Thursday, January 26, 2012

Today's Country Tidbits

Congrats to Jay and Allison DeMarcus, who are expecting their second child. Daughter Madeline Leigh was born in December of 2010, and according to Jay, this new little bundle of joy was a huge surprise. Jay feels more prepared this time around, remembering, “There was one little piece of advice that was great. It was like, ‘you’re not gonna break ‘em.’ And you know, they're so little and fragile, you’re afraid you’re gonna hurt ‘em anytime you touch them. And you know, you gotta get in there and grab ‘em up—you can’t be scared of them is what I’m saying, and I’ve seen a lot of people that are scared!”

Charles Kelley is sporting a new appendage - a cast on his left hand. The Lady Antebellum singer broke a finger on vacation. How? “[Charles] This is actually...the Bahamas...I was just horsing around and I hit it on the side of a table. I’m an idiot. [Hillary] And, of course, the cast is like way bigger than the’s like a hairline fracture. [Charles] Yeah...yeah...I’m a baby. [laughs] I’m a dainty musician.” The trio's "Own the Night 2012 Tour" kicks off tomorrow night, so it's a good thing Dave Haywood is the piano player for the group!

Blake Shelton will play the pre-race concert for the 2012 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on May 19th at Charlotte Motor Speedway. According to Blake, “I cannot wait to help kick-off one of the biggest all-star events in pro sports, the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. We’re going to party!”

Miranda Lambert cites some interesting musical influences, including Faith Hill, especially when she stepped out and did something different: “I was lovin’ people that had something different, you know, that did something a little bit different. And, like, when Faith did the pop album...the Cry record...I just thought it was great. Her singing was cool and it was something different I’d never heard from little ‘ol country Faith Hill, you know?”

The Zebra Pen took a survey of 2,500 Americans, asking which celebrity they'd most like to receive a love note from. 45% of women said Keith Urban, putting him at the top of their list. 34% of men said pop singer Katy Perry, and in second place with 29% of the vote was Taylor Swift. Hope those people aren't holding their breath...

Carrie Underwood has a new single coming out in a few weeks. "Good Girl" is a song she co-wrote with Chris DeStefano and Ashley Gorley, and is the first single off her 4th album. Carrie calls it "pretty rockin'." Tomorrow night, catch her on the PBS special, Tony Bennett Duets II, featuring his duet with Carrie on "It Had to Be You."

The tweet of the day is from Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus: "We should build a monument to SEAL team 6 right now!!! God bless you all...."