Thunder On The Mountain – Day 2 – Through The Eyes Of HaleighT. After some eggs and bacon bright and early, I showered and cleaned up and was ready for day two of Thunder On The Mountain! I was really excited to try EVERYTHING that Thunder had to offer, but unfortunately, because of the storms the previous week, there was no Ferris wheel. However the water-slide was set up and ready to go. I gave it some good thought and decided it just wasn’t hot enough for me to cross that off of my TOTM bucket list (there’s always next year). The Music. The music started early again and I made my way throughout the grounds to catch as many shows as I could. I started out with Woodshed at the George’s Majestic Backwoods Stage. I then split my time between Kelly Road, Kevin Fowler and Aaron Watson. I caught the first half of Kristen Kelly and the last half of Reckless Kelly. I really enjoyed RK’s set, especially because Cody Canada joined the guys. It’s always fun to see a long friendship like those guys have, play out on stage. Easton Corbin really impressed me. I loved his latest album and it was fun to see some of those songs live. After participating in a press conference earlier in the day for Sunny Ledford, I had to catch his show. It was a good time…he’s fun on stage and honestly does not care what anyone thinks of him. I must also add that the crowd for that show was interesting, but fun. After Sunny, I had a quick dinner and caught the second half of Montgomery Gentry. The night really got started when Luke Bryan hit the stage, I was with all my friends and we danced and danced while Luke shook his stuff on stage. Anyone who has ever been to one of his shows knows the crazy amount of energy he has and how contagious it can be! After Luke a small group of us decided to head to the Hideout, which was the dance club/karaoke part of TOTM. It was fun to watch people, but sadly for us we didn’t get to get on stage. The list of people wanting to sing was extremely long and if I would have known I would have signed up earlier in the day…because I’m all about some karaoke! For the second night in a row, I went to bed in the early hours of the morning. But again, I was up bright and early for the final day of TOTM!
Taylor Swift Leads In Billboard Music Award Nominations. Country Music will be represented in Las Vegas yet again, as another award show is coming up. Taylor Swift, Kacey Musgraves and The Band Perry are all scheduled to perform at this year’s Billboard Music Awards. The show will air live Sunday, May 19 on ABC from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Country Nominees: Swift has a pretty good chance of taking at least one award home, seeing how she has 11 nominations for the night. Swift is in the running for Top Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album, Top Female Artist, Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Digital Songs Artist, Top Social Artist, Top Country Artist, Top Country Album, Top Streaming Song (Video) and Top Country Song. Swift is also up for the Milestone Award. Jason Aldean is up for three awards: Top Male Artist, Top Country Artist and Top Country Album. Luke Bryan also has three nominations: Top Country Artist, Top Country Album and Top Country Song. Hunter Hayes is up for Top Country Artist and Top Country Song. Carrie Underwood is nominated for Top Country Artist and Top Country Album. Lionel Richie is nominated for Top Country Album and Eric Church and Florida Georgia Line are also up for Top Country Song.
A Quick Look At Last Night’s ACM Awards From HaleighT’s Eyes. Last night was the 48th Annual ACM Awards in Las Vegas. This year Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan hosted the event and for their first time together, I’d say it went pretty smooth. The night started with a performance of Shelton’s new single, “Boys Round Here.” Sheryl Crow, Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley and The Pistol Annies joined Shelton, making it the first of many collaboration performances of the night. Like I said, there was a number of collaborations and something most had in common was the horrible sound coming over my TV speakers. Being that the majority of the performances sounded “off,” I’m going to say that it was an issue with the sound techs and hope that I’m right. Easily my favorite performance of the night was Eric Church singing “Like Jesus Does.” He sounded spot on, just like he does on his albums and just like he does every time I see him live. It wasn’t flashy, just simple and enjoyable. I think he made a lot of people proud. I was super pumped to watch George Strait and Garth Brooks perform together (like they kept announcing), but that wasn’t quite what happened. The piano began to play and I immediately screamed because I knew I was about to hear “The Dance.” When Brooks didn’t sing the entire song and the music faded into Strait’s “The Cowboy Rides Away,” I thought, Oh this is going to be awesome! They are singing a part of both songs and then they’ll sing one together! But that didn’t happen. Prior to their performance, the academy kept saying that the two would be performing together for the first time ever and I just think that was a little bit of a let-down. Either way, it was great to see them both on the stage performing at all and especially in tribute to Dick Clark. The segments of the show, where we were taken to the Fan Jam were definitely the times to refill my drink. Again, the sound was just awful. I could barely hear Jana Kramer over her backup singers during her song “Whiskey” and I don’t know what was going on during Paisley’s performance with John Mayer. Let’s just hope they work the issue out for next year. The grand finale, the Entertainer of the Year award went to Luke Bryan. It was a wonderful moment, where it seemed like everyone was standing and cheering for him and numerous people were very emotional as he accepted his award. It was really something special to see his fellow artists and friends genuinely happy for him. The award was definitely deserved. Below are a list of side notes from the show, the winners and a list of performers. Some Side Notes: – Taylor Swift really needs to work on her dance moves or just stop. – The Pistol Annies are even cooler for being so supportive of the winners (they kept Continue reading 2013 ACM Awards Recap
Brad Paisley and More to Perform 2013 ACM Awards Fan Jam Concert! The 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards are just a couple weeks away, and the ACM Experience will ensure that country fans have an unforgettable week when “Vegas Goes Country.” The week leading up to the Sunday night awards show will feature a number of special events including the 2013 ACM Awards Fan Jam concert which will be headlined by Brad Paisley. Other performers include Dierks Bentley, Hunter Hayes, Brantley Gilbert, Jana Kramer, and Florida Georgia Line. GAC’s Storme Warren will serve as emcee. The ACM Awards broadcast live from Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7th at 8pm on CBS, and will be co-hosted by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan! Check out the complete list of nominees and the performers!
Luke Bryan Releases New Music Video for Buzzkill Featured on New Album Spring Break Here to Party. Right in time for the release of his brand new party themed Spring Break…Here to Party album, Luke Bryan has released a music video for the third track featured on the record, “Buzzkill.” The single is low key, somber track that looks into the flip side of the party…the, well, buzzkill. Bryan’s videos always seem to hit just the right note for the songs they showcase, and this one is no different. The video really brings the song to life, and certainly more than just a few country music fans will have a “been there, done that” feeling when they watch. Check it out below, and comment to let us know if you’ve had a similar experience. Luke Bryan is currently making stops all over the U.S. for his already successful Red Dirt Diaries 2013 Tour which has been selling out dates left and right. You can catch him on your TV Sunday, April 7th when he co-hosts the 2013 ACM Awards with Blake Shelton. Luke Bryan “Buzzkill” Official Music Video. Current Luke Bryan Tours and Tickets
First-Ever Flatlands Country Music Festival To Be Held September In Kansas. Marquee Events and Sporting Club announced last week a new country music and camping festival to be hosted at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas. The event, entitled Flatlands Country Music Festival, will take place from September 12-14. Luke Bryan and Toby Keith have been tapped to headline the inaugural festival. Rand Levy of Marquee is promoting Flatlands in partnership with Sporting Club, the ownership group for Sporting Park. Levy is owner of WE Fest, the largest country music and camping festival in the United States. He and his partners have long been interested in bringing the popular event concept into a new market. “When we were first approached to help create a new country music festival in Kansas City, we were blown away by the stadium and the potential for this market,” Levy said. “We’re very confident both the artists and our audience will have an incredible experience at Flatlands.” Bryan will headline on Friday, September 13 and Keith will be the featured performer the following night. Additional artists confirmed include Rodney Atkins, Kevin Fowler, J.T. Hodges, Love and Theft, Darius Rucker and Thompson Square. The Charlie Daniels Band will headline a free concert on Thursday, September 12 in the Sprint Plaza, an area directly adjacent to the stadium bowl. “We are thrilled to debut the festival with such an amazing lineup of country music stars,” said Andy Tretiak, Chief Marketing Officer of Sporting Club. “This will be a momentous event in Kansas City and Sporting Park is the perfect venue to serve as host.” Tickets and camping passes for the first annual Flatlands Country Music Festival went on sale Friday, February 15 at 10 a.m. CST. Tickets can be purchased by visiting ticketmaster.com. Tickets start at only $99 for the entire music festival. Passes for camping and parking may also be purchased immediately.
Thunder On The Mountain Festival in The Ozarks Announces 2013 Daily Schedule. The Thunder On The Mountain Festival will kicking off June 6-8, 2013 on Mulberry Mountain in Northwest, AR, and in case we hadn’t mentioned it enough yet, we’re really excited! This brand new country music festival boasts a fantastic line-up, and now, we have the daily schedule breakdown for all those fans who are just excited as us!! Head on over to the official festival website for your ticket info! Read why this festival is helping transform the country scene in Northwest Arkansas! Thunder On The Mountain Daily Lineup Schedule: THURSDAY JUNE 6 Big & Rich Thompson Square Randy Houser Kevin Fowler Greg Bates Bucky Covington Roger Creager Reckless Kelly Aaron Watson The Cadillac Black Sturgill Simpson John D. Hale Band Matt Stell FRIDAY JUNE 7 Luke Bryan Montgomery Gentry Easton Corbin Pat Green Kevin Fowler Casey Donahew Band Todd Snider Reckless Kelly Cody Canada & The Departed Aaron Watson LoCash Cowboys Moonshine Bandits Sunny Ledfurd Bleu Edmondson John D. Hale Band SATURDAY JUNE 8 Toby Keith Justin Moore Gretchen Wilson Colt Ford Randy Rogers Band Josh Abbott Band Moonshine Bandits Lost Trailers Stoney LaRue The LACS JT Hodges Clayton Anderson Adam Craig Band Brandon Jenkins Matt Stell The Sarah Hughes Band Lance Carpenter
Luke Bryan Releases New Album Spring Break Here To Party March 2013. Country fans get ready because Luke Bryan is ready to throw more Spring break and summertime party anthems your way! In keeping with the his previous Spring break themed EP installments, Bryan will be releasing an album of party ready tunes titled Spring Break…Here To Party that will be available in stores and digitally on March 5th. There are a few of the usual suspects from past releases plus two new original tracks. Additionally, Luke has scheduled his annual Spring Break Concerts for March 12th and 13th at Spinnakers in Panama City Beach, FL. On March 14th, fans can also catch the “Red Dirt Diaries” tour stop which will be hitting up the Amphitheatre at the Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama. I don’t know about you, but just writing that made me ready for some sand, sun and fun! Spring Break…Here To Party Track Listing 1. Suntan City 2. Just A Sip 3. Buzzkill 4. If You Ain’t Here To Party 5. Little Bit Later On 6. In Love With The Girl 7. Shore Thing 8. Sorority Girl 9. Shake The Sand 10. Love In A College Town 11. Wild Weekend 12. Cold Beer Drinker 13. Spring Break-Up 14. Take My Drunk A** Home Current Luke Bryan Tours and Tickets
Luke Bryan Announces Second Leg of 2013 Dirt Road Diaries Tour After Selling Out First Leg! In October of last year, Luke Bryan made a huge announcement and let fans know he would be launching his first ever headlining tour the 2013 Dirt Road Diaries Tour! If anyone had any doubt as to whether this country singer could pack a stadium, they can doubt no more. Bryan has added a complete second leg to the tour that will run from May 17th through October 26th as he has completely sold out the originally scheduled first leg! This is really big news for a first time headliner, but we can’t say that we’re surprised (It’s no secret Luke is one of our favorites!). Bryan wants fans to know that whether you see him on the first leg or the second leg, you’re guaranteed a heck of show! “I feel like I have waited a lifetime to take my own show on the road. The band and I have a lot of exciting things in store for the fans and are eager to get it started!” -Luke Bryan Opening guests Florida Georgia Line and Thompson Square who kicked of the first leg of the Dirt Road Diaries will stay on for the newly added dates! In between tour dates though, you can catch Luke co-hosting the 2013 ACM Awards with Blake Shelton! Current Luke Bryan Tours and Tickets
First Round of Performers Confirmed for 2013 CMA Music Festival Line Up! The tickets have been all sale for over six months now, but the CMA Music Festival has just now started to trickle out the line up for 2013! So far confirmed for the 2013 CMA Fest line up we have Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan and Little Big Town. This concert event is one of THE most exciting for country music fans all year long, and with this four confirmed so far, we’re confident that the 2013 CMA Fest is on the track to be just as amazing if not better than the previous years! This year’s fest will take place June 6-9! Check back with us as the list of performers grow, and be sure to find us on Twitter and Faceook! Tell Us: Who else do you want to see on that list? Comment below! Carrie Underwood Talks CMA Fest.