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REVIEW: Sara Evans’ “Slow Me Down”

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Sara Evans has been climbing the charts and playing through your stereo speakers since the late 1990’s, and if there is one thing we can say about Evans, it is that nobody can slow her down. At a time where it seems that a lot of our favorite veteran female country singers are releasing new music, Evans is back with an album, Slow Me Down, that will not disappoint. With three duets (two of which might surprise you!) and several new solo tracks to introduce, Evans reminds us all why she entered the hearts of country music fans many years ago and why she has remained in our hearts since.

On this, Evans’ seventh studio album, the pristine artist proves that her music career remains full speed ahead. Slow Me Down kicks off with the chart-climbing title track, which talks about a relationship that is nearly over, but before one of them walks out the door, the other is given a final chance to hurry up and say the right thing. “Slow Me Down” is an appropriate start to this eclectic collection of tracks because, right from the beginning of this album, Evans hits the ground running with potential hit after hit.

Sara Evans Album Release

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Multi platinum-selling recording artist Sara Evans will release her highly-anticipated seventh studio album, Slow Me Down, on March 4, 2014. The album comes over two years after the release of Stronger, her second Billboard Country Album Chart #1. Slow Me Down’s title track, released earlier this Fall, is Sara’s biggest first week country radio added single ever, and the song has been steadily climbing the charts ever since. The video features NASCAR great, Carl Edwards, and is now in heavy rotation on both CMT and GAC. You can check out the video below.

When asked about her new album, Sara stated “making Slow Me Down has been a truly amazing experience. I had the chance to co-write with some of my favorite writers, work with Mark [Bright] and some truly incredible musicians – and now hearing what we created gives me such an incredible sense of pride.  Having Isaac [Slade], Gavin [DeGraw], and Vince [Gill] sing with me was an amazing experience and they took those songs to another level. I honestly have never been more excited to have everyone hear one of my albums. I cannot wait to share it with everyone.”

Slow Me Down, a veritable who’s who of songwriters, will hit shelves on March 4, 2014.

Two Acts, Two Duos, One Night, One Great Cause

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As you all know, we are having our next Stageit show this Sunday, October 20th, at 8:00pm EST with one of our staff’s favorite duos, JillandKate. However, the night just got even better, as Jill and Kate have teamed up with country music duo, Two Story Road, and the two duos will share the Keepin’ It Country Blog Presents Stageit stage as our first collaborative show to date!

We have introduced you to Jill Pickering and Kate Rapier in the past, but the girls have done so much since our initial exclusive interview with them exactly one year ago that we need to boast about some of their achievements and projects. When we introduced you to JillandKate, the girls were working hard on promoting their album Heart of Stone. The girls continue to perform their music, while continuing to entertain their fans with new and unreleased songs in their catalogs, blogging, making music videos, creating jewelry, and flying up the iTunes charts. They have also released the live version of Heart of Stone, which continues to prove why these girls are on their way to being one of the hottest duos in Nashville.

Two Story Road is categorized as a “new” country duo, but make no mistake — Jamelle and Brandon are no strangers to the country music scene! Both Belmont University graduates, Jamelle and Brandon have each hit the road with some of country music’s biggest acts and have worked with some of Nashville’s most prestigious executives. Jamelle has worked closely with Tommy Sims (Garth Brooks, Eric Clapton, and Sheryl Crow), but perhaps her biggest gig to date has been touring as a background vocalist for country powerhouse, Carrie Underwood. Brandon is also quite familiar with touring with extremely well-known artists, as he hit the road with Gretchen Wilson and Danny Gokey, also hitting the stage with Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, and Sugarland. After years of hitting the road separately, the talented couple decided to merge their talents, working with Tommy Sims and Mark Bright (Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, and Sara Evans), and are ready to travel their future musical path as a united front. As so eloquently stated on http://www.twostoryroad.com, the Fraleys bring to the table “[t]wo incredible stories, finally traveling down the same road.”

We are so excited to see these two duos come together on Sunday night on our very own stage. This is history in the making and would hate for any of you to miss this event! To purchase your Stageit ticket (which is conveniently “pick your price”), click here. Remember, all ticket proceeds are benefitting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, so not only are you going to experience fantastic music, but you will be supporting an amazing cause!

Sara Evans’ first single in years now available at digital outlets

Sara Evans. Photo Credit: Sony Music Nashville.

Platinum-selling RCA recording artist Sara Evans’ first single in a year “Slow Me Down” is now available at all digital retailers. The single, which has already been garnering an enthusiastic response, was produced by Evans and Mark Bright (Reba McEntire, Rascal Flatts, and Carrie Underwood). “Slow Me Down” is the first single from her forthcoming album set for release early next year. Fans can purchase the single, which is officially going to radio on September 23rd, at http://smarturl.it/slowmedown.

“I knew, as I’ve known with other songs that I’ve written and recorded that “Slow Me Down” was me,” said Evans. “I love songs that evoke emotion – it really is what connects people to the music. When we went into the studio to record (“Slow Me Down”) my main goal was to capture the desperation and passion in the song – to strike a balance between a strong vocal and the emotion that would pull in the listener.”

The infectious mid-tempo “Slow Me Down”, which was recorded in Nashville, was written by Marv Green, Jimmy Robbins, and Heather Morgan. November will see Evans, who was the first-ever country artist to host a Reddit chat with fans yesterday, return to the studio to finish up her seventh album, the follow-up to 2011’s Stronger. Evans is currently out on the road and will make her first trip down under next month for several shows in Australia before returning to the states for shows in cities including Pensacola, FL, Verona, NY, and St. Louis, MO.

Sara Evans has enjoyed a prolific recording career with nearly 6 million records sold and 5 #1 Country singles, including “Suds In The Bucket, “A Real Fine Place To Start,” and “A Little Bit Stronger,” which spent 2 weeks at #1 and was certified Platinum by the R.I.A.A.. Evans has garnered numerous accolades over the course of her stellar career, including the Academy of Country Music’s Top Female Vocalist honor and the Country Music Association’s Video of the Year for her hit chart-topping single, “Born to Fly” from her double-platinum album of the same name. Named to People Magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People,” Sara’s career also includes the Platinum-selling studio albums Real Fine Place and Restless, the Gold-certified No Place That Far and the double-Platinum selling Born To Fly.

First Listen: Sara Evans – “Slow Me Down”

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Calling all Sara Evans fans!

The platinum-selling country star is giving fans a first listen to her highly anticipated new single, “Slow Me Down!”

There was a fun twist to unlock the full song, however. The fans were able to log into http://slowmedown.saraevans.com and participate in accelerating the countdown timer for the reveal. They wasted no time in getting the task done. You can now visit the site and stream the full track! What are you waiting for?!

“I wanted a way to say thank you to my fans who have always been so supportive by sharing this new track with them first,” shared Evans via her website.

“Slow Me Down” will serve as the lead single for the singer-songwriter’s upcoming seventh studio album, which is expected to be released in February 2014. It is the follow-up to her Stronger album and number one single, “A Little Bit Stronger.”

Evans is currently on tour. For more information and tour dates, visit: http://saraevans.com/home.

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!

Sara Evans Performing the National Anthem at the NBA Finals

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Sara Evans will perform the national anthem in front of millions on Thursday, June 14, prior to Game 2 of the NBA Finals between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Miami Heat at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.

You can catch Evans’ performance live on ABC beginning at 8:53 p.m. EST.

CMT Music Awards Presenters Announced

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With only two days remaining until the 2012 CMT Music Awards, Nashville is brimming with excitement in anticipation of the big night.

Today, a list of presenters were announced for Wednesday’s show. The list includes: Jason Aldean, Sara Evans, Ronnie Dunn, Alan Jackson, Jake Owen, and Kellie Pickler. Previously-announced performers The Band Perry, Carrie Underwood and Luke Bryan will also be on hand to present awards.

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.

The show will feature performances from some of the best in country music: Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley, Pistol Annies, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, Hank Williams Jr. and Zac Brown Band.

The show, hosted by Toby Keith and actress Kristen Bell, will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena June 6th at 8PM EST on CMT and CMT.com.

We will be at the show, so be sure to check back with us as Keepin’ It Country will be up-to-date on everything related to the Awards and CMA Fest!

Hunter Hayes Hits Nashville

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Hunter Hayes will hit Nashville next week during CMA Music Festival for several appearances and live performances. Hunter will kick off the week on Wednesday, June 6th at the 2012 CMT Music Awards. On Thursday, June 7th at 11 am, Hunter will sign for fans at The Warner Sound booth inside the Nashville Convention Center. Following the signing, Hunter and his band will perform at 6PM at Downtown Nashville’s aVenue. Hunter has billed his nearly two-hour set list “Music City’s Most Wanted.”

On Saturday June 9th, Hunter will share the stage with country music stars Eric Church, Luke Bryan, and Faith Hill. To wrap up his week in Nashville, Sunday, June 10, Hunter will make a stop at the Martin Guitar tent on Broadway at 1:30PM. He will then head to a sold out “Coffee Break Experience” with fans later that afternoon.

If you are unable to make it to CMA Fest, have no fear. You, too, can get your fill of Hunter soon. Hunter will be featured in the upcoming new episode of CMT Crossroads: Joe Walsh and Friends, starring Joe Walsh from The Eagles, accompanied by Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Sara Evans, Luke Bryan and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top. The artists will perform Walsh’s hits and Eagle’s classics. The show premieres on Saturday, June 23rd at 11 PM ET.

For more information and a complete rundown of Hunter Hayes’ CMA Festival activities, please visit www.HunterHayes.com. Let us know if you are heading to CMA Fest and what Hunter events you plan to attend!

CMT Crossroads: Joe Walsh & Friends

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This will be one episode of CMT Crossroads you won’t want to miss. Joe Walsh of the Eagles is calling in a few Nashville friends for a superstar-packed episode of CMT Crossroads - “Joe Walsh & Friends.” Some of the guests announced as performers with the guitarist include Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney, Sara Evans, Luke Bryan, and Hunter Hayes. Each singer will join the rock star for one of the Eagles biggest hits like “Life In The Fast Lane,” “Life’s Been Good To Me,” and more classics.

It’s something that Joe himself is pretty pumped up for. He shares:

“It’s an honor and a privilege to be on board for a CMT Crossroads episode. I’ve hand-picked some old friends and some new friends and we’re going to make sure it’s a special evening. Nothing beats Country music with a little Rock & Roll sprinkled on top. We’re going to mix up a batch and see what happens. I got a real good feeling about it. Nashville, here we come!”

The episode will air Saturday, June 23rd at 11 pm EST on CMT!