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FEATURED: Red Sky July ‘Shadowbirds’

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People sometimes come to music in the most accidental of ways. Red Sky July, harking comparisons to The Carter Family in their marrying of husband and wife with separate female singer (admittedly in the latter they were related, but we’ll ignore that for the purpose of this analogy) not only draws reverence for a legendary trio set-up but a lot of expectations. Still, they live up to it, and had it not been for coming together as a “soul food” side project and nothing else, they would never have garnered such praise from Q Magazine, picked up support from BBC Radio 2 or appeared on national TV such as on BBC Breakfast. It’s quite a surprising feat from such nonchalant, “whatever happens, happens” beginnings, but from this there’s a natural, unforced sense about them that seems to pause to enjoy the music more.

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CMT Premieres JT Hodges’ New Music Video For ‘Already High’

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Pictured (l-r): Video director Mason Dixon and JT Hodges (credit: Natalie Moore)

 CMT Has Exclusive World Premiere of JT Hodges’ New Music Video
“Already High” Is Lead Single From Hodges’ Upcoming Sophomore CD

Last week CMT premiered JT Hodges’ new music video, “Already High.”  Directed by Mason Dixon, the one take, live action video was shot on location in Nashville, and features cameo appearances by several guest celebrities, including NFL football players and recording artists (see list below). The video premiered Friday morning on CMT, Pure, CMT.com and on the CMT Artists App.

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Clare Dunn Breaks Into Music Row Top 20 with “Get Out”

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Currently #41 on Billboard Indicator and #43 on Aircheck Activator

Country music newcomer Clare Dunn is garnering attention for her debut single, “Get Out,” which is currently perched at #17 on the Music Row Country Breakout chart, at #41 on Billboard Indicator, and #43 on Aircheck Activator.

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iTunes UK Country Chart Roundup – Week of 29th July, 2014

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I’ll be honest; there’s nothing all too different about this week’s Country Albums chart. Dolly Parton takes #1 and #3 with ‘Blue Smoke – The Best of’ and ‘The Very Best of’, Ward Thomas are at #2 with their debut ‘From Where We Stand’ and ‘American Heartland: Legends of Country’ sits neatly at #4. The Music of Nashville soundtracks are in abundance picking up #5, #7 and #17, Kacey Musgraves’ ‘Same Trailer Different Park’ hangs around at #8 and Johnny Cash has four entries in the top 25. Taylor Swift, meanwhile, is making some progress; while ‘Red’ is stagnant at #10 and the same can be said for ‘Fearless (Platinum Edition)’ at #13, ‘Red (Deluxe Version)’ has moved up to #16 and ‘Taylor Swift’ has made a resurgence to #19.

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Jason Aldean ‘Burnin’ It Down’ – Single Review

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God, why. Why did Jason Aldean think (oh wait, I mean his label who does the thinking for him) that this was a good idea? Let’s get one thing straight. Jason is not sexy. Not facially or bodily, not personality or intellect-wise. His only redeeming features are his ability to be puppeted and a stupid redneck image that obviously people can relate to, along with at least the capability of singing in tune (probably, I don’t know). Plus, some fans are still sensitive about the fact that he can’t keep it in his pants when it comes to betraying his high school sweetheart and mother of his children, as in 2012 he began what is seeming to have been an affair with Brittany Kerr and still going strong. So what on Earth they thought they could achieve by releasing a song about red-blooded sex to country radio I do not know. The man is 37 and has two young daughters, but apparently having a 26-year-old girlfriend makes it all okay. Apparently.

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