Jason Aldean might sport a cowboy hat most of the time, but in the occasional behind-the-scenes video we’ll see him looking like the all-American guy in a baseball cap, a T-shirt and jeans. Recently, Aldean took it a big step further, stepping out of the world of pearl snaps, snakeskins and belt buckles to don a uniform of a different kind: an Atlanta Braves baseball uniform, complete with cleats and all.
At the beginning of last year, news sources started reporting that Shania Twain was going the Celine Dion route and planning for a residency show on the Las Vegas strip. Now, more than a year later, the ‘Any Man of Mine’ singer is in pre-production for the show, according to CBS Las Vegas.
Tuesday night, Kenny Chesney took the stage on ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’ for the first time ever, but rather than bringing one of his own hits, he performed Bruce Springsteen‘s ‘I’m on Fire.’ The cover was part of a week-long tribute to the Boss in honor of his forthcoming record ‘Wrecking Ball,’ which drops March 6.
In a new set of Jack Daniel’s commercials, Zac Brown Band promote the Tennessee whiskey while encouraging people to have self control while drinking. One of the commercials features frontman Zac Brown briefly talking about what it means to be in a band and to have people looking out for you — which means keeping you from making compromised decisions.
Though Taylor Swift has the country genre locked down, she’s certainly no stranger to other popular music. Swift, who surprised audiences on her Speak Now Tour with guests Nicki Minaj, T.I., Flo Rida and Usher, keeps up on hit music. Now, the country superstar is set to make a guest appearance on B.o.B.‘s sophomore release ‘Strange Clouds,’ which hits store shelves May 1, according to Rap-Up.com.
Lady Antebellum are in the middle of their 2012 Own The Night World Tour, and though their calendars leave them barely enough room to take a breath between shows, the Grammy-amassing trio say they already have a dozen songs for their next record. Talking to Billboard.com, Hillary Scott says the band has 12 songs ready, whether they’ve written them as a band or selected them from outside writers.
Carrie Underwood just released the first single from her new record on Thursday (Feb. 23), debuting the song ‘Good Girl‘ at the Country Radio Seminar in Nashville and through iTunes. The next day, Underwood performed at a 2012 Oscars launch party in Beverly Hills, where she offered up a killer acoustic version of the song with a live band, which you can see in the clip below.
Dwight Yoakam was slated to play the part of the villain in the upcoming film ‘The Lone Ranger,’ but he has just walked away from the role due to conflicts in his schedule. The film — which has a celebrity cast of Johnny Depp as the American Indian Tonto, Armie Hammer as the Lone Ranger and Tom Wilkinson as the evil railroad tycoon Latham Cole — will still go on without him.
Sara Evans joined Rascal Flatts for the first couple months of this year for their Thaw Out 2012 Winter Tour, along with opening act Hunter Hayes. The tour made a successful run and wrapped Feb. 18 in New Jersey. And while the most of the excitement may be over, Evans still has much to be excited about. As a thank you for a tour well done, Rascal Flatts gave their female co-star a gift to help her thaw out, and from Evans’ reaction on Twitter, the surprise present was much appreciated.
After a long and dramatic saga at the end of last year, country singer Mindy McCready was discovered in a closet in Arkansas with her son Zander. McCready had taken the five-year-old his Florida home, where he lived with McCready’s mother, his legal guardian. Zander was placed in foster care after the pair were found, and now a court has decided that he will stay in foster care in Arkansas — even though the case is being decided in Florida.
At the Universal Music Group label luncheon show at Nashville’s Country Radio Seminar Wednesday (Feb. 22), George Strait surprised the Ryman audience with his guest appearance — but fellow star Vince Gill had a surprise of his own. Before launching into his song ‘The Red Words,’ the ‘Threaten Me With Heaven’ singer told the audience, which was full of radio personnel, that he was performing that day as a thank you to radio, since he is no longer an MCA recording artist (part of UMG).
Who doesn’t love going to a great concert and then getting surprised by another great performer, who joins the one you’re there to see? What about two additional unexpected performers? Well, Lady Antebellum‘s crowd got to experience just that last night (Feb. 22) at the trio’s sold-out show at Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium.
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