Kenny Chesney Adds 28 New Dates to His 2013 No Shoes Nation Tour! Kenny Chesney announced 28 brand new dates to his 2013 “No Shoes Nation” Tour giving fans an even greater chance of catching this highly anticipated tour live and up front! In an official press release published on Chesney’s website, he let everyone know that touring is all about the fans!! “The fans are the foundation of No Shoes Nation. They built it from the ground up, and they built it with heart, passion and the love of life and music, and I can’t wait to feel that connection again when we kick off the tour in March and throughout the summer of 2013.” -Kenny Chesney The tour kicks off March 16th in Tampa, FL and will hit stops all over the U.S. Zac Brown Band and Eric Church will be joining Chesney for select dates in addition to Eli Young Band and Kacey Musgraves as opening acts! Get ticket and date info below!
Country Stars To Perform in 2013 Rodeo Houston Concert Line-Up. The annual long running Rodeo Houston kicks off very soon running from February 25th – March 17th. Besides being the largest livestock show and rodeo, Rodeo Houston also features a massive line-up of country concerts with the best of the best in country music right now! From George Strait to The Band Perry, there is a whole range of talent lined up! Check out the complete list below, and get ready because tickets go on sale Saturday, January 12th! Also, be sure to check out their Twitter because they’ve been giving away tickets like hot cakes! 2013 Rodeo Houston Concert Line-Up. Feb. 25 Toby Keith Feb. 26 Gary Allan Feb. 27 Alan Jackson Feb. 28 Zac Brown Band March 1 Mary J. Blige March 2 Brantley Gilbert March 3 Demi Lovato March 3 Austin Mahone March 4 Styx March 5 Lady Antebellum March 6 Dierks Bentley March 7 Bruno Mars March 8 Tim McGraw March 9 The Band Perry March 10 Julion Alvarez March 10 Los Invasores de Nuevo Leon March 11 Jason Aldean March 12 Kenny Chesney March 13 Jake Owen March 14 Pitbull March 15 Blake Shelton March 16 Luke Bryan March 17 George Strait March 17 Martina McBride March 17 Randy Rogers Band
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.
Check Out The Complete List of The Top 20 Country Artists of 2012 via Billboard! The past year has definitely been an exciting one for country music with new music, lots of great tours and festivals, and old and new faces rising in the ranks! Newbies like AI alumn Scotty McCreery and Hunter Hayes had great years, and artists we’ve known and loved for some time like Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum, Kenny Chesney and so many more also did really well in 2012! We’re especially proud to see CMNB favorites like Zac Brown Band, Eric Church, and Jason Aldean and Miranda Lambert in the Top 20! See the complete list below, and tell us who you’re happy to see and who you think is missing! Top 20 Country Artists for 2012! 1. Taylor Swift 2. Jason Aldean 3. Luke Bryan 4. Lady Antebellum 5. Carried Underwood 6. Eric Church 7. Zac Brown Band 8. Blake Shelton 9. Toby Keith 10. Kenny Chesney 11. The Band Perry 12. Tim McGraw 13. Miranda Lambert 14. Rascal Flatts 15. Lionel Richie 16. Lee Brice 17. Hunter Hayes 18. Scotty McCreery 19. Brantley Gilbert 20. Little Big Town Check out the remaining Top 50 Country Artists on Billboard.
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.
Congratulations to all the amazing winners from the 2010 ACM Awards The 2010 Academy of Country Music Awards are over and all the winners awarded. Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum and more gave some of their best performances to date. Meanwhile Taylor Swift, Laura Bell Bundy, and Rascal Flatts all seemed to struggle with the live audio. Top it all off with Carrie Underwood winning Entertainer of the Year! 2010 ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARD WINNERS ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR Carrie Underwood TOP MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR Brad Paisley TOP FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR Miranda Lambert TOP VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR Lady Antebellum TOP VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR Brooks & Dunn TOP NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR *Luke Bryan ALBUM OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company(s)] *’Revolution’ – Miranda Lambert (Columbia Nashville) Produced by: Frank Liddell, Mike Wrucke SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company(s)] *’Need You Now’ – Lady Antebellum (Capitol Records Nashville) Produced by: Lady Antebellum, Paul Worley SONG OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Composer(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)] *’Need You Now’ – Lady Antebellum Composers: Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott Publishers: EMI Foray Music (BMI), Darth Buddha (ASCAP), Dwhaywood Music (BMI), Hillary Dawn Publishing (SESAC), Radiobullets Publishing (BMI), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI), Year Of The Dog Music (ASCAP) VIDEO OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)] ‘*White Liar’ – Miranda Lambert Producer: Tameron Hedge Director: Chris Hicky VOCAL EVENT OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company] *’Hillbilly Bone’ – Blake Shelton featuring Trace Adkins (Reprise Records / Warner Music Nashville) Producer: Scott Hendricks HUMANITARIAN AWARD – Montgomery GentryCountry Music Photo Gallery