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Mickie James Rocks Country Music

Posted on 19 April 2013 by Bill West

TNA Wrestling sensation Mickie James has a new country recording on iTunes and she talked to Country Songs Online and Twangz on the music and her fans.  The beautiful singer songwriter wrestler describers her music and her activities in social media.

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Keith Urban All For The Hall | Twangz 022213

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: (Google+)

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Cash Stamp| Weekly News – TwangZ

Posted on 04 February 2013 by Bill West

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Hunter Hayes Lyrics Define New Country Music

Posted on 10 December 2012 by Bill West

Country Singer Hunter Hayes

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When you hear today’s country music songs online or on the radio Hunter Hayes’ lyrics may catch you by surprise.

His voice is fresh and his lyrics are modern and while Hayes just turned old enough to drink in 2012 he’s been honing his country music songs since his early childhood.

Born in Breaux Bridge, Louisianna on September 9th, 1991 he was quickly influenced by the musical culture of his state. At the age of two his grandmother gave him a toy accordion. By the age of four he was making national television appearances showcasing his talents. Millions have seen of Hayes performing on stage during an massive outdoor Hank Williams Jr. concert recorded for the now defunct Nashville Network cable channel. His performance of the Hank Williams country song Jambalaya (On The Bayou) went on to become a viral YouTube hit.

It has been reported that actor Robert Duvall gifted Hayes his first first guitar at the age of six and since that time Hayes has also developed skills on drums, piano, mandolin and more.

His self titled album Hunter Hayes is special not only for the impressive lyrics but also because Hayes had a hand in writing every song on the album and he played every song on the album. He shares Producing credit with superstar Producer Dann Huff (Faith Hill and others).

In 2012 his star continued to rise with the success of his songs at country radio. His debut single Storm Warning received Top 15 status on the charts, but it was his power ballad Wanted that made him the youngest male solo act to ever top the Billboard Country Songs Chart. The album has gone on to certified Gold status.

The radio success has also brought Hayes awards in the form of the coveted Country Music Association New Artist (formerly Horizon) Award. Additionally he was named Male Country Artist at the 2012 Teen Choice Awards and was nominated for three Grammy Awards (Best New Artist, Best Country Album, and Best Country Solo Performance for Wanted).

In 2012 he was honored to be named a brand ambassador for the prestigious Martin Guitar company. Touring is the next frontier for the young star. He has already hit the road with mega-stars Rascal Flatts and Taylor Swift and there is no doubt you’ll hear many Hunter Hayes lyrics and new country songs on stage for many years to come.

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Florida Georgia Line Cruises To Top with New Album

Posted on 26 November 2012 by editor

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Florida Georgia Line

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.

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Five New Stars Of Country Music – Is Your Favorite One?

Posted on 01 November 2012 by Bill West

Longtime country music fans remember the day when the songs were traditional and the big names were super familiar. It changes with the time. In 1989 there was a new “class” that launched a NEW COUNTRY movement. Names like Clint Black, Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks, Travis Tritt, and Mary Chapin Carpenter were all breakthrough artists that year. Interestingly it was they year one of our new leaders, Taylor Swift, was born.

Now, almost like the circle of life, country music is ushering in a new class of stars. These days the genre is casting away stars like Alan Jackson and George Strait to make room for these new names.

Lately radio play and country song single sales have been all bout five newbies. Taylor Swift, Zac Brown, Eric Church, Lady Antebellum, and Jason Aldean.

Jason Aldean is on top of the mountain as a male vocalist with new country songs spiking to number one at radio and online with downloads and album sales. His 2012 album “Night Train” surprised critics with another instant jump to number one on the all genres Billboard Top 200. His ascent to the pinnacle was clinched with his signature song “Dirt Road Anthem” that blended a modern rap vibe with real country lyrics. His latest releases promise rabid fans that there’s more to come.

Taylor Swift is a somewhat polarizing leader in the new team. Her country songs are undeniably pop leaning, but over one million albums sold in one week (she’s achieved those sales twice) can not be ignored. She is, in fact, bigger than country music now. Still she carries the torch for the country genre and is almost always introduced as a COUNTRY superstar. Swift hit her pinnacle with her most country sounding song so far. The fan favorite “Mean.” It’s hard to tell just how high her star will rise but there’s now doubt she is a good influence for younger fans.

Lady Antebellum is a trio primarily from Georgia (like Aldean). They launched in 2006 with a self titled album and have not slowed down since. The trio broke through to mainstream audiences with the powerful ballad “Need You Now.” That went on to garner pop and mainstream airplay. Three members Hillary Scott, Dave Haywood, and Charles Kelly (brother to singer Josh Kelly) came up with the unique name after noting some of their early press photos had a very “antebellum” feel. Fans often shorten the name to just “Lady A.”

The Zac Brown Band is another game changing group. Lead singer Zac Brown (again, from Georgia) set the table for early success by building a strong jam band following in smaller clubs in the South East. Shortly after number one airplay of “Chicken Fried” they were playing arenas, then stadiums and creating their own music festivals. The unconventional and organic approach struck a chord with all music fans winning them a Grammy Award for best new artist and a non stop string of number one songs.   The ZBB album “Uncaged” was one of the groups strongest sets to date.

Eric Church is perhaps the freshest face in this line up. After years of struggling to get significant airplay he has seemed to lock into his fan base and his sound. He built his base of followers with dynamic live shows and party songs like “Smoke A Little Smoke.” Watch for mainstream music industry and critics to really start to pay attention to Church as his concert tickets continue to sell out (and bigger rooms keep filling) and his album sales sell more and more. Church’s sound (with help from “Pontoon” producer Jay Joyce) has a gritty experimental vibe to it but his vocal twang is almost as country as Willie Nelson.

A few that almost made the list include Blake Shelton (starting to peak with Network TV exposure), Miranda Lambert, Scotty McCreery (radio has not caught up to his massive record sales and fan base yet) and Hootie front man Darius Rucker. These new voices are leading the way to a new country revolution.

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Kings of Country Music and the Future

Posted on 04 December 2011 by editor

Taylor Swift

By Brandon Jonson

When a genre of music becomes popular it seems that it is distorted in every way possible so that everyone can fit into the genre and market it to the masses. This is what is happening now with country music as you had the success of Taylor Swift who is a mix of country, pop, and folk but she was definitely not the first country act to use a pop edge to make her point and gain new fans.

As country music came into the forefront in the early 90’s it had always before been seen as only something that those who lived in rural America could listen to and was seen as corny to many of the so called mainstream music fans. The early 90’s country music brought artists such as Garth Brooks, Shania Twain, and of course the funny but catchy Billy Ray Cyrus song “Achy Breaky Heart.” It only continued throughout the 90’s with over twenty pop influenced artists logging top ten hits.

There have been many artists who have started their careers before the country music pop revolution and still maintain relevancy. You could argue that these are the real artists of country music as they have not followed trends but instead stood up to the test of time and still create music that is as popular as ever. You cannot start mentioning these types of artists without talking about artists such as George Strait, Alan Jackson, and more. You also have newer country artists who are more traditional such as Brad Paisley who is selling out tour dates all over the country and has been for years now. To call Brad Paisley newer is a stretch as he has been in the music industry for almost two decades now but if you compare him to George Strait and others he is fairly young.

There are many new country music artists who have been popping up for a year or so and then fade into oblivion where you do not ever hear a mention of their names. There have been a few country artists as of late who seem to be in it for the long run such as Blake Shelton, Ashton Shepherd, Miranda Lambert, and others. It is tough in the music industry today to stay relevant and have a successful career. This is why Taylor Swift’s story is so intriguing because even though she is not completely country she still has many country values and a slight twang in some of her songs but yet still appeals to a massive fan base of mostly younger listeners. The lyrical content of country has not changed over the years as it is still about love, hard times, and family but that is something that will probably never change in country music.

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Taylor Swift Takes On Heinz Field

Posted on 25 June 2011 by Bill West

Taylor Swift

By Jason Greiner

There are some artists out there who are better suited to working in the studio. And, when it comes to live performances, they leave much to be desired. Taylor Swift is definitely not one of them.

June 18, Taylor took her “Speak Now” Tour to Heinz Field in Pittsburgh and performed in front of a crowd of an estimated 52,000 fans. And all in all, the show was fantastic and worth every penny.

There were three opening acts including Danny Gokey of American Idol fame, Randy Montana and South Carolina Country/Rock band Need to Breathe. Swift took the stage at about 8:45 to the resounding screams of adoring fans.

Swift started the show with her hit “Sparks Fly” and from the very beginning it was obvious that this was going to be a big, theatrical production.

In addition to belting out most of the titles featured on the “Speak Now” album, the country superstar delighted her audience with a few hits from the past including “Our Song,” “Love Story” and “Fearless.”

Swift went through a number of wardrobe changes but didn’t leave the crowd with the irritating downtime that sometimes comes with them. During wardrobe changes and changes to the set, fans were treated to instrumental renditions of her songs, a tap dancing chimney sweep reminiscent of an old Hollywood musical and the dance stylings of a classic ballerina.

Overall, the drama and artistry of the entire production came across almost as if it were a play with a fantastic storyline. But then again, I guess that shouldn’t be surprising when the concert headliner actually writes her own songs.

Possibly the most memorable parts came during the performances of her hits “Haunted” and the aforementioned “Fearless.”

While Swift had shown her mastery of various other instruments at different points during the show, she used “Fearless” as an opportunity to showcase her skills with a ukulele while sitting under a gigantic white and purple glowing tree. And, with the scene set to compliment the tone of “Haunted,” she forcefully pounded a large bell ringing out in accord with the song’s powerful violin intro.

Swift sang the fun and inspirational “Long Live” as her pre-encore show closer giving a shout out to the city of Pittsburgh.

When all was said and done, the show was nothing short of amazing. While the operators of the venue itself could have been better prepared in terms of organization, every aspect of the show itself went off without a hitch. Never before have I seen such a wonderfully creative live performance.

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Taylor Meet Fest, Keith and Kenny Shooting: Twangz TV

Posted on 06 June 2010 by editor

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Taylor Swift – The Rise of a Superstar

Posted on 05 November 2009 by editor

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift

As Taylor Swift’s about to step into the spotlight as the first COUNTRY Saturday Night Live host and musical guest since Dolly (decades ago) and after just re-releasing “Fearless” in a Platinum edition… here’s a re-cap of how far the teen has come. Is the Entertainer Of The Year Award in the cards?

Taylor Swift – The Rise of a Superstar
By Gregory Ortel

Taylor Swift, born in December 1989, is a rising superstar in the music world. At such a young age, she has been able to appeal and capture fans from all over the world. This American pop singer is a song writer, guitarist as well as a good actress. She made her debuted in the music world in 2006 with “Tim McGraw” which reached sixth position on Billboard country charts. And later in October of the same year, she released another album “Taylor Swift” with five major hit singles and the album got certified with 3X Multi-platinum. This album was for sure a delight experience for pop music lovers.

The great ability of writing makes her songs potential hits. Swift is a great music artist with beautiful and delighting voice, writing skills and guitar playing skills as well. She has a very rare ability of infusing conventions of country music within modern themes. Taylor Swift has been able to create her mark in the music industry and has taken pop music and country music with storm.

The best thing about her songs is that she includes her personal experience in them and takes the listener to their young and teen age when one experiences the most beautiful feeling of love.

Albums of Swift:
Taylor Swift 2006
Fearless 2008

Famous tracks:
Teardrops on my Guitar
Just to see you smile
Last Christmas
Picture to burn
Should’ve said no
Love story
White horse
Forever & Always

Sounds of the Season: The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection 2007
Beautiful Eyes 2008

Apart from being a singer, guitarist, piano player and song writer, the talented Swift is working on a movie Valentine’s Day which is all set to release in 2010. Otherwise she has worked in music videos such as Online, 2007; Best days of your life, 2008 and also played a small role in Hannah Montana: The movie.

Taylor Swift has been reported to be one of the most visited artists on MySpace.

Gregory has been involved with internet marketing online for over 10 years. Not only is he a stay-at-home dad, but he is into building web sites and internet marketing. You can also check out his latest experiment at Lake Tahoe Hotels which reviews a few Lake Tahoe hotels.

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