Friday, December 9, 2011

Today's Country Tidbits

Tickets went on sale this past Saturday for the first eight Kenny Chesney/Tim McGraw concerts. The Brothers of the Sun dates sold nearly 275,000 tickets on the first day, and most of the shows were within a few hundred tickets of a sellout. It was the hottest ticket sale date ever for a Kenny Chesney concert. More shows go on sale this weekend.

Toby Keith has been raising money for it for several years, and in 2012, ground will be broken on Toby Keith Foundation's OK Kids Korral retreat for pediatric cancer patients and their families. The $8.5 million, 25,000 square-foot facility was just approved by the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority's board and construction starts in the spring. The facility is expected to house their first families in late 2013.

Luke Bryan just wanted to have a nice anniversary dinner out with his wife Carolyn last night. They decided that sushi would be good, and went to their favorite place. Midway through the meal, Luke says the manager apparently "chided me like a child" and made him take off his hat. Luke took to Twitter to show his displeasure, naming the restaurant and telling the server to contact him for the other half of the $300 tip he intended to leave. In a later tweet, Luke admitted to being a bit drunk, saying that the two of them had shared two bottles of Dom Perignon.

Rodney Atkins has signed a new contract with Curb Records & Curb Publishing, his country music home since 1996. During his time with Curb, Rodney has released four albums, 18 singles and had five #1 songs.

Jake Owen and his tennis pro buddy Mardy Fish are throwing their 6th Annual Mardy's Tennis and Jake's Music Fest this weekend in Vero Beach, Florida. Jake is excited about how his charity event has grown: “This is our sixth year, so we’ve done five years of this starting in a high school in the auditorium when they were like 6 or 700 tickets available, and it sold out the first few years. I wanted to make it grander. Dodger Town where we hold it is where the Dodgers spring-trained for 50 years until they got sold. We’re back there and we’re packing the whole stadium full of people again.”

Chris Young is part of Jake's event this year, but he may have a problem. The family feline apparently can't be trusted this time of year. “The weird thing about Christmas at our house, with a cat, she just likes to get can literally decorate the tree, leave for two days, come back and from about the bottom-third of the tree down, it’s just undecorated...just will just sit in and swat at stuff until it falls off the little metal hangers.” Two words, Chris - pet sitter!

Zac Brown Band is in the studio, working on a new album.

Kid Rock has no comment, but Mitt Romney's campaign has chosen Kid's "Born Free" as the campaign theme song. Both men are Detroit natives, and Kid has been a supporter of Republicans in the past.

Taylor Swift teased her fans this week, showing bits and pieces of the video for "Ours." Lucky you - the whole thing is here right now...

Mindy McCreedy is on 20/20 tonight, telling her side of the child abduction story swirling around her and her son. Here's a little bit of the interview...

Brad Paisley will be on CBS Sunday morning this Sunday. Bob Schieffer followed Brad around on tour and in his home town of Franklin, TN, where they stopped by The Castle recording studios and stopped in at Barbara's Homecookin' for Brad's favorite lunch.

The tweet of the day is from Jo Dee Messina: "Your world as u know it can change in a moment. live every smile. Love those around you ;-)"