Friday, February 18, 2011

Today's Country Tidbits

Kenny Chesney debuted his new documentary, "The Color Orange: The Condredge Holloway Story" in Knoxville Wednesday night. He was there, along with his childhood hero, Coach Holloway and a ton of football heavyweights. ESPN contacted him on the heels of making his "Boys of Fall" documentary and asked him to take on the project. Says Kenny, "We had been looking at football footage for 18 months straight. And then they called... My head just dropped. But I thought, 'You know what? I have to do this.' It's a chance to make a film that's going to mean a lot to generations of people who were emotionally invested in Tennessee football, in college football and who understood Condredge's story and his journey and his adversity." It will premier on ESPN Sunday night at 8 Eastern.

There's a pretty special show in Nashville tonight. Lady Antebellum is headlining a show at the Wildhorse Saloon and the opening acts are mostly bands comprised of music students at W.O. Smith Music School, a place offering music education to children in low-income families. Dierks Bentley and Joey + Rory will also be there, rounding out the line-up. The fund-raiser is sold out.

Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert's wedding is just a couple of months away, and Blake still says he can't talk about details. “Do you really think I’m going to sit here and tell you details of my wedding when I don’t know any details of my wedding. I will tell you this, Neal McCoy is the entertainment for the wedding. I’m actually very excited about that.” He says they have two wedding planners working on the details so he and Miranda don't have to do any of the tough planning. According to Blake, they still haven't decided where they want to honeymoon yet. My guess? Somewhere that hunting season is open.

Justin Moore had a little bit more excitement than he wanted this week. Whle on the way to a show near Detroit, everyone but the driver was sleeping when the fire alarm went off in the motor home. Smoke filled the bus, but everyone got out ok and the driver put out the fire, which was started by a battery in the generator compartment. All's well that ends well - they were able to drive on to a hotel and a new bus picked them up later to take them to their gig. But here's the weird part of the story - it was at this same gig last year, Royal Oaks Theatre, that a fan stole Justin Moore's favorite guitar. It was eventually returned, but they might think twice before booking another show at that venue! According to Justin Moore, in a written statement, “Well . . . we really love coming to the Detroit area. I just hope in the future it gets a little more simple, as far as our trips go. In all seriousness, we're thankful that we're all safe, and feel blessed. It could've been a lot worse than it was.”

Been to the CMA Music Festival over the 40 years of its existence? Taken great photographs? Here's your chance to share the pictures and maybe win a pair of Gold Circle four-day tickets to next year's CMA Music Festival. Submit your photos between now and March 7th. The top six photos will be used as artwork on the official event tickets, and prizes include posters, plaques, merchandise prize packs and the coveted VIP tickets for next year's festival. Dig out your best pictures, and good luck!

If you love the Grand Ole Opry, you need to get tickets for the Opry All-Star Weekend, March 4th and 5th. There are three shows planned, with the Country Music Hall of Fame stars mixing it up onstage with Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, The Band Perry, Rodney Atkins and Terri Clark. There'll be pre-show tailgating outside the Opry House, free Opry trading cards and givaways during the shows. To get tickets, call 800-See-Opry.

Speaking of shows worth driving to Nashville for, here's another one. On March 29th at Lipscomb University, Charlie Daniels, Wynonna, Montgomery Gentry and the Grascals will perform for "Operation Yellow Ribbon." General Tommy Franks will be the keynote speaker for a day designed to help returning veterans better integrate into colleges and universities after their deployment.

Tony Bennett is working on another duet project and he's tapped Carrie Underwood to be part of it. It's not the first time they've sung together - they took the stage on an Oprah episode, singing with Josh Groban and Michael Buble.

Sunday, half of Nashville will be part of the Daytona 500, it seems. Kix Brooks isn't performing, but is picking Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart as his favorites. Brad Paisley and Martina McBride will be on the televised portion of coverage, which starts at noon on FOX. Sunday night, Kenny Chesney's new documentary, "The Color Orange: The Condredge Holloway Story" airs on ESPN.

Happy birthday to Juice Newton, who is 59 today.

The tweet of the day is from Martina McBride: "I was slightly hungover today. And I blame @DaveStewart. Completely."