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2Steel Girls Cover Miranda Lambert

2Steel Girls

Our friends, 2Steel Girls (Allison & Krystal Steel), posted their cover of Miranda Lambert’s “Baggage Claim” today and we wanted to share it with you.

The girls are best known from The Voice: Season 3 where they were a part of Team Blake.

Allison and Krystal also joined us earlier this year as part of our “Keepin’ It Country Presents” Stageit series. They gave us a great show and were so sweet and fun!

Their album Train Wreck is available now. For more information, visit: http://2steelgirls.com/

Check out their version of “Baggage Claim”:

Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Reba & More Added to George Jones Tribute Concert

george jones reba tribute concert

The lineup for George Jones‘ Tribute Concert at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena just got even bigger. In addition to an already packed lineup, it was announced today that George Strait, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Reba McEntire and Alabama will also be performing at the November 22nd show.

“I am thrilled and honored that so many of George’s friends are coming to what would have been his last concert, but is not a fitting tribute,” says Nancy Jones. “George loved these artists and before passing had actually wrote letters to almost all of them.”

The new list of performers will join an already star-studded lineup that includes Alan Jackson, Dierks Bentley, Travis Tritt, Tanya Tucker, Josh Turner, The Oak Ridge Boys, Charlie Daniels, Jamey Johnson, Montgomery Gentry, Sam Moore, and others. All previously announced artists are currently being reconfirmed.

For more information on George Jones, please visit www.georgejones.com.

CMA Award Nominees list

Brad Paisley & Carrie Underwood. photo credit: Bob D’Amico/ABC.

The official nominees for the 47th annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards were announced live this morning on ABC’s Good Morning America. As a CMA Member, I was lucky enough again this year to vote in the first two rounds and got a choice in the final nominees. I’ll get to vote for the winners of each category as an industry member as well.

There were some surprises, and some regulars, who made it to the final ballot this year. Check out the full list below and let us know what you think of this year’s nominees – do you think someone was snubbed? What shocked you? Who are you cheering for?

Entertainer Of The Year

JASON ALDEAN

LUKE BRYAN

BLAKE SHELTON

GEORGE STRAIT

TAYLOR SWIFT

Male Vocalist Of The Year

JASON ALDEAN

LUKE BRYAN

ERIC CHURCH

BLAKE SHELTON

KEITH URBAN

 Female Vocalist Of The Year

KELLY CLARKSON

MIRANDA LAMBERT

KACEY MUSGRAVES

TAYLOR SWIFT

CARRIE UNDERWOOD

New Artist Award

LEE BRICE

BRETT ELDREDGE

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE

KIP MOORE

KACEY MUSGRAVES

Vocal Duo Of The Year

BIG & RICH

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE

LOVE AND THEFT

SUGARLAND

THE CIVIL WARS

THOMPSON SQUARE

Vocal Group Of The Year

THE BAND PERRY

ELI YOUNG BAND

LITTLE BIG TOWN

LADY ANTEBELLUM

ZAC BROWN BAND

 Album Of The Year

“Blown Away” – CARRIE UNDERWOOD

“Red” – TAYLOR SWIFT

“Tornado” – LITTLE BIG TOWN

“Based On A True Story” – BLAKE SHELTON

“Same Trailer Different Park” – KACEY MUSGRAVES

Single Of The Year

“Cruise” – FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE

“Highway Don’t Care” – TIM McGRAW and TAYLOR SWIFT

“Mama’s Broken Heart” – MIRANDA LAMBERT

“Wagon Wheel” - DARIUS RUCKER

“Merry Go ‘Round” – KACEY MUSGRAVES

Song Of The Year

“I Drive Your Truck” – LEE BRICE

“Mama’s Broken Heart” – MIRANDA LAMBERT

“Merry Go Round” – KACEY MUSGRAVES

“Pontoon” – LITTLE BIG TOWN

“Wagon Wheel” – DARIUS RUCKER

Musical Event Of The Year

“Don’t Rush” – KELLY CLARKSON and VINCE GILL

“The Only Way I Know” – JASON ALDEAN, LUKE BRYAN and ERIC CHURCH

“Boys Round Here” – BLAKE SHELTON and PISTOL ANNIES

“Cruise” – FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE and NELLY

“Highway Don’t Care” – TIM McGRAW and TAYLOR SWIFT

Video Of The Year

“Tornado” – LITTLE BIG TOWN

“Blown Away” – CARRIE UNDERWOOD

“Boys ‘Round Here” – BLAKE SHELTON

“Downtown” – LADY ANTEBELLUM

“Highway Don’t Care” – TIM McGRAW and TAYLOR SWIFT

“Mama’s Broken Heart” – MIRANDA LAMBERT

 Musician Of The Year

SAM BUSH – Mandolin

PAUL FRANKLIN – Steel Guitar

DAN HUFF - Guitar

MAC McANALLY – Guitar

BRENT MASON – Guitar

George Strait Announces 2014 Tour Dates

George Strait 2014 tour dates announced

The King of Country, George Strait, announced the final dates for his 2014 Cowboy Rides Away Tour this morning at a press conference at AT&T stadium in Dallas. The tour will begin in Lousiana in January and wrap up on a TBA date in Dallas.

Each week, a different opening act will join Strait on the road, and the list of openers include some of the biggest stars in country music, including Martina McBride, Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Ronnie Dunn, Vince Gill, Miranda Lambert and Merle Haggard with Lee Ann Womack.

“The first leg of the tour earlier this year was very fun, but also very emotional,” Strait says. “Every city and venue holds such great memories. I’m really looking forward to seeing our fans out on the road in 2014.”

A pre-sale will begin on September 24th for Strait fan club members, and the general sale will begin on September 27th. For more information, please visit http://www.georgestrait.com.

George Strait 2014 The Cowboy Rides Away Tour Dates:

1/9 – CenturyLink – Bossier City, La.
1/10 – Frank Erwin Center – Austin, Texas
1/17 – CenturyLink Center – Omaha, Neb.
1/18 – Sprint Center – Kansas City, Mo.
1/30 – SAP Center – San Jose, Calif.
1/31 – Valley View Casino Center – San Diego, Calif.
2/1 – MGM Grand Arena – Las Vegas, Nev.
2/7 – US Airways Center – Phoenix, Ariz.
2/8 – Staples Center – Los Angeles, Calif.
2/14 – The Palace of Auburn Hills  – Auburn Hills, Mich.
2/15 – Nationwide Arena – Columbus, Ohio
4/28 – Wells Fargo Arena – Philadelphia, Pa.
3/1 – Prudential Center – Newark, N.J.
3/7 – KFC Yum! Arena – Louisville, Ky.
3/8 – Allstate Arena – Chicago, Ill.
3/21 – Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, Tenn.
3/22 – Philips Arena – Atlanta, Ga.
4/4 – Intrust Bank Arena – Wichita, Kan.
4/5 – Pepsi Center – Denver, Colo.
4/11 – The Moda Center – Portland, Ore.
4/12 – Tacoma Dome – Tacoma, Wash.
4/18 – Wells Fargo Arena – Des Moines, Iowa
4/19 – BOK Arena – Tulsa, Okla.
5/23 – LSU Tiger Stadium Bayou Country Superfest – Baton Rouge,  La.
5/31 – Gillette Stadium – Foxborough, Mass.
TBD – AT&T Stadium – Dallas, Texas

Dierks Bentley Releases “I Hold On” As Lead Single from “Riser”!

dierks bentley

In advance of Dierks Bentley‘s forthcoming album, Riser, the award-winning singer/songwriter released his new single “I Hold On” to country radio. The track was written by Bentley and Brett James, pinning spiritual questions to material symbols with a personal touch.

“If you asked me to sum myself up in three minutes, I’d play ‘I Hold On’ for you.  At first listen, you might think it’s about my truck or my guitar, but it’s really about why I do some of the things I do and the kind of guy I am,” explains Bentley. “The chorus is really universal…it’s about faith, love and freedom…I don’t think there’s a country fan out there who doesn’t live with those as big priorities.  I hope through this song I’m able to let the fans into my heart and my mind a little more, and that they can also relate it back to themselves and their own lives.”

USA Today is offering fans a behind the scenes look at the making of “I Hold On.” To watch, click here.

Bentley is currently on tour with Miranda Lambert, through October. For ongoing updates on new music and tour dates, visit www.dierks.com.

Miranda Lambert cancels Salt Lake City & releases new video

Miranda Lambert.

Miranda Lambert fans are both lucky and unlucky this week. She released the official music video for her new single “All Kinds Of Kinds” to CMT this morning. The latest single from her “Four The Record” is a different sound for the Texan firecracker, which you can check out below.

The half color and half black-and-white video has both live video of Miranda on tour, as well as fans expressing what makes them different. Let us know what you think:

 

Now for the bad news.. Miranda has been forced to cancel her upcoming Salt Lake City date due to a scheduling conflict. The concert, which was to take place on October 19th, may be rescheduled at a later date. Fans are able to get a complete refund through their original point of purchase.

Auction #9: Pink Pistol Prize Package

Miranda Lambert. photo credit: W magazine.

Our latest auction up for bidding is a pretty cool prize package from Miranda Lambert‘s Pink Pistol store in Tishomingo, Oklahoma. The winning bidder will receive a package that contains:  ONE (1) PINK PISTOL WINE GLASS, ONE (1) PINK PISTOL KOOZIE, ONE (1) PINK PISTOL HAT, ONE (1) PINK PISTOL CUP, ONE (1) PINK PISTOL KEY CHAIN, AND ONE (1) “HIDE YOUR CRAZY” COFFEE.

All proceeds from our online auctions will go directly to those in most need following the disaster. The United Way will use all our donations for helping victims and NOT for administrative fees.

Pink Pistol auction prize.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Miranda Lambert’s Muttnation comes to the rescue

Miranda Lambert.

Miranda Lambert‘s Muttnation charity came to the rescue of one special New Jersey animal shelter. The wife of a Philadelphia country station DJ met the superstar backstage during a meet-and-greet in Atlantic City, NJ and told her the story about Popcorn Park Zoo in Forked River, New Jersey. Mike Razz’s wife, Kelly Beasley, approached the singer about the organization because of Miranda’s partnership with Pedigree to feed an animal shelter for a year. Kelly had previously nominated the Zoo for the prize through Muttnation and Pedigree.

Miranda made a $5,000 donation on behalf of Muttnation Foundation to Popcorn Park Zoo after learning that they also served as an animal shelter that housed exotic animals that were abused or neglected. After learning about the background of the Popcorn Park Zoo, Miranda introduced the Philadelphia station to her mother, Bev Lambert, who serves as chair for Muttnation.

Muttnation Foundation is a donation-supported charity that works to end pet suffering and homelessness in the United States. The organization works to build awareness of pet adoption, build no-kill shelters for better animal care, increase spay and neuter awareness, and train shelter dogs for therapy programs such as wounded military personnel or dogs-in-prison programs.

Miranda Lambert’s CMA Songwriters Series to stream live tonight

Miranda Lambert.

Tonight’s CMA Songwriter Series featuring headliner Miranda Lambert will be streamed LIVE starting at 7:30 pm EST. The intimate, acoustic show will also feature hit songwriters Kip Moore and Brett James. Bob DiPiero will serve as the evening’s host live from Boston’s Royale Boston Nightclub.

Fans can tune in at CMASongwritersseries.com. The concert will feature all three artists and songwriters sitting round-table style as they share the stories behind their hit songs and perform them for the small crowd.

Will you be tuning in?

Miranda Lambert’s Muttnation Foundation raises over $400k

Miranda Lambert. photo credit: Randee St. Nicholas.

Congratulations to country superstar Miranda Lambert! Her very own charity, Muttnation Foundation, has raised over $400,00 in just the first half of 2013. She created the foundation for her love of animals and raises money to aid pet adoption in the United States, even with her very heavy schedule. It’s a cause close to the singer’s heart, who has become known for adopting animals she finds abandoned while out on tour or in her Oklahoma town. She continues to be personally involved in all aspects of the charity.

Muttnation Foundation provides support for pet adoption, creating no-kill animal shelters, and creates awareness for spay and neuter programs.