Two Lanes of Freedom Sweepstakes: You Could Win A Trip To See Tim McGraw Perform Live! As we announced earlier this week, Tim McGraw is launching his brand new 2013 Two Lanes of Freedom tour in May! The tour sponsor, Penzoil, is teaming up with McGraw to offer fans the chance to win a really awesome prize. Fans could win a trip to see Tim perform live on the historical USS Midway Aircraft Carrier in San Diego, CA on Tuesday February 5th, the day of his album release (also titled Two Lanes of Freedom)! The prize will also include two passes to meet the country star! Get full details below! Tim McGraw Two Lanes of Freedom Sweepstakes Details. Enter by going here! Trip Dates: 2/04-2/06/2013 Trip includes round-trip coach airfare, two-night double-occupancy accommodations in San Diego, ground transportation to/from hotel/airport and to/from USS Midway event Winner must be at least 18 Once winner name is submitted to Big Machine Records, trip is non-transferable Online contest ends 11:59pm (EST) on Sunday, January 21st
This Week We Salute Gary Allan, Get Your Shot of Country! Next week Gary Allan releases his brand new album, Set You Free, and so, we decided to salute Gary and his current hit single “Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)” with this week’s Shot of Country. Now, we like to think of Gary Allan as a straight shooter. So, we kept things reaaaal simple this week. No fancy recipes. No chasers. Get your shot of country below! Shot of Country: Gary Allan. [youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdlggaH2jWs] Enter to win a SIGNED copy of Gary Allan’s new album!
Enter to Win A Signed Copy of Gary Allan’s Set You Free Album! Gary Allan will be releasing his brand new album Set You Free next Tuesday, January 22nd, and we have your chance to win a signed copy! The album features his hit single (certified gold!) “Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)” the success of which, Allan recently told the Kansas City Star, took him by surprise. “It’s the fastest song we’ve ever had. We’re feeling really blessed. You just don’t see things like this in this business anymore.” -Gary Allan Maybe you don’t see things like that (such quick rising singles…) happening in the business anymore, but it shouldn’t come as a surprise when we’re dealing with such a talented singer, songwriter and musician. Besides the hit “Every Storm,” there are 11 additional tracks that are just as well written, relatable and powerful (stay tuned for a full review!). Trust me, this is one album you’re going to want to take the time to listen to. Find details on how you can win a signed copy below! Next up, Allan will be performing various dates over the next few months. Find dates and ticket info below! Win a Signed Copy of Gary Allan’s Set You Free! Step 1: (If you aren’t already!) Follow us on Twitter: @CMNBlog Step 2: Send out the following tweet: “I entered to win a signed copy of Gary Allan’s “Set You Free” from @CMNBlog and you can too! Go here: http://ow.ly/gVUFP #CountryMusic” Step 3: When we receive you’re tweet, you will automatically be entered to win! Important Details: Winners will be randomly selected and notified individually via Twitter. Prizes were provided by MCA Nashville. Tweets must be received by Friday, January 25th. Winners will not be eligible for another prize drawing until 90days after this one.
Kenny Chesney Will Release A New Album for 2013 On April 30! Just when I think things can’t get any more exciting, Kenny Chesney goes announces that he will be releasing a brand new album for 2013, the follow-up to his 2012 release, Welcome to the Fishbowl! Earlier this week Kenny added 28 dates to his 2013 No Shoes Nation Tour rounding it out to 101 dates total! That kicks off on March 16th, and the new album will release shortly after on April 30! This spring is really shaping out to be a big one for Chesney. The album title has yet to be decided, but check back with us regularly for updates! You can also find us on Twitter and Facebook.
Brad Paisley Announces New Album Title, Wheelhouse. Brad Paisley stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight to perform his current single “Southern Comfort Zone”, and also took a second to make an important announcement. Paisley let the viewing audience know the title of his upcoming album which drops April 9th this year! The new album title is (drum roll please!), Wheelhouse. He told Kimmel that this new album is all about “leaving you comfort zone”! If “Southern Comfort Zone” is any indication we can certainly expect a lot from this new album! Who else is looking forward to hearing more new music from Paisley?
John Corbett Releases Album & Announces Tour Dates. Some of you might not have heard of John Corbett the musician, but trust me (especially the ladies), you have heard of him! He is the tall, very attractive gent who played Aidan in the HBO series Sex and the City and Ian from My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Now that you know who I’m talking about, some of you are probably thinking, “oh, here is another actor trying out the music scene,” but that is not the case with Corbett. Music has always been a big chunk of his life, unlike acting. His mother bought him his first guitar when he was seven or eight, and he’s been playing ever since. He loves music and has a special passion for Texas music in particular. This new album, Leaving Nothin’ Behind, came together with the help of Jon Randall Stewart, a longtime Guy Clark collaborator. Stewart wrote or co-wrote 7 out of 10 songs on the album and co-produced it with Gary Paczosa. When asked what he does to prove those wrong who think he is just an actor dabbling in music, Corbett says, “I don’t do anything. I play the show. I already win the battle when I come out onstage, if they haven’t seen us before, because they have such low expectations.” Be looking for Leaving Nothin’ Behind on iTunes January 29 and in stores February 5. His tour kicks off February 24 . Find dates and locations lined out so far, below! John Corbett, 2013 Tour Dates. February 24 – Sellersville Theater 1894, Sellersville, PA February 26 – Iron Horse, Northhampton, MA February 27 – B.B. King’s, New York, NY February 28 – Ramshead, Annapolis, MD March 1 – Hill Country BBQ, Washington DC March 9 – Windjammer, Isle of Palms, SC March 11 – Visulite, Charlotte, NC March 14 – Superfly’s Lone Star Music Emporium, San Marcos, TX (in store performance) March 15 – Lone Star Music Magazine SXSW Party, Austin, TX March 17 – Hot Springs St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Hot Springs, AR April 4 – Powerhouse Pub, Folsom, CA July 6 – Heritage Park, Junction City, KS
Natalie Maines To Release New Solo Album, Mother, May 7th! Natalie Maines will be releasing brand new music this year in the form of her new solo album, Mother! The new record promises to have a rock vibe, inspired in part by iconic British rock group Pink Floyd and will release on May 7th. The new record was produced by Ben Harper whom Natalie performed with live more than once earlier this year. Maines’ cover of the Pink Floyd song, “Mother“, will be available via iTunes as early as January 15th as it is featured on the soundtrack for new documentary, West of Memphis, chronicling the harrowing story of the West Memphis three. Now, just because Maines is releasing a solo project doesn’t mean the Dixie Chicks are gone for good or at all. The trio, still the top selling female group of any genre of all time, will be performing at the 2013 Craven Country Jamboree! Watch Natalie Maines and Ben Harper Perform “Mother” Live.
Lady Antebellum Heads Back to the Studio to Work On Fourth Album! Lady Antebellum absolutely blew me away with their 2011 release, Own The Night! So, I am thrilled to report that this unstoppable trio is headed back to the studio to work on a fourth album. Lady A’s Charles Kelly recently gave CountryWeekly.com the whole scoop! “We’re working on our fourth record right now. We’re about halfway through the process and it’s going good. We don’t really have an end date; we’re just going to try to take as much time as we can. We’re going to hammer it out until we get it right.” Charles Kelly As much as we love, love, love their sound and all the music they’ve released so far, it sounds like Lady A might be ready to try out some new stuff! “It’s going to be an important record for us, as a band and artistically, as we try to do something different. I think we’re going to make it a bit more of a tempo record. More of a roll-down-the-windows record. I’m looking forward to that.” -Charles Kelly There’s nothing I like more than listening to new music while riding around with the windows down! I’m excited they’re trying something new, and I can’t wait to hear the new tunes! In the meantime, get in the holiday spirit with Lady Antebellum with their Christmas album OnThis Winter’s Night and be sure to check out their music video for “A Holly Jolly Christmas“.