Friday, January 6, 2012

Today's Country Tidbits

What was once Camobunga is now the Virtual Reality World Tour 2012. When Brad Paisley and his band started rehearsing on the actual stage set-up they'll be touring with, Brad realized that Camobunga didn't fit - not one dern bit! He's got high-tech visuals on the stage, and feels like he can't do without them: “That is such an important part, I just have to have that because it becomes a part of the show when you’re playing these places where people are a hundred something yards away from you at times.” The Virtual Reality World Tour kicks off next week, with The Band Perry and Scotty McCreery as the opening acts.

On the second of January, Lee Brice asked his girlfriend Sara Reeveley to marry him. They were on vacation in Key West, Florida, when he popped the question to the mother of his three-year old son Takoda. Sara said "yes," and the "More Than a Memory" songwriter and singer-songwriter of "Love Like Crazy" was both happy and relieved, saying, “You really do learn that women and men are just different. They’re different human beings. They’re every sort of way. And, when you tell, especially a woman, that you love them, love is not just the feeling. Of course, to them, it’s just the feeling I think. But, I’m telling you, it’s a choice, it’s an action.”

Tiny, trim Martina McBride discussed her health habits with OK! Magazine. Talking about food, she said that her diet is pretty good, despite a love of chocolate ice cream. About eating right, Martina said, “I think you should eat what you want. Everything in moderation.” Her New Year's resolution is to continue “making healthy choices about food, starting a workout program, saying no to that 2nd (ok, maybe 3rd) glass of wine, and trying to get more sleep.”

Jake Owen is beyond excited to be part of the Brothers of the Sun tour with Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney. He remembers being a teen and going to see the two of them when they toured in 2000, saying “That’s what I think about when I heard about this tour. It just blew my mind that I was a kid out there on an amphitheater lawn, just as a fan at the time—really didn’t know that I would do this for a living—I just was a fan of music and a fan of them. And I still am a fan of music and a huge fan of both of them.” The tour kicks off in June in Tampa, Florida.

Dierks Bentley's annual lake jump on New Year's Day had to be re-done for the cameras because the videographer, Ryan, didn't get the shot. Check out The Revenge on the Ryan that Dierks handed out...

Congratulations to Miranda Lambert, whose "Four the Record" has gone gold.

Happy birthday to bluegrass legend Earl Scruggs, who turns 88 today, and to Jett Williams, daugher of Hank Williams Sr., who is 59.

The tweet of the day is from Blake Shelton: "Hmmm...? Can't decide if I want to watch "The Antique Road Show" or headbutt a bowl of thumb tacks..."