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Jennifer Nettles to Release Solo Album January 14th


Jennifer Nettles has been hard at work on her much-anticipated solo debut album, That Girl, which will be released on January 14, 2014. The album was produced by Rick Rubin and recorded at the famous Shangri-La Studios in Malibu, California.

“I started writing this album three years ago,” shares Nettles. “I put no conscious guides or governors on the creation of this album other than to write songs that I want to sing.  Working with Rick Rubin was a dream come true and the result is an album that plays to my roots – country, 70’s radio, gospel and singer songwriter.”

Nettles penned the majority of the album, with 10 of the 11 tracks being written or co-written by the Sugarland superstar. Collaborators include Butch Walker, Phillip Sweet of Little Big Town, Rich Marx and Sara Bareilles. The album also features a cover of  Bob Seger’s “Like A Rock.”

That Girl Track Listing:

  1. “Falling” (Written by Jennifer Nettles)
  2. “Me Without You” (Written by Jennifer Nettles, Tim Owens and Derek George)
  3. “Moneyball” (Written by Jennifer Nettles and Scott Patton)
  4. “That Girl” (Written by Jennifer Nettles and Butch Walker )
  5. “This Angel” (Written by Jennifer Nettles and Mike Reid)
  6. “Jealousy” (Written by Jennifer Nettles and Kevin Griffin)
  7. “This One’s For You” (Written by Jennifer Nettles and Sara Bareilles)
  8. “Know You Wanna Know” (Written by Jennifer Nettles and Richard Marx)
  9. “Thank You” (Written by Jennifer Nettles and Phillip Sweet)
  10. “Good Time To Cry” (Written by Jennifer Nettles and Mike Reid)
  11. “Like A Rock” (Written by Bob Seger)

Keepin’ It Country’s CMA Predictions


The CMA’s are upon as once again, so the Keepin’ It Country Staff narrowed down our picks for the night’s biggest awards. Let us know who you agree with!

Entertainer of the Year Nominees: Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Taylor Swift

Nicole: It’s not an easy choice here, and there’s definitely the obvious inclusion of George Strait for sentimental reasons, but I have to give this to Blake. He played a huge summer tour, anchors the judging panel on The Voice season after season and put out quite a few huge hits. He’s arguably the biggest thing in country right now so I have to give it to him.

Jessica: Luke Bryan has had a huge year, and I think he’s taken one of the top spots in country music right now. You can’t deny those dance moves!

Jennifer: Luke Bryan – With sold out shows across the country and yet another #1 hit song (despite Zac Brown’s disdain for said song), no one is killing it on radio or on the road quite like Luke.

Jeanna: Blake Shelton or Taylor Swift? Both have really helped broaden the country music audience and impact the genre in such a significant way. Taylor is massive with her sold out tours worldwide and cross-over success. Blake is the face of the genre at the present time, and he has helped put country on the map and bring it to focus with The Voice. Luke Bryan had a big year and is a possibility too. However, I feel like it’s Blake’s time for this right now so I’m giving this one to him.

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


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!

CMA Award Nominees list

Brad Paisley & Carrie Underwood. photo credit: Bob D’Amico/ABC.

The official nominees for the 47th annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards were announced live this morning on ABC’s Good Morning America. As a CMA Member, I was lucky enough again this year to vote in the first two rounds and got a choice in the final nominees. I’ll get to vote for the winners of each category as an industry member as well.

There were some surprises, and some regulars, who made it to the final ballot this year. Check out the full list below and let us know what you think of this year’s nominees – do you think someone was snubbed? What shocked you? Who are you cheering for?

Entertainer Of The Year






Male Vocalist Of The Year






 Female Vocalist Of The Year






New Artist Award






Vocal Duo Of The Year







Vocal Group Of The Year






 Album Of The Year




“Based On A True Story” – BLAKE SHELTON

“Same Trailer Different Park” – KACEY MUSGRAVES

Single Of The Year


“Highway Don’t Care” – TIM McGRAW and TAYLOR SWIFT

“Mama’s Broken Heart” – MIRANDA LAMBERT

“Wagon Wheel” - DARIUS RUCKER

“Merry Go ‘Round” – KACEY MUSGRAVES

Song Of The Year

“I Drive Your Truck” – LEE BRICE

“Mama’s Broken Heart” – MIRANDA LAMBERT

“Merry Go Round” – KACEY MUSGRAVES


“Wagon Wheel” – DARIUS RUCKER

Musical Event Of The Year





“Highway Don’t Care” – TIM McGRAW and TAYLOR SWIFT

Video Of The Year



“Boys ‘Round Here” – BLAKE SHELTON


“Highway Don’t Care” – TIM McGRAW and TAYLOR SWIFT

“Mama’s Broken Heart” – MIRANDA LAMBERT

 Musician Of The Year

SAM BUSH – Mandolin

PAUL FRANKLIN – Steel Guitar

DAN HUFF - Guitar



CMA Songwriters Series returning to Chicago

Kristian Bush of Sugarland.

After a successful night this week in Boston with Miranda Lambert and Kip Moore, the Country Music Association’s (CMA) Songwriter Series will be returning back to Chicago! The new edition, which will take over the popular Joe’s Bar in downtown Chicago on August 1st, will feature hit songwriters Matraca Berg, Sugarland‘s Kristian Bush, and Bobby Pinson. Bob DiPiero will once again serve as the evening’s host.

The event features an intimate, acoustic round-table like setting where each songwriter will take turns sharing the stories behind the hit songs they’ve written and will perform the original versions. It’s a special one-of-a-kind chance for country fans to hear some of the biggest songs in country music from before they were hits.

The event is a pretty exciting one for Kristian, who shares:

“The thing I love most about the CMA Songwriters Series is watching the audience discover new things about songs they’ve known for years. I know I’ve learned more about the songwriting process just by sitting next to the amazing writers in this series. As a bonus, I also love Chicago and Joe’s Bar — I remember the first time I played there and I look forward to playing there again in August, it’s going to be another great night.”

Tickets will go on-sale later today for an early bird price of $15 through joesbar.com. The special price will be in effect until tomorrow (Saturday).

Jennifer Nettles introduces her son

Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland.

Congratulations to Sugarland‘s lead singer Jennifer Nettles! She announced the arrival of her son Magnus Hamilton on her official website this morning. She made the announcement on her personal blog for her fans, and even sharing the first picture of her first baby for everyone to see (which you can check out below!).

She celebrated her first Mother’s Day yesterday with her 5-month old son and her husband, Justin Miller. Magnus Hamilton Miller was born back on December 6th, 2012, and the couple did not release the news or a picture until today.

In her blog, she wrote:

“On December 6, 2012 my life was forever changed. I had a baby! Magnus Hamilton Miller was born healthy, hungry and with way more hair than I was expecting after seeing baby pictures of both me and my husband. Needless to say, especially to those of you who have children, the rhythm of my life is way different than the movement and pace before baby. In short, this baby is the boss of me.”

Read the rest of her blog post HERE on her official site.

Magnus Hamilton Miller & Jennifer Nettles.

Magnus Hamilton Miller & Jennifer Nettles.









Congratulations Jennifer and Justin! We wish you all the best with your new family.

Sugarland’s Kristian Bush releases solo music

Kristian Bush of Sugarland.

Sugarland fans dying to hear some new music are in for a treat – if you live overseas. Kristian Bush has re-launched his own website and music. His brand new solo single “Love Or Money” was released in the United Kingdom and Europe this week. It’s the first solo single released by Kristian, who has been in the music business for over twenty years. The single is available for purchase on all European digital music retailers, including iTunes Europe. For fans worrying on if this means the end of Sugarland, it’s not, the pair decided to take a break from the road while Jennifer Nettles has some time to be a new mom.

Kristian Bush's Love or Money official single cover.

Kristian Bush’s Love or Money official single cover.












Kristian released the single in the United Kingdom first since the first time he performed it was on BBC Radio.  He played his first solo show at the first country music festival in England at the O2 Arena. Kristian is working on releasing the single to North America in the near future, but for now, international country music fans actually have something American and Canadian fans don’t. We are, however, able to check out the official lyric video for “Love Or Money” below, so make sure to give it a listen and let us know what you think about Kristian trying his hand at solo music:


ACM Poll: Vocal Duo of the Year


We’re moving along with our ACM polls!

Who do you want to take home “Vocal Group of the Year”?

Thompson Square won this award last year. The married duo is nominated once again alongside Big & Rich, Florida Georgia Line, Love and Theft, and Sugarland.

Vote and let us know your thoughts! We love hearing from our fellow country music fans.



ACM: Vocal Duo of the Year

  • Sugarland (33%, 51 Votes)
  • Thompson Square (30%, 46 Votes)
  • Big & Rich (17%, 27 Votes)
  • Florida Georgia Line (17%, 27 Votes)
  • Love & Theft (3%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 155

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Sugarland Puts Rumors To Rest


After all sorts of wacky rumors have been circulating for pretty much all of 2012, country music’s superstar duo Sugarland finally decided to make things official. They won’t be breaking up anytime soon. The group, who is made up of expecting mother Jennifer Nettles and songwriter Kristian Bush, wrapped up their innovative and very interactive “In Your Hands” tour this fall. In an exclusive interview with AOL’s The Boot, both members agreed that there is plenty more to come from Sugarland – even if they need to take things a little slower before releasing some new music.

“Jennifer and I are not finished making records. We know that,” Kristian confirms to The Boot. “We’re excited that this a great time to take a little bit of a breather because she’s got to figure out being a mom. We’ve been on the road for a very long time, so there’s no reason we shouldn’t take a little time off. You’ve got to give people space to be a parent. I’m a parent and I know what kind of adjustment that has been for me. I love her more than anything in the world, and I will do whatever it takes to make sure her life adjusts so she can become the best possible mom she can be.”

Jennifer added:

“Right now we’re both in the writing phase and I’m going to take some time with baby and figure that out, hopefully [laughs], and see what’s next musically,” Jennifer said at a recent CMA press event, echoing her bandmate’s sentiments. “We’re both writing separately and doing our separate things and seeing where that’s going to go. Then, I’m going to taking a pause for a little while to be a mom and enjoy this new little one.”

Don’t worry – fans will still be able to see the pair this week when they appear the CMA Awards this Thursday to present. The 46th Annual CMA Awards air live on ABC, beginning at 8:00 PM ET.

Sugarland’s Kristian Bush Sells Out Thanksgiving Shows

Kristian Bush of Sugarland.

Sugarland‘s Kristian Bush‘s annual Thanksgiving shows have sold out! He’s once again returning to Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, Georgia, and since his show had sold out so quickly, he added a second date on November 26th. Kristian is pretty excited about the demand for his shows, and he shares:

“I’ve been a songwriter my entire life, and Eddie’s is the club where I got my start, so I’m happy to keep on playing for as long as people want to listen. I’m thrilled so many fans want to ring in their holiday season with this show that means so much to me.”

Kristian has also announced his special guests for the shows – frequent collaborator Ellis Paul and Mercury Records newcomer Canaan Smith will join him November 25th, with singer-songwriter Patrick Davis on November 26th.

Tickets for the encore show on November 26th will go on-sale on October 12th at 9 am EST through the venue’s website eddiesattic.com. Fans wanting to make it out to see Kristian better get your tickets fast – the first show sold-out almost immediately.

Kristian, an award winning songwriter, is making his third appearance on the CMA Songwriter Series when it returns to Nashville on Wednesday, Oct 31 (9:00 PM/CT) at Marathon Music Works as part of Country Music Month’s promotions and events leading up the annual CMA Awards on Thursday, Nov 1 where Bush is nominated for CMA Vocal Duo of the Year with his partner Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland.