rather Be Wrong Than Lonely”, are a quick drum beat and strong guitar chords that set the pace for my growing enthusiasm. I was into the song before he even began singing. Rarely does an album capture me so quickly, but by the time Hodges made it to the first chorus, I was trying to sing along to his full, sonorous voice.

J.T. Hodges Letting Fans Choose Next Single

J.T. Hodges

How would you like to choose J.T. Hodges‘s next single? He’s opening polls on his official Facebook fan page today for fans to vote on the next single he’ll be releasing from his debut country album due out August 21st. Voting for the third single from the Show Dog-Universal artist will continue throughout July, with the announcement and release of the winning single out two weeks before the street date of his new album.

It’s an important single for any artist to release during the release of an album, so we can’t wait to see what the fans choose. Show Dog-Universal’s Vice President of Sales, Marketing and New Media, Bill Kennedy, isn’t worried about this important decision. He explains:

“JT’s fan base is one of the most active I have seen for a new artist. They have already purchased more than 130,000 downloads of his two singles and we at the label thought it would be a smart idea to let these people who really get him and his music weigh in on the next single.”

Two of the songs up for voting were written or co-written by J.T. himself. Eight of the ten tracks on his upcoming album were written by the artist. The songs up for voting are “Sleepy Little Town,” “Leaving Me Later,” and “Rather Be Wrong Than Lonely.”  Check out YouTube videos of these performances here below before making your choice on JT’s Facebook page, and don’t forget to let us know what you chose!

JT Hodges Releases Track Listing for Debut Album


His much-anticipated album isn’t due in stores untiil August 21st, but Keepin’ It Country fave JT Hodges released the track listing this morning via Instagram. The self-titled album is his debut with a major record label, and we can’t wait to get our hands on it!

Here’s the track-listing:
Rather Be Wrong Than Lonely
Sleepy Little Town
Hunt You Down
Give It One More Night
When I Stop Crying
Goodbyes Made You Mine
Leaving Me Later
Right About Now
Rhythm Of The Radio
Green Eyes Red Sunglasses

And here’s JT’s awesome Instagram pic!

JT Hodges Contest Includes Awesome Prizes

J.T. Hodges Album Cover

JT Hodges will release a new album on August 21 and to thank fans for their support, JT is sending out over 160 prizes to his fans.  The contest runs until July 31.  The prizes include an exclusive #JTHodgesFan shirt, personalized autographed album, handwritten thank you note, guitar, autographed photos, hats, and Copperpeace guitar straps.  Fifty lucky Twitter follows will also get the chance to have their name published in the physical album booklet.  The winners for that prize will be announced on July 2.

To enter, all you need to do it go to www.jthodges.com/jthodgesfan.  And be sure to follow JT on Twitter at @HelloJTHodges and use the hash tag #JTHODGESFAN.

JT Hodges Announces Album Release Date

JT Hodges.

Show Dog Universal’s J.T. Hodges made a pretty exciting announcement just now on his Facebook fan page – his album release date and his official album cover! It’s his debut country album with the major label, and as one of our ones to watch for 2012, we’re expecting big things from J.T. Check out his album cover right here and get ready for his self-titled debut out August 21st!


VIDEO: JT Hodges – Goodbyes Made You Mine Behind The Scenes

JT Hodges.

By now, you’ve seen the music video for J.T. Hodges “Goodbyes Made You Mine” on CMT, GAC or even on YouTube. The second single from the singer-songwriter’s debut album on Show Dog Universal Records will be out later this year, but take a look at the Behind The Scenes video from the shoot for the official music video. What do you think about J.T.? Let us know in the comments below, on our Facebook page, or even on Twitter!


JT was named one of our Ones To Watch for 2012. Read our exclusive interview with JT here.

Chat With JT Hodges and Jessica Andrews Tomorrow Night!


Showdog-Universal’s JT Hodges will be hosting his third episode of “Just Talkin’ with JT Hodges” via Ustream tomorrow night, Thursday, May 17, with special guest Jessica Andrews. JT’s “Just Talkin’” live chats happen twice a month. The shows give fans a chance to get to know JT better and see him perform original songs as well as cover songs. Fans can also vote for a cover song they want JT to perform during the stream.

You can vote for the song you want JT to cover for tomorrow’s show, here. There are three songs to choose from: “Got My Mind Set On You” by George Harrison, “Livin on Love” by Alan Jackson, and “Have You Ever Seen The Rain” by Creedence Clearwater Revival. Currently  “Have You Ever Seen The Rain” is trailing in the lead.

Be sure to head on over to his Facebook page to tune in tomorrow at 7pm CT/8pm EST. In the meantime, check out his video for “Goodbyes Made You Mine” if you haven’t already!

GAC Booth Announces Schedule For CMA Fest Autograph Sessions


We’re getting closer and closer to this year’s CMA Music Festival and GAC has just announced who will be signing at their booth this year! Check out who you can have a chance to meet below.

Thursday, June 7:

• 10-11 a.m. – JT HodgesColt Ford
• 12-1 p.m. – Katie Armiger, Gwen Sebastian
• 2-3 p.m. – Craig Campbell, Jerrod Niemann
• 4-5 p.m. – Bryan White

Friday, June 8:
• 10-11 a.m. – Mallory Hope, Miss Willie Brown
• 12-1 p.m. – Randy Montana, Phil Vassar
• 2-3 p.m. – Heidi Newfield, Suzanne Alexander
• 4-5 p.m. – Sarah Darling, Chris Cagle

Saturday, June 9:
• 10-11 a.m. – Jason Michael Carroll
• 12-1 p.m. – Canaan Smith
• 2-3 p.m. – Billy Gilman, Trailer Choir

Sunday, June 10:
• 10-11 a.m. – Wade Brown, Due West
• 2-3 p.m. – Glen Templeton

Please remember that autograph guidelines have changed for this year’s CMA Fest. Here is a highlight of how the new procedure works:

Fans will now enter a random drawing for the opportunity to meet various artists appearing in the Fan Fair Exhibit Hall. You will be able to enter the drawing at CMAfest.com. between May 14 (starting at 10:00 AM/CT) and May 28 (ending at 5:00 PM/CT). You will enter in your contact information and then select from the list of participating artists singing autographs in the Hall. You may select as many or as few artists as you’d like to meet. Once you submit your entry, you will not be allowed to go back in and change it so choose carefully! Duplicate entries will not be considered and all winners will be notified by Friday, June 1 via email.

CMA will also have a limited number of tickets on-site at the Festival for those who can’t get to a computer to register ahead of time. For more information on this, please see the Fan Fair Hall page at CMAfest.com.

Not every artist participating in the Fan Fair Hall will be part of the autograph drawing. There will be many opportunities for patrons to obtain multiple autographs from artists by just walking around the Fan Fair Hall. So don’t lose hope if you don’t get picked!

Tim McGraw Charity Shootout Brings In Firepower

Tim McGraw.

Tim McGraw‘s charity shoot is bringing in all sorts of firepower. For the first time in the organization’s history, a “Tug McGraw Foundation Celebrity Clay Shoot” will be held on Tuesday, June 5th at the Nashville Gun Club. Proceeds from the event will go directly to the foundation to assist military service members who have been affected by Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

Artists attending the first annual clay shoot include Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw, Craig Campbell, Troy Gentry, J.T. Hodges, Eddie Montgomery, Jon Pardi, Josh Gracin, and Brad Warren. Additional special guests are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. The event will by hosted by Storme Warren.

Each team will makes its way through an award-winning 15-station sporting clay shoot at the Nashville Gun Club. Unlike trap or skeet shoots, clay shoots don’t have repeatable targets and are often unpredictable with live-quarry shooting. This shoot will feature 15 teams made up of 4 shooters, a professional, and a celebrity.

VIDEO: JT Hodges – Goodbyes Made You Mine Music Video

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J.T. Hodges, one of our Ones To Watch for 2012, released his brand new music video for his new single “Goodbyes Made You Mine” on CMT this weekend. The music video is J.T.’s second, and premiered on CMT’s Big New Music Weekend on Friday. In case you missed the music video, we have it right here, so make sure you take a few minutes to check out Showdog-Universal’s rising star and let us know what you think about our friend, J.T:

J.T.’s debut album will be released this Summer, so stay tuned to Keepin’ it Country for more on J.T. and his upcoming album.. one you won’t want to miss!