Taylor Swift penned two songs for the soundtrack to the soon-to-be-blockbuster film ‘The Hunger Games,’ and the sweet blond starlet — who’s accustomed to writing from her own perspective — recently told Rolling Stone that it was nice to step out of her own mind for a change. ”It’s pretty intense writing about my own life, my own struggles,” she admitted. “It was almost like a vacation to get to write from someone else’s perspective.”
At the beginning of this year, the buzz was that engaged Steel Magnolia partners Meghan Linsey and Joshua Scott Jones were parting ways professionally and potentially in their relationship as well. But now, the country duo — who are currently nominated for ACM Vocal Duo of the Year — are slated to play the ACM Experience, which will be held March 30-April 1 in Las Vegas. And this announcement seems to have put rumors to rest… for a little while.
Yesterday (March 13) Dierks Bentley made an appearance on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ to perform a song he contributed to the Bob Dylan tribute album, ‘Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International.‘ The curly-haired singer offered up his version of Dylan’s ‘Señor (Tales of Yankee Power)’ with progressive bluegrass band the Punch Brothers.
Jason Aldean will be premiering the new video for his single ‘Fly Over States’ exclusively on CMT Friday, March 16 at 10:30AM ET. The fifth single from his ‘My Kinda Party’ record, ‘Fly Over States’ praises the hardworking, everyday man in the states that are too easily classified as just a bunch of fields to fly over.
The Academy of Country Music and Dick Clark Productions just unrolled a new lineup of performers today for the 2012 ACM Fan Jam. The event, which is in its second year, will take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas April 1 and will feature performances from all three ACM New Artist of the Year Nominees — Scotty McCreery, Brantley Gilbert and Hunter Hayes.
In the wake of the March 2 storms that resulted in a spinoff of destructive tornadoes, artists in the country music community are doing what they can to help people get back into their homes and back on their feet. For her part, Miranda Lambert just announced that she’ll be donating 100 percent of the proceeds from remaining ticket sales of her Louisville, Ky. concert to the American Red Cross.
The little country redhead who’s earned her stripes and the name ‘Little Reba’ on this season of ‘American Idol‘ stuck to her guns this week, chose her own song and ended up wowing the judges. Laine, who brought it last week with Whitney Houston‘s ‘Where Do Broken Hearts Go,’ had to perform a song this week from the year she was born: 1994.
Carrie Underwood recently covered SELF magazine for the fourth time, and in her interview the beautiful country starlet opened up about some of her secrets for staying healthy and happy, as well as revealing that she’s still starry-eyed for hockey playing husband Mike Fisher. Though Underwood admits there are things the two are still learning — her “conservative” husband occasionally asks her if she thinks her dress might be a bit short — Underwood seems more than happy to consider her husband when selecting her wardrobe.
It’s true! ‘Beer for My Horses’ singer Toby Keith wants you to take a big ole swig of swamp water in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. No, he doesn’t want you to travel down to the Everglades and test the waters there with a straw. But he would like you to come to his restaurant I Love This Bar & Grill and try his swamp water drink — a neon green cocktail served in a Ball jar.
Blake Shelton and his touring crew took their show to Key Arena in Seattle, Wash. this weekend. And while Shelton has had a few guests with him on this Well Lit & Amplified Tour — he’s traveling with ‘The Voice‘ finalist Dia Frampton and Justin Moore — Friday night (March 9) he invited another famous country star onto the stage with him: his wife.
When you think of the folksy Americana duo the Civil Wars and the highly anticipated film ‘The Hunger Games,’ your mind likely jumps first to the Civil Wars’ popular Taylor Swift collaboration ‘Safe & Sound,’ which was the lead single from the soundtrack. But the duo has another song on the compilation, and this time it’s one they wrote on their own. You can preview the clip below.
What do you do when a band has taken home every possible award and still continues to amaze? Think up another creative way to honor them. On Sunday night (March 11), the multi-Grammy Award-winning trio Lady Antebellum received plaques at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minn., congratulating them on their 15th consecutive sold out tour date on their We Own the Night 2012 World Tour.
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