Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Today's country tidbits...

Carrie Underwood is performing at the Grammy Awards on February 11th, and while the rest of us are caught up in Christmas shopping for the perfect gift, she and her assistant have been caught up in finding the perfect dresses and outfits to wear. They've narrowed it down to 8 great looks, for the four or five she'll wear on Grammy night. They still have to shop for diamonds to accessorize the dresses. Tough duty for both of them!

It's not what Taylor Swift GOT for her birthday, it's what she gave. Quoting Taylor: "Something I wanted to do at the end of this amazing year and especially on my birthday was give back to something I really believe in, which is education. The schools that I went to and the amazing people I got to learn from really turned me into who I am." What she gave was a quarter of a million dollars to schools she either attended or worked with for teachers' salaries, books and educational programs.

Meanwhile, Taylor Swift's walls keep getting shinier..."Fearless" was just awarded quintuple-platinum status.

If you're anywhere near Franklin, TN this Friday, stop by George and Nancy Jones' house. They are hosting an open house and collecting toys for needy families. Word is, the light display is amazing and Santa Claus will be there, too. Here's the address, for your map-questing pleasure: 4025 Nestledown Drive in Franklin, TN.

Tim McGraw is talking, just a little bit, about his next movie role, playing opposite Gwyneth Paltrow. He says, "I can say that she plays a country music singer, and I don't. She can sing, and it's a pretty heavy story. I play her husband and her manager." Production begins in January for a release later in 2010.

Josh Turner will release two versions of his new cd, "Haywire," on February 9. The regular version will consist of 11 original songs, and the deluxe version will include the same songs along with two more new songs, live recordings of “Your Man” and “Long Black Train,” a video for his current hit “Why Don’t We Just Dance” and footage of Turner in the recording studio.

Each year, the Grammy Foundation puts on a party in honor of a musical legend, and the proceeds go to MusiCares to provide for musicians in need. The honoree for 2010 is Neil Young, and Lady Antebellum will be performing at the show on January 29th. Also on stage, Jackson Browne, Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Dave Matthews, James Taylor and host Jack Black.

And speaking of Lady A, they're number 2 and celebrating. "Need You Now" has been the #1 country song on the Billboard chart for five weeks, but it's been kicked down a notch by "Do I." Luke Bryan gets his first #1 and Lady A celebrates? Yep, because Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood wrote it, and Hillary Scott sings the harmony vocals.

Congrats to Justin Moore, named Billboard Magaine's Top New Country Artist of 2009.

If you missed it the first time, you get another chance tonight: "Larry the Cable Guy's Hula-Palooza Christmas Luau" airs again tonight on CMT. Billy Currington and the Zac Brown Band are part of the party.

Darius Rucker will be on Good Morning America tomorrow morning, singing "History in the Making." He'll be back again on Christmas morning, singing "Candy Cane Christmas."

Big & Rich will be in a Chevrolet ad to air during the Super Bowl.

The marriage between Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock has officially been dissolved, and the divorce will be final on May 28.

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