2011 Grammy Coverage

We’ve got your rundown of country stars to watch for this Sunday on the 2011 Grammy Awards! Awards season is definitely in high gear as those trophies get polished and carpets get rolled out! We’re kickin it off with the 2011 Grammy’s this Sunday evening on CBS! It seems this year we’ve got some great representation for the country music industry. Here’s who to watch for and why: 2011 GRAMMY® PERFORMANCES: Lady Antebellum Miranda Lambert Martina McBride (In tribute to Aretha Franklin) 2011 GRAMMY® PRESENTERS: Keith Urban Dierks Bentley Blake Shelton Zac Brown 2011 GRAMMY® AWARD NOMINEES: Best Female Country Vocal Performance “Satisfied” – Jewel “The House That Built Me” – Miranda Lambert “Swingin’” – LeAnn Rimes “Temporary Home” – Carrie Underwood “I’d Love To Be Your Last” – Gretchen Wilson Best Male Country Vocal Performance “Macon” – Jamey Johnson “Cryin’ For Me (Wayman’s Song)” – Toby Keith “Turning Home” – David Nail “’Til Summer Comes Around” – Keith Urban “Gettin’ You Home” – Chris Young Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals “Free” – Zac Brown Band “Elizabeth” – Dailey & Vincent “Need You Now” – Lady Antebellum “Little White Church” – Little Big Town “Where Rainbows Never Die” – The SteelDrivers Best Country Collaboration With Vocals “Bad Angel” – Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert & Jamey Johnson “Pride (In The Name Of Love)” – Dierks Bentley, Del McCoury & The Punch Brothers “As She’s Walking Away” – Zac Brown Band & Alan Jackson “Hillbilly Bone” – Blake Shelton & Trace Adkins “I Run To You” – Marty Stuart & Connie Smith Best Country Song “The Breath You Take” – Casey Beathard, Dean Dillon & Jessie Jo Dillon, songwriters (George Strait) “Free” – Zac Brown, songwriter (Zac Brown Band) “The House That Built Me” – Tom Douglas & Allen Shamblin, songwriters (Miranda Lambert) “I’d Love To Be Your Last” – Rivers Rutherford, Annie Tate & Sam Tate, songwriters (Gretchen Wilson) “If I Die Young” – Kimberly Perry, songwriter (The Band Perry) “Need You Now” – Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley & Hillary Scott, songwriters (Lady Antebellum) Best Country Album Up On The Ridge – Dierks Bentley You Get What You Give – Zac Brown Band The Guitar Song – Jamey Johnson Need You Now – Lady Antebellum Revolution – Miranda Lambert Best Country Instrumental Performance “Tattoo Of A Smudge” – Cherryholmes “Magic #9” – The Infamous Stringdusters “New Chance Blues” – Punch Brothers “Willow Creek” – Darrell Scott “Hummingbyrd” – Marty Stuart

Physical or Digital Albums?

Jim Nash is back and today he’s asking how you buy YOUR music! Hope ya’ll had a Hillbilly Holiday! Let’s start the New Year off by talking about your music. Back in December, I saw some offers to download Keith Urban’s latest release Get Closer for only $4.99 from Amazon. It’s still available for $5.99. Target on the other hand offers this CD for $8.99 with a Deluxe Edition for $11.99. In today’s economy, that may mean the difference between making or not making the purchase…or does it? Long gone are the days when the only option was to pick up an album (am I dating myself?) or a CD. Nowadays, you can also get your music streaming online via free or subscription based music services, via radio stations that offer a live audio feed online, through satellite radio or songs a-la-cart through iTunes, Amazon or Wal-Mart. I would say I’m still old fashioned in this regard. While I listen to country music online, when it comes to purchasing my music, I’ll pick up the CD. Here’s the process that works for me. Once I hear at least 2 songs by an artist that I like, it’s probable that I’ll like a few more tracks off their CD. Or, if I already have a track record with an artist, I’ll pick up their CD anyway. Otherwise, if an album comes highly recommended from someone who’s opinion I trust, I’ll pick it up. I like CDs for a few reasons. When away from a computer, I listen to a lot of music on a portable music player, but my car has a 6-CD player and no auxiliary input for said portable music player. I even have one of the FM transmitters but they don’t work all that well. And once said portable music player is in it’s protective case, it doesn’t fit in the FM transmitter holder. Grrr… I also like to look at the liner notes. See who wrote the tracks, the lyrics, some photos and other amusing information. Even though some digital purchases now offer something similar to download and view, who’s going to do that. Oh, and usually as soon as you open the CD, a little card falls out with instructions on how to get free ring tones of these songs on your phone. Great. CDs also make great Holiday gifts. Lastly, I like they way they look on the shelf. Your music collection says a lot about you, so when friends come over, are they going to peruse the titles on your portable music player? The one thing I dislike is that it takes me around 10 minutes to finally free a CD from its “coat of armor.” Seriously, the cellophane plastic rips into a million pieces sticking to everything with static, then the tape that seals the CD shut, I can never get started! There must be an easier way. But every now and then I’ll download a track. If it’s a single oldie or Continue reading Physical or Digital Albums?

Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman’s New Daughter

Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman welcome new baby Faith into their lives! Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman revealed yesterday that they are the proud new parents of a little baby girl named Faith. Faith was brought into the family through the help of a surrogate mother, who carried the child discreetly and gave birth just a few days ago. All parties involved are excited and glowing about the newborn’s arrival, and we wish Keith’s family the best for this new member!

365 Days of Sexy Keith Urban

Keith Urban just released his 2011 calendar to benefit the children of St. Jude’s and it is 365 days of hotness! Keith Urban fans keep taking those pictures, because you never know if it might help change the world! The 2011 Keith Urban Calendar features photos of the guitar caressing crooner, taken by members of his fan club. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this calendar are donated to the St Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Each calendar is only $15 and would make a great Christmas gift for both a country music fan and a child at St Jude’s! The calendar is part of Country Fans Care for St. Jude Kids, a fundraising program that seeks to unite the fans of country music’s new and established stars. Since 2002, Keith Urban’s fan club has helped raise funds for St. Jude. To date, the calendar has raised over $500,000 for the kids of St. Jude. The 2011 calendar marks the ninth edition of the calendar. To purchase your Keith Urban Calendar, visit KeithUrbanStore.com or KeithUrbanFans.comCountry Music Photo Gallery

Opryland Hotel Offers Grand Re-Opening

The Opryland Hotel and Convention Center celebrates a star-studded grand re-opening after a $270 MILLION dollar restoration and renovation! The gals over at CountryMusicTattleTale.com have excellent coverage of the exciting grand re-opening of the Opryland Hotel in Nashville Tennessee. We all know that the flooding back in May did nothing short of grinding Nashville tourism to a halt, but our hearts broke when we saw how bad it damaged some of the town’s most historic landmarks. But like most hardships Tennessean’s face, they have turned this one into an opportunity as well. In addition to restoring the Opryland Hotel and repairing alll of the flood damage, they have also added more restaurants, attractions, and room upgrades throughout the entire facility. I for one, can’t wait to visit! Expect to see some welcome-back performances from Keith Urban, Sheryl Crow and Trace Adkins as we celebrate the rebirth of a Nashville Landmark. For more details, and great pictures, check out CMTT or GaylordHotels.comCountry Music Photo Gallery

Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban

Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban both have exciting new albums out tomorrow! Rascal Flatts is in high gear with the release of “Nothing Like This“, an album which aims to capture the energy of a live show while maintaining the smooth intricacy of their long-celebrated harmonies. The album is already available on iTunes, and will be offered in a deluxe edition format at Walmart starting tomorrow. To celebrate their album release, Gary, Joe Don and Jay will be making several appearances listed below. Make sure to check the guys out! 11/14: GAC’s Backstory 11/15: Ellen DeGeneres show 11/15: CMT’s Invitation Only 11/15: Late Show with David Letterman (also Live on Letterman) 11/16: Today Show 11/16: The Sean Hannity Show 11/17: Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Keith Urban wants you to Get Closer! Keith Urban has already sent ladies hearts to heaven with the release of “Get Closer“. The album features tracks like “Put you in a song” and “Long Hot Summer“, as well as a loving tribute to his wife Nicole Kidman in the liner. You can also check out the newly redesigned KeithUrban.net that was launched over the weekend to get more album release and concert tour news!

Keith Urban Auction:Ultimate Experience for Fans

Keith Urban offering the ultimate experience for his fans: 2 VIP tickets to a Keith Urban show of their choice, and the chance to meet and take pictures with the Country Music star. Keith Urban is a three-time Grammy Award winner, who in this past year has added an American Music Award and People’s Choice Award to his mantle. He’s won five Academy of Country Music Awards, had 11 #1s, including 21 Top 5 hits and two consecutive #1 CDs, including his latest Defying Gravity, which debuted atop both Billboard’s Top 200 all genre and Country Album Charts. Hurry fans cause the bidding ends July 8, 2010. For a full description of the item, visit: http://www.charitybuzz.com/catalog_items/205218.  Country Music Photo Gallery

Keith Urban 2010 Concert Tour

Keith Urban has released a limited amount of information about his 2010 Summer Concert Tour. While we are still waiting for more details (including the name of the tour) Keith Urban has confirmed that he will be touring this summer, as well as joining The Eagles and The Dixie Chicks for a mega-tour, much to fans’ delight. Most of his individual stops will be at festivals, fairs, and stadiums. Here are the known dates so far: Country Music Photo Gallery

Keith Urban Nominated for Country Music Awards in Australia

Keith Urban is riding high as he is nominated for another CMA, this time in Australia! Fresh off his American CMA wins, Keith Urban is hitting the red carpet down under! Keith s up for “Male Artist Of The Year,” “Album Of The Year,” (for “Defying Gravity”) “Single Of The Year” (for “Kiss A Girl”) and “APRA (Australian Performing Right Association) Song Of The Year” (for “Why’s It Feel So Long”). Good luck Keith! In other Keith Urban News, you can now pre-order Keith’s 2010 calendar and help support St Judes Children’s Research Hospital at www.keithurbanfans.com through November 30th.Country Music Photo Gallery