This week’s music video is Sara Evans, “A Little Bit Stronger.” The platinum hit served as the lead single for her sixth album, Stronger. I think the track is pretty much perfect. Great song, great lyrics, and I love the message. It was one of my favorite songs of 2011 without a doubt, and I was surprised it did not receive a Grammy nod. I think it was one of the biggest snubs this year, and Evans deserved to be nominated for “Country Song of the Year” or “Best Country Solo Performance.”
Pick Pickler! This week’s choice features an awesome live rendition of Kellie Pickler performing her song, “Tough.” It is the lead single from Pickler’s highly anticipated album, 100 Proof, which is set for release on January 24th. It is definitely one of the albums dropping this year to which country music fans are most looking forward. I have been following Pickler’s career since American Idol. Not only is she one of my favorite Idol contestants ever, but she is one of my favorite country singers. I cannot wait to hear 100 Proof.
Have you heard of Buddy Brown? I was searching Youtube and came across some of his excellent country song covers, and had to share with you all. This week’s video is his version of Jake Owen‘s, “Barefoot Blue Jean Night.”
Brown is a Gibson endorsed artists along with Costa Del Mar. His self-titled EP is available on iTunes. “Why You Won’t Dance” is a stand-out track for me.
Really, really good stuff. You should check him out! Plus, his covers on Youtube are some of the best I have heard.
Sony Music Nashville’s Sara Evans is set to provide the entertainment for a very special evening. She’ll be performing at the 21st annual Party With A Purpose on February 4th, 2012. It’s a food-centric event hosted by the NFL the night before the Superbowl. Each NFL team city has a chef partnered with a former NFL player. Proceeds from the event go to food cupboards around the United States.
Other stars making appearances at the special event include Ted Allen of the Food Network program “Chopped,” Mauro Castano and Joey Faugano of TLC’s “Cake Boss,” and former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy. This year’s event will be held at the Indianapolis’ Gleaner Food Bank. It’s the first time in the 21-year history that the event will be held at a food bank.
2011 has been one heck of a year for country music. We’ve seen singles from all different sides of the spectrum: from songs that make you want to get up and dance, to songs that make you want to cry. Country has always been very good at dealing with real-life issues. It’s the story songs that make country music the genre it is. It has a way of moving you, either to get up and party, or to remember what’s really going on in the world.
It was hard to narrow down the highlight songs of the year into one package, but Ted Efron and myself sat down to do just that. There might be some surprises on our list, but these are the songs that defined a genre for 2011. Take a look at our list below and let us know if you agree, disagree, or think we forgot someone we shouldn’t have. Not all of these songs are singles, some are just the best album tracks that should have been singles this year.
CMT Artists of the Year 2011 will air tomorrow night, December 13th at 9/8c. Hosted by Rob Lowe, the 90-minute special will honor five country music superstars – Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley, and Taylor Swift. The event will include performances by the honorees themselves as well as some of their fellow artists such as Gavin DeGraw, The All-American Rejects, Joe Walsh and The Avett Brothers. There will also be live and video appearances by musical and celebrity friends including Miranda Lambert, Kelly Clarkson, Sara Evans, Faith Hill, Ellen DeGeneres, Matthew McConaughey, Lionel Richie, William Shatner, Jeff Gordon, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, and former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa.
It should be a great show. Set your DVRs!
Meanwhile, check out some previews from the event.
Lady Antebellum performing “Dancin’ Away With My Heart”:
Gavin DeGraw performing Kenny Chesney’s hit, “Somewhere With You”:
Time’s running out for fans to bid on some items from some of country music’s top artists. In four days, the “Country Music Blooms Online Auction” will close. Some of the items in the auction include the first nice pair of boots Miranda Lambert ever purchased from her first tour, an autographed cowboy hat from Kenny Chesney, Sara Evans‘ 2008 CMT Award Red Carpet Nicole Miller dress, and Carrie Underwood‘s autographed acoustic Copley guitar.
Miranda Lambert’s boots up for auction along with a personal note from her.
The auction officially closes Monday on eBay at 8:30 pm EST. Proceeds from the online auction will go towards the Nashville Music Garden Fund Of The Community Foundation Of Middle Tennessee. To put your bid on one of the priceless, museum-quality items, visit nashvillemusicgarden.com.
We were in the Bridgestone Arena for the 45th annual Country Music Association Awards (CMAs) last night in Nashville, Tennessee. It really was country music’s party of the year and even the celebrities were in on the party. Here’s some of the moments that didn’t make it to television:
Only 9,000 lights were handed out to fans for Martina McBride’s performance of “I’m Gonna Love You Through It.” During every break, the announcement was made not to turn on the lights until it was announced later in the show. Somehow a bunch of the artists got a hold of the lights and were playing with them during some performances.
Blake Shelton was late to his seat after the 10 second countdown to the live performance of Taylor Swift. He ran back to his seat right in front of Taylor almost 20 seconds into her performance: he was too busy talking with friends to realize the show was on. It was a pretty funny moment.
The boys of Rascal Flatts were dancing behind the wall during Lionel Richie’s duet with Darius Rucker. Their dance session included Jay DeMarcus dancing with his bass guitar in circles.
Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton both had their red solo cups on hand under the seats the whole show. During breaks they would take them out and drink.
Half-way through the show they had to start “please return to your seats” announcements because the artists were having too much fun chatting with each other to hear the live countdown.
There were no harnesses or safety nets on the ribbon dancers in Sara Evans’ performance.
Miranda Lambert gave every crew member and band member for her performance fist-pumps before they went live with “Baggage Claim.” The heat of the fire from the finale of the performance was felt even at the top rows of the arena.
Who wouldn’t want to chat with the beautiful, amazingly talented Sara Evans? Well, now is your chance! Sara is holding a contest to win a phone call from her all you have to do to enter is to vote for her! Head on over to her facebook page now to vote for Sara for the ACA’s and the AMA’s. All you have to do after that is submit your name and phone number and you’ll be in the running to win! Good luck, and while you’re at it – check out her new merchandise that is now available HERE!
With some of the biggest and best songs of the past year, it’s a battle between “A Little Bit Stronger” – Sara Evans, “Colder Weather” – Zac Brown Band, “Don’t You Wanna Stay” – Jason Aldean & Kelly Clarkson, “Honey Bee” – Blake Shelton, and “If I Die Young” – The Band Perry.
Single of the Year goes to the artist(s) and producer(s).
Which hit is your favorite?
CMA Single of the Year
"Don't You Wanna Stay" - Jason Aldean & Kelly Clarkson / Produced by Michael Knox (30%, 3 Votes)
"Honey Bee" - Blake Shelton / Produced by Scott Hendricks (30%, 3 Votes)
"If I Die Young" - The Band Perry / Produced by Paul Worley (30%, 3 Votes)
"A Little Bit Stronger" - Sara Evans / Produced by Tony Brown (10%, 1 Votes)
"Colder Weather" - Zac Brown Band / Produced by Keith Stegall & Zac Brown (0%, 0 Votes)