Friday, November 2, 2012

There was magic on stage last night at the CMA Awards. No, it wasn’t the performances, and no, it wasn’t the acceptance speeches – it was the interplay between Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood as they co-hosted the show for the fifth year in a row. “[Carrie] He’s just a great guy. He’s like the big brother I never had and we really do get along very well. We have kind of the same type of humor. [Brad] We have a great time. She is the best co-host I could ever ask for and really it’s a great combination. You can tell I think that we have a good time with it.” Uh, yeah, we sure can!

It hasn’t been that long ago – two years – since The Band Perry first played live on the CMA Awards Show. Many artists say it’s the toughest crowd to play to, because the audience is comprised of their peers, so it’s pretty intimidating. How did the Perry siblings handle the nerves last night? According to Kimberly, “We just kind of mentally have to get to that place that it’s ‘just another live performance’ and forget about the rest of it.” The crowd loved their new single, “Better Dig Two.”

Eli Young Band were pleased to perform their #1 song, “Even If It Breaks Your Heart,” in front of their peers. The song, which includes the lyric,

“Downtown is where I used to wander.
Old enough to get there but too young to get inside.
So I would stand out on the sidewalk,
Listen to the music playin' every Friday night.
Ohhh, I can hear 'em playin'.
I can hear the ringin' of a beat up ol' guitar.
Ohhh, I can hear 'em singin',
"Keep on dreamin', even if it breaks your heart."

is special to the band, and Jon Jones says it might have been a special moment for the audience, too: “For us, ‘Even If It Breaks Your Heart’ could not tell our story more. And I think it’s great to play this in front of all our peers because looking out in the audience, that same story rings true for them. I think everybody got into country music on any side of it because it’s a dream, it’s a passion.” 
Little Big Town knocked it out of the park last night when they performed on the CMA show, and will be hitting the road in January, taking their live show to beautiful theatres all over America. If you want to see them knock it out of the park live, here’s where they’ll be: 

1/31 Murray, KY Lovett Auditorium
2/1 Birmingham, AL Alabama Theatre 
2/12 New York, NY Irving Plaza 
2/14 Washington, DC 9:30 Club 
2/15 Atlantic City, NJ Harrah’s AC Concert Venue 
2/16 Lowell, MA Lowell Memorial Auditorium 
2/22 Huntsville, AL Von Braun Center 
3/1 Huntington, WV Keith Albee Theatre 
3/2 Cherokee, NC Harrah’s Cherokee Resort 
3/3 Lancaster, PA American Music Theatre 
3/7 Peoria, IL Peoria Civic Center Theater 
3/8 New Buffalo, MI Four Winds Casino Silver Creek Event Center 
3/9 Mt. Pleasant, MI Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort 
3/21 Joliet, IL Rialto Square Theatre 
3/22 Rochester, MN Mayo Civic Center 
3/23 Appleton, WI Fox Cities Performing Arts Center 
3/26 Winnipeg, MB Pantages Playhouse Theatre 
3/27 Saskatoon, SK TCU Place 
3/28 Regina, SK Conexus Arts Centre 
3/30 Edmonton, AB Winspear Centre for Music 
4/1 Calgary, AB Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium 
4/3 Vancouver, BC Orpheum 
4/19 Fayetteville, AR Arkansas Music Pavilion 
4/20 Bossier City, LA Riverdome at Horseshoe Casino 
4/26 Catoosa, OK Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
4/28 San Antonio, TX Majestic Theatre 
5/8 Augusta, GA William G. Bell Auditorium 
5/9 N. Charleston, SC North Charleston PAC 
CMA week also includes the BMI Country Awards, a songwriter competition, and Songwriters Dallas Davidson and Luke Laird shared Songwriter of the Year honors. Dallas' credits this year include "Country Girl (Shake It For Me)," "I Don't Want This Night To End," "If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away," "Just A Kiss" and "We Owned the Night." Luke wrote "A Little Bit Stronger," "Baggage Claim," "Drink In My Hand," "You," and "Take A Back Road," which was honored as Song of the Year. 
Rascal Flatts spread a little Halloween cheer this week, performing at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital in Nashville. Children, their families and hospital staff gathered around for the show, and afterwards Gary, Jay and Joe Don visited the kids who couldn’t leave their rooms for the show. No tricks there, just a really big treat!

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