Friday, September 23, 2011

Today's Country Tidbits

Not sure how this is going to be policed and judged, but it's a great idea. Brad Paisley is playing a concert in Washington DC tomorrow night and wants his fans to help out the Capitol Area Food Bank. He's asking them to bring canned food and bottled water to donate, and the fan that brings the most wins a pair of premium seat upgrades and gets to hang with Brad backstage. Wonder how many tractor-trailers they can park at that arena?

Still no word on the shake-up going on in Tim McGraw's camp. Yesterday I told you about his Facebook post indicating that some or all of the Dancehall Doctors are no longer working with Tim. Today, there's no further word about who's gone and why. All of the current Dancehall Doctors have been with Tim since 1996.

Alan Jackson has been working on a new album, and is nearly done with it. There's no release date and there's no title yet, but according to AJ, “We’re about finished it up. We’re doing some mixing on it now. But, pretty much done and it’s just …I think we got a good bunch of material together and …I think it’s gonna be a fun time. I’m ready to put it out!” In addition to being part of the 9/11 memorial services in DC, Alan got to perform for the President and First Lady.“He was real nice and his wife and they’re real tall! I didn’t realize they were both so tall! That’s the fourth president I’ve sung for that’s …when I think about that, that’s crazy. I mean, where I come from in that little town of Georgia, I never thought I’d even go to Washington, much less sing for four presidents. So, it’s pretty crazy.”

The Grand Ole Opry celebrates its' 86th birthday during October, and all the stars are coming to the party. Who, you might ask? Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Martina McBride, Chris Young, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, LeAnn Rimes, Montgomery Gentry, Randy Travis, Rascal Flatts, Ronnie Dunn, Sara Evans, Scotty McCreery & Trace Adkins are just some of the country artists who've committed to play the Opry in October. Road trip alert...get tickets now!

Jason Aldean has his likeness carved into a corn maze, and now Lady Antebellum has their own corn maze, too. Steed's Dairy in Grovetown, Georgia decided to celebrate country's favorite trio in a maize maze. Can you navigate the maze?

Jason Aldean had a special guest on stage at a tour stop this week - Kid Rock. The two partnered on Kid's "Cowboy."

Dierks Bentley and his band found themselves armed and in Texas, and boy did they have fun!

The National Enquirer is chiming in on Carrie Underwood's reproductive decisions, making it sound like she's either afraid to get pregnant or too busy to have a pregnant body. If you hear stories like that, please consider the source. Carrie will be a great mom when she and Mike decide that parenthood is right for them.

Toby Keith's song "Made in America" is racing up the charts, but it almost didn't make it onto his current album, "Clancy's Tavern." “I didn’t know if it was a single or not, and the second we recorded it, everybody in the studio were calling people telling them to drop by and hear this song. I thought we wrote a good song, but I didn’t know it was this powerful. And, I guess with the timing of what’s gone on in the world, I guess it struck a nerve with America.” Toby's performing it live in the heartland this weekend as the "Locked and Loaded" tour stops in St. Louis and Chicago.

Justin Bieber is working on a Christmas album. That's only newsworthy here because The Band Perry will be appearing on at least one track, and Taylor Swift is probably going to be on the project, too. The release date hasn't be set yet.

RIAA has issued platinum certification for Kenny Chesney's "Hemingway's Whiskey," Luke Bryan's "Country Girl (Shake it For Me)" and Darius Rucker's "Alright." Darius got gold certification for "Come Back Song" and "This."

Carrie Underwood and Tony Bennett duet on tonight's episode of "Blue Bloods." Lady Antebellum is on CBS Sunday Morning, and Monday night Chris Young is on the Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

The tweet of the day is from David Nail: "My prayer tonight is that today is the last concert I ever have to cancel. It sucks, I've been cranky all day! Thanks for the well wishes"