Congrats to Darius Rucker... his True Believers CD has gone gold. Darius brings his True Believers Tour with Eli Young Band to the CFE Arena on the UCF Campus on April 24th.
Jake Owen memorabilia has hit eBay... and some of it’s kind of weird. In this case, an eBay user is offering a piece of gum allegedly chewed by Jake for $100. No bids yet. Even Jake, himself, tweeted, “This is the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen.”
When it comes to fan mail, Frankie Ballard is somewhat old fashioned. He recently asked fans to physically write him letters that he could hold in his hands. He got tons of mail and loved it!
Sara Evans was surprised by Birmingham, Alabama Mayor William Bell – who presented her with a key to the city at Thursday’s Slow Me Down album release at a local pub. Sara says she loves living in Birmingham. Sara’s new album Slow Me Down is in stores tomorrow along with Luke Bryan’s Spring Break 6... Like We Ain’t Ever EP.
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The first wave of ACM performers have been announced – Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, George Strait, The Band Perry and Luke Bryan – who is co-hosting the April 6th show with Blake Shelton.
Speaking of Blake... the trash-talking doesn’t end when the cameras stop rolling on The Voice. Blake and coach Adam Levine are constantly taking little jabs at each other. Ahhh... the bromance continues.
Chris Young will be heading back to Europe to play the C2C Festival in Ireland on the 15th. After that, he flies to Norway and Sweden for the international leg of Brad Paisley’s Beat This Winter Tour.
Hillary Scott says having her baby, Eisele, on the road with Lady A is no big. She spend several years of her own childhood on tour with her mother, Linda Davis, so she knows the ups and downs of it. She says it helps that she has the support of her bandmates, too.
Keith Urban has announced his Raise ‘Em Up Tour yesterday with a post on his Facebook page. Jerrod Niemann and Brett Eldredge will join him on the road. No Florida dates have been announced yet.
Reba’s rehab center in Texas was flooded yesterday when a pipe burst in the facility – apparently due to freezing temps. The facility has 21 beds and helps people physically recover from injury or illness.
Eric Church is ready to make his debut performance on the hit PBS series “Austin City Limits.” It’ll be taped on September 23rd as part of the program’s 40th anniversary season.
Luke Bryan says that co-hosting the ACM Awards this year will be even better than the first time around.
The final two acts at SeaWorld’s Bands, Brew & BBQ Concert Series will be Hank Williams Jr this Saturday and Alabama on Sunday.
Jason Aldean and Tim McGraw will play the 2014 NCAA March Madness Music Festival during the Final 4 in Dallas. Jason plays on April 5th and Tim plays on the 6th.
Hunter Hayes will donate to Feeding America’s Child Hunger Ends Here program each time “Invisible” is downloaded on iTunes.
Rascal Flatts’ song “Compass” – not the same as the Lady A Compass – will be featured in the movie Heaven Is For Real – based on the best-selling book about a boy who claims to have visited heaven during a near-death experience.
Toby Keith has announced his Shut Up and Hold On Tour. He’ll be at the Runaway Country Festival in Melbourne on the 22nd.
Brad Paisley wrapped up his Beat This Winter Tour this past weekend with a special honor from his home state of West Virginia. He was given the Distinguished West Virginian Award – the highest honor that can be awarded by the governor.
The Doobie Brothers are teaming up with some of country’s biggest stars including Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Zac Brown Band, Sara Evans, Chris Young, Jerrod Niemann, Love and Theft and more for an album of all-new recordings of the Doobie Brothers’ biggest hits to be released later this year.
Carrie Underwood was in New Orleans over the weekend for Mardi Gras festivities and a special performance, but the highlight was meeting Norman Reedus, star of AMC’s The Walking Dead. It’s hard to say who was more excited... Norman – who plays zombie-killer Daryl Dixon – or Carrie... who both Tweeted pictures together.
Josh Turner is writing a book. It’s called Man Stuff: Thoughts On Faith, Family, and Fatherhood and will be in stores on April 29th. The Forward was written by Duck Dynasty’s Jase Robertson.
Luke Bryan stumbled into a writing session with Florida Georgia Line and Cole Swindell when he was looking for Cole on the FGL bus. They were in the middle of writing “This Is How We Roll” and Luke was asked to jump in. And that’s how he ended up being featured on their album.
Eli Young Band has their new album 10,000 Towns in stores today. David Nail’s I’m A Fire and Martina McBride’s Everlasting both hit stores tomorrow.
Dierks Bentley was recently interviewed on Larry King Live and defended Blake Shelton when Larry asked him if he was aware of any criticism toward Blake for “drifting away from country music and becoming a mainstream television personality.” Dierks said he’d never heard any of that and wouldn’t buy into it if he had because Blake is country to the core.
CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS: Local celebrity Mary Jane Allison of Ocala is 53.
Big show coming to Panama City Beach Labor Day weekend... The Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam is a 3-day event and features Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood and Dierks Bentley – and top acts are being added!
Miranda Lambert is the subject of a new exhibit coming to The Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum. The exhibition is called “Miranda Lambert: Backstage Access” and opens in May – running through November 9th.
I guess the hot new exercise trend is to run barefoot, but Billy Currington’s been doing that so long that he’s got the calluses on his feet to prove it. He averages around 8 to 10 miles a day.
Thomas Rhett will be on The View next Thursday. He’s getting ready to his the road this Springs, too, on Brantley Gilbert’s “Let It Ride Tour” and then on Jake Owen’s “Days of Gold Tour.”
CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS: Jason Aldean is 37.
Scotty McCreery is at SeaWorld on Saturday for the park’s annual Bands, Brew & BBQ event. Scotty says of the Blackfish documentary backlash that cause many artists to cancel their performances... that he’s done his research, there’s 2 sides to every story, and he feels it’s a fine decision to do the show.
Martina McBride has a new book coming out on October 7th. It’s about at-home entertaining including recipes, tips, menus and more. It’s called Around The Table.
Luke Bryan’s getting ready to come on back to Florida for his annual Spring Break shows in PCB – he’ll be at Spinnaker Beach Club in Panama City Beach on March 11th and 12th.
Brantley Gilbert’s latest single – Bottom’s Up – is about drinking... but that’s something that Brantley doesn’t do anymore.
Eric Church is pretty excited. His latest album The Outsiders debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200. Dierks Bentley’s new album Riser is available today. It’s his 7th studio album!
Cole Swindell tweeted “There’s NO way I can explain how it feels to have the #1 song in the country in just 140 characters. Thank you Country Radio, Fans & WB.”
Jake Owen will perform at the Players Championship tournament’s Military Appreciation Day in Ponte Vedra on May 7th. More recently – Jake and baby Pearl got to drive the Pace Car at the Daytona 500 Sunday.
Trisha Yearwood is following in hubby Garth Brooks’ footsteps... she just kicked off a 20-city “Just Because Tour.” She says she doesn’t have an album out or anything to promote, she just want to get out and perform and have some fun.
CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS: Ralph Stanley is 87. Shawna Thompson – the girl part of Thompson Square – is 36.
Blake Shelton has announced his Ten Times Crazier Tour – he’ll kick it off in Austin on June 20th and make a stop the Amway Center in Orlando on August 30th.
Eric Paslay will celebrate his first #1 song as an artist this afternoon in Nashville this afternoon for “Friday Night.” David Nail will celebrate his #1 – “Whatever She’s Got” - at a party in Nashville tomorrow.
Dustin Lynch loves to hunt and fish... but when it comes to watching TV at home or on his tour bus, he never misses an episode of Downtown Abbey on PBS.
Let the rumors begin... after almost 4 years marriage, Carrie Underwood says she and her husband are ready to become parents. A “friend” says that during the holidays they told friends and family that 2014 was going to be the year they had a baby.
Blake Shelton says he’s not shocked that NBC’s The Voice coach CeeLo Green is leaving. He says his friend and fellow coach is extremely creative and that a lifetime’s probably not enough to explore everything he wants to try to do.
Luke Bryan’s got another Spring Break album coming out. This one is Spring Break 6... Like We Ain’t Ever. It’ll be in stores on March 11th. Eli Young Band released their new album called 10,000 Towns next month, too.
Martina McBride is every mechanic’s nightmare. She tweeted, “Currently playing a little game I like to call ‘I Wonder If I’ll Make It Home Before My Car Runs Out Of Gas.’”
Sara Evans says she monitors her kids’ cell phones – all 7 of them between hers and her husband Jay Barker’s. She says that their phones are owned and paid for by Mom and Dad and are NOT private.
Ouch! Tyler Hubbard – the Georgia half of Florida Georgia Line – hurt himself in a dirt bike wreck Sunday. They were supposed to play at CRS in Nashville Tuesday, but pulled out so Tyler could recuperate.
David Nail had his own scare on Valentine’s Day. He, his band and crew were in an icy bus crash in upstate NY on their way to a show with Darius Rucker. Everyone’s fine, but they were pretty shaken up.
Dierks Bentley’s documentary Riser will air Saturday – in part - at 1 on CMT followed by a full-length version on Palladia at 8PM. He compared making a documentary with baring your butt in public.
Blake Shelton is a giver – he is donating a dollar to the ACM’s Lifting Lives Foundation for every pre-sale ticket fan-club members purchase for his upcoming Ten Times Crazier tour.
Many artists have backed out because of that Blackfish documentary, but not Justin Moore. He’ll be at SeaWorld’s Bands, Brews & BBQ concert series this Sunday. Alan Jackson has already played. Scotty McCreery is scheduled to play on March 1st.
Dierks Bentley has teamed up with Mountain Dew for his Riser Tour. Dates are still being hashed out, but Chris Young and Jon Pardi will both hit the road with him.
You’d be surprised at who slapped Carrie Underwood on the butt at the Grand Ole Opry... she certainly was! Carrie says she was just standing there, all excited that she was going to meet Loretta Lynn for the first time, and someone came up behind her and smacked her bottom. And it was LORETTA!
Another new record deal for Montgomery Gentry. They’ve hooked up with Blaster Records which includes Hank Williams Jr. and Chuck Wicks.
Congrats to Greg Bates - he proposed to his girlfriend, Shelley, over the weekend.
News broke last month that Justin Moore and his wife, Kate, are expecting Baby #3... and they’re already picking out some names. He says they’re really in no rush because it was just a week before they had their youngest, Kennedy, that they chose her name.
Craig Morgan made a sick teenager’s birthday wish come true, thanks to Make-A-Wish Mississippi. He stopped by to visit with Sarah Gabbard - who has a rare illness and turned 14 on Valentine’s Day. Sarah’s mom said it was a perfect day.
Miranda Lambert helped at least 11 rescues find new forever-homes at the Pink Pistol’s dog adoption drive in her home of Tishomingo, OK Saturday. She says people seem to know when she’s going to be home and drop strays at her house all the time.
Cole Swindell’s self-titled debut album is in stores today. Even though songs he’s written have been on other artists’ albums over the years, an album with his name on it will be a completely different experience. In fact – he’s going out to buy a copy himself.
Jason Aldean sold out his Cleveland stadium tour show Friday in a matter of minutes... so he added another. And then he blew threw two nights in Denver and a show in Georgia all within minutes.
Garth Brooks won that $226thousand dollar lawsuit against his former employee – who claimed Garth gave her that money as a gift and not as a loan.
Gary Allan has stepped up to the plate to perform a benefit concert for a 3-year-old girl with leukemia in Kentucky. Apparently, the family “friend” who was organizing the original benefit stole the money to be used for the event.
Eric Church says that his new single “Give Me Back My Hometown” is actually based on his small town upbringing in Granite Falls, NC. Eric heads to Europe next week to play a handful of shows including one in Ireland.
Carrie Underwood admits that she’s not really into cars... but her hubby is. So.... she recently splurged on a brand new black Corvette for him.
Luke Bryan says his wife, Caroline, will meet up with him on tour so they can spend Valentine’s Day together. He says he’ll light some scented candles on the bus and it will be so romantic.
Thomas Rhett says that when it comes to Valentine’s Day he’s got to be creative because he’s usually not home. He’s a chocolate and teddy bear kind of guy and if he does happen to be home – or the “ol’ wifey,” as he calls her, is on the road with him, some good ol’ kissin’ time on the couch works for him, maybe a romantic movie.
Jake Owen says that romance oozes out of every one of his pores. He even buys t-shirts in the shapes of hearts. He says, “I’m one big heart. I give love.”
How neat is this – The Band Perry has invited members of the US Olympic Ski team to join them on stage after seeing a video of skiers Stacey Cook, Jacqueline Wiles and Laurenne Ross singing “Better Dig Two.”
The Swon Brothers are in Sochi, Russia this week to take part in the Winter Olympics festivities. They’re the only US band to perform as part of NBC’s Today show Olympic coverage tomorrow.
Crazy winter weather has forced Luke Bryan to postpone tonight’s show in Greenboro, NC. Luke didn’t want anyone driving around in icy, dangerous conditions. He’ll make up the show on Monday.
Jerrod Niemann and his longtime girlfriend, Morgan, got engaged in New Orleans late last year – and kept it under wraps until now. No wedding date has been set.
Local Celebrity Anniversary: Leon & Genie Wellisch are celebrating their 10-year anniversary.
The ACM has named that Brett Eldredge, Justin Moore and Kip Moore have been named nominees for this year’s ACM New Artist of the Year Award.
Blake Shelton has cut a song with another co-host from The Voice. He and Shakira were in the studio last week to record a duet for her upcoming album.
Speaking of recording, Florida Georgia Line will head back into the studio in March. They’ve already got a good handful of songs written and ready to go.
Lady A is in the studio, too, putting together their FIFTH album! Seems like just yesterday they were visiting us for the first time here at K COUNTRY… they say they’re taking their time because they’re still figuring out just which direction they’re going with it. They’re writing now and say they’ll be very selective with which songs make the cut.
Tim McGraw will be among the stars lining up to kick off Jimmy Fallon’s first week as host of NBC’s Tonight Show. Tim will perform next Wednesday.
Garth Brooks will be in court this week involving a battle with a former employee. Apparently, a woman who worked for his movie and TV production company owes Garth $226thousand dollars on a loan. She says the money was a gift.
Chris Young is celebrating Singles Awareness Week with a Valentine’s e-card campaign to share with fans. Check it out at chrisyoungcountry-dot-com.
The balancing act is getting more difficult for Scotty McCreery. He’s cut back to part-time college student at North Carolina State...
New albums out today include Eric Church’s The Outsiders and Frankie Ballard’s Sunshine and Whiskey. Plus, Miranda Lambert’s new song “Automatic” has debuted at #35 and #26 respectively on the Country Aircheck and Billboard country airplay charts giving Miranda her highest charting first week ever.