Friday, October 16, 2009

Well, the rumors were partly right - Garth is playing the Wynn Hotel in Vegas. The surprise was that the deal is for five years, starting on December 11. He'll play 15 weekends a year, 4 shows per weekend - 1 Friday, two Saturday and one Sunday. He'll perform solo, with only his guitar, though Trisha Yearwood is expected to join him on stage from time to time. The tickets for the December 11 weekend go on sale October 24, and all tickets are $125.

Taylor Swift is hosting and performing on Saturday Night Live on November 7th, and from the sound of things, Kanye better have a good sense of humor, because he'll be the butt of at least one skit.

Sunday night, Trace Adkins is the celebrity guest on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, shot in Texas. He and the show's crew made accessibility upgrades to the home of a Dallas police lieutenant who was shot in the neck while leading a SWAT operation. They also fixed up a barn on the property for the use of Therapeutic Riding of Texas, a nonprofit organization that helps those with mobility and cognition issues.

New performers for the CMA Awards show have been announced: Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert, Billy Currington, Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean, the Zac Brown Band and Vince Gill duetting with Daughtry. The show airs November 11th.

Speaking of performances, Dierks Bentley and Nancy Griffith make beautiful music together on the song, "Beautiful World." The video is on CMT.

A new CW-TV show, tentatively called "Nashville" will be shot in and around N'town, and apparently is getting support from some major country artists. Brad Paisley will appear as himself in an episode or two, and reveals that other stars will, as well. The show revolves around a young singer destined for stardom and her songwriter-friend who's career path isn't quite on track.

Country artists are lending support to finding a cure for breast cancer. Autographed guitars from Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Montgomery Gentry and Mindy Smith are currently available, and Keith Urban and Little Big Town-signed guitars are coming later this month. The on-line auction runs through the rest of this month and benefits Women Rock for the Cure and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Visit the auction here.

Stars on tv tonight include Toby Keith visiting the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Eric Church on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Tim McGraw on the Late Show with David Letterman.

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