Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Today's country tidbits...

Toby Keith was missing in Nashville for the CMAs last week - because he's in Europe, treating them to America's Toughest Tour. From the sold-out theatres to the fan reaction to the media reports, sounds like Toby is a huge hit across the pond. His tour wraps on Sunday the 22nd in Bergen, Norway. He'll head back to Norway for the December 11th Nobel Peace Prize concert, where he's been invited to perform.

Trace Adkins is no stranger to pain and is now the spokesperson for BC Headache Powder. They'll be his tour sponsor next year, and he'll be the face of BC Powders. "My relationship with BC Headache Powder is personal and runs deep," Adkins says. "I still remember when my grandfather gave me my first BC."

Congrats to Lady Antebellum on another #1 country song. "Need You Now" tops the charts this week, knocking Carrie Underwood's "Cowboy Cassanova" down to second place. That's two #1s in a row - "I Run to You" went to the top of the charts earlier this year. Meanwhile, Luke Bryan's song "Do I" is headed for the top, and if it knocks off Lady A, they won't mind too much. Why? Because Charles Kelly and Dave Haywood wrote it, and Hillary Scott sings back-up vocals on it.

Tim McGraw is on The View today.

Bucky Covington's 5-song live EP is out today. It includes live versions of "A Different World," "It's Good to be Us," "I'll Walk," his new single "Gotta Be Somebody" and a sneak listen of a cut from his sophomore cd, due out this spring. That song is "Mexicoma." Gotta believe it has something to do with beer, tequila or both!

Nichole Kidman is in the upcoming issue of Ladies' Home Journal, talking about her career and why it needs to take a back seat to hubby Keith Urban's at this time. She also talks about their ambitions to have another baby soon.

Reba has just been added to the line-up for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. She joins Billy Currington, who'll be floating down the parade route, toois no stranger.

Luke Bryan's on tour, and is playing new music to gauge audience reaction. Here he is, playing an acoustic version of "A Little Bit of You" for the very first time publicly.

Gretchen Wilson’s song “Work Hard, Play Harder” will be part of an ABC special called “The Art of the Burnout” during the Ford 400 Sprint Cup race at the Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22nd.

Justin Moore and his wife Kate are moving out to the country, just in time to welcome their first child in January. They've bought a house south of Nashville, and are looking forward to the space, both inside and outside. Justin said, "We're very excited! The 1100 square feet house we were in was just gonna get too crowded. And, moving out in the country is gonna help me stay grounded. My back porch looks out over a pasture full of cows instead of another house. It makes me feel more at home.”

Wynonna will publish a novel, “The Restless Heart,” that basically tells her own story about getting into the music biz through the fictional heroine. The book is written for young adults and is intended to help guide them through the process of believing in their dreams, living their dreams well and helping others achieve their own dreams, too.

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