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Blake Shelton Hits Again

Posted on 24 August 2012 by editor

Blake Shelton

Blake Shelton’s latest single, “Over,” now marks his seventh consecutive No. 1 and his 12th  No. 1 hit to date. Blake has not had a single peak outside the Top Ten since 2007. “Over” is the fourth single off Blake’s GRAMMY nominated album of the year, Red River Blue. When asked about “Over” Blake said, “Long before The Voice, the only place you could hear my voice was on Country Radio. I owe a lot of my success to the support of my fans and radio.”


Blake is also getting ready to release his first Christmas album, Cheers, It’s Christmas on October 2, 2012 on Warner Bros. Records. The album will feature several duet performances including fellow The Voice advisor Michael Bublé, long-time friend, Reba and a very special duet with his mother, Dorothy Shackleford. The album includes classic Christmas songs that have touched Blake over the years. Many of the tracks were also recorded at the famous Capitol Studios with full orchestral accompaniment.


“I wanted my Christmas record to be a classic-sounding album, bigger than any genre,” Blake said. “The recording process definitely took me out of my element and pushed me to really work through a lot of ideas. But in the end, what Scott Hendricks (producer) and I came up with is a classic Christmas record that I’m very proud of.”


The New York Times praises Blake Shelton as one of the “most versatile of contemporary country singers.” In 2012, Blake was nominated for three GRAMMY® Awards including a nod for Red River Blue as Country Album of the Year. Off the current release, “Over,” “Drink On It,” “God Gave Me You” and “Honey Bee” have all topped the charts and “Over” marks Blake’s seventh consecutive No. 1 and his twelfth to date. Red River Blue debuted at No. 1 on the SoundScan Top Current Albums chart and SoundScan Top Country Albums chart with the Associated Press calling the album “the best album of his career.” Blake’s infectious multi-week No. 1 hit, “Honey Bee” is his first ever digital Platinum single. He holds the record for the fastest-selling digital Platinum single for a male country solo artist. The single held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Country chart for four weeks in a row with over 40 million in audience. No country artist has held this record in almost six years.

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Posted on 22 July 2012 by editor

NASHVILLE, TN – (July 19, 2012) – On September 18th, 2012, Grammy-Award winner Dwight Yoakam will release his first all new studio album in seven years, 3 Pears (Warner Bros. Records).  The 12-track release, his 26th, is produced by Yoakam, along with two songs co-produced with Beck; “A Heart Like Mine” and “Missing Heart” (full track listing below). Fans can hear a teaser of the track, “Trying,” now on Yoakam’s newly launched website www.DwightYoakam.com.

3 Pears exemplifies Yoakam’s ability to incorporate multiple, competing influences into a piece of cohesive art. It balances his country core with a fiercely independent embrace of rock, Americana, pop and soul and builds on his trademark edginess with a notable, growing positivity. 3 Pearscontains heartfelt love songs, which showcase Yoakam’s authentic country vocals while maintaining his unmistakable classic sound.

One of the most respected singer-songwriters in music, Yoakam has sold more than 25 million albums, has 12 gold albums and nine platinum or multi-platinum albums, including the triple platinum “This Time”.  Five of his albums have topped Billboard’s Country Albums chart with another fourteen landing in the Top 10.  More than 30 singles have charted, with 22 Top 20 hits, which include “Honky Tonk Man,”  “Please Please Baby,” “Little Ways,” “I Sang Dixie,” “It Only Hurts When I Cry,” “Fast as You” and “Thousand Miles from Nowhere.”  Yoakam has won two GRAMMY Awards and earned an impressive 21 nominations.

Yoakam will be honored by the Academy of Country Music with the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award at the 6th Annual ACM Honors event on September 24th in Nashville.  The prestigious Award honors individuals who are pioneers in the country music genre.  Past recipients include Johnny Cash, Garth Brooks, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams, Sr. and Hank Williams, Jr. Yoakam also recently narrated the current exhibit at The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum; The Bakersfield Sound:  Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and California County, showing through the end of next yearThe exhibit explores the roots, heyday and impact of the Bakersfield Sound, the loud, stripped-down and radio-ready music most closely identified with the careers of Country Music Hall of Fame members Buck Owens and Merle Haggard.

For more official Dwight Yoakam information go to www.dwightyoakam.com.

Dwight Yoakam’s 3 Pears Track Listing: 

1. Take Hold Of My Hand

2. Waterfall

3. Dim Lights, Thick Smoke

4. Trying

5. Nothing But Love

6. It’s Never Alright

7. A Heart Like Mine

8. Long Way To Go

9. Missing Heart

10. 3 Pears

11. Rock It All Away

12. Long Way To Go (Reprise)

For more information on Dwight Yoakam, please visit www.DwightYoakam.com or www.facebook.com/dwightyoakam

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Big and Rich Set To Pray

Posted on 16 May 2012 by editor

PrayGRAMMY nominated duo, Big & Rich, reveal to fans their graceful new cover art for their single “That’s Why I Pray.” The cover, which is the first they have actually appeared on, depicts the fine line between their hell-raising ways and knowing every day of their lives is a blessing. “That’s Why I Pray” will be available May 22nd, with the album to follow later this fall.

Big & Rich is comprised of Kenny Alphin and The Celebrity Apprentice winner John Rich. The multi-platinum hit duo have garnered multiple GRAMMY, ACM, CMA and CMT Music Award nominations. Their first studio album, Horse of a Different Color, includes their hit infectious single, “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy). Other hits include, “Comin’ to Your City,” “8th of November” and their #1 hit “Lost in this Moment.” “Comin’ to Your City” is in its sixth consecutive year as the theme song for ESPN’s College GameDay show.

Click here for their new single cover art and for more information on Big & Rich, please visit BigandRich.com.

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Blake Shelton Hits A List

Posted on 21 July 2011 by editor

Blake has it going on.   Reigning CMA Male Vocalist of the Year and country music’s most interesting man (Have you seen the funny vids at http://bit.ly/mostinterestingman), Blake Shelton, continues his wave of success with his new Warner Bros. Records release, Red River Blue as the largest selling album in the U.S.

Blake Shelton Red River Blue

Red River Blue #1 Debut

This amazing debut comes hot on the heels of a string of No. 1’s which include: Soundscan Top Current Albums chartSoundscan Top Country Albums chartiTunes Overall Albums ChartiTunes Country Albums Chart and his multi-week insatiable hit “Honey Bee. The single is the fastest-selling digital Platinum single for a male country solo artist. Red River Blue is the highest digital percentage for Shelton with almost 30% of his album sales and marks his highest selling album debut to date.  This success also comes at a time when Blake is enjoying a new marriage to Miranda Lambert and TV success on The Voice.

Chris Young also hit with his third release last week with 70 some thousand copies.  Good for second in Country.

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Dwight Yoakam Comeback

Posted on 06 July 2011 by editor

Multi-platinum GRAMMY winning singer-songwriter, actor, director and country music pioneerDwight Yoakam returns home to Warner Music Group after a decade. The legendary superstar began his career on Warner Music Group’s label Reprise Records, with his debut album, Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. and has since recorded 27 albums under both the Reprise Records and Warner Bros. Records imprints. Yoakam is set to release his first studio album in seven years on Warner Bros. Records.

“Dwight Yoakam is country music. His voice is immediately recognizable and his artistry is iconic,” said John Esposito, Warner Music Nashville’s President & CEO. “When I heard his current music, I was blown away. I think that it is some of the best music he has ever done and I’m incredibly proud to have him back at Warner Bros. Records.”

Yoakam’s highly anticipated new record is set for an early 2012 release and is expected to be co-produced by Joe Chiccarelli (My Morning Jacket, The Shins, The Strokes) along with producer Yoakam, who has recently finished recording several tracks with musician Beck.


“I’m pleased to be back in partnership with Warner Music Group for the release of my new music,” said Yoakam. “I’m excited about the enthusiasm they’ve expressed in their desire to once again be the conduit for my songs and recordings as well as the ensuing musical journey that it will take us on.”

Yoakam is one of the most respected singer-songwriters in music.  He’s sold more than 25 million albums, has 12 gold albums and 9 platinum or multi-platinum albums, including the triple platinum “This Time.” Five of his albums have topped Billboard’s Country Albums chart with another fourteen landing in the Top 10.  More than 30 singles have charted, with twenty-two going Top 20, including the incomparable hits “Honky Tonk Man,”  “Please Please Baby,” “Little Ways,” “I Sang Dixie,” “It Only Hurts When I Cry,” “Fast as You” and “Thousand Miles from Nowhere.”  Yoakam has won two GRAMMY Awards and earned 21 nominations.


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Blake Shelton is like Chuck Norris

Posted on 06 July 2011 by editor

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Frankie Ballard Releases 1st Album

Posted on 19 April 2011 by Bill West

Frankie Ballard is giving country fans a ‘buncha’ reasons why he is the “One to Watch For” in 2011. Few debut artists can compare to Ballard’s impetuous breakthrough in the country scene as the heartthrob, in just one year, has already scored a Top Five video hit with his debut single “Tell Me You Get Lonely,” toured with rock star Uncle Kracker, starred in his own GAC web series, wrote a song on Billy Currington’s new CD, issued “A Buncha Girls” as his second radio single and staged his debut at the Grand Ole Opry. And if that wasn’t enough, Ballard is gearing up for the release of his self-titled debut album on Warner Brothers, available everywhere beginning May 24, 2011.

Produced by Michael Knox (Jason Aldean), this singer-songwriter brings a bluesy, rocking edge to the country scene that resonates through all eight songs featured on his debut. His talents as a vocalist, songwriter, instrumentalist and showman have already made him one of the genre’s most memorable new personalities.

Frankie Ballard

Frankie Ballard

Ballard is set to open select dates for Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Famer Bob Seger and superstar Taylor Swift on her upcoming North American leg of the “SPEAK NOW WORLD TOUR 2011.”

Ballard broke through the country music charts with his hit debut single, “Tell Me You Get Lonely,” and his debut music video was Top 5 on GAC’s fan-voted Top 20 Country Countdown. Hailing from Battle Creek, Michigan, Ballard brings a fresh new sound with his unique blend of edgy, country rock and sheer, fleet-fingered guitar skills. In 2008, Ballard won Kenny Chesney’s “Next Big Star” regional competition and opened for Chesney at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids and Ford Field in Detroit.

Frankie Ballard album TRACK LISTING
1. A Buncha Girls
2. Single Again
3. Place To Lay Your Head
4. Tell Me You Get Lonely
5. Get On Down The Road
6. Sober Me Up
7. Rescue Me
8. Grandpa’s Farm

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JaneDear Girls Gone Wildflower

Posted on 06 January 2011 by Bill West

Sometimes a group comes along possessing equal parts of rock star charm and electrifying sound.

Such is the case for Warner Bros. Records’ duo the JaneDear girls(Susie Brown and Danelle Leverett), who have started quite a buzz with their dynamic sound and iconic fashion – owning the title as Country music’s highest charting debut artist of 2010.

Their Producer – from another duo the legendary Big and Rich — John Rich say they have what it takes:
“They are,” he says, “the girls next door that kick country A**,,,”
On February 1st, the JaneDear girls will release their rockin’ self-titled debut album available everywhere, just in time for the kick-off of their first major tour: Jason Aldean’s “My Kinda Party” tour, which starts its run in Little Rock, AR on Jan. 21.

The ACM Top New Vocal Duo nominee is comprised of Utah native Susie Brown and Texas native Danelle Leverett. Their debut smash-Top 20 hit single, “Wildflower,” is the perfect introduction to the duo’s high energy, soaring harmonies and world-class instrumental skills. The girls play a total of eight instruments (Accordion, Acoustic guitar, Bass, Electric guitar, Fiddle, Gango, Harp and Mandolin) and, between the two of them, penned every song on their self-titled debut album, which boasts a fully loaded 11-track ensemble of pure Country rock. The up-tempo sing along song “Shotgun Girl” revels in the girls’ love for riding shotgun in a Country boy’s truck.

“We try to put a lot of ourselves, who we are and our personalities into our music,” said Susie. “We like to have fun with our songs and we wanted to give our fans something they can relate to as well.”

Also included in the JaneDear girls is a wide-range of dance ready hits and Country-style kiss-off songs like “Merry Go Round” and “Lucky You,” as well as favorable ballads like the sentimental lullaby of “Saturdays in September.”


“We like our guitars loud, our fiddles ripping and a steady beat,” said Danelle. “We want our music to make people want to get up and dance.”

the JaneDear girls Track Listing:
1. Wildflower
2. Shotgun Girl
3. Merry Go Round
4. Sugar
5. Saturdays in September
6. Sing Along
7. Lucky You
8. Pretender
9. Never Gonna Let You Go
10. Free Ride
11. Everyday’s A Holiday

For additional information on the JaneDear girls and their upcoming tour and album, please visit www.theJaneDeargirls.com.

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