Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Today's Country Tidbits

Wow...just wow. Apparently Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw will co-headline a tour next year, and they're recording a song together. Can't wait...for both!

Well now they've done it! Rascal Flatts' live cd is in stores today. "The Best of Rascal Flatts Live" is important to the trio because of their fans. “Our live show means the most to us and gettin’ in front of the fans and showing the fans how much we appreciate their support. It’s the utmost importance to us.”

Eric Church hits it hard on stage on a normal night, but he's planning a little something extra tomorrow night on the CMA show. Why? Peer pressure, apparently. “You know, at the ACMs, I was in front of the Fan Jam part, so this will be my first time on an awards show performing in front of the industry. So, I’m not real sure what to think about it, you know? It might be a little bit harder to get them up on their feet. Might not be like my crowd in Council Bluffs, Iowa.”

Carrie Underwood is looking forward to her fourth year co-hosting the CMA Awards with Brad Paisley tomorrow night. “I feel like each time we do it, we get better, and we get more comfortable. It’s already been fun! Like, sitting down and talking about what jokes we’re gonna make, and what we’re gonna do, and see who’s performing before everybody else knows who’s performing and what they are doing. It’s just a lot of fun, and I’m so honored that they’ve asked both of us back to do it again.”

Congratulations to the Eli Young Band, who have their first-ever #1 song with "Crazy Girl." Success hasn't gone to their heads yet, though. “It is kinda hard to take in the moment just ‘cause, you know, we started out just four friends from college just playin’ the bars and now, you know, hangin’ Platinum records on our walls and uh...movin’ up the charts, it’s just like...kinda feels like you’re talkin’ about somebody else right now, you know?” They're on tour with Dierks Bentley, and he surprised them onstage Sunday with a cake to celebrate their success.

Congrats to Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott for being named SESAC's Songwriter of the Year.

Brad Paisley is on Good Morning America today, performing outside Bridgestone Arena. Robin Roberts gets up close and personal with country music's biggest stars tonight. She also gets to play with Kenny Chesney's flying chair. "In The Spotlight with Robin Roberts: Bright Lights, Big Stars, All Access Nashville" airs tonight at 10PM Eastern on ABC.

Lyle Lovett is on the Tonight show.

Happy birthday to Lauren Alaina, celebrating her 17th birthday, Bucky Covington, who turns 34, and Bonnie Raitt, who is 62 today.

The tweet of the day is from Corey Smith: "I just had a debate with my 5 yr old about whether or not songwriting counts as work. He won. "If you like it, it's not work."