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The North American leg of Lady Antebellum‘s “Own The Night Tour” has officially come to an end. The tour, sponsored by GAC, featured special guests Darius Rucker and Thompson Square on the 85-city run across Canada and the United States. Lady A hit a milestone of playing to over one million fans on this tour, and they should be getting even more: they’re heading off to Europe and Australia for more Own The Night World Tour dates this Summer.
“I remember how exciting and special it was to hear we sold out the first weekend of the tour back in the Fall,” said Charles Kelley. ”I seriously had no idea that so many others would follow, especially places like LA and Chicago, or that we would be sitting here eight months later saying we played to a million fans. It doesn’t even register.”
For Hillary, the most important thing about the tour was the connection the group made with their fans:
“What I love is the connection we made with all of those fans,” added Hillary Scott. ”It truly felt like we got to know everyone in the arena every night, which was one of our biggest goals when we started brainstorming on a paper plate last summer in Lake Tahoe. We invited fans up on stage most nights and just tried to get as close as possible to them…it was one giant sing-along each night. As a songwriter, it’s so cool to hear the lyrics you wrote with your best friends in the back of a bus echoing back to you by so many people.”\
Newlywed Dave Haywood shares a little on their closeness as a group, and how they’re already going to be working on a new album together:
“We’ve definitely become closer as a band – musically and personally – over this tour too,” noted Dave Haywood. “We are really proud of our show and how much we’ve grown on stage. Moments like selling out two nights in our hometown of Augusta, GA with all our friends and family around are really going to make us miss being on the road this Fall, but we’re looking forward to working on new music and getting back into the studio.”\
The “Own The Night World Tour” had kicked off in Knoxville, Tennessee back on November 11th, 2011 with an entourage of over 100 people and 10 buses for the production of the highly interactive show, who traveled over 46,000 miles across North America just for this tour. They’re about to get even more mileage when the next leg of the tour visits the United Kingdom, (including a stop opening for Bruce Springsteen), Ireland, Denmark, Switzerland, Norway and Sweden before heading off to Australia in the Fall.
Husband-and-wife duo Thompson Square will be performing their brand new single “Glass” live on the Fox & Friends All American Concert Series this Friday, July 6th from 6 am to 9 am EST on Fox News Channel. The special concert will be held at the Fox News Studios on Avenue of the Americas in downtown New York City. It’s a free show and fans are encouraged to show up to the studios early to make sure they are able to watch the duo’s live show!
Husband-and-wife country music duo Thompson Square have been pretty busy the last year – and they’re about to get even busier. Shawna and Keifer have been Tweeting updates from the recording studio this week while working on their second album for Stoney Creek Records. It’s too early to have an idea on how exactly it will sound, or even a title for the album, but the pair did give fans a little teaser with notes for a song “You Don’t Get Lucky That Many Times.” Here’s that picture:
On a blog entry on their official site on March 23rd, they announced that they had all the songs for their new album picked out and just needed to record it this week. They also promised big news about a tour next year for fans, so we can’t wait to hear all about that! The pair are still out on tour with Darius Rucker on Lady Antebellum‘s “Own The Night World Tour”.
Country megastar, Rodney Atkins, will host the “2nd Annual Music City Gives Back” benefit concert on Tuesday, June 5th, in Nashville, Tennessee.
The show, which begins at 5:00pm, will feature an all-star lineup, including Clint Black, Thompson Square, Lee Brice, Josh Thompson, Jana Kramer, The Farm, Mallary Hope, and The Willis Clan. With the help of sponsors Wrangler, Cricket Wireless, Carl Black Chevrolet, and GAC, fans will be able to enjoy a night of great music at no cost and have the opportunity to contribute to the American Red Cross. Donations may be made on-site.
“Last year was such a great experience to close down Broadway and to raise money and awareness for the American Red Cross we decided to do it again. This is an organization that helps so many people in all of our communities and they need support not just when disaster strikes. Looking forward to getting out there and working with Wrangler Western Wear and Cricket’s Muve Music to raise awareness and party with everyone in Music City,” said Atkins.
If you would like to participate in this event, but are unable to attend, you can stream the concert by visiting Wrangler’s Facebook page.
Some of our very own country starts are among the list of nominees announced today for The 2012 Teen Choice Awards.
Lady Antebellum is nominated for Choice Music Group alongside Selena Gomez & The Scene, Gym Class Heroes, LMFAO and The Wanted. Taylor Swift is nominated in the Choice Single by a Female Artist for her song “Eyes Open” and Choice Female Artist.
Blake Shelton is up for Choice Male Artist against Justin Bieber, Drake, Bruno Mars and Pitbull.
Nominees for the Country categories are as follows:
Country stars took to Twitter today to express their love and gratitude for all the moms out there, especially their own. See what they had to say below!
@OfficialJackson: Hope all you moms have had a happy Mother’s Day!
@blakeshelton: Happy Mothers Day momma!!!!! I love you…
@CartersChord: Happy Mother’s Day to our lovely mom @carterrobertson! And to all you other mamas out there, hope you feel very celebrated today!
@davidnail: For all of us Mommy Boy’s out there, Happy Mothers Day!
@EliYoungBand: Happy mothers day to our moms and all you great moms out there!
@FrankieBallard: How can you not love my Mom?
@HillaryScottLA: Happy Mother’s Day @lindadavismusic!!! I’m the luckiest daughter in the world to have you as my mama!
@HunterHayes: Happy mothers day to all the moms out there. Especially MY mom, the best AND coolest one. ;)
@kramergirl: The strongest lady I know. If I’m half the mother she is I’ll be okay! Happy mothers day to all the moms out
@katiearmiger: Happy Mother’s Day to all of those amazing moms out there!
@KeithUrban: Happy Mother’s Day!
@kristianbush: Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers, without whom we would really be nowhere.
@Lauren_Alaina: Happy mothers day @Kristytara (: tell y’alls momma thanks for everything she does for you and play her my song “like my mother does” (; muah
@martinamcbride: Thanks for all the Mother’s Day wishes! Hope it’s a special day for all you moms!
@reba: Red Velvet cupcakes for Mother’s Day w @Shelbilly.
@taylorswift13: Celebrating this Mother’s Day, reflecting back on past matching velvet holiday ensembles.
@thompsonsquare: happy mothers day!!!!
We here at Keepin’ It Country hope all you moms out there had a great Mother’s Day!
The 5th Annual GAC Kick-Off Breakfast went on sale this morning and is already sold out! Taking place on Wednesday, June 7th, the breakfast will be sure to wake up country music fans to celebrate the start of CMA Fest, which starts on Thursday, June 8th. The breakfast will be held at the Country Music Fall of Fame and Museum in downtown Nashville at 7 a.m. (doors open at 6:30 a.m.). Ticket prices were $45 and include an intimate concert, full breakfast, admission to the Country Music Hall of Fame, plus a meet with greet with all of the scheduled performing artists – Josh Turner, Lauren Alaina, Thompson Square and Kip Moore.
All proceeds from the breakfast will benefit the non-profit Hall of Fame.
GAC-TV is bringing back the pre-CMA Fest Breakfast for another year this year. The popular event has become the “unofficial start of CMA Music Fest” and will be held on Wednesday, June 6th at 7 am CST at the Country Hall of Fame & Museum. Artists announced include American Idol’s Lauren Alaina, Josh Turner, Kip Moore, and Thompson Square. Tickets are $45 each and will give you access to the museum, a great breakfast, performances from each artist, and each artist will hold autograph sessions. All proceeds from the event will go to the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum.
Tickets go on-sale this Friday at 11 am EST and can be purchased on gactv.com. If you’re wanting to go you better get your tickets right away, as this event normally sells out pretty quickly.
Last night (04/10), some of the biggest names in country music gathered at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville in front of a crowd of 16,000 to raise money for the Country Music Hall of Hame and Museum.
This is the third year Keith Urban and Vince Gill have put on the All For The Hall show. Following suit with giving themes to each of the past shows, Keith made this year’s theme duos, vocal groups and bands. And some of the best acts were in attendance: Rascal Flatts, The Oak Ridge Boys, Diamond Rio, Pistol Annies, Lady Antebellum, The Band Perry, Thompson Square, Little Big Town and Alabama.
If that set list wasn’t enough, Keith added to the excitement by bringing out some special guests including Merle Haggard and Don Williams.
Both Keith and Vince acted as co-musical directors and house band leaders. They sat in on most songs and brought their bands together throughout the night.
The best moment of the night, of course, was Keith’s surprise: Rascal Flatts brought out a black duffel bag for Keith for him to find an Opry microphone stand inside. Read more about Keith’s surprise here.
(Photo courtesy of George Walker IV/The Tennessean)
Jana Kramer is making her Grand Ole Opry debut this coming Friday and she’s giving her fans the chance to meet her there.
You can enter for an opportunity to meet the “Why Ya Wanna” singer by visiting HERE. The thing is you don’t have much time left to enter. The deadline is tomorrow (April 10) at 4:00pm ET. According to the contest guidelines, winners will be selected at random and contacted by email no later than Wednesday, April 11.
If you’re unable to join Jana at The Opry, you can catch her for free next week. On Monday, April 16 she’s performing at 12th and Porter in Nashville. The free, all-ages show is being taped by CMT. Doors will open at 5:00pm, and the show will start at 5:30. Entry will be first-come first-serve.
We’re now a little less than two months away from the release of Jana’s debut album. The self-titled disc comes out on June 5th.