Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Monday, January 30, 2012
Friday, January 27, 2012
Our local date for the show is August 11 at MetLife Stadium!
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Real-life country fans will also announce the nominees for the ACM's top prize, Entertainer of the Year. The Academy of Country Music will launch its newly-designed website at ACMCountry.com today as well. Videos of artists reacting to their nominations will be posted on the site throughout the day. Blake Shelton and Reba will co-host the 47th Annual ACM Awards, live from Las Vegas on CBS Sunday, April 1. The show is staying put on CBS for the long run. The ACM announced a deal this week that will keep its awards shows on the network through 2021. That agreement includes the ACM's annual two-hour special broadcasts as well. It will tape on April 2 and air at a later date.
Keith Urban celebrated his #1 hit "Long Hot Summer" with his co-writer, pop star Richard Marx, Wednesday in Nashville, but it wasn't your typical music industry event. After accepting their trophies from different organizations, Keith and Richard invited two young artists they found on YouTube to perform the song with them. Teenage guitarist Leslie Strong from Kentucky and singer Patrick Woolam of Kansas City had uploaded videos of themselves performing "Long Hot Summer" online, and Keith contacted them and brought them to Nashville for the event.
The inspiration didn't stop there. It turns out Keith and Richard had some kind of issue between them after writing Keith's hits "Better Life" and "Everybody" in the past few years. They wouldn't go into detail, but Keith said Richard really taught him a lot about friendship through this experience. "I wanted to really make it up to Richard and show him that our friendship really means something to me," Keith explains. That's when they arranged to get together again and write a song. Keith says of "Long Hot Summer," "It wasn't born of a quota to write a song. It was born of a want for us to reconnect. The song was just a byproduct of that desire."
For those of you wondering, Keith's voice sounded great Wednesday following his vocal cord surgery last month. Keith's first official performance after his surgery is coming up February 3 at the Grand Ole Opry.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Now THAT'S funny!
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
(L to R John, Sunny, Bob, Me and Bridget)
He told TasteOfCountry.com, quote, "The Anthem is a tough song to do, and I feel bad for anybody who gets out there and has problems with it."
Craig says the first problem is getting the sound right. Even if the performer has in-ear monitors, it's difficult to hear when you're in ball fields or arenas . . . especially in gigantic NFL stadiums. He continues, quote, "The second is the pressure. It's just you, man. There's no music, there's nothing to cover you up. "It ain't like it's a song that you wrote. If I'm singing 'This Ole Boy' and I forget some words or something, I can kind of make something up and not a lot of attention (is) paid to it. You can't do that with the National Anthem."
Monday, January 23, 2012
LEE BRICE'S tour bus caught fire on Saturday a few hours before his show at TOBY KEITH'S I Love This Bar and Grill in Mesa, Arizona. Lee and some of his crew were on the bus at the time but everyone got off safely. Lee told Phoenix's KNXV-TV, quote, "I was sleeping. A few of us were sleeping. They were like,'bus is on fire, we're not kidding.' So we had to run off and within a couple of minutes it was in flames. The whole back was burned through." After firefighters cleared the passengers they pulled out the luggage and equipment. A few items were lost, like stage clothes and some gear. Officials believe the fire started in the engine area, perhaps from a short in the bus batteries. Lee put it all in perspective when he said, quote, "You know what, everybody is okay and that's really the most important thing. We're blessed. We'll be okay." By the way . . . Lee Brice and his band managed to shake the whole thing off and still do their show that night.
Friday, January 20, 2012
Characters are killed off on TV shows and in movie franchises all the time. But have you ever heard of it happening in a COMMERCIAL? You have now. Priceline.com has killed off WILLIAM SHATNER'S character, the Priceline Negotiator, as part of a new re-branding strategy. But at least he goes out in a blaze of glory. Or, if you want to get technical, an exploding bus.
(The ad starts airing on Monday, but it's online already. Check it out)
Yesterday I played a prank on the WPDH morning show. My friend (and fellow Giants fan) from the town police dept dropped by the studios to lend me some NY Giants swag to decorate the studio. Everyone saw him walk in alone. He left with me. One of the best on the spot pranks ever. Thank you to Coop, Kricket and Jonna Spilbor for laughing!
(--Zac and Taylor both provide voices for "The Lorax", which is hitting theaters in March.)
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
ALAN JACKSON made a HUGE change in his life. He shaved off his signature mustache . . . in favor of a new, scruffy-face look. Well, he did for his new video, "So You Don't Have to Love Me Anymore"
Here it is! Enjoy!
Here it is! Enjoy!
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Jake Owen Is Having Surgery on His Broken Collarbone Today . . . So He's Postponing Shows Until Further Notice.
(--This is the downside of updating your every thought or move on Twitter and Facebook. Jake promised the whole world that, despite busting his shoulder, he would honor his tour dates. I'm pretty sure he'll think twice the next time.)
Monday, January 16, 2012
Friday, January 13, 2012
In case you missed it, some fans at a Utah Jazz game got a happy birthday surprise Tuesday night: And by that, I mean a sheet cake with candles was accidentally DROPPED on them from the upper deck. The team's bear mascot was standing in the front row of the second level, presenting the cake to a long-time season ticket holder. Then he tilted it so a camera could get a shot, and the cake slid off the plate and fell about 30 feet. Luckily, the people it landed on had a REALLY good sense of humor about it. They even started smearing it on each other's faces. This is priceless!!!
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
#1.) "Country Girl (Shake it For Me)" . . . Luke Bryan
#2.) "Footloose" . . . Blake Shelton
#3.) "Fake I.D." . . . Big & Rich
#4.) "Honey Bee" . . . Blake Shelton
#5.) "Wanna Take You Home" . . . Gloriana
#6.) "Love Done Gone" . . . Billy Currington
#7.) "Dirt Road Anthem" . . . Jason Aldean
#8.) "Am I The Only One" . . . Dierks Bentley
#9.) "Kickin' Up Mud" . . . The Lacs
#10.) "You" . . . Chris Young
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
It all started on Friday when Jason wrote on his Twitter page, Quote, "Dierks' has officially ripped off my song 'In A Razor Town'. Dierks is a D-bag." Jason added, quote, "The song of Dierks' is called 'Home'." If Dierks did plagiarize the song, he had help. He co-wrote it with songwriters Dan Wilson and Brett Beavers. (--Wilson co-wrote ADELE'S "Someone Like You". He's also written for the DIXIE CHICKS and KEITH URBAN, to name a few.) And even though Jason knows about the co-writers, he still blames Dierks. He Tweeted, quote, "I love @DanWilsonMusic's songwriting, but I bet he's never heard my song. I bet Dierks brought that idea to the table and Dan ran with it. I have had too much stolen lately. Not gonna let this slide." A Twitter war broke out once Dierks jumped into the mix. On Saturday he Tweeted, quote, "@jasonisbel is that what you 'bet' happened? That's how you imagine it? #fantasyworld #get-over-yourself." To prove his point, Dierks' next Tweet included a link to an interview Dan Wilson did with ASCAP where he talks about the writing session for "Home". Wilson said the "verse melody" was "mostly Brett" and that Brett said the song "fell from the sky." Then Dierks took it up a notch by slamming Jason with this Tweet, quote, "JUST IN: 'Nashville and L.A. songwriters running out of ideas . . . rushing to steal Jason's songs!'" This is where Jason must have contacted his overpriced attorneys, because on Saturday he Tweeted, quote, "I officially 'can't talk about it right now.' We'll see what pans out."
Monday, January 9, 2012
HILLARY SCOTT married her fiancé, drummer Chris Tyrrell, on Saturday in upstate New York. The happy couple posted a video on the LADY ANTEBELLUM website.
Check Out The Very Special Message To The Fans!
Friday, January 6, 2012
Have you ever broken anything at someones house and didn't say anything about it? LOL!
Thursday, January 5, 2012
The new thing on Facebook is people looking up the song that was number one the week they were born, then posting the video on their Facebook wall.
Even if you're too cool to participate in Facebook trends, it actually IS interesting to find out what your "Birth Song" is. To find your song, go to Wikipedia and look up 'List of number-one hits.' Then select United States, click on your birth year, and find the week you were born. Then prepare to feel old.
Here's The Link! Have Fun!
CARRIE UNDERWOOD may be a big star, but she's not above jumping out of her car to save a stray dog's life. It happened over the holidays when she was on her way back to Nashville after visiting her family. Carrie spotted two Labrador puppies on the side of the road. Sadly, only one was still alive and according to the emergency vet, it was most likely THROWN from a moving vehicle. (--I believe there's a place in hell for people who treat living creatures like that. But I Digress.) After the puppy was treated, Carrie brought it home and named it Stella. She also talked some neighbors into adopting it.(--Carrie didn't keep the pup because she already has two dogs, plus Stella needs full-time attention right now.)
There is not enough to be said for that of kindness. Animals and young children are the embodiment of innocence and do not deserve such treatment. I just find it mind boggling how people can be so mean and uncaring. Thank God for people like Carrie and all the people defending the innocents everywhere.
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Unfortunately, when you talk politics, the haters come out. People started Tweeting their angry disapproval of Kelly's political views . . . with some even accusing Ron Paul of being racist and homophobic. (Really??? Come on...)
Kelly did her best to make nice. At one point she Tweeted, quote, "I am really sorry if I have offended anyone. Obviously, that was not my intent. I do not support racism." Well, Kelly's buddy BLAKE SHELTON never met a Twitter controversy he didn't like . . . so he enthusiastically jumped in. Blake Tweeted, quote, "I love you! I'll listen to your viewpoints anytime. And I really wouldn't mind throat punching someone for you either!"
Now THAT'S why I really like (and relate to) Blake Shelton! Go, Blake!
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Are New Year's Resolutions a waste of time? Perhaps, but it's always fun to mock the hopes and dreams of others. And so, here are a few resolutions from your favorite country artists.
Blake Shelton: "To win 'The Voice'."
Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry: "To get my divorce over and get in shape and write a bunch of hit songs."
Thompson Square's Keifer Thompson: "To play less 'Call of Duty'!"
Sunny Sweeney: "To clean out my closet. That may take all of 2012 though, so make that my 2013 resolution also."
Josh Thompson: "Making more time for family."
Jerrod Niemann: "(To) find out all my friends' New Year's resolutions and help them ruin them immediately. Like if one friend wants to quit drinking, I figure I'll just put a six-pack on his front porch on January 1st . . . because I know they're going to drink by the 4th anyways."