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Twangz Country News | Cassadee Pope, Rascal Flatts and ACM news

Posted on 13 April 2013 by editor

The Voice winner Cassadee Pope with Rascal Flatts and Flatts plans a classic collaboration with one of the worlds biggest bands. Plus Kenny Rogers for the Hall of Fame and Luke Bryan wins big in Las Vegas at the ACM awards.

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Just Revealed: 2013 ACM Award Nominations

Posted on 13 February 2013 by Bill West

academy of country musicEric 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.

Entertainer of the Year

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.

  • Jason Aldean
  • Luke Bryan
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Blake Shelton
  • Taylor Swift

 

Male Vocalist of the Year

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.

  • Jason Aldean
  • Luke Bryan
  • Eric Church
  • Toby Keith
  • Blake Shelton

 

Female Vocalist of the Year

Newcomer Kacey Musgraves surprises many in this years big female list but the real battle will be with the blondes.

  • Miranda Lambert
  • Martina McBride
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • Taylor Swift
  • Carrie Underwood

 

Vocal Duo of the Year

A lot of new names in the Duo category.   It’s up for grabs.

  • Big & Rich
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Love and Theft
  • Sugarland
  • Thompson Square

 

Vocal Group of the Year

 

  • The Band Perry
  • Eli Young Band
  • Lady Antebellum
  • Little Big Town
  • Zac Brown Band

 

New Male Vocalist of the Year

 

  • Lee Brice
  • Brantley Gilbert
  • Hunter Hayes

 

New Female Vocalist of the Year

 

  • Jana Kramer
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • Sunny Sweeney

 

New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year

 

  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Love and Theft
  • Thompson Square

 

New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl’s Department Stores (Winners of New Male, New Female & New Vocal Duo of Group of the Year)

 

  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Brantley Gilbert
  • Jana Kramer

 

Album of the Year (Award to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company)

 

  • Blown Away – Carrie Underwood (19/Arista Nashville)
    Produced by: Mark Bright
  • Chief – Eric Church (EMI-Nashville)
    Produced by: Jay Joyce
  • Red – Taylor Swift (Big Machine Records)
    Produced by: Jeff Bhasker, Nathan Chapman, Dann Huff, Jacknife Lee, Max Martin, Shellback, Taylor Swift, Butch Walker, Dan Wilson
  • Tailgates & Tanlines – Luke Bryan (Capitol Nashville)
    Produced by: Mark Bright, Jeff Stevens
  • Tornado – Little Big Town (Capitol Nashville)
    Produced by: Jay Joyce

 

Single Record of the Year (Award to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company)

 

  • Even If It Breaks Your Heart – Eli Young Band (Republic Nashville)
    Produced by: Mike Wrucke
  • Over You – Miranda Lambert (RCA)
    Produced by: Chuck Ainlay, Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf
  • Pontoon – Little Big Town (Capitol Nashville)
    Produced by: Jay Joyce
  • Springsteen – Eric Church (EMI-Nashville)
    Produced by: Jay Joyce
  • Wanted – Hunter Hayes (Atlantic/WMN)
    Produced by: Hunter Hayes, Dann Huff

 

Song of the Year

 

  • A Woman Like You – Lee Brice
    Composers: Phil Barton, Johnny Bulford, Jon Stone
    Publishers: 3JB Music (BMI), Adios Pantalones (SESAC), Hears That Skyline Music (SESAC), Sixteen Stars Music (BMI), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI)
  • Even If It Breaks Your Heart – Eli Young Band
    Composers: Will Hoge, Eric Paslay
    Publishers: Cal IV Songs (ASCAP), Will Hoge Music (BMI)
  • Over You – Miranda Lambert
    Composers: Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton
    Publishers: Pink Dog Publishing (BMI), Sony ATV/Tree Publishing (BMI)
  • Springsteen – Eric Church
    Composers: Eric Church, Jeff Hyde, Ryan Tyndell
    Publishers: Bug Music (BMI), Ole Purple Cape Music (BMI), Sinnerlina (BMI), Sony ATV/Tree Publishing (BMI)
  • Wanted – Hunter Hayes
    Composers: Hunter Hayes, Troy Verges
    Publishers: Happy Little Man Publishing (BMI), Songs From The Engine Room (BMI), Songs Of Universal Inc. (BMI)

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American Country Awards Recognize New Country

Posted on 11 December 2012 by Bill West


AMAsVegas was alive for the 2012 American Country Awards and the usual take on awards for the biggest country stars was turned on it’s ear.

New country music star Luke Bryan put on usual backwards cap  performance and walked away with the most awards in the form of the blue Fender Telecaster trophy.   In fact the backwards cap (trucker or otherwise) looked like a theme for the night with Luke, Lee Brice, Kip Moore and others making the same fashion statement.

Big surprises came in the New Artist category with the award going to the lovable Lauren Alaina over the expected Hunter Hayes and the odd Breakthrough Artist guitar going to a deserving Jake Owen. Some categories seemed a bit forced like the single for new artist award and group/collaboration mash ups.

Still the ceremony lacked the broad star appeal of the CMA or ACM awards with A Listers Taylor Swift, Chesney, McGraw, Eric Church and Blake Shelton all absent.  What remained was a who’s who of artists just breaking through and on the rise.  One wonders what the FOX producers thought of Miranda’s shout out to her husband saying she was TIVOing the Voice.

Indeed, Luke Bryan had a great year and scored deserved recoginiton in at least seven awards.  The most of all the new country song artists.

2012 American Country Award Winners:

Artist of The Year: Like Bryan

Artist of The Year – Male: Luke Bryan

Artist Of The Year – Female: Carrie Underwood

Artist Of The Year – Group: Lady Antebellum

Artist of The Year: Breakthrough: Jake Owen

Artist of The Year – New Artist: Lauren Alaina

Album of The Year: Luke Bryan Tailgates and Tanlines

Single of The Year – Breakthrough Artist: Brantley Gilbert “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do”

Single Of The Year: Luke Bryan “I Don’t Want This Night To End”

Single Of The Year – Male:  Luke Bryan “I Don’t Want This Night To End”

Single Of The Year – Female: Miranda Lambert “Over You”

Single of The Year – Group: Lady Antebellum “We Owned The Night”

Single of The Year – Vocal Collaboration: Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood “Remind Me”

Single of The Year – New Artist: Hunter Hayes “Wanted”

Music Video of The Year: Luke Bryan “I Don’t Want This Night to End”

Music Video of The Year – Male: Luke Bryan “I Don’t Want This Night to End”

Music Video of The Year – Female: Miranda Lambert “Over You”

Music Video of The Year Group of Collaboration: Little Big Town “Pontoon”

Music Video of The Year – New Artst: Hunter Hayes “Wanted”

Touring Artist of The Year: Jason Aldean

Song of The Year: Eric Church “Springsteen”

Most Played Radio Track: Luke Bryan “I Don’t Want This Night To End”

Most Played Radio Track – Male: Luke Bryan “I Don’t Want This Night To End”

Most Played Radio Track – Female: Miranda Lambert “Over You”

Most Played Radio Track – Group: Zac Brown Band “Keep Me In Mind”

Most Played Radio Track – NewArtist: Kip Moore “Somethin’ About A  Truck”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Toby Kenny and Taylor Join an Elite Club

Posted on 29 November 2012 by Bill West

Chesney Live 2011

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.

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Aldean Rocks the Night Train – Free Concert

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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CMA Winners Speak Out On Shocking Awards

Posted on 06 November 2012 by Bill West

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2012 CMA Jawdropper Winners

Posted on 01 November 2012 by Bill West

Blake Shelton

The 2012 Country Music Awards (CMA Awards) were handed out on Nashville and there were more than a few surprises including a biggie for Blake Shelton who rose to the top of the heap thanks to Network TV exposure.   Shelton also grabbed trophys for Male Vocalist and an emotional Song Of The Year.   Little Big Town won the Group Award and Taylor Swift walked away empty handed (but gracious).  Check out the complete list of winners below.

Entertainer of the year: Blake Shelton

Female vocalist of the year: Miranda Lambert

Male vocalist of the year: Blake Shelton

New artist of the year: Hunter Hayes

Vocal group of the year: Little Big Town

Vocal duo of the year: Thompson Square

Single of the year: “Pontoon” – Little Big Town

Album of the year: “Chief” – Eric Church

Song of the year: Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton – “Over You”

Musical event of the year: Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw – “Feel Like a Rock Star”

Music video of the year: Toby Keith – “Red Solo Cup”

Musician of the year: Mac McAnally

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Kenny Chesney In The Fishbowl

Posted on 30 March 2012 by editor

Kenny ChesneyKenny Chesney has revealed the title and cover art for his new album, ‘Welcome ToThe Fishbowl,’ out June 19 on BNA Records. The news comes as Chesney gears up for the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, April 1, for which he has more nominations than any artist this year.

Chesney will be joined onstage for a special performance with Tim McGraw, with whom he is touring for the first time in 10 years this summer during the blockbuster, 20-stadium ‘Brothers of the Sun’ Tour, with Chesney and McGraw.

 

‘Welcome To The Fishbowl,’ Chesney’s 13th studio album, follows 2010′s platinum-certified ‘Hemingway’s Whiskey,’ which spawned four #1 singles. Chesney’s ACM nominations include Entertainer of the Year, Album of the Year for ‘Hemingway’s Whiskey’ (as both artist and producer), and Song of the Year for “You and Tequila” with Grace Potter.

 

The ‘Brothers of the Sun’ Tour, with Chesney and McGraw, kicks off June 2 in Tampa, FL and has already sold more than 600,000 tickets. The tour will hit stadiums across the country and will also feature Grace Potter & The Nocturnals and Jake Owen.

 

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Toby – Red Solo Thanks

Posted on 29 January 2012 by editor

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2011 American Country Award Winners

Posted on 06 December 2011 by Bill West


Carrie Underwood pleases at the ACA’s with Fan Voted wins in multiple categories.  American Idol’s Scotty McCreery showed off his fan appeal with a new artist award.

Trace Adkins hosted the other Vegas Awards show and this year was assisted by Kristin Chenoweth at the MGM Grand.

The full list of nominees are listed below, and the winners’ names noted.

American Country Awards Winnersfor 2011 are:

 

Artist of the Year
Jason Aldean — WINNER
Kenny Chesney
Lady Antebellum
Taylor Swift
Zac Brown Band

Artist of the Year: Male
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Kenny Chesney
Brad Paisley — WINNER
Blake Shelton

Artist of the Year: Female
Sara Evans
Alison Krauss
Miranda Lambert
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood — WINNER

Single of the Year: Female
Sara Evans, ‘A Little Bit Stronger’
Miranda Lambert, ‘Heart Like Mine’
Reba McEntire, ‘Turn On The Radio’
Taylor Swift, ‘Mean’
Carrie Underwood, ‘Mama’s Song’ — WINNER

Single of the Year
Billy Currington, ‘Let Me Down Easy’
Tim McGraw, ‘Felt Good On My Lips’
Thompson Square, ‘Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not’
Chris Young, ‘Voices’ — WINNER
Zac Brown Band Feat. Alan Jackson, ‘As She’s Walking Away’

Artist of the Year: Breakthrough Artist
Eric Church
Eli Young Band
Justin Moore
Jake Owen
Chris Young — WINNER

Music Video of the Year
Sara Evans, ‘A Little Bit Stronger’
Jerrod Niemann, ‘What Do You Want’
Blake Shelton, ‘Who are You When I’m Not Looking’ — WINNER
Thompson Square, ‘Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not’
Josh Turner, ‘I Wouldn’t Be A Man’

Music Video: Male
Jason Aldean, ‘My Kinda Party’
Jerrod Niemann, ‘What Do You Want’
Blake Shelton, ‘Who Are You When I’m Not Looking’ — WINNER
Josh Turner, ‘I Wouldn’t Be A Man’
Keith Urban, ‘Put You In A Song’

Album of the Year
Jason Aldean, ‘My Kinda Party’ — WINNER
Kenny Chesney, ‘Hemingway’s Whiskey’
Brad Paisley, ‘This Is Country Music’
Taylor Swift, ‘Speak Now’
Keith Urban, ‘Get Closer’
Zac Brown Band, ‘You Get What You Give’

Artist of the Year: New Artist
The Band Perry
Scotty McCreery — WINNER
Jerrod Niemann
Pistol Annies
Thompson Square

Single of the Year: Duo or Group
The Band Perry, ‘You Lie’
Rascal Flatts, ‘Why Wait’
Sugarland, ‘Stuck Like Glue’
Thompson Square, ‘Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not’ — WINNER
Zac Brown Band, ‘Colder Weather’

Single of the Year: New Artist
The Band Perry, ‘You Lie’
Craig Campbell, ‘Family Man’
The JaneDear Girls, ‘Wildflower’
Jerrod Niemann, ‘What Do You Want’
Thompson Square, ‘Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not’ — WINNER

Music Video: New Artist
The Band Perry, ‘You Lie’
Craig Campbell, ‘Family Man’
Brett Eldredge, ‘Raymond’
Jerrod Niemann, ‘What Do You Want’
Thompson Square, ‘Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not’ — WINNER

 

Music Video: Female
Sara Evans, ‘A Little Bit Stronger’
Reba McEntire, ‘Turn On The Radio’
Ashton Shepherd, ‘Look It Up’
Taylor Swift, ‘Back To December’
Carrie Underwood, ‘Mama’s Song’ — WINNER

 

Single of the Year: Male
Jason Aldean, ‘My Kinda Party’ — WINNER
Luke Bryan, ‘Someone Else Calling You Baby’
Billy Currington, ‘Let Me Down Easy’
Tim McGraw, ‘Felt Good On My Lips’
Chris Young, ‘Voices’

Music Video: Duo, Group or Collaboration
Jason Aldean Feat. Kelly Clarkson, ‘Don’t You Wanna Stay’ — WINNER
The Band Perry, ‘You Lie’
Lady Antebellum, ‘Hello World’
Thompson Square, ‘Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not’
Zac Brown Band with Alan Jackson, ‘As She’s Walking Away’

Single of the Year: Vocal Collaboration

Jason Aldean Feat. Kelly Clarkson, ‘Don’t You Wanna Stay’ — WINNER

Kenny Chesney Feat. Grace Potter, ‘You and Tequila’
Brad Paisley Feat. Alabama, ‘Old Alabama’
Zac Brown Band Feat. Jimmy Buffet, ‘Knee Deep’
Zac Brown Band Feat. Alan Jackson, ‘As She’s Walking Away’

Touring Headline Act of the Year
Jason Aldean — WINNER
Kenny Chesney
Toby Keith
Tim McGraw
Brad Paisley
Rascal Flatts
George Strait
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood
Keith Urban

Artist of the Decade
Keith Urban
Brad Paisley
Garth Brooks
Rascal Flatts
Brooks and Dunn
Alan Jackson
George Strait
Kenny Chesney
Tim McGraw
Toby Keith — WINNER

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