Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Today's Country Tidbits

Sunday night on PBS, the National Memorial Day Concert aired, and Brad Paisley was part of it. He sang "Welcome to the Future" and "Then," and if you were watching, bet you got tears in your eyes, too. He tweeted, "Our new 3 trillion dollar stage backdrop for tonight."

The Country Throwdown tour, featuring twenty one artists with an average ticket price of $31, was forced to trim some dates. Houston, Dallas, San Diego and Phoenix won't get the show this year because of low ticket sales. The same people who have staged the Vans Warped tour for 16 years say that they expected a few key lessons for the first year of the Throwdown, and they promise there will be a "next year." Meanwhile, the tour, which features Montgomery Gentry, Jamey Johnson, Little Big Town, Eric Church, Jack Ingram, Eli Young Band, Heidi Newfield, Emily West, Tyler Reeve, Sarah Buxton and Jedd Hughes, is playing to sold-out venues and rave reviews on most of their tour stops.

Gloriana wants your help naming their summer tour. If your suggestion is chosen, you get bragging rights, plus tickets and backstage access to the show of your choice.

And Shania Twain is hinting that an acoustic tour could be in her (near) future.

Jewel sang the National Anthem at the Indy 500 on Sunday for about 400,000 people at the raceway, and got to hang with a couple of famous guys - Mario Andretti and Jack Nicholson.

Martina McBride and hubby John celebrated Memorial Day weekend by having their first "alone" trip in 13 years. Not a lot of tweets from the usually prolific Martina over the weekend. Hmmmmmm...

Tennesseean.com has shots of country stars hanging with military types in honor of Memorial Day.

The Lost Trailers are calling it quits at the end of this year. Lead singer Ryder Lee and a couple of bandmates will re-group and have new music in early 2011. The guys have been together as a band since they were in high school, and the group best known for "Holler Back" feels like it's time to take a break from each other.

Happy birthday to Ronnie Dunn, who turns 57 today.