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CMT Music Awards Presenters Announced

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With only two days remaining until the 2012 CMT Music Awards, Nashville is brimming with excitement in anticipation of the big night.

Today, a list of presenters were announced for Wednesday’s show. The list includes: Jason Aldean, Sara Evans, Ronnie Dunn, Alan Jackson, Jake Owen, and Kellie Pickler. Previously-announced performers The Band Perry, Carrie Underwood and Luke Bryan will also be on hand to present awards.

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.

The show will feature performances from some of the best in country music: Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley, Pistol Annies, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, Hank Williams Jr. and Zac Brown Band.

The show, hosted by Toby Keith and actress Kristen Bell, will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena June 6th at 8PM EST on CMT and CMT.com.

We will be at the show, so be sure to check back with us as Keepin’ It Country will be up-to-date on everything related to the Awards and CMA Fest!

Zac Brown Band Has “Powerful Chemistry” on New Album

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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.”

Cruisin’ With Blake Shelton Playlist

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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.

EXCLUSIVE: Interview With Ray Gibson

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You read it here first: Canadian singer/songwriter Ray Gibson is an artist that the country music world undoubtedly needs to watch out for.

Hailing from Maple Ridge, Vancouver, this eighteen year old is turning heads with both her originals and covers. She even caught the attention of country superstar Carrie Underwood. The artist posted Ray’s cover of “Good Girl” on her Facebook for all of her fans to see on Ray’s eighteenth birthday – what a great present! If that weren’t enough, the newcomer is working alongside Canadian country artist Aaron Pritchett. The two have been writing together and have recorded videos of them singing some of Aaron’s songs. Ray also won the Carly Rae Jepsen cover contest for her rendition of “Call Me Maybe”.

Her covers range from songs by artists like Adele, Lil Wayne and Katy Perry to Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert. Ray’s original songs, such as “Couple More Kisses” and “Barefoot On The Beach” showcase her incredible vocal range and writing talents. Something interesting to note is that this young artist has taught herself to play both the guitar and piano and plays the instruments solely by ear!

Now, this YouTube sensation is starting to write original material and is looking ahead to creating her own record and performing for fans. She will be writing songs in Los Angeles this summer and Nashville in the fall.

We caught up with Ray to talk about her influences, what she loves about the country genre and plans for her future in country music.

Trust us when we say that you won’t be disappointed by this girl’s gift: her voice.

EXCLUSIVE: Interview With Jason Charles Miller

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Jason Charles Miller is definitely not your ordinary urban cowboy. Rather, he represents the dark, gritty side of country music – the type of country music that should receive more acknowledgement than it does.

Regardless, this Virginia native knows his way around the entertainment industry. Although he might be most known for heading the rock band Godhead, Jason has travelled many paths throughout his life. His impressive resume includes writing, producing, voiceover recording and acting. If that wasn’t enough, Jason is busy overseeing his own recording studio, Central Command Studios.

We caught up with Jason today to talk about the release of his new single “Up To Me,” his recent signing with Render Records, how he feels about the music industry and what he has to offer.

We can promise you that this man has a mind and heart evident in both his thoughts and music that any country music fan could appreciate and love. Take a look for yourself:

Zac Brown Band Add New Member & New Album

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With two GRAMMY wins and already more than 50 award nominations to their name, Zac Brown Band are heading back into the studio for work on a new album. They’ve announced that they’ll be releasing that new record, “Uncaged,” on July 10th. It’s a big album for the Zac Brown Band, who will be having brand new member percussionist Daniel de los Reyes make his debut as part of the group.

The band is currently nominated for a Billboard Music Award for Top Country Artist, and they also have two nominations in the fan-voted CMT Music Awards for Collaborative Video of the Year for “Knee Deep” with Jimmy Buffet, and Best Group Video for “Keep Me In Mind.”

Zac Brown Band have already had a huge impact on country radio with only two albums released so far. Their debut album, “The Foundation,” went double-platinum. Their sophomore album, “You Get What You Give,” debuted at the number one spot on the Billboard 200 Chart in 2010.

The band is made up of Zac Brown (vocals, guitar), Jimmy De Martini (vocals, violin), John Driskell Hopkins (vocals, bass), Coy Bowles (guitar, organ), Clay Cook (multi-instrumentalist), Chris Fryar (drums), and now percussionist Daniel de los Reyes.

Country Artists Headlining TODAY Show Concerts

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Country music will be taking over the airwaves once again this summer. Superstars Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band and The Band Perry will each headline their own concert series with the TODAY show in New York City. The Summer Concert Series kicks off May 18th until August 31st live from Rockefeller Plaza in the Big Apple. Pop star Usher will be the first performance of the year at the outdoor concert. The Band Perry kicks off the country round with their free concert  on Friday, June 1st, Zac Brown Band on Friday, June 15th, and Kenny Chesney on Friday, June 22nd.

See the rest of the line-up on NBC’s site. The concerts are free but on a first-come-first-serve basis for space, and fans are encouraged to show up early if they want to be sure they can see their favorites perform live. All concerts will take place outside TODAY’s window-on-the-world studio located at 49th Street and Rockefeller Plaza, and fans should arrive by 6 am EST to make sure they get in.

Country Artists Up For Billboard Awards

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Country music really is starting to take over pop music. Some of country music’s biggest stars have been nominated for the 2012 Billboard Music Awards, which take place May 20th live from Las Vegas on ABC at 8 pm EST. Some of the artists nominated include Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean, Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, Zac Brown Band, Luke Bryan, Scotty McCreery, Eli Young Band and The Band Perry. See the full list of country nominees, and who made the general field nominations, below.

The CMA Music Festival Lineup Grows Again!

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The already big CMA Music Festival just got a little bit bigger.  Today the Country Music Association announced the addition of four-time CMA Female Vocalist winner Martina McBride, the newly engaged Jake Owen and newcomer Hunter Hayes to the already star-studded festival lineup.

The performers join the previously announced Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert, Alan Jackson, Scotty McCreery, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, The Band Perry, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Faith Hill, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood and Zac Brown Band.

All of those artists will be performing at the nightly concerts held at Nashville’s LP Field.  There are still four-day tickets available and can be purchased at the CMA Fest site HERE.   The 2012 CMA Fest takes place June 7-10.

POLL: ACM Awards – Vocal Group Of The Year

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Thank-you to for participating in our polls so far.

Keep up the voting!

Let us know who you want to take home the ACM Award for Vocal Group Of The Year. It is a pretty tight category with The Band Perry, Eli Young Band, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, and Zac Brown Band.

ACM Awards: Vocal Group Of The Year

  • The Band Perry (38%, 15 Votes)
  • Lady Antebellum (33%, 13 Votes)
  • Rascal Flatts (10%, 4 Votes)
  • Zac Brown Band (10%, 4 Votes)
  • Eli Young Band (9%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 39

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Check out our other ACM polls as well:

New Artist: http://www.keepinitcountryblog.com/2012/03/acm-awards-artist-poll/

Vocal Duo: http://www.keepinitcountryblog.com/2012/03/acm-awards-poll-duo/