Monday, January 23, 2012

Today's Country Tidbits

Last night, Brad Paisley was the halftime entertainment during the Giants/49ers game in San Francisco. The rainy performance wasn't his only brush with football over the weekend - Saturday night in Denver, Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow joined Brad onstage, duetting with him on "I'm Still a Guy." Brad quipped that they probably wouldn't be nominated for Musical Duo of the year, but they had a great time together.

What are you doing on June 9th? You might want to be in Chicago, perched in a seat at Wrigley Field. Not baseball - two big country music shows will team up for a home run of a concert. Brad Paisley's Virtual Reality tour, featuring The Band Perry and Scotty McCreery will be joined by Miranda Lambert's On Fire Tour, with Jerrod Niemann. When Chris found out about the special date, he crowed, “So cool! I mean I think that show is going to be amazing. Obviously, combining those two tours basically that’s so many acts that people get to come see. I’ve gone out there and watched a game! So the fact that we get to get out there and play, I’m really looking forward to that!”

While Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney tour together this summer, they'll be looking for a song they can duet on. They haven't found it yet, but hope that before the end of the Brothers of the Sun tour, the perfect song will find them.

When you're a country star on tour, your bus is your house. You eat there, sleep there, and should feel safe there. Lee Brice found out over the weekend that when the tour bus attacks, it can be pretty scary. He and his band were racked out on the bus outside of Toby Keith's Bar and Grill in Mesa, Arizona, when the bus caught fire. Everyone made it out safely, and the firefighters kept the fire from spreading to the equipment trailer behind the bus. The bus is a complete loss, but clothes, luggage and musical equipment in the bus was saved. Check out this amateur video of the fire:

And while we're playing with videos, here's the latest episode of DBTV, the first annual Dierks Bentley "Feel That Fire" wing-eating contest. See how it all worked out...

Garth Brooks took the stand on Friday in his lawsuit against Canadian Valley Regional Hospital. He told the jury, "I thought this was one of the great gifts my mom was going to bring to Yukon, Oklahoma," talking about the women's center he donated half a million dollars towards. It was to have been named for her, according to Garth, but according to the hospital, Garth just gave them some cash to do with as they wished. The trial continues today and is expected to wrap up and go to the jury tomorrow.

Lady Antebellum is on top of the country charts with "Own the Night," and Charles Kelley says that the trio is so proud of the effort: “More than anything with this record, I think we’re more proud of the record as a whole, you know, I think we feel like we found our sound a little bit more. You know, just keep honing in on what kind of sound we want to represent.” Their tour kicks off Friday in Oklahoma.

Colt Ford sees his star rising, as he gets ready to release his next cd, "Declaration of Independence," on May first. According to Colt, “I just did a whole west coast run right before Christmas. I had, like, 20 shows out there, and I’ve never been on the west coast. I was excited, but I was really nervous. And then I got out there and it was sold out in Denver, and two shows at the Crystal Palace sold out, and California and Oregon.”

One day, Zac Brown, Wyatt Durette and James Otto sat down to write a song. That song is "No Hurry," and James is, in his words, "blown away and utterly humbled” that it is the next Zac Brown single.

The Hag is doing better. He was released from the hospital and traveled home to California to be checked out by his own doctors. All of his January shows have been rescheduled so he'll have plenty of time to recuperate.

Kellie Pickler's new cd, "100 Proof," is available tomorrow, and she'll make the chat show rounds this week. She'll perform on Good Morning America Wednesday and the Ellen DeGeneres Show on Friday.

The tweet of the day is from Lee Brice: "Appreciate y'all's concern about my bus catchin' on fire! We're very grateful that no one was hurt and that there wasn't too much damage."