Category Archives: Tid-Bit Tuesday
*Opry Comes Home to the Grand Ole Opry House tonight. For those of you who have GAC can watch it live, those of us who don’t will have to catch it online. The star-studded homecoming event, hosting its first concert since flooding devastated Nashville in May and inundated the world’s most famous country-music venue, will feature artists like Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Martina McBride, Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, Josh Turner and Jason Aldean. You can catch Country Comes Home: An Opry Celebration when it airs live at 9 p.m. on GAC, Opry.com and GACTV.com.
*Taylor Swift has won every trophy out there, but this year she will get her name on a building. Yes you heard me correctly. The Sumner County School Board of Henderson High School, where she went during her freshman and sophomore years before the release of her debut album in 2006, voted unanimously in favor of the name change. Swift donated $75,000 to the school in 2009 so they could update the sound and lighting systems in the auditorium.
*Kenny Chesney’s much anticipated album, Hemingway’s Whiskey, is in stores today. Kenny has said this album is much deeper and different for him. He recently told Lon Helton, that there’s more than the party songs people are used to hearing during his live shows. The first single off the album, “The Boys of Fall,” just became Kenny’s 20th number one single.
*It seems Alan Jackson is taking cues from Tim McGraw. Alan is launching a tour down-under in Australia in March and he’s taking Miranda Lambert with him. Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, October 8th, and fanclub presales start this Friday.
The dates are:
March 4, 2011 Melbourne – Rod Laver Arena
March 7, 2011 Sydney – Acer Arena
March 10, 2011 Brisbane – Brisbane Entertainment Centre
March 11, 2011 Brisbane – Brisbane Entertainment Centre
*CMT jumps into fall with the world premiere of eight all-new music videos when CMT Big New Music Weekend returns to the network beginning at 6:00 a.m., Friday, October 1 through Sunday, October 3. New exclusive world premieres from Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Blake Shelton, Sara Evans, Jerrod Niemann, Jaron and The Long Road to Love and Christian Kane will take over CMT music hours as the only videos featured throughout the weekend, with taped introductions by each artist prior to their video. In addition, America’s #1 country music website, CMT.com, will highlight each of the videos on the homepage of CMT.com, and fans will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite new video at the video voting page on CMT.com.
*While Reba’s upcoming album is entitled All the Women I Am, she’s been tackling the opposite sex’s perspective with a cover of Beyoncé’s “If I Were a Boy.” Reba’s countrified version of the hit song will appear on her new CD, due in stores November 9. This isn’t the first time a Beyoncé-penned tune has become a country crossover. Sugarland covered her infectious hit, “Irreplaceable,” on their Live on the Inside album, and Beyoncé even performed the song with the duo on the 2007 American Music Awards.
*Country Strong, the upcoming feature film starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw, will have a star-studded soundtrack. All four of the movie’s main stars — Gwyneth, Tim, Leighton Meester and Garrett Hedlund — will be included, as well as some of country music’s most famous voices. Trace Adkins, Ronnie Dunn, Sara Evans, Faith Hill, Patty Loveless, Hank Williams, Jr., Lee Ann Womack and Chris Young, with Tim McGraw serving as executive producer. Gwyneth sings four songs on the soundtrack, including the title track and a duet with Tim called “Me and Tennessee,” which was written by her husband, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin. Country Strong hits movie theaters in Los Angeles and Nashville on December 22, 2010, and nationwide on January 7, 2011.
Okay, I know it’s Tuesday and you’re probably all waiting on the edge of your seats waiting for the awesome Tid-Bits. Well, today is Faith Hill’s 43rd birthday and to celebrate I’ve converted Tid-Bit Tuesday into a collection of my favorite things Faith Hill style. I’ve been working all day on picking and choosing my favorite Faith hill moments, so check it out below.
*Two of my favorite songs off the “Cry” album are both included in her DVD When The Lights Go Down. Whether it’s heard on the album, radio or live…nothing beats a good Faith Hill ballad.
“When The Lights Go Down”
*It’s no doubt “Breathe” is one of her hottest videos, but any song she does with husband Tim McGraw is right at the top of the list as well. It’s hard to pick a favorite Faith/Tim collaboration, but if I had to pick I guess it’d be “Let’s Make Love.”
*Going back to the 90’s, in the midst of Faith’s award show takeover…two of my favorite songs came of the Faith album in 1998 and 1999. “Let Me Let Go” was Grammy nominated and included background vocals from Vince Gill. Also, one of my favorite videos is “Secret Of Life.” Love the song, love the vibe in the video and is great to hear live.
*One of my favorite collaboration album out there is Reba Duets. If you don’t love Reba, there’s something wrong with you. Fans have waited forever for her to release it and I’ll tell you, I love every song on it and for obvious reasons I love her duet with Faith.
The song is “Sleeping With The Telephone.” The song was never released as a single, but is a great song. Another connection to Reba, the song Faith sang on the CMT Giants special featuring Reba…Faith sang a big song, “You Lie,” and blew the roof off. Honestly, it wasn’t Faith’s best performance ever, but it was a tremendous performance and a great chance for Faith to pay respect for her idol. Reba took the song to number one back in 1990 and Faith could easily gain the same success if she ever decided to put that on a record.
*Monday, October 3rd 2005 was “Faith Hill Day” on The Oprah Winfrey Show. It was Faith’s first time on the show and she stayed for the entire hour. Not only did Faith share info on her “Fireflies” album, but we were introduced to Lori McKenna who wrote three songs off the album. Lori even got to accompany Faith and Tim out on the Soul 2 Soul Tour.
*Faith got a lot of flack at the 2006 CMA Awards when she reacted poorly when her named wasn’t called for the Female Vocalist of the Year trophy. We all know Carrie Underwood took home the award, but it was her moment that everyone was talking about the next day. She claims it all was a joke and in good fun…but critics are claiming otherwise. Who really knows, but it will definitely be something country fans won’t forget.
*It’s obvious that her music career has flourished ten times better than her acting career, but her role in Stepford Wives was a huge deal. The cast was star-studded and allowed Faith to dabble in the Hollywood thing. Clearly her musical additions to films has been a much better move for her. She contributed to How The Grinch Stole Christmas with “Where Are You Christmas” and for Pearl Harbor with “There You’ll Be.” Both are two songs on my ultimate Faith playlist.
This is the end of my day of Faith…I could go on and on, but I’ll spare you all. Word on the street is Faith is back in the studio and prepping her new album. It’s good to hear for all us Faith fans, it has been like five years since there has been an album with all new songs…excluding her greatest hits and holiday albums out in 2007 and 2008. So, no worries, I’ll keep you all updated when we’ll get some new Faith music.
*Not only did Carrie Underwood get married this year, win a bunch of awards and headline a summer tour…she also filmed her debut movie role. Carrie will appear in the true story, Surfer Girl, about real-life surfing star Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm to a shark when she was only 13 years old. Carrie took on the role of church youth leader, Sarah Hill, and says the final outcome surprised even her. The film, which also stars Helen Hunt, Kevin Sorbo, Dennis Quaid and AnnaSophia Robb, is the perfect family-friendly flick and hits theaters early next year. In other Carrie news…she was also recently signed to become the representative for Olay Skin Care. She is the first celebrity endorser from this region to sign with the company. She will be seen in ads for print and TV in the Challenge What’s Possible campaign.
*Lady Antebellum’s “Our Kind of Love” has climbed to the top of both the Billboard and Country Aircheck/Mediabase charts this week. Billy Currington’s “Pretty Good at Drinkin’ Beer” falls to number two, followed by Kenny Chesney’s “The Boys of Fall” at number three. “Our Kind of Love” is the third straight number one from the group’s multi-platinum album, Need You Now. Lady Antebellum, having just earned five CMA nominations, are certainly living a great life. The trio just took part in Friday’s multi-network television extravaganza, Stand Up 2 Cancer, a benefit special to raise awareness and funds for cancer research. Their next show is on Paradise Island in the Bahamas on September 18.
*In 1999, Garth Brook took the song “Unanswered Prayers” to the top of the charts. Now Lifetime is creating a movie inspired by the story behind the lyrics. ‘Unanswered Prayers’ will air on Lifetime in November and the cast will include Eric Close in the role of the husband who is torn between his wife, played by Samantha Mathis, and his old high-school crush who comes to town, played by Madchen Amick.
*Keith Urban joined his wife Nicole Kidman for the premiere of her new movie, The Rabbit Hole, in Toronto at the International Film Festival Monday night. The only crazy thing about that is he was in Nashville that morning for his live chat with fans. As always, Keith and Nicole are known for being very generous to their fans…the pair signed lots of autographs at the premiere and posed for pictures. Check out part of Keith’s live chat below, notice the little shout out he does to a fan named Kathy from Allentown, pretty cool.
*Taylor Swift hit the red carpet at the Easy A premiere Monday night. Most likely relieved the VMA’s were over, she relaxed as she wasn’t the center of attention. I’m guessing she is friends with the star Emma Stone. Later she Tweeted…Just saw Easy A. Easily, definitely, absolutely my new favorite movie.
*Rascal Flatts guitarist Joe Don Rooney and his wife, model Tiffany Fallon, became the proud parents of a baby girl last week. The couple welcomed Raquel Blue on Tuesday, September 7. Raquel Blue is the couple’s second child. Big brother Jagger Donovan Rooney was born in May of 2008.
*Take a look behind-the-scenes of this years CMA Awards nominations with Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert along with Justin Moore and Chris Young. The 44th Annual CMA Awards will air November 10th. Check out the video below.
*Billy Currington is enjoying is takeover of the Billboard and Country Aircheck/Mediabase country charts this week with his new number one hit “Pretty Good At Drinking Beer.” The song is the first single from the Billy’s upcoming album, Enjoy Yourself, which arrives in stores on September 21. Billy hits the road on the fall leg of Carrie Underwood’s Play On tour beginning in Portland on September 25.
*Faith Hill not only sings the opening for Sunday Night Football on NBC, but she also was tapped by the Tennessean to make her picks for this season’s football schedule. The Nashville newspaper enjoyed her and her skillful football picks that they asked her back this year. Last year, Faith went 171 to 86 — better than all current sports reporters. The picks of Faith and the writers will appear every Thursday in the Tennessean.
*The newest CD release in Cracker Barrel’s Old Country Store’s exclusive music program is available today. Cracker Barrel Presents Rodney Atkins is now available and features four number one hits, including “These Are My People” and “Watching You,” and the current Billboard Top 20 and rising single “Farmer’s Daughter” which has surpassed 300,000 digital downloads in just a few short months. The CD also features the previously unreleased song “More Like Your Memory (Always Takes Me Back),” and is available only at Cracker Barrel.
*There’s a new side project for Billy Ray Cyrus. He and his son Trace will be staring in UFO: Unbelievably Freakin’ Obvious for cable network Syfy where they will investigate conspiracy theories. Billy Ray says the existence of paranormal phenomena is something he has always wanted to explore and getting the opportunity to take this adventure with his son is a dream come true. Should be interesting.
*Jamey Johnson will perform “Lonely at the Top” on Late Show with David Letterman Thursday, September 9. The song was written by Don Cook, Chick Raines and the late Keith Whitley but was never previously recorded. When Letterman and his staff heard the track from Jamey’s forthcoming 25-song Double Album, they thought it would be the perfect song for him to perform on their show. Jamey has a full schedule while in NYC. On September 8, he is a guest and will perform on Imus in the Morning, later that night he will perform at Joe’s Pub as part of the CMA Songwriters Series. On September 9, in addition to his performance on Letterman, he will headline a show at the Highline Ballroom. Johnson’s The Guitar Song will be in stores on September 14.
*Miranda Lambert had to break up another fight at one of her concerts this past weekend. She was in the middle of “Only Prettier” when two guys started getting into it. Below are two videos…the person taking the video has the video in two pieces so watch both.
*Taylor Swift went to visit her brother Austin in Indiana this weekend, he is a freshman at Notre Dame. While she was in town, she took in a Notre Dame football game with Selena Gomez. Even though Taylor requested to sit in the student section, it appears school officials didn’t allow it for obvious crazed-fan reason, and had the trio watch the game from the sidelines.
*There is new music coming from Sara Evans. “A Little Bit Stronger” will hit your radio on September 14. I personally can’t wait!!! Check out her message.
*The most recent season of American Idol celebrated the end of this summer’s tour tonight. However, Aaron Kelly is planning to continue his career in Nashville. He said in an interview that he’s looking for an apartment in Music City and he’s been writing music to show music executives in hopes of a successful country music career. He is following in the steps of season favorite, Casey James, who recently signed a record deal with Sony. Good luck Aaron!
*Brad Paisley, LeAnn Rimes and Carrie Underwood will be featured on In the Spotlight With Robin Roberts: All Access Nashville, which will air on November 9, on ABC to gear-up for the CMA Awards the next night. Robin will ask the burning questions and visit some of the homes of many of country music’s biggest stars. I always love getting to see what stars are like out of the spotlight…should be interesting.
*I saw this posted on another country music blog…Brad Paisley posted a picture on Twitter (check the pic out in the collage above). Under the Tiger Woods photo, the caption read…Also,if you buy now, it comes with sleepover Barbie, cocktail waitress Barbie, and sleazy skank Barbie as well. We all know Brad is a prankster and has a sense of humor…and he really is pretty funny.
*Friday night was the world premiere of Taylor Swift’s “Mine,” the latest single off her yet-to-be released next album. The song was tremendously successful on iTunes in the days after it was released. Her next album, Speak Now, is due out October 25. Check out the video below.
*Jerrod Niemann, known for his number one song “Lover, Lover,” is looking forward to jumping on board the second leg of Gary Allan’s Get Off on the Pain tour next month. The trek, which also features Randy Houser, will hit several arenas, theaters and sheds before wrapping up near the end of the year. Jerrod has played numerous shows, but this will be the first major tour he has ever been a part of. The Get Off On the Pain tour officially kicks off in Salt Lake City, Utah, on September 16.
*Billy Currington drew in a crowd of over 20,000 fans Saturday night to Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky, to surpass a 20-year Kentucky State Fair attendance record previously set by Charlie Daniels. Pretty cool…check out a pic of the crowd above in the collage.
*Luke Bryan has a lot to be thankful for this year. Not only did Luke and his wife Caroline welcome their second son into the world earlier this month, but his latest single “Rain Is A Good Thing” has been certified gold. This is also his second consecutive gold, his first number one gold record was “Do I.” Right now you can find Luke out on tour. Dates for his Farm Tour, which donates money to local farmers in Georgia, can be found at lukebryan.com. Plus, check out a message from Luke below.
*Martina McBride is joining dozens of celebrities in a widely televised event designed to raise awareness and funds for cancer research. She signed on to be part of the upcoming “Stand Up to Cancer” event. The one-hour special, dubbed ‘SU2C,’ will feature stories from celebrity cancer survivors, including Sheryl Crow, Fran Drescher, Christina Applegate, Elizabeth Edwards and Lance Armstrong. Earlier this year, Martina joined several friends, including Sarah Buxton, Big Kenny, Phil Vassar and Blake Shelton in raising more than $400,000 for the TJ Martell Foundation at the annual Eco-Energy Best Cellars Dinner, with all the proceeds going to cancer research at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville. “Stand up to Cancer” will air commercial-free on September 10 at 9:00 PM on all major networks.
*Dolly Parton is slated to star and duet with Queen Latifah in the music-filled film, Joyful Noise. It will be Dolly’s first major feature since 1992’s Straight Talk, which followed her ’80s box office hits, 9 to 5 and Steel Magnolias. The upcoming film tells the story of two women who pull together to keep their small-town gospel choir from being shut down. Production on Joyful Noice is slated to begin in January 2011.
*Fans don’t have to pretend to be at a Miranda Lambert concert anymore…or even better, wish the concert they were just at wasn’t over yet. Next month she is releasing her first concert DVD. Her first ever live DVD is titled Revolution: Live by Candlelight. The DVD will include performances of both of Miranda’s number one hit singles, “White Liar” and “The House That Built Me,” as well as other tracks from her critically acclaimed current album, Revolution. It will also have a bonus track of Miranda performing one of her all-time favorite songs, “Love Is Looking for You,” from her Kerosene album. Revolution: Live by Candlelight hits stores October 12.
*In an effort to maintain attention on the aftermath of the flooding in Nashville, Good Morning America returns to the city to follow up with country singer Julie Roberts whose house was destroyed and had to actually be rescued from her house. The interview, with Robin Roberts, is part of Good Morning America’s four-part “Road to Recovery” series and will air Thursday, August 26. Today, Julie’s West Nashville home – just off the banks of the Harpeth River – is on its way to becoming livable, though many in the community are still experiencing tragic aftermath. The four-part series, “Road to Recovery” will air on ABC’s Good Morning America Tuesday, August 24 through Friday, August 27, and will also include reporting on Haiti, five months after the devastating earthquake, and from the gulf region, five years after Hurricane Katrina.
*Carrie Underwood is successful both professionally and most recently, personally after her marriage to Mike Fisher. But, not many knew of her issues with panic attacks. In a recent interview she discussed how she avoids crowds and likes her personal space. She also said how she dreaded Christmas shopping because of the crowds and she times her trips to the gym and grocery store when there won’t be a lot of people there. However, she knows how important her fans are and how sometimes keeping her distance won’t always happen. For more of her WebMD interview, click HERE.
*Jason Aldean is set to release his next album My Kinda Party on November 2. In an interview, Jason discusses his new project, “The album is named My Kinda Party because it’s totally representative of what I like and what my fans have come to expect on my records and at the ‘party’ we throw at our shows. I think the key is knowing who you are as an artist and taking it to an extreme without ripping anybody else off…it’s all about knowing what it is that sets you apart.” The cover art for Jason’s new album was released today to fans via his Facebook page. Check it out at facebook.com/jasonaldean.
*Trace Adkins is making the rounds to promote his new album Cowboy’s Back In Town…his new album that came out today. Make sure you catch Trace on one of these shows:
*In honor of the 33rd anniversary of Elvis Presly’s death on August 16, Sugarland and Little Big Town sang “Walking In Memphis” at their tour stop in Mississippi. The song, made famous by the group Lonestar, can be seen and heard below.
*In an interview with Larry King, Willie Nelson left quite an impression after his discussion of his pot smoking. It’s classic…check it out below.
*Blake Shelton scored his seventh #1 song with “All About Tonight” when the song climbed to the top of both the Mediabase/Country Aircheck and Billboard country charts. It’s the first single off the All About Tonight album that hit shelves just one week ago. The second single, “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking,” is set to be released soon. His last #1 was “Hillbilly Bone” with Trace Adkins and that song was certified gold.
*Reba McEntire’s 34th album will be released November 9 and titled All The Women I Am. The album’s already spun off one single “Turn On The Radio,” which has become a Top 30 hit on Billboard’s Country Songs chart and has also landed on Country Aircheck/USA Today chart. Although many fans keep up with Reba on Twitter, she also adds more than 11,000 new Facebook fans each day. That puts her in the elite group of country artists with one-million-plus fan followers. Others that have hit that total include Johnny Cash, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw and the Zac Brown Band. Reba is also the subject of a Facebook campaign to have her host Saturday Night Live in the show’s upcoming season. Watch behind the scenes footage from the video shoot for “Turn On The Radio” below.
*Today, Lady Antebellum released a seven song EP of their biggest hits and fan-favorite cuts as part of an iTunes Session. The band also recorded a cover song of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers’ “Learning To Fly.” The intimate performance was recorded at a studio in Nashville earlier this spring.
1. I Run To You
2. Need You Now
3. Learning To Fly
4. Our Kind Of Love
5. Love This Pain
6. American Honey
7. Hello World
Fans can catch the group on the road this fall for their first ever headlining tour – the Need You Now Tour 2010. For a full list of tour dates and media appearances, visit www.ladyantebellum.com.
*Dierks Bentley will host his fifth annual “Miles & Music for Kids” celebrity motorcycle ride and benefit concert on October 17 in Nashville. In only five years, the event has attracted over 30,000 fans and raised an impressive $1.2 million for children’s hospitals in Nashville, Phoenix, Dallas-Fort Worth and Atlanta. This year, the hour-long motorcycle ride will kick off at a new location, Harley-Davidson of Columbia and end at Riverfront Park in downtown Nashville with a concert featuring Bentley and special guests including Miranda Lambert and Jerrod Niemann. More artists will be announced in the coming weeks. All proceeds from the Nashville event will benefit the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.
*Taylor Swift was a big winner at this year’s Teen Choice Awards. The show aired last night and Taylor walked away with four surfboard trophies for Favorite Female Country Artist, Favorite Country Song for “Fifteen” and Favorite Country Album for Fearless and she was also honored for her big-screen acting debut in Valentine’s Day in the Favorite Female Breakout star category. Keith Urban also won for Favorite Male Country artist, while Lady Antebellum took home Favorite Country Group.
*In other Taylor Swift news…there are rumors floating around that she is up to play a role in the Valentine’s Day sequel New Year’s Eve. The movie isn’t slated to be released until late 2011, so we’ll just have to wait and see. Also, Taylor will be performing along with the Dave Matthews Band at the NFL’s annual kickoff concert in New Orleans on September 9 before the Saints/Vikings game. The concert will air on NBC and NFL Network as part of the pregame show.
*Lady Antebellum has released an alternate version of their music video for “I Run to You” set on a rooftop in downtown Nashville. The original video was released back in 2008 as the third single off of their debut album. Now, the trio is releasing the song to mainstream radio as a follow up to their huge crossover hit “Need You Now.” Check out the new video by clicking HERE.
*Luke Bryan is gearing up for his second Farm Tour in his home state of Georgia. Luke’s Farm Tour kicks off September 28 at the Coffee Weed Plantation in Valdosta, followed by the Hurricane Branch Plantation in Statesboro on September 29, the VFW Fairgrounds in Carrollton on September 30, and the Luther Williams Field in Macon on October 1. Luke’s father is a farmer and knows how important they are. Proceeds from the concerts will go to charities in the farming communities. His upbringing also inspired his hit song “Rain Is A Good Thing.” Check out his performance of that song on last night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live.
*American Idol contestant Casey James signed a major record deal with Sony Music Nashville. Sony has signed several Idol acts to different imprints in the past including Carrie Underwood (Arista Records), Kellie Pickler (BNA Records) and Danny Gokey (RCA Nashville). Casey told Yahoo that, “Country music is a big wide open space for you to do what you want to do if you’re within a certain realm. They are going to let me play the guitar, they’re going to let me be edgy and rocky and a little bit bluesy, a little bit old school, a little bit new school.” Sony hasn’t released which imprint Casey will fall under.
*Zac Brown and his band are celebrating another number one song with “Free.” The song has climbed to the top of both the Mediabase/Country Aircheck and Billboard country charts. “Free” was the fifth single from the band’s double-platinum-selling 2008 album The Foundation. Fans can now pre-order the Zac Brown Band’s upcoming album, You Get What You Give and download the first single, “She’s Walking Away,” featuring Alan Jackson, at their official website. The new collection, due in stores September 21, also features a duet with Jimmy Buffett on “Knee Deep.” Check out the music video for “Free” below.
*Josh Kelley’s new country song “Georgia Clay” will hit radio this week. Josh co-wrote the song with his brother, and Lady Antebellum member, Charles Kelley and producer Clint Lagerberg. The song is Josh’s first foray into the country music market and has been described as a “soaring-yet-earthy, summer romance tune that places him squarely in the country mainstream.” The track is available on iTunes, by clicking HERE. You can catch Josh out on the road as an opening act for Miranda Lambert this fall on the CMT on Tour with Miranda Lambert-Revolution 2010, which kicks off in New York City on September 29.
*Jimmy Wayne completed his seven month, 1700 mile walk to raise awareness for at-risk youth. His journey began in Nashville and ended over the weekend in Phoenix. His “Meet Me Halfway” trek began back in January and came with a few twists and turns. Last week he broke his foot and had to complete the walk with an air cast. Plus, his shoes worn during the walk were donated to the Hard Rock Cafe.
*Laura Bell Bundy is set to perform on Kathy Griffin’s Life On The D-List tonight at 9 PM on Bravo. Laura just released her second single to Country radio, called “Drop On By” from her debut album, Achin’ And Shakin’. She also is featured on the August cover of Nashville Lifestyle magazine as part of their “Hot List.”
*“Country Strong” is the new Gwyneth Paltrow song from her upcoming movie of the same and was recently released to radio. Gwyneth portrays a fallen country star named Kelly Canter, who attempts to resurrect her career with the help of a rising singer-songwriter after meeting him in rehab. Tim McGraw plays her husband-manager in the film. The movie is scheduled to hit theaters nationwide on December 22. Listen to the song HERE.
*Jerrod Neimann scored his first number one hit with his tune “Lover, Lover” on the Billboard and Country Aircheck charts this week, becoming the first chart topper of his career. Niemann’s debut album Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury also hit number one. Niemann takes over from Carrie Underwood’s Undo It. Not since Underwood’s 2005 album debut has a solo country artist achieved the double feat of earning one or more number one singles from a major label debut album that also hit the top in its first week on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. Niemann will hit the road beginning next month with headliner Gary Allan and Randy Houser, on Allan’s Get Off on the Pain Tour.
*Fans can add another award show to a list that already includes the CMT Awards, CMA and ACM Award shows…FOX has announced they too will broadcast an award show and title it American Country Awards. The first show will air this December 6 live from Las Vegas. The show is sandwiched between two large multi-genre awards shows, the American Music Awards, which are broadcast on ABC, live from Los Angeles on November 21 this year, and the Grammy Awards, also from Los Angeles, broadcast on CBS on February 13. The American Country Awards, like the CMT Awards, is set to be fan-voted.
*Taylor Swift’s first single, “Mine,” of her upcoming album is scheduled to be released August 16. Radio stations, who already have the song, are saying that the song is uptempo and is a more realistic look at love, than “Love Story,” for example. It’s about a girl who ducked when it came to love. But, now she’s found herself in a good relationship. Also, they are saying that the chorus of “Mine” includes these lines: “You made a rebel of a careless man’s careful daughter. You are the best thing that’s ever been mine.” The full album, Speak Now, will be out October 25.
*Dierks Bentley invited Miranda Lambert on stage with him to sing “Come a Little Closer” during his show at the Frontier Days in Cheyenne, Wyoming on July 29th. Take a look…
*Luke Bryan has done it again. His hit song “Rain Is A Good Thing” knocked Brad Paisley’s “Water” out of the number one spot on both the Mediabase/Country Aircheck and Billboard country charts. This accomplishment is Luke’s second consecutive number one hit, his first was for “Do I,” both of his second album Doin’ My Thing. The video for the song, directed by Shaun Silva, is currently climbing and in the Top 5 of CMT’s Top 20 Countdown and in the Top 10 on GAC’s Top 20 Countdown.
*Little Big Town hosted their fourth annual ‘Ride for a Cure’ motorcycle ride and concert to benefit the T.J. Martell Foundation on Sunday. The event kicked off at Nashville’s Tin Roof with performances before more than 300 riders headed south to Columbia, Tennessee, where another set of performances by Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Randy Houser, Josh Thompson and The Band Perry, took place. In addition to the ride and the concert there was an auction, which featured guitars signed by all of the artists on the Country Throwdown tour. Proceeds from the ride will go to cancer research at the Frances Williams Preston laboratory at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville. The T.J. Martell Foundation supports leukemia, cancer and AIDS research at eight leading hospitals around the nation, and more than $240 million has been raised for the organization over the past 35 years.
*Kenny Chesney will be a presenter at this year’s ESPY Awards. The 18th Annual ESPY Awards airs Wednesday evening at 9PM on ESPN. A self-proclaimed sports fan, Kenny will fit right in. Also, his new single “Boys Of Fall,” comes out in the next few days and chronicles his love of football, so listen for it on the radio.
*After being spotted bowling with friends like Selena Gomez and Cory Monteith as a friendly social gesture. As a result she earned a nomination for induction into the International Bowling Museum Hall of Fame, a non-profit organization that promotes bowling. She’s one of nine celebrities, including Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian, and Bill Murray, who were nominated because their bowling has helped promote the sport. To support Taylor, vote by clicking HERE.
*The much-anticipated second studio album from Zac Brown Band, You Get What You Give, will hit shelves on September 21. Front man Zac Brown noted in an interview that the new album “is representative of where we are right now. It combines elements of our southern rock and country roots, but also stays true to our jam-band style musicianship from the live show.” Zac Brown Band is touring throughout the summer and joining Dave Matthews Band on several remaining dates: Citi Field July 16 & 17 in New York, NY and Nationals Park July 23 in Washington, DC.
*Pictures surfaced of Julianne Hough and new boyfriend Ryan Seacrest on vacation. The couple are vacationing in Italy, and are getting very affectionate. The age difference is kind of strange and a definite switch from ex-boyfriend Chuck Wicks. Interesting…
*David Nail met former All-Star and Philadelphia Phillie, John Kruk, at the Major League Baseball’s All-Star Legends & Celebrity game at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, California last night. David played alongside stars like James Denton, Guy Fieri, Jennie Finch, Mario Lopez and Andy Richter.