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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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Craig Campbell Outta My Head and Latest Newsongs

Posted on 19 March 2013 by Bill West

Outta My Head Craig CampbellBigger Picture recording artist Craig Campbell is back on the scene with his latest newsongs and a new hit making attitude.  He broke into the mainstream with two songs recently.  The first “Family Man” is an ode to fatherhood and regular guy family life.  The next hit “Fish” was a controversial and fun romp.   His follow up to his self titled debut album, Craig Campbell features the latest newsongs Outta My Head and  My Baby’s Daddy.

We talked to Campbell at 2013’s Country Radio Seminar where he had just wrapped recording the new video (watch to see what his wife thinks of Craig kissing another woman in the video) and told us about his affinity for Google Maps and Words with Friends.

Campbell grew up in small town Lyons, Georgia and after moving to Nashville attained a key spot at one of the towns mot sought after clubs.   Lately he’s been traveling internationally where his music and shows have been well recieved.

Campbell says among the albums he’d most like his music to be compared is Clint Black’s Killin’ Time and Tracy Lawrence’s Sticks and Stones.

His collection of his five latest newsongs including the song Outta My Head are available now at iTunes.

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Kenny Tour Starts | Miranda’s Pistols – Twangz News

Posted on 16 March 2013 by Bill West

Kenny Chesney spent last week in Jacksonville Florida, in secret….. Rehearsing for his upcoming No Shoes Nation Tour
While there Kenny played not one but two “Keg Shows”. On March 4th he played a free three hour set in Key West.
The following Friday Kenny put 700 tickets on sale for $15 to his second “Keg Show” of the week this time in Jacksonville Beach. The tickets sold out in just
minutes for his two hour set. His No Shoes Nation Tour kicks off Saturday in Tampa.
There will be a new attraction during this years CMA Fest. The all new Fan Fair X will offer autograph signings, concerts, lifestyle exhibits, live broadcasts,
and more. Lady Antebellum will kick off the event with a ribbon cutting when doors open
On June 6th. The trio will perform, sign autographs, launch their PING PONG & SONG event, as well as a Q&A session from fans in a segment called CMA Close Up.
For all your CMA Fest info visit our 2013 CMA FEST SURVIVAL GUIDE at GotCountryOnline.com
Congratulations goes out to Love and Thefts Eric Gunderson and his wife Emily. They welcomed their first child Camden Williams Gunderson on March 10th. Emily was
due sometime in May, so their new son will spend some time in the hospital, but all three are doing well. Eric will head out in May to join his bandmate Stephen
Barker Liles as they join Tim McGraw
for his “Two Lanes of Freedom” tour.
And finally new music is on the way from Darius Rucker and Pistol Annies. Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley better known as Pistol Annies
announced the follow up to their Debut album will release on May 7th. Titled “Annie Up” Fans can get a taste of their new music now the first single from the
album “Hush Hush” shipped to radio this week.

Darius Rucker also announced that his long awaited “True Believers” album will be released on May 21.
The album will include the title track “True Believers” as well as “Wagon Wheel”. Darius is gearing up to kick off his True Believers Tour in Estero FL on May

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3 Things You Never Knew About Billy Dean

Posted on 12 March 2013 by Bill West

Billy Dean Songs

Dean talks to Twangz

Country Singer Songwriter Billy Dean and his songs are on the road to a comeback in country music.  The “Let Them Be Little” singer (he says that’s his favorite of all his hits) has released a new single to country radio called “I Can’t Leave a Good Thing” from his album A Man Of Good Fortune. In fact Dean has had a lot of good fortune over the years.

Three Billy Dean Song Facts That may Surprise you:


He’s charted twelve top ten Billboard Country singles but it was his vocal work in Kenny Roger’s “Buy Me A Rose” that nailed down his first number one single.   Many of his biggest hits like the early ’90’s “Somewhere In My Broken Heart,” “If There Hadn’t Been You,” and “Billy The Kid” are still heard on the radio Today.

He says his favorite song (most important to him) is his 2004 hit “Let Them Be Little.” “That song just meant a lot to me inside and out…” says Dean. “I think the family unit is something that’s really under attack in our country and it’s really the fabric of what this country is made of. So that song has a lot of layers of meaning for me…Let ‘em laugh let ‘em giggle let ‘em sleep in the middle. Let them be little.”

He says he almost missed the social media revolution. “Lucky for me I got in early and I saw it wasn’t gonna go away… I was really worried about how we could market music though at a time when everyone was sharing music for free… But we really got a good following going now.”

Dean is an April Fool’s Day baby.  Born 4/1/62 in Quincy Florida the singer is blessed with the rugged good looks (and great hair) of artists decades younger than him.

Watch our TwangZ interview for more with Billy Dean Here and get more from Dean’s official site BillyDean.com.

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Lisa Matassa Visits Marie Osmond

Posted on 11 March 2013 by Bill West

Lisa Matassa

Lisa Matassa and Marie Osmond
Credit: Jeremy Lee

Country singer song writer Lisa Matassa makes her national television debut on the Hallmark Channel’s MARIE show March 13. Watch for Lisa and her band to perform her current hit single, the high-energy “Somebody’s Baby,” and Lisa and Marie chat about the “adventures” involved in mixing a music career with motherhood.

Twangz also just caught up with Matassa at Country Radio Seminar where she revealed thoughts on her favorite tunes ( I Will Always Love You) and how she got connected with Country Music.


The Long Island singer is off to a roaring start with over 6 million YouTube video views (including 3 million views of “Somebody’s Baby”) and two #1 videos on CMT.com, Lisa is no stranger to Country audiences. She has shared the stage with Dierks Bentley, Leann Rimes, Eric Church, Ronnie Dunn and most recently, Lee Brice.

Her current CD, SOMEBODY’S BABY, reflects her musical journey through a collection of songs that are both personal and dynamic. The “Somebody’s Baby” single is currently #1 on iHeartradio/Country Chart and has been for the past three weeks. It is also moving up both the Billboard/BDS Indicator and MusicRow charts. In addition, the second cut off the EP, “Wouldn’t You Like To Know” is currently #2 on iHeartradio/Country Chart. Radio.com is playing “Somebody’s Baby” on three of its channels and Aol Radio “New Country First” is spinning it in heavy rotation. The video can be seen on AOL, The Country Network (TCN), Yahoo! and YouTube.

Fans can catch up on all the latest news at www.LisaMatassa.com; additional social media outlets include:


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Darius Rucker Video News | ACM Performers – TwangZ

Posted on 09 March 2013 by Bill West

Darius Rucker recruits some reality tv stars for next video. Performers have been announced for ACM Awards and CMA Fest.

Find all that out and more on this weeks episode on Twangz
Take a look for all the details and subscribe/rate and comment on YouTUBE!
Watertown, TN residents got a treat on Tuesday, not only was Darius Rucker in town to film his new music video for “Wagon Wheel”
but he had a couple famous reality TV stars helping him out. Willie, Jace and Si Robertson from the popular A&E series Duck Dynasty.
No word yet on when the video will be released, but I foresee it being a hit.
14 More artists have been announced to perform at LP Field during the 2013 CMA Fest held in Nashville June 6-9th.
Gary Allan, Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban, Jake Owen, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton are among the newly listed artists.
Well wishes are being sent out to Kellie Pickler’s drummer Gregg Lohman who was involved in a serious car accident last weekend in Kentucky.
We also want to send our thoughts and prayers to The Time Jumpers vocalist Dawn Sears who was diagnosed with stage 3B lung cancer.  Sears is currently getting treatment in Nashville, and will continue touring until her treatment dictates otherwise.
And Finally the Academy of Country Music announced that Luke Bryan, Kelly Clarkson, Hunter Hayes, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, George Strait, and The Band Perry are the first round of performers announced for the 48th Annual ACM Awards.  Held in Las Vegas on April 7th.  More performers are scheduled to be announced in the coming weeks.

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Tracy Lawrence New Music Coming

Posted on 06 March 2013 by Bill West

Tracy Lawrence / Southern Arkansas University

Tracy Lawrence / Southern Arkansas University

Tracy Lawrence is back to putting out new music.  After a break for a special acoustic project he’s set to release a new album and single called “Stop Drop and Roll.” It’s been 20 years since country music singer / songwriter Tracy Lawrence released the hit Alibis to country radio and he’s been at it ever since.

Lawrence has made it through the changing media world strong getting active in social media and locking into the Mac world. The Paint Me a Birmingham singer is a true American country music singer songwriter who began his career at a small club/restaurant named “Live At Libby’s” owned by Libby Knight. Knight helped new local talent get a break in the country music world.

Lawrence was born in Atlanta, Texas on January 27, 1968 and was raised in Foreman Arkansas. He made headlines in 1991 over a shooting incident and has since fully recovered.

Tracy Lawrence’s first hit was the number one Sticks and Stones released in November of 1993. He later charted over 20 top ten hits including at least seven Billboard number ones including Alibis, Texas Tornado, and Time Marches On. In the early 2000’s he released a unique collaboration song called “Find Out Who Your Friends Are.”  The album cut featuring guest appearances from Tim McGraw  and Kenny Chesney became another big hit.

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Jerrod New Video – Only God Could Love You More

Posted on 27 February 2013 by Bill West

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Chesney Flaunts Hot New Album Art

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:

Hey, Guys…

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,


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Mindy McCready Apparent Suicide

Posted on 18 February 2013 by Bill West

Mindy McCready

McCready / Photo Flickr/Roy Land

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


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