Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Today's Country Tidbits

Jason Aldean is selling out arenas like crazy, and it's because he understand the economy is tough for a lot of people. He says it was just common sense to sell tickets for $40 instead of $80 and sell more of them. He's excited about his next album, which he says has a party feel and features famous Nashville collaborators.

Taylor Swift co-stars with Zac Efron in the animated film, "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" and of course the tabloids have already decided they are a couple. Taylor pointed out on the Ellen DeGeneres Show yesterday that the movie is animated, and animated co-stars don't fall in love. Not only that, they recorded their voice-overs on opposite coasts. Taylor did teach him how to play guitar, and they duetted on the show.

Keith Urban has another #1 song with "You Gonna Fly." He didn't write it, but it was love at first listen: “I didn’t write it. It was brought to me, and I loved it straight away. ‘One, two, three, baby, don’t think twice’ – love that. I’m in! There’s just so much about the song that I loved immediately. I like the swagger, that’s…I like the guy in the song, you know?” Preston Brust and Chris Lucas of LoCash Cowboys wrote it, and it's the 4th single from Keith's latest album.

Joe and Heather Nichols will be hearing the pitter-patter of little feet soon. The couple, married in 2007, have been trying to get pregnant for quite a while and it's finally happened for them. The baby is due this spring, and will have a big sister - Joe has a 13 year old daughter from a previous relationship.

Finally some details on the movie the guys from Rascal Flatts have been working on. It will be in theatres on April 5th, and that's the only night it will play. "Rascal Flatts CHANGED: One Night Exclusive Theatre Event" will feature concert footage, songs from their upcoming album and scenes from their personal lives. Tickets go on sale in early March.

Country music can make for odd friendships. Case in point - Martina McBride and Blake Shelton. She seems so proper and he seems so ... well, definitely NOT proper! But the two are very close friends, and Martina says, “I just think underneath all that craziness is a really good person and you know I’m really drawn to that. Just both...sweet as can be. I mean, I love Miranda too, so it’s really cool to have that friendship.”

Carrie Underwood releases new music next week, and gives us a sneak-listen of the song "Good Girl."

Inductees to the Songwriters Hall of Fame have been announced - Don Schlitz, who wrote Kenny Rogers' "The Gambler," along with Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Seger, Jim Steinman, Tom Jones and the songwriting team of Harvey Schmidt will be honored June 14th in New York City.

Today in country music history, Brad Paisley's first single, "Who Needs Pictures," was released in 1999. Johnny Cash proposed to June Carter in 1968, and in 1956 Elvis Preslet opened for Little Jimmy Dickens at the City Auditorium in Waycross, GA.

The tweet of the day is from Jason Aldean: "Shot the video for "fly over states" today!! Looks cool. Cant wait for yall to see it."