Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Today's Country Tidbits

Hank Williams Jr. kicked up a firestorm when he showed up on Fox Morning News yesterday talking politics. Discussing the president, Bocephus compared Obama to Hitler. After doing that, he was cut out of last night's Monday Night Football opener, a gig he's had for two decades. Here's the footage:

Hank issued a statement late in the day yesterday - here's what he had to say:

"Some of us have strong opinions and are often misunderstood. My analogy was extreme - but it was to make a point. I was simply trying to explain how stupid it seemed to me - how ludicrous that pairing was. They're polar opposites and it made no sense. They don't see eye-to-eye and never will. I have always respected the office of the President. Every time the media brings up the tea party it's painted as racist and extremists - but there's never a backlash - no outrage to those comparisons… Working class people are hurting - and it doesn't seem like anybody cares. When both sides are high-fiving it on the ninth hole when everybody else is without a job - it makes a whole lot of us angry. Something has to change. The policies have to change." - Hank Williams, Jr.

Martina McBride is celebrating her album release next week in New York. "Eleven" comes out on October 11th, and on the 14th she'll be atop the Empire State Building flipping the switch to turn it pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Martina explains, “Later that night, we’re doing a concert on top of the Empire State Building. It’s just going to be a really powerful moment, I think, to perform at the Empire State Building surrounded by breast cancer survivors, and their loved ones, and people that are doing things to further research and awareness. And especially performing “I’m Gonna Love You Through It,” I think that’s gonna be a powerful moment.”

An apparently drunk driver plowed into the decorative fencing around LeAnn Rimes' California home. She wasn't there, and the driver wasn't hurt. The 20-year-old also hit a light pole, and was driving on a suspended license. Oops...!

Congratulations to Toby Keith, who has the #1 song this week with "Made In America." It's another "America" song for him, and was almost left off the new album, "Clancy's Tavern," which streets October 24th. Toby explains, “You gotta keep in mind that I get hit with a lot of ideas about writing songs about America, and I pass on 999 of them. But, once in a while, something comes along that is a different take on it then I’ve done, and it’s smart…and it’s a good idea.”

New music in stores today includes Rodney Atkins' "Take a Back Road" and Scotty McCreery's "Clear As Day."

Scotty McCreery is on Live with Regis & Kelly, Kellie Pickler is on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, and LeAnn Rimes is on the Tonight Show with ay Leno.

The tweet of the day is from Blake Shelton: "If the first step is admitting I have problem then here goes.... My drink is empty!!!!!!!"