Still The Same: Sugarland Returns with Single and Video Release

Sugarland is back! Officially, fully, and in audio and visual formats, we have new music from the duo of Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush.

Ready to hear it? Press play on Still The Same!

The last time we heard new music from Sugarland was in 2011 when they released Run (featuring Matt Nathanson), but what we remember from years past are the hits and fan favourites…

It seems like the bands knows this, because in the music video for Still The Same, they show off a little taste of memory lane with a quick montage of older music videos. Have a look.

Still The Same, while new, feels like it belongs perfectly in the Sugarland library (the name really does work well). The duo has come back to each other and captured the sound and feel that always made a Sugarland song feel like Sugarland.

The understated, but well executed, harmonies of Bush with Nettles work perfectly – and they compliment the strength and star power that Jennifer Nettles has always been able to show in her voice.

We haven’t had the chance to talk to Sugarland about the new music yet. But there’s a moment in the music video that we like to imagine is the duo listening to playback and recognizing that things sounds good…

As country music fans, and fans of what Sugarland has released and accomplished throughout their career (seriously -> Baby Girl, Stuck Like Glue, Stay, Want To, Already Gone, All I Want To Do…) we’re taking Still The Same as a sign that we should be very excited and ready for more new music in 2018. And we’re very hopeful that we’ll get the chance to see Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush on stage to play the new music and the hits soon too.

Related: Sugarland Reunion Announcement and Top 10 List!

Now, listen to Still The Same again, this time with 100% more video!

We’re excited to hear more from the superstar country music duo in 2018. Until then… byeeeee!

1 month ago

Still The Same: Sugarland Announces Reunion + Top 10

Sugarland, one of the most popular and successful country acts of the early 2000’s, is coming back, and a lot of people are excited.

The duo’s last charting single (Tonight) was released in 2011, and their last release of new music came in 2012 with the music video for Run, with Matt Nathanson. In the time since then, both members of the group have been busy… but they haven’t been Sugarland.

But now, after five years, and individual successes for both Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush, the Grammy, AMA, CMA, ACMA, and CMT award winners have officially announced that they’re reuniting to bring new music to the world.

Given the previous success of the duo, there are a lot of people with high hopes for Sugarland’s new music. And it makes sense. Country music fans fondly remember singing along to songs like Something More, All I Want To Do, Stay, and Baby Girl. They remember the videos and concerts and talent that Nettles and Bush shared with them. And even though it’s only been five years, there’s a nostalgia that exists in remembering those songs and that time in country music.

photo credit: Dana Tynan.

What country fans, and the industry should keep in mind, is that the new Sugarland may sound different than what we were once used to.

As both Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush have moved forward in their solo careers, they have undoubtedly found new inspiration, goals, and ideas of what they want their music to be. However, we can all still believe with 100% certainty that these two get each other and know what they want to do and how to do it. The excellence that they showed in their career’s first and second act will be here again for their third, of that we are sure.

Note: There’s a not so small part of me that really really hopes we get at least one song and video that gives Jennifer Nettles the chance to emote as strongly as she did in both Just Might (Make Me Believe) and Stay.

With five Top five albums, including two #1’s and four that hit Platinum status, Sugarland has accomplished more than most do in the world of country music. And now, with their return coming at some time in 2018 (we hope, based on the news that they’ve already started writing and recording new music) we’re ready to see them add to those totals and milestones.

To celebrate the return of Sugarland we have put together our personal Top 10 list of videos + a bonus track for everyone to listen to and sing along with.

Choose your favourites, read a little about why they’re ours too, and hit play!

Sugarland Top 10

Baby Girl

Arguably their most famous and recalled song, Baby Girl climbed to #2 on the country charts in the United States and Canada. It’s almost crazy to look back and see that this song didn’t go to #1 given the impact that it had, and the way it introduced Sugarland to the world. We still love it, we still know all of the words, and if you asked us to sing it with you, we’d be right there with you.

Stuck Like Glue

Their second most viewed video on YouTube, and their most streamed song on Spotify, Stuck Like Glue took some people in the country music world by surprise when it was released in 2010. The video is a lot of fun, and every time we see it and see Ryan McPartlin on the screen we’re reminded of Captain Awesome from Chuck, and that makes us happy too.

All I Want To Do

Some days you don’t want to do real world adult things, you just want to stay in bed, share a space with someone special, and put things off til tomorrow. And if you’re feeling that, or wish you could be doing that… All I Want To Do should work for you.


The second of Sugarland’s five #1 hits still rings strong and true. “I ain’t settling for anything less than everything” is powerful in its message, and familiar to many. The feeling of wanting more, needing more, and knowing that you deserve more is universal, and it’s just as true to everyone know as it was when Nettles and Bush released the song in 2007.

Already Gone

A story about life, a story that doesn’t shy away from what’s real, a song that is country music through and through. From mama to love to heartbreak, it’s all there, and nearly 10 years later, it’s still there.

Want To

This ‘let’s run away and be in love’ song builds to a strong chorus and holds you right where it wants you. And if you’re not singing along, you’re missing out. And while it may be a little cliche, the idea of “I don’t want to if you don’t want to” totally works for us.

Just Might (Make Me Believe)

Another track from early in Sugarland’s career, Just Might (Make Me Believe) hit #7 on the charts, but remains one of our favourites. The sweetness in the song, the harmonies, and the overall love that it fills us with holds up 12 years after being released.

Something More

We have all, at one time or another, felt the exact feeling that this song shares. Whether we’re looking for more in love, work, or any other facet of life, “there’s gotta be something more” feels real and familiar and it’s nice to know we’re not the only ones who have thought it. Plus, the song is catchy and we like it!


With more than 90 million views on YouTube, Stay has certainly helped to release more tears from viewers than anything else in the band’s catalogue. Stripped down and simple, the Stay video is still the bar that I use to measure other videos against when they try to the same thing.

Life In A Northern Town (w/ Little Big Town and Jake Owen)

Performed live at the 2008 CMT Awards, this collaborative cover of The Dream Academy’s Top 10 track still stands as one of our favourite country music award show performances. Let the sounds of these seven voices wash over you, and then feel the goosebumps that I get when they all come together in harmony at the end. It’s damn near magical.

Bonus: Joey

One of the most powerful songs we know, sung by Jennifer Nettles’ powerhouse voice – this cover is a winner. Add in the live crowd singing along and taking over on command, and Sugarland’s cover of Joey is one of the best we’ve heard, and one that we can turn to whenever we need it.

10 Awesome Country Covers: Tom Petty Edition

It’s a well documented and quoted fact that the late Tom Petty had some issues with modern country music – but there is no denying the love that modern country artists have for him and the impact he made on them. If you need proof, have a listen to this list of Tom Petty country covers.

Solo stars, groups, men, women, legends and upstarts are all here. Every one of them inspired by the songs that Petty wrote, sang, and gave to the world.

There are more out there, with varying video quality, and some songs, like Free Fallin’, just have too many versions to fall in love with.

If you know of a country cover of a Tom Petty song that you think we should hear, please leave a comment with a link.

And if you have a favourite from this list, let us know which it is.

Rest in peace Mr. Petty. Thank you for the music.

George Strait – You Wreck Me

Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood – Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around

Charles Kelley – Southern Accents

Chris Stapleton – You Don’t Know How It Feels

Sugarland – American Girl

Marty Stuart – Runnin’ Down A Dream

Dierks Bentley & Mat Kearney – Learning To Fly

The Wailin’ Jennys – Wildflowers

Johnny Cash – I Won’t Back Down

Linda Ronstadt – The Waiting

CMT Music Fest 2016: Kira Isabella Main Stage & Interview!

On Saturday at CMT Music Fest we got to check out Canadian country music sweetheart, Kira Isabella on the main stage – and back stage for a little chit-chat interview.

With a mid-afternoon slot on the big stage, Kira did what she has consistently done over the last few years, show us that she is getting better and better and better as time goes by. The fans were all about it, singing and dancing and getting their phones out, to enjoy and also capture the moments as they were happening during day 2 of the festival.

CMT Music Fest - Kira IsabellaWhen we sat down with Kira after her set we asked her about the year 1 fest and how she thought it was going – and she had nothing but love to share. She cited the enthusiasm of the fans and the way the whole thing was running (weather excluded), calling it a hit… and hopes she’ll be back again to play in Kitchener for the same fans and more.

On stage Kira shared a few hits of her own with Real Good Radio, Gone Enough, Quarterback, A Little More Work – and her current single, I’m So Over Getting Over You. And then there was the medley.

If you’ve seen Kira live before you know that the medley is a staple of her show – but at CMT Music Fest we heard new songs thrown into the mix. In order (we think) it went something like this…
Hotline Bling (Drake)
Honey I’m Good (Andy Grammer)
I’m Just A Girl (No Doubt)
Counting Stars (One Republic)
Jackson (Johnny Cash and June Carter)
Sorry (Justin Bieber)
Stuck Like Glue (Sugarland)
Can’t Hold Us (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis)

CMT Music Fest - Kira IsabellaWe mentioned the I’m So Over Getting Over You tank tops we saw girls wearing in the crowd and how much we loved them – and Kira told us that she thinks it might be good to get some guys shirts made too… and I agreed. And then we laughed. It was a moment. And you can see it in our Facebook Live video. For real. Click Here.

Before we were done chatting we also talked about September’s CCMA Awards in London, ON which is getting more and more exciting the closer it gets, especially having it back in Ontario. And we talked about what’s coming next, and while Kira says there isn’t a “next” single picked yet, she did come back from her last trip to Nashville with a bunch of tracks she’s into… but first she wants to ride the wave that I’m So Over Getting Over You has brought her, and we can’t argue with that.

Kira wrapped her set on the CMT Music Fest main stage with A Little More Work, and the feet tapped and the girls danced and the voices in the afternoon crowd sang along.

This Ontario country girl is a fan favourite, and one of ours too. If you have a chance to see her any time soon, take it. In a bar or a club or at a festival like this one – you won’t regret it!

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2 years ago

Boots & Hearts 2016 Preview: Jake Owen Top 5

If you asked us if we’re excited about Jake Owen coming to Boots & Hearts 2016 it would be nearly impossible for us to say no. And if we did, we’d be lying.



Jake has been on our list of dudes we love in country for a while. From Yee Haw in 2006 to American Country Love Song in 2016, it’s been a good decade for barefoot Jake… from long hair to short, blue jeans to board shorts, this lovin’, beachin’, good timin’ Florida boy has more to give as he crosses the 35 years old mark, and we’ll be here to listen.

Now, to get us all ready for Jake Owen’s headlining performance on Thursday, August 4th at Boots & Hearts 2016, we’ve got our 5 favourite tracks from his library + a bonus track featuring Jake and 6 of his most talented friends.

Have a look and leave a comment telling us what Jake Owen favourites we left off the list that you wish were here… and stay tuned because more great Boots & Hearts coverage is coming – and we might even have another contest or 2 up our sleeves 😉

Jake Owen Top 5!


What’s not to love about this song?! Number 1 on the charts, and in our hearts, Jake Owen can take us beachin’ any time… including the Coors Banquet Kick Off Party at Boots & Hearts 2016!

Barefoot Blue Jean Night

Another one of our favourites, this song is just a lot of fun. Good old fashioned fun. And that’s good enough for us. Plus, it also went #1, so you know that we aren’t the only ones who love it. Get ready to sing along!

Note: We do not recommend being barefoot too much at Boots & Hearts… better safe than sorry!

Anywhere With You

This is a sweet song, the kind that makes you want to have someone to follow anywhere… West Virginia, baby I don’t care.

Also, it’s proof that Jake Owen doesn’t need to sing a beach themed party song to make us happy.

Don’t Think I Can’t Love You

Another romantic reminder from Jake that he’s not just a barefoot beach bum… Don’t Think I Can’t Love You is a favourite – and we’re not ashamed to say it. We love love songs. And while this isn’t a traditional ballad, it works, and it’s relatable, and that might be the most Jake-like thing about it… it’s real.

Real Life

It’s short hair Jake!

The lead single from the upcoming (still untitled as far as we know) album has a decidedly Jake Owen feel to it, and that’s probably why we like it so much. There’s also a little Sam Hunt talky/singy action, which doesn’t bother us one bit, because he pulls it off just fine.

If the rest of the record is as good as this (and American Country Love Song) we should all be satisfied.

BONUS: Life In A Northern Town w/ Sugarland and Little Big Town

There’s not much more to say about this than we LOVE it. The harmonies put together by these 7 ridiculously talented people are something like heaven. There’s a reason we love choir music… and this is pretty darn close to that.

2 years ago

Who Will Replace Little Big Town at Boots & Hearts 2015

Update: We have an answer…

The Boots & Hearts schedule now shows Dallas Smith moving out of his original time slot on Sunday and into the empty slot on Saturday opening for Eric Church. Emerson Drive will now be joining the B&H lineup, taking over in Smith’s Sunday spot.

Got it? Good!


Sadly, Little Big Town has announced that they will be cancelling all of their shows for the first 3 weeks of August as Jimmy recovers from his vocal condition by doctors orders.

That means that as of right now (or whenever the announcement is made public by Boots and Hearts) there is an empty time slot of 7:00pm to 8:30pm on Saturday night. And that means we need to figure out who could replace the Girl Crush singers on the main stage before Eric Church headlines the night.

We’ve brainstormed a few options… let us know what you think.

Little Big Town Replacement Option 1: Chad Brownlee

When-The-Lights-Go-Down-Toronto-Chad-8368Chad Brownlee is currently scheduled to play before the Little Big Town slot. So why not just bump the Canadian country star up to 7pm?

It would mean adding a half hour to the 1 hour set that Brownlee has been planning, but we’re confident that he can take tracks from his 3 albums + maybe a cover of Thinking Out Loud to fill that time and keep the fans happy. We just saw him in the spring on the When The Light Go Down tour, and he was excellent!

But, if we move Chad Brownlee up to 7pm, we have to replace him from 5:30pm to 6:30pm… why not Tebey? There are no shows currently showing on his website and we know he puts on a great show. So we say get him in there and let him show the Boots & Hearts crowd why he won the 2012 Emerging Artist Showcase.

Little Big Town Replacement Option 2: Another BIG Name

If you’re itching for another big name to fill the LBT slot and leave Chad Brownlee where he is, we’ve got some options that we think could work based on availability, and awesomeness…

Darius Rucker Boots and Hearts 2015Darius Rucker: We’ve seen Rucker’s name online already as a replacement that people want to see. And we’d agree. The former Hootie and the Blowfish lead singer is on our list of artists we need to see. He’s a member of the Opry and if the Republic Live team can get him – we’ll be happy!

Kacey Musgraves: One of the hottest names in the genre right now, Musgraves is cool, talented, and pushing her Pageant Material album. We can only imagine the volume of the crowd singing along to Biscuits and Gravy, Merry Go ‘Round, and Follow Your Arrow as the evening fades and night begins.

Terri Clark Boots and Hearts 2015Terri Clark: Canadian country legend, member of the Grand Ole Opry, hit maker, crowd pleaser, all around awesome entertainer – why wouldn’t we want to see Terri Clark. With a HUGE career and a list of hits longer than your arm, Clark can own a Canadian crowd. We saw her years ago opening for Brad Paisley in Ottawa, and it was damn near a double headlining show with the pop that she got from the audience. We say yes, bring on live versions of Boy Meets Girl, The World Needs A Drink, Emotional Girl, Dirty Girl, No Fear, etc.

Brantley Girlbert Boots and HeartsBrantley Gilbert: The tattooed singer always looks like he’s having a good time, and more than anything that’s what we need to be looking for here. With the requisite hits (Country Must Be Country Wide, You Don’t Know Her Like I Do, Bottoms Up, One Hell Of An Amen) and a big attitude, he’d be a great fit leading into Eric Church!

Jennifer Nettles: We included Nettles in our 2015 predictions, but she didn’t make it to the schedule. But now she’s got Sugar to share with the world plus That Girl, Me Without You, Who Says You Can’t Go Home – and the entire Sugarland library. In fact, we’d love to see Sugarland play as a duo, but Kristian Bush has a show in Illinois on Friday night, so we’re not as hopeful about that.

Little Big Town Replacement Option 3: Eric Church

Eric Church 2015Right now Eric Church is scheduled to play from 9pm to 11pm… but what if he played longer? What if he took a page out of Neil Young’s WayHome playlist and put on a 3 hour show for the Boots & Hearts crowd?

3 hours is a long time, so we’re probably asking for too much there. But there is a way this could work. If Church comes on at 8:30pm and plays until 11pm we’ve got that covered – and if Chad Brownlee comes on from 6pm to 7:30 instead of 5:30pm to 6:30pm, we’re in better shape. A hour between sets isn’t awful, people could deal with it.

The only thing we don’t like about that plan is that it doesn’t replace Little Big Town…

Now we want to know, who do you want to see replace Little Big Town at Boots and Hearts 2015? Tell us in a comment – we’ll see you there!

Work Hard. Play Harder. Be Awesome!

2 years ago

2015 Cavendish Beach Music Festival Preview: Artist Q&A

The 2015 Cavendish Beach Music Festival is only a week away – and if you love country music and you can get yourself down to PEI, we highly suggest doing it!

In fact, tickets to see Eric Church, Keith Urban, Kristian Bush, Jess Moskaluke, Brantley Gilbert, Livy Jeanne, High Valley, The Bros. Landreth, Dallas Smith, and more are still available. CLICK HERE TO GET CAVENDISH BEACH TICKETS!

We are 100% jealous of everyone going to this festival because we’ve seen some of these acts, and have others on our “Must See” list, and we’re sure that the whole thing is going to be awesome.

But, not being there is no reason not to get a little Q&A action in with 5 of the acts that are playing Cavendish Beach this year.

With many thanks to Kristian Bush, Jess Moskaluke, High Valley, Livy Jeanne, and The Bros. Landreth – we present to you our Cavendish Beach preview. Find out what music everyone is listening to, who they can’t wait to see on stage, what they LOVE to do on the beach, and more!


What is your favourite thing about getting up on stage and putting on a live show for country music fans?

The Bros Landreth Cavendish Beach 2015The Bros. Landreth: The best part of any show playing to any audience is watching a crowd of people let you in to their lives for just a few minutes and trust you to take them on a bit of a ride. That’s the height of performing for us. Sharing that vulnerable space and creating a moment together!

Livy Jeanne: My favourite thing about getting up on stage is being able to let people into my world of fun… To see people’s faces and forget about the craziness in their own lives and just enjoy the moment… I’ve always turned to music to cheer me up and make me feel something and that’s all I want for the people out there supporting me.

Kristian Bush: I love when we all find the same beat, and when we all sing together. I feel like the show isn’t really about me — it’s about YOU. Country music fans are some of the most incredible fans
anywhere. They love to have a good time, and they never give up — two qualities that I share.

Jess Moskaluke: All of it – The nerves. The excitement. The crowd singing their hearts out. Being onstage with my friends.

High Valley: Hearing fans sing along! Its the most amazing part of every show!

Which other artist(s) at the Cavendish Beach Music Festival are you most excited to see perform?

Livy Jeanne Cavendish Beach 2015

Livy Jeanne: I’m really excited to see Kristian Bush play. I was really lucky to debut at The Bluebird Café when he was playing a round. I have always listened to Sugarland growing up and I’m excited to see him play his new music.

The Bros. Landreth: Sadly, we’ve got to fly out almost right after our set this year, but if we could stick around I’d be really excited to see The Mavericks again. Livy Jeanne is a pal of ours who we’ve played with a number of times over the years and she always puts on a fabulous show!

Kristian Bush: I would love to see Steve Earle, but he’s on the day before me. I can’t wait to see Eric Church, and it has been a long while since I have seen the Mavericks. I’m going to be glued to the stage for both.

Jess Moskaluke: I wish I could stay all weekend… I’d love to see Eric Church and the Bros. Landreth!

High Valley: Keith Urban! HE IS A BOSS!

Are there any performers, country or otherwise, that have influenced your stage show?

Southern Gravity Album cover

Kristian Bush: I see a lot of shows and try to learn from every one. I have taken a lot from Bruce Springsteen, as well as everyone from Kenny Chesney to Pink. I love going to rock festivals and seeing how each band entertains while they perform their music. Honestly, beyond that? I make it up. My shows are different almost every day and the crowd becomes such a big part of my show.

The Bros. Landreth: Absolutely! Too many to count or to mention all of them here. The top ones for me are not country artists, but folks that we’ve played with as young side-men over the years. Jason Nowicki is a Winnipeg cat from a band called The Perpetrators and everything Rhino and I learned about getting in the zone on stage comes from him. He’s been our road guru for a long time. Joey played with a gospel artist named Steve Bell who has been a huge influence and mentor to all of us, Joey especially. Story telling, song writing, and zen on stage! Del Barber too, amazing storyteller and a captivating performer.

Livy Jeanne: People always ask me about an artist I would compare myself to… And I always say, if I could take a bit of the Dixie Chicks, a bit of Katy Perry and some other bits and pieces from here and there…. That would make up a Livy Jeanne Show.

Jess Moskaluke: Shania is a huge one for me. But so have lots of other tomatoes! Faith Hill, Martina McBride, and anyone from P!nk to Rihanna!

High Valley: Ricky Skaggs and Diamond Rio! Love those guys!

If we got a sneak peek at your playlist right now, who would we find as your top 3 most played artists or albums?

Jess Moskaluke Cavendish Beach 2015

Jess Moskaluke: Probably Sam Hunt, Shania Twain, and I’m really digging the new Kelsea Ballerini tunes, too.

The Bros. Landreth: Dawes – All Your Favourite Bands, Blake Mills – Heigh Ho, Brandi Clarke – The Story

Livy Jeanne: Right now on my playlist I have been listening to the Kelsea Ballerini Album on REPEAT… I really love her songs XO, Stilettos and Dibs… Big & Rich’s song “Runaway With You” and Ashley Monroe’s new song “Blade”

Kristian Bush: Well, let’s just look… right now it is Van Morrison, Little Big Town and Magic!

High Valley: Augustans, Needtobreathe, and Chris Stapleton.

In 50 words or less, tell us what the fans at Cavendish Beach can expect from your set this summer!

High Valley Cavendish Beach 2015

High Valley: Our live show features a lot of bluegrass infused pop with a ton of Northern Canadian energy! If your lucky I may just balance a banjo on my face.

The Bros. Landreth: A decidedly ramped up version of all of our favourite tracks from our album, “Let it Lie”, and a few new unrecorded songs. With a sprinkling of some of our favourite cover tunes of all time. And lots of smiles!

Livy Jeanne: Fans can expect a fun-filled, energetic set-list that will take you on a rollercoaster ride and always leave you on a high… leaving a smile on your face and a bounce in your step.

Kristian Bush: A mix of Sugarland songs and songs from my new solo album, Southern Gravity. I like to think of it as combination of Springsteen and Pharrell. I believe that music should either shake your hips or explode your heart, and I hope to do both at Cavendish.

Jess Moskaluke: They can expect some new tunes that I’m really excited about!

Last one, since this is a beach festival… favourite thing to do at the beach? 1. Tan 2. Swim 3. Build sandcastles 4. Play volleyball 5. Enjoy some cold beverages

High Valley on the beach

thank you to the boys for sending this adorable pic of Curtis.

The Bros. Landreth: Swimmin’!

Livy Jeanne: Even though I am terrible at sports, I do enjoy playing a little beach volleyball with some friends.

Kristian Bush: #1 swim, and #5 the cold beverages!

High Valley: 1. Tan – I think Brad likes tanning quite a bit. 2. Swim – Curtis loves getting tossed around by massive waves. 3. Build sandcastles – Curtis loves burying himself in the sand. Sand castles are cool too.

3 years ago

Boots & Hearts 2015 Preview: Little Big Town

Little Big Town SelfieIt’s been 10 years since my first introduction to Little Big Town with the release of their second album, The Road To Here, and the four Top 20 singles (Boondocks, Bring It On Home, Good As Gone, A Little More You) that were all over country radio while I was living in Ottawa.

Since then I’ve been watching and listening as the band has released 4 more albums (A Place to Land, The Reason Why, Tornado, Pain Killer), won 2 Country Music Association Awards for Vocal Group of the Year, and a Grammy for Best Country Group/Duo Performance (2013, Pontoon). It’s been awesome, and fun to be a fan. And at the same time it’s felt like a little bit of an insider’s view. Acts like Lady Antebellum and Sugarland have spent time dominating the non-solo country landscape which often placed Little Big Town in the backseat, still putting out great music with amazing harmonies, but not garnering the attention and accolades that they may have otherwise received.

Little Big Town3 years ago I wrote a piece about LBT’s YouTube series, Scattered, Smothered and Covered because they were absolutely killing it with their cover versions of popular songs from the world of pop and rock and country. If you haven’t heard their version of Moves Like Jagger, Rolling In The Deep, or Born This Way… you’re missing out. But my favourite cover came long before that when the band took on Life In A Northern Town with Sugarland and Jake Owens. It still gives me goosebumps every time I listen to it. The combination of 7 voices on this one song is fantastic.

Fast forward 2 years from there and I got to see Little Big Town up on stage for the first time when they opened for Keith Urban in Toronto on the Light The Fuse tour. It was amazing. I was arguably more excited for LBT than I was Mr. Urban, and they did not disappoint for a single minute of their set. The harmonies, the energy, the hair (seriously, Kimberly Schlapman’s hair is outrageous and fantastic), everything about their performance was A+. And then just a few months later my mom caught them up on stage at The Grand Ole Opry and I was admittedly jealous. I mean, it’s the Opry, country music mecca, and I hear it was great.

That brings us to now – finally, after 3 years of wishing and 2 years of predicting, Little Big Town are coming to Boots and Hearts in 2015 at Burl’s Creek Event Park!

And while they won’t be a “headliner” in the sense that they won’t go on last (Brad Paisley, Eric Church & Florida Georgia Line will get those honours) they will be a lead in, our guess is for Paisley, and have a chance to steal the show the way Dierks Bentley did in 2013.

Little Big Town Girl CrushWith a growing fanbase, a running total of 12 Top 40 singles, including 5 that went Top 10 – and Girl Crush on the way to doing the same – Little Big Town has all the material they need to put on a show that the fans won’t soon forget. The sun will be setting as they’re up on stage… but before it has a chance we’re predicting that they open their set with Day Drinking before the darkness sets in.

If you’re still not in on Little Big Town, what are you waiting for? These 4 talented musicians are…
• Putting out great music
• Entertaining as all get out
• The reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year
• One of my favs

See y’all at Boots & Hearts – I’ll be right up front when Little Big Town takes the stage.

Work Hard. Play Harder. Be Awesome!

Little Big Town Feature

3 years ago

10 More Awesome Country Covers Of Pop Songs

Yesterday the folks over at Buzzfeed posted a list of 17 Awesome Country Covers of Pop Songs. It’s a solid list. I can’t argue with it. I know 12 of the 17 covers and have enjoyed them to varying degrees on the YouTubes and such.

BuzzFeed 17 Awesome Covers of Country SongsBut, there are a lot more awesome country covers out there that Buzzfeed missed.

And because I love country music and I have a soft spot for pop – I’m going to share 10 more awesome country covers of pop songs today!

1. “Born This Way” – Little Big Town

2. “Home” – Blake Shelton

3. “Fast Car” – The Wilkinsons

4. “How To Save A Life” – Jess Moskaluke

5. “You & I” – Miranda Lambert

6. “Free Fallin” – Keith Urban

7. “Sweet Baby James” – The Lovelocks

8. “Wagon Wheel” – Darius Rucker

9. “Night Moves” – Garth Brooks

10. “Life In A Northern Town” – Sugarland ft. Little Big Town & Jake Owen

This one is my favourite. It gives me chills. I love it.

Thank you and goodnight.

4 years ago

Boots & Hearts 2014: Female Performers?

Boots and Hearts Web BannerSo far we have 9 acts confirmed for July 31 to August 3 on the Boots & Hearts website.

However, none of them are women. Not a single one.

And that means that at some point in the near or semi-distant future we will get an announcement of female artists added to the bill.

The question is… who will they be?

I’ve got some ideas. Some solo artists and a few groups that feature female voices. I don’t know if I’ll be right about any of these picks, I don’t know if I’m even close. But there’s a chance that at least 1 of these acts will be on stage in Bowmanville at Boots & Hearts 2014.

Solo Artists

Kellie Pickler: Boots and Hearts 2014Kellie Pickler was one of my original predictions for Boots & Hearts 2014. Her 2013 album, The Woman I Am, has received great reviews from critics and fans alike. To be fair, Kellie has been a fan favourite since she came onto the scene as a contestant on the 5th season of American Idol in 2006. She’s proud of her country roots, is making great country music and I think that she would be a great addition to this concert for both her music and her entertainment value. PS. Kellie follows me on the Twitter and I love her for it.

Kelly Clarkson: Boots and Hearts 2014I love Kelly Clarkson. When she won the 1st season of American Idol there were a lot of other people that loved her too. That was September 2002. Since then Kelly has had a ton of success in the pop world, and in the last few years, in the country music world as well. From her duets with Reba (now her Mother-in-Law) and (Boots & Hearts alumni) Jason Aldean to her 2013 Christmas special that featured Blake Shelton, we have seen Kelly Clarkson come to country with a smile on her face and awards in her hand.

Jennifer Nettles: Boots and Hearts 2014Jennifer Nettles has taken a break from Sugarland to record a solo album, That Girl, to be released this Tuesday, January 14, 2014. She is a superstar thanks to the success of her band which has gone to #1 on multiple occasions in the past decade. Nettles is touring the album with live shows this winter, so it’s not a stretch to think that she will still be touring and looking to add big festival dates this summer.

Kacey Musgraves: Boots and Hearts 2014Kacey Musgraves has been a breakout artist on the country scene at a time when it seems like men are garnering most of the airplay and certainly the Boots & Hearts slots. She is touring with Lady Antebellum and Kip Moore in 2014 and her stock is only rising. She would make a great late afternoon billing. Maybe the lead-in to the big acts on Saturday or Sunday.

RaeLynn and Danielle Bradbery: Boots and Hearts 2014RaeLynn and/or Danielle Bradbery → Both of these young women are alumni of The Voice and #TeamBlake which helps their cause since Blake Shelton will headline Sunday night at Boots & Hearts 2014. Bradbery has done well on country radio with “Heart of Dixie”, but she will be just 18 years old when the festival rolls around. RaeLynn hasn’t seen as much success since her run on season 2 of The Voice, but she is working and recording and it would not surprise me to see the 20 year old Texas native come north of the border this summer.

Carolyn Dawn Johnson: Boots and Hearts 2014When we look at the line-up we need to consider the Canadiana factor. Carolyn Dawn Johnson has been a success as a singer, a songwriter and an ambassador for Canadian country music for over a decade. She has hits to play (Georgia, Complicated, I Don’t Want You To Go, Let Me Introduce Myself) and a public that knows them. Carolyn Dawn Johnson would fit well in the Terri Clark slot from 2012.

Beverly Mahood: Boots and Hearts 2014Beverly Mahood is my wildcard pick as a solo artist. She hosted most of Boots & Hearts 2013 and did a great job with the crowd. But now she has a new album, Hope and Gasoline (including charting Canadian country radio singles I Can’t Outrun You and Hope and Gasoline) released in , to share with the world. I would not be surprised to see her pull a little double duty in the hosting with CMT’s Paul McGuire and performing roles in 2014. It could happen.


Little Big Town: Boots and Hearts 2014I have loved Little Big Town since The Road To Here album almost 10 years ago. The harmonies that these 4 individuals put together are outstanding. And with 2 female voices featuring prominently in their music, I am willing to count them as a female act for Boots & Hearts 2014. Little Big Town has been ON FIRE in the last 2 years with the fun of their Scattered, Smothered and Covered series and the release of Tornado in September 2012. That album has given them airplay and 4 top 40 hits on the US country charts. It should also be noted that I made LBT one of my original Boots & Hearts 2014 predictions. Oh, and they follow me on Twitter which makes me smile.

Small Town Pistols: Boots and Hearts 2014When looking for a Canadian group the Small Town Pistols quickly came to mind. Amanda and Tyler Wilkinson have been making country music in Canada since they sang with their dad as The Wilkinsons in the late 90s. Amanda is the lead of the duo and has also had solo success which is why I am putting them in the female artist category, much like Little Big Town. I would love to see these 2 get up on the stage in the sunshine and put on a show for the Boots and Hearts 2014 crowd.

Lady Antebellum: Boots and Hearts 2015The more I think about Lady Antebellum, the less I think that we will see them at Boots & Hearts in 2014. With Toby Keith, Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton booked as the feature acts on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday respectively, there just doesn’t seem to be a fit for Lady A. They are a headlining act. I don’t see them “opening” for someone else at the festival. And that’s too bad because I would really love to see them and I don’t think I’m alone in that feeling. Maybe we’ll see them up on the stage at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in August 2015.

So there we have it. 11 more names added to the list of predictions. All of them with a female voice to add to the Boots & Hearts 2014 stage. Will they all be there, HECK NO! But it would be cool if a few of them were.

For now we wait for the next line-up announcement and count the days until July 31, 2014.

4 years ago
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