Monday, October 17, 2011

Today's Country Tidbits

Alan Jackson and Garth Brooks were inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame over the weekend. Only to Merle Haggard has written and recorded more #1 country songs than Alan Jackson. According to Alan, “It’s one of the coolest honors for me because I’ve always been more about the music, and I’ve always been especially proud to be able to be a writer and to have songs that affect people that they enjoy. And, you know, to be included in the writers here in Nashville, that’s uh…some of the best music in the world comes out of this town.”

Yesterday, Dierks Bentley's Miles & Music for Kids event rolled into Nashville. Charles Kelly of Lady Antebellum hit the stage with Dierks to sing "Long Trip Alone" and "How Am I Doin'." Colt Ford, Eli Young Band and Josh Thompson also performed for the crowd at Riverfront Park. The day of bikes and country music raised over $200,000 for the Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Over the weekend, Taylor Swift covered The Dixie Chicks and Rascal Flatts in concert. Check it out here...

Miranda Lambert tweeted a country girl solution to forgetting to pack eyeliner - use a Sharpie. She played a private show in Denver last night. It was her 9th show in 11 days, and she didn't pack well for it, apparently. After the show, she tweeted that the Sharpie eyeliner stayed put, and she wondered if Blake Shelton would like her new smokey eye trick.

On Friday, Carrie Underwood helped build a playground at Marshall Elementary School in Checotah, Oklahoma, her hometown. She assembled playground components, planted flowers and helped paint the playground's mural. More than 200 volunteers showed up to lend a hand, and the project was completed in less than 8 hours.

Keith Urban is headed to Australia early next year to be part of the Australian version of the hit tv show, "The Voice." Keith will be one of the coaches on the show, just like Blake Shelton is on the American version.

Easton Corbin is on vocal rest and is just sick about having to cancel shows. He issued a statement to his fans and tickholders: "I wanted to let all my fans know I am truly sorry I have had to cancel shows this month." The next scheduled show date is October 27th.

Tomorrow, Montgomery Gentry's first studio album since 2008 comes out, and Troy Gentry is really pleased with the way "Rebels on the Run" turned out. “Eddie and I try to find songs that people can identify with. You know, things that, you know, whether it be up or down…just the different knocks of life that people are going through that we think they can associate with.”

Martina McBride's "Invitation Only" premiers on CMT.

Happy birthday to Alan Jackson, who turns 53 today, and Earl Thomas Conley who is 70.

The tweet of the day is from Dierks Bentley: "wide awake thinking about today. over 200k raised by our fans and motorcycle riders for Miles and Music for Kids. unreal. good good stuff."