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Taylor Swift Takes On Heinz Field

Posted on 25 June 2011 by Bill West


Taylor Swift

By Jason Greiner

There are some artists out there who are better suited to working in the studio. And, when it comes to live performances, they leave much to be desired. Taylor Swift is definitely not one of them.

June 18, Taylor took her “Speak Now” Tour to Heinz Field in Pittsburgh and performed in front of a crowd of an estimated 52,000 fans. And all in all, the show was fantastic and worth every penny.

There were three opening acts including Danny Gokey of American Idol fame, Randy Montana and South Carolina Country/Rock band Need to Breathe. Swift took the stage at about 8:45 to the resounding screams of adoring fans.

Swift started the show with her hit “Sparks Fly” and from the very beginning it was obvious that this was going to be a big, theatrical production.

In addition to belting out most of the titles featured on the “Speak Now” album, the country superstar delighted her audience with a few hits from the past including “Our Song,” “Love Story” and “Fearless.”

Swift went through a number of wardrobe changes but didn’t leave the crowd with the irritating downtime that sometimes comes with them. During wardrobe changes and changes to the set, fans were treated to instrumental renditions of her songs, a tap dancing chimney sweep reminiscent of an old Hollywood musical and the dance stylings of a classic ballerina.

Overall, the drama and artistry of the entire production came across almost as if it were a play with a fantastic storyline. But then again, I guess that shouldn’t be surprising when the concert headliner actually writes her own songs.

Possibly the most memorable parts came during the performances of her hits “Haunted” and the aforementioned “Fearless.”

While Swift had shown her mastery of various other instruments at different points during the show, she used “Fearless” as an opportunity to showcase her skills with a ukulele while sitting under a gigantic white and purple glowing tree. And, with the scene set to compliment the tone of “Haunted,” she forcefully pounded a large bell ringing out in accord with the song’s powerful violin intro.

Swift sang the fun and inspirational “Long Live” as her pre-encore show closer giving a shout out to the city of Pittsburgh.

When all was said and done, the show was nothing short of amazing. While the operators of the venue itself could have been better prepared in terms of organization, every aspect of the show itself went off without a hitch. Never before have I seen such a wonderfully creative live performance.

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Shania – Today Video

Posted on 24 June 2011 by editor

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Dirt Road Anthem Video

Posted on 16 June 2011 by editor

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Randy Montana Set To Release

Posted on 16 June 2011 by editor

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Randy Montana

Mercury Nashville will release singer/songwriter Randy Montana’s self-titled debut album on July 26 to all digital retailers. Montana’s album is produced by famed producer Jay Joyce and includes “Ain’t Much Left Of Lovin’ You,” and his current single “1,000 Faces” which is currently a free download on the iTunes Country Page. Fans can download the video for free here http://bit.ly/1000FacesiTunesVideo. Also on the album is the loved track “Last Horse,” which features Emmylou Harris on harmonies.

Randy has spent most of 2010 and 2011 on the road touring. He’s opened for hit artists such as Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Sugarland and this summer he will open for superstar Taylor Swift with stops in Detroit, Pittsburgh and Foxboro, to name a few.

Montana has already been receiving praise from the media. The January 2011 issue of Southern Living magazine boasts newcomer Randy Montana as one of five “Best New Artists” in their Best of the South feature. People named him as a “Must-hear artist” while USA Today’s Brian Mansfield tweeted “2010′s not quite done & already I’ve found my 1st favorite song of 2011: @RandyMontana’s ‘1,000 Faces’.”

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Hottest Shania Twain Videos Top Five

Posted on 05 June 2011 by editor

shania memoirShania Twain is on the edge of a comeback… she’s launched a new psuedo-reality show… released a best selling memoir and now there’s rumors of a Vegas show and new music.  So Country Songs Online deccided this is the perfect time to ogle some classic Shania video and remind ourselves just how much of a knockout she was – and still is.

The countdown begins with number five… – “Getcha Good” was never my favorite song but she had me at the skin tight black bodysuit…

Number Four This was just released and is shocking to us just how great she looks after being out of the spotlight for so long. Music’s good too…

Number Three – Shania on horseback… The Woman In Me was never a radio hit but the video sure makes a splash…

Number Two – Man I feel like A Woman

Number One – That Don’t Impress Me Much. Two words: Leopard Print.

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Chesney Sells 1000000 Tickets Goin Coastal

Posted on 03 June 2011 by editor

Kenny Chesney

Kenny Chesney has sold more than one million tickets on the hottest tour of the year, his 2011 Corona Presents Kenny Chesney’s ‘Goin’ Coastal’ Tour, making it an amazing eight times the superstar has achieved these blockbuster numbers. It’s more proof of why Billboard just named Chesney “the biggest ticket seller in country music and among the elite touring artists in the world.”

Chesney has sold nearly 10 million tickets since 2002, and after a year off the road in 2010, this year finds the superstar once again filling stadiums and arenas around the country. The New York Times and USA Today spotlighted ‘Goin’ Coastal’ atop their lists of 2011’s biggest, while The Wall Street Journal called Chesney one of a “handful of acts still capable of filling stadiums.”

“We’ve had a blast so far with ‘Goin’ Coastal’ and there have already been so many memorable moments,” Chesney said.  “After taking time off in 2010, seeing all the fans out there still supporting me really puts a smile on my face, and to know that they¹re having fun makes it all worthwhile.”

For his ‘Goin’ Coastal’ dates, Chesney has been mixing current hits like the fast-rising new song “You and Tequila” (with Grace Potter), “Live a Little,” “Somewhere With You” and “The Boys of Fall” from 2010’s ‘Hemingway’s Whiskey’ (BNA) with many other of his 22 #1 singles.

Find Kenny:

http://kennychesney.com

https://tickets.kennychesney.com/

http://www.facebook.com/KennyChesney

http://www.myspace.com/KennyChesney

http://www.shorefire.com/clients/kchesney

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