Fearless Baby: Taylor Swift's Baby Taylor Guitar

There are no "teardrops" on this guitar, because Taylor Swift has created a special gift of love for her legion of fans. Swift has joined forces with one of the world's finest guitar manufacturers to create The Taylor Swift Baby Taylor Guitar. And it is a stunner.

Inspired by memories of writing songs on her Baby Taylor, country pop sensation Taylor Swift collaborated with Taylor Guitars to design a signature Baby Taylor model. The Taylor Swift Baby Taylor (TSBT) features standard Baby Taylor specs, embellished by Swift's custom, screen-printed rosette design.

At three-quarters the size of Taylor Guitar's standard dreadnought, and with a slim 1 11/16-inch neck and a comfortable, compact shape, the guitar is just right for both the littlest player’s hands and anyone who likes to pick up and play on the go. Like the original Baby Taylor, the TSBT is crafted from sapele laminate back and sides and a solid Sitka spruce top.

The custom design is all Swift's, featuring her well-known expression "Love, Love, Love" among delicate vines that encircle the soundhole. To commemorate the songwriting spirit of her album, the guitar features the word "Fearless" along with Swift's signature inscribed above the bridge.

"I wanted to share my passion for playing guitar with my fans," Taylor Swift said.

"For a beginner, finding the right guitar can be intimidating, but this guitar, it's the perfect size. Even if you've been playing for years, it's a great size to travel with. I used to sit in the back seat of the rental car while I was on my radio tour at 16, writing songs on my Baby Taylor. I love the sound, and I love those memories."

The 19-year-old singer-songwriter, who has shared a close relationship with Taylor Guitars since she was just a precocious, aspiring preteen with very big dreams, has blossomed into one of music's most successful acts. Her sophomore album Fearless (whose release Swift celebrated at the Taylor Guitars factory last November) debuted on the Billboard Hot 200 at the top spot and has since gone on to sell over 4 million copies.

Recently, she surpassed the 10 million mark for total albums sold and over 20 million paid downloads--more than any artist in country music history. Her headline tour this year included a recent sold-out show at New York's Madison Square Garden, where each song was accompanied by legions of singing and screaming fans, who at one point gave Swift a four-minute standing ovation.

The Baby Taylor is the ultimate travel companion, delivering volume and tone that surprise for its diminutive dimensions. At three-quarters the size of a full-sized guitar, the Baby Taylor lives for the road. It also loves little hands, which makes it an irresistible choice for kids taking lessons. 

In the box:  1 Taylor Swift Baby Taylor (TSBT) Guitar, Taylor Gig Bag
Also available: 1 SKB Baby Taylor/Martin LX Guitar Shaped Hardshell

Download Free Texas Country 6 Song Album - Lyle Lovett, Ryan Bingham, Willie Nelson, Hayes Carll & Robert Earl Keen

Lost Highway is offering six songs from top country artists free with it's "T For Texas T From Tennessee" album. Willie Nelson, Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses, Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen, Hayes Carll and  Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears shine on this superb Lost Highway album.

Click this link or the album cover above to download the album for free. Song titles include "Country Roads," "The Rose Hotel," "Pantry," "Sugarfoot," "Lost Highway" and "Waiting On The Stars To Fall."

So forward this link to your friends and neighbors. No one will want to miss "T For Texas and T From Tennessee" from top country artists. They lyrics and music are stellar. Plus, you can't beat the price - FREE.

Single Review: Susan Hickman "Whipping Post"

If "Black Velvet" singer Alannah Myles decided to record a Texas country album, she might sound a lot like newcomer Susan Hickman. That's a big compliment, and Hickman, who just released her blues-infused track "Whipping Post" to Texas country radio, is perfectly poised for a big country music career.

Hickman's self-titled debut dropped in February to regional fans. The MP3 is now available nationwide, and the CD will be released to a national audience in the coming months.

"Whipping Post"is a powerful, sexy track that builds to a rousing crescendo. Susan Hickman offers a winning cover of the classic Allman Brothers tune and shows raw emotion in an authentic vocal performance that boldly announces her entry to Texas country music.

Red Dirt fans should get used to "Whipping Post," because Susan Hickman's sultry cover will likely be giving the beat down to its competition in its attempt to achieve country chart domination. CountryChart.com

2009 American Music Award Nominees - Full List Of Country Music AMA Nominations

Nominees for the 2009 American Music Awards were announced this morning, and Taylor Swift led the pack with the most nominations, including Favorite Country Album, Artist Of The Year, Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist and Favorite Pop/Rock Album.

Jason Aldean and Darius Rucker scored surprise AMA nominations against Keith Urban as Favorite Male Country Artist. The Zac Brown Band also jumped into the music big leagues after scoring AMA nominations for Best Country Band and Favorite Country Album.

Votes from the public determine the winners of each category. Click here to vote on your favorites. The 27th Annual American Music Awards will be broadcast live on ABC television from LA's Nokia Theatre in late November.

COUNTRY - Favorite Male Artist
Jason Aldean
Darius Rucker
Keith Urban

COUNTRY - Favorite Female Artist
Reba McEntire
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

COUNTRY - Favorite Band, Duo or Group
Rascal Flatts
Zac Brown Band

COUNTRY - Favorite Album
Unstoppable - Rascal Flatts
Fearless - Taylor Swift
Foundation - Zac Brown Band

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New Music Video: Taylor Swift "Fifteen"

Taylor Swift and her record label (Big Machine Records) have released the new video for "Fifteen" which is featured on the upcoming CD & DVD Platinum Edition of "Fearless," which drops October 27. Fans of Taylor Swift will be thrilled with the high production value of Taylor Swift's new video.

Pre-orders for the new, expanded 2-disc "Fearless" Platinum Edition have been huge for the teen country sensation. In fact, the original release has been a fixture on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart and the Billboard Country Chart for months. "Fifteen" should help drive sales of the Platinum Edition even higher, and initial fan buzz for the video is strong.

This is the cover for the Platinum Edition of Taylor Swift mega-bestseller "Fearless." The special edition CD & DVD includes 6 new songs and an amazing DVD filled with photos and tons of extra features. "Fearless" has already sold over 4 million copies.

Taylor Swift’s Fearless Platinum Edition includes:
CD (new tracks notated with **)
1. Jump Then Fall **
2. Untouchable **
3. Forever & Always (Piano Version) **
4. Come In With The Rain **
5. SuperStar **
6. The Other Side Of The Door **
7. Fearless 
8. Fifteen
9. Love Story
10. Hey Stephen
11. White Horse
12. You Belong With Me
13. Breathe 
14. Tell Me Why
15. You're Not Sorry
16. The Way I Loved You
17. Forever & Always
18. The Best Day
19. Change
DVD  (sequence not final)
1. “Change” Video
2. “Love Story” Video
3. “White Horse” Video
4. “The Best Day” Video
5. “You Belong With Me” Video
6. “Love Story” On The Set-Behind The Scenes
7. “White Horse” On The Set-Behind The Scenes
8. “You Belong With Me” On The Set-Behind The Scenes
9. FEARLESS 2009 TOUR Behind The Scenes exclusive photos; Photos courtesy of Austin K. Swift
10. FEARLESS 2009 TOUR Behind The Scenes at the First Show webisode
11. “Thug Story” Video

News: Mark Wayne Glasmire Gets 2 Preliminary Grammy Nods: Best New Artist & Song Of The Year

Singer-songwriter Mark Wayne Glasmire received two nominations in the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards Nominating Ballot for Song Of The Year and Best New Artist. In late August, Country Chart published a well-deserved rave review of Mark Wayne Glasmire's single "Everything Is Gonna Be Alright" and the album "Life Goes On" (read it by clicking here).

"It's pretty unbelievable," said Glasmire from his home in Arlington,Texas.  "You work at your craft all of your life and then one day you wake up to good news like this. It's inspiring, for sure."

Mark Wayne Glasmire has won many awards, including first place honors in B. W. Stevenson Memorial Songwriting Competition, Dallas Songwriters Association International Songwriting Competition and GINA/LAWIM Songwriting Competition in Los Angeles California.

Members of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences may vote for Glasmire at Grammy.com. (General Field: Song Of The Year: "Everything Is Gonna Be Alright" #169 and Best New Artist #133).

It's difficult for new artists to break out in the crowded country music scene, and Country Chart congratulates Mark Wayne Glasmire for his vocal and songwriting talent that culminated in today's announcement. Here's hoping Grammy voters take a fresh look at Glasmire's insightful lyrics and heartfelt vocal performance.

No matter what happens when the final Grammy nominations are announced, today's news proves that "Everything Is Gonna Be Alright" for Mark Wayne Glasmire. CountryChart.com

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