All posts in December 2012

OFFSTAGE: Country Artists Welcome Babies of 2012

This could be its own little Nashville playgroup: Pearl, Magnus, Dylan, another Dylan, West, Jonah, Kline, Violet and Marshall. They could all be the best of friends because they are the babies born to country singers this year.

Tickets for sale: 3 Doors Down, Sound Tribe Sector 9

3 Doors Down with Daughtry, Feb. 27, Uptown. $49.50-$97.25

Keith Urban’s Top 12 of ’12

Keith Urban took in the New Year's Eve fireworks in Sydney, Australia, this morning, tweeting a photo of himself ringing in 2013. But prior to the revelry, he revealed his Top 12 songs for, appropriately enough, 2012. Most are from the country field, but the new American Idol judge threw in some pop and rock gems as well.

"What a phenomenal year this has been," Keith said in a message. "As we come to the end of 2012, I thought I'd attempt to single out some songs that I really loved this year for all kinds of reasons. Impossible to narrow it down to 12 without leaving out some great songs for 2012, but in no specific order, here we go!"

See Keith's picks below.








Keith Urban’s Top 12 Songs for 2012

"Springsteen" - Eric Church

"Somebody That I Used to Know" - Gotye

"Dirt Road Anthem" - Jason Aldean

"Pontoon" - Little Big Town

"Wide Awake" - Katy Perry

"I Love It" - Icona Pop

"Fastest Girl in Town" - Miranda Lambert

"Cruise" - Florida Georgia Line

"I Knew You Were Trouble" - Taylor Swift

"Titanium" - David Guetta featuring Sia

"Doom and Gloom" - The Rolling Stones

"Brother" - Matt Corby

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Our Top 10 Albums of 2012 – Country Weekly

Country Weekly

Our Top 10 Albums of 2012
Country Weekly
Some recalled the twang of classic country, while others moved the genre even further into uncharted musical territory, but all grabbed our attention from the moment we pressed “Play." Livin' for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran – Jamey Johnson The ...

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Our Top 10 Albums of 2012

With 2013 dawning, we’re looking forward to a new year of new music as everyone from Tim McGraw and Faith Hill to The Band Perry and Kris Kristofferson ready albums. Now, however, it’s time to take a look back at 2012 as we unveil our 10 Favorite Albums of the year that was. Some recalled the twang of classic country, while others moved the genre even further into uncharted musical territory, but all grabbed our attention from the moment we pressed “Play."

  1. Livin’ for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran – Jamey Johnson 
    The only real outlaw in Nashville followed up 2010’s sprawling double album The Guitar Song with this moving tribute to his late friend, revered songwriter Hank Cochran. George Strait, Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss were among the heavy hitters duetting with Jamey, but it’s the songs that rightfully got top billing.
  2. 3 Pears – Dwight Yoakam 
    Dwight’s first album in seven years was so worth the wait. A collection of Bakersfield Sound rockers and heart-tugging ballads—plus the brilliantly quirky “Waterfall”—3 Pears was the apple of our eye.
  3. Tornado – Little Big Town
    LBT’s fourth album (and first with producer Jay Joyce) has more than a couple of twists. From the funky summer smash "Pontoon" to the eerie, vengeful title track, and on to the poignant "Your Side of the Bed"—there's plenty here to ensure we'll keep spinning this one round and round.
  4. Free the Music – Jerrod Niemann 
    Without question, the most adventurous album released this year. And for all its forward-thinking risks—horns on every song!—it was also, surprisingly, one of the most traditionally country.
  5. 100 Proof – Kellie Pickler 
    The album where Kellie Pickler finally found her voice. With its twangy, boozy feel, it may not have garnered her radio play like her past poppier work, but 100 Proof proved Kellie is 100 percent authentic.
  6. Up All Night - Kip Moore 
    Kip Moore showed great promise on his debut album, bringing a blue-collar charm reminiscent of Tom Petty and a slew of characters grappling with an assortment of life's victories and obstacles. He made the pickup truck and farm trope sound positively sexy on his hit "Somethin' 'Bout a Truck," and then bragged unapologetically about his own screw-ups in "Reckless (Still Growin' Up).”
  7. Home – Dierks Bentley 
    Combining the bluegrass and poignancy of Up on the Ridge with the party-hearty, good-time anthems that he does so well, Home was a big (duct-taped) boot-step forward for Dierks, one that has us excited to hear just what he’ll do next.
  8. Hope on the Rocks – Toby Keith 
    After the mega-success of “Red Solo Cup,” Toby could have easily rolled out “Blue Solo Cup,” “Yellow Solo Cup” and any other cup-colored variation to cash in. Instead, he released one of his most mature albums to date, smoothly continuing his transition into one of the genre’s elder statesmen.
  9. The Time Jumpers – The Time Jumpers 
    You likely won’t hear The Time Jumpers and their brand of western swing on country radio, but you’d be wise to pick up this gem of an album, which features “newest” Jumpers member Vince Gill. Somewhere, Bob Wills is smiling.
  10. Red – Taylor Swift 
    Taylor’s latest may lean heavier on the pop than her past albums, but darn if it doesn’t dazzle. The lyrically beautiful “Begin Again,” the call-to-arms album opener, “State of Grace,” and the title track reflect an artist with a clear eye on who she wants to be.

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New Year’s Resolutions of the Stars

It's New Year's Eve and time to make some decisions about the next year, if you haven't already. Your favorite country stars make resolutions just like you, and do their best to keep them. Here’s what your favorites singers are hoping to change in 2013.

“I have them every year. It’s always to eat better and go to church a little more and cuss a little less and try to just be a little more tactful and not procrastinate as bad.”
—Luke Bryan

“I was looking back through my iPhone and found my resolutions from last year. I actually did go through with most of them and that was probably the first time in my life that happened. I want to accomplish the same thing this year. For 2013, I want to be home more with my family and still work hard. I want to get to places in my career where I can play fewer shows so I can be home a little more. Family is really a big part of my life and very important to me.”
—Lee Brice

“My resolutions are the same every year: start working out again, try to make better use of my time, finally organize all my photos and videos. Those are usually the Big Three. Hopefully, I can keep them this year."
—Martina McBride

“Stay on the radio.”
—Gary Allan

“Because we’ve had such an incredible year, my resolution is to top this last year. The momentum has been incredible.”
—Mike Eli, Eli Young Band

“To get over my stage fright.”
—Hayden Panettiere

“I want to lose some pounds, blah blah. I say that every year. But I have a good one this year: I need to start packing lighter. I need to stop hauling so much crap around. I need to stop bringing four bags. I’ll bring Randa-Ritas, but not three pairs of boots.”
—Miranda Lambert

“I’m keeping up my same one for last year. Last year I just had quit and said I wasn’t going to drink for the year and I’m going to say that again this year.”
—Brantley Gilbert

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Dobro Master Mike Auldridge Dies at 73

Mike Auldridge, a Dobro master and founding member of the bluegrass group Seldom Scene, died from cancer Saturday (Dec. 29) at a hospice near his home in Silver Springs, Md. His death came one day short of his 74th birthday.

OFFSTAGE: My Worst Day at Work in 2012

I wasn't going to tell anyone this story, either because it's kind of embarrassing, or because it paints a really ugly picture of those guys in the windbreakers.

Gary Allan & Luke Bryan Share New Year’s Eve Plans

Gary Allan

Gary Allan photo courtesy of UMG Nashville.

Gary Allan will be ringing in 2013 with a show in Las Vegas. While’s he’s been to Sin City to perform countless times during his career, it is a totally different, even crazier, place on New Year’s Eve.

“There’s like a half a million people in the street that just can’t get into anything,” he said. “It’s stupid packed. This year, we’re playing in Mandalay Bay. We’re playing at the House of Blues, and I think the last couple of times we did it, you could buy a ticket to get into 5 or 6 different events and just kinda cruise to the different bars. But, yeah, absolutely nuts, just packed and the biggest party of the year.”

Luke Bryan celebrates more than just the end of one year and the beginning of another on New Year’s Eve. His wife Caroline’s birthday happens to fall on December 31. His best New Year’s Eve to date happened when the pair had just begun seeing each other.

“We started back dating right before Christmas, and we went on a trip down to Florida and met some friends,” he said. “And her birthday is New Year’s Eve. We celebrated it that night. It was just a great night.”

What are YOUR New Year’s Eve plans? Leave us a comment below!


Celebrity New Year’s: Party Plans & Resolutions of the Stars – The Boot

Celebrity New Year's: Party Plans & Resolutions of the Stars
The Boot
"Eat healthy and get more sleep, because I'm still in that crazy all day/all night making music mode!" Kip Moore will be by himself on Dec. 31, since it falls in the middle of a two-week solo vacation to Hawaii over the New Year. "I'm doing it rough. I ...

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