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Jan 5

Watch Randy Montana’s New Video, “1,000 Faces”

Randy Montana on the set of his video for "1,000 Faces." Photo by Alex Ferrari, courtesy of UMG Nashville.

Exactly one month and one day ago, Mercury Nashville artist Randy Montana was in downtown Nashville to shoot the video for his new single “1,000 Faces,” written by Randy and Tom Douglas. The video, directed by Robert Deaton and George Flanigen, utilized over 60 extras to convert the closed city streets into just another busy day in downtown Music City — with the exception of Randy and his band playing in the street.

“I can’t wait for everyone to see this video,” says Randy. “Working with Robert and George was awesome. I had a great time talking with the extras and all the people that just walked up to see what all the noise was and why the street was blocked off. There was also a hammered drunk homeless man named Memphis that walked up in the middle of the shoot. He looked at me and said, ‘If y’all let me dance, I’ll make you more money.’ I think he thought we were playing for tips.”

“1,000 Faces” is part of Randy’s new 3-song EP of the same title. The EP was produced by Jay Joyce and is available HERE. In addition to “1,000 Faces,” there’s “Assembly Line,” written by Montana and Natalie Hemby and “Last Horse,” written by Randy, his dad Billy and Rodney Clawson, and features Emmylou Harris on harmonies.

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Dec 8

Miranda Lambert Fights Pressure on Album No. 4

Miranda Lambert photo courtesy of Shopkeeper Management.

Miranda Lambert’s third album, Revolution, launched her from a highly regarded country artist to one of the top acts in the business. It went platinum, won Album of the Year from both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music, and spawned her first two No. 1 singles.

Of course, Miranda can’t bask in Revolution forever. Only in the last couple months has she started thinking about a follow-up album. And she’s making a point to not let the sales and trophies distract her from doing good art.

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Dec 2

Lady Antebellum Gets Grammy Glory

Lady Antebellum photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.

Hello, world: Just in case anyone was left on the planet that hadn’t figured out how significant Lady Antebellum was this year, the Recording Academy slipped the band into three of the big-four, multi-genre categories on the prestigious Grammy Awards ballot. Finalists in the general-interest categories were unveiled Wednesday during a one-hour nominations special on CBS.

“Need You Now” and the album of the same name were tabbed as finalists for Record, Song and Album of the Year, pitting Lady A against such pop, rock and rap acts as Eminem, Katy Perry and Arcade Fire.

Miranda Lambert sang her snarky “Only Prettier” on the special, which also saw “The House That Built Me” gain a Song of the Year nomination for composers Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin. As a result, two country titles — “Need You Now” and “House” — are among the five Song of the Year finalists, something that’s only happened seven times in the Grammys’ previous 52 years.

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Nov 30

Miranda Lambert Bakes Up a Party

Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton on the Black Carpet at the 44th Annual CMA Awards on Nov. 10, 2010 in Nashville. Photo by Brian Kaplan Photography.

When the Country Music Association handed out its awards three weeks ago, it was definitely Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton’s night.

The couple picked up a total of five awards — Miranda got three, Blake nabbed two — and then Nashville’s music industry went off to hold a round of parties downtown and on Music Row.

Blake certainly made his way to one of those parties: He was photographed with Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson at a Warner Bros. soiree. How did he and his fiancee celebrate when they got away from the music industry?

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Nov 10

You Say You Want a Revolution: Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton Own CMAs

Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton on the Black Carpet at the 44th Annual CMA Awards on Nov. 10, 2010 in Nashville. Photo by Brian Kaplan Photography.

In a night that was short on surprises, Blake Shelton had one big moment that injected a shocking new name into the proceedings at the 44th annual Country Music Association Awards and helped keep some parity in his future family.

As expected, Blake’s fiancee, Miranda Lambert, won Album of the Year from the CMA for Revolution, and she added to her first-time haul by picking up Female Vocalist and the Music Video trophy, for “The House That Built Me.”

Not surprisingly, Blake’s “Hillbilly Bone,” a collaboration with Trace Adkins, also swiped the Musical Event of the Year. But when Blake took Male Vocalist of the Year in the show’s final hour — well, who the heck saw that coming?

Certainly not Blake, who stood in a surreal state of disbelief before he stomped up the steps at the Bridgestone Arena to claim his prize.

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Nov 10

Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert on Clouds

Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert attend the 58th Annual BMI Country Music Awards at BMI on November 16, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for BMI)

Nashville’s music community will be out in full force Wednesday night for the 44th annual Country Music Association Awards, an event brimming with lots of possibility and plenty of tension.

One of country’s happiest couples is even more exuberant about the night than usual. Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert are very prominent in the awards — in fact, they actually compete against each other in three categories on a night that’s big for both of them. After nearly a decade as a hitmaker, Blake got his first CMA nomination and ended up with four total, including Male Vocalist of the Year.

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Oct 18

Taylor Swift Leads Songwriter Honors

Taylor Swift photo courtesy of Big Machine Records.

Taylor Swift couldn’t ask for much better timing. As she heads into the last week of promotion for her new album, Speak Now, she was named Songwriter/Artist of the Year Sunday night during the Nashville Songwriters Association International’s annual songwriter awards at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel.

Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin took Song of the Year for penning the emotional Miranda Lambert hit “The House That Built Me,” and Chris DuBois earned Songwriter of the Year for his work as an author of Craig Morgan’s “This Ain’t Nothin’” and the Brad Paisley singles “Then” and “Welcome To The Future.”

The awards were part of a formal evening that saw four new members added to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and had 11 titles recognized by the songwriting community as the cream of the crop: Songs I Wish I’d Written. That list included “Need You Now,” “White Liar,” “Big Green Tractor” and Taylor’s “You Belong With Me.”

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Oct 15

Some of Country’s Biggest Stars Score a CMA Hat Trick!

CMA congratulates this year's crop of artist/songwriters on receiving a Triple Play Award at this year's CMA Songwriters Luncheon. Pictured (l-r): Steve Moore (CMA CEO), Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker, Brad Paisley, Victoria Shaw (songwriter and Chair of CMA's Community Outreach & Education Committee), Taylor Swift, Alan Jackson, and Gary Overton (CMA Board President). Photo credit: John Russell / CMA

It was three cheers for three No. 1s at the annual CMA Songwriters Luncheon with the presentation of the CMA Triple Play Awards, which honor songwriters who pen three chart-topping hits in a 12 month period.

The Triple Play Awards were presented at the Second Annual CMA Songwriters Luncheon, which was held at the Pinnacle at Symphony Place in Nashville and attended by several artist/songwriters including Dierks Bentley, Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban in addition to hit tunesmiths from ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC, as well as songwriter members of CMA, NSAI, and representatives of some of the most successful publishers in Music City.

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Oct 5

Lady Antebellum Leads Christmas Rush

Lady Antebellum photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.

OK, so Halloween isn’t quite here yet, but country stars are already working to make sure you have a merry little Christmas.

In fact, A Merry Little Christmas is the name of a new holiday project Lady Antebellum has on the docket. The six-song mini-album is due Oct. 12 at Target stores featuring mostly seasonal classics. But it also boasts one new title, “On This Winter’s Night,” written by Tom Douglas, the same guy who authored “I Run To You” and the trio’s new single, “Hello World.”

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Aug 31

Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum Take Early CMA Lead

Miranda Lambert photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville. Lady Antebellum photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.

Miranda Lambert photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville. Lady Antebellum photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.

In a day of firsts, the Country Music Association began a two-day unveiling of the nominations for its 44th annual awards Tuesday, leaving Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum and Zac Brown Band in an unprecedented overnight drama as they wait to see if they can maintain the lead positions in the list of finalists.

Miranda’s “The House That Built Me” and “White Liar” each ended up as finalists in both Single and Music Video of the Year, accounting for four of her five first-day nominations. Additionally, both titles are up for Song of the Year, though Miranda received only one nomination in that category; she was a co-writer on “White Liar” but did not compose “The House That Built Me,” which brought Song of the Year nods to songwriters Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin.

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