Thursday, March 18, 2010

Today's Country Tidbits

Last night, Nashville's Maggiano's Little Italy was the site of a gathering of very powerful people. It was a celebration of Taylor Swift's four #1 singles in a row, and the head of her record label, the vice president of her music publishing house, her producer and the senior chart manager of Billboard Magazine were all there. Each took turns talking about what an impact Taylor has had on the industry, and what the past year has meant to them. When it was Taylor's turn, she just wanted to say thank you. "I'm proud of the people this happened to along with me. We've had a lot change for (all of) us. I've seen a lot of you get new cars, but other than that, you're the same people I've always known," she joked

April means Masters golf, but to some famous musician-golfers, it means something else: the "Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament" in Myrtle Beach. Darius Rucker has hosted the event for sixteen years, and this year, Steve Azar, Jack Ingram and Colt Ford join PGA tour pros Jim Furyk, John Daly, Woody Austin and Rich Beem. The tournament is a fund-raiser for state and national educational non-profits.

Trisha Yearwood's cookbook is out in a couple of weeks, and she'll be on the cover of the April Redbook Magazine. In the feature story, Trisha talks about some of the recipes in the book and why she included them. "I've included a Crock-Pot recipe for mac and cheese that is one of the best things in the whole world. I can't make it that often, because I will eat the entire thing. But my motto's always been, 'Everything in moderation – including moderation.'"

Carrie Underwood is on the cover of the April Allure Magazine, and the photo shoot is va-va-va-voom!

And Miley Cyrus is in Parade Magazine, bashing country music. She says it's contrived, and is all whining about your girlfriend or boyfriend leaving you. She does have some nice words to say about her godmother, Dolly Parton, at least.

Kenny Chesney's new video for "Ain't Back Yet" is on

Faith Hill was part of the ABBA induction at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and sang "The Winner Takes it All" while Benny Andersson of ABBA accompanied her on piano. Faith and her girls are all big ABBA fans, so this was quite an honor for her.

Congrats to John Michael Montgomery, Steve Wariner, Patty Loveless, the Goins Brothers, the late Keith Whitley, and the late Molly O'Day. They're all being inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

And Brad Paisley celebrated St. Patrick's Day by "catching a Leprechaun." He took to Twitter to entertain his fans with tales of what happens when you catch a little green man. (language alert!)

"Holy cow, just saw a leprechaun! Just saw a leprechaun! Ran right by my chair! Freaking out! Dressed in green! Said something about gold! Aaah"
"Okay I just caught him in a possum trap we had in the barn! He's PISSED!"
"Ow! He bit me! Little bastard! Do leprechauns carry any diseases? He's a mean one. I'll name him "Lucky". I'm going to keep him 4 ever & ever."
"Man leprechauns can spit like llamas! He got me good. So I waterboarded him with a bottle of aquafina"
"Oh gross. He sh*+ all over his cage. Great."
"Oh yeah, if you're wondering, their sh*+ is John Deere green. But it smells like bleu cheese. Odd."

He went on to try to decide what to do with the leprechaun, finally deciding to turn him into dinner, which didn't work out well. Brad said he overcooked the little man, and now has to wait an entire year to try the recipe again.

Willie Nelson has formed a film production company in Texas. Lucky Films will put out three to five films a year, focusing on music specials, documentaries and entertainment movies.

Blake Shelton is managing to be two places at once tonight. He's headlining the Ryman in Nashville, and is also on the Chelsea Lately show on E! tonight. It's his second time on the show, so he was a little better prepared for the very off-the-wall questions he got during the show's taping.

Josh Turner is on the Late Show with David Letterman tonight.