With Rascal Flatts‘ new album ‘Changed‘ coming out on April 3, they’ve been teasing their summer tour for a while now, keeping fans guessing about the details as they drop descriptors like “spectacular” and “fresh.” The wait is finally over, as the trio announced that they will be traveling the country on American Band Tour beginning June 15 at Hartford, Conn.’s Comcast Theatre.
First we surfed the web, and then we blogged, and now we’re writing messages on walls, friending each other on Facebook and tweeting about the latest news. Lady Antebellum just got in on the latest internet phenom: Pinterest, a website where members can “pin” their favorite things to “boards” so their friends can keep up with everything from DIY projects to new recipes, decorating ideas and fashion muses.
Appearing on the ‘Today’ show this morning because of their new film ‘Joyful Noise,’ Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah took the descriptor “cross-genre” just one step further. When host Ann Curry pointed out that hip-hop and country had an intersection in the two artists, Parton innocently said, “We never thought about that. We just thought it’d be rap stuff,” and then she jumped right into a rap with Latifah beat-boxing at her side.
Keith Urban has won Grammys, toured the globe and released more hit singles than he can count on two hands, but there’s one thing the country megastar had never done — until now, that is. For the first time in his career, Urban took on the challenge of writing and releasing a song specifically for a movie. Collaborating with hit songwriter Monty Powell, he co-wrote the a song called ‘For You’ for the Navy SEAL action thriller ‘Act of Valor,’ in theaters Feb. 24.
In 1991, Reba McEntire faced one of the most devastating tragedies imaginable. Traveling from San Diego, Calif. to Fort Wayne, Ind., a private plane carrying seven of her band members and her tour manager crashed in a fatal instant, killing everyone. Due to a bout of bronchitis, McEntire wasn’t on that plane and had to bear the news of eight of her dear friends losing their lives that day, along with the plane’s two pilots.
On New Year’s Eve, an 18-year-old Oklahoma mother shot and killed an intruder to protect her 3-month-old baby, after she had just lost her husband to cancer on Christmas day. Now, John Rich of Big and Rich is on a mission to find this young mother and give her some much-needed help.
Wednesday night, Miranda Lambert and her band of backwoods babes, the Pistol Annies, played Los Angeles’ House of Blues with their usual sassy, energetic musical charm. But that wasn’t all they brought to the stage with them this time. For this one, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s John Fogerty joined the girls onstage, announcing that he had the best seat in the house.
The latest development in the Mindy McCready saga is that her ex-boyfriend, Billy McKnight — who is also the father of her missing son Zander — spoke with the ‘Today’ show about McCready’s past, their son and his recent communication with both of them. Though there is no warrant out for McCready’s arrest, a judge did issue an ‘emergency’ order on Thursday to have the boy brought back to Florida, regardless of what state he’s currently in.
Oklahoma native Vince Gill recently made a $12,000 donation to the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame to help finish construction on a new children’s music exhibit. Gill was inducted into that Hall of Fame in 1999, and now he’s challenging other musicians and music lovers to follow his lead and donate to the cause.
We’re not pulling for Brad Paisley to quit his day job, but the “Whiskey Lullaby” singer is shaping up to be quite the author. Paisley released his first book, ‘Diary of a Player,’ on Nov. 1, and the title has spent the past two weeks living on the New York Times Best Sellers list.
While we’ve been enjoying the newer names at the 2011 CMA Awards and reveling in awards like Best New Artist, there’s something comforting about a familiar face. Martina McBride was just that tonight as she offered up a smooth performance of her inspiring single ‘I’m Gonna Love You Through It’ from the central stage.
When Brad Paisley stepped out to announce Lady Antebellum‘s performance at the 2011 CMA Awards, he stepped out onto an empty stage. Looking around with mock bewilderment for his co-host, Paisley was met instead by a bedazzled Miss Piggy. The muppet worked her wiles only long enough for Carrie Underwood to emerge from backstage in an equally sparkling gown and accuse Miss P of locking her in her dressing room.
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