Thomas Rhett writes song for Dierks Bentley … soon we’ll all be Dierkin It

  Thomas Rhett, who's been opening some shows for Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert, wrote a song for Dierks called "Dierkin' It." Dierks documented the funny song on his latest DBTV episode. The…

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‘Pirate Flag’ by Kenny Chesney Provides Intrigue For The Album – Single & Video Review

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There has been much hype around this song, claiming it will
begin Kenny’s move to a different terrain musically, and that the album will
follow that. However, when I first listened to the track, I find it a bit odd
and confusing.

The track begins with a quiet, unobtrusive organ melody, and
I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s made the mistake of trying to turn it up to
full volume due to this. Handclaps and a nicely strummed mandolin jump in, and
it sounds quite nice, quite sweet. At this point I was totally thrown off base
by a subtle key change in the music that happens mere milliseconds before Kenny
comes in with the vocals, that are in line with this sudden key change, in a
kind of pitched melodic rapping. To add to the confusion, the sweetness of the
instruments already in the mix are added to by a heavier drum beat and some
snappy muted distorted guitar, just hitting the bassier strings. The two ends
of the sonic spectrum clashing plus this rapping in a key that to me doesn’t
automatically fit with the key of the music, makes it rather a melting pot. The
heavier guitar part becomes more prominent as the song progresses, and then we
have its saving grace: the chorus.

The chorus launches in full pelt with the kind of country
rock from Kenny that we’re more used to hearing and the melody and key parts
that originally confused me begin to make a lot more sense. The chorus links
the whole song together and without it I’m not sure it would work, as after
that the second verse etc feels a lot easier on my ears. I can see Kenny’s
trying to go for something different and off-base as country music does tend to
stick to the familiar, traditional keys and melodies. Perhaps that’s why it
feels a little uncomfortable to me – I’m so used to hearing what I’m expecting
and what is ‘familiar’, that anything different sets me on edge. I think this
one is a grower, and definitely the more I hear it the more I get used to it.

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Take a listen to Ashley Monroe and Blake Shelton’s new song You Ain’t Dolly (And You Ain’t Porter)

  Pistol Annies' member Ashley Monroe is set to release her new album "Like a Rose" on March 5. Ashley recently spoke with USA Today about the new album and…

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Lady Antebellum are Golden … reveal new album details and artwork

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Lady Antebellum have revealed details of their upcoming album. From their website:

From Good Morning America’s New York City studio this morning, seven-time GRAMMY winning trio Lady Antebellum announced the release of their fourth Capitol Nashville studio album GOLDEN, available in stores on May 7.

“This album feels to me like one of those that from start to finish could be a good road-trip record and that’s what we wanted,” said Lady A’s Charles Kelley. “It’s one of the reasons why the term ‘golden’ was kind of cool. I think about road trips and driving down the road with those little streaks of sunshine popping through the trees, especially at sunset. ‘Golden’…it just gives you this warm, easy feeling.”

“Writing and recording this record really took us back to when we first met each other,” added Hillary Scott. “When I first met the boys, we spent a lot of time around the piano at the house they lived in at the time. We didn’t really know each other at all, but there was still some magic and then the harmonies – that’s how it all started – that blend of our voices and that blend of our songwriting craft. So, it’s exciting that even on our fourth record, we can still find that.”


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Josh Turner, Kenny Rogers, Montgomery Gentry, & Dierks Bentley to join George Jones for final Nashville Concert (from the mailbag)

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Montgomery Gentry, Kenny Rogers, Josh Turner, and
Dierks Bentley are the latest additions to the ever-growing list of
talent set to take stage for the final Nashville concert of George Jones’
career. Taking place at the Bridgestone Arena on Friday, November 22,
2013, the sure-to-be unforgettable show is already gearing up to be a
star-studded event with already announced artists Charlie
Daniels, Lorrie Morgan, Randy Travis, Jamey
Johnson, and Gene Watson. 

“I am excited that
my friends all want to be with me on this show,” says George Jones. “This is
sure going to be a fun and emotional night with lots of memories, friends, and
great country music.”

Tickets for the Nashville finale are currently on
sale at all Ticketmaster
locations.

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