Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Today's Country Tidbits

It was a dark and stormy night in Nashville, as Reba and a big team of production people were shooting the video for "Turn On The Radio." Shortly after dinner, they all had to rush into the basement of the downtown Nashville warehouse where they were shooting because a tornado touched down just a few miles away and was headed their direction. “This is only the second time one of my video shoots as been shut down because of a storm,” said Reba about the harrowing experience. “The last time something like this happened was on the set of the ‘Does He Love You” video in Long Island. I hope that’s a good omen because ‘Does He Love You” ended up being a Grammy winning-song and a great music video!” Thankfully, the storm only caused property damage - no one was injured by the tornado.

Part 4 of the Zac Brown Band "For Those Who Serve" USO tour documentary has been posted for your viewing pleasure. Don't forget to write a letter to a soldier to show your appreciation for their service while you're at the site.

They were gone, and now they're back. Joe Nichols was traveling last weekend with four guitars. He checked them as excess baggage, but only two arrived at their destination. That was Saturday. Yesterday, Delta found and delivered the other two, in good condition, and Joe tweeted a short tweet of gratitude.

It's a Little Big Town album countdown. For the next four weeks, get a new track from their upcoming cd, "The Reason Why," and on August 24th when the cd drops, you can hit the "complete my album" button and have it all. By the way, "The Reason Why" will also come out in a vinyl edition, so dust off those old turntables!

#1 on the iTunes Country Album chart is Blake Shelton's upcoming 6-pak, "All About Tonight." It's not out yet, but on the strenght of pre-orders, it took over the number one spot. You can buy the 6-pak starting August 10th. Blake Shelton is a twitter-holic, has a wicked sense of humor and now we know for sure - he's a NASCAR fan.

First it was a Roy Rogers auction, now it's an Elvis auction. His white grand piano, his original recording contract with RCA Records, a prescription pill bottle and lots more Elvis memorabilia will be auctioned off on August 14th through Heritage Auction Galleries in Memphis. There are over 250 separate lots, with everything from hand-written notes to a car he gave a friend. You don't have to go to Memphis - you can attend the auction online. Good luck!

Think you've got what it takes to be a country songwriter? Want to win a mentoring session with Darius Rucker? Then you need to enter the NSAI Song Contest, presented by CMT. The contest begins on August 1, so dust off your best ideas and get to writing!

Tonight on PBS, there's a tribute show for Paul McCartney and Faith Hill will be performing. Look for "Paul McCartney: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song."

Dierks Bentley will be on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, peforming "Draw Me a Map."

The tweet of the day is from Brad Paisley: "You know, I don't think there's a country band in the world that woulda been stopped by pigeon crap. Just sayin."