With one more win Brantley Gilbert‘s new song ‘Kick It in the Sticks’ earns a place in the Showdown Hall of Fame. The singer’s fans were too much for fans of Katie Armiger‘s bad-girl rocker ‘Better in a Black Dress’ on Monday and Monday night Taste of Country Nights radio. Today Gilbert’s hit squares off against an emotional ballad military families will appreciate.
Country duo Jenny & Ashley have a new single out, and of course the YouTube sensations have a new music video to go along with it. The sisters have released ‘You Made My Yesterday’ in this lyric video, premiering exclusively on Taste of Country.
Brantley Gilbert‘s song ‘Kick It in the Sticks’ has topped singles from seasoned country veterans, and now it’ll need to best a newcomer’s newest. The Georgia singer’s fans were too much for fans of Billy Ray Cyrus‘ new single on Friday and Friday night on Taste of Country Nights radio. ‘Kick It …’ goes against one of the sexiest songs of the summer on Monday.
Kix Brooks is a man of many interests, and a man with an interesting background. Prior to joining Ronnie Dunn to form one of country music’s all-time greatest duos, the singer fronted a rowdy group of country rock n’ rollers and released a solo album. It turns out, the rowdy, brawling sound one hears on ‘New to This Town’ is closer to Brooks’ true character — especially his youthful character — as we learned by playing 60 Seconds With Kix Brooks.
Brad Paisley‘s new single ‘Southern Comfort Zone’ is another socially important song, joining previous hits like ‘Welcome to the Future’ and ‘This Is Country Music.’ The singer’s voice carries more weight in 2012 than it did in 2008 or 2004, and one senses that he’s aware of his influence. This song recorded by someone like Hank Williams Jr. or Toby Keith would be labeled as pretentious or preachy, but Paisley’s understated delivery (combined with a lovable personality) allows him to pack the punch he’s been working toward.
Wednesday’s Showdown was the most hotly contested song battle yet, with a record number of voters deciding Brantley Gilbert‘s ‘Kick It in the Sticks’ should move on to face a new challenger on Thursday and Thursday night on Taste of Country Nights radio. The rowdy party song topped multi-day champion Gary Allan and his new song ‘Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain).’
Just look at JT Hodges, cool as a cucumber, casually calculating his next move. He oozes cool, doesn’t he? He looks like the guy in high school who did his own thing while everyone followed. The kind of guy who could grab the lead role in ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ while starring on the football team. The sort of guy who can keep a conversation about the Outlaws of country music over here, Dave Matthews over there and Gotye over there.
Alan Jackson landed the penultimate slot on ABC’s CMA Music Festival recap on Monday night, singing ‘Dixie Highway,’ a song he recorded with Zac Brown for his new album ‘Thirty Miles West.’ The ‘CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock’ special featured highlights of the four-day festival which took place in June.
Faith Hill returned to the CMA Music Festival in Nashville for the first time in years in 2012, and brought new music with her. The country superstar revealed ‘Illusion’ — the rumored title track to her long-awaited new album — during the ABC-aired recap of the festival on Monday night (Sept. 17). Earlier in the show ,Hill confirmed that the album is done, but stopped short of saying it’d be available soon.
While artists like Luke Bryan and Carrie Underwood left fans at the 2012 CMA Music Festival sore from dancing, Little Big Town created a slow and sexy groove with their summertime hit ‘Pontoon.’ The chart-topping song was still new to radio in June when the ABC special was taped, but the crowd left no doubt that the foursome had a hit on their hands.
It seems certain that if ‘The Wind’ by the Zac Brown Band was playing nonstop in offices and job sites across the country, the work day could be shortened by four hours — but we’d all be just as productive. The talented seven-piece band worked through the warp-speed country track during the ‘CMA Music Festival’ special on ABC Monday night.
Kimberly Perry took a break from hosting ABC’s ‘CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock‘ to join brothers Neil and Reid onstage as the Band Perry shocked the LP Field audience with a spirited version of ‘Fat Bottomed Girls’ by the classic rock band Queen. Neil Perry sang lead after Kimberly took the crowd through their hit ‘Postcard From Paris.’
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