Are We Still Mad At The Dixie Chicks?

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The Dixie Chicks are a band made up of three women, Natalie Maines (lead singer), and sisters Emily and Martie Erwin. The band initially started back in 1989 with a different lead singer but became a household name in the late 90’s with Natalie as the lead. The Dixie Chicks were extremely popular at their peak earning 10 CMA awards and an astonishing 13 Grammy’s. Some of their most popular songs were “Cowboy Take Me Away“, “Landslide”, and “Without You”.

The Dixie Chicks fame began to take a turn in 2003, when they were touring in London at the time the U.S. called for war against Iraq. On stage, Natalie Maines, told their english fans that they were on the “good” side with them and added that they were ashamed the President of the United States (George W.Bush) was from Texas. Natalie’s statement immediately hit the newsstands and patriotic Country music fans took notice. Toby Keith had a poster made of Natalie Maines with Sadam Hussein and hung it behind him on stage during his tour “Shockin’ Yall” (according to wikipedia).

Toby Keith and the Dixie Chicks declared a political war. At the Academy of Country Music awards, the Chicks fired back at Toby Keith. Natalie performed in a white T-shirt that said F.U.T.K. Although it was later confirmed the shirt stood for F.U. Toby Keith, The Chicks claimed it stood for “Freedom, United, Together in Kindness”.

During the war between Toby Keith and The Dixie Chicks, radio stations took sides and began to boycott The Dixie Chicks all-together. Americans were in a very emotional state after September 11th and Country music fans are traditionally both conservative and patriotic. One of The Dixie Chicks final songs was called “Not Ready To Make Nice“. The song spoke volumes and was even performed at the Grammy’s.

Lyrics to Not Ready To Make Nice
I’ve paid a price and I’ll keep paying, I’m not ready to make nice I’m not ready to back down, I’m mad as hell and I don’t have time to go round and round and round. It’s too late to make it right, I probably wouldn’t if I could cause I’m mad as hell and I can’t bring myself to do what it is you think I should…I made my bed and I sleep like a baby with no regrets and no I don’t mind sayin, It’s a sad sad story when a mother will teach her daughter that she ought to hate a perfect stranger, and how in the world can the words I said send somebody so over the edge that they’d write me a letter sayin that I better shut up and sing or my life will be over…

It’s been 9 years since The Dixie Chicks made their initial statement about being ashamed of the President but no forgiveness has been offered. The Dixie Chicks traded their fame and success for their personal and political beliefs. They stuck to their word and never backed down or apologized, but neither did we.

After four years without work, sisters Emily and Martie started their own duo called Court Yard Hounds. They offer a folksy more mellow country sound. To listen to their music check out vevo,youtube or itunes.


Riverbend Music Festival 2012

Riverbend is one of the largest music festivals in the South, accommodating fans of all genres. Each June, for 9 days straight, the stages are blaring, the river’s full of boaters and the roads and bridges are covered with thousands of pedestrians. A mist all the music, there’s fried food, beer, fireworks, and vendors. There’s room for the healthy too, a Race sponsored by Bluecross Blueshield and plenty of things to walk to (including your car, parked far far away).

Riverbend 2012 is featuring several Country music and Bluegrass bands this year, including Eric Church and The Band Perry. The star of the show, Lauren Alaina, is from the Chattanooga area ( North Georgia). Riverbend 2012 will also feature Christian Praise and Worship artist Chris Tomlin and the classic Rock band Foreigner.

General admission to the festival is bought at Kangaroo Filling stations in the form of a collectable pin. The pin is worn on your clothing to get through the gate, these pins are a part of the Riverbend culture and tradition. Each year the pin features a new design. “Star passes” are also available by calling 423-756-2211. Star Passes allow admission holders reserved up-front seating at the main Coca-Cola stage.

For more information and a list of the complete Line-up visit

Riverbend is June 8-16th on the river, downtown Chattanooga Tennessee.

Honky Tonk Headliners: Love and Theft, The Lunabelles, and Joey+Rory

This week’s headliners aren’t single, they’re all part of at least a duo. Our first featured group is Love and Theft. Love and Theft has a huge following in the Honky Tonk world. This is the first year they’re being recognized by Nashville as legitimate rising stars. Love and Theft were nominated by the Academy of Country Music for ‘Duo of the Year’ . They also just released a new video to CMT and GAC this month. You can check out Love and Theft on vevo or youtube.


The Lunbabelles are a group of sisters, Olivia, Dominique, and Gabriela Acerio. They’re very new to Country music and only have one single (BNA Records) called ‘A Place To Shine’. Despite being raised in New York they have a very traditional Country sound.
You can also listen to their music on vevo or youtube.

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Joey and Rory are a husband wife duo from Potsville, Tennessee. You may recognize them from the show “Can You Duet”. The duo won third place and a record deal in 2007. Rory is also an award winning songwriter, he wrote ‘A Little More Country Than That”, ” Some Beach” and many others. Check out their unique online store where they sell Vinyls of their 2nd album.

Nashville Fashion: Layering It Up For This Crazy Weather!

The weather in Tennessee has been a bit crazy this winter. It’s February and the temperatures ranging 40-80 degrees. Make sure you’re ready for any type of weather by laying on the layers. Here are a few outfits we put together for pre-Spring.



Thakoon Addition silk tank
$290 –

Bustier shirt

All Saints leather jacket
$495 –

TEXTILE Elizabeth and James embroidery jacket
£280 –

Dsquared distressed skinny jeans
£319 –

Current/Elliott cropped skinny jeans
£165 –

Le Silla tan sandals
$1,070 –

Koolaburra black boots
$224 –

Mango high heel boots
£80 –

Stud earrings
$839 –

Dannijo jewelry
$320 –

Supertrash leather jewelry
€25 –

€6 –

Jessie James, The New American Outlaw

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Jessie James (aka Jessica Rose James) is a rising Country star, but not the cookie cutter kind. she was born in Italy and raised in Georgia. She maximizes sex appeal and sometimes abandons stringed instruments all together. So what makes Jessie James country? She makes Jessie James country.

Like many Country singers, Jessie knew from a young age that she wanted to sing. She tried (unsuccessfully) to snag a nashville record deal. Soon she was introduced to YellowDog Records, an independent record company, and began her career as a singer. She was eventually signed to Mercury Records who portrayed her as more of a pop singer. Her album sent off a confusing message with both pop and rock songs, appealing only to a few. Stedfast, Jessie talked her way back to country. With a spruced up image her songs are more crossover and less one song country and one song pop.

Jessie recently released her newest single ‘When You Say My Name‘. She also performed at the halftime show for the Broncos v. Steelers playoff game. She may have been an outlaw and outcast, but that same spirit gave her a second chance.

You can hear Jessie’s music at iTunes or Amazon. Learn more about the gorgeous Jessie James at


Hot Country Songs On ITunes

Taylor leads iTunes this week with three songs in the top 100. The Band Perry and Blake Shelton both have 2 songs on the charts. Carrie Underwood‘s new single also debuted today called ‘Good Girl’. Good Girl should quickly move it’s way up the charts, it already has close to 600 reviews with lots of stars.

A Woman Like You, Lee Brice #37
Safe And Sound, Taylor Swift #44
Don’t Want this Night To End, Luke Bryan #49
Red Solo Cup, Toby Keith #50
Over You, Miranda Lambert #53
Alone With You, Jake Owen #60
Somethin ‘Bout A Truck, Kip Moore #62
Ours, Taylor Swift #63
Drink On It, Blake Shelton #64

Better Than I Used To Be, Tim McGraw #83

Mean, Taylor Swift #84

You Don’t Know Her Like I Do, Brantley Gilbert #85

If I Die Young, The Band Perry #87
God Gave Me You, Blake Shelton #93

First Ever ACM Experience,Free For All Fans


Encino, CA (February 8, 2012) – The Academy of Country Music is announcing THE ACM EXPERIENCE, the first-ever, free, open-to-the public country music lifestyle event created for fans during The Week Vegas Goes Country®.  The ACM Experience is a fan-focused three-day event including the ACM BBQ Throwdown, ACM Expo, the Ram Ride and Drive and more, to be held March 30-April 1, 2012 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.  The events will culminate in the already-announced ACM Fan Jam, a ticketed event hosted by Zac Brown Band, on Sunday, April 1, 2012.

THE ACM EXPERIENCE will take place in conjunction with The Week Vegas Goes Country, that includes the main event, the 47th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, honoring country music’s top talent and the industry’s hottest emerging talent, to be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

Located inside and in front of Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, The ACM Experience will be dedicated to immersing fans in the country music lifestyle, allowing enthusiasts to “shop country, taste country, ride country, and hear country” throughout the weekend.

“Las Vegas is already a destination for so many country music fans and The ACM Experience is a natural extension of the Academy’s focus on bringing them the best in free, family-friendly events that promote the genre and provide additional exposure for both established acts and new artists,” said, Bob Romeo, CEO of the Academy of Country Music. “We are thrilled that we can help program so many amazing events for fans—the Academy has essentially taken over two of the largest and most prestigious venues in Las Vegas, which is no small feat.”

Sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society, the ACM BBQ Throwdown presented by BULL, will bring together some of the most recognizable names in the competitive barbeque circuit, all competing for a guaranteed purse of $50,000—one of the world’s richest contests. In addition to the actual competition, there will be world champion vendors selling their famous barbecue, interactive booths, cooking demonstrations and much more to be announced.  The ACM BBQ Throwdown will be produced by Smoke on the Water Productions.

For the ultimate country shopping and marketplace experience, the ACM Expo presented by Roper, will be located just inside the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.  As part of The ACM Experience, the marketplace ACM Expo will include more than 200,000 square feet of shopping, gaming and eating. Unique vendors from all over the United States and Canada will offer products such as customized jewelry, western wear, furniture, original art, homemade crafts and pottery.  The ACM Expo also includes a “town square” performance area for some of the brightest rising stars in country music and other entertainment to be announced.  The ACM Expo will be produced by Group W Productions, LLC.

“Country music fans from around the world already reach out to us early to plan their trips to the Academy of Country Music Awards and now, with THE ACM EXPERIENCE, we can further enhance their vacations and bring the country lifestyle to the Las Vegas market in a way we’ve never been able to before,” said Erick Long, Vice President, Operations & Logistics at the Academy of Country Music and lead event producer for THE ACM EXPERIENCE.

The ACM Experience will also include interactive areas, such as the “Dance Y’all Showcase,” a dance party and exhibition featuring America’s premier country dance crew, and the “Dr Pepper TEN Man Cave,” a custom 34-foot trailer “man sanctuary” designed to provide Dr Pepper TEN sampling, entertainment, gaming, music and sports.  The Dr Pepper TEN Man Cave is packed with TVs, gaming and iPad stations, a 55” main screen flanked by surround sound and more.  Also, the Coaches’ Trophy™ presented by Dr Pepper will be on display where fans can capture a photo with the iconic, 45 pound, Waterford Crystal trophy.  This Discover Bowl Championship Series (BCS) national championship trophy is the ultimate goal of college football teams across the country.

Fans can experience firsthand the best-in-class performance, capabilities and competitive advantages of Ram trucks at the Ram Ride and Drive outdoor test track at The ACM Experience. Located just outside of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, the Ram Ride and Drive will demonstrate the capabilities of Ram trucks and engage country fans with a closed course including a 13-foot mobile hill and steel suspension ramps. Fans can also check out the new features of the 2012 Ram trucks on display in the Ram Ride and Drive arena.

“Ram Truck fans and country music fans are one and the same as they are cut from the same cloth of authenticity with a genuine work-hard, play-hard attitude,” said Fred Diaz, President and CEO, Ram Truck Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “We are excited to be a part of this first-ever fan experience event at the ACM Awards and to give our mutual fans the opportunity to ride, drive and experience the most innovative lineup of full-size trucks on the market.”

As previously announced, rounding out the weekend of events at Mandalay Bay, the 2nd Annual ACM Fan Jam, a ticketed event hosted by Zac Brown Band will take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on Sunday, April 1st, 2012. This live remote location gives country music lovers the ultimate fan-pass to be part of the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards broadcast.  Throughout the three-hour Awards telecast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena, there will be live performances, via remote, from the Mandalay Bay Events Center by Zac Brown Band and other top-tier music acts, to be announced. The ACM Fan Jam includes a profusion of entertainment, prizes and special giveaways only for attendees, including autographed guitars, trip packages to country music events and merchandise.  The ACM Fan Jam continues after the Awards telecasts ends, with performances by Zac Brown and friends. Details will be announced soon. Tickets for ACM Fan Jam can be purchased for $40 and $60 at

Schedule/hours for The ACM Experience are:

Friday, March 30, 2012                   10AM – 6PM

Saturday, March 31, 2012             10AM – 6PM

Sunday, April 1, 2012                      10AM – 4PM

For booth space at the ACM Expo, please contact Exhibit Sales at (817) 599-7664 or

To enter your barbeque team into the ACM BBQ Throwdown, or or contact Ronnie Cates at (870) 536-8175 or

For sponsorship opportunities surrounding all ACM events during The Week Vegas Goes Country®, contact Teresa George at

For updates on The ACM Experience, the ACM Awards and all Academy events, please log onto, like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook/AcademyOfCountryMusic or follow us on Twitter at

About the Academy of Country Music Awards
The 47th Academy of Country Music Awards is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry.  The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. Orly Adelson and R.A. Clark are executive producers.  Barry Adelman is producer, and Bob Bardo is the executive in charge of production. Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.

About Dr Pepper
Dr Pepper, a brand of Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE: DPS), is the oldest major soft drink in the United States. Since 1885, the 23 flavors of Dr Pepper have earned legions of fans that enjoy its unique, refreshing taste. The brand is available in Regular, Low Calorie, Diet, Caffeine Free and Cherry varieties. DPS is a leading producer of flavored soft drinks, marketing Dr Pepper and 50-plus other beverage brands across North America and the Caribbean. For more information on Dr Pepper, visit or

About Ram Truck Brand
The Ram Truck brand continues to establish its own identity and clearly define its customer since its launch as a standalone vehicle brand. Creating a distinct brand for Ram trucks has allowed the brand to concentrate on how core customers use their trucks and what new features they’d like to see. Whether focusing on a family that uses its half-ton truck day in and day out, a hard-working Ram Heavy Duty owner or a business that depends on its commercial vehicles every day, Ram has the truck market covered.  The Ram Truck brand has the most innovative lineup of full-size trucks on the market. Ram Truck has emerged as a full-size truck leader by investing substantially in new products, infusing them with great looks, refined interiors, durable engines and features that further enhance their capabilities. Truck customers, from half-ton to commercial, have a demanding range of needs and require their vehicles to provide high levels of capability. Ram trucks are designed to deliver a total package.


Kenny Chesney: Back On Top

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Kenny Chesney is the man that brought us soulful country songs like ‘Me AndYou’ and ‘You Had Me At Hello’. He’s always quick to mention his home in Tennessee in both interviews and Music. He uses real life experiences and writes about his favorite things- women and football. His honesty and ownership of lyrics makes his music relatable to his fans.

A few years ago, Kenny took an unexpected turn. He began writing songs and making videos about his second home in St.John. This became the starting point of a new kind of music called ‘Caribbean Country’. Caribbean Country quickly took off and at least a dozen other artist began to add beachy rhythms to their lyrics.

Year after year, Kenny racked up on awards like ‘Entertainer of the Year’ and ‘Album of the Year’. He was at the top of Country Music for several years, until the massive rush of new artist came.

In a recent television interview with CMT, Chesney admitted being worn out and worn down with music. He said he took a break away from music completely and was able to come up with the new hit single ‘You and Tequilla’.

‘You and Tequilla’ went straight to the top. Kenny is nominated for 9 ACM awards including ‘Entertainer of the Year’ and ‘Vocal Event of the Year’. Last year, Kenny also produced and co-directed a film called ‘The Boys of Fall‘ for ESPN .

He will start a new tour called ‘Brothers of the Sun’ (with Tim McGraw )this Summer. It looks like Kenny Chesney is back on top.

For more information about Kenny Chesney visit or download and listen to his music on iTunes.  You can also see him on April 1st at 8:00pm est for the ACM awards.

Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw

Billboard’s Most Anticipated Albums In Country: Brent Anderson


Brent Anderson

Brent Anderson was recently listed as one of only two, most anticipated country albums of the year. If you haven’t heard of Brent, he just released his new single called ‘Amy’s Song’. Brent is a 23-year-old singer and guitarist from Pascagoula , Mississippi and some would argue he’s the son of the best parents in the world. Brent realized his love for music when he was only 7 years old. Luckily, Brent’s grandfather had a quartet and Brent was able to join. At the age of 10 he began to write songs, and at 13 he fronted his own band.

Brent’s band got a lot of gigs and that meant staying out until 2:00 or 2:30 3-4 times a week. His dad would sometimes get only 3 or 4 hours of sleep before going to his full-time job. Brent’s mother left her job as a teacher so Brent could sleep in after staying out late playing.

In 2005, just two weeks before hurricane Katrina, Brent’s family moved him to Nashville to pursue his dream professionally. Brent’s talent and his families steadfast belief and sacrifice in him have paid off. Look for Brent Anderson’s most anticipated album, the date is still pending but it’ll be well worth the wait.

Folsom Prison Blues Revival

Jamie Lono: Photo Credit- The Voice

Last night, Jamie Lono, a sandwich maker from Chicago, became a star on The Voice. His rendition of Johnny Cash’s hit Folsom Prison Blues left viewers with their mouths open. Today, Jamie’s song debuted on iTunes and is already at #49. He soared past all other contestants and even huge stars like Taylor Swift.

The next hot spot on the iTunes chart belongs to Mathai. Last night she performed “Rumour Has It” by Adele. Everyone was amazed by Mathai’s very unique sound and she was quickly snatched up by Team Adam. Her song is at #98.