Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Today's Country Tidbits

John Rich of Big & Rich is holding his own on "Celebrity Apprentice." Trace Adkins, a former contestant, is the one that suggested to John that he consider being a contestant, and now John is paying that forward by suggesting to Dierks Bentley that he'd be a great contestant. According to John, “He’ll text me after the show’s over and go, ‘Dude! What happened tonight? Oh my God, I can’t believe it,’ you know and he’s askin’ me questions about it. But, I think a guy like Dierks would be good because he’s very even tempered, he’s a smart guy, he’s just the kind of guy after bein’ through the show, I think his kind of attitude and smarts could go a long way in that show.” And after Gary Busey's firing on this week's episode, John was pretty sure he knew why it happened: “I think Trump finally was seeing what we’d all been saying, like, ‘Mr. Trump you don’t understand Gary Busey off-camera is out of control and when he comes into your boardroom he’s actin’ like, ‘What, I didn’t do anything? Why is everybody pickin’ on me?’’ And, I think Trump finally caught wind of that.” There are three women and three men still in competition to be the next "Celebrity Apprentice" for Donald Trump.

Planning on being at the CMA Music Festival? Then be sure to get tickets to the Friday show at LP Field, because Sugarland has been added to the line up that night. On Thursday night, Jason Aldean and Zac Brown Band were already on the bill, but duet partners have been added: Kelly Clarkson for Jason and Alan Jackson for Zac Brown Band. More performers will be added to all of the shows, so keep your eyes on the schedule and get tickets before they sell out.

And the 21st annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge will happen June 11th at Greer Stadium. Tickets range from $15 to $50 and are available now. There's also an online auction that'll happen after the game, where autographed memorabilia will be available. Over the years, this softball game has raised nearly 2 million dollars for City of Hope's mission of finding cures and better treatments for cancer and other catastrophic illnesses.

Brad Paisley and Keith Urban have been added as performers at the Leadership Music Dale Franklin Award gala dinner celebrating the CMA. Little Big Town, Martina McBride and Ronnie Milsap are also on the bill. The dinner takes place on May 17th in Nashville and reservations are available - just email LM@leadershipmusic.org for details.

When Keith Urban and Lady Antebellum performed in Melborne Australia, they worked up a version of "Seven Bridges Road" and performed it.

Sugarland's Tuscaloosa show got stormed out last Friday night, and that experience is the focus of the latest episode of Sugarland TV.

Trisha Yearwood has landed her own cooking show on the Food Network. No details yet on airdate and time, but it will be a daytime cooking series, launching this September. It's described as a show that takes the viewer "into the kitchen of country star and cookbook author Trisha Yearwood," so we might actually get to see where she cooks for Garth.

Tim McGraw has had to back out of the next Denzel Washington movie, "Safe House." With his tour schedule, the film's shooting schedule didn't mesh. Tim is still planning to appear in the movie "Dirty Girl" later this year.

William Shatner is working on a celebrity-studded cover album entitled "Searching for Major Tom." Brad Paisley will be part of it, backing Bill on guitar and vocals for the Steve Miller classic "Space Cowboy." Also on the album are Peter Frampton and Alan Parsons.

Congratulations to Darius Rucker, who has a #1 song with "This." That means he's going to Disney World, a promise he's keeping to his kids. And what ride is Darius' favorite? “Oh I still think Space Mountain’s one of the greatest rides of all time. I do. People laugh at me. I love Space Mountain. Don’t like it, love it, love it.” It's Darius' fifth #1 country song. (Scroll down to yesterday's blog for the complete story on the Disney promise.)

Friday night, "Girls' Night Out: Superstar Women of Country" airs on CBS. Being honored, and also performing, are Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Reba, Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland and The Judds. Loretta Lynn is also being honored, but wasn't able to be at the taping. She appears via a satellite hook-up. Doing the honoring, and also performing, are Blake Shelton, Vince Gill, Rascal Flatts, Sara Evans, The Band Perry, Jason Aldean and the JaneDear Girls.

Toby Keith is on "Dancing With the Stars" tonight, performing "American Soldier" and "Should've Been A Cowboy." And Rascal Flatts is on "Inside the PGA Tour" on the Golf Channel tonight at 7:30 Eastern.

The tweet of the day is from Dolly Parton: "Men are no different than women as far as their hearts go. It’s just that women love to tell everything!" :)