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Hank Williams Jr Named As Additional Headliner To Taste Of Country Music Festival

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Hank Williams Jr has been named as a headliner for this year’s 2nd Annual Taste of Country Music Festival. This iconic performer will be hitting the stage as part of a bevvy of acts that will be on at the Hunter Mountain Resort between June 13 to 15, 2014.

Williams was announced along with artists Eric Paslay, Leah Turner, The Cadillac Three and Jamie Lynn Spears. They will be joining the previously announced list that included: headliner Brad Paisley, co-headliners Dierks Bentley and Brantley Gilbert, and Randy Houser, Thompson Square, Craig Morgan, Thomas Rhett, Tyler Farr, Charlie Worsham, Chase Rice, Blackjack Billy and Gwen Sebastian.

Although a relatively new festival, only in its second year, the Taste of Country Music Festival has already become one of summer’s most highly anticipated events. The “Pretty Early” price level tickets are sold out, but y’all can take advantage, still, of the “Not So Early” pricing at www.tasteofcountryfestival.com. For a limited time, general admission tickets start at the Not So Early price of only $150.00 for a 3-day pass, and VIP packages start at $525.00 for a 3-day VIP “Outlaw Pass” with “Super Outlaw Pass” and “Ultimate Outlaw Pass” packages available as well. Information on VIP package details and pricing, hotel accommodations, mountainside camping, directions and more is available online. But, will Hank Williams Jr being announced, these tickets are not expected to last much longer!

Photo: Taste of Country Music Festival official logo

Exclusive Interview: David Fanning

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Although you may not know the name David Fanning just yet, chances are if you’ve turned on country radio recently, you’ve heard a song he’s had his hand in. Since arriving in Nashville seven years ago, he’s been working behind-the-scenes, but now, he’s confidently making the leap from one side of the microphone to the other.  And he’s got Justin Timberlake‘s endorsement.

Before moving to Nashville at the age of twenty, David Fanning grew up in Admore, Alabama, which is on the Alabama/Tennesee line, and was always surrounded by music. His family sang 50′s & 60′s Acapella music on weekends, while it was his older sister who listened to country music. In typical younger sibling fashion, David idolized his sister and wanted to be just like her. “She was in the Bryan White fan club, so I had to be like her and be in the Bryan White fanclub.” He laughs, recalling his intro to country music.

David tells us that he played shows whenever the opportunity arose, and at the age of twenty, he packed up and headed to Nashville. Upon arriving in Nashville, he met Rich Redmond, Tully Kennedy, and Kurt Allison, members of Jason Aldean‘s touring and recording band. The foursome began New Voice Entertainment and began writing and producing for new acts. Together, they’ve produced hits such as “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not?,” which David describes as one his first steps into professional production.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Dee Jay Silver

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In today’s music, it is common to hear a remix of some of your favorite songs; even heartfelt power ballads have turned into dance hits with the help of some of music’s most talented DJs. And just when you thought DJ’ing couldn’t become anymore unique, enter Dee Jay Silver, the first DJ to be signed to a major Nashville record label. Dee Jay has played in premier venues in virtually every major market in the United States, Mexico, and Canada, but has ultimately found his home in Nashville. Whether he is touring with Jason Aldean and playing in sold out stadiums, performing on the American Country Awards, or remixing the work of some of country’s best known artists, Dee Jay is bringing his talents to the fans of country music in a myriad of ways. Dee Jay took some time out of his day of “bad television” while he recovered from the ACAs in Las Vegas to talk with me about his music, his favorite tour stop to date, and his future plans (which included getting back to Nashville stat!). 

Keepin’ It Country’s CMA Predictions

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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.

CMA Award Nominees list

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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

More performers announced for ACM Honors

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The 7th annual Academy of Country Music Honors has announced additional performers and presenters for the special evening. Dierks Bentley will return once again to host the non-televised event. Tickets are still available for $40 through the Ryman Box Office or ticketmaster.com.

Performances and musical tributes will be performed by Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood of Lady Antebellum, Thompson Square, Chris Young, Kree Harrison, Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, Big & Rich, the Mavericks, and MORE!

The special awards recipients of the evening are as follows:

Special Awards recipients:

MBI (Musician/Bandleader/Instrumentalist) Award Winners:

  • Chuck Ainlay - Audio Engineer of the Year
  • Matt Chamberlain - Percussionist/Drummer of the Year
  • J.T. Corenflos - Guitarist of the Year
  • Aubrey Haynie - Fiddle Player of the Year
  • Mike Johnson - Steel Guitar Player of the Year
  • Jay Joyce - Producer of the Year
  • Michael Rojas - Piano/Keyboard Player of the Year
  • Jimmie Lee Sloas - Bass Player of the Year
  • Ilya Toshinsky - Specialty Instrument(s) Player of the Year

Industry Award Winners:

  • Jerry Hufford, Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace – Don Romeo Talent Buyer of the Year
  • Ed Warm, Joe’s Bar – Promoter of the Year
  • Joe’s Bar (Chicago, IL) – Nightclub of the Year
  • Red Rock Casino & Resort (Las Vegas, NV) – Casino of the Year
  • Ryman Auditorium (Nashville, TN) – Venue of the Year

Songwriter of the Year Winner:

Luke Bryan’s “Crash My Party” Scores Biggest-Selling Week Since 2004

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Luke Bryan is unstoppable.

He’s the reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year. He’s selling out shows on tour in a matter of minutes. And he also has a second number one album this week with Crash My Party!

Not only is Crash My Party number one on the Billboard 200 chart, it is the biggest selling week by a male country artist since Tim McGraw in 2004. Bryan’s album debuted with nearly 528,000 units sold according to Nielsen SoundScan.

 McGraw was the last male country artist to sell more albums in a week with 766,000 copies moved for Live Like You Were Dying.

 

Luke had this to share via his website in response to the major news:

I’ve never been this excited about an album that I have put out, and the response I have gotten is really humbling and mind-blowing to me. I am lucky to have some of the best fans in the world, and I am happy to see them enjoying this album as much as I do. I’m just so thankful for my fans and for Country radio for the amazing support.

Crash My Party follows the country superstar’s previous 2013 chart-topper, Spring Break . . . Here to Party, and his double-Platinum 2011 Tailgates & Tanlines.

The album’s title track is a multi-week number one hit! “Crash My Party” recently set a Billboard record as the largest one-week audience since 2005 with 45.5 million listeners and has sold 1.2 million downloads. Bryan’s new single, “That’s My Kinda Night,” is also the highest-debuting single of his career.

It’s safe to say that Luke Bryan’s career is going pretty well.

Congratulations to Luke on all of his success! We are very happy for you!

Luke is currently on the road with Thompson Square and Florida Georgia Line for his Dirt Road Diaries Tour. Several shows are sold out! For info and tour dates, visit http://win.lukebryan.com.

DVR Alert: Thompson Square on All-American Concert Series

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Don’t forget to tune in this Friday when Thompson Square takes over Fox & Friends’ for their All-American Summer Concert series. Fans who can’t make it to New York City for their free headlining outdoor performance can catch it live on Fox News starting at 8 am EST on Friday, August 23rd on Fox News Channel.

The duo will perform “Glass,” “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not?,” and their current single “If I Didn’t Have You.”

Will you be tuning in?

America’s Morning Show Kicks off with Kelly Clarkson, Hunter Hayes & Thompson Sqaure

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On Thursday, June 20th, America’s Morning Show hit the airwaves featuring Blair Garner and an all-star cast of country music stars including Terri Clark, Chuck Wicks & Sunny Sweeney. As if that lineup wasn’t big enough, the show’s first interviews included some of music’s biggest names, including Kelly Clarkson, Hunter Hayes and Thompson Square.

Our friends over at America’s Morning Show provided us with all of these great interviews!

Listen here as Kelly Clarkson discusses her lost engagement rings, her new country single and her love for Terri Clark, including some musical confusion and a little bit of singing.

 

Listen here as Hunter Hayes prepares for a performance on The Today Show, talks about racing cars with Blair and discusses his new re-release Encore and recording with Jason Mraz!

 

Listen here to hear Thompson Square discussing vocal rest and the #1 party for “If I Didn’t Have You.”

Teen Choice Awards country nominees announced

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The 2013 Teen Choice Awards nominees were announced yesterday, and there’s gotta be a few smiling faces in country music. Nominees for the fan-voted award show include Taylor Swift, Kacey Musgraves, The Band Perry, Hunter Hayes, Carrie Underwood, Jana Kramer and MORE! See the full list of country nominees below and let us know what you think – do teen voters have good taste?

The Teen Choice Awards will air live on FOX on Sunday, August 11th. Fans aged 13 to 19 are encouraged to vote at teenchoiceawards.com twice a day for their favorites in music and entertainment. Announcements with more nominees, presenters, and show host(s) will be made shortly.

Choice Male Country Artist:
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Hunter Hayes
Blake Shelton

Choice Female Country Artist:
Jana Kramer
Miranda Lambert
Kacey Musgraves
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Choice Country Group:
Florida Georgia Line
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
The Band Perry
Thompson Square