Friday, June 17, 2011

Today's Country Tidbits

Rascal Flatts' summer tour kicks off tomorrow night in Bristow, VA, and the guys are pulling out all the stops to be sure the fans have fun at Flatts Fest 2011. According to Jay DeMarcus, "I'll actually be out there giving bikini waxes. Only the dudes. I don't want to upset my wife." He's kidding. I hope. The real "Why Wait" wedding chapel will allow couples to walk down the "Broken Road" aisle to make or renew their vows. "There's a prenuptial tent right next to it, too," Joe Don Rooney kids. Gary LeVox adds, "Yeah, it's called the 'I'm Movin' On Tent.' That's where you get an annulment at the next show. It's a package deal." The tour will take them through the summer and is a romp around North America.

The ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp happens from June 26th to July first in Nashville, and campers will be treated to volunteer camp counselors Carrie Underwood, Gary Allan, Darius Rucker, Little Big Town, Wynonna and other music city luminaries. The camp is for people with developmental disabilities and their families. Activities include a recording session with Carrie, a songwriting session with Gary and a concert with Darius at the Grand Ole Opry.

Randy Owen wanted to raise $1 million, but they're at $2 million and counting after the BAMA Rising concert on Tuesday night. Nashville's A-list turned out to help raise money for those devastated by the tornadoes in the southeast last month. If you'd like to pile on, text BAMA to 501501 to make a $10 donation.

Garth Brooks was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame last night in New York. Trisha Yearwood was there to see her hubby serenaded by some pretty big stars: Billy Joel, Dwight Yoakam, Boz Scaggs and even more stars who showed up to speak at the induction ceremony. Inducted along with Garth were Leon Russell, Billy Steinberg, Tom Kelly, John Bettis and Allen Toussaint.

Luke Bryan is part of Tim McGraw's Emotional Traffic tour, and Tim decided to have a little bit of fun with Luke's Bronco...

And "big baby" Justin Moore pranked his band...

Jake Owen was in the middle of a break-up when he found his newest single, "Barefoot Blue Jean Night." His then-girlfriend was packing up her stuff and storming around the house when she came downstairs and proclaimed, "If you don't record that 'Barefoot Blue Jean Night' song, you're an idiot." Well now we know...Jake Owen is no idiot!

Congratulations to Thompson Square. The husband/wife duo has just been handed their first platinum award for the song "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not" for over a million copies sold.

New music out next week includes the latest by Weird Al Yankovic, who parodies Taylor Swift's song "You Belong to Me." It becomes a rant about the paparazzi called "TMZ." And Lady Antebellum gets the "Polka Face" treatment, as a parody of "Need You Now" becomes part of his trademark mash-up.

It's good to be a tv star. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Blake Shelton is making $75,000 per episode of The Voice, and is already signed to another year of the show. Yay for him!

Billy Currington is on Fox & Friends and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and Kenny Chesney is on the Today show.

Happy birthday tomorrow to Blake Shelton, who turns 35.

The tweet of the day is from Danny Gokey: "Every time a bird poops on my car, I eat a plate of scrambled eggs on my balcony, just to show them what I'm capable of."