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Maybe its because he has more #1 singles than any artist in history or maybe its his timeless style that has transcended generations; Either way George Strait is the unequivocal King of Country Music, he has 57 #1 singles to his credit and he continues to record relevant and heartfelt music with soul and commercial appeal. Currently, the King is on tour, George Strait concert dates are scheduled nationally throughout 2011.
The native Texan ranks as one of the most celebrated American musicians of any genre and has sold nearly 70 million albums in the United States alone. To speak about his accomplishments would be to merely list the dozens of awards he has received from the Academy of Country Music Awards, Grammy Awards, CMT Awards, American Music Awards, and Country Music Association Awards. The singer has won them all. His music is organic and was cultivated on the rural plains of Texas where he was influenced by George Jones, Merle Haggard, and Frank Sinatra as well as the rugged cowboy lifestyle that reared him.
Strait joined the US Army in 1971 and began performing with the band "Rambling Country" on base while stationed in Hawaii. He returned to Texas after his army stint and enrolled at Texas State University where he joined the country group "Ace in the Hole". Eventually the band gained some recognition and was invited to open for the Texas Playboys. After touring for several years, George was approached by MCA Records who quickly signed Strait to a recording contract in 1981.
Strait released his first album Strait Country in 1981, but it wasn't until 1982's sophomore set Strait From the Heart that he scored his first #1 single "Fool Hearted Memory". Since then Strait has gone on to record a record 57 #1 tracks on country radio. His career spans over thirty years and he has 25 studio albums, 19 of which have hit #1 on the Country Albums charts. He has 13 multi-platinum, 33 platinum, and 38 gold albums under his belt and he has shown no signs of slowing down.
Strait's most recent album Twang marked his 26th studio release and it hit #1 on the Billboard 200 in 2009. Strait was awarded the Grammy Award for Best Country Album for the disc in 2009. He was also honored at the 2009 Academy of Country Music Awards with the Artist of The Decade Award and was named Billboard Magazines Country Music Artist of the past 25 years in 2010. Strait is truly an American recording legend, his music has spanned the decades and has captivated the ears of millions of fans. Use Eventful as your source for George Strait tour dates and concert schedule information as they become available.
A decade into his career, Jason Aldean has scaled the highest level of country superstardom. All five of the albums he’s released to date have been certified at least Platinum. If that weren’t impressive enough, he’s the biggest-selling digital male country artist in history, according to the RIAA (21.5 million single certifications, for anyone who’s counting).
On top of that, Aldean was the first male country act of his generation to start headlining stadiums, staging the first-ever concert at the University of Georgia’s Sanford Stadium and shattering attendance records during a two-night stand at Fenway Park in 2013, which he’s followed up by routinely selling out Major League Baseball parks this year, no small deal for a one-time ball player and avid fan.
All of this begs the question: What do you do once you’ve reached the top? The Georgia native gives his answer on his sixth album Old Boots, New Dirt (releasing Oct. 7 on Broken Bow Records and recorded with his longtime producer Michael Knox). Written by Lee Thomas Miller, Tom Shapiro and Neil Thrasher, the album’s anthemic title track, in Aldean’s words, “talks about coming out the other side of a breakup, and trying to get as far away as you can.” But it also speaks to where he is in his career: “It’s saying, ‘It’s the same old me, but I’m going in a new direction.’”
To put it another way, Aldean is still focused on delivering the kinds of songs and sounds that drew those tens of thousands of fans to his stadium shows in the first place. But he’s also intent on keeping pace with an evolving musical landscape and changing things up here and there; that too lets his fans know he’s plugged into their world.
From start to finish, the new album packs the bold, hard-rocking, guitar-driven punch that’s been landing Aldean on the country radio charts since their very first single, 2005’s “Hicktown.”
“Before that, you didn’t hear a lot of big, shotgun guitar in country music,” notes Aldean, who cut his teeth playing clubs with set lists placing George Strait and Guns N‘ Roses covers right next to each other. “You hear that stuff in ‘80s rock music. So we did that, because we thought it was cool.”
New songs like “I Took It With Me,” “Laid Back” and “Gonna Know We Were Here” boast the blistering riffs and blustery choruses that Aldean’s become known for, the kind of unabashedly aggressive rock energy that hits the spot for listeners who, like him, have a place in their hearts and record collections for country and rock both. Aldean’s approach—including featuring his band in his music videos—has also made an undeniable mark on other country acts.
“There is definitely a sound and vibe that has been our staple and gotten us to this point,” says Aldean. “It’s that blue-collar, hard-driving, country-rock sort of thing. Obviously, it’s hit a nerve with not only fans but other musicians that are coming up. You’ve got a lot of guys coming out with their own bands and bigger guitar sounds and wearing chains everywhere. There wasn’t a lot of that stuff going on before we came out. Bringing a little edge to country music, I don’t think, is a bad thing.”
The album’s lead single “Burnin’ It Down,” which is picking up airplay faster than any other single of his career and is the handiwork of Rodney Clawson, Chris Tompkins and Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley, showcases a very different kind of feel, built around a laidback, hip-hop-influenced loop. Rhythmic beats are also woven into the textures of Aldean’s new tracks “Just Gettin’ Started, “Sweet Little Somethin’” and “Tonight Looks Good On You.”
“Just because I’m a country artist, doesn’t mean I don’t hear things in other forms of music that I think are cool and could work for what we’re doing,” says Aldean. “It’s not in a rulebook anywhere that you have to have steel guitar, fiddle and Telecaster on every single song you do. I have never seen a rulebook that said you can’t use a drum loop, that you can’t Auto-Tune a vocal or any of that stuff.” Just a few years ago, he proved that his stylistic gambles were right in step with the shifting tastes of the contemporary country audience with “Dirt Road Anthem,” his four million-selling, casually rapped no. 1 single.
As usual, Aldean’s stocked his album with plenty of tunes tailor-made for cruising back roads and cutting loose in the backwoods—which are also good to party to at an Aldean show. There’s “Burnin’ It Down,” “Sweet Little Somethin’” and “Laid Back,” and a few others geared toward weekend romance: “Tonight Looks Good On You,” “Just Getting’ Started” and “Show You Off.”
Says Aldean of “Laid Back,” “It talks about having a field party with your friends. A lot of teenagers and twenty-somethings do that—at least, where I’m from you do. You kinda get off the beaten path a little bit, out in the middle of nowhere, and get as loud as you want to. And then you ain’t gotta worry about the 5-0 coming to bust up the party.”
With 15 tracks in all on Old Boots, New Dirt—part of Aldean trying to give fans the most music he can for their money—there are songs that are bound to speak to all sorts of moments in the lives of listeners. Halfway through the strategically sequenced album comes “Too Fast,” a show-stopping, country-soul number written by Chris Stapleton and Lee Thomas Miller that happens to be the vocal performance Aldean is proudest of on here. Thematically, it’s a pivot point. It’s a song about worrying that reckless living will ultimately leave you lonely.
From there, Aldean moves into songs of soul searching, reminiscing and heartache: the power ballads “Don’t Change Gone” and “Miss That Girl,” the bruised, but not broken midtempo title track, the ruminative rocker “If My Truck Could Talk,” which reminds Aldean of the ’94 Ford Ranger that saw him through highs and lows, and even a run-in with a ditch.
Says Aldean, “People are gonna hear ‘Miss That Girl’ and go, ‘Yeah, I remember that girl I dated in high school. We broke up and I haven’t seen her in ten years. I always thought she was the one.’ It brings all the emotion back to them. That’s what you want out of a song.”
The hard-charging number “I Took It With Me” takes pride in not forgetting the value of a blue-collar, small-town way of life, even after you leave the town itself behind. It’s the latest of many songs Aldean has recorded celebrating the resilient people who live and work off the beaten path, “Amarillo Sky,” “Fly Over States” and “This Nothin’ Town” being other examples.
“I’ve always tried to record songs that I could relate to,” he says. “Where I grew up, I’ve got family members that were farmers. I watched them go through hard times when we’d go through a draught in Georgia. People dream about packing their stuff and leaving the town they’re in for a better life. Then you get there, and it’s like that saying: you spend the early part of your life trying to get out of somewhere, then you spend the later part of your life trying to get back to that place you wanted to get away from. I spent the early part of my life chasing the Nashville dream. And then I got here. Now it’s like any chance I get, I wanna go back to where I’m from.”
That’s the exact sort of song variety that Aldean points to in his repertoire whenever anybody brings up the recent journalistic hot topic of “bro country.” “Just because you release a song to radio and that happens to be the single, that doesn’t really define what the whole album’s about,” he says. “We’ve always tried to cut great songs, and we’re gonna cut songs that promote having a good time. Yeah, we’re gonna sing about drivin’ trucks and fishin’ and huntin’. That’s what we do. That’s what I grew up doing. But there’s some stuff that’s a little deeper on the record.”
There’s no doubt that what Aldean’s doing is resonating with stadiums full of fans. And he hasn’t forgotten how far he had to come to reach this point. “When I started, I was a 14 year-old kid playing in the VFW Hall in Macon, Georgia. There were ten people, maybe, in there. None of ‘em really cared that I was on stage. I still remember those times really vividly. To be able to play the shows we’re playing now on the scale we’re doing ‘em now, to me, is unbelievable. I never in a million years thought we would get to this point back then.”
With 13 platinum albums, two Grammy Awards, and countless outer country music awards, Alan Jackson is one of the most celebrated country musicians alive today. Jackson's tour dates have also been in high demand since the early 90s, and the superstar continues to tour and release albums to this day. Alan Jackson's latest release, Freight Train, has continued to reward audiences with the artist's classic sound and he plans to do the same on his tour dates in 2011.
Alan Jackson's career began to take off after his wife, Denise, introduced him to Glen Campbell and, in 1989, became the first artist signed to Arista Nashville. Jackson's musical career began on a positive note, when his first two albums -- Here in the Real World and Don't Rock the Jukebox -- both went multi-platinum and broke into the top 5 of the US country charts. While fairly high profile tour dates followed, they paled in comparison to what would follow the release of A Lot About Livin' (And a Little 'bout Love)." The album went platinum six times, won two CMA Awards, and featured the #1 singles "She's Got the Rhythm (And I Got the Blues)" and "Chattahoochee." Jackson's follow-up in 1994, Who I Am, also received critical acclaim, went platinum four times, and featured the hit singles "Summertime Blues" and "Livin' on Love."
Alan Jackson received universal attention in 2001, when his 9/11 tribute song, "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)", became a sort of anthem for the tragedy and won him his first Grammy. Jackson continued to play sold out tour dates and release platinum albums, up through 2002 when he released his tenth album, Drive. The album went platinum four times, reached the top of nearly all music charts, and received nearly universal claim from critics and audiences. Alan Jackson might be best known for a duet with Jimmy Buffett on his song "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" off his Greatest Hits Volume II. While the Alison Krauss produced, 2006 album, Like Red on a Rose, only went gold, it was largely praised by fans and critics.
While Alan Jackson's latest album, Freight Train, hasn't had enough time to go platinum, its well on its way. Fans that enjoyed the album will enjoy the dozen or so 2011 tour dates that Alan Jackson has planned over the summer and fall. As of late July, Jackson's concert schedule has him in Canada and the northeastern US before heading to Norway and Sweden in early August. Jackson will return to play shows in the US and Canada in mid-August before ending his 2011 tour dates on November 3. For all of the latest Alan Jackson concert schedule info, be sure to visit Eventful.
Since the early 1990s, very few female rock artists have experienced the success and popularity that Sheryl Crow has. Her many hit songs played almost continuously on the radio and her Grammy Award-winning albums flew off record store shelves. Ms. Crow has continuously produced wildly successful concert dates where she proficiently plays at least a dozen different instruments. Her musical style is also diverse, ranging from folk to hip-hop, but always retaining the 90's rock sound that has made her famous. If that wasn't enough Sheryl, she has a full concert schedule this summer with 2011 tour dates supporting Kid Rock on the second leg of his Born Free tour.
After graduating from the University of Missouri with a degree in Music Composition, Performance, and Education, Sheryl Crow became an elementary school music teacher. Teaching during the week allowed her to pursue her musical aspirations on the weekends, and she eventually began recording jingles for companies like McDonald's and Toyota. Word of Crow's vocal talents spread and she soon started singing backup vocals for some of the biggest names in music on tour dates. Sheryl Crow recorded her debut solo album in 1992, but both Sheryl and the label decided not to release it as it was not commensurate with her talents or style.
Sheryl Crow soon joined up with a group of casual, bohemian musicians that called themselves the "Tuesday Music Club". The group's main function was to casually bounce songwriting ideas off each other, and the peer sessions inspired Crow's "debut" album, Tuesday Night Music Club in 1993. It wasn't until the third single "All I Wanna Do" became a breakout smash hit that fans, critics, and music execs began going Crow crazy. The album reached #3 on the Billboard 200 and won three Grammy Awards that year. It also marked Sheryl Crow's rise from backup singer to star headliner on subsequent tour dates
Sheryl Crow produced her own self-titled second album in 1996. The album won a Grammy for Best Rock Album and the hit single "If It Makes You Happy" won for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. Sheryl Crow continued her hit-making streak with the 1998 album, The Globe Sessions. The record has sold well over two million copies and won Grammys for Best Rock Album and Best Engineered Non-Classical Album. Surviving breast cancer was one of the inspirations behind her 2008 album, Detours, in addition to her split with Lance Armstrong and the adoption of her son Wyatt.
On her most recent album, 100 Miles to Memphis, she chose to bypass the country and rock themes for a classic soul and southern sound that can only be described as…Memphis. The nostalgic record has been critically acclaimed and adored by fans. Those same fans can catch Sheryl Crow at 2011 tour dates on the second leg of Kid Rock's North American Born Free tour. The concert schedule begins on July 2 in Cincinnati, heads down the east coast, and will land on the west coast in Sacramento on July 26. Heading down the coast and through the Southwest, the concert schedule calls for more shows in the East before ending in Houston on September 3.
Country music star Vince Gill has proven throughout his career that he can play nice with others. Gill's brief tenure as lead singer of Pure Prairie League produced the hit single "Let Me Love You Tonight", as well as some of the group's biggest tour dates. His collaborations with other hit artists have won countless awards, including Grammys for his work with Randy Scruggs, Rosanne Cash, and Chet Atkins. While Vince Gill has proven his talent with teamwork, it's his illustrious solo career that will soon be honored at his 20th Anniversary celebration at the Grand Ole Opry this year. It's also the work that his fans are lining up to see on Gill's 20th Anniversary, 2011 tour dates this summer/fall.
Vincent Gill learned how to play the guitar, banjo, bass, mandolin, dobro, and fiddle as a child and joined many bluegrass bands as a teen. Major exposure for Gill came when he was invited to replace George Powell as lead singer for Pure Prairie League. He recorded three hit albums with the band until they lost their record contract in 1982 and Gill decided to leave and pursue a solo career. Gill scored big in 1989 with When I Call Your Name, which featured a hit duet with Reba McEntire on "Oklahoma Swing" and a Grammy Award for the album's title track. Gill continued to release hugely successful albums, including the chart-topping The Key in 1998, which was followed by a hit duet with Barbara Streisand called "If You Ever Leave Me." Gill's many achievements over the years were finally honored in 2005 when he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Fans are ecstatic over the country legend's upcoming US tour dates in 2011, which include his anniversary celebration at the Grand Old Opry, appearances a numerous fairs and casinos, and a brief 12 Days of Christmas Tour at the end of the year. For all the details on Vince Gill's many 2011 tour dates, be sure to check Eventful.
After garnering attention on the reality competition series, "Nashville Star," Miranda Lambert has proved that she has the chops to earn the title of Female Vocalist two years in a row by the Academy of Country Music. With songs like "Kerosene" and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," Lambert has combined attitude and sass with her carefully crafted lyrics and polished playing style. Country's reigning queen is currently on tour, Miranda Lambert tour dates are booked at over two dozen shows this spring and summer 2011.
This native Texan was raised by her private investigator parents in rural Lindale, Texas. Her father taught her about guns, hunting, and Garth Brooks and Lambert soon developed an interest in performing country music. She started singing early on, with her dad on guitar, and by sixteen she landed the opportunity to record music in Nashville but soon returned after her disenchantment with the manufactured sound that they wanted her to produce. Lambert finished high school and became lead singer of the local band at the Reo Palm Isle Ballroom. Lambert got her chance to shine as a solo star on the USA Networks television show, "Nashville Star," where she finished in third place and inked a deal with Epic Records.
Staying true to her passion for authentic country music, she co-wrote eleven of the final twelve cuts on her debut album, "Kerosene." Of her songwriting, Lambert stated, "I mean every word I say in every lyric of every song" and "if you're into honesty, I have the records for you!" Her heartfelt lyrics and her genuine personalty translated into country superstardom for the young singer. Her debut produced four top 40 singles and was eventually certified platinum by the RIAA. Miranda Lambert tour dates were scheduled in the opening slot for country superstars Dierks Bentley and Toby Keith on their respective national tours.
She returned to the studio in 2007 to record her sophomore effort, the aptly titled "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," which yielded the domestic abuse inspired single, "Gunpowder and Lead." The album was also certified platinum and it earned Lambert the award for Album of the Year at the 2008 ACM Awards. Lambert achieved critical and commercial success early on, however, she continues to rack up career highlights and acclaim.
Lamber returned to the studio in 2009 to record her third release, "Revolution," once again contributing her writing abilities to the majority of the tracks. The singles, "White Liar," and "The House That Built Me," garnered her critical acclaim. The 2009 Miranda Lambert concert schedule included her first headlining tour, "Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars," which had scheduled dates at over 22 cities. While on tour it was announced that she was nominated for a record setting 9 CMA awards at the 2010 ceremony where she earned awards for Female Vocalist and Album of the Year. The critical acclaim only continued when she was awarded the Grammy Award for Best Female Country vocal performance for the "House that Built Me," at the February, 2011 ceremony.
Following her huge wins at the ACM and Grammy Awards in 2011, Lambert will hit the studio and the road this spring. Miranda Lambert tour dates for her "Revolution" outing have her on the road throughout the spring and summer. Make sure you catch Lambert's fiery performances. Use Eventful as your source for Miranda Lambert tour dates and concert schedule updates.
Lee Ann Womack:
Lee Ann Womack has championed the roots of country music ever since her pristine voice and impeccable phrasing arrived on the scene nearly a decade ago. Since that time she’s watched her songs not only top the country charts, but stretch beyond those boundaries. Yet no matter where the music went, Womack’s artistry never wavered. She always has and always will be one thing—a country singer and songwriter who, happily, left her heart in Texas.
Womack set critics and fans afire with her 2005 CD, There’s More Where That Came From. Its twin fiddles, honest lyrics and stellar singing made Womack the definitive country artist. None were surprised when the album won a 2005 CMA award for “Album of the Year,” and the debut release from that record, “I May Hate Myself In The Morning,” won the 2005 CMA “Single of the Year” award.
MCA Nashville will release Womack’s new single “Last Call”, written by Erin Enderlin and Shane McAnally, to radio June 30. Her highly-anticipated seventh album, produced by Tony Brown and titled Call Me Crazy, will debut this fall. Four of the twelve tracks are co-written by Womack and fans will discover two other very well-known male voices accompanying the songstress, including Keith Urban and George Strait. Last time Womack and Strait collaborated was for “Good News, Bad News”, which earned them a Country Music Association award for “Musical Event of the Year.”
Womack has sold over 6 million albums, won two Grammy’s, numerous other milestone awards, and most recently garnered critical acclaim for There’s More Where That Came From. Released February of ’05 on CD and classic vinyl, There’s More swept Country Music Association trophies Fall of the same year for “Album of the Year” and “Single of the Year” (“I May Hate Myself In the Morning”). She is also recognized for #1 singles “The Fool,” “A Little Past Little Rock,” “I’ll Think Of A Reason Later” and the mega smash “I Hope You Dance.” Her most recent album was released in 2008.
Her smooth vocals have garnered her comparisons to Celine Dion and her singles have solidified her as a country hit-making sensation. Since the early '90s, McBride has topped the Country, Contemporary Christian, and Adult Contemporary charts with her powerful ballads and inspiring uptempo pop hits. Martina McBride tour dates are currently scheduled across the US this Summer, 2011.
McBride's career began in the late '80s when her husband and sound engineer John McBride joined Garth Brooks' sound crew. Brooks was impressed with Martina's vocal abilities and her enthusiasm and offered her a position as one of his opening acts if, and only if, she secured a recording contract. As luck (or pure talent) would have it, McBride was signed to RCA Nashville Records in 1991. She released her debut album in 1992, "The Time Has Come", but its singles only received moderate airplay on the radio.
Her sophomore set proved to have more traction; in 1992 she released "The Way That I Am" and its lead-off single "My Baby Loves Me" hit #2 on the country charts. Her third single, "Independence Day", became her signature hit and won her a County Music Association Award for Video of the Year. The song tackled issues of domestic abuse and proved that McBride's talents went beyond her vocals as she frequently addresses social issues. Martina McBride tour dates were scheduled in the opening slot for Garth Brooks, as promised, throughout his 1992-94 touring season.
McBride released her third album, "Wild Angels," in 1995 and the title track became her first #1 single on the country charts. The album was certified platinum and McBride joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1996. Her breakthrough to country superstardom occurred with her fourth album, "Evolution" which featured the single "Valentine" with Jim Brickman. The single proved to be a pop-crossover hit and started a trend amongst country artists towards pop-fused productions. The album also featured the hit, "A Broken Wing", which featured McBride's soulful vocals. The album was certified multi-platinum and she won the CMA award for Female Vocalist of the Year in 1999 and was invited to perform for President Clinton. Martina McBride concert dates were scheduled on the women-themed "Lillith Fair" in 1999.
She released her fifth album "Emotion" in 1999 and scored three more top ten country singles. McBride finally had enough singles under her belt to release a Greatest Hits collection in 2001; the album featured the single "Blessed" and sold nearly three million copies becoming her biggest seller to-date. McBride kept her female anthems coming and in 2003 she released "Martina" which featured her hit single "This One's for the Girls", which became a #1 Adult Contemporary hit. In 2004, McBride won her fourth CMA Female Vocalist of the Year award, which tied her for the most wins with her idol, Reba McEntire.
In 2007, McBride released "Waking Up Laughing", and scheduled a national headlining tour through 2008 that was seen by over a quarter million people across the nation. McBride released her latest album, "Shine", in 2009 and scheduled a national co-headlining tour with Trace Adkins. After nearly twenty years, McBride left RCA Nashville Records and signed with Republic Nashville to start work on a new record. The as-yet untitled album is scheduled for a 2011 release. You may have seen McBride share the stage with Jennifer Hudson, Christina Aguilera, Yolanda Adams and Florence Welch at the 53rd Grammy Awards where the girls paid tribute to Aretha Franklin. In addition to scheduled performances, and recording her new album, Martina McBride tour dates are currently scheduled across North America, this summer 2011. Her voice is unparalleled in country music, her hits have made her a legend, and her style has transcended all genres. Don't miss out on this soulful and brilliant act when she comes to your area. Use Eventful as your source for Martina McBride tour dates and concert schedule information.
One of the biggest female country stars of the '90s and 2000s, Faith Hill also took advantage of the inroads Shania Twain made into pop territory, becoming an enormous crossover success by the end of the millennium. Of course, Hill's movie star good looks certainly helped her cause, and her much-celebrated marriage to fellow country star Tim McGraw gave her career an extra kick of glamour and mystique. Hill may not have appealed to country purists, but she had the star power of a diva even before her pop success.
Faith Hill was born Audrey Faith Perry on September 21, 1967, in Jackson, MS, and grew up in the nearby small town of Star. She was singing for her family as young as age three and first performed publicly at a 4-H luncheon when she was seven. Hill spent much of her childhood singing wherever the opportunity arose, influenced primarily by Reba McEntire, and at age 17 formed a band that played local rodeos. At 19, she quit college and moved to Nashville to make it as a singer, first finding work selling T-shirts. During this time, she was married briefly to music executive Dan Hill. Eventually she was hired as a secretary at a music publishing firm, where she was discovered by accident while singing to herself one day. Encouraged by company head Gary Morris, Hill became a demo singer for the firm and also performed professionally as a harmony vocalist behind singer/songwriter/producer Gary Burr, who produced Hill's own demo tape. A Warner Brothers executive caught Burr and Hill's act at a Nashville club, and wound up signing Hill to a solo deal.
Hill released her debut album, Take Me as I Am, in late 1993, with producer Scott Hendricks at the helm. Success wasn't long in coming; the lead single "Wild One" raced up the country charts en route to a four-week run at number one early the next year, making her the first female country singer in 30 years to top the charts for that long with her debut single. The follow-up, a countrified cover of Janis Joplin's "Piece of My Heart," also hit number one, as did the album's title track, and Take Me as I Am wound up selling over three million copies. Hill was set to build on her success right away, but had to undergo surgery on her vocal cords, which delayed the recording of her next album. Nevertheless, the wait wasn't unreasonable, and It Matters to Me appeared in the summer of 1995. The title track became her fourth number one country single, and it was accompanied by a string of Top Ten hits that helped push initial sales of the album past the three million mark. Hill was by now a firmly established country hitmaker, and she continued her active touring schedule by teaming up with Tim McGraw in 1996 for the Spontaneous Combustion Tour. It was an apt name, as Hill married McGraw that October. The couple's first child, daughter Gracie, was born in May of 1997, and not long after, their duet "It's Your Love" -- recorded for McGraw's Everywhere album -- was burning up the country charts, staying at number one for six weeks.
Hill returned in the spring of 1998 with Faith, which provided the first signs that she was interested in crossing over to pop audiences, even if the still-countrified music often straddled the fence instead of making her ambitions explicit. The single "This Kiss" proved the savvy of her approach; not only did it top the country charts for three weeks, but it also became her first pop hit, climbing to number seven. By the time "This Kiss" had run its course on the charts, Hill had given birth to her second daughter with McGraw, Maggie. If Hill had been a star in the country world, she was now rapidly becoming a superstar, known not just for her music but also her pure celebrity; she also signed an endorsement deal with Cover Girl makeup. Her next two singles, "Just to Hear You Say That You Love Me" (another duet with McGraw) and "Let Me Let Go," hit number one country, though they didn't duplicate the pop success of "This Kiss."
Faith, released in 1998, became Hill's biggest-selling album yet, eventually moving over six million copies and reaching the Top Ten on the LP charts; plus, it became crystal clear that Hill held major crossover appeal. Accordingly, she re-entered the studio immediately after her supporting tour and cut Breathe, a full-fledged bid for pop and adult contemporary success. Breathe entered the charts at number one upon its release in late 1999, and its title track became Hill's biggest hit yet; it spent six weeks on top of the country charts and was an even bigger hit on the adult contemporary charts. While it only climbed to number two pop, the single had such staying power that it wound up the biggest hit of the year 2000. The follow-ups were pretty successful in their own right: "The Way You Love Me" and "There You'll Be" both hit the pop Top Ten, with the former topping the country charts and the latter hitting number one AC. Hill also scored a Top Ten country hit with "Let's Make Love," a third duet with McGraw, and the two teamed up for another tour in 2000. Breathe was a bona fide blockbuster, selling over seven million copies in the U.S. and earning her a slew of award nominations. Hill spent much of 2001 taking a break and spending time with Audrey, her third daughter with McGraw.
In 2002, Hill returned to the spotlight with her fifth studio recording, Cry, a three-million seller whose title track netted her the Best Female Vocal Performance Grammy for 2003. Hill took nearly three years to return to recording, but when she released Fireflies in August 2005 it was hailed as one of her finest works. The lead single "Mississippi Girl" (written by John Rich of the hit country duo Big & Rich) hit number one on the country singles chart, and the album reached number one on the album charts. Her Soul2Soul II tour of 2006, which she co-headlined with McGraw, became the highest-grossing country tour of all time.
Kenny Chesney is country music's resident hit-maker having placed a single in the top 5 of Billboard's US Hot Country singles chart every year since 1996. Chesney's collection of country party anthems from "Beer in Mexico" to "Out Last Night" keep the Tennessee native at the top of the charts and on the road with a busy concert schedule. Chesney has toured the nation every year since 2001 and tour dates for his 2011 "Going Coastal" outing have the prolific singer-songwriter touring the nation throughout August.
The road to fame for Chesney is a familiar tale of honky-tonk hustling and record label shopping in Nashville. Chesney moved to country music's capital in 1990 and became a fixture on the bar scene until 1992 when he secured a songwriting contract with Acuff Rose Publishing. Chesney released his first full-length album, "In My Wildest Dreams", in 1994 under BNA Records. However, it was not until 1997 that Chesney experienced mainstream success when his single "She's Got it All" hit #1 on Billboard's US Country singles chart. In the same year, Chesney also garnered the "New Male Vocalist of the Year" award from the Academy of Country Music and his fourth album, "I Will Stand," achieved gold-certification status. Since then, Chesney has churned out eight more LPs, all of which have been certified gold, platinum or multi-platinum by the RIAA. Additionally, Chesney has placed forty singles in the Top 40 of Billboard's Hot Country Songs, eighteen of which have rocketed to the top slot. Chesney has solidified his position as one of the top selling acts in terms of albums sales and concert revenue, however, he has not let this success go to his head. He still maintains his residence in Nashville, his signature cowboy hat, and asserts that "he is not that different from the kid who came to Nashville with a head full of dreams."
Kenny's production of hit singles and albums is matched only by his equally prolific concert schedule which has kept Chesney on the road for the better part of the last decade. The avid performer has been awarded the Entertainer of the Year award by both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association an astounding four times each. Between 2005 and 2008, Billboard honored Chesney with the "Touring Award for Top Package" award and his 2007 Flip Flop Summer Tour ranked as that year's highest grossing country outing. Chesney has perfected the country music concert experience with his laid back collection of backwoods meets beach hits such as "When the Sun Goes Down" and "Keg in the Closet." Tour Dates for Chesney's 2011 "Going Coastal" circuit have him visiting country music lovers everywhere from Tuscaloosa to Toronto. Whether his is riding a tractor on stage behind the backdrop of fireworks or slowing it down with his acoustic guitar, Chesney brings the honky-tonk to packed arenas all around the country. Whether you are based in Winnipeg or Wichita, make Eventful your source for upcoming Kenny Chesney concert dates and don't miss on one of country music's best entertainers.
Eric Church has combined a knack for writing fist-pumping hit songs and filling America’s biggest venues with an authenticity that’s made him one of the 21st century’s biggest and most interesting country music stars. The 37-year-old North Carolina native has captured the hearts of fans with raw honesty, a willingness to blend sounds and ideas in new ways in a genre bursting with change. Church’s latest album, 2014’s “The Outsiders,” was one of the year’s few critical and commercial successes regardless of genre. Universally lauded by critics from all corners of the music world, “The Outsiders” produced two No. 1 hits, had one of the year’s all-genre top-five debut weeks and was the first and one of just two mainstream country albums to go Platinum. “The Outsiders” helped Church earn a genre-high four Grammy Award nominations, including Best Country Album and Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance for “Give Me Back My Hometown.”
Church began performing at age 13 and turned his back on a marketing degree from Appalachian State to move to Nashville. Church arrived with a distinct and different point of view from Music Row tastes of the times. His first album, 2006’s “Sinners Like Me” yielded three Top 20 hits. He grew in popularity with the release of his second album, 2009’s “Carolina,” and as a relentless touring artist, then truly broke through in 2011 with “Chief.” That album gave Church three No. 1 singles, including “Springsteen” and “Drink in My Hand,” and won both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music Album of the Year awards.
His voice has helped define the soundtrack of country music for two decades, and now Ronnie Dunn is poised to continue that legacy with the release of his self-titled solo debut album, coming June 7. A 12-track collection, Ronnie Dunn captures the multi-award-winning singer/songwriter’s most complete musical vision, produced solely by Dunn, with nine songs that he wrote or co-wrote.
It’s the album he’s always wanted to make, and Ronnie Dunn delivers in a big way, from the stirring poignancy of the smash first single, “Bleed Red,” to the energized cantina-country of the Dunn/Terry McBride co-write, “How Far to Waco,” the all-too-real everyman’s portrait of “Cost of Livin’,” and the devastating, heart-on-the-line balladry of the Dunn-penned “Last Love I’m Tryin’.”
The collection kicks-off with the party-time opener, “Singer in a Cowboy Band” (penned by Dunn and Craig Wiseman), and closes with another Dunn co-write, the soulful “Love Owes Me One.”
“Bleed Red,” the first hit from the new album, is available now as a digital single and is currently climbing the country airplay charts.
Keep up with Dunn online anytime at www.RonnieDunn.com.