Monday, March 21, 2011

Today's Country Tidbits

Kenny Chesney did the first of 11 stadium shows on Saturday night in Tampa. He'd been missing something in his life: “I missed the connection and the energy of the stage last year and me and the guys are excited. There’s a lot of … you know, we’re really anxious to feel that energy again.” On Thursday night, Kenny's idol, Joe Namath, was in the audience, cameras found him while Kenny was singing "The Boys of Fall" and Joe's face ended up on the huge screen behind Kenny for part of the song. Touching...

Trace Adkins' movie, "The Lincoln Lawyer," came in at #4 in the box office over the weekend, behind Limitless, Rango, and Battle: Los Angeles. How did Trace and the movie's star, Matthew McConaughey, get along on the set? Apparently really well, according to Trace: “I just hung out with Matthew. You know, we come from the same part of the country, same oil patch. His father worked in the same oil field I worked in. You know, we just sat around and talked about a bunch of the old bars we used to go to around there. It was weird that we’d been to the same places but never run into each other.”

Sugarland fan? American Idol fan? You won't need an app for that - Jennifer and Kristian are performing on American Idol during this Thursday's results show.

Eric Church and The Band Perry are vying for Top New Artist at the ACM awards on April 3rd. They're also co-hosting a "road to the ACM's" vlog online.

Jimmy Wayne was the featured speaker at the 30th annual National CASA (court appointed special advocate) conference yesterday in Chicago. He's the national spokesperson for the group.

When you think of Cher, you think of long, dark hair and over-the-top, revealing outfits at awards shows. Do you also think of country music? You will - Cher's working on her first recording project in a decade, and the album will be country. Apparently she has a lot of fans who listen to country music, so that's the impetus behind this decision. No word on when to expect the cd.

Steve Martin is about to hit the road with the bluegrass band, Steep Canyon Rangers, to promote his second bluegrass album, "Rare Bird Alert." Catch them tonight on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report."

The tweet of the day is from Martina McBride, home from a week of spring break at the beach: "Back home sweet home. I see lots of laundry in my future."