Blog Posts by Wendy Geller

  • Rewatch the 2014 Academy of Country Music Awards Arrivals!

    Las Vegas is known for for hosting parties of all kinds, but there's a special time every year when it becomes country music's exclusive party playground! The 2014 Academy of Country Music Awards landing in Sin City Sunday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, and Yahoo Music joined the fun along with hosts Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan.

    Did you miss the action? Fear not, because the replay is here! Catch more than a glimpse of top nominees such as Shelton, Bryan, Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, George Strait, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, and others as they arrive at the show.

    Get more Academy of Country Music Awards news at acmawards.com

     

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  • Kip Moore Talks ACM Awards New Artists, Performance, How He Calms His Nerves

    The New Artist category at the Academy of Country Music Awards is certainly a hot one to watch every year. Due to its fan-voted rules, the category's victor is surely going to be poised to make serious waves in the following year. (Proof positive: Check out the strides last year's New Artist, Florida Georgia Line, made over the past 12 months.)

    Kip Moore is up for this pivotal award Sunday night, and he claims his strategy for coping with the resultant nerves is simple. "t's one of those things where I don't allow myself a whole lot of time to think about it. It's so out of my control. I know how I'll feel inside if I do win, but I haven't allowed myself to go there and even think about the award. I honestly haven't gone there.

    Moore admits he hasn't had much time for pondering to begin with since arriving in Sin City. Calling his arrival a "whirlwind," he's been busy with interviews nonstop. When he did have a bit of downtime, he called on mother nature to unwind: "Rock climbing," he

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  • Check Out the Party: Highlights From Ram Country Live!

    When Easton Corbin decided to usher in ACM Awards 2014 weekend in Las Vegas with a special fans-only blowout at the Mandalay Bay's House of Blues, he really knew how to get the party started in a big way. Not only did he play for the immediate crowd, he live-streamed the show so his admirers far and wide could all enjoy the show just like they were in "Sin City!"

    The hitmaker took the stage Friday night (April 4) and got the crowd on its feet and grooving with a variety of his best-loved tunes...including brand-new single "Clockwork." This was just the latest in a series of foot-stomping events Ram Country Live! has presented to the delight of country music fans worldwide.

    Ram Country Live! on Yahoo Music replayed the stream immediately after Corbin finished up his live set, but in case you missed that as well, here's some overall highlights to give you the feel of what it's like to be part of a Ram Country Live! event--as well as get you pumped up for April 16, when we will stream

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  • Celebrate Merle Haggard's Birthday With New Anniversary Set: Win Now!

    This Sunday, April 6, is a special date for country-music fans: Not only is it the day of the 2014 Academy of Country Music Awards, it happens to be the birthday of one of the genre's most iconic figures: None other than Merle Haggard, who will be blowing out 77 candles that day.

    Another big one for Haggard on the 6th is the fact that the ACMs will be honoring him for 50 legendary years in music. George Strait and Miranda Lambert will perform a medley of some of the Hag’s greatest hits, including: “Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down,” “Mama Tried” and “I’m a Lonesome Fugitive.” Garth Brooks will also be on hand to present Haggard with the Crystal Milestone Award, given to artists and industry leaders to commemorate a remarkable achievement.

    Yahoo Music would like to give Haggard fans their own present to commemorate the beloved outlaw's birthday! We have three copies of the recently released “Okie From Muskogee” 2-CD 45th Anniversary edition up for grabs: This stellar collector's set

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  • Hear It First! NEEDTOBREATHE Offers Up 'Oh Carolina' From New Album

     

    Alt-rockers NEEDTOBREATHE have four albums and a slew of Dove Awards under their collective belts, and now the guys are set to release their fifth studio set, "Rivers in the Wasteland," on April 15. The band's last record, 2011's "The Reckoning," hit No. 1 on both Billboard's Christian and Rock Albums charts -- so there's nothing to expect but great things from their newest!

    Yahoo Music is excited to offer fans the first listen to a track from the new album, called "Oh Carolina." Have a listen and be sure to let us know what you think.

    NEEDTOBREATHE will be on tour through June, including a date at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry April 19. If you'd like to keep up with their schedule, check here.

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  • 5 Things You Never Knew About ACM Awards Co-Host Luke Bryan

    He's one of country's biggest stars right now: Not only is Luke Bryan up for Entertainer of the Year at the 2014 Academy of Country Music Awards, he's also poised to co-host the whole entire show this weekend (along with buddy Blake Shelton). Suffice to say, we all know he's a pretty talented guy, but here's a few other interesting things you may not know about Bryan!

    1. He was a late bloomer, artistically speaking, and didn't record his first album until he was 31. Bryan originally planned to move to Nashville instead of going to college, but his brother's death in a car crash that year made him reconsider and stay in Georgia for awhile. His first big break when he moved there in 2004 was writing the title track of Travis Tritt's 2004 album, "My Honky Tonk History."

    2. He co-owns outdoor sporting label Buck Commander with his friend, "Duck Dynasty" star Willie Robertson.

    3. He may hunt and fish, but he's also got a sensitive side. In fact, he says he cried like a baby watching

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  • Hear It First! Singer-Songwriter Risa Binder Celebrates 'Nashville' With New Song

    Although Risa Binder hails from Brooklyn, the singer-songwriter has a distinctive flair for the storytelling aspect of country music, something she's honed via time in Nashville working in Music City's famed songwriting camps. Her debut release, "Paper Heart," even earned her comparisons to one of the town's most lauded storytellers: Taylor Swift!

    Yahoo Music is pleased to premiere the first single off Binder's forthcoming EP "Nashville," which is titled "Burning Down the Dark."

    As Binder explains, the song was a thrill to create: "I was so excited to get to record "Burning Down the Dark." From the moment I heard it, it reminded me of how it feels to kiss someone for the first time. Exciting, uncharted territory. "

    "My upcoming EP 'Nashville' gives me the same kind of feeling," she continues. "Working with producer Luke Wooten from day one just felt right. From hearing Dan Dugmore play pedal steel on every song to singing 'Easy to Remember,' a song co-written by one of my writer

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  • Join the Party! Easton Corbin Live Streams Exclusive Show From Las Vegas

    Eastin Corbin is playing a exclusive show for his special fans only, and that includes you -- even if you can't make it to Sin City! Ram Country Live! on Yahoo Music is presenting a live stream of the hitmaker's set on Friday 4/4 starting at 8 p.m. PT.

    Corbin will deliver a sizzling show of hits, including his new single "Clockwork." Catch it live on stage!

    If you miss the live stream, we'll be replaying it immediately afterwards, but you'll want to catch it in the moment if possible. Corbin's Ram Country Live showcase is a great kickoff to a country-filled weekend: Vegas is hosting the 2014 Academy of Country Music Awards, which will be held Sunday evening at the MGM Grand Arena.

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  • Hear It First! Vaudeville Etiquette Delivers New Alt-Country Tune, "Oh'

     

    Fleetwood Mac have just announced a new tour, and if you haven't been lucky enough to score tickets, here's a new band you might want to check out instead. Alt-country sensations Vaudeville Etiquette have been compared to the '70s icons, and have even been known to occasionally cover the classic "Rumours" in its entirety during shows.

    Yahoo Music is pleased to offer a first listen to a track from the band's debut album, "Debutantes & Dealers," which arrives April 15. Check out "Oh" and see if it feeds your vibe!

    "’Oh’ is a potential love song. It points to the prospects of love instead of singing back to it in hindsight. It’s a courting song, about asking someone for a chance and showing them how good it could be if they would jump," explains co-vocalist Tayler Lynn. "We wanted to strip down the composition of this song because it's really about stripping yourself raw and asking to be loved, flaws and all."

    "As for its sound, we have so many driving rhythms on our album, 'Oh' is our

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  • Get Ready! Easton Corbin Set to Rock Las Vegas With Exclusive Live-Streamed Concert!

    Country star Easton Corbin has been "all over the road" this year on tour, and while he's loved each and every stop he's made, there's one date he's really looking forward to. Namely, this Friday, 4/4, when he'll be rocking it out in Las Vegas to a crowd of country-music lovers ready to get the party started.

    Corbin is playing this exclusive show for his special fans only, and that includes you -- even if you can't make it to Sin City! The set will be live-streamed right on Ram Country on Yahoo Music starting at 8 p.m. PT. Corbin will deliver a sizzling show of hits, including his new single "Clockwork."

    If you miss the live stream, we'll be replaying it immediately afterwards, but you'll want to catch it in the moment if possible. Corbin's Ram Country Live showcase will prove the perfect introduction to a country-filled weekend: Vegas is hosting the 2014 Academy of Country Music Awards, which will be held Sunday evening at the MGM Grand Arena.

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