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Calling All Kelly Clarkson Country Critics!

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If you are a frequent visitor of this website, you know that the staff here recognizes, appreciates, and, well, flat out loves us some Kelly Clarkson. We have always embraced her as a country music stepchild and, now, country music itself has made it more official and has clearly adopted her into their family. However, it seems that some country music fans out there are struggling with the genre’s “newcomer.” We would love to say we understand the conundrum, but we don’t. Maybe it is because we know Kelly’s relationship with country music isn’t nearly as new as people may believe. In fact, to us, it was only a matter of time before pop-rock, man bashing Kelly turned the corner and embraced her musical roots. So, for all of you nay-sayers out there, we have compiled a Top 10 list to show you just why Kelly Clarkson going country makes perfect sense.

Rascal Flatts to Release All-Access DVD

Rascal Flatts. Photo credit: Randee St Nicholas

On November 19, Supergroup Rascal Flatts will release “RASCAL FLATTS: ALL ACCESS & UNCOVERED”, inviting the public into their inner circle. The DVD project will reveal a more intimate side of Gary LeVox, Joe Don Rooney and Jay DeMarcus’ lives during the making of their “CHANGED” album and more.

Fans will see exclusive performance footage of the group’s biggest hits and music from their eighth studio album, including the #1 smash “Banjo” and the steamy Top 10-and-rising “Come Wake Me Up.” The film also captures in-depth personal interviews from the road and inside Jay’s home studio, where the album was produced along with Dann Huff. The guys share stories behind several songs, including those they co-wrote.

The cinematic project made a one-night-only debut in movie theaters across the country in conjunction with the album release earlier this year, with Flatts celebrating with fans at the AMC Theater in New York City’s Times Square.
Will you be picking up a copy on November 19th? What’s your favorite Rascal Flatts song of all time?

People’s Choice Awards Begin Open Nominations

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The People’s Choice Awards have kicked off their open nominations phase on Tuesday, asking fans on who should make the final ballot for the fan-voted award show. In the country category artists nominated include the Zac Brown Band, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Eric Church, Luke Bryan, Rascal Flatts, Scotty McCreery, Jason Aldean, and Dierks Bentley with the option to write-in your favorite artist that didn’t make the list. Voting is open now at peopleschoice.com/pca.

The award show will air live from Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre on Wednesday, January 9th at 9 pm EST on CBS. Who are you voting for?

Rascal Flatts Extend Changed Tour to 2013

Rascal Flatts. Photo credit: Randee St Nicholas

In case you missed Rascal Flatts“Changed” Tour this time around, don’t worry! You’ll be getting a second chance as the trio has announced they will extend their tour presented by Farmers Insurance to 2013! Their winter leg of the tour will feature 20 brand new dates starting January 10th in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Band Perry will once again join the superstars on their tour.

Take a look at their brand new dates below and let us know if you’ll be checking out their tour when they come to your city.

Remaining Farmers Insurance Presents “Changed Tour 2012 dates:

 10-26    Tampa, FL                             1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre
10-27    W Palm Beach, FL               Cruzan Amphitheatre
Farmers Insurance Presents “Changed Tour 2013 dates:
1-10        Green Bay, WI                     Resch Center
1-11        Moline, IL                             i wireless Center
1-12        Springfield, MO                    JQH Arena
1-17        Sioux City, IA                      Tyson Events Center
1-18        Tulsa, OK                              BOK Center
1-19        Wichita, KS                           INTRUST Bank Arena
1-24        Spokane, WA                       Spokane Arena
1-25        Missoula, MT                       Adams Event Center
1-26        Billings, MT                          Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark
2-7          Terre Haute, IN                    ISU Hulman Center
2-8          Lexington, KY                      Rupp Arena
2-9          Columbus, OH                     Nationwide Arena
2-14        North Charleston, SC          North Charleston Coliseum
2-15        Greensboro, NC                   GreensboroColiseum
2-16        Charlottesville, VA              John Paul Jones Arena
2-23        Pikeville, KY                       Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center
2-24        Youngstown, OH                 Covelli Centre
2-28        Topeka, KS                           Landon Arena
3-1          Jonesboro, AR                      ASU Convocation Center
3-2          Tupelo, MS                           BancorpSouth Arena

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!

Rascal Flatts to Get Walk of Fame Star

Rascal Flatts. Photo credit: Randee St Nicholas

Congratulations to country music super-trio Rascal Flatts! The Big Machine Records group might not be up for any Country Music Association (CMA) awards this fall, but they’re about to get something even bigger: their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame! Their ceremony will take place on Monday, September 17th at 11:30 am PST. They’re being inducted into the “recording” category and their star will be placed in front of the Sergent Supply Store on Hollywood Blvd. The Star is being awarded to the group by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

While they’re in California, they’ll be stopping by the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on NBC. They’ll perform their latest single “Come Wake Me Up” during their appearance on the show on Monday night. Jay Leno airs at 11:35 pm EST weeknights.

Fans can watch a live stream of the Star ceremony at HollywoodChamber.net. Congratulations to the boys! Who do you think should get a Star next?

Rascal Flatts Opening Restaurant Chain

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The guys of Rascal Flatts are about to join the ranks of Toby Keith. They’ll be opening their own chain of restaurants throughout the United States, with their first “RF” opening in Phoenix, Arizona later this year. Other locations will include Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C.; Columbus, Ohio, Raleigh, North Carolina, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and, Long Island, New York this year. They’ll expand in 2013 to Charlotte, North Carolina, Tampa, Florida, Boston, Massachusetts, and Madison, Wisconsin.

The trio teamed up with restaurant industry executives Philip Lama and Eric Soe to create 14,000 square foot first-class live music venues. The locations are expected to seat about 163 guests with both indoor and outdoor areas. The restaurants will include an exhibition kitchen, two full-service bar areas, a raised lounge, and room for 500 guests to stand in front of a stage for live music. The stage will include premium audio gear and industry-grade quality lighting. Performers for the “RF” will have access to a green room, VIP lounge, and dressing rooms.

What do you think about Rascal Flatts trying their hand at the restaurant industry? Will you go check it out?

 

What Country (and Non-Country) Songs Kelly Clarkson Should Cover Next

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Kelly Clarkson has become a genre-defying queen of cover songs lately, throwing a new random offering into each of her live shows. While we love pretty much everything she does, we’re naturally more drawn to her country covers. Here are just a few suggestions that we’d love to hear from Kelly.
 
1. Not Ready to Make Nice by the Dixie Chicks - At a recent concert, Kelly tackled “Wide Open Spaces,” and although we totally dug it, “Not Ready to Make Nice” is the Chicks’ classic that we’re DYING to hear KC take on. It’s got that power and grit that we know Kelly would sound incredible with.

Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus Welcomes Baby

Rascal Flatts. Photo credit: Randee St Nicholas

Rascal Flatts‘ Friday night Detroit show was a little bit of a whirlwind, reports radio station 99.5 WYCD. Jay DeMarcus made the show with minutes to spare, in scrubs and a hospital bracelet, after wife Alison had their second child. Jay and Alison welcomed their second baby, their first son, at around 4 pm. The band hit the stage at 9:30 pm. Band members Joe Don Rooney and Gary leVox joked around with the station in their interview, saying:

”Jay got pregnant. He got up this morning, jumped on our airplane, flew home, and had the baby. Now he is flying back for the show. he woke up in a panic, you know, when his water broke.”

 

Jay arrived by helicopter to the concert at DTE Energy Center. Congratulations to the DeMarcus family on their second baby!

Review: Duets – Episode 7: And Then There Were Three

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Although I was sad to miss and recap last week’s episode, I was frolicking around Disney World and was constantly haunted by this show. Promotional posters are on Disney buses and in Hollywood Studios, and I may or may not have been photographed with one. I also rocked some awesome 3D glasses and took in “MuppetVision 3D,” which only served to prove that yes, John Legend and Fozzie Bear are one-in-the-same, except the Muppet has more personality.

Based on the recap at the beginning of tonight’s episode, it seems I didn’t miss much last week except for Olivia (finally) getting the boot and Kelly Clarkson wearing a boot. Apparently the amateurs took on standards, or songs no one wants to hear anywhere but an elevator. I yawn just thinking about it.

We’re kicking off this week’s show with a performance from our superstars, singing “Get Ready” by the Temptations. I had no idea that lyrics of this song included “So twiddle dee-dee, twiddle dee-dum.” I guess you learn something new every day. Fozzie is dressed like Fonzie and Jennifer Nettles is rocking quite the large fedora. Robin Thicke‘s hair looks even more ebullient than normal. Must be all that Porsche-crashing he’s been doing lately. Speaking of crashing, Kelly took quite the tumble in concert and is now being carried around by some hot male backup dancers due to a broken foot. Tough life.

The 3 J’s (John, Jason, J.Rome) and Bridget hit the stage to find out their fates. Having taken no lessons from Ryan Seacrest, our host Quesadilla spews out the results like the possessed girl from the Exorcist in that infamous pea-soup-vomit scene. John and Bridget are the bottom 2, and Bridget is eliminated. Apparently, she sang “Unforgettable” last week. Too bad she didn’t make it through this week to sing “Ironic.” Ultimately, to win this show, your name must start with a J.

J. Rome and Carmen San Diego are up first with “Breakeven” by The Script. Although it’s a decent performance, it’s far from J.Rome’s best. Considering that his musical wheelhouse seems to be soul and R&B, this pop-rock track makes little sense. Equally nonsensical: the metallic fringe on his vest. All of the judges praise J. Rome and blahblahblah, it’s obvious who the show’s producers wants to win.

Jason Farol and Kelly Clarkson are up next, taking on Jason’s choice “Me and Mrs. Jones” by Billy Paul, which saved Jason from elimination in a sing off a few weeks prior. They sound great together, but it’s hard to tell if it’s because of Jason or Kelly or the weird sparkly pendant she is wearing around her neck. Unfortunately, they choose to sit on stools while performing. Sue me, but I was hoping for some dance moves a la “the Sprain,” made famous by Screech and Lisa Turtle at The Max. Jennifer loved it, John didn’t and Robin wished it was naughtier. No surprises there.

The Jennifer Nettles show continues with John Glosson. They tackle “The Prayer” by Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion, and thankfully, Jennifer has lost the fedora. Instead, she has become a country singer, singing Italian Opera. I suddenly feel like I’m in the backwoods of Alabama and my fourth-removed second cousin’s third wife is ordering Manicotti, yet pronouncing it “Monnagutt,” like a Sopranos cast member. Overall, they still sound great together, and I can imagine a CD from John being chock-full of these kinds of ballads that make old ladies (see: Claymates) swoon. When he extends himself into the up tempos, he comes off too cheesy a la Derrick on Full House singing “Yankee Doodle Dandy.”

Although this show is all about the duets, it’s time for some solo performances and J. Rome is up first with Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.” It’s slick and polished and cruise-shippy and everything you’d expect from him. He’s confident without coming off conceited, but it’s pretty clear that J. Rome thinks he’s got this competition signed, sealed and delivered. We shall see.

John Glosson continues his quest for domination of Adult and Christian Contemporary radio with “Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts. He may look like Graham Elliott from MasterChef, but he certainly pulls off a convincing Gary LeVox. In fact, he out rascals the Flatts with this performance, causing Jennifer to throw up her arms and proclaim that she “feels like a stage mom!”

Up last is Jason Farol with “Runaway Baby,” by Bruno Mars, and it’s nice to see him tackle a contemporary song. Although he is sometimes drowned out by the music, his swagger and stage presence have grown in leaps and bounds since this show began. He performs the song much like a runaway baby, jumping up on the audience and jogging around the judges.

We go to the superstars for some last comments. Robin was blown away by Jason, John loved Jason’s energy, but would choose to sign J. Rome to a record deal. Jennifer and Kelly both love everyone and are just.so.happy.tonight. I’ll have whatever those two had before this show, and I’m also demanding that they duet next week.

It’s hard to believe that there’s only one week left, and although the prize for winning this show is even blurrier than the Lost Boys’ food during the food fight scene in “Hook,” someone is going to win something! J. Rome is the safe bet, but I’m putting my money on Jason Farol to take the (multicolored and randomly appearing) cake. He’s got the charm and appeal, the underdog story and Kelly Clarkson on his side. Although KC’s endorsement didn’t quite work for Ron Paul, I have a feeling Jason Farol may fare better with the American voters. Only time will tell!