Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Today's Country Tidbits

Brad Paisley wrapped up his 2010 H2O Tour in Oklahoma. In the crowd was a young lady, Sierra Kihega, holding a sign saying "Cancer Sucks and Brad and Darius Rock. 13-Year-Old Kenya wanted to be here. Could you sign something for her?" Brad saw the sign and took off his Stetson, which sports a label reading "Made Expressly for Brad Paisley," and handed it to Sierra. After the show, he autographed the hat for Kenya, plus signed a hat for Sierra, too. Nice guy, that Brad, and he has two fans for life now.

Keith Urban was Oprah's guest yesterday, performing "Put You In A Song" live, plus opening up about his awkward first meeting with Nicole Kidman, the intervention that changed his life and how being truly in love and truly loved has also changed his life.

Gary Allan's vocal chord surgery went well and now he's on vocal rest - no talking or singing at all. He plans to be back on the road in February.

On the heels of Willie Nelson's pot arrest last week, he emailed the website Celebstoner.com to rant about legalizing marijuana, saying “There’s the Tea Party. How about the Teapot Party?" There's now a Facebook page for the Teapot Party.

Wanna gaze at Toby Keith and Scotty Emerick all of March, and Zac Brown Band all of August? Wanna support the USO while you do that? Then order a copy of the 2011 USO "Moments That Matter" calendar. Photos of the music stars, actors and athletes who visited troops on USO tours in 2010 are featured in the calendar, shot in full color. The wall calendar is free, but the USO appreciates donations in any amount. Write to USO, PO Box 96322, Washington DC 20090-6322, or call 888-484-3876.

The Judds "Last Encore" tour kicked off in Wisconsin this past weekend. Due to ticket demand, the tour has been extended into 2011.

Did you see Dolly Parton on the Larry King show? She discussed Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift, and here are the juicy bits. About Miley, she said “I just think she is in a crosswind, trying to get over the 'Hannah Montana' little girl image and trying to become a young woman. I know she is going to be fine -- or I certainly hope so. I know she is very gifted." Dolly also had some words about Taylor Swift - “I don't know if there is such a thing as too much too soon. If it's your time, it's your time. I hope her 15 minutes of fame last for 40 years, and it very well might.”

Congratulations to Rascal Flatts, who's "Nothing Like This" is their 6th album in a row to debut at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart.

Congratulations to The Band Perry, who's song "If I Die Young" hit number one this week on the Billboard Country Singles chart.

New music today from Tim McGraw - "Number One Hits" is a double-disc collection with 22 #1 singles among the 24 tracks. "Felt Good On My Lips" and a dance mix of "Indian Outlaw" round out the playlist.

Darius Rucker will be on Jimmy Kimmel Live this Thursday in LA. If you're in the area, maybe you want free tickets?

Happy birthday to Mindy McCready, who turns 35 today.

The tweet of the day is from Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles: "Thank you all for watching. So fun to do. And I felt validated b/c @Reba said I did a good job & she, of course, is the queen! Sweet!"