Pre-CMA Fest Frenzy and Fun Get Ready for a Good Time

In one week country music fans from all over will start to descend on Nashville with eagerness to attend all the events they can or planned on, connect with friends and or meet new ones, see everyone they possibly can; some planned some impromptu, and most of all just have fun and make the best of their experience.

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The road there starts a year or so in advance for many; others it's just a few months ahead.  It can be a frenzied time making all the right arrangements and having everything lined up and confirmed.  This is my first year attending and I think the word frenzied was mild in regards to our hotel fiasco. 

Whenever I plan on attending an event that involves travel and lodging I book the hotel first, and if plans fall through I can always cancel..It's important to have a place to crash right?  Well last September we did just that…booked our room at a great rate, then started piecing things together.  A few weeks ago a call was made to the hotel, (it was the Ramada at the time we booked) to confirm things and get it all paid for in advance.  Well much to our surprise it was under new ownership and per the reps all the info was not in their system yet, not to worry, they would take care of it.  That was a red flag to all of us when they said "Don't worry, we'll take care of it".  At one time we were told  they had our reservation but the price had increased, OK so that was to be expected due to the type of event.  Again we were told it was being taken care of, and for us to call back.  After three weeks of this mess, we were told they did not have our reservations and had no room for us.  YOU CAN IMAGINE my thoughts !!!  It then became a blame game as to he said she said in regards to who was supposed to notify us of the ownership changes.  My patience was gone and anger at the highest level possible.  Bottom line: NO ONE CARED; WE HAD NO ROOM. (I hope no one else had this nightmare w Ramada/Nashville Airport Inn & Suites)

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Exclusive: Singer Josey Milner on Miranda Lambert, anti-bullying campaign and opening for Chris Cagle

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She's only a junior in highschool, but Josey Milner has a bright future ahead of her.

A small-town girl, born and raised in Missouri, she is as down-to-earth as anybody. With the spunk of Taylor Swift and the feisty nature of Miranda Lambert (her personal idol), Josey has all the makings of a superstar, from her heartfelt performances to her relentless charm. Having only started pursuing her musical career last fall, things are already falling into place for the budding singer. Not only has she earned a spot to perform at BB King's during this summer's CMA week (a showcase presented by EAG Entertainment), but she has earned a nomination for Promising Singer at the 2013 Independent Country Music Association Awards, a honor she doesn't take lightly.

I recently had a chance to chat with Josey about all of this, and much more.

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Jana Kramer ‘I Hope It Rains’ – Single Review

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I am a self-professed disliker of country pop. I prefer
something a little more rooted in traditional song structures, and something
with a little more twang. However, I have always found Jana Kramer far more
listenable than most, and the singles released up until now, ‘Why You Wanna’
and ‘Whiskey’ I think have been strong, and have done fairly well on the charts
considering how new she is to country music. ‘I Hope It Rains’ continues this
pattern, and while all are quite pop-orientated (indeed, this track includes
“na na nas” as a hook), the songs pay a little more attention to ‘country’
instrumentation than some others, and are simply more interesting.

‘I Hope It Rains’ is built around drums and electric guitar,
but has a significant mandolin part that both begins and underlines the song
throughout, and very low in the mix,
a steel guitar is just audible on the chorus. This makes it more
pleasant-sounding and aurally accessible than some of the other straight pop
songs in Nashville, and while it has a pretty conventional sonic unit of the
punchy guitar lines led by a standard drum beat, it’s fairly dynamic and
summery. As is vital for all summer songs, it could easily be played whilst
driving and create a great atmosphere.

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All the stars are doing it … Jo Dee Messina launches Kickstarter campaign

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Kickstarter is going country!

Not long after I discovered that Tracy Lawrence had launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund his next album, now comes word that Jo Dee Messina has also decided to skip the record labels and ask fans to help her fund her next album.

From a press release:

    Jo Dee Messina has garnered a reputation for being fiercely independent, honest, determined and driven. The multi-platinum, award-winning country singer/songwriter is now paving a new path with her "My time. Our music." campaign.

For the first time in her successful 18-year music career, JO DEE is free to make the album she wants. While grateful for the support of her previous record label, she is looking ahead to this new chapter in her career and will release a new full-length album with the people's help through Kickstarter.com. Fans worldwide can be a part of the "My time. Our music." movement that begins today (5/24) at www.kickstarter.com/projects/2010853438/jo-dee-messinas-new-album.

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