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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!
We’ve been pretty excited over Kix Brooks‘ brand new solo album “New To This Town.” The former half of the country icon duo Brooks & Dunn just released his album last week. In the special below, Kix plays songs from his new record and talks about the stories behind choosing them and what they mean to him. It’s an indepth, special interview with Kix, who also shares how he convinced Joe Walsh of the Eagles to join him for the title track.
Have you gotten your copy of his new album yet?
Ever wondered what it would be like to get the look like country icon Kix Brooks? To help celebrate the release of his solo album “New To This Town,” fans can get the “Brooks look” by simply interacting with his brand new Facebook application! You can get the iconic mustache without actually having to grow one.
To add the mustache overlay to your picture, visit Kix’s facebook page here, and click the blue “post a reply” button. Follow the steps and you can see what you’d look like as a former half of Brooks & Dunn.
Kix’s “New To This Town” is available everywhere right now, including both digital and physical music retailers. Have you gotten your copy yet? What’s your favorite tracks?
Dierks Bentley is bringing in even more firepower for his charity concert. He’s just announced the addition of country icon Kix Brooks to his “Miles & Music For Kids” charity event on October 14th in Nashville, Tennessee. The motorcycle ride and concert will also feature the previously announced Sheryl Crow, Chris Young, Brantley Gilbert, The Cadillac Black, and Craig Campbell.Tickets for the family-friendly event are still on-sale on Ticketmaster.com, so make sure to get your tickets before it sells out!
The ride begins at the Harley-Davidson of Columbia (1616 Harley Davidson Blvd., Columbia, TN) for a scenic hour-long motorcycle ride ending at downtown Nashville’s Riverfront Park where the ACM Lifting Lives Stage will hold the all-star concert.
We here at Keepin’ it Country have an exclusive video for country fans from Kix’ Brooks upcoming solo record “New To This Town.” The former half of the legendary Brooks & Dunn will be releasing his new album to stores and digitally on September 11th, but he shares with us the story on why he recorded a cowboy song in “She Knew I Was A Cowboy.”
Check out and hear the story from Kix himself and make sure to stop by amazon where the album is currently streaming. Make sure to pick up your copy of Kix’ “New to This Town” on September 11th – it should be one of the best albums released this year. You can preview the album right now in its entirety on amazon.com/kixbrooks, so watch the exclusive cut-by-cut below and make sure to pre-order your copy today!
Country music legend Kix Brooks will be stopping by Good Morning America tomorrow morning to promote his new solo album “New To This Town.” He’ll be performing his title-track, the lead-off single from the album, along with some of his favorite songs from his solo record.
Kix’s album will hit stores on Tuesday, September 11th. It’s available for pre-order right now on kixbrooks.com.
Kix Brooks, one half of the legendary country music duo Brooks & Dunn, will finally be releasing his debut solo album on Arista Nashville. “New To This Town,” which was co-produced by Jay Demarcus of Rascal Flatts and Kix himself, will be available online and in stores on September 11th. See the full track listing below.
“I made an album that really is close to my heart, and it’s a whole lot of fun,” shares Kix. “For the most part, the music’s just…it’s kind of fun and games and hangin’ it out there and thinkin’ about gettin’ back in a lot of those clubs and festivals and gettin’ to play again. It’s like, you know, people come to enjoy themselves, and I think this album in a lot of ways is about that.”
Check out the full track listing for “New To This Town” below:
One half of the famous former duo Brooks & Dunn, Kix Brooks, is set to headline the “Summer OilPatch Festival” in Drumright, Oklahoma on Wednesday, July 4, 2012. The festival will take place at the Sellers Ranch and gates will open at 11:00 a.m. The best part? Admission is FREE and is open to the public! Lawn chairs are welcome.
The Summer OilPatch Festival is an annual day-long concert and lifestyle event that has grown into one of the state’s largest and most diverse Independence Day Events. The event will also include special guest star, Country singer/songwriter Shawna Russell (whose latest single “Sounds Like A Party” has been chosen as the official theme song of this year’s show), along with LiveWire, the Flat River Band, Bo Phillips and the Red Dirt Rangers.
In addition to the music, the festival is one of Oklahoma’s most unique entertainment experiences. It includes a special children’s fair area, classic cars and motorcycles, and a variety of entertainers including clowns, stilt walkers, skydivers and jugglers. There will also be helicopter landings and a huge fireworks display. The show is co-sponsored by Keystone Gas Corporation, Pacer Energy Marketing and Budweiser.
Since 2008, Rick Sellers, President of Keystone Gas Corporation, co-sponsor and organizer of the event, has booked nationally recognized recording artists to headline the event, including Pop/Country icon, B.J. Thomas, Classic Rockers, Head East and award-winning Country vocal band, Ricochet. With Brooks being added to this year’s lineup, the attendance at the 2012 Summer OilPatch Festival is expected to skyrocket up from previous years.
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Kix Brooks is back, and sounding great as ever. The man behind one half of country music legend Brooks & Dunn has released his first solo effort since he and Ronnie Dunn retired their joint act in 2010.
“New To This Town” is catchy, slightly melancholic tale about trying to move on after a break-up but constantly running into your ex and mutual acquaintances.
More than that, though, it’s about living in a small, everybody-knows-everybody town. Right from the opening chords, this song evokes small-town life. You get a sense that nothing much changes, even as life moves on. From the singer’s familiarity with diner waitress Becky to the corner bar where someone always asks “how you are, and how you’re doing, and how you’ve been, and I’ve gotta go through it all again”, Brooks tells a story familiar to anyone who’s lived there. For a man trying to move on, it’s impossible to get away from that past.
While Brooks & Dunn might no longer be together as a duo, it doesn’t mean that the pair don’t lend a helping hand to each other now and then. After Kix Brooks was forced to cancel a concert after a vocal chord burst, Ronnie Dunn quickly filled in. Kix’s show with Gator Country 99.9 in Jacksonville, Florida made the announcement today about this Friday’s show. The show will be free and all VIP and backstage passes will be honored at the event, but with the other half instead! Ronnie was on vacation with his family when he heard the news, and volunteered immediately to fill in for the radio station’s listeners.
The station joins us here and Keepin’ it Country and Ronnie in wishing Kix a speedy recovery.