Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Today's Country Tidbits

Blake Shelton is co-hosting the Academy of Country Music Awards this Sunday night with Reba, and apparently CBS is a little bit nervous. A network executive even called Blake to let him know that they're preparing for him. According to Blake, “He called and I answered and I said, ‘I take this serious it’s a big deal to me and, and I definitely wouldn’t bring Reba down with me you know, but…makin’ fun of…you know, Craig Morgan’s toupee or whatever.’ He goes, ‘Well the reason I was calling you was to tell you that they’re goin’ to implement a 5-second delay for the ACM’s.’ This is a true story!” In addition to his hosting duties, Blake's up for Top Male Vocalist and Video of the Year for "Hillbilly Bone." Blake's on Chelsea Lately tonight, The Talk on Thursday and The Early Show on Friday, talking up the award show.

Voting for the ACM Entertainer of the Year is going on and will continue through the second hour of the show on Sunday night. Brad Paisley and Miranda Lambert are both offering up gifts in exchange for votes. Miranda is giving away a free live version of "Dead Flowers" along with a shot at a commemorative plaque, and Brad is giving up "Letter to Me" and a chance to win an iPod Touch loaded with his music library.

Darius Rucker will perform on the ACM Awards this Sunday night, and it will be for charity. He'll sing "Music From the Heart," co-written by Chris Young and Brett James, and will be joined by 25 member of the ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp. The performance will benefit the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, with viewers being asked to donate $5 by texting DREAM to 27722, or to donate by phone at 888-9-LIFTING.

Alan Jackson will play an intimate concert at the Rogersville Middle School in Rogersville, TN on April 14th. It's a fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of Hawkins County, and tickets sold out immediately. Charlie Chase, veteran country music tv personality, is the host of the event and an alum of the middle school, and all he had to do was ask Alan to get the country superstar to appear.

Pretty soon, you can even smell like Taylor Swift. Out this fall is Taylor's own line of perfume. She's partnered with Elizabeth Arden to make the scent, and she's had her hands in nearly every aspect of the process, from the aromas to the packaging.

Taylor Swift has made Time magazine's list of the 140 Best Twitter Feeds, saying, "If her success story has played out in a string of Grammys and magazine covers, consider the songbird's 140-character updates as the CliffsNotes." Follow Taylor on Twitter @taylorswift13 to see if you agree.

Lady Antebellum is collecting fan pictures for a project. If you have a copy of their cd, tweet a photo of you holding it and standing next to something that represents "your country." Follow Lady A on Twitter @LadyAntebellum.

Talk about your unintended consequences...wonder if the pro football players thought this through before they voted to strike? NFL players can't go to see Kenny Chesney's stadium shows, because they're on strike. According to the terms of the strike, they can't talk to their coaches or go to any stadiums, even their own home stadium. According to Kenny, the lockout is "interesting."

Opry Country Classics returns to the Ryman, featuring the Charlie Daniels Band, Pam and Mel Tillis, the Oak Ridge Boys and the Time Jumpers all headlining different nights between March 31 and May 26. There's a buy-one-get-one-free deal going on now through tomorrow night at midnight if you use coupon code OCC48 and get your tickets at opry.com or by calling 800-SEE-OPRY (800-733-6779.)

Martina McBride officially has two teenage daughters. As of today, middle daughter Emma turns 13. Martina's new song is "Teenage Daughters," and she says of the experience, “I’ve got a sixteen year-old who just is starting to drive. And then I have a pre-teen. She’s been a pre-teen up until now. And then a five year-old which is just starting Kindergarten. It’s like there’s always something going on. And it really doesn’t allow you to stayed focused on yourself and your problems for very long.”

If you missed Keith Urban performing "Without You" on the Ellen DeGeneres show yesterday, here he is.

Congratulations to Thompson Square who have their first career #1 song with "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not." Not only are they topping that chart, the song is also the #1 digital download this week, and the #1 ringtone.

Little Big Town is on Conan and The Talk today, Dierks Bentley is on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, debuting his new song, "Am I the Only One," and Blake Shelton guests on Chelsea Lately again tonight.

The tweet of the day is from Trent Tomlinson: "Just had an amazing country fried steak with sawmill gravy, green beans, and mashed taters!! #whoneedssushi"