Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Today's Country Tidbits

Sunday night when the President went on TV to let us know that Osama bin Laden had been taken out, Rascal Flatts was on stage at the Stagecoach Festival in California. A member of their crew told them, and Jay DeMarcus announced the news to the 50,000 fans. He said, “I hope I speak for everyone here when I say, ‘Osama bin Laden, I hope you rest in pieces.’” The crowd erupted in cheers of "USA, USA!"

Tennessean.com has a photo gallery from the Stagecoach Festival for your viewing pleasure.

Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert have recorded another duet. The song is called "Red River Blue" and was written by Ray Stephenson and Buddy Owens. No one is quite sure who's album it will land on at this point. Their last duet, "Draggin' the River," was on a Blake Shelton album. Since both Blake and Miranda are working on new cds now, it could be either one.

Told you yesterday that Lady Antebellum's next single is "Just a Kiss" and that they'll do it Thursday night on American Idol. If you want to hear it right now, you can. You can also buy the song at Wal-Mart stores and on iTunes.

Taylor Swift will play the closing concert at the 2011 CMA Music Festival. She'll take over the LP Field stage on June 12th. And a change was made to the previously announced schedule - Reba is now performing Friday night, not Saturday night.

Congratulations to Sara Evans, who has the #1 country song this week with "A Little Bit Stronger." It's her 5th #1 song.

Jake Owen's "Barefoot Blue Jean Night" gets "drunked" in a Nashville recording studio...

Condolences to Amy Grant, whose Mother, Gloria Dean Napier Grant, passed away on Saturday. She was 80.

There's a new Randy Travis album out today, exclusively at Cracker Barrel. It's a 12-song collection of previously unreleased tracks and solid hits, including "Forever and Ever, Amen," "1982" and "Three Wooden Crosses." Proceeds from the sale of the cd benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. If you can't stop by a Cracker Barrel, you can buy the album online at their site.

Colt Ford's new cd, "Every Chance I Get," is out today, featuring performances by Tim McGraw, Eric Church, Craig Morgan and Josh Thompson.

Shania Twain is on the "Oprah Winfrey Show" today, and Blake Shelton is on "The Voice" tonight.

Happy birthday to Eric Church, who celebrates his 34th birthday today, and also the 5th anniversary of signing his first major record deal. Cactus Moser of Highway 101 is 54 and John Hopkins of Zac Brown Band is 40.

The tweet of the day is from James Otto: "So Pakistan had no idea Bin Laden was in the Country? I'm callin B.S. & I don't mean @blakeshelton"