Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Today's Country Tidbits

Dave Haywood of Lady Antebellum has decided that Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott must be on to something with their significant others, so he decided to join the club. Monday night, Dave proposed to his longtime friend/girlfriend, Kelli Cashiola, and she said yes. Who could have refused such an inventive proposal - Dave strung Christmas lights all over the front of her house, spelling out the words "will you marry me." He picked her up from work, drove her around until it was dark enough, then blind-folded her and drove to her house for the big reveal. No date for the wedding has been released, though it's assumed that it will be after Hillary Scott and fiance, Chris Tyrell, marry this winter.

Blake Shelton is preparing for his "2012 Well Lit and Amplified" tour, Miranda Lambert is working on her "2012 On Fire" tour, and Blake's deep into filming season two of NBC's hit tv show, The Voice, in LA. Miranda visits him there, but they're not thinking about buying a house there just yet. According to Blake, “I just rent houses out there. It keeps me from having to say that I live in Los Angeles. I just, something about that, even though I love that town and I have fun out there, I don’t want to...I’m still an Okie.” The couuple has purchased land in Oklahoma and intend to build their "together" home there. Neither one is willing to sell their own properties in the Sooner State.

Blake Shelton isn't the only country artist inviting fans to cruise with him in 2012. Rascal Flatts will play a show on board the Norwegian Spirit, departing New Orleans on February 26th. The show will happen on March 2nd when the ship is docked in Cozumel, Mexico. Tickets for the concert range from $50 to $150, with those springing for the top tier being invited to a private cocktail reception and photo op with the trio. Check with your travel agent if you'd like to be aboard for the fun.

Songs written by Zac Brown and Brad Paisley are up for Oscars for Best Original Song. Zac and Wyatt Durette, Drew Pearson and Anne Preven collaborated on "Where the River Goes" for the Footloose soundtrack, and Brad teamed up with Robbie Williams for "Collision of Worlds" for the Cars 2 soundtrack. There are 39 songs nominated in the category, competing for the final nominations, which will be announced on January 24th. The Oscars will be handed out February 26th.

Trying to get into the holiday spirit? Sugarland's Kristian Bush and Jennifer Nettles suggest their favorite Christmas shows: "[Kristian] You have to have watched ‘Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer’ in claymation—whatever that is—the Burl Ives bit. [Jennifer] For me, it is usually ‘A Christmas Story’—you know the one ‘you’ll put your eye out with a B-B gun.’ Isn’t that what it’s called? [Kristian] Oh yeah, yeah…that’s got the leg lamp. [Jennifer] Oh yes, the leg lamp. I love this movie. I love everything about this movie. It is the perfect Christmas movie!” Jennifer is spending her first married Christmas with new hubby, Justin Miller - they wed last month.

Martina McBride's adoption special, "A Home for the Holidays," is on CBS tonight.

Happy birthday to Freddie Hart, who is 85 today, Lee Roy Parnell, who turns 55, Brad Warren of the Warren Brothers, who is 43 and Eric Gunderson of Love and Theft, who turns 27.

The tweet of the day is from Terri Clark: "The best free lunch is the one I just had tasting every sample at the grocery store. Makes for a nice meal. They threw me out."