Toby Keith & Kid Rock added to Harley Davidson Concert

Looks like Harley Davidson’s 110th birthday celebration just got a whole more country. A few days after the motorcycle company added Brantley Gilbert and Shooter Jennings to their line-up, now country superstar More »

Garth Brooks being sued

Garth Brooks is being sued by a former business partner. The country icon is facing the heat against Lisa Sanderson, reports TMZ, for unpaid salary, bonuses, and and punitive damages. She worked More »

We live and breathe all things country music

Keepin’ It Country is an independent country music site that has made its mark on country music in North America and all over the world. We aim to be your resource for More »

Taylor Swift launches her own shoe line

Looks like the cool new thing to do in country music is to start your own shoe line. Less than three weeks after Miranda Lambert announced her own shoe line will hit More »

Jason Aldean plays to over 60k fans!

ACM Male Vocalist of the Year Jason Aldean headlined the first ever concert at the University of Georgia’s Sanford Stadium for over 60K fans last night.  The monumental country music event started More »

Toby Keith & Kid Rock added to Harley Davidson Concert

Looks like Harley Davidson’s 110th birthday celebration just got a whole more country. A few days after the motorcycle company added Brantley Gilbert and Shooter Jennings to their line-up, now country superstar Toby Keith and sometimes-country-sometimes-rock star Kid Rock will be joining the party too. The big Harley Davidson 110th Birthday celebration concert will take place over Labor Day Weekend on Thursday, August 29th until Sunday, September 1st in Milwaukee. Tickets are on-sale now, and start at $95.

Other major starts performing at the event include ZZ Top, Aerosmith, Joan Jett, & The Blackhearts, Blue Oyster Cult, Gaslight Anthem and more.

Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary Concerts Currently Announced:

Additional entertainment to be announced soon

Thursday, August 29
    • Whiskey of the Damned
    • Lynyrd Skynyrd (H.O.G. Members only)
    • Elvin Bishop
    • Blue Oyster Cult
    • Dropkick Murphys
    • The Doobie Brothers
    • Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
    • Lupe Fiasco
Friday, August, 30
    • Gabriel Sanchez & The Prince Experience
    • MAD MEX
    • Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights
    • ZZ Ward
    • Shooter Jennings
    • The Dirty Heads
    • Foxy Shazam
    • ZZ Top
    • Gaslight Anthem
    • Sublime with Rome
    • Buckcherry
Saturday, August 31
  • D.B. Bryant Band
  • Moderatto
  • The White Buffalo
  • Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown
  • The Whigs
  • Halestorm
  • Katey Sagal & The Forest Rangers
  • Common
  • Brantley Gilbert

Garth Brooks being sued

Garth Brooks is being sued by a former business partner. The country icon is facing the heat against Lisa Sanderson, reports TMZ, for unpaid salary, bonuses, and and punitive damages. She worked with Garth for over 20 years as a television producer to help jump-start his acting career, and she is claiming that it was Garth himself who stopped him from roles in “Saving Private Ryan,” and “Twister.” She also claims that he killed deals with Disney, Fox, and many others because of the way he acted or because of his demands.

The lawsuit was filed by Marty Singer and Allison Hart. Lisa is asking for $425,000 from Garth, claiming she was lied to about the salary she’d receive if she stuck around.

Read the whole story over at TMZ and let us know what you think – do you believe this story? Or do you think it’s someone trying to cash in on a country legend? Sound off below, or on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

We live and breathe all things country music

Keepin’ It Country is an independent country music site that has made its mark on country music in North America and all over the world. We aim to be your resource for everything country music, reporting each day’s news as it is released, reviewing the latest albums and conducting interviews with your favorite artists, and introducing fans to the next wave of artists on the rise. We have become one of the leading voices for country music and we take great pride in our platform and abilities, using same for the greater good of the industry we love.

We have exclusive interviews, reviews, contests, and news stories with and regarding yesterday’s and today’s most popular artists. We strive to bring fans what they are interested in through our detailed posts, conversations, and firsthand concert experiences. Keepin’ It Country strives to allow each and every fan and follower the opportunity to stay up-to-date on all things country music using an entertaining and fan-friendly approach to our coverage. As an independent source of country music news and entertainment, we have an abundance of freedom of expression, but maintain the utmost professionalism by only reporting on matters that are verified.

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Exclusive Interview: Introducing Maggie Sajak

Rising country star Maggie Sajak recently took time out of her busy schedule to chat with us, and we’re thrilled to introduce you to her. We chatted about everything from her hot new single “Wild Boy” to her love of Carrie Underwood to her impressive school-music balance.

Maggie recently released a video for her new single, “Wild Boy,” which is a song that she loved immediately upon hearing. (Us too!) While most girls deal with a wild boy or two, the song has a unique twist on the typical tale. “I love the song because it’s powerful for a lot of people. A lot of girls end up having a boy like that in their life at some point, for better or worse. Sometimes they stick with us, sometimes they don’t,” Maggie says. “What’s cool to me is that the song doesn’t just focus on the guy, but it’s more about a girl making the decision about the guy and whether or not to put her heart on the line.”

On first listen to “Wild Boy,” Maggie immediately connected with the lyrics and knew it was a perfect fit. “When I received it, I definitely got the chills the first time I heard it and it really touched me, so I was thinking that it would touch a lot of other people. That’s the most important thing to me, always, the lyrics and the impact it has.”

Although Maggie didn’t pen her current single, she does write much of her own music and uses a similar method whether writing or choosing songs. “When I hear a song on the radio, I know if I like it immediately. I figure when I hear a song to record, I really want to like it immediately,” Maggie tells us. “If it’s important to me and meaningful and comes from the heart, then hopefully it’ll mean something to others as well.”

Fans of CMT’s guilty-pleasure dating show Sweet Home Alabama first heard Maggie’s song, “First Kiss,” played as Devin Grissom chose Adam Moyer to be her final suitor. Although that TV romance was short-lived, it was that single that took a then-16-year-old Maggie’s talent from a hobby to a career path

Having grown up singing, performing and playing instruments, she was always enthralled with music, but when she picked up the guitar at age 13, she really began to hone her craft. “I started playing guitar more seriously at age 13, and that’s when I started writing more songs and doing more local performances.” Those live performances empowered Maggie with a different type of energy and inspired her to pursue music more seriously.

In addition to guitar, Maggie also plays the piano, mandolin and ukulele. And while she’s on a quest to become the female version of Hunter Hayes, she hopes to eventually add drums to her musical repertoire. “I would love to learn drums. I think that’d be amazing because everything that I play is kind of similar so I think that the drums would be a little different.”

While balancing a musical career may be tough for any 18-year-old, Maggie is currently laying the ground work for a “pre-med” path at Princeton. The hard-working teen, whose dad is Wheel of Fortune host, Pat Sajak, tells us that education is just as important to her as music. “Education is really important to me, music is obviously very important to me.” She tells us. “I think I’d have both in my life no matter what, to some extent. Now, I’m working in music and I love them both. I don’t want to give either of them up.”

Maggie looks to another famous blonde for inspiration, both in finding a balance and life and in music and fashion. “I really love Carrie Underwood and for a few reasons. Obviously, she has an amazing voice and amazing music, but I also love her sense of style. I like the way that she incorporates fashion into her performances and everything,” Maggie says. “I like the way that it seems like she really balances her personal life and her professional life really well because you don’t really hear about scandals and things with her. I think it’s great she can stay really grounded and that’s the thing I’m always going to try to do, no matter what.

While she may admire Carrie’s music and style, it’s the boys of country music that Maggie would most like to tour with, naming Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean & Hunter Hayes as her top three dream tour choices.

Although Maggie Sajak may not be a household name just yet, she’s well on her way and working on a full album. “I care about each of these songs, and I’m putting together a full album and looking forward to writing more about my personal experiences. I know in your teenage years, it’s when’s a lot is happening, the songs mean a lot to me,” Maggie tells us. “And I just want to get good messages out there. And I think it is important for younger people too and for girls to be able to look up to me. That’s important to me. That’s one of my biggest priorities.”

Keepin’ It Country Lightning Round:

Favorite country song: “Long Hot Summer” by Keith Urban

Dream Duet Partner: Scotty McCreery

Favorite Junk Food: Cupcakes

Favorite Song to Cover: “The Rose” by Bette Midler

Last song listened to: “Red Hands” by Walk Across the Earth

We loved speaking with Maggie and are excited to watch her career rise. You can visit her official website and make sure to follow her on Facebook & Twitter.

Taylor Swift launches her own shoe line

Looks like the cool new thing to do in country music is to start your own shoe line. Less than three weeks after Miranda Lambert announced her own shoe line will hit stores in 2014, country’s superstar Taylor Swift announced today that she will be releasing her own next month. It’s an expansion with her project with Keds last fall, which she released a limited edition red shoe in honor of her album “Red” on Big Machine. Now Taylor will have an entire line with Keds Champion Sneakers with all sorts of fun designs – stars, animal paw prints, stripes, guitars, sunglasses, and other cute girly prints.

Fans can take a sneak peek at a few designs on the Keds site, with more to come in select Keds retailers, and online, in May. For more information, check out the official Bravegirl website here – and enter to win a cool Taylor Swift contest to meet the superstar.

Which shoe line are you more interested in? Miranda Lambert’s or Taylor Swift’s?

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: CMChat’s One to Watch — Abbi Scott

Abbi Scott is an Indiana teenager who is in her senior year of high school and looking forward to graduation (much like all other high school seniors!). However, Abbi is not your typical high school senior. While Abbi has her face in textbooks, she has her sights set on music, and there is no stopping this country girl from making her dreams come true! Abbi describes herself as “a true country girl, living on twenty-five acres, and . . . in love with the outdoors.” Abbi has been compared to Miranda Lambert, Gretchen Wilson, and Kelly Clarkson, and values these music industry phenoms’ strong work ethic and ability to maintain a sense of humor.

When Abbi was little, she took to singing before developing the act of speaking. Abbi was often found “hogging the TV time so [she] could use the remote as [her] microphone.” Abbi would share her talent with anybody who would listen, and Abbi certainly does not discriminate regarding who is fortunate enough to be entertained with her vocals! “I’ve sung for anyone that would listen. I consider one person an audience.” Luckily for Abbi, her audience grew from one person to crowds, as she got her official start at county fairs and festivals.

As Abbi grew up, and her love for music progressed, Abbi began songwriting as well. Abbi explained her songwriting process to us. “The songwriting process for me starts with a lot of ideas or my life experiences. I take writing very seriously and want to give listeners a song that will impact their lives. My hope is that they can identify with my work.”

In between performing and songwriting lies a typical high school student who describes her life as “crazy,” but immediately states that she “wouldn’t have it any other way!” The late nights are well worth it to this #CMChat “One to Watch,” and Abbi is surrounded by friends and family who are extremely supportive of her talents and dreams. Abbi is incredibly grateful for the support she has and, thanks to those around her believing in her abilities, Abbi has had experiences that most teenagers could never imagine. Abbi has opened for several of country music’s hottest artists, including Lee Brice, Jana Kramer, DJ Miller, David Bradley, Dustin Lynch, and Maggie Rose. “The feeling of sharing the stage with big name artists is amazing! I get to open up, get the crowd fired up, and make sure that I’ve done my job as an opening act! I love crowds and the fans are so supportive of their artists! It’s a rush!” And Abbi certainly cherishes her interactions with the fans and the opportunities afforded to her by these artists. “The best moment of my career so far has been meeting so many incredible people! From my fans to all the amazing artists that I’ve opened for … I’ve loved them all! Each person has made an impact on my life.” Abbi is humbled by the experiences she has had and is “so honored for the opportunities that I’ve been blessed with and I pray for more down the road.”

If recent happenings are any indication of whether Abbi will be blessed with more of these opportunities down the road, we have no doubt that we will be hearing Abbi’s voice on our radio stations in the near future. On September 21, 2013, Abbi released her EP, Abbi Scott, which was released on iTunes. Abbi promises that you will find “high energy, honesty, and something fresh while staying country” on her EP. “Fans can expect to hear songs I’ve written about my life and true country music. My hope is that listeners can relate and find a piece of their life story in my songs.” Abbi’s music has certainly resonated among country music fans, as Abbi was recently deemed “One to Watch,” an honor that Abbi ironically describes as “indescribable.” Abbi believes that the cards are falling into place and that her “hard work is being noticed” and she feels like “NOW is the right time for country music fans” to open their ears, minds, and hearts to what she brings to the table. (By the way, we couldn’t agree more!)

Like any blossoming artist, young or old, Abbi has thought about who she would love to collaborate with, and it’s no surprise that this blonde bombshell, who we immediately thought “this girl reminds us of Miranda Lambert!” (check out AbbiScott.com and you will understand what we mean), would love to join forces with the pistol-holding, Gunpowder and Lead-singing, superstar. Abbi bodes “our song would be completely badass!” Abbi also explains that she would like to collaborate with Outshyne and Blackjack Billy, bands which she describes as “a great look into the future!”

What’s next for this sassy, talented country girl? “Well, I need to graduate high school first and foremost. I’m a senior and will graduate in the spring. Next, along with school work, I just want to improve as an artist. Working on my craft is so important and just means that I evolve as an artist. I’m very honest, loving, and determined. I’m approachable and I love my fans! I want my fans to never be afraid to talk to me because I love meeting new faces and making people smile. I’m hoping to be signed to a label that embraces my sound. Finally, you’ll find me living full-time in Nashville, Tennessee. It is where my heart belongs and my soul feels alive! I want to make my musical dreams come true and always stay true to how my parents raised me … Hardworking, genuine, and honest!”

Just for fun, we hit Abbi with one of our typical lightning rounds!

All time favorite country song: Remember When by Alan Jackson

All time favorite country song to sing: Gunpowder and Lead by Miranda Lambert

Last song you listened to: You’ll laugh, it was The Wop by J. Dash. I don’t only listen to country!

Favorite place you have performed: Pucketts Grocery in Leipers Fork, Tennessee.

It was an absolute pleasure speaking with Abbi and getting to hear about this budding artist’s past, present, and future. We wholeheartedly agree that Abbi is one to watch and encourage each of you to download Abbi’s new EP on iTunes, visit AbbiScott.com, and watch the videos below. You will definitely want to add Abbi to your playlists so you can tell your friends you “knew her when” the first time you hear her voice coming through the speakers in your cars! We know we are eagerly anticipating that moment!

Jason Aldean plays to over 60k fans!

ACM Male Vocalist of the Year Jason Aldean headlined the first ever concert at the University of Georgia’s Sanford Stadium for over 60K fans last night.  The monumental country music event started early with Aldean’s fans taking tailgating to a new level, and when the Georgia native himself made a surprise appearance in the parking lot, hysteria ensued.

Aldean’s 90 minute set showcased hit after hit including “Hicktown,” “Big Green Tractor” and “My Kinda Party,” as well as his current single “1994,” on one of the biggest outdoor stages in the nation with high resolution video panels, pyrotechnics and a helicopter flyover.  Luke Bryan jumped on stage to perform the reigning ACM Vocal Event of the Year “The Only Way I Know,” then the stadium erupted when GRAMMY award winner and fellow Georgia native Ludacris surprised the crowd by joining Aldean for “Dirt Road Anthem.”  Current tour mates Thomas Rhett and Jake Owen were also on the bill.
The energy of last night’s crowd is something he’ll never forget, explains Aldean:
“Seeing everything come together the way it did tonight and feeling the energy of the crowd is something I will never forget.  When my mom got here last night, we took a walk around the stadium, and it was really emotional for both of us. This place has always meant so much to me, but when I was a kid, we were flat broke and my mom couldn’t afford to buy tickets for us to go to a game.  So I watched on TV and dreamed about one day seeing it in person.  Tonight was beyond my wildest dreams…the whole thing has honestly shaken me a little bit…it’s has been a night I will never ever forget.”
The 2013 NIGHT TRAIN TOUR has sold out every show so far this year, and his next stadium stops include Boston’s Fenway Park (7/12 and 7/13) and Chicago’s Wrigley Field (7/20).

Kelly Clarkson Welcomes Baby Girl!

Kelly Clarkson is a mom!

The multi-genre singing sensation gave birth to River Rose Blackstock on Thursday, June 12th! Earlier today, Clarkson made the highly anticipated announcement to her fans via Twitter and Facebook.

The little girl’s arrival also means that Reba McEntire has a new grand baby. Kelly’s husband, Starstruck Management Group’s Brandon Blackstock, is Reba’s stepson.

We don’t want to put pressure on the 2-day old baby girl, but her name is perfect for country music. With her mama’s incomparable pipes and her music royalty family, we may have a future star on our hands.

Welcome to the world, River Rose! We want to send the biggest congratulations to Kelly and Brandon! We are so happy for them and their beautiful family.

Kelly Clarkson Twitter

Toby Keith raises $950,000 for Oklahoma Kids Korral

Congratulations to country music superstar Toby Keith! The Oklahoma native paid back his home state with a huge donation for the Oklahoma Kids Korral. The money was raised through his 11th annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic event. His golf tournament was attended by over 800 eager participants making up 44 teams. The event also held a silent auction, which ended up bringing in the big money.

Some of the top bids were:

Dinner with Toby Keith at the Oklahoma Kids Korral: $52,000
Bull Elk Hunt at Express UU Bar Ranch: $37,500
Arnold Palmer/Jack Nicklaus Memorabilia piece: $35,000
Toby Keith Behind the Scenes Experience: $30,000
Brush Creek Ranch Getaway: $30,000
African Safari: $25,000

The Oklahoma Kids Korral is a free-cost home away from home for pediatric cancer patients.

Jana Kramer Added to All-Star Kicker Country Stampede Line Up

Kicker Country Stampede, to be held June 26-29 in Manhattan, Kansas, is delighted to announce that all camping & reserved seating is officially sold out for the first time in the 19-year history of the festival. Festival organizers recently surveyed the grounds and added an additional 200+ camping sites, which sold out immediately upon releasing them to the public.

“What a milestone! We want to thank the fans for their continued support throughout the years!” said Wayne Rouse, general manager of Kicker Country Stampede. “For the first time, the demand for camping has exceeded the supply! However, we want as many fans to have the opportunity to experience Stampede as possible, so we are looking into ways to accommodate even more folks in future years!”

Country’s fastest rising female star Jana Kramer has been added to the star-studded line-up, which includes Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Chris Young, Easton Corbin, Lee Brice, Joe Nichols, Randy Houser, Dustin Lynch, Thomas Rhett, Charlie Worsham, Tyler Farr, Joe Diffie, Will Hoge, Jon Pardi, 6 Degrees West, The Railers and Logan Mize.

The last day to purchase four-day tickets for $145 and VIP tickets for $565 is Wednesday, June 25. There are a very limited number of VIP tickets remaining, so get yours now before it’s too late! For more information on tickets or for any of your Kicker Country Stampede needs, visit www.countrystampede.com or call 800-795-8091.

Kicker Country Stampede is giving tickets holders the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see their favorite country stars, including Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Chris Young, Easton Corbin, Randy Houser and more, up close and personal with the newly-added Party Pit. The Party Pit is located directly in front of the main stage, putting fans steps away from their favorite artists during their performances! There are a very limited number of passes in this standing-room-only area. Fans who wish to have Pit access for more than one artist must purchase individual artist pit passes. Patrons must have a ticket to Kicker Country Stampede to purchase Party Pit passes. Buy your Party Pit passes here.

Kicker Country Stampede offers a full-fan experience with fun for attendees of any age. In addition to the main stage boasting the biggest names in country music, Steel Rodeo Tours is back and will be providing non-stop, action packed freestyle motocross exhibitions Friday, June 27 through Sunday, June 29. The Nashville Songwriters Association International Songwriters Tent will feature established, as well as up-and-coming songwriters, including Lance Carpenter, Rob Northcutt Band, Tony Ramey and more. Kite’s Grille & Bar Tuttleville Stage will once again showcase the best local talent the Midwest has to offer, including Tim Zach & The Whiskey Bent, County Road 5, Jared Daniels Band and more. Other activities include a carnival, mouth-watering vendor food, shopping, interactive exhibits and much, much more.

Country Stampede is an annual four-day country music and lifestyles festival held the last full weekend in June at Tuttle Creek State Park in Manhattan, Kansas, located less than an hour from Topeka and Salina and two hours from Wichita, Kansas City, Lincoln and Omaha. The event features multiple live stages with performances from today’s biggest stars, mouth-watering vendor food, shopping, interactive exhibits, an on-site saloon, camping and much, much, more!

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