The Grammy nominations are in.
Taylor Swift takes eight overall award nominations for the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards. Swift, second only to Beyoncé who leads this year with 10 nominations, received nods for Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Song of the Year in the overall categories.
Newcomer, The Zac Brown Band grabbed three nods, including the overall Best New Artist category. The nominations are determined by the voting members of The Academy.
Catch the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards on Jan. 31, 2010 which will broadcast live, on CBS, from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles from 7 – 10:30 p.m. (CDT). For a complete list of nominations, please visit grammy.com. Additional country nominations can be found in Field 8.
Country music sweetheart, Kellie Pickler is headed to Joe’s Bar on Dec. 16 for a private performance sponsored by US99. Recently announced, Joe Nichols is headed to Joe’s on March 5 for his first Chicago gig since the release of his newest album, “Old Things New”.
Country music’s piano man, A.K.A Phil Vassar, is set to release his sixth album titled “Traveling Circus” on Tuesday. The album’s title must refer to Vassar’s life as the song layout has a remarkably comfortable “Vassar” feel as his unique songwriting and performing talents are quickly noted.
While the album as a whole quickly impressed me, one particular song really stood out. I immediately knew why and as soon as I saw the co-writer. “Everywhere I Go”, a lost-love song, was co-written by Vassar and singer/songwriter Jeffrey Steele. Lost relationship songs seem to be something Steele has a knack for.
Most Wonderful Time of the Year!
As December 25 quickly comes around the corner, holiday albums and singles are quickly filling up my iPod. Some of the most notable new releases this year include Sugarland’s “Gold & Green” and the iTunes only “Country For Christmas – EP” featuring holiday “traditionals” from Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, Luke Bryan, Trace Adkins and Rodney Carrington.
Local country band, The Hoyle Brothers has released a very special “Home for the Holidays – EP” to help support music education among Chicago’s underserved children. Almost all the proceeds received will benefit Rock for Kids, a local non-profit. Please help support this worthy cause by clicking here.
Country Thunder 2010
Grab your tickets now and mark your calendars! Country Thunder 2010 is back and better than ever. This year’s festival is set for July 22 – 25 and headlining this year’s lineup includes country music superstars Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert and Sugarland. Early bird tickets are on sale now and can be purchased on countrythunder.com
Seen on the Street:
US99’s Lisa Dent was spotted with her son at Navy Pier’s Winter WonderFest and the Chicago Bears Brian Urlacher was chillin’ to Carrie Underwood at Joe’s.