Garth played an invitation-only show for 700 at Nashville's Marathon Music Works last night for Country Radio Seminar. His full band and cameras were there and I hear we may see it on film sometime in the future.
Speaking of Garth, after a 5-month legal battle to keep secret the financial details of his tour launch last year at Chicago's Allstate Arena, we now know they paid him 1.5 million up front, he got $100,000 per sold-out show and a prorated sum for the ones that didn't sell out. The arena also greatly slashed their rental fee in hopes to entice him to kick the tour off there.
Randy Houser moved to Nashville in 1992 without no game plan then his car broke down and soon after he couldn't pay his rent and was close to getting thrown out of his small duplex till a friend helped him. This year Randy will join Luke Bryan's Kick Up the Dust tour that opens May 8.
Finally - at home Jason Aldean unwinds by watching TV and his favorite shows are not the typical unwinding type; Sons of Anarchy, Criminal Minds and Entourage.
Little Big Town and Toby Keith will play Matthew McConaughey's annual fundraiser in Austin, Texas on April 16 for their Gala Night. Proceeds go to kid's charities across the US.
Zac Brown Band are the musical guest on Saturday Night Live Mar 7; their 1st time on the show.
As for his take on marriage, Tim McGraw says, "there will be ups and downs and you won't always see eye to eye; you may even not like each other sometimes, you just have to know you're in it for the long haul and you're committed. Look at the big picture and enjoy life."
Speaking of Tim, Brantley Gilbert will never forget touring with him last year and says, "how Tim conducts himself on the road with the people that work for him and with him is amazing."
Even tho Jason Aldean rocks out hard on stage he says fans may not know at home, he's pretty laid-back.
Finally – Sam Hunt performs on Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight.
Jason Aldean will marry his fiancée Brittany Kerr this summer in a ceremony that'll be small and low-key. He says, "we've been so scrutinized, we wanna keep it simple and only have people that are really important to us there."
Jake Owen says a few things we may not know about him is he's such a fast runner, he's never lost a footrace. He was also a dork in high school and he absolutely hates mayonnaise.
Carrie Underwood's son is due in April so she's working on simplifying her beauty regimen to reduce stress after he's born.
Keith Urban just started working on his next album but he's still not sure of its direction and says that can either be enlightening or incredibly frustrating.
As for people who say mean stuff about him on social media Chris Youngsays, "you have to just brush it off and I actually think it's kinda funny."
Finally - Little Big Town perform on the Ellen DeGeneres Show today.
Tim McGraw performed Glen Campbell's song last night at the Academy Awards and a lot of folks in the audience were seen brushing away tears. Before he sang last night, Tim posted a photo of his pre-Oscar manicure.Faith Hill also revealed her new Oscar haircut; a super short pixie cut.
Season 8 of The Voice debuts tonight and tomorrow night with Blake Sheltonback as a judge. One performer tonight is former Steel Magnolia singer Meghan Linsey. She's not saying how her audition went but I think she did great.
Friday, Luke Bryan and family were at Walt Disney World between his Orlando concerts and before riding Big Thunder Mountain Railroad his 6 and 3-year old sons got to meet Goofy!
Garth's working on new music and says the album will be ready by Christmas or next spring.
Finally – tickets go on sale today for Chris Young's June 10 fan club party, just head to ChrisYoungCountry.com.
Late yesterday Eric Church revealed his wife Katherine had their 2nd son last Sunday; Tennessee Hawkins but they're calling him Hawk. Eric says, "he and mom are doing well. We aren't sleeping much, but we're enjoying every part of this incredible journey. I'm very blessed."
Little Big Town head to Florida today to be part of the Daytona 500. They'll perform tomorrow at The Bash at the Beach; the day before the big race. The concert airs Saturday night on FOX.
Sunday night, Tim McGraw performs Glen Campbell's Oscar nominated song, 'I'm Not Gonna Miss You' at the Academy Awards. The Oscar gift bag Tim will receive is worth $150,000 and includes a $14,000 Rocky Mountaineer luxury rail trip through the Canadian Rockies, a year's worth of Audi car rentals valued at $20,000 and three nights at a villa in Tuscany.
Finally - Chris Young's Fan Club Party will be June 10 at the Grand Ole Opry House. Tickets are open to current and new fan club members only and include a live performance by Chris followed by a meet & greet. Tickets are $50 and they go on sale Monday at ChrisYoungCountry.com.
Kenny Chesney and his band start four weeks of rehearsals for his Big Revival Tour that kicks off March 26 in Nashville. Kenny says, "we're a lot like a baseball team; six months on, six months off… and a lot of time to get ready."
Garth, Trisha, Lady A, Little Big Town, Keith Urban and Hunter Hayes will appear at a pre ACM gala April 17, two days before the awards show. Events will take place simultaneously at the Omni Dallas Hotel and the Fort Worth Zoo.
Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett and Cole Swindell are finalists for ACM New Artist of the Year and you can make your pick at VoteACM.com.
Lee Brice now has 4 tattoos on his left forearm; the date his 1st song went #1, his son's birthday, his first #1 as an artist with 'Woman Like You' and Lee's most recent tattoo is his wedding date.
Finally - Willie Nelson has an Old West film set on his property in Luck, Texas and in March it'll be used for the big screen movie, 'Waiting for the Miracle to Come,' a drama starring Willie in one of its lead roles.
Jason Aldean's 10th annual Concert for the Cure is October 24 in West Palm Beach, FL; it benefits the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Jason's album, Old Boots, New Dirt is Google Play's Free Album of the Week and for every download, they'll donate $1 to this year's concert.
Miranda Lambert just played near Seattle at the Tacoma Dome but before that she went to the Whidbey Island Animals Improvement Foundation and gave them a check for $3,000 from her MuttNation Foundation; the 2nd year in a row they've gotten that for helping shelter animals.
Kip Moore took to Nashville's Craigslist looking for extra's to be in the video for his latest single, 'I'm to Blame.' The ad says you must be available all day, have your own transportation and have a fun personality. The shoot's February 23 and you'll get $25 and lunch.
Trisha Yearwood is launching her own furniture line with Klaussner Home Furnishings to debut in April. Trisha says, "my collection is all about comfort."
Finally - Rascal Flatts perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight.
The Band Perry sing on tonight's CBS special, Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life - An All-Star Grammy Salute. The two-hour show also includesWillie Nelson performing a tribute to Stevie.
Lady A's Hillary Scott has some touring tips for Carrie Underwood and her new baby. Hilary says don't worry about noise, they'll sleep through it and don't be afraid when the dogs bark, they'll sleep thru that too. They also talked about the layout of the bus; making sure the walls are padded and Hilary says what is really key is finding a great nanny that can handle being on the road.
Brett Eldredge says his idea of the perfect date is "we both have jet packs and fly around the islands then ride dolphins together."
Finally - Florida Georgia Line headline the Legends Day concert before the Indy 500 May 23. Thomas Rhett and Frankie Ballard will open and tickets go on sale today.
Jake Owen, Lady A's Charles Kelley, Joe Don from Rascal Flatts and Clay Walker are playing this week in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament in California. Yesterday Jake & Charles tweeted photos with Clint Eastwood.
Tim McGraw tweeted a photo yesterday of a dentist tray with instruments and a sarcastic caption reading, "fun day planned." One thing on the tray was a plaster form of upper teeth so I called my niece Amy who's a dentist and she said he was having ceramic crowns put on his two front teeth but she wasn't sure if he broke his original teeth or if old crowns had to be replaced.
Finally – Kimberly from Little Big Town's first cookbook is out April 14 called, 'Oh Gussie!: Cooking and Visiting in Kimberly's Southern Kitchen.' It includes recipes like Georgia Peach Salsa, Chicken & Dumplings and Big Batch Banana Pudding and can be pre-ordered now on Amazon.
Luke Bryan's latest single, 'I See You' is the last song he'll release off 'Crash My Party.' He says it'll be a while before he does another album because he'll take a few months to just write. His young sons Bo and Tate, they always let him know what his next single should be.
Today in Nashville on Lower Broadway, Chris Young will perform a free show as part of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Music and Fan Festival.
Zac Brown is starting his own food line using the same business model as actor Paul Newman's food, which has raised millions for charity. All of Zac's proceeds will go to his Camp Southern Ground children's retreat.
Chase Bryant says if he could work with anyone outside the country genre it would it be Bryan Adams or Fleetwood Mac.
Finally - Randy Houser admits to one big weaknesses; he cries at emotional movies.
Last night Brett Eldredge wrote on Twitter and Facebook that he was going to karaoke and he gave fans a little over an hour to meet him at a Nashville parking lot. They ended up going to Troubadour's and Lonnie's. Brett said he was absolutely blown away by how many people showed up.
On Eric Church's Outsiders World Tour, he uses a 100-person road crew. The 9-month tour costs $19 million to stage with 16 trucks and busses for the band, crew and equipment. Each show takes about six hours to set up with the guys working 18 hour days. Eric says his crew has really become family to him.
Cole Swindell spent three years as a songwriter in Nashville and after stars like Luke Bryan started cutting his songs, labels noticed Cole could sing from his demo tapes, so he booked some shows and that led to his record deal.
Finally - Chase Rice has a bus puppy; an adorable black flat-coated retriever he named Cash.
At last night's GRAMMY's Best Country Album went to Miranda Lambert for Platinum. She performed 'Little Red Wagon' on the show and after singing, "…I go on the road," CBS bleeped the next line because of the curse word.
Best Country Song was Glen Campbell's 'I'm Not Gonna Miss You.'
The Band Perry got Best Country Duo/Group for 'Gentle on My Mind'
and Carrie Underwood won Best Country Solo Performance for 'Something in the Water.'
Jason Aldean's current Burn It Down tour is the biggest thing he's ever done production-wise and he says, "there's a lot of fire, flames and heat, so visually it's pretty darn cool."
Last week Jennifer Nettles made her Broadway debut in Chicago: The Musical. Her early reviews are now in and they were very positive. Jennifer stars as Roxy through the end of March.
Randy Travis was seen at the Opry this weekend. He was photographed laughing and looked great!
Finally - Big & Rich perform on The Bachelor tonight on ABC.
Luke Bryan's final 'Spring Break…Checkin' Out' is in stores March 10 with five new songs he co-wrote and six songs from last year's EP.
The GRAMMY Awards are Sunday on CBS. Miranda Lambert will perform so willEric Church even tho his son is due this weekend. Eric told his wife to please try and make it till the day after the show. Dierks Bentley's just been added as a presenter Sunday and Dwight Yoakum and Brandy Clark sing a duet with each other as she's up for Best New Artist.
Carrie Underwood won't be at the GRAMMY's and says, "I can't fly that far away this late in my pregnancy so I'll be in pajamas watching from the comfort of my couch."
Tim McGraw's up for a GRAMMY and GQ magazine says they love his style, including his far too un-buttoned shirts and perfect faded neck beard.
Finally – last night Dierks Bentley found one workout sock in the toilet, thanks to his 16-month old son Knox.
Luke Bryan married his wife Caroline in 06 and they keep their marriage strong by having coffee together in the morning, just the two of them before their two young boys are up. It's Luke's favorite time of the day. He also adds, "every night before bed, I rub my wife's feet and she says they're the best foot rubs on earth."
Darius Rucker is a self-proclaimed comic book nerd; he buys about 60 different titles every month and his favorites are Wolverine, Captain America and X-Men. I found out Darius also has a hidden tattoo he got at 22 of the Miami Dolphins logo. As to where it's located Darius says "it's below the Mason-Dixon line."
Finally - Brett Eldredge has enough songs to record a new album tomorrow so I'm sure we'll see a new record from him sometime this year.
Miranda Lambert is sending personal photos from Sunday's Grammy's to fans who sign up at TextMiranda.com. She'll also perform on the show as she's up for four awards.
Idol has its first show in Hollywood tonight. Keith Urban and fellow judges Harry Connick, Jr and J Low are having a blast but he says half of what they say ends up on the cutting room floor.
Thomas Rhett says his dad, Rhett Akins career was a good lesson because he watched him go from multiple #1's to losing his record deal to becoming a songwriter. Thomas says, "there was no failure involved, he just had a different path."
Newcomer Chase Bryant says hearing himself on the radio for the first time he wasn't sure whether to cry or not. He also comes from a family of musicians; his grandpa played piano for Roy Orbison and Waylon Jenningsand his two uncles were in Restless Heart.
Finally - Dierks Bentley performs on the Late Show with David Letterman tonight.
Carrie Underwood is due pretty soon and she and Mike have still not decided on a name for their son. Carrie also says she's looking forward to reclaiming her body, even tho she says she loves being pregnant.
The Band Perry are making great progress on their next album. Reid says, "we have seven tunes we're working on but we also keep writing ones we think are a lot better."
Florida Georgia Line set sail November 7 for 4-nights on the Norwegian Pearl from Miami to Cozumel, Mexico. Tyler and Brian will perform and they have special guests on board too. If you want to go, head to FGLcruise.com.
One thing Garth does in concert is climb on top of this space-age structure surrounding the drums, then he jumps off and races across the stage holding a video camera, leaping in the air, landing on his feet, usually.
Finally – Dierks Bentley is on the Ellen DeGeneres Show today.