In Nashville last week, the annual Country Radio Seminar (CRS) took place. Country music stars were out in abundance at various special events providing everyone in attendance with great performances, brand new songs, cool collaborations, and a whole lot of fun!
One of the biggest nights during CRS week is the Sony Boat Show, and Kelly Clarkson sure did wow the crowd this year!
Clarkson debuted a new song titled, “Ain’t Gonna Like This,” which she co-wrote with her long-time guitarist and close friend, Aben Eubanks. If you follow Clarkson’s career, you will know that a Clarkson-Eubanks collab always results in some great music.
In the song, Clarkson references her musical heroes and influences, and sings her love for all genres of music. “Singin’ what I’m feelin’ inside/I don’t care what it is, what you call it, here it is.” … If you don’t like Reba/If you don’t like Trisha/If you don’t like Aretha/I don’t even wanna meet ya/If none of my heroes make your list/Well then you ain’t gonna like this.” (Big thank-you to Aben Eubanks for the correct lyrics.)
To top off the excitement over the new country track, Clarkson had a little help from her friends, The Pistol Annies, who provided the background vocals for the performance.
Twitter was abuzz with compliments for the song as well as for Clarkson and the Annies. They even got a standing O!
Some of my favorite tweets from the night:
@JosephHudak3: @kelly_clarkson is playing the Sony boat and I may lose my mind. Her voice is That Good. #CRS2013 — Joseph Hudak
@shaunridder: It’s official, @kellyclarkson IS country. We love her. How can you not? #Adorable #CRS2013 @sonynashville — Shaun Ridder
@Linda1Ryan: Woah! @kelly_clarkson cutting it up with the @pistolannies #sonyboatshow #rockinmyworld — Linda Ryan
We hope this song is going to be released to country radio soon. It has the makings of a mega hit written all over it. With its rockin’ country soul vibe, it would be a great follow-up to her current hit ballad, “Don’t Rush.”
And no, Kelly, we don’t like the song… we love it!
There are not any high quality videos of the performance yet, but you can still hear most of the song and hear Clarkson wail some super high notes as only she can. Check it out below.
With the release of her first solo album on Warner Music Nashville on March 5th, “Like A Rose,”Ashley Monroe is going to be a little bit everywhere. She’ll be appearing on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. Catch her appearance on NBC on March 11th at 11:35 pm EST, where she’ll perform her title track single.
It’s going to be a busy year for Ashley, who will be releasing her second album with the Pistol Annies later this year. She finished recording the sophomore album for the very country trio with friends Miranda Lambert and Angaleena Presley.
Which album are you more excited for? Ashley’s solo “Like A Rose” or the still-untitled Pistol Annies follow-up to “Hell On Heels”?
She may be one of Miranda Lambert‘s cohorts in the Pistol Annies, but Ashley Monroe is prepping to release her solo album, Like A Rose, with the help of Miranda’s hubby, Blake Shelton. The album hits stores on March 5th, but is available for pre-order now. Pre-order now to get an instant download of “You Ain’t Dolly (And You Ain’t Porter)” which features Monroe trading barbs with Shelton.
Although Jewel‘s Greatest Hits CD doesn’t hit stores until next week, the Internet is already all a-flutter with anticipation. While the album features many of her biggest known tracks, including “Hands,” “Who Will Save Your Soul,” and “Standing Still,” it’s the special duets that have people salivating. Jewel enlists the Pistol Annies on her classic “You Were Meant For Me,” and Kelly Clarkson on “Foolish Games.” The results? Purely eargasmic.
Take a listen to Jewel & KC, and let us know what you think!
Genre-crossing artist Jewel, who dabbled in country for a brief stint, will be releasing her greatest hits album on February 5th. On her album, Jewel will explore her pop folk, adult contemporary, and country sounds by inviting several guest vocalists to join her on some of her biggest hits from the past.
Pistol Annies are teaming up with Jewel for a newly-recorded version of her 1995 hit, “You Were Meant for Me.” Kelly Clarkson will also join Jewel for a new version of “Foolish Games.” The set is rounded out by the original version of Jewel’s hits like “Who Will Save Your Soul” and “Intuition.” It also traces her foray into country music a few years back with the songs “Stronger Woman” and “Satisfied.”
Make sure to check out this album when it’s released in February!
Great news for Pistol Annies and Miranda Lambert fans this week! Miranda, “Lone Star Annie,” took to her Facebook and Twitter pages this morning to announce that the trio were working on their second album right now in the studio. Back when we spoke to her backstage at CMA Fest, she said she expected a release in early 2013 of the all-female group’s sophomore album.
They released their first album together “Hell on Heels” in 2011, which spawned two singles – the title track and the autobiographical, but funny, “Takin’ Pills.” The group made surprise appearances on Miranda’s “On Fire” tour earlier this year, and also played their own short headlining tour. They made their debut at last year’s Academy of Country Music’s Girls Night Out special.
What do you hope to hear from their new album? Check out their second official music video below and tell us who you prefer – Miranda as a solo artist, or as part of the Pistol Annies with Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley.
Blake Shelton fans will be getting a special Thanksgiving surprise this weekend! Not only is he giving fans a free stream of his holiday album “Cheers… it’s Christmas!” on his official site, Blake will also be appearing on GAC for a special look at how the album was created. Fans should expect to see appearances by his duet partners Reba McEntire, Miranda Lambert, Michael Buble, Pistol Annies, and even Kelly Clarkson! The special will air this Saturday at 1:30 pm EST on GAC.
Blake will also appear in a new episode of GAC’s “Backstory” tomorrow evening at 5 pm EST. Will you be tuning in?
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!
The Grand Ole Opry® presented by Humana® honored one of its most beloved members, Loretta Lynn, last night with a show celebrating her 50thOpry Anniversary. Leading up to Lynn’s closing performance, several of her friends took the stage throughout the night to honor her in words and song.
Among those performing their own hits as well as songs popularized by the guest of honor were Lee Ann Womack (“I Know How”), Crystal Gayle (“Don’t Come Home A- Drinkin’”), Miranda Lambert (“Honky Tonk Girl”), and Pistol Annies (“Fist City”), who made their Opry debut while Lynn sat cheering the group on from the front row of the Opry House.
After Lynn took the stage and performed her hits “They Don’t Make ‘Em Like My Daddy Anymore” and “You Ain’t Woman Enough,”Trace Adkins joined Lynn for the Conway Twitty/Lynn duet smash “Lead Me On.” Womack, Gayle, and the Pistol Annies then all filed on stage to join their musical hero in a rousing version of her signature song “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”
Before Lynn’s final song of the night, Johnathon Arndt of the famed Johnathon Arndt Gallery of Jewels along with Opry vice-president and general manager Pete Fisher, presented the Opry member with a congratulatory gift of a limited Johnathon Arndt 18 KT. pink gold and diamond Swiss timepiece. Lynn responded to the gift and to multiplest anding ovations from the crowd, saying:
“The greatest moment of my life was when they inducted me into the Grand Ole Opry. That’s a feeling you only feel once in a lifetime. And I’m glad I did.”
Check out some of the pictures from the night and let us know what your favorite album of Loretta’s is. Remember to click on the images to see them full-sized! All pictures are courtesy of the Opry / Chris Hollo.