Friday, March 11, 2011

Today's Country Tidbits

Kenny Chesney let a handful of Nashville music executives and media in on his Goin' Coastal Tour Wednesday afternoon. He showed off his set and the set list, taking his band through all the songs that will be part of his tour this year. One surprise - the never-before-heard third verse to "Young." Kenny says he thought that verse dated him when he first recorded the song, so he left it out. Says Kenny, "Ten years later, it's funny how a song catches up with you." The tour kicks off next Thursday in West Palm Beach, FL and includes Billy Currington, Uncle Kracker and Zac Brown Band. Kenny will be part of March Madness' Final Four celebration, putting on a free concert in Houston. His "Summer in 3D" special airs on GAC tonight.

Luke Bryan rocked the beach in Panama City, FL this week so hard that an additional show had to be added. His "Spring Break 3: It's a Shore Thing" featured Luke and his band playing his own music, plus covers of Cee Lo Green, Eminem, David Allan Coe, Jason Aldean, Brooks & Dunn, Alabama and Nelly. Said Luke onstage, "This is the funnest thing I get to do all year."

Craig Campbell watched a YouTube video posted by Vince and Amy Spicocchi, who live in Ohio. The video was made by Vince, who is a fireman, about his family. Amy, who is a registered nurse, gave birth to quintuplets on August 3rd, 2010 but the five babies were so small that they were hospitalized and the medical bills mounted up. This week, when Craig was playing a concert in Akron, Ohio, he sent a limo to the couple's home and treated them to dinner, his concert and a meet and greet after the show, where he presented them with identical onesies for the babies and a check to help offset the medical expenses. Craig, who has two daughters of his own, said, “It was beautiful. All of us were crying by the end of the night, it was so special.” Here's the video that inspired Craig.

An Australian family got a little larger on the first night of Alan Jackson's tour there. A couple had tickets for the show, even though it was the woman's due date. They drove seven hours to attend the show, and near the end of Alan's set, her water broke. Their daughter Olivia Joyce was born a couple of hours later.

Blake Shelton is the host for the first ever NRA Country/ACM Celebrity Shoot on April 2nd. It's part of the fun surrounding the ACM Awards, and will be held at Nellis Air Force Base just outside of Las Vegas. Celebrities will captain teams of 5 shooters in this clays competition.

Congratulations to Eric Church, whose "Smoke a Little Smoke" has been certified gold.

Country goes to town on March 21st, as Brad Paisley, Reba, Carrie Underwood, Sheryl Crow, Kid Rock and others perform at The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington DC. The event is a celebration of former President George H.W. Bush's leadership in promoting volunteerism and will be taped to air on March 28th on NBC.

Rascal Flatts' concert special airs on ABC tomorrow night and they're also part of Ron White's Comedy Salute to the Troops on CMT. John Rich is on Celebrity Apprentice Sunday night.

The tweet of the day is from Jake Owen: "Do yourself a favor and make someones day today. It will make you both feel good."