Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Today's Country Tidbits

One of the hottest tours out there this summer is Sugarland with Little Big Town. One of the songs they do together is "Walkin' In Memphis." Wonder what it looks like when singers are working up who will sing what and how? Wonder no more.

If summer didn't feel like summer to you this year, maybe it's because Kenny Chesney didn't tour. Never fear - he's already planning his 2011 tour schedule. There's a 3-D rendering of his stage set on his computer that he can look at from all angles, he's planning on doing at least 60 shows, including stadium tours, and will include a healthy dose of songs from his upcoming cd, "Hemingway's Whiskey," due out September 28th.

The release date is no longer a secret - Jason Aldean's "My Kinda Party" will drop on November 2nd. It's his fourth studio album, featuring 15 songs, a duet with Kelly Clarkson and a little bit of rap influence in "Dirt Road Anthem."

Walking 1700 miles sure gives you a lot of time to think, and apparently Jimmy Wayne was thinking about writing a book. Along the walk, he took time out to sign a book deal, and he's currently working with co-author Travis Thrasher on "Paper Angels," a book inspired by his childhood in and out of the foster care system. It's due out next fall. He's also in talks to have his road journal published, mis-spellings, cross-outs, ink blobs and all.

Carrie Underwood is on the current issue of WebMD magazine, which can be found in most doctors' offices. If you're healthy as a horse, you can read the article here.

Now here's an interesting pairing - Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah will co-star in a movie about gospel music. The two will play strong-minded women who are forced to work together to save a small-town gospel choir. According to Dolly, "I'm sure we'll have our fun behind the scenes." The movie, "Joyfun Noise," will start filming in January and will feature songs Dolly has written just for the project.

Did you miss Blake Shelton co-hosting the Today show yesterday? Here he is now.

Today was Martina McBride's turn, and tomorrow John Rich will be in the co-host seat. And tomorrow, Little Big Town will be on Good Morning America.

Congrats to Luke Bryan, who's "Rain is a Good Thing" has been certified gold.

Faith Hill is doing a free concert in New Orleans today in remembrance of Hurricane Katrina. Today is the 5th anniversary of the disaster, which destroyed the Mahalia Jackson Theatre. It's been re-built and is the site of today's show.

In a countdown to his new album, you can get a new track from Jamey Johnson's "The Guitar Song" each week from iTunes, then on the release date, simply choose the "complete my album" option and you can buy the rest of the tracks on the double-disc set. This week, "Playing the Part" is the featured song.

New music in stores today from Little Big Town. "The Reason Why" is their 3rd studio album and it features their current hit, "Little White Church." Randy Rogers Band and Marty Stuart also have new projects out today.

The tweet of the day is from Miranda Lambert: "Well my fiancé did a fine job on Today. Hoda...you are a good woman for putting up with him.:) see what I deal with!!!!"