HaleighT grew up in rural Sallisaw, Oklahoma, completely immersed in the country music lifestyle. She works with CMNB as our field assignment journalist, gathering concert reviews and exclusive interviews from every artist she can. When she's not out on the road, she's in our web studio filming "Takin' a Break With HaleighT" a short weekly opinion and news segment that launched in 2011.
Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert Perform “Over You” In Honor Of The Victims Of The Tornadoes That Hit Oklahoma. On Monday, May 20, some deadly tornadoes ripped through Oklahoma leaving an enormous number of people without homes, people missing and some fatalities. While the worst of the tragedy hit Moore, Okla, many other cities and communities were hit by these devastating storms. On Tuesday night, May 21, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert performed a special version of their award winning and touching song, “Over You,” at the beginning of The Voice. A special message ran along the bottom of the screen, urging viewers to donate to Red Cross to help the state of Oklahoma during this horrific time. The performance was beautiful and I believe it was the best Lambert has ever sounded singing it. Country Music News Blog is based out of Oklahoma, and is HOME to us. Their are still many things that can be done for the victims of this tornado and like the rest of the country, we encourage everyone to what they can and keep those affected in your thoughts and prayers. Current Miranda Lambert Tour Date and Tickets
Looking back ten years… The Official Music Video For Blake Shelton’s “Boys ‘Round Here.” Below is the official music video for Blake Shelton‘s current single, “Boys ‘Round Here.” The song comes from his latest album, Based On A True Story. It is the second single from the album, following “Sure Be Cool If You Did.“
The Official Music Video For Randy Rogers Band New Single, “Fuzzy.” Below is the official music video for Randy Rogers Band‘s current single, “Fuzzy.” The song comes from the band’s latest album Trouble. The video is pretty funny as it takes you through a night of partying that is, well…Fuzzy. Check out the track listing for Trouble below, then watch “Fuzzy.” Trouble Track Listing: 1. Goodbye Lonely 2. Fuzzy 3. Speak of the Devil 4. Flash Flood 5. Trouble Knows My Name (feat. Willie Nelson) 6. One More Sad Song 7. If I Had Another Heart 8. Don’t Deserve You 9. Had To Give That Up 10. Shotgun 11. Never Got Around To That
Hank Williams Jr. Gears Up For His 2013 Summer Tour. Hank Williams Jr. is getting ready to launch a 2013 summer tour in celebration of his latest album, Old School, New Rules, which is in stores now. Hank will take the stage with a string of hits, along with new tunes. “I always have fun playing shows. I love to get out in front of my loyal fans and making my mark on this great country,” says Hank Williams Jr. This tour is sure to be a rowdy party, that you don’t want to miss! Click below the track listing for Old School, New Rules for a list of dates and see if Hank is coming to a city near you! Track Listing: 1. Takin’ Back the Country 2. I’m Gonna Get Drunk and Play Hank Williams (feat. Brad Paisley) 3. Three Day Trip 4. Old School 5. We Don’t Apologize for America 6. You Win Again 7. The Cow Turd Blues 8. Who’s Taking Care of Number One 9. That Ain’t Good 10. Keep the Change 11. Stock Market Blues 12. I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink (feat. Merle Haggard)
Trace Adkins and Kellie Pickler Dominate On National TV Shows. In less than a week, two of country music’s own have taken the top spots, winning the ultimate prize on two national TV shows. On Sunday night, May 19, Trace Adkins become the winner of this season’s All-Star Celebrity Apprentice. Adkins was representing the American Red Cross and was able to raise more than $1.5 million for Red Cross. Just last night, May 21, Kellie Pickler and her partner won this season of Dancing with the Stars. She danced her heart out this season and took the mirror ball trophy home! To say that these two made country music and country music fans proud would be an understatement! Congratulations to them both!
Brian Davis Has Been Invited To Open Up For Aaron Lewis On The 2013 Jägermeister Country Tour. Brian Davis has been invited to be the opening act for the 2013 Jägermeister Country Tour this summer. Davis will be opening for Aaron Lewis now through June 23 where he will play his last show in Evansville, IN. “This is going to be the kickoff to a rocking summer being asked out on the 2013 Jägermeister Tour with my buddy Aaron Lewis,” Davis said. “I can’t think of a better way to continue my touring year having just gotten off the road with Brantley Gilbert and now heading out with Aaron Lewis! This is right up my alley and my fans are going to love it and I hope to get to meet and make some new ones.” You can check out this VIDEO to learn more about Davis’ life on the road and his current album, Under the Influence. Check out all the tour dates for this tour by clicking below and pick up Davis’ current album, Under the Influence, now.
Ben Wells Teams Up With Fireball Whisky, Lake Life Freshwater Apparel and JH Audio For His Untuck Ya Shirt Tour. Ben Wells has an exciting couple of months ahead and we couldn’t be more happy for him! For those of you who haven’t heard, he is gearing up for his first independent headlining tour, Untuck Ya Shirt. If that wasn’t exciting enough, he now has teamed up with three brands (Fireball Whisky, JH Audio and Lake Life Freshwater Apparel) to make his tour just that much better. “It’s awesome how these opportunities keep coming to us,” Wells said. “We’re going to take them one step at a time, and hopefully continue to grow with the partnership and with the fans.” If you haven’t heard of Fireball Whisky then you might be living under a rock…because it is ALL I hear people ordering these days. The brand describes itself as a “Chuck Norris roundhouse kick to the face if his legs were on fire and tasted like cinnamon.” If that doesn’t get you interested in trying it, then I don’t know what will! Lake Life Freshwater Apparel is a worldwide clothing/apparel company found & operated in North Carolina. Wells marks the companies first music endorsement relationship. JH Audio is one of the best in the business at making the most detailed, accurate in-ear monitors. “One of the endorsements I’m personally excited about is JH Audio. I rely on my in-ear monitors day in and day out while on stage, the quality of JH16’s are incredible. I definitely can’t wait to grow with this company and it’s awesome to be apart of such an awesome family.” Wells Untuck Ya Shirt tour kicks off June 7 in West Palm Beach, Florida. Find a show near you, because you won’t want to miss this party!
George Strait Releases His Latest Album, Love Is Everything. Yesterday, May 14, George Strait released his latest studio album, Love Is Everything. The album includes his current single and latest #1, “Give It All We Got Tonight.” I fell in love with this song the first time I heard it and as George would say, “it’s pretty risqué.” As some of you may know, there has been a huge effort made by fans and radio to get this single to #1 on the charts, making it George’s 60th #1 hit for his 60th birthday. Well 60 for 60 worked! The song is currently sitting at #1 on real-time charts and if it can hold that position until Saturday, it will become official. Love Is Everything has plenty more great songs on it and I’m sure George will surpass that 60 mark with one of them. Take a look at the track listing below and watch this video that features George talking with Storme Warren about his new album! Love Is Everything Track listing: 1. I Got A Car 2. Give It All We Got Tonight 3. Blue Melodies 4. I Just Can’t Go On Dying Like This 5. I Thought I Heard My Heart Sing 6. That’s What Breaking Hearts Do 7. When Love Comes Around Again 8. The Night Is Young 9. Sittin’ On The Fence 10. I Believe 11. Love Is Everything 12. You Don’t Know What You’re Missing 13. When The Credits Roll
The Official Music Video For Kacey Musgraves Current Single, “Blowin’ Smoke.” Below is the official music video for Kacey Musgraves single, “Blowin’ Smoke.” The song is the second release from her debut album, Same Trailer Different Park. I’m really digging this song. It’s catchy and has some very real lyrics. Those who haven’t heard Musgraves full album, should get on that. The entire album is that, real and honest. This girl has a way with words, but does it in such a casual way. She’s talented. Watch “Blowin’ Smoke” below and tell us what you think.
The Official Music Video For The Pistol Annies Current Single “Hush Hush.” Below is the official music video for the Pistol Annies single, “Hush Hush.” The single is the first release from the Annies’ sophomore album, Annie Up. The song is about keeping secrets and keeping up appearances. The video features the ladies and their families at a Sunday afternoon potluck, where things get a little out of hand. Watch “Hush Hush” and tell us what you think. Under the video is the track listing for Annie Up, which hit stores last week! Annie Up Track Listing: 1. I Feel A Sin A Comin’ On 2. Hush Hush 3. Being Pretty Ain’t Pretty 4. Unhappily Married 5. Loved By A Workin’ Man 6. Blues, You’re A Buzz Kill 7. Don’t Talk About Him, Tina 8. Trading One Heartbreak For Another 9. Dear Sobriety 10. Damn Thing 11. Girls Like Us 12. I Hope You’re The End of My Story