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ACM Party For A Cause Festival Lineup Announced – April 4-5/Las Vegas

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Finally, what country fans have been waiting for! The ACM Party For A Cause® full lineup has been released along with the schedule!

In case you missed our previous post on this event, here is a quick recap. The Second Annual Party For A Cause will be a two-day music event that will be closing out The Week Vegas Goes Country® festival and leading up to The 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, April 6.

During these two days, the open-air venue of Caesars Entertainment’s The LINQ and feature multiple stages for ongoing LIVE country music performances, interactive games, a country marketplace, and more to be announced. This year’s Party For A Cause® Festival will be hosted by Outnumber Hunger and ACM Lifting Lives and be headlined by Rascal Flatts (Friday) and Keith Urban (Saturday). Tickets may be purchased through tickmaster.com.

First Round of ACM Performers Announced

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The Academy of Country Music and Dick Clark Productions announced ACM Award nominees Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Keith Urban and The Band Perry are scheduled to perform on the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.  The ceremony, which will be co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, is produced for television by Dick Clark Productions and will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

Superstars Rascal Flatts & Keith Urban To Headline Two-Day ACM Party For A Cause® Festival

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The Academy of Country Music has announced the headliners and full lineup for their 2nd Annual Party For A Cause® Festival. Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban were named the festival’s headliners, taking the main stage on Friday, April 4th, and Saturday, April 5th, respectively.

This year’s star-studded lineup also includes Joe Nichols, Jerrod Niemann, Thomas Rhett, Chris Young, and The Cadillac Three. Joining them, will be the three ACM New Artist of the Year nominees and many more to be announced.

This year’s Party For A Cause® Festival will be hosted by Outnumber Hunger and ACM Lifting Lives and held at Caesars Entertainment’s The LINQ. The festival will be the first ever special event to be held in this open-air lifestyle complex at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. Over the two days, The LINQ will transform into a country-lover’s playground with elements already tied to this ACM event, such as: multiple stages to hold ongoing LIVE country music performances, interactive games, a country marketplace, and more activities to be announced as the Festival approaches!

“We are thrilled to kick off the first of many large-scale concerts and events at The LINQ with the Academy of Country Music,” said Jon Gray, vice president and general manager of The LINQ. Caesars Entertainment has always been an industry leader in presenting top-of-the-line entertainment experiences in Las Vegas, and our space at The LINQ offers many new opportunities for us to continue to raise the bar of the city’s entertainment landscape.”

The Party For A Cause® Festival is part of The Week Vegas Goes Country® leading up to the 49th Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on CBS.

“The Academy is honored to have Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban headline two separate nights of incredible music during The Week Vegas Goes Country®” said Bob Romeo, CEO of the Academy of Country Music. “Fans nationwide plan their vacations around ACM events, and they will be blown away by The LINQ and all that Caesars has put into the property. We’re privileged to be the first event in this very special space.”

Keith Urban Adds Light The Fuse Tour Dates

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Fans can catch Keith Urban on his Light The Fuse Tour in Canada, Australia, and now the US this year!  Urban has just added a number of new US dates from July through September with stops in Boston, Sacramento, and everywhere in between.

For ticket information as well as a complete list of tour dates, visit the Tour Page of Urban’s website.

 

 

Keith Urban’s latest Light The Fuse Tour 2014 dates:

Who Is Keepin’ It Country Keepin’ Its Eyes On?

Country music is probably the most accepting and welcoming genre in music. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that newcomers enter the scene often and immediately imprint our hearts with their sincerity and gratitude, and win our support with their undeniable talents. The staff at Keepin’ It Country has compiled a list of those we are Keepin’ Our Eyes On in 2014. We suggest you all take notes and keep a close lookout for these up and coming artists. We have a feeling they will be filling your iPods and blaring from your stereo speakers in the very near future.

The Ladies:

Jenn Bostic – With a hit record in the United Kingdom and nearly half a dozen Independent Country Music Awards under her belt, “Jenn Bostic” is becoming a name commonly uttered by country music fans alike. If you haven’t heard Bostic’s breakout song, “Jealous of the Angels,” you are missing out on a song that will simultaneously touch and break your heart, all the while soothing your soul. It won’t take long until the United States’ radio stations take notice of this talented, warm, and beautiful artist. Mark our words.

Brandy Clark – She may hate orange and she may not look good in stripes, but she sure does sound sensational singing about same. With impressive songwriting credentials under her belt, Clark contributed her vocal talent to Sheryl Crow’s 2012 tour. Clark later released an EP, entitled Brandy Clark, and a full-length album, 12 Stories, which has received countless rave reviews. With the release of 12 Stories taking place so late in 2013, the album has barely had time just yet to circulate to its fullest potential, but we anticipate that radio stations are going to take notice sooner, rather than later, and make Clark a household country music name.

Lucy Hale – You may have been watching Hale for years in her role as Aria Montgomery on ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars. However, you might have been unaware that Hale first entered our homes on the small screen due to her musical talents. Ten years after Hale introduced her vocal abilities to America, she has returned, honoring her Tennessee roots, and recently released her debut country music single. If “You Sound Good To Me” is any indication of what Hale’s entire album is going to prove, consider Hale the next successful crossover artist from television to music.

Caroline Kole – She entered the scene as a pre-teen, sharing the stage with iconic country singer, Reba McEntire. She shares management with McEntire, Blake Shelton, and Kelly Clarkson. She is only sixteen years old. At sixteen, Kole has had experiences that most of us could only dream about and she is not even close to being done. Kole’s debut EP is being released this Tuesday, January 14, 2014, and is unmistakably a perfect introduction to country music fans. What will fans take from this album? Kole is mature; Kole is talented; Kole is bringing country back … and Kole, along with her classic country sound, are here to stay.

Jamie Lynn Spears – You have likely known of Spears for most of her life because of her family. You might have watched her on Zoey 101 or read about her in a magazine or twenty. However, this is a Jamie Lynn Spears you never knew before and is worth taking time to get to know. Bursting into country music with a song that people were initially skeptical about, Spears shocked the country music world with her raw, beautiful vocals on “How Could I Want More?” The track left country music fans wanting more, and we anticipate that Spears will provide more … and continue to make a name for herself in music.

 

The Gentlemen:

Frankie Ballard – Although Frankie Ballard had moderate country success a few years ago with “A Buncha Girls,” his current single “Helluva Life” is currently climbing the radio airwaves in anticipation of the release of his forthcoming album with Warner Brothers, Sunshine and Whiskey. Ballard possesses a laid-back style and an effortlessly country voice that is sure to continue to endear him to country fans and help him truly break out in 2014.

Austin Webb – We dare you to listen to Austin Webb’s “Slip On By” and not stop in your tracks and feel the goosebumps rise on the back of your neck. Then give a listen to “It’s All Good” and you’re sure to find a smile creep over your lips. Webb possesses a soulful voice and storytelling ability that is hard to come by in today’s music scene and he’s also killer on the harmonica. His sound hearkens back to a seemingly bye-gone era in country music that we’d fully support him ushering back. He’s currently working on his debut album with Byron Gallimore (Lee Ann Womack, Tim McGraw) and we can’t wait to hear it.

Chase Rice - Once upon a time, Chase Rice was just another contestant on CBS’s Survivor, and although he may not have won that reality show, his country career took off in a big way due to a little song named “Cruise.” He co-wrote the Florida-Georgia Line megahit and released his own EP “Ready Set Roll” that is sure to win over country music fans. Rice will hit the road with Billy Currington and Brett Eldredge later this year, while also hopefully completing a full-length album.

Sam Hunt – Sam Hunt may not be a household name just yet, but chances are, you know at least one of his songs. If you’re reading this blog, it’s safe to guess you’ve heard Kenny Chesney‘s “Come Over,” Billy Currington‘s “We Are Tonight” and Keith Urban‘s “Cop Car.” Yep, each of those tracks were co-penned by Hunt, whose debut “Raised On It” is currently burning up Sirius XM’s The Highway. Hunt may not look like your typical country star, but with hits like that behind him, there’s no denying his country star potential and we expect big things from him in 2014.

Eric Paslay – There’s absolutely no denying the ear-wormability of Eric Paslay’s current single, “Friday Night.” While that catchy tune has finally given Paslay attention as an artist, you’re undoubtedly already a fan of his work. He’s written tracks like Jake Owen‘s #1 hit “Barefoot Blue Jean Night,” Love and Theft‘s “Angel Eyes” and Eli Young Band‘s “Even if it Breaks Your Heart.” At six feet, four inches, the man is a giant walking hit factory and we expect to hear much more from Paslay in 2014, as he continues to hone his leading man skills on tour with Brantley Gilbert and Thomas Rhett.

Duos/Groups:

Dan + Shay - This Warner Music Nashville duo, consisting of Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney, was formed just a little over a year ago, but they have come onto the country scene in full force. They released their debut single “19 You + Me” back in October, and it was the most added debut single of 2013. It is currently climbing the Billboard Country Airplay and Hot Country Songs charts, and this week, it also debuted on Billboard’s Hot 100. “19 You + Me” is one of those songs that you love on first listen and then hit repeat, and we expect it to continue its rise. Plus, we hear a bit of Rascal Flatts in there, and really, that’s always a good thing. If the single and their YouTube videos are any indication of what is to come, Dan + Shay will definitely be making a big name for themselves.

Jill and Kate – We have been fans of Jill Pickering & Kate Rapier, collectively Jill and Kate, for years. After being long-time members of Kelly Clarkson‘s band and touring worldwide, the girls decided in 2012 to focus full-time on their own music. They have independently released a handful of albums and EPs (their most recent – Heart of Stone), and will be releasing new music this year. There are not many voices who sound as cohesive and blend as effortlessly well together as Jill and Kate’s do. Keep your eyes on this talented duo… we think this may be their break-out year.

The Swon Brothers – With Cassadee Pope and Danielle Bradbery already impacting country music in a big way, we think this fellow The Voice/Team Blake duo is next (Blake Shelton really has an ear for talent, doesn’t he?). The Swon Brothers, signed to Arista Nashville, recently released their new single “Later On” and the song hit number one on the iTunes Country Songs Chart within 24 hours. It will officially be sent to radio next month and their debut album is set for later this year. The brothers – Zach and Colton – are well on their way.

Striking Matches - Striking Matches, made up of Sarah Zimmerman and Justin Davis, recently signed with Capitol Records’ new label, I.R.S. Records Nashville. They have been gaining momentum and much notoriety with writing several songs for the hit ABC television show, Nashville, as well as partnering with CMT and having the backing of the Grand Ole Opry. The duo already has a self-titled EP under their belts, and they are now hard at work on their debut album. They are sure to continue their rise in country music.

Blackjack Billy - Composed of Rob Blackledge, Noll Billings, Jeff Coplan, Patrick Cornell, and Brad Cummings, this country rock band independently released their debut single “The Booze Cruise” last March. The song became a SiriusXM “The Highway” find as well as the biggest-selling song on iTunes by a band without a major label for the first half of 2013. Later in the year, the band was signed to Bigger Picture Music Group and released a five-song EP entitled Get Some. They have the sound; they have the look… With the backing of the label, we are sure to hear even more from them this year.

Keith Urban & Miranda Lambert Release “We Were Us” Music Video

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You take Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert, give them a duet, and you get a dream collaboration.

Written by Nicolle Galyon, Jimmy Robbins, and Jon Nite, “We Were Us” is one of the best songs out right now and we love it.

The duet seems to be years in the making. Lambert opened for Urban on his tour back in 2005 when she was just starting out. Since then, Urban has been waiting for the perfect song to sing with Lambert. “We Were Us” was it.

“When I heard ‘We Were Us,’ it was instant,” Urban told People magazine. “I had two thoughts. The first [was] ”This is that song’ and the second – ‘Man, I sure hope she says yes!’ ”

The “We Were Us” music video premiered on Friday evening via Urban’s Facebook page. The video was filmed in front of a live audience at Edna’s neighborhood bar in Oklahoma City. Check it out below!

CMA Awards Favorite Moments

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Another CMA Awards night has come and gone, but certain moments left lasting impressions on our staff. If you follow us on Twitter, you know we spent the majority of the show cracking on Sheryl Crow‘s hair, Dolly Parton‘s assets, Zac Brown Band‘s beards, and Kacey Musgraves‘ b****y resting face. While those particular things set the stage for our jokes, puns, and #sarcastictweets, our staff compiled a list of our other favorite moments of the night. The following are those award show memories that are ingrained in our minds:

POLL: 2013 CMA Male Vocalist of the Year

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Hey music friends!

We here at Keepin’ It Country love hearing from you and getting your feedback on all things country. With that said, we are back with our CMA polls and want to know your picks!

The CMA Awards air next Wednesday, November 6th, and we can’t wait! In the meantime, though, we’ll be rolling out polls for the major categories.

First up…. CMA Male Vocalist of the Year! This should be some tough battle, especially with the year both Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan had.

Vote below and let us know which country boy you want to see take this home.

CMA 2013: Male Vocalist of the Year

  • Keith Urban (49%, 355 Votes)
  • Blake Shelton (33%, 242 Votes)
  • Luke Bryan (11%, 80 Votes)
  • Jason Aldean (3%, 25 Votes)
  • Eric Church (4%, 22 Votes)

Total Voters: 724

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Next Round of Performers Added for 47th Annual CMA Awards

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“Country Music’s Biggest Night,” the 47th Annual CMA Awards, just got even bigger. The lineup of newly-added performers will include Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Kacey Musgraves, Brad Paisley, George Strait and Alan Jackson.

Jackson and Strait will join forces  to perform a tribute to the legendary George Jones, who passed away in April of this year.

Other previously announced performers include Jason Aldean, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban and Taylor Swift.

The CMA Awards will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, November 6 at 8pm EST on ABC.

CMA Announces Its First Wave of Performers for the 47th Annual CMA Awards

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It has been announced that the following artists are the first wave of performers who will hit the stage during the 47th Annual CMA Awards: Jason Aldean; Luke Bryan; Little Big Town; Tim McGraw; Taylor Swift; Miranda Lambert; Blake Shelton; and Keith Urban.

The awards will air live on Wednesday, November 6th, at 8:00pm EST/7:00pm CST.

*Additional performers will be announced soon*