Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Today's Country Tidbits

Gonna have to wait a while to see Keith Urban on stage for his Get Closer 2011 tour. It'll kick off June 16th in Mobile, and hit 44 cities before it wraps October 15th. For Keith, playing live is the best part of what he does: “I’ve always felt that the best live concert experiences tap into a deep need in all of us to feel a part of something...to belong. I’m bringing the big boom box and an arsenal of songs and I can’t wait to throw this party!”

The project has been in the works all year, and finally will be heard starting February 8th. So many artists wanted to be part of a Waylon Jennings tribute that the project has grown to three volumes. "Waylon - The Music Inside Volume 1" will be released in February, with 2 and 3 coming out later in 2011. The first single will be Alabama - yes, the entire band got together to do this - covering "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way." Also on the project are Trace Adkins, Jamey Johnson, Randy Houser and James Otto. You can pre-order the V-Album starting December 1 and get the Alabama song as a free download when you do.

This year, the CMA Awards show on ABC, with performances by the biggest country stars, had it's highest ratings ever. This year, the American Music Awards on ABC, with only one country performance, had it's lowest ratings ever. Do you think some changes might be made next year to the American Music Awards? I'm guessing so!

CMT has named Jason Aldean, Taylor Swift, Zac Brown Band and Lady Antebellum as their Artists of the Year, and to celebrate, are offering you the chance to win prize packs from each artist. You only have until December 9th to sign up. The CMT special honoring these artists airs on December 3rd at 8 Eastern time on CMT.

Did you miss seeing Garth Brooks on the Tonight Show last Friday? Here you go.

Tomorrow, Taylor Swift will be on the Ellen Degeneres show and on Chelsea Lately. Thursday night, she has a tv special, "Speak Now" on NBC at 8. Sugarland is part of another tv special at 8 Eastern on Thanksgiving night, this one on CNN. "CNN Heroes - An All-Star Tribute" is hosted by Anderson Cooper, and features Sugarland singing "Stand Up."

It's not country music, but it is pretty entertaining. Someone made a mash-up of the top tv catch phrases over a 60-year time span. It takes only 2:26 to watch - check it out and see how many of the shows you know.

Happy birthday to Miley Cyrus, who turns 18 today.

The tweet of the day is from Reba: "You may be a Redneck this Thanksgiving if you still have your red solo cup with your name on it from last year! Guilty...."