Posted on 27 February 2013 by Bill West
Posted on 26 February 2013 by Bill West
Kenny Chesney, country music’s Carribean cowboy leaked the rustic new artwork for his forthcoming album Yestereday.
No official word on when you can get your hands on it, but it’s coming as Kenny enthusiastically teased to his online fans:
By now you know, we’re coming… for another summer, another round of remembering what music means, being together and making memories… Me & the guys are so read! I love that you’re loving “Pirate Flag” as much as I did when I heard it. Pretty much says it all about a whole lot of life, right?
Life. You’ve shared so much of yours with me and my music, and I can’t wait to get the next record out to you. It’s snapshots of places I’ve been, people I’ve loved and moments I wish I could bottle up. Kind of like the album cover… literally, pictures from my life.
It’s called Life On A Rock. It looks at where I’ve been, what I’ve learned and hopefully how we grow. I can’t share the music for a bit, but here’s the cover. It’s a lot like this record actually sounds!
Until we find you on the road, or in your car, or on the beach
Be As You Are,
Posted on 22 February 2013 by Bill West
Keith Urban is set for another Hall of Fame benefit and Lady Antebellum and Chuck Wicks line up new albums. Plus Jake Owen and Mindy McCready. **SUBSCRIBE FREE / Rate / Comment More: http://twangz.com http://gplus.to/twangz (Google+) http://gotcountryonline.com http://countrysongsonline.com
Posted on 22 February 2013 by Bill West
Country music singer songwriter Justin Moore is ready to take on Daytona. The Valory Music Group star is headed to the big race to support a special concert to honor heroes and officially launch Crown Royal’s search for the individual who will receive naming rights to the 2013 Brickyard 400. Every year the whisky brand names the July race after a deserving hero through its “Your Hero’s Name Here” program. Head to CrownRoyalHeros.com for more.Hear The Full Justin Moore Interview – Click Here
Justin Moore is also ready to get into the new NASCAR season. He names Carl Edwards as a good buddy and featured him in a recent video for the hit “Bait a Hook” See it HERE
As for his race picks, “My picks… whoo.. I’m a Carl Edwards fan we’re kinda rootin for him… but he got a little dinged up in practice yesterday, I don’t know what the situation with the car is, but my gut tells me Tony Stewart, his cars been really good this week, Danica being on the pole is an example of that but he’s always had this race elude him for whatever reason. He’s always ran good at Daytona and other races so I think he gets the ever elusive 500 win this week.”
Moore’s been busy lately. He just ended a run as the opener for Eric Church’s tour, earned his second Gold certified album and – off the success of his latest number one radio single “‘Til My Last Day” – announced his first headlining tour dubbed Outlaws Like Me.
He says his new single is called “Point Of View” and it’s another love song. “I’m excited this song’s a tough, rockin’, tempo love song.” He say, “Hopefully you guys are ready for it as well.” Look for it as part of a new album expected this summer.
While at the Daytona 500 Justin will kick off the entry period, submit the first official nominations for the Crown Royal Search and do a show with his biggest songs in the Crown Royal footprint (in the Fan Zone outside the track) on race day at 10 a.m.
Posted on 18 February 2013 by Bill West
Troubled country singer Mindy McCready has been found dead in her home in Herber Springs, Arkansas and police reports indicate an apparent suicide.
The Cleburne Country Sheriff’s Office has released a statement regarding the incident:
“At 3:31 PM, Sunday, February 17th Deputies from the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a report of gun shots fired in the area of 1132 Fox Chase Drive in Heber Springs. Officers arrived on the scene at 3:58 PM and discovered the body of 37 year old Melinda Gayle McCready on the front porch of the residence at 1132 Fox Chase. Ms. McCready was pronounced dead at the scene from what appears to be a single self-inflicted gunshot wound. At this time family members have been notified of the incident. Ms. Mcready will be transported to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for an autopsy and the matter will be fully investigated.”
The event comes just weeks after her boyfriend David Wilson and the father to her infant son, Zayne, was also found dead their Arkansas house.
Although the news is shocking it is not altogether a surprise as the “Guys Do It All The Time” “Ten Thousand Angels” hit maker had previous attempts at suicide.
Get more information on McCready as more details develop at Got Country Online
Posted on 15 February 2013 by Bill West
Posted on 13 February 2013 by Bill West
Eric Church and Miranda Lambert lead the way in the nominations for ACM (Academy of Country Music) Awards. The cowboy hat topped trophy’s will be handed out live on CBS in LasVegas on April 8th. Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan (both Entertainer nominees) are set to host.
The full list of nominees is at The ACM Site.
The Academy has the expected names in the Entertiner category but it is still a shock for some country fans to NOT see names like Keith and Kenny in the list.
Blake has been the man these days but there’s no denying Jason Aldean’s surge or Eric Church’s buzz. This is a category to watch.
Newcomer Kacey Musgraves surprises many in this years big female list but the real battle will be with the blondes.
A lot of new names in the Duo category. It’s up for grabs.
Posted on 13 February 2013 by Bill West
How to Get an American Idol Audition
By David I Marquez
Do not underestimate the value of the few seconds you get in an American Idol audition. Even thirty seconds of screen time in the audition can set the stage for your future career. So how do you get an audition? Here are a few ideas that will help ensure your chances:
Get as much knowledge of the show as you can.
• Understand how the show works
• The audition process
• What to expect
• Know the age restrictions
• Understand what forms and documents are needed
It may be beneficial to watch past seasons and read stories from previous contestants and winners to get a better idea of how the show works and what to expect. While the audition process is different for each individual, it is a good idea to get an idea of the audition process, both physically and emotionally.
Find an audition location near you. Do your research to find an audition location in your area. Contestants in the past have traveled far to audition, but there are many benefits to finding a location near you. For example, you will have family and friends close for support, you can easily find a travel buddy, you won’t put as much money into the audition and you are less likely to get homesick.
Find an audition piece. For some, this is the hardest part. Your audition piece should portray your talents, vocal range, and be easy to sing a cappella. You may choose to seek advice from a music teacher, close friend, or relative. Make a list of your top five choices and practice each of them in front of various audiences. This will provide you with feedback, give you experience, and help you get a feel for each song choice you have.
There is no such thing as too much preparation. Make a checklist of the tasks you need to complete, turn in, or practice in order to have a successful audition. Get the support of your family and friends to keep you motivated and excited about your upcoming audition. Whether you are singing in the shower, the car, or at the club, take every moment you can to practice your vocals, lines, and pitches. You may choose to video your practice performance to be able to visualize what the judges will see.
Arrive early. When it comes to an American Idol audition, there is no such thing as arriving too early. Arriving as early as the show will allow can help ensure there is time for your audition. If you are at the end of the line, you just might not make it in for an audition that season. Other benefits of arriving include less stress, more time to rehearse in front of peers, more time to meet friends along the journey, and a higher possibility of screen time when cameras capture the anxious contestants.
Have your ticket and documents ready. When the time comes to meet with the producers, it is very important you have all the documents they will request. Be sure to have your ticket, release form, wrist band, identification and other documents readily available.
Give it your all. You have prepared for this moment and are ready to claim your spot on the show. Be sure to give it your all and show the producers what you have rehearsed. Be optimistic and excited. Now is the time to put your fears behind you and show the producers all you have to offer.
For more information when trying to get into an American Idol audition you should tune in American Idol on tonight to get to know the common judge’s reactions after someone sings, the way the “good” contestants prepare when they are going on stage in front of the judges for the first time, and so forth. If you also like some new content on American Idol online go to: http://uberstarthebook.com
Posted on 09 February 2013 by Bill West
Posted on 05 February 2013 by Bill West
Time to break out those iTunes Gift cards you got for Christmas. Tim McGraw is back in stores. Two Lanes of Freedom is not a comeback album for Tim McGraw. He hasn’t really been gone. It is a kind of re-birth for the artist who has over 13 albums under his big buckled belt, and three Grammys.
McGraw’s been tussling with his original label home for the last several years so album releases have been slow to come. Two Lanes of Freedom (out now) gives him a bit of a career reboot. He has a new deal with Big Machine Records and now his biggest challenge is to keep up with his track record of being one of the biggest album sellers of the past fifteen years.
The album takes the opportunity to be very radio friendly and very commercial country. Songs like Truck Yeah, Mexicoma, and Southern Girl have a whiff of cheese but they work. It’s just enough. Nashville without You sounds like it may have been commissioned by the Nashville Chamber of Commerce with inspiration from Paisley’s This Is Country Music; but , again, it works. There are very familiar country blue-print songs here too. Book Of John is a photographic journey into the life of a deceased
loved one. Annie I Owe You a Dance is like Garth Brooks Unanswered Prayers part two but with unique flavor that will touch his many female fans. Familiar themes in country but McGraw keeps them fresh.
There are only a few slight artistic stretches on this album for McGraw. There’s some trombone in Mexicoma and Tpain-esque vocal effects on Southern Girl, and a Phillip Phillips “Home” chant on the uplifting title track. No ventures into rapping thankfully (although some would argue Truck Yeah is leaning that way).
All in all the album is easy to listen to from beginning to end and sounds even better the second and third listen. The single One of Those Nights is a proven hit on the radio and songs like Dear John and “Annie” will become favorites for many.
One of the most talked about tunes on the album features a collaboration with Taylor Swift and the guitar licks of Keith Urban. Highway Don’t Care is a fantastic superstar mash-up that uses Swift’s charm and Urban’s punch to really make a special tune. Let’s hope all parties agree to give it a go as a radio single.
Tim McGraw will have some fun new material from Two Lanes of Freedom to perform live on tour too. The title track will get the arena chanting.