Friday, March 25, 2011

Today's Country Tidbits

Hot off their performance on American Idol last night, Sugarland is making more waves. Jennifer Nettles will duet with Rihanna on her song, "California King Bed" on the ACM Awards show a week from Sunday. Other Hollywood types taking part in the country award show include Julianne Hough, pro surfer Bethany Hamilton, "Soul Surfer's" AnnaSophia Robb and "Water for Elephants" actors Reese Whitherspoon and Robert Patterson. And a reminder - voting for Entertainer of the Year and Top New Artist is currently going on. Get your votes in now!

Eric Church is up for Top New Artist at the ACMs and he'd be delighted to win that award on April 3rd, but he's gotten much more personal news that's put him over the moon. Eric and his wife Katherine are expecting their first child this fall. Says Eric, "This year has gotten off to an amazing start for us, and this news has made it so much better than we could have ever anticipated."

As Taylor Swift takes Europe by storm, here in the US, more dates are being added to her world tour. Sixteen more, to be exact - check them out and see if she just got closer to you.

Willie Nelson & the Nelson Family have covered the Rolling Stone classic, "Wild Horses." You can buy the song on iTunes, Amazon and CDBaby, with all proceeds benefitting the Animal Welfare Institute's campaign to end horse slaughter.

Vince Gill and Amy Grant grace the cover of AARP's magazine, and inside, they talk about how they met, became a couple, and their secrets to making a marriage last. According to Vince, “We were both married, and though we were crazy about each other, we thought, ‘Well that’s not our life.’” “The hard truth was that we never thought for a minute that we would end up together.” Never say never!

Tony Bennett will turn 85 on August 3rd, and will celebrate by releasing "Tony Bennett: Duets II." Who are some of his duet partners? Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson and other non-country singers.

In case you missed Keith Urban on the Tonight Show this week, here he is...

Sunday night, catch John Rich on "Celebrity Apprentice." He is seeing the edited version of the shows for the first time, too, as we watch them. What happens this Sunday night? According to John, “We have to shoot a sixty second commercial and then we have to do this big presentation. And, honestly, I can’t tell you a lot about it. But I can tell you that Jose Conseco winds up in women’s clothing…again.”

Keith will be on the Ellen DeGeneres show on Monday, and Monday night on NBC, catch the country-star-studded tribute to former President George H.W. Bush, featuring performances by Garth Brooks, Brad Paisley, Reba, Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker, Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow.

Toby Keith will perform two songs on the April 19th episode of "Dancing With the Stars."

Happy birthday to Kenny Chesney and Ronnie McDowell tomorrow. Kenny turns 43 and Ronnie will be 61.

The tweet of the day is from Martina McBride: "I have no restraint when it comes to Target."