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Grammy Recap: Our Favorite Moments

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The 55th Annual Grammy’s took place on Sunday, February 10th and our favorite country artists were well-represented with performances and more. It was impossible to pick a favorite moment, so we picked a few of the best…

Taylor Swift Brings in the Clowns: We’ve never been asked to open the Grammys (or much more than our own mail), but we’d assume it’s a big responsibility that comes with a ton of pressure. With her genre-bending, Alice-in-Wonderland-themed opener, Taylor Swift set the tone for a night of unforgettable performances with her hit about never, ever, ever, EVER getting back together. Although she nabbed a Grammy in the pre-telecast for her collaboration with the Civil Wars, it was her performance that had everyone buzzing. Most notably, there was that moment when she pulled her best Madonna, suddenly acquiring a British accent. Although much has been made about what that meant, we here at Keepin’ It Country have decided it could’ve only been aimed in one direction…

POLL: Grammy – Record Of The Year

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Thank-you for voting in our Grammy polls, please keep it up! There are some battles going on right now. Make sure you check them out!

We posted the polls for all of the Grammy country categories, but we thought we would do one more for fun!

This category isn’t in the country genre but two of our own, Taylor Swift & Kelly Clarkson, are nominated for “Record of The Year.”

Who do you want to win?

Grammy - Record Of The Year

  • Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) - Kelly Clarkson (92%, 22 Votes)
  • We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together - Taylor Swift (8%, 2 Votes)
  • Lonely Boy - The Black Keys (0%, 0 Votes)
  • We Are Young - Fun. ft. Janelle Monae (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Somebody That I Used To Know - Goyte ft. Kimbra (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Thinkin Bout You - Frank Ocean (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 24

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POLL: Grammy – Best Country Duo/Group Performance

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Hey friends!

We’re continuing with our Grammy polls…

Up now is the “Best Country Duo/Group Performance” category. Vote for your favorite!

Also, sound off in our comments section and let us know who you think was snubbed a nod.

Grammy: Best Country Duo/Group Performance

  • Pontoon - Little Big Town (66%, 21 Votes)
  • Even If It Breaks Your Heart - Eli Young Band (19%, 6 Votes)
  • Safe & Sound - Taylor Swift & The Civil Wars (9%, 3 Votes)
  • I Just Come Here For The Music - Don Williams ft. Alison Krauss (6%, 2 Votes)
  • On The Outskirts Of Town - The Time Jumpers (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 32

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Country Music Blog Rodeo: The Year of the Country Crossover

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Over the last few years, country music has certainly expanded beyond the old stereotype of boots, big hair and ten-gallon hats. Artists like Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum have huge pop hits, the Zac Brown Band & Jason Aldean sell out Madison Square Garden and the Scotty McCreerys and Tate Stevens of the world rise to fame via televised talent shows. On the flip side, Mumford & Sons get played on country radio, UK-lite-rocker Ed Sheeran tours with Taylor Swift and Kelly Clarkson performs on the CMA’s. Over the last few years, it has become commonplace for country musicians to dabble outside of their genre, and if January of 2013 is any indication, this trend is only going to continue into 2013.

Interestingly enough, I grew up claiming that I loved all music “except country.” (Seriously – I think I wrote that on my Myspace…don’t judge me, I’m from NY.) However, after being taken to see Rascal Flatts at Madison Square Garden, my perspective on the genre completely changed and I was hooked. Now I’ll listen to anything from Garth to Reba to Taylor to Jason. However, if you were to ask a purist of country music, they’d probably argue that Rascal Flatts is just a boy (err, man) band in cowboy boots, Taylor is a dubstep-loving pop act and Jason’s renegade hick-hop style bastardizes country music. Yet, on the heels of Aldean selling out a show at New York’s Madison Square Garden in mere minutes, I’d argue that the biggest development of country music in 2013 will be the pure magnitude of its reach and ability to cross over, while also openly welcoming those who dabble and stretch the ideas of what typical “country” is.

Exclusive Interview: Sean Patrick McGraw

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When we reached out to Sean Patrick McGraw for an interview, we knew that he was ridiculously  talented, but after chatting with him, we learned that he’s both ridiculously talented AND ridiculously hilarious. Read on to hear what Sean has to say about his stint on reality TV, Montgomery Gentry recording his song, “My So Called Life,” and sharing the stage with some of country’s biggest names. If that’s not enough, he also shares his candid opinions on Taylor Swift, karaoke and a little Dustin Lynch song called “Cowboys and Angels.”

Read on to meet the sarcastic, hilarious and uber-talented, Sean Patrick McGraw.

Country Artists Make the Grammy Album Cut

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Country superstar Grammy nominees Hunter Hayes and Taylor Swift were chosen to appear on the 2013 Grammy Nominees Album. The album, which will be released on January 22 by Capitol Records and Grammy Recordings, will feature Hunter’s “Wanted” and Taylor’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”. Hunter is nominated for Best New Artist, while Taylor’s single is up for Record of the Year. Also featured on the album is country music’s stepchild, Kelly Clarkson, as well as Taylor’s current opening act, Ed Sheeran.

Tim McGraw album details!

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Country music icon Tim McGraw is revealing more details about his highly anticipated release “TWO LANES OF FREEDOM.”  His first album for Big Machine Records will be released on Feb. 5, 2013 and is set to prove once again that on stage and on record, he remains dedicated to delivering music that is innovative, heartfelt and authentic.

 “I feel like I’ve progressed in my work, and I’ve always strived to get better,” says McGraw. “On my last album, I was discovering some new sounds and new things that I wanted to do, scratching the surface of the direction I wanted to head. This album was a way to reach a little further back, to all that I’d done throughout my career, and bring both sides together—it’s a combination of that discovery, along with some rediscovery.” 
On “TWO LANES OF FREEDOM,” the sense of nostalgia comes through on the hard-driving current single “One of Those Nights.”  The reverie of that song, though, is countered by the humor and joy of “Southern Girl” or the feel-good hangover of “Mexicoma.”  McGraw maintains that it was the album’s title track that really established the tone for the entire project.
“When we cut ‘Two Lanes of Freedom,’ there was such a freshness to it,” he says. “The track has this sort of Gaelic drive to it and really sets a palette for the whole record because it’s so visual—it has that summery, hazy image and I think that made the whole record open up for me.”
McGraw reaches some especially emotional depth in his performances on such songs as “Number 37405,” the lament of a singer-turned-convict.  Most powerful of all might be “Book of John,” a wistful account of a family going through the journal left behind by its late patriarch. The album closes with “Highway Don’t Care,” a breezy yet complex track that features Taylor Swift (the song is featured as number 13 on the album as a nod to her) and Keith Urban.
Check out the official cover and track listing below and let us know what you think! Will you be picking up a copy next year?

Nashville Is On the Globe

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The Golden Globe, that is. This morning, the nominees for the 2013 Golden Globe Awards were announced, and Nashville certainly made a showing; and we mean both “Nashville” the television show and residents of Nashville whose names you might recognize from the world of country music.

In the category of Best Actress, Television Drama, ABC’s “Nashville” was represented by a nomination for Connie Britton (who plays Rayna James in the highly coveted television series). In the category of Best Supporting Actress, Television, ABC’s “Nashville” was again represented by a nomination for Hayden Panettiere (who plays Juliette Barnes). Also getting nods for their involvement in film projects are Keith Urban and Taylor Swift. Keith lent his vocals to the soundtrack for “Act of Valor” with his song “For You,” while Taylor’s “Safe & Sound” was included on “The Hunger Games” soundtrack.

Good luck to the Nashville noms! Tune in on January 13 to see if any of the Golden Globes make their way back to Music City!

Taylor Swift to host American Top 40

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Country music superstar Taylor Swift will take over popular radio countdown program American Top 40 this weekend. She’ll help announce the charts and play the top 40 pop songs in the United States, answer questions from fans, talk about her brand new album “RED” and current single “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” That tune is currently number two on this week’s countdown, but make sure to tune in to see if she can take over the top spot while she’s on air!

Taylor’s edition of American Top 40 airs December 1st and 2nd on multiple radio stations across the United States and Canada. Check your local top 40 music station’s schedule to see when American Top 40 airs near you. Who would you pick to host their own radio show?

Taylor Swift Breaks Record with New Single

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Congratulations to Big Machine Records’ superstar Taylor Swift! Her huge hit single “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” has just shattered a Billboard record by keeping the number one spot for the seventh straight week this week on the Hot Country Songs list. It’s now her longest running number one single on the Billboard charts of her career so far. Taylor’s 2006 single “Our Song” is now her second-longest number one single, holding the top spot for six weeks.

Taylor’s brand new album “RED” is serving its third week on-top of the Billboard album sales charts. It’s already sold more than 1.8 million copies in the United States alone since it hit stores. It sold an additional million copies worldwide, and topped the charts in 42 different countries.

Have you gotten your copy yet of Taylor’s new album? Do you think it’s more country or more pop?