We’re back with Idols Gone Country, with the latest from Kristy Lee Cook, Bucky Covington, Skylar Laine, Lauren Alaina, Josh Gracin., and Bo Bice!
Lauren Alaina has started writing for her 2nd album. Yesterday, songwriter Shane Stevens tweeted
@Lauren_alaina me and @carybarlowe had a blast 2day You’re the real deal!Great writer!So impressed with your talent and spirit #catchingfire
Shane Stevens and Cary Barlowe cowrote Lady Antebellum’s #1 country hit “American Honey” and Carrie Underwood’s “Do You Think About Me” with Hillary Lindsey.
Bucky Covington has been making the rounds promoting his new album Good Guys which was released Tuesday. Check out video of his performances of “Mexicoma” and his single “Drinkin Side Of Country” on the Nick & Artie Show:
“Drinkin Side Of Country”
Skylar Laine has been writing and recording demos since the end of the season, with the support of 19 Management. Her collaborators have included Hillary Lindsey, Luke Laird, Chris Tompkins, Anne Preven, Chris DeStefano and Jeremy Stover. Skylar tweeted about a month ago that she was in studio recording a song she had recorded with Jeremy Stover, whom she has talked about being excited to work with because he is her idol Justin Moore‘s producer. We now have a title for that Skylar Laine/Jeremy Stover cowrite: it’s called “Nothin’ Grows In The Shade”.
Josh Gracin debuted a new song that he had written via Twitter called “Think It Over.” He tweeted
Couldn’t make you wait “Think It Over” #writing really think this is my best yet. Very stripped.
Bo Bice tweeted
A little birdie told me they’re using a Bo Bice song in this sound track…He might even B @ the premier????Get On & Ride
The Last Ounce Of Courage premiere is tonight at the Carmike Thoroughbred Theater in Franklin, Tennessee.
Here is Bo performing “Get On And Ride” at the 2010 CMA Fest:
Kristy Lee Cook premiered the studio version of her new single “Airborne Ranger Infantry” on her hometown country station KUPL Portland. “Airborne Ranger Infantry” is Kristy Lee Cook’s 1st single for Broken Bow Records which is also the label home to her executive producer, country superstar Jason Aldean. Kristy cowrote the song with Michael Logen and Luke Walker based on poems her father had written while serving in the US military. Kristy has already shot the video for the song.
Check out Kristy’s interview on KUPL New Country Portland and the premiere of her single:
KUPL Bing Lounge performance of “Airborne Ranger Infantry”
BONUS VID: Check out Kristy performing an acoustic version of an album track she didn’t cowrite called “I Don’t Care” (hear the full band version of the song here)
Also check out this LQ vid of Kristy’s Q&A with the Spokane Coyote Country audience via ChrisFranks. In it she alludes to an awkward history with country star Jake Owen, who came up because he played the Spokane County Interstate Fair on 9/11. It’s not clear what she is referring to, but Jake did join her for an episode of Goin Country in 2010, during which he split his forehead open while “sighting a rifle.” Kristy did mention a “Jake” when calling some exes out on blast during this recent performance of her t30 single “Fifteen Minutes Of Shame”. Hmmmm. But, she does have nice things to say about Jake and especially his new wife in this Spokane interview.
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