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Aug 20

Jennifer Nettles Releases Debut Solo Single to Country Radio

Jennifer Nettles releases debut solo single to country radio.

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Jennifer Nettles has released her new single, “That Girl,” to country radio. It is the lead single from her upcoming solo debut project. She co-wrote the song with Butch Walker and it’s about a girl tricked by a man who is already in a relationship with another woman.

“’That Girl’ could be called ‘The Ballad of Jolene,’” Jennifer said. “Butch and I didn’t start out with that concept but it evolved throughout the writing process and this could be Jolene calling to say ‘I don’t want your man and I don’t want to be that girl.’” Continue Reading

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Jun 14

Kristian Bush Helps with Father’s Day Shopping

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Sugarland’s Kristian Bush. Photo courtesy of the CMA.

Still looking for a Father’s Day gift for Dad? Kristian Bush is here to help! Kristian, a father himself, took to his website to recommend a few gifts that dads everywhere will love. He also offers a few tips to keep in mind when choosing the perfect gift.

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“Let’s start with a few general observations of dads,” he wrote. “Dads love their space. For some it’s their garage; others, a den or home office where they can retreat from the responsibilities of the world. Maybe it’s their car, or simply their favorite chair. Observe your dad in his natural habitat. Identify his retreat, his man cave, his safe place. Pay close attention to what might make it even better. Simply noticing it gets you points that will set you apart for many Father’s Days to come, but actually improving it — that will put you in his favor for years.” Continue Reading

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May 17

Jennifer Nettles Recording Solo Album with Rick Rubin

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Today Sugarland‘s Jennifer Nettles announced she will release her first solo album this fall. She’s working with producer Rick Rubin on the project. Rubin, previously co-president of Columbia Records and founder of Def Jam Records, has worked with a variety of artists including Johnny Cash,  Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Beastie Boys, Jay-Z, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Sheryl Crow and The Avett Brothers.

“I am absolutely thrilled and wholly proud to be working with Rick”, said Jennifer. “If you ask any musician who is on their producer ‘bucket list’, Rick would be on each and every one.”

“This album is different than what I’ve done before,” she told Rolling Stone magazine. “What I do with Sugarland, primarily it’s stuff that starts with me and Kristian [Bush, Sugarland co-founder] writing together. It’s fun to play with that masculine energy, but for this I wanted to do something really personal – more intimate and emotional.”

Jennifer spent the last month recording the album in Shangri-La Studios, located in Malibu, California. It’s her first time “back on the job” since the birth of her now-four-month-old son, Magnus. Continue Reading

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May 15

Meet Jennifer Nettles’ Son Magnus

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Jennifer Nettles with her son, Magnus. Photo courtesy of Valarie Allyn Bienas/Sugar Cookie.

Jennifer Nettles took to her website to introduce fans to her adorable baby boy, Magnus Hamilton Miller. Born December 6, 2012, Jennifer was bursting with pride as she wrote about her new bundle of joy. She also got real about the ins and outs of motherhood she’s learned so far.

“On December 6, 2012 my life was forever changed,” she wrote. “I had a baby! Magnus Hamilton Miller was born healthy, hungry and with way more hair than I was expecting after seeing baby pictures of both me and my husband. Needless to say, especially to those of you who have children, the rhythm of my life is way different than the movement and pace before baby. In short, this baby is the boss of me.” Continue Reading

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May 6

GAC Album Review: Courtney Jaye’s Love and Forgiveness

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Courtney Jaye’s 2013 album, Love and Forgiveness.

Nashville based singer/songwriter Courtney Jaye’s third full-length album, Love and Forgiveness, wraps bruised experience in an optimistic sheen for a message that new beginnings are always possible. Recorded in Los Angeles with producer Mike Wrucke (Miranda Lambert, David Nail), Love and Forgiveness recalls the laid-back pop vibe of 1970s California country heard in artists like Neil Young and The Eagles with a decidedly alternative slant.

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Apr 26

Alan Jackson, Keith Urban & More Stars Remember George Jones

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George Jones photo courtesy of Webster PR.

Following the announcement of George Jones‘ death on Friday, April 26 in Nashville, many of George’s fellow country stars offered their thoughts. Visit our George Jones photo gallery for photos spanning his legendary career.

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Keith Urban tweeted, “If I’m blessed enough to make it there, I look forward to you giving me the grand tour. Rest in peace George Jones!!!!!”

Alan Jackson released this statement: “Well, heaven better get ready for some great country music. While George was known for his wild and crazy days, I’ve known him for 25 years as a friend. He had grown into a real good man. Of course, he’ll always be the greatest singer and interpreter of real country music – there’ll never be another. Like the song says, ‘You know this old world is full of singers, but just a few are chosen to tear your heart out when they sing. Imagine life without them…Who’s gonna fill their shoes.’”

Blake Shelton tweeted, “Really REALLY bad news. We’ve lost a country music legend. And I’ve lost a hero and a friend. Goodbye George Jones…”

“I believe if you ask any singer who was the greatest country music singer of all time, they would say ‘George Jones’,” said Barbara Mandrell in a statement. “He was without question and by far the BEST! I first met and worked with him when I was 13 years old; I am so very grateful that he was my friend.”

Loretta Lynn said, “It’s a sad day for country music and a great loss for those of us who knew him. I was blessed to call George my friend. He was one of the best country singers there ever was. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Nancy, and all of his family. It’s a sad, sad day.”

George Strait shared this memory: “The most special memory was when he gave me my medallion at the Hall of Fame Ceremony. He actually was the one that did the actual induction. And what a special night that was. We’re just gonna miss George so much. This came as a total shock to me. I didn’t even know that George was in the hospital. To the whole music industry, it’s gonna be a big void not having George out there. But you know, we’ve got his music — and that music will live forever. He did a lot of crazy things in his career and no matter how crazy he got, everybody still loved him because that’s just the kind of guy that George was. We’re just all gonna miss him. It’s a sad day for the music business, for sure.”

“My friend, the greatest singer of all time, has passed,” tweeted Brad Paisley. “To those who knew him, our lives were full. To those of you who don’t: discover him now.”

Brad also released this statement: “George Jones’ life is an example of so many wonderful things. How someone’s God-given gifts can make this a richer, better place.  How one human being can overcome adversity, addiction, and life threatening obstacles time and time again.  That it is not the stumble or fall that counts, but the willingness to stand again. How a keen sense of humor and a twinkle in a person’s eye can still prevail even after all of life’s hard knocks.  How mistakes, missteps, and bad choices are not the end of the world if a person chooses to turn them into something good. And George’s life is above all the strongest example of how the love of a great woman can get a man through anything. All of this made its way beautifully into every note of the greatest voice country music will ever know.  And one of the greatest friends you could ever have. We miss you already, George.”

Dierks Bentley, who is still a member of George Jones’ fan club, said he’s “heartbroken,” and tweeted, “nancy and @gjpossum had a beautiful marriage and special relationship. love you nancy. long live the possum. gonna miss my buddy. real sad.”

Vince Gill
tweeted, “There aren’t words in our language to describe the depth of his greatness. I’ll miss my kind and generous friend.”

Little Big Town said, “There will never be another George Jones. You are and always will be country music. Rest in peace. #GeorgeJones

“He had a voice that was the truth, raw and unfiltered,” said Kenny Chesney. “You cant get any realer, any more tortured or any more alive. No one can do what George Jones does, and that’s why 50 years later, he still stands out as one of the greatest singers in any genre of all time.

“We were great friends, but it was really more like a father/son relationship,” added Kenny. “He even showed up in Lexington, Kentucky two years ago to surprise me onstage for my birthday… all the way from Nashville, to surprise me and sing ‘He Stopped Loving Her Today’ with me, which will be one of the greatest memories of my life.”

“When I was just staring out, and I was picked to open the George Jones/Tammy Wynette Reunion Tour, I thought I’d made it,” continued Kenny. “Then one night, George asked me if I was heading home because he and Nancy had a plane, and they’d take me,” Chesney recalls. “I remember sitting there on that jet, thinking, ‘This can’t be happening…’ because he was George Jones, and I was some kid from nowhere…’ I’m sure he knew, but he was generous to kids chasing the dream, and I never forgot it.” Continue Reading

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Feb 5

ACM Awards Nominees to Be Announced February 13

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The Band Perry photo courtesy of Republic Nashville.

The second annual ACM digital press conference, hosted by the Academy of Country Music, CBS Television and dick clark productions via ACM social media channels, will announce the nominees for the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, Country Music’s Party of the Year®, on Wednesday, February 13 at 9:30a|8:30c.

The Band Perry2 Broke Girls star Beth BehrsLittle Big Town, Scotty McCreery, Ryan SeacrestEntertainment Tonight hosts Rob Marciano and Nancy O’Dell and more surprise guests will announce categories via videos posted in real time to fans and media simultaneously. The press conference will culminate with country music fans announcing the nominees for Entertainer of the Year.

Nominations will first be announced via the ACM Facebook page and Twitter feed, followed by a press release. Beginning TODAY, fans are invited to visit the ACM YouTube Channel to learn how to post videos announcing the name of the artist(s) they would like to see receive an Entertainer of the Year nomination. On Wednesday, February 13 during the real-time digital press conference, fans can watch to see if their video submission is used to announce their pick for the Academy’s biggest prize. And they’re in good company: Past participants in the ACM nominations press conferences have included Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Reba, Lionel Richie, Blake Shelton, Sugarland, Carrie Underwood and many more!

The 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 8 p.m. live ET/delayed PT on CBS.

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Jan 25

Top 10 Country Tweets of the Week

Country music stars sure love Twitter! This week, Kelly Clarkson casually hangs out with Beyonce at the Presidential Inauguration, Miranda Lambert finds a couple of friends, Eli Young Band and The Band Perry have ‘productive’ studio sessions and Dierks Bentley is proud of his wife. Here are our picks for this week’s Top 10 Country Tweets Of The Week:

Kelly Clarkson & Beyonce

Photo courtesy of Twitter.com/kelly_clarkson.

Kelly Clarkson – Kelly_Clarkson: Me and B just hangin’ out ….don’t worry about it. Seriously, God did good. She is so beautiful!

Faith HillFaithHill: Two shows tonight & two tomorrow! A man would never survive this pace in 3 inch heels!

Dierks Bentley – DierksBentley: cassidy ran the phx marathon today in 3 hours and 35 mins!! crazy! running for miracles in motion for #phxchildrens hospital. nice babe!

Laura Bell Bundy, Reba McEntire & Miranda Lambert

Photo courtesy of Twitter.com/mirandalambert.

Miranda Lambert – MirandaLambert: Look who found after @TheTalk_CBS on set of Malibu Country! They were right next door! @reba & @LauraBellBundy. Continue Reading

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Jan 15

CMA Plans First International Marketing Summit in Paris

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Sugarland’s Kristian Bush. Photo courtesy of the CMA.

Country music is invading Paris. The Country Music Association will hold the first International Country Music Marketing Summit at Disneyland Paris on March 1. The summit is part of the association’s mission to help expand the format around the world.

“With immediate and convenient access to Country Music, the world market is fertile ground for our industry and artists,” Steve Moore, Chief Executive Officer of CMA, said. “Country artists are selling out major venues; our CMA Songwriter Series is returning to the U.K. and Ireland in February; and new events like the ‘C2C: Country to Country’ Country Music festival at the O2 Arena in London in March are a strong indication of the burgeoning popularity of the music and the need for this type of educational platform across the world.” Continue Reading

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Dec 18

Sugarland’s Kristian Bush Shares His Holiday Gift Suggestions

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Sugarland’s Kristian Bush. Photo courtesy of the CMA.

Stores are bustling with busy shoppers searching high and low for the perfect gift. For that “hard-to-buy-for” someone on your list, Kristian Bush of Sugarland is here to help. He’s got his own holiday gift guide that boasts everything from pencils to silly putty to musical instruments. One item he recommends is the Drinking Situation, also known as a mason jar with a lid and drinking straw.

“This looks kind of crazy Southern and awesome and has to hit my list,” Kristian said. “Not because I want one, but because I am dying to buy one for someone. Maybe even just to see someone drink out of it. It’s like my obsession with the TV show Bootleggers has collided with my obsession with walking around Syd Mashburn’s in Atlanta. Simultaneously hip and tacky.” Continue Reading

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