EMI recording artist Eric Church released his most recent album, ‘Chief,’ in July, and now he’s riding the waves of that record’s popularity with the overwhelming response to his headlining tour — the Blood, Sweat and Beers Tour. Because of the success of his tour to this point, Church just announced that he’s adding a second leg to the tour, including cities like Nashville, New York City, Minneapolis and more.
On New Year’s Eve, an 18-year-old Oklahoma mother shot and killed an intruder to protect her 3-month-old baby, after she had just lost her husband to cancer on Christmas day. Now, John Rich of Big and Rich is on a mission to find this young mother and give her some much-needed help.
At the 2011 Grammy Awards, Miranda Lambert took home a coveted award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for her stirring single ‘The House That Built Me.’ It was one of those songs that came out of the pipeline resonating deeply with people across the country. NASCAR driver Jamie McMurray recently told Scene Daily that the song took on new meaning for him after his childhood Joplin, Mo. home was ripped to pieces by one of the deadliest tornadoes to tear through the U.S. in decades.
Rascal Flatts‘ Jay DeMarcus is slated to make his film debut next year along with Trace Adkins in the holiday film ‘Saving Santa.’ With Kix Brooks sitting in the executive director chair, it’s no surprise that this upcoming release has so many country ties. Touted as “a sweet, funny, holiday story about the belief in love, goodness and the spirit of Christmas,” ‘Saving Santa’ is set to debut next year.
Country megastar Tim McGraw says he plans to release a Christmas song next week and another single at the beginning of 2012. In a recent statement, McGraw said the holiday single, ‘Christmas All Over the World,’ will hit radio airwaves next week. This is especially noteworthy as it closely follows the court decision allowing the artist to pursue record labels other than Curb, with whom he has been recording for more than 20 years.
A court spokeswoman revealed today that Florida judge James H. Seals issued an “emergency” pick up order for Mindy McCready‘s 5-year-old son Zander, according to CNN. The troubled country singer took her son from her father’s Florida home earlier this week, though she does not have legal custody of him.
The holidays are a time of bustling around, hectic planning and the addition of last minute touches. Apparently the same is true for even the most spectacular events of the season. NBC just reported that Faith Hill has canceled her planned appearance on tonight’s ‘Christmas in Rockefeller Center’ NBC television special, which can expect about 250,000 live spectators and 11 million viewers.
Oklahoma native Vince Gill recently made a $12,000 donation to the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame to help finish construction on a new children’s music exhibit. Gill was inducted into that Hall of Fame in 1999, and now he’s challenging other musicians and music lovers to follow his lead and donate to the cause.
We’re not pulling for Brad Paisley to quit his day job, but the “Whiskey Lullaby” singer is shaping up to be quite the author. Paisley released his first book, ‘Diary of a Player,’ on Nov. 1, and the title has spent the past two weeks living on the New York Times Best Sellers list.
Each year for 10 years now, ‘AARP the Magazine’ has presented Inspire Awards to pay tribute to those forward thinkers and innovators who move others to action through their deep passion. This year, Toby Keith is among the 10 individuals receiving the prestigious award, and he’s joined by such legends as conservationist Jane Goodall and Steve Jobs.
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