Monday, December 28, 2009

Today's country tidbits...

Congrats to Reba McEntire. "Consider Me Gone" is her 34th #1 song, topping the chart this week at Billboard Magazine. She has more #1 songs than any other female country act, with Dolly Parton three songs behind.

Last night, the Zac Brown Band played a show at the Ryman. Zac was so excited about it he started tweeting about it on Saturday. Then early this morning, he tweeted about how much fun it was to play the Ryman, and he's excited to play another show there tonight.

In the St. Louis area, or a Dierks Bentley/David Nail fan willing to travel? Then January 17th is the day and Chaifetz Arena is the place - Dierks and David are playing a benefit "Stars to the Rescue" show for Tony LaRussa's Animal Rescue Foundation. Tickets are $20 to $52 and can be purchased through Metro Tix. He's not touring at all for the first three months of 2010, spending time instead
in the studio, working on two cds he'll release in 2010. He had to deal with a busted water pipe for Christmas - bet that plumbing bill was steep!

For her birthday, Taylor Swift gave a quarter of a million dollars to the teachers and schools that helped shape her life. Just before Christmas, she decided to spread some more good cheer, arriving at the offices of her record label in Nashville. The Big Machine staffers noticed a U-Haul truck outside, with big gifts being unloaded and carried into their building. Taylor presented every single person who works for her label with a 50-inch plasma television. On Christmas Eve, she loaded up her guitar and headed to the Children's Hospital in Nashville and gave the kids a special performance. has a slideshow of shots from the hospital.

Keith Urban, wife Nicole Kidman and daughter Sunday Rose attended the Christmas Eve childrens mass. Keith took Sunday up to the front of the church to sit with the other children, and one congregant reported that it was good to see him taking care of his daughter, with no nanny, no bodyguards and no other staff around. Just a sweet daddy/daughter moment.

Martina McBride, John and their girls loaded up the bus on Sunday and headed to Kansas to see Martina's Mom and Dad for an after-Christmas visit. Her Dad and brother cooked Sunday dinner - she was delighted to have someone cook for her for a change.

Miranda Lambert tweeted Sunday afternoon: "I think I just made my last trip to WalMart alone. Sad." Engaged? Shopping in a closed store? What??

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