Friday, August 5, 2011

Today's Country Tidbits

The Teen Choice Awards are this Sunday night, and country music is well-represented. Luke Bryan is nominated for Male Country Artist and Country Single for "Country Girl (Shake it for Me)" and he's up against Taylor Swift, The Band Perry, Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton and Keith Urban. Luke says he's happy to be in such heady company. “To be nominated and be a part of the Teen Choice Awards…to see who I’m nominated with is really, really, really, really special. It’s massively flattering and massively puts a big smile on my face. It’s amazing.” The show airs Sunday night at 8 on FOX.

Most country artists have a Twitter account, but only a handful of them actually use the account themselves. Most have assistants that tweet on their behalf, but not Reba. She enjoys keeping in touch with her fans, 140 characters at a time. Most of the time, she answers their questions, sometimes she talks about her new music or items in the Reba Dillard's line, but occasionally she's moved to tweet messages she doesn't really understand. Last week, she sent out a "Don't tweet and drive" tweet. Why? According to Reba, “It came to me, ‘Tweet that.’ And I thought, ahhh, naw, that’s awfully preachy. And it came back again, ‘Tweet that.’ Ahhh, whooo, okie dokie! So, I tweeted it and for some reason or another it must have been for someone. Things happen for a reason and so evidently that was needed for some reason for me to say that. I don’t know why, I just do what I’m told.”

'Tis the season for Marine Corps balls, and this year, the trend seems to be to invite celebrities to the parties. Lance Corporal Tanner Ivie invited Taylor Swift to the ball while re-habbing after losing the lower half of his leg to an IED in Afghanistan. The Purple Heart recipent's buddies convinced him to throw in a little guilt trip at the end.

This week's Dierks Bentley TV features the first annual Country Fair Olympics. Check out their crazy games.

Jason Aldean is all about his Wranglers, so much so that he's in the new Wrangler commercial.

Coming out October 4th is "The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams." It's a compilation of unreleased lyrics set to music and performed by artists like Alan Jackson, Vince Gill, Merle Haggard, Rodney Crowell, Patty Loveless and Holly Williams.

Rascal Flatts had a surprise platinum party thrown for them on Wednesday for the "I Won't Let Go" album. The guys were both excited and reflective, with Jay DeMarcus saying, "It feels like we're right back where we were about three or four years ago in terms of momentum and recapturing the joy and the excitement that we had even playing together. We refocused and recommitted ourselves to each other, which has been as important, if not the most important change we've made this year. I know for myself we're having more fun and have a more solid vision of where we're heading than we've had in a long, long time." They set a goal to make this album go platinum, and when they found it had hit the mark, they were both pleased and surprised. Jay said “Awesome surprise!" and Gary continued, "Especially in this day in age when there’s not a lot of people doing that, you know…going out and buying records. To be able to sell a million in this environment is truly a blessing and mind blowing. What a great day! Wow!”

Jake Owen's "Eight Second Ride" has been certified gold.

Happy birthday to Terri Clark, who turns 43 today, and to Mark O'Connor, who is 50. On Sunday, Rodney Crowell turns 61.

Alison Krass is on The View today.

The tweet of the day is from Thompson Square: @blakeshelton We wanna go! Will work for booze..... I mean cruise...... I mean booze cruise! Lol! Shawna