Friday, August 6, 2010

Today's Country Tidbits

Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert's wedding plans are apparently underway, and there's one thing they'll have a lot of: music. They both love country music, but also love other, different types of music, too. Blake says, “I’m going to have my music picked out and she’ll have her music. And we’re going to have live music, D-J, everything. It’s going to be music everywhere.” No date's been anounced, but Blake has said in at least one interview that the wedding will be next May in the Texas hill country.

A lot of artists like to use big, fancy recording studios for their albums. For Keith Urban, bigger isn't better. He's returned to the tiny Leipers Fork, TN home studio where "You Look Good in My Shirt," "Who Wouldn't Want to Be Me," and most of the "Golden Road" cd were recorded to work on his next project. He likes the intimacy of the space, plus the guitar recording room is also the kitchen, so he can grab a snack while working.

Sugarland's new video, "Stuck Like Glue," premiered today on Vevo - and right here! Yes, that is "Chuck's" Ryan McPartlin, aka "Captain Awesome" playing the part of the object of Jennifer's affection.

Yesterday, Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts got to hang out at the Bengals training camp. It rained a bit, then the sun and all the football players came out to play. Jay was in football-lovers heaven!

According to Nielsen/BDS statistics, a country artist was the most-played artist of any genre over the last decade. Tim McGraw had nearly 8 million spins on radio stations between January 1, 2000 and December 31, 2009. That puts him ahead of mega-artists like Beyonce, Jay-Z and Britney Spears.

Kudos to country music's Mark Wills, who's landed a tv gig. He's the host of the new reality show "3-Gun Nation" on the Versus Network. The show follows professional and amateur shooters competing around the country for a chance to win $25,000. The show premiers Monday morning at 7:30 eastern.

Get a Sunday paper...Kenny Chesney is the cover story of Parade Magazine this weekend, talking football and life.

Happy birthday to Rodney Crowell and Raul Malo tomorrow, and Mark Wills and Mel Tillis on Sunday.

The tweet of the day is from Martina McBride: "@blakeshelton I love you too! You are a nut! Why do I think I'm going to regret using the word "nut" in a tweet to you????? :)"