2014 Grammys: Musgraves, Rucker Take Country Honors

Musgraves accepts the Grammy for Country Album of the Year.

Musgraves accepts the Grammy for Country Album of the Year.

Kacey Musgraves was the Country darling during Sunday evening’s (Jan. 26) Grammy awards. The singer-songwriter earned honors for Country Album of the Year, along with co-producers Luke Laird and Shane McAnally. Musgraves, McAnally and fellow songwriter Josh Osborne also picked up a Grammy trophy for her breakout single “Merry Go ‘Round” during the pre-telecast awards.
Darius Rucker earned Best Country Solo Performance honors for “Wagon Wheel” during the pre-telecast ceremony, while The Civil Wars were feted for “From This Valley” as Best Country Duo/Group Performance.
The televised portion of the program featured several Country performances. Hunter Hayes debuted the new ballad “Invisible,” a song of encouragement to those who dare to follow their dreams. Keith Urban was joined by Gary Clark, Jr. for a rendition of Urban’s new single, “Cop Car.” Taylor Swift‘s stripped down offering of “All Too Well” featured the singer-songwriter belting a passionate performance from behind a grand piano.
Rucker backstage at the Grammys.

Rucker backstage at the Grammys.

Some of the most well-received audience responses during the telecast came from the evening’s numerous musical collaborations. One such collaboration featured Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard and Blake Shelton. Nelson and Kristofferson performed “The Highwayman,” while Haggard and Shelton performed “Okie From Muskogee,” followed by an all-star rendition of “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys.” Later in the evening, Miranda Lambert and Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong offered strong harmonies in tribute to the late Phil Everly on The Everly Brothers’ “When Will I Be Loved.”
Taylor Swift performs "All Too Well."

Taylor Swift performs “All Too Well.”

The evening’s biggest winners were Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who earned honors for Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance for “Thrift Shop,” Best Rap Song for “Thrift Shop” and Best Rap Album for The Heist. Singer Lorde earned honors for Best Pop Solo Performance and Song of the Year, both for “Royals.”
Awards given during the Grammy telecast include:
Same Trailer, Different Park, Kacey Musgraves. Co-producers: Luke Laird and Shane McAnally. Label: Mercury Records
Unorthodox Jukebox, Bruno Mars. Label: Atlantic
“Get Lucky,” Daft Punk Featuring Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers
The Heist, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Hunter Hayes and John Esposito celebrate at The Warner Music Group post party at Sunset Towers.

Hunter Hayes and John Esposito celebrate at The Warner Music Group post party at Sunset Towers.

Random Access Memories, Daft Punk. Label: Columbia Records
“Royals,” Lorde
“Royals,” Lorde
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
“Get Lucky,” Daft Punk. Label: Columbia Records
“Holy Grail” Jay Z and Justin Timberlake
For a full list of winners, visit grammy.com.
Miranda Lambert and Billie Joe Armstrong salute the Everly Brothers.

Miranda Lambert and Billie Joe Armstrong salute The Everly Brothers.

Martina McBride and Zac Brown present.

Martina McBride and Zac Brown present.

Breanna Kennedy – "Why Can't I Love You"

Breanna Kennedy white dres bandw21 year old Pop / Country artist Breanna Kennedy’s debut single ” Why Can’t I Love You ” will be released this month on J.O.T.S Records. The single can best be described as a song with a powerful vocal performance , memorable lyrics / hook and a retro live band feel to it.
Breanna is a young, soulful artist originally from Salt Lake City Utah who has been keeping very busy these days. Besides traveling back and forth from Los Angeles to Nashville as a songwriter, she is constantly playing out live and recording new music.One of those songs is the emotional mid tempo gem “Why Can’t I Love You“ on itunes and online everywhere now.
This fiery young artist has been making waves in Los Angeles for the past 6 years where she has performed with some great artists including Pete Townshend of the famed band The Who.
In the coming weeks Breanna will be relocating to Nashville full time so she can focus on working with the many talented writers and producers in Music City.
” I am just so excited to be moving to a town full of so much new energy while holding on to its heritage and traditions ” says Bre as she’s called by close friends.She signed with Curvature / Kobalt music in 2013 and will now be able to work closely with the folks at Kobalt South..
Listen for ” WHY CAN’T I LOVE YOU ” at radio and available online everywhere January 2015 ….
Contact Johnny Vieira at J.V.M for more info :
[email protected] 310.691.4487
Legal representation: Craig Hayes of Shackelford, Zumwalt & Hayes PLLC

Young Fans Love Underwood Most

carrie underwood1Carrie Underwood is the most popular artist among 12-to-24-year-olds who like Country music, as well as the most popular Country artist among everyone in that age group. This news comes as part of a study called “Understanding Country Radio’s Next Generation of Listeners,” conducted by Edison Research.
The survey’s complete findings will be unveiled at Country Radio Seminar in Nashville during sessions on Feb. 19 and 20.
Respondents who like Country music had favorable impressions of Underwood (82%), Tim McGraw (80%), Blake Shelton (77%), and Luke Bryan (75%).
Among all survey participants, the top artists they associate with Country music are Underwood (48%), Kelly Clarkson (44%), Taylor Swift (43%) and McGraw (40%).

Michael Sarver – Miss You Something Crazy

Sarver-02 (1)Michael Sarver’s incredible voice has impressed audiences around the world since he landed among the Top 10 finalists on American Idol’s Season 8. Since then, he has gone on to make his own mark in the world of country music. With devoted fans, a live show that is packed full of energy, and a work ethic that was instilled in him during his time as an oil rigger in his native Texas, Sarver is one tough act to beat! His newest single is “Miss You Something Crazy” and the video for the song is already catching the attention of country music fans all over!

Ballard's 'Sunshine & Whiskey' To Release in February

Frankie Ballard. Photo: Nora Snoddy

Frankie Ballard. Photo: Nora Snoddy

Warner Bros. Records guitarist-vocalist Frankie Ballard will release his new album, Sunshine & Whiskey, on Feb. 11. The project was produced by Marshall Altman (Amy Grant, Bethany Dillon, Marc Broussard).
“Making this album was freeing,” said Ballard. “If I didn’t like something, we’d change it, and if we liked something, we’d chase it and try to get it perfect. It was an unbelievably cool experience and I’m excited to share the new music with fans.”
The music video for his current single, “Helluva Life,” debuts today (Dec. 9) on CMT and GAC. The video was shot by director Mason Dixon outside of Nashville.
Ballard previously released his self-titled debut album in 2011. For tour dates and more, visit frankieballard.com

Kenny and Dolly Get Personal In Great American Country Special

Dolly and Kenny

Dolly and Kenny

Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton share the secrets to their chemistry and their 30-year friendship in a new GAC special, Kenny & Dolly: An Intimate Conversation, set to air Monday, Dec. 9. at 9 p.m. ET.
The two chat about their instant rapport while recording their first song, “Islands In The Stream,” together three decades ago, and how their relationship has endured through 30 years of changes. Their new duet, “You Can’t Make Old Friends,” seems tailor-made for their friendship, and Parton says the song instantly struck a chord with her the first time she heard it. “When I heard the demo I cried because I thought so much about us and so much of many of my other dear friends.”
“To bring viewers a truly unique and remarkable chat between these amazing artists is incredible in and of itself,” said Suzanne Gordon, vice president of programming for Great American Country. “What makes this even more personal is that it isn’t moderated. You have these performers who transcend genre and category, who are larger-than-life figures in American pop culture, just sitting together and having a conversation. It’s really special.”
In a humorous moment during the taping, Parton reveals the secret to their long friendship and enduring relationship. ““It’s like with my husband; we’re not together that much so it works.”

CMT To Honor Year's Top Artists Tonight

Screen Shot 2013-12-03 at 11.23.39 AMCMT‘s Artists of the Year gala celebration of the careers of the hottest acts in Country for 2013 happens tonight (Dec. 3) live on CMT at 8 p.m. ET. Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes, and Tim McGraw are the artists who will be tributed by Alabama, Dierks Bentley, Peter Frampton and Hayden Panettiere, Lady A, Train’s Pat Monahan, Cassadee Pope, Lionel Richie, Travis Tritt, and Dwight Yoakam on the 90-minute special.
Ron White will host the fourth annual celebration, which includes performances, collaborations, and speeches saluting the careers of the five honorees.

Mitchell Tenpenny – Black Crow

MitchellTenpenny_BlackCrow (2)Mitchell Tenpenny is a rare combination. Not only is he a lifelong Nashville native, he is also one of Nashville’s top emerging songwriters known for his extensive musical talent. He has played the guitar since the age of 13, and his talent and dedication to his craft has expanded his repertoire to include many other stringed instruments, the organ, and the drums. He also sings both lead and back-up vocals, and his unique voice lends credence and believability to a diverse array of genres ranging from rock to country and blues to pop.
As a twenty-five year old musician and graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, Mitchell has grown up in and around the music business. His grandmother was the late Donna Hilley, who for years ran Sony/Tree Music Publishing and exposed him to singers like Brooks & Dunn and Blake Shelton as well as some of the best artists, songwriters, producers, and engineers in the business. The advice gleaned from these industry experts as well as his own broad musical interests have laid the groundwork he needed to develop the distinct style for which he is known today.
A few of the artists who can claim the greatest influence on his career are Brooks & Dunn, Vince Gill, John Mayer, Justin Timberlake and Michael Jackson. A life spent learning from the best country music has to offer combined with his own R&B and pop interests has produced the artist that Mitchell Tenpenny is today. His songs are eclectic, powerful, and memorable, and both on the stage and in the recording studio, he always gives the audience more and more of himself through his music.

Vish – I Was Born To Love You

Vish (1)“Doctor by day Artist by Night”
I am the lab coat crusader saving lives with a stethoscope in one hand and a guitar in the other. Music is a great healer and common denominator for what I do musically and as a physician.
I originally grew up in the suburbs of the Chicago and about 10 years ago after finishing residency, I moved south-eastern Missouri were I start my career as a physician and be close to Nashville TN to kick start my music career.
Singing and my interest in playing various instruments started at the age of 7. I recall stealing my brothers guitar in the middle of the night while he was sleeping. I wasn’t very successful in being discrete as my brother woke up minutes later after hearing the loud strumming and eventual yanked the guitar right out of my hands. From that moment on I was destined to show him that I could play. He later became very instrumental in encouraging me to learn the guitar and take some singing lessons.
I always wanted to be a professional singer and artist from my teenage years. But my methodical and wise parents wanted me to first become a physician like my oldest brother and then pursue anything else I wanted. They encouraged me to first to first build a strong foundation in something stable as a physician and chase my music career later in life. The “later” is has finally arrived.
I have a very diverse interest in various musical styles and genres. My greatest country music influences to date have been George Strait, Kenny Rodgers, Garth Brooks, Waylon Jennings, Blake Shelton, Tim Mcgraw, Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean just to mention a few. In addition to country music, I also enjoy listening to some current pop and rock music. The genre of my music would fit in current mainstream country music.
My debut album “Your Prescription” was “officially” released on itunes, cdbaby, and other online distribution sites June 27th 2014. The name “Your Prescription” describes my interests as a physician in prescribing my music to heal others. The goal of the album was to incorporate fresh, new country and pop sounds that parallel what is happening now in “Country Music”.
Gaining the support from Major A list Artists and popularity from others would serve to validate what I’m doing musically. That would be my ultimate goal.

Bryan, Shelton To Return As ACM Hosts for 2014

ACM awards_Gold_no dateIt’s double trouble at the ACM Awards again in 2014 as Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan both return for more mayhem, mischief, and overall fun as hosts of the 49th Annual ACM Awards, which will be held April 6. The show will be Shelton’s fourth consecutive turn in the hosting chair, and Bryan’s second.
The show airs live on CBS from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Florida Georgia Line will host the 4th Annual ACM Fan Jam April 6 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, with live performances via remote airing during the awards show telecast. Other artists performing on the Fan Jam will be announced soon. An all-star concert special is also being planned for April 7; the concert special will feature top country acts and benefit the organization’s Lifting Lives program. ACM members can purchase tickets for the show beginning Dec. 10. General public tickets will go on sale Dec. 13.
For more information, visit acmcountry.com.