Monday, April 26, 2010

Today's Country Tidbits

The Last Rodeo tour is officially underway. Brooks & Dunn kicked it off in California over the weekend. Ronnie Dunn was caught reminiscing about their early days as baby country stars, opening for Reba. “We just had I think our second hit and being back there and being absolutely star struck over how it went down and coming in with jets and big limos.”

Martina McBride has tapped Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan to open the last three shows of her Shine All Night tour, and decided to have a little fun with them. They'll be with her in Greensboro, Atlanta and Columbia, SC.

Chris Young had a bad Friday night, and so did a bunch of fans. He was supposed to play Wild West in Waco, Texas, but the show was shut down before it even started...the fire marshal wouldn't allow the show to happen. Chris ended up signing autographs for everyone out by his bus, and will probably work hard to reschedule the show sometime soon.

James Otto had a bad Friday night, too. He was supposed to play at an outdoor venue in Biloxi, but the show got canceled because of rain and predicted bad storms. As soon as the equipment was torn down and packed back in the trucks, it stopped raining. James tweeted, "I hate it cause all we wanna do is play." Bet that show gets rescheduled soon, too.

Justin Moore's Friday night show at Springfest in Southaven, MS was moved up a few hours in order to try to get it done before the weather moved in.

Keith Urban took the stage at The Joint in Las Vegas with Kris Allen, American Idol alum and Keith duet partner on the show last year. Keith tweeted that he had a great time on stage with Kris, so expect that pairing to pop up again.

Miranda Lambert and her Mom are the cover girls of Country Weekly's Mother's Day issue, out a week from today. Miranda will also be on a special edition of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, where she'll work on the house and also perform her new song, "The House that Built Me."

Yesterday in Dallas, Dierks Bentley took his Miles and Music for Kids ride & concert out on a beautiful day. The concert last night helped to raise tens of thousands of dollars for Texas children's charities.

It's all in a (nick)name. Alan Jackson's nickname, given to him by his father-in-law, is Rabbit Head. Alan says he's been calling him that since he was a kid, and Alan has no idea why, or what it means.

If you're a guitar player and would like to learn to play Lady Antebellum's "American Honey," Dave has posted an instructional video on their website.

Happy birthday to Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts, who turns 39 today.