Thursday, June 17, 2010

Today's Country Tidbits

Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker have been invited to be part of the national 4th of July celebration. They'll perform at "A Capitol Fourth" in Washington DC, which airs live on PBS. Reba will be presented with the country's National Artistic Achievement Award during the show.

The third installment of "For Those Who Serve" is posted online. It's the documentary that the Zac Brown Band made while on their last USO tour this April, and features the guys taking part in a memorial service, singing the National Anthem a capella.

It's all the fun of a real cd, and then some, but all the convenience of an mp3 download. It's V-Albums, a partnership between Big Machine/Valory records and ScatterTunes. Download a V-Album and you get mp3s of the music, along with digital booklets, liner notes, photos, lyrics, videos, web links, merchandise, ticketing and social media connections. Fans who have already purchased the music from other retailers can purchase V-Wraps for $2.99. That attaches all of the extras to the purchaser's existing album. Wanna try it free? If you already have Taylor Swift's "Fearless" you can get a free V-Wrap, while supplies last.

At the beginning of her music career, Jewel was dubbed "the chubby Renee Zellwegger." Not so much anymore...check out the cover of Shape magazine's July issue. She's rockin' 36 years old!

A country music tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd is about to be available at Wal-Mart. Starting July 20, you can pick up "Sweet Home Alabama," featuring Eric Church, Uncle Kracker, Jamey Johnson, Shooter Jennings, Randy Montana, Ashley Ray and the Eli Young Band.

iPhone user? Love Jamey Johnson? There's a free app for that.

Tracy Lawrence's Bulldog, Tank, was stolen day before yesterday, and Tracy wants him back. Tank was a Father's Day gift two years ago and is not just a member of the family, he's also part of Tracy's road crew. Mt. Juliet Police Department's Sgt. Michael Mullins is on the case and can be reached at 615-754-2552.

Kenny Chesney fans, mark your calendars for the Kenny Chesney/Steve Miller episode of CMT Crossroads. July 9th, 10pm.

Tweet of the day is from Toby Keith: "Hey this tweetin' thang ain't half bad, I might get into this! Never know what I might pull when out on tour this summer!!?!??"