Aside from a few one song performances, Keith Urban has cleared his calendar for the remainder of 2011. He says he’ll be undergoing surgery to remove a polyp that formed during his most recent tour with Jake Owen.
When Alabama‘s Randy Owen, Jeff Cook and Teddy Gentry walked the red carpet together at last week’s CMA Awards it was as if they’d never retired. In a conversation with the Tennessean, Owen makes it sound like they’re close to retiring from retirement.
Taylor Swift understands the responsibilities of being a country music superstar, and she isn’t running from them. A preview of Swift’s interview with ’60 Minutes’ anchor Lesley Stahl — seen below — shows the 21-year-old singer talking about facing up to fan expectations.
The Band Perry were arguably the big winners at last week’s CMA Awards, winning crystal bullets for Single, Song and New Artist of the Year. This week, they’re continuing to reap the benefits as sales of their self-titled debut album are up 112 percent compared to the previous week.
Rascal Flatts have quietly made helping the kids at the Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt their favorite offstage hobby. For years, the trio has donated time and money to the hospital, and last month they returned to tour the new Rascal Flatts surgery center and play an acoustic set for the kids and their families.
If Toby Keith wasn’t a fan of ‘Glee‘ characters Sam and the rest of the New Directions already, he will be early next month. The country singer’s viral hit ‘Red Solo Cup’ is scheduled to get the ‘Glee’ treatment courtesy of Chord Overstreet‘s character in the Dec. 6 episode.
Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw met and became friends on the road ten years ago, and the two country superstars promise they’ll be having as much fun as fans when they reunite to kick off the Brothers of the Sun Tour next summer. Tickets for seven of the 19 dates go on sale Dec. 3 through Ticketmaster.
Last weekend’s episode of ‘Austin City Limts’ on PBS starred Miranda Lambert and actor turned singer-songwriter Jeff Bridges. While the two didn’t collaborate, the audience appreciated both artist’s unique talents during the 60-minute episode.
With the CMA Awards just hours away, artists are spending the day primping and prepping to look and sound their best for tonight’s show. Trace Adkins tells Taste of Country that he doesn’t want any part of that, revealing that he’ll be skipping the awards show this year.
Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw are reportedly planning a 2012 tour that will be tough to beat. The country superstars are rumored to be finalizing details on a co-headlining show that will rival the 2011 dates Chesney did with the Zac Brown Band.
Toby Keith‘s ‘Red Solo Cup’ has caught on with the sippy cup crowd. This recently uploaded YouTube video shows a 3-year-old girl in a car seat belting out the chorus of Keith’s viral hit. Fast forward to the 20-second mark to watch her really scream the lyrics.
Country legend Willie Nelson has been forced to postpone back-to-back shows this week due to an unspecified illness. A statement on his website only explained Thursday night’s postponement in Washington D.C., saying, “The show tonight at 9:30 Club has been postponed due to illness. All tickets will be honored for the new date once it is rescheduled. Check back soon for more details.”
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