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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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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
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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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
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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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American Idol Audtions – What You Need to Know

Posted on 13 February 2013 by Bill West

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Idol 2013 Cast / Judges

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:

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Craig Morgan reveals His Origins

Posted on 16 November 2012 by Bill West


Craig Morgan

“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.

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Trace Adkins Parades Around

Posted on 12 November 2012 by editor


Trace Adkins: ShowDog Universal Photo

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.


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Trace Heads Back to Trump Boardroom

Posted on 25 October 2012 by editor

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Trace Adkins Photo:Fort Wainwright

NEW YORK, NY – Friday, October 12 – Donald Trump, executive producer and star of “The Celebrity Apprentice,” announced today the cast of the first ever “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice.” Favorite competitors of the past five celebrity seasons will compete to raise money for charity and earn the coveted title of “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice.”

This season’s “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice” brings back 14 celebrity contestants to compete in business-driven tasks around New York City. Contestants will work grueling hours on mentally challenging tasks that test their ability to work together. This season has all the ingredients to be the most exciting, and interactive yet.

“This season is going to be fantastic! We will have the first ever ‘All-Star Celebrity Apprentice’ with 14 of the best contestants from previous seasons. It’s going to be another amazing season!” said Mr. Trump.

The lineup of men rejoining the competition include: multi-platinum country star Trace Adkins, who competed in the first season of “The Celebrity Apprentice”; actor, author, and entrepreneur Stephen Baldwin, who also competed in the first season of “The Celebrity Apprentice”; Academy Award-nominated actor Gary Busey, who competed in the fourth season of “The Celebrity Apprentice”; magician, master illusionist and Vegas superstar Penn Jillette, who competed in the fifth season of “The Celebrity Apprentice”; DJ artist, rap star and entrepreneur Lil Jon, who competed in the fourth season of “The Celebrity Apprentice”; Poison frontman Bret Michaels, winner of the third season of “The Celebrity Apprentice”; NBA Hall-of-Famer Dennis Rodman, who competed in the second season of “The Celebrity Apprentice”; rock star and Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider, who competed in the fourth season of “The Celebrity Apprentice.”

The lineup of women rejoining the competition include: Star of ‘Taxi’ and best-selling author Marilu Henner, who competed in the first season of “The Celebrity Apprentice”; entertainment icon La Toya Jackson, who competed in the fourth season of “The Celebrity Apprentice”; television/radio personality and actress Claudia Jordan, who competed in the second season of “The Celebrity Apprentice”; “The Apprentice” original all-star Omarosa, who competed in the shows first season; actress, host and author Lisa Rinna, who competed in the fourth season of “The Celebrity Apprentice”; Playmate of the Year Brande Roderick who competed in the second season of “The Celebrity Apprentice.”

All contestants return this season to endure an entirely new set of tasks with the goal of raising money and awareness for their charity of choice. The rivalries will prove to be even tougher as they go up against competitors from previous seasons. Each has a second chance to be named “The Celebrity Apprentice” and have the honor of delivering a $250,000 bonus check to their charity. Last season’s “The Celebrity Apprentice” raised over $2,000,000 for the contestants’ charities.

“I absolutely love The Celebrity Apprentice,” said Executive Producer, Mark Burnett. “No other show on television has such an entertaining cast, such a dynamic host, and also raises so much money for charity. This season is going to be more fun than ever, and our loyal fans will not be disappointed.”

All tasks will be carefully monitored by Donald Trump (@realDonaldTrump) and his advisors, Don Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr), Ivanka (@IvankaTrump), and Eric Trump (@EricTrump.) For the first time ever four previous winners will return as advisors in this seasons’ competition. The advisors include: Piers Morgan, winner of the first season of “The Celebrity Apprentice”; Joan Rivers, winner of the second season of “The Celebrity Apprentice”; John Rich winner of the fourth season of “The Celebrity Apprentice,” and Arsenio Hall, winner of the fifth season of “The Celebrity Apprentice.”

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Red Means GO for Taylor Swift

Posted on 22 October 2012 by Bill West

Taylor Swift

This is a big day for Taylor Swift fans.  Her highly anticipated fourth studio album is released Today and Taylor has a huge lineup of appearances:

First she takes her Facebook and Twitter ‘followers’ and allows a few to literally ‘follow’ her around New York during release week. In exchange, the lucky fans will post live updates to their social sites.

Also watch for her live on ABC’s Good Morning America. Then she’s BACK at GMA on October 23 and will also be the first guest and perform on David Letterman. The next day she visits The View and on the 25, Taylor returns to the always hysterical Ellen DeGeneres Show.

The roadshow continues on October 26 Taylor will be a guest on Katie with Katie Couric and that same night at 8p|7c, fans can catch part two of Taylor’s interview withGreat American Country. One hour later at 9p|8c, Taylor, and other stars, will appear on ABC’s All Access Nashville with Katie Couric.

There’s more…. it will also be “Taylor Swift Week” on Entertainment Tonight. Access Hollywood, E! News and Extra will air interviews with Taylor during release week as well.

Plus, she’ll sit down for a live Q&A session with an audience at the SiriusXM studios in New York City on October 22 at 2p|1c for SiriusXM’s “Town Hall with Taylor Swift.” She’ll also visit Scholastic’s New York headquarters to take part in a special literacy event for the company’s “Read Every Day” campaign.

Once Taylor wraps her New York media events, she’ll return to Nashville for the “Taylor Swift Worldwide Radio Remote” presented by Papa John’s on October 26 with 72 stations broadcasting live from Music City, including stations from South Africa and New Zealand.

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Country Strong On The CMAs

Posted on 21 October 2010 by Bill West


Paltrow Country

Well just look who gets center stage at November’s Country Music Association Awards?

Gwenyth Paltrow is a big enough star that she can make her very first performance in country music on the genre’s biggest stage! She’ll be a featured performer on the awards. Her Country Strong soundtrack is about to be released.   The CMA’s have always favored star power (and Paltrow is Oscar calibre) and pop so it’s not a huge suprise.   Would love to see hermovie co-star sing with her… unlikely with the radio single creeping up the charts… but it is interesting to have some Hollywood glitz, and marketing money being focused on the country industry.

Official PR below.

October 20, 2010

For More Information Contact:
Wendy Pearl CMA (615) 244-2840
Scott Stem CMA (615) 244-2840
Nicole Marostica ABC/LA (818) 460-6783
Sylvia Do ABC/LA (818) 460-6988
Patrick Preblick ABC/NY (212) 456-7819


NASHVILLE – In her first-ever appearance at the CMA Awards, Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow will make her live Country Music singing debut on “The 44th Annual CMA Awards,” Wednesday, Nov. 10 (8:00-11:00 p.m. ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Paltrow performs the title track from her forthcoming feature film, “Country Strong,” and is joined in her CMA Awards performance by legendary singer Vince Gill. RCA Nashville will release the original motion picture soundtrack to “County Strong” on Oct. 26.

Paltrow and Tim McGraw, along with Garrett Hedlundand Leighton Meester, star in the big-screen drama, “Country Strong,” set to hit theaters this winter.

Soon after a rising young singer-songwriter (Hedlund) becomes romantically involved with Paltrow’s character, Kelly Canter, the pair embarks on a career resurrection tour helmed by her husband/manager (McGraw) and featuring a beauty-queen-turned-singer (Meester). In between concerts, romantic entanglements and old demons threaten to derail them all.

Written and directed by Shana Feste and produced byTobey Maguire and Jenno Topping, “Country Strong” hits theaters in Los Angeles and Nashville on Dec. 22 and nationwide on Jan. 7, 2011.

Hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, “The 44th Annual CMA Awards” airs live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Previously announced performers include Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Reba, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Underwood, and Keith Urban. In addition, special duet performances will feature top nominee Lambert with Sheryl Crow in a tribute to Loretta Lynn’s 50th Anniversary as a recording artist, and Zac Brown Band with Alan Jackson.

“The 44th Annual CMA Awards” is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer, Paul Miller is the Director, andDavid Wild is the writer. The special will be shot in high definition and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.

Premiere Radio Networks is the official radio packager of the CMA Awards. American Airlines is the official airline of the 2010 CMA Awards. Chevrolet, Proud Sponsor of the CMA Awards and Official Ride of Country Music.

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Country Awards Go Fox

Posted on 03 August 2010 by editor

There was already a clear over-saturation of music awards shows so you can imagine the eye rolls as another country awards was announced. You’d think this site would be excited for this development – but country has the CMA (biggie) and the ACMs plus the CMT’s on top of being included in country categories in all the others AMAs and Grammys. First thought is overkill but we’ll see.

ACAs on Fox

The new show just announced to be on Fox will will be a fan-voted country music awards show called the American Country Awards. The new show will air Dec. 6 live from Las Vegas. The two-hour telecast is being executive produced by Bob Bain, who handles Fox’s hit Teen Choice Awards.

Paul Flattery and Tisha Fein will serve as producers; Fletcher Foster is co-producer; and Greg Sills serves as supervising producer.

Categories will include Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, Touring Artist of the Year, Single of the Year and Music Video by a Breakthrough Artist, among others.

Including the new show on Fox, their will be four major televised country music awards ceremonies. Fans also vote for the CMT Music Awards; and the ACM Awards (CBS) have added more fan-voted categories in recent years. The CMA Awards air on ABC.

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