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CMA Fest LP Field Line-Up Announced!

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The 2015 CMA fest LP Field lineup has been announced and it looks AWESOME!!!

Jason Aldean
Eric Church
Sam Hunt
Little Big Town
Brad Paisley
Darius Rucker
Keith Urban
Dierks Bentley
Brett Eldredge
Alan Jackson
Neal McCoy
Rascal Flatts
Cole Swindell
Wynonna
Luke Bryan
Florida Georgia Line
Lady Antebellum
Oak Ridge Boys
Thomas Rhett
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band

 

Is there anyone missing that you wish were gonna be there?? I will miss Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert for sure.

The Fans Say It’s Time For ‘Bro’ to Go!

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Bro-Country (love the term or hate it, it’s sticking) is dominating the country music airwaves. Florida Georgia Line, Cole Swindell, Luke Bryan, and Jason Aldean all sing to profess their love of girls in cut-off jeans, tan legs, jacked-up pick-ups and drinking under the moon. Nearly every song on the radio has the same sentiment or the same down-beat. Hard core fans of this trend, basically folks who jumped on the country bandwagon within the past 4 years, have no idea that Jason Aldean use to sing a song about a green tractor or sang about telling the “Truth.” They may not also be aware that Luke Bryan had several good albums before his lastest train wreck where he sang about takin’ rides in trucks, a tacklebox, or a loss in “The Car in Front of Me.” Some of these guys were someone else entirely before jumping on the bandwagon of what sells with the emergence of Florida Georgia Line. It’s because of this success that guys like Cole Swindell are able to get record deals, and Darius Rucker’s first country album was called “too country” and had to be revamped before release.

Yes, country music has evolved, but unfortunately, the current trend is forcing some incredible talent to the sidelines. People who have an actual story to tell, are being silenced because they aren’t “radio friendly,” aka deeper than a shotglass of fireball.

So, when we asked CMTT readers via Twitter and Facebook who they thought was the most overrated and underrated country artists the results were a bit overwhelming. While the underrated were split between Kristian Kane, Chris Young, and Gary Allen. The artists folks seem to think are a tad overrated were pretty consistent, and overwhelmingly bro-country. With the exception of a couple people naming Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, and Kacey Musgraves; nearly everyone voted Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, and/or Jason Aldean. (There was one vote for George Strait, but were gonna plead insanity on their behalf).

So, this leads to the question…. why does country radio saturate the airwaves with shallow bro-country if it appears the overwhelming majority is tired of the trend? Last week at CRS, a room full of DJs who spin bro-country on repeat gave the Oak Ridge Boys a standing ovation. Could someone explain it to me??

Last week, country singer Jack Ingram (many of you won’t know who his is because he didn’t get popular performing bro-country, but I suggest you look him up) took to Facebook to talk about a comment a radio exec had made.

I heard that a Nashville executive made a comment during the Country Radio Seminar last week that “if it’s not played on country radio, it doesn’t exist”. When I look at the list of artists that I just came up with off of the top of my head from music that I listen to often, I just can’t help but laugh at the short sightedness of a comment like that. Some of those artists certainly do exist and will sell 20 million records/downloads/friends/etc. and other artists on that list MOST CERTAINLY EXIST and will not sell a single record/download/friend/etc… I have had points in my career where I have been played often on the radio. In fact, I believe one of my singles was one of the most played songs on the radio for an entire year! I have also had moments of my career where my songs were not played much at all over the airwaves. My music existed at every moment! You can believe that.

I very much enjoy and seek to get my music on the radio, country music radio in particular! A recording artist’s second most important objective is to get their music heard, through any means possible, by the most amount of people possible! The 1st objective is to make music that I believe in, that speaks the truth as I see it and hear it. If I don’t make music that I believe in, then and only then will it ever cease to exist whether it’s on the radio or not. Through experience I know this to be true.

Music that gets played on the radio certainly does exist! The radio gives GREAT music a good chance of finding a huge audience to exist with for a long time! But let’s never mistake a HIT song for automatically being a GREAT song…sometimes you have both but one does not guarantee the other!

My hero, Willie Nelson, did NOT say “There is only 1 type of music- music on the radio”…What he DID say is “There are only 2 kinds of music- GOOD and BAD.”

I agree….and sometimes bad music gets the most play. I’m not saying that fun music is bad. But if it’s all you got, then you’re gonna run outta things to say real quick. There’s a reason why Alan Jackson, George Strait, Reba McEntire, and hell even Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley, and Keith Urban have had careers that have spanned decades. They each know who they are and stay true to it. If they changed their sound because of a trend…they will flounder. They may not always be hitting no. 1, but they stay relevant. Alan Jackson still performs hits that he performed back in the day, “Wanted,” “Mercury,” “Chattahoochee.” I suggest that some of these newcomers start singing songs they wanna be singing when they’re 60…unless of course… they don’t plan on being around that long…and maybe Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean need to take a listen to their earlier albums like ‘I’ll Stay Me’ and  ‘Relentless.’

Artists are constantly being quoted that they ‘just wanna make good music.’  Well, I’d like to say… no one is stopping you…get on with it.

Alan Jackson is Celebrating 25 Years in the Real World

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 On February 27, 1990, country superstar Alan Jackson released his landmark debut album Here In The Real World. The album, certified Double Platinum by the RIAA for sales of over two million, spawned four no. 1 hits including his trademark self-penned hit of same name, “Here In The Real World,” as well as his self-penned hits “Wanted,” “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow,” and “I’d Love You All Over Again.”

Jackson, currently on his 25th Anniversary KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY TOUR, will be celebrating the anniversary with his fans at the Nokia Theatre LA LIVE in Los Angeles, CA on the actual anniversary date this week of Friday, February 27, 2015. Fans in attendance will be receiving a special limited edition commemorative poster celebrating Here In The Real World’s 25th anniversary.

Since the release of Here In The Real World, Jackson has released 22 albums including two Christmas albums, two gospel albums and three Greatest Hits collections. The man from rural Newnan, GA, who claims he is just a “singer of simple songs,” has gone on to sell nearly 60 million albums worldwide and ranks as one of the 10 best-selling vocalists of all-time in all genres. He has released more than 60 singles—registering 50 Top Ten hits and 35 #1s (including 26 Billboard #1s). He has earned more than 150 music industry awards—including 18 Academy of Country Music Awards, 16 Country Music Association Awards, a pair of Grammys and ASCAP’s Founders and Golden Note Awards. Jackson received the first-ever ASCAP Heritage Award in 2014 having earned the title of most performed country music songwriter-artist of ASCAP’s first 100 years. He is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry.

Alan Jackson is one of the most successful and respected singer-songwriters in music. He is in the elite company of Paul McCartney and John Lennon among songwriters who’ve written more than 20 songs that they’ve recorded and taken to the top of the charts. Jackson is one of the best-selling artists since the inception of SoundScan, ranking alongside the likes of Eminem and Metallica.

Alan Jackson’s 25th Anniversary KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY TOUR, sponsored by Kubota Tractor Corporation, continues to be a memorable celebration for his longtime fans as well as legions of new fans who are discovering his music through the many songs that have withstood the test of time and influenced many new artists of today like the tour’s special guests Jon Pardi and Brandy Clark. Fans will hear the songs they love from the man who wrote them and made them famous – from his massive debut hit, “Here In The Real World” to “Chattahoochee,” “Drive,” “Gone Country,” the summertime party-anthems “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” and “Good Time,” and many, many more.

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Alan Jackson Offers Exclusive Guy Harvey Designed 25th Anniversary Tour T-Shirt

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An avid boater and fisherman, country star Alan Jackson, and celebrated marine wildlife artist Guy Harvey, have collaborated on a message behind the music to raise money and awareness for ocean conservation and research.

Harvey, known for his colorful and highly popular depictions of marine wildlife and support for science and research, has created a colorful logo to commemorate Jackson’s 25th Anniversary Tour, which kicked off this past weekend in southwest Florida. The logo, depicting Jackson in a fishing fighting chair with leaping sport fish, will adorn several Official 25th Anniversary merchandise items including an official Tour T-Shirt which will be sold at each concert date, as well as other 25th Anniversary items that will be available exclusively at www.guyharvey.com.

Alan Jackson and Guy Harvey have agreed to donate back $5 for every item sold to marine conservation through the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, a non-profit that advocates sustainable fishing practices, funds inspired scientific research and supports innovation educational programs.  Last year, Harvey’s foundation distributed approximately $1 million to more than 60 organizations involved in research and education.

“We are honored to work with Alan, who as responsible fisherman, clearly understands and supports our mission to conserve our marine environment and resources for future generations,” said Harvey, who has a Ph.D in Fisheries Biology.

Jackson, who has sold over 60 million records worldwide, registering 50 Top 10 hits and 35 Number One hits, got into offshore fishing 25 years ago.

“I’ve fished everywhere most people do, including the Bahamas, off Florida in the Keys, Mexico and the Virgin Islands,” the Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter and musician told The Boot.

Jackson’s 25th Anniversary Tour is an extension of the already year-long 25th anniversary celebration.  KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY TOUR will make stops over the coming months in Los Angeles, San Diego, Dallas, Phoenix and Nashville, to name a few, wrapping for the spring with a show at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver (Morrison), CO on May 17, 2015.  For tour dates go to www.alanjackson.com.

Harvey is also popular with country fans having attended several regional concerts for guest appearances to spread his message, and has created an interactive Conservation Village, which has served as the centerpiece for Fort Lauderdale, Florida’s Tortuga Music Festival, which promotes ocean conservation.

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