Kip Moore Debut Album Release Date

Kip Moore Sets Release Date for Debut Album! You’ve probably heard Kip Moore‘s single, “Somethin’ Bout A Truck“, and if you like it, you’re in luck! The single belongs on Moore’s debut record, Up All Night, and he has just announced it will release April 24th! Kip has put a lot of heart and soul into this album, and he is understandably excited about getting it out there for fans to enjoy! “The song doing great is a huge accomplishment, but the fact that I’m getting to release a whole record, something I’ve put so much energy into over the years, is the biggest accomplishment in my music career thus far. I am so excited for people to get a chance to hear this record because I feel like it is an emotional record and I want to be able to move people like the records moved me growing up.” -Kip Moore If the rest of the album is anything like what we’ve heard so far, I think this is one album I’ll have on repeat all summer long! Moore’s got an authentic country voice, the kind that makes country girls weak in the knees, and there is just the right amount of steel guitar in his music to give that edge we all love. Can’t wait to get my ears on this album! In the meantime, I’ll just keep listening to “Somethin’ Bout a Truck“! [youtube:]

Introducing Levi Hummon

Breakout artist/songwriter Levi Hummon transcends convention forging an impressive musical path that is gaining critical attention as he garners accolades and fans around the globe. Hummon released a new song, “Stupid,” which is about seizing opportunities and not thinking about the consequences (see it here), premiered with Just Jared and the song is developing an enthusiastic following on Spotify’s Hot Country, Wild Country, and New Boots, which is remarkable for an act following his dreams on his own terms. Especially since his previous release, “Don’t Waste The Night,” is still featured on Wild Country and New Boots. [embedyt][/embedyt] Recently, the consequences seem to be falling in Hummon’s favor including being named “One to Watch” by Rolling Stone Country, making his striking debut on the Grand Ole Opry, and performing as part of the sold-out CMA Songwriters Series in the U.K. in October. A fourth-generation progeny from the house of Hummon, he grew up surrounded by music greats including his father, Grammy-Award winning songwriter Marcus Hummon. Raised in Nashville, Hummon had distinctive ideas and concepts that developed from a deeply personal, reflective place. Performing them himself was a natural part of the evolution of his career as an artist. “You’re letting someone into your world which is really vulnerable,” Hummon says. “I couldn’t see anyone else singing these songs because they reflect my life.” Grounded in the community, Hummon has worked with notable songwriters including Jimmy Robbins, Shane McAnally, Andrew Dorff, Josh Osborne, Chris DeStefano, Brandy Clark, Tom Douglas and Ashley Gorley, among many others. Hummon also wrote with legendary entertainer Steven Tyler on the rocker’s single “Red, White and You,” which hit No. 1 in Italy. He is a nimble writer who can easily traverse the span between commercial appeal and artistic integrity, but he is an equally gifted performer with an eagerness that is addictive and an on-stage bravado that belies his age. He has toured with the likes of Kip Moore, Kelsea Ballerini, Cam, Billy Currington, Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes, Sam Hunt, Maddie & Tae, Michael Ray, and is currently on tour with Eli Young Band. Catch Levi Hummon on the road: Oct. 26            Midnight Rodeo           San Angelo, TX Oct. 27            Charley B’s                  Lubbock, TX Oct. 28            Dos Amigos                 Odessa, TX Nov. 2             Joe’s Live                     Rosemont, IL Nov. 3             Joe’s on Weed Street    Chicago, IL Nov. 4             The Rave                      Milwaukee, WI Nov. 7             The Paramount             Huntington, NY Nov. 8             Aura                              Portland, ME Dec. 8             Georgia Theatre            Athens, GA Dec. 9          Continue reading Introducing Levi Hummon

Cole Swindell Wraps First Weekend of Headlining Sold-Out Shows on “CMT ON TOUR Presents the COLE SWINDELL DOWN HOME TOUR”

NASHVILLE, Tenn.  –-Platinum-selling recording artist just wrapped the first weekend of his headlining CMT ON TOUR Presents the COLE SWINDELL DOWN HOME TOUR with sold-out shows. The tour kicked off last week with fans packing a sold-out Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, OK and continued to Wichita, KS, Denver, CO, and Odessa, TX. Swindell takes a brief detour back to Nashville this week for the 50th Annual CMA Awards where he is nominated for CMA New Artist of the Year. The Down Home Tour will continue Friday (Nov 4) at the Lyric Oxford in Oxford, MS. Following two previous sold-out Down Home tours, Swindell looks forward to this time of the year when he releases new fan-favorite music, and in tandem returning to some of the clubs, venues and fans that gave him his start in touring. “Taking care of the people who take care of you,” Swindell told, “that’s how I was raised and how I like to do things. We wouldn’t be where we are without people loving our music.” Down Home Sessions III, the brand new collection of music for his fans, was just released in support of his annual fan-favorite Down Home Tour. The EP, Down Home Sessions III, is available digitally via Warner Bros. / Warner Music Nashville. Click HERE to purchase the Down Home Sessions III EP. Down Home Sessions III Track Listing: 1)         You’ve Got My Number 2)         Does It Hurt 3)         Six Pack Lines 4)         Chevrolet DJ 5)         Wildlife This year, Swindell has partnered with CMT to launch his third annual Down Home Tour with CMT ON TOUR Presents the COLE SWINDELL DOWN HOME TOUR. Following two previous sold-out tours, the third annual headlining tour kicked off this last week at Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, OK and will wrap in December. The tour features openers and rising new artists Cole Taylor, Travis Denning and Jon Langston. For complete information on tickets and the tour, sign up for the Down Home Crew at, and follow the fun on social using #CMTonTour. Click HERE for Cole Swindell’s Down Home Sessions Playlist. The partnership marks the 15th annual tour for CMT, which has been a springboard for a number of country superstars. CMT On Tour launched in 2002, and has featured superstar headliners including Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Randy Houser, Jamey Johnson, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland, Keith Urban, Jake Owen, Kip Moore, Brett Eldredge and Thomas Rhett. The tour is produced by Live Nation. CMT ON TOUR Presents the COLE SWINDELL DOWN HOME TOUR: Nov 4              Oxford, MS                             The Lyric Oxford** Nov 9              New York, NY                         Terminal 5** Nov 10            Pittsburgh, PA                         Stage AE** Nov 11            Norfolk, VA                              The Norva** Nov 12            Silver Spring, MD                    The Fillmore Silver Spring** Nov 17            Fort Walton, FL                       The Block^ Nov 18            Lake Buena Vista, FL             House of Blues^ Nov 25            Houston, TX                            House of Blues** Nov 26            Fort Worth, TX                        Billy Bob’s Texas** Nov 30            Rosemont, IL                          Joe’s Live** Dec 1              Continue reading Cole Swindell Wraps First Weekend of Headlining Sold-Out Shows on “CMT ON TOUR Presents the COLE SWINDELL DOWN HOME TOUR”

Your Guide to the 2013 CMA Awards!

It’s finally here! Tonight is the 2013 CMA Awards LIVE on ABC at 8/7c, and we’ve got your complete guide to the broadcast! Below you will find ALL of the nominees, performers, and viewing options. We’ll be live-tweeting through the broadcast. so you can follow along here, or tweet @CMNBlog with the hashtag #CMAawards to join in on the celebration! Without further ado, let’s get down to business starting with tonight’s nominees! NEW ARTIST Lee Brice Brett Eldredge Florida Georgia Line Kip Moore Kacey Musgraves MUSIC VIDEO * This award was announced this morning off-camera * Blown Away, Carrie Underwood (directed by Randee St. Nicholas) Boys ‘Round Here, Blake Shelton featuring Pistol Annies Downtown, Lady Antebellum WINNER Highway Don’t Care, Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban Mama’s Broken Heart, Miranda Lambert Tornado, Little Big Town MUSICIAN Sam Bush (mandolin) Paul Franklin (steel guitar) Dann Huff (guitar) Brent Mason (guitar) Mac McAnally (guitar) MUSICAL EVENT * This award was announced this morning off-camera * Boys ‘Round Here, Blake Shelton (featuring Pistol Annies) Cruise, Florida Georgia Line (with Nelly) Don’t Rush, Kelly Clarkson (featuring Vince Gill) WINNER Highway Don’t Care, Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban The Only Way I Know, Jason Aldean with Luke Bryan and Eric Church VOCAL DUO Big & Rich Florida Georgia Line Love and Theft Sugarland The Civil Wars Thompson Square VOCAL GROUP Eli Young Band Lady Antebellum Little Big Town The Band Perry Zac Brown Band MALE VOCALIST Jason Aldean Luke Bryan Eric Church Blake Shelton Keith Urban FEMALE VOCALIST Kelly Clarkson Miranda Lambert Kacey Musgraves Taylor Swift Carrie Underwood SONG (award goes to songwriters) I Drive Your Truck, Lee Brice (Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington and Jimmy Yeary) Mama’s Broken Heart, Miranda Lambert (Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally and Kacey Musgraves) Merry Go ‘Round, Kacey Musgraves (Kacey Musgraves, Josh Osborne and Shane McAnally) Pontoon, Little Big Town (Natalie Hemby, Luke Laird and Barry Dean) Wagon Wheel, Darius Rucker (Bob Dylan and Ketch Secor) ALBUM Based On a True Story …, Blake Shelton Blown Away, Carrie Underwood Red, Taylor Swift Same Trailer, Different Park, Kacey Musgraves Tornado, Little Big Town SINGLE Cruise, Florida Georgia Line Highway Don’t Care, Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban Mama’s Broken Heart, Miranda Lambert Merry Go ‘Round, Kacey Musgraves Wagon Wheel, Darius Rucker ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR Jason Aldean Luke Bryan Blake Shelton George Strait Taylor Swift For fans watching online, there are two developments this year that will thrill you! First, the 2013 CMA Awards Unveils New Digital User Experience: For the first time in Country Music history, “The 47th Annual CMA Awards” will offer an immersive, all-access, second-screen camera experience placed directly in the fans’ hands on Dubbed CMA Awards 360, the virtual CMA Awards backstage pass is the first integration of its kind on a Country Music awards show. Before and during the Wednesday, Nov. 6 CMA Awards on ABC, fans will have access to 11 different camera views only on Red Continue reading Your Guide to the 2013 CMA Awards!

Shot of Country: New Years Eve 2012

Whip Up A Delicious New Years Eve Drink with Your Shot of Country! For country music, 2012 has been a really great year! There have been some big announcements, like George Strait unveiling his final tour. We’ve seen some new talent rise up in the ranks like Kip Moore and Hunter Hayes, and some of our favorite artists released new albums, like Jason Aldean‘s Night Train. No doubt, 2012 will bring lots more great music, tours, and exciting developments for country, and we can’t wait! We’re definitely ready to celebrate, and no doubt, you are too! No matter what your New Years Eve plans are, we’ve got a drink that you will love! Check it out below. Get Your Shot of Country Now! [youtube:]

Top 20 Country Songs of 2012

Top 20 Country Music Songs for 2012 via Billboard. As someone who spends a majority of their day listening to, reading about, discussing and writing about country music, I always get a kick out of reading through the year charts. This year I am both surprised and not surprised by the artists that made it into the Top 20. There are a lot of country music up and comers, like Jana Kramer, Hunter Hayes, Kip Moore and Dustin Lynch, but also, some of our favorite well established country stars like Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert and Kenny Chesney! I have to say I’m pretty pleased about the number one spot! Not only because Josh Turner is one of my favorites singers, but also “Time Is Love” is such a great song with a great message! All in all there’s no denying, it was a pretty good year for country music. Top 20 Country Songs for 2012! 1. “Time Is Love“ Josh Turner 2. “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do“ Brantley Gilbert 3. “Why Ya Wanna“ Jana Kramer 4.  “Cowboys and Angels“ Dustin Lynch 5.  “(Kissed You) Good Night“ Gloriana 6. “Better Than I Used To Be“ Tim McGraw 7. “Even If It Breaks Your Heart“ Eli Young Band 8. “Lovin’ You Is Fun“ Easton Corbin 9.  “Springsteen“ Eric Church 10.  “Drunk On You“ Luke Bryan 11.  “You“ Chris Young 12.  “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck“ Kip Moore 13. “Reality“ Kenny Chesney 14. “Alone With You“ Jake Owen 15.  “Over You“ Miranda Lambert 16. “Home“ Dierks Bentley 17. “I Don’t Want This Night To End“ Luke Bryan 18. “Hard To Love“ Lee Brice 19.  “Dancin’ Away With My Heart“ Lady Antebellum 20. “Wanted“ Hunter Hayes See the rest of the Billboard Top 100 for Country for 2012!

American Country Awards 2012 Nominees

Complete List of American Country Awards 2012 Nominees. The third annual American Country Awards are coming up December, and we’ve got the complete list of 2012 nominees for you below! The awards will air live from Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas Monday, December 10th (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. Its fan voted…so, check out the list below and then head over to choose your fave in each category! Artist of the Year Jason Aldean Luke Bryan Lady Antebellum Taylor Swift Zac Brown Band Artist of the Year: Male Jason Aldean Luke Bryan Kenny Chesney Eric Church Toby Keith Artist of the Year: Female Sara Evans Miranda Lambert Martina McBride Taylor Swift Carrie Underwood Artist of the Year: Group The Band Perry Eli Young Band Lady Antebellum Rascal Flatts Zac Brown Band Artist of the Year: Breakthrough Artist Lee Brice Colt Ford Gloriana Justin Moore Jake Owen Artist of the Year: New Artist Lauren Alaina Hunter Hayes Jana Kramer Kip Moore Pistol Annies Album of the Year Dierks Bentley, “Home” Luke Bryan, “tailgates & tanlines” Eric Church, “Chief” Lady Antebellum, “Own the Night” Blake Shelton, “Red River Blue” Single of the Year Jason Aldean, “Tattoos On This Town” Luke Bryan, “I Don’t Want This Night To End” Eric Church, “Drink In My Hand” Chris Young, “You” Zac Brown Band, “Keep Me In Mind” Single of the Year: Male Jason Aldean, “Tattoos On This Town” Luke Bryan, “I Don’t Want This Night To End” Kenny Chesney, “Reality” Eric Church, “Drink In My Hand” Chris Young, “You” Single of the Year: Female Sara Evans, “My Heart Can’t Tell You No” Miranda Lambert, “Over You” Martina McBride, “I’m Gonna Love You Through It” Taylor Swift, “Ours” Carrie Underwood, “Good Girl” Single of the Year: Group Eli Young Band, “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” Lady Antebellum, “We Owned The Night” Rascal Flatts, “Banjo” The Band Perry, “All Your Life” Zac Brown Band, “Keep Me In Mind” Single of the Year: New Artist Hunter Hayes, “Wanted” Jana Kramer, “Why Ya Wanna” Dustin Lynch, “Cowboys and Angels” Kip Moore, “Somethin’ ’Bout A Truck” The Farm, “Home Sweet Home” Single of the Year: Breakthrough Artist Lee Brice, “A Woman Like You” Brantley Gilbert, “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do” Gloriana, “(Kissed You) Good Night” David Nail, “Let It Rain” Jake Owen, “Alone With You” Single of the Year: Vocal Collaboration Kix Brooks featuring Joe Walsh, “New To This Town” Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw, “Feel Like A Rock Star” Brad Paisley featuring Carrie Underwood, “Remind Me” Rascal Flatts featuring Natasha Bedingfield, “Easy” Zac Brown Band featuring Jimmy Buffett, “Knee Deep” Touring Artist of the Year Kenny Chesney Lady Antebellum Miranda Lambert Tim McGraw Brad Paisley Eric Church Toby Keith Rascal Flatts Taylor Swift Zac Brown Band Jason Aldean Music Video of the Year Luke Bryan, “I Don’t Want This Night To End” Jake Owen, “Alone With You” Blake Shelton, “God Gave Me You” Keith Urban, “For You” Chris Young, “You” Music Video: Male Luke Continue reading American Country Awards 2012 Nominees

Top 10 Summer Fling Songs

The Top 10 “Summer Fling” Country Songs According To HaleighT! It’s that time of year again, a time that we all love…Summertime! School years are coming to an end, the days are longer and hotter and at night there is a feeling in the air that gets people all hyped up! We all know the clichés about ditching the serious relationships and having a few flings over the summer and apparently so do the songwriters. Here I have put together one of my Top 10 lists that is dedicated to those special people who make your summer worthwhile! This is one of the hardest Top 10’s I’ve done in a while. So…I decided this is just part one! Be looking for another Top 10 Summer Fling list later on! Until then, ENJOY! Top 10 1. Drunk On You – Luke Bryan 2. What Was I Thinkin’ – Dierks Bentley 3. I Don’t Want This Night To End – Luke Bryan 4. Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck – Kip Moore 5. Barefoot Blue Jean Night – Jake Owen 6. Keep Me In Mind – Zac Brown Band 7. Cruise – Florida Georgia Line 8. Wild At Heart – Gloriana 9. Long Hot Summer – Keith Urban 10. Lovin’ You Is Fun – Easton Corbin