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BIG KENNY JUDD AND BIG MACHINE JUDGE DUETS

Posted on 28 May 2009 by Bill West


NASHVILLE – May 28, 2009 – Music superstar Big Kenny¸ of the multi-platinum duo Big & Rich, and Big Machine Records’ President and CEO Scott Borchetta will join Naomi Judd as judges on the second season of CMT’s, CAN YOU DUET.  Hosted by Lance Smith, the weekly music competition series from “American Idol” producers FremantleMedia North America is looking to find country music’s next great duo and award them a record deal with Big Machine Records.

Borchetta, Kenny (top), Smith, and Judd Host new "Duet"

Borchetta, Kenny (top), Smith, and Judd Host new "Duet"

Best known as one half of country megastars Big & Rich, Big Kenny was a solo artist before joining John Rich to create Big & Rich in 2003 and together they signed a record deal with Warner Bros. Records. From their first studio album, came the duo’s signature song “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy),” as well as three other top 40 singles. In 2005, the duo released “Comin’ To Your City” and added another top-20 single and two other top-40 songs to their roster. The duo’s third studio album, “Between Hell and Amazing Grace,” produced their first Number One single, the wedding ballad “Lost in This Moment.” Big Kenny recently took time away from music to document his visit to Sudan, which debuted at the Nashville Film Festival last year.

 

 

Scott Borchetta recently accepted the 2009 Academy of Country Music Award for executive producing “Fearless,” the ACM Album of the Year from Taylor Swift.  For years, Borchetta has been the driving force behind the some of music’s most successful careers.  He is currently known for his position as the founder and CEO of Big Machine Records, which he opened in 2005.   In three short years the label has accomplished unprecedented success.  Under Borchetta’s leadership, Big Machine Records has become the #1 selling country music label, with artist Taylor Swift ending 2008 as the highest selling artist across all genres.

Prior to starting Big Machine Records, Borchetta was Senior Vice President of Promotion & Artist Development for all three of Universal Music Group’s country imprints: DreamWorks, MCA Nashville and Mercury Nashville. During his tenure at UMG, Borchetta was instrumental in the careers of George Strait, Reba McEntire, Vince Gill, Trisha Yearwood, Wynonna, Toby Keith, Darryl Worley, Jimmy Wayne, Jessica Andrews and Randy Travis. 

In addition to Swift, Big Machine Records’ current artist roster includes Trisha Yearwood, Jack Ingram, Sunny Sweeney, Adam Gregory and season one CAN YOU DUET finalists Kate & Kacey. In 2007, Big Machine Records became the exclusive radio promoter for Garth Brooks’ new music and the two made history with his new single “More Than a Memory,” when Brooks became the first artist in history to debut at #1 on the Billboard Country Singles Chart, making him the highest Country debut leader of all time.

Unlike other talent competition shows, each contestant on CAN YOU DUET will compete as part of a duo, sometimes working with different partners as the competition progresses.  As a result, viewers will witness first-hand all the on and off-stage drama to be had in creating a dynamic musical duo.  In addition critiquing each performance, the three judges will decide who will advance to the next round, be sent home, and ultimately be crowned country music’s next great duo.

CAN YOU DUET is produced by FremantleMedia North America.  Jeff Boggs (Nashville Star, Spy TV) and Borchetta are executive producers.  Bob Kusbit, John Hamlin and Melanie Moreau serve as executive producers for CMT.

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People Names Hottest Country Stars

Posted on 15 May 2009 by Bill West


On May 15, PEOPLE Country will publish its latest newsstand–only issue dedicated to the Country music scene and Country lifestyle.  This edition, the second of five special Country issues to be published by PEOPLE in 2009, names “Country’s Hottest Guys” and explains why these 12 sexy men know how to turn up the heat and make female fans swoon.  Country’s Hottest Guys, according to PEOPLE Country are, in alphabetical order:

                               

Trace AdkinsThe Roughneck                    Jake OwenThe Catch

Dierks BentleyThe Free Spirit                   Brad PaisleyThe Charmer                         

Luke BryanThe Smooth Talker                  Blake SheltonThe Joker

Kenny ChesneyThe Heartbreaker            Josh TurnerThe Family Man

Jack IngramThe Marathon Man                 Keith UrbanThe Heartthrob

Tim McGrawThe Great Romantic              Chuck WicksThe Leading Man

Trace Adkins shares with PEOPLE Country his take on why the ladies love country boys:  “It gets down to the caveman basics – women know a guy raised in the country can provide for her, feed her and shelter her no matter what the circumstances.  That boy from the country is going to take care of you.”

Paisley Makes The List... and The Issue

Paisley Makes The List... and The Issue

 Brad Paisley credits his sense of humor with helping him snag his wife of six years, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley.  “It’s probably 98 percent of why she’s with me,” he says.  “Humor is the great equalizer, just like music.  If you can make a woman laugh, you’ll get to talk to her longer.  For me it was a vital thing, especially in my awkward high school years when I was 98 lbs.  When I learned how to be funny, it was life-changing.” 

 

PEOPLE Country asked Keith Urban’s female colleagues to sum up his sex appeal.  Sarah Buxton says that “Keith walks that fine line between bad boy, risk taker and family man.”  Heidi Newfield adds, “He’s got an edgy, organic, rock-and-roll vibe to him.  He walks onstage and my eye is drawn to him.  He’s just hot!”  Single at 27, Jake Owen is still looking for the one.  “When I find the right girl…the woman that I marry, I’m going to make her the happiest person ever.  She deserves to be,” says Owen.                                                                                                                                                                    

 

Tune-in to PEOPLE Country on CMT for a 30-minute CMT special that will bring the pages of PEOPLE Country to life, with exclusive, behind-the-scenes footage of photo shoots and interviews (Brad Paisley, Kellie Pickler, Paula Deen and Chuck Wicks).  The special premieres Friday, May 15 at 1:30 p.m. ET/PT, and will encore on Saturday, May 16 at 1:30 p.m. ET/PT and Sunday, May 17 at 11:00 a.m. ET/PT.   

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Miranda Delivers Dead Flowers

Posted on 05 May 2009 by Bill West


Miranda - People's Choice

Miranda - People's Choice

(May 4, 2009) – Nashville, TN — One thing is certain when it comes to country star Miranda Lambert, it’s not just her looks that turns heads or makes headlines – although People Magazine did include her in their 100 Most Beautiful list.

Since the live debut at the ACM Awards fans and critics have taken notice of her new single on Columbia Nashville – “Dead Flowers.” The bombshell delivered what was touted by many as the night’s best performance.

“There’s a sense that the song is always on the verge of exploding — and Lambert is one of the fiercest singers in any genre, “ noted the Los Angeles Times.

Slant Magazine says, “Dead Flowers’ makes it clear that Lambert is more interested in forging her own artistic path than in bending to ill-fitting trends…”

This single off her highly anticipated third album (due out September) will hit radio on May 4 and retailers May 12. Miranda wrote the song based on a real life scenario. She’d received a bouquet of flowers for Valentine’s Day but soon after the holiday, had to hit the road for a string of shows. In her absence the flowers suffered from lack of attention and upon her return she tossed them in the back yard. That image translated to the powerful and prolific lyrics of “Dead Flowers.” The song has worked its way into her live set and Miranda’s thrilled to be sharing it with audiences across the country as she continues on as Special Guest to Kenny Chesney’s Sun City Carnival tour.

And in typical fashion Lambert has also turned heads on and off the stage and made some interesting headlines this week. At the Stagecoach Festival in Palm Springs, the fiery Texas native told Kid Rock she’d shoot him if he kept messing with the lyrics of the song during their duet of “Picture.” EW.com remarked, “It was the line of the night.” Las Vegas Weekly was stunned with the country star’s will to continue playing with a bloody gash in the knee and wrote, “Blood-stained and sweaty, Miranda Lambert ain’t no southern belle.”

Later this month she will take part in her second annual “Cause for the Paws” event in Tyler, TX. Last year over $113,000 was raised for the Humane Society of East Texas and she hopes to top that this year. Boyfriend Blake Shelton, Kacey Musgraves, and Adam Hood with join Lambert for an acoustic show, wine tasting and delicious food from local eateries (Tickets on sale at www.mirandalambert.com).

Miranda will make a special stop on June 14 in Nashville for the upcoming CMA Fest.

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New Vid: Out Last Night

Posted on 05 May 2009 by Bill West


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Taylor Swift Fearless Tour

Posted on 02 May 2009 by Bill West

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