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The Friday Five: 2015 Albums of the Year (Country)

It was way too hard to narrow down all of our favorite albums this year to just 5, so we split between pop and country.  Here are our favorite country albums that were released in 2016!  (Okay so we picked 6, deal)

1.Thomas Rhett – “Tangled Up”
Thomas rode the momentum of his hit single “Makes Me Wanna” and the funky vibes of “Crash And Burn” into an an album full of soulful, R&B tinged jams, all country at heart.  “Die A Happy Man,” which Thomas wrote for his wife Lauren, will make you cry; “Vacation” will make you dance, and “I Feel Good” will turn any day around.

2. Hunter Hayes – “The 21 Project”
2015 was the year of trying new things for Hunter Hayes, including how he released music.  After dropping digital singles throughout the Summer, Hunter released a 3-disc set featuring 7 songs as acoustic, studio and live versions.   “Saint Or A Sinner” is one of our favorite songs of the year, no matter how we listen to it. 

3. Kacey Musgraves – “Pageant Material”
Kacey’s latest album sparkles just as much as she does on stage.  She might not be “Pageant Material,” but she sure is great at crafting clever lyrics that anyone can relate to.  Each track has a story of it’s own and they all come together to create one of our favorite country albums of 2015.

4. A Thousand Horses – “Southernality”
What do you get when you mix Lynyrd Skynyrd, Allman Brothers Band, and a whole lot of Southern moonshine? A Thousand Horses released the best “throwback” country rock album this year that we’ll be spinning for years to come.  Standout songs are the title track, “Trailer Trashed,” and “Travelin’ Man.”

5. Old Dominion – “Meat and Candy”
Even the band has commented on the strange name of their debut album but “Meat and Candy” is actually a fitting title for an album that has lots of sweet jams along with some more substantial tracks.  Their live show is not to be missed.

BONUS: Cam – “Untamed”
Released last week, Cam’s album barely made the cut but it’s one of the strongest debut albums we’ve heard in a long time!  We’re still kicking ourselves for not picking up one of those cute yellow flash drive bracelets when we saw Cam open for Dan+Shay!

SecretFangirls.com Interview Hunter Hayes

We chatted with the incredible Hunter Hayes at the T.J. Martell Foundation Family Day at Brooklyn Bowl in NYC, where Hunter was performing later in the day.   Learn what Hunter’s favorite part of making “The 21 Project” was, and what fans can look forward to in 2016.  (Hint: more tour dates!)  Watch our interview below!

Pickup a copy of “The 21 Project” on iTunes now!

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Lineup Announced for 2016 Southern Ground Festival in Charleston

Let’s be real – concerts make us hungry.   But more often than not, we’re forced to eat bland, overpriced venue food.   Which is why we love the idea behind the Southern Ground Festival: it celebrates both the music and the food of the South!   The festival was started by Zac Brown in 2011, and will be held for the 5th time on April 16-17th 2016 in Charleston, South Carolina.  The lineup includes an exciting lineup of country artists (literally it’s like all of our favorites) and will feature gourmet concessions from local vendors.

2016 Southern Ground Festival Lineup
Zac Brown Band
Marshall Tucker Band
HunterHayes
Thomas Rhett
Kacey Musgraves
A Thousand Horses
Old Dominion
Cam
Drake White
Tedeschi Trucks Band
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Sam Bush
Bruce Hornsby and the Noise Makers
Packway Handle Band
Muddy Magnolias

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Southern Ground Festival
April 16-17th 2016
MUSC Health Stadium
Charleston, SC
Buy Tickets
Tickets for the festival go on sale on Friday, December 18th at SouthernGroundFestival.com

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The Friday Five: Christmas Playlist

If you, like us, were already sick of hearing Taylor Swift’s version of “Last Christmas” by Noon on Black Friday, here are some Holiday jams that we never get sick of!  (Really, let’s just keep *NSYNC’s “Home For Christmas” album on repeat for the next 3 weeks)

1. “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays” by *NSYNC

2. “Merry Christmas Baby” by Hunter Hayes

3. “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” by Dan + Shay

4. “Fa La La” by Justin Bieber featuring Boyz II Men

5. “Beautiful Christmas” by Big Time Rush

BONUS: “What Christmas Means To Me” by Hanson

T.J. Martell’s 2015 NY Family Day To Feature Hunter Hayes, DNCE, AJR & More!

The T.J. Martell Foundation just announced the lineup for its 16th Annual New York Family Day, taking place at the Brooklyn Bowl on December 13th.   The event is an afternoon full of musical performances, games, a silent auction, and more.  Family Day always features the best in music – past participants include Austin Mahone, Ed Sheeran, Jonas Brothers, and Timeflies – and this year’s lineup is outstanding!

This year’s event will feature performances by Hunter Hayes, DNCE, AJR, Becky G, MAX & more!  The show benefits the T.J. Martell Foundation, which is dedicated to raising funds for cancer, leukemia, and AIDS research.   Family Day has raised over $5million for Martell-funded research over the years so far.  A day of great music for a good cause?  Count us in!  Tickets and meet and greet packages are available now.

2015 T.J. Martell NY Family Day
December 13th at 12pm
Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NY
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LINEUP
Hunter Hayes
DNCE
AJR
Becky G
MAX
Rachel Platten
Jack & Jack
Daya
FRANKIE

If you can’t make the show, you can still donate to the T.J. Martell Foundation here!

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The Friday Five: November Albums

While we’re already sad that Halloween is almost over, November is upon us.  The countdown to Thanksgiving is on, along with these upcoming album releases.  Check out our playlist from the new music we’re looking forward to in November!

1. Hunter Hayes – “The 21 Project” due November 6

2. Old Dominion – “Meat and Candy” due November 6

3. Cole Swindell – “Down Home Sessions II” EP due November 6

4. The Vamps – “Wake Up” due November 27

5. Patent Pending – “Riot Hearts Rebellion” due November 27

Hunter Hayes “21 Tour” Stops at West Point, NY

Hunter Hayes chose the stops for his current headlining tour, the “21 Tour,” by selecting venues in college towns where his music was popular on Spotify streaming.  Hunter is all about connecting with his audience, and for this tour he wanted to have a more intimate show and to play in front of some of his most passionate fans.  His plan worked.  The “21 Tour” stopped at Eisenhower Hall in West Point, NY over the weekend, and it was by far the craziest crowd we have ever witnessed at a Hunter Hayes show!

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The packed house was full of energy from the moment Hunter walked out on stage, singing and dancing along to every song.  By the second song of the night, girls were up on cadet’s shoulders and rocking out.  Hunter’s epic guitar solo during “Secret Love” even inspired a little crowd surfing, something we never expected to see at a Hunter Hayes show!   (And we loved it.)

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Hunter is one of our favorite artists to see live because of the emphasis he puts on his live show.  Of the (many) times we have seen him, we have never heard him play the same song the same way twice.  He likes to mix it up, adding extended solos and new vocal stylings, or just jamming with his band.   He played material from the upcoming “The 21 Project,” along with some old favorites including “Where We Left Off,” which he dedicated to the troops.

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Hunter has shown lots of support for the military over the years, and took the time to thank and acknowledge the crowd, explaining what an honor it was for him to play at West Point.  And the love went both ways.  A spirited group of cadets in the front row gave Hunter & his band their hats to wear for a memorable moment on stage.

Hunter’s band got some much deserved love as well – after the crowd started chanting “dreads,” bass player Matt Utterback had his moment in the spotlight.

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We have to thank Hunter for always mixing things up.  This was definitely one of the most memorable shows we’ve ever been to, from the beautiful & historic location to the insanely awesome crowd and of course the talented Mr. Hayes.   We can’t wait to see what he has in store next!

Setlist – Eisenhower Hall – October 24th 2015

Tattoo
Storm Warning
Storyline
Young And In Love
I Mean You
Somebody’s Heartbreak
Suitcase
Everybody’s Got Somebody But Me
Saint Or A Sinner
Secret Love
Where We Left Off
Invisible
Wanted
21
Light Me Up
Shut Up And Dance (Cover)
I Want Crazy
Encore:
Rainy Season
Love Makes Me

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Visit HunterHayes.com to check upcoming tour dates and to pre-order a copy of “The 21 Project!”

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Hunter Hayes To Release “The 21 Project” on November 6th

Hunter Hayes has been busy thinking of creative ways to release new music.  Over the Summer, he rolled out a series of digital tracks to Spotify, completing the “21 EP.”  Hunter just announced he will release “The 21 Project” on November 6th!  The 3-disc album will consist of 7 songs, each performed 3 ways:  one acoustic, one studio, and one live.   Hunter wanted to show how a song grows from its original form to how it is played on stage.  If you’ve ever seen Hunter live, you know how he puts his own spin on tracks, changing things up each night on stage.  The project will feature Hunter’s current single, “21,” and new, unreleased tracks.  Check out the tracklisting below!

Hunter Hayes “The 21 Project” Tracklisting
1. 21
2. Young And In Love
3. Saint Or A Sinner
4. Where It All Begins (ft. Lady Antebellum)
5. Suitcase
6. The Trouble With Love
7. I Mean You

The 21 Tour in support of the project kicks off this month in North Carolina.  Hunter is hitting small venues in college towns across the country, targeting places where his music is popular on Spotify streaming.  Check out the dates below!  Tickets are on sale now.

Hunter Hayes “21 Tour” Dates
Oct 22 – Western Carolina University – Cullowhee, NC – Buy Tickets
Oct 23 – Kent State University – Kent, OH – Buy Tickets
Oct 24 – Eisenhower Hall – West Point, NY – Buy Tickets
Oct 29 – Purdue University – West Layfayette, IN – Buy Tickets
Oct 30 – Slippery Rock University – Slippery Rock, PA – Buy Tickets
Nov 5 – Western Kentucky University – Bowling Green, KY – Buy Tickets
Nov 6 – Notre Dame University – Notre Dame, IN – Buy Tickets
Nov 7 – Illinois State University – Normal, IL – Buy Tickets
Nov 14 – University of Oklahoma – Norman, OK – Buy Tickets

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Hunter Hayes Releases “21” EP And Announces Upcoming Tour

Hunter Hayes just released the last of his digital tracks that have been rolling out all Summer.  The “21” EP, named after his current single, is now complete!   You can stream the entire EP exclusively on Spotify now.

Hunter also announced that he’ll be hitting the road this Fall on the 21 Tour!  He’ll be, naturally, going to 21 cities and playing 21 shows across the country.  Stay tuned for the dates!  We can’t wait to party like we just turned 21!

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Watch the video for “21” below and pickup a copy of the single on iTunes now.

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Watch Hunter Hayes’ “21” Music Video

Hunter Hayes just released the music video for his latest single, “21.”  The video is just as fun as the song, mixing Hunter’s performance with people dancing along like they just turned 21.  Hunter’s dog Cole even makes an appearance!   You might also recognize the amazing set made out of light-up amps that Hunter uses on the Wheels Up Tour with Lady Antebellum.  Watch the video below!

Pickup a copy of “21” on iTunes now!

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