Friday, February 12, 2010

Today's Country Tidbits

The Winter Olympic Games start tonight, and there's a great way for you to support Team USA. The AT&T Team USA Soundtrack features music from three country artists: Rascal Flatts, Sugarland and Gloriana. The digital download is available today at iTunes. Yesterday's blog post has a link to the Rascal Flatts' video - here's the Sugarland one. And here's Gloriana's song, "The World is Ours Tonight."

In a recent online poll, People magazine asked readers which Canadian artist would they like to perform at the winter Olympics opening ceremony. Shania Twain was up against Celine Dion, Avril Lavigne, Nelly Furtado and Alanis Morissette. Shania had 62% of the votes, Lavigne followed with 28%, Dion received seven-percent of the votes, and Furtado and Morissette got 2% each.

Shania Twain and her cousin, Kenny, had a little guitar pull over the holidays, playing and singing songs they remembered from their childhood.

Congrats to Justin Moore - his daughter Ella Cole Moore was born yesterday afternoon. Mom and baby are both doing well, and Dad has no buttons on his shirt anymore!

Very sad news for Big Kenny of Big and Rich. After the
earthquake in Haiti, he went there with a search and rescue team, helping to excavate the Hotel Montana in the hopes of saving the life of a friend. That friend, Walt Ratterman, was found this week, and unfortunately he was not one of the
miracles that has happened in this tragedy. Condolences to Big Kenny and the friends and family of
Mr. Ratterman.

Valentine memories from a few stars:

It was a short-lived Valentine's Day moment for Billy Currington's first girlfriend. He bailed on her right after handing her a gift. "I was in first or second grade," Currington says. "I'll never forget I got her a box of chocolates. I remember going down to her classroom, getting her to come to the door, and I remember handing it to her, then I took off running!"

Valentine's Day is a family affair for Jason Aldean as it's his oldest daughter Keeley's 6th birthday. "It's a whole different thing," Jason says. "It's not so much a romantic day for my wife and me. We usually spend it doing birthday stuff and hanging out at Chucky Cheese's."

Darius Rucker knows how to keep his wife of 12 years happy, if it’s Valentine’s Day or not. One year, he sent her flowers every week. He believes they’ve kept a strong relationship because of the love they built early on. “I’m sure she could tell you some stuff that I’ve done that’s really cool, but for me I just want her to be happy.”

Dierks Bentley says about previous Valentine’s Days: “I use to hate it when I was a single guy. If I was playing a gig around Valentine’s day we would wear all black. It was kind of like the ‘Valentine’s Day Haters Club,’ but now I enjoy it.”

Today, catch Josh Turner on the Martha Stewart show, a Valentine's Day special show. He gushed about the great hot chocolate on Twitter.

For more pictures of your favorite stars, check out the's latest photo gallery, which includes Carrie Underwood at the Superbowl, Toby Keith playing with the late Wayman Tisdale's band, and more.

David Nail is on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson tonight.

On Sunday, Gretchen Wilson sings the National Anthem at the NBA All-Star Game on TNT, just before the 8:30 tip-off.

Starting Monday, you might see Carrie Underwood on a tv commercial. She and her dog, Ace, are spokespeople for Pedigree's pet adoption push. Say that three times fast!

And happy birthday tomorrow to Randy Owen of Alabama.