Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Today's Country Tidbits

It was written on an airplane, on an airsick bag. It's his signature song, and now it's going into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Willie Nelson's 1980 hit "On the Road Again" will be honored for it's lasting qualitative or historical significance. Congrats, Red Headed Stranger!

Rolling Stone is out with their list of the Best Albums of 2010, and Country snags a few slots. Jamey Johnson's "The Guitar Song" came in at #5, Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" landed at her lucky number, 13, and Kid Rock's "Born Free" is #16 on the list.

CBS and VEVO are offering an on-demand Taylor Swift concert starting today. The show was taped in October after Taylor's visit with David Letterman.

Didja miss Taylor Swift on the Today Show? Here she is...

Congrats to Taylor Swift, as "Speak Now" has already been certified triple-platinum. She's also being honored by the RIAA as the top-certified artist for digital sales from 2000 to 2009, largely on the strength of the quintuple-platinum single, "Love Story."

Miranda Lambert and Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum are close friends, so it's only fitting that Hillary should know something about the wedding preparations. She does, telling People Country “Miranda is going to do this exactly how she wants to do it and I’m staying the hell out of the way.” Talking about the wedding dress, Hillary was serious, saying that Miranda will look stunning. “She’s a real woman and I love that about her, so it will be something that shows off her curves.” What will Hillary give the happy couple? She's toying with the idea of a matched pair of pistols!

If you're on FaceBook and like to play the games, check out "Nightclub City" which features Keith Urban. Players develop their own online nightclub.

Here's a collection of some of the best lines from Monday night's American Country Awards on Fox:

"You get me to a honky-tonk, I'll find you the badonkadonk." — Trace Adkins
"Clearly, I don't a problem with the use of the word 'ass.'" — Blake Shelton
"It builds confidence getting to do something like this, whether you win an award or not. — Easton Corbin on performing on a network broadcast
"It's a live show. What are they going to do? They can't fire me right in the middle of it, can they?" – Trace Adkins apparently deciding not to do the monologue on the TelePrompTer
"Don't be surprised if we don't show up next year because we want to go out on top." — Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott on the band's big night
"We're running over, shut up!" — Trace Adkins to the crowd
"You ladies be thorough. I'm very patriotic." — Trace Adkins to the "TSA" models
"I've never gotten to hold a guitar before." — Lady A's Hillary Scott on handling the Vocal Group guitar
"Trace completely screwed me out of my acceptance speech." — Blake Shelton, backstage
"I'm thinking of a number between one and 10. What is it?" — A press room smart-aleck to magician Criss Angel, to which he replied, "If I'm not getting paid, I'm not performing."
"Believe it or not, Willie Nelson is a wonderful mentor." — Toby Keith backstage
"I got up at rehearsal with Nancy [O'Dell], and they handed me the guitar, and I was like, 'Is this a prop?'" — Josh Turner on the ACA trophy
"That's a Fender. That's not a bullcrap guitar. That's a pretty cool trophy." — Blake Shelton
"That's a testament to how many people we paid off." — Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus on the band's longevity.
"I love that a lot of the performances were younger artists who haven't had the chance to take the stage yet." — Lady A's Hillary Scott
"We were that artist last week." — Lady A's Charles Kelley
"I was really inspired and happy that Alan Jackson got up there and got to sing 53 songs. I was like, 'This is my first concert condensed into five minutes.'" — Carrie Underwood on what she liked about the show

Happy birthday to Marty Raybon, lead singer of Shenandoah, who is 51 today.

Cowboy Troy is on the Mo'Nique Show, Little Big Town is on Jimmy Kimmel Live and Wynonna is on the Oprah Winfrey Show.

The tweet of the day is from Brad Paisley: "Great idea for a tradition:cut down a tree, let it slowly dry out, stick it by the fireplace, & wrap it w/electrical cord. What could happen?"