Country stars from all over the political spectrum today are uniting for one message: to ask fans in the United States to get their voice heard and vote today. Today is the presidential election in the United States, with either Mitt Romney taking over or Barack Obama returning for his second term. No matter which way you might be leaning, make sure to get your vote in before its too late – just like some of country’s biggest names already have.
See what country artists had to say about voting day and make sure you get out to the polls before its too late!
Ronnie Dunn: Well, here we go ! Time to see who’s gonna manage the next four years. ….gonna be a “ROUGH GO” no matter who wins. RD
Josh Thompson: We’re lucky to have the right to vote in our country. Hope you take the time to do it today
Kelly Clarkson has been one of the topics up for debate this morning after last night’s Country Music Association Awards. While some country fans are confused why the pop superstar earned a nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year, (which was awarded to fellow Texan Miranda Lambert), the industry has come out in support of Kelly. One of the supporters just happens to be the iconic Ronnie Dunn, formerly of Brooks & Dunn. He took to his Facebook page to defend Kelly Clarkson after some of his own fans were vocal about not welcoming her to country music.
“Mark E Lemothe writes: ” Friends with Kelly Clarkson yet?”
Kelly is a friend and one of the BEST singers I’ve ever been in a room with. Went to Tahiti with her. Texas girl, down home…as real as they come. I think her heart’s in Country Music. She can sing like an angel.”
Check out Kelly’s performance of her country single “Don’t Rush” below with Vince Gill and let us know what you think – do you want to see her go completely country?
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!
Country music legend Ronnie Dunn will be releasing a brand new music video with the help of PBR. He’s remixed his single “Let The Cowboy Rock” to fit the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) and during a two-day event in Nashville that combines country music, Jack Daniel’s, and bull riding, he’ll debut a raucous new music video for the tune. On Saturday, September 8th at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, which is the second day of the event, he’ll be there in person for the debut.
Ronnie was inspired to change up the lyrics to the song after watching a bull riding event on television. Ronnie explains:
“Bull riding is arguably the most intense and electric event in rodeo. The folks at PBR came along and turned up the volume in a way. That’s what I wanted to do with ‘Let The Cowboy Rock.’ It just felt like a perfect match.”
The changes to the song included references and slang used for rodeos, and he took the liberty of, in his own words, “making a few terms up.” He called on the help of his friend, and co-producer, Jeff Balding, because he wanted to take the song to a new place sonically. A few days later the song became what it is now, and became the official theme song of PBR.
Check out a preview of Ronnie’s new remixed video:
The new music video was directed by Thien Phan and integrates footage directly from PBR events. It will be played for millions of fans at each PBR event across the United States.
“Let The Cowboy Rock (PBR Remix),” complete with rewritten lyrics by Dunn, will be available for download soon. The original lyrics to the song, as heard on Dunn’s self-titled solo debut as well as the 2012 Cracker Barrel exclusive version read: “Let the cowboy rock / Let the good times roll / this is where the hurt stops / Where the whiskey flows.”
See the new lyrics for the remixed version of “Let The Cowboy Rock” below:
When we first started this country music blog, we started out as a site for fans by fans. We listen to what our fans and readers are wanting to hear from us, what features they’d want to see, and even which artists they’d love to see interviewed. The first music festival Jessica and I ever covered together was Capital Hoedown last year, which featured acts like Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, and Miranda Lambert among many talented acts. We were the first ones reporting the Carrie-Miranda live duet/mash-up of “Before He Cheats” with “Gunpowder & Lead” at the festival which helped propel us into being one of Canada’s leading resources for all things country music. Since that August weekend, Capital Hoedown has always been one of the highlights of our brand and we always put an extra shout-out to the festival when discussing artists this year.
This year’s line-up for Capital Hoedown was to be even bigger: with promises of Taylor Swift, Reba McEntire, Ronnie Dunn, Sheryl Crow and Brad Paisley. When I was at the line-up announcement I was more than excited over the line-up organizers had made. We interviewed Concert International CEO, and Capital Hoedown organizer, Denis Benoit back in December before the Christmas rush and he promised in the interview that tickets would be sold-out by Christmas so fans needed to get them asap for this fantastic line-up, saying that they were selling “extremely well.” Tickets weren’t sold-out, and were still on-sale throughout this year. Read our interview with Denis right here on Keepin’ it Country.
Being a fan-first site, we read every Tweet, Facebook message, wall post, and e-mail sent in to us by readers. When we started to get a few mentions and messages from fans asking us what was going on with the Capital Hoedown as some artists had removed the date from their website’s tour pages, we reached out to our friends in those artist teams to inquire about the missing dates. Once we started to receive confirmations that those artists were out, with the okay to post the news, we did so. What happened next is a sea of press interviews, camera time, and paper mentions for our site with Canadian, and American, media and radio stations as we were the first ones to even realize that something was up. We received a “seize and desist” (sic – not ‘cease’) from Denis quickly after our confirmation from artist teams that they were pulling out with promises of “serious legal action” against our site for posting the information. Nothing else ever came from that e-mail as everything we’ve posted has been factual and 100% confirmed, and after speaking with American and Canadian attorneys, we were perfectly fine to post the information.
When you’ve been around the business as long as Ronnie Dunn has, there’s not a lot that can surprise you, however, that’s exactly what happened when he got a very special e-mail this week. Ronnie shared some exciting news on Facebook – that he’s been nominated for induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame 2012 ballot. He joins former Brooks & Dunn partner Kix Brooks in the nomination. The inductees are voted on by members of the Hall of Fame and Professional Songwriter Members of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) as well as the board members of the NaSHOF and NSAI.
Read what Ronnie posted on his Facebook page below and make sure to send a congratulations his way!
Wow…I’m blown away !
Congratulations! On behalf of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation (NaSHOF) Board of Directors, it’s a pleasure for me to notify you that you have been nominated for induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, the highest honor that our songwriting community bestows.
Our Nominating Committee, comprised of Hall of Fame members and Music Row historians, met recently to discuss and consider worthy candidates whose first significant works achieved commercial success and/or artistic recognition at least 20 years ago and who have “positively impacted and been closely associated with the Nashville Songwriting Community and deemed to be outstanding and significant.” The final slate of nominees was recommended to, and approved by, the Foundation board.
Very soon, your name will appear on the 2012 ballot along with the names of 11 of your esteemed colleagues. (See below) Three inductees (2 songwriters; 1 songwriter/artist) will be determined by votes cast from Hall of Fame members and Professional Songwriter members of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), as well as the boards of NaSHOF and NSAI.
We wish you the best in the voting,
On behalf of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation Board of Directors and the Hall of Fame Nominating Committee, let me again extend to you our heartfelt congratulations. We look forward to hearing from you soon.
Category 1 – Songwriters
Tony Arata Robert Byrne (1954-2005) Beth Nielsen Chapman John Jarrard (1953-2001) Tony Martin Gretchen Peters Victoria Shaw Kim Williams Category 2 – Songwriter/Artists
Kix Brooks Mary Chapin Carpenter Ronnie Dunn Larry Gatlin
Some of country music’s biggest stars have provided autographed guitars, tour tickets, meet & greet packages, personal phone calls, and much more to support the ongoing mission of Musicians On Call (MOC) Nashville. A list of the items in the auction can be found at www.musiciansoncall.org/auction. All proceeds from the auction will benefit MOC Nashville.
Yesterday, Hoedown founder Denis Benoit stated that changes to the artist lineup will be announced shortly. In addition, he was quoted saying, “We can assure everyone that there will be favourable additions to the line-up that fans will be pleased with.”
The statement also made clear that the show will now take place at an undisclosed venue that will be announced soon, but Benoit assures it is a large private site only minutes away from the original location. Last week, the City of Ottawa cancelled its agreement with Hoedown to host the event at Walter Baker Park due to a payment that was never made to the City.
Ticketholders who are no longer interested will be able to receive refunds starting June 19th.
Stay tuned as we will let fans know the new venue and changes to the lineup as they are made available to us.
Several other presenters comprise the list, such as American Idol finalists Colton Dixon and Skylar Laine, CMT hosts Tom Arnold and Steve Austin, 2012 Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti, Twilight star Ashley Greene, Tony Hawk, Denise Richards, Dax Shepard and Jordin Sparks.
Fans of Katie Armiger who haven’t had the opportunity to check her out on tour yet are in luck. The songstress has added over twenty-five new dates to her “Get Smart Tour,” which is sponsored by Great American Country (GAC). The tour will end up hitting over fifty major cities across the U.S. with a stop at the Bud Lught Stage at the Bridgestone Arena on June 8th for CMA Music Fest.
The tour began in March and will continue through November, and has already been a great experience for Armiger. “This tour has been incredible so far getting to meet and make new fans – and it only keeps getting better,” said Katie. “No artist can ask for a better outcome from a tour than for it to be a success that dates are continually being added. Thank you to everyone for all of your support, it’s because of all of you that this tour is what it is!”
The aptly named “Get Smart Tour” is Armiger’s first as a headliner and is hitting colleges, universities, fairs and festivals across the country. Armiger will be sure to play her hit songs including “Scream,” Kiss Me Now” and “Leaving Home,” while mixing in some new material that she’s been writing for her upcoming fourth album.