Well, it came and went; the inaugural BlogRodeo country music collaboration event. The posts were great, the turnout was astounding and the twitter chat was a chart-topping success! No, really… we topped the Twitter Trending list for over an hour with the #BlogRodeo hashtag, which is no small accomplishment for ANYONE. I personally would like to thank each and every blogger, fan and artist SO MUCH for your participation! It’s easy to forget that while we work and play in our own little corners of the internet, we are still part of one very large and supportive family. I cannot WAIT to see what we accomplish in February’s BlogRodeo event. Now on to the nitty gritty! At the beginning of the year we reached out to fellow bloggers and asked one simple question: What are we most excited for in 2013? The answers we got back in the form of posts on each participants’ blog were as varied as the blogs themselves, so after sharing our posts, we took to Twitter to get a little more in depth on our predictions. (Note: With so many people chiming in, it’s difficult to cover everything, so for the full list of BlogRodeo tweets and stats check out #BlogRodeo on Twitter.) With over 200 unique participants posting over 1,200 tweets, and reaching almost 1.5 MILLION followers, here’s what Country Music Bloggers see happening in 2013: New artists to watch out for this year: Pistol Annies – While they’re not exactly new, they’re certainly establishing themselves as a full act on their own rather than a side project of the participating artists. Connor Christian – Nobody in today’s chat could deny the presence of the Connor Christian fanbase! Bloggers and country fans alike just kept slippin his name off their tongue (or tweets) like so much honey in a cloverfield. Backroad Anthem – This Ozark country favorite jumped in and participated in the BlogRodeo, did a few interviews with some of our fellow bloggers and ourselves, AND pulled off a handful of killer shows all in the last few days. Dedication and participation like that is what it’s going to take to get to the bigtime and we think these guys’ve got it! A few honorable mentions go out to Rose Falcon , Kacey Musgraves, Katie Armiger, Whitney Duncan, Thomas Rhett and Tyler Farr. It seems quite a few of these have been on the cusp of mainstream success for a while, but they’re all poised to make some big noise this year. Hottest Headliners: Kelli Pickler – Now it’s been a bit since we’ve heard anything REAL big out of little Miss Pickler, but we’re all waiting with baited breath. She’s got the talent, and the strong and loyal fanbase so we can only guess that she’s being really careful about her next move. Randy Houser – CMNBlog calls Randy Houser’s new album “the bomb”, while UrbanCountryNews says the new project’s one to get, with the song “Like A Cowboy” being their favorite Continue reading BlogRodeo Recap – January 2013
First Ever Thunder On The Mountain Tickets Officially On Sale Today!! The first ever Thunder On The Mountain country music festival is headed to Mulberry Mountain in Northwest Arkansas, and we here at CMNB could not be more excited! The amazing, and I mean really, really great, line-up for the 2013 fest, taking place June 6th – June 8th, was announced last week (see it here!), and it has country music fans ready for the weather to warm up so we can let loose in the Ozarks! Well, tickets go on sale TODAY, and you better start thinking and planning because I think these tix are going to sell fast! Find a helpful guide below to help you decide which tickets you need, and head on over to the official festival website for your ticket info! 2013 Thunder On The Mountain Ticket Guide!
First Ever Thunder On The Mountain Announces Complete 2013 Line-Up! When I heard the first ever Thunder On The Mountain country music festival was coming to Ozark, AR (hello, that is basically CMNB’s back yard!) June 6th – 8th, 2013, I was understandably excited. Today, the event organizers announced the complete line-up, and I’m having a hard time coming up with an adjective strong enough and positive enough to describe just how amazing this festival is going to be. Headliners Toby Keith and Luke Bryan are enough of a draw, but then add that some of our absolute favorites like Randy Rogers, Greg Bates, JT Hodges, Aaron Watson, Cody Canada & The Departed and soooooo many more amazing artists. Well, this is clearly going to be one heck of shin dig!! Check out the complete details below, and stay tuned. Since this is basically our hometown festival, we’ll be keeping you up date on all the exciting news and developments! 2013 Thunder on the Mountain Artist Lineup Toby Keith Luke Bryan Big & Rich Montgomery Gentry Thompson Square Justin Moore Gretchen Wilson Easton Corbin Colt Ford Randy Houser Pat Green Randy Rogers Band Jana Kramer Kevin Fowler Josh Abbott Band Casey Donahew Band Bucky Covington Greg Bates Reckless Kelly LoCash Cowboys Stoney LaRue Todd Snider Roger Creager The Lost Trailers JT Hodges Cody Canada & The Departed Moonshine Bandits The LACS Aaron Watson The Cadillac Black Sturgill Simpson Adam Craig Band Clayton Anderson Sunny Ledfurd Bleu Edmondson Brandon Jenkins John D. Hale Band Matt Stell & The Crashers The Sarah Hughes Band Lance Carpenter For more info, check out their website or find them on Facebook and Twitter! Head on over to the official festival website for your ticket info
New Country Music Festival In Northwest Arkansas, Thunder On The Mountain, To Announce 2013 Line-Up Wednesday, December 5th! How’s this for exciting? There’s a brand new Country Music festival debuting in 2013, and its going to be right our back yard! The first ever Thunder On The Mountain festival will be taking place June 6th – 8th on the Mulberry Mountain near Ozark, Arkansas! The fest will be jam packed with an awesome line-up of country artists, food & craft vendors plus the outdoor activities that Northwest Arkansas is known for like hiking, fishing, river floats, camping and more! It might be December, but thinking about this festival makes me wish it was warm already! Tomorrow, the event organizers will be unveiling the artist line-up via a special announcement on Facebook at 10am! So, be sure to head on over now, and “Like” their page so that you won’t miss any of the big news! You can also find more info via the official website.