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Lauren Alaina To Return To Idol On March 8th To Sing “Georgia Peaches”

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Season 10 runner-up Lauren Alaina will return to the Fox hit show American Idol to perform her current single “Georgia Peaches” on March 8. As you can imagine, Lauren is excited to return to the stage that got her to where she is today.

“I think it’s gonna be such a great feeling to go back to Idol and be on the other side.  It will be great to perform without the stress of the competition on my mind! I am excited to show the Idol viewers what I have been doing since last appearing on the show.  It’s going to be like a homecoming,” says Lauren.

Lauren was just recently announced as one of two opening acts for select cities on the highly anticipated Sugarland “In The Hands Of The Fans” tour which kicks off in Toledo, Ohio, on April 6. So far Lauren is confirmed for four dates according to www.laurenalainaofficial.com –   4/5: Huntington Center - Toledo, OH, 4/6: Covelli Center - Youngstown, OH, 4/13: Eastern Kentucky Expo Center - Pikeville, KY and 4/14: KFC YUM! Center - Louisville, KY although there may be more to come!

Lauren, along with Luke Bryan, is currently on the Jason Aldean “My Kinda Party” Arena tour.

Sugarland Announces “In The Hands Of The Fans” Tour with Openers Lauren Alaina & Canaan Smith!

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Reigning CMA and ACM Vocal Duo of the Year Sugarland has just announced their sixth consecutive headlining tour entitled “In the Hands of the Fans” which hits the road this April. The tour will rely solely on fan interaction and requests to determine the set list played in each city. Specific guidelines and instructions will be posted soon on www.sugarlandmusic.com. Pretty cool, huh?

The 25+ dates will feature openers Lauren Alaina and Canaan Smith (in select cities).

“This year’s tour is based around the concept of putting the show into the hands of the fans,” said Nettles. “THEY will make the requests that will help form the set list and guide the show. Through texts, handwritten signs, the Internet (Twitter, Facebook, etc) phone calls made during the show and selections directly from the stage, the fans will become the conductors as well as the audience. If it’s on one of our records or if we’ve played it on a stage it is fair game.”

The “In the Hands of the Fans” Tour dates are listed below:

VIDEO: Keith Urban Releases Video For “For You”

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Today, the film Act of Valor debuts in theatres. Those going to check it out will be pleasantly surprised to hear a hunky, familiar voice singing out the film during the end credits.

Keith Urban wrote and recorded his first song for a film titled “For You.” He shared with his fans a brand new music video he recorded for the song.

The action-thrilled comes with a great soundtrack, available now on iTunes, featuring songs from other current country artists, including Hunter Hayes, Lady Antebellum and Sugarland.

We’ve got Keith’s video here for fans to check out. Let us know what you think!

Jennifer Nettles Shares Red Carpet Experience

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We love when celebrities help out good causes! Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles recently walked the red carpet and catwalk for the Red Dress Collection Fashion Show hosted by The Heart Truth, an organization created to help raise awareness for women’s heart disease.

In her stunning red dress, Jennifer and others strutted their stuff for NY Fashion Week raising both money and awareness for this worthy cause. Nettles posted a recap of the event on their blog to share with fans, which we have also posted below:

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We have been enjoying a small break from the road.  We’ve been writing and enjoying our families, and now we’re starting to gear back up for our new tour that kicks off in April.  As we’re beginning to poke our heads through the ice of our winter hibernation, I made a fun outing at New York’s Fashion Week.  I was invited to walk the catwalk for the Heart Truth charity.

Heart Truth hopes to raise awareness for women’s heart disease.  (Incidentally, heart disease is the leading cause of death among women in the US.)  So, in honor of this very worthy cause, I decided step outside my usual comfort zone on the stage and walk the catwalk for New York’s Fashion Week.  (I mean hey, if you’ve never walked a catwalk before, why not start in NY for Fashion week right?!).  I’ve included some highlights so you can see some of the photos from this fun and worthy event.

The Voice: Team Blake Recap – Week 1

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Season two of NBC’s The Voice is underway and our favorite, Blake Shelton, is back representing country music!

Big Country, as he has been dubbed by fellow coach and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, has so far chosen three team members.

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We previously introduced you to Blake’s first team member, RaeLynn. The 17-year-old from Baytown, Texas auditioned with a song closely connected to Blake by going with a track by his wife, Miranda Lambert‘s, band. RaeLynn kicked off Season 2 by performing a really great cover of the Pistol Annies‘, “Hell On Heels.”

The team members are all keeping blogs on The Voice official website. You should check out the complete posts, but here is a snippet of what RaeLynn had to say about joining Team Blake:

Fast forward and here I am, on Blake Shelton’s team! I’m honored to be led by one of my musical inspirations. AND so excited about this opportunity and being on The Voice!

Follow RaeLynn on Twitter: @raelynnofficial

RaeLynn’s Audition:

 

Continue reading to check out Team Blake members Gwen and Jermaine…

Jake Owen Seeing Stars That Serve

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A night out in Nashville had Jake Owen seeing stars and SEALS.  In this case, they were one and the same.

The RCA recording artist attended the Act of Valor movie screening in Nashville last night.  He wrote and recorded a song, “The Best I Can,” for the movie soundtrack and was anxious to see the film, which features active-duty Navy SEALS.

“Getting to hang out with the Navy SEALS last night was truly the biggest honor of my life,” says Jake. “Everyone should go see Act of Valor.  The movie is so intense, but it’s real. It reminds you that every single day you should be very grateful to live in this country.”

On February 14, Jake travels to NYC to perform his Top-10 hit single, “Alone with You,” on NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, which airs at 12:30 a.m. ET.

By the way, the rest of the Act of Valor soundtrack is pretty much a country collaboration.  Other performers on the album include Keith Urban, Sugarland, Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes, Trace Adkins, Josh Kelley and Wynonna.

Sugarland To Help Celebrate Woman’s day

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Country music duo Sugarland will help celebrate Woman’s Day on February 15th as part of the 2012 Red Dress Awards event. The GRAMMY awarding winning duo will be joined by The Voice’s season one winner Javier Colon at the event which will honor Dr. Oz, Star Jones, and U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin at the award show in New York City.

Tickets for the event are available right now at womansday.com/red-dress-awards-2012 and start at $100 each. The night will be hosted by the TODAY show’s Hoda Kotb.

Video Picks Of The Week: January 22, 2012

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Hello my country music friends…

It’s time again for our “Video Picks of the Week!”

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Many of you probably know Whitney Duncan from Nashville Star Season 5 (2007). Duncan was signed to Warner Bros. Nashville after finishing fifth on the show. I actually randomly stumbled upon her music a couple of years ago, and I enjoyed it so much that it made me seek out more of her work. This week’s music video is her debut single “When I Said I Would” from her first major label release, Right Road Now. I think the whole album is great, and Whitney has a voice and sound completely fitted for country music. If you have not already, definitely check out her songs on iTunes.

Check out the live performance and cover song video picks after the jump….

Top 10 Live Tracks (2000 – Now)

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There’s nothing we here at Keepin’ It Country love more than live music, so it only made sense to put together a list of some of our favorite live tracks to share with you all, our lovely readers! This particular list is made up of only live tracks from 2000 – 2012, mostly because trying to go through the entire live history of country music turned out to be a bit daunting. Also, all tracks in consideration had to have been released commercially at some point, so no bootlegs here! (Though that could easily be another list.)

Now that the fine print is out of the way, check out our picks below!

10. Love & Theft – “Don’t Wake Me” – Live in Savannah EP

Love & Theft’s performance of “Don’t Wake Me,” off of the band’s Live in Savannah EP, highlights everything that’s great about the group. Three (now two) great looking guys singing perfect harmonies on killer pop-country songs. Any cut from this album could have made our list, but this was a personal favorite. The band gained certain notoriety when Taylor Swift wrote “Hey Stephen” about member Stephen Barker Liles, but if Love & Theft can keep their moment going with live shows like this one there’s a good chance they’ll give Rascal Flatts a run for their money in a few years.

9. Kenny Chesney – “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy – Live Those Songs Again

Kenny Chesney has long ruled the country music touring circuit; one of the few acts in any genre that can consistently sell out stadiums, so it should be no surprise that he made our list. “Tractor” is a reminder of exactly what makes Kenny so fun to see live. It’s a fun summertime party with the best soundtrack.

Check out the rest of the list after the jump!

Kristian Bush’s Last Minute Christmas Gift Guide

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For those of us who still haven’t quite yet figured out what to get friends and family this holiday season, Sugarland‘s Kristian Bush is lending a hand. He’s put together a list of things that he wants this year, along with products that he has and recommends. Items on his list include an iPod/iPhone case, a magazine subscription, colones, iPad apps, and even jackets. Check out Kristian’s list here on the official Sugarland website.

In case you still need more ideas, Kristian also put together a list last year. See his 2010 Christmas gift guide for even more inspiration.