Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Today's Country Tidbits

Lady Antebellum is in Australia with Keith Urban's tour and made a stop at Australia's Today Show. After they performed, Keith Urban also joined the fun, answering questions ranging from music to fitness to family.

Jerrod Niemann went back to his roots Monday night, showing off his waiter skills at the "Waiting for Wishes Celebrity Waiter Dinner" in Nashville. The event is hosted by Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus and NFL great Kevin Carter. Also taking orders and hoisting trays were Joe Don Roony and Olympic skater Scott Hamilton. The waiters also gave out autographs and collected donations, with all tips going to the charity. According to Jerrod, “One of the best parts about being able to have music out there that people are kind enough to support is you can actually help people for once. So, it’s really cool to get to do that and all those other artists, just to be part of a cool event.” When he first moved to Nashville, Jerrod supported himself by waiting tables, so he was right at home. Proceeds from the evening went to the Make-a-Wish Foundation and the Kevin Carter Foundation.

Speaking of Rascal Flatts, Jay DeMarcus is thrilled to have a baby girl. He was convinced that the child his wife, Allison, was carrying was a boy, but one ultrasound put that theory to rest, prompting Allison to tell him, "girls always love their daddy to death. She’ll get mad at her mother, but daddy can do no wrong.”

Sad that Rascal Flatts isn't coming to your town on tour this summer? Don't be - they'll be adding more shows as they go, so keep checking their tour page.

According to eonline, Taylor Swift has purchased a new home for her family, moving them from their 8,400 square foot, six bedroom, five bathroom house into an even more spacious one in Nashville. And if you're wondering if Taylor Swift would consider dressing provocatively for a photo shoot, here's your answer, straight from the blonde one's lips: “I don’t feel comfortable taking my clothes off…I wouldn’t wear tiny amounts of clothing in my real life, so I don’t think it’s necessary to wear that stuff in photo shoots.”

Wondering if Brad Paisley would do an album of cover songs, or just cover a great country classic or two on an album now and then? Wonder no more, and "no" is the operative word! According to Brad, those songs “have already been done as well as they could’ve been done or they wouldn’t have been hits.”

Reba and her record label, Valory Music, threw a party this week. "Turn On the Radio" was Reba's 60th top ten single and 24th #1 song, and that was a huge pair of milestones. With albums dating back to the late 1970's, Reba's been successful in country music longer than any other female performer and she'll be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame this year. And her Dad is in a rehab facility, doing better after his stroke. If he's where she got her stick-to-it-iveness from, he might just be her date that night!

Steel Magnolia has teamed up with GM's Cell Phones for Soldiers campaign, collecting gently used cell phones to raise money for calling cards for troops overseas. They're working with Florida high schools, challenging them to collect phones to be donated. The school that collects the most get a free live concert from Steel Magnolia.

John Rich thinks Donald Trump would make a good President, and here's why - “He said, why don’t we pump about two trillion dollars worth of oil out of there before we let them have it back. He said we could make gasoline a dollar a gallon in America for the next ten years if we would do that. And by the way, that’s how business works. We come in and save your butt, well you have to pay us for doing that.” Interesting theory on middle east diplomacy, that's for sure!

Happy birthday to Aaron Lewis of Staind, who turns 39 today.

Alison Kraus and Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas are on the Late Show with David Letterman tonight.

The tweet of the day is from Trent Tomlinson: "I wish Johnny Cash was still around to grace us all with great tweets of wisdom! Although twitter wouldn't be anything he'd do!"