Thursday, January 21, 2010

Today's Country Tidbits

We knew the Grammy Awards would feature a tribute to Michael Jackson this year, but who knew it would go country? Carrie Underwood is part of the event, along with Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, Smokey Robinson and Usher. Starting Sunday, stop by your local Target to get free 3D glasses to watch the special production when the Grammys air on January 31st.

And speaking of Carrie, check out this picture of her on the set of "How I Met Your Mother," playing a pharmaceutical rep.

Taylor Swift is not only performing on tomorrow night's Hope for Haiti Now telethon, she'll also be taking pledge calls. She says, "I've never actually worked a phone bank before, but I want to do everything I can to help out this horrible situation. I'm passionate about this. This one was an immediate yes." I'm guessing Miss Taylor won't have any trouble using a phone.

The second book in Tim McGraw's "My Little Girl" children's book series comes out on February 16th. "Love Your Heart" was co-written by Tim and songwriter Tom Douglas, and can be pre-odered here.

How's this for a concert line-up - Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker, Sara Evans and Easton Corbin. They're all playing the 7th Annual New England Country Music Festival in Massachusetts on August 21. Tickets go on sale next Saturday.

Lady Antebellum has completely revamped their website, and it's really interactive. If you're a fan, you've got to go set up a profile and play with them. Their new cd, "Need You Now," is out next Tuesday, but you can pre-order it now, plus the site will be selling downloads, acoustic tracks, bonus tracks and tons more.

Sarah Buxton has a new view outside her window: the highway flying by as she joins Martina McBride and Trace Adkins for the Shine All Night tour. Tomorrow night is her first night as their opening act.

The LA Times crunched the numbers, and country was huge in the first decade of this century. Comiling a list of the top ten "Ultimate Performers" from the revenue of tours and album sales, country artists hold three of the slots. Kenny Chesney was number 2, behind Celine Dion, but only by about 8 million bucks. Sounds like a lot, except when you know that he made $742 million between 2000 and 2009. Here's the rest of the list: Dave Matthews Band, the Beatles, U2, Toby Keith, Bruce Springsteen, Rolling Stones, Tim McGraw and Britney Spears.

Been missing Kenny Chesney? Not for long...a new song, "Ain't Back Yet," will be out in a week or two, and it's the ending theme song for his 3D movie, so expect to hear a lot of it soon on your favorite radio station. Kenny didn't write it, even though he's been writing lately. Craig Wiseman and Chris Tompkins wrote it, but Kenny says it's the story of his life and rise to musical fame.

Been missing Little Big Town? Not for long...they've got new music on the way. "Little White Church" is the first single on their next album, and it'll be out at the end of February.

Congrats to Tim McGraw, who lands the #1 position on Billboard's country chart this week with "Southern Voice." It's his first #1 since "Last Dollar" hit it in April of 2007.

Wishing you could party with Sugarland at the ACM Awards in Las Vegas in April? Sign up, and maybe you can!

And if you're collecting comics, mark next Wednesday on your calendar. That's the day the next Luke McBain comic hits stores. Trace Adkins is the model for the Luke McBain character, so you can also get them on his website.

Jimmy Wayne's walk across America found him walking through some seedy parts of Memphis last night. He decided to stop and camp because he didn't want to "disrespect" anyone or any gangs by walking through their territory at night. Scary...

Here's how country folks roll...we are the first to help when someone's hurting. If you're wanting to help the Haitian people recover from a disaster at least as big as Katrina, one thing to remember is that scamsters come out at times like this. Here are the safe ways to donate money - you can give $10 to the massive relief effort in Haiti by texting DISASTER or HAITI to 90999. You can also call
800-Red Cross to donate, or the Catholic Relief Services at 888-277-7575. Both of these organizations are already in Haiti, working to recover trapped survivors, tending to the injured and helping to bury the dead. Give as much as you can, and thank you.