Monday, September 19, 2011

Today's Country Tidbits

Taylor Swift played Nashville this weekend, and had some high-powered hunks on stage with her. Ronnie Dunn took the stage Friday night, and Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney joined her on stage Saturday night. Ronnie and Taylor sang "Bleed Red" together. Tim, dressed all in black, duetted with Taylor on "Just to See You Smile," and Kenny and Taylor knocked it out of the park singing "Big Star."

In other Taylor news, she was presented with some plaques while in Nashville, one celebrating 5 million in sales for her "Speak Now" album, and one commemorating a million tickets sold on the "Speak Now World Tour."

Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert have issues with going out. No, not issues with each other, issues with people who know them but don't like them very much. According to Blake, “We don’t go places like we used to. I hate to even say that because it just sounds stupid to say it, but we just can’t anymore. Especially now with Miranda—some of the stuff you see that’s written is hurtful—so you decide, ‘I’m not even gonna go out. I don’t want people to see me…’ You know what I mean? But outside of that, I mean, my gosh, this is what I moved to town for. It is awesome!” The next
season of "The Voice" starts taping next month, and the first show is right after the Superbowl in February. In other Blake news, some of the artists for the first Blake Shelton Cruise have been announced - get your berth reserved, because it's going to be a party. Trace Adkins, Easton Corbin and Neal McCoy will be on board and performing, and more artists will be announced soon. The cruise happens October 14-21, 2012 so you have time to save up.

The Shelby Corn Maze, featuring the likeness of Jason Aldean, opened this past weekend, and it's gained national attention because of the design. Jason is impressed, but feels a little bit strange about it: “It’s pretty good. But it’s a little weird, I’m gonna be honest with ya. I’d like to go walk around in my whiskers over there…or run up my nose.” The maze is open through the end of October, and becomes a haunted maze in two weeks.

Darryl Worley's Tennessee River Run was this past weekend, and even before all the events were over, they had raked in a record $120,000 for charity. Montgomery Gentry headlined the country concert on Saturday, so more money will flow in from this fun event.

What did the guys in Rascal Flatts give Justin Moore as an end-of-tour gift? A pretty snazzy pistol, and Justin's delighted, tweeting "Best end of tour gift ever!"

Happy birthday to Jeff Bates, who turns 48 today, and Trisha Yearwood, who is 47.

The tweet of the day is from Martina McBride: "Loved @taylorswift13 in Nashville. Appreciated the"For the Girls"lyrics on her arm. It's a great big show! Beautifully done"