Thursday, August 25, 2011

Today's Country Tidbits

Hurricane Irene has already blown a big event away - Kenny Chesney's "Goin' Coastal" tour was supposed to wrap up on Sunday in Foxboro, Massachusetts. But because Irene could come calling in a wet and wild way on Sunday, the show has been moved up to tomorrow night.According to Kenny, "I want the last weekend of the Goin' Coastal tour to be a great experience for everybody. But I also want it to be the safest experience for everyone." The final show on the tour is now Saturday night at Foxboro's Gillette Stadium.

Luke Bryan is crediting his wife Caroline with helping him get a #1 album. "Tailgates and Tanlines" is spending its second week atop the Billboard Country Album chart, and he says his wife influenced the track list. She really didn't like a song Luke wrote, but loved "Too Damn Young" and "You Don't Know Jack." As Luke tells it, “The first time I heard them, Caroline was sitting right there and she was like, ‘Oh, wow.’ I mean, we both fell in love with them, and then, I actually recorded a song that I wrote, that she just did not like…ya know, lyrically, what it was saying. And then it didn’t make the album, just because she was right on the money. So, any time you got people that know
you helping you through the process it helps the album become better.”

Dierks Bentley is at it again, hosting another "Miles & Music for Kids" benefit ride and concert in Chicago on October 9th. The event benefits Chicago's Children's Memorial Hospital, and the concert features Eli Young Band and Jerrod Niemann. Dierks loves doing these events, saying “We’ve raised several million dollars for Children’s Hospitals across the country. It’s been great, man. It’s a motorcycle ride that anybody can sign up for. A really family-oriented concert, down-home style just, you know…different collaborations with different people and it’s been a real blessing.”

And speaking of benefit concerts, Big & Rich and Gretchen Wilson will donate 100% of the
proceeds from their Fontanel show to Operation Finally Home, an organization that provides houses to wounded and disabled veterans. According to Big Kenny, “Building a home is noble, but constructing a home tailored to the needs of a specific injury or disability is one of the things Operation Finally Home really understands and has done well time and again.” The show takes place on September 2nd at the historic property just outside of Nashville.

Taylor Swift - real estate mogul? She's bought another home, this one a historic four bedroom, four and a half bathroom, 5,601 square foot stunner. She won't be the one living in it - she bought it for her parents. Here's a picture, but there's a whole gallery at CasaSugar.

Wanna be John Rich's neighbor in Nashville? It could happen...

Those size-six stilettos that Shania Twain was wearing when she fell at the CMT Music Awards this year sold on eBay for $9,000. Shania autographed the shoes and the money will go to a charitable foundation she set up. In other Shania news, she'll appear via video link at her alleged stalker's trial. Dr. John Palumbo has been in jail since March 27th after being arrested at the Juno Awards show. His trial begins this month in Toronto, Canada. teamed up with USA Today for a photo gallery of stars' yearbook photos. Garth Brooks and Kenny Chesney are part of the feature.

Little Big Town was on The Talk yesterday, and performed their song, "The Reason Why."

Dolly Parton is on the Tonight Show tonight.

Happy birthday to Billy Ray Cyrus, who is 50 today, Jo Dee Messina, celebrating her 41st birthday and Henry Paul of Blackhawk, who turns 62. He's not country, but he's a classic - happy birthday to Monty Hall, who is 90 today.

The tweet of the day is from Jaron and the Long Road to Love: "In honor of Steve Jobs... an amazing quote: “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life..."