Posts from January 2014
by Christal Blue posted Jan 30 2014 9:01AM
The nominees for the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards were announced yesterday, with Miranda Lambert and Tim McGraw leading the pack with 7 nominations apiece. Lambert's seven nominations at this year's show include her third nod for the night's top prize Entertainer of the Year and her eighth consecutive nod for Female Vocalist of the Year. Other artists up for the Entertainer of the Year trophy this year include Luke BryanBlake SheltonGeorge Strait and Taylor Swift. Coming in behind Miranda and Tim with six nominations is Keith Urban, who is up for an award in Male Vocalist of the Year category. Lee BriceKacey MusgravesBlake Shelton, and Taylor Swift each received 5 nominations, with Florida Georgia Line and Lady Antebellum both receiving 4 nods. The 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 6 at 8:00 PM ET on the CBS. (Photo credit:

Lee Brice is currently on the road with Luke Bryan on his "That's My Kind of Night Tour," and even though Lee is one of the opening acts on the tour, he doesn't feel like he's being outshined by Luke. Lee says that Luke's unassuming nature and equitable approach to his tour really shows the singer's true character. He says Luke’s humble, he's selfless, and he's there for the party. And Luke's fair and balanced attitude towards his tour is something Lee hopes to implement on his future tours.

After the nominees were announced for the ACMs yesterdayMiranda Lambert could hardly believe that she had received 7 nods, including her third for Entertainer of the Year. Miranda says every single time she sees her name on any ballot she still gets butterflies and can't believe sometimes that this is her life. Miranda earned ACM Entertainer of the Year nominations in 2011 and 2013, and she is the only female besides Taylor Swift who is up for the award this year. Her other nominations at this year's show include Female Vocalist of the Year, Single, Song and Video of the Year for her chart topping song "Mama's Broken Heart" and two awards in the Vocal Event of the Year category which includes the number one duet with Keith Urban, "We Were Us," as well as her collaborative vocals on Blake Shelton's hit song, "Boys 'Round Here." The 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will air live from Las Vegas on April 6 at 8:00 PM ET on CBS.

And don’t forget!  This year, the fans will again help select the winner of both the Entertainer of the Year and New Artist of the Year categories. Fan voting for Entertainer of the Year begins on March 24 and will close during the third hour of the show's live broadcast. First round fan voting for New Artist of the Year is now open at and and will close on February 4.
List of nominees for the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards:
Entertainer of the Year
Luke Bryan
Miranda Lambert
Blake Shelton
George Strait
Taylor Swift
Male Vocalist of the Year
Jason Aldean
Lee Brice
Luke Bryan
Blake Shelton
Keith Urban        
Female Vocalist of the Year
Sheryl Crow
Miranda Lambert
Kacey Musgraves
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood
Vocal Duo of the Year
Big & Rich
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Love and Theft
Thompson Square
Vocal Group of the Year
Eli Young Band
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band
Album of the Year 
Based On A True Story… – Blake Shelton
Crash My Party – Luke Bryan
Here's To The Good Times – Florida Georgia Line
Same Trailer Different Park – Kacey Musgraves
Two Lanes Of Freedom – Tim McGraw
Single Record of the Year
"Cruise" – Florida Georgia Line
"Highway Don't Care" – Tim McGraw Featuring Taylor Swift & Keith Urban
"I Drive Your Truck" – Lee Brice
"Mama's Broken Heart" – Miranda Lambert
"Wagon Wheel" – Darius Rucker Featuring Lady Antebellum
Song of the Year
"Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain)" – Gary Allan
"I Drive Your Truck" – Lee Brice
"Mama's Broken Heart" – Miranda Lambert
"Mine Would Be You" – Blake Shelton
"Wagon Wheel" – Darius Rucker Featuring Lady Antebellum
Video of the Year
"Better Dig Two" – The Band Perry
"Blowin' Smoke" – Kacey Musgraves
"Highway Don't Care" – Tim McGraw Featuring Taylor Swift & Keith Urban
"I Drive Your Truck" – Lee Brice
"Mama's Broken Heart" – Miranda Lambert
"Two Black Cadillacs" – Carrie Underwood
Vocal Event of the Year
"Boys 'Round Here" – Blake Shelton Featuring Pistol Annies & Friends
"Cruise (Remix)" – Florida Georgia Line Featuring Nelly
"Highway Don't Care" – Tim McGraw Featuring Taylor Swift & Keith Urban
"Wagon Wheel" – Darius Rucker Featuring Lady Antebellum
"We Were Us" – Keith Urban And Miranda Lambert
Songwriter of the Year
Rhett Atkins
Rodney Clawson
Ashley Gorley
Luke Laird
Shane McAnally
by Christal Blue posted Jan 29 2014 9:14AM
They say that time can heal all wounds, but maybe a little music can help speed that recovery. After checking into a rehabilitation center recently to undergo treatment for his longtime battle with alcoholism, Trace Adkins has left that rehab facility to purchase a new guitar. The singer was snapped in a photo with one of the employees of Chafin Musicenter in Lake Worth, Florida over the weekend and the photo was posted on the business' Facebook page. But Trace's trip to the music store doesn't mean that he's completed his treatment; it's actually part of his therapy. His therapist encouraged him to continue writing songs to help him focus on positive things. Adkins entered the rehab facility two weeks ago after falling off the wagon while aboard the Country Cruising entertainment cruise in the Caribbean. During the cruise, Trace apparently got into a verbal argument with a Trace Adkins impersonator who was allegedly signing the singer's autograph.

Carrie Underwood makes sure that she's in tip-top shape when she takes the stage to perform. Carrie tells Vogue that she's pretty active onstage and those energetic performances require her to have a lot of stamina. Underwood does a steady routine of push-ups, squats, lunges, and pull-ups to maintain her onstage stamina, but she also works out to offset cheating on her diet every so often. To keep on track during her workout Underwood sees a personal trainer a couple of times a week, or she'll just hit the gym with her hockey player hubby Mike Fisher. (Photo Courtesy:

On January 11, some of country music's top acts gathered at the Ice House in Louisville to perform and help raise funds for the non-profit charity Kids Cancer Alliance. The event included performances by headliner Jake Owen, with special guests Frankie BallardJana Kramer, and others also taking the stage for the special cause. The event raised more than $200,000 for Kids Cancer Alliance and its mission to enhance the quality of life in children with cancer and their families by providing them with free support programs, financial aid and events. During the event, artists performed in an intimate acoustic setting, sharing their music in an "in the round" style.

At the suggestion of one of his constituents, Ohio state senator Jim Hughes recently introduced a bill to honor Rascal Flatts as the "official country music group" of Ohio. But the proposal to give the country trio this illustrious distinction did not sit well with all of Senator Hughes' fellow legislators. Some legislators believe that other notable country musicians from the state of Ohio deserve to be considered as well. Artists that have been suggested include Johnny Paycheck, Roy Rogers, Dwight Yoakam and Grandpa Jones. Ohio state senator Frank LaRose makes it clear that he has a great deal of respect for Rascal Flatts, but he also says, "It seems to be that naming (Rascal Flatts) as the official country acts of the state of Ohio does so perhaps to the exclusion of others that are worth considering."
by Christal Blue posted Jan 28 2014 8:58AM
Following the debut of his brand new song "Invisible" at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night, Hunter Hayes has now revealed that he will be hitting the road on a new tour. Hunter announced yesterday that he will be embarking on his "We're Not Invisible Tour" this spring, with special guests Danielle Bradbery and Dan + Shay featured as opening acts. The tour will kick off on March 20 in Pikeville, Kentucky and will run through the end of May. Hunter's new song "Invisible" has just become available for download on iTunes. For every download of "Invisible" on iTunes, Child Hunger Ends Here will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal to Feeding America.

As Kelly Clarkson prepares to embark on the journey of motherhood, she might be reassured to know that she's getting a mommy approval from fellow singer Martina McBride. McBride is a mother of three children, so it might be safe to assume that her insight on motherhood is very sound. Martina tells People that Kelly’s outgoing and direct that she thinks that will make her a fun mom.  Martina has also showed her admiration by bringing Kelly in to sing a duet on her new album Everlasting. Together, Martina and Kelly sing a cover of the song "In The Basement," made famous by the 1966 duet between Etta James and Sugar Pie DeSanto. Everlasting is Martina's 12th studio album and has a new release date of April 8 (moved back from March 4).

David Nail's current single "Whatever She's Got" topped the Billboard Country chart this week, giving the singer his second number one song. "Whatever She's Got" is the lead single from David's forthcoming third studio album, I'm a Fire, which will be released on March 4. Nail recently announced that he will be hitting the road this spring on headlining tour dates in support of the new album. Those tour dates will kick off on March 21 in Medina, Ohio. In addition his headlining tour dates this spring, David will also be hitting the road with Darius Rucker on his "True Believers Tour" and select dates with Lady Antebellum on their "Take Me Downtown Tour."

Frankie Ballard is steadily climbing up the chart with his current Top 15 single, "Helluva Life," and Frankie says he already knows how he will celebrate if the song goes number one. He tells Country Weekly that he wants to buy a full-on Manuel suit. The famous designer has created rhinestone suits for legendary acts like Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley, and Frankie just wants to own a piece of that history. And Frankie already knows how he wants to customize the one-of-a-kind suit if he does get one. He says, he wants it to be purple with a crocodile on the back and on the arms, full-on in rhinestones. And if he scores the suit, he plans to wear it to an awards show! (Photo courtesy: Country Weekly)
by Christal Blue posted Jan 27 2014 9:27AM
Country music had a great presence at last night's 56TH Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles where Kacey Musgraves took home two Grammy trophies for Best Country Song of the Year and Best Country Album of the Year for her project Same Park, Different TrailerKeith Urban, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Taylor Swift, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Musgraves and Kris Kristofferson where among the country stars performing at the live show.

Miranda Lambert has now spread her love of animals to all 50 states. Lambert's MuttNation Foundation has announced their "Mutts Across America: 50 States/50 Shelters" initiative, which finds the most deserving animal shelters in each of the 50 states and donates money to them. The initiative raised more than $250,000 for the shelters across the country, with the minimum donation to an individual shelter being $3000. Each shelter that received a donation as part of the initiative was chosen by a certain set of criteria. (Photo Courtesy:

Randy Houser has released the new music video for his current Top 20 single "Goodnight Kiss." The video was filmed at the historic Fontanel Mansion in Nashville and is the grand finale to a trilogy following the development of young love in couples from Houser's last two videos for "How Country Feels" and "Runnin' Outta Moonlight." The same actor and actress that depict the couple in the "Goodnight Kiss" video also starred in Randy's two previous videos. All three songs appear on Houser's latest album, How Country Feels, which was released in January of 2013. The video for "Goodnight Kiss" was released yesterday.

If you asked Dolly Parton which songs were playing on country radio right now, she might not be able to give you an answer. But that's not because she doesn't like the artists who are on the radio right now; she's just way too busy to keep up with what's being played. Dolly say she doesn’t listen to music for fun, she’s too busy writing her own song.  And when she does have a chance to put some tunes on, she sticks with the classics like George JonesOtis ReddingAlison Krauss and Emmylou Harris. Dolly’s music has been absent from the charts in recent years, and she'd like to make it back there. She says, "When I was younger, country music treated me like a sweet girlfriend. They wined me, they dined me, then they dumped (me) for younger women."
by Christal Blue posted Jan 24 2014 8:59AM

Kenny Chesney has filed a copyright lawsuit in federal court this week after a merchandising company used his name and trademarked logo without his permission. According to the Tennessean, a company called T&M Enterprises produced T-shirts and different items featuring Kenny's logo of a guitar leaning against a palm tree without the singer's consent. According to reports, Chesney informed T&M Enterprises to cease production of these items, and the two sides reached a settlement agreement in January of last year, which allowed the company to sell its remaining items. But the company allegedly continued to produce these items even after the agreement was made. The lawsuit is asking for unspecified damages to be paid and for the company and its designer to halt production of the merchandise.

Yesterday, as the clock stuck 12:00, Jerrod Niemann announced the release of his new studio album High Noon. The upcoming album will be released on March 25 and features his current Top 20 lead single "Drink to That All Night." Niemann says that the term High Noon has been in his mind since he was a kid growing up in Southwest Kansas. Jerrod lived in Dodge City, Kansas, where the old gun fighting days have such a historical value, where main street is named after Wyatt Earp. But instead of taking ten paces, turning and facing a rival gunslinger, Jerrod says he's confronting a different kind of adversary. He says his adversaries are party poopers, and he’s here to face them so the rest of us can have a good time. (Photo Courtesy: Sony Music)

Brantley Gilbert will headline the Great American Outdoor Show presented by NRA Country on February 8 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Gilbert's performance will be part of the festivities at the Great American Outdoor Show, which runs February 1st – 9th and welcomes hundreds of thousands of outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy nine days and 650,000 square feet of shooting, hunting, fishing, camping and boating exhibits. The Great American Outdoor Show bill will also include performances by singer/songwriter Cheryl LuQuire as well as local music talent. There will also be an appearance by HeadHunters TV Outdoor Channel star, Nate Hosie. Then after Gilbert's performance at the outdoor show, he'll be gearing up for the March launch of his new headlining "Let It Ride Tour," featuring special guests Thomas Rhett and Eric Paslay.

The Swon Brothers will head to Sochi, Russia next month to take part in the excitement surrounding the 2014 Olympic Winter Games that will be held there. The duo will perform their debut single, "Later On," to be televised as part of NBC's Today show live Olympic coverage on February 14. While in Sochi, The Swon Brothers will also participate in additional non-televised NBC events held during the 22nd Winter Olympics, which take place from February 7th – 23rd. "Later On" is the lead single from the duo's upcoming debut album on the Arista Nashville label, which is due out later this year. 

by Christal Blue posted Jan 23 2014 11:12AM
Denny and Christal shined the Comic Spotlight on the very funny Gene Trifilo this morning.  If you missed the interview, grab hold of your sides, and listen to it now!

by Christal Blue posted Jan 23 2014 9:08AM
The Band Perry will be on hand to perform during the Super Bowl XLVIII (48) Pregame Show on February 2. The pregame show will also include a performance by Phillip Phillips, with part of each performance being televised live on FOX during Super Bowl Sunday. The two acts will perform at the NFL Tailgate Party prior to the kickoff of the big game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, where the Seahawks will be taking on the Broncos. Then after they get the crowd fired up on Super Bowl Sunday, they'll hit the road again on their "We Are Pioneers World Tour 2014" with a show in Independence, Missouri on February 6.

Luke Bryan will be making a pit stop from his "That's My Kind of Night Tour" to headline the Daytona 500 Budweiser Pre-Race Show on February 23 at the Daytona International Speedway. Bryan will take the stage on pit road to perform several of his hit songs and get the crowd pumped up for the 56th annual Daytona 500 – the prestigious season-opening event to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Fans that purchase a Pre-Race/Sprint FANZONE access pass for the race will be able to watch Luke's Daytona 500 Budweiser Pre-Race Show up close as well as the driver introductions.

Lee Brice will be among the artists in attendance at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards when they come to Los Angeles on January 26. But with such a tight schedule, Lee is still just trying to figure out how he going to get to the ceremony. He’s playing Madison Square Garden on Saturday (January 25) with Luke Bryan, and he’ll have to be in Los Angeles for the by 11 the next morning. While his window to make it to the Grammys seems pretty tight, he'll be sure that he's in his seat when his song "I Drive Your Truck" is announced as one of the finalists in the Best Country Solo Performance category. The song also has a Grammy nod for Best Country Song, with the award in this category going to the songwriters. The 2014 Grammy Awards will air on January 26 at 8 PM on CBS.

Dolly Parton will kick off her "Blue Smoke World Tour" tomorrow with a show in Rancho Mirage, California. Then after the tour gets underway on Friday, Dolly will perform two shows in Nevada and a show in Arizona before heading overseas for a series of shows in New Zealand and Australia in February. After returning home from Australia and New Zealand, she will hit a few more markets in America before heading across the pond for June concerts in Europe as well as a return to the O2 Arena in London, the venue where Dolly recorded and filmed her gold certified DVD/CD set titled An Evening With…Dolly. This tour is the sequel to "The Better Day Tour," which traveled across Europe and Australia in 2011 and set attendance records on both continents. (Photo Courtesy: Webster & Associates, llc)
by Christal Blue posted Jan 22 2014 9:49AM
Ever since Garth Brooks made the announcement that he would return for a worldwide tour later this year, fans have been eager to find out where that tour would bring him. Now, the first part of that puzzle has been revealed as Garth recently appeared in Dublin, Ireland to announce that he would return to the country to give a very special performance. Brooks stood in the city's Croke Park, the site of his now legendary sell out concerts in 1997, and announced that he would be returning to that very same venue in July of this year for two very special performances. The shows, dubbed The Garth Brooks Comeback Special Event, will take place on July 25 and 26 and tickets will go on sale beginning January 30.

Carrie Underwood is joining the beauty products company Almay as their Global Brand Ambassador. As the new face and voice of Almay, Carrie will represent the full range of their beauty products, including the newest 2014 launches. She will also appear in global, multimedia campaigns crossing television, print, in-store, digital and social platforms. Carrie says that she's very impressed with Almay's range of products, which she uses in her daily life and professionally. Her first campaign with the company will debut this week and exclusive behind-the-scenes content from her campaigns will be available on and Almay's social media channels throughout her partnership with company.  (Photo courtesy of

At the age of just 24-years-old, Taylor Swift has already sold millions of records and become a household name around the world. But even while Swift is the focus of such international spotlight, she always stays true to herself and never lets the fame go to her head. Taylor tells Variety she has lot of goals, and one of them is to know when to stop.  And with so many different paths still left for Taylor to follow in her career and her life, she hopes to remain cognizant of who she is and why she does what she does.

Reba has achieved so much in her career, but the albums sold and the awards she's won aren't the only things she's proud of; she also has her health. At the age of 58, Reba seems to be in the best shape of her life, and she credits having a good diet and exercise routine as the key factors in maintaining her vigor. Reba tells Parade that she exercises at least five times a week with stretching, Pilates, push-ups, planks, sit- ups, squats and light weights. But even when she doesn't hit the gym, Reba knows how to treat herself right. She says she take lots of vacations, she stays away from drama and stress. And if there was one unhealthy habit Reba had to cut back on, she says it would probably be her consumption of alcohol. She admits she loves a good Crown and 7.
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by Christal Blue posted Jan 21 2014 9:05AM
Through her savvy social media skills, Taylor Swift has accumulated more than 30 million Twitter followers. But even with so many fans to keep in the loop about her daily happenings, Swift makes sure that she doesn't spend an excessive amount of time on her smartphone. Taylor tells Teen Vogue she only tweets once every couple weeks. And the reason Taylor doesn't take over the Twitterverse with updates every five seconds is simple. She says if she did, all you’d see is pictures of her watching TV with her cat.

Little Big Town's Kimberly Schlapman has shown her culinary skills on the GAC cooking show Kimberly's Simply Southern, and now those skills are getting a little recognition. The 5th Annual Taste Awards were held in Los Angeles last week, and Schlapman took home the award for "Best Home Chef in a Series" during the ceremony. The annual award show honors the year's best in food, fashion and lifestyle programs on television, film, online and radio. Kimberly's Simply Southern is currently filming season 3 and will premiere on GAC this spring.

Kelly Clarkson revealed on Twitter yesterday that she and husband Brandon Blackstock are expecting a little girl later this year. “We just found out we're having a girl officially! I knew it! Only a girl could cause this much drama with all this vomiting ha!" she tweeted. (Photo Courtesy E! Online)

Before he got his record deal, ERIC PASLAY made a name for himself as a songwriter.  A very successful songwriter.  We're talking Rascal FlattsBig & RichJake Owen, the Eli Young Band and Love and Theft, to literally name a few.  He's written so much music that he felt compelled to record some of it on his own.  He says, there have been signs that he’s not meant to sing all the songs he’s written, and thank goodness, because he admits he’s written about 750 in the last eight years.
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