Archive for April, 2008

The Show Must Go On!

April 28, 2008

Copy of kenny-chesney-stageABC News reported that Kenny Chesney got his foot caught between the stage and some rigging, just as he was about to begin his first stadium show of the Pirates & Poets tour in Columbia, S.C. Friday night, April 25.

He was to enter a stage set in the center of the crowd, via an elevator lift. While his band played the opening of “Live Those Songs,” his foot became lodged between the stage floor and the lift. Kenny managed to free his foot and get up and sing.

Kenny didn’t say anything was wrong when he was on stage, but it was reported that he was limping on the stage during the performance. His boot had to be cut off to treat his injury. But no details on the injury have been released.

I think it’s great Kenny was willing to go on, in spite of the hurt foot, and not disappoint 45,000 fans at the stadium show.

Hope to hear from all you guys soon. Drop me an e-mail or post a comment. More later!


Pam Tillis Concert at Freedom Hall

April 27, 2008


Copy of PamTillis2 Pam Tillis, country singer, songwriter, a CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, member of the Opry, and daughter of country music legend Mel Tillis, along with special guest Daniel Lee Martin, will perform a benefit concert at Freedom Hall in Johnson City, Tenn., Saturday, May 31, at 8 p.m.

The concert will benefit the Johnson City, Kingsport and Bristol Firefighters Association.  Proceeds from this event will help provide smoke detectors for families, help fund the Community Fire Relief Fund for victims of fire, provide funding for the Childrens Fire Safety program and continue education and specialized training for firefighters.

Copy of danielmartin Daniel Lee Martin, who will open the show for Pam, is a St. Petersburg, Fla. native, and says his biggest influences have been his dad, John Denver, Steve Perry, Vince Gill and Steve Warner. He has opened for Brian White and Lee Roy Parnell, and said his favorite performance was sharing a mic with Reba. His CD, “On My Way to You,” is available for  $6.99. Click here to listen to all of Daniel’s music, and for information about ordering the CD. There’s a place where you can click to listen to ALL of the songs on his CD (a very long portion of each one). I really enjoyed his music.

Tickets for the May 31 benefit concert are $22, and you may call (423)282-1257 for more information.

Talk to you guys soon – have a great rest of your weekend!

News, Contests, TV Appearances & Birthdays

April 25, 2008

New Nick About 3 weeks ago (March 31 to be exact), I gave you all a little introduction to Nick Nicholson, an East Tennessee native currently residing in Arizona — and one of country music’s newest country artists.

I received an e-mail today from Nick’s manager, Cindy Goldney. She told me Nick just finished his new CD in Nashville, and some of the songs are on his MySpace page. Cindy also told me that two of Nick’s songwriters are Keith Urban and Richie McDonald (Lonestar). Nick will be opening for Billy Currington in Scottsdale, Ariz., on May 16, and is scheduled for be at the CMA Music Festival (Fan Fair) from June 5-8.

Copy (2) of KeithNC Speaking of Keith Urban, did any of you see that EBAY bid? Two tickets and backstage passes were offered on EBay, there were 48 bids. The winning bid, $4,502. The winning bidder was davienater. I think Davie REALLLLLY wanted to go that concert. It was a charity auction bid.


Trace Adkins will perform “You’re Gonna Miss This,” on May 2, on The Young And The Restless on CBS (12:30-1:30 P.M.).

On May 5, he will be on E! Entertainment’s Chelsea Lately, hosted by Chelsea Handler.  And on May 5, for those of us who stay up late, he will be on Jay Leno’s Tonight Show (11:30 p.m., NBC).

Copy of Jason2 There’s still time to enter GAC’s contest to win a trip to Country Thunder in Texas, May 30-June 1. Scheduled entertainers at this year’s event include Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood, Pat Green, Dierks Bentley, Jason Aldean, Kellie Pickler, Neal McCoy, and many more.

First place is round-trip airfare for two; hotel accommodations for 5 days/4 nights; airport transfers; Two VIP tickets to Country Thunder Texas 2008;An autographed George Strait acoustic guitar; and an autographed George Strait CD collection.Click on the GAC contest link above to enter. The deadline for entries is May 5.

 Copy of OaksA few birthdays for tonight, Jay DeMarcus (of Rascal Flats), April 26; Duane Allen (of the Oak Ridge Boys), April 29; Tim McGray, May 1; and Randy Travis, May 4.

I guess that’s all for tonight. Thanks for the e-mails, and the comments. It’s really nice hearing from so many of you.


Carrie and Keith in North Carolina

April 23, 2008

Copy of CarrieNC   Hi guys, Here are a few pictures of Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban in concert in Charlotte, N.C. The pictures were taken by Sabrina Deel (she’s pictured below with Keith’s bus), and she was kind enough to let me use them here. Sabrina is a WXBQ listener and a friend of Reggie Neel.

I saw the pictures when I visited Reggie’s page today, and asked him if I could use them. So, Sabrina and Reggie, for letting me use these pictures on Country’s Chatter – thank you!

    Of course when the have a bus out there, you have to get your picture taken with it. I’ve noticed recently that there aren’t a lot of entertainers who have their name on the side of their bus (and in this case, a picture). So, good for you, Keith! Nice having something like that traveling with you that your fans can get close to.Copy of Keithbus  

Carrie has 41 tour dates on her schedule. She’s certainly stayed busy since her American Idol win.

As for Keith, his tour schedule is up through Sept. 13, and includes a Nashville date July 5. I know they announced Nicole’s pregnancy in January, But, does anyone know when she’s due? I’m sure he won’t be on the road when that event happens.

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I think that will about do it for tonight. I hope all of you concert-goers will remember to e-mail me a picture or two when you go see your favorite country stars this summer. Remember, there is a lot of activity going on at Fairs all around the region, and across the country!

I know I’m ready, and hoping the summer weather will be good to us when the Fairs roll into town.

You guys take care, and drop me a line or a comment soon.

Jason Aldean Concert May 2

April 20, 2008

Copy of JasonAl Jason Aldean will be headlining at the May 2 concert, with his opening act Lady Antebellum. The concert is right around the corner now, and I know everyone is getting excited about seeing Jason back in Northeast Tennessee.

By the way, when you check out Jason’s web site, don’t forget to sign up for your chance to win an autographed guitar. To go directly to the page to sign up to win the guitar, click here.

“Hicktown”, “Johnny Cash”, “Amarillo Sky,” and “Laughed Until We Cried,” are the songs I remember most when I think of Jason Aldean. He’s a talented, energetic, fun performer, who makes his entire audience feel like they are a real part of his show.

Jason1 For those of you in the Philadelphia area, Jason will be joining Tim McGraw on the 2008 Live Your Voice Tour in Philly on June 13. Tickets went on sale yesterday morning (April 19 at 10 a.m.), I wonder how long it will take to sell out that show.

A little “Idol” trivia here – Kristy Lele Cook, who was just voted off American Idol, said shewould love to sing a duet with Jason. “I met him a long time ago…and he’s my favorite male country singer, so I definitely would love to sing with him,” Kristy said. I suppose she might get her chance one day, but it won’t be in the final weeks of Idol, since she’s no longer in the running.

Following his Viking Hall performance, Jason has shows coming up in Myrtle Beach, S.C., at the House of Blues on May 3; WKXC Day in Augusta, Ga., May 4; The Ford Amphitheater in Tampa, Fla., May 9; Sound Advice in W.  Palm Beach, Fla., May 10; and the Verizon Amphitheater in Charlotte, N.C. May 16. Be sure to check out Jason’s tour schedule (through the end of August) on his web site.

I’ll talk to you guys soon, enjoy the rest of your weekend. And please, keep the e-mails and the comments coming. I love hearing form all of you.


Lady Antebellum Concert May 2

April 19, 2008

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Lady Antebellum will be performing at Viking Hall in Bristol, TN on May 2 at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $29.50 and $31.50 and may be purchased at the Viking Hall Box Office. 423-764-0188. Billboard named Lady Antebellum one of their “New Faces to watch in 2008” – the only country artist to make the list.

MSN Music chose Lady Antebellum to be in their “Class of 2008” listing
The Boston Globe named Lady Antebellum one of the “Eight to Watch in ‘08”

Country Weekly chose Lady Antebellum as “Who’s Hot in 2008”
Nashville Lifestyles named Lady Antebellum “the next BIG thing”
The trio, which is made up of Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood, released their self-penned debut single “Love Don’t Live Here” in October. The groups sound is described as a unique blend of harmonies reminiscent of classic country, a soulfulness of 1960s R&B, the heart-on-the-sleeve openness of 1970s singer-songwriters, all with a keen edge of contemporary country.

Lady Antebellum was formed in the summer of 2006 when Hillary spotted Charles at a downtown Nashville music spot, she recognized Charles, whose music she had been enjoying on his MySpace page. “I introduced myself and struck up a conversation,” she remembers. “He said that we should get together and write sometime.”  Charles adds, “I just thought she was hot.”  Not knowing the hidden talent that would soon emerge, the boys were persistent to get together with Hillary.  After they started writing, the three were inseparable the rest of the summer. “We held ourselves hostage in a writing room until the early hours of the morning every night,” said Dave.

At first, the three weren’t sure what exactly they were writing for—but it soon became obvious that Charles and Hillary enjoyed a combustible chemistry as a vocal duo, and that Dave’s instrumental prowess and harmony vocals filled out the picture. The influences each brought to the table ran the gamut from The Allman Brothers Band to Vince Gill, from The Eagles to Keith Urban, and from Gladys Knight to Travis Tritt. All those elements added up to something that was both youthfully modern and grounded in old-fashioned gut-level passion. “It’s like a Neapolitan blend of all these flavors,” says Dave. “It’s a really great marriage, musically and lyrically.”

The group began playing gigs around Music City and within a few months, they went from playing for a few dozen people to singing at the Grand Ole Opry and opening for such popular country acts as Josh Turner, Phil Vassar, Rodney Atkins and Carrie Underwood. 
The group released their debut album Lady Antebellum April 15, 2008 to rave reviews.

Three young songwriter-musicians, with varied influences and backgrounds, whose blended vocals make a sound that is fresh and unique . . . even while it sounds like something you’ve known for a long time. For Lady Antebellum, the ride is about to begin. You can watch their video, Love Don’t Live Here by clicking on the title.

(Photo and press release courtesy of Allison Hardy, Capitol Records, Nashville.)

I just checked with Viking  Hall, and there are still some tickets available. So if you want to go see a great show, call Viking Hall today. Jason Aldean will also be there May 2, an I’ll get something up on him tomorrow. Talk to you all soon!


Appalachian Fair Line-Up?

April 17, 2008

tracylawrence I got a little information today about the Appalachian Fair in Gray, TN (Aug. 18-23). The reason for the question mark after the title of this post is because when a friend of mine called the fair office to find out who was going to be there this year, she was told “None of these dates are confirmed.” So – that’s how I’m going to present it to you.

Tracy Lawrence is on the “tentative” schedule for opening night, Monday, Aug. 18. Tracy certainly has a full schedule on his web site. But right now, the Gray fair is not listed.

I’ve always been a fan, but have never had the opportunity to see him perform live. My favorite Tracy Lawrence songs are probably “If the World had a Front Porch,” “Paint Me a Birmingham,” “Texas Tornado,” and “Find Out Who Your Friends Are.” So, Tracy, I hope you make it to Gray, we’d love to have you.

edface Next, we have Emerson Drive. Also a tentative date – Tuesday, Aug. 19. I love this group. I’ve never seen them do anything, and it would be great to have them at our Fair this year. They will be appearing in Webster, Mass. on Aug. 17, and then have the next day off (hopefully for traveling).  But, they still don’t have the 19th scheduled on their web page. I’m hoping we’ll be able to confirm their Appalachian Fair appearance soon.

Copy of 015_15 Wednesday, Aug. 20, we are supposed to have Craig Morgan. I hope so … I’ve seen him before – he’s definitely worth seeing again. He will be appearing in Sterling Colorado on Aug. 9, and then has nothing on his tour schedule on his web site until Aug. 21 when he will be in Randolph, Ohio. So hopefully, he will soon be confirmed for Aug. 20 in Gray.

And the last Appalachian Fair date that I have so far is Saturday, Aug. 23. That night, we have (tentatively at least), the group Jypsi. I haven’t heard anything yet about Thursday and Friday for the Appalachian Fair.

Copy of jypsi01-x600 Be honest with me – when I said Jypsi, how many of you sat back in your chair and said, “Who?” I think they’ve only had one song out – At least only one that I can remember, but I did like it. It was called “I Don’t Love You Like That.” And it really hasn’t been all that long ago since it was playing on country radio everywhere.

That’s all for this time – remember to let me know when you guys hear something I haven’t heard, so we can pass it on to the rest of the country music lovers! You guys have a nice night… I’ll talk to you soon.


CMT Video Award Winners

April 15, 2008

How many of you were more than a little disappointed with the CMT Video Awards program last night? I know I was. I don’t mean just because some of the people I voted for didn’t win – I mean the whole show in general. It just didn’t seem to be as interesting as in years pasts. And it really wasn’t as entertaining.

I don’t think Miley and Billy Ray were the right choice for hosts either. I know she is a teenager – but did she have to act like one? Sorry, Miley, I just didn’t think you did a great job.

 TaylorSHere are the winners – Video of the Year – “Our Song”, Taylor Swift. I like Taylor. I just wouldn’t have given her that award. It wasn’t the best out of those nominated. She obviously has a lot of fans. Taylor also took Female Video of the Year.

Duo Video of the Year – Sugarland for “Stay”. I really like these guys, and I like most of their songs; “Stay” isn’t one of my favorites – but I’m glad they won.

JMC and Trace Adkins 211 Male video of the Year – Trace Adkins, “I Got My Game On”. Way to go Trace. I think he’s really been ignored by the ACM and CMA awards over the past several years – so was happy that the fans voted for him. I also thought it was nice that Trace thanked country radio. I believe he was the only one that did that. Rodney Carrington got the award for Supporting Character in a Video for this Trace video, too.

And the winner of the Wide Open Country Video (such an odd category, I think they invented that one for the winners) … Allison Krauss and Robert Plant, “Gone, Gone, Gone”. That one is just not my kind of country. But I’ve always liked Allison.

The Collaborative Video of the Year went to LeAnn Rimes, with Bon Jovi, for “Nothin’ Better to Do”.

00 PM ET/PT) on AMERICAN IDOL. Kellie Pickler ended up on top for “I Wonder” in  the Tearjerker Video of the Year, the CMA Performance of the Year, and the Breakthrough Video of the Year. Ok, ok, it wasn’t a bad song. But three awards? I was kind of hoping that Bucky Covington would get the Breakthrough Video award for “Different World”. It was good! And I voted… a lot! Sorry, Bucky, maybe  next year.

And the Comedy Video of the Year went to Brad Paisley. I don’t think anyone would say he wasn’t deserving of that award.

045_45 Rascal Flatts took home the award for Group Video of the Year for “Take Me There”. Did any of you think they really didn’t sing well last night, or was it just me?

And last, we had the Video Director of the Year – that award went to Michael Salomon, and his videos included Toby Keith’s High Maintenance Woman; Trace Adkins, I Got My Game On; and Toby Keith, Love Me If You Can.


 Copy of 029_29 And here’s a picture of Bucky – just cause I think he should have won, and cause he’s cute. (I’m not sure who took this one, but it’s one of mine, one of Brittany’s or one of Winnie’s. Enjoy.) And remember, for all the best Bucky pictures and news, visit Buckymaina!

Am I being too critical, or does anyone out there agree with me? Who didn’t win that you would have liked to see win? Did you guys like Miley and Billy Ray in their hosting roles?

Always look forward to hearing form each of you. Have good Wednesday – and in spite of the past few days, “Think Spring.”

CMT Music Awards

April 14, 2008

CMT AwardsCMT Music Awards will be on Live at 8 p.m. tonight (Monday, April 14. 2008). I hope you are all ready for a great evening of country entertainment!

The show will be hosted by Billy Ray and Miley Cyrus. And scheduled performers include Carrie Underwood, Sugarland, Brad Paisley, Rascall Flats, Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Taylor Swift, Leann Rimes, Keith Urban and Brooks and Dunn – and perhaps even Billy Ray and Miley.

So…. It’s time to pop some corn, grab a soft drink, and settle back in the easy chair to wait for the show. I hope you all voted for your favorites, remember, the winners at tonight’s award show were picked by the fans. If any of you see anything you’d like to discuss on tonight’s show – I’ll be here waiting for you!

Thanks for reading.

Diana DeGarmo

April 13, 2008

395580-R1-23-1A_024 Yesterday at Dollywood, I got to spend a little time with Diana Degarmo. She’s an amazing young lady, and it was truly a pleasure meeting her. I have a feeling Diana might remember me, because every time someone near me wanted a photo of her – they handed me their camera and said “go take one.” I think Diana must have gotten tired of me coming toward her with a camera, but she was kind enough not to say any thing. And, like I said, by the end of the day – we were buddies! Thanks, Diana.

DOLLY 010  I got so much information yesterday, I hardly know where to begin. But I think most of you are interested in hearing a little about the CD she is working on. She has signed with John Rich’s production company, and her new CD will be Country/Pop. The song she wrote with Keith Stegall and Shanna Cook, “Right Back Where We Ended,” will be on the CD. That was the song she did on “Gone Country.” She didn’t say when they planned to release the CD, but did say John Rich and Gretchen Wilson were writing some of the songs.

When Diana was 10 years old, she worked at Music Mansion in Pigeon Forge, that was a theater that James Rogers had, in partnership with Dolly’s corporation. Diana worked there during the summer, and for the Christmas shows. It was a 2000 seat theater which opened in 1994, and closed in 1998. jamesbrownjacket

I met James Rogers on two separate occasions, and totally agree with Diana, who said he was a very special person. James is a talented songwriter and singer. (He will be performing in Marion, Va. April 20, and at Dollywood on May 7).

Back to Diana, She mentioned her stage debut in 2005 in “Annie” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”; and that she recently finsihed five months on Broadway playing the role of Penny Pingleton in “Hairspray.” And in April 2007, she made her first appearance on the stage of Carnege Hall.

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This picture of Diana is with Porter Wagoner’s sister (Denise, in pink), and another of the Dollywood guests on Saturday.

Diana has moved to Nashville, and I think that city is ready for her. She likes Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, LIttle Big Town and Sugarland, and is also a fan of Josh Turner. And I think very soon, they will all be big fans of her’s, too.

DOLLY 033 And here’s one last shot of Dolly from the Porter Wagoner Tribute Concert April 12, 2008, at Dolly’s Celebrity Theater in Dollywood. The day was beautiful, the concert was great, the planting of the rose meaningful — and on top of all that, I got to meet Maureen McCormick and Diana Degarmo. And, hopefully, thanks to Diana’s fan forums, I got a few new blog readers – and a few new friends. Very nice meeting you all. Hope you’ll keep reading and stay in touch. And if you have anything you’d like to share with me and my readers – please drop me a line. Talk to you guys later!