Hi, I'm Dave Marsh-Program Director and host of "The Ride" home weekday afternoons 3-7p on 104.5 WFMB.
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Gwyneth Guns For Viewers:Country Strong isn't just the title of Friday's (1/7) country-themed major motion picture release, it could also describe the guns leading lady Gwyneth Paltrow is packing between her elbows and shoulders. We'll let co-star Tim McGraw explain: "There was a scene in the movie when we're in her dressing room and she has to hit me," he said on Wednesday's (1/5) Good Morning America. "We did the take a couple times, and then one time I leaned in a little too quick, too close and got nailed. She's got a good right hook. The next day I had the makeup artist paint a black eye on me. Then I walked on set to get ready to shoot and I had this black eye, and, of course, they were mortified. She was almost in tears [because] she was so sorry about it. I let it go on for as long as I possibly could probably too long. She and the director were very upset, and I said, 'The good thing about a black eye in the movies is you can just wipe it off.' Then I wiped it off, and they really beat me up." The film's stars have been hitting the media circuit this week to plug the flick. In case you missed it, McGraw promoted the film on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, and Paltrow is scheduled to host Saturday Night Live next week (1/15). Follow the links for the footage.
» When I Thank Softly, Slowly: Wednesday's People's Choice Awards (1/5) was a starry "knight" for Taylor Swift, as Sir Elton John bestowed on her the Favorite Country Artist award. "I'm so honored to get an award from you, [Elton]. And to the fans, this award coming from you is such a showing of love," Swift said during her acceptance speech. "I want to thank you for always being people I can count on. I just appreciate this love so much because I love you, too. Thank you for everything." In other Swift news, she appeared on Monday's (1/3) Rachael Ray Show during which shesurprised two fans and played the " Swift Decision" game. She also premiered a new CoverGirl commercial promoting the Natureluxe Lip Perfection lipstick Wednesday (1/5). Follow the links for the footage.
» Deep In The Heart Of NOLA:Darius Rucker got down and dirty in the Big Easy this week. And no, that doesn't mean he woke up in a Bourbon Street gutter. Rucker joined 500 other volunteers for post-Katrina cleanup in the Lower Ninth Ward, where he gardened, painted, routed irrigation lines and built a greenhouse as part of an Allstate charity event. He also headlined a free after-party concert in the French Quarter for the Allstate Fan Fest leading up to the 2011 Sugar Bowl. On Tuesday (1/4), he performed the National Anthem prior to the University of Arkansas-Ohio State matchup. The Buckeyes beat the UA Razorbacks 31-26.
» The Incredibles:In case you missed the massive steampunk-inspired set last year, Sugarland are taking the Incredible Machine tour back on the road beginning March 3 in Houston. Little Big Town, as well as pop's Sara Bareilles and Matt Nathanson, will open on selected dates. Full schedule here.
» March Of The Penguins: In the premiere of "Big White Webisodes," Dierks Bentley documents his annual "Slow March" into Nashville's Percy Priest Lake New Year's Day. "The reason for the lake jump is to get rid of the year before and to start fresh," Bentley reports lakeside. "This being 1/1/11, we're jumping in the water at 1:11pm." Watch the icy plunge here.
» Correspondent Brand: Newcomer and "Ready For Love" singer Adam Brand checks in from his concert tour in his native Australia, where devastating floods have hit Queensland and New South Wales. "Some 200,000 people have been affected," Brand reports. "Regional towns have been completely cut off, and the military are dropping in food and supplies ... We played a show the night before [in Dubbo], and by that afternoon, the town was cut off from all directions. We managed to get out with a couple of hours to spare to our next show that night." Make a donation through the Premier's Flood Relief Appeal here.
» Life Notes: There must be something in the water down in the Caribbean because another country starlet came off the market New Year's Day. As Shania Twain and her new hubby Frédéric Thiébaud did in Puerto Rico, Kellie Pickler and songwriter Kyle Jacobs rang in 2011 by getting hitched on a private island. Pickler tweeted Wednesday (1/5), "Private island. Caribbean. Cigar in one hand, rum in the other. Someone just called me 'Mrs. Jacobs.' Sounds nice. ;)"
Also, George Jones was hospitalized Wednesday (1/5) for a cold ... weather. Jones stayed overnight at a Nashville hospital after a routine annual checkup. "I just decided I didn’t want to drive back to Franklin in this cold weather," the Possum explained. "So, I guess I’ll stay here overnight and go home tomorrow."
"Need You Now" by Lady Antebellum and "The House That Built Me" by Miranda Lambert are featured on the 19-track 2011 Grammy Nominees album, which hits stores Jan. 25. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the MusiCares Foundation and the Grammy Foundation. Details here.
Rodney Atkins and the Grand Ole Opryhave teamed to offer a chance to win a custom "If You're Going Through Hell"-autographed guitar. Enter here.
"Get Off On The Pain" by Gary Allan has been named the theme song for the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Built Ford Tough Series coverage airing on Versus Saturday (1/8) at 8pm ET and on NBC-TV Sunday (1/9) at 2:30pm ET.
Randy Montana and the Secret Sisters are among Southern Living's "Best New Southern Musicians." Complete list here.
The Harters will support Alan Jackson on a six-date Canadian run beginning Feb. 1 in Sudbury, Ontario. Complete list of dates here.