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Raising money for kids… concert info… and more

August 15, 2008

395580-R1-11-13A_012 LeeAnn Rimes, Keith Urban, Dolly Parton, Josh Turner, Carrie Underwood, and other entertainers, have all donated personal items to an online auction. The proceeds form the auction will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

In addition to one of Keith’s old T-shirts, bidders will get to make offers on autographed shirts, their favorite artists’ memorabilia, and even a pair of boots worn by Dwight Yoakam.

St. Jude is a charity that is very near and dear to my heart,” Keith said. “Our fans have always graciously offered their support in past fund raisers we have done for St. Jude, so I think this auction will be a great success”.

To find the online auction, go to and while you’re there, just about any of those items would make a great Christmas present … for me, perhaps. *smiling*

LadyAConcert 021 Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum did a few concerts together early this spring, including one in Bristol, TN, which I went to and it was great! They are now teaming up again to be part of “CMT On Tour.” The tour will begin at Western North Carolina University on Oct. 8, and finish up on Nov. 22 in Bangor, Maine.

And, Eric Durrance, who opened for Lady A in Bristol, will be opening for them again on the CMT Tour. The tour is scheduled to hit 20 different college towns (Hey! We’re a college town!)… For a complete tour schedule, go to  If these guys get anywhere near you , You will definitely want to go see them!

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We’re still waiting for to hear Eric Durrance on the radio, but anyone who has seen him in concert knows it provably won’t be long until we do. He put was a great opening act for Lady Antebellum back in May, and it seems the Country Music Television people think so, too.

DBently Our country favorites all seem to be doing their part in rising money for their favorite charity. Dierks Bently is again hosting Miles & Music for Kids, a celebrity motorcycle ride and concert in Nashville this October.

The event has raised more than $250,000 in the past two years, with all the proceeds going to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. The hour-long ride through Nashville begins at 2 p.m. at the Harley Davidson of Cool Springs, and ends at Riverfront Park. Following the ride, a concert is held at the park featuring Dierks, Tim McGraw, John Rich, and many other performers.

Concert tickets are $20, and the donation to participate in the ride is $50 – which not only gets you into the ride, and the concert, but also gets you a commemorative T-shirt.

Tracy Lawrence 1 Everyone in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia ready for the Appalachian Fair? Monday is the night! Tracey Lawrence will be there, and so will I! I hope to see you there, too.

Thanks for reading! Remember to drop me a line whenever you have the chance. It’s nice to get mail from nice people like you.



New singles; TV appearances; Trace at the Capitol

June 9, 2008

LadyAConcert 008 Lady Antebellum will release their second single, “Lookin’ For A Good Time,” on June 23. The song is one from their debut album.

“Lookin’ For A Good Time” is a “catchy, carefree follow-up to Lady Antebellum’s first Top five single, “Love Don’t Live Here,” that finds Hillary Scott sharing the lead vocals with Charles Kelley”.

Copy (3) of LadyAConcert 005 And, here’s the third member of the trio, Dave Haywood.  These photos were taken at Viking Hall on May 2.

The group is now on tour and will be performing throughout the summer with country music stars including Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood and Reba McIntire.

The group will also be performing the National Anthem at the Coke Zero 400, at the Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, July 5, on TNT.

Copy of 004_4 Today, Trace Adkins joined U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker for a press conference to announce legislation to improve and protect the quality of life for more than 41,000 children in Tennessee. The announcement also included representatives from the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN). The conference was held at the state Capitol War Memorial Plaza, Nashville. Anyone who watched Celebrity Apprentice may remember that FAAN was the charity Trace was hoping to win money for with his appearance on the show.

TaylorSwift Taylor Swift will make a special appearance tonight on the season premier of Nashville Star. The show is on NBC for the first time this year. Billy Ray Cyrus will be the host, and former host, Jewel, will be joining the judges panel. With Jewel will be John Rich and Jeffrey Steele.

XM radio will be broadcasting Nashville Star on their new country channel “Highway 16” (XM 16) at 8 p.m. eastern time on June 12.

Copy of 352391R1076A_76A_115 And, last for tonight – do you remember “Gone Country”, the CMT program where John Rich got seven entertainers who were not country music singers and tried to turn them into country stars? Well, CMT is at it again – this time, they are taking Gone Country cast members Maureen McCormick, bobby Brown and Carnie Wilson, and putting them in a new show called “Outsider’s Inn.” Apparently the trio is supposed to run a B&B in east Tennessee. This show will premiere on CMT on Friday, Aug. 15.

I did say that was “last” didn’t I? But I just can’t let the evening get away without tossing this one out — Jessica Simpson will release her first country CD on Sept. 9 for Columbia Nashville. The album is still untitled, but one of the songs is “Come On Over.” I’ll just hold any opinion on Simpson as a country singer until…. Sept. 9, perhaps.

I’ll talk to you all later. Have a great day – and if you watch “Nashville Star,” be sure to let me know what you thought of it.


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.

Tim McGraw … CMA Music Festival

March 25, 2008

TimMcgraw Not that long ago, I would not have believed anyone who said, “Tim McGraw will not be nominated for an ACM Award in 2008.” But, they would have been right. While Tim McGraw is still at the top of his game, having the ability to push out one hit after the next, and sell out concerts everywhere … somehow, he missed getting nominated for anything this year. But he certainly isn’t alone. (Thanks Brittany for the great photo of Tim taken in Rogersville, TN).

Also on this year’s list of “non-nominated” is Tim’s wife, Faith Hill. Faith has already announced that she will be a part of the CMA Festival in Nashville this June. Faith will be performing at the event for the first time in 10 years.  I’m sure fans will be looking forward to having her back.

010_10 Dwight Yoakam is scheduled to make his first appearance at the festival since 1988. Other entertainers scheduled to perform include Alan Jackson, Carrie Underwood, Josh Turner, Taylor Swift, Sugarland, Rodney Adkins… and many others.

For more information about CMA Festival, visit or call 800-CMA-FEST.

Talk to you guys tomorrow!

Julio: Gone from Madrid, Spain … to Country

March 8, 2008

JulioIglesiasJr-89x85 It’s now official – Julio Iglesias Jr. is the winner of CMT’s “Gone Country,” and deservedly so. As I told you earlier, I didn’t see every episode, but I probably saw the most important ones. And last night, when those seven performers entertained before a packed house at the Wild Horse Saloon in Nashville, there was no doubt in my mind which one I would actually pay money to go see in concert.

I kind of thought throughout the episodes that I saw, that Diana DeGarmo would end up with the top place finish, and a recording contract and a new single produced by John Rich. I probably based that on the fact that she has been singing since she was 5, and had a lot of experience putting on shows in front of large groups of people.

But, Julio was definitely the entertainer of the night. He reached out and grabbed control of the entire audience (especially the young girls). His song was good, his vocals were good, and he had a lot of stage presence. I think John Rich made the right choice.

It’s snowing today in East Tennessee. And I think I’m just going to sit in here and watch it come down. Have a good Saturday, folks! Drop me a line, let me know what you think about the Gone Country finale’.Gone Country


Gone Country

March 1, 2008

Click here to see Gone Country at any of you been keeping up with Gone Country, the new CMT show hosted by John Rich? I wish I could say I’ve been there for every episode, but unfortunately, real life sometimes gets in the way of “reality” TV, and I’m usually doing something else when the show comes on.

However, here it is in a nutshell. John Rich, with a little help from the show’s producers, directors, etc., has taken seven celebrity singers form different areas of music, and moved them to Nashville. He put them all up in one very large (extremely nice) house, and they are competing for a country music recording contract.

The celebrities competing are Carnie Wilson, daughter of Beach Boy Brian Wilson, and onetime member of the pop group Wilson Phillips; Dee Snider, lead singer form the heavy metal band, Twisted Sister; Julio Iglesias Jr., son of Julio Iglesias Sr., who had a No. 1 hit with Willie Nelson in 1984 (“All the Girls I’ve Loved Before”); Bobby Brown – Yep, Bobby has Gone Country; Maureen McCormick, best known for her role as Marsha Brady on the Brady Bunch – oh wait, I guess that’s not what she’s BEST known for, it’s probably the only thing we remember her doing; Sisqo, I think he’s a rapper – but I’m definitely not into that kind of music (sorry, Sisqo); and last but not least, Diana DeGarmo, who most of us remember from American Idol.

What I’ve seen of the show, I like. A little bit of delving into their personal lives; just watching the seven of them living in one house, all being so different, and yet getting along with minimal problems. It’s been a fun show to watch, and I hope I can see a little more of it. New episodes air on Friday nights at 8 p.m. on CMT.


See you guys next time. Have a Super Saturday, Keep in touch. I always look forward to hearing from you!