Thursday, April 28, 2011

Today's Country Tidbits

Jason Aldean leads the list of nominees for the 2011 CMT Music Awards with four. He's up for Video of the Year, Male Video Artist of the Year, Collaborative Video for his duet with Kelly Clarkson and Best Web Video of the Year for "My Kinda Party." Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift and Zac Brown Band all have three nominations, and Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Reba and Sugarland all earned nominations, too. You can vote for your favorites now through June 7th. The awards will be handed out on June 8th.

This year's Country Throwdown Tour will have its final stop at Billy Bob's Texas in Fort Worth for Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic & Throwdown. The picnic has been Willie's longstanding tradition, and is always a huge party, so concluding the Country Throwdown Tour there was a natural. The tour features Willie, Jamey Johnson, Randy Houser, Lee Brice, Brantly Gilbert and tons more great artists.

Brady Seals loves musical instruments, especially vintage ones. Collecting them has been his hobby, and now he's turned his hobby into a business. He's teamed up with instrument historian Gabriel Hernandez to form Music City Pickers. If you've got old guitars, banjos, or other band gear and would like to turn them into cash, check out their new service.

Luke Bryan's new song, "Country Girl (Shake it for Me)" sold 105,498 digital copies it's debut week, tearing up the charts faster than any song he's had before and selling more in one week than any of his other songs. The song will be on his next cd, due late out this summer. And to cap off a good bunch of news, Luke's song, "It's a Shore Thing," was nominated for CMT Music Award's Best Web Video of the Year. Check it out...

The late Gene Autry's things are being auctioned off next month in Los Angeles, including the Steinway & Sons mahogany piano that he wrote 640 songs on, including "Here Comes Santa Claus." His white Resistol cowboy hat is also part of the auction, being handled by A.N. Abell Auction Company.

Tim McGraw is on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon tonight.

The tweet of the day is from Blake Shelton: "Re-writing my fav Garth song.. I got friends with ugly faces Unibrows and could use some braces They smile, I yell Is your tongue in jail?"