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What You Missed at the ACMs

April 21, 2015
Sunday night, April 19th, marked the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, and it was nothing short of spectacular. Historically held in California (and later in Las Vegas), the ACM Awards relocated to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas this time around, hosted by the infamous country music duo, "Bluke." Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan took the stage of the record-breaking affair, setting a new Guinness World Record for the most attended live awards show ever, clocking in at 70,252 attendees. ... [Read more]
As soon as the weather hits “sunny and 75”, Northeastern country music fans are itching to kick off the summer with Luke Bryan tickets, a Miranda Lambert concert, or Jason Aldean tour tickets. And, like most concert rituals, tailgating in the lot outside the venue is a given. Fans will post the obligatory status update to kick off the party, “It’s a smile, it’s a kiss. It’s a sip of wine, it’s summertime,” in honor of Kenny Chesney. Most of the not-originally-from-the-South redneck wannabes will... [Read more]
I was a bit surprised to learn that Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean are going on tour together in 2015 because their styles are drastically different. Chesney is classic country – his voice is soulful, his songs make you feel good. Chesney won Entertainer of the Year at the CMAs four out of five years from 2004-2008. Aldean, however, is new era – his style aligns more with rock and hip-hop, his songs are rougher. Aldean has only won two CMAs, one of which was for a duet with Kelly Clarkson where ... [Read more]

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I’m not talking about the obvious legends like Springsteen, U-2 and the Stones. (For those who require mollification, I’ve included a list of the bands who won Rolling Stone magazine’s “Top Ten Live Acts of All Time” survey last year at the end of this entry. What I’m listing here are performers who, even if you knew they were good, you probably didn’t know HOW good. [Read more]

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