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Kip Moore continues to shine!
“Young Love,” the lead single from his upcoming album, is currently climbing the charts and marks his fastest rising single to date. At this rate, Moore may soon be able to add it to his growing collection of number one hits: “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck,” “Beer Money” and “Hey Pretty Girl.”
While the ACM New Artist of the Year nominee is now on tour with Lady Antebellum, he headlined his own SOLD-OUT show at The Rave in Milwaukee this past weekend where he performed tracks from the upcoming album as well as his hits.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel observed, “The vivid characters and experiences in Moore’s songs, carried by the singer’s gritty vocals, have resonated with fans.” Well, I sure do love his gritty vocals!
We predicted that Moore was going to make an even bigger name for himself in 2014, and it seems he is well on his way to doing just that!
*Photo: Courtesy of Universal Music Group/The Green Room
We are only six weeks away from the release of Jo Dee Messina‘s first studio album as an independent artist. Me promises to fulfill all of your musical cravings, as it contains the fun-loving country tunes you have come to love, as well as those big ballads that anybody with a true appreciation for moving music and stunning vocals can’t live without.
Slowing it down this week, we introduce you to a beautiful ballad on Jo Dee’s upcoming album, entitled “Say Goodbye to Superman.” The song is sung from a mother’s viewpoint and asks the all-too-common question of how does a mother explain to her young child that his father has chosen not to come home. In a society where divorce is the unfortunate norm, this song will certainly hit close to home for mothers, fathers, and children of divorcees alike.
From the opening strokes of the piano keys and the first words uttered by the incomparable Jo Dee (“I’m down on my knees trying hard to find answers …”), this song pulls you close while simultaneously tearing you apart. Jo Dee searches for a way to tell her son that his father isn’t the superhero he thought he was, and rather, he is just a man who fell victim to his own devices. Jo Dee hits her knees as she pleads for a way to pick up the pieces of her brokenhearted son. Of course, as a wife and mother left behind, Jo Dee prays to God that He will help her cope with the loss she also endured, crooning “Lord I need your strength to help me make it through because the man that was his Superman was my superhero too.”
As a product of divorced parents, this track brought me back to my childhood home and the trials and tribulations I witnessed and experienced within those four walls. It reminded me of the struggle of the parent who remains behind and is forced to take on multiple roles — mother, father, confidante, and pillar of strength. This track puts into perspective that a parent in a broken home is forced to put his/her own emotions aside to first care for young children who are affected by the choices made by the adults in the situation.
This song is, by far, a favorite of this particular writer’s … and not just on Me, but within Jo Dee’s entire impeccable catalog. I truly cannot wait for country music fans to get their hands on this album and be exposed to unforgettable songs like “Say Goodbye to Superman.” Jo Dee makes it clear with work like this that she is surely not an artist we are saying goodbye to anytime soon.
Image courtesy of Jo Dee Messina
Kari Nelson and Billy Arnold (collectively referred to as Kari & Billy) are a couple bound by love and marriage, as well as their talents for music. Kari has toured with John Rich and Big & Rich, and has also played with artists such as Gretchen Wilson, Steel Magnolia, Trace Adkins, and Joanna Smith. Billy has played shows with Craig Morgan, Tracy Byrd, Daryle Singletary, Rhett Atkins, Mark Wills, Vern Gosdin, Aaron Tippin, Confederate Railroad, Chad Brock, David Kersh and more. Despite their successful pasts and distinct backgrounds, the two crossed paths and decided to travel down one road, hand-in-hand, and take the journey through music as a pair.
It’s the moment that Rascal Flatts fans everywhere have been waiting for, the release of their new single, “Rewind.” The song definitely recalls a bit of RF’s classic sound, which is appropriate for a song called “Rewind.” It’s a nostalgic mid-tempo that fans of Gary, Jay and Joe Don are sure to love…We know we are!
Listen to “Rewind” here:
Admittedly, I remember little Lucy Hale, the American Junior contestant. I distinctly recall watching the show, being amazed by Lucy’s chops, and being thrilled when she was one of the lucky kids named to the American Juniors group.
Fast forward ten years and Lucy is not only a well-known actress, but an up-and-coming country artist currently making her way on to the scene. Lucy’s first attempt at country music comes in the form of a single, entitled “You Sound Good To Me.”
Lucy, a Tennessee native, envelopes her country roots in this radio-friendly tune with an extremely catchy hook. The lyrics cleverly describe sounds that are pleasant to Lucy’s ears, which she compares to the feeling she gets when she thinks of her love interest. Lucy’s single shares the giddiness of a couple, whom you envision skipping through a field of flowers toward one another, which can only make hopeful listeners smile, dance, and sing along.
“You Sound Good To Me” is a memorable song for Lucy right out the gate, with mass radio appeal and an upbeat melody that country music fans will surely embrace. Download “You Sound Good To Me” on iTunes today, and don’t forget to catch the video premiere on ABC Family tonight!
Aaron Watson, a country singer who has experienced success to the tune of 200,000 album sales, half a million downloads, four charted albums, and several nationally charted Billboard singles, recently released a new album, Real Good Time. Real Good Time reached Number Nine on Billboard’s country chart and has since sustained its placement on said chart.
Aaron has released three singles thus far off his latest album, but his fourth and final single, “July In Cheyenne,” is the most poignant and personally meaningful. A nod to Lane Frost, one of the most prolific professional bull riders to ever compete, the song references Lane’s career and his tragic death at Cheyenne Frontier Days. Through the track, Aaron tells the remainder of Lane’s story that was not portrayed in the Hollywood blockbuster 8 Seconds. The song was so moving that it struck a friendship between Aaron and Lane’s mom, Elsie Frost, to whom Aaron wrote and dedicated the song.
In honor of rodeo season commencing, as well as the twenty-fifth anniversary of Lane Frost’s untimely death, we ask that you watch the video below for “July in Cheyenne” and check out Aaron Watson’s website for updates on his music and tour dates.
Beginning at 7:00am on Wednesday, September 18th, Laura, Bobby and Bobby’s crew (including Amy, Lunchbox, Eddie, Alayna, and Ray) will gather at Nashville’s aVenue and attempt to dance for 24 consecutive hours, while looping Laura’s newest single, “Two Step.”
Fans are welcome to attend and participate in the event, titled “Two Step for 30 Abes,” or watch via live stream on BobbyBones.com.
Laura will make a guest appearance on The Bobby Bones Show this Friday, September 13th, to promote the cause and the event. “It’s wonderful to have an opportunity to give back with ‘Two Step!’… dancing for donations!” she said. “We are going to have a lot of fun in the process – and probably some lower back pain!”
Leading up to the dance marathon, Bobby and his band, The Raging Idiots, will perform a concert fundraiser for 30 Abes in Wichita, Kansas. Laura will also be making a special appearance at the Wichita event.
Arabella Jones is here to play dirty on her new single, “Let’s Roll.” The track features some of country music’s favorite cliches – mud, partying & trucks – yet still manages to sound fresh. Although she takes a page from the current crop of country males, the song excels because it’s NOT just another frat boy anthem. “Boy if you want a little mud on your tires, let’s roll,” sings Jones in her country-pop twang. The song is a playfully coy come-on to the type of guy who is looking to get a little mud on his tires. Pretty boys need not apply here, as Jones invites boys to “shift down and start this party” and join in her “country playpen”
The track, available on iTunes 9/3, sounds equal parts Band Perry, Miranda Lambert & Cassadee Pope. With it’s pulsing guitar, catchy hook and flirty lyrics, we can imagine country girls everywhere adopting the single as their newest anthem. Cruise on out of the way Florida Georgia Line, we’re ready to “Roll” with Arabella.
Our friend, Gwen Sebastian‘s, self-titled album will be released this Tuesday, June 25th!
Distributed by Warner Music Nashville, the album includes the lead single, “Suitcase,” which Sebastian co-wrote with songwriter, Nicole Witt. The song has been getting high praise since its release, and you realize why once you hear it. Sebastian’s vocals are powerful, and her country twang and personality shine on the track. The record also features special guest, Miranda Lambert, and Sebastian’s parents provide background vocals as well.
As you know, Sebastian gained popular recognition when she appeared on Season 2 of NBC’s The Voice as a member of Blake Shelton‘s team. Since then, Sebastian has been busy working on her album, touring extensively with Coach Blake as a background vocalist, and doing her own solo shows. She will also be opening select dates on Lambert and Dierks Bentley‘s Locked and Reloaded Tour this summer.
Congratulations on the release of your album, Gwen! We’re very excited for you.
Make sure you grab your copy on Tuesday!
Check out “Suitcase”:
Straight off the road with Rascal Flatts comes former Broadway Baby and current country music artist, Laura Bell Bundy, who is taking her electric stage presence to Wisconsin for Country Fest 2013! Laura will be hitting the stage with DJ Soulman in the Electric Country Leinie Lodge Friday, June 28th, and Saturday, June 29th.
Check out Laura’s big announcement regarding Country Fest below, but not before we share more exciting news with you! For those of you who are unable to catch what are sure to be killer performances, we are absolutely thrilled to share with you that Laura has released a brand new song to iTunes, entitled “Two Step”, which also features up-and-comer, Colt Ford. “Two Step” is a part of the Dance Y’all Volume 1 EP, which also includes Florida Georgia Line, Greg Bates, and Thomas Rhett. You can purchase a digital copy of “Two Step” by clicking here.
Make sure to visit us on social media and let us know what you think of Laura’s latest track!