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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Toby Soldiers On:Toby Keith waved the flag extra high this week with the launch of his ninth USO military entertainment tour and a two-song performance during Tuesday's (4/19) American-themed Dancing With The Stars. Backstage, DWTS contestants Kendra Wilkinson and Kirstie Alley were all a-Twitter over the Big Dog Daddy, who rocked " Should've Been A Cowboy" and " American Soldier." Wilkinson posted, "Just met [Toby Keith] So cool! Now I want to drink some tequila!" Alley quipped, "Save a horse ... ride a cowboy." Post-show, Keith hopped a plane to the Middle East, where he's playing military bases across three countries in 12 days. Specific USO date details are being kept under wraps for security reasons, but you can follow Keith and all the behind-the-scenes action in real time @TobyKeithMusic.
» Brings My Whole World To A Stop: Thanks to an anonymous bidder, the Kansas Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's 2011 Girl of the Year Carrington Walker scored the Kenny Chesney concert experience of a lifetime. According to KWCH-TV, Walker's mother was bidding on tickets to the Goin' Coastal Wichita show, but was outbid by an unidentified person, who then donated the tickets to Carrington. Luck followed Carrington and her aunt Therese O'Neal to their seats, where they were upgraded passes to the pit area. "Just as we lifted Carrington up onto our shoulders, Kenny turned around, pointed to her and just started walking over to her," O'Neal says. Pulled onstage, Carrington was serenaded with "Summertime." "I was so moved by all the people who reached out to help us that night," O'Neal says. "They didn't know Carrington was sick. Kenny didn't know she's sick. No one there knew." Read the heart-warming story and see video here.
» Her Story:LeAnn Rimes will set the record straight on her career and personal life Sunday (4/24) during GAC's Backstory: LeAnn Rimes, which documents Rimes' tumultuous rise to prominence in the media spotlight. The 90-minute special will include candid interviews with Rimes, her childhood friend Steve Holy, confidant and agent Rod Essig, fellow songwriter Darrell Brown and label head Mike Curb. "From the time I was 14 to 16-and-a-half, I did 500 shows," Rimes says. "I was worn out, I was done." Rimes also discusses coming into her own as a woman in the industry. Backstory: LeAnn Rimes premieres Sunday at 8pm ET on GAC with a sneak peek here. Weekend TV listings below.
» Down By The Riverside:Gary Allan, Darryl Worley, Phil Vassar, Billy Ray Cyrus and Terri Clark are among the 2011 CMA Music Festival's lineup of performers at the Chevrolet Riverfront stage, which is free and open to the public. Allan will kick off the daily concerts at 10am Thursday (6/9). Details here.
» Pushing The Envelope: The Band Perry and CMT Top 20 Countdown host Evan Farmer will reveal the 2011 CMT Music Awards nominees during the 10am ET hour of NBC-TV's Today next Wednesday (4/27). TBP will also perform "You Lie" during the broadcast. Voting at CMT.com will open following the announcement, and a preview of the USA Weekend Breakthrough Video Of The Year noms will be posted Monday (4/25) at 10am ET on usaweekend.com. The CMTMAs air live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena June 8. More here.
» Starring Friday: The Academy of Country Music's Girls' Night Out: Superstar Women Of Country is a great reason to stay in Friday (4/22). The special celebrates Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Reba, the Judds, Loretta Lynn, Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles and Martina McBride and airs at 9pm ET on CBS-TV.
» English Comp With Prof. Bentley:Dierks Bentley is featured in a photo spread and is a guest columnist in Esquire's music issue, which hits newsstands Tuesday (4/26). In the piece "How To Write A Song (For A Woman)," Bentley advises, "Avoid the generic. The only reason Justin Bieber can get away with a whole chorus that uses only the words 'baby' and 'ooh' is because he's Justin Bieber. Specificity and originality beats cliché every time." Read more here and download Bentley's "Line No. 7" as part of the mag's exclusive Detroit-inspired, five-track iTunes EP here. Proceeds benefit Motor City's Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
» Health Like Mine:Miranda Lambert is Health magazine's May cover girl. In the issue, which hits Friday (4/22), she discusses growing up on a farm, staying in shape on the road and slaughtering her dinner as a child. "Dad would give us two rabbits as our pets, or we'd have one pig we could name," Lambert says. "They explained that not every animal was a pet — some were providing for our family. It sounds weird to other people, but I look at it like, there are some animals you feed and some animals that feed you." Q&A here.
» Teach Your Children Well:Little Big Town took time before their Music City concert Saturday (4/16) to deliver a guarantee of 2,000 music lessons for Nashville youth, reflecting their Drive 4 The Music partnership with Country Financial. Through the campaign's Facebook page, LBT and Country Financial match every "Like" with a donation to a local youth music program. Unrelated, LBT generated online buzz this week by covering Lady Gaga's "Born This Way." Watch here.
» Wall Bling: Congrats to Taylor Swift, who has topped the RIAA song certification race over Lady Gaga with 22.5 million career digital single sales to date. The tally includes March certifications for "You Belong With Me" (three million), as well as platinum nods (one million each) for "Fifteen," "Back To December" and "Forever & Always." Additionally, Jaron And The Long Road To Love's "Pray For You" has been certified platinum, and Eric Church's "Smoke A Little Smoke," gold (500,000).
» Me And Jennifer Down By The School Yard: Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles has launched the "Jennifer Nettles Presents The Attic Community Playground Online Auction" via Charity Buzz. Meet-and-greet experiences with Kenny Chesney, Martina McBride, Reba, Sugarland, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Bon Jovi, Sheryl Crow, Kid Rock and Katy Perry are available through May 11, with proceeds benefiting the Playground, which provides music education opportunities for children. "Art programs within schools — band, chorus, drama and art — continue to be cut," Nettles says. "This is an extremely sad fact not only because I enjoy a career in the arts, but I enjoyed and benefited from studying the performing arts as a kid. ACP hopes to help provide students with opportunities for experiencing and studying the arts so they can develop their self-expression, emotional exploration and self-confidence." Bid here.
Country Weekly readers have voted Chris Young the magazine's "Hottest Bachelor." "What can I say, country fans are the best," Young says. "Thank you, Country Weekly readers!" The full list hits newsstands May 2.
Following Lady Antebellum's six-date run opening for Keith Urban in Australia, their album Need You Now has earned platinum certifications in Australia (70,000) and New Zealand (15,000). Additionally, Lady A cover Men At Work's "Down Under" in this week's Webisode Wednesday.
Celebrities including Olympic gold medalist Bart Conner, entertainer Red Steagall, Basketball Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman, Heisman Trophy winner Steve Owens and NFL footballers Cedric Jones, Roy Williams, Dermontti Dawson, Rocky Calmus, Tony Casillas and Joe Washington are confirmed to participate in Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic May 20-21. Proceeds will benefit the Toby Keith Foundation's efforts to build the OK Kids Korral for families of pediatric patients at OU Medical Center Children's Hospital. More here.