Monday, February 22, 2010

Today's Country Tidbits

Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman have attended a lot of award shows on the left coast in the past month, and Keith has been putting his down time to good use. He says that he's a better songwriter when there's blue skies and sunshine, which has been plentiful in southern California, but not so much in Nashville.

More help for Haiti coming from Nashville, as Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Wynonna, Restless Heart, Lee Greenwood and more get together to record "Come Together Now" as part of the Healing4Haiti cd, due out March 2nd.

What did Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts do over the weekend? Sit around and watch his tour bus get fixed. Headed to a show in Moline, his bus broke down - again! - in Des Moines. What's a big star to do while waiting and hoping to be able to get to the show? He picks out a new tour bus. That was the last time that one will leave him on the side of the road.

What did Jimmy Wayne do over the weekend? Ask for the return of his missing suitcase, with all of his clothes in it. Not hard to spot - it's orange with a green tag on it. Jimmy's Meet Me Halfway mission is not quite at the halfway point, and the generosity of people has blown him away. Families are taking him in for the night, giving him a place to sleep and food, and on Saturday, a family gave him new clothes to wear until his suitcase is recovered/returned. It was taken off of the support bus that travels with him as he walks to Phoenix, Arizona.

What do up-and-coming country stars do on the weekend? Well, on Saturday, Chris Young played a show at the Bassmaster Classic in Alabama. He brought his Dad along, and the two of them had a blast.

Randy Houser was an official judge at the Big Green Egg Cowboy Cook-Off in Dallas. Word is, he loved everything he tasted.

Justin Moore was the first artist on Brad Paisley's tour to be messed with - he was pranked over the weekend, in true Brad style. One of the guys on Brad's crew appeared onstage wearing only a large diaper while Justin was performing, and strutted around the stage. This was in honor of Justin's new baby girl, Ella Kole.

Meanwhile, Brad Paisley tweeted, just before their show in Vegas, "Announcement: due to excess gambling on the part of my crew &band, we now can't afford a PA system. So everyone has to be real quiet 2nite."

Lady Antebellum was on the Oprah show on Friday, and have debuted their video for "American Honey" on

Heard Luke Bryan's song, "Rain is a Good Thing?" Now you can see his vision for the video.

Country and bull riding gets raw tonight as Jewel and her hubby Ty Murray host WWE Raw on the USA Network.

Steel Magnolia will release a 5-song ep tomorrow, featuring their hit song, "Keep On Lovin' You" as well as "Ooh La La," a fan favorite from the "Can You Duet" show they won.

Josh Thompson's debut album, "Way Out Here," will hit stores tomorrow. It includes his first hit song, "Beer on the Table."