Posted on 30 November 2012 by Bill West
Posted on 29 November 2012 by Bill West
Toby Kenny and Taylor are now together in quite a club. It’s the Forbes Magazine List of 25 highest-paid musicians. In 2010 they made a similar list with Forbes Country stars. No surprise Taylor Swift from Big Machine Label Group placed No. 8, tied (right in there with a Beatle – Paul McCartney’s $57 million), Show Dog-Universal’s Toby Keith at No. 10 with 55 Million and Kenny Chesney ranked No. 17 with $44 million. See the full STORY HERE from Forbes and see how Justin Bieber is expanding his horizons below. BTW Dr. Dre topped the list at $110 million.
Posted on 28 November 2012 by Bill West
Posted on 26 November 2012 by editor
Country radio is experimenting with a lot of new sounds these days. Jason Aldean has introduced an edgy rock with a hint of rap. Taylor Swift and her followers are mixing in a healthy dose of Pop, and now a new duo called Florida Georgia Line is creating an juiced up redneck arena rock sound that is unlike anything else out of Nashville.
Florida Georgia Line is a country rock band led by the duo Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelly. The origin of the name is simple: Hubbard is from Macon, Georgia and Kelley hails from Ormond Beach, Florida.
The two met in Nashville while both attending Belmont University and started writing together and have been playing ever since.
Florida Georgia Line’s following swelled on Facebook in early 2012 and on July 16th 2012 they signed a record deal with Republic Nashville. Part of the successful Big Machine Label group that is also home to acts like The Band Perry.
The bands first single was an almost instant success by country radio standards where new groups are often shunned. However, the immediate fan appeal to the hooky and modern sounding “Cruise” got them fairly quick airplay and fans in the country programming world hungry for tempo.
In less than twenty five weeks the song reached the pinnacle of radio airplay charts while defining a new young party fresh sound for the group. The success of the single bodes well for the future sales of the groups first major album out December 4th called “Here’s to The Good Times.” The collection includes five tracks from their “It’z Just What We Do” EP and injects some additional party favorites like “Hell Raising Heat Of The Summer” and “Party People.”
The new album also weaves some juiced up production into the mix courtesy of popular producer Joey Moi who has worked with the likes of rock acts such as Nickleback, Daughtrty, Hinder and Santana.
The band continues to fuel their newfound exposure with major touring slots opening for CMT On Tour with Jake Owen and Love and Theft plus Luke Bryan’s Dirt Road Diaries Tour. They also churn out a fun and viral weekly web series “Inside The Line” on YouTube and are featured in Jake Owen’s new “Endless Summer” EP with a Cruise-like sounding “Summer Jam.” They also get songwriting credit (and publishing cash) for “Black Tears” on Jason Aldean’s platinum selling “Night Train.”
Recently the group has received some additional attention for ushering in a new acceptance of rap overtones in traditionally white bread country music. FGL, along with others like Jason Aldean, Jake Owen, and Colt Ford have been heard rapping lyrics to strong fan response in live shows. More is sure to come for this turbo charged duo from the South East.
Posted on 16 November 2012 by Bill West
“I tell people all the time ‘I’m not a redneck, I’m not a hillbilly and I’m not a cowboy. And I don’t pretend to be,” says Craig Morgan in Origins: Craig Morgan premiering Wednesday, November 14, 10:00 p.m./EST on GAC. “What I am is a country boy.”
Morgan is a native Tennessean who’s raised his family on a five acre spread in Dickson, TN., west of Nashville. Those who know him best – his wife, his father, his manager, even his Army commander – help tell Morgan’s story of two successful careers, one as a chart-topping country star and one as a respected military man. In fact, he’s the first to admit that he nearly chose to make the Army his career. “When I was in the Army, I caught myself playing guitar and writing songs. I’d come home on a four-day weekend and go to Nashville and do a writer’s night but I was still in the Army fulltime,” Morgan says. “I had a family so I didn’t want to jump out of the Army and go to something that wasn’t going to happen.”
Fortunately for him, it did happen; he signed a major label record deal while still in the Reserves and since then he’s charted 14 Top 10 hits and became a member of the Grand Ole Opry while continuing to enjoy family life, and hobbies like hunting and riding dirt bikes competitively. “When I’m hunting, it’s the only thing I do in my life where my brain is not running 90 miles an hour.”
Morgan also continues to give back to the military, travelling to Afghanistan and Iraq and spending time with soldiers whenever possible. “They are doing something for people that are making sacrifices most humans cannot comprehend,” he says of his ongoing volunteer work with military outreach.
Viewers will also be treated to acoustic performances of some of Morgan’s biggest hits including “More Trucks Than Cars,” “Love Loves a Long Night,” “Redneck Yacht Club” and “This Ole Boy,” performed at Dickson’s Grand Ole Hatchery, a club where he’d try out his songs long before getting a record deal.
Posted on 14 November 2012 by Bill West
Leave it to the You Gonna Fly Hit maker for finding a crazy way to announce a new tour.
Keith Urban teams up with Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch for this light hearted YouTube video to make the news official:
a 2013 Tour. He’s jumping all around north America. No ticket details yet. Stay tuned.
Here’s Urban’s Dates So Far:
7/18 – Cincinnati, Ohio
7/19 – Twin Lakes, Wisc.
7/20 – Monticello, Iowa
7/25 – Charlotte, N.C.
7/26 – Raleigh, N.C.
7/27 – Atlanta, Ga.
8/4 – Detriot, Mich.
8/8 – Baltimore, Md.
8/9 – Canadaigua, N.Y.
8/10 – Boston, Mass.
8/16 – Houston, Texas
8/17 – Dallas, Texas
8/22 – Birmingham, Ala.
8/23 – St. Louis, Mo.
8/24 – Indianapolis, Ind.
9/12 – Cleveland, Ohio
9/13 – Pittsburgh, Pa.
9/14 – Philadelphia, Pa.
9/21 – Mountain View, Calif.
9/22 – Sacramento, Calif.
9/27 – Los Angeles, Calif.
9/28 – San Diego, Calif.
9/29 – Phoenix, Ariz.
10/4 – Tampa, Fla.
10/5 – West Palm Beach, Fla.
Posted on 12 November 2012 by editor
After the recent news of Trace Adkin’s return to Donald Trumps boardroom (Celebrity Apprentice Allstars) it is an extra nice surprise to hear of more Honky Tonk Badonkadonk face time for the country hit maker.
Fans will be able to catch a glimpse of Trace riding the float for Domino Sugar as they explain: “Set to add his down home flavor to the mix is country superstar Trace Adkins who will perform “Just Fishin’.”
The 86th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will air live on NBC on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, at 9a|8c. Other performers include Carly Rae Jepsen, Flo Rida, The Wanted, Karmin, Neon Trees, Cody Simpson, Jimmy Fallon & The Roots, Jennette McCurdy, Chris Isaak and Don McLean. The parade will have an extra flavor of thanksgiving as New York continues to bounce back after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy just weeks ago.
This year’s celebration will debut a new route along 6th Avenue, as well as three incredible giant balloons and six dazzling floats.
The 86th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will step-off at 77th Street and Central Park West. The procession will travel down to Columbus Circle, turn onto Central Park South and march down a new path via 6thAvenue/Avenue of the Americas to 34th Street. At 34 th Street, the Parade will make its final turn west and end at 7th
Avenue in front of Macy’s Herald Square. This incredible cavalcade will make its way down 6th Avenue, a broader, more
accessible path that marks only the seventh time the Parade has changed its route.
Posted on 10 November 2012 by editor
Jason Aldean marks the success of his new studio album with an electrifying live performance of new music. Aldean is without a doubt one of the new superstars in country music. Aldean says ”The wide range of music I grew up listening to probably has a lot to do with the way I go about making music. My parents listened to a lot of country music. I loved country music, but I always loved different stuff too. I always thought great music was great music; I really didn’t care what genre it came out of.”
He connects like never before thanks to his connection with influences and by going with his gut ”If I like the song and think it’s cool, I wanna cut it. Whatever happens to it from there on out is kinda outta my hands. All I can do is go and cut songs that I want on my record. It’s never been something that we’ve tried to force and prove a point.”
But don’t just compare the new “Night Train” stuff to “My Kinda Party.” ”What I hope is people listen to this record and don’t compare it to THAT album. It’s a completely different thing. This ‘Night Train’ album is an album that we had two years to go out and find songs for, plenty of time to go in the studio. We spent more time making this record than we have any other album. I feel like we have some of the best songs we’ve ever had on this record.”
Jason Describes His Music as “… a little bit raw. It’s not so perfect. It’s not pro-tooled to death. I’ve never wanted my records to sound like everybody else in Nashville.”
Take a look as his intimate yet powerful performance – a freebie from Walmart.
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Posted on 10 November 2012 by editor
Posted on 08 November 2012 by Bill West
What is up with The Civil Wars? They have cancelled the big upcoming tour stops saying “internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition” is the cause. The critically acclaimed and awards(grammy) winning duo, used divorce terminology (they are not married) but left out a lot of details. The big disclosure came via a lone post on their Facebook page.
We sincerely apologize for the canceling of all of our tour dates. It is something we deeply regret. However, due to internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition we are unable to continue as a touring entity at this time. We thank each and every one of you for your amazing love & support. Our sincere hope is to have new music for you in 2013.
What’s next for this group? More music?
- Joy Williams & John Paul White.