Friday, September 9, 2011

Today's Country Tidbits

This weekend, several country artists will participate in events commemorating the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Trace Adkins flies to Germany to perform for wounded vets at Ramstein Air Force Base on Sunday. The show will be broadcast live to troops around the world. Alan Jackson will perform "Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning" at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday. He was supposed to be at the Washington Cathedral, but technical issues caused the concert venue to be moved. Atlanta Motor Speedway is the site for a multi-day music festival honoring those who lost their lives on 9/11. Artists include Rodney Atkins, Darryl Worley, Mark Wills, Burns & Poe and many more. Mark Wills has a new song, "Crazy Being Home," that he's built a new charity around. is intended to foster support for America's post-9/11 veterans. Eddie Money is giving all proceeds from his new song, "One More Soldier Coming Home" to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.

On September 19th, the 5th Annual ACM Honors show happens at the Ryman Auditorium. Performers include Randy Houser, Montgomery Gentry, Jamey Johnson, Jack Ingram, The Gatlin Brothers, Jerrod Niemann, Thompson Square, Lee Ann Womack, The Isaacs and The Whites. Presenters include Ronnie Dunn, John Michael Montgomery, Laura Bell Bundy and Ralph Emery. Joe Nichols hosts the show, and the nominees are here.

Road trip alert - Martina McBride will throw the switch when the Opry goes pink on October 22nd. It's the 3rd annual "Opry Goes Pink" show, helping to raise awareness of breast cancer and money for research and treatment. The show will also feature Kellie Pickler, Lauren Alaina, Edens Edge and Ronnie Milsap. Tickets are available at 615-871-OPRY.

Blake Shelton's video for "God Gave Me You" includes some very personal video - from his and Miranda Lambert's wedding. Blake thought it was a cruial part of the video, but it took some convincing to get Miranda on board. According to Blake, “She thought about that for a week and I was stressed out. It was like, man, this video’s gonna suck if she doesn’t let me use that wedding video, you know? But, she finally, I said, ‘Man, please,’ I said, ‘It would mean a lot to me if we could use that.’ And she’s getting’ to the point where she’s wanting to keep more and more of us to us, you know? But, I talked her out of that and it’ll probably be the last thing I’ll get to do like that.”

It's probably not a huge surprise, but there's confirmation today that Zac Brown and the Food Network are in talks about Zac doing a cooking show. Or maybe the network will follow the band around and turn his "eat and greets" into a reality-type show. No firm decisions have been made, but there's interest on both sides of the table.

In the midst of being a newlywed and a touring country diva, Carrie Underwood is finding time to write and record. She is about half finished with her next album.

Oh, Dierks Bentley is a little bit of a daredevil. Ya think??? Check this out...

Check out a behind-the-scenes look at CMA nominee Thompson Square's video shoot for "I Got You."

And a behind-the-scenes look at Little Big Town's "Shut Up Train."

Singer/songwriter Ty Herndon and former NFL player Kevin Turner teamed up to raise money for the ALS Therapy Alliance. When the dust cleared, the donation amount was $4.3 million! Ty's song "Journey On" has been used to raise awareness...check it out...

Last month, I told you about Keith Urban's foray into fragrance, developing "Phoenix," a men's fragrance. Now scuttlebutt is that he's working on a women's scent, saying "I think we've got a really good one." Wonder how involved Nicole is in the development, since she's probably going to be wearing it.

Kenny Chesney is on the Today show this morning. Monday night, catch Chris Young performing his new song, "You," on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

Happy birthday to Joe Smyth of Sawyer Brown and Joey Martin of Joey+Rory. Saturday, Pistol Annies Ashley Monroe turns 25 and Sunday, Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley turns 30.

The tweet of the day is from Phil Vassar: "In the studio today surrounded by lights and decorated trees tracking my Christmas record! Hot cocoa for all!"