Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Today's Country Tidbits

Last year when Taylor Swift played a concert in Detroit, she met a couple at her backstage T-party. Both Taylor and her mom were enchanted by how happy Jason and Kelli were, and what a cute couple they made. Taylor's mom told them, “Next time I see you two, you’d better be engaged!” Fast-forward to last week, when Taylor's tour once again took her to Detroit, and once again she and her mom saw Jason and Kelli at the backstage party. The four of them chatted for a minute, catching up, and suddenly Jason pulled a ring out of his pocket and asked Kelli to marry him. Taylor's mom was shocked and delighted, and Taylor told Jason “Get down on your knee!” to ensure a picture-perfect proposal. Kelli said "yes" of course. Wonder if they'll ask Taylor to sing at the wedding?

Congratulations to Carrie Underwood, who has earned an Inspirational Country Music Award nomination. "Mama's Song" is up for Mainstream Inspirational Country Song of the Year, and of the song she wrote for her mother, Carol, Carrie says, “The song was meant in the…in the beginning to kind of be…it was taking the form of, like, a wedding song. Like, this mom has to let go and give her daughter away to another person to take care of. That’s an amazing, sad, and happy time in somebody’s life.” Also nominated in the same category are Lady Antebellum's "Hello World," Ronnie Dunn's "Bleed Red," Chris Young's "Voices" and Rascal Flatts' "I Won't Let Go." The awards will be handed out October 28th in Nashville.

Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery are on the American Idol tour until September 10th. As both are still technically high-school students, how will this affect their schooling? According to Scotty, “Well, I’ll be doing school on the road for a while. My mom’s actually, she’s a certified teacher K-12, so she’s going to be with me on the road. She ain’t going to cut me no slack, I can guarantee you that.” And Idol runner-up Lauren Alaina will get her schooling on the road, too, but wants to stay connected to classmates, saying, “I’m still enlisted as a student at my school, so I’ll still be able to attend prom and graduate with my school, I mean my classmates, not this year, but the next, ‘cause I’m going to be a junior this year.”

Reba is a proud mom, busting buttons over her son Shelby's passion for racing. But to hear her tell it, she was blind-sided by his desire to dedicate his life to speed...

Last weekend in Indiana, Keith Urban brought tourmate Jake Owen onstage to duet on John Mellencamp's "Jack & Diane."

Also last week, but in Los Angeles, Sugarland and tourmate Sara Barielles teamed up on Dexy's Midnight Runners' "Come on Eileen."

Tickets for the 45th Annual CMA Awards go on sale August 31st at 11am Eastern time for CMA members. If there are tickets left after the member pre-sale, tickets to the public will go on sale September 17th for the November 9th telecast.

Be happy for Brandon Green of Mississippi, not jealous. He won Guitar Center's "Your Next Record with Keith Urban," meaning he gets an opening slot on the Get Closer 2011 World Tour when it stops in Knoxville on the 12th of this month, $20,000 in endorsements and music gear from Gibson, D'addario, Evans and Planet Waves.

Did you miss Trace Adkins on the Today show yesterday? Here you go...

Trace Adkins is on Fox & Friends this morning.

The tweet of the day is from Taylor Swift: "It was my first time seeing the Lincoln Memorial up close (missed the school trip in 8th grade cause I had a show)"