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The final day of the second annual Capital Hoedown country music festival ended with a bang in Ottawa on Saturday night. With a day packed with stars and gates opening at noon, earlier by three hours than the first two days, country music fans in Canada’s capital were ready to party from the start. While the temperatures were hot and hard for some fans to take, it didn’t stop the fans from packing in to the general admission and VIP areas all day long, even after two nights of partying. And it really was partying: Friday night after the crowd was forced out of the park after Kenny Chesney, security found one fan passed out in a porta-potty.
The day kicked off right with Hoedown Showdown winners Wyatt introducing themselves to the crowd. The band won the chance to open up the final day of the Capital Hoedown with a contest that included a live competition in front of judges for who would get the line-up spot. The boys merged rock with country, and it was clear how excited they really were for the opportunity: they took over the whole stage and were all smiles even with the blazing heat. Their families were also in attendance at the festival, and watched proudly. The most memorable performance was their radio-friendly “Airplanes.”
Sara Evans’ “A Little Bit Stronger” has now been certified platinum by the RIAA this weekend in digital sales for selling over one million downloads. Co-written by Lady Antebelum’s Hillary Scott, Luke Laird and Hillary Lindsey, the single exceeded all of Evans expectations. Scott wrote the song after a tough break-up in her life, and has said the song is personal to her even though she is in a good relationship now.
“This song has exceeded all of my expectations. I knew ‘A Little Bit Stronger’ was a hit the first time I heard it and what makes it even more special are the stories I hear from people about how this song has touched them. I am so blessed to have been able to record such an amazing song, written by HILLARY SCOTT, LUKE LAIRD and HILLARY LINDSEY, who are all dear friends of mine.”
Evans is featured in the July issue of Shape Magazine in their Fit & Famous section, as well as in Self Magazine’s feature on country stars’ favorite recipes, alongside Carrie Underwood, Sheryl Crow and Miranda Lambert.
Carrie Underwood, Sara Evans, Sheryl Crow and Miranda Lambert are in Self magazine this week sharing their comfort food recipes: and not all of them are bad for you! Carrie shares her vegetable pizza secret, Miranda her raspberry-lemon-yogurt bread, Sara Evans made honey-beer ham, and Sheryl Crow’s roasted potato salad.
Check them out HERE on Self’s slide show and see what each star had to say about what they chose. Let us know what you think if you try any of them!
“CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night To Rock” returns to ABC on August 7th. The three-hour special was taped during the LP field performances of CMA fest this year, and will include short interview segments and behind the scenes footage with some of the featured artists.
Performances airing include Lauren Alaina with Martina McBride, Darius Rucker, Rascal Flatts, Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Sara Evans, Lady Antebellum, Scotty McCreery, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Reba, the Zac Brown Band, and Keith Urban. More showcase performances will be announced at a later date. All the nightly performances at LP Field were taped.
Are you an up-and-coming country music singer looking for your big break? Do you want to perform on the same stage on the same night as Easton Corbin, Sara Evans and Rascal Flatts? Here’s your chance!
The Capital Hoedown music festival in Ottawa, Canada is giving independent artists and bands the chance to win the gig of a lifetime. Starting today, Canadian country bands can enter their original country music at CapitalHoedown.net for the chance to perform live on August 13th, 2011 at the LeBreton Flats stage in Ottawa.
Country music fans from coast-to-coast will be voting on their favorite band online to find the next big undiscovered act in Canada. Artists and bands are welcome to use Facebook and Twitter to bring in the votes, and any other social media as online voting begins today as well as submissions. Fan votes will be used to pick the top 40 acts, which will then move on to the semi-finals.
The top three acts will then perform at the Hoedown Showdown Finale live at the Lone Star Texas Restaurant in Ottawa on July 28th, 2011 in front of a judging panel. The panel will select the winner based on creativity, originality, presentation, vocal ability, entertainment value and melody/lyrics.
The winning act will perform with Rascal Flatts, Sara Evans, and Easton Corbin. The Capital Hoedown also has Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, and Kenny Chesney headlining the other two nights of the festival.
Register your band today at CapitalHoedown.net and register as a Showdown Artist. Good luck!
Justin Bieber and Shania Twain are among the superstar list of presenters added to the 2011 CMT Music Awards. Other presenters announced an hour ago on the CMT Music Awards Facebook page include American Idol winner Scotty McCreery and runner-up Lauren Alaina, Train, Sheryl Crow, Luke Bryan, Kristen Chenoweth, Laura Bell Bundy, Melissa Peterman, Mary Steenburgen, Hines Ward, and Sara Evans.
Both Sheryl Crow and Luke Bryan will perform as well on the award show. The 2011 CMT awards are a fan-voted award show and will air live on CMT on June 8th from Nashville.
Sara Evans was on-hand in Nashville this week celebrating her multi-week number one hit “A Little Bit Stronger.” Co-writers Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum, Hillary Lindsey and Luke Laird joined her at the party for the song originally on the Country Strong movie soundtrack. The song was inspired by a tough breakup Scott suffered through. Luke Laird, known for his hits with superstar Carrie Underwood, earned his sixth number one single with A Little Bit Stronger. It’s the first number one non-Lady Antebellum track that Scott has written on.