2018 Grammy Awards Country Nominations!!!

The 2018 Grammy nominations are here, and country artist/songwriter Chris Stapleton leads the race for country music with 3 nominations. The extraordinary “Tin Man” by Miranda Lambert, which indefensibly delayed on the country music charts, was awarded with 2 nominations. Sam Hunt’s smash hit “Body Like A Back Road” was also nominated 2 Grammys.

The Grammy’s will air live on CBS from the Madison Square Garden in New York City on Sunday, January 28. See down below for the full list of country nominees.


Best Country Solo Performance

Body Like A Back Road – Sam Hunt

Losing You – Alison Krauss

Tin Man – Miranda Lambert

I Could Use A Love Song – Maren Morris

Either Way – Chris Stapleton

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

It Ain’t My Fault – Brothers Osborne

My Old Man – Zac Brown Band

You Look Good – Lady Antebellum

Better Man – Little Big Town

Drinkin’ Problem – Midland

Best Country Song

Better Man – Taylor Swift, songwriter (Little Big Town)

Body Like A Back Road – Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally & Josh Osborne, songwriters (Sam Hunt)

Broken Halos – Mike Henderson & Chris Stapleton, songwriters (Chris Stapleton)

Drinkin’ Problem – Jess Carson, Cameron Duddy, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne & Mark Wystrach, songwriters (Midland)

Tin Man – Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert & Jon Randall, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)

Best Country Album

Cosmic Hallelujah – Kenny Chesney

Heart Break Lady Antebellum

The Breaker Little Big Town

Life Changes – Thomas Rhett

From A Room: Volume 1 – Chris Stapleton

Best Americana Album

Gregg Allman, Southern Blood
Brent Cobb, Shine on Rainy Day
Iron & Wine, Beast Epic
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, The Nashville Sound
The Mavericks, Brand New Day

Best American Roots Song (Awarded to Songwriters)

David Rawlings – “Cumberland Gap”
The Mavericks – “I Wish You Well”
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – “If We Were Vampires”
Rodney Crowell Feat. Rosanne Cash and John Paul White – “It Ain’t Over Yet”
Gregg Allman – “My Only True Friend”

Best American Roots Performance

Alabama Shakes – “Killer Diller Blues”
Blind Boys Of Alabama – “Let My Mother Live”
Glen Campbell – “Arkansas Farmboy”
Leonard Cohen – “Steer Your Way”
Alison Krauss – “I Never Cared For You”

Best Roots Gospel Album

The Best of the Collingsworth Family — Volume 1, The Collingsworth Family
Give Me Jesus, Larry Cordle
Resurrection, Joseph Habedank
Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope, Reba McEntire
Hope for All Nations, Karen Peck & New River



Top 5 Favorite Songs of the Week: November 27, 2017!!!

  1. Sarah Ross “Doin’ Just Fine”: At a short break from music, Ross is back with a new inspiring single, “Doin’ Just Fine.” This song tells the story about moving on and coming back stronger after losing someone you love. Ross’ new EP will come in early 2018.
  2. The Morrison Brothers Band “Loud Love”: The Morrison Brothers Band new song “Loud Love,” feels like a sunny day, it featured some wonderful electric guitar rhythms and it makes you want to get up and dance to this great tune. The whole tune is warm and inviting with lyrics that showcase the humble benefits and the happiness of loving out loud.
  3. Ingrid Andress “Anything But Love”: In Andress new song “Anything But Love,” tells the story about how Andress was trying to get over someone she used to love and she could not understand why it was so hard to stop loving that person. Andress felt like she could not move on from this relationship.
  4. Old Dominion “Shoe Shopping” : Old Dominion new tune “Shoe Shopping,” tells a love story on how looking for love is like looking for a new pair shoes.
  5. Jake McVey “Never Give Up”: In remarkable new single that Jake McVey pays a moving tribute to the first responders, and in his video for this song it shows real-life appearances from Richmond, Kentucky firefighters and also some paramedics and police officers.


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Tim Pickett:


1.     Hi Tim, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country singer?

Hey Danielle! I was a bricklayer/laborer by trade before I took on country music! Basically a construction worker! I excelled at that and still juggle my music and the bricklaying as well! Sooner than later I will be completely transitioned from laying stone and brick to full time country music!

2.     How did you get in country music and how did you know you wanted a career in it?

I guess about a year ago I woke up and just decided that I could do this. I could be a country singer. I had a notebook full of good lyrics and I could already sing and play the guitar. It’s the only thing I do that actually feels like I belong and love more than anything! It’s my passion to song to people and see that reaction on their faces! So I bought a piece of equipment every week until I was setup to start recording my music for the fans!

3.     Who are some of your musical icons?

Musical icons? Well let’s see.. I cut my teeth I country music with Hank, Merle, Conway and many other oldies! I love George Strait! The guy is a country music icon! The king of country! As far as now time though, I love what Sam Hunt has been doing! He’s a magnificent songwriter and a great performer. The charts don’t lie! I just love his music. Everything about every song just amazes me! He’s like a mentor I’ve yet to meet!

4.     What are some of your favorite songs to perform live?

I like to perform lots of songs live. Obviously I love to play my own music which y’all haven’t heard a lot of yet but you will I promise! If I had to pick one song to cover live though it would have to be In Color by Jamey Johnson. That song just hits everyone from young to old right in the feels!

  1. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 to 10 years with your music?

Good Question! In the next 5 years I can see me selling a song or five lol. I can also see y’all loving some of this music I put out and even have a couple on the radio! In 10 years we’ll be on a big tour! Way sooner hopefully but definitely no later! I have a great partner who plays for me and helps write a song or two every now and then! Nick Bryan! Don’t forget about him! I can honestly sit here and say that I believe we’re gonna do some great things with the music in the next 5 to 10! Maybe even 2. You just never know!

6.     Is there anything coming up with your music for the rest of 2017?

Yes, there is! I’m glad you asked. We’re getting ready to cut a single that I think y’all will love. You can expect it by December sometime. I don’t want it to be anything short of perfect so thank you for being patient with me y’all!

7.     What is one of your favorite quotes?

I just saw this last night actually! It hit me just right. I don’t know who said it but the quote is. “You don’t have to be great to start but you do have to start to be great!” Isn’t that the truth!

8.     Is there anything else you would like to share?

Yes ma’am! I just want to thank you Dee for letting me be a part of your blog! I appreciate it so much. It’s humbling. Oh, and to all the fans… thank you for being  so patient with this music! I hope y’all love it!


Tim Pickett~ Artist Spotlight



Artist Spotlight:

Timothy Earl Pickett II was born in Farmington, Missouri. His birthday is February 21, 1992 and he is 25 years old. He now lives in Belgrade, Missouri. Pickett knows how to play the guitar, the drums and the saxophone. Also Pickett was an all-state tenor sax player in high school. Baseball is his favorite sport and he went all district as a catcher. Some of Pickett’s favorite sport teams are the St. Louis Cardinals, Nashville Preds and St. Louis Blues. Lastly Pickett is an up and coming country singer, who is hoping to make a name for himself in the country music world.


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TEAM LTD~ Clothing Brand Company!!! Q&A!!!


*Team LTD is a lifestyle brand, which connects  people who are the Living The Dream.

1.     Hello, can you give me a little bit of background back your apparel line?
  • Our brand was launched in Summer 2012 in Ontario, Canada. Our vision is to connect a global community inspired by adventure, culture, the arts, and the outdoors.
2.     How did you decide on the name “TEAMLTD” and was there any other names that you were thinking about?
  • TEAMLTD stands for Team Living The Dream and that is our moto. We consider ourselves the official brand for the pursuit of your dreams.
3.     Where do you see “TEAMLTD” in the next 5 to 10 years?
  • In 2018 we are focusing on growth to USA so we expect to have a large presence in 5 to 10 years.
4.     What are a few accomplishments that you are most proud of your company?
  • We were self-funded with minimal investment and have been experiencing rapid growth for 5 years.
5.     Has any celebrities worn any of your items?
6.      Is there anything new coming up with the company for the rest of 2017?
  • Some new products in December!
7.     What is the first item that you made for “TEAMLTD?”
  • Trucker Hats & Tees
8.     What advice would you give to an up and coming apparel company?
  • Prepare for adventures and a lot of work ahead of you. 40 hours don’t cut it!
9.     What is one of your favorite quotes?
  • Work Hard, Play Hard



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  • Snapchat: https://www.snapchat.com/add/teamltdsnap
  • Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbhBkzsRmHKt07_-mVqJVwg
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Dixedeetop5 Favorite Songs of the Week: Nov 20, 2017!!!

  1. Lindsay Ell “Criminal”: “Criminal” is a song that shares about the early phases of a relationship. Each thing the boy does in this song makes his girl feel like it should be illegal or feeling like you are “Criminal.”
  2. Cale Dodds “People Watching”: The song “People Watching” takes us on a trip with a couple who is went out on the town for a night of fun. We find out that the girl is the reason why people are watching-the way she dances, the way she moves and the way she makes her guy look even better.
  3. Miss Me More “Kelsea Ballerini: In “Miss Me More” Ballerini tells the story about a break up and how she does not miss her ex but instead misses the person she was before dating her ex.
  4. Farewell Angelina “House of the Rising Sun”: In Farewell Angelina’s cover of “House of the Rising Sun,” each of the girl gets a chance to showcase their vocal skills and it also sounds like there is only one person singing with four voices.
  5. Logan Mize “Somebody to Thank”: In “Somebody to Thank,” the lyrics pay respect to all the people and circumstances that helped Mize become the person he is today.


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Dixiedeetop5 Favorite Songs of the Week: November 13, 2017!!!

  1. Shawn Austin “Paradise Found”: “Paradise Found” is an easy going and a song that person can really get into. Austin has a unique and natural talent in his vocal range and it is showcased in this song.
  2. Andy Velo “Flipside”: When Velo first heard “Flipside” he knew it was a special song and he knew had to record it. This song reminded him of his friend David who left for basic training in the Navy right after they graduated high school. Velo was also thinking of joining the military.
  3. Keith Urban “Female”: Urban’s new song “Female” is a ballad about appreciating women that was inspired by the recent sexual assault and harassment claims that started with Harvey Weinstein.
  4. Meghan Linsey “Bold Like a Lion”: In Linsey’s new single “Bold Like a Lion” it is an anthem of women empowerment.
  5. Native Run “Sleeping in the Bed I Made”: The song “Sleeping in the Bed I Made” by country duo Native Run, focuses on life after ending a relationship and how your ex has moved on with someone else. I feel this song many people can relate to.

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Hunter Brothers- “Q&A”!!!


1.     Hello, Luke, JJ, Ty, Brock and Dusty (Hunter Brothers), can you guys tell me a little bit about yourselves before you became a country music band?

We grew up in the small rural S.W. Saskatchewan community of Shaunavon (Home of female hockey great – Hayley Wickenheiser and current NHLer Braydon Coburn, and Olympian Jungle Jim Hunter). Our lives were extremely busy as kids growing up as we were involved in school, music (piano, guitar etc), hockey, our local church, and LOTS of farm work (Dad was a big believer of wise “time-usage”)

We were invited to perform at a local Gospel festival 26 years ago (before Ty was even born) and thats when our on-stage performing began. As a Gospel singing, vocal-based family group, the local invitations expanded into more wide-spread festival and concert opportunities until we were spending large portions of the summer weekends playing throughout Western Canada and the United States. For years we would spend the winter playing junior and pro hockey throughout North America only to return to the farm in the spring to help Dad plant the crop and then dive back in to summer training for hockey and weekend trips performing a various events. 

As the years passed, one by one, each brother (because of injury and other life decisions) retired from hockey and made their way back to the farm. While farming became a way of life, the music took on a few different stylistic changes until finally we landed on Country music. 

2.     How did you guys get into country music and how did you know you wanted a career in it?

In some regards, the transition to country music for us should’ve happened much quicker than it did. We grew up as farmers and still are farmers. Our one local radio station was a country station, which we listened to day in and day our while out on the land in our farming implements. We’ve always loved country music-what it says, how it’s played, where it is rooted and grounded, we’re from the country, and understand country life. It makes sense to us and has always been part of our lives. When we finally landed playing country music… we felt like we finally arrived home.

We also have some great friends who were highly influential in us getting our start in the Country Music industry. Brad and Curtis Rempel (High Valley) have been great friends for years. It was Brad who introduced us to Ron Kitchener with Open Road Recordings and RGK Entertainment. He also co-produced our debut album and co-wrote many of the songs on that album. Without them, there is a good chance we may not be doing what we are today.

3.     Who are some of your guys’ musical icons?

We may be 5 blood-brothers with the same parents, same upbringing, same background etc etc, but we are definitely 5 different people with different tastes, tendencies and preferences. Our musical influences and icons span many genres and eras… everything from Gospel, Country, EDM, R&B, Rock, Pop and A capella. We have found inspiration in music from The Jackson 5, Rascal Flatts, Maroon 5, Diamond Rio, The Gaither Vocal Band, Earth Wind & Fire, Paul Brandt, Little Big Town, Stevie Wonder and beyond.

4.     What is the story behind your newest single “Born & Raised?”

Born & Raised has been a very pivotal song for us in our music career. It’s a song that hits home for us as it speaks of where we’re from, how we were raised, what our values are and ultimately points to the framework of how we approach life. 

More than that, the term “Born And Raised” really is a universal phrase as everyone was Born and Raised somewhere and every person has a story of the people, surroundings and influences that shaped us into the people we are today. There is a line in the song that says “I’m proud of where I’m from…” and it’s very rare that you run into a person that doesn’t carry a certain pride of where and how they were “Born And Raised”.

The events surrounding the release of the single were very special to us as well. The song went to radio just before the CCMA’s which are Canadian Country Music’s largest stage which were hosted in our home province of Saskatchewan. We also had the privilege of recording the music video for the song literally in our back yard… behind our parents house in our hometown of Shaunavon. We combined the video shoot with a benefit concert which saw between 1000-1200 people from S.W. Saskatchewan come out and not only support us, but raise over $60,000 which went to local Saskatchewan charities. The five charities were chosen in line with the theme of 5 of our main “Born And Raised” influences Faith, Farm, Family, Hockey and Community – tied together with the common thread of music. 

5.     Is there anything new coming up with your guys’ music for the rest of 2017?

We just wrapped up a 2 week media tour through Manitoba and Ontario. We are currently down in Nashville writing in preparation for new singles and eventually a new album. The music industry never rests and we’re thankful to have the opportunity of continuing to press ahead with new ideas and plans!

 6.     If you guys could sing a duet with a famous singer or group whom would it be and why?

The first group that comes to mind is Rascal Flatts. They’ve been huge musical influences for us in the country world and have done so much for the industry. 

We had the opportunity to cross one of these “bucket list” items off our list at this years’ CCMA’s Legends show when we had the blessing and privilege of performing with Paul Brandt. Along with the amazing music he’s put out over the years, he has upheld so many of the things we admire in an artist- integrity, excellence, conviction, family, while still treating everyone he crossed paths with love and respect. It was a huge honour for us. 

7.     What are a few of your favorite quotes?

We were told some great advice when we first signed our Record/Management contract. 

– Never take anything for granted

– Don’t forget where you came from

No matter where this music career takes us, we want to keep those thoughts very close to us.

Another one from our father which rings true being brothers 

– The world will beat up on you enough, you don’t have to beat up on yourselves.

8.     Is there anything else you guys would like to share?

We have been blown away by the quality of individuals that are in the country music industry… everyone from the artists, radio personal, booking agents, labels, managers and beyond. We feel extremely blessed to do this in and among so many amazing people – following in the footsteps of the great people that paved the way before us.
 Playing this music, as brothers, in this atmosphere…. could it get any better?

Hunter Brothers~ Artist Spotlight


Luke, J.J., Ty, Brock and Dusty aka the Hunter Brothers are a Canadian country music band from Shaunavon, Saskatchewan. The real-life brothers grew up singing gospel with their family across Canada and the U.S. Since pre-kindergarten each brother had learned to play an instrument. Their music talent brought them together and also helped them to form their country music band.

The Hunter Brothers’ first song, “El Dorado,” was shaped with the amazing production abilities of Brad Rempel (High Valley), Grammy award-winning producer Seth Mosley and Michael “X” O’Connor. Their second single “Long Way to Love You,” is an upbeat song about a long distance love and it was a Top-40 radio hit.

The brothers have been performing live acoustic sets on different radio stations and television spots. The boys also become popular for their ability to create their own song parody videos, with their most new attempt, “The Tractor Got Stuck.” This video gained more than 1.5 million views on Facebook.

Their recent single and video “Born & Raised” is available now from their debut album “Getaway.” If you would like to find out more about the Hunter Brothers then check out their website http://hunterbrothers.com.


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