Monday, December 27, 2010

Today's Country Tidbits

Dierks Bentley, his wife Cassidy and their two-year-old daughter Evie got a wonderful Christmas gift - baby girl Jordan was born in the wee hours of December 25th. Proud daddy Dierks tweeted, "say what u want about santa’s physique, but no arguing his impeccable timing! evie wanted a little sis for Xmas & JORDAN just arrived!" Mom, baby and proud big sis are all doing well. Dierks is a little worried, tweeting, "she chose the banjo driven part of mumford & sons ‘awake my soul’ as her walk on music… could be a troublesome sign!"

It's the last Monday of 2010, so bring on the lists!

1) Lady Gaga
2) Taylor Swift
3) Eminem
4) Lady Antebellum
5) Ke$ha
6) Usher
7) The Black Eyed Peas
8) Justin Bieber
9) Rihanna
10) Drake

In alphabetical order, compiled by CMT, here's a list of all of the country music "Greatest Hits" packages that came out in 2010:

Trace Adkins – The Definitive Greatest Hits: ‘Til the Last Shot’s Fired
Chris Cagle – Best of Chris Cagle
Dixie Chicks – The Essential Dixie Chicks
Kevin Fowler – Best Of…So Far
Highwaymen – The Essential Highwaymen
Alan Jackson – 34 Number Ones
Larry the Cable Guy – The Best of Larry the Cable Guy
Tim McGraw – Number One Hits
Brad Paisley – Hits Alive
Gretchen Peters – Circus Girl: The Best of Gretchen Peters
Blake Shelton – Loaded: The Best of Blake Shelton
Hank Williams – The Complete Mother’s Best Recordings…Plus!
Gretchen Wilson – Greatest Hits
Various Artists – NOW That’s What I Call Country: Volume 3

Garth Brooks warmed it up for them, and Wednesday night, Zac Brown Band takes the stage at Bridgestone Arena. They're promising to keep the show pretty much the same as it is in smaller venues, though, eschewing the flashy screens, moving stages and special effects that many artists employ when they move to bigger venues. “It’s not in my nature,” said Zac. “The worst thing for me as an artist is having to dance for somebody by trying to be anything that I’m not. Sometimes, business people want to give direction, but the fans are reacting to what we do. We’re a legitimate band, and you can’t fake that, and it’s all hard work that lands the result.”

There's a website designed for teens called "" The idea behind it is to make teens aware of the many ways they can help to improve the earth and easily hook them up with the organization of their choice. has come out with their Top 20 Celebs Gone Good, and Taylor Swift checks in at #3 for giving half a million to middle Tennessee flood relief and her ongoing work to promote literacy.

Tomorrow night is the airing of the CBS special, "The Kennedy Center Honors." Merle Haggard is one of the honorees, and he is serenaded by Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Jamey Johnson, Kid Rock, Kris Kristofferson, Vince Gill and Sheryl Crow. The event actually happened earlier this month, but was taped to air tomorrow night.

The tweet of the day is from Miranda Lambert: "Dear Santa... Next year please send me some little helpers to help me clean up this mess:)"