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Alaina inches way to 18

Friday, September 21, 2012 – Lauren Alaina will make her way to her 18th birthday on Nov. 8 when she embarks on an 18-city tour in support of her current single Eighteen Inches.

Alaina is teaming up with local charities and the Special Olympics to donate a portion of each sale of her limited edition 18-City Inch-By-Inch Tour t-shirt. The song, co-written by Carrie Underwood, Kelley Lovelace and Ashley Gorley, has hit the Top 40 on the country singles chart.,

Tour dates are:
Sept. 21 Bloomsburg, PA Bloomsburg Fair Special Olympics (local chapter)
Sept. 22 Long Island, NY Pennysaver Amphitheater Long Island Military Veterans
Sept. 29 Salem, VA Salem Farmer's Market Salem Rotary Club
Oct. 4 Atlanta, GA Wild Bills Special Olympics (local chapter)
Oct. 5 Dalton, GA Northwest GA Convention Ctr. City of Refuge and Family Promise of Dalton
Oct. 9 Akron, OH Sultan's Cabaret "Chicks with Picks" Akron General Medical Ctr. Muffins for Mammograms Breast Cancer benefit
Oct. 11 Baton Rouge, LA Livingston Parrish Fair Special Olympics (local chapter)
Oct. 13 Maryville, TN Foothills Fall Festival Special Olympics (local chapter)
Oct. 15 Visalia, CA KJUG Courtyard Special Olympics (local chapter)
Oct. 20 Ashburn, VA Farmwell Station Middle School The Nature Nuts Program
Oct. 21 Miami, FL Hard Rock Live Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital
Oct. 23 Orlando, FL Cowboys Special Olympics (local chapter)
Oct. 25 Mobile, AL TBD St. Jude
Oct. 27 Raleigh, NC City Limits Saloon SPCA of Wake County and Johnston County Animal Rescue League
Nov. 2 Ladson, SC Coastal Carolina Fair Special Olympics (local chapter)
Nov. 9 Jacksonville, FL Greater Jacksonville Fair Special Olympics (local chapter)
Nov. 11 Baltimore, MD Hippodrome at France-Merrick Perf. Arts Ctr. Susan G. Komen for the Cure Maryland
Nov. 12 Pittsburgh, PA TBD Special Olympics (local chapter)

The Mercury Nashville/19 Recordings/Interscope artist and American Idol Season 10 runner up released her debut album, "Wildflower," which contained the hit Georgia Peaches.

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Road Less Traveled CD review - Road Less Traveled
It's been six years since Lauren Aliana tasted mega success as runner up on American Idol. She was anxious to get out her first full-length effort since 2011's "Wildflower." She reflected, "I wrote for it for three and a half years. I've grown so much as a person, a songwriter and an artist in that time. These songs are a true representation of who I am, where I've been and where I'm going. This album has pushed me to accept who I am and be 100% honest about it. »»»
Wildflower CD review - Wildflower
It's a bit surprising that, in a world where hip-hop and power pop tend to rule the airwaves that a mainstream show like" American Idol" has been so welcoming to the country music genre. Yet they have, helping to launch the careers of such stars as Josh Gracin, Kellie Pickler, and, of course, Carrie Underwood. And the latest season upped the ante, with the finishing tandem of Scotty McCreary and Lauren Alaina representing the genre finely while McCreary took the crown. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: With or without band, Isbell satisfies – Usually, when an artist performs without his regular backing band, it becomes about mathematics of subtraction. That artist is armed with far fewer artistic weapons at his/her disposal, after all. In Jason Isbell's case, though, when he performed with just his wife and fiddler Amanda Shires, it was more about substitution than subtraction.... »»»
Concert Review: Grammy nominations aside, Yola, Kiah are the real deal – Grammy nominations do not make the artist, but Yola and opener Amythyst Kiah underscored time and again on this night that the honors were well deserved. In fact, Yola and Kiah's other group, Our Native Daughters, are nominated in the same category - Best American Roots. Yola has three other nominations as well. The clear winners... »»»
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