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Little Big Town is an American country music vocal group. Founded in 1998, the group has comprised the same four members since its inception: Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook, and Phillip Sweet. The quartet’s musical style relies heavily on four-part vocal harmonies, with all four members alternating as lead singers. Westbrook and Sweet also play rhythm guitar.
Little Big Town released their self-titled debut on Monument Records in 2002. It produced the singles “Don’t Waste My Time” and “Everything Changes”, which respectively peaked at #33 and #42 on the Billboard country charts. Their second album, The Road to Here, was released that year. Certified platinum in the U.S., it produced consecutive Top Ten singles on the country charts in “Boondocks” and “Bring It On Home“. A Place to Land is the title of their third album, released in 2007. This album’s first single, “I’m with the Band”, was a Top 40 hit on the country charts.
Little Big Town have charted twelve songs on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. This figure includes a Christmas single which was made available only as a download, and a live cover of “Life in a Northern Town” (along with Sugarland and Jake Owen) which charted in 2008 based on unsolicited airplay.
Little Big Town released their fourth studio album, The Reason Why, on August 24, 2010 via Capitol Nashville.
In March 2010, the group released a new single titled “Little White Church“, as the lead-off single to their fourth studio album and first completely new album on Capitol Nashville, The Reason Why, which was released on August 24, 2010. “Little White Church” has become their highest charted single since “Bring It on Home” reached #4 in 2006. “Kiss Goodbye” will be the album’s second single.
Don’t wast my time
Bring it on Home
I’m with the Band
Little White Church
The Black Crowes are an American rock and roll band that has sold over 30 million albums. They were labeled by Melody Maker as “The Most Rock ‘n’ Roll Rock ‘n’ Roll Band in the World”. In 1990, the readers of Rolling Stone voted them ‘Best New American Band’. The band has opened for rock and roll bands such as Heart, Robert Plant, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, the Dave Matthews Band and The Grateful Dead. The band is listed at number 92 on VH1’s “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock”.
The band released its first studio album, Shake Your Money Maker, in 1990. On the strength of singles “Hard to Handle“, “She Talks to Angels“, “Jealous Again“, “Twice As Hard“, “Sister Luck”, and “Seeing Things”, their debut album received multi-platinum certification and eventually sold over three million copies. Their cover of Otis Redding’s “Hard to Handle” and their acoustic ballad “She Talks to Angels” both broke the Top 30 on the pop charts in 1991 while “Twice As Hard” and “Jealous Again” were moderate hits. The band launched its own tour that May and later took part in a Monsters of Rock tour in the Soviet Union, where they opened for Motley Crue and Queensrÿche, among others.
The band regrouped, adding Sven Pipien on bass prior to its next recording sessions. By Your Side was released in January 1999; the album stripped away the more adventurous sounds of Amorica and Three Snakes and One Charm in favor of leaner, soul-influenced songs ready for radio. The album’s more mainstream approach spawned singles in “Kickin’ My Heart Around”, “Only a Fool”, and “Go Faster”.
In May 2001, the band released Lions on Virgin mogul Richard Branson’s V2 record label. Singles “Lickin’” and “Soul Singing” had a solid presence on rock radio and Lions peaked at number 20 on the charts. The Black Crowes were inducted into the Guitar Center Rockwalk, a walk of fame honoring notable musical acts and artists. Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher and Slash were on hand for the ceremony. The band effectively dissolved in January 2002 with the departure of drummer Steve Gorman and an announcement that the band was “taking a hiatus.”
After several attempts at revitalizing the band, tours, albums and members….On April 21, 2010, the band announced an August 3 release date for the double, all acoustic album Croweology, as well as tour dates for the “Say Good Night to the Bad Guys Tour,” which will feature two 90-minute sets at the majority of shows: one acoustic and one electric. Another hiatus will follow the tour.
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Hard to Handle
She Talks to Angles
Goodbye Daughters of the Revlolution
Kicking my heart Around
Only a Fool
The Grascals is a six-piece bluegrass band hailing from Nashville, Tennessee. Founded in 2004, the band has since gained a level of notability by playing on the Grand Ole Opry and in bluegrass festivals around the country.
In 2005 the band won the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Emerging Artist of the Year Award, as well as the Song of the Year award for “Me and John and Paul”. In 2006 and 2007, they won the IBMA Entertainer of the Year.
The Grascals have released two albums, both on Rounder Records. Their 2006 album, Long List of Heartaches, features artists such as Steve Wariner, George Jones, The Jordanaires, and Dierks Bentley. Their third album, Keep on Walkin’, came out July 15, 2008.
They played one of their first shows at the Station Inn with special guest Bobby Osborne. An interesting fact to mention is that the band believed that this wouldn’t really go anywhere, almost as a side job to add a little money for their families.
In summer 2004, it became clear that Dolly Parton began to show interest in wanting to play with the Grascals. The Grascals soon became Dolly’s opening act, as well as her band. Performing at Dollywood and eventually, the Grand Ole Opry, the band quickly became one of the up and coming bluegrass bands of the year.
The Grascals went into the studio to record their third album which has been called Keep on Walkin’. It will be released July 15, 2008. The album is different from the previous one since instead of having many guests as with Long List of Heartaches, only one guest will be featured, (Vince Gill).
Me and John and Paul
Viva Las Vegas
Roll Muddy River
Keep on Walking
Happy go Lucky
Lee Brice (born June 10, 1980 in Sumter, South Carolina) is an American country music artist. Signed to Curb Records‘ Asylum-Curb division since 2007, Brice has released four singles to country radio, all four of which have charted on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. The fourth of these, “Love Like Crazy,” holds the record for the longest chart run achieved in the history of that chart. Brice has al
Lee Brice was born June 10, 1980 in Sumter, South Carolina. As a child, he learned to play the piano in addition to singing in church and writing his own songs. He entered and won three different talent contests in high school.
Later on, Brice attended Clemson University on a football scholarship. He played special teams as the long snapper, but after an arm injury, he decided to focus on a country music career instead. By 2007, he began working as a songwriter, with cuts by Jason Aldean, Keith Gattis and Cowboy Crush among others. Brice, along with Billy Montana and Kyle Jacobs, co-wrote Garth Brooks‘ 2007 single “More Than a Memory“, a song which became the first single in the history of the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts to debut at Number One.
Also in 2007, Brice signed to Curb Records‘ Asylum-Curb division, releasing his debut single “She Ain’t Right,” which peaked at #29 on the same chart. It was followed by “Happy Endings” and “Upper Middle Class White Trash” at #32 and #44, respectively. All three songs were to have been included on an album entitled Picture of Me, which was never released. Brice also continued to write songs for others, including Canadian singer Adam Gregory’s singles “Crazy Days” and “What It Takes.” He also appeared on Cledus T. Judd’s 2007 album Boogity, Boogity – A Tribute to the Comedic Genius of Ray Stevens, singing duet vocals on a rendition of the Albert E. Brumley gospel song “Turn Your Radio On.”
In August 2009, Brice charted with his fourth single, “Love Like Crazy,” which is the first release from his debut album of the same name. Brice also co-wrote labelmate Tim McGraw’s 2010 single “Still.” “Love Like Crazy” reached Top Ten on the country music charts in July 2010 during its forty-sixth week on the chart, setting a record for the slowest climb into the Top Ten in that chart’s history. In September 2010, the song broke a record for the longest-charting single in the history of the Hot Country Songs chart with 55 weeks, it had been previously set by Eddy Arnold between 1948 and 1949 who spent 54 weeks on the Hot Country Songs chart with “Bouquet of Roses“.
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She An’t Right
Upper Middle Class White Trash
Sumter County Friday Night
Falling Apart Together
Love Like Crazy
Michelle Jacquet DeSevren Branch Landau (born July 2, 1983) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. During the early 2000s, she released two top-selling albums, The Spirit Room and Hotel Paper, and was subsequently nominated for the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 2003. In 2005, she formed the country music duo The Wreckers with friend and fellow musician Jessica Harp, and produced the Grammy-nominated single “Leave the Pieces.” However, The Wreckers disbanded in 2007 to pursue their respective solo careers.
Beginning to sing at the age of three, Branch enrolled in voice lessons at Northern Arizona University when she was eight, and received her first guitar for her fourteenth birthday. After teaching herself chords, she composed her first song “Fallen” within a week of receiving her guitar. She initially attended Sedona Red Rock High School, but finished the last two years of her high school education through home schooling so that she could focus on her music career.
In 2001, Branch signed a recording deal with Maverick Records, where she began working with John Shanks to produce her first album and major-label debut. The album, The Spirit Room, was released in August 2001, producing the hit single “Everywhere.” The single was a commercial success, winning the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards Viewer’s Choice Award. “Everywhere” was later followed by singles “All You Wanted” and “Goodbye to You.”
Her second album Hotel Paper was released in 2003, and debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 charts. However, the album was met with mixed reviews. The lead single “Are You Happy Now?” was a chart success, earning her a nomination for the Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. Branching out into television, she appeared in several shows, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, American Dreams, and Charmed.
In July 2005, Branch began collaborating with her backup singer and longtime friend Jessica Harp. They were initially known as “The Cass County Homewreckers” as a joke by Branch’s husband, but they trimmed it down to The Wreckers. Their album attempted to combine their respective genres—pop rock and country. The duo’s first single “Leave the Pieces” was released in February, 2006, while their album Stand Still, Look Pretty was released in May.
Everything Comes and Goes was finally released as a 6-track EP on July 16, 2010 via Michelle’s website and will be available on iTunes one month later, with a full album called Different Kind of Country to follow later in the year. Branch has been working on her first solo country album which is expected for release in December 2010.
Leave the Pieces
All I ever Wanted
Goodbye to You
Are you happy Now
Everything comes and Goes
Rednex is a Swedish manufactured techno/folk/bluegrass band. The name “Rednex” was chosen as a deliberate misspelling of the word “rednecks“. They had an international novelty hit with the song “Cotton Eye Joe” in 1994. Although extremely popular in Germany, where the band holds the record of most total weeks (25) at No.1 on the German singles chart over the past 30 years—scoring such hits as “Old Pop in an Oak“, “The Spirit of the Hawk” and “Wish You Were Here“–”Cotton Eye Joe” remains Rednex’s sole hit in the United States.
They recorded their songs with studio musicians, and a group of redneck role players to represent the group on stage and in music videos was put together. Over the years, these performers have come and gone, and as of 2007 there have been 15 different role players.
The group launched something of a minor comeback when they entered the song “Mama Take Me Home” in Semifinal 4 of the Swedish Melodifestivalen on 11 March 2006 in Gothenburg. They qualified for the final via the Second Chance Round, finishing an overall sixth in the final. The song “Mama Take Me Home” was subsequently released as a single in a few select European countries.
According to a Rednex press release , the band members Annika “Mary Joe” Ljungberg, Anders “Maverick” Lundström and Jens “Snake” Sylsjö were exchanged on January 1, 2009, bringing back former members Scarlet, Dagger, Ace Ratclaw and Joe Cagg. This is not unprecedented, Rednex have had multiple lineups over the years (for instance a previous exchange in 2001 brought in Scarlet and Dagger). However, Mary Joe, Maverick and Snake were still touring as “The Cotton Eye Joe Show presented by the Rednex Band Ltd”. This has caused the trademark owners Rednex AB to threaten them and concert organizers with legal action resulting in the cancellation of some shows
A new video was recorded on August 27 in Norrbyggeby in Sweden for the upcoming single “Devil’s On The Loose”.The song is the first single from the upcoming album “Saturday Night Beaver”. On 7 January 2010 the single was released in a partnership with The Pirate Bay for free and legal download worldwide.
Cotton Eye Joe
Old Pop in an Oak
Devils on loose
Wish you were Here
Wild and Free
Sara Beth Bareilles is an American singer-songwriter and pianist. She achieved mainstream success in 2007 with the hit single “Love Song“, which brought her into the number one spot on the Billboard Pop 100 chart.
After graduating from college in 2002 Bareilles performed at local bars and clubs, building a following before performing in larger venues. In January 2004, Bareilles released her first studio album, Careful Confessions. She signed a contract with Epic Records on April 15, 2005. The remainder of the year and early 2006 were spent writing and reworking songs for her upcoming album.Her song, “Gravity,” appears briefly in the 2006 independent film Loving Annabelle. She toured as the opening act in 2006 for Marc Broussard’s “Carencro” tour. In 2007, Bareilles opened for several shows on both Maroon 5 and Paolo Nutini’s U.S. tours. She also opened for James Blunt on his U.S. Tour in association with VH1 You Oughta Know.
On October 28, 2008, Bareilles released “Between the Lines: Sara Bareilles Live at the Fillmore” on DVD and CD. The package is a recording of her first headlining tour at the famous Fillmore in San Francisco. She toured with Counting Crows and Maroon 5 between July 22 and August 26, 2008.
Bareilles began work on the follow-up to her major label debut in the summer of 2009, collaborating with the likes of Amir “Questlove” Thompson, members of Weezer, and Pharrel Williams. The first single from her sophomore album, “King Of Anything,” began receiving radio airplay in the USA during May 2010, and was released for sale in June.
In anticipation of the new album, Bareilles released a series of webisodes, featuring the making of select songs from “Kaleidoscope Heart,” including “King of Anything,” “Uncharted,” “Gonna Get Over You,” “Bluebird,” and a strings only version of “King of Anything.” The first webisode also contains Sara writing the chorus for “Hold My Heart”. The CD Kaleidoscope Heart is set to release on September 7, 2010.
Love on the Rocks
Bottle it Up
King of Anything
Tracy Darrell “Trace” Adkins (born January 13, 1962) is an American country music artist. He made his debut in 1996 with the album Dreamin’ Out Loud, released on Capitol Records Nashville. Since then, Adkins has released seven more studio albums and two Greatest Hits compilations. In addition, he has charted more than twenty singles on the Billboard country music charts, including the Number One hits “(This Ain’t) No Thinkin’ Thing“, “Ladies Love Country Boys“, and “You’re Gonna Miss This“, which peaked in 1997, 2007, and 2008, respectively. “I Left Something Turned on at Home” went to #1 on Canada’s country chart. All but one of his studio albums have received gold or platinum certification in the United States; his highest-selling to date is 2005’s Songs About Me, which has been certified 2× Multi-Platinum for shipping two million copies.
His musical interest came at an early age, when his father taught him to play the guitar. As an adult, Adkins moved on to playing in honky tonk bars around Nashville, Tennessee, in the early 1990s. An executive of Capitol Records spotted Adkins playing at a honky tonk, and soon signed him to the label. Adkins’s first single, “There’s a Girl in Texas”, was released in 1996, reaching the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts. It was followed by the release of his debut album, Dreamin’ Out Loud, later that year. The album produced several hit singles, including his first Top 5 single, “Every Light in the House“, his first Number One in “(This Ain’t) No Thinkin’ Thing“, and another Top 5 hit in “I Left Something Turned on at Home“.
After a bout with alcohol abuse, Adkins release an album called “Chrome” which reached the Top 5 on the country albums charts; its title track reached Top 10 in late 2002. In 2003, Adkins released two albums: a Greatest Hits collection and Comin’ on Strong.
In 2005, Adkins released his Songs About Me album. The album’s second single, “Arlington”, generated controversy over its content (a first-person account of a fictional soldier who was about to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery). It was followed by “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk“, became a highly successful crossover hit, bringing Adkins into the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time.
2006 saw the release of Adkins’s seventh studio album, Dangerous Man. “Swing”, the album’s lead-off single, peaked at #20, while the follow-up “Ladies Love Country Boys” became Adkins’s first Number One single on the country charts since “(This Ain’t) No Thinkin’ Thing” in 1997. In August 2007, Adkins released a single entitled “I Got My Game On”.
In November 2009, Adkins embarked on the Shine All Night Tour, a co-headling venture with fellow country artist Martina McBride. Also in 2009, Adkins joined fellow country artist Blake Shelton in recording a duet titled “Hillbilly Bone,” which was released as the lead-off single from Shelton’s upcoming sixth album.
In January 2010, Adkins parted ways with his long-time record label, Capitol Nashville, and subsequently signed with Show Dog-Universal Music. Adkins’ first single with the label, “This Ain’t No Love Song,” was released on May 17, 2010 and serve as the lead-off single to his ninth studio album, Cowboy’s Back In Town.
Ladies Love Country Boys
Your Gonna Miss This
There’s a girl in Texas
Honky Tonk Badonkadonk
This Ain’t no Love song
Cowboys Back in Town
Peter Kenneth Frampton (born April 22, 1950) is an English musician, singer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. Frampton’s international breakthrough album was his live release, Frampton Comes Alive!. He has worked with David Bowie and both Matt Cameron and Mike McCready from Pearl Jam, among others. Frampton is perhaps best remembered for such hits as “Breaking All the Rules“, “Show Me the Way“, “Baby, I Love Your Way“, “Do You Feel Like We Do“, and “I’m in You“. He has also appeared as himself in television shows such as: The Simpsons, The Colbert Report and Family Guy.
After five albums with Humble Pie, Frampton left the band and went solo in 1971, just in time to see Rockin’ The Fillmore rise up the US charts. His debut was 1972’s Wind of Change, with guest artists Ringo Starr and Billy Preston. This album was followed by Frampton’s Camel in 1973, which featured Frampton working within a group project. In 1974, Frampton released Somethin’s Happening.
Peter Frampton had little commercial success with his early albums. This changed with Frampton’s breakthrough best-selling live album, Frampton Comes Alive!, in 1976. “Baby, I Love Your Way” and “Show Me the Way” were singles. His following album, I’m in You (1977) contained the hit title single and went platinum, but fell well short of expectations compared to Frampton Comes Alive!.
In 1979, Frampton returned to the studio following a near-fatal vehicle accident, to record the album Where I Should Be. Frampton continued to record throughout the 1980s, although his albums generally met with little commercial success. In 1995, Frampton released Frampton Comes Alive! II which contained live versions of many of the songs from his 1980s and 1990s solo albums.
On 12 September 2006, Frampton released an instrumental work titled Fingerprints. On 11 February 2007, Fingerprints was awarded the 2007 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Album.
Peter Frampton will play tonight at Penn’s Peak!
Show Me The Way
I’m in You
Do You feel like We Do
Signed Sealed Delivered
Breaking all the Rules
Baby I love Your Way