Thursday, December 30, 2010

Today's Country Tidbits

Pollstar has compiled its annual list of the top-grossing tours in the world, and country artists scored six of the top 50 slots.

#24 Tim McGraw
#25 Brad Paisley
#26 George Strait/Reba/Lee Ann Womack
#27 Taylor Swift
#31 Carrie Underwood
#47 Rascal Flatts

The top-grossing tour of 2010 was Bon Jovi, who raked in over $201 million with 80 shows.

Darius Rucker is going to pour some sugar on New Orleans. He's part of the Allstate Sugar Bowl celebrations, giving a free concert during the two-day Fan Fest this Sunday and Monday, and then performing the National Anthem before the Arkansas/Ohio State game on January 4th. While he's in New Orleans, he's going to pitch in and help clean up areas still trashed by Hurricane Katrina.

All roads lead to Nashville, especially the road bringing other genres of music into the country fold. Better Than Ezra frontman Kevin Griffin is moving to Nashville after tasting a little bit of songwriting success there. He wrote "Stuck Like Glue" for Sugarland, whom he met when Better Than Ezra drummer Travis McNabb decided to take a hiatus from the band to tour with them. Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum have cited Kevin's band as a musical influence for their music. And there's a strong rumor going around that Lindsey Lohan is in talks with Big Machine, home of Taylor Swift, to put out a country album. Hey, y''s not as easy as it looks!!

Zac Brown Band played Bridgestone Arena last night. The show was sold out, and the audience got a special treat, as Alan Jackson joined the guys on stage for "As She's Walking Away."

Bridgestone Arena in Nashville just had the best month in it's history. More people went to more events this month than any month ever before, beating the old record by a long shot. Thanks to nine sold-out Garth Brooks shows, seven heavily-attended Predators games and six other big concerts, 334,917 people visited the arena for 22 separate events. The previous record-setting month was March of 2001, when 248,600 people visited the arena as it hosted the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament for the first time.

Happy birthday to Suzy Bogguss who turns 54 today.

The tweet of the day is from Jerrod Niemann: "Wow! U know you've had better days when u get cussed by a guy wearing nothing but a speedo & a gold chain. I feel bad for the hotel employee"