With his hit singles and musical style encompassing rap, metal, country, and rock, Kid Rock has proven himself to be one of the most versatile musicians of our generation. Kid Rock has collaborated with everyone from Sheryl Crow to Too $hort, and Willie Nelson to Run DMC. He has several multi-platinum selling albums and he has toured virtually non-stop since he hit the scene twenty years ago. The Kid Rock concert schedule 2011 has been released with Kid Rock tour dates scheduled across the United States this spring and summer.
Kid Rock scored a record contract with Jive records while he was still a teenager; however, his debut album Grits Sandwiches For Breakfast, stalled on the charts in 1990 and he was quickly let go from the label. He spent the better part of the decade releasing EPs and LPs on underground indie labels, waiting for the chance to breakout big. During this time, Kid Rock's sound evolved and he incorporated rock and metal into his raps and hip-hop beats. Kid Rock's live shows were generating recognition for him in his home state of Michigan and in 1997, an A&R exec from Lava/Atlantic Records noticed Kid Rock at a show in Cleveland. Kid Rock signed a deal and production began on his breakout hit album Devil Without A Cause. In true Kid Rock fashion, he butted heads with label execs and sought full creative control over the album's content. The album established Kid Rock's long-stay on the Billboard charts and in the entertainment industry. The album was certified diamond status for selling in excess of ten million copies in the United States and earned Kid Rock a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist in 2000. To capitalize on his new found success, Kid Rock re-released tracks from his earlier work and released the complication album, The History of Rock, in 2000. The album was certified double platinum and Kid Rock toured in support of both albums. Kid Rock tour dates were booked at the Summer Sanatarium Tour with Metallica and Korn in 2000.
Kid Rock continued to evolve his musical stylings and released his follow-up, Cocky, in 2001. This album featured country and southern rock singles alongside the rap-rock style that made him famous. The album was a sleeper success and sales picked up when he released the single, "Picture," his country duet with pop-rock star Sheryl Crow. The record startled his label who thought it ran contrary to his bad boy image. However, Kid Rock proved them wrong as the single remains his highest charting Billboard Hot 100 release to date. The 2001 Kid Rock concert schedule featured a headlining stint on the "Cocky Tour," with Lit and Tenacious D. In that same year, Kid Rock tour dates were booked as the opening act for Aerosmith on their "Girls of Summer" Tour.
Kid Rock returned to the studio and released a new self-titled album in 2003. The album abandoned Rock's signature rap-metal sound and focused primarily on country and southern rock elements. Kid Rock continued to play live shows but made limited appearances until he released his 2007 hit album, Rock and Roll Jesus. The album featured his first international hit, "All Summer Long," and marked his transition into a southern rocker. The album was his first #1 on the Billboard 200 and was certified three times platinum. Kid Rock tour dates were scheduled and he embarked on the 2007-2008 "Rock'n Roll Revival Tour" featuring Lynyrd Skynyrd and the 2008 "Rock n Roll Revival European Tour".
Kid Rock is back on tour in support of 2010's "Born Free," album. The Kid Rock concert schedule has the rocker touring the US throughout the spring and summer. Whether you like to jam to his metal rap material that brought him fame, or you prefer his southern rock hits and country ballads, make sure you don't miss out on Kid Rock tour dates in your area: use Eventful as your source for Kid Rock tour dates and concert schedule updates!
For Keith Urban’s sixth studio album, Get Closer, the singer-songwriter dives even deeper into the explorations of love and relationships that have established him as one of the world's biggest country music stars—while also extending his rock & roll side, as his hard-charging guitar work reaches new heights. The album is the follow-up to 2009's Grammy-winning and platinum selling Defying Gravity, which entered Billboard's pop and country charts at Number One, and spun off five Top Ten hits, including the chart-toppers "Sweet Thing" and "Only You Can Love Me This Way."
For Urban, the songs on the new album build on ideas that he introduced the last time around. "On Defying Gravity I started touching upon the theme of the courage to love," he says. "It’s all well and good to say, 'I can’t find anybody to love, I wish I could find someone to love.' But do I have the courage to love? Am I willing to open my heart and give the sword to my partner and go, 'All right, I trust you, absolutely and completely?' ”
The ambition for Get Closer is made explicit right on the cover. "The title is multifaceted," says Urban, "because my instincts have always been to run from things that are good for me, to run from love. I have always run from intimacy, and marriage has been a real awakening for me in looking at that very differently. That’s what the title really refers to."
New Zealand-born and Australia-raised, Keith Urban moved to Nashville in 1992. His first American album came as a member of The Ranch (1997), followed by an increasingly accomplished series of multi Platinum-selling solo albums: Keith Urban (1999), Golden Road (2002), Be Here (2004), and Love, Pain & the whole crazy thing (2006). The compilation Greatest Hits: 19 Kids (2008) included such Number One hits as “But For The Grace Of God,” “Somebody Like You” (which was named the top country song of the decade), “Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me,” “You’ll Think Of Me,” “Days Go By,” “Making Memories Of Us,” “Better Life,” and “You Look Good In My Shirt.”
Urban has been honored with Grammy Awards, Country Music Association Awards, Academy of County Music Awards, a People’s Choice Award, American Music Award and Australia’s coveted Aria Award. His remarkable musical gifts have also brought him to places where country superstars have rarely gone before, including such very recent appearances as a blazing rendition of the Rolling Stones' classic "Tumblin' Dice" on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, a powerful rendition of "Lean on Me" alongside Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow on the Hope for Haiti telethon and a CMT Crossroads taping with John Mayer.
Yet as Get Closer illustrates, rather than rely on formula, Urban continues to innovate with his music. The sound of the album expands the contrast between old and new styles that has underpinned much of his previous work. "I love using drum machines when I write," he says, " and I love the juxtaposition of a great, funky '80s drum machine with a banjo. Merging those instruments together was something I was really drawn to—we got to a certain point on the record, but I’d like to keep exploring it more."
Some of the sonic experimentation, though, was the result of more than just creative ambition. "I used a lot of new guitars this time, because all of mine got lost in the (middle Tennessee) flood," says Urban. "It was a real blessing in the end, because it got me out of my comfort zone, and I was really focused on making music, and not what we were making it with. I borrowed a few guitars, bought a couple of amps on eBay, and just sort of embraced it—that whatever we’ve got to work with, we’re gonna make it work."
Produced with long-time collaborator Dann Huff, Get Closer blends such chugging rockers as "Long Hot Summer" or the first single, "Put You in a Song," with more emotionally complex and nuanced compositions like "Right on Back to You" and “Luxury of Knowing.”* Urban considers "Luxury," written by Lori McKenna, an especially rich selection. "I love that song, because it’s written from such a unique, open-ended, unsettling place," he says. "I look for songs that people are going to feel something towards—like, 'I’m not in that place now, but I’ve very much been in that place.' I’m trying to find those songs that connect with people."
Urban worked with such previous co-writers as Sarah Buxton, Darryl Brown and Richard Marx on Get Closer. But it was a song by two Nashville writers that captured Urban's own experiences with remarkable precision. "'Without You' really is my life story," he says, with some disbelief. "It's crazy—the fast cars and the guitars and the little girl coming along. It's just an amazing song, and I never would have allowed myself to write it."
As the happy accident of that song indicates, the album's creation was less a matter of Urban chasing a theme than it was staying open to songs that revealed where he is in his own life. "This wasn’t a conscious sort of journey for me," he says. "It was just writing and writing and finding songs that speak to me at this time. I looked for songs that represented all different facets of relationships, but the end result is always stay together, get closer, don’t run. The guy in “Right On Back To You” has driven off—but he’s pulled over and gone, 'I always do this. This is ridiculous because I love this girl, what am I doing?' So he turns around and he goes back. They’re all just reconciling with the need to get closer to intimacy."
The magic of Get Closer, then, isn’t a result of what happened when Keith Urban was in the recording studio; it's about all the other hours of the day. "I just think there’s more love in this album, and that permeated everything and made the music deeper," he says. "I loved making this record. I felt a tremendous sense of balance in my life, as a husband and a father and a musician who gets to go and try to capture all that and harness it and create something."
This former Marine crafted his rebellious singer-songwriter persona whilst in the service. His music reminds us of the days when country music was lawless and raw. Whether writing about addiction, heartache, family, or women, Jamey Johnson has become country's newest outlaw because his songs are written from the heart. Jamey Johnson tour dates have been scheduled nationally, fulfilling Johnson's lifelong dream of traveling the country to share his gift with his fans.
Johnson hails from Alabama and after a short stint at Jacksonville State University, the country music rebel enlisted with the US Marine Corps and stayed for eight years before moving to Nashville in 2000 to pursue his career. His songwriting talents were quickly noticed, and he penned the hit single "Honkytonk Badonkadonk" for Trace Adkins in 2005. It was soon after this that he signed a deal with BNA records to cut an album. The following year he released The Dollar, whose title track peaked at #14 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. With only lukewarm sales, Johnson was soon dropped from BNA and he became somewhat reclusive. However, Johnson wouldn't be out of the scene for too long; he returned to his songwriting roots and penned George Strait's #1 country hit "Give it Away" and Joe Nichols' hit "Another Side of You." Without a record deal, Johnson self-recorded and produced 2008's That Lonesome Song, which caught the attention of label execs at Mercury Nashville. He was soon signed to the record label and released the hit single "In Color" the following year. In 2009, "In Color," was awarded with the Song of the Year award by the Academy of Country Music and was also nominated for two Grammy Awards. With critical acclaim and a gold-certified album, Johnson's return was one of redemption. In 2010, Johnson released the gold certified The Guitar Song, which featured the hit track, "Heartache." In support of the album, Jamey Johnson tour dates were scheduled at various locations throughout the US.
The Jamey Johnson concert schedule 2011 has him slated as the opening act for Kid Rock's Born Free Tour. Jamey Johnson tour dates and appearances highlight the singer-songwriter's ability to relate to people from all walks of life, and all four corners of the globe. Make sure you don't miss out on the chance to catch this country outlaw live; make Eventful your source for Jamey Johnson tour dates.
Singer-songwriter Kip Moore combines a raw and rustic voice with compelling lyrics of honesty to create a unique sound that’s simultaneously hypnotic and edgy. His voice is weathered by life’s detours and disappointments and strengthened by his dreams and determination. His music is infused with relentless intensity, both of passion and frustration.
The boy who grew up daydreaming about life outside of the small town of Tifton, Ga., became a man who has been continually inspired by Bruce Springsteen and Kris Kristofferson to paint vivid portraits with his lyrics.
His music powerfully captures some of the contradictions that he grapples with personally. Although he’s from a large family and enjoys musical collaborations and performing onstage, he’s an introvert who is often more comfortable being alone.
Despite its edge, his music remains desperately optimistic.
During high school, he secretly began playing his brother’s guitar because he was intimidated by the talent of his mother and older brother. “I would play when nobody was around, just figuring out stuff, watching his hands and trying to do the same thing.”
Kip moved to Hawaii on a whim with just a backpack, a surfboard and a friend. They slept on an airport bench the first night and then lucked into a hut that was $50 a month. They would walk or hitchhike the mile to the beach daily. After six months of this tropical paradise, Kip thought he had found his permanent home until his friend encouraged him to pursue songwriting as a living.
He drove to Nashville on Jan. 1, 2004 in an old black Nissan truck that contained one bag and his guitar. He immersed himself in the songwriting community, observing songwriters’ rounds for two years and honing his craft before gaining the confidence to join in. After four years of performing locally, he caught the attention of Creative Artist Agency’s Mark Dennis, who called Universal Music Group Nashville’s Joe Fisher. Not only did Joe’s encounter lead to his record deal with MCA Nashville, but it also brought about his introduction to songwriter Brett James, who produced Kip’s debut album.
He also found important relationships with songwriters Dan Couch, Scott Steppakoff, Westin Davis and Kiefer Thompson, two of whom didn’t have publishing deals when he began writing with them.
And different his debut project is, as evidenced by the album’s first single, “Mary Was the Marrying Kind,” the story of the one who got away. The dreamy and spell-binding song is the true story of one of Kip’s friends, who returned to his hometown after about six years and saw the once tall, lanky girl who had since come into her own and become a model.