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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.

Mustached Man Monday for Movember

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Craig Campbell always knew he wanted to be involved with music and used his musical knack as an outlet growing up. He moved to Nashville in 2002 and began playing piano for different artists, including Luke Bryan and Tracy Byrd. Craig also became involved in songwriting and recording demos.

Craig eventually branched out on his own. His first song, Family Man, hit the radio in 2010 and peaked on the charts at 14 for US Country and 84 for US overall, respectively. Craig followed up his debut with Fish and When I Get It, both of which broke into the Top 40 for Country music. Perhaps Craig’s most noteable single yet has been Outta My Head, which hit airwaves in 2012 and became a Top 15 US Country Airplay song.

Craig’s album, Never Regret, was released in the middle of this year and peaked in the Top 30 for US Country music and Top 100 for US albums. Craig is currently out on the road performing his hit songs, as well as music off his two albums, Craig Campbell and Never Regret.

For more on our first Mustached Man of Movember, visit Craig’s official site at craigcampbell.tv.

POLL: 2013 CMA Entertainer of the Year

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It’s the biggest award of the CMAs… Entertainer of the Year! Who do you want to win?

CMA 2013: Entertainer of the Year

  • Blake Shelton (51%, 110 Votes)
  • Luke Bryan (21%, 46 Votes)
  • George Strait (19%, 41 Votes)
  • Taylor Swift (5%, 10 Votes)
  • Jason Aldean (4%, 9 Votes)

Total Voters: 216

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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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Luke Bryan Announces New 2014 Headline Tour “That’s My Kind of Night Tour”

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Missed a chance to catch Luke Bryan live in 2013? Well, you’re in luck! The ACM Entertainer of the Year announced today that he’ll headline again in 2014 for this “That’s My Kind of Night Tour.” It will begin on January 16 in Columbus Ohio and run through March 8. Lee Brice and Cole Swindell will open the show.

Luke is currently wrapping up his “Dirt Road Diaries” tour which hits Nashville this weekend and then concludes October 26 in West Palm Beach, Florida.

2014 “That’s My Kind of Night Tour”  Dates:
1-16 Columbus, OH        Schottenstein Center
1-17 Lexington, KY          Rupp Arena
1-18 Knoxville, TN           Thompson-Boling Arena
1-23 Uncasville, CT         Mohegan Sun Arena
1-25 New York City, NY  Madison Square Garden
1-30 Lubbock, TX            United Spirit Arena
1-31 Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Arena
2-6 Moline, IL                   iWireless Center
2-7 Cedar Falls, IA          UNI-Dome
2-8 Omaha, NE               CenturyLink Center
2-13 Greensboro, NC     Greensboro Coliseum Complex
2-14 Wilkes Barre, PA    Mohegan Sun Arena
2-15 Atlantic City, NJ      Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall
2-28 Fargo, ND               Fargodome
3-1  Bismarck, ND          Bismarck Civic Center Arena
3-2 St. Paul, MN             Xcel Energy Solutions Arena
3-7 Memphis, TN            FedEx Forum
3-8 Bossier City, LA       CenturyLink Center

For more info, visit: www.lukebryan.com or www.livenation.com.  Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets through Citi’s Private Pass Program.  For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.

CMT’s Artists of the Year Include Hunter Hayes, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and More

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It’s been a big year for the boys of country music and CMT has announced that they will honor some of the biggest male names as their 2013 CMT Artists of the Year. The honorees are Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes and Tim McGraw.

The Artists of the Year were chosen based on their success in the past year, including radio airplay, song downloads, album sales, videos and concert tours. This is Jason Aldean’s fourth honor and Luke’s second, but a first for the rest of the pack.

The artists will be honored in Nashville by peers both in and out of country music. The show will premiere on CMT on December 3rd, at 8PM EST.

Two Acts, Two Duos, One Night, One Great Cause

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As you all know, we are having our next Stageit show this Sunday, October 20th, at 8:00pm EST with one of our staff’s favorite duos, JillandKate. However, the night just got even better, as Jill and Kate have teamed up with country music duo, Two Story Road, and the two duos will share the Keepin’ It Country Blog Presents Stageit stage as our first collaborative show to date!

We have introduced you to Jill Pickering and Kate Rapier in the past, but the girls have done so much since our initial exclusive interview with them exactly one year ago that we need to boast about some of their achievements and projects. When we introduced you to JillandKate, the girls were working hard on promoting their album Heart of Stone. The girls continue to perform their music, while continuing to entertain their fans with new and unreleased songs in their catalogs, blogging, making music videos, creating jewelry, and flying up the iTunes charts. They have also released the live version of Heart of Stone, which continues to prove why these girls are on their way to being one of the hottest duos in Nashville.

Two Story Road is categorized as a “new” country duo, but make no mistake — Jamelle and Brandon are no strangers to the country music scene! Both Belmont University graduates, Jamelle and Brandon have each hit the road with some of country music’s biggest acts and have worked with some of Nashville’s most prestigious executives. Jamelle has worked closely with Tommy Sims (Garth Brooks, Eric Clapton, and Sheryl Crow), but perhaps her biggest gig to date has been touring as a background vocalist for country powerhouse, Carrie Underwood. Brandon is also quite familiar with touring with extremely well-known artists, as he hit the road with Gretchen Wilson and Danny Gokey, also hitting the stage with Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, and Sugarland. After years of hitting the road separately, the talented couple decided to merge their talents, working with Tommy Sims and Mark Bright (Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, and Sara Evans), and are ready to travel their future musical path as a united front. As so eloquently stated on http://www.twostoryroad.com, the Fraleys bring to the table “[t]wo incredible stories, finally traveling down the same road.”

We are so excited to see these two duos come together on Sunday night on our very own stage. This is history in the making and would hate for any of you to miss this event! To purchase your Stageit ticket (which is conveniently “pick your price”), click here. Remember, all ticket proceeds are benefitting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, so not only are you going to experience fantastic music, but you will be supporting an amazing cause!

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.

Celebs Tweet the Darnedest Things!

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It’s been an active week in the Twitterverse, and at the center of the activity lie some of your favorite country artists. Let’s cut to the chase and laugh together at the best of the best that we caught over the last seven days.

When life imitates art, and art involves driving without hands, you end up in the predicament Luke Bryan ended up in this week. Luke Bryan tweeted “@LukeBryanOnline: Before y’all get out of your truck. Make sure you put it in park. Trust me.”

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Some very solid words of advice from Luke. Perhaps he, too, had his hands up while rocking in his truck…

I just saw Runner Runner and had some pleasant Justin Timberlake inspired dreams soon thereafter. Apparently I’m not the only one, based on Jennifer Nettles‘ recent tweet – “@JenniferNettles: I had a dream last night that my baby sleeping beside me yelled out ‘Ladieeees and Gentlemen: Justin Timberlaaaaaake’. ??? @jtimberlake

Not only is Justin Timberlake taking over the the music and acting world, he is taking over the dream world too. Hey, there are much worse people for your baby to introduce to you in your slumber.

Having 100,000 Twitter followers is a big deal. So, it should come as no surprise that some musicians will go through great lengths to encourage their fans to help them hit that landmark number. See Terri Clark who recently tweeted “@TerriClarkMusic: Ok so the first person to get me 100k twitter followers, gets my first born. Best hurry. My Ovaries=californiaraisinsdoingthebackstroke”

Perhaps an interesting offer, but if the kid pops out singing the way his/her mom does, it might be worth your while…

If you frequent the gym, you know there is always that character who flexes in the mirror and not-so-discretely checks himself out. Sunny Sweeney was lucky enough to spot that guy during her recent workout. Sunny tweeted “@GettinSweeney: The grunting slaps-his-stomach-in-the-mirror guy is in the gym. Yay! No.” Not long after Sunny tweeted, calling out the narcissistic gym-goer, she followed it up with “I also saw someone I knew in the gym. I hope he doesn’t think my last tweet was about him. Bahaha!!!”

Sir who Sunny knew in the gym, rest assure she was not mocking you. However, if you do, in fact, grunt and slap your stomach in the mirror, WE ARE mocking you.

Remember to send us your favorite country music celebrity tweets to us each week by including #KICcelebtweets in your tweet!

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*