Thursday, October 20, 2011

Today's Country Tidbits

Brad Paisley is putting aside H2O and opting for cammo - "The Camobunga! 2012 World Tour" kicks off January 12th in Michigan with opening acts The Band Perry and Scotty McCreery. He promises a "mind blowing blend of country, fiery 60's surf guitar acrobatics, futuristic special effects, retro heart and soul, and mind altering liquid beverages. The spirit of the deep woods meets the breakneck excitement of the California coast." Here are the first cities announced for the Camobunga! tour:

January 12th – Grand Rapids, MI
January 13th – Milwaukee, WI
January 14th – St. Paul, MN
January 19th – Kansas City, MO
January 20th – Wichita, KS
January 21st – Denver, CO
January 26th – Boise, ID
January 27th – Salt Lake City, UT
January 28th – Las Vegas, NV
February 9th – Spokane, WA
February 10th – Eugene, OR
February 11th – Tacoma, WA
February 16th – Lubbock, TX
February 17th – Las Cruces, NM
February 23rd – Madison, WI
February 24th – Moline, IL
February 25th – Springfield, MO
March 1st – Baltimore, MD
March 2nd – Knoxville, TN
March 3rd – Lexington, KY

Taylor Swift's songs have been transformed into lullabies in the Cradle Rock series. The album with her songs on it comes out November 8th.

Congratulations to Dierks Bentley. His new song, "Home," has been named the official song of the Arizona Centennial Commission's 100-year celebration. Dierks will also be the honorary chairman of the Arizona Centennial Motorcycle Ride in February.

Blake Shelton is settled into LA for the filming of The Voice, set to premier after the Super Bowl in February. How does he juggle the tv show, touring, songwriting and being married? Well, he clears up part of that for us: “My only priority is songs. I don’t think about touring or stuff, that’s why it’s a good thing I’ve got managers now that come from the touring world, and know how to handle that type of stuff, and they know how to handle television, and the record company handling how to get airplay and publicity and stuff, because all I really do and think about is songs.”

Do Garth Brooks fans still remember and love him? Apparently so - Ticketmaster just put out a list of the highest price paid for concert tickets, and Garth tops the list. On average, his fans spend $618 per transaction on Ticketmaster.

And could this guy be the next Garth? He sure has the work ethic - Hunter Hayes toured with Taylor Swift and loves the road experience: “Being on the road, that is my vacation. Like, I look forward to getting back on the bus every night, you know, getting back to my little room with my laptop and everything. Just kinda hanging with the band, you know what I mean? Like…the fact that I get to go to a new city everyday and, and hang out with a buncha, buncha guys and just make a bunch of music, and a bunch of noise and meet people that actually, you know, that know my name and the song, and have them singin’ along. There’s, there’s a freedom in that, that beats vacation.”

Didja miss The Band Perry on "Dancing With the Stars" Tuesday night? Here you go...

Happy birthday to Jimi Westbrook of Little Big Town, who turns 41 today. And the Queen of Rockabilly, Wanda Jackson, is 74.

The tweet of the day is from Martina McBride: "Aretha gave me a shout out from the stage of the Ryman. I promptly burst into tears. I couldn't believe I was hearing her say my name!"