Blog Rodeo March 2013: How the Mainstream Realized Country Music Sells and Why I Fell In Love with It. I moved away from my home state of Texas almost 15 years ago, and moved on to good ole Memphis, TN, arguably one of the most important cities in the U.S. as far as music is concerned (hello, mo-town, Elvis and the blues…). That being said, I have been exposed to whole lot of different music, at a whole lot of different phases in my life and I am better off for it. Interestingly, despite my state of origin, it wasn’t until I arrived on the scene in Northwest Arkansas that my true love for country music began to blossom. Yes, I knew who the big players were, and when in Memphis I listened to our local country station Kix 106 on a regular basis. Still, I knew about 1% of what I know now, which is considerably more. I’m telling you all this because I feel my back story places me in particularly interesting perspective when answering the March Country Music Blog Rodeo topic; “Why is the mainstream media loving so much on country music these days?” Country Music Sells. I’ve studied communications and the media for a few years now, and the easy answer to this question is far less romantic that most folks might want to admit. When surveying the media landscape as it exists today, it is impossible to deny that country music is everywhere. ABC plays host to the CMA Awards and the CMA Country Christmas annually, and debuted their prime time soapy drama, Nashville and Reba’s new sitcom Malibu Country in the fall. NBC has experienced major success with reality competition series, The Voice in large part due to Blake Shelton‘s ability to draw a crowd and create a buzz. FOX continually churns out the next big country star via American Idol while CBS continues to air the ACM Awards every year. Meanwhile, country artists are getting cameos on shows like Hart of Dixie and The Bachelor, and more and more, for better or worse, country stars pop up in the mainstream gossip rags, and also on the covers of more legitimate news sources, like InStyle. Everyone is looking to get a piece of the country pie, and it’s for one simple reason, country music sells. Country Sells Because of the Fans Marketers, network execs and anyone who is paying even the smallest bit of attention have realized that country music offers a fan base that is loyal and willing to spend their hard earned dollars on their favorite artists. This conclusion is in no way a major revelation, and not really the point I want to make. What interests me is not that savvy business people have finally figured out country is a niche they can target but that this niche even exists and that it’s so strong. Plainly put, I’m interested in that fact that country fans are so loyal. As I said Continue reading The Mainstream Has Fallen for Country and I Am The Mainstream
Zac Brown Band News
Zac Brown Band Sings National Anthem Today at 2013 BCS National Championship Game in Miami, FL! Zac Brown Band is headed to warmer weather today as they’re set to perform the national anthem at the 2013 BCS Championship Football Game in Miami, FL. Alabama will be playing against Notre Dame in the big game today, January 7th. Four members of my favorite country group, Zac Brown, Clay Cook, Jimmy De Martini and John Driskell Hopkins, will be singing the anthem before the game kicks off. I’m sure that they will provide a lovely start to the game before the football players start kicking each other around. Next up for ZBB, the band will be playing shows at various dates and locations over the next couple months before jumping on for select dates with Kenny Chesney and his 2013 No Shoes Nation Tour. Find details below.
Inspirational Country Music Songs: Zac Brown Band’s Day That I Die. One of the things that I love most about country music is that there is a story in every song, and those stories are steeped in someone’s hopes, dreams, and life experiences. Since country music is so rooted in real living, it seems to me that country songs tend to be inspirational…maybe purposefully but also maybe even accidentally. Either way, there’s probably a lesson that can be learned. One such song that has stuck with me the past couple months is Zac Brown Band‘s “Day That I Die” from their 2012 release, “Uncaged“. This song is about living life to the fullest, making sure that you aim for your dreams and reach your goals. It’s about not taking your time on this earth for granted and making sure that you absolute make most of it, giving back and leaving a legacy. In light of the tragedies we’ve experienced as a nation as of late, Hurricane Sandy ripping apart the Eastern seaboard, the shooting in Oregon and the senseless slaying of children and school faculty in Newtown, CT this past Friday, these individual communities as well as as our country in a larger sense, are in need of comfort and inspiration. So, the lyrics to Zac Brown Band’s “Day That I Die” hold special resonance with me now because as the song insinuates as individuals we have to be the positive, we have to bring the good in the world, we have to make our time here count. In the face of such tragedy, it is simple and easy to point fingers, but if we take a moment to think about what we can do, what steps we can take to help our communities and those around us who need help, we could go a long way to being the “good” our world so desperately needs. To hear more about this inspirational song, and it’s roots…get behind the scenes with the folks that made it come alive. Behind the Scenes: Zac Brown Band’s “Day That I Die”.
Complete List of Country, Bluegrass, Americana and Folk Grammy Nominations for 2013. Last night the recording industry through a shindig to announce the nominees for the 2013 Grammy Awards. Below you’ll find the complete list of country, bluegrass, american and folk nominations! Be sure to tell us what you think about those being who earned noms. The awards show will air live on CBS on February 10th at 8/7c. In the meantime, the album featuring the music of all the nominees will be available on January 22nd. 55th Grammy Nominations: Best Country Solo Performance “Home“: Dierks Bentley “Springsteen“: Eric Church “Cost Of Livin’“:Ronnie Dunn “Wanted“: Hunter Hayes “Over“: Blake Shelton “Blown Away“: Carrie Underwood Best Country Duo/Group Performance “Even If It Breaks Your Heart“: Eli Young Band “Pontoon“: Little Big Town “Safe & Sound“: Taylor Swift & The Civil Wars “On The Outskirts Of Town“: The Time Jumpers “I Just Come Here For The Music“: Don Williams Featuring Alison Krauss Best Country Song “Blown Away”:Josh Kear & Chris Tompkins, songwriters (Carrie Underwood) “Cost Of Livin’”: Phillip Coleman & Ronnie Dunn, songwriters (Ronnie Dunn) “Even If It Breaks Your Heart”: Will Hoge & Eric Paslay, songwriters (Eli Young Band) “So You Don’t Have To Love Me Anymore”: Jay Knowles & Adam Wright, songwriters (Alan Jackson) “Springsteen”: Eric Church, Jeff Hyde & Ryan Tyndell, songwriters (Eric Church) Best Country Album Uncaged: Zac Brown Band Hunter Hayes: Hunter Hayes Living For A Song: A Tribute To Hank Cochran: Jamey Johnson Four The Record: Miranda Lambert The Time Jumpers: The Time Jumpers Best Americana Album The Carpenter: The Avett Brothers From The Ground Up: John Fullbright The Lumineers: The Lumineers Babel: Mumford & Sons Slipstream: Bonnie Raitt Best Bluegrass Album The Gospel Side Of: Dailey & Vincent Life Finds A Way: The Grascals Beat The Devil And Carry A Rail: Noam Pikelny Scratch Gravel Road: Special Consensus Nobody Knows You: Steep Canyon Rangers Best Folk Album Leaving Eden: Carolina Chocolate Drops Election Special: Ry Cooder Hambone’s Meditations: Luther Dickinson The Goat Rodeo Sessions: Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile This One’s For Him: A Tribute To Guy Clark: (Various Artists) Shawn Camp & Tamara Saviano (producers) Noteworthy: Taylor Swift got a nod in the multi-genre Record of the Year category for “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together“ To see the complete list of nominations head to the official page.
Get The Story On Where The Ideas For This Video, The Actors & The Wardrobe Came From. Many Zac Brown Band fans have been asking about the actors and the wardrobe in their latest music video, “Goodbye In Her Eyes.” Never letting a fan down, they gave answers! Wayne Isham directed the video and came up the circus idea. The wardrobe was all on Shelly Brown, Zac’s wife! With everyone’s busy schedule, the video had to come together in less than a week. In the video was Jaime Murray, as the main girl, the band and some real circus performers. Shelly was in charge of Jaime’s and the bands looks. She did her research and sewed together outfits herself (she did this after their four daughters went to bed each night)! Most of Jaime’s looks were custom and the things that weren’t came from Shelly’s closet! Below are some pictures of Jaime’s outfits and Shelly Brown’s commentary. “This was definitely the most intricate to make with all of the embellishment and feathers. I was inspired from all of the vintage circus photos we came across.“ “The red velvet cupcake dress. This one was so much fun and looked so beautiful on Jaime when she walked and danced. It was inspired by the old school tutus that had so much volume and were so colorful. I loved the way the train moved in the circus performance scene.“ “My favorite. This one was so perfect and actually inspired the colors for the painted “circus” sign that you see in the beginning and end of the video. It was a striped corset with a quilted velvet bustle skirt. Hat by Rag and Bone, necklace by Mania Mania. This to me was perfect for her “off-duty” attire. It was sexy on her but very gypsy at the same time.“ *Photo Credit: Jolie Loren* Watch the official music video for “Goodbye In Her Eyes” below.
Camp Southern Ground Benefits From Giving Tuesday. For Camp Southern Ground, today is Thank You Wednesday. A grand total of $7,612 was donated for the camp from the efforts of people contributing during Giving Tuesday. “We simply cannot express our immense gratitude for the absolute outpouring of support you all showed on Giving Tuesday…You also raised a massive amount of awareness about this cause. Please accept our most heartfelt thank you for all you’ve done and continue to do to help support Camp Southern Ground.” -CSG Camp Southern Ground was founded by Zac Brown and created to “operate a camp to allow children to overcome academic, social and emotional difficulties so they may reach their full potential by providing them with the opportunity and tools necessary to achieve excellence in all facets of their lives.” For more information CLICK HERE.
Join Zac Brown Band, Camp Southern Ground and Giving Tuesday to Support A Great Cause! Its no secret that we’re HUGE Zac Brown Band fans around here at CMNB headquarters, and one reason why we love them so much is because of Camp Southern Ground. Founded by band leader, Zac Brown, the camp strives to create a place for “kids with different backgrounds and diverse abilities, giving them an opportunity to learn and grow through customized programs provided in a positive, healthy and organic environment“. Sounds awesome, right? Well, guess what…YOU can help support it! Details are below, and you can find even more info on the Camp Southern Ground website! Today (November 27th), is “Giving Tuesday“, a campaign aimed at encouraging people to give in anyway they can to important causes that they believe in! About Giving Tuesday. We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. This year help create #GivingTuesday™, the giving season’s opening day. On Tuesday November 27, 2012 charities, families, businesses and individuals are coming together to transform the way people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. It’s a simple idea. Find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to join in acts of giving. Tell everyone you can about what you are doing and why it matters. Join a national celebration of our great tradition of generosity. And together we’ll create ways to give more, give better and give smarter. How to Support Camp Southern Ground. TEXT Text CSG to 50555 to donate $10 right from your phone. CHOOSE your own contribution Decide your own amount and donate. START Your Own Fundraiser. Really want to get involved? Set your own plan in motion! Be sure to spread the word by following and using #GivingTuesday!
Watch: Zac Brown Band Goodbye In Her Eyes Official Video. Zac Brown Band‘s latest album, Uncaged, features 11 tracks, all of which are amazing! One of my favorite songs is easily “Goodbye In Her Eyes“. Like “Colder Weather” it is a mournful and emotional song touching on love in a complicated sense. ZBB is one of the most talented country music groups out there, and they are easily my personal favorite. Soooo, you can imagine my excitement when I saw that they had released a video for this single! Featuring a band of traveling circus performers, like the song it represents, the video has a kind of vintage quality to it that just adds to the mournfulness. You’d think this would be kind of downer, but the song is so beautiful that it kind of has the opposite effect. See for yourself below, and be sure to let me know if you agree! Watch Zac Brown Band’s New Video for Single “Goodbye In Her Eyes“.
Brown Band’s Southern Ground Music & Food Festival Big Hit at Nashville Debut! It is easy for me to say that Zac Brown Band is my personal favorite country music group, and it is hard for me to say that I missed out on the debut Southern Ground Music & Food Festival that took Nashville, TN by storm for two days on September 21st and September 22nd! I would have given anything to be one of the 15,000 fans that joined in on the weekend’s festivities, enjoying Live music on two stages from ZBB and special guests Gregg Allman, Sheryl Crow, John Mayer, Alan Jackson and Dwight Yoakam plus more stellar artists like David Gray, Amos Lee, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Lumineers, Southern Ground Artists Nic Cowan, Blackberry Smoke, Levi Lowrey and others! Besides amaaaaazing music, the lucky festival attendees also got to sample food from Zac Brown’s own mobile kitchen “Cookie” and other food trucks including Biscuit Love, Riff’s Fine Street Food, Bistro Truck and Delta Bound. Great music? Great food? Fall weather? You better believe that I will be there in 2013 when the festival returns to Nashville. In the meantime, I will live vicariously through the highlight reel below. Join me, won’t you? Zac Brown Band Southern Ground Festival 2012 in Nashville, Highlight Reel! Southern Ground Music & Food Festival is sponsored by Jack Daniel’s and LandShark Lager and promoted by JAM, Outback Concerts, and Sound Events. They’ll be heading to Charleston October 20-21, 2012. Ticket Info below!
Zac Brown Band Southern Ground Festival 2021 Line-Up and Details! Zac Brown Band‘s highly anticipated Southern Ground Music & Food Festival is quickly approaching and we’ve got all the details for ya! First and foremost, the festival(s) will be taking place in two rounds, the first in Nashville, TN September 21st-22nd and the second in Charleston, South Carolina October 20th-21st. Next, its also important that you know just how awesome the performance line-up is going to be…so here it is. Southern Ground Music & Food Festival – Nashville,TN Zac Brown Band & Friends Super Set w/ special guest performances by Gregg Allman and more Amos Lee Michael Franti & Spearhead Jerry Douglas David Gray Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros The Lumineers Los Lonely Boys John Driskell Hopkins & Brighter Shade The James Arthur Band Coy Bowles & The Fellowship And Southern Ground Artists Blackberry Smoke Nic Cowan Dugas Sonia Leigh Levi Lowrey The Wheeler Boys Southern Ground Music & Food Festival – Charleston, SC Nightly performances by ZBB The Avett Brothers Grace Potter & the Nocturnals The Charlie Daniels Band Michael Franti & Spearhead The Wailers Jerry Douglas Los Lonely Boys JJ Grey & Mofro Clay Cook Coy Bowles & The Fellowship The James Arthur Band John Driskell Hopkins & Balsam Range And Southern Ground Artists Blackberry Smoke Nic Cowan Dugas Sonia Leigh Levi Lowrey The Wheeler Boys The Wood Brother Besides where, when and who is playing, you also need to know all about the food that is going to be available! During the fest, you’ll have access to food from some of the world’s best chefs. What I think is more exciting though is that “Cookie” will be there…”Cookie” being Zac Brown Band’s tractor trailer sized mobile kitchen! Find ticket info below, and keep in mind if you really want to go all out…you can purchase VIP tickets that will grant you access to customized “Front Porch Stage Boxes” that feature on stage seating, a four course gourmet meal, and complimentary beverages. I have to say, Zac Brown really knows how to throw a party…what could be better than great live music, food and fun?