Friday, February 3, 2012

Today's Country Tidbits

Tomorrow night, CMT airs a live Crossroads with Carrie Underwood and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith. The show is part of the Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam and is on at 11pm Eastern time. About the show, Carrie says, “I’ve been listening to Steven my whole life, literally, and um...I knew every word to every song and it’s just...he’s awesome!”

Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton will sing "America the Beautiful" before the Super Bowl on Sunday evening, and the second season of The Voice, starring Blake, airs at the end of the game. Miranda says that show has changed life for the two of them: “The last time we were in New York City, we couldn’t even walk five feet and that’s not a country Mecca. Now that he’s this big network television star, things have changed. And, you know, we’re exactly the same people we always were. We were like, so down to Earth and do not care about the scene or having this certain famous image, but then there’s this part that you are a star and that’s how people perceive you, so you have to always carry yourself that way.”

Not sure who to root for in the Super Bowl on Sunday? Toby Keith has an idea: “You could literally pull up at your football game, back your vehicle in, break out your ice chest and stick a flag up representing your camp and it could be white with a red Solo cup on it, and you would draw a crowd. It’s the symbol for fun!”

Dierks Bentley isn't sure who to root for, either, saying, “I don’t know! I really am just pulling for, like, a great game. You know, as a fan I just want to see a game that, you know, isn’t over by halftime. I wanna see something that goes to the 4th quarter, maybe even deeper. That’d be so cool. I think...I had a chance to be at the last meeting between these two teams. It was a great game and I was kinda pulling for this rematch in some ways, you know, I have a feeling a little’s gonna be pretty cool.” He played the Ryman last night, brought out his daughter Evie to help him sing a song, and when Del McCoury and the Travelin' McCourys, Dierks switched off the mics. He said "It's the Ryman, we don't need microphones." He was right - brought the house down with their acoustic romp. And yes, he did kiss the stage several times. His new cd, "Home," comes out Tuesday.

Blake Shelton is on the Ellen DeGeneres Show today.

Happy birthday to Clint Black, who turns 50 tomorrow and to Sara Evans, who turns 41 on Sunday.

The tweet of the day is from singer-songwriter David Bradley: "I think I just witness a little piece of history with @DierksBentley at the Ryman."