Friday, April 8, 2011

Today's Country Tidbits

Toby Keith usually doesn't want stories of his good works told. He thinks that the good things he does should be about the recipient, not about him. But on his Facebook page, a wonderful story was told and I'm sharing it here for you:

"That handsome, cowboy hat wearing boy in the photo is Charlie, who’s from Garfield Heights, Ohio. Charlie has Muscular Dystrophy. He’s also a Make a Wish child. Charlie’s a BIG country music fan and his wish was to go to the Academy of Country Music Awards and to then have dinner at Toby’s I Love This Bar & Grill after the show. Imagine his surprise when Toby showed up at the restaurant! Toby invited Charlie, his mom & dad into the VIP room where they met with Toby & baseball’s Roger “Rocket” Clemens. Toby then invited the family to come up on stage with him. Here’s an excerpt from the letter we received:

“Charlie had the BEST time. We didn’t expect to meet Toby at all so that was a huge surprise for the family. Not only did Charlie meet Toby, but he and his family got to go on stage when Toby performed and he had the entire crowd cheer Charlie’s name! His parents could not have been more appreciative for the experience. It was already a very special night for the family & really added the magic to the evening.” - Lauren Bronson/Make-A-Wish Foundation." Way to knock one out of the park, Toby!

The EMI Music Group has teamed up for an online auction, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting Red Cross of Japan relief efforts. Keith Urban, Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, Eric Church, Luke Bryan, Little Big Town, the late Chris LeDoux and many other artists have donated items in the week-long eBay auction.

Would you like to win a week-long vacation in Nashville, with tickets to the CMA Music Fest, including the kick-off June 7th at the Grand Ole Opry? Performers that night include Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, Jerrod Niemann, Carrie Underwood, Oak Ridge Boys, plus you'll get to go backstage and meet Lady A. Hit the Grand Ole Opry's Facebook page and enter for your chance to win.

Keith Urban's "Get Closer World Tour" kicks off tonight in Adelaide, Australia. Opening for Keith is Lady Antebellum, who are very excited to be Down Under. According to Hillary Scott, “Dave has been to Sydney and then Charles and I have never been, so this is going to be an adventure for us. And we’re excited, you know? We’ve done some phoners and some promo—we’re really looking forward to it, it will be really fun!”

Ever wonder about vocal warm-ups that your favorite band does before going on stage? Well, if Zac Brown Band is your favorite, have I got a treat for you!

Yesterday on The Ellen DeGeneres show, Carrie Underwood kind of complained about hubby Mike Fisher, saying when he moved into her Nashville home, he “brought all his crap with him”. “He’s not a hoarder,” she said, “but he’s close, maybe.” Carrie also complained that Mike has too many shirts and admitted he would say she “nags” him to clean up his stuff. Hmmmm...maybe they should buy a house together and sell Carrie's Nashville home. Fresh start, fresh heart!

Check out Hillary Scott in Elle magazine, where she's featured in a photo spread that also includes Jennifer Hudson, Gwen Stefani and other women of music. Hillary talks about the power of a song, saying, “There aren’t a ton of people in this country who will understand songs about riding a tractor through a pasture. But when it comes to falling in love and out of love and getting your heart broken, there’s no way you can’t understand what the song’s about.”

The tweet of the day is from Dierks Bentley: "found a random pair of panties in my jean pocket at airport security. pink w/ white hearts. watch out for a 2 year old flying comando to TN"