Archive for the ‘Tours’ Category

Books, movies, tv appearances, and a USO Tour

September 1, 2008

I hope all of you had a good Labor Day weekend. It’s always nice getting a three-day weekend, and visiting friends and family for a picnic, or final swimming party of the summer. Now, here’s a little news.

 Copy of 004_4 Trace Adkins will take part in another USO tour to the Middle East. He will be there for a week of entertaining, and giving the soldiers a chance to take pictures and get autographs. Trace has been a long-time USO supporter, he said he is humbled by the opportunity to spend more time with our nation’s finest.

Trace will be seen on CMT’s series Crossroads this fall, when he takes the stage with the southern rock band, 38 Special. The Crossroads special will premier Saturday, Sept. 27, at 8 p.m.

Fair Josh Gracin 149 Josh Gracin will release his entire video catalog to iTunes, for fans to download beginning tomorrow, Sept. 2. Videos will include his No. 1 hits like “Nothin to Lose,” and “Stay with Me (Brass Bed).” Other videos set to be released are songs from his newest album, “We Weren’t Crazy,” including “Favorite State of Mind,” and his recent hit, “We Weren’t Crazy.”

Billy Ray 10 Billy Ray Cyrus recently filmed a video for his new single, “Somebody Said A Prayer.” The video was filmed in Tarzana, Calif., and includes a brief glimpse of Billy Ray’s son, Trace, the lead guitarist for the band, Metro Station.

“Somebody Said A Prayer,” is scheduled to hit radio stations in the next few weeks. The single is from his upcoming CD, “Back to Tennessee.” That shold be released later this year. Looks like we’re going to have a lot of country music in our stockings this Christmas.

Fair Heidi 065 Heidi Newfield continues to prove that she backing away from Trick Pony was probably a good career move. Her solo album took the 10th spot on Billboard Hot 200 chart when it was released on Aug. 5, and also landed in the number 2 poisition on Hot Country Albums tally. Heidi said it was such a labor of love, and it’s wonderful to have it accepted and connect with everyone as you hope that it will. Her single, “Johnny and June,” is still getting a lot of radio, and a lot of requests from the fans. Those of us who saw Heidi at the fair in Gray, Tenn., two weeks ago know that she’s definitely “connecting” with her audiences.

 Copy of TimMcgraw Tim is scheduled to release a children’s book, ‘My Little Girl,” a story about a father and his daughter that turned an ordinary day into an adventure. The book is for children ages 4-8, is a picture book, and will be available Oct. 21.

Tim McGraw will be releasing his third greatest hits collection, called Greatest Hits 3, on Oct. 7. He had previously released Tim McGraw Reflected Hits Vol. 2, and 2000’s Greatest Hits, which both debued at number one on the country charts.


Fair Tracy 056 The new album contains 12 songs, including “Real Good Man,” “If  You’re Reading This,” and a duet version of “Find Out Who Your Friends Are,” with Tracy Lawrence.

Later in October, McGraw will release his first children’s book, My Little Girl, a story about a father and his daughter that turn an ordinary day into an adventure. The ages 4-8 picture book will be available Oct. 21.

Tim is also appearing in a feature film, Four Christmases, which should be in theaters this Thanksgiving.

There’s a little update on television appearances, USO tours, movies, CDs and books, involving some of your favorite country singers. Check back tomorrow for a little info about the upcoming Washington County Fair in Abingdon, Va.

Keep writing – You know I’ll get back to you as quickly as I can. And you all know I love your e-mails! Take care!


Buddy Jewell is back

June 20, 2008

Copy of 023_23 An article in the most recent issue of Country Weekly magazine is titled “Buddy’s Back.” I, for one, really hope so. I’ve missed Buddy Jewell the past few years. This picture of Buddy and his son, Joshua (who was probably 3 or 4 when this picture was taken) is now 7 years old. This photo is from an Appalachian Fair appearance a few years back.

In the article, Buddy talks about having used the last few years to spend time with his family – wife of nearly 20 years, Tene’, daughter Lacy, now 14, and son Buddy III, who is 18. You might remember that it was a comment his daughter made that inspired him to write his first hit single, “Help Pour Out the Rain,” subtitled “Lacy’s Song”.

Copy of 029_29 The article says Buddy will begin touring again this summer, and will be going out with Mark Wills, Trent Willimon and Ray Scott as part of the Honky Tonk Tailgate Party ’08 Tour. I don’t see anything close to here on his tour schedule – but I’ll certainly keep looking.  (Photo at the right was taken at the Washington County Fair in Abingdon, Va.)

He describes his current single, “This Ain’t Mexico,” as a controversial song about his views on illegal immigration. I just went and listened to it on his web site, I like it. And Buddy can definitely still sing!

Copy of 031_31 Country Weekly quotes Buddy as saying, “I hope a lot of folks agree with me, but I know there are some folks who aren’t going to. But hey, that’s what makes it America.” And isn’t it great, Buddy, that we are all free to think the way we want, and express our opinions in whatever form we know best.

Buddy’s CD, “Country Enough,” which includes “This Ain’t Mexico” is scheduled for release on July 1. You can pre-order it at Buddy’s web site ( buddy is now recording on his newly formed record label, Diamond Dust Records. Buddy, welcome back! I hope you’ll get back to our area in concert soon.

That’s it for now. I’ll get more up for you guys soon. Remember to let me know if you hear about anything you’d like to share with my readers.


Keith Anderson

April 6, 2008

037_37 Keith Anderson, who hit the country charts back in 2005, with his debut single “Pickin’ Wildflowers,” said on his web page that his first career choice was major league baseball. He was pretty good at it too, and had already caught the attention of the Kansas City Royals, when a shoulder injury pushed him in another direction.

In addition to writing “Pickin’ Wildflowers,” and many of his other songs; Keith also co-wrote “Lost in This Moment,” recorded by Big & Rich.

Keith If you’re hoping to catch Keith in concert somewhere soon, he will be at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville on April 8; Williamson County Pavilion in Marion, Ill., on April 10; Gallagher IBA arena in Stillwater, Okla., April 12; then over the Duluth, Ga., at Wild Bill’s, on April 18. After the Georgia show, Keith has a few Texas dates to take him through April.

More later,

Throttle Wide Open

March 27, 2008

Copy of Josh Turner A HUGE apology is on its way to Lisa Perkins in Johnson City. Before I left for Easter vacation, Lisa had sent me these great pictures she took at House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, when she went to the Throttle Wide Open show with Luke Bryan, Bucky Covington, and Dierks Bentley. Before leaving town, I got a quick note off to Lisa to thank her for the photos, and told her I would use them in a post when I got home. Needless to say, I neglected to do so. They are great pictures, so I really do need to share them with all of you. Here they are in the order they took the stage that night. Opening up with Luke Bryan, on the left.

BCovington Bucky Covington was second on stage, and we’ll let Lisa tell you about that one! She’s a really huge Bucky fan! Here’s what Lisa wrote: “Next up was Bucky Covington!!! Of course, I am a big Bucky fan, to say the very least, this was my sixth show….and he keeps getting better! His new band rocked and of course, his twin brother Rocky is a member of his band and plays percussions! I have loved Bucky ever since I saw him on AI, and I hope he is around for many years to come! He indicated his next sing might be “I’ll Walk” from his debut album! I encourage anyone who has not taken the time to listen to his CD to do so, it is definitely worth the money! Of course, I cannot wait till my next Bucky show!”

DBently Since Lisa is doing so well with the commentary here — let’s see what she had to say about Dierks: “Then finally up was Dierks Bentley, his set was long, of course he has had lots of songs on the radio, so one could expect a lot from him! He rocked out the crowd and they seemed to enjoy his portion of the show. This was my third time to see Dierks, he keeps having great opening artists, so that is a plus for me, especially Bucky!

Thanks again to my new friend, Lisa, for sharing these photos with me … and with you. And, thanks too, to Winnie at Buckymania, who has been a great help in directing people to my blog, and with sharing info and pictures of Bucky. You guys are great!

Talk to you all again tomorrow.

Danielle Peck

March 16, 2008

DaniellePeck Danielle Peck said on NASCAR USA this morning that she “likes to drive fast.” She thinks having the opportunity to drive on a race track would be a “real rush.”

NSACAR USA, incidentally, is a syndicated radio program hosted by Jim Phillips. The two-hour weekly program, with the slogan “Country Music at the Speed of Sound,” combines country music’s hottest stars with NASCAR’s fastest cars. The show also takes you back to some classic moments in NASCAR history, with Barney Hall. It’s on our local country station, WXBQ, every Sunday morning at 10 a.m. Check with your local radio station to see when they air the program.

Daniellepeck2 Here are a few places you can catch Danielle between now and the end of April. March 24, Mercy Lounge, Nashville; March 26, Gruene Hall, New Braunfels, Texas; March 28, The Harv/Mountaineer Race Track, Chester, W.Va.; April 4, Beulah Festival Grounds, Pensacola, Fla; April 5, Desota Seafood Festival, Bradenton, Fla.; April 12, Lankford Mall, Farmville, Va. (this will be a private show); April 18, Lakeside Casino and Resort, Osceola, Iowa; April 20, Canyon Moon Ranch, Florence, Ariz; April 25, Lyman Harbor, Sandusky, Ohio; and April 25, Grand Rapids, Mich.

Hope you guys had a wonderful Sunday. Talk to you real soon!

Meet Jake Owen

March 15, 2008

Jake Owen Jake Owen’s web page says that since the age of 12, he wanted to be a professional golfer. “I was determined golf was going to be my life,” Owen said in the “About” section of his site. He stopped playing golf when he was injured in an accident, and it was then he picked up the guitar.

I think all of Jake’s fans would agree that the accident did indeed turn out to be a “blessing in disguise”. Owen tells us on his web page that he grew up listening to classic country music, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard. My dad loved Vern Gosdin and Keith Whitley. “So I kept going to class (at Florida State University) and started getting totally into playing guitar and teaching myself these songs.”

Jake Owen2 He has a great story to tell, and you can find it all at his web site. Jake will be in Tallahassee in April, as well as York, Pa., Dover, Del., Orlando and Indianapolis, Inc.

Some of the songs included in Jake’s current CD “Starting With Me,” are Something About A Woman; Hard Not To Love You, and one of my favorites, Long Night With You. Jake’s current single, Something About A Woman, is No. 20, on Billboard’s Top Country Chart.

I’ve never seen Jake in concert, and the credit for these pictures goes to Brittany in Johnson City. I believe she took them at the Greene County Fair in Greeneville, TN back in 2006.

Dinner is about to come out of the oven, so I’ll call it a night here. You guys take care! Write, and have a great Sunday.


Bucky Covington

March 14, 2008

Winnie3 Hi everyone, Time for a little bit of Bucky. Before I get started here, I want to thank Winnie from Buckymania for these photos tonight. She’s a great Bucky fan, and has a wonderful blog, that’s all about Bucky! Be sure to visit her blog. I know you’ll enjoy it.

These were photos were taken by Winnie at the Foothills Fall Festival in Maryville,TN in mid-October ’07. Maryville, for those of you who don’t know, is near Knoxville. I’m sure all of Bucky’s fans like having him this close to home.

Here’s a little Bucky news from the Buckymania site.

Winnie1 Upcoming shows:
The Denver Post’s Arts and Entertainment page bears this announcement: Dierks Bentley will continue his trend of playing massive Colorado venues when he brings his country rock to the World Arena in Colorado Springs on April 25, with Bucky Covington and Lee Brice. Tickets are on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday. ($27.50-$35, Sounds like a winner!

A reminder about two other on-sale dates this weekend: tickets for the April 26 Throttle Wide Open concert at the E Center in West Valley City, Utah (also featuring Lee Brice) go on sale today at 10:00 a.m. local time at, and by phone at (801) 467-8499 or 1-800-888-8499. And tomorrow at 10 a.m. Las Vegas time, grab your ticket for Dierks and Bucky’s May 2 show at the Red Rock Resort Sandbar at the Station Casinos online box office, or locally at the Red Rock box office on 11011 W. Charleston Blvd in Las Vegas.

Tickets for most of Dierks Bentley’s Throttle Wide Open dates are available now at Ticketmaster–check Dierks’ official website for details on non-Ticketmaster events. Seats for the Jackson, TN Dierks Bentley concert on April 3rd are available at the City of Jackson site.

Winnie2 And, one more picture of Bucky at the Foothills Fall Festival in Maryville. And just a reminder to everyone in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest, Virginia, … Bucky will be at the Washington County fair on Saturday, Sept. 13. And I know you won’t want to miss that!

Remember, I’m as close as your e-mail … or the comment section of this blog. So let me hear from you. And Lisa, let me know how Myrtle Beach was! Hope you got us some pictures!


Travis Tritt and Josh Turner

March 13, 2008

RSCN04110055_055_216 Travis Tritt had to cancel his March 3 concert in Plant City, Fla., due to illness. We all hope he’s doing well now!

He keeps his tour calendar full, with the following dates among those on his extremely busy schedule:  March 14, Altoona, Iowa; March 15-16, Hinckley, Minn.; March 19, Nashville; March 21, Savannah, Ga.; March 28, Wendover, Nev.; March 29, Laughlin, Nev.; and March 30, Reno, Nev. Travis will also be in Sandusky, Ohio, on June 8, for Bike Week.

Josh Turner’s current CD, “Everything is Fine, which includes the songs “Firecracker” and “Another Try” (featuring Trisha Yearwood), is currently No. 18 on Country’s Album Charts.240841R12625A_25A_081

Most people think of “Long Black Train,” whenever they think of Josh Turner. But he’s had many hits during his career. Josh writes a lot of his songs, and this quote is on his web page. “The life that I live and the experiences that I have always affect what comes out of me creatively. I think that’s what makes music real.”  I believe his fans think so, too.

240841R12221A_21A_077 Upcoming concert dates for Josh include March 18 in Bethlehem, Pa. (that will be  his first of many concert dates with Carrie Underwood). The tour with Carrie will take him through May 25, and they will play 25 cities during that tour.

On June 11, Josh will be part of the Riverbend Festival in Chattanooga. After that he is set to play State Fairs through September 6.

That’s it for tonight. You guys have a great evening, and a fabulous Friday! Have a good weekend, too.

Take Care

‘Cover Girl’ … New Dad … Montgomery Gentry

March 11, 2008

TaylorSwift Taylor Swift  has a fashion spread and story in the current issue of Blender Magazine – and she is the only the second country singer to have ever had the cover. The first being Leann Rimes.

On March 14, at 9 a.m., you can catch Taylor Live with Regis and Kathy, in New York City. March 24, she will be at Pengrowth Saddledome, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada; and moving on to Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta on March 25.

Taylor will stay in Canada through April 2, when she will be in British Columbia.

022_22 He’s no longer available, ladies. Country Weekly Magazine is reporting that not only is Trent Tomlinson getting married, but he and his bride-to-be are already the parents of a baby girl, Harleigh, born five weeks early, but now home and gaining weight. Mom’s name is Jessica, and she is a model for Australian Gold tanning lotion.Congratulations, Trent & Family!

Montgomery2 Montgomery Gentry will be performing in Knoxville on April 18, Charlotte, N.C. on June 20, with Toby Keith; and Atlanta, Ga. on Sept. 11. Those are the Southeastern visits – but as you might guess, they will be touring everywhere the rest of the time – they keep a full very full schedule.


Thanks to Brittany Johnson for the photos on tonight’s blog.

Remember, if any of you have any photos from concerts, meet & greets, or anything you’d like to share with the readers here, please e-mail them to me.


Chris, Darryl & Clay

March 7, 2008

034_34 Chris Cagle’s latest CD, “My Life Has Been a Country Song,” was released mid-February. It’s the CD that contains his single “What Kinda Gone.” Other songs on the CD include the following: No Love Songs; It’s Good To Be Back; I Don’t Want To Live; Never Ever Gone;
If It Isn’t One Thing; Keep Me From Loving You; Little Sundress; My Heart Move On; My Life’s Been A Country Song and Change Me.

Chris is in Murfreesboro, Tenn. tonight, and will be in Charlotte, N.C. on April 4. He puts on a great show. You can get a complete tour schedule on his official web site.

013_13 I don’t think it matters how many great songs Darryl Worley puts out – he is going to be best remembered for “Have You Forgotten.” Darryl is currently scheduled to perform at Fort Camppbell, Ky. on March 15, and will be in Bakersfield, Calif. on 3/28 and Peoria, Ariz. on March 29.

015_15 Clay Walker is doing quite a bit of performing in the southwest right now. Upcoming dates have him in Houston and Austin, Texas, and in Arizona and California, as well.

I’ve been a fan of Clay’s for a very long time – but I think his recent single “Fall” is probably my favorite Clay Walker song.

Any of Clay’s fans who haven’t visited his MySpace page really need to – It’s a great page, with so much information and music. I know you’ll enjoy it.

That’s all for tonight. Hey! It’s Friday! Have a great weekend! See you guys later.