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REVIEW: David Nail’s “I’m A Fire”

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When it comes to country music, there are few vocalists out there who have the power and skill of David Nail. The MCA Nashville artist released his new album, I’m A Fire, today and just like the title suggests, Nail is warm, roaring and unbridled.

The album’s title and same-name track is particularly personal to Nail. He says, “There’s so many moments on this record that make me think about the last for years that I’ve been married, and ‘I’m a Fire’ just sums it all up. It (the title track) says ‘I’ve walked through flames, come out on the other end, and the foremost reason is because of you.” It’s definitely a bright spot of the album.

Although, the album comes on the heels of its lead single “Whatever She’s Got” hitting #1, it doesn’t rely solely, or really much at all, on that formula. Although “Whatever She’s Got” was a bonafide bouncy hit, Nail shines brightest on the moodier offerings, including the Bob DiPiero, Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally penned track, “Burnin’ Bed.” The tracks wraps you in immediately, with Nail mysteriously crooning “Tangled. Vodka. Midnight. Can’t stay. Taxi. Goodnight.” Another immediate standout is the slow burning ember, “The Secret,” an ode to an affair that literally goes to the grave. The track epitomizes country music at its finest. “I can’t help, but think about all that we could’ve been had you not stayed here and settled for a life with him.” Nail croons, “Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, buried is the secret that was us.”

Other highlights of the album include “When They’re Gone (Lyle County),” featuring the incomparable Little Big Town on background vocals. The foursome add an incredible depth to the track that quickly elevates it from good to great. The Glen Campbell cover “Galveston” features LeAnn Womack, and like the collaboration with LBT, Womack’s vocals only elevate the track and force us to wonder where she’s been and queue up “Last Call” to play after I’m A Fire ends.

“Kiss You Tonight” is the album’s second single and although it’s decidedly less catchy than “Whatever She’s Got,” it’s still a solid track with a hint of earworminess. “I’ve been trying to do without you, but I can’t give up this fight.” Nail pleads, “Everything will be alright if I can just kiss you tonight.”

Much like Dierks Bentley‘s RISER, released last week, this album is a hyrbid of a departure combined with natural progression for David Nail. It relies more on guitar than piano and shows Nail flexing his impressive vocal chords over varied melodies, lyrics and emotions. It’s been a bit of a rough ride through bro-country music lately, but albums like I’m A Fire and RISER give us high hopes for Nashville’s most talented leading men.

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David Nail Announces Release Date & Track List For New Album

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Riding high from the RIAA Gold Certification of lead single, “Whatever She’s Got,” David Nail will release his third album, I’m A Fire, on March 4. The MCA Nashville artist worked with producers Frank Liddell, Chuck Ainlay and Glenn Worf.

Nail says “There’s so many moments on this record that make me think about the last four years that I’ve been married, and I’m a Fire just sums it all up.” He adds “It [the title track] says, ‘I’ve walked through flames, come out on the other end, and the foremost reason is because of you.’”

The album features 11 new tracks including “When They’re Gone (Lyle County)” featuring Little Big Town and co-written by Brett Eldredge, “Kiss You Tonight” a song that expresses the strong emotion that we all feel at some point in our lives for another, the steamy “Burnin’ Bed” (co-written by Brandy Clark) and a duet version of Glen Campbell’s “Galveston” with Lee Ann Womack.

Florida Georgia Line Tops the Year-End Charts

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According to Billboard, Florida Georgia Line, the duo of Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, not only topped several year-end recaps but also brought their record label, Republic Nashville, to new heights. At the close of the year, Florida Georgia Line landed in the Number 1 spot on the Hot Country Songs recap with “Cruise” and placed two more tracks in the Top 20 with “Get Your Shine On” at Number 7 and “Round Here” at Number 16. Luke Bryan, Hunter Hayes, Blake Shelton and Taylor Swift round out the top five on the Hot Country Songs 2013 Recap.

Florida Georgia Line, which signed with Republic Nashville in mid-2012, also clinched the top spots on the Country Airplay Artists and Country Streaming Songs Artists recaps. Coming in behind the duo on the latter tally are, once again, the combination of Taylor Swift, Luke Bryan, Hunter Hayes and Blake Shelton.

“Cruise” also ended the year in the Number 1 spot on the Country Digital Songs recap while “Get Your Shine On” places at Number 9. Darius Rucker’s remake of Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel” finishes at Number 2, followed by Blake Shelton’s “Boys ‘Round Here” (featuring Pistol Annies), Tim McGraw’s “Highway Don’t Care” (with Taylor Swift) and Luke Bryan’s “Crash My Party.”

47th Annual CMA Awards Winners

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See below for all of the winners for the 47th Annual CMA Awards! How close were you with your predictions?

2013 CMA Awards Winners:

Entertainer of the Year

Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Blake Shelton
George Strait
Taylor Swift


Female Vocalist of the Year

Kelly Clarkson
Miranda Lambert
Kacey Musgraves
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Male Vocalist of the Year

Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Blake Shelton
Keith Urban

Vocal Group of the Year

Eli Young Band
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band

Vocal Duo of the Year

Big and Rich
Florida Georgia Line
Love and Theft
Sugarland
Civil Wars
Thompson Square

New Artist of the Year

Lee Brice
Brett Eldredge
Florida Georgia Line
Kip Moore
Kacey Musgraves

Album of the Year

Blake Shelton, ‘Based on a True Story’
Carrie Underwood, ‘Blown Away’
Taylor Swift, ‘Red’
Kacey Musgraves, ‘Same Trailer Different Park’
Little Big Town, ‘Tornado’

Song of the Year (Awarded to Songwriters)

Lee Brice, ‘I Drive Your Truck’
Miranda Lambert, ‘Mama’s Broken Heart’
Kacey Musgraves, ‘Merry Go Round’
Little Big Town, ‘Pontoon’
Darius Rucker, ‘Wagon Wheel’

Single of the Year

Florida Georgia Line, ‘Cruise’
Tim McGraw (Feat. Keith Urban and Taylor Swift), ‘Highway Don’t Care’
Miranda Lambert, ‘Mama’s Broken Heart’
Kacey Musgraves, ‘Merry Go Round’
Darius Rucker, ‘Wagon Wheel’

Musical Event of the Year

Blake Shelton (Feat. Pistol Annies), ‘Boys ‘Round Here’
Florida Georgia Line (Feat. Nelly), ‘Cruise’
Kelly Clarkson (Feat. Vince Gill), ‘Don’t Rush’
Tim McGraw (Feat. Keith Urban and Taylor Swift), ‘Highway Don’t Care’
Jason Aldean (Feat. Luke Bryan and Eric Church), ‘The Only Way I Know’

Music Video of the Year

Carrie Underwood, ‘Blown Away’
Blake Shelton (Feat. Pistol Annies), ‘Boys ‘Round Here’
Lady Antebellum, ‘Downtown’
Tim McGraw (Feat. Keith Urban and Taylor Swift), ‘Highway Don’t Care’
Miranda Lambert, ‘Mama’s Broken Heart’
Little Big Town, ‘Tornado’

Musician of the Year

Sam Bush
Paul Franklin
Dann Huff
Brent Mason
Mac McAnally

Congratulations to this year’s winners!

Keepin’ It Country’s CMA Predictions

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The CMA’s are upon as once again, so the Keepin’ It Country Staff narrowed down our picks for the night’s biggest awards. Let us know who you agree with!

Entertainer of the Year Nominees: Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Taylor Swift

Nicole: It’s not an easy choice here, and there’s definitely the obvious inclusion of George Strait for sentimental reasons, but I have to give this to Blake. He played a huge summer tour, anchors the judging panel on The Voice season after season and put out quite a few huge hits. He’s arguably the biggest thing in country right now so I have to give it to him.

Jessica: Luke Bryan has had a huge year, and I think he’s taken one of the top spots in country music right now. You can’t deny those dance moves!

Jennifer: Luke Bryan – With sold out shows across the country and yet another #1 hit song (despite Zac Brown’s disdain for said song), no one is killing it on radio or on the road quite like Luke.

Jeanna: Blake Shelton or Taylor Swift? Both have really helped broaden the country music audience and impact the genre in such a significant way. Taylor is massive with her sold out tours worldwide and cross-over success. Blake is the face of the genre at the present time, and he has helped put country on the map and bring it to focus with The Voice. Luke Bryan had a big year and is a possibility too. However, I feel like it’s Blake’s time for this right now so I’m giving this one to him.

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*

Little Big Town raises $115k for Africa

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Little Big Town recently played a special benefit show in their hometown of Franklin, Tennessee for a cause close to their hearts. The country group raised over $115,000 for Africa with a non-profit organization called “Blood: Water Mission.” The organization works to get communities to work together to fight against HIV/AIDS and water shortages in Africa. It was formed and created by Christian music group Jars of Clay and Jena Nardell with only $1,000.

Little Big Town has been previously involved with “Blood: Water Mission”. It was the second time the group raised money for the non-profit. Attendees at their concert included Rascal Flatts‘ guitarist Joe Don Rooney, Governor Bill Haslam, Tennessee Titans player Jake Locker, ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit, and more with a packed crowd.

 

Little Big Town to host CMA Music Festival Special

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Rising star country group Little Big Town have a pretty big job ahead of them. They’ll be the hosts for this year’s CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night To Rock television special on ABC. There is no exact airtime or airdate for the special, but it will be aired on ABC this August.

The television special features live performances recorded at this year’s CMA Fest by the top names in the industry in front of thousands of fans at LP Field in downtown Nashville, Tennessee.

Watch the video announcement of this year’s hosts below. Are you going this year?

Teen Choice Awards country nominees announced

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The 2013 Teen Choice Awards nominees were announced yesterday, and there’s gotta be a few smiling faces in country music. Nominees for the fan-voted award show include Taylor Swift, Kacey Musgraves, The Band Perry, Hunter Hayes, Carrie Underwood, Jana Kramer and MORE! See the full list of country nominees below and let us know what you think – do teen voters have good taste?

The Teen Choice Awards will air live on FOX on Sunday, August 11th. Fans aged 13 to 19 are encouraged to vote at teenchoiceawards.com twice a day for their favorites in music and entertainment. Announcements with more nominees, presenters, and show host(s) will be made shortly.

Choice Male Country Artist:
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Hunter Hayes
Blake Shelton

Choice Female Country Artist:
Jana Kramer
Miranda Lambert
Kacey Musgraves
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Choice Country Group:
Florida Georgia Line
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
The Band Perry
Thompson Square