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Walking In a Winter Sugarland


Christmas is coming a little early this year for Jennifer Nettles and friends. On November 3, Jennifer will host a CMA “Country Christmas” in Nashville, Tennessee at the Bridgestone Arena. Along with Jennifer, the following artists will be bringing the seasonal spirit to Nashville: Dierks Bentley, Colbie Caillat, Katherine Jenkins, Lady Antebellum, John Legend, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Scotty McCreery, The Band Perry and Keith Urban.

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!

George Strait Final Tour Tickets On-Sale

George Strait. Photo Credit: Kelley May

Today’s the day that George Strait fan club members have been waiting for. Tickets for his final tour “The Cowboy Rides Away” go on-sale today for fan club members. General public on-sale begins on October 12th. All tickets will go on-sale at 10 am in the local venue’s time zone. Ticket prices range from $69.50 – $999 for a special VIP “The Troubadour” package which includes a pre-show party, a private tour of George’s memorabilia, front row seats, and an autographed George Strait guitar.

The MCA Nashville artist will be taking country superstar Martina McBride with him on his final tour. While this will be the last tour of the country icon, he will not be retiring – he will continue to write and record music over the next few years.

To see his complete tour schedule for “The Cowboy Rides Away” visit georgestrait.com. Will you be going to see the King of country’s last tour?

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.

Martina McBride Headlining Hymns Hams & Jams

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Country music superstar Martina McBride was announced today as the headliner for the August 21st 3rd Annual Hymns Hams & Jams benefiting the Shalom Foundation. Proceeds from the event held at Nashville’s Loveless Barn will go directly towards The Shalom Foundation’s medical program in Guatemala. The concert will also feature a live auction with legendary songwriter Bob DiPiero. GAC and Sirius/XM personality Storme Warren will emcee the event.

Auction items will include tickets to the 2012 World Series, Garth Brooks and Sugarland autographed guitars, a private bus party, concert tickets, backstage VIP experiences and much more! Tickets for the concert are available now and can be purchased through The Shalom Foundation by calling (615) 595-5811 or by e-mailing the Executive Director, Allison Bender, at abender@theshalomfoundation.org.

The Shalom Foundation recently brought 14 year-old Angelica Morales to Vanderbilt’s Monroe Carrell Jr’s Children’s Hospital to complete surgery on a complicated vascular malformation which required more resources than were currently available at its Moore Pediatric Surgery Center in Guatemala City.

Martina McBride Joins E!’s Lineup

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Republic Nashville’s Martina McBride will be joining E!’s new reality show “Opening Act.” She’ll be part of the “Artist Development Team” in a show that previously announced Brad Paisley and Jason Aldean as part of the program. Martina will be helping the amateur acts get ready for their big performance – being taken from their bedrooms to opening for some of the biggest acts in music. The show is produced by reality show king Nigel Lythgoe. Other team members include Jason Derulo, Nick Cooper, Antonina Armato, and Pete Wentz.

“Opening Act” premieres on E! on Monday, July 9th at 10 pm EST.

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!


DVR Alert: Martina McBride Singing National Anthem at Indy 500

Martina McBride.

Republic Nashville artist Martina McBride will be performing the American National Anthem before the start of the Indy 500 race on Sunday, May 27th at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. She’ll be part of the pre-race ceremony before the 96th running of the Indy 500.

“I am extremely excited that the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has invited me to this year’s Indy 500,” said Martina. “It is a huge honor to sing the ‘National Anthem,’ at what is known as the ‘Greatest Spectacle in Racing.’”

Martina is currently out on t0ur promoting her latest album “ELEVEN.” Her next two tour dates are Friday night in Minnesota, and Saturday night in Iowa. Both are sold-out.

The CMA Music Festival Lineup Grows Again!


The already big CMA Music Festival just got a little bit bigger.  Today the Country Music Association announced the addition of four-time CMA Female Vocalist winner Martina McBride, the newly engaged Jake Owen and newcomer Hunter Hayes to the already star-studded festival lineup.

The performers join the previously announced Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert, Alan Jackson, Scotty McCreery, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, The Band Perry, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Faith Hill, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood and Zac Brown Band.

All of those artists will be performing at the nightly concerts held at Nashville’s LP Field.  There are still four-day tickets available and can be purchased at the CMA Fest site HERE.   The 2012 CMA Fest takes place June 7-10.

POLL: ACM Awards – Female Vocalist Of The Year

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Next up in our ACM Awards‘ polls is Female Vocalist of the Year. It’s another tough category with these fantastic country ladies!

Who gets your vote this year: Sara Evans, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Taylor Swift, or Carrie Underwood?

We love hearing from you all so thank-you for participating.

ACM Awards: Female Vocalist Of The Year

  • Miranda Lambert (62%, 62 Votes)
  • Carrie Underwood (21%, 21 Votes)
  • Sara Evans (6%, 6 Votes)
  • Taylor Swift (6%, 6 Votes)
  • Martina McBride (5%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 100

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Check out our other ACM polls as well:

New Artist: http://www.keepinitcountryblog.com/2012/03/acm-awards-artist-poll/

Vocal Duo: http://www.keepinitcountryblog.com/2012/03/acm-awards-poll-duo/

Vocal Group: http://www.keepinitcountryblog.com/2012/03/acm-awards-poll-vocal-group/