Friday, November 19, 2010

Today's Country Tidbits

Montgomery Gentry's Eddie Montgomery is fighting prostate cancer. He'll have surgery to remove the tumor in December,and expects to be back out on tour early next year. He's currently on tour with bandmate Troy Gentry, and their last stop before the holiday break is December 4th.

This Sunday night is the American Music Awards, and Lady Antebellum is tied with Eminem for top number of nominations, with five. They're nominated in the all-genre Favorite Band, Duo or Group, the Breakthrough Artist of the Year, and are up for Favorite Artist in the adult contemporary catgory, too. The Country category looks like this:

Favorite Male Artist
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Brad Paisley

Favorite Female Artist
Miranda Lambert
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Favorite Band, Duo or Group
Zac Brown Band
Lady Antebellum
Rascal Flatts

Favorite Album
Jason Aldean/ Wide Open
Lady Antebellum/ Need You Now
Carrie Underwood/ Play On

The show airs live from Los Angeles Sunday night on ABC.

We're getting a better idea of what the first-ever American Country Awards show will look like when it airs on December 6th, live from Las Vegas. Trace Adkins will host and perform, and Easton Corbin, Steel Magnolia and Uncle Kracker have been added to the performer list, which already included Toby Keith, Rascal Flatts, Reba, Blake Shelton and Josh Turner. You can vote - once daily, if you'd like - for Artist of the Year until December 4th.

Kix Brooks, who was a theatre major in college, has been cast in the indy film, "Thriftstore Cowboy." He plays a bad guy who's not all that bad, but hangs with the wrong people. The movie is filming in Phoenix, Arizona, and no release date has been announced yet.

Rascal Flatts and JC Penney have teamed up to help the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program. JC Penney will give $1 from each sale of "Nothing Like This" through March 15th to the Salvation Army. Rascal Flatts started the promotion off with a $100,000 donation to the Angel Tree program, and in the spirit of the event, also adopted their own angels, providing clothing and wish-list items for them this holiday season.

Counting down to the CMA Christmas special on November 29th, it's the 12 memories of Christmas from some of your favorite country artists. Starting it off is Miranda Lambert.

Lady Antebellum's "Hello World" video includes some live concert footage.

Keith Urban was on the Today Show on Wednesday, and talked about his losses in the flood, his life with Nicole and the making of "Get Closer." He also played "Put You In A Song" and "Sweet Thing."

Happy birthday to Billy Currington today, and Dierks Bentley and Josh Turner tomorrow.

Today, Sugarland is on the Nate Berkus show, Garth Brooks is on the Tonight Show and The Secret Sisters are on the Late Show with David Letterman. Tomorrow, the CMT Crossroads with Martina McBride and Train debuts. Sunday night, Taylor Swift, The Band Perry and Kid Rock are all on the American Music Awards are on ABC.

The tweet of the day is from James Otto: "My prayers go up for @LuckymanEddie he's been diagnosed with prostate cancer."