Blake Shelton Hosts “Healing In The Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert”. Blake Shelton has organized and will headline and host a major telethon, “Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert,” this Wednesday (May 29). The concert/telethon/benefit proceeds will be going towards The United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornado Relief Fund. The benefit will be held at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City at 7:30 pm tomorrow. Tickets for the benefit went on sale Saturday, but will also be televised live on NBC. Other cable networks including Style, G4, Bravo, E! and CMT will air the show on either a live or delayed basis. “Everyone has their way to help, and mine as an entertainer is to perform to help raise money and awareness for this tragedy,” Shelton said. “This is why I want to do this special and especially hod it in Oklahoma City, which is near ground zero.” Shelton will be performing along with Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, Vince Gill and more.
Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert Perform “Over You” In Honor Of The Victims Of The Tornadoes That Hit Oklahoma. On Monday, May 20, some deadly tornadoes ripped through Oklahoma leaving an enormous number of people without homes, people missing and some fatalities. While the worst of the tragedy hit Moore, Okla, many other cities and communities were hit by these devastating storms. On Tuesday night, May 21, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert performed a special version of their award winning and touching song, “Over You,” at the beginning of The Voice. A special message ran along the bottom of the screen, urging viewers to donate to Red Cross to help the state of Oklahoma during this horrific time. The performance was beautiful and I believe it was the best Lambert has ever sounded singing it. Country Music News Blog is based out of Oklahoma, and is HOME to us. Their are still many things that can be done for the victims of this tornado and like the rest of the country, we encourage everyone to what they can and keep those affected in your thoughts and prayers. Current Miranda Lambert Tour Date and Tickets
The Official Music Video For The Pistol Annies Current Single “Hush Hush.” Below is the official music video for the Pistol Annies single, “Hush Hush.” The single is the first release from the Annies’ sophomore album, Annie Up. The song is about keeping secrets and keeping up appearances. The video features the ladies and their families at a Sunday afternoon potluck, where things get a little out of hand. Watch “Hush Hush” and tell us what you think. Under the video is the track listing for Annie Up, which hit stores last week! Annie Up Track Listing: 1. I Feel A Sin A Comin’ On 2. Hush Hush 3. Being Pretty Ain’t Pretty 4. Unhappily Married 5. Loved By A Workin’ Man 6. Blues, You’re A Buzz Kill 7. Don’t Talk About Him, Tina 8. Trading One Heartbreak For Another 9. Dear Sobriety 10. Damn Thing 11. Girls Like Us 12. I Hope You’re The End of My Story
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
The Official Music Video For Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart.” Miranda Lambert released the official music video for her current single, “Mama’s Broken Heart.” The song comes from her 2011 album, Four The Record. The song is fun and different and completely Miranda, I love it. The video is great and puts a spotlight on a time when more women hid their crazy! Miranda looks great in the video, I especially love her blue dress/bathtub scene. She definitely gives the camera some crazy eyes though. Watch the video for “Mama’s Broken Heart” below and tell us what you think! Current Miranda Lambert Tour Date and Tickets
Country Music Grits N’ Pieces: Brad Paisley Sings for Honey Boo Boo, Brantley Gilbert and Jana Kramer Living Together, Carrie Underwood Sells a House and More! Around here at CMNB we mainly just cover the facts, news and our own opinions, but we know we all need our fluff fix every now and again. To keep things nice and simple for you, we’re putting all of the country music gossipy tidbits (think who broke up with who, who wore what, etc.), plus other odds and ends that might be of interest, in one spot with the this weekly post of “country music grits n’ pieces” (cute, huh?). So, grab a cup of coffee, and settle in for a quick break! Here are this weeks hottest tidbits: Brad Paisley sings the “Ballad for Honey Boo Boo” on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Brace yourself. For awesomeness. Country couple, Jana Kramer and Brantley Gilbert are living together in Kramer’s Tennessee house. Too cute. [CMT] Carrie Underwood sold her old house back in August for less than she wanted. [countryweekly] Sad but true Taylor Swift has moved on from UK youngin’ Harry Styles. Moving on! [HuffPo] Miranda Lambert likes shiny things! [CMT] Taylor, Carrie, and Jana all made Men’s Health list of hottest women in 2013. Although, the year just started. So, the list might be a bit premature. [Men’s Health] Here are the Top 10 Dance Songs country fans shook their groove to in 2012! [MusicRow] Darius Rucker is featured in Southern Living, talks his ideal day! It’s very heartwarming. [AllAccess] Oh Randy Travis. What are we to do with you? [The Tennessean]
A Special Look At Rehearsals For The Locked & Reloaded Tour. Here is a funny clip from Dierks Bentley. Rehearsals have begun for the Locked and Reloaded Tour, with the first show about a week away! Bentley and Miranda Lambert are sure to give fans a very energetic show each night they take the stage. Have you got your tickets yet? Are you getting excited? Current Miranda Lambert Tour Date and Tickets
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?
Miranda Lambert Added As Additional Headliner to Country Fest 2013 in Cabbot, WI! Miranda Lambert is giving fans attending the 2013 Country Fest in Cadott, Wisconsin one more thing to be excited about! The CMA Female Vocalist of the year has been added as a headliner to the festival’s line-up! Lambert will be taking the place of Lady Antebellum who has pulled out of several tour dates upon learning the happy news that Hillary Scott and her husband are expecting their first child. Miranda will be filling the spot on Thursday, June 27th of the four day event which runs through Sunday, June 30th! Lambert is joining a fantastic line-up which includes Toby Keith, Jason Aldean, Thompson Square, JT Hodges and more! Check out the complete line-up below. 2013 Country Fest Line-Up. Thursday, June 27th. 11:00 PM: Miranda Lambert 9:00 PM: Brantley Gilbert 7:00 PM: Thompson Square 5:00 PM: Dustin Lynch 3:00 PM: Tim Sigler Friday, June 28th. 11:00 PM: Montgomery Gentry 9:00 PM: Hunter Hayes 7:00 PM: Gloriana 5:00 PM: Josh Thompson 3:00 PM: Edens Edge 1:00 PM: Slamabama 11:00 AM: Geoff Landon & The Wolf Pack Saturday, June 29th. 11:00 PM: Toby Keith 9:00 PM: Little Big Town 7:00 PM: Neal McCoy 5:00 PM: Love And Theft 3:00 PM: JT Hodges 1:00 PM: Lost Highway 11:00 AM: Back Home Boys Sunday, June 30th. 10:30 PM: Jason Aldean 8:30 PM: Jake Owen 6:30 PM: Colt Ford 4:30 PM: Thomas Rhett 2:30 PM: Parmalee 12:30 PM: Greene And Hurst Current Miranda Lambert Tour Date and Tickets
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.