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REVIEW: Sara Evans’ “Slow Me Down”

Sara Evans Slow Me Down

Sara Evans has been climbing the charts and playing through your stereo speakers since the late 1990′s, and if there is one thing we can say about Evans, it is that nobody can slow her down. At a time where it seems that a lot of our favorite veteran female country singers are releasing new music, Evans is back with an album, Slow Me Down, that will not disappoint. With three duets (two of which might surprise you!) and several new solo tracks to introduce, Evans reminds us all why she entered the hearts of country music fans many years ago and why she has remained in our hearts since.

On this, Evans’ seventh studio album, the pristine artist proves that her music career remains full speed ahead. Slow Me Down kicks off with the chart-climbing title track, which talks about a relationship that is nearly over, but before one of them walks out the door, the other is given a final chance to hurry up and say the right thing. “Slow Me Down” is an appropriate start to this eclectic collection of tracks because, right from the beginning of this album, Evans hits the ground running with potential hit after hit.

The Country Music Hall Of Fame® And Museum’s All For The Hall Fundraiser Returns To Los Angeles On March 4

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On March 4th, the Nokia Theater will host the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s All for the Hall fundraiser, making it the first time this event has been held in Los Angeles in three years.

“California, with its rich country music history, has proven to be a supremely appropriate and welcoming location for this event,” said Museum Director Kyle Young. “In fact, some of the state’s contributions to our genre are the subject of our very popular limited-engagement exhibition, The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and California Country, whose run we’ve extended through the end of 2014. Los Angeles has always given our All for the Hall event a very warm welcome, and we look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones in March.”

This year’s fundraiser will be hosted by actress/singer/film producer Rita Wilson, and feature performances by Country Music Hall of Fame members Vince Gill and Emmylou Harris. Joining them will be Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members Heart and Grammy Award-winning artist Jason Mraz.

Shania vs. Garth – Who’s Your Favorite Veteran?

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After several days of fan bases battling out, the winners have been declared. Your favorite female country music veteran is Shania Twain, and your favorite male country music veteran is Garth Brooks. Just behind Shania were the queen of country music herself, Reba McEntire, and the beautiful songstress, Martina McBride. Riding in Garth’s coattails were the king of country music, George Strait, and country crooner, Vince Gill.

Now that you all have narrowed your choices to one female and one male favorite, it’s time for the artists to go head-to-head for Keepin’ It Country‘s ultimate favorite veteran! Shania and Garth, let the odds be ever in your favor. Let the games begin!

Shania vs. Garth - Who's Your Favorite Veteran?

  • Shania Twain (89%, 157 Votes)
  • Garth Brooks (11%, 20 Votes)

Total Voters: 177

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Sara Evans Album Release

Sara Evans

Multi platinum-selling recording artist Sara Evans will release her highly-anticipated seventh studio album, Slow Me Down, on March 4, 2014. The album comes over two years after the release of Stronger, her second Billboard Country Album Chart #1. Slow Me Down’s title track, released earlier this Fall, is Sara’s biggest first week country radio added single ever, and the song has been steadily climbing the charts ever since. The video features NASCAR great, Carl Edwards, and is now in heavy rotation on both CMT and GAC. You can check out the video below.

When asked about her new album, Sara stated “making Slow Me Down has been a truly amazing experience. I had the chance to co-write with some of my favorite writers, work with Mark [Bright] and some truly incredible musicians – and now hearing what we created gives me such an incredible sense of pride.  Having Isaac [Slade], Gavin [DeGraw], and Vince [Gill] sing with me was an amazing experience and they took those songs to another level. I honestly have never been more excited to have everyone hear one of my albums. I cannot wait to share it with everyone.”

Slow Me Down, a veritable who’s who of songwriters, will hit shelves on March 4, 2014.

George Strait’s Star-Studded Final Show to Include Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church and More

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George Strait will play his final concert June 7, 2014 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The CMA Entertainer of the Year’s The Cowboy Rides Away Tour 2014 will ride away with style, for a king. The show will feature an all-star lineup of guest artists (performing three songs each) including Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Ronnie Dunn, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride and Lee Ann Womack.

Additionally, the opening act for Strait’s final concert will be the “Kings of Texas Swing” and six-time Grammy Award-winning group, Asleep At The Wheel.

Tickets for the highly-anticipated concert will go on sale to the public Friday, December 6 at 10:00 AM CST and can be purchased via Strait’s official website here.

While this is Strait’s final concert tour, he will continue to record new music with MCA Records and will perform select dates across the country after the tour has wrapped. For more information, please visit www.georgestrait.com.

Sarah Darling and Guy Penrod Performing ICM Awards

Sarah Darling ICM Awards

In 2009, rising country music star Sarah Darling spent days at her grandfather’s hospital bedside as he battled a serious illness. A spiritual man, he comforted her greatest fear of him succumbing to the fight by sharing his thoughts on the meaning of life, and what happens when someone leaves this world. Forever moved by what she heard in those precious moments, Darling later sat down with Nashville songwriters Dave Robbens and Billy Austen and wrote the song, Knowing What I Know About Heaven, never knowing years later, internationally-known Christian recording artist and former lead singer of the Gaither Vocal Band, Guy Penrod, would make it be heard by millions around the world. In celebration of the song’ success, Darling and Penrod will perform the song together as a duet for the very first time at the 2013 Inspirational Country Music (ICM) Awards on October 24, 2013. Penrod is nominated in the “Entertainer” category at the awards.

Blake Shelton Has Strong Words for the Westboro Baptist Church

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Oh Blake, Blake, Blake…Thanks for saying what we’re all thinking. It’s no secret that the Westboro Baptist Church has made Blake Shelton its latest target and Blake isn’t taking it lying down. He recently waged war on the “church” on Twitter, but yesterday, he made his feelings all the more clear.

In this video, obtained by TMZ, Blake is captured leaving Usher’s Birthday Bash with some candid words for the hate-spewing organization. Blake says, “Westboro Baptist Church can blow me…you can quote me on that.”

Although we applaud Blake’s candor, Vince Gill still wins for this attack on the WBC.

 

Kelly Clarkson’s Stripped-Down Solo Version of “Don’t You Wanna Stay”

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“Don’t You Wanna Stay” was a mega-hit for Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson garnering massive radio success and awards for their collaboration.

Naturally, the song has become a staple in both Clarkson and Aldean’s sets on tour. Since they both obviously cannot be at each other’s shows every night, Aldean typically sings with a hologram “Kelly” and vice versa thanks to the magic of technology.

But Clarkson has changed things up a bit this tour run. She is currently out on the road with Maroon 5 as part of the Honda Civic Tour (the show is amazing FYI), and is doing “Don’t You Wanna Stay” as a stripped-down solo vocal performance.

She posted a live tour video today and had this to share via Twitter:

@kelly_clarkson: One of my favorite parts of the show is getting to sing “Don’t You Wanna Stay” broken down. :)

Is it even a question how great this version is? Clarkson has been established as one of the best voices in music… ever. It really doesn’t matter what she sings. It’s all just THAT good.

Check out the video below:

The multi-genre star was also just nominated for two Country Music Awards for Female Vocalist of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year with Vince Gill.

For more Kelly info and tour dates, visit: www.kellyclarkson.com.

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

George Strait Announces 2014 Tour Dates

George Strait 2014 tour dates announced

The King of Country, George Strait, announced the final dates for his 2014 Cowboy Rides Away Tour this morning at a press conference at AT&T stadium in Dallas. The tour will begin in Lousiana in January and wrap up on a TBA date in Dallas.

Each week, a different opening act will join Strait on the road, and the list of openers include some of the biggest stars in country music, including Martina McBride, Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Ronnie Dunn, Vince Gill, Miranda Lambert and Merle Haggard with Lee Ann Womack.

“The first leg of the tour earlier this year was very fun, but also very emotional,” Strait says. “Every city and venue holds such great memories. I’m really looking forward to seeing our fans out on the road in 2014.”

A pre-sale will begin on September 24th for Strait fan club members, and the general sale will begin on September 27th. For more information, please visit http://www.georgestrait.com.

George Strait 2014 The Cowboy Rides Away Tour Dates:

1/9 – CenturyLink – Bossier City, La.
1/10 – Frank Erwin Center – Austin, Texas
1/17 – CenturyLink Center – Omaha, Neb.
1/18 – Sprint Center – Kansas City, Mo.
1/30 – SAP Center – San Jose, Calif.
1/31 – Valley View Casino Center – San Diego, Calif.
2/1 – MGM Grand Arena – Las Vegas, Nev.
2/7 – US Airways Center – Phoenix, Ariz.
2/8 – Staples Center – Los Angeles, Calif.
2/14 – The Palace of Auburn Hills  – Auburn Hills, Mich.
2/15 – Nationwide Arena – Columbus, Ohio
4/28 – Wells Fargo Arena – Philadelphia, Pa.
3/1 – Prudential Center – Newark, N.J.
3/7 – KFC Yum! Arena – Louisville, Ky.
3/8 – Allstate Arena – Chicago, Ill.
3/21 – Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, Tenn.
3/22 – Philips Arena – Atlanta, Ga.
4/4 – Intrust Bank Arena – Wichita, Kan.
4/5 – Pepsi Center – Denver, Colo.
4/11 – The Moda Center – Portland, Ore.
4/12 – Tacoma Dome – Tacoma, Wash.
4/18 – Wells Fargo Arena – Des Moines, Iowa
4/19 – BOK Arena – Tulsa, Okla.
5/23 – LSU Tiger Stadium Bayou Country Superfest – Baton Rouge,  La.
5/31 – Gillette Stadium – Foxborough, Mass.
TBD – AT&T Stadium – Dallas, Texas