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2010 Grammy Winners

Posted on 31 January 2010 by Bill West



Swift Wins Her First, Second, and...

Swift Wins Her First, Second, and...

Biggie of the night was Taylor Swift’s win for Album of the Year.   Zac Brown took the New Artist honors and Lady A, Keith Urban, and Taylor all walked away winners at the Grammy’s. Performances included a powerful version of “Need You Now” by Lady Antebellum that’s sure to sell a few extra thousand copies of their CD just out.

Zac Brown’s performance with Leon Russel started slow but buit to manic fun.

Country Album went to Taylor Swift…

Country Song Award for Songwriter went to Taylor Swift and Liz Rose for White Horse

Country Collaboration to Carrie Underwood and Randy Travis

Country Group/Duo Performance went to Lady A for Need You Now

Country Instrumental to Steve Wariner

Female Country Vocal to Taylor Swift White Horse

Male Country Vocals to Keith Urban / Sweet Thing

Additional Winners and all the non-Country categories can be found HERE at Grammy.com

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Jessica Harp’s New Tattoo – Take a Look

Posted on 26 January 2010 by editor


Jessica Harp's Tat

Jessica Harp's Tat

Thanks to the crew at Warner Nashville for zipping over this new pix of Jessica Harp (formerly of The Wreckers) and her new tattoo!   Full story below:

NASHVILLE – Jan. 25, 2010 – Jessica Harp, one-half of the GRAMMY nominated duo, The Wreckers, releases the music video for her new single, “A Woman Needs,” exclusively on AOL’s The Boot today. The single was released to radio last Tuesday, January 19th. Inspired by the video, Jessica got a tattoo of three stars as a reminder of the significance the song’s message had on her own life.

The music video, directed by Kristin Barlowe, chronicles the story of three girlfriends throughout their childhood, teenage and adult years. In each stage of their life, the girls carry a tradition of a star symbol on their hand – first with stickers, then a pen drawing and lastly as a tattoo imprint.

“I wanted to get the tattoo because this song means more to me than any other song on the record,” Jessica says. “Every time I look at this, I’ll think of that song, I’ll think of my first solo record that I’m really proud of and I’ll think of the message of ‘A Woman Needs,’ which is to follow your dreams.”

Jessica Harp

Jessica Harp

“A Woman Needs” making of the video webisodes are currently featured on TheBoot.com. The webisodes run in correlation with a contest where fans can obtain a code at the end of each websiode to enter on the sweeps page. The sweeps page is located at www.jessicaharp.com/awomanneeds and the winner will win a weekend getaway to Nashville and a meeting with Harp. Fans have until February 1st to enter and a winner will be announced on February 4th.

The single, “A Woman Needs,” is the title-track off of Harp’s forthcoming solo debut album, A Woman Needs.

You can watch the video for “A Woman Needs” here: http://www.theboot.com/2010/01/25/jessica-harp-a-woman-needs-video/.

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Need You Now – Lady Antebellum CD Review

Posted on 25 January 2010 by editor


Haywood, Scott and Kelley

Haywood, Scott and Kelley

When their debut cd – the self titled “Lady Antebellum” – was released in 2008 it surprised a lot of people. The unknown trio debuted on top of the country album charts and at #4 on the all genre Top 200.   The self-titled “Lady Antebellum” album ended up being one of the best CDs of the 2008.

This week  Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, and Dave Haywood will release their “sophomore” release “Need You Now” surrounded my much higher expectation. Overall CD sales have tanked since the first release but they have been one of the few acts – especially in country – to actually sell product.

There is a lot to be excited about. On top of a Grammy nomination The title track has already peaked on radio with a multi week number one and the follow up “American Honey” is sure to be another smash as country radio programmers realize that – after the group’s attention grabbing “CMA Group Of The Year” snatch (someone hand the smelling salts to Brooks and Dunn AND Sugarland) – this trio is one of the new leaders in Country. It seemed to happen very fast but diversity is taking over Nashville.

Some in Nashville are suspicious that this new CD may be all pop but after ten seconds of hearing “Our Kind Of Love” you can defiantly hear the group has found their country sound. It starts with a Charlie Brown piano lead in and they hits the fiddles. Hillary’s leading lady twang seems more out front than on the first album giving everything a more Nashville sound.    The group really takes advantage of the duel leads to add a unique take on love songs.   The trio had a hand in the writing too. Together they penned all but two of the songs on the record.

The album is filled with somber fare but also include some more fun cuts like “Stars Tonight” and “Perfect Day.” Prefect Day is surprisingly mainstream country with Hillary’s crisp voice really shining through.

“I was up until 5 in the morning one night while we were making the album, writing Dave and Charles an email,” says Hillary on the groups website. “I stepped back from it and just looked at why we wrote or chose each song, and it hit me that all of these songs are just about feeling to the utmost of your ability. Whether it’s ‘I’m so desperate for you, I miss you so much, I need you NOW’ desperation,’ or ‘American Honey,’ which is nostalgic and wanting to go back to that innocence and sweetness. And then you have ‘Hello World,’ which is this man’s story of this awakening in his soul, opening his eyes and seeing what’s important in his life again.”

“When you’re in the valleys, they suck and it’s not fun, but you appreciate the mountaintop way more whenever you’ve gone through something tough,” Hillary continues.  “That’s how I personally try to live my life, just enjoying every moment—but when it hurts, let it hurt. Because you loved something or someone so much, it’s only natural to grieve that. So that’s what I verbalized to them, that I was proud of our ability to be that honest and just lay it all out there.”

There are a bunch of people looking to Lady A to re-invent country music.  They haven’t changed it too much here (that’s a good thing) but there is a nice coat of paint to enjoy for a while.

Kelley shines on the somber but intense “Hello World.”    The song is poignant and smooth with full orchestra and building energy this one will find some fans in the contemporary christian world too.

Watch for big sales the first week – perhaps overshadowed by Michael Jackson (or perhaps the other way around).  Some of the story for release week continues to be the global shift to downloads and iTunes over physical CDs.   Watch for the trio to make headlines.

Amazon : Need You Now

or      Lady Antebellum - 2010 Grammy Nominees

TRACK LISTING  - Lady Antebellum: Need You Now

1. NEED YOU NOW
(Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, Josh Kear)

2. OUR KIND OF LOVE
(Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, Michael Busbee)

3. AMERICAN HONEY
(Shane Stevens, Cary Barlowe, Hillary Lindsey)

4. HELLO WORLD
(Tom Douglas, Tony Lane, David Lee)

5. PERFECT DAY
(Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, Jerry Flowers)

6. LOVE THIS PAIN
(Marv Green, Jason Sellers)

7. WHEN YOU GOT A GOOD THING
(Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, Rivers Rutherford)

8. STARS TONIGHT
(Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, Monty Powell)

9. IF I KNEW THEN
(Charles Kelley, Monty Powell, Anna Wilson)

10. SOMETHING ‘BOUT A WOMAN
(Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, Craig Wiseman)

11. READY TO LOVE AGAIN
(Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, Michael Busbee)

Rumor starter:  Will the trio be in Cupertino, CA with Steve Jobs this week to launch the new Apple Tablet and unveil some new multimedia features?

Overall Grade:  A

Download:  “Hello World”  and “Need You Now”



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Country Offers Haiti Help

Posted on 20 January 2010 by editor



keith_urban_liveLooks like you can expect to see Taylor Swift and Keith Urban on TV this weekend.  Both will be part of the Friday night celeb-a-thon for Haiti.  The telethon will air on all the major networks Friday night (8pm Eastern) as well as CNN, MTV, YouTube and CMT.

The following from the AP:

The music world’s top stars are signing on for Friday’s “Hope for Haiti” telethon.
Bruce Springsteen, Jay-Z, Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, Keith Urban and Alicia Keys are just a few of the performers who will be featured, according to MTV Networks, an integral partner in the two-hour event.
Haiti was devastated and thousands of its citizens killed when an earthquake hit the Caribbean nation last week.

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Keith Urban sings for Ellen

Posted on 20 January 2010 by editor

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Summer In 3D Coming to A Theatre Near You

Posted on 20 January 2010 by editor



2009's Summer In 3D

2009's Summer In 3D

Los Angeles:   He knew when he decided to start shooting in 3-D, his stadium shows were something special. Even more than the high energy, good time celebrations of life the way people really live and love it, Kenny Chesney sensed that what he was sharing with his fans… what he had built with his band, crew and management team… was more than one great big rock show.

And then he got to Sony Studios in Los Angeles to work on placing the various audio tracks in the surround sound and look at the color-adjustments for the 3-d edit, which is done on a full-sized cinema screen. That was when it, “Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3-D,” really hit the 4-consecutive Academy of Country Music and 4-time Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year.

“All of a sudden, I’m hearing the music all around me… and then when I saw the images up on that giant screen… all I could think of were all the lives that had come together to get me to that point,” the obviously moved singer/songwriter from Luttrell, TN said standing outside the soundstage. “I’ve been looking at this footage for months now… in both 2-D and 3-D, so I know it pretty well. But when you see it like that, especially when you see the fans’ faces looking out from the screen…

“Well, you see the people singing along, reaching up, clapping along – and it just hits you: these aren’t people who’re here because they like the songs. They’re here because they believe in what we’ve built, too… because they were a big part of this: telling their friends, coming back, playing me in their trucks, on the way to things that were such a part of their lives.

“To see that kind of passion… To be able to really see those faces where I can just stand there and take it all in… Now that is something I don’t see very much, and I go to a lot of shows, and watch a lot of crowds, but the folks who come out for us, well, it’s something I can’t explain, but I can’t wait for the fans to get to see themselves, to get to see what me and the guys get to see every night! It’s cool…”

With a national opening April 21, Chesney is under the gun to get all the editing and sweetening done in time for the prints to be manufactured. Though the process can be tedious, Chesney says that his time in California has really kicked him into overdrive.

“Anyone who knows me knows I’m not afraid of the work – and I very much care about the quality of what I do,” he explains. “Some things are harder than others… Some things take more time… But honestly, I can’t think of very many things I’ve been as fired up about finishing and getting out to the fans. The places these cameras go, the way the songs and the people are captured… This truly is closer than you can get with a ticket, but it’s also the chance to see things from a perspective that’s not just mine, but where none of us could ever go…”

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Lady A: Need You Now

Posted on 18 January 2010 by editor

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Josh Thompson goes Way Out There Feb23

Posted on 14 January 2010 by editor

We Hear He Puts The Beer On The Table

We Hear He Puts The Beer On The Table

From Sony Nashville:

Josh Thompson fans anxiously awaiting the February 23rd release of Way Out Here can now pre-order their copy of forthcoming debut album on Thompson’s official website.

Fans who pre-order the album on Thompson’s official website will also receive an autographed booklet. Visitors to the site can also view videos and upload photos, follow Josh on Twitter, check on upcoming events, interact in forums, and compete for the top score on the “Whack-A-Beer” online game. Fans also have the ability to stream and purchase all four tracks already available on Thompson’s self-titled digital EP.

While critics have already pegged Thompson as the artist to watch in the New Year, country music fans have also voted Josh Thompson as the “artist they are most excited about for 2010,” in a recent poll taken on gactv.com.   Thompson won the fan voted poll with a staggering 56% of the votes!  To see the full gactv.com poll results, click here. With Way Out Here available in stores on February 23rd, his debut single, “Beer on the Table,” climbing up the airwaves and landing at MediaBase’s #18 spot this week, and his 32-date Jagermeister Country Tour kicking off next month, Thompson has a lot forward to in the upcoming year.

For 24/7 info on Josh Thompson, be sure to check out www.joshthompsonofficial.com.

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Trace Adkins Jumps With Toby

Posted on 13 January 2010 by editor

Trace Adkins Joins Toby Keith

Trace Adkins Joins Toby Keith

It was a shock to the country music world Today when Trace Adkins announced he was leaving his long time label Capitol Records Nashville for a new label home. He made a surprise jump to Toby Keith’s newly established “Showdog-Universal.”

The pairing is a powerful one-two punch with Adkins being the first signing for the new merger (others like Joe Nichols and Johnathon Singleton merged in from Universal South).

The other shock is the realization that Trace has released eleven albums.

More from Trace’s Website:

Toby Keith, Principle and Mark Wright, President of Show Dog-Universal Music have officially announced their first signing, platinum selling superstar Trace Adkins. Trace Adkins is a multifaceted entertainer who has achieved incredible success as a performer, author, and actor. Trace made his debut in country music more than a decade ago and has since become an undeniable musical force, earning his place among the most identifiable artists of his generation. Adkins has charted 27 singles, with 14 breaking into the top 10. His albums have achieved gold or platinum status with three making their entry at #1.

“While touring together this past summer, Toby and I had some time to get to know each other better and we discovered that as artists, we share a common vision,” says Adkins. “I’ve had 15 great years at Capitol Records/Nashville and I respect and appreciate everyone I’ve worked with there. But, the excitement surrounding this merger is very invigorating and I’m really excited about the future and the opportunities and possibilities that are ahead at Show Dog-Universal Music.

“I’m so excited to be working with Trace,” said Keith. “We both worked the same old bar circuit of the Southwest years ago at the same time. We are just alike and see eye to eye in so many ways. Me and entire Show Dog-Universal Music staff are ready to tear it up for him.”

“The first time I heard ‘Every Light In the House’, I asked myself, ‘Why didn’t I sign this guy?’, and now I finally get to work with him,” commented Wright.”Toby and I are looking forward to teaming up with Trace; he is truly an exciting addition to the Show Dog-Universal Music family.

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Tim McGraw’s Second Act

Posted on 12 January 2010 by editor



Paltrow Plays The Singer

Paltrow Plays The Singer

Used to be Tim McGraw would joke about his second job as an actor. As recently as a few weeks back during a visit to the Jay Leno Show he said it didn’t pay enough (compared to his singing). One wonders if all that has changed after the major success of “The Blind Side” that is already accumulating Oscar Buzz for Sandra Bullock. She already won a People’s Choice award.

Now McGraw starts filming Love Don’t Let Me Down with Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow. Production starts this week and some of the filming is said to be taking place on the McGraw property.

With the production announcing a $15 Million dollar price tag it is doubtful this one is Tim’s big payday… but Paltrow is a heavy hitter so his next role may be even bigger.

Check the official details below via TN.gov.

NASHVILLETennessee Film, Entertainment and Music Commission Executive Director Perry Gibson announced that production begins this week in Nashville on the Screen Gems feature film Love Don’t Let Me Down. The $15 million project stars Oscar-winner Gwyneth Paltrow, country music superstar Tim McGraw, Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl) and Garrett Hedlund (Friday Night Lights).

The production company is aiming to hire local residents for almost 75 percent of the film’s crew and 90 percent of the film’s cast. More than 50 Tennessee crew members have already been put to work in a variety of jobs such as camera operators, assistant directors, grips, electricians, sound mixers, casting directors, location managers, stuntmen, set decorators, prop masters, hair and make-up artists, costumers and transportation coordinators.

“I am thrilled the director and producers of Love Don’t Let Me Down have chosen Nashville and its residents to help bring their story to life,” said Gibson. “Having a production of this magnitude in our state will provide a significant number of jobs for our production community and the project’s spending will provide a real boost to the local economy.”

Pre-production began in November of 2009 and principal photography is expected to last through the first week of March. Post-production will continue through April 1.

A significant number of Tennessee companies stand to benefit during Love Don’t Let Me Down’s five month stay in Middle Tennessee. Office space has been rented since November, along with rehearsal and recording studio space. Other businesses to be utilized include office supply companies, rental car agencies, grocery stores, caterers, dry cleaners, florists, printers, security firms, waste management and more.

The project is expected to qualify for a 32 percent refund of qualified expenses incurred in the state through a combination of incentives offered by the Film Commission and the Tennessee Department of Revenue. To qualify, at least $1 million must be spent by the production on Tennessee residents and Tennessee vendors. The production company hopes to spend $7-8 million during its stay and budgets must be audited before incentive payments can be released.

Writer and director Shana Feste describes the film’s story as one revolving around “a rising young singer-songwriter (Hedlund) who becomes involved with a fallen country singer (Paltrow). As they embark on a career resurrection tour with her husband and manager (McGraw) and a beauty queen-turned-singer (Meester), romantic entanglements and old demons threaten to derail them all.”

The movie’s producers include actor Tobey McGuire.

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