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Kip Moore Shows a Musical Diversity in 'Wild Ones' album  2015-08-13
"Wild Ones" (Kip Moore) Album Review

Written by: Conner Board
Release date: August 21, 2015

Kip Moore is set to release his second studio album “Wild Ones” on August 21, 2015 and let me tell you now, you are going to want to buy this one. He gave us a taste of this album with his single “I’m To Blame,” but this album is filled with an array of songs that seem to give us a more intimate look into who Kip Moore is.

Although his first album was wildly successful, this album defines Kip Moore as an artist and brings the term “wild” to a new level. He takes his place as one of country music’s rebels, as he showcases his low raspy voice and chaos raising lyrics. Although Moore takes us deeper into the artist that he has become in “Wild Ones,” he still brings with him his unique style and voice that he has shown from the beginning. This album cannot be compared to any other albums or artists out right now. There are strong instrumentals in every song that gives the album almost a Rock n’ Roll kind of feel. “Wild Ones” reveals Moore’s individuality and authenticity as he seems to claim his spot in the world of country music.

Many of the songs on this album show us Kip Moore’s “bad boy” side as he sings about causing trouble accompanied by heart racing drum beats. Pre-order it now at www.kipmoore.net.

One of the tracks on the project entitled "Comeback Kid" is also the name of Kip's charity initiative. See our Coverage of the previous press conference down below:

Jake Owen gets emotional onstage and Miranda Lambert also has emotional moment during her performance  2015-08-13
Jake Owen was emotional during his performance at the WE Fest (reported by TasteofCountry.com). During the singer's set, Owen became visibly emotional after technical problems occured. 

Once the sound cut out, the performer came out with just an acoustic guitar and sang "The Dance." During his performance of the song, Owen opened up about his divorce from wife Lacey.

“I think maybe a lot of people would maybe shy away from it, but my wife and I are getting a divorce and this is probably the hardest sh– I’ve ever done in my life,” Owen shared, “To walk on stage every night and try to pretend everything is awesome when really it ain’t always awesome.”

Miranda Lambert was also emotional during her performance onstage at the festival. The performer recently had a much publicized divorce from country singer Blake Shelton. During her set, Lambert brought out friend Dierks Bentley to accompany her on the Tracy Lawrence song "Texas Tornado." 

Lambert made the joke that she hadn't been drinking all day and she had more energy.

“I wish I would have been,” she added. “I deserve it, I got divorced!”

Luke Bryan visits the set of Jimmy Fallon  2015-08-13
Luke Bryan released his album "Kill the Lights" last Friday, August 7th. Since then Luke has been on several media shows, posted a video of singing karaoke with Jason Derulo and giving fans behind the scenes videos of his music.

Check out the latest media appearance Bryan made on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon below.

Frankie Ballard partners with CMA foundation to open Notes for Notes recording studio in Detroit  2015-08-13
Photo Credit: Anthony Ross Tyler / Notes for Notes

Chart-topping singer-guitarist Frankie Ballard joined forces Wednesday with the CMA Foundation, Chevrolet — the Official Ride of Country Music, and Warner Music Nashville to officially open the Notes for Notes recording studio at the Sports Academics Youth (S.A.Y.) Detroit Play Center.

Chevrolet contributed additional funds to the CMA Foundation’s commitment to the building of the recording studio in Motor City. With construction now completed, the recording studio will be ready for use just in time for Detroit students returning to school.

Ballard, a native to nearby Battle Creek, Mich., arrived in a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado, rolled out the red carpet, and with the help of a few Notes for Notes youth, delivered brand-new instruments, including guitars donated by Gibson and Reverend Guitars, to be used in the studio. The youth guided Ballard on a tour of the recording space before he performed “I’m Thinking Country” as the “opening song” to officially launch the creative music space.

“I have a lot of history here,” said Ballard. “I grew up in Battle Creek and graduated from Western Michigan University before moving to Nashville to pursue my dream. It’s an honor to be back home and play a role in helping these kids in this community discover their dreams.”

“Through our partnership with Notes for Notes and Chevrolet, we’re extremely thrilled to bring Music City to Motor City in the form of this state-of-the-art recording studio for the community’s youth,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer.

“This marks our 11th studio location,” said Philip Gilley, Notes for Notes Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer. “With the rich musical heritage of Detroit, this studio will provide resources for a new generation of Motown hitmakers, producers, and other music industry professionals.”

“We know how important music education is to a child’s school experience. Statistics show increased graduation rates for students who are involved in the arts,” said Steve Haener, Senior Manager, Chevrolet Marketing. “Chevrolet has a long history with music which made it natural to join CMA and the CMA Foundation in furthering this initiative with a national platform on last year's CMA Awards. This studio, which will advance music education, is a great contribution to our hometown.”

Notes for Notes funds the construction of recording studios in Boys and Girls Clubs and other facilities across the U.S. The CMA Foundation made an initial donation to the Nashville Notes for Notes chapter and committed additional funds to expand the program in several markets including Atlanta, Austin, Brooklyn, Detroit, and San Francisco in 2015.

The CMA Foundation receives the bulk of the funding to support these and other programs from CMA Music Festival. To date, CMA and the CMA Foundation have donated more than $11 million to the worthy cause of music education on behalf of the artists who perform at CMA Music Festival each summer for free.

For more information, visit CMAfoundation.org.
Trisha Yearwood to receive the Voice of Music Award at ASCAP Country Music Awards  2015-08-12
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) will honor Trisha Yearwood with the ASCAP Voice of Music Award at the 53rd annual ASCAP Country Music Awards, to be held on Monday, November 2nd, 2015 at the Omni Nashville Hotel. The invitation-only, black-tie gala will also honor the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP's most performed country songs from April 1st, 2014 through March 31st, 2015.

The ASCAP Voice of Music Award is a prestigious honor that ASCAP presents to songwriters and artists whose music gives voice to the spirit of a generation. Each recipient possesses a unique style of creative genius that will inspire and enrich generations to come. Past recipients include George Strait, Amy Grant, Kenny Chesney and more.

Trisha Yearwood has sold more than 12 million albums throughout the course of her career, and is a platinum-selling and multiple Grammy, CMA and ACM Award-winning recording artist. Her chart-topping hits include “She’s In Love With The Boy,” “XXX’s and OOO’s (An American Girl),” and “How Do I Live.” Since 2007, the superstar, whom Entertainment Tonight dubbed the nation’s newest "lifestyle maven," has written three New York Times best-selling cookbooks, hosted six seasons of her Emmy Award-winning Food Network show, “Trisha’s Southern Kitchen,” and debuted a line of cookware, “Trisha’s Precious Metals,” as well as her own home furnishings line, the Trisha Yearwood Home Collection with Klaussner Home Furnishings.

Yearwood is currently in the running to be nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year as well as Vocal Event of the Year for “PrizeFighter” at the 49th Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, to be held on Wednesday, November 4th at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

The 53rd annual ASCAP Country Music Awards will include the announcements of the ASCAP Country Music Songwriter of the Year, Song of the Year and Publisher of the Year. The evening will feature live performances of the top five most performed songs by the award-winning songwriters and the artists who recorded them.
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