Monday, August 29, 2011

Today's Country Tidbits

Taylor Swift went o-fer last night at the MTV Video Music Awards. She was only up for one award, Video with a Message, but lost to Lady GaGa. Taylor wasn't at the award show - instead, she was next door rocking the Staples Center for the 4th sold-out night.

How hot is Lady Antebellum? They're on the cover of this week's Billboard Magazine, and have the feature article. They talk about their rocket ride to success, plans for their first arena tour and their new album, "Own the Night," out on September 13th.

Another country trio, The Band Perry, is following in Lady A's footsteps. Lady A's first headlining show was at the Ryman, and now The Band Perry's first headlining show will be there, too. The February 20th, 2012 show sold out in 20 minutes!

Carrie Underwood has been invited to be part of Tony Bennett's 85th birthday celebration. It'll be a big party at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and Carrie plans to duet with Tony onstage, singing "It Had to Be You." That's the song Carrie shares with Tony on his current "Duets" project. John Mayer and Stevie Wonder will also perform at the September 24th event.

Some fun in the studio with Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and ... well, watch the video...

Miranda Lambert and Josh Thompson both have a new record label - RCA. Sony Nashville did a huge re-org last week, shuffling some of their roster between sister labels and sending lots of long-time staffers packing. No word from either artist on their "new" affiliations.

Don't forget that Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton are part of Dateline NBC tonight at 10 Eastern.

Eric Church is on Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight.

Today's birthdays include songwriter Don Schlitz (Randy Travis' "Forever and Ever, Amen") who is 59, Diamond Rio's Dan Truman, who is 55 and singer-songwriter Shawn Camp (Garth Brooks' "Two Pina Coladas") who turns 45

The tweet of the day is from Blake Shelton: "Man at gas station says to me "Em dogs sure are purdy... You gonna give em to me?.." My response "No. I'd rather see you reach for one.."