Singled Out (11/29/11)

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Just in case you weren’t already playing it like crazy, Toby Keith’s “Red Solo Cup” is now “officially” a single. The viral video sensation, also featured on Keith’s album Clancy’s Tavern, is already at No. 18 on MusicRow’s CountryBreakout Chart after six weeks of airplay. And as further proof of its cultural phenomenon status, the beloved Fox show Glee will feature the song in its Dec. 6 episode—which will undoubtedly sound better than my relatives and I trying to reprise it over Thanksgiving dinner.

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Another new track that does not discourage the consumption of alcoholic beverages among responsible (or otherwise) adults is Tim Dugger’s “Way Past My Beer Time” (Curb Records). A devoted NASCAR fan, the Alabama native has built a live following around the racing circuit and endeared himself to many of the sport’s drivers and crews. “Beer Time” goes for adds Dec. 12.

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Curb is also releasing Steve Holy’s “Until The Rain Stops,” which goes for adds on Dec. 5. Written by Matt Ramsey, Trevor Rosen, and Matt Jenkins, “Until The Rain Stops” is the second single from Holy’s third studio album Love Don’t Run.

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Following his recent No. 1 “Country Must Be Country Wide,” Brantley Gilbert’s new single to radio will be “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do.” Gilbert will join forces with Eric Church in 2012 on the Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour, which is slated to hit over 50 US cities.

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The Farm: Nick Hoffman, Krista Marie, Damien Horne

Meanwhile, back at The Farm… Elektra Nashville is releasing “Home Sweet Home,” The Farm’s debut single to country radio. The new trio features Nick Hoffman (vocals, fiddle), Damien Horne (vocals, keyboard, guitar) and Krista Marie (vocals, guitar) and grew out of an impromptu songwriting session. Hoffman co-produced the band’s forthcoming debut album, which is due out in 2012.

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Joplin, Missouri-based band LiveWire has released its song “Miracle of the Human Spirit” (Way Out West Records) on the six-month anniversary of the deadly tornado that struck the city in May 2011. Scenes from the video were filmed in the ruins of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Joplin. All proceeds from sales of the song on iTunes will go to the Joplin Tornado First Response Fund c/o Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri.

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Joplin has also been getting much-needed support from Nashville songwriter (and Joplin native) Kenny Foster, whose song “Hometown” was written in the aftermath of the storm and is currently making the rounds at radio and video. The video can be streamed here, and proceeds from the sale of the song will benefit the United Way of Southwest Missouri and Southeastern Kansas for tornado relief.


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