Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Today's Country Tidbits

Miranda Lambert is excited to hit the road again after the holiday break. "The Revolution Continues" tour fires up February 24th in St. Louis, and there's a little something different this time around. Not only will she play her own hits and fan favorites, but she'll also cover some of her favorite songs from other artists. Says Miranda, “The covers are what sort-of keeps me excited because it’s a break away from my normal thing…my music every night. You know, learnin’ new covers and havin’ different covers to throw in the set every night definitely keeps it interesting for us as…as the band up there.” In March, she'll take a break from the American road to hit the road in Australia with Alan Jackson.

Brad Paisley is rounding up a who's who to be part of his next cd. Alabama joined him in the studio, as has Clint Eastwood, who is whistling on an otherwise instrumental track called "Eastwood." Also scheduled to be part of the project are Don Henley, Marty Stuart and Sheryl Crow.

Congratulations to Sugarland on platinum status for "The Incredible Machine." It's sold more than a million copies, boosting their cumulative sales to over nine million albums.

Last week, Taylor Swift did a concert aboard the cruise ship, Allure of the Seas. Here's what it looked like...

Dierks Bentley and Jack Ingram will be part of what's being called Texas' Largest Tailgate on Sunday afternoon before the Super Bowl. Bud Light sponsors the concerts and will stream them live.

Fans are admitting to watching Dierks Bentley's silent studio feed for hours on end. Dierks is in Asheville, NC recording his 6th studio album. The broadcasting happens whenever the band is in the studio, so if you want to watch the process, you can. When I checked early this morning, there was nothing going on, no one in the studio, and still 23 viewers were logged in.

Friday night, the History Channel goes country. Brad Paisley's "H2O Tour" will be the focus of "Modern Marvels," a show that follows the set-up, break-down and move of a huge concert from city to city.

This Saturday, Reba's son Shelby Blackstock hits the track for his pro-driving debut at Daytona. Well, actually, he's already raced the race - it will air Saturday on the Speed Channel at 3pm Eastern. Mama Reba was there, cheering on her son, and probably holding her breath a little bit. Reba said, "Watching Shelby on the track racing 170 mph was the biggest rush I've ever had. We're very proud and very thankful to God for keeping him safe."

Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" is getting Gleeked after the Super Bowl this Sunday night. The special episode also features Michael Jackson's "Thriller."

If you missed Billy Currington on the Tonight Show, catch up here.

If you'll be in or near Nashville on Saturday, stop by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Admission is free Saturday, made possible by the Ford Motor Company Fund. "Ford Community Day" allows free access to the Hall of Fame and the museum, plus there's a musical petting zoo for kids to learn all about musical instruments. Hours are 9 to 5, Central.

The ACM nominees will be announced this morning. Look for a post with the complete list later today.

In stores today, the JaneDear Girls' self-titled debut. You know them for the song "Wildflower" and know their producer, John Rich of Big & Rich.

Happy birthday to Don Everly of the Everly Brothers, who turns 74 today, and to Del McCoury of the Del McCoury Band, who turns 72.

The tweet of the day is from Kimberly Perry of The Band Perry: "Up and ahem. Up and atom. Up and Adam. Up and at em!"