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Nominees for ACAs Announced


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!

Lauren Alaina Has A Big Heart


Rossville, Georgia native Lauren Alaina made her way back to her hometown area this past week to give back in her free time in between her Eighteen Cities Inch-By-Inch tour. While Lauren might be just like your typical 17-year old teenager, she also has a huge heart with a big desire to help others. On Thursday of last week, Lauren made her way over to the City of Refuge in Dalton, GA to spend some time with the children and their families in the refuge community.

“I love kids, I was going to be a special needs teacher before I was a singer,” Lauren explained before going in to meet the children at the City of Refuge. “Anything I can do around my area to help out, I’m always excited to be a part of that. I have this thing where like if I see a homeless person out on the road, I’ve never passed a homeless person and not given them money. My friends are always like ‘Lauren, don’t look!’ because they know I give them anything in my wallet. Or, if all I have is my credit card, I go buy them food. I’ve always had a special heart for them.” At the age of 9, Lauren met a homeless man named Kevin that she became friends with, and she attributes her feelings towards homeless men and women to this. “You never know what the circumstances are for the person that’s on the side of the street. People are quick to judge them and think that they just don’t want to work, but that’s not always the case. So, I have a big heart for people who, you know, aren’t as fortunate as I am.”

Lauren Alaina Announces 18 City Tour


I think it’s safe to say that 18 is a lucky number for Lauren Alaina right now. She has just announced an 18-city tour, in honor of her 18th birthday on November 8th, and her current single “Eighteen Inches.” It seems like just yesterday that she was 15 trying out for American Idol, doesn’t it?

Well, Lauren’s all grown up now! She will be teaming up with local charities and the Special Olympics to embark on this journey, and will donate a portion of each of her sales from her limited edition 18-City Inch-By-Inch Tour t-shirts. Lauren is trying to make a difference city-by-city, inch-by-inch.

Fans who cannot make it to one of these shows can still do their part and purchase the limited edition t-shirt from Lauren’s website www.laurenalainaofficial.com.

“Eighteen Inches,” co-written by Carrie Underwood, Kelley Lovelace and Ashley Gorley, has hit the Top 40 on the country singles chart and is steadily rising.

Twitter hashtag: #18cities

The “Eighteen Inches” Tour dates are as follows:

Sept. 21:  Bloomsburg, PA – Bloomsburg Fair • Charity: Special Olympics (local chapter)
Sept. 22:  Long Island, NY  - Pennysaver Amphitheater  • Charity: Long Island Military Veterans
Sept. 29:  Salem, VA – Salem Farmer’s Market • Charity: Salem Rotary Club
Oct. 4: Atlanta, GA – Wild Bills • Charity: Special Olympics (local chapter)
Oct. 5: Dalton, GA – Northwest GA Convention Ctr. • Charity: City of Refuge and Family Promise of Dalton
Oct. 9: Akron, OH – Sultan’s Cabaret “Chicks with Picks” • Charity: Akron General Medical Ctr. Muffins for Mammograms Breast Cancer benefit
Oct. 11: Baton Rouge, LA - Livingston Parrish Fair • Charity: Special Olympics (local chapter)
Oct. 13: Maryville, TN – Foothills Fall Festival • Charity: Special Olympics (local chapter)
Oct. 15: Visalia, CA – KJUG Courtyard • Charity: Special Olympics (local chapter)
Oct. 20: Ashburn, VA – Farmwell Station Middle School • Charity: The Nature Nuts Program
Oct. 21: Miami, FL – Hard Rock Live • Charity: Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital
Oct. 23: Orlando, FL – Cowboys • Charity: Special Olympics (local chapter)
Oct. 25: Mobile, AL – TBD • Charity: St. Jude
Oct. 27: Raleigh, NC – City Limits Saloon • Charity: SPCA of Wake County and Johnston County Animal Rescue League
Nov. 2: Ladson, SC – Coastal Carolina Fair  • Charity: Special Olympics (local chapter)
Nov. 9: Jacksonville, FL – Greater Jacksonville Fair • Charity: Special Olympics (local chapter)
Nov. 11: Baltimore, MD – Hippodrome at France-Merrick Perf. Arts Ctr. • Charity: Susan G. Komen for the Cure Maryland
Nov. 12: Pittsburgh, PA – TBD • Charity: Special Olympics (local chapter)

For more information about Lauren Alaina and her tour dates, you can head on over to LaurenAlainaOfficial.com.

Lauren Alaina Pays Tribute to Kitty Wells at Grand Ole Opry


Lots of young screams and cheers could be heard at the Grand Ole Opry last night as Lauren Alaina made her 4th appearance, performing 3 songs for the packed Wednesday night crowd. She opened up her set with her new single, “Eighteen Inches,” which made it’s debut on the Billboard Charts at #55 this week. Next up, she performed a medley of Kitty Wells songs, including ‘Release Me (And Let Me Love Again)’ and ‘It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels,’ in honor of the late singer who passed away on July 16. Kitty Wells was the first female artist to have a #1 song on the charts.

Lauren’s beautiful voice was sure to make Kitty Wells proud, along with her sassy stage presence. Before closing her set with Georgia Peaches, she announced “Kitty Wells was a sassy little thing and I love it! So am I.”

Check out the audio below of Lauren’s Kitty Wells medley:

Lauren Alaina To Release “Eighteen Inches” On July 16


Mercury Nashville/19 Recordings/Interscope and American Idol Season 10 runner-up Lauren Alaina will release her new single “Eighteen Inches,” off her debut album Wildflower, to radio on July 16. This is the third single off Wildflower, following “Georgia Peaches” and “Like My Mother Does.”

The song was co-written by fellow American Idol contestant and big-time country artist Carrie Underwood, Kelley Lovelace and Ashley Gorley.

“It’s amazing to have an artist like Carrie Underwood, whom I look up to so much write my single,” beamed Alaina. “Kelley, Ashley, and Carrie all did a wonderful job writing such an incredible song. I feel so honored to be able to bring to life the beautiful story within the song.”

“It’s so wonderful when a song you had a hand in writing finds the perfect home,” said Carrie Underwood. “Lauren’s voice tells the story of ‘Eighteen Inches’ beautifully. What an incredible talent!”

It’s great to see that Lauren and Carrie are now friends, after Lauren had the chance to sing with Carrie on the American Idol finale for season 10. We personally love “Eighteen Inches” and hope this will be a big hit for Lauren! What do you think?

Third Annual “Lifting Lives” Music Camp


ACM Lifting Lives® and the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities will partner again for the 3rd Annual ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp, June 18-June 22, 2012, in Nashville. Country artists Lauren Alaina, Big & Rich, Luke Bryan, Brett Eldredge and Jana Kramer, along with hit singer/songwriter David Lee Murphy and renowned producer Paul Worley, have selflessly agreed to volunteer their time with the special-needs campers throughout the week.

The camp is a week-long residential program open to individuals with developmental disabilities. The camp’s mission is to study Williams syndrome and other developmental disabilities while providing music enrichment through performance and education. ACM Lifting Lives funds the costs of the camp, in addition to providing scholarships to several campers.

Nominees For The Teen Choice Awards Announced


Some of our very own country starts are among the list of nominees announced today for The 2012 Teen Choice Awards.

Lady Antebellum is nominated for Choice Music Group alongside Selena Gomez & The Scene, Gym Class Heroes, LMFAO and The Wanted. Taylor Swift is nominated in the Choice Single by a Female Artist for her song “Eyes Open” and Choice Female Artist.

Blake Shelton is up for Choice Male Artist against Justin Bieber, Drake, Bruno Mars and Pitbull.

Nominees for the Country categories are as follows:

Little Big Town To Host Ride For A Cure


Country group Little Big Town will host the 2012 Ride For A Cure for the sixth consecutive time. The event, taking place on Sunday, June 10th in Nashville, donates proceeds to the T.J. Martell Foundation.

Registration for the ride will commence at 8AM (CT) at Mickey Roo’s in the Kroger Independence Square parking lot in Franklin, TN. The ride will finish up at the Harley Davidson store in Columbia, TN.

At 12PM (CT), post-ride festivities will begin. There will be performances from some of country’s hottest artists, including Lauren Alaina, Dean Alexander, Love and Theft, and Little Big Town. In addition, there will be a live auction.

So far, over $260,000 has been raised for the T.J. Martell Foundation since the Ride began. Check out www.nashvillerideforacure.com to find out how you can buy tickets and get involved with such a great cause!

Country Stars Talk About Mother’s Day

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Country stars took to Twitter today to express their love and gratitude for all the moms out there, especially their own.  See what they had to say below!

@OfficialJackson: Hope all you moms have had a happy Mother’s Day!

@blakeshelton: Happy Mothers Day momma!!!!! I love you…

@CartersChord: Happy Mother’s Day to our lovely mom @carterrobertson! And to all you other mamas out there, hope you feel very celebrated today!

@davidnail: For all of us Mommy Boy’s out there, Happy Mothers Day!

@EliYoungBand: Happy mothers day to our moms and all you great moms out there!

@FrankieBallard: How can you not love my Mom?

@HillaryScottLA: Happy Mother’s Day @lindadavismusic!!! I’m the luckiest daughter in the world to have you as my mama!

@HunterHayes: Happy mothers day to all the moms out there. Especially MY mom, the best AND coolest one. ;)

@kramergirl: The strongest lady I know. If I’m half the mother she is I’ll be okay! Happy mothers day to all the moms out

@katiearmiger: Happy Mother’s Day to all of those amazing moms out there!

@KeithUrban: Happy Mother’s Day!

@kristianbush: Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers, without whom we would really be nowhere.

@Lauren_Alaina: Happy mothers day @Kristytara (: tell y’alls momma thanks for everything she does for you and play her my song “like my mother does” (; muah

@martinamcbride: Thanks for all the Mother’s Day wishes! Hope it’s a special day for all you moms!

@reba: Red Velvet cupcakes for Mother’s Day w @Shelbilly.

‏@taylorswift13: Celebrating this Mother’s Day, reflecting back on past matching velvet holiday ensembles.

@thompsonsquare: happy mothers day!!!!

We here at Keepin’ It Country hope all you moms out there had a great Mother’s Day!


2012 City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge Roster


The 22nd Annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge is scheduled to take place on Saturday, June 9, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee, and the first several players on the roster have been announced! Suiting up for the cause are: Carrie Underwood, Scotty McCreery, Brantley Gilbert, Lauren Alaina, David Nail, James Otto, Robin Meade, Scott Hamilton, Chuck Wicks, Whitney Duncan, Bucky Covington, Sarah Darling, Billy Gilman, Kristen Kelly and Two Foot Fred. The AfterMidnite and Grand Ole Opry players rosters will be updated as more players commit to the event.

The City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge has raised almost $2 million dollars since its inception. The cause benefits City of Hope as it strives to find cures and more effective treatment for cancer and other diseases. Tickets to the game are on sale now at Ticketmaster. Come out and watch some of your favorite artists battle it out on the field in support of those battling for their lives!