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Band Perry Backstage Pass For You Lie Video

Posted on 26 February 2011 by Bill West

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Justin Beiber with Rascal Flatts And Toby Tequila Podcast

Posted on 26 February 2011 by Bill West

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I Saw Kenny Rogers at Cracker Barrel

Posted on 22 February 2011 by Bill West


Kenny Rogers / Photo: Dwight McCann

Music legend Kenny Rogers will become the first artist to release a second album through the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® exclusive music program when “The Love of God” becomes available on March 7, 2011.   The CD is an inspirational collection of classic songs that Rogers remembers from his childhood along with new recordings of contemporary songs.  Two of the classics feature other artists: The Whites and Winfield’s Locket.  Point of Grace is featured on one of the album’s contemporary recordings.  This touching CD, certain to spark old memories and create new ones, will be available exclusively at all Cracker Barrel locations.

Through the course of his career, Rogers has attracted fans with an incredible range of music from country to pop.  “‘The Love of God’ is the culmination of an idea I had been thinking about for years but never had the opportunity to bring to life,” said Rogers.  “It’s been a musical awakening to me. To all of the wonderful musicians, vocalists, and songwriters who lent their amazing talents to this record, I want to thank you for making it so special.  It seems I have a personal relationship with every song on it. For example, ‘In The Sweet By And By’ was my mom’s favorite song.  When I was a kid, as I was leaving to go to school, I remember hearing her sing along with the radio.  Music is by far the best ‘memory creator’ I know, and that memory is very special to me.”

“We’re delighted to work with Kenny Rogers for a second time,” said Chris Ciavarra, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Cracker Barrel.  “It is particularly gratifying to be a part of a project about which Kenny cares so deeply and that will touch so many of our guests.”

Kenny Rogers’“The Love of God” will be the latest in Cracker Barrel’s exclusive music program, which features numerous projects. In January of this year, Cracker Barrel released “The Grascals & Friends – Country Classics With A Bluegrass Spin” which debuted at #1 on Billboard magazine’s Bluegrass Albums chart and at #26 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. In November of 2010, Cracker Barrel released Smokey Robinson’s “Now & Then” which featured six of his current songs and live versions of six of his classics that were recorded last year. It debuted at #19 on Billboard magazine’s R&B chart and has been nominated for an NAACP IMAGE AWARD. September saw the release of the self-titled “Rodney Atkins,”which includes four #1 hits, and also the release of Mandy Barnett’s “Winter Wonderland,” which offers up all the authentic sounds of the  holiday traditions so many of us cherish. In July, the company released Craig Morgan’s “That’s Why-Collector’s Edition,”and in May the release of Wynonna’s “Love Heals” debuted at #7 on the Billboard Magazine Top Country Albums chart. February’s release of  “Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers” debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Bluegrass Albums chart, where it spent nine weeks in the top position and 18 weeks overall in one of the three top positions since its release on February 1. One of the songs on this CD was nominated for a GRAMMY award. Releases in 2009 included November’s “Songs of Love and Heartache” by Alan Jackson, September’s release of an exclusive new version of “The Foundation” by the Zac Brown Band, August’s George Jones’ release of “A Collection Of My Best Recollection,” May’s release of Montgomery Gentry’s “For Our Heroes,” which debuted at #5 on Billboard Magazine’s Top Country Albums chart, and March’s release of Dolly Parton’s “Collector’s Edition of Backwoods Barbie,” which debuted at #9 on that chart. Over the last few years, Cracker Barrel has released exclusive CDs with Bill Gaither, Ricky Skaggs, Aaron Tippin, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Josh Turner, Amy Grant, Kenny Rogers, Sara Evans, and Charlie Daniels.

Tracks on The Love of God:

1.  Will The Circle Be Unbroken
2.  Peace
3.  I’ll Fly Away featuring The Whites
4.  The Rock Of Your Love
5.  In The Sweet By and By featuring Winfield’s Locket
6.  He Showed Me Love
7.  Grace
8.  What A Friend We Have In Jesus
9.  Circle of Friends featuring Point of Grace
10.  For The Love of God
11.  Amazing Grace
12.  Leaning On The Everlasting Arms

Rogers will also celebrate an incomparable career of pop and country hits in Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years, a special premiering Tuesday, March 8, 8:30 p.m./Eastern on Great American Country (GAC).  This multi-artist spectacular features performances from stars that Rogers has both befriended and inspired including Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, Alison Krauss, Tim McGraw, Smokey Robinson, Billy Currington, Darius Rucker, Wynonna, Chris Isaak, The Oak Ridge Boys, Sheena Easton, original members of the First Edition and others.

Photo Credit — Dwight McCann,http://www.dwightmccann.com/Images/KennyRogers09272006/KennyRogers0042.JPG

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Chesney Film Premiere Of The Color Orange

Posted on 21 February 2011 by Bill West


Chesney and Guests at Orange Premiere

Feb. 16, the City of Knoxville, Tennessee rolled out the orange carpet for the premiere of The Color Orange: The Condredge Holloway Story. Executive Producer Kenny Chesney narrates the film which documents the life and career of University of Tennessee’s Condredge Holloway, the first starting African-American quarterback in the Southeastern Conference. As part of ESPN’s Year of the Quarterback initiative, the film will debut Sunday February 20th on ESPN at 8:00pm Eastern time.

Hundreds of guests turned out for the private screening at the historic Tennessee Theatre including many famed athletes, coaches and sports personalities. Amongst the attending University of Tennessee guests were Condredge’s Head Coach Bill Battle, National Championship Coach Phil Fulmer and current Head Coach Derek Dooley. Also in attendance were ESPN College Game Day announcer and former Ohio State quarterback Kirk Herbstreit, former Penn State quarterback and ESPN/ABC announcer Todd Blackledge, Monday Night Football commentator and Coach of the Super Bowl-winning Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jon Gruden, and ESPN/ABC announcer Brad Nessler, who moderated the Q&A panel immediately following the screening. Other celebrity guests included former UT player and current Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten, former UT and NFL quarterback Pat Ryan and former UT quarterbacks Randy Sanders and Sterling Henton, UT National Championship winning quarterback Tee Martin, former UT wide receiver great Larry Seivers, Super Bowl-winning Indianapolis Colts and former UT quarterback Peyton Manning and UT’s Lester McClain, who was the first African-American football player in the SEC.

“We have a lot of my heroes, that played with Condredge, a lot of my friends that came from all across the country, different parts of the world to be here tonight because they love football, and they love Condredge,” Chesney said to the audience during his introduction of the film.

“I think we all know by now how much Condredge is loved by the amount of people in this room, and who came to see the film tonight,” he continued. “We all know Condredge is a great athlete, and know all the statistics and everything he meant to Tennessee football, but I think the thing that all of us who made this film have realized is that we got to know how great the man is behind the Orange Number 7.”

Once the screening was over, ESPN/ABC commentator Brad Nessler led a Q&A panel discussion with Condredge, Chesney, Director Shaun Silva and ESPN Executive Producer John Dahl which included comments from Peyton Manning, Tee Martin, and Coach Fulmer. Condrege and Chesney celebrated at a reception afterwards with close family and friends.

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From left to right; Jason Witten, former UT player and current Dallas Cowboys tight end; Bailey Malchijah, Soul Shine Films; ESPN College Game Day announcer and former Ohio State quarterback Kirk Herbstreit; Shaun Silva, of Tacklebox Productions and director of The Color Orange; UT Head Coach Derek Dooley; Monday Night Football commentator and Coach of the Super Bowl-winning Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jon Gruden; Condredge Holloway; ESPN/ABC commentator Brad Nessler; Kenny Chesney; ESPN Executive Producer John Dahl; Super Bowl-winning Indianapolis Colts and former UT quarterback Peyton Manning; former Penn State quarterback and ESPN/ABC announcer Todd Blackledge; former UT and National Championship Coach Phil Fulmer; Chesney Tour Manager David Farmer,  former UT wide receiver great Larry Seivers and former UT Head Coach Bill Battle.

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Lady A Wins Big 2011 Grammy Winners

Posted on 14 February 2011 by Bill West


Wow…. there are a lot of Grammy Awards handed out.    Of course, it’s all genres of music so it will always award more than the CMA’s or ACMs or new American Country Awards… but still.  Lots of Nominees. It was the biggest night last night for Lady Antebellum as Charles, Hillary, and Dave walked away with some big trophys.  Miranda too.    All recipients from last night’s ceremonies at the Staples Center in Los Angeles listed below.  Country first… for your convenience.

Haywood, Scott and Kelley

Album of the Year: The Suburbs, Arcade Fire

Record of the Year: “Need You Now,” Lady Antebellum

New Artist: Esperanza Spalding

Song of the Year: “Need You Now,” Lady Antebellum

COUNTRY:
Country Album:   Lady Antebellum, Need You Now

Female Country Vocal Performance:   Miranda Lambert, ” The House That Built Me,” Revolution

Male Country Vocal Performance: Keith Urban, “‘Til Summer Comes Around”

Country Song: “Need You Now,” Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley & Hillary Scott, songwriters (Lady Antebellum) (Need You Now)

Country Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals: Lady Antebellum, “Need You Now”

Country Instrumental Performance: Marty Stuart, “Hummingbyrd” (Ghost Train: The Studio B Sessions)

POP:
Pop Vocal Album: Lady Gaga, The Fame Monster

Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals: Train, “Hey, Soul Sister (Live)”

Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Michael Bublé, Crazy Love

Female Pop Vocal Performance: Lady Gaga, “Bad Romance,” The Fame Monster

Male Pop Vocal Performance: Bruno Mars, “Just The Way You Are,” Doo-Wops & Hooligans

Pop Collaboration With Vocals: “Imagine,” Herbie Hancock, Pink, India.Arie, Seal, Konono No 1, Jeff Beck & Oumou Sangare, The Imagine Project

Pop Instrumental Performance: “Nessun Dorma,” Jeff Beck, Emotion & Commotion

Pop Instrumental Album: Take Your Pick, Larry Carlton & Tak Matsumoto

R&B:
Female R&B Vocal Performance: Fantasia, “Bittersweet,” Back to Me

Male R&B Vocal Performance: Usher, “There Goes My Baby,” Raymond V Raymond

R&B Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals: Sade, “Soldier of Love,” Soldier of Love

Traditional R&B Vocal Performance: John Legend & The Roots, “Hang On In There,” Wake Up!

R&B Song: John Legend & The Roots, “Shine,” Wake Up!

R&B Album: Wake Up!, John Legend & The Roots

Contemporary R&B Album: Raymond V Raymond, Usher
RAP:
Rap Album: Recovery, Eminem

Rap Song: Jay-Z & Alicia Keys, “Empire State of Mind,” The Blueprint 3

Rap/Sung Collaboration: Jay-Z & Alicia Keys, “Empire State of Mind,” The Blueprint 3

Rap Performance by a Duo or Group: Jay-Z & Swizz Beatz, “On to the Next One,” The Blueprint 3

Rap Solo Performance: Eminem, “Not Afraid,” Recovery

Urban/Alternative Performance: “F*** You,” Cee Lo Green

ROCK:
Rock Album: Muse, The Resistance

Solo Rock Vocal Performance: Paul McCartney, “Helter Skelter,” Good Evening New York City

Rock Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals: The Black Keys, “Tighten Up,” Brothers

Rock Song: “Angry World,” Neil Young, Le Noise

Hard Rock Performance: New Fang, “Them Crooked Vultures,” Them Crooked Vultures

Metal Performance: “El Dorado,” Iron Maiden, The Final Frontier

Rock Instrumental Performance: Jeff Beck, “Hammerhead,” Emotion & Commotion

New Age Album:Miho: Journey to the Mountain, Paul Winter Consort

Contemporary Jazz Album:The Stanley Clarke Band, The Stanley Clarke Band

Jazz Vocal Album:Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie With Love From Dee Dee, Dee Dee Bridgewater

LATIN:

Latin Pop Album: Paraiso Express, Alejandro Sanz

Latin Rock, Alternative or Urban Album: El Existential, Grupo Fantasma

Tropical Latin Album: Viva La Tradición, Spanish Harlem Orchestra

Tejano Album: Recuerdos, Little Joe & La Familia

Norteño Album: Classic, Intocable

Banda Album: Enamórate De Mí, El Güero Y Su Banda Centenario

JAZZ:
Contemporary Jazz Album: The Stanley Clarke Band, The Stanley Clarke Band

Jazz Vocal Album: Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie With Love From Dee Dee, Dee Dee Bridgewater

Improvised Jazz Solo: “A Change Is Gonna Come,” Herbie Hancock (The Imagine Project)

Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group: Moody 4B, James Moody

Large Jazz Ensemble Album: Live at Jazz Standard, Mingus Big Band

Latin Jazz Album: Chucho’s Steps, Chucho Valdés and the Afro-Cuban Messengers

GOSPEL:
Gospel Performance: “Grace,” BeBe & CeCe Winans, Still

Gospel Song: “It’s What I Do,” Jerry Peters & Kirk Whalum, songwriters (Kirk Whalum & Lalah Hathaway), The Gospel According to Jazz Chapter III

Rock or Rap Gospel Album: Hello Hurricane, Switchfoot

Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album: Love God. Love People, Israel Houghton

Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album: The Reason, Diamond Rio

Traditional Gospel Album: Downtown Church, Patty Griffin

Contemporary R&B Gospel Album: Still, BeBe & CeCe Winans

DANCE:
Dance Recording: “Only Girl (in the World),” Rihanna

Electronic/Dance Album: La Roux, La Roux

TRADITIONAL/ALTERNATIVE/WORLD:
Alternative Music Album: Brothers, The Black Keys

Americana Album: You Are Not Alone, Mavis Staples

Bluegrass Album: Mountain Soul II, Patty Loveless

Traditional Blues Album: Joined At The Hip, Pinetop Perkins & Willie ‘Big Eyes’ Smith

Contemporary Blues Album: Living Proof, Buddy Guy

Traditional Folk Album: Genuine Negro Jig, Carolina Chocolate Drops

Contemporary Folk Album: God Willin’ & The Creek Don’t Rise, Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs

Hawaiian Music Album: Huana Ke Aloha, Tia Carrere

Native American Music Album: 2010 Gathering Of Nations Pow Wow: A Spirit’s Dance, Various Artists

Zydeco or Cajun Music Album: Zydeco Junkie, Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band

Reggae Album: Before The Dawn, Buju Banton

Traditional World Music Album: Ali And Toumani, Ali Farka Touré & Toumani Diabaté

Contemporary World Music Album: Throw Down Your Heart, Africa Sessions Part 2: Unreleased Tracks, Béla Fleck

New Age Album: Miho: Journey to the Mountain, Paul Winter Consort

VISUAL MEDIA:
Short Form Music Video: “Bad Romance,” Lady Gaga

Long Form Music Video: “When You’re Strange,” The Doors

Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books and Storytelling): The Daily Show

With Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Audiobook)

Musical Show Album: American Idiot (Featuring Green Day)

Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media: Crazy Heart (Various Artists)

Score Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media: Toy Story 3, Randy Newman, composer

Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media: “The Weary Kind”
(From Crazy Heart), Ryan Bingham & T Bone Burnett, songwriters

Instrumental Composition: “The Path Among the Trees,” Billy Childs, composer (Billy Childs Ensemble), Autumn: In Moving Pictures Jazz—Chamber Music Vol. 2

Instrumental Arrangement: “Carlos,” Vince Mendoza, arranger (John Scofield, Vince Mendoza & Metropole Orkest), 54

CLASSICAL:
Engineered Album, Classical:Daugherty: Metropolis Symphony; Deus Ex Machina, Giancarlo Guerrero &Nashville Symphony Orchestra

Producer of the Year, Classical: David Frost

Classical Album:Verdi: Requiem, Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Chicago Symphony Chorus

Orchestral Performance:Daugherty: Metropolis Symphony; Deus Ex Machina, Nashville Symphony

Opera Recording:Saariaho: L’Amour De Loin, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Choral Performance:Verdi: Requiem, Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Chicago Symphony Chorus

Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (With Orchestra):Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 23 & 24, Mitsuko Uchida (The Cleveland Orchestra)

Instrumental Soloist Performance (Without Orchestra): Paul Jacobs, Messiaen: Livre Du Saint-Sacrement

Chamber Music Performance:Ligeti: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2, Parker Quartet

Small Ensemble Performance:Dinastia Borja, Jordi Savall, conductor; Hespèrion XXI & La Capella Reial De Catalunya

Classical Vocal Performance:Sacrificium, Cecilia Bartoli (Giovanni Antonini; Il Giardino Armonico)

Classical Contemporary Composition: Michael Daugherty: Deus Ex Machina, Michael Daugherty (Giancarlo Guerrero), Daugherty: Metropolis Symphony

Classical Crossover Album:Christopher Tin: Calling All Dawns

Surround Sound Album:Britten’s Orchestra, Michael Stern & Kansas City Symphony

CHILDREN:
Musical Album for Children: Tomorrow’s Children, Pete Seeger with the Rivertown Kids and Friends

Spoken Word Album for Children: Julie Andrews’ Collection of Poems, Songs, and Lullabies, Julie Andrews & Emma Walton Hamilton

OTHER:
Comedy Album: Lewis Black, Stark Raving Black

Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s): “Baba Yetu,” Christopher Tin, Soweto Gospel Choir & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Calling All Dawns

Recording Package: Brothers, The Black Keys

Boxed or Special Limited-Edition Package: Under Great White Northern Lights (Limited Edition Box Set), The White Stripes

Album Notes: Keep An Eye On The Sky, Big Star

Historical Album: The Beatles (The Original Studio Recordings), The Beatles

Engineered Album, Nonclassical: Battle Studies, John Mayer

Producer of the Year, Nonclassical: Danger Mouse

Remixed Recording, Nonclassical: “Revolver” (David Guetta’s One Love Club Remix), Madonna

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Jane Dear CampaignVideo

Posted on 14 February 2011 by Bill West

Janedear girls

JaneDear Girls

What do you get when ACM Award nominated “Top New Vocal Duo or Group” the JaneDear girls joins forces with YouTube sensation Keenan Cahill? A hilariously-crafted spin-off of The Lonely Island’s hit single “I’m On a Boat” (which first aired on Saturday Night Live and features cast member Andy Samberg and T-Pain), appropriately titled “We Need Ya Vote!” the JaneDear girls show off their country-gangster stylings and ask fans (with the help of Keenan) to vote for them for the fan-voted ACM Award. To check out “We Need Ya Vote!” ft. Keenan Cahill, visit: http://bit.ly/weneedyavote.
“Susie Brown and Danelle Leverett make up this highly stylized duo, which is as adept on mandolin and fiddle as on electric guitar” (The New York Times). In addition to celebrating their recent ACM Award nominations for “Top Vocal Duo of the Year” and “Top New Vocal Duo or Group, the JaneDear girls’ self-titled album debuts this week at No. 10 on the SoundScan Current Country Albums chart. The duo is currently taking their album release party on tour with Jason Aldean on his “My Kinda Party Tour.”

the JaneDear girls album is “brassy and chipper and fun” (The New York Times). Their “harmony-rich boot-stomper” (Boston Globe) Top 15 hit single, “Wildflower,” is the perfect introduction to the duo’s high energy, soaring harmonies and world-class instrumental skills. The girls play a total of eight instruments (Accordion, Acoustic guitar, Bass, Electric guitar, Fiddle, Gango, Harp and Mandolin) and, between the two of them, penned every song on their self-titled debut album, which boasts a fully loaded 11-track ensemble of pure Country rock. The up-tempo sing-along song “Shotgun Girl” revels in the girls’ love for riding shotgun in a Country boy’s truck.

Fans can vote for the duo for “Top New Vocal Duo or Group” by visiting www.VoteACM.com and www.GACTV.com/ACM. Voting for the Top New Artist category will begin at VoteACM.com on March 11 and will close on April 3, with the winner being announced live during the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards broadcast on CBS on Sunday, April 3 at 8p ET/PT.

For more information on the JaneDear girls, please visit www.theJaneDeargirls.com.

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Speak Now Tour Kicks Off Taylor Tour

Posted on 10 February 2011 by editor



Taylor Swift‘s “Speak Now World Tour 2011″ launched for sold-out legion of up to 10,000 people at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Feb. 9 2011. Attendees camped out 24 hours before the 90-minute concert, which featured two stages, video spots, graphic elements and multiple set and costume changes.

Swift On Tour

“That show ruled,” Swift tweeted after the show. “Thank you, Singapore. My band and I love you. And your dancing and jumping and singing and screaming! Good times.” The trek continues next in Seoul, South Korea and will hit 15 countries before opening the North American leg May 27 in Omaha.

The North American leg of her tour will kick off in May, which stadium shows in Boston, Philadelphia and Detroit have already sold out. Here is a list of the initial dates:

February 9: Singapore
February 11: Seoul, South Korea
February 13: Osaka, Japan
February 16 & 17: Tokyo, Japan
February 19: Manila, Philippines
February 21: Hong Kong
March 6: Brussels, Belgium
March 7: Rotterdam, Holland
March 9: Oslo, Norway
March 12: Oberhausen, Germany
March 15: Milan, Italy
March 17: Paris, France
March 19: Madrid, Spain
March 22: Birmingham, UK
March 25: Belfast, Northern Ireland
March 27: Dublin, Ireland
March 29: Manchester, UK
March 30: London, UK
May 27 & 28: Omaha, Nebraska
May 29: Des Moines, Iowa
June 2 & 3: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
June 4: Orlando, Florida
June 7: Columbus, Ohio
June 8: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
June 11: Detroit, Michigan
June 14 & 15: St. Paul, Minnesota
June 18: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
June 21: Buffalo, New York
June 22: Hartford, Connecticut
June 25: Foxborough, Massachusetts
June 30: Greensboro, North Carolina
July 1: Knoxville, Tennessee
July 2: Louisville, Kentucky
July 8: Charlotte, North Carolina
July 9 & 10: Atlanta, Georgia
July 14: Montreal, Quebec
July 15 & 16: Toronto, Ontario
July 19 & 20: New York, New York
July 28: Grand Rapids, Michigan
July 29: Indianapolis, Indiana
July 30: Cleveland, Ohio
August 2 & 3: Washington, DC
August 6: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
August 9 & 10: Chicago, Illinois
August 13: Lexington, Kentucky
August 14: St. Louis, Missouri
August 18 & 19: Edmonton, Alberta
August 23 & 24: Los Angeles, California
September 1 & 2: San Jose, California
September 3: Sacramento, California
September 6: Portland, Oregon
September 7: Seattle, Washington
September 10 & 11: Vancouver, British Columbia
September 16 & 17: Nashville, Tennessee
September 21: Tulsa, Oklahoma
September 24: Kansas City, Missouri
September 27: Denver, Colorado
September 28: Salt Lake City, Utah
October 4: Little Rock, Arkansas
October 5: New Orleans, Louisiana
October 8: Dallas, Texas

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Miranda Candlelight Heart

Posted on 02 February 2011 by editor

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Colt Ford and Brice Break Out with 2011 ACM Nominations

Posted on 02 February 2011 by editor


Lee Brice

Lee Brice

A few suprises at this year’s 2011 ACM nominations.  Country hottie Miranda Lambert continues to shine with 6 big naminations and a few others – like Colt Ford – and Jason Aldean finally start to get some real notice.   Early signs look like a whole different field from 2010′s ACM Winners.

Reba and Blake Shelton will host the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards from Las Vegas on April 3 at 8:00 PM ET on CBS. Performers and presenters at the show will be announced soon.

Here are your 2011 Nominees:

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

  • Jason Aldean
  • Toby Keith
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Brad Paisley
  • Taylor Swift
  • Keith Urban

TOP MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

  • Jason Aldean
  • Brad Paisley
  • Blake Shelton
  • George Strait
  • Keith Urban

TOP FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

  • Miranda Lambert
  • Reba McEntire
  • Taylor Swift
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Lee Ann Womack

Full list here.

Jamey Johnson got two noms including one for Album of The Year.   Joshnson also made the list for the category of Vocal Event of the Year for his performance with Colt Ford of “Cold Beer.”

“If working with Colt in the studio was a ball, touring with him on the road with the Grascals and Hank Williams, Jr. was several balls,” Jamey says. “He’s a unique artist in a day where uniquity is not usually rewarded. I’m proud to be nominated alongside my friend.”

An awards TV appearance could be Ford’s breakthrough moment, “I never dreamed I would get a nomination for anything,” said Ford in response to the news.  “I just wanted to make a good song with my friend Jamey.  I am so humbled to even be mentioned with the amazing artists in this category.  I promise no one is more grateful than me!”

Lee Brice scored a surprising three nominations in conjuction with his record breaking single “Love Like Crazy.”

“Wow!  What a way to start the day!  I’m out on the west coast deep in dreamland and my hotel phone starts ringing at 5:30am and it’s my manager screaming ‘Wake Up! We got 3 ACM Nominations!’ I grinned from ear to ear,” Brice explains about hearing the good news, “It’s such an honor just to be nominated and such a boost personally after putting so much time and work into this.”

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