What could be better than being an artist and getting to attend the CMA Awards? Receiving free gifts from the gift lounge, of course! We here at Keepin’ It Country had a chance to take a stroll through this year’s CMA Awards gift lounge to see what kind of items the artists and presenters would be taking home and we’re going to share what we saw with you!
This year’s gift lounge, put together by Distinctive Assets, ranged from all kinds of handmade gifts to cosmetic and skincare products, clothing, candles, and cookies and ice cream treats! We stopped at each of the booths on hand and want to inform you about all of these great products so you can enjoy them too!
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With the CMA’s coming up on Thursday night, country fans everywhere are buzzing with anticipation over who will claim the biggest awards. Will Taylor repeat as Entertainer of the Year or could someone else finally upset her shocked face? Could Kelly Clarkson score a major upset for female vocalist? Is there really any other choice besides “Red Solo Cup” for music video of the year?!
Even OUR staff couldn’t agree, so read on and let us know who you think will score big on Thursday night!
The nominees were just announced earlier this morning for this year’s American Country Awards. The third edition of the fan-voted award show will once again air live on FOX from Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. While the co-hosts remain the same with Trace Adkins and Kristin Chenoweth, there is something new about the award show – the addition of the “Song Of The Year” category which will honor country music’s top songwriters of 2012. The nominees for Song of the Year are determined by the National Songwriters Association International (NSAI). The award show will air live on December 10th on FOX at 8 pm EST.
Artists leading all nominees this year are Luke Bryan with seven, and Lady Antebellum tying for second with Zac Brown Band with six nominations each. Eric Church and Taylor Swift both have five nominations each. Check out the full list of nominees below and let us know who you’ll be voting for. Fans can vote at theacas.com for their favorite artists, and make sure to tune in December 10th to see who wins!
Performers and presenters will be announced shortly, so stay tuned for that announcement too!
Country music group Zac Brown Band stopped by the Walmart Soundcheck sessions for a preview of their new album “Uncaged.” In the brand new Soundcheck, the group performs tracks from their new #1 record, including hit single “The Wind.” Check out the preview of their performance below:
Make sure you check out the Soundcheck concert right here on Walmart’s page, along with a special behind-the-scenes look at their famous “Eat & Greet” and a look at the band’s tour bus on the Soundcheck All-Access Facebook page. Fans can also enter to win a Zac Brown Band cooking bundle and an official Zac Brown beanie through the Walmart Soundcheck official Facebook page here. Make sure to enter and good luck!
The “Road to the Ram Jam” series and sweepstakes, presented by the Ram Truck brand, features five of today’s top country acts – Kellie Pickler, Brantley Gilbert, Easton Corbin, and newly added Zac Brown Band, and provides fans the opportunity to win prizes including trips for two to an invitation-only 2012 Ran Jam concert event December 29th in Nashville, TN where all five artists will perform – awesome!
Fans can enter the chance to win the sweepstake trips for two to the invitation-only 2012 Ram Jam concert event at www.RamTrucks.com/RoadtoRamJam or on the Ram Trucks Facebook page at www.ramjamsweeps.com. The Road to the Ram Jam series and sweepstakes helps bring country music fans closer to some of their favorite artists with exclusive video content, free music downloads, and the opportunity to win some cool prizes, like collectible posters and vinyl records through participating country radio stations nationwide.
Several other presenters comprise the list, such as American Idol finalists Colton Dixon and Skylar Laine, CMT hosts Tom Arnold and Steve Austin, 2012 Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti, Twilight star Ashley Greene, Tony Hawk, Denise Richards, Dax Shepard and Jordin Sparks.
Zac Brown Band fans don’t have to wait much longer for a new album. The Band’s third studio album, ‘Uncage’ is set to release on July 10 and lead singer Zac Brown is promising the album is full of “powerful chemistry that’s developed by living, traveling and working as a band.”
We’re always trying to push the barrier of our musicianship and I’m proud to say that there is a little bit of something for everyone.
‘Uncaged’ offers an array sounds over the eleven song album, from right, rocking songs to the characteristic harmonies of the Zac Brown Band. There are many guest vocals and musicians on the album, including Amos Lee and Trombone Shorty. Jason Mraz and Wyatt Durrette, a longtime collaborator with the Band, helped pen some of the tracks on the album. Jimmy De Martini of the Zac Brown Band said that through the diverse mix of songs on the album, “it remains true to the Zac Brown Band sound, which has become a style in itself.”
This album will be the first with the newest band member, Daniel de los Reyes. Brown said on his first meeting with Reyes:
We sat and played djembe one night until our hands bled…I love his spirit.
Check out the video below to see Zac Brown Band perform the title track off their album, ‘Uncaged.”
With the days getting warmer and the date getting closer, us here at Keepin’ it Country got together to put together a list of our favorite beach-flavored tunes for the Blake Shelton Cruise. We’ll be aboard the biggest live country music event ever to set sail, and we want to help our fellow country music fans get ready for the party of the year!
The 7-night cruise leaves Miami on October 14th, then returns on October 21st after 7-nights at sea. You’ll visit San Juan, Tortola, Nassau, and St. Thomas over those fantastic seven nights. Not only will we be on-board, but so will some of the biggest stars in country music… Blake Shelton will perform twice during the cruise, and he’s bringing along some friends to perform and party with too. There’s so many great performers announced so far that it would take all day to list them here, so visit blakesheltoncruise.com to book your cabin or for more information on the country music party of the year. If you mention Keepin’ it Country when you book your cabin you’ll receive a free gift from us on-board!
Take a look at our ultimate Blake Shelton Cruise playlist below, which we’ll be playing on our iPods as we board the beautiful Norwegian Pearl in October. Leave us your suggestions and maybe your favorites might make our Cruise playlist part 2 at a later date.