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

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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!

Next Round of Performers Added for 47th Annual CMA Awards

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“Country Music’s Biggest Night,” the 47th Annual CMA Awards, just got even bigger. The lineup of newly-added performers will include Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Kacey Musgraves, Brad Paisley, George Strait and Alan Jackson.

Jackson and Strait will join forces  to perform a tribute to the legendary George Jones, who passed away in April of this year.

Other previously announced performers include Jason Aldean, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban and Taylor Swift.

The CMA Awards will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, November 6 at 8pm EST on ABC.

CMA Announces Its First Wave of Performers for the 47th Annual CMA Awards

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It has been announced that the following artists are the first wave of performers who will hit the stage during the 47th Annual CMA Awards: Jason Aldean; Luke Bryan; Little Big Town; Tim McGraw; Taylor Swift; Miranda Lambert; Blake Shelton; and Keith Urban.

The awards will air live on Wednesday, November 6th, at 8:00pm EST/7:00pm CST.

*Additional performers will be announced soon*

Hunter Hayes Joins Taylor Swift on Stage in Nashville

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For the closing night of her American “Red” Tour, Taylor Swift pulled out all the stops, inviting Hunter Hayes to join her on stage at Bridgestone Arena. Watch the video of “I Want Crazy” below!

Rascal Flatts & Luke Bryan Join Taylor Swift On Stage In Nashville

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Taylor Swift has become known for her incredible and theatrical live stage shows, which often include special guests. Her “Red” Tour is currently in the midst of 3 sold out shows at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena and brought out two huge country acts to join her. On night one, she was joined by Luke Bryan for “I Don’t Want This Night to End” and night two, Rascal Flatts joined her on stage for “What Hurts the Most.” We’re dying to know who she’ll bring out for night three. Watch the videos below!

“I Don’t Want This Night To End”

“What Hurts the Most”

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

JASON ALDEAN

LUKE BRYAN

BLAKE SHELTON

GEORGE STRAIT

TAYLOR SWIFT

Male Vocalist Of The Year

JASON ALDEAN

LUKE BRYAN

ERIC CHURCH

BLAKE SHELTON

KEITH URBAN

 Female Vocalist Of The Year

KELLY CLARKSON

MIRANDA LAMBERT

KACEY MUSGRAVES

TAYLOR SWIFT

CARRIE UNDERWOOD

New Artist Award

LEE BRICE

BRETT ELDREDGE

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE

KIP MOORE

KACEY MUSGRAVES

Vocal Duo Of The Year

BIG & RICH

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE

LOVE AND THEFT

SUGARLAND

THE CIVIL WARS

THOMPSON SQUARE

Vocal Group Of The Year

THE BAND PERRY

ELI YOUNG BAND

LITTLE BIG TOWN

LADY ANTEBELLUM

ZAC BROWN BAND

 Album Of The Year

“Blown Away” – CARRIE UNDERWOOD

“Red” – TAYLOR SWIFT

“Tornado” – LITTLE BIG TOWN

“Based On A True Story” – BLAKE SHELTON

“Same Trailer Different Park” – KACEY MUSGRAVES

Single Of The Year

“Cruise” – FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE

“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

“Pontoon” – LITTLE BIG TOWN

“Wagon Wheel” – DARIUS RUCKER

Musical Event Of The Year

“Don’t Rush” – KELLY CLARKSON and VINCE GILL

“The Only Way I Know” – JASON ALDEAN, LUKE BRYAN and ERIC CHURCH

“Boys Round Here” – BLAKE SHELTON and PISTOL ANNIES

“Cruise” – FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE and NELLY

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

Video Of The Year

“Tornado” – LITTLE BIG TOWN

“Blown Away” – CARRIE UNDERWOOD

“Boys ‘Round Here” – BLAKE SHELTON

“Downtown” – LADY ANTEBELLUM

“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

MAC McANALLY – Guitar

BRENT MASON – Guitar

PHOTOS: Tim McGraw celebrates Highway Don’t Care

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Tim McGraw celebrated his latest No. one song in Nashville yesterday for the multi-week hit “Highway Don’t Care” with Taylor Swift, featuring Keith Urban on guitar. The monster collaboration is McGraw’s 34th No. one song and second No. one from his Big Machine Records debut, TWO LANES OF FREEDOM. On hand for the celebration were songwriters Brett Warren, Brad Warren and Mark Irwin, Big Machine’s Scott Borchetta, Keith Urban as well as a packed room of friends, industry and press.

During the party, a video was played for the crowd that offers a look at the evolution of the song, from an idea in the writers room to finding its place as one of the most important songs of the year.  Interviews from the songwriters (including Josh Kear who was out of the country and unable to attend the festivities), Urban, Swift as well as industry leaders like Lon Helton were included who commented that McGraw  “continues to deliver songs to country radio that are really more than No. one’s, they’re game changers.  They move the needle.”

Check out pictures from the party below and let us know if you’re loving Tim’s new sound:

Luke Bryan: Taylor Swift isnt country

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Looks like the debate about Taylor Swift‘s loyalty to country music is about to make its rounds again. In an interview with The Huffington Post, Luke Bryan said the superstar wasn’t country anymore.

Luke said:

“I wouldn’t necessarily say she is a country artist. I mean, obviously Taylor Swift started in country, but she morphed into somewhat of a cultural icon, so, who am I to judge what she is?”

But he doesn’t have any problems with stars from other genres trying their hand at country. For example, Kelly Clarkson:

“You know, if Kelly Clarkson wants to do country albums because that’s what inspires her, then let her do it. Look at Kanye West or Ludacris … they aren’t rappin’ and cussin’ like they were on their first few albums, so what does that make them? It’s all in the eye of the beholder and the listener. We all use our outlet to grow ourself.”

What do you think? Is Taylor country? Let us know in our poll below and on Facebook:

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EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Joel Crouse

Joel Crouse. photo credit: Jim Wright.

We had the chance to speak to up-and-comer Joel Crouse before his birthday show with Taylor Swift in Toronto. It just so happened that Joel, a singer-songwriter with Show Dog Universal in Nashville, turned 21 while here in Canada. It’s a big birthday for Americans – as 21 is the legal drinking age in the United States (it’s 18 or 19 in Canada depending on the province). After joking about how he can finally go out on the town without having to perform at the venues to get in, we discussed what it’s really like opening for a superstar as big as Taylor, what he thinks about Canadian country music fans, and his debut single “If You Want Some.”

Joel is a fun guy with a great voice. Get to know Joel in our second interview with the rising young star. He’ll be releasing a full length album with Show Dog Universal later this year – and reveals a few details about it with us!

Check out our exclusive interview with Joel Crouse below and don’t forget to tell us what you think!

VIDEO: Joel Crouse Releases “If You Want Some”

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Joel Crouse is one of the hottest newcomers in country music these days with an opening gig for Taylor Swift and his song “If You Want Some”  climbing the charts. The Show Dog Universal recording artist has released the video for his infectious summer single!

Watch it here: (We promise it’s gonna be…epic!)