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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!


A little note…

August 29, 2008

Just wanted to let you guys know I’m heading out of town for the Labor Day weekend. Sorry I haven’t gotten anything up for you this week, but it’s been a busy one. After being out of work last week to go to the fair every night – I’m playing that “catch up” game at the office. Hopefully, I’ll do better with this blog when I get back.

035_35 Hope you all got to stay up late last night and watch Randy Houser on David Letterman. When I saw Randy do his little concert at Winged Deer Park, it was just Randy, a guitar and a microphone. I liked that – It’s going to take me a little while to get used to seeing Randy, back-up singers, and a small army of other musicians. But he’s still great!

Randy said his CD will be released in November, so we cal all look forward to that. I really like that we have so many new ones coming out just before Christmas – stocking stuffers, for sure!

You guys take care, have a great weekend, drop me a line when you have time – and I’ll see you next week.

Back to the news…

August 25, 2008

angela-hacker Since this is an “inbetween Fairs” week, I thought I’d get you caught up on what’s going on right now in country music.

First of all, how many of you remember Angela Hacker, winner of the fifth season of Nashville Star. I liked her, I liked her music. I often visit her MySpace page to listen to songs from her first album, The Winner is Angela Hacker.”  Sadly, Angela has joined the ranks of other Nashville Star winners, Buddy Jewell and Brad Cotter, who are currently without a major record label.

Miranda Our most famous Nashville Star contestant (she didn’t even win the show), is Miranda Lambert. She finished in third place, and shortly after her platinum-selling 2005 debut album, Kerosene, went to the top of the country charts. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend followed Kerosene, and also produced some chart-toppers for Miranda. On Saturday, Aug. 23, Miranda and one of the members of her band were on line in an Xbox Halo3 competition with her fans. She is also Xbox’s artist of the month.

Rascal Flatts fans will enjoy hearing that the group has put together Rascal Flatts Greatest Hits Volume 1. Some of the songs included in this great album include Prayin’ For Daylight; I’m Movin’ On; I Melt; and one of my favorites, Feels like Today. I got to see this group perform a few years back at Freedom Hall in Johnson City, and someone told me I should go again – the guys gets better every day.

 TaylorS I just got my Sept. 6 issue of Country Weekly magazine in the mail. Taylor Swift got the cover, and a story called Lessons I’ve Learned. In the exclusive interview, Taylor talks about family and friends, falling in love and being a role model. It’s a good article. Country Weekly writers always do a great job with their stories.

For fans of Tammy Wynette and Marty Robins, there are a few DVD’s you might want to pick up, or get on your Christmas list this year. They are the first two in a planned series of DVD’s, putting television performances from the entertainers careers on to DVD’s for us to enjoy. I’m definitely a fan of the old country music…and the new… and the stuff in the middle, too.

026_26 I want to thank Country Weekly magazine for seeing in Randy Houser what I saw nearly three months ago. In a brief in the new issue, titled “The Voice of Country’s Future,” CW said “He’s one of country’s newest and brightest!” I couldn’t agree more. His first single, Anything Goes,” is being played on radio stations all over the country.

Don’t forget that Randy will be making his national television debut on Thursday, Aug. 28, on Late Night with David Letterman. It airs on CBS at 11:30 p.m. here in East Tennessee, but please check your local listings for time and network, because you won’t want to miss this one.

That’s all for tonight. Thanks again for reading my chatter… and thank you all for the comments and e-mails you’ve been sending my way. Talk to you real soon!

Country Music News…..

August 2, 2008

If I had worked my weekend out right, I would be on my way to Nashville right now. Randy Houser will be on stage at the Grand Ole Opry at 7 p.m. tonight. I am so happy to see things going so well for Randy. He’s so talented, and such a nice person.

Some of the other performers for tonight’s shows at the Opry are Jeannie Seely, Jim Ed Brown, John Conlee and Buddy Jewell.

James Otto James Otto will be joining Alan Jackson and Trace Adkins on the Good Times tour this fall. The trio will open the tour in Fayetteville, N.C. on Oct. 17. They will pay 17 shows.

Sunset Man, his debut album, hit shelves in April and debuted at No. 3 on the Top 200 Billboard Chart. “JUst Got Started Loving You,” was the most played song on country radio in 2008, according to Mediabase.

Locally, fans will get to catch James at the Washington County Fair in Abingdon, Va. on Sept. 8.

Joey Rory Any of you who watched CMT’s show Can You Duet, will remember Joey and Rory Feek. The duo has just signed a recording contract with Vanguard/Sugar Hill Productions. Their first single “Cheater Cheater” is a song they performed on the television show, and one that got a lot of “positive audience feedback.”

If any of you are passing through Pottsville, Tenn. (I’m going to have to MapQuest that town), be sure to stop in at Marcy Jo’s Mealhouse, a diner there owned by Rory. The couple will release their new album sometime this fall.

KGG-000362 Kenny Chesney has set up his own record lable, Blue Chair, and has leased his next album release, Lucky Old Sun, to BNA. Right now, Kenny is the only artist recording on Blue Chair. But, with Kenny at the head of that label… I don’t think it will be long until others join him.

His newest single, “Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven,” hit radio airways on Monday sporting the new Blue Chair logo alongside the BNA mark. The song was originally recorded by George Strait for his recent album, Troubadour.

“Everything in that song is everything we all think,” Chesney said in an article on “I don’t know anyone who doesn’t want to go to heaven, but nobody wants to go today. If you could pick [when you die], you wouldn’t pick right now. You’d want to live, to do more things, to have more fun.”

TC207 Terri Clark, who was the winner of last year’s Fans’ Choice Award at the Canadian Country Music Awards, recently announced the nominees for this year’s event.]

According to the nomination list, Jessie Farrell could head home with an armload of trophies this year. She has been nominated for Single of the Year, Album of the Year, Female Artist of the Year, CMT Video of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Top New Talent of the Year-Female and Fans’ Choice. She is also performing at the CCMA Awards.

That’s all for now. You guys have a great weekend. And if any of you are at the Grand Ole Opry tonight – Say “Hi” to Randy Houser for me! Write when you have time – more later!

Bus accident, cookbook… and more

July 30, 2008

MarkC1 Mark Chestnut and his band were involved in an accident in their tour bus, while driving back to Nashville this past Sunday morning. They were headed home following a performance in Ft. Worth, Texas, when the bus was rear-ended. Police cars at the scene said a young male driver was driving 100 mph, without a license Fortunately, no one was hurt, but the young driver did total his car.

Best known for songs like “Bubba Shot the Jukebox,” “Too Cold at Home,” “Blame it on Texas,” “Gonna Get a Life,” and “Goin’ Through the Big D,” Mark said he really prefers the bus to flying, and of course added, “I’m really, really glad all the boys are all right.”

Trisha1 Trisha Yearwood has added “author” to her list of “things I’ve done.” She’s compiled a cookbook called “Georgia Cooking in an Oklahoma Kitchen. The cookbook is being called wonderful, and is full of down-home style cooking, using recipes form her family.

I’m not sure if “She’s in Love with the Boy” was Trisha’s biggest hit, but it’s the first one that comes to mind when I think of her music.

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Lady Antebellum has their second single in the Top 40, “Lookin’ For a Good Time.” Early in August, you’ll be able to catch the group in Uniontown, Pa., Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Marion, Ill; Des Moines, Iowa, and Troy, Ohio. Be sure to check out their web page for a complete listing of their fair and concert dates.

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That’s it for now. Again, thanks so much for reading. An d remember to write – that’s the only way I know what you want to see here, and whether or not you have any news and photos for me!

Little reminder… maybe nightly reminder for a few weeks — mark your calendars for Aug. 28, and remember to watch David Letterman to see Randy Houser’s first national television appearance!


Randy Houser’s national TV debut

July 29, 2008

031_31 I got some great news yesterday, and of course I wanted to share it with all of you. That’s Randy Houser from his June concert at Winged Deer Park in Johnson City, TN… you know Randy, he sings that absolutely fabulous song “Anything Goes”… Well, Randy is about to make his national television debut.

015_15 You’ll be able to catch Randy on Late Night with David Letterman on Thursday, Aug. 28, on CBS. It airs here at 11:30 p.m., but be sure to check your local listings because I know you won’t want to miss this! I can’t wait.

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I’m really anxious for Randy to get back to Northeast Tennessee, and I hope all of you will look for him in your area, too. He puts on a great show – and I haven’t met anyone yet who doesn’t love that single he has out now!

I’ll be back tomorrow night with more news, but I hope you will all mark your calendars for Thursday, Aug. 28 — and stay up to watch David Letterman.

Drop me a line soon, let me know how you’re spending the remaining few weeks of your summer vacation… and hopefully,  I’ll see YOU at the Fairs!


One Flew South to make national television debut

July 10, 2008

OFS_03  On June 23, I introduced you all to a new group, One Flew South. They will make their national television debut July 12th on the CBS Saturday Early Show. Fans can tune in to hear the trio made up of Chris Roberts, Eddie Bush, and Royal Reed, perform their debut single “My Kind of Beautiful” at 8:45am EST (check local listings). The guys will also answer a few questions about their life since releasing their debut album Last of the Good Guys on Decca Records in May.

“To get the chance to perform on the CBS Saturday Early Show is amazing and we are thankful for the opportunity to get our music heard by such a wide audience,” said Eddie Bush. “The last few months have been incredible but I think this takes the cake as far as unforgettable moments are concerned. We cannot wait.”  

One Flew South teamed up with Nashville songwriter Marcus Hummon to produce their debut album Last of the Good Guys. A Nashville-based songwriter whose catalog contains six No. 1 hits from the likes of The Dixie Chicks, Tim McGraw, and Rascal Flatts’. Marcus bought out the best in all three members of the group from singing to songwriting.   The guys also teamed up with legendary songwriter J.D. Souther, to write several of the tracks on the album. J.D.’s notable lyrical ability is prominent on the album and the result is nothing less than an amazing album of trio harmonies and sound that the music industry has not heard in quite some time.

For more information on One Flew South go to

Talk to you all soon!

Congratulations to…..

July 7, 2008

keith-nicole Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman on the birth of their first child, a girl! Sunday Rose Kidman Urban was born on Monday morning, in Nashville, and weighs slightly over 6 pounds.

In a posting on his website earlier today, Urban said, “Earlier this morning, Nic gave birth to our beautiful baby girl, Sunday Rose Kidman Urban.  We want to thank everybody that has kept us in their thoughts and prayers. We feel very blessed and grateful that we can share this joy with all of you today.”

The Associated Press reports, a spokesman for Urban said mother and baby are well, and Urban is happily at their side. Stay tuned to for more updates.

kenny1 And, to Kenny Chesney, who will soon have his own XM radio station. It was recently announced that the three-time and reigning Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year will have his own XM Radio station entitled “No Shoes Radio,” which will feature all of his hits, never-before-heard studio cuts and other songs that portray the carefree lifestyle that have made his career so successful.

“There’s a lot of hits, but there are also a lot of album tracks, songs from the early part of my career, stuff from our Keg in the Closet shows and obscurities that you had to be there to hear,” says Chesney with a laugh. “Anyone who knows anything about me knows how passionate I am about music, and this is a way to bring people into everything I love about songs and playing music.”

“No Shoes Radio” will be available July 26th through October 25th on XM channel 18.

sarafashion Congrats, Sara Evans, on your recent television exposure. Sara will make a celebrity appearance on the HGTV show Design Sar this Sunday night. The six finalists will be involved in a challenge, which featres Sarah as the celebrity client. The show is hosted by Clive Pearson.

She appeared on the CBS show Million Dollar Password on June 29 and married former University of Alabama quarterback Jay Barker earlier in June.

Evans co-wrote “Love You With All My Heart,” which is her follow-up single to “As If,” which she also co-wrote.

I’ll talk to you all tomorrow night. Keep reading — and keep in touch!

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.


ACM Awards — Winners & Wrap-up

May 19, 2008

Copy of CarrieNC2 The ACM Awards are over and done with for another year … and I wasn’t at all unhappy with the winners list this year. Carrie Underwood was named Top Female Vocalist. And I thought the tribute she and Brad Paisley did for Eddie Arnold was really well done.

Speaking of Brad Paisley, he was the winner of the Top Male Vocalist award this year. I might have picked Rodney Adkins for that one… except … what in the world was wrong with the microphones, or the speakers, or something at that awards show! Rodney was really off key last night, and he kept playing with is little earpiece as if he couldn’t get any sound of out of it. I don’t know if he couldn’t hear the music, or if he couldn’t hear himself, but it was terrible! And he knew it. He didn’t look like he was enjoying his performance at all.


I think Kellie Pickler was having a problem too, because when she came out to sing, she took her ear piece out almost as soon as she started.


I’ve heard Rodney sing with just two guitars and a drum before; I know the boy can sing. I’d love to know what was going on last night.

011_11 Other award winners included Jack Ingram for Top New Male Vocalist; Taylor Swift for Top New Female Vocalist; and Lady Antebellum for Top New Duo or Group. Brooks and Dunn won Top Vocal Duo, and the honors of Top Vocal Group went to Rascal Flatts. And the Entertainer of the Year was won by Kenny Chesney.

Copy of LA21 I really thought the show was good. They had so many performances scheduled, and a great group of presenters. But I would still like to know what was wrong with the sound system that was creating problems for the singers. Brooks and Dunn didn’t sound good, Rascal Flatts didn’t sound good… and since I’ve seen almost all of these entertainers live before, I know they can sing. But I really felt bad for Rodney. To be up there doing a portion of each of his four No. 1 songs, and to have it come out sounding like it did must have been awful for him. We still love you, Rodney!

Now it’s your turn. Let me know what you thought of the show … the winners… the performances…the night in general. Always love your comments!