Swifties from Newark, Washington D.C., St. Louis and Nashville will probably be busy (presale tomorrow), but the rest of us will be waiting to see if Taylor gets any nods. Miranda Lambert and Ronnie Dunn will be at the Country Music Hall of Fame to announce the nominations early morning.
Already announced are the following fan-voted categories:
You should know the presale codes for Newark, Washington D.C., St. Louis and Nashville have been sent for the presale happening on February 1st. Check your email! If you don’t have it yet, don’t fret. Some servers are slower than others. Take a deep breath now.
Scottrade Center has confirmed the two dates for St. Louis, Missouri (August 13 and August 14). Both are now going to be on general sale on February 4 and both will be included on the presale according to Ticketmaster.
On February 1st, that’s tomorrow, you go to Ticketmaster to use your code. Actually, the email you get will have a link (you have to click on the picture) that you can click to get there, but there should be an access for the presale on the main website as well. It’s not going to be there now. Wait until tomorrow. Yes, I know you can’t wait. Been there. I’d advise you try to get to the website a little beforehand. At some point before ten, there will be a “waiting room” that opens. It’s not a line, but you want to be inside that room before 10am hits. Good luck!
Please don’t share your presale code with people you’re not familiar with.
Brad Paisley, current reigning CMA Entertainer of the year, took Montreal by storm at the Bell Centre on Saturday, January 29. In his own words, he was not expecting so many fans to actually come to the show. Truth is his arrival was long overdue and eagerly expected.
The country singer was overwhelmed by the response, and the fans did not let up one bit. Barely coming up for air, Brad went through his extensive repertoire of hits without having one song not being sung back to him. Everyone was familiar with all of his songs, both old and new.
The performer confessed himself surprised and said he was pleased of hearing “my songs sung back to me with a French Canadian accent.”
Along for the ride he was in excellent company of his two opening acts. Jerrod Niemann and Darius Rucker. Darius even sung some of his old hits when he was a part of Hootie and the Blowfish, and did one excellent rendion of Purple Rain.
The expectations for Brad were considerable, but he blew them out of the water the monemt he came out. He literally appeared to come out of a pool in the giant screen. Whether you were a fan of Brad’s earlier work or his latest, you were not going to come out disappointed.
Brad covered the new hits like Water, American Saturday Night, Welcome to the Future, as well as going through Online, A Letter To Me, Then, I’m Gonna Miss Her all the way to Waiting On A Woman, Whiskey Lullaby and Mud On The Tires.
The stage had tree corridors running into the crowd and I was lucky enough to have nabbed a spot a few seats from the central one. He went around the stage until the point he would even walk off it. Then he literally did that, walking all the way to the back to a makeshift stage where he performed a couple of hits. Sound familiar? Taylor Swift was once Brad’s opening act. I’m not trying to take anything away here – you are supposed to learn from the headliner.
For certain performances, Brad uses a track to be able to sing with some famous people in the background. Waiting On A Woman has a video of Andy Griffith as the old man in the song that gives Brad Advice. At the end of the performance, Brad even climbs along the screen to wave him goodbye. It was a very moving moment.
Another time he used a track is during Whiskey Lullaby. It’s him singing it, but Diana Krall comes in via a recorded video performance. I don’t have to mention she’s from British Columbia, Canada. The crowd went wild.
Brad very much tailored a couple of things for the crowd. During a very moving performance of his latest single, This Is Country Music, the American Banner appeared on the screen. Then the Canadian Leaf appeared just over it. It’s a detail, as well as a few others that would appear from time to time, but they show you know where you are.
It’s very hard to pick a favorite performance, but if you go by crowd response you’d still end up with at least a dozen songs. I’m Still A Guy was roared by everyone in the audience. Mud On The Tires was celebrated more than it was sung. Then took everyone’s breath away. I can’t avoid mentioning Catch All The Fish, Drink All The Beer and I’m Gonna Miss Her. The closing act was Alcohol which had everyone out of their seats.
Brad is a singer, a show man, a prankster and most important, the man is a class act. Fans of both old and new country music will be pleasantly surprised. A most memorable night, and one of the best concert experiences you’ll ever had. Can’t recommend his show enough. Catch it all when you can.
Brad didn’t need to change things too much to appeal to the crowd. Everyone in the audience was quite at home with his flavor of north american lifestyle. Canadians and Americans have more things in common than different (getting either side to admit that is a completely different thing). But based on Brad’s performance and the audience response I think we can agree that Country music is one thing we’ll be glad to share.
Hello, Swifties! I had to use those Brad Paisley lyrics for the title, they were just too fitting! We got a couple of pictures as well a very impressive and long list of milestones compiled by Country Music Tattle Tale from Taylor Swift’s celebration at the Hard Rock Cafe in Nashville. The party was billed as “Heavy Metal at the Hard Rock.”
The Fearless One… because that’s still my favorite nickname to call her, knows how to throw a party. Family, friends and The Agency got together along with music industry insiders, reporters, critics for a party thrown by the Outspoken and often Sparkly Dressed native from Pennsylvania who has become one of Nashville’s favorite adopted daughters.
Taking over the Hard Rock Cafe in downtown Nashville on Friday, January 28, the party had much reason to celebrate. The Recording Industry Association of America presented her with a plaque (one of many that Taylor would receive that night) celebrating more than 13 million records shipped. I’m guessing everyone was trying to out do each other with the plaques. Scott Borchetta, CEO of Big Machine Records, which I don’t have to remind you is Taylor’s label, went all out with the large one you see here.
Similar gifts were presented by BMI, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Country Aircheck, Music Row magazine, Country Radio Broadcasters, the Country Music Association, Universal Music Group Distribution, Nielsen SoundScan and CMT. You can read the original story on CMT News.
On other news, I’m going to Brad Paisley’s concert this Saturday, January 29. The H20 Frozen Over Tour makes a stop in Montreal and I’ve got floor tickets! I’m so ready for this. Expect a blog on Sunday of course.
Lady Antebellum will soon resume its Webisode Wednesdays again! Not that they need any help from us- I mean, me 🙂 I’ll be glad to feature them anyways.
Bunch of ticket sales about to go presale, make sure you check your mails throughout the weekend and on Monday. February 1st has been confirmed as the TaylorSwift.com presale date by Ticketmaster for Washington D. C., St. Louis and Nashville. I expect Newark to be included soon.