Taylor Swift Leads In Billboard Music Award Nominations. Country Music will be represented in Las Vegas yet again, as another award show is coming up. Taylor Swift, Kacey Musgraves and The Band Perry are all scheduled to perform at this year’s Billboard Music Awards. The show will air live Sunday, May 19 on ABC from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Country Nominees: Swift has a pretty good chance of taking at least one award home, seeing how she has 11 nominations for the night. Swift is in the running for Top Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album, Top Female Artist, Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Digital Songs Artist, Top Social Artist, Top Country Artist, Top Country Album, Top Streaming Song (Video) and Top Country Song. Swift is also up for the Milestone Award. Jason Aldean is up for three awards: Top Male Artist, Top Country Artist and Top Country Album. Luke Bryan also has three nominations: Top Country Artist, Top Country Album and Top Country Song. Hunter Hayes is up for Top Country Artist and Top Country Song. Carrie Underwood is nominated for Top Country Artist and Top Country Album. Lionel Richie is nominated for Top Country Album and Eric Church and Florida Georgia Line are also up for Top Country Song.
A Quick Look At Last Night’s ACM Awards From HaleighT’s Eyes. Last night was the 48th Annual ACM Awards in Las Vegas. This year Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan hosted the event and for their first time together, I’d say it went pretty smooth. The night started with a performance of Shelton’s new single, “Boys Round Here.” Sheryl Crow, Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley and The Pistol Annies joined Shelton, making it the first of many collaboration performances of the night. Like I said, there was a number of collaborations and something most had in common was the horrible sound coming over my TV speakers. Being that the majority of the performances sounded “off,” I’m going to say that it was an issue with the sound techs and hope that I’m right. Easily my favorite performance of the night was Eric Church singing “Like Jesus Does.” He sounded spot on, just like he does on his albums and just like he does every time I see him live. It wasn’t flashy, just simple and enjoyable. I think he made a lot of people proud. I was super pumped to watch George Strait and Garth Brooks perform together (like they kept announcing), but that wasn’t quite what happened. The piano began to play and I immediately screamed because I knew I was about to hear “The Dance.” When Brooks didn’t sing the entire song and the music faded into Strait’s “The Cowboy Rides Away,” I thought, Oh this is going to be awesome! They are singing a part of both songs and then they’ll sing one together! But that didn’t happen. Prior to their performance, the academy kept saying that the two would be performing together for the first time ever and I just think that was a little bit of a let-down. Either way, it was great to see them both on the stage performing at all and especially in tribute to Dick Clark. The segments of the show, where we were taken to the Fan Jam were definitely the times to refill my drink. Again, the sound was just awful. I could barely hear Jana Kramer over her backup singers during her song “Whiskey” and I don’t know what was going on during Paisley’s performance with John Mayer. Let’s just hope they work the issue out for next year. The grand finale, the Entertainer of the Year award went to Luke Bryan. It was a wonderful moment, where it seemed like everyone was standing and cheering for him and numerous people were very emotional as he accepted his award. It was really something special to see his fellow artists and friends genuinely happy for him. The award was definitely deserved. Below are a list of side notes from the show, the winners and a list of performers. Some Side Notes: – Taylor Swift really needs to work on her dance moves or just stop. – The Pistol Annies are even cooler for being so supportive of the winners (they kept Continue reading
Eric Church Releases Simple New Video for Like Jesus Does. Eric Church‘s single, “Like Jesus Does,” has a simple and humble message, and the recently released video mirrors this sentiment. Featuring a very basic still shot of Church in an unassuming skull cap and hoodie seated, playing an acoustic version of the song, the video is entirely in black & white. The simplicity places the entire emphasis on the song and the music, and the viewing experience is really relaxing and almost meditative. Whether you’re an Eric fan or not, if you love music, this videos appeal will not be lost on you. Watch it below. Eric Church Video for Like Jesus Does.
Eric Church To Release His First-Ever Live Album, Caught In The Act, This Spring. Eric Church will release a 17-track live album, Caught In The Act: Live, on Tuesday, April 9. The album will feature songs from Sinners Like Me, Carolina, and his CMA Award-winning 2011 release, CHIEF. The album will be available for purchase on iTunes and in stores nationwide. The album was recorded at Chattanooga’s Tivoli Theatre in October 2012 and is Church’s first live recording. A double gatefold vinyl version of the record will also be made available on National Record Store Day, Saturday, April 20. The package will include four additional tracks and a special whiskey-infused 7-inch. This is a no-brainer purchase for a Church fan like myself! Having been to many, many of his shows, listening to this will surely take me back to some very happy times! Caught In The Act Track Listing: 1.) “Before She Does” (3:46) 2.) “How ‘Bout You” (4:24) 3.) “Drink In My Hand” (4:51) 4.) “Over When It’s Over” (2:57) 5.) “I’m Gettin’ Stoned” (5:27) 6.) “Creepin’” (4:45) 7.) “Keep On” (2:52) 8.) “Hungover & Hard Up” (3:33) 9.) “Sinners Like Me” (4:22) 10.) “Country Music Jesus” (3:49) 11.) “Pledge Allegiance To The Hag” (4:54) 12.) “Jack Daniels” (6:03) 13.) “Homeboy” (4:40) 14.) “Lotta Boot Left To Fill” (4:21) 15.) “Smoke A Little Smoke” (5:14) 16.) “These Boots” (3:43) 17.) “Springsteen” (9:27)
Kenny Chesney Adds 28 New Dates to His 2013 No Shoes Nation Tour! Kenny Chesney announced 28 brand new dates to his 2013 “No Shoes Nation” Tour giving fans an even greater chance of catching this highly anticipated tour live and up front! In an official press release published on Chesney’s website, he let everyone know that touring is all about the fans!! “The fans are the foundation of No Shoes Nation. They built it from the ground up, and they built it with heart, passion and the love of life and music, and I can’t wait to feel that connection again when we kick off the tour in March and throughout the summer of 2013.” -Kenny Chesney The tour kicks off March 16th in Tampa, FL and will hit stops all over the U.S. Zac Brown Band and Eric Church will be joining Chesney for select dates in addition to Eli Young Band and Kacey Musgraves as opening acts! Get ticket and date info below!
Country Stars Kick Off 2013 with New Tours Starting in January! Now that we’re already one week into the New Year, it’s time we start thinking about what’s really important…who we’re going to get to see live this year! Luckily, tons of our favorite country stars are kicking off their tours for the year this month! To make sure you’re up to date on who’s doing what, check out the list below! If you can’t find what you’re looking for below be sure to visit this post’s sponsor Country Music On Tour! New Country Tours: January 2013: Zac Brown Band: ZZB will be starting up a steady stream of shows on January 10th! See where they’re headed. Gary Allan: making stops all over the states through the Spring starting January 11th! Check out where Allan is going. Luke Bryan: The much anticipated 2013 Dirt Road Diaries will begin with the first show in Evansville, IN on January 17th. Miranda Lambert & Dierks Bentley: Talk about exciting! Miranda and Dierks team up for the second go round with their 2013 Locked and Redloaded Tour beginning January 17th in Columbia, SC! Get all the dates. George Strait: the 2013 Cowboy Ride Away Tour kicks off January 18th in Lubbock, TX! Martina McBride will be the primary opening act. More dates here. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill: Power couple Tim and Faith are kicking off their Las Vegas residency, Soul 2 Soul on January 18th at the Venetian Theater. Toby Keith: dates for his 2013 Live in Overdrive tour. start January 19th in Durant, OK. Eric Church: Eric heads to Canada on January 31st for the final dates of his Blood, Sweat and Beer tour before jumping in with Kenny Chesney in the Spring! Eli Young Band: EYB are hitting up several venues beginning January 31st before they jump on the Chesney train in March. See all the dates. We want to know: Who are you excited to see this year, and how far would you go to see them?
Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Eric Church The Only Way I Know Lyric Video. I don’t know about y’all, but I just can’t get enough of the single “The Only Way I Know” sung by three of country’s hottest stars Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Eric Church. These three guys are amazingly talented on their own, but put them together in one song and you’ve got a heck of a rockin’ good time! Just a few weeks ago, Aldean’s team released a lyric video for the single, and it just gives me another reason to listen to this awesome song! “The Only Way I Know” is featured on Jason’s most recent release Night Train, and I can only hope that in the future we’ll see more collaborations on Luke and Eric’s projects, fingers crossed! Enjoy the tune below! Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Eric Church “The Only Way I Know” Lyric Video.
Check Out The Complete List of The Top 20 Country Artists of 2012 via Billboard! The past year has definitely been an exciting one for country music with new music, lots of great tours and festivals, and old and new faces rising in the ranks! Newbies like AI alumn Scotty McCreery and Hunter Hayes had great years, and artists we’ve known and loved for some time like Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum, Kenny Chesney and so many more also did really well in 2012! We’re especially proud to see CMNB favorites like Zac Brown Band, Eric Church, and Jason Aldean and Miranda Lambert in the Top 20! See the complete list below, and tell us who you’re happy to see and who you think is missing! Top 20 Country Artists for 2012! 1. Taylor Swift 2. Jason Aldean 3. Luke Bryan 4. Lady Antebellum 5. Carried Underwood 6. Eric Church 7. Zac Brown Band 8. Blake Shelton 9. Toby Keith 10. Kenny Chesney 11. The Band Perry 12. Tim McGraw 13. Miranda Lambert 14. Rascal Flatts 15. Lionel Richie 16. Lee Brice 17. Hunter Hayes 18. Scotty McCreery 19. Brantley Gilbert 20. Little Big Town Check out the remaining Top 50 Country Artists on Billboard.