Thursday, January 7, 2010

Today's Country Tidbits

Bet you'll never guess which artist sold more albums last year than any other? Yup - you guessed it, Taylor Swift. Fearless was purchased 3.2 million times, beating Susan Boyle' surprise showing late in the year.

Congrats to Carrie, Keith and Taylor, who all won People's Choice awards last night. As far as the show - yuk. Not very nice to country music, in spite of the awards. Can we lose the cliches and just enjoy the music, Hollywood?

On the red carpet at the People's Choice awards last night, asked Carrie about her wedding plans. She doesn't have a date set yet, doesn't know who's designing her dress, but does want a groom, good food and an open bar. Plus, she says she's a southern girl, so will be flaunting some big hair and eyeliner that day.

Have you ever seen the pharmaceutical sales reps who visit doctors to talk about the latest and greatest drugs? If so, then you know why Carrie Underwood is the perfect choice to play one on tv - she's gorgeous! Carrie will be part of CBS-TV's "How I Met Your Mother" in March.

The Rascal Flatts CSI episode is in the can, and Jay DeMarcus proclaims it "awesome." It will air March 4th.

Congrats to Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift Sugarland, Zac Brown Band and Lady Antebellum - they're all included on the 2010 Grammy Nominee cd. It'll hit the streets on January 19th, and a portion of the proceeds go to the MusiCares Foundation.

2010 is the year that Eric Church gets to headline his own tour. The Jagermeister Country Tour featuring Eric Church hits the road on February 9th in Baltimore and plows across the country with 28 shows before wrapping up in Colorado on March 27th.

Don't know when they're going, but do know that Kellie Picker, Jamie Johnson and Randy Houser are headed to the middle east on a USO tour. Exact details aren't announced on these trips to help keep the artists safer. We do know that Kellie needs to be stateside by March 4th, when her opening-act-for-Taylor-Swift job restarts in Tampa, Florida.

Darius Rucker is still on cloud 9 after winning the CMA award for best new artist. He says some people might think that's goofy, but it was one of the greatest moments of his life.

Joe Nichols will have to wait a bit longer for his Broadway stage debut. Tapped to play the leading man in the stage adaptation of "Pure Country" on Broadway, Joe's been chomping at the bit to start rehearsals, but they've been pushed back to the fall, due to the sluggish economy. His enthusiasm for the project isn't dimmed, though, and when The Boot asked him how he'd feel if George Strait showed up to watch him take on the role he played in the movie, Joe laughed and said, "I probably couldn't go on. It would scare the crap out of me."

Jimmy Wayne is still following highway 70 and is still in Tennessee as he walks across America to spotlight teen homelessness. He's finding amazing things alongside the road: a hammer, pumpkin, bra, coins, electrical tape, plastic duck, a wallet and an American flag, all yesterday.

Happy birthday to John Rich today. Today's also the due date for John and Joan's son, Cash. I'll let you know if they get their Cash on time.