Sunday, September 27, 2009

Today's country music tidbits...

Luke Bryan is featured on, including a listen to his version of the song "Apologize."

Carrie Underwood will be the recipient of Nashville Symphony Orchestra's annual Harmony Award at their gala on December 12th. The annual award recognizes "individuals who have shown strong and continuing support of music in Nashville. Martina McBride received the award at last year's ball. Other past recipients include Amy Grant, LeAnn Rimes, Michael W. Smith, Tony Brown, Mike and Linda Curb, Lyle Lovett, Trisha Yearwood, Dolly Parton, The Judds, Steve Winwood, Vince Gill, Chet Atkins and Rascal Flatts.

Reba McEntire pairs up with opera star Andrea Bocelli for a duet on Elvis Presley's holiday classic, "Blue Christmas." The duet will be part of Andrea Bocelli's upcoming holiday album, and will also be part of a PBS TV special which will air in November.

Eric Church takes a break from his Young and Wild(er) Tour to return to his home state for a special concert. He'll perform before the NASCAR Banking 500 race on Oct. 17 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.

Farm Aid is set for Oct. 4 in St. Louis. Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Jamie Johnson, Gretchen Wilson and Dave Matthews Band are scheduled to perform at the event benefiting American farmers and their families. Tickets are $45, $85 and $175 each.