Thursday, January 13, 2011

Today's Country Tidbits

The Super Bowl always has stellar entertainment, and this year is no different. Martina McBride is part of the "2011 Taste of the NFL," a fund-raiser for food banks across the country. Thirty-five celebrity chefs come together to create a night of food for NFL players, retired players and team staff members. The night wouldn't be complete without a concert, and Martina is the performer. No word on whether she has to wear pads and a helmet for the show.

Kenny Chesney has announced the dates for his "Goin' Coastal Tour." After taking a year off from touring, Kenny's chomping at the bit to get back out on the road, and the tour schedule shows it. Starting in West Palm Beach Florida on March 17th, and ending with a sold-out show at Gillette Stadium on August 27th, Kenny will hit 50 cities this year. Billy Currington and Uncle Kracker will open the regular shows, and at the stadium dates, The Zac Brown Band will co-headline.

Tickets go on sale Saturday for Tim McGraw's "Emotional Traffic" tour. He'll stop in 52 cities between March 7th and August 13th, with Luke Bryan and The Band Perry along as his opening acts.

Curious about Kellie Pickler's wedding to Kyle Jacobs on New Year's Day in Antigua? People Magazine has the scoop in the issue hitting newsstands tomorrow. The two had been planning a big shindig in Nashville, but realized that they were getting lost in the details, so they decided to have a private ceremony. "We didn't have anything but us and God and our minister," Kellie said, "and I can't think of a word that can quite describe how perfect it was."

General Electric has a new tv commercial coming out, and it features people line-dancing all around the world when Alan Jackson's song "Good Time" comes on the radio. It's an ad for GE's "ecomagination" technology initiative. Look might see Alan dancing. (or maybe not...!)

How do you handle it when you're a big star that everyone wants to know everything about and your Mom likes to share stories of your childhood? Invent a code word. Carrie Underwood and her Mom Carole are often seen together at award shows and other events. The two are very close, and understandably, Carole is very proud of her daughter and loves to chat with reporters about her. When Carrie hears an embarassing childhood story coming out, she uses the phrase "chocolate bunnies" and that's her Mom's cue to change the subject. Clever!

Gwyenth Paltrow - actress, country music singer and now cookbook author. She's released "My Father’s Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family and Togetherness" as a tribute to her late father, producer Bruce Paltrow. The cookbook features easy recipes that her Dad enjoyed making.

Shania Twain will be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in March at the 2011 Juno Awards, Canada's version of the Grammy's.

Sara Evans' second novel, "Softly and Tenderly," is out. It's the second in a three-novel series called "Sweet By and By," and Sara has loved the writing process. “I never imagined that I would be able to create the character and then have this character, you know, come to life. It's a really weird thing. It's almost like she's a real person."

Got Wii? Love to dance? You're in luck, as "Country Dance for Wii" is set to be released this spring. It features music from all of your favorite country artists - here's just a sample:

Carrie Underwood, “Cowboy Cassanova”
Brad Paisley, “Water”
Sugarland, “Stuck Like Glue”
Trace Akins, “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk”
Tim McGraw, “Just to See You Smile”
Zac Brown Band, “Chicken Fried”
Rascal Flatts, “Life is A Highway”
Blake Shelton, “All About Tonight”
Miranda Lambert, “White Liar”
Johnny Cash, “Ring of Fire”

Happy birthday to Trace Adkins, who turns 49 today.

The tweet of the day is from Terri Clark: "Been shoveling snow. Its been 20 years since I've shoveled so much snow. Need an ATV-quad with a blade."