Country News Archive

May 31, 2011

  • Around the Web: Toby Keith Chips in for Sick KidsMay 31 2011 | 06:00 PM EDT

    Toby Keith’s golf classic raises $650,000 for children’s cancer center. John Rich serves up newcomer Bradley Gaskin and “Mr. Bartender.” Idol runner-up Lauren Alaina grew up in front of America. Chris Young, Jack Ingram and Rodney Atkins light up 4th of July. Dolly Parton thinks twice about working with rocker Jack White. Bama Jam called [...]

  • LeAnn Rimes, Sugarland Aid Tornado VictimsMay 31 2011 | 05:00 PM EDT

    LeAnn Rimes and Sugarland are lending their music to fundraising projects for tornado victims. Rimes will present an acoustic concert on Sunday (June 5) in Jacksonville, Fla., to benefit the United Way and tornado victims in Alabama and Missouri. Her husband, actor Eddie Cibrian, will host the event. Tickets are $65 and $100. In addition, [...]

  • OFFSTAGE: Taylor Swift Armed With Hand-Written LyricsMay 31 2011 | 05:00 PM EDT

    (CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and out of the spotlight.) This is skin doodling at its finest. At Taylor Swift’s Speak Now rehearsal show on May 21, she was wearing a sleeve of hand-drawn lyrics on her left arm. The writing started at [...]

  • Steve Martin Performs at FontanelMay 31 2011 | 05:00 PM EDT

    “It’s always been a dream of mine to play banjo in Whites Creek, Tennessee,” said Steve Martin during his performance at The Woods at Fontanel near Nashville on Friday evening (May 27). Martin joined the Steep Canyon Rangers for a two-hour concert, playing songs from his new album, Rare Bird Alert. He also performed “Daddy [...]

  • OFFSTAGE: Jason Aldean Wanted to Reunite AlabamaMay 31 2011 | 05:00 PM EDT

    (CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and out of the spotlight.) Jason Aldean has admitted (jokingly, it seems) to The Tennessean that he’s a little upset over Brad Paisley’s latest No. 1 hit, “Old Alabama.” But I don’t think it’s all that serious. The [...]

  • Shania Twain to Make Surprise Appearance on CMT Awards ShowMay 31 2011 | 03:30 PM EDT

    The list of stars attending the 2011 CMT Music Awards keeps growing with the addition of Shania Twain, Justin Bieber, American Idol winner Scotty McCreery and runner-up Lauren Alaina. Also added to the show are Sara Evans, Train, Kristin Chenoweth, stars of the CMT original movie To The Mat Laura Bell Bundy and Ricky Schroder, [...]

  • CMA Awards Will Take Place Nov. 9May 31 2011 | 02:30 PM EDT

    The 45th annual CMA Awards will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 9 on ABC. The final nominees in the 12 categories will be revealed in early September. The first ballot will be sent to members on June 27, with the second ballot following on Aug. 9. The third and final ballot will [...]

  • Kenny Chesney Surpasses One Million Tickets SoldMay 31 2011 | 02:30 PM EDT

    Kenny Chesney has sold more than one million tickets for his Goin’ Coastal tour this year. The achievement marks his eighth time surpassing a million tickets in a year. He has sold more than 10 million tickets since 2002. However, Chesney spent most of 2010 away from touring to work on film projects. “We’ve had [...]

  • OFFSTAGE: Carrie Underwood Gives Idol Finalists Her NumberMay 31 2011 | 12:00 PM EDT

    (CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and out of the spotlight.) Carrie Underwood is positively raving about how normal everyone in country music is. “I think it is the least affected genre of music. It’s real people. These people really are the most normal [...]

May 28, 2011

  • Brad Paisley Peaks Songs Chart With “Old Alabama”May 28 2011 | 06:30 PM EDT

    Brad Paisley shoulders aside last week’s champ — Miranda Lambert’s “Heart Like Mine” — to plant his flag on the summit of the Billboard country songs chart with “Old Alabama.” In that achievement he is vocally assisted by the Texas Tornados — just kidding — by the inimitable Alabama, of course. Jason Aldean keeps his [...]