Country Thunder will be rolling into Florence, Arizona from April 11th to the 14th, 2013! Who will be joining them? Just some of country’s biggest acts these days, that’s all! Artists such as Lady Antebellum, Toby Keith, Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert, Lee Brice, Kip Moore and many more (all are listed below) will be there, and you can be too! You’ll need a 4-day admission wristband in order to get into the shows and right now they’re available at a special early bird rate of only $99! But you’ll need to act on this early bird rate fast – and super fast- because tonight at 11:59pm Central, the prices goes up to $120. To order your tickets, and for other ticket details, head on over to www.countrythunder.com or call (866) 802-6418.
The nominees were just announced earlier this morning for this year’s American Country Awards. The third edition of the fan-voted award show will once again air live on FOX from Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. While the co-hosts remain the same with Trace Adkins and Kristin Chenoweth, there is something new about the award show – the addition of the “Song Of The Year” category which will honor country music’s top songwriters of 2012. The nominees for Song of the Year are determined by the National Songwriters Association International (NSAI). The award show will air live on December 10th on FOX at 8 pm EST.
Artists leading all nominees this year are Luke Bryan with seven, and Lady Antebellum tying for second with Zac Brown Band with six nominations each. Eric Church and Taylor Swift both have five nominations each. Check out the full list of nominees below and let us know who you’ll be voting for. Fans can vote at theacas.com for their favorite artists, and make sure to tune in December 10th to see who wins!
Performers and presenters will be announced shortly, so stay tuned for that announcement too!
The Tennessean is reporting today that Justin Moore is being sued for alleged copyright infringement on his 2009 single “Backwoods.” Songwriter Bobby Carmichael and Louisiana-based fiddle player Britton Curry are claiming that their song matches Justin’s both lyrically and in pitch and rhythm. Justin and his label have not yet commented on the case, which as been filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.
Britton and Bobby’s song was copyrighted in 2003 and filed with the U.S. Copyright Office according to the report. The pair shopped the song around major labels in Music City in 2005. They are also claiming that Island Bound publishing somehow secured the song and then songwriter Jamie Paulson approached Justin with the single three years later. The single appeared on Justin’s debut album and the pair are claiming he made an unknown amount of money on a “stolen idea.”
The pair, who claimed to hear the single on the radio back in February, are wanting $150,000 in damages from Justin and Big Machine Label Group. It’s undetermined how many times Justin may have infringed on their copyright if he did.
Intellectual property lawyer Ramona DeSalvo is handling the case for Britton and Bobby. Both sides are scheduled to meet October 1st with a judge for a pre-trial discussion.
When local firefighters saved Troy native Curtiss Shaver’s life during a tragic farming accident, Shaver knew he found his calling. Even though he lost the lower part of his left leg in the accident, he was as determined as ever to become a life-long firefighter and EMT for the region. In a special event this week at Troy Fire Station No. 1, a ceremonial yard of bricks was revealed to recognize Shaver as winner of Crown Royal’s “Your Hero’s Name Here” program.
The national contest renames the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMA) on July 29th after a deserving American hero. In an effort to bring a little bit of the famous track to Troy, Alabama, Crown Royal organized a special ceremony that resulted in the laying of a replica “Yard of Bricks” in Troy’s downtown. The final, engraved brick was put down by Shaver himself.
Nearly 200 Troy residents, including the city’s mayor, were at the ceremony outside the Fire Station on East Walnut Street. It wasn’t only locals who were there – but country music star Justin Moore performed a short set in Shaver’s honor. He performed “Small Town USA” and “‘Til My Last Day” for Shaver and the community during the brick laying.
“It was an honor to come to Alabama on this special day to pay homage to Curtiss,” said Moore. “He truly embodies the all-American hero and I am glad I got to be a part of this historical celebration. We will have a great time in Indy for the Curtiss Shaver 400.”
Check out the video of Justin’s appearance at the ceremony below:
Big Machine has released their list of performers for the 19th annual Crown Royal Presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard powered by Bigmachinerecords.com. The race, which takes place on Sunday, July 29th, will be held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Headlining the show is sibling trio The Band Perry, with additional performances by Justin Moore, the Mavericks,Greg Bates, and Sunny Sweeney. Paul Malo, the lead singer of The Mavericks, will be performing the national anthem before the race.
The Band Perry will headline the pre-race show between 8:30 and 11 am EST. The race kicks off at 1 pm EST. The performances will take place on the infield stage inside Turn 2, near the IMS Hall of Fame Museum. Tickets are still available for the race at www.imstix.com.
The Valory Music Co’s Justin Moore proved his love for baseball at Monday night’s Kansas City Royals’ game. The “Bait A Hook” singer took a break from headlining performances for some family time during the ceremonial first pitch. Check out the picture of Justin below. As always, click the image to see it full-sized:
Justin will be hitting the road again tomorrow night at the Adams County Fair in Hastings, NE. Upcoming dates, including fairs and festivals, are Heartland Jam in Davenport, IA on July 20th, and Country Jam USA in Eau Claire, WI on July 21st.
Justin’s current single “‘Til My Last Day,” is climbing steadily up the country music charts and has helped solidify more big news and excitement for the singer. Beginning in September, Justin will be joining Eric Church‘s “Blood, Sweat & Beers” tour. For more tour date information, visit Justin Moore’s official tour page.
Due to an unfortunate scheduling conflict, Justin Moore will no longer be climbing aboard the Blake Shelton Cruise. We realize some of you may be quite disappointed about this but there are still 24 AMAZING acts scheduled to perform on-board the cruise and we assure you that you will have a fantastic time!
The Blake Shelton Cruise will set sail from Miami, FL on October 14th and return on October 21st. The 7 night cruise will visit San Juan, Nassau, Tortola, and St. Thomas. This is the biggest country music event to set sail and we’ll be on board! Want to come party with us? Simply mention Keepin’ it Country when you book your new reservation at blakesheltoncruise.com and you qualify for a free gift from us on-board! Don’t forget to stay tuned to Keepin’ it Country as we keep you up-to-date with all future additions, and great cruising ideas, from our team.
In honor of Father’s Day, we knew we had to celebrate country music’s great fathers. They love their kids, they write excellent songs, they put on phenomenal concerts…and they look pretty hot while doing so. Today, we salute country’s music’s 10 Hottest Dads.
While it was hard to narrow it down, these hunky dads stole our top ten spots.
After experiencing unparalleled success with his “The Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour,” which has sold over 450,000 tickets thus far in 2012, Eric Church now has more to celebrate. His newest single, “Springsteen,” from his album, “Chief,” topping the charts at Number 1. Church’s prior single, “Drink In My Hand,” marked his first career Number 1 record; both songs were co-writes for Church. In addition, “Springsteen” also officially received RIAA Platinum certification at the same time as his debut album, “Sinners Like Me,” reached Gold status.
Through this agreement, Big Machine (and its artists) will become the first record company to directly participate in Clear Channel’s terrestrial broadcast radio revenues. For Big Machine Label President and CEO Scott Borchetta, it was a no brainer. Borchetta said, “In Clear Channel, I found partners who shared my big-picture view of how we could structure an agreement to benefit all involved. Not only does this partnership enable Big Machine to participate in terrestrial broadcast revenues, but we are also helping to grow digital radio – a great opportunity for all of us and a breakthrough opportunity for Big Machine artists.”
“Scott Borchetta has reinvented the music business in many important ways over the years, from distribution and artist development to promotion and advertising,” said Bob Pittman, Chief Executive Officer of Clear Channel. “Focusing that same creativity on how best to grow the music business, Scott has developed this new model with us to let his labels and artists participate in the revenue of broadcast radio immediately and in digital radio as it builds. This is a big step, but we think this investment is an opportunity worth taking to align our interests in all of our revenue streams and grow digital listening to its full potential with record labels and their artists as our partners. This landmark agreement creates a structure that makes sense for both our companies – but most of all for music fans.”
“Today, 98 percent of our listening is terrestrial broadcast and 2 percent digital – with record labels and artists only paid for the 2 percent,” said John Hogan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. “This new agreement expands label and artist participation from just digital to terrestrial broadcast radio revenues in one comprehensive framework that will give all of us a great incentive to drive the growth of the digital radio industry and allow everyone to participate financially in its growth. This market-based solution helps bring the best in music to radio listeners wherever they want to hear it.”