Monday, May 2, 2011

Today's Country Tidbits

Last night during "Celebrity Apprentice," the President came on tv to announce that Navy Seals had taken out Osama Bin Laden, the founder and leader of al-Qiada and the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks. Country artists took to their Twitter accounts to share the jubilation. For a list of the best tweets, visit my Facebook page. John Rich tweeted, in response to Celebrity Apprentice being interrupted for the announcement, “Ya'll wanna know who got fired? OSAMA.” By the way, last night's show featured a meltdown by NeNe, who got in Star Jones' face and threatened her, Donald Trump re-hiring LaToya Jackson and adding her to the men's team. Who got fired? Former Playboy Playmate Hope Dworaczyk. Which team won? The men's team, for the second week in a row.

Miranda Lambert enjoyed watching the Royal Wedding and all of the coverage over the weekend, and hopes for a little bit of magic when she and Blake Shelton get hitched in a couple of weeks. Miranda said, “Ours is so different, obviously. But, I think it was gorgeous, I mean…Just the wow factor of the royal wedding was, you know, every bride wants a wow factor and even though ours won’t be in a palace or with 15-hundred guests, I still hope that it has that same wow factor.”

Speaking of Blake Shelton, he's discovering the power of television. In spite of his huge success in country music, it was his role as a coach on The Voice that got him recognized recently. According to Blake, “There was a cute girl that was running the cash register or whatever, and she looked at me—and she kinda made this—not like—she didn’t scream, but it was kind of a ‘…HEY!’ and I was like, ‘…hey.’ And she said, ‘Are you the guy from that show?!’ and I was like ‘Yeah! Ya damn right I am!’ And it shows you the power of television, you know? And she even told me, she said ‘Man, I don’t listen to country music at all, but that’s a cool show, and you’re funny on it.’” Reba will be joining Blake's team on "The Voice" as a coach for his team during the battle rounds.

Country stars have teamed up with Nashville Mayor Karl Dean to raise money for the Iroquois Steeplechase. The luminaries have painted miniature horses, which are being auctioned off with the proceeds going to the event. Artists like Josh Turner, Rodney Atkins and Darius Rucker have painted some ponies you can bid on.

Lady Antebellum will perform on the American Idol results show Thursday night, doing a new song. "Just a Kiss" is the first single off of their next album, which has no announced title or release date yet.

Chris Young will have a hot summer. He's joining Jason Aldean on the "My Kinda Party" tour, his new song, "Tomorrow," is rocketing up the charts and the cd with that song on it will be called "Neon" and it's due out in June.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johsnon will produce and star in a biography of Country Music Hall of Famer Charley Pride. Randy Jackson is reportedly part of the project, too. No word on when production will begin nor when we can expect to see a finished product.

Happy birthday to Larry Gatlin of the Gatlin Brothers. He's 63 today.

The tweet of the day is a three-way tie between Martina McBride: "God bless America and our Armed Forces," Blake Shelton: "Re-writing my fav Woody Guthrie song. This land ain't your land This is land our land So take a dirt nap So long Bin Laden" and Brad Paisley: "I really love these rare moments when we feel like one united country."