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Although Brad Paisley is a seasoned CMA Awards veteran, Wednesday's (11/10) telecast will feature a first in Paisley's career. "I'm really excited about my performance because I'm trying something out," Paisley says. "I've never done this before ... There's a song that's on the next album that I feel like is going to be really fun to demo [during the CMAs]. It's just like when I take somebody and stick them in the car and say, 'I've got something new to play you.' I get to stick 30 million people in the car essentially and play them something new, which is fun." According to ABC News Radio, the song is titled "This Is Country Music." Watch Paisley pull triple duty when he plays co-host, performer and nominee as the CMAs air live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena at 8pm ET on ABC-TV. Fool Party:Carrie Underwood has her eye on the prize for Wednesday's (11/10) 44th Annual CMA Awards, and it's not the Female Vocalist of the Year trophy. "There's so much going on, and hosting takes over everything else," Underwood says. "So, you really don't even think about your performance or things that you're nominated for. You're more concerned about keeping the show running and no matter what happens after any of it, it's like, 'Well, okay, [I've got to] get back out there and introduce so and so.' It's just running. But it makes it fly by, which is good." Co-hosting the three-hour telecast with Brad Paisley will no doubt lend itself to some memorable moments. "She's a good sport," Paisley says of Underwood. "We're both very wiling to make complete and utter fools of ourselves for the sake of country music's well-being on that night."
» Okie With Her: With nine nominations, Wednesday's (11/10) 44th Annual CMA Awards is slated to be Miranda Lambert's best birthday ever. Not only is she the first woman in CMA history to earn that many nods in one year, she also ties with her all-time favorite outlaw. "I think my favorite part about the whole thing is that I've set the record [and] tied with my ultimate hero, Merle Haggard," Lambert says. "That's just so fitting for me, and I'm hoping that sets my career up [to be] as long as Merle Haggard's."
» Male-ing It In: With six consecutive Vocal Group of the Year wins, 2010 Group nominees Rascal Flatts could have a chance in some other categories. Of course, it might mean breaking up the band. "I'm always thankful we're able to walk away taking a trophy home," RF's Jay DeMarcus says. "[But] I've always said it's a shame that they don't include lead singers of bands in the Male Vocalist category because Gary [LeVox] would win hands-down."
» Mental Notes: If reigning Entertainer Of The Year Taylor Swift played last year's award win on repeat, she would be giving more hugs than her 13-hour meet-and-greet during the CMA Music Festival. We'll let her explain. "I think I gave out four billion hugs that night and told so many people that I loved them and I'll always have that night," Swift says. "Winning Entertainer of the Year was one of the most unbelievable, magical accomplishments. I didn't think I was going to win it because I was really young ... If you have a memory like that in your life, go back and relive it every couple days. I think to myself, 'This could be the only time this ever happens to me in my life.'"
Hey Soul Sister: The Martina McBride and TrainCMT Crossroads taping Saturday (11/6) served as the unofficial kickoff to CMA Awards week. The rockers made a special Music City pit stop in between dates in Europe and South America just to belt it out with Martina in downtown Nashville. "I'm going to need a medic," Train frontman Pat Monahan said before tackling the "Broken Wing" duet. "I don't know what's about to happen so forgive me." Clearly there was no medic needed as the crowd gave the first of many standing ovations in approval. McBride's band backed the two singers on "Wrong Baby Wrong," "Whatever You Say," "For These Times" and "Broken Wing." A quick set change had the rest of Train supporting "Drops Of Jupiter," "Hey Soul Sister," "Marry Me," and "Calling All Angels," to which McBride quipped, "Gosh, I wish you guys had a big hit or something." The group closed the night with the Faces' "Stay With Me." Catch all the action when the show premieres Nov. 20 at 8pm ET.
» For The Good Times: The photos of legendary patrons and performers that paper the walls of Tootsie's Orchid Lounge will have to squeeze in a little tighter to make room for the many photo ops at Tootsie's 50th Anniversary concert Sunday (11/7) at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. Randy Houser, Jamey Johnson, Kris Kristofferson, Mel Tillis, Terri Clark and Lorrie Morgan were just a handful of those who performed short sets in honor of the famous honky tonk. "The evening was steeping with camaraderie as old friends mingled, laughed and posed for photos together backstage," an insider tells us. View a full photo gallery here.
» Hat Act: Get all the woman you can handle when Reba releases her 34th album All The Women I Am Tuesday (11/9). The 10-track collection includes the lead single "Turn On The Radio" and Beyoncé's "If I Were A Boy." "We decided to name the CD All The Women I Am because there are many different women who I'm singing about on this album," Reba says. "Also there's many women in [myself] who wear different hats — sometimes it's throughout my life and sometimes it's all in one day that I have to wear these hats. So All The Women I Am is a good title. It describes this album because it's an eclectic group of songs about different situations." Read more on the release, Blake Shelton's hits collection Loaded and the Loretta Lynn Coal Miner's Daughter tribute record below.
Drinkin' Buddies:Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton will perform "Don't Drink The Water" from Paisley's This Is Country Music during part one of The Voice's two-part season finale tomorrow night (6/28). Shelton and the rest of The Voice coaches will also cover the Rolling Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want" during tomorrow night's (6/28) broadcast. Miranda Lambert will perform with Team Blake's Dia Frampton during Wednesday's (6/29) results show. More here.
Taylor Swift is "transitioning from innocent pop-country princess to hair-whipping diva" and "proved she's growing into her talent" during the first of two sold-out shows at Gillette Stadium. –Boston Herald and Boston Globe
» Four The Win:The four CMA Music Festival nightly concerts at LP Field were sellouts for the second year in a row, with CMA estimating average daily attendance at 65,000. That number is on par with the 2010 figure, which represented a 16.7% increase over 2009's daily attendance of 56,000. Contributing to this year's figure is a record turnout of 25,000 Saturday (6/11) at the Chevrolet Riverfront Park. "To meet the outstanding sellout of 2010 again in 2011 speaks volumes about the strength of this event, the dedication of our fans, the support of our local community, and the popularity of our music and artists," CMA CEO Steve Moore says. Tickets for the 2012 CMA Music Festival (June 7-10) go on sale July 30.
» Prize To The Challenge:Saturday's (6/11) City Of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge raised more than $100,000 for the organization's efforts to combat life-threatening diseases. More than 5,000 watched the AfterMidnite With Blair Garner team besting the Grand Ole Opry team 9-5. Dierks Bentley, Vince Gill, David Nail, Jake Owen and American Idol's Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery were among the players.
» Black, White & Web All Over:
"It's the first time there's been a sand bar on the Frozen Tundra," one fan told the Green Bay Press Gazette of Kenny Chesney's show at Lambeau Field, which "hasn't hosted a major concert since 1985." –National Football Post.
Brad Paisley headlines inaugural Indians Music Festival in Cleveland: "Not much beats a block party in the heat of summer." – Cleveland.com
Taylor Swift "made the most of the occasion for a rosy-cheeked, young crowd of 47,922 people ... " at her Speak Now Tour's stadium debut. – Detroit Free Press
Zac Brown "is a presider, letting his band – a truly astounding troupe of musicians – shine ...." –Peoria Journal Star
Darius Rucker says, "Fun is opening for Brad [Paisley], playing my 55 minutes and never once asking, 'How many tickets did we sell?'" –Parade
» In Case You Missed It:Capitol's Keith Urban performed "Without You" during Friday's (6/10) Ellen DeGeneres show.
» Crib Note: Congrats to Justin Moore and wife Kate, who are expecting the couple's second child in November. "We feel so blessed, and couldn't be more excited," Moore tweeted Monday (6/13). Their new bundle of joy will join one-year-old sister Ella Kole.
» Benefit News:The sold-out Reba and Blake Shelton Tornado Relief Concerts (5/25-26) raised $500,000 to support storm recovery efforts in Atoka County, OK through Tushka Disaster Relief Fund. Text-to-donate funds are still being accepted through the mGive Foundation ($10, OKGIVE to 27722), and checks can also be mailed directly to the Tushka Disaster Relief Fund (101 SE 1st Street, Tushka, OK 74525). More here.
» How Do I Give:Curb's Rodney Atkins will headline the free Music City Gives Back benefit concert June 7 on Nashville's Lower Broadway. Proceeds and donated items will support those affected by the April and May storms through the American Red Cross. Josh Thompson and Thompson Square are also on the bill. Donate directly here.
» Stand By Your Land:Mercury's Sugarland and Capitol's Little Big Town recorded a live version of the Incredible Machine track "Stand Up" to benefit those affected by the April and May storms through the American Red Cross. Audio and video renditions of "Stand Up (For Tornado Relief)" are available through iTunes. The video features concert footage from Chicago and Minneapolis Incredible Machine tour dates. Download here.
» Big Green Notes:The eighth annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic raised more than $650,000 to support the construction of the OK Kids Corral for pediatric cancer patients and their families near the OU Medical Center Children's Hospital. Top auction items included a private dinner with Keith, which went for $52,000 each to the top two bidders. An all-inclusive elk hunt with private jet transportation went for $30,000. No live auction items went for less than $7,000. Learn more and donate directly here.
» Twain's World:Mercury's Shania Twain will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame Thursday (6/2) at 6270 Hollywood Boulevard in front of the W Hollywood Hotel. The ceremony begins at 11:30am PT. More here.
» Presents Of Mind:Lauren Alaina, Laura Bell Bundy, Sara Evans, Scotty McCreery, Shania Twain, Justin Bieber, Kristin Chenoweth, Green Bay Packer Clay Matthews, Melissa Peterman, Rick Schroder, Mary Steenburgen, Train and Pittsburgh Steeler Hines Ward will present during the 2011 CMT Music Awards. Performers Luke Bryan and SherylCrow will also present during next Wednesday's (6/8) telecast, which will air live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena at 8pm ET on the network. Voting is underway here.
» Scotty Grow Grow Grows His Vote:So what's next for Nashville Star – uh, we mean American Idol – winner Scotty McCreery, who edged Lauren Alaina Wednesday night (5/25)? The 17-year-old Garner, NC native and 16-year-old Rossville, GA singer both have new singles out – "Love You This Big" and "Like My Mother Does," respectively. The songs are at No. 1 and No. 3 on the iTunes singles chart. Media appearances include June 2's Today show and Aug. 12's Good Morning America. And shouldn't someone invite them to play the big stage at the June 9-12 CMA Music Festival in Nashville?
In their free time, the pair may have a few nickels to rub together, as well. The Associated Press reports that McCreery's record contract includes a $250,000 advance, with runner-up Alaina in for $87,500, which will be doubled if she records an album. Scotty's parents, on the other hand, may have plans for his loot. His hometown WRAL-TV interviewed mom and dad, who say their son plans to continue his education and hopes to attend Nashville's star-making Belmont University while working on his burgeoning music career.
» Sara's Party Seen:Sara Evans celebrated her recent No. 1 hit "A Little Bit Stronger" in Nashville Wednesday (5/25), her first such gathering since "A Real Fine Place To Start" topped the charts in 2005. Evans hobnobbed with Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott who, after a rough breakup, co-wrote the track with Luke Laird and Hillary Lindsey. "It was pretty much out of a really bad Lifetime movie," Scott says of the relationship that inspired the song. "I had it as a note in my phone ... every day that goes by that I'm not in contact with him I get stronger." The tune went on to be featured in Country Strong and became an anthem for Evans' fans. "I had no idea that it would have the emotional response that it's had," Evans says. "I've had people come up to me every single day and say, 'Oh my gosh, your song's helped me through so much. It's been my theme song.'" Sara performed "Stronger" on Tuesday's Dancing With The Stars finale (5/24). Watch here.
» The Show (And Town) Must Go On:Kenny Chesney wasn't sure that carrying on with his planned tour stop in Tuscaloosa was appropriate following April's tornadoes, but Wednesday night's show (5/25) changed his mind. "I didn't know if we were doing the right thing," he admits. "But after tonight I am convinced that this town needed something to look forward to." Guests included Uncle Kracker and Mac McAnally, with Chesney's performance of Alabama's "My Home's In Alabama" becoming what the singer called "as emotional of a moment that we have ever had onstage."
Chesney lunched with University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban, who has donated $50,000 toward rebuilding. Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox thanked Kenny and team for donating show proceeds to GiveTuscaloosa.com. Contributions are still being accepted online, by phone (205-758-7588) and by mail (checks payable to "Tuscaloosa Disaster Relief Fund," P.O. Box 020410, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401).
» Swap Meet:The tornado relief benefits that Oklahomans Blake Shelton and Reba performed this week in their home state were no ordinary shows. Rather than straight-up sets of their hits, the two performers traded hits. "This is beginning to feel a little bit like a song war," Shelton said, according to News OK. "I've got four songs. You've got 80." Reba replied, "I'm over here if you need me." The Durant, OK concerts benefited the Tushka Disaster Relief Fund. Donations are still being accepted via text ("OKGIVE" to 27722 for a $10 donation) and by mail (checks payable to Tushka Disaster Relief Fund, 101 SE 1st Street, Tushka, OK 74525). Full review here.
Luke Bryan and the Doobie Brothers are the latest pairing to perform CMT Crossroads. The episode will feature Bryan's "Rain Is A Good Thing," "Do I" and "Country Girl (Shake It For Me)," and the DBs' "Black Water," "Long Train Runnin'" and "China Grove." "Their music was such an iconic part of my growing up," Bryan says. The special will be taped before an invitation-only Nashville audience and airs June 24.
» I Can Ride For Miles & Miles:Dierks Bentley's Columbus, OH Miles & Music For Kids charity motorcycle ride raised more than $143,000 for the local Nationwide Children's Hospital. Approximately 1,000 bikers covered the eight-mile stretch, which ended with a concert for an additional 4,000 attendees. Miles & Music events in Chicago and Nashville also are planned for this year with dates TBA. More here.
» Mezcal For My Men...:What's in that glass, Toby Keith? Anyone who's been to his show recently may have asked that question following the Big Dog Daddy's customary "Beer For My Horses" toast to firefighters, soldiers and law enforcement. And now we know! Turns out, Keith will "raise up his glass" with a stiff pour of his own Wild Shot Mezcal. "The tradition and history of Mezcal is magical to me, and dates back to 16th-century warriors celebrating the defeat of their enemies," Keith says. And that ties in nicely to the theme of the song, eh?
» In Case You Missed It:Brad Paisley and Alabama performed "Old Alabama" during Tuesday's Good Morning America (5/24) and Wednesday's (5/25) The View, as Paisley promoted the release of This Is Country Music. "I love country music and I love being a part of it," he told GMA's Robin Roberts. "We wrote this album as a way of saying this is how we see it."