The year went by SO quick! How about you…got a little whiplash from the warp-speed of 2014?
Just got back from Atlantis. I brought some germs home too, but I think I got that on one (or all) of the eight (yes, eight) planes I was on. Sing it with me…I got the funk on a plane. AND, while I might have picked up something on a plane(s), don’t even get me started about losing things on planes… However, this turned into a new endorsement which I’ll be announcing soon. SO, talk about turning limes into margaritas.
I was really excited to be recognized as a Top 40 Social Media Influencer based on my Klout score, which is to Social Media what Nielsen/Arbitron are to TV/Radio. To put it into perspective me =84, CMT = 84, Country Weekly = 70, Taste of Country = 81, Blake Shelton = 88, Miranda Lambert = 86. Most people in Country may not realize it, but I also wear a “Social Media Thought Leader” hat, even being called a pioneer in social media industry by Forbes. That’s not even a a humble brag, that’s a straight brag cause I am damn proud!
CMA Awards noms came out. I don’t who I would take off, but I was surprised to not see Lee Brice, Randy Houser, Chase Rice or Jason Aldean nominated for a couple categories. I am a huge Brandy Clark fan and was so happy to see her recognized. Nicole Piering was live at the press conference in New York. and you can check out her post here!
Can you believe our Country Music Chat Twitterview lineups for September?! PINCH ME!
Lee Brice 9/8 the day before his new album “I Don’t Dance” comes out! We’ll be giving away an autographed copy on Monday night. YAY.
Craig Morgan 9/15
Clint Black 9/22 Celebrating 25 Year Anniversary of “Killing Time”
Big & Rich on 9/29 (their album Gravity comes out 9/23)
Let me know what questions you have for all the above, make sure they are 140-character friendly and include your twitter handle in the comments below.
This week we will be debuting 2 new sponsored features: #WhoseBoots brought to you by Gypsy Soule and our version of Digital Duel. Keep your eyes open for those! You may even walk away with a prize or two…
Garth Brooks dropped his first single in seven years, “People Loving People.” It reminds me of earlier Garth music, and while it may not be as heavy-hitting as songs like the “Ready Set Rolls” of our time, it is worldly, timely, and shares a beautiful message as a solution to the problems people face today. Jen Swirsky wrote a review of the song and embedded a stream of it, so you can check it out and listen here!
AND, #CMchat sent lucky winners Landon and Stephanie Rodriguez to the Garth Brooks press conference in Chicago, they got to ask Garth a question, and they are going to the show tonight. We’ll have a wrap up for you on that soon.
In other news:
Brad Paisley released “Perfect Storm” to radio; a song off his new album Moonshine in the Trunk. Read our review here.
Garth made some major announcements regarding the digital sale of his music. Find out what bomb Garth dropped on the country music world by clicking here.
Cassasdee Pope recently performed an unreleased song at a New Jersey show. Is this poised to be on her next album? Find out what we think of “Like There’s No Tomorrow” here!
This week’s One to Watch is Cole Taylor. Check out Tyler Winters’ write-up on this up-and-coming artist.
I hope you all had a superb first week of September and am excited to make it a “September to Remember” with all of our faithful followers. Thank you all for being you and sticking with us! We couldn’t do it without you!
“I succeeded by saying what everyone else is thinking.” – Joan Rivers
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