Monday, October 19, 2009

Today's country tidbits...

Last night in Nashville, the songwriting community came together to honor their own. As previously reported, Toby Keith was named the Singer/Songwriter of the Decade. Taylor Swift was at the gala to pick up her award - Singer/Songwriter of the Year.

ABC-TV has a new show, "In the Spotlight" and Martina McBride taped an episode last Friday. Her spotlight will shine on November 10, just after Dancing With The Stars. Scuttlebutt is that Carrie Underwood and Tim McGraw are also scheduled to be part of future episodes.

Garth Brooks got another award over the weekend…he was inducted into the Oklahoma State University Hall of Fame. It was homecoming weekend so he got to be one of the Grand Marshalls for all of the festivities.

Brad Paisley handed over a truck at his show in Jacksonville, Florida last week. Tim and Amber Brown bought the one millionth ticket to a Brad Paisley concert, and Brad gave them VIP treatment for the show: front-row tickets, backstage passes, and the keys to a 2009 Chevy Silverado pickup. No word on whether it was sporting a paisley paint job, but Navy man Tim told Brad, "You just don't know how much of a blessing this truck is to us."

Tracy Lawrence is hosting his 4th Annual Mission Possible Turkey Fry on Tuesday, Nov. 24. As with years past, he'll have a few special guests on hand to help fry turkeys and maybe do a little guitar pull. A fund-and-awareness-raiser for the Nashville Mission, Tracy and his friends are responsible for cooking more than 4,000 turkeys and have raised over $100,000 for the mission.

Eric Church just has GOT to quit stomping on stage. He re-injured his broken foot last week, forcing him to perform in a chair on Thursday night and to re-schedule his Friday night show to another date. He first broke a bone in his foot in August during a show. No word on how long recovery might take this time.

Congrats to Sugarland - their third album, Love On the Inside, has gone double-platinum, just like their first two did.

Tomorrow, Joe Diffie will release The Ultimate Collection, his 20 biggest hits and then some. Other CD's out tomorrow - Tim McGraw's Southern Voice, Bomshel's Fight Like a Girl and Lyle Lovett's Natural Forces. You can get them on this page...just click the "Buy the Music" tab.

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