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Tim McGraw’s New Album Release

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Country megastar, Tim McGraw‘s, highly anticipated Big Machine Records’ debut, Two Lanes of Freedom, is set to drop on February 5th. The multi-Grammy Award winner will be busy promoting his big release with coast to coast performances. McGraw will be kicking off this promo run by performing on location at the Super Bowl in New Orleans, which will air on Good Morning America on February 1st.

Schedule of Appearances:

Feb. 2nd – Austin City Limits
Feb. 3rd – CBS Sunday Morning
Feb. 5th – The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Feb. 5th – Ram Country on Yahooo! (Special live stream aboard the USS Midway in San Diego)
Feb. 6th – The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
Feb. 7th – Jimmy Kimmel Live
Feb. 8th – MusiCares Person of the Year – Bruce Springsteen tribute
Feb. 11th – Chelsea Lately

McGraw will also be hitting the road for his Two Lanes of Freedom 2013 Tour on May 2nd and will play 30 cities on the trek. The tour will also feature Brantley Gilbert and Love & Theft.

For more information and tour dates, check out: www.timmcgraw.com.

Lineup Announced For Country Thunder Arizona

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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.

Nominees for ACAs Announced

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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!

Jake Owen Headlining CMT On Tour

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Jake Owen let a little secret slip on Twitter this week. The “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” singer announced to fans that he’ll be headlining this year’s CMT On Tour, with special guests Florida-Georgia Line and Love & Theft. The tour will be called “CMT On Tour: Jake Owen: The Summer Never Ends 2012.”

“Awesome night in Detroit Fired up to announce I’m Headlining the @CMT Tour this fall with @LNTweet and @FLAGALine. Gonna be a party!!”

 

The tour kicks off on October 10th in New York City. Past CMT On Tour headliners include Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Sugarland, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Jamey Johnson, Keith Urban and Randy Houser. Jake first appeared on CMT On Tour in 2007 as the special guest for Sugarland.

Check out the list of official announced tour dates below and let us know if you’ll be going:

Josh Leo Celebrates 23 #1 Songs!

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Renowned music producer Josh Leo is celebrating twenty-three number one singles this week. He’s personally written six number one singles, and has contributed to multiple gold and platinum selling albums and singles throughout his career – including for The Eagles’ Timothy B. Schmit. He was  even the one responsible for the discovery of country superstar Martina McBride.

His latest number one is with RCA Nashville duo Love and Theft. He produced their new album and their number one single “Angel Eyes.” He’s pretty excited about the duo, and shares:

“Love and Theft is a TRUE duo!! Two great singers, songwriters and performers that equally carry the weight! I’m very fortunate to be given the opportunity to work with such talented REAL people!”

Eric Gunderson and Eric Barker Liles were just as excited to be working with Josh:

“Josh Leo is the man!  He is a legend and it has been such a pleasure to work with him.  We are so honored to be a part of his 23rd #1 song.  We look forward to making music with Josh for years to come!” says Eric Gunderson.
 
“Josh Leo!!!!  Our other dad!!!  I couldn’t be more happy for him to land his 23rd #1 record.  We are honored to work with him and blessed to call him our friend.  Congrats Josh!” comments Stephen Barker Liles.
Love & Theft’s single isn’t the only thing Josh is celebrating this week. He also produced Broken Bow Records’ artist Dustin Lynch‘s single “Cowboys & Angels.” Dustin’s single is currently number twelve before his self-titled debut album hits stores next week. Josh co-wrote Dustin’s single with Tim Nichols and Dustin himself.
Along with working as a producer on 23 number one singles, Josh has been the session guitarist for over 150 songs in his career. He also has a pretty impressive songwriting credits over his career: including six number one singles, including Alabama‘s “Down Home” and “Hometown Honeymoon,” Restless Heart’s huge A/C smash “Tell Me What You Dream,” and has had his songs recorded by Kenny Chesney, LeAnn Rimes, The Wreckers, Reba McEntire, Brenda Lee, Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Rogers, and many, many more.

REVIEW: Love & Theft (album)

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Love and Theft have just released their self-titled sophomore album. The duo (formerly a trio) became a sensation with the powerful “Runaway” – long a staple of my Friday escape-from-work playlist. Now down one member, their lyrics lack some of the oomph they used to have, but they still make good music.

The pair is at their best when they’re sharing lead vocal duty and harmonizing. Both Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson get some solo time on this album, and though they perform well, it loses what makes them unique as a group.

“Love and Theft” opens with “Angel Eyes”, which I reviewed here. Everything I said then still applies – I love this song.

POLL: ACM Awards – Vocal Duo Of The Year

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We want to hear from all of you country music fans!

Next category up for our ACM Awards‘ polls is Vocal Duo Of The Year…

Who gets your vote: Love & Theft, Montgomery Gentry, Steel Magnolia, Sugarland, or Thompson Square?

ACM Awards: Vocal Duo Of The Year

  • Steel Magnolia (49%, 137 Votes)
  • Sugarland (31%, 88 Votes)
  • Thompson Square (17%, 47 Votes)
  • Montgomery Gentry (2%, 6 Votes)
  • Love and Theft (1%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 280

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Yesterday, we posted the New Artist poll! Did you vote?

And stay tuned, more polls will be rolling out soon!

Top 10 Live Tracks (2000 – Now)

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There’s nothing we here at Keepin’ It Country love more than live music, so it only made sense to put together a list of some of our favorite live tracks to share with you all, our lovely readers! This particular list is made up of only live tracks from 2000 – 2012, mostly because trying to go through the entire live history of country music turned out to be a bit daunting. Also, all tracks in consideration had to have been released commercially at some point, so no bootlegs here! (Though that could easily be another list.)

Now that the fine print is out of the way, check out our picks below!

10. Love & Theft – “Don’t Wake Me” – Live in Savannah EP

Love & Theft’s performance of “Don’t Wake Me,” off of the band’s Live in Savannah EP, highlights everything that’s great about the group. Three (now two) great looking guys singing perfect harmonies on killer pop-country songs. Any cut from this album could have made our list, but this was a personal favorite. The band gained certain notoriety when Taylor Swift wrote “Hey Stephen” about member Stephen Barker Liles, but if Love & Theft can keep their moment going with live shows like this one there’s a good chance they’ll give Rascal Flatts a run for their money in a few years.

9. Kenny Chesney – “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy – Live Those Songs Again

Kenny Chesney has long ruled the country music touring circuit; one of the few acts in any genre that can consistently sell out stadiums, so it should be no surprise that he made our list. “Tractor” is a reminder of exactly what makes Kenny so fun to see live. It’s a fun summertime party with the best soundtrack.

Check out the rest of the list after the jump!