Monday, April 11, 2011

Today's Country Tidbits

George Strait, golf resort owner. It's true - he bough the Tapatio Springs Golf Resort and Converence Center just outside of San Antonio, TX. The resort includes three 9-hole golf courses and more than 100 rooms. George has played the course and says he's always believed it "could be a real jewel." The former owners, Textron Financial Corporation, paid $4.5 million for it last summer, but there's no word on what George and his business partner paid for it this year.

Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson are headed to American Idol this week. They'll share the stage on Thursday's results show, performing their #1 smash "Don't You Wanna Stay." Kelly won the first season of American Idol.

The Band Perry is on tour with Tim McGraw, and have a treat for the fans who stay for the whole show - they're meeting with fans after Tim's done. If you have tickets to an Emotional Traffic tour stop and love the Band Perry, stop by the merchandise table after the show and you'll find them meeting, greeting and signing. There also could be more of them to love later this year, as their diets go out the window when they hit the tour bus: “[Kimberly] We normally start out with good intentions. Like Clementine’s, oatmeal we stock the bus with. [Neil] Which I normally finish those like in the first night. Which I don’t know why. So then after that it’s, you know, whatever junk food we get at shows. [Kimberly] Well it’s whatever the fans bring. Because our fans they all know like our favorite candy. So we just get bags and bags of candy which is just reeking havoc on our New Year’s resolutions.”

Josh Thompson is touring with Dierks Bentley, but has another reason to celebrate - Brad Paisley is recording a song Josh wrote as part of Brad's "This is Country Music" cd, due out May 24th.

Rascal Flatts teamed up with Michael Bolton for his upcoming duets project. Not only did they sing with him, but they co-wrote the song they sang. According to Gary, Jay and Joe Don, they think "Love is Everything" is something pretty special. “[Joe Don] We got together and just wrote a killer song. It just turned out great so it’s like wonderful. He and Gary sound so good together it’s so cool. [Jay] He still sings his butt off that’s what’s amazing. He still hits all those notes, I mean it’s really, really great. [Joe Don] I cried through the whole writing session (laughs).”

Blake Shelton's new song, "Honey Bee," is inspiring people to sing it themselves and put a video of it on YouTube. Blake was so impressed with this young lady's rendition that he tweeted a link to this video:

Tickets for individual concerts at the CMA Music Festival go on sale this Saturday morning at 10 Central time. Artists scheduled to appear at LP Field are:

Thursday, June 10: Jason Aldean, Easton Corbin, Sara Evans, Brad Paisley, and Zac Brown Band.

Friday, June 11: Sheryl Crow, Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, Ashton Shepherd, Keith Urban, and more to be announced.

Saturday, June 12: Trace Adkins, Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts, Reba, Josh Turner, and Chris Young.

Sunday, June 13: The Band Perry, the JaneDear girls, Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, and more to be announced.

Congratulations to Blaine Larsen and his wife Sammie on the birth of their new baby girl. Their other daughter, Zoe, turned 3 the day before the birth of new baby Noble Blaine Larsen. Via twitter, daddy Blaine said the delivery doctor's name is Dr. Chesney. "You can't make this stuff up!" he tweeted.

Happy birthday to Steve Azar, who turns 47 today.

Trace Adkins is on Fox & Friends this morning and kd lang is on The Tonight Show tonight.

The tweet of the day is from Lee Brice, and includes a video: "This proves my band needs me around to keep them from doing dumb stuff."