Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Today's Country Tidbits

Congratulations to the soon-to-be-members of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Jean Shepard is the Veteran, songwriter Bobby Braddock is the non-performer, and in the Modern Era Artist Category, Reba McEntire is the honoree. They'll be inducted into the Hall of Fame in October.

It was a bittersweet day for Reba yesterday, as she's at the hospital with her Dad, who is in grave condition following a stroke. She told The Tennessean that being part of the Country Music Hall of fame was her father’s dream for her, too, and that she was glad to be able to give him the news before he became comatose. “I asked Momma if she thought it registered, if she thought he understood it,” Reba told the reporter. “She said, ‘Yeah, I do.’ It was very important for Daddy, like the first time I ever performed at the Grand Ole Opry, and this was another milestone he was waiting on, so I’m so glad I got to tell him before it was too late." Listen to her describe the emotions here.

Brad Paisley has announced his H2O II World tour, kicking off May 28th in Pittsburgh at Heinz Field, the home of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He'll bring along Blake Shelton and Jerrod Niemann on the main stage, and the Water World Plaza Stage will be populated with Brent Anderson, Edens Edge and Sunny Sweeny. The Water World Plaza will include a fishing simulator, dunking booth, slip & slide and all sorts of other water fun. The tour will include 5 stadiums among it's 33 stops, with an international leg which includes London, Dublin, Stockholm, and Oslo.

The Band Perry is going to the Ballet this weekend. The Nashville Ballet, to be exact, as they take part in a 25th anniversary celebration of the ballet, spotlighting the work of dance icon Twyla Tharp. The Band Perry will provide live music for the event, along with Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member Pat Alger. The benefit is this Saturday and features another country performer, Julianne Hough, as Master of Ceremonies.

Happy birthday to Larry Stewart, the lead singer for Restless Hearts. He's 52 today, and bluegrass legend Doc Watson turns 88 today.

The tweet of the day is from Jack Ingram: "I'm always conflicted- is watching some1's life fall apart LIVE on tv good entertainment,criminal or,at the very least, just sad? U tell me."